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Quote of the day:

The two most oppressed minorities in America: Black conservatives and gay conservatives. The media doesn’t even acknowledge they exist, and everybody hates them except white conservatives. ~ Dixon Diaz

the absurdity of it

Whether you are pro- or anti- gay marriage, the lesson here is that in our so-called democracy, your vote ain’t worth a s^#@. Because a judge who doesn’t like what you voted for can cancel it out. Liberals take note: you’re still bitching about how the Supreme Court “appointed” Bush in 2000. But you’re real happy when a court overturns the will of the people for something you support, aren’t you.

Articles of Interest

Palestinians’ Prize for Terror

Joseph Klein front page magazine by Joseph Klein

Secretary of State John Kerry – who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza – arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under Palestinian civilians’ homes, schools and hospitals, which Hamas is using to hide its weapons and as bases from which to sneak its jihadists into Israel for the purpose of abducting or killing its citizens.

“The objective here is to get the fastest possible ceasefire. That doesn’t mean that  it’s going to be fast, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, but that’s the goal,” a senior US official travelling with Kerry was quoted by AFP as saying on condition of anonymity.

Kerry is even throwing in additional money for Gaza to help seal the deal. On top of the half a billion dollars that the Obama administration is continuing to send to the Palestinian “unity” government in which Hamas is a partner, Kerry has just offered a $47 million bribe in the form of so-called “humanitarian” aid for Gaza. Some of the $47 million would flow through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This is the very same agency which found at least twenty Hamas rockets in one of its schools and which is reported to have returned those rockets to the “local authorities.” In Gaza, the “local authorities” are presently the Hamas operatives who govern Gaza. Presumably, UNRWA will be sharing the Kerry-provided windfall with those same “local authorities.”

As usual, while the Obama administration is prepared to reward the Palestinians, it seeks to pressure Israel into agreeing to a short term peace that will simply buy Hamas more time to build up an even greater arsenal of deadly weapons. Before Kerry left on his latest jaunt to Cairo, he was heard on the open mike issuing a not-so-subtle warning to Israel not to try the Obama administration’s patience. “I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,” apparently referring to the Obama administration’s rhetorical support for Israel’s right of self-defense. “That better be the warning to them.”

After arriving in Cairo, Kerry acknowledged Israel’s right to defend its citizens from Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks, but then added: “We are deeply concerned about the consequences.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/joseph-klein/palestinians-prize-for-terror/

Good for Mike Bloomberg

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday banned all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel, but that is not stopping former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg from visiting the country, the Weekly Standard reports.

He issued the following statement late on Tuesday:

 This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hand Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.

Israeli airline El Al will still be sending flights to Tel Aviv from New Jersey’s Newark airport.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/good-for-mike-bloomberg/

 It isn’t often I agree with Mike Bloomberg about anything. Today and about this I do. It feels really strange.

Wising up to Albany’s political ‘con’ game

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin  by Michael Goodwin

Sullen but not mutinous. That is the New York state of mind in this election year.

The Siena poll finding that an incredible two-thirds of New Yorkers assume state legislators are in the job only for themselves and their friends is a dismal reflection of recent history. And it’s no surprise that voters are not surprised when the pols get busted for corruption.

The only shocker is that the public seems prepared to accept the status quo as the best the Empire State can do. Big mistake.

Apathy benefits incumbents, including the worst ones, and the poll is more proof that this year’s contests are not generating any passion. If voter enthusiasm had to produce actual electricity, we’d be headed for a summer blackout.

The poll shows Gov. Cuomo holding a massive, 37-point lead over Republican Rob Astorino, 60 to 23 percent. The lopsided margin is in line with other surveys.

Yet Astorino, in an interview yesterday, insists that the race is far from over, and claims to see an opening because he is making Albany ethics, or the lack of them, a top issue. That puts him in sync with voters, although he clearly hasn’t convinced them he can clean the stables; that, in turn, has made fund-raising difficult.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/07/23/wising-up-to-cuomos-political-con-game/

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Media Malpractice:

NBC Spotlights Bloomberg Blasting FAA For Suspending Flights to Israel; ABC, CBS Omit

Matthew Balan  by Matthew Balan

Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News was the sole Big Three evening newscast to notice the criticism of the Obama administration banning U.S. airliners from traveling to Israel. Prominent politicians from both sides of the political spectrum, including Senator Ted Cruz and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have denounced this move by the FAA. Senator Cruz accused the administration of using the “federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel.”

Anchor Brian Williams zeroed in on Bloomberg’s blunt critique of the travel ban, as he introduced a report from correspondent Richard Engel:

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2014/07/23/nbc-spotlights-bloomberg-blasting-faa-suspending-flights-israel-abc-c#ixzz38NxPkQkQ

 Any actual journalistic creds Williams might have gained were lost when he joined the other networks in ignoring the GAO Study and Williams glossed over the GAO investigation on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, but set aside 21 seconds of air time to tout the latest enrollment numbers for ObamaCare

Networks Ignore GAO’s Study on ObamaCare Accepting Fake Applications; NBC Touts Enrollment

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2014/07/23/networks-ignore-gaos-study-obamacare-accepting-fake-applications-nbc-#ixzz38Ny9ajdj

Watch This:

DWS Gets Called Out On Air for False Obamacare Claim

 Woman Loses Obamacare Coverage Despite Making Full Payments

Poll: 58 Percent Say Obama Regime Is Incompetent At Managing The Government…

Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no — including about a third of Democrats.

A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.

Forty percent of voters do say the administration has been competent at running the government.

https://kenoshamargetwo.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=29734&action=edit&message=10

 The forty percent that thinks he’s competent probably reside in one of the 7 of 57 states Obama mentioned. Just plain stupid if you can’t see what a disaster Obama has been for this country. A D after the name and enough melanin in the skin means more than honesty, decency, competence and integrity – typical of Obama voters.

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Worth A Look

Democrats About Ready to Chalk Montana Up as a Loss

NYT finds that appointed senator plagiarized parts of his U.S. Army War College thesis.

 

link: http://pjmedia.com/blog/democrats-about-ready-to-chalk-montana-up-as-a-loss/?singlepage=true

Billionaire Warns: Yellen Collapse ‘Will Be Unlike Any Other’

link: http://www.moneynews.com/MKTNews/Billionaire-yellen-market-collapse/2014/07/21/id/583962#ixzz38Nua5Y9p

Slate Editor takes her childhood Zionist regrets out on dead Israeli “lone soldier”

Sometimes it’s better to say nothing at all.

William A Jacobson  by William A. Jacobson

link: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/slate-editor-takes-her-childhood-zionist-regrets-out-on-dead-israeli-lone-soldier/

What the hell is it with liberals – everything is ALWAYS about them. Sit down and STFU you POS! But then she writes for Slate so what else can be expected?

Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/

the absurdity of it

Why doesn’t Obama solve the Israel-Gaza conflict the good old Liberal way: go over there and organize a group chorus of Kumbaya and tell both sides that we’re all one big family? That always works.

Last But Not Least…

Do Blacks Need Favors?

Walter E. Williams by Walter E. Williams

Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no” answer assume and imply? Let’s look at it.

There are some areas of black life in which excellence can be found without the slightest hint of racial preferences. Young blacks dominate basketball, football and some track-and-field events despite the fact that there has been a history of gross racial discrimination in those activities. Blacks are also prominent in several areas of the entertainment industry. Those observations mean that racial discrimination alone is not an insurmountable barrier to success. By the way, I can’t think of any two fields with more ruthless competition.

You say, “OK, Williams, everyone knows about the success of blacks in sports and entertainment, but what about the intellectual arena?” A few inner-city junior high and high schools have produced black champion chess players, schools such as Philadelphia’s Roberts Vaux High School and New York’s Edward R. Murrow High School. Last year, two black teens — from Intermediate School 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos in Brooklyn, New York — won the national high-school chess championship. All of this is in addition to quite a few black international masters and grandmasters in chess. Moreover, there’s a long list of former and current black inventors and scientists. So there’s no question that black people have the capacity to compete intellectually.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2014/07/23/do-blacks-need-favors-n1864237/page/full


Tuesday’s Tensions

Witch’s Will

I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.

Don’t blame Obama and his administration alone for this bullshit – Bush started it with “Free Speech Zones”. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day:

IRS official Lois Lerner warned fellow IRS workers to watch what they say in old e-mails that surfaced Thursday. She lost her e-mails and the IRS says their main server crashed so there’s no record of targeting conservatives in 2012. Just the Republicans’ luck, it turns out that Edward Snowden is the only government worker responsible enough to keep good records.

My Top Stories For Today:

Bordering on Madness

thomas_sowell by Thomas Sowell

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, “We are as good as you are!”

One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that — regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes — many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing “the race card” is such an irresponsible and dangerous political game.

The real issue when it comes to immigration is not simply what particular immigration policy America should have, but whether America can have any immigration policy at all.

A country that does not control its own borders does not have any immigration policy. There may be laws on the books, but such laws are just meaningless words if people from other countries can cross the borders whenever they choose.

One of the reasons why many Americans are reluctant to keep out illegal immigrants — or even to call them “illegal immigrants,” instead of using the mealy-mouthed word “undocumented” — is that most Hispanics they encounter seem to be decent, hard-working people.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/07/22/bordering_on_madness_123405.html#ixzz38C9k20IA

John and Ban’s Not-So-Excellent Cairo Adventure

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

You know you’re living in mundo bizarro when Egyptian strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sounds (and is!) more reasonable than the U.S. secretary of State and the UN secretary general.

But that’s the way it is in this best of all possible worlds with John Kerry and Ban Ki-moon rocketing to Cairo to bring about a ceasefire in the latest Gaza War before Israel does something so rash as finally obliterating the murderous religious psychopaths of Hamas. Heaven forfend!

El-Sisi undoubtedly knows better, as do numerous relatively more silent types like the Saudis and the Jordanians, all — or anyway most — of whom would like to see Hamas and its Muslim Brotherhood-Iran allies brought low, not to mention IS/ISIS and the rest of the mad Sunni branch. The people who live there — the semi-normal ones anyway — know that the Middle East is in serious need of a swamp draining and the only ones capable of doing it are the Israelis. The Americans under Obama are so out to lunch that they might as well be opening a McDonald’s franchise on Alpha Centauri.

more: http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/07/21/john-and-bans-not-so-excellent-cairo-adventure/?singlepage=true

Obama Dismisses ‘Haters’

Charlie Spiering by Charlie Spiering

During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him.

“I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart.

“Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just — what’d someone say — hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said.

Obama said that people should only focus on “constructive criticism.”

“One thing you should learn is, if somebody is being constructive in their criticism, usually they are not criticizing you, they’re criticizing your actions and what you do and are giving you something specific,” Obama said.

more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/21/Obama-Dismisses-Haters

Good old Obama bullshit – if you critisize him, well then you are a hater which probably means you are a racist. Why does anyone listen to this lying POS? You have to be a complete idiot to still support him.

Kerry and the illusory “peace plan”

It’s extraordinary to think that this man is our Secretary of State.

By neo-neocon

There’s a long, long article appearing in TNR that professes to be “The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble.” It’s worth reading, but perhaps not for the reasons the authors intended.

The problem with the article and so many other treatments of the subject is that its premise is that there is a peace plan that can be built and that can crumble—and that someone like John Kerry has the smarts to do it, if it were possible to do it. But the whole thing is a chimera at this point.

The piece’s conclusion contains a more realistic appraisal of the situation, from Avi Dichter, former head of Israel’s Shin Bet:

The American effort will always be multiplied by the amount of trust between the two leaders. So if Kerry’s pressure represents the number five, and then Obama’s help brings the number to ten, it really doesn’t matter. You’re still multiplying it by zero. The final result will always be zero.

The amount of trust—or distrust—between the two leaders reflects the amount of distrust between the two countries and their peoples. Peace plans sometimes have been entered into by these two groups (or Israel and other Palestinian groups) for temporary tactical reasons, but that’s about it. The Palestinian government does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and Hamas is a terrorist group dedicated to its destruction. But for various reasons both have become the darlings of Europe and the Left, and that helps tie Israel’s hands to a certain extent. But “partners for peace” they ain’t.

As for Kerry, long before Obama became well-known as a narcissistic leftist and a self-serving liar, those terms described Kerry very well.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/kerry-and-the-illusory-peace-plan/

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This Too:

Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

Michael Cutler  by Michael Cutler

Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable. Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities.

In point of fact, on July 15, 2014, the publication “Mail Online” published a report with a self- explanatory title: “America’s 1 percenters are even richer than we thought: Richest actually control 37 percent of U.S. Wealth”

It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Similarly, the term wage “equality” is an emotionally evocative term that is viewed as something good and worthwhile to achieve. Generally this is the proper perspective, but of course it is important to pose some significant questions. For example, “How will equality be attained?” It is also critical to understand what baseline will be established for achieving equality. (Will wages be increased or will some wages be decreased to bring about this change? If, in fact, some wages will be lowered, whose wages will be lowered?)

Finally, as we will see, sometimes inequality in wages may not be a bad thing, after all.

Before we consider the words many politicians use, we would be wise to consider two important quotes from George Orwell, the author of “1984” and other significant literary works.

“Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Having been forewarned let us now consider the definition of “equality.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/michael-cutler/immigration-reform-engineered-destruction-of-the-middle-class/

Media Malpractice:

NewsBusters Win: WashPost Admits It ‘Should Not Have Sent’ Fiercely Anti-Israel Intern to Cover Protest

Tim Graham by Tim Graham

Kristinn Taylor at Gateway Pundit reported a win for NewsBusters on Monday night. Yesterday, we noted The Washington Post published a story on anti-Israel protests written by a transparently anti-Israel graduate student (and apparent Post intern) named Britain Eakin. The Post now admits this was a mistake, and that it wasn’t aware she was trashing Israel in fierce editiorials for al-Jazeera America and the leftist website Counterpunch.

Although Post spokesman Kris Coratti did not send us a statement, an editor’s note was appended online:

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Post covered a protest outside the State Department on July 20 against U.S. policy in the Middle East and Israel’s actions in Gaza. One reporter sent to cover the protest, Britain Eakin, is an intern who has written opinion pieces elsewhere that sharply criticize Israel in the conflict. The Post should not have sent her to cover the protest and, had it known of her writings, would not have done so.

We commend the Post editors for this admission, and saying it would not be their policy to send fierce advocates to support protests under the guise of “objective” reporting.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/07/22/newsbusters-win-washpost-admits-it-should-not-have-sent-fiercely-anti-is#ixzz38CUfKjn9

Oklahoma Governor: ICE Sent Us 1,200 Illegal Alien Children – Including 90 From India

Halper: Bill is Hillary’s Biggest Liability for 2016

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President Obama’s interview on Between Two Ferns last fall was nominated for a Emmy Thursday. Good call. He convinced the host that Obamacare would be easy to access, lowers costs and lets you to keep your doctor, and all the Academy could say was brother, that’s acting.

Worth a Read:

Bruce Braley Missed More than 75% of Full Veterans’ Affairs committee Hearings

link: http://freebeacon.com/politics/bruce-braley-missed-more-than-75-of-full-veterans-affairs-committee-hearings/

Illegals have had it! ‘Enough is enough!’

By Carol Brown

link: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/illegals_have_had_it_enough_is_enough.html

A “Nation of Laws” would lock their arrogant, illegals asses up just long enough to arrange to ship them back where they came from.

Reporters bristle as WH derides, then offers, anonymous sources

Complaints from White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday about anonymous news sources prompted a testy exchange with reporters who noted that administration officials regularly demand anonymity.

Earnest was asked about a Washington Post report charging that the administration ignored predictions last year from the Department of Homeland Security about the surge of unaccompanied minors who have flooded across the border in recent months.

But the spokesman looked to challenge the report by arguing it was “based entirely on anonymous sources.” Earnest also offered a broader critique on the use of anonymous sourcing in a bid to challenge the credibility of the story.

“In the course of reporting, I think it’s important, based on my own personal view, for those kinds of quotes and those kinds of stories to be given greater weight than just anonymous sources,” Earnest said. “So, what that means is, if you have anonymous sources at the White House who are telling you something, and you’re gonna say to them — that anonymous source — ‘Look, I’m willing to give your side of the story a little less weight right now, because you’re telling me this anonymously.’ “

That prompted complaints from reporters who noted that the White House routinely insists on anonymity when unveiling new efforts.

“Would you guys commit then, when you have situations like today’s call, which is people specifically picked by the White House to roll out a policy of the White House, would you commit to have those people speak on the record?” asked Associated Press White House correspondent Julie Pace. “Because there doesn’t seem to be a reason to put them on background.”

more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/212866-reporters-bristle-as-wh-derides-then-offers-anonymous-sources#ixzz38CbgcLCX

 

Another Monday Mourning

Witch’s Will

I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.

Don’t blame Obama and his administration alone for this bullshit – Bush started it with “Free Speech Zones”. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day:

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that would override the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling. Yes, because there’s nothing a hastily-introduced, ill-considered bill ramrodded through Congress can’t fix.

My Top Stories For Today:

Obama’s Tranquility

The Ego Has Landed
victor_davis_hanson by Victor Davis Hanson

Barack Obama’s team recently took credit for improving the “tranquility of the global community,” and the president made it clear just what a calm place the world has become during his tenure.

But this summer Obama’s tranquil world has descended into medieval barbarism in a way scarcely seen in decades. In Gaza, Hamas is banking its missile arsenal in mosques, schools and private homes; even Hitler did not do that with his V2s. Hamas terrorists resort to trying to wire up animals to serve as suicide bombers. Aztec-style, they seek to capture Israeli soldiers to torture or trade — a sort of updated version of parading captive soldiers up the Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlan.

Hamas cannot build a hotel, but instead applies its premodern cunning to tunneling and killing in ever more insidious ways. Yet it proves incompetent in doing what it wishes to do best — kill Jewish civilians. Its efforts to kill Jews while getting killed in the process earn it sympathy from the morally obtuse of the contemporary world who would have applauded Hitler in 1945 as an underdog who suffered greatly as he was overwhelmed by the Allies that he once tried to destroy.

In Paris, just seventy years after the Holocaust, sympathetic rioters hit the streets to cheer on Hamas’s efforts to kill more Jews with their crude versions of Vergeltungswaffen. The passive French solution apparently is once again to encourage Jews to leave the country, given the growing number of new Nazis in their midst. Whether Hamas or Putin, the European response is always the same: why cannot they just go away to bother to some Jews or Americans, and leave us alone?

Russian operatives, role-playing as Ukrainian separatists, shot down a civilian airliner, then tried to doctor the debris field, then let the bodies decay, and now are looting the wallets of the dead. You cannot get much less tranquil than that.

In Iraq, ISIS, not content with the usual Middle East savagery, resorts to warring on religious icons, as if torture and murder of the living do not offer enough outlet for their barbarity. They blow up mosques, shatter tombs, and deface graveyards, in their eagerness to restore the 7th century. All that seems more Dark Age than merely medieval.

more: http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/obamas-tranquility/?singlepage=true

The definitive Elizabeth Warren Storify

The story of Elizabeth Warren the media acolytes do not tell.

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

With Elizabeth Warren reaching cult status, and momentum growing to convince her to run for President, it’s worth keeping in mind that Elizabeth Warren’s career is nothing like portrayed.

No, I’m not just referring to the Cherokee deal. From her legal representation for large pay of the biggest corporate interests to questions raised by other professors about her academics, there is a story behind Elizabeth Warren which is at risk of going down the memory hole.

That’s the main reason we created ElizabethWarrenWiki.org — to preserve the record and the research.

It’s also why Twitter user @Coondawg68 has created a Storify, Liz Warren #RunLizRun on the occasion of Warrens star appearance at Netroots Nation (the left-wing blogger gathering). It is an accumulation of much of Warren’s story via tweets, some of which are pugnacious, but most informative as to the historical record:

Warren embraced TARP, Too big to fail, perpetual bailouts for big lenders, export/import bank, regs making competition harder..

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/the-definitive-elizabeth-warren-storify/

Study: Forced Unionization Harms Economy

Right to work laws boost income, competitiveness

Bill McMorris by Bill McMorris

Forced unionization cost the economy nearly $650 billion in 2012, according to a new study.

A state-by-state comparison of growth and employment rates found that right to work laws, which free workers from coercive unionization, boost competitiveness for local economies, as well as wages. Per capita income increases more than $13,000 per year for a family of four, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank.

The reason for the disparate growth rates, according to CEI Vice President Aloysius Hogan, is that investment capital generally migrates to business climates that are amenable to growth. Entrepreneurs and other small businesses—the primary drivers of employment—have a higher chance of profitability and survival when they are free to control costs and negotiate with workers directly. Their success increases employment opportunities in the region.

“Right to work laws attract businesses and create more jobs and ultimately create more prosperity and wealth for individuals,” Hogan said in a phone interview with the Washington Free Beacon.

more: http://freebeacon.com/issues/study-forced-unionization-harms-economy/

Outbreak of Political Correctness in Science Media

Alex B. Berezow by Alex B. Berezow

A free and objective press: A quaint idea.

The American media is widely perceived to lean to the Left. Though most journalists won’t openly admit the fact, it is indisputably true. As reported in the Washington Post, a 2014 study showed that among journalists Democrats outnumber Republicans by four to one. (The exact numbers were: 28.1% Democrat, 7.1% Republican, 50.2% Independent, and 14.6% “other” — whatever that means.) It is impossible to know exactly what to make of the roughly 65% of journalists who refused to put a label on themselves, but it is perhaps safe to assume that Left-leaning independents outnumber Right-leaning independents by the same margin. After all, about 93% of DC-based journalists vote Democrat, and 65% of donations from journalists went to Democrats in 2010.

For science journalists, political affiliation shouldn’t be a problem because the job of a science writer is to report data and facts. Yet, it is a problem. As Hank Campbell and I detailed in our book, Science Left Behind, science journalists are quick to point out unscientific flaws in Republican statements and policies, but shy away from doing the same for Democrats. (Thankfully, this is slowly beginning to change, as more journalists are rebuking Democrats for being opposed to GMOs.)

more: http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2014/07/an_outbreak_of_political_correctness_in_science_media.html

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Media Malpractice:

Sunday Morning Shows Ignore Report Showing Obama Admin. ‘Warned of Brewing Border Crisis’

Jeffrey Meyer by Jeffrey Meyer

The front-page of the Washington Post on Sunday, July 20 had a damning headline accusing the Obama administration of “being warned of brewing border crisis” but only Fox and Friends Sunday covered the report.

NBC’s Today, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC’s Good Morning America, failed to cover how in a 2013 report prepared for the Obama administration “the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.”

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/07/20/sunday-morning-shows-ignore-report-showing-obama-admin-warned-brewing#ixzz386ZyOyt5

Elizabeth Warren Asked Loaded Question, Runs Away

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2014/07/20/video-elizabeth-warren-wont-answer-questions-about-irraelhamas-conflict-n1863614

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NBC News announced its news reporters will no longer use the phrase illegal immigrants while reporting on the flood of new arrivals in Texas. The network considers the term to be politically incorrect. Instead, NBC will call them Obama’s houseguests from south of the border.

Worth a Read:

Perry Prepares to Deploy National Guard to Portion of Border

link: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/21/After-Twelve-Years-Perry-Appears-to-be-Preparing-to-Deploy-Guard-to-Portions-of-the-Border

John Kerry’s rocky tour of the Sunday talk show circuit capped a tumultuous week around the world

link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/20/kerrys-rocky-tour-of-the-talk-show-circuit-capped-a-tumultuous-week-around-the-world/

Hillary Clinton Earns $12 Million After State, Undermining 2016 Message

link: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hillary-clinton-earns-12-million/2014/07/21/id/583782/

The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

Bruce Thornton  by Bruce Thornton

Israel’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. We need not dwell on demonstrations by Muslim immigrants, whose genocidal Jew-hatred has been an Islamic tradition for 14 centuries. More revealing is the hatred of Israel by so many Europeans, ranging from leftover leftists and idealizers of the dark-skinned “other,” to far-right xenophobes and morally addled Christians. Whatever its origins, one thing their bitter hatred of Israel does not have is any foundation in coherent principle.

Take the displeasure aroused by the continually publicized disparity in deaths between Gazans and Israelis in the current ground operation to stop the rockets. Many critics seem affronted that Israel has taken great pains to protect its citizens by building bomb shelters and developing the Iron Dome anti-missile defenses, and so have suffered only 2 civilian deaths. They see the videos of dead Palestinian Arab children and blame those deaths on Israel’s “disproportionate response” instead of Hamas’ indifference to their own people’s safety.

They ignore Hamas’s tactic of using their own women and children as human shields, ordering them not to flee the fighting, and storing explosives and munitions in tunnels under mosques, hospitals, apartment buildings, and schools, subterranean space that could be used to protect their people.

They wink at Hamas’ conscious aim to engineer such casualties in order to create the “propaganda of the deed,” the purpose of which is to elicit precisely the uncritical condemnations of Israel that European useful idiots reflexively provide.

They disregard Israel’s unprecedented efforts to warn civilians that bombs are headed their way––phoning them on cell phones and land-lines, sending text messages, scattering leaflets, and dropping warning duds on the roofs of targets. And of course, the Israel-haters don’t care that Israel’s actions are always a defensive response to terrorist aggression.

So what’s the underlying principle behind criticisms of “disproportionate” actions and casualties? That tactical and matériel advantages in war are unfair? A war is not a game like golf, where an inferior player is given a handicap when he plays a better opponent. The objective is to stop the aggression and save lives, using all the resources at your disposal. Do you think during WWII that anyone gave a damn about “disproportionate” casualties? Japanese bombs killed 74 U.S. civilians during WWII, 68 at Pearl Harbor and an Oregon family of 6 killed by a booby-trapped balloon. The U.S. bombing of Japan killed 500,000. Those are the tragic wages of aggression, what Aeschylus meant when he said, “The doer suffers.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/bruce-thornton/the-incoherent-excuses-for-hating-israel/

 

Sunday Morning Mishmosh

Witch’s Will

I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.

Don’t blame Obama and his administration alone for this bullshit – Bush started it with “Free Speech Zones”. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

A little rant to start the day off… soapbox smiley

Lets face it, we have a POS in the Oval Office who can run his mouth at fundraisers and attack Republicans but hasn’t the faintest idea of how to govern or lead.

This big talking mediocrity talks tough and walks very small. We are in deep shit people with someone like this at the helm.

His party, even those who know what a disaster he is, stays quiet. Politics before country? You bet. Both sides do it and both sides accuse the other side of it.

We are ill-served and we elected those who serve us so ill. If past is prologue, most incumbents will be elected again, and most voters will vote party not country. Is it any wonder we are in such a mess?

If the ignorant were barred from voting we would have an even lower voter participation rate than we all ready do. It is sad and disgusting and predictable every time an election rolls around.

Media? Those who should be the watchdogs of the people? Useless. They are biased, corrupt, and useless in the role they are supposed to play. That bias is obvious and continual. Pogo was right.

Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day:

“For years President Obama had said that no one would lose their healthcare plan with Obamacare. Now the White House has admitted that in fact many people will lose their plans.

But there is a way to keep the great coverage you have. Just become a member of Congress. Then the taxpayers pay for the whole thing.” ~ Jay Leno

My Top Stories For Today:

Jew-seeking Missiles, the Secure Border, and Other Nonsense

By Clarice Feldman
I was thinking the world could not be more absurd when I read that a Hamas official announced to Arab Israelis they should not be fearful of their attacks because the missiles were designed to kill Jews only. This development is so outstanding that the Norwegians — citizens of probably the most anti-Semitic country in Europe — who decide the winners of the Nobel peace prize undoubtedly secretly voted on the spot to award it to Hamas this year.

I was wrong, though, there must be some virus rapidly spreading across the globe that paralyzes brain cells, creating a world gone mad.

The diversity proponents who have long exaggerated the numbers of gays, lesbians, or bisexuals in our midst had a bad moment this week when the Washington Post reported the results of a U.S. National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Turns out that 96.6 percent of Americans say they are heterosexual; 1.1 percent declined to answer which means less than three percent of the U.S. population are gay, lesbian, or homosexual. This means, if we follow the proportional argument of diversicrats like those at the University of Wisconsin who argue “for representational equity” on race and ethnicity grounds, that conceding that on sexual grounds as well might mean disaster for a passel of Area studies which are grounded in gay/lesbian and bisexual culture.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/jewseeking_missiles_the_secure_border_and_other_nonsense.html

Up To A Point: My Problem With People Who Agree With Me

P.J. O'Rourke 1  by P.J. O’Rourke
A libertarian gathering in Las Vegas shows the basic weakness of small-government advocacy.
I have just returned from a confab of people who agree with me, at one of the nation’s largest annual gatherings of individuals and organizations devoted to libertarianism and libertarian-conservatism. And this presented certain difficulties.

No, it wasn’t full of nuts – no Birthers, no Birchers, no Truthers, no xenophobes, homophobes, white supremacists, no one wearing a sidearm, and if there were any male chauvinists they were keeping a cork in it because they were accompanied by wives with strongly held egalitarian views.

Blacks, Latinos, and Asians were there, if not as many as I’d like to see. Gays were fairly well represented. Millennials were all over the place. Various types and kinds of libertarians and libertarian-conservatives were present, some of whose views could be made fun of, and were.

Making fun of each other’s views is a libertarian sport. And since we libertarians are not, for the most part, athletic types — let alone team players — making fun of each other’s views may be the only libertarian sport.

To make a ridiculous comparison, it’s as if the Twelve Apostles (minus Judas Iscariot — played by Bill Maher) never left Jerusalem.

Randians think the simple notion of keeping your hands to yourself can be forged into a philosophy. Gold Bugs consider U.S. currency a magic act with the dollar mysteriously levitated on the world economic stage. Strict Constructionists believe the Constitution was carved in stone by a higher power instead of penned on paper by guys in Philadelphia. And maybe all of them are right.

The more socially conservative libertarian-conservatives worry about family cohesion and erosion of religious belief. They aren’t fully reconciled to abortion, gay marriage, and drug legalization.

I’m opposed to abortion. But it’s a moral, not a legislative, issue. Imagine trying to make the Ten Commandments into laws. There goes Hollywood Buddhism, representative art, golf on Sunday, the language I use during golf on Sunday, most sex, Wall Street, fibbing to escape the Tupperware party next door, and envying your boss’s Porsche. And we’d all be jailed for putting mom in the nursing home.

As for gay marriage – they’re getting married, which is more than can be said for many Americans.

State Department Official Tweets #UnitedforGaza

Was it a typo, a Freudian slip, or a statement?

Paula Bolyard by Paula Bolyard

Richard Stegel, under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the U.S. Department of State, took to Twitter on Saturday night and appeared to take sides in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Stegel, appointed to his post at the State Department by President Obama last year and confirmed by a 90-8 vote along party lines in April, used his personal Twitter account to call for an investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The former managing editor of Time prefaced the tweet with the State Department’s Twitter handle and ended it with the hashtag #UnitedForGaza, indicating his solidarity with the Palestinians.

Not surprisingly, many Twitter uses were offended by the hashtag:

more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/07/19/state-department-official-tweets-unitedforgaza/

22 Shot In Chicago Over 12 Hours, Including Girl, 11, Killed At Sleepover

Holder dispatching 7 additional agents to combat the violence in the gun free zones.

Via Chicago Tribune

Shamiya Adams was sitting on a bedroom floor in her best friend’s home, making s’mores after an evening of practicing a dance routine, when the shot ripped through the house in Garfield Park.

The bullet crashed through the wall of the bedroom and struck the 11-year-old in the head. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where family kept an overnight vigil until the girl was pronounced dead at 7:33 a.m. today.

“They came out and told us she wasn’t going to make it,” Shamiya’s grandmother said. “Oh, my God.”

more: http://weaselzippers.us/193784-22-shot-in-chicago-over-12-hours-including-girl-11-killed-at-sleepover/

Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Yet it has more shootings than most cities. WTF? Could it be that criminals might, gasp, not obey those laws?

Obama’s priority: Raising money

The Middle East is imploding, our southern border is effectively erased, the economy continues to sputter, Social Security is inching closer to insolvency, and our national debt is on track to exceed the entire U.S. economy in 25 years. What has President Obama been doing? Holding fundraisers.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that President Obama has held 393 fundraisers, including 34 so far this year. President George W. Bush held 318 fundraisers in his entire two terms.

Republicans made hay about Obama not coming to the border during his recent trip to Texas. Why was he in Texas? To raise money.

Obama has managed to find a great deal of time to raise money for Democrats and make television appearances. What he has done with the rest of his time is a mystery. But maybe it is better this way. Had Obama stayed in the Oval Office diligently attempting to manage the government, things might be even worse.

more: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140718/OPINION01/140719074/1004/opinion

b9903-thinking-man Think About It…

This Too:

Hill’s money talks loudly

By Michalel Goodwin

Hillary Clinton’s name produces many word associations, but the latest is among the least flattering: money-grubber.

The diva-like contract for a speech at SUNY’s University at Buffalo — $275,000 for her plus $1,000 for a stenographer — is so far out on the spectrum of excess that it is impossible to defend. And remember, she began the whole episode by claiming she and hubby were “dead broke” when they left the White House.

Now she may be too rich to get back.

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 I usually agree with Michael Goodwin, and I certainly do with the portion of his column above.
However I do not agree with him on the incident of the  shooting down of the Malaysian airplane.
Until all the facts are known, and until all the hyperbolic Russia/Putin bashing has calmed some I will not post the rants by people I generally respect.
Michael Goodwin is one as is Krauthammer. I love their ability to skewer Obama but am less fond of their hawkishness.

Media Malpractice:

Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be ’100 Percent In Her Corner,’ Especially Women

Tim Graham by Tim Graham

In May, Politico’s reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary’s hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president…The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.”

In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the press to be “100 percent in her corner,” especially if you’re female:

Hillary Clinton, whom she met in 1978, while Bill Clinton was running for governor. At the time, Abramson found her to be friendly and very helpful as a source. But once Hillary became first lady, their relationship cooled. “Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists,” Abramson told me. “She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

While is quick to dismiss a “rapacious, shallow and sometimes downright sexist national press corps acting as enablers for her enemies on the right,” we protest by recalling the avalanche of pro-Hillary pap she’s received over the last 22 years. You could spend hours looking at the worst of it. See our Hillary-boosting highlights of 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000…. and so on, and so on….

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/07/19/former-nyt-editor-hillary-expects-journalists-be-100-percent-her-corner-#ixzz380o2zJp9

Martina McBride sings God Bless America

b9903-thinking-man Think About It…

Seen on a church sign: Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world.

A. F. Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection  http://legalinsurrection.com/tag/a-f-branco/

Worth a Read:

Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

link: http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2014/07/19/russia-bans-congressman-12-other-americans-n1863840

Tit for tat.

IRS: Lois Lerner’s Computer Destroyed 3 Years Ago

link: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/lois-lerner-computer-hard-drive/2014/07/18/id/583653#ixzz380RqdV3T

A. F. Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/tag/a-f-branco/

Daughter of Joe Manchin Jilts U.S. for Lower Tax Rate

Fournier: ‘How to renounce America and still be called a Patriot’ by the New York Times

The daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin (D.-W.Va.) is taking her giant generic drug-making company based outside of Pittsburgh to the Netherlands for a favorable tax rate, and according to the New York Times, Heather Bresch remains a “patriot” and made the decision “reluctantly.”

Ron Fournier at National Journal took issue with the Times writer Andrew Ross Sorkin’s characterization of “Bresch as a helpless victim of a system that has made her wealthy and her father powerful.”

Bresch is the chief executive of Mylan, a generic drug maker with profits that “come largely from Medicaid and Medicare, which means her nest is feathered by U.S. taxpayers,” according to Fournier.

This is the sort of story that makes blood boil in populists – voters from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party to libertarians who follow Rand Paul and including tea party conservatives. These disillusioned souls, growing in numbers, hate hypocrites who condemn the U.S. political system while gaming it.

Sorkin writes that Bresch’s patriotism rubbed off on her from her senator father, and proves it by showing that Esquire magazine named her “Patriot of the Year” in 2011.

Heather Bresch grew up around politics. Her father is Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia and a former governor. She has heard him say repeatedly, “We live in the greatest country on Earth,” as he did in countless political advertisements. And it appeared to rub off on her: Ms. Bresch was named a “Patriot of the Year” in 2011 by Esquire magazine for helping to push through the F.D.A. Safety Innovation Act.

Fournier especially takes issue with Bresch’s claim that renouncing the United States was a last step for the company after her complaints about corporate taxes fell on deaf ears on Capitol Hill.

“It’s not like I’ve not been vocal and up there talking to anybody who’d listen to me,” Bresch told the Times regarding her crusade talking to lawmakers about overhauling the corporate tax code. “But you know what they all say? ‘Yeah, uh huh, O.K. Uh huh.’”

Fournier has trouble finding pity for Bresch’s failure to get Congress to listen to her needs.

That’s ripe. The daughter of a U.S. senator and former governor–a Patriot of the Year, no less–says she got lip-service from Congress. Just like you and me. […]

Corporate taxes will go as low as ordinary voters can stand it, no doubt, because their rates are determined by powerful special interests and elites like Bresch and her father. Manchin wouldn’t speak to me, but he did issue a nugatory statement to Sorkin – something about being “disappointed” when U.S. companies “feel the need to move overseas because of the U.S. tax code.”

Too bad Manchin isn’t in a postion to feel the need and find a way to keep Mylan paying taxes to the United States, the country that presumably will continue to enrich her firm via Medicare and Medicaid. Would he try to cut federal drug payments to Mylan by roughly the amount of taxes his daughter is taking to the Netherlands? I don’t know, because my call to the senator’s office was not returned.

As for Americans less privileged and powerful than these two characters, your role is clear: Just cast your votes and pay the bills.

http://freebeacon.com/politics/daughter-of-joe-manchin-jolts-u-s-for-lower-tax-rate/

Can you even begin the coast to coast “outrage” is this was a Republican Governor’s child? Let’s say, although his kids are not this old, Scott Walker. Can you imagine the coverage and the fauxrage? The hypocrisy is astounding. But then it’s the NYT and they are the leaders of the free world in hypocrisy, dishonesty and bias.
That last sentence may be my “bias” coming out since I wouldn’t buy a copy of the NYT for my parrot to shit on.

 

Saturday’s Surliness

Witch’s Will

I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.

Don’t blame Obama and his administration alone for this bullshit – Bush started it with “Free Speech Zones”. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day:

President Obama said that his strategy for foreign policy is to be patient and determined. Which is also his strategy when it comes to Biden’s bedtime. ~ Jimmy Fallon

My Top Stories For Today:

20 Examples of What Liberalism REALLY Is

John_Hawkins_Updated by John Hawkins

1) Liberalism is college professors and documentary filmmakers accumulating vast fortunes in a capitalistic system by decrying the evils of capitalism.

2) Liberalism is claiming that the “border is secure” while saying we shouldn’t deport anyone who illegally crosses the border.

3) Liberalism is “environmental activists” flying across the world to ride together in SUVs to posh environmental conferences where they call for everyone else to live like cavemen in order to save the planet.

4) Liberalism is spewing hatred and profanity at conservative women, calling for gun control that leaves women defenseless against rapists and murderers, and celebrating misogynistic pigs like Bill Clinton while accusing OTHER PEOPLE of being engaged in a “war on women.”

5) Liberalism is people who say that asking for voter ID is racist while claiming that black Americans are too uniquely stupid and lazy to get an ID.

6) Liberalism is forcibly taking money you don’t deserve from the people who earned it and calling THEM greedy for not wanting to give you even more.

7) Liberalism is saying that the government should confiscate guns from NRA members and kill them if they resist and then claiming that you have no idea why they think that they need guns to defend themselves.

8) Liberalism is people who sneer at displays of the American flag, tell the world America isn’t exceptional, and criticize the country non-stop while getting offended if their patriotism is questioned.

9) Liberalism is calling for higher taxes while you cheat on your own taxes.

10) Liberalism is bitter, race-obsessed people who see EVERYTHING in racial terms, accusing OTHER PEOPLE of being racists.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/07/19/20-examples-of-what-liberalism-really-is-n1863760/page/full

The Obama Albatross 

 Playing pool in Colorado rather than visiting the Texas border is not very presidential.

columnist avatar John Fund by John Fund

With less than four months to go until Election Day, Democrats increasingly have no confidence in the Obama White House’s political instincts. As a result, more and more Democratic candidates are avoiding the president when he comes to their neighborhood. Senator Mark Udall famously avoided showing up with Obama at a fundraiser in the senator’s honor in Colorado last week. John Foust, the Democratic congressional candidate in a suburban Virginia district just outside Washington, D.C., snubbed the president this week by failing to show up for a presidential event in his area.

Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas was flabbergasted by Obama’s petulant refusal to visit the Texas border last week, calling him “aloof” and “detached” and his decision “bizarre.”

more: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383051/obama-albatross-john-fund#!

How Obama Is Turning Liberalism Into an Instrument of Coercion

 columnist avatar Michael Barone by Michael Barone

Liberals just aren’t very liberal these days. The word “liberal” comes from the Latin word meaning freedom, and in the 19th century, liberals in this country and abroad stood for free speech, free exercise of religion, free markets, free trade — for minimal state interference in people’s lives.

In the 20th-century, New Dealers revised this definition by arguing that people had a right not only to free speech and freedom of religion but also, as Franklin Roosevelt said in his 1941 Four Freedoms speech, freedom from fear and from want.

Freedom from want meant, for Roosevelt, government provision of jobs, housing, health care and food. And so government would have to be much larger, more expensive and more intrusive than ever before.

That’s what liberalism has come to mean in America (in Europe it still has the old meaning), and much of the Obama Democrats’ agenda are logical outgrowths — Obamacare, the vast expansion of food stamps, attempted assistance to underwater homeowners.

But in some respects the Obama Democrats want to go further — and are complaining that they’re having a hard time getting there. Their form of liberalism is in danger of standing for something like the very opposite of freedom, for government coercion of those who refuse to behave the way they’d like.

Example one is the constitutional amendment, sponsored by 43 of the 55 Democratic U.S. senators, which would cut back on the First Amendment and authorize Congress and state legislatures to restrict political speech.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/07/18/how_obama_is_turning_liberalism_into_an_instrument_of_coercion_123366.html#ixzz37utZMQc9

Nanny State Targets Grocery Stores

Leah Barkoukis by Leah Barkoukis

After having made her mark on school lunches, you know, replacing mac n’ cheese for quinoa salad thereby leaving kids across the nation hungry and unhappy, first lady Michelle Obama is moving on to bigger and better things, it seems.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.

The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.

The group released an 80-pagereportthis month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items.

To encourage Americans, including food stamp recipients, to purchase and eat healthier foods, USDA has come up with a few suggestions, including “SNAP-Ed cooking classes,” and consultations with dieticians in grocery stores, a point system whereby shoppers could receive perks like movie tickets for buying healthy food, and of course, the talking shopping cart:

The “MyCart grocery cart” would provide dividers for shoppers to make sure they are selecting enough items in each “MyPlate” category, the USDA’s food icon.

“MyCart is a nonfinancial approach that would use behavioral economics to encourage healthier purchases by any consumer, including SNAP participants,” the report said.

The cart would be color-coded, physically divided, and have a system installed so that when the shopping cart reaches its healthy “threshold” it would congratulate the customer.

“The algorithm would group the purchases to classify them using the MyPlate designations and to provide consumers with a message of support or encouragement (e.g., “You achieved a MyCart healthy shopping basket!”),” the report said.

And the cost? Oh, a measly $30,000 for every store.

Whether or not you’ll find yourself using a talking shopping cart in the near future remains to be seen. More likely, shoppers will be confronted with one of the agency’s other, more realistic nanny state marketing schemes, which is sure to make Michelle O happy.

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/07/18/with-nations-school-lunches-fundamentally-transformed-michelle-o-eyes-talking-shopping-carts-n1863599

b9903-thinking-man Think About It…

This Too:

Report: Steyer Used Front Group to Mask Financing for Anti-Cuccinelli Ads

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer hid his role in financing and broadcasting a pair of political ads last year attacking then-Virginia attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, according to the legal complaint filed on Thursday.

The complaint targets Allbritton Communications, one of the two broadcasting companies that aired the ads.

While Steyer is not singled out for legal wrongdoing, the complaint, filed by liberal campaign finance reform groups Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation, suggests that he used a political action committee to mask the fact that he was the sole financier behind the ads.

“Efforts to obscure the true funding of political messages have recently proliferated as individuals increasingly turn to political action committees with opaque or misleading names to hide funders’ identities,” Sunlight and Common Cause note.

Steyer’s political group, NextGen Climate Action, was disclosed as the sponsor of the two ads.

more: http://freebeacon.com/politics/report-steyer-used-front-group-to-mask-financing-for-anti-cuccinelli-ads/

Maybe a Republican should stand on the Senate floor and call out this rich, liberal, POS for his misdeeds. After all, crazy, old Harry Reid attacks the Koch brothers relentlessly even for their good deeds. Time to stop having “civility”  be onesided.

Media Malpractice:

 CNN Reporter: Israelis Are ‘Scum’

ed driscoll-image by Ed Driscoll

This is CNN:

CNN International correspondent Diana Magnay referred to a group of Israelis as “scum” after she claimed that they were standing on a hill near the town of Sderot cheering as bombs landed in Gaza, according to a screen-shot of the comment captured by National Review.

“Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #Gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum,” Magnay tweeted and then quickly deleted, though it was retweeted nearly 250 times before being taken down.

Magnay has been removed from covering the conflict and CNN issued an apology for her tweet.

Which they do on a regular basis when their correspondents express their true feelings regarding the Middle East. Right around this time in 2010, I wrote:

I must confess that as one of the vast majority of Americans who no longer watches CNN unless trapped in an airport, I hadn’t heard of Octavia Nasr, CNN’s senior editor of Mideast affairs, until I stumbled over a YouTube clip of her discussing the Gaza flotilla for today’s “Cold Civil War” video. But, she’s now the latest CNN journalist to let the mask slip on her biases via Twitter. Or as as the URL of Daniel Helper’s post at the Weekly Standard describes succinctly, “cnn-editor-mourns-loss-terrorist:”

How did CNN senior editor of Middle East affairs Octavia Nasr celebrate July 4? By mourning the passing of Hezbollah’s Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. Here’s what the CNN editor posted on her Twitter account:

Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.. One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot..#Lebanon

I grabbed a screen shot of Nasr’s Twitter, both to illustrate this post, and because Tweets from leftwing old media figures occasionally seem to disappear from time to time.* “Oddly enough,” as Reuters, a news agency with a similar worldview as CNN, might say.

more: http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/07/18/cnn-reporter-israelis-are-scum/?singlepage=true

Regev: Israel ‘Had No Option But to Act’

Democrats Are Positive The Border is Secure

b9903-thinking-man Think About It…

“The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

Signs of the Times

Today is the 30th anniversary of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which raised the drinking age to 21. Also turning 30 today: a 16-year-old boy, according to his fake ID. ~ Seth Meyers

Worth a Read:

Protests Held Across North Texas Against Housing Illegal Aliens

Media coverage slim to none.

link: http://weaselzippers.us/193708-protests-held-across-north-texas-against-housing-illegal-aliens/

Insurers in US territories get Obamacare exemptions

link: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/212610-insurers-in-us-territories-get-o-care-exemptions

A Future without Electricity

That’s what radical Greens want — and President Obama’s policies are moving us toward.

more: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/383055/future-without-electricity-stephen-moore

 

Friday’s Fractures

Witch’s Will

I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.

Don’t blame Obama and his administration alone for this bullshit – Bush started it with “Free Speech Zones”. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day:

If the people swarming over our Southern border were all religious Christian conservatives, liberals would demand that the Army defend our border and shoot anyone crossing it until an electrified barbed wire fence could be completed.

My Top Stories For Today:

Pressure builds on Obama for decision on employer mandate

The White House needs to make a decision soon on whether ObamaCare’s controversial employer mandate will take effect in 2015.

With the mandate set to take effect in January, businesses are awaiting final world from the administration on whether they will be required to track and report how many of their employees are receiving coverage.

Federal officials are late in delivering the final forms and technical guidance necessary for firms to comply, raising suspicions that the mandate could once again be delayed.

The mandate has been pushed back twice before, both times in late summer.

The delays to the mandate have angered House Republicans, who are now taking President Obama to court for what they say is his refusal to follow the letter of the law.

more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/212625-pressure-builds-on-obama-for-decision-on-employer-mandate#ixzz37pIlWh9l

Hillary’s Greed is Destroying Her Presidential Campaign

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

Hillary Clinton’s book tour was supposed to be her first step on the road to the White House. Instead her publisher is looking at a $10 million loss on her royalties alone as shelves at every big box book store groan under unsold copies of Hard Choices and instead of answering softball questions about empowering women, she was forced to discuss her defense of a twelve year old girl’s rapist.

And then there was the money question.

Like the rest of their political movement, the Clintons want to be poor in spirit and rich in mansions. They want to play the class warfare game from a private jet. Usually the media lets them get away with it. No one asks Elizabeth Warren how she combines class warfare and a small fortune. But the media hacks holding out for a Warren candidacy began hammering Hillary over her enormous wealth.

And Hillary Clinton responded with off-the-cuff lies. Her “dead broke” gaffe reminded everyone why her husband wasn’t even the embarrassing one in the bunch. At least he could lie convincingly.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/hillarys-greed-is-destroying-her-presidential-campaign/

John Boehner’s Lawsuit Against President Obama Probably Won’t Succeed in Court—But It Doesn’t Have To

Peter Suderman by Peter Suderman

A poll released earlier this week found that a majority of Americans believe House Speaker John Boehner’s recently announced lawsuit against the president is not legitimate, and agree that it is “political stunt.”

That’s half right. The suit is probably best understood as a sort of formal protest measure. It’s not that Boehner doesn’t want to win, nor that the suit lacks any serious legal grounding—but it’s less about scoring a binding legal victory than it is about drawing attention to the Obama administration’s casual approach to implementing and enforcing the law. The goal is to channel the Republican party’s many frustrations with the president into an official forum that focuses on one of the clearest instances of executive branch overreach.

To do that, Boehner has stripped down the case against the president down to a single, issue: the delays of the health care law’s employer mandate. There are a number of reasons for this choice. A single-issue challenge is more likely to succeed in court than a grab-bag lawsuit containing multiple grievances. It also focuses the legal arguments, and the larger debate, on an executive branch action that even some liberal legal analysts (though certainly not all) havejudged to be an overreach. The point it makes is simple: Although there is obviously a political component, it is not strictly a political squabble; on this one issue, at least, there is agreement across the ideological spectrum that the president has overstepped his authority.

more: http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/16/john-boehners-lawsuit-against-president

Truth Telling and the Abuse of Language

Deanna Chadwell by Deana Chadwell

If you were a member of an elitist group trying to get complete control of a logical and stiff-necked people, what would you have to accomplish first? The citizens of that country would have to stop thinking, and since you can’t just pass a law against thought, their basic ability to think would have to be destroyed -– gradually before they noticed.

The process is simple:

•Lower standards for both teacher and student.

•Fill both teachers and texts with propaganda.

•Give awards to everyone.

•Fill entertainment with the same messages.

•Encourage pot-smoking — make it more and more available and acceptable.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/truth_telling_and_the_abuse_of_language.html

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This Too:

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Moves Echo Failed 2008 Campaign

By Mike Dorning and Jonathan Allen

Hillary Clinton hasn’t announced a 2016 campaign and she’s already repeating what was seen as a fundamental miscue of her 2008 bid for the presidency.

She’s on track to making the case for her candidacy on her resume rather than a vision for the future.

While Clinton has touched on policy issues in her new memoir and in a steady schedule of speeches and interviews, she has yet to draw a full portrait of where she wants to lead the country.

more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-17/hillary-clinton-s-2016-moves-echo-failed-2008-campaign.html

Media Malpractice:

Step Right Up to MTV’s Incest Plot

columnist avatar Brent Bozell by Brent Bozell

For those who predict the coming collapse of Western civilization, there’s always MTV for proof. At this year’s Television Critics Association summer tour in Hollywood, MTV put on a panel discussion for the press with the cast and creators of a forthcoming series called “Happyland.” The female star of the show, actress Bianca Santos, announced the new MTV motto: “Incest is hot, and we’re going to have fun!”

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2014/07/18/step-right-up-to-mtvs-incest-plot-n1863237

War On Women? The Left Speaks from Experience. Katie Pavlich Proves It.

Democrats Are Positive The Border is Secure

ABC: White House Appeared ‘Blindsided’ by Israeli Invasion of Gaza

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In Pennsylvania, police report that a woman masqueraded as a medical doctor and performed physicals on patients in her home. So, basically the Obamacare “Bronze” plan, right?

Worth a Read:

CNN Reporter Calls Israelis ‘Scum’

link: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/07/17/CNN-Reporter-Calls-Israelis-Scum

Out-of-state small donors still chasing Wendy Davis bubble

link: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/07/out-of-state-small-donors-still-chasing-wendy-davis-bubble/

Mrs. Obama’s Operation VA Scandal Distraction

michelle_malkin by Michelle Malkin

link: http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2014/07/18/mrs-obamas-operation-va-scandal-distraction-n1863363

“Pro-life” Senator Votes to Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

Cortney O'Brien by Cortney O’Brien

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D) has some explaining to do. Although the senator has proclaimed to be pro-life, his recent support of a Democratic bill to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, suggests otherwise. This failed legislation would have reversed a decision that protects the Christian company’s religious freedom and avoid providing employees abortion-inducing drugs.

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2014/07/17/prolife-senator-votes-to-overturn-hobby-lobby-ruling-n1863241

One of these days Joe Manchin is going to have to really decide just what he is, Democrat or Republican. For far too long this likable and mostly decent man has tried to have things both ways. Unfortunately the world doesn’t work that way.