Just Because the Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Should Know for January 15

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Stories of the Day

Of course he does. “Telecom and cable companies have been lobbying for the state laws, arguing that it’s not fair for them to have to compete with government-owned Internet providers. The companies claim the city projects discourage private investment and are often expensive failures. House Republicans passed legislation last year to protect the state laws from FCC action.” Obama Backs Government-Run Internet: The president wants to overturn state laws that restrict cities from building their own Internet networks.

Of course it does. “Obama pushed for a surge in Afghanistan claiming that Al Qaeda had to be defeated. Al Qaeda wasn’t there then, but it may be making a comeback now.

Afghan officials confirmed for the first time Monday that the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is active in the south, recruiting fighters, flying black flags and, according to some sources, even battling Taliban militants.” Obama Exits Afghanistan, ISIS Moves In

Emphasis mine. “Disparate impact theory is well-entrenched in some areas of the law, most notably employment discrimination. But the Supreme Court has yet to say whether it applies in housing discrimination cases under the Federal Housing Act.

The Obama administration has done everything it can, short of abandoning the theory, to prevent the Supreme Court from deciding the issue. Indeed, in two cases, it in essence bought off the opposing parties to thwart Supreme Court review. In one of the cases, discussed here, the Holder Justice Department (and specifically Tom Perez, who is now Secretary of Labor) went so far as to give up a valuable monetary claim against the City of St. Paul in exchange for the City’s agreement to drop a case in which the Supreme Court was set to decide whether disparate impact claims can be brought under the FHA.

Why the desperation? Because (1) the application of disparate impact theory to housing law is an important component of the left’s efforts to tell Americans where to live and (2) the administration is deeply concerned that the Supreme Court as presently composed won’t buy the theory.” A DAY OF RECKONING FOR “DISPARATE IMPACT” HOUSING DISCRIMINATION CASES

Someone I know, who is Jewish and originally from the UK, came back from his annual visit to his family (summer 2014) and said that for the first time in his life he now knows what it must have felt like to be Jewish and living in Europe just before WWII. For the first time in his life he was fearful to be in Europe. “The European Jewish Association (EJA), which represents Jewish communities across Europe, says that gun license laws must be altered following a string of deadly attacks on Jews in France and other European countries, where anti-Semitism has been growing at an alarming rate.” Europe’s Leading Rabbi: Jews Must Begin Carrying Guns

2016 Presidential Election

Get a move on conservatives. Emphasis mine. “Conservative leaders this week shrugged off the sudden moves by Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney toward 2016 presidential campaigns, saying the two establishment-friendly candidates are too far out of touch with grass-roots activists to win the Republican nomination.

At the same time, potential candidates with close ties to the party’s conservative base have moved to speed up their own efforts in response.

Senior advisers to several of the potential conservative candidates said Wednesday that GOP insurgents will have to do more in 2016 than they did in previous cycles to make a serious run for the Republican nomination. Building a campaign nest egg and winning the support of mega-donors to fill the coffers of allied super PACs has become a particular priority.” Conservatives shrug off Bush and Romney, remain confident in base-friendly hopefuls

“When you read Jeb, think: amnesty.  When you read Mitt, think: Obamacare.  As if after this country has been beaten into mediocrity and submission to the state, by an imperial president, all we have to look forward to is a battle for the crowning of King RINO.

The two main problems the base had with the recent CRomnibus and have rejected consistently for decades happen to be, government-run healthcare and an increase in illegal immigrants entering the country, along with amnesty.  And the first two candidates out of the gate we see competing for donors who will listen to their tripe, are the poster boys for both liberal issues. (snip)

If either of them win the nomination, Republicans will lose in the general, as the conservative base once again rejects amnesty, government-run healthcare, and says no to more RINOs.”  Battle for King RINO Shows Party Paradigm Shift

Amnesty

It appears we’re being played AGAIN. “The best-case scenario here is that McConnell somehow finds 60 votes for a DHS funding bill with Roby’s amendment attached, then Obama vetoes it. At that point the GOP would claim a moral victory in getting a critical mass of Democrats to agree that his new mega-amnesty should be defunded, whereupon they’ll turn right around and pass a clean funding bill that will leave that amnesty intact. What I can’t figure out is why they made a big show of holding up DHS funding in the “cromnibus” last month knowing that this outcome was a fait accompli unless they convinced a handful of Dems not only to vote with them on amnesty but to tolerate a Homeland Security shutdown over it. The answer, I guess, is that this was always a goodwill gesture to conservatives and little more: They had to do something to exercise their power of the purse, especially after righties handed them control of the Senate.” House votes to undo Obama’s executive amnesties as part of new funding bill for Homeland Security

Short blog post so I am copying and pasting the whole thing (Allah’s post is above). “I don’t see the point of pretending this deception is real, but if you care about the manipulations of the Establishment on this issue, you can read Allah’s post.

I know this is not a real post and I won’t count it as one. But there’s no way I’m going to pretend the GOP’s silly shadow-play is something I should take seriously. They’re going to sell us out, and I’m not going to act as a theater critic, judging how well they’ve performed their play.” Republicans Execute a Tactical Feint on Amnesty Designed to Fool the Base

This writer didn’t get the memo as to how we’re being played. “Today’s vote lays bare a scandal of the first order. Our Constitution does not give the president the power to enact legislation by decree, or to alter legislation previously passed by Congress. Yet that is precisely what Obama has done, by purporting to change the nation’s immigration laws by executive order. I am not aware of any respectable legal argument to the effect that what Obama has done is constitutional, and he himself has admitted publicly on something like 23 occasions that he does not have the power to do, legally, what he has now done. This may be both the most serious and the most blatantly unconstitutional usurpation of power in our history. And yet, to my knowledge not a single prominent Democrat has spoken up in defense of the Constitution. The Democratic Party has sunk lower than anyone would have thought possible, just a few short years ago.” HOUSE VOTES TO RESTORE CONSTITUTION

The Economy

Leftist policies leading to where they always lead. Failure. “In a stunning Tuesday report, Gallup CEO and Chairman Jim Clifton revealed that “for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.”

Clifton says for the past six years since 2008, employer business startups have fallen below the business failure rate, spurring what he calls “an underground earthquake” that only stands to worsen as lagging U.S. Census data becomes available.

“Let’s get one thing clear: This economy is never truly coming back unless we reverse the birth and death trends of American businesses,” writes Clifton.” ECONOMIC DEATH SPIRAL: MORE AMERICAN BUSINESSES DYING THAN STARTING

Eric Holder

Click on over and read the whole thing. And for those of you reading in Arizona, in August of 2016, remember that Senator McCain was one of 19 Republicans who voted to confirm Eric Holder as our country’s Attorney General. “Time and again you chose to “politicize” the mission of the Department of Justice rather than pursue justice and now, tragically, we are witnessing the fruits of your irresponsible behavior in the murder of two innocent police officers in New York City, assassinated by a man motivated by the flames of racial hatred that you personally fanned. How many more police officers will be injured or die in the coming days because of the perilous conditions you helped create in this nation. You, President Obama and Al Sharpton own this problem lock, stock and barrel and now it is your legacy.

As thousands of NYPD officers turn their collective back on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, another dishonest politician and Sharpton disciple, so too do countless Federal law enforcement officers turn our backs on you.” Snopes confirms open letter blasting Holder is from retired FBI agent

Free Speech

“Westerners fight against pornography, blasphemy, or hate speech in the arena of ideas by writing and speaking out against such foul expression. They are free to sue, picket, boycott, and pressure sponsors of unwelcome speech. But Westerners cannot return to the Middle Ages to murder those whose ideas they don’t like.  (snip)

After the September 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Obama wrongly blamed filmmaker Nakoula Nakoula for sparking the violence by posting an anti-Islamic video. Obama chose to go before the United Nations to attack Nakoula (who was conveniently jailed by a federal judge for a minor probation violation): “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”

Actually, Mr. President, the future belongs to civilized men and women who do not murder satirists who choose while in the West to ridicule any religion they please. Islam wins no special exemption.

The issue is not whether the late editors and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were obnoxious or clever, self-destructive, or courageous — but only whether Westerners reserve the right on their own soil to express themselves as they please.

Too bad so many of our leaders do not understand that.” Can the West Stand Up for Free Speech? False moral equivalence and blatant cowardice threaten our tradition of free expression.

Higher Education

WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER ENTITLEMENT MR. PRESIDENT (ALL CAPS INTENDED BECAUSE I AM SCREAMING). “10. Does Anyone Remember We’re Suffocating in Government Debt?

This last item, combined with the first, is actually the other thing that immediately jumps into my head any time some politician proposes another government program. PEOPLE. WE HAVE NEGATIVE DOLLARS. Severely negative dollars. We cannot afford all the government we have, let alone a huge additional pile-on.

Our national debt stands at $18.1 trillion and counting. That’s $56,500 for every single person living in this country. So my three children who have no capability to earn a cent (they’re 4, 3, and 1) owe the Chinese $169,500. Adding “free” community college will only further jeopardize their life prospects. Massive debt, not to mention the inability of Congress to pass a budget and cut monsters like Social Security and Medicare, which are driving this country into fiscal hell, is a huge damper on a national economy, and thus the life prospects of the people living in it. That’s me and you and our kids.

It is no help to young people to assume more public debt on their behalf and at decades of compounding interest to finance yet more entitlements to crush the economy they will enter. It’s mean. It’s time for politicians to stop “helping” us by spending money we don’t have for programs we don’t need. That includes college for all. Our nation needs drastic spending and program cuts and more pathways to career opportunities than a generic degree, not more fantastical spending binges with other people’s money.” Ten Quick Reasons ‘Free Community College’ Is A Rotten Idea: President Obama: “Community colleges are so effective, we should shove every kid into one!” Those midterms clearly put him off the deep end.

Immigration

Trouble ahead. “A 2011 Pew report on “The Future of the Global Muslim Population” concluded that the U.S. Muslim population will more than double in 20 years, hitting “about 6.2 million in 2030, in large part because of immigration and higher-than-average fertility among Muslims.”

Fifteen years from now, America will “have a larger number of Muslims than any European country” except for Russia and France. The concern is that future generations of this group will radicalize, with catastrophic results like those seen in Paris last week.

Those French terrorists grew up in Paris suburbs. Will we let America’s suburbs, cities and other communities become similar incubators of death.” America Following France’s Demographic Path To Terror

The Left

The answer is this: We hope not, especially as the Democrat party continues moving farther to the left. “For the Democrats to reverse their long-term decline, however, they will need to turn away from the far left and move closer to the center.” DOES THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAVE A FUTURE?

It didn’t work so why do the Democrats continue to insist upon taking us further down this path? “Transformative and beneficial though they were, and still are, the Great Society programs minted 50 years ago have mutated into sources of new and in­trac­table problems, the most important of which is their unanticipated, enormous cost — which not only increases the national debt but also crowds out spending on other critical public needs from national defense to research.

Spending on Medicare, Medicaid, the two education laws and SSDI hit nearly $1 trillion in fiscal 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office, or roughly 3 out of every 10 dollars Washington spent after interest payments. Future health-care costs, slated to grow in part due to Medicaid’s expansion under Obamacare, drive projected future federal deficits; SSDI’s trust fund is on course to run out of cash by fiscal 2017.

Meanwhile, evidence mounts that the great acts of 1965 now yield diminishing returns or, in some cases, have actually turned counterproductive.” Charles Lane: A country trapped in 1965’s ambitions

I find that my Left-leaning friends are incredibly ignorant about current events, and it is not because they aren’t paying attention. It’s because their only sources of news are MSNBC and CNN. “Ironically, these “Fox News Viewers Are Stupid!” stories are little more than a large and intense exercise in confirmation bias, indulgences of the very thing that the people who push them attribute to their antagonists. The Left has learned over the years that winning debates is difficult but discrediting people and institutions is relatively easy. You point the finger and yell “racist!” or “stupid!” or “stupid racist!” long enough and loud enough and it will start to stick. And for a long time, the Left did not have to do very much debating, because there was no Fox News, no Rush Limbaugh et al., and no conservative alternatives online. Now there are, and so the Left’s most pressing order of business is the delegitimization of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh et al., and conservative alternatives online. And if that doesn’t work, Harry Reid is ready to repeal the First Amendment, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is ready to see you locked up for your political views.

And when that happens, you can bet that somebody will publish a study finding that it’s the only rational thing to do.” The Fox News Obsession: It’s an exercise in confirmation bias on the Left.

President Obama

He’d rather see us all turn and bow down to our government. “In his speech, in which he criticized white Christian leaders and discussed his own skepticism of faith, Obama explained the appeal of organized religion. “They want a sense of purpose, a narrative arc to their lives. They’re looking to relieve a chronic loneliness, a feeling supported by a recent study that shows Americans have fewer close friends and confidants than ever before. And so they need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them – that they are not just destined to travel down that long highway towards nothingness.” Obama: ‘My Father Was Born A Muslim’ [VIDEO]

Another Lefty waking up from his Obama dream and finding out it’s actually turning into a nightmare. “Gelb is a liberal whose foreign policy credentials are impressive if you like this sort of thing. At the age of 77, his resume includes “former correspondent for The New York Times and …currently President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations,” assistant to Jacob Javits, Carter’s Assistant Secretary of State, and plenty more that would warm the cockles of most Democrats’ hearts.

But Gelb writes as though he were Rip Van Winkle just waking up from a long, long and very deep sleep, one that lasted from January of 2009 till now and encompassed Obama’s entire presidency so far.

How else to explain this sort of thing?:

The failure of Obama or Biden to show up in Paris made clear that most of the president’s team can’t be trusted to conduct U.S national security policy and must be replaced—at once. (snip)

Gelb goes on to blame Obama’s staff for Obama’s non-attendance at the march (“oh, if only Stalin knew!”). Then he suggests the following:

First, Mr. Obama will have to thank his senior National Security Council team and replace them. The must-gos include National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, chief speech writer/adviser Ben Rhodes, and foreign policy guru without portfolio Valerie Jarrett. They can all be replaced right away, and their successors won’t require senatorial confirmation.

Obama fire Jarrett? Delusional, risible. Obama would be more likely to cut off his own right arm.” Leslie Gelb seems frightened… …as well as totally clueless about Obama.

George Soros

Be aware: The deep pockets of Leftist/Progressive George Soros reach far and wide. The article is long but worth a read. “There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it’s not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It’s not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets.

Rather, it’s liberal billionaire George Soros, who has built a business empire that dominates across the ocean in Europe while forging a political machine powered by nonprofit foundations that impacts American politics and policy, not unlike what he did with MoveOn.org.

Mr. Soros spurred the Ferguson protest movement through years of funding and mobilizing groups across the U.S., according to interviews with key players and financial records reviewed by The Washington Times.

In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.” George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action: Liberal billionaire gave at least $33 million in one year to groups that emboldened activists

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