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September 21: A Conversation with Rep. Kate Brophy McGee

We hope that you enjoyed your summer.  And now it’s time to get back at it!

Please join us on September 21 to hear Rep. Kate Brophy McGee speak on the legislative process as well as hot legislative topics as well as Prop 123. Rep. Brophy McGee has been in the Arizona state House of Representatives since 2011. She represents Legislative District 11. The district includes North Central Phoenix, Biltmore, Arcadia and the Town of Paradise Valley.

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Representative Brophy McGee is Chairman of the House Banking & Financial Services Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Children & Family Affairs Committee. Representative Brophy McGee serves as the co-chair of the Joint Legislative Child Protective Services Oversight Committee. She is a member of the Child Help Arizona Board and the Flinn Foundation’s Bio Sciences Roadmap Steering Committee.

Following the discovery of over 6,000 cases of child abuse that went uninvestigated by Child Protective Services, Representative Brophy McGee was tapped to serve on key gubernatorial and legislative committees tasked with reforming the troubled agency. She sponsored the legislation establishing the Department of Child Safety as a stand-alone agency during an historic May, 2014 Special Session of the legislature.

We hope to see you there!

On the Menu:

Prime Rib Sandwich

Side Salad

Triple Mousse Dessert

Coffee/Tea/Wine Bar

When:

11:00 a.m. Social

11:30 a.m. Program/Lunch

Where:

Grayhawk Golf Club: 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, The Fairway House, Scottsdale

REMINDER! The cost of the luncheon is now $30 whether you are paying credit card, check or cash!

To make a reservation for our luncheon, contact us by email: pvrwlunch111@yahoo.com, or call Sherry Gray at 480.220.7405.

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On March 16th, Join Us To Hear Personal Stories Of What It Was Like To Be A Christian Living In Iraq

Mona-Oshana-picPalo Verde Republican Women will next meet on March 16th. Our keynote speakers are Mona K. Oshana and Sam Darmo.

Ms. Oshana will talk about her family’s struggles to live under and ultimately escape the cruel, totalitarian rule of Saddam Hussein. She also will speak about the politics and policies that have led to the dismal situation currently facing the persecuted communities of the Middle East.

Sam Darmo was born Iraq and is an Assyrian activist. Mr. Darmo will speak on the political and historical implications of these persecuted communities as well as offer specific solutions for what must be done now.

About Ms. Oshana:  Mona K. Oshana was born in the Middle East and is a Christian with a heart for humanitarian causes. Ms. Oshana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She is a host of the “Mona K. Show” on 1280 AM (KXEG) every Thursday at 4 pm. She also is a speaker and blogger, plus the executive director of Power of Three (PO3), a non-profit organization. Ms. Oshana has authored several books: Look Beyond the Fire, a personal story highlighting the human rights of the Iraqi people under Saddam Hussein and Dear Man, which examines the roots of the gender conflict, describing the damaged relationship between men and women.Sam Darmo (1)

About Mr. Darmo: Sam Isaac Darmo was born in Iraq, graduated from the Academy of Science in Baghdad, and relocated to the United States in 1978. Mr. Darmo is an Assyrian archivist and an Assyrian TV and radio personality. He founded Assyrians for Justice in 2003, and has participated in many national and international meetings and conferences. Most recently in March 2015, Mr. Darmo attended the 28th Session of the United Nations Human Rights council at the United Nations in Geneva. He was there as a delegate of the Assyrian Aid Society-Iraq.

11:00 a.m. Social; 11:30 a.m. Program/Lunch

Grayhawk Golf Club: 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, The Fairway House, Scottsdale

The cost of the luncheon is $27 if paying by credit card. Pay with cash or by check and the cost is $26. To make a reservation for our luncheon, contact Patty Prosin by email: pvrwlunch111@yahoo.com.

Please note that reservations are REQUIRED. And a reservation MADE is a reservation PAID!

March Menu: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw, Chocolate Prada Cake, Coffee/Iced Tea/Wine Bar

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Join Us at Our Christmas Luncheon: Channel 12 News Anchor Lin Sue Cooney is Our Special Guest Speaker!

Join us on December 16th for our annual Christmas luncheon.

Our keynote speaker is LIN SUE COONEY! She was an anchor at 12 News for thirty years. Between 2005 and 2010, she also was a contributor to Raising Arizona Kids magazine. She currently works as the Director of Community Engagement at Hospice of the Valley.

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For years, Cooney, a mother of four, wrote first-person essays for Raising Arizona Kids on everything from adopting her son to raising adventurous eaters. The result is “Off Camera: A Collection of Essays About Children and Families.” You may purchase a book for Lin Sue to autograph-all proceeds go to Hospice of the Valley.
The cost of the luncheon is $31 if paying by credit card. Pay by cash or check and the cost is $30.
To make a reservation, contact Edith Stock by email at our reservation email: pvrwlunch@gmail.com or call her at 480.298.7818 (cell). Please note that reservations are required. And a reservation made is a reservation paid!
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Time: 11:00 a.m. Social; 11:30 a.m. Program/Lunch
Location: Grayhawk Golf Club: 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale

On the Menu: Caesar Salad; Chicken Cordon Bleu; Seasonal Vegetables; Chocolate Prada; Coffee, Iced Tea, Wine Bar

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Our November 18th Guest Speaker: Matt Dobson, Arizona State Director at Concerned Veterans for America

Can the VA Be Fixed?

We’re all aware of the scandal swirling around the VA that saw dozens – possibly hundreds – of veterans die while waiting to access medical care because of systemic fraud perpetuated by VA administrators to hide poor performance at Veterans Administration facilities.

On November 18th, Matt Dobson, Arizona State Director at Concerned Veterans for America, will speak to us about this travesty and what’s being done to reform the VA to ensure it truly works for our veterans. Because it is imperative that we demand accountability and performance from VA leadership to ensure that this despicable disgrace NEVER happens again.

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About Matt Dobson: Mr. Dobson enlisted in the United States Army after high school and two summers of wildland firefighting with the BLM. Upon graduation from Basic Training and U.S. Army Combat Medic School, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and deployed to Afghanistan. He later was assigned as training cadre at Fort Sam Houston. While there, he instructed trauma medical training to initial entry and current service members, as well as multiple rotations through a level one trauma center.

Our November Meeting Will Also Feature A Book Signing!

Palo Verde RW member Honey Levin has recently written a book entitled The Friction Within: How the Political Divide in America Affects Personal Relationship. At our November, Honey will briefly speak about her book and do a book signing. The price of the book is $14.99 and if purchased at the November meeting, a portion of the sale of each book will be contributed to Palo Verde RW.

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About Honey Levin’s book The Friction Within: How the Political Divide in America Affects Personal Relationship:

Honey asks, “Can we hang up the gloves?”

We are now a nation so divided by politics that longtime friendships have been damaged, family relationships have become fragile and the subject of politics in everyday environments is virtually taboo. Honey’s own negative experiences and concern for the country have impelled her to explore this dynamic in a thoughtful and impartial way. She examines this issue through the testimonies of twenty-eight brave Americans of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations. The reader is first presented with her own devastating encounter that leads to the revelations of those whose stories are courageously told in answer to her intimate questions. Some have chosen to use pseudonyms for fear of peer or government reprisals and a few are nationally known. But all have experienced some level of “pain” when discussing political issues with those on the opposite side. This is not a healthful quality of a free society. We can see the divide in Congress but to have this divide among ordinary citizens–many of whom were once caring friends and neighbors– does not encourage hope for America’s future. What can we learn from these interviews? How can we return to civil, respectful debate? When you “read” the emotional stories of these diverse and interesting respondents, you will gain insight that is not possible when discussions turn into confrontations.

Meeting Details:

11:00 a.m. Social

11:30 a.m. Program/Lunch

Grayhawk Golf Club

8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway, The Fairway House, Scottsdale

On the Menu:

Corn Chowder with Turkey Apple Brie Wrap

Triple Chocolate Mousse

Coffee/Iced Tea/Wine Bar

 

 

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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 October 20

October 20 2015

Story of the Day

Why does Obama, and the Democrat party, hate American workers so much?!?!?!?!?! This information needs to go viral. Emphasis mine. “Looks like the Pen and Phone theory of governance still hasn’t gone out of style. Ian Smith at The Hill has uncovered another “secret memo” coming from the White House that lays out some more improvements to the immigration system which are going to vastly increase the number of coveted work cards for immigrants (including the “undocumented” kind as you’ll see below) which will be in circulation if it goes through. (Snip)

So all you need is an ID card and an employer who isn’t spending all of their time doubling as an ICE agent. And isn’t it convenient that California has been issuing drivers licenses and state ID cards to “undocumented immigrants” faster than they do to citizens? Then all one needs to do is wait for a year without being caught and deported and… poof! You get an EAD [Employment Authorization Document] card and an essentially permanent get out of jail free card. Oh, and if you read section 2 of the memo above, it applies to spouses and children as well.

This scheme should, by all rights, be under attack from both the Left and the Right. Labor unions should hate it because it’s going to flood the market with tens of thousands of additional unskilled workers competing for jobs. Conservatives should oppose it for obvious reasons. But it probably doesn’t require any action on the part of Congress to do it because… the pen and the phone.” New White House rules change to flood the market with work cards for immigrants

Other News That You Might Have Missed

Immigration

Nightmares. “There’s a reason the Democrats are such ardent supporters of open borders.  It has helped give them an impervious floor of support very close to the 50-yard line in American politics, and under the current trajectory, they will easily cross that critical 51% marker of a permanent electoral majority.  (Snip)

Maybe unbridled immigration will not doom conservatives in this country after all.  Perhaps, you might think, California is an aberration.  If we only put on our best Jack Kemp message of optimism we will court newly naturalized immigrants in droves and recruit them to the cause of constitutional republicanism and traditional values.

Dream on.

In addition to numbers and time, the origin of immigrants matters in the social equation when determining the likelihood of assimilation.  People who come in large numbers from Latin America and parts of Asia and Africa, on average, are not used to the same political system as, say, individuals who come here from Canada.  Not only have we naturalized record numbers of new immigrants, almost all of the newly naturalized immigrants have come and will continue to come from third world countries that are steeped in Marxism and liberation theology.” REPORT: Limitless Immigration Creating Permanent Democrat Majority

Education

Our schools are failing our students because they care more about teaching the Leftist point of view than they care about the basics. “This semester I am teaching developmental reading at a local community college. This means that most of the students are reading at sixth-grade reading level. Their writing skills are, at best, very basic. Below is a sample of an unedited paragraph (replete with errors) that a student was asked to write after having been taught the meanings of autocratic, demolish, debilitating, hyperthermophile, perpetrators, and plaque. You will note that while the student incorporated the words into her paper, she does not really understand the meaning or the nuances of the words.

In the Atlantic Ocean there are tons of Hyperthermophiles hidden in the ocean.  These plants often are by the waters or in it.  Some sea creatures around this area are debilitating because of the warm temperatures.  The plants have to be in cold waters where it’s below zero to stay alive.  They will demolish into the ocean once they are gone.  These pants will go into the colder parts of the ocean if they can make it.  The marine biologist can be autocratic when picking these plants.  They are just so rare in the U.S. that they don’t want these Hyperthermophiles to go instinct.”  (Snip)

The hoax being perpetuated in the educational establishment should be a source of deep shame. To knowingly push unprepared students into college only leads to frustration for students and instructors alike. It is not just critical thinking that is sorely lacking. It is intellectual curiosity that is absent in most college campuses where I teach. Yet, this intellectual curiosity is a key ingredient that “sparks science, art, all kinds of innovation.” What, then, does this portend for our country?

When vile leftist propaganda is added to the mix, we see the continuing diminishment of our once remarkable spirit of learning, discovery, and innovation. What will be created, painted, written, or invented if students passively sit and never ask a question while their minds are filled with a hateful philosophy more commonly understood by decent people as unvarnished racism?” The Ivory Tower Continues to Crumble

Inflation

Tell it like it is Mr. Wynn! Has anyone been to a grocery store lately? “If you take real inflation, and you’ve got to count energy and food and all that stuff, real inflation is much higher than they say it is,” Wynn said. “My employees’ take home pay, in spite of the increases we give them, their paychecks are 90-cent paychecks, 90 cents on the dollar. It’s very difficult for the middle class in America to keep up because of the inflationary pressure and the devaluation of the dollar.”

Wynn gave Ralston a quickie lesson in economics 101 so he could understand the dilemma faced by the average American. It starts with the overwhelming national debt.

“It’s very difficult to explain to a normal working citizen the implications of what $18 trillion in debt means, and what it means when the Federal Reserve buys the U.S. Treasury bonds to finance our loss every month,” Wynn said.”  Steve Wynn: “Real inflation is much higher than they say it is” Recovery “is pure fiction. A lie. It is a jobless recovery”

Presidential Politics

Do Democrats even understand where their party is taking our country? “It [the Democrat presidential debate] wasn’t a total waste of time though. We know now there is no longer a moderate wing of that party. Webb, the last moderate Democrat standing, has no chance. The party of Hillary and Sanders stands for economic retribution against executives (except for allies like Andrew Cuomo, former head of HUD, Citigroup’s Robert Rubin or Senator Jon Corzine, of course) a public-sector economy paid for by you which will further strangle the economy and isolationism, which brings the wolves already invited to the front porch by Obama ever closer to our door.”  The Democrats Cross Epees

Carter wasn’t a radical, “I hate America” Leftist.“This generational gap between Carter’s “Old Left” politics and Obama’s more radical “New Left” ideas helps explain why Carter would be willing to change his tune while Obama might prove more obstinate. It also points to two different priorities between the two presidents.

“While Carter feared a ‘crisis of confidence’ on the part of the American people in America, Obama rejects the idea of American exceptionalism or the basic goodness of the American idea,” Portteus argued. Carter valued America and genuinely wanted to promote the interests of the United States, while Obama followed “the New Left’s rejection of western and American civilization and its embrace of the ‘other,’” the professor alleged.

In a perhaps even more contentious statement, Portteus added, in no uncertain terms, that “Obama is openly contemptuous of Republican constitutional government.”

“He has contempt for government by consent when the people do not consent to the policies he believes should be implemented,” the professor explained. Obama “is completely uninterested in adhering to the forms of the Constitution, to the point of being incredulous that anyone would care about those forms.” Is Obama as Bad as Carter? No, He’s Worse

This is the same question I keep asking. “The minute the feds raided me, I was persona non grata.  Only an idiot would have kept his insurance in my company.  What fools are still planning to vote for Hillary?

When the feds walked into my office, I knew I was done.  Unfortunately, Democrats want to hang on past their usefulness.  They can’t take failure gracefully.

The Clintons talk about a right-wing conspiracy when they are a left-wing corruptocracy.  Hillary belongs in jail for lying about sending and receiving classified material on her private email account.

She is guilty of either a crime or gross negligence.  And gross negligence when it comes to classified information is automatically a crime.

Before going to jail, Hillary should give up running for president the way I gave up my business.  Her continued presence in the presidential race makes the Democrats look like a bunch of fools.” How is Hillary still in the game?

Democrats mostly live in a dream world from which they will never wake up. “Regulation: Hillary Clinton claimed that California’s paid family leave mandate hasn’t hurt business and job growth, and ought to be expanded nationwide. But a recent study shows that she’s living in a statist dream world. (Snip)

The Golden State was the first to mandate paid family leave, launching a program in 2004 that lets workers take up to six paid weeks a year to care for a newborn child or other family members. California’s family leave regulation is now the most generous — and burdensome — in the nation.

“California’s regulatory policy makes it more difficult and more costly for current and potential entrepreneurs,” said study author Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow at PRI and a partner in the consulting firm Capitol Economic Advisors. “These higher costs reduce the amount of business growth.”

And payroll employment growth. The 123-page report shows California’s payrolls continue to trail other states. State job growth significantly lagged even the subpar national average between 2002 and 2011.

Clinton might also want to talk to CEOs recently joining the corporate exodus from California.

By relocating its corporate headquarters and distribution facilities — and 350 workers — to the Dallas area, coffee maker Farmer Bros. expects to save $15 million a year. Farmer follows Toyota, which moved its U.S. sales and marketing headquarters to Texas, as well as Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, eBay, Occidental Petroleum and RifleGear. Nissan recently bailed to Tennessee — which like Texas doesn’t require employers to pay for family leave.”  Hillary’s Wrong: California’s Paid Family Leave Mandate Hurting Small Business, State

Will he or won’t he? “And that’s where Joe Biden comes in. Biden is the Obama guy who isn’t really an Obama guy — he was elected to the U.S. Senate when Barack Obama was eleven years old. He had a life and a political career before he hitched his wagon to the teapot messiah from Chicago, and though his is not the keenest mind in politics, he surely gets the game: If he gets in, he is to be reduced to a purely instrumental condition, an enabler of Obama’s last and most important political play, a placeholder keeping the chair warm until Obama’s people have settled on a real president. Biden doesn’t seem like a man who minds being used so long as the deal is a square one, but he is also old and tired and has recently suffered the loss of a child, which must be nearly unbearable. There are three possible outcomes for him: He could get in the race, win, and become a figurehead. He could get in the race, lose, and retire with the stink of defeat upon him.

Or he could just keep smiling.” Using Biden to Block the Clintons from Regaining the White House

A potential problem for the Republican presidential nominee. “We’re not talking about huge minorities of the GOP in any of these scenarios, but you wouldn’t need huge numbers to be decisive in a close election. And Jim Webb, as I said last week, is an attractive heterodox candidate. For everything there is to dislike about him, like ObamaCare for illegals, there are things to like — war hero, former secretary of the Navy under Reagan, willing to buck the left on some cultural hot buttons like affirmative action, and supportive of a more modest foreign policy abroad while also astutely criticizing Obama for weakness. He’s not an ideal candidate for any Republican, but people eager to cast a protest vote aren’t looking for perfection. They’re looking for one or two very appealing qualities in a third-party candidate that they can seize on and glorify as a reason to prefer that guy to the major-party nominees. Webb has lots of appealing qualities.” Not good: Jim Webb considering independent run for president

Socialism

Our two best representations of socialism in the US are public education and the VA. Yes, by all means, lets have more of it. And from the comments: “Socialism: “if somebody’s got more stuff than you, just vote to take it away from them.” “What you’re seeing here among Dems (and independents) isn’t a strong swing towards redefining themselves as socialist, I think, so much as it is the term “socialist” losing any stigma it may have held. Around 20 percent of the party, likely the self-defined “progressive” left, is comfortable being thought of as socialist. A 14 percent rump in the center disdains the label. Everyone else is indifferent. Perhaps that was inevitable now that we’re 25 years removed from the dissolution of the USSR, with memories of revolutionary socialism having faded and been replaced with smiley-face domestic initiatives like “free” college for everyone and happy talk at Democratic debates about Denmark (which, actually, is less socialist in some ways than the United States is). Good news: 49% of Democrats have favorable opinion of socialism, 37% have favorable opinion of capitalism

Based on the article above, they are well on their way. “One lesson we have learned over the years is that the Left never gives up. No defeat is permanent. Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury. He was innocent! The Rosenbergs were executed. They were framed! Mary Mapes and Dan Rather were fired. Their Texas Air National Guard story was a model of investigative journalism! Socialism has killed more than 100 million people, and impoverished countless more. Let’s give it another try!

I don’t think conservatives can assume (as we could for decades) that socialism is beyond the pale in the U.S., and that a candidate to whom the “socialist” label can be pinned is doomed. Conservative candidates are going to have to argue the case, assuming that most Americans know so little about history that they have an open mind on the merits of socialism. Voters need to be reminded that socialism in both forms–national socialism and Marxian socialism–has been a lethal disaster wherever it has been implemented. Venezuela is a good contemporary exemplar: do Americans want to emulate Venezuela, one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, where after 16 years of socialism you can’t buy toilet paper at any price, and shoppers knife one another to get their hands on groceries?

That is the reality that Bernie Sanders and many other Democrats want to bring to the United States, and GOP candidates should not let voters forget it.” CAN THE DEMOCRATS MAINSTREAM SOCIALISM?

From the comments: Leftist equality: everybody is equal, the ruling elite is more equal; everybody must pay their fair share of taxes, so the elites could take a fair share of your taxes. “Will’s next sentence encapsulates a deep, Madisonian truth:

The fundamental producer of income inequality is freedom.”

There you have it, folks, a lapidary sentence that is as true as it is often forgotten. “The fundamental producer of income inequality is freedom.” If you have freedom, you will also have inequality. It’s part of the natural order of things. (Snip)

Frankfurt has intelligent things to say about that, too, but let me close by returning to my main point:  that, rhetoric notwithstanding, the Left hates, is determined to root out freedom wherever it may thrive, and that is why they hate the free market (never mind that it has made us all richer) and it is also why they have made fools of themselves enacting speech codes, “trigger warnings,” and all the other Orwellian paraphernalia of intellectual tyranny on campuses across the country.  The rise of the miso-Leftists — and I am not talking about soy-based politics, but one based upon hatred — also helps to explain the sudden emergence of counter insurgencies like the phenomenon of Donald Trump, but that is a matter for another day and, besides, understanding that the Left (no matter what they say to the contrary) is the enemy of freedom is lesson enough for one day.”  Why the Left Hates Freedom: If you have freedom, you will also have inequality.

The mainstream media will never tell you the true story of what’s really happening with their Shangri-La. “The socialist golden years weren’t so golden for economic performance. Entrepreneurship plummeted. Job creation and wages sputtered.

The Scandinavian story the past few decades has been a turn against socialism. Taxes have fallen, and markets have been liberalized. (Snip)

It became obvious that generous-enough welfare benefits can undermine the initiative of even the heartiest Scandinavian stock, and these countries have been adjusting accordingly. An article in the New York Times a couple of years ago recounted the backlash against welfare dependence in Denmark. It cited a study that projected in 2013 that only three of 98 municipalities would have a majority of residents working.”  Why Socialists Shouldn’t Cite Sweden as Success

More on the real story of the Left’s Shangri-La. “The real key to Scandinavia’s unique successes isn’t socialism, it’s culture. Social trust and cohesion, a broad egalitarian ethic, a strong emphasis on work and responsibility, commitment to the rule of law — these are healthy attributes of a Nordic culture that was ingrained over centuries. In the region’s small and homogeneous countries (overwhelmingly white, Protestant, and native-born), those norms took deep root. The good outcomes and high living standards they produced antedated the socialist nostrums of the 1970s. Scandinavia’s quality of life didn’t spring from leftist policies. It survived them.

Sanandaji makes the acute observation that when Scandinavian emigrants left for the United States, those cultural attributes went with them and produced the same good effects. Scandinavian-Americans have higher incomes and lower poverty rates than the US average. Indeed, Danish-Americans economically outperform Danes still living in Denmark, as do Swedish-Americans compared with Swedes and Finnish-Americans compared with Finns. Scandinavian culture has been a blessing for native Scandinavians — and even more of one for their cousins across the ocean.

No, Scandinavia doesn’t “violate the laws of the economic universe.” It confirms them. With free markets and healthy values, almost any society will thrive. All socialism does is make things worse.”  No, Bernie Sanders, Scandinavia is not a socialist utopia

Where the Left vs. Right divide is taking us… “Here’s the good news: The chaos and upheaval we see all around us have historical precedents and yet America survived. The bad news: Everything likely will get worse before it gets better again.

That’s my chief takeaway from “Shattered Consensus,”a meticulously argued analysis of the growing disorder. Author James Piereson persuasively makes the case there is an inevitable “revolution” coming because our politics, culture, education, economics and even philanthropy are so polarized that the country can no longer resolve its differences. (Snip)

Piereson also considers possible ­elements of the next national consensus, including a renewed focus on growth instead of redistribution and a bid to depoliticize government.

But he is ultimately uncertain what will come next because we are far from reaching a consensus on almost anything. There are so many fault lines that the nation seems consumed by a conflict of all against all.

That doesn’t make for a happy ending, but it is an honest one, and that’s another virtue of this terrific book.” America is due for a revolution

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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 October 14

October 14 2015

Are Democrats willing to finally acknowledge that they are the party of Socialism? If they can not they are completely delusional.  “All within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State – Benito Mussolini

All Democrats on stage Tuesday viscerally agree with that statement, and I’ll debate anyone who thinks otherwise.

All we heard about from these people was the towering glory of government.  To them, the private sector is a tiny vestigial organ in the American body, existing only to pump fresh blood into the mighty State from which all good things flow.” DEMOCRAT DEBATE: BEHOLD THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH OF THE STATE

Scary to think that 95% of Dems now support socialism. “I expect Jim Webb to move into 3rd place based on the fact that he was chasing an small, but completely ignored, demographic in the Democrat party — the white non-gentry liberal vote. Most whites in the Democrat party are gentry liberals, but not all of them. They finally heard from someone who might make sense to them.

That doesn’t mean I think Jim Webb will catch fire or win the nomination. But I think he’ll get that 5% of the Democrat Party that isn’t socialist or identity-politics fixated.” The Debate Upshot: The Democrat Party is Now Openly Socialist

The government absolutely should not be one of the highest paid industries in the nation! But this is what socialism brings… “America’s 2.1 million career civil service workers make on average 78 percent more in total compensation than private sector workers, according to new data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The total compensation average for federal workers is $119,934, including the value of leave, insurance and other perks, or 78 percent more than the average total compensation for private sector employees of $67,246. The BEA analysis excluded U.S. Postal Service workers.”  New Data Show Feds Are Paid 78 Percent More Than Rest Of U.S. Workers

Read all ten, and then start holding your lefty friends accountable. “The best way for liberals to advance their various causes would be to take a pledge to live the rather progressive lives that they advocate. Here are a modest Ten Commandments to lend them credibility in the eyes of the American people.

1. Climate Change. Perhaps the greatest carbon emission sin is jet travel. On an average London-to-New York flight each passenger emits well over 1 ton of C02 emissions, an indulgence that can nullify a year of recycling of other less-privileged Americans. All supporters of government-mandated reductions in fossil-fuel emissions could at least take the following pledge. “I will fly across the Atlantic no more than once every five years.” Private jet travel — the worst of the mortal carbon sins — of course would be banned, at least until we can transition into solar and wind aviation. Al Gore in the middle seat of Row 44, fighting to put his oversized carry-on into the overhead compartment, would be a symbolic act worth far more than all his heated and well-paid rhetoric.” A Liberal’s Ten Commandments: To better advance their causes, liberals should follow these modest Ten Commandments to live the rather “progressive” lives that they advocate for the rest of us.

Have you heard about this one yet? “We had Obamacare, now we have ObamaSave. It’s the proposed rules on retirement courtesy of President Obama. When you roll over a 401(k) to an IRA, you will have to be advised by someone acting in your best interest. Do you know who acts the best in your best interest? You.

This is pure stupidity and just layers on another cost.

As a matter of fact, there should be zero cost to undertaking this transaction. Just roll it over. Pick an online broker. All of them have plenty of information on their websites. If someone wants to go outside of an online brokerage website to find information on how to invest, there is a cornucopia of information out there. This is not rocket science. (Snip)

Why can’t government just leave us alone? They re-engineered health care, badly. Total fail. They had a curriculum redo in education, total fail. They over regulated and over subsidized in energy policy. Total fail. They re-regulated housing, total fail and totally misaligned with core microeconomic concepts.

It’s really time to recognize how badly the regulatory state is in America.  It’s time to recognize that individuals acting in their own self interest do better for themselves than a government bureaucrat creating a one size fits all solution.  Today, they gave the Economic Nobel Prize to Angus Deaton for his research on consumption, poverty and welfare.  Guess what? He doesn’t agree with Thomas Piketty who got so much play in the chattering class.”  Why Can’t They Just Leave Us Alone?

Hillary names Republicans the enemy she is most proud of fighting, the media yawns, and will continue to yawn. Nothing to see here, move along little children. “1. This should properly be considered a Kinsley gaffe in that she accidentally told the truth. For much of the night, she stuck to her focus-grouped talking points, boasting about how she knows how to build consensus and work the system in Washington “to get things done.” And then, in a spontaneous slip, she revealed that she considers Republicans — altogether — not only her enemy, but the enemy she is most proud of. It would have been nice if Anderson Cooper, Jim Webb or one of the pushovers on stage had seized that point and asked, “How can you talk about building consensus when you’ve just boasted that you consider all Republicans your enemy?” Clinton is much more of a Manichean than she usually lets on. That’s one reason she keeps Sid Blumenthal on retainer as a Wormtongue. He says the things about Republican conspirators she wants to hear and believe.” The Deeper Significance of Hillary’s ‘Enemies’ Gaffe

O acts stupidly, again. “So no, Obama wasn’t just making this point in the context of what Hillary told him. He was commenting on an ongoing investigation, contradicting the findings of two Inspectors General, and sending a signal flare to the Department of Justice. Tau and Kosinski caught him at it, and Earnest had to beat an embarrassed retreat. It seems Obama hasn’t learned from his “acting stupidly” moment regarding Henry Gates in 2009.

If Josh Earnest wants to avoid these kinds of awkward moments, perhaps he should work for someone else. Or take questions at a Democratic presidential debate.” White House walks back Hillary e-mail defense

Read the whole thing. “The Deep State is an extremely powerful network that controls nearly everything around you.You won’t read about it in the news because it controls the news. Politicians won’t talk about it publicly. That would be like a mobster discussing murder and robbery on the 6 o’clock news. You could say the Deep State is hidden, but it’s only hidden in plain sight.

The Deep State is the source of every negative thing that’s happening right now. To survive the coming rough times, it’s essential for you to know what it’s all about.” The Deep State: Source Of All Negativity

D.C. must be undone, and soon. “The man or woman who wins the presidency in 2016 and who also wins the presidency with a true mandate for revolutionary reform will be the candidate who runs against the entire Washington establishment and who makes very specific promises about what he will do if elected.  The candidate who wins will be the candidate who runs directly against Washington, with its festering carbuncles of power and influence.  That candidate will be not so much a politician who promises to “get things done” in Washington, but rather the candidate who promises to “get things undone.”

The Party of Washington is the enemy of hope in America today.  We are waiting for someone to end its reign of arrogance, larceny, and collusion.  That someone will have an army of determined Americans to support this new and needed revolution.” The Party of Washington

This is one of those reasons why D.C. must be undone: “The attorney representing army deserter Bowe Berghdal says that the officer who presided over his Article 32 hearing last month told him that his client will not face a full court martial, but rather a lower level court martial that will likely keep Bergdahl out of jail altogether. (Snip)

Bergdahl couldn’t be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because that would make Barack Obama look bad. The fix was in on this case from the start, as Obama not only had to justify releasing 5 terrorist leaders in exchange for a deserter, but also statements made by him and his aides that suggested Bergdahl’s service was “honorable.” Hence, the military adjusts their case based on the narrative that has been put out by the White House on Bergdahl.” Lawyer: Bergdahl to get little or no jail time

For the Left truth is always subjective,  in order to protect their precious narrative. “There are many things that real people do to become the subject of sympathetic movies. Make a flawless emergency landing in the Hudson River with a disabled passenger jet full of passengers. Survive a devastating storm atop Mount Everest. Become the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. military.

Before the advent of the movie “Truth,” no one would have thought broadcasting a shoddy and immediately discredited report that ruined the careers of the journalists involved and gave their storied network a black eye would make the list.

“Truth” is “All the President’s Men” for reporters who botched their story about the president. (Snip) In a better world, the bloggers who exposed the malfeasance of these seemingly untouchable mandarins of the media would be the ones to get the feature-length film. Not only did they uncover the truth — to borrow a term — they were plucky underdogs whose exertions to prevail against a broadcasting behemoth signaled the beginning of a new, more democratic era in the history of the country’s media.

But the victory wasn’t complete. What CBS couldn’t defend, the Hollywood left now seeks to rehabilitate.” Hollywood can’t handle the truth

Obama doing what Republicans should, but refuse, to do. “What is true is that Obama himself has signed multiple bills into law that have repealed ObamaCare bit by bit.

The latest came this week when, to zero fanfare, Obama approved legislation repealing a mandate that companies with 50 to 100 workers be treated as “small employees” starting next year. Had it been left it place, many midsize companies would have been forced to buy policies in the heavily regulated small-group market. Even Democrats heralded the repeal as one that would protect small and midsize businesses by “limiting premium increases.” (Never mind that ObamaCare itself was supposed to do that.)

This is, in fact, the 10th time that Obama has signed an ObamaCare repeal bill into law.” Obama Just Signed His 10th Bill Repealing (Parts Of) ObamaCare

Key new leftist, or progressive, terminology: California citizenship. “The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens. I applaud Governor Brown for his leadership and bold action to increase voter participation in our state,” said the bill’s sponsor, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who also counts the votes.

Note his use of the words “California citizens,” not U.S. citizens. The Los Angeles Times has reported that state officials have openly moved at full speed to create a de facto “California citizenship” for illegals to get around the absence of amnesty.

Don’t think for a minute that this isn’t about to include extending voting rights. California has one of the most abysmal databases of registered voters in the nation, according to Logan Churchwell, spokesman for True The Vote, an electoral integrity watchdog.” Jerry Brown Cooks Up A Recipe For California Voter Fraud

DISASTER. “Five years ago, Barack Obama announced that the US would pull out of Afghanistan in 2014 in order to put an end to the war that began shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Someone forgot to tell the Taliban that the war would come to a close. The New York Times published the conclusion of a United Nations review of the war, which states that the Taliban has grown to its strongest position yet since being deposed fourteen years ago by the US and NATO:

The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, according to data compiled by the United Nations as well as interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat.

This is a foreign-policy disaster of nearly unprecedented proportions. Its ill effects will last long after Obama has left office, especially on those in Afghanistan who trusted us to stick to the mission and who will now be left at the meager mercy of Taliban extremists.” Uh oh: Taliban strength highest since 2001, says UN

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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 October 2

october 2 2015

The Big News of the Day

He is coming for your guns and he will politicize every shooting like the one in Oregon until he gets them. “President Obama was having a bad political day on Thursday. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin had humiliated him in Syria, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had excoriated his Iran deal before the United Nations, and his Secret Service had been caught leaking information about a Republican congressperson.

Then the clouds parted for the deeply cynical president — the same president who routinely ignores shootings in inner cities across the country, or attributes them to generalized American racism. News broke of a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon. And before waiting to find out all the facts, he leapt directly into political controversy, redirecting the national conversation once again toward useless gun control measures. (snip)

Obama and the left want your guns. That’s all. End of story.

Over the course of the last several years, politicians and pundits of the left have shied away from calls for complete gun confiscation. No longer. The mainstreaming of gun confiscation has begun with the White House. President Obama explicitly praised Australia and Great Britain for their gun regimes. Both countries largely ban guns and have taken part in mass registration and/or confiscation.

And why shouldn’t the left want your guns? President Obama has already dismissed the notion that the Second Amendment was meant to protect citizens from government tyranny. Next, he’ll come after the guns with the government, all the while maintaining that tyranny is merely an intellectual conceit of the right-wing conspiracy theorists. If the government is just another name for the things we do together, as Obama claims, then why can’t we all just take our guns away from ourselves?

But don’t worry – Obama continues to maintain that if you like your guns, you can keep your guns. Why shouldn’t we believe him, based on past experience?”  Yes, Obama Wants Your Guns

“Tonight’s speech was typical Obama, with a single exception: it included one honest sentence.

And, of course, what’s also routine is that somebody, somewhere will comment and say, Obama politicized this issue.  Well, this is something we should politicize.

There you have it. Obama knows nothing about the facts of the case, and he has nothing specific to propose. All he cares about is that mass murder represents an opportunity for political gain. We cannot be rid of this terrible president too soon.” OBAMA: NEVER LET A MASS SHOOTING GO TO WASTE!

This is a fact that will be severely under reported by the mainstream media: “A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said.

“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.” Oregon gunman singled out Christians during rampage

This is a very important read. What the Left is doing to our men: “Masculinity isn’t fragile, as a spiteful, sociopathic feminist Twitter hashtag recently claimed. But — and here’s where some man-hating feminists almost get it right — it is powerful, and exciting, and it does have a flip-side if not properly respected. At its best, male competitiveness is the driving force behind most of society’s progress. We would be nowhere without the patriarchy, from the internet and space travel to the road under your feet and the roof on your house. The same thing that drives mass shooters inspires courage, too.

That doesn’t mean masculinity is “toxic.” What’s toxic is society’s attitudes towards men. Masculinity only becomes “toxic” when it is beaten down and suppressed and when men are told that what and who they are is defective. It becomes toxic when young boys are drugged in school because they don’t conform to feminine standards of behaviour.

What’s worse is that the media ridicules, criticises, punishes and demonises masculinity, then uses the product of its own hatred to justify more man-hating, in a Kafkaesque cycle of progressive insanity that has only one, inevitable consequence: more innocent dead people.

Progressives don’t see the irony in going after “straight white men.” But they are hypocritical bigots, hounding people for gender, skin colour and sexuality and saying that essential male characteristics are wrong. Men must be allowed to compete. To fight. To shoot things. Today’s man-punishing, feminised culture is creating killers by suppressing these urges. We have to stop it.” HOW TO STOP MASS SHOOTINGS

Other News of the Day

Good news from a real truth teller. “This could jolt the chatty Sunday talk show realm: The investigators have arrived. “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” debuts this weekend, focusing on investigative journalism and authentic accountability rather than sound bites and talking points, its creators say.

“We will pierce secrecy and seek accountability from government, corporations and special interests. We will report on untouchable topics in a fearless way with a team of award-winning journalists. We will follow the trail no matter where it leads,” says Ms. Attkisson, a former CBS correspondent and author of the recent bestseller “Stonewalled.” She pines for a proactive public, urging viewers to seek advice from trustworthy sources and make up their own minds about the complexities of politics, money, power and hidden alliances.” ‘We will pierce secrecy’: Sharyl Attkisson ready to rock the political talk show kingdom

Go Ben go! “Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson encouraged members of the media to stand “on the side of the people,” saying if the nation goes off the fiscal cliff, reporters are going along with it.

“I am just so tickled with the media. I mean, these guys, they just don’t get it and the interesting thing is the media is the only business in America protected by the United States Constitution. And there was a reason that they were protected; it was because they were supposed to be on the side of the people,” Carson said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington.

“They weren’t supposed to pick and choose which side they were on because that distorts the entire system. And we should hope and pray that one day they come to understand that if the nation goes off the cliff they’re going off with it. Maybe they will wake up and begin to understand what is going on,” he added.” Ben Carson on the Media: ‘If the Nation Goes Off the Cliff, They’re Going Off with It’: “Political correctness is ruining our country and we need to stand up for what we actually believe.”

From the comments: “I watched some of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech on the TV. Now I am jealous, Israel has a real leader, we have Obama.” “Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered an address to the United Nations General Assembly this morning (video below, about 42 minutes, also posted here by C-SPAN). The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the text of the speech here. David Horovitz provides a useful guide to the speech in his column “Netanyahu silently indicts the world.”

This is an angry speech that is directed in part to President Obama, in part to Obama’s friends in Iran, and in part to the rest of the world. It is a speech so full of truth in an institution permeated with defamation and falsehood and evil that the speech itself represents something like an act of moral heroism. I believe that it is a speech portending action, although I am unsure about that. I am sure that it is worthy of your time and attention.” NETANYAHU’S MESSAGE

More on Netanyahu’s speech. “In another slap in the face for Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama pulled Secretary of State Kerry and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power out of the General Assembly during Netanyahu’s powerful address.  A large number of delegations walked out of the General Assembly for the speech, but Obama left behind a crew of underlings bearing Jewish names:

“Ambassador Power and Secretary Kerry were unable to attend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before the General Assembly because they were called into a meeting with President Obama, which they participated in via video teleconference,” a State Department Official told Breitbart News. (snip)

“The United States was represented at the speech by Ambassador David Pressman, Alternate Representative of the United States to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs, Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, and Ambassador Richard Erdman, Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly,” the official added. (snip)

I believe that Netanyahu’s speech may go down as one of the most significant in U.N. history, particularly if Israel takes the military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities that he hinted at.  The League of Nations has vanished from history, but the memory lives on of Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie’s 1935 speech warning to that body that his nation was mobilizing for the Italian invasion that was threatened and that followed.  That speech is remembered with shame and cited as an example of the moral and practical bankruptcy of the League.  The U.N. should take note.  History will not be kind to either the U.N. or Obama when the next promised genocide is attempted.” Obama pulls Kerry and Power from audience of Netanyahu’s powerful UN speech

More fall out from Obama’s feckless foreign policy. “A research professor at the U.S. Army War College warned lawmakers that China’s increasing involvement in Latin American affairs is undermining the strategic position of the United States within the Western Hemisphere.

Testifying before a combined hearing of two House Foreign Affairs subcommittees, R. Evan Ellis acknowledged that Chinese engagement is primarily economic and could conceivably advance “the development, prosperity, and even security of the region.” China’s Growing Involvement in Latin America Carries ‘Significant Negative Consequences’ for U.S.: Washington can’t afford to “turn a blind eye” even “if short-term PRC intentions appear mostly benign.”

From the comments: “As Reagan reminded us, freedom is never more than one generation from extinction; if it is not handed down from one generation to the next, it can quickly be lost. The age of Obama has certainly confirmed that much.” “Though Red China, Russia and Iran increasingly challenge America, the Middle East bloodshed continues and ISIS grows stronger, President Obama has declared “…no challenge–poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” This extraordinarily vacuous statement is from either a hopelessly delusional ideologue, woefully untutored in world history, geopolitics and the unequaled greatness of America, or a brilliant Manchurian Candidate marching to his own drumbeat.  In any case, Obama is a president like none other – and may we never see the likes of him again.” The Most Dangerous Man In the World

We’re going to be fundamentally transformed whether we like it nor not. And our congress and our media turn a blind eye. “The Obama administration is launching a campaign to accelerate the conversion of millions of immigrants to citizenship. The nation’s immigration agencies will spend big bucks on “outreach” activities and the Naturalization process will be streamlined.

The goal is to add several million new citizens to the voter rolls by November 2016.

If you think the Naturalization process is governed by law and long-established rules so we need not worry about shortcuts and wholesale fraud – wake up. This is the Obama Administration we are talking about. If you think immigration law enforcement was politicized, wait until you see what citizenship fraud looks like. It will become very politically incorrect to question any immigrant’s right to vote.

The fact that newly naturalized citizens routinely vote Democrat more than Republican by 3-to-1 is, no doubt, a pure coincidence and has nothing to do with the desire to “expedite” the creation of new citizens.” WHITE HOUSE REVEALS END GAME FOR MASSIVE IMMIGRATION

Refugees more important than citizens apparently. Unreal. “A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 23 years to make way for asylum-seekers, in the second such case to emerge.

Gabrielle Keller has been given until the end of the year to leave her flat in the small southern town of Eschbach, near the border with France.

The flat belongs to the local municipality, which says it is needed to house refugees.

“I think it’s a scandal to throw tenants out of their apartments,” the 56-year-old Ms Keller told SWR television. “I can’t see the sense of it.” Second German woman evicted from her home to make way for refugees: Towns and cities across Germany are struggling to find accommodation for the tens of thousands of refugees streaming into the country

Let’s settle them in all of the Democrat enclaves. Start with Beverly Hills and Manhattan. “Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest conducted an oversight hearing on the administration’s plan to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States by approximately 200,000 over the next two years, with the increase largely attributable to Syrian refugees. Four administration officials testified. (snip)

So let’s do the math: if 10,000 refugees incur a lifetime benefits cost of $6.5 billion, then 200,000 will add up to $130 billion. This extraordinary cost is due in large part to the fact that nearly all of the individuals in question will be on welfare. As Sessions also noted, and as we wrote here recently, more than 90% of recent Middle Eastern refugees receive food stamps, while 70% get free health care and cash welfare.

So, in other words: here we go again.” SYRIA SHAPES UP AS ANOTHER IMMIGRATION DEBACLE

It is ALWAYS about control for the Left. “If he becomes president, Sanders would spend an enormous amount of money: $3.27 trillion. At the very, very least.

He is not just a big-spending liberal. His agenda is not just about money.

It’s also about control.” How Bernie Sanders would transform the nation

We need more of this. “According to Wigley, environmentalists couldn’t even enjoy a “sustainably sourced” craft beer, as the energy to produce them and the trucks which deliver them all run on fossil fuels. It’s impossible to even commute to work without using fossil fuels in some way, said Wigley:

Since announcing the Fossil Fuel Free Challenge two weeks ago, we’ve challenged numerous environmental groups to practice what they promote. We’ve called on companies like Starbucks, Nike, Walmart and others that have pledged to do away with fossil fuels to try going just one week without.

The reaction we get is people saying they’ll ride a bike to work or that they already drive a hybrid. However, those still use considerable amounts of fossil fuels and components that only come from oil and natural gas.

The people protesting against fossil fuels don’t really want to live in a world without them. They just want to feel righteous, a problem even some within their ranks recognize they have.Oil Trade Group Challenges Environmentalists: Enough Talk, Try Actually Living Without Fossil Fuels: Greens would never bear the low living standards of such a world. They just want to feel righteous.

That “control” word sure seems to be popping up a lot lately. Click on over to find out how big our already over-sized government will get if Sanders gets his way. “Of course, don’t expect reactionary, Ruling Class environmentalists such Al Gore and Barack Obama to change their minds on hair-shirt environmentalism. What, and give up a way to control the masses?” Prominent Environmentalist Finally Discovers His Religion’s Catch-22

More On Yesterday’s News

Remember, we’re stuck with this guy for another 15 months. “It has become perhaps the defining characteristic of the Obama administration’s foreign and national security policy—a stubborn insistence on seeing the world not as it is but as the president wishes it to be.

Al Qaeda was said to be on the run, even as it strengthened. ISIS was alleged to be junior varsity terrorists, even as it amassed territory. Iran was treated as a diplomatic partner, even as its leaders shouted “Death to America.” China was feted at a state dinner, even as it escalated cyberattacks against the United States. Russia was said to want peace, even as it made war. And on it goes.

Historians may well record the last day of September in the seventh year of the Obama presidency as the nadir of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, a day that illustrated the weakness and self-delusion of the administration perhaps better than any other. Unfortunately, the consequences of this weakness and self-delusion won’t end with the exit of this president. They will pose a challenge to the next president the magnitude of which we haven’t seen in a long time.” An Extraordinary Show of Weakness

Vatican back peddling. “Oh? Which one of Davis’s views does Francis not necessarily endorse? It’s clear enough that he opposes gay marriage, however delicately he might frame that opposition. Given what he said to reporters during his flight home from the U.S., it’s also clear that he believes even government officials (“every juridical structure”) should have the right of conscientious objection. Those are the key elements of Davis’s views.

What the Vatican’s saying, I guess, is that you should never infer from the Pope’s willingness to meet with Person X that he and Person X are politically simpatico. He meets a lot of people, after all. Fair enough, but that’s hard to swallow in a case where (a) Person X happens to be at the center of a national media firestorm and the Catholic official who arranged the meeting obviously knew it and (b) Francis’s own pronouncements on SSM and religious liberty squarely align with those of Person X. If the point of the meeting wasn’t to give Davis strength in defending her position, a de facto endorsement (the Pope told her explicitly to “stay strong” according to Davis herself), then why was she special enough to warrant a meeting to begin with?” Vatican: Pope Francis’s meeting with Kim Davis was not intended as an endorsement of her views; Update: “Sense of regret”

It’s a ROGUE government every where you look. And if this had happened under a Republican administration, and the congressman or woman had been a Democrat, heads would be rolling every where. “Let’s not shy away from what the Secret Service actually was up to in the matter of its illegal spying on Representative Jason Chaffetz: conspiracy to commit blackmail against a member of Congress.

Representative Chaffetz has been investigating the scandal-plagued protective agency — the habitual drunkenness and whoring of its agents, among other things — when Secret Service personnel improperly accessed his protected records in a hunt for dirt. The aim of this was made clear by assistant director Ed Lowery, who wrote to assistant director Faron Paramore: “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out.” (snip)

Public corruption is extraordinarily dangerous to a free society, and corruption by law-enforcement agencies is the deadliest of all. (snip)

But that should not be the end of the housekeeping. The Secret Service is, undeniably, a rogue police agency infected with a culture of lawlessness. Director Joseph Clancy has had an opportunity to address this, and he has failed. He should be relieved of his duties, and so should Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson if he cannot get this heavily armed goon squad under control. And perhaps it is time to start thinking about transferring the Secret Service’s law-enforcement functions to the FBI and its protective functions to a new agency, one less prone to behaving like a crime syndicate.” Another Secret Service Scandal — This One’s Not Just About Sex or Drugs

Our worst nightmares coming true. And the Democrats could give a damn. “This is scary. 1984 scary,” National Journal columnist Ron Fournier remarked on Thursday. “We’ve got an agency called ‘Secret Service’ targeting political enemies. Think about that.” Another Targeting Scandal

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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 September 30

September 31 2015

Stories of the Day

It can’t come soon enough. “Let’s get one thing straight. Fixing Washington requires someone who understands Washington. I’ve been inside the bureaucracies and know how the entrenched bureaucrats can hoodwink even the most zealous overseer. Utilizing someone who understands their language and has tangled with them will be the only way to make progress. It takes an outsider who understands the language and tricks. Not all outsiders need apply.

So what’s up next for the revolution? Some accounts say Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is on deck.  One thing seems likely: the revolution will play a central role in picking the next Republican nominee. The establishment GOP needs the revolution far more than the revolution needs the establishment GOP.” The Revolution Has Begun: Democrats shouldn’t take glee in Boehner’s ousting: the revolution is done messing around, and they are next.

We can only hope and pray. This… “The party has looked unified compared to the fractious Republican presidential field, but contentious issues—like increasing crime—are starting to tear it apart.”  And this… It was crime more than any other single issue that drove blue-collar voters in the industrial states from the party of Truman and Johnson to the party of Nixon and Reagan.” The Coming Democratic Crack-Up

It is worse than we thought. “The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway reports that Blumenthal’s operation employed a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller, to supply intelligence for the secretary of state at the same time he worked as a paid consultant to CBS News — acting as a “consultant” just as the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi broke.

Hemingway dug, and he found multiple CBS employees who said that Drumheller had a key role in shaping the network’s coverage, quite contrary to what the CBS public relations office told him.

That information would explain the mainstream media’s dereliction of duty in its Benghazi coverage. At the time, the press seemed so concerned about getting President Obama re-elected that it ignored news about his administration’s failure to spot the terrorist operations around U.S. diplomatic compounds, and then tried to cover them up after the attacks.Did Hillary Clinton Spike CBS’ Coverage Of Benghazi? 

Hard to believe that this kind of stuff is actually happening in America. “Factor in the now infamous retracted Lara Logan report and Drumheller’s function at CBS News at the time, and the words “set up” start to come to mind.

It would be enlightening for the Benghazi Special Committee to subpoena Drumheller and start to get to the bottom of all this.  Unfortunately, he is now departed, having died last year of cancer.

We may never get the truth about how the Benghazi story was manipulated, but the election prospects of Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 are both profoundly impacted by the story.  Read the Hemingway piece, and weep for our country.”  The tangled web linking Sidney Blumenthal, CBS News, and a secret Clinton spy network starting to come to light

Oh what a tangled web and the media refuses to uncover it. “Earlier this summer, the House Benghazi committee grilled Blumenthal over his work with organizations with ties to the Clintons. Still, comparatively little is known publicly about Blumenthal, Drumheller and their “spy network” — a task that is further complicated by Drumheller’s death last month. To what extent they may have manipulated media coverage of the Benghazi scandal in order to obscure the truth and discredit critics of Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State is unknown, but Drumheller’s role at CBS raises very disturbing questions, starting with how much Hillary Clinton herself knew about what Blumenthal and Drumheller were up to. Finally, CBS News owes viewers a full accounting of the questionable decision making process behind its Benghazi coverage and whether Drumheller may have been in a position to sway its coverage of this and other politically sensitive issues.” What Was a Member of Clinton’s ‘Secret Spy Network’ Doing While Working for CBS News?

We must figure out how to reach them! “A critical mass of women spend more time reading memoirs and novels than political tomes, more time cooking and cleaning than watching Fox News or CNN, more time gossiping with other women than watching sports on TV. Many of us chafe against the underlying leftist assumptions in the cultural products we consume, and the conversations with friends we find ourselves in, and we struggle to find a stance, a tone of voice, a role model, a spokesperson who represents us. We are, I think, a largely untapped market.” THE COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY LADIES’ AUXILIARY: What happens when a lady leaves the left?

Truer words have not been spoken. But when most of America is content being spoon fed Mainstream Media talking points, the lie will slow to be exposed. “The Planned Parenthood battle isn’t over, but it has proven one thing: Democrats are not the party of women. They are the party of abortion. There’s a big difference.” S.E. Cupp: The party of abortion, not women

Can someone please make this stop? Anyone? “If ever there was a shining example of the adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” it’s the internet.  There is no reason for the U.S. to relinquish “control” of any part of the internet.  In fact, it’s the lack of control of what goes on the net that has dictatorships and theocracies so concerned.  And that total freedom is what has created the modern world while undermining the authority of the authoritarians.

Very slowly, the U.S. government is seeking to determine internet content.  The new FCC rules on net neutrality could very well marginalize websites that express a particular political point of view.  The feds swear that won’t be the case.  But the temptation to do so will be great.

And what of international actors?  Are we to place our freedom of expression in the hands of the likes of Putin’s Russia and Communist China?  We’ve already agreed to transfer these internet functions so that even a new president would have a hard time reclaiming them.

One more unconscionable part of President Obama’s damaging legacy.” Question about whether Obama’s plan to ‘internationalize’ the internet is constitutional

Here’s a great overview of what Obama’s fecklessness at both home and abroad has wrought. “In sum, U.S. foreign policy has become something like Obamacare, immigration law, or the deficit. Obama stirs things up, speaks truth to power, champions the dispossessed, seems bewildered at the ensuing mess, then gradually disconnects from the growing chaos, but seems smug nonetheless over the fact that something — what exactly he doesn’t know or care — is at last in play. Forward we go to the next injustice, ripe for chaos and thus hope and change.” Obama’s Hope-and-Change Foreign Policy

This guy doesn’t mince words. “At the United Nations Obama hectors his adversaries and carries a microscopic stick. He is the un-Teddy Roosevelt. His adversaries have him sized up correctly for a patsy. Obama’s take on the international order, such as it is, is a left-wing fantasy. On the world stage he is a loser.” DOOMED TO FAILURE, CONT’D

In a sane world, Barry, and his entire band of thieves, would have been removed from power… But it won’t happen. Because most Americans are content to live with their heads in the sand. “As long as Obama is in power, things are likely to get worse for America.

By sacrificing sixty years of Pax Americana the Left has taking a wild, historic gamble. The Left hates the American ideal, and expects to benefit from Obama’s dictatorial shenanigans.

It’s a paradox that Vladimir Putin, who saw the Soviet model crumble, is now allied with the last powerful church in the world to become the rising new hegemon.

America got infiltrated and suckered. The new powers won’t be nice guys.” Russia is the New Hegemon

I keep trying to wake up from this nightmare, but it just won’t go away. “Messaging is how the political elites deal with Russia aggression, Chinese hacking, Syria, missing classified emails, dying ambassadors and human rivers of migrants.  They speak to shadows in the dark, commanding them back oblivious to the tangible menaces close at hand. It is as if the Western world were trapped in an evil sleep.  In that nightmare someone resembling Vladimir Putin is advancing upon a dreamer unable to move.  And the dreamer won’t wake up. The worst of it is Putin knows we’re asleep while the newspapers insist that we’re awake.

Never fear: in morning the UN Army will save us.” Trapped in a Nightmare

You absolutely MUST click on the link to see the new army patch. “(Thomas Lifson adds: Don’t fail to notice that the red, white, and blue of American tradition have been replaced by green, the color of Islam.)

So let’s not get lost in the lies being peddled about the symbolism behind the swords or any other aspect of the design of this despicable new patch.  We’re awake, and we know what it means.  It is yet another act to undermine our military – and indeed our nation – by aligning the United States with the enemy as Obama sends signal after signal to the Muslim world that he stands with them and not with the United States.” That new U.S. Army patch with scimitars is downright creepy

Where is the congress? “So a couple of hundred men who went through terrorist military training – including, one supposes, the usual brainwashing – are comfortably ensconced in an American city near you.  Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn’t it?

In case you’re wondering, the Obama administration made a slight tweak ot our immigration law – apparently without the knowledge of Congress – that gave the DHS secretary broad discretionary authority to pretty much admit whomever he wants to.  Obviously, Secretary Johnson thought America wasn’t diverse enough because we lacked Muslim terrorists in our population.  He certainly fixed that shortcoming, didn’t he?” Administration allows in more than 1,500 asylum seekers who engaged in terrorism ‘while under duress’

We really do continue to be in the best of hands. “Why did the administration allow 1,519 people tied to terrorism to remain in the U.S. with all the rights and benefits enjoyed by legal residents? It did so because Obama’s DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, determined that the individuals in question participated in pro-terrorist activities “while under duress.”

But how can Johnson be sure of this? He wasn’t there, and neither was anyone from DHS. Naturally, the individuals seeking asylum and residency claim to have supported terrorism only under duress. But it’s unlikely that such claims are corroborated by trustworthy witnesses.

DHS says it compares applicants’ names and fingerprints against terrorist watch lists. But the absence of an applicant’s name from these lists doesn’t prove that his past support for terrorists was the result of duress.” OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ADMITTED 1,519 FOREIGNERS WITH TERRORIST TIES INTO THE U.S.

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Just Because the Your News Source Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Should Know for January 16

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Stories of the Day

Get this through your thick heads. They don’t want us to drive. And they’ll do whatever it takes to keep as many of us off the roads as possible. “Yes friends, never let it be said that this administration isn’t beholden to special interests to the detriment of the middle class.

The oil shale boom has helped create a surplus of oil that has entered the market and driven prices down to under $2 a gallon. It is an economic boon to hard pressed families and businesses who use a lot of fuel. It is also a testament to how well markets work.

And that’s why government is about to intrude in that market and jack the prices back up.” Enjoying cheaper gas? Don’t worry, EPA is about to cause it to go up again

Embarrassing. Emphasis mine. “The administration has acknowledged that it erred by not participating in a meaningful way in the giant pro-free speech demonstration in Paris, so it has tried to make amends by sending John Kerry to France. Apparently thinking that he needed reinforcements to convey a full sense of the administration’s symbolic support, Kerry brought along…James Taylor. (snip) God only knows what the French made of this. (snip) For those who thought the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts couldn’t get any lamer: I don’t think we’ve seen the bottom yet.” STRANGEST DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVE EVER: YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND!

Imagine if this had been President Bush… The mainstream media would have had a field day. “The good news: With this the Boomer era is officially over, making today a wonderful day. The bad news: America’s diplomatic brain trust thought last week’s glaring snub of the solidarity march in Paris would best be resolved by dusting off an old hippie to play one of his sappiest tunes. Actually, it was probably Kerry himself who championed this idea and the brain trust was simply too timid to tell him no. There’s no way the Secretary of State would endure a photo op this surreally goofy if he wasn’t convinced it was brilliant.” Tout est pardonné: John Kerry atones to France at news conference by … having James Taylor sing

Slow to learn… “It took a while for Republicans to catch on to what President Obama is doing with the U.S. terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But now that it’s clear Obama is rushing to empty the place, Republicans are stepping up efforts to stop him. Whether they succeed could have a serious impact on national security, as well as on more general GOP efforts to rein in runaway executive power in the White House. Obama has accelerated Guantanamo releases and transfers since last November’s midterm elections. Other than the five senior Taliban leaders released in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last May — a deal Obama made in secret, ignoring the law that required him to notify Congress — the president released just one other Guantanamo inmate in 2014 before the elections. (snip) The hurry has alarmed a number of lawmakers, even those who share Obama’s desire to close the prison. Now, several Republican senators — Kelly Ayotte, N.H.; John McCain, Ariz.; Lindsey Graham, S.C.; and Richard Burr, N.C. — have introduced a new bill slow the president down.” Obama rush to empty Guantanamo alarms lawmakers

Unconstitutional power grabs to continue for at least another two years. “Even though Obama’s position on Iran sanctions differs from a number of powerful Democrats, the session, several sources said, was more of a pep rally than confrontation. Despite his lame-duck status, the president promised that he would not sit on the sidelines in the next two years. He vowed more executive actions to implement his agenda, something bound to prompt anger from Republicans who have called the president’s unilateral moves, particularly on immigration, an unconstitutional power grab.” Obama: “I’m going to play offense.”

This, from a self-described “previously lifelong Democrat.”  Emphasis mine. “Most presidents, faced with a Congress controlled by the opposite party, are ready to do some compromising. The people have expressed themselves, and most presidents (Republican or Democrat) actually care about things like that and look for common ground.

Obama, however, is a leftist ideologue and a preening, nasty, aggressive narcissist. He is dedicated to putting as much of his agenda in place as possible, by hook or by crook or by any means that can’t be stopped. To do this, he needs most of the Democrats on board, because it’s the Democrats who have the power to stop him. Republicans need quite a few Democrats to join them to override Obama’s planned vetoes. Thus, this pep rally by Obama.” Non-news of the day

Wouldn’t surprise me. “Ah, good times, my friends. Good times. But that was so 2014 and a full election behind us. The new hotness has a slightly different tone.

Republicans in Congress are doing a 180 on net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to issue new rules within weeks.” Did the GOP cave on net neutrality?

The Leftist thought police strike once again. “This legislative session, the theme of religious freedom has reared its head again, this time for a different reason — thefiring of Atlanta’s Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran over a book Cochran wrote in which he makes his views on homosexuality and adultery known.” Why the Firing of Atlanta’s Fire Chief Is Inspiring ‘Religious Liberty’ Bills: Kelvin Cochran wrote a book in which he makes his views on homosexuality and adultery known.

2016 Presidential Election

We had better get it right this time. “Although it is not without precedent, the number of potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination exceeds two dozen. It’s actually a somewhat ridiculous situation – especially as the number of Democrat candidates at this point is essentially one. I also say ridiculous because I maintain that the choice of the next GOP presidential candidate is one of the most consequential choices the country will ever make.

The progressive remake of the United States is now a work that is just over a century in progress. One can argue that its political debut dates to 1900 – the year that Teddy Roosevelt entered the White House; or perhaps 1912 – when Wilson became president; but certainly no later than 1913 – upon the establishment of the Federal Reserve and the passage of the 16th and 17th amendments to the Constitution [income tax and direct election of senators].” Which of the Two Dozen 2016 GOP Contenders is the Right One?

From the comments: “The GOP can win in 2016 if the candidate is serious about individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise, equal opportunity under rule of law.” “Over a thousand people a day have been moving to Texas, where the unemployment rate is under 5 percent. His economic reforms were “controversial among those who wrote opinion columns and hired swarms of lobbyists,” Perry will say. “But it wasn’t controversial for the trucker or the waitress, the farmer or the nurse, the quiet majority that feels over-billed and taxed to death.” Rick Perry Rides Again: And it looks like he’s ready.

I’ve seen a handful in Arizona as well. “SAY WHAT YOU WILL, BUT I SAW TWO BEN CARSON STICKERS YESTERDAY. I HAVEN’T SEEN ANY FOR JEB, OR ROMNEY, OR HUCKABEE.” Ben Carson to the GOP Establishment: I’m Not ‘Crazy.’

If not her, then who? “Hillary can’t win, and that’s why she won’t run. She may not know that yet herself, but a lot of Democrats want her because she’s all they’ve got. The Republicans are counting on her to run because they think she’s the candidate they can beat in what looks from here like it could be a Republican year.” Why Hillary Clinton won’t run for president

The fake Indian’s name keeps popping up. “On Monday’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said Republicans will triumph in 2016 if Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic nominee for president. “I think she ought to run, I’d be the No. 1 supporter, I’d love to see her run,” Krauthammer said. ‘It would be a festival if you’re a conservative or a Republican. We put up anybody sentient on the other side it’ll be a good night on Election Night.’” Krauthammer’s Take: If Elizabeth Warren Runs For President, ‘I’d be the No. 1 Supporter’

Big Government

Will the Republicans say no? “With tax receipts at an all-time high, rather than applying that money to reducing the deficit, the president – as every Democratic president before him – will take the increased revenue and find something to spend it on.” Obama: Federal government not big enough; will increase budget by 7% next year

Democrats

Democrats don’t appeal to working-class voters because their policies do nothing to help them. “The challenge, the pollsters found, is for Democrats to tap into persuasive economic messaging for blue-collar voters and for unmarried women, who tend to vote on policies that are appealing to families. For instance, Clinton gets just 32 percent of white non-college-educated voters against Romney.

Both unmarried women and blue collar whites see the path to the middle class as increasingly precarious and feel that they are not doing as well as they should be — Jobs do not pay enough to live on, and while the middle class pays a lot in taxes they do not feel the country works for them,” the pollsters wrote in their findings. (snip)

Democrats have been focused heavily on shifting demographics as critical to success in upcoming elections, as Republicans have fared much better among a slowly diminishing white-voter population. But the 2014 midterm races showed that the coalition of voters that vaulted Obama to national victory can’t be presumed to be Democratic voters. And Democratic strategists have repeatedly said the party lacked a strong message to appeal to working-class voters last November.” Poll: Democrats need to win over blue-collar voters, unmarried women

“Obama has seen the worst party erosion ever, more than Republicans during the Watergate disaster.” DOES THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAVE A FUTURE? (PART 2)

Will they wake up to the fact that it’s just not impacting their school lunch choices? “The realities of Progressivism test the individualistic world-view of the next generation of voters. This is exactly what the new school lunch standards did. It required them to give up control to the ones who supposedly knew what was best for them — the central planners. The result was a backlash that hopefully represents their awakening to the harsh realities of government engineering. Ultimately, healthier nutrition for kids is a positive thing that all sides can support. That is a noble goal. The challenge is to attain it without the loss of freedom that often accompanies Progressive programs. That is what America’s kids are finding out.” Will School Lunches Destroy Progressivism?

Higher Education

“Simply put, it’s a crass move that puts politics over policy.” “And while enrollment will surge if tuition is free, it’s not clear that the resources going to community colleges will increase in proportion. Tuition only accounts for about 30 percent of their revenues. If federal and state subsidies—and states participating in the program must also contribute toward tuition—don’t keep pace with enrollment, the quality’s going to suffer and students wanting to move to a four-year school are going to be fighting to get into the classes they need.

President Obama’s proposal would create the educational equivalent of the mortgage interest deduction: a subsidy that goes mainly to middle- and upper-class households and does nothing to achieve its purported goal. And his proposal, if enacted, would be as sacrosanct and politically untouchable as the mortgage interest deduction.” Obama’s Latest Giveaway . . . But there’s no such thing as free tuition.

Hollywood

From a Hollywood writer and Academy member (and former Leftist) who voted. “Maybe it’s actually a badge of honor — after all Sharpton himself makes Bull Connor seem like Martin Luther King — but the Rev Al has called me a racist because I am one of those (white!) Academy members who did not vote for Selma as an Oscar nominee.  I cannot tell a lie.  He’s right.  Not only that, I did not vote for the movie for screenplay either, the only other category for which I can nominate, since I am in the writers branch. (snip) And as for Chris Rock, who is also complaining about the white skin privilege or whatever of the Oscar voting and general Hollywood behavior (mostly in excluding Chris Rock),  I have news for him.  Some years ago I wrote for and worked with his most famous  predecessor in African-American comedy, a certain Richard Pryor. And Richard was wildly more talented than you, Chris.  You see, some of us old white guys vote for talent and accomplishment, not skin color.  I know that doesn’t fit in with your narrative or whatever you want to call it, but as anyone who has worked in Hollywood knows, it all comes down to the ol’ box office-arooney.  Blame whoever you want, but Pryor got them into the theater in his time like nobody else around.  Chris Rock doesn’t.  End of story, whether you’re black, white or heliotrope.

Now back to Sharpton.  The big deal on the Drudge Report this morning was a link to the Hollywood Reporter with a complaint that no acting awards for black people at the Oscars this year showed a lack of “diversity.” Sacré bleu! Let me tell you what this old lefty thinks of “diversity.”  Diversity IS racism.  It’s the biggest shuck to come down the pike since, well, Al Sharpton. It divides people and turns them into objects, but that’s probably over your (meaning Al’s) head, so I’ll leave it at that.

But I will add this.  I’m shocked anybody cares who wins the Oscars anymore.  At least Al Sharpton does, or says he does.  We should be grateful for that.” Oscar Report: Al Sharpton Calls Me a Racist!

Islamic Terrorism

Tolerance is going to get a lot of people killed. “France—realm of rationalism, existentialism, and deconstructionism, those oh so uplifting conceptual frameworks that have entombed generations in labyrinths of self-destructive questions about knowledge and the cosmos. It is also the realm of another disastrous “ism,” multiculturalism, the unofficial ideology of the postwar European project, the one that has—as recent events fatefully and vividly illustrated—wildly succeeded in paralyzing those with a moral compass and letting run rampant those without one.

At the heart of the European continent’s debilitating obsession with “tolerance” is guilt.” The Enemy Within: Fault The Western Culture That Fosters Islamism: The West’s self-hatred and guilt complex leaves it too weak to defend itself against radical Islam.

“Unselfconscious ridiculousness.” “The Obama administration’s mind-bogglingly determined refusal to say that we are at war with “radical Islam,” together with the left’s evasions about Islamic terrorism, means that there has been a haze of euphemism and cowardice around what should be a galvanizing event in the West’s fight against terror. (snip)

Forget clarity—the administration has lapsed into unselfconscious ridiculousness. Asked why the administration won’t say we are at war with radical Islam, Earnest on Tuesday explained the administration’s first concern “is accuracy. We want to describe exactly what happened. These are individuals who carried out an act of terrorism, and they later tried to justify that act of terrorism by invoking the religion of Islam and their own deviant view of it” (emphasis added). (snip)

The threat of radical Islam won’t diminish until that war is won, no matter how much the U.S. government wants to obscure it with its verbal fog machine.” Of Course It Is Islam

When European countries voluntarily surrender territory and control to a strong immigrant minority that, unlike the onetime immigrant Jewish community, refuses to integrate, you know that country is on its way to disastrous consequences and in Paris we recently saw where these consequences can lead. One of those consequences is that, with rising anti-Semitism, a part of the intolerance of a growing intransigent minority, Jews are fearful, unsettled, and a growing number are packing their bags and leaving. This is a major loss to the host country as expressed by French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, who said, ‘If 100,000 Jews leave, France will not be France.’” Europe Supports Muslims over Jews

Do we have the will? “With the election of President Obama, however, the conflict between Islamism and America entered a third phase. Our troops were removed from the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving Special Forces and drone pilots to do most of the fighting. The defense budget was cut. Harsh interrogation was curtailed, and Guantanamo Bay slowly emptied. Surveillance practices were disrupted. The words “Islamic terrorism” would not be uttered, for that somehow legitimized extremists. As for the terrorists themselves, they were once again treated like criminals. (snip) Above all, America must cease pretending that Muslim rage is something the United States can ignore and avoid or is powerless against or cannot fight over there. We must fight it over there, or be resigned to terrorist attacks over here. Again and again and again.” Fight Them Over There: Column: Kill the terrorists before they reach the West

He does not see it because he does not want to see it. “The War on Terror 2015 is in a new phase with a new geography. At the core are parallel would-be caliphates: in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State; in central Africa, now spilling out of Nigeria into Cameroon, a near-sovereign Boko Haram; in the badlands of Yemen, AQAP, the most dangerous of all the al-Qaeda affiliates. And beyond lie not just a cast of mini-caliphates embedded in the most ungovernable parts of the Third World from Libya to Somalia to the borderlands of Pakistan, but also an archipelago of no-go Islamist islands embedded in the heart of Europe.

This is serious. In both size and reach it is growing. Our president will not say it. Fine. But does he even see it?” Obama: Charlie Who? Our president seems to have forgotten that the war is still on. The Islamists haven’t.

Multi-Culturalism

What were they thinking in the first place? “Duke University caved in to pressure and reversed its politically correct decision to permit weekly Muslim calls to prayer to ring out from its iconic chapel bell tower.” Duke caves, bans Muslim call to prayer from chapel bell tower

More on the Duke cave. “Supposedly Duke University thought turning the majestically Gothic bell tower of famous Duke Chapel into an Islamic minaret for every Friday call to prayer, heralded as “interreligious reimagining of a university icon,” would be non-controversial.

But the bow to campus multiculturalist ideology, thanks to nationwide publicity, barely lasted 24 hours. A campus spokesman curtly announced that what had been intended as unifying had become undesirably divisive. So the Muslim student group, which serves the five percent of Duke students said to be from Islamic backgrounds, will continue to worship in the chapel basement and will issue prayer calls outside the chapel instead. (snip)

Tensions between zealous multiculturalists and serious religious adherents of course will continue at Duke and countless other campuses. Minority religious groups, when offered seeming favors by campus elites, should consider the implications. Negating consecrated Christian space in favor of multi-faith experimentation ultimately doesn’t advance tolerance or respect. Instead it potentially impoverishes respect for the integrity of all religions.” FROM CHURCH BELL TOWER TO MINARET AND BACK AGAIN: Multiculturalism at Duke University blows up in its face.

Obamacare

Rationing coming soon to one of your loved ones. “So what happens when an unelected and unaccountable rationing board decides you can’t receive the lifesaving or extending treatment you need? Instead of the patient and their physician making these decisions, as it should be, the government is doing all of the deciding. Cancer patients in the UK are learning this lesson the hard way.

President Obama nominated Donald Berwick to run Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Berwick is a big fan of the NHS; “I am a romantic about the NHS; I love it.” Expect to see ObamaCare morph into a version of the NHS as it continues to unfold. Including rationing. Death panels are indeed alive and well. (snip)

Both here and across the pond in the UK, government agencies ration healthcare. In the UK, the rationing board is ironically called NICE, or National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Under ObamaCare, the comparable agency is IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Rationing boards evaluate “cost effectiveness” of treatments and medications, deciding which ones to pay for, or not.

If the rationing board decides to not pay for a particular treatment or drug, patients are out of luck. If the denied treatment is lifesaving, guess what follows? Hence the characterization of these rationing boards as “death panels.” Sarah Palin warned of “death panels” within ObamaCare but as usual was ridiculed by the media. Yet in the UK, their National Health Service (NHS), the model for ObamaCare, just demonstrated another example of their death panels. “Six breast cancer drugs are to be banned from use by NHS patients,” according to the Daily Mail. How’s that for “war on women”?” Death Panels — Alive and Well

They can’t hide their lies forever. Emphasis mine. “The memo was written and distributed to “interested parties,” including the media. It belies Obama’s characterization of Gruber as ““some adviser who never worked on our staff.” If that’s all Gruber was, Cutter wouldn’t have called him an architect of Obamacare — in fact she wouldn’t have touted him to the media at all.

Gruber’s status as “architect” of Obamacare is relevant not just for the purpose of discrediting Obama’s characterization of him. It is relevant to a vital Supreme Court case (King v. Burwell) that presents the question of whether subsidies are available to people who obtain health insurance through the federal exchange.” STEPHANIE CUTTER: GRUBER WAS AN OBAMACARE ARCHITECT

United States of America

We’ve got to throw them all out and start over. Otherwise I don’t see how anything changes. “The pundits puzzle and debate reasons for the sweeping nationwide GOP victories in November, while Democrats en masse engage in an epidemic of unhinged denial. But for the rest of us, the reason is crystal clear: this president and the Democratic Party are ruining our country. November was not a victory for Republicans, but rather an historic, nationwide, sweeping repudiation of Obama’s leadership and policies. Nonetheless, the GOP did get a mandate:

Stop Obama in his tracks! NOW! (snip)

GOP leaders promised to confront Obama’s executive amnesty, once the new Congress was seated, by denying funding for it in the DHS budget. They came through on Wednesday, passing amendments to the DHS appropriations bill that halt much of Obama’s amnesty through DHS This includes the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which motivated the mass migration from Central America over the past three years, Obama’s November “executive amnesty” for about 5 million illegals, and other actions – five amendments in all.

But there are two problems: 1. some or all of these measures could be stripped from companion Senate DHS funding legislation, thereby providing DHS full funding without any restrictions; and 2. at least some of the executive amnesty is implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Alien Children program, and other agencies. HHS and the others were all fully funded in the CROmnibus.Citizens’ Mandate: Stop the Fundamental Transformation of America

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Just Because the Mainstream Press Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Should Know for January 12

Stories of the Day

Can someone please tell President Obama and the rest of the Democrats that NOTHING is EVER FREE. “As the President’s State of the Union speech nears, he is launching trial balloons right and left–mostly left–to see what might prove a hit for his annual night of big policy initiatives. Some of the proposals on deck are cyber security and Internet proposals, two years of “free” community college, and changes in the way people qualify for homeownership.” OBAMA PITCHING BIG GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AHEAD OF SOTU SPEECH

“Late in the morning on Saturday (EST), January 10, the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF) disclosed the identities of the four individuals killed in the kosher market takeover the day before.  They were all men, and they were gunned down not long after Amedy Coulibaly entered the store.  None was killed in the commando raid.  One, a clerk in the store, Yohan Cohen, was shot as he grappled with the gunman.  The other three were presumably executed.  Besides the 22-year-old Cohen, they are Yoav Hattab, 21, reportedly the son of the chief rabbi of Tunis; Philippe Braham, 40; and François-Michel Saada, in his 60s. (snip)

The failure to give the grocery store victims names and faces is in keeping with the practice of the MSM not to pay attention to victims of rocket attacks from Gaza or of Palestinian terrorism, unless they are mistaken for Muslims – the owner of the bloody shoe in Ashkelon, injured in a Palestinian rocket attack, or the young Israeli beaten up by an Arab mob near Temple Mount and who was being protected by a policeman.  An exception is the four rabbis butchered in Jerusalem, two of whom were Americans.

George Zimmerman’s face was on the home page of almost every American news site Saturday.  He’d been arrested for throwing a bottle of wine at his girlfriend.

But anyone curious about who was killed in Hyper Cacher, the kosher market, had to go to Israeli or Jewish-American websites, or the Daily Mail, to find out.” Jewish victims at kosher market nameless, faceless in the MSM

“Do liberals actually believe in the right to offend?” The answer would be “no, not really.” Indeed, the outpouring of support for free speech in the aftermath of the Paris attack coincides with, and partially obscures, the degradation of speech rights in the West. Commencement last year was marked by universities’ revoking of appearances by speakers Condoleezza Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali for no other reason than that mobs disagreed with the speakers’ points of view. I do not recall liberals rallying behind Condi and Hirsi Ali then. (snip)

Brendan Eich donated a thousand dollars to California’s Proposition Eight in 2008. Six years later it cost him his job. In 2014, when Charles Krauthammer merely stated his agnosticism on the question of what causes global warming, liberals organized a petition demanding his removal from the Washington Post.” Blasphemy for Me, but Not for Thee

“If we’re serious about turning the tide, we have to recognise that the credo of the Left, with its contempt for Western values, its antipathy to freedom and its emphasis on non-judgmentalism, is hindering our response to terror. All cultures are not equal. One that murders non-believers, despises freedom of expression, and violently oppresses women and homosexuals is not equal to what we are striving for in the West.

We must ignore the malcontents and declare that our values, our achievements and our way of life are better than our enemies. Those who think otherwise shouldn’t be silenced or forced to join in with what they can reasonably opt out of; but neither should they be appeased. If they choose to put their faith first, they must not expect society to bend to their will, to refrain from offending them, or to exempt them from the rule law.” LEFT WING VALUES ARE HINDERING OUR RESPONSE TO ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

Is it possible that the those on the Left might have just been jolted from their deep slumbers? “The change has come, above all, from the soft Left. We conservatives never had a problem with the unapologetic defense of Western values. As for the old Left, or what remains of it, it cheerfully snarls at all religions. In between, though, is a swathe of people for whom the paramount political virtue has, until now, been not causing offense to minorities.

There is no British magazine like Charlie Hebdo, but we used to have a scatological TV show called “Spitting image,” which parodied, in puppet form, politicians, celebrities, Royals and, for a time, Jesus. A few Christians wrote in to complain and were dismissed as uptight prudes. Then a Muslim objected to the way his second prophet was being mocked, and the puppet was promptly dropped. Immigrants, explained the editor, had a hard enough time of it without their beliefs being mocked. (snip)

Conservatives, of course, have few such hangups. We approve of civility, and find papers like Charlie Hebdo tiresome, childish and obnoxious. But we also know that their obnoxiousness is the flip-side of religious freedom. If you are free to practice your faith, I must be free to laugh at it.

In recent years, in Europe at any rate, a large chunk of the population lost sight of that principle. If the Paris monstrosity has brought some of them back to their senses, then a tiny bit of good might have come of this foul business.” Paris attack wakes Europeans to importance of free speech

View image on Twitter13 stunning photos from Paris’ massive anti-terror rally

The Left hi-jacking our language once again. “Multiculturalism is one of those buzzwords that does not mean what it should. The ancient and generic Western study of many cultures is not multiculturalism. Rather, the trendy term promotes non-Western cultures to a status equal with or superior to Western culture largely to fulfill contemporary political agendas.

On college campuses, multiculturalism not so much manifests itself in the worthy interest in Chinese literature, Persian history, or hieroglyphics, but rather has become more a therapeutic exercise of exaggerating Western sins while ignoring non-Western pathologies to attract those who see themselves in some way as not part of the dominant culture.

It is a deductive ideology that starts with a premise of Western fault and then makes evidence fit the paradigm. It is ironic that only Western culture is self-critical and since antiquity far more interested than other civilizations in empirically investigating the culture of the other.  It is no accident that Europeans and Americans take on their own racism, sexism, and tribalism in a way that is not true of China, Nigeria or Mexico. Parody, satire, and caricature are not Chinese, African, or Arab words.” Multicultural Suicide

An empty chair’s repeat performance. “More than 40 heads of state came together in Paris to denounce a wave of terrorism that defiled the City of Light last week — yet there was one glaring exception: The U.S. sent only a low-level official.

French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and dozens of other world leaders all took part in the powerful denunciation of last week’s terror attacks that left 17 innocents dead.

Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set aside their differences to march together on Boulevard Voltaire.

But the nation that stands as the symbolic face of the war on terror was nowhere in sight.” Eric Holder, U.S. officials no-shows at Paris unity rally

Harsh opinions being expressed from across the pond. “The US was represented at the march only by Jane Hartley, the American ambassador to France who is unrecognizable to most Americans, let alone the rest of the world.” America snubs historic Paris rally: Holder skipped out of proceedings early, Kerry was in India, Obama and Biden just stayed home

Tone deaf. “’I wish our US President had gone to Paris to stand with our European allies,” tweeted James Stavridis, the retired Navy admiral and current dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

“It’s stunning, truly stunning,” said Aaron David Miller, who among other responsibilities during his time at the State Department under both Republican and Democratic administrations, helped deliberate over which officials to send to which events. “It’s a poster child for tone deafness.’” Barack Obama’s French kiss-off: The president’s decision to skip the Paris march raises eyebrows

“But wait… isn’t somebody missing from this picture? In what is possibly one of the worst games of Where’s Waldo in history, the fine folks at Weasel Zippers notice that Eric Holder doesn’t seem to be on the scene.

twitter 011214Nobody from the US govt marched in Paris today… not even Eric Holder

From an honest Democrat. “Sunday, President Obama morally abdicated his place as the leader of the free world.

His decision to stay home instead of standing side by side with French President Hollande as millions marched in Paris in solidarity with the slain journalists of Charlie Hebdo in opposition to radical Islam – an enemy fiercer than we have seen in decades – sent a clear message to the world: Obama just doesn’t care.

His words about the horrendous terrorist attack this week were not enough. They came off as inauthentic at best and offensive at worst.” Obama AWOL in Paris: Message to America, allies is we don’t care

“You won’t find it in the American media, but the U.K. Daily Mail has obtained confirmation from an administration spokesman that President Obama spent much of yesterday watching the NFL Playoffs (as I speculated).

According to an administration official, President Obama spent part of his Sunday afternoon watching a National Football League game on television.”

Confirmed: Obama watched NFL playoffs instead of going to Paris

From an ex-Lefty. “So why didn’t POTUS show up?  A liberal friend emailed me that it was admittedly a “political mistake.”  ”Political,” yes, but “mistake”?  I doubt the decision was made innocently or even faintly by mistake.   Obama is a man known for his political expediency more than anything, indeed above anything, and also for being a constant campaigner.  It was obvious that going to Paris would have been good public relations and that therefore not attending was a deliberate choice.

There had to have been a reason for his non-attendance and the bizarre dissing of this event by his administration. I believe it stems from this: There are two words our president seems constitutionally unable to put together — “Islamic” and “terrorism.”  For Obama (and, as a sideshow, the zany Howard Dean), these terms are mutually exclusive, an oxymoron.  Appearing in Paris, Obama might be put in the unusual position of having to link them, our complaisant press rarely having the nerve to ask such an impertinent question.  Holder, in a television interview from Paris (I think it was CNN — there have been so many), danced around the question, hemming and hawing as if he couldn’t quite make out what was being said or had been asked an embarrassing question about  IRS emails.” #BarackNEstPasCharlie: Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris?

“Just how low is this president prepared to go?  How embarrassing is it that the United States gave so little serious thought to yet more bloody proof that Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and not at all in a “JV” way?  Obama’s pathetic appeasement and preference for “leading from behind” have become an international tragedy.  His denial of the obvious, much of it his own doing, is catastrophic for the world, not just for the United States.” Silence of the Lamb

Democrats

From many of the comments: “Democrats must be polling badly.” “ Senior Democrats, dissatisfied with the party’s tepid prescriptions for combating income inequality, are drafting an “action plan” that calls for a massive transfer of wealth from the super-rich and Wall Street traders to the heart of the middle class.

The centerpiece of the proposal, set to be unveiled Monday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), is a “paycheck bonus credit” that would shave $2,000 a year off the tax bills of couples earning less than $200,000. Other provisions would nearly triple the tax credit for child care and reward people who save at least $500 a year.

The windfall — about $1.2 trillion over a decade — would come directly from the pockets of Wall Street “high rollers” through a new fee on financial transactions, and from the top 1 percent of earners, who would lose billions of dollars in lucrative tax breaks.” Democrats, in a stark shift in messaging, to make big tax-break pitch for middle class

Let’s hope these folks do what’s right for the country by reaching across the aisle. “Reacting to early signs that President Obama and the Democratic rump in Congress is lurching to the Left, centrists are complaining bitterly that the left-wing Elizabeth Warren wing of the party is taking control.

Liberal Democrats say centrist grumbling is sour grapes over their decimation in the midterm election.

Obama cannot discount the shrinking centrist group because they can cross the aisle and hand the new GOP’s new Senate majority victories on everything from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and banking reforms, to dismantling Obamacare.” Centrist angst over Dems’ leftward lurch

Free Speech

I love her spunk! I wish more people in the entertainment industry would speak up like this. “Underwood, who stands for traditional American values, issued the following statement in response to the attacks on her new song, which just hit #1 on the Country charts this week.

“I’m not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith [or] any of that, and I won’t be the last. And it won’t be the last for me, either. If you don’t like it, change the channel,” she said.” ATHEISTS WON’T STOP CARRIE UNDERWOOD FROM SINGING ABOUT FAITH: ‘IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, CHANGE THE CHANNEL’

Illegal Immigration

Terrific. “Leaked internal training documents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveal Border Patrol agents are now receiving guidelines instructing them that the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are off limits to federal agents and are substantially immune to detention and deportation. A trusted federal agent in the CBP provided exclusive copies of the documents to Breitbart Texas and also agreed to an interview on the condition of anonymity.” EXCLUSIVE: CATCH AND RELEASE 2.0 — LEAKS HIGHLIGHT TEARDOWN OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

“But recently that has changed.  Now, for the first time in American history, an entire class of persons, a class that numbers in the millions, has been given broad, de jure amnesty and immunity from both federal and state laws.  In this class of people are those who have been characterized as the undocumented (i.e., illegal) immigrants. (snip)

American voters have to decide whether or not they want their government to establish a privileged class of residents who live off of their taxes.  As their property taxes go up, as fees on their cell phones, license plates, natural gas and electricity bills go up, they can think about the privileged few who have a lot of those expenses subsidized.” The New Privileged Class: Illegal Immigrants

“President Obama’s new deportation amnesty will impose “billions of dollars in costs” on states, they told a federal court this week — including more than $130 for each Texas driver’s license issued to illegal immigrants under the policy.

More than 1,100 pages of documents submitted by Texas and two dozen other states suing to stop the amnesty detail the costs in depth, and include sworn affidavits from state officials, federal immigration officers and others arguing that the amnesty will increase illegal immigration, leaving the states with even bigger burdens.” Obama amnesty to impose billions in costs on states, lawsuit alleges

Leftism

Emphasis mine. “As times go on the stories about how far and how fast the economy of Venezuela has fallen apart become ever more dramatic. They now actually have the Army, seriously, the armed forces, guarding food supplies. And the police are handing out toilet paper. We can just about imagine such things happening in the wake of some massive natural disaster, the levee breaks, the hurricane comes ashore, but not as day after day activity as something normal for the nation. But there has been no natural disaster in Venezuela, this is just the result of some years of idiot socialism. What makes it all so tragic is that there was and is another way to achieve the stated aim: making the poor better off. And when we consider what we might want to do to make the poor better off we’d better pay attention to this, admittedly extreme, example.

Here’s the news report:

Shoppers thronged grocery stores across Caracas today as deepening shortages led the government to put Venezuela’s food distribution under military protection.

Long lines, some stretching for blocks, formed outside grocery stores in the South American country’s capital as residents search for scarce basic items such as detergent and chicken.

Police inside a Luvebras supermarket in eastern Caracas intervened to help staff distribute toilet paper and other products. (snip)

There’s absolutely nothing wrong at all with the intention of making the poor better off. Indeed, I share that aim: that’s why I’m this capitalist free marketeer type, as it’s the only socio-economic system we’ve ever had that has made the poor substantially better off for any period of time. However, there are good ways and bad ways of going about doing this and if we want to succeed in our aim, in the US, of making the poor better off then we’d do well to pay attention.

The short answer is don’t screw with the market.The Ghastly Economic Mess In Venezuela And How To Avoid It (Hint, Don’t Raise The Minimum Wage)

Obamacare

I have no words… “All of which raises a question: If annual physicals are worthless, why did Dr. Emanuel and his accomplices build them into PPACA? Their clinical limitations have long been known, and the President was called out as early as 2008 on his claim that such preventive care would reduce health care expenditures. Nine months before he was elected, the New England Journal of Medicine reported, “Barack Obama has argued that ‘too little is spent on prevention and public health.’… Our findings suggest that the broad generalizations [about preventive care] made by many presidential candidates can be misleading.”EZEKIEL EMANUEL: GO RATION YOURSELF: Obamacare advisor says not to bother with annual wellness visit

President Obama

We’re in the best of hands. “It’s high time the news media paid more attention to Valerie Jarrett. An old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama’s, she exercises unusual influence in the White House as a “senior adviser.” Many in Washington believe that she is at the heart of the disappointment the Obama administration has become. They are unwilling to say so in public. But the evidence keeps piling up. (snip)

More and more people in Washington do have advice for Obama — on the conduct of his administration. No one I spoke to believes he will follow it, but they all agree that the organizational lines of authority at the White House need to be better observed, that there should be better communication with both parties on Capitol Hill, and that the decision-making process should involve more people and be less directed toward short-term political fixes (most of which haven’t worked). So far the Obama administration’s management style has guaranteed only one thing: The only long-term fixed presence in the Obama White House is Valerie Jarrett, the person who mentored the careers of both Barack and Michelle Obama a quarter of a century ago and who remains glued to their sides to this day.” Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s ‘Berlin Wall’: The woman insiders describe as the president’s “real chief of staff” keeps out bad news and new ideas.

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