Saturday, August 31, 2013

Random -- As Long As It Does A Lot O Damage To America Somehow...

Instapundit » Blog Archive » JAMES TARANTO: Show of Farce: Obama’s Syria approach defies satire. “I’ve not made a decision.”…: "In the PBS interview, Obama also stressed that the option before him was a minimal one. America will act, he said, “if, in fact, we can take limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about.” Politico summed that up with the headline “Obama: Syria Won’t Be Iraq.” Andy Borowitz, resident satirist at The New Yorker, summed it up with the headline “Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective.” Here’s his pretend Obama quote: “Let me be clear. Our goal will not be to effect rĂ©gime change, or alter the balance of power in Syria, or bring the civil war there to an end. We will simply do something random there for one or two days and then leave.”"

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bull Connor Was Not A Libertarian

Review & Outlook: Government and Segregation - "Racial hatreds were—and often still are—rooted in historical and individual prejudice. But that prejudice was so destructive before the Civil War because it was harnessed to state-imposed slavery. And it became so pernicious again in the post-Reconstruction South because states enforced it through arrests and prosecution—or, in the case of the KKK, by doing nothing as blacks were harassed, beaten and killed. Bull Connor was not a libertarian. Federal laws had to be passed, and federal enforcement imposed, precisely because the national government was the only force powerful enough to break state-enforced segregation. It's a point worth recalling when the President invokes government as a source of unalloyed political virtue."
H/T Glenn.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Democrat In The White House


Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:33 pm"

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Jackasses Soil MLK's Memory

Sen. Tim Scott wasn’t invited to event commemorating MLK march on Washington | "Sen. Tim Scott, R.-S.C., the only African American serving in the United States Senate, wasn't invited to the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's march on Washington, though a host of Democratic luminaries spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

“Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner."
Frankly, they should all be in jail for horrendous corruption never mind just plain being Jackasses. Sen. Scott is a gentleman and a scholar for the calm way he dealt with this slight.

Because apparently he doesn't exist you see...

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That Besotted Lover


This president doesn't merely lie. He lies flagrantly, ludicrously, bizarrely, absurdly.

He tells the sort of lies that only a besotted lover could believe.

And fortunately for him, the American media is just that besotted lover. And of course the American media understands why he was out all night and now stinks of stripper perfume and cruise missiles."

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The Edouard Daladier Moment

The DiploMad 2.0: Obama and an Edouard Daladier Moment: "Not only in the Middle East do we see this move away from the USA. In Latin America, for example, our long-time ally Colombia has just about given up on Obama. The callous and exceptionally stupid and arrogant manner in which the misadminsitration handled the free trade agreement and its refusal to stand up to Venezuela in Honduras, has convinced the Colombians to look elsewhere. We will see others follow, including Israel which will begin to develop a policy much more independent of us than heretofore. All this forms part of the legacy of long-term damage done by the man who brought "a spring to the step" of parking attendants in the basement of the State Department."

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Did We Forget To Mention It's Google?

DOJ Shoots Itself in the Foot Identifying Google in Data Request Case - HotHardware: "“[Redacted] has a First Amendment right to communicate transparently with its users and the public regarding its receipt of the NSL," the court filing reads. "In light of broadly available misinformation about [redacted] receipt of and compliance with national security process and the concerns and questions of its users… [redacted] seeks to advance the public debate by taking reasonable, limited steps to increase transparency regarding its practices." There are a bunch of references to the unnamed company throughout the document, though on page 8, the DoJ missed a reference to Google where it reads, "the public's already healthy interest in Google's receipt of, and response to, national security legal process skyrocketed." The Wall Street Journal attempted to elicit comments from all involved, and not surprisingly, nobody is willing to speak about the matter."
Geniuses I tell ya'.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

You'll Overlook Things ... Literally

Want to Feel Like You’re Flying with Jets? Watch This Stunning Air Reel | Video | "Alright, it might look like two minutes of promotional flight footage for airlines or the military — and it is promotional footage — but when you see how stunning the aerial cinematography is in Wolfe Air’s latest reel, you might be able to overlook this."
Wolfe Air Reel from 3DF on Vimeo.


Did I forget to mention you need to go full screen?

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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Good Ol' N. S. O A.

The Best NSA Visual Yet | Power Line: "Hat tip to Jim Geraghty of National Review‘s “Morning Jolt” (and if you don’t subscribe–it’s free–you’re missing out) for pointing us to the best NSA put on yet:"

UPDATE: Forgot to mention today's dish on LOVEINT. But don't worry, nobody's been disciplined for it or anything. It's harmless, doncha' know.

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The Real Story Of WWII

Glenn Beck Tells the Fascinating History of World War II Like You’ve Never Heard It Before | "“[Knudsen's] family actually told him, ‘Bill, how can you do this? FDR has demonized you. You can’t go to work for that guy – he doesn’t stand for anything you stand for,’” Beck said.

But Knudsen went to Washington and said he was there to serve the country, and he did it for a dollar a year.

“Under Big Bill’s guidance that the American industry reached a production capability that surprised even the president,” Beck said. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, our economy had steadily improved, unemployment had sharply fallen, and we had far more in our arsenal.

“Ultimately, we out-produced the Axis Powers in numbers previously thought impossible, and we surpassed them in quality…” Beck said. “This was only possible at the very last hour because government got out of private life and industry and deferred to the individual.”"

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bizarro Recovery

Bizarro Recovery - "The tough economy has pushed the average U.S. household income down even further than it was when the Great Recession ended, according to a recent report. American households are earning 4.4 percent less, when adjusted for inflation, than they were when the economic recovery began four years ago, according to a report by Sentier Research."

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Bookworm Room: "One of my conservative friends posted this on Facebook:"

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Ex Uno Multa Mendacia

Ex Uno Multa Mendacia [Darleen Click] | protein wisdom: "*President Barack Obama told Americans Friday that federal aid is reserved for citizens, even though his deputies have drafted complex regulations to give taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies to foreign students and to millions of guest workers."

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Soma Real Bad Kim

BreaKim Bad: 40-50% Of North Koreans Seriously Addicted To Meth | Zero Hedge: "Perhaps in an effort to numb themselves of the daily grind of a delusional dictator amid widespread starvation, North Koreans have turned en masse to the 'bingdu' or ice. As the WSJ notes, a study in the Spring of 2013 found that "Almost every adult in that area (of North Korea) has experienced using ice and not just once," and the author noted that "at least 40% to 50% are seriously addicted to the drug." Unsurprisingly for the closed nation, there is no official data, but as poppy fields disappeared in the nation, meth dealers were quick to step in and 'Heisenberg' the people's needs. Now "doing ice is a social thing; it is a lot of fun," as the 'epidemic' has spread from mid-ranking officials and police officers in 2004-2008 to the general population of students and youth now."

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Over Her Signature

Instapundit » Blog Archive » CAN HILLARY CLINTON SURVIVE BENGHAZI? “Well, sure: she’s a Democrat. That’s the easy, cynical …: "CAN HILLARY CLINTON SURVIVE BENGHAZI? “Well, sure: she’s a Democrat. That’s the easy, cynical response, and let’s face it–it’s probably right. Still, by any normal standard Benghazi would be considered a career-ending debacle. Four men, including one of her own ambassadors, were murdered on Hillary’s watch, after they had pleaded with her State Department for better security. The cable denying the ambassador’s request for better protection went out over Hillary’s signature.”

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 2:30 pm"

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Put A Fork In Us

Ace of Spades HQ: "A Department of Defense teaching guide meant to fight extremism advises students that rather than “dressing in sheets” modern-day radicals “will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place,” and describes 18th-century American patriots seeking freedom from the British as belonging to “extremist ideologies.”"

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Going, Going, Gone | The Weekly Standard: "But the early signs do suggest serious problems that run deep, and that will be difficult to juggle for long. They suggest, above all, that America’s health care debate is very far from over. 

This is a fact that many Obamacare defenders have found difficult to accept. Passage of the law has neither made it more popular nor settled the basic dispute about it, as both the law itself and the case for it continue to weaken and shift. Obamacare as it is now being implemented could not have been enacted in 2010. Shorn of the short-term fiscal fig leaf of the CLASS Act, absent the revenue and insurance-market stabilization of the employer mandate, stripped of eligibility verification for subsidies costing billions of taxpayer dollars, saddled with an assault on religious liberty—all of which has been done by the law’s own champions and defenders—the bill would never have had the votes to become law even in the heavily Democratic 111th Congress."

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Did I Forget To Mention That You're A Socialist?

Ace of Spades HQ: "Actually modern liberalism includes quite a lot of what used to be unique to socialism. And I don't think modern paleo-cons are opposed to public education."
I'm going to stop posting for a day or two. This post and the last are too important -- you need to grok them for a while.

Well OK. There's something else you need to grok(law) also:
I feel like that now, knowing that persons I don't know can paw through all my thoughts and hopes and plans in my emails with you.

They tell us that if you send or receive an email from outside the US, it will be read. If it's encrypted, they keep it for five years, presumably in the hopes of tech advancing to be able to decrypt it against your will and without your knowledge. Groklaw has readers all over the world.
One way of beginning to understand privacy is by looking at what happens to people in extreme situations where it is absent. Recalling his time in Auschwitz, Primo Levi observed that "solitude in a Camp is more precious and rare than bread." Solitude is one state of privacy, and even amidst the overwhelming death, starvation, and horror of the camps, Levi knew he missed it.... Levi spent much of his life finding words for his camp experience. How, he wonders aloud in Survival in Auschwitz, do you describe "the demolition of a man," an offense for which "our language lacks words."...

One function of privacy is to provide a safe space away from terror or other assaultive experiences. When you remove a person's ability to sequester herself, or intimate information about herself, you make her extremely vulnerable....
You may not be interested in Big Brother -- but he is interested in you.

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The Fall

Buck Sexton Traces Parallels Between Fall of the Roman Empire, Rise of the Ottoman Empire and What’s Happening Today | "He began by reminding that the Roman Empire in the 6th century was actually Christian, and was divided between the Western and Eastern Roman Empire.

“One of the questions, of course, is why was it breaking up and also, how was it eroding from within?” Sexton asked.  “Because we know that from the [Arabian Peninsula], Muhammed and then the first caliphs…were able to take this entire Christian area in a very short period of time. Why was that?  It was because it had eroded from the inside.”

“The Romans had an overextended military, they had debased their currency to pay off their debts, they had a bureaucracy that essentially was living as a parasite on the entirety of the Roman people…They also had a loss of control over their borders,” Sexton said.

“That sounds completely foreign,” host Glenn Beck responded sarcastically."

I sure am glad we have nothing in common with that scenario!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Teaching Dependency

Instapundit » Blog Archive » HOPEY-CHANGEY: When Welfare Pays Better Than Work. Here’s an offer for you: $38,004 per year, …: "Here’s an offer for you: $38,004 per year, tax free.No work required.Apply at your local welfare office.

The federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted towards low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. (The rest fund community-wide programs for low-income neighborhoods, with no direct benefits to individuals.) State and local governments operate more welfare programs. Of course, no individual or family gets benefits from all 72 programs, but many do get aid from a number of them at any point in time.

Today, the Cato institute is releasing a new study looking at the state-by-state value of welfare for a mother with two children. In the Empire State, a family receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, public housing, utility assistance and free commodities (like milk and cheese) would have a package of benefits worth $38,004, the seventh-highest in the nation.

While that might not sound overly generous, remember that welfare benefits aren’t taxed, while wages are. So someone in New York would have to earn more than $21 per hour to be better off than they would be on welfare.That’s more than the average statewide entry-level salary for a teacher."
No words for this.

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Then And Now

Predictable History, Unpredictable Past: Pic of the Day: Kristallnacht - Then and Now: "Pic of the Day: Kristallnacht - Then and Now"

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Monday, August 19, 2013


Instapundit » Blog Archive » ARE YA FEELIN’ THE HOPE AND CHANGE? Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless ce…: "ARE YA FEELIN’ THE HOPE AND CHANGE? Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 8:51 pm"

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The Irony

Instapundit » Blog Archive » JEFF JARVIS: The White House Credibility Deficit: The NSA leaks ended the power of Obama officials…: "JEFF JARVIS: The White House Credibility Deficit: The NSA leaks ended the power of Obama officials to ration access. No self-respecting journalist believes what they say. “That is the punchline of the Snowden affair: when we can’t trust what government tells us, we come to trust those whom government doesn’t trust. Thus, we no longer necessarily care what the official line is and who delivers it. And when that happens, access – the currency of the Beltway – becomes worthless. Ah, the irony.”

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 10:35 pm"
If only journalists had memories longer than fruit flies this would have an impact.

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The Hoist

Belmont Club » East of Suez: "It would be poetic justice but a world class disaster if the Obama administration was hoist on its own petard, struck by the very apparatus it was readying to turn on Assad. Surely Russia and Damascus would attempt to achieve such an effect if they could. What happens if that turnabout occurs? Why I predict that Time will shortly inform its readers that the Suez Canal no longer matters; that Syria no longer matters; that Israel no longer matters. And eventually the line will be that the whole Middle East was no big deal anyway. Such is the genius of the Obama foreign policy. Always outwitted but never fooled."

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A Domestic Army

"We're building a domestic army": "This amazing video out of Maine was called to my attention in the comments last week. With too many outrages concerning the police state (see, "Frisk, Stop and...") and the surveillance state to keep up with, the comments of this Iraq War veteran turned whistleblower are a must-see:"

I wonder how long before this video is scrubbed from YouTube?

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Deadlines Are For The Little People

Instapundit » Blog Archive » I WONDER WHY IT’S UNPUBLISHED? Unpublished Congressional Research Service Report: Obama Administra…: "I WONDER WHY IT’S UNPUBLISHED? Unpublished Congressional Research Service Report: Obama Administration Has Missed Half Of Obamacare’s Legally Imposed Implementation Deadlines. Deadlines are for the little people.

Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 8:17 am"

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mordor By The Potomac Update

Lawmaker, Regulate Thyself | RealClearPolitics: ""Washington is an island surrounded by reality," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, likes to say.

In an effort to inject some reality into the Beltway, Grassley introduced an amendment to the Affordable Care Act to require that members of Congress and their staff get their health care from the new Obamacare exchanges. "Congress should live under the laws it creates. That includes Obamacare," Grassley explained.

Enter Washington reality: The rules don't apply to the governing class."
I like Mike Church's "Mordor By The Potomac" description better than Grassley's. But Grassley at least gets it once in a while.

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COTD #2: Not Just Blackrock Has Leverage, Ya Think?

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds - The Washington Post: "Dempublicans wrote:
8:02 PM MDT

You can bet money that the NSA has dirt on every politician that is backing them up on this blatant power grab."

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COTD: What Obama Wants

A Stunning 60% Of All Home Purchases Are "Cash Only" - A 200% Jump In Five Years | Zero Hedge: "One And Only

Obama's policies have priced the consumer out of housing

One of the awesome things about lower home prices is that homes become affordable. But when you back stop and provide liquidity to institutions like Blackrock guess what happens? Blackrock buys the properties and rents them out. So instead of letting the market work and actually letting home prices fall to affordable levels (for consumers) you have institutions flush with Fed provided liquidity buying up properties. OBVIOUSLY pricing out  REAL potential home buyers.

Obama must prefer this. His healthcare mandate has created a part-time worker society while his Federal Reserve has made financial institutions flush with cash. And don't give me some bullshit that it's not Obama, as I just recently saw him on the teevee stroking the ego of Ben Bernank by saying how awesome he is. 

This is what America wanted. This is what America gets. Part time workers renting from Blackrock.

Embrace fascism patriots and move forward."

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

10-289 Watch

Instapundit » Blog Archive » IT’S COME TO THIS: Feds Threaten To Arrest Lavabit Founder For Shutting Down His Service. “It soun…: "IT’S COME TO THIS: Feds Threaten To Arrest Lavabit Founder For Shutting Down His Service. “It sounds like the feds were asking for a full on backdoor on the system, not unlike some previous reports of ISPs who have received surprise visits from the NSA.” And apparently you have a duty to stay in business to help them spy or something. Weak threat, but I’m not terribly surprised."
Here's the comment that inspired my title:
snopercod This is right out of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Directive 10-289:

Point Two. All industrial, commercial, manufacturing and business establishments of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth remain in operation, and the owners of such establishments shall not quit nor leave nor retire, nor close, sell or transfer their business, under penalty of the nationalization of their establishment and of any and all of their property.

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CDC Study Ordered by Obama Contradicts White House Anti-gun Narrative: "In January, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama issued a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence,” along with 22 other “initiatives.” That study, subcontracted out to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, was completed in June and contained some surprises for the president.

Obama had announced at the beginning of the year his push for three major gun control initiatives — universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” and a ban on “high-capacity” magazines — to prevent future mass shootings, no doubt hoping that the CDC study would oblige him by providing evidence that additional gun control measures were justified to reduce gun violence. On the contrary, that study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and instead supported many of the positions taken by gun ownership supporters."
Down the memory hole it goes...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

The Contemptible Rolling Stone

The picture Rolling Stone should have had on the cover. | Daily Pundit: "The picture Rolling Stone should have had on the cover."

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Clueless In Cairo

It’s Official: Obama Has Surpassed Jimmy Carter | Power Line: "Isn’t it a pretty good clue that the people who yearn to kill Christians (and Jews) are probably not friends of the United States? I think the average fourth-grader could probably figure this out, but not, apparently, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry."

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Stopped Clock Watch (NYeT Does Something Useful)

How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets - "This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key. For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers. She replied to this one and sent her public key — allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key — but she didn’t think much would come of it."
But Obama is still the faultless King unfortunately. Though apparently Bill and Hill haven't schmoozed them sufficiently lately...

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It's Good To Be King

Instapundit » Blog Archive » TRUST YOUR LEADERS: NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds. The Nation…: "In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans. A notable example in 2008 was the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff.

In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional.
Read the whole thing. Believe it or not, it gets worse. Related: Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited. “The court’s description of its practical limitations contrasts with repeated assurances from the Obama administration and intelligence agency leaders that the court provides central checks and balances on the government’s broad spying efforts. They have said that Americans should feel comfortable that the secret intelligence court provides robust oversight of government surveillance and protects their privacy from rogue intrusions.”"

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Du'O (Part 75,934,593)

Rodeo fans and conservatives defend skit mocking Obama: "Gessling was the primary announcer during the skit, in which spectators were led to believe that an Obama-masked stuffed dummy was standing in the middle of the ring, threatened by rodeo bulls. Instead, the dummy was an actual person wearing the Obama mask. When a bull approached the figure, he escaped, surprising the audience. Gessling said that’s the point of the skit. “The dummy ... comes alive and runs away,” he said. The identity of the clown actually wearing the Obama mask has not been made public. Witnesses said Gessling, who had a microphone, worked aggressively during the skit to energize the audience by criticizing Obama. “I know I’m a clown,” he says in one video of the stunt. “He just runs around like one, doesn’t know he is one.” Sankey said rodeo clowns like Gessling are expected to entertain spectators between rodeo events."
Except Odummy will never come alive to the needs of real America.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

When You Know You're A Clown...

DRUDGE REPORT 2013®: "'I know I'm a clown, Obama just running around acting like one, doesn't know he is one'..."
Versus when you're a clown and don't know it.

Which basically goes for the whole of the Nazi Democrat party...

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Monday, August 12, 2013


400 Surface-to-Air Missiles Were Stolen During Benghazi Attack and Are Now ‘in the Hands of Some Very Ugly People’, Says Whistleblowers’ Attorney | "A former U.S. attorney representing Benghazi whistleblowers is claiming that 400 surface-to-air missiles were stolen during the deadly attack in Libya and are now “in the hands of some very ugly people.” He also said the Obama administration is “deeply concerned” that the weapons may be used to shoot down airliners.

In an interview with WMAL radio, Joe DiGenova explained that the stolen missiles also represent one of the reasons the U.S. State Department shut down 19 embassies across the Middle East last week."
And you can count on this all being the fault of the Republicans somehow.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Refund From Hell

National Review Online | Print: "The King Street Patriots weren’t the only ones under scrutiny. On January 11, the IRS visited the Engelbrechts’ shop and conducted an on-site audit of both their business and their personal returns, Catherine says.

“What struck us as odd about that,” she adds,“is the lengths to which the auditor went to try to — it seemed like — to try to find some error. . . . She wanted to go out and see [our] farm, she wanted to count the cattle, she wanted to look at the fence line. It was a very curious three days. She was as kind as she could be, and she was doing her job . . . [but] it was strange.”

Bryan adds: “It was kind of funny to us. I mean, we weren’t laughing that much, but we knew we were squeaky clean. Our CPA’s a good guy. And who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor: I got a little bit of a refund.”"
RTWT. Or you could start by watching this.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Somebody's On The Run

Al Qaeda Is Now Running at Americans: "The Abu Ghraib prison break in Baghdad must have involved collusion by the 120 policemen that were supposed to man checkpoints in the area, but disappeared before the shooting began. Local media has also confirmed that 200 Sunni prisoners, some of them from al Qaeda, had been transferred to Abu Ghraib prison just days before the prison escape. These prisoners were reported to have been given access to cell phonescell phones, which they appear to have used to coordinate the attack and break-out.

The Obama Administration’s closing of 19 embassies across the Middle East is rumored to be due to internet “chatter” that escaped prisoners are planning to go on al Qaeda suicide missions against United States interests across the Middle East. President Obama’s 2012 election campaign trumpeted that death of Usama bin Laden had “decimated al Qaeda" and they were “on the run.” It seems to me, that al Qaeda’s military strength is flourishing and they are now running at Americans."
And it isn't Al Qaida.

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Cleta Mitchell: The IRS scandals, part 2 | Power Line: "I asked Cleta to follow up her comments regarding True The Vote in the video posted in part 1. In the video below Cleta concludes that the IRS has consistently lied about the facts underlying the scandal. Moreover, Cleta asserts (explains), every one of the false IRS statements mimicked by the White House and the Democrats on the investigating congressional committees is likewise a lie. We are inundated with lies. Please attend to what she has to say. She knows what she is talking about."
Go watch the short video at Powerline.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Math Is Hard

City of Broken Promises: "It was only in later years that I realized how sad and ashamed my mom must have been for breaking the promise she had made to me. She had no choice in the matter; there was simply no money to waste on that kind of entertainment. We were barely getting by as it was. She made the promise to me when times were relatively good and she was getting plenty of overtime, and she had made the mistake of assuming that the status quo would continue indefinitely. She was mistaken, but the mistake wasn’t malicious. Things just...didn’t turn out like we expected. But it was years before I really forgave my mom, and I never did get that day-trip to the amusement park. It remained a bitter seed in my heart for a long time afterward.

The same dynamic is now playing out in towns and cities across America: promises were made to then-current public-sector workers -- years and even decades back -- that cannot now be met."

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Ruling Class Update

Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies | Reuters: "The OPM said the federal contributions will be allowed to continue for exchange-purchased plans for lawmakers and their staffs, ensuring that those working on Capitol Hill will effectively get the same health contributions as millions of other federal workers who keep their current plan."
The shock never ends.  Obama done did it agin.  Note that Federal workers were never in any danger of being tagged with serfdom.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013


Belmont Club » The First Glimmer: "The “ten ships” of the War on Terror — the enemy’s center of gravity — were never in Afghanistan. It was always in the source of ideology, money and recruits that fueled it. In a word it was in the Middle East and in the Islamic ideology that motivated the terror. That is now painfully clear, even if the administration won’t admit it. But they have as much as done by their actions.

The CIA has announced it is moving from Afghanistan to the Middle East and North Africa. The DOD is talking about military options in Syria. And why heck, even the NYT is worried about the fires in that region raging out of control.

Nobody says “Detroit is alive and al-Qaeda is dead” any more. It’s not funny these days. Not even to the NYT."

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What Your Contempt-Filled Betters Look Like: IRS Commissioner: We Want Our Current Health Care Plan, Not ObamaCare

IRS Commissioner: We Want Our Current Health Care Plan, Not ObamaCare: "Dear Rest of America,
Sorry not sorry. 
Love, The IRS"
Sit down and shut up, peons.

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