Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Larwyn's Linx: ISIS 'Aggressively' Recruiting in This U.S. State

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Nation

ISIS 'Aggressively' Recruiting in This U.S. State: Clarion
Any Lingering Doubt?: Willam Pollack
Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable’: Lazar Berman

Downsize the Federal Government: David Coughlin
Obama set to betray Israel again; when will American Jews wake up?: Allen West
Hillary is Stuck: Dick Morris

The New Intolerance: Ace
Pence: Bill Clinton, Obama Also Supported Religious Freedom Bills: Peter Malcolm
Two Years Later, You’ll Still Be Made to Care: Erick Erickson

Harry Reid Unapologetic over Lying about Romney, Because Obama Won: RS
What On Earth Is Jindal Doing?: HayRide
Jeb Bush Can’t Be Nominated. Or Can He?: Rothenblog

Economy

Americans Must Work Jan. 1 Through April 24 Just to Pay Taxes: Ali Meyer
IRS chief to GOP: You can't abolish us: Hill
Sessions Hits Intel over Anti-American Worker H-1B Increase Push: Matthew Boyle

Scandal Central

Benghazi panel summons Clinton: Susan Ferrechio
Hillary’s accidental drone email about decorating reveals BIG new problems: BPR
Hillary’s private intel chief Sidney Blumenthal also an illegal lobbyist?: Ed Morrissey

The Green-Card Racket for Beltway Cronies: Michelle Malkin
Hotel cost for Michelle Obama’s 2-day Cambodia visit included 85 rooms, 5 suites for 14 nights: BPR
Mike Lee wants to investigate Google’s frequent meetings at the White House: RedAlert

Climate & Energy

Scientists Say New Study Is A ‘Death Blow’ To Global Warming Hysteria: Michael Bastsch
Climategate & Investigations of IPCC and CRU: Was There a Pattern of Cover Up?: Dr. Tim Ball
World Bank President: We Totally Need To Tackle “Climate Change”… For The Kids: RWN

Media

Mr. Noah and the Flood: Kevin D. Williamson
Comedy Central Defends Trevor Noah's Sexist, Racist, Anti-Semitic Jokes: Breitbart
Hillary Clinton Is Turning Into Richard Nixon and Bill Belichick: Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Mark Levin is BACK and he SHREDS the Left’s mischaracterization of Indiana law: Scoop
Apple CEO Who Hates Indiana Christians Happily Does Business With Countries That Execute Gays: Publius
2015 Talkers Heavy Hundred: Talkers

How do ‘religious freedom’ acts encourage discrimination?: Jonah Goldberg
There's Noah Business Like Shoah Business: Mark Steyn
Trevor Noah Taking Over The Daily Show is Great News For Conservatives: Glob

World

The French fear Obama’s destabilizing shift toward Iran over Saudis, Israelis: Noah Rothman
Iran Nuclear Talks: Farce followed by tragedy: RS
Flashback: Obama: Iran Only Wants ‘Defensive’ Nukes: Joel Gehrke

Russian analyst urges nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park, San Andreas fault line: Su-Lin Tan
The Next-Generation Weapons That Russia Will Use Against The U.S. In World War III: Michael Snyder
Russia Joins Rush to Enroll in China-Led AIIB Investment Bank: Moscow Times

Iran Refuses to Give Up Core Nuke Materials: Adam Kredo
Anti-Suicide Bomber Device Invented…And Muslims Are Outraged: Hideout
Mixed messages from Iran talks as high-level meeting adjourned: Times of Israel

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Google Unveils a Stick That Turns Any Display Into a PC: Cade Metz, Wired
Report: Seattle one of the worst U.S. cities for traffic congestion, tied with NYC: GeekWire
MRSA superbug could be killed by a 1100-year-old home remedy, researchers say: Justin Moyer

Cornucopia

Bad News, Good News: Springer's Blog
The League of Non-Superheroes: MOTUS
Passing the Convention of the States Resolution: Steven Holt

Image: The League of Non-Superheroes
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QOTD: "What we do know for a fact is that Hillary Clinton has not produced all the emails requested by the Benghazi committee and she has not turned over all of her work related emails to the State Department. How do we know that? Because the email account of Hillary Clinton confidant and general douchebag, Sid Blumenthal, was hacked by Guccifer and those emails were not released by Hillary to either the Benghazi committee or to the State Department...

...Clinton has also denied having “classified documents” on her server but the Guccifer emails clearly indicate that Blumenthal routinely sent her emails containing information that would be considered classified ... The emails also indicate that Hillary ran her own intelligence operation outside the normal US intelligence channels...

...Read in the best possible light, Clinton has lied about what was on her server. She has lied about what was erased. She played fast and loose with classified information. Her lawyer has similarly lied to Trey Gowdy at Clinton’s behest. Read in the worst light, her actions are felonies worthy of a long prison term." --streiff

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

HILLARY: I am not a crook!

By Investor's Business Daily

Scandal: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus reminds us of the similarity between the 18-1/2-minute gap that doomed a presidency and an email server wiped clean by a lawyer who served on a Watergate committee staff.

Hillary Clinton should know better, know that the cover-up is often worse than any crime, for she once worked as a member of the impeachment inquiry staff for the House Judiciary Committee investigating the "third-rate burglary" at the Watergate Hotel that doomed Richard Nixon's presidency.

The end came when tapes of presidential conversations were found and became public knowledge with one tape containing that famous 18-1/2-minute gap of erased silence that spoke volumes about the cover-up of the break-in at DNC headquarters.

As RNC Chair Reince Preibus notes, as Richard Nixon's claim that "I am not a crook" unraveled, it was due to the fact that he did not destroy those tapes when he could have. Maybe it was vanity, stubbornness or just garden variety stupidity and arrogance, but he didn't burn them or wipe them clean, even if it might have saved his presidency.

Hillary Clinton has, in different words, said that she is not a crook and that she did nothing wrong in having a private email account on a personal server through which she conducted all her government business in violation of both the letter and spirit of federal statutes.

SURPRISE: Israel catches Obama in major Iran nuke flip-flop

Like your doctor, keep your doctor. He 'evolved' on gay marriage. He's against wiretapping American citizens. He's drawing a "red line" with Syria on its use of chemical weapons. Yada yada yada.

So, I ask you drones, leftists and other miscreants: why would you believe anything this man says, ever?

“The biggest threat to our security and our future was and remains Iran's attempts to arm with nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said at the ceremonial opening of the 20th Knesset just hours before the self-imposed deadline for reaching a framework deal between the world powers and Iran.

“The agreement being put together in Lausanne paves the way for that result. Apparently it will leave in Iran's hands underground facilities, the [hard-water] reactor at Arak, advanced centrifuges...

...All those things that only a few months ago we were told, rightfully so, that they were not vital to a peaceful nuclear program.”

Underground facilities? A reactor at Arak? Technically advanced centrifuges? But... but... but... I thought...

It was US President Barack Obama who said that each of those elements was not needed for a peaceful program.

Obama, during a question-and answer session at the Saban Forum at the Brookings Institution in Washington in December 2012, said the following:

“In terms of specifics, we know that they don’t need to have an underground, fortified facility like Fordow in order to have a peaceful nuclear program.

“They certainly don’t need a heavy-water reactor at Arak in order to have a peaceful nuclear program. They don’t need some of the advanced centrifuges that they currently possess in order to have a limited, peaceful nuclear program,” Obama said at the time.

Thought experiment: if Obama really was doing his damnedest to surreptitiously deliver nuclear weapons into the hands of the Iranians, what exactly would he be doing differently?

And I also put it to you: isn't there some way to blame this on Bush?


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

The Invasion Continues Apace

By Jessica Vaughan

More than 2,000 illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended and taken into federal custody in each of the last several months, according to DHS statistics. While Obama administration officials emphasize that these numbers are lower than last year, they are still the second highest level ever for arrests of illegal alien minors, about midway between 2013 and 2014 levels. Most of those apprehended are male teenagers, with the largest number from Guatemala. The statistics confirm that Central Americans still see a strong incentive to head to the United States now, and that the drop in apprehensions reported last August and September was temporary.

While taking custody of roughly 2,000 illegal alien juveniles per month since the start of the 2015 fiscal year last October, ICE reports removing well under 200 juveniles per month. The largest number of these (41 percent) were sent home to Mexico.

The majority of illegal alien juveniles taken into ICE custody are ultimately released to family members in the United States, and only a small number are ever repatriated. About 90 percent of the recent Central American arrivals who had hearings scheduled last summer and fall failed to appear at their immigration hearings and have melted into the larger illegal alien population.

FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: SEIU stands to make a mere $34 million a month unionizing fast food workers

By Labor Union Report

To the SEIU, the millions spent on unionizing fast-food workers may make the SEIU billions in union dues.

In the Spring of 2010, the Service Employees International Union’s ambitious plan to unionize fast-food workers was exposed.

Although the SEIU’s plan changed slightly from the orginal draft, the basic premise of tying the union’s campaign to unionize fast-food workers to a “living wage campaign” has not changed all that much.

However, it wasn’t until November 2012, that the SEIU launched the first of several fast-food “strikes” (most of the so-called strikers are not actual employees but paid-SEIU protesters) and its “Fight for $15 (and a union)” campaign commenced.

Since then, the SEIU has spent tens of millions—an astounding $38 million was spent in 2013 alone, according to Worker Center Watch—on its campaign to unionize fast-food workers.

Larwyn's Linx: Obama Came in Like a Wrecking Ball for Israel

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Nation

Obama Came in Like a Wrecking Ball for Israel: Ed Lasky
Etiquette Versus Annihilation: Thomas Sowell
You Don’t Need a Rainbow Sticker to Let People Know You’re Black: Erick Erickson

Obama and the Democrats: Ron Radosh
Hillary: I’d like to offer a reset button on Israel, or something: Ed Morrissey
Teeing It Up To Serve Iranian Interests?: MOTUS

Madison Project Policy Memo: The Repeal Of Obamacare: Madison Project
Life Lessons from the German Air Disaster: Dennis Prager
Bracken Sends: WRSA

A *dirty* Democratic primary season may still happen!: Moe Lane
Jim Webb for President 2016?: Leslie Eastman
Martin O’Malley hints he may run for president: RS

Economy

The bankruptcy of socialism: National Post
United States Doesn't Need More H-1B Visas: IEEE-USA
Intel exec calls for raising H-1B cap: Staffing Industry

Scandal Central

Did Clinton's Backdoor Adviser Illegally Lobby for Putin Ally?: Sam Biddle, Gawker
The long, complicated story of Hillary Clinton's Benghazi subpoena: Byron York
Obstruction of Justice - A Must For Hillary: Market Ticker

The Latest Bombshell from Mrs. Clinton’s Lawyer: Shannen Coffin
Supreme Court Rules Government GPS Trackers Can Break Fourth Amendment: Jamie Condliffe
Exclusive: Health Industry Paid Acting CMS Chief Millions When He Joined Gov’t: Richard Pollock

Climate & Energy

Will Global Warming Cause Prostitution?: John Hinderaker
EPA says Keystone approval wouldn't be climate 'disaster': John Siciliano
Illinois robs clean energy fund to balance its budget: Roger Schillerstrom

Media

Indiana Defends Religious Liberty; Keith Olbermann Goes Ballistic: MB
Hillary Supporter Threatens O’Malley: ‘He Better Watch It’: Alex Griswold
Access denied: Reporters say federal officials, data increasingly off limits: Paul Farhi

Mystery Solved: Why Hardly-Watched MSNBC and CNN Aren't Suffering Financially: Tom Blumer
MSNBC Panel: Hillary Clinton Proved ‘Consciousness Of Guilt’ By Wiping Server Clean: Surge
Top Obama Economist Calls Republicans ‘Nazis’ Over Religious Freedom Law: GWP

World

Iran deal could be toothless: Charles Hoskinson
State Department: No consequences for missing Iran deal deadline: Susan Crabtree
Iran like a modern day Nazi Germany: Ex-CIA chief: CNBC

No Let-Up in Attacks On Europe's Jews: Abigail R. Esman
Obama allies back pro-Sharia populist in Nigeria: Christian Whiton
RAF mounts biggest defence exercise in 30 YEARS after Russian bomber flights: Express

Democrats Honor Governor Cuomo For His Upcoming Trip to Cuba: MenRec
Former US Soldier Hunts Poachers in Africa: Dan Zimmerman
Blogger Facing 1,000 Lashes By Saudis Puts Life At Further Risk By Publishing Book: Malaysian Digest

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Apple’s Tim Cook is dangerous and a flaming hypocrite: RS
Who Said Economics Couldn't Be Exciting?: George Will
Doctors kill golden staph using a 1,000-year-old remedy: Michelle Starr

Cornucopia

Jon Stewart replacement Trevor Noah is quite the anti-Semite: FAM
Whatcha Gonna Do? Inner Circle Unhurt in Vermont Crash: Mike Pescaro
So, There Were Tunnels to Celebrity Homes Below the Playboy Mansion: Playboy

Image: A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom
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QOTD: "The Obama administration used the IRS as a means to attack and stymie its political opposition. The very person in charge of the exemption policies, Sarah Hall Ingram, was given bonuses and then promoted to an even more powerful position as the new head of the IRS enforcement wing of Obamacare – yet another program with life and death power. But the IRS itself is an agency designated with the task of enforcing the legalized theft of income from every American citizen. It is assigned the task of pouring through the minutia of every person’s life, to “wait upon ladies at their toilett,” to exact tolls for the very act of earning a living. Is anyone shocked that such an agency would be used for “political” purposes?

The Benghazi cover-up was necessary to protect the president before the election in two ways. First, it was necessary to cover-up the incompetence of the administration in protecting our consulate or for even having one that area in the first place. Second, the presence of Al Qaeda contradicted Obama’s entire fantasy-land narrative surrounding Islamic terrorism. According to Obama, we are not at war with an ideology we are at war with a handful of “terrorists” who have hijacked an otherwise peaceful religion. The supposed killing of Bid Laden was equivalent to catching a bank robber – problem solved. The presence of a pre-meditated attack by a group motivated by Islam contradicts this premise, and so the idea of a spontaneous eruption of violence was crafted to fool the American public.

The broad usage of phone taps on the AP, all supposedly to find a national security “leak,” is part of a pattern of press intimidation under this administration from day one designed to chill any opposition to its political programs.

While these scandals are egregious examples of a federal government run amok, Americans must understand that the abuse of government power will continue as long as we give the government the power to abuse." --Doug Reich

Monday, March 30, 2015

WASHINGTON POST RIPS OBAMA-IRAN NUKE DEAL: Would Reward Terror State's Past Violations

By The Tower

The question of whether to trust Iran’s claims that its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes can be answered by a single issue: “Iran’s failure to deliver on multiple pledges to answer questions about its suspected research on nuclear warheads,” a staff editorial in The Washington Post asserted on Saturday.

The editorial recounts how both in 2007 and 2013, Iran agreed to clear up any questions about possible military dimensions of its past nuclear research, but “it then stonewalled inspectors, refusing to answer questions or permit access to sites.” After Iran refused to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to access its Parchin military base, where nuclear weapons research is suspected to have taken place, “the IAEA published an extensive report detailing what it already knew about the illicit bomb work and listed 12 outstanding issues.” The government of President Hassan Rouhani agreed to address these outstanding issues.

However, the Post documents that the promised cooperation was again not forthcoming.

HOTEL SHOWERS, GRILLS AND WOOD-BURNING STOVES: EPA meddling in our lives reaches a zenith

By Paul Chesser

Those in business who have to oblige the Environmental Protection Agency (or the state government agencies that carry out federal laws) on a daily basis know there’s an endless list of issues upon which the cabinet agency can (and does) interfere and obstruct. But a few recent examples reveal the extent to which the government regulators are willing to extinguish our individual freedoms.

Attention this week is trained on the Supreme Court, where a costly Obama regulation on mercury emissions from utilities’ coal-fired power plants is under a challenge. That’s a big issue that addresses whether EPA conducted a proper cost-benefit analysis for limiting those emissions, which has major implications related to the cost of electricity, but is otherwise complex for the layman.

But other areas of increased meddling are more plain – and obnoxious.

SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS: Apparently, DC Insiders Can Legally Avoid Paying Taxes

You learn something new every day: did you know that government insiders can receive "certificates of divestiture" that allow them to "indefinitely defer" paying taxes on proceeds from stock sales?

The Daily Caller's Richard Pollock reports:

When Andy Slavitt reported for work as deputy administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last June 10, he pocketed at least $4.8 million in tax-free income from major health-care companies.

...CMS officials ... initially issued a categorical denial to TheDC that Slavitt had sought and received a special “certificate of divestiture,” a loophole which allowed him to indefinitely defer capital gains taxes on the sale of millions of dollars in equities.

But when TheDC produced two certificates of divestiture issued to Andrew and Lana Slavitt — both dated July 9 and signed by the Office of Government Ethics’ general counsel David J. Apol – the agency backtracked.

The special certificates permitted Slavitt to sell 23,711 shares of United Health Group stock and avoid capital gains taxes on the transaction [...on July 9th,] Slavitt pocketed $1.9 million in tax-free income.

That same day, OGE permitted him to sell 11,670 additional shares in the Swiss private equity firm of Partners Group Private Equity, which, according to an Office of Government Ethics official, included underlying health-care investments.

The Swiss per share market price for the stock on July 9 was $249. Slavitt was able to cash in the stock for $2.9 million in tax-free income.

And what exactly is a "certificate of divestiture" (PDF)?

If you are an executive branch employee of the Federal Government or plan to become one, at
some point you may have to sell certain assets to avoid a conflict of interest or the appearance of a
conflict. Under tax rules, the sale of an asset may cause you to have a taxable capital gain which must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. However, to make it easier for you and your family to comply with ethics rules, the tax laws provide that before you sell your asset, the Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) may issue a Certificate of Divestiture (called a CD) which will allow you to defer the capital gains tax. The CD does not eliminate the capital gains tax; it simply defers payment of the tax to some future date.

In reading the applicable statute and regulatory guidance, I could find no timeline for repayment of capital gains taxes.

I guess some animals really are more equal than others.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Larwyn's Linx: Free Fall in the Middle East

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Nation

Free Fall in the Middle East: Walter Russell Mead
The Campus Left Begins to Implode: Jonathan V. Last
Virginia State Bar boycotts Israel: The Volokh Conspiracy

Ted, Monica, and Mickey: Star Parker
Iran nuclear deal done: FAM
Advocates for infanticide astounded that people want them to die: Moe Lane

Double Standards Much?: GayPatriot
IN Gov.: This Is Same Religious Freedom Law Obama Voted for in IL: WS
Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis, Chuy Garcia Unmasked: RebelPundit

Jeb Bush favored within GOP; stiff competition desired for Hillary: Ethan Barton
This is why the Democratic Establishment is desperate to run Hillary: Moe Lane
Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting donations to Democrats: Emily Flitter

Economy

Pew: Rate of Illegal Males in Workforce 12% Higher Than US-Born Males: Breitbart
One in eight illegals in the U.S. now has a white-collar job: Rob Wile
How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees: Kiran Dhillon

Scandal Central

American Deserter: Bill Whittle
Situation Normal: Hillary Clinton obstructs justice and operates outside the law: RS
The Real Reason Harry Reid is Retiring: Breitbart

Climate & Energy

China’s Never-Ending ‘War on Pollution’: Gordon G. Chang

Media

What they are not saying about Angie's List boycott: Don Surber
Police Called On Anti-White ‘Black Brunch’ Protest in Tacoma; Protesters Whine Like Babies: Sooper
The political kingmaker nobody knows: Ben Wieder

Reporters refuse Obama's dismissal from golf course, are sent to the 'shed': Paul Bedard
Staying: Press refuses to leave Obama, golfing for 223rd time: Paul Bedard
Josh Earnest On Obama Voting For Religious Freedom Bill: Hey, That Was Two Decades Ago!: DownTrend

Who’s pulling the media’s puppet strings?: Sharyl Attkisson
Cut a baby from a woman; kill it; it isn’t murder in Colorado: RS
GOP Failure Theater gave $1.5 billion to abortion industry: RS

World

WaPo Editorial: Nuke Deal Would Reward Iran for Past Violations: The Tower
What I saw in Iran: Andrew Stiles
American-Israeli Rabbi compares Obama to Haman: JPost

Remember when Obama vowed “verification” would have to be part of any Iran nuclear deal?: PW
White House: Nuclear Deal Totally Doable If Country That Says “Death To America” Cooperates: RWN
Obama supporting ethnic cleansing in Iraq: RS

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

3D-Printed Bionic Ants Work as a Terrifying Team: PopMech
Real Paleo Diet: early hominids ate just about everything: EarthSky
Zynga investors can sue FarmVille creator for alleged IPO fraud, judge says: Megan Geuss

Cornucopia

#BanHighCapacityAircraft: More “News” From the Rabbit Hole: MOTUS
Cruise v. Lauer and 4 other cringe-worthy celeb interviews: Jaclyn Hendricks
19 True Stories About Bill Murray That Prove He Is The Coolest Person Ever: Suggest

Image: Marine’s Sign About Obama’s Bergdahl Swap Is Epic
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QOTD: "First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.

He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our ­allies, appeases tyrants, coddles ­adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast.

Now he’s coming for Israel.

Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?" --Michael Goodwin