Thursday, July 31, 2014

I see an IRS proctological exam in Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's future

It's just a hunch after stumbling across this segment on CNBC:

Many Americans can't afford Obamacare: Aetna CEO

The Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—is "not an affordable product" for many people and it does not fix the underlying problems causing high health-care costs, Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC on Wednesday.

"If we're going to fix health care, we've got to get at the delivery of care and the cost of care," Bertolini said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "The ACA does none of that. The only person who's really going to drive that is the consumer and the decisions they make."

"Getting everybody insured should probably be our goal, but you have to have a more affordable system," he added. "We have a 1950[-style] health care system in the Unites States."

..."We have 600,000 ... customers as a result of the Affordable Care Act," Bertolini said. "We do know they are sicker. We know 87 percent are subsidized. We know they are older. So we expect they are going to use more health care."

"We priced this [Obamacare] business at lower margins in the 3 percent to 5 percent range … but we didn't plan or expect earnings as a result of those populations," he explained.

Hopefully Lois Lerner didn't catch this segment, otherwise Bertolini could be in for some very rough times ahead.

Hat tip: BadBlue Money.

IT'S COME TO THIS: 61 percent of Democrats side with Hamas or are ambivalent to the Nazi-aligned group

Any reasonably literate American knows that Hamas is a direct descendant of Hitler's Third Reich.

So who would have thought that the majority of Democrats either side with Nazis or don't know whether Nazis are good or bad?

It's official: The Democratic Party has abandoned Israel to its fate...

The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed the largest partisan gap in 40 years on the issue of supporting Israel.‎

Conducted July 8-14, the week Israel began its air operation against Hamas in ‎the Gaza Strip but before its ground invasion, the poll asked 1,805 respondents: "In ‎the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side to you sympathize with ‎more -- Israel or the Palestinians?"‎

The poll found that respondents considering themselves conservative Republicans ‎supported Israel by 77 percent, compared to 68 percent of moderate Republicans. ‎Among Democrats, 48 percent of moderate Democrats supported Israel, compared ‎to 39 percent of liberal Democrats.‎

In other words, 61 percent of liberal Democrats either sympathize with Hamas, a ‎group of war criminals designated as a terrorist organization by, among many other ‎countries, the United States, or are utterly apathetic to the plight of a small, faraway ‎democracy whose millions of citizens are being forced to flee for their lives under ‎daily, sometimes hourly, rocket fire.‎

...Now, at the risk of throwing cold water on the misguided passions of Hamas ‎supporters and the otherwise uninformed, let us compare founding documents.‎

The Hamas Charter states, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam ‎will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."‎

Doesn't leave much room for a Turkish and Qatari-backed cease-fire, does it?‎

I blame the Department of Education and the media for their insane conspiracy to decouple Hamas from both its charter and its Nazi heritage.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

The Secret History of the Tax Code, in Pictures

Secret because you never get the true picture from the hard left progressive media (based upon a presentation by Intuit):

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WHISTLE-BLOWER ITALIAN JOURNALIST: Hamas Covering Up Its Own Rockets Killing Scores of Gaza Children

By IPT News

An Italian journalist operating in Gaza corroborated Israel's account of an errant Hamas rocket strike on a Gaza school playground on Monday, according to an Israel National News report. At least 10 people were killed, mostly children, in the Shati refugee camp school. Israel was immediately accused; however, it insisted that Hamas rockets caused the death and destruction.

Returning from Gaza and presumably safe from potential "Hamas retaliation," journalist Gabriele Barbati tweeted confirmation that Hamas terrorists quickly tried to cover up evidence of its errant rocket strike.

A Wall Street Journal reporter, Tamer El-Ghobashi, tweeted evidence confirming a Hamas rocket struck Gaza's main hospital. El-Ghobashi deleted the tweet shortly after.

Hamas had as many as 10,000 rockets when Operation Protective Edge began three weeks ago. It has fired nearly 3,000 at Israeli civilians since then, and Israeli military officials say they have destroyed thousands more. Though as many as 5,000 remain, increasing reports indicate that a greater volume of rockets are falling short and landing in Gaza.

Larwyn's Linx: The non-militia answer to Obama’s illegal amnesty

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The non-militia answer to Obama’s illegal amnesty: Real Revo
Gutierrez: We Need Amnesty To 'Punish' Anyone Against Illegal Immigration: WZ
'Brazen' Attacks by Illegals Against Border Patrol Increase: Fox

On Impeachment: Protein Wisdom
Vulnerable Dems balk at Obama actions: Hill
Bachmann: ‘We Saw Border Processing, Not Border Security’: CNS

Say, the Clinton's `Speaking Fees' Sure Look Like Hefty Foreign Bribes: PJM
Obama and the road not taken: Victor Davis Hanson
Father of Obamacare Makes a “Speak-O”: Larry Elder

This is Inexcusable: Erick Erickson
Cruz whipping tonight against Boehner border bill: Robert Costa
Crazy Nancy Pelosi: No 'Deportation without Representation': Breitbart


You Too Can Exploit Open Border for Easy Money: MB
Employers Already Dumping Coverage Thanks To Obamacare: LoneCon
Obama, Emanuel need to put Chicago’s kids first: John Kass

Scandal Central

New Emails Reveal Lois Lerner’s Deep-Seated Hatred of Conservative Americans: GWP
How Clintons Turned State Department into Racket to Line Their Own Pockets: Daley Gator
JW Forces Release of Clinton State Department Conflict of Interest Docs: JW

Bachmann: Central Americans Laugh At U.S. For Not Securing Border: CNS
Prominent Democrats and Republicans Say Cuomo Broke Laws With Moreland Interference: MenRec
The Home Front: Mark Steyn

Climate & Energy

Senate Report: Left-Wing 'Billionaire's Club' Controlling US Economy and Subverting Democracy: Breitbart
Global warming orthodoxy is irrational and wicked: Nigel Lawson
Dear ________________: (A Letter From the EPA): Hideout


Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through Wisconsin Records Law.: Instapundit
MSNBC Guest: Jews Control the Media and Hide Coverage of Gaza Conflict: Sooper
Why 'Stupid' Liberals Succeed: Evan Sayet

The Right Still Refuses To 'Fight Fire With Fire': Horowitz
Top House Dem: Of Course We’re Running on Impeachment, We Have Nothing Else: JWF
Greg Sargent’s Own Goal Worse than Previously Believed: Leon Wolf

Obama's Broken Teleprompter: WFB
Obama: My Muslim Family’s Polygamy was Empowering: Daniel Greenfield
Media Matters pwnt by commie girl: Twitchy


Rep. Keith Ellison Takes Side Of Hamas, Wants Blockade Ended: RWN
Three Reasons that Israel Should Destroy Hamas Now : PJM
ISIS Threatens to Step Into Gaza Conflict, Fight the ‘Barbaric Jews’: PJM

ISIS Butchers Slaughter 1,500 Young Iraqi Men; Scene “Reminiscent... of Nazi Germany": FreeLight
AND SO IT BEGINS: ISIS Makes Inroads in Terror Plagued Kashmir, India: GWP
UN Official admits Hamas firing rockets “from the vicinity of UN facilities”: LI

As Jews flee Europe, the sneering media admonished again: Hot Air
Israeli Knesset Member: Obama Talked To Netanyahu Like He Was The “Leader Of The Taliban”: WZ
BROOKLYN: Anti-Muslim flyers distributed throughout Bensonhurst apartment complex: BNI

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: DailyMail
These Microshutters Will Power NASA's Telescopes of the Future: Gizmodo
Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share: CIO


You're welcome irony: Sondrakistan
Fans of Harry Potter More Likely to Overcome Bigotry: Rational Beacon
Caption: C&S

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QOTD: "Operation Protective Edge marks the third round against Hamas in the last five years. In reality, we are in one long never-ending war of attrition, whose intensity is only growing. This war is eroding Israeli deterrence against its near and distant enemies, and it must end decisively.

The security situation demands an unequivocal victory. Israel must not repeat the mistake of the "Pillar of Defense understandings." Understandings of this kind should be rejected outright. They don't hold water and Hamas is doing everything in its power to undermine them. In every sense of the word.

To return security to Israelis and to residents of the south in particular, we must reach a situation where Gaza has been disarmed of missiles, rockets and attack tunnels. We must secure an end to this war of attrition, and we have the full legitimacy to do so. There isn't a country out there that wouldn't agree that if a terrorist organization was camped on its border, it would disrupt the everyday lives of its citizens, endangering their lives over the years.

Demilitarization is a must. If it isn't done through a political arrangement, it must be executed through force." --MK Shaul Mofaz

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

YES, THIS IS A RHETORICAL QUESTION: Is the EPA Really Interested in Your Criticism?

By Nicolas Loris

Americans will get to have their say on the Environmental Protection Agency and its proposed regulation to fight climate change this week.

The agency will hold public hearings in four cities to fulfill its promise to get stakeholder input and let everyday Americans comment on the proposed rule.

But whether the agency takes the input seriously is another matter. Given what EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote on the EPA’s website, it’s not promising.

“We expect great feedback at these sessions. And unfortunately, we also expect a healthy dose of the same tired, false and worn out criticism that commonsense EPA action is bad for the economy.”

For an agency that is stressing the “importance” of an “open and inclusive process,” the EPA does not seem to actually want any feedback. This despite the fact the EPA’s climate regulations for both new and existing power plants will:

EBOLA AS A TERROR WEAPON: The Invitation That Open Borders Sends to the World's Radicals

By Investor's Business Daily

War On Terror: As the Ebola disease spreads in Africa and detainees from that continent are apprehended, the question must be asked: What if terrorists already willing to die try to bring the disease across our porous southern border?

The Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., according to John O'Connor, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It's true," he says, "that anyone with an illness is just one plane ride away from coming to the U.S." Indeed, a Liberian man infected with Ebola boarded a plane and brought the disease to Lagos, Nigeria, Africa's largest city, with 21 million people.

But what if in the future it's no accident? Nigeria is the home of Boko Haram. The Islamic terrorist group ISIL has long been recruiting terrorists in the West and is known to have members with Western, even American, passports.

Deliberately spreading the disease to the U.S. might not even require a plane ride, and it's possibile that terrorists already willing to strap bombs to their bodies might just as willingly get infected and pay a coyote to get them across our open southern border.

We remember the 9/11 Commission saying that terrorist attack was due in part to our lack of imagination. We couldn't imagine young Middle Eastern males learning to fly, but not land, passenger jets as part of a plan to fly them into skyscrapers.

The spreading of Ebola to the U.S. could be intentional, given the virus' relatively long incubation period of up to three weeks without symptoms, and no shortage of terrorists willing to die for their cause. It would be easy for an infected terrorist to slip in among the OTMs (Other Than Mexican) who have also been crossing our border.

"Central Americans are not the only ones being smuggled through Mexico to the United States," said a 2012 report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, a fact regularly reported by the U.S. Border Patrol.

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PARAMILITARY: Feds Sell Police Departments $750,000 MRAPs for $2,000

It's good to see the administration being extra careful with your tax dollars.

The Ocala Police Department just got a good deal on a low-mileage military surplus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle known as a Caiman.

The heavily armored behemoth, which weighs 72,000 pounds or about the equal of 18 Crown Victoria squad cars, cost the Department of Defense about $733,000, according to a list of DoD acquisitions.

OPD got it for a $2,000 governmental transfer fee.

OPD public information office Sgt. Angy Scroble said the vehicle was paid for with money “from our Federal Confiscation Trust Fund that comes from seizures made through cases that go federal, primarily cases from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team.”

The report indicates that over 600 MRAPs have been sold to police departments around the country. With a fuel efficiency rating of 4 MPG, I would have thought the radical left would oppose these vehicles based upon carbon footprint alone.

But for the Left, as you know, the ends always justify the means.

The discovery that the Obama administration is entirely in Hamas’s corner has stunned all of Israel

By Caroline Glick

When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas.

Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory.

Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for Israel to retake control over the Gaza Strip.

No ministers were recommending that Israel end its operations in Gaza completely. The longer our soldiers fight, the more we learn about the vast dimensions of the Hamas’s terror arsenal, and about the Muslim Brotherhood group’s plans and strategy for using it to destabilize, demoralize and ultimately destroy Israeli society.

The IDF’s discovery of Hamas’s Rosh Hashana plot was the last straw for any Israeli leftists still harboring fantasies about picking up our marbles and going home. Hamas’s plan to use its tunnels to send hundreds of terrorists into multiple Israeli border communities simultaneously and carry out a massacre of unprecedented scope, replete with the abduction of hostages to Gaza, was the rude awakening the Left had avoided since it pushed for Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza.

In other words, in their discussion Sunday night, Netanyahu and his ministers were without illusions about the gravity of the situation and the imperative of winning – however defined.

But then the telephone rang. And Obama told Netanyahu that Israel must lose. He wants an unconditional “humanitarian” cease-fire that will lead to a permanent one.

And he wants it now.

And by the way, the eventual terms of that cease-fire must include opening Hamas-controlled Gaza’s borders with Egypt and Israel and ending Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza coast. That is, the cease-fire must allow Hamas to rebuild its arsenal of death and destruction quickly, with US political and financial support.

Until Obama made the call, there was lingering doubt among some Israelis regarding his intentions. Some thought that US Secretary of State John Kerry might have been acting of his own accord last Friday night when he tried to force Israel to accept Hamas’s cease-fire terms.

But then Obama made his phone call. And all doubts were dispelled.

Kerry is just a loyal steward of Obama’s foreign policy.

Larwyn's Linx: The Top Twelve Obama Foreign Policy Disasters

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The Top Twelve Obama Foreign Policy Disasters: Dossier
This is President Hussein Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser: Matzav
Does John Kerry even read The New York Times?: Ace

Want a Real Anti-Poverty Plan? Stop Amnesty!: Michelle Malkin
Deep Blue State goes ballistic against illegals: Leo Hohmann
Legion of Exotic Diseases Headed for Your Children’s School This Fall: MB

Israeli reporter says Obama-Netanyahu transcript legitimate: Robert Spencer
Flashback: “On Nobility,” November 2008: Protein Wisdom
Does Obama Use Fundraisers to Reinforce His Delusions?: Sentinel

Michelle Nunn and Hamas: AmSpec
Obama: Troll Hard With a Vengeance: Ben Shapiro
The Next 'Shot Heard 'Round the World' May Be Fired In Texas: Bob Owens


Our Totalitarian Future, Part Two: The Burning Platform
Madison Project: Oppose Highway Bill, Adopt Mike Lee's Innovation: MadProj
College Professors *Shocked* How Obamacare Hurts Them: Tammy Bruce

Scandal Central

Media cover-up of Hamas crimes starting to unravel: LI
Emails Show IRS And State Department Worked Together To Target Pro-Israel Groups: WZ
The One Rally The Democrat Media Complex Doesn’t Want To Cover: TPNN

Man Takes Pregnant 12-Year-Old He Raped to Three Abortion Clinics, None Report the Abuse: LifeNews
The ‘Free Lunch’ President: Betsy McCaughey
Politics Get Pricey and Nasty in Kentucky : PJM

Climate & Energy

A brief history of climate panic and crisis… both warming and cooling: WUWT
Obama Administration Energy Policies Destroying Middle Class: Dan Spencer
Where's the MSM? US Regains Rank as Number One Oil Producer: Rick Moran


Mainstream Media “Fall Over Each Other to Support” Hamas Terrorist Propaganda: RS
‘Like the title of a Hamas press release': This is how the AP does ‘objective journalism’: Twitchy
Only NBC Notes How 'Israeli Media Rip' John Kerry for Pushing Hamas Cease-Fire Terms: MRC

The only person who wants the House to impeach Barack Obama is ... Barack Obama: WyBlog
2006 and the GOP’s attempt to flog impeachment as a base-motivation issue.: Moe Lane
“Ratings: ‘Fox News Sunday’ Tops NBC's ‘Meet the Press’ in D.C. for First Time Since ’07″: Minority Report

WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case Against Obamacare Federal Subsidies: Ace
New Study- Criminals Prefer Handguns, Not “Assault Weapons”: Buckeye Firearms
Conspiracy Nut Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit to Steal Money From War Hero's Widow: Lid


DIA Chief: Al Qaeda Ideology Rapidly Expanding: WFB
‘Good vs. Evil’ vs. ‘Weak vs. Strong’: Jon Gabriel
The Hague Hosts Islamic State Supporters Screaming for the Death of Jews: MB

“To the Students for Justice in Palestine, a Letter From an Angry Black Woman”: Tablet
Report: At least 160 children died digging Hamas’ tunnels: Power Line
Iranian official: We’ll arm West Bank with missiles: Times of Israel

The new anti-Semites: Hayom
OMG: What Hamas is teaching its children outside the classroom: Matzav
10 IDF soldiers fall in battle, no cease-fire in sight: Hayom

One People built terror tunnels, the other a nation: LI
Security Sources Say Hamas Planned a Massive ‘Terror Tunnels’ Attack for September 24: Blaze
You’ll Never Believe Why Hillary Said Hamas Plants Its Bombs in Schools: TPNN

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

10 amazing (and bizarre) drone discoveries: Colin Neagle, NetworkWorld
The Retail Channel Is Dead - Long Live the Omnichannel: CRM Buyer
Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day: TechCrunch


Former Aide To Bill Clinton Speaks – "My Party Has Lost Its Soul": ZH
Nonviolence rally in Kansas City plagued by multiple fights: Marathon
Red Squirrel Alert: MOTUS

Image: Via MOTUS
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QOTD: "Consider the media obsession with the [Gaza] body count. According to a daily tally in the New York Times, NYT -3.64% as of July 27 the war in Gaza had claimed 1,023 Palestinian lives as against 46 Israelis. How does the Times keep such an accurate count of Palestinian deaths? A footnote discloses "Palestinian death tallies are provided by the Palestinian Health Ministry and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs."

OK. So who runs the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza? Hamas does. As for the U.N., it gets its data mainly from two Palestinian agitprop NGOs, one of which, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, offers the remarkably precise statistic that, as of July 27, exactly 82% of deaths in Gaza have been civilians. Curiously, during the 2008-09 Gaza war, the center also reported an 82% civilian casualty rate.

When minutely exact statistics are provided in chaotic circumstances, it suggests the statistics are garbage. When a news organization relies—without clarification—on data provided by a bureaucratic organ of a terrorist organization, there's something wrong there, too.

But let's assume for argument's sake that the numbers are accurate. Does this mean the Palestinians are the chief victims, and Israelis the main victimizers, in the conflict? By this dull logic we might want to rethink the moral equities of World War II, in which over one million German civilians perished at Allied hands compared with just 67,000 British and 12,000 American civilians." --Bret Stephens

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DEMOCRATS FINALLY ADMIT THE TRUTH: Amnesty is all about fundamental transformation of the U.S.

By Investor's Business Daily

Politics: Give us your poor, your tired, your future Democrats waiting to be registered. That's what some in the party are saying as they urge the president to pursue immigration goals even if it hurts in the '14 midterms.

In other words, damn the political torpedoes and full speed ahead in the fundamental demographic and political transformation of America.

"You'll always have members whose political vulnerability they tie entirely to immigration," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz. "We didn't make progress when we were in the majority because we were being protective of those (members) on immigration reform. At some point do you worry more about the future or do you continue to put off the inevitable by not taking action?"

For Democrats such as Grijalva and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., amnesty and the political benefits stemming from it are inevitable. They are quite willing to use children to exploit the inherent compassion of the American people if it means ensuring the political future of the Democratic Party through the gratitude of millions of illegal aliens allowed to come here and stay.

Gutierrez recently told a La Raza conference that it was only a "down payment" that President Obama gave the Latino community with his Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program that halted the deportation of 600,000 of "our people":

SESSIONS SLAMS HOUSE BORDER BILL: This is a Complete ‘Surrender To a Lawless President’

Joel Gehrke relays a statement from Senator Jeff Sessions:

The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5–6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty—urged on by congressional Democrats—would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens.

Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with these lawless actions. Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the President’s executive amnesty.

That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless President. And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.

After years of falling wages and rising joblessness, American workers are pleading for someone to hear them. How can it be that our President is brazenly advertising that he will nullify and strip away American workers’ immigration protections, and their own elected leaders will not rise to their defense? Or to the defense of our laws and our Constitutional order?

There are other grave concerns with the Granger package as well: because it does not fix our asylum rules and loopholes, the end result of the additional judges and hearings will be more illegal immigrants gaining asylum and access to U.S. welfare. It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited removal.

Nor will this package make our rogue President actively enforce anything, coming nowhere close to the kinds of reasonable enforcement activities needed to restore the interior application of our immigration laws.

And finally, a package that is silent on blocking amnesty creates an opportunity for Senate Democrats to add elements of their party’s open borders and mass immigration agenda.

This legislation is unworthy of support.

What can you do now? Call your Representative now and tell them to vote NO on Boehner's surrender bill.

SHOCK: Israelis line up Muslims next to mass graves and execute them

Did I say "Israelis"?

My mistake.

I meant to say "Muslims"

I posted this video on the previous post. Youtube removed it, probably due to mass reporting for horror in content. The last part of the video actually does contain a great deal of harsh violence. But this violence is the modus operandi of the muslims who are taking over more and more parts of Iraq and Syria.

It needs to be seen at least once and believed always. However that is not the most important significance of this video. Most of us by now have seen several jihadi videos of sadistic and even pornographic violence done by muslims and even justified by scripture in some of them. This one however was done with a kind of honesty that I have not seen before.

This cannot be dismissed for geopolitical reasons or any of the other typical leftist blather.

I wonder what Dear Leader and his brilliant Secretary of State -- John Kerry -- have to say about this?

Oh, right. No "Zionists".

Nothing of interest here, so just forget you saw this.

P.S., An alternate link is here.

Top 3 news stories that our media betters Eleanor Clift and Marc Lamont Hill may have missed

Far be it from me to offer advice to the the brilliant Eleanor Clift and the deep-thinker Marc Lamont Hill, but here are a few stories they may have missed from the last day or so:

Report: At least 160 children died digging Hamas’ tunnels

Because of their size and agility, children make good tunnel-diggers. The English knew this when they were digging coal mines during the Victorian era; Hamas knows it now.

Thus, the Journal of Palestine Studies (edited by President Obama’s pro-Palestinian friend Rashid Khalidi) reported in 2012 that Hamas uses children to help dig tunnels into Israel ... “at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials.” And, as noted, this was as of the end of 2011. How many more Palestinian children have died digging tunnels for Hamas since then?

Media silent as Hamas command center located in Gaza City Hospital

...Hamas obviously has no interest in having a photo-layout of one of its command bunkers beneath Shifa Hospital splashed on the front pages of newspapers. After all, such pictures would show that the organization uses the sick and wounded of Gaza as human shields while launching missiles against Israeli civilians. What Hamas wants is for reporters to use very different pictures from Shifa—namely, photos of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israelis, which make Palestinians look like innocent victims of wanton Israeli brutality.

...What Hamas has done, therefore, is to turn Shifa Hospital into a Hollywood sound-stage filled with real, live war victims who are used to score propaganda points, while the terrorists inside the hospital itself are erased from photographs and news accounts through a combination of pressure and threats, in order to produce the stories that Hamas wants. So if reporters aren’t entirely to blame for participating in this sick charade, then who is?

Hamas said to execute 20 anti-war protesters

Channel 10 reports that 20 Palestinians who participated in an anti-war protest in the Gaza Strip were rounded up by Hamas and summarily executed as alleged Israeli collaborators yesterday...

I blame Bush.

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.

THE MIDTERMS AND IMPEACHMENT: Déjà vu all over again

Via Moe Lane, this is classic:

Let me respond appropriately:


:Deep breath:


...Geez, read that thing. Domestic eavesdropping, government spending, Iraq, and immigration: the only reason that the economy isn’t on that list is because in March 2006 unemployment and gas prices were noticeably lower than they are right now. Basically, it really is history repeating itself – or, to quote a button I once saw: it’s History screaming “Why won’t you ever LISTEN to what I’m SAYING!” and letting fly with a club.

As the great WyBlog observes, "the only person who wants the House to impeach Barack Obama is ... Barack Obama."

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Larwyn's Linx: Bracing for Amnesty

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Bracing for Amnesty: Matthew Vadum
77% want illegals sent home, 81% say it's a serious issue: Exam
Have You Called Congress About The Illegal Alien Invasion?: CHQ

Obama Administration Enraged About Israeli Criticism Of Idiot Kerry: TR
The Genocide Libel: Dennis Prager
US-Israeli Relationship In Jeopardy, Kerry "Ruined Everything": ZH

Dear Kerry-Obama: It's Terrorism, Stupid: Steven Emerrson
Obama Thanks Muslims for ‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’: TPNN
Israel Supporters: Beware of Hillary: Mona Charen

Hillary and Reality: Total Disconnect: MB
Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border: AFTimes
Michelle Nunn Loses Track of Secret Campaign Plans: Jon Gabriel


Our Totalitarian Future, Part One: The Burning Platform
Obama Wants To Close Border – To Companies Leaving US: S&L
Wall Street’s Regulators Sell Out on Illegal Wash Sales: The Martens

Scandal Central

Good News: Feds Stop Boy Scouts on US-Canada Border at Gunpoint: MSReb
Semi-Retired President Played 81 Rounds Of Golf And Attended 75 Fundraisers Since Re-Election: WZ
Miami: “We are Hamas” Muslims threaten to kill Jewish reporter: Creeping

Iraqi Christians rally at White House: ‘Obama, Obama, where are you?’: Times
More Calls For a Cuomo Investigation: MenRec
Florida Doctors Refusing Obamacare Enrollees Out of Fear They Won’t Get Paid: Sooper

Climate & Energy

Mark Levin: Not Just the IRS — the EPA Spoils E-mails Too: Quin Hillyer
Oh, my: EPA document supports ~3% of atmospheric carbon dioxide is attributable to humans: WUWT
Should you trust NOAA claims about May and June records?: WUWT


American reporter exposed as distribution point for Hamas lies: Lid
Hamas harassing, intimidating journalists in Gaza who expose their abuse of civilians: Scoop
CBS's Charlie Rose Lets Hamas Compare Terrorism to U.S. Defeating British in Revolutionary War: MRC


Israel’s Moral Mission: Quin Hillyer
ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe: Daily Beast
Major Fatah Terrorist Attack On Jerusalem Averted: Joshua

Cease the Cease-Fires: Thomas Sowell
Pelosi: Qataris Have Told Me 'Hamas Is a Humanitarian Organization': CNS
Some Concrete Facts About Hamas: BIG

Ours Is All Disgrace: Cold Fury
President Buck Passer Tells African Leaders to ‘Stop Making Excuses’: IJR
IDF finds explosives-rigged home by Gaza school: BCF

14 Ways Hamas Weaponizes Women, Children, Animals Against Israel: Grid
Obama Throws Support to Hamas Even After N. Korean Arms Deal: Sara Noble
Obama Asks For Repeal of War Authorization So U.S. Can’t Fight Al Qaeda: Sara Noble

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Senator Leahy prepares bill to tackle NSA snooping: Danielle Walker, SC Magazine
Facebook says page calling for death to Jews doesn’t violate “community standards”: JihadWatch
Weak Password Advice From Microsoft: Andrey Dulkin


The Ultimate Irony: Cube
The Sacrificin’ Never Ends.: MOTUS
Watch this Sri Lankan Mixed Martial Arts champion BEAT THE CRAP out of two wannabe thieves!: Scoop

Image: Major Fatah Terrorist Attack On Jerusalem Averted

QOTD: "Israel and the US are meant to be allies; the US is meant to be committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of neighborhoods; together, the US and Israel are meant to be trying to marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free world. Yet here was the top US diplomat [Secretary of State John Kerry] appearing to accommodate a vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, with a formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.

The appalled response to the Kerry proposal by the members of the security cabinet on Friday night, however, made plain nothing had gotten lost in translation at all. The secretary’s proposal managed to unite Israel’s disparate group of key political leaders — from Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Liberman on the right, through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni on the center-left — in a unanimous response of horrified rejection and leaked castigation.

The Netanyahu government has had no shortage of run-ins with Kerry in the mere 18 months he has held office. The prime minister publicly pleaded with him in November not to sign the interim deal with Iran on its rogue nuclear program, and there has been constant friction between the two governments over thwarting Iran’s bid for the bomb. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in January ridiculed Kerry’s security proposals for a West Bank withdrawal, calling the secretary “messianic” and obsessive” in his quest for an accord with the Palestinians that simply wasn’t there. The collapse of the talks in March-April was accompanied by allegations from Jerusalem that Kerry had botched the process, telling Israel one thing and the Palestinian Authority another, including misrepresenting Israel’s position on Palestinian prisoner releases.

But none of those episodes, though deeply troubling and relating to issues central to Israel’s well-being, provoked the kind of outraged disbelief at Kerry’s performance that has been emanating from the Israeli leadership in the past 48 hours. Leaked comments from unnamed senior government sources to Army Radio, Channel 2 and other Hebrew outlets have described the secretary as amateurish, incompetent, incapable of understanding the material he is dealing with — in short, a blithering fool.

But actually, it’s worse than that. What emerges from Kerry’s self-initiated ceasefire mission — Israel had already accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal; and nobody asked him to come out on a trip he prefaced with sneering remarks about Israel’s attempted “pinpoint” strikes on Hamas terror targets — is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous." --David Horovitz

Monday, July 28, 2014

Israel's "Disproportionate" Self-Defense

By Alan Caruba

On Sunday, July 27, Eleanor Clift, a member of The McLaughlin Group panel, referred to Israel’s “disproportionate” response to the thousands of rockets and missiles that Hamas has been firing at its citizens for months, if not years.

This is a common criticism of Israel, but it is far easier to make if you are living safely somewhere other than Israel and not being awakened by alarm sirens at 5 A.M. with just a little time to make it to a bomb shelter.

Ms. Clift was hardly alone. In Great Britain, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, in contrast to Prime Minister David Cameron, also declared Israel’s response to Hamas as a “disproportionate form of collective punishment” on the citizens of Gaza.

On July 26, The Times of Israel reported that “Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched in London and Paris on Saturday, calling out against Israel’s military operation in the Hamas-controlled Palestinian enclave."

In London, the second Saturday in a row, the protest was estimated to have drawn more than 10,000 participants. “Demonstrators held placards reading ‘Stop Israeli State Terror’. ‘Freedom for Palestine’ and ‘Gaza—End the Siege.’ They also chanted ‘Shame on you David Cameron’ as they filed past the British prime minister’s Downing Street office.” By contrast, Paris cracked down on pro-Palestinian demonstrations and, along with Germany and Italy, denounced expressions of anti-Semitism.

No doubt the expressions of support were welcome in Israel, but when it strikes back against its enemies it tends to run out of friends rather swiftly. Scandinavia, Denmark, Finland and Norway all backed the Palestinians but the European Union did condemn the rocket attacks by Hamas, as well as its use of human shields.

Departing from President Obama’s pro-forma statement on Israel’s right to defend itself, South American nations condemned Israel in tune with their general acceptance of the view that Israel is an aggressor and occupier despite the fact that in relinquished control of Gaza to the Palestinians in 2005. Joining in the chorus of condemnations were Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The hypocrisy of those who raise the issue of “proportionate response” is breathtaking.

How Richard Nixon Saved Israel

Funny. Never heard about this in history class:

Since land was set aside by the United Nations to establish the State of Israel in 1948, a series of regional and ideological conflicts – and, indeed, often violent fighting – has broken out between Israel and the Arab States, collectively known as the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Six Day War of 1967 was one of them, and resulted in a decisive Israeli victory, gaining new boundaries for Israel. Syria and Egypt, two leading nations in the Arab world, desired their lost land, declaring afterward in a summit that there would be “no peace, no recognition, and no negotiation with Israel.” Egyptian President Anwar Sadat publicly decried the Jewish state, and announced that even a slight admission of defeat by Israel may alter the status-quo in the unstable region. It is then no surprise that Israel began a military buildup and attempted to heavily fortify its borders.

Then came the attacks of October 6, 1973 – a coordinated, surprise attack on Yom Kippur, the Holiest of days in the Jewish calendar. To demonstrate how much Israel was up against: 180 Israeli tanks faced over 1400 Syrian tanks; closer to the Suez Canal, a mere 436 Israeli infantry were poised to fight over 80,000 Egyptian soldiers – this even after Israel’s military buildup. The attacks by Egypt and Syria were backed by nine Arab states – as well as one non-Arab state: the Soviet Union.

Richard Nixon’s role, and that of those within his Administration, in the Yom Kippur War has been credited with literally saving Israel from an onslaught of potentially devastating attacks. The President recognized the threat that an Arab victory posed, the “threat of victory by Soviet arms,” according to author Conrad Black. The Soviet government was the Arab world’s chief supplier of munitions, and was strategically attempting to spread its influence throughout the region.

THAT'S A RELIEF: "Ebola could easily arrive in the USA on board a plane, but wouldn't spread far, experts say"

And the quote doesn't come to us from some tabloid click-bait farm, it's actually from USA Today:

The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves as a grim reminder that deadly viruses are only a plane ride away from the USA, health experts say.

The outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatality rates for Ebola have been as high as 90% in past outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization.

The virus — which has an incubation period of a few days to three weeks — could easily travel to the USA through infected travelers...

Yet while Ebola is a fearsome disease, the virus "would not pose a major public health risk" in the USA... That's because people need to be in intimate contact to spread the virus...

Ebola is actually much harder to spread than respiratory infections, such as influenza or measles. Those viruses pose a much greater threat on a plane or in any confined space, says Osterholm, who notes that people cannot spread the Ebola virus simply by sneezing or coughing.

Let's hope this crop of experts is a tad more accurate than the clan of scammers who tried to market global warming climate change climate disruption.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Larwyn's Linx: Obama's Effectiveness and Competence

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Obama's Effectiveness and Competence: TAB
Maliciousness. Not Incompetence.: Erick Erickson
Governor Pat Quinn Urges Obama to Bring all Illegals to Illinois: Publius

Senate Hearing: Tax Credits are available for State Exchanges Only: Instapundit
More Jonathan Gruber State Exchange "Speak-o" Lies Discovered: Colossus
Boston Bean Party: Massive Protest Against Illegals in Massachusetts: Clash

Mayor in Town Besieged by Migrants Accosted by Activists: NRO
Sticks, Stones, And Thought Crimes: RWN
WI Police Chief Pleads No Contest In Bizarre Feud With Tea Party Leader: WZ

The GOP is the Party of Biden!: AWD
Halbig’s Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards: RS
District court strikes down last ban on carrying a gun in public: SCOTUSblog


Will Obama's Scamnesty Tear Apart the Democrat Party?: Bill Quick
Jewish students shown ‘photos of ovens and told to get in’ by classmates: EAG
France’s Relentlessly Deteriorating Unemployment Fiasco: WolfStreet

Scandal Central

Illegal Alien With Drug-Resistant TB Goes Missing in California: GWP
Hillary Clinton: Let Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorans Apply for Asylum from Home: Breitbart
Feds pay nearly $3K monthly rent to house poor in luxury Chicago apartments: Marathon


CNN: The Question of Whether Hamas is Using Human Shields is “Complicated.”: Leon Wolf
Benjamin Netanyahu Confronts NBC’s David Gregory Over Claim That Israel Targeted a U.N. School: MRC
Amazing video: Jon Voight slams Obama and Kerry on Israel: Matzav

Spin of the Week: Obama, ‘Coyote-In-Chief’: TR
Sarah Palin Challenges Far Left WaPo to Report Honestly About Obama Like They Did Nixon: GWP
Libya Implodes While the Press Fiddles: Leon Wolf

Guess what world leader Bob Schieffer doesn’t mention in ‘World Gone Mad’ commentary?: Scoop
If voters had it to do over, Romney in a landslide: Hot Air
Candy Crowley yearns for days of Mutual Assured Destruction: MoneyRunner

Sex Trouble: Feminists Worry That Disney Movies Are Making Girls Heterosexual: R.S. McCain
Rahm Emanuel: Illegal Aliens are Fleeing Violent Conditions, So Let’s Move Them to Chicago: JWF
Michelle Obama complains about money's influence on politics, then asks for 'fat check': Fox


Israeli Government Source: Kerry ‘Completely Capitulated’ to Hamas: Rick Moran
Hillary Clinton: I Was the “Designated Yeller” at Israel: Daniel Greenfield
MK Danon: 'We need a ceasefire from Obama's attacks': ynet

Time To Finish The Threat: Arlene from Israel
Kerry Accused of Promoting Hamas’ Ceasefire Demands, Prompted by Qatar and Turkey: CNS
Report: Hamas Used Child Labor to Build Terror Tunnels; Hundreds Killed: Breitbart

Paris's Kristallnacht: Guy Millière
Why Is the World Becoming Such a Nasty Place?: Victor Davis Hanson
Albright: 'The world is a mess': Politico

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Stingray, the fake cell phone tower cops and carriers use to track your every move: Joel Hruska
Amazon is reportedly making a Square-like payment card reader: Engadget
USAA Taps IBM's Watson as Military Veterans Advisor: eWeek


Watch the explosive first trailer for 'Mad Max: Fury Road': Verge
Cable Snaps on 60 MPH Amusement Park Ride: Gizmodo
Plano dad’s invention fills and ties water balloons in seconds: MyFoxDFW

Image: America’s Dad isn’t home anymore and we are all paying the price

QOTD: "Why do world leaders take every opportunity to set alarms and ask for wake-up calls when Israel – only Israel – hits back at Hamas terrorists? Where were those ‘moral voices’ when it came to taking timely action to prevent Hamas from stockpiling 10,000 rockets? Why didn’t UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of the EU rush to Israel to convene a conference on how to tighten borders and close tunnels to prevent terrorists from smuggling arms and weapons into Gaza? Why didn’t they demand that no foreign aid be dispensed in neighborhoods housing Hamas military personnel? Why is there never an emergency UN Security Council meeting on how to excise a malignancy and end Hamas’s rule of terror in Gaza? Why do they never shuttle to the region to seek a way to stop the perpetrators and their funders like Iran and Qatar, but come only to put reins on the defenders? Of course it’s horrible to see images of innocent children killed in the incursion. But whose fault is that if not Hamas’s, with their sick ideology of loving death and martyrdom and their tactic of deliberately placing children in harm’s way?" --Marvin Hier

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Our Nation's Absent Father

Even foreign media have noticed that our President has, uhm, checked out:

Consider this: In recent days, a) Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine, b) In the Gaza strip, the numbers killed continued to mount as Israelis and Palestinians exchange rocket fire, c) a huge influx of children fleeing Central American poverty and gang warfare swamped America’s southern border, creating a humanitarian crisis.

And, oh yeah, d) Christians living in Mosul were given the choice to either convert to Islam or flee the area they have inhabited for nearly two thousand years.

You know what else has happened during this time? a) Obama played many rounds of golf, b) he attended numerous fund-raisers, c) he dined on barbecue in Texas and burgers in Delaware, and d) he almost appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night television show in Hollywood.

The subhead on the Telegraph's story is brutal: "The degree to which Barack Obama is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term, amid golf rounds and dinner parties – is astonishing."

And when you've lost Dianne Feinstein:

Listing the numerous global crises currently facing the United States, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) questioned whether President Obama is devoting enough attention to these issues rather than focusing on political fundraisers and events.

“This is a very hard time,” she said on MSNBC on Monday, referencing the ongoing civil war in Syria, the continued push by ISIS in Iraq, the state of Iranian nuclear negotiations, the Gaza–Israel conflict, and the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. “I’m not going to tell the president what to do, but I think the world would very much respect his increased attention on this matter, and I think there ought to be increased attention.”

Feinstein’s call for Obama to be more focused and attentive comes as he is ... on a three-day trip to the West Coast for Democratic fundraisers in Seattle, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

I repeat my call for Section 8 Housing for Illegal Aliens on Martha's Vineyard. Which would appear to be the only way to get Dear Leader to pay attention.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

SURPRISE: "Tech" news site Mashable is a front for the Nazi-aligned Hamas terror organization

Question: When is a tech news site actually a public relations arm for a bloodthirsty terror group?

Answer: when that tech news website is called Mashable. Consider a couple of their recent stories, designed to garner sympathy for actual bloodthirsty war criminals (no links for obvious reasons; simply search for the headline and you'll find it if you decide you prefer to read Hamas marketing material):

'Am I Going to Die, Daddy?' The Child in Gaza Asked by Jon Snow

U.N. Official Warns of Gaza War Crimes; Only U.S. Votes Against Investigating by AP

45000 Londoners Protest Israel's Operation in Gaza by Colin Daileda

13 Anonymous Admissions From Israelis About Gaza on Whisper by Brian Ries

UN Made Clear It Was Sheltering Kids But School in Gaza Still Got Hit by Mashable Team

Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War by Colin Daileda

A Day in Gaza: A Destroyed Hospital and 'Gut-Slamming Explosion' by Jonathan Miller

Thousands Flee Major Battle With Israel in Gaza, Death Toll Tops 420 by the AP

Israeli Airstrikes Injure Three Journalists in Gaza by Brian Ries

PJMedia's Bryan Preston rightfully asks, "Is Tech Site Siding with Hamas Terrorists?"

In “‘Am I Going to Die, Daddy?’ The Child in Gaza Asked,” reporter Jon Snow states that “If the Israelis have proved anything, it is that there is no such thing as a forensic strike.” Snow never allows for the fact while Israel tries to avoid civilian casualties, while Hamas feeds on them.

After chronicling several heart-breaking cases of kids caught up in the crossfire, Snow rhetorically asks “Can they really be the acceptable collateral damage of targeting militants?”

The tone of the entire piece puts the moral responsibility for all casualties in Gaza not on Hamas, the terrorist group that is still dedicated to destroying Israel and which started the current conflict, but on Israel...

Today’s and tomorrow’s Israelis are paying a price too, are they not? You wouldn’t know it from reading Jon Snow, or indeed anything published at Mashable...

...Snow’s piece fits well within Hamas’ anti-Israel propaganda. Why is a tech site like Mashable publishing it?

It's almost as if Snow and Mashable are operating as a free public relations firm for one of the most bloodthirsty terror groups in the world, and one that is a a direct descendant of Nazi Germany.

Here's one of many videos secretly taped in Gaza that Mashable won't show you: Hamas terrorists savagely beats Gaza civilians who heed IDF calls to leave targeted areas, for instance.

Mashable also won't tell you that the Hamazis are forcibly strapping suicide belts to children and sending them into Israeli lines at gunpoint.

Hamas is committing war crimes daily, using civilians as human shields and targeting innocents with their thousands of rockets.

Hamas is a group with direct ties to the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler.

Why Mashable is promoting this Nazi sickness is beyond me, but it is reprehensible. There is no moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel, none.

Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News (of which Mashable is no longer a member).

SESSIONS: All Americans must help stop Obama's dictatorial threats to expand Amnesty to millions

By Senator Jeff Sessions

I call on the American public to rally Congress against the President’s openly declared threat to implement, by executive order, the amnesty that Congress has rejected:

How Congress chooses to act in the coming hours and days will determine whether the President succeeds in his plan to nullify the immigration laws of the United States.

Just yesterday, TIME magazine reported that the President is considering a grant of ‘work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants.’ Permitting those illegally present in the U.S. to work and take jobs is contrary to plain law, which the President has no power to change. Yet Democratic members of Congress have openly crowed about these planned executive actions.

It has now been extensively reported that these executive actions will likely expand his Deferred Action program (DACA) to apply to an additional 5–6 million adult illegal immigrants. The existing DACA program has been widely misunderstood. The executive action did not, as The Hill writes today, only result in ‘deferred deportations for young undocumented immigrants.’ Illegal immigrants in the interior of the U.S. have already, as a practical matter, been immune from enforcement under this Administration. DACA applies to individuals up to 30 years of age and provides actual amnesty papers, photo ID, and work permits to illegal immigrants—who can then take any job in America.

The President’s planned executive orders would expand this permitting program to another 5–6 million illegal immigrants. This would effectively end immigration enforcement in America.

No Member—House or Senate, Democrat or Republican—should support any bill with respect to the border crisis that does not include language explicitly prohibiting the Administration from taking such action. Congress must foreclose any possibility of these unlawful executive actions before congressional funding is granted. This is an essential precondition.

The American people have begged and pleaded for years for our laws to be enforced.  We have people in our own country living in violence, fear, and poverty every single day.  They have demanded an immigration policy that puts their jobs, wages, and communities first. Every citizen should pick up the phone and ask of their congressional representative: where do you stand?