Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Desperately Seeking a Weaker United States

By Alan Caruba

The news that the U.S. Air Force, joined at long last by some of the Arab nations most threatened by the Islamic State (ISIS), began bombing their headquarters and military sites in Syria was long overdue, but welcome. It took time because Obama had originally dismissed ISIS as a threat.

It no doubt took time to get Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia to team with the U.S., but missing from the action is Turkey that borders Syria and Egypt. Turkey has become increasingly Islamist, but appears determined to stay out of the war with ISIS. By initially refusing to provide arms to Egypt, Obama drove it into the waiting arms of the Soviet Union, but has since reversed its policy and is seeking to woe Egypt back as an ally.

In a September 23rd column, Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal opined that “…every President gets things wrong. Mr. Obama is not exceptional in those respects. Where he stands apart is in his combination of ideological rigidity and fathomless ignorance. What does the President know? The simple answer, and maybe the truest, is: not a lot.”

Obama’s combination of ideology and ignorance is analyzed in an extraordinary book by Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan, “The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership.” It provides a fact-filled look at his failure to provide leadership to a nation that other nations have looked to for leadership and protection since the end of World War II.

Indeed, in addition to the ISIS videos of Americans and others being beheaded, it has taken the outspoken criticism of retired U.S. generals to mobilize public opinion to support a return to the battlefield. It is a battlefield that Obama has fled at every opportunity, pulling out all of our troops from Iraq and planning to do the same in Afghanistan.

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The U.S. Government Is Borrowing About 8 Trillion Dollars A Year

By Michael Snyder

I know that headline sounds completely outrageous. But it is actually true. The U.S. government is borrowing about 8 trillion dollars a year, and you are about to see the hard numbers that prove this. When discussing the national debt, most people tend to only focus on the amount that it increases each 12 months. And as I wrote about recently, the U.S. national debt has increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal year 2014. But that does not count the huge amounts of U.S. Treasury securities that the federal government must redeem each year. When these debt instruments hit their maturity date, the U.S. government must pay them off. This is done by borrowing more money to pay off the previous debts. In fiscal year 2013, redemptions of U.S. Treasury securities totaled $7,546,726,000,000 and new debt totaling $8,323,949,000,000 was issued. The final numbers for fiscal year 2014 are likely to be significantly higher than that.

So why does so much government debt come due each year?

Well, in recent years government officials figured out that they could save a lot of money on interest payments by borrowing over shorter time frames. For example, it costs the government far more to borrow money for 10 years than it does for 1 year. So a strategy was hatched to borrow money for very short periods of time and to keep "rolling it over" again and again and again.

COMMANDO VS. COMMUNITY ORGANIZER: Netanyahu Slams "Brazen Lies" Told by Obama and Abbas

By Anne Bayefsky

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose not to let President Obama's bold allegation that Israelis were not interested in peace go unanswered in his speech Monday at the UN. "Brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country" is how Netanyahu described the remarks of previous speakers, when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly.

Just five days earlier, President Obama had made a shocking assertion in his role as president while speaking on the world stage. He claimed that there were "too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace." Obama scolded: "that's something worthy of reflection within Israel."

Not only did President Obama not include Palestinians in this demeaning and defamatory slur, he proceeded to equate "rockets fired at innocent Israelis" with "Palestinian children taken from us in Gaza." Not "taken from us" by Hamas who used them as human fodder in their attempted annihilation of Israel. But apparently "taken from us" by those Israelis not interested in peace.

No Israeli Prime Minister could allow such an attack to go unanswered. And so Netanyahu began his remarks by daring President Obama to distinguish between his battle against ISIS and Israel's battle with Hamas.

Larwyn's Linx: President Obama’s Asinine Abdication of Responsibility on Iraq

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President Obama’s Asinine Abdication of Responsibility on Iraq: Leon Wolf
How Often Has Obama Missed His Daily Presidential Briefing?: RWN
Motto of the Obama Administration: A Nation of Cowards: Deborah C. Tyler

Voters Still Vote ‘No’ on Obamacare: Rasmussen
Defense Leaders Warn of Tomahawk Missile Shortage: Adam Kredo
Marie Harf: ISIS Surprised Everyone, Even Itself: Surge

Ted Cruz Prepares Foreign Policy-Focused Presidential Campaign: Tim Alberta
Bleeding Kansas: Rich Baehr
Early voting in Ohio blocked: Lyle Denniston


Inside the plot against the middle class: Kyle Smith
Obama: US better off but people aren't 'feeling it': Rick Moran
Thanks to Obamacare, Hospitals ask patients to pay upfront: CNN

Scandal Central

5 Acts of Islamic Terror the US Government Won't Call Islamic Terror: GayPatriot
Democratic CT State Rep. Arrested On 19 Voting Fraud Charges: Instapundit
NPS’ sneak-attack entrance fee hikes betray larger problem: DTG

Climate & Energy

New paper: Influence of solar cycles on climate change during the Maunder Minimum: WUWT
NY Times: To Solve Climate Change, The Economy Must Change: RWN
Huh. Those With Strongest Belief In “Science” Least Likely To Take Action On “Climate Change”: Cove


Sharpton Confronted Over FBI “Snitching” at the Congressional Black Caucus Conference: RebelPundit
Dispatches From the Reality-Based Community: Ed Driscoll
Illinois CCW works: Attempted carjacking thwarted in Chi-town: GSL

Lena Dunham message aimed at the key “stupid women” demographic: RS
Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue: John Hawkins
Case Closed: FBI Says 9mm Is The Best Pistol Round: Patriot Outdoor

Essential Feminist Quotes: ‘Lesbianism and Feminism Have Been Coterminous’: R.S. McCain
Obama realizes he was all wrong: Don Surber
MSNBC Harris-Perry cruises down that river in Egypt: ProWis


ISIS Advances Just Outside Baghdad as Obama Blames Everyone Else for Underestimating Them: JWF
A Nigerian Prince Called Islam: Daniel Greenfield
Stunning Drone Clip Reveals Massive Size Of Hong Kong Protest: ZH

After Oklahoma Beheading and ISIS Threats, Firing Range Becomes First To Exclude Muslims: Bob Owens
Obama's Double Standard: Civilian Casualties: Matzav
Insider: Obama has had accurate intelligence about ISIS since BEFORE the 2012 election: Daily Mail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Wristbands to track Florida students’ weight, activity: EAG
Texas patient being evaluated for possible Ebola infection: Twitchy
Nine Best Practices for DevOps Teams: CIO Insight


Senate Sponsor Exposes The Real Reason For The Fed: Tyler Durden
Monday: We Try To Get To The Root Of The Problem: MOTUS
NBA veteran Reggie Miller turns to Twitter to find missing niece: Twitchy

Image: Defense Leaders Warn of Tomahawk Missile Shortage
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QOTD: "President Barack Obama's intelligence briefings have provided him with specific information since before he won re-election in 2012 about the growing threat of the terror group now known alternatively as ISIS and ISIL, an administration insider told MailOnline on Monday.

'Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president's daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,' said a national security staffer in the Obama administration who is familiar with the content of intelligence briefings.

...But 'it's true,' he said, 'that the [intelligence] community was sending pretty specific intel up to us ... We were seeing specific threat assessments and many of them have panned out exactly as we were told they would.'" --David Martosko

Monday, September 29, 2014

ACORN PART DEUX: Obamacare Navigator With History of "Breathtaking" Fraud Gets Millions From You

By Chris Butler

NASHVILLE — The federal government is giving an Obamacare insurance navigator Seedco, which has a reported history of fraud, $1.4 million to operate in Tennessee this fiscal year

Last year, Seedco received $1.2 million for the same services in Tennessee.

As reported, the federal government sued Seedco on the grounds it faked at least 1,400 of 6,500 job placements under a $22.2 million federally funded contract with New York City.

Seedco, according to National Review, had to settle that lawsuit.

Meanwhile, state Comptroller Justin Wilson reported last year certain Memphis residents participating in the Temporary Assistance For Needy Families program falsified paperwork and wrongly received almost $30,000 in taxpayer money through a Seedco subcontractor.

Alicia Hartinger, spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the navigator program, said Friday the $1.4 million is for a 12-month cycle.

Seedco, Hartinger added, had to compete for the money against other potential navigators, although she didn’t say how many.

Hartinger downplayed concerns about Seedco’s past problems.

RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE? 25 Rules of Disinformation

Spotted at Cryptome, see if any of these ring a bell with our beloved Golfer-in-Chief.

These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the 'How dare you!' gambit.

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method which works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such 'arguable rumors'. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a 'wild rumor' from a 'bunch of kids on the Internet' which can have no basis in fact.

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.

WHAT THE MEDIA WON'T TELL YOU: Oklahoma Jihadist Beheader Stopped by... One Good Guy With a Gun

By Investor's Business Daily

War On Terror: The Islamic State's call for "lone wolf" attacks on Western infidels might have met its match in the Second Amendment, as an armed man saves lives by shooting a jihadist wannabe bent on heeding that call.

Vaughan Foods employee Traci Johnson is alive today because the business she works for is not a gun-free zone at a time when the Islamic State is encouraging attacks on infidels in the West like the one in Moore, Okla., where co-worker Colleen Hufford was stabbed and beheaded.

The alleged attacker, 30-year-old Alton Nolen, was stopped as he was stabbing and preparing to behead Johnson by Mark Vaughan, the food distributor's chief operating officer. Vaughn, who is also a reserve county deputy, drew the gun he was carrying and stopped Nolen, police say, before he could claim more victims.

"This was not going to stop if he (Vaughan) did not stop it," Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told the media.

Some will claim this is more "workplace violence" — a phrase used by the Obama administration to describe the carnage left by Maj. Nidal Hassan at Ft. Hood — the work of a disgruntled ex-employee with no significance beyond that.

But the similarities are eerie and may indicate the shape of a new threat we face.

Larwyn's Linx: Obama: the CIA assured me they were JVs!

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Obama: the CIA assured me they were JVs!: Power Line
The Moral Failures of Eric Holder: Victor Davis Hanson
Boehner Confident GOP Will Back Immigration Overhaul: Steven Dennis

Democrats Think We are Stupid: Ed Lasky
New 'Conservative Review' Mega-Scorecard for Congress: Breitbart
3-3 is Threeper Day: Celebrate It: Christian Mercenary

Americans Concerned about Declining Influence of Religion: Star Parker
OBAMA: “Wherever I See Folks, They Always Say… You’re So Great”: GWP
Group touts 4,000 abortions in 1 year with Hillary Clinton's support: NewsOK

Introducing The Senate Breakers Report: Dan McLaughlin
DNC Losing Women in Droves: Gina Loudon
Did U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan skip ISIS briefings to raise money?: Pete Kaliner


With Black Unemployment At 13% Obama Urges Blacks To Vote Democrat: WZ
The CBO Sez: Obama’s Employment Situation Stinks : Bystanders
From Paul Ryan to Marco Rubio, Republicans are for wealth redistribution: Fortune

Scandal Central

Nearly 7 MILLION Multiple Voters in 28 States, Report Finds: ProgsToday
Americans forced out of US military; illegal aliens allowed to enlist: RS
DOJ orders Ferguson police to stop wearing pro-Darren Wilson gear: Scoop


Sharyl Attkisson Blasts Media’s Fast And Furious Coverage: “We Should All Be Embarrassed”: Surge
ABC, NBC Gush Over Clinton Baby: ‘Almost Like The British Royal Family’: CNS
Zakaria: CNN’s Mixed Messages…: ICN

‘I, me, my': Ron Fournier ‘transcribes’ President Obama’s ’60 Minutes’ interview: Twitchy
‘What is he smoking?': POTUS: We’re much better off, people just don’t ‘feel it’: Twitchy
Out and In: Instapundit

With election day 2014 rapidly approaching, low information voters must be reminded: Obiter Dictum
‘We need a new constitution': Donna Brazile, Salon slammed for plan to save us from ‘loudmouths’: Twitchy
WaPo might be insinuating Obama’s strategy won’t work: Joe Cunningham


"The Khorosan Group": a fictitious name the White House invented to deceive: Andrew C. McCarthy
Who’s up for a human rights lecture about Ferguson from Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei?: Doug Powers
By Pounding on Hong Kong, Xi is Losing Taiwan: AmInt

Second Oklahoma Muslim Threatens to Behead Coworker; Claims He Represents ISIS: Federalist
"There's two sides to every story" - Beheader's Mom speaks out: TR
My Business is a Muslim Free Zone: Jan Morgan

The World Will Never Sing ‘Kumbaya’: Jen Kuznicki
The President’s Make-Believe World: Andrew Klavan
More on Turkish Support for ISIS: Daniel Pipes

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Under Rainier’s crater, a natural laboratory like no other: Sandi Doughton
Looking good – this LED research could improve display clarity by 400%: Jonathan Feist
3D Printing Goes Prime Time: Samuel Greengard


Alton Nolen: religious black man gunned down by white racist: Cube
The “Weak” In Review: All The News That Was or Might Have Been: MOTUS
George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin’s Stunt Queen Wedding Extravaganza Continues!: dListed

Image: Under Rainier’s crater, a natural laboratory like no other
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QOTD: "The president has been telling us for years that he handled al-Qaeda by killing bin Laden. He has been telling us for weeks that the Islamic State — an al-Qaeda renegade that will soon reconcile with the mother ship for the greater good of unity in the anti-American jihad — is a regional nuisance that posed no threat to the United States. In recent days, however, reality intruded on this fiction. Suddenly, tens of thousands of terrorists, armed to the teeth, were demolishing American-trained armies, beheading American journalists, and threatening American targets.

Obama is not the manner of man who can say, “I was wrong: It turns out that al-Qaeda is actually on the rise, its Islamic State faction is overwhelming the region, and American interests — perhaps even American territory — are profoundly threatened.” So instead . . . you got “the Khorosan Group.”" --Andrew C. McCarthy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I just got an email from Karl Rove!


President Obama's approval ratings keep dropping, no reliable poll shows battleground Senate Democrats with over 50% support, and GOP voters are excited to cast their ballots in 37 days. The midterm environment is toxic for Democrats, yet there's a chance Republicans may not take the Senate. Why?

Could it be that you and the rest of the Republican ruling class are completely out of touch with the grass roots? That you went to war with your own base? That you decimated any unity between the conservative and establishment wings of the party? And for what: to keep your incumbent protection racket going for mouth-breathers like Thad Cochran and Pat Roberts?

The Democrats have a huge money advantage. Last month alone, Democrats outraised Republicans by $1.6 million dollars.

Gee, I wonder why.

They intend to outspend Republicans between Labor Day and Election Day, having bought $109 MILLION in television ads already, compared to $85 million for GOP candidates and their allies so far. Democrats, Harry Reid's PAC, and liberal interest groups are launching hundreds of attack ads in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, and North Carolina - key states in the fight for the Senate.

So now you're worried that your strategy of attacking conservatives might be, eh, suicidal? A tad late, Dr. Whiteboard!

OPEN BORDERS MEDICAL NEWS: Bubonic Plague and Tuberculosis Outbreak in U.S. Southwest

It's not just an issue of terrorists wandering into the U.S., it's a range of health hazards thought long ago conquered domestically.

Arizona fleas test positive for plague

It's a word you don't hear too often around Arizona: plague. But some fleas in northern Arizona have tested positive for plague and that has people on high alert.

Plague can be deadly to people and animals, but if found early on, it's very treatable with antibiotics. That being said, residents of Coconino County should be looking out for fleas... Fleas with plague were discovered in prairie dog burrows northeast of Flagstaff in the Doney Park area.

Five babies in Texas test positive for TB after possible mass exposure

Five babies have tested positive for tuberculosis infection in El Paso after being at a hospital where hundreds of newborns may have been exposed to TB by a diseased worker at the facility, health officials said on Saturday.

The El Paso Department of Public Health also increased the number of people who may have been exposed to 858. It had said earlier this month that 706 babies and 43 employees were possibly exposed to the infected worker between September 2013 and August 2014.

And, by all means, let's not inquire into the immigration status of the "infected worker", because that would be profiling and nativist. Right, Jeb Bush?

Hat tip: BadBlue News

The 7 Most Despicable Acts by Eric Holder as Attorney General

By Hans von Spakovsky

Attorney General Eric Holder, the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives, surprised the political world today when he announced he would be resigning, effective on the confirmation of his successor.

Holder will leave a troubled legacy and many unanswered questions as John Fund and I discovered when we were researching our new book, “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department.” The Justice Department veterans we talked to said that Holder has politicized the Department to an unprecedented degree, which should concern everyone who cares about the rule of law.

So what are the top seven worst actions by Eric Holder?

1. Operation Fast and Furious, probably the most reckless law enforcement operation ever carried out by the Justice Department. This gun-running scandal led directly to the death of an American border agent and many Mexican citizens. Holder was held in contempt because of his refusal to turn over information and documentation about this operation gone wrong that he basically claimed he knew nothing about.

2. Holder has waged a war on election integrity and “racialized and radicalized the [Civil Rights] Division to the point of corruption” according to one current Justice employee, embedding “politically leftist extremists in the career ranks who have an agenda that does not comport with equal protection or the rule of law; who believe that the ends justify the means; and who behave unprofessionally and unethically.”

3. Failure to conduct a real, criminal investigation of the IRS targeting of conservative organizations and to enforce the contempt citation issued by the House of Representative against Lois Lerner.

Larwyn's Linx: The Obama narrative collapses

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The Obama narrative collapses: Richard Baehr
Obama’s 15 Worst Moments At The UN: Ben Shapiro
Ted Cruz: No Easy Confirmation for Holder’s Replacement: Joel Gehrke

DHS Head Jeh Johnson: Amnesty to Lead Terrorists to Turn Themselves In: MB
Update on the Terrorist Attack in Oklahoma: Keith Koffler
Beheading in Heartland? Obama Off To Fundraiser Without A Mention: WZ

Ferguson police officer wounded in shooting; 2 suspects hunted: Fox
Police Officer Discusses 2 Different Ferguson Shootings: GotNews
Ferguson Protestors Cheer For Wounded Police Officers To Die: Treehouse

How Ted Cruz Is Defining Himself as the Counter to Rand Paul: Rebecca Nelson
Jeb Bush Stumps for Tillis in NC, Prompts Tillis to Brush Off Bush: Ace
Homeland the Beautiful: Michael Reagan


Predictable: New Medicaid Enrollees Have Trouble Getting Care: RWN
Owner Bezos Imposes Cheap Labor Regime on Open Borders WaPo: VDARE
Could The Alibaba IPO Be The Trigger For A Stock Market Crash?: Kid Dynamite

Scandal Central

Tapes showing meek oversight of Goldman are about to rock Wall Street: Post
Why Holder Quit: Glenn Thrush
CAIR Oklahoma Calls Muslim Terrorist “Gentleman,” Jihad Attack “Unfortunate Incident”: GotNews

Climate & Energy

Researcher is working to predict electric power blackouts before they happen: Phys.org
Climate Change and Extinction: What Is Natural?: Dr. Tim Ball
On a Warmer Planet, Which Cities Will Be Safest?: NYT via IdiotWatch


College Student Murdered in New Jersey by Suspected Domestic Terrorism Jihadist: CI
Andrea Mitchell Conducts Foreign Policy Interview with Chicago Slumlord: WFB
Video: Marathon Gas Clerk Shoots, Kills 2 of 3 Armed Robbers: AllOutdoor

Watch Mark Levin at the Value Voters Summit 2014: Scoop
NYT Reporter: Hillary Clinton's Minders Followed Me Into Bathroom Every Time I Had to Go: Ace
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Enters into Dan Rather Territory: Ed Driscoll

The Reeducation of Dinesh D’Souza: Theodore Dalrymple
Mark Levin, Greta lash out as media lib ‘sleazeballs’ pounce on Palin slip: BPR
Muslim Woman Asks a Question She’d Like to Have Back: Minority Report


Oklahoma Beheader Linked to Al Qaeda Leader Awlaki, Boston Bomber's Mosque: Breitbart
Iraqi woman tortured and executed by ISIS over Facebook post: LI
Muslims in Switzerland Cheer as Church Burns: Clash

The “Obama Doctrine” of Lies: Cliff Kincaid
Netanyahu Vows to ´Refute the Lies´ Against Israel at UN: Lucianne
Palestinians and the "Death Boats" Scandal: Gatestone

The Coming Alliance of The United States and Iran: Is This the Administration’s Goal?: Ron Radosh
Sobriety as Management Oppression: AmInt
Kim Jong Un Reportedly Ill, May Have Diabetes And Gout: Doug Mataconis

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

GoPro refresh will bring touchscreens and better 4K recording: DigitalTrends
A GT-R For The Street & Track… By Nismo: Dino Dalle Carbonare
What is open source?: OpenSource.com


Missing Illegals (Cartoon): Rick McKee
Finally: A White Riot.: Colin Flaherty
Woman Who Shot Stalker in the Chest Posts Chilling Account Online: GSL

Image: Japan volcano: 31 hikers feared dead after sudden eruption of Mount Ontake
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QOTD: "...Common Core teaches about a third of algebra 1 in pre-algebra, a third of pre-calculus in algebra 2, et cetera. Common Core teaches unnecessary abstractions as essential principles. Common Core creates calculator cripples. Common Core fails to derive mathematical expressions, instead presenting them as Holy Writ.

I predict that if we continue implementing Common Core, average students will drop out of math as early as they are allowed. Even math-bright students will hate math. Tutoring companies will proliferate to serve wealthy families. The educational gap between rich and poor will widen. If we want to destroy math and science education in this country, keep Common Core." --Cynthia Walker

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mark Levin’s Simple Plan to Put a Conservative in the White House

By Melissa Quinn

Hard-charging radio commentator Mark Levin is sick of waiting for the Republican Party to nominate a conservative for president, and today, he outlined his plan to accomplish just that.

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, the talk radio giant and bestselling author issued a call to action to the crowd of social conservatives, prescribing a grassroots movement to elect a conservative to the White House in 2016.

Levin lamented that Americans under age of 50 haven’t yet had the chance to vote for a true conservative such as Ronald Reagan for president and called on conference attendees to spend the next six months laying the groundwork for the 2016 election.

“From an election perspective, it keeps happening,” Levin said. “The Republican establishment picks off conservatives.”

To prevent this from happening during the presidential primaries, Levin called on conservatives to rally behind one or two candidates who are “articulate, intelligent, charismatic.”

Once that occurs, he said, the grassroots need to rally behind those candidates.

“I can’t stand another election where I turn on the TV somewhere and am told the only one who can win is [Sen. John] McCain and the only one who can win is [Mitt] Romney.”

REMINDER: The Republicans Who Voted to Confirm Eric Holder

Given the disastrous reign of Eric Holder at the Department of Obstructing Justice -- "the most partisan Attorney General in history" according to Sen. Ted Cruz -- it's worth remembering the Republican nitwits, sycophants and dupes who voted to confirm him.

Holder was a known entity, a renowned Clinton hatchet man linked to the FALN Terrorist Pardon Scandal, the Marc Rich Pardon Scandal, and a panoply of other questionable, borderline criminal, and anti-American activities.

So knowing this history, which GOP Senators voted to confirm Holder? Michelle Malkin has often reminded us of the Hall of Shame:
  • Alexander (R-TN)
  • Bennett (R-UT) - retired
  • Bond (R-MO) - retired
  • Chambliss (R-Ga)
  • Collins (R-ME)
  • Corker (R-TN)
  • Graham (R-SC)
  • Grassley (R-IA)
  • Gregg (R-NH) - retired
  • Hatch (R-UT)
  • Isakson (R-GA)
  • Kyl (R-AZ) - retired
  • Lugar (R-IN) - retired
  • McCain (R-AZ)
  • Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sessions (R-AL)
  • Snowe (R-ME)
  • Specter (R-PA) - deceased
  • Voinovich (R-OH) - retired
There are some surprising names on the list -- and some unsurprising ones as well.

Cruz has some advice for the next confirmation process that all involved should take to heart:

THE ONLY WAY OUT: An Article V Convention of the States

By Richard Larsen

Government debt continues to amass at a dizzying pace. The federal government has displayed no discipline in reining it in and reestablishing a more sound fiscal footing for the future of the country. Our founding fathers, however, had the prescience to include in our Constitution the means whereby the states, and the people, could force the government to do what they have no appetite to do, to require a balanced budget.

Just since 2006, federal government debt has shot from $6.7 trillion, to nearly $18 trillion. The largest segment of that spending occurred over the past six years with five years of deficits exceeding $1 trillion. Our government has been spending 60% more than it’s been collecting in tax receipts.

Those figures do not even begin to address our long-term debt due to non-discretionary entitlement programs. According to the General Accounting Office’s (GAO) 2013 annual report, unfunded debt including Social Security and Medicare is over $76 trillion, an increase of 8% over 2012 levels. Our national debt increases by an estimated $8.2 million per minute, and about $350 billion per month.

Larwyn's Linx: The Islamic Jihad in America Continues

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The Islamic Jihad in America Continues: R.S. McCain
Oklahoma Beheading: Our Prisons As Jihad Factories?: Roger L. Simon
Cruz: Fence Jumper just an 'undocumented White House visitor': WFB

Eric Holder, A Legacy of Race-Based Radicalism: Matthew Vadum
Holder will regret his refusal to obey the Constitution: John Yoo
The Incredible Lightness of Being Barack Obama: Victor Davis Hanson

Democrats Open the Military Up to Infiltration by Foreign Enemies: Sara Noble
Beheading Suspect Fired After Argument Over Stoning Women: TR
Kentucky churches being turned into mosques: Daily Independent


1 in 4 Americans 25-54 Not Working: Daniel Halper
Americans’ Wages Stagnant at 1988 Levels: Joe Guzzardi
Behind the +4.6% Q2 GDP Number: ZH

Peak Debt—-Why The Keynesian Money Printers Are Done: David Stockman
Michigan SEIU keeps millions taken from home health care workers: Fox
Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car: Yahoo!

Scandal Central

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Sister on Timing of Holder Resignation: "Not a Coincidence": Katie Pavlich
Eric Holder Compares Self to Bobby Kennedy in Farewell Statement: Breitbart
Why Is the USDA Buying Submachine Guns?: Charles McFarlane, Modern Farmer

Bloody Jihad Comes To Oklahoma: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
The Islamic Motive Surfaces In Brutal Oklahoma Beheading: Treehouse
De Blasio Fully Supports Aide Who Is Dating A Convicted Killer: MenRec

Climate & Energy

EPA’s Next Target: America’s Dentists: Pete Kasperowicz
US Forestry Service wages war on photography in national forests: Cory Doctorow
Why I Blew the Whistle at EPA: Dr. Alan Carlin


‘Four Pinocchios’ for Washington Post on Photo ID: Mark Obenshain
State Dept. spox Marie Harf’s dismal outing on ‘Kelly File’ reveals what her job should be: Twitchy
The Federalist has officially arrived: the Left is trying to delete its Wikipedia entry.: Moe Lane

MRC Gala: Mark Levin Accepts Buckley Award: NB
Dinesh D’Souza Forced to Undergo Therapy: MB
Hissy Fit: Zilla

MSNBC's Sharpton Keynoting Dinner For Group Linked to Hamas: MRC
Debbie Wasserman Schultz really liked ‘belittling’ domestic violence: Hot Air
Amazing Photos From Ferguson Conflict: GotNews


Marines Arrive at White House and Demand Action from Obama: Brent Scher
10K soldiers must go this year, 20K next year: ArmyTimes
Islamic State militants are being bombed by an Arab woman. That must sting.: Lara Prendergast

I'ts time for Obama, Holder to have a national disucssion about violence in Islam: Scoop
Islam Is A Religion of Peace AND a Religion of DECAPITATIONS: John Hawkins
Al Nusra fighters in Syria want to merge with ISIS – creating united army of fanatics : Daily Mail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

What Is This Bizarre Ball That The Curiosity Rover Found On Mars?: UniverseToday
CERN gets new Guinness World Records title: Symmetry
Here's a to-do list for Comcast's first 'customer experience' exec: Mark Hachman, PC World


Your Life: The Burning Platform
Artist Makes Millions Selling Invisible Art: Larry O'Connor
Molsterman Report #7: Inside Baseball - GOP 2016: MOTUS

Image: @KLSouth: Liberal media are deliberately using old photos of #Oklahoma beheader. A photo from this month.
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QOTD: "...all the major economies are saturated with debt. Accordingly, central bank balance sheet expansion has lost its Keynesian magic entirely. Now the great sea of freshly minted liquidity simply fuels the carry trades as gamblers everywhere load up with any asset that generates a yield or short-run capital gain, and fund these bloated positions with cheap options and repo style finance.

But here’s the obvious thing. Central banks can’t normalize interest rates—-that is, allow the money markets to rise off the zero-bound—-without triggering a violent unwind of the carry trades on which today’s massive asset inflation is built. On the other hand, they can no longer stimulate GDP growth, either, because the credit expansion channel to the main street economy of households and business is blocked by the reality of peak debt.

So they end up like the pathetic Mario Draghi—-energetically pounding square pegs into round holes without a clue as to the financial conflagration lurking just around the corner. Yes, the era of Keynesian money printing is over and done. But don’t wait for the small lady at the Fed to sing, either." --David Stockman

Friday, September 26, 2014

THE ANTI-WAR LEFT: Now Appearing on Milk Cartons Near You

Rush Limbaugh describes the rank hypocrisy of the leftist establishment:

An American president was launching bombs, dropping bombs on potentially innocent citizens. And where was the peace movement? Where were the peace protests? They were nowhere. I was told, "Well, that's because they're worn out from the weekend's activities protesting climate change." ... "According to the Washington Post, only 22 anti-war activists protested near the White House this week, and 'it was the latest display of how Obama has neutralized the left.' Left-wing activist David Swanson, 'who voted for Obama in 2008...' told the Post that 'if George W. Bush were launching wars with Congress out of town, oh, it would be flooded,'" and San Francisco'd be flooded.

If this were Bush doing this with Congress out of town and without a declaration of war and without a sign-off on from Congress, you would have seen the streets flooded. But we're not seeing the streets flooded...

THE SISTER OF BRIAN TERRY SPEAKS OUT: Eric Holder's Resignation is No Accident

By Investor's Business Daily

Scandal: The attorney general who oversaw the administration's Fast and Furious gun-walking operation into Mexico resigns right after a federal court denies a DOJ request to delay releasing Fast And Furious documents.

Eric Holder's resignation as attorney general, like anything that occurs in the Obama administration, raises questions of timing.

Pundits ask why now, with some suggesting President Obama is getting a two-fer — ginning up his base with tributes to the first African-American AG before the midterms while starting the nomination and confirmation process before a possible Republican takeover of the Senate in November.

Rush Limbaugh has even suggested that Obama, who in an effort to hold the Senate has reminded Democratic voters that he still gets to appoint Supreme Court justices, might be making Holder available for such an appointment should a vacancy occur.

Both may be true, but Kelly Terry-Willis, the sister of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, thinks a recent court defeat for the Department of Justice may be the real reason.

Her brother was murdered on Dec. 14, 2010, with weapons "walked" into Mexico under Fast and Furious. ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was also a Fast and Furious casualty.

How CNN hypes a "proper" home invasion reaction

Alan Duke -- if that is his real name -- proffers the ludicrous CNN line for repelling a home invasion.

When Melora Rivera heard an intruder kicking the front door of her Venice, California, home Wednesday morning, her reaction was to jump out of bed and onto her roof.

"Once I saw him in the house, I knew that we both couldn't be there," Rivera told CNN TV affiliate KCAL/KCBS. "I knew that I didn't want to have a confrontation with him of any sort, you know, not knowing what his intention was."

Rivera, dressed only in a flannel shirt, used her cell phone to call police as the intruder also climbed onto the roof... "The drop is, I would guess, more than 20 feet," Rivera said. "So there was no safely jumping off the roof or coming down from the roof at that point."

A more rational home defense system would involve one (or preferably all) of the following.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ELEANOR CLIFT: She Just Won MRC's Prestigious Media Lie o' the Year Award!

The Media Research Center held its annual awards gala -- the 2014 Dishonors Award for media bias -- and one particularly pungent pundit took home the grand prize.

A raucous crowd of conservatives attending the Media Research Center's 2014 Gala featuring the DisHonors Awards on Thursday evening selected none other than liberal columnist and shameless Obama/Clinton sycophant Eleanor Clift as the recipient of the Quote of the Year for her insistence that Amb. Chris Stevens was not murdered by terrorists because he died, reportedly, of smoke inhalation...

She beat out current and former MSNBCers Krystal Ball and Martin Bashir, respectively.

Who Forced Eric Holder Out?

By Judicial Watch

On Thursday, September 25, Eric Holder announced that he would step down as Attorney General of the United States. If you are a regular reader of the Weekly Update, you know that since the day he was appointed to office, Judicial Watch has battled day in and day out to prevent Holder from continuing to corrupt the Department of Justice (DOJ). And, in fact, in January of this year, we named him to the Judicial Watch list of the “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for the sixth year in a row. Many quickly credited Judicial Watch’s work with helping to force Holder out. Former DOJ attorney Sidney Powell was blunt in her New York Observer column about Holder’s disastrous tenure:

He has made the Department of Obstructing Justice notorious. Federal judges are stepping in to end his stone walling of Congressional and other investigations on several fronts, and now he’s on the run.

Why now? What is about to blow up?

Larwyn's Linx: Clearest Sign Yet the GOP Will Take the Senate: Eric Holder Announces Resignation

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Clearest Sign Yet the GOP Will Take the Senate: Eric Holder to Resign: RS
Obama’s Enforcer, Eric Holder, Exits Stage Left: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Justice Ginsburg advocates aborting the poor: RS

US: 70% of released illegal alien families fail to report to agents: Hot Air
DoD policy will allow illegal aliens to serve in military: Andrew Tilghman
Senate Candidate Scott Brown: This Race Is About Immigration: VDARE

WaPo on Hillary: This “Middle East” thing isn’t looking good: Joe Cunningham
They Just Don't Get It: Cold Fury
VICTORY: Shaneen Allen Avoids Jail Time: Philly

Only 15 per cent of Americans view Holder positively: Daily Mail
Eric Holder to step down: Politico
Ferguson Erupts Again: Protester Threatens Cops 'None Of You Are Safe': TR

Scandal Central

Federal Court Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List by 10/22: JW
Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband directly benefited from the Stimulus she voted for: RS
Obama Forbids FBI From Using Religion in Identifying Terrorists, as ISIS Recruits Openly in U.S.: Breitbart

Benghazi heroes vs. Democrat Rep. Adam Smith on "No Stand Down Orders Given": Scoop
Dem John Lewis Says Progressive Policies Have Helped Minorities in Chicago and Detroit : ProgsToday
DWS Accuses Another Republican Of Giving Women The “Back Of His Hand”: Surge

Climate & Energy

AP Fact-Check Shreds Obama UN Speech: Bradford Thomas
The Mann Act: Mark Steyn
EPA chief: Climate skeptics 'sad': Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill


Oh, Those Democrat Operatives with Bylines: Ed Driscoll
Wanted: Grown Ups: Erick Erickson
Does Obama Not See The Irony?: Rhymes

NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Eric Holder is a very non-political person”: Ace
Al Sharpton 'Engaged' With White House In Finding Holder Replacement: Caleb Howe
Holder Steps Down (Cartoon): RWN

Debates about war protocol hamstring our defense efforts: Jonah Goldberg
The Democrats' Distate for Human Nature: Elephant
NYT Reporter: Clinton Press Aide Followed Me to the Bathroom: Mediaite


Not a good sign: Iran and China prepare joint naval exercises: Allen West
The Perfect Storm of European Anti-Semitism: AmInt
#BurnISISFlagChallenge in Kosovo: Stephen Schwartz

Woman Secretly Films Life in Raqqa, Syria under the Islamic State: Pamela Geller
Still Not Proud-Michelle Obama: American Women “Subjugated By Harmful Cultural Norms”…: Treehouse
Muslim Scholars ‘Refute’ Islamic State’s Islamic Case — While Endorsing Jihad, Sharia, Caliphate: Robert Spencer

The Zombie Apocalypse Is Apparently Starting In Africa: RWN
Turkey to Help Muslim Brotherhood Overthrow Egypt: Scoop
A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing: ZH

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Analysis: Syria airstrikes introduce F-22's firepower to the world: Aaron Mehta
Vizio now selling a 50-inch 4K TV for $1000, thanks to new custom backlight tech: ExtremeTech
Fast Lane, Slow Lane -- "No Lane" -- End Game in Telecommunications: Bruce Kushnick


D.C. Whispers: “Mr. President, You Have No Choice. You’re Exposed Here.”: a12iggymom's Blog
Map of New Orleans: Judgmental Maps
Volvo pranks newest valet on the Italian Riviera: Autoblog

Image: Only 15 per cent of Americans view Holder positively
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QOTD: "...the government argues that it must devote significant numbers of attorneys to this matter if it hopes to comply with the current Vaughn index deadline … But the Department has known about its Vaughn index obligations since July 18, 2014 … At best, it means the Department has been slow to react to this Court’s previous Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now.

...[S]eventy-five days—plus another twenty-one, based in part on Judicial Watch’s consent—is enough time for the government to prepare the index that this Court has ordered, given that this matter has been pending for over two years. The Court will therefore extend the Department’s Vaughn index submission deadline to October 22, 2014—and no further." --U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GENIUS: Obama Goes to War in Syria with the Very Same Weapons Systems He Canceled

By Investor's Business Daily

National Defense: The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready.

With the decision to launch air and missile strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, in addition to ongoing strikes in Iraq in what is said to be the start of a long and sustained campaign to "degrade and destroy" the terrorist group, President Obama has stumbled upon a revelation:

The military whose budgets he's slashed and weapons systems he opposed is suddenly quite useful.

DECODING THE ADMINISTRATION'S LIES: "Khorosan" is Al Qaeda and it is most definitely not "on the run"

By Sara Noble

Obama’s approach to foreign policy is the stuff of fiction. He likes to say Al Qaeda has been destroyed and all that’s left are the metastasized rogue bands of terrorists acting independently of Al Qaeda Central. One band in particular is the Khorasan group.

Khorasan IS Al Qaeda.

It’s been referred to as the old boys’ club. It is that.

It is comprised of the Osama bin Laden followers from the 1990’s. They are not an affiliate, or an offshoot, or a franchise. They ARE al Qaeda and they follow the leadership of al-Zawahiri, Osama’s successor.

They have been dangerous since 2009 and they have been unremittingly dangerous. They were responsible for the underwear bomber, the Christmas Day bomber and many other bombings.

They didn’t become dangerous yesterday, last month or even last year. They’ve been dangerous since Barack Obama became president and they have been dangerous the entire time Obama said al Qaeda was on the run.

Eric Holder's Resignation Comes on the Heels of a Devastating Ruling Against Him on "Operation Fast and Furious"

By Tom Fitton

It is no coincidence that Holder’s resignation comes on the heels of another court ruling that the Justice Department must finally cough up information about how Holder’s Justice Department lied to Congress and the American people about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, for which Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House of Representatives. Over the past several months, Judicial Watch also exposed how Holder’s Justice Department was implicated in the IRS scandal and how Justice Department lawyers helped defend the illegal stonewall that kept secret key material related to Benghazi.

The disgraced Holder’s exit is past due accountability for Holder’s Fast and Furious lies, and I hope it brings some solace to the family of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the hundreds of innocent Mexicans likely killed thanks to the Holder Justice Department’s scheme that armed the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Larwyn's Linx: The Latest Wargaming Projections for November

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The Latest Wargaming Projections for November: Stephen Green
Fools, Dupes, and Knaves: a quick primer on the antiwar movement: Moe Lane
‘We Only Whisper It’ : Kevin D. Williamson

U.S. Immigrant Population Hits All-Time High: 41.3 Million People: Ryan Lovelace
GOP Bordering On Victory: Ann Coulter
Conservative lawmakers secretly plot to oust John Boehner: Scott Wong, The Hill

Why Does Anyone Listen To Karl Rove’s Empty Advice?: CHQ
Romney 2016 is for real: Byron York
Hicken-Weasel: Why Colorado's Gutless Gov Is in Trouble: Michelle Malkin

Letter From Hillary Clinton to Saul Alinsky Reveals Close Relationship: NewAm
The Divine Right of Barack Obama : Charles C. W. Cooke
Kay Hagan, “The Gun Grabber’s Choice”: NC Gun Blog


Old and In the Way: Victor Davis Hanson
Obama's Latest Collectivist Speech: Sara Noble
Historian Erupts: ‘I Will Not Be Lectured to by a Public School Girl!’: R.S. McCain

Scandal Central

State Department won't say how missing records for $6 billion were stored: Lee Cary
Obama Forbids FBI From Profiling as ISIS Recruits Openly in U.S. Mosques: AT
Obama July Political Fundraising in Denver, NYC Cost Taxpayers $1.1MM in Flight Expenses Alone: JW

Climate & Energy

Just Another Obama Speech to the UN: Jon Gabriel
Global Warming Not Proceeding As Planned: Realities
The #PeoplesClimate March exposes the Climate Campaign for the Socialists they are: RS


The Hidden Story Behind Stop Rush: EIB
Ted Cruz explains what really happened when he was booed by Hezbollah supporter: Scoop
Do Statistical Disparities Mean Injustice?: Walter Williams

Roll Over Alinsky, and Tell Glenn Thrush the News: Ed Driscoll
Atheists Lose: Oklahoma Judge Dismisses 10 Commandments Lawsuit: RWN
ESPN Was Right to Suspend Bill Simmons for Calling Roger Goodell a Liar: OTB

Mark Levin Slams Lois Lerner and Husband as 'Flat-Out' Liars for Bogus Claim About His Radio Callers: NB
Journalism in the Age of Obama: All the news The White House lets them print: WyBlog
Forget the Latte Salute! Remember Barack Obama and the quenelle salute?: P&F


Obama Praises Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on Killing of U.S. Soldiers: WFB
Obama Defends Islam, Smacks Israel, American Racism at UN: Breitbart
Obama's UN Speech: Ace

"There are signs the powers will agree to accept Iran as a nuclear threshold state.": Hayom
How Gun Control Made England The 'Most Violent Country In Europe': AWR Hawkins
Obama bombs Iraqi oil fields, 73 ISIS cockroaches dead: GWP

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Ceding Control of the Internet to Foreign Governments: FW
Forza Horizon 2: Exhilarating moment after exhilarating moment (review): VenBeat
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Breaks Cover, We Pity the Fools: Car and Driver


Best Chicken: Maggie's Farm
Our Reluctant Warrior: Obama Discovers the Guns of Autumn. Reluctantly.: MOTUS
Branco Cartoon – Thanks A Latte: LI

Image: Our Reluctant Warrior: Obama Discovers the Guns of Autumn. Reluctantly.
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QOTD: "Then came the 2014 Republican primary season and a scorched earth campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Republican establishment, Rove’s Super-PACs and their Big Business allies which by-and-large achieved primary victory for the candidates they backed.

So Rove and his Big Business donors got what they wanted – candidates who either stood for policies, like amnesty, that grassroots conservatives oppose, or who avoided the issues and like Mitt Romney campaigned on their resumes.

What Rove doesn’t seem to understand is that those missing millions that he thinks Republican candidates need to win their 2014 Senate campaigns have already been given to candidates like Chris McDaniel, Joe Carr, Dr. Greg Brannon, Dr. Milton Wolf, Frank Roche and Dave Brat who stood for the positions that grassroots conservative donors favor.

These small donors oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, they favor a strong national defense against radical Islam and respect for the constitutional role of Congress in war-making, and they want an end to the culture of government lies created by Barack Obama and his Democratic allies on Capitol Hill.

They are not going to give to and support candidates who won’t stand for and campaign on those issues." --George Rasley