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doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.”
—Pericles, Greek statesman, 495–429 BC

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individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”
F. A. Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government (1973)

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The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama's Imaginary Son
Stephen Miller
In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance:

Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity
Casey Mulligan
The key economic concept required to understand the labor market effects of the ACA is what economists call "tax distortions." Tax distortions are changes in behavior on the part of businesses or households for the purpose of reducing their taxes or increasing their subsidies. We call them distortions because they don't occur for real business or real personal reasons. They occur because of the tax code.


Why the United States is a republic and not a democracy
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Week ending 21 December 2014

Top 10 Lies in Obama's Cuba Speech
Joel B. Pollak
President Barack Obama unveiled a new U.S. policy toward Cuba on Wednesday as part of a deal that brought American Alan Gross home in exchange for three convicted Cuban spies. As he has done so often in the past, Obama tried to channel the perspective of America's enemies and critics, as if his job were to act as a neutral mediator instead of defending U.S. interests and values.
Obama Gives the Castro Regime in Cuba an Undeserved Bailout
Washington Post Editorial
On Wednesday, the Castros suddenly obtained a comprehensive bailout – from the Obama administration. President Obama granted the regime everything on its wish list that was within his power to grant; a full lifting of the trade embargo requires congressional action. Full diplomatic relations will be established, Cuba's place on the list of terrorism sponsors reviewed and restrictions lifted on U.S. investment and most travel to Cuba.
NYPD Police in Mourning
They gave their lives
New York Post Editorial
It’s come to this. Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, doing nothing more than sitting innocently in their car – murdered in cold blood, in broad daylight. Officials say it was revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Police Turn Their Back on DeBlasio
A blue wall of silently seething police officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio Saturday night – literally. As the mayor and his entourage snaked through a jammed third-floor corridor at Woodhull Hospital, where two officers had been pronounced dead just hours earlier, scores of grieving cops faced the walls – and away from the leader they believe has failed them.

Police Believe New York City Cop Killer was a Member of the
Black Guerrilla Family

The cold-blooded cop-hater who gunned down two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday is suspected of being a member of a notorious prison gang that has declared open season on the NYPD. Detectives were headed to Baltimore on Saturday night to probe Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, sources told the Daily News.

#Ferguson ‘Protesters’ Chant Death Threat, “Pigs in a Blanket”,
Same Threat from Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley

The chants are led by Palestinian Hamas supporter Bassem Masri, who has been one of the main agitators in Ferguson and who himself has been arrested for assault on a police officer, including apparently spitting on one of them in a video.

Was Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley a “Two-fer”,
Islamist and Black Extremist?

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley’s social media reveals he was motivated by a black extremist view that police were out to kill black people. But did Islamist beliefs also enter into his actions? ...This is from Suran 8, the title of which is “Al-Anfal,” or “The Spoils of War.” According to his Facebook Brinsley spoke Arabic.
Columbia Grad Student, Next Suspect Arrested
In Attack on NYPD at Brooklyn Bridge Protest

Four down, two to go. Cindy Gorn, 29 – “Female Suspect No. 2” – is a grad student at Columbia University who walked into Manhattan’s Fifth Precinct station house with her lawyer at 12:30 p.m., sources said. The NYPD circulated video images of six people who the department says attacked officers as the Dec. 13 demonstrations made their way to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dorian Johnson Update: Michael Brown's Friend Admits
He Didn't See Him Get Shot in the Back

Dorian Johnson is making headlines yet again. For those who aren't familiar with Johnson, he was the key witness in the controversial Ferguson case. He actually witnessed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. But, that's not all. His claims also sparked the national protesting mantra, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" since Johnson stated Brown had his hands up and asked Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson not to shoot him.
Policeman Shot Dead in Tarpon Spring, Florida
The community of Tarpon Spring is mourning the loss of TSPD officer, 45-year-old Charles "Charlie K" Kondek who was shot and killed on Sunday morning. Police were originally called out for a noise ordinance complaint as the suspect was banging on residential doors. When police arrived the suspect shot Kondek and then attempted to flee in a vehicle...
Raúl Castro Thanks Bararck Obama,
but Reaffirms Communist Rule in Cuba

President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for “a new chapter” while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba. He stoked the flames of Cuban nationalism, declaring near the end of his statement, “We won the war.”
Message Response to “I’m-not-done”
Obama: Neither is the USA!

Judi McLeod
“I’m not done” is overkill now that ideologue Obama’s already gifted the world with Amnesty, ObamaCare, continuing racial unrest complete with looting and torching not seen since the 1960s and having thrown in, full bore,  with Communist Cuba.  Obama long ago ran out of ideas and is now publicly showing how he is running out of torment options.
More Stealthy Than Executive Orders,
Obama Adds Memoranda to Mix of Policy Impositions

President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history – using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders. When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman...
Ho! Ho! Ho! Obamacare’s Christmas Surprise
Rep. Mark Meadows
CMS has proposed a new rule that includes an overly reaching provision allowing CMS to re-enroll anyone who has not made the annual trek back to in a cheaper plan of CMS’ choosing. That’s right, the government will choose your plan, perhaps limit access to your doctor, and ultimately make the decision on what is “best” for you.

Obamacare and Eugenics
Gruber's Own Words Belie His Testimony

David Catron
The scariest words uttered during Jonathan Gruber's recent appearance before the House Oversight Committee were "positive selection." They were read aloud by Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, from a 1997 paper the professor co-authored concerning abortion. The opus in question made the Congressman uneasy because of the following passage:

4 Years After Passage WH Still Hasn't Approved
IRS Paperwork On Obamacare Mandate Tax

The IRS is trying to comply with federal rules that require White House approval on its new paperwork for the individual mandate. But the White House has rejected one proposal and ignored another, according to new research from the American Action Forum, a free-market think tank headed by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

1/4 Million Doctors Will Get Medicare Pay Cut for Using Paper Records
Bruce Japsen
More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren't adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed.
Here's a Viable Replacement for Obamacare
Edmund Haislmaier
In the wake of Republican mid-term electoral victories, and with support for the president's health care law registering new lows in the Gallup survey, it is time to consider what a "repeal and replace" strategy for Obamacare might actually look like. While it is true that the politics and timing remain fluid, it is still possible to outline substantive changes.
9/11 Interrogator: CIA ‘Was Very Careful’ to Confirm Legality;
“The 911 victims are the reason that I'm here”

One of the men who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was on "The Kelly File" exclusively tonight to discuss the controversial report on the CIA's enhanced interrogation methods. Dr. James Mitchell explained how he was asked to figure out detainee resistance behaviors.

‘We Had to Do Our Duty’: Interview with the Man
Who Waterboarded the 9/11 Mastermind

The man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is standing by the CIA's controversial enhanced interrogation program, saying the intelligence agency and its agents "had to do our duty." Mitchell is one of the men who waterboarded Mohammed and terror suspect Abu Zubaydah. The psychologist assisted the CIA in developing the controversial enhanced interrogation program.
Australian Hostage-taker Named as
Radical Muslim Cleric Man Haron Monis

Radical Muslim cleric Sheik Man Haron Monis has been revealed to be the ringleader in the Sydney cafe siege that has seen up to 15 people held hostage since yesterday morning. Monis was born Manteghi Bourjerdi and fled from Iran to Australia in 1996 where he changed his name to Man Haron Monis and assumed the title of Sheik Haron.
Path to
Sydney's Lindt Cafe Terrorist Warned Obama
Not to Hide His Islamic Faith

Signing his name as "Sheik Haron" and writing "Dear Brother Barack Obama" in the salutation of his letter, Man Haron Monis warned Obama on June 12, 2008: "You will be apostate by denying your religion, I advise you to avoid such a big sin." Virtually ignored by the mainstream media since June of 2008, the letter was easily accessed on Monis' personal website right up until the day following the Sydney terrorist attack...
Parliament says not Lone Wolf
‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome: Sydney Hostage-Taker is Yet
Another Case of Political Correctness

Patrick Poole
Yet again, we have a case in the West in which a domestic terrorist was well-known to law enforcement authorities and yet action sufficient to prevent the tragedy at hand was never taken despite the opportunity to do so (in this instance, he was out on bail). Nonetheless, this will be yet another case where so-called terrorism "experts" will be trotted out by the media and political officials to claim that Monis was a case of "lone wolf syndrome."
Dem Congressman Jim McDermott: ‘Obama Needs to Listen to Others’
Because ‘He Really Doesn’t Understand’ Politics

"The president is going to have to listen to some people other than the little group of people around him now," McDermott said. "He is all by himself. He doesn't have the Senate to save him as they have in the last six years. He is really in danger of really doing some awful things because he really doesn't understand."
Let's Get Government Out of the Charity Business
Star Parker
The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the U.S. Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that broke out in Georgetown. When he returned home, a constituent farmer chastised him for supporting the bill and for "giving what is not yours to give."
A Tale of Davy Crockett
Watchdog's FOIA Request Reveals Obama's $1,176,120.90 in
Air Force Expenses to Attend 2 Fundraisers – Calls for Change

Judicial Watch announced it obtained records from the Air Force revealing that the October fundraising trips by President Obama to Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, cost taxpayers $1,176,120.90 in flight expenses alone. "Taxpayers are being gouged by Obama for unnecessary travel for political fundraising and vacations," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The Real Cost of Castro Inc.
Elizabeth MacDonald
There is a price that the Cuban regime will exact from American companies to do business there if U.S.-Cuba relations are fully normalized, a price that likely won't benefit the country's lower classes, but will instead line the pockets of Castro & Co., experts on Cuba warn.
NY Times: Obama Administration Gave Immigration Favors to
Family of Foreign, High-dollar Democrat Donors

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns... The family, has been investigated by federal law enforcement agencies on suspicion of money laundering and immigration fraud...

Week ending 14 December 2014

Life in Post-Truth America
Daniel Greenfield
Obama doesn't simply lie. He exists in a truth-free zone. He does not start with truthful facts. His starting point is in an imaginary territory. It ends in an imaginary territory. If the two imaginary territories are different, it scarcely matters because neither place was ever real.
Democrats' CIA Gambit Backfires
Jennifer Rubin
I strongly suspect Senate Democrats did not anticipate the events that played out after the release of their much-criticized report on CIA interrogation tactics. Sure, the gory details dominated headlines and delighted the antiwar left, but then conservatives and some Democrats – and most telling, current and former CIA officials – struck back.
Obama Immigration Chief Says Amnesty Designed to
Cement Illegals Place in Society

"If this program does what we want it to do, you will now have literally millions of people who will be working on the books, paying taxes, being productive. You cannot so easily by fiat now remove those people from the economy," said Mr. Leon Rodriguez, who took over as agency director earlier this year.
Poll: Diane Feinstein's CIA Report More Harmful to America
Than "Torturing" Detainees

Former veep Dick Cheney went much further [than Obama CIA chief John Brennan], saying the Senate Democrat report was "full of crap."  An American public numb from six years of Obama and Joe Biden was thus reminded of how awesome Dick Cheney is, and how much you want a guy like him on your side when the real crap hits the fan.
Top Dems in Congress Knew of Interrogation Tactics in 2002,
Former CIA Official says

Jose Rodriguez said he briefed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in 2002 on each of the interrogation tactics approved by the Justice Department. “I briefed her on all of the techniques. These people were fully aware of all of the techniques approved by the Department of Justice and legal counsels,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “She never objected to the techniques at all.”
Conservative Group Sues California AG Over Demands for
Donor List Names, 'Bullying' – Donors Fear IRS-like Exposure

Americans for Prosperity, founded by the Koch brothers and based in Virginia, acknowledged in court documents that its views are not "universally popular" -- the group said it feared for the safety of donors, citing past harassment and hackers. They said [AG Kamala] Harris' demands violate the First and 14th amendments and the Supremacy Clause.
Obamacare Impact On Primary Care Doc Shortage Intensifies
A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.

Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients
Are Unavailable, Investigation Finds

Many of the doctors were not accepting new Medicaid patients or could not be found at their last known addresses, according to the report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. The study raises questions about access to care for people gaining Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Angry Dad's Letter to Jonathan Gruber:
"You Arrogant B-----D!"

If you know what's good for you Jonathon Gruber, you'll stay the hell away from me. Why? Because you have done the unpardonable in the eyes of any father – you have brought havoc unto the finances of my youngest daughter – and her newlywed husband.

Jonathan Gruber Reveals the Arrogance of Liberals
Michael Gerson
The problem for Democrats is that Gruber is not stupid. By all accounts, he is knowledgeable, candid and willing, on occasion, to criticize the Obama administration... But he is perfectly representative of a certain approach to politics that is common in academic circles, influential in modern liberalism and destructive to the Democratic Party.

Gruber Paper Found That Aborting Poor Children
Saves Taxpayers Money (Is the 'Death Panel' Similar?)

Paula Bolyard
At the hearing Gruber was asked by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) about a paper he co-authored in 1998, "Abortion Legalization and Child Living Circumstances: Who is the 'Marginalized Child'," in which Gruber suggested that children who die as a result of abortion are better off because the majority of them would have ended up in single-parent households and living in poverty.

Chairman Issa Follows Up Gruber Grilling with Subpoenas
Jonathan Gruber, who was captured on several recently-surfaced videos alluding to the "stupidity" of the American voter and acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act was intentionally written in a dense fashion because it would never pass if people understood it, was called before the committee on Tuesday.

‘Get Over Your Damn Glibness’
"My husband was having chest pains at the time that he was told we were not enrolled in ObamaCare, and come to find out he didn't have all of the tests that he was advised by his physician to have," she said. "So, on October 24, the week before election, my husband went to sleep and never woke up. –Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

6 Reasons: Make No Mistake. The Health-care Law Never Needed Barack Obama. But it Always Involved Jonathan Gruber.
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber claimed on Capitol Hill this week that he did not write whole parts of Obamacare. Nonsense. Jonathan Gruber was, indeed, the "brains" behind the key parts of Obamacare.
Principle Steps Down As Muslims Take Over UK School
"I suppose I was a threat, giving these children more British values"

Mr. Balwant Bains stepped down as the principal of the Saltley School and Specialist Science College, saying he could no longer do the job in the face of relentless criticism from the Muslim-dominated school board. It had pressed him, unsuccessfully, to replace some courses with Islamic and Arabic studies, segregate girls and boys and drop a citizenship class on tolerance and democracy in Britain.
Germans Take to the Streets to Protest Against 'Islamisation' –
Claim to Want to Preserve Judeo-Christian Culture

A new type of anti-immigration protest is sweeping across Germany, as thousands take to the streets against what they say is the growing "Islamisation" of the country. The new protests, which began in the city of Dresden in the former East Germany, feature no neo-Nazi slogans and have nothing to do with the traditional far right.
When Liberal Preferences Meet Islamic Principles
Selwyn Duke
It was discovered recently that Muslims in seven London schools were indoctrinating children with Islamic propaganda, ignoring Western culture and refusing to inculcate the “British values” of the moment. The situation was such that all of one school’s library books were in Arabic and many students couldn’t tell investigators whether they should follow British or Sharia law or which was more important.
ISIS Issues Guidelines for Sex Slavery
Members of the Islamic State have kidnapped thousands of women and girls in their raids on non-Sunni Muslim towns and villages across northern Syria and western Iraq. It would appear that ISIS requires its rank and file to follow a strict code of conduct in the matter of stealing young women and trading them like cattle for sexual gratification.
These 7 Revealing Emails Show Federal Officials
Scheming to Target Legal Businesses

The Obama administration contends that Operation Choke Point combats unlawful, mass-market consumer fraud. However, an earlier report by the House Oversight Committee found that the Justice Department initiative's targets included legal businesses such as short-term lenders, firearms and ammunition merchants, coin dealers, tobacco sellers and home-based charities.
"[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore … never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market."
—Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823
Sources: EPA Scrambles To Protect Key Climate Rule
The agency has not officially commented on the reported rule, but sources familiar with the possible delay of the New Source Performance Standards say it stems from serious problems with its carbon capture mandate. The reported delays come as House Republicans are preparing to receive a slew of documents that may endanger the agency’s rule, sources told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
German Renewable Energy Keeps Blacking Out!
Supply Often Less Than 2% of Wintertime Demand

Pierre L. Gosselin
My last post featured a commentary by renewable energy expert Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt, who forcefully conveyed the folly of Germany's mad rush into renewable energy, and the country's hysterical obsession with its suicidal fast-track shutdown of its stable base-electric-power generation.
Utter renewable folly
$1 Billion in UN Funds to Fight Climate Change
Built 3 Coal Power Plants Instead

There was genuine shock over an AP report that Japan had given $1 billion in loans to help some of its biggest firms build three such plants in Indonesia, on the basis that they would be "cleaner" than older coal-fired plants. [T]his highlighted "the lack of rules to steer the flow of climate finance from rich to poor countries" and the absence of any definition of what constitutes "climate finance", as well as a watchdog agency to oversee how the money is spent.
Greenpeace Stunt Outrages Peruvians: "What they have done
is an attack on a site that is one of the most fragile in the world"

 So furious is the Peruvian government that it has barred the Greenpeace activists from leaving the country and is preparing criminal charges for "attacking archeological monuments," punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Greenpeace Again Offends Indigenous People
Craig Rucker
Greenpeace likes to pretend it’s on the side of local people, especially indigenous peoples. But time and again they demonstrate a shocking degree of cultural boorishness. Now Greenpeace activists have Peruvians up in arms, after trespassing all over treasured Incan cultural site...
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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Falling Gas Prices
Randal O'Toole
A left-coast writer named Mark Morford thinks that gas prices falling to $2 a gallon would be the worst thing to happen to America... If falling gas prices are the worst for America, then the best, Morford goes on to say, would be to raise gas taxes by $6 a gallon and dedicate all of the revenue to boondoggles “alternative energy and transport, environmental protections, our busted educational system, our multi-trillion debt.”
Not So Gentle Giant Eric Garner Had at Least 8
Domestic Incident Reports Filed Against Him

Street thug Eric Garner had at least eight domestic incident reports filed against him, including several for unwanted sexual touching. Under New York law domestic incident reports are filed whenever the police are forced to respond to a domestic altercation. No charges may be filed by the victim but police are still duty bound to report and catalog it.
Not All Ferguson Grand Jury Documents Released – Surprise!!
Media Just Found Out Johnson's Testimony is Mysteriously Missing

To hide both their (DOJ/FBI) knowledge thereof, and the admission of Dorian, the recording and transcript was withheld from the public, yet was read by the Grand Jury. The grand jury is bound to secrecy. In essence the Grand Jury knew Johnson was making it up, that's why their questions were seemingly from information out of left field. It wasn't left field to them because they knew the content of the FBI 8/13 statement, it was only left-field to YOU.
NYC Cops to de Blasio: Stay away from our funerals
Not over their dead bodies. Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be killed in the line of duty. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!”
10 Foot Fences, No More Public Tours of Gracie Mansion?
What is De Blasio Hiding?

NY Post via WZ
Obama did the same thing, closing access to the White House long after his excuse of the shutdown stopped. He had to be shamed into restarting it. Must be something about those progressives, the “people’s house” isn’t the “people’s house” unless they say it is...
Texas Weighs Allowing Open Carry of Handguns
Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights.
Shooters Grill: Where the Waitresses Open Carry
On Eve of Meeting with Kerry, Netanyahu says
Efforts to Impose Solution On Israel Will Fail

Netanyahu’s comments came a day before he is scheduled to fly to Rome to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and discuss both the resolution the Palestinians plan on taking to the UN Security Council in the near future calling for a full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines in two years, as well as a more moderate French proposal being drawn up together with the Germans and the British.
Legislation Lets States Cut Ties Between
Common Core and Federal Grants

The intent of Sen. David Vitter's bill is to enable states to more easily exit the national standards, which more and more parents and educators have come to oppose, by voiding requirements attached to previously issued waivers from federal law. States likely could retain their waivers from the law, called No Child Left Behind, even if they chose to pull out of Common Core.
Parents Angry After School Tells 13-Year-olds
They Can Have Sex, Choose Gender

Their children's sex ed class is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are "ready for sex" and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a "genderbread" person for lessons in gender identity.
New WH College Rating System Already Under Heavy Scrutiny
The federal government, with its long-awaited rating system, is trying to hold the country's 7,000 colleges and universities accountable not only to taxpayers, but also to prospective students trying to weigh the pros and cons of different institutions. But it has many in the education community on edge.

Week ending 7 December 2014

Liberalism in Ruins
Victor Davis Hanson
What started out with "hope and change" and "fundamentally transforming the United States of America" ended up with a president who habitually misleads his countrymen, a baffling array of scandals, the discrediting of the obsequious media, and policies that not only did not work but by any historical model could never really have worked.
Is It Time for an Anti-Federalist Party?
Bruce Walker
No wise and serious American, whatever his notional ideology, trusts the federal government. This fact is often lost in the dust and wind from that gaggle of pundits whose relevance depends upon every issue of life being controlled by an all-powerful central government.
Unforgettable Photos from the Attack On Pearl Harbor,
73 Years Ago Today

December 7, 1941 began as a perfect Sunday morning for the troops serving the US fleet at Pearl Harbor... They did not know that for hours the Japanese naval fleet and air forces had been speeding across the ocean toward America's Pacific base. There, like a string of pearls draped across the docks and waterfront, was the majority of America's naval might.
2 GOP Louisiana Wins Mean
Republicans Control Formerly Democrat South

Republicans put the finishing touches on a triumphant midterm election by picking up a ninth Senate seat Saturday when Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) defeated Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in a runoff election. Landrieu’s loss means there will be no Democratic senators from the Deep South when the new Congress is sworn in early next year.
With Landrieu’s Loss, the End of an Epoch
Now if only we could get rid of the myth, too.

Kevin D. Williamson
Naturally, this will be seized upon as an opportunity to proclaim the grapes sour: The Democrats, being intellectually dishonest, cling to the myth that the two parties “switched places” on racial issues in the 1960s, that Senator Landrieu’s troubles are a consequence of that reversal, and that the general Southern realignment is evidence that the Republican party is a comfortable home for bigots, Confederate revanchists, and others with dodgy racial politics.
'Healer-in-Chief' Tells BET: Racism 'Deeply Rooted' in U.S.
Playing the race card more overtly than ever before, Barack Obama told Black Entertainment Television that racism is “deeply rooted” in the United States. Obama’s latest statement follows repeated allusions to racism in the United States:
Black Privilege from Suppression to Supremacy
Mark Alexander
Martin Luther King's dream has been betrayed by Democrat cadres of "poverty pimps," who have done a very effective job of corralling black voters into their most loyal constituency. Today, more than 90% of black voters support Democrats. The party accomplished this subjugation by convincing generations of black Americans that they will forever be victims of racial inequality and must therefore be dependent upon the state to survive.
The Institute for Energy Research, in its latest report, predicts more than 72 gigawatts of "electrical generating capacity" are going offline. "To put 72 GW in perspective, that is enough electrical generation capacity to reliably power 44.7 million homes – or every home in every state west of the Mississippi River, excluding Texas," IER report says.
Coal States Brace for Growing Number of Plant Closures Over
EPA Rules – Jobs, Energy Supply to Suffer

The energy industry and coal-producing states are projecting a wave of power plant closures in the final two years of the Obama administration as EPA regulations take hold. The goal of the agency's campaign is to cut down on carbon pollution. However, industry groups and agencies say the EPA's demands are simply too difficult to meet and will lead to powering down many facilities – eliminating hundreds of jobs and hurting cash-strapped state economies.
Governor Jindal Blasts New Obama Emission Rule
"Under the President's proposed new plan, Louisiana's metro areas would be put into what the EPA calls a "non-attainment zone," which would effectively hand control over these areas to the federal government. It would force companies to limit production that is vital to our economy and buy unnecessary expensive technology," Jindal said.

Tell Congress, “End Wind Energy Tax Giveaways Now”
Paul Driessen
Citizens concerned about high-cost electricity, skyrocketing government debt, and massive giveaways of hard-earned tax dollars to crony corporations should call or email their senators and their congressman – and explain why these subsidies should end now. The wind energy “production tax credit” is a bad idea that should have been terminated years ago.

The Industry and Economics of
Climate Change / Global Warming

Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
The hypothesis that rich nations caused climate change by burning fossil fuels to produce energy has never been proven by IPCC’s computer modeling. The fact that now the hypothesis changed its name from global warming to climate change in the face of obvious 18 years of global cooling is enough evidence that the purveyors of the industry of climate change are desperate but are not giving up. Fleecing rich countries with carbon taxes is a very lucrative scam.

Only 50% of Scientists Blame Mankind for Climate Change in New Study
Sean Long
This evidence is inconvenient to the many media outlets that have endlessly repeated that 97 percent of scientists endorse the global warming hypothesis. Prominent outlets like NBC and The New York Times, as well as countless others, have effectively shut down debate by asserting there is no scientific debate.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Adopts New Rules;
PG&E Hires New Security Firm for Embattled Substation

Grid security – both physical and online – is increasingly a concern as the nation's bulk power system appears to be vulnerable to both types of attacks. There is increasing awareness that foreign hackers could disable the U.S. power system, and low-tech attacks with firearms have shown the ability to inflict millions in damage to infrastructure.
Homeland Security Already Hiring 1,000 to Carry Out Obama Amnesty;
Jobs Listed as Permanent, Not Temporary

Department of Homeland Security officials wasted little time in ramping up for President Obama's amnesty, posting 1,000 job openings the day after his announcement and announcing it already has space for hundreds of employees at a new location in Arlington, Virginia – an indication that it had laid its plans well before Mr. Obama's announcement.
Fraud to be major problem
Rep. Gutiérrez Tells 'millions' to Get Documents Ready for Legal Status
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) on Tuesday urged undocumented immigrants to take quick advantage of President Obama's executive actions giving them temporary legal status. "When that door opens, we should have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, with their documents, ready to submit them," Gutiérrez said at a Capitol Hill press conference. "While Republicans are complaining and bellyaching, we're going to act."
Civil War Erupting Among Democrats Over Obamacare
With half of all Senate Democrats who voted for Obamacare no longer in office, top Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and outgoing Tom Harkin (D-IA) have begun trashing Democrats´ decision to embrace the deeply unpopular Obamacare program. "We blew it," said Harkin. "What we did is we muddled through and we got a system that is complex, convoluted, needs probably some corrections and still rewards the insurance companies extensively."

Memo to Liberals: ObamaCare Has Been a Boon to Insurers,
Not Patients

Investor's Business Daily
Imagine a health reform plan that gives a boost to big insurance companies while leaving patients less able to pay their medical bills. Think progressives would cheer about it? They will if it's called ObamaCare. Once upon a time Democrats championed ObamaCare as "taking on" big insurance while protecting families from big medical bills. So how are those promises working out?
Thomas Sowell in Rare Interview:
Riots In Ferguson Will 'Adversely Affect Blacks Yet Unborn'

"Why are members of Congress repeating something that they know is not true?" asked host Sean Hannity. "Oh, for political reasons. I thought of Joseph Goebbel's doctrine: The people will believe any lie if it's repeated often enough and loud enough," said Sowell. "They're repeating it often enough and loud enough, and it will pay off for them personally and politically."
FOIA: Judge Orders Officials to Cough Up Documents That Could Show the IRS Gave Private Taxpayer Data to the White House
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has agreed to hand over thousands of documents that could show the IRS disclosed confidential taxpayer data to the Obama White House. The documents were collected by TIGTA, which began an investigation into whether the IRS was improperly giving information to the White House.
Michigan Teacher Wins Challenge to State Union
Adam Neuman, a teacher at Brighton High School in Michigan, scored a right-to-work victory after challenging the state teachers union. Neuman, a war veteran who served in Afghanistan, found himself disagreeing with some of the Michigan Education Association’s antiwar activism.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's Teacher Tenure Law Ruled
Constitutional by Louisiana Supreme Court

The unanimous decision comes little more than a month after attorneys for the Jindal administration and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers debated the law's constitutionality in court. The law, Act 1 of the 2012 legislative session, gave principals more hiring and firing power, weakened teacher tenure provisions, and shifted some powers of local school boards to superintendents, among other changes.
Needed: Accurate Climate Forecasts
Paul Driessen and David R. Legates
~Focusing on carbon dioxide (that’s where the money is) threatens forecasts, and lives~

Today’s climate research defines carbon dioxide as the principal driving force in global climate change. Virtually no IPCC-cited models or studies reflect the powerful, interconnected natural forces that clearly caused past climate fluctuations – most notably, variations in the sun’s energy output.
FOIA Released Email Shows Feds Withheld Data
Until After Calif. Passed Lead Ammunition Ban

A pro-hunting group is up in arms after obtaining emails that it says indicate that a federal official withheld critical data on lead blood levels in the California condor until after gun control advocates in the California state legislature used the iconic bird's plight to help push through a law last year to ban lead ammunition.
Admitting to the “Assault Weapons Myth”
James W. Porter II – President NRA
When the New York Times published an op-ed thoroughly exposing the “Assault Weapons Myth,” the major players in the gun-ban movement blithely said they were moving on, that a federal gun-ban was a “non-starter.” The Times piece was surprisingly accurate, with evidence from Justice Department researchers and other academics who long-ago concluded the 1994 “assault weapons” ban’s effect on crime was “too small to measure.” In reality, the issue was a massive fraud.
Austin Cop's Sure Shot Stopped Crazed Gunman
Holding the reins of two horses with one hand, Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson raised his service pistol and fired a bullseye into the target some 312 feet away. Down went Larry McQuilliams, and so ended his rampage through the streets of the Texas capital... “At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” said Army Maj. John Plaster, a retired Special Forces operator, long-range shooting expert...
Fort Hood Attack No Longer 'Workplace Violence'
Victims Eligible for Purple Heart Medals

Victims of the Fort Hood shooting will soon be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, with Congress pushing ahead with a policy change that would officially recognize domestic terrorism as an issue, rather than the "workplace violence" designation the Obama administration had used. The issue has been contentious since the 2009 attack...
Obama WH Refuses to Declare the
Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

"We have not seen credible evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has renounced its decades-long commitment to non-violence," the White House said in response to a "We the People" petition that garnered 213,146 signatures – more than twice the 100,000-signature threshold to trigger a response.
FBI Charges Saudi-Born Naval Engineer Over Plans to
Sink Aircraft Carrier

Saudi-born Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, of Yorktown, Va., was arrested Friday on an FBI affidavit claiming he planned to use a dead-drop location along a secluded hiking trail to hand off secret information about the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, set to be delivered to the Navy in 2016, Fox News reported Saturday.
FBI Warns U.S. Businesses of 'destructive' Malware
Following Hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment

The five-page, confidential "flash" warning issued to businesses late on Monday provided some technical details about the malicious software that was used in the attack, though it did not name the victim. An FBI spokesman declined comment when asked if the software had been used against the California-based unit of Sony Corp.

Week ending 30 November 2014

Attkisson: Faith In Government Has Declined
Due To Obama Administration Lies

Ginni Thomas
Speaking about the Benghazi terrorist attack that happened on Sept. 11, 2012, Attkisson discusses the pattern the Obama administration has followed. "The story that we got after [Benghazi] first happened is so drastically different in almost every aspect from the truth that came out in subsequent months, slowly over time." 
Take Your Pick of Lies About Ozone, Methane or Mercury
Alan Caruba
Is it surprising that the EPA continues to tell big fat lies about anything it wants to ban, but is reluctant to show the “science” on which the bans are based? There is currently a piece of legislation under consideration by Congress, the Secret Science Reform Act, to force the EPA to disclose its scientific and technical information before proposing or finalizing any regulation.
How Obama Blatantly Disregards the Law
Paul Sperry
President Obama likes to claim he’s been forced into rogue executive actions, laying the blame on an intransigent Congress. In fact, his lawlessness is coldly calculated, dating back to his days as a Chicago community organizer... Obama fancies himself a modern-day Prometheus stealing laws from the oppressive Founding Fathers for the benefit of the oppressed.
IRS Accused of Sharing 2,500 Private Taxpayer Documents
with the Obama White House

The Internal Revenue Service may have given thousands of confidential filings from private taxpayers to the White House to review, a lawsuit against the Treasury Department just revealed. The suit, filed against Treasury's inspector general by Cause of Action, a legal advocacy outfit, reveals a steady stream of communication went on between the White House and the IRS...
The Obama Administration's Challenge to Wellness Programs
Has CEOs Joining Anti-Obamacare Forces

Recent lawsuits filed by the administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, challenging the [wellness] programs at Honeywell International and two smaller companies, have thrown the future of that part of Obamacare into doubt. The lawsuits infuriated some large employers so much that they are considering aligning themselves with Obama's opponents, according to people familiar with the executives' thinking.

New Deception Questions: Obamacare Adviser Warned of
Premium Increases as Obama Vowed Savings

While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show.
Fight Brewing Over Social Security Benefits for Illegal Immigrants
A new clash over retirement benefits has come to a head following President Obama’s decision to unilaterally protect up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. The WH now acknowledges that many of the illegal immigrants spared from deportation under Obama’s sweeping executive action will become eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits once they reach retirement age.
U.S. Prisons Churning Out Thousands of Radicalized Inmates
Back in 2006, then FBI director Robert Mueller prophetically described the radical Islamist conversion machine operating throughout U.S. prisons, to a Senate committee. He said that prisons were a "fertile ground" for Islamic extremists, and that they targeted inmates for introduction to the militant Wahhabi and Salafist strains of Islam.
1 in 3 African-
American inmates converts to Islam
Is Russia Banning Islam?
The Hijab and Sharia Law are Related

Raymond Ibrahim
Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the "radicalization" of Muslims within its border... Recent pro-Islamic reports are complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab – the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear – and, perhaps even more decisively, key Islamic scriptures, on the charge that they incite terrorism.
Fire Chief Suspended for Publicly Professing Christian Beliefs
Erick Erickson
Atlanta's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran, has been suspended for one month for writing a book in which he maintains orthodox Christian beliefs on sex and marriage... What Mayor Reed and the gay rights community are saying is that if you work for government you cannot be open about your Christian faith.
Clean Power Plan to Hit Energy-intensive Industries Hard
The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of regulations that, in conjunction with rising natural gas prices, will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas by nearly $300 billion in 2020 compared with 2012, according to a study ... which demonstrates the heavy financial burden the EPA's regulations will put on American families, businesses and manufacturers through spiking energy costs.

The Gruberization of Environmental Policies
Paul Driessen
EPA’s latest regulatory onslaught is its “Clean Power Plan.” The agency claims the CPP will control or prevent “dangerous man-made climate change,” by reducing carbon dioxide and “encouraging” greater use of renewable energy. In reality, as even EPA acknowledges, no commercial-scale technology exists that can remove CO2 from power plant emission streams.
People Starting to Ask About Motive for Massive IPCC Deception
Dr.Tim Ball
Skeptics have done a reasonable job of explaining what and how the IPCC created bad climate science. Now, as more people understand what the skeptics are saying, the question that most skeptics have not, or do not want to address is being asked – why? What is the motive behind corrupting science to such an extent?

30-Year Span: Historic Global Temperature Drop Predicted;
Earth Predicted to 'Drop off' Current Temperature Plateau

The Space and Science Research Corporation (SSRC) announces today an important set of climate change predictions dealing with the coming cold climate epoch that will dominate global temperatures for the next thirty years. According to analysis of the most reliable solar activity trends and climate models based on the Relational Cycle Theory (RC Theory), the SSRC concludes the following:

Great Lakes Ice Cover Developing; Earliest in Over 40 Years
According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, three of Michigan's Great Lakes had ice starting to form. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were one-half percent ice covered, while Lake Huron had one percent ice.

Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season Spares U.S. for Ninth Year Running;
Belies Climate Alarmists Dire Predictions

A combination of cooler seas and a quiet West African monsoon season made for a less active Atlantic hurricane season, giving the South and East Coasts of the United States one of their lengthiest reprieves in history from a major hurricane, forecasters said on Monday.
DHS On Alert for 'BlackEnergy' Malware Designed to
Target Critical Energy Infrastructure

BlackEnergy is designed to target critical energy infrastructure and is believed to have originated with Russian government-sponsored hackers. The Department of Homeland Security's Oct. 29 cyberthreat alert was, unfortunately, business as usual for many of the nation's companies.
Afghan Woman Picks Up Dead Son's Gun,
Helps Kill 25 Taliban Militants to Save Village

The mother of an Afghan policeman gunned down by the Taliban reportedly went on a revenge-fuelled spree, helping kill 25 militants in an act that's being hailed as heroic among her countrymen... Reza Gul said she rushed to the scene, found her son dead and picked up his gun.
New Car Smell? The Democratic Field Looks Like 'Cash for Clunkers'
John Merline
"You know, I think – I think the American people, you know, they're gonna want – you know, that new car smell. You know, their own – they – they wanna drive somethin' off the lot that – that doesn't have as – as much mileage as me." – President Obama on ABC News' This Week. Not exactly a great moment in political oratory.
Mother Shoots Intruder to Save Children on Thanksgiving
When she knew she couldn’t keep him out the woman fired one shot hitting the suspect in the stomach, detectives said. The woman’s husband and children, ages 14, 10, and 5, were in the home along with a friend of the 14-year-old. They called 911 before the mother shot the suspect, detectives said.
Obama White House Pushes Public Schools to "Honor" Mike Brown
D.W. Ulsterman
When will the insanity end? While tragic Michael Brown died prior to his 19th birthday, he was clearly a young man engaged in negative and abusive behavior that led to his shooting death. He died due to poor choices. Despite the facts of Brown's death, the Obama White House is now urging public schools (with YOUR tax dollars no less) to honor Michael Brown...

In Ferguson, Witness Intimidation, Lying by 'Community of Color'
In viewing thousands of pages of FBI interviews and grand jury testimony, it becomes eminently clear that many members of the local community did make up the story about Michael Brown being executed by Wilson – and pressured others to lie to police or keep silent. According to the St. Louis County Police Investigative Report, the mob mentality took root almost immediately after the shooting.

Details: Brown's Mother, Step Father Under Investigation for
Violent Confrontation Over 'Justice for Mike Brown' Merchandise

The mother and stepfather of slain teenager Michael Brown are under investigation in Ferguson, Missouri, for an alleged late October violent incident with other Brown family members, a fight that erupted over "Justice For Mike Brown" merchandise.
New Black Panthers Plotted to Bomb Arch, Assassinate St. Louis Prosecutor, Ferguson Police Chief… Foiled by EBT Card
Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson... The men wanted to acquire two more bombs, the sources said, but could not afford to do it until one suspect's girlfriend's Electronic Benefit Transfer card was replenished.
John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister
‘Just Ignore Obama’ – MSM Ignores the Story

U.S. Secretary of State advices Russian counterpart not to take U.S. president's words at face value. Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: "Just ignore Obama's statements."
New Chinese Surprise – Counterfeit Auto Tires;
Discovery Exposes Safety Risk

Consumer Reports
What began as a routine tire test became a journey through a maze of deception, finger-pointing, and a lack of accountability that in itself could prove dangerous if the product should prove to be defective. When it comes to safety and performance, Consumer Reports has long said that you shouldn't skimp on tires.

Week ending 23 November 2014

The Obama War on Pipelines
Paul Driessen
“This is not the same industry we had 15 years ago,” Natural Gas Supply Association VP Jennifer Fordham said recently. The oil, petrochemical and manufacturing industries are also far different from those of 15 years ago. Together, they’ve created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and generated countless billions of dollars in economic activity. No thanks to the Obama Administration.
A Magic Pen And An Empty Suit
Derek Hunter
President Obama is a genius, or so we are told. We have nothing on which to base that except the word of people who would find a way to praise him if he held a press conference while throwing live puppies into a wood chipper. So forgive me if I don't swallow the hook on that line.
Nuclear Deadline Monday: Cornered but Unbound by Nuclear Pact,
Israel Reconsiders Military Action Against Iran

Reflecting on the deal under discussion with The Jerusalem Post on the eve of the deadline, Israel has issued a stark, public warning to its allies with a clear argument: Current proposals guarantee the perpetuation of a crisis, backing Israel into a corner from which military force against Iran provides the only logical exit.
IRS Scandal: 30,000 'lost' Lois Lerner Emails
May Be Recoverable from Back Up Tape

Apparently, these unearthed IRS emails were not found alone. Literally hundreds of tapes intended for “disaster recovery” and backup of the email accounts for the Internal Revenue System were part of the discovery. In addition to key files and documents, the tapes are said to hold literally millions of emails.
Flood of Illegal Immigrants to Pour Into NYC Schools
The city’s per-pupil spending in the 2012-2013 academic year averaged $20,749, which would bring the total for the migrant kids to $48.7 million. But the costs could soar, because the youths – many of them victims of poverty and abuse – will need state-mandated English-language instruction, free or reduced-price lunch, and a range of other services, including psychological counseling, medical and dental.
Fact Checker: Obama's Royal Flip-flop on
Using Executive Action on Illegal Immigration

Pinocchio_180 Politicians generally hate to say they have changed their minds about something. With President Obama poised to take executive action to address immigration, perhaps as early as this week, he was challenged by a reporter to explain why he believed he could take this action now, after years of saying his hands were tied.

Obama's Amnesty Will Add as Many Foreign Workers as
New Jobs Since 2009

The plans, expected to be announced late Nov. 20, will distribute five million work permits to illegal immigrants, and also create a new inflow of foreign college graduates for prestigious salaried jobs, according to press reports. Obama has already provided or promised almost one million extra work permits to foreigners, while his economy has only added six million jobs since 2009.

Illegals Swell Houston Schools by 3000
A report obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Houston Independent School District revealed the influx of unaccompanied minors over the summer from Central America lead to an increased enrollment of 3,000 students. The total student population for HISD is over 215,000 which represents the largest total enrollment for HISD since the 1970's. The total immigrant population for HISD currently sits at 8,409 students...

Texas to Extend Border Plan without National Guard
As the federal government is downsizing its presence on Texas' southern border, key state officials are proposing that when about 1,000 National Guard troops go home in the spring they be replaced with state troopers who would remain on duty until August. The plan calls for spending an extra $86 million to extend a border security mission that Gov. Rick Perry ordered in June...

Analysis: Dems Claim Obama Exec Action Mirrors
That of Reagan, Bush – Not Really

A review of steps taken by former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush – whose executive actions Democrats have cited as precedent – shows they only used their power to expand laws recently passed by Congress, not to impose new laws. By contrast, what Obama is expected to do would go far beyond his predecessors' actions.
6 Dem Senators Have Criticized Obama’s Executive Amnesty (So Far)
A handful of Senate Democrats are publicly expressing disapproval of the president’s executive action on immigration, but it’s not yet clear that any of them are willing to do anything to stop him. “Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it,” Missouri senator Claire McCaskill said in a statement issued late Friday afternoon.
Another Rude Obamacare Surprise Awaits
Yahoo Finance
Taxes are bad enough when you know they're coming – and much worse when they arrive unexpectedly. As the Affordable Care Act enters its second year of operability, a key and controversial element of the plan will begin to affect several million Americans for the first time.

Insurers 'will strenuously resist Republican efforts to dismantle' ACA
Language Used to Pitch Obamacare Untrue (Again)

Timothy P. Carney
Remember how much President Obama and the Democrats portrayed Obamacare as a broadside to the special interests, especially the health insurers? Nancy Pelosi said of the insurance companies, "They are the villains in this." Obama pitched the bill as an improvement on a system that "works well for the insurance industry, but it doesn´t always work well for you."

Broken Promise: More States Offering Obamacare Abortions,
Violating No-subsidy Rule

The number of Obamacare plans nationwide offering on-demand abortion is skyrocketing despite a rule that bars using healthcare subsidies for the procedure, according to a new investigation. The probe by two anti-abortion groups comes on the heels of a GAO report that found over 1,000 plans offer elective abortions...
Soaring Generic Drug Prices Spark Backlash
Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers. They usually cost between 30 to 80 percent less than the original medicines.
Union Warns Anti-Keystone Dems 'There Will Be Consequences'
"For every action, there's a reaction, and our members' reaction will be felt in the next election," Terry O'Sullivan, general president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), told PoliticoPro. LIUNA, like many unions, gave generously to the Democrats during the midterm elections. The union gave more than $2.3 million to Democratic candidates and $920,000 to the party's main super PACs for 2014.
Shocking! What Happens If You Wave an ISIS Flag on
Berkeley's Campus?

Lindsay Ellis
"Students at Berkeley clearly have a lot of intellect; it is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the country," Mr. Horowitz wrote on Fox in a piece published Wednesday. "But do they have wisdom? I went to the bucolic campus armed with a flag that represents the greatest evil known today, ISIS. If these are our best and brightest then we should all be afraid, very afraid."
CNN Headline After Palestinian Terror Attack On Synagogue:
"Police Shot, Killed Two Palestinians"

Yossi Dagan, the head of media relations for the Samaria Regional Council, filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the Government Press Office (GPO) against a CNN reporter for equating the terrorists involved in the Har Nof massacre with the victims. Dagan charged that the headline was a serious violation of international journalism ethics...
Turkish President POed Everyone is Laughing at Him for
Saying Muslims Discovered America

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence". In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments, Erdogan also suggested that the purported "discovery" of the Americas by Muslims should be taught in schools.
Huge Solar Plant – Backed with $1.6 Billion Taxpayer Dollars –
Lags In Early Production

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world – once promoted as a turning point in green energy – isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected. Factors such as clouds, jet contrails and weather have had a greater impact on the plant than the owners anticipated.

Ivanpah Solar Plant Owners Don't Deserve Bailout
Investor's Business Daily
It has the distinction of being the world's largest solar thermal power station, a headache for pilots who have been blinded by its bright reflective power, and an executioner of birds that have been scorched by the 1,000-degree heat it sends back toward the sky. Ivanpah also has the honor of being an enormous pain in the backside of taxpayers.
Gas powered [fossil-fuel] backup needed 4 times more than expected!
Biggest U.S. Power Grid PJM Hits Monthly Record Due to Cold Snap
Peak demand on Tuesday reached 121,987 megawatts (MW), topping the 114,699 MW reached last November. Last winter, several power plants in PJM and elsewhere in the U.S. Northeast were not able to operate on the coldest days in part because there was not enough natural gas to fuel both the power units and heat homes and businesses due to pipeline constraints.

Week ending 16 November 2014

The Lies That Are Central to Obama’s Agenda
Kyle Smith
Liberals call President Bush a con artist, or worse, for launching a war because of an active WMD program in Iraq. But Bush genuinely believed Iraq had WMDs. Bush acted on information he believed to be true. That is not lying. Telling the American people something you know to be false – if you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what – is lying.
Smug Filled Rooms
Clarice Feldman
As the story broke bit by bit over the internet – one angry citizen’s (Rich Weinstein) research established that MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, a major architect and salesman for ObamaCare, boasted in 6 separate videos that he lied and that voters were “too stupid” to catch on – we got to see inside what Professor Charles Lipson smartly coined “the smug filled rooms” of the Capitol.
Gallop: Americans Want GOP Congress, Not Obama, to
Set National Agenda

Times have changed. A new Gallup poll finds that a large majority of Americans would like the Republican-controlled Congress, rather than President Obama, to set the direction for the country in the coming year, a marked change from 2012, when a slim majority said they preferred for Obama to guide the agenda.
Dem Think Tank Secret Email:
'All hands on deck' to Sell Iran Deal to Public

The Truman National Security Project, a nonprofit think tank with ties to the administration, is assembling a "crack team of writers" to flood national and local media outlets with articles supporting the White House's efforts before the details of a final nuclear deal have even emerged, according to internal emails sent by the organization to its listserv.
In Scathing Letter to Obama, Former FBI Assistant Director
Slams Holder as “Chief Among Antagonists” in Ferguson

As the Senate prepares to hold confirmation hearings for new Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and as outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder continues to allocate DOJ resources to the situation in Ferguson, former FBI Assistant Director and Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President Ron Hosko has sent a scathing letter to President Obama detailing the damage done to the relationship between law enforcement and DOJ over the past six years.
Report: 42 Percent of New Medicaid Signups are Immigrants,
Their Children at a Cost of $4.6 Billion

"The high rate and significant growth in Medicaid associated with immigrants is mainly the result of a legal immigration system that admits large numbers of immigrants with relatively low-levels of education, many of whom end up poor and uninsured," the report says. "This fact, coupled with the extensive supports we provide to low-income residents, unavoidably creates very significant costs for taxpayers."
Father Asks Obama to Use Executive Order to
Bring Son Slain by Illegal Alien Back to Life

"While your Executive Order pad is out, can you write one to bring my son and the tens of thousands (actually over 100,000) killed by illegal aliens back to life and to bring our destroyed families back together?" asks Don Rosenberg in a letter to Obama. His son Drew was killed by an illegal alien who ran over him in 2010.
Our Fundamental Problem is That
We Do Not Have an American President

Scott McKay
This has nothing to do with his race, mind you. Black Americans are as culturally American as white Americans are, and the fact Obama is the first president of African ancestral heritage or, for that matter, parentage makes him no less American. This is about culture, not race. Culturally, Obama is not American. Even to the black community this should be obvious.
 — All Things Gruber —
The CBO Effectively Used Gruber’s Model to Score Obamacare
Jeffrey H. Anderson
While failing to disclose it at the time, the Obama administration paid Gruber almost $400,000 in taxpayers’ money because, in the Department of Health and Human Services’ words, he had “developed a proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model” to which the Obama administration wanted access.

ACA's Gruber Confirms What Analysts Said All Along –
That Obamacare was Sold on a Pack of Lies

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the chief architects of the Affordable Care Act, has been caught on camera admitting that this and many other claims made about health care reform were lies. The administration knew they were lies... Gruber said, "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass."

Mark Levin on Gruber, Obamacare Lies:
‘This is What Sparks Rebellions’

Jack Coleman
LEVIN: Now you're going to hear from Gruber, Professor Gruber again with one additional audio, telling you, bragging about how he lied, how Obamacare as told to you was a fiction, and how the statute itself, its complexity, its length, was used to bamboozle you. And I want to add this – not only was the President of the United States behind this, the entire Democrat party, the entire media, they were all behind it.

Despite Dem Claims, Trash-Talking Gruber was
Well-Paid Adviser for Obamacare and More

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
During the heyday of the ObamaCare push, Jonathan Gruber was whiz-kid-in-chief. His number-crunching on the benefits of the plan was frequently cited by Democrats trying to sell the proposal to the public. Now, Washington Democrats have a new message: He’s not with us.

The Gruber Confession
Charles Krauthammer
Skeptics like me pointed out the obvious: You can't subsidize 30 million uninsured without someone paying something. Indeed, Gruber admits, Obamacare was a huge transfer of wealth – which had to be hidden from the American people, because "if you had a law which ... made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed."

MSNBC's Mika Admits: If Gruber Were Republican,
MSM 'Would Be Exploding'

Mark Finkelstein
Kudos to Mika Brzezinski for admitting the truth: if Jonathan Gruber were a Republican, the MSM "would be exploding." Instead, noted Mika on today's Morning Joe, the MSM has been silent on the Gruber story, with only conservative sites covering it.
HHS Still Doing Business with Firm That Twice Defrauded Medicare
A Tennessee home healthcare company was forced to pay $25 million to settle its second fraud case in two years. CareAll, a collection of home nursing and rehabilitation companies, defrauded both Medicare and Medicaid by billing inflated and falsified costs to the federal programs for home healthcare services, the Department of Justice said.
3 Things White House Doesn't Want You to Know About ObamaCare
Marc Siegel, MD
The arrogance and condescension that has too often characterized the Obama administration's policies have put the American public in the unfortunate position of having to learn about the health care changes the hard way, on their own. Here are three crucial changes that the president clearly didn't want you to know about:
A Fresh Start for Health Care Reform
Edmund F. Haislmaier, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Nina Owcharenko and Alyene Senger
Despite President Barack Obama's insistence that the national health care debate is over, and that he will not "re-litigate" the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the practical concerns, aggravated by implementation glitches and policy failures, guarantee that the debate over the PPACA is far from over.
Gates, Penetta Criticize Obama 'micromanagement'
Robert Gates, director of the CIA under former president George H.W. Bush and secretary of defense under George W. Bush and Obama from 2006 to 2011, directly criticized Obama's White House. He said there was a long history of disagreement between the president and military advisers but that "micromanagement" of the military sets the Obama administration apart.
United Arab Emirates Designates Two AMERICAN Muslim Groups
As Terrorist Organizations

The United Arab Emirates has officially designated 83 groups as terrorist organizations, including two based in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society. UAE’s cabinet made the announcement following a meeting on Saturday.
National Cathedral Dean: Breitbart 'Extremist' for Challenging
Muslim Brotherhood Takeover of National Cathedral

100 years ago today, on November 14, 1914, the last “Caliph” of the Islamic world declared a holy war on all non believers. Just a few months later, a jihadist genocide of Christians occurred on a massive scale, resulting in the deaths of millions.
Got him! Jihadi John is ‘wounded in US airstrike
on secret bunker meeting of ISIS high command’

Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office. The masked ‘executioner’ with a London accent is believed to have narrowly escaped death when he attended a summit of the group’s leaders in an Iraqi town close to the Syrian border last Saturday.
Islamic State Installs Large Screens TVs Across Mosul So
They Can Display Barbarism in Prime Time for All

"ISIL has installed five screens in al-Majmoua, al-Sarjkhanah, al-Zuhour, al-Mithaq and al-Maydan neighborhoods in Mosul and began screening videos of various executions, floggings and torture of civilian victims," council deputy head Ibrahim al-Hassan told Al-Shorfa. ISIL also is broadcasting extremist sermons calling for attacks and urging Iraqis to join the group, he added.
State Dept Computers Hacked, Email Shut Down
The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department official said Sunday that “activity of concern” was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network.
Electrical Reliability Report Underscores Concerns of
EPA Climate Regulations

"[The report] rightly questions a greater reliance on natural gas generation, unrealistic improvements to existing plants and a lack of infrastructure to support expanded renewable energy transmission..." "It's time for the EPA to withdraw this overreaching rule and work with industry partners to achieve goals that won't adversely impact the people at the end of the power lines."
Obama Announces $3 Billion Payment to 'Green Climate Fund'
In a speech delivered at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, Obama said the money would paid into the "Green Climate Fund" and used to help “vulnerable communities,” build early warning systems, storm surge defenses and other “climate-resilient” infrastructure.
Climate Change Self-Delusion
Stephen Moore
That sound you’re hearing from across the Pacific is the Chinese rulers and Beijing laughing at us. President Obama and the “green” lobby actually think China is going to honor the new U.S.-China climate-change agreement that pushes both nations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions over the next 15 years.
School Choice Wins, Common Core Loses in Election 2014
Lindsey Burke
Voters sent a message that school choice and local control are important to them... Voters resoundingly sided with candidates who both rejected Common Core national standards and tests and promised to restore state and local control of education.
This School Lets Students Pose with Something Extra on
Picture Day – Their Guns

To the outrage of liberal anti-gun groups, the 50 students who are graduating from Broken Bow High School in rural Nebraska can “tastefully” pose with their guns in senior yearbook portraits. The school board unanimously approved this idea recently:
How Apt! School Named for Barack Obama
'Fails to Meet Expectations'

It is a sad twist of political irony with serious consequences for students. The only school in Wisconsin currently named for President Barack Obama rates quite dismally on a state report card designed to measure school success. President Obama himself, according to the latest statewide survey by the Marquette University Law School, has an approval rating of only 41.4% in the state.
NRA-Backed Candidates Won over 91% of Congressional Elections
With all the numbers tallied, out of 251 races, NRA-backed candidates won in 229, over 91 percent of Congressional races in which they endorsed a candidate. According to the Washington Examiner, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam explained that the Second Amendment group was able to win at this level because individual NRA members were motivated to vote for freedom.
Explosive Charges: Black Democrat Alleges Racism in
Lawsuit against Ohio Democratic Party

Paula Bolyard
An African American lawmaker, State Rep. John E. Barnes, a Cleveland Democrat, is charging the Ohio Democratic Party and chairman Chris Redfern with racism and defamation in a lawsuit filed this week, telling reporters there is a "plantation mentality" in the party that treats black lawmakers as a monolithic voting bloc.
The Dems War on Women – Democrats Deny
Pregnant Congresswoman a Proxy Vote in Caucus Leadership

Billy House
Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is expecting a baby in December, is being denied a request to vote by proxy in the House Democratic Caucus leadership and committee member elections next week – even though her doctor advises she can't travel to Washington in the late stages of her pregnancy. The Iraq War veteran, who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004, made the request in a letter to fellow Democrats.

Week ending 9 November 2014

A Democratic Waterloo
Victor Davis Hanson
Obama and the Democrats chose not to defend the administration's record of the last six years. On foreign policy, no Democratic chorus seconded Obama's 2013 claim that this chaotic period in world affairs has been the most stable time in recent memory… If Democrats didn't wish to run on their party's past record, why didn't they promise to fulfill Obama's incomplete agenda that was short-circuited by the loss of the House in 2010?
No Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage, Circuit Court Rules
Ryan T. Anderson
The 6th Circuit Court ruled that constitutional amendments passed by popular vote in Michigan (2.7 million votes), Kentucky (1.2 million), Ohio (3.3 million) and Tennessee (1.4 million) do not violate the U.S. Constitution. Citizens remain free to define marriage as a male-female institution. Today's decision helpfully explained why these laws are constitutional, why it is reasonable for citizens to support such laws, and why arguments for court-imposed redefinition of marriage do not succeed.
Disparate Impact Rebuked by Federal Judge in 'Scorching' Opinion the Next AG, Tom Perez and the Social Engineering He's Pushing
A federal judge overturned the Obama administration's "desperation" move to try to find more ways to prove discrimination in housing in a decision Monday that also delivered a searing rebuke to Thomas Perez, a Cabinet official whom liberals are pushing to be the next attorney general...
How Democrats Broke the Spirit of America
Tammy Bruce
These four words explain why Democrats have lost the confidence of the American people: jobs, ISIS, Ebola and Obamacare. While seemingly disparate, they all have one very important thing in common: They exist or have been made worse because of liberal Democratic policies and general incompetence, and they're making Americans less sure of the future for themselves and their children.
Bombshell Memo: Jeanne Shaheen Conspired with
White House Insider on IRS Targeting Scandal

Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller.
IRS Targeting Conservatives Again?
Sen. Ted Cruz Wants Answers for Latest Audit

Cruz believes that the Senate Judiciary Committee should issue subpoenas to the IRS to have them provide more information about the circumstances behind the audit. What Cruz wants to know isn't why Breitbart News Network specifically has been targeted but how many other news organizations are audited and what their left-right leanings are, as well as how those decisions are made.
President Obama Considers Allowing 5 Millions Illegals to Stay
President Obama firmly rejected advice from top congressional Republicans on Friday that he delay his promised executive action on immigration reform, dismissing calls from critics inside and outside his party to allow Congress to debate the issue next year.
Why These 6 Senators Say Obama is Risking a
'Constitutional Crisis' Over Amnesty

Kate Scanlon
Despite yesterday's electoral losses, Obama is reportedly moving forward with an immigration plan before the end of the year. In a letter today to outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the six senators expressed their concern over Obama's vow to take executive action. According to the letter, such action would "lawlessly grant amnesty to immigrants who have entered the country illegally."
We Don’t Need Immigration REFORM –
We Need Immigration ENFORCEMENT

Jerry McConnell 
The exasperated and much-maligned conservative public citizens of America just culminated six years of frustration with Obama, another bone-head who can’t or won’t listen to the people who pay the freight in this country – the hard working public citizens of the United States who have said over and over again...
Powerful Senator Exposes the ZIP Codes of
Where the Criminal Illegals Were Released

Since the federal government announced its plan to place illegal immigrants in communities all across the United States weeks ago, Americans have been furious... And Obama knows we don't want our towns overrun. He knows people are angry, and that's why he has been hiding the locations of where he's putting these people.

True Numbers of Border Incursions Withheld Prior to Election
Less Than Half of Those Crossing Were Mexican

Staggering statistics that show nearly a half-million people were caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally – and more than half were not Mexican, a number far higher than in 2013 – reportedly were posted on a U.S. government website for just a few hours last month before being taken down.
Why Bother with Wind?
Don Surber
Mankind has tried for at least 400 years to make converting wind energy using windmills into energy man can use to little success. Farmers and the Dutch seem to be the only people who have made it work. Oh and sailors using actual sails, although they occasionally are left adrift when the wind dies down.
Exposing the Green Money Machine
Alan Caruba
It will no doubt astound many readers to learn that there are more than 26,500 American environmental groups. They collected total revenues of more than $81 billion from 2000 to 2012, according to Giving USA Institute, with only a small part of that coming from membership dues and individual contributions.
"The dog that didn't bark"
The Day 'Climate Change' Became Irrelevant In Politics

For Tom Steyer and other environmentalists, $85 million wasn't enough to help Democrats keep the Senate blue or win more than a single governor's mansion in Tuesday's toughest races. The billionaire's super PAC and other green groups saw the vast majority of their favored candidates in the battleground states go down to defeat...
Obama Orders Insurance Industry to Withhold New Prices Until
AFTER Midterm Elections

Warner Todd Huston
Barack Obama is again playing political games with our health insurance industry and has turned in another underhanded move against it by forcing insurance carriers, brokers and agents to withhold their 2015 prices until after the 2014 midterm elections are over all so that the news of higher prices won't hurt Democrats on Election Day.

Some Obamacare Patients with High Deductibles
Turning to Community Care Centers

When ObamaCare patients learn their deductible is so high they're unlikely to get any reimbursement, they often wind up in places like the Denton, Texas Community Care Center. "There are quite a few, and I saw another one today, where their deductibles are so elevated that they can´t afford them," said Dr. Flippo Masciarelli, chief physician at the center, which was designed to treat indigent patients.

Obamacare Embarrassment: More Lose Insurance Than Gain It
Brad Dayspring & Brook Hougesen
How embarrassing is this for President Obama and Senate Democrats? As the enrollment period for ObamaCare sputters to a close, it turns out that in many key 2014 battleground states, more people received health care cancellation notices than have actually signed up under ObamaCare (and it wasn't really close).
Supreme Court to Decide if the President
Can Ever Ignore Parts of the Law

The Obama administration is defending an action by former President George W. Bush in a Supreme Court case that could have significant ramifications on executive power and also touches on the sensitive matter of U.S. foreign policy and the status of Jerusalem.

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