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from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” —Thomas Jefferson

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

“I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of
individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”
F. A. Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government (1973)

Truth is always stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense. — Mark Twain

"Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward,
an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative,
by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction.
The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear."
— Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand

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5 Key Implications if Baghdad Falls to ISIS
Patrick Poole
Reports that ISIS has surrounded Baghdad and is quickly closing in on the airport are troubling. Baghdad itself has been rocked by a series of VBIED attacks in the past 24 hours by ISIS, indicating that the battle for Baghdad has begun. The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy "smart set" were not long ago mocking such a scenario.

Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?
Roger L. Simon
[W]ith all this, our secretary of State – who has no scientific expertise whatsoever but does speak mediocre French – thinks "global warming" is our biggest problem. There's a lot more. I know I've forgotten a ton. The mind simply boggles when trying to recall all of it. (What about Assad and the "red line?" etc., etc.). But remember this. It's not all bad. At least Valerie Jarrett isn't running for president in 2016….Or is she?

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Week ending 19 October 2014

U.S. Slips to 12th in Economic Freedom;
Failure to Adhere to Rule of Law Cited as One Cause

The index, built on decades of research by Nobel laureates and dozens of leading scholars, published by the Cato Institute and Canada's Fraser Institute, has been published since 1996. As recently as 2000, the U.S. ranked 2nd in the world, in terms of boasting a free economy. The U.S.'s declining ranking will lower future economic growth.
The Obama Administration Has a Kiss-and-Tell Problem;
Turkey, Georgia, Others Disavow WH Partnership Claims

The latest row concerns the key question of whether Turkey, which hosts a sprawling American air base, will let U.S. warcraft fly from it into Iraq and Syria to batter the militant group. U.S. officials said Sunday that Ankara had given the green light. Less than a day later, Turkish officials categorically denied that they'd agreed to allow their bases to be used against the terror group.
Obama Cut CDC's 2014 Preparedness Budget by $270M
Steve Gilbert
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) takes a hit of about $270 million in the Obama administration's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget, including significant cuts to biodefense and emergency preparedness programs, officials revealed today.

Republicans Appropriated MORE for the CDC This Year
Than Obama Requested

Erick Erickson
Every Democratic response to any situation is to demand government spend more and blame Republicans for not spending as much as they should. Because the GOP won't let the Democrats spend more money, people are getting Ebola. The Democrats would have you believe that the very same government that could not build an Obamacare website with hundreds of millions of dollars could somehow cure Ebola yesterday with more money.

$39,643,352 Worth of NIH Funding
That Could Have Gone to the Ebola Vaccine

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent more than $39 million on obese lesbians, origami condoms, texting drunks, and dozens of other projects that could have been scrapped in favor of developing an Ebola vaccine.

CDC Head Scratcher:
You Can Give – But Can’t Get – Ebola on a Bus

Brittany M. Hughes
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during a telephone press briefing Wednesday that you cannot get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, but that infected or exposed persons should not ride public transportation because they could transmit the disease to someone else.

Islamic Burial Rituals Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus in Africa
Paul Sperry
Islam isn't just at the heart of the terror threat posed by the Islamic State. The religion is also contributing to the other major crisis plaguing the globe: the spread of Ebola. Washington and its media stenographers won't tell you this, lest they look intolerant, but Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can't contain the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa.
Michigan Teacher Asked Students To Create Islamic Propaganda
Jenison High School officials are now under fire for promoting Islam and spreading misinformation. The [assignment] goes on to explain that the Muslim God, Allah, "is the god for the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Atheists, and others." Despite the backlash, Principal Brandon Graham said the project, including the Islamic propaganda pamphlet, will remain part of the class curriculum.
Joining Islamic State is About 'sex and aggression,' Not Religion
Arie W. Kruglanski
The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals' quest for what psychologists call "personal significance," which the militant group's extremist propaganda cleverly exploits. The quest for significance is the desire to matter, to be respected, to be somebody in one's own eyes and in the eyes of others.
An Ill Wind Working to Blow Out World Light
Judi McLeod
We’re all gonna’ die some day just as the Creator intended. The masses Obama so cavalierly addresses as “folk” are more likely to die from diseases they can’t fight because their health insurance has run out than they are among the one million Ebola deaths predicted by the dust devil-kicking U.N.
Canada Poised To Outflank Obama on Keystone XL Dithering
John Ruberry
Since his inauguration nearly six years ago, Obama has been dragging his feet in regards to approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline will bring much-needed petroleum from our friends in Alberta in Canada to the United States, which will lessen our need to import oil from hostile regimes such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
Oops! We Were Admonished the 'Science' was Settled,
Plants May Absorb MORE Carbon Dioxide Than Previously Thought

Global warming may not be damaging the Earth as quickly as feared after scientists found that plants can soak up more carbon dioxide than previously thought. According to researchers, climate models have failed to take into account that when carbon dioxide increases in the atmosphere, plants thrive, become larger, and are able to absorb more CO2.

Former UK Climate Secretary to Call for Suspension of
UK Climate Change Act

Britain will struggle to "keep the lights on" unless the Government changes its green energy policies, the former environment secretary will warn this week. Owen Paterson will say that the Government's plan to slash carbon emissions and rely more heavily on wind farms and other renewable energy sources is fatally flawed.

Ecofascists Hijack EPA Ozone Regulations
Even while the old ozone standards have not been fully implemented and studied, environmental groups have hijacked the EPA to enact new regulations on the nation's energy and manufacturing economy. And in the estimation of the National Association of Manufacturers, "This would be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public."
An Ethanol Surprise In Iowa?
Robert L. Bradley, Jr.
If the ethanol level in motor fuel is raised, it will break a pledge issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year. The EPA said it would consider reducing the amount of ethanol required in motor fuels because of the "blend wall," the point at which refiners can add no additional corn-based fuel to gasoline without exceeding the safe 10 percent concentration limit.

New E-15 Ethanol Gas Will Invalidate Car Warranties in Pre-2012 Cars
If you own a car older than a 2012 model you need to listen to the latest warnings from car manufacturers and the AAA. It is remarkable that gas companies and the EPA would approve the sale of a new gas blend of Ethanol gas called E-15 that will actually damage your car warranty. This does not mean that 2012 cars or 2013 cars are safe either from the effects of ethanol gas called E-15 or similar versions.
Revealed! Iraq Had Chemical WMDs All Along
Pentagon Withheld the Information – ISIS May Now Have Access

American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report.
Abu Khattala Indictment Exposes a Planned Attack in Benghazi
Collection of Classified Info and Computers was Part of Plan

The indictment also alleges rocket propelled grenades, AK 47s and semi-automatic assault rifles were used at the consulate, and then mortars at the Annex during the third wave of the assault – a level of firepower that would contradict the administration's initial explanation that a demonstration had simply turned violent.

What Happened to the 'Sensitive Information' Stolen in Benghazi?
Thomas Joscelyn
The DoJ has released a new, superseding indictment in the government's case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the only suspect held in connection with the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. The indictment, of course, doesn't come close to telling the whole story. But we do learn a few new facts, and the indictment raises, again, a key question: What happened to the computers and documents captured by jihadists during the raid on the U.S. Mission and Annex?
Houston Subpoenas Pastors' Sermons, Then Backs Off – Sorta –
Termed "Wholly Inadequate"

Ms. Parker's office initially doubled down in the face of such criticism but issued a statement late Wednesday saying the mayor "agrees with those who are concerned about the city legal department's subpoenas for pastors' sermons." The statement says the city will "move to narrow the scope during an upcoming court hearing" and that city attorney David Feldman "says the focus should be only on communications related to the petitions to overturn the ordinance."

Texas AG Abbott Tells Houston City Hall: Stop Assaulting Christians;
Letter Firmly Affirms Supremacy of Religious Rights

In his letter to the city attorney, Abbott said, "Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government."
CNN Chops Off Black Journo Group at the Knees
Well, here’s one way to respond when the National Association of Black Journalists condemns you for treating black employees badly: Cut them off at the knees. Yup. No. More. Money. On Friday The Wrap reported that CNN has pulled its financial support for the organization for its 2015 convention and job fair.

Week ending 12 October 2014

Thank You, ISIS
David Horowitz
Beheadings of innocent human beings are unspeakable acts reflecting the barbaric savagery of the Islamic "holy war" against the West – against us. Yet despite the intentions of their perpetrators, they have had an unexpected utility. Their gruesome images have entered the living rooms and consciousness of ordinary Americans and waked them up.
A Recovery or a Mirage?
Patriot Post
It's worth remembering the American economic system was unmatched for generations and it pulled the entire world up in the last century. At its beginning, we rode horses and buggies and only dreamed of flight; by its end we had conquered the moon and had instantaneous communication to every corner of the globe, all led by America. Now we succumb to Capitol Hill regulations on the wattage in our light bulbs.
Keystone Be Darned: Canada Finds Oil Route Around Obama
Energy East, a New 3,000 Mile Mega-Pipeline Proposed

So you're the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil. Then one day the politics get sticky.
Bonus: Obama can't do a thing about it
'Doing an IRS'? EPA Can't Find Top Official's Text Messages
An EPA spokeswoman said agency officials have acknowledged to the court and to the National Archives that the agency doesn't have the text messages, but they contend the messages never had to be stored in the first place, since they were personal in nature and aren't required to be preserved under open-records laws, nor turned over under the Freedom of Information Act.
Polio Becomes 'Public Health Emergency' in Pakistan as
Number of Cases Soars – bin Laden Case Complicates Things

By Tuesday, the number of new polio cases in Pakistan stood at 202, and officials are bracing for potentially dozens of other cases by year's end. Pakistan now accounts for 80 percent of global cases and is one of only three countries at risk of exporting the disease outside its borders, according to the World Health Organization.
Moving To Phase II of the Enterovirus "Coverage"
Skipping Over the Early Warnings

Tom Maguire
The NY Times notes that the D-68 enterovirus is now claiming lives around the country and that people are concerned. That means it is time to move past ignoring this story and move to Phase II – cover it without asking any of the obvious follow-up questions.. . . Hmm. Didn't we have an influx of central American children to the US this summer? Weren't there concerns about diseases spreading in the holding camps?
Judicial Watch Confirms: Four ISIS Terrorists Arrested in Texas in
Last 36 Hours – and Homeland Security Is Lying

After Congressman Duncan Hunter went on Fox News and delivered this initial story the mainstream legacy news and the Obama administration went into a full court press to refute him. Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.
Administration Tacitly Admits That the Air War Against ISIS is
Not Working

Perhaps Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey did not intend to make the startling admissions he did when he appeared on ABC News on Sunday morning. Perhaps the chairman did not seek to confirm for the public that the Islamic State’s advance in Iraq has been more effective and wider spread than previously reported...
ISIS: Journalists Must "Swear Allegiance to Caliph Al-Baghdadi"
If They Want to Report from Syria

ISIS Issues 11 Rules Media Must Follow. It’s worth noting ISIS is allowing MSM news outlets like AP and Reuters to report from their “Caliphate,” but won’t allow Arabic channels Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.
Switzerland Bans the Islamic State
The ban went into effect on Wednesday, when the Swiss cabinet voted to forbid Islamic State membership for at least six months. The ban disallows providing information or soliciting funds and recruiting for the jihadi terror group. Authorities said that doing so may result in three years in jail or a fine.
American Suicide Bomber’s Travels in U.S., Middle East
Went Unmonitored

Earlier this year, after returning to Syria ,Moner Mohammad Abusalha became the first American to carry out a suicide attack in that country, blowing up a restaurant frequented by Syrian soldiers on behalf of an al-Qaeda affiliate. His death May 25 was accompanied by the release of a menacing video.
Obama White House Sends ‘Thank You’ to
Beheader’s Oklahoma Mosque Congregation

David L. Myers, who serves as director of the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, was tasked with presenting a personal message from President Barack Obama. It read, “Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice.”
Incredible
Here's Why The Middle Class Feels Squeezed
Middle class income is back to where it was in 1995 – but people are paying more for many things, including college, homes and even a movie ticket.
Check if you are middle class (by county)
The Real Economy – Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for
30,000 Part-timers Citing Obamacare

In August, the company said the increased enrollment led to a $500 million jump in health care costs compared to last year. Wal-Mart is not the first company to trim health benefits in the wake of Obamacare's roll out. Rival Target announced in January that it was eliminating benefits for all part-time workers. It encouraged those employees to enroll in Obamacare and gave a $500 cash payment to each of them.

What's Wrong with the American Economy?
John Steele Gordon
Growth in the American economy since the year 2000 has averaged 1.7 percent per annum. That's about half of what it averaged in the Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton years. Unemployment, especially in the broader measures, remains stubbornly high five years after the recession of 2007-2009 ended. What's going on?

Obamanomics: China Surpasses U.S. As Largest Economy
Based on Individual Purchasing Power

Sorry, America. China just overtook the U.S. to become the world's largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. Chris Giles at the Financial Times flagged up the change. He also alerted us in April that it was all about to happen. Basically, the method used by the IMF adjusts for purchasing power parity...

The Persistence of Public Ignorance About Federal Spending
Ilya Somin
A new Pew Research Center survey shows that most of the public is ignorant about the distribution of federal spending. Only 20% realize that the federal government spends more money on Social Security than on foreign aid, transportation, and interest on the government debt. Some 33% believe that foreign aid is the biggest item on this list, even though it's actually the smallest.
More Unemployment Census Fraud Exposed as
Whistleblower Brings Data To Light

John Crudele
When I spoke with this whistleblower earlier this year as part of my investigation of Census, she told me that hundreds of interviews that go into the Labor Department's unemployment rate and inflation surveys would miraculously be completed just hours before deadline. The implication was that someone with the ability to fill in the blanks on incomplete surveys was doing just that.
Census 'faked' 2012 Election Jobs Report
Obamacare and the New Economics of Part-Time Work
Casey B. Mulligan
Starting this year, the United States' working population will face three major employment disincentives resulting from the very benefits the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides: (1) an explicit tax on full-time work, (2) an implicit tax on full-time work for those who are ineligible for the ACA's health insurance subsidies, and (3) an implicit tax that links the amount of available subsidies to workers' incomes.
Economy inexorably tied to Obamacare
Fracking Could Save the Planet
Stephen Moore
President Barack Obama raised a lot of eyebrows last week when he declared: "Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth." That's absolutely true. And it's remarkable because we as a nation didn't ratify the Kyoto Treaty, pass a carbon tax, or enact Mr. Obama's cap and trade agenda.
Is the French Revolution Our New Model?
Victor Davis Hanson
At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions – the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values. A quite different French version sought equality of result.
Mexican Gov't Paying to Help Shield
Illegal Immigrants in the U.S. from Deportation

According to a report from National Public Radio, the Mexican government through its 50 consulates around the United States has been helping to fund low-income illegal immigrants to apply for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA – which shields illegal immigrants from deportation and allows them to work in the U.S.
Producer of Anti-Obamacare Movie 'Sick and Sicker'
Hit with IRS Audit

Logan Clements says the IRS is demanding a "ridiculously long list" of documents, including "a detailed description of all transactions related to all prior year returns and supporting documentation... It sounds like a fishing expedition by the IRS to tie me up for a very long time in retaliation for making a movie against Obamacare."
PC-Intolerance Head Scratcher –
George Will Uninvited from Scripps College

A prominent conservative political pundit was uninvited from speaking at Scripps College, in a program designed to promote conservative views on campus, because of his conservative views. Columnist George Will was slated to speak ...but had his invitation rescinded after he wrote a column about sexual assault on college campuses.
State Dept. Inspector General:
More Evidence of Rampant Mismanagement Under Hillary Clinton

The inspector general's latest "management alert" – the third released by the agency's internal watchdog in a little over a year – warns that the State Department's management and oversight of grants has become a serious financial liability. Steve A. Linick became the agency's inspector general in September 2013, ending a vacancy that had lasted nearly six years.
Report: 20% of U.S. Residents Abandon English At Home
Arabic and Urdu – the Language of Pakistan – Fastest-growing

"Allowing in over one million new legal immigrants a year and to a lesser extent tolerating illegal immigration has important implications for preserving a common language. For too long, we have given little consideration to whether continuing this level of immigration, mostly legal, hinders the assimilation of immigrants and their children," Mr. Steven Camarota said.
Communist Community Organizer Trampled, Killed by Elephant
A Nepalese communist community organizer was killed in a wild elephant attack in the Bara district of south-eastern Nepal ... Ganga Bal, 35, was a local leader in the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), not to be confused with the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) or the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist). She was a member of the CPN-Maoist State Committee of Bhojpura.
Party registration of elephant unavailable
Teachers Reprimanded for Speaking Out Against Common Core
"This is a hot national debate," the teacher told [a local] paper. "Why can't I comment?" "This is outrageous. Teachers are now being chastised for speaking out against Common Core," Gov. Bobby Jindal said. "Teachers have problems with Common Core, and we should be listening to them."
School Board Slams Michelle O’s Lunch Rules:
‘Her children go to private school’

Typical Michele approved school lunch"We left thinking, what are we feeding these kids?" school board president Colleen Osborn, said at a recent meeting, according to the Tonawanda News. The paper reports the board is concerned students may be going hungry. She added, "Michelle Obama put these things into play, but her children go to private school and they don't have to follow these standards."

Week ending 5 October 2014

Obama Hasn’t Come Up with One Original Idea Yet
John Podhoretz
Just before Labor Day, controversy erupted over President Obama’s garb at a presidential press conference – should he or should he not have worn a light tan summer suit when talking about ISIS? That was beside the point. The issue isn’t the weight or color of his suit. The issue is that the suit is empty.
Obama: Born-Again Idiot
Daniel Greenfield
As a born again idiot, Obama maintains a layer of plausible deniability over his incompetence. But it's an ignorance of choice. He chooses not to contemplate the consequences of his actions and instead uses the media as a warning system to tell him that the latest crisis has penetrated the liberal bubble.
President Ebola: In 2010 Obama Administration Scrapped
CDC Quarantine Regulations Aimed at Ebola

Four years ago, the administration of President Barack Obama moved with virtually no fanfare to abandon a comprehensive set of regulations which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had called essential to preventing international travelers from spreading deadly diseases inside the U.S. The CDC had proposed the regulations in 2005 under the administration of George W. Bush.
Obama was Warned Repeatedly of Consequences of
Withdrawal from Iraq

David Rutz
Top government officials and military brass repeatedly warned of the consequences of sticking to a timetable on full Iraq War troop withdrawal, but President Obama proceeded with the plan in 2011. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker cautioned against such a move in the years beforehand. "I am certain that abandoning or drastically curtailing our efforts will bring failure," he said in 2007.
Mitt Romney Reprimands Obama On Campaign Trail;
'It’s time for him to apologize to America'

President Barack Obama 'went around the world and apologized for America. Now it's time for him to apologize to America,' Romney said of the man who dashed his presidential dreams while speaking at a rally in Livonia, Michigan, for Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land on Thursday.
Obama Tries To Shake Off Jimmy Carter Aura
The comparison with former president Carter is one that Republicans have made ever since Mr Obama took office. Mitt Romney, his 2012 challenger, regularly accused him of being "worse than Carter" but the charge never stuck, in part because of the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Yet over the past year ... the Carter label has started to be used more often, and not just by Republicans.
"Carter looks like Churchill in comparison"
Obama: 'Most Americans' Think Nation Is Racist
Joseph Curl
For President Obama, the color of a man's skin is far more important than the content of his character. On the night when a police officer was shot in a Missouri town torn by racial strife, the president donned a shiny tuxedo to attend a ritzy black awards dinner, where he said police nationwide are to blame for community mistrust, even claiming that "most Americans" think the country is racist.
Netanyahu: 'The Nazis Believed in a Master Race;
The Militant Islamists Believe in a Master Faith'

Bridget Johnson
"Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS. And yet weeks before, some of these same countries, same countries that now support confronting ISIS opposed Israel for confronting Hamas," Netanyahu said. "They evidently don't understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree."
Netanyahu: Militant Islam Aims to 'Dominate World;
' State Dept.: 'No' It Doesn't

Jen Psaki was asked at the State Department daily briefing later whether the administration agreed with Netanyahu's argument that those various groups "are all part of the same kind of militant Muslim - Islamic attempt to rule the world. We would not agree with that characterization, no," she replied.

Radical Islam’s End-Game
If we are to take the leaders of the Islamofascist movement at their word – and the leaders of the United States and the West have been delinquent in accepting the declarations of fascists in the past, so much so that world war has ensued – we can only surmise that the battles taking place between Sunni and Shi’ite factions in Iraq, Gaza and elsewhere in the world are for dominance in what they perceive as an inevitable global Islamic Caliphate.
U.S. Mistakenly Bombs Free Syrian Army,
Obama Personally Approves Airstrikes

Unfortunately for the Obama administration, President Obama has been directly tied to the targets picked in the Syrian campaign. Just a week and a half ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that Obama's generals would not have the ability to approve targets – instead, the commander-in-chief would channel LBJ and pick the bombing sites:
Airstrikes Against ISIS Reportedly Suffer from Intel Gaps
Due to Removal of Eyes-on-the-ground

The AP reported Wednesday that the Defense Department is relying on satellites, drones and surveillance flights to pinpoint targets for airstrikes, as well as assess the damage afterward and determine whether civilians were killed. Officials say that system stands in sharp contrast to the networks of bases, spies and ground-based technology the U.S. had in place during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fed Court Slaps Down Obamacare Rule as
Arbitrary, Capricious and Abuse of Discretion

Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt hailed the state's victory in its lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act: "Today's ruling is a consequential victory for the rule of law. The administration and its bureaucrats in the IRS handed out billions in illegal tax credits and subsidies and vastly expanded the reach of the health care law because they didn't like the way Congress wrote the Affordable Care Act. That's not how our system of government works."

'Flaw' in Electronic Health Record Blamed for
Medical Error Involving Ebola Patient

A provision in President Obama's 2009 stimulus law required physicians and hospitals to adopt Electronic health records (EHRs) "for each person in the United States by 2014." While some Americans have raised privacy concerns, physicians themselves have raised concerns about EHRs degrading the quality of medical care.
Swiss Overwhelmingly Reject Switch from
Private to State Health Insurance

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country's all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents.
Democrats Think We Are Stupid
Ed Lasky
Many Democrat leaders, led by President Obama, have a low opinion of Americans. They are trying to trick us into believing our local Congressmen and Senators are not his enablers. They are and should be treated as such in the voting booth.
DNC's Donna Brazile Calls for New Constitution to
'Save American Democracy'

On Saturday, Donna Brazile, the vice-chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic Party, said on Twitter that the United States needs to scrap its current Constitution and replace it in order to save American democracy. "We need a new constitution," Brazile tweeted. "Here's how we save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent."
This ain't your father's Democrat Party
Leading Dem Insider: Save America; Scrap The Constitution
Paul Mirengoff
Democrats have viewed the Constitution as an anachronistic barrier to their agenda since the days of Woodrow Wilson who, before entering politics, consistently argued as much. These days, though, their contempt for our founding document is becoming increasingly manifest.
Liberals as Low Information Voters
Roger L. Simon
For several years now we have heard much of the plague of "low information voters" – those legions of the supposedly ignorant who walk, clueless on the issues, into our polling places, casting their votes for candidates the details of whose programs are as familiar to them as quantum mechanics. But we may have a more significant problem.
Best movie line... ever!
The Trouble With (Early) Voting
Patriot Post
It's ludicrous, really – the idea that we Americans would have only one month to make it from our homes to the voting booth and cast our ballots in this Republic. In this busy world, we simply need more time than that. Or so some say.
IN-DEPTH: Chicago FAA Air Traffic Control Fire
Worst Case of Sabotage in Air-traffic Control History

The first radio links with pilots were lost just as the pre-dawn crush of flights into Chicago began... Within minutes, radar feeds, flight plans and other data controllers rely on to direct more than 6,000 aircraft a day above five U.S. states had vanished as a fire was being set in a communications room one floor below.
Court: Obama Admin Can't Hide Investigation into
Former White House Adviser's Access to IRS Info

"The court has ruled that the federal government cannot hide behind confidentiality laws to prevent Americans from knowing if our President has gained unauthorized access to their tax information," Cause of Action executive director Dan Epstein said in a statement Tuesday. "This is a decisive win for all Americans and for government transparency and accountability."

FBI Moves To Fire 11 Whistleblowers,
Key Senator Fears Retaliation

Eleven whistleblowers in the FBI say the bureau is targeting them for termination in retaliation for their revelations about FBI wrongdoing, the top Republican on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary announced Wednesday. The whistleblowers, who have spoken out about various problems and wrongdoing at the law enforcement agency, said they recently have been served with Loss of Effectiveness orders...

Pattern of Corruption?
IRS Erased Key Records in Lawsuit, NetJets Says

John Fund
There may be a pattern involving the IRS losing e-mails and other key computer records. Now, the private-jet company NetJets is claiming in a lawsuit that as part of its tax dispute with the agency the IRS "wiped clean a number of computer hard drives containing emails and other electronic documents that the Government was required to produce."
Source: Clinton Directly Involved In Terrorist Group "Security Force"
At Benghazi

A source who has asked to remain anonymous due to their proximity to the investigation, said that much of the blame for the murders rests squarely within the State Department, then under the command of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The State Department had final decision-making authority over all of the following:
What Really Drives Anti-fracking Zealots?
Paul Driessen
Fracking obliterates its claim that we are about to run out of oil and gas – and so must slash our living standards, spend billions on crony-corporatist "renewable energy" schemes, and put radical green bureaucrats and activists in charge of our lives, livelihoods, living standards and remaining liberties.
U.S. Poised To Become World's Leading Liquid Petroleum Producer
Fracking, Horizontal Drilling Transform Industry

The U.S. is overtaking Saudi Arabia to become the world's largest producer of liquid petroleum, in a sign of how its booming oil production has reshaped the energy sector. With US production continuing to boom, its output is set to exceed Saudi Arabia's this month or next for the first time since 1991.
Top Civil Rights Lawyer, Cable News Legal Analyst
Accused of Raping Woman After Rev Al Sharpton's Birthday Party

Sanford Rubenstein, 70, a high-powered attorney in New York, is said to have sexually assaulted the victim at his luxury apartment after the event at the four-star Four Seasons restaurant earlier this week, according to the New York Daily News. Sources told the paper the rape of the woman, who is believed to be a 42-year-old executive with links to Sharpton, is being investigated as third degree.
The YAF’s National “No More Che Day”
Exposes Che Guevara, Targets Columbia University

Humberto Fontova
For decades, the Left tried to glorify murderers and thugs like Lenin, Mao, and even Stalin. They are discredited today because people know about their evil deeds. Che is more obscure. He is one notorious figure who is idolized by the Left and hailed as a "hero," yet most students never learn the truth about his cult of violence.

Week ending 28 September 2014

Eric Holder's Rap Sheet
National Review
In an administration characterized by outsized misadventures - from the use of the nation's tax bureau to suppress political opponents to the use of secret waiting lists at government hospitals that killed American servicemen - Eric Holder managed to make his Justice Department a source of special, nay, historic attention:
When Humans Lose Control of Government
Philip K. Howard
Responsibility is nowhere in modern government. Who's responsible for the budget deficits? Nobody: Program budgets are set in legal concrete. Who's responsible for failing to fix America's decrepit infrastructure? Nobody. Who's responsible for not managing civil servants sensibly? You get the idea.
The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist – It's a Fictitious Name the Obama Administration Invented To Deceive Us.
Andrew C. McCarthy
We're being had. Again. For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton "violent extremists" who purport to act in its name.
Obama Throws Clapper and Intel Under the Bus for
Lack of Understanding ISIS Threat

President Obama largely blamed the United States’ intelligence community in an interview broadcast Sunday for giving an incorrect assessment of the capabilities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said on CBS’s ""60 Minutes."
American Muslim Leader to Obama:
Stop Telling Us ISIS Has Nothing to do with Islam

President Obama, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and other prominent representatives of Obama's administration have been repeating the line ad nauseum that the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state... ISIS is not Islamic. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser strongly disagrees.
Holder's Justice Department Expected To Ban Profiling By Federal Law Enforcement with No Exemption for National Security
The new policy, though still being finalized, is expected to prohibit federal agents from conducting undercover surveillance of a mosque, for example, without some information that criminal activity is underway. Under the current rules, approved in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, law enforcement agencies were given broad latitude to monitor specific religious groups.
“Disgruntled” fired factory workers shoot, stab, choke or beat to death their victims. Terrorists behead them.
Judi McLeod
While American authorities working in the Obama regime call the terrorist acts in Fort Hood and the brutal slaughter of Colleen Hufford “workplace violence”, senior ISIS spokesman Abu Muhamad ad Adnani calls them “lone wolf attacks” inside the U.S. and the countries of its allies”. Even the most tolerant among us knows which description better fits the evil of radical Islam.
One-way Ticket To Hell
New York Daily News Editorial
It was only a matter of time before anti-terror authorities reported that radicalized American or immigrant Muslims had returned home to the U.S. after taking up arms with ISIS in Iraq or Syria. A ranking Obama administration aide revealed as much on Monday, setting the stage for what must be unflagging surveillance, a drive to prosecute the returned jihadists to the fullest and a rewrite of federal law and policies to raise defenses.
Worrisome: Top Homeland Security Employees Leaving Agency
An exodus of top-level officials from the Department of Homeland Security is undercutting the agency's ability to stay ahead of a range of emerging threats, including potential terrorist strikes and cyber-attacks, according to interviews with current and former officials. Over the past four years, employees have left DHS at a rate nearly twice as fast as in the federal government overall, and the trend is accelerating, according to a review of a federal database.
'Dysfunctional Work Environment'
Full Coverage: Climate Change Movement Drops Mask,
Admits the Communist Agenda MSM Ignores

PJ Media - Zombie
Communists along with a few environmental groups staged a "People's Climate Rally" in Oakland, California on Sunday, September 21, in conjunction with the larger "People's Climate March" in New York City on the same day. Wait – did I say communists? Isn't that a bit of an exaggeration? Well…no.
It's Time To Stop the Climate Scare Stories
Dr. Willie Soon and Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi sensibly refuses to attend yet another climate summit... Mr. Modi, a spiritual man and thus down-to-earth, knows that a quarter of India's people still have no electricity. His priority is to turn on the lights all over India. In Bihar, four homes in five are lit by kerosene. Electric power is the quickest, surest, cheapest way to lift people out of poverty and so to stabilize India's population.
The Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus
John Fund
As physicist Gordon Fulks puts it: "CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea-ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring." He points out that there has been no net new global-warming increase since 1997 even though the human contribution to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen by 25 percent since then.
Zeke Emanuel Wants You To Die At 75
Greg Scandlen
When Ezekiel Emanuel popped onto the national stage during the Obamacare deliberations, some of us had serious misgivings. We were familiar with his previous work, such as his "complete lives system" of allocating health resources. This would have prioritized adolescents and young adults in receiving health care and put infants and the elderly at the end of the line.

The 15 Most Shocking Statements in ObamaCare Architect´s
Die at 75 Article 

John Nolte
Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn´t want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, "Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare."
70% of Immigrant Families the Obama Admin. Released Into the U.S.
Never Show Up Weeks Later As They Were Instructed

The ICE official made the disclosure in a confidential meeting at its Washington headquarters with immigration advocates participating in a federal working group on detention and enforcement policies. The Associated Press obtained an audio recording of Wednesday's meeting and separately interviewed participants.
The Hillary Letters
Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky Correspondence Revealed

Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development. Clinton's relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

Why Hillary's Alinsky Letters Matter
Stanley Kurtz
Alana Goodman's revelation at the Washington Free Beacon of previously unknown correspondence between Hillary Clinton and Saul Alinsky shows that Clinton has not been honest about her far-left past. The lost Alinsky letters also remind us of what we ought to know but have forgotten, Hillary is not "Clintonian."
Judicial Watch: Holder Went Down as We Forced
DOJ's Hand on Fast and Furious in Court 

"It is no coincidence that Holder's resignation comes on the heels of another court ruling that the Justice Department must finally cough up documents 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," Tom Fitton said.
Dosvedanya, Holder: America's First Soviet Attorney General Steps Down
Roger L. Simon
Now I have a theory about the etiology of Holder's fixation on race... No matter that racism was diminishing in our culture, he had to keep racism alive, believe it was alive. If racism were going away, he would no longer have a raison d'être, an excuse for his biased behavior, an excuse, as it turned out, to go beyond the law, act unilaterally and punish political enemies.
11 Year Old Girl Shoots Man Who Attacked and
Stabbed Her Mother, Saves Her Life

Heroes come in all sizes and all ages, as illustrated by this story. An 11 year old girl in Oklahoma has certainly earned that title after her brave actions to defend her mother. After a violent ex-boyfriend came to Brandy Moreno's home, he attacked and stabbed her. Fortunately, her 11 year old daughter knew just what to do.
Mom Arrested For Bringing Registered Gun Across NJ Border
May Be Spared Prison Sentence

Shaneen Allen, a 27-year-old mother of two who was arrested last year after being stopped on the Atlantic City Expressway and told police she had the gun and a Pennsylvania conceal-carry permit, faced up to three years in prison in New Jersey, where gun laws are among the strictest in the nation.
Changes To Firearm Purchase Forms Draw Strong Reaction
Form 4473, required for an over-the-counter sale by a federally-licensed dealer, now asks first whether a buyer is Hispanic or Non-Hispanic, followed by a question delving into more detailed race-based information. Critics want to know why the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives quietly made the change in 2012.
Don't Buy the Lie That Freedom to Worship
Is the Same as Religious Freedom

Sarah Torre
The Founders were clear, and the Bill of Rights makes it fundamental to our constitutional order that the government should not infringe on the free exercise of religion. In recent years, however, Americans have increasingly faced attempts to water down this robust understanding of religious freedom to a mere "freedom to worship."
Outrageous! School Accused of 'purging' Christian Books
Pacific Justice Institute is representing a parent who discovered what they called a "Christian purging" of the charter school's library. "She was told by one of the library attendants that the library has been instructed to remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company," read a letter PJI sent to the public charter school.
More Schools Mull Dropping Michelle O's Lunch Rules
Kyle Olson
"… The limited salt, whole-grains, vegetable substitutes for meat, and unfamiliar foods such as 'quinoa' and 'jicama' are not being embraced. Although the food looks good and is undeniably healthy, it is unflavored and tasteless," said Green Lake principal Mary Allen. Green Lake isn't alone as the Windham and Salem school districts are also mulling opting out.

Week ending 21 September 2014

Why Islam is Not a Religion
It should be uniquely classified in its own category

Rebecca Bynum
There is no higher truth than Islam, no higher good than Islam and nothing more beautiful than Islam. Islam has replaced God, you see, and its ultimate goal is not to lead men to seek those higher values. Islam exists simply to perpetuate itself.
Latest Clue That DOJ Investigation of IRS Is a Sham
Hans von Spakovsky
Evidence has been accumulating for some time that the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the IRS scandal isn't a real investigation. But the latest indication it may be a sham came to light through an embarrassing but highly revealing error made by a senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder.
Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official
Reveals Details of Alleged Document 'Scrubbing'

Sharyl Attkisson
As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to "separate" damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

More Evidence of Benghazi Cover-Up

Roger Aronoff
Hillary Clinton has long pointed to the "independent" 2012 Accountability Review Board (ARB) report as the ultimate arbiter of the Benghazi attacks, but newly revealed allegations by a former State Department employee call into question whether the ARB was given the full set of facts by those at State, or if, instead, a massive cover-up was launched to shield those on the 7th Floor from the fallout over Benghazi.
Australia Raids Foil Reported ISIS Beheading Plots
About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across 12 Sydney suburbs as part of the operation – the largest in Australian history, Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the Associated Press. A sword was removed as part of evidence at one of the homes. Separate raids in the eastern cities of Brisbane and Logan were also conducted.

Australians Now Wish They Were Armed
After Latest ISIS Plot Revealed

Nick Adams
ISIS the best advertisement for the 2nd Amendment. Never before have I felt so naked. Now more than ever, I wish I was armed. And I'm not alone. Any and all home-grown Islamic terrorism should be able, if need be, to be met by a well-armed civilian militia.
Jihad Comes to America
The Challenge of Stopping Do-it-yourself Jihadism
Jonah Goldberg
Al-Qaeda always had an odd obsession with destroying aircraft and committing dramatic acts of murder. This fixation had an advantage: Such elaborate plots were easier to be foiled by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The Islamic State has discovered that beheadings – which are cheap and relatively easy to conduct – have a huge impact in the West.

ISIS Urging 'lone wolf' Jihad Attacks On U.S. Soil
A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for "lone wolves" to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members' addresses online and then "show up and slaughter them."

Why is the Brendan Tevlin Murder So Underreported?

Originally, the teen's murder was labeled an attempted robbery, allowing the media to remain silent. Now, court documents have revealed that Brown's motivation for killing Tevlin had less to do with thievery, and more to do with America's pushback against Jihadist terrorism in the Middle East.

Radical Islamist Suspected of Killing Three Gays in Seattle
Guns Down 19-Year-Old NJ Teen in Cold Blood

A confessed radical Islamist by the name of Ali Muhammad Brown has committed murders that he claims are an act of "vengeance" against the United States. In a string of murders ranging from Oregon to New Jersey, the suspected killer has declared his jihadist intentions.

Law Enforcement Bulletin Warned of ISIS
Urging Jihad Attacks on U.S. Soil

A law enforcement bulletin obtained by FoxNews.com warned that Islamic State fighters have increased calls for "lone wolves" to attack U.S. soldiers in America in recent months, citing one tweet that called for jihadists to find service members´ addresses online and then "show up and slaughter them."
Obama's Fatwa: AG Holder Enforces Islamic Sharia Law,
Citizens Can't Use Zoning Laws To Block Mosques

Pamele Geller
In a striking violation of the establishment clause, Obama's lawless administration is imposing the sharia nationwide, allowing the  rampant construction of rabats and jihad recruitment centers at a time when we should be monitoring the mosques and restricting construction of  Muslim Brotherhood beachheads and Islamic State madrassas.
Losing the Half-Century War on Poverty
Patriot Post editorial
We were only a few short years into the War on Terror when the Left demanded we pull the plug because of a lack of results. Yet 50 years into the War on Poverty declared by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, we've spent an estimated $22 trillion trying to alleviate poverty with little to show for it.
Audit: In Potential Violation of Law,
All Obamacare Plans in 5 States Cover Abortion 

All of the health plans offered by Obamacare exchanges in five states include coverage for abortions in a potential violation of the law that says at least two plans must be available to consumers who don't want any association with the controversial procedure, according to a government audit released late Monday.
Businesses Report Cutting Jobs Due to ObamaCare
Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks. "Roughly one fifth are saying they're moving from full time to part time," [economist John] Goodman added. "More than one in ten are saying they're doing more outsourcing – all this because of the new health care reform."

Hurdles for Obama Health Law in 2nd Sign-up Season
Law's Convoluted Connections with the IRS Worries Some

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.

Tax Refunds Will Be Cut for Obamacare Recipients
A significant benefit of the Affordable Care Act is the opportunity to receive money-saving tax credits up front to cut the overall cost of health insurance, but now hundreds of thousands of consumers could owe back some of that money next April. "Health insurance is confusing enough, and now they're adding the complexities of the Tax Code," said Lorena Bencsik.

Administration Threatens to Cut Off Obamacare Subsidies to 360,000;
Income Verification Added to Immigration Status Confirmation

The Obama administration announced Monday that it will cut off tax subsidies to about 360,000 people if they do not offer proof of their income in the next two weeks. Officials will send final notices this week to individuals who signed up for ObamaCare with income levels that didn't match government records.

Obamacare's 'family glitch' Could Affect 2 Million Americans
In theory, Obamacare is supposed to offer fully or partially subsidized health insurance to Americans below a certain income threshold if they do not have the option of obtaining affordable coverage through their employers. "Affordable" is defined as coverage cheaper than 9.5 percent of household income. But under a ruling by the Internal Revenue Service, an employer is only required to offer affordable coverage to individuals.
Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated with Department of Labor
To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis' Schedule

The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama.
Study Finds Michelle O's Healthy Food Program
Elitist, Sexist, and Shames Working Mothers

First Lady Michelle Obama has made healthy eating and exercise her signature issue. But, a recent study published by the Sage Journal found that her "elitist" advice actually "shames poor and middle class mothers." The College Fix added that the study found that Michelle Obama's healthy eating program is also sexist.
FOIA: Emails Reveal 'Collusion' with Green Activist Groups
Over EPA Climate Agenda

Obama's EPA in collusion with "green" lobby groups – Report details the conflicts of interest, "unalterably closed minds", internal activism and influence of outside interest groups on the Obama Administration EPA. Documents raise questions re EPA rules legality.

EPA Rife With Green Conflicts of Interest;
Groups and Individuals Named

"Example after example clearly show that senior leadership in the EPA, made up exclusively of career bureaucrats and former, and likely future green group activists, operate on behalf of the green groups, and do so to the exclusion of other legitimate stakeholders and the public at large," said Christopher C. Horner.

Prepare for a Deluge of Climate Change Hype
Alan Caruba
What the mainstream media have largely failed to report were the nine international conferences on climate change sponsored by The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank. Heartland’s “Climate Change Reconsidered” reports are filled with the science that debunks the doomsday scenarios.

Climate Hype Exposed
Cfact
[L]aws and regulations implemented in the name of preventing climate change have increased the cost of virtually everything people make, grow, ship, drive, eat, and do. With so much at stake, it is essential that climate research is honest, accurate and credible, and that the resultant energy and climate policies are based on sound, replicable science. Instead, the studies and reports are consistently defective and even deceitful.
GAO: More Coal Power Plants To Close Than Expected
More coal-fired power plants will close because of environmental regulations and competition from other energy sources than previously thought, according to federal watchdogs... The report said that raises concerns about having enough electricity supply to meet demand in certain situations, potentially increasing instances of blackouts.
Senator Sessions: America Not an Oligarchy
Where Masters of the Universe Decide Immigration Law

Thursday on the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) railed against the secret deals President Barack Obama has made with IT CEOs to use his executive power and grant amnesty to upwards of 5 million illegal immigrants already living in the United States.
"The people said no, no, no"
Sanctuary: NY Democrats Seek Full Citizen Rights for Illegal Immigrants
Illegals Could Also Apply for Professional Licenses and Serve on Juries

Illegal aliens in New York could score billions in Medicaid and college tuition money – along with driver's licenses, voting rights and even the ability to run for office – if Democrats win control of the state Senate in November, The Post has learned. A little-known bill, dubbed "New York is Home," would offer the most sweeping amnesty available anywhere in the country to nearly 3 million noncitizens living in the Empire State.
Common Core's Revenge
Spencer Irvine
The Pioneer Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank, released a new study, "The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S." to help parents, teachers, and policymakers understand the problems with the Common Core State Standards.
Iraq: ISIS Issues New School Curriculum:
No Music, Art and Literature for Mosul Kids

Islamic State militants have issued a new set of retrograde academic guidelines as schools reopened in cities controlled by the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq. According to a new curriculum imposed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, art and music are now banned subjects and all classes about history, literature and Christianity have been cancelled.
Gang Members Who Fatally Shot Chicago Boy, 9,
Thought He Was Trying To Warn Rivals

Four men have been arrested and charged in the killing of 9-year-old Antonio Smith Jr. on Chicago’s South Side on Aug. 20. Police said the triggerman thought the boy was trying to warn rivals that he was stalking them when he opened fire.
College Student Forced to Remove American Flag from Balcony,
'Could Offend Foreign People'

While Smith's lease agreement with the apartment's management does have a clause that says "no signs or other personal property may be kept outside the premises," attorney Christian Curry told ABC. that the clause comes close to infringing on First Amendment rights.
'Interceptor' Cellphone Towers Found Near White House, Senate
Mysterious "interceptor" cellphone towers that can listen in someone's phone call despite not being part of any phone networks have turned up near the White House and Senate. A company that specializes in selling secure mobile phones discovered the existence of several of the towers in and around the nation's capitol.

Week ending 14 September 2014

Why is Obama Kicking the ISIS Can Down the Road?
Nonie Darwish
When Obama declared he had no strategy yet on ISIS a few weeks ago he was perceived as a weak and indecisive leader, but is that all the reason for his reluctance to fight ISIS? Or are there other, hidden reasons why Obama does not want to destroy ISIS?
Islam is a Socio-Political Construct Masquerading as a Religion
Stu Tarlowe
Over the past several weeks, there’s been a plethora of discussion over Obama’s “strategy” vis-à-vis ISIS, whether he actually had a strategy and, if so, what it might be. Well, he certainly had a strategy for the speech he gave last night. Like an entertainer who opens his act with his biggest number, Obama’s strategy was to open his speech with the most blatant, brazen, bald-faced lie imaginable. [More]
“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.”
—George Washington, Fifth Annual Message, 1793
Prophetic Words: G. W. Bush Predicted
Terror, Death and Chaos of Iraq Pullout

Bush made the remarks in the White House briefing room on July 12, 2007, as he argued against those who sought an immediate troop withdrawal. "To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States," Bush cautioned. He then ticked off a string of predictions about what would happen if the U.S. left too early.
7 ISIS Facts Every American Should Know
In January, President Barack Obama dismissed the Islamic State (ISIS) as merely a “JV team.” Last week, Obama reversed that position and told NBC News ISIS is “not a JV team.” Given the Administration’s contradictory and muddled messages, here, then, are seven ISIS facts:
It's Not a Misnomer
The term "moderate Islamist" is contradictory

Andrew C. McCarthy
An Islamist wants government by sharia, Islam's totalitarian societal framework and legal code. There is nothing moderate about sharia. Those who want it implemented are not "moderates" even if they don't commit mass-murder to get their way. Sharia is also anti-liberty, anti-equality, and anti-Western.
CAIR Wanted Obama to Distinguish Islamic State from Islam in
Prime-time Address

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wants President Obama in his speech on ISIS Wednesday night to reject the jihadists' "misappropriation of Islamic terms and concepts," and to recognize that the terrorist group was created by "the lack of freedom and justice in the region."
Jihadi Tapes Reveal ‘PB&J’ Code in ‘culinary school’
The American who coordinates the Islamic State’s online propaganda efforts was caught on tape by the FBI in 2006 plotting “peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches” from “culinary school” – code for terrorist attacks and training camps. The phone and online conversations give a chilling look inside the head of a homegrown terrorist.

Boston Bombers' Mosque Tied to ISIS
Now it can be revealed that another regular worshipper at the Islamic Society mosque was Ahmad Abousamra, who is now the top propagandist for ISIS. Abousamra's father, a prominent doctor, even sat on the board of directors of the Muslim organization that runs the mosque. He stepped down after the FBI began questioning his son.

Turkey Says No to Obama;
Denies U.S. Permission for Combat Attacks on ISIL

Turkey will not allow a U.S.-led coalition to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria from Turkish air bases, AFP reports. Turkey will also not participate in combat operations but will instead focus on humanitarian aid to the countries. ISIL currently controls large portions of territory in Iraq and Syria along Turkey's borders.
World at War
Victor Davis Hanson
In truth, the world has dropped its vigilance since 9/11; Western populations are exhausted by economic hard times and acrimony over the wars in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan. The charge of Islamaphobia means that Western societies have trouble confronting radical Islamists in their midst, like Major Hasan, the Tsarnaev Boston Marathon bombers, and throngs of virulently anti-Semitic Muslim immigrants in Europe.
Rise of the Islamic State – A Retrospective
Manifestations of Foreign Policy Malfeasance

Mark Alexander
Obama had hoped he could get through the upcoming election on the deception that his foreign policy was successful...But alas for him, it's not to be. After major meltdowns under Obama in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, ad infinitum, and major expenditures of blood and treasure in Iraq, the latter has been overwhelmed by the metastasizing jihadist heir apparent of al-Qa'ida, properly known as the Islamic State in the Levant.
Kerry ´Taken Aback´ by
James Foley´s Mother´s Reaction to Handling of Case

Chelsea J. Carter
The U.S. government Friday defended its handling of James Foley´s case after the slain journalist´s mother told CNN that officials suggested the family could be charged if they tried to raise money to free him.
Coalition Refusing Obama´s ISIS Fight Far Bigger
Than One Helping It

Thomas Rose
For all the ridicule heaped upon George W. Bush’s so-called “Coalition of the Willing” by President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, among others, the US-led 2003 operation to liberate Iraq and overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein was assisted by 49 nations that provided material military support including troops, intelligence cooperation, material, logistics, ground facilities, and financial assistance.
Obama's Betrayal of the Constitution
Bruce Ackerman – New York Times
Mr. Obama may rightly be frustrated by gridlock in Washington, but his assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order. His refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.
NY Times: ‘Assault Weapons’
A Myth Democrats Created In 1990s

On September 13, the 20th anniversary of the signing of the federal assault weapons ban, The New York Times ran a column explaining that the very term "assault weapon" is one the "Democrats created" in the 1990s in order to ban "a politically defined category of guns."
File under:
We Told You So
If Loyalty Had to Be Defined By a Picture,
This Would Be It.

A military working dog spotted in an airport protecting a soldier while he sleeps, this German shepherd is quickly becoming a viral sensation. It's a great reminder that heroes come in all sizes (and breeds).
Four Legs and a Life of Service
EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity
John Eick
There is a key distinction between climate change denial and having major concerns with a proposed EPA regulation that would place a significant financial burden on the economy, grossly expand the power of the EPA at the expense of the states, and threaten electric reliability while providing little in the way of environmental benefit.
862 MegaWatts Gone as
Duke Energy Retires Coal Operations at W.C. Beckjord Station

Due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's increasingly stringent regulations on power plant emissions, Duke Energy Ohio three years ago announced its intent to retire Beckjord Station's coal-fired units 1 through 6 – totaling 862 MW of generating capacity – by Jan. 1, 2015.
No Country for Burly Men
How feminists skewed the stimulus plan towards women's jobs.

Christina Hoff Sommers
A "man-cession." That's what some economists are starting to call it. Of the 5.7 million jobs Americans lost between December 2007 and May 2009, nearly 80 percent had been held by men. Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan, characterizes the recession as a "downturn" for women but a "catastrophe" for men.
13-year-old Piano Prodigy is Treated as a Truant
Instead of a Star Straight-A Student

Petula Dvorak
The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 musicians selected from across the globe to play at a prestigious event in Munich last year and has won competitions and headlined with orchestras nationwide. But to the D.C. public school system, the eighth-grader from Mount Pleasant is also a truant.
School Labels Chapstick 'over-the-counter drug' –
Student with Severe, Bleeding Lips Denied Use

When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn't use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl – who'd been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips – decided she'd had enough. The fifth-grader created a petition and presented her case before the Augusta County school board last week, arguing that a ban on the most commonly used remedy to treat chapped lips was "inappropriate," her father told FoxNews.com.

Week ending 7 September 2014

Too Cool to Care: Could Obama’s Privileged and
Pot-filled Adolescence Explain his Presidential Lassitude?

James W. Lucas
National Journal reporter Ron Fournier writes that "virtually every post critical of Obama has originated from conversations with Democrats…" Veteran journalist Bob Woodward also reports being told by numerous Democrats of President's Obama's disengagement from many major issues. In the last few days the New York Times has reported even Harry Reid complaining how disengaged the President seemed.
Leave Obama Alone! Liberals Actually Believe
Obama Is the First President to Be Publicly Criticised

Andrew Stiles
As the world burns, President Obama is taking criticism from all sides... Of course, most of this criticism is due to the prevalence of social media, but even so, Obama defenders have returned to one of their favorite arguments: Criticism of our current president is unprecedented; literally no one criticised the sitting president until 2009.
Top CIA Officer in Benghazi Delayed Response to Terrorist Attack
The security contractors – Kris (“Tanto”) Paronto,  Mark (“Oz”) Geist, and John (“Tig”) Tiegen – spoke exclusively, and at length, to Fox News about what they saw and did that night. Baier, Fox News’ Chief Political Anchor, asked them about one of the most controversial questions arising from the events in Benghazi: Was help delayed?
Van Susteren Pressured to Drop Benghazi Investigation
Why haven't we seen the documents retrieved in the bin Laden raid?
Stephen F. Hayes
The intelligence trove was immense... It included 10 hard drives, nearly 100 thumb drives, and a dozen cell phones – along with data cards, DVDs, audiotapes, magazines, newspapers, paper files. In an interview on Meet the Press just days after the raid, Barack Obama's national security adviser, Thomas Donilon, told David Gregory that the material could fill "a small college library."
STRATFOR: Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy
George Friedman
The United States is, at the moment, off balance. It faces challenges in the Syria-Iraq theater as well as challenges in Ukraine. It does not have a clear response to either. It does not know what success in either theater would look like, what resources it is prepared to devote to either, nor whether the consequences of defeat would be manageable.
What Churchill Told FDR as World War II Erupted
Exactly 75 Years Ago

Michael Freund
According to Britain's wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, World War II was one that should never have had to been fought... If allowed to continue gaining steam, as the Nazis were able to do throughout the 1930s, groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida, Hamas, and other Islamic jihadis will be far more difficult to stop.
From the Thousand Year Reich to the Global Caliphate
This is more than a "manageable problem."

Jeffrey Lord
If there is anything to learn from this historical pattern, it would be that Mistake Number One is to not take what's happening very seriously and do something about it… With ISIS and all those Islamic radicals making it perfectly plain that in their quest for a global caliphate they are following the old, well-worn pattern of history. A pattern that once produced the vision of the "thousand year Reich."
From World War II Nazis to World War III Jihadis
Michael Freund
By allowing Nazism to fester and grow, and by sitting on the sidelines as it consolidated its power and pushed beyond international borders, the Western world had made a nearly fatal mistake. And yet, it appears that the same shortsightedness, lack of purpose and sense of urgency in the face of the ISIS threat are once again threatening to breed a disaster of epic proportions.
West Point Report Describes Islamic State Threat as Crisis
4 Years In the Making

"ISIL did not suddenly become effective in early June 2014: it had been steadily strengthening and actively shaping the future operating environment for four years," the report from the West Point center said. The report said that the "shattering" of Iraq's security forces in June is a "case-in-point, the result of years of patient preparatory operations."

FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits
Islamist Terrorism, ISIS/L

The internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements – none motivated by radical Islam. They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with "sovereign citizen" nationalists, and anarchists.

The FBI's Islamic Terrorism Denial
Robert Spencer
The FBI focus on "anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with 'sovereign citizen' nationalists, and anarchists" is ominous, for while there are indeed such people, the Obama Administration has already shown a disturbing tendency to lump all of its opponents into such categories, with scant concern for accuracy, and to be willing to use the IRS and the courts effectively to criminalize opposition to its agenda.

Source: Obama Given Detailed Intelligence for a Year
About Rise of ISIS, Waited Too Long to Save Foley

The official – who asked not to be identified because the President's Daily Brief is considered the most authoritative, classified intelligence community product analyzing sensitive international events for the president – said the data was strong and "granular" in detail. The source said a policymaker "could not come away with any other impression: This is getting bad."
Poll: One In Three Men In Devout Muslim Pakistan
Say Raping Boys Is Acceptable

Sexual abuse in Pakistan is rife. An estimated four million children in the country are forced into work from an early age due to poverty and of those, more than a million live on the streets where they are easy prey for men like Ijaz...
Report: Islamic State Has Carried Out Atrocities on "an unimaginable scale," Christians Burned Alive, Yazidis Buried Alive
What is striking about this report is that it is coming from the jihad-aligned United Nations. These savage actions by the devout Muslims of the Islamic State are so monstrous that even the United Nations is forced to acknowledge them.
“You May Not Be Interested in War,
But War is Interested in You”

Alan Caruba
Younger generations can be forgiven if all they know of war is what they have learned in school or seen dramatized on film and television. For most Americans, the Civil War, the two World Wars, and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam are events that occurred "a long time ago." For my generation, born just prior to or during World War Two, wars have been a constant element of our lives.
Romney Capitalizes on 2012 Clairvoyance About
Today's Global Hellscape with Searing Op-ed

Noah Rothman
It isn't so much that former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was a prophet. Just that he had read a book or two. Throughout the course of the campaign, the turnaround artist and blue state Republican issued some dire but necessary warnings to the American public about how the geopolitical environment was changing for the worse.
The Need for a Mighty U.S. Military
Mitt Romney
Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, the Islamic State (a terrorist threat "beyond anything that we've seen," according to the defense secretary ) threatens – and Washington slashes the military. Reason stares. Several arguments are advanced to justify the decimation of our defense. All of them are wrong.
Obama Has It Wrong –
American Workers Aren’t Better Off Under His Policies

Investor´s Business Daily Editorial
Sure, the stock market's done well and employment has picked up, but the most important indicator of their financial situation is whether take-home pay keeps pace with inflation. And by this measure most households are falling behind. Median household income, according to the Census Bureau, is down by more than $2,000 in real terms since Obama moved into the Oval Office.
Federal Judge:
U.S. Constitution Doesn't Require Redefinition of Marriage

Ryan T. Anderson
[Judge] Feldman noted that Louisiana's marriage law furthers two important interests: "linking children to an intact family formed by their biological parents, as specifically underscored by Justice Kennedy in Windsor" and "safeguarding that fundamental social change … is better cultivated through democratic consensus." That is, Feldman noted the two central issues in this debate – the policy question: What is marriage, and the legal question: Who gets to define marriage.
What the United Nations Doesn't Want You to Know
Brent Parrish
My friend Lt. Robert Powell from the Pacific Freedom Foundation recently emailed me about a new PowerPoint presentation he put together (compiled and written by Irving Baxter Jr.) on the murky origins of the United Nations. This is also a subject matter I've delved into quite deeply myself.
Kerry Says It Is Our Biblical ‘Duty’ To
Protect Muslim Countries Against Climate Change

During a speech on Wednesday, United States Secretary of State John Kerry took the opportunity to address what the administration believes the U.S. should be focused on in "Muslim-majority" nations: combating climate change.
Tesla Needs $3B in Tax Breaks for New Battery Factory
Tesla has relied heavily on tax breaks to sustain itself. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have supported Tesla throughout its time as a publicly-traded company, money that has also floated CEO Elon Musk's other companies such as SpaceX and SolarCity. Though Musk is big on talking about the free-market, his firm needs a lot of taxpayer help to survive.
If There's No Imminent Threat To Our Southern Border,
Why Is Ft. Bliss Stepping Up Security?

Tom Fitton
Just hours before the start of the Labor Day weekend, Judicial Watch learned through a network of sensitive sources that an operational element of the terror army "ISIS" was active in the Mexican border city of Juarez – a stone's throw across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.
Report: Fed Gov´t Autopsy Also Finds
Michael Brown Not Shot in Back

It took the Washington Post 2,017 words and 59 paragraphs in a feature about Dorian Johnson, who initially said that his friend Michael Brown was shot in the back, to reveal that the federal government's autopsy also reportedly did not find that to be the case.

News Organizations Sue for Access to
Possible Michael Brown Juvenile Records

Juvenile records are confidential in Missouri, so it's not definitively known if Brown was arrested before he legally became an adult. Police have said Brown had no adult criminal record. The family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, has refused to discuss whether Brown had a juvenile record. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a California online journalist have filed separate petitions to determine whether Brown had past legal trouble.
EXCLUSIVE: What We Found On #MichaelBrown's Instagram Account
Charles C. Johnson
Gotnews.com has exclusive obtained social media postings of Michael Brown that destroy the media narrative that Brown was nonviolent. In stark contrast to the "gentle giant" portrayed in the national media Brown's social media accounts reveal a misogynistic young man obsessed with drugs, money, and violence. He described his interest in "money, weed, and weather" on his Instagram.
Illinois' Second Largest District Drops Michelle O's
School Lunch Menu

Hummus is too fatty, pretzels are too salty. Even hard-boiled eggs and yogurt don't make the cut. Michelle Obama shockThose restrictions and others imposed on schools through the revamped "healthier" National School Lunch Program convinced officials in Illinois' second largest school district to forfeit nearly $1 million in federal lunch aid to serve students food they want to eat, rather than what the government tells them to, CBS reports.
No More Affirmative Action Presidents
Thomas Sowell
The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove." Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.
Push for $15/hr by Fast-Food Workers May
Hasten Development of Burger Robot

A company called Momentum Machines has built a robot that could radically change the fast-food industry and have some line cooks looking for new jobs. The company's robot can "slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible." The robot is "more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce ~360 hamburgers per hour." That's one burger every 10 seconds.
Proposed 'burger robot'

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