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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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Obama’s Golf Outing After Foley Beheading Was a Huge Mistake
Michael Goodwin
President Obama’s decision to hit the links and yuk it up with pals immediately after speaking about the beheading of James Foley was no ordinary mistake. Nor was it a simple gaffe. With even his media praetorian guard appalled, the golf outing is sparking a wider understanding that Obama is hollow, empty of the routine qualities Americans expect from their president.

Declare War on Shariah
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Nearly thirteen years after 9/11, it is past time to recognize that we are at war not with one group of “terrorists” or another. Rather, adherents to a doctrine or ideology they call shariah are at war with us. Shariah is, at its core, about power, not faith.

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Week ending 24 August 2014

The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy
David Corbin & Matt Parks
In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) "insignificant" and "inconsequential" in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner?
To Fix Foreign Policy Mistakes,
President Obama Must First Admit Them

Jackson Diehl
That Obama is somehow not responsible for the Iraq pullout would be news to anyone who remembers his announcement of it... The sudden disclaimer certainly raised eyebrows among the numerous senior officials who have said, both on and off the record, that Obama resisted leaving behind a stay-on force, slashed its size far below that proposed by military commanders and expressed relief when a legal snag provided him a pretext to pull the plug on Iraq altogether.
Obama's Hubris is His Undoing
Jonathan S. Tobin
Historians will have the rest of the century to unravel the mess that is the Barack Obama presidency. While they can explore these years of foreign policy disaster and domestic malaise at leisure, the rest of us have 29 more months to see just how awful things can get before he slides off to a lucrative retirement.
Mitt Romney: Obama “worse than even I expected”
Just about everyone attending the rally pestered Mr. Romney privately and publicly about whether he will run for president again. Each time, Mr. Romney insisted that he would not run. He has made that claim repeatedly as supporters clamor for his candidacy and his actions – if not his words – send mixed signals about his intentions.
Unions Rebel Over Obama's EPA Power Plant Regs
Labor unions for years have hounded the Obama White House over allegations that officials are dragging their feet in making a final decision on the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline. But labor organizations are now piping up regarding an EPA proposal to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The rules are intended to curb global warming.
All This Greenhouse Gas Regulation for 0.018 Degrees Celsius!
Jillian Kay Melchior
The EPA's new proposed rules, which seek to limit carbon emissions from power plants, would cost the American economy $51 billion, as well as 224,000 jobs, every year through 2030, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates. With that significant of an economic impact, one would hope the EPA had a pretty good justification, right?
Is the Post-EPA Regs Power Grid Ready for a Truly Hard Winter?
Jazz Shaw
During the dog days of summer (which haven't been all that doggy in the Northeast this year) it's not very popular to sit and speculate about the winter months ahead, but the people responsible for keeping the lights – and the heat – turned on have to do it. One of these folks is Joe Bastardi of WeatherBELL Analytics, and he's looking ahead with some trepidation.
Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-Air
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays – "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.
Community Health Systems Says Personal Data Stolen In Cyber Attack
The company said the data included about 4.5 million patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers. It did not include patient credit card or medical information, Community Health Systems said in a regulatory filing.
White House Won't Reveal Documents
Related To Obamacare Website Security

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a Freedom of Information Act request made late last year by the Associated Press amid concerns that Republicans raised about the security of the website, which had technical glitches that prevented millions of people from signing up for insurance under ObamaCare.
Perry's Indictment Backfires
Jennifer Rubin
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has mastered a critical political skill: Take advantage of your opportunities. First on the border crisis and now on his own indictment, he has shown an uncanny ability to seize the national stage and convey his impressive leadership skills. He is also going a long way toward rebutting the notion that he is a swaggering, not very serious pol – the image that was affixed to him after his disastrous 2012 presidential run.
Who Are 'Texans for Public Justice,' and
Why Does Their Role in the Perry Case Matter?

Bryan Preston
The Open Society Foundations and the Sunlight Foundation are both funded by leftwing billionaire and convicted felon George Soros. Why is a group that sells itself as a public integrity watchdog accepting funds from a man who was convicted of insider trading? Why is no one in the Texas media asking TPJ that very question?
´We Are Darren Wilson´
Supporters Urge Americans to Call Gov. Nixon to Demand Fairness

Saturday, supporters of Officer Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, held a press conference demanding fairness for the officer, declaring "We are Darren Wilson."... She urged Americans to help by saying "If you support Darren Wilson, make your voice heard. Call or write the governor and demand this bias stops now."
Oh, the Things We Choose Not to See!
Claire Wolfe
A week ago, most likely you'd never heard of Ferguson, Missouri. Now, you're probably sick of hearing about the aftermath of policeman Darren Wilson's killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown – events that made Ferguson the center of the media world. You may believe that Brown was an innocent, unarmed kid headed for college or that he was the formidably vicious strong-arm robber shown in surveillance videos.
Trayvon´s Death Taught Liberals Nothing
Jack Cashill
Much too quickly after the death of big Mike Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the Trayvon Martin dream team – ambulance chasers Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks, media hound Al Sharpton – descended on his still warm body like so many turkey vultures. One would have hoped that their twisted performance in Florida during the previous two years would have taught America's liberals something...
VENEONA: The Red 'Scare' was Real
Ronald Radosh (July 2002)
Venona in fact confirmed what anti-Communists had argued at the time, and which their detractors, the anti anti-Communists, had always denied: There was a successful and dangerous Soviet penetration of our government, as well as a network of spies working for the KGB. It also has been established that many of them were recruited directly out of the ranks of the American Communist Party.

How Bogie and Bacall Were Duped by Hollywood Communists and the Communist Party USA (CPUSA)
Paul Kengor
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren BecallUpon death Lauren Bacall's obituaries are paying tribute to a glamorous actress... She's also being celebrated by liberals as a fighter for freedom in the arts, one who bravely confronted the closed-minded anti-communists in Washington – a stoic battler against Joe McCarthy and his "witch hunts." Sorry, but reality is more complicated.


Joe McCarthy was Right
Cliff Kincaid (July 2003)
The media have had 50 years to get the story straight but still can't present the basic facts to the American people about the communist threat that McCarthy tried to expose-and which still exists today in a different but equally deadly form… McCarthy was quite specific in his charges, having cited 59 suspected communists in the State Department. He produced that list, plus 22 others.

Search VENONA Files
The Venona transcripts identify 349 Americans who had a covert relationship with Soviet intelligence. The Venona decryptions were crucial in establishing the espionage activities of such luminaries as Julius Rosenberg, Alger Hiss, and Harry Dexter White.
How Community Organizing Busted a Union and
Sparked an Education Revolution

Joy Pullmann
Once free of the union, Douglas County could experiment with free-market ideas that most conservative school board members only dream about. If its experiments go well, it offers a template both for propelling conservatives into education, which is largely a liberal playground even in K-12, and for what such leaders might do when they get there.

Week ending 17 August 2014

U.S. Livid with Israel?
Hamas Can't Believe Its Luck

David Horovitz
After the abandonment of Israel by the UK, with its promise to limit arms sales to Israel if Hamas restarts its attacks on our civilians, we now learn that the US is already restricting arms sales to Israel, having halted a planned supply of the Hellfire precision missiles that enable Israel to strike at the rocket launchers set up by Hamas in the heart of Gaza's residential areas.
Islamic State Jihadists: Once You´ve Beheaded
Someone for Fun, Where Do You Stop?

James Delingpole
British Prime Minister David Cameron has cut his summer holiday short to preside over an emergency crisis meeting about the Islamic State in Iraq. Perhaps Cameron´s mind has been concentrated by stories like this one...  The contrast between Western liberal complacency and decadence – aka the post WWII "peace dividend" – and the Medieval brutality of Islamism could scarcely be more jarring.
Obama Adviser, June 2011: Jihadists' Caliphate 'Absurd'
"Our strategy is…shaped by a deeper understanding of al Qaeda's goals, strategy, and tactics," John Brennan claimed. "I'm not talking about al Qaeda's grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate. That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counterterrorism policies against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen."
Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ‘Horsesh*t’
Josh Rogin
Hillary Clinton and congressmen alike have called on Obama to arm Syria’s rebels. But the president fumed at lawmakers in a private meeting for suggesting he should’ve done more. President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have armed the Syrian rebels, calling the criticism “horseshit.”
Islamic State´s Shocking Barbarity Prompts Calls for World To Act
Shocking accounts of medieval brutality – including video of kneeling Iraqis being gunned down, a Twitter image of a young jihadist holding a severed head and threats by ISIS to take its savagery to the White House – have prompted desperate calls for the international community to stop the fanatical Islamic group.

White House Can't Explain Iraq Objectives to Congress;
Are U.S. Personnel Left Behind as Collateral?

Adam Kredo
Questions are now being raised on Capitol Hill about how the White House intends to legally justify its military campaign, particularly in light of its efforts to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The administration's decision to bypass Congress before taking military action is reminiscent of its behavior in Libya, where air strikes also were authorized without congressional approval.

Obama Adjusts Iraq Narrative,
Now Blames Bush for Troop Withdrawal

Ben Wolfgang
At the White House on Saturday morning President Obama blamed his predecessor, George W. Bush, for the absence of American troops in Iraq and rejected the assertion that he could have left a small peacekeeping force in the war-torn nation.
A Teachable Moment In Foreign Policy
Jennifer Rubin
Conservative critics of the president's foreign policy were relieved when President Obama initiated humanitarian relief efforts and air strikes in Iraq. They were, however, rightly worried that there is no concerted strategy to accomplish any national objective, say, the destruction of the Islamic State.
Could Mitt Romney Ride to the Rescue of the Republican Party?
Matt Lewis
Since his 2012 defeat, Mr Romney has been proved right about a variety of issues. When he called Russia a "geopolitical foe" during a 2012 presidential debate, Mr Obama gibed: "The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War has now been over for twenty years."  Since that time, of course, Russia has annexed Crimea and massed troops on Ukraine's border.
Report: Obama Calls Netanyahu "Reckless And Untrustworthy,"
Halts Missile Shipment To Israel

An Israeli official told the newspaper that the rift between Israel and the US has now deepened: "We've been there before with a lot of tension with us and Washington. What we have now, on top of that, is mistrust and a collision of different perspectives on the Middle East." Obama and Netanyahu reportedly had a "particularly combative" phone call on Wednesday.

Hamas Terror Tunnels:
Workers Executed to Prevent Revealing Info to Israel

In 2012, a Journal of Palestine Studies article claimed 160 Palestinian children were killed while working on Hamas's tunnel system. The digging of tunnels began four years ago and has demanded 40 percent of Hamas's budget, The Times of Israel has learned.
Dershowitz 'Outraged' by Perry Indictment
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz calls himself a "liberal Democrat who would never vote for Rick Perry," but he's still "outraged" over the Texas governor's indictment Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion. The charges are politically motivated and an example of a "dangerous" trend of courts being used to affect the ballot box and politics, he told Newsmax on Saturday.
Self-Reporting Fail:
Thousands Might Lose Health Insurance Over Missing Documents

Some 310,000 people with inconsistencies in their citizenship and immigration materials might lose their federal marketplace health coverage Sept. 30 unless they provide proper supporting documents by Sept. 5, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

Solving a 2014 Obamacare Dilemma Pushes Premium Rate Hikes in 2015
The Obama administration's effort to end one political crisis during the 2014 Obamacare rollout may have sown the seeds of another controversy: potential double-digit rate hikes in 2015. If insurers have their way, some residents in politically key states like Florida, North Carolina and Iowa would face hikes of 11 percent to nearly 18 percent.

Inability to Verify ObamaCare Applicants' Immigration Status
Could Cost Billions

Rep. Diane Black (R., Tenn.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Wednesday warning that fraudulent Obamacare subsidies could cost taxpayers billions if the administration fails to remedy over 300,000 inconsistencies relating to applicants' immigration status... The income verification system within Healthcare.gov, which is used to determine subsidies, has still not been completed.

Report: Companies Desperate to Avoid ObamaCare 'Cadillac tax'
Shifting Costs to Workers

The so-called "Cadillac tax," now four years away, will affect health plans that spend more than $10,200 per worker. "The excise tax, when it hits in 2018, will affect both employers and employees,"said Brian Marcotte, president of the National Business Group on Health.

Judge: Indiana Can Sue IRS Over Health Care Rules
A federal judge has ruled Indiana and nearly 40 state school districts can sue the Internal Revenue Service over rules it imposed to implement the federal health care overhaul. The judge on Tuesday declined an IRS request to dismiss the 2013 lawsuit by 39 districts.
From HIV to Cancer to Crone's, ObamaCare Fails The Sick
Peter J. Pitts
It turns out ObamaCare didn't solve the problem of "pre-existing conditions" after all. It made premiums more affordable for people with chronic health conditions that are expensive to treat – but at the price of sticking them with unaffordable co-payments for their medications.
Stores That Didn't Get Looted In Ferguson – Guess Why?
Nobody is robbing St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio and Country Guns anytime soon. Mike Gutierrez (who owns the tattoo shop) and Adam Weinstein(who owns Country Guns) got a group together and went down to protect their stores, with rifles in hand at 12:30 in the morning. Weinstein even had a pistol and a tactical vest as well.

Police Tell Detroiters to Buy Guns In City
Riven by Race Issues and Crime

Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city. His words have not fallen on deaf ears.
Groups Rally Around Think Tank, Publication Being Sued for
Global Warming Views by 'hockey stick' Originator

News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn't like what they had to say about his work on global warming. Critics say the suit threatens to violate constitutionally protected rights to opinion and fair comment, particularly in an area of scientific debate.
IRS Guidance Relaxes Renewable Energy Tax Credit as
Wind Projects Cannot Survive Without Taxpayer Support

The IRS lowered the threshold for renewable energy projects that qualify for federal tax credits. The new guidance released Friday by the IRS and Treasury Department could provide a boost to developers and investors in the wind energy industry, who up until recently were uncertain how much they would be able to rely on federal credits...
Wind Energy's Overblown Prospects
LED Bulbs Recalled Due to Risk of Injury and Burn Hazards
Halco has recalled LED bulbs that can overheat and fall onto consumers below, posing impact and burn hazards. This recall involves 14 Halco LED bulb models used in recessed lights, as outdoor security lighting and in retail displays. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled LED bulbs...
Incredible! Fire Risk Prompts New Recall Fix;
GM Asks Owners To Park SUVs Outside

General Motors has issued a revised recall of some 2005-2007 model year mid-size SUVs, for an issue with a short in the power-window switch. The short could result in a fire, and it's potentially severe enough for the automaker to advise that owners park affected vehicles outside until they're fixed.

Week ending 10 August 2014

UNRWA – The U.N. Handmaiden of Hamas
Claudia Rosett
Gaza under Hamas is a place with only two basic industries: aid and terrorism... In effect the U.N. group subsidizes Hamas. Among U.N. agencies in the Middle East, UNRWA is the largest employer, with a regular budget for 2014 of $731 million, and a total budget that, with emergency appeals, tops $1 billion. The agency has roughly 30,000 staff on its payroll, almost all Palestinian.
Obama Administration Lied About Insurance Company Bailouts
Dan McLaughlin
It can be difficult to keep track of all the untruths the Obama Administration has told in the process of selling Obamacare to a disbelieving public, and it is tempting to write these all off as history, more than four years later. But the untruths have never stopped coming.
What Kind of Iraq Did Obama Inherit?
Peter Wehner
A fair-minded reading of the facts, I think, shows that when Mr. Obama was sworn in, the Iraq war had more or less been won. Things were fragile to be sure. By 2009, U.S. combat deaths were extremely rare. (In December of that year there were no American combat deaths in Iraq.) Iraq was on the mend.

The World Will Blame President Obama if Iraq Falls
George E. Condon Jr.
The world will not blame the Iraqi government if the children and women huddled atop Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq die of hunger and exposure... The fact is that the world, from the pontiff in the Vatican to the coal miner in West Virginia, will blame President Obama. That is why the president found himself under such intense pressure to act on Thursday...
Crucified by the Caliphate Monsters:
Iraq Descends Into Apocalypse as Islamic State Fanatics Seize Towns

‘He told us that either we become Muslims or they would kill us all,’ said Falah, mayor of the village made up mainly of members of the ancient Yazidi sect. ‘We offered money but they would not accept it.’ The deadline the people of Kosho have to meet is midday today. Since the residents refuse to betray their faith, it is feared an entire village of about 2,500 innocent people might be slaughtered in cold blood.

Caliph Ibrahim's Brutal Moment
Daniel Pipes
Caliph Ibrahim (aka Dr. Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim)... now claims to be leader of "Muslims everywhere" and demands their oath of allegiance. All other Muslim governments have lost legitimacy, he claims. Further, Muslims must throw out "democracy, secularism, nationalism, as well as all the other garbage and ideas from the West."
Benyamin Netanyahu: "If Palestine were to lay down their guns tomorrow, there would be no war.
If Israel were to lay down theirs, there would be no Israel."
Obama and Kerry Behind One of
Most Strategic Mistakes In Military History

Steven Emerson
The obsession by the Obama-Kerry administration with imposing a cease-fire on the warring parties in the Hamas-Israel war will go down in history as one of the most strategic mistakes in military history. Here is a fact the administration deliberately and maliciously ignored: In the history of modern warfare, no terrorist group has ever honored a cease-fire.

Gaza's Civilian Casualties: The Truth Is Very Different
Richard Kemp – Gatestone Institute
With few exceptions, reporters, commentators, and analysts unquestioningly accept the casualty statistics given by Gaza's Hamas-controlled medical authorities, who ascribe all deaths to the IDF. We have never seen so much as a glimpse of killed or wounded fighters. Analysis of casualty details released by Qatar-based Al Jazeera indicate that so far most of those killed in Gaza have been young men of fighting age, not women, children or old people.

Hamas Hides In, Under and Around Gaza's Main Hospital,
and the Media Covers It Up

William A. Jacobson  
How do you deal with such an enemy that hides in, under and around hospitals as part of a deliberate human shield strategy? And equally important, how does the media ignore it? Is this Finnish reporter the only one to have seen rockets fired from close to al-Shifa, or is she the only one brave and honest enough to tell about it?

Welcome to the 1930s
Roger L. Simon
"The tatooed numbers spook me, not because I expect to see friends and family being carted off to the camps, but because I see a world of anti-Semitism metastasizing so quickly across the globe there might not be time for that. From Paris to Caracas, from Brussels to Bangkok we hear chants of Jew-hating as loud, ugly and perhaps even more wide-spread than we did in the 1930s."
Jon Voight Pens Letter to 'Ignorant' Celebrities:
'Hang Your Heads In Shame'

Jon Voight
They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel's birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea.
What Really Happened in the Middle East
Romney Looks Better as Obama Falters
Adriana Cohen
Voters are now telling pollsters that if they had another shot, they'd pick Mitt Romney, not Barack Obama. No less than the Washington Post is reporting that Democratic pols, keenly tuned to the zeitgeist, are showing little interest in being seen with their president, while Republicans are eager to be seen with the 2012 also-ran.
Lost Emails Scandal Spreads To Top Obamacare Official
The Obama administration admitted Thursday that it has lost emails from the key official who oversaw the botched federal Obamacare rollout last year, and the health department may have broken the law by failing to report the lost emails to the National Archives.
Public Servants Acting As Public Masters
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
"The sad truth is that when you elect irresponsible people into positions of power, you get irresponsible government. President Obama oozes contempt for Congress, and for longstanding unwritten political accommodations among the branches, at every opportunity. It's unsurprising that his underlings feel – and act – consistently with that view."
Federal Contractors Vow To Fight Obama Executive Order
Say the president went too far.

Business interests are vowing to fight President Obama's executive order imposing new restrictions on companies who want to do business with the federal government. Obama announced the action this week, ordering up new regulations that would require firms seeking federal contracts to disclose labor law violations and create new compliance advisors at agencies to oversee decisions about which firms get the work.
Unions Lose and the Public Wins Big in Wisconsin
Hans von Spakovsky
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin had quite a good day on July 31 when the state supreme court upheld not only Wisconsin's voter ID law, but also the 2011 budget legislation that severely curtailed the power of public unions to control the lives and salaries of state and municipal government employees.
Vaughn Index: Federal Court Orders DOJ to
Release Fast and Furious Information

A Vaughn Index, according to the Office of Government Information Services, must: "1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption." The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia's decision comes after a 16-month delay on the lawsuit due to a request by the Department of Justice for an almost indefinite hold on the case.
DOJ Report: Nearly Half of All Federal Criminal Cases
Occur Near Border

Crime is so high along the Mexican border that nearly half of all the criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors in the United States last fiscal year were concentrated in a handful of districts located in that region, according to the U.S. government’s figures.
So Much for Chicago's Strict Gun Laws;
Rapper Gets Probation Avoiding Jail Time on Gun Charges

21-yr-old Rapper Lil Durk will not serve any additional jail time after pleading guilty Tuesday to two weapons charges stemming from a 2013 arrest. At the time, Banks, of Melrose Park, was less than a month away from completing his parole for a 2012 conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when he was arrested.
Ranchers Sue Western Watersheds Project for Trespassing –
Green Group Despises Federal Grazing Leases

In the latest conflict between rural landowners and environmental groups, over a dozen Wyoming ranchers are suing the WWP, charging the Green nonprofit with repeatedly trespassing on their land to collect water quality samples. According to the lawsuit, WWP's trespasses date from 2005 and have continued despite direct instructions and plainly written signage to stay off private land.
Testimony on EPA's Proposed Rules for Existing Power Plants
In proposing to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new power plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, EPA has created a scheme that is so complex that its implementation will undermine the nation's energy security and impose intolerable costs on those least able to bear the burden, without having any measurable effect on the climate.

Week ending 3 August 2014

President Obama's Competence Problem Is Worse Than It Looks
Chris Cillizza – Washington Post
Obama was elected in 2008 on a stated promise that he would restore competence to government. He pitched himself as the antidote to "Heck of a job, Brownie" and the Bush years, the person who would always put the most qualified candidate in every job in his Administration. That the basic functioning of government would never be in question.
Red Coats, Blue Coats & Turncoats
Burt Prelutsky
When Barack Obama swapped five Taliban commanders for one U.S. Army deserter, he said with his customary arrogance, "This is what happens at the end of wars. That was true for George Washington, that was true for Abraham Lincoln, that was true for FDR. That's been true of every combat situation, that at some point you make sure that you try to get your folks back. And that's the right thing to do."
Hundreds of Rules Passed by Obama Administration
Are Technically Illegal

Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules – on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas, and so on. There's a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn't be in effect because they weren't reported to Congress as required.
Obamacare Architect Caught In Web of Contradictions on Subsidies
Kevin O´Brien
Hypocrisy, deception and double-talk have never been seen as disqualification for membership in the Obamacare sales force. In fact, they´re standard tools of the trade. The president himself has employed them all continually and shamelessly. It is, after all, racist to refuse Barack Obama a pass when he blatantly contradicts himself. We all get that.
GOP Sees Signs of Jewish Voters Drifting Away from Democrats
Republicans believe that the deepening crisis in Gaza could ultimately loosen the grip that the Democratic Party has traditionally held upon American Jewish voters. While declarations of a rift between Democrats and the Jewish community have proven premature in the past, things could be different this time, they assert.
Israel Surprised by Hamas Tunnel Network;
Much of Palestinian Aid Funds Spent on Tunnel Construction

Israel's military operation against Hamas in Gaza has gone on longer than expected because of the discovery of the extensive tunnel network, which is estimated to have cost as much as $2 billion to construct. Many of Hamas' longer-range rockets have been destroyed, although the Israeli military is looking for other tunnels in Gaza where rockets could be kept.

Report: At Least 160 Children Died Digging Hamas’ Tunnels
Paul Mirengoff
Because of their size and agility, children make good tunnel-diggers. The English knew this when they were digging coal mines during the Victorian era; Hamas knows it now. Thus, the Journal of Palestine Studies (edited by President Obama's pro-Palestinian friend Rashid Khalidi) reported in 2012 that Hamas uses children to help dig tunnels into Israel.

Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House
"You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots which were planted in the Islamic lands by the British," Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said at this week's Friday prayer sermon in Tehran. "We will chase you house to house and will take revenge for every drop of blood of our martyrs in Palestine," Salami said. "and this is the beginning point of Islamic nations awakening for your defeat."

Hamas Using Human Shields? You Betcha!
IDF Soldier Helps Chained & Starving Palestinian Man In Gaza

Well, if you thought the stories about the Hamas were not true regarding the forcing of Palestinian civilians to stay in the locations where the IDF will strike, think again…actually in this case you don't need to think, just look...

Hamas Issues 'Terrorism 101 Handbook'
Manuals Discovered by IDF Give How-to Tips For Terror

Hamas has been disseminating to its followers in the Gaza Strip a detailed terrorism training manual that teaches would-be bombers how to make explosives and conceal them in household items such as televisions, according to documents seized by the Israeli military during recent raids.

Booby-Traped Explosives Built into Walls of UNRWA Clinic
Over eighty kilograms of explosives were built into the UN-funded hospital's walls themselves, it was cleared for publication Thursday – revealing that the clinic itself was built to mask, and perform, potential acts of terror on the IDF. Moreover, the clinic was built over tens of terror tunnels, according to the report.

Journalist's First-hand Account Amid the Tunnels and the Traps of
Hamas's Militarized Gaza

Avi Issacharoff
"The APC came to a halt, and its ramp deployed. In front of us we saw a one-story house, with a paratrooper unit surrounding it. In the yard, a giant D9 bulldozer had exposed one of the tunnel entrances. It only took a glimpse into the shaft to recognize that Hamas had spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money on its construction."
NBC's Chuck Todd Ignores Israeli Ambassador's Request
To Correct False Story

Part of the way through a live interview, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer asked NBC's Chuck Todd if the network would correct a false accusation made by Gaza-based reporter and Hamas sympathizer, Ayman Mohyeldin. Mohyeldin claimed on Twitter and in a report for NBC News that an Israeli drone had attacked a UN facility, killing over a dozen civilians. The claim led to widespread condemnation of Israel.
Incredible! Obama Thanks Muslims for
‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’

A statement put out today by President Barack Obama on the occasion of a religious holiday is raising some eyebrows. The holiday is a Muslim one called “Eid-al-Fitr” and the statement says: his last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate.
Emails Show IRS and State Department Worked Together
To Target Pro-Israel Groups

The IRS has stuck by its story that tax-exempt applications by conservatives got slow-rolled because of bureaucratic bungling not because the groups opposed President Obama's policies. Now the slow drip of email evidence to congressional investigators is casting further doubt on that tale.
ISIS Occupied or Destroyed All Christian Institutions in Mosul
For over 2,000 years, Christians and Muslims lived in peace in Mosul, Iraq, the country´s second largest city. That all changed on June 10, 2014 when the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, invaded the city and evicted its Christian population. With the Christians gone, ISIS has begun to destroy or occupy every Christian landmark in the city.
Religion of Peace?
All 45 Christian Institutions in Mosul Destroyed or
Occupied by Islamists

Since taking over Mosul on June 10, ISIS has destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul. The following is the complete list of the Christian institutions in Mosul, grouped by denomination:
MS-13 Gang
Violent Transnational Gangs
‘Recruiting Unaccompanied Minors at Border Security Facilities’

Transnational gangs such as the Mara Salvatruca, also known as MS-13, and the 18th Street gang are using established juvenile members from Central America to cross the border and recruit other children to the cartels, say sources. Border Control agents have witnessed gang members using a Red Cross phone bank at the facility at Nogales, Arizona, to 'recruit, enlist and pressure' other minors into crossing the border.
The Ethanol Boondoggle
But, won't ethanol help stop global warming?

Mark Alexander
In 2008, just before Barack Hussein Obama's election, the decidedly left-of-center Time magazine ran a cover story entitled "The Clean Energy Myth," noting, "Politicians and big business are pushing biofuels like corn-based ethanol as alternatives to oil. All they're doing is driving up food prices and making global warming worse – and you're paying for it."
Average Price of Electricity Climbs to Record Breaking High
Typically, the cost of electricity peaks in summer, declines in fall, and hits its lowest point of the year during winter. In each of the first six months of this year, the average price for a KWH hour of electricity has hit a record for that month. In June, it hit the all-time record.
Lois Lerner: A Partisan Hack, Not A Public Servant
Investor´s Business Daily Editorial
A congressional panel has released new emails from top IRS official Lois Lerner, revealing a boiling hatred for the conservatives she illegally targeted. So much for claims that she was just a disinterested bureaucrat. The latest batch of emails released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee contained more than a "smidgeon" of hatred and intolerance from the IRS chief...

Newly Released Emails Show IRS Official Lerner's Disdain for
"***hole" Republicans

House Republicans have dug up emails from Lois Lerner in which the former IRS official refers to some in the Republican Party as "---holes" and "crazies"... The November 2012 emails were released Wednesday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., as part of his renewed call for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate.
D.C. Anti-2nd Amendment Proponents Stunned as
Ban On Carrying Guns In Public Is Shot Down by Federal Judge

In a stunning blow to gun laws in Washington, D.C., a federal judge has tossed a city ban on bearing arms in public. "There is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny," reads the judge's 19-page opinion.
“[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” –Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds 2011 Union Law
Wisconsin´s controversial 2011 law that severely limited collective bargaining for public workers, sparked massive protests and drove the failed effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker was upheld Thursday by the state´s highest court. The Wisconsin Supreme Court closed the book on the last of the major legal disputes over Act 10, ending a three-year legal struggle with its 5-2 decision.
BBC Offends Muslim Staff By Holding Hog Roast
Under Windows of Arabic TV Service

The Sun on Sunday reports that a whole pig was spit-roasted in the courtyard of New Broadcasting House in London, with the smell of pork drifting up through the windows of the mainly Muslim office. Workers described their “horror” at spotting the pig on their lunch break.

Week ending 27 July 2014

As Libya Implodes, “Smart Diplomacy” Becoming a Punch Line
Walter Russell Mead
The United States is pulling embassy staff out of Tripoli, and has issued a travel advisory that nicely outlines what a nightmare Libya has become. If Obama were a Republican, the press coverage of this stinking corpse of a policy flub would be quite different. The reckless and thoughtless Libya intervention just keeps looking worse.
Barack Obama Has Already Checked Out of His Job
Matt K. Lewis
President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems. How can one tell? Candidates for president who brazenly assume they are the inevitable victor are sometimes accused of “measuring the drapes” for the White House. Obama, conversely, seems to be prematurely packing his bags in hopes for an early departure.
Report: Israeli Officials ‘Horrified’ at Kerry Ceasefire Proposal,
‘Complete Cave-In’ to Hamas

Fearing an open breach in US-Israel relations, Channel 2 [TV] reported that Israel’s outraged ministers decided to leak the terms of the Kerry proposal rather than formally respond to them. Israeli officials were enraged not just about the totally unexpected terms contained in the Kerry proposal but deeply offended by what they thought were the underhanded tactics he used to push it.
Many question Kerry's grasp of Gaza situation
FEC Chairman Warns of Chilling Regulations,
Book Ban On Conservative Publishers

"By failing to affirm this publisher's constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher," warned Chairman Goodman... "That failure reveals a festering legal uncertainty and chill for the free press rights of books and book publishers to publish and disseminate political books free from government regulation," he added.
Liberals Hate Civil Rights –
Especially When Conservatives Exercise Them

Kurt Schlichter
Liberals never met a civil right they didn't dislike. As with everything about liberal ideology, liberals' great concern for civil rights is a scam, a lie, a fraud designed to sucker in the weak-minded and disguise their goosesteppy inclinations... Sure, liberals pose as advocates of civil liberties, but only when they don't have the power to squash them.
Mark Levin Sues EPA for Destroying Emails on Regulation Delays
The Landmark Legal Foundation asked federal District Judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the EPA for the destruction of emails and text messages concerning the delay of large new environmental regulations until after the 2012 election. As reported by the Washington Post, the Obama administration delayed many potentially unpopular regulations until after the contentious 2012 presidential election.
Hamas’ Evil Lurks Beneath the Surface
Michael Goodwin
The discovery of Hamas’ vast tunnel system, which would have allowed thousands of terrorists to cross under the border and emerge inside the Jewish state to carry out surprise attacks, was a wake-up call that is certain to lead to a harder national line against the Palestinians.

World Leaders Lambast Obama’s
‘Failures’ in the Middle East

Raymond Ibrahim
[E]very Muslim nation the U.S. has interfered in – whether to promote “democracy,” as in the much ballyhooed “Arab Spring,” or to defeat “terrorism” and/or eliminate “WMD” – has seen the empowerment of Islamists, followed by chaos, conflict, and constant atrocities.

Israel Surprised by Number, Sophistication of Gaza Tunnels
“An IDF force uncovered a terror access shaft in Gaza in which were weapons, maps and IDF uniforms, all intended for the execution of terror attacks against Israel,” said an IDF statement. “In addition, an IDF force attacked several militants emerging from a tunnel opening in the southern Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the ground operation more than 60 access shafts leading to some 28 tunnels have been uncovered.”
Call from Iraqi Christians: “Obama, Obama, Where are You?”
Iraqi Christians held demonstrations in a number of cities on Saturday, including Washington, Paris, The Hague, Cologne, and London, in order to bring attention to the current assault on Christians by the Islamic State (IS)-- formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) jihadists. One week ago, Christians were forced out of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and many Christian monasteries, shrines and churches have since been destroyed.
Islamic State Beheads Up To 50 Syrian Soldiers,
Displays Severed Heads On Poles

Islamist militants have reportedly beheaded dozens of soldiers at a Syrian army base and mounted their heads on poles. Extremists from the group Islamic State, previously known as ISIS, seized the base in the northern province of Raqqa, leaving more than 85 soldiers dead and 200 more unaccounted for.
Shock Report – Rick Perry: Illegals Behind
3,000 Homicides & 8,000 Sexual Assaults in TX Since '08

Jim Hoft
Texas Governor Rick Perry went on Hannity tonight to discuss the illegal immigrant crisis at the US southern border. Perry shared these shocking numbers on the current crisis. "Sean, there have been over the course of the last five years, since the fall of '08, over 203,000 individuals who have come into Texas illegally who have been booked into our county jails. Those individuals have accounted for over 3,000 homicides and over 8,000 sexual assaults.

The Brutal Obama Policy That´s Really Driving the Border Crisis
Tara Servatius
A pernicious, little-known Obama administration policy – one that that incentivizes adult illegal immigrants to use children as human shields to escape arrest and deportation at the border – largely has escaped the media's notice… In practice, what that means on the border – and in the interior – is that if you have a child with you, any child, you won't be sent home.
The Armpit of Academia
Mike Adams
Professor Breanne Fahs is a revolutionary. She teaches Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Recently, she decided to give extra credit to her female students for "defying social norms" by refusing to shave their armpits… It's another feminist intellectual breakthrough. Higher education will never be the same.
FOIA Requests Show Over 500 Grievous Injuries or Deaths at
VA Hospitals in 2013

Data obtained ... shows 575 "institutional disclosures of adverse events" – the bureaucratic phrase for reporting a serious mistake – at VA hospitals in fiscal year 2013. "Like other hospital systems, VA isn't immune from human error – even fatal human error," Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) said. "But what the department does seem to be immune from is meaningful accountability.

Obama Administration Was Warned About VA Scheduling Issues
After 2008 Election

Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson assured Congress last week that the VA is working hard to replace its "antiquated" scheduling system, but the Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times. The Washington Times obtained the [2008] report through the Freedom of Information Act.
Nazi Holocaust Oven SHOCK: Jewish students shown
‘photos of ovens and told to get in’
by classmates in Chicago

Kyle Olson
A school principal has been reassigned after a series of shocking bullying incidents that targeted Jewish students. DNAinfo Chicago reports Ogden International School of Chicago principal Joshua VanderJagt asked to be reassigned because “challenges” arose after two students – one 14 years old and one 8 years old – suffered repeated threats by classmates.
Lawmaker Pushes for D’Souza’s America to Show In Schools,
Like Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth

Republican state Sen. Alan Hays said he plans to introduce legislation that would mandate the docudrama be shown in Florida high schools and middle schools, allowing students to opt out if parents sign a waiver. “I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this,’” Hays told The Reporter.
California Wakeup Call: Omnitracs Moving Headquarters,
450 Jobs, to Downtown Dallas

Fleet management software company Omnitracs LLC will relocate its headquarters to Dallas from San Diego, creating 450 jobs and $10 million in capital investment, Gov. Rick Perry's office announced Friday. Omnitracs is the latest in a wave of California relocations to North Texas announced this spring and summer.
Unions Weep: After Becoming RTW State,
Michigan Incomes Rise

Jazz Shaw
Hey, do you remember when Michigan shocked the nation and became a right to work state in 2012? That was supposed to usher in the end of the world, at least in the view of union leaders and their Democrat water carriers. As Thomas Lifson reminds us at The American Thinker, the predictions were nigh on to apocalyptic.
CDC Study Shatters LGBT Mythology
Far Fewer Numbers Than Activists Claim

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the CDC reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans' sexual orientation. The [survey], which is the government's premier tool for annually assessing Americans' health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.
Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow To Health Law
A federal appeals court panel in the District struck down a major part of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the program may not be provided in at least half of the states. The ruling, if upheld, could potentially be more damaging to the law than last month's Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.

King Barack Rewrites Obamacare… Again
His 24th Unilateral Change to PPACA.

David Catron
Obamacare's supporters have long insisted that it is the "law of the land," implicitly suggesting that it is immutable and permanent. Evidently, it hasn't occurred to these people to mention that to their dear leader. His Majesty, Barack I, obviously thinks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a collection of royal decrees, any one of which may be altered at his pleasure.

Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Emphasized in 2012
That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges

Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that, contrary to the Obama administration's implementation and an Internal Revenue Service rule, Obamacare's subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. The reasoning for this ruling was simple: That's what the law says.

Democrats Still Haven’t Learned Obamacare Lesson
David Nather and Jennifer Haberkorn
Memo to Democrats: This is what happens when you pass a law where you can't fix simple drafting errors. Within hours of each other, two federal courts reached exactly opposite conclusions Tuesday about whether the vague wording of Obamacare allows people to get subsidies through the federal health insurance exchange.

GAO Launched an Obamacare Sting Operation and Found
Almost All Fake Insurance Applications Were Approved

An undercover operation found that the majority of fake Obamacare applications submitted were approved by the health law's enrollment system. Fake applicants were able to get subsidized insurance coverage in 11 of 18 attempts, according to a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The agency conducted the sting operation to test the strength of the Affordable Care Act's eligibility-verification system.
Another Carbon Tax Domino Falls as South Korea
Goes Cold on Emissions Trading Scheme

Anthony Watts
In a sign that rejection of climate alarm is gathering momentum, South Korea has thrown doubt on its carbon plans. Significantly, the announcement was made the day after Australia abolished the carbon tax.
Michelle on a tear Feds Cracking Down on School Bake Sales
States Maneuvering to Bypass Standards

Barely a month after federal regulations for school cafeterias kicked in, states are already pushing back. Specifically, they're fighting nutrition standards that would considerably alter one of the most sacred rituals of the American public school system: bake sales.
Britain Will Leave the EU Unless Brussels Gives Us Major Concessions,
Warns New Foreign Secretary

Britain will vote to leave Europe unless Brussels hands David Cameron major concessions, the Foreign Secretary warned yesterday. Philip Hammond said it was 'pretty clear' that voters will reject EU membership in a planned referendum in 2017 without changes being made.

Week ending 20 July 2014

Lie at Heart of "Immigration Reform" Exposed
Mickey Kaus
"Trust" is for Con Men: The reaction to the border chaos in Texas has accomplished one thing: It has exploded the lie at the heart of current "comprehensive" immigration reform plans. The basic structure of those plans is a swap of a) near-immediate legalization for b) increased border security in the future.
Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage;
Democrats Fail to Learn from Calif. History

William Tucker
In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn't going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins' "soft path," opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage.
Canada's Stephen Harper Accuses Hamas of Using Human Shields, Urges World Leaders to Side with Israel
Terrorists are deliberately placing people in the path of an Israeli offensive aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Gaza, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification," Harper said in a statement issued Sunday.
Harper firm, Obama limp
Hamas Terrorists Use Ambulances as Mobile 'Bomb Shelters'
Hamas is an expert at embedding itself in the midst of the Palestinian civilian population and using it as human shields, to seek immunity from the army. In recent days, IDF sources reported spotting Hamas gunmen boarding ambulances in Gaza filled with children.
Obamacare Misses Its Target on the Uninsured by Half
Jeffrey H. Anderson
In March 2010, Obamacare was about to be voted upon by the House of Representatives, and the Democrats were in the process of deciding whether to ignore public opinion at their peril. At that time, the CBO projected that Obamacare would cost $938 billion over a decade and would reduce the number of uninsured people by 19 million as of 2014 (1 million prior to 2014 and 18 million in 2014 alone).

Obamacare Victims?
53,000 New Yorkers Dropped from Health Insurance

Did 53,000 New Yorkers just become the latest in a long line of Obamacare victims? BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has announced that they will be withdrawing from the Medicaid managed care program, meaning 53,000 Medicaid recipients will be forced to look for new insurance plans.

In Another Executive Rewrite the Administration Just Took
Obamacare Away from the U.S. Territories

The ACA's design dealt a pretty big problem to the territories. It required insurers there to comply with the law's major market reforms ... without requiring residents to get coverage or providing subsidies to help them afford coverage. The territories... have been warning for years that would destroy their insurance markets.
Former Border Patrol Deputy Chief: 'All of the Good That Was Done after 9/11 Up to Now Has Been Reversed Singlehandedly'
Ronald Colburn, who spent more than 30 years working for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says the resulting national-security risk has to do with the "clutter" of people at the border. He says all of the gains made since 9/11 came as a result of reducing the number of people crossing the border.

WaPo: Obama Aides Were Warned of Brewing Border Crisis
Over a Year Ago

The DHS researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.

Luis Gutierrez to La Raza:
Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People'

On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Doctor: Border Crisis Is 'Absolutely a Health Threat' to Nation
The U.S. is facing a major health threat due to the explosion of disease at detention centers holding thousands of illegal-immigrant children on the southern border, says Dr. Elaina George, who specializes in ear, nose and throat afflictions. "It's like a perfect pressure cooker … a culture medium if you really want to think about it in that manner – a 1700 mile track by foot, by train or however else they're coming up.

Federal Workers Now Concerned After Being Exposed to
Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border

Inside the government, officials are sounding alarms, fearing that they and their teams who come in contact with the sick children face potential exposure to infectious diseases from chicken pox to influenza, including rare cases of H1N1, more commonly called swine flu.
Thin-skinned Kerry Throws a Tantrum on Fox:
‘Let me answer! Let me answer!’

Kerry, pulling off a feat last accomplished by then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice when she hit all five Sunday talk shows to mislead the country about an anti-Islamic video causing the attack in Benghazi, told Wallace at one point on “Fox News Sunday,” “You like to ask questions, but you don’t like to get answers!”
Lindsey Graham Gives Obama A Title: ‘The King Of Indecision’
“As to Secretary Kerry, he gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy that you could imagine,” the senator accused. “It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape.” Graham called America “the glue that holds the free world together” and claimed “leading from behind is not working.”
Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism
In her speech, Warren outlined more clearly than other Democrats the social issues that galvanize progressives. Her performance was reminiscent of a certain other young senator in 2008. "What are our values?" Warren asked the audience, some of whom held up "Run Liz Run" signs. "What does it mean to be a progressive?"
Meet the Congressional Progressive Caucus
The Real Problem with Climate Change:
Experts who Aren´t Experts

James Delingpole
Have a look at this recent BBC interview with Al Gore. Then, once you´ve cleaned up the sick, consider what it tells us about the current debate on climate change. I´d suggest two things. 1. The mainstream media still isn´t doing its due diligence in exposing the scam. 2. (And this is a consequence of 1.) Charlatans like Al Gore are getting away with murder.
In Historic Blow to Climate Hysteria, Australia Kills Carbon Tax
A destructive tax which cost jobs, hurt the economy.

With final approval of the Senate on July 17, Australia officially became the first developed nation to repeal its deeply controversial tax on emissions of carbon dioxide, dealing a major setback to proponents of increasingly discredited man-made "global warming" theories.

Thomas Edison Never Had This Problem
Security Firm Hacks Into LED Lighting System

Now, with a fresh report from a UK security firm saying a team of six hackers was able to take over an a LIFX Wi-Fi LED network, perhaps we will begin to see security taken more seriously. Katherine Tweed of GreenTechMedia reported yesterday on the discovery and some of its implications.

Attacks on Carbon Dioxide Are Political Air Pollution
Larry Bell
It's high time to recognize that carbon dioxide has been unfairly treated. Not only have the good deeds of this wonderful molecule so essential to nourish rain forests, begonias, and plants that feed God's creatures been ignored, it has even come to be demonized as an endangering pollutant and climate-ravaging menace.

Greenpeace Showcases Its Anti-Human Side 

Paul Driessen
Greenpeace actions are akin to denying chemotherapy to cancer patients or antibiotics to pneumonia sufferers. Their anti-technology campaigns are eco-manslaughter and should no longer be tolerated. Personally, I cannot imagine life without modern technologies. I can't imagine living in electricity-free, disease-ridden, malnourished, polluted poor nation squalor.
"The Mics Were Hot":
VA's Shocking Attempt To Spy On Scandal Investigators

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller told DC-based WMAL Radio on Tuesday about his congressional staffers recently being spied on when they looked into various VA complaints at a regional Veterans Benefits Administration office. His staff was told on "three different occasions" to go to a specific room to do their work but one VA employee said it wasn't necessary.

Week ending 13 July 2014

Disorder at the Border
The United States Has Lost a Basic Aspect of Sovereignty

Scott W. Johnson
Conditions have not suddenly changed in the minors’ home countries. So far as we can tell, the cartels and their customers have a sophisticated understanding of American immigration law and how the White House enforces it . As a Cleveland immigration attorney said, “The cartels have figured out where the hole is.”
The "New" Democratic Party
Obama's "Fundamental Transformation of America"

Mark Alexander
Paraphrasing the esteemed classical liberal economist, Friedrich von Hayek, Future Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger wrote, "There is no difference in principle, between the economic philosophy of Nazism, socialism, communism, and fascism and that of the American welfare state and regulated economy." British historian, Dr. John Joseph Ray, noted further, "The BIG Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism."
Under the Radar Power Grab:
EPA Wants To Garnish Wages of Polluters

The EPA has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the IRS... "The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn't have away from American citizens," Sen. John Barrasso.
Second Federal Judge Tells IRS to Explain Lost Lerner Emails
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton told Obama administration lawyers on Friday he wants to see an affidavit explaining what happened with Lerner's hard drive. At a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by conservative group True the Vote, Walton said he wants to know what happened to Lerner's hard drive, which allegedly was recycled. He asked for an affidavit from those involved in handling the crashed drive.
Assad Regime Misses Key Deadline To
Hand Over Chemical Weapons

The Syrian government missed a key deadline Wednesday to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile, renewing concerns that the Assad regime is dragging its feet while the civil war rages on. "Assad just keeps giving excuses for breaking promises and compliance requirements, while using the delay to increase his brutality against the Syrian people," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a statement.
Honduran President Vows to Keep Dumping Illegal Alien Children on
U.S. Border Until His Friend President Obama Says to Stop

Things are beginning to add up now. In May 2013 President Obama attended a gathering of leaders from the Central American Integration System, (CAIS). “As long as (U.S.) immigration reform is not approved, the exodus of children to the United States will continue,” Jorge Ramon Hernandez, the senior representative of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, said at the talks.
Obama Doesn't Know Where the Border Patrol is Stationed;
Number of Children Physically Removed Declines Every Year

Keith Koffler
Texas Gov. Rick Perry last night told Fox News' Sean Hannity that during his discussion with Obama Wednesday, he concluded that the president doesn't even know where his own border patrol agents are situated, suggesting a gross lack of familiarity with the whole process.

U.S. Classrooms Prepare for Flood as Migrants Become Pupils
While politicians spend the summer fighting over how to turn back the tide, school leaders across the country are struggling to absorb a new student population the size of Newark, New Jersey.

DHS Report: Only 0.1% of Central American Miniors Deported In 2013

A report leaked to Breitbart News from the Department of Homeland Security states that 99.9% of children from Central America who crossed into the US illegally in 2013 were not deported and are still here. The report also says that the lack of deportations is probably a much more significant factor in driving Central American children to come to the US than violence or poverty.

Lice So Bad ‘they can be seen crawling down’ Their Faces!
“It’s one giant emergency room. They tell me tuberculosis has become a very dangerous issue there. Nurses say the number of children representing symptoms of tuberculosis is ‘simply staggering.’ Spitting up blood, chest pains, constant coughing. There are at least three confirmed cases for the illegals in Austin, Texas…

Border Doctor:
Previously-Deported Illegal Alien with Tuberculosis Ignored by Feds

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet – a preventive medicine physician and former Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) – has practices in Arizona and Texas. Vliet claimed that one of her patients, whose name cannot be disclosed for confidentiality reasons, called her with fears that the TB-positive immigrant was putting other lives at risk.

Violent MS-13 Gang Members Leave Graffiti on Bathroom Walls
of Nogales Border Patrol Processing Center

An internal Border Patrol executive summary obtained by Townhall confirms that at least 16 unaccompanied illegal minors, are members of the brutal El Salvadorian street gang Mara Salvatrucha – or MS-13. "But remember, this is a 'humanitarian crisis.' They are just kids," a source working in the Nogales processing center said in frustrated and sarcastic tone.

Feds: Pastors and Churches Banned from Border Detention Facilities
"Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit," said Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there – even credentialed pastors." A public affairs officer for the Border Patrol confirmed that ministers and church groups have been banned from the Nogales Placement Center.
Chicago Inner City Blacks GO OFF on Obama Over Illegal Immigration
Jim Hoft
One Chicago resident said, “With the president setting aside all these funds for immigrants and forsaken African-American community and African-American families, I think that’s a disgrace. And Barack is from the heart of 55th in the City of Chicago… He will probably go down as the worst president ever elected. Bill Clinton was the African-American president.“
Harry Reid Slammed by Hometown Paper for ‘Race-Baiting’
“The moment any scandal, policy failure or political defeat crashes down on him – and there have been plenty the past few years – the Senate majority leader unleashes outrageous rhetoric,” the editorial continues, adding that Reid “has become especially fond of slinging race cards just to crank up the outrage.”
Eric Holder Continues to See Anti-Black Component to
Those Opposing Himself and President Obama

“There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC. “You know, people talking about taking their country back... There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."
The Latino Child Eric Holder Booted Back Home
Humberto Fontova
It was (then) Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder who concocted the “legal” cover for the INS to mace, kick, stomp, and gun-butt their way into the home of Elian Gonzalez’s legal custodians (legal U.S. citizens and residents all) on the morning of April 22, 2000, wrench a bawling 6-year-old child from his family at machine-gun point, and bundle him off to Castro’s terror-sponsoring fiefdom, leaving 102 people (legal U.S. citizens and residents all) injured, some seriously.
Feds seize Elain Gonzales at point of assault weapon
Proud to Be an American?
Patriotism and Contemporary Politics

Mark Alexander
In his farewell address to the nation in 1989, Ronald Reagan said, "An informed patriotism is what we want." But under Obama's oppressive (a.k.a., progressive) regime, a generation of "useful idiots" is on the rise, and under the tutelage of their Community Organizer in Chief, they are becoming progressively more ignorant of the their most rudimentary civic duties and responsibilities.
Surprised? Most American Muslims Approve of Obama
Gallup
Seventy-two percent of U.S. Muslims approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing as president during the first six months of 2014, higher than any other U.S. religious group Gallup tracks. Mormons were least approving, at 18%.
Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Moore: 'I fear a global cooling'
Moore noted that "the U.S. is currently been cooling" and noted that there has been "no global warming for nearly 18 years." He also mocked the notion that "everything is due to global warming." Moore pointed out that carbon dioxide is a trace essential gas in the atmosphere and is not the control knob of the Earth's climate. "CO2 is the most important nutrient for all life on earth," he noted.

Global Warming Computer Models Confounded as
Antarctic Sea Ice Hits New Record High

America's National Snow And Ice Data Center, which is funded by NASA, revealed that ice around the southern continent covers about 16 million sq km, more than 2.1 million more than is usual for the time of year. It is by far the highest level since satellite observations on which the figures depend began in 1979. In statistical terms, the extent of the ice cover is hugely significant.

Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.

Why Does Obama Want to Reduce CO2 Emissions?
John Hinderaker
Even if we assume that the climateers' bogus models reflect scientific reality rather than left-wing politics – an assumption that is plainly contrary to fact – does any plausible reduction in American CO2 emissions make any difference? The answer is: no, it doesn't.
Michelle Obama Employs Only 2 Men;
Pays Them Almost 50% More Than Women On Staff

At the same time the Obama administration once again renewed its Equal Pay push, the White House released salary figures for WH staff. Upon analysis, the Washington Post, among others, concluded that the gender pay gap (as defined by the White House) that has existed since President Obama was elected is as wide as it was in 2009, a thirteen percent difference:
Even Liberals Want Obamacare Employer Mandate Repealed
Liberals ranging from President Barack Obama's own former press secretary Robert Gibbs to the liberal Urban Institute and Commonwealth Fund say ditching the employer mandate makes sense and would reduce "distortions" in the labor market. Furthermore, Obamacare's employer mandate compliance requirements layer costly and onerous compliance hurdles on job creators.

Thousands Still Face Coverage Delays Months After
ObamaCare Enrollment Deadline

Months after the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan through ObamaCare has come and gone, thousands of Americans have found themselves without coverage due to backlogs or glitches in various enrollment systems, according to a published report.

HealthCare.gov Stuns Target Audience of the Young, Highly Educated
University of Pennsylvania researchers followed 33 subjects for three months as they struggled to get coverage from the federal website. The young professionals were both the best-prepared demographic to get coverage online – highly educated and familiar with the Internet – and the most desirable group as well – young, healthy and inexpensive for insurers.

Death By Paperwork
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D.
Obamacare regulations compel doctors and their office staff, restaurateurs, business owners, local government officials and others to spend hours filling out paperwork without getting paid for it. It's a colossal theft. As of 2014, Obamacare regulations impose 159 million hours of paperwork a year on the public, an increase of 48 million over last year. And there's more to come.
School Nutrition Group Turns on Michelle O,
Now Fighting Federal Lunch Regulations

The federal government's attempt to force public school students to eat "healthier" lunches is falling apart at the seams. Most recently, the School Nutrition Association – which initially championed the new federal lunch standards – is now lobbying Congress to dial back the "overly prescriptive" and expensive changes, the New York Times News Service reports.

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