Thursday, April 24, 2014

Who Will Win the Race? The Tortoise, the Hare, the Chinese, or the Americans?

Cynthia Quinn - The “Tortoise and the Hare” is an Aesop fable about a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise and challenges him to a race. The egotistical, pompous hare takes off and is so confident he will win, the hare decides to take a long nap. When the hare awakens he finds out, much to his dismay, that the slow moving, patient tortoise has won the race.
While the Nevada “endangered” desert tortoise has slowly been winning the Bureau of Land Management race in Nevada, a napping “Harey Greed” has been mysteriously becoming a multi-millionaire on his $193,400 Senate salary. Could it be that Harey is using his position of power to regulate the Nevada law to benefit himself, his family and his political crony capitalists; rules and regulations that enable the government to seal off public land that has been used agriculturally for decades?
Is Harey Greed writing his own book, a complex story full of subterfuge and crime that has nothing to do with tortoises? Of course, Americans know that Harey is not bright enough to mastermind such a story full of intrigue and mystery, and his long time co-author in government crime, Nancy Pelosi is no Nancy Drew and, in fact, is still desperately waiting for the Wizard of Oz to give her a brain, so just who is aiding and abetting Harey’s Hitleresque stance on Nevada land? Behind every sinister plot in America, you can always find a good attorney. Could it be Lionel Sawyer &Collins, the largest law firm in Nevada…the same one where his son RORY is a shareholder and focuses on government relations is behind Harey’s confident demeanor in all things legal? The politically connected heavy weights at the firm include the now deceased partner and Democrat, Grant Sawyer who served two terms as governor of Nevada and shareholder Democrat RICHARD H BRYAN  who served two terms as governor,  two terms as a U.S. Senator, and as Nevada’s Attorney General. Bryan is in charge of public land issues, obviously a large portion of their business. Other shareholders are WILLIAM MAUPIN who retired in 2009 as Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and let’s not forget JOHN DAWSON, an expert in transferring assets offshore, exactly what the federal government does not want the average American to do. To make doing business even easier for the firm, they also have an office in Washington D.C. as well, after all, the convenience of being able to walk next door to the White House to discuss the latest way they can screw the American people is, I am sure, very helpful.
Lionel Sawyer & Collins represents all the lucrative Nevada public land deals, including the “Western Solar Energy Plan” that had intended to expand solar energy on public land. With Harey’s help, China’s ENN Energy Group won incentives, including 9,000 acres of public land just 113 miles southeast of Las Vegas. With Harey’s help, ENN bought the land for $4.5 million, less than one-eighth of the land’s $38.6 million dollar assessed value. The Solar plant went bust, but the Chinese still own 9,000 acres of Nevada public land…a disturbing trend.
Harey, Pelosi and Obama’s “New Deal” is to allow the Chinese to convert the more than 8 percent of publicly held U.S. debt , or $1.2 TRILLION dollars, to the acquisition of land or “DEVELOPMENT ZONES” that are rich in oil and natural gas. Since 2010, China’s Offshore Oil Corporation has purchased a mulit-million dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields and 100% Chinese owned CNOOC and Sinopec Group have acquired $17 billion in oil and natural gas “equity” land interests. The following is a 2012 report in the Wall Street Journal that lists all the PUBLIC LAND now owned by the Chinese:
• Colorado: CNOOC gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southwest Wyoming in a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
• Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
• Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
• Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal.
• Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
• Texas: CNOOC acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy’s 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16-billion deal.
Wyoming: CNOOC has a one-third stake in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5-billion deal.
Will the “Trojan Tortoise” be the way Harey Greed can save Nevada land so that one day it can be handed over to the Chinese? Who is the domestic terrorist, Clive Bundy who is raising cattle to feed the American people, or Harey Greed who is helping Obama sell off the sovereignty of the United States?
Haughty Harey is upset that Clive Bundy is “thumbing his nose at authority.” What authority? Does he mean the same tyrannical authority that is allowing him to bilk millions from the American taxpayer and misappropriate American land? Does he mean Americans should respect and obey that corrupt authority?
Lionel Sawyer & Collins are also involved in the regulatory matters for the Malaysian Genting Group who is building a new ASIAN THEMED RESORT just south of Circus Circus in Las Vegas. Genting is controlled by Malaysian billionaire Lim Kok Thay who with the help of Greed’s cronies at the LSC law firm is “quite confident he will obtain his gaming license.”
Lim Kok Thay is promising to offer a replica of the Great Wall of China complete with playful panda bears! That is great news! The Chinese inspired park should become an extremely popular destination for all the Chinese people who are entitled to purchase “equity” in public American land for dimes on the dollar. How exciting for America to have our very own Great Wall of China…how uplifting, patriotic  and hospitable of the Chinese and now, Mao Michelle Obama will not have to leave home to enjoy the panda bears and communist “Wall,” a real win, win for taxpayers! Boy, this Obama Oligarchy is so clever, they have it all figured out, down to every last minuscule  Marxist detail, even an amusement park that will surely be flying the communist flag of China so that all the kiddies who go there can get used to seeing a red flag minus the stars and stripes!
Let’s see who ultimately wins the great American race….the tortoise, the Harey Hitleresque Hierarchy, the Chinese, or the American people. The favorable odds are, do not bet against the American people…they much prefer Bundy beef over Chinese tortoise soup. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Has al-Qaeda taken over a secret US base in Libya?

Hot Air - When losing ground in a war, it’s not unusual to see an enemy make use of one’s facilities and equipment. The report from Eli Lake at the Daily Beast only surprises because the US has insisted that we are not losing ground in the war against al-Qaeda, and still insists that the decapitation of the Moammar Qaddafi regime was sound policy:
A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.
In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qaddafi Libya.
Last week, the Libyan press reported that the camp (named “27” for the kilometer marker on the road between Tripoli and Tunis) was now under the command of Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush, a veteran associate of Osama bin Laden who was first designated as part of al Qaeda’s support network in 2002 by the United States and the United Nations. The report said he was heading a group of Salifist fighters from the former Libyan base.

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Governor, President Pushing for Detroit Bailout - City should sell assets instead, including art

Michael D. LaFaive, The Mackinac Center - News that President Obama wants to redirect some federal dollars toward a Detroit bailout brings to mind the old saw, “Politics Makes for Strange Bedfellows.” An online cultural dictionary points to Shakespeare as originating the line, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”
The misery here involves the consequence of decades of fiscal malpractice in Detroit: bankruptcy. The strange bedfellows are Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic President Barack Obama, both of whom are promoting partial bailouts for the city. This is not the first time the two have collaborated.
In 2011, Gov. Snyder fought hard to implement the President’s signature legislative product, the “Affordable Care Act,” by trying to create a state “exchange” to distribute its subsidies. (One suspects that many in the Snyder administration have been breathing sighs of relief that the effort failed.)
The governor did succeed, however, in adopting an even more critical Obamacare component — its huge expansion of Medicaid. To make that happen, Gov. Snyder was forced to rely on mostly Democratic votes in the Republican-run state House and Senate.
He may have to do the same to get $350 million for a state bailout of Detroit. MLive and others are reporting that Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger has made it clear the bailout faces an uphill struggle in the Republican-run Legislature. A public opinion poll commissioned by the Mackinac Center earlier this month found that GOP voters statewideoppose a Detroit bailout by a 55-38 margin.
This raises a reasonable question: If a Republican governor and a Republican Speaker of the House can’t martial sufficient votes for a bailout from a Republican House majority, what might the pair have to offer Democratic lawmakers to get the deal done?
For example, might they promise to not attempt a repeal of the state’s awful “prevailing wage” law, which prohibits awarding government contracts to the lowest bidder unless a firm pays above-market union wages? Statewide it has been estimated that this law costs taxpayers more than $200 million annually.What other sound policy might be sacrificed on the altar of a Detroit bailout?
A bailout would be bad for Michigan residents and in the long run probably bad for Detroit, too. It should be abandoned. Let Detroit bail itself out. If this means selling off some paintings from its collection, anairport and other assets, so be it.

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The Administration Needlessly Killing Jobs

KEYSTONE.  The Heritage Foundation explains why the Obama Administration’s decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline is bad for both the environment and jobs:
The Keystone XL pipeline, which President Obama just delayed again, has received an environmental green light multiple times—from this administration.
State Department impact reports have concluded “that the pipeline, a Canada-based project to deliver up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day to Gulf Coast refineries, would pose no significant environmental risk and would not contribute substantially to carbon dioxide emissions,” says Nicolas Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow.
The pipeline would bring jobs and would help provide additional oil supply.
BUDGET.  Senate Republicans are reportedly unlikely to push for an alternative budget (sub. req’d):
Republican senators have little interest in introducing alternative budget resolutions, as they did in 2012 and 2011 when no Democratic majority budget was passed out of the Budget Committee or considered on the floor.
The main reason: Many in the GOP worry that mounting another budget fight would detract from their efforts to campaign on what they say are the failures of the 2010 health care law (PL 111-148PL 111-152).
“Obamacare is going to be what Republicans are running on in this year, and whether or not it’s working,” said Brian Phillips, a spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)100%, who offered his own budget alternative two years ago. “The political benefits of forcing Democrats to put something out or shaming them for not putting something out are limited because it’s not really going to be the issue that motivates Republicans’ base or affects independents or Democrats in this election.”
Phillips added that GOP senators have offered a bevy of budgets, tax and entitlement overhaul plans over the past several years, “so putting out something that looks similar to that, doing all the work behind it, is probably not time well spent.”
UI.  The White House and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez continue to press the House to pass an extension of emergency unemployment benefits (sub. req’d):
“We continue to press Congress to take action to restore those benefits,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “Extending them would be, of course, hugely impactful to the families who receive them directly, but also of great benefit to the economy, and Congress ought to take action.”
Carney said he didn’t have an update on what the White House might be willing to offer Boehner.
“We continue to press Congress to take action to restore those benefits,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “Extending them would be, of course, hugely impactful to the families who receive them directly, but also of great benefit to the economy, and Congress ought to take action.”
Carney said he didn’t have an update on what the White House might be willing to offer Boehner.
TAX EXTENDERS.  Conservative groups are divided on tax extenders packages (sub. req’d):
A battle is shaping up between different sides of the Republican base over a Senate proposal to extend corporate tax breaks.
The dispute over tax strategy pits two critics of the across-the-board patch — the Club for Growth and Heritage Action — against defenders such as Americans for Tax Reform. The difference is less about lower taxes, which they both want to see, than about how the so-called tax extenders fit into a strategy for a broader tax overhaul.
“Extending bad tax policy is a non-starter,” said Dan Holler, Heritage Action’s communications director. “The sooner Washington realizes business-as-usual is changing, the sooner we can turn our attention to the type of pro-growth tax reform the country so desperately needs.”
The political arm of the Heritage Foundation has aligned with the Club for Growth, the sponsor of a key-vote blitz against the draft measure.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Judicial Watch Sues FBI for Records Relating to Award Given to Controversial Muslim Homeland Security Adviser

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on March 25, 2014, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeking agency records related to the awarding of the Louis E. Peters Award in 2011 to Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Council (Judicial Watch v. Federal Bureau of Investigation (No. 1:14-cv-00497)).  Elibiary is alleged to have close ties to radical Islamist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Judicial Watch seeks the following documents in its June 24, 2013, FOIA request:

Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the awarding of the Louis E. Peters Memorial Award to Mr. Mohamed Elibiary on September 8, 2011. This request includes, but is not limited to, any and all recommendations and other records of communications regarding, concerning, or related to the award.

Elibiary, who in his role as Homeland Security advisor has regular access to classified information, most recently came under fire in November 2013 for tweeting out the message that America is “an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution.”In its December 2013 “Special Report: U.S. Government Purges of Law Enforcement Training Material Deemed ‘Offensive’ to Muslims” Judicial Watch identified Elibiary as one of nearly a half-dozen “Islamist influence operators” within the Obama administration “seeking to advance an ideological agenda completely at odds with our constitutional system.”

In October 2010, when DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she had sworn in Elibiary as a member of the agency’s Advisory Council, Judicial Watch reported he was a backer of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian revolutionary whose teachings continue to govern Middle Eastern terrorist organizations. In December 2004, Elibiary had participated in a Dallas, Texas, tribute to Khomeini called “A Tribute To The Great Islamic Visionary, Ayatollah Khomeini.” In 2012, Judicial Watch reported that Elibiary leaked classified documentsto a media outlet that had declined to do a story supposedly exposing DHS’s promotion of “Islamophobia.” Records obtained by Judicial Watch included documents showing that Elibiary was given access to the Texas state terrorism database on October 18, 2011. The investigation of the allegation by the Texas Department of Public Safety found that Elibiary downloaded two documents from the system just days before he allegedly offered to leak documents to Newsweek/The Daily Beast.    Read More

Zoo chimps, gender preferences, and a search for Harry Reid’s integrity

Curtice Mang - The Obama administration did a victory lap recently when President Obama announced there were 7.1 million (or is it 8 million, or 315 million?) enrollees in Obamacare.

Others, like the Rand Corporation and Fox’s Neal Cavuto, calculated based on available information that less than 1.5 million of those who enrolled in Obamacare were previously without insurance. To put that number into perspective, 1.5 million people attended Tampa Bay Ray home games last season. Tampa Bay finished last in the major leagues in attendance in 2013.

Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced her resignation. My smart phone alerted us to the news of her impending departure. Shortly thereafter, our phone also notified us that chimps had escaped from the Kansas City zoo. The chimps seemed to take the news of the Sebelius resignation a little hard, we thought.

Word later surfaced that Sebelius may consider a run for the Senate. Possible campaign slogan: Elect Sebelius – the Senate isn’t incompetent enough.

Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO show Girls, was recently honored by the Point Foundation. The Point Foundation helps LGBTQ students overcome obstacles to complete their educations. (What, no vowels? We understand more letters are under consideration for addition in 2015. The letter E is lobbying heavily for inclusion.) In her acceptance speech, Dunham said, “It was actually a huge disappointment for me, when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men.”

Also hugely disappointed at the news that Dunham was not gay – men.

The House of Representatives voted to hold former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division Lois Lerner in contempt. It should be noted that Lerner, in both deed and appearance, is the Nurse Ratched of the IRS scandal. It should be further noted that recently obtained emails suggest that both Congressman Elijah Cummings and the Justice Department may also be implicated in the scandal. Word has recently surfaced that Lerner and Cummings may be taking their act off-Broadway, way off-Broadway – Leavenworth.

The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that players for the Northwestern University football team are actually employees of the University, not student-athletes. This opens the door for college players to form unions. We look forward to watching Running Backs Local 639 perform against Linebackers Local 225. Further, overtime games will literally mean overtime, as in pay.

The confrontation between the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters seems to have calmed down. Among the concerns are unpaid grazing fees, a sanctuary for the desert tortoise, Chinese solar panels, federal authority and Harry Reid’s integrity. We propose slapping solar panels on the backs of the desert tortoises and calling it a day. Much like Malaysian Flight 370, though, the search for Reid’s integrity continues – unsuccessfully.

Kim Jong-un has handed down a new edict that all North Korean men must have the same haircut he does. Kim, baby, we’d rather be eaten by those hungry dogs of yours than be seen around town with that “do.” Pity the poor customer of the barber who takes a little too much off the top. Pity the poor barber!

According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey, 71% of likely voters believe that if the Founding Fathers came back today they would regard the government as too big. We believe a full 87% of likely voters believe the Founders would be outraged at Starbucks’ prices and 52% believe they would be shocked that the Charlotte Bobcats made the NBA playoffs.

According to Yahoo News, Russia is preparing a new culture policy for the country. It is decidedly anti-West. "The main idea is that we have to defend ourselves from the West, that the West is evil," said political analyst Alexei Makarkin. Hey, wait a minute! That’s what we’ve been saying about Russia for about 90 years. Presumably, the new culture policy will include no mention of Lena Dunham.

Russia remains confrontational toward Ukraine. President Obama continues to warn Putin of more consequences. And just to show he’s not kidding, Obama has delayed a decision on the Keystone pipeline until after the 2014 elections. That’ll certainly show Putin who means business.

The United States has also agreed to send non-lethal aid to Ukraine. Such aid includes helmets, sleeping bags, Joe Biden blooper DVDs (it’s a multi-disk set) and a supply of Dippin’ Dots.

A Sydney University campus newspaper recently included a survey for students to select their gender identity. There were over fifty options. Among the many choices were:

Androgyne – This sounds like a performance enhancing drug that is now banned by major league baseball.

Gender Fluid – After a crazy extended happy hour, we’d be inclined to think everybody is a little “gender fluid.”

Bigender – Not sure if this is supposed to be bi-gender or big-ender?

Neutrois – Thought this was an anxiety disorder?

Non-binary – Just great, now even a gender question has become a math problem?

Gender Questioning – Isn’t this what the survey was all about?

Prefer not to disclose – In this day and age, this is the one answer no one will choose.

And finally…no one named Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was arrested last week.

Another Maternal RU-486 Fatality - This Time in Italy

Chris Gacek - The Family Research Council has tracked safety news about the abortion drug, mifepristone (RU-486; also, Mifeprex®), since its approval as an abortifacient in 2000 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is with sadness that we learned on April 11 of another fatality from the use of the RU-486 abortion regimen. (RU-486 is the first drug administered in a two-drug abortion-producing regimen in which the second drug is misoprostol (Cytotec®).)
An Italian news source (The Local) carried an online article about the death of a 37-year-old woman who was treated at theMartiniHospital inTurin. The woman had taken the mifepristone but only started to experience difficulties four hours after taking the misoprostol – which she did two days after taking the first pills. The misoprostol is needed to induce forceful uterine contractions to expel the dead baby (a human embryo at that point) and other tissue from the uterus.
After taking the misoprostol, she complained of not being able to breathe normally. Shortly, thereafter, she began to experience atrial fibrillation, an irregular, rapid heartbeat. Her heart then stopped and could not be revived. She was in good health and the mother of a four-year-old boy.
I believe there have been about 15 cases of death following the use of the mifepristone abortion regime of which we are aware. Nations likeChinaare not even on the adverse event reporting grid, and the drug is used heavily in the PRC. Hemorrhage, infection, and incomplete abortions are common failures of all chemical abortion regimens.
LifeNews has posted an excellent story on this Italian death that contains more information on the safety of RU-486. Also, in May 2012 the Family Research Council published a paper containing a safety profile for the mifepristone-misoprostol regimen from 2000-12.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Oregon jihad training camp showed “how to properly slice someone’s throat”

Creeping Sharia -

via Witness recalls demo in ‘how to slit a throat’ as terror trial opens – h/t Atlas

On a ranch in rural Oregon, a radical Muslim holding a dagger with a curved blade yanked back the head of a kneeling young man and brought the metal to his neck.

He said he was going to show us how to properly slice someone’s throat,” the kneeling man’s sister testified Thursday as prosecutors began presenting their case against an Egyptian-born imam known as Abu Hamza Masri, the latest terrorism case to unfold in a New York federal court.

Masri, who also goes by Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, was not the man holding the knife, but a government indictment alleges that he sent the knife-wielding man from London to Oregon to establish a terrorist training camp.

It is one of 11 charges against Abu Hamza Masri, a naturalized British citizen who gained fame for his radical sermons in London’s Finsbury Park mosque and who was extradited to the United States in October 2012.

The prosecution’s first witness was Angelica Morris, who was living in a trailer on the Bly ranch with her husband, daughter, son and younger brother in December 1999, when two mysterious men speaking with British accents arrived unannounced late one night.    Read More

The Left Renews Its Vows With Moscow

FrontPageMag.Com - There were many on the Left in the West who lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union as much as did Vladimir Putin. They saw the USSR as the main restraint on U.S. imperialism; helping to arm and support hostile Third World regimes and creating a zone of “peace” outside the reach of capitalism. The leftist view of the world did not change just because the Soviet empire disintegrated. Its motivation is still “anti-imperialist” and it has embraced every movement that has declared itself the enemy of Western civilization. The Ukrainian crisis has sparked a revival of the left-wing love affair with Moscow. What amounts to a renewal of vows in the ideological marriage of the Cold War is evident in how events are presented, with Russia again embraced for standing up to the United States and the European Union.   
The Nation has, of course, taken its usual “blame the West first” explanation for the Ukraine crisis. It’s April 15 report cites the magazine’s long-serving editor Katrina van den Heuvel, “We are witnessing civil war,” vanden Heuvel says, one that was “triggered by the European Union’s reckless ultimatum—despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer of a tripartite agreement—which compelled an elected president of a deeply divided country to choose economically between the West and Russia.” In truth, it was Russia’s stooge Viktor Yanukovych who broke off talks with the EU to lead Kiev into the Russian camp. His actions prompted an uprising of the Ukrainian people who did not want to be sold back into a revived Kremlin empire. In the face of an aroused Ukrainian populace, Putin realized there was no chance of controlling a democratically chosen Kiev government. So he resorted to force to grab what parts of the country he thinks Russia can hold.   Read More

George Will: 'The Debate Is Over' Is Obama's Mantra

George Will on Fox News Sunday, April 20, 2014:

Gary Gross -

The debate over Obamacare is over (snicker)

At his press conference yesterday, President Obama declared that the debate over Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, was over:

President Obama is a skilled whopper-teller, probably because he tells so many whoppers. He said that “Republicans said nobody would sign up” even though Republicans never said that people wouldn’t sign up. He said that Republicans “don’t have an alternative” for replacing Obamacare even though they’ve submitted a bill in the Senate called the Patient CARE Act.

President Obama’s wildest statement was that the debate over Obamacare “is and should be over.” There’s a simple question I would’ve asked President Obama if I was attending his press conference: Mr. President, how can the debate over the ACA be over when you’ve ordered that major provisions in the bill not be implemented?

The truth is that the ACA isn’t “the law of the land.” The bill that President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010 isn’t what’s been implemented. Democrats whine consistently about House Republicans voting 40-something times to repeal Obamacare. I’ve yet to hear a single Democrat complain that President Obama has unilaterally changed the ACA more than 30 times.

Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s first press secretary, admitted that “the employer mandate will be one of the first things to go“:
“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” Gibbs said…
When Obama’s apologists say that major parts of the ACA won’t be implemented, it’s natural for people to ask if other parts of the bill will be scrapped forever. That’s the next logical question.
President Obama obviously wants this debate to be over because Republicans are using it like a sledgehammer on vulnerable Senate Democrats. That’s too bad for him. As George Will recently said, “when someone declares that the debate is over, you can be sure of two things: that the debate is raging and he’s losing.”

Amen to that, Brother Will. So it is with this case.

Illinois: House Committee Wants Taxpayers to Spend $100 Million on Barack Obama Library

Global Economic Analysis (April 19, 2014) - Illinois is broke. Its public pension plans are the most troubled in the nation.

Illinois passed massive "temporary" tax hikes to fix the pension problem, but that did not make a dent in  the problem.

Nonetheless, ideas to waste more taxpayer money are always on the table. Here's a recent example.

$100 Million for Barack Obama Library

Today, the Illinois Policy Institute reports by email ...
An Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to pay $100 million for a Barack Obama library. Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than $100 billion pension crisis and $6.6 billion in unpaid bills.

In accepting hefty taxpayer dollars for this venture, President Barack Obama is setting himself apart from his recent predecessors, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Clinton’s library, located in Little Rock, Ark., was funded solely through private donations, according to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton’s “$165 million facility was built entirely through private funds. It’s just a fact,” said Jordan Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Clinton Foundation.   Read More

Obamacare's Impact On The Upcoming Midterm Elections

FAA Fails to Follow Up on Safety Violations Even When Carriers Self Report

Judicial Watch - Six years after Congress learned that the federal agency in charge of aviation safety ignores serious violations that endanger the public, the culture continues and the details are documented in a distressing government audit released this month.

It’s a truly unbelievable tale of incessant negligence—and corruption—on the part of a huge government agency, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), tasked with protecting millions of lives. In 2008 two FAA inspectors actually testified before Congress about how the agency let the safety violations of major U.S. airlines slide because supervisors had cozy relationships with the carriers.

The inspectors were threatened with dismissal when they pointed out the serious safety violations and became government whistleblowers. A year earlier a scathing congressional report detailed the serious safety mishaps that regularly occur on runways across the country, especially at the nation’s busiest airports. That investigation also exposed that the FAA has unscrupulously close ties to the industry it regulates.

At the time the head of the FAA, Marion Blakey, accepted a job as head of a powerful trade group that represents major firms regulated by the agency. As FAA chief, Blakey oversaw and awarded lucrative federal contracts to many of the firms that she went on to represent in the private sector.   Read More

Central African Republic: Islamic jihadists murder Catholic priest, mutilate corpse

Jihad Watch - The Seleka rebels are Muslims who ousted the country’s Christian president and replaced him with a Muslim, and terrorized the CAR’s Christian population until they formed “anti-balaka” militias — the balaka was a kind of machete that the Muslims had used to kill Christians — and began to fight back. The international media has focused entirely on Muslims as victims of Christian atrocities. No atrocities by anyone are ever justified; the coverage has been astonishingly one-sided. Here, as in so many places, Islamic jihadists began the conflict, and there would be no conflict without them.  Read More

Ten Obama Wars

Dave Weinbaum - Can anyone fathom the irony of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 with the happenings of the last four years? 

Yesterday, just before I was to report on Government issues to my restaurant owner’s coop, I booted up the Drudge Report. Glaring back at me screamed the headline: WWIII! It’s no surprise to those of us who witnessed a clueless Hillary deliver a “reset button” to Russia’s Foreign Minister and Obama’s pre-2012 election promise to be more “flexible” to the Ruskies after the 2012 elections. 

Today there are reports that Jews in Ukraine have been ordered to register. My grandparents and other relatives immigrated to Chicago from Odessa Russia in the Ukraine over 100 years ago when Jews were being slaughtered by the Cossacks in pogroms.

I guess you could say the start of this new World War was at least partially caused by Obama’s war on history. If he had studied a lick of it instead of practicing his “organizing” skills, he would have known that this situation mirrors by Hitler’s claim to be worried about the so-called discrimination against German speaking people. 

Even Carter got it right when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. He boycotted the Moscow Olympics and stopped negotiations on the SALTII Nuclear Treaties. The peanut farmer was in the process of implementing more sanctions on the Russians but Ronald Reagan took over and continued what Carter had started. Ronnie obliterated the Soviets without firing a shot.

Our President has taken the amazing action of sending cheese sandwiches and socks to the Ukrainians. What’s next—tutus? 

The above is Obama’s leap to the bottom of the heap of not just all Presidents, but leaders everywhere. Here are more of Barry’s top 10 wars, the war on history thrown in with no extra cost:

1.       Women-Since Roe V. Wade in 1973 approximately 55 million babies have been aborted. Around half of those lives have been little girls. Black female babies are murdered at a rate of three times the black female population of the US. 

2.       Allies-Ukraine and Crimea are gone. When the Russians go into Estonia to “save the Russian-speaking-people” the Shiite will hit the fan. They are part of NATO and whoever attacks a NATO country must be defended by the rest of the NATO signees. For those from Branson, that includes us. Here is a link to the 28 countries in NATO. Those concerned by the squishy leadership of Obama—be still your hearts. Here’s what our brilliant Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel recently said "Article 5 is clear that an act of aggression against one member of NATO is an attack on all members.”

3.       Jews-The consequences of Obama’s war on another ally, Israel, has made Jews vulnerable throughout the world.

4.       Christians-Obama’s backing of the Muslim Brotherhood, his pandering to Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda has given a green light to terrorists to murder Christians and burn their Churches in the Mideast and Northern Africa.

5.       Moderate Muslims-Seems like an oxymoron. President Obama’s schizophrenic treatment of terrorists can give no comfort to those Muslims debating whether to stand up to the Islamists. 

6.       Our military-Incredibly, on the cusps of one NATO country being invaded by Putin, almost a sure thing, Obama has not reversed the order to decimate our armed forces to pre 1940’s level!

7.       The First Amendment-Obama’s war on anyone who criticizes him is bad enough. The actions of Barack’s DOJ and its AG, Eric Holder to cooperate with the IRS’s Lois Lerner to criminally arrest conservative groups via tax laws is in clear violation of the right to political speech. The DOJ’s wire-tapping of AP and Fox reporters and dropped arrest of Fox News reporter, James Rosen is downright tyrannical.

8.       The Second Amendment gun registry and ankle bracelets-Is there any question that this administration is egging to get our guns? In New York State, gun owners, like the Jews of Nazi Germany and the Jews of the Ukraine today, have been ordered to register. Holder wants to put bracelets on all gun owners. Right or wrong, the invasion of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada by the BLM and other armed-to-the-hilt Feds got a reaction by armed citizen militias who were clearly ready to die fighting the Bundy’s cause and the over-reach by the Feds.

9.       Congress-A pen and a phone makes for a king, not a president.

10.   Tax payers-The outrageous notion that a minority of taxpayers will be willing to work and pay an increasingly punitive tax to support a growing list of permanent freeloaders is not revolutionary—but it may cause one.

What I have to say is this:


More wars next week.