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Oct 17 2014

If You Think Obama Is Bad Now, Wait Until After the Midterm Elections

You can’t blame Obama for spending so much time golfing even as Ebola and ISIS threaten to spin out of control. He needs to rest up, because after the midterms, he is going to be very busy.

That’s when he will have nothing left to lose, unless Republicans acquire enough spine to impeach him for incompetence, abuse of power, corruption, and/or treason. Among the brown clots that have been held back, but will soon be hitting the fan:

Obama: Waiting Will Make Immigration Executive Action ‘More Sustainable’

President Barack Obama says he’s postponing executive action on immigration until after November’s elections because it would be “more sustainable” then.

Obamacare Website Won’t Reveal Insurance Costs for 2015 Until After Election

Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election.

ObamaCare Chaos: Insurance Cancellations Delayed Until After the Election

The Administration is pushing another ObamaCare delay on Americans until after the 2014 election in an obvious effort to conceal the fact that millions more are about to lose their insurance.

The new plan cancellations will be sent out after the elections! The delay has been made unilaterally by the Administration because it involves millions of people who are about to lose their insurance that they hoped to keep but which Obama has determined is inferior.

Obama Waiting for Midterm to Name Attorney General

President Barack Obama does not plan to announce his choice for attorney general before the November elections, shielding the nomination from the midterm election politics while setting up a potential year-end showdown with the lame duck Senate.

Army Won’t Release Bergdahl Findings Until Midterms

The Army has completed its investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s abandonment of his Afghan post but will not release the report until after the midterm elections lest it embarrass the Obama administration.

We’ll Tell You How Dangerous Ebola Is After the Election

Okay, that last title isn’t quite on the level. The piece is well worth reading though.

In short, we will be hit with: amnesty for millions of Third World peasants who are in the country illegally, which will increase the welfare burden and likely set off a massive Third World invasion even as Ebola spreads; outrageous new ObamaCare costs after we were led to believe we would pay less for healthcare; cancelation of insurance plans we were promised repeatedly we could keep; an Attorney General if possible even more ideologically demented and openly hostile to the majority of the US population than Eric Holder; and confirmation that the cringing sad sack Obama traded five top terrorist commanders for was at the very best a deserter and possibly a deliberate defector to the Taliban who will nonetheless not be persecuted for treason.

After the midterms, stalling tactics may come to an end regarding an admission that outlandishly expensive airstrikes mostly on low-value targets will not defeat ISIS without the ground troops Obama has refused to deploy. At that point the Audacity of Hope may degenerate into arrogance sufficient for him to admit that he is fine with terrorist maniacs taking over a country that thousands of Americans recently died to liberate.

No doubt there will be more. He has a pen and a phone, after all. Who knows what final kicks to the teeth Obama will deliver in his final 2 years? Slavery reparations? Amnesty for all federal drug criminals? Depression-inducing carbon restrictions? Forgiveness of all student loans? A guaranteed living wage that would obviate any need to work? Extra Supreme Court slots for Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn? As we have been learning for years, anything is possible with this character — except of course responsible, competent, or even benevolent leadership.

Dealing with the fallout from a country that may find itself pushed to the verge of revolt will require that Obama be rested and at his best — unless he chooses to deal with the public’s rage the way he has dealt with other crises: by shrugging it off and hitting the links.

Obama-Polls
Soon he won’t have to pretend to care.

On tips from Henry, Stormfax, Byron, Petterssonp, and Bodhisattva. Hat tip: Reaganite Republican. Graphic compliments of Stormfax.

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Oct 16 2014

Open Thread

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Compliments of Jim Lavery.

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Oct 16 2014

Obama Raving That America Is a Muslim Country

You would think, considering that he presumes to rule it largely through executive order, that Obama would learn a few basics about America — like for example that it is not a Muslim country, as he claimed on French TV:

Since his racial Teflon prevents the American media from indicating just how alarmingly unsuitable this demented fool is for the office that same media hyped him into, let’s turn to the Israeli press:

In reality the US has one of the smallest percentages of Muslims of any Western country. The number of Muslims in the US is approximately 4.5 million, 1.5% of the population, one of the smallest minorities in the US. Since there are approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, the number of Muslims in the US is approximately 0.3% of the world Muslim population. By comparison there are between approximately 6 million Jews in the US, who account for approximately a third of the world’s Jewish population. Whereas many Americans regard it as a society based on “Judeo-Christian values”, it is doubtful if there is one sane American who would define it as a Jewish country. …

India has 150 million Muslims (13%), making it the country with the world’s biggest Muslim minority, and the world’s third largest Muslim population after Indonesia and Pakistan. No Indian in their right mind, let alone the Prime minister would ever regard India as a Muslim country.

Is Obama not in his right mind, or is it only his ideology that is insane? As his former henchharpie Shrillary might shriek, “At this point what difference does it make?” After all, the damage he inflicts on the country will be the same.

Obama will support his imaginary constituents.

On tips from Jeanne and Apostle53.

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Oct 16 2014

Relax: Shep Smith Says Not to Worry About Ebola

If Fox News ever figures out that Shep Smith’s liberal outlook and personal creepiness are driving viewers away, he might be just the guy to replace the clueless Tom Frieden as head bureauweenie at the CDC. Watch how deftly he dismissed public concern yesterday over the ongoing importation of Ebola to the USA:

What Shemp doesn’t explain is why we would trust our “leaders” when these incompetent moonbats have lied to us constantly since the beginning of the unfolding crisis.

A classic Freudian slip occurs in the clip above when Doug McKelway says “Obama” while meaning “Ebola” at 1:57, exactly the way journalists used to mix up “Obama” and “Osama” (see here, here, here, and here). Dig a few millimeters below the surface of the public consciousness and Obama is regarded as the essential enemy of this country, easily confused with whoever or whatever is currently most overtly threatening. That’s why his opponents voted against him, and why his supporters, deranged by the festering self-hatred implicit in liberalism, voted for him.

On a tip from Henry. Hat tip: Daily Caller.

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Oct 16 2014

While Ebola Rages, NIH Blows Our Money Studying “Transmen”

Meanwhile, as Democrats screech that the introduction of Ebola into the USA by West Africans whom Obama refuses to restrict from entering the country was actually caused by Republicans not giving enough of our money to the NIH, and while those same Republicans have been giving the NIH even more of our money than the spendthrift Obama wanted, here is how some of that money is spent:

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $162,313 to the San Francisco Department of Public Health to determine the HIV risk of female-to-male transgender persons (transmen).

“This study seeks to address two pressing scientific needs: 1) to improve ways to sample and recruit hard-to-reach minority populations for inclusion in research and 2) to fill a gap in our knowledge of the health problems faced by female-to-male transgender persons (transmen),” the grant said.

There probably aren’t many more “transmen” out there than there are left-handed leprechauns, but according to the grant they suffer from “discrimination,” so their health needs take priority.

Every time the government demands more of our money, the response should be obvious: Stop wasting what you have already taken.

Thomas Beatie
Oprah reverently pats pregnant “transman” Thomas Beatie's belly.

On a tip from Petterssonp.

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Oct 16 2014

Dem Rep Tells Media Apparatchik That Noticing Obama’s Incompetence Is a “Disservice”

The racial Teflon could be wearing off at last if even the liberal New York Daily Snooze will run a cover like this:

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If Congresscritter John Yarmuth (D-KY) had a subscription, he would probably cancel it. Yardmush tells MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart it is a “disservice” to notice that the erstwhile Moonbat Messiah appears to be in way over his head:

“Well, you know, we’re in a political season, Jose, and obviously any time there is some kind of a question it’s going to be raised, the spectrum of whether this administration is competent. I think that is really a disservice to the discussion.”

Maybe Obama isn’t incompetent. The alternative explanation for his presidency is that he shares the rabidly anti-American ideology of virtually everyone he has had a close association with and is bringing down the USA on purpose. Or maybe he is both treasonous and incompetent, which would explain why the country is still standing, even if it is starting to walk with a limp. But let’s not go down that road; Yardmush might consider it a “disservice to the discussion.”

On a tip from DinaRehn. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

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Oct 16 2014

Teach 1 Day, Collect $1 Million in Pension in Illinois

No matter how high they raise taxes in liberal Illinois, it will never be high enough. This gives an indication of why:

In 2011, the Chicago Tribune exposed a pair of Illinois teacher union lobbyists, Stephen Preckwinkle and David Piccioli, who substitute taught for one day and stood to collect nearly $1 million [each!] in state teacher retirement pensions from a severely underfunded system. The five Illinois pension systems have a $100 billion liability and the teachers fund may run out of money as early as 2029. Newspaper editorials, elected officials, the governor and citizens cried foul. Legislation was quickly passed to stop the abuse.

All fixed now, right? Of course not; only bankruptcy can slow down wasteful spending when liberals are in charge.

Even though all Illinois citizens were led to believe that the pension abusers had been stopped, within twenty-four months after the “reform” legislation passed, the union lobbyists retired and received their lifetime Illinois state teacher pensions. …

A couple of weeks ago, we spotted Preckwinkle and Piccioli within a long list of 30 state retirees from the Illinois Federation of Teachers (private sector teachers union). Sure enough, in 2014, Piccioli is receiving $30,564 and Preckwinkle $37,416 pensions (click here for their life expectancy pension payouts of nearly $1 million each).

The cases are representative of a system rotted through by greed.

The Washington Times recently ran a story based on data collected at OpenTheBooks.com exposing 40 private sector union leaders from the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers who cleaned out $5,000,000 a year in Illinois teacher pensions.

Data at OpenTheBooks.com shows that twenty-four of those union employees have already collected more than $1 million in retirement pensions. Because the union is a private sector employer, taxpayers have no say in the active salaries awarded to the union employees, but guarantee funding for the lifetime pension payouts.

Rank and file teachers in Illinois, many of whom are union members, should be outraged that their union leadership is draining pension dollars from their underfunded retirement plan.

However, teachers are easily stampeded along toward the stockyards with the rest of the liberal cattle drive with promises that ever higher taxes will allow them to climb aboard their own lavish retirement gravy train.

They had better finish being retired before excessive taxation brings down the whole house of cards, and society is forced to fall back on the sustainable principle of 2 Thessalonians 3:10.

gravy-train
Sooner or later, the gravy train is going off the rails.

On a tip from JusttheTipHQ. Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

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Oct 16 2014

Biohazard Suits for Some But Not All Said to Be Part of the Ebola Protocol

Political optics actually forced Obama to postpone 2 days of his usual fundraising activities so as to give the impression that he is doing something to prevent an epidemic of Ebola in the USA. Yet somehow people still get the feeling that authorities aren’t quite taking this seriously — and not only because potential vectors continue to pour in from Liberia:

clipboard-ebola-man

Not to worry, the guy without the space suit who helped load Ebola-infected Amber Vinson onto the plane (fortunately this time she wasn’t traveling coach) was following protocol:

[O]fficials confirmed the man was indeed following protocol and supposed to be there.

“His role is to oversee the process of transport including on the tarmac,” Randy Davis, vice president at Phoenix Air, told NBC News. “Part of our protocol is to have 1 person NOT in a bio-Hazard suit. “

A clever policy. Ebola would naturally expect everyone to be wearing a hazmat suit. This helps keep the virus off balance, always wondering what we’ll do next.

The unidentified man stood very near another hazmat-suited worker and then took what appeared to be a container from one of the suited workers. He placed it on the steps to the jet and walked out of view.

Then the hand that touched the container was decontaminated with a flamethrower. Or maybe not.

He then reappeared as one of the PPE-suited workers came off the plane with red hazmat bags. He took what appeared to be a not-yet-used red bag from the worker in protective gear, then handed it to the workers as they bagged up items from the ambulance ride.

Uh oh, now his other hand needs the flamethrower. Hopefully they brought it with them, because the guy got on the plane, where it is easy to imagine everybody else taking off their biohazard suits once out of view of the cameras.

Like everything else in this country since Obama took power, Ebola defenses are a farce.

On tips from Mr. Mentalo and Petterssonp.

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Oct 16 2014

Obama Urges His Backers to “Stick It To” Ideological Opponents

Remember all the corny rhetoric back in 2008 regarding how Obama would unite us by rising above politics as usual? He didn’t rise above it; he sank below it:

A significant and rising percentage of Americans are aware that “climate change,” by which he means global warming, is a hoax. What kind of president wants to “stick it to” a large part of the population that he supposedly represents?

By comparison, this classless adolescent makes Bill Clinton look like a gentleman.

On tips from TorcerT, Petterssonp, and Mr. Mentalo.

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Oct 16 2014

Government Has Nightmarish Products in Development to Monitor Our Eating and Activity

Not even Winston Smith was asked to put up with this:

The federal government is spending more than $2 million to develop wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight in order to fight obesity.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded grants for two projects that will monitor “lifestyle behavior” through technologies that will encourage people to exercise more.

This while Democrats scream that Americans wouldn’t be coming down with Ebola if only the NIH could get enough money out of the Republican Congress.

The first project, awarded to SmartMove, Inc., a company that provides physical activity “coaching solutions,” is creating insoles that will track a person’s weight.

“A single device that accurately monitors body weight, posture allocation, physical activity (i.e. movement), and energy expenditure would be an extremely useful tool for weight management,” the grant’s abstract states. …

“Such a device could be used to quantify and modify physical activity and lifestyle behavior in overweight and obese individuals and others with sedentary lifestyles,” the project reasons.

The grant added that the insoles “can assist in successful weight management in free-living adults.” SmartMove, Inc. has received a total of $1,334,397 for the project so far.

That money didn’t fall out of a tree. The government took it from us. I don’t recall being consulted about it.

For an extra $million or so SmartMove might implement functionality that lets bureaucrats remotely administer electric shocks to those whose lifestyles are not currently in compliance with federal standards.

Not Orwellian enough to give you nightmares? Let’s try this:

The NIH is also funding research to develop a wearable button that will feature miniature cameras to record what a person eats.

Think of it as a telescreen for the Food Police. You never know when Michelle Obama might be watching in person, her jaw set with righteous rage as you bite into a cheeseburger.

The University of Pittsburgh has been given $766,667 of our money to develop this hellish device, which is called the “eButton.”

“The primary goal of this research is to develop an advanced, button-like electronic device (eButton) that can be worn naturally on the chest,” the grant states. “This device will contain a powerful microprocessor, a novel eating detector, a pair of cameras, and a variety of electronic sensors to automatically, jointly and objectively measure energy intake and expenditure, as well as environment and behavior related to diet and physical activity.”

The Food Police will generously share this tool with their environazi colleagues:

The button will monitor when a person eats, drinks, or smokes, and will also be linked to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database to measure the “outdoor environment.”

If you cook that cheeseburger on an outdoor grill, you may also have the planet’s guardians to answer to.

The device will also be linked to a smart phone, “which will allow researchers to monitor the operating status of eButton remotely in real time.” …

The university touts the button as a device that “never sleeps.”

Just like the watchful eye of Big Government.

cs-lewis-quote-tyranny

On a tip from Henry.

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Oct 15 2014

Open Thread

ebola_airlines

Compliments of Joel C.

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Oct 15 2014

Second Nurse Infected by Thomas Eric Duncan Took Passenger Flight After Fever Started

Even Nancy Snyderman's irresponsibility pales in comparison to this:

The CDC has announced that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola — now identified as Amber Joy Vinson of Dallas — traveled by air Oct. 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms.

The CDC is now reaching out to all passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth. The flight landed at 8:16 p.m. CT. …

“Although she (Vinson) did not report any symptoms and she did not meet the fever threshold of 100.4, she did report at that time she took her temperature and found it to be 99.5,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. Her temperature coupled with the fact that she had been exposed to the virus should have prevented her from getting on the plane, he said.

For once Frieden is right. But maybe Vinson doesn’t deserve all the blame:

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook reports that Vinson called the CDC several times before boarding the plane concerned about her fever and was told she was OK to board.

Whoever is at fault, even this level of irresponsibility is dwarfed by a president who continues to let people pour in from the Ebola zone in arrogant opposition to the will of the public.

Amber Vinson
Duncan victim #2.

On a tip from Lyle.

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Oct 15 2014

NBC’s Chief Medical Correspondent Blows Off Ebola Quarantine

Irresponsibility doesn’t stop at passing off left-wing propaganda as news for the folks at NBC:

An NBC News crew was ordered under mandatory quarantine for possible Ebola infection after the network’s chief medical correspondent was allegedly spotted on a food run to a New Jersey restaurant, according to a report.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her crew had agreed to a voluntary quarantine when they returned to the United States from West Africa last week following their exposure to a cameraman who contracted the deadly virus.

But Snyderman, who lives in Princeton, NJ, was spotted outside the Peasant Grill in nearby Hopewell on Thursday afternoon, according to Planet Princeton. Snyderman, who was wearing sunglasses and had her long hair pulled back, waited while a man went inside the eatery to pick up a takeout order, Planet reported.

The guy she sent inside was also under quarantine.

But that’s okay, Snyderman apologized. Sort of:

“While under voluntary quarantine guidelines, which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal,” [Snyderman's] statement said.

“As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.”

By “members of their group” she means herself and the guy she presumably sent in for the food.

Taking responsibility is not the forte of our overlords in the governmedia.

nancy-snyderman
Her munchies take priority over our safety.

On tips from Petterssonp and Lyle.

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Oct 15 2014

Green Energy Windfall at Taxpayer Expense for Kay Hagan’s Husband

Green energy stinks from the point of view of the taxpayers forced to finance it, but it is wonderful for politicians like Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and better still for their relatives and cronies. Yet another example from Obama’s staggeringly corrupt Porkulus fiasco:

JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband Charles “Chip” Hagan, lowered the total cost of a 2010 stimulus-funded energy project but kept all of the savings, sending none back to taxpayers who had funded the stimulus grant.

The company’s original application stated the total project would cost $438,627, and said JDC would contribute “leveraged funds” amounting to $187,983, or 43 percent of the total. As the project reached completion, however, JDC revised the total budget downward by $114,519 and applied all the savings to its share, keeping all the taxpayer funding.

Also, JDC’s decision to hire Solardyne/Green State Power, a separate company co-owned by Chip Hagan and the Hagans’ son Tilden, to install a portion of the stimulus-funded energy project at the JDC building appears to violate a conflict-of-interest provision that was included as part of the original application for the stimulus grant.

(Related stories here and here.) …

By reducing its spending on the project by $114,519, JDC contributed only $73,464 — or 23 percent of the total project cost, instead of the 43 percent contribution it offered in the original grant application. Though the cost of the project dropped, CDC still received the entire $250,644 in federal grant money.

A quarter $million is a paltry take. Instead of being married to a Democrat Senator, Chip Hagan should have been a bundler for the Obama campaign. He might have pulled in a half $billion like bankrupt Solyndra’s George Kaiser.

Incidentally, Hagan is up for reelection. North Carolina is urged to do us all a favor by sending her a loud clear message.

Kay-Hagan
Hagan’s green cronyism enriched not one but two relatives.

On a tip from Henry.

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Oct 15 2014

NY Times Confirms: Yes, Saddam Had Chemical Weapons

Better late than never. The New York Slimes has admitted what most of us knew all along — Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction:

From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

But of course America is still bad:

The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West.

Furthermore, the Bushitler Regime was secretive about the chemical weapons it found:

Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United States’ encounters with chemical weapons in Iraq was neither publicly shared nor widely circulated within the military. These encounters carry worrisome implications now that the Islamic State, a Qaeda splinter group, controls much of the territory where the weapons were found.

The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds.

The sanctimonious outrage does not extend to Obama, who placed these weapons in the hands of our enemies by prematurely withdrawing our troops.

The Slimes and the rest of the liberal media establishment spent most of Bush’s presidency shrieking like scalded cats that Bush lied because there were no weapons of mass destruction. This bogus allegation was a political wound that never stopped bleeding the entire time he was in office. He could have countered by making information regarding the chemical weapons discoveries public. Yet he chose not to.

In jarring contrast, Obama has never passed up an opportunity to advance his short-term political fortunes with his loose lips, most infamously when he spewed classified information regarding the Bin Laden raid that endangered Navy SEALs and their families.

W was no conservative while in office. But he was no Obama either; or rather, Obama is no W.

Regarding vindication of Bush’s decision to wrap up unfinished business in Iraq, the Slimes is reduced to claiming that these weapons don’t count because they were too old for Saddam to use more than a decade ago, even though they are not too old for the Islamic State to use now.

You have to give liberal media apparatchiks credit for their tenacity. Once the narrative is established, they never give up on it, no matter how petty and delusional it makes them look.

Bush Miss Me Yet?
W waves to the folks at the Slimes.

On tips from Ben S and Petterssonp.

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Oct 15 2014

As Islamic State Continues to Rise, Secretary of Defense Focuses on Nonexistent Global Warming

Clearly winning Obama’s half-assed maybe a war maybe not a war against it, the Islamic State has closed in on Baghdad. The implications for the stability of the Middle East should the Iraqi capital fall are obvious. Yet this is how the Department of Defense occupies its time under our rule by moonbats:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas on Monday, unveiling a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change.

Rising global temperatures, increasing sea levels and intensifying weather events will challenge global stability, he said, and could lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease and disputes over refugees and resources.

Global warming theory has been definitively debunked. Temperatures have not risen for 18 years. If anything, they seem to be falling. The water in the Great Lakes is 6 degrees colder than just last year.

Hagel and the rest of the liberal apparatchiks with whom Obama replaced our Department of Defense are living in a science fiction novel as the real world spirals out of control. We need to put adults back in charge of the government before these delusional adolescents dig us into a hole too deep to climb out of.

chuck-hagel
Hagel: a foolish child at war with a fairy tale.

On tips from Henry and Stormfax.

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Oct 15 2014

Houston’s Lesbian Mayor Subpoenas Sermons That May Contain Thought Crimes Against Homosexuality

For anyone who doesn’t get it yet that the gay rights blitzkrieg is an assault by authoritarian statists on key constitutional liberties, this story should be instructive:

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor.

Parker and her goons are defying all three clauses of the First Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Her hostility to the free exercise of religion and to freedom of speech are obvious. Here’s where the right to petition for a redress of grievances comes in:

The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.

The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.

However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.

That saved the liberal courts from the trouble of striking it down, which invariably happens whenever the public puts up resistance to the homosexual agenda with ballot initiatives like California’s Proposition 8.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance.

Opposing the ordinance is a thought crime, so it stands to reason authorities will be able to find more thought crimes by examining sermons and even private communications. This will allow them to intimidate pastors by cherry-picking anything deemed sufficiently politically incorrect to use for public castigation.

Among those slapped with a subpoena is Steve Riggle, the senior pastor of Grace Community Church. He was ordered to produce all speeches and sermons related to Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality and gender identity.

The mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation” regarding the non-discrimination law.

As Riggle observes,

“This is an attempt to chill pastors from speaking to the cultural issues of the day. The mayor would like to silence our voice. She’s a bully.”

It may not be immediately obvious why the liberal establishment has been investing so much energy in promoting sexual deviancy. But anyone can see why authoritarian statists hate Christianity; it has served as a bulwark against tyranny for centuries by giving people a higher authority than government thugs and their lackeys in the media.

Christianity regards homosexuality as a serious sin. By establishing homosexuals as sacred victims whose behavior must be celebrated, the liberal ruling class is laying the groundwork for the criminalization of Christianity.

Annise-Parker
Parker (in red) publicly smooches with her “wife.”

On tips from Anne, Bill T, Mr. Mentalo, and Henry.

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Oct 15 2014

Andrea Mitchell on Greg Abbott’s “Supposed” Disability

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (a.k.a. the Abortion Queen) has landed herself in hot water with an appalling ad that exploits her opponent Greg Abbott’s wheelchair-bound condition. After it blew up in her face she might have apologized, but instead chose to run behind the skirts of hard left propagandist Andrea Mitchell at MSNBC, who may have taken a little heat off the Abortion Queen by digging down to a still lower level. Quoth Ms. Mitchell:

“Could you have gone after what you see as his hypocrisy without this stark image of the empty wheelchair, which seemed to be trying to point people towards his own supposed disability?”

Supposed disability? Does Andrea Mitchell know something we don’t? Or is this communist sympathizer (see here and here) shameless even by Democrat standards?

On a tip from Mr. Mentalo. Hat tip: Yid With Lid.

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Oct 15 2014

British Police to Snoop in Homes of Gun-Owners

It isn’t easy to exercise the natural right to bear arms in Britain. Those who manage to are subject to official harassment :

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the body that represents senior police officers in the United Kingdom, has begun a campaign to send police to enter the homes of legal gun owners to snoop on them. Many of those who may receive visits cannot understand why they would be targeted and suspect it is to discourage gun ownership in Britain. …

In the past members of ACPO have publicly campaigned for tighter gun control, despite the rules that British police are supposed to be politically neutral. Earlier this year Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy publicly rebuked UKIP leader Nigel Farage after he suggested hand gun regulations were too tough.

Fahy said: “We should all be grateful that we have got such tight gun control in this country – when you look at the States, it’s awful over there.”

Oh really. The violent crime rate is eight times higher in the UK than the USA, in part because the government facilitates crime by disarming its victims. More importantly, we get to be citizens instead of subjects.

The next step in harassing British gun-owners will be confiscation, which is never more than one schoolyard shooting or government-caused crisis away. Gun registration must be resisted tooth and nail, lest the USA follow this path into tyranny.

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On a tip from Henry.

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Oct 15 2014

How Obama’s ISIS Strategy Could Be Viewed as Potentially Successful

Maybe it is premature to call Obama’s ISIS strategy a laughable failure. It may turn out to be quite successful if viewed as a component of a larger strategy — the Cloward–Piven Strategy:

On Saturday, Oct. 4, Day 58 of the American campaign against the Islamic State, U.S. aircraft carried out nine strikes inside Iraq and Syria, destroying two tanks, three Humvees, one bulldozer and an unidentified vehicle. The strikes also hit several teams of Islamic State fighters and destroyed six of their firing positions.

At first glance, that might seem like a lot of damage. Leaving aside the significance of killing Islamic State militants and only looking at equipment, the tanks were worth an estimated $4.5 to $6.5 million apiece and each Humvee cost $150,000 to $250,000, bringing the total value of the equipment destroyed to somewhere between $9.5 and $13.8 million [assuming everything was brand new].

But that’s less impressive when one considers that each U.S. “strike” against the self-proclaimed Islamic State can involve several aircraft and munitions and cost up to $500,000, according to Todd Harrison, an expert with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington-based defense think tank.

That means the nine airstrikes cost up to $4.5 million, not counting other expenses involved in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, et cetera. Obama’s pinprick airstrike campaign may be a farce militarily, but it has already cost us up to $1.1 billion since June.

Even more disheartening, most, if not all, of the equipment being destroyed originally came from the United States — which is why we’re able to estimate its worth. It was given to the Iraqi army ahead of the U.S. military’s withdrawal in 2011 and captured by the Islamic State when it advanced into Iraq earlier this year. That means Washington is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury to destroy Humvees, tanks and other weapons that American taxpayers purchased.

This equipment is in the hands of our enemies as an easily predictable consequence of Obama’s premature pullout of our troops from Iraq.

This is what constitutes a victory in Obama’s joke version of the War on Terror:

Another recent Central Command press release, using a different acronym the militant group is known by, touted the destruction of “an ISIL guard shack” among its victories. The weapon that destroyed the guard shack would have cost tens of thousands of dollars, and would have been dropped by an aircraft that, likewise, cost tens of thousands of dollars to fly.

Even after Obama’s purge of politically unreliable military officers, no expert can be found who believes his air-only excuse for a strategy will succeed military. But it would be interesting to hear from Frances Fox Piven how successful it might be at helping to bankrupt the country.

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People actually voted for this Commander in Chief.

On a tip from Dan.

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