Thursday, July 24, 2014

How the devil wages war

Hamas extends the use of human shields to sick people:

 Hamas has turned Wafa Hospital into a command center and a rocket-launching site. Hamas has fired at Israel and at IDF forces from the hospital. As a result, the IDF repeatedly conveyed warnings to the hospital staff and urged civilians to leave the area. Hamas continued firing from the hospital. In response, the IDF targeted specific sites and terrorists within the hospital grounds. Secondary explosions can be seen, confirming IDF intelligence about the site.

And the UN's role in this situation is decidedly counterproductive:

the UN takes a bucket of your cash and mine at a time when many people in our country are suffering.  It therefore behooves Congress to make sure this money is being spent for good, or at the very least benign, purposes.
Unfortunately, evidence developing from the ongoing conflagration between Israel and Hamas appears to suggest the reverse.  The UN — specifically the UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency), but other agencies as well — may have  been actively supporting terrorism and terrorists in the Gaza Strip, even aiding with the storage of Hamas weaponry (missiles), whether deliberately or accidentally is unclear.
From the Jerusalem Post:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman decreed in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that not only were rockets found in UNRWA schools in Gaza, but also that UNRWA then turned them over to Hamas, rather than to Israel.
UNRWA admitted itself on two different occasions since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge began 16 days ago that they discovered rockets in their facilities.
Liberman said Israel was very “troubled” by these developments. “UNRWA schools were established to educate children in Gaza, but instead they are providing a hiding place for rockets meant to kill children in Israel,” he said.
Just what were those missiles doing in the UN schools and why did Hamas suppose that would be a good place to store them? The UN denies their culpability and says this was the “first time” such a thing has happened. But is that true?

Still, you can count on slime buckets like Gideon Levy to spin this somehow to make the only Western nation in a region given over to barbarism look like the problem.

In a grim world, a happy ending

Meriam Ibrahim and her family are safe in Italy.  They met Pope Francis.  Next stop: America.

If you're looking for an actual war on women . . .

. . . turn your gaze toward Mosul, where ISIS has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 to undergo genital mutilation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trey Gowdy is on any truthful list of the top ten coolest people in post-America

Once again, he throws John Koskinen's tender brain tissue on the searing hot grill of the search for truth.

Janet Murguia needs to go someplace besides this country

And right now.

Piss on her.

For one thing, she thinks she has some kind of right not to be offended:

La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia said it sickened her to hear Americans against illegal immigration chanting "USA! USA!" at protests around the country. 

Singling out the Murrieta demonstrators during her keynote address at La Raza's annual conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Murguia accused them of having "cloaked their hatred in patriotism" by shouting "'USA! USA!' again and again." 
"It made me angry," she said. "In fact, I was outraged."

And she's for coddling law-breakers:
Murguia demanded that the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who are currently here receive amnesty and said the road to the White House for Republicans goes through the Latino community and La Raza. She also said Republicans who want to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or do not want to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation will not get Hispanic votes. And she repeatedly claimed that protesting illegal immigration was "un-American."
"What we saw in Murrieta is not patriotism," she asserted. "It is ugly, divisive, and yet another low in a debate I thought could not get much lower." 
Murguia did not say anything about the "Viva La Raza!" chants from pro-amnesty advocates in Murrieta. She also failed to mention that the number of illegal immigrant children who have unlawfully entered the country drastically spiked in the year after Obama enacted DACA in 2012. 

What a sick creature.  Her outlook must be denounced everywhere, at every available opportunity.

Don't think the "we're your overlords and we say Lois's hard drive crashed" line is gonna hold water

Looking more like a blatant coverup all the time:

The IRS has “no excuses” for the latest twist in the saga of its missing emails, says an expert in electronic discovery.
“Whether it’s incompetence or deliberate obstruction, the IRS has no excuses for having handled this so poorly,” said Bruce Webster, partner at Provo, Utah-based IT consulting and expert witness firm Ironwood Experts.
House investigators said Tuesday that a hard drive belonging to Lois Lerner, the former agency official at the center of the department’s targeting scandal, was just “scratched,” not irreparably damaged. The IRS had described the hard drive’s data as “unrecoverable.”
The hard drive, which was recycled, contained roughly two years of missing emails seen as relevant to the investigation into the scandal.
Data, however, can be easily retrieved from scratched drives, according to Webster. “This happens all the time,” he told “There are little storefront companies in just about every major city that can do this and there are forensic companies that can restore files and even do higher end recovery of data.”
Webster explained that, even when a drive’s file directory is damaged or destroyed, information still can be recovered from the magnetic disk where data is stored, known as a drive platter.

Maybe someday the United States of America, with its reverence for justice and freedom, can be restored and the IRS can be abolished and Lois Lerner can be frog-marched on worldwide television to the hoosegow.

How low will our enemy in the war for America's soul sink?

This low.  John Hinderaker at Power Line bullet-points his five observations on the implications of the going-to-a-Ted-Cruz-fundraiser episode of HBO's vampire series True Blood:

1) The show’s producers invited Sarah Palin to appear in the episode, apparently for additional “Republicunt” titillation. She declined. These people are beneath beneath contempt.
2) Every time you think the culture can’t possibly sink any lower, it does. But the decline is not uniform: it is inconceivable that any commercial media outlet would describe those who attend a Hillary Clinton fundraiser as “assholes,” or refer to “Democunts,” or whatever the word might be. If, by some chance, such a thing were to happen, it is impossible to imagine the outrage that would follow. That wouldn’t be just a war on (liberal) women, it would be gender genocide.
3) Outrages like this one can’t be attributed to commercial motives. Why would producers of a television program deliberately alienate at least 1/3 of their potential viewers? Well, OK, it is probably less than a third–Republicans aren’t likely to be watching a dumb show about vampires who use bad language in the first place. But still: by any calculation of profit and loss, it is stupid to antagonize members of either major party. This kind of thing is purely ideological.
4) What is it about Ted Cruz? In a very short time, he has achieved a sort of heroic status on the Left. It is greatly to his credit, but I can’t quite figure out how he has done it. Among liberals he seems to be code for something, I am not sure what.
5) There is a serious purpose behind this demonization of Republicans. Many have wondered how the Obama administration keeps its head above water, given its awful record. Likewise, how does a party led by such laughable figures as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi remain competitive in Congress? Democrats can’t talk about their records, so they do what they can: they demonize Republicans. While “True Blood” is an extreme instance, a large proportion of “mainstream” news reporting serves the same purpose. The Democrats may be bad, the media want ill-informed voters to say, but at least they aren’t Republicans! Or Republicunts, a term that is perfectly acceptable within a certain degraded demographic–a demographic that votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

How are the Freedom-Haters going to react to November's likely clock-cleaning?  We can be sure it will be ugly.  And they won't wait until the children have left the room.

Why it's entirely accurate to say that the Most Equal Comrade is not the president of the United States, but rather the not-so-competent dictator of post-America

From his remarks at a Bellevue, Washington fundraiser the other day:

“Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world, the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people."

There are two types of utterances that come out of the MEC's mouth:  doo-doo of little or no consequence, and indications of his worldview and ambitions that ought to be taken very seriously.  This was an example of the latter.

If Liz Warren is such an economic populist, why is she cool with Ex-Im?

Jonah Goldberg at NRO says that Heritage Action, in what really is a rather clever move, recently invited Warren to a confab on how to phase out the Export-Import Bank.  Herpeople declined the gesture, to no one's surprise:

Since Warren is the dashboard saint of left-wing populism these days, denouncing big business and Wall Street at every turn, the puckish policy pixies at Heritage Action thought they could enlist her in their cause. As first reported by Bloomberg News, Heritage sent Warren a letter asking her to speak against Ex-Im “and the political favoritism it engenders.”
“We, like you, are frustrated with a political economy that benefits well-connected elites at the expense of all Americans,” Michael Needham, the head of Heritage Action, wrote. “Your presence will send a clear signal that you are going to fight the most pressing example of corporate welfare and cronyism pending before Congress right now.”
Warren didn’t take the bait. Her spokeswoman told Bloomberg, “Senator Warren believes that the Export-Import Bank helps create American jobs and spur economic growth, but recognizes that there is room for improvement in the bank’s operations.”
Warren’s decision to turn down the invitation sparked numerous charges of hypocrisy from Ex-Im opponents. As one writer for Reason magazine put it, “That’s right: The woman best known for demonizing big businesses nevertheless wants to maintain an outlandishly generous subsidy package for them.”
Goldberg says that the reason the Left simultaneously bashes "big business" while cozying up to it on a bureaucratic level is that that is the means by which it can keep big biz on a leash.

David Harsanyi at The Federalist says that it is this kind of managerial-class incestuousness that proves that Warren is no kind of figure distinct from what the H-Word Creature represents, and therefore does not present the kind of viable alternative to H's left that some folks are speculating about:

Even the most appealing aspect of Warren’s politics, her alleged commitment to weakening Wall Street’s influence over Washington, is a fraud. People were surprised when she offered to support the corporate welfare Export-Import Bank last week. On the surface this looked like hypocrisy. We sometimes confuse those who try to restrict and control markets with those who have genuine anxieties about crony capitalism. It’s similar to the way we often confuse the coddling of rent-seeking corporations with “capitalism.”
So it’s worth noting that Warren was appointed chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel on TARP. Most of her focus, then and later, was on how we spend bailout funds, not if we should spend them. Warren’s anti-cronyism is incidental; a byproduct of a Progressive political agenda that supports the funneling of nearly all serious economic choices (from mortgages to energy policy to health care) through Washington—the kind of policy that breeds the unhealthy relationships she claims to abhor. The “system is rigged,” Warren likes to say. And maybe she’s right. She just wants to rig it her way. Warren doesn’t have a problem with big banks or corporations. She has a problem with banks and corporations that make profits in ways that she finds morally intolerable. She is an opponent of dynamism, not cronyism.

After all, she's a politician, which means she needs campaign funds, and, as we well know, the money has to come from somewhere.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

And while we're on the subject of Freedom-Hater-care . . .

Perhaps the core truth that serves as conservatism's foundation is that everything in life is a trade-off.  It's the basis on which we're able to dispel a lot of nonsense about "rights" on the one hand while generally serving as the best vehicle for illustrating the nature of real freedom.

The overlords are up against a big-time trade-off regarding FHer-care:

Anger over limited choice of doctors and hospitals in Obamacare plans is prompting some states to require broader networks — and boiling up as yet another election year headache for the health law.
Americans for Prosperity is hitting on these “narrow networks” against Democrats such as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, whose GOP opponent Scott Brown has made the health law a centerpiece of his campaign to unseat her. And Republicans have highlighted access challenges as another broken promise from a president who assured Americans they could keep their doctor.

It’s not just a political problem. It’s a policy conundrum. Narrow networks help contain health care costs. If state or federal regulators — or politicians — force insurers to expand the range of providers, premiums could spike. And that could create a whole new wave of political and affordability problems that can shape perceptions of Obamacare.

Just like the subsidies at the center of today's ruling by the DC Circuit Court, if you don't have narrow networks, you don't have any cost control.

Memo to Freedom-Haters:  Isn't it time to quit trying to outsmart the free market?

A major victory in the war for America's soul

DC Circuit Court of Appeals says, "Section 36B, baby!"

Governors who said "nah" to setting up state FHer-care exchanges have been proven to have their heads on straight.

John Nolte at Breitbart points out that this takes much wind out of the Most Equal Comrade's executive-overreach sails:

Once it became clear 36 states could not be bribed with federal dollars or bullied by the media into setting up their own ObamaCare exchanges, rather than go back to Congress to lobby for changing the law, President Obama blithely believed he could ignore and rewrite a law he signed after helping to usher it through a Congress dominated by Democrats.

FHer-care's chances of survival are now very, very slim.  Beautiful and glorious.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The overlords' plan to make your "healthy choices" for you

Just now getting around to posting about the talking shopping carts.  Last week was a busy one for me and the world.  When I had time to blog, I went with the developments on the frontmost burners.

But let's parse the levels on which this is, like most ideas that Freedom-Haters come up with, simultaneously silly and chilling.

There's the jargon factor.  "Choice architecture?"  What pointy-headed dweeb in the bowels of Leviathan came up with that one?

The USDA said the ideas are “intended to change the choice architecture of the food retail environment to make healthier choices more prominent,” which is in line with first lady Michelle Obama’s stated second term agenda to “impact the nature of food in grocery stores.”

Discount, buy-one-get-one-free deals for food stamp - excuse me, SNAP recipients -  and rebates for making what the state deems "healthy purchases."  Won't got into a full rant at this moment on the fact that a ginned-up sense of pity for the cattle-masses who can't hit their own backsides with a yardstick and must be guided through life by the all-wise state is essential to the FHer mission, but that's what we have with that "healthy purchases" business.  (I'll get to the food stamp angle shortly.)

Then there's the post-modern obsession with "branding."  The USDA proposes to cal thse talking, color-coded shopping carts "MyCarts." Like a little nod to that antiquated notion that Grandma and Grandpa used to call individual sovereignty.  You have your own personalized vehicle for maneuvering through the state cattle pen.  Aren't you special!

And then there's the business about a "marketing plan."  When this was the United States of America, private organizations devised and implemented their own damn marketing plans.

And what would it cost the still-at-least-nominally-private supermarket chains to implement this program of smiley-face tyranny?  Safeway estimates $40 million.

I've already considered the argument that this just goes to show that when you become a dependent, as a food-stamp recipient has, the entity doling out your goodies gets to call the shots.  True enough, but the overall aim of our overlords is to turn us all into dependents.  The point is for this to apply to all the cattle-masses.

Will this be laughed out of consideration, or will some form of it become a reality? It depends which side prevails in the war for America's soul.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Water madness in Detroit

It would take more peeling back the layers than there is really space for in a post on this specific aspect of Detroit's situation.  You know the basics:  the 1967 race riot that began driving industry out of the city, 50 years of corruption and mismanagement, unsustainable pension packages in both the governmental sector and the auto industry.

The upshot: shrinkage to the point where what was once America's fifth largest city is now smaller than Columbus, Ohio.  Bankruptcy and a shell government that has had to step aside for a team of crisis-management experts.  Huge swaths of blocks of vacant lots and abandoned buildings, both commercial and residential.

So in March, the city water service served notice that customers more than two months behind on water bills would be cut off.

This led to downtown protests along Grand Avenue last week.

Nurses wanted to work the public-health angle:

A group called National Nurses United, which led a march and protest downtown Friday near Cobo Center, said the shut-offs pose a public health emergency and demanded an immediate moratorium on them. The group’s co-president, Jean Ross, has called the shut-offs an “attack on the basic human right of access to safe, clean water.”

Others wanted to do the demonize-corporations thing, as well as turn their municipal sovereignty over to an obsolete and ineffective global entity:

Demonstrators chanted “Who’s on their side? Corporations. Who’s on our side? United Nations.”

A prominent Freedom-Hater politician wants to make individual households' personal financial business the state's business:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer on Friday called for a moratorium on Detroit’s water shut-offs until city officials can assess who has the financial means to pay off delinquent accounts — and who doesn’t.

Memo to Schauer:  By definition, if they have the means to pay and a lick of sense, their water is still on.

Two main things that need to be yelled at maximum volume about this little scenario:

One is the LITD First Law of Economics:  The money has to come from somewhere.  Just has to.  And, due to the reasons cited in paragraph one of this post, neither producer nor consumer has any.  So the water ain't happening.

The other is that there is no right to water, just like there is no right to health care, a job or "affordable" housing.  It's impossible by definition to have a right to something that requires your fellow human being to do something.

I got into this with somebody on FB and that person tried to tie it in with the right to life.  Here's the relationship between hydrogen oxide: You should be able to seek to obtain water with the expectation that you won't be killed while doing so.


Detroit is a perfect example of the importance of a geographic and political entity coming to its senses about economics before the consequences are so flippin' dire.

A couple of things about the Iranian nuke-talks extension

Obviously, it is the poster child for the utter worthlessness of the "foreign policy" of the Most Equal Comrade and Secretary Global Test.

But consider the extortion angle:

 The Iranians were allowed access to $2.8 billion of their impounded dollars for agreeing to the extension. 
And consider the political angle:  post-American midterm elections will be over.

Just like Europe's Jews, Iraq's Christians are getting out while they can

. . . but the window is closing fast:

In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday, hosted by Editor in Chief Alex Marlow on Sirius XM Patriot Radio.
Dr. Gorka explained that “in the last 48 hours, ISIS, which is now called the Islamic State in Mosul, has painted the letter “N” for Nazarene on the houses of all the surviving Christians in the city. ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.”
Gorka points out that, over the last 20 years, America has stood up around the world to save Muslims. “Whether it was to save the Muslims in Bosnia or the Albanians, Kosovars, and Muslims in Serbia, it is now time for a humanitarian operation to save the remaining Christians in Iraq,” he said. “It is time for the American people and our representatives to do something for our co-religionists remaining in the Middle East.”
Marlow observed that the blatant religious cleansing is horrifying and asked Gorka: “Why is it that the mainstream press is not interested in the story?” Gorka first responded by saying "Let's face it, this is a Christian version of the Holocaust and nothing less.” 

Have you seen any MSM coverage of this? Have you heard the Most Equal Comrade even mention it?

Okay, so they "did too little to heed the warnings"; the looming question is, Why?

The Most Equal Comrade's aides knew a year ago we were headed for this hockey-stick-style uptick in illegal aliens:

Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.
Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.
The 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.
The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis.

This gets us back to the the basic inadequacy of the term "incompetence."  It's just not enough to explain this kind of lack of response.