Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, and Blessed Advent!

May all of you have a happy Thanksgiving.  You know what you should be grateful for--and there's plenty.

And--beginning Sunday--have a blessed Advent.  Yes, it IS penitential.

The first words of the first Mass of Advent are these:

Ad te levavi animam meam: Deus meus, in te confido, non erubecam: neque irrideant me inimici mei: etenim universi, qui te exspectant, non confundentur. (Psalm) Vias tuas, Domine, demonstra mihi: et semitas tuas edoce me.

(Not that you'll hear that in 95++% of Catholic churches; at best, you'll get "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel".  That's because 95++% of Catholic priests these days don't understand the Roman liturgy.)

But for those of us who take text seriously, because text is "word" and Word, here's the English:

To Thee I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded. (Psalm) Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me: and teach my Thy paths.

And of course, we are 'shown His ways' beginning on Christmas.

How To Prevent Looting

There's a very simple method of looting-prevention, available to near everyone in the US.






Works every time it's tried!

HT:  BearingArms

Too Many Noonans Here?

Kaufman writes to point out Peggy Noonan's enduring naivete about Teh SCOAMF.

...In this she is not alone. Much of America ignored (and many still ignore) the evidence before their eyes, which is now irrefutable. Obama’s destructiveness is deliberate, and his goals are the remaking of American in a leftist image, and permanent power for the left. This continuing denial on the part of many Americans is one of the main reasons he may succeed.....

Three comments:  1)  the hard Left is not a part of the naif-group.  They understand, facilitate, and applaud SCOAMF at every turn and in every step.  Note, e.g., that Schumer's criticism of Obozo vis-a-vis ObozoCare was on its timing, not its existence.  2)   The hard Right is also not a part of the naif-group.  We may have thought he was merely stupid, or a tool of others, for a couple of years.  But the Jewish proverb about 'fool me once' was sufficient for us.  3)  The Congress is useless.  Most of them are not naifs--not at all.  But they understand Obozo and would love to emulate him in re-making America--except that each one believes that HE/SHE should be atop the pile.

Great.

National Security: Not Really

Let's just hit the highlight graf from this essay:

...The short, and painful, answer is that Snowden was far from the first bad apple to have “beaten” the [Intelligence Community]’s security clearance system, and he surely won’t be the last. Like so many things across the Federal government, and particularly the Department of Defense (DoD), a great deal of once-critical missions have been outsourced since the 1990’s, leading to gross incompetence and corruption by for-profit companies. (Outsourcing is a fully bipartisan boondoggle that nobody inside the Beltway wants to look into very deeply, since so many cash in on it, one way or the other.) In Snowden’s case, the firm that handled the collection of data for his clearances, USIS, stands accused of fraud on a truly massive scale, having simply faked 665,000 background investigations between 2008 and 2012. It’s little wonder that Snowden’s clearances were handled poorly....

The essay's summary:  it's not "if", it's "when."  And it's not just outsourcing contractors; it's "influential people" in Gummint (read:  politicians) whose ne'er-do-well relatives and/or big-donor's chilluns who are placed in Intel and kept there, regardless of warning signs or conclusive evidence that they should be shot at dawn.

Think a (R) Congress will fix it?

Really?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EPA's Latest Bullshit

You've all seen the presstitute reports on the EPA regs upcoming--the ones which will destroy coal mining and most Upper Midwestern state economies, which are dependent on coal-fired electrical generation.  Those reports are direct quotes of EPA's bullshit about "saving lives."

Yah, well.  Here's the facts.

Epidemiology. EPA admitted in federal court that its epidemiologic studies on PM2.5 prove nothing by themselves. In 2012 litigation in which EPA attempted to justify its experiments on humans with PM2.5, EPA admitted doing the experiments because: “epidemiologic studies do not generally provide evidence of direct causation.”

Toxicology. No laboratory animal has ever died from PM2.5 in an experimental setting even though animals have been exposed to levels of PM2.5 as much as 100+ times greater than human exposures to PM2.5 in outdoor air. 

Clinical studies. EPA has tested a variety of air pollutants — including very high exposures to PM2.5 — on over 6,000 human volunteers. Many of these volunteers were elderly or already health-compromised — the very groups EPA claims are most susceptible to dying from PM2.5 exposures. EPA has admitted that there have been no deaths or any dangerous adverse events clearly caused by these PM2.5 exposures. PM2.5 exposures in these experiments have been as high as 21 times greater than allowable by EPA’s own air quality rules.....

Should Boehner and Ryan ever find their cojones, there's a helluvalot of savings to be found by simply eliminating EPA from the budget.  Nuke 'em, ya'know?

AllahPundit Doesn't Get It

Allahpundit still doesn't get what's important here.

That's ironic, given his nom-de-plume's weight and significance in the world of political punditry.

See, "Allahpundit" is symbolic.  And symbols are (generally) very important.  We know that $$$$$ means lotsa-money; we know that a green-and-gold football-shaped "G" means football success, and we know that golden horns set on a purple field mean ......a losing team in the Far North.

Ahem.

So back to symbols:  should Boehner dis-invite SCOAMF from "the people's house" because of SCOAMF's egregious and repeated abuse of immigration and healthcare law, prosecutors, IRS, and the Constitution?  Yes, it would be just "symbolic."

But it would be symbolic of manhood-in-defense-of-the-nation--something that it behooves Boehner to display once in a while.

"I don't care" is not an option any more, Allah.  Might be the case when deciding to purchase Vikings tix...but not when the National Interest is in play.

BONUS:  from Hayward's column, a parallel is found:

...Not even the strongest civilization can go very long without facing challenges from within and without its borders. These challenges must be answered. The strength of a civilization is measured not by the issuance of challenge, but by the response; not by the presence of barbarians at the gates or in the streets, but by how those entrusted with the defense of society deal with them...

The barbarian happens to be pResident--at this time.  

Selfish-Babe-Wants-to-SHOP! Rant

Classic case of "I WANNA" from some NY Postie who hasn't a clue about the real issue.

...Would it be nice if we had one magical day when our e-mail was quiet, we spent the day ensconced with a loving family and 100 percent of Americans didn’t have to go to work? Sure.

It’s just not realistic — and harping on about shopping on Thanksgiving isn’t going to return anyone to an idyllic time before big-box stores came along and made our convenience their priority....

I don't often agree with unions, and I know that their blather about Thanksgiving is mostly posturing, targeting WallyWorld with their Two Minute Hate-of-the-month.

But in fact, Christmas sales-dollars will be constant whether or not stores are open on Turkey Day.  The selfish-babe-wanna-shop-NOW will find a way to shop tomorrow, trust me.

What the retailers are really doing is improving their cash-flow by one day (or, if you like, reducing days' inventory by one.)  Impressive for the accounting types, not so much for anyone with common sense. 

Remember that both Scrooge and Mr. Potter were accounting types. 

That's not a co-incidence, people.



Allahpundit v. Jindal

We now encounter "Allahpundit"--who writes for a Malkin site--dissing Gov. Jindal.

He first cites a Politico piece which outlines a Pubbie "plan" for dealing with King Obozo's naked immigration play.  (ObozoCare, reviled by a majority of Americans, is no longer an issue.)

Two of the ideas are:  1)  dis-inviting pPresident Pissypants from Congress for the State of the Union address.  He can deliver that from any golf course so why bother to have him in the House chamber?: and 2) "shut down" the Gummint.

A week ago, Bobby Jindal suggested that it would be Obozo, not Congress, who shuts down the Gummint, because Obozo wields ...ahhh....the pen-of-veto.

Of the two, which one has a better grasp of Government:  Jindal, or Allahpundit?

Yah.  We kinda think Jindal, no contest.

Oh, Yah. It Will Be Single-Payer

On the road to single-payer (Gummint) health insurance (the one RoJo won't fight.)

...The mandate to provide health insurance to employees kicks in for large employers on January 1st and applies to smaller companies the following year. Surprisingly, firms that are large enough to self-insure (and pay employees’ medical expenses directly) can satisfy the mandate without covering hospitalization. They can also avoid paying for mental health care, the services of specialist doctors and even emergency room visits....

Bet you didn't know that!

But here's something we've mentioned before.  (RoJo thinks this is just fine-and-dandy, I guess)

...Whether or not they are self-insured, all employers can charge the employee a premium equal to 9.5 percent of annual wages for the employee’s coverage and 100 percent of the cost of dependent coverage.
Employees earning $30,000 a year, for example, can be required to pay $2,850 for their own coverage. If a family plan costs $15,000, the employee can be asked to pay $12,150 in premiums (more than one-third of the employee’s income).

Under the law, these plans are considered “affordable.” If the employees turn down the offer, they and their families are ineligible for subsidized insurance in the health insurance exchange....

It should be obvious, even to the deliberately obtuse, that ObozoCare, as written, will lead to a revolt.  That's a feature, not a bug, because it can be "fixed" with single-payer.

That was always the plan (the one RoJo kinda likes now.)

The Community Organizer Economy

Stuff the MSM doesn't bother to mention, but which is ideal for a "community organizer":

...According to a new analysis by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the decline in incomes has hurt millions of workers, but especially young adults who were forced to work part-time when they couldn’t find full-time employment and were paid less. In a nutshell, their wage disparity was broader than we imagined.

Since 2009, when the recession deepened, median weekly wages for full-time male workers have declined by 3.5 percent when adjusted for inflation.

But nearly 7 million Americans (6.8 million) who are looking for full-time jobs have been forced to take part-time work. And they fell further beneath the wage disparity line as employers cut wages of newly hired workers.

Full-time workers between the ages of 16 and 19 earn 7.9 percent less than people made in 2009, according to the BLS study. And young adults between 20 and 24 earn 6.1 percent less.
The news media ballyhoo the job-creation numbers, but do not tell you that many of these are part-time jobs in the lower-paying retail and food sectors. Nor do they tell you that since 2006, the number of workers needing full-time work, but taking these part-time jobs, has increased 65 percent....

Lots of idle time, not enough money.

What more could a "community organizer" want??

Schumer: "Barack WHO?"

Yup.

Obama is toxic.  ObamaCare is toxic.  ObamaEPA is toxic.

Now, to the (D) Party, Obama will be a non-person.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Buh-Bye, RoJo!

There are a couple of possible explanations for RoJo's infidelity.  Let's not speculate.

...For a man who was elected during the tea-party wave of 2010 on a platform of drastically reducing federal spending and overturning the Affordable Care Act, Johnson's tone is notable. He says he is no longer looking to repeal the health care law. He is pushing back hard against conservative voices calling for a shutdown over the president's immigration policy....

RoJo knows what this really means:

...Johnson would like to get back to "real America" eventually, Todd said, though he emphasized that he had not discussed any retirement plans with the senator....

It's coming soon, Ron, you jerk.

Monday, November 24, 2014

This the Best You Got, Scott?

Scott Walker calls for Boehner & Co. to sue Obama over the immigration matter.

Really, Scott?

Let's suppose that Boehner & Co. actually win that suit.

Who, exactly, will enforce SCOTUS' decision, Scott?

One can conclude that Gov. Walker is throwing foo-foo dust at his faithful, hoping they won't notice.

You can smell the Presidential Fever.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Obozo's Next "Screw the Allies" Tour Begins!

Well, he's back to his usual inane attacks on our allies.  This time in the far East.

...Obama defied the ­advice of his embassy in Canberra to deliver a stinging attack on the Abbott government’s climate policies in Brisbane last weekend.

The US embassy, under the leadership of ambassador John Berry, advised the President, through his senior staff, not to couch his climate change comments in a way that would be seen as disobliging to the Abbott government, sources have revealed. . . 

It is normal practice when the US President makes an overseas visit that the ambassador in the country he is visiting is consulted about the contents of major speeches. It is unusual, though not unprecedented, for an embassy’s advice to be ignored....

... Despite repeated Australian requests, White House officials refused to provide a text of the speech to their Australian hosts in advance, and did not provide a summary of what would be contained in the speech.

Mr Obama’s repeated references to the climate change debate in Australia, his accusation that Australia was an inefficient user of energy and his repeated references to the Great Barrier Reef, which has figured heavily in the climate change debate, have led observers to conclude that the speech was a deliberate swipe at the Abbott government.

Historians of the US-Australia relationship are unable to nominate a case of a visiting president making such a hostile speech for the host government....

Yah, well, historians will be unable to nominate a case of another anti-American President, either.

'S OK mateys:  He'll be gone as soon as we can elect ANYBODY to replace him.

HT:  PowerLine

Starting the Week Right!

To kick off this week, an Oleg Volk:





There.  Makes everything look a little better when you're looking through the scope, eh?

HT:  Claire

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Obozo Reverse Option

PowerLine posts a fascinating comment from an immigration attorney.

...The proposed executive action on immigration (or whatever name you want to give it) will allow [illegal aliens] who have US citizen or green-card children and who have been here for five years to apply for some kind of quasi-status and open market work authorization. That would allow them to work for a period of time at any employer, the authorization presumably renewable until they decide to leave or have an option for US permanent resident status (green card status). This, the administration tells us, is fair and just and Biblical – yada/yada.

But this option is explicitly NOT available to those in the US in a valid legal status. There are millions of people in the US who have temporary status – as students or temporary workers or researchers or as investors (lots of Koreans own businesses with E-2 investor visas, for example). These people – many of them have US citizen children and have been here five years. These people who have been here legally and not violated their immigration status – these people are explicitly NOT eligible for open market work authorization, renewable indefinitely.

You must be in violation of the law to benefit from this provision....

Obozo's homeboyzzzz, hey.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Crimes Illegals CAN Commit--and Remain Here!

We all know that Obozo has banned 'criminal background checks' for immigrants de facto through a variety of administrative rules imposed on Immigration Officers.

Now he has decided that there are some crimes--committed in the USA--which just aren't important enough to warrant tossing the perp back into the Gulf of Mexico their home country.

...On the tough side, the president wants U.S. immigration authorities to go after terrorists, felons, and new illegal border crossers. On the not-so-tough side, the administration views convicted drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, and gun offenders as second-level enforcement priorities. An illegal immigrant could spend up to a year in prison for a violent crime and still not be a top removal priority for the Obama administration....

So.  If your daughter or son is raped by an illegal, or killed by a drunk illegal (lots of that goin' on, by the way), they'll stay at Rancho Ironbar for a while and jump right back in to society.  Near your daughter.  Again.

What were we saying about "SHUT IT DOWN"?

Not to worry!  Plenty of us will handle criminals the old-fashioned way while Obozo's US Marshals are at home on unpaid vacations.

 

The Strategy: Shut Down Obozo

It really shouldn't take too much thinking on the part of (R) "leadership" to come up with a preamble to cutting off funding for Obozo.

It's already been written, and I quote, in part:

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good;

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice;

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments......

Get the drift, Speaker Boehner?  Leader McConnell?

Hello!!

After all 300++ of you MC's and Senators read portions of The Declaration, announce that you will cut off funding.  No shilly-shallying, no ifs, ands, buts...just DO IT.

And--as Governor Jindal mentioned--when Obozo shuts down the Gummint by refusing to sign your budget, hold him to it.  Gather all the 300++ again, read the above again, and firmly state that you WILL NOT fund his follies.

Grow a pair.

Drew's Excellent Idea

This is outstanding.

...There's one idea I'd like to add that is in many ways symbolic but that would focus the nation on the seriousness of this problem, do not invite Obama to address a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union address. 

 The Constitution simply requires that "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." Nothing requires that he do so in person....

Not only dis-invite the asshole.

Don't even acknowledge his missive.  Ever.

One of the Big Lies

Right here in the WaPo:

...conservatives inside and outside Congress want to use the budget process as a battleground to wage war against Obama and his immigration program. The proposed gambit raises the specter of another government shutdown, akin to the one that damaged Republicans last year....

Utter crap.

A +8 in the Senate and the strongest (R) majority in the House in 50 years is "damage"?  Control of 35 States is now (R) "damage"?

As Erickson remarks, we'll be played by the spineless (R) twits infesting Congress.  They'll pretend to stop Obozo, as they've pretended to stop ObozoCare for years.

The only question those Congress-slimes have to ask themselves, every night, is this one:  which other Federal laws are now....ahhh....."in play"?   I'm looking at you, Paul Ryan--and you, Duffy.  As to you, Sensenbrenner:  pay attention to the under-vote in Wisconsin.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boehner Gruberizes Us Now


The Speaker of the House beclowns himself--again--and now attempts his own Gruberize trick, defining "Gruberize" as the industrial-strength version of 'throwing foo-foo-dust into your eyes.'  Boehner's is not nearly as well-executed as pResident Pissypants' Gruberization, of course.  That's because Boehner has no principles.  At least Pissypants has those, (albeit every one of them malignant.)

I am with Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff on the too-clever-by-half choice by Speaker Boehner to retain leftwing law professor Jonathan Turley as counsel in the House’s long-delayed lawsuit against President Obama. In the end, I don’t think it will matter. As Paul points out, judges tend to decide cases based on the merits....

... the lawsuit is frivolous: The Framers gave Congress its own powers to deal with a rogue president and would have been appalled at the thought of the powerful first branch asking the “least dangerous” third branch to do its heavy lifting. Moreover, as I recounted in Faithless Execution, Obama pays no more attention to court decisions against him than to statutes he dislikes. Since judges have no power to execute their rulings (they need the executive branch for that) a decision against Obama would have no effect – which makes it even less likely that a judge would agree to hear the case, in which the House already faces a daunting challenge to establishing legal standing to sue....

In short:  Boehner has spent a lot of taxpayer money to hire a good lawyer to get absolutely ZERO results.

But it's foo-foo-dust.  Deception.

Typical old-pol behavior.  What a waste of oxygen this man really is!

Senator Coburn Warns Obozo: The Reality of "Social Justice"

Sen. Tom Coburn attempts to warn pResident Pissypants:

“Instead of having the rule of law handling in our country today, now we’re starting to have the rule of rulers, and that’s the total antithesis of what this country was founded on,” Coburn says. “Here’s how people think: Well, if the law doesn’t apply to the president … then why should it apply to me?”  --quoted at HotAir

Yes.  Well.

We are seeing the logical outcome of "social justice", which is not "justice" and which is surely anti-social, for if "justice" is to mean anything at all, it is applicable only to individuals, not "classes." 

The class-warfare of Marx, Alinsky, and Obama, disguised as "social justice," has now devolved to its natural state:  no justice for anyone at all.

Thus Coburn's measured wisdom:  this will have consequences which will be deleterious and perhaps widespread.




State Retiree Health Plan Funding Is VERY Short

What you do NOT read about regarding Wisconsin's public-employee retirement provisions is this:

The study assesses the state's health insurance program's actuarial accrued liability at 29 percent.

Yes, that single line was buried, middle of the story, and it's deliberately unclear.  Let me clarify:

The Wisconsin taxpayer has only put away 29% of the funds necessary to cover the State's obligations for healthcare for retired public employees.  That is, the State will have to come up with more than 2/3rds of the healthcare obligations--in cash--in the next 20+ years.

That's a Big Honking Pile of Money.


ObozoCare Turns Killer

Not that we are surprised--but ObozoCare is poised to kill off a lot of small businesses.

Next year.

...When these businesses were notified that the health plans they offered their employees were not compliant with Obamacare, many of them sought to avoid dumping their employees on the exchanges. At the time, insurance vendors, based on a colorable reading of the law, encouraged many small businesses to work with them to either provide so-called section 105 plans where the employer would reimburse a broker for the cost of coverage bought by the employees, or to encourage their employees to buy their health insurance directly from brokers and to reimburse them for the purchase of this healthcare coverage. All year long, the Department of Labor allowed this practice to continue, only to declare at the 11th hour that this arrangement would be treated as noncompliant with Obamacare and thus subject employers to a penalty....

The objective, of course is to pump up ObozoCare enrollments, no matter what.  So small businesses which used S.105 are liable for penalties of up to $36,500/year/employee....

Just roadkill.  Who cares?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Revolt of the Middle Class

Mid-length but interesting item here.  In brief, the (D) party lost the 'burbs by a ton across the country, except in (you guessed it) California and metro D.C.  This is very important, for as any historian will tell you, revolutions are led ONLY by the middle class.

...Barack Obama, running as a conciliatory pragmatist in 2008, did even better with some 50 percent. This performance was aided by the growing proportion of racial minorities, including African Americans, who had moved to the suburbs.

But as Obama’s administration took shape, suburban support began to ebb. In 2012, Obama lost the suburbs to Romney  by a two-point margin. In this year’s congressional elections the GOP edge grew to 12 points in the suburbs, which accounted for a majority of the electorate. The  Democrats won by 14 percent in the more urban areas, but these accounted for barely one-third of the total vote. The result was a thorough shellacking of the Democratic party from top to bottom....

There's a reason for this.

...the political obsessions of the Obama Democrats largely mirror those of the cities: climate change, gay marriage, feminism, amnesty for the undocumented, and racial redress. These may sometimes be worthy causes, but they don’t address basic issues that [a]ffect suburbanites, such as stagnant middle class wages, poor roads, high housing prices, or underperforming schools. None of these concerns elicit much passion among the party’s true believers.

"Obsessions" is the very best word to describe Democratic Party memes.  See, e.g., "Shirtstorm."

One hopes that (R) poobahs wake up and smell the coffee in this essay.

Pope Francis: Marriage Is Man + Woman

The Pope is not confused about the nature of marriage.

Pope Francis reasserted the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage on Monday, stressing the “complementarity” between man and woman – the two complete each other – and adding that “children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.

“[T]he contribution of marriage to society is ‘indispensable,’” said the Pope.

He also condemns the inanity of queer "marriage" with that sentence, re-asserting the rights of children.

Finally, he condemns the culture of the temporary (which is inextricably related to the culture of relativity):

The Pope also said that marriage and family today “are in crisis” in part because we live in a “culture of the temporary,” where more and more people give up on marriage.

“This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom,” said Pope Francis, “but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.”

A passing familiarity with the economic circumstances of single-parent families will confirm that.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Amnesty: Even Worse Than That!

Largely due to regulations (written by Democrat rabble), the ObozNesty will allow all the illegals to collect Social Security, Unemployment Comp, Medicare, and ObozoCare benefits.

Immediately.