Thursday, February 26, 2015

$3Bn. Stolen by Obozo, Gifted to Insurers

Yah, and what's RoJo going to do about this?


The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.

What’s tricky is that Congress never authorized any money to make such payments to insurers in its annual appropriations, but the Department of Health and Human Services, with the cooperation of the U.S. Treasury, made them anyway.

For that matter, Ryan ALSO voted for the budget--which fed HHS the money.

Nyah, nyah, we told you so.

Dumbasses.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RoJo Wimps Out (Again)

Russ Feingold, if nothing else, is an honest Lefty.  Condescending, a jerk, and all, but he is honestly condescending and jerk-ish.

Then there's RoJo, who gave up his "fight" against ObozoCare early on, and hasn't bothered with the Constitution ever since.

The stalemate over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was broken Wednesday as the Senate voted 98-2 to proceed to legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown.

Democrats agreed to support the DHS bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stripped out provisions inserted by the House that would reverse President Obama's executive actions on immigration. 

The only votes against proceeding to the bill came from Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

That kinda tells you that RoJo voted FOR amnesty.

The Iran Chess Game: Religion Counts

This essay captures a part of the puzzle.

The world now anticipates that the U.S. will reach a strategic agreement with Iran. Russia and China are responding by offering their own deals to Tehran.

What to notice about that statement?  Iran is being courted as a possible client state by the US, the Russkis, and PRC.  This is key, folks--and we'll mention why a little later.

...Russia is retaliating against the West’s stance on Ukraine. Russia has made it clear all along that it would respond to Western efforts to remove Crimea from Russia by making trouble in Iran, as Russia’s deputy foreign minister warned last March. Russia, unlike the U.S., views the world as a single chessboard: attack my position here, and I will hurt you somewhere else...

We're beginning to see why Obozo is way out of his league here.  But he's not alone.

...My conservative friends who urge us to “stand up to Putin” should take a cold, dispassionate look at the whole of the chessboard and anticipate moves of this sort; otherwise, the whole thing is a lot of beery blather. As I wrote recently, Israel takes the brunt of American policy blunders. What happens if Putin gives Iran the means to shoot down anything Israel (and a good deal of what the U.S.) might throw at it? No-one in Washington seems to ask such questions....

...which includes Bomb-Bomb McCain.  (And "beery" is a very sly way of naming him, no?)

Now let's add to the mix!

...China, which depends on Persian Gulf oil more than any other major economy, is watching these developments with alarm,...

PRC has already made kissy-face with Saudi Arabia and does NOT need a mess in the Middle East.

Now back to that "client state" thing.  Since the Shah was deposed, there has been a quiet but on-going struggle within Iran.  On one side are the remnant-Western parties, arguably led by MEK.  While MEK is a Communist *cough* "SJW" bunch, it is also by its nature a materialist-centered group.  That materialism is also a driving force in what remains of the old US-allied Iranian citizenry--the Shah gang, so to speak.

On the other side, and currently in power, is the Mullah bunch.  Shi'ite, thus not ISIS (which is Sunni), and very religious Muslim.  That's the part that the US does not understand.  It's also why Putin has been playing the "religion" card, even though his 'religion' is not Muslim--and probably as deep as Obama's--it's a card that the Muslims understand and respect.

But since the mullahs, Iran has been very careful to avoid becoming a client-state of anyone, whether Western, Eastern, or betwixt.  The mullahs are flat-out disinterested in the materialist sirens.

So.  If the mullahs are displaced through a US or Russki proxy revolution, things will change.

But will it be for the worse?  Or the better?

RedState Headline Is Perfect

So RedState memorialized the McConnell cave as follows:

Mitch McConnell goes into fetal position. Harry Reid is the new leader of the Senate.

VA's McDonald Has Resume

The current Administrator of the VA, who said--and then UN-said--that he was a Special Forces member, has a resume.

...Prior to joining VA, Secretary McDonald was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). Under his leadership, P&G significantly recalibrated its product portfolio; expanded its marketing footprint, adding nearly one billion people to its global customer base; and grew the firm’s organic sales by an average of three percent per year. This growth was reflected in P&G’s stock price, which rose from $51.10 the day he became CEO to $81.64 on the day his last quarterly results were announced—a 60 percent increase from 2009 to 2013.

During his tenure, P&G was widely recognized for its leader development prowess. In 2012, Chief Executive Magazine named it the best company for developing leader talent....

Uh-huh.

H&R Block: Buy the Regulations, Then Monetize!

No reason that H&R Block should be any different from Big Pharma and Big Insurance, is there?

Five years ago, a bevy of high-priced H&R Block lobbyists worked on the tax preparation company’s behalf to shape the Affordable Care Act.

And this April 15, those efforts are set to pay off in a big way for the company.

H&R Block is well positioned to earn more than $100 million in additional fees from low-income Obamacare enrollees as they face the daunting challenge to properly file this year’s complicated health-related tax forms....

Another of the 50 million reasons that concentrating all power in D.C. is the ruin of the republic.

Oil-Train Obama Vetoes Keystone

Remember that train that firebombed a West Virginia town?  The train filled with crude oil?

Obama likes it that way, so he vetoed Keystone XL (Phase IV).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ukraine, Re-Examined

As usual, Bomb-Bomb McCain has a solution consisting of sending other people's children into combat in Ukraine.  McCain's not the only one, of course; there's always the NeoCon cabal which surrounded GWB and which remains a propaganda-generator of the first class.

More level heads might ask 'why?'.

...the West, especially the US, was instrumental in toppling the democratically elected president of Ukraine back in February 2014. US officials were caught on tape plotting the coup, and then immediately supported the hastily installed and extremist officials that now occupy the Kiev leadership positions.
In short, the crisis in Ukraine was not the result of Russia’s actions, but the West’s. Had the prior president, Yanukovych, not been overthrown, it’s highly unlikely that Ukraine would be embroiled in a nasty civil war. Relations between Russia and the West would be in far better repair
....


Well, then, I suppose that when we rip up a democracy, we're expected to invade it, or something.

...We are treated to babyish comparisons of President Putin to Hitler or Stalin; we are also told that this crisis has only been brought about by Russia’s “expansionism”. But there was only one real trigger for this crisis – the urge of the EU continually to advance its borders and to expand its own empire, right into the heartland of Russian national identity: a “Europe” stretching, as David Cameron once hubristically put it, “from the Atlantic to the Urals”.

The “expansionism” that was the trouble was not Putin’s desire to welcome the Russians of Crimea back into the country to which they had formerly belonged; or to assist the Russians of eastern Ukraine in their determination not to be dragged by the corrupt government in Kiev they despised into the EU and Nato. It was that of an organisation founded on the naive belief that it could somehow abolish nationalism, but which finally ran up against an ineradicable sense of nationalism that could not simply be streamrollered out of existence. We poked the bear and it responded accordingly
....


Huh.  "Abolish nationalism", eh?

Oughta sound familiar to us here in the "fundamentally re-formed" America.

HT:  RenMan

RoJo Watch!

Well, the game's afoot.  Let's see what RoJo actually does.

The cave has begun. Last night, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) started the process of bringing up a standalone bill that would only overturn Obama’s executive amnesty issued last fall. It would leave in place the previous executive amnesty from 2012, DACA.  What Senate Leadership won’t tell you is that the standalone bill is designed to fail. Democrats will block the bill and then Senate Republicans will move either a long-term bill to fully fund Obama’s executive amnesty and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or only a short-term bill to fund Obama’s executive amnesty and DHS....

 Will he pull a Sensenbrenner (being FOR the spending before being AGAINST it)?

Actual voters are watching, Ron.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Leave It Behind!

Sure enough, the Pubbies have a chance to dump "No Child Left Behind".

Wanna bet?

Choom Gang History

One day, after another meeting with the Choom Gang, he emitted this:

“Here in America, Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.”

Seriously--has anyone run a mental-health check on this dude?

Who IS This Twit?

The usual handwringing story from Bloomberg on funding illegal immigration...then this:

...“If the appeals court reverses the lower court judge, Republican leaders will likely turn to their colleagues and say: There’s nothing we can do,” said Keith Appell, a Republican strategist....

Huh.  All that time and effort writing a Constitution, and a "strategist" opines it out of existence.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Oil-By-Rail? Obozo's Fault

What the local news guy did NOT tell you about 'highly explosive oil shipped by rail' is this:  Obozo has blocked the Keystone pipeline (Phase IV), which would take the place of the railcars.

Maybe he forgot about that, or something.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"I Have Principles. But If You Don't Like Them, I Have Others."

Groucho Marx said it better, of course, but Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said it, just yesterday.

More Dictator Rules From Obozo

The petty, petty tyrant has new rules.

The Internal Revenue Service will delay imposing excise taxes on small businesses that reimburse their employees for the cost of buying individual health insurance policies.

These types of employer payment plans are group health plans that don't comply with the market reforms in the Affordable Care Act, according to the IRS. As a result, employers that offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) could be subject to excise taxes of $100 a day per employee.

In a new notice, the IRS said small businesses — those with fewer than 50 employees — with HRAs will not be subject to excise taxes until July 1, 2015.

Yah, there's a reason:  the damnfool setup (SHOP exchanges) provided by Obozo doesn't work.

Surprise!

The Carpetbagger/Reconstructionist, Sensenbrenner

Ol' Jimbo continues to fight the Civil War while demonstrating his complete ignorance of the bill(s) that HE SPONSORED.

....Sensenbrenner’s bill, H.R. 885, is co-sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus. It revives federal control through the Voting Rights Act over every state election law change. In 2013, the Supreme Court’s Shelby County vs. Holder decision struck down this power as an outdated and unconstitutional relic from a half-century ago....

...speaking of "relics from a half-century ago," we have.........Jim Sensenbrenner!!

...In the last Congress, Rep. Sensenbrenner, a large number of Democrats, and a small number of Republicans introduced H.R. 3899. H.R. 3899 was identical to H.R. 885. The bill died in 2014, thanks to the opposition of Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and the presence of many Judiciary Committee members who hail from states that would be threatened with renewed federal control over state election laws...

And then he pulls a Harf!

Last March, Rep. Sensenbrenner was caught on hidden camera at a hometown town hall by James O’Keefe demonstrating that he did not understand details of his bill — including the fact it would exclude white voters from protection.

When you add this very odd fixation to his "for it before I was against it" vote on Cromnibus, you have all the markings of a politician who can easily be primaried out of office.





Yes, He Can

It took me about 5 years to decide that the President was not a stupid puppet.





(Click to embiggenate)

Any questions, class?

HT:  The Captain

Are You Next?

Although I'm of mixed mind on the "refuse to serve because Christian" question, I have no doubt that smashing Christians and Catholics will continue.  It matters not what the 'reason' is.  It matters only that they be smashed.

Seventy year-old Barronelle Stutzman may lose her home and life’s saving for not selling flowers to couple for their gay wedding. Stutzman did refer the couple to a different shop but that was not enough....

...The court also ruled recently that both the state and the same-sex couple, who each filed lawsuits against her, may collect damages and attorneys’ fees not only from her business, but from Stutzman personally. That means the 70-year-old grandmother may not only lose her business, but also her home and savings because she lives her life and operates her business according to her beliefs.

“The message of these rulings is unmistakable: the government will bring about your personal and professional ruin if you don’t help celebrate same-sex marriage,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner...

There is a madness in the land.

Barrett, Soglin Support Obozo Immigration Scam

*Yawn*

Mayors Barrett and Soglin sign a petition asking for Obozo to continue his illegal, un-Constitutional immigration scheme.

Surprised?

Rubio Goes All Stoooopid

Either this guy doesn't have a clue about Federal budget spending, or he has given up on running for President.

Or both.

During a visit to Las Vegas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio suggested Wednesday that Congress should pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security without conditions...

Why is that, Marco??

...The possible Republican presidential candidate said national security is too important to hold up funding, although he disagrees with Obama’s moves to go around Congress to halt deportations of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.

First off, all of the real "security" people will remain on the job; that's about 83% of DHS' payroll.  (Secondly, are the blue pandas really "security"?)

Obama’s order would let immigrants here illegally get work permits, collect Social Security and Medicare and gain tax credits as well.

“We have to fund Homeland Security,” Rubio said at a brief news conference. “We can’t let Homeland Security shut down.

What was that Chevy Chase line from SNL News?  "Jane, you ignorant slut!"  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The ObozoConomy, Part 43,557

ZeroHedge provides perspective not found elsewhere.

US economic data is not 'strong', is not 'goldilocks', is not 'decoupled', is not 'solid'. In fact, it's absolutely terrible. Bloomberg's US Macro data indicator which tracks both beats-and-misses and improvement/deterioration in data - is at 11-month lows. February alone has seen 29 data items miss expectations


Such as?  Glad you asked!!






February...
MISS
  • Personal Spending
  • Construction Spending
  • ISM New York
  • Factory Orders
  • Ward's Domestic Vehicle Sales
  • ADP Employment
  • Challenger Job Cuts
  • Initial Jobless Claims
  • Nonfarm Productivity
  • Trade Balance
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Labor Market Conditions Index
  • NFIB Small Business Optimism
  • Wholesale Inventories
  • Wholesale Sales
  • IBD Economic Optimism
  • Mortgage Apps
  • Retail Sales
  • Bloomberg Consumer Comfort
  • Business Inventories
  • UMich Consumer Sentiment
  • Empire Manufacturing
  • NAHB Homebuilder Confidence
  • Housing Starts
  • Building Permits
  • PPI
  • Industrial Production
  • Capacity Utilization
  • Manufacturing Production
BEAT
  • Personal Income
  • Markit Services PMI
  • Nonfarm Payrolls
  • JOLTS
Another few months like that, and we'll be exactly where Obozo wants us:  another recession!

What Pope Francis Said

Not that long ago, Pope Francis mentioned 'cultural imperialism' from the West (or words to that effect.)  What he was talking about was the Obozo Regime's blackmail.

A Catholic Bishop from Nigeria has leveled an explosive charge against President Barack Obama over his failure to adequately help Nigeria in the African nation’s fight againt the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram that might explain why Obama has let Boko Haram slaughter Nigerian Christians and rape and enslave Christian girls.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo spoke in Rome to Aleteia, saying of the Obama administration:
“The United States actually said it would help Nigeria with Boko Haram only if we modify our laws concerning homosexuality, family planning, and birth control.

This is not surprising in the least.  Remember that one of Obama's first actions was to abjure the Mexico City policy which had been put in place by Reagan, was rescinded by Clinton, and re-emplaced by Bush II.

More: here's today's drool from Earnest:

... “But what we want to do is we want to make sure that — that Boko Haram doesn’t have a fertile recruiting ground in Nigeria that only is enhanced if you have a Nigerian government that runs roughshod over the basic human rights and values of their citizens.”...

You can translate "basic human rights" as Free Contraceptives and Legal Sodomy of Homosexuals....and, of course, Abortions.  Because that's exactly what he means.  The Nigerian government is not like, ya'know, Stalin.

This President is the single most hard-line abortion promoter in the world; HRC is a distant second in comparison.

And now, in his own special way, he's also promoting past-partum abortions in Nigeria. 

HT:  Gateway

Dumb and Dumber Administration Critters

It's bad enough that the Alpha Sigma* babe at State thinks that a new career will rehabilitate the Salafis.  They HAVE their new career; it's called Caliph-making, and they're doing reasonably well at it.

Now we have "Hands" Biden with similar stuff.

...In his opening remarks at Tuesday’s panel discussion, Biden said the U.S. and other countries need to tackle violent extremism not just by using force, but by engaging communities that are "marginalized."

"We have to work from the ground up and engage our communities, and engage those who might be susceptible to being radicalized because they are marginalized."

"Societies have to provide an affirmative alternative for immigrant communities, a sense of opportunity, a sense of belonging that discredits the terrorist appeal to fear, isolation, hatred, resentment," he said....

And it gets worse.  Ol' Joe was on a roll.

A U.S. Islamic advocacy group says that Vice- President Joe Biden, addressing a White House summit on "countering violent extremism (CVE)" on Tuesday, referred to right-wing extremists and supremacists committing violence "in the name of the Bible." ...

..."Biden just talked about the right wing militias & supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible," the Washington-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted later in the afternoon....

Those Bible folks include pro-lifers and anyone who owns a gun, of course.

There must have been an IQ test, with anyone scoring more than room-temperature being disqualified for service in the Obozo Administration.

HT:  AOSHQ

*UW-Whitewater folks know what this means.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Amnesty Enjoined

Happy to see that the State of Wisconsin is party to this lawsuit.

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's Ideology Drivng ISIS

Ace recommended the read, and lo! and behold!  the author says what I've been saying for quite some time:

...In the past, Westerners who accused Muslims of blindly following ancient scriptures came to deserved grief from academics—notably the late Edward Said—who pointed out that calling Muslims “ancient” was usually just another way to denigrate them. Look instead, these scholars urged, to the conditions in which these ideologies arose—the bad governance, the shifting social mores, the humiliation of living in lands valued only for their oil.

Without acknowledgment of these factors, no explanation of the rise of the Islamic State could be complete. But focusing on them to the exclusion of ideology reflects another kind of Western bias: that if religious ideology doesn’t matter much in Washington or Berlin, surely it must be equally irrelevant in Raqqa or Mosul. When a masked executioner says Allahu akbar while beheading an apostate, sometimes he’s doing so for religious reasons.

Many mainstream Muslim organizations have gone so far as to say the Islamic State is, in fact, un-Islamic. It is, of course, reassuring to know that the vast majority of Muslims have zero interest in replacing Hollywood movies with public executions as evening entertainment. But Muslims who call the Islamic State un-Islamic are typically, as the Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on the group’s theology, told me, “embarrassed and politically correct, with a cotton-candy view of their own religion” that neglects “what their religion has historically and legally required.” Many denials of the Islamic State’s religious nature, he said, are rooted in an “interfaith-Christian-nonsense tradition.”...

Yah.  The Bushmen were dense and Obozo-droids are completely incapable of getting this--particularly Obozo, whose "religion" is the Religion of Self, and whose close advisers are--like him--Marxist/atheist.

The read, by the way, is excellent.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Liturgical Blindness (and Deafness)

There is no such thing as co-incidence, right?

So today I run across a near-year-old essay containing the following:

...But it was an unkind fate that allowed the new mass to come to completion just when – elsewhere – the importance of non-verbal communication was being rediscovered.

This was what was missing from the Liturgical Movement. An appreciation of non-verbal communication is not incompatible with the writings of the earlier exponents, such as Guéranger, despite his emphasis on 'understanding'. But as the movement develops, and turns into the movement to create the Novus Ordo, a blindness to non-verbal communication (and a parallel lack of interest in gestures and visual ceremonies) becomes increasingly evident and increasingly problematic
....

Earlier, I had been to Mass in a parish where the "prelude music" was Debussy's Au Claire da Lune, which made me think that perhaps I had taken a wrong turn and landed in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria, or maybe a funeral parlor.  This was not the first time such an incongruity had occurred; in another parish, the "church musician" had serenaded the congregation with one of the Gymnopedie during Communion.

Then this graf appeared.

Yes, the Ordinary Form development IS blind--and deaf--to "non-verbal communication."  For the totality of the Form rests on text, text, text (which--in its place--is appropriate), but it is now clear that that particular emphasis has overcome all other sensibilities.  Thus the churches denuded of statuary, of stained-glass, and built with the tabernacle in some off-center position (or entirely obscured.)  Thus the 'entertainer priest' phenomenon, which strains the capacity of most priests or--worse--brings out their inner ham, which is usually .......ahhh.......pathetic.

No such thing as co-incidence, said Jack Ryan.  And he was right.

HT:  Pertinacious.  You'll find the entire discussion of the Ordinary Form's problems linked at the end of his post, in 5 parts.

Anti-semitism in Madistan

The Milwaukee news-rag didn't mention this on its front page
(electronic version), and no Milwaukee teevee news outlets posted anything online either.

Residents of 30 homes on the far west side of Madison, Wisconsin’s state capital, woke up Saturday morning to find their property vandalized with spray-pained swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans, as well as obscene drawings, derogatory remarks about women and drawings of Confederate flags with the letters KKK beside them. Garage doors, driveways, and vehicles were all targeted by the vandals. The damage was estimated by Madison police as in excess of “tens of thousands of dollars,” which raises the crime to the level of felonious activity.

As reported by Madison’s ABC affiliate, WKOW-TV, none of the victims or their neighbors observed any suspects on Friday night, when the vandalism must have occurred....

The Madistan cop-shop doesn't want to classify this as a 'hate crime,' because.....umnnhhhh....random?  Just some folks?  .........yah, whatever.

NYT: Obozo Cooked the Books in '12 Election

Not hard to read between the lines of this NYT story.  It's an election year, deficits mattered, and Obozo simply stole several $Billion from Fannie and Freddie.

He's stolen a helluvalot more since then--about $225 Bn. or so.

This guy is more plagues than Egypt ever suffered.

The "Known Wolf": Here Already

Clearly, it is the height of stooopids to expect the Obozo Regime to be pro-active regarding "known wolves" in the US.  So it's up to the citizens to be prepared.  Concealed carry, anyone??

While the identity of the killer who attacked a free speech event and a synagogue yesterday in Copenhagen has not yet been released, media are now reporting that the suspect is “known to authorities” in what appears to be yet another case of what I have termed “Known Wolf” terrorism....

"Known to authorities" also applied to the goblins in Paris (Hebdo) and another French incident, as well as the deadly Australian chocolate-shop kidnapping.  Arguably, it could have applied to the Boston bombers, too.

Hate Speech, or Inane Muslim Rants?

A California assembly member tweeted this:

“Gut wrenching news today. American Kayla Mueller murdered by Islamic savages. There MUST be consequences."

Following which, CAIR did its best to imitate hysterical sensitive ranters everywhere:

“Hate rhetoric can and does lead to hate crimes against people,” the CAIR-LA spokesman said. “We call on Assemblymember Melendez to retract and apologize..."

Frankly, I prefer 5.56 to deliver hate.  Everything else--words included--are dross.

HT:  Zippers

LBJ and Cholesterol

Kinda interesting story about the genesis of the (now proven idiotic) cholesterol scare.  Doesn't surprise me in the least, even though the sourcing remains anonymous.  There's a larger lesson ending this post.

...LBJ wanted the support of the egg and dairy farming industry. Being from Texas, he felt it would look very bad if did not get the support of this significantly large portion of the farming industry. But the egg and dairy farmers, for various reasons, balked. They would not throw their support behind LBJ. Well, Johnson was furious. So, he courted and won the support of the grain farmers. But that was not all. After the election he wanted revenge on the egg and dairy farmers, and he wanted to reward the grain farmers for supporting him.

This is where things get downright spooky, but I can vouch for its truth. Johnson decided that he and his administration would issue a new concept — a “food pyramid” that would “help” children and their parents make good food choices, not to mention those who are older and suffering from various maladies. The problem for the milk and egg industry is that the pyramid recommended that citizens severely restrict their intake of dairy products, particularly eggs. But to the delight of the grain farmers, the pyramid recommended a dramatic increase in the consumption of grain products such as bread, cereal, crackers, and the like.

Johnson leaned on his government physicians to place their stamp of approval on this scheme by claiming that if Americans ate according to the recommendations of the pyramid, they could eradicate heart disease, strokes, and other cardiovascular diseases. Soon everyone had jumped on the bandwagon....

(Quoted at Cold Fury)

Little about LBJ's pure slime surprises me.

The lesson here is not about LBJ and egg farmers.  The lesson is that ANY President (or House Speaker, or Senate Leader) can pull off something like this with relative ease, so long as we continue to blithely ignore the 9th and 10th Amendments.

The Obozo-ficated BATF

BATFE has become fully Obozo-ficated, which must be embarrassing to the actual professionals who work at BATFE.  (But they can join the actual professionals at IRS, FCC, FEC, HHS, and the Armed Forces who have to endure this 8 years of pure hell.)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives posted a proposed rule change Friday removing a previous exemption and banning the manufacture, import and sale of “5.56 mm (.223) SS109 and M855 ‘green tip’ ammunition containing a steel core,” saying it now considers it to be “non-sporting” handgun ammunition capable of penetrating protective vests worn by law enforcement officers. This latest development, ceding to law enforcement lobby interests, is prompted by the development of handguns capable of firing the cited ammunition.

“In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, [ATF] unexpectedly announced ... that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as ‘armor piercing ammunition,” the National Rifle Association weighed in. “The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress....

Like I've said a million times:  BUY MORE AMMO.  Green-tipped is fine!!

The McAdams Brouhaha, Chapter Twenty One

The McAdams thing has generated a lot of discussion.

Here's the end-graf of a lengthy post on the matter which (inter alia) exposes one very telling fact about Ms. Abbate:  she is a raging sexist.  But the author (Rod Dreher) has a clear vision of the dispute:

...Even if you think John McAdams was rightfully stripped of his tenure in this matter, there are serious questions of academic freedom here that won’t go away. Marquette’s silence on the matter of Cheryl Abbate’s publicly stated belief that white male heterosexuals must be speech-restricted in her classroom, and its apparent acceptance of the accuracy of the recorded conversation between her and her student, is a greater threat to academic freedom than the blog bloviating of a cranky conservative professor.

Indeed.