Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Abbas: "In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands"

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


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When Pamela Geller devised the ad above and we tried to run it in Seattle (in response to bogus "Palestinian" ads claiming that "Palestinians" don't have equal rights in Israel), Seattle transit balked, saying that the statement wasn't true. We then provided proof from statements by Mahmoud Abbas and other "Palestinians," and the ads ran -- whereupon local news reports prominently featured a "Palestinian" activist saying that the claim was false. But now Abbas has said it again: a "Palestinian" state will be completely empty of Jews. Hitlerite dreams from the "moderate" "Palestinian" "leader":

"Abbas: 'Not a single Israeli' in future Palestinian state," from Reuters, July 30:
CAIRO - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks due to resume in Washington for the first time in nearly three years. 
Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967 Six Days War.
The forceful statements appeared to challenge mediator US Secretary of State John Kerry's hopes that the terms of the talks, scheduled to begin Monday night over dinner, be kept secret.
"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands," Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.
"An international, multinational presence like in Sinai, Lebanon and Syria - we are with that," he said, referring to United Nations peacekeeping operations in those places....
Night Watch

China-Japan: Feedback: A Brilliant and well informed Reader noted that the US Coast Guard was established by Congress as a fully military organization, although not under the Department of Defense. Under US law it is not a paramilitary organization, uses US naval ranks and its members are subject to the US Uniform Code of Military Justice.

On the other hand, it is a lightly armed military organization that is similar to lightly armed organizations in many other countries that describe themselves as paramilitary and have law enforcement authority over civilians. The Chinese describe their coast guard as a "paramilitary force."

The Chinese participate in coast guard forums with the US and the Asian states so their coast guard leaders are very well informed about practices and tactics in non-communist states.

Pakistan: During this Watch, Presidential elections will begin in Pakistan. Mamnoon Hussain, a textile businessman and a close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is expected to become the next president. The opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) members of parliament intend to boycott the election because the original date of the elections was moved forward in respect of Ramadan observances.

Comment: As noted in a prior edition, the president of Pakistan is elected by an electoral college comprised of the members of the national parliament and the members of the provincial parliaments.
Pakistan no longer has a presidential system of government. That ended after the ouster of Musharraf when Pakistan reverted to a modified Westminster-style parliament. The president only performs the ceremonial functions of the head of state. The head of government does all the rest.

The PPP boycott is symbolic. The party is discredited because of its poor record of government plus it has no candidate for the presidency who has a chance of election. The boycott avoids a humiliating trouncing.

Internal Security. About 150 Pakistani Taliban gunmen and bombers attacked the central jail in Dera Ismail Khan, in northwestern Pakistan, on Monday. The government claims only 40 Taliban escaped, from the 5,000 prisoner population at the jail. The Taliban claim they freed 300 Pakistani Taliban.

They killed five policemen and prompted the Pakistan Army to send reinforcements.

Comment: This is the fourth major prison break in an Islamic country in less than a week. The significance is that the militant groups in three countries risked a great deal in coordinated attacks to free veterans. All almost certainly had inside help.

That suggests the groups highly valued the skills and knowledge of the men in jail. It raises the prospect that insurgent groups in Iraq, Pakistan and Libya will manifest signs of improved attack planning and leadership in coming weeks. The timing suggests significant learning is occurring across continents among distant and disparate militant groups.

Iraq: Update. A wave of at least 12 car bombs killed at least 60 people and wounded 200 in mostly Shia areas of Baghdad and in other southern towns. The low level insurgency continues.

Egypt: In the Nile River Delta city of Mansoura and the Canal city of Ismailia, pro-Mursi marches resulted in clashes with police. The marches were protests of excessive use of force by security forces last Saturday. No casualties have been reported yet.

The most portentous new development is a statement by the interim prime minister that the government has no intention to declare a state of emergency.

Comment: The Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist supporters once again are showing their fundamental strength: acting in opposition. Their strategy is to present themselves as the victims of government abuses so as to re-generate broad popular support. Acting as the victim in opposition is a much more familiar role than acting as a steward of good government.

On the other hand, the interim government appears prepared to oblige the pro-Mursi supporters by making them the victims, or targets, of a state of emergency.

In north Sinai, two policemen and one soldiers were killed on Sunday and Monday.

Tunisia: In a defiant speech on Monday, Prime Minister Larayedh rejected opposition demands that his government and the constitutional assembly step down and promised on Monday to complete the country's democratic transition with a new constitution by August and elections in December. This followed an emergency meeting of the Islamist-led government.

A powerful trade union also held a meeting to plot its next steps to "decide the fate of the country."

The secular opposition, emboldened by events in Egypt, is now rejecting all concessions and reconciliation efforts by the government. It has called for the 217-member Constituent Assembly to be dissolved. In the last few days, 70 lawmakers have left the body. Small symbolic demonstrations continued for a fourth day outside the hall of the Constituent Assembly.

In Tunis, security forces sealed Bardo square, located outside the building where the transitional Constituent Assembly meets, with barbed wire and fencing. In the southern city of Sidi Bouzid, angry protesters tried to storm municipal offices to stop employees from going to work, residents said, sparking clashes with Ennahda supporters. Ennahda is the leading party in the governing coalition.

Meanwhile, on the Algerian border, Islamic militants ambushed a Tunisian Army patrol, killing 8 soldiers, five of whom had been mutilated.

Comment: The most significant security measure was the closure of Bardo Square. This is significant because it disrupts civil normality and the exercise of the rights of assembly and speech to protect property and maintain civil order. That behavior is known as an incongruity and it always signifies a weak government that has no response to the protestors except curtailment of their rights. The government is feeling pressed.

Nigeria: Boko Haram killed 20 civilians fishing village on Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria. The large army operations had limited impact. The Boko Haram terrorists evaded the Army and continued attacks as usual.

Last week, the Obama Administration dodged a bullet when its last-minute lobbying defeated an amendment that would have ended the NSA’s massive surveillance program of American citizens. The amendment, proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) to a defense-spending bill, would have stopped the collection of intelligence data pursuant to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act unless the targets of the investigation actually were under investigation. Under this Administration's interpretation of the law, it vacuums up data on virtually every electronic communication of every person in the country, by using Section 215 far more broadly than the law provides, or was intended to allow.

The amendment barely failed -- falling short by just a mere 12 votes in a vote that exhibited rare bipartisan coalitions both supporting, and opposing, the amendment. Apparently, a push by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) in the final hours before the vote was the saving grace for the NSA surveillance program.

The surprisingly narrow vote, however, is a good sign that privacy advocates on the Hill -- reflecting broader concerns of the American people -- are finally giving this massive surveillance program the scrutiny it deserves.

What Amash understands, and what establishment cronies like Pelosi fail to understand, is that there is a changing tide of public opinion regarding America’s national security programs. The American public no longer is content to give Uncle Sam a blank check to do whatever he pleases, so long as it is done to “protect us from the bad guys.” Revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed, for the first time in broad daylight, just how far the government has gone since 9-11 to collect all manner of private data on law-abiding civilians not under any criminal or national security investigation. The still-unfolding IRS scandal feeds into this concern.

Americans now appear ready to dial it back, in a big way.

Public opinion of Obama and Congress are at all-time lows, due in no small measure to the miserable job both the Executive and Legislative branches have done to protect the constitutional rights of citizens. In fact, a Gallup poll from June shows the majority of Americans oppose the federal government’s dragnet snooping programs that collect private information about citizens not under investigation. Even the New York Times, typically a shill for the Obama Administration, notes what it calls “rapidly shifting politics” that started on the fringes of both parties but has spread into mainstream politics.

There is, of course, pushback to stemming the government’s domestic surveillance operations.

However, this stonewalling is coming not from citizens, but from establishment politicians who believe the public doesn’t know what’s best for itself. For example, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Obama’s pal and a likely 2016 presidential hopeful, last week called the “strain of libertarianism” going through both parties “dangerous” to America’s national security and blamed Senator Rand Paul as its primary cheerleader.

Christie is right that Paul is one of the Constitution’s biggest and most vocal supporters in Congress, and we’re lucky to have him. But Christie is wrong in suggesting that a “strain of libertarianism” is infecting both parties. The support of civil liberties and the expectation that the government follow the Rule of Law hardly is a new concept to Republicans or Democrats. Even though it is clear that both major parties periodically have forgotten their duty to uphold the Constitution, Republicans, at least, have traditionally been the watchdogs of Big Government. What Christie sees as a new trend is simply the resurgence of constitutionalism within the GOP, and among many independents; it is a return to conservative roots where government is not to be trusted blindly when it comes to the privacy rights of American citizens.

This shift against government snooping augurs poorly for political elitists like Christie, Pelosi, and Obama -- public officials who feel they serve the interests of the State over the interests of the People. The American public is tired of limitless government data collection and the systematic abuse of civil liberties in the name of “national security.” Let us hope this trend is not just a fad or temporary strain of privacy activism but a wholesale change in how the public views government.

While Amash’s NSA amendment is defeated for now, Republicans should capitalize on the growing public support for intelligence reform and rebrand themselves as the party committed to the Constitution. Republicans have a unique opportunity to reclaim the high ground, but only if they tune-out the “sky is falling” squawking of the Old Guard and begin to make earnest reforms; not only regarding the NSA and IRS, but every federal bureaucracy.
Republicans decidedly not impressed with Obama’s “grand bargain” head-fakery

by Erika Johnsen / Hot Air


With much ado about absolutely nothing, and accompanied by his usual and so very delightful attacks on Republicans for clearly being motivated by nothing in this world beyond the desire to thwart him personally, President Obama introduced a faux attempt at a “grand bargain” in yet another speech on Tuesday wherein he would supposedly cede corporate tax reform to Republicans in exchange for “investments” in infrastructure and education, a raise in the minimum wage, etcetera. (…I.e., the only ideas he seems to have in relation to economic growth.

One wonders how we ever managed to get along before the federal bureaucracy metastasized into its currently huge and malignant form.) The president also accused the GOP of “passing over long-term fiscal challenges” at the expense of the middle class — which is weird, seeing as how the president’s speech contained nary a mention of entitlement reform.

Odd.

Of course, the president really has no intention of lowering tax burdens or even revenue neutrality; rather, the small reductions in rates he’s offering would be more than offset by the lost deductions and preferences with which he wants to do away, resulting in a net increase in revenue with which he can pay for his precious “investments.” The Republican leadership was not impressed:
“This proposal allows President Obama to support President Obama’s position on taxes and President Obama’s position on spending, while leaving small businesses and American families behind,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. …
Plus Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell suggested the move could suck the wind out of an effort by a bipartisan duo on Capitol Hill to push for broad-based tax reform this year.
McConnell, on the floor said the proposal “represents a serious blow to one of the best chances for true bipartisan action in Washington.” He called it a “rebuke” to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., who along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., is trying to build support nationally for a massive tax code overhaul.
Also, via Roll Call:
Lawmakers regarded President Barack Obama’s latest attempt to engage them on an economic proposal as largely irrelevant Tuesday, with neither Democrats nor Republicans viewing it as an actual step forward toward breaking their ongoing budget impasse. …
“I don’t think they’ve been acting in good faith. I really don’t, in the sense of really trying to bring both sides together,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, said Tuesday.
“I think they’re hoping that there will be some maverick Republicans who will ignore the basic Republican doctrines and do this with them with all the Democrats,” the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee continued. “It’s clear they want a very liberal approach toward everything, especially tax reform.” …
Anyhow, it’s really much more about creating a messaging platform from which to stand above the fray come the all-important 2014 midterms than any serious attempt at good-faith compromise, which is precisely what the president wants to be able to claim he’s doing. But as the WSJ explained, Obama’s “grand bargain” was meant to be a bargain for precisely nobody… except Obama:
This isn’t a serious proposal, and he knows it. It also isn’t bipartisan, since he is offering a compromise with appeal to the ideological spectrum running from Elizabeth Warren to Chuck Schumer. Perhaps these are the only Members of Congress whom Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has in his iPhone.
The real bipartisan reform opportunity would be to get behind the chief Senate and House tax writers, Democrat Max Baucus and Republican Dave Camp. They’ve been holding hearings on tax reform for years, and Mr. Baucus has even invited all Senators to send him a list of tax provisions they’d like to retain and why.
The problem, as ever, is that Mr. Obama simply can’t get over his ideological fixation to keep tax rates as high as possible. We say “ideological” because his own advisers concede that a 35% rate hurts U.S. business competitiveness.
Newsmax
Issa Accuses White House, IRS of Stonewalling on Targeting Probe
By Todd Beamon



Rep. Darrell Issa accused the Obama administration and its new IRS chief on Tuesday of obstructing his panel's investigation into the agency's targeting of tea party, conservative and religious groups.

If "the IRS continues to hinder the committee's investigation in any manner, the committee will be forced to consider use of compulsory process," the California Republican, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote in a letter to Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel.

The letter, which was reported by The Washington Times and CNN, was also signed by Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who also sits on the committee.

The letter, however, did not elaborate on exactly what steps Issa's panel might take, though he noted that impeding congressional investigators could result in prison terms of up to five years.

"Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime," Issa and Jordan stressed in the letter.

"Despite your promise to cooperate fully with congressional investigations, the actions of the IRS under your leadership have made clear to the committee that the agency has no intention of complying completely or promptly with the committee's oversight efforts," the letter said.

"The systematic manner in which the IRS has attempted to delay, frustrate, impede, and obstruct the committee's investigation raises serious concerns about your commitment to full and unfettered congressional oversight," the document said.

The Issa-Jordan letter came on the same day when another House panel, the Ways and Means Committee, released an analysis showing that conservative groups faced more probing questions than did liberal groups seeking the same tax-exempt status.

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp told the Times that conservative groups were asked three times as many questions, and were less than half as likely to get approval from the IRS.

Like the oversight committee, Camp said his investigators were also waiting on the IRS to turn over more information.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg," he told the Times. "We have received less than three percent of the documents responsive to the investigation."

Meanwhile, an IRS spokeswoman, Michelle Eldridge, told both the Times and CNN that the agency was "aggressively responding to the numerous data requests we've received from Congress.

"We are doing everything we can to fully cooperate with the committees, and we strongly disagree with any suggestions to the contrary," Eldridge said.

The letter claimed, for instance, that the IRS has handed over only 12,000 of the more than 64 million pages of documents initially identified as potentially relevant to the investigation into the alleged unfair targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

"This incredibly slow pace of production has been an unnecessary attempt to frustrate the committee's oversight efforts," Issa and Jordan said in the letter.

Eldridge contended, however, that "while the volume of raw data collected ... is quite high, it is a misleading figure to use in order to determine the volume of material the IRS will ultimately produce."

"The vast majority of it is completely unrelated to the congressional investigations," she said.

"Once the data is limited to the time period in question, and the issue in question, we expect the final tally of produced documents will be far lower — in the neighborhood of 460,000 documents or fewer."

Eldridge said that 70 of 1,500 or so attorneys in the IRS chief counsel's office were currently working full time to respond to congressional inquiries into the matter.

It is a "time- and labor-intensive review process," she said.

In addition, the Issa-Jordan letter also complained that documents produced by the IRS "contain excessive redactions that go well beyond those necessary to protect confidential taxpayer information."

The letter also asserted that a senior IRS official — Cindy Thomas — had been "affirmatively prevented" from providing congressional investigators with relevant documents in her possession.

Additionally, Issa blasted the agency for allegedly trying to "carefully orchestrate the public release" of information contained in a 30-day review of the matter back in June — before providing the information to the committee.

Capitol Hill Republicans have long insisted that after President Barack Obama was first elected, the IRS started unfairly targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Democrats, however, argue the IRS improperly scrutinized groups on both the left and right as part of a clumsy attempt to administer vague election-related tax laws.


Op-ed: 
A misguided quest for a state by a people who do NOT exist 
By: Diane Sori
“It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.”
- Ahmed Shuqeiri, former chairman of the PLO
And so the lunacy begins…again.

As the Israeli/Palestinian 'supposed' peace talks get under way in Washington (and we all know Netanyahu is going along with this farce just to placate Obama because of Iran) all sides, including sadly some misguided Israelis, are missing one key factor…there is NO such thing as a Palestinian people, period.

And if there’s NO Palestinian people then there’s NO need for a Palestinian homeland…that simple fact is why NO peace accords will ever be reached.

The idea of a ‘Palestinian people’ with a language, culture, and nationality all their own, is the creation of former PLO head Yasser Arafat. Simply, he made them up to further the PLO and NOTHING more. His creation was embellished upon by the surrounding Arab nations and the media after the very humiliating Arab defeat to Israel in the ’67 war.

And what today’s so-called Palestinians and their sympathizers try to call Palestine NEVER existed as an autonomous entity because there has NEVER been a country known as Palestine governed by Palestinians.

Today’s so-called ‘Palestinian people’ are just regular run of the mill Arabs who speak Arabic, whose ‘so-called’ religion is islam, and whose culture is shared by the surrounding Arab nations, and NO matter how much they protest, there are NO genetic differences between Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese, and the so-called Palestinians. And anyway most Arab nationalities… Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese, etc…were invented by the British Colonial Office in the nineteen-twenties as more recognizable boundaries were being drawn after WW1. Before then all who lived in those newly formed countries were just known as ‘Arabs’.

These facts make the so-called Palestinians and their wanting a Palestinian homeland just another political and tactical tool in the Arab…actually in the muslim…arsenal used in their ultimate goal of trying to destroy the Jewish nation of Israel…the Jewish people…and NOTHING more.

And while the so-called Palestinians love to bloviate that they’re the region’s original inhabitants…inhabitants who they claim were driven out by the Jews when Israel became the Jewish homeland in 1948, they are actually NOTHING but descendants of the muslim conquerors who over the centuries drove out or subjugated the region’s original inhabitants…the Jews. And remember, what they love to call Palestine was actually part of the Ottoman Empire until the early 20th century, and that before Israeli won and occupied certain disputed areas of land in wars cast upon them by their Arab neighbors, Gaza was owned by Egypt and the West Bank was owned by Jordan, and there were NO so-called Palestinians then…just as there are NONE now.

And reality is in that today’s world the Arabs control 99.9% of all the Middle East lands…just look at a map and you’ll see the tiny sliver of land that is Israel…a sliver that takes up maybe one-tenth of one percent of the entire landmass. Yet even that tiny sliver is too much for the Arabs for they want it all, and NO matter how many land concessions the Israelis make it will never be enough for them for their goal remains to wipe the Jewish nation of Israel off the map.

To wipe the intruding Jews…the Zionists…off the map NO matter that there was NEVER in history a Palestinian state…NEVER a Palestinian kingdom or Palestinian kings…NEVER a Palestinian capital…nor a Palestinian language, culture, or anything even remotely comprising a Palestinian heritage.

NOTHING remotely that can be used as justification for a Palestinian state.

To wipe Israel off the map even though history shows there was an Israeli kingdom going back to the days of the Old Testament…there were Israeli kings in the kingdom of Israel…there was a capital in the kingdom of Israel, a capital forever known as Jerusalem…there was an Israel 2000 years before the self-proclaimed prophet mohammad dreamt that he’s flying on a “magical horse” from Mecca to Jerusalem…there was and is an Israeli language (Hebrew), a thriving Israeli culture, and an Israeli heritage going back to the days of Abraham.

And Israel isn’t just the name of a state…it’s first and for all time a name of a nation (Am Yisrael). Israel is the name of the father of the nation (Jacob) and Israelis are his descendants. The real meaning of the word ‘Israeli’ is someone who belongs to the nation of Israel and NOT only “a citizen of a state called Israel”. The word ‘Israeli’ (Yisraeli…Yisraelim in plural) is mentioned in the Torah and it’s used in Hebrew even today.

NO…there is NO justification for a Palestinian state in the land known as Israel for there is NO Palestinians to lay claim to such an entity…there NEVER has been and there NEVER will be.

And I think the so-called Palestinians would be better served if they gave up this misguided quest and instead tried to live by these wise words said by former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, a very wise woman indeed:
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children…We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”        

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

White House hurries to do Hamas-linked CAIR's bidding, condemns Egypt's crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood 

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


About the violence against Christians and others by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood the White House was silent.

CAIR's demand for this is here. "White House condemns Egypt's crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood," from Reuters, July 29 (thanks to Kenneth):
The White House condemned the Egyptian military's bloody weekend crackdown on demonstrators on Monday but took no immediate steps to suspend US military assistance to Egypt. 
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the crackdown, in which 80 people were gunned down in Cairo, sets back the process of democratization in Egypt and does not square with the interim government's pledge to swiftly return to civilian rule.
But asked if the violence would prompt the United States to suspend aid to Egypt's military, Earnest said: "I don't have any change in our posture to report to you today."
He said aid is under review, as it has been since Egypt's military takeover on July 3.
Europe's top diplomat shuttled between Egypt's rulers and the Muslim Brotherhood on Monday in an urgent mission to pull the country back from more bloodshed, but both sides were defiant and unyielding after the violence of this past weekend.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, making her second visit in 12 days as one of the few outsiders still able to speak to both sides, made no public comment. Supporters and opponents of Morsi left no doubt about the depth of polarization in the Arab world's most populous nation.
"It's very simple, we are not going anywhere," said Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad, making clear the group intends to defy government orders to abandon a protest vigil of thousands of followers demanding Morsi's return.
"We are going to increase the protest," he told Reuters. "Someone has to put sense into this leadership."
Backers of the military that deposed Morsi on July 3 were equally unbending, despite Saturday's dawn carnage when security forces shot dead at least 80 Brotherhood supporters after a day of rival mass rallies.
"We asked her (Ashton), would you accept an armed sit-in under your roof?" said Mahmoud Badr, a leader of the Tamarud youth movement that mobilized huge protests against Morsi before the army moved against him.
"What if al Qaeda had a sit-in in a European country? Would you leave it be?" he asked reporters after meeting Ashton, echoing the army's branding of its opponents as terrorists.
Raising the prospect of more bloodshed erupting during Ashton's visit, the Brotherhood said it would march again on Monday evening from its month-old vigil at a mosque in northern Cairo towards offices of the Interior Ministry.
The violence has raised global anxiety that the army may move to crush the Brotherhood, a movement which emerged from decades in the shadows to win power in elections after Egypt's 2011 Arab Spring uprising against Hosni Mubarak.
Ashton met General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the army and the man behind the overthrow of Egypt's first freely-elected president. She also held talks with members of the interim government installed by the army, and representatives of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political wing.
Thousands of Brotherhood supporters have been camped out for a month at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, demanding Morsi's reinstatement and defying threats by the army-backed authorities to remove them....
Morsi has been in detention since he was ousted and the military-backed interim government has placed him under investigation on charges that include murder.
The handling of his case by the military suggests it believes it has the support of a big majority of Egyptians.
Army chief Sisi has emerged as the public face of the new order, enjoying fawning coverage in Egyptian media and sowing doubts about the military's promise to hand over to full civilian rule with a "road map" to parliamentary elections in about six months.
A banner stretched across a road in downtown Cairo declared: "The army, the police, and the people - one hand."
Security forces shot dead dozens of Morsi supporters at dawn on Saturday when they marched from their vigil. The Health Ministry put the death toll on Monday at 80, up from 72. The Interior Ministry said one police officer had succumbed to his wounds on Monday. Nearly 300 people have died in violence since Sisi deposed Morsi....
Saturday's bloodshed was the worst since July 8, when security forces killed more than 50 Brotherhood supporters outside a Cairo barracks. The army said its forces had fired back after being attacked; the Brotherhood said its partisans were praying....

Barack Obama wants to change the subject.  He's tired of questions and congressional investigations into invasions of citizen's privacy, infringement of freedom of speech, and events that have left Americans dead without answers or accountability.

So, he dismisses a basket full of ongoing scandals as "phony."  Truth is now officially no longer necessary – or, maybe it is just "inconvenient" – from this President.  George "I cannot tell a lie" Washington and Honest Abe Lincoln can't be too happy about that.

Neither is the mother of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was killed in December, 2010 with weapons allowed to "walk across" the Mexican border into the hands of the Mexican Drug Cartel in a Justice Department approved operation known as Fast and Furious. 

"Mr. President, come to Michigan and I will show you my son's grave…then let's have a conversation about your definition of phony scandals," says Brian's mother, Josephine Terry who is still looking for answers. 

“These deaths are real. My son’s death was real. I am outraged that President Obama is talking about phony scandals when he knows all too well that my son was a victim of Operation Fast and Furious that was authorized by members of his Justice Department and a U.S. Attorney that he appointed.
Operation Fast and Furious was all too real for me and my family, and it directly contributed to my son’s murder,” Agent Terry's mother said in a statement released shortly after Obama trivialized her son's killing by calling the search for the truth "phony."

More than ten months ago Ambassador Chris Stevens, diplomat Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were assassinated at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.  America still waits for answers such as why requests for increased security prior to the attack were denied, why Stevens was even in Benghazi that night, why pleas for back up during the assault were ignored and Americans left to perish, why has no one been able to talk to survivors, why a mostly unseen video was blamed for the attack for weeks instead of Islamic terrorism, and many more questions including the whereabouts of the President on the night of the attack and why the only answer from then Secretary of State Clinton is, "What difference does it make?"

So we are left with the President who pledged the "most transparent and accountable Administration in history" now dismissing the search of the truth behind the murder of Americans in service to their country as "phony scandals."  In White House parlance that would be called a "pivot."

Kudos to Greta Van Susteren of Fox News for her dogged quest for answers and willingness to keep the search for answers alive.  In recent days, she aired the following two segments.  The first includes a video of Glen Doherty released with the consent of his family, and the second is an interview with Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith who was also killed in Benghazi with Doherty.  "I lost my son…all I want is the truth," she says repeating her numerous assertions that President Obama, Hillary Clinton and others have "lied to her face" about her son's death.

See the FOX interviews here...
http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbeauprez/2013/07/30/phony-this-mr-president-ill-show-you-my-sons-grave-n1652078/page/full


"Does anybody think it's OK to have 40-year-old trees growing through the roofs of dilapidated houses?" -- Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr
"A few years ago, the nonpartisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research rated Detroit as the most liberal city in America." -- Michael Tanner
Detroit was once one of the world's great cities. It was the 4th largest metropolis in America, jobs were plentiful because of the auto industry, and Motown even kept it on the cutting edge musically.
Unfortunately, from 1962 until the present day, the mayor of Detroit has been a Democrat.

The result?

Detroit's population has dropped from 1.8 million to just over 700,000, the unemployment rate is over 50% if you count the people who've given up on finding jobs, property values have dropped so much you can buy homes in the crime-ridden city for $500, and Detroit has gone bankrupt.

How did Democrats kill one of the most prosperous cities in America? With the same sort of unfettered liberalism that Democrats like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi want to foist on the rest of the nation.

1) Unions crippled the auto industry: The Big 3 automakers could afford unions when they practically had a monopoly on auto production in the United States. However, once they started facing real competition from overseas, the unions made them less and less competitive. The unions forced the companies to pay out more than market value for their workers, put stifling work rules in place that made flexibility and innovation difficult, and created generous pension plans that are proving to be unsustainable. This wouldn't have been possible without a symbiotic relationship between the unions and the Democrats in government who tied the hands of the Big 3 automakers and simply wouldn't allow them to get rid of the unions that were slowly strangling them to death.

Eventually because of the unions, the Big 3 automakers had to deal with significantly larger costs per car than their overseas competitors and they took it out of the only place they could: the cars. As the quality of their products dropped, their competitors took an ever larger share of their market, and there were fewer jobs to go around. If you want to know why the "Motor City" is up on cinder blocks in Michigan's front yard, this is where it started.

2) White citizens were demonized until they left: Detroit was a heavily segregated city and in 1967, there were black riots. After that, white flight to the suburbs began. This was dramatically exacerbated when Coleman Young became Detroit's first black mayor in 1972. Young was cut from the same cloth as men like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, but unlike the two of them, he actually had power. Young systematically drove white government employees out of their jobs so they could be replaced by blacks, was hostile to the white suburbs, and was generally perceived as anti-white.

Naturally, a lot of white people just left, which reduced the population and significantly cut into the tax base. Today, Detroit is a 7.9% white city, and if he were alive and kicking, that would probably suit Coleman Young just fine.

3) Out-of-control crime helped drive much of the black middle class out of the city: Ever heard of "Devil's Night?" It's the night before Halloween and in Detroit, fires are set all over the city.

Combine the sort of criminal mentality that produces an unofficial "holiday" like that with a sky high unemployment rate and Draconian laws designed to make it difficult for law abiding citizens to arm themselves, and it's not a surprise that crime is a problem in Detroit. However, the issue goes much deeper than that. In case you haven't noticed, in a conflict between a cop and a criminal, the hearts of liberals almost always seem to bleed for the thug. Combine that with the liberal tendency, when money gets tight, to cut essential programs instead of their perks and the goodies they hand out to their supporters, and you end up with a police department that is both dramatically underfunded and completely incompetent.

How bad has it gotten?

"The size of the police force in Detroit has been cut by about 40 percent over the past decade," "it takes (the police) an average of 58 minutes to respond" to a call and the "police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed in Detroit."

4) Reckless government spending bankrupted the city: Detroit's tax base has been plunging like an anvil dropped into the Marianas Trench and so, in true liberal fashion, liberals have raised taxes to make up for it instead of cutting spending. "The city's per-capita tax burden is the highest in Michigan. Detroit has the country's highest property taxes on homes, the top commercial property tax and the second-highest industrial property tax." Unfortunately for Detroit, you can't get blood from a stone. As jobs and wealth fled the city, there was simply less cash available for big government programs, pensions, and the incredibly generous, but almost completely unfunded union health care program. It's fantastic that the city paid "80 percent to 100 percent of retirees' medical costs," but 99.6% of those costs were unfunded. As Obamacare supporters should have learned by now, it's a lot easier for politicians to make big promises about what they’re going to give you than it is to back them up in the real world.

5) The government is completely incompetent: Ever notice that the bigger government seems to get, the less it does anything well? Citizens of Detroit could tell you all about that. The school system is horrible, which explains why a staggering 47% of the population is illiterate. In addition, 40% of the street lights don't work, only about 1/3 of the ambulances are running, and 2/3 of the parks have been closed since 2008. Just to give you an idea of its priorities, an independent report in 2012 suggested the city fire 80% of the Water and Sewage Department including a horseshoer" that it has on staff even though it has NO HORSES.. How did the union respond to that report? "They don’t have enough people as it is right now. They are just dreaming to think they can operate that plant with less." Detroit may not have enough police, ambulances, or competent teachers, but if you ever need a horseshoe in the Motor City, they've got you covered.

Abbas: “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands”

by Erika Johnsen / Hot Air


Diplomat after diplomat has tried to help solve the longstanding territorial conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and the last direct negotiations collapsed after barely a day back in 2010 — but John Kerry has been slowly but surely trying to inch both parties back toward the negotiating table. After some swirling rumors to the contrary, both groups finally agreed last week to send representatives to Washington without any preconditions for another round of peace talks that the State Department is hoping will last for about nine months. And, they’re off:
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a U.S.-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.
Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over an iftar dinner – the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast during Ramadan – hosted by Kerry at the State Department. …
“It’s very, very special to be here,” Kerry told his guests. “There isn’t very much to talk about at all,” he joked. …
The United States is seeking to broker an agreement on a “two-state solution” in which Israel would exist peacefully alongside a new Palestinian state created in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, lands occupied by the Israelis since a 1967 war.
The major issues to be resolved in the talks include borders, the future of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
So far, though, the United States seems to have the biggest stake in the talks’ progress; the State Department has asked both sides not to speak publicly about the negotiations nor their expectations, but Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas already took a hard line in a meeting with Egyptian officials on Monday:
Even as talks for a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace got off to a cautious start in Washington Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Egypt that no Israelis would be allowed to remain in a future Palestinian state.
“In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands,” Abbas said following a meeting with interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour in Cairo. …
The Palestinian leader also reiterated that he wants a total freeze on settlement construction, and that he will not agree to any compromise solution that would halt projects in smaller outlying Jewish communities in the West Bank while allowing continued building in the larger settlement blocs.
Oof — that doesn’t bode particularly well, does it? Israel, for their part, has said in the past that they’d like to maintain a military presence in the West Bank at the border with Jordan in order to prevent any influx of weapons that might be used against them. I suppose we’ll shortly be seeing if and how the talks move forward.

President Phony

by / Personal Liberty Digest

President Phony
OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA
With his poll numbers plummeting, President Barack Hussein Obama used some of the last days before he departs for another multimillion-dollar vacation to try to deflect attention away from the scandals that have defined his tenure in the Oval Office. According to the President: “With an endless distraction of political posturing and phony scandals and Lord knows what, Washington keeps taking its eye off the ball.”

While his Thursday remarks do not represent the first time a Democrat has tried to minimize the damage Obama’s mendacity has done to his credibility, they do beg a rather obvious question: To which scandal was he referring?

In trying to hide from the consequences of his failures, Obama issued a blanket “phony.” But last week, his press secretary, Jay Carney, used “phony” to describe the Obama Administration’s very real deployment of the Internal Revenue Service as a political weapon. That particular assault on liberty began in Cincinnati and has now stretched all the way to the White House Counsel’s office — all despite a series of paper-thin denials from the President and his accomplices. However, given that the scandal is actually currently growing, I’m not sure “phony” works in this scenario.

Back in May, at a joint conference with a visibly uncomfortable British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama called the continuing probe into the Administration’s ever-changing narrative on the Benghazi, Libya, massacre and subsequent cover-up a “sideshow” borne of “political motivations.” I suppose the murder of four Americans was political — at least from the terrorists’ perspective. And there’s no doubt that the decision to throw Ambassador Susan Rice under the bus following her YouTube2012 tour was absolutely political. Throw in the fact that Obama allegedly missed the whole thing because he was busy grubbing for cash in Las Vegas, and I suppose you have a sideshow. But there is no doubt that Benghazi happened, so “phony” doesn’t really apply.

Attorney General Eric Holder has recently developed distaste for violence, as evidenced by pronouncements to the NAACP in the wake of the acquittal of assault victim George Zimmerman on murder charges. However, Holder was found in contempt of Congress for his repeated fabrications and stonewalling regarding the disastrous Operation Fast and Furious, a so-called “gun walking” program that cost the lives of two Federal agents and hundreds of Mexicans while arming narcoterrorists at our expense. Operation Fast and Furious and its subsequent fallout certainly meet the definition of “scandal,” but certainly do not meet the definition of “phony.”

The National Security Agency eavesdrops on Americans without cause. The Justice Department wiretaps, hacks and surveils journalists. Hell, your name was probably red-flagged for visiting Personalliberty.com. We live in an era during which the President of the United States has declared war on the Bill of Rights. Our resistance to his tyrannical aspirations is “politically motivated,” but it is hardly “phony.”


Op-ed: 
Peace talks begin with NO hope for peace
By: Diane Sori

Peace talks with those out to kill you…NO I don’t think so for these talks are NOT about peace…NOT by a long shot. They’re about Israel being set-up to appease Obama’s brethren and NOTHING else.

But as a good faith measure leading into yesterday’s start of a new round of Washington pushed ‘supposed’ peace talks with the so-called Palestinians, Israel agreed to release in stages 104 of the most vile of Palestinian prisoners (prisoners who targeted, attacked, and killed women, children, soldiers, and Palestinian informers in the 80′s) as the talks progress…that is if they do progress. But don’t for a minute think that Benjamin Netanyahu is conceding to Palestinian demands for BiBi knows exactly what he's doing and why he's doing it…and rest assured BiBi does NOT do anything that’s NOT in Israel’s best interest.

And above all know that a return to pre-67 borders will NOT happen (those old borders are now totally indefensible) nor will a divided Jerusalem ever be an option NO matter how much Barack HUSSEIN Obama or Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants it.

So while the so-called Palestinians (remember, there are NO such people as Palestinians…Yassir Arafat invented them in the 1960′s) want their state borders to be the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip (territories Israel captured in the ’67 war), and that Israel halt all settlement building in the West Bank claiming that the settlements deny them a viable and contiguous state, all Israel wants is security to live in peace.

Kind of says who the good guys are doesn’t it.

And I have an idea (one that I've thought about for years) that would assure peace for the tiny state of Israel who just wants to be left alone...tiny Israel surrounded by huge Arab states that find them a nuisance but who have an excess of land…and it’s rooted in common sense and oh so simple in concept…let those Arab states take their Palestinian brethren in.

Simple huh, after all the so-called Palestinians are NOTHING more than regular run of the mill Arabs just like all the other Arabs, and the surrounding Arab countries have plenty of land that’s unoccupied that could easily be turned over to them for their supposed oh so wanted homeland.

But the Arabs, especially those who want Israel to go bye-bye, do NOT want to even entertain such a common sense idea for then their true goal of wiping Israel off the map can’t be met, and that is the ultimate goal of NOT only Iran, Syria, and quite a few others, but also is the must be hushed up goal of Barack ‘I will stand with the muslims’ HUSSEIN Obama…and don’t let his phony photo-op words fool you into believing otherwise.

And believe me, Benjamin Netanyahu knows this very well…as much as he knows these new rounds of peace talks will fail just like all the previous talks failed for the so-called Palestinians do NOT want peace…they NEVER did and they NEVER will.

And adding to this supposition is the fact that there is a split and rivalry amongst the Palestinians politically wise…as Abbas and the Palestinian Authority is in control in the West Bank but islamic militant terror group Hamas (which seized Gaza from Abbas in 2007) is in control in Gaza. Hamas was NOT invited to the peace talks and rightly so as the word ‘peace’ is NOT part of their vocabulary for Hamas wants to establish an islamic state…an islamic caliphate…in all of historic Palestine, and that includes in what is now Israel.

Hamas is delusional for that has zero chance of ever happening.

But when you clear away all the pretty talk from Abbas, the Palestinian Authority really does NOT want peace either as they have had two decades of off and on talks with Israel to try and reach peace, and it has always been them who breaks any cease fire agreements reached. And anyway, what they really want, for they know they can NEVER beat Israel militarily wise, is to literally overrun Israel population wise…overrun Israel with their own so-called Palestinian people by claiming the ‘right of return’, creating demographic-by-numbers death for Israel.

Remember, the Palestinian refugees from the 1948 war along with their descendants (who now number in the millions), claim it’s their right to return to their original homes which they contend Israel ‘stole’ from them at Israel’s inception. But how wrong they are for the so-called Palestinians oh so ‘conveniently’ forget that when Israel was founded they were given a homeland of their own…it was called Transjordan but they refused to accept it, and in reality they really weren’t wanted there by the Jordanian people anyway…gee I wonder why (eyes rolling upward).

So, while both sides are meeting in Washington this week, I for one don’t see any real progress for peace being made as one side makes demands after demands,…expects concession after concession…while the other side only wants to be left alone to live their lives in peace in the land given to them by God…and that should be the deciding factor for the false god allah and his muslim minions have NO say over the dominion or word of God Almighty.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hamas-linked CAIR calls on Obama to condemn attacks on Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


The Investigative Project reported in 2007 that the FBI had identified CAIR as part of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee:
Dallas--In testimony Tuesday, FBI Agent Lara Burns reported before the jury in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was listed as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee, right alongside HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR). Agent Burns further testified that CAIR received money from HLF - a claim that Nihad Awad blatantly denied in a congressional testimony in September of 2003
Burns also said that both Omar Ahmed and Nihad Awad, CAIR co-founders who today serve as CAIR's chairman emeritus and executive director, respectively, were also listed as individual members the Brotherhood's Palestine Committee in America.
So in this, they're just sticking up for the home office. "CAIR calls on Obama to condemn attacks against Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt," by Patrick Howley for the Daily Caller, July 27:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest and most powerful Muslim advocacy group, called Saturday for the Obama administration to condemn military attacks against the Freedom and Justice Party, the controversial religious party removed from power in a recent coup that the Obama administration is insisting “was not a coup.” 
The administration reportedly fears that declaring a coup d’etat in Egypt would force the U.S. to suspend all of its assistance programs in the country, which also help block weapons smuggling to Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
Despite the Obama administration’s inaction, Egyptian military forces have instituted a shoot-to-kill policy to suppress protesters urging the return of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi to power. Morsi, who fled Cairo during the military non-coup earlier this month, has been defiant in exile — and Egypt hangs in the balance. 65 or 66 pro-Morsi protesters were killed Saturday by military forces near a sit-in at a Cairo mosque.
While the Obama administration refuses to acknowledge that a coup has taken place, the Council on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR) is outright supporting the Muslim Brotherhood protesters.
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on the Obama administration to forcefully condemn the killing of dozens of pro-democracy demonstrators by Egyptian security forces,” according to a statement released by the group Saturday.
“We join with those in Egypt and in the international community who are condemning the violence, including Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, who said he ‘deplores and condemns the deaths of a number of martyrs who were victims of today’s events,’” CAIR stated.
“Condemnations came from across the political spectrum, including from Mohamed ElBaradei, who strongly condemned the ‘excessive use of force.’ British Foreign Secretary William Hague said: ‘I call on the Egyptian authorities to respect the right of peaceful protest, to cease the use of violence against protesters, including live fire, and to hold to account those responsible,’” CAIR stated.
“Without a clear condemnation of the killings, we send the message that even more repressive measures may be taken against the demonstrators. The clearest indicator of our nation’s revulsion at the killings would be to suspend all American military aid until the violence stops and democratic freedoms are restored,” CAIR stated.

Moderate Democrats are quitting on Obamacare
By Scott Clement / From The Washington Post’s The Fix:

The landmark health-reform law passed in 2010 has never been very popular and always highly partisan, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a group of once loyal Democrats has been steadily turning against Obamacare: Democrats who are ideologically moderate  or conservative.
Just after the law was passed in 2010, fully 74 percent of moderate and conservative Democrats supported the federal law making changes to the health-care system. But just 46 percent express support in the new poll, down 11 points in the past year. Liberal Democrats, by contrast, have continued to support the law at very high levels – 78 percent in the latest survey. Among the public at large, 42 percent support and 49 percent oppose the law, retreating from an even split at 47 percent apiece last July.
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The shift among the Democratic party’s large swath in the ideological middle– most Democrats in this poll, 57 percent, identify as moderate or conservative – is driving an overall drop in party support for the legislation: Just 58 percent of Democrats now support the law, down from 68 percent last year and the lowest since the law was enacted in 2010. This broader drop mirrors tracking surveys by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation and Fox News polls, both of which found Democratic support falling earlier this year.
Read the whole thing.

This news comes on the heels of a significant fissure among House Democrats over Obamacare.

It also deflates an already weak talking point Obamacare supporters have used to pooh-pooh the law’s persistent unpopularity. As Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution once put it:
Of [the] 51 percent [who oppose the law], somewhere between a quarter and a third oppose the bill not because they are against it, but because they don’t think it went far enough.
They can’t use that excuse here. If Democratic support for Obamacare fell because more Democrats suddenly wish the law went farther, that drop would occur first and primarily among left-wing Democrats, not moderates and conservatives. It’s hard to come up with a story that explains why that dynamic would cause a drop in support only among moderates and conservatives.


How does the total compensation of the average U.S. federal government employee compare to that of the average U.S. individual income earner who works full-time, year-round?

To find out, we've taken the average cash incomes earned by each and added the average benefits that each receives through their employer as reported by the Congressional Budget Office in 2012. They found that:
On average for workers at all education levels, benefits for federal employees cost about $20 per hour worked, whereas benefits for private-sector employees cost $14, CBO estimates. Thus, benefits for federal workers cost 48 percent more per hour worked, on average, than benefits for private sector workers with similar attributes. Benefits also constituted a larger share of compensation for federal workers, accounting for 39 percent of the cost of total compensation, compared with 30 percent in the private sector.
We next visualized those numbers, in which we reveal the average total compensation of U.S. federal government employees and individual Americans who work in full time jobs all year long:

Average Total Compensation of Private Sector and Federal Government Employees in U.S., 2011

We find that while the average U.S. federal government employee makes $14,632 more in direct cash income than their private sector counterpart, at $74,436 versus $59,804, the extremely generous benefits with which they are also compensated boosts their real income margin by $26,632 over the average private sector income earner, putting their total compensation at $114,436 versus $87,804.

Keeping in mind that the average income of Americans in the private sector is considerably elevated by some very highly paid individuals such as CEOs, very specialized medical professionals, sports stars and entertainment moguls, the total compensation of U.S. federal government employees puts them all in a league of their own. And that's not even including their extreme job security.

Is it any wonder then that U.S. federal government employees are almost more likely to die than leave their jobs?

 

References

Asbury Park Press. Federal Employees, 2011. [Online Database]. Accessed 28 June 2013
Congressional Budget Office. Comparing the Compensation of Federal and Private-Sector Employees. [PDF Document]. January 2012

 

Previously on Political Calculations


HypocrisyThere are lots of despicable people in Washington engaged in a lot of unsavory behavior, so it would be very difficult to get agreement if you asked regular people to select the most odious feature of the political class.

Many people would probably choose corruption as the defining characteristic of Washington, and it would be hard to argue with that choice, but I think hypocrisy is an even better choice.

There's something fundamentally wrong when people push for policies while making sure they don't have to abide by the results. Yet it happens all the time in government.

1. It galls me that the pro-tax bureaucrats at the OECD get tax-free salaries while pushing for higher taxes on everyone else.
2. Or how about rich left wingers who bleat about compassion but who are stingy with their own money.
3. And the wealthy leftists who use tax havens while trying to deny others from protecting their money.
4. There are members of the Washington elite who don't have to live under the gun control laws they impose on others.
5. What about the politically connected business types who endorse higher taxes in exchange for favors from Washington.
6. Or the politicians who evade the taxes they impose on ordinary citizens.
7. How about Canadian politicians who support government-run healthcare but then come to America when they need treatment.
8. To close this list on a humorous note, we also have Occupy Wall Street protesters who fight ÒThe ManÓ while wanting to make ÒThe ManÓ more powerful.

But if you want a really powerful example of hypocrisy, nothing stands out more than politicians trying to exempt themselves from Obamacare.

Crocodile TearsThey've even been complaining that the law is so bad that they may quit their jobs. And they're so disconnected from reality that they think we'll be upset at the loss of their ÒseniorityÓ and ÒexperienceÓ Ð as if taxpayers value their ability to squander money.

But it's not just politicians who are being hypocritical. The bureaucrats at the IRS also don't want to live under Obamacare even though they're the ones who will be forcing us to live under that misguided law!

Here are some excerpts from a report in the Washington Examiner.
IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law. National Treasury Employees Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama's health care law. ÉLike most other federal workers, IRS employees currently get their health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which also covers members of Congress. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp offered the bill in response to reports of congressional negotiations that would exempt lawmakers and their staff from Obamacare. ÉCamp spokeswoman Allie Walker said. Òf the Obamacare exchanges are good enough for the hardworking Americans and small businesses the law claims to help, then they should be good enough for the president, vice president, Congress and federal employees,Ó she also said.
To augment the remarks of Rep. Camp's spokeswoman, it also would be good to somehow figure out a way to make the lobbyists and other Washington insiders participate in the Obamacare exchanges.

There aren't many Òsure thingsÓ in life, but one of them is that Obamacare would be repealed almost instantaneously if the bigwigs in Washington actually had to live under the law designed for peasants like you and me.

Obamacare Cartoon July 2013 6Unfortunately, that's why Congressman Camp's legislation will never get approved.

So let's end this post with a bit of dark humor from Bob Gorrell.

You can enjoy more Obamacare cartoons by clicking here, herehereherehere, and here.


FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN

Now Lloyd's of London warns of EMP

Industry giant says 'extended outage' could be measured in years

SolarSunF. Michael Maloof / WND

WASHINGTON – Lloyd’s of London, the world’s specialist insurance company providing services to companies in more than 200 countries, has issued a dire warning of the potential consequences of an electromagnetic pulse event from a solar storm, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Lloyd’s study, titled “Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid,” centered on the highly populated region from New York City to Washington, D.C., but added that other high-risk regions are in the Midwest and in regions along the Gulf Coast.

The fact a major insurance company is looking at the economic consequences of an EMP from a direct solar storm suggests there is increasing concern in the insurance industry that companies may be facing the danger of severe economic losses.

As a major trend setter in the insurance world, Lloyd’s unusual warning about the effects from an EMP could have an impact on insurance company coverage.

“A severe space weather event that causes major disruption to the electric network in the U.S. could have major implications for the insurance industry,” the Lloyd’s study said. “If businesses, public services and households are without power for sustained periods of time, insurers may be exposed to business interruption and other claims.”

Sources suggest insurance companies could begin requiring companies they insure make sufficient efforts to harden their electronics to protect their companies, especially since companies now can collect insurance for work stoppage due to electrical outages.

“A severe space weather event that causes major disruption to the electricity network in North America could have major implications for the insurance industry,” the study said. “The total U.S. population at risk of an extended outage from a Carrington-level storm ranges between 20-40 million with durations up to 1-2 years.”

Some experts suggest an EMP with this catastrophic effect on major U.S. urban centers could, in effect, wipe out city populations because of their dependency on those critical infrastructures that rely on electricity, electronics and automated control systems to exist.

Sources say that it is curious that a British insurance company would center on the effects of an EMP on U.S. cities rather than in Britain, which has decided to undertake efforts to harden its national electrical grid system. They add, if the United States doesn’t take action, the effects will have profound effects on the world economy.

Saying that the corridor between Washington, D.C., and New York City is at serious risk, the impact on a society that is increasingly dependent on electricity is “likely to be severe and wide-ranging,” the report said.

The 1859 Carrington event is regarded as the most severe solar storm recorded in U.S. history. It occurred 154 years ago. The Lloyd’s study warned, however, that such “very extreme storms” occur every 150 years.