Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly. Yet we need to remember that the same was true of another freshman Senator, just a relatively few years ago, who parlayed his ability to say things that resonated with the voters into two terms in the White House. 
Who would disagree that if you want your doctor, you should be able to keep your doctor? Who would disagree with the idea of a more transparent administration in Washington, or a President of the United States being a uniter instead of a divider? 
There are many things like this that freshman Senator Barack Obama said that the overwhelming majority of Americans -- whether liberal or conservative -- would agree with. The only problem is that what he has actually done as President has repeatedly turned out to be the direct opposite of what he said as a candidate.

Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble. But there are already disquieting signs that he is looking out for Ted Cruz -- even if that sets back the causes he claims to be serving.

Those causes are not being served when Senator Cruz undermines the election chances of the only political party that has any chance of undoing the disasters that Barack Obama has already inflicted on the nation -- and forestalling new disasters that are visible on the horizon.

ObamaCare is not just an issue about money or even an issue about something as important as medical care. ObamaCare represents a quantum leap in the power of the federal government over the private lives of individual Americans.

Chief Justice Roberts' decision declaring ObamaCare constitutional essentially repeals the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which declares that powers not given to the federal government belong to the states "or to the people."

That central support of personal freedom has now been removed. The rest of the structure may not last very long, now that the Obama administration is busy quietly dismantling other bulwarks against the unbridled power of the government in general, and the unbridled power of the presidency in particular.

The Federal Communications Commission, for example, is already floating the idea of placing observers in newspaper editorial offices to "study" how decisions are made there. Nothing in the Constitution grants the FCC this dangerous power, nor is there any legislation authorizing any such activity.

But what the federal government can do is not dependent on what the Constitution authorizes it to do or what Congressional legislation gives them the power to do.

The basic, brutal reality is that the federal government can do whatever it wants to do, if nobody stops them. The Supreme Court's ObamaCare decision shows that we cannot depend on them to protect our freedom. Nor will Congress, as long as the Democrats control the Senate.

The most charitable interpretation of Ted Cruz and his supporters is that they are willing to see the Republican Party weakened in the short run, in hopes that they will be able to take it over in the long run, and set it on a different path as a more purified conservative party.

Like many political ideas, this one is not new. It represents a political strategy that was tried long ago -- and failed long ago.

In the German elections of 1932, the Nazi party received 37 percent of the vote. They became part of a democratically elected coalition government, in which Hitler became chancellor. Only step by step did the Nazis dismantle democratic freedoms and turn the country into a complete dictatorship.

The political majority could have united to stop Hitler from becoming a dictator. But they did not unite. They fought each other over their differences. Some figured that they would take over after the Nazis were discredited and defeated.

Many who plotted this clever strategy died in Nazi concentration camps. Unfortunately, so did millions of others.

What such clever strategies overlook is that there can be a point of no return. We may be close to that point of no return, not only with ObamaCare, but also with the larger erosion of personal freedom, of which ObamaCare is just the most visible part.
Question: If Obamacare officials cannot prevent accused embezzlers from infiltrating their offices, how can they protect enrollees from grifters, con artists and thieves in the federal health insurance exchange system?

Here in my home state, a director of Connect for Health Colorado -- the state-sponsored Obamacare health insurance exchange -- was just put on administrative leave. No, Christa Ann McClure did not go on leave over the chronic problems plaguing the cursed Connect for Health website. She's on leave because she has been indicted for filching funds from her last employer in Montana.

No, the guardians of Obamacare didn't smoke her out on their own. McClure 'fessed up only after the local Billings (Mont.) Gazette newspaper reported on the charges against her. She was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 16. But her current state government employers did not find out until last week, when McClure finally informed them because the press had published the indictment.

The Keystone Kops of the Colorado health exchange tell us they conducted "thorough" background checks of McClure. They say they "fully vetted" and investigated her references when they hired her last March for her six-figure job helming the state Obamacare office of "partner engagement."

Colorado officials say she was "well-qualified" for the Obamacare job, which involves being a "liaison" with other government agencies.

But mum's the word on who recommended her, which references they talked to and who in Colorado Democratic circles might have known about her history in Montana.

The 12-page federal indictment is a blood-boiling document outlining government waste, fraud and abuse in the federal affordable housing racket. The feds say McClure siphoned untold amounts of money from the nonprofit group Housing Montana, which received a half-million-dollar federal grant to build homes for poor people.
McClure allegedly was paying herself "significant sums" for bogus "consulting services" while also taking a full-time salary as executive director of the nonprofit. She is accused of raiding the organization's funds for family expenses, personal travel and a laptop and lying to the IRS to obtain false reimbursements. She further defrauded the government by inflating her unused sick and annual leave hours. The feds say she also bilked Montana homeowners who participated in the federal affordable housing program by charging them for a fake $750 warranty and a $1,000 fee for "leasing tools."

Here's another disturbing fact: In a classic dance of the lemons, McClure had bounced around successfully from government-funded job to job until now. The Montana state auditor's office disclosed last week that McClure had managed three grants worth more than $2 million to implement Obamacare in that state. McClure worked on the project for three years at an annual salary of $98,000. She was "responsible for managing a broad range of contracts and making sure they got delivered on time," according to The Billings Gazette.

To whom did she deliver them, you ask? State auditors will be trying to find out now. McClure faces trial in June and up to 20 years on each of the eight charges of fraud and embezzlement.

I'd like to be able to tell you that she'll never work in another Obamacare job again. But take a look at California. Just a few weeks ago, Jillian Kay Melchior reported in National Review that "at least 43 convicted criminals are working as Obamacare navigators in California, including three individuals with records of significant financial crimes." The crimes include forgery, petty theft, shoplifting, welfare fraud, child abuse and evading an officer.

Only the best to handle your private medical data and sensitive financial information!

And take a look at Oregon's disastrous Obamacare exchange, Cover Oregon. While overseeing an over-budget and inoperable website subsidized to the tune of nearly $60 million in federal funds, project managers allegedly "initiated the design of dummy web pages to convince the federal government the project was further along than it actually was," according to KATU-TV in Portland.

A former Republican state legislator who served on the information technology oversight committee reported the whistleblowing allegations to the FBI. There is still no estimated completion date for the dysfunctional project, and the woman in charge of implementing the system is now in California, refusing to answer questions about her role.

"We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it," Nancy Pelosi infamously brayed in 2010.

Ever since, Obamacare has revealed its true and horrifying colors: It's not salvation. It's a criminal enterprise rooted in ideological fraud.

Iran’s Supremo: Americans are “enemies of Islamic Revolution and of Iran,” negotiations “will not bring an end to this enmity”

  / Jihad Watch
None of this will shake the conviction of Iran and the mainstream media that the Iranian mullahcracy is now “moderate,” and the Iranians know it. They know they can act with complete impunity, and nothing will stop Barack Obama and John Kerry from granting them concessions and helping them attain their nuclear goals.

“Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei: I Am Not Optimistic about Nuclear Talks; US Will Continue to Be an Enemy,” from MEMRI, February 17: 
The following are excerpts from a speech delivered by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which aired on IRINN TV [Iran] on February 17, 2014: 
Ali Khamenei: The message of the revolution is that we shall not surrender to bullying and extortion. We shall not surrender to hegemonic order. Hegemonic order means that a few powers control all the weapons and money, and they want to rule the world. The United States is the manifestation of today’s hegemonic order.
The Iranian nation has said during the revolution, in the ensuing events, in the Iran-Iraq War, and on the recent Revolution Day, that we shall not surrender to American bullying and extortion.
Crowd: Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar. Khamenei is the leader. Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Death to America! Death to England! Death to the hypocrites! Death to Israel!
Ali Khamenei: Certain people, who try to conceal the true face of America, should not do so. They should not conceal America’s ugliness, barbarism, and violence against our nation. They try to portray its government as friendly. They should not do so. It is futile.
The American president, with utter insolence, supported the people behind the [2009] strike in Tehran, and he supported them recently once again.
On March 21, 2013, in Mashhad, I declared that I have nothing to say [about the nuclear issue]. Some officials in the previous government, and some in the current government, believe that the nuclear issue can be resolved through negotiations with the US. I said: If you insist on negotiation with them on this specifically – fine. But in the same speech, I said that I was not optimistic. I am not against it, but I am not optimistic.
Look, time after time, the Americans make stupid statements. One dishonorable American senator takes money from the Zionists in order to go to the Senate and curse the Iranian nation. He uses real curses, not just insults. He curses. Even their leaders have insulted Iran, but of course, our people punched them in the mouth on the recent Revolution Day.
The nuclear issue is merely a pretext for enmity. Even if the nuclear issue is resolved one day in line with US expectations – although this is impossible – they will seek something else instead. Note how the American spokespeople have talked about human rights, missiles, weapons, and so on. I am surprised at how the Americans are not ashamed to talk about human rights.
Iran will not violate its agreements and commitments, but the Americans are the enemies of the Islamic Revolution and of Iran. They are the enemies of the flag that you hold high, and these [negotiations] will not bring an end to this enmity.
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Anti-Semitism NO matter the package is still anti-Semitism...period
By: Diane Sori
"It's time to delegitimise the delegitimisers."
-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

And so it is beginning again as some in the EU...the very same nations that looked away and condoned the murder of six million siding with the enemy...this time that enemy being the Palestinians who are calling for an economic boycott of Israel and Israel alone.

Practicing "anti-Semitism in a new garb" says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and how right he is except for one small but important detail...anti-Semitism has NEVER gone away as eight EU member nations...Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the UK...home to 90% of the EU's Jewish population....all have reported a rise into anti-Semitic actions against their Jewish population...especially as the muslim population in those countries continues to increase due to their now regretted lax immigration policies.

So when Netanyahu recently addressed a conference of U.S. Jewish organizations in Jerusalem concerning the actions of the international 'Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions' movement (BDS)...formed in 2005 by Palestinian civil society in response to 'supposed' (but non-existent) Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights...his words about the BDS's goal of bringing about "the end of the Jewish state" are NOT mere words of fear but are words of a possible reality.

"Some supporters of the movement see it as a way to put pressure on Israel to end illegal settlements in the territories occupied in the 1967 war; others favor the creation of a single state that would dismantle Israel."
And how right Netanyahu is as the BDS movement makes their goals perfectly clear...they want to see the end of the Jewish state by any means possible.

Claiming the movement was founded to counter both the Israeli occupation of what they consider 'Palestinian lands' and the subjugation of the supposed 'Palestinian people' over the years, what this group overlooks is the simple fact that there are and NEVER were any 'Palestinian lands' because there are and NEVER were any 'Palestinian people'...period. The supposed Palestinians are just everyday garden variety, run of the mill Arabs that their own brethren didn't want who were grouped together into a made-up people by Yassir Arafat in the late 1960's to push forward the agenda of the PLO and for NO other reason.

And now thanks to Obama's stabbing Israel in the back every chance he gets, pressure is coming from Europe, where NGOs (non-profit, voluntary citizens' groups that organize on local, national or international levels), trade unions, churches, and others are forcing their governments to take action against Israel in defense of the non-existent Palestinians. In fact, last year the EU blocked grants and funding for any Israeli company operating beyond the pre-1967 borders, in addition to requiring labeling of goods produced in the settlements. And two weeks ago our very own personal traitor John 'Swiftboat' Kerry, had the unmitigated gall to threaten Israel that they would face even more calls for boycotts if the current peace talks with the Palestinians collapsed...and he was surely speaking on behalf of Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

"More international corporations are ending their business and shying away from bids in Israel," said Rafeef Ziadah, speaking on behalf of the BDS national committee. Claiming Israel exists solely through colonialism, apartheid, and occupation, the BDS movement is trying to make 'Made in Israel' poison to the touch. And last Tuesday, the BDS announced with much fanfare that Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, had listed Israel's Bank Hapoalim as an 'unethical investment.'

However, yesterday Deutsche Bank said that it is NOT boycotting Bank Hapoalim or any other Israeli company contrary to what the BDS says, saying that the BDF was referring to a single client of the bank,...a fund named Ethical MSCI World Index UCITS ETF. However, now there are musings that Deutsche Bank has decided that they will evaluate said boycott on a case by case basis...but being this is Germany with its always shadowy past, this does NOT bode well as too many ghosts occupy Germany's very soul and now they are starting to haunt Germany's present on a 'case by case' basis.

Also, the BDS claimed that two European port operators had dropped plans to build new ports in Israel over fears about the boycott, and that seems to be fact as Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch operator of ports that had submitted a proposal under the name Holland Terminal in the pre-qualification stage last December, has now dropped out of the bidding process. And just recently, Italy’s Condote de Agua withdrew their proposal even after passing the pre-qualification process as international boycott pressure on the Jewish State of Israel continues to grow. And sadly, with NO counter measures initiated by Barack HUSSEIN Obama in support of our ally Israel why should they NOT go along.

And so as boycott and divestment initiatives are spreading like a cancer throughout European capitals, Netanyahu is discussing ways to counter these BDS moves through lawsuits, legal actions against financial institutions that boycott settlements and Israeli companies, and by possibility asking Israel-friendly countries to initiate anti-boycott legislation and activating the powerful pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. But as Obama has outwardly sided with the Palestinians, and as Kerry continues to spew Obama's threats against them, Israel remains adrift in a sea of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionist rhetoric reborn that even our pro-Israel lobby might NOT be able to override.

Israel...2-1/2 times the size of Rhode Island, is surrounded by 22 hostile Arab countries 640 times her size with 60 times her population. Israel...260 miles at its longest, 60 miles at its widest with between 3 and 9 miles at its narrowest. And yet these Arab/muslim/Palestinian basta*rds claim that the 13 million Jews worldwide are the cause of all the problems confronting the 250 million Middle-East Arabs and the world's 1.4 billion muslims. Makes as much sense as Obama's claim that muslims contributed to the founding of America.

So as hatred of Israel continues to grow and as anti-Semitism spreads once again, the time draws near for Israel to end this nonsense once and for all. And I for one pledge to stand with Israel NO matter what our miserable excuse of a President and our equally miserable excuse of a Secretary of State have to say...period.