Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Last week, the Supreme Court sided 6-3 with the Obama administration’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, ruling the law was written with the intent to provide subsidies through federal exchanges. To put it lightly, conservatives are less than thrilled.

But in our disappointment, let’s not forget that the subsidies are just one problematic element of many found in the 20,000-page law.

While Congress may not be able to undo the Court’s recent ruling, that doesn’t mean they can’t address another serious issue with the Affordable Care Act: the employer mandate that defines a full-time workweek as 30 hours.

The youth unemployment rate is currently 13.6%, meaning nearly one out of every seven people between the ages of 18 and 29 are out of work. Of those fortunate enough to be employed, many see their work hours cut.

The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requires businesses who employ 50 or more full-time workers to insure all of their employees. While this requirement may be well-intended, its long-term economic consequences will be devastating. As the mandate is set to take effect in 2016, many businesses are already choosing between limiting their staff or cutting individual work-hours.

It’s estimated that 2.6 million Americans making under $30,000 a year are at risk of having their hours or wages cut. Of those 2.6 million, 60 percent of those people are between the ages of 19 and 34.


It’s no surprise that the Iranian nuclear program talks are shaky; Guy has detailed the long, tedious, and sometime frustrating timeline of these diplomatic talks. So, given that we’re approaching the June 30th deadline–with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issuing demands that the U.S. could never agree to–what’s the military option, if there is one? The answer is MOP, or “Massive Ordnance Penetrator;” the largest and most powerful nonnuclear bomb we have in our arsenal (via Politico):
…at least three times in the past year, a B-2 stealth bomber has taken off from an Air Force base in Missouri and headed west to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. For these missions, the $2 billion plane was outfitted with one of the world’s largest bombs. It is a cylinder of special high-performance steel, 20 feet long and weighing 15 tons. When dropped from an altitude likely above 20,000 feet, the bomb would have approached supersonic speed before striking a mock target in the desert, smashing through rock and burrowing deep into the ground before its 6,000 pounds of high explosives detonated with devastating force.
“It boggles the mind,” says one former Pentagon official who has watched video of the tests.

Iran’s facility, known as Fordow, houses 3,000 centrifuges that can enrich uranium to a purity suitable for nuclear weapons. Fordow is not Iran’s only enrichment facility, or even its largest. But it is the best protected. And it would be all Iran needs to develop a nuclear weapon.
The mock desert target was almost certainly meant to simulate Fordow.
When Obama officials say that “all options are on the table” to stop Iran from getting a nuke, they are in effect speaking in code about the MOP. The MOP is what Secretary of State John Kerry was clearly referring to when he recently told Israeli TV that the U.S. has “designed and deployed a weapon that has the ability to deal with Iran's nuclear program.” When CNN recently put the question directly — can the MOP destroy Fordow? — to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, he was succinct: “Yes. That’s what it was designed to do.”

Where are the Protests to Ban Islam’s Black Flag?


By Ralph Sidway / Jihad Watch

 

Where are the Protests to Ban Islam’s Black Flag?
Even Southerners are calling for the retiring of the Confederate Flag. Where are the Moderate Muslim protests to ban the Black Flag of Islam?  Over at The American Conservative, Rod Dreher has a really stirring piece in which he grapples with the complexity and pain of the guerre du jour, the movement to finally banish […]

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tunisia victimsAbove: ISIS twisted a tourism slogan used by Tunisia [TWITTER] before the mass slaughter on Friday.

Let’s be clear, there are no “lone wolves” in the jihad war. There are millions of devout Muslim soldiers all over the world who are all following the same playbook – the Quran – and the same ideology – Islam and the same “perfect model” – Muhammad.

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 3.31.29 PMThis was no lone jihadi. Tunisia has arrested “a group of people over the massacre of 38 people, mainly tourists.”

Right: Tunisia’s interior ministry put out a request on its Facebook page on Monday evening, asking the public to give any information it had on two people it believes may have assisted Rezgui. Their names were given as Mohamed bin...

     

Monday, June 29, 2015

“Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to say,” President Obama said on Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld the state subsidies provision in the Affordable Care Act. In other words, time for Republicans to give up the fight against the health law.

But appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan seemed unfazed.

Ryan said the current law is not fixable, and, citing the rationing of Medicare, denial of choice, double-digit annual increases in premiums, and the consolidation of insurance companies, he argued that the country won’t stand for it.

“This law’s going to collapse under its own weight,” he said. “I am as motivated as ever before to repeal and replace this law, and that’s what we’re working on.”
Ryan told host John Dickerson that, despite media reports to the contrary, the GOP has plenty of ideas for legitimate replacements to the law, something that he plans to move forward on in 2017 if a Republican is elected president.
“There are a number of alternative ObamaCare bills out there right now, in Congress. So I just disagree with that notion,” said Paul, who was the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012.
“In 2016, we need to show the country what exactly we would replace this law with, so that when we win the election in 2016, we will have the ability to do it in 2017,” he continued, encouraging GOP presidential candidates to talk at length about what they want to do to replace ObamaCare with a system that works better.
As of early June, support for the law stood at a mere 39 percent, which ties an all-time low, last hit in April of 2012.

See CBS video here:
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2015/06/28/paul-ryan-obamacare-will-collapse-under-its-own-weight-n2018542?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

US officials warn of Islamic State July 4 attacks

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch

 

US officials warn of Islamic State July 4 attacks
“It will be big. We will hit the kuffar (unbelievers) hard InshAllah.” Not that this has anything to do with Islam, as everyone from Obama to Cameron to Tony Abbott tell us. Can the West survive this refusal to face reality? “US Officials Warn of ISIS Attacks on July 4,” by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, Jewish Press, […]

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Finally, hundreds of cabbies ticketed for shutting down NYC streets during Ramadan

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

People have written me for years about how NYC Muslim cabbies shut down these streets and police do nothing. Under both de Blasio and Bloomberg as well. But if you jaywalk, deBlasio sics the cops on you.

I have been reporting on this repeatedly: NYC Traffic Snarled By Muslim Cabbies Stopping To Pray

Finally. Equality for all before the law. But that’s not how Muslims see it — it is seen through their supremacist prism:
“I can’t help but to think they are being prejudiced. They don’t understand. We have to be here.”
Uh, no, you have to obey the law just like everyone else.

So why have Muslims gotten a free pass all this time? And why ticket now? Because the threat of Islamic terrorism in this city is so great and...


     
Op-ed:
Three Issues Soon to be Decided...Part 3 of 3
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on CPR Worldwide Media cprworldwidemedia.net 

"The intent of everybody here -- the P5+1, the European Union, Iran -- is to stay until we get this done, or find out we can't. And our intent is to get it done." 
 - Words of an unnamed U.S. official in regards to reaching a deal with Iran by the now extended June 30th deadline.

In part 1 of this 3 part series, I discussed what was still at that time the upcoming SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage (and the High Court has now upheld same-sex marriage in all 50 states); in part 2, I discussed how we were blindsided by the SCOTUS decision coming down in support of the anything but Affordable Care Act...aka ObamaCare; and now in the part 3, I will discuss the officially extended June 30th deadline for what is being called 'a few more days'...or if we walk away from the table...as we rightfully should...but most likely will NOT.

And so if this final accord between Iran and the P5+1 goes through, Barack HUSSEIN Obama will agree to a very questionable and oh so 'complex' 40-50 page long plus appendices agreement that will NOT keep Iran's nuclear ambitions in check, but will actually enable Iran to become a nuclear power...that is if they aren't already one...albeit one currently without a dependable delivery system. But North Korea and China...the very same China that is a member of the P5+1...are working to remedy that even as I write this...and do NOT let anyone try to fool you otherwise.

Still to be worked out...that is if we believe the scuttle-but being released by the media...is an exact timetable for sanctions relief; the actual disarmament steps by which Iran must rid itself of its current uranium stockpile; a binding promise to halt any and all future nuclear weapons research along with a halt to the development of newer and faster centrifuges; and also how possible violations by either side will be handled, including how UN sanctions might be reinstated if need be.

And know that sanctions relief is first and foremost Iran's main goal because said sanctions have choked Iran's economy and limited their access to world oil markets, but know that these sanctions are the one thing we can hold as leverage over Iran's head...that is if we were negotiating a 'real' deal and NOT a sellout to the enemy. A sellout that even has some of Obama's former military and foreign policy advisers outwardly voicing major disapproval over certain terms that seem to have already been 'secretly' reached ahead of the now extended deadline.

"The agreement will not prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapons capability," said a letter signed by former CIA Director David Petraeus, former White House Iran advisor Dennis Ross, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright, and others, who called for Obama...but were as to be expected met with 'so-called' deaf ears...to NOT only take an even harder stance on lifting sanctions, but to include in the actual wording of any deal reached that NO sanctions will be lifted until Iran completely complies with all terms of said deal. In fact, the letter also states that new sanctions should be prepared and ready to go ahead of time just in case Iran does NOT abide by the agreement...and we know that this would be the most likely scenario.

Now add into this very 'hot' mix that mere days before what was to be the June 30th deadline, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ...the ultimate arbiter of all matters concerning Iran's nuclear program...has reiterated what Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif''s deputy Abbas Araqchi recently said to the press about some of the 'solutions' found in the April 2nd Lausanne framework deal NO longer working because after Lausanne certain countries within the P5+1 have now made declarations of change in their position which he claims “complicates the task” at hand. 
 
And to that affect Khamenei has now made a series of demands...'red lines' of his own...as to what will be the final terms he will have Iran agree to...with those terms being an 'immediate' end to all UN and U.S. economic sanctions thus allowing Iran to gain relief from billions of dollars in economic penalties; that Iranian military sites including ‘security and defensive’ sectors will NOT allow even 'managed access' to international inspections; that there will be NO long-term halt on nuclear research; and that NO IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) interviews with any persons having any connections to Iran’s nuclear program will be allowed...demands that are a direct 180 turn from the P5+1 'supposedly' non-negotiable demands that NO lifting of the sanctions will be done until after the IAEA confirms that Iran is abiding by the deal; that a lasting limitation of Iran’s nuclear capacities in research and production is agreed to; that a 'rigorous,' on-going, and unhindered inspection of military sites must be allowed; and that a mechanism to quickly reimpose sanctions is in place before they would sign on the dotted line.

So, in other words, whatever the P5+1 wants Iran has said NO to but as it stands now Obama... through his mouthpiece John 'Swiftboat' Kerry...will most likely say YES to.

And why...because Barack HUSSEIN Obama wants a deal signed at any cost, after all it's all about his immediate legacy and current agenda as we head into the 2016 election, but know that if this deal goes through with Iran having the upper hand that Obama's ultimate legacy will show that he led America to make a deal with the devil. And know that any agreement Obama makes with this rogue and oh so dangerous nation gives them legitimacy in the eyes of the world as it allows for a military dimension to be added into the Iranian claimed 'peaceful nuclear' mix, thus putting regional power into the hands of the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism (in fact a recently published U.S. State Department report on terror activity noted that Iran's “state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished”) and of human rights violations; it directly puts our ally Israel in the cross hairs; it strengthens the mullahs already all-consuming grip on power; and most importantly it affords Iran the chance to become a full-fledged, in-our-face, nuclear power...again if they are NOT already one. This is what Iran wants and make NO mistake this is also what Obama wants for he, like the Iranian regime, is an islamist at heart.

An islamist at heart proven time and again by Obama's concession after concession in his goal to reach an agreement NO matter how bad that agreement is for our country or for our allies. Starting with the sanctions...sanctions that should only be lifted after Iran has proven over time to be upholding their part of the deal...now has Obama acquiescing to lifting any sanctions NOT directly related to Iran’s nuclear program; continues with his doing away with the the requirement that Iran disclose all previous nuclear activity which means that IAEA inspectors cannot establish a true 'baseline' for future inspections; and ends with his suddenly but NOT unexpectedly vacillating on the P5+1 demand that inspections of military sites be done by the IAEA coupled with their having unlimited access to Iran's scientists. And these are all critical to both monitoring the agreement and to checking whether Iran is cheating by secretly pursuing an 'under the radar' nuclear weapons program...and again are all things Obama appears to be giving in on.

And so it becomes increasingly apparent that the words of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, a former senior military intelligence advisor to Obama ring very true when he states that the deal being worked on “suffers from severe deficiencies as Iran has every intention to build a nuclear weapon.”

YES they do...Obama knows this but simply does NOT care. And to make this so-wanted farce of a deal even more grievous is the fact that now Obama wants to give Iran high-tech, light-water nuclear reactors...even as they continue marching through the streets of Tehran shouting “Death to America” and "Death to Israel." As per details in a leaked thus NO longer confidential document that is part of the appendices titled 'Civil Nuclear Cooperation,' Obama promises said reactors if Iran ceases operations at its almost completed heavy-water facility at Arak...and he's claiming that reducing...NOT eliminating...Arak's plutonium output was always one of the primary goals of the U.S. and its negotiating partners. But pray tell how does giving the enemy the very thing they need stop them from attaining their goal as it is quite easy to reconfigure light-water reactors into the nuclear needed heavy-water reactors...but Obama knows this and just does NOT care...of that I'm sure.

And so with the deadline for this farce of a deal being extended for 'a few more days' it becomes apparent that while Khamenei is holding fast to his demands that nuclear-research restrictions, delayed sanctions relief, and open inspections would be a deal killer, John 'Swiftboat' Kerry tap dances...on crutches...around the fact that with Obama's leaked promise to give nuclear reactors to America's enemy NO matter that the talks are but a 'dog and pony' show...NO matter if a 'real' deal is even reached...a spokesman for the Iranian delegation confirmed...a spokesman with his fingers crossed behind his back as in can you say taqiyya...that “because there is still lots of work to do the delegations will remain beyond...(July 1) to continue the negotiations and reach a good overall deal.”

And to that I say a good deal for Iran but a bad deal...a very bad deal...for the rest of the world. But what can you expect when a traitor occupies the White House, a traitor is America's head negotiator, and we have a lily-livered 'supposedly' Republican controlled Congress who while they still must approve any deal will assuredly cave into White House pressure as they are headed by the likes of RINOS John Boehner and Mitch McConnell...and to that sadly all I can do is sigh... 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Barack Obama's bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King v. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written behind closed doors with little debate or amendment and thus was "inartfully" drafted. It was the court's obligation, he wrote, to translate bill language limiting the government subsidies to enrollees in "an exchange established by the State" as meaning enrollees in federal exchanges also can get subsidies.

Roberts always has been a consummate politician in his role as guardian of the big bench. The President George W. Bush appointee had good reason to fear how the public might react if the Supreme Court overturned a law that benefits millions of Americans.

Thirty-four states rely on federal Obamacare exchanges. That's 6 million people, 87 percent of whom bought health care with federal tax credits. Roberts cited a study that predicted that cutting off those subsidies would result in a 47 percent increase in premiums and a 70 percent decline in enrollment.

Between a rock and a hard place, Roberts argued that Congress surely never meant to cut out subsidies in states without their own exchanges, because "it would destabilize the individual insurance market in any State with a Federal Exchange, and likely create the very 'death spirals' that Congress designed the Act to avoid."

Thousands of years after the Roman Empire fell, people are still speculating about how such a powerful empire became too feeble to defend itself. Did it become corrupt? Was its taxes too high? Was it widespread lead poisoning? The refusal to break up tribes it assimilated? Was it the loss of traditional values? Did it over-expand?

There are all sorts of theories, but nobody really knows.

However, if American falls, historians won’t have to speculate because the problems that are destroying our country are right there for anyone to see. You want to know how to break the greatest nation the world has ever seen over the course of a few short decades? Just look at what we’re actually doing because future generations will point to it when they’re trying to figure out where we went wrong.

1) Unsustainable Debt: By 2020, projections indicate that we’d need 20% of the GDP of the ENTIRE PLANET just to finance our debt, which will continue to increase at a rapid pace. Despite the fact that it would require a miracle bigger than what Joan of Arc accomplished in order for Social Security and Medicare to function for another 20 years without enormous tax increases, we just added another costly entitlement program (Obamacare) and politicians are incessantly clamoring for new spending. Simply put, that is unsustainable over the long haul and without almost revolutionary changes that are currently politically unimaginable, our country will either go bankrupt or our money will be inflated so much that we’ll need wheelbarrows full of greenbacks to buy a loaf of bread.

2) Enormous Centralized Government: The bigger the tick, the less blood there is for the dog and there is no larger collection of blood suckers on Planet Earth than our own federal government. Our government has become so massive that lawmakers don’t even read the bills they pass any more, trivial changes to regulations made by unelected bureaucrats can drive productive businesses into bankruptcy and perhaps worst of all, 49% of the public gets benefits. That has not only bled the private sector and made our economy less dynamic, it has led to massive corruption. As P.J. O’Rourke said, “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”

U.S. troops face eating, drinking restrictions during Ramadan


By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch

U.S. troops face eating, drinking restrictions during Ramadan
Do U.S. troops fast during Yom Kippur? Lent? No? Why not? “U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions During Ramadan,” by Jeryl Bier, Weekly Standard, June 26, 2015 (thanks to Pamela Geller): A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them […]

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US Officials Warn of ISIS Attacks on July 4

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

What a way to live. Everyone is waiting for the shoe to drop, or should I say the bomb to drop, all the while attacking any and all of us who oppose jihad. Vicious cowards.
“US Officials Warn of ISIS Attacks on July 4,” By Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, Jewish Press, June 27th, 2015 (thanks to Claude):
Americans’ fear of the ISIS is turning terror into the major election issue
ISIS prepares for U.S. Independence Day.
isis-july-4American police forces from coast to coast are on alert from federal officials that the Islamic State (ISIS) is planning to terrorize the country during the July 4 Independence Day holiday.
Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center sent an intelligence bulletin to law enforcement...
     

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton wants to dig up the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and remove them from a city park in the latest and perhaps most despicable example of the anti-Southern cleansing spreading across the nation.

“Which African-American wants to have a picnic in the shadow of Nathan Bedford Forrest?” Wharton said in a Thursday press briefing.

In addition to desecrating the graves, Wharton wants to tear down a massive statue honoring the Confederate general who was involved in organizing the Ku Klux Klan. The bodies of Forrest and his wife would be relocated to a cemetery.

“These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it’s time for those to be moved,” the mayor said.

Memphis city officials have been waging a fierce and unrelenting war on southern heritage. In 2013, the city council changed the name of Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park. They also changed the names of Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park.

So now they want to disinter the dead? What in God’s name is wrong with the mayor? What kind of sick, twisted person wants to dig up dead people?

“I despise what the Confederacy stood for,” Wharton said. “This is not just an ordinary monument. This is a monument to a man who was the avowed founder of the organization that has as its purpose the intimidation, the oppression of black folks.”

Pastor Just Said Something That Blew His Entire Congregation Away... Wow.

 


All of the hype has been on King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodges, cases ruling in favor of Obamacare and gay marriage, respectively. But as everyone focuses on these cases, lost in the shuffle was perhaps a case that was worse than both of those decisions: Texas Housing v. Inclusive Communities.

A little background on the case:
Texas, whose housing department was fighting a fair-housing claim, maintained that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 required that plaintiffs show intentional discrimination, which demands a higher level of proof.
The case originated in Dallas, where an advocacy group called the Inclusive Communities Project claimed the Texas housing agency discriminated by distributing federal tax-credit subsidies almost entirely to buildings going up in poor, black neighborhoods, thereby solidifying residential segregation.
In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled in Texas Housing that claims of racial discrimination can be filed based on "disparate impact," that is the theory that standards are racist if minorities can't meet them at the same rates as whites. In terms of housing, that would mean that discrimination claims can be filed if population statistics are skewed against minorities, without any actual proof of racism.

That's right, even if you're not being racist, you have "unconscious prejudice," according to Anthony Kennedy:

Vatican validates jihad terror, signs treaty recognizing State of Palestine
 

By Robert Spencer  / Jihad Watch

 

Vatican validates jihad terror, signs treaty recognizing State of Palestine
There is no “State of Palestine” at this time. This is part of the ongoing pressure upon Israel to create one. Creating one will be a great victory for the global jihad force, as a “State of Palestine” will inevitably be a new jihad base for renewed attacks against what remains of Israel. Events will […]

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Sharia Enforcement in the US Military: U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions During Ramadan

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs
sharia us military ramadanMore sharia, more accommodation, more submission. Respect the Ramadan Bomb-a-thon!

Why do non-Muslims have to submit to Islamic law? Muslims can adhere to their religious rituals, why must we? Does the US military fast during Yom Kippur? Of course not. Would Jews ever suggest or expect it? Of course not. Jewish law pertains only to Jews, canon law to Catholics. But the sharia asserts its authority over non-Muslims.

If the US is submitting to Islam, then what the heck are they doing over there, anyway?

“U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions During Ramadan,” By Jeryl Bier, Weekly Standard, June 26, 2015 (thanks to Mark);

A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim...