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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Poll: 46% of Doctors Give ObamaCare a D or F

"Those evil doctors shall know the wrath of the Light-bringer!"

Which just goes to show how racist our doctors are...

From The Washington Times:

Forty-six percent of doctors give President Obama's healthcare law a "D" or an "F," according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. In contrast, just 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an "A" or a "B." 
The findings come from a survey that was emailed to "virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association" this March through June as the law's major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors. 
In their comments that were included (but kept anonymous) in the report, a number of doctors complained about the vast amount of bureaucracy that has been added to the medical profession.

Well, it looks like about 46% of America's doctors are going to be audited by the IRS this year.

I would imagine the other 54% of the doctors either have no understanding of the law, or are Leftists who believe that they will be exempt from its provisions.

I wonder how many billions of dollars ObamaCare has already wasted? Ah, well. What's a few billion dollars wasted on nobles causes such as shortening the lives of Americans and making people unhealthy?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tracing Obama's Missteps in Foreign Affairs

"Punish them, for they do not know how great I am."

There's an excellent article in Foreign Policy Magazine (h/t Ace of Spades) that I highly recommend. Yes, I have a few disagreements with the article by David Rothkopf-- especially regarding the American people's "mandate" that Obama was empowered with in 2008, a view that completely disregards both the role of race and the concerted efforts of the media in the election, as well as Rothkopf's insistence that Obama inherited many of problems he faces (guess what, all presidents inherit crises and problems so why is it worth specifically mentioning with Obama?)-- but it's still a good read. Check it out at the link below. In one paragraph Rothkopf covered quite a few of Obama's foreign policy failures, which are so numerous and come so quickly that it's frankly hard to keep up with, so it's a good refresher.

From the Foreign Policy article by David Rothkopf:

"You're still a superpower," a top diplomat from one of America's most dependable Middle Eastern allies said to me in July of this year, "but you no longer know how to act like one." 
He was reflecting on America's position in the world almost halfway into President Barack Obama's second term. Fresh in his mind was the extraordinary string of errors (schizophrenic Egypt policy, bipolar Syria policy), missteps (zero Libya post-intervention strategy, alienation of allies in the Middle East and elsewhere), scandals (spying on Americans, spying on friends), halfway measures (pinprick sanctions against Russia, lecture series to Central Americans on the border crisis), unfulfilled promises (Cairo speech, pivot to Asia), and outright policy failures (the double-down then get-out approach in Afghanistan, the shortsighted Iraq exit strategy).  
The problem is that in seeking to sidestep the pitfalls that plagued Bush, Obama has inadvertently created his own. Yet unlike Bush, whose flaw-riddled first-term foreign policy was followed by important and not fully appreciated second-term course corrections, Obama seems steadfast in his resistance both to learning from his past errors and to managing his team so that future errors are prevented. It is hard to think of a recent president who has grown so little in office. 
As a result, for all its native confidence and fundamental optimism, the United States remains shaken and unsteady more than a decade after the 9/11 attacks. Many of its problems have only grown dangerously worse: Its relative influence has declined; the terrorism threat has evolved and spread; and U.S. alliances are superannuated, ineffective shadows of their former selves. Compounding this is such gross dysfunction in Washington that, on most issues, the president is presumed to be blocked by Congress even before he has had the opportunity to make a move.

And whose fault is this "gross dysfunction in Washington?" Let's not forget that Obama had two years of Democrat-controlled Congress and chose to bypass the Senate (still Dem controlled but with out the super-majority to avoid a bill-killing filibuster), and ram through the hugely unpopular and now unsuccessful ObamaCare. Just to top it off, Obama and the the Dems spent the entire time during, and often since the passage, characterizing political adversaries and any of the American people who voiced voicing their opposition, as being Nazis, racists, and enemies of the state. Obama ran a divisive campaign, continues to run a divisive and petulant presidency, and now he reaps the benefits of his own prior, self-serving actions.

It's clear that Obama has never held a role of leader, or even a managerial job, prior to his election. No one with a modicum of experience and intelligence would ever believe that they could continually treat/attack people this way and then get what want they want down the road. At least not without resorting to coercion-- which is partly explains the IRS's and EPA's attacks on Obama's political adversaries.

And then there's the brain trust, the best of what the Left has to offer:

The tensions around the Syria crisis had other knock-on costs that were themselves symptomatic of a misfiring process and team. For example, on the edges of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, which took place Sept. 5 and 6, 2013, Washington continued to push for international support of military action as it had been doing ineffectively since late August. In one meeting, Rice pressed the German delegation relentlessly for leadership within the European Union. The Germans sought more time and consultation with other EU member states, frustrating Rice to the point that she lost her cool and reportedly launched into a profanity-filled lecture that featured a rare diplomatic appearance of the word "motherfucker." Germany's national security advisor, Christoph Heusgen, was so angered that he told an American confidante it was the worst meeting of his professional life.

Yeah, that story just rings true. I mean doesn't Rice just perfectly reflect the attitude of the American Left? Close-minded, arrogant, baselessly self-assured of the rightness of their (transitory) beliefs, profane, short-tempered, and all set with a spoiled child's response when they do not immediately get what they desire.

Remember when Bush II was accused of cowboy diplomacy. Well I guess now we have Samuel L. Jackson diplomacy-- "I'm tired of these motherfuckin' snakes in this motherfuckin' meeting room." Classy.

Rothkopf is far too generous to the disaster that has been Obama's presidency. He barely mentions Russia's rise in the wake of Obama's laziness and ineptitude (which is far more accurate in my my eyes than characterizing Obama as deliberative and aloof), and indeed he doesn't even mention the abrupt and alarming rise of tensions in the far-East that has come with the weakening of our relationship with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, etc.

Furthermore, while Rothkopf spends a good deal of time discussing Obama's bubble world within the White House, he doesn't spend nearly enough time on the consequences of this. Obama lives in a pretend world populated by people doing what he wills (with such little promptings as hashtags in the Boko Haram kidnapping incident-- one of many such kidnapping by the way), and acting as he perceives to be correct (Russia not behaving according to the 21st Century standards-- as though Obama sets or even understands such standards, ISIS isn't really Islamic, etc.). The danger of this sheltered, childish belief is quite obvious because it's been on full display for six years now.

Indeed, this means that Rothkopf's concluding hopes that Obama will abruptly change direction and correct himself is really just a bad joke. After spending so much time carefully constructing his cocoon, the chances that Obama and his fragile ego will leave it is pretty much zero. Pining for Obama to change is pointless. It won't happen. Instead we need to hold Obama and the rest of administration responsible for his failures, and not just write them off as happenstances beyond his control, or due to racism, or due to the clutter in Washington (again let's note that this a clutter of Obama's own making) or due to the sun, the moon, and the stars lining up against him.

Obama will not learn from his mistakes-- he has demonstrated a steadfast refusal to do so. Instead we need to learn from our mistakes. We need to not elect presidents based upon the mainstream media's backing, on vague musings of "hope," divine imagery (see above), nor on the basis of white guilt, racial atonement, nor the unrealistic idea of instant racial reconciliation, and certainly not in a giddy attempt to "make history."

We've been burned once, and the result has been foolish mistakes, betrayed allies across the globe, a rise in Islamic fundamentalism and blood-chilling violence, a rise in thuggish behavior among rival nations such as China and Russia, a questionable 2012 election due to interference by Obama's IRS, EPA, and a hacked GOP "get out the vote" system, a barren economy and the joblessness and hopelessness that comes attached.

Obama will not learn from his mistakes. He has never demonstrated the capacity to even admit to a mistake, much less learn from them. No. We need to ride out his administration, resist his encroachments into our lives, health care, Constitutional freedoms when we can. But most importantly, we need to learn from our mistake. And never to make the same one again.

China Jails Anti-Corruption Activists

That's because China's whole government runs on corruption. The more the government controls the more it's open to bribes to dole out the rationed benefits. This has been proven to be the case in the Soviet Union, all its vassal states, China, North Korea, etc.

From The Washington Free Beacon article by Daniel Wiser:

Jinping pledged to target graft among both high- and low-level officials—whom he called “tigers” and “flies”—after he assumed power in 2013. However, Chinese authorities and courts have now imprisoned 14 activists who peacefully advocated for similar anti-corruption measures, such as disclosing the wealth of government officials. 
Zhang Lin, an activist from the eastern Anhui province, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison last week on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order of a public place,” according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). Zhang was initially detained in July 2013 after protesting the treatment of his daughter, who was barred from enrolling in an elementary school because of his activism. 
Zhang suffers from joint degeneration in his vertebrae, a dental disease, and an eye infection after years of previous detention, and he has been denied medical release multiple times. 
More activists could soon join Zhang in jail. Yang Maodong, more commonly known by his pen name Guo Feixiong, faces trial on Friday along with demonstrator Sun Desheng. Both could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison on the same charge leveled at Zhang.

China is busily doing what China does best, talk a (relatively) good game to the public, and then imprison political rivals and dissidents...

Is it any wonder why people get nervous when Democrats start pining for a Chinese style of government so that "they can get things done." The idea of "getting things done" seems to be pretty much the reason behind every modern totalitarian government. So, what's not to admire?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Obama's ISIS Speech-- A Waste of Air

Hey, don't worry about those ISIS fellows. The self-canonized St. Obama will save us all. It's just like how he was going to make us all rich.

Obama took a brief respite from his grueling golf schedule today to gift us with a speech on the guys who are butchering people across Syria and Iraq. Arab Spring anyone?

 Obama had nothing to say except things are getting better domestically (uh-huh, that's why we have the greatest number of long-term unemployed in American history, just basking in the economic glory), and everything else isn't my fault but it'll be fine. What leadership...

Tom Rogan at the NRO succinctly sums up the weaknesses in Obama's speech.

From his NRO article:

It [Obama's speech] had four key substantive failures. 
First, adopting U.S. strategy in Somalia and Yemen as a guide for action against ISIS doesn’t make sense. The situations in Yemen and Somalia are hardly inspiring. From Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula constitutes a major threat to the West. Similarly, in Somalia, while al-Shabaab has suffered some notable losses, the group retains a significant regional capability (as illustrated by the Westgate Mall attack). Because of its military assets, internationally destabilizing influence, and expansionist ideology, ISIS must be confronted with a strategy that is more encompassing than that in Somalia and Yemen. 
Second, the president’s speech provides further evidence of his administration’s confusion over the connected power and potential of U.S. leadership. Referencing Arab support, Mr. Obama erred when he noted the limits of U.S. power to effect regional political stability. While this statement is true, to the Sunni Arab monarchies who regard Obama’s foreign policy with thinly veiled disdain, it will suggest another marker of hesitation. That’s a major issue — because unless the United States can persuade these states to coalesce around American strategy, they will continue to support Sunni extremists in Syria. After all, these leaders regard their primary threat as Iran, not ISIS. 
Third, the president failed to provide specifics on what contributions his coalition partners will provide to the counter-ISIS effort. As I noted on Monday, coalitions are complicated. By exaggerating tangible international support — the president’s hopeful mention of U.N. engagement was especially absurd — Mr. Obama has invited expectations he cannot meet. He’s weakened his credibility with the American people. 
But the most problematic element of Mr. Obama’s speech was, fourth, his statement that “American forces will not have a combat mission — we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.” While there is little public or congressional support for a major ground operation against ISIS, the president, by explicitly ruling out any ground troops, has eliminated his critical Special Operations portfolio. This is cause for deep concern. Without limited Special Forces deployments on the ground — especially in eastern Syria’s Deir ez-Zor and Raqqah governorates, and north/central Iraq — it will be extremely difficult to restrict ISIS supply routes along the Euphrates corridor. Denying ISIS its maneuver-support structure will hasten ISIS’s defeat. The president’s only alternative is to order a massive deployment of CIA personnel instead. This is a damaging limitation of strategy at the altar of presumed public opinion. It plainly isn’t leadership.

This speech shouldn't surprise anyone. I mean, what on earth did we expect? Obama has no plan. He's proven repeatedly that he never does. I doubt that Obama is even fully aware of what is going on in the world. I think he avoids it because it hurts his frail ego.

Obama's pattern is clear. He simply makes a placating speech, then hopes that things don't get worse on his watch. If things do get worse-- as they have with ObamaCare, Syria, Egypt, Ukraine, etc.-- he goes into damage control mode and spins blame on the handiest target. which could be Bush, Cheney, the GOP, the Tea Party, ATMs, greed, etc.

Hey America, you voted for a guy who's whole accomplishments are based only in race and PR. Did you expect anything more but PR from him?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Former WH Press Sect. Jay Carney Now Political Analyst for CNN

Jay Carney preparing for his stint on CNN

The  revolving door between press and the Democratic operatives continues. I suppose CNN was thinking that they weren't demonstrating their loyalty to Obama quite enough.

Man, how do so many people still consider the American media as impartial?

From Hot Air:

Surprising a grand total of no one, former White House Press Sec. Jay Carney will return to the spotlight on Wednesday night in a new role as a political analyst. His first task will be to assess the incredible proficiency with which President Barack Obama delivered his speech on America’s strategy to deal with the ISIS threat. Great speech or greatest speech? The anticipation is pure torture.  
“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” said CNN’s Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist. “We’re fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide analysis and insight surrounding the President’s address to the nation.”   
White House press secretaries serve in a role which necessitates having some media savvy, and they are often swept up by cable and network news outlets to serve as commentators when they leave their post in the public sector. Carney’s move is not surprising, and he may end up being a strong analyst. But being a strong analyst means surprising the viewer on occasion with a counterintuitive take or two, that that often means running afoul of a press secretary’s political allies.

I guess after repeatedly lying to the press Carney has decided to move back to his old job of repeatedly lying directly to the American people.

Well, at least he has the right artwork in his kitchen to inspire him.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Hill: Support for ObamaCare Continues to Fall

He has come to give us crappy health care. Who could possibly dare to stand in the Light-bringer's way?

You know, a lot of bad news for Obama gets little attention simply because of how much there is. I mean the economy is still tanking, the IRS is still losing e-mails that ties Obama to the IRS targeting of conservative groups during an election year, Ukraine is battling Russia-- even after the reset, I mean "over charge," button nonsense, Islamic extremists (which the White House wanted to support against Assad) are crucifying and beheading people in Iraq and Syria including two American journalists, and so on.

So just to revisit some old items of interest, people still hate ObamaCare and support is eroding even further.

From The Hill:

Public approval of ObamaCare continued to sink this summer, issuing the latest warning for vulnerable Democrats who will face voters this fall after backing the law.   
Just 35 percent of voters now support the Affordable Care Act, down 3 percentage points from May, according to a monthly poll by the Kaiser Health Foundation released on Tuesday. Support for the healthcare overhaul law once stood at 50 percent, just weeks after it was signed in 2010.

So some more good news for those of us who don't want government administered health care, and the cost-saving measures that will inevitably come. Does anyone want to say "lobby Congress for your disease of choice to be covered"?

Monday, September 8, 2014

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans Fear ISIS

"Beheadings and crucifixtions?! Hee hee! That's not 21st Century behavior, so I'll just ignore it."

But it's actually just Republicans scaring voters-- I know because Wesley told me so.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

A majority of Americans are worried about the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and support military action against the terror group, according to a new CNN poll
Seven in 10 Americans say they believe ISIL has the resources to launch an attack against the U.S. Of those polled, 76 percent favor additional airstrikes against ISIL, and 62 percent favor providing military aid to forces fighting ISIL. 
More still–83 percent– say the U.S. should provide humanitarian relief to people fleeing ISIL. But despite widespread support for taking action against the terror group, 61 percent of Americans oppose using U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq and Syria to combat ISIL.

But it was still a good idea to pull American out of Iraq, because betraying and selling out our allies and friends is what Obama's America is all about. Gotta sacrifice to keep Obama looking all shiny and new, ain't that right?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Obamanomics in Action: Record 92,269,000 Not in Labor Force

"But on the upside record numbers of people are on disability. Don't all you folks thank me at once."

Yeah well, I'm sure it's part of some racist plot to make Obama look bad or something...

From CNS News (via Drudge):

A record 92,269,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in August, as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
The labor force participation rate has been as low as 62.8 percent in six of the last twelve months, but prior to last October had not fallen that low since 1978.  
The 92,269,000 who did not participate in the labor force are those in the civilian noninstitutional population who did not have a job and did not actively seek one in the last four weeks. Because they did not seek a job, they did not count as “unemployed.” 
Of the 155,959,000 who did participate in the labor force, 146,368,000 had a job and 9,591,000 did not have a job but actively sought one. The 9,591,000 are the unemployed. They equaled 6.1 percent of the labor force—or an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent (which was down slightly from the 6.2 percent unemployment rate in July).

And how many of these 92+ million are people who have just given up looking for a job? I suspect a pretty fair amount. Obama's economic policies, political bullying of employers, and ObamaCare have made the job market a real joy for the past several years.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Muslim Extremists Behead 2nd American Hostage; Senior U.S. Source: "“What we’ve found is that ISIS isn’t responsive” to outreach

Inspiring confidence...

So ISIS isn't responsive to Obama arrogantly lecturing these guys about the "true" nature of Islam? Really?! Can someone please tell me exactly when nanny lecturing began to be considered a foreign policy? My bet is it happened some time right around 2008.

From The Daily Mail:

ISIS has released a video that shows the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff and says the murder is retaliation for the Obama administration’s continued airstrikes in Iraq. 
Sotloff is the second American journalist to be killed by ISIS, and his death comes two weeks after James Foley was executed in a similar video. 
In the video entitled 'A Second Message to America,' Sotloff appears in a orange jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter. 
The executioner appears to be the same man who killed Foley – known as ‘Jihadi John’ - and tells the camera: 'I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.' 
He also threatens to kill a Briton held hostage by the group next. The identity of the hostage is widely available online, but MailOnline is not identifying him at the request of the British government. 
This afternoon British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the video, calling it ‘an absolutely disgusting and despicable act’.

I'm not sure that this killing inspired Obama to stop golfing or not.

Meanwhile our super-duper-absolutely-the-most-intelligent State Department ever is slowly coming to the realization that murderous thugs aren't readily accepting of arrogant and officious outreach from a president with a Muslim-sounding name. Huh. Who woulda thunk that?

From The Chicago Tribune via Jammie Wearing Fools:

Washington has contacted about two dozen countries for help in freeing the three, but no foreign government appears to have influence over or even significant contact with IS, which has declared an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. 
What we’ve found is that ISIS isn’t responsive” to outreach, said a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity and using an alternate acronym for the group.

Brilliant. I bet our State Department is preparing another hashtag assault on these killers. I bet it'll work this time. Sickeningly, that would still be more of a response than when these ISIS butchers were killing helpless people by the hundreds-- at times crucifying them.

"I totally don't get it. I mean why can't all the mean people just go and fight on an island somewhere. It would be so much cooler for the rest of us... Anyway, I'm busy because it's happy hour now!"

Monday, September 1, 2014

China Denies Democracy in Hong Kong

Let's all remember when the Empire State Building was lit up with the Chinese national colors to honor the country, shall we?

China denying democratic elections in Hong Kong is not a surprise.

From The Washington Free Beacon article by Dan Wiser:

China’s legislature on Sunday denied fully democratic elections to Hong Kong in a move that could spark mass protests in the city’s streets. 
The National People’s Congress Standing Committee ruled that nominees for Hong Kong’s chief executive in 2017 would still have to obtain approval from 50 percent of a mostly pro-Beijing committee. The financial center’s pro-democracy movement had pushed for minimal involvement from China in both the nomination and election process. 
One pro-democracy legislator in Hong Kong told the New York Times that the city’s residents feel “betrayed.” 
“After having lied to Hong Kong people for so many years, it finally revealed itself today,” said Alan Leong. “Hong Kong people are right to feel betrayed. It’s certain now that the central government will be effectively appointing Hong Kong’s chief executive.” 
China regained administrative control of the former British colony in 1997. Hong Kong has since operated under a “one country, two systems” agreement that grants it more civil liberties and local freedoms than the mainland, making it a potential flashpoint in the clashes between Beijing and pro-democracy groups. 
The group Occupy Central now says it will stage nonviolent demonstrations in Hong Kong to protest the new electoral rules. 
Democratic members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council could still attempt to block implementation of the electoral changes, which require approval by a two-thirds majority. However, the city’s current chief executive—loyal to Beijing—warned that not passing the rules could bar residents from voting at all.

Nice-- follow Beijing's instructions, or you won't be able to vote at all. Nothing like a little threat to force people to follow your edicts.

Stop if I'm wrong, but haven't a number of Democrats expressed admiration of China for its abilities to get things done? Well here's a sample of that.

And again the American Left reveals their desire for control and coercion-- all for the good of the people, of course.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Obama: “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.”

"You folks just don't appreciate how well off you all are. Now ignore all that crap about ISIS killing Iraqis and Americans, and just bask in the light that I have brought to you. You're welcome."

According to Jonathan Strong at Breitbart, Obama spoke those stirring words at DNC fundraiser today.

Let's hear them again, just for fun. “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.”

Yup. If it wasn't for Facebook, blogs and Twitter, we'd all better appreciate these salad days that the Light-bringer has brought to the world.

After all, we probably wouldn't anything about Russian encroachment into Ukraine, or ISIS slaughtering Iraqis after the U.S. military pulled out, or China's increasingly aggressive stance with its neighbors, etc. And then, of course, we would all be as blissfully happy as we were back in the 1980s or something...

Can you believe this crap that Obama's shoveling out? It's bad enough, although not surprising given his background, for him to shirk the responsibility for the problems that have risen during his presidency. Now, Obama is denying that there are even problems.

Our country is in the very best of hands. And remember if you think otherwise you're a racist-- or a sellout depending on your background.

Gallup: Obama's "Strong Disapproval" Rating is Double His "Strong Approval"

"Those people just don't understand how wonderful I am. Now, back to golfing while ISIS crucifies some more Iraqis."
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Image is from Gallup story linked below.

And this result despite the media's fawning and actively downplaying of Obama's scandals. Just think what our president's ratings would be without the media's constant tongue bath...

From Gallup (via Drudge):

Americans are more than twice as likely to say they "strongly disapprove" (39%) of President Barack Obama's job performance as they are to say they "strongly approve" (17%). The percentage of Americans who strongly disapprove of Obama has increased over time, while the percentage who strongly approve has dropped by almost half.  
Strong disapproval of the president's job performance has been within 30% to 39% the four times Gallup has asked the question -- in 2009, 2010, 2011, and now this year -- but has risen by five percentage points since 2011, and by nine points since the first month Obama was in office. At the same time, strong approval has fallen by nine points in the last three years, and by 15 points since January 2009. 
The overall changes reflect larger shifts in opinion within the president's own Democratic base, as well as among Republicans, whose already widespread strong disapproval of Obama has expanded.

But Gallup is all totally racist and stuff, so in reality Obama's really doing fine.

The Benghazi affair, going golfing after Foley's execution, the IRS/EPA scandals, rising costs, shrinking middle-class, high unemployment, and such are just unavoidable stuff that's all really just part of a racist, Right-wing conspiracy to make Obama look bad. It's true!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Update: Mending Blogger

It's awfully nice to say that that I'm back and doing well.

I'm still in physical therapy getting my shoulder loosened and strengthened up, but everything seems to be going well, if a bit painfully.

Typing is still a little tough for me, but I should be back to posting regularly. My deepest thanks for the kind words people have offered. They are much appreciated.

Hope things are going well, and I should begin posting later today or tomorrow.

Yukio Ngaby

Friday, July 25, 2014

Announcement: Broken Blogger

I'm sorry to say that I'm going to be out of action for a few weeks. I'm afraid I'm about to undergo a surgery on my shoulder very soon, and will be away recovering for a while. The extent of my injury is not completely clear yet, so I can't really tell how long I'll be out. No matter what, I won't be blogging for at least three weeks.

In the meantime, check out the links at the side.

I'll hopefully be back to blogging soon.

Yukio Ngaby

IRS Continues to Lie to Congress

"You folks didn't think I was kidding when I said I was going use the government to punish my enemies, did you?"

A good write-up from Investors Business Daily. Check out the whole thing at this link.

From IBD:

The tangled web of IRS deceit unravels a bit more with news recycled backup tapes of lost emails still exist and statements before a federal judge that Lois Lerner's hard drive was irreparably damaged were untrue. 
Deliberately destroying evidence pertaining to the investigation of possible criminal activity is a crime. So is lying about it to Congress and the courts as part of a cover-up of that activity.  
In response, the IRS said under oath that the hard drive from Lerner's computer was destroyed and recycled, echoing earlier testimony from Commissioner John Koskinen.
The reason given for Lerner's hard drive — possibly containing incriminating emails from and to the former head of the IRS Tax Exempt division — being destroyed and recycled, according to the IRS in the affidavit, was that a team of its technical experts had determined the drive was irreparably damaged and had to be recycled. 
Except that was not true. 
On Tuesday, House Ways and Means Committee investigators said that they had a chance to talk to the technical experts inside the IRS who actually examined Lerner's computer, and that the experts said the hard drive in question was merely "scratched" and most of the data on it was indeed recoverable.  
As we and others have noted, the desire to use the IRS to punish political enemies was one of the articles of impeachment against President Nixon. 
That President Obama's IRS may have actually been doing it, we believe, is sufficient motive to go along with the opportunity the IRS had to destroy the incriminating evidence that was possibly one of the reasons Lerner pleaded the Fifth Amendment in testimony before Congress.

Lawlessness, using the wheels of government agencies to intimidate and "punish" political adversaries, all the while blaming the opposition for making up phony scandals. Just another day in the Obama presidency. Well that and a lot of snarky comments and golfing...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

U.S. to Give Iran $2.8 Billion in Return for... Pretty Much Nothing

"Hey, I know it looks like Iran is just extorting money from us and playing us for fools, but I assure you that's just not the case. Surely, you can trust me and my IRS, EPA, NSA, and other alphabet agencies that are far more important and smarter than you."

President Kick-The-Can is at it again. The Obama strategy has pretty much been-- after claiming that everything was the fault of Bush, the GOP, racists, ATMs, etc.-- to just throw money at the problem and then put it off for as long as possible. Even if that means conceding to Iran the ability to make nuclear weapons, and paying off a country that arms the terrorist foes that one or our allies (Israel) is currently fighting.

Smartest. President. Evah.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

The United States will give Iran access to another $2.8 billion over the next several months and appears to have conceded to Iran’s demand that it be permitted to domestically enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, according to senior Obama administration officials. 
In exchange for agreeing over the weekend to extend nuclear talks until late November, Iran will be given another $2.8 billion in unfrozen assets, the White House told reporters over the weekend, after President Barack Obama decided to extend the talks past their July 20 deadline.

Maybe Obama can extend the deadlines past the 2014 elections... just like ObamaCare!

The United States already returned to Iran $4.2 billion in unfrozen oil assets during the past six months of the interim nuclear deal and has now agreed to provide another $2.8 billion in exchange for an extension in the negotiations. 
White House officials also appeared to admit that U.S. negotiators have told Tehran that they will allow it to preserve some of its domestic enrichment capabilities, something that Congress has opposed. 
“As part of the JPOA [Joint Plan of Action] extension, Iran will be allowed access in tranches over the next four months to $2.8 billion from its restricted overseas assets,” a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call over the weekend. “Those assets, which are largely unavailable to Iran, are more than $100 billion.”

$2.8 billion for agreeing to extend talks that will result in nothing? Perfect! And maybe the U.S. can also pay the Iranians to promise not to be especially mean on slow news days and make the Light-bringer look bad.

Remember, it's a State Department whose competence cannot be questioned by anyone-- except for people who are racist...

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Partisan Civil Service

"Look, folks within the Civil Service support me simply because they recognize a savior when they see one. I mean just look at this halo!"

An excellent analysis by Richard Sameulson at the NRO. Click on the link here and read the whole piece.

From Samuelson:

Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups. 
Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded guilty to violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning at the office. Ms. Sands, who worked in the office charged with enforcing our election laws, recently said, “I just don’t understand how anyone but straight white men can vote Republican.” What business does such a person have in that office in the first place? Somehow the FEC managed to wipe her computer clean, weakening the case against her. Perhaps that answers our question. These cases reflect a larger pattern. Our civil service is putting a thumb on the scale of justice.  
Today we have the worst of both worlds: a tenured and partisan civil service. Government employees have civil-service protection and are seldom fired, only for the most egregious of crimes. Yet they lean to one party. From 1989 to 2012, two-thirds of donations from IRS employees, for example, went to Democrats. Even so, our civil servants seem to think that they are politically neutral. Hence the employees at the VA think it is reasonable to spy on (presumptively partisan) congressional investigators, and hard drives mysteriously get destroyed in the IRS scandal. Laws are for the little people, as Glenn Reynolds likes to say
The rise of the “fourth branch” of government — the administrative bureaucracy — complicates things further. Obamacare was roughly 2,000 pages long when Congress passed it. Bureaucrats have added thousands more. The Hobby Lobby case was about a rule written by bureaucrats, not by Congress. In fact, Congress probably would never have passed such a law. Worse, our tenured partisans sometimes delegate their jobs to activists. Who drafted the EPA’s new greenhouse regulations? The National Resources Defense Council.       
Nowadays, in other words, laws are, in effect, written, interpreted, and enforced by the bureaucratic equivalent of made men who are quite well paid. So much for checks and balances. Moreover, our legal code is so complicated that, as Harvey Silverglate notes, most businesses or individuals are probably guilty of breaking some law somewhere. That puts each of us at the mercy of the government.

All of the actions that these partisan shills too are unacceptable, of course. However the most important thing for people to do is to recognize that this partisan problem does, in fact, exist. This knowledge allows all of us to more easily fathom why the U.S. is continually becoming more politically Left while a huge majority of Americans self-identify as being conservative or middle-of-the-road-- in that order. It's backed into the bureaucratic cake, and we ignore this at our own peril.

Massive Civil Service reforms must take place, if the U.S. ever hopes to correct itself and get back onto a economically sustainable course.

Friday, July 18, 2014

CNN Reporter Calls Israelis Scum Via Twitter

Long gone are the days when CNN was known as "the most trusted name in news." I haven't watched the station with any sense of trust since about the time of Hurricane Katrina.

From Breitbart:

During her on-air report, Magnay [CNN reporter Diana Magnay] pointed out the trail of rockets that could be seen leaving Israeli positions to take out Hamas. "I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes," she noted. It was a scene that was "macabre," Magnay insisted.  
On Twitter Magnay was shocked at those Israelis she saw that morning cheering the rockets' red glare: "Israelis on hill above Serdot cheer as bombs land on Gaza; threaten to 'destroy our car if I say a word wrong'. Scum." 
Magnay deleted her tweet only minutes later.

Nice to see such mature and unbiased reporting within the mainstream media.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Likely Shot Down by Russian Backed Ukranian Separatists Killing 295-- Obama Makes Jokes During Speech

A plastic reenactment of Obama's speech.

The king of tact and empathy has struck again...

Obama scarcely mentioned the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 during a speech in Delaware. I guess he didn't have a fundraiser to go to.

From The Daily Mail:

President Barack Obama provoked fury in the U.S. on Thursday by casually devoting less than a minute to the deaths of 295 people aboard a Malaysian airliner, as he began an often jokey 16-minute speech about the need to expand America’s transportation infrastructure. 
There are no confirmed American dead and the White House issued a statement on Thursday evening which said they were still seeking any 'information to determine whether there were any American citizens on board'.
An earlier Reuters report claimed that it was feared that as many as 23 U.S. citizens had perished.
Obama declared in Wilmington, Delaware that 'it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,' but not before enthusiastically declaring that 'it is wonderful to be back in Delaware.'  
'Before I begin, obviously the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority.' 
'And I've directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian governemnt. The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why. And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and passengers, wherever they call home.  
Obama then jarringly quickly returned to his prepared remarks.   
'I want to thank Jeremie for that introduction' he said. 'Give Jeremie a big round of applause.' 
'It is great to be in the state that gave us Joe Biden. We’ve got actually some better-looking Bidens with us here today. We've got Beau and his wife, Hallie, are here. Give them a big round of applause. We love them.'
Obama also acknowledged the presence of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with a joke. 
'Jack Lew’s signature is actually on your money,' he said, 'although it's kind of illegible. We teased him when he first became treasury secretary that he was going to have to fix his signature a little bit because it looked just like a caterpillar running along the bottom.'  
From there he launched into a 16-minute speech about transportation projects he wants Republicans to fund, complaining bitterly about their objections to his end-runs around the federal legislature.  
National Review reporter Charles Cooke tweeted: 'Shorter Obama: 'Something awful has happened with a plane. It’s awful. Awful. Republicans are bastards for not funding new airports".'

I wish I could be surprised by Obama's behavior. I wish I could think to myself "Wow, this guy's a lot less astute and savvy than I thought." Alas, no. Shall we remember that Obama jetted off to a fundraiser after learning of the deaths in the attack of the American embassy in Benghazi, that he publicly blamed an innocent filmmaker for the attack-- even to the bereaved families of the those lost. There is nothing beneath this man.

I'm sure he'll find a way to blame Bush, a YouTube video, or the GOP for this, and then resume his full-time job of punishing his (American) enemies, and claiming that Americans are ungovernable and racist.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

VA Scandal Far from Over-- VA Spies on People Investigating It

"These are all phony scandals! This country is ungovernable! You're all racist if you don't overlook my plethora of scandals! Now, start recycling those VA hard drives!"

Why is that when a scandal breaks during the Obama Presidency, the people doing the investigations get spied on? It's almost as though Obama behaving like a Leftist Chicago politician.

From The Washington Examiner:

Congressional staffers investigating data falsification and whistleblower retaliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Philadelphia were given a workspace there that was wired with activated audio microphones and video cameras, the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs said Monday. 
Committee investigators also glimpsed a notebook used by the agency's regional director that bore written instructions to ignore their requests for information, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said during a late-night hearing.  
Miller, chairman of the veterans committee, said he is “shocked” by the directives from VA officials to ignore congressional investigators. 
“You will not ignore this committee anymore,” Miller said to Allison Hickey, VA's under secretary for benefits, who testified at the hearing. 
Miller sent two committee staff members to the Philadelphia facility July 2 to determine whether claims-processing data was being falsified to hide long delays and errors that could cost veterans the benefits they deserve because of illnesses or injuries linked to military service. 
Before the meeting began, one of Miller’s staffers, Lauren Rogan, went to the bathroom, where she saw a notebook by the sink that included the phrase “ignore Rory,” a reference to her colleague Rory Riley. 
Circled at the top of the page were the names of two whistleblowers who were cooperating with the committee to expose improper processing of veterans claims in a way that improved agency statistics but did not resolve the cases. 
The notebook belonged to Lucy Filipov, acting director at the regional office. It apparently reflected an earlier conversation with Diana Rubens, who at the time was deputy under secretary for benefits. 
After the meeting, case files and computers were placed in a room where Filipov insisted Rogan and Riley should work. As the two checked the room, they found the sound and video equipment were active, and they insisted on being moved.  
The exchange over surveillance and stonewalling was a bizarre twist in the committee's investigation into long backlogs veterans face when seeking disability compensation for service-connected medical conditions. 
Whistleblowers told the committee of “gross mismanagement” and deceptive practices used at regional offices to hide the months-long delays veterans face when they file a disability claim. 
Kristen Ruell, a quality review specialist in Philadelphia, said she faced retaliation after she tried to expose data manipulation, improper payments and other “gross misinterpretations of the law.” 
Ruell was one of the two whistleblowers whose names were circled on the top of Filipov’s notebook.

Just another day in the Obama Administration.

How many scandals in this administration again? And how many times has the White House responded by denial, stonewalling, and domestic espionage?