Monday, September 15, 2014

Evening Edition

Posted by Rich Kozlovich

Commentary

Obama’s Untruth, Inc. - Let us count the ways: bald lies, lies of omission, mythography, amnesia, redaction . . . We can usefully view the Obama administration’s chronic untruthfulness as a sort of multifaceted corporation of untruth, with all sorts of subsidiaries…..The result is that almost any time the president makes reference to the past, ours or his, we can assume two things: His facts are wrong, and they are wrong in a way that is meant to highlight his own godhead…….On any given day the president of the United States can step up to the teleprompter amid the latest disaster and swear that he did not do what he just did, or insist that someone else, not he, did the dastardly deed, or simply skip over recent history and make things up. The press at first quibbles, then nods in agreement, and Obama is empowered to do it again and again. We have not seen such a disingenuous president since Richard Nixon — but he, at least, was countered rather than enabled by the media…..

Economics

Cover Story: Corporate America heads for the exits - Corporate "inversions" are a problem that President Obama might find intractable, given a corporate tax system that most people agree is outdated and in urgent need of drastic reform at a time when Congress is too divided to fix it.

Constitution

The time may be right to salvage states rights - With Washington immobilized by partisan gridlock, states find themselves in a better position than for decades to redress the balance of power and remind the feds that there is a 10th Amendment.  States enraged by an Obamacare provision denying them subsidies unless they created insurance exchanges shouldn’t have been surprised. Congress routinely uses the power of the purse to twist states’ arms until they submit.  It’s worked for decades. When states wanted federal highway funds in the 1970s, they first had to lower their speed limits to 55 mph. A decade later, states were prodded into raising the drinking age to 21. In the 2000s, federal education grants were made contingent on states adopting standards included in such programs as No Child Left Behind and Common Core. Now, however, states increasingly are complaining and pushing back or ignoring federal laws and mandates they say are out of touch, excessively burdensome, or unconstitutional.
 
First Amendment wins in Ohio; still vulnerable in D.C. - The best part about the truth is that it usually wins, contrary to what many people think. “[We are not] arguing for a right to lie. We’re arguing that we have a right not to have the truth of our political statements be judged by the Government.”  With this simple argument, the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List PAC and its attorneys successfully convinced a federal judge last week to throw out Ohio's Orwellian political false-statements law. The Ohio law, which threatened up to six months in jail for those running political ads deemed to be false by a state panel, will not be missed by those who love the First Amendment.  There is no question that politicians frequently lie or at least bend the facts on the campaign trail. As frustrating as this may seem, the Supreme Court has correctly pointed out on several occasions that there is no more effective remedy for falsehood than the truth. Writing in favor of Susan B. Anthony, Federal District Judge Judge Timothy S. Black even quoted from the Netflix series House of Cards: “There’s no better way to overpower a trickle of doubt than with a flood of naked truth.”

Islam and the Middle East

Muslims Are Already Slaughtering Christians In America (Get Ready For More Persecution Of Christians In Your Own Country) - Because her passport expired in 1998, it appears that it must be verified that she is still a Romanian citizen and that she has not given up her citizenship to another country without their knowledge, even though I provided them with her resident alien U.S. re-entry permit (a form of passport for legal immigrants), which also expired in the late 1990s, and her resident alien card.  The Romanians must check that she is a legal entity and that she exists as a Romanian citizen still, for the fee of $81 in cash, according to the condescending clerk in the consular office. How do they know that she has not sworn allegiance to another country in the interim?....

Terrorizing the Enemy is Part of Islam & Islamic State is "Pro-Life"  - London Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary, a long-time controversial Islamist in the UK, finally came out and admitted what all of us who don't have our heads in the sand have been saying. The same imam that encouraged Islamists to get on welfare in order to engage in jihad told Russia Today, "Terrorizing the enemy is, in fact, part of Islam."

According to Choudary, who lectures in Sharia, "I would say to the people in Russia, the Muslims and the non-Muslims, that every action for a Muslim must be based upon the Koran, the word of Allah, and the teachings of the messenger Mohammed...who is the final messenger for mankind. I mean I would first invite the people to think about and embrace Islam, but those who are already Muslim must know that Allah mentions in the Koran, in fact, if you look in chapter 8 verse 60, he said prepare as much as you can 'steeds of war' to terrorize the enemy. So terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam. I mean this is something that we must embrace and understand as far as the jurisprudence of Islam is concerned."

It’s Not a Misnomer - The Islamic State has everything to do with Islam. When you are dealing with an administration whose officials look you in the eye and tell you the Muslim Brotherhood is a “largely secular” organization, it’s tempting to laugh off the idiocy spouted by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry about how the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. We should resist the temptation, though, because there is a dangerous purpose behind the laughable assertion.  Obviously, Bing West and Daniel Pipes are correct that the terrorist group is entirely Islamic. As I’ve been arguing here more times and for more years than I care to remember, what we presume to call “radical Islam” (a/k/a Islamic supremacism, Islamic extremism, political Islam, Islamism, and whatever other “Islam [fill in the caveat]” terms we devise to avoid considering whether Islam itself inevitably breeds terrorism) is not very radical among the world’s Muslims. There are pacific constructions of Islam, too, but it is silly not to acknowledge that Islamic supremacism is a mainstream interpretation of Islam. It is firmly rooted in Islamic scripture and endorsed by many of Islam’s most influential scholars. Indeed, when you read what the scriptures say, there is a good argument that the pacific constructions are the ones that are radical revisionism……

A Mismanage-able Problem - Obama’s belief that he can “manage” the Islamic State may collide with reality.  President Obama says he intends to shrink the al-Qaeda-spawned Islamic State into a “manageable problem.” Perhaps we’ll learn more about how when he speaks to the nation on Wednesday evening. Still, the question presses: Is he the manager for the job? In answering that question, past performance is more a guarantee of future results than is any statement of newfound purpose from a president whose innate dishonesty has turned his signature phrase “Let me be clear” into notorious self-parody. In late September 2012, Mr. Obama’s administration quietly approved the transfer of 55 jihadist prisoners out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. As Tom Joscelyn explained at the time, most of the detainees had previously been categorized as “high risk” because they were deemed “likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies” if released. Almost all of the rest had been assessed “medium risk” — still posing a threat, albeit one less certain than the “high risk” jihadists…..

The Middle East’s Maze of Alliances - It’s increasingly difficult to navigate the web of transitory enemies and allies in the region. Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies, and neutrals in the Middle East. In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. For a few weeks, he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000. After Obama’s red lines turned pink, we forgot about Syria. Then the Islamic State showed up with beheadings, crucifixions, rapes, and mass murders through a huge swath of Iraq and Syria.  Now the United States is bombing the Islamic State. Sometimes Obama says that he is still seeking a strategy against the jihadist group. Sometimes he wants to reduce it to a manageable problem. And sometimes he says that he wants to degrade or even destroy it. The Islamic State is still trying to overthrow Assad. If the Obama administration is now bombing the Islamic State, is it then helping Assad? Or when America did not bomb Assad, did it help the Islamic State? Which of the two should Obama bomb — or both, or neither?....

Lindsey Graham says 'no one believes' president; Islamic State plan 'delusional' - Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Obama's plan in Syria "won't even come close to defeating" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Arab allies willing to launch airstrikes against Islamic State - A number of Arab nations are offering to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, American officials say.


White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough repeatedly said Americans would hear the news from Secretary of State John Kerry later this week.


But the British prime minister said he does not intend to put troops on the ground in either Iraq or Syria.  (My Take- Maybe he should start in London!)

Muslims Are Already Slaughtering Christians In America (Get Ready For More Persecution Of Christians In Your Own Country)- Muslims are already slaughtering Christians in America. Get ready for more persecution of Christians in your own country. In one of the recent murders almost totally ignored by mainstream media, a 19 year old Roman Catholic named Brendan Tevlin was shot to death by an African American Muslim named Ali Muhammad Brown in New Jersey. Brendan was a Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church and also who volunteered playing the bagpipe in funerals. The slaughter of this innocent Catholic was considered by Brown, a "just kill," and that he was seeking vengeance for what is happening to Muslims in "Iraq, Syria, (and) Afghanistan." Brown was driving his jeep, and he just had texted his mother that he was coming home, when he stopped at a red light, Ali shot Brendan 8 times in his jeep. Ali then drove the jeep to an apartment complex where he stole undisclosed items……

The inner workings of ISIS revealed  - The Sunni jihadist group known as the Islamic State (IS) is the most organized, well-funded and militant terrorist group the world has ever seen. It proclaims itself as a caliphate, claiming religious authority over all Muslims. ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) are currently both being used to refer to Iraq's Islamic extremist terrorist organization, but recently there has been confusion over what to call the jihadist group. The President and the U.S. Department of State both refer to them as ISIL while the majority of the American media refer to them as ISIS.  There were documents seized from the house of a member of the Islamic State in a raid by the Iraqi military. Now for the first time and in acute detail, the leadership structure of this secretive organization is revealed. Hisham al-Hashimi, a Baghdad-based expert on Islamist groups, outlined and described the ISIS leadership structure to The Wall Street Journal. His information has been corroborated by other experts and U.S. intelligence sources.

Medical

115,000 people set to lose Obamacare - They are scheduled to lose their Obamacare coverage at the end of the month because officials could not verify their citizenship or immigration status, the Obama administration announced Monday.

Global Warming

Climate truthers invade Gotham - Far-out global warming campaigners will gather by the thousands in a desperate group grievance to convince the United Nations and the world that climate change is a looming, existential threat to life on planet earth. On September 21st, warmists will target the U.N. in New York City with protests, media demonstrations and tactical local disruptions to resuscitate their moribund “war on carbon.” The “People's Climate March” is timed to push the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in Paris for a years-delayed replacement to “The Kyoto Protocol” carbon controls that expired in 2012.  Given today’s partisan liberal-progressive climate constituencies, this “People’s Climate March” will parade all of the devout radical environmentalists followers of such corrupt green apostles as Al Gore, IPCC Chairman Pachauri, EPA’s McCarthy, Tom Steyer, and the elite eco-propagandists of the thousands of nonprofit and global NGO environmental groups…..

Immigration

Illegal Aliens in the US Get Passport & Social Security Numbers in One Day - Legals must Wait- Because her passport expired in 1998, it appears that it must be verified that she is still a Romanian citizen and that she has not given up her citizenship to another country without their knowledge, even though I provided them with her resident alien U.S. re-entry permit (a form of passport for legal immigrants), which also expired in the late 1990s, and her resident alien card. The Romanians must check that she is a legal entity and that she exists as a Romanian citizen still, for the fee of $81 in cash, according to the condescending clerk in the consular office. How do they know that she has not sworn allegiance to another country in the interim?

Amnesty With Open Borders Equals National Suicide - Our President has made no secret of what his end game is. Remember him with Joe the plumber? He just wants to spread the wealth around. He is perhaps not an avowed socialist but he is certainly an announced one. Yet, he has won two elections one way or another and he is coordinating the end game of the Cloward-Piven Strategy. This is not a conspiracy...it's a strategy....and it breaks my heart that as America dozed on the couch watching the game these Progressives have turned the American dream into a nightmare.

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