Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Foreign Policy: From Bad to None; Our enemies are gloating, and our allies are grimly deciding where to go from here.

Victor Davis Hanson   " Barack Obama had a foreign policy for about five years, and now he has none.

"The first-term foreign policy’s assumptions went something like this. Obama was to assure the world that he was not George W. Bush. Whatever the latter was for, Obama was mostly against. ...

"If Bush wanted garrison troops left in Iraq to secure the victory of the surge, Obama would pull them out. If Bush had opened Guantanamo, used drones, relied on renditions, reestablished military tribunals, and approved preventive detention, Obama would profess to dismantle that war on terror — even to the point where the Bush-era use of the word “terrorism” and any associations between it and radical Islam would disappear.

"If Bush had contemplated establishing an anti-missile system in concert with the Poles and Czechs, then it must have been unwise and unnecessary. If Bush had unabashedly supported Israel and become estranged from Turkey, Obama would predictably reverse both courses..."  More...
   Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Doctors And AMA Split Over Contentious Issue Of ObamaCare

It seems that just as the teacher's unions do not seem to have the education and welfare of our children at heart, neither does it appear that the AMA looks out for our doctors. Never assume because the AMA endorses a program that it helps patients or doctors.
Our own family physician has been burdened with much more paperwork, even having to hire an extra person just to put government-required patient information into a computer.
She has told us that after all patients have been seen for the day, she continues to do paperwork at home until bedtime. She admitted that her family life has suffered.  I can attest to that, having just recently received an email from her explaining results of some tests she had ordered for me.
The email came to me at 11:30 pm.  The Tunnel Dweller.
Forbes  "For more than 160 years, the American Medical Association has served as the self-appointed chief lobbying group for doctors. But the AMA’s lofty status has been under threat over the last several years — and is under attack today. In fact, the AMA now only counts about 17% of doctors as members.
" According to a new survey, the majority of doctors do not believe that the AMA represents their views and interests. Much of that dissatisfaction stems from the organization’s support for President Obama’s contentious health care reform package.
"That shouldn’t be surprising. The AMA declares that its core mission is to “help doctors help patients.” But ObamaCare undermines that pursuit by making life harder for physicians and driving down the quality of care available to patients."  More here.   Emphasis mine, TD
Sally C. Pipes is President, CEO, and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. Her latest book is The Truth About Obamacare.

The Radical Left’s High-Stakes Gamble on Intolerance

American Center for Law and Justice  "Not for the first time, the radical Left is moving rapidly away from any respect for free speech and pluralism and is decisively throwing itself into creating a self-righteous culture of intolerance and intimidation. It’s playing a dangerous game, one that is already alienating its own allies.

"I don’t often type this, but I agree with every word Andrew Sullivan says here about Mozilla ridding itself of its independent-thinking CEO:" ...

Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans     ... "The left has created a climate of fear wherein ordinary Americans must abandon their principles, back abhorrent causes, and remain silent. They believe America is a force for evil, that our military is composed of war criminals, and that patriotism is the deepest form of treason. They incite riots and threaten violence by playing the race card, then claim they’re advocates for tolerance. Disagree with Obama? You must be a racist. They send out union thugs and Occupy Wall Street anarchists to destroy businesses and redistribute the wealth of earners and job creators. No target is off limits as liberal feminists declare war against stay-at-home moms, and gay activists out their enemies, destroy careers, and desecrate personal privacy."

Here is where leftist intolerance can lead you: Churchill Quotation Gets Liberty GB Leader Paul Weston Arrested

"At around 2pm Mr Weston was standing on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, addressing the passers-by in the street with a megaphone. He quoted the following excerpt about Islam from the book The River War by Winston Churchill:"

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith."

"Reportedly a woman came out of the Guildhall and asked Mr Weston if he had the authorisation to make this speech. When he answered that he didn’t, she told him “It’s disgusting!” and then called the police."...  Via Brenner Brief

Charles Krauthammer on Benghazi emails

Charles Krauthammer is pictured. | John Shinkle/POLITICO
"Charles Krauthammer is calling newly released emails “a smoking document” that the conservative columnist says shows the White House was involved in a coverup of the Benghazi attacks.

"Appearing on Fox News on Tuesday evening, Krauthammer said the email shows that the Obama administration fabricated its contention that the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, were a reaction to a YouTube video because the revelation of a terrorist attack would have been politically costly to the president’s reelection campaign."
"The documents were first obtained by Judicial Watch. According to Judicial Watch, other Obama administration officials who received the email include David Plouffe and Dan Pfeiffer."...  More...

Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points

All of which makes these videos seem reprehensible:


Life in Obamaworld; at home, on the road, and around the world

Just 8% Say Obamacare Lowered Their Health Costs   ... " Worse for Democrats, 47% of Americans say their health insurance costs have gone up because of the president's signature legislative achievement. "
"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for the city to build the Barack Obama College Preparatory High School that opens in three years. The school is already plagued with problems. People are trying to enroll their kids in the school, but the website's not working."  Argus Hamilton
CNN Money: U.S. economy slows to stall-speed    "Slumps in exports, housing and business investment, especially on equipment, were the main drivers behind the weak performance. All those things can be slowed by snow, hail and other winter storms as shipments are delayed or construction is put on hold."
 gdp data 043014

Health Care Spending Soars 9.9% On ObamaCare In Q1    "This isn't what President Obama and other Affordable Care Act supporters have said would happen. They've argued that the law would rein in medical costs, even while providing massive subsidies to expand coverage to millions of people. The White House had touted recent data showing slowing health care costs, though that trend preceded ObamaCare and was global. The GDP report offers the clearest evidence yet that, at least in the short term, ObamaCare is having a big impact on spending."  More

Actor Tim Allen Question How Taxing High Income People Helps Middle Class

Michelle Obama 2-Day Hotel Stay in China Costs $222K  "First lady's group used 144 rooms at Shangri-La Hotel."

Taxpayers Shell Out $2.9 Million For Just Two of Obama’s Golf Outings In 2014…   "Total travel costs for all of the Obamas and Bidens vacations now more than $40 million."

Kerry Calls Egypt’s Decision To Execute Islamists Who Went On Christian-Killing Rampage “Disturbing”…

National popular vote bill could give Democrats permanent control of White House

Brenner Brief  "Democrats have quietly been working on a way to usurp the Constitution and subvert presidential elections forever. In the interest of being fair and balanced however, many misguided Republicans have signed on to this also. It’s called the National Popular Vote Bill and it could well give Democrats permanent control of the White House." ...

... "That is music to the Democratic Party’s ears. If Democrats can get this bill passed in enough states to reliably grant them the magic 270 Electoral College votes, they will wrap up the White House for decades to come. The heavily populated areas and big cities are right in the Democrats’ wheelhouse, and the blue states contain the majority of those areas. Imagine if all presidential campaigns were waged entirely in big cities and rural America was ignored. It would become a Santa Claus contest where each candidate must promise more goodies than the other to win and no matter who won that contest, America would lose."   More...

Look at this night photo of the US. If the US went from the Electoral College to the popular vote, the president would be elected by the voters in the brightest lit areas; virtually all campaigning would be done in those areas with little regard for the voters in the central area.  The Electoral College is a deterrent to movement candidates as a rule, but seemed to fail in 2008 and 2012. Liberal press, entertainment and academia played a great part in the choices we made then.TD

8 Things That Won't Get You Banned by the NBA

Breitbart Sports  ... "Good riddance to Sterling. But let’s understand that ginning up the mob based on private feelings is a dangerous business. We now live in a world in which racial feelings are more important than racist acts (as Sterling’s housing discrimination non-ban shows), and in which bad thought trumps bad action.

"Here, then, is a brief list of things that will not get you banned by a sports league for life. The good news: if we tape record all of these people and then hand the tape to Harvey Levin, presumably we can get them banned relatively quickly. Because privacy now extends only to comments with which we agree as a society." More...
Donald Sterling: Grand Marshall to a Parade of Stupidity   ... "Setting aside the comical aspect of Al Sharpton calling for any sort of public backlash at anyone who makes inflammatory statements this incident has not only shed light on a bigot who was forced out of his hole it has also given breath to those who wish to spew a different form of hate.
"While it angers some that Sterling isn't getting labeled as often as the democrat he is, be thankful he is on the political left. If Sterling was an owner who leaned republican the venom being spewed would be far worse and our society would be the worse for it." ...
Democrat mayoral candidate in New Jersey town allegedly caught on tape in racist rant    "Marie Strumolo Burke, who is running for mayor in Belleville, N.J. as a Democrat, was reportedly heard making the vitriolic comments on a voicemail from 2013, according to"

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

You knew this would be next, didn't you? Is a lesbian threesome any less legitimate than a lesbian twosome?

"Doll, Kitten, and Brynn Young are married in Massachusetts. Or at least that’s what they say.  It’s not clear how their three-way union is legal, as Massachusetts does not recognize polygamy, although it does recognize same-sex marriage.

"The older women, Brynn and Doll, had been together for two-and-a-half years before they found Kitten on a threesome website, the New York Post reported last week. They all fell in love and decided to get married."

But wait! That isn't all:
"The youngest of the trio, Kitten, is also pregnant with the “throuple’s” first child through an anonymous sperm donor."
"Same-sex marriage advocates have convinced a growing percentage of
Americans that two-person gay marriage is acceptable. Now they’ll need explain why three- or five-person gay (or other) marriage is not."

(Photo, right) Australian Guy Marries His Dog; He assures wedding guests ‘it’s not sexual’

Judicial Watch: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points


The Right Planet   "Emails obtained by Judicial Watch ...have revealed that the top priority after the Benghazi terrorist attack was not national security ...No, the priority of top advisors in the earliest days after the Benghazi attack was ensuring that President Obama “looked good” prior the 2012 election.
Judicial Watch   "(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and a possible kidnap attempt.

"The documents were released Friday as result of a ... Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Department of State ... to gain access to documents about the controversial talking points used by then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice ... Judicial Watch had been seeking these documents since October 18, 2012.

Ben Rhodes at center of plan to whitewash White House on Benghazi   ... "For years I have wondered why Rhodes had achieved such influence with Obama-given a clear lack of qualification to serve any role in the upper reaches of government. Now we know it is not sycophancy alone that worked for him. Nor is it just the fact that his brother heads CBS News (which recently parted company with Sharyl Attkisson following her persistent investigative reporting on Benghazi).  It goes beyond those factors: he will do his boss’s bidding, hiding information, manipulating the facts, distract people: the truth and the American people be damned.

The 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' President

Ed Lasky  ... "Very few of our presidents have ever been truly prepared to handle the rigors of the presidency, but most of them have risen to the challenge. The time period for Obama to do so expired long ago. His leadership has been consistently and willfully obtuse and oblivious to the duties and responsibilities of the presidency.
"He has routinely dismissed massive problems and threats to Americans as being trivial -- beneath his God-like goal to halt the rise of the oceans. Instead, he has portrayed his stewardship as being exemplary -- one of the top four presidencies in history -- and conveyed in various ways we should not worry and be happy, if not be thankful to have him."

... "Come to think of it, why shouldn’t Barack Obama be happy? He has succeeded in his goal of fundamentally transforming America. And the rest of America will be left cleaning up the mess from his party."

A Doctor's Declaration of Independence: It's time to defy health-care mandates issued by bureaucrats not in the healing profession.

Wall Street Journal   "In my 23 years as a practicing physician, I've learned that the only thing that matters is the doctor-patient relationship. How we interact and treat our patients is the practice of medicine. I acknowledge that there is a problem with the rising cost of health care, but there is also a problem when the individual physician in the trenches does not have a voice in the debate and is being told what to do and how to do it.
"So when do we say damn the mandates and requirements from bureaucrats who are not in the healing profession? When do we stand up and say we are not going to take it any more?" ...

Dr. Craviotto is an orthopedic surgeon in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

One such bureaucrat pictured at right.

Campus brownshirts on the march; so much for colleges being guardians of speech and ideas.

UM brownshirtCaroline Glick   "Jill Schneiderman is an unlikely warrior for Jewish rights. A professor of Earth sciences at Vassar College and a lesbian activist, Schneiderman’s political passions put her smack in the middle of the far-Left academic mainstream.
 "At least they did until she decided to organize a student trip to Israel to study water issues.
 "To get a sense of just how far to the Left Schneiderman is, when her initiative ran into trouble, she contacted fanatic anti-Israel activist Phillip Weiss to ask for his support.
 "Hers was not going to be a ZOA student mission to Israel.
 "Scheiderman needed help, because when the Vassar chapter of the anti-Semitic hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine, got wind of her initiative, their members began picketing her pre-trip seminar. They stood outside the classroom and pressured students to drop the class.'   Full article

Ms. Glick joined the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles as the Director of the Center’s Israel Security Project. "I remain the Center for Security Policy’s adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs. In both capacities, I travel regularly to Washington to brief senior officials and members of Congress on issues of joint Israeli-American concern. I also lecture widely throughout the US and Canada."

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Week Ahead in Regulation: April 28 to May 2

American Action Forum  "There is plenty afoot on the regulatory scene heading into this week. Congress is back in session after a two-week recess. More notably, there are a few significant regulations scheduled for publication."
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final Tier 3 fuel standards rule. At nearly $14.5 billion in total costs, it is the most expensive rule to date in 2014. AAF reviewed its implications here.
  • Tomorrow, the Department of Energy will formally publish a proposal for new energy efficiency standards in fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps. The total regulatory cost of the rulemaking approaches $13 billion.

  • On Thursday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration will publish a rule seeking to limit exposure to coal dust. Although annualized costs are somewhat modest, at $28.1 million, the rule itself is massive. The pre-publication version is nearly 1,000 pages.
    When A Major Regulation Isn’t Major, Or Is it?   "For more than three years, the American Action Forum (AAF) has been tracking every federal rulemaking, no matter how trivial. In that time, AAF has developed a searchable database with more than 4,000 notable federal regulations, with information on costs, benefits, and paperwork hours.

    "Just as finding regulations and supporting documents can sometimes be difficult, determining whether a rulemaking is “economically significant” or “major” is not always straightforward. We at the American Action Forum have experienced this first hand."

    The submarine that SANK A TRAIN!!

    Home of Heroes  

    The story of the saboteurs of the U.S.S. Barb is one of those unique, little known stories of World War II.  It becomes increasingly important when one realizes that the 8 sailors who blew up the train at near Kashiho, Japan conducted the ONLY GROUND COMBAT OPERATION on the Japanese "homeland" of World War II. 
    fluckey_saboteurs.jpg (47349 bytes)
     The eight saboteurs were:  (L to R)
    Paul Saunders, William Hatfield, Francis Sever, Lawrence Newland, Edward Klinglesmith, James Richard, John Markuson, and William Walker.
    Members of the sabotage team pose with the Ships flag
    (The train mission is noted at the center bottom of the flag)

    Hat tip to Robert Hope; Sacramento, CA

    The VA: The military's Obamacare

    Obama: US takes VA neglect claim 'very seriously'  "Obama: US takes VA neglect claim 'very seriously' "

    Netanyahu compares Iran nuclear threat to Nazi menace

    The Times of Israel    "The world turned a blind eye to the rising Nazi threat over 75 years ago, and today Iran is being allowed to develop its nuclear program and menace Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday as the country marked Holocaust Remembrance Day."... 

    Benjamin Netanyahu         @netanyahu    
    Hamas denies the Holocaust even as it attempts to create an additional Holocaust by destroying the State of Israel.

     The Holocaust Remembered    ..."Pressman explained, “Gil’s toughest obstacle was not the Gestapo in Berlin or Vienna, but was the U.S. State Department. It was tougher for Gil to get the children into the U.S. than it was to get them out of Nazi Germany." ...
    ... "There is a need to recognize that within about ten years there will be no living eyewitnesses left.  As Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28th is observed, readers can reflect on these powerful stories about the choices made in the course of one’s life. People should think about what is happening today and ask themselves would they have the strength and courage to take action as the heroic characters in these two books did. Every generation should hold themselves responsible for keeping the victims’ stories alive."

    A bit of Bill Maher for people who can't stand Bill Maher

    Bill Maher Hammers ‘Political Correctness Nazis’ In Scathing Rant Aimed at His Fellow Liberals   Even though I like some of his thoughts, he's still a smug, self-righteous liberal.
    "Bill Maher Hammers ‘Political Correctness Nazis’ In Scathing Rant Aimed at His Fellow Liberals."
    (content warning: vulgar language used)

    "Finally, Maher concluded his rousing monologue, expressing annoyance that some atheists will sue to have public displays of Christianity removed.
    “Even atheists make me roll my eyes sometimes,” he said. “Like when they sued to have a cross taken down from a building. Oh for f***s sake, we are atheists not vampires. If you can’t handle  seeing a cross now and then, you picked the wrong country.' ”

    If Cliven Bundy were a liberal...

    Nancy Pelosi would be singing his praises, I can visualize.
    Thank you, Mr. Terrell, for saying what needed to be said.

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Chris Hayes Wants to Kill About 5.7 Billion People (See, we can demagogue just like Democrats do)

    NRO   "MSNBC host Chris Hayes is getting an alarming amount of attention for his latest effort in The Nation, a stemwinder arguing that the abolition of fossil fuels is like the abolition of slavery."
    "The argument may sound forced, but Hayes has a logical premise that goes something like this: Socrates does not wear sandals; a potato kugel does not wear sandals; therefore Socrates is a potato kugel."  ...
    "The virtuous cadre of fossil-fuel “abolitionists” will have to compel these fat cats to give up their wealth. And like John Brown and Julia Ward Howe before them, they can take heart despite the immensity of the task, because the toll of human suffering is right before their . . . because the horrors of the vile institution are clear to . . . because the conscience recoils at the sight of . . . Well, it’s kind of hard to say what the actual societal gain of eliminating fossil fuels would be, because fossil fuels are the main reason modern society exists at all." ...

    Debbie Schlussel's posts make one wonder: what motivates these Muslims, Islam or culture?

    Mehrzad Malekzadeh: Iranian Had Bombs in Walmart Standoff; Also Caught on Railroad Tracks w Poisonous Chemical
    "Was this another dry run for a terrorist attack perpetrated by a Muslim in America? Sure sounds like it."
    "On Saturday, Mehrzad Malekzadeh, an Iranian Muslim, perpetrated a four-hour stand-off at Walmart in Kemah, Texas, which is in the Houston area. He had multiple devices in his boxes and taped to his body, some of them real, others fake. And, of course, the usual “mental problems”–or as I call it, “the halal Twinkie defense”–was cited as an excuse."...

    Jasim Ramadon: Iraqi Muslim Immigrant Convicted in Brutal Rectal Gang Rape of 53-Yr-Old Woman Sentenced
    ..."As I told you previously, Ramadon was brought here from Iraq as a teen after he risked his life and turned in his own father, a terrorist, and saved American soldiers lives. He also turned in about 40 Islamic terrorists and provided vital information to soldiers there. One of the soldiers was going to adopt him as his son, but it did not work out because you can take the Muslim immigrant off the Arab street, but you cannot take the Arab street and violent, depraved values out of the Muslim immigrant, as Ramadon showed in spades. I met Ramadon upon his arrival in America, as I was helping the soldiers involved, to my regret. After he came here, the soldiers and Ramadon appeared on Oprah, and he was hailed as a hero, but he’s no hero anymore."
    You may find this related to the above: Muslim Kills Horse By Anally Raping Him
    Muslim Kills Horse By Anally Raping Him

    Teen Stowaway on Hawaii Flight is Very Devout Somali Muslim; Likely Illegal Alien  "The much reported teen flight stowaway to Hawaii is a Somalian Muslim and likely an illegal alien. But you won’t read that anywhere (except here). While there is legitimate outcry regarding a lack of adequate airport security, there is little on the very relevant background of the unnamed 16-year-old (some reports say he’s 15), who is reportedly very devout and prays to allah(sic) “a lot.”

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Actor Tim Allen brings Benghazi to sitcom TV; slams ‘socialist’ Calif., Obama’s integrity

    BizPac Review 

    ... "When Allen appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday to plug his show’s season finale in a fellow ABC venue, his comic intro was a literal man-on-the-street bit about the “socialist” state of California has made itself a magnet for the professionally homeless.

    "And “Last Man Standing” lines are some of the few places keeping the Benghazi terror attack in the popular mind. A textbook moment came early in Friday’s finale during a set up about individual responsibility — one line of dialogue that probably touched more Americans than 100 Republican National Committee paid ads.

    “ 'It’s called integrity,” Allen’s character says. “Something Obama doesn’t have with that Benghazi thing.' ”
    "He’s a conservative all right. He doesn’t just play one on TV ."

    Dem Politician Appointed by Obama Defends Muslim Airline that Bans Israeli Jews

    "Anthony Foxx was the Democratic Mayor of Charlotte. Obama called him an “impressive leader” when he appointed him Secretary of Transportation and he certainly is leading when it comes to defending Muslim discrimination against Israeli Jews."

    The disappearance of America’s will

    Caroline Glick
    hagel chang
    "The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it.

    "In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.

    "As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships."
    "It is because of this that Israeli officials are openly stating for the first time that the US cannot be depended on to either secure Israel’s eastern frontier in the event that an accord is reached with the Palestinians, or to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."
    "America’s spurned allies will take the actions they need to take to protect themselves. Some will persevere, others will likely be overrun."
     Full article

    Our allies do well to worry about America's will, because of not just Obama, but the electorate which put Democrats in power. Even a Winston Churchill, if elected as our president, would have great resistance from an unconcerned American public.
    I feel President Bush was weak internationally after the Iraq war because of the press and public turning against him, appeasing where before he might have stood strong, as during the Georgia invasion. TD

    Obama Cartoons From Foreign Countries Reflect Perception of American Foreign Policy   "Excessive appeasement attempts of hostile leaders, acceptance of undeserved Nobel Peace Prize, and secretive and massive use of drones killing civilians are most common criticisms of the Obama administration reflected in cartoons from many countries."
    "This guide just published on Amazon Kindle is available immediately in E-book form at a price of $ 9.99 per copy. It is the first guide of its kind which helps you understand how the rest of the world sees American foreign policy. Click on to reach Kindle bookshop. The guide can be read with Kindle, Nook, ipad tablets as well as on PCs and laptops"
    Still proud of this president?

    Decoding Common Core Math. A more penetrating look

    TW welcomes comments and articles explain the benefits of Common Core since we are -given the philosophy of the administration advocating it- inclined to be against it. TD
    Perceived as this:

    Accuracy In Academia   "If the Common Core education reforms introduced by President Obama and supported by big-name Republicans were subject to peer review, they might become a “whatever became of?” question.
    “Take, for example, my first-grade son’s Common Core math lesson in basic subtraction,” David G. Bonagura, Jr., writes in an article which appeared in The Education Reporter. “Six- and seven-year-olds do not yet possess the ability to think abstractly; their mathematics instruction, therefore, must employ concrete methodologies, explanations, and examples.”
    “But rather than, say, count on a number line or use objects, Common Core’s standards mandate teaching first-graders to ‘decompose’ two-digit numbers in an effort to emphasize the concept of place value. Thus 13 – 4 is warped into 13 – 3 = 10 – 1 = 9. Decomposition is a useful skill for older children, but my first-grade son has no clue what it is about or how to do it. He can, however, memorize the answer to 13 – 4. But Common Core does not advocate that tried-and-true technique.”
    "The Education Reporter is published by the Eagle Forum, an organization founded by conservative attorney, author and activist Phyllis Schlafly. Bonangura’s article was reprinted by permission from National Review, in which it originally appeared."
    Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
    "Common Core Standards - Fact and Fiction", Published on Apr 14, 2013
    Presented by Joy Pullmann, Managing Editor of School Reform News
    and an Education Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute.

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Unnecessary Flatulence

    The left's push for adult-child sex; Matt Barber says latest Hollywood allegation nothing new in 'gay' community

    Matt Barber  "Shocking allegations by former “X-Men” child star Michael Egan against the film’s openly “gay” director and producer Bryan Singer have stunned Hollywood into relative silence. I say “relative silence” because, unless he’s a Catholic priest, the relativist left’s false narrative is that a “gay” man is always the victim and never the victimizer.

    "Nonetheless, this latest episode has once again shined the spotlight on the long-established link between the homosexual lifestyle/movement and pedophilia – a link that, despite “progressive” denials to the contrary, is hiding in plain sight."
    "Or take “LGBT” martyr Harvey Milk, a sexual predator known to have statutorily raped, repeatedly, a drug-addicted, teenage, runaway boy. Milk’s punishment? The Obama administration just awarded him an honorary USPS postage stamp.

    "Am I the only one who sees the pattern here? Has the goddess of “tolerance” really driven the world completely blind with madness?"

    The world witnesses the weakness,silliness, and fecklessness of Democrat rule in the US. (UPDATED)

    "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war."
    1938, after Prime Minister Chamberlain signed an agreement with Hitler

    With Ukraine in turmoil, Hagel can’t get Russian counterpart to take his calls   "Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Friday that Mr. Hagel has been trying to communicate with Russian officials but has yet to hear back from Mr. Shoigu or anyone else. Pentagon officials have reached out to Russia on Mr. Hagel’s behalf within the past 24 hours, according to Col. Warren."

    Putin Halts All Talks With White House  "Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have had regular phone calls in an often half-hearted attempt to deescalate the ongoing crisis inside Ukraine. But as the U.S. and EU prepare to unveil new sanctions against Russia, Putin has decided the interactions should stop. The Kremlin has ended high-level contact with the Obama administration..."

    How childish
    Obama’s Staggering Record of Failure  ... "By now, nearly five and a half years into the Obama presidency, objective people can draw reasonable conclusions, among which are these: Barack Obama was among the least prepared men to ever serve as presidency. It shows. He has been overmatched by events right from the start. He is an excellent campaigner but unusually inept when it comes to governing.

    "By temperament and experience, based on skill set and ability, Mr. Obama is much better equipped to be a community organizer than to be president of the United States."  

    Obama’s Approach to Foreign Policy; He either doesn’t care about it, or he’s afraid of it.    " I think we all know what Barack Obama’s foreign-policy strategy coming into office was.

    Step 1: Be Barack Obama (and not George W. Bush).

    Step 2: ????

    Step 3: World peace!

    "He issued a red line in Syria until his bluff was called. He’s let our ally, the Philippines, fend for itself as China tries to annex Scarborough Shoal. He’s made it clear to the Iranians that he considers talking its own reward, since that will likely kick the hard decision about their nuclear program onto the next president’s desk. When Vladimir Putin began his invasion and annexation of Crimea, Obama mumbled a soft denunciation and then hustled downtown to a DNC rally, telling the crowd, “Well, it’s Friday, it’s after 5:00. So this is officially happy hour with the Democratic party.' ”  Jonah Goldberg

    State Department launches hashtag strike on Russia   "Just when you thought the Obama Administration’s foreign policy couldn’t get any more ridiculous, the State Department sallies forth with a bracing challenge for Russia to respect the lame-o Twitter hashtag they touted last month:
    Israeli launches spy satellite after US refusal to push for Iran’s weapons program's dismantlement   You're on your own, Israel.
    "The top level of the US administration appears to have fallen into two factions pulling in opposite directions: One group, led by President Barack Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, wants Israel to carry the can for progress or for obstacles in negotiations with the Palestinians, while appeasing the latter and letting Iran off the hook on the concerns of Israel (and other Mid East nations)."

    And not one bit of the above seems to concern this president at all.

    UPDATE: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Driving Us Towards War
    neville chamberlain
    "President Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster, not only for the United States, but for the world. From the Ukraine to North Korea to Israel, there is nothing but Obama’s failed policies.

    "Russian aircraft have entered Ukrainian airspace several times in the last 24 hours. Putin has every intention of seizing Eastern Ukraine and probably all of Ukraine. Will he stop there? He has already made menacing gestures towards the Baltics. He will act while the embarrassingly weak Barack Obama is in office." ...

    Charles Krauthammer: Finally getting it right on affirmative action

    Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez
    WaPo   "Every once in a while a great, conflicted country gets an insoluble problem exactly right. Such is the Supreme Court’s ruling this week on affirmative action. It upheld a Michigan referendum prohibiting the state from discriminating either for or against any citizen on the basis of race.

    "The Schuette ruling is highly significant for two reasons: its lopsided majority of 6 to 2, including a crucial concurrence from liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, and, even more important, Breyer’s rationale. It couldn’t be simpler. “The Constitution foresees the ballot box, not the courts, as the normal instrument for resolving differences and debates about the merits of these programs.' ”
    "This is pretty weak gruel when compared with the social harm inherent in discriminating by race: exacerbating group antagonisms, stigmatizing minority achievement and, as documented by Thomas Sowell, Stuart Taylor and many others, needlessly and tragically damaging promising minority students by turning them disproportionately into failures at institutions for which they are unprepared." ...

    The Tortoise and The Harry

    Chip Bok
    In the old cowboy movies range wars were fought over cows and sheep. Now they’re fought over cows and dessert(sp) tortoises.
    Thanks to the Cliven Bundy standoff with BLM we learned that the federal government owns 81% of the land in Nevada. Harry Reid owns the rest. Well, not quite but it seems that way.
    Cliven Bundy -- The Man Who Said Too Much    ... "Distance themselves, they should, not just because Bundy’s comments are flatly racist, not just because he managed to project an awful lot onto a segment of society after driving by a building one day, and not just because continued political support will end careers.  His supporters should separate from his cause because his statements go against American ideals on a very basic level."