Saturday, September 6, 2014

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Neel Kashkari for Governor
Ron Nehring for Lieutenant Governor
Pete Peterson for Secretary Of State
Greg Conlon for Treasurer
Ronald Gold for Attorney General
Matt Heath for California Assembly
Dale Mensing for US Congress
James Theiss for Board Of Equalization
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When the U.S. Abdicates, Disaster Usually Follows

The gradual disintegration of Iraq has prompted any number of backward glances: At President Obama and his policies; at the stewardship of Iraq's now ex-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ; at the forces of religion and tribalism. - Philip Terzian/Wall St. Journal

My own backward glance is to January 2008, and the early stages of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. At a town meeting in New Hampshire, candidate Sen. John McCain was asked to comment on President George W. Bush's assertion that American troops might have to remain in Iraq for 50 years.

"Maybe one hundred," Mr. McCain replied. "As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, it's fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training, recruiting, equipping, and motivating people every single day."

All hell broke loose in the media. Democratic candidates then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama swiftly condemned what was widely regarded as a gaffe. On CNN Mr. McCain felt obliged to clarify. "It's not a matter of how long we're in Iraq," he explained, alluding to our military presence in Japan, Germany and South Korea, "it's if we succeed or not."

In retrospect, Mr. McCain was correct: He predicted that setting a timetable for withdrawal would mean "chaos, that means genocide, that means undoing all the success we've achieved." This is now happening. But the press consensus, then as now, was that the American people were war-weary and a President McCain would perpetuate Mr. Bush's "failed" policies....

We have here an object lesson in statecraft: The duty of political leaders in perilous times is to lead, not follow, public opinion. And "war-weariness," whatever that means, is no excuse for dereliction of historic duty.

Obama getting more aggressive on seizing power

Obama’s new power grab: A climate change treaty without Senate ratification - HotAir

It’s not a “new” treaty, apparently, if they’re rewriting an old treaty that’s already been ratified. Maybe that’s a sneak peek of Obama’s Syria policy too. Instead of asking for a new AUMF against ISIS, he could issue an “addendum” or whatever to the 2001 AUMF against Al Qaeda. Come to think of it, that’s his approach on immigration too. The mega-amnesty he’s getting ready to uncork isn’t being presented as new policy, even though it would legalize five million people or more. It’s being presented as a discretionary application of law that’s already on the books.

Turns out every bold new move Obama wants to make as president has already been authorized by statute, as if prophesied. I’m almost grateful in hindsight that he asked Congress to pass ObamaCare instead of deciding that some clause buried in the original Medicare bill allows him to order universal health care by fiat.

'I wonder who she b**w this time': Katie Couric's bitchy aside after bitter rival Diane Sawyer beat her to land an interview, revealed in tell-all book

Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer were so at war with each other that a rattled Couric once bitched: 'I wonder who she blew this time to get it' when Sawyer beat her to win an interview, a new book claims. - Daily Mail

...The book follows the rise of three respected, but fiercely competitive, newswomen Couric, Sawyer and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

And a swathe of the book details just how difficult things became between Couric and Sawyer as they competed for stories and interviews.

The Daily Beast quotes Weller's book as saying: 'When a friend of Diane's, a public figure, was being pursued by Katie's people, the wooed eminence got a call from [Diane's movie director husband] Mike Nichols, who said -- in a very nice way, to be sure -- that he and Diane would essentially cut off all social contact if their friend appeared on Today'....

Despite this, a TV source insisted to MailOnline in June: 'This book is riddled with inaccuracies, dates and ratings that are mentioned are not correct. What's sad is that this could have been a fantastic book instead of something that has blatant misogynistic undertones. These women are fascinating, all of them have sides, of course, but all of them have worked extremely hard to get to where they are.'

While another said: 'Katie is taking this on the chin, she's spunky, she's had enough c**p written about her before, but this is really the first time that Diane has been written about in this way, she's not happy.'

An ABC source previously MailOnline: 'these claims are just too ridiculous to even consider.'

“Even if someone has this (Obamacare) insurance card in their pocket, they are soon going to find out that it’s worthless,” Smith said, citing both higher prices and doctor shortages under Obamacare. “Coverage doesn’t mean care.”


Can constitutional rights be lost permanently if they aren't used?

Can constitutional rights be destroyed by desuetude? - Pacific Legal Foundation

Earlier this month, the Second Circuit rejected a Takings Clause challenge to a New York statute that, by increasing the state’s homestead exemption, destroyed a lien holder’s property interest. Rather than resolving what sort of property interest the lien was or what test applied to the taking, the Second Circuit concluded that, regardless of the interest or its level of protection, the claim has to fail because the homestead exemption is a “background principle” that inheres in all titles....

...This ruling threatens to have a significant impact on property owners. As Prof. John Echevarria notes on his Takings Litigation blog, states have been closely regulating property use through zoning regulations for a century. If zoning itself could become a background principle, the Constitution’s protections against regulatory takings would largely evaporate.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake, centered about six miles south of the city of Napa, was a reminder to Californians that it takes much less than the dreaded Big One to unleash substantial damage and fray a community's nerves.

Dozens of stunning photos HERE - Los Angeles Times

Losses From California Quake Could Top $1 Billion - New York Times

Startling Stat Shows Mexico A LOT Tougher Than U.S. When It Comes to Deporting Unaccompanied Minors

When it comes to enforcing immigration laws, Mexico and the United States are on completely different levels. - IJ Review

...Mexican officials have deported 93% of unaccompanied minors caught illegally crossing into Mexico.

Media curiously silent on “Truthy”

Where is the outrage over our government spending one million of our taxpayer dollars being spent on a project that would completely undermine free speech?! - HotAir

It’s been a couple of days since the Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Harrington first reported on the three-year-old federal grant from the National Science Foundation for the “Truthy” database, and … not much else has happened. Blogs have picked it up, including our own Mary Katharine, and Reason’s Bobby Soave did a good job of highlighting its inherent contradictions. Twitchy has collated a number of tongue-in-cheek attempts to kick-start Truthy. Other than that, the national media appears to have gone radio silent on this latest project; according to a Bing news search this morning, no national outlet has yet picked up the story from WFB....

But don’t worry … you’ll love Big Brother! They promise not to make that a “suspicious meme,” too.

Why are the Feds monitoring "hate speech"? And who decides what that is... - IJ Review

So if there’s a “suspicious tweet,” it will be flagged and tracked. What happens when people disagree on what constitutes “hate speech” and “misinformation?”

Also, what happens to the database - which is funded by taxpayer dollars - and who will have control of it?

The ruling seems likely to propel Obamacare once more before the Supreme Court, where opponents came within a single vote of overturning the law in 2012. That prospect has sparked an intense debate over how the disputed language ended up in the law.

Could a wording 'glitch' doom Obama's healthcare law? - LA Times

" 'Evil' seems a pretty accurate description for an organization that is not only intolerant toward gays, Christians, atheists, moderate Muslims, Jews, women, et al but also stones, beheads and enslaves them," writes Jonah Goldberg. So why the reluctance in using "evil" to describe Islamic State?

If 'evil' doesn't apply to Islamic State, what does? - Jonah Goldberg/LA Times

AFRAID TO SAY MUSLIM? Daily Mail reports on ‘Asians’ who sexually exploited 1400 girls in one town in England - The Right Scoop
Yeah, these men aren’t just Asian, they’re Muslim and the Daily Mail is afraid to say it. And what’s amazing is this case isn’t new. Just google it and you’ll find many sites talking about this Muslim pedophile gang from Rotherham.

So there’s your irony. Social Workers didn’t save these girls for fear of being racist and the Daily Mail doesn’t want to be racist either, so they use the code word ‘Asian’ for Muslim.
Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report - AP via CNS
Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham.

Report author Alexis Jay said between 1997 and 2013, some 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town of 250,000, mostly by Pakistani men. Charities that deal with abused children have expressed shock not just at the number of victims but by the apparent reluctance of town authorities to address the fact that people of Pakistani heritage were involved for fear they would be labeled racists.
'Incubator for terrorism': UK leaders under pressure to take on jihadist problem - FOX

A Photo History of American School Lunches
With A Little Propaganda Thrown In

Slideshow - Bon Appétit on Facebook

#BringBackOurSnacks Junk Food Fight: Students Tee Off on Michelle Obama - vocativ

‘Taxes Really Do Matter’: Whopper of a Lesson From Burger King’s Move

Warren Buffett will pay $3B for Burger King to buy Tim Hortons — and avoid U.S. taxes - NY Daily News
Buffett’s investment in Burger King will allow the burger chain to move part of its headquarters to Ontario and avoid paying millions in U.S. corporate taxes. The move comes a month after President Obama denounced ‘inversion’ tactics like this as an ‘unpatriotic tax loophole.’
Following Burger King’s example, more companies will aim to move their headquarters to other countries if the United States doesn’t lower — or eliminate — the corporate tax rate, a prominent economist says. - Josh Siegel/The Daily Signal

Under the deal, Burger King insisted later today it does not plan to relocate to Canada, where corporate taxes are significantly lower.

“This is not a tax-driven deal. It is fundamentally about growth and creating value through accelerated expansion,” Executive Chairman Alex Behring said on a media call....

The nation’s effective corporate tax rate, combining national, state and local rates, is nearly 40 percent—the highest across all 34 countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Canada’s rate is just above 26 percent.

Insider Info On Burger King Move - Herman Cain

Buffett Burger King Funds Flip Obama’s Inversion Calculus - Bloomberg
Billionaire Warren Buffett was an ally of President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and the force behind Obama’s “Buffett Rule,” designed to increase tax bills for the wealthiest Americans.

Now, the second-richest man in the U.S. has dented Obama’s effort to stamp out corporate inversions.

Buffett’s financing of Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW)’s $11.4 billion purchase of the Canadian fast-food chain Tim Hortons Inc. (THI) challenges Obama’s argument that inversions are unpatriotic and gives defenders of the practice leverage to make their case.

“Warren Buffett has nothing to be defensive about -- this looks like a smart investment that should benefit his shareholders,” said Tony Fratto, a Treasury Department and White House official in President George W. Bush’s administration. “As for the White House and Treasury, I hope they learn something here.”
‘Might as well join the ISIS': Lefty comments to Burger King are hilarious - Twitchy

Newsflash! The climate really isn’t changing that much.

When Climate Change Data Doesn't Support Liberal Claims, They Have To Lie - John Hayward/Human Events @Doc_o

...Meteorologist and global-warming skeptic Joe Bastardi has a fairly straightforward theory that models natural climate change in a way that tracks neatly with the accumulated data....

He cites all the data that has proven so inconvenient for the Church of Global Warming, so inconsistent with the hypothesis of human activity knocking global temperatures out of whack… but quite agreeable to the model of a complex planetary system that occasionally grows disjointed, perhaps from factors such as solar activities, but fixes itself over the course of decades. It’s not global warming or cooling, but a “distortion” that produces hot and cold fluctuations in different regions until the system stabilizes. A spurt of warmer temperatures in the 80s and 90s coincided with the growth of a political movement determined to use climate science as a club for beating unruly industrial democracies into submission; what we’re seeing today is not merely a “pause” in warming, but a transition to cooling that will return the overall global situation to its historic norms.

As Bastardi observes, he’s got a theoretical model sturdier than anything the Church of Global Warming has been able to produce, after spending $165 billion of other people’s money. Instead of howling that everyone who questions its officially-sanctioned dogmas is the equivalent of a Holocaust denier, maybe politicized climate scientists should be firmly shoved away from our national treasuries and told to sit quietly while another decade or two of data roll in. They’ve been wrong about everything so far, while Bastardi, who has been working on his theory and using it as the basis of long-term predictions since 2007, has been right. I’m old enough to remember when being right or wrong had a lot to do with the respect accorded to scientific theories, no matter how politically useful they were.