Saturday, September 6, 2014
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◼ Matt Heath for Assembly
◼ Neel Kashkari for Governor
◼ Ron Nehring for Lieutenant Governor
◼ Ronald Gold for California Attorney General
◼ Pete Peterson for Secretary of State
◼ Dale Mensing for US Congress, California's 2nd District
◼ Greg Conlon for California State Treasurer
◼ Humboldt State College Republicans
◼ Humboldt Republican Women Federated
As Neel Kashkari said in the debate, the time for incrementalism is over. It is time for bold reform to put more Californians back to work.
...California hasn’t made the comeback Brown touts. The most accurate study, which takes into account cost of living, states that California is No. 1 in the country in poverty. Californians know that a dollar doesn’t go as far here as it does in most other states. Taking cost of living into account means taking reality into account – and by that measure, as Neel Kashkari points out, far too many Californians are suffering, and that is unacceptable.
California is No. 1 in poverty because so many are out of work or working part time. California continues to grow in population, but the job market is not keeping pace. While by the most narrow of definitions unemployment might be lower, every serious person understands that this is largely a result of the worst labor force participation rate since the Carter administration. Not every state is doing poorly. North Dakota has a labor shortage because of its policies.
To be sure, there are parts of the economy, such as the tech sector, that are doing quite well. Have Brown’s policies caused that, or did private initiative build it? The answer is the latter – and in many cases they succeeded in spite of Brown’s policies.
In the last four years, the cost of doing business in California has risen substantially – unless you received a special tax break from Brown. Tax rates, workers’ compensation costs and the costs of regulations have risen. Some of that is the fault of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Brown has only made them worse.
Raising the cost of doing business can never lead to business comebacks, just as taking money from someone cannot make them richer. When government increases the price of doing business, that hurts business – it does not help business....
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◼ Over the last several months, numerous videos and pictures have surfaced of ISIS killing its victims in the most monstrous ways. And since that time, there haven’t been any personal accounts of somebody surviving…until now. - IJReview
Former Obama health adviser Zeke Emanuel predicted that Obamacare will replace 80 percent of employer-provided health plans will disappear in 10 years....
"It's going to actually be better for people. They'll have more choice," Emanuel said. "Most people who work for an employer and get their coverage through an employer do not have choice."
A Wall Street research firm S&P Capital IQ went even further than Emanuel's prediction to say that 90 percent of plans would disappear within the next 10 years, according to Fox News' Jim Angle.
Angle reported that analysts see this happening because the $2,000 Obamacare penalty is cheaper than the cost of the average employee's insurance.
"For a worker making only $15 an hour, typical employer coverage for a family costs $15,000 or $16,000. That's more than half of that worker's annual wage," said John Goodman of the National Center For Policy Analysis....
If the predictions are correct, up to 150 million people will be pushed onto Obamacare out of their tax-free employer-sponsored plans.
Aside from low tax rates and business-friendly workplace laws, Nevada offered plenty of sun and wind to generate “green” power. The industrial park is only about 200 miles along Interstate 80 from Tesla’s lone auto assembly plant in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s also near a deposit of lithium, an essential element to produce the battery cells.
◼ Nevada wins Tesla’s gigafactory sweepstakes - Grist
The news comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. Nevada does, after all, have the only active lithium mine in the country, which is helpful if you’re in the lithium-ion battery business. It’s close to Tesla’s current manufacturing complex in Fremont, Calif. It has access to a considerable amount of wind and geothermal energy. It has a whole lot of sun — which is useful when your CEO also happens to be chairman of a solar panel company (as is the case with Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, and the solar panel manufacturer Solar City). It’s a tax haven – no personal income tax, franchise tax, estate tax, corporate income tax or taxes on corporate shares. And it apparently offered Tesla one of the largest incentive packages in the history of automotive plants.
◼ Losing Tesla was a key topic in gubernatorial debate.
◼ Top CIA officer in Benghazi delayed response to terrorist attack, US security team members claim
A U.S. security team in Benghazi was held back from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission on orders of the top CIA officer there, three of those involved told Fox News’ Bret Baier....
“Five minutes, we're ready,” said Paronto, a former Army Ranger. “It was thumbs up, thumbs up, we're ready to go.”
But the team was held back. According to the security operators, they were delayed from responding to the attack by the top CIA officer in Benghazi, whom they refer to only as “Bob.”
“It had probably been 15 minutes I think, and … I just said, ‘Hey, you know, we gotta-- we need to get over there, we're losing the initiative,’” said Tiegen. “And Bob just looks straight at me and said, ‘Stand down, you need to wait.’”
“We're starting to get calls from the State Department guys saying, ‘Hey, we're taking fire, we need you guys here, we need help,’” said Paronto.
After a delay of nearly 30 minutes, the security team headed to the besieged consulate without orders. They asked their CIA superiors to call for armed air support, which never came.
◼ 13 Hours Benghazi Exposed
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◼ ‘Typing through tears': Bret Baier’s ’13 Hours at Benghazi’ special moves, angers - Twitchy
Friday, September 5, 2014
◼ Hold the cursor over the China entry under attack options and you can see all the attacks. - Weasel Zippers
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New emails show IRS had 'secret research project' w/ donor lists inappropriately collected form conservative groups. http://t.co/zgRYAq47QO— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) September 5, 2014
◼ link - Twitchy
◼ NEW EMAILS: IRS Obtained Donor Lists For ‘Secret Research Project’
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly obtained donor lists from nonprofit groups as part of a “secret research project” being run by Lois Lerner and other officials.
IRS official David Fish revealed the “secret research project” in a June 27, 2012 email to Lerner’s direct subordinate Holly Paz, according to emails released Thursday by the nonprofit group Judicial Watch, which obtained the emails in a pending Freedom of Information Act lawsuit....
◼ FRIDAY GOVT NEWS DUMP: IRS SAYS 'LOST' EMAILS FROM 5 MORE EMPLOYEES... - AP
◼ The focus on Islamist radicalization in the Somali immigrant community in the Twin Cities has mostly focused on the men, and on al-Shabaab in their homeland. That focus in both cases has broadened, as WCCO in Minneapolis reported yesterday evening. ISIS has stepped up its online recruitment of women in English-speaking countries, using cheery videos of frolicking children and an emphasis on the need for nurturing their terrorist fighters to draw teens to the fight in Syria and Iraq, far from both the West and their own heritage.
The US has produced a video that aims to counter the warm-fuzzy propaganda that attracted these young women. This video is definitely Not Safe for Work, with extremely graphic images — and those intentionally included for its specific purpose:
◼ "He's raising your gas prices to fund his vanity project, the high-speed train. What I call the crazy train." - Truth Revolt
In the first debate between Governor Jerry Brown and GOP challenger Neil Kashkari, Californians saw exactly why the 76-year-old Brown refuses to submit to a second debate. Kashkari, a business man and political neophyte, relentlessly hammered his career politician opponent on jobs and education leaving Brown appearing old, slow and unresponsive.
The performance was so one-sided even political analysts and the Left-wing San Jose Mercury News called it for Kashkari, easily:
Two veteran political analysts said they thought Kashkari won the debate.◼ Calif. Gov. Brown burned by timing of Tesla decision in gubernatiorial debate - Washington Times
"His answers were crisper and more direct," said Jack Pitney, a political science and government professor at Claremont McKenna College. "And he stayed on focus. He kept bringing the debate around to the topics he wanted to talk about, which were jobs and education."
Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, said "the governor was not knocked down," but agreed that Kashkari did better in terms of style and points.
"He was more coherent than the governor," Whalen said. "More times than not, the governor went off into Jerry Brown mode where he was not answering the questions."
Tesla Motors’ decision Thursday to build its giant electric-car battery plant in Nevada instead of California came at an awkward moment for Gov. Jerry Brown.
The announcement was made hours before this year’s first and only California gubernatorial debate. Sure enough, the Democrat received an earful during the televised forum from Republican candidate Neel Kashkari about the exodus of companies from the Golden State.
“I don’t think Gov. Brown did nearly enough on Tesla and any number of businesses,” Mr. Kashkari said. “Gov. Brown frequently says, ‘Well, businesses come and go.’ It’s not businesses coming and going. It’s Tesla. It’s Toyota. It’s Schwab. It’s Nestle, on and on, and they’re all going. There’s a real problem.”
◼ Two Bald Guys And Their Plastic Bags - FOX&HOUNDS
Kashkari. He won just by showing up and appearing on the same stage as Brown That provided more attention than he’s gotten in the campaign. But he did better than that. He was sharp, to the point and offered a critique of Brown that’s dead on—the governor is an incrementalist in times that require much bigger changes. His performance was strong enough that Brown complimented a few times on his salesmanship.
Brown. He was still breathing at the end of the debate, all but assuring that he’s winning a new term.
◼ GOV. JERRY BROWN: NEARLY 30% OF CA KIDS ILLEGAL OR 'DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH' - Breitbart
◼ It’s LoCOElections Season! Time to Grill the Candidates for City Council (and More)! - Hank Sims/Lost Coast Outpost
Hey, did y’all watch the California Gubernatorial Debate last night? LoCO’s instareaction was that poor old Jerry Brown got creamed by crazy-eyed Republican slickster Neel Kashkari.
Brown kept awkwardly retreating back to his comparatively limp talking points — “Um, hey, what about your buddies at Goldman Sachs?” — whenever he felt at a loss, which was often. Kashkari, a Lex Luthor lookalike, kept possession of the ball pretty much throughout, peppering Brown on prison realignment, public pension reform, education, the water bond, the loss of Tesla — etc. Kind of brutal....
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As a candidate for lieutenant governor I am asked to speak many groups. One of the first questions I am asked is along the lines of, "Is this job important?" My answer it that it can be and should be important.
A main duty of the lieutenant governor is to assume the duties of the governor if he leaves the state. In our state the governor and lieutenant governor are not elected together. As a result, the ones elected often represent different political parties. There is a long-standing unwritten agreement that the lieutenant governor will do nothing to disrupt the governor's programs should he leave the state. That arrangement is fair.
In addition, the lieutenant governor is chairman of the California Commission for Economic Development. It is charged with addressing regional or local economic development problems and making recommendations for solving them (to the governor and Legislature). With the state's spotty economic recovery, this commission should be busy meeting with citizens and business, professional and civic leaders in various parts of the state to gather and refine ideas for strengthening local economies that need it.
Another of the commission's responsibilities is to provide a forum for dialogue on economic issues between state government and the private sector.
Is the 16-person commission doing these things? No. In his nearly four years in office the current lieutenant governor hasn't managed to get a quorum appointed so that it can hold meetings, let alone fan out around the state to get opinions and make recommendations for action.
I am a Republican who thinks the composition of this commission should reflect the realities of California, politically, geographically and demographically.
The lieutenant governor, by law, is also a member of the Board of Regents of the University of California, the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, the State Lands Commission, the California Emergency Council and the Ocean Protection Council. If he does his homework he can be a positive influence on all of these.
Add up these duties and you have the makings of a full-time job, which is the way I would treat it. The incumbent, Gavin Newsom is quoted as saying of the job, "It's just so dull." He also told an interviewer the he goes to his office in the state Capitol, "one day a week, tops."
No wonder. He is co-owner of PlumpJack, company that owns seven bars/restaurants, three wineries, two resorts and a catering company. Nearly a year after he took office as lieutenant governor, his sister, who is president of his company, told a San Francisco reporter, "I've never seen him busier. Now that he doesn't have any more local conflict (he had been mayor), he's back involved in the PlumpJack business."
Mr. Newsom claims that he has declined to accept the lieutenant governor's salary of nearly $124,000 a year. At a glance it may seem commendable that he's not taking state money for not working, but he was elected to do a job and do it well. He has acted as if the position is an honorary one. It's not.
My parents were immigrants from Europe. They taught me that hard work was worthy and that opportunities would appear, including public service. If I am elected I will thank the voters by giving them an energetic full-time public servant determined to make our state once again Number One.
Ron Nehring is the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. He is a small-business owner and educator, having taught democracy and governance classes in several emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
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The FBI is looking for Ahmad Abousamra, 32, is a Syrian-American who is wanted on federal terrorism charges. He is suspected of running the ISIS social media campaign. He is seen here in a photograph taken in 2004.
A wanted terrorist and American college graduate has eluded capture by the FBI, but officials suspect he’s all over social media.
Ahmad Abousamra, 32, who graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and is suspected of joining the extremist Islamic State, is believed to be using his social media skills to run the terrifying group’s cyber operations, ABC News reported.
The dual American-Syrian citizen has been charged with terrorism-related offenses in 2009, and the FBI added him to its Most Wanted Terrorists list. According to the FBI, he has a “college degree related to computer technology and was previously employed at a telecommunications company.”
...Terrorism experts said the extremists are savvy at recruiting English-speaking supporters to spread their venomous messages on Twitter and Facebook.
“ISIS understands very well that in order for an act of terrorism to be effective, it needs to actually terrorize people,” said Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. “The act of communication that follows the act of violence is almost as important as the act of violence itself.”
American voters preferred a more comforting fiction manufactured by Barack Obama and his backers which promised that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism had receded. They were wrong, and the establishment of the Islamic State brought with it a wealth of unimaginable new horrors.
The usual cast of characters will emerge to scoff and mock, too. It’s all they have left.
◼ 'Bullying, invasion and regional wars': Hawkish Mitt Romney warns Obama makes the world less safe by slimming US military to save cash for more domestic spending - DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE
◼ Mitt Romney: The need for a mighty U.S. military - Washington Post
Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, the Islamic State (a terrorist threat “beyond anything that we’ve seen,” according to the defense secretary ) threatens — and Washington slashes the military. Reason stares.
Several arguments are advanced to justify the decimation of our defense. All of them are wrong.
The president asserts that we must move to “a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity.” The old order, he is saying, where America’s disproportionate strength holds tyrants in check and preserves the sovereignty of nations, is to be replaced....
Some argue that the United States should simply withdraw its military strength from the world — get out of the Middle East, accept nuclear weapons in Iran and elsewhere, let China and Russia have their way with their neighbors and watch from the sidelines as jihadists storm on two or three continents. Do this, they contend, and the United States would be left alone.
No, we would not. The history of the 20th century teaches that power-hungry tyrants ultimately feast on the appeasers... READ IT ALL, AT THE LINK.
The new website, which can be accessed at http://www.CAInitiatives2014.org offers latest news related to the propositions, brief summaries of each proposal and short descriptions of arguments for and against.” The site also offers links to the text of the measures themselves and links to the websites of campaigns on both sides.
Among the important measures that will appear on the ballot are two that could affect Californians’ access to healthcare and a water bond proposal that some believe could help solve the state’s chronic water shortages.
“This time of year, airwaves are saturated with millions of dollars in deceptive political advertising,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal. “Voters need to examine the measures for themselves and then come to their own conclusions. This new website will be a valuable tool to help people make their decisions based on facts and not misleading political ads.”
The website will be updated regularly as developing news occurs and as additional campaign organizations are launched.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
◼ Voters Are The Losers As Brown And Kashkari Have Only Debate Tonight...Tonight, Democrat Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican rival Neel Kashkari... - Breitbart
Breitbart California’s Editor-In-Chief Joel Pollak has penned ◼ some pre-debate analysis that underscores the distinct challenge facing Kaskari--analysis that is worth reading before you tune into tonight’s 7pm hour-long debate, which is being ◼ streamed live on the CalChannel website.
◼ ALTERNATE YOUTUBE FEED
KQED, the Los Angeles Times, Telemundo52 and The California Channel are proud to present the California gubernatorial debate for the 2014 election, which will be held on Thursday, September 4, at 7pm at California Channel’s Sacramento studios. The one-hour debate will be broadcast live on statewide television and radio and also be streamed live on the Web.
The debate will be moderated by John Myers, the senior editor of KQED’s new California Politics and Government Desk. Panel of journalists for the debate include Times Editor-at-Large Jim Newton and Telemundo52 Morning News Anchor Dunia Elvir.
◼ Gov. Brown to Debate Kashkari on Sept. 4 - KQED
◼ Kashkari, Brown clash over economy, education, plastic bags - Sacramento Bee
In their first and only scheduled debate of the campaign, Republican challenger Neel Kashkari emerged from the starting block Thursday with a torrent of attacks on Gov. Jerry Brown, assailing the three-term incumbent for failing to lead on the economy and education and building on his case that it’s time for new leadership.
◼ Jerry Brown says he ‘probably will’ sign plastic bag ban - Sacramento Bee
◼ Fact check: Kashkari's tax plans - Sacramento Bee
◼ Fact check: Kashkari's finances - Sacramento Bee
Brown’s claim: Kashkari is a wealthy banker.◼ Fact check: Brown and high speed rail - Sacramento Bee
The truth: Kashkari, a former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. Treasury Department official, estimated his net worth at less than $5 million before he spent about $2 million of his own money in the primary election.
It is unclear whether he is wealthier than Brown.
◼ Fact check: Is Brown too close to teachers union? - Sacramento Bee
◼ Fact check: California poverty - Sacramento Bee
Kashkari’s claim: California is No. 1 in poverty.◼ Fact check: California’s ranking - Sacramento Bee
The truth: California’s poverty rate is the nation’s highest when using an alternative calculation that includes the cost of living.
Kashkari’s claim: California ranks 46th in education and 44th in jobs.◼ Fact check: California jobs - Sacramento Bee
The truth: California schools are among the worst performing by national standards.
Brown’s claim: California has added more than 1.4 million jobs since 2011.◼ Two bananas, one Coke Zero and a gubernatorial debate - Sacramento Bee
The truth: The economy has been improving since January 2011, the month Brown took office.
Tom Del Beccaro: California is the 8th largest economy in the world. There is an election for governor in 6 weeks. It is shameful that such large state has but one debate. Shameful. The media's refusal to demand more is an awful commentary on the state of our democracy.
Canon Andrew White, known as the Vicar of Baghdad, called the situation in Iraq "the worst reality of religious persecution since the Holocaust," and as CNSNews.com has documented, the Islamic State has beheaded children and conducted public crucifixions.
Amnesty International released a 26-page report "that provides harrowing new evidence" of the Islamic State's "ethnic cleansing on a historic scale," the "systematic targeting of ethnic and religious minorities," along with dozens of eyewitness accounts of gruesome mass executions within Iraq.
Survivors recount horrific massacres of men and boys by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq and the Sinjar region. Women and children are captured, enslaved, raped or sold into sexual slavery. Thousands, feared to have been abducted, have not been heard from again. Over 830,000 people have been driven from their homes in fear of their lives.
"The Islamic State is carrying out despicable crimes and has transformed rural areas of Sinjar into blood-soaked killing fields in its brutal campaign to obliterate all trace of non- Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims," Donatella Rovera, Senior Adviser to Amnesty International said Tuesday....
"The unjustifiable killings [of journalists Sotloff and Foley] are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to abuses by the IS in Syria and Iraq," said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme. "Efforts must also be made to seek justice for the hundreds of other victims of the Islamic State's crimes, and protect the minority groups that remain most at risk from their attacks."
“A genocide is unfolding against Syrians and other minorities across Syria and Iraq’s national borders,” Nuri Kino, a Swedish-Assyrian investigative journalist wrote today. “And the rest of the world… are silent bystanders to this horror.”
Small wonder he doesn’t have a strategy for fighting the Islamic State. He is more likely to have developed a strategy for doing it the least amount of harm or even for providing it the maximum amount of assistance without awakening the sleeping giant of the American spirit — just in case the giant really is asleep and not dead of the same disease that got him elected.
When ISIS inevitably strikes in America, it will likely be devastating and directly attributable to the policies of Barack Hussein Obama, under whose control the federal government has been doing everything short of sending engraved invitations to encourage the terrorist army of the Islamic State to attack our homeland, including importing massive numbers of “refugees” from hotbeds of terrorism like Somalia and the ISIS home base of Syria, and even paying them to live here without working.
◼ The Obama Administration Policies That Jihadists Are Using To Legally Immigrate To America - End Of The American Dream
Just this week Psaki has refused to call Russia's invasion of Ukraine an "invasion," wouldn't say America is at war with ISIS, couldn't clarify what President Obama meant when he said he wanted to destroy ISIS while also "managing" them, wouldn't confirm if passports belonging to Americans knowingly fighting for ISIS have been revoked and said she wasn't going to "put labels" on the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
The Obama administration doesn't "have a strategy yet" about how to deal with ISIS but they sure have a strategy down about how to attack and whine about Fox News. Have no fear America, we're in good hands.
According to the latest poll released Tuesday by Field Poll, only 45 percent of voters approve of Obama's job performance. This is the first time that fewer than half of California voters are happy with Obama's performance as president this year. Tuesday's results also show that Obama's approval ratings have slipped since June.
Mark DiCamillo, the head pollster at Field Report, said the trends are particularly ominous because the decline in numbers come from Obama's own supporters.
◼ 38 percent: Obama ties his all-time low in Gallup’s daily tracker of job approval - HotAir
He’s had slightly lower disapproval numbers, hitting 56 percent earlier this year, but his approval’s never been below 38 percent in Gallup. He sunk that low twice in August 2011, during the dog days of the first debt-ceiling standoff, but never dipped below it.
Think about that. Despite the many lowlights of his second term, from the Healthcare.gov rollout to the NSA scandal to the IRS fiasco to this summer’s comprehensive foreign-policy mess, he’s never been lower than he is right now. Is tomorrow the day he breaks new ground?
The silver lining for Democrats, if there is one, is that his approval’s not in freefall. He’s been stuck just a few points above today’s numbers for most of the summer and yet Democratic Senate incumbents remain competitive in all battleground states. The dark cloud that holds that silver lining is that this ◼ isn’t the (only) poll lately showing O nosing south. Ten days ago, Reuters also had him at 38/54, identical to today’s Gallup figure. The new YouGov poll has him at 41/56. (Rasmussen, by contrast, has him at a robust 47/51.) If he settles in at, say, 38/55 for the rest of the midterm campaign, Democrats can wave bye-bye to Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and probably some purple-staters like Mark Udall too. See now why Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has taken to using ◼ domestic-violence metaphors to attack big-name Republicans? When the head of the party is lurching towards sub-40 percent approval, it’s most definitely kitchen-sink time.
Via ◼ Ace and the ◼ Free Beacon, here’s John Kerry rolling out a winning new message for the Democrats’ fall campaign, that the Bible requires Christians to save Muslim countries from global warming or something. Exit question: Does Obama’s sinking approval make an executive amnesty for illegals more or less likely?
◼ John Kerry: The Christian Bible Says That We Must Protect Muslim Countries From the Evils of Global Warming - Ace Of Spades (don't miss the comments thread)
◼ The Democrats' push builds on earlier efforts by liberal activists to raise the issue in battleground states, in effect priming the pump for the fall elections. - Washington Examiner
◼ How Much Would Minimum Wage Hike Hurt Fast Food Restaurants? - Daily Signal
◼ A True Comedy Pioneer Passes: Joan Rivers Is Dead At 81 - Stephen Kruiser/PJM
Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.
Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died surrounded by family and close friends.
Joan Rivers carved a niche for herself in stand-up at a time when it wasn’t just difficult-it was unheard of. It was still pretty brutal for women in the business by the time I got to it decades later so I can’t even imagine what it was like when there weren’t any other women doing it.
◼ One of America's most recognized comedians has passed away. - CNS
via Gateway Pundit
◼ Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer bemoaned President Barack Obama’s unwillingness to call a spade a spade when speaking about the ultra-violent ISIS terrorists, accusing him of such rank political correctness that “he cannot bring himself to say Islamic.” - Daily Caller
...“He cannot bring himself to say ‘Islamic!’” Krauthammer charged. “For God’s sake, ISIS calls ITSELF the Islamic State. And yet we are so politically correct we don’t want to use the term ‘Islamic,’ lest it be a slur on a great religion.”
◼ KRAUTHAMMER’S TAKE ON OBAMA: “The Image of a Man in Denial on the Verge of Delusion” (Video) - Gateway Pundit
◼ Amazingly enough, all of the cable news networks called President Obama out on his ISIS flip-flop yesterday. - Daily Caller
◼ White House Lies About Obama’s Incredibly Naive Term for ISIS and Gets Hammered with Four Pinocchios - IJ Review
The Washington Post, in its now well-known “Fact Checker” column, gave Earnest’s remarks a rating of Four Pinocchios. In other words, the attempted answer to Alexander’s question is a “Whopper.” In yet a different phrasing, it was a lie.
He treats the ever growing threat of ISIS as an abstraction. Sources from within the administration are now more openly admitting that for almost a year intelligence and Pentagon officials have advised the President of the threat. He has chosen to do very little. Last Wednesday, he said we would “shrink” ISIS and make it “a manageable problem” as opposed to eliminate it.
A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a sitting governor and a dear friend of mine. The friend leaned over to the governor and me and said Barack Obama is to America as Clarence the Angel was to George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Barack Obama is showing the world what it would look like had America never been born. As this friend later wrote, “Unsurprisingly, Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, and it’s a terrible place. Unfortunately we do not get to revert to the tolerable if modest status quo at the end of the lesson: George Bailey will eventually have to shell the town and retake it street by street from Old Man Potter’s Spetsnaz.”
Consider how far the world has collapsed in the past year....
...On taxes, voters favored Republicans 48 percent to 42 percent. On foreign policy, Republicans ruled again, 50 percent to 40 percent. On the federal budget and spending, the gap was even wider, 51 percent to 38 percent in favor of Republicans.
The most troubling number for Democrats concerned the economy. Republicans were favored by likely voters over Democrats, 49 percent to 42 percent.
Economic issues still rank No. 1 when it comes to voter concerns, according to an August Gallup Poll.
The two parties were nearly tied on jobs, with Republicans at 47 percent and Democrats 46 percent. They also tied on “solving problems,” with Republicans at 40 percent and Democrats at 41 percent....
“The Islamic State has become a reality that everyone can see. Even the apostates cannot ignore its threat, let alone the cross worshippers and the Jews.”
...Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of Barnabas Fund and an expert on radical Islam, notes that Dabiq is mentioned in a hadith that prophesies an end-time battle in which Muslims will conquer Christians, en route to conquering the entire world.
“In Islamic eschatology, Jesus, whom Muslims call Isa, will descend via a minaret of the Great Mosque in Damascus, and from there he will lead his armies to victory,” Sookhdeo says.
“‘Victory’ means destroying every cross, killing every Jew and pagan, and either converting every Christian to Islam or killing them. This apocalyptic dimension is now shaping ISIS as it sees itself fighting an End Time battle.”
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By officially declaring the Islamic State illegal, Israel will now be able to take legal action against anyone raising funds or associating with the terror organization in any way.
“This is being done for the sake of national security, public safety and public order,” the declaration states.
Unfortunately, this visionary overhaul has burgeoned into a federal government power grab. In its current capacity, the standards may end up hurting our already failing education system and overlooking our children’s unique needs and the diversity of the country at large.
Initially, 45 states agreed to join the initiative in 2009. And in many respects, the program started off on the correct foot. It did not take long, however, for states to recognize the product’s false packaging and the potentially detrimental effects it would bring to their state....
Many education wonks have found the new curriculum only debatably superior to the previous standards of some states. Massachusetts, for instance, one of the nation’s strongest academic achievers, will undoubtedly be worse off with the adoption of Common Core.
The new standards in math, English, and language arts are also not making any significant gains toward international standards. A study conducted by the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education found that Common Core is failing to live up to its promise.
“The Common Core’s shift in emphasis to higher-level thinking skills is not consistent with curricular standards in countries that currently outshine the U.S. in international assessments,” a summary of the study on UPenn’s website notes. “[P]laces like Finland, Japan, and Singapore don’t put nearly as much emphasis on higher-order skills as does the Common Core.”
STATES WANT OUT
Indiana became the first state to repeal the new testing standards and many states have since followed suit. (READ THE REST, AT THE LINK)
What the hell? This time you’ve gone too far, ISIS – we’re going to shrink you slightly! One more step across this red line, and so help me God, we’ll make you “manageable!”
Updated with today's "Protect the Precious!" award for media shielding their beloved President from criticism: http://t.co/QHYSgubN28— John Hayward (@Doc_0) September 3, 2014
...When last we left former President Barack Obama, he was scooting off to Europe to do something-or-other that will persuade Vladimir Putin to halt his slow-motion invasion of Eastern Europe. A herd of reporters chased him to Marine One and begged him to make some kind of statement about ISIS beheading another captive American, journalist Steve Sotloff. Hope that Obama would reconnect with the real world, spin on his heel, and provide a burst of leadership was written on the faces of his media admirers.
They went home with nothing, and spent the evening half-heartedly pecking out op-eds that argued Obama’s determination not to let a few dead Americans get in the way of his plans was actually a form of steely resolve that would have the head-choppers shaking in their boots. ...
And Obama’s response to the firestorm that erupted after he admitted he has no strategy to defeat ISIS is to… repeat that he has no strategy to defeat ISIS. He’s hoping no one will notice that “regional strategy” is political code for “I’m really hoping the Kurds, Iraqi army, and ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels tackle these guys for us,” a possibility that serious strategic planners have grown increasingly dubious about, especially since nobody in the region looks at Barack Obama and sees a war leader that will back them every bloody step of the way to glory. Obama’s penchant for turning on American allies and making doomed outreach efforts to adversaries has definitely made an impression....
Update: Today’s “Protect the Precious!” award for heroic media efforts to shield their beloved President from criticism comes from the Obama stalwarts at the New York Times, who briefly refer to Steven Sotloff’s family at the beginning of their report on his murder… and wait until literally the last two paragraphs of the story to casually mention that they’re furious at the Obama Administration for its “inaction.”
A person close to the Sotloff family expressed outrage at what he viewed as a pattern of deliberate leaks in Washington suggesting that Mr. Sotloff was killed the same day as Mr. Foley — a strategy he said the family sees as an attempt to absolve the administration of inaction.
“It was incredibly frustrating for us, because it was as if basically they were saying, ‘Don’t hope for any positive outcome,’ ” said this person, who requested anonymity because he did not have the family’s permission to speak publicly.
“Don’t hope for any positive outcome” would make a fine slogan for the Obama lame duck years.
"We will not be intimidated," Obama said during a joint press conference in Estonia. "Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists. And those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long and that justice will be served."◼ Obama’s use of ISIL reveals his true allegiance, and animus towards Israel - Allen West
The president’s comments came the morning after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video depicting the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, and two weeks after the terror group released a video similarly depicting the death of American journalist James Foley.
“Whatever these murderers think they'll achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed," Obama said, pledging an international effort against the "the kind of barbaric and empty vision that [ISIS] represents."
The president said the effort against ISIS would "take some time but it is going to get done," but vowed to make sure ISIS was “no longer a threat to Iraq, the region and United States.”
"Our objective is to make sure the ISIL is not an ongoing threat to the region. We can accomplish that,” Obama said, using an alternate acronym for the group.
Separately, the White House on Wednesday confirmed that U.S. intelligence had deemed the video showing Sotloff's beheading to be authentic.
◼ Obama: ISIS a 'Manageable Problem,' If 'International Community' Comes Together - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
"We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISILl's sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem," said Obama.
"And the question is going to be making sure we've got the right strategy but also making sure we've got the international will to do it. This is something that is a continuation of a problem we've seen certainly since 9/11, but before and it continues to metastasize in different ways. And what we've got to do is make sure that we are organizing the Arab world, the Middle East, the Muslim world, along with the internationl community to isolate this cancer."
Obama will fire word missiles at ISIS. That should do it.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 3, 2014
RAND PAUL: Time to destroy ISIS... http://t.co/U9u7edk3uc— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 3, 2014
Secretary of State Kerry: "the face of Islam is not the butchers who killed Steven Sotloff - that's ISIL"— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) September 3, 2014
Obama: ISIS a 'Manageable Problem,' If 'International Community' Comes Together http://t.co/fp1t2mDS4T— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) September 3, 2014
◼ PHOTOS POSTED OF CAPTURED COMMERCIAL PLANES at Tripoli International Airport - Gateway Pundit
◼ Egypt set for military intervention as Libya spirals toward failed state - Bill Gertz/Washington Free Beacon
Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.
“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” said one official. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”
◼ ISIS FIGHTER WORKED FOR DELTA AT MINNEAPOLIS AIRPORT - Breitbart
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
It was as if there had been no Obama presidency. If I am right in my analysis, the complete absence of panels assessing Obama’s record is an indication that the academy now regards Obama as an indefensible embarrassment.”
Paul Rahe, currently at Hillsdale College, is an eminent scholar whose many books combine awesome erudition and bedrock common sense. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association and attended that organization’s annual convention in Washington over Labor Day weekend.
He reports on ricochet.com on what he found there — or, rather, didn’t find. There were more than 1,000 panels on a vast variety of subjects —but nothing on the presidency of Barack Obama or the upcoming 2014 elections....
AWOL Obama vanishes again: Three hours after another American is brutally beheaded, president is whisked away from the White House – without finding time to say a single word about it
The president's departure came amid equally deafening swirls of helicopter rotors and tough questions about whether and when the U.S. will strike back in a meaningful and public way against ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
News of Sotloff's execution broke online at 1:05 p.m., shortly after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest began his daily briefing with reporters; he said four minutes later that he hadn't heard the news.
Just two weeks ago, the president was widely criticized for being pictured fist-bumping on the golf course minutes after solemnly addressing the nation about an ISIS video showing photojournalist James Foley's death....
Presdident walks to Marine One past journalists while ignoring their shouted questions
State Department's chief Iraq-Iran deputy said 'stay tuned' for a strategy: 'we are building now a broader campaign plan'
CNN anchor pounces: 'You say "stay tuned," but in the meantime ISIS is busy beheading our colleagues'
Georgia Republican senator tweets 'There's only one way you deal with ISIS: You kill them'
California Democratic senator warned Sunday that Obama is 'very cautious. Maybe in this instance too cautious'
The president will be in Europe for three days, attending international meetings in Estonia and then a NATO summit in Wales
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
◼ For years, Barack Obama relied on the success of the bin Laden mission to make the argument that he could lead the nation in war. Now the Vaughns accuse Obama of “a cowardly lack of leadership,” and demand his resignation over the administration’s failure to stop ISIS when it had opportunities to do so - Ed Morrissey/HotAir
...it’s clear that the only part of the job that truly engages Obama is the set of perks the office provides, which means he’s not going to simply walk away from the Presidency, even if history provided more precedents for it than it does. He’s not going to marry himself to Richard Nixon for eternity, after all, not willingly at least.
As a strategic demand, then, this is an exercise in futility. As a cri de coeur, however, it succeeds — and highlights once again the growing consensus that Obama is out of his depth on national security and foreign policy.
STUNNING: Eli Lake says Obama administration worried about who will replace ISIS if they liberate Raqqa
MARK LEVIN: And why, why is he the last hold out?
ELI LAKE: Oh I think the president is in some ways a prisoner of his own ideology which is in many ways defined as he will do the opposite of what he perceived the last administration would do in a situation.
But I think he also worries that what comes after, what comes next. So, let’s say the US forces liberate Raqqa which is a Syrian city where we know that ISIS is in control because of the Vice News video. Well then who would administer Raqqa? That’s what I’m getting from administration officials sympathetic to the president’s view.
But at a certain point you have to say what’s worse than this new caliphate beheading journalists in the middle of Syria right now. And it’s hard to imagine what would be worse than that.
◼ 'I'm back, Obama': ISIS executioner Jihadi John taunts President as he beheads second US journalist, Steven Sotloff . . . and then threatens to kill a Briton next - JAMES NYE FOR MAILONLINE
Steven Sotloff, 31, from Miami, was captured in Syria in August 2013
The video is titled ‘A Second Message to America’
In the video, Sotloff describes himself as 'paying the price' for the Obama administration’s decision to attack ISIS in Iraq
His execution follows the beheading of fellow Journalist James Foley last month
Sotloff freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines
The White House today said: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sotloff and Mr Sotloff's family’
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was taken by surprise when a reporter asked him about the video during a regular Tuesday press briefing.
BREAKING: Family spokesman: Sotloff relatives aware of beheading video by Islamic State, are grieving.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 2, 2014
◼ Video Purports to Show Beheading of U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff - Natt Bradley/Wall St. Journal
◼ Breaking: New Islamic State video purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff - Jihadwatch
◼ VIDEO: Obama’s State Department: Savage Beheading of another US Journalist NOT an “Act of War” - Pamela Geller
◼ NEW VIDEO SHOWS THE ISLAMIC STATE BEHEADS ANOTHER AMERICAN REPORTER STEVEN SOTLOFF - Pamela Geller
Monday, September 1, 2014
◼ CNN does a good report exposing how the children are subjected to forced indoctrinated in ISIS and they interview one 13-year-old who escaped their indoctrination and is now in Turkey - The right sch
“We should be clear about the root cause of this threat,” Cameron told Parliament, “a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism which believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped worldview and to live in a medieval state.”
Brea is a relatively conservative community on the northern border of Orange County. Our club has been part of the Federation for 55 years and now has a diverse group of more than 100 club members. Many retired members enjoy coming to 9the regular monthly day meetings. However, we felt we were neglecting to include younger working women that were unable to attend our meetings during the day. Therefore, we began holding monthly evening meetings called “Briefs.”
Ours is not a satellite club. We provide education to those that are unable to come during the day. This puts a great deal of pressure on our fabulous 1st VP, Sue Hamilton, because it means we must locate more than one speaker per month. She has been amazing with this!
Working women need a shorter time frame and an excellent reason to stop by for an hour after a long day at work. Our evening meetings are more "topical" in scope. We provide education about such things as human slave trafficking about which our Congressman, Ed Royce, is actively perusing related legislation. We are also concerned with the increase in prescription drug usage and its effects on our community. In addition, Rebecca Friedrich was asked to present information about her court battle with the California Teachers Union.
With the aid of social media and invitations, these topics bring out not only our members, but also new women that are eager to learn about the topics and how they can get involved. The simple agenda for our Briefs is: We pray, pledge the flag, followed by a speaker and questions from the audience. The meetings are held in a member's home with light refreshments provided.
We also believe that we can "win" more people over to our way of thinking by showing love. Therefore, we do Caring for America projects and Caring for Brea projects. We have provided cookie baskets to our Police and Fire Departments, the VFW Hall, the Military recruiting offices and even the Post Office. With the baskets of cookies we provide literature about our club
In June, we purchased replacement flags for businesses that needed them, and we presented certificates of
Appreciation to several businesses that display our flag daily. By our recognition, they become aware that we are here in Brea and committed to our City.
We have wonderful projects around the holidays for our soldiers. These include sending them Valentines and Mother's Day cards so they can send them home to their loved ones. Our members love participating in all of them.
Our 3rd VP, Annie Ramirez, has been instrumental in providing fund raiser events that draw in many new women. Our 2nd VP, Sharon Paiz, has written many letters and made even more phone calls that haveand take their assignments enthusiastically. Truly, our board is the backbone of our organization!!!
Some women joined our club because we are actually "doing something" rather than just having lunch and listening to a speaker. Women want to participate in changing California politics. We view our activities as ways in which to increase voter turn out. We are a group of women that seriously cares about our city!
We, as Brea Republican women, quietly but consistently, go about the every day business of caring for our City and State. During elections, we work hard. In non-election years, we focus on increasing our membership using a formula that is working for us. We are on Facebook and just designed our own website.
Peggy Westerfield is President of Brea RWF of Orange County.
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◼ Senate Intelligence Committee chair Diane Feinstein called President Barack Obama “too cautious” in his response to the ultra-violent jihadists in ISIS, adding he was “wrong” to call them a jayvee team back in January.
“They have been on the march now for months, if not years,” (Andrea) Mitchell noted. “So why does the president still say we don’t have a strategy yet? Doesn’t that project weakness from the White House?”
“Well, I mean, I know what you want me to say, But I’m not going to say it in that sense,” Feinstein replied. “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe, in this instance, too cautious.”
◼ "Media companies, never, EVER consider that liberal tilt is bad for business, even as they sink into bankruptcy and stop publishing." - Brent Bozell/NewsBusters
Call it the Ebola of Journalism. And its spreading -- to Time and CNN.
...In a phrase? Why is this happening to Time and CNN? To borrow from ex-Bill Clinton strategist James Carville’s telling description of the central issue of the 1992 election? It’s the liberalism, stupid....
Time and CNN became all about the liberalism, not journalism. Liberals didn’t like Lou Dobbs? Then make his life at CNN difficult until he leaves. Liberals on the march in Ferguson? Put it on the cover of Time with a liberal slant. Obama? Put him on over a full one-quarter of Time’s 52 covers for 2008. Now, as with Newsweek, the results of decades of this liberal tilt are in. Time has been spun off with its staff laid off by the hundreds, and CNN is about to face massive layoffs, its ratings in the basement. But no matter -- the liberalism will still reign supreme.
What is remarkable here is the obsession with liberalism even if it comes down to a question of survival. Given a choice of going the straight fair-and-balanced route that has made Fox News the place-to-go for news and opinion, the response is journalistic suicide.
So now here come the layoffs at CNN. Will CNN change direction? Of course not. Neither will Time. Their financial, circulation and ratings life blood draining away, CNN is still as scornful of Fox as Time editors are doubtless proud of all those fawning Obama covers. Newsweek died even as its editors still glowed with pride about putting Sarah Palin on the cover in running shorts and snickering "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah? She’s Bad News For The GOP - And For Everybody Else Too."
Time and CNN are dying. And unless they change, they will die. Why? Because in effect, liberalism is proving to be the Ebola of Journalism, its deathly effect spreading from Newsweek to Time to CNN -- and doubtless beyond.
◼ Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now - Daily Mail [UK]
The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’
Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012....
◼ Does Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Negate Global Warming Theory? LA Times making frantic excuses,,, - Watts Up With That?
Eric Worrall writes: The LA Times has published an article which asks whether the faithful should worry about the rapid growth of Antarctic sea ice, an observation which sharply contradicts model predictions that the ice should all be melting away.
Naturally the article concludes that their readers should not be worried.
The prevailing theory amongst researchers interviewed by the Times, seems to be that global warming is strengthening circumpolar winds. They also suggest global warming is causing increased snowfall on the ice covered ocean....
◼ National Geographic’s Warming Warning – 10 Years Later - Watts Up With That?
Geoff Sherrington writes: National Geographic Magazine had a Global Warming issue in September 2004. New instruments have given new data. By planning now, NatGeo can make a revised issue 10 years later, in September 2014.
The 2014 edition should aim to correct what is now known to be wrong or questionable in the 2004 edition.
...To the Editor of National Geographic, we are a third of that way to that very different world and many can’t pick the difference yet. Given the possibility that NatGeo 2004 was an enthusiastic issue, we think it would be a good idea to bring out a more measured NatGeo 2014.
Our blog readers are a skilled and diverse. They will prepare and distribute the actuality of the NatGeo 2004 claims as understood in 2012. Please feel free to use these in the re-write, a step which would gain you prestige because scientifically, it is the ethical move.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
◼ Arabic Al Aan reporter Jennan Mousa details some of the information discovered in a laptop captured in Syria. The owner was a Tunisian man who studied physics and chemistry before joining ISIS, making it even more likely that a chemical or biological attack might be what’s in store for America. - The Right Scoop
...the ultimate irony of the FCC’s discriminatory approach to net neutrality. It has been sold as a means of protecting Internet startups when its real purpose is to protect existing or emerging non-ISP monopolies in mobile operating systems, search engines, online advertising, and online video distribution. In addition to stifling competition with their direct rivals, these monopolies could become so powerful that they stifle competition among mobile ISPs as well. The end result wouldn’t protect the ‘open Internet’ — it would merely shift net neutrality advocates’ concerns over gatekeeper control upstream from ISPs to other participants in the Internet ecosystem.
If the FCC wishes to preserve competition in the mobile Internet segment, its best bet is too maintain a light regulatory touch that maximizes opportunities for market negotiation. If the FCC won’t do that, then it should apply whatever net neutrality rules it adopts to all mobile Internet gatekeepers, ISP and non-ISP alike.
Reinstating the FCC’s ISP-only approach to Internet regulation is by far the worst option for regulating the mobile Internet. We already know where that market distorting road leads: To new monopolies in the middle.