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Monday, September 1, 2014

Dick Durbin shows surprising weakness in recent polling

It's probably too early to book your hotel reservations to attend Jim Oberweis' victory party. Rolling a sitting senator is an uphill trudge even for a strong candidate which Oberweis is not, still Senator Dick Durbin is showing vulnerability. A poll conducted by We Ask America shows the exceeding bland, perennially unsuccessful officer seeker, Oberweis to be within 7 points of the exalted Durbin.. Axiomatically, weak parties produce weak candidates and the Illinois Republican Party is near moribund.
Governor Pat Quinn is losing to the Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner in the governor's race by 7 points in the Real Clear Politics average of polls so Durbin's survival depends upon massive ticket splitting. For my money Durbin is as exciting as a bucket of dry wall mud so if the race comes down to personalities it's a pure toss up. The is plenty of anecdotal evidence that Chicago voters, especially black Chicago voters, have had their fill of hope and change. They don't have to vote Republican for Oberweis to win. All they have to do is stay home.

Forget ISIS! Radical Islam is not a domestic threat.

Last week Britain and the civilized world were dumbstruck at the news that 1400 teenage girls were sexually exploited over 16 years while the police and child protective services did nothing. Actually they did worse than nothing. They blamed the victims. We are speaking of children; innocent children too young to know their world had become a Hobbesian Leviathan where the strong prey upon the weak, the manipulative upon the naive, and the evil upon the good. Their country had been debauched by a political party that invited in barbarians to change the culture and stood with the Taliban against the children.
Lest hauling the Pakistani pimps into court and jailing and deporting them should rock the boat of multiculturalism cowardly bureaucrats and police, who had sworn to uphold the law, flaunted the law, civic morality and common decency. In another time they would have been hanged instead of being allowed to retire with their precious pensions. The land of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton, of Watts, Priestly, and Newton, of Cromwell, Burke, and Churchill has become a third world cesspool and no place to raise children. William should have stayed in Normandy.
By week's end Andrew McCarthy authored a disturbing post at National Review Online based on intelligence obtained by Judicial Watch. The report said an attack on the Southern United States is imminent. It goes on to say that the commander of Fort Bliss, home of the 1st Armored Division, has been briefed that ISIS is operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices.
In recent weeks, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stated in widely reported speeches that ISIS terrorists could have sneaked across the U.S.-Mexico border, but without offering proof that the Islamic group was actively operating in the border region.
In Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron's government has raised the threat level of domestic violence to severe.
Andrew McCarthy is not Glenn Beck. He has been fighting terrorism since 1995 when as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York he prosecuted Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. If he is worried, I'm worried. Chris Farrell, investigations director for Judicial Watch is standing by the report in spite of denials from Homeland Security and the White House.
In the context of the willful blindness of the politically correct and credible threats of immediate terror the jejune National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism by the FBI causes one to wonder if the authorship had not been outsourced to Code Pink. Nowhere in the report is radical Islam mentioned. Never mind the Fort Hood massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing they don't count. Forget that Major Nidal Hasan was emailing Anwar al-Awlaki that was about religious stuff. Forget that Russia warned the FBI about the brothers Tsarnaev and that they attended a mosque that was founded by by an imprisoned Al Qaeda financier. Forget that two Americans have died fighting for ISIS all that is international terrorism. No domestic threats here.
The report states that domestic extremists killed 43 people from 2003 to 2013 carried out by five categories of terrorists—abortion extremists, black separatists, sovereign citizens, white supremacists, and “others.” The 13 people killed at Fort Hood and the 3 killed in Boston which account for 37% of those fatalities come under the "other" label.
Even an attack on El Paso will not likely change this administration's thinking or what passes for rational thought. It will be treated as a matter for Eric Holder's incompetent Justice Department to deal with. Invaders no matter what nationality will be afforded their Miranda rights while their radical lawyers sneak messages back to Syria instead of being tried before a military tribunal and shot. Obama will tell the nation that we are a nation of laws not withstanding his flouting of the law was what made the attack possible.
The country cannot win the war on terror unless it first wins the war on political correctness.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rich Democrats think concern "world falling apart" is funny

  We knew he was an ill informed Muslim Islamic terrorist sympathizer, unfocused and narcissistic but whew. (I should specify I believe Obama's sympathies lie with the "Arab Spring" that's pretty obviously evolving into an Islamic terrorist state uprising, something Obama referred to the other night as "the old order not working, but the new order not being born yet -- and it is a rocky road.")
  That a man who preens his peacock feathers routinely in front of admirers would reveal such a baseness of understanding of the threat matrix around us is, well, astounding.
  In the alternative media, Obama continues to be roasted about his behavior the last few months and especially the last week.
  As he embarks on yet another vacation weekend, he is, of course, oblivious and unconcerned about inconveniencing the 100% of people--millionaires & billionaires included--around him. From the NY Post:
“A flight restriction was issued banning operations in the NYC area due to the president’s visit on Friday for practically the whole weekend, causing major business losses and inconvenience for our passengers on the busiest weekend of the year. It is frustrating. We have had to move at least 10 flights and cancel a number of private charters, costing us thousands of dollars. We count on this weekend to get us through the quieter months of the year.
  The bizarre speech Obama gave the other day and then later that night reveals so much about him.
  Hardly ready to defend our foreign interests, Obama went back on the road begging for money and criticizing his fellow Americans for their "cynical genius" of disagreeing with his plan and, thus, screwing up his world, presumably because he's ignorant of what's going on globally :
President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections.
  As usual, the "messy world" he complains about is everyone else's fault, there's nothing we can do about it and, besides, it's the way the media is reporting it anyway.
  Plus Twitter.
  In an apparent complete disconnect from reality, Obama "reassured" Americans Democrats that now is the time that American leadership is so necessary. No, seriously, the guy who doesn't have a plan said this:
"If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart," Obama said, referring to crises from the Middle East to Europe. "The good news is that American leadership has never been more necessary."
  Yeah, we know.  
  We know.
  Then there's this: when he explains to his rich sycophant friends who can "afford his policies," they laugh at this:
"Second reason people are feeling anxious is that if you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart. (Laughter.) 
  I think that's what gets to me most about all the chicanery in the last few days.
  "It feels like the world is falling apart" is a call for laughter among the rich, who move their patriotically businesses to Canada to benefit themselves while still criticizing people out here like us who just don't want to be taxed to death. 
  Mind you, I have no problem with Burger King buying Tim Horton's and moving to Canada. What I have a problem with is Warren Buffett, who has proclaimed many times that he wants to be taxed more, is adored by the Obamabots and then gets a pass for doing what he claimed he doesn't want all of us to do.
  I dunno.
  Like my friends, I am nauseated by the news this past week.
  It's repellant. Disgusting. Pukeworthy.
  So, honestly, I've had quite a problem even writing this post.
  There's much more to criticize about Obama and his party's behavior this past week. 
  There's much to be concerned about regarding ISIS, drug cartels, al Qaeda, rumors of an attack on a major US city and, yes, Obama's behavior regarding the safety of this country. 
  Though I'm not comparing Obama's behavior to ISIS, I am saying there are many reasons to be concerned about the security of this country with a man like this in charge of it.
   And rich Democrats live behind their walls, behind their bodyguards and their gates, laugh at concern out here that the "world is falling apart," unworried that any of their family will be hurt. 
  It's so reassuring to know that fat cat millionaire billionaire Democrats laugh at the world "falling apart."

Friday, August 29, 2014

Richard Mourdock resigns

Once again Richard Mourdock has made me proud that I did not endorse him in his successful race against Dick Lugar. My decision was made after seeing him fumble campaign after campaign in his bid for congress and watching him serve as a county commissioner. I reasoned he was not senatorial material and that he wasn't Tea Party material either. He proved me right on the first point by losing to Joe Donnelly and on the second point this evening by resigning as State Treasurer in order to lock in his state pension at a higher rate. This is the sort of self serving behavior the public has come to expect from its leaders who demand sacrifice from everyone but themselves. Good riddance!
Governor Mike Pence immediately appointed Daniel Huge, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the Indiana Finance Authority, will serve as state treasurer on an interim basis until a longer-term replacement can be identified to finish the rest of Mourdock‘s term, set to end Dec. 31.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Democrats fear climate change more than ISIS

From Pew Research;
Republicans are more likely than Democrats and independents to see Islamic extremist groups, Iran’s nuclear program, China’s emergence as a world power and the Israel-Palestinian conflict as major threats to the U.S. On the other hand, global climate change registers for Democrats as among the greatest threats to the U.S. (68% major). By comparison, just 25% of Republicans see global climate change as a major threat to the U.S.
Strange. Democrats fear fantasy more than reality. I'm not looking forward to the 11th of next month but the Democrat's worst fear is generations out.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Obama intends to issue more green cards

Now we'll see who has the moral high ground on immigration. To date the Obama administration and its enablers have resorted lofty moralizing that has some appeal in the popular media. Yes, we must do right by Miguel and Rosa who have kept our pool clean and cooked for our children all these many years but there is more to the Obama immigration agenda than amnesty for illegals. The administration is also meeting with corporate lobbyist to expand the number of green card issued above the annual global limit of 366,000. As the Washington Post puts it "the administration also is weighing measures that would streamline the legal immigration system by reducing huge backlogs of foreigners hoping to obtain legal permanent residence."
So it's not only the illegals that are here who will be competing for American jobs it's future illegal immigrants and maybe up to 1 million per year legal immigrants. This is being done at the behest of mostly Silicon Valley companies. As the Valley has been the source of billions in campaign cash for Obama it now feels it is owed. Donors are now called stakeholders and treated with the same deference if not more than the La Raza crowd and infinitely more so than mere taxpayers.
Since the annual green card number is set in law the Obama administration hopes to apply it own interpretation. Under the law, 226,000 green cards are reserved for family reunification and 140,000 for employment in specialized fields, numbers that Congress established in 1990. The spouses and children of permanent U.S. residents and foreign workers have counted against the limits as well but under the proposed rule change only the holder would be counted. There is also a proposal to “recapture” unused worker visas from previous years. That change alone could allow for an estimated 200,000 additional visas for foreign high-tech workers.
At the center of of the lobbying effort is Compete America. Members include the usual suspect, Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce but also Analog Devices, Business Software Alliance, Cisco Systems, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Oracle, and Qualcomm.
This press release from Compete America's web site perhaps indicates Obama's strategy
“We welcome the news that the administration recognizes the positive impact highly skilled immigrants have on our economy. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced two proposed regulations that offer some hope. The first is a proposed rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of highly skilled immigrants while waiting for their green cards. These are taxpaying couples already living in America, raising their families, and contributing daily to U.S. job growth and our economy. The second is a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States. Yet we know that much more must be done. As the Compete America Jobs Calculator has vividly demonstrated, the lack of highly skilled immigrants is costing us American jobs. We applaud the Administration for these proposed rules; but we urge Congress to act legislatively to enact immigration reform.”
If Republicans and the Tea Party can make the case to the public that the so called immigration reform is more about crony capitalism and corporate greed (which it is) it will be a cold November for Democrats.

Take them at their word

Maybe we could blame it on the Dog Days. It seems that the left and the Obama administration know that words have meaning, but things don't sound so very clever when they put pen to paper. Witness this breaking news from The Nation.
Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires. At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills.
And now the coup de grace. The Nation has obtained a secret recording that proves McConnell said essentially the same thing in private as he did in an interview with Politico.
What McConnell didn’t tell Politico was that two months ago, he made the same promise to a secret strategy conference of conservative millionaire and billionaire donors hosted by the Koch brothers.
Whatever happened to double talk? How can McConnell get away with saying publicly what he says in private? The post  goes on to say that McConnell is in a tight race that may cost a preposterous $100 million and the Koch Brothers have contributed $41,800. Yo, boys, banality is not a virtue. Read your own text.
Then there is the EPA that seems to be telling a court not to believe any of the hysteria it has whipped up about ocean acidification.
“There were no in situ field studies documenting adverse effects on the health of aquatic life populations in either state,” the EPA’s motion says. “Nor was there any other information documenting effects on indigenous populations of aquatic life in state waters indicating stressors attributable to ocean acidification. The only information available regarding aquatic life in ambient waters under natural conditions was inconclusive.”
Anthony Watts at Watts Up With That puts it his way. "If I have understood this ridiculous situation correctly, the EPA is now in a position in which it may have to admit in court that some of its previous official statements about ocean acidification were not supported by available evidence."

One hopes for Lois Lerner's sake this faux pas was accidental otherwise the IRS lawyers have tossed her and God knows who else under the bus.
Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”
Let's hope Barry can afford a better lawyer at his impeachment hearing. Did not the IRS attorney admit under oath that Lois and others deliberately destroyed evidence? Lerner was already under investigation when she got her new Blackberry and the IRS lawyer thinks everyone will overlook this admission? Give it up, girl and get a public defender.

Koch Industries ranked 36th on top donor list

Open Secrets .org has just released the list of top money donors. The definition of donor is complicated so I'll quote directly from the web site.
"Totals on this page reflect donations from employees of the organization, its PAC and in some cases its own treasury. These totals include all campaign contributions to federal candidates, parties, political action committees (including superPACs), federal 527 organizations, and Carey committees. Because 501(c) organizations do not disclose their donors, contributions to those groups are not included here, except in cases where the group discloses voluntarily. Only contributions to Democrats and Republicans or liberal and conservative outside groups are included in calculating the percentages the donor has given to either party."
So how did the perennial threat to American democracy, Koch Industries rank? It's 36th on the list of 50, just below the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and a notch above Google. Comcast Corporation which owns a controlling interest in NBC and its bastard step child, MSNBC placed 24th. Remember that the next time you hear the White House's go to man on Ferguson, Al Sharpton, bemoaning the role of corporate money in politics.