Friday, December 19, 2014

China Tests Ballistic Missile That Uses Guidance Technology Traded by Bill Clinton for Campaign Donations

By Investor's Business Daily

Defense: China has just tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can deliver up to 10 independently targeted nuclear warheads, using technology given to them on President Clinton's watch to launch communications satellites.

The Dec. 13 test of the DF-41 was the third for the new weapon. But it marked the first test of a multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle, or MIRV, technology and raises by an order of magnitude the nuclear threat to the U.S. as China continues its massive arms buildup. And disturbingly, the threat is in large part of our own making.

"The DF-4, which could be deployed as early as 2015, may carry up to 10 MIRVs, and have a range as far as 7,456 miles, allowing it to target the entire continental United States," according to the latest report produced for Congress by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

"China could use MIRVs to deliver nuclear warheads on major U.S. cities and military facilities as a means of overwhelming (existing) U.S. ballistic missile defenses," the report added.

The Cromnibus, Illustrated

Courtesy of our pals at Liberal Logic 101:

And they wonder why Americans in flyover country are crazy about Ted Cruz and Mike Lee?

Who is On the Obama Enemies List?

By Judicial Watch

We are pleased to announce that Judicial Watch has joined forces with investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed jointly against the Department of Justice (DOJ). We want “any and all records” relating to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks on the award-winning correspondent. The request includes correspondence between Attkisson and FBI agents.

According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch one month ago, the DOJ and the White House targeted the former CBS correspondent as a result of her investigations into the growing Operation Fast and Furious scandal. In an October 4, 2011, email to White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, described Attkisson as “out of control.” Schmaler added ominously, “I’m also calling Sharryl’s [sic] editor and reaching out to Scheiffer” (an apparent reference to CBS’ Chief Washington Correspondent and Face the Nation moderator Bob Scheiffer). Schultz responded, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

Leaving no stone unturned, the Judicial Watch/Attkisson lawsuit specifically asks for:

NO. PRINTABLE. COMMENT: Obama Apologizes to Castro

Yes, really. Michael Warren reports:

Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks... Obama began the phone call with Castro with what he described as 15 minutes of opening comments. It was the first conversation between the heads of state in both countries since 1961.

"I apologized for taking such a long time," Obama said... According to the president, Raul Castro proceeded to speak to Obama uninterrupted for 30 minutes.

I tremble to think what additional damage this President will do to liberty, both here and abroad, in his remaining 25 months in office. Twenty. Five. Months.

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Larwyn's Linx: Why Obama Loves Dictators

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Why Obama Loves Dictators: Sara Noble
Norks Nix Yanks' Pix: Mark Steyn
‘Racial’ Cop Stories That Didn’t Make The Cut: Larry Elder

Mrs. Obama’s Tall Tales of Racialized Victimhood: Michelle Malkin
Sanctuary City Mayor Orders Security Fence, For His House: Sara Noble
Did Obama’s new Cuba policy just launch Rubio’s presidential campaign?: LI

The Empire Strikes Back: Jeff Sessions out as Budget Committee Chair: RS
Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle: FW
Why the Individual Mandate is Still Super Unpopular: Julie Borowski

The Perfect Ticket: Clinton-Bush: Rush
GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Vows To Screen “The Interview” At Fundraisers: Surge
Surprise! Rauner says IL budget problems worse than expected: ABC-7


Reminder to the Uninsured: Obamacare Fines are Coming: RS
Shumlin: Single-payer ‘greatest disappointment of my political life’: Watchdog
CBS Poll: Fewer Americans Find Healthcare Affordable: Lid

Scandal Central

MO Lt. Gov. Demands That DOJ Make Ferguson Findings Public: Dana Loesch
Anti-Semites at Harvard to Stop Buying SodaStream Machines: NRO
Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot: Trevor Hughes

Climate & Energy

EPA: Time to Abolish, Not Merely Restrict: William F. Jasper
Energy usage reports designed to shame, VT couple says: Bruce Parker, Watchdog


President Obama Rewards Media Matters with a Political Nomination: PJM
Fake Conservatives In The Media: Cliff Kincaid
Nitwit Punk Seth Meyers: I'm OK With Elizabeth Warren Controlling My Money: NB

Capitulation Complete: Paramount Bans Showing of Team America: World Police: Ed Driscoll
When Hollywood Had Stones: The Stooges' gutsy move: IMDB
Bill Ayers applauds Obama's Cuba move, wants continued Cuban protection of fugitive terrorist: Marathon


Top 10 Lies in Obama's Cuba Speech : Breitbart
Cuba: Why was it decided secretly, and is it now open season on American kidnappings?: Allen West
Deal between U.S., Cuba culminated 18 months of secret talks: Miami Herald

EU Backs Palestinian Dictatorship: Khaled Abu Toameh
Hamas's International Triangle of Bases: Gaza, Turkey and Qatar: IPT
Woman who inspired #illridewithyou after Sydney jihad siege now admits she “editorialized”: JihadWatch

Cuba: What is the regime going to do?: Fausta
Australia, ISIS And The Role Of Guns: Herschel Smith
Islamic State Jihadi has executed at least 150 women in Fallujah, some pregnant: Scoop

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

How to Lose a Cyberwar with North Korea: RS
2014 TopSpeed Performance Car Of The Year: TopSpeed`
In Just 22 Years, Car Theft Rates Have Plunged by 58 Percent: AutoTrends


“I’ve been mistaken for a valet” and Other Tales of the Dark Side: MOTUS
Touching Obama's robe somehow makes liars of everyone who surrounds him: Obiter Dictum
Meet the 'accidental American' with a big tax bill: Sophia Yan

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QOTD: "Jeb Bush has made it clear that he wants to win the Republican nomination without needing the votes of the Republican base, i.e., the Tea Party.

He doesn't want to have to sell his soul for the Tea Party vote. What that means is, he doesn't want to have to pretend to be a conservative at any time during the primary to get the Tea Party or conservative vote... He's not gonna pander. And as evidence, I offer you this from the Washington Times. This is back in 2009, May 3 of 2009, but it's important that you have this in the hopper.

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time --" this is May 3rd of 2009, so five years ago, admittedly, but it fits nicely with yesterday. "Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its 'nostalgia' for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election." --Rush Limbaugh

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jeb Bush's Unseemly Love Affair with Communist Core

By Investor's Business Daily

Election 2016: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush embraces one-size-fits-all national education standards that would turn schools into re-education camps for the left. His decision could cause trouble with GOP primary voters.

As is the tradition these days, Jeb Bush, brother of one former president and son of another, has announced via social media that he is preparing to run for president, setting the stage for another Bush-Clinton contest in 2016 should former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton get the Democratic nomination.

To be the Republican nominee, Bush must run a gauntlet of primaries where he'll need to persuade Tea Party types and hard-core conservatives to get behind an "establishment" candidate who supports Common Care, a program that former Rep. Allen West has called "the ObamaCare of education."

Common Core is a set of education and learning standards that so far has produced bizarre lesson and learning plans. Some see it as a progressive dream of turning K-12 schools into leftist re-education camps — much as many major universities and colleges already are.

Some five years ago, a majority of states gave up a big chunk of their sovereignty by embracing a set of national teaching and education standards. Because the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) concept originated with a coalition of state governors and the goal of setting a uniform standard for grades K-12 nationwide, the common belief was: What could go wrong?

Since Washington stepped into the picture, Common Core has morphed into a tool to eliminate local control of education. Instead of teaching kids how to read and count, CCSS lesson plans often contain subliminal messages that teach them what to think.

Consider the worksheet that asks students to rewrite sentences to make them "less wordy." Sentences such as "The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all." Presumably, "commands" include executive orders that shred the Constitution.

These worksheets, published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as "he (the president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair" and "the wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation."

That last sentence, by the way, sounds to us suspiciously like the old Marxist axiom "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Déjà vu: Corrupt, Senile GOP Leaders Viciously Attack Party's Statesmen, But Not a Rogue President

By Josh Withrow

The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point.

As the story goes, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised to adjourn the Senate after passing the CRomnibus and a couple of other bills, leaving these controversial nominees on the table. The Republicans lambasting Senators Lee and Cruz are making the argument that Reid was absolutely, totally going to keep his word and not advance these controversial nominees. As Senator Lee has pointed out this was not only unlikely, but it would be “political malpractice” for a departing Democrat majority leader to fail to cram through every one of his president’s nominees as possible. In Lee's words, "if you think… that [Reid] was going to leave town without confirming everybody that he wanted to confirm in the post-nuclear Senate, they’re crazy."

Even the same day that Lee and Cruz put forth their point of order, Reid and the Democrats were reportedly searching for ways to get their nominees through before the end of the session. Were Lee and Cruz really supposed to let Reid’s non-binding promises stop them from exercising their ability to get the Senate on the record against executive overreach?

The point that dissenting Republicans are covering up is that their party alone could and should have held up the bloated spending bill on account of its many flaws, but they chose not to. But apparently, they were more concerned with getting home for the holidays without controversy, since 77 Senators, including 28 Republicans, voted to let the bloated Cromnibus through without a contest.

In the end, the real story is that a few principled senators exercised their ability to force their colleagues to go on the record supporting a massive presidential breach of Constitutional authority. The fact that their fellow Republicans are upset about this speaks volumes.

Read more at FreedomWorks


The true history of the reign of the Bush Dynastic Clan, as transcribed by the Official Historian, Sir Octavius Whitmore Darius Bush IV, Esq.

  • 1988-1992 George Herbert Walker Bush: Bush the First
  • 1992-2000: Age of the Usurper
  • 2000-2008 George Walker Bush: Bush the Younger
  • 2008-2016: Age of the Usurper
  • 2016-2024 John Ellis "Jeb" Bush: Bush the Second
  • 2024-2032 William Jefferson Bush: Bush the Elder
  • 2032-2040 Augustus Herbert Bush: The Great and Powerful Bush
  • 2040-2048 James Tiberius Bush: His Eminence
  • 2048-2073 Caesar Octavius Bush: His Majesty Caesar the First
  • 2073-2073 George Caligula Bush: Bush the Mad, assassinated by his brother, Romulus
  • 2073-2074 Hillary Rodham Bush: Bush the Pantsuited
  • 2074-2083 Titus Rove Bush: Bush the Crony
  • 2083-2090 Malik Obama Bush: Emperor Bush I
  • 2090-2091 Carlos Hernandez Bush: First Lord of Aztlan
Note: after the reign of the First Lord of Aztlan, all subsequent years are renumbered starting with year zero and suffixed with "YA" (Year of Aztlan).
  • 0 YA-11 YA Vladimir Lenin Bush: Czar Bush the Mighty
  • 11 YA-current Kim Jong-Bush: Dear Leader
Additional note: Dear Leader is a deity and, as such, can never be replaced.

Certified by the Official Historian of the DPRA
Sir Octavius Whitmore Darius Bush IV, Esq.
The Democratic People's Republic of Aztlan

Larwyn's Linx: Communists Win the Day. Frank Marshall Davis Would Be Proud of Obama

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Communists Win the Day. Frank Marshall Davis Would Be Proud of Obama: RS
Blatant, Undeniable, Indisputable Hypocriscy on Cuba: Scoop
Obama Exchanges Castro’s Killer For American Hostage: Cliff Kincaid

The Unified Ted Cruz Blame Theory Goes Up in Flames: Leon H. Wolf
Cruz Obamnesty Vote: Better Scrupulous Cowards Than Treasonous Liars: VDARE
Subpoena Bringing Obamacare Adviser Gruber Back to Seek ‘Whole Truth’: PJM

The Stupid Continues to Burn: Flopping Aces
The Rules Of War Need Updating: Cal Thomas
Michele Obama: Someone Asked Me to Reach Something for Them at Target!: Ace

Jeb Tide: Mark Steyn
Backing the Wrong Horse: City Journal
Obama Issues Rare Pardons, With More to Come: Clark Mindock

Scandal Central

When Interrogations Began: A View From Inside the CIA : Joseph R. DeTrani
The Bastinado, Rack, Iron Maiden, and the Waterboard: Sara Noble
Ft. Bend Police, Prosecutors Accused of Abuse in SWAT Incident: Fox 26 Houston


Pathetic: Obamas Claim ‘We’ve Been Treated Like the Help’: JWF
FLASHBACK: Valerie Jarrett Mistakes 4-Star General For Waiter: Jamie Weinstein
Michelle Obama’s Story of Racism at Target is a TALL TALE: Sooper

Exclusive: James O’Keefe On Authority’s Threat To Citizen Journalism: RebelPundit
Mark Levin: Is the presidential ambition of one family good for our republic?: Scoop
Who Buys $14 In Gas? – Jessica’s Story: Treehouse

Why Liberals Really, Really Hate Us: Spengler
Americans Should Be Safe To Go To the Movies: AmInt
Networks Barely Mention Brutality of Castro Regime or Cuba Being Communist: MRC


Rubio: Obama Is Worst Negotiator Since Carter, Maybe in Modern US History: WFB
RUBIO RESPONDS: This is just another concession to a tyranny by Obama: Scoop
The Last Communist City: Michael J. Totten

The Russians worked hard for this disaster, let them enjoy it: RS
WARNING - GRAPHIC IMAGES: Indoctrination Of Children In The Islamic State Caliphate (ISIS): MEMRI
This Bullet Just Designed for the U.S. Military Should Have ISIS Terrorists Freaking Out: RWN

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

This Is Cyberwar, Not Tabloid Fodder: Abe Greenwald
How to stop wasting wireless spectrum : AEI
Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account: Register


Liberal Heads Explode: Cop Creates "Breathe Easy – Don’t Break the Law" T-Shirts: BuzzPo
10 famous characters each drawn in the style of 10 famous cartoonists: Gizmodo
A simple solution to Sony Entertainment's current 'crisis': Obiter Dictum

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QOTD: ""I just think it’s ironic that in the 50 years that have passed under embargo, America has moved closer to communism than Cuba has to liberty. --Kate McMillan

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

LAME-DUCK DEMOCRATS SPIT ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT: Confirm Radical Leftist as Surgeon General

By Investor's Business Daily

Rights: No longer fearing electoral revenge from the National Rifle Association, an outgoing Democratic Senate pushed to confirm an anti-Second Amendment radical, who thinks guns are a health issue, as the nation's top doc.

A Democratic Senate that earlier balked at the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general of the U.S. no longer feared the possible electoral consequences of approving him in the wake of November's Republican tsunami.

That, along with the GOP's obsession to not be blamed for a government shutdown, gave us a bad budget deal and the Democrats a chance to confirm Murthy.

A brief rebellion over immigration led to a weekend session that arguably gave outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an opportunity to advance several of President Obama's nominees toward confirmation, including the once-stalled nomination of Murthy.

On Saturday, the Senate voted 52-40 to bring Murthy's nomination to the floor for a vote. With Murthy confirmed to a post that had been vacant since July 2013, the White House push for gun control will proceed with renewed vigor.

The NRA's Chris Cox called Murthy a "prescription for disaster for America's gun owners," in a letter to Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in February. Spooked red-state Democrats stalled Vivek's nomination. With the election over and control of the Senate lost anyway, Democrats seized the opportunity to leave America a going-away present.

I Really, Really Want to See "The Interview"

I just watched the final, extended trailer over at Obiter Dictum and I must say: the movie looks good. Not award-winning or anything, but silly good.

Hard to tell at this point, but it could -- I emphasize the world could -- even reach keeper status like Animal House, Old School, Stripes, Caddyshack and Ghostbusters. That's a stretch, I know, but the trailer's promising enough for me to want to see the flick.

Obiter had a compelling idea for the feckless boobs at Sony*:

Release your film
on YouTube.
Available for the entire internet world to view,

You know: make the genocidal mass-murderer Kim-Jong Un a global laughingstock.

And at this point, to paraphrase the smartest Secretary of State ever, what difference does it make?

We also have an administration certain to blame a video, whether warranted or not -- so that angle's covered.

*I call Sony a bunch of feckless boobs because this ain't the company's first dance at the Hackbarn. The Playstation Network was hit earlier this year and in 2011 as well.

You'd think they'd have spent some serious money on network defense, countermeasures and cyberwar talent.

That does not appear to be the case. Obvi.

Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.

5 Observations About Jeb Bush Running for President

In an utterly unsurprising development this week, Jeb Bush announced that he's "actively exploring" a 2016 Presidential run.

Allow me to offer some perspective for the GOP Elites and others suffering from the fevered delusion that Jeb Bush might someday serve as President, in this universe or any other.

1. This is one situation where an open primary benefits conservatives: I contend that Democrats will turn out in droves -- like there was an announcement for free government cheese at the mall -- to vote against the Bush name. Heck, you and I have heard it for years: debate any policy position with a progressive and, no matter the facts, logic, history, and reason you muster -- the inevitable result is what some call Bush Tourette's Syndrome (i.e., "But- but- but- Bush!). This sad disease is sure to manifest itself in the primaries and amplify Democrat turnout like nothing we've seen since the dead walked the streets of Chicago in 1960 to cast ballots for John F. Kennedy.

2. Jeb Bush's support for Amnesty is wildly unpopular among a huge majority of Americans: 88% of Republicans, 66% of independents and even 50% of Democrats believe that the border should be locked down before any Amnesty efforts are undertaken.

3. Bush's support for a nationalized education curriculum (also known as "Common Core") is generally despised. Only 34% of U.S. adults with children of elementary or secondary school support the federal takeover of educational standards.

4. Should Bush secure the nomination (which, if it occurs, we can thank John Boehner's newly uncorked personal campaign contribution limits in the CRomnibus), I believe we'll see the first viable third-party candidate since 1992. Reince Priebus, Karl Rove and the rest of the GOP Oligarchs should know that the Republican Party will be torn asunder by a Bush nomination. Guaranteed. A third party will result and the GOP will go the way of the Whigs -- deservedly so.

5. BONUS: Jeb's formula for victory:

Jeb Bush has no chance of winning the presidency -- zero, none -- and anyone who tells him otherwise is lying or a paid political operative. Or, more likely, both.

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Larwyn's Linx: House Conservatives Have the Power and Should Depose Speaker John Boehner

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House Conservatives Have the Power to Depose Boehner: Erick Erickson
Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce’s Waterboy: Michelle Malkin
GOP Butt-hurt: Pocket

Ted Cruz Was Right, Again: Matthew Vadum
Cruz, Lee and why the GOP establishment thinks you are an idiot: RS
Vote Ted Cruz or No One: AWD

Sen. Ted Cruz: “I’m Not Trying to Play Washington Rules”: Scoop
The Man with the Gruber Vids: Power Line
Gun control groups rejoice at surgeon general confirmation: Guns

The Jeb Bush Fantasy: Ace
Rand: 'Will Be Very, Very Difficult' for Jeb to Run in 2016 Primary: Breitbart
Cromnibus Winners And Losers: Betsy McCaughey


Meet Your Newest Legislator: Citigroup: Pam Martens
Voters Finally Learn What’s in the CRomnibus Bill Passed by the Senate: NewAm
Fed Will Implement QE4 in Early 2016: Rickards: Bloomberg

Scandal Central

HHS Violates ACORN Funding Ban to Pay for Obamacare Navigators: JW
While Country Crumbles, Democrats Address the Needs of Transgender Illegal Alien Children: MB
Federal judge finds Obama amnesty order is unconstitutional: Stephen Dinan

Climate & Energy

Scott Walker to EPA: Take Your Clean Power Plan and Keep Walking : Rod Kackley


PolitiFact ignored the real lie of the year: Don Surber
GOP Senators Whine Because They Had to Work on Saturday: GayPatriot
PolitiFact: Defensible Opinions About the Spread of Ebola are THE LIE OF THE YEAR!!!!1!!!!11!1!!!: Patterico

McConnell won't explain why he voted against constitutional point of order on Obama’s executive amnesty: Breitbart
No Mas Bush or Mittens: Bill Quick
Paul PAC Hits Jeb With Web Ads: Breitbart

Three Questions for Jeb Bush: Jeb Bush
Jonathan Gruber Should’ve Been Time’s Person Of The Year: Jonah Goldberg
Masters of Deceptive Persuasion: Chuck Norris


Iran to use CIA torture report as leverage against US and UN: AEI
Obama Calling Islamic State Terrorists the ‘JV Team’ Named Top Lie of the Year: WFB
Erdogan Arrests Opposition Media Figures: AmInt

Over 100 children massacred as Taliban storms school; ‘set teacher on fire, made kids watch’: BPR
Taliban Attack on Pakistan School Kills at Least 125: JWF
Obama Fails to Blame Taliban for Mass School Murder in Pakistan: Daniel Halper

Silence on Bowe Bergdahl, months after Army investigation concludes: WaPo
Cuba’s largest export is the sale of enslaved doctors – but ‘slave’ is such a harsh word: Babalu
Sydney hostage taker to Obama: Stop Hiding your Muslim Religion: BNI`

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Uber Claims to Have Scaled Back Use of Its 'God View' Tool: Jamie Condliffe
Sony Kit Looks To Turn Any Glasses Into Google Glass: TWE
China reveals long-range heat ray gun: Independent


What the Hell?: Ace
Interrupting our regularly scheduled mockery…: Riot
Our Elves Are Watching U: MOTUS`

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QOTD: " their everlasting shame, 20 Republicans voted to reject Cruz's point of order, waive the Constitution, and green-light Obama's amnesty.

These quislings are Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Me.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Pat Toomey (Penn.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.)." --Matthew Vadum