Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Obamacare Ruins More Than Health Care

By Richard E. Ralston

The suppression of liberty in health care choices will take all privacy down with it. Tight government control of electronic medical records—which used to be private—seems a minor contribution to the destruction of the Fourth Amendment compared to the seizure of everyone's communications with everybody, without individual court orders based on probable cause.

How can we protest loss of privacy in any communications when we must surrender it for our medical records?

In 2014, virtually no new physicians will be available to treat millions of new Medicaid patients, but 10,000 newly hired IRS agents will impose fines on those unwilling to buy mandatory insurance.

Hopefully this will distract the IRS from persecution of nonprofit organizations that oppose the party line coming from Washington, DC.

As the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just reported, businesses will continue to cut jobs and implement reduction in the working hours of millions of employees to avoid the insurance mandate in 2015. Then they will cut insurance policies for employees in favor of paying fines and saving billions of dollars in rising insurance costs.

Who could have imagined they would do such a thing?

We will get more bad news when insurance companies announce far higher premiums for 2015, as young people are not rushing to sign up for more expensive insurance to subsidize their more affluent elders.

Who could have expected that?

President Obama could have expected it, just as he knew that insurance commissioners would generally reject his one-year reprieve from the lie that if you like your insurance, you can keep it.

The president will continue to delay or set aside any provision of the law without authorization of Congress or reference to the provisions of the law. In fact, the replacement of law approved by Congress with arbitrary and vague administrative regulations—approved by countless anonymous bureaucrats—is not just a consequence of Obamacare but an explicit objective of the president.

STRATFOR: Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy

By George Friedman

The United States is, at the moment, off balance. It faces challenges in the Syria-Iraq theater as well as challenges in Ukraine. It does not have a clear response to either. It does not know what success in either theater would look like, what resources it is prepared to devote to either, nor whether the consequences of defeat would be manageable.

A dilemma of this sort is not unusual for a global power. Its very breadth of interests and the extent of power create opportunities for unexpected events, and these events, particularly simultaneous challenges in different areas, create uncertainty and confusion. U.S. geography and power permit a degree of uncertainty without leading to disaster, but generating a coherent and integrated strategy is necessary, even if that strategy is simply to walk away and let events run their course. I am not suggesting the latter strategy but arguing that at a certain point, confusion must run its course and clear intentions must emerge. When they do, the result will be the coherence of a new strategic map that encompasses both conflicts.

The most critical issue for the United States is to create a single integrated plan that takes into account the most pressing challenges. Such a plan must begin by defining a theater of operations sufficiently coherent geographically as to permit integrated political maneuvering and military planning. U.S. military doctrine has moved explicitly away from a two-war strategy. Operationally, it might not be possible to engage all adversaries simultaneously, but conceptually, it is essential to think in terms of a coherent center of gravity of operations. For me, it is increasingly clear that that center is the Black Sea.

Ukraine and Syria-Iraq

There are currently two active theaters of military action with broad potential significance. One is Ukraine, where the Russians have launched a counteroffensive toward Crimea. The other is in the Syria-Iraq region, where the forces of the Islamic State have launched an offensive designed at a minimum to control regions in both countries -- and at most dominate the area between the Levant and Iran.

Ride Across a Lake on a Bike With the Schiller X1

And it ain't no stupid paddle-boat, either.

Ethan Wolff-Mann of Supercompressor fills us in.

To stay afloat, the Schiller X1 water-bike uses inflatable pontoons and is propelled by twin oscillating props, which enable steering—using the handlebars—without a rudder. The X1 internals are sealed off and can be easily maintained by anyone who knows their way around a bike, but Schiller says they shouldn't need much upkeep...

"You May Not Be Interested in War, But War is Interested in You"

By Alan Caruba

Younger generations can be forgiven if all they know of war is what they have learned in school or seen dramatized on film and television. For most Americans, the Civil War, the two World Wars, and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam are events that occurred “a long time ago.” For my generation, born just prior to or during World War Two, wars have been a constant element of our lives.

Anyone with an interest in U.S. history knows that America was born out of a long war (1775-1783) with Great Britain which eventually led to the writing of the Constitution in 1787 whose ratification became official in June 1788. A year later George Washington, the wartime general, became the first President and, thereafter, nearly every President has had to dispatch U.S. naval, land and air forces in combat. This is why the Founders concluded that the President also had to be Commander-in-Chief in order to respond to threats to the nation whether near or far.

Not all Americans were eager to engage in various conflicts and most of the larger ones have had to address a fair measure of opposition. Even the Revolution was resisted by those who felt being a colony was a wiser choice than being independent.

In the greater world, wars have been constant somewhere, a shaper of history, and, according to Benjamin Ginsberg, a prolific historian and director of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University, it has some beneficial aspects. His latest book, “The Worth of War”, explores this aspect of history.

Larwyn's Linx: Reminders of Obama’s policies may be toxic for Dems in battleground states

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Reminders of Obama’s policies may be toxic for Dems in battleground states: LI
The Self-Hating Leftist: GayPatriot
Nine Days, Mr. President: Erick Erickson

Feds to Run Ads In Border Towns Telling Deportees They Can Return: TeaParty
ISIS: “US-Mexican Border Is Now Open", Plan on Crossing In: FreePost
Irresponsible Choices: Thomas Sowell

The Clinton Machine Is Alive: Benjamin Domenech
The Imaginary Non-Interventionist: Daniel Greenfield
Cruz, Perry: Change Is Coming in 2016: CBN

America at the Tipping Point: Chuck Norris
Churches Vandalized With Koran Verses Condemning Infidels: WZ
An Incident in Massachusetts: P. Bernard

Obamacare ‘Lie’ Touted By Landrieu Is Now A Reality In Louisiana: HayRide
The most desperate, stupid #NCSEN attack line you’ll see this year: Toldjah
Unions open their coffers as Senate hangs in the balance: Benjamin Goad


The Day After Labor: Mark Steyn
'Wage Theft' Claims: The Latest Left-Wing Scam to Bilk Employers: AmPower
Barack Obama Marks Labor Day With A Picture Of . . . Barack Obama: WZ

Scandal Central

Supporter to Obama: 'Announce a State of Emergency' To Get Around GOP Congress: Jeryl Bier
GOP Strategist Lisa Boothe Takes Down Democrats On Executive Amnesty: CHQ
Exposing The Manufactured Cloward Piven Immigration Fraud : Treehouse

Climate & Energy

Mythologies and Pathologies of the California Drought: Victor Davis Hanson
When Science is Settled - by Government: Mark Steyn
California drivers brace for costly new gas tax: Fox


My Rant about Ferguson and Michael Brown: Heather Scott
WaPo Crank Posts Ferguson Whitewash, Bashes Progressives Today and Gateway Pundit: ProgsToday
Winooski, Vermont and the Dismantling of America’s Values: Dennis Prager

A Tale of Two Conferences: Jon Gabriel
Michelle Obama – ROCKstar!: All the Right Snark
The 20 Best Quotes From Greg Gutfeld: John Hawkins


We Are At War With ISIS And They Are A Real, Sophisticated, Threat: Aaron Gardner
What the Middle East should look like…according to ISIS: Scoop
First Captured ISIS Foreign Fighter Reveals Threat to West: Breitbart

What the United Nations Doesn’t Want You to Know: Right Planet
French Exodus: 'When Jews Flee, a Nation is Sick': CBN
Video: Libyan Rebels Swim, Belly-Flop in U.S. Embassy Pool in Tripoli?: Daniel Halper

The Unfinished War: Caroline Glick
Yet more blatant plagiarism of Exposing the Real Che Guevara by another “libertarian”: Humberto Fontova
Photos of Vladimir Putin's Secret $1 Billion Palace: Supercompressor

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

If programming languages were weapons: Bjorn Tipling
The German Empire of Luxury Cars is Falling: CarBuzz
This Bike Lets You Ride on Water: SuperCompressor


The Tweets Smell of Excess: Hopenchange Cartoons
Ivy Mike Sends: WRSA
Four Years Hence And It’s Still The Same As It’s Ever Been: MOTUS

Image: Every James Bond Car - Ranked
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QOTD: "Let’s accept, arguendo, that the outgoing DIA chief is right, and that we are now in an era of danger similar to the mid-1930s. How did we get here? It’s worth looking back into the mists of time — an entire year, to Labor Day weekend 2013. What had not happened then? It’s quite a list, actually: the Chinese ADIZ, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rise of ISIS, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Mosul, the end of Hungarian liberal democracy, the Central American refugee crisis, the Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya, the extermination of Iraqi Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses, the Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities, the reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism, the third (or fourth, perhaps) American war in Iraq, racial riots in middle America, et cetera and ad nauseum.

...But the larger point here is not what’s happening, because what’s happening is obvious. Things are falling apart. The point is how fast it’s come.

It takes the blood and labor of generations to build a general peace, and that peace is sustained by two pillars: a common moral vision, and force majeure. We spent a quarter-century chipping away at the latter, and finally discarded the former, and now that peace is gone. All this was the work of decades.

Look back, again, to Labor Day weekend 2013, and understand one thing: its undoing was the work of mere months." --Via Aaron Gardner

Monday, September 01, 2014

Leading From Behind Into a Cauldron of Anarchy

By James Simpson

The U.K. Daily Mail is reporting today that an Islamist group is now occupying the former U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. This was a non-violent takeover. They basically walked in. Embassy staff had departed in July because of the deteriorating security situation in Libya.

The video embedded here shows the Islamic group, which goes by the name Fajr Libya, or Dawn of Libya, swimming in the pool and showing reporters around. The Mail cites one of the group's commanders as saying they are occupying the compound to protect it from looters. The video however, suggests a group of men reveling in their newfound prize. According to the report, they have been there about a week.

Still, the commander may really want to keep the Embassy in presentable shape. While the country is racked by violent confrontations between the various militias that took down Qaddafi, this group has taken up positions throughout Tripoli and are telling foreign diplomats that it is safe to return. In fact it is part of a power play between the recently elected parliament and the former, Islamist parliament that took over following Qaddafi's ouster.

The group is not associated with Ansar-al-Sharia, which was responsible for the Benghazi attacks in 2012, nor is it associated with the new parliament - called the House of Representatives - elected in June. It is allied with the deposed parliament, the General National Congress, which is now trying to reassert itself after Dawn of Libya secured Tripoli.

Europe may not be interested in Jihad, but Jihad is interested in Europe

In his must-read article "Jihad Comes to Europe", Guy Millière lays out the dire mathematical equation that points to an imminent European crisis, one that pits Islamists and Marxists against Christians and secular liberals.

Government leaders in all major European countries know that hundreds of well-trained European jihadists are in Syria and that some of them will return. They do not ignore that some are already back in Europe and that attacks are likely. They do not ignore that if European jihadists are in the hundreds, those who support jihadism in Europe are probably in the tens of thousands. In recent demonstrations in support of the "Palestinian cause" all over Europe, flags of Hamas, Hizbullah and the Islamic State were abundant, and slogans explicit.

Governments in all major European countries do not ignore that many of the countries they lead are in financial dire straits, faced with sclerosis, stagnation, wretchedly controlled immigration, policies that retard economic growth, and the results of multiculturalism.

They do not ignore that many prisons in Europe are jihadi hotbeds, and that (mostly Muslim) no-go zones are proliferating.

They do not ignore that risks of riots are very real, and that judges under the influence of ideas that for a hundred years have been proven not to work -- in Russia, Cuba and everywhere -- nevertheless still serve everywhere in Europe.

They cannot ignore the existence in every European country of "anti-racist" organizations and Islamic lobbies, imams and journalists, almost exactly similar to those which exist in France and Belgium.

They cannot ignore the growing weight of Muslim votes in many parts of Europe.

They can break up some networks, thwart some attacks, symbolically strip some jihadists of their citizenship.

They know they are largely hostage to a situation they no longer control.

Their attitude is dictated by the fear of being confronted with more serious problems than murders: some European counter-terrorism services say that a Mumbai-style armed attack in Europe is possible, even probable.

The attitude of governments can be defined by a word often used to describe the attitude of Daladier and Chamberlain in 1938: appeasement.

And appeasement will work just as well as it did prior to 1 September 1939, which is to say not at all.

Europe will be faced with a stark choice that it is likely to confront only after the growing piles of dead bodies outweigh political correctness on the scale of public opinion.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

YET ANOTHER IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE: Obama's U.N. Climate "Accord" Will Trump U.S. Constitution

By Investor's Business Daily

Power: This lawless administration plans to bypass the two-thirds requirement for Senate ratification on a climate change treaty by entering into a "politically binding" hybrid agreement to "name and shame" climate scofflaws.

Apparently letting the Environmental Protection Agency run amok with regulations fulfilling candidate Obama's pledge to bankrupt the coal industry, and enact a de facto cap-and-trade regime the president couldn't get through Congress, is not enough.

The man who said his nomination was the moment the seas began to recede and the planet began to heal now plans to deal the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution yet another blow.

He's doing it by agreeing to a Kyoto-like "accord" he can use as moral cover for further destroying the U.S. economy, in lieu of an actual climate change "treaty" that must be ratified by two-thirds of a Senate that has already unanimously rejected such a pact.

The accord, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in Paris in 2015, is designed to bypass both Congress and the Constitution through the manipulation of language.

"Accords" do not have to be ratified, but they commit the nations involved to action, in this case meeting artificial and meaningless emission targets.

U.S. negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to hammer out this deal, which is grounded neither in science nor the law.

Larwyn's Linx: Latest Big Lie: ‘We Have No Strategy’

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Latest Big Lie: ‘We Have No Strategy’: Michael Ledeen
We Are Liviing in Days of Infamy: Ed Lasky
President With No Strategy To Stop ISIS Spending Sunday On Golf Course: WZ

At-Risk Senate Seats, 08/31/2014 edition (Includes DOOM calls): Moe Lane
Photos Taken From Landrieu’s DC Home Confirm DC Residency: GotNews
Obama, Mary Burke indignant over report latter is hiding from former: Moe Lane

You Will Be Made to Care: Erick Erickson
MD Sheriff to Feds: Try and Take Our Guns--You’ll Get a Civil War: TeaParty
EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race: SunTimes

Obama May Hold Immigration Action Until After Election: Doug Mataconis
Cruz: ‘Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat’: Times
Another Faulty Health Care Website Rollout: WyBlog


Paul Ryan Has an Answer for Ferguson: Star Parker
The world is burning so Obama’s weekly address is about minimum wage: Twitchy
Rick Santorum, Labor Day, And The Workers Who Would Vote Republican: VDARE

Scandal Central

Obama Does Have A Strategy, And It’s Awful: RWN
FRAUD: Ferguson Witness Coached By The Black Panthers?: GotNews
Ferguson Agitators Call to Halt Highway Traffic In Labor Day Protest: Ironic

Climate & Energy

Democrats Believe 'Fish Are More Important Than People': Breitbart
Monckton and the Arctic Ice Cap: Winter Soldier
Fantasy: Al Gore Says No Arctic Ice in 2014 – Reality: Summer Ice Cap 1.7M Square KM Bigger: Hideout


No Sharpton, no Jesse: Funeral for nine year-old victim of gang violence held in Chicago: DTG
NBC: military officials are ‘APOPLECTIC’ over Obama’s passive nonexistent foreign policy: Scoop
Open Mic terrorist: Radical IMAM makes 9/11 jokes on CNN: Scoop

"The Weirdest Story About a Convicted Bomber and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read.": Ann Althouse
Ferguson: A History of a Small Suburb With Big Violence Problems: GotNews
Ben Carson: No, I'm Not Sorry I Compared U.S. To Nazi Germany: Daniel Strauss, TPM


Islamist Militia Has Just Claimed It Now Controls U.S. Embassy in Libya: WJ
Nigeria: Islamic jihadists behead six-year-old boy because he was Christian: JihadWatch
Wynne Government Wants Birth Tourism: BCF

Jimmy Carter Invokes Allah In His Speech to Terror-Tied Islamic Group’s Conference: Sara Noble
Diary of a Foreign Minister: US Secretary of State Kerry strongly pro-'Palestine': Matzav
One hopes viciously-beaten George Galloway is now asking himself, “Why do they hate me?”: Moe Lane

Ted Cruz Says Let’s Bomb ISIS ‘Back to the Stone Age’: RWN
My ISIS Strategy: Roger L. Simon
Diary of a Foreign Minister: US Secretary of State Kerry strongly pro-'Palestine': Matzav

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Apple Claim Chowder: Introduction: John Kirk, TechPinions
Ralph Lauren And Athos Enter Wearable Tech Market With New Products: RedOrbit
Rogue trading bot suspected cause of Bitcoin slump: Juha Saarinen, ITNews


“Ask not for whom the bell tolls” I think you know...: MOTUS
Where to start honest talk on race: Linda Chavez
Hispanic is the New Black: RWN

Image: Ben Carson: No, I'm Not Sorry I Compared U.S. To Nazi Germany
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QOTD: "You may think you can sit on the sidelines. You may think you can opt-out of the culture war. You may think you can hide behind your trendy naked Leena Dunham t-shirt while you sip trendy drinks talking about trendy shows and writing columns demanding Christians be forced by the state to bake cakes, provide flowers and farms, and offer up photographs of gay weddings. But not only will you one day be called to account to your God for how you advanced his kingdom, but on this Earth you will be made to care. That does not mean you have license to be bitter or angry or hateful. You should love others and help others. Just do not expect anything in return." --Erick Erickson

Sunday, August 31, 2014

YOUR UNITED NATIONS IN ACTION: Photo of ISIS Driving UN Vehicle (Paid For With Your Tax Dollars)

How many countries in the world respect the rights of the individual, reject authoritarianism, and enjoy a civil society?

To be fair, that's a trick question. No country does, though a few come close. Perhaps Canada, Israel, and the U.S. for starters (though in the latter case, said attributes appear to be eroding on a daily basis).

So why would any rational American support an elite group of 100+ barbaric, tyrannical regimes? That's a rhetorical question, because we already do -- not by the consent of the governed, mind you -- and it's called "The United Nations" (or "U.N."). And the UN, by dint of numbers, supports Islamists, terrorists and other anti-civilization throwbacks.

Did you know the United Nations runs a car rental office just for bloodthirsty terrorist pig-dogs?

If you're a little bit late to the party, it's true: the United Nations actively supports terrorism.

One day, I pray, we elect a Constitutional conservative president. And one of their first acts is to completely defund the UN, boot it out of New York City, and name John Bolton the Secretary of State. For spite.

Yeah. I went there.

Hat tips: The Right Scoop and BadBlue News.

The Medieval World of Terror Theater

By Robert D. Kaplan

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

The killing, in other words, became merely the requirement to send the message. As experts have told me, there are more painful ways to dispatch someone if you really hate the victim and want him to suffer. You can burn him alive. You can torture him. But beheading, on the other hand, causes the victim to lose consciousness within seconds once a major artery is cut in the neck, experts say. Beheading, though, is the best method for the sake of a visually dramatic video, because you can show the severed head atop the chest at the conclusion. Using a short knife, as in this case, rather than a sword, also makes the event both more chilling and intimate. Truly, I do not mean to be cruel, indifferent, or vulgar. I am only saying that without the possibility of videotaping the event, there would be no motive in the first place to execute someone in such a manner.

In producing a docu-drama in its own twisted way, the Islamic State was sending the following messages:

ACORN: Eric Holder's $17 Billion Settlement With Bank of America Funds Leftist Bank Shakedown Artists

By Investor's Business Daily

Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder's record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation's largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

Besides requiring billions in debt forgiveness payments to delinquent borrowers in Cleveland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago and other Democrat strongholds — and up to $500 million to cover personal taxes owed on those checks — the deal requires BofA to make billions in new loans, while also building affordable low-income rental housing in those areas.

If there are leftover funds in four years, the settlement stipulates the money will go to Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA), which provides legal aid for the poor and supports left-wing causes, and NeighborWorks of America, which provides affordable housing and funds a national network of left-wing community organizers operating in the mold of Acorn.

In fact, in 2008 and 2009, NeighborWorks awarded a whopping $25 million to Acorn Housing.

In 2011 alone, NeighborWorks shelled out $35 million in "affordable housing grants" to 115 such groups, according to its website. Recipients included the radical Affordable Housing Alliance, which pressures banks to make high-risk loans in low-income neighborhoods and which happens to be the former employer of HUD's chief "fair housing" enforcer.

BofA gets extra credit if it makes at least $100 million in direct donations to IOLTA and housing activist groups approved by HUD.

Larwyn's Linx: ISIS Barbarians At Our Gates

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ISIS Barbarians At Our Gates: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Obama Fails History 101: Victor Davis Hanson
President George W. Obama Lashes Out at Media: Ed Driscoll

Do You Want to Know Why There’s No ISIS Strategy?: Keith Koffler
Watch Ted Cruz’s FANTASTIC speech at Defending the Dream 2014: Scoop
Obama’s 5 Worst Foreign Policy Decisions: John Hawkins

Decline and Fall of Obama's America: Ben Stein
The Incompetence of Leftist Ideology: Kevin Wade, Fay Voshell
Andrew C. McCarthy: In Search of a Strategy

The Streets of San Francisco: Daniel J. Flynn
Sharyl Attkisson wants to know where illegal immigrant "kids" have gone: Hot Air
Nancy Pelosi’s Grip on History is a Little Hazy Too: Elephant


The Left’s Attempt to Institutionalize the Rewriting of US History: Ron Radosh
If consumers are so f***ing confident, why aren't they spending?: Jim Quinn
QuickTrip Mart Will Not Re-Built in Ferguson: RWN

Scandal Central

Criminalizing Conservatism: AmSpec
'Fake' IRS scandal spawns real coverup: Column: James S. Robbins
Does ISIS Have Black-op Backers?: James Lewis

Climate & Energy

Michael Mann’s special purpose Hockey Stick filter has been exposed: WUWT
EPA staff backs new ozone restrictions: Timothy Cama, The Hill
Business, industry leaders worry EPA ozone emission changes will cost state billions: NOLA


Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President: WorldTrib
Fox News Hits Ratings Highs, MSNBC Sputters in Busy Week: Rick Kissell, Variety
Notorious Anti-Semitic British MP Attacked on London Street: Tatler

ESPN Poised to Implode: First Openly Gay NFL Player Michael Sam CUT by Homophobic Rams!!: Sooper
NY Times: Benghazi Special Committee A GOP Plot To Damage Hillary's 2016 Prospects: Lid
‘That’s it, folks. Internet’s closed': #ExJoning soars to new heights [photo]: Twitchy


Russia to Bulgaria: Quit Mocking Soviet Monuments!: Cube
John Kerry's Demand for 'Global Coalition' Signals Cowardice, Weakness, and Appeasement: AmPower
Support for Israel remains strong after Gaza conflict: LI

Raped and Slaughtered: Muslim Persecution of Christians, April, 2014: Gatestone
Why Israel Defeated—But Didn’t Crush—Hamas: P. David Hornik
US airstrikes, humanitarian aid for Iraqi city under ISIS siege: Fox

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

What is the Shape of the Universe?: Space.com
75% Of Ikea’s Catalog Is Computer Generated Imagery: FastCoDesign
Electric Earth: Stunning Images of Lightning: LiveScience


If wishes were horses our cart would have a driver: MOTUS
The Need for an Uzi for Self-Defense: GotNews
George R.R. Martin’s big Twitter reveal: HolyKaw

Image: If wishes were horses our cart would have a driver
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QOTD: "Here’s what the laptop of doom suggests: “Use small grenades with the virus, and throw them in closed areas like metros, soccer stadiums, or entertainment centers. Best to do it next to the air-conditioning. It also can be used during suicide operations.”

The longer ISIS is allowed to exist — and 110 pinprick airstrikes is not degrading their capability — the more time they will have to develop their schemes and plans. Time is not on our side, but it seems that Obama believes he can just dither all the day long. Or perhaps, Obama doesn’t really want to deter ISIS — and certainly not attack them. You have to ask, if Obama has been receiving his daily national security briefs, why would he allow this threat to develop and metastasize into what it is today? Or maybe he does not take any security briefs at all? How could any American president allow such a direct threat to exist and publicly admit he has no plan?

Well, Mr. President Barack Hussein Obama, ISIS has a plan and their plan is not based upon what they will not do, or aren’t willing to do. Obama is conveying the message that he wants to avoid engaging and fighting ISIS. ISIS is conveying the message that they will kill anything and anyone who stands in their way — the way of restoring Islamic dominance.

So, whose side is Obama on?" --Allen West