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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Foreign Policy on: April 18, 2014, 08:47:27 AM
Move troops into NATO allies, like Poland. Remember that missile shield? Maybe look at that. Start massive oil production and flood the market and see how pooty-poot likes his suddenly bare coffers and a bunch of angry oligarchs at his back.

Nah, let Biden and Lurch handle it.

What could go wrong?
2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Nebraska school bully training on: April 18, 2014, 08:42:38 AM

Violence never solved anything, except slavery, nazism and communism.
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Spengler: Putin isn't a genius, we are complete idiots on: April 18, 2014, 08:26:29 AM

Smart power!
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Your med records viewed without a warrant on: April 17, 2014, 04:39:01 PM

If they can't get the law right, then the discussion on the elements of the law is also suspect. The law in question is HIPAA.

5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Chilling on: April 17, 2014, 04:20:36 AM
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/04/16/the-terrifying-implications-of-the-irs-abuse-doj-connection/?singlepage=true
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-Russia, STRATEGY AFTER CRIMEA Playing Putin’s Game - W.R. Mead on: April 16, 2014, 09:20:34 PM
Expect nothing but boldly fonted letters of disapproval and euro handwringing.

STRATEGY AFTER CRIMEA
Playing Putin’s Game
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD

Long, serious piece with specific proposals.  Worthwhile read!

http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2014/04/15/playing-putins-game/
...  Our new policy towards Putin’s new Russia must begin with NATO. Before we can hope to induce Putin’s Russia to respect anything else, we must teach it that NATO is real and that we are in earnest. This probably cannot be done at this point without substantial and visible upgrades to NATO’s presence in the periphery states of the alliance. There will have to be more NATO installations and more US troops in places like Estonia and Romania. Right now, there is a non-negligible chance that Russia might try to create facts on the ground inside one or more of the Baltic Republics. The border defenses of those republics must be reinforced to make that impossible. That move may infuriate Putin but it will also be a healthy reminder of his impotence in the face of genuine allied resolve, and will make a serious war crisis less likely. There is a real security threat to the Baltic states, and any failure to address that proactively would be reckless imprudence.  There are burglars in the neighborhood and the windows and doors must be bolted shut.
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: April 16, 2014, 09:16:15 PM
Out in my neck of the woods, people commonly flash headlights to warn of deer in the roadway.
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 65 year old kills two teen invaders in his home and is charged on: April 15, 2014, 10:14:19 PM

Gotta love "make my day" type laws.
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: NYC PD unit disbanded on: April 15, 2014, 10:10:17 PM
New York Police Unit That Spied on Muslims Is Disbanded

The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said.

The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the surveillance program represents the first sign that William J. Bratton, the department’s new commissioner, is backing away from some of the post-9/11 intelligence-gathering practices of his predecessor. The move comes as the federal government reconsiders and re-evaluates some of its post-9/11 policies, including the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection.

READ MORE »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/nyregion/police-unit-that-spied-on-muslims-is-disbanded.html?emc=edit_na_20140415



What could go wrong?
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Protect the tortoises? on: April 14, 2014, 05:44:39 PM
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-08-30/news/mn-1258_1_desert-tortoise

Desert Tortoises Threatened With Euthanasia Plan

August 30, 1991|PAUL FELDMAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER


The desert tortoise, a federally protected species since 1989, faces a new threat in the quickly developing Las Vegas Valley--euthanasia.

Under a plan approved by county and federal officials that is due to take effect in early September, tortoises living on Las Vegas-area properties slated for construction will be removed to a Clark County animal care center. Those that are not adopted or relocated within five days will be killed by lethal injection.






Authorities, who say that adequate funding is unavailable to hold the tortoises longer, say that the odds are in favor of most of the reptiles being saved by concerned Clark County residents.

"It sounds worse than it actually is," said federal Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Michael McGill on Thursday. "There's a pretty good chance they'll get adopted. Most of them will find a home."

The euthanasia plan is part of a larger compromise reached by county and federal officials that will help provide funds and land to preserve a natural habitat for more than 60,000 desert tortoises in more pristine areas of Nevada, authorities said.

For its part, Clark County has agreed to purchase the rights to use more than 400,000 acres of BLM land as a desert tortoise preserve. For the next three years, the land, much of it near Searchlight, would be off limits to off-road vehicles. Authorities would also ward off birds that eat thin-shelled baby tortoises.

More than $6 million would be provided to purchase the land rights and establish a trust fund from fees assessed to Las Vegas developers, who will also be charged $40 per tortoise for the housing at the animal care center.

In exchange, developers will be allowed to remove the tortoises from their own land.

Since 1989, it has been illegal to take, harm or kill a desert tortoise without a federal permit. In the Las Vegas valley, construction was forced to a standstill on properties where the tortoises resided.

Officials said the Las Vegas tortoises--as many as 3,000 are expected to be uncovered by developers in the next three years--will not be relocated in the Searchlight habitat. Doing so could result in overpopulation. Also, they said, many of the Vegas tortoises suffer from a respiratory disease that might be passed on to their rural cousins.

"This was the compromise we felt we had to come up with when there was a limited amount of money to be spent," said Betty Burge, chairwoman of the Tort Group, a Las Vegas-based tortoise conservation organization.

However, the agreement has stirred questions among other tortoise preservationists.

"That's saying that development will take place no matter what and development should be slowed down until you can figure out that 'what,' " said Elden Hughes, chairman of the Sierra Club's California Desert Committee. "You should find a place where you can put the tortoises. . . . I'm sure they have enough money to put researchers on it."

Palm Springs attorney Paul Selzer, who represented Clark County in the negotiations for the federal permit, said the rules occasionally led to bizarre situations.

"You ended up with this weird deal where two pieces of property were next to each other and one had a tortoise and one didn't. So one guy developed and what do you think happened to the desert tortoise next door? The neighborhood kids picked it up, or a dog got it, or it went in the street and got run over."

Selzer said that long-range efforts will be made to relocate Vegas-vicinity tortoises in the wild, but that it is not clear whether the tortoises can be moved successfully in the wild. "You can't just pick these dudes up and corral them and put them back in the desert," he said.
11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Priorities on: April 14, 2014, 05:30:57 PM
Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers
 
Drivers advised to travel north
 



By Jerry Seper and Matthew Cella
 
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The Washington Times
 
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

 

The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.
 
The signs were posted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, a major east-west corridor linking Tucson and Phoenix with San Diego.
 
They warn travelers that they are entering an “active drug and human smuggling area” and they may encounter “armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed.” Beginning less than 50 miles south of Phoenix, the signs encourage travelers to “use public lands north of Interstate 8” and to call 911 if they “see suspicious activity.”
 
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose county lies at the center of major drug and alien smuggling routes to Phoenix and cities east and west, attests to the violence. He said his deputies are outmanned and outgunned by drug traffickers in the rough-hewn desert stretches of his own county.
 
“Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona,” he said. “They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has.
 
“This is going on here in Arizona,” he said. “This is 70 to 80 miles from the border - 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States.”
 
He said he asked the Obama administration for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to patrol the border, but what he got were 15 signs.
 
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer condemned what she called the federal government’s “continued failure to secure our international border,” saying the lack of security has resulted in important natural recreational areas in her state being declared too dangerous to visit.
 
In a recent campaign video posted to YouTube, Mrs. Brewer - standing in front of one of the BLM signs - attacked the administration over the signs, calling them “an outrage” and telling President Obama to “Do your job. Secure our borders.”
 
BLM spokesman Dennis Godfrey in Arizona said agency officials were surprised by the reaction the signs generated when they were put up this summer.
 
“We were perhaps naive in setting the signs up,” he said. “The intention of the signs was to make the public aware that there is potential illegal activity here. But it was interpreted in a different light, and that was not the intent at all.”
 
He said there should be “no sense that we have ceded the land,” adding that no BLM lands in Arizona are closed to the public.
 
“I kind of liken it to if I were visiting a city I were not familiar with and asked a policeman if it were safe to go in a particular area,” Mr. Godfrey said.
 
Rising violence along the border has coincided with a crackdown in Mexico on warring drug gangs, who are seeking control of smuggling routes into the United States.
 
Mexican President Felipe Calderon has waged a bloody campaign against powerful cartels, yesterday announcing the arrest of Texas-born Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez - a powerful cartel leader captured outside of Mexico City on Monday evening.
 
More than 28,000 people have died since Mr. Calderon launched his crackdown in late 2006, and the bloodshed shows no sign of ending. Law enforcement authorities have been warning for more than two years that the dramatic rise in border violence eventually would spread into the U.S.
 
T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents all 17,500 of the Border Patrol’s front-line agents, said areas well north of the border are so overrun by armed criminals that U.S. citizens are being warned to keep out of those locations.
 
“The federal government’s lack of will to secure our borders is painfully evident when signs are posted well north of the border warning citizens that armed and dangerous criminals are roaming through those areas with impunity,” he said. “Instead of taking the steps necessary to secure our borders, politicians are attempting to convince the public that our borders are more secure now than ever before.
 
“Fortunately, some responsible civil servants are candidly warning the public about the dangers that exist not just along the border but, in some cases, well beyond,” he said. “This situation should alarm all sensible people, and should spur endless demands that our legislators take whatever actions are necessary to restore law and order to these areas.”
 
Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican and a member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, said the federal government’s new border security plan apparently is to “erect some signs telling you it’s not safe to travel in our own country.”
 
“If you are planning on loading up the station wagon and taking the kids to Disneyland, the federal government doesn’t advise going through Arizona - it’s too dangerous and they can’t protect you,” said Mr. Poe. “These signs say to American citizens, the federal government has ceded this area to the drug cartels. Don’t come here; we can’t protect you.”
 
Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called the signs “an insult to the citizens of border states.”
 
“American citizens should not have to be fearful for their lives on U.S. soil,” he said. “If the federal government would do its job of enforcing immigration laws, we could better secure the border and better protect the citizens of border states.”
 
Michael W. Cutler, a retired 31-year U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) senior criminal investigator and intelligence specialist, said the BLM warning signs suggest the U.S. government is “ceding American territory to armed criminals and smugglers.”
 
Meanwhile, he said, politicians in Washington, D.C., including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, continue to claim the border is now more secure than ever and, as a result, it is time for comprehensive immigration reform.
 
“How much more land will our nation cede to drug dealers and terrorists? At what point will the administration understand its obligations to really secure our nation’s borders and create an immigration system that has real integrity?” Mr. Cutler said.
 
“At the rate we are going, the ‘Red, White and Blue’ of the American flag will be replaced with a flag that is simply white - the flag of surrender.”
 
Ms. Napolitano said this week that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would begin flying a Predator B drone out of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday, extending the reach of the agency’s unmanned surveillance aircraft across the length of the 1,956-mile border with Mexico.
 
Last month, Mr. Obama signed a $600 million bill to beef up security along the southwestern border. The bill funds 1,000 more Border Patrol agents, as well as 250 CBP officers and two more unmanned aerial vehicles.
 
Two years ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative arm of Homeland Security, said in a report that border gangs were becoming increasingly ruthless and had begun targeting not only rivals, but federal, state and local police. ICE said the violence had risen dramatically as part of “an unprecedented surge.”
 
The Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, in its 2010 drug threat assessment report, called the cartels “the single greatest drug trafficking threat to the United States.” It said Mexican gangs had established operations in every area of the United States and were expanding into rural and suburban areas. It said assaults against U.S. law enforcement officers along the southwestern border were on the increase - up 46 percent against Border Patrol agents alone.
 
At the same time, the Justice Department brought a lawsuit to stop a new immigration enforcement law in Arizona, saying it violated the Constitution by trying to supersede federal law and by impairing illegal immigrants’ right to travel and conduct interstate commerce.
 
Mr. Cutler said it was “outrageous” for the BLM to direct travelers to dial 911 to report suspicious activities since the calls do not go to the federal government but to state and local police. He said the signs are telling Americans to call state and local law enforcement authorities to deal with border lawlessness while at the same time telling Arizona that only the federal government can write and enforce immigration laws.
 
“You can’t make this stuff up,” he said.
 
Mr. Godfrey said that just because the signs direct travelers who witness illegal activity to call 911, “that does not mean that only a local agency will respond.”
 
“The idea is that people will get help as quickly as they can,” he said.
 
Sheriff Babeu has dealt firsthand with the rising violence in his county since his 2008 election. One of his deputies, Louie Puroll, was shot and critically wounded in April after he spotted five men he suspected of transporting drugs along a remote span of desert near Interstate 8 and Arizona 84.
 
He said his experience makes him see the issue differently from the administration in Washington.
 
“The president is only looking at this from a political perspective,” he said. “Everything is not fine. Everything is not OK.”


Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/31/signs-in-arizona-warn-of-smuggler-dangers/
12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Oz preparing for post pax-americana on: April 14, 2014, 05:23:10 PM
http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/recruitmentCentre/canIJoin/overseasApplicants/



The Australian Defence Force looks to overseas candidates to fill gaps in our Services, which can't currently be satisfied by standard recruitment.



Who we are looking for

We are looking for serving or ex-serving foreign military personnel, who can directly transfer their job and life skills to whichever Service they join, with limited training and preparation.
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http://www.stripes.com/news/serving-down-under-australia-offers-military-jobs-to-us-troops-facing-separation-1.176622

Serving Down Under: Australia offers military jobs to US troops facing separation





As the U.S. is looking to trim the number of troops serving in the military, the Austrailian Defence Force is recruiting U.S. servicemembers join its ranks. Many troops, especially enlisted servicemembers, stand to make more money in the Australian military.
 




David Byron/U.S. Air Force


BySeth Robson
Stars and Stripes

Published: May 8, 2012


Australian air force Squadron Leader Bart Langland, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, deployed to Afghanistan last year with the Australian Defence Force.

Courtesy of Bart Langland



Growing US presence in Australia to include aircraft

The U.S. is preparing to add aircraft to its military presence in Australia, which will include 2,500 Marines rotating through the northern port of Darwin starting in 2016.

■US, Kiwi troops wrap up large-scale combat training May 7, 2012
■US, Aussie sailors recover bombs dropped within Great Barrier Reef park boundary September 1, 2013
■Australia exercise to test facilities for expanded US Marine Corps presence August 27, 2013
■Marines to deploy more troops to Pacific under program March 15, 2012
 
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. servicemembers looking at career options in this era of shrinking military budgets and force drawdowns might want to take a look Down Under.

The Australian government is recruiting experienced U.S. enlisted personnel and officers to fill a range of positions — from submariners to doctors — in its military, according to a posting on the Australian Defence Force website.

“The Australian Defence Force looks to overseas candidates to fill gaps in our Services, which can’t currently be satisfied by standard recruitment,” reads the intro for overseas applicants on the Defence Force’s recruitment website. “We recognise that these candidates can bring skills and attributes to the Navy, Army and Air Force that will strengthen their overall operation and success rate.”

The job offers could be tempting for U.S. troops as the Afghan War winds down and the Department of Defense looks to trim billions of dollars and more than 100,000 uniformed personnel from its books.

Read also: The Pacific pivot

At a time when other Western countries have slashed spending, the prosperous Australians have been growing their military. In the past five years, the Australian military has recruited more than 500 personnel from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Applicants have to meet certain minimum rank levels, as well as medical and interview requirements, Australian defense officials said in an email this week.

Known as the Lucky Country, Australia has had a booming economy for almost two decades due to rising commodity prices and strong Chinese demand for its mining products. It has also seen the Australian dollar rally against the U.S. dollar in recent years, meaning U.S. veterans — especially enlisted — stand to make more money working for the Australia military.

Read also: Last Australian combat troops leave Afghanistan

The U.S. Air Force website lists the annual base pay for an E-5, staff sergeant, with six-years’ service at $31,946. An O-3, captain, with six years’ service makes $63,263.




By comparison, a newly promoted E-5, corporal, in the Australian air force makes $57,277, when converted to U.S. dollars, while newly promoted O-3, flight lieutenant, takes home $66,417.

Squadron Leader Bart Langland has flown under both flags.

Langland served 15 years on active duty for the U.S. Air Force and another five in the reserves before joining the Royal Australian Air Force in March 2008. The veteran F-16 and U2 spy plane pilot is helping train Australian fliers at RAAF Base Williamtown, just north of Sydney.

Read also: Growing US presence in Australia to include aircraft

From an Australian perspective the costs to train and develop fighter pilots are enormous, hence the RAAF greatly benefits from being able to get experienced pilots from the U.S. and other countries, Langland said. Joining the Australian Defence Force took Langland a year and included physical examinations, security checks and getting dual Australian-U.S. citizenship, which the State Department had to approve, he said.

Langland said the job was almost exactly the same as serving with the U.S. Air Force.

“If you walk into an Australian fighter squadron or a U.S. fighter squadron, you would be hard-pressed to tell the difference,” Langland said.

Australia has about 23 million people, less than the population of California, in a country about the same size as the U.S. Naturally, the all-volunteer Australian Defence Force is a lot smaller than the U.S. military but it has dedicated itself to quality over quantity, Langland said.

In recent months, the U.S. and Australia have grown even closer with plans to base thousands of U.S. Marines in the northern Australian town of Darwin.

“Australia has always stood shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.A. and, as such, would count on U.S. support in times of major conflict,” Langland said.

The Australian Air Force trains regularly with U.S. units, although it also trains with partner nations in Southeast Asia, he said.

One notable difference serving in Australia is that the pace of work is slower than in the U.S. Air Force, Langland said, adding that his deployment to Afghanistan last year was voluntary.

Langland’s biggest challenge was moving his wife and three children to Australia, far from relatives. However, he rated the schools near RAAF Williamtown as excellent and the weather and beaches on a par with Southern California.

The family plans to stay in Australia at least five more years, he said.

“I feel that by serving here I am making a difference to Australia and America,” he said.

For more information on the program, go to the Australian Defence Force website.

robsons@pstripes.osd.mil

 --------------------

The Australian Defence forces are recruiting U.S. servicemembers to join their ranks. A look at some of the job specialities needed Down Under:
 
Navy:
 ■ Principal warfare officers
■ Submarine warfare officers
■ Marine engineering Officers
■ Medical officers
■ Cryptologic systems and electronic warfare specialists
■ Maritime and electronic technicians
■ Combat systems operators
 
Army:
 ■ Range of officer roles in the aviation, artillery, engineering, dental, intelligence and signal fields.
■ Range of enlisted roles including groundcrew air support, electricians, ammunition technicians, intelligence specialists and communication specialists.
 
Air Force:
 ■ Focus on jet pilots, electronic engineers, surveillance and reconnaissance specialists.
13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ukraine on: April 14, 2014, 05:16:03 PM
Well, Putin was promised more flexibility in Obama's second term.
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: April 14, 2014, 03:06:51 PM
Lurch in drag?
15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Foreign Policy on: April 14, 2014, 10:50:30 AM
They are on their own. They know it.
16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, "discrimination", & discrimination. on: April 09, 2014, 08:58:47 PM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2012/08/24/drive-for-a-living-make-sure-your-life-insurance-is-paid-up/

I was thinking about this article, missed the mention above.

Equality now!
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Nuclear War, WMD issues on: April 09, 2014, 08:24:36 PM
Checkers, chess, if only he played to win...
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Brandeis kitties out of degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali on: April 09, 2014, 08:23:10 PM

Having suffered female genital mutilation and constant death threats, this is the least worst thing done to her by muslims.
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, "discrimination", & discrimination. on: April 09, 2014, 05:55:44 PM
It's my understanding that 92% of deaths in the workplace are suffered by men. It's time women share the burden, yes?
20  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Brutality complaints drop dramatically on: April 04, 2014, 08:05:24 AM

I think the cameras are a great idea.
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: April 02, 2014, 11:18:16 PM
Speaking of China, the Chinese have/are killing more muslims than Israel ever imagined in Xinjiang. Nary a peep of outrage from the so-called international community.

It's almost like the concern for the "Palestinians" is just a fig leaf for hating Jews.
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: April 02, 2014, 11:09:54 PM
Oh, and crunching numbers is just patriarchal, heteronormative, and an example of white privilege.

Luckily, our professional journalists, like Martha Raddatz wouldn't dream of asking such questions.
23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: April 02, 2014, 11:02:02 PM
Obama would never lie to the American people.

If you think otherwise, you are obviously raaaaaaaaacist!
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Housing/Mortgage/Real Estate on: April 02, 2014, 10:59:54 PM
LOL!



25  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: April 02, 2014, 10:57:12 PM
All the Americans reporting their loss of middle class status are obviously unaware of Wesbury's predictive skills.
26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Foreclosures in MN on: April 02, 2014, 10:45:19 PM
http://m.startribune.com/news/?id=253651451&c=y

Foreclosures way down. In Hennepin County (Mpls, suburbs) foreclosure rate is now 0.68%.

Why?
27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Comparing Recoveries, people working on: April 02, 2014, 10:44:41 PM


Weird, almost like the alleged recovery is just a product of massive QE infusions. Nah, couldn't be... Wesbury says QE doesn't matter.
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: April 02, 2014, 08:50:54 PM
http://www.latimes.com/la-fg-obama-americas20-2009apr20,0,1717554.story

29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The left is tolerant and compassionate, unless you dare to disagree with them on: April 02, 2014, 10:22:53 AM
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/01/anti-obamacare-cancer-patient-attacked-by-reid-now-receiving-death-wishes-from-liberals/

Compassion: Anti-Obamacare cancer patient smeared by Reid now receiving death wishes from liberals


posted at 7:51 pm on April 1, 2014 by Guy Benson






Welcome to your feel-bad story of the month.  Remember Julie Boonstra?  She’s the single mother fighting leukemia who appeared in an anti-Obamacare television ad running in Michigan:
 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpjyr1x7mC0&safe=active


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assailed Ms. Boonstra, and others like her, in a breathtakingly mean-spirited floor speech — going so far as to say that “all” of their negative experiences were “untrue” and “lies.”  Reid now claims he doesn’t remember saying any such thing, but there’s video tape:
 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nefN-QvOPXY&safe=active



In his effort to discredit Boonstra, Reid relied on a Washington Post “fact check,” which effectively ruled her story half true.  In fact, every claim Boonstra made in the ad has been confirmed, as explained by the Detroit News’ Dan Calabrese:
 

Boonstra is on five different medications to help deal with her leukemia. The Blue Cross PR spokesman claimed that they are all covered. But when Boonstra went to fill her prescription for Loratadine — a prescription-level equivalent of Claritin that she uses to control congestion brought on by chemotherapy — she was told that Loratadine is not covered. She has not yet attempted to restock any of her other meds but she is already having to come with strategies to deal with that problem. The $5,100 cap on Boonstra’s out-of-pocket spending is for in-network care only. If she has to go out of network, she could spend an additional $10,200…When Boonstra was first diagnosed, she had to go through a painstaking process to get approval for her chemotherapy drugs to be covered. When she finally found insurance she liked, she had no problem with the chemo drugs. She now says that process is starting all over again. Boonstra has already had to cut back on her bone marrow biopsies, which she was having on a regular schedule she had worked out with her doctor, because she doesn’t have clarification on whether these will be covered. I could go on, but the bottom line is this: Julie Boonstra told the truth, and arrogant media “fact checkers” had a lot of nerve claiming she hadn’t when they never even talked to her.
 
Nevertheless, Reid’s inaccurate nasty gram touched off a torrent of bile from Obamacare supporters,  including this delightful care package Boonstra received in the mail:
 







Die, because your experience is inconvenient to my “pissed off” ideology. Incidentally, Ms. Boonstra isn’t the only Obamacare victim who received a cancellation notice, and whose subsequent plan presents out-of-pocket hardships:
 

Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand. Under the plan, her Celebrex would have cost $648 a month until she met her $1,500 prescription deductible, followed by an $85 monthly co-pay. Mason is one of the many Americans with serious illnesses — including cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis — who are indeed finding relatively low monthly premiums under President Barack Obama’s law. But some have been shocked at how much their prescriptions are costing as insurers are sorting drug prices into a complex tier system and in some cases charging co-insurance rates as high as 50 percent. That can leave patients on the hook for thousands.
 
Another example from North Carolina:
 

Amy Newbold, a 57-year-old saleswoman from Randolph County, N.C., lost her employer insurance last year. Through HealthCare.gov, she found a mid-tier “silver” plan with premiums that at first blush are $75 a month lower than her previous policy. But there are no savings, she said, since her old premiums were paid with pretax dollars and Obamacare premiums are paid with aftertax dollars. Newbold said she faces substantially higher drug costs for arthritis and psoriasis and worries that an out-of-pocket maximum of $5,000 could put needed medicines out of reach. “I feel left out in the cold, and I don’t know why it has to be that way,” she said
 
Maybe Reid can make these “liars” famous, too.  Indeed, unleashing left-wing wrath on ordinary people for the sin of speaking out must be a pretty effective method of stifling dissent — which is precisely what Reid wants.
30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Rights's 20 Rules of Racism: on: April 02, 2014, 10:08:14 AM
http://www.tomkratman.com/Right20rules.html
 
1. Anyone responsible for three hundred years of slavery would have to be a lot older than you and me.

 2. There has to be some genetics in “racism’s” DNA, some DNA in its gene pool, or it just isn’t racism.

 3. Racism could be eliminated in the United States if we could just eliminate the white liberals who so plainly depend on it so much and do so much to keep it going.

 4. Reality isn’t racist: The reality is that there are pond-scummy gallows bait in every group. Some of those will be more of a problem to their own group than to you (see Rule 14, below). Some will be more of a problem to you precisely because you’re not a member of their group. It is wise, not racist, to avoid the latter. In Boston, this may be referred to as the “Evelyn Wagler-George Pratt Rule,” and that’s not code. Odd exception to half of Rule 4: Jesse Jackson would much rather be followed by a white on the streets of DC, at night, than a black.

 5. There have been two instances in recent history where the concept of “honorary white” held sway. One was in apartheid South Africa where, for example, Japanese were considered “honorary white.” The other was when, in relation to the Trayvon Martin shooting, the American mainstream media made Hispanic George Zimmerman an “honorary white.” This is not entirely coincidence since (see Rule 18) the very liberal American media is as racist in their way as ever the Afrikaner Broederbond was in its.

 6. Nobody really thinks whites are as evil as portrayed by white liberals and black demagogues. If they really thought so, they’d be too afraid to ever leave the house, since a) there are a lot more whites, b) those whites are much better armed, c) they’re more likely to be veterans of the Army’s and Marine Corps’ ground gaining combat arms, and d) they have an historically demonstrated cultural aptitude for mass, organized violence.

 7. People who insist you’re speaking in code insist on it because they believe it’s true. They believe it’s true because they really do speak in code and can’t imagine anyone who does not speak in code. It’s not racist to think those people are idiots, nor to note that they’re mostly white. (Exception to rule: When conservatives talk about guns and zombies? Especially in terms of using the former to kill the latter? Yeah; “zombie” is code for “liberals of any color.” See Rule 6, above.)

 8. It’s not racist to note that white liberalism managed to do in about thirty years something that three hundred years of slavery could not, seriously damage the black family, generally though not universally, and ruin it completely over wide swaths.

 9. Speaking of slavery, the bulk of slave raiding and trading in Africa was black, usually Islamic black (see Rule 16, below), on black. The Arabic word for black and slave is the same, “Abd.” And the first registered slave owner in Virginia was black. Pointing this out to liberals, white and black, is always fun.

 10. It’s not racist to wish that our first black president had been Thomas Sowell.

 11. The “Some of my best friends” defense against a charge of racism is no defense…unless it happens to be true. Sometimes it’s best expressed to a white liberal as, “You don’t have so much as a day in uniform, do you, dipshit?”

12. The system of education that white liberals have inflicted on inner city blacks is a crime against humanity. No amount of money that they toss at it helps to overcome the elimination of discipline liberalism has caused. It’s neither racist to note this…nor wrong.

 13. The various college and university minority “studies” programs, because they give a useless pseudo-education, and at very high cost in both money and time, are racist in their effects.

 14. Most black crime is black on black crime. It is racist in its effects to deprive the black community of the social good that comes from executing black criminals that prey on other blacks.

 15. It takes a white liberal idiot (Lord, forgive us our redundancies) not to understand the difference between casual sex with a member of another race and marrying and investing one’s entire reproductive effort in a member of another race. See, e.g., http://www.tomkratman.com/yoli.html. Dipshits.

 16. Islam is not a race. Detesting Islam is not racist. There is nothing in Islam which genetically compels either slightly tanned Palestinians or totally white English reverts to pray toward Mecca five times daily, to self-detonate in crowded squares and movie theaters, to find offense in just about everything, nor even to clitorectomize their women. Flash alert: Lysenko was wrong. Dipshits.

 17. When a liberal accuses you of racism, rejoice; it means the dipshit knows he or she is losing.

 18. The worst racists are liberals, mostly white ones, who assume that blacks and hispanics are so inferior that only affirmative action in perpetuity would give them a remotely fair chance. (That this also keeps a lot of liberal white social workers and bureaucrats employed is, of course, merely incidental. Ahem. Dipshits.)

 19. There was a conservative argument for a kind of affirmative action. Unfortunately, all the money’s already been spent on employing white liberal social workers and bureaucrats, and we’re broke now, so that ship has sailed. Again, blame dipshit white liberals.

 20. Screaming “Racism! Raaaacissssm!” on the part of a white liberal, when the matter in question has no DNA in its gene pool, no genetics in its DNA (see Rule 2, above), is the surest proof that said white liberal is genetically defective. And a dipshit. And it’s not racist to point this out.
31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela on: April 02, 2014, 12:00:22 AM

Andrez needs to explain to the Venezuelian people that marxism is scientific!
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-China (& Japan, South China Sea-- Vietnam, Philippines, etc) on: April 01, 2014, 10:20:05 PM
Good thing the US Navy has the ships and funding it needs to address the rising issues in asia. Right?
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The media hates republicans on: April 01, 2014, 04:35:11 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/01/fbi-guns-leland-lee-column/7081115/
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: U.S. and Israel Said to Be Near Agreement on Release of Spy on: April 01, 2014, 04:25:25 PM

Could also be posted under the death of the rule of law. Lurch/Buraq want a peace deal at any cost, not that it will happen. Pollard deserves to rot in prison.
35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / commie core on: March 31, 2014, 04:29:51 PM
http://www.ijreview.com/2014/03/125409-crazily-scary-common-core-problem-asks/

The let's long march through the institutions continues.
36  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DC man convicted for dud bullets on: March 31, 2014, 03:43:32 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/03/28/former-dc-resident-found-guilty-for-violating-city-gun-laws-for-owning-fake/?intcmp=trending

Some animals are more equal than others.
37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Economics, the stock market , and other investment/savings strategies on: March 31, 2014, 02:58:36 PM
Buy  on the dips, though beans and bullets should be your priority.
38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Nice country ya got there; it would be a shame if anything happened to it , , , on: March 31, 2014, 10:37:18 AM

Has Lurch promised us peace in our time yet?
39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fire exchanged on: March 31, 2014, 10:35:10 AM

It seems like the world's thugs have figured out that they have no one to stop them.
40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Housing/Mortgage/Real Estate on: March 30, 2014, 12:08:18 PM
"1.  The 24-35 age cohort have a completely different view of real estate than previous age groups. They no longer see it as an investment opportunity , , , ."

Particularly when they can't get a job more than 29 hours a week to pay off their college loans.




But they get to subsidize everyone else through obamacare, so they got that going for them.
41  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / CNN finds the Leland Yee case not newsworthy on: March 29, 2014, 06:42:57 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/03/29/Leland-Yee-Blackout-After-Gushing-over-Wendy-Davis-CNN-Claims-They-Cover-State-Senators-About-Never
42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Didn't the buffalo produce a lot of methane? on: March 29, 2014, 06:17:40 PM

Despite what they claim, it's just their war against red state kulaks. Can't have free men making money doing manly things.
43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Corruption on: March 29, 2014, 11:25:20 AM
"If Leland Yee had a machine that controlled the weather, he'd be a Batman villain".-Larry Correia
44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: POTH: Vote patterns by age groups on: March 29, 2014, 10:22:06 AM

Voting against their own interests will not last.
45  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Sig Sauer BOGO 1911s on: March 29, 2014, 12:17:05 AM
eBort on the Sig Sauer 1911

So, the other day browsing through a local gun shop, the salesman tells me about the Sig Sauer 1911 BOGO promotion. basically, buy one Sig 1911 and get a 1911 in .22 for free.

Well, I tell him I'll think about it. I jump online and find that the store has a better price on the Sig 1911 carry nightmare than budsgunshop.com plus a 1911 in .22LR that generally retails for about 400 bucks for FREE!

So, short time later I'm back at the gun shop and make my purchase in short order. The Sig carry nightmare is both pretty and very well made as a defensive weapon with stock tritium night sights. I bought a Wilson Combat 8 round magazine to go along with the 2 8 round stainless steel mags supplied by Sig. The Wilson would ride in the gun if I was to carry it concealed, as the Sig mags have a extended floorplate/base pad that somewhat detracts from it's inherent concealability.

Let me say that I'm a hardcore Glock guy that has carried Glocks for most all of my adult life, both on and off duty. I haven't owned a 1911 for decades and regularly talk smack to the 1911 cultists at my job, but a good deal is a good deal and a lot of my handgun training was based on the 1911 weapon system, so despite my love for the Austrian combat Tupperware,  running the 1911 properly isn't difficult for me.

In the last few days, I've put about 150 rounds through the .45 and about 120 precious .22lr rounds through the 1911-22. Only one malfunction with the .45 with the slide dragging after locking back on an empty magazine and me performing an emergency reload. I had to push the slide into battery. I note this was around 100 plus rounds without cleaning. No other malfunctions have been encountered thus far in the .45 1911.

I have seen about 3 varied malfunctions in the 1911-22 so far.

Will I carry the 1911 on duty now? No. Although my agency would allow it, I still think the practical and effective Glock is a better choice for duty and self defense, I wouldn't be upset if I was forced to carry this 1911 on or off duty with what I've seen thus far.

I do plan to take this 1911 through a handgun class at some point, as I think I'd do quite well with it.

I can recommend these weapons without hesitation, given what I've seen thus far from them. Especially if you can get the BOGO deal.


46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US Foreign Policy on: March 28, 2014, 11:14:20 PM
As pax Americana fades, expect those stats to change in the other direction.

Zakaria makes Thomas Friedman look smart in comparison. At least Friedman makes up his own hack phrases.
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: March 28, 2014, 10:47:51 PM
*crickets*

Anyone expect Buraq to condemn this?
48  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The United Nations/ US Sovereignty/International Law on: March 28, 2014, 10:06:26 PM
The only thing more meaningless is Buraq's Nobel Peace prize.
49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: March 28, 2014, 04:01:32 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/28/Gun-Control-Groups-Fear-Sen-Yee-s-Indictment-Will-Make-Gun-Control-More-Difficult-To-Pass

Almost like there is a lack of credibility...
50  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Stratfor: Russia's Great Power Strategy on: March 28, 2014, 03:14:58 PM
http://www.theweek.co.uk/europe/ukraine/57830/why-are-polish-men-london-getting-military-call-papers

No worries. Wars never start in Poland.
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