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America, Our Debt-Ridden Nation

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This is article 390 of 390 in the topic economy
By Alan Caruba
Let’s look at just some of the latest news about the U.S. economy:
# According to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Services, the federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000—over $2 trillion—in benefits and entitlements in the 2013 fiscal year, October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Most of the benefits, 69.7% came from non-means tested government programs that provide them to recipients who qualify regardless of income. That would include Medicare, Social Security, unemployment compensation, veteran’s compensation, and railroad retirement, to name a few.
# The total federal government spending in 2013 totaled $3,454,253,000,000—over $3.4 trillion—encompassing defense, highway and transportation costs, public education, immigration services, and government worker salaries, to name a few.
# An astonishing amount of that spending constitutes wasted taxpayer money. In July the Government Accountability Office (CAO) testified before Congress that federal agencies made more than $100 billion in improper payments in 2013. That is an amount comparable to the combined total budgets of the Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, Border Patrol, Secret Service, and the Federal Emergency Agency, et cetera. Improper payments result when people collect money from government programs for which they are ineligible.
# By August, the total U.S. federal debt had increased to more than $7 trillion during the five and a half years since Barack Obama has been President. That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. Presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton—combined! More debt than was accumulated in the first 227 years from 1776 through 2003.
# During the time President Obama has been in office the number of unemployed reached 37.2%, a 36-year high for those 16 or older who do not have a job and are not actively seeking one. From December 2013 through May of this year, the labor participation rate had been at 62.8%. The last time the labor participation rate was that low was February 1978 when Jimmy Carter was President.
# As the nation sank deeper into debt by the end of 2012 there were 109,631,000 Americans living in households that were receiving one or more federally funded “means-tested programs”, more generally referred to as welfare. Combined with those receiving non-means-tested benefits and it added up to 49.5% of the population.
It is always tempting to blame everything on the President and, despite the usual rebound from a recession that has occurred in the past, it has not occurred during his first term, nor into his second at this point. In fact, the latest data reveals that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9% annual rate during the first quarter of 2014. Its long-run average rate of growth has been 3.3%, but the highest since Obama took office was 2.8%.
According to the World Bank, in 2013 the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, the value of its goods and services, was $16,800,000,000,000. The federal, state and governments took their share via taxation on income and/or property. The rest was saved or spent by those either holding a job or receiving government benefits; very nearly half of the population old enough to be employed if there were jobs for them.
The problem that affects all of us is the imbalance of the U.S.

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Decapitating the U.S. Military

by Alan Caruba on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

This is article 303 of 303 in the topic US Military
By Alan Caruba
Many Americans were shocked by the Islamic State video of the beheading of the photo journalist James Foley. Perhaps they had already forgotten the decapitation of Wall Street Journal journalist, Daniel Pearl in 2002. Most certainly, the memory of the murder of nearly 3,000 on September 11, 2001 with the destruction of the World Trade Towers has begun to recede.
What most do not know is that decapitation is a requirement in the Islamic holy war and holy book, the Koran.
“So when you meet in Jihad in Allah’s cause those who disbelieve, smite their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them…” (Surat 47, al-Qital—the Killing–, Ayat 4.
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks and smite them over all their fingers and toes.” – Surat al-Anfel (The Spoils), Ayat/Verse 12.)
If I were a jihadist who wanted to undermine the capacity of the United States of America to both defend itself and/or to wage war on those who regard us as their enemy, I would welcome what is currently occurring to weaken our military. It is exactly what President Obama and a compliant Congress has been doing for some time now.
In the name of the “sequester”, an across-the-board reduction in federal spending, the military has suffered the most despite being the single key factor to defend the nation and to project our power to protect our allies.
An August 26 article in Politico reported that the five leading U.S. defense firms, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing’s defense unit, and Northrop Grumman, have eliminated 70,000 jobs since 2008 through layoffs, buyouts, attrition, or, as Boeing did, moving employees to the commercial side of its business. “There’s little momentum in Congress to undo the current caps on discretionary federal spending and, facing a war-weary public, U.S. officials are pledging to avoid sending combat troops to today’s hotspots, including Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine.”
As reported by Bloomberg News in July, “The U.S. Navy can’t meet its funding needs for surface warships and a new class of nuclear attack submarines from 2025 to 2034 according to the service’s latest 30-year shipbuilding plan.” The Navy is just one element of the Pentagon’s current five-year funding plan “in an era of declining defense spending.” It will impact the need for new submarines, the planned full production of F-35 fighter jets, and a new long-range strike bomber.
In March The Washington Times reported that “President Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.” Obama wants to eliminate the famed Tomahawk and Hellfire missile programs. Why?
We have, however, billions for a variety of welfare programs, those devoted to “environmental research”, and countless other examples of sheer waste.
In January, commentator Mike Snyder raised the question, “Why are Dozens of High Ranking Officers Being Purged from the U.S. Military?”  He noted that “Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the ‘purge’ of the U.S.

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"Counting Down to Jan. 20, 2017" and "Libertarians + Liberals = Lunacy"

by Burt Prelutsky on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

There used to be a popular radio show, followed by an equally popular TV show, called “The Amateur Hour.” Singers, comedians and musicians, including even accordion players, would seek fame and fortune by competing on the show. These days, that notion has morphed into any number of similar shows, the most successful of which is “American Idol.”

What led me to think about all this is the realization that by the time the next president is inaugurated, Barack Obama will have held office for 2,922 days. (Don’t forget to count leap years before writing to question my math.) Or in other words, we will have suffered through the equivalent of 70,128 amateur hours.

In his book “Presidential Power,” Richard Neustadt wisely wrote: “The Presidency is no place for amateurs. It requires politicians of extraordinary temperament. That sort of experience can hardly be acquired without deep experience in political office. The Presidency is a place for men of politics. But by no means is it a place for every politician.”

I happen to agree with his analysis, which is why I opposed Herman Cain’s candidacy in 2012 and oppose Dr. Ben Carson’s today. Both men seem to be intelligent and decent fellows, and while I consider both qualities essential in a Chief Executive, I don’t see how that qualifies them to sit in the Oval Office. Heck, I’m intelligent and decent, and have devoted far more time to politics than either of them, and even I wouldn’t vote for me. Well, not unless I was the only thing standing between Hillary Clinton and a return trip to the White House.

In the same way, I tend not to support senators or congressmen. Their jobs don’t provide them with executive experience. What it does provide them with is a megaphone, so they are able to capture people’s attention.

For instance, I very much like Paul Ryan, but except for his expertise when it comes to budgetary matters and a very pleasant personality, I have no idea how he would govern. I am also taken with Trey Gowdy, and the way he cuts through the crapola when questioning the smarmy likes of IRS chief John Koskinen. But I can’t help feeling that the country might be better served if they either stayed where they are or were promoted to Cabinet positions as Secretary of the Treasury and Attorney General, respectively.

Speaking of the IRS, I always thought I had a great way to lessen the annual pain of writing a check to the Treasury. It would take advantage of people’s addiction to lotteries. Don’t you think that people would be somewhat more anxious to pay what they owe if the IRS instituted a lottery that would pay out a first prize of, say, a hundred times the amount you paid in? I would also have runner-up prizes that would return 75-1, 50-1, 25-1, 10-1 to a handful of lucky taxpayers, and perhaps a thousand additional payouts to those whose prize would be the return of their checks torn into several pieces.

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Obama ready to go it alone on UN climate change treaty, ignoring the US Senate and ratification

by John Lott on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This is article 12 of 12 in the topic Treaties
With one title in the New York Times pointing out “Democrats see winning issue in Carbon Plan,” it isn’t too surprised the Obama administration is just going to ignore the Democrat controlled Senate.  Apparently a UN agreement is being planned for next year (a non-election year) from the Obama administration.  From the New York Times:

The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. . . .

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

“If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time,” said Paul Bledsoe, a top climate change official in the Clinton administration who works closely with the Obama White House on international climate change policy. . . .

“Unfortunately, this would be just another of many examples of the Obama administration’s tendency to abide by laws that it likes and to disregard laws it doesn’t like — and to ignore the elected representatives of the people when they don’t agree,” Senator Mitch McConnell . . . .

There is a little irony in the NY Times piece:

The Obama administration’s climate change negotiators are desperate to avoid repeating the failure of Kyoto, the United Nations’ first effort at a legally binding global climate change treaty. Nations around the world signed on to the deal, which would have required the world’s richest economies to cut their carbon emissions, but the Senate refused to ratify the treaty, ensuring that the world’s largest historic carbon polluter was not bound by the agreement. . . .

What isn’t mentioned is that even without the Kyoto agreement the US is one country that has actually seen a significant drop in carbon emissions.

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Jihadists invade Tripoli airport as Obama allows Libyan pilot training in U.S.

by Jim Kouri on Monday, August 25th, 2014

This is article 784 of 783 in the topic Terrorism

In the aftermath of President Barack Obama lifting a ban on allowing Libyans to train as pilots in the United States, Libyan Islamic terrorists belonging to the group Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) boasted on Saturday that they invaded and took control of the Tripoli International Airport. The airport had been under the control the pro-secular militias, according to Middle East news outlets.

“Acting without U.S. Congress knowledge or approval, President Barack Obama’s administration is now allowing Libyan nationals to come to the United States and signup for flight schools or attend American universities to train as nuclear scientists,” according to an August 14, 2014, Examiner news story.

Fajr Libya’s victory claim has led to increased concern that the Islamists may cause the pro-secular militias to retreat from the city of Zintan and eventually could be driven out of the capital city of Tripoli.

Tripoli’s airport had been occupied by militia groups since the 2011 rebellion that, with the help of the United States Air Force, toppled Libya’s former leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, who was beaten to death by rebels. But since July 13, 2014, the Islamist fighters launched a number of attacks to wrest control of it.

Intense combat between the Islamists and secularists has left more than 100 Libyans dead and another 450 wounded just within Tripoli’s city limits. But the terrorists have expanded their assaults to other major cities such as Benghazi. Middle Eastern news media claim that the battles have turned into a full-fledged civil war.

While the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said its representatives will continue seeking a cease-fire between the rival groups, it also said it expects its efforts to be a fruitless effort. According to officials, “The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemns the continuing fighting in Tripoli and Benghazi, especially the indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods and public facilities as well as the use of aircraft in military operations.”

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Why Do Black Leaders Have Preconceived Notions of Guilt When the Races Exchange Roles?

by Jerry McConnell on Monday, August 25th, 2014

This is article 453 of 453 in the topic Government Corruption

If at first you don’t succeed, try – oops; not that one, but it’s very close.  The one I’m thinking of when I heard that the cavalry, in the form of two black leaders, not Black Panthers, although that group are certainly present at this roasting; but these warriors heard that a young black boy got shot by a white policeman during the riots in Ferguson, suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and they’re here to make sure some white cop gets not necessarily fair but equal treatment.

But wait; fair and equal? How can that be?  The cop was not looting and part of the general mayhem prevalent in the scene of the action; only the black boy.  And yes, the young black boy was seen and videotaped with a box of expensive cigars in his hand when leaving a store that had been looted.

That’s ridiculous, you say; boys are too small to smoke cigars.  Not this boy, he could be a backup for an offensive lineman on an NFL football team well over 275 pounds and standing six feet four inches tall, literally, a giant of a man, er, boy.  But they got him on tape menacing a normal-sized store owner who was trying to recover the stolen property from the looters who were leaving the store.  BIG BOY was last out and made sure the owner didn’t follow them.

Oh, now I remember; it was a quote by Albert Einstein’s definition of ‘Insanity’ which is:  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  In this case, there had already been two autopsies performed on the huge man, er, boy, in which the rioters, including the Black Panthers and the two black cavalry riders, namely Obama and Holder, were disappointed in the conclusions which did not OFFICIALLY condemn the police officer.

So what does a black U.S. President, a black U.S. Attorney General and a black population of a black community do, then?  Why, of course – order the execution of the white police officer, excuse me, the third enactment of the procedures which are called autopsies.  Surely, as some pundits are saying, the third time is the charm; it can’t fail.  Their methods got Obama reelected even when some towns had more votes for him even when they had LESS actual residents in the town.

So, you see, SOME things can just BE DONE.  Remember the definition of insanity up above? Wink, wink.  Hell, they almost got everyone to believe that the bullet exit wounds on the victim’s back were bullet ENTRY wounds, so it’s possible.  Isn’t it?  Wink, wink.  And the additional oversight of two such luminaries as the POTUS and AGUS should be enough to close that case.

In a “libertyunyielding” staff report of August 18, 2014, it was stated that “Holder orders third autopsy of Michael Brown” by saying, “Maybe this time around Attorney General Eric Holder will find evidence that confirms his preconception of how Michael Brown (aka one of “his people”) met his end on the streets of a St.

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Bergdahl swap: Federal agency says Obama administration are lawbreakers

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, August 24th, 2014

This is article 1001 of 1001 in the topic Obama

The Obama administration violated U.S. law when it secretly exchanged five Guantanamo Bay imprisoned terrorists for a U.S. Army soldier — who was captured by the Taliban after allegedly deserting his post — and the violation is punishable by jail time, suspension and removal from office, according to a report from an Inside the Beltway watchdog group on Friday.

Judicial Watch obtained a copy of a government investigation summary that reveals the U.S. Department of Defense violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 when its officials traded five terrorists being detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the release of a U.S. prisoner of war being held by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

According to a Examiner news report on the prisoner swap, the five terrorists were turned over to the nation of Qatar — a nation considered by counterterrorism experts to be highly suspect — without giving notice to members of certain congressional oversight committees. What Section 8111 prohibits is the Defense Department “using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer.” Because officials at the DOD used its appropriations to break the law, in addition to violating a provision of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014, officials also violated the Anti-Deficiency Act.

The investigative arm of the House of Representatives , Government Accountability Office (GAO), accused President Obama, acting in his capacity as Commander in Chief, of breaking a “clear and unambiguous” law when he authorized the swapping of five high-level terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is accused of deserting his guard post and going AWOL in Afghanistan in 2009.

According to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the GAO described a violation that is a serious breach of federal law which may have severe consequences for the perpetrator or perpetrators. Penalties may include fines, imprisonment, administrative discipline, suspension from duty without pay or removal from office, the rules specifically state.

“Congress must be notified before acts of this magnitude are committed and the president completely disregarded the legislative branch. In fact the Department of Defense (DOD) failed to notify Congress at least 30 days in advance of the exchange, a flagrant violation of the law, and misused nearly $1 million of a wartime account to make the transfer,” the GAO report says.

“They held positions of great importance within the hard-core anti-American Taliban, including the Chief of Staff of the Taliban Army and the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence. They have American blood on their hands and surely as night follows day they will return to the fight. In effect, we released the ‘Taliban Dream Team.’ The United States is less safe because of these actions,” according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

Judicial Watch officials stated:.

“In a nutshell, Obama and his appointees flipped the finger at Congress, the American public and the rule of law. We’ve seen this many times during this president’s two terms and will likely see it over and over again before he moves out of the White House.

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It’s racist to not die for Obama

by Sher Zieve on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is article 457 of 457 in the topic Immigration

I knew this day was coming and have even written about it in past years’ columns. It was a fait accompli when Barack Hussein Obama entered what was once our White House and only a matter of time until he implemented this Orwellian portion of his program. We are already being called racists if we object to having our country invaded by foreign entities; many of whom are diseased, many gang-banger murderers including the infamous MS-13 Latin gang and Islamist terrorists. So, soon the inevitable devolution into the following will be a reality: If you object to your own death at the hands of the illegals’ diseases, you are a racist…and probably white. This is the insanity to which we-the-people are being subjected at the hands of a group of leftist globalist elites now running the planet. Think not? Well, consider what has been happening in the United States of America. Obama and his syndicate advisors have now created a wide open border between Mexico and the USA. People from virtually all countries – including Islamist terrorists – around the world are entering America with no one stopping them.

The US Border Patrol has been told to “stand down” and let them through. Some of the already identified diseases being brought into our country by illegal immigrant aliens – at Obama’s command – include but, are not limited to Scabies, new strains of highly-contagious tuberculosis, chicken pox, Swine flu, SARS, Dengue fever and – yes – Ebola. Doctors at the US Southern Border telling people about the problems and are being warned by the US government to ‘shut-up…or else’. And the American people are being told by the ObamaMedia PC Police “If you object to the ‘undocumented people’ entering the USA you are a racist!”

Children who have entered the country illegally are being transported by the US government to points largely unknown by the States they are entering and State governors are being refused information by the ObamaGov as to where they have been taken, how many of them there are, whether or not they have communicable diseases etc. All of this is being done under the guise of “privacy for the children” by the Obama syndicate…the crime syndicate that is now operating above-and-apart from any and all laws; a syndicate that plans to spread disease and pestilence to as many Americans as are possible. And who is watching the real children’s watchers? Where are these children ending up? We already know the Obama syndicate’s partner-in-crime the Sinaloa Cartel (remember Fast & Furious?) are involved not only in the drug trade but, in human trafficking – including the provision of child sex slaves to those willing to pay the price. If that’s inaccurate, why the secrecy? Look to the most obvious and realistic answer. In the 1970s Obama’s friend and mentor Bill Ayers’ group the Weather Underground advised that its plan was to have the Russians, Chinese and others occupy various regions of the USA and to eliminate at least 25,000,000 people who would refuse to be re-educated into their new masters’ ways of thinking. Larry Grathwohl was an FBI undercover informant in the group and shared information via a video (below) and I was privileged to interview him shortly before his death.

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Ferguson: Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett secretly briefs civil rights leaders

by Jim Kouri on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is article 45 of 45 in the topic Equal Rights/Civil Rights

After President Barack Obama warned Americans not to “rush to judgement” regarding the case of a white cop, Darren Wilson, shooting an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, Obama’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett on Monday secretly held a conference via telephone and Skype with a number civil rights leaders to brief them on the prosecution of the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, according to Frederick Pearlman, a police official in Washington, D.C.

While saying his administration is being unbiased about the case, Obama’s staff — especially Jarrett, who is called by many “Obama’s puppetmaster” — is working the phones to assure the Democratic Party’s important “civil rights community” voting block, said Pearlman, a former president of a top police organization.

Attorney General Eric Holder and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett assured the leaders, who are still not identified, that the Brown case is a top priority. Holder allegedly took part in the phone conference, as well.

Holder and the people on the call discussed the FBI agents locating more than 200 people to interview about the case. Holder reportedly said that the FBI agents are attempting to find out is there is sufficient evidence to show that the Ferguson police officer used excessive force and violated the 6’4″ tall, 290 lbs. Brown’s civil rights that can be used in a federal criminal prosecution.

She also said that during his televised briefings,Obama wanted to reiterate to law enforcement officials how they have constitutional limits even when facing the rioters and to let them know that Holder will not rest until the case is resolved.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was accused of taking sides in the Ferguson tragedy by making statements about “justice” for the Brown family.

Gov. Nixon said that a “vigorous prosecution must now be pursued” even before there was an indictment by the grand jury. He also said that the prosecution has an “obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown… and it must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly; and I call upon them to meet those expectations.”

“Finally, once we have achieved peace in Ferguson and justice for the family of Michael Brown, we must remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been lost, mending what has been broken, and healing the wounds we have endured,” said the Democrat.

“I was floored by his statements. Justice is justice. You don’t prosecute someone just to give someone else justice, you do it to give justice for all. This governor, like Eric Holder, is a disgrace,” said former police detective Iris Aquino.

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Cartoon Round Up

by Alan Caruba on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is article 18 of 18 in the topic Humorous

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