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… Even Sicker [White House Loudmouth] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,September 27th,2013

… if you thought yesterday was bad , today it is even worse . Live , and in video , Dan Pfeiffer , the White House Communications

Logo of the United States White House, especia...

Logo of the United States White House, especially in conjunction with offices like the Chief of Staff and Press Secretary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

majordomo , making a [bleep] of himself on the Lead with Jake Tapper , on CNN … [link]

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… POTUS is an Arrogant Bastard …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,September 27th,2013

.. he thinks that he will set the terms of the debate , and no one else ? Worse , he wants to talk to the Mullahs in Qum [Iran] , but not the Republicans ?

.. Or , he will negotiate with the Russians , but not the House Republicans ?

..  How sick and arrogant a bastard is he ? Plenty , on both counts . SecState JohnBoy Kerry talks to the Iranian Foreign Minister ,

ayatullah khamenei

ayatullah khamenei (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and POTUS talks to the new Iranian President , Rowhani (who himself is subservient to the Supreme Leader , Ayatollah Ali Khameni) .

.. This Administration is the most arrogant , abrasive , and boorish White House in our nation ‘ s history . They think that they could do what ever they want , however they want , and why , and the other side will take the blame for an apparent and realistically possible government shutdown ? I do not think so . Obama is a fervent leftist . He has no sense of political touch . Wilhelm der Fibmeister was an immoral bastard , god only knows , but the man was and still is a superb political operator . He is more or less the mirror image of POTUS .

.. What is going to happen ? I am not sure , yet . A shutdown of a least a couple of days , would be my initial wager (at the beginning of October) . I would not be surprised if there would be another one later in the month , around the time for the expiration of the debt limit bill . The fanatical attacks over the budget bill are not helping , that is for sure . Dan Pfeiffer shooting off his mouth , about the Republicans being compared to suicide bombers with bombs strapped to their chests is by far the worst of the bunch .

.. try to cool it down a few notches , guys . otherwise , something really , really bad may well happen …

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… Disgusting [the Sex Jihad phenomenon] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,September 27th,2013

.. I realized that this stuff could happen , but , like this ?!?! ..

.. News emerged a few weeks ago in Arabic media that yet another fatwa had called on practicing Muslim women to travel to Syria and offer their sexual services to the jihadis fighting to overthrow the secularist Assad government and install Islamic law. Reports attribute the fatwa to Saudi sheikh Muhammad al-’Arifi, who, along with other Muslim clerics earlier permitted jihadis to rape Syrian women.

.. Muslim women prostituting themselves in this case is being considered a legitimate jihad because such women are making

... sex jihadis ... [how sick] ...

… sex jihadis … [how sick] …

sacrifices—their chastity, their dignity—in order to help apparently sexually-frustrated jihadis better focus on the war to empower I

.. This goes to one of the many seeming contradictions in Islam: Muslim women must chastely be covered head-to-toe—yet, in the service of jihad, they are allowed to prostitute themselves. Lying is forbidden—but permissible to empower Islam. Intentionally killing women and children is forbidden—but permissible during the jihad. Suicide is forbidden—but permissible during the jihad—when it is called “martyrdom.”

.. One may therefore expect anything from would-be jihadis, regardless of how un-Islamic the means may otherwise seem.

.. Even so, this uncompromising mentality, which is prevalent throughout the Islamic world, especially along the frontlines of the jihad, is the same mentality that many Western leaders and politicians think can be appeased with just a bit more respect, well-wishing, and concessions from the West.

Such are the great, and disastrous, disconnects of our time.

.. there are two articles of note on this by Ray Ibrahim . One is [here] , and the other is [here] …

.. try three . this one is even worse , if possible . A ‘ sex jihadi ‘ is pregnant , … , and she has the AIDS virus (she and her fetus )  … that link is [here] …

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… That is Why They Will Call It ObamaCrapCare …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 26th,2013

.. if you want to know why these idiots are imagining things out of fantasyland , then watch this video of POTUS shooting off his big mouth … [link]

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… Yes , I believe that It could Happen Here [Kenya Mall Terrorist Attack] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 26th,2013

.. Who has not seen the video out of Nairobi , Kenya ?

.. I did , and it is scary . It is a very spooky world in which we live . Our local police departments and others have to plan for so

An aerial of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

An aerial of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

much more than they have ever had to do so before . They have to plan for things that before that anyone would have thought possible . Well , they do , and god bless them .

.. I believe that such an attack could happen here in the United States , or in the U.K. , or in some other Western nation . To be honest , I expect it . The terrorists that will likely accomplish this act are likely to be home – grown . It could even be a chemical or biological attack . Just imagine (God forbid) the chaos that would ensue with either type of attack . What a nightmare . The damage to our economy would be enormous …

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… Actually , Nancy Pelosi , You Can ! [Budget Cuts] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 25th,2013

.. It is fairly simple , Ms. Pelosi …

[-] You figure out how much that you want to pay in taxes … ,

[-] You set priorities , and figure out how much you can afford to spend , and

[-] Ideally , you do not borrow …

.. There are plenty of places to cut , and there are plenty of agencies that can be shut down , or that can be phased out . Try it . You just might like it . Especially when you do it without tax increases , as is your wont , Nancy ….

… p.s. — you really think that I was going to post a picture of that witch . Not a chance in hell ….

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… This is Outrageous [Zero Tolerance Mania] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 25th,2013

.. You really have to watch the news piece . What these kids did was innocuous and innocent . They did it on private property , well away from the bus stop . Watch the video link [here] …

… from Hot Air …
Video: Student suspended, possibly expelled for playing with toy gun in his own yard

posted at 10:01 am on September 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

When do schools assume legal responsibility for your children? At the school, on the bus, or at the bus stop? The latter is likely

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the best answer, but no one believes that it starts in your front yard, seventy feet away from the bus stop. Nobody, that is, except perhaps the Virginia Beach City Public School System, which may expel Khalid Caraballo today for shooting a non-lethal pellet pistol in his own front yard last week:

A suspended seventh grade Virginia Beach student will find out soon if he is expelled for the rest of the year for shooting an airsoft gun.

Like thousands of others in Hampton Roads, Khalid Caraballo plays with airsoft guns. Caraballo and his friend Aidan were suspended because they shot two other friends who were with them while playing with the guns as they waited for the school bus.

The two seventh graders say they never went to the bus stop; they fired the airsoft guns while on Caraballo’s private property.

The school says that Khalid and his friends shot pellets “at people near the bus stop,” and that one student was within ten feet of the stop when targeted. The school has a responsibility to secure the stop and to impose discipline for the safety of its students. If they can establish that the horseplay did involve the bus stop and students who didn’t want to participate, then they would likely have legal grounds to address the situation.

That still leaves the matter of expelling a student for playing with pellet pistols without malice, and who may just have been careless while playing on his own property. This might call for detention to make a point, but it’s impossible to imagine that this incident alone makes Khalid so ungovernable that he should be expelled for an entire school year for it. Given Khalid’s concerns over the incident, it’s even less imaginable:

Khalid said he will never do this again. “It’s terrible. I won’t get the chance to go to a good college. It’s on your school record. The

School Bus Stop Ahead sign

School Bus Stop Ahead sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

school said I had possession of a firearm. They aren’t going to ask me any questions. They are going to think it was a real gun, and I was trying to hurt someone. They will say ‘oh, we can’t accept you.’ “

This looks very much like another case of zero-tolerance rules running adults rather than the other way around .

LEC again — zero tolerance policies do have a place . But , for god sake , so does common sense . Put on your thinking caps , folks , and use some sense of dignity and decency …

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… Why Sign This Treaty ?!?!

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 25th,2013

.. I am referring to the Arms Trade Treaty . Apparently , SecState JohnBoy Kerry is going to sign this treaty , at POTUS ‘ direction . Why bother ?

.. Dumb – Dumbs , there are 60 confirmed NO votes against the treaty . You need a 2/3 majority of all senators [67 of 100] to approve a treaty under our Consitution . Also , these treaties become the law of the land only when approved , not before . They are also subservient to the Constitution . If there is a conflict between the treaty and the U.S. Constitution , the Constitution holds sway , folks .

… from Hot Air …

The Senate won’t ratify the UN’s arms control treaty, but John Kerry is going to sign it anyway

posted at 6:01 pm on September 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Obama administration officials already signaled that they have every intention of ignoring the wishes and demands of the legislature on this one earlier this year, but the now infamous United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty is finally just about finished after years of political meandering and John Kerry is all set to put his pen to paper. Via Fox News:

Secretary of State John Kerry plans to sign a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation on Wednesday, a senior State Department official told Fox News — despite warnings from lawmakers that the Senate will not ratify the agreement.

A State official said the treaty would “reduce the risk that international transfers of conventional arms will be used to carry out the world’s worst crimes,” while protecting gun rights.

“The treaty builds on decades of cooperative efforts to stem the international, illegal, and illicit trade in conventional weapons that benefits terrorists and rogue agents,” the official said. …

What impact the treaty will have in curbing the estimated $60 billion global arms trade remains to be seen. The U.N. treaty will take effect after 50 countries ratify it, and a lot will depend on which ones ratify and which ones don’t, and how stringently it is implemented.

The United Nations and their notoriously poor record at accomplishing much of anything besides mass corruption and the legitimization of dictators still isn’t sure what the impact of the treaty will be and how stringently it will be implemented? Man, that inspires some major confidence. Yeah, let’s sign that.

You’ll recall that the Senate, also earlier this year, signaled their outright opposition to the United States’ joining the treaty and their disinclination to ratify the thing by the necessary two-thirds majority:

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.

Republicans have been critical of President Obama’s decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would not vote for anything that would violate the Second Amendment. …

“We’re negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms,” Inhofe said. “This is probably the last time this year that you’ll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights.”

But let that not stop the Obama administration in going right along with globalist bureaucrats insisting that there is no way in heck that this treaty could ever be abused to squash individual rights or back the United States into a corner on foreign-policy strategy — it’s just to help deter terrorism and violence, guys, really!

.. LEC again — the only way that these treaties truly get enforced is when the democracies sign on , and their democratic institutions make their governments (and others , with policy leverage) obey the law . These agreements are one big joke in the authortarian naitons and the dictatorships , unless the democracies have leverage over them and lean on them HARD …

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… You Wonder Why the Egyptians hate POTUS …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 24th,2013

Middle East Media Research Institute Logo

Middle East Media Research Institute Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. then read the text below of this MEMRI report . MEMRI stands for the Middle East Media Research Institute . I have them as one of my blogs in my BlogRoll . This report is well worthy of your time .

.. These folks do hate us , to a point , as a nation . They do not hate us so much , though , as a people . What they cannot stand , and feverently hate with a passion , is our current POTUS . Obama is a philosophical and religious bigot , whom they have come to hate with a passion , and they detest and hate the Muslim Brotherhood with equal , if not greater passion ….

Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 1016

In Egypt, Public Campaign Against Obama, U.S.; Calls For Intensified Cooperation With Russia, China

By: L. Lavi and N. Shamni*

Since Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi’s removal from power, the Egyptian public and media – both pro- and anti-Mursi – have been fiercely attacking the U.S.[1] This trend is part of continually escalating anti-U.S. and, more specifically, anti-President Obama attacks on the part of supporters of Egyptian Defense Minister Al-Sisi, who deposed Mursi. Apparently, the reasons for this include: President Obama’s condemnation of the violent August 14 dispersal of the Mursi supporters’ weeks-long sit-ins at Raba’a Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Square; the U.S.’s July 24 cancellation of its delivery to Egypt of four F-16 aircraft; the U.S.’s August 15 cancellation of the joint U.S.-Egypt military exercise, scheduled for this month; and discussions in the U.S. about the possibility that it would halt its aid to Egypt – measures that were perceived both by the pro-Al-Sisi camp and by opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) as expressions of American support for the MB.
Al-Sisi’s anti-U.S. onslaught has taken the form of declarations by senior Egyptian government officials, articles in newspapers identified with the regime and the army, and political and popular campaigns in social media and on the street. One prominent example of this was Al-Sisi’s direct appeal to the American administration in his August 3 interview with The Washington Post, where he stated: ‘You left the Egyptians. You turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that…'[2] Another example is Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawi’s reminder, in an interview with the ABC network, that Egypt had received military aid from Russia for decades,[3]and his insistence that the Egyptian army would survive the cessation of American aid to Egypt, and that, if this caused any damage, the damage would last for a limited time only.[4]
The Egyptian pro-regime and -army press published articles notable in their vilification of President Obama himself – insulting his mother, calling him mentally deficient and his administration “the Adolf Obama Reich,” and even going so far as to offer a prayer that he would die in agony. Many articles contended that Obama and his administration supported terror by virtue of their support for the MB; columnists also opposed U.S. intervention in Egypt’s internal affairs, and, in response to American threats to cut off aid, argued that Egypt was better off without it.
At the same time, political and popular campaigns against continued U.S. aid to Egypt were launched, with the leading campaign organized by the Tamarrud and April 6 movements; these movements had played a major role in the protests that led to Mursi’s ouster. Another campaign called for the regime to reject American aid so as to maintain Egypt’s independence and to protect it from foreign interference.
Furthermore, many articles dealt with the decline of American influence in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, in Russia’s favor; they called for inviting President Vladimir Putin to Cairo, with a lavish reception held in his honor. Billboards with Putin’s photo, captioned “Bye-bye America” were even put up at a pro-Al-Sisi demonstration in Alexandria.
This report will review some of the many articles in the pro-Egyptian regime and pro-Egyptian army press condemning the U.S., and will also review the campaigns against U.S. aid to Egypt.
Anti-American Articles In The Pro-Regime And Pro-Army Egyptian Press
Obama Supports The MB In Egypt, Which Is The Source Of Global Terror
Many articles accused Obama of allying with the MB, which they claim is a radical terror movement.
Obama, Friend Of The MB – Which Is The Source Of All Terror Organizations In The World
In an article titled “The MB and Obama’s Filthy Alliance [With It] Against the Egyptian People,” Egyptian writer ‘Abd Al-Fatah ‘Abd Al-Mun’im wrote: “Does the American administration and its president, Mr. Obama, an enemy of the Egyptian people and a friend of the MB, know that the Al-Qaeda organization and all the terrorist organizations that kill and slaughter American soldiers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and everyplace else in the world, [trace their] origins, roots and first affiliation to the MB movement… [?] Without the radicalism of the MB’s ideology, these terror organizations, by which the American people have been burned, would never have emerged.
“Nevertheless, Obama sees no problem in defending the Egyptian MB, claiming that the elections that brought the failed and ousted president Muhammad Mursi to power were legitimate… The MB staged a political takeover in Egypt with the assistance of America, which believed that if it encouraged the MB [in its attaining power], Israel’s safeguarding would be assured.
“Due to the Americans’ absolute support for the Muhammad Mursi regime, he and his movement committed many sins against the Egyptian people, starting with Mursi’s attempt to subject the country to MB control… to his selling Egypt to [foreign interests[5]] and ending with more crimes, no condemnation of which have we ever heard from Obama and his allies like Turkey, France and England…”[6]

Obama: “I don’t belong to the MB, but I support the MB.” Ahram-canada.com, July 6, 2013
Obama Offers Up Egypt As A Sacrifice To The MB God Of Terrorism
Egyptian journalist Wael Al-Samari went so far as to claim that Obama is treating the MB like a deity to whom he must offer sacrifices – and his sacrificial victims are the Egyptians and their homeland. He wrote in his column in the Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’ daily: “The events of September 11 made the Americans, and first and foremost Obama, imagine a god of global terror [the MB] whose desire they must satisfy and whose blessing they must obtain with aid, funds, counsel, and global political backing. It must do so in order to avoid a repeat of September 11, which changed the global balance of power.
“Thus, the most advanced country in the world became the most primitive; in fact, there is [only] one difference between what primitive man once did and what Obama is now doing: Primitive man offered up sacrifices from his [own] harvest or the efforts of his own hunt – while Obama is offering us, our country, and our history to terrorists, on a silver platter…
“[Thus], instead of confronting and challenging the terror idols, [Obama] looks like a caveman shivering [in fear] in the face of wild animals and the forces of nature. This confirms that the U.S. has no culture or civilization, and that its technological and scientific veneer melts away as soon as it faces a genuine threat…”[7]

Standing on “Middle East” soil, U.S. feeds victims to the crocodile of “terror.” Al-Ahram Al-Arabi (Egypt), August 13, 2013
Vilification Of Obama
Some of the articles were notable for their particularly blunt and harsh anti-Obama sentiment, to the point of calling him “Adolf Obama,” expressing wishes for his death, and cursing him and his family.
“Ayatollah Obama,” “Adolf Obama” Is Partner To The Muslim Brotherhood’s Caliphate Dream
An article in the Al-Wafd party organ titled “Ayatollah Obama,” by media personality and Egyptian television presenter Kamal ‘Abd Al-Fattah,” stated: “The Muslim Brotherhood groups may well take pride in the position of White House sheikh Ayatollah Ruhollah Hussein Obama, who for the past year has shared with them the dream of implementing the Islamic shari’a in Egypt, one of the states of the great American Islamic Caliphate. In order to establish [the Islamic Caliphate in Egypt] in the 21st century, [three leaders] cooperated, [forming] the triangle comprising purity, fear of God, and rectitude…
“[These three are:] the wretched MB member who obeys the [MB General] Guide before he obeys Allah [i.e. deposed Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi]; a Qatari youth [i.e. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani] whose beard hasn’t yet grown and who has begun inscribing his autobiography in lipstick [a hint that he may be homosexual]; and the Turkish bull [i.e. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan] who is a throwback to the days of the [Ottoman] Sultanate…
“With regard to the conductor of this orchestra, Ayatollah Hussein Obama, he was defrauded by a woman of wily temperament named Ann Patterson [the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt], when she sketched out in his mind [the scenario] that the miserable MB would wrap Egypt in the cellophane of friendship and alliance and present it as a gift to the [leader of the] American Reich, Adolf Obama, in exchange for making [MB General Guide] Badi’ or [his deputy Khairat] Al-Shater the next ruler of Egypt in the American Islamic Caliphate state…
“Now, good residents of Egypt, the dream of the Caliphate has evaporated; the troika of political prostitution has collapsed,” and the American ayatollah [Obama], who planned to declare Egypt an Islamic emirate in the framework of the American Islamic Caliphate state, has fallen…
“Mr. Obama, it doesn’t matter that you have lost your principles; the worst thing is that you have removed from America its covering of honor and principles of freedom, leaving it naked in the world…”[8]
‘Al-Masri Al-Yawm’ Article: “Allah, Take Obama And Roast His Corpse”
The Egyptian Al-Masri Al-Yawm daily published a particularly vicious anti-Obama column by Ghada Sharif, in which she wrote: “Allah, take Obama and roast his corpse, turn him right and left on the coals of Hell in savory barbecue sauce; there’s no need for a cold drink or French fries…
“We [are looking at] the man who is the epitome of idiocy and who weirdly insists on sticking his mother’s nose into our affairs, after he cancelled the shipment of F-16s in a hysterical reaction to the request by [Egyptian Defense Minister] Al-Sisi [that the Egyptian people] empower him [to combat terror – a reference to Al-Sisi’s July 24, 2013 speech] … He hasn’t the tiniest shred of intelligence to make him correct his path and shut up…
“Apparently, Obama suffers from emotional problems… His mother was a troublemaker when she met his father, and instead of treating her like a lady, he prostituted her and lived off of her… Some say that [Obama] is [indeed] her son, and others say that she found him in the doorstep of a hashish den…
“The man is insane, and is unable to control his reactions…”[9]
The U.S. Is Losing Its Middle East Influence To Russia
Some of the articles stressed that the U.S.’s strength in the Middle East was fading and on the brink of collapse, and that Egypt, no longer subject to it, must now draw closer to Russia.
Egypt Will Stop Being Subject To The U.S., As Russia And China Enter The Ring
An article in Al-Ahram, titled “Egypt and the Erosion of America’s Influence,” by Dr. Yusri ‘Abdallah, a lecturer in literature at Helwan University, stated: “The entire American position [regarding the removal of Mursi and the June 30, 2013 revolution] constitutes a blatant affront to Egyptian sentiment… A new reality is created now in Cairo, [as reflected by Egypt’s] ability to confront and subdue the forces of darkness, and to preserve the idea of national independence as one of the main goals of the June revolution…
“Egypt will no longer be subject to the American axis, whose influence is fading, because of the immoral [position] of its administration towards the current situation in Egypt… and particularly in light of Russia’s new activity in the capitals of national liberation. This is like… that moment in the 1950s [i.e. the USSR’s Cold War-era alliance with Egypt under president Gamal ‘Abd Al-Nasser], that was the purest moment in the history of the world, and primarily in the history of the repressed peoples, who took their destiny in their own hands after bitter struggles with the forces of hegemony and imperialism…
“It may be that in the upcoming period, the situation in which some countries live like satellites of America in the region will continue, [while] other countries, headed by Egypt, will try, and rightly so, to take ownership of their own national decision[-making]. Since the desire of the free peoples always wins out, there is no doubt that the countries that are advancing towards their independent future will succeed in their efforts, whatever the cost.
“It may be that, as a result of this, the expected and longed-for erosion of the American influence in the region will begin, particularly in light of the fact that the main role that the U.S. is playing in the world is under threat, following Russia’s powerful entrance into the arena of events – in addition to China, which is always looking to pursue its economic interests, which it might very well find in Cairo in the near future…”[10]

Billboard in Alexandria: Putin, Al-Sisi, Nasser, “Bye-bye, America.” Shofeemafee.com, July 27, 2013
The American Demon Is Withering Away; Putin Will Be Given A Huge Reception When He Arrives In Cairo
In its August 17, 2013 editorial, titled “Putin, The New Khrushchev[11] – Welcome,” the Egyptian weekly Roz Al-Yousuf wrote: “The internationalization of the Egyptian crisis… – about which we warned [in an August 10, 2013 article] titled “Egypt Is Equal [To The U.S.] – It Is Not A Slave,’ – is beginning to take an exceptional turn, and we must deal with this quickly, professionally, and creatively…
“The only solution that we can suggest as a beginning is that the Egyptian leadership invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Cairo, as [part of] the return to the Cold War atmosphere that again prevails in the entire region.
“It is sufficient that this shrewd man [Putin] has already stressed several times that he [is willing] to place all Russia’s military capabilities at the disposal of the Egyptian leadership! [12]
“We call on Putin to respond immediately to Egypt’s invitation, and he is assured a huge popular reception, like Khrushchev, the Russian leader and ‘Nasser’s ally’…
“The Egyptians must diversify their sources of armament, and their ties [to various countries], particularly when the American demon is clearly withering away, and its collapse is nigh.”[13]

Against the backdrop of the report that Putin will soon visit Cairo:[14] Calls for millions to form a human Egyptian flag in honor of Putin’s arrival. Ahram-canada.com, August 12, 2013
Calls In Egypt To Reject U.S. Aid
At the same time, other articles called on the Egyptian regime to oppose U.S. aid, which, they said, had transformed Egypt into a lackey of the U.S. They argued Egypt is capable of taking care of itself and that it can get by without American aid.
Egypt Should End The Shame Of American And European Aid
Ahmad Al-Sayyed Al-Naggar wrote in the daily Al-Ahram: “The great Egypt cannot continue to accept regular American and European aid from countries that always stand against the Arab rights, and that have in effect stood by Israel in all its wars against Egypt.
“This is meager and toxic aid, and the U.S. used it to try to make Egypt its lackey, and European countries used it to extort [Egypt while] harming its value and stature… No other independent and leading country in the region receives regular annual aid from a country that routinely stands by its enemies, as Egypt does…
“Egypt should end the shame of the toxic American and European aid, and declare once and for all that it does not need it. It should focus on financial and economic cooperation with sister Arab countries and with friends with which it has already cooperated unconditionally – Russia, China, India, and others – since political, economic, and national independence are more valuable than any aid…
“Egypt… can gain development, justice, and might, by relying on itself, its abilities, and its mighty people.”[15]
Reducing Trade Relations With The U.S. Will Not Harm Egypt
Sharif Ahmad Shafiq also wrote in Al-Ahram: “President Obama, why shouldn’t Egypt, [like the U.S.] also consider its national interests? After all, it is the best able to solve its own crises. I say to the U.S. president: Your threats that [U.S.-]Egypt trade relations will never be the same… will not impact Egypt’s economic ability, because there is a strong infrastructure comprising the government, the military, and the police, who are working together for the good of the country. This in addition to Arab countries… that stand with their big sister Egypt…”[16]

Cover of October magazine: “Cutting off the head of the Uncle Sam snake.” October, Egypt, August 25, 2013
Facebook Campaigns Against U.S. And U.S. Aid
The Egyptian regime supporters’ attack on the U.S. and the calls to boycott its aid to Egypt were expressed also on Facebook pages identified with MB opponents. The Facebook page of the Tamarrud movement, which played a central role in the protest that led to the removal of Mursi, attacked what it said was American interference in Egypt’s affairs, and on August 17, it changed its profile picture to the following image:

“Tamarrud: No To Foreign Intervention.” Facebook.com/Tmrood, August 17, 2013
Tamarrud also criticized U.S. threats to cease aid to Egypt. Following President Obama’s cancellation of the joint U.S.-Egypt military maneuver, and of the delivery of four F-16 aircraft, Tamarrud founder Mahmoud Badr attacked him, saying: “Don’t preach to us on how to deal with MB terrorism… Why don’t you and your meager aid go to hell?”
Badr also announced that the Tamarrud movement had begun collecting signatures on a petition demanding that Egypt reject U.S. aid.[17] Subsequently, Tamarrud’s Facebook page directly attacked Obama and U.S. aid, posting the following image on August 20:

“To hell with American aid. We are a people that submits to none but Allah.” Facebook.com/Tmrood, August 20, 2013
Earlier, on July 29, 2013, the Tamarrud Facebook page featured the following picture, after the cancellation of the F-16 delivery:

Facebook.com/Tmrood, July 29, 2013
Along with the Tamarrud movement, the April 6 movement launched an anti-U.S. aid campaign called “Qadiroun – We Can.” This campaign too attacked Obama directly:

The Qadiroun campaign’s profile picture. Facebook.com/7amlet9adron, retrieved August 20, 2013
The campaign argued that this was not the first time nor would it be the last time that the U.S. would hint that it would halt the aid, and that it always uses this card to pressure Egypt. The campaign also posted a photo from an August 22 march against foreign embassies in Cairo, including the U.S. Embassy, organized by April 6 youth to protest against foreign interference in Egypt’s affairs and demanding national independence:

“Qadiroun campaign – mind your own business.” Facebook.com/7amlet9adron, retrieved August 20, 2013
Another post on the Qadiroun campaign’s Facebook page read: “We oppose humiliation in the name of aid; we oppose the patronizing of Egypt in the name of aid; we oppose terrorism in the name of aid. Therefore, we oppose [American] aid. Egypt has had its say. The [U.S.] aid interests us not at all.”

Egyptians sign the Qadiroun campaign’s petition. Facebook.com/7amlet9adron, retrieved August 28, 2013
Yet another anti-U.S. aid campaign, “Against American Aid,” on Facebook, with over 20,200 “likes,” is also collecting signatures on a petition calling on Egypt to refuse U.S. aid, so that “Egypt will be independent in its decisions,” “Egypt will not drink American poison,” “America will take its hands off our national military,” and “America will not rule our country.”[18] On August 27, 2013, the campaign organizers announced that they had collected 500,000 signatures so far.[19]

“Against American Aid” petition. Image: Facebook.com/againstamericanaid, retrieved July 10, 2013
*L. Lavi and N. Shamni are research fellows at MEMRI.

Endnotes:

[1] See MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 993, “In Egyptian Crisis, Both Sides Accuse U.S.”, July 8, 2013.
[2] Washingtonpost.com, August 3, 2013.
[3] Abcnews.go.com, August 20, 2013.
[4] Al-Wafd, (Egypt), August 21, 2013.
[5] The reference is to reports in the Egyptian media during Mursi’s rule alleging that the MB regime sold national assets to Qatar and China, such as the Egyptian state television building and leased the Suez Canal.
[6] Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’ (Egypt), August 18, 2013.
[7] Al-Yawm Al-Sabi’ (Egypt), August 19, 2013.
[8] Al-Wafd (Egypt), August 24, 2013.
[9] Al-Masri Al-Yawm (Egypt), August 13, 2013.
[10] Al-Ahram (Egypt), August 20, 2013
[11] Nikita S. Khrushchev was the leader of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in years 1955-1964.
[12] According to the independent newspaper The Diplomat, following the U.S. decision to cancel the joint military maneuvers, the Al-Masri Al-Yawm English-language website, Egypt Independent, reported that Putin had ordered that all the Russian army’s capabilities be placed at the disposal of the Egyptian army, and that joint Russian-Egyptian military exercises be held. According to The Diplomat, the report in Egypt Independent was based on several unnamed sources, but was removed from the website several hours later but not before it was picked up and published by various websites. The Diplomat called the Egypt Independent credible and respectable, but noted that it had a history of submitting to pressure from the Egyptian army, and that it might have removed the item under that pressure. The-diplomat.com, August 16, 2013.
[13] Roz Al-Yousuf (Egypt), August 17, 2013.
[14] In late July 2013, there were unofficial reports that Putin would be visiting Egypt in early August, but Egyptian regime sources denied them. Al-Misriyyoun (Egypt), July 31, 2013; El-balad.com, August 1, 2013.
[15] Al-Ahram (Egypt), August 27, 2013.
[16] Al-Ahram (Egypt), August 25, 2013.
[17] Al-Watan (Egypt), August 18, 2013.
[18] Facebook.com/againstamericanaid, accessed September 10, 2013.
[19] Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), August 27, 2013.

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… Lois Lerner should be fired …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 24th,2013

.. she should not be allowed to retire . She must not be allowed to retire . She is guilty of crimes , and the Department of inJustice is refusing to do its job to bring her before the bar of Justice , and thereby see that she be held to account for her actions while at the Infernal Revenue Service . She must not be allowed to get away with her criminal acts …

.. How anyone can let her retire is beyond me . Why she still draws a paycheck , any paycheck , of any kind is incredible . She is clearly guilty , and the Department of InJustice should be held to account for why she has not been held account for her actions .

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… What a Dictatorial , Ecosocialist Witch …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. I am referring to that ecosocialist Gina McCarthy , the so – called administrator of the EcoSocialist Propaganda Agency . What an arrogant witch !

.. this is a [link] to a buzzfeed article , one in which McCarthy claims that it is the economics of the industry , not the regulations that she is proposing , that is the problem with the coal industry .

.. for lack of daintyness , B – U – L – L – S – H – I – T !!!!

.. it is the dramatic and drastic ecosocialistic environmental regulations that you and your minions are attempting or have imposed on the industry right now . Coal is an effective and efficient means of generating electricity . What would help is a patriotic and non – socialistic Presidential administration in Washington . Also , it would help if the coal companies and the utilities would have a fair shake in the regulatory process , not the “sue and settle” stacked deck that attempts to impose grossly unfair regulations , without the required amount of due process in the government one would normally expect and deserves .

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… The Muslim Brotherhood gets the Hammer …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. and gets itself banned , hopefully now for good .

.. Since the Muslim Brotherhood showed its true stripes during Mohammed Morsi ‘ s time in office as Egypt ‘ s President , they have proven themselves to be a dictatorial mob . They have used the power of the ballot to attempt to achieve a ” elected ” dictatorship , gradually but steadily imposing shariah law on the remainder of Egypt . They also are or were positioning themselves for war with Israel . Bad move . Very bad move .

.. I generally do not approve of military takeovers . However , in this case , it was necessary . The Muslim Brotherhood was gradually imposing its form of dictatorship on Egypt by its use of and abuse thereof of the ballot box . By doing so , it has revealed its true colours . The Egyptian military has , however reluctantly , stepped in . Amazingly enough , they have done so with popular support of the great mass of the people of the country . Even many of the supporters of the Brotherhood realized their true colours , and switched sides . With the great loss of support , the Brotherhood was in essence doomed . Now , they have reaped what they have sewn  ….

Egypt Court Bans All Muslim Brotherhood Activities

Court orders government to seize Brotherhood’s assets in broadening campaign to cut off Islamist group

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporter holds onto barbed wire as he shouts slogans against the military and interior ministry in Cairo Sept. 20, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporter holds onto barbed wire as he shouts slogans against the military and interior ministry in Cairo Sept. 20, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

BY: September 23, 2013 9:22 am

 

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group’s funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

“The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” said the presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed.

The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood’s funds and administer its frozen assets.

The army-backed government is waging the toughest crackdown in decades on the Islamist group, which says it has a million members. Security forces killed hundreds of its supporters and rounded up thousands more since Morsi was deposed by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.

The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s toppling of Morsi triggered a political crisis in the Arab world’s most populous state, with the Brotherhood insisting that a military coup robbed them of power.

The court decision is likely to drive more Brotherhood members underground and it may encourage young Islamists to take up arms against the state.

LEC here again — It is going to be very interesting to see how the Brotherhood reacts . Without their physical and financial assets , they are going to have to regroup . It is very likely that they are going to “go to ground” as a result of their banning by  the government , but what else will they do … will they take up arms , and how ? … Also , where will they end up getting financial support ? … if they are going to be an effective underground movement , they are going to need it , and where are they going to get it from ?

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… Angela Merkel wins re – election in Germany …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. interesting result , to say the least .

.. you may ask , why ?

.. Germany is Europe ‘ s power engine . Merkel is , at least for now , Germany ‘ s unchallenged leader . No one else even comes

Angela Merkel September 2010

Angela Merkel September 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

close . No one else in any of of the other parties comes anywhere close to matching her in stature , or in policy . She may not be the idea machine that Maggie Thatcher was , but she is no dim bulb . She knows what she does , and what she does not , and is very will to seek out advice from other quarters , when she needs to ..

.. Her party coalition is made up of two parties . One is the mainline Christian Democratic Union . The other is the Bavaria – based Christian Social Union . Basically , they are one and the same . The two [ the Christian Democratic Union (C.D.U.), with its Bavarian sister party , the Christian Social Union (C.S.U.)] came very close to gaining an absolute majority in the German parliament , or Bundestag . This has not been done since 1957 , in the West German days under Konrad Adenauer .

.. Her normal coalition partners were not so lucky . The Free Democrats (the F.D.U.) were , in effect , shut out of the Bundestag in this election . They only achieved 4.8% of the vote . In Germany , you need 5.0% of the vote for your party to have representation in the Bundestag . Well , the anti – euro Alternative fur Germany (AfD) fell short , as well , at 4.7% of the national vote , so they will not be in the parliament , either . However , for their first time out , that share of the vote is not a bad result .

.. The Left in Germany had a very bad night . Amazingly enough , the loonie (far) left did all right . Both of the loonie left parties [the Greens and die Linke (the Link)] achived about 8.0 to 8.5% of the vote . The mainline left (the Social Democrats) were not so lucky . Their vote declined from the last election , to about 25.5% . The bigger problem was perception . The Social Democrats lost , and lost big , to the C.D.U. by nearly 17.0% . That hurts . The current party leadership will , in all likelyhood , have to stand down , in favour of fresh blood . What they have been doing has not worked , and they need to change …

.. So what happens next ? Merkel will be able to ease up on her austerity policy , at least somewhat . The immediate crisis has abated , but Greece and Cyprus are still the problem children . Cryprus is so small , and the Russian investors will take flight , so the Cypriots will likely be able to stay in the Euro . Not so for the Greeks . It is only a matter of time before Greece is given a stark choice , and Germany will have the whip hand .

.. Merkel ‘ s hand will be strengthened otherwise . Her power , relative to France will be much greater . Francois Hollande has proven to be a total screwup , and his Socialists are not a whole lot better . Hollande had better hope that France does not have legislative elections anytime soon , or …..

.. There are also more conservative governments in Europe . Right now , Britain is governed by a coalition , but at the next elections , the Tories , along with the UKIP , are likely to win an absolute majority . Norway is under new management , and so is Spain ….

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… Hezbollah has a Death Wish [Syrian Chemical Arms] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. you think that someone in Hezbollah ‘ s high command would be doing some serious thinking about this . If this blogger knows about this story , and the Washington Free Beacon , Al Wahat , and the Jerusalem Post know about the story …

Opposition: Some chemical arms smuggled onto Russian warships.

[the Jerusalem Post // Yaara Shalom]

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces are smuggling chemical weapons to Hezbollah hidden in trucks carrying vegetables in order to escape international chemical inspection, Syrian opposition member Dr. Kamal Labwani told Saudi newspaper Al Watan on Monday.

The chemical arms are set to be stored in Hezbollah-controlled mountain areas of Lebanon, where it will be difficult to find and monitor them.

Syria has also been able to smuggle the bulk of its chemical arsenal to Russian warships stationed off the coast of Syria, Labwani said.

On Sunday, Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into Iraq, but Baghdad has denied allegations that it is helping the Syrian government conceal chemical stockpiles.

The report came just a day after the United States and Russia struck a deal stipulating that the Assad regime would destroy its chemical arsenal to avert an American military assault.

Al-Mustaqbal, a publication that has long been affiliated with anti-Syrian political elements in Lebanon, reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to the paper.

Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that Israel is able to track attempts made by the Assad regime to transfer its chemical weapons to others.

“Israel has good capabilities, and has drawn a red line over the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah,” Steinitz told Army Radio.

[-] that the Syrians would be playing “footsie” with the Russians is no big surprise . The Russians are the longtime arms supplier to Syria . Big Shock . [-] Considering the weakness in US humint (human intelligence) , I wonder highly (unless the Israelis have told them) that the C.I.A. knows that the Russians have been storing the chem weapons on ships .
[-] If they are doing so to deactivate them , and take them away , that is a bird of a different feather . Let them . Trust Me ,
[-]the Mossad will know if the Syrian Government (Assad and his cronies) or anyone else has ahold of those weapons . They will keep quiet about what they know until there is a need for folks to know , them …. BOOM !!!!
[-] since the Mossad knows , Hezbollah has to realize that Israel will not tolerate them having these arms . Israel will target them , know exactly where , or approximately where they are , target them , and destroy them …
[-] .. Israel will have to make a determination , that they will go after these weapons — They have to , because they cannot tolerate the threat to their population from terrorists having even a small amount of these weapons . Syria ‘ s stocks are so large (@ around 1,000 tons , or 2 million pounds) that a small share of this is a significant amount , and any part of it ending up with Hezbollah is intolerable .

[-] .. Israel also must understand that if they do , it is possible that Hezbollah (and Iran) may use this as an excuse to “kick off” against them . They may not  want it , but Iran knows that either an American strategic strike or an Israeli one is coming . They may decide to take the initiative away from Israel and America , and act first , and blame Israel .

[-] God help them both  , if they do . Israel would then have no compunction against using  any and every weapon in its strategic arsenal in retaliation against either Hezbollah and /  or Iran . Significant parts of Lebanon will be reduced to a smoking ruin , while so will Syria (who just might be stupid enough to try to take advantage) . I  doubt Syria would be that dumb , because they would know that a retaliatory strike against Syria by Israel would be “playing for keeps.”  Assad and the Alawites would be “dead men walking.

[-]… the same for Nasrallah and his leadership . I strongly suspect that Israel knows exactly where to get at them ,  when they really need to do so . When the go order is  given , they are dead , as are their “toys.”

[-] … a strategic strike against Iran , especially if it is done in retaliation for an attack on Israel , would likely start as a conventional attack , at least at first . It would likely not stay that way . Israel ‘  s strategic doctrine is similar to that of the United States , but with a quicker hair trigger . [N=B=C] , or [Nuclear=Biological=Chemical] . If Iran or its stoolies uses chem weapons first , then there is no one on the planet , including POTUS or anyone else who will stop the Prime Minister of Israel from a strategic response , except for his or her own conscience , and that of the Israeli people …

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… You Figure those Idiots would Learn [on pamphleting on a College Campus] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. Amazing .  [link] to story …

.. There have been plenty enough fights on college campuses that these college administrators would learn . People would and do have the right to pamphlet and distribute literature on campus .

..These free speech zones are patently illegal and unconstitutional . People do ont forfeit free speech rights when they enter onto a college campus . There are time , place , and manner restrictions as to sppech , but they cannot be used to suppress it . These dummies should understand that people have civil rights , and in this day and age , people will fight back . There are civil rights organizations of all stripes that are willing to fight and fight back hard against what they consider to be injustices .

[link] — this is a youTube video from the article that caught my eye originally on this piece . You figure that these folks would learn …

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… So , POTUS will negotiate with Putin …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 22nd,2013

.. but , not with Congress ?

[link] — this ad issued by the GOP points that out …

.. Sorry , POTUS , it is not how our system of government works . POTUS stands for President , not for First Dictator . The DemoCraps do not control Crapitol Hill . The GOP is the majority in the House . And the Dems are scared to death of taking tough votes in the Senate , and Dingy Harry Reid knows it .

.. It is a strong possibility that the DemoCraps will lose control of the Senate next fall . They do not want to expose their vulnerable members to tough votes , no matter what the subject . Dingy Harry will try to protect his membership , but if he cannot control them , or protect them , he has big problems .

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… Liar , Liar , Pants on Fire [Carney on the Budget Sequester]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 22nd,2013

.. guess what , Jay ?

.. you got caught .

.. when Ed Henry of FoxNews caught you lying through your teeth , more than once , you tried to hem , haw , yammer , and spin your way out of it . But , Ed would not let you do that . He nailed your sorry butt to the wall , and the rest of the White House Press Corpse was enjoying itself , watching you suffer …

[link]

In Epic Briefing Rumble, Jay Carney Challenges Fox News’ Ed Henry to a Crossfire

If things keep going this way, they’ll have to start calling it the White House Beefing Room. At Thursday’s daily briefing, a combative Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry met an equally combative White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in rhetorical combat over the economy, and the ongoing Republican effort to leverage the debt ceiling.
Things escalated quickly to Carney challenging Henry to an eventual Crossfire debate. This is the second time he has made such a reference to Henry this month, but the first one was a good deal more friendly.

Henry began by asking Carney about the Fed’s decision to continue its efforts to stimulate the economy, and what that says about the economy. “Is that not an indictment of the President’s policies, since he’s had five years now?” Henry asked.

LEC here again — on Crossfire , not likely , you idiot . Ed Henry works for Fox News Channel , or haven ‘ t you noticed , you stupid fool ?!?! Crossfire is a CNN show , and I doubt he would appear on it unless CNN said “ please , pretty please , with sugar on top , please …. ”

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… Uh , JohnBoy , It is not the U.N. who has to act …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 21st,2013

.. it is the United States , and your boss , POTUS , who has to make the decision to act …

[link] – video

[link] — text

.. The DemoCraps are praying that this stuff does not drag out . Well , it is exactly what is going to happen , if Mad Vlad [Putin] and Bashaar the Butcher [Assad] have anything to say and do about it . They will drag it out , and drag it out and drag it out …. . Eventually , POTUS is going to have to make a series of decisions . Are the Russians and Syrians playing games ? Are the Russians playing their usual blocking games at the U.N. ? Can you really trust that the Syrians have disclosed all of their chemical weapons in their diplomatic disclosures ? there are others ….

.. POTUS does not like being forced into these type of decisions . He does not want to act in the Middle East . He does not want to be forced to act in the Middle East . He also realizes that , if he does not act , the Israelis will (against Iran) , and a regional war [one involving us] will result . Eventually , I hope he will come to realize that the monkeyshines in Syria are only a prelude to what may well happen with Iran .

.. Also , given their superb intelligence operations and services , Israel will have a far better idea of what Iran is doing , and what point in their nuclear development they are at , than anyone else will know . They also do not trust Obama . Not one bit . Not Labour , not Kadima , and , most certainly , not the Netanyahu government . Bibi ‘ s majority may be weaker , but when it is a go or no – go call , it will be his call , and his alone . His ministers may not be thrilled will the idea (in some cases) , but they will support him . They also all realize the stakes that are involved .

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… See , We told Ya So [on ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 21st,2013

Obamacare’s Structure Leading to Hospital Cuts, Experts Say

Indiscriminate payment cuts, Medicaid expansion cutting into hospitals’ bottom line

..The Cleveland Clinic’s announcement this week that it is reducing its payroll to cut costs in response to ObamaCrapCare reveals the squeeze that President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation is putting on doctors and hospitals, health care experts say . The Clinic is ranked as one of the best hospitals in America and has been a model of health care innovation, with both presidential candidates praising it last year in a debate.

.. The Clinic tried to reduce its expenses and improve quality through several measures in anticipation of the full rollout of the

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

… the Cleveland Clinic …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Affordable Care Act, commonly called ObamaCrapCare, according to a statement released by the hospital on Wednesday .However, these efforts were not enough to make the projected target of cuts that were required in the Clinic ‘ s proposed budget . Although we have made progress, we need to further reduce costs to the organization by $330 million in 2014,” the hospital said in a statement. “We are carefully evaluating all aspects of our system to accomplish this. Some of the initiatives include offering early retirement to 3,000 eligible employees, reducing operational costs, stricter review of filling vacant positions, and lastly workforce reductions.”

The Cleveland Clinic is not alone. Hospitals across the country are laying off workers and eliminating services because of Obamacare and other budgetary constrictions, as the Washington Free Beacon reported previously.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more reduction in labor force at hospitals because of Obamacare,” said Sally Pipes, a health care expert at the Pacific Research Institute.

.. One major reason is mandatory cuts in Medicare reimbursement rates under Obamacare, said James Capretta, a health care expert at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Medicare, the government’s health insurance program for the elderly, covers over a fifth of health care costs in the United States, meaning it makes up a significant portion of hospital revenue. The government reimburses hospitals for Medicare patients at a fixed rate based on the diagnosis, and the government increases these rates each year to cover the rising costs of health care. The federal government cuts these annual increases by about 1.1 percent under Obamacare, Capretta said.

“This is the main reason why the Cleveland Clinic and others are going to have to tighten their belts,” Capretta said.

.. The costs of Medicare and Medicaid, the government’s health insurance program for the poor, have continued to rise over the years, making reform of the programs necessary. However, the programs are hard to touch politically because they are so popular. As a result, the federal government simply pays doctors and hospitals less than private insurers for the services they provide. Today, for every dollar a private insurer pays a doctor or hospital, Medicare pays 70 or 80 cents, and Medicaid pays 50 cents or less (with the precise rates varying by the specific area), Roy said.

The quality of medical care could also go down under Obamacare, experts said.

ObamaCrapCare emphasizes Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which are networks of doctors and hospitals that coordinate care in order to reduce costs, said Pipes. The goal of ACOs is for insurers to pay for quality of care, and as a result, the government will only pay a certain amount for services—and penalize doctors and hospitals if they go over that amount.

“Hospitals are going to be rewarded only if they keep costs down, so they’ll be looking for ways to reduce costs,” Pipes said.

The result could be rationed care so doctors and hospitals can keep their costs down, Pipes said. She compared ACOs to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), which Americans have rejected in the past.

Capretta also noted the shift toward ACOs, although he did not predict that care could be rationed under them. Because of Obamacare’s incentives, hospitals are buying up independent doctors, which is reducing the overall number of independent doctors in America, Capretta noted.

The cut in the annual reimbursement rate could also hurt the quality of care, Capretta said, because they are universal and do not distinguish between good and bad care.

“It’s not really clear that this is going to result in a great efficiency gain across the system,” Capretta said.

LEC again — this is a [link] to the NBC affiliate , WKYC – TV , and a news piece that they did on the Cleveland Clinic story . Originally , Dr. Toby Cosgrove (a cardio – thoracic surgeon , by trade) , the Clinic ‘ s Chairman and CEO , was going to do a battery of interviews on the story . When he realized that a lot of questions were going to tie in the cuts to the Clinic ‘ s original support of ObamaCrapCare , he abruptly canceled them …

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… Nice Creepy “Uncle Sam” Gag [on ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 21st,2013

.. the commercial runs a little long , but the creepy Uncle Sam that pops up at the end of the ad is a riot .

Uncle Sam BW

Uncle Sam BW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[link]

.. I just wish that the Uncle Sam pop – up could have been more by surprise , and the character could have been a lot creepier . It would have made things a whole lot funnier …

.. the issue ads on the implementation of ObamaCrapCare is unprecedented . Normally , laws go into effect peacefully and quietly . Not this bill . It is also payback time for the conservatives .

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… Calling Ronnie Earle to Account …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 21st,2013

.. Ronnie Earle is , of course , the infamous former prosecutor of Harris County , Texas . Harris County in Texas is , to the uninitiated , the county where the metropolitain area where the city of Houston is located .

.. Earle became the bete noir of conservatives for going after former House majority leader Thomas Delay in his money

English: Former Travis County DA Ronnie Earle ...

English: Former Travis County DA Ronnie Earle speaks at a panel on ethics and government at Netroots Nation in Austin, Texas in July, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

laundering and corruption trial . Delay was eventually found guilty at trial , and was sentenced to 3 years in jail . However , the sentence was stayed , pending appeal . And , now , basicallly , Delay has been cleared by an appeallate court in Texas . Even if prosecutors in either Travis County [Austin , the state capitol] or Harris County [Houston] wanted to retry Delay , they cannot . The finding by the appeals court means double jeopardy has attached . No criminal retrial is possible , at all .

.. The directed finding by an appeallate court is rare , in any state . The decision to try or not to try a potential defendant is made by a prosecutor . When a judge , an Appeals Court , or a Supreme Court enter into the process , it is a very big deal . They are taking action , usually either because there is insufficiency of the evidence , or that there has be prosecutorial misconduct . It is usually one or the other . it is even more rare for both to be present . In the case with Ronnie Earle , Oh Boy , is it ever present …

For those who may have forgotten these long-ago events, Mr. DeLay was first accused by Mr. Earle, the chief prosecutor of Travis County, Texas, of conspiring to violate Texas campaign laws. That indictment immediately was challenged because, even if there had been sufficient evidence of wrongdoing — which there emphatically was not — it would have necessitated prosecuting Mr. DeLay for violating a law that had not yet been passed at the time he was alleged to have broken it, a clear violation of the constitutional ban on ex post facto prosecution. Knowing that his indictment was doomed, Mr. Earle scrambled to convene a new grand jury in order to secure additional charges. The second grand jury refused to cooperate and rejected Mr. Earle’s plea for a second indictment, issuing what is called a “no bill,” meaning a formal refusal to indict based on the evidence presented. Under normal Texas procedure, a no-bill document is made public on the day it is issued; Mr. Earle schemed to keep the grand jury’s rejection of his case secret until he could convene yet another grand jury. He found a brand-new one that had just been seated and, with the statute of limitations hanging over his head, wrung out of them indictments on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering after only a few hours of presenting his evidence. The refusal of the second grand jury to indict was kept secret until the third grand jury had done so. Mr. DeLay’s attorneys filed a formal complaint of prosecutorial misconduct, including the use of coercive and misleading measures in the matter of the third grand jury.

.. To charge Mr. DeLay with money laundering and conspiracy to commit same was a desperate maneuver never destined to stand up to final judgment. That is because to be guilty of money laundering, one must be guilty of producing the money in question through some prior felony offense. There was never any serious evidence that Mr. DeLay had done so. His alleged wrongdoing under campaign-finance laws consisted of using corporate “soft money” donations to offset “hard money” campaign donations in order to circumvent the Texas law prohibiting direct corporate contributions to political candidates. Never mind that Mr. DeLay was never convicted of any such offense — indeed, never mind that such an offense is not criminal — there was never any evidence that he had even come close to committing such a violation. The court had just thrown our Mr. Earle’s first indictment alleging that he had. That act itself should have eliminated any trial whatsoever , including the possibility of another indictment . It is the definition of double jeopardy .

.. Delay ‘ s conviction was a product of judicial incompetence at the trial-court level . It was also attested to by Justice Goodwin’s opinion. The jury, justifiably confused about how Mr. DeLay could be convicted of money laundering without an underlying crime producing dirty money to be laundered, sent the judge a question: “Can it constitute money laundering if the money wasn’t procured by illegal means originally?” Justice Goodwin again: “The proper answer to the question is ‘no.’ The jury’s question about the law was not answered, however.” Which is to say, the judge refused to answer an explicit jury inquiry about the fundamental legal question at stake in the case.

.. Judges are generally not required to answer questions all that often . However , when the needs of justice demand it , and the rights of the defendant are at stake , a judge should answer a jury ‘ s question . In the Delay case , the jury asked an explicit question about the law at question in the case . The jury itself was confused . The judge should have acted to clear up the confusion He did not . Doing so denied Delay the bounds of fundamental procedural due process .

.. Earle, who was hot off an earlier failed attempt to use his office to engage in a similar political persecution of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, promptly put Mr. DeLay’s scalp at the end of his lance and began considering a run for governor or attorney general. In the event, he would run for lieutenant governor and be defeated in the Democratic primary. He has since lapsed into well-deserved obscurity. Not quite yet . He yet needs to be called to account .

.. Tom Delay is not a criminal. On the other hand, his defense team’s complaint alleging criminal misconduct on the part of Mr. Earle is persuasive. Unhappily, the same Democratic single-party rule in Travis County (Austin and environs) that allowed Mr. Earle’s circus of a case against Tom DeLay to proceed in the first place ensured that he was never held to account for his gross and shameful abuse of the public trust.

.. You want a prosecutor to carry out their job , without little fear of retribution . Where there is fear of retribution is where it should be , is in the violation of the civil rights or the due process rights of the defendant and / or the defence . In Delay ‘ s case , it was both . Earle must be called to account for his actions . He has committed misconduct in office , gross abuses of power , and other offenses . Which ones remain to be determined . But they do need to be investigated , and thoroughly .

.. Also , either Delay ‘ s defence team or the State of Texas should file a Civil Rights complaint with the relevant U.S. Attorney . There is next to no hope that the Department of InJustice in Washington , D.C. will treat Delay fairly . There is at least some hope that if it is done either in Texas , or is done with the U.S.Attorney in D.C. (under the supervision of the D.C. courts) , the ability of Main InJustice to play around with the case can be minized ..

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… Tom Delay is Vindicated , While the State of Texas is Shamed …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 21st,2013

.. It is a scandal that there has been and will be no serious jail time in the matter of former Republican majority leader Tom DeLay — not obviously for Delay , but for Ronnie Earle, the hyperpartisan Democratic prosecutor whose risible case against DeLay has just been finally thrown out by the Third District Texas Court of Appeals, richly deserves to be measured for an all-orange wardrobe. After eleven years, the matter of Mr. DeLay’s fund-raising in the 2002 election cycle has been finally put to rest, with Mr. Earle’s case having been vivisected by Justice Melissa Goodwin, who in her quietly scathing opinion did not bother even to consider six of the eight points raised by Mr. DeLay’s defense, finding the first two sufficient to snuff out what is in theory a prosecution but is in fact a persecution.

.. To charge Mr. DeLay with money laundering and conspiracy to commit same was a desperate maneuver never destined to stand up to final judgment. That is because to be guilty of money laundering, one must be guilty of producing the money in question through some prior felony offense. There was never any serious evidence that Mr. DeLay had done so. His alleged wrongdoing under campaign-finance laws consisted of using corporate “soft money” donations to offset “hard money” campaign donations in order to circumvent the Texas law prohibiting direct corporate contributions to political candidates. Never mind that Mr. DeLay was never convicted of any such offense — indeed, never mind that such an offense is not criminal — there was never any evidence that he had even come close to committing such a violation. The court had just thrown our Mr. Earle’s first indictment alleging that he had. That act itself should have eliminated any trial whatsoever , including the possibility of another indictment . It is the definition of double jeopardy .

.. Delay ‘ s conviction was a product of judicial incompetence at the trial-court level . It was also attested to by Justice Goodwin’s

Tom DeLay, former member of the United States ...

Tom DeLay, former member of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

opinion. The jury, justifiably confused about how Mr. DeLay could be convicted of money laundering without an underlying crime producing dirty money to be laundered, sent the judge a question: “Can it constitute money laundering if the money wasn’t procured by illegal means originally?” Justice Goodwin again: “The proper answer to the question is ‘no.’ The jury’s question about the law was not answered, however.” Which is to say, the judge refused to answer an explicit jury inquiry about the fundamental legal question at stake in the case.

.. Judges are generally not required to answer questions all that often . However , when the needs of justice demand it , and the rights of the defendant are at stake , a judge should answer a jury ‘ s question . In the Delay case , the jury asked an explicit question about the law at question in the case . The jury itself was confused . The judge should have acted to clear up the confusion He did not . Doing so denied Delay the bounds of fundamental procedural due process .

.. Earle, who was hot off an earlier failed attempt to use his office to engage in a similar political persecution of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, promptly put Mr. DeLay’s scalp at the end of his lance and began considering a run for governor or attorney general. In the event, he would run for lieutenant governor and be defeated in the Democratic primary. He has since lapsed into well-deserved obscurity. Not quite yet . He yet needs to be called to account .

.. Tom Delay is not a criminal. On the other hand, his defense team’s complaint alleging criminal misconduct on the part of Mr. Earle is persuasive. Unhappily, the same Democratic single-party rule in Travis County (Austin and environs) that allowed Mr. Earle’s circus of a case against Tom DeLay to proceed in the first place ensured that he was never held to account for his gross and shameful abuse of the public trust. Mr. DeLay did not earn his nickname, “The Hammer,” for being a nice guy, but the attempt of Texas Democrats to criminalize politics, and the decade-plus persecution of Mr. DeLay that resulted from it, is an act of corruption in the most literal sense of that word, eroding the legal and political institutions that enable democratic self-rule in a constitutional republic. Mr. DeLay has cause to celebrate today, but for the rest of us this matter, even though properly resolved at last, is a cause for nothing but shame.

.. the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Attorney General ‘ s office need to investigate this entire proceeding . Tom Delay is from Houston . How this case was transferred from Harris County (where the case should have been judged) to Travis County (where it was ultimately adjudicated) is the height of outrageous . Delay deserved a jury of his peers . In Travis County , he did not get them . Also , the conduct of Ronnie Earle needs to be thoroughly investigated . No matter where he may be , Earle needs to be held to account for his actions . Also , it needs to be handled at the state level . That way , no prosecutor who has any designs of repeating Earle ‘ s exercise will be made to think twice . Once Earle is hauled before the dock , prosecutors will understand their offices and their powers theirin are not a hunting license to go after political enemies with a free range license to destroy them .

.. If someone has indeed committed a crime , then evaluate the case . Then , only after the decision , then go after the person . But  , not because they are an enemy . It is because they may well have committed a crime , and deserve to be brought to account before the bar of  Jusice . It is clear that Delay was not a criminal , did not commit a crime , and the law he was accused of breaking was not a law at the time he was accused of breaking it . Only in rare circumstances should a prosecutor be hauled into the dock . If they have done what Ronnie Earle did , then they deserve to be .

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… Tom Delay : Cleared !! [Excellent !] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 21st,2013

.. Tom Delay got the relief that he was seeking from Texas . The 3rd Circuit Texas Court of Appeals body – slammed the prosecution of Delay in its opinion …

LEC here — Appeals Courts and Supreme Courts generally do not enter in and order acquitals . When they do so , it is a very , very big thing …

.. Their usual modus operandi is to overturn the conviction . The basis that they use to overturn the conviction is then evaluated

Tom Delay

Tom Delay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by the relevent prosecutor ‘ s office . It is that office that then makes the decision on whether or not to retry an offender . When a court takes that decision away , it means to me that the prosecutor and his or her office has really , really screwed up . The court has to act to step in to guarantee that the prosecutor does not go off on another fishing expedition in a criminal prosecution …

[h/t — hotair.com]
Appeals court overturns DeLay conviction, acquits him

posted at 12:01 pm on September 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

For the second time in the last few years, a high-profile corruption prosecution against a Republican member of Congress has collapsed. This time, it’s Tom DeLay that gets to celebrate, as an appeals court not only overturned his conviction but ordered an acquittal:

A Texas appeals court has overturned the money laundering conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling on Thursday that DeLay had been acquitted. DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison, but his sentence was on hold while his case made its way through the appellate process. …

In Thursday’s tom-delay-appeal-doc, the judges wrote “we reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal.”

Unless the state appeals the ruling, this means that DeLay cannot be retried on the charges. The court could have ordered a new trial if it restrained its scope to just procedural issues. However, the court apparently believed that the prosecution simply couldn’t make a case for wrongdoing, and as a result took the relatively rare step of overturning a jury’s findings on guilt.

Their opinion makes it clear that the court had little regard for the state’s case:

Given the testimony of the corporate representatives and the undisputed facts that the corporations could lawfully make donations to TRMPAC and TRMPAC could lawfully transfer the corporate funds out of state, the State failed to prove the “applicable culpable mental states” for the donating corporations to support a finding of criminal intent by the corporations. See Ex parte Ellis, 309 S.W.3d at 90. 1

To support its position that the majority of corporate contributions violated the Election Code by not expressly designating a lawful use of their donations to TRMPAC, the State focuses on the following clause from the opinion in Ex parte Ellis: “there is no such thing as a legal undesignated corporate political contribution.” Id. at 88. We believe that the State takes this clause out of context. In that case, the court was addressing constitutional challenges to the Election Code. The clause cited by the State was made during the court’s examination of section 253.100, the section of the Election Code addressing the establishment of a general-purpose committee by a corporation and in response to a possible suggestion made by this Court. …

The State’s primary argument at trial was that the Election Code violation that generated criminal proceeds was the “agreement” between DeLay and others to the combined transfers of funds, i.e., the money swap of soft money for hard money. The State argued in its final argument: “[T]he moment that the decision was made to send the soft dollar check up to Washington D.C. with the intent that it ultimately go to candidates for elective office is the moment that this money became proceeds of criminal activity.” Relying on the use of the word “indirect” 13 in the Election and Penal Code statutes at issue, the State argues that the “agreement” to the combined transactions itself was an illegal contribution and thus the corporate funds sitting in TRMPAC’s bank account at the moment of the agreement became the proceeds of criminal activity. See Tex. Elec. Code § 251.001(2) (defining “contribution” to include “indirect transfer of money” and “agreement . . . to make a transfer”). However, the State fails to explain how the funds already in the bank account resulted from the subsequent money-swap agreement. See Tex. Penal Code § 34.01(4) (defining “proceeds” to include “funds acquired or derived directly or indirectly from, produced through, or realized through . . . an act”). Further, to support this argument, the State disregards the distinction between soft and hard money accounts as irrelevant, arguing: “The fact that the funds were not commingled is simply irrelevant in light of the explicit one-for-one exchange which was negotiated in this case.” But in the context of the campaign finance regulations, maintaining separate, segregated bank accounts for soft and hard money is recognized and accepted as legitimate.

The court also attacked the core of the case, the alleged conspiracy to violate election law, emphasis mine:

We also question the validity of the State’s “agreement” theory. It was not a crime to conspire to violate the Election Code in 2002. See Colyandro, 233 S.W.3d at 870–71, 885. And, even if it was, the evidence does not support a finding that there was an “agreement” to illegally transfer corporate money to Texas candidates. There was no evidence that TRMPAC or RNSEC treated the corporate funds as anything but what they were, corporate funds with limited uses under campaign finance law. Rather, when viewed in the light most favorable to the verdict, the evidence showed an agreement to two legal monetary transfers: that TRMPAC transfer corporate money to RNSEC for use in other states and not in Texas in exchange for RNSEC transferring funds to Texas candidates out of a hard money account. Rather than supporting an agreement to violate the Election Code, the evidence shows that the defendants were attempting to comply with the Election Code limitations on corporate contributions.

But even if that were true, the court ruled, there was no core crime to begin with:

Finally, even if we were to conclude that the corporate donations to TRMPAC or the agreement itself to the series of money transfers violated the Election Code, the State’s charges as stated in the indictment were tied to the transfer from RNSEC to the seven Texas candidates. As stated above, the RNSEC issued the checks to the candidates from a separate, segregated account—a hard money account—which did not include corporate money.

The conclusion? DeLay didn’t commit a crime at all, and the conviction resulted from poor jury instructions:

Based on the totality of the evidence, we conclude that the evidence presented does not support a conclusion that DeLay committed the crimes that were charged. See Williams,235 S.W.3d at 750; see also United States v. Grossman, 117 F.3d 255, 261 (5th Cir. 1997) (concluding that evidence legallyinsufficient to sustain conspiracycount where evidence was legally insufficient to sustain substantive counts forming basis for object of conspiracy); United States 21v. Mackay, 33 F.3d 489, 494 (5th Cir. 1994) (“A conspiracy conviction requires proof of an agreement to commit a crime.”). The fundamental problem with the State’s case was its failure to prove proceeds of criminal activity. We sustain DeLay’s first and second points of error.

Due to our resolution of these two grounds, we do not reach DeLay’s remaining points of error. Because we conclude that the evidence was legally insufficient to support DeLay’s convictions, we reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal.

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Quite frankly, that deconstruction is so complete that it would be difficult to imagine the Texas Supreme Court overturning any of it — and a successful appeal would have to hope that the court overturns all of it, or at least enough to get a new trial. I’d predict that the directed verdict of acquittal will send a strong enough message to dissuade prosecutors from trying it again.

DeLay joins the late Ted Stevens as two members of Congress recently prosecuted for corruption to be later vindicated in appeals to original convictions. William Jefferson, who was prosecuted in the same time frame, lost all of his appeals and will be in prison for at least the next ten years. The man who should be under scrutiny now is Ronnie Earle, whose years-long legal grudge match against DeLay and other Texas Republicans has been thoroughly discredited by the appellate court.

.. LEC here again — I do not know what has become of Ronnie Earle . If  he is smart , he should have left the state of Texas . If he has not , he should prepare to get his sorry rear end dragged into court . Except , this time , he will be in the dock . His law license will be at stake  …

.. for those idiots in the media . It was not just a reversal of the conviction . There was never a crime to begin with , you morons . Read the above , and the legal opinion in the case . Delay was adjudged not guilty , so he cannot be tried again in a court of law again . Ronnie Earle can , however , for misconduct in office , among other charges , and also for violation of Delay ‘ s civil rights . It would be interesting if a U.S. Attorney would take up the case , once a complaint were filed . You can bet the U.S. Department of InJustice will not handle the case . But , they just might pressure any U.S. Atty to not handle the case . Holder and his minions are certainly capable of that …

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… Nice Going , Terry ! … [McAuliffe , on Abortion]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 19th,2013

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cucc...

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. if Terry McAuliffe wanted to make the choice on abortion more stark in November ‘ s governor ‘ s election in Virginia , well , he made it even more prescient and stark …

.. The Virginia Legislature has passed and the Governor has signed new rules governing the conduct and the regulation of

McAuliffe speaking at Frying Pan Park in Hernd...

McAuliffe speaking at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

abortion clinics . These new rules cover them being governed under rules that have been promulgated by the Virginia Board of Health

.. However, multiple current and former state officials, both Democrat and  Republican, say they are unaware of any formal power of the governor’s office to  issue something like that to the Board of Health, which approved the  regulations.

.. Published reports this year indicate that all the remaining abortion clinics  were granted temporary licenses last year giving them two years to remain open  and meet the new requirements, although pro-choice groups have said the  necessary renovations are prohibitively expensive. The standards call for such things as mandatory inspections of facilities and  include provisions on staff training, sanitation requirements and hospital-type  construction codes.

Regardless, lawyers in the office of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli,  Mr. McAuliffe’s Republican opponent for governor, said they were not familiar  with anything called a guidance opinion that can be issued by a Virginia  governor.

“Moreover, the governor does not have the power to issue an edict to ignore a  law passed by the General Assembly,” Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein  said.

In fact, the phrase “guidance opinion” appears nowhere in Virginia code or in  the state Constitution.

Maribeth Brewster, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, said  she cannot recall the board ever receiving a guidance opinion from a  governor. The board could receive different legal advice on the extent of the  regulations, though that power would lie with the attorney general and not the  governor.

.. The issue emerges amid a series of stumbles that Republicans have seized upon  involving Mr. McAuliffe’s lack of experience in elective politics. Earlier this  year, the Democrat told the Virginian-Pilot he wasn’t sure whether he could name  the positions in the governor’s Cabinet. Members of the Northern Virginia  Technology Council’s political arm told The Washington Post last week that he  came across as “uninformed and superficial” in the interview for the group’s  endorsement.

But former Health Commissioner Karen Remley said Mr. McAuliffe consulted her  on the issue of the clinics and that there is a way to keep the facilities open  without the board and without going to the General Assembly.

The power effectively would lie with Mr. McAuliffe through the health  commissioner he selects, said Dr. Remley, who was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine, a  Democrat, and reappointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican.

The health commissioner has the ability to issue waivers when the board is  not in session for everything from restaurant owners to people digging wells who  can demonstrate “undue hardship” as a result of regulations, Dr. Remley  said.

But a second way would be to have the governor or the health commissioner  reinterpret the sources from which the board drafted the regulations, she  said.

She gave a hypothetical example of a hallway width requirement of 60 inches  and a facility where the halls are 58 inches wide.

“Rather than have arbitrary, rigid restrictions, these inspectors should have  guidance documents that allow them to thoughtfully apply” which ones are  relevant, said Dr. Remley, who resigned in October citing the new  regulations.

“A lot of the confusion in the political world is that it’s an all-or-none,”  she said. “The current attorney general interpreted them to be black and white.  That was his advice, not necessarily the law.  I think there is a solution that  finds the middle of the road.”

Mr. Gottstein disagreed, saying the language in the regulations is “clear and  unambiguous.”

.. “Since regulations have the force of law, an agency cannot give ‘guidance’  that contradicts or supersedes them by giving discretion to approve facilities  that aren’t in compliance with those guidelines,” he said.

..The bill that set into motion the process of developing the regulations  passed in 2011 and was one of the most contentious pieces of legislation the  General Assembly has considered in recent years.

..Opponents say the standards were intended to shut down most of the state’s  abortion clinics, while sponsors say the guidelines were meant to make  facilities that perform five or more abortions per month safer for women.

The conservative Family Foundation, citing results from open-records  requests, pointed to dozens of health and safety violations found at centers in  the state. The reports included mentions of dried blood found on a procedural  table and infractions for the way clinics stored and dispensed drugs.

..The Board of Health passed emergency guidelines that did not exempt existing  facilities in the fall of 2011 but bucked advice from Mr. Cuccinelli’s office  last year and passed permanent regulations that did exempt existing facilities  already in operation from the most strict regulations. The attorney general’s  office reportedly suggested it would not defend board members if their decision  was challenged, however, and members subsequently reversed their decision.

If the new attorney general disagreed with Mr. Cuccinelli’s interpretation,  Ms. Remley said, “then that attorney general would have to clearly say that it’s  illegal to interpret the guidelines not as they are written.”

“If the health department says, ‘This would guarantee safety,’ I think the  prudent Virginian would say, ‘That makes sense,’ ” she said.

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… Earth to POTUS : Open Your Ears ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 19th,2013

.. in a speech at the Business Roundtable , POTUS said that raising the debt ceiling does not raise the debt . Well , guess what , POTUS ?

.. [link] ..

.. Oh , yes it does , you damn fool . What do you think those $1 trillion plus deficits the last couple of years are for , you bloody idiot . The debt ceiling prevents you from doing so . Raising it allows you to continue to do so . Get with the program …

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… Political News on the Economy …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 19th,2013

.. At least , in 2014 , there is likely to be good news on the political front . Falling poll ratings and the perceptions of weakness in POTUS mean that there is going to be a limit to what he may well be able to get from the Hill . The continuing falling of the economy , while bad for POTUS , is probably going to be better news for the GOP .

.. The GOP may well want to repeal ObamaCrapCare . They will try , but they will keep the government open . POTUS will try to play games , and possibly try to pull off a temporary government shutdown . Considering his ego , and his big mouth , his tactic will backfire . At least , the sequester should likely remain in place , and continue to increase in amount . If the GOP plays its cards right in the debt limit fight , it may well get some added budget cuts . Possible , maybe even probable , but not necessarily definite .

.. The Dems are in deep trouble . They have a deeply unpopular President tied around their collective necks , and they know it . They may want to regain control of the House , but they should forget it . They are going to get hammered on the economy , and any and all kinks in O.C.C. are going to get blamed on them , not the GOP .

.. Obama  ‘ s sliding poll ratings make things incredibly difficult for the Dems . Pelosi is an incompentent twit . She is stuck (permanently) in fantasyland . Thankfully , even if lightening struck , and the DemoCraps regained control of the House , she would not be Speaker . Thank God , that is not going to happen  . At best , the DemoCraps will gain a few seats . If the elections were held now , they would get blown out again , and lose more than a dozen or more seats . The real danger for them is the Senate .

.. The Dems are in deep ,  deep trouble in the Senate . Important members of the Dem caucus (Carl Levin , Jay Rockefeller , and Max Baucus) are retiring , and in 3 of the 4 cases , the seats are likely to fall to the GOP . The GOP candidate recruitment this time around , so far , is far better , and the knucklehead factor is being held down . Other narrowly won seats , such as AK and AR are in deep trouble , and are also likely to fall to the GOP . Mary Landrieux is one of the few Dems running in Red States that has a decent chance of holding on . The political dynamic in Louisiana has changed quite a bit , as one can see by the political switch by State Senator Elbert Guillory (R-La) .

.. Blacks will still vote Democratic , but in not quite such large numbers . There is quite a bit of disappointment in the Black Community over Obama and his lack of production , and the historical factor is passing from the scene . It does not mean that Blacks will change sides all of a sudden , but a change of even a couple of percentage points will make a big , big difference .

..  What might shock people is if there is even a bigger break than that . It is more likely to happen , slowly ,  in the Jewish community . The demographics of conservative and orthodox Jews is in the GOP ‘ s favour , but it will take  time . The Latino community is more promising . Latinos have much more in common with the GOP than they do with the DemoCraps . It will take time , effort , and expense , but Latinos can and will listen to reason . Latinos do value their vote and their citizenship , since , for them , it was much harder for them to gain access to it and achieve it . They will not come over easy , but the demagogery of the DemoCraps will wear off over time .

.. Congress is not a lot better . At least , control of the U.S. Senate is likely to shift , either in 2014 (with the DemoCraps getting their butts kicked) , or in 2016 (when all of the Dems are swept out of the Door , and adult attention and leadership in the person of the GOP returns to town . In the interim , the change in the Senate will mean a fair bit of substantial change in tax policy . Orrin Hatch is a conservative ‘ s conservative , and is likely to be a dynamic leader of the Senate Finance Committee . It will also let POTUS know that there will be no more tax increases coming out of Crapitol Hill .
POTUS may want them , but by then , he will know that he will not get them .

.. Also , 2014 will see an increase in GOP govenors . Not much , but there will be a differeent cast of characters at the state level . The GOP is likely to see a marked increase in state legislators , as well as a takeover of control of a number of state legislative chambers . It will also make some fair progress in some surprising Blue states , likely including Illinois .

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… Bad News For POTUS , Worse News for the Economy …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 19th,2013

.. Well , the Fed met today , and released its policy statement . Better to give it to you , and then tell you what it really means …

Here is the statement the Federal Reserve released Wednesday after its two-day
policy meeting:

Information received since the Federal Open Market
Committee met in July suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a

In 1935, Cret designed the Seal of the Board o...

In 1935, Cret designed the Seal of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

moderate pace. Some indicators of labor market conditions have shown further
improvement in recent months, but the unemployment rate remains
elevated.

Household spending and business fixed investment advanced, and
the housing sector has been strengthening, but mortgage rates have risen further
and fiscal policy is restraining economic growth. Apart from fluctuations due to
changes in energy prices, inflation has been running below the Committee’s
longer-run objective, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained
stable.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to
foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee expects that, with
appropriate policy accommodation, economic growth will pick up from its recent
pace and the unemployment rate will gradually decline toward levels the
Committee judges consistent with its dual mandate.

The Committee sees the
downside risks to the outlook for the economy and the labor market as having

Official portrait of Federal Reserve Chairman ...

Official portrait of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

diminished, on net, since last fall, but the tightening of financial conditions
observed in recent months, if sustained, could slow the pace of improvement in
the economy and labor market.

The Committee recognizes that inflation
persistently below its 2 percent objective could pose risks to economic
performance, but it anticipates that inflation will move back toward its
objective over the medium term.

Taking into account the extent of federal
fiscal retrenchment, the Committee sees the improvement in economic activity and
labor market conditions since it began its asset purchase program a year ago as
consistent with growing underlying strength in the broader
economy.

However, the Committee decided to await more evidence that
progress will be sustained before adjusting the pace of its purchases.
Accordingly, the Committee decided to continue purchasing additional agency
mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month and longer-term
Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion per month. The Committee is
maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its
holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency
mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at
auction.

Taken together, these actions should maintain downward pressure
on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make
broader financial conditions more accommodative, which in turn should promote a
stronger economic recovery and help to ensure that inflation, over time, is at
the rate most consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate.

The Committee
will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments
in coming months and will continue its purchases of Treasury and agency
mortgage-backed securities, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate,
until the outlook for the labor market has improved substantially in a context
of price stability.

In judging when to moderate the pace of asset
purchases, the Committee will, at its coming meetings, assess whether incoming
information continues to support the Committee’s expectation of ongoing
improvement in labor market conditions and inflation moving back toward its
longer-run objective. Asset purchases are not on a preset course, and the
Committee’s decisions about their pace will remain contingent on the Committee’s
economic outlook as well as its assessment of the likely efficacy and costs of
such purchases.

To support continued progress toward maximum employment
and price stability, the Committee today reaffirmed its view that a highly
accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a
considerable time after the asset purchase program ends and the economic
recovery strengthens. In particular, the Committee decided to keep the target
range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates
that this exceptionally low range for the federal funds rate will be appropriate
at least as long as the unemployment rate remains above 6-1/2 percent, inflation
between one and two years ahead is projected to be no more than a half
percentage point above the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run goal, and
longer-term inflation expectations continue to be well anchored.

In
determining how long to maintain a highly accommodative stance of monetary
policy, the Committee will also consider other information, including additional
measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and
inflation expectations, and readings on financial developments. When the
Committee decides to begin to remove policy accommodation, it will take a
balanced approach consistent with its longer-run goals of maximum employment and
inflation of 2 percent.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were:
Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; James Bullard;
Charles L. Evans; Jerome H. Powell; Eric S. Rosengren; Jeremy C. Stein; Daniel
K. Tarullo; and Janet L. Yellen. Voting against the action was Esther L. George,
who was concerned that the continued high level of monetary accommodation
increased the risks of future economic and financial imbalances and, over time,
could cause an increase in long-term inflation expectations.

.. Bad news for POTUS . The lack of any economic progress on the fiscal front is no good for POTUS . He needs for there to be concrete and definitative progress on the budget , and on taxes . Oh , on taxes , it does not mean more tax increases . That would be a definite downer for the economy .

.. The economy needs stimulus . What it needs is private sector stimulus , not government stimulus . In particular , the economy most definitely DOES NOT need more government spending . There has been enough growth in government spending in the last 5 to 6 years as it is . Nothing has been done on entitlements . And the financial markets know it . They expect that something needs to be done , that something must be done , and there is no leadership coming out of the ObamaCrap White House . They also know that they will not get any concrete leadership out of Obama . He is a weak – kneed wus , who has no comprehension of the word ” leadership . ”

.. The economy does not need political hot air . It does not need a President who has a bad case of diarheaa of the mouth , as POTUS seems to have . It needs a good swift kick of investment stimulus . Ideally , it should get a good dose of supply – side tax cuts , especially a sliding – scale  of capital gains tax cuts . The investment markets need to understand  that the United States is truly open for business . It may take a Republican blowout to get the message fully , if President Obama is truly that dense .

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… POTUS , Now You Know You have a Problem …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 18th,2013

.. when two former secretaries of Defence haul off and blast you for your “red line ” actions and your strategy in Syria .

.. Gates ‘ commentary I can understand . Robert Gates was a holdover from George W. Bush ‘ s administration , and I strongly suspect , is a closet conservative Republican . One of his best quotes was when dealing with the fallout from the takedown of Osama bin Laden . He was asked by then National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon on what to do about all of the problems with the leaks about national security – related information .

.. Gates ‘ simple solution — “Shut the [f-bomb] up.” Simple and to the point .

.. Now , Leon Panetta , that is something . Panetta is no Republican . He was a long – time Congresscritter , and a Chairman of the House Budget Committee . He was also a former White House Chief of Staff [under Wilhelm der Fibmeister] , and was also C.I.A. director under Obama . So , he is no conservative at all . Yet he blasted POTUS as well . Nice .

.. That will certainly get people ‘ s attention . It certainly got mine ….

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… POTUS , It is You Who are Wrong …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 18th,2013

.. I am still amazed at POTUS and his hubris and his degree of arrogance . He is the supreme narcissist . He thinks that he is the smartest person “on the block,” and that he is right , and that we , the American People are wrong on ObamaCrapCare …

.. We are right on ObamaCrapCare . We were sold a fraudulent bill of goods , when the DemoCraps said that we would actually

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

like this “piece of crap.” When you add mandates , it is simple , from the law of supply and demand . You add many more consumers , and desensitize people from the cost of what they are paying for . What could POTUS and the DemoCraps have been thinking ??

.. Now , the ObamaCrap supporters realize that they have been had . The employers are getting hammered , so they are cutting working hours . We are becoming more and more of a part – time economy , and many union workers and members are getting hit as a result . The union workers are screaming bloody murder , not realizing the bill that they championed had consequences . Those consequences have come back to bite them in the butt , and very , very badly .

 

.. The doctors and the hospitals realize that they were had . They were fairly big supporters of ObamaCrapCare , from the start . POTUS and the DemoCraps needed their support to even have a chance of passing their bill . The docs and the hospitals were promised a payment “fix” to help them out of their revenue predicament . And guess what ? They were lied to . There was no “doctor fix” in ObamaCrapCare at all . The doctors and the hospitals are in the same reimbursement fix that they have always been in , except now things are worse , and political control has diffused . After what they did passing O.C.C. , the G.O.P. is in no mood to help the doctors and the hospitals , unless they are able to get something politically in exchange . And , it will cost them big .

.. Tort reform is coming . Whether POTUS and his trial – lawyer bar buddies like it or not . Too many businesses and industries have been hurt by the blackmail and extortion tactics of the plaintiff ‘ s bar . The doctors , in particular , have learned a savage lesson from getting into bed with the trial lawyers on O.C.C. . Not again . This time , they will help the good guys and good gals in fighting back . The plaintiffs bar extortionists will eventually be brought to heel . The medical malpractice bar has also , in particular , cost our economy far too much money , and has hurt far too many people . They also need to be brought back into line .

.. POTUS , it is YOU who are wrong ..
[link] [h/t–RealClearPolitics]

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… A Clever Military Patch [on Syria] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 18th,2013

.. and one with a great sense of humour . It is regarding the military , and that they secretly came up with an operation name and a patch , regarding the possibility of military action in Syria …

[h/t– Bill Gertz — the Washington Free Beacon]

... ha!ha! ...

… ha!ha! …

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