May 22nd, 2013 by TMH
Hat Tip: BB
May 22nd, 2013 by TMH
Hat Tip: BB
May 22nd, 2013 by TMH
Hat Tip: Vlad Tepes
Witnesses say machete attackers shouted ‘Allah Akhbar’ as they chopped down Help for Heroes charity collector.
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Jeffrey Lord’s story in the American Spectator about a “smoking gun” in the IRS scandal has backfired. He implied that the head of the IRS union had personally met with President Obama to plot against the Tea Party when there is no evidence of such a meeting or such plotting. Instead, as the Daily Caller and U.S. News & World Report have reported, the union chief had been part of a “Workplace Flexibility Forum” in the Old Executive Office Building attended by 200 people and featuring Obama as a speaker.
Lord is a fine columnist, but Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel had previously pointed out that the smoking gun evidence of presidential wrongdoing has been right in front of us all along, in the form of various statements by the President and other administration officials attacking and demonizing the Tea Party, as well as demands from Democrats and their allies that conservative groups be scrutinized by the IRS. This was pressure from above that had its intended effect—to disable the Tea Party movement during the 2012 elections.
“The media and Congress are sleuthing for some hint that Mr. Obama picked up the phone and sicced the tax dogs on his enemies,” Strassel commented. “But that’s not how things work in post-Watergate Washington. Mr. Obama didn’t need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he’d like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action.”
In fact, the pressure came not only from the Democratic Party, but from various George Soros-funded groups and journalists, one of whom, Seth Rosenfeld, obtained personal financial information about filmmaker Joel Gilbert and his financial backers. The Gilbert case, which involves a massive invasion of privacy and harassment of donors to an anti-Obama film, is potentially even more serious in a legal sense than scrutiny of Tea Party groups by the IRS. In addition, the IRS reopened Gilbert’s 2009 tax return, and simply denied all of his business expenses, even though they were well-documented.
Amy Pyle of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) asked that I correct my article on this aspect of the scandal, saying that, “While Seth has done some freelance work for us in the past, as for many other outlets, he is not an employee here nor is he on any contract with us.”
I had reported that Rosenfeld “works” for the CIR and in fact he is listed on its website as a “correspondent” for the group. That suggests an on-going relationship. I told Pyle there would be no correction. In fact, why doesn’t the CIR help us get to the bottom of this scandal?
The CIR is funded by the Open Society Institute of George Soros and other liberal foundations. Its “media partners” include the Arab government-funded Al Jazeera English—a mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood—The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and PBS.
With these collaborators, it would appear that an investigation of Rosenfeld and his methods would have to come from Congress, rather than the media. Such a probe might help get to the bottom of the IRS scandal, although he would undoubtedly refuse to identify his sources in the government.
The progressives understand that Obama did not need to personally order this probe and are trying to discredit any reports or suggestions to the contrary. In this manner they hope to save Obama from impeachment, as various scandals continue to grow and implicate the White House in lies and cover-ups.
Jeffrey Lord was justified in asking why National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) president Colleen Kelley was at the White House. His mistake was assuming that her listing in a White House visitors log suggested some kind of high-level, one-on-one meeting with the President. His other mistake was assuming he could ever discover what they discussed, if such a meeting took place.
He won’t retract his story, saying “it is crystal clear there is a relationship between the NTEU and the Obama White House,” adding that Kelley has described her view of this relationship as being about “collaboration.”
He added, “As an ex-White House aide myself it makes no sense that someone in her position has as much access as she does to the White House and the President…speaks glowingly of ‘partnership’ and ‘collaboration’…yet has zero communication on a subject on which the President, his staff, and his congressional allies (Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Franken etc etc) have been loudly emphatic—The Tea Party.”
But communications of that nature, because of the relationship he described, was not necessary. Obama’s allies got the message without a smoking-gun meeting or memo. I think Strassel was making this same critical point in her column that was appropriately titled, “The IRS Scandal Started at the Top.”
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at email@example.com.
May 22nd, 2013 by TMH
By: Trevor Loudon
From my friends in Australia at the Carbon Sense Coalition:
Media Statement by Viv Forbes
Chairman, The Carbon Sense Coalition.
The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on the Australian federal government and the opposition to abolish all renewable energy targets, certificates and subsidies.
The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said that it was time for those who worship wind turbines to pay their full cost, and not force other electricity consumers and tax payers to pay for a costly, unreliable and obsolete method of generating electricity.
“Wind power has been around since Don Quixote and it belongs in an industrial museum not in a modern economy.
“For too much of the time, the wind just sucks subsidies when it should be turning turbines.
“The 20% renewable energy target is unachievable without perpetual government mandates and subsidies and should be abolished.”
Green worshippers tell us “The wind is free.” But wind power is not free. All natural energy resources such as coal, wind and sun appear “free” – no one has to incur costs to create them. But turning a “free” resource into usable electricity costs money for collecting, generating and distributing that energy. To consumers and tax payers, the real cost of wind power is very high, no matter how well it is hidden by politicians.
Wind power is not reliable. No one can make the wind blow when the energy is needed – in fact, wind farms produce, on average, less than 30% of their nameplate capacity, often at times of low demand and low electricity prices. Not one conventional power plant has been replaced by wind – the old reliables stay there, incurring maintenance costs, because they are still needed as backup for the many times when there is zero wind power. In cold still weather, wind turbines actually consume power from the grid to keep them from freezing up – they are better at harvesting subsidies than harvesting wind. This unpredictable waxing and waning of the wind also increases the chances of sudden brownouts and surges on electricity networks.
Wind power harms the environment. Because of the large area of land needed to collect low-density wind energy, wind power requires more land-clearing, needs more transmission lines, kills more wildlife, lights more bushfires and uglifies more landscape per unit of electricity than conventional power. And the sub-sonic whine of the turbines drives neighbours batty and devalues local properties.
Like hydro-power, wind power is limited, with few suitable sites. And every wind turbine slows the wind, thus reducing the wind energy available to any downwind turbines. It is “renewable” but it is not unlimited.
Wind power is justified by claims that it reduces emissions and thus reduces global warming. However, when all the steel, concrete, construction, roads, transmission lines, backup, maintenance, replacement and rehabilitation are taken into account, wind power contributes nothing to reducing emissions or changing global climate.
However wind turbines DO change the local weather. Wind is the major component of weather. Winds bring moisture to the inland, dilute and clear pollution from the cities, and change air temperatures everywhere. Wind towers rob the wind of its energy, affecting local wind speeds and changing local weather patterns, and the more there are, the greater the effect.
Wind power is an expensive, intermittent and limited energy source that degrades the environment, kills birds, but does nothing to improve global climate.
There should be no special subsidies, tax breaks, market mandates or regulations for any energy technology – all should compete on an equal basis and all consumers should be free to choose their supplier.
Wind energy should be paid for by those who want it, not by captive taxpayers or electricity consumers.
May 21st, 2013 by TMH
By: Lloyd Marcus
Enough! For many years, the American Left has and continues to shamelessly abuse the American people; slandering, beating up and bullying them into submission by using the easily proven false narrative that America is a racist nation. In other words, the Left recklessly and unfairly plays the Race Card.
Why? The Left has great disdain for traditional American values and desires to transform America into it’s dreamed Socialist/Progressive utopia. Calling an opponent to the Left’s agenda “racist” typically frightens and shuts them down.
On behalf of my decent and hard-working fellow Americans, I demand an apology from the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democratic Party, Hollywood and the Mainstream Media. All of these self-proclaimed paragons of fairness and compassion are nothing more than liars; peddlers of hate and division. Each entity that I named is a cheering section and advocacy group, assisting the Left in the furtherance of it’s socialist/progressive agenda.
Somewhere in America’s recovery from the sin of slavery, the Left hijacked our well-intentioned Christian desire to achieve racial equality. The Left redefined “racial equality” to mean that minorities are never to be held responsible for their actions; minorities are entitled to endless government hand-outs via government confiscation and redistribution; opposing a minority on any issue is regarded racist and hateful.
O.J. Simpson’s attorneys successfully played the Race Card, changing the subject from Simpson murdering his wife. Baby murderer, Dr. Gosnell’s attorneys said his trial was about racism against a black doctor trying to help the poor. The Left is claiming that America’s outrage over Obama’s three scandals (IRS, Benghazi and AP) is rooted in racism against a black president. Whenever behavior by a black is indefensible, the Left plays the Race Card, expecting it to trump facts, truth, justice and logic. Innocent whites typically run to the tall grass fearful of being devoured by the all-powerful and all-consuming Race Card.
The Left plays the Race Card with impunity, intentionally attacking opponent’s First Amendment right to free speech. Victims of the Left’s unmerited use of the Race Card include Conservatives, Republicans and low-info voters – deceived to hate non-existent enemies; their brains infected with propaganda and misinformation.
Hollywood: Hollywood is notorious for promoting leftist agenda lies to low-info voters. For example: in a movie I was watching, actor Ice Cube delivered this line, “Tell the NRA to stop killing black people”. I stopped the DVD and threw the stupid piece of crap propaganda movie into my trash-can. The NRA does not target or kill black people. The irresponsible producers of this film spread their hateful lie to millions falsely accusing and slandering the NRA which simply defends our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Informed black leaders praise the NRA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RABZq5IoaQ
The NRA deserves an apology.
NAACP: Serial liars! Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond said the tea party is “admittedly racist”. Mr Bond, show us the communication that proves your claim. President Ben Jealous said he saw signs, “Lynch Barack Hussein Obama” and “Lynch Eric Holder”. A year or more later, America is still waiting for Mr. Jealous to show us the two signs. The Tea Party deserves an apology.
Congressional Black Caucus: Rep Andre Carson said the Tea Party movement would “love” to see black Americans “hanging on a tree”. http://fxn.ws/oNpeR0 How outrageously inflammatory and hate-inspiring is that? But most of all, it is a despicable lie. As a black conservative having attended over 400 tea party rallies on numerous national tours, I have only encountered being loved to death. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said a tea party protester spit on him. A tea party group offered a $15,000 reward for proof of the spitting. No one has claimed the reward. http://bit.ly/16Cw16v
CBC members claimed being called the n-word 15 times outside of the U.S. Capitol by tea party participants. Breitbart offered a $100,000 reward for proof of the incident. The reward has not been claimed. http://bit.ly/10IDDNv These are only a few of many lies the CBC has told about the tea party. The Congressional Black Caucus owes the Tea Party an apology.
The Democratic Party: U.S. president Jimmy Carter said opposition to Obamacare is motivated by racism against a black president. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,551503,00.html
Democrats have declared that disagreeing or opposing Obama on any issue is racist. Remarkably, the Dems expect us to ignore Obama’s unprecedented usurping of power over the private sector and his routine unlawful trashing of the Constitution. Think about that folks. For the first time in U.S. History, we have a president that non-submission to his will could destroy you. Constitutional patriots deserve an apology.
The Mainstream Media: ABC’s former White House correspondent Sam Donaldson said many on the right oppose Obama solely because he is African-American. Donaldson named Rush Limbaugh in his allegation. http://bit.ly/N349gL MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says “white supremacy” plays a big role in opposition to Obama. http://bit.ly/13mSopG
Such allegations from liberal MSM hacks are absurd and bogus. Let’s get real. Obama is the first Affirmative Action president; exempted from the traditional vetting process for one seeking the highest office in the land. Millions of white Americans could hardly wait to pull the level for America’s first black president; 40% now attend tea parties. Poor things…they naively thought electing Obama would relieve them of ever being called racist again.
Blacks are only 12% of the U.S. Population. So it took a whole lot of white votes to put Obama in the White House – two times. White America deserves an apology.
I am only one voice crying in the wilderness. Still, I feel compelled to shine the light of truth on how the American Left continues to abuse the American people via the unfair playing of the Race Card; solely to manipulate Americans into embracing an agenda contrary to that of our Founding Fathers.
John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” Such is who we are as Americans. Ironically, the Left uses America’s morality against her by playing the Race Card; with great success. Despicable.
My fellow Americans, you are a great people; non-deserving of the abuse you have suffered from the Left. You deserve much better. Don’t hold your breath, but the American Left does own you an apology.
Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Chairman, Conservative Campaign Committee
Arlene from Israel
There are multiple ways in which enormous strength is required of the Israeli government now. In no situation is this more the case than with regard to Syria and armaments shipped there, either for use by Syria or for transfer to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The situation is rife with threats, claims, charges, counter-charges, and rumors.
What seems to be the case is that Russia recently shipped its Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria. And this is bad news:
The JPost has cited Nick Brown, editor of IHS Jane’s International Defense Review, who said, “They fly at just over 2.5 times the speed of sound, have a range of about 300 kilometers (185 miles) and pack a huge punch from their 200 kg (440 pound) warhead.”
“They are hard to detect and ever harder to shoot down or decoy away, so they’re a powerful tool for keeping warships a long way off the Syrian shore.”
Russia had previously supplied Assad with Yakhont missiles in 2011, but they were an earlier, less accurate model.
A big question that hangs over this is whether Syria will attempt to transfer those Yakhont missiles to Hezbollah, which could use them to threaten Israeli ships and the Israeli gas fields in the Mediterranean — which would just about be in reach.
It is exceedingly unlikely that Israel would sit still for such a transfer of weaponry. Last Thursday night, CIA chief John Brennan flew into Israel unannounced to consult with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon about the escalating situation in Syria. Ya’alon made it clear that Israel had no intention of allowing advanced weapons to reach Hezbollah.
Last Friday, the Wall Street Journal cited US officials who said they anticipated another series of Israeli strikes in Syria, against these missiles.
On Sunday, the Times of London reported that Syria had trained sophisticated Tishreen missiles on Tel Aviv, which would be used if Israel entered Syrian air space again. It said that satellite images indicated this, but provided no source.
At the Sunday Cabinet meeting, PM Netanyahu, refusing to be intimidated by this report, responded that:
“The Israeli government is acting in a responsible and measured way in order to secure the safety of Israel’s citizens and prevent advanced weapons from reaching Hezbollah and the terror organizations. We will know how to do this in the future as well.
“The Middle East is experiencing one of its most sensitive periods in decades. We are following developments closely and are readying for any scenario.”
It’s not possible to consider the current situation in Syria without looking at the role of the US — or, more correctly, the US’s failure to play a decisive role at a critical earlier point in the Syrian civil war — as a factor in what’s going on. The vacuum left by American inaction has permitted Russia to move more vigorously in this region.
The Russians, who want to be able to call the shots here, have even sent in warships. Five entered the Mediterranean last Wednesday, when the Russian foreign minister announced:
“The Russian Defense Ministry started setting up a special force of warships in the Mediterranean in order to protect Russia’s interests in the region.”
Yesterday, two additional Russian warships were brought in from its Black Sea fleet.
US officials are concerned now that Russian shipments of armaments to Assad will allow him to prolong the war. But I was stuck by how clueless the Americans are when I read this comment by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez.
“We can watch from the sidelines as the scales are tipped in Assad’s favor, or protect US national interests by supporting the armed opposition striving to build a new Syrian future.”
“a new Syrian future,” huh? This might have been true a year or 18 months ago. But now there are reports of Iraqi al-Qaeda forces over-taking other rebel forces in Syria. The Nusra Front was already Islamist, but is being splintered by the al-Qaeda forces that have a larger anti-Western, jihad, greater Islamic nation agenda.
Were the US to supply rebels with weapons, they might well end up in al-Qaeda hands.
Israel cannot say this — is taking great care not to say this — but me? I’m hoping Assad, as vile and immoral as he is, does not fall. For the very likely alternative is worse for this entire region.
“… if the West were to intervene, it may now be under pressure to attack al-Qaeda opposition forces rather than Assad.”
At the same time, rumors that Russia had already sent S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria have not been confirmed. In fact, while Russia is saying that it must honor its previously signed contract to deliver them, it is not at all certain that this will happen.
Former head of IDF military intelligence Amos Yadlin is one of the analysts who is not convinced that Moscow will actually deliver the missile batteries…”in Yadlin’s assessment, the S-300s are just one piece in the complex face-off over Syria now playing out between Moscow and Washington.”
It is enormously irksome, when Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claims that there’s no problem because the S-300 is a defensive weapon, implying that Israel just has to stop attacking and all will be fine. He knows very well indeed that Israel attacks are not against Syria, but against the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah and are thus defensive in nature. He is, indeed, enormously disingenuous.
There is no way that Israel will permit the transfer of S-300 missiles, should they arrive in Syria, to be transferred to Hezbollah. They would, I imagine, have to be hit before installation was complete.
Please see what Shoshana Bryen, of the Jewish Policy Center, has to say about this situation.
While referring to Putin’s “disdain for the Obama Administration” (her description of Putin’s treatment of Kerry makes fascinating reading), and saying that “neither Secretary of State Kerry nor the president he serves seem to understand Russia’s goals in the region, and thus neither is prepared to uphold our own interests,” in the end she believes Russia’s policies are shortsighted and will fail. Putin, she says, has taken on the impossible task of controlling the Shiite-Sunni fighting.
Her vision is sharp and broad.
One last mention of Syria here: Last night, IDF soldiers patrolling near the border with Syria in the Golan were fired upon. A vehicle was damaged, but no one was hurt. The IDF issued a statement that “IDF forces returned precise fire at the source of the gunfire. They reported a direct hit.” The Syrian army had claimed that it destroyed the IDF military vehicle and everything in it.
“We will not remain silent regarding fire from Syria at our territory,” said Defense Minister Yaalon.
And then a correction: In my last posting, I had cited an article by Avigdor Haselkorn on the war over preemption. In it, he spoke about the fact that Iran is trying to get Fateh 110 missiles into Hezbollah’s hands because this would “deter Israel from launching a preemptive strike on its nuclear facilities by holding hostage Israel’s Dimona reactor as well as other strategic installations.”
Well, it has been pointed out to me (and for this many thanks to Jeff D.) that the Fateh missiles have a range of 300 kilometers, but from where those missiles would be launched to Dimona is well over 300 km. I never would have caught that. Haselkorn’s piece still has considerable validity, but I am eager to set the record straight here.
I had hoped to address the other matter in which Israel requires strength: Kerry is coming on Thursday to move forward that ever elusive “peace process,” and there is much to say about the political dynamics this issue engenders. But not today — this posting is long enough. Hopefully, this will be my key focus when next I write.