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The Nonsolution
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez

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Posted By:Hazymac, 1/17/2014 5:41:46 PM

Readers will note that President Obama’s announced NSA “reforms” to exempt foreign leaders, delegate the storage of phone records to a non-NSA entity and add more lawyers to the process of accessing communications records substantially follow the recommendations of Cass Sunstein as laid out in the document Liberty and Security in a Changing World. These recommendations were analyzed in the post The Black Chamber. Do they help? I wrote that they did not. They do nothing to reduce the main source of danger, which is the close relationship between domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement. Sunstein’s recommendations don’t really fix

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The Obama Administration is the greatest threat to civil liberties in the Nation´s history. Not only are thousand page laws and regulations proliferating, intellectual totalitarians like Sunstein and Podesta are moving the superstate forward, exempting their political allies--often America´s mortal enemies--from scrutiny while setting in place policies that will ensnare ordinary citizens in planned legal thickets that will inevitably result in the incarceration or death of people they perceive as political foes.

      


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The Nonsolution
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/17/2014 5:41:46 PM     Post Reply
Readers will note that President Obama’s announced NSA “reforms” to exempt foreign leaders, delegate the storage of phone records to a non-NSA entity and add more lawyers to the process of accessing communications records substantially follow the recommendations of Cass Sunstein as laid out in the document Liberty and Security in a Changing World. These recommendations were analyzed in the post The Black Chamber. Do they help? I wrote that they did not. They do nothing to reduce the main source of danger, which is the close relationship between domestic intelligence gathering and law enforcement. Sunstein’s recommendations don’t really fix

   

 

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A spate of retirements
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/17/2014 12:07:53 AM     Post Reply
Janet Hook and Thomas Crittenden of the Wall Street Journal try to explain the rash of retirements on Capitol Hill. (Snip) The biggest danger facing the Democrats, however, is an unexpected foreign policy crisis which may materialize at any time. A respected British defense advisor publicly called Obama “chronically incapable” of military strategy. Nor is he likely alone in this assessment. Last year the British Parliament voted against David Cameron’s proposal to support Obama’s proposed bombing in Syria, effectively delivering a vote of no-confidence in Obama. The world is expecting trouble. Japan has stepped up its defense spending, as has

Tiger prowling for food kills 7
Associated Press, by Biswajeet Banerjee    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/15/2014 1:23:10 PM     Post Reply
A tiger prowling for food has killed seven people in northern India in the past two weeks, forcing thousands of terrified villagers to stay inside while hunters try to kill the animal, authorities said Wednesday. The tiger´s latest victim was a woman whose body was found in a forest Tuesday in Uttar Pradesh state, said Rupak De, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests. The tiger, a female, has been on the prowl across an area spanning some 80 miles (130 kilometers). "A hunt has been launched to kill the tigress that has turned into a man-eater," De said. "It must

The Gates of Hell: Obama
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PJ Media, by Barry Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/12/2014 2:54:08 PM     Post Reply
For the last five years, I have waited for the other shoe to drop. In 2008, the American people elected an incompetent and foolish president, Obama. President Obama knew that he could only trust a handcuffed politician and loyalist like Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. He then later appointed the pompous John Kerry to fill this capacity. Yet this “gang that couldn’t shoot straight” was a ticking time bomb. Three strikes and you’re out. Let me list them: Obama: incompetent and disinterested [sic] in policy (president). Clinton: interested in policy but a potential rival politician, so she could not

Ersatz
PJ Media, by Richard Fernendez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/12/2014 11:53:39 AM     Post Reply
They said health rationing would never come, that if you liked your plan and doctor, you could keep it. They lied, and now that that’s over let’s move on. Since it’s the government’s doctor not yours any more, Maryland has announced a bold deal with state and federal officials not to treat people unnecessarily. (Snip) Of course much of the problem of overtreatment is one of government’s own making. Think tort law. One of the major reasons why American treatments cost so much is defensive medicine. Defensive medicine, also called defensive medical decision making, refers to the practice of recommending

The collar of money
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/11/2014 6:54:12 PM     Post Reply
Q: When is bad news good news? A: When it kicks the can down the road. The New York Times gives an example of how this works. (Snip) Once “free money” — the deficit spending Dorfman spoke is introduced like a drug into the voters veins it will prove nearly impossible to withdraw. In the world of demagogues you create failure then you reinforce it because you benefit from failure by demanding more power. The ruin of insurance companies will be used to the same effect that three million labor force dropouts have had. It will “strengthen the Democrats’ hand”

   

 

  


 
Poet Amiri Baraka, political
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CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/10/2014 10:31:46 PM     Post Reply
Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey´s poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died Thursday, his agent said. Baraka was 79. Baraka, considered a founder of the 1960s Black Arts movement, died in New Jersey´s Beth Israel Medical Center after a short illness, according to agent Celeste Bateman. His official website said that Baraka "adopted a confrontational style for his poetry, drama, fiction and essays. With intent to create awareness about the concerns of African-Americans, his writings ... on one hand have been praised as a voice against oppression, on the

The curse of complexity
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/10/2014 7:50:34 PM     Post Reply
The administration delivered a resounding judgment on its claim that Obamacare’s website problems were over by firing the prime contractor, CGI Federal. The Washington Post, reporting the contract cancellation, explains that ”as federal officials and contractors have been trying to fix various aspects of the Web site in the past few months, about half of the new software code the company has written has failed on the first try, according to internal federal information.” They might have guessed the failure rate from the start. In an earlier article, the Washington Post noted that CGI Federal was “filled with executives from

Pinellas sheriff limiting access
to mugshots online
St. Petersburg Tribune, by Stephen Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/10/2014 12:20:08 PM     Post Reply
When someone is arrested, how public should their mugshot be? That question is being debated by lawyers and legislatures across the country as companies that publish mugshots online - and often charge a fee to remove them - have proliferated in recent years. On Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri jumped into the fray, announcing his agency will take booking photos offline. The names, addresses and initial charges of those arrested still will be accessible on the agency’s website - but not their pictures. The sheriff, who appears to be one of the first, if not the first, sheriff in

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PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/9/2014 6:59:19 PM     Post Reply
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Three charts plus one
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/8/2014 9:31:23 PM     Post Reply
Jonathan Chait is waiting for the Republicans to manufacture another “fake” crisis to put Obamacare back in the news again. For bad as the rollout was the media has moved the narrative along and he expects that the outrage will soon fade to be replaced by the inevitable acceptance. The progressive machine notches up another “gain” and it is onto the next. (Snip) However Chait’s analysis ignores the fact that the Obamacare site failure will be driven from the news by other scandals, not in the least by shortcomings in the economics and business model of Obamacare itself. It’s true

   

 

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Get the feds out of our gas tanks
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/8/2014 4:12:49 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply. Fuel blenders would be required to use 15.21 billion gallons of biofuel in 2014, down from 16.55 billion gallons last year. That’s a good sign that the EPA finally recognizes the federal mandate for ethanol is creating economic distortions. But the mandate should be cut much more significantly, with the ultimate goal that it be eliminated. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 set benchmarks for a huge increase in the production of domestic biofuels,



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