Readers of my novel know how this damages America…
Just in the last few weeks, the Obama administration has proposed or imposed over 1,200 new regulations on the American people that will add even more to the already crushing $2 trillion per year cost burden of the federal regulatory machine.
via Obama Imposed 75,000 Pages of New Regulations in 2014.
This is potentially devastating to the FBI…
FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator — another example of the continuing whodunnit blame game around the devastating attack.
Even the unprecedented decision to release details of an ongoing FBI investigation and President Barack Obama publicly blaming the hermit authoritarian regime hasn’t quieted a chorus of well-qualified skeptics who say the evidence just doesn’t add up.
Researchers from the cyber intelligence company Norse have said their own investigation into the data on the Sony attack doesn’t point to North Korea at all and instead indicates some combination of a disgruntled employee and hackers for piracy groups is at fault.
via FBI briefed on alternate Sony hack theory – Tal Kopan – POLITICO.
This is somewhat alarming. One would think we understand an enemy better than this…
WASHINGTON — Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought help this summer in solving an urgent problem for the American military: What makes the Islamic State so dangerous?
Trying to decipher this complex enemy — a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army — is such a conundrum that General Nagata assembled an unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration. Business professors, for example, are examining the Islamic State’s marketing and branding strategies.
“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” he said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”
via In Battle to Defang ISIS, U.S. Targets Its Psychology – NYTimes.com.
The Bear isn’t asleep this winter…
Russian Defense Ministry announced the successful test of the RS-24 “Yars” ballistic missile on Friday.
“Test warheads hit their targets in the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka peninsula with pinpoint accuracy,” said Col. Igor Yegorov a spokesman for the ministry. The missile was launched at 11:02 Moscow time on Friday, Yegorov said.
“The adoption of the RS-24 ICBM with multiple re-entry warheads has increased the combat capabilities of the Strategic Missile Forces assault group to overcome missile defense systems, thus strengthening the nuclear deterrent of Russian strategic nuclear forces,” Col. Yegorov said. The RS-24 carries up to ten independently targetable warheads.
Russia’s strategic nuclear forces are actively rearming with the new RS-24 “Yars” missile, which replaces two older models that have been in use for more than 50 years.
The ballistic missile uses solid fuel and has a range of 7,500 miles. It can be launched either from a silo or from a road-mobile launcher.
via Russia tests 10-warhead ballistic missile | Europe | Worldbulletin News.
But see this interesting analysis on the number of nuclear weapons Russia might be able to get through our defense system…
This is interesting… and troubling.
The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the adequacy of payments they received from Medicaid.The impact will vary by state, but a study by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research organization, estimates that doctors who have been receiving the enhanced payments will see their fees for primary care cut by 43 percent, on average.
via As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care – NYTimes.com.
A Teachable Moment? This is NOT what we want to hear:
CDC officials acknowledged that widespread hospital awareness didn’t kick in until the recent case in Dallas.“We let our guard down a little bit,” said Abbigail Tumpey, a CDC spokeswoman, referring to the country’s health-care systems. “We as a health-care system have to make sure not to let our guard down and be vigilant that patients with Ebola could show up at any U.S. health-care facility. . . . Now that we’ve seen this happen, we know now that we need to do more to make people feel prepared.”
She added, “We realized this week that this is a teachable moment, and despite the guidance we have sent out [to hospitals], people don’t necessarily understand how to implement it.”
via Dallas Ebola case spurs concern about hospital readiness – The Washington Post.
Forward America! Hail our Great Leader!
“I don’t usually get into the political part of it,” explained Chris Cabrera, now a vice president in the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, “but I find it odd that their whole thing is, ‘We are going to get amnesty when we get here. Where is my permiso? Where is my permission to go north so I can get my medical care and my schooling and all that? President Obama is going to take care of us and make sure we’re all OK.’
via Children crossing border: ‘Obama will take care of us’.
Need more evidence that Obama’s immigration plan is nothing more than an easy way to get more democrat votes into America?
The Center for Immigration Studies points out that almost half of the money requested would pay for resettlement of the immigrants.
via Ted Cruz: Obama Plans on Border Surge ‘Continuing Indefinitely’ | National Review Online.
That this is happening should surprise no one… That there is finally some pushback by journalists is what IS surprising…
This is just part and parcel of Obama’s socialist agenda. The old soviets had a saying about their newspaper called the “Truth.” They said there is no truth in the news, and no news in the Truth. We are very close to that today in America.
In unprecedented criticism of the White House, 38 journalism groups have assailed the presidents team for censoring media coverage, limiting access to top officials and overall “politically-driven suppression of the news.”In a letter to President Obama, the 38, led by the Society of Professional Journalists, said efforts by government officials to stifle or block coverage has grown for years and reached a high-point under his administration despite Obamas 2008 campaign promise to provide transparency.
via Censorship: 38 journalism groups slam Obamas politically-driven suppression of news | WashingtonExaminer.com.
The lawlessness in the Obama administration is manifest. You won’t read about this in any mainstream media. Just bow down to our Dear Leader:
“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal.
via JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups | Judicial Watch.
I write about this in my novel. They are called “Advocacy Networks” approved by the Dear Leader. So now, we see democrats seeking it in reality. Does anyone think this will be different than the IRS targeting conservatives? You must spout the liberal mantra to be approved… which means attacking the Tea Party, gun rights, etc…
“They want to pick and choose which journalists are covered,” the Texan Republican told Breitbart News. “In other words, if you’re a blogger they might not cover you, but if you work for the New York Times they might. Given the changes in the way we get information and the way we consume news, that really smacks to me in essence of government licensing who’s an official ‘journalist’ for the purposes of a shield law and who’s not. If there is one thing I can glean from the First Amendment, it is that government should not be in the business of licensing the news media.”
via Exclusive: John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer’s Media ‘Shield Law’.
How can our republic survive with this?
When asked if they could name a SINGLE U.S. senator, the students blanked. Also, very few knew that each state has two senators. The guesses were all over the map, with some crediting each state with twelve, thirteen, and five senators.
via College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator | CNS News.
So Fracking could turn the tables on the Arabs who hate us… Let’s see if the Obama crew get in the way…
“The United States is now poised to become an energy superpower,” write By Robert D. Blackwill and Meghan O’Sullivan, in the current issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.
via Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia – Americas – World – The Independent.
“We are going to have parents being able to come home, working reasonable hours. People are going to be able to retire. People might actually be able to cook dinner rather than have to order out and get some takeout.”
via Rep Keith Ellison on Obamacare-Related Job Losses: Americans Work Too Much Anyway.
Ah… the love of the folks who share Obama’s faith… The Religion of Peace…
Russia has erected a “ring of steel” and the U.S. military is planning for evacuations, but the fact remains that Sochi, the site of next month’s Winter Olympics, is within striking distance of Dagestan and Chechnya — volatile regions that form a caldron for Islamic militants.
via Olympics host Sochi remains a volatile region – Washington Times.
How delightful when the POTUS is thus discussed. Hope and Change:
Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy says President Barack Obama is wrong about the dangers of marijuana, saying that the drug today is not like what the president smoked in his youth.
via Patrick Kennedy to President Obama: Pot has changed – Tal Kopan – POLITICO.com.