Obama Demonstrates Fear, Not Courage

Posted on August 27th, 2014
Obama ice bucket challenge by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

By Doris O’Brien

Challenging times call for extraordinary courage. But at the risk of sounding indelicate, the only cojones associated with President  Obama are the ones lined up on the putting green, where his frequent appearances have given  rise to  a new meaning of  the term “stay the course.” 

You’d think the so-called leader of the free world would at least sound courageous. But at recent press conferences, Mr. President has sauntered in, often late, leaned nonchalantly on Read More »

Sometimes a Round of Golf Is Just a Round of Golf. And Sometimes It Reveals the Essence of a Man.

Posted on August 27th, 2014
Obama ISIS Golf by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

By Michael Goodwin

President Obama’s decision to hit the links and yuk it up with pals immediately after speaking about the beheading of James ­Foley was no ordinary mistake. Nor was it a simple gaffe.

The decision continues to cause an uproar because, like an X-ray, there is no escaping the image. It shows there is no there there.

With even his media praetorian guard appalled, the golf outing is sparking a wider understanding that Obama is hollow, Read More »

Calling Other Countries: U.S. Needs Allies in Fight Against Islamic State

Posted on August 27th, 2014
Islamist terror by Yaakov Kirschen, Dry Bones

By Daniel Kochis

Make no mistake, Islamic State’s methodical march of savagery across the Middle East threatens more than the religious and ethnic minorities caught in its path. The United States and its allies, especially those in the region, have every reason to be concerned about the human cost of allowing Islamic State to roam freely.

Any rational person must be disgusted by the cold-blooded murders (often by truly heinous methods), forced conversions, rape, pillaging, and plunder Read More »

More Informative Links for August 27, 2014

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Tepid Clapping Greets Unpopular Obama’s VA Speech at American Legion Convention in His First Speech to Group since 2011 – Daily Mail  …  “President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion’s convention-goers. His 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House’s policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out. Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations.”

“After the customary introductions and thank-yous to dignitaries, Obama spoke for nearly eight full minutes on Tuesday without a single clap. Obama’s first and only truly robust applause line came with a pledge to reform the Veterans Affairs Department, which has come under fire for months-long medical wait times and a scheme that buried appointments in order to artificially inflate success numbers. Crowd came to life to honor fellow veterans, not Obama.”

Obama’s Anti-Business Tax Agenda Chasing Burger King to Canada – Newsmax  …   “Burger King’s effort to acquire Tim Horton’s, a Canadian purveyor of coffee and doughnuts, is a good business decision, but its choice to locate corporate headquarters north of the border would be the direct result of President Obama’s anti-business tax policies. McDonald’s is getting into coffee — a high-margin business — in a big way, and Tim Horton’s java knowledge offers Burger King the opportunity to do the same.”

“Simply, the U.S. federal corporate tax rate is 35 percent and applies to both Burger King’s domestic and overseas profits, whereas Canada’s rate is 15 percent and only applies to Tim Horton’s domestic sales. In the second quarter of this year, Burger King’s federal and state income taxes were 24 percent of its operating costs and 34 percent of its profits. Locating in Canada would cut those figures by up to 25 percent.”

No responsible CEO or corporate board could reasonably ignore those figures, and that’s why approximately 60 U.S. companies have completed or plan so-called ‘tax inversions’ — acquisitions or mergers with foreign companies that permit them to locate their tax address in a friendlier jurisdiction.”

Informative Links for August 27, 2014

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Warren Buffett’s Tax Whopper. Obama’s Business Front Man Finances ‘Corporate Deserters.’ – Wall Street Journal  …  “President Obama and Senate Democrats are going to need a new business front man. This week they’ve been officially abandoned by their erstwhile tax-policy patron saint Warren Buffett, who has joined up with what the President likes to call the ‘corporate deserters’ who locate their legal headquarters somewhere other than the United States. The real tax gain for Burger King is that by choosing a legal address in Canada it can avoid Washington’s obsession with taxing overseas profits at American tax rates. To the extent that either chain is able to grow internationally, this deal means that their world-wide earnings, once taxed overseas, generally won’t have to be taxed again for the privilege of being invested in the U.S.”

The business case seems clear, but the politics can be difficult. Senate Democrats, desperate to avoid discussing Iraq or ObamaCare, are hoping to hold the Senate by running against ‘Benedict Arnold’ corporations instead of real-life Republican opponents. But it looks like Democrats will now have a harder time having it their way—unless they want to stage a political inversion and turn on their most famous benefactor and supposed tax expert.”

Fractures in Arab Gulf Alliance a Greater Threat to Oil Security than Islamic State – Telegraph  …  “Break up of the Gulf Co-operation Council could threaten world’s largest oil fields as Saudi Arabia and Qatar lock horns over alleged support for Islamists. Tensions between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar were understood to have again come to head this weekend with an emergency meeting of foreign ministers in the Red Sea city of Jeddah described by the Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat as being “critical”. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have accused authorities in Doha of supporting terror related groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and meddling in the internal affairs of other GCC states. The meetings could eventually lead to Qatar – the world’s biggest shipper of liquified natural gas – being ejected from the GCC.”

However, a bigger danger than Isil to the security of the world’s largest oilfields in the Gulf is arguably a wider breakdown of political co-operation across the region. Despite these dangerous risks, oil prices are under downward pressure with Brent crude suffering its biggest falls in more than a year to trade close to $100 per barrel. “We’ve got the barbarians at the gates of the world’s largest oil fields and the price of crude has hardly moved, which tells me this instability has been factored in,” said Davidson. But Commerzbank believes investors are ignoring the fundamental risks that could shut off supplies from the Middle East and Russia in a heartbeat.”

HELP WANTED at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Posted on August 26th, 2014
President Obama and Vice President Biden Practicing Putting

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Two thoughts! First, the President does not have to commit a “crime” in order for him to be impeached. As we all know, impeachment is more of a political issue, rather than a criminal one. In this case, there will most likely be no impeachment of President Obama. Second, in order for Obama to even consider resigning, there would have to be significant pressure from his own party to do so. And, that Read More »

Inflation, Interest Rates, and Why You Should Own Gold

Posted on August 26th, 2014
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By Jeff D. Opdyke

The answer: Gold.

The question: What is the best investment to own today as the Federal Reserve begins raising interest rates?

How we get to the answer — an answer that would seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom — is why I come to you today. And this answer will reveal to you why you should own gold.

It’s not the destination; it’s the journey. I’m sure you’ve heard that Read More »

Maybe Johnny Can’t Read Because These Workers Crowd Out Teachers

Posted on August 26th, 2014
Public School Employees

By Kelsey Harkness

Half of America’s public school employees aren’t classroom teachers, according to a new study. Instead, they’re non-teaching personnel such as instructional aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, and librarians.

It hasn’t always been this way.

The study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a nonprofit think tank specializing in education policy, found that the number of non-teaching staff grew by 130 percent from 1970 to 2010. Their salaries and benefits account for one-quarter of current Read More »

More Informative Links for August 26, 2014

Posted on August 26th, 2014

Obama Preparing Military Options in Syria Against ISIS – Newsmax  …   “The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand U.S. action beyond the limited airstrikes under way in Iraq. President Barack Obama has so far sought a limited military campaign in Iraq focused on protecting American diplomats and civilians under direct threat. Still, officials have not ruled out escalating military action against the Islamic State militant group, which has increased its overt threats against the United States.”

“Dempsey’s spokesman confirmed on Monday that options against Islamic State were under review and stressed the need to form ‘a coalition of capable regional and European partners.’ ‘With Central Command, (Dempsey) is preparing options to address ISIS both in Iraq and Syria with a variety of military tools including airstrikes,’ Colonel Ed Thomas said, using a different name for the Sunni Muslim group that has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria. ‘The bottom line is that our forces are well postured to partner with regional allies against ISIS.’ Still, neither official suggested U.S. military action there was imminent. ‘We’re just not there yet,’ said a senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of the anonymity.”

Soon to Be Released: Secrets of the Clinton Library – Politico  …  “It is a lingering mystery of Bill Clinton’s White House: the genesis of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy that gay groups came to revile. But soon, this and other secrets that remain hidden away here at the Clinton Presidential Library may be unlocked. What did the Justice Department say about all the random requests for pardons? What kind of advice came from Clinton staffers such as now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan? What strategic thoughts were offered to the president and first lady Hillary Clinton on terrorism, Whitewater and health care reform? And what’s the library been holding back about Vince Foster?”

“Six months after the National Archives began releasing long-withheld Clinton White House documents, thousands of pages of the most sensitive records are still not yet public. But hints of their contents emerged during a recent POLITICO review of the gaps in the library’s public files. Internal National Archives files obtained by POLITICO show that the threat of publicity seems to have been a factor in getting some of that material out this year, nudging forward a painfully slow process involving the Archives, President Barack Obama’s lawyers and Clinton’s team — all of whom play roles in dictating the pace and sequence of releases.”

Informative Links for August 26, 2014

Posted on August 26th, 2014

Judicial Watch: DOJ Lawyer Says All Lerner Emails Backed Up – Newsmax  …   “All of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails are backed up, but it is too difficult to retrieve them for congressional investigators, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says a Justice Department lawyer told his group. ‘Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe,’ Judicial Watch said on Monday. Obama administration attorneys said the back-up system would be too onerous to search,’ the Judicial Watch statement continued.”

“‘We want to know why they hadn’t told the court about this back-up system. If this back-up system is working, Lois Lerner’s emails are there,’ ‘There are half a dozen other IRS officials whose emails have supposedly disappeared as well . . . We’ve been led to believe that once they disappear they can’t be found again, when in fact they back up everything, as most people suspected.’ Fitton said Judicial Watch would ask the judge handling the case to order the records released. Judicial Watch is trying to obtain the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that in light of the news he will recall IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for a deposition. We look forward to finding out how the commissioner could say they don’t exist when in fact they do,’”

Cornel West: Obama a ‘Counterfeit’. ‘We Ended Up With A Brown-Faced Clinton. Another Opportunist.’ – Weekly Standard  …   “Cornel West has some harsh words for President Barack Obama in a recent interview with Salon.com: ‘[T]he thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit,’ West says. ‘We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair.’”

“‘Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility. And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist.’”

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