Obama Versus Putin — Golfer and Caddy

Posted on October 5th, 2015

Putin, Obama, Golfer, CaddyBy Monty Pelerin

Obama versus Putin is a mismatch. One so seriously overpowers the other that it is not a contest. Some have likened the Obama versus Putin comparison as small-town bully versus Big City Bully. Others have suggested that Putin is playing chess while Obama is playing checkers or marbles.

This site used this golf image a few years ago to define the relationship between Obama and Putin. The image illustrated the difference in abilities between the two. Subsequent events, particularly this week in Syria, validate the golfer and caddy roles. It Obama versus Putin were a boxing match, the referee would have stopped the fight before this point. But how do you employ a “mercy rule” in geopolitics. Chamberlain versus Hitler did not end until the entire world had suffered.

This country is in deep trouble and has been for several years. It should be obvious, even to Obama supporters, that their man is incompetent. He is being manhandled by Vlad. If you want to know why the Republican primaries are favoring outsiders, think of how Republicans have been snookered by this incompetent.

The dullards who refused to see the Community Organizer as a fraud during his first term are dwindling. Those who still support this clown are probably hopeless. Read More..

France Threatens “Outright Termination” of TTIP Corporate Trade Negotiations

Posted on October 5th, 2015

TTIP CorporatocracyEDITOR’S COMMENT: Maybe the fight over this awful, middle-class-devastating treaty isn’t over after all. Obama was able to bambooozale the U.S. Congress but several other nations are resisting for different reasons. France seems to be a big obstacle at the moment.

By Cassius Methyl

In a recent development with multinational trade agreements, France threatened to walk out on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations this week. France is frustrated with the United States’ unwillingness to budge on issues, most notably the issue of secrecy within negotiations.

France’s junior trade minister, Matthias Fekl, is threatening “outright termination” of France’s involvement in the partnership, saying “total lack of transparency” in negotiations constitutes a “democratic problem.”

In an interview on Monday with French newspaper Sud-Ouest, Matthias Fekl said,

Europe has offered many compromises, in all areas, and has received no serious offers from the Americans in return. Neither for access to their public markets, nor for access to their agricultural and food markets, which remain closed.

According to Fekl, the United States must modify their position or face consequences. One of their main concerns is that the deal is highly secretive. According to Fekl, U.S. officials have access to more information than European officials and there is a serious lapse in communications. Read More..

A Country Run by Idiots

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Never Underestimate The Sutpidity of IdiotsEDITOR’S COMMENT: No doubt you have seen versions of “you live in a country run by idiots” over the past few years on the Internet and elsewhere. I thought these ‘contradictions’ were very accurate and timely!

By Monty Pelerin

We truly live in a country run by idiots. The contradictions between common sense and government actions are just too many to have happened by accident or chance. But perhaps the leaders are not the idiots. Maybe the people tolerating such leaders and laws are the true idiots.

What follows is a contrast between common folk wisdom and what Washington considers wisdom. These contradictions are inconvenient for government, threatening to reveal their incompetence or hidden agenda. The author of this piece is unknown although it sounds like something that could have come from Jeff Foxworthy who popularized this presentation style.

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally, you live in a country run by idiots. Read More..

Obama’s Delusions of Competence

Posted on September 30th, 2015

Obama Dishonesty and Incompetence from http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.comBy Jack Kelly

Government works better now than probably it ever has,” President Barack Obama told the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart last month. A partial list:

– Atrocious security at the Office of Personnel Management permitted the Chinese to acquire personal data on more than 21 million federal workers, most of them applicants for security clearances. The theft of background investigation data has created a massive threat to U.S. national security that will last for decades and cost billions to mitigate.

The Chinese didn’t even need to hack into OPM’s poorly secured database to get the info, because some Chinese nationals help manage it.

– The private email server Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used, possibly illegally, to conduct official business, probably was hacked by hostile foreign intelligence services, said former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morrell.

– One central task of the Department of Homeland Security is to secure our borders. DHS isn’t doing it. Illegal immigrants comprise 3 percent of the population and, by some counts, 30 percent of the federal prison population. We spent $1.87 billion to incarcerate violent illegal immigrant felons last year, according to freelance researcher Jay Bates.

Last year, DHS released into the general population 30,558 criminal aliens who among them had almost 80,000 convictions — including 250 homicides, 386 kidnappings, 373 sexual assaults, 994 aggravated assaults. Violent felons released by DHS in 2013 committed 1,000 additional crimes. Read More..

Putin Targets US Monetary System: “Aims to Eliminate the US Dollar and the Euro From Trade”

Posted on September 30th, 2015

Dollars FallingBy Max Slavo

Last year Russia began unloading massive amounts of their US dollar reserves. In the month of December 2014 alone Putin sold some 20% of the country’s U.S. Treasurys, a move that further increased tensions surrounding what can only be described as economic warfare between East and West.

Then, as if part of a coordinated effort, this summer it was revealed that China had implemented a similar strategy, dumping half a trillion in dollar denominated assets.

But that’s just the beginning of the end for the US dollar. Amid a major meltdown in Chinese stock markets the People’s Republic sold off billions in dollar assets last week in what was reported to be an effort to stabilize their collapsing financial markets.

And now, as Russia’s economy collapses under the weight of American and European sanctions, including what many believe to be widespread downward manipulation of oil prices, Vladimir Putin is sending a clear signal to the central bank of the world’s reserve currency.

A new bill drafted by the President of the Russian Federation aims to completely eliminate the US dollar from the trade of goods: Read More..

Trump Plan Cuts Taxes for Millions

Posted on September 29th, 2015

Donald Trump Making a pointBy Monica Langley and John D. McKinnon

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled an ambitious tax plan Monday that he says would eliminate income taxes for millions of households, lower the tax rate on all businesses to 15% and change tax treatment of companies’ overseas earnings.

Under the Trump plan, no federal income tax would be levied against individuals earning less than $25,000 and married couples earning less than $50,000. The Trump campaign estimates that would reduce taxes to zero for 31 million households that currently pay at least some income tax. The highest individual income-tax rate would be 25%, compared with the current 39.6% rate.

Mr. Trump’s plan appears designed to help him, as the GOP front-runner, cement his standing as a populist—though that message is complicated by the fact that the billionaire, like other Republican leaders, would eliminate the estate tax.

“My plan will bring sanity, common sense and simplification to our country’s catastrophic tax code,” Mr. Trump said in an interview. “It will create jobs and incentives of all kinds while simultaneously growing the economy.”

To pay for the proposed tax benefits, the Trump plan would eliminate or reduce deductions and loopholes to high-income taxpayers, and would curb some deductions and other breaks for middle-class taxpayers by capping the level of individual deductions, a politically dicey proposition. Mr. Trump also would end the “carried interest” tax break, which allows many investment-fund managers to pay lower taxes on much of their compensation. Read More..

High-Tailing It Out of Blue States

Posted on September 29th, 2015

Illinois leaving a sinking ship from www.caglecartoons.com # 168180By Stephen Moore

The so-called “progressives” love to talk about how their policies will create a worker’s paradise, but then why is it that day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states?

The new Census data on where we live and where we moved to in 2014 shows that the top seven states with the biggest percentage increase in in-migration from other states are in order: North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. All of these states are red, except Colorado, which is purple.

Meanwhile the leading exodus states of the continental states in percentage terms were: Alaska, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, New Mexico, New Jersey, and Kansas. All of these states are blue, except Alaska and Kansas.

The latest Rich States, Poor States document (which I co-author) published by ALEC, the state legislative organization, finds that nearly 1,000 people each day on net are leaving blue states and entering red states. This migration is changing the economic center of gravity in America — moving it relentlessly to the South and West.

In 2013, Florida gained $8.2 billion in adjusted gross income from out of staters. Texas gained $5.9 billion — in one year. Five of the seven states with the biggest gains in income have no income tax at all: Florida, Texas, Arizona, Washington, and Nevada. New York was again the big loser with another 112,236 tax filers leaving and taking $5.2 billion with them. Read More..

Who Could Doubt the President’s Obvious Faith?

Posted on September 24th, 2015

Obama and religion Muslim by Rick McKee, The Augusta ChronicleEDITOR’S COMMENT: Frankly, I still don’t understand why President Obama gets so upset, when someone or some group hints or suggests that he is a Muslim. Particularly since, he goes out of his way to praise other Muslims at every opportunity, when seldom, if ever, saying anything about Christians.

By Jeffrey T. Brown

The United States is being visited by Pope Francis, who is kind of a big deal in Christian circles. On the eve of that visit, some rube at a Trump rally offered the unforgivable viewpoint that the president is a Muslim. As if on cue, the Christian bona fides of President Obama were suddenly front and center, championed by every atheistic and/or secular media figure capable of reaching a camera or a microphone. This, apparently, is a significant part of their current job description. They serve and protect the president from scrutiny, and to smear and demean anyone who might express unflattering opinions based on their day to day observations. Actually exploring how such a question might arise in the first place, and whether there is any possible basis for suggesting that Barack Hussein Obama is not a Christian, is a fool’s errand.

How do we know President Obama is a Christian? Because he told us so, that’s how, and he never lies. Besides, there’s no way he’d say something to trick millions of people into a false sense of security, including about the faith he allegedly shares with them, while he attacks the fundamental building blocks of America, including Christian law, teachings and values.  Is there? Of course not, don’t be silly.

Why, this is the president who told us that he believes marriage is between one man and one woman. How could anyone doubt his sincerity, especially after so many public declarations of his faith? He promised us just as certainly that he did not support gay marriage. He must have told us two dozen times, very publicly and persuasively, that if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. And that there wouldn’t be any infringement of Christians’ religious principles and practices imposed upon them by the Affordable Care Act. So America, get a grip. He isn’t one of these anti-Christian haters who sics his attack dogs on people of faith, forcing them into court where he intends to have their religious rights vaporized before their very eyes, assuming the case lands in front of an ever-increasing number of secularized, anti-First Amendment liberal judges. He’d never do that because he’s a Christian, too.

In fact, he’s just as Christian as the rest of his party. I recall watching the 2012 Democratic National Convention when they went out of their way to discuss God, and His place in their platform. And the way they talk about evangelicals, and those who still attend church. Such passion! Why, I recall that the Mayor of Houston was so consumed by Christianity that she sought the text of all the sermons being delivered in Houston’s churches for some period, so she could read them in advance. Wow, you can’t find that sort of investment in Christianity anywhere other than the left. Read More..

4 Out of 5 Refugees Claiming Asylum in Europe Not From Syria

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

Women_and_children_among_Syrian_refugees_striking_at_the_platform_of_Budapest_Keleti_rWomen and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station.By Rick Moran

EU governments, especially Germany, France, and the U.K., have been claiming that other countries must take in more refugees because they’re mostly coming from war-torn Syria.

But statistics released by the EU show exactly the opposite.  Of 213,000 refugees who applied for asylum in April, May, and June, only 44,000 were fleeing the violence in Syria.  The rest – including 14,000 Albanians whose nation is at peace – are being described as “economic refugees.”

Daily Mail:

Campaigners and left-wing MPs have suggested the vast majority of migrants are from the war-torn state, accusing the Government of doing too little to help them.

‘This exposes the lie peddled in some quarters that vast numbers of those reaching Europe are from Syria, said David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth. ‘Most people who are escaping the war will go to camps in Lebanon or Jordan.

‘Many of those who have opted to risk their lives to come to Europe have done so for economic reasons.’

Sir Bill Cash, a fellow Tory, said: ‘These figures make extremely disturbing reading. The whole argument has been made that this influx is all real refugees from Syria whereas this adds to the substantial evidence that there are a large number of economic migrants who are aiming for a better life.’ Read More..

The Climate Has Been Changing Since Genesis 1:1, So Why Is Pope Francis Suddenly So Concerned?

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

President Barack Obama with Pope Francis at the VaticanBy Gene J. Koprowski

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tells Townhall.com that he is planning to boycott the Congressional address of Pope Francis this week. The reason? The Congressman is concerned that the speech is going to be completely politically correct, not traditionally Christian in focus. He also is outraged that the secular progressives at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helped co-write His Holiness’ environmental encyclical earlier this year, and does not want to offer even tacit support for that ideological document.

“Media reports indicate His Holiness instead intends to focus the brunt of his speech on climate change–a climate that has been changing since first created in Genesis. More troubling is the fact that this climate change talk has adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into climate justice and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies. If the Pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line,” wrote Rep. Gosar. “If the Pope spoke out with moral authority against violent Islam, I would be there cheering him on. If the Pope urged the Western nations to rescue persecuted Christians in the Middle East, I would back him wholeheartedly. But when the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one. Artist and columnist Maureen Mullarkey effectively communicated this fallacy stating, When papal preferences, masked in a Christian idiom, align themselves with ideological agendas (e.g. radical environmentalism) [they] impinge on democratic freedoms and the sanctity of the individual.’”

Concluded the Congressman, “the earth’s climate has been changing since God created it, with or without man. On that, we should all agree. In Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment (written with the consultation of that great seminary the EPA and its embattled head Gina McCarthy), he condemned anyone skeptical of the link between human activity and climate change and adopted the false science being propagated by the Left.  If the Pope wants to devote his life to fighting climate change then he can do so in his personal time. But to promote questionable science as Catholic dogma is ridiculous.”     (my emphasis)

By Gene J. Koprowski for the American Spectator

By permission The American Spectator

http://spectator.org

http://spectator.org/blog/64124/climate-has-been-changing-genesis-11-so-why-pope-francis-suddenly-so-concerned

This item first appeared on Somewhat Reasonable, the policy and commentary blog of the Heartland Institute.

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