Monday, November 30, 2015

THE REAL 2016 ELECTION: The Bipartisan Political-Media Establishment vs. the American People

By Lawrence Sellin

The 2016 election is not a contest between the Democrat and Republican ideologies, nor is it a choice among various approaches to address the nation's problems, but something far more fundamental.

It is a battle between the entrenched power of the bipartisan political-media establishment versus the rights and liberties of the American people.

University of Chicago Surrenders to Jihad

By Karl Denninger

And yet again UofC shows why you should shred any resume you get from any of their grads.

The University of Chicago announced Sunday that all classes and other activities planned for Monday on its Hyde Park campus will be canceled after FBI counterterrorism officials informed the university of a gun violence threat to the campus.

University President Robert Zimmer sent an email to students and staff warning them of a threat posted online by an unknown individual, which specifically mentioned "the campus quad" at 10 a.m. Monday.

President Zimmer is a coward.

Powerful NY Democrat Gets Gold Watch Plus 130 Years in Prison, But Mostly 130 Years in Prison

By Rusty Weiss

Following a month-long criminal trial, and 10 months after his arrest on multiple corruption charges, former Assembly Speaker and one of the famed ‘three men in a room’ controlling New York politics, Sheldon Silver, has been found guilty on all seven counts involving corruption schemes that netted him $4 million in legal fees.

Prior to his arrest, Silver was widely considered the most powerful Democrat in the State Legislature.

Via the Times Union:

Larwyn's Linx: Islam, Jihad, and our Ignorance

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Islam, Jihad, and our Ignorance: Politically Short
Obama’s Fundamental Transformation of America: The Syrian Scheme: Brenda Walker
Office of Refugee Resettlement threatens governors, says they can’t stop Syrians: RRW

Syrian Refugee Question: What We Should be Asking: Andrew C. McCarthy
Obama Has Done More Damage To Border Security Than Any Recent POTUS: LidBlog
Crazy People are Dangerous: R.S. MCain

GOP donors wrestle with possibility of Trump nomination: Jonathan Swan
Cruz, Rubio line up to steal away Bush supporters: Eli Stokols
Failed Candidate Jeb Bush: Trump not a 'serious candidate': Louis Nelson

Charges in Homicide: Second City Cop
Karl Rove Helping Ben Carson Has Everything to do With Ted Cruz: Erick on the Radio
Cruz Campaign Capitalizes on Carson’s Inexperience: VARight


Life Rules: Stuart Schneiderman
Puerto Rico Girds for Default: AmInt
How High Corporate Taxes Lost America The World’s Next Biggest Drug Company: Guy Bentley

Scandal Central

Gibson Guitar “Government Series”: Walter Olson
Jihad expert banished from college campus over safety concerns: Robert Spencer
NSA stopped from indiscriminately collecting millions of phone records, but it’s not enough: Ben Woods

Climate & Energy

Climate and Human Civilization over the last 18,000 years: Andy May
Ex-NYC mayor with multiple mansions, jets: ‘Crazies’ like Ted Cruz don’t accept climate change reality: Doug Powers


Shooter was unaffiliated politically; heavy pot smoker who sought B&D, S&M online: John Lott
Graphic promotes the Islamic State’s prolific media machine: Thomas Joscelyn
“You Gotta See This Guy” – Trump’s Lie Exposed: Leon H. Wolf

Obama "Enough is Enough" - Background Checks for Citizens, Not Syrian Refugees: Reid Henrichs
7 Photos From ISIS We Still Owe Them Royalty Payments For: Clickhole
A Ted Cruz moment for me: William A. Jacobson

Confused Hillary Forgets Who Is In The WH: WZ
ESPN says there is too much patriotism in sports: RS
Hoekstra: Obama Thought the ‘Power of His Personality’ Would Change Jihadists’ Behavior: Nicholas Ballasy


IRAN: Qods Force’s Qassem Soleimani was allegedly severely injured in Syria.: MFS-TON
Any volunteers for peace talks with ISIS?: Iain Martin
Ted Cruz's Favorite Rabbi: Betsy Woodruff

Tet, Take Two – Islam’s 2016 European Offensive : Matt Bracken
Sweden: 'No Apartments, No Jobs, No Shopping Without a Gun': Ingrid Carlqvist
Economist Concludes Refugees Will Ultimately Cost Germany €900 Billion: Mish

U.S. Refugees and Terrorism – Minneapolis Edition: Treehouse
A Twinge That Could Stop a Catastrophe: Counter Jihad Report
Source: ISIS cut off ears of 70 of its elements in Nineveh: Abdelhak Mamoun

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Will the answer to public cloud be Google?: Robert Stroud
Wal-Mart’s Online Shopping Experience Was Miserable On Thanksgiving: Peter Mondrose
Amazon reveals new delivery drone design with range of 15 miles: Taylor Soper


Post-Thanksgiving Jedi Moves: MOTUS
Ducka Ducka Ducka: Sondrakistan
Kobe Bryant to retire after this season: ESPN

Image: Obama Thought the ‘Power of His Personality’ Would Change Jihadists’ Behavior
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QOTD: "[Former Rep. Pete] Hoekstra argued that the U.S. has lost Libya and northern Africa, which has fueled the crisis in Syria and Iraq... “We’ve dug a hole deeper rather than making progress,” he said.

Hoekstra criticized President Obama for believing the “power of his personality” would bring peace to the Middle East.

“This president, as he did in Egypt, as he’s done in Iran, as he’s done in Syria, has decided that in America’s best interest he believes he can manage, work with, but most importantly he believed that because of the power of his personality the radical jihadist movement would fundamentally change their view of America and change their behavior,” he said [citing] a quote from Obama in November 2007 during his first run for president.

“I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently,” Obama said at the time. “If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view.”" --Nicholas Ballasy

Sunday, November 29, 2015

INTERESTING: A Carly Fiorina Story from the Harvard Business Review

Happened to be perusing an article in HBR on how companies engage employees (you can probably guess the punchline: there is no single formula for success) and I spotted this interesting tale regarding GOP establishment favorite Carly Fiorina:

It takes years to build a strong purpose- and values-driven high commitment, high performance culture. It cannot be done with a simple training program. Every policy and practice has to be evaluated in the context of espoused purpose and values. Culture is, however, very fragile. A few decisions and behaviors by top management or leaders of key businesses or operating units can undermine decades of culture building.

Consider what happened to HP...

Waco Biker Injustice

By Candy Chand

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." --Martin Luther King

It's been almost six months, and the Waco indictments are just rolling in. So much for swift justice. Or the freedom to assemble.

But do American's really care about the 1st and 6th Amendments, when those fought-and-died-for rights pertain to bikers?

On May 17, 2015, numerous motorcycle groups met in Waco, Texas for a Confederation of Club's joint meeting. Scheduled at a Twin Peaks restaurant, they set out to discuss laws, mutual rules, and common ground. It would be hard to anticipate that lunch with fellow bikers (which included a mix of 1 percenter outlaw, U.S. Veteran and Christian groups) would turn into bloody mayhem.

Only the Free Market, not Forced Wealth Redistribution, Eradicates Poverty and Builds Wealth

By Richard Larsen

America was was intended to be a “shining city on a hill” of freedom, individual liberty, and unlimited opportunity. She was never intended to be a socialist state. Socialistic egalitarianism is strikingly antithetical to the American paradigm.

Founded in individual liberty, America has always been the one nation under heaven where equality of opportunity has taken precedence over equality of outcome. The whole concept of the “American Dream” is based on the individual freedom to become, to achieve, to build, sell, and succeed. This requires individual freedom (which is diminished proportionate to expanded governmental power), and a free market economy (not centralized planning, or government control over the means of production). Consequently, socialism in any of its iterations (communism, national socialism, fascism, and democratic-socialism) is philosophically, morally, and pragmatically, contrary to the principles upon which the republic was founded. Consequently, it is deductively anti-American.

THOUGHTFUL: Saudi King Gives Obama Replica of Mecca Clock Tower Built by the Bin Laden Group

By Daniel Greenfield

What do you get the politician who has everything?

The Saudis have some thoughts on what to get that hard-to-shop for world leader.

How about a "48-inch gold-plated brass replica of the Makkah Clock Tower on marble base”. With falling oil prices, the Saudis were too cheap to make it solid gold. 

Larwyn's Linx: Obama Has Just Begun

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Obama Has Just Begun: Victor Davis Hanson
It's Time to Call Out Black Racism: Daniel Greenfield
Number of migrants illegally crossing Rio Grande sharply rises: Julia Preston

The Mosque on the Hill: The Z Man
Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooter NOT Republican, Identifies as Woman: GWP
Is it racist to oppose rapid entry of 25,000 migrants from Syria?: Howard Rotberg

The Solution We Do Not Want: The Iron Legion
Hillary’s Insane Claim Regarding Muslims: MB
Amnesty/Abortion Backer Hits Trump for Not Being Conservative: Daniel Greenfield

Must. Keep. Splitter. Viable. Karl Rove Gives Assist To Fading Ben Carson: Treehouse
Kleck: Magazine Size Limits Have No Effect On Mass Shootings: Bob Owens
5 Devastating Facts About Black-on-Black Crime: Jerome Hudson

GOPe Plays Shell Game With ObamaCare: “Let's Prop Up Rubio Edition”: Treehouse
Why Ted Cruz Is the Right Guy at the Right Time: Sonya Sasser
Iowa Pastors Grill Marco Rubio over Gay Marriage Duplicity: Michelle Fields


The Department of Agriculture Is a Welfare Scam: Dan Mitchell
Why Silicon Valley is heading right: Abby W. Schachter
An endorsement for #BlackLivesMatter to shut down all commerce in all cities: Jazz Shaw

Scandal Central

How did the FBI manage to “lose” Sharyl Attkisson’s file?: Jazz Shaw
Failing Upward at the VA: WeaponsMan
Another Negligent Fed, Another Murder Victim: WeaponsMan

Climate & Energy

Big Climate Agenda in Paris: What to Expect: Elephant
CIA: We Should Not Bomb Certain ISIS Targets Because it May Harm Environment: Justin Holcomb
We Don't Need No Stinking Giant Mirrors: SDA


Why I Support Donald Trump’s Campaign – And It’s Probably Not What You Think: Treehouse (7/15)
Good for New York Post on this headline: Gretawire
We should definitely challenge Ted Cruz’s citizenship if he is elected president: Jazz Shaw

“That’s Not Who We Are”—Sez Who?: John Derbyshire
Another Palestinian Attack, Another NY Times Whitewash: CAMERA
Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary put back in jail for breaching his bail: The


Calais First Hand: Gun Free Zone
France’s ambassador to US: Paris jihad terrorists first hit “Jews,” then “ordinary citizens”: Robert Spencer
Swedish village descends into open warfare as citizens fight back against Muslim invaders: Creeping

Guess how many Syrian refugees Persian Gulf Muslim states have accepted: Unyielding
Mr. President: If I am killed by Muslim terrorists in Israel, will you know my name?: Shmais
China Begins Military Colonization Of Africa With First Ever Overseas Army Base At Key Oil Chokepoint: ZH

Unwelcoming? Because No One Wants More of This?!: Baron Bodissey
World Health Organisation: HIV In Europe At All Time High... Migrant 'High Risk': Breitbart
There are 70,000 moderate opposition fighters in Syria. Here’s what we know about them: Charles Lister

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Bitcoin Universe Explained: Jeff Desjardins
New startup aims to transfer people's consciousness into artificial bodies so they can live forever: Rob Thubron
Reverse-Engineering a Nerf Blaster: Every Day No Days Off


Businessman Buys 400 American Soldiers Meals During Airport Layover: DailyWire
Special Event Toilet: iOTWreport
#Black Holes Matter: First Principle: MOTUS

Image: "I have seen Ted Cruz stand up to both President Obama and Marco Rubio"
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: #GuardianOfTheConstitution: TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT

QOTD: "When asked a few years ago to pick which department in Washington most deserved to be eliminated, I chose the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

And HUD unquestionably is a cesspool of waste, so it certainly should be shuttered.

But the more I read about the bizarre handouts and subsidies showered on big agribusiness producers by the Department of Agriculture, the more I think there’s a very compelling argument that it should be at top of my list.

Indeed, these giveaways are so disgusting and corrupt that not only should the department be abolished, but the headquarters should be razed and then the ground should be covered by a foot of salt to make sure nothing ever springs back to life." --Dan Mitchell

Saturday, November 28, 2015

OH, MY: Former Ambassador says Obama brought "radical Muslim values into the White House"

UPDATE: Everyone involved is now denying Oren's statements. Unexpectedly.

The article, brought to our attention by the indefatigable Dan from New York, has already been "deleted", but I grabbed a copy before it disappeared permanently into the bit-bucket. My guess is that someone in the halls of power asked that it be, eh, squelched.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the US MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), a member of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, released a particularly strong accusation against US President Barack Obama on Saturday.

BLOCKED: Facebook Censors Pages Critical of Bernie Sanders

By Renee Nal

Author and speaker Trevor Loudon revealed Sanders’ radical ties in a short film he released Wednesday in anticipation of his upcoming political documentary The Enemies Within which seeks to expose the anti-American radicals in the federal government.

After several prominent Facebook pages posted the article, the link was blocked at numerous pages (See here and here for just two examples) and Facebook “likes” on the actual article became “stuck” at 572.

It is pure speculation at this point as to why Facebook blocked the article. At the time of this writing, Facebook has not replied to requests for clarification.

Return of the .22 Ammo Drought?

By Dean Weingarten

About two months ago, for two weeks in early October, the local WalMart near to my daughter’s place in North Dallas had .22 Federal Champion ammunition available for less than five cents per round. It was in 50-round boxes, at $2.47 per box, with a limit of three boxes per customer. I checked again, on November 24th . . .

The shelves were once again empty of inexpensive .22 rimfire. There were a few boxes of CCI .22 LR shotshells at $7.87 per box. That is about 39.2 cents per round. You can easily find it for that price on the Internet. Some places are carrying it as low as 28.5 cents per round, in the 20 round box. The price for CCI .22 LR shotshells is the same in that WalMart as it was in early October.

Larwyn's Linx: Leadership 101: How To Speak Like A President

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Leadership 101: How To Speak Like A President: Taxicab Depressions
Obama Seems Upset That Someone Dared Jump His Fence Illegally: Cove
Who Knew There Were So Many Racists?: PC Graveyard

Colorado Shooter Finally Convinces Leftists that Beliefs Matter: Leon H. Wolf
Planned Parenthood Fundraising Over Shooting Began While Shooting Ongoing: WZ
Colorado Springs police says no connection to Planned Parenthood: FAM

Is Ted Cruz The New Richard Nixon?: Matt K. Lewis
Tea party activists convinced Trump eyeing Cruz for ticket: S.A. Miller
Who the ‘Syrian Refugees’ Are — Not All of Them Are Syrian: Alex Vanness

Trump vs. the "Establishment": Treehouse
Who can topple Trump in Iowa?: Michael Gerson
Trump's Saturday Poll: Daily Pundit

Chicago Gun Control Sees 2703 Shootings and 440 Dead: Steven H. Ahle
S.C. Woman Outdraws, Outshoots, And Kills CraigsList Robber: Bob Owens
The Myth of “4 Million Conservative Voters Stayed Home in 2012″: Dan McLaughlin


Art Laffer: Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Have Best Tax Plans: LI
Fourth Turning: Social and Cultural Distress Dividing the Nation: Jim Quinn
EB-5 Gets Another Black Eye – Maybe Two of Them: David North, CIS

Climate & Energy

Ted Cruz Is Exactly Right on Climate Change: James Delingpole
Why Scientists Disagree about Global Warming: Heartland
Poll: Support for Climate Agreement Down: AmInt


New Jersey – Navy Vet Log Sept. 11th 2001: “People Here Dancing on Rooftops”: Treehouse
Washington Post: “Want to stop Islamic terrorism? Be nicer to Muslims.”: Robert Spencer
“Face the Truth” Day Exposes Chicago Abortionist Mandy Gittler: John Jansen

The Controversy over Syrian Refugees Misses the Question We Should Be Asking: Andrew C. McCarthy
Rathergate: Hollywood Trying to Rewrite History Again: SDA
Liberal CBS Reporter Claims Right Wing Extremism More Dangerous Than Radical Islam: Jim Hoft


Islamist Organizations in America: Clarion
Iranian Officials: IAEA Must Close Nuclear File or Iran Will Stop Implementing Deal: The Tower
IAEA Chief: Questions About Iran’s Past Nuclear Work Remain Unresolved: The Tower

Putin: Obama Leaked Flight Details To Turkey After Russia Released Video Of S-400 SAM Deployment In Syria: ZH
Unreal: Erdogan Warns Russia Against Downing Turkish Jets in Syrian Airspace: Rudy Panko
Turkey arrests editors over reports Ankara supplied weapons to Syrian fighters: Telegraph

Merkel Threatens Europe—And The West: Friedrich Zauner
EU hoping €3bn will see Turkey halt migrants: EU Observer
How the U.S. campaign in Iraq has escalated with a new weapon: rocket artillery: Wesley Morgan

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

How to Frame a Problem Using a Challenge Map: Daniel Nolan
Chaotic Moon Explores Biometric Tattoos For Medicine And The Military: Sarah Buhr
Is Elon Musk’s vacuum tube a viable alternative to High Speed 2?: Zac Tate


Thanksgiving Dinner Interruptus: MOTUS
Dragnet Lecture to Obama: C&S
Liberal Insult Generator: American Irony

Image: Team Rubio Confirms Ted Cruz Has Major Momentum
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: #GuardianOfTheConstitution: TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT

QOTD: "I sometimes sit in utter astonishment, just thunderstruck that I am living through the administration of the worst President in American history. James Buchanan will be ranked above Obama in 20 years, if the nation survives him.

Obama doesn’t side with law enforcement, he sides with criminals like Travon Martin and Mike Brown and #BlackLivesMatter. Obama doesn’t side with Israel, he sides with Iran. Obama doesn’t support our veterans, he allows the VA to neglect them, and is perfectly OK with giant bonuses being paid to the administrators and bureaucrats overseeing that neglect. His IRS attacks conservatives, his Justice Department engages in illegal gunrunning, his EPA causes catastrophic environmental disasters, and no one ever gets fired, or even demoted. Obama attacks and disparages Christians and conservatives and law-abiding gun owners as a matter of course.

Obama spews nonsense about global warming being the greatest threat we face, and then moves to allow thousands of unvetted Muslim refugees into our country, when ISIS has stated publicly that their strategy to get terrorists into Western nations is to blend in with refugees. He views his fellow citizens as his enemies, moreso than savages shooting up cafe’s in Paris and chopping off peoples’ heads." --Taxicab Depressions