Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Larwyn's Linx: A Completely Different Sense of the GOP’s ‘First Tier’

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Nation

A Completely Different Sense of the GOP’s ‘First Tier’: Jim Geraghty
State Department-Funded Group Bankrolling Anti-Bibi Campaign: WFB
Spy General Unloads on Obama’s ISIS War Plan: Kimberly Dozier

Obamacare Vs. Cancer Cures: Betsy McCaughey
Gotham in the Russian-American SpyWar: 20 Committee
Watch Obama Refer to Himself 118 Times in 33 Minutes: Paula Bolyard

Levin: Maybe Jeb Realizes Immigration Position 'Just Not Flying': Breitbart
Sarah Palin Slips into Self-Parody : Charles C. W. Cooke
Wyoming legislators debate joining balanced budget compact: Trib

The Other Route to Control Guns: Sara Noble
New FBI Data Confirms 2014 Violent Crimes Down as Gun Sales Soar: BuzzPo
Choose To Refuse: Say “No” to PARCC/SBAC Testing: Michelle Malkin

Economy

America’s Middle Class Thrived After WWII and Died Under Obama: Mac Slavo
Illinois governor proposes right-to-work zones in state: Marathon
Numbers on Greece: Market Ticker

Expiration of Unemployment Benefits Drives Down Unemployment: MB
CBO Still Refuses to Score Obamacare, Ignores 15 Tax Hikes in Law: ATR
Who's running the Illinois Lottery? No one seems to know : Greg Hinz

Scandal Central

Phone Company ‘Outraged’ By Fraud, Abuse In ‘Obamaphone’ Program: CBS Denver
Report: Hillary Clinton Agrees to Testify Before Benghazi Panel: Breitbart
Quotes from House Benghazi Select Committee Hearing on Evidence Production: Sharyl Attkisson

Climate & Energy

EPA director warns of vanishing snow due to global warming: Hot Air
Crazy Warmists Continue To Blame Blizzard On “Climate Change”: Cove
Coffee pods: The new eco-villain: Rosemary Counter

Media

Gov. Scott Walker (R, Wisconsin) and the Washington Post’s institutional bias: Moe Lane
Liberal Jonathan Chait Pens Microgressive Triggering Attack on "Political Correctness": Ace
Transsexual Weirdo Rachel Levine Nominated to Be Pennsylvania Physician General: MB

The Leftist Way Of Thinking – Part 666: Camp o' the Saints
Flashback: The Story Of The Bergdahl Desertion And The Men Who Died Because Of It: WZ
Saudi Arabia’s State-Run TV Blurs Out Michelle Obama’s Face For Not Wearing Islamic Headscarf: WZ

World

On the Run: General Testifies that Al Qaeda Has Grown "Fourfold" In Last Five Years: Ace
How Iran Is Encircling the Gulf and Israel: Khaled Abu Toameh
A Dying Light: Blue Force Tracker

Adolf Eichmann hoped his ‘Arab friends’ would continue his battle against the Jews: Douglas Murray
Obama Sends Campaign Team to Israel to Defeat Netanyahu: TR
After the party, now the hangover: Greece faces run on its banks: Daily Mail

Photos Show China Military Buildup on Island Near Senkakus: Bill Gertz
Israel threatens Assad after Golan Heights rocket fire: Times of Israel
Pentagon Creates Essay Contest To Honor Saudi King, Muslim World: WAW

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Politicians are supporting Comcast's TWC merger with letters ghostwritten by Comcast: Verge
Leatherman's new steel tool bracelet is a work of art: PoliceOne
YouTube drops Flash for HTML5 video as default: Rich McCormick

Cornucopia

Your Complete Guide To The Watches Of United States Presidents: Hodinkee
Random Thoughts: Thomas Sowell
The Truth Will Set You Free: Springer's Blog

Image: Leatherman's new steel tool bracelet is a work of art
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QOTD: "Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis took a stance Tuesday against the release or transfer of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

The policy should be that “when we take them, we hold them” until hostilities have ended, Mattis said in response to questions at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

President Obama has renewed his efforts to close Guantanamo by transferring or releasing the remaining 122 prisoners, but Mattis said there was too much risk that those released would return to the battlefield.

...The failure of the White House to develop a “new security architecture” for the Mideast has left the region in constant turmoil and put the U.S. in the position “where our influence is at its lowest point in four decades,” Mattis said." --Richard Sisk

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LEADING FROM BEHIND UPDATE: Iranian General Brags That Iran's Borders Now Reach Yemen

Wasn't it just a few months ago that Generalissimo Obama stated that Yemen was a strong, stable ally against terrorism?

Why, yes. Yes, it was.

So it was utterly predictable that this would happen:

Following the gains of the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, an official in the Iranian Army says that Iran’s borders reach today the capital of Yemen, Sanaa.

Brigadier General Baqir Zada said in a press conference (Arabic link):

“Iran’s Borders don’t reach only the Shalamja region – the border area between Al-Ahwaz and Iraq – but to the Yemeni capital Sanaa.”

“The Houthis victory in Yemen was not an easy victory. This is not a normal routine event in the region, but this is a historic victory for the Iranian Islamic revolution.”

Zada also took the opportunity to attack the Gulf states and other Arab countries:

“The options of the Gulf states against Iran’s plan were reduced. There is no longer Saddam in Iraq or Bin Laden in Afghanistan. Iran can reach places which Arab leaders never dreamed of them, through the effect it has on the Islamic peoples rebelling against oppression in the Islamic world.”


As Ted Cruz so eloquently put it in The Washington Times, "Yemen’s collapse demonstrates Obama’s foreign policy failures."


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

FLASHBACK: NYC Mayor Warns of Impending Weather Catastrophe

In truth, it's actually The Onion, but it sounds like De Blasio:

NEW YORK—As a major winter storm continued its advance toward New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio advised residents Monday to make peace with whatever higher power they call God, for all shall meet their death in the coming tempest.

“The furious hoarfrost bearing down upon us knows neither mercy nor reason, and all within the five boroughs will perish, cowering in their brittle dwellings,” said de Blasio, adding that none would find succor from the gale save those favored by providence to pass quietly in their sleep.

“This shall be a tempest the likes of which has never been glimpsed by man or beast. Clutch your babes close to your breast and take small comfort in knowing that they will howl for but a few hours before death becalms them forever.” De Blasio added that, barring an unexpected intensification in the storm, normal subway and bus service would resume Wednesday.

Or, as Chris Christie might say, "Get the hell off the beach!"

COULD'VE BEEN HIS SON: Denver Police Searching for Shooting Suspect Known as "Baby Obama"

So says CBS 4 in Denver:

Police in Denver would like the public’s help locating a suspect in an aggravated robbery and shooting.

According to police, the suspect in the crime has been identified as Zachary Bowyer, 21, who is only known to some people by the name “Baby Obama.”

The robbery occurred on Dec. 22. No other details were released.

Bowyer should be considered armed and dangerous.

Additional Information From The Denver Police Department

Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.


The President was reported to have remarked, "You know, if I had a son, he would look like Zachary."

Not really.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

AMERICAN SNIPER: Gary Sinise Destroys Lying Crackpot Howard Dean

By James Simpson

Perhaps we should give Howard Dean a break. He is a serial liar and goes off on unhinged rants based on "facts" with no more connection to reality than Disneyland. His behavior can often only be described as lunatic. So perhaps we should just pity the obviously deranged man, say a prayer for him to be restored to sanity, or at least the proper balance of meds.

Anyway, feeling it necessary to weigh in on the great American film, "American Sniper," Dean said, “There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry.” He added, “I bet you if you looked at the cross-section of the tea party and people who see this movie there’s a lot of intersection...”

Now before we react, let's remember that "American Sniper" is a movie about the heroic acts and hardships faced by Chris Kyle, our nation's top-rated sniper. It accurately portrays his anguish about duty to country vs duty to his family. I can guarantee you Howard Dean never suffered such conflicts. Dean, like most Democrats, is only anguished when not getting his way - and collapses in episodes of screaming and temper tantrums when this happens. He's a spoiled, selfish yuppie without the charm.

Actor Gary Sinise, who has done a lot for America's veterans, had a quick response to Dean that was priceless:

TREASON: White House Reported to be Fighting Desertion Charges Against Bowe Bergdahl

By Investor's Business Daily

Transparency: The administration is said to be hiding for reasons of damage control a report on the soldier we traded five Taliban leaders for. Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers have already been given a charge sheet for desertion.

Both Fox News and now NBC News have reported that Sgt. Bergdahl will be charged with desertion. "I have been told and confirmed by two other sources that his attorney has been given what we call a charge sheet," retired Army Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a respected military analyst, told Fox's Bill O'Reilly on Monday. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski quoted senior defense officials on Tuesday as saying charges could be referred within a week.

"A charge sheet is the results of investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated," Shaffer e xplained. "The key violation is desertion."

Shaffer, an analyst with the London Center for Policy Research, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, who played a key role in the cover-up of administration malfeasance in the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans, has been laboring to keep this information under wraps as long as possible, perhaps to be included later in one of those Friday data dumps the administration is famous for.

We'd be stunned if any other decision were reached, for the uncontestable fact is that Bergdahl walked away from his combat post in 2009 in a time of war, leaving behind his weapon, his gear and his fellow soldiers. At least six soldiers were reported to have been killed in operations looking for him. He was not out for a walk to relieve stress or clear his head.

Larwyn's Linx: Importing Jihad – 2.3 Million Muslim Immigrants are Coming To America

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Nation

Importing Jihad – 2.3 Million Muslim Immigrants To America: Geroge Rasley
Terror Mosques Seek to Suppress Radicalization Study: WeaponsMan
Islamic Terrorism: The Taboo Topic: Uzay Bulut

CBO: Deficits To Explode As Obama Leaves Office: Conn Carroll
Congressional GOP Seeks to Achieve Success Through Cowardice: Leon Wolf
Top Communist Admits How CPUSA Uses the Democrat Party: Loudon

Senator Cruz Proposes Bill Blocking Return of ISIS Jihadists to US: VDARE
Kudos to Congress and Netanyahu: David Limbaugh
Why Netanyahu is right to go around Obama to Congress: Marc A. Thiessen

Illegal Alien Felon Kills American for No Particular Reason: MB
Nope, No Death Panels. Sarah Palin is a Kook: iOTWreport
The Kochs put a price on 2016: $889 million: Politico

Economy

Rick Perry’s Texas responsible for US job creation: RS
How Capitalism Dies : Bill Bonner
Pensions Hobble Police Hiring in San Diego: Toluse Olorunnipa

Scandal Central

“DOJ Watergate… Or Worse” Criminal Conspiracy Allegations Strike Highest Levels of DOJ: Bob Owens
Judicial Watch Obtains State Department DSCC Records on Terrorist Attack on Benghazi: JW
Obama AG nominee Loretta Lynch quietly dropped civil forfeiture case 1 week before hearings: ACC

Report: Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion: Twitchy
IRS Hires Same Firm that Botched the Obamacare Rollout: RS
Obamacare costs $50,000 per taxpayer: InfoWars

Climate & Energy

Troll fest: Obama administration now picking a fight with Republicans over Alaska drilling: Noah Rothman
Global Swarming: Sondrakistan
In This State: For state snowplow drivers, life in the cab is a rough adventure: VT Digger

Media

Charlie Hebdo killers should NOT be called 'terrorists', claims BBC executive: DailyMail
"Free Speech Has to Include the Right to Insult Islam": Mark Steyn
Jim Gaffigan roasts ‘American Sniper’ critics with one EPIC tweet: YC

Classy Obama chews, spits out Nicorette gum in India: FAM
What the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About PEGIDA: Breitbart
Early Photos of #Snowmageddon2015: Glob

World

Russia: Doing The Math On Ukrainian Conquest: StrategyPage
General Boasts That Iran’s Borders Now Reach Yemen: The Tower
3 Russians charged in Cold War-style spy scheme: Fox

Report: Top Obama Campaign Official Helping Fight Netanyahu In Israeli Elections: WZ
Obama vetoed Israeli sale of helicopters to Nigeria to help fight Boko Haram: JPost
Islam Deniers: Sondrakistan

Holocaust survivors’ 70 years of trauma: ‘I could cry nonstop, even now’: Telegraph
Holocaust Memorial Day: remembering the horror of Auschwitz 70 years on: Telegraph
Erdogan Loses Big – Kurdish Fighters Remove ISIS From Kobane – Kurds Declare Victory: Treehouse

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government : Guardian
IBM’s reorg-from-Hell launches next week: Robert X. Cringely
Smart Kegel exerciser can hurt women as much as it helps: Engadget

Cornucopia

Happy Anniversary, Bill!: iOTWreport
GloZell, Agent Provocateur, Punks the Punk-In-Chief: MOTUS
Oxford University Press bans pigs from children’s books: C&S

Image: Holocaust survivors’ 70 years of trauma: ‘I could cry nonstop, even now’
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QOTD: "After learning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress about the need for new sanctions to stop Iran’s nuclear program, the Obama administration went . . . well, nuclear.

One “senior American official” threatened Netanyahu, telling the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” Meanwhile a “source close to [Secretary of State John] Kerry” told The Post that the “secretary’s patience is not infinite” and that “playing politics with that relationship could blunt Secretary Kerry’s enthusiasm for being Israel’s primary defender.”

...Using anonymous officials to attack Netanyahu is nothing new. Unnamed officials have called him “chickens---,” “recalcitrant,” “myopic,” “reactionary,” “obtuse,” “blustering,” “pompous,” and “Aspergery” — all to one journalist (Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, who keeps a running list)...

...Obama can afford a bad deal because, as that anonymous official put it, he has a year and a half left to his presidency. The people of Israel, on the other hand, will have to live with the consequences long after Obama is gone." --Marc A. Thiessen

Monday, January 26, 2015

SHARP: Yes, There's Ironclad Statistical Proof the New England Patriots Started Cheating Deflating Balls in 2007

And got a phenomenal advantage in terms of reducing fumbles by doing so:

The 2014 Patriots were just the 3rd team in the last 25 years to never have lost a fumble at home! The biggest difference between the Patriots and the other 2 teams who did it was that New England ran between 150 and 200 MORE plays this year than those teams did in the years they had zero home fumbles, making the Patriots stand alone in this unique statistic.

Based on the desire to incorporate full season data (not just home games, as a team theoretically bring “doctored footballs” with them on the road) I performed the following analysis:

I looked at the last 5 years of data (since 2010) and examined TOTAL FUMBLES in all games (as well as fumbles/game) but more importantly, TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS RUN. Thus, we can to determine average PLAYS per FUMBLE, a much more valuable statistic. The results are displayed in the chart below. Keep in mind, this is for all games since 2010, regardless of indoors, outdoors, weather, site, etc. EVERYTHING.


...I actually went back and researched 5 year periods for the entire NFL over the last 25 years. The Patriots ratio of 187 plays to 1 fumble is the BEST of ANY team in the NFL for ANY 5 year span of time over the last 25 years. Not was it just the best, it wasn’t close...

Read the whole thing.

This needs to be investigated and, if it pans out, the Patriots need to have all of their post-2007 wins expunged from the record. This is really no different than roid-ragers like Bonds and McGwire juicing their way into the record books. It's crap.


Hat tip: BadBlue Sports.

GOT SKYNET? Legendary inventor Ray Kurweil's predictions for the next 25 years are a tad ominous

Ray Kurzweil is a legend in the scientific community, having pioneered the first text-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the CCD flatbed scanner, and the first large-scale voice recognition system. He's received 20 honorary doctorates and was appointed by Larry Page to lead artificial intelligence at Google.

In the new book BOLD by Peter Diamandis, Kurzweil reveals his predictions for the next 25 years. It's worth noting that an equivalent set of predictions, offered 25 years ago in 1990, turned out to be startlingly accurate (a computer would defeat the human chess champion by 1998, PC's would routinely operate over wireless networks by 2010, etc.).

By the late 2010s, glasses will beam images directly onto the retina. Ten terabytes of computing power (roughly the same as the human brain) will cost about $1,000.

By the 2020s, most diseases will go away as nanobots become smarter than current medical technology. Normal human eating can be replaced by nanosystems. The Turing test begins to be passable. Self-driving cars begin to take over the roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways.

By the 2030s, virtual reality will begin to feel 100% real. We will be able to upload our mind / consciousness by the end of the decade.


By the 2040s, non-biological intelligence will be a billion times more capable than biological intelligence (a.k.a. us). Nanotech foglets will be able to make food out of thin air and create any object in physical world at a whim.

By 2045, we will multiply our intelligence a billionfold by linking wirelessly from our neocortex to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud.

The meta-theme of Kurzweil's predictions is that of exponentiality, extremely rapid growth (e.g., in semiconductor density, computing power, ...) in the overarching capabilities of man's inventions.

Which makes me think of Skynet.

As the wise man said, "May you live in interesting times."


Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.

As Obama bows to the new Saudi King, he quietly unveils plans to kill off the crucial Trans-Alaska pipeline

By Investor's Business Daily

Energy: While taking credit for increased oil and gas production on private and state lands, the president moves to put 12 million acres of the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. OPEC and the Saudis are smiling.

Whoever's in charge of presidential optics these days fits the classic definition of the blind leading the blind.

It's bad enough that President Obama doesn't have time to get to Paris for a global protest against terrorism after the Charlie Hebdo attack but can meet and greet the San Antonio Spurs.

But then he privately slams an invitation by Congress to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, our only true ally in a terror-stricken Middle East, with whom he has no time to speak, while he travels to Saudi Arabia to meet with new Saudi King Salman and extend our condolences on the death of King Abdullah.

And the way to Riyadh, Obama gives the Saudis a gift in the form of the proposed wilderness designation of three energy-rich areas of Alaska: 1.52 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain, 5.85 million acres of the Brooks mountain range and 4.92 million acres of the Porcupine Plateau.

The proposed designation comes from a president who has taken credit for an oil boom on private and state lands that has driven down oil prices to the point that the Russian economy is cratering and OPEC is hyperventilating.

It also comes from the president who in 2012 mocked the "drill, baby, drill" mantra of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "Since it's an election year (Republicans) are already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas," Obama said, adding that "we can't just drill our way to lower gas prices."

Well, we could and we did and $2 gas is here — despite a president who restricts domestic oil exploration and production in federal waters and on federal lands, and blocks the Keystone XL pipeline lest North America leave OPEC in the dust and literally pounding sand.

Why I love watching MSNBC, part XVIMCLXIII

It doesn't get any better than watching Al "Not So" Sharpton do weather.

I'm willing to bet cash money that literally 60 to 70 percent of MSNBC's viewers watch Sharpton for comic relief.


Hat tip: @BiffSpackle

Larwyn's Linx: Immigration Officers Blast GOP Border Bill: ‘Where Is the Outrage?’

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Nation

Immigration Officers Blast GOP Border Bill: ‘Where Is the Outrage?’: MRC
Diseased illegals spreading Measles in California?: FAM
He Stands With Them: William Pollack

Former ISIS Prisoner: “They Want Something Worse Than 9/11″: LI
Behind Obama’s love affair with Iran: Steve Apfel
Valerie Jarrett Cornered: Releasing Gitmo Prisoners Make Americans Safer?: UFP

The Iowa Corral: Erick Erickson
What Bobby Jindal Gets about Islam: Andrew C. McCarthy
Vanderbilt Prof Under Fire for Criticizing Islam: CI

Scott Walker takes Iowa by storm: Cameron Joseph
Don't Count Out the Anti-Establishment Republicans: Albert R. Hunt
Senate GOP May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees: OTB

Economy

Greek fiasco is Europe's fiasco too: Commentator
America's Losing the Currency War: Leonid Bershidsky
Moonbat Professors: Pedophilia Is “Natural For Males": WZ

Scandal Central

White House going nuclear on Netanyahu: Michael Goodwin
Financial Crisis Commission report rigged to punish banks, protect Democrats: RS
Judge alleges ‘fraud on the court’ by government attorneys in Dobyns case: David Codrea

Climate & Energy

Obama closes off much of Alaska refuge to drilling: Exam
Days after claiming credit for increased oil production, Obama moves to limit it: Thomas Lifson
Pollution Pimp Pharrell Williams Wants To Fight Climate Change: Surge

Media

Chuck Todd Finds No Fault In Obama For Refusing Netanyahu Meeting: CNS
WaPo Fact-Checker Gives “Three Pinocchios” to Obama’s SOTU Claims on Iran Nuke Program: The Tower
New Documentary Exposes Dangers of Gun-Free Zones: Bullets First

Newspeak Update! Illegal Aliens Called ‘Undocumented CITIZENS’ by Newspaper: Sooper
‘Meet The Press’ Panel Hits GOP Over Iowa ‘Freedom Summit’: Jeffrey Meyer
Who Was It That Was Telling Me That the Daily Mail is Right-Wing?: iOTWreport

American Sniper Continues To Break Box Office Records, Nearly $250 Million So Far: WZ
A Logical Consequence: Erick Erickson
Florida is now an official target for UBC. Shannon Watts lets it slip.: GFZ

World

Journalist: Prosecutor Tied Rouhani to Argentina Terror Attack: The Tower
Saudi Arabia's Kryptonite: John Robb
The Age of Islamic Terror–1991 to present: John Ruberry

Attack leaves 140 million people w/o power in Pakistan: John Robb
Report: Iranian general was killed in Israeli strike because he didn't turn off his phone: JPost
ISIS Executes Seven Women In Mosul For Refusing ‘Temporary Marriage’: WZ

Putin’s Secret Friends in Paris: 20 Committee
Support the Ukraine: Trevor Loudon
Jewish Agency-affiliated think tank composes aliyah plan for 120,000 French Jews: Times of Israel

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

In the Trenches with the F-35: AmInt
IBM is about to get hit with a massive reorg and layoffs: Andy Patrizio

Cornucopia

Trevor Loudon Speaking in Florida, Alabama, Delaware, Southern California and DC.: Trevor Loudon
The MSM, Athletic Supporters That They Are, Will Sniff Out the Truth: MOTUS
The New England Patriots Prevention of Fumbles is Nearly Impossible: Sharp

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QOTD: "These martyrdoms [attacks on Hezbollah and Iranian targets by Israel in Syria] proved the need to stick with jihad. The Zionists must await ruinous thunderbolts." --Obama's "partners in peace", the leadership of Iran