Friday, August 22, 2014

Larwyn's Linx: Obama claims ISIL speaks for no religion; so what's that first "I" stand for?

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Nation

Obama claims ISIL speaks for no religion; so what's the "I" stand for?: Patheos
Eric Holder and The Lynch Mob Mentality in Ferguson: CHQ
Ferguson and The Real Race War: Bill Whittle

The InJustice League Of America: Crockett Lives
Pro-Israel student attacked at Temple U. by terror supporters: LI
HS Kid Arrested: Wrote School Project About Shooting a Dinosaur: Lid

Beaten to Death at McDonald's: David Paulin
Thugs smile for mugshots after eldery vet dies from beating, stabbing: FAM
Conservatives support #BlackOpenCarry despite political differences: Twitchy

Economy

Dead Broke Bill Clinton Now Enjoys $1,000 Cigars: WS
Utah teacher: ‘Too much risk’ reciting the Pledge of Allegiance: EAG
Repossessions, Delinquencies Up; Auto Loan Balances Hit All-Time High: TTAC

Scandal Central

A mere 14,646 duplicate voters flagged in Fairfax, Maryland: Watchdog
Peters: WH 'Murderous,' 'Un-American' for Release of Rescue Details: Breitbart
Why is Holder in Ferguson; 36 blacks in Chicago shot last weekend?: TBP

GAO Announces The Bowe Bergdahl Trade Broke The Law: Lid
Lead Travis Co. Investigator: “No Evidence Of Wrongdoing” By Perry: Brian Sikma
Rep. Mike Honda Intros Bill Banning Civilians from Buying Body Armor: NBC SF

Climate & Energy

Why, of Course It Is: Nancy Pelosi’s District Exempt From Water Restrictions: LoneCon
Climate Change Brings Darkness And Doom Or Something: Cove
Hysteric Air Officials Now Looking To Classify E-Cigs As Hazerdous Materials: Cove

Media

The Jihadi Serial Killer the Media's Hiding From You: Michelle Malkin
This ‘blistering’ Daily News Obama cover may be the best ever: Twitchy
Nine-Year-Old Boy Shot to Death in Chicago; Obama, Holder, Sharpton Unavailable for Comment: JWF

Key Ferguson Witness Dorian Johnson Previously Pled Guilty to Filing False Police Report: MB
Financial Support For Officer Darren Wilson Grows Rapidly – Day #3 Total $110,570: Treehouse
Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson officer: Jason Sickles

“Mr. President, get your ass off the golf course…act like a president or get the hell out!”: Scoop
Fist bump? Just when you thought Obama’s golf after Foley presser couldn’t get more sickening: Twitchy
CBS Offers a Shockingly Positive Look at Women and Guns: A 'Great American Tradition': MRC

Obama’s small-screen worldview: Jonah Goldberg
Free Beacon does it again with another fantastic MSNBC super-cut: Scoop
Father of James Foley: 'We know Jimmy's free. He's finally free': Larry Elder

World

Netanyahu: "Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas.": John Hayward
'We Prefer to be Killed Rather than Convert': NRO
The Islamic State is destroying the greatest melting pot in history: Spectator

Report: Rescue Attempt Of James Foley Failed Because Obama Kept “Dragging His Feet”: WZ
James Foley Kidnapped By Obama-Backed Free Syrian Army Group, Then Handed To ISIS: WZ
Obama negotiated for Muslim Deserter Bergdahl, but not for American Journalist: Creeping

Gaza Flag Flies on Manhattan Bridge Thanks to Lax Security: Sara Noble
Why Muslim Terrorists Don’t Kidnap Russians: MB
Turkey's support for Hamas against Palestinian Authority is putting Erdogan in a pickle: ForPol

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Bike That Can't Be Stolen: PopMech
Windows 9 inbound: Microsoft to unveil Windows 'Threshold' in September: NetworkWorld
What Is Truth?: DailyWTF

Cornucopia

7 Fascinating Cars—Including an Alfa Jeep!—from the 2014 Concorso Italiano: Car and Driver
Slingin' in the Rain: Crockett Lives
Why Conservatives Can’t Make Inroads in the Culture: John Wilson

Image: Gaza Flag Flies on Manhattan Bridge Thanks to Lax Security
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QOTD: "Can Obama still control all the forces he’s ‘separably’ unleashed? Maybe the reason he stays in the Vineyard is that he’s guessed the answer. It’s his psychological bunker, where he waits, hoping for a last minute reprieve from Steiner. He doesn’t know what comes next anymore and frankly, is afraid to look." --Richard Fernandez

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cadillac to Throw Down Against Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series

So... despite the government bailout and the recall skulduggery, I hope for the best.

General Motors global product development chief Mark Reuss revealed Tuesday that Cadillac will press ahead with an F-segment sedan built upon a new platform.



The Detroit News reports the new Cadillac will slot above the full-size XTS, and will throw down against the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

Reuss adds that the flagship sedan is important for the brand “if it is to compete as a serious luxury carmaker” in the top luxury segment...


If it's to "compete as a serious luxury carmaker", I'd humbly suggest that moving all manufacturing to right-to-work states might be a good start.


Hat tip: BadBlue Car News.

14 Reasons the U.S. Economic Bubble is Ready to Burst

By Michael Snyder

Did you know that a major event just happened in the financial markets that we have not seen since the financial crisis of 2008? If you rely on the mainstream media for your news, you probably didn't even hear about it. Just prior to the last stock market crash, a massive amount of money was pulled out of junk bonds. Now it is happening again. In fact, as you will read about below, the market for high yield bonds just experienced "a 6-sigma event". But this is not the only indication that the U.S. economy could be on the verge of very hard times. Retail sales are extremely disappointing, mortgage applications are at a 14 year low and growing geopolitical storms around the world have investors spooked. For a long time now, we have been enjoying a period of relative economic stability even though our underlying economic fundamentals continue to get even worse. Unfortunately, there are now a bunch of signs that this period of relative stability is about to end. The following are 14 reasons why the U.S. economy's bubble of false prosperity may be about to burst...

#1 The U.S. junk bond market just experienced "a 6-sigma event" earlier this month. In other words, it is an event that is only supposed to have a chance of 1 in 500 million of happening. Billions of dollars are being pulled out of junk bonds right now, and that has some analysts wondering if a financial crash is right around the corner.

#2 The last time that we saw a junk bond rout of this magnitude was back during the financial crash of 2008. In fact, as the Telegraph recently explained, bonds usually crash before stocks do...

The credit market usually leads the equity market during turning points, as happened when credit markets cracked first in 2008.

Will the same thing happen this time around?

#3 Retail sales have missed expectations for three months in a row and we just had the worst reading since January.

#4 Things have gotten so bad that even Wal-Mart is really struggling. Same-store sales at Wal-Mart have declined for five quarters in a row and the outlook for the future is not particularly promising.

FIGURES: Anti-Gun Democrat Threatens to Kill Researcher Conducting Survey on Second Amendment

Yes, these Communists progressives are truly the most tolerant of people and certainly all about the Constitution that each swore an oath to uphold.

Each election cycle, the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance contacts the 280-plus candidates running for the Minnesota House in hopes of surveying them about their views on gun rights.

As you’d probably expect, some candidates choose not to respond to GOCRA’s questionnaire. No biggie. But the organization is recommending Rep. Ron Erhardt (D-Edina) receive anger management therapy after he allegedly threatened to kill GOCRA President Andrew Rothman when he was contacted about the survey.

Earlier this summer, GOCRA sent two emails asking Erhardt, 84, to respond to their questions. He didn’t respond, so at 5:19 p.m. on July 19, Rothman followed up with a phone call.

Here’s how that conversation went, according to an affidavit signed by Rothman:

When contacted, the individual answering the phone identified himself as Ron Erhardt. Your affiant identified himself and reminded Rep. Erhardt of the approaching questionnaire deadline. Rep. Erhardt indicated that he did not intend to complete the survey. Your affiant, following the procedure used with each candidate, reminded Mr. Erhardt that GOCRA’s policy was to give a special “F*” grade to candidates with no voting record or survey, as set out in the “How will this information be used?” section of the introduction…

Rep. Erhardt responded, yelling, “Give me a double F! No more surveys! You come near me, and I’ll blow your head off!” Rep. Erhardt then disconnected the phone call. The call’s duration was 78 seconds.

Wouldn't it be nice if these nitwits actually read the Constitution once in a while? I know, I'm a dreamer.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

STILL HAS A GOOD FIRST STEP: Total Time it Took Obama to Tee Off After Making Foley Statement: 480 Seconds

Relayed by the invaluable Weasel Zippers:



Even CNN noticed the less than solemn attention Mr. Obama paid to the beheading of an American journalist. And @BiffSpackle offered his usual caustic 'toon pillorying our beleaguered POTUS.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Larwyn's Linx: The Sheldon Cooper Presidency

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Nation

The Sheldon Cooper Presidency: Ace
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) meets Jew-hating constituents: Moe Lane
Report: Harry Reid 'Seethed' At Disengaged President Obama: Charlie Spiering

War-gaming November: Incumbents vs. Angry Voters: Stephen Green
ISIS ‘a national security threat’: Cal Thomas
Opportunists fan the flames of racial unrest: Victor Davis Hanson

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA: Erickson
Major Liberal Group Could Be About To Reject Hillary Clinton: WJ
Time to Pay Attention to Kansas: RS

Holder to "Investigate" Ferguson Shooting for "Civil Rights Violations": GWP
Ferguson: We've Seen Enough to Know That Mike Brown Was a Thug: Publius
Communists Inciting Violence in Ferguson: RebelPundit

Economy

More Bad News for Obamacare: LoneCon
New Poll Suggests Pretty Much Everyone Hates Common Core: CI
About That Sovereign "Safety": Karl Denninger

Scandal Central

More Trouble for Eric Holder? Judge Resurrects Fast and Furious Scandal With Order Against DOJ: Fred Lucas
Perry Grand Juror Was A Democratic Party Delegate During Proceedings: MediaTrackers
Why Is Obama Hiding ObamaCare Enrollment Data?: IBD

After Foley Beheading, Obama Making Golf Getaways Difficult to Defend: Joe Concha
DREAMer Who Killed Two Girls In Hit And Run Won't Be Deported, Still Protected By DACA: Caroline May
About Sums It Up: Reaganite

Media

Ferguson: We Need To Stop Talking About “Media Bias”—And Start Talking About Media Evil.: VDARE
James Foley found out ISIS doesn't care who you voted for: Allen West
Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source: Fox

Obama Congratulates Spurs For Hiring Female Coach While Ignoring Death of Two Star General: Treehouse
New book: The ‘SNL’ skit Obama killed, Hillary’s ‘entitlement’ attitude: BPR
If What This Writer Says Is True, Harry Reid May Be About To Destroy Obama: WJ

Ferguson: Not Even An O.J. Jury Would Convict Officer Wilson: Larry Elder
LAGOP’s #AirMary Attack On Landrieu Is Hysterical But True: HayRide
Two From the Prof: WRSA

World

The Enemy Knows We’re In A World War, But Democrats Don’t: HayRide
President Obama Shows Why He Cannot Beat ISIL: Erick Erickson
Gen. Allen: Destroy the Islamic State Now: Gen. John R. Allen

ISIS Crucifixion Of Children Could Lead To A Christian Holocaust: WJ
Was beheaded American journalist James Foley’s murderer released from Guantanamo Bay?: BPR
Hamas sends a love letter to ISIS (with 10 tips): Commentator

The Full Video Of James Foley’s Beheading -- Hidden by the Media -- Has Been Found: Shoebat
Switzerland: Muslim Protesters Attempt to Storm Synagogue: INN
American Decapitated by Englishman: Mark Steyn

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Heroin’s new hold on Indiana: IJEC
Data Breaches May Drive Consumers Back to Cash: Douglas Ceto
Tesla to allow iPhone to start Model S without key/fobs with v6.0 update: 9to5Mac

Cornucopia

If You're Gonna Crash Your Motorcycle...: Feral Irishman
The End of Pax Romana: Can I Get a Big Portabella with that?: MOTUS
Robin Williams and Our Strange Times : Jim Geraghty

Image: Weapons can be easily smuggled past airport body scanners
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QOTD: "The last couple seasons of the show [Saturday Night Live] were the only two in the show’s history where we were totally like every other comedy show: basically, an arm of the Hollywood Democratic establishment. [Jon] Stewart was more nuanced. We just stopped doing anything which could even be misinterpreted as a criticism of Obama." --SNL writer-producer James Downey, who retired in 2013

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Juxtaposed Headlines o' the Day

Submitted for your consideration: are these two news stories somehow... connected?

Obama Has Played 29.5 Hours On The Golf Course As Race Riots Rage


White House "Did Not Know" National Guard Was Being Deployed In Ferguson



By the numbers, "Obama is in the middle of a two-week vacation at the $12 million, 17-room mansion of a Democratic Party fundraiser wherein, according to ABC News, he has played 29.5 hours of golf, attended a Democratic fundraiser, partied at a birthday bash, spent 6.5 hours on the beach, and attended a jazz concert on Sunday... According to Gallup, Obama's job approval stands at just 41%."


Hat tip: Badblue News.

THIS IS YOUR RECOVERY. And This is Your Recovery On Drugs.

By Jim Quinn

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”Thomas Jefferson

Does this chart portray an economic recovery in any way? Wages have been stagnant since the START of the supposed recovery in 2010. Real median household income, even using the highly understated CPI, is on a glide path to oblivion. You just need to observe with your own two eyes the number of Space Available signs in front of office buildings, strip centers and malls across America to realize we have further to fall. Low paying, part-time burger flipping jobs aren’t going to revive this debt saturated economic system. But at least the .1% are enjoying their Federal Reserve created high. Fiat is a powerful drug when administered in large doses to addicts on Wall Street.

The S&P 500 has risen from 666 in March of 2009 to 1,972 today. That is a 196% increase in a little over five years. During this same time, real household income has fallen by 7%. There have been a few million jobs added, while 11 million people have left the labor market. According to Robert Shiller’s CAPE ratio, the stock market valuation has only been higher, three times in history – 1929, 1999, and 2007. He seems flabbergasted by why valuations are so high. Sometimes really smart people can act really dumb.

The Federal Reserve balance sheet was $900 billion before the 2008 financial crisis. Today it stands at $4.4 trillion. The Fed has increased their balance sheet by 220% since the March 2009 market lows. Do you think there is any correlation between the Fed puppets printing $2.4 trillion and handing it to their Wall Street puppeteers, who used their high frequency trading supercomputers and ability to rig the markets so they never lose, and the third stock bubble in the last 13 years? It’s so self evident that only an Ivy League economist or CNBC anchor wouldn’t be able to see it.

As Obama Disarms America, China Unveils Another New, Hypersonic "Carrier Killer" Weapon System

By Investor's Business Daily

National Security: Beijing is moving fast on a maneuverable, hypersonic glide vehicle designed to evade America's defenses, including the Aegis ballistic missile system guarding our carrier battle groups.

On Aug. 7, China conducted a second test of its hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), known as the WU-14, yet another example of its relentless pursuit of high-tech weaponry as the United States abandons what the administration dismisses as Cold War weaponry.

The first test, conducted in January, saw China's HGV reach speeds in the vicinity of Mach 10, about 10 times the speed of sound. In the latest test, according to Internet reports, the WU-14 was the upper stage of a missile launched from the Jiuquan satellite launch facility in China's western Gobi desert.

Strategic experts say that the importance of this weapons program cannot be understated. The Washington Free Beacon quotes Rick Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, as saying:

"Accelerated HGV testing could potentially allow China to develop a second-generation antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) warhead that is more maneuverable and more difficult to counter."

As we noted after the January test, development of the WU-14 comes on the heels of China's deployment of a "carrier-killer," the DF-21D, a road-mobile ASBM. This land-based missile is designed to track and target our carrier battle groups in the western Pacific with the help of satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles similar to our drones, as well as over-the-horizon radar.

"GENTLE GIANT" MICHAEL BROWN: Beat Ferguson Police Officer Wilson Within an Inch of His Life, Say Sources

I'm certain these new and impeccably sourced reports will dissuade Eric Holder and Al Sharpton from race-baiting and fomenting violence (that's what we professionals in the blogging business call yer Grade A Sarcasm).

Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.

“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move," the source said. "They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face."

The source claims that there is "solid proof" that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, "What, you're going to shoot me?"

At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6-foot-4, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown's skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown's family.

Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now "traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified" that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will "make some kind of example out of him," the source said.

If we had a real president, he would speak out for peacable assembly and law and order, no matter the race, creed or religion involved. But MLK, Jr. he ain't.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Larwyn's Linx: The Hell That is the Obama White House

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Nation

The Hell That is the Obama White House: David Horowitz
Listen To The American People: Secure Border, No Amnesty: Michael Johns
Everybody Harry Reid’s ever viciously attacked getting ready for 2016: Moe Lane

Dorian Johnson recants?: Treehouse
Ferguson Feeding Frenzy: Michelle Malkin
ISIS Supporters Reach Out To The Ferguson Mob: Nice Deb

Ferguson in Perspective: Jason Riley Tells Hard Truths: Paul A. Rahe
Grand Jurors Break Law to Explain How Perry Broke Law: Bryan Preston
Pentagon Fires Back At Critics of 'Police Militarization' Program: Russell Berman

Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner: Aaron Gardner
Here Comes the Mob (Again)!: Kathy Shaidle
State fines upstate farm that rebuffed same-sex wedding: Jimmy Vielkind

Economy

Tuition Pays for This: Walter Williams
Semi-Retired President Heads Back To Vacation: WZ
Americans Sick of Government Regulation: Betsy McCaughey

Scandal Central

The Rich Oeuvre of Saint Michael Brown: MB
Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack: GWP
Perry Prosecutor Defended Child Killer, Sex Trafficker, Corrupt Leaders: Brian Sikma

Rick Perry is ‘setting the record straight’ in new ad: RedAlert
GOP selects head of legal team for Benghazi Select Committee: Twitchy
The Republicans who helped Indict Rick Perry: RS

Climate & Energy

Another Species Has Gone Extinct: Erick Erickson
Gary Peters Plays Both Sides of Energy Debate for Dollars: Dan Riehl
If there wasn't an election soon I might be happy about falling gas prices: WyBlog

Media

There’s a Mobius Loop Going On: Ed Driscoll
Progressive Activist Launches Campaign to Vandalize Books: Glob
Probably Not The Mug Shot the Dems Were Hoping For: Ace

Yes, AP Violated Its Style Guide to Refer to Michael Brown, 18, as a ‘Youth’: Ed Driscoll
David Gregory's Liberal Tenure at 'Meet the Press': More Mouthpiece Than Moderator: MRC
What a Getty Photographer Captured Before He Was Arrested in Ferguson: NatlJrnl


MSNBC's Al Sharpton Led His First Anti-Semitic Race-Riot In Crown Heights, 23 Years Ago Today: Lid
‘We will prevail': Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in to authorities amid cheers; Updated: Twitchy
Profiles in Moonbattery: Sylvester Stallone: MB

World

The Meltdown: Bret Stephens
Under What Conditions Can The US Army Engage Citizens: The Army's "Civil Disturbances" Primer: ZH
AFDI Rally for Israel & Persecuted Religious Minorities in the Middle East: Urban Infidel

Why Jordan Doesn't Want More Palestinians: Gatestone
Islamic State Burying Yazidis Alive, Woman Tied To Car And Split In Two: WZ
The Temple Mount and the Tallit: MyRightWord

ISIL Claims to Behead an American Photojournalist: Polly Mosendz
Low-flying helicopters alarm St. Paul residents: Stripes
Government's Response To Snowden? Strip 100,000 of Their Security Clearances: TechDirt

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Record valet shenanigans in your new Corvette? Yes, you can.: Lyndon Johnson, TechTell
German Ebola scare: Nigerian woman faints in jobcentre forcing 600 into quarantine: DailyMail
US won't reveal records on health website security: Jack Gillum

Cornucopia

Vote In The Right Wing News 2016 Presidential Candidate Survey For August of 2014: John Hawkins
Separated at Birth?: MB
Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96: Times

Image: AFDI Rally for Israel & Persecuted Religious Minorities in the Middle East
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QOTD: "President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations." --Justin Sink, The Hill