Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Zimmerman Trial and Black Skin Privilege

http://frontpagemag.com ^ | July 5, 2013 | Frontpagemag.com

The trial of George Zimmerman is winding down with a meltdown of the prosecution’s case and lurid predictions of riots if a “politically correct” decision is not reached. Why is it in America today that racial issues like this one so resemble the Wonderland world where, as the Red Queen famously says, “first the sentence, then the evidence”? Why is it that Americans consider blacks to be much more racist on the whole than whites, yet the latter is exclusively singled out for scorn? David Horowitz and John Perazzo provide answers in their pamphlet Black Skin Privilege, written not long after Zimmerman was arrested in connection with the Trayvon Martin death.
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Everything You Need to Know about the Obamacare Delay

The American Interest ^ | July 3, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead

The Treasury Department announced yesterday that implementation of the ACA’s employer mandate has been delayed by one year. The mandate is a central feature of Obamacare, requiring companies that have 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance for their employees or face a per-worker fee. The penalty or fee part of the law has now been pushed back, so that employers won’t be penalized at all for non-compliance until 2015. Employers are jubilant, as are Republicans. Politico

“This announcement means even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse,” Boehner said. “I hope the administration recognizes the need to release American families from the mandates of this law as well. This is a clear acknowledgment that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms.”
Boehner is quite right that this is not what the rollout of a well thought through, popular reform of the health care system looks like. The administration is essentially conceding that the critics were right: the law is poorly designed, hard to administer, and bristling with unforeseen consequences.
The announcement by the Treasury Department claimed that the main reason for the delay was the need to adjust employer reporting systems. If true, that would mean that the administration failed to solve a basic technical issue—one that Republicans had no control overand thus couldn’t be blamed for obstructing. But if you believe the Treasury Department’s explanation, we have a bridge to sell you.
This move was clearly political, not technical. The administration believes that having the law fully in place before the midterm would be a political disaster. It prefers to fight the next election with the law still impending rather than fully operational. This is very telling: Obama would rather deal with the fear, the rumors, the nasty innuendoes about how the law works than with the harsh reality of a functioning law.
The fact that this preference is rational is the scary part. The big worry about the employer mandate is that it will slow job growth. Employers faced with the choice between providing health insurance to all of their full-time workers or paying a hefty per-employee penalty are likely to respond by reducing the number of full-time workers they have. This predictable employer response is a very good reason to want to postpone the mandate until after the midterm. Nobody wants to run as an ally of the job-killing President whose policies led your voters’ employers to dump their health insurance.
Right now, Obamacare is failing. It loses popularity as time goes on, and the government has so far been unable to make it work. But the GOP should not be too quick to think this means the law will fail in the long term. Though this delay is clearly a PR disaster for the Obama administration, it may turn out to be a smart move that could save the law in the long-term. Obama now has an extra year to make the mandate work. Given time and good lawyers who can get creative with the sloppy language and contradictory provisions of this ugly mess of legislation, the administration may in effect be able to amend Obamacare substantively without going back to Congress.
Even so, this is going to embolden critics of the law and give them plenty of ammunition to keep up a withering barrage of fire. There is really no other way to see this than as a major political and policy setback for the White House on its signature issue. At Wonkblog, Sarah Kliff quotes John McDonough, who was a health care adviser for Ted Kennedy:
“Politically, it won’t get easier a year from now, it will get harder,” he said. “You’ve given the employer community a sense of confidence that maybe they can kill this. If I were an employer, I would smell blood in the water.”
ACA supporters should be very nervous right now, because the next Congress will have another bite at this apple. If the GOP does well in 2014, holding the House and picking up some Senate seats (with an outside chance of a majority), they could cast the long-term future of Obamacare into serious question.
There’s two things to note in closing. First, it’s striking that President Obama didn’t get legislative approval for this delay, instead instructing the IRS to simply not collect the penalties. The law on the books will still officially say the mandate is in effect in 2014, but it won’t be enforced. The White House is clearly sick and tired of a Congress that never quite gives it what it wants, and so it is looking for areas where it can act on its own. For a candidate who attacked Bush’s imperial presidency, Obama is certainly showing a large appetite for power and a penchant for using presidential “discretion.”
Second, this delay—especially if it is extended or made permanent, as many hope—will put more pressure on the individual insurance exchanges. More employers could now choose to dump their employees onto the exchanges rather than pay for the premium increases many expect under the ACA. More people on exchanges instead of on employer-based insurance might be a desirable result in the long term, but in the short term it will cost the taxpayers more than previously projected. A major rationale for the employer mandate was to keep the number of people on the exchanges to a minimum, lowering the total cost of the law. If the mandate is repealed and the costs balloon, Obama may do no more than trade employer opposition to the ACA for taxpayer opposition.
Either way, there is no easy path out of this mess for the administration. Once again, Obama seems to have backed himself into a corner. The delay may give him enough time to ultimately pull this thing off, but we’re not holding our breath for this outcome.

Hypocrites, Obama, and the "Will of the People"

Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2013 | Mike Shedlock


Obama wants the government in Egypt to honor the will of the Egyptian people.

But what about the will of the people in the United States who clearly did not want Obamacare (and still don't like it)? What about the will of the people who want our troops home from Afghanistan?

While pondering such obvious hypocrisy, note that the State Department is working overtime regarding America’s Mess in Egypt.
Mr. Obama is bound by his own words, international law and the expectations of allies, such as Great Britain, not to acknowledge or support coups that overthrow duly-elected governments. For the president, it is an inconvenient truth that Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, accomplished his office through the ballot box and was as constitutionally legitimate as Obama, but for one small fact. Morsi pushed through constitutional changes that are rather favorable to the fundamentalist thinking of the Brotherhood.

Like most Americans, I have no truck with the ideas of the Brotherhood, but the mob in the streets objecting to Morsi chose methods other than ballots to remove him. Sadly for him, the Egyptian military is neither under civilian control nor primarily financed by the Egyptian government. It gets its manna from the Obama Administration via more than $1 billion annually in U.S. foreign aid.

The State Department is now indicating [the coup] may not be a coup, because the generals have not imposed a military leader. That question has the legal minds at the State Department working overtime.

The upshot, in Egypt Obama’s principal representative, Ambassador Anne Paterson, is vilified by all sides, and the Muslim Brotherhood is likely permanently disabused of the notion that participating in democratic processes can lead to its views taking hold anywhere from Syria to Yemen.

This is a mighty grand mess that will result in untold bloodshed and further reinforce anti-American views across the Middle East.

Those remarkable accomplishments notwithstanding, Americans are entitled to know: What is the U.S. policy toward overthrowing democratically elected governments? Is it unacceptable except when it gives rise to fundamentalist social and religious views the prelates within the American academy and mainstream media don’t like?

Who says America doesn’t have an insular aristocracy and Ayatollahs of its own.

Venezuela, Nicaragua offer asylum to Snowden; Double Standards and Hypocrite Allies

MarketWatch reports Venezuela, Nicaragua offer asylum to Snowden
The governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua have stepped forward to offer asylum to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is currently holed up at a Moscow airport seeking a country to provide him sanctuary, according to media reports Saturday.

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, said Friday that he will “protect this young man from the persecution unleashed by the world’s most powerful empire,” according to the New York Times.

The offers from Venezuela and Nicaragua are, in part, motivated by anger over the treatment of Bolivian President Evo Morales, whose plane last week was denied permission to fly over several European countries because of suspicions that Snowden was aboard, the newspaper said
‘Imperial Skyjacking’

In case you missed the ‘Imperial Skyjacking’, note that Latin America was upset last week when Bolivian president Evo Morales' plane diverted to Vienna amid suspicions NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is on board
Bolivia said President Evo Morales' plane was diverted on a flight from Russia and forced to land in Austria over suspicions that Edward Snowden might be on board, as countries across the globe rejected the American whistleblower's asylum applications.

France and Portugal abruptly cancelled air permits for Morales' plane, forcing the unscheduled stopover in Vienna.
Kidnapped by Imperialism

RT also commented on the ‘Imperial Skyjacking’ in Bolivian presidential plane grounded in Austria over Snowden stowaway suspicions
Morales' jet was forced into landing in Vienna on Wednesday after several EU countries barred the plane from entering their airspace over suspicions that whistleblower Edward Snowden had stowed away aboard.


David Choquehuanca, the Bolivian Foreign Minister, refuted the idea Snowden was on the plane, saying “we don’t know who invented this lie, but we want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales.

I am not going to allow them to search my plane. I am not a thief,” tweeted Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, citing the Bolivian President Morales, who she spoke with by telephone.

This is a lie, a falsehood. It was generated by the US government,” Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra told CNN. “It is an outrage. It is an abuse. It is a violation of the conventions and agreements of international air transportation.
Double Standards and Hypocrite Allies

Did not Germany, France, and the EU in general benefit from the revelations by Edward Snowden that the NSA was spying on Germany and the EU?

Was Germany grateful or would Germany have simply preferred to let the US go on bugging their offices? What about France?

Logic dictates that it is beneficial to learn your alleged friends are spying on you. However, logic is useless.

Note the double standard of this mess. Imagine the outrage if president Obama's plane was forced to land in another country. 

The Snowden affair is an absolute disgrace all around: By the US for its actions, then by Spain, by Portugal, by France and by any country that would not grant air clearance to Bolivia President Evo Morales based on totally unfounded and piss poor US intelligence reporting that suggested Snowden was on Morales' plane.

Even if countries were 100% certain Snowden was on the plane, they should not have honored the request by the US to ground the plane or deny air space flyover.

I am disappointed that neither New Zealand nor Australia would offer asylum.

Is there any dignity left in this world? 

I guess not, given the world bows down to the almighty US even when we spit in the face of our key allies by bugging their offices.

Don't cry for democracy. Army saved Egypt from Islamist dictatorship

NY Post ^ | July 7, 2013 | MICHAEL GOODWIN

As Michael Mukasey, the former federal judge and attorney general, wrote in another context: “The Constitution and US laws are not a treaty with the universe; they protect US citizens.”
So it is with our foreign policy. The first goal is to protect America’s security and interests. Everything else is second.
That formula explains why Mohammed Morsi’s election doesn’t trump other all other considerations. After all, Hamas won an election in Gaza, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won two elections in Iran. Hitler was elected, and so was Saddam Hussein.
Elections in police-state societies can be a step in the right direction, or they can be used as a blank check to further entrench power by a ruling elite aiming for dictatorial authority. Morsi was definitely in that camp.
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Happy Birthday To Great Britain's Increasingly Scandalous National Health Service

Forbes ^ | July 5, 2013 | Scott W. Atlas, MD

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) turns 65 years old this week.

Despite its much heralded presence in Britain’s health care, the problems of the NHS are severe, notorious, and increasingly scandalous in the most fundamental attributes of any health care system: access and quality.
Waits for care are shocking in the NHS, frequently exposed by British media reports, and long proven by facts, yet they go virtually unreported in the U.S. For instance, in 2010, about one-third of England’s NHS patients deemed ill enough by their GP waited more than one additional month for a specialist appointment. In 2008-2009, the average wait for CABG (coronary artery bypass) in the UK was 57 days. And the impact of this delayed access was obvious.
Access to medical care is so poor in the NHS that the government was compelled to issue England’s 2010 “NHS Constitution” in which it was declared that no patient should wait beyond 18 weeks for treatment – four months – after GP referral.
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Bereft Of Any New Policy Ideas Since Vietnam, America's Liberal Left Is Intellectually Bankrupt

Forbes ^ | July 2, 2013 | John Goodman

I have believed for some time that the left is intellectually bankrupt. I can’t think of a single new idea from the left of the political spectrum since the end of the Vietnam War.
The left has no idea what to do about our failing public schools. It has no solution to the problem of entitlement spending. It has no earthly idea what to do about all the problems in our health care system. There is no coherent proposal on the left to reform the tax system. I think it is no exaggeration to say that the left has no ideas. Period.
The left all over the world was wrong about everything. They were wrong about communism. They were wrong about socialism. They were wrong about progressivism. They were wrong about the welfare state.
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Egyptian Egg on Obama’s Face (It's a Gigantic Egg)

Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2013 | Michael Youssef


In 2011, President Obama quickly called on President Mubarak to acquiesce to demonstrators’ demands and leave office.

With Mubarak out of the way, Obama proceeded to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, who succeeded in stealing the revolution.

Obama’s support extended to an ex-con named Muhammad Morsi. By his own admission, Morsi was in prison during the January 25 demonstration. But he was in contact with members of Hamas, who broke into the prison and freed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood prisoners.

When Morsi ran for the presidency, Obama continued to support him, even when it was clear that the close election was rigged by dubious tactics.

With six possible Muslim Brotherhood operatives working in the Obama administration, and Obama’s full-fledged support of Morsi, you would think that Egyptians would be in love with Obama. But the deeply troubled Egyptian public is in no way enamored with this White House. Quite the contrary.

More than 40 percent of Egyptian citizens currently must survive on about $2 US per day. Lines to purchase gasoline stretch on for hours. The lines for a tank of propane—needed for cooking and other necessities of life—extend for up to nine hours. Electricity is cut off from 2-3 hours per night.

When the Egyptian masses finally couldn’t take it anymore, 22 million people signed a petition to recall Morsi’s election—more than twice the number of people than originally voted for him.

Then something totally unprecedented happened: 30 million people took to the streets. The largest mass demonstration in human history.

The Egyptian Army had tried on many occasions to mediate between President Morsi and the opposition. But Morsi autocratically and arrogantly refused to talk to anyone other than his masters in the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters.

In order to avoid the stigma of a coup, the military leaders met with a cross-section of the Egyptian population and religious leaders, including Islamists. As a result, they produced a wise plan calling for an election and appointing the chief justice of the Supreme Court as the interim president.

But here is the irony: while millions of Egyptians responded to Morsi’s ouster by joyfully dancing in the streets, the Muslim Brotherhood advisors in the White House helped Obama produce a non-descript statement. With his wishy-washy message about those who are democratically elected, Obama confirmed in Egyptian minds that he is in the pocket of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is downright depressing to see the leader of the free world unable to comprehend the Islamic understanding of democracy. To the Islamist, democracy means “one man, one vote, one time.” Once they have their power, there’s no reason to ever have another election.

Thank God for the wise and courageous Egyptian people who comprehended that plan and stopped it before it was too late.

And thank God for the persecuted Christians in Egypt who have cried out to God while withstanding injustice during the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood. As a committed Christian, I believe God has heard their cries, even when President Obama covered his ears. They have set an example for every harassed believer in the world, including in America, to pray and hope that God will hear our prayers.

Dispelling the myth of 'The Wild West'


The dime store novel image of the West
These are interesting times in the fight to protect and enhance our rights as gun owners.  In 
Wisconsin
, we stand on the eve of an historic court ruling regarding open carry.  In TexasSouth CarolinaOklahomaand 
Arkansas
, local activists have succeeded in making their voices heard regarding restoring open carry to these otherwise gun-friendly states.  With all of this pro-gun activity, it should come as little surprise that the anti-gun forces are out in-force repeating their aged mantra … “This isn’t the wild west.”
And this rhetoric is not limited to anti-gunners.  Recently, I was quoted in a USA Today article about the open carry initiatives around the country and in that article, Texas Senator Jeff Wentworth (R), a supposedly pro-gun legislator denounced open carry saying "I think that's harkening too far back to the Wild West."
With all this talk of “The Wild West”, I thought it might be informative to look at the reality of crime in the “wild west” cattle towns and compare them to the peaceful streets of such eastern, gun-control paradises as DC, New YorkBaltimore and 
Newark
.
In his book, Frontier Violence: Another Look, author W. Eugene Hollon, provides us with these astonishing facts:
  • In Abilene, Ellsworth, WichitaDodge City, and 
    Caldwell
    , for the years from 1870 to 1885, there were only 45 total homicides.  This equates to a rate of approximately 1 murder per 100,000 residents per year.
  • In 
    Abilene
    , supposedly one of the wildest of the cow towns, not a single person was killed in 1869 or 1870.
Zooming forward over a century to 2007, a quick look at Uniform Crime Report statistics shows us the following regarding the aforementioned gun control “paradise” cities of the east:
  • DC – 183 Murders (31 per 100,000 residents)

  • New York
     – 494 Murders (6 per 100,000 residents)

  • Baltimore
     – 281 Murders (45 per 100,000 residents)

  • Newark
     – 104 Murders (37 per 100,000 residents)

It doesn’t take an advanced degree in statistics to see that a return to “wild west” levels of violent crime would be a huge improvement for the residents of these cities.
The truth of the matter is that the “wild west” wasn’t wild at all … not compared to a Saturday night in 
Newark or Chicago!
  

MIA work 'acutely dysfunctional'

AP via Independent Mail ^ | July 7, 2013 | Robert Burns

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.
Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor, the report says.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the internal study after Freedom of Information Act requests for it by others were denied.
The report paints a picture of a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military-run group known as JPAC and headed by a two-star general, as woefully inept and even corrupt. The command is digging up too few clues on former battlefields, relying on inaccurate databases and engaging in expensive "boondoggles" in Europe, the study concludes.
In North Korea, the JPAC was snookered into digging up remains between 1996 and 2000 that the North Koreans apparently had taken out of storage and planted in former American fighting positions, the report said. Washington paid the North Koreans hundreds of thousands of dollars to "support" these excavations
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Krauthammer Explains the Obama Playbook for Getting Through Scandals

Fox News ^ | 7 Jul 2013

A lawyer for Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS says his clients haven't even been contacted by the FBI, which is supposed to be investigating the matter. This development comes after former FBI Director Robert Mueller told lawmakers he didn't know who the lead investigator was in the probe.
On Special Report's All-Star Panel, Shannon Bream discussed the apparent lack of action with Charles Lane, Jonah Goldberg and Charles Krauthammer, who said the Obama administration uses the same tactics when a scandal breaks.
He said they claim to be investigating so when they are asked about the scandal, they can "deflect any questions" by saying that you can't comment during an ongoing investigation.
"You do nothing about it and then you wait. You let other news and scandals overtake it, like explosions in Egypt and then you count on the press to say nothing and then it dies in time," said Krauthammer, slamming the mainstream media for having "no backbone."
He said the administration has done the same thing when it comes to the Benghazi attack, the James Rosen warrant, and the IRS scandal.
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Krauthammer Explains the Obama Playbook for Getting Through Scandals

Fox News ^ | 7 Jul 2013

A lawyer for Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS says his clients haven't even been contacted by the FBI, which is supposed to be investigating the matter. This development comes after former FBI Director Robert Mueller told lawmakers he didn't know who the lead investigator was in the probe.
On Special Report's All-Star Panel, Shannon Bream discussed the apparent lack of action with Charles Lane, Jonah Goldberg and Charles Krauthammer, who said the Obama administration uses the same tactics when a scandal breaks.
He said they claim to be investigating so when they are asked about the scandal, they can "deflect any questions" by saying that you can't comment during an ongoing investigation.
"You do nothing about it and then you wait. You let other news and scandals overtake it, like explosions in Egypt and then you count on the press to say nothing and then it dies in time," said Krauthammer, slamming the mainstream media for having "no backbone."
He said the administration has done the same thing when it comes to the Benghazi attack, the James Rosen warrant, and the IRS scandal.
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Removal Detail!

Focus on jobs?

"Obama Tells Egyptian Minister That He Is A Muslim"

Mr. Conservative website (came in via Facebook) ^ | July 6, 2013 | Kristin Tate

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said, “Obama told me he is still a Muslim, who supports the Muslim agenda.”
Aboul Gheit made this statement on Nile-TV. Here is a report on the incident by Israeli Today, an Egyptian magazine:
Aboul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, where the US President told him that He was still a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father, the step son of Muslim stepfather, that his half brothers in Kenya are Muslims, and that he was sympathetic towards the Muslim agenda.
Aboul Gheit claimed Obama told the Arabs to show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic issues, like the Health care reform, he would show the Muslim World how to deal with Israel.
For obvious reasons, most American media is ignoring this news event in Egypt.
(Read more: Muslim Brotherhood Violently Kills Woman For Drinking Beer)
Obama is the mainstream media’s darling. God forbid they expose him for being a Muslim. Imagine: If what Adul Gheit says is true, American voters have elected a Muslim as the Commander in Chief of the United States of America.
Of course, what Aboul Gheit said may not be true — so, we are left to interpret the story ourselves.
Whatever the case may be, the Obama Administration has shown they largely support Islam. The term “Islamic Terrorism” is now banned from American jargon. Obama and his colleagues have tried time and time again to present Islam to the American people in a positive light, and as a religion of peace.
Do you think Aboul Gheit is telling the truth? Is Obama a Muslim? Let us know your opinion below.
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If Zimmerman Walks, Media-inspired Riots Anticipated

The New American ^ | July 6, 2013 | Alex Newman

The city of Sanford, Florida, already has a secret law-enforcement plan to deal with potential riots and unrest in the wake of a possible acquittal of George Zimmerman. Miami has efforts to keep the peace underway as well.
Across America, pundits and analysts have been warning that a “not guilty” verdict in the controversial case could set off an explosive wave of deadly violence rivaling the mass riots that ensued following the 1992 Rodney King trial. If mayhem does strike, analysts say the establishment media, President Obama, and assorted race-profiteers would bear much of the blame.
Well before the verdict is announced, agitators and provocateurs are already using social-media services to broadcast their intentions to unleash chaos and death. One Facebook page being investigated by authorities, for example, was entitled “RIOT for Trayvon.” In its description, the page read: “They don’t think we will tear this mutha ----- [expletive deleted] up! LIKE IF YOU READY TO RIDE! LETS FLEX OUR MUSCLE! WHAT, YOU SCARED?” Other pages brazenly call for murder.
On Twitter, meanwhile, violent messages from self-styled Trayvon Martin supporters have also been calling for violence, mayhem, and killing if the jury refuses to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder — a prospect that appears increasingly likely as the prosecution’s case implodes. Twichy, a site that compiles tweets related to major news stories, collected a sample of some of the messages, more than a few of which include racist remarks aimed at Zimmerman, whites, and Hispanics.
“If #Zimmerman get off ima shoot the first #hispanic/white i see,” reads one such message. "Trayvon Martin need justice! Gimme me tha pistol ill kill Zimmerman myself!" says another. "If Zimmerman win, I'm gonna go kill a white a kid by mistake," reads a third.....
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Cooling Looms As Earth’s True Climate Calamity

Heartland Institute ^ | June 26, 2013 | Jay Lehr, Ph.D. 

Although we have been enmeshed in a long debate over global warming and climate change, this controversy has been politically motivated, not a response to actual global warming, as there has been no warming for 16 years.
In fact, it is likely we will soon need to take a long, hard look at adjustments in behavior based not on warmth, which, by and large, results in good things, but, rather, on cold, which creates endless problems for both individuals and society.
Solar Activity Waning
Scientists from Pulkovo Observatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, stated in the Voice of Russia on April 22 that solar activity is waning to such an extent that the global average yearly temperature will soon begin to decline.
Now, there is no reason to believe there will be any warming during the remainder of this century, says Vladimir Kotlyakov, head of the Institute of Geography at the Russian Academy of Science, speaking with Vladimir Radyuhin for the Hindu newspaper on April 22, 2013. In the same article, Dr. Yuri Nagovitsyn, academic secretary of the Pulkovo Observatory, is quoted as saying coming generations will have to grapple with temperatures several degrees lower than those today.
On Jan. 8, on NASA's Science News website, Tony Phillips cited Matt Penn and William Livingston of the National Solar Observatory as noting we are now in the final stages of Solar Cycle 24, which has been "the weakest in more than 50 years." By the time Solar Cycle 25 arrives shortly, they predict, "magnetic fields on the sun will be so weak that few if any sunspots will be formed," Phillips wrote.
Cold Temperatures Appearing
The effects of this weak solar activity have been notable. The United Kingdom just suffered through a winter with temperatures 5 to 10 degrees Celsius below normal, and German meteorologists report 2013 has been the coldest year in 208 years. Writing April 27 in England's Sunday Telegraph, Christopher Booker noted 3,318 places in the United States that had recorded their lowest temperatures for that time of year since records began. Similar records were set in every province of Canada, and the Russian winter has brought its deepest snowfall in 134 years.
Anthony Watts, at his Watts Up With That blog, shows that, in this century, average U.S. winter temperatures have dropped by 1.45 degrees C, more than twice as much as their rise from 1850-1999 and twice as much as the net rise in the 20th century.
This cooling has come as a big surprise to many. All of mankind's new carbon dioxide emissions were supposed to make things too warm, with climate models indicating the world would heat up by 0.3 degrees C every decade.
Armed with an understanding of the solar cycles, however, Vladimir Bashkin and Rauf Galiulin from the Institute of Fundamental Problems of Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences state the warming in the past century was simply what should be expected when coming out of a mini ice age, rather than any changes caused by man's activities.
Government Changes Needed
Cold causes more disruptions for people than warming, and mankind always has been more prosperous during warmer periods. However, with modern technology, we have the ability to plan accordingly and manage the slow change toward cooling that is likely upon us. But unless the governments of the world turn off the spigots that have fed tens of billions of dollars annually to support only research on man-caused warming, and begin to fund serious science intent on determining what the real global temperature trends are, it will be a decade or more before the truth is told.
The suggestion that the Earth may actually be cooling, not warming, is based on centuries of real data of how our planetary system actually works. It is time to turn away from supposing and direct our attention to reality.
Jay Lehr, Ph.D. (lehr@heartland.org) is science director of The Heartland Institute.

Not Qualified For Obamacare's Subsidies? Just Lie -- Govt. To Use 'Honor System' Without Verifying!

Forbes ^ | July 6, 2013 | By Avik Roy

If you thought the delay in the employer mandate was bad news for Obamacare, just wait. On Friday, Sarah Kliff and Sandhya Somashekhar of the Washington Post discovered that the Obama administration had buried in the Federal Register the announcement that the government won’t be able to verify whether or not applicants for Obamacare’s insurance exchange subsidies are actually qualified for the aid, in the 16 states that are setting up their own exchanges. Instead, until at least 2015, these states will be able to “accept the applicant’s attestation [regarding eligibility] without further verification.”
Without employer mandate, Feds to rely on applicant ‘attestations’
If you’ve been following the latest news around Obamacare, you know that on Tuesday evening, just before the Independence Day holiday, the White House announced that it would be delaying the implementation of the health law’s employer mandate—requiring all firms with more than 50 employees to provide health coverage to their workers—until 2015.
I, and several others at the time, said “wait a minute.” According to the law, you aren’t eligible for Obamacare’s subsidies if your employer has offered you what the government considers “affordable” coverage. But if employers are no longer going to report whether or not they’ve offered “affordable” coverage, how can the government verify whether or not workers are eligible for subsidies?
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Even More Reasons to Hate Obamacare (Can Hussein delay it indefinitely?)

The New American ^ | 7/06/13 | Chip Wood

Tick, tick, tick. That’s the sound of the clock ticking down to when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAACA) — the monstrosity known as Obamacare — will go into effect. If you think there are good reasons to detest this legislation now, just wait until you actually have to begin obeying it.

As we celebrate this Independence Day weekend, I’ve got a suggestion on how the House of Representatives could take a giant step toward gaining our independence from this massive government takeover of our healthcare system. More on that later in this column. But first, let’s look at some additional reasons why we must drive a stake through the heart of this beast.

Remember when then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said we had to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it? At the time, the bill was more than 2,700 pages long. You can bet your bottom dollar that not a single member of Congress had read the darned thing, much less understood what implementing it would mean for this country.

Since then, more than 20,000 pages of new regulations have been issued by the federal government to interpret and enforce the legislation’s new requirements. That’s more than twice as many pages as the Internal Revenue Service tax code — and you know how easy it is to understand and comply with that federal juggernaut.
(Excerpt) Read more at thenewamerican.com ...