Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Larwyn's Linx: How President Cruz Could Kill ObamaCare Without Congress or the Supreme Court

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Nation

President Cruz Could Kill ObamaCare Without Congress or SCOTUS: Patterico
A stinging defeat for the government: IncidentalEconomist
Whipsaw: 4th Circuit upholds Obamacare federal exchange subsidy: LI

Exchange You Can Believe In: Mark Steyn
Obamacare Slowly Succumbs to Its Birth Defects: David Catron
Obamacare in Critical Condition: Betsy McCaughey

Perry in Obama's Face: Dick Morris
Elizabeth Warren to La Raza: 'Get Louder' for Amnesty: Breitbart
DREAMers Stage GOP 'Funeral' in Congress: GOP 'Is Dead to Us': Breitbart

The Chamber’s Immigration Stance Hurts Their Georgia Pick: Erick Erickson
Transparency: Iowa governor not told of illegals shipped to his state: Marathon
Georgia Runoff Results: David Perdue Wins GOP Nod for Senate: Roll Call

Economy

The ownership society: Cold Fury
Will big business become the left’s faithful lapdog?: Jonah Goldberg
Beretta To Move All Maryland Manufacturing To Tennessee: DC

Scandal Central

Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class: Michael Cutler
Texas State Senator: 100,000 Illegal Immigrant Gang Members in State: Breitbart
Obama to release illegal teens including 18th Street gang members: FAM

State Dept. warned that terrorists moved NEXT DOOR to Benghazi consulate months before attack: Scoop
Three people died in illegal human experiments carried out by John Podesta backer's firm: Exam
Feinstein criticizes Obama for fundraising during crises: BCF

Media

Pundit: Hillary Is "Finished" as a Political Candidate: Ace
Deneen Borelli Blasts NAACP For Their Shameful Treatment of Black Conservatives: ProgressivesToday
What a Surprise! Michael Moore Is a Filthy Rich Hypocrite: Progressives Today

You Stay Classy, Politico: Ed Driscoll
WaPo Sends Virulently Pro-Palestinian Intern to Cover Small Pali Protest at Israel's US Embassy: Ace
'True Blood' depicts blood soaked massacre at Ted Cruz gala : Mark Whittington

Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots: No Border Bailout!: ConHQ
Mark Levin TORCHES Jon Stewart on Hannity: Scoop
Let the Fun Begin: Bill Clinton Reportedly Has a New ‘Secret’ Buxom Blonde Mistress: JWF

Top Kerry Aide Tries To Quash Anti-Fox News Bias Claims By Lying To The Daily Caller: DC
WH Press Corps Protests Blocked Access: Keith Koffler
RUSH: We May Be Going From ‘Rule Of Law’ To ‘Rule Of Party’: Daily Rushbo

World

No more aid to the Palestinian Authority: Cal Thomas
France: “They’re shouting ‘Death to the Jews’ and attacking synagogues. It’s ... out of control.”: JihadWatch
Anti-semitic mob vandalizes and loots Jewish businesses in Paris suburb: WaPo

Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama’s Behind: Ben Shapiro
No Rest for the Wicked: Jim Geraghty
Pic of The Day: Code Pink Gets Photobombed By Israel Supporter While Giving Anti-Israel Speech: WZ

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Lois Lerner's "Scratched" Hard Drive: Ace
Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block: ProPublica
In Q2, Facebook drove nearly a quarter of Web traffic: InsideFacebook

Cornucopia

Progressive’s Law of “Millionaire Denialism” as explained by Kemosabe.: MOTUS
Mind If I Play Through?: All the Right Snark
Now More Than Ever: iOwnTheWorld

Image: Pic of The Day: Code Pink Gets Photobombed By Israel Supporter While Giving Anti-Israel Speech
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: MILTON WOLF FOR U.S. SENATE

QOTD: "The D.C. Circuit’s decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it, The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse. This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies. This is a significant victory for the American people and the rule of law, but we must not rest. Americans will continue to lose jobs, pay higher premiums, and receive fewer healthcare choices because of this disastrous law. Every last word of Obamacare must be repealed to restore jobs, growth, and opportunity in our country." --Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FALL OF THE LIGHTBRINGER: Media Suicide Edition

Remember when vintage media used to depict the Lightbringer with halos?

Hahahhahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahaha. Good times, good times.


A quote from the forum, dated 3 June 2008:

I honestly don’t know whether to put this in religion or politics. I honestly feel the passion for Senator Obama expressed by most of his followers has equal elements of both - even if they deny it. But I suspect the moderators would move it here to politics if I put it in religion, so here it is in politics. I know this will make many people angry (primarily Obama followers grin ), but I am not looking to debate. I just wanted to display some of the images of Obama because I find the whole media’s marketing - in this case, just the visual elements- behind the man so fascinating.

The Obama Mania and Mass Hysteria (because that’s exactly what it is) that swept Senator Barack Obama to where he currently is was greatly helped by a friendly media eager to see him President. In that regard they have undertaken an effort to visually display Obama as a godlike messiah figure.

And that's about the best succinct explanation -- in layman's terms -- we have for Obama's presidency.


Hat tip: Candy.

CODENAME ENERGIZER: Secret Service says Bill Clinton's buxom mistress appears at Chappaqua moments after Hillary leaves

Ronald Kessler has written a series of great books on the federal government, but his latest may be the capper.

Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer.

...Kessler quotes a supervisor informing a new agent: “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”

Energizer, who is described as charming and friendly, sometimes brought cookies to the agents... One told Kessler: “It was a warm day, and she was wearing a low-cut tank top, and as she leaned over, her breasts were very exposed. They appeared to be very perky and very new and full … There was no doubt in my mind they were enhanced.”

Kessler also reports that Hillary’s Secret Service detail informs Bill’s Secret Service detail when the former first lady is coming home, so Bill has time to get Energizer off the property and clean up any evidence.

...But once, the warning came late. “The agents had to scramble to get Energizer out of there so there wasn’t some kind of big confrontation.”

Kessler also reveals that Hillary is routinely rude to the agents who are sworn to take a bullet for her.
“Because she is so nasty to agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment,” Kessler wrote.

War on women, indeed.

Our summer intern @BiffSpackle claims the above photo is the only known image of "Energizer", though we have reasons to doubt its authenticity.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

MUST BE A SLOW NEWS DAY: Obama Just Left on a Coast-to-Coast Fundraising Trip

Slow news day:

Delta Cancels All Israel Flights Over Missile Fear

Wreckage from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 'significantly altered'

Christians in Iraq Told to Face Conversion or Die

White House reportedly dismissed border crisis as 'local problem' in 2013

Hospitals, Insurers Say Subsidies Rulings Further Confuse Obamacare

Things are so sleepy in Washington that our beloved Dear Leader has decided to fundraise some more. Even Dylan Byers, writer for the public relations arm of the Democrat Party (you may know it as Politico), can no longer hide his disgust:

Fundraising on the Titanic


President Obama is set to make a West Coast swing this week, stopping in San Francisco and Los Angeles for fundraisers and photo-ops. As Michael Shear noted over the weekend, Obama's decision to fundraise as the world burns isn't great for optics.

Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director, defended the decision. “It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road," she told Shear at the time. "Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis."

...That this White House can be hypocritical — comically hypocritcal, even — is news to no one who covers it. The salient point is that in the midst of Gaza, Ukraine and the ongoing border crisis, it might not be a bad time to put the fundraising on hold.

Some days I wonder whether all of this is just a really, really bad nightmare brought on by reading The Gulag Archipelago.


Image: AllTheRightSnark.org.

Larwyn's Linx: The brutal Obama policy that's really driving the Border Crisis

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Nation

The brutal Obama policy that's really driving the Border Crisis: Tara Servatius
Obama's Dallas Immigration Visit and the “Faith Leaders” : Treehouse
Obama To Continue With Week's Fundraising Trip Amid Crises: Debra Heine

Rick Perry secures the border, tells Obama "you didn't build that": WyBlog
Bordering on Madness: Thomas Sowell
What America Needs Now: Chuck Norris

Ed Klein on Blood Feud: Ed Driscoll
WH Beer Recipe More Important Than Marine Jailed in Mexico?: Hannity
Obama refuses to cancel fundraisers; doesn't want ‘false sense of crisis’: BPR

Fireworks at NAACP Meeting: Deneen Borelli Verbally Attacked: FW
Charming: Occupy Protester Threatened to Kill Families of NYPD: JWF
At Least 40 Shot Over the Weekend in Gun-Free Chicago: JWF

Economy

Mike Lee Calls for Cutting Government Waste by Repealing 80 Year-Old Law: TPNN
Business Booms Thanks to “Guns Are Welcome” Sign: MB
Goldman Managing Director Found Dead In Apparent Kite Surfing Accident: ZH

Scandal Central

IRS official: Lost Lois Lerner emails may still exist: Susan Ferrechio
DOJ Official Promises They’re Looking into Missing Lerner Emails: Bill Straub
King Barack Rewrites Obamacare... Again: David Catron

Obama Ignored Warnings of Border Crisis for Two Years, Considered It a ‘Local’ Issue: JWF
Austin-Based Company Received $120 Million So Far This Year to Shelter Illegal Children: GWP
Sarah Palin: Obama Knew About Border Crisis Prior to Election, Lied About That, Too: GWP

Climate & Energy

Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage: William Tucker
‘War on Humans’: New Film Exposes the Real Goals of the Radical Environmentalists: Progressives Today
Dishonest global warming reports are good, as long as they promote certain agenda, paper says: GCS

Media

Over 700 Syrians Were Killed Last Week. But Jews Didn't Do it, So the Media Doesn't Care: Breitbart
‘Big Three’ Ignore IRS Official Saying Backup of Lois Lerner’s Emails May Not Exist: MRC
NBC Hails Elizabeth Warren as 'Celebrity' for 'Disillusioned, Disappointed Liberals': MRC

Sen. Ted Cruz Brings Down the House at the Western Conservative Summit – Complete Video: FreeLight
Wendy Davis perilously close to a #DOOM call from… The Daily Beast.: Moe Lane
Jew hating leaflets found on cars in Chicago: FAM

Dionne: You GOP Meanies Make Everything About Obama: Cove
Dear True Blood Writers and Producers...: Sunshine State Sarah
HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Mocks Ted Cruz, ‘Republic**ts’: MRC

World

Fields of Blood: Mark Steyn
ISIS Is Wiping Out The Christians In Towns They Capture: S&L
Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now: Spengler

Israel Is the Victim of Mohammed’s War Against the Jews: Daniel Greenfield
The Russian Reset: Hillary's "Brilliant Stroke": Power Line
With ISIS Now Controlling 35% Of Syria And Most Of Its Oil, Iraq Issues Ultimatum To The US: ZH

Obama to Russia: Stop supporting rebels or … you’ll be really isolated, or something: Hot Air
Israel Asks: What Would You Do?: Cove
The Downing of a Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine: A New Instrument of Terror in Play: FSM

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The Top 10 Engineering Designs to Clean Up Plastics In the Oceans: Deep Sea
How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq: Michael Riley
From AT&T To Verizon: What The Web’s Biggest Players Told The FCC About Net Neutrality: Consumerist

Cornucopia

What Didn't the President Know and When Didn't He Know It?: AmDigest
What’s Your Superpower? Besides Your Awesomeness.: MOTUS
The O By the Numbers: Ed Driscoll

Image: "On photography, cops need to get a clue", by Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: MILTON WOLF FOR U.S. SENATE

QOTD: "The world has changed a great deal since June 632, but the Middle East hasn’t. The armies of Islamic raiders have traded camels and horses for pickup trucks. They recite their boasts over Twitter and share their grisly trophies using smartphones. But the fundamental attitude that drives their violence has been preserved in museum quality terror.

Israel’s critics are at war with context. They want to talk about Gaza, not Hamas. They don’t want to talk about the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood which Hamas is part of. They don’t want to talk about the Muslim Brotherhood’s invasion of Israel in 1948. They don’t want to address the Muslim Brotherhood’s declaration that “Jews are the historic enemies of Muslims”. Or its Secretary General’s statement that “Every Jew is a Zionist… the Zionist question is but a Jewish question with all that the word entails.”

...Instead of pretending that a few territorial concessions by Jews to the regional Sunni Muslim majority will change anything, we have to address the political and religious territories of 632. Unless Muslims reject that ugly act of ethnic cleansing, their cycle of supremacist violence against Jews and Christians will continue." --Daniel Greenfield

Monday, July 21, 2014

OPEN BORDERS AND THIRD WORLD PROBLEMS: Deadly, mosquito-borne virus spreading at record pace in U.S.

By Michael Snyder

Cases of the chikungunya virus are appearing in the United States at a level that is far higher than anything health officials have seen in recent years, and now there are two confirmed cases of people that have not even traveled out of the country getting the virus.

That means that the chikungunya virus is starting to spread in America, and once it starts spreading it is really hard to stop. Instead of spreading human to human, this virus actually spreads “person-to-mosquito-to-person”. If you live in an area of the country where there are a lot of mosquitos, you should pay close attention to this article.

You do not want to get the chikungunya virus. According to Slate, the name of this virus “comes from a Makonde word meaning ‘that which bends up,’ referring to the contortions sufferers put themselves through due to intense joint pain.” That does not sound fun at all. Fortunately, the U.S. has not really been affected by this disease in recent years, but an epidemic has already been declared in Puerto Rico, and some experts are now saying that it is only a matter of time before we see one in the United States.

From 2006 to 2013, the largest number of cases of the chikungunya virus in the U.S. in a single year was just 65.

But by July 15th of this year there were already 357 reported cases, and health officials are bracing for the worst.

Of course of biggest concern is what just happened in Florida. For the first time, health officials have isolated cases of the chikungunya virus that they know were transmitted locally

GOOD NEWS: Every iPad and iPhone on the planet has a secret back-door allowing unknown parties to take control

Gee, I wonder who could be behind this?

QUESTIONS FOR APPLE: Forensic scientist identifies suspicious 'back doors' running on every iOS device


Forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (PDF) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices... In his talk Zdziarski demonstrates "a number of undocumented high-value forensic services running on every iOS device" and "suspicious design omissions in iOS that make collection easier." He also provides examples of forensic artifacts acquired that "should never come off the device" without user consent.

... Zdziarski's questions for Apple include:

• Why is there a packet sniffer running on 600 million personal iOS devices instead of moved to the developer mount?
• Why are there undocumented services that bypass user backup encryption that dump mass amounts of personal data from the phone?
• Why is most of my user data still not encrypted with the PIN or passphrase, enabling the invasion of my personal privacy by YOU?
• Why is there still no mechanism to review the devices my iPhone is paired with, so I can delete ones that don’t belong?

And his summary slide (page 57 of the PDF) sums it up nicely:

• Apple is dishing out a lot of data behind our backs
• It’s a violation of the customer’s trust and privacy to bypass backup encryption
• There is no valid excuse to leak personal data or allow packet sniffing without the user’s knowledge and permission.
• Much of this data simply should never come off the phone, even during a backup.
• Apple has added many conveniences for enterprises that make tasty attack points for .gov and criminals

Overall, the otherwise great security of iOS has been compromised… by Apple… by design.

Yet another reason to stick with open source. At least you can see what you're getting.


Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.

SMART POWER: In 2010, Russian Military Hackers Penetrated NASDAQ Stock Exchange With Intent to Wipe it Out

"Reset", indeed!

When the FBI notified Nasdaq of the intrusion, it turned out the company had detected anomalies on its own but had yet to report the attack. After negotiations over privacy concerns, Nasdaq agreed to let U.S. officials into its networks. Investigation teams arrived at the company’s headquarters at One Liberty Plaza in New York City and its data center in Carteret, N.J., where they found multiple indications of an intelligence agency or military.

The hackers had used two zero-day vulnerabilities in combination. A zero day is a previously unknown flaw in computer code—developers have had “zero days” to address it—that allows hackers to easily take remote command of a computer. It’s a valuable commodity, sometimes selling for tens of thousands of dollars in underground markets. The use of one zero day indicates a sophisticated hacker; more than one suggests government. Stuxnet deployed four—a sign that the code’s authors had done advanced reconnaissance and knew precisely how various systems worked together.

Whoever hit Nasdaq had done similar prep work and had similar resources. The clincher was the hackers’ malware pulled from Nasdaq’s computer banks. The NSA had seen a version before, designed and built by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), that country’s main spy agency. And it was more than spyware: Although the tool could be used to steal data, it also had a function designed to create widespread disruption within a computer network. The NSA believed it might be capable of wiping out the entire exchange.

In early January, the NSA presented its conclusions to top national security officials: Elite Russian hackers had breached the stock exchange and inserted a digital bomb. The best case was that the hackers had packed their malware with a destruction module in case they were detected and needed to create havoc in Nasdaq computer banks to throw off their pursuers. The worst case was that creating havoc was their intention. President Obama was briefed on the findings.

And what did Obama do? I was going to construct a multiple choice answer involving golf, fundraising, and golf, but I think you already know the answer.

I've got an explanation for Obama's ambivalence about the Russians nuking an American stock exchange.

Hey, anything that can accelerate the Democrats' Cloward-Piven Strategy is probably just fine by Dear Leader!


Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.

Larwyn's Linx: Former Border Patrol Agent Warns What’s Coming

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Nation

Former Border Patrol Agent Warns What’s Coming: James Simpson
The True Size of the Adult Immigration Wave, Revealed: John Hayward
Ted Cruz Fox News Sunday interview on stopping Obama’s amnesty: Scoop

No Longer Just: Jack Butler
Has Obama checked out?: Cove
Reports from the “Immigration Surge” Protests: LI

To Understand The Present, Remember The Past (with tweets): Brian Cates
What do Rand Paul and Barack Obama have in common? Foreign policy.: Scoop
Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV: The Monitor

Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?: Derek Hunter
Racial Politics May Determine Who Controls Senate in 2014: Star Parker
Fore! Obama Hits Links For 11th Weekend In A Row, Round #182: WZ

Economy

The cost of liberalism: Detroit’s water war: DTG
As Births Slow, P&G Turns to Adult Diapers: WSJ
New York gun range in business for 73 years forced to close: Fox

Scandal Central

Luis Gutierrez to La Raza: Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People': Breitbart
Operation Choke Point Hearing Reveals DOJ Threats And Strong-Arming: DC
‘Test it on Brits:’ Snowden says GCHQ even worse than NSA: RT

Media

FOX News Buries Competition In Coverage of Ukraine: LI
Cowardly ANSWER Communists Violently Harass Me at Anaheim Police Brutality Protest: AmPower
Spectator: London Rally 'Disgusting Anti-Semitic Spectacle': TR

Angelina Jolie ‘Hates’ Obama; Believes He is Really a ‘Socialist in Disguise’: TPNN
Prominent Cleric Denounces Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Anal Jihad’ Practices: Mediaite
71 Percent of Obama Voters Regret Voting for Obama: TPNN (2/14)

Stealing Our Country: MB
The New York Times: All The News Hamas Sees Fit to Print: WS
Chicago Tribune reporter John Chase on the record: Why he warned Blago about the wiretap: IP2P

World

For the Sake of the People of Gaza, Support the IDF: DiploMad
Obama Admin Sending Al-Qaeda Reinforcements, To Announce Release of 6 Gitmo Detainees: WZ
Thousands of Christians flee Mosul after ISIS jihadis give them deadline to convert, pay or die: DailyMail

What Really Happened at the Don Yitzchak Abarbanel Synagogue in Paris?: Gates of Vienna
UNRWA Gives Rockets to Hamas; Why is U.S. Still Funding It?: Evelyn Gordon
Canada: Muslim mob chanting “kill the Jews” assaults supporters of Israel: JihadWatch

Kerry Mocks Israel Over “Hot Mic”: “It’s A Hell Of A Pinpoint Operation”: WZ
‘My Bad’ Says State Department Official Tweeting Support for Hamas: Sara Noble
Must Watch Video – Rep. Massie Calls for Release of Secret 9/11 Documents Upon Reading Them: Michael Krieger

Obama Administration Suppresses Talk of Muslim Persecutions: Gatestone
Despite Bomb Threats, Ten Thousand Attend Huge Pro-Israel Rally in NYC: Treehouse
Thousands march in downtown Chicago in support of Palestinians: Trib

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Bye-bye billion-dollar industry: Mink brings 3D-printed makeup home: Alltop
Tired of being spied on? These startups try to keep your secrets safe: VB
One of My Most Frequent Pieces of Advice: Be Politely Persistent: Mark Suster

Cornucopia

Progressive’s Law of “Millionaire Denialism” as explained by Kemosabe: MOTUS
I like the cut of this fellow's jib - Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Edition: Instapundit
British Royal Guard Plays Game of Thrones Theme Outside Buckingham Palace: Mediaite

Image: Progressive’s Law of “Millionaire Denialism” as explained by Kemosabe
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: MILTON WOLF FOR U.S. SENATE

QOTD: "Zach Taylor is a 27 year veteran Border Patrol agent with supervisory experience. He has testified before Congress as an expert witness on criminal activity in wilderness areas. His message is credible. He accuses the federal government in a coverup that is deliberately shielding critical information from the public.

Taylor says that whoever is perpetrating the border crisis is engaged in a perfect asymmetrical military tactic. While the American people focus on “the children,” he points out that they are actually only a tiny proportion of the people crossing the border. That we are apprehending about 10 percent of the illegal border crossers, and that the other 90 percent are not children. Since only 10 – 15 percent of those apprehended are children, that means we are focused on about 1 percent of the problem. The adults that we are missing are bringing in weapons, personnel and supplies while our attention is diverted by the needs of the children.

He says a very credible informer told him that that the most dangerous crime element in Mexico City is Russian Mafia. That means KGB. Few people know this, but the Soviets entered a secret pact with Mexico very early in the last century, almost certainly with the eventual aim of utilizing Mexico’s strategic position in offenses against the U.S. There is little doubt in my mind that the border crisis is an endgame strategy designed to bring in the people and weapons that will kill us." --James Simpson