Saturday, September 29, 2012

Drudge: O'Reilly Winning the Cable News Race

SEPT. 27, 2012

FOXNEWS FIVE 1,960,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,857,000
CMDY COLBERT 1,295,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,284,000
CNN PIERS 670,000
CNN COOPER 477,000

Friday, September 28, 2012

Misleading Headline: Iran Vows to Enemies Will Not Survive

Finish the headline for goodness sakes (Iran Vows Enemies Will Not Survive -- If Attacked First). This is so misleading. (And it's in bright red at that)

From the Associated Press:

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian general has said that his country's enemies will not survive if they attack Iran's nuclear sites. (emphasis mine)

 We can stop here. But let's go on.

A Friday report by the semiofficial ISNA news agency quotes Gen. Farzad Esmaili, chief of air defense, as saying "we vow our enemies will not survive," if they attack Iran's nuclear sites. (emphasis mine)

It's clear as day, Iran isn't going to attack anyone unless they're attacked first.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friedersdorf: 'Obama terrorizes innocent Pakistanis on an almost daily basis'

I agree with this:
I find Obama likable when I see him on TV. He is a caring husband and father, a thoughtful speaker, and possessed of an inspirational biography. On stage, as he smiles into the camera, using words to evoke some of the best sentiments within us, it's hard to believe certain facts about him:    
  1. Obama terrorizes innocent Pakistanis on an almost daily basis. The drone war he is waging in North Waziristan isn't "precise" or "surgical" as he would have Americans believe. It kills hundreds of innocents, including children. And for thousands of more innocents who live in the targeted communities, the drone war makes their lives into a nightmare worthy of dystopian novels. People are always afraid. Women cower in their homes. Children are kept out of school. The stress they endure gives them psychiatric disorders. Men are driven crazy by an inability to sleep as drones buzz overhead 24 hours a day, a deadly strike possible at any moment. At worst, this policy creates more terrorists than it kills; at best, America is ruining the lives of thousands of innocent people and killing hundreds of innocents for a small increase in safety from terrorists. It is a cowardly, immoral, and illegal policy, deliberately cloaked in opportunistic secrecy. And Democrats who believe that it is the most moral of all responsible policy alternatives are as misinformed and blinded by partisanship as any conservative ideologue. 
  2. Obama established one of the most reckless precedents imaginable: that any president can secretly order and oversee the extrajudicial killing of American citizens. Obama's kill list transgresses against the Constitution as egregiously as anything George W. Bush ever did. It is as radical an invocation of executive power as anything Dick Cheney championed. The fact that the Democrats rebelled against those men before enthusiastically supporting Obama is hackery every bit as blatant and shameful as anything any talk radio host has done.  
  3. Contrary to his own previously stated understanding of what the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution demand, President Obama committed U.S. forces to war in Libya without Congressional approval, despite the lack of anything like an imminent threat to national security.
Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama || Conor Friedersdorf

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Free Beacon Reminds Us about Obama's Economic Forecasts--and Their Failures

The Washington Free Beacon reminds of the promises of economic recovery:
In January 2009, before Obama took office, his future economists Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein released a report projecting the effects of the incoming President’s proposed stimulus package. In the forecast, Romer and Bernstein predicted that the stimulus would prevent the unemployment rate from ever hitting 8 percent. If Congress didn’t adopt the President’s plan, the unemployment rate would rise to 9 percent but fall back down to 6 percent by the third quarter of 2012, they argued. In reality, Obama’s massive stimulus package was adopted and the unemployment rate rose to 10 percent in October 2009 and currently sits at 8.1 percent—a number achieved only because millions have given up looking for work altogether.
In June 2010, the Obama Administration claimed the “Summer of Economic Recovery” had arrived. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner welcomed Americans to the recovery in August 2010. But as of summer 2012, “Americans [were] still waiting for the recovery,” according to Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.). The economy has yet to recover. Unemployment remains above 8 percent and the economy consistently adds less than 100,000 jobs per month.
Obama's Forecast Failures || The Washington Free Beacon

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Top Picks for The X-Factor 2012

So I'm taking a quick break from politics to make predictions about my favorite show on television: The X-Factor (USA).

#1 - Carly Rose Sonenclar
The Star. If she continues to perform like she did on her audition night, she will have the $5 million prize in the bag. She is easily the top choice. She's confident. She's a star in the making. And she's thirteen. I hope we hear a lot from her in the future beyond the show.

#2 - Jessica Espinoza
Mini-Pink. The reason I bumped her up from third was because if she can tap into that raw, real singing power, she can get farther than Jillian Jensen, who also has raw, real singing voice. Her back story is more endearing than Jillian's, and she brings that back story to the fore in her music. Additionally, I think her voice might be stronger than Jillian's, but she just  has to sing the right songs to tap into it.

#3 - Jillian Jensen
Raw Emotion. The night I saw Jillian Jensen she immediately became my favorite. Her ability to harness her pain and sing it out is her greatest strength. She also has a phenomenal, sexy, and raspy voice. But how long will she be able to keep up those highly-emotional performances? That question is why I bumped her down from number one. Additionally, after listening to Carly Rose Sonenclar the next night, and re-listening to Carly and comparing the two girls, Carly does seem to have the more powerful voice. But the older Jillian seems to have the more mature voice. It will be tough.

Honorable Mention: Diamond White
I wanted to make Diamond White my number four pick, but I am not so sure. She is a wild-card, so she is worth an honorable mention. Like Carly Rose Sonenclar, she is also 13. But the most powerful voice and better performer award goes to Carly.

Bottom Line: The 2012 X-Factor competition, I think, has the most formidable competition ever and the best singers among any reality contestant show. (I'll probably update this post within a few days.)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ron Paul: 'We never try to see through the eyes of those we seek to liberate'

From Congressman Paul's weekly column:
There is danger in the belief we can remake the world by bribing some countries and bombing others. But that is precisely what the interventionists – be they liberal or conservative – seem to believe. When the world does not conform to their image, they seem genuinely shocked. The secretary of state’s reaction to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was one of confusion. “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction,” she asked.

The problem is that we do not know and we cannot know enough about these societies we are seeking to remake. We never try to see through the eyes of those we seek to liberate. Libya is in utter chaos, the infrastructure has been bombed to rubble, the economy has ceased to exist, gangs and militias rule by brutal force, the government is seen as a completely illegitimate and powerless US puppet.  How could anyone be shocked that the Libyans do not see our bombing their country as saving it from destruction?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Walter Williams Explodes the Reasons to Tax the Rich, Again

In the face of our looming financial calamity, what are we debating about? It's not about the reduction or elimination of the immoral conduct that's delivered us to where we are. It's about how we pay for it — namely, taxing the rich, not realizing that even if Congress imposed a 100 percent tax on earnings higher than $250,000 per year, it would keep the government running for only 141 days.

Immoral Beyond Redemption || Walter Williams

OMG...Margaret Sanger Was So Racist

I heard about Margaret Sanger being a racist before, but these quotes (if real) are devastating.

Napolitano: 'Abortion is today the most frequently performed medical procedure in the United States'

What has gone unmentioned, however, in the cacophony of condemnation by Republicans and Democrats, is the implication in Akin’s comments that rape is not a moral justification for abortion. In that, he is correct: It is not.

Abortion takes the life of innocent human beings who are the most vulnerable in our society. Abortion is today the most frequently performed medical procedure in the United States. American physicians perform about two abortions every minute of every hour of every day: about 1 million a year since 1973.
Abortion and Rape || Judge Andrew Napolitano

The Return Of The Great Depression?

Christian Mensan Vox Day talks to Sean Hannity about his book The Return of the Great Depression.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Weekly Health Review, Vol. 14

Editor's Note: The Goins Report did not publish a Weekly Health Review since 8/21/12.

The Senior White House Correspondent for ABC News reports that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel holds that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act, which limits political activity to the President and Vice President.

The IRS Deputy Commissioner says that IRS agents won't be enforcing the 2010 health care law, CNBC news reports.

Democrats are committing a real war on women by forcing contraception coverage at the expense of medical care for older people on Medicare, AAPS columnist Dr. Elizabeth Vliet, MD, writes.

War on Women: 60,000 women died prematurely because of government-endorsed information, Vliet reminds readers.

Tea Party Patriots slammed the must-pass continuing resolution that will go up for vote this Thursday because it funds the 2010 health care law, once derisively called "Obamacare," The Hill reports.

Scientific Breakthrough: Australian scientists working under a government-funded science consortium implanted the "world's first" bionic eye that allows the patient to see images of varying size, Yahoo News reports.

Doesn't that stink? Swallowed batteries account for thousands of children's emergency room visits, Fox News reports. outlines 14 types of headaches and how to treat them.

Calm down, everyone! A conservative policy president says Romney's statement that there are parts of the 2010 health care law that he likes is no statement that he'd keep it in place, the National Review Online has the opinion piece.

And she also notes in another piece that what Governor Romney envisioned for Massachusett's was not what was eventually passed into law.

DNC Convention News

Clinton double counts on Medicare, an opinion piece in POLITICO argues.

POLITICO fact-checks Bill Clinton's speech. Does a similar breakdown of Paul Ryan's speech.

Conservatives says that the decrease in health care spending was already in motion before the 2010 health care reform law was passed, yours truly for Politic365 reports.

RNC Convention News

In his RNC acceptance speech, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney vows to repeal and replace the 2010 health care reform law, Kaiser Health News reports (with video).

And while they GOP claims they'll have a mandate to reshape Medicare if they win in November, POLITICO explores the question: A mandate for what?

Liar, Liar?: The Associate Press charged Paul Ryan with taking some factual shortcuts in his RNC VP acceptance speech, The Hill reports.

Mr. Obama, Are you Really Christian?' Syrian Man after Criticizing U.S. Foreign Policy

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Vox Day on Mitt Romney

What we learned from the convention is that Mitt Romney is a dictator who expects obedience and does not tolerate even the mere appearance of dissent. More ominously, he is also a rules lawyer who is more than willing to smash the spirit of the game while rewriting its rules any time it appears to suit his interests. From keeping important party figures such as Ron Paul and Sarah Palin off the podium to refusing to recognize the duly-elected delegates from Maine, from changing the party rules on the fly to indulging in a Soviet-style vote count in which only votes for Romney were reported, it is clear that Mitt Romney is even more inclined toward authoritarian rule than Barack Obama has ever shown himself to be.
Romney's Fair Warning || Vox Day

Friday, September 7, 2012

Jobless Wrap-Up for August

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics came out with its August job numbers.

Clinton: "This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment."

Here's a wrap-up of the best headlines (Kudos to the Drudge Report for some of these.):

The unemployment rate for August is 8.1 percent, Yahoo Finance reports.

A record 88.9 million Americans are not in the workforce, reports.

The real unemployment rate for June is 15 percent says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), yours truly reports for

Black unemployment remains at 14.1 percent, reports.

Low-wage job
s add the most jobs in the past year, Zerohedge reports. Jokes: Tomorrow's Pravda Today headline: "UNEMPLOYMENT RATE PLUNGES"

Confirmation: A study says that the majority of new jobs pay low wages, the New York Times reports.

Two charts show that President Obama is the worst among job creators, The Goins Report compiles the sources.

Related: Taxing Millionaires Won't Fix the Economy, CBS News reports. The rich aren't getting richer, reports--they're getting poorer. Marketwatch reports that college graduates are taking jobs that require no degree.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pentagon OK with selling US drones to 66 countries

You can't make this stuff up man. This is big business:
WASHINGTON -- As many as 66 countries would be eligible to buy U.S. drones under new Defense Department guidelines but Congress and the State Department, which have a final say, have not yet opened the spigots for exports, a senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday.
The 66 countries were listed in a Defense Department policy worked out last year to clear the way for wider overseas sales of unmanned aerial systems, as the Pentagon calls such drones, said Richard Genaille, deputy director of the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency. He did not name them.
Pentagon OK with selling US drones to 66 countries

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