So after ten years and, what, 2,200 dead US Soldiers and oh a trillion dollars or so pissed away here’s what our Nation Building efforts have yielded
Twelve years after the Taliban was ousted from power Afghanistan is planning to reintroduce public stoning as punishment for adultery, according to a new draft penal code.
The move has shocked human rights campaigners and will dismay donors who have poured billions of pounds into the country for reconstruction.
It will be viewed as another backwards step at the end of a year that has seen women’s rights undermined, with a slew of legislation and murders of prominent women.
Human Rights Watch called for international donors to withhold funding if the government went ahead with the plan.
… The draft – devised by a working group led by the Justice Ministry and parts of which have been obtained by The Telegraph – states that unmarried adulterers should be subject to 100 lashes. If they are married, the punishment is stoning in a public place.
You know, quite coincidently I just so happen to have a plan too.
It calls for reacquanting any nation that treats women like it’s the 12th Century with the Enola Gay.
…The Washington Free Beacon reports that in 2008, Reid denounced Republican consideration of the “nuclear option” and vowed that he would never use it:
“As long as I am the Leader, the answer’s no,” he said. “I think we should just forget that. That is a black chapter in the history of the Senate. I hope we never, ever get to that again because I really do believe it will ruin our country.”
Then again, Zombie pederasts are not exactly known for their brain power.
Funny that one has not heard a lot about this in the local media
When Sandy swept across the Jersey shore in October 2012, the coastal town of Ocean Grove was spared the worst. Sure, half the town’s boardwalk was destroyed and its pier was swept out to sea. And yes, sand, trees, and concrete benches were carried two blocks inland, while entire buildings were picked up and moved across town. But Ocean Grove’s crown jewel, an ornate and beautiful 6,250-seat auditorium, built in 1894, survived. It only had a third of its roof torn off. The auditorium’s foundation was intact and, most important, its 11,561-pipe organ was unscathed by the wind and rain.
So despite everything, the residents of Ocean Grove counted themselves lucky. That is, until they had to deal with the federal government. Ocean Grove has been denied rebuilding funds from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In one sense, this denial is part of the Obama administration’s quiet campaign against religion in the public square. Yet the story of FEMA’s conflict with Ocean Grove is about more than just Barack Obama. It’s the story of modern America’s rebellion against its religious foundations, rendered in miniature.
The article gives a very good background on how things got to where they are now and is worth a read in full.
The irony is of course that the folks there are very kind and understanding people.
Oh hey, look what we found lying around here in a box
The State Department has belatedly released dozens of photos of the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi after The Washington Times inquired about the authenticity of photographs it received from a Welsh security contractor assigned to the doomed American outpost in eastern Libya.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, had requested all photos and videos of the besieged diplomatic mission under the Freedom of Information Act in December and February, and the State Department released only seven photographs in June.
But this week, after weeks of inquiries by The Times about photos it received, the State Department released a trove of photographs showing buildings and vehicles ablaze during the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Other photos show ransacked offices, burned-out cars and Arabic graffiti scrawled on walls.
The State Department said it had forwarded the photographs to the FBI for its investigation into the attack and submitted them to the accountability review board, the independent panel that conducted the State Department’s mandatory probe of the Benghazi incident and events leading up to it. The department also shared the photographs with members of Congress looking into the Obama administration’s response to the attack.
Judicial Watch was incredulous over the sudden release of never-before-published photographs and criticized the State Department for withholding requested videos of the attack and its aftermath.
“The new photos reveal a level of total devastation thoroughly belying Obama’s original cover story that the carnage was perpetrated by a bunch of random malcontents upset over an unpleasant video,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Wednesday on the group’s website. “The fact that we’ve had to wait nearly a year and file a federal lawsuit for basic documentary material of the attack shows that this administration is still in cover-up mode. And now the Obama administration brings the Benghazi stonewall to a whole new level by withholding video of the attack using frivolous arguments such as ‘privacy.’”
It worked for Hillary at the Rose Law firm, so why shouldn’t she do it at State?
And now she hopes it will conveniently get glossed over in the midst of the Obamacare disaster.
…JUDY WOODRUFF: We know that the bureau has had some high-profile controversies in recent years, most notably Fast and Furious, this exercise where ATF agents, in effect, were standing by while drug cartels were taking — trafficking in guns and moving them across the border.
The cigarette smuggling ring, we mentioned, other problems. How confident are you that this kind of thing is now a part of the past of the bureau and not the future?
B. TODD JONES: Again, I have been a trial lawyer most of my life and a prosecutor, and I have learned never say never, because we operate in a business that is chockful of risk.
But what I do have a high level of confidence, given some of the fixes that we put in, the leadership team we have in place, and our institutionalization of really the core flaws as to what happened on the southwest border, I have a higher level of confidence now 24 months on the job than I did when I came to this organization for the first time in September of 2011.
We have done a fair amount of work to make sure that cases are monitored, that there’s appropriate leadership involved in decision-making, and that the communications between what’s happening out in the field and what the knowledge of headquarters here in Washington, D.C., knows is much, much better than it was when I arrived here.
Yeah, okay. THAT’S ALL there was TO it ~ couple o’ guns went that-a-way ~ and I have no frickin’ idea what HE said.
Two months before enrollment began in the Obamacare exchanges, the administration’s top health care official heaped praise on WebMD for launching an online resource to help Americans navigate the complex law.
The consumer health care site had the occasional nice thing to say about Obamacare, too. In one article, it predicted doctors might pick up more patients and crowed in an article titled “7 Surprising Things About the Affordable Care Act” that many consumers already had received insurance refunds under the law.
But what neither Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius nor WebMD mentioned at the time was that the company, which millions of Americans regularly read for health news, also stood to earn millions of dollars from a federal contract to teach doctors about Obamacare.
Everybody’s lining up at the Government trough: these websites, the idiots trying to build websites, the insurance companies that are happy the government is forcing people who would not normally buy insurance to buy it.
My goodness, there will be no love for the Associated Press when the Administration goes through this story
The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push
November 12, 2013 7:18 AM ET
By By DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO
CORYDON, Iowa (AP) – The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.
Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”
But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.
As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.
Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished on Obama’s watch.
Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil.
All of these subsidies and mandates (and a hell of a lot else, frankly) need to be eliminated and stripped out of that ungodly abomination that the the Farm Bill.
The corrupt alliance between the hyper-regulatory state and agribusiness must be pared back.
I’ve NEVER met ANYBODY like the Salvation Army in a major disaster zone and I’ve been in THREE. They’re the first in, the last to leave and they work their asses off 24/7 to help EVERY SINGLE SOUL IN NEED, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, orange, green, purple, gay, bi, straight or zombie. They want YOU taken care of as best they can and they do it.
UPDATE: While I can get online, let me first thanks Bingster for posting this, but please, please let me add my fervent appeal for your donations to go to the Salvation Army. We have unfortunately gotten to see all the aid agencies in action. The Salvation Army has impressed us tremendously with their selflessness and dedication to people’s immediate needs and their continuing ones. They were literally a Godsend after Ivan and stuck around through thick and thin for months afterwards. For everybody. Feeding people, clothing them, sheltering them, holding hands, getting answers. If you need it, they’re there if there’s anyway on earth possible for them to be.
Not to mention the fact, they have the infrastructure, knowledge and well-oiled disaster relief machines to do it. With the ADDED BONUS that EVERY DOLLAR YOU SEND FOR THAT DISASTER GOES to RELIEF IN THAT DISASTER. Not like the predatious Red Cross (and other “relief organizations”), who reserve the right to use those dollars where “they see the need”, like headquarters, salaries and jaunts.
Oh, I am HOT.
ths update: Wow. She actually paid attention to my tweets in reply defending the Salvation Army. And learned something. How really nice. (And I MEAN that in the NICEST way possible.)
@treehuggingsis I appreciate u informing me of this. I deleted the tweet, though greater message was simply 2 give back. I hope every1 does.
I’m sorry if you suckers believed me when I said you could keep those crappy plans that you supposedly in your ignorance claimed you liked. Well, I’m really only sorry actually that people recorded me saying that ‘promise’ so many times.
So I’m listening this morning to the radio as they’re talking about this gunman at the Mall up in Bergen County. It was the first I had heard of it as I spent last night reading about Charlemagne on my Kindle.
Well I was sipping some bourbon too I guess.
Anyhow, they had live coverage from the Mall and the Bergen County Prosecutor was giving a press conference as they had just found this kid’s body about an hour before (this was 4:30ish this morning) and he was asked about the gun. He said it was a “large caliber” weapon that had been legally modified to look like an AK-47, it was “not a handgun, it was a large caliber rifle.” He said this several times, which of course got the assembled Press very a twitter.
And then a few minutes later he said he believed the gun was “a .22 caliber.”
These are our Leaders.
Oh, and of course the Press asked if he played video games.
Hillary was wrong: it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes voltage
A Connecticut couple was arrested for punishing a 9-year-old girl by strapping an electric dog collar around the child’s throat and forcing her to bark until she was zapped.
Eduardo Montanez, 43, placed the PetSafe bark collar on the little girl inside their Danbury home last week, after she came home from school with a disappointing progress report, police said.
Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
…Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
Really, I for one have complete faith in the government that any device they place on my car to track the number of miles I drive for taxing purposes will be strictly used for that and nothing else
WASHINGTON — As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.
The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.
The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.
How could anyone possibly think the government might abuse or misuse this data?
I am sure that if this new taxing scheme goes through than of course they will eliminate all the gasoline taxes, right?
A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.
Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.
“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”
Lovely new proposed cover that looks JUST LIKE THE WM COVER…is on the right.
Does the MAN have NOTHING BETTER to DO?!
ths update: So here’s another take on it. Supposedly the manufacturer of our SUPER FUGLY WM cover went out of business and that’s what started all this. And Obama ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY had NUFFINK to do with any of it.
The Story About Obama Wanting Marines To Wear ‘Girly’ Hats Is Total B.S.
…But just to make sure, I called Headquarters Marine Corps and a spokesperson confirmed that the process for making changes to Marine uniforms hasn’t changed since I last left the service in 2010.
…”The President in no way, shape, or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover,” said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a spokesperson for the Marine Corps. “We’re looking for a new cover for our female Marines for the primary reason that the former manufacturer went out of business. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.”
Streets Shut Down As Protesters Gather Outside Detroit Bankruptcy Trial
Protesters have gathered outside of the federal courthouse in Detroit, where a judge will determine if the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history really can go forward.
Police were forced to close streets and erect barricades as the crowd of protesters grew larger, many of whom are retirees in wheelchairs or using walkers. Most are concerned about their quality of life if they lose their pension and health care as a causality of the city’s bankruptcy.
Don’t worry. I’m sure YOUR President Saviour will glide in on his magical unicorn any minute now, even though your political expediency has passed.