AP: Syrian Rebels Seize Control Of Christian Village

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This latest attack on minority Syrian Christians is just more of what we can expect if we decide to release bombs in Syria.  If you have any doubt that al-Qaida linked rebels will delight in the slaughter of Christians and other minorities in Syria after we bomb for chemical agents then you haven’t looked at recent history to see what a mess we have left to the Taliban, al-Qaida and other Islāmic terrorists.  It is a mess they can manage, because unlike the United States government, they have a will to win and collateral damage is just a price of winning each battle until a total win is knitted together and the United States is just a bitter taste in those countries pock-marked by the bombs of the United States.

I certainly wish it could be otherwise, but the rest of the world and especially the radical Islamists, have seen our once proud resolve waste away when the going gets rough; not the resolve of our fighting men and women, but that of politicians, bureaucrats and a president habitually speaking of “facts,”  not existing … that would be verifiable facts.  We do not speak of the resolve to bomb.  Bombing is easy enough with or without the approval of Congress and/or the acquiescence of the American Citizen.

So, let us follow the first few paragraphs of the latest slaughter of Christians:


AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian rebels led by al-Qaida-linked fighters seized control of a predominantly Christian village northeast of Damascus, sweeping into the mountainside sanctuary in heavy fighting overnight and forcing hundreds of residents to flee, activists and locals said Sunday.

The battle over Maaloula, an ancient village that is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria, has thrown a spotlight on the deep-seated fears that many of Syria’s religious minorities harbor about the growing role of Islamic extremists on the rebel side in the civil war against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The prominence of al-Qaida-linked fighters has factored into the reluctance of Western powers to provide direct military support to the rebels. It has also figured in the debate underway in the U.S. Congress over whether to launch military strikes against Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack last month.

Finally, my ending remarks:  Where in the cloudy sky of economics will we get the bucks to pay for this adventure in Hades.

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Sick And Tired

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Mark Udall (D-CO) has put the IRS on notice in the past and now he is letting the United States Justice Department know that he does not agree with either agency about their contention they can grab private, constitutionally protected communications and other protected information sans a search warrant in their possession.

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Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, United States Department of Justice, at The City Project Environmental Justice Roundtable, February 25, 2010 (Photo credit: The City Project) THEY WANT YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS

The agencies are asserting their right allegedly granted to them from a court decision handed down when the moon was about the size of a dime.  Senator Udall and other congressional members are challenging the agencies, telling them they do not have such rights.  They promise to introduce legislation to stop the damnable practices and we say, it is far and away one of the most important moves they could attempt.

Just have a look at the article from Reason Magazine found by way of the link found just below:

 Mark Udall, et al: “Get A Warrant.”

Oh yes! I am sick and tired again and you should be too.

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We All Know What Government Does With the Money

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Give them some dough and they will go … to the closest government supermarket for spending it all … with or without benefit to citizens of this country.  The foregoing should be a “truth” known to all of us — given the experience of the distant past and the recent  past.  I don’t mean to bore you with facts, but I believe the argument over whether tax increases result in deficit reduction will continue to rage whichever supposition holds true in the constant.  The folks over at The Wall Street Journal/Opinion Journal seem to have it right, while the left certainly has it wrong (I believe.)  Let’s look at some of the reason according to Stephen Moore and Richard Vedder.  Those reasons beyond ordinary human nature to disregard caution and to throw dollars to the wind:

The draft recommendations of the president’s commission on deficit reduction call for closing popular tax deductions, higher gas taxes and other revenue raisers to drive tax collections up to 21% of GDP from the historical norm of about 18.5%. Another plan, proposed last week by commission member and former Congressional Budget Office director Alice Rivlin, would impose a 6.5% national sales tax on consumers.

The claim here, echoed by endless purveyors of conventional wisdom in Washington, is that these added revenues—potentially a half-trillion dollars a year—will be used to reduce the $8 trillion to $10 trillion deficits in the coming decade. If history is any guide, however, that won’t happen. Instead, Congress will simply spend the money.

Look, these fellows aren’t country-fried (not countrified, pun intended) uneducated yokels, and one of them, along with an associate, has been quite successful in proving what they say about raising taxes and a coinciding increase in spending to an amount over the raise in taxes.  And, they have consistently demonstrated the results over a period of years:

In the late 1980s, one of us, Richard Vedder, and Lowell Gallaway of Ohio University co-authored a often-cited research paper for the congressional Joint Economic Committee (known as the $1.58 study) that found that every new dollar of new taxes led to more than one dollar of new spending by Congress. Subsequent revisions of the study over the next decade found similar results.

We’ve updated the research. Using standard statistical analyses that introduce variables to control for business-cycle fluctuations, wars and inflation, we found that over the entire post World War II era through 2009 each dollar of new tax revenue was associated with $1.17 of new spending. Politicians spend the money as fast as it comes in—and a little bit more.

The rest of the story is more of the same and I believe you’ll get more out of it if you read the complete article for yourself.  Be sure to follow any links posted below and come back and post as you please.  Here is the link to the complete article  … CLICK

Is This A Packed Chamber Or Just A Chamber Pot Full Of Nonsense

By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Is anyone actually listening to the Senator as he delivers a most boring football story.  I know it is boring AND long because I made the mistake of listening as the story wound down to an egregious use of United States taxpayers time which amounts to a waste of our money.  Six more years of this man’s humdrum speech pattern may finish patience in the Senate gallery and finally tolerance among the American people.

Our thanks for the video shown below goes to Mediaite and our tongue-in-cheek apologies go to the unions and progressives who helped re-elect the man as we torture them with the sound of, not music, but extreme silliness mixed with enough selfish bull butter on the part of the Senator to gag a maggot:

One only has to look to the gavel wielder in charge at the end of the video to realize this is another cruel joke on the American Citizens.

 

Senator Rockefeller Makes Bull Butter

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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When a senator suggests the FCC shut down two Cable Network companies, he can be recognized as someone who needs a diaper change.  Such is the case with Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) after he advocated for the shutdown of Fox and MSNBC.  We can say that he is an equal opportunity eliminator and that he is perhaps ignorant of the constitutional aspects of free speech and ignorant of who and what the FCC regulates, as they do not regulate cable television.

FoxNews.com reports the Senator had a minor conniption fit during a Senate hearing and said the following in part:

“I’m tired of the right and the left,” West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller said Wednesday during a Senate hearing on retransmission consent. “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ “

“It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work here in Congress; and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and, more importantly, in their future,” said the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce , Science, and Transportation.

The following video is most telling because it captures the Senator’s cynical views andit seems to show one of  his aide’s surprise, as she glances furtively to a location off-camera and to the Senator’s left.  Here’s the video:

There’s more to read of the article if you click here and don’t forget to check the links found below.

Thanks and a flap of the cap to FoxNews.com

 

Whoppers And Fact Loppers

 

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Winding down to a final count, or at least all the last poll closings on the evening of November 2nd, we find lies and pruning of the truth from the tree of knowledge by both major parties.

Again FactCheck.org pays more than enough attention to put together two or more podcasts that call both Republicans and Democrats to task while managing to judge a few judges across the nation.

I have provided access for FactCheck’s information from a link set below:

FactCheck Link For Podcasts

The rest is up to you.  Just click on the links to which you are directed to listen to all the podcasts.

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Here’s something I have found while plinking around on the Inet.  I haven’t delved into it to try to determine if it is feasible, or even desirable, but the concept is interesting.  It looks simple and that is why our state and federal legislators will probably reject it out-of-hand.

Anyway, if  interested, you  can watch a webcast which will address the concept.  Click here for more information.

Here’s a short video to further explain the event:

 

 

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First Round To ObamaCare

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
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A Federal Judge in Michigan has ruled in favor of the administration’s health care act, AKA ObamaCare.  According to an article in the Detroit Free Press by David Ashenfelter and Patricia Anstett the judge:
… upheld key provisions of President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law.
In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Judge George Steeh refused to issue an injunction to halt preparations for putting federal health reforms into full effect in 2014, a law known as the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March. Steeh also dismissed the major points of the suit — requiring Americans to buy health insurance and penalizing those who don’t starting in 2014.
This judge is the first one to rule that the administration and congress did not overstep their constitutional authority in passing the legislation, as least to the points addressed in this particular lawsuit.  There are other suits waiting for their opposition to the ObamaCare challenges to wend their way to the  court or courts of jurisdiction:
Nation-wide, several dozen lawsuits have been filed to stop the reforms. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and 19 other state attorney generals brought one of the challenges, which is set for oral arguments in Florida Dec. 16, according to Cox spokeswoman Joy Yearout.
The attorney generals’ suit argues that the federal government can’t force people to buy a product merely because they are U.S. citizens. But federal attorneys say Congress can regulate interstate commerce and has imposed laws for more than 200 years requiring men to buy muskets and ammunition, for example.
No doubt, the last decisions in all the cases will be a long-time coming and will outlive some of the folks who might otherwise fall under the requirements of ObamaCare.  You can read the rest of the story at this link.  Don’t forget to read the other provided links at the bottom of the page.

Important Military/Veteran Benefits Set To Expire On 10/21/10

POSTED AS A SERVICE TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES BY GADABOUT-BLOGALOT

We received an email from United States Senator Tom Udall involving a military benefit that is on the verge of expiring  (no doubt others received the same email.)  Senator Udall asked for help in publicizing this benefit and we are pleased to do so.  We thank Senator Udall for pointing to the danger of some military members and veterans missing out on this benefit.

The information from Senator Udall’s office and blog is found below.  We ask that readers do what they can to get the word out on this important information.  Please feel free to blog  the information, Tweet the information or place it on Facebook.

Get Out the Word on Service Member Benefits

Dear Chuck,

I need your help to get out the word about important benefits for our veterans and service members.

In 2009, Congress made compensation available to service members of every military branch whose enlistment was involuntarily extended or retirement involuntarily suspended to support our ongoing war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Stop Loss” is a policy our military uses to quickly retain and generate forces in a time of need.

Members of our military whose service was involuntarily extended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are entitled to this special, retroactive “Stop Loss” compensation. However, the deadline to claim this benefit is Oct. 21, so they must act quickly to apply.

‘Stop Loss’ Pay Deadline is Oct. 21

If you served in the military between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 and your service was involuntarily extended, or your retirement was suspended due to “Stop Loss,” you are eligible for special compensation.

This is not a gimmick or a scam. It’s a real opportunity for our troops who have sacrificed so much. You can find out more about the program on the Defense Department’s website here.

Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military branch who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended due to “Stop Loss,” a policy utilized during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. Eligible Service members will receive $500 for every month they were on active duty after their discharge date.

58,000 claims have already been paid out, with the average benefit being $3,800, and the Department of Defense estimates that more than 145,000 personnel are eligible.

I encourage the servicemen and women whose service was extended by ‘Stop Loss’ to apply for retroactive pay benefits now. Our Active Duty, Reserve and Guard troops have shown great dedication by continuing to defend America during its time of need and they have earned this compensation.

If you think you might be eligible, you should contact your branch of the armed services here:

Army

Marine Corps

Navy

Air Force

And if you’re having trouble with an application, contact my office and a member of my staff will do their best to help.

Cheers!

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