Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday Links

Here are some items in the news, including a few things happening in the aftermath of last night's announcement that Ferguson, MO policeman Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown.  I know that the Al Sharptons of the world may not agree, but even police officers have a right to self defense.

From Reuters, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has ordered more National Guard troops into Ferguson.

Western Journalism has 17 pictures from last night's riots.

The Daily Signal has 33 pictures from the riots.

From Breitbart TV, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) says that the young people in Ferguson "have the direction of this country in their hands".  In fairness, she does encourage nonviolence.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch calls the violence from last night "much worse" than what happened in August.  (via Gateway Pundit)

From Fox News, some people in the media are "issuing mea culpas" regarding their coverage of Bill Cosby over the years.

From The Daily Caller, under Obamacare, bigger employers can offer skimpier health plans.

From NoTricksZone, the European Climate Institute reports that European winters have been getting cooler since 1988.

From UPI, the Supreme Court has agreed to review EPA regulations on mercury.

From Wired, the early computer named ENIAC has been put on display,  The article's title calls ENIAC "the world's first computer", but some commenters dispute that claim.

From the New York Post, Yemeni troops kill al Qaeda kidnappers and free their hostages.

From DNAinfo, a couple living near Chicago's Midway Airport has filed a lawsuit against an airline whose plane crashed into their home.

From KXII, a policeman in Healdton, OK saves a man who had fallen into a creek.

And from Reuters Africa, 50 years after the Olympics in Innsbruck, an American skating pair is awarded the bronze medal.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chuck Hagel Announces Resignation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that he will resign from his position, staying on until his replacement is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.  Hagel is the only Republican in President Obama's cabinet, and served as an Army sergeant in Viet Nam.

Hagel's resignation, coming after his president's party lost in the midterm elections during the president's sixth year in office, has a recent parallel in the 2006 ouster of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield from the cabinet of President George W. Bush, after the GOP lost badly in that year's midterms.

Read more at The New York Times, Yahoo News, NBC News, The Washington Post and AOL News.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Like It Or Not, SNL Picks On Obama

In a show-opening skit, Saturday Night Live pokes fun at the guy in the White House by spoofing the Schoolhouse Rock song I'm Just A Bill (and giving Bill a new rival).  This comes via Twichy, who note that some people on the left don't appreciate this offering from SNL, perhaps conveniently forgetting that the show has been picking on presidents ever since the days of Gerald Ford.

UPDATE:  NBC has blocked the YouTube video on copyright grounds, but another version from NBC themselves has appeared on HotAir, who discuss an attempt by The Washington Post to fact-check the video.  As Ed Morrisey points out, the Post never tried to fact-check Tina Fey's portrayal of Sarah Palin saying that she could see Russia from her house, or evaluate whether the Blue Öyster Cult song Don't Fear The Reaper really needed more cowbell.  Thus, I've removed the YouTube video and replaced it with the one found at HotAir.  You'll have to wait through a 30-second ad before the SNL skit is played.

Marion Barry Jr., 1936-2014

Former Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry died early this morning, shortly after being released from Howard University Hospital.  No cause of death has been publicly stated, but he had previously suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2009.  Besides serving four terms as mayor, Barry had also been a member of the city council for 15 years, including the period from 2005 until his death.  He was also known for smoking crack cocaine during an FBI sting, which landed him in federal prison.

Marion Barry Jr. was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi on March 6, 1936 to Mattie Carr and Marion Barry Sr., a sharecropper.  During his boyhood, he delivered papers and became an Eagle Scout.  He graduated from LeMoyne College with a degree in chemistry and received a master's degree from Fisk University.  He was involved in NAACP chapters at both schools, helping to found the chapter at Fisk.  He came to Washington to be the director of the SNCC's Washington office, a position from which he would eventually resign.  In 1977, he was shot by Hanafi Muslims during the siege of the District Building, suffering a superficial wound.

Barry was married four times and divorced three times, and was separated from his fourth wife.  He also had some extra-marital affairs.  His only direct survivor is his son, Marion Christopher Barry.

Read more at The Washington Post, Fox News, CBC News and WUSA.

Friday, November 21, 2014

30,000 Missing IRS Emails Recovered

(H/T The Right Scoop)

It seems that the proverbial homework-eating dog that devoured a large number of emails at the IRS has allowed his stomach to be pumped.  From the Washington Examiner:
Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
Read the full story.

Bigfoot's Immigration Reform Plan

Last night, during his speech on immigration, President Obama told the GOP to "pass a bill".  In principle, I agree.  Congress, not the president, has the power of enacting law.  Therefore, when the new Congress is seated this coming January, here's what I would like to see in a bill to reform our "broken" immigration system:

1) First and foremost is border security.  The border must be secured to the satisfaction of the citizens of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.  To that end, any money previously allocated for border fence construction must be actually used for that purpose.  The Border Patrol and any other federal or state agencies used to protect the border should be given the resources needed carry out this function.

2) The states must be allowed, without federal interference, to enact legislation that improves the ability of state and local law enforcement officers to ascertain the citizenship and immigration status of anyone they arrest.  Federal and state law enforcement officers should strive to work together, not against each other, to identify those who are illegally present in the United States.

3) The ability of illegal aliens who trespass on private property owned by American citizens or legal immigrants to sue property owners who act to defend their property should be greatly curtailed.  Illegal aliens caught trespassing should have the right to sue the property owner(s) or those acting on his/her/their behalf only if the alien(s) suffer(s) harm that is physical (which would include unlawful detention, but not emotional stress), deliberate, and in a degree above the amount necessary to defend the property.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Few Amnesty Links

Tonight at 8:00 p.m., President Obama is expected to deliver his planned executive actions on immigration, which have been called an "executive amnesty", or as I call it, shoving his middle finger into the face of all who have legally immigrated to the United States, past and present.  Some stories and opinion pieces running ahead of his address:

The Washington Post reports that Obama's actions "will shield 4 million from deportation".  (via Don't be a Moron!)

Via Pat Dollard, on their YouTube channel, the GOP uses Obama to criticize Obama.

The Daily Caller has done some number crunching.  According to them:
President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation’s legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009.
In National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy argues that the amnesty is not justified by the concept of "prosecutorial discretion".

In The Federalist, Gabriel Malor takes on the leftwing claim that President Reagan also offered amnesty by executive order.

And from Politico, the White House is "exasperated" that the major TV networks are not broadcasting his address.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Virginia Tech Denies Funding For Bay Buchanan Speech

The Student Budget Board at my alma mater doesn't seem to like having conservative speakers on campus.  From Fox News:
A conservative group at Virginia Tech is fighting back after a student-run group pulled its funding following a speech on illegal immigration by former Treasury Secretary Bay Buchanan.
Young Americans for Freedom, which co-sponsored the speech by the conservative pundit and sister of former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan with the school's College Republicans, is appealing a decision made by the university’s Student Budget Board. The board denied the group funding for an already-scheduled speech by (former GOP presidential candidate) Herman Cain, as well as all other aid for the rest of the year.
One of the groups sponsoring the speech changed the flyer publicizing it, due to complaints from the Latino Association of Student Organization.  Read the full story.

What Do "Climate Alarmists" Want?

We've all heard the warnings that unless humans decrease our production of CO2, especially from the consumption of fossil fuels, the atmosphere's greenhouse effect will be increased, bringing on disastrous results.  But do the people who tell us these things really believe what they're saying?  I'm sure than many do, but to others, whether they're scientifically correct is not the point.  Their real concerns are not environmental.  This is pointed out in an article in Forbes.  Although published in February 2013, I'd say that it's still relevant.

The Forbes article sets forth statements by people they call "climate alarmists".  Here's an excerpt containing two examples, from known world leaders.
In 1996, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev emphasized the importance of using climate alarmism to advance socialist Marxist objectives: “The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order.”
Speaking at the 2000 U.N. Conference on Climate Change in the Hague, former President Jacques Chirac of France explained why the IPCC’s climate initiative supported a key Western European Kyoto Protocol objective: “For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance, one that should find a place within the World Environmental Organization which France and the European Union would like to see established.”
The italics are used in the Forbes article to indicate quoted material, and are thus reproduced here.  Notice the goals of Gorbachev and Chirac - "the New World Order" and "global governance".  Advancing the concern about alleged man-made global warming is not an end in itself but a means to achieve these other goals.

Read the full article.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Reverend Al Faces Tax Trouble

Via The Week:

Reverend Al Sharpton, often hailed as a civil rights hero, but also notorious for the Tawana Brawley hoax, is in serious trouble with federal and state taxing authorities, both personally and with respect to a company that he owns, Raw Talent and Revals Communications.  These tax liens total about $4.5 million.

A question for our friends on the left:  Does your belief that people should pay their "fair share" when it comes to taxes include those owed by Rev. Sharpton?

Read the story at The New York Times.