By Alan Farnham
Should Saudi Arabia fear North Dakota? A member of the Saudi royal family says yes.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, founder of Kingdom Holding and a multi-billionaire investor in News Corp, Time Warner and Citigroup, among other companies, has told Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi that the desert kingdom is making a mistake not to worry about burgeoning U.S. oil and gas production.
In a letter published on Twitter, the prince calls rising American shale gas production “an inevitable threat.” Saudi Arabia, he warns, “is almost entirely dependent on oil, and this reality is becoming a source of concern for all.”
Read the Rest @ Should Saudi Arabia Fear North Dakota? One Man Says Yes – Yahoo! News.
By Patricia Zengerle and Alina Selyukh
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New revelations from former security contractor Edward Snowden that U.S. intelligence agencies have access to a vast online tracking tool came to light on Wednesday, as lawmakers put the secret surveillance programs under greater scrutiny.
The Guardian, citing documents from Snowden, published National Security Agency training materials for the XKeyscore program, which the British newspaper described as the NSA’s widest-reaching system that covers “nearly everything a typical user does on the Internet.”
Intelligence analysts can conduct surveillance through XKeyscore by filling in an on-screen form giving only a “broad justification” for the search and no review by a court or NSA staff, the newspaper said.
Read the Rest @ New Snowden leak upstages U.S. move to declassify documents – Yahoo! News.
By Matt Dixon
Gov. Rick Scott is none-too-pleased with comments made by Jesse Jackson during his visit with Capitol protesters Tuesday. Among other things, Jackson said Florida has a “toxic” environment after the George Zimmerman verdict, and called Florida “the Selma of our time.”
… Here’s the release
Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement in response to remarks from Jesse Jackson who yesterday called Florida “the Selma of our time.” Jackson has also referred to Florida as the “Apartheid State.”
Governor Rick Scott said, “Jesse Jackson owes every Floridian an apology for his reckless and divisive comments. It is unfortunate that he would come to Florida to insult Floridians and divide our state at a time when we are striving for unity and healing. Floridians are a strong, resilient people. We are fortunate to live in a great state where all Floridians enjoy opportunities to get a great job and a world-class education.”
Read the Rest @ Rick Scott wants Jesse Jackson to apologize | jacksonville.com.
By Joe Newby
“Take your jobs plan and shove it,” said an editorial aimed directly at Obama.
The Free Press editorial board said Chattanooga, Tenn., is “one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit.”
And the editorial goes downhill from there, laying the blame directly at Obama’s feet.
“You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself,” the editorial added.
The editorial said that Obama’s previous plans have “included a ridiculous government spending spree and punitive tax increase on job creators that were passed, as well as a minimum wage increase that, thankfully, was not.”
Read the Rest @ Chattanooga paper to Obama: ‘Take your jobs plan and shove it’ – National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com.
Wall Street Journal
President Obama has found a new example for the pending wonders of his health-care reform—New York. In his latest sales pitch last week, he declared that insurance rates in New York’s ObamaCare exchange “will be at least 50% lower next year than they are today. Think about that: 50% lower.”
Thinking is good, which is why you may have guessed that there’s more to this story than a 50% discount. The real news is that New York ruined its individual insurance market two decades ago by imposing the same regulations that ObamaCare is about to impose on every other state. If the Empire State’s premiums do now fall, it will be because the Affordable Care Act partially deregulates New York insurance.
The culprit behind New York’s long-standing insurance woes is a regulation known as “community rating” that hides in higher premiums the income transfers from one group to another. Insurance works best when people pay rates that are tied to their expected health risks over time. But a few states limit how much premiums can vary from person to person.
Read the Rest @ Review & Outlook: Obama’s New York Model – WSJ.com.
By Jeffrey Lord
“We had rabbits when we needed tigers.” — Ronald Reagan writing in his diary of congressional Republicans
Well. There they go again. The GOP Establishment is terrified at the idea of defunding Obamacare. Except, of course, that the opposition within the GOP Establishment and among some conservative pundits to defunding Obamacare — as Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio propose — has nothing whatsoever to do with Obamacare. Zero.
As Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher would both recognize instantly. Leading to the obvious. The problem within the GOP is just as Reagan described decades ago: too many rabbits, not enough tigers.
First: Reagan and Thatcher. We’ll get to the critics after that.
By Carla Miles
The chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service is one of only two Obama political appointees in the entire agency, and news emerging from congressional hearings yesterday is that IRS employees were ordered to send Tea Party tax-exemption applications to that office.
Media reports say that lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee are looking to take the investigation in that direction next. And Fox news quotes Utah’s Jason Chaffetz on Friday:
“We’ve got to untangle the lies and misdirection that came out of the White House. I really take issue in how the White House has tried to blame this on two rogue agents … and it just never was the case.”
Peggy Noonan offered a recap of events in her column at the WSJ. She credits one representative, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, for waking everyone up with what he called “the evolution of defense” on the scandal.
Read the Rest @ PIRS bombshell: tea party applications ordered sent to Obama-appointee’s office
Related Article @ Noonan: A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal
Very few Americans are probably aware of the recent court case described below. It involves an African American being found innocent of manslaughter after shooting a white teenager twice in self defense. The news media feels no reason to even include the race of the people involved in its coverage, and no one is out demonstrating in the streets…
By Mike Hedeen
Not guilty: The verdict in the manslaughter trial of Roderick Scott. After more than 19 hours of deliberations over two days, a jury acquitted the Greece man in the shooting death of Christopher Cervini, 17, last April.
“I just want to say thank you to the people who believed in me, who stood by me,” Scott said following the verdict. “I still have my regrets for the Cervini family; it’s still an unfortunate situation for them. I am happy that at least this chapter is over.”
… Scott says the last seven months have been difficult for him and his family. If he could go back to the events in the early morning hours of April 4, there are things he says he would do differently.
“If it meant a person not losing their life, absolutely,” he said. “Would I still have tried to stop what was going on? That I would have done. But if I knew ahead of time that I could do something to help somebody from losing their life, I don’t want anyone to lose their life.”
Scott says the first thing he was going to do was go home and get a good night sleep. When asked if he’ll continue living in his current home, which is just one street away from the Cervini’s, he said “for the time being.”
Read the Rest @ Jury Finds Roderick Scott Not Guilty – Rochester.
By Matt Vespa
As members of America’s news media fail to recognize that Detroit went bankrupt due to decades of Democratic Party rule, they’ll probably execute the same protocol when they cover Illinois’ pension fiasco, which happens to be the worst in the country.
In fact, it’s so bad that the Illinois Comptroller has told legislators that they won’t be paid until this matter is resolved. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has also nixed his own pay until the issue is addressed. It seems that all is not well in President Obama’s home state, which is probably why the media isn’t giving it the proper attention.
Read the Rest @ Illinois Comptroller Can’t Pay Legislators Due To Pension Crisis, When Will Media Report? | NewsBusters.
By Dan Mangan
… In New York, a family of three whose annual income totals $78,120, would pay $12,784 for the second-lower-priced silver plan on that state’s insurance exchange. After getting a $5,363 tax credit, the family’s net cost for the insurance would be $7,421.
But if the family earned even slightly more than $78,120, they would have to pay the entire $12,784 for the insurance because they then wouldn’t qualify for the subsidy.
To make up for that, the family’s annual income would have to reach $83,483, Wu said.
Read the Rest @ Look out below! Work more, get less in Obamacare.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
Charlotte’s revulsion over Huma Abedin’s calculated “stand by your man” routine is surely right. Still, it is amazing, as we speculate about Ms. Abedin’s political future, that the elephant in the room goes unnoticed, or at least studiously unmentioned.
Sorry to interrupt the Best Enabler of a Sociopath Award ceremony but, to recap, Ms. Abedin worked for many years at a journal that promotes Islamic-supremacist ideology that was founded by a top al-Qaeda financier, Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef ran the Rabita Trust, a formally designated foreign terrorist organization under American law. Ms. Abedin and Naseef overlapped at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA) for at least seven years. Throughout that time (1996–2003), Ms. Abdein worked for Hillary Clinton in various capacities.
Ms. Abedin’s late father, Dr. Zyed Abedin, was recruited by Naseef to run the JMMA in Saudi Arabia. The journal was operated under the management of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, a virulently anti-Semitic and sharia-supremacist organization. When Dr. Abedin died, editorial control of the journal passed to his wife, Dr. Saleha Mahmood Abedin — Huma’s mother.
Welfare: SNAP, the U.S. food stamp program, has become a conduit for redistributing wealth and fundamentally transforming America, as welfare recipients now send food overseas and the White House markets to illegals.
While the administration laments the distraction of “phony” scandals like Benghazi and Fast and Furious that leave real Americans dead, it trots out phony statistics about how well the economy is doing.
“And what is absolutely true is that we have come a long way since the depths of the Great Recession,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at a recent press briefing. “We’ve created over 7.2 million private-sector jobs.” How many of those jobs are part-time is one of the many things Carney left out.
Since February 2009, the first full month of Obama’s presidency, 9.5 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force. Nearly 90 million working-age Americans are not working today. Doing the math, 1.3 Americans have dropped out of the labor force for every job the administration claims to have created.
At the end of January 2009, 32.2 million Americans received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aid. As of April 2013, there were 47.5 million Americans on food stamps. Using the White House’s job growth number, the 15 million increase in recipients means more than two people went on food stamps for each job the administration says it has created.
Read the rest @ Obama Has Added Two Food-Stamp Recipients For Each Job Created – Investors.com.
By Jack Dolan
Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power has paid thousands of employees a total of $35.5 million since 2010 in extra sick days under an unusual program that the utility’s top executive acknowledges has been vulnerable to abuse. DWP employees benefit from a 32-year-old policy that allows them to take paid days off well beyond the agency’s 10-day-a-year cap on sick days. Last year, 10% of the department’s roughly 10,000 employees took at least 10 extra days off, the data show. More than 220 took an extra 20 working days off, or about a month, according to a Times examination of data obtained under the California Public Records Act.
In fact, records and interviews show, there is no limit to the paid time off DWP employees can take when they say they’re sick, and requirements to provide medical proof of their illness have been loosely enforced… DWP officials, noting that they were not around when the sick pay policy was adopted in 1981, said they could not find a written rationale for the unlimited extra days. Since 2010, workers have taken 103,802 extra sick days, the equivalent of 415 years.
via DWP’s unlimited sick pay policy costs millions – latimes.com.
Amazing!!! Airing a miniseries on a candidate during an election campaign will cement NBC as the most biased liberal network of the big three. How can this even be considered ethical? Will they give equal star treatment to the other candidates? This is insane! If the airing of this series is confirmed, I suggest it becomes a great time to boycott the beginning of state led propaganda television. Is this the United States or North Korea?
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Hillary Rodham Clinton miniseries timed to precede the 2016 presidential election is part of NBC’s effort to create “event” programming that will draw viewers to the shrinking world of broadcast network TV, NBC’s programming chief said Saturday. “We need to be in the event business. I think you’re going to hear that from every broadcast network,” said Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman.