Hump-Day Link-Around

As Obama’s Debt Commission releases plans to reduce the debt,  the Dem wild spending spree continues apace.

The Daily Caller: Final debt commission vote anti-climactic, as three plans released already lay out way forward

President Obama’s deficit commission must appear on the national stage Wednesday and announce something: it may be a proposal approved by a majority of its 18 members, but most money is on an irresolvable split that makes a final product impossible.

So while there will be some drama this week around the outcome of the panel’s deliberations – the commission won’t vote on the report until Friday – it will be in many ways anticlimactic. The real groundwork for what is to come in the months ahead – the hard work of actually making choices when spending cuts and deficit reduction become a necessity – has already been laid by the commission in the past few weeks.

RCP: Rep. Ryan: Have To Deal With Health Care To “Preempt Debt Crisis”:

Congress is poised to give President Barack Obama — along with his wife, Michelle — a congressional victory as the House takes up legislation to push greasy foods off the school lunch line and sugary drinks out of vending machines.

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Vending machines could be stocked with less candy and fewer high-calorie drinks.

“Less” and “fewer”? How about getting rid of them altogether?

How about getting rid of the “extras” like potato chips and ice cream I have to ban my kids from getting? Because those are the things that cause childhood obesity. Those are the things that shouldn’t be in schools. The school lunches, themselves are fine. I don’t understand why it costs 4.5 billion make food healthier, and get rid of crap. This is an expansion of  the free lunch program, period.

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Tuesday, Congress passed Pigford II, which pays American Indians and black farmers $4.6 billion: Video:Steve King Says NO To Reparations.

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Michelle Malkin reports on more nanny state action: Senate passes new food police bill: Roll call vote 73-25; Senator Bennet: “It’s all rigged”

UPDATE:

Weasel Zippers: FAIL: House May Block Food Safety Bill Because Senate Dems Included Tax Provisions Which According to Constitutional Provisions Must Originate in House…

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and The Littlest Victims of Obamacare:

It’s time for America’s youth to buckle up and take a rough ride on Reality Highway. For the past two years, President Obama has promised our children the moon, stars, rainbows, unicorns and universal health care for all. But the White House Santa’s cradle-to-grave entitlement mandates are a spectacularly predictable bust.

Don’t take it from me. Take it from Obamacare’s own biggest cheerleaders.

Late last month, the Service Employees International Union informed dues-paying members of its behemoth 1199 affiliate in New York that it was dropping its health care coverage for children. That’s right. A radical leftist union, not an evil Republican corporation, is abandoning the young ‘uns to cut costs.

More than 30,000 low-wage families will be affected, according to The Wall Street Journal. Who’s to blame? SEIU 1199 benefits manager Mitra Behroozi singled out oppressive new state and federal regulations, including the much-ballyhooed Obamacare rule forcing insurers to cover dependents well into their 20s:

“…(N)ew federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26,” Behroozi explained in an Oct. 22 letter to members. “Our limited resources are already stretched as far as possible, and meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”

Don’t tell me that  the very union that pumped millions of dollars into Obama’s campaign for President, and millions more into the campaign for Obamacare,  busted heads at town halls, and accused ObamaCare opponents of “scaremongering” when they predicted this kind of stuff would happen; like Malkin said, “ObamaCare’s biggest cheerleaders”……are making kids bear the brunt of their handiwork. Oh my. Don’t tell me that. There can be no schadenfreude when children are involved.

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And now for something completely different from Babalu: Freedom by the Pound, the story of a Cuban political prisoner who was  an athlete and a heavyweight boxer weighing 220 pounds when he went to jail in 2003. When he was released last July, he was a paraplegic, and weighed a mere 116 pounds.The daily “unspeakable acts of humiliation and torture” had taken a toll both physically and mentally.

Before and after pix via iOWNTHEWORLD

Read the story, and watch the short video at Babalu, via iOWNTHEWORLD: Hey, Michael Moore. This is the REAL Cuba

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Caleb Howe at RedState on how climate science consensus works: The Climate Conference Echo Chamber:

…the journalist Phelim McAleer was denied press credentials for the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in sunny Cancun, Mexico this week. (Certainly a better PR choice than frigid Copenhagen.)

Last year, McAleer and Ann McElhinney, with whom McAleer created the documentary Not Evil, Just Wrong, attended the Copenhagen conference. Their on-site reports resulted in over 2 million YouTube views, and a fair amount of press; which is likely the reason that McAleer was denied accreditation this year. Here’s an excerpt from the press release posted to the Not Evil, Just Wrong website:

McAleer says the refusal to allow him access to the Cancun Climate Change Conference is censorship.

“I sent them exactly the same documentation that was acceptable for Copenhagen last year, but it seems they did not like my coverage of Copenhagen and are now trying to silence me and the people who have questions about this process,” said McAleer.

“The message is clear—ask UN scientists and politicians difficult questions and you will be banned from any UN sponsored events. No difficult questions allowed,” he added.

I wonder if James Cameron will be there, ready to debate all comers…..(if they were allowed to come).

Hot Air gives us an idea of the type of cool stuff they’ll be discussing in Cancun: Fun new climate change solution: Let’s impose rationing on the developed world:

In one paper Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years.

Meanwhile….from Climate Change Dispatch: Book Launch Exposes UN Climate Science in Another Scandal:

Newly released science book revelation is set to heap further misery on UN global warming researchers. Will latest setback derail Cancun Climate conference?

Authors of a new book  Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory’ claim they have debunked the widely established greenhouse gas theory climate change. In the first of what they say will be a series of sensational statements to promote the launch of their book, they attack a cornerstone belief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – what is known as the “carbon isotope argument.”

Mišo Alkalaj, is one of 24 expert authors of this two-volume publication, among them are qualified climatologists, prominent skeptic scientists and a world leading math professor. It is Alkalaj’s chapter in the second of the two books that exposes the fraud concerning the isotopes 13C/12C found in carbon dioxide (CO2).

If true, the disclosure may possibly derail last-ditch attempts at a binding international treaty to ‘halt man-made global warming.’ At minimum the story will be sure to trigger a fresh scandal for the beleaguered United Nations body.

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Byron York: What the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell report really says:

…the Pentagon team asked service members “who have been deployed at some point and been in combat environment since September 11, 2001”:

If Don’t Ask, Don’t tell is repealed and you are working with a service member in your immediate unit who has said he or she is gay or lesbian, how, if at all, would it affect your immediate unit’s effectiveness at completing its mission in a field environment or out to sea?

The differences are striking.  Just 11 percent say repeal would have a positive effect, while 44 percent say it would have a negative effect.  Twenty six percent of those surveyed say it would have equally positive and negative effects, and 19 percent say it would have no effect.

Break down the numbers by service branch, and the results are even more striking.  Fifty-nine percent of Marines who have been in combat say repeal would have a negative effect, and just 11 percent say it would have no effect.  Forty-five percent of Army respondents say it would have a negative effect.  The opposition is less intense in the Navy and Air Force, where 35 percent and 41 percent say repeal would have a negative effect, but those are still significant minorities.

And these are large groups.  According to the study, 70 percent of respondents are now or have been deployed, and 83 percent of them have been in a combat zone or an area where they received hostile fire pay.  There is simply no way to argue that they overwhelmingly support repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

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Babalu: “TANGO DOWN”: th3j35t3r Hacks WikiLeaks

Nice…

Doug Ross: HHS Head Sebelius: We’ll Protect Americans’ Sensitive Health Information With The Same Level Of Security The State department Uses

Yay….

Slate: WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton, and the Smoking Gun:

The leaked cables make it impossible for Hillary Clinton to continue as secretary of state.

Dick Morris at The Hill: Hillary: Up to her old tricks

National Journal: Gibbs: We’ve Got Clinton’s Back

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Hot Air: “Gamechanger” weapon now deployed in Afghanistan:

…a weapon that can actually find a target behind cover and detonate without air or artillery support, and what that would mean for US forces engaged in urban or guerilla warfare.

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I told you this morning that the Dems were cooking up a new version of the DREAM Act to lure squishy Republicans and fence-sitting Democrats.

Here it is in full. Note: There are now four versions of the bill on the legislative calendar. None have been reviewed in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Once again, the Dems are rushing to cram ill-conceived entitlements down Americans’ throats and subverting the deliberative process.

Be very afraid….

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Erick Erickson: The TSA Lies In Response to RedState

Short version: Blogger Bob is full of it.

Hyscience: Has the Obama Administration Been Lying About New START’s Effect on Our Missile Defense?

The short answer to the question is that at the very least … the Obama administration has been purposefully misleading Senate opponents to the bill all along, and if one wishes to be perfectly accurate – the Obama administration has indeed been lying about the New START treaty’s potential negative effect on U.S. missile defenses.

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It’s Come To This: Dueling Christmas Billboards

Like I’ve been saying…it’s that time of year, again…the Christmas season is upon us, which means  militant atheists are out in full force to prove to everyone just how goshdarn cute and clever they can be with their anti-Christmas sentiments. I didn’t bother to do a post about this bit of obnoxiousness when it appeared outside the heavily-traveled Lincoln Tunnel between New York and New Jersey, because, really,  what can you say to people who are that determined to be killjoys? Do you just ignore them…what?

Keep telling yourselves that if it makes you feel better….

But good old, Bill Donahue of The Catholic League, is having none of it, and put up a response billboard:

“We decided to counterpunch after a donor came forward seeking to challenge the anti-Christmas statement by American Atheists,” Catholic League President Bill Donahue said in a statement on the group’s website. “Our approach is positive, and services the common good. Theirs is negative, and is designed to sow division. It’s what they do.”

Which billboard do you suppose is more appreciated?

RELATED:

A Sunday rumination from Frances R. Porretto, November 16, 2008:

First, number 3: “There’s probably no God.” One aspect of the debate over the existence of a supernatural realm that enrages anti-theists is that there’s no indisputable evidence either for or against the proposition. Their militancy is as unverifiable and unfalsifiable as any religious faith. Therefore, according to Porretto’s Partition, it constitutes a faith of its own. (Beware: he who says that to an anti-theist had better have the number of the local ambulance service on speed-dial.)

Read the whole thing.

John Hawkins, RWN: Liberalism: Mohammad Cartoons Vs. Jesus Being Eaten By Ants

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Video:Steve King Says NO To Reparations

Tuesday, Congress passed Pigford II, which pays American Indians and black farmers $4.6 billion to settle a pair of historic class-action lawsuits.

The measure passed the House in a 256-152 vote and now goes to President Barack Obama, who promised during his campaign to work toward resolving the long-standing disputes and others involving the government’s past discrimination against minorities.

They’re raiding funds set aside for WIC to pay for it:

The costs of the bill would be offset by diverting dollars from a surplus in nutrition programs for women and children, extending customs user fees and new efforts for the Treasury to recoup excess unemployment insurance payments.

Congressman Steve King says this fraudulent settlement amounts to reparations:

video via Breitbart TV

King wrote at Big Government that the unaccountable lame duck Dems who temporarily control the Rules Committee would not allow his amendment protecting taxpayers from this excessive and fraudulent spending to be presented on the House floor for a vote.

By cutting off consideration of my amendment, and by refusing to investigate serious allegations of Pigford fraud prior to voting on legislation allocating an additional $1.15 billion to the program, the lame duck Congress is, in effect, enabling Pigford fraud and this calls for an investigation by the 112th Congress.

Michelle Bachmann has promised that the new Republican House will hold hearings and investigate every single claim before it goes out.

A blast from the past:

You may recall that Obama once lamented that he didn’t think they could impose major redistributive change through the courts, but “reparative work” could be achieved legislatively:

PREVIOUSLY:

Senate Approves $1.15 Billion Pigford II Settlement – House Repubs Vow To Push Back

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How Can There Be 86,000 Racial Discrimination Claims In The Pigford vs Glickman Case When There Are Only 39,697 total Black farmers?

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit