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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
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.
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
…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.
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.
Erick Erickson: The TSA Lies In Response to RedState
Short version: Blogger Bob is full of it.
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.