Thursday, March 05, 2015

THE NEXT TIME A GASBAG WORSHIPS THE FREE MARKET...

bear in mind that despite all the computer security problems over the last 10 years, the top business executives still haven't made cybersecurity a top priority:
What’s Behind the C-Suite Disconnect on Risk
Kachina Shaw
Posted 02 Mar, 2015
IT Business Edge

When over 1,000 cybersecurity CIOs, CISOs and senior IT leaders were surveyed for the 2015 Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity report, sponsored by Raytheon and conducted by Ponemon, the results showed that 66 percent of the respondents don’t perceive cybersecurity as a strategic priority.
Even worse, 78 percent of respondents said that their board of directors had not had a cybersecurity strategy briefing in the last 12 months. The disconnect is preventing these companies from addressing growing cybersecurity threats, says Michael Daly, CTO for cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon.
“Twenty-two percent of boards of directors had a cyber briefing in the last year, but only 21 percent requested one,” Daly further explained. “Boards of directors are not asking for reports, and officers are not pushing them.”

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

LIMBAUGH CAUGHT LYING AGAIN

This time Conor Freidersdorf has nailed Fats:
Notice the brazenness of the mendacity. Limbaugh begins by telling his audience that he won't play them audio due to "a ban" on content from liberal MSNBC. Then, freed to make anything up, he proceeds to quote Harf saying something that she did not say. Consult the video or transcript for yourself. Though Limbaugh puts the words in quotation marks, she did not say, "We need to get to the root cause of terrorism, and that is poverty and lack of opportunity in the terrorist community."

GOP IS BECOMING THE "NOT READY FOR PRIME-TIME" PARTY

Dr, Ben Carson repeated the old lie that homosexuality was a choice and then backtracks a few hours later but that's not the part I want to emphasize here.  In his semi-apology, he said "I'm not a politician" yet we all know he's thinking about running for the GOP nomination for President.

REMEMBER THE "SMOKING GUN"?

In 2002 Pres. Bush said:
Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof -- the smoking gun -- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
Now, a few former senators think it's time for a replay:
FIRST IN SCORE — Ex-senators Chambliss, Bayh, Coleman launch “American Security” effort: Three former senators have launched a new 501(c)(4) — the American Security Initiative — to pressure policymakers to address the “potential threat posed to America by Iranian nuclear proliferation” — and their first public foray is a chilling one. The group, headed by former Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Norm Coleman (R-Minn) is going up today with a $500,000 ad buy insinuating America could be the target of a nuclear attack.In the 30-second spot, airing in Washington, Lexington, Ky. and Springfield, Ill., the camera takes the point of view of a terrorist driving a van that conceals a bomb. The van pulls into a parking lot in a crowded urban area before detonating. “Tell Washington: No Iran nuclear deal without Congressional approval,” a narrator says, as the phone numbers for the White House and the Senate appear on the screen. The spot is aimed at members of Congress, but the Lexington and Springfield flights specifically target GOP Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. The effort also includes a digital ad campaign. The TV ad: http://youtu.be/b3DfNqZ-cvI

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

NOT SO INTERESTING AFTER ALL

I expected at least verbal fireworks in the House this week and I was disappointed:
Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions
By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months.

"Sanity is prevailing," said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, before the House voted 257-167 in favor of the $40 billion spending bill, which Obama was expected to sign promptly. All 182 Democrats present voted for the bill, while it received only 75 Republican "yes" votes.

Monday, March 02, 2015

I GUESS WE'RE ALL NEO-CONS NOW :-(

Think Progress found a horrifying statement made by Samantha Powers to an AIPAC meeting:
Power, who received multiple standing ovations from the AIPAC audience, stressed that America’s alliance with Israel “transcends politics and it always will.”
I think this needs to be put up to a vote by the American people.

NATIONAL REVIEW == TREASONOUS???

In the post title I mimicked Bagger thinking but even looking at this rationally, it seems the Review is unAmerican:
Netanyahu, Not Obama, Speaks for Us

by Quin Hillyer March 2, 2015 4:00 AM
NATIONAL REVIEW

While under fierce attack from President Obama, the Israeli prime minister defends Western values and speaks the truth about Iran. The leader of the free world will be addressing Congress on Tuesday. The American president is doing everything possible to undermine him.
UPDATE: I posted most of my Meir Dagan post on the discussion thread at the National Review & it was deleted:

Sunday, March 01, 2015

HEDGECOCK ISN'T THE ONLY ONE

Notoriously unfunny Dennis Miller joins Roger Hedgecock and Andy Dean by leaving his awful talk radio show:
BRANDMEIER is replacing DENNIS MILLER, who is leaving broadcast radio and who recently launched a podcast, "PO'D CAST," with ADAM CAROLLA.

MILLER said, “I’m stepping aside from radio at the moment,.  It’s been a great run and I’ve had a phenomenal time interacting with my guests and audience. But with so many other commitments right now, it’s hard to maintain a daily talk show.  It’s time to pass the torch as I move on to explore other opportunities. I wish JOHNNY B lots of luck.”

Saturday, February 28, 2015

SOME ISRAELIS ALSO THINK NETANYAHU IS VERY WRONG

That includes a former head of Mossad, Meir Dagan:
Former Mossad head urges Israeli voters to oust Binyamin Netanyahu

Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem
Friday 27 February 2015 14.09 EST
THE GUARDIAN

Meir Dagan says prime minister’s policies are ‘destructive to the future and security of Israel’

A former head of Israel’s foreign intelligence service Mossad is urging voters to oust Binyamin Netanyahu in the next general election, accusing the prime minister of endangering the country’s security with his stance on the Iranian nuclear programme.
Meir Dagan, a vocal critic of Netanyahu’s Iran policy since stepping down as Mossad chief four years ago, is to be a keynote speaker at a rally in Tel Aviv next weekend, calling on the public to turf the prime minister out of office on 17 March.

The intervention by Dagan – who ended his tenure as the head of Mossad in 2011 – is doubly significant because he shares the prime minister’s view over the risk posed by a nuclear Iran and is regarded as generally hawkish on defence and security matters.

JERKS VS. JACKASSES

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is fed up with "this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party" and is called a RINO or a dupe by the supporters of delusion.   This could be a VERY interesting week in the House.

ROGER HEDGECOCK TIDBIT

Now that he's quitting his radio show, we get to learn a little more about his past:
Yes, Droopy, you got the job

Roger Hedgecock announces departure from talk-radio show

By Ken Leighton, Feb. 24, 2015
SAN DIEGO READER ON TAP

On February 23, Roger Hedgecock, announced on the air that March 27 would be his last day hosting his nationally syndicated three-hour talk show on KFMB (760 AM). He started his career as a radio-show host soon after a campaign-funds scandal led to his resignation as San Diego mayor in 1995.

KFMB has been steadily losing ground to KOGO in the past six months since KOGO started focusing more on live news and less on syndicated talk shows. KOGO doubled its ratings since October and is now 13th in the Arbitron ratings among all listeners, eclipsing KFMB’s 18th place.

Hedgecock, who regularly implored listeners to “hold their feet to the fire,” said on Monday that he “reached a transition point in my life” and that he always “spoke as an American,” speaking up for the “role of the individual and the rights of private property…. When I started, people told me nobody wanted to talk about politics on the air. This was before Rush [Limbaugh] and Sean [Hannity]. It turns out a lot of people did.” (Note: Limbaugh began his talk-radio career in 1984.)

Friday, February 27, 2015

FOX NEWS IS HARMFUL TO AMERICA

The Daily Show made a Vine of 50 FOX News lies and Pundit Fact checked out most of them.  Here's the list for reference:
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1. "In July 2010 the government said small businesses -- 60 percent -- will lose their health care, 45 percent of big business and a large percentage of individual health."
Sean Hannity, Nov. 11, 2013
False
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2. "And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it's the Republican National Committee who's paying for this."
Anna Kooiman, Oct. 5, 2013

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3. Labor union president Andy Stern is "the most frequent visitor" at the White House.
Glenn Beck, Dec. 3, 2009
False
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4. "Far more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns."
Tucker Carlson, Aug. 9, 2014
Pants on Fire
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5. White House Political Director Patrick Gaspard once served as the "right-hand man" for Bertha Lewis, who heads up ACORN.
Steve Doocy, Sept. 29, 2009
False
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6. "Look at the debt that has been accumulated in the last two years. It's more debt under this president than all those other presidents combined."
Sarah Palin, May 31, 2011
False
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7. "There is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people."
John Stossel, Dec. 4, 2014
False
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8. "Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in U.S. history."
Sarah Palin, Aug. 1, 2010
Pants on Fire
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9. "The insurance industry is actually run by mostly Democrats."
Dana Perino, Oct. 31, 2013
False
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10. The Obama administration "manipulated deportation data to make it appear that the Border Patrol was deporting more illegal immigrants than the Bush administration."
Lou Dobbs, July 1, 2014
False
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11. Some doctors say Ebola can be transmitted through the air by "a sneeze or some cough."
George Will, Oct. 19, 2014
False
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12. Says the Texas State Board of Education is considering eliminating references to Christmas and the Constitution in textbooks.
Gretchen Carlson, March 10, 2010
Pants on Fire
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13. Because of President Barack Obama’s failure to "push job creation," the black unemployment rate in Ferguson, Mo., is three times higher than the white unemployment rate.
Lou Dobbs, Aug. 19, 2014
False
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14. When White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Mao Tse-tung was "one of her favorite philosophers, only Fox News picked that up."
Bill O’Reilly, Oct. 23, 2009
False
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15. "The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day."
Michele Bachmann, Nov. 3, 2010
False
(Note: Bachmann’s claim was made on CNN, not Fox News but Glenn Beck made a similar claim on Fox)
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16. "We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you're going to jail if you don't buy health insurance. Nobody's ever said it."
Bill O’Reilly, Oct. 27, 2010
Pants on Fire
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17. "If you make more than $250,000 a year … you only really take home about $125,000."
Steve Doocy, July 11, 2012
False
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18. A Census Bureau worker says he was told to skew information to bring the unemployment rate down "as we headed into an election season."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Nov. 19, 2013
False
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19. "Health care mandate will require imprisonment and fines for Americans who can’t afford to purchase insurance or pay hefty government penalties."
Patients First, Sept. 21, 2009
Mostly False
(Note:  Fox hosts have said closely similar statements because of our research into Bill O’Reilly’s Pants on Fire claim -- No. 16 -- that no one on Fox News ever said it.)
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20. "And finally tonight, although it pains me to say this, Jon Stewart? Comedy Central? He was right. Now on his program last night, he mentioned that we had played some incorrect video on this program last week while talking about the Republican health care rally on Capitol Hill. He was correct, we screwed up, we aired some video of a rally in September, along with a video from the actual event. It was an inadvertent mistake, but a mistake nonetheless, so Mr. Stewart. you were right, we apologize. But by the way, I wanna thank you, and all your writers, for watching."
Sean Hannity, Nov. 12, 2009
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21. "I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time (2000-08)."
Eric Bolling, July 14, 2011
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22. The United Way and Enroll America, in Coral Gables, Fla., had "navigators going door to door, knocking on the homes of the uninsured … helping them navigate through the different plans that are available.
Phil Keating, Oct. 1, 2013
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23. Less than 10 percent of Obama's Cabinet appointees "have any experience in the private sector."
Glenn Beck, Nov. 30, 2009
False
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24. During the lead-up to the American Revolutionary War, "some guy in Boston got his head blown off because he tried to secretly raise the tax on tea."
Andrea Tantaros, Jan. 15, 2014
Pants on Fire
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25. "American troops have never been under the formal control of another nation."
Karl Rove, March 23, 2001
False
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26. "The 'Denver Post' has actually hired an editor to promote pot."
Bill O’Reilly, Dec. 9, 2013
False
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27. "The amount of attention paid this week to Chris Christie makes the coverage of Benghazi ... pale in significance."
Karl Rove, Jan. 12, 2014
False
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28. Liberals have figured out a Facebook algorithm and "all the people getting banned from Facebook are somehow conservatives."
Todd Starnes, April 17, 2014
False
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29. Obamacare is "one big fat VA system."
Kimberly Guilfoyle, May 21, 2014
Pants on Fire
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30. Says Gov. Rick Scott's approval ratings are up.
Brian Kilmeade, April 15, 2001
False
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31. "Under the Obama plan . . . all the health care in this country is eventually going to be run by the government."
Sen. Tom Coburn, March 4, 2009
False
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32. If you log into the government's Cash for Clunkers website (cars.gov) from your home computer, the government can "seize all of your personal and private" information, and track your computer activity.   
Kimberly Guilfoyle, July 31, 2009
False
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33. The Massachusetts health care plan is "wildly unpopular" among state residents.
Laura Ingraham, May 12, 2011
False
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34. "The Constitution simply does not authorize the federal government to own any of this land (in the Western states)."
Andrew Napolitano, April 23, 2014
Pants on Fire
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35. Says President Barack Obama is "sending a much larger (force) " to deal with Ebola "than ISIS is getting."
Brit Hume, Sept. 21, 2014
False
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36. On climate change, "the temperature readings have been fabricated, and it's all blowing up in their (scientists') faces."
Dana Perino, Feb. 9, 2015
Pants on Fire
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37. Says President Barack Obama’s recent New York fundraising trip "cost between $25 million and $50 million."
Donald Trump, Oct. 13, 2014
Pants on Fire
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38. Under President Barack Obama, "8.3 (million) fewer Americans are working today than there were four years ago."
Sean Hannity, Jan. 20, 2013
False
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39. Seniors and the disabled "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."
Sarah Palin, Aug. 7, 2009
Pants on Fire
(Note: This claim was made originally on Facebook. It’s unclear to us if Palin said it on Fox News.)
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40. New poll by YouGov shows that 7/10 people who voted for President Obama’s re-election in 2012 ‘regret’ doing so
Fox and Friend tweet, Feb. 19, 2014
False
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41. "NASA scientists fudged the numbers to make 1998 the hottest year to overstate the extent of global warming."
Steve Doocy, June 24, 2014
Pants on Fire
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42. A new Colorado law "literally allows residents to print ballots from their home computers, then encourages them to turn ballots over to ‘collectors.’ "
Megyn Kelly, Oct. 21, 2014
False
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43. The Affordable Care Act alters the "sensible doctor-patient-relationship-centered health care program ... we see today."
Sarah Palin, Nov. 24, 2013
False
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44. Since 1965, the United States has spent "untold trillions" yet the poverty rate hasn’t budged.
Bill O’Reilly, July 26, 2011
False
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45. Says Colorado food stamp recipients can use ATMs to get cash to buy marijuana.
Brian Kilmeade, Jan. 21, 2014
False
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46. "Attorney General Eric Holder is involved in the dismissal of the criminal charges" against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation
Bill O’Reilly, July 17, 2010
False
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47. "Barack Obama had 150 days in the U.S. Senate where he was able to vote quite often 'present.' "
Sarah Palin, Feb. 6, 2010
False
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48. "It will cost $50,000 per enrollee in Obamacare over the next 10 years."
Stuart Varney, Jan. 27, 2015
False
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49. "We're going to be looking at $8 billion a day that we're going to be pouring into foreign countries in order to import that make-up fuel that we're going to need to take the place of what we could have gotten out of the Gulf (of Mexico)."
Sarah Palin, May 1, 2013
Pants on Fire
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50. "Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth? We're the only country in the world that has it."
Glenn Beck, June 10, 2009
False
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THE GOP & OBAMACARE

From what I've read, it's unlikely that the Supreme Court will declare most of Obamacare null and void but just in case, some GOP senators are trying to work out a plan to maintain the current subsidies according to Byron York:
GOP scrambles to keep Obamacare subsidies flowing in case of Supreme Court victory
By Byron York | February 26, 2015 | 5:16 pm
Washington Examiner

If the justices bar the payment of subsidies through those exchanges, it would be both a victory for the health law's critics and a problem for Republicans running Congress.

Which is why a Senate GOP working group has been meeting for months to figure out what to do should the challenge to Obamacare succeed.

"We're committed to helping the people who have been hurt by the healthcare law," said Republican Sen. John Barrasso, leader of the working group. "We're not going to help the law, but we're going to help the people, so they are not left in the lurch."

What that means is Republicans are going to find a way to continue paying subsidies to the estimated 7.5 million Americans who receive taxpayer-funded help to pay their insurance premiums through the federal Obamacare exchange.


In recent private polling for the conservative group Independent Women's Voice, a huge majority of respondents said it would be important to "do something to restore the subsidies" in the case of a Court decision striking them down.

The GOP working group still hasn't decided on a specific plan. One group member, Sen. Ben Sasse, has proposed a system based on the old "Cobra" law that allowed people to continue their health insurance after leaving a job. Under Sasse's proposal, the subsidies would continue for 18 months, until Congress passes a new health law to supersede Obamacare.
This is more evidence that Obamacare is here to stay.