Friday, August 01, 2014

21 Ways To End The Phrase ‘Americans Are So Broke…’

By Michael Snyder

Did you know that 77 million Americans have unpaid debts that are "in collections" and that Congress is actually thinking about letting post offices offer payday loans? We live in a country where almost everyone is drowning in debt and where most people are either flat broke or very close to flat broke. Years ago, "your Mama is so broke" jokes were all the rage, and at the rate we are going they could make a big comeback. Some of my favorites were "your Mama is so broke she went to McDonald's and put a milkshake on layaway" and "your Mama is so broke your family ate cereal with a fork to save milk".

Unfortunately, the facts that I am about to share with you are not funny at all. In fact, they are quite sobering. Yes, things are going fairly well for the elitists that live in the good areas of New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco right now, but most of the country is deeply struggling as our economic fundamentals continue to crumble. Please share these numbers with as many people as you can, because we need people to understand that there has not been an "economic recovery" for most of America. In fact, in many ways things just continue to get even worse. The following are 21 ways to end the phrase "Americans are so broke"...

1. Americans are so broke that about a third of them have debt collectors on their heels. One recent study discovered that more than one out of every three adults in the United States has an unpaid debt that is "in collections". That is a total of 77 million people. In other words, the debt collection business in America is absolutely booming.

2. Americans are so broke that Congress is now actually considering allowing post offices to provide payday loans and check cashing services.

3. Americans are so broke that they are keeping their vehicles longer than ever. The average age of vehicles on America’s roads recently set a new all-time high of 11.4 years.

Larwyn's Linx: Boehner Has Time to Salvage a Ridiculous Farce Descended to Stupidity

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Boehner Can Salvage a Farce Descended to Stupidity: Erick Erickson
House GOP Pull Their Immigration Bill: Erick Erickson
Obama's latest immigration plan: Yes to illegals, No to Israeli Jews: WyBlog

Senate's Border Bill Fails: Nice Deb
Note to the House GOP: Kill the Bill: Bill Kristol
Pelosi: We Must Exploit Border Crisis To “Quickly” Pass Amnesty: WZ

Shocker: Illegal Alien Invasion Now Obama’s Worst Issue in New Poll: JWF
Proposed amendments reek of hypocrisy: Jonah Goldberg
Surprise outcome. Incompetent ATF accepts incompetence as the norm: RS

Obama Mocks Republicans, Then Asks for Their Help: CNS
U.S. military told to not to eat, drink in front of Muslims…in Maryland: Creeping
1000 Children Fleeing Violent Honduras Heading to Violent Chicago: CNS


Obama's Illegals: Free Meals, Free Cable TV, Lawyers, Medical, Dental: GWP
21 Ways To End The Phrase ‘Americans Are So Broke…’: Michael Snyder
New Jersey Will Default on Government Pensions: Newsalert

Scandal Central

Federal Court Orders Obama Administration to Release Fast and Furious Information: JW
New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo Is Having a Very Bad Morning: NRO
Team Cuomo Lawyers Up In Wake of Moreland Scandal: MenRec

How The Hillionaire And Her Bill Made Their Bucks: Rat Nation
Democratic Rep Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill: We Didn’t Try To Impeach Bush: IJR
BofA ordered to pay damages of $1.27 billion for Countrywide fraud: WaPo

Climate & Energy

The Environmental Corruption Agency: Michelle Malkin
Obama Invited to Meet Coal Miners Losing Their Jobs Because of EPA Regulations: CNS
Obama Promise Kept: Record Price for Electricity: MB


Mediaite Catches CNN’s Weir Calling Fox Nation ‘Ignorant F***sticks’: MRC
Leftwing "Wonks" Shocked Again to Learn Basic Things: Ace
Trey Gowdy GRILLS law professor on need for special counsel in IRS Investigation: Scoop


Why is the West so afraid of Islam?: Michael Brendan Dougherty
UNRWA’s pernicious role and Hamas’s abuse of civilian institutions: Anne's Opinions
Hamas Issues Rules for Social Media Activists: MEMRI

Kerry Trying To Save Hamas, Restore Muslim Brotherhood: Gatestone
Spain is suffering a mass exodus of youths: Leah McLaren
Saudi Arabia is Using Social Media to Entrap LGBTs: Care2

The Russians Are Openly Mocking Obama on Twitter Now: Bryan Preston
Driving Off a Cliff: Mona Charen
Rumours of Israel’s isolation in the Middle East are dead wrong: Anne's Opinions

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

The mystery behind China's aggressive push into space: War is Boring
Google exec: Cloud price wars have only just begun: Todd Bishop, GeekWire
Going Glock: 8 PDs That Switched to Glocks: Mark DeLucas, Tactical Life


Com’on! It’s summer. Stop hatin’ all the time!: MOTUS
How Islam Built The Very Fabric of America: Cube
The 10 most entertainingly terrible movies: Post

Image: Is this the face of someone who should be regulating college students' sex lives?
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QOTD: "Did the Clintons use Hillary’s position atop the United States Department of State to line their own pockets, while accepting whopping amounts of cash from countries over which Hillary had serious policy power?

By a plain reading of the facts, that’s exactly what they did...

...Hillary Clinton’s State Department got Bill Clinton greenlit every single time a foreign government wanted to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars for an hour of his precious time.

...What are these benefactors getting for their sizable investments?

One wonders, do the Clintons ever donate any of their earnings from “speaking fees” to any political candidates?

In the wrong light, that could look like laundering money from foreign sources." --Bryan Preston

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I see an IRS proctological exam in Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's future

It's just a hunch after stumbling across this segment on CNBC:

Many Americans can't afford Obamacare: Aetna CEO

The Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—is "not an affordable product" for many people and it does not fix the underlying problems causing high health-care costs, Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini told CNBC on Wednesday.

"If we're going to fix health care, we've got to get at the delivery of care and the cost of care," Bertolini said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "The ACA does none of that. The only person who's really going to drive that is the consumer and the decisions they make."

"Getting everybody insured should probably be our goal, but you have to have a more affordable system," he added. "We have a 1950[-style] health care system in the Unites States."

..."We have 600,000 ... customers as a result of the Affordable Care Act," Bertolini said. "We do know they are sicker. We know 87 percent are subsidized. We know they are older. So we expect they are going to use more health care."

"We priced this [Obamacare] business at lower margins in the 3 percent to 5 percent range … but we didn't plan or expect earnings as a result of those populations," he explained.

Hopefully Lois Lerner didn't catch this segment, otherwise Bertolini could be in for some very rough times ahead.

Hat tip: BadBlue Money.

IT'S COME TO THIS: 61 percent of Democrats side with Hamas or are ambivalent to the Nazi-aligned group

Any reasonably literate American knows that Hamas is a direct descendant of Hitler's Third Reich.

So who would have thought that the majority of Democrats either side with Nazis or don't know whether Nazis are good or bad?

It's official: The Democratic Party has abandoned Israel to its fate...

The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed the largest partisan gap in 40 years on the issue of supporting Israel.‎

Conducted July 8-14, the week Israel began its air operation against Hamas in ‎the Gaza Strip but before its ground invasion, the poll asked 1,805 respondents: "In ‎the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side to you sympathize with ‎more -- Israel or the Palestinians?"‎

The poll found that respondents considering themselves conservative Republicans ‎supported Israel by 77 percent, compared to 68 percent of moderate Republicans. ‎Among Democrats, 48 percent of moderate Democrats supported Israel, compared ‎to 39 percent of liberal Democrats.‎

In other words, 61 percent of liberal Democrats either sympathize with Hamas, a ‎group of war criminals designated as a terrorist organization by, among many other ‎countries, the United States, or are utterly apathetic to the plight of a small, faraway ‎democracy whose millions of citizens are being forced to flee for their lives under ‎daily, sometimes hourly, rocket fire.‎

...Now, at the risk of throwing cold water on the misguided passions of Hamas ‎supporters and the otherwise uninformed, let us compare founding documents.‎

The Hamas Charter states, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam ‎will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."‎

Doesn't leave much room for a Turkish and Qatari-backed cease-fire, does it?‎

I blame the Department of Education and the media for their insane conspiracy to decouple Hamas from both its charter and its Nazi heritage.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

The Secret History of the Tax Code, in Pictures

Secret because you never get the true picture from the hard left progressive media (based upon a presentation by Intuit):

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WHISTLE-BLOWER ITALIAN JOURNALIST: Hamas Covering Up Its Own Rockets Killing Scores of Gaza Children

By IPT News

An Italian journalist operating in Gaza corroborated Israel's account of an errant Hamas rocket strike on a Gaza school playground on Monday, according to an Israel National News report. At least 10 people were killed, mostly children, in the Shati refugee camp school. Israel was immediately accused; however, it insisted that Hamas rockets caused the death and destruction.

Returning from Gaza and presumably safe from potential "Hamas retaliation," journalist Gabriele Barbati tweeted confirmation that Hamas terrorists quickly tried to cover up evidence of its errant rocket strike.

A Wall Street Journal reporter, Tamer El-Ghobashi, tweeted evidence confirming a Hamas rocket struck Gaza's main hospital. El-Ghobashi deleted the tweet shortly after.

Hamas had as many as 10,000 rockets when Operation Protective Edge began three weeks ago. It has fired nearly 3,000 at Israeli civilians since then, and Israeli military officials say they have destroyed thousands more. Though as many as 5,000 remain, increasing reports indicate that a greater volume of rockets are falling short and landing in Gaza.

Larwyn's Linx: The non-militia answer to Obama’s illegal amnesty

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The non-militia answer to Obama’s illegal amnesty: Real Revo
Gutierrez: We Need Amnesty To 'Punish' Anyone Against Illegal Immigration: WZ
'Brazen' Attacks by Illegals Against Border Patrol Increase: Fox

On Impeachment: Protein Wisdom
Vulnerable Dems balk at Obama actions: Hill
Bachmann: ‘We Saw Border Processing, Not Border Security’: CNS

Say, the Clinton's `Speaking Fees' Sure Look Like Hefty Foreign Bribes: PJM
Obama and the road not taken: Victor Davis Hanson
Father of Obamacare Makes a “Speak-O”: Larry Elder

This is Inexcusable: Erick Erickson
Cruz whipping tonight against Boehner border bill: Robert Costa
Crazy Nancy Pelosi: No 'Deportation without Representation': Breitbart


You Too Can Exploit Open Border for Easy Money: MB
Employers Already Dumping Coverage Thanks To Obamacare: LoneCon
Obama, Emanuel need to put Chicago’s kids first: John Kass

Scandal Central

New Emails Reveal Lois Lerner’s Deep-Seated Hatred of Conservative Americans: GWP
How Clintons Turned State Department into Racket to Line Their Own Pockets: Daley Gator
JW Forces Release of Clinton State Department Conflict of Interest Docs: JW

Bachmann: Central Americans Laugh At U.S. For Not Securing Border: CNS
Prominent Democrats and Republicans Say Cuomo Broke Laws With Moreland Interference: MenRec
The Home Front: Mark Steyn

Climate & Energy

Senate Report: Left-Wing 'Billionaire's Club' Controlling US Economy and Subverting Democracy: Breitbart
Global warming orthodoxy is irrational and wicked: Nigel Lawson
Dear ________________: (A Letter From the EPA): Hideout


Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through Wisconsin Records Law.: Instapundit
MSNBC Guest: Jews Control the Media and Hide Coverage of Gaza Conflict: Sooper
Why 'Stupid' Liberals Succeed: Evan Sayet

The Right Still Refuses To 'Fight Fire With Fire': Horowitz
Top House Dem: Of Course We’re Running on Impeachment, We Have Nothing Else: JWF
Greg Sargent’s Own Goal Worse than Previously Believed: Leon Wolf

Obama's Broken Teleprompter: WFB
Obama: My Muslim Family’s Polygamy was Empowering: Daniel Greenfield
Media Matters pwnt by commie girl: Twitchy


Rep. Keith Ellison Takes Side Of Hamas, Wants Blockade Ended: RWN
Three Reasons that Israel Should Destroy Hamas Now : PJM
ISIS Threatens to Step Into Gaza Conflict, Fight the ‘Barbaric Jews’: PJM

ISIS Butchers Slaughter 1,500 Young Iraqi Men; Scene “Reminiscent... of Nazi Germany": FreeLight
AND SO IT BEGINS: ISIS Makes Inroads in Terror Plagued Kashmir, India: GWP
UN Official admits Hamas firing rockets “from the vicinity of UN facilities”: LI

As Jews flee Europe, the sneering media admonished again: Hot Air
Israeli Knesset Member: Obama Talked To Netanyahu Like He Was The “Leader Of The Taliban”: WZ
BROOKLYN: Anti-Muslim flyers distributed throughout Bensonhurst apartment complex: BNI

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: DailyMail
These Microshutters Will Power NASA's Telescopes of the Future: Gizmodo
Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share: CIO


You're welcome irony: Sondrakistan
Fans of Harry Potter More Likely to Overcome Bigotry: Rational Beacon
Caption: C&S

Image: Desperate Democrats Can't Escape Obama, by Ramesh Ponnuru
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QOTD: "Operation Protective Edge marks the third round against Hamas in the last five years. In reality, we are in one long never-ending war of attrition, whose intensity is only growing. This war is eroding Israeli deterrence against its near and distant enemies, and it must end decisively.

The security situation demands an unequivocal victory. Israel must not repeat the mistake of the "Pillar of Defense understandings." Understandings of this kind should be rejected outright. They don't hold water and Hamas is doing everything in its power to undermine them. In every sense of the word.

To return security to Israelis and to residents of the south in particular, we must reach a situation where Gaza has been disarmed of missiles, rockets and attack tunnels. We must secure an end to this war of attrition, and we have the full legitimacy to do so. There isn't a country out there that wouldn't agree that if a terrorist organization was camped on its border, it would disrupt the everyday lives of its citizens, endangering their lives over the years.

Demilitarization is a must. If it isn't done through a political arrangement, it must be executed through force." --MK Shaul Mofaz

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

YES, THIS IS A RHETORICAL QUESTION: Is the EPA Really Interested in Your Criticism?

By Nicolas Loris

Americans will get to have their say on the Environmental Protection Agency and its proposed regulation to fight climate change this week.

The agency will hold public hearings in four cities to fulfill its promise to get stakeholder input and let everyday Americans comment on the proposed rule.

But whether the agency takes the input seriously is another matter. Given what EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote on the EPA’s website, it’s not promising.

“We expect great feedback at these sessions. And unfortunately, we also expect a healthy dose of the same tired, false and worn out criticism that commonsense EPA action is bad for the economy.”

For an agency that is stressing the “importance” of an “open and inclusive process,” the EPA does not seem to actually want any feedback. This despite the fact the EPA’s climate regulations for both new and existing power plants will:

EBOLA AS A TERROR WEAPON: The Invitation That Open Borders Sends to the World's Radicals

By Investor's Business Daily

War On Terror: As the Ebola disease spreads in Africa and detainees from that continent are apprehended, the question must be asked: What if terrorists already willing to die try to bring the disease across our porous southern border?

The Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., according to John O'Connor, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It's true," he says, "that anyone with an illness is just one plane ride away from coming to the U.S." Indeed, a Liberian man infected with Ebola boarded a plane and brought the disease to Lagos, Nigeria, Africa's largest city, with 21 million people.

But what if in the future it's no accident? Nigeria is the home of Boko Haram. The Islamic terrorist group ISIL has long been recruiting terrorists in the West and is known to have members with Western, even American, passports.

Deliberately spreading the disease to the U.S. might not even require a plane ride, and it's possibile that terrorists already willing to strap bombs to their bodies might just as willingly get infected and pay a coyote to get them across our open southern border.

We remember the 9/11 Commission saying that terrorist attack was due in part to our lack of imagination. We couldn't imagine young Middle Eastern males learning to fly, but not land, passenger jets as part of a plan to fly them into skyscrapers.

The spreading of Ebola to the U.S. could be intentional, given the virus' relatively long incubation period of up to three weeks without symptoms, and no shortage of terrorists willing to die for their cause. It would be easy for an infected terrorist to slip in among the OTMs (Other Than Mexican) who have also been crossing our border.

"Central Americans are not the only ones being smuggled through Mexico to the United States," said a 2012 report by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, a fact regularly reported by the U.S. Border Patrol.

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PARAMILITARY: Feds Sell Police Departments $750,000 MRAPs for $2,000

It's good to see the administration being extra careful with your tax dollars.

The Ocala Police Department just got a good deal on a low-mileage military surplus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle known as a Caiman.

The heavily armored behemoth, which weighs 72,000 pounds or about the equal of 18 Crown Victoria squad cars, cost the Department of Defense about $733,000, according to a list of DoD acquisitions.

OPD got it for a $2,000 governmental transfer fee.

OPD public information office Sgt. Angy Scroble said the vehicle was paid for with money “from our Federal Confiscation Trust Fund that comes from seizures made through cases that go federal, primarily cases from the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team.”

The report indicates that over 600 MRAPs have been sold to police departments around the country. With a fuel efficiency rating of 4 MPG, I would have thought the radical left would oppose these vehicles based upon carbon footprint alone.

But for the Left, as you know, the ends always justify the means.

The discovery that the Obama administration is entirely in Hamas’s corner has stunned all of Israel

By Caroline Glick

When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas.

Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that Hamas has dug throughout Gaza and into Israeli territory.

Others argued that the only way to truly destroy the tunnels, and keep them destroyed, is for Israel to retake control over the Gaza Strip.

No ministers were recommending that Israel end its operations in Gaza completely. The longer our soldiers fight, the more we learn about the vast dimensions of the Hamas’s terror arsenal, and about the Muslim Brotherhood group’s plans and strategy for using it to destabilize, demoralize and ultimately destroy Israeli society.

The IDF’s discovery of Hamas’s Rosh Hashana plot was the last straw for any Israeli leftists still harboring fantasies about picking up our marbles and going home. Hamas’s plan to use its tunnels to send hundreds of terrorists into multiple Israeli border communities simultaneously and carry out a massacre of unprecedented scope, replete with the abduction of hostages to Gaza, was the rude awakening the Left had avoided since it pushed for Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from Gaza.

In other words, in their discussion Sunday night, Netanyahu and his ministers were without illusions about the gravity of the situation and the imperative of winning – however defined.

But then the telephone rang. And Obama told Netanyahu that Israel must lose. He wants an unconditional “humanitarian” cease-fire that will lead to a permanent one.

And he wants it now.

And by the way, the eventual terms of that cease-fire must include opening Hamas-controlled Gaza’s borders with Egypt and Israel and ending Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza coast. That is, the cease-fire must allow Hamas to rebuild its arsenal of death and destruction quickly, with US political and financial support.

Until Obama made the call, there was lingering doubt among some Israelis regarding his intentions. Some thought that US Secretary of State John Kerry might have been acting of his own accord last Friday night when he tried to force Israel to accept Hamas’s cease-fire terms.

But then Obama made his phone call. And all doubts were dispelled.

Kerry is just a loyal steward of Obama’s foreign policy.

Larwyn's Linx: The Top Twelve Obama Foreign Policy Disasters

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The Top Twelve Obama Foreign Policy Disasters: Dossier
This is President Hussein Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser: Matzav
Does John Kerry even read The New York Times?: Ace

Want a Real Anti-Poverty Plan? Stop Amnesty!: Michelle Malkin
Deep Blue State goes ballistic against illegals: Leo Hohmann
Legion of Exotic Diseases Headed for Your Children’s School This Fall: MB

Israeli reporter says Obama-Netanyahu transcript legitimate: Robert Spencer
Flashback: “On Nobility,” November 2008: Protein Wisdom
Does Obama Use Fundraisers to Reinforce His Delusions?: Sentinel

Michelle Nunn and Hamas: AmSpec
Obama: Troll Hard With a Vengeance: Ben Shapiro
The Next 'Shot Heard 'Round the World' May Be Fired In Texas: Bob Owens


Our Totalitarian Future, Part Two: The Burning Platform
Madison Project: Oppose Highway Bill, Adopt Mike Lee's Innovation: MadProj
College Professors *Shocked* How Obamacare Hurts Them: Tammy Bruce

Scandal Central

Media cover-up of Hamas crimes starting to unravel: LI
Emails Show IRS And State Department Worked Together To Target Pro-Israel Groups: WZ
The One Rally The Democrat Media Complex Doesn’t Want To Cover: TPNN

Man Takes Pregnant 12-Year-Old He Raped to Three Abortion Clinics, None Report the Abuse: LifeNews
The ‘Free Lunch’ President: Betsy McCaughey
Politics Get Pricey and Nasty in Kentucky : PJM

Climate & Energy

A brief history of climate panic and crisis… both warming and cooling: WUWT
Obama Administration Energy Policies Destroying Middle Class: Dan Spencer
Where's the MSM? US Regains Rank as Number One Oil Producer: Rick Moran


Mainstream Media “Fall Over Each Other to Support” Hamas Terrorist Propaganda: RS
‘Like the title of a Hamas press release': This is how the AP does ‘objective journalism’: Twitchy
Only NBC Notes How 'Israeli Media Rip' John Kerry for Pushing Hamas Cease-Fire Terms: MRC

The only person who wants the House to impeach Barack Obama is ... Barack Obama: WyBlog
2006 and the GOP’s attempt to flog impeachment as a base-motivation issue.: Moe Lane
“Ratings: ‘Fox News Sunday’ Tops NBC's ‘Meet the Press’ in D.C. for First Time Since ’07″: Minority Report

WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case Against Obamacare Federal Subsidies: Ace
New Study- Criminals Prefer Handguns, Not “Assault Weapons”: Buckeye Firearms
Conspiracy Nut Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit to Steal Money From War Hero's Widow: Lid


DIA Chief: Al Qaeda Ideology Rapidly Expanding: WFB
‘Good vs. Evil’ vs. ‘Weak vs. Strong’: Jon Gabriel
The Hague Hosts Islamic State Supporters Screaming for the Death of Jews: MB

“To the Students for Justice in Palestine, a Letter From an Angry Black Woman”: Tablet
Report: At least 160 children died digging Hamas’ tunnels: Power Line
Iranian official: We’ll arm West Bank with missiles: Times of Israel

The new anti-Semites: Hayom
OMG: What Hamas is teaching its children outside the classroom: Matzav
10 IDF soldiers fall in battle, no cease-fire in sight: Hayom

One People built terror tunnels, the other a nation: LI
Security Sources Say Hamas Planned a Massive ‘Terror Tunnels’ Attack for September 24: Blaze
You’ll Never Believe Why Hillary Said Hamas Plants Its Bombs in Schools: TPNN

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

10 amazing (and bizarre) drone discoveries: Colin Neagle, NetworkWorld
The Retail Channel Is Dead - Long Live the Omnichannel: CRM Buyer
Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day: TechCrunch


Former Aide To Bill Clinton Speaks – "My Party Has Lost Its Soul": ZH
Nonviolence rally in Kansas City plagued by multiple fights: Marathon
Red Squirrel Alert: MOTUS

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QOTD: "Consider the media obsession with the [Gaza] body count. According to a daily tally in the New York Times, NYT -3.64% as of July 27 the war in Gaza had claimed 1,023 Palestinian lives as against 46 Israelis. How does the Times keep such an accurate count of Palestinian deaths? A footnote discloses "Palestinian death tallies are provided by the Palestinian Health Ministry and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs."

OK. So who runs the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza? Hamas does. As for the U.N., it gets its data mainly from two Palestinian agitprop NGOs, one of which, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, offers the remarkably precise statistic that, as of July 27, exactly 82% of deaths in Gaza have been civilians. Curiously, during the 2008-09 Gaza war, the center also reported an 82% civilian casualty rate.

When minutely exact statistics are provided in chaotic circumstances, it suggests the statistics are garbage. When a news organization relies—without clarification—on data provided by a bureaucratic organ of a terrorist organization, there's something wrong there, too.

But let's assume for argument's sake that the numbers are accurate. Does this mean the Palestinians are the chief victims, and Israelis the main victimizers, in the conflict? By this dull logic we might want to rethink the moral equities of World War II, in which over one million German civilians perished at Allied hands compared with just 67,000 British and 12,000 American civilians." --Bret Stephens