Dead Cats: BangBang, 12/28/12, (7)112: James Brody

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CONTENTS: Hanson – dead dreams; Fathers vanish; BO’s list; Right to work; TEA to fight; Dershowitzophrenia; Henninger – Biggest cliff; Krauthammer – unconstitutional BO; EPA lost Lisa; SCOTUS Morning after; Guzzardi – high noon; GUNS – Alec Jones – confiscation schemes, Lott – guns save lives, Klein – Devil worship, Teachers trained, Gun owner lists,  the enemy, media map; BUDGET – Muted hope, States want to dive; Paying for jobless health; MIDDLE EAST – Clinton/Kerry, the folks who stayed, Bogus penalties, Egypt’s constitution

“Like it or not, there are already 310 million non-military firearms in the United States, and you’d have to have an IQ of 50 to think that some gun control law, even if it passed, would have any effect on that number.” John Xenakis

December 28th

1945: Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance as the national pledge. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Year the Dreams Died”

“Barack Obama in 2008 won an election on an upbeat message of change amid hopes that the first black president would mark a redemptive moment in American history. Four years later, the fantasies are gone. In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for reelection neither on his first-term achievements — Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli, and Keynesian mega-deficits — nor on more utopian promises.

“Instead, Obama’s campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the uninsured die to putting his pet dog Seamus in a cage on top of the family car.

“Obama once had mused that he wished to be the mirror image of Ronald Reagan — successfully coaxing America to the left as the folksy Reagan had to the right. “Instead, 2012 taught us that a calculating Obama is more a canny Richard Nixon, who likewise used any means necessary to be reelected on the premise that his rival would be even worse. But we know what eventually happened to the triumphant, pre-Watergate Nixon after November 1972; what will be the second-term wages of Obama’s winning ugly? . . .”

Luke Rosiak, Washington Times: “Fathers disappear from households across America”

“. . . in Southeast Washington, 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother.

“In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.

“America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, vice president of the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows. . .”

John Griffing, WND: “Congressman blasts Obama’s decision to ‘arm’ extremists”

“. . . America in the past frequently has withdrawn promises of arms shipments when instability seems evident.

“But the promised delivery is going ahead for Morsi, whose regime recently began talks with Iran and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is known for his virulent calls for the overthrow of the West and his pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“He has said he wants to ‘wipe Israel off the face of the map’ and that ‘We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world.’

“Critics believe that by doing business with Ahmadinejad, Morsi has forfeited his right to military help from the U.S., most certainly Obama’s gift of 20 F-16s.

“But Obama’s pursuit of his own plan falls on the heels of other situations where critics contend he has given aid to those who are not America’s friends.

“Among those incidents:

–          Obama proposed granting civilian protections to Islamic terrorists.

–          Obama indirectly funneled $20 million to terrorist organization Hamas. Obama has publicly stated that the aims of Hamas are fine, so long as they are achieved “peacefully.”

–          Obama reneged on missile defense pledges to Eastern European allies in a leaked deal with the Russian Federation, and used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip in the face of British.

–          Obama delayed investigation of the Fort Hood massacre for months, warning of ‘political theater,’ and yet wasted no time classifying any domestic violence as the result of conservative opposition to his policies as ‘terrorist,’ even having the DHS release reports to that effect.

–          Obama has sought cuts to the U.S. nuclear deterrent that would reduce deliverable warheads to 300, which could leave America critically exposed to possible nuclear attack.

–          Obama has begun announcing once secret U.S. missile tests and satellite launches.

–          Obama unilaterally ended a strategic practice called ‘calculated ambiguity,’ considered crucial by defense insiders, publicizing the exact number of warheads in America’s arsenal.

–          Obama has pledged to “de-MIRV” all American ICBMs – dramatically reducing options if an exchange ever took place between the United States and Russia – as there were some 3,000 strategic targets listed in the former Soviet Union at the close of the last decade.

–          Obama has allowed Iran to acquire top secret U.S. drone technology. Drones have self-destruct capability and, as Dick Cheney pointed out, can alternatively be destroyed by U.S. fighter-jets from the air – preventing acquisition by U.S. enemies. Former NORAD Director Jim Cash, when contacted by WND, said he did not believe the drone acquisition to be accidental.

–          Obama has publicly stated that Iran has the right to attain ‘nuclear energy.’

–          Obama has sent guns to Mexican drug cartels, not for tracking purposes, but in an apparent move to transfer weapons across international borders.

–          Obama has proposed awarding medals to soldiers in Afghanistan for ‘restraint,’ saying he wants to avoid words like ‘victory,’ and announced his intent to give the Taliban (the organization that trained and equipped al-Qaida prior to 9/11), a formal role in Afghanistan.

–          Obama removed ‘jihadi’ from the national security lexicon.

–          Obama is vocally critical of America’s ‘superpower’ status.

–          Obama ordered the creation of a ‘citizen assassination’ program, attends ‘kill committee’ meetings for the same, all while advocating Miranda rights for foreign terrorists.

“In addition to the list, which is not exhaustive, there are structural issues, like intelligence leaks earlier this year or the leak of the TSA playbook, which could conceivably enable American enemies to exploit weaknesses in current transportation infrastructure. . . “

Leads . . .

Leo Knepper, CAP: “Stepping Up to the Plate”

“December 27,2012: Earlier this month Michigan became the nation’s twenty-fourth state where workers can’t be forced to join or support a union. In response to Michigan’s success, there were a couple editorials we found and wanted to bring to your attention.

The first was a letter to the editor by Montgomery County Commissioner, Bruce Castor:

‘…The measure approved by Gov. Snyder, known as Right to Work, will give the Wolverine State a much-needed economic boost. The premise is simple: giving workers freedom makes them more prosperous. Research by the Commonwealth Foundation shows that Right-to-Work states, on average, have higher employment and per-capita income (adjusting for cost of living) than forced unionism states.

‘Another key component of worker freedom is paycheck protection, which protects public sector union members from having dues automatically deducted from their paychecks. It also prevents their dues money from being used for political purposes without their consent. Paycheck protection holds public sector unions fully accountable to their members, which ensures they get the greatest amount of take-home pay possible while getting the level of representation they want. . .’”

Joel Pollak, Big Journalism: “The Tea Party Has Not Yet Begun to Fight”

“If the Tea Party has been weakened by the November election, why are the mainstream media expending so much effort attacking it?

“The latest attempt is today’s front-page article by the New York Times, which alleges that the Tea Party is turning to “narrower” issues and suggests, none too subtly, that Congress should stop paying attention to it.

As proof, the Times offers the fact that Republican leaders “have embraced raising tax revenues in budget negotiations, repudiating a central tenet of the Tea Party.” It ignores the fact that Republican leaders could not muster the votes in the House to pass those proposals.

“To the great frustration of the mainstream media and the GOP establishment alike, the Tea Party continues to hold the line against tax hikes and new bailouts. It also won a significant victory with the recent passage of right-to-work legislation in Michigan.

“These are not ‘narrower’ issues: they are the most fundamental issues concerning the nation’s fiscal health and economic future. It is the Times and the liberal gentry that it serves who cling to narrow, often contrived issues such as the co-called “war on women” to maintain their political clout. The ailing, indebted Times hates the Tea Party precisely because it is serious about economic realities the left would prefer to deny.

“The one kernel of truth in recent mainstream reporting on the Tea Party–a truth that Tea Party leaders themselves admit–is that the movement is discouraged by Obama’s win in November.

“Mitt Romney was never the Tea Party’s first choice, and some Tea Party supporters may have stayed home on Election Day in protest, but once he secured the Republican Party’s nomination most Tea Party activists worked hard to help him win. . .”

Roger Simon, PJM: “Dershowitzophrenia”

“Sometimes I think Alan Dershowitz is so politically schizophrenic he deserves a diagnosis title of his own in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM – Dershowitzophrenia.

“Today the Harvard Law professor has an excellent article in NRO (one wonders if he offered it first to the NYT, WaPo, etc.) taking President Obama to task for his potential nomination of Chuck Hagel for SecDef. Given Hagel’s record on Iran (not even branding the Republican Guard as terrorists, etc.), Dershowitz correctly states the former senator’s appointment would send a message to the mullahs that the administration is not serious in their threat of using force to prevent the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons.

“But, hello…. What kind of person would Obama nominate for SecDef and what does the president himself really think about Iran? The professor surely recalls Obama’s extraordinary indifference when the demonstrators in the streets of Tehran cried out for the president’s support.

“It’s perfectly natural and predictable Obama would want a Hagel — or someone like him — at Defense. Where was Dershowitz? Ignoring what everyone else knew?

“And it’s not just Defense. Who would Obama nominate for the even more important secretary of State? If he can’t get the prevaricating Susan Rice, a mindlessly progressive bloviating Assad apologist like John Kerry will be just the ticket.

“No one but a certain Harvard professor and consistent public supporter of Barack Obama would be surprised. . .”

Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “The Biggest Cliff of All”

“If you’re looking for optimism as the world turns toward 2013, stay up late watching paid-for television explaining how to turn wrinkles into miracles. Past that, my own reservoir of uplift is a bit dry this year.

“A famous and successful American optimist, Ronald Reagan, put his finger closer to the problem when he suggested there was little limit to what people could accomplish if government would get out of the way. As Barack Obama flies from Hawaii’s beaches to Washington’s cliff, there may be four or five liberals who’ve come to agree with the Gipper.

“Indeed, a reality has become too obvious for the world’s dazed inhabitants not to notice: The greatest threat to the upward arc of human progress is the collapse of public policy making. That is the biggest cliff of all.

“Governments are giving government a bad name.  . . “

Jeff Poor, Daily Caller: “Krauthammer slams Obama for ‘illegal and unconstitutional’ regulatory overreach [VIDEO]”

“Krauthammer also commented on the legality of the regulatory environment, one of which he said reflected an ‘arrogance.’

“‘And lastly, you get the arrogance of it,’ he continued, ‘the administration essentially enacting legislation on its own through regulation, the way it did the DREAM Act and the way it did in stripping away the work requirement in a reform of welfare.’

“‘So all of these things happened unilaterally. A lot of them, I think, are actually illegal and unconstitutional. But even if they are constitutional, they are incredibly destructive of small business.’”
See also Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, that finds large corporations were best able to prosper with Hitler in government.

AP: EPA’s Lisa Jackson Gone

“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation’s economy and people’s health.

“Jackson, the agency’s first black administrator, constantly found herself caught between administration pledges to solve controversial environmental problems and steady resistance from Republicans and industrial groups who complained that the agency’s rules destroyed jobs and made it harder for American companies to compete internationally.

“The GOP chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton, said last year that Jackson would need her own parking spot at the Capitol because he planned to bring her in so frequently for questioning. . .”

AP: “Justice refuses to block morning-after pill rule”

From the woman least likely to need one . . .

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied a request to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

“Hobby Lobby Stores and a sister company, Mardel Inc., sued the government, claiming the mandate violates the religious beliefs of its owners.

“In an opinion Wednesday, Sotomayor said the stores fail to satisfy the demanding legal standard for blocking the requirement on an emergency basis. She said the companies may continue their challenge to the regulations in the lower courts.

“Company officials say they must decide whether to violate their faith or face a daily $1.3 million fine beginning Jan. 1 if they ignore the law. . .”

Bob Guzzardi: Wanted – High Noon Guy

“Who will that be?  . . .

As Pennsylvania Republicans mull the upcoming gubernatorial race, they will be targeted by Democrats pursuing ‘justice for the citizenry’ on one side…and they will also be challenged by conservatives worried that the GOP’s policies are tragically adrift on the other.

If Rob Gleason remains unopposed for re-election as Republican State Committee chair, Tom Corbett will probably be endorsed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party for re-election in 2014…portending ignominious, disastrous defeat for Republicans at all levels, just as occurred this past fall.

It seems Pennsylvania Republicans aspire to fail more miserably than has Democrat-Lite John Boehner, who was reduced to muttering Obama’s tax-the-rich sound-bites instead of steadfastly advocating budgetary cuts and protecting hard-won private gain from government raiders.

When Rob Gleason speaks for your candidate, your candidate is in trouble.

Here is Gleason, defending a governor who has levied delayed-taxes by borrowing billions of dollars, and signed into law a red light camera bill that heaps Big Brother Government upon middle class drivers, despite plenty of evidence that red light cameras don’t work, aren’t fair, are invasive of personal privacy, and are easily manipulated to rake in millions of dollars with no return on public safety.  Notwithstanding the consternation of Pennsylvania’s Forgotten Taxpayer, the Commonwealth’s finances are squandered by appropriating billions for millionaires, funding well-connected businesses and academic liberals… misallocations that hurt everyone in the Commonwealth, even as the explosive Pension Bomb remains on everyone’s mind, while parasitic public employee and teacher unions are enriched with political profiteers by taxpayer’s money.

Meanwhile, Corbett perpetuates Pennsylvania’s stagnant economy by inexplicably refusing to follow the wildly-successful Michigan “Right-to-Work” Model, perhaps because of the party’s susceptibility to union-manipulation.

Here is (Republican) Senator Jane Orie, sister of (Republican) Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin being sentenced to 2 ½ – 10 years after a long and bitter trial and retrial.  In 2013, (Democrat) Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will follow-up this successful prosecution and conviction by prosecuting and, likely, convicting her two sisters, (Republican) State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister/co-conspirator Janine.  Thus will this tight-knit family be able to reunite in the very same “Big House,” Republican Establishment Insiders all.

Here is Corbett trying to explain away his lame, purposefully dragged-out investigation of convicted serial child-molester Jerry Sandusky. A bipartisan electorate of Penn State Grads has watched in-horror as their beloved and hugely respected alma mater has been irreparably smeared, even as Corbett funded Sandusky’s “Second Mile” fund, the source of his victims.  As Sandusky spends his remaining decades behind bars, Old Main connivers Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are scheduled to be tried in January and, atop the food-chain, Penn State Ex-President Graham Spanier’s Doomsday prosecution looms.  All will now be guided by newly-elected (Democrat) Attorney General elect Kathleen Kane.  Preparatory to Spanier’s trial, two days ago, the New Yorker magazine was ordered to turn over audio tapes of its interview sessions with him.  Meanwhile, Kane predictably will expose how Tom Corbett slow-rolled the entire investigation, and the Freeh Report portends implication—based on ethics and cover-up behavior—of former Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Baldwin.

Here is (Democrat) Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who will not ignore former Attorney General Corbett’s superficial investigation of Senate Bonusgate violations; read how independent Republican State Senator John Eichelberger (Altoona) has lambasted Corbett’s failure to expose his party’s corruption.

The Tea Party and the Republican Establishment are headed for a show down. Let us see who is left standing.

Let us not forget that (Democrat) Kane will also investigate and likely prosecute (Republican) heavy-hitter LeRoy Zimmermann and the Hershey Trust for misappropriation of millions of Trust dollars to Republican insiders, siphoning support from disadvantaged kids  and dishonoring the legacy of Milton and Catherine Hershey.  


Alex Jones, InfoWars: “Firearm Confiscation Plan Announced For America

“US senators, state governors and others are testing the waters to see if they can sell a national confiscation buy back program under an Obama executive order. This is a way of making all gun owners terrorists. This is the plan, the facts are indisputable. We are in deep shit.”

  1. Plan To Spray Toxic Biological Chemicals Over San Francisco Announced
  2. Democrat Proposes Law Requiring Firearm Owners Have $1,000,000 Insurance Policies
  3. Britain’s Firearm Ban Coming to America?
  4. New York Gov: Gun Confiscation and Forced Buy-back an Option
  5. Obama’s Latest Executive Order: Martial Law, Confiscation of Private Property and Forced Labor
  6. Upon Release of Martial Law Documents, The Plan For America’s Destruction Becomes Apparent
  7. NRA: The Untold Story of Gun Confiscation After Katrina
  8. Army Manual Outlines Plan To Kill Rioters, Demonstrators In America
  9. Bank of America Drops Plan for Debit Card Fee
  10. FEMA: The Plan to Kill America
  11. Facing Higher Taxes Under Obama Plan
  12. Cops, detectives, FBI agents, U.S. soldiers will not enforce gun confiscation orders

And from WND:

From Drudge, 12/28/12


John Lott, USA Today: “Guns in schools can save lives”

“Has anyone noticed that these mass shootings at public schools increased after the 1995 Gun-Free School Zone Act? Passed with good intentions, banning guns would supposedly make schools safer.

“But law abiding citizens, not criminals, obey these bans. Instead of making places safer, disarming law abiding citizens left them sitting ducks.

“Killers go where victims can’t defend themselves. In the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, out of seven theaters showing the Batman movie premiere within 20 minutes of the suspect’s apartment, only one banned permitted concealed handguns. The suspect didn’t go to the closest nor the largest, but to the one that banned self-defense. Time after time the story is the same.

With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns. Despite strict gun regulations, Europe has had three of the worst six school shootings. . .”

Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: Devil-Worship Watch List

“. . . On his WABC Radio show Sunday night, Klein called for a federal devil worshipper watch list while advocating that the government monitor “radical domestic devil worshipping clans.”

Klein said he was responding to a report that Lanza worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, according to former classmate Trevor L. Todd.

Lanza’s worshiping page had the word “Devil” written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background, stated Todd, the UK Daily Mail reported.

The theme of so-called devil worship and Satanic-style “Goth” subculture, Klein explained on his show, has cropped up in numerous other killings.

“Lanza smashed his computer,” Klein stated. “Clearly he is hiding something in his digital footprint. Was he a part of any larger Satanic or ritualistic subculture locally or online where he could have revealed his plans or could have even received support or encouragement in preparing for the killings?”

“It’s established fact,” Klein continued, “that in the U.S. there have been numerous murders tied to radical devil worshipping sects and that some sects previously advovated for human sacrifice. We need to probe whether Lanza was tied to any. Maybe he wasn’t but these questions should at least should be asked.”

Klein maintained that if Lanza had been a Muslim “we all know the discussion we’d be having right now would not focus on gun rights, psychological illness, drugs or violent video games.”

“We’d automatically be asking whether any Muslim killer was indoctrinated in a mosque or an online forum; whether he was motivated by radical Islam; whether he was tied to a terror group; whether he had any accomplices. We’d ask this the minute we found out the killer is Muslim.”

Continued Klein: “Perhaps we should ask similar questions about Lanza given that there are radical sects within Satanism, some that may believe in human sacrifice.”

Gun Groups Offer Training for Teachers

Utah – 200 teachers are being trained in handling concealed weapons.

Ohio – a firearms group says it’s launching a test program in tactical firearms training for teachers.
Texas – Expands its gun access for teachers.

Jeff Poor, Daily Caller: “Gutfeld rips paper publishing gun owners addresses: Makes non-gun owners ‘the easiest marks’”

“. . . “So, a New York paper called The Journal News is under fire for printing names and addresses of local gun owners, even adding a map that shows exactly where they live,” Gutfeld said. “Some gun owners are ticked, which is wrong because this article is the best argument for gun ownership ever. I mean, if you knew that an idiotic editor would out non-gun owners, wouldn’t you get a gun to protect yourself with the thugs the paper just enabled? You think the paper works for the NRA? If anything, non-gun owners should be livid for the paper made them the easiest marks. Just look at this map — what do you see? Not just pockets of gun owners in red, but pockets without. How comfy would you feel knowing your gun-free zone is now public?”

Michael Walsh, PJM: “We Have Met the Enemy

“ …and he is the Gannett newspaper chain (for which I once worked, decades ago), which offers this helpful example of ‘service journalism’ for its readers in Westchester and Rockland counties, New York — the names and home addresses of pistol permit holders in the circulation area:

‘The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. Each dot represents an individual permit holder licensed to own a handgun — a pistol or revolver. The data does not include owners of long guns — rifles or shotguns — which can be purchased without a permit. Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location owns a weapon, just that they are licensed to do so.’

“What possible use can such a map serve? You can start by asking this woman, who’s already getting quite a backlash from her readers. Discuss among yourselves, and have a Merry Christmas.”

Liz Klimas, The Blaze: “Blogger Retaliates Against Paper That Published Gun Owner Addresses by Creating Interactive Map of Its Employees”

“In retaliation against the New York newspaper — the Journal News — that published the addresses of those pistol permit holders in two of the state’s counties, a blogger has created a map pinpointing the addresses of the newspaper’s employees.

“Mimicking the title of the Journal News’ original article, Robert Cox with “Talk of the Sound” headlined his post: Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood? . . .”


Jonathan Weisman, NYT: “In Flurry of Activity, Only Muted Hope for Fiscal Deal”

“WASHINGTON — President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders on Friday, and House Republicans summoned lawmakers back for a Sunday session, in a last-ditch effort to avert a fiscal crisis brought on by automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to hit next week.

“Republicans expressed a flicker of hope Thursday that a deal could still be reached to at least avert most of the tax increases on Jan. 1, to prevent a sudden cut in payments to medical providers treating Medicare patients and to extend expiring unemployment benefits. But both parties’ leaders said time is running out.

“‘Here we are, five days from the New Year, and we might finally start talking,’ said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader.

“The overriding emotion Thursday, as senators convened for a rare session between Christmas and New Year’s Day, appeared to be embarrassment. The continuing impasse “demonstrates a tremendous lack of courage here in Washington to address the issues that need to be addressed — at every level,” said Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee. . . “

Reuters: “Why States May Want to Fall off the ‘Cliff’”

“. . . In an example of federal and state tax law interaction that gets little notice on Capitol Hill, 30 states next year could collect $3 billion more in estate taxes if Congress and President Barack Obama do not act soon, estimated the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank.

The reason? The federal estate tax would return with a vengeance and so would a federal credit system that shares a portion of it with the 30 states. They had been getting their cut of this tax revenue stream until the early 2000s. That was when the credit system for payment of state estate tax went away due to tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush.

“With the return of the credit system next year as part of the “cliff,” states such as Florida, Colorado and Texas — which have not collected estate tax since 2004 — could resume doing so. California Gov. Jerry Brown has already begun to add the anticipated estate tax revenue into his plans, including $45 million of it in his 2012-2013 revised budget.

“Brown may or may not be jumping the gun. . . “

Susan Jones, CNS: “’Jobless Workers’ Getting More Taxpayer Money to Pay Their Health Insurance Premiums”

“( – The U.S. Labor Department has rustled up more taxpayer money to help “jobless workers” pay their health insurance premiums.

“It is difficult enough to find new employment, let alone do so without health insurance for you or your family,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a news release dated Dec. 26. “This funding will help eligible workers avoid that prospect by helping them pay for health insurance while they seek new jobs.”

“The money — in the form of a $1,058,254 National Emergency Grant supplement — will go to several thousand unemployed people in Alabama, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia. . .”

Middle East

Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner: “Report: GOP senators won’t confirm Kerry until Clinton testifies on Benghazi”

“Republican senators will refuse to confirm Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Secretary of State until the nation’s current top diplomat, Hillary Clinton, testifies about her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

“The Senate is expected to take up Kerry’s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won’t agree to a vote on Kerry’s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” The Cable’s Josh Rogin notes. . . “

Jason Howerton, The Blaze: “Report Claims Officials Who ‘Resigned’ Following Scathing Benghazi Report Never Even Left”

“The four Obama administration officials who reportedly ‘resigned’ due to significant security failures leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya are still on the State Department payroll, The New York Post reports. Further, the government employees might not even be out of work for long.

Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell has not ‘resigned’ from government service and will merely be switching desks, according to officials. The other three officials were placed on administrative leave and are expected to return to work soon.

“The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of ‘grossly inadequate’ security,” The Post reports.

“A source ‘close to the situation’ told The Post that State Department leaders ‘didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes…[the] public would be outraged over this.’”

Josh Margolin, NY Post: “Benghazi penalties are bogus

“The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

“The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back. . . “

Fayed & Saleh, Reuters: “Egypt’s contentious Islamist constitution becomes law”

“(Reuters) – President Mohamed Mursi admitted on Wednesday that Egypt’s economy faces serious problems after he enacted a new, bitterly contested constitution that is supposed to help end political unrest and allow him to focus on the financial crisis.

The president said the economy also had great opportunities to grow, but earlier the Egyptian pound tumbled to its weakest level in almost eight years as ever more people rushed to buy dollars and withdraw their savings from banks.

Mursi, catapulted into power by his Islamist allies this year, believes that adopting the constitution quickly and holding elections to a permanent new parliament soon will help to end the long period of turmoil that has wrecked the economy.

The presidency announced on Wednesday that Mursi had formally approved the constitution, which was drafted by his Islamist allies, the previous evening, shortly after results showed that Egyptians had backed it in a referendum. . .”

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