Larwyn’s Linx: There is Nothing New Under the Sun. Know Your History

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Nation

There is Nothing New Under the Sun. Know Your History.: Ann Barnhardt
Meet KC Shooter Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr.: Ed Driscoll
Illegal Aliens Take the Place of 5,000 Florida College Students: MagNote

Engelbrecht Pens Blazing Letter to Grandstanding Democrats: IJR
After Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy Are Not Options: Erick Erickson
Glitch-filled to the End: Wynton Hall

90% of NY Gun Owners Refusing SAFE Act Registration?: Clash
A Message From Your Wannabe Rulers: WRSA
We are the Freedom Fighters: Christian Mercenary

Obama, Holder stoke racial tensions to cover for failed policies: Times
The Politics of Personal Distraction: RWN
Where is the feminist anger at Brandeis?: Jeff Jacoby

Economy

Chicago Teachers Union to Mayor Rahm: Improving failed schools is racist: DC
Government Can’t Say No: RWN
Persistent pay gap could result from greater male risk tolerance: Mark J. Perry

Scandal Central

For Attorney General Eric Holder, Justice is for Democrats only: NY Post
7 Questions You’re Probably Asking Right Now About the Nevada Rancher Situation: Blaze
Chilling Truth: The Siege of the Bundy Ranch Reaches into the White House: Sara Noble

Climate & Energy

Solar Power and Cows…: Battlefield USA
Earth to Lovejoy: 0.9 C° in a century is not ‘huge’: Monckton
UN report urges global cooperation to halt climate change: The Week

Media

Chris Muir On The Red Storm Rising: Camp o’ the Saints
Bob Schieffer ignores reports of Rep. Cummings’ role in IRS scandal; Citizens eulogize journalism: Twitchy
Nothing To See Here: ABC, CBS, And NBC’s Sunday Shows Ignore Latest In IRS Scandal: MRC

Bloodthirsty Leftists Go Absolutely Psycho Over Cliven Bundy Resistance to Federal Power: AmPower
As Hillary Clinton Rakes In Cash Syracuse Newspaper Gives Her Free Advertising: LoneCon
Gun Control Capital of the World: 36 shot in Chicago in 36 hours: Trib

Beyond Clive Bundy: The Real Range War and Why We’re Losing: MOTUS
The Goldwater Legacy: Blogmocracy
Media: Hillary Shoe-Thrower ‘Frightening’; Bush Shoe-Thrower A ‘Folk Hero’: Kyle Drennen

World

A Secret Fight over Russia in the Obama Administration: Bill Kristol
Marine General Ready for Battle against China: Military
Ukraine crisis: UN meeting told Russia is massing 40,000 troops on the border: Telegraph

Canada: Nine Months in Jail for Blasphemy Against Islam: Gates of Vienna
French Protest Against Austerity and Prime Minister Valls: Mish
Are Millions of Africans about to Swarm into a More Open Europe?: VDARE

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Tufte’s Feynman sculptures come to Fermilab: Symmetry
Tests Confirm Heartbleed Bug Can Expose Server’s Private Key: CIO
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Search for Missing Jet Enters New Phase: WSJ

Cornucopia

Ricky, Bo, Mo, Joe, Val and Ahmad. A Good Time Was Had.: MOTUS
Dreamy new Sigur Rós single premieres on ‘Game of Thrones’: Verge
It’s time to build a real Jurassic Park: The Week

Image: A Message From Your Wannabe Rulers
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Conservative J.D. Winteregg for Congress: Fire John Boehner

QOTD: “Fitting as it was to find Eric Holder speaking in front of a “No Justice” sign, his whining about how poorly he’s been treated compared to other attorneys general, and therefore that there must be some racism involved, is pathetic, even by his lowly standards. (Imagine complaining about “divisive” tactics while sitting next to Al Sharpton!)

…back in January 2009, when I was trying to convince people that Holder should not be confirmed because he was unfit to be attorney general and would prove to be a disaster, I asked how he would have fared under the Democrats’ Gonzales standard — the “if he’s not dishonest, he’s incompetent” test — on the basis of which they ran Alberto Gonzales out of town. It’s still a question worth asking. If the Gonzales standard had been applied to Holder, he would not have gotten the job, much less kept it as long as he has.” –Andrew C. McCarthy

Doug Ross @ Journal

The worst April Fool’s Day prank in history

Guest post by Jim Quinn

It was so fitting that Obama sauntered into the Rose Garden on April Fools day to proclaim the wonderful success of Obamacare. We are the fools for allowing this fool and his fellow fools in Congress to further bankrupt our country with this disastrous, government-run clusterf***. He is a dangerous empty suit. The only thing that mattered to him and his sociopathic control freaks in the last two months was hitting an enrollment number that he could tout as success. Making sure there are enough doctors in the plan or ensuring excellent healthcare services once you get sick is not part of their agenda. And they certainly don’t worry about the 7.1 million people paying their premiums. That’s the insurance companies’ problem.

There is so much propaganda, spin, disinformation and outright lies circulating in the captured mainstream media that the dumbed down, distracted, disinterested American populace believe the sound bites from Obama and the talking heads on MSNBC and the rest of the Obama loving media. Isn’t it funny how early in the disastrous roll-out of this joke Sebelius and her band of HHS drones didn’t know how many people had enrolled for weeks after the end of a month, but yesterday Obama knew that exactly 7.1 million people had enrolled within hours of the final deadline?

You may have noticed the non-stop 30 second ads trying to convince iGadget addicted morons to sign up for Obamacare over the last three months, building to a crescendo in the last few weeks. Obama was desperate to get young people and his black constituency to sign up. Most of the commercials were black NBA superstars yapping about the wonders of Obamacare. These were surely targeted to white middle class people. Right? Guess how much the average 30 second commercial costs. How about $ 123,000. The government has admitted their advertising budget for the last three months was $ 52 million. My guess is they went over budget and probably spent $ 75 million of your tax dollars to convince millions to join a government program that will cost you trillions more of your tax dollars. The original July 2013 estimate from the government for the total advertising of this mess was $ 700 million. I’ll take the over in the final number. This is after spending $ 600 million on the wonderful glitch-free website.

Let’s assess the tremendous success the Savior was blustering about yesterday. He sold the plan to the American public back in 2009 with a number of promises:

It won’t add one dime to the deficit

Our teleprompter reader in chief told the American people his plan would not add one dime to the deficit. After it passed he told Congress it would cost $ 900 billion over ten years. Then the CBO actually ran the numbers and it jumped to $ 1.4 trillion. What’s a $ 500 billion error among friends? That almost perfect accuracy for the Federal government. Of course the Democratic politicians that passed this wonderful bill delayed all the bad stuff until 2014 and after, while front loading all the good stuff.

They delayed the major spending provisions in order to show only six years of spending under the plan in the original 10-year budget window (from FY2010-19) used by CBO at the time the law was enacted. Therefore, the original estimate concealed the fact that most of the law’s spending only doesn’t even begin until four years into the 10-year window. A Senate Budget Committee analysis (based on CBO estimates and growth rates) finds that that total spending under the law will amount to at least $ 2.6 trillion over a true 10-year period (from FY2014–23). That’s a lot of dimes added to the deficit. Does $ 2.6 trillion sound like budget neutral to you? Of course we’re doing it for the children.

It will cover the 46 million uninsured Americans

The Census Bureau number of 46 million includes 10 million illegal immigrants. I know Obama wants to cover them on our dime, but even he will have trouble with that one. A report from the Kaiser Foundation put the number of true uninsured at 28.6 million. The CBO numbers and the Obama administration storyline were built on the assumption that everyone signing up for Obamacare was previously uninsured. Studies by the McKinsey Group and Rand Corporation have concluded that only 30% of all enrollees into Obamacare were previously uninsured.

The vast majority are previously insured people, many of whom are getting a better deal on the exchanges because they either qualify for subsidies, or because they’re older individuals who benefit from the law’s massive rate increases for the young. I know Obama loving liberals don’t like math and wish that Common Core feel good math could be applied to the Obamacare clusterf*ck, but here are the facts:

  • Supposedly 7.1 million people have signed up for Obamacare.
  • Approximately 30% of these people were previously uninsured – totaling 2.1 million people. That is only 7.3% of the uninsured people in the country. What about the 26.5 million people still uninsured? Obama spent all this money on advertising and only convinced 7.3% of the uninsured to sign up????
  • The Obama administration seems to be uninterested in whether the people who have signed up for Obamacare have actually paid their premium. The McKinsey survey found that the proportion of those who had formally enrolled in coverage, by paying their first month’s premium, was considerably lower among the previously uninsured, relative to the previously insured. 86% of those who were previously insured who had “selected a marketplace plan” on the exchanges had paid, whereas only 53% of the previously uninsured had.
  • If you run the numbers, 5 million times 86% equals 4.3 million who have paid their premiums. Of the previously uninsured 2.1 million times 53% equals 1.1 million who have paid their premiums. Therefore, the true number of paying Obamacare enrollees is 5.4 million.

The skewed demographics implications will get worse over time, as the cost of plans continues to go up. In the McKinsey survey, of those who had decided not to sign up for Obamacare, the most common reason was the “affordability” of the offered plans. Indications from insurers like Aetna and WellPoint is that the premiums on the exchange will go up substantially next year. The demographic assumptions for the Obamacare enrollees are disastrous for the American taxpayer. It is skewed toward old sickly people, with very few young healthy people. The risk pool is how premiums are determined.

The LA Times painted the ominous picture for what will happen next year:

Long-term stability could be undermined if newly insured people do not pay their bills or if they drop coverage in coming months because they are unhappy about the high deductibles or narrow doctor and hospital networks some plans offer.Some people have had to pay higher premiums to replace old plans that did not comply with the law’s consumer standards.More ominously, some insurance industry officials are warning they may raise rates substantially next year. Major rate hikes could push out healthy consumers, undermining the law’s marketplaces and recharging political opposition.

Foolish conclusions

  • Obama and his Democratic minions (law passed without one Republican vote) have adjusted, delayed, and not enforced all the really bad stuff in this law until after the 2014 mid-term elections, with some really bad stuff delayed until after Hillary assumes power in 2016.
  • As usual the CBO estimate of $ 2.6 trillion will be off by 100% as the true cost will soar past $ 5 trillion. It will be the gift that keeps on giving, like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc.
  • The risk pool will be so skewed towards older sicker Americans that premiums will skyrocket by 20% per year over the next few years, making many of the enrollees drop it altogether.
  • The millions who end up not paying their premiums to the insurance companies will be subsidized by the paying customers of the insurance companies because we are rich and need to help the poor. Obama will punish insurance companies that tell the truth about non-payment by the dregs.
  • The government has taken control of our healthcare system under the auspices of covering the millions of uninsured. The fact that 93% of the uninsured remain uninsured after the rollout reveals that this has been nothing but a socialistic power grab by Obama and the people who want to control every aspect of our lives.
  • The promised $ 2,500 annual savings in premiums for the average family seems unlikely to materialize as premiums for the average family have risen by 30% to 50% since 2009.
  • The if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor promise seems to be ringing hollow as millions have been forced out of their existing plans and now have much less choice of plan and doctor options.
  • The millions of math challenged drones who believed Obama and have focused solely on the monthly premiums evidently don’t understand that deductibles on the lowest level plan average $ 5,000 and go as high as $ 12,000 drive the true cost much higher. I hope they don’t get sick or injured.

I hope you enjoyed being Obama’s fool on April 1. They say a fool is born every minute. Obama and his minions are counting on it.

Read more at The Burning Platform

Doug Ross @ Journal

History repeating? Putin annexes Crimea 76 years to the week after Hitler annexed Austria.

Putin's Anschluss of Crimea.

Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea.

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ORIGINAL POST: (Washington, D.C.) – When I set out to write The Auschwitz Escape, I was eager to portray the drama of the greatest escape in human history — from a Nazi death camp in Poland.

But I was also a bit anxious because I usually write political thrillers about events that could happen in the future, not historical fiction inspired by events that happened in the past.

Yet on the very day of the novel’s nationwide release, it’s hard not to sense history is repeating itself: A dictator is rising to Europe. He smells Western weakness. He is sending troops into other countries. He is seizing land. He is claiming it as his own, and he is daring anyone to stop him. 

“Unfortunately instead of de-escalation we have [the] Anschluss of Crimea, which cannot be left without a response,” Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.

Tragically, he is right — even The Moscow Times is calling Putin’s moves an “Anschluss.”

On March 13, 1938 — exactly seventy-six years ago this week — German dictator Adolf Hitler annexed Austria after sending Nazi military forces in to invade the country.

To give the illegal action a veneer of respectability, Hitler ordered a national referendum in Austria, and on April 10th, Austrians approved Hitler’s “Anschluss” (annexation) with a vote of 99.7% in favor.

Now, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has successfully launched his own “Anschluss” of Crimea. He sent Russian military forces in to invade the country. Then he orchestrated a national referendum in the southern Ukrainian region, and got a vote of nearly 97% in favor.

Today, in a speech in Moscow, Putin formally announced the annexation of Crimea.

“In our hearts we know Crimea has always been an inalienable part of Russia,” Putin said in a major address to the Russian parliament.

The problem is that so far there has been no serious response to Putin’s moves. Nor was there when he invaded Georgia in 2008. Nor was there when he sold arms and nuclear technology to the terrorist regime of Iran. Or when he sold arms to the bloodthirsty regime of Bashar Assad amidst the horrific war Assad is waging in Syria that has forced 42% of the Syrian people to flee their homes and has left more than 140,000 people dead.

Have we really forgotten the lessons of Hitler and the Holocaust so quickly?

To be clear, there is no evidence Putin is Hitler in the sense that he is building concentration camps and planning a “Final Solution” to annihilate the Jewish people. But Putin wants to be a Czar. He wants to restore the glory of Mother Russia. He wants to rebuild what was lost when the Soviet Union imploded. He sees the West full of “Neville Chamberlains,” leaders who are weak and indecisive. And he is on the move. This is what makes him so dangerous.

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HISTORY WORTH REMEMBERING: Consider this summary from the Encyclopedia Britannica: “In July 1934 Austrian and German Nazis together attempted a coup but were unsuccessful. An authoritarian right-wing government then took power in Austria and kept perhaps half the population from voicing legitimate dissent; that cleavage prevented concerted resistance to the developments of 1938. In February 1938 Hitler invited the Austrian chancellor. Kurt von Schuschnigg to Germany and forced him to agree to give the Austrian Nazis virtually a free hand. Schuschnigg later repudiated the agreement and announced a plebiscite on the Anschluss question. He was bullied into canceling the plebiscite, and he obediently resigned, ordering the Austrian Army not to resist the Germans. President Wilhelm Miklas of Austria refused to appoint the Austrian Nazi leader. Arthur Seyss-Inquart as chancellor. The German Nazi minister Hermann Göring ordered Seyss-Inquart to send a telegram requesting German military aid, but he refused, and the telegram was sent by a German agent in Vienna. On March 12 Germany invaded, and the enthusiasm that followed gave Hitler the cover to annex Austria outright on March 13. A controlled plebiscite of April 10 gave a 99.7 percent approval.”

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Larwyn’s Linx: First time in history Pentagon plan rejected

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Nation

First time in history Pentagon plan rejected: BPR
To Uphold and Defend: Christian Mercenary
DNC Attendees Can’t Name a Single Hillary Accomplishment: CNS

Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan Call It Quits: Erick Erickson
Sen. Mark Pryor (D, Arkansas) takes a long step towards DOOM: Moe Lane
Wendy Davis Will Cause Democrats to Divert Resources to GA: Erick Erickson

Black Gun History Month and the NRA: Blasted Fools
The RNC Shows Contempt For Sarah Palin: Outcast
Pro-impeachment, anti-Obamacare Democrat pulls primary shocker: BPR

Dem Sen.: Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intel committee: John Hawkins
Only Americans Fear Obama: William L. Gensert
Pryor: Military service makes Tom Cotton feel “entitlement,” or something: Hot Air

Economy

ObamaCare May Cause 10,000 Union Members To Strike: LUR
Dems Differ on Whether Obamacare Insurance Extension Is Political: WFB
Why Britain is f*****: Commentator

Scandal Central

Obama Lashes Out at Senate as DOJ Nominee Rejected: PJM
Obama charged with blocking IRS probe, breaking promises to help: Paul Bedard
Emails Suggest Possible White House Tie to Sebelius Fundraising: Dossier

More Details Revealed Concerning CIA’s Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee: TechDirt
Trey Gowdy: Trust me, I’ve been doing this for 16 years; we can get Lois Lerner to talk: Scoop
Lois Lerner, Trey Gowdy, and millions in pension benefits: Unyielding

Climate & Energy

Science and reason vs. political correctness: Victor Davis Hanson
Obama Advisor Attacks AGW Believing Scientist: TR
Great Lakes reaches second highest ice cover on record: WUWT

Media

I Have the Smoking Gun in Obama’s IRS Scandal: Wayne Root
Lessons Of The Ukrainian Revolution For American Dystopia: Herschel Smith
New NRA Ad Targets Obama, Clinton Gun Comments With Fiery Civics Reminder: Blaze

World

Guess What’s Going On While Obama Is Pushing for One-Sided Treaties: Sara Noble
Israeli Navy Captures Iranian Boat Loaded With Syrian Missiles Destined for Gaza : Algemeiner
Pressuring the Wrong Country: Cal Thomas

Military’s top general offers grim outlook on nation’s defense: James Rosen, McClatchyDC
Crimea River: Ann Coulter
While Obama Disarms America, China Raises Defense Spending 12.2% for 2014: WSJ

Congress United on Punishing Russia, Divided on How We Got to This Point: Bridget Johnson
When Progressives, Communists And Radical Theocrats Start To Beat The Drums Of War: NoisyRm
US to Send Fighter Jets to Poland: Tatler

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

No Internet? Facebook Could Fix That with Drones: Zach Miner, CIO
Dyson’s bladeless desk fan is very cool but oh so costly: CNet
‘Wello’ iPhone case can track your blood pressure, temperature and more: Emily Price

Cornucopia

Real Smart: iOTW
Entire NBA Game Movements, Visualized: Gizmodo
5-year-old, dad replicate Dutch masters images: Andrea Shea King

Image: Military’s top general offers grim outlook on nation’s defense
Sponsored by: Had Enough of Mitch McConnell? Let’s Fire Him: Support Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate

QOTD: “In 2004, nearly 100 soldiers, mostly Marines, died in the battle to take Fallujah from al-Qaida. Today, al-Qaida’s black flag flies above Fallujah.

Bush won the war, and Obama gave it back.

Obama couldn’t be bothered with preserving America’s victory in Iraq. He was busy helping to topple a strong American ally in Egypt and a slavish American minion in Libya — in order to install the Muslim Brotherhood in those countries instead. (That didn’t work out so well for U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans murdered in Benghazi.)

So now, another Russian leader is playing cat-and-mouse with an American president — and guess who’s the mouse? Putin has taunted Obama in Iran, in Syria and with Edward Snowden. By now, Obama has become such an object for Putin’s amusement that the fastest way to get the Russians out of Crimea would be for Obama to call on Putin to invade Ukraine.” –Ann Coulter

Doug Ross @ Journal