Noonan: The Nihilist in the White House

This administration doesn’t build, it divides and tears down. Vindication is assumed.

There is an odd, magical-thinking element in the psychology of recent White Houses. It is now common for those within them to assume that history will declare their greatness down the road. They proceed as if this is automatic, guaranteed: They will leave someday, history will ponder their accomplishments and announce their genius.

The assumption of history’s inevitable vindication is sharper in the current White House, due to general conceit—they really do think they possess a higher wisdom and play a deeper game—and the expectation that liberal historians will write the history.

The illusion becomes a form of license. We don’t have to listen to critics, adversaries, worriers and warn-ers, we just have to force through our higher vision and let history say down the road we got it right.

They make this assumption because they don’t know much about history—they really are people who saw the movie but didn’t read the book—and because historical vindication is what happened so spectacularly in the case of Ronald Reagan. So it will happen to them, too.

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Morning Update November 22nd, 2014 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Government spends $300M to help countries with climate change

OTTAWA — Canada pledged $300 million on Thursday to help poor countries adapt to climate change and to help them lower their greenhouse gas emissions.

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#2 — CTV | Intelligence agency’s case disclosures rise in fight against terror, dirty cash

OTTAWA — New figures show Canada’s financial sleuthing agency disclosed more than 1,000 pieces of intelligence to police and security agencies last year.

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#3 — Globe | Pursuit in Quebec corruption probe led to crash that killed child: report

A highly sensitive investigation by Quebec anti-corruption police was behind the tragic death last February of a five-year-old boy who was killed by a speeding unmarked police car, a new report says.

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#4 — Postmedia | ‘This is going to be a war,’ says Burnaby mayor as 26 pipeline protesters arrested (with video)

As pipeline protesters clashed with police on Burnaby Mountain — leading to 26 arrests — Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said his government was ready for a “war” in the courts.

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#5 — Sun | Ontario drunk driver to challenge legitimacy of Criminal Code on First Nations land

SARNIA, Ont. – A southern Ontario man convicted Thursday of drunk driving and drug possession plans to challenge the Criminal Code’s validity on First Nations land.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Computer hijacking arrests in UK and across Europe

Fifteen people have been arrested, including four in the UK, in connection with the hijacking of computers.

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#7 — CNS | CMS Padded Obamacare Enrollment Numbers With Dental Plans

(CNSNews.com) – In September, Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), told Congress that 7.3 million Americans had “enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage.” (That was down from the April number of 8 million.)

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#8 — Fox | Flooding, roof collapses now major concern in western New York

An epic three-day storm that dumped 7 feet of snow or more in the Buffalo area finally ended early Friday, but now residents in western New York face another set of threats: rain, higher temperatures and the possibility of severe flooding.

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#9 — DM | Was the ‘explosion in life’ on Earth caused by North America breaking away from Antarctica?

Researchers have uncovered a massive shift in the Earth’s plates they say created the ‘perfect storm’ for life on Earth to explode – and reveals North America was once attached to Antarctica.

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#10 — WT | Illegals get a pay raise while current American workers’ checks could get squeezed

Illegal immigrants stand to make out nicely, seeing a big jump in their wages under President Obama’s policy, announced Thursday, granting millions of them temporary amnesty and the chance to work legally, but analysts say American workers in some jobs are likely to feel a pinch from new competitors.

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Hanson: Meet the Snobocrats (5)

Jonathan Gruber’s disdain for the proverbial masses is thematic of the last six years.

Last week, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, one of prominent architects of Obamacare, was exposed as little more than an elitist fraud.

Gruber was caught on videotape expressing the haughty attitude that drove the Affordable Care Act, deriding the “stupidity” of Americans as a way to justify misleading them.

Gruber apparently thinks such deception is okay because yokel voters could not handle the truth about the looming chaos he helped to engineer in their health coverage.

Unfortunately, Gruber’s disdain for the proverbial masses — he was paid nearly $400,000 in consulting fees — is thematic of the last six years.
Another master-of-the-universe drafter of Obamacare was Ezekiel Emanuel. He scoffed on national television that the number of people covered by Obamacare at that point was “irrelevant.”

Emanuel also drew attention for his recent adolescent rant in a men’s magazine about the desirability of everyone dying at 75 to save society the expense of maintaining what he sees as the unproductive elderly.

Former speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi lectured of Obamacare that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” The same elitist message reverberates: that government and academic elites are smarter than average Americans, and so need not explain what they are doing.

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See Also:

#1 — The Incredible Shrinking President

#2 — Obama’s Amnesty Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As New Jobs Since 2009

#3 — Obama sets off on scorched-earth rampage

#4 — The Costs of Enabling Al Sharpton

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Afternoon Update November 21st, 2014 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Ontario passes new auto insurance legislation

The Ontario Liberal government passed new auto insurance legislation Thursday that it says will help reduce rates for consumers.

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#2 — CTV | SCC won’t hear case of ex-gunsmith who wanted to stop firearm seizure

TORONTO — Canada’s highest court has said it will not hear the appeal of a former gunsmith in northwestern Ontario who sought to prevent the forfeiture of hundreds of firearms and gun parts that were once in his possession.

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#3 — Globe | Nisga’a Nation agree to pipeline deal for LNG with B.C.

In a rare example of aboriginal co-operation on pipeline matters, the Nisga’a Nation’s governing body has signed a $6-million deal with the B.C. government to allow a pipeline to bring natural gas to Prince Rupert to feed hoped-for liquefied natural gas plants.

[…]

#4 — Postmedia | U.S. raises alarm over Afghan heroin flowing through Canada

The Obama administration has raised the alarm about an increase in the amount of heroin being smuggled from Afghanistan through Canada and into the U.S.

[…]

#5 — Sun | Judges urged to keep people safe as wind turbine court appeal ends

LONDON, Ontario – A judicial fight over the future of wind turbines in Ontario wrapped up Thursday with the fate of the province’s green energy law in the hands of judges.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Duchess of Alba: Spain’s richest aristocrat dies aged 88

The Duchess of Alba, Spain’s richest woman and one its most eccentric figures, has died aged 88 in Seville.

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Express | The lost Queen of Scotland?

DM | Duchess of Alba leaves nothing to her 64-year-old toyboy

#7 — CNN | Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign; grand jury decision nears

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — As a grand jury gets closer to announcing its decision, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown, is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign, sources close to the talks said.

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#8 — Fox | Western New York communities pounded by fresh round of historic snow

A new blast of snow pounded the Buffalo area Thursday, piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that has left some areas with more than 7 feet of snow.

[…]

#9 — DM | The largest landslide on Earth

Archaeologists have uncovered one of the biggest landslides ever found on earth.

The huge collapse took place in southwestern Utah more than 21 million years ago.

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#10 — WT | 5 Guantanamo prisoners released to Slovakia, Georgia

Five men have been released from Guantanamo, as the U.S. ramps up efforts to shut down the detention center on the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

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Outrage as greedy EU demands MORE of your cash (10)

FURY erupted last night over a shock demand for £5.4billion from the European Union.

The surprise claim is likely to further boost Ukip in today’s by-election in Kent. The poll already looks certain to give the party another spectacular victory.

Members of the European ­Parliament demanded the cash – including £680million from British taxpayers – to settle unpaid bills. Anti-Brussels campaign groups were outraged last night about the sudden cash demand.Ukip MEP Jonathan Arnott, the party’s spokesman on the EU budget, said: “It is clear that the EU is beyond reform.

“The only way for Britain to avoid being at the sharp end of more EU bills is to withdraw altogether.” And Jonathan Isaby, of the Tax- Payers’ Alliance, said: “The European Union has gone over-budget, and now wants British taxpayers to help pay the bills. It’s totally unacceptable and the Prime Minister must stand up to these demands.We must get a better deal from Brussels.”

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See Also:

#1 — Even those who refuse to regard Farage as credible sympathise with voters who back Ukip

#2 — Celebrating already Nigel?

#3 — Why it’s time to reconsider eurozone stocks

#4 — Pressure Mounts for EU Crackdown on Tax Havens

#5 — Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

Afternoon Update:

#6 — Mark Reckless vows Ukip will ‘give you back your country’ after winning Rochester by-election

#7 — Snowden documents: Vodafone-bought firm helped GCHQ

#8 — No breakthrough after marathon conference call

#9 — EU rejects Britain bonus cap challenge

#10 — EU to use ‘LuxLeaks’ documents in tax probe

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of America’s Last Battle Rifle

Critics said the M-14 was what happened when the U.S. government took many years and spent millions of dollars designing a rifle that was really just a glorified M-1 Garand from World War II.

The M-14 was the U.S. military’s last battle rifle. It appeared in 1959—the contemporary of the Pentagon’s first jet fighters and ICBMs. With its heavy steel parts and walnut stock, the M-14 looked positively archaic.

It was hardly a Space Age weapon. And it only endured as America’s battle rifle until 1970, when the M-16 completely superseded it—the shortest service record of any U.S. military rifle in the 20th century.

Yet, the M-14 has come and gone and come back again. Its accuracy and power—it fires the 7.62 x 51 millimeter NATO round—have given it a new lease on life as a weapon for snipers and designated marksmen.

The M-14 refuses to surrender.

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Springlike Relief to Follow Winter’s Early Debut in Eastern Half of US

Following waves of arctic cold and snow, more typical of January, a few days of springlike weather are on the way for the South, Midwest and Northeast starting this weekend.

Temperatures more typical of late December and January, including record-breaking cold, swept across three-quarters of the nation during the past week.

For regions of Texas and the Southeast, the first frost and in some places the first hard freeze of the season occurred as the frigid air plunged into the region.

As the arctic air surged eastward across the Great Lakes, lake-effect snow accumulated to a depth of several feet, shut down travel and stranded thousands.

Relief from the cold is on the way for some of the regions hit hard by winter’s early debut.

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Conservative government to study privatization of some police services

OTTAWA—The Conservative government is examining the “opportunities and challenges” involved in privatizing some policing services in Canada.

Public Safety officials are commissioning a study to examine the growing industry of private policing in Canada and abroad, and to outline the role private security firms could play in traditional public policing roles.

The study appears to be primarily motivated by the cost of and increased pressure on public forces, despite historically low crime rates.

“Policing has become something new, not only in Canada but in all western democratic nations,” states Public Safety’s notice for the study.

“Increasingly, we have become a security-conscious society that has placed a demand on our publicly funded agencies, (which they are) increasingly unable to meet.”

Private security is loosely defined and can range from mall cops to private investigators to highly specialized cybersecurity experts — but the market is growing, and employees are typically paid less than police officers.

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Navy will rely on allies in short-term, may lease vessels as it awaits new ships

OTTAWA — Canada can rely on its allies to prop up its navy for a little over a year before it must find an in-house solution, the commander of the Royal Canadian Navy said Tuesday.

The navy is trying to find its way forward after decommissioning four ships ahead of schedule.

In particular, the loss of two Protecteur-class resupply ships is causing problems. Canada had planned to lean on its allies for up to two years to fill the gap before new resupply ships are operational.

But now that gap is much larger than expected, perhaps lasting up to seven years.

“The challenge we have now is that the gap is here today, and in addition to that, it’s longer 20 to 24 months, it’s several years,” Vice-Admiral Mark Norman said Tuesday after meeting with the House of Commons defence committee.

“No matter what we do, we don’t see a long-term, sustainable solution coming from our allies.”

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