Thursday, February 26, 2015

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General News and Comment


Most Voters Want Congress to Ignore Obama Veto Threats
Excerpt: President Obama on Tuesday used one of the very rare vetoes of his presidency to reject a bipartisan bill from Congress calling for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Voters aren’t happy with that veto and want Congress to keep doing what it wants even if the president doesn’t like it.

Important: Donation to Clinton Foundation while Hillary was secretary of state violated ethics agreement, report says
Excerpt: The Clinton Foundation was on the defensive Wednesday after disclosing that it had accepted millions of dollars from several foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including one donation that violated the foundation's ethics agreement with the Obama administration. (Should be called "The Clinton Travel and Perks Foundation." ~Bob. Sorry. This is disqualifying. The Secretary of State cannot take money from foreign governments while allegedly representing our interests in negotiations with that government. It’s bribery: ... The claim is that all of the money went to good charitable causes. But Algeria could donate to Haitian relief funds, or any other charity, directly. There’s an obvious incentive to give money -- even with the allegedly best intentions -- to the Clinton Foundation: access and goodwill to the Clintons. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

W.H. Unable To Explain Why Clinton Foundation Violated Ethics Agreement 

Hillary keeps up Dems' middle-class deception
Excerpt: But when elite Democratic politicians discuss the “middle class,” they're not usually talking about a group of people they intend to help with new policies. Rather, they're affixing a proven and popular label on the same old policies, which mostly do nothing for the tens of millions of Americans who are too rich to take government benefits but not so wealthy that money isn't a constant concern. Take as an example Obama's new enthusiasm for what he calls “middle class economics.” As proposed in his State of the Union, it would have actually raised the average middle-class earner's taxes by seven dollars a year, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation. As the Washington Post's Max Ehrenfreund put it bluntly, “There's no point in calling this tax plan 'middle-class economics,' since its main effect is to help the poor.”

Interesting: Hillary Clinton is no feminist champion. By Ashe Schow
Excerpt: If we take a ride back 20 years to the 1990s, Hillary was involved in the most orchestrated and vicious victim-blaming campaigns against women in recent history. She spent years defending husband Bill from accusations that he raped, sexually assaulted or groped women. And even after he admitted publicly that he cheated on her, she stood by him. ... The most that can be said about her “accomplishments” was that she “achieved” them by being married to Bill. That’s not exactly the feminist way of being your own, empowered woman.

Joe Biden Wants to ‘Emancipate Wealth' by Stealing More of It and Making More Poor People
http://godfatherpolitics.com/20658/joe-biden-wants-emancipate-wealth-stealing-making-poor-people/
Excerpt: Joe Biden is creepy and dangerous. He was picked by Obama to be the vice-president for two reasons: First, because he knew that Biden could not compete with him in the realm of public popularity. He needed a vice-president who would not upstage him. Biden was the perfect pick. The stooge that made the other guy look better.

Interesting: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out to emancipate the Land of Lincoln. By George F. Will
Excerpt: The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the past six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan
Excerpt: The Federal Communications Commission, in a party-line vote, approves sweeping 'net neutrality' plan allowing broad regulation of how Americans use the Internet. Makes it easier for the government to find racist, Islamophobic right-wing terrorists--and silence them. ~Bob)

Excerpt: As the Federal Communications Commission is set to approve new Internet rules, a new report shows that George Soros and the Ford Foundation have donated $196 million to groups that support the cause.

Worth Reading: Grievance School. By Steven F. Hayward
Excerpt: Of all the college towns fixed in the American mind as bastions of elite leftism, a Big Four stand out: Cambridge, Madison, Berkeley, and Boulder. It was no wonder, then, that the University of Colorado at Boulder received national attention, and raised many eyebrows, when it announced a couple of years back that it wanted to hire an identified conservative as a visiting faculty member — the beginning of a privately funded pilot program to bring conservative perspectives to its storied campus. I ended up being the guinea pig for this unorthodox experiment.

CNN, DHS & SPLC’s Blame Righty hit job. By Michelle Malkin
http://michellemalkin.com/2015/02/25/cnn-dhs-splcs-blame-righty-hit-job/
Your tax dollars are once again hard at work — defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying the public access to information they funded.
CNN splashed the big scoop on its website: “DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat.” The fear-mongering piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of “violence by sovereign citizen extremists since 2010.” CNN’s Evan Perez and Wes Bruer prominently quoted Mark Potok of the widely disgraced propaganda outfit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Potok claimed that “there are as many as 300,000 people involved in some way with sovereign citizen extremism.” (Well, the SPLC called Dr. Ben Carson, who grew up poor and black in the Detroit ghetto to become probably the world's most eminent pediatric neurosurgeon, an extremist. case closed. ~Bob)

The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses. By Phillip Jennings 
Excerpt: The Last Days in Vietnam is an Oscar-nominated documentary covering the very end of South Vietnam, in April, 1975. Rory Kennedy’s dramatically sad and horrific documentary is both difficult (for a Vietnam Veteran at least) to watch and a chronicle of American compassion and angst. The fall of a democratic society to Communist tyranny should be lamented by Americans, who sacrificed greatly in their defense. It is a film of pathos, frustrating and yet strongly uplifting at times as American soldiers, diplomats and newsmen risk their careers and their lives to save Vietnamese friends from the invading North Vietnamese Army. Uplifting, unless you’re Associate Professor Christoph Giebel of the University of Washington, Seattle. In a review of the film posted to the website of Vietnam Scholars Group (sic) by Professor Giebel, the film is “dangerously simplistic,” and “much more of a commentary on current US culture—steeped in nationalistic discourses of exceptionalism, thoroughly militarized, and narcissistic—than a reflection of its actual quality.” (An article to read and pass around. --Del)

Public Pensions' Scary First Cousin -- Retiree Health Benefits. By Nancy Smith
Excerpt: The subject of public employee retirement systems is one of the toughest nuts for legislatures especially to crack. But for many local governments in Florida, there's another, seldom-mentioned "ticking time bomb" -- something separate but oh-so-related to public pensions: commitments to subsidize retiree health care premiums. A report released earlier this week by the LeRoy Collins Institute, "Beyond Pensions: Florida Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits," reveals public employees' health care premiums in the Sunshine State are responsible for some $8.4 billion in unfunded liabilities.

Race Card News


Unbelievable: Citing Stigma, The University Of Minnesota Removes Race Descriptions In Crime Alerts
Excerpt: Facing backlash for allegedly stigmatizing minorities — particularly black men — the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities announced on Tuesday that it will no longer include racial descriptors in crime alerts issued to students and faculty. “This change supports our public safety goals while recognizing the harm that the use of race in crime alerts causes for some members of our community,” the university, which has nearly 50,000 students and is located in Minneapolis and St. Paulsaid in a statement. (Are they saying that blacks commit a disproportionate share of the crimes? Not a stigma other wish. But they should leave out gender and age--those are protected classes we don't want to stigmatize either. An alert would read, "Be on the lookout for someone on campus who is an armed, homicidal maniac, but we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by describing the person. Good luck. Stay safe." ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Doctors Not Cashing In on Meaningful Use Incentives
Excerpt: Despite ONC's authority and intentions, their efforts are not seeing results. "Meaningful use" of ONC-certified EHRs triggers incentive payments for medical professionals but they are not cashing in. In 2014, only 3,154 eligible medical professionals had attested to the second stage of meaningful use to receive their payments for installing EHRs. A 2015 SERMO survey found 55 percent of the nearly 2000 physicians surveyed would not attest to the next stage of meaningful use this year. In response to this, federal penalties have been levied against 257,000 physicians, 280 providers and 200 hospitals for not using EHRs "meaningfully." Why are doctors not using EHRs meaningfully? Doctors are learning the actual cost of installing EHRs includes loss of productivity, a cost the incentive payments do not compensate for.

State's ObamaCare overcharges 13K
Excerpt: The Washington state ObamaCare exchange says that it withdrew the incorrect amount of money from the bank accounts of 13,000 people.

Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments. By Philip Kline
Excerpt: The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.
At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.

Undocumented Democrat News

Worth Hearing: Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw at Oversight Hearing
Grieving black father: "Do black lives really matter? Or only if they are killed by a white person?" Mother was in Iraq at the time. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Our Illiberal Immigration Policy Leads to Chaos. By Victor Davis Hanson
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414428/our-illiberal-immigration-policy-leads-chaos-victor-davis-hanson
Excerpt: There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration. Take liberal immigration. It is governed by laws passed by Congress and signed and executed by the president. Nearly all Americans accept that no individual can pick and choose which federal statute he chooses to obey, depending on his own perceived self-interest. Liberal immigration would be entirely legal, meritocratic, and ethnically blind. Skills and education would matter more than proximity to the border or political clout.

Well, the "Ex-President-in-Waiting" could describe any of us as "Corpses-in-Waiting." ~Bob

"You're Greener than Gore" News


Religion of Peace News


‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi. By Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman
Excerpt: But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize. (Just an immigrant wanting a better life. ~Bob)


Austria passes controversial reforms to 1912 Islam law
Excerpt: The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams.

Jews Who Embrace Their Enemies. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Last February, a divestment resolution went before the UCLA student government. Despite intense pressure, harassment and hate, Jewish against it. And the resolution failed 7-5. In November, a divestment vote came up again and UCLA Jewish student groups chose to sit it out. Instead of opposing the resolution, they would work on an approach “markedly from that of last year’s pro-Israel community, which passionately and publicly opposed divestment actions in a climate of toxic relations between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students.”

America's first "war on terror" Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates

Statement on the Murder of Dr. Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi Ally and Friend
Excerpt: We at the Center for Inquiry are shocked and heartbroken by the brutal murder of our friend Dr. Avijit Roy in Bangladesh, it is speculated at the hands of Islamic militants. Dr. Roy was a true ally, a courageous and eloquent defender of reason, science, and free expression, in a country where those values have been under heavy attack.


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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stay Informed! Read today's political news and opinion.

Update

Another slick night with some snow at rush hour. Had a dinner engagement on the west side, but this time left early enough I wasn't late. Guy I met at the VA six months ago was in town. He follows the blog and we got together. He had a lung transplant 13 years ago. I won't lay out his details, but my lung transplant and the last 14 months have been a garden party compared to what he's been through. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Older Piece But a Must Read: Six Seconds to Live. "Sir, in the name of God, no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all." By Lt. Gen. John Kelly
Excerpt: "The truck’s windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a bitch trying to get past them to kill their brothers – American and Iraqi – bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could. They had only one second left to live, and I think they knew." ... Kelly delivered this speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on Nov. 13, 2010, four days after his son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan.


Senate committee passes right-to-work bill amid chaos
Excerpt: Amid chaos, a Senate committee voted to send a controversial right-to-work bill to the full house, setting up another contentious debate for Wednesday. (Every voluntary association I managed over 31 years--there were seven--had more paying members when I left than when I took the con. If you show value, they will join. If you are spending dues on perks and pet projects the members don't value, they will not. ~Bob)

Excerpt: But on Tuesday, the large-scale public-union-style protests didn’t materialize. Early on a snowy morning outside the capitol, the sidewalks were empty. Several hundred union members, decked out in hard hats and iridescent safety jackets, milled about inside as the legislature conducted its public hearing on the bill. Perhaps expecting some of the chicanery of four years ago, police posted signs explaining that bringing live snakes into the capitol was prohibited.

No, Really, Scott Walker Is the Frontrunner. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: Quinnipiac polls likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants and finds Wisconsin governor Scott Walker leads the pack with 25 percent; 13 percent for U.S. senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, 11 percent each for physician Ben Carson and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and 10 percent for former Florida governor Jeb Bush. No other candidate is above 5 percent and 9 percent are undecided. PPP shows Walker leading nationally at 25 percent; Ben Carson is at 18 percent. The UT-Austin/Texas Tribune poll puts Ted Cruz at 20 percent; Walker is at 19 percent. The Field poll puts Walker ahead in California at 18 percent; Jeb Bush is second with 16 percent. PPP shows Walker second in South Carolina with 18 percent; Jeb Bush leads with 19 percent.

Walker Turns Media Gotchas into Cash
Excerpt: In the last two weeks or so, Scott Walker’s star has continued to rise from among the crowded field of Republican candidates, which has placed a media target on his back.

Hillary’s Identity Crisis. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: It apparently takes a village of corporate marketing specialists to tell voters who she is.

Russia Pushes Reset Button: Parades Missile Threatening to BLOW UP Obama
Excerpt: This week Russia pushed its own reset button… Russians paraded a missile on Army Day marked “to be personally delivered to Obama.”

How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where That Malaysia Airlines Plane Is?
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/02/jeff-wise-mh370-theory.html
Excerpt: I soon realized the germ of every TV-news segment is: “Officials say X.” The validity of the story derives from the authority of the source. The expert, such as myself, is on hand to add dimension or clarity. Truth flowed one way: from the official source, through the anchor, past the expert, and onward into the great sea of viewerdom. (Less interested in the subject, though I am, than in the story-development flow, and how news is packaged. --George)

Democrats "I Trust Scientists" Tweet Backfires Hilariously. By Christine Rousselle 
Excerpt: The official Twitter of the Democrat Party attempted to be snarky today and tweeted an image that implied that Republicans are anti-science: ... This being said, there's apparently at least one set of scientists the Democrats don't trust: the ones who said that the Keystone XL Pipeline will "not significantly worsen" the environment.

The Virtues of Marco Rubio
Excerpt: Rubio, the son of naturalized Cuban immigrants, would be the first Latino Republican candidate. That in itself should warm the cockles of establishment-type GOP hearts. And make no mistake – Republicans must improve with minorities. Bright, articulate and energetic, Rubio served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives, eventually being elected speaker in 2006. In 2009, he ran against Charlie Crist in the Florida senatorial primary. Beginning as an underdog, Rubio climbed the polls quickly and won the primary. Crist then ran as an independent, but Rubio beat him again in a three-way race.

In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed to a runoff. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
If you roll your eyes and conclude that only Jesus could beat Barack Obama’s former chief of staff in a Chicago Democratic primary . . . then you’re in luck: His runoff opponent is former Illinois State Senator Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who was outspent 12 to 1 in Tuesday’s race. Miraculous!

Trip to Vietnam Revives Hatred of Communism. By Dennis Prager
Excerpt: It was difficult to control my emotions -- specifically, my anger -- during my visit to Vietnam last week. The more I came to admire the Vietnamese people -- their intelligence, love of life, dignity and hard work -- the more rage I felt for the communists who brought them (and, of course, us Americans) so much suffering in the second half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, communists still rule the country. Yet, Vietnam today has embraced the only way that exists to escape poverty, let alone to produce prosperity: capitalism and the free market. So what exactly did the 2 million Vietnamese who died in the Vietnam War die for? I would like to ask one of the communist bosses who run Vietnam that question. "Comrade, you have disowned everything your Communist party stood for: communal property, collectivized agriculture, central planning and militarism, among other things. Looking back, then, for what precisely did your beloved Ho Chi Minh and your party sacrifice millions of your fellow Vietnamese?" There is no good answer. There are only a lie and a truth, and the truth is not good. (Having just returned from Viet Nam myself, where I came face to face with the despotism and oppression of communist rulers, I am right with Mr. Prager. --Del. me too, Del--and I didn't have to go back to know that! ~Bob)

MSNBC Host Feels Sorry For Chris Kyle’s Killer: ‘His Life Is Ruined’ [VIDEO]
Excerpt: Appearing on “Andrea Mitchell Reporting,” former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy said that he felt for the murderer of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and fellow veteran Chris Littlefield because “his life is ruined.” “It’s a tragedy,” said Murphy, who also hosts MSNBC’s “Taking the Hill” program. “I’m happy that justice was served. But that verdict yesterday doesn’t bring back Chris and Chad. It doesn’t. They’re gone. And, you know, now another Marine, his life is ruined.” (We like to say there are no ex-Marines. but this killer qualifies. ~Bob. Murphy has to be the biggest moron who ever lived. --Steve)

The Joy of Welfare-Funded Holiday Trips to Bali and Dubai. by Daniel J. Mitchell
Excerpt: Since I’m in the United Kingdom, it’s appropriate to announce that another Briton has been elected to the Moocher Hall of Fame. Ms. Kay Bird deserves this “honor” because it takes a very reprehensible entitlement mentality to brag about taking a global holiday with welfare cash. And we’re talking about a global holiday that appears to be far more extravagant than the foreign trips enjoyed by Natalija, another member of the Moocher Hall of Fame.

Gun News

Police ID Man Killed In North Austin Shooting
Excerpt: Austin Police have identified a man who was shot and killed in north Austin early Saturday morning. Police say they were called to an apartment home in the 7200 block of Twin Crest Drive around 1 a.m. on Saturday. When they arrived, they found 26-year-old Ray Anthony Arredondo dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Police say the tenant of the apartment was sleeping when Arredondo forced his way into the apartment. Police say Arredondo pointed a gun at the tenant and demanded he get on the ground. The tenant then grabbed his handgun and fired a shot at Arredondo striking and killing him, police said.

Homeowner shoots, kills intruder in Catawba County
Excerpt: Catawba County deputies said two burglars broke into the home on the 7400 block of Riverbend Road in Claremont around 9 a.m. The suspects broke a window around the back of the house and came in through the basement. Meantime Bruce Fox heard the men entering his home and got a 12 gauge shot gun. Fox called police but the men came after him. "Subject kicks in the door leading into the hallway, he comes down the hallway toward the homeowner and the homeowner fires one shot with the shotgun striking the subject in the chest," said Sheriff Coy Reid, Catawba Co.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Excerpt: The experience of the ONC in its first few years of existence warns against allowing it to exert too much control over HIT. In 2004, the ONC was originally envisioned as the “coordinator” of HIT. However, in 2009, the ONC became the financier, certifier, and regulator of much of HIT. The federal government allocated a 5-year budget of $30 billion to disburse as incentives to hospitals, physicians’ offices, and other health facilities, as encouragement to install electronic health records (EHRs). ONC was given the power to certify EHRs that would qualify providers for the incentive payments. A new NCPA study concludes that this has proven expensive, unproductive, and potentially harmful, which leads to the conclusion that the federal government should play a minimal role in guiding HIT over the next decade.

Undocumented Democrat News

From the left: Another Federal Judge Strikes Down An Obama Executive Action On Immigration. By Conn Carroll
Excerpt: A federal judge appointed by President Obama issued a preliminary injunction last week ending a key 2014 immigration executive action that helped end a wave of illegal immigration from Central Americans countries last summer.

Study: Hispanics Will Occupy 75% of New Jobs Starting in 2020. By Warner Todd Huston
Excerpt: A new study finds that Hispanic foreigners, both legal and illegal, will account for a large portion of future job growth, taking perhaps as many as 75 percent of the jobs created by 2020.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Reporters Laugh at White House Spokesman when He says that 6 Years Isn't Long Enough to Review the Keystone XL Pipeline. By Onan Coca
Excerpt: When the White House press corps is laughing at your answer – you know the answer probably wasn’t very good. In an interesting Q and A with White House reporters, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest isn’t even trying to hide the fact that his answer is ridiculous. He knows it is, and the reporters covering the White House know it is. The State Department (and other government agencies have had 6+ years to analyze the effects of the Keystone Pipeline and they still haven’t accomplished their task. In that time, several other studies of the Pipeline have been done, none showing any negative environmental impact. In fact, the net effect on the environment will be positive because the Pipeline will reduce the possibility of accidents with oil being transported by truck, train or boat.

Waiting for a Climate Apology
Excerpt: The Sierra Club gleefully reports that our saints at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to date have forced the closure of 186 coal-fired power plants. They claim there are still 337 to go. According to their data each coal-fired plant produces an average of 500 MW of energy, capable of powering roughly 260,000 households. That’s over 48 million households deprived of inexpensive energy, and all in the name of combating global warming. Their reasoning is to combat the emission of carbon dioxide, that evil greenhouse gas that has caused our Earth to warm unnecessarily. Yet recent discoveries have found what we’ve known all along. That man-made climate change is a scam and a scandal of proportions that we have never seen. (This writer is a bit emotional as well on the subject. I can understand that, what is hard for me to understand are the people who will cheerfully manipulate data to demonstrate there's warming, and we have plenty of examples of that, starting with the famous "hockey stick" professor. (Who is involved in a lawsuit about people pointing out his bad science, which will get interesting when trial starts. He also claimed to be a Nobel Prize recipient, and the Nobel people got ticked enough to make a public announcement that he is no such thing.) For me, reading the Climategate e-mails in which climatologists talked about destroying data so no one could use it to argue with them was the start of realizing, with shock and dismay, that PhD geniuses can be as subject to passionate beliefs as anyone else. I don't go for the deliberate scam conspiracy theory, but enough people getting emotionally committed to the whole idea in the end has the same effect as a conspiracy. Why the idea of manmade damage to the planet's atmosphere is so compellingly attractive to so many people is a complete mystery to me, but that's how it is. Meanwhile, the actions they want us all to take because of this belief would be and are already becoming damaging to our society. The EPA declaring CO2 to be a poison gas is not science, that is politics in action in a place that should be exempt from politics. A very, very bad idea. --Del. if you circulated a petition on college campuses to ban carbon-based life forms, you get thousands of signatures. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News


Worth Reading: The Cancer of Multiculturalism. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: President Obama’s vision is that of a man brainwashed through an academic vision of multiculturalism, in which American exceptionalism has no place. It’s a vision that has been shaped by a longtime association with people who hate our country, people such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Weather Underground leader and Pentagon bomber William Ayers and Ayers' onetime fugitive wife, Bernardine Dohrn. A vision that sees a moral equivalency between what Christians did centuries ago and today’s Islamic savagery is quite prevalent in academia. It’s part of what’s worshipped on most college campuses as diversity and multiculturalism. College campus idiots – and that includes faculty members and administrators – call for the celebration of and respect for all cultures. In their eyes, it’s racist Eurocentrism to think that Western values and culture are superior to others. But that’s the height of stupidity. 

Must Read: Obama’s Hasty Mosul Offensive. by Bing West
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414334/obamas-hasty-mosul-offensive-bing-west
Excerpt: Last week, the press panned Mr. Obama’s anodyne remarks about “violent extremism.” The next day, the Central Command briefed the press on plans to seize the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, which is currently held by ISIS. For a White House fixated upon imagery, news of an impending offensive projected a resolute commander-in-chief. ... The two battles for Fallujah show what would be likely to happen in Mosul. In April of 2004, President George W. Bush ordered the Marines, against their advice, to seize Fallujah. Within days, the ferocity of the battle sparked a public outcry. Mr. Bush lost his nerve and ordered the Marines to pull out. Similarly, if Mosul is attacked, Mr. Obama will be pressured by a dozen nations with competing interests. Given the present circumstances, he must, unlike in past crises, be fully resolved to stay the course. . Bing West, a former combat Marine and assistant secretary of defense, has written three books about the war in Iraq...

Secretary of Homeland Security says My Job is to "Give Voice to the Plight of Muslims
Excerpt: My goodness! When are Americans going to have enough of the federal government advancing the religion of pieces? "Homeland Security" Secretary Jeh Johnson sides with Barack Obama about not getting at the root of the terrorism taking place in the world today, Islam. In fact, recently, Johnson said that it was part of the administration's job to "give voice to the plight of Muslims." (Another "useful idiot". --JB)

Kurdish, Christian forces battle ISIS as fate of 150 reported hostages unclear
Excerpt: Kurdish and Christian militiamen battled Islamic State militants Wednesday in northeastern Syria, where the extremist group abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages, according to activists. Hassakeh province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground for the fight against the terror group Islamic State, also known as ISIS. It is predominantly Kurdish, but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Assyrian Christians and Armenians.

3 NYC residents arrested, charged with trying to join Islamic State militants
Excerpt: Three New York City residents -- two with Uzbekistan citizenship, and one a citizen of Kazakhstan -- plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS militants and 'wage jihad,' the Justice Department announced. One of the defendants also offered to kill the president of the United States if ordered do so, the criminal complaint alleged. 

Iran attacks mock U.S. carrier in drills near strait
Excerpt: "American aircraft carriers are very big ammunition depots housing a lot of missiles, rockets, torpedoes and everything else," the Guard's navy chief, Adm. Ali Fadavi, said on state TV, adding that a direct hit by a missile could set off a large secondary explosion. Last month Fadavi said his force is capable of sinking American aircraft carriers in the event of war. (FYI Adm. Ali Fadavi - mock carriers don't fight back. And your mock carrier didn't have the escorts that our Carrier Strike Group take with them. The typical CSG consists of the carrier, a guided missile cruiser, one or two Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) warships, and one or two anti-submarine destroyers or frigates, all of which would be engaged in defending the carrier from any attack. --MasterGuns)

Bill Maher finally Notices the “Orwellian” Nature of Not Calling ISIS Muslim. By Onan Coca
Excerpt: This idea that we cannot even call it Islamic terrorism seems Orwellian to me. It seems like we’re paying a very high price for this which is we can’t discuss it even rationally. Can’t we at least say that there are a number of factors that are involved? And the religion is certainly one of that.

New Book: Catch The Jew! [Kindle Edition] By Tuvia Tenenbom
Have not read. ~Bob

Let's Unfriend ISIS. By A.J. Caschetta
Excerpt: As absurd as "unfriending" a terrorist organization sounds, the Obama administration's use of social media to counter what it euphemistically calls "violent extremism" has been equally feckless. On Jan. 7, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged "the need to counter some of the extremist ideology that ISIL is propagating, using some pretty sophisticated social media strategy." Five days later ISIS hacked Centcom's social media accounts.

After capturing large stores of American weapons in Mosul last summer, ISIS tweeted this doctored version of Michelle Obama's #bringbackourgirls appeal for the release of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. The White House was not amused.

A Quarter of British Muslims Sympathize with Paris Attack Terrorists
Excerpt: More than a quarter of British Muslims sympathize with the terrorists who committed the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last month, according to a new ComRes poll conducted for the BBC. These findings indicate that a substantial minority of Muslims in Britain approve of murder against individuals deemed to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed. Roughly 27 percent of the respondents said that they have "some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks" while 32 percent said that they were not surprised by the terrorist attacks.

You can't make this stuff up: Expert on Islamophobia Joins ISIS. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: In 2009 he was invited to SVT, where he told Swedish viewers how Muslim phobia (Islamophobia) and hatred was spread around Europe. Previously, the Swede have been heavily involved to counter what he described as a misleading picture of Muslims as violent fanatics. In an episode of SVT debate, which can be seen on Youtube, he attacked the malicious picture of Muslims spread in Europe. This fear is based on ignorance of Islam,” Michael Skråmo said. ... Michael Skråmo, 29, took the whole family – his little four children and wife – to the IS-controlled area inside Syria. Now Skråmo filmed a propaganda video outside the Syrian city Kobane where he preaches jihad and calls Swedish jihadists to leave Sweden and join the “holy war”.

Which side are we on? Pentagon leak on secret anti-terror training camp
Excerpt: The Pentagon let slip that one of its training camps to help fight Islamic State terrorists is in Jordan — information the pro-U.S. kingdom had specifically requested be kept private, and the latest gaffe in a series of sensitive leaks coming out of the Department of Defense.

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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More interesting political news and conservative opinion


General News and Comment


Do Voters Believe Obama Loves America?
Excerpt: U.S. voters overwhelmingly say they love this country, but one-out-of-three doesn’t believe President Obama feels that way. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 35% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with this statement made last week by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani – “I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” Just over half (51%) disagree with this comment, but another 14% are not sure. (How would anyone know? He says he does. But he also said he was opposed to gay marriage, that you could keep your plan and doctor and that Obamacare would save you $3500 per year. He's said lots of things we now know are not true. ~Bob)

VA Secretary Robert McDonald admits lying about Special Forces service
Excerpt: Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has admitted that he lied about serving in the special operations forces in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera earlier this year. McDonald made the claim in January while he was in Los Angeles as part of the VA's effort to locate and house homeless veterans. During the tour, a homeless man told McDonald that he had served in the special operations forces. "Special forces? What years?" McDonald responded. "I was in special forces." The exchange was broadcast on "The CBS Evening News" Jan. 30. McDonald's misstatement was first reported by The Huffington Post. (Now I suppose we'll find out he wasn't dodging sniper fire with Hillary in Bosnia? He should hire Brian Williams as his PA officer. ~Bob)

Former (Clinton) Ambassador to USSR Matlock Lambastes U.S. Policy on Russia
Excerpt: what is going on. I see all these debates, and saying, “Oh, Russia’s only a regional power.”1 What does that mean? What does that mean, particularly in their own region? And I think the elephant in the room, which nobody is referring to, is the nuclear issue. No country which has ICBMs, ICBMs—10 independently targeted warheads, very accurate, mobile (so they can’t be taken out)—no country with that is a regional power, by any means. It can mean other things.

Worth Reading: How to Empower Violent Extremism. By Victor Davis Hanson
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414270/how-empower-violent-extremism-victor-davis-hanson
Every time Obama “contextualizes,” Putin and ISIS grow bolder. Not too long ago, most Russians were reportedly unhappy with Vladimir Putin. His crackdown on freedom and his kleptocratic economy were hardly popular. Most likely, given their druthers, Russians were not all that interested in Putin’s risky and costly dream of gobbling up former Soviet Republics to create some grander version of Russia’s mess. But now? As the ruble crashes, as Russia’s oil income dives, and as sanctions start biting the man in the street, Putin, in counterintuitive fashion, is apparently more popular than ever. Why? Because he has become an easy mechanism for ordinary Russians to vent frustration and anger over what they perceive as a too-powerful and bullying West. In a fairer world, Western decadence and self-indulgence would not have earned Americans and Western Europeans singular wealth, leisure, influence, and an overall good life — at least not more so than an Orthodox, politically proud, and historically illustrious Mother Russia. Add in the fact that Russians prove covetous of Western things, especially an elite that, like a moth to a flame, seeks to replicate exactly the sort of good life that it condemns as Western decadence.

Satire: Why Not Pick An Apple? By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Is Apple going to make a car?

Giuliani Versus Obama. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark – especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon. Against that background of strife and dangers on the world stage, it may seem as if Barack Obama’s feelings, or Rudolph Giuliani’s opinion about those feelings, should not matter so much, especially when it is hard to know with certainty how anyone feels. Yet when someone is the leader of a great nation at a historic juncture, it is more than idle curiosity to know what drives him.

The Media's Slimy Assault on Gov. Walker. By David Limbaugh
Excerpt: There is so much evidence that Obama has a different feeling about America than all of our past presidents that it borders on disingenuous to pretend otherwise. What other president has ever denigrated the Founding Fathers as “men of property and wealth”? What POTUS has repeatedly apologized for the United States and its record? Obama has done so, often on foreign soil, complaining to Europe about America’s arrogance, admitting to the Americas that we have sometimes dictated our terms, telling the Turkish Parliament that we have “our own darker periods in our history,” sending a letter to the Afghan president apologizing for coalition forces inadvertently burning copies of the Quran but failing to object to the killing of U.S. troops in return, apologizing to Japan for our nuclear bombing of its cities, criticizing Americans for distrusting Islam, and even going so far as to blame America for the rampant gun violence in Mexico. What other president has belonged to a church whose pastor was openly racist and anti-American? What other president has scoffed at the idea of American exceptionalism?

Scott Walker consolidating the right. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: The Texas Tribune reports, “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has erased U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s strong lead among Texas Republicans in the volatile and still-developing race for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Cruz’s 25 percentage-point lead over Walker in October has vanished: The Texan won the support of 20 percent of the state’s registered voters to Walker’s 19 percent — a statistical tie.” Cruz’s unfavorability rating in his home state is higher (36 percent) than that of either former governor Rick Perry (30 percent) or current Gov. Greg Abbott (28 percent).

Gov. Scott Walker: ‘I don’t know’ whether Obama is a Christian
Excerpt: “I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?” Walker said such questions from reporters are reflective of a broader problem in the nation’s political-media culture, which he described as fixated on issues that are not relevant to most Americans. “To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”(Of all the problems the next president will face, Obama's religion is pretty far down the list. We should take President Obama at his word when he says he is a patriot and a Christian. After all, he said he was opposed to gay marriage, and that under his health plan your premiums would go down, health costs would go down and if you liked your health plan and your doctor, you could keep them. So we know we can take him at his word...Right? ~Bob


Will Elizabeth Warren seize her opportunity? By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton is theoretically a highly vulnerable candidate. She has been “caught” — in plain sight — being a Clinton, meaning her abnormal attachment to money has driven her into the pockets of big donors who seem like a Who’s Who of Evil Forces in a MoveOn.org ad. Dick Cheney played small ball, merely working for Halliburton before running for VP (by which time he had ended his relationship). Clinton goes right into the heart of oil kingdoms, Goldman Sachs and chemical and drug companies to support her foundation, which has as a key function the luxury travel of the Clintons and their retinue. She has no discernible policy proposal on much of anything. Her political skills cannot be called “rusty,” for they were never lustrous. She served as the president’s top foreign policy official, making her the co-author of a foreign policy distinguished by its ineffectiveness and lack of principle, unless one considers allowing evil forces to run amok to be a principle. In sum, she is viewed with disdain by the base and extremely vulnerable in a general election.

Worth Reading: 25 Quotes That Prove Liberals Don't Love America. By John Hawkins 
Excerpt: 6) You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a (flag) pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest… — Barack Obama 7) For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. — Michelle Obama

The government loan program with a 116 percent default rate. By Michael Grunwald 
Excerpt: If you’re curious just what kind of risks the US government is taking with its $3.3 trillion in loan programs — a portfolio considerably larger and significantly stranger than any private bank’s — the best place to start is the Federal Credit Supplement, an obscure batch of tables stashed in the back of the annual White House budget proposal. ... For instance, it projects that taxpayers will recover 46 cents on every dollar loaned to renovate rural apartment complexes, but will earn a 24-cent profit on every dollar loaned for Indian tribe land acquisition. Its suggests that risky U.S. loan guarantees for biorefineries and Ukraine are actually getting somewhat safer. It’s where I recently discovered a surprise $21.8 billion shortfall in the federal student loan program.

Did Patricia Arquette accept her $165,000 swag bag before or after her impassioned speech on income inequality?

Gun News

They want guns to protect them, but are against guns to protect you. ~Bob

Excerpt: According to the Arizona Daily Star, the poll was conducted by the Behavior Research Center (BRC), which found that a large portion of the 48 percent of Arizonans who supported more gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook have now changed their position, with only 33 percent favoring more gun control. Forty-eight percent of Arizonans “think the current level of gun control is just fine.” That figure represents a 10-percent increase from the poll taken after Sandy Hook. BRC found that support for gun control “dropped among all political and age groups.”

Race Card News

Internet Quote
"White privilege" = being held responsible for the acts of your ancestors by folks who accept no responsibility for the acts of their children." --Anon.

Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
Excerpt: The complaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the National Association of African-American Owned Media, which also filed a similar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December. This time, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC — on the eve of the two companies merging to become what would be the largest pay television distributor in the United States — but also various African-American advocacy groups and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for allegedly facilitating discrimination. (if they win, we'll never get the millions in tax dollars Sharpton owes. Of course, no chance until 2017, when he might not be a White House advisor ant longer--unless it's President Hillary. ~Bob)

George Zimmerman won’t face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin’s death. By Mark Berman and Sari Horwitz
Excerpt: The Justice Department announced Tuesday that George Zimmerman will not face federal criminal civil rights charges for shooting and killing teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. (After all the political theater, if they thought they had a case...~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News


HIPAA Violation? Analyst: Private Firms’ Access to Obamacare User Info ‘Incomprehensible’
Excerpt: Allowing dozens of companies access to Obamacare users’ personal health care information was “digital overkill,” and compromised millions of Americans’ online security, an analyst told a congressional panel looking into the issue this month. An Associated Press story revealed last month that the federal government had authorized as many as 50 private companies, including Google, Twitter and Facebook, to track and record healthcare.gov users’ information. The Obama administration said the use of third party “data mining” is necessary to help understand who uses the site, as well as how and when they use it. That, in turn, they say, can help officials improve the site’s content, features, layout and security, as well as the overall “user experience.” (Hmm, another "oops" from Obamacare that we didn't expect or get told about. --Del)

An Obamacare tell
Excerpt: President Obama has touted the success of the second year of open enrollment for his signature healthcare law. “The Affordable Care Act is working,” Obama said in a Facebook video. “It’s working a little better than we anticipated.” But courtesy of the Department of Health and Human Services, we have a signal that all may not be going a smoothly as the administration would have us believe. .. To start, it's yet another indication that any deadline that the administration sets is merely written on water, subject to arbitrary changes. (We now have the Rube Goldberg version of a healthcare system. ~Bob)

Undocumented Democrat News

New Book: BROWN PEOPLE, Hispanic Politics and the Disunited State of Amigos. By Javier Manjarres
JAVIER MANJARRES is a Florida-based blogger, pundit and award-winning journalist who was born to Colombian immigrants in Flushing, NY. He launched the influential conservative political website the Shark Tank in late 2009 which quickly became the preeminent political blog in the state of Florida. His fearless, uncompromising style has won him many dedicated fans and detractors, and he was credited as being the "tip of the spear" of Senator Marco Rubio's historic campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010 which helped lead to Rubio’s victory over sitting Governor Charlie Crist. For his efforts throughout the 2010 midterm elections, he was named the top national conservative blogger by the Conservative Political Action Committee in 2011. (Have not read. ~Bob)

Texas Governor: Since Jan. 1, 'We Have Had More Than 20,000 People Come Across the Border'
Excerpt: "We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer, but we need to understand that the problem is not going away," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told CBS's "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. "Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve." (All told in fiscal year 2014, U.S immigration officials removed 213,719 individuals apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.) (It seems the problem with people walking into the USA across the southern border is not going away, not even close. So the state of Texas is going to start trying to work on it on their own, since the feds aren't doing the job that is supposed to be one of the primary functions of a government. Interesting. I wonder what it will take to get this nation to be really serious about tightening up the border, and turning people around very quickly to be transported back across it. So far I just don't see that as a priority for the Executive Branch, and not, so far, for the Legislative Branch either. --Del. It will take this: The Next Terrorist attack on America http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2009/09/essay-next-terrorist-attack-on-america.html ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News


Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill
Excerpt: The White House has notified the Senate that President Obama has vetoed legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline. (Unions wanting jobs can go pound sand. ~Bob)

UN climate head Rajendra Pachauri resigns
Excerpt: The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. ("It's getting warmer, warmer. You need to take off your clothes..." ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News


Betting National Security on a Theory
Excerpt: So accurately describing their ideology, or calling the terrorists "jihadists" grants them undo legitimacy as true representatives of the faith, the argument goes. The current policy aims to deny them that mantle. That's a theory. But there's a key question no one seems to be asking: Does it work? This is a continuation of a policy instituted during President George W. Bush's second term, meaning it has been in place for more than seven years. If it is indeed the right, best policy, advocates should be able to point to tangible evidence to show its value. Arguably, the Islamist ideology has never been more popular, given the flood of foreign fighters making their way to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State, or Boko Haram's endless reign of terror in Nigeria. Hamas still enjoys strong support despite following policies which bring devastation to the people of Gaza. And there is no mistaking the religious motivation driving these groups. 


Worth Reading: For Clinton, money trumps women and girls. By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: With regard to women’s rights in Gulf States including Oman, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, according to Freedom House, “Regardless of constitutional guarantees, women throughout the region face legal forms of discrimination that are systematic and pervade every aspect of life. For example, in none of the Gulf countries do women enjoy the same citizenship and nationality rights as men, which can carry serious consequences for the choice of a marriage partner. . . [Gender] inequality is most evident in personal-status codes, which relegate women to an inferior position within marriage and the family, declare the husband to be the head of household, and in many cases require the wife to obey her husband. Under the family codes of all six Gulf countries, a husband is allowed to divorce his wife at any time without a stated reason, but a wife seeking divorce must either meet very specific and onerous conditions or return her dowry through a practice known as khula. Furthermore, women need a guardian’s signature or presence in order to complete marriage proceedings, limiting their free choice of a marriage partner. In Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, there is no codified personal status law, allowing judges to make decisions regarding family matters based on their own interpretations of Islamic law.” So why, if she is the defender of women and children, would Hillary Clinton accept millions from these countries for her foundation? 


I rate very doubtful: Iraqi Army Downs Two British Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL Terrorists
Excerpt: “The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard. The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.


Jobs for Jihadists? Sweden’s national job agency fires its entire network of ‘immigrant resettlement assistants’ over fears they were finding them jobs – as ISIS militants
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2964991/Swedish-migrant-aides-Isis-recruiters.html
Excerpt: The Swedish government has been forced shut down an assimilation guide service after discovering that several aides may have been trying to recruit newly arrived immigrants to ISIS.
The assimilation guides, a service provided by the Swedish state job agency, have been accused of taking bribes from migrant job-seekers and making 'recruitment attempts to militant fighting groups'.

Two men sentenced to 25 years in plot to attack Americans in Afghanistan
Excerpt: Two men convicted of seeking to join al Qaeda and training to carry out attacks on Americans in Afghanistan were sentenced on Monday to 25 years in federal prison, the U.S. Justice Department said. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips sentenced Sohiel Omar Kabir, 37, and Ralph Deleon, 26, who prosecutors said trained at firearms and paintball facilities in Southern California to prepare for their mission.

Hawaii Dem 'mind-boggled' Pentagon would brief on Iraq War plan. By Kristina Wong 
Excerpt: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said Monday she was "mind-boggled" by the Pentagon's briefing last week of an upcoming military plan to retake Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Pentagon officials at a Thursday briefing gave defense reporters details about the planned operation, angering Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said it risked the success of the mission. "I was similarly mind-boggled and didn't understand at all how this could be part of a strategic plan in what they're talking about," Gabbard, a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard and Iraq War veteran, said on CNN. 

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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: