Friday, March 27, 2015

More interesting political news and conservative comment


Fleeting time! I expect to be out-of-pocket Saturday, in Milwaukee for a Third Marine Division WI Chapter lunch. Shorter post today ~Bob

General News and Comment

Getting some traction on this story: Ethics complaint filed against Dane County sheriff over ad in Supreme Court race. By Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Excerpt: The complaint filed by Robert Hall of Madison points to a Dane County ordinance that forbids the use of county vehicles or uniforms for political activity. "It is gravely concerning that our sheriff prioritizes the use of county property for the benefit of a political campaign over his duty to provide for and administer the county's public safety," the complaint reads. Mahoney and the Bradley campaign did not respond immediately to a request for comment. (SCR 60.03 A judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of the judge's activities. (1) A judge shall respect and comply with the law and shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary. .. Actual improprieties under this standard include violations of law, court rules or other specific provisions of this chapter. [Supreme Court Administrative Rules, which have the force of law, I understand. ~Bob]

Flashback: Justice Bradley Defends the Rights of Necrophiliacs
Excerpt: Bradley, for instance, wrote the dissenting opinion in a 2008 case in which the Supreme Court ruled to reinstate charges against three men accused of digging up a corpse with which to have sex. The majority opinion made clear state law does indeed prohibit sexual intercourse with anyone who does not give consent, whether a victim is dead or alive. In short, Justice Patience Roggensack wrote, dead bodies cannot give consent. Bradley did not agree. “This justice is so extreme, so far to the left that in that particular case even the chief justice (Shirley Abrahamson), who also is pretty far to the left, even she concurred with the opinion of the majority,” said Hans von Spakovsky, legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, said in a Wisconsin Reporter story last month. (Defending down-trodden corpse-boinkers. There's always a victims group for the left to embrace. ~B ob)
Excerpt: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday he will retire at the end of his term, closing a long and controversial career in Congress that spanned four decades. 
The five-term Nevada Democratic senator announced the decision in a YouTube video message. 

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz declared unfit to work, officials say. By Michael Pearson, Laura Smith-Spark and Faith Karimi, CNN
Excerpt: Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was hiding an illness from his employers and had been declared unfit to work by a doctor, according to German authorities investigating what could have prompted the seemingly competent and stable pilot to steer his jetliner into a French mountain. Investigators found a letter saying that Lubitz, 27, wasn't fit to do his job in the waste bin of his Dusseldorf, Germany, apartment, city prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said Friday. The note, Kumpa said, had been "slashed." (Did the doctor alert the authorities? Of course not. The mentally-ill are another victim group whose rights must be protected. If that mean 149 people, including 15 teens and two infants, die, well, at least the powers-that-be get to feel all warm and fuzzy about their compassion. ~Bob)

Can Family Breakdown in Low-Education America Be Reversed? Maybe. By Michael Barone ·
Excerpt: Our kids, at least many of them, are not doing very well. The reason, writes Harvard professor Robert Putnam in his just-published “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” is the “two-tier pattern of family structure” that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s and continues to prevail today. Starting in the late 1960s, rates of divorce, unmarried births and single parenthood rose sharply among all segments of society. About a decade later, they fell and leveled off among the college-educated, who almost entirely raise their kids in Ozzie-and-Harriet style families today (except that Mom usually works outside the home). Among the bottom third of Americans in education and income, however, the negative trend accelerated. (Before Obama, the 1960s fundamentally transformed America. These are just some of the results. Tune in, turn on ,drop out indeed. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Vindicated: Bergdahl Platoon Members React to Desertion Charges, Obama Administration Smears. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Shortly after the prisoner swap, which was celebrated by President Obama with a White House Rose Garden ceremony, Bergdahl's platoon mates started to publicly come forward with desertion allegations. They were quickly dismissed and smeared by the administration. Now, they're speaking out about the new charges. "The truth has been out there the entire time. We've been telling everybody that wants to listen what the truth is from shortly after Bergdahl disappeared to the initial Army investigation to when he was traded back last year. Everybody that was around him, knew what the truth was and it's just a relief that the United States Army did the right thing in charging Bergdahl with desertion and misconduct," former Army medic Josh Cornelison, who served in Bergdahl's platoon, said last night on The Kelly File. (What I find interesting about the Bergdahl story is that it is the quintessential Obama fiasco. If you were compiling a checklist of all the things that drive conservatives crazy -- and by conservatives I basically mean people who are (a) paying attention and (b) not enthralled in the Obama cult of personality -- the Bergdahl story would achieve a near-perfect score. The Obama M.O. remains remarkably consistent. He announces some initiative, policy, or presidential action. The public rationale for the move is always rhetorically grounded in some deep, universally shared principle, even if the real agenda is something far more ideological or partisan. The facts driving the decision are never as the White House presents them. Indeed, the more confident the White House appears to be about the facts, the more likely it is they’re playing games with them. Sometimes the facts are simply made up. There are millions of “shovel ready jobs” right around the corner! “You can keep your doctor!” The Benghazi attack was “about a video!” “One in five women are raped!” “The Islamic State isn’t Islamic!” “These exclamation points are totally necessary!” At other times, the facts are selectively deployed. “Something something tax breaks for corporate jets mumble mumble poor Warren Buffet’s secretary’s tax bill blah blah Spain is winning the future with solar panels” and, course, “core al-Qaeda has been decimated” (in which “core al-Qaeda” is defined as “the bits of al-Qaeda that have been decimated”) -- Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File

(The Obama Position:) "What kind of scum would slander this fine brave patriotic US soldier!" "His platoon mates." "And you actually believe those baby killers?"

Modern Problems: Guardian Column: Straight Women in Baggy Clothes Are Appropriating Lesbian Culture
Excerpt: “Unisex” clothing styles are ruining everything. A lesbian columnist wrote a piece in the Guardian complaining that the straight women who wear less-than-feminine clothing are “appropriating” lesbian culture and making it too hard for lesbians to tell who the other lesbians are.

Handicapping the 2016 Field. By Charles Krauthammer Excerpt From the top tier to the hopeless, my odds for the current candidates. With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could conceivably defeat her.

Watch: 'Obama is Out of Control.' Democratic assemblyman slams Obama who is 'desperate' for a foreign policy accomplishment at Israel's expense.
excerpt: The Democratic assemblyman (Dov Hikind, D-NY) admitted "I don't understand Obama, you know he's a little bit out of control." ..."Obama is more difficult, I think now he's very very upset, but he's upset - it's silly to be honest - he's upset that Obama lost, the people of Israel won, it's a democracy," he noted. Hinting at Obama's own elections, Hikind noted that he won in a campaign in which "many things were done, some of them controversial even by the Democratic party."

Interesting: The ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’ and Russian Non-Linear War
Excerpt: Call it non-linear war (which I prefer), or hybrid war, or special, Russia’s operations first in Crimea and then eastern Ukraine have demonstrated that Moscow is increasingly focusing on new forms of politically-focused operations in the future. In many ways this is an extension of what elsewhere I’ve called Russia’s ‘guerrilla geopolitics,’ an appreciation of the fact that in a world shaped by an international order the Kremlin finds increasingly irksome and facing powers and alliances with greater raw military, political and economic power, new tactics are needed which focus on the enemy’s weaknesses and avoid direct and overt confrontations.

Hard to Prove: Bernie Sanders’ Wife May Have Defrauded State Agency, Bank
Excerpt: Jane Sanders was the president of tiny Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont for seven years, from 2004 until 2011. During her tenure, Sanders masterminded an ambitious expansion plan that would have more than doubled the size of the school. To do so, she had the college take on $10 million in debt to finance the purchase of a new, far more expansive campus. The move backfired massively, leading to Sanders’ departure from the college and the near-collapse of the institution. According to Jonna Spilbor, an attorney who reviewed the documents for TheDCNF, “the college APPEARS to have committed a pretty sophisticated crime” by exaggerating donor commitments in order to secure financing for the deal.

Bill prohibiting federal workers from watching porn at work passes House committee
The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act, which would prohibit federal employees from accessing pornographic or explicit material on government computers and devices, passed through the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday....The new bill is an extension of the prior one, which stems from a May 2014 inspector general's report on federal employees watching pornography while at work. The report revealed a top-level employee at the Environmental Protection Agency was viewing as many as six hours of pornography a day in his office on his government computer. (So many fed employees paid x2 what local folks get, aren't subject to Obamacare (?), most not ever fired despite inefficiency/breaking rules, allowed to double- and triple-dip pensions, and watch porn versus work? And we idiots pay for this? --Barb. Probably set up a system whereby the supervisor has to view all porn in advance to clear it. ~Bob))

Gun News

Race Card News

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Half of ObamaCare subsidy recipients will owe on their taxes
Excerpt: Half of all households that received ObamaCare tax credits last year will likely owe money to the federal government, a new study found. Nearly all families that received tax credits will either owe money or receive extra money because their tax filings had changed after they calculated their ObamaCare subsidies, according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Bet Obama issues an executive order forgiving their debts. ~Bob)

Undocumented Democrat News

DHS released another 30,000 criminal aliens onto streets. By Stephen Dinan 
Excerpt: Federal immigration officers released another 30,000 immigrants with criminal records last year, following the 36,000 it released in 2013, the government announced Wednesday — though it promised to take steps to cut down on the problem. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that handles detention and removal of illegal immigrants, said it will no longer allow overcrowding to be the main reason a dangerous illegal immigrant is released, and will require a top supervisor to approve the cases of any serious criminals that officers want to release. (I was previously unaware of the magnitude of this problem, where we can't get rid of some illegals because their home country won't take them back. (It seems they are happy to have their problem citizens be our problem instead of theirs.) Clearly the majority of such people were convicted of things like drunk driving (certainly a bad thing), but I put into bold some of the really special cases that caught my eye. Homicides, sexual assaults, and kidnappings really seem worthy of concern. Do we really want any such people let loose in our society? And they can't watch them all, all the time. My own answer to things like this is simple, but of course we can't do it. Which is to parachute the people into their home countries, or drop them on a beach if they have coastlines. You, Mr. Foreign Country, don't get to tell me you won't take back your own citizen when they've made problems here. I'll take back all the Americans you want to get rid of, fair enough? --Del)

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Obama's Mideast 'free fall.' Mounting chaos in the region puts the administration on the defensive. By Michael Crowley
Excerpt: Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran. The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame for the spreading anarchy. ... “We’re in a goddamn free fall here,” said James Jeffrey, who served as Obama’s ambassador to Iraq and was a top national security aide in the George W. Bush White House. ... Now the U.S. is in the strange position of fighting ISIL alongside Iran at the same time it backs the Sunni campaign against Iran’s allies in Yemen — even as Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to seal a nuclear deal with Iran in Switzerland within days.

Worth Reading: What Netanyahu didn’t say. By Clifford D. May
Excerpt: What is it about Israel in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular that leads to so much careless reporting and tendentious commentary? Start with The New York Times, trendsetter that it is, which ran this headline on March 16: “Netanyahu Says No to Statehood for Palestinians.” An editorial then referred to the prime minister’s “outright rejection of a Palestinian state.” Columnist Thomas Friedman piled on, accusing Mr. Netanyahu of having “declared” he would “never permit a two state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians.” Here’s what Mr. Netanyahu actually said to an Israeli reporter shortly before last week’s election: “I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to radical Islam against the state of Israel.” (The Islamists will be glad to accept a two-state solution--one state for Hamas, one state for Fatah--after the Jews are all dead. ~Bob)

Somali special forces storm Mogadishu hotel where Al-Shabaab mounted deadly attack
Excerpt: Terrified victims leapt from windows as Somali special forces stormed a Mogadishu hotel where Muslim extremists from Al-Shabaab mounted a deadly attack Friday, first exploding a car bomb at the gate and then mounting a siege of the compound frequented by government officials. 

Rethinking Operation Protective Edge. The 2014 Gaza War. By Eitan Shamir
Excerpt: On July 8, 2014, in response to a barrage of rockets and missiles on its population centers from the Gaza Strip, Israel launched heavy air and artillery strikes against the Islamist terror group Hamas that had ruled the area since 2007. As these failed to stop the attacks, on July 17, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) invaded the Strip in strength. After three weeks of heavy fighting, the IDF withdrew to the international border and sustained the air campaign until a cease-fire came into effect on August 26. Operation Protective Edge, as the campaign was codenamed, was Israel's third war against Hamas in five years, and, unlike the previous two encounters, its outcome has been far from conclusive.

Excerpt: First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.

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. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hall files ethics complaint against Sheriff & Supreme Court Justice...and more political news


Chilly today, around 39 degrees. But went shopping and made a double batch of Turkey Sloppy Joe Great stuff.. ~Bob

General News and Comment

I'm still in the fight: Will Dane County sheriff get ‘John Doe’ treatment for Bradley ad? By M.D. Kittle
Excerpt: If you’re waiting for a lengthy John Doe investigation into Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney following his appearance in Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s campaign ad, well, don’t hold your breath. While it appears Mahoney may have run afoul of a county ethics law, the Democrat and former police union boss has been down this campaign ad trail before — with nary a wrist slap. In Walsh ad, Mahoney is decked out in his uniform, with gun and badge, standing and chatting with Bradley next to what appears to be a county squad car. ... Madison resident Robert Hall filed a complaint earlier this month with Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell alleging that Mahoney violated the county’s general ordinances on impermissible use of public office. The ordinance prohibits the use of county-owned vehicles and uniforms, among other things, for political activity. (Apparently Justice Bradley thinks that county ethics ordinances are like the state constitution--they mean whatever she thinks they should mean on any given day. See below. ~Bob)

Dane County Ordinances: ARTICLE 6. Section 9.27 is amended to read as follows: 9.27 IMPERMISSIBLE USE OF PUBLIC OFFICE.
No county official or county employee shall use or attempt to use his or her public office or employment to influence or gain unlawful: benefits, advantages or privileges, personally or for others. The use of county equipment and property including, but not limited to, county owned vehicles, cameras, projectors, audio systems, copy machines, fax machines, telephones and uniforms is prohibited for use for both partisan and non-partisan political activity.

Worth Reading: More on Google--Crony Capitalism
Note it's the third post down. The first two on Iran are also worth reading. ~Bob. Excerpt: A few years ago, tech giant Google was facing a federal investigation over its business practices. To the surprise of some observers, the company managed to avoid a federal antitrust lawsuit. But it shouldn't surprise anyone. In recent years, the company has tripled its lobbying expenditures and got tremendous access for all that cash. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Google lobbyists have visited the White House 230 times, an average of roughly once per week since Barack Obama became president. But there's more. The Journal notes that "On Nov. 6, 2012, the night of Mr. Obama's re-election, Mr. Schmidt was personally overseeing a voter-turnout software system for Mr. Obama. . . . By the end of the month, the FTC had decided not to file an antitrust lawsuit against the company." Mr. Schmidt is not some lowly campaign staffer. He is Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. The report also notes that "Google employees were the second-largest source of campaign donations to [Obama's] campaign by any single U.S. company."

Senator Highlights Clinton Ties to Nigerian Donor. Vitter investigates Clinton’s reluctance to designate Boko Haram as terrorist group. By Daniel Wiser
Excerpt: Vitter sent a letter last week to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting all of Clinton’s records relating to Boko Haram and her reluctance to label it as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The senator also asked for all of Secretary Clinton’s communications with Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian construction magnate who has donated millions to the Clinton Foundation in addition to contributing thousands to an outside group that helped re-elect President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Clintons Received Money from 'Front for the Government of Iran.' By Daniel Halper
Excerpt: As President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry close in on a nuclear deal with Iran, it's worth remembering that the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation received money from "a front for the government of Irancalled the Alavi Foundation.

Looking for Bergdahl. From The Patriot Post
Meanwhile, everyone knows Bergdahl's name. But how many know the names of the six men who died looking for him? Their names are Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen, Pfc. Morris Walker, Staff Sgt. Michael Chance Murphrey and Second Lt. Darryn Andrews.

Bergdahl. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
You’ll recall Susan Rice assured us that Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction.” ... Last summer, Hillary Clinton declared, “It doesn’t matter how someone ended up in a prisoner of war situation.” That’s the sort of statement that, offered by a Republican lawmaker, could launch a lot of sneering, snickering columns on the op-ed pages of big newspapers. Really? It doesn’t matter at all if a soldier deserted or attempted to join the enemy, compared to being captured while in combat or on patrol? That doesn’t factor into our decision-making or thinking at all, at any point? How do you think the men and women in uniform feel when those of us outside of it declare, “Whether you serve with honor and distinction, or whether you run away from your post, we see you the exact same way”? Doesn’t that treat every guy who does the right thing and performs his duty like a chump? Shouldn’t it matter to us how someone ended up in enemy hands?

Report: DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by drug cartels. By Sari Horwitz
Excerpt: Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog. The report does not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia. ... Former police officers in Colombia also alleged that three DEA supervisory special agents were provided money, expensive gifts and weapons from drug cartel members.

Are Democrats sure about Hillary Clinton? By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: The latest poll from CBS News has plenty of bad news for Hillary Clinton:
26 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton, while 37 percent view her unfavorably; another third are undecided or don’t have an opinion of her. As Clinton weighs a presidential bid, her favorable views are 12 points lower than they were in the fall of 2013, just months after leaving her position as secretary of state

One Professional Russian Troll Tells All. By Dmitry Volchek and Daisy Sindelar
Excerpt: More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremlin dialogue online.

VA Official Paid $288K In ‘Relocation Payments’ To Move 140 Miles. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: The director of the Philadelphia VA regional benefits office was paid $288,000 in “relocation payments” to move the 140 miles from Washington, D.C. to her new home last year.
Diana Rubens was tapped last June to take over the Philadelphia regional benefits office, which is one of many VA hospitals and benefits offices currently being investigated over benefits claims

Milford man sentenced for taking $307K of dead mom’s Social Security benefits. By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Excerpt: A Milford man who stole about $300,000 in Social Security benefits meant for his deceased mother over the course of 25 years got six months in prison Wednesday. ... “I have a very serious crime committed by a very good person,” the judge added. “You have done good things for many people. You have been described in letters as being a good person for decades.” (Just note that the judge and 20 people say he is a good person. Now I know the threshold...$307k of public money. --George. How much do you have to steal to qualify as "bad"? ~Bob)

How income inequality benefits everybody. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire. The ranks of billionaires are constantly churned.

Russian Supersonic Jets Force NATO to Scramble Fighters
Excerpt: NATO jets scrambled to intercept four Russian fighter planes flying in international airspace near Baltic allied territory yesterday, after the leading Russian aircraft’s maneuvers allegedly broke the sound barrier. A NATO official has confirmed that an interception of four Russian jets took place at around 8am local time as a group of two Russian Tu-22 “Backfire” bombers and two Russian Su-27 “Flanker” fighters flew over the Baltic Sea from mainland Russia towards the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and were subsequently intercepted.

Justice Department Proposal Mocks Fourth Amendment
Excerpt: The Justice Department is seeking an amendment proposal that will give the federal government express power to locate and hack into the computers of anyone suspected of criminal activity. ...Federal Prosecutors claim that this revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure has become necessary now that crime can be committed and concealed on the internet under a veil of anonymity and masked location. But in a memo responding to the concerns civil libertarians have raised, the DOJ makes clear that this amendment is seeking statutory legitimacy for practices the federal government is already engaging in practices that are arguably in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Gun News

Excerpt: TWANGnBANG has been one of my favorites on YouTube (and now Full30) from the very beginning for the folksy enthusiasm that he and his daughter “Cuter Shooter” bring to their videos. In his latest video, My Gun Saved My Life! True Story Of A Legally Armed Citizen, TWANGnBANG discusses his real-life encounter as an armed citizen suddenly confronted with an armed carjacker who had to make that split second decision to pull the trigger to defend his life.

Excerpt: We’re rapidly reaching a point where no part of the Executive Branch can be trusted.
The stunning revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation shaped data on mass shootings in an apparent bid to generate support for gun control is just the latest crooked action by a rogue Obama Administration.

Cleveland man fatally shoots intruder after arriving home amid suspected burglary
Excerpt: A Cleveland man fatally shot an intruder after arriving home during a suspected burglary, police said. ... The homeowner, whose name and age have not been released, discovered two males inside his home. During a confrontation with the suspected burglars, the homeowner brandished a gun and fired at both of them, police said. 

Race Card News

Four (Black) Cops Killed in Seven Days -- Where's the Outrage? By Larry Elder 
Excerpt: Wednesday, March 4: Fulton County police detective Terence Avery Green was killed, shot in the head by a suspect. ... Despite the widely publicized recent cases where cops killed blacks, new studies show cops – black and white – more reluctant to shoot a black suspect compared to a white suspect. Reasons are unclear, but fear of additional scrutiny – whether fair or not – might be a factor. Suspects who kill cops, however, appear colorblind.
Nebraska State Senator Calls Police Terrorists, Said He Would Shoot Them
Excerpt: A black state senator from Nebraska called police in America “his ISIS” and said if he had a gun he would use it to shoot police. According to Watchdog Nebraska, during a legislative hearing on Friday, the long-time state senator, Ernie Chambers, said the ISIS mindset doesn’t just exist in the Middle East, but it can be found right here in America, in our police. (so he'd approve of the four dead black cops in the story above? ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Important: Yemen Crisis: Saudi Arabia Masses 150,000 Troops to Support Airstrikes
Excerpt: Saudi Arabia has mobilized 150,000 troops and some 100 fighter jets to rout Iran-linked fighters that have taken over swathes of neighboring Yemen, a security adviser to the kingdom told NBC News on Thursday. The adviser, Nawaf Obaid, did not say whether any of Saudi troops had crossed the border into Yemen as part of the kingdom's military intervention to arrest Yemen's rapidly deteriorating crisis. But he said Saudi Arabia was in "complete control" of Yemeni airspace after launching airstrikes overnight and started implementing a no-fly zone. (So we’re offering logistical help to our allies to help them fight Iranian proxies . . . while we’re helping Iranian forces in Iraq against ISIS . . . while we’re attempting to reach agreement with the Iranians on their nuclear ambitions. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Whatever Iran wants: US Will Allow Iran to Maintain Centrifuges in Fortified Underground Bunker. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Behold, the current state of US-Iran nuclear negotiations. It appears as though President Obama really will stop at nothing to secure an agreement, putting the lie to his administration's "a bad deal is worse than no deal" posturing: (Since the deal won't be in writing, here's how the aftermath will go: Obama: "Iran has agreed to X." Iran: "No we did not, the Great Satan said we could keep Y!" Obama: "That's just for domestic political consumption." New Yorkers [in 5-10 years] "What the hell was that bright flash?" ~Bob)

Sen. Tom Cotton, Tragic Hero. By Victor Davis Hanson 
Excerpt: Secretary of State John Kerry is the most outraged of Cotton’s critics – and has the most notorious record of trying to undermine presidential foreign policy. As a freshman senator, Kerry traveled to Nicaragua to show solidarity with “Comandante” Daniel Ortega – as a way of opposing then-President Reagan’s efforts to help the Contras in their resistance to the Sandinista communist takeover. Two other Democrats, Sen. Tom Harkin and House Speaker Jim Wright, also met with Ortega. Most unfortunate was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s disastrous 2007 trip to Syria to meet with thuggish President Bashar al-Assad. At the time of their meeting, Assad was offering assistance to radical Islamic groups that were attacking U.S. troops in Iraq.

The Huge Move Scott Walker Says He’d Make on ‘Day One’ If Elected President. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Though he has yet to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday that as president he would void any deal President Barack Obama makes with Iran if it allows the country to continue uranium enrichment.

On an Iran deal, reports of concessions galore. By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: News reports over the past few days have featured a string of once unimaginable concessions from the P5+1 in the Iran nuclear talks. (One can imagine the French are feeding the media a steady diet of leaks. It is the French who have expressed the most concern about the bonanza of concessions, so leaks and ensuing public outrage is an understandable strategy if one is trying to stop a bad deal.)

Finally: Amnesty International Alleges Palestinians Committed War Crimes
Excerpt: Palestinian terrorist groups violated international law and blatantly disregarded civilian lives by consistently firing missiles indiscriminately into Israel during last summer's war with Israel, Amnesty International reports. The Amnesty report outlines evidence of numerous specific attacks launched from the Gaza strip that directly resulted in the deaths of Israeli civilians, including a 4-year-old boy. The report also strongly suggests that Palestinian attacks killed Palestinian civilians. For example, a missile fired from within the Gaza Strip killed 13 Palestinians, 11 of them children, after it landed in the al-Shati refugee camp.

Never admit error: ABC Reporter Pushes Back Against WH Press Secretary Over ‘Counterterrorism’ Claim: ‘That’s Astounding’
Excerpt: Earnest told reporters on Wednesday that a “successful counterterrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government to have local fighters on the ground to have local fighters take the fight to extremists in their own country.” He added that the counterterrorism strategy is a “template that has succeeded in mitigating the threat in Yemen and Somalia.” “That’s astounding,” Karl responded. “You’re saying you still see Yemen as a model? Building up a central government, which has now collapsed? A president who has apparently fled the country? You know, Saudi troops massing on one border, the Iranians supporting the rebels? You consider this a model for counterterrorism?”

National Guardsman, Cousin Charged With Conspiracy to Support Islamic State. By Abha Shankar
Excerpt: Two Chicago-area men were charged Wednesday with conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Hasan Edmonds, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard, was arrested at the Chicago Midway International Airport just before boarding a flight to Cairo, Egypt. Edmonds hoped to take the "southern route" that he was told was the "safest route" from Egypt into Syria to fight alongside Islamic State forces. Jonas Edmonds, Hasan's cousin, was arrested in his home in the Chicago suburb Aurora.

MSNBC Apologizes for Comment: Nothing Says ‘Let’s Go Kill Some Muslims’ Like Country Music. By Andrew Kirell
Excerpt: After a guest made a disparaging comment about country music, MSNBC host Ari Melber apologized on-air Wednesday afternoon and informed his audience that the network does not condone such remarks. During a Now w/ Alex Wagner conversation about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s statement that he became a country music fan directly after 9/11, guest Jamilah Lemieux opened up the conversation with this remark: “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music, fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia. Someone who obviously does not want to be a polarizing candidate, he wants to bring people together, I mean — really? That’s absurd.”

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. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A LOT of not-to-be-missed news today


About 50 degrees today, snow gone. Slammed with email as you can see from this post. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Interesting: One pilot locked out of cockpit as plane descended!
Excerpt: As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in. A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter. “The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.” He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.” (If the names of the pilots are ever disclosed, we may have a clue. --Don Hank)

No Pressure? Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, official says
Excerpt: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken captive by the Taliban after abandoning his post in Afghanistan and later freed in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees, will be charged with desertion, a senior U.S. official told Fox News. 
The development comes nearly one year after his May 2014 release -- which initially was a joyous occasion, with his family joining President Obama in celebrating the news in the Rose Garden. But that gave way to controversy in Washington as Bergdahl was accused of putting his fellow soldiers in danger by abandoning his post five years earlier. The trade of five hardened Taliban fighters for his freedom raised deep concerns on Capitol Hill that the administration struck an unbalanced deal. (Some Army leaders have guts--Obama gets even. I'll bet the pressure is on from the White House to make this go away. Released top terrorists for a deserter. The Obots will be saying this is "old news," unlike the Crusades, of course. ~Bob. At long, long last the Army's wheels have finally ground out a decision on this situation. From my point of view, it seemed pretty predictable, as long as Powers From Above (you know who I mean) didn't decide to interfere. Now the only question is how long his lawyers can drag out the move from the hearing, which should go forward quickly, to the court martial. And then how long they can drag that out. It took the Army over four years to get through a trial for Nidal Hasan, in a crime so manifestly obvious as to be ridiculous, with a perpetrator who proudly claimed he did it nonstop. How long can they take to try Bergdahl, when the crime is nowhere near as obvious from a legalistic point of view? I shudder to think. And here's a best guess for the final result- guilty of at least something, suspended sentence, a BCD, and forfeiture of all pay. Kick the guy out and close the case, let him go try to salvage some kind of life for himself. Given how flaky he's been, he could end up homeless on the street someplace. --Del. Or go Jihad. ~Bob

Surprise! Official: At least 3 members of 'Taliban 5' tried to reconnect with terror networks
Excerpt: At least three of the five Taliban leaders traded last year for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have tried to plug back into their old terror networks, a government official familiar with the intelligence told Fox News, describing it as an attempt to "re-engage." The new allegations come as Bergdahl now faces desertion charges, and as the one-year deal governing the former Guantanamo detainees' supervised release in the Gulf nation of Qatar is set to expire -- at the end of May. 

Important: Homeland Security watchdog faults visa official for helping (Democrat) insiders
Excerpt: The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department intervened several times in projects with connections to insiders, including Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a report issued by the department's watchdog Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, while head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, created an "appearance of favoritism" in a program that offers visas to wealthy foreigners willing to invest in American companies, the report says, though it stops short of saying Mayorkas was guilty of wrongdoing. ... The projects included McAuliffe's electric car company, GreenTech Automotive; a series of films by Sony Pictures; and a luxury hotel and casino in Las Vegas. (Back in July 2013, I wrote, “wonder if the investigation will be resolved before November of this year.” Hey, it only took 20 months, a year and a half into McAuliffe’s term as governor. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Friendly Reminder: There Was No Inspector General At State When Hillary Was There. By Matt Vespa
Excerpt: For five years, including all of Clinton’s time as secretary, the State Department’s Office of Inspector General never had a confirmed inspector. Instead, it was lead by acting inspector Harold W. Geisel, a former ambassador who was accused of being too cozy to agency leadership by transparency groups like the Project on Government Oversight. Throughout the first half of President Obama’s first term, the absence of a State Department Inspector General while internal scandals and Benghazi rocked the department drew bipartisan criticism.

Excerpt: If the emails being investigated by the House are any indication Hillary Clinton’s emails show a woman whose main concern is herself. In a group of approximately 300 emails handed over to the House committee investigating the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi its apparent Clinton’s image was clearly her top priority. In one email she sent to an advisor the same day House Republicans vigorously question a top State Department official she asked “Did we survive the day,” according to the New York Times.

Forget About It: Hillary Clinton’s Email Problem Will Fade Quickly
Excerpt: Longtime Clinton loyalist Paul Begala, in a Politico piece by Gabriel Debenedetti, recently described the likely fallout from the Hillary Clinton email scandal as “Voters do not give a shit. They do not even give a fart…Find me one persuadable voter who agrees with HRC on the issues but will vote against her because she has a non-archival-compliant email system and I’ll kiss your ass in Macy’s window and say it smells like roses.” Mr. Begala’s conclusion, his somewhat disturbing scatological imagery notwithstanding, is probably accurate, but not precisely for the reasons he asserts... (And in the WH, we can expect more of the same. Give the "headcount" bread and circuses and they don't care who is in power. ~Bob)

Hillary Jokes While Failing To Answer The Simplest Of Questions: If There's Nothing To Hide, Why Hide?
Excerpt: How is the relationship between the American people and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton? Although Hillary could clear her name by providing her private email server to a third party for forensic examination, she has decided that it will “remain private.” Why? This simple question will pull upon the minds of the American people (the ones who aren’t shills or idiots anyway). If there’s nothing to hide, why hide? (The old Clinton/Obama strategy. Hunker down and wait for your media water carriers to distract the public's attention from the scandal. ~Bob)

Why? Federal workers owe more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes
Excerpt: Federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year, a $200 million increase over the previous year, the IRS said Tuesday. Almost 305,000 federal workers and retirees owed back taxes as of Sept. 30. That's down from 318,000 the year before. (Why don't they go after them, garnish their wage/retirement checks, or fire them? Maybe because they belong to government employee unions that vote Democrat. After all, Al Sharpton owes millions and is a White House advisor, but going after him alienates the radical black vote.
In 1990, the IRS placed liens on Willie Nelson's property totaling $16.7 million. He lost most of his assets. Why not on Al or Government workers? ~Bob)

Reset! Obama Calls Afghan President Wrong Name During Joint Press Conference [VIDEO]
Excerpt: During a joint press conference at the White House with the President of Afghanistan that was intended to demonstrate the close cooperation between the two nations, President Barack Obama accidentally called his counterpart by the wrong name. Obama met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier in the day to discuss U.S. troop withdrawals in the war-torn country. But at the press conference, Obama referred to him as “Karzai,” the name of his predecessor Hamid Karzai

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015). By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Born in Singapore in 1923, when it was a British colony, Lee Kuan Yew studied at Cambridge University after World War II, and was much impressed by the orderly, law-abiding England of that day. It was a great contrast with the poverty-stricken and crime-ridden Singapore of that era. Today Singapore has a per capita Gross Domestic Product more than 50 percent higher than that of the United Kingdom and a crime rate a small fraction of that in England. A 2010 study showed more patents and patent applications from the small city-state of Singapore than from Russia. Few places in the world can match Singapore for cleanliness and orderliness.

Excerpt: Margo Kaplan is not very popular today. In the Monday edition of the New York Times, the Rutgers-Camden law professor, an NYU and Harvard graduate, takes to the op-ed pages to argue that we’ve got it all wrong when it comes to pedophilia. She writes that pedophiles don’t necessarily turn out to be child molesters and that pedophilia is not a choice, i.e. a pedophile might be born that way. We reached her in her office in Camden to discuss. (You could say the same thing about other forms of rape. But that wouldn't be politically correct. ~Bob)

Interesting: Slavery - and those who worked to end it 
Excerpt: There has never been an abolitionist movement to completely end slavery in the Islamic world, as Mohammed himself owned slaves. The U.S. State Department in 1993 estimated 90,000Southern Sudanese were captured and taken into slavery by North African Arabs. UNICEF estimated 200,000 children a year are sold from West and Central Africa to be domestic, agricultural, and sex slaves in neighboring countries.

At the top of their game. As Always. Susan Rice Tweets — Deletes — Condolences To Nigerian Writer Who Died TWO YEARS Ago
Excerpt: National Security Advisor Susan Rice offered condolences on Twitter Monday upon news of the death of Nigerian literary icon Chinua Achebe. Except Achebe’s passing wasn’t news at all. The author of “Things Fall Apart” died in Boston on March 22, 2013, at the age of 82.

Bipartisanship: Senate clobbers Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan in 1-98 vote — Here’s the one guy who voted ‘yes.’ By Pete Kasperowicz
Excerpt: The Senate on Tuesday destroyed any lingering hope President Barack Obama might have had for passing his budget plan through Congress this year, by voting down Obama’s plan 1-98. The only senator to vote for the plan was Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). (Who says Obama can't create bipartisanship? ~Bob)

Ted Cruz Resume is quite impressive
Excerpt: Cruz’s Resume is indeed “damn impressive” a far cry from that of the Community Organizer that the mainstream media rammed down the throat of the clueless masses and the whites with guilt. By what I’ve seen so far, the mainstream media will take the opposite approach in covering this minority candidate, because he happens to be conservative and believes in America’s exceptional – what a damn shame!

Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter plane near Gotland and Bornholm, off the country's east coast on Tuesday morning.
The planes were spotted in international airspace but heading towards Sweden at around 5.30am. None of the aircraft - two TU-22M planes and two SU-27 fighter jets - were using transponders, the telecommunications devices that emit and gather signals from planes. "It is the first time in years that we have seen precisely this type of aircraft over the Baltic Sea," Anders Grenstad, Deputy Director of Operations for the Swedish Armed Forces told the TT news agency. (Remember yesterday’s Jolt, featuring a chilling, unnervingly plausible scenario of Russia occupying Sweden’s Gotland Island and annexing the Baltic states? -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Photo shows kids climbing all over war memorial
Typical kids, bad parents, raising kids with no respect who will be trouble. Alas, that too is typical of our age. ~Bob

CBS Attempts To Trap Ted Cruz With Obamacare Question, His Response Is Perfect
Excerpt: With Ted Cruz announcing his candidacy for the President of the United States, the liberal media attack dogs have been unleashed and channeling their inner Cujo. Every media outlet has been attempting to discredit, embarrass, call out, and try to trip Cruz up. The problem is Cruz is too smart for the liberal media. Every pitch they throw, he knocks it out of the park.

Excerpt: Some five years ago Russia marketed a disturbing new missile product; the modularized "klub" missile in 3 variants; anti-ship, anti-sub and land attack. Fair enough, but the scary part was the innovative packaging --they were presented in the form of ready-to-fire units fully integrated into common shipping containers, complete with vertical launch system, booster unit with thrust vectoring, etc. Conceivably a totally innocuous-looking transport ship could be packing Armageddon, or close, and make its hostile intentions detectable only at the last possible moment as it approached an unwitting target --the dream scenario of any bad actor. (Check out how the Russians have made some very scary advances in packaging weapons. Think about how ubiquitous containers are all over the world, and in every major city of the West for sure. Watch the video. --Del. Obama lets Iran get the bomb so he can claim a deal. Iran gives one or more to terrorist groups. This is how the bomb gets to New York City to carry out the one promise from Iran we can believe: "Death to America." ~Bob)

TWO PEOPLE Have Filed OVER 1,700 Sex Discrimination Complaints With Dept. Of Education. By Eric Owen
Excerpt: Exactly two people are responsible for filing over 1,700 sex discrimination complaints with the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in the last few years.
Catherine E. Lhamon, the Education Department’s secretary for civil rights, won’t identify these two highly litigious individuals.

IG Audit: ATF Spent $600K on Drones Deemed 'Unsuitable' for Use
Excerpt: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent "approximately $600,000" to purchase six drones, three different models, between September 2011 and September 2012 "but never flew them operationally" because they were "unreliable or unsuitable," says a March conducted by the Justice Department inspector-general.

Video: A tribute to the U.S. military service personnel who gave their all for our freedom

How a $300 Million Bet on Australian Satellite Company Went Wrong for Export-Import Bank. By Melissa Quinn
Excerpt: As lawmakers grapple with whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, an Australian satellite company with a “significantly uncertain” future that received more than $300 million in loans from the bank is in jeopardy of defaulting on its loans.

Google employees average one White House meeting per week under Obama
Excerpt: Google’s access to high-ranking Obama administration officials during a critical phase of the antitrust probe is one sign of the Internet giant’s reach in Washington. Since Obama took office, employees of the Mountain View, Calif., company have visited the White House for meetings with senior officials about 230 times, or an average of roughly once a week, according to the visitor logs reviewed by the Journal. One top lobbyist at Google, Johanna Shelton, has had more than 60 meetings at the White House.

Obama reportedly snubs NATO chief as Russia makes new threats against allies
Excerpt: President Barack Obama reportedly will not meet with NATO's new secretary general when he is in Washington this week, despite requests from the alliance chief's staff for a discussion. Bloomberg View reported Tuesday that Jens Stoltenberg's office requested a meeting with Obama in advance of his scheduled visit, but did not get any response from the White House. Instead, Bloomberg View reported that Stoltenberg had to settle for a last-minute meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. (Report also indicates tensions heating between Russia and UK over Falklands/Argentina. --Barb. I doubt the UK now has the force to defend the Falklands. ~Bob)

Gun News

FDIC chairman comes under fire during 'Operation Choke Point' hearings
Excerpt: FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg came under fire Tuesday at a House subcommittee hearing over allegations that Operation Choke Point, a controversial federal law enforcement program, abused its authority by cutting off funding for targeted businesses. During one exchange, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., suggested Gruenberg step down as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation after Gruenberg was unable to answer questions about employees involved with Choke Point as well as specific allegations the agency overstepped its authority. Duffy said the hearing was called to get answers directly from Gruenberg on what he knew, when he knew it and who has been held accountable.

Excerpt: Wisconsin Representative Joel Kleefisch has revived his proposal which would allow off-duty, retired, and out-of-state law enforcement officers to carry guns on public school grounds. A similar proposal which would have allowed all legal WI CCP holders to carry on school grounds was shot down last session.

PD: Neighbor shoots man seen stabbing mother
Excerpt: Police say a man is dead after a neighbor shot him in an effort to save a woman's life in a neighborhood near 51st Avenue and Cactus.

Is Gun-Free Really Danger Free? OC Premiers “Safe Haven: Gun-Free Zone in America” Documentary
Excerpt: Outdoor Channel is debuting its inaugural documentary film, “Safe Haven: Gun-Free Zones in America” (“Safe Haven”), on Wednesday, April 1. The hour-long original documentary, which is hosted by Katie Pavlich – Townhall news editor, FOX News contributor and New York Times best-selling author, brings audiences to the center of the controversy regarding gun-free zones in America. “Safe Haven” takes a critical look at the history of gun-free zones in the United States and their effect on crime prevention through a series of interviews with law enforcement, industry experts and survivors, among others. The documentary explores how effective, or perhaps ineffective, these gun-free measures have been and offers possible solutions that would better protects schools, businesses and the public at large. (Gun Free Zones are safe--for criminals and murderers, who know that good people there cannot defend themselves. ~Bob)

Two shot during weekend home invasion in Lincoln County
Excerpt: Lincoln County Sheriff's Department investigators said three men went to the door of a home on March Mill Road Saturday night and told the homeowner to put his hands in the air. The homeowner pulled a handgun and was shot in the right arm, but he also returned fire, authorities said.

Man Shot And Killed After He Broke Into Versailles Home, Witnesses Say
Excerpt: According to witnesses at the scene, Salmons was armed with a knife and he had made forced entry into the residence located at 12945 Dorsey Lane, threatening the occupants inside. Salmons was then reportedly shot with a small caliber weapon, and retreated outside the residence where he collapsed.

Homeowner shoots knife-wielding intruder
Excerpt: After the shooting, a woman called 911 to report that her husband shot someone who was trying to break in. When police arrived at the home, they found a body lying next to a 6-inch knife.

Race Card News

Black Teen Allegedly Guns Down Unarmed White Man Begging ‘Don’t Shoot’…Liberal Outrage?
Excerpt: Given the passion with which Sharpton, Jackson, and others condemned what they saw as the racial component in Michael Brown’s death on a residential street in Ferguson, one can reasonably ask where the liberal outrage is over the senseless murder that just happened in Philadelphia. According to the NBC station in the City of Brotherly Love, it was an apparent black-on-white crime. The suspects are three African-American teens. The victim was a 51-year-old husband and father who was walking his dog along a quiet street. And before he was gunned down in an apparent robbery, police say this man did, in fact, beg for his life, crying, “Please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me.”

Murderer To Victims' Families: 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot.' Apologizes instead to families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner
Excerpt: Fredrick Young had just been handed a life sentence for the 2012 murder of two white teenage boys who came to Detroit looking for drugs. According to various news reports, Young and an accomplice robbed, tortured, and then murdered the two teens and left their lifeless bodies in a vacant field. During the sentencing, the victims' families addressed their sons' murderer, whose back was turned to them. They poured out their feelings through intense and emotional statements. When it came time for Young to speak, he continued to ignore the grieving families:

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Obama: Let's Face It, Obamacare is Blowing Away Expectations. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Also, the majority of those "newly insured" through the exchanges previously had coverage. On the other side of the ledger, Obamacare has failed to substantially reduce all Americans' premiums (they've gone up for the vast majority of people, with the worst yet to come), it has substantially increased health costs for tens of millions (out of pocket costs are astronomical for many), it has stripped people of their preferred plans and doctors, it has exacerbated primary care doctor shortages, it has inflicted "access shock" upon consumers, it has increased the government's healthcare tab, it has impeded economic growth, it has hurt employment, and polls show that it has actively harmed many more people than it's helped. Those are facts (click through for tons of citations), and they constitute major failures -- far beyond the infamous and costly roll-out debacle, the repercussions of which are still being felt to this day. And yet, President Obama has smirkingly pronounced his signature law a success beyond his wildest dreams, ludicrously claiming that every prediction critics made has been proven wrong:

Voters Still Strongly Oppose IRS’ Obamacare Duties
Excerpt: The head of the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged recently that his agency has fielded less than half of taxpayer telephone calls this year because of its new responsibilities policing Obamacare. But voters still strongly believe the IRS should concentrate on tax collection instead. Just 20% of Likely U.S. Voters think policing public compliance with the new national health care law is a good use of IRS resources. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% disagree and believe the IRS should remain focused on collecting taxes. 

Undocumented Democrat News

Appeals court sets April 17 date for hearing on Obama immigration action
Excerpt: The Justice Department had asked Hanen to lift the injunction while the case was appealed to the 5th Circuit. But Hanen put that request on hold until he heard from federal prosecutors about allegations that the U.S. government had misled him about the implementation of part of the immigration plan. During a court hearing last week, a Justice Department attorney apologized to Hanen for any confusion about how more than 108,000 people received three-year reprieves from deportation before the judge made a decision on the injunction.

Released FOIA Documents: 165,900 Convicted Criminal Illegals Released Into US by Obama Homeland Security
Excerpt: "This would be considered the worst prison break in American history, except it was sanctioned by the President and perpetrated by our own immigration officials," he said. "These criminal immigrants should have been deported to ensure that they could never commit crimes on U.S. soil. But instead, ICE officials chose not to detain them and instead released them back onto American streets. The Administration's actions are outrageous. They willfully and knowingly put the interests of criminal immigrants before the safety and security of the American people."

"You're Greener than Gore" News

White House Claims About Wind Power Are Implausible and Dangerous. By Julian Morris
Excerpt: "The report shows that with continuing technological advancements, cost reductions, and siting and transmission development, the nation can deploy wind power to economically provide 35% of our nation's electricity and supply renewable power in all 50 states by 2050."
The "continuing technological advancements" and "cost reductions" mean the White House's estimate is based on hope - hope that some as-yet unimagined future technology will change the economics of wind power, making it more cost effective than fossil fuel-based generation. That's not impossible - but it is very unlikely. And hope without change can be both costly and unpleasant.

Global Warming Is Killing Everyone
Excerpt: Take newly elected Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who wooed voters by pledging to address man-made global warming with initiatives like cap and trade. On Feb. 4, Beyer wrote on his website, “In all, extreme weather events triggered over $110 billion in losses and almost 7,000 fatalities” in 2014. He reiterated that claim a month later in the Falls Church News-Press, in which he repeated, “More than 7,000 Americans lost their lives to climate change-fueled events last year.” That’s pretty startling. And egregiously wrong. After Beyer’s assertion received backlash, spokesman Thomas Scanlon attempted to clear the air. “That number should be globally, not just in the United States,” he told PolitiFact. “We made an error in editing this column.” Even still, the claim is deceptive. The statistic (which was actually 7,700) was derived from Germany-based insurer Munich RE, which tallies “global natural loss event.” According to researcher Peter Hoeppe, “We do not have the ability to identify the direct impact of global warming on fatalities caused by natural catastrophes, other than to say any fatality caused by the earthquake peril are not due to global warming.”

Religion of Peace News

BREAKING NEWS: Saudi Arabia launches airstrikes in Yemen
Excerpt: The Saudi ambassador to the US says his country has begun airstrikes against Houthi rebels, who drove out American-backed Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. 

Obama's Arm's race: US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program Obama revenge for Netanyahu's Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel's top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move. By Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
Excerpt: In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.
But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. (That is, the whacks against Israel by this Administration. No reason in the world to declassify this report now, other than to fan the hatred and paranoia of the Arab countries against Israel. After the comments by a White House staffer about the "occupation force" of Israel, a perfect repetition of Hamas comments, this is one more not so subtle kick at the Israelis. Clearly, when you tick off this President, he and his people will come after you in a variety of ways. While, of course, repeating what a great supporter of Israel we are. Sure. --De. The Saudis will surely be next. ~Bob)

Trust the Fatwa we haven't seen: Obama's Iran Deal Probably Won't Be In Writing. By Conn Carroll 
Excerpt: One might hope that a President of the United States would at least get a written agreement from the leader of a country that chants "Death to America" on any nuclear deal. But President Obama is not just any President of the United States. And his quest for a second term legacy accomplishment may just force America into a handshake agreement on Iran's nuclear weapons program. (Obama says the "Death to America" chant in Iran is "for domestic political consumption." Suppose a candidate for President called for "Death to Iran" or "Death to Muslims" for "domestic political consumption." Think it would make the news? I say "Death to anyone who calls for Death to America." Does that make me Islamophobic? ~Bob)

More likely now: What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan? By Steven Starr, Lynn Eden and Theodore A. Postol
Excerpt: Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles are believed to carry a total of approximately 1,000 strategic nuclear warheads that can hit the US less than 30 minutes after being launched. Of this total, about 700 warheads are rated at 800 kilotons; that is, each has the explosive power of 800,000 tons of TNT. What follows is a description of the consequences of the detonation of a single such warhead over midtown Manhattan, in the heart of New York City. (But I think it will be an Iran-supplied terrorist bomb in a shipping container in the harbor. Probably only 50 kilotons. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Nuclear Musings: A glimpse inside the diary of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. By Lawrence J. Haas
Excerpt: Ah, the Americans. When it comes to our nuclear weapons program, they leave us with only good choices! On the one hand, I can drag out the talks beyond this month’s latest deadline because the desperate Americans certainly will agree to keep talking. That’s how we went from the six-month interim deal in November 2013, through a deadline in July 2014, and then through another deadline in November 2014. And why not? At every stage, the meek Barack Obama and the spineless John Kerry throw more concessions our way.

Kicking the Can: White House announces pause in US troop drawdown from Afghanistan
Excerpt: President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, hitting pause on the scheduled drawdown after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani voiced security concerns. The president, saying Afghanistan remains a "dangerous place," announced the move in a joint press conference with Ghani. The two met earlier in the Oval Office, during Ghani's first White House visit since being elected president of the war-torn country. (Doesn't want it to become the next Iraq until 2017. ~Bob)

U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit for First Time. By Rod Nordland
Excerpt: American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, entering a struggling Iraqi offensive to retake the city for the first time after more than three weeks of remaining on the sidelines. A coalition of Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces aided by Iranian military advisers have been trying to root out Islamic State fighters from Tikrit, an important city north of Baghdad in Iraq’s Sunni heartland. From the start, the offensive went without American air assistance — government and militia officials had boasted that airstrikes were neither needed nor wanted, and American officials privately expressed discomfort with the idea of directly aiding an operation led by militias and Iranian officials. ( Going in on the ground against the ISIS fanatics means nasty, dirty, intense house-to-house fighting, that's really costly, and the Iraqis of this assortment of groups aren't really up to it. They made headway initially, with overwhelming force, but once the ISIS guys tightened up into a hard core in the city buildings, the attackers slowed down, then stopped. And they want airpower to come in and blast the buildings the bad guys are in to bits, after which they can go in and mop up. And the Iranian general who was in charge backed away, because it was very bad politics for this Administration to send US forces to back up an Iranian-led force. Smart on the part of the Iranians, maybe smart for us. If ISIS is finally driven out of Tikrit, even if it leaves the city a smoking ruin, it's a very public loss for ISIS, which means that Allah has not made them invincible. And that messes up their psychology, and what is in people's heads is a big, important thing in all of this. So I hope we do a great job and pulverize the ISIS forces and then the Iraqi coalition goes in and wipes out every single remaining ISIS fighter, no prisoners, none. And there are tons of videos of dead ISIS guys and their flags being walked on by their killers, which is the psychology thing again. Then comes Mosul, and that is the real super-critical battle. Once ISIS is driven out of Mosul, their goose is cooked in some ways, it would be the beginning of their decline back to a bunch of nutcases with AK rifles, not a new "caliphate" to pull in idiots from all over the world. That would be the best thing for everyone, all the nations there, and the world in general. --Del)

The decision to stay in Afghanistan
Excerpt: While the Afghan government was roiled by months of controversy over last year’s presidential election, the Taliban was growing stronger. According to the United Nations, more than 10,000 civilians died in last year’s fighting, a record, while U.S. officials described Afghan military losses as unsustainable. The departure of all U.S. troops in 2017 would invite another Taliban surge; Mr. Obama’s legacy could be not another war ended but another failed state.

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Topped 10,000 in 2014. By Sam Frizell 
Excerpt: More civilians died in Afghanistan in 2014 than in any year since the year the United Nations began keeping records in 2009, signaling a new level of violence and ground engagements between Taliban insurgents and the embattled Kabul-based government.

Counterterrorism Success Story. Not Anymore. As U.S. special operations forces pull out of an increasingly anarchic Yemen, the fight against al Qaeda just got even harder. By Seán D. Naylor
Excerpt: The sudden departure of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen marks a devastating blow to a counterterrorism campaign that Barack Obama’s administration had heralded as a success story, officials and experts say, as Washington suffers another intelligence reverse in the fight against the al Qaeda group that poses the greatest threat to Americans. (Was it only 2012 that BO reported that "Al Qaeda is on the run...on its heels"? Good times. ~Bob)

From Selma to Tunis: When Will We March Against the Segregation of Our Own Time? By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Excerpt: Fifty years ago there were a host of legal impediments to equality between black and white Americans — just as there were in countries such as South Africa and Rhodesia. Today, a different group is the victim of comparable legal discrimination that imposes segregation on them and denies them equal civil and political rights. What is more, their number is vastly larger than the number that was affected 50 years ago by segregation and apartheid. And that number is growing, because, unlike in the 1960s Alabama, the prevalence of discriminatory legislation outside the liberal West is actually increasing. The system of law I am talking about is sharia law, the body of legislation derived from the Qur’an, the Hadith, and the rest of Islamic jurisprudence. And the discriminated group I have in mind is women, though I could also reference Jews, Christians and gays.

Bad Headline: Female Texas Mayor: Tells Islam & Sharia Law to Kiss Texas’ Ass (So to Speak)
Excerpt: This Irving, Texas, mayor is a firecracker. She takes sharia law and Islam to town. (On the video she points out that it doesn't mention Islam or Shari'a Law, just says that US and Texas Law takes precedence over any foreign law. Works for me. Shari'a allows child marriage, four wives, divorce at a word, the execution of gays, killing apostates, etc. Should any of that take precedence over American law? ~Bob)

Afghan woman beaten to death in the streets was murdered because she dared to speak out against superstitious mullah and NOT because she burned the Koran
Excerpt: It was initially claimed that the crowd had beaten the religious scholar to death because she had burned a copy of the Koran - an accusation even senior police officials admitted they believed to be false after detaining 18 people over the murder and suspending 13 police officers.
Now witnesses have come forward to claim that Farkhunda was in fact murdered because she dared to question the superstitious practices of a local mullah who was known for selling charms to women outside a shrine in central Kabul.

Boko Haram Captures More Than 400 Women And Children In Northern Nigeria. By Tamerra Griffin
Excerpt: Civilians from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak told Reuters that the Islamic militant group Boko Haram kidnapped between 400 and 500 women and children as they passed through the town on Tuesday. Damasak had recently been freed by troops from Chad and Niger. (General Lead-From-Behind will send in Michelle's crack hashtag brigade. ~Bob)

The Jane Fonda Award: Cornell Assistant Dean: Why Yes ISIS Is Welcome on Campus To Train Students "Like a Coach." By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: In the latest investigation by Project Veritas, Assistant Dean of Student Activities Joseph Scaffido is shown approving a "humanitarian group" on campus that wants to sent care packages to ISIS freedom fighters in Iraq and Syria

Iranian Authorities Cracking Down on Growth of Christianity in Country. By Leah Barkoukis
Excerpt: What little religious freedom Christians in Iran have is quickly coming to an end—especially for believers who are not from a minority ethnic group. Farsi-speaking Christians, many of whom are likely converts from Islam, have been told they are no longer allowed to worship at one of the few remaining churches.

Documentary Exposes Hamas Indoctrination, Training of Child Soldiers
Excerpt: "I joined to fight the Zionist enemy," he says, "and to liberate our forefathers' land, Palestine. We won't allow the Jews to keep our land." This boy is one member in the "Children's Army of Hamas," a title bestowed by the Israel-based Center for Near East Policy Research (CNEPR) in a new documentary short. It will be shown at a United Nations forum in Geneva today in an effort to prove that Hamas is violating international laws by training child soldiers, Fox News reports.

Finally - Someone Calls Out Obama Administration Hypocrisy on Israel and Iran! By Onan Coca
Excerpt: President Obama’s hypocritical attacks on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are starting to stretch his credibility with the media. ... Meanwhile, the leader of Iran says “Death to America” in a speech last week and encourages his supporters who also chant “Death to America”… and the White House says ‘it’s no biggie’. The AP’s Matt Lee noticed the incongruity of the reaction and called out the White House for their hypocrisy.

Administration Adopts the Language of Hamas
Excerpt: Before his re-election last week, Benjamin Netanyahu candidly said he didn’t see a two-state solution being likely while he was Israel’s prime minister. That’s primarily because Palestinians want only one state – theirs – and won’t agree to “peace” until Israel is wiped off the map. Facing intense pressure from Barack Obama, however, Netanyahu reiterated after his win that he does indeed desire a peaceful two-state solution.

From the Iranian-supporting left: Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble By Michael Winship,
Excerpt: For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after working on a campaign for former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, joked that the key to victory in Israel was who won “that all-important Jewish vote.”)
It was no different during this past week’s Israeli election. Benjamin Netanyahu’s winning Likud Party had Republican Vincent Harris, the 26-year-old whiz kid who helped engineer Senator Ted Cruz’s victory in Texas. Veteran Democrats Paul Begala and Stan Greenberg were working for the Zionist Union coalition of Labor and other political parties, and the anti-Netanyahu group V15 hired President Obama’s campaign field director Jeremy Bird. 

“People who worship anything other than Allah are infidels and it is permitted to kill them.” By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Teach your children well. Rather amazing, is it not, that statements like these are made anywhere in the world, and people take them for granted and consider those who make them to be the victims of “Islamophobia.”

UK: Muslim rape gang targeted Downs Syndrome girls. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general, as does this passage. “Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive, and they who turn away from ill speech, and they who are observant of zakah, and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed” (Qur’an 23:1-6).
They’re just meat to them. Slaves. The less resistant, the less able to resist, the better.

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. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: