Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Health Update--Anniversary

Health Update--Anniversary

Today marks one full year since I was last in the VA Hospital for complications from my lung transplant on 12/23/13. They haven't done a bronchoscopy in a year, as they decided that was what was putting me in. I went off Oxygen in August and in that time, even in physical therapy on the treadmill, my O2 saturation has remained above 90%. All this is good. (I was on oxygen from June of 2010 until the transplant, back on from March to August of 14.)

I've been pretty stable since January--not real well, but not real sick. I still spend 35-40 hours a week managing my health, including PT three mornings a week. Plus I seem to need more sleep--I try to get nine hours a night, though it can take me an hour to get to sleep, and often need a nap during the day. I still feel weak and tired a lot, but am able to get out and do stuff: shop, eating out, church, take drives in the country, go to the shooting range, stuff with the grandkids, etc.

I have scaled back my blog so I can keep up with other stuff. Hope to do some writing and if I feel stronger, maybe some consulting.

Thanks for being there. ~Bob

Why Won't Hillary Clinton Talk to Reporters? By David Frum

Why Won't Hillary Clinton Talk to Reporters? By David Frum

Excerpt: No one becomes more accessible, more forthcoming, more candid, more unentitled in office than as a candidate. A candidate who is already the inaccessible, unforthcoming, uncandid, and highly entitled will only become that much more so if elected. The voters have been warned—and will continue to be warned. But will they care?

Beating Islamist Terror Will Take a While.

Obama: Oh, Hey, I Just Realized Beating Islamist Terror Will Take a While. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Then-Senator Obama, March 19, 2008:
What more could America’s enemies ask for than an endless war where they recruit new followers and try out new tactics on a battlefield so far from their base of operations? That is why my presidency will shift our focus.
President Obama, Monday:
“This will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign. (ISIS) is opportunistic and it is nimble....This larger battle for hearts and minds is going to be a generational struggle.”

Obama on ISIS: “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas.” By AllahPundit

Excerpt: Via RCP, bear in mind that one of the can’t-miss ideas recently floated by a former Obama administration advisor is that gay marriage might defeat ISIS. This is the sort of thing you say when you’re trying to break it to people that victory in the new war won’t come soon, and may not come ever. It’s the foreign policy equivalent of another of Obama’s favorite sayings, the old leftist bromide about being on “the wrong side of history”: The enemy’s backwardness is plain and our moral superiority is obvious, so ultimate triumph is assured even in the teeth of immediate defeat. All I could think of while watching this was those photos you see online sometimes of Afghanistan or Iran circa 1960, with all the women in blouses and skirts, and photos of the same two countries today, with women in head coverings or even full burqas. Better ideas don’t always win. Especially if they’re defended by weak leadership.

Monday, July 6, 2015

PC in Canada

PC in Canada

This video from Canada is the most perfect example of how totally nuts Political Correctness can get.  On the one hand, a private school that was founded to be completely nondenominational and thus forbids any kind of prayer on campus by anyone gets sued by two Muslims who demanded to be "special" and be able to pray there, and the Human Rights commission tells the school to pay them damages for being discriminated against.  How do you discriminate against someone by not letting them do prayers when you have a lifelong policy of not allowing anyone to do prayers?  Meanwhile, the council of Quebec, which has started sessions with a prayer since the French founded the city, is commanded to never say a prayer again at their meetings.  Huh? This is where PC takes you if you just let it go on and on.  Time and far more than time for a revolt against PC in all its forms. --Del

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Socialists Facing Reality

Socialists Facing Reality

The Greeks have voted to tell Europe to drop dead.  Now there will be no more bailout of their economy, they cannot service their own debt, their banks will run out of euros soon, and it's going to get very messy there, very fast.  Best bet is they start issuing drachmas again, which only other Greeks will accept for anything, so they can still have some kind
of businesses going in Greece, but they won't be able to pay for any of the oil, gas, foodstuffs, and other supplies that their people need to keep living in the 21st century.  They may offer a high exchange rate for euros and dollars, to keep tourists coming in bringing foreign exchange, but how they will continue to function in international trade is going to be a hell of a question.  And it's too late to plant a lot of crops to get them food for the coming winter, they have no oil wells, no huge investment in solar or wind power, so every place you look, there's a major problem waiting to hit.  The biggest employer is the government, the next biggest group of people are the retirees and the unemployed, who are both collecting from the government.  That leaves a very small number of people doing productive work.

I have no wish to see anyone suffer, but it looks like the decades of being fiscally irresponsible have caught up with Greece, and I have not the faintest idea how they can dig their way out of this hole.  I don't think their leaders do either.  The next few months will be very interesting.  Will the Russians or the Chinese offer them billions in a bailout?  Doesn't seem likely.  I don't think Mr. Obama will offer US dollars to help either, and if he does, that will bring on some really loud screaming here. --Del

Greece saved western civilization in the past at Marathon and Salamis. Will they now be the first domino in ending it? ~Bob

Going with the Flow. By Mark Steyn

Going with the Flow. By Mark Steyn

Excerpt: Claudine had the better of the argument, I think. Most of us are not cut out to swim against the tide. For one thing, it's exhausting. Tides ebb and flow, and it's easier just to go with it. In Germany, maybe if your very best pal was Jewish, you'd say something. But, if it's just the greengrocer or the elderly couple in the second-floor flat that you nod to on the stairs, do you really want to make a fuss and have arguments with your family and friends all the time? Isn't it easier just to say nothing? In the end, most people want to be like most people. That's why they tell you the weekend movie grosses on the Monday morning news and put the Top Ten bestsellers at the front of Barnes & Noble - so that you can like what everybody else likes. So I find the idea that tens of millions of American "traditionalist" conservatives are going to lead their own lives immune to the broader culture somewhat unlikely. (Because we've undergone about 20 years or so of indoctrination that says everyone really, really needs to get with the program, and if PC thought says that it's so important to recognize the rights of gays that destroying the Boy Scouts is a good thing to do, then go with it.  If we can't hurt anyone's feelings, or at least anyone in certain groups, then yes, put florists and bakers out of business if their own feelings say they can't support the celebrations of some others.  If PC thought says that certain kinds of behaviors are intolerable, then the whole idea of tolerance goes out the window, and those who in any way are seen to violate some kind of recently promoted moral cause must become pariahs, subject to as much insult, disgust, and penalizing as can be arranged. So even at a Catholic college Christmas is about general good feelings, no mention of the incredible gift of God to Man, the redemption of all, any of that silly religious stuff. And those of us who are still out there resisting the flow, at best we get looked down on, maybe even pitied a little, but more often we're written off as those knuckle-dragging, hopelessly biased, racist, misogynist, homophobic semi-Nazis, clinging to guns and religion.  Of course that makes perfect sense to the Modern Ultraliberal/Leftist, they are the RIGHTEOUS ones, and that's such a great, comfortable feeling to have about yourself, and it lets you dismiss and look down on anyone who isn't with you all the way.  You are relieved from thinking about those other people and the possibility that they might have some facts and logic going for them, you are running on a great emotional high about yourself and your Causes.  As I said, it must be nice.  The rest of us mere human beings are stuck with thinking about things, history, ethics, principles (like tolerance) and our own struggle to see what is the right path to take.  And we go with that, we don't just go with the flow. --Del)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Important: Changes to the Old Jarhead Blog

Changes to the Old Jarhead Blog
After several days of thought, I have decided I need to make changes to the blog. The fact is I just don't have the time and energy to keep up the almost-daily posts of Political News and Opinion I have done since 2009. I find I'm tired and weak a lot of the time. Therefore, please don't send me items intended for the blog.

My current time constraints are:

Medical Regimen to maintain my lung:                      35-40 hours a week
  They've added another nebulizer, two weeks on, two off, that takes 30 minutes

Sleep:                                                                          63-70 hours a week
  I find I have to get nine hours at night, often need a nap during the day

Blog as it is now:                                                        26-30 hours a week.

Totals:                                                                         124-140 hours a week
Hours in a week:                                                         168

Left:                                                                            44-28
Hours for reading, writing, going out to eat, shopping, two boards I'm on, shower & shave, stuff around the house, etc. I have some writing projects I have postpone, some projects around the house that need my attention, and I hope my strength and health will improve to the point here I can do some consulting to stretch out the retirement savings.

This does not mean I've given up, only that reality is unrelenting. I will still post the occasional item on interest on the blog, Facebook (Robert A. Hall) and Twitter (@TartanMarine.

I thank those who have contributed to the blog, and all those who have followed it. We must struggle on as time and events allow. I fear we will soon be Greece.

If you want to follow some of the news sources I used, or maybe start your own political news blog, see below. Semper Fidelis. ~Bob

Blog Sources
Below are sources that I used to created The Old Jarhead Blog political news posts, in addition to a dozen or more good folks who send me items. When it says "Email Feed," it means you can subscribe for free to an e-newsletter, alerts or columns. I subscribe to the ones listed to produce the blog. You often have to click through to get to the original source, which will likely be more straight forward than the linking site. You will also get ads and appeals for money from the sites with email feeds.

General News

Washington Post
Email feed

Foreign Policy
Email feed

Fox News
Email feed

Conservative Sites

Email feed

The Daily Caller
Email feed

The Weekly Standard
Email feed.

Town Hall
Email feed

Gingrich Productions.com
Email feed

Freedom Force
Email feed

This Ain't Hell
He includes as "feel good stories" cases of armed citizens defending themselves against thugs. Email feed.

Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Email feed.

Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File
Email feed.

The Patriot Post
Email feed.

National Center for Policy Analysis
Email feed.

Daily Signal

Front Page Magazine
Email feed

Washington Times

The Federalist
Email feed

International Jewish Review
Email feed

Jewish World Review
Email feed

Bearing Arms
Email feed

Foundation for the Defense of Democracy
Email feed

Email feed

Rasmussen Reports
Email feed--polling reports

Michelle Malkin
Email feed

Town Hall

Red State
Email feed

Defense one (military news)
Email feed

Email feed

Hard Right Sites

These sites often use inflammatory language and personal attacks that feed red meat to supporters, but does little to win over the undecided. They often spin stories to be worse for the left than an accurate reading would justify. They also tend to indulge in unproven rumors, often posed as a question so they cannot be challenged (Is Senator X having an affair with a goat?). They give a lot of play to social issues. Still they often have nuggets worth using, or a way to click through to a more balanced version of the story, so are useful.

Conservative Tribune
Email feed

Patriot Outdoor News
Email feed--gun news

Patriot Update
Email feed

Free Beacon

American Action News
Email feed

Conservative Videos

Freedom Outpost
Email feed

Political Outcast
Email feed

The Blaze

Girl Just Want to Have Guns
Email feed. You have to click through to the sources.

Last Resistance
Email feed

Godfather Politics
Email feed

Freedoms Call
Email feed

Conservative Bite
Email feed

Religion of Peace Sites

Jihad Watch
Email feed

Israel Pundit
Email feed

Long War Journal
Email feed.

Jewish Press
Email feed

Israel Pundit
Email feed

Jerusalem Post
Email Feed.

Middle East Forum

Middle East Analysis
Email feed

Pundits who write well whom I often use

Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret) http://acoloneloftruth.blogspot.com/
Thomas Sowell
Walter Williams
Daniel Greenfield
Charles Krauthammer
Larry Elder
George F. Will
Ken Blackwell

Pundits I sometimes use

Michele Malkin
Ann Counter
Larry Elder
John Hawkins

Confederate Battle Flag

There was a Confederate Battle Flag in the Columbus, WI 4th of July Parade, something I have never seen in a parade in the North before, outside of the Gettysburg Reenactment we went to. I think there's still a streak in the American people that doesn't like self-righteous people telling them what they must do. I didn't salute it.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Away Today, so no news post

We took a day trip to Cashton, WI, 4th largest Amish community in the US, largest in WI. Bought plants, pots, bread, cheese and candy. 80 degrees and clear. But, alas, I didn't get to the computer until after 8:00 pm. Here are some of the pics we took. ~Bob

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Today's worth-reading political news and opinion


Bogged down with low-level personal stuff that needed done, so didn't get through the incoming email again. And tomorrow we are out of pocket for the day, so likely no post. Sorry. Oh, and Happy Glorious Second--the day the Declaration was passed. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Big Blow To Hillary: Major Union Leader Goes All In For Bernie. By Connor D. Wolf
Excerpt: In a major blow to the Clinton campaign, longtime union leader Larry Cohen says he’s not just endorsing Bernie Sanders, he’s volunteering to work for him. For Cohen — and many other union leaders — the tilt away from Clinton boils down to President Barack Obama’s recent efforts on trade. “I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” Cohen, the outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, told The Huffington Post. “We begged her to speak out,” he said.

Excerpt: Judicial Watch today released new State Department documents showing that Hillary Clinton and the State Department's response to the Benghazi attack was immediately determined by top Obama White House officials, particularly Ben Rhodes, then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser, and Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson for the National Security Council.

Huge Crowd For Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. By Michael Warren
Excerpt: Thousands appeared in Madison, Wisconsin Wednesday night for a rally supporting Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont running for the Democratic nomination for president. 

Scott Walker to enter presidential race, announce in Waukesha on July 13
Excerpt: "After hearing from countless Americans during the Testing the Waters phase, Governor Walker this morning will file his papers of candidacy with the FEC. Governor Walker will announce his intentions in Waukesha on the afternoon of Monday, July 13," the aides told Politico.

Democrat Jim Webb joins 2016 White House race
Excerpt: Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is jumping in the race for president. 

Progressive paradise: Illinois facing partial government shutdown amid fiscal crisis. By Garrett Tunney
Excerpt: It’s not quite Greece, but Illinois is grappling with a frightening fiscal crisis of its own.
The state is facing at least a partial shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a budget by a Tuesday-at-midnight deadline. While Illinois has long dealt with budget crises, the fact that power is split in the capital between the two parties is contributing to the current stand-off.
On Wednesday, a temporary budget also was voted down, meaning a partial shutdown was expected.

Excerpt: About 1,400 Chicago public school teachers and staff are expected to lose their jobs in order to finance a pension debt of $634 million, the city announced Wednesday. The layoffs are part of an aggressive $200 million budget cut to help finance the pension payment, which is required of Chicago Public Schools by Illinois law. The rest of the pension payment is coming from heavy borrowing, as the district already has a massive $1.1 billion budget deficit.

When the Smoke Cleared at NYC Flag Burning Event, One Veteran Remained — You Need to Hear Why
Excerpt: A U.S. Army veteran attended Wednesday’s flag burning event in New York City to protest the desecration of the stars and stripes — and he vowed to stay until the very end to ensure “that at the end of the night there is a flag left standing.” Mark Grummet, who served for 13 years in the Army, told The Blaze he would not leave until the smoke had cleared.

Man Files for License to Marry a Second Wife. By Tad Cronin
Excerpt: It only took five days after the Supreme Court created a constitutional right to homosexual “marriage” for a Montana man to file for a license to marry his second wife. This is not a divorce case. He’s still married to the first wife, but he’s looking to start a collection. (A brave man. Trust me, you don't have to be a bigamist to have one wife too many. ~Bob)

A little history: Battle of Palmdale
Excerpt: The Battle of Palmdale was the attempted shoot-down of a runaway drone by United States Air Force interceptors in the skies over Southern California in mid August 1956. The drone was launched from Point Mug Naval Air Station and soon went out of control. Interceptor aircraft took off from Oxnard Air Force Base and caught up to the drone, but were ultimately unable to bring it down, in spite of expending all of their rockets. After it ran out of fuel, the unmanned aircraft crashed in a sparsely populated tract of desert.[1] During the incident over 1000 acres were scorched and a substantial amount of property was damaged or destroyed.

Five myths about the Founding Fathers. By Newt Gingrich 
Excerpt: From Athens and Rome to the present day, all great societies have founding myths — stories they tell themselves about who they are and where they came from. Perhaps because the United States is younger than most nations (239 years old on Saturday), our founding is among the best-documented. We’re fortunate to have thousands of pages of letters, speeches and other writings from our founders, recording their thoughts and debates as they played out. It’s a sign of how politically powerful and historically important the American founding was — and still is — that deeply rooted myths persist today. As we celebrate Independence Day, here are a few of the biggest myths about the Founding Fathers.

Man who saved 669 children from the Holocaust dies
Excerpt: The man who single-handedly saved 669 Czechoslovakian children on the eve of World War II and is referred to as "Britain's Schindler" died Wednesday at 106 years of age. Nicholas Winton, a life-long humanitarian who manned the children's section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia, thereby saving hundreds of children from the Holocaust, did not mention his heroism for 50 years. Born in London in 1909 to parents of German Jewish descent, Winton was raised a Christian. In 1938, a friend working in Prague as an associate of the British Committee of Refugees from Czechoslovakia, told Winton to come to Czechoslovakia to help with Jewish welfare.

As Fears Over Artificial Intelligence Grow, A Robot Kills A Worker In A German Car Factory
So much for the First Law of Robotics. ~Bob

Obama's One Percent: Abeyance Pours Out Pricey Bottle of Champagne Into a Hot Tub and Twitter Reacts
Excerpt: Why? Because it's a big old waste of money. The bottle of bubbly ranges in price, sometimes upwards into the hundreds of thousands of dollars range, although it's unclear just how much this particular one costs. (It’s her money; she can do what she likes with it. But the next time some snotty liberal denounces American culture for empty materialism and “conspicuous consumption,” I hope they remember some of the president’s friends. You can hear it now, right? “Well, I meant that rich people ostentatiously showcasing their wealth is a problem when people that I don’t like do it.” -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

As Donald Trump surges in polls, Democrats cheer
Excerpt: For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. “They’re bringing drugs,” Trump said in his campaign announcement speech. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

But it buys votes: Welfare program for laid-off workers doesn’t work; renewed anyway. By Yaël Ossowski
Excerpt: A billion-dollar welfare program to help laid-off workers displaced by foreign competition has been saved from extinction, even though it’s been judged ineffective and wasteful according to the federal government’s own commissioned studies. Flexing his bipartisan muscle, President Obama signed the bill Monday renewing the Trade Adjustment Assistance program until 2021, which gives welfare payments and training to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of globalization. The law, first proposed in the days of President Kennedy, was set to expire in September but was extended another six years, supported by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

Rising Dragon News

Let's Be Real: The South China Sea is a U.S.-China Issue. By Jeff M. Smith
Excerpt: On June 18, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel offered a press preview of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) now taking place in Washington, D.C. During the briefing Russel fielded a question about U.S. efforts to reduce tensions with China in the South China Sea. His response was surprising: “As important as [the] South China Sea is … it’s not fundamentally an issue between the U.S. and China.” While Washington has long sought to avoid entanglement in the complex territorial disputes in the South China Sea, it has had plenty of “issues” with Chinese behavior there. Yet such concerns may pale in comparison to growing discord over a new Chinese initiative to build artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago. Although these “land reclamation” projects are now nearing an end, the episode has provoked new U.S. concerns about freedom navigation and risks drawing Washington more firmly into the South China Sea milieu than ever before.

Images Show Chinese Airstrip on Man-Made Spratly Island Nearly Finished
Excerpt: China has almost finished building a 3,000-metre-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show. A U.S. military commander had told Reuters in May that the airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef could be operational by year-end, although the June 28 images suggest that could now be sooner.

Gun News

Famous Ex-CNN Anchor Says Her Husband Is Her ‘Hero’ After He Takes Out Armed Robber With Several Well-Placed Bullets. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Former CNN anchor and investigative reporter Lynne Russell says her husband, former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro, is her “hero” after he killed an armed robbery suspect with a number of well-placed bullets. Though they are known for their journalistic work, Russell and de Caro are not the couple to mess with. Russell is a former Fulton County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy with two martial arts black belts and de Caro is a gun-carrying retired Special Forces member, KOB-TV reported.

CMPD: Homeowner shot, killed man who'd already shot woman
Excerpt: During the argument, police said the man shot the woman in the leg, causing her to crash into a telephone pole. Officers said both people got out of the car and that the man continued to shoot at the woman. A neighbor was inside his house and heard the dispute happening. Officers said he came outside and shot the man. The man who was shot and killed was identified as Degarrian Santonia Coleman, 31, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Woman kills 60-year-old man, apparently in self-defense, deputies say
Excerpt: Deputies said they found a handgun lying on the trunk of a car and a 44-year-old woman and another person standing near it. Deputies searched the home and found Daniel Marvin Bratcher lying on the floor with a gunshot wound in the stomach. Bratcher was taken to the hospital, where he died. Anderson County Coroner Don McCown said it appears Bratcher went to the home in, forced his way inside and was asked to leave. He and a woman in the home got into a physical altercation before the woman shot him with a .38 caliber handgun.

Excerpt: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were called to the scene of a home invasion Tuesday morning, only to discover that a 23-year-old resident armed with a semi-automatic AKM had already driven off both home invaders, saving the lives of his mother and three siblings.
Metro said when officers arrived at the scene they found Jesus Javier Sanchez standing in the yard with an AK47. Officers said when they approached Sanchez he immediately dropped the rifle and followed their commands.

Constitutional Ignorance and Dereliction. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: The nation’s demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, “I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.” That’s a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution’s framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely held reflects the failure of gun rights advocates, such as the NRA and Gun Owners of America, to educate the American people. The following are some statements by the Founding Fathers. You tell me which one of them suggests that they gave us the Second Amendment for deer and duck hunting and protection against criminals.

Race Card News

‘Where Are You From?’ And Other Unspeakable Acts Of Bigotry. By David Harsanyi 
Excerpt: While walking my dog not too long ago, I met a delightful middle-aged couple who spoke in a unique accent. Was it Greek? Some other Eastern European language, perhaps? I asked them: “Where are you from?” The question wasn’t judgmental or a passive-aggressive attempt to other them. I was merely curious about people who were originally “from” some other place. They didn’t seem troubled by the query, either—but, then again, this sort of thing probably still flies in places like Serbia. (When you ask people where they are from, I think it shows interest in them, if you are not asking is a hostile way. ~Bob)

Racial Microaggressions (circulated to faculty on some campuses).

Microaggression? Racist? Gay Activist George Takei: ‘Clarence Thomas Is A Clown In Black Face’ [VIDEO]
Excerpt: “He doesn’t belong there,” Takei said in an interview with Fox 10. “For him to say slaves had dignity. I mean, doesn’t he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped, on the back. They were raped. And we’re supposed to call that dignified? This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.” (If a Conservatives said "Obama is a Clown in Blackface," think liberals would say it was racist? Our POWs in N. Vietnam were chained, beaten and tortured, but they kept their dignity. I recommend: The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925. By Herbert G. Gutman 
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Family-Slavery-Freedom-1750-1925/dp/0394724518. If he has the cognitive ability to understand it. ~Bob)

Why Liberals Like George Takei Are Racist Idiots. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Here's what Clarence Thomas wrote. "Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built. The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away."

Alabama City Votes Unanimously To Get Rid Of Confederate Monument. By Rachel Stoltzfoos
Excerpt: The statue is a tiered tower that bears the inscription: “In honor of the confederate soldier and sailor.” It has stood in the park since 1905, when it was erected by the Pelham Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

TV Land Pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' Reruns Because Racism. By Rob Knowles
Excerpt: “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche As a society, we often make targets of things that aren’t part of an actual problem; it helps us take power back from a situation in which we feel we have none. When bad things happen, we cope by doing everything we can in the postscript to make what happened in the original draft better. However, this often leads to ludicrous results.

Pin The Tale On The Donkey: Democrats’ Horrible Racist Past 
Excerpt: The Dems want to pin the Confederate Flag, KKK, Great Depression, urban decay, and harsh marriage laws on the GOP… pin the tale on the Donkey instead!

Martha Stewart--Funny & unbelievable

Obama To Keep Redskins Out of Washington
Excerpt: President Obama has criticized the Redskins’ name repeatedly, saying he wishes he could change it, and calling it a relic of the past. His administration is clearly following the president’s lead in agitating against a name he has deemed offensive. The patent office even went so far as to cancel the Redskins trademark on the name.

The Rise of Black Teen Terrorists. By Michael Minkoff 
Excerpt: Many black teenagers don’t have enough to do apparently. In Macon, Georgia recently, a small horde of teen terrorists stormed a local Wal-Mart late at night and started destroying stuff for no reason: Surveillance video of a wee-hours ruckus at a Macon Wal-Mart on Sunday shows a teenager race inside flashing gang signs ahead of a mob of four dozen or so people who burst in and smashed merchandise.

Did Republicans jump the gun on the Confederate flag? By Amber Phillips
Excerpt: A Suffolk University/USA Today poll was conducted two weeks after the apparently racially motivated shootings and a week after calls for the flag to come down first gained momentum. It found that 42 percent of respondents thought the flag was racist and should be removed from state grounds, while 42 percent thought the flag was not racist and represents Southern history. (Those numbers break down less along regional lines and more along partisan lines, with 63 percent of Democrats calling the flag racist and 61 percent of Republicans saying it's not.) (I don't particularly think the battle flag of Democrats who tried to destroy the country to protect slavery should be on public lands. But I do think taking it off Civil War Games and toys is ridiculous, or banning Civil War re-enactors from using it, especially when they still sell things with Nazi and Communist symbols like Che Guevara's picture. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Pulling Down The Slaver Flags Of Islam And Africa. A few other things to ban besides the Confederate flag. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The return of the Confederacy was averted in the summer of 2015 when major retailers frantically scoured through their vast offerings to purge any images of a car from the Dukes of Hazzard. If not for their quick thinking, armies of men in gray might have come marching down the streets of New York and San Francisco to stop off for an Iced Mocha Frappucino ™ at a local Starbucks before restoring slavery. History will little note nor long remember the tired wage slaves making $7.25 an hour while checking Amazon and eBay databases for tin models of an orange car with a Confederate flag on top. During this courageous defense of the homeland from the scourge of a mildly politically incorrect 80s show, Hillary Clinton committed her own unpardonable racist hate crime by saying, “All lives matter”. The politically correct term is, “Black lives matter.” ... When Obama condemned Christianity for the Crusades, only a thousand years too late, in attendance was the Foreign Minister of Sudan; a country that practices slavery and genocide. Obama could have taken time out from his rigorous denunciation of the Middle Ages to speak truth to the emissary of a Muslim Brotherhood regime whose leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. But our moral liberals spend too much time romanticizing actual slaver cultures.

Black Writer: The History of a Flag and the Powerful Story of Appomattox. By Ken Blackwell
Excerpt: The current heated debate over the Confederate flag improperly displayed on state property shows a profound loss of historic consciousness. It demonstrates the perils of allowing liberal ideologues to mandate what is known and can be said about our past. Partisan axes are being sharpened in all this. Some folks seem eager to discuss the Confederate flag as though its continued public display in the South is the sole result of Republican activism. This is a false claim. For example, it was Republicans who first took down the banner of Rebel sedition in South Carolina and in Richmond. It was a Democrat, Gov. Fritz Hollings, who put it back up in Columbia a century later. “Dixiecrat” Democrat George Wallace and Dixiecrat turned Republican Strom Thurmond who were among their generation’s most ardent segregationists.

Civil Rights Icon’s Tough Message to Black Community on Confederate Flag: ‘If Black Lives Matter…’ By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Civil rights icon and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is imploring the black community to focus on addressing actual racism and the problems negatively impacting blacks rather than the Confederate flag, which is a merely a “symbol that means a lot of things to a lot of people.”

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

600 Homeless People Victimized in Obamacare Scam! By Onan Coca
Excerpt: Over 600 impoverished people out of both Carolinas are the latest victims of an alleged Obamacare bamboozler who signed them up for a commission and then left them in the dust with enormous healthcare fees. The premise is simple, homeless or otherwise impoverished individuals are promised free healthcare, all they have to do is provide their names and social security numbers. After signing up, however, they quickly find out the insurance wasn’t actually free, and they actually owe a $5,000 deductible.

Undocumented Democrat News

Obama administration goes for integration over deportation for illegal immigrants
Excerpt: The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials. In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of America’s 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.

Interesting: Sorry, Donald Trump Has A Point. By Rich Lowry

Excerpt: Trump’s comments made it sound as though Mexico is sending us moral defectives. That’s not the larger problem (although gangs certainly exploit the border and there are criminals in any population). Immigrants are willing to work. Immigrant men aged 18-65 are in the labor force at a higher rate than native men. It’s just that a lack of education is an anchor around even the hardest-working person in modern America. This is illustrated in an exhaustive report based on government data, by Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a lower level of immigration. I rely on it for the figures that follow. Immigrants here from Mexico — which has sent more immigrants than any other country for decades — have the lowest levels of education. Nearly 60 percent of them haven’t graduated from high school. Only about 10 percent have some college and nearly 6 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Religion of Peace News

Important: US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State. By Con Coughlin
Excerpt: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.
Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. (You can always cont on the USA--just ask our allies in the Republic of Vietnam whom we pledged to assist if North Vietnam violated the Paris "Peace" Accords. ~Bob)

Important: The enormous ISIS attack in Egypt is a game-changer. By Asmin Faruki, Jenna Gowell, and Laura Hoffman
Excerpt: ISIS’s Wilayat Sinai launched a wave of simultaneous attacks on July 1 targeting as many as 21 Egyptian military and police positions in North Sinai, focused primarily on the city of Sheikh Zuweid. Nearly eight hours of clashes between the insurgents and Egyptian security forces left several dozen dead and more wounded by some estimates. Conflicting reports among local media, Wilayat Sinai, and the Egyptian government obscure the exact death toll. ISIS’s operation included simultaneous ground assaults on Egyptian military positions and three suicide bombings targeting checkpoints in Sheikh Zuweid and allegedly the officer’s club in al-Arish, although there has been no confirmation of any suicide operations in al-Arish.

Egyptian air strikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai: sources
Excerpt: Egypt launched air strikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman.

Excerpt: Continuing its offensive in northeastern Nigeria, members of Boko Haram reportedly massacred at least 97 people as they raided mosques and homes today. A witness told AFP that the terrorists first targeted Muslim worshippers as they were observing traditional prayers breaking the Ramadan fast. “They … opened fire on the worshippers, who were mostly men and young children,” the witness said. “They spared nobody. In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food.”

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, July 1, 2015

Shorter post, but interesting news today


Wednesday I had PT Rehab in the morning, a reception for the retiring VA director in the evening, and a condo association board meeting in the evening. Thus I didn't get near to finishing my incoming email. Posting what I have. Sorry. ~Bob

Book Recommendation: Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph. By Richard Botkin
This is a terrific history of the latter part of the Vietnam War, focusing mostly on the NVA's Easter Offensive of 1972, and the actions of the elite Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps and their heroic US Marine advisors. It includes a great account of "Ripley at the Bridge," when Capt. John Ripley planted explosives on the Dong Ha bridge under fire (Navy Cross) and dropped it, preventing the NVA from getting their tanks and troops across at that point, and contributing greatly to the defeat of that invasion. The NVA were in violation of the treaty they signed in Paris, but later we violated our pledge to the Republic of Vietnam to aid them f the North violated the truce. Thanks to our reneging on our commitment, today they live in a one-party state, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech or freedom of religion. This book will be of great interest to Marines, Vietnam Vets and Military History buffs. I recommend it, and hope the movie comes to our area. http://www.ridethethundermovie.com/ If not, I'll get the DVD. ~Bob

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General News and Comment

Worth Reading: Progressive Mass Hysteria. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: One can argue that the slave-owner Robert E. Lee fought to perpetuate human bondage, but Lee never took delight in personally executing without trial his ideological enemies, in the manner of the psychopathic, pistol-toting Che Guevara, whose hip portraiture adorns all too many campus dorm rooms. Present politics mostly define the degree of past sin and the appropriate punishments, as the revolutionary mob decides in an instant which particular historical figure deserves the most immediate ostracism and should be Trotskyized from our collective memory. Should we now remove the racist Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill? Even in my small town in central California there are schools named Jackson and Wilson. Apparently our Depression-era educators thought that the one Democratic president was a populist reformer, the other an idealistic internationalist. Yet both were abject racists, at least as we understand the charge today.

Worth Reading: California Is A Microcosm Of American Mediocrity. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet it has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage reserves — a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passe. So the parched state now prays for rain and snow rather than building reservoirs to ensure that the next drought won't shut down the state. ... California equated a Silicon Valley smartphone in the hand with knowledge in the head — and the nation at large soon produced the most electronically wired and least knowledgeable generation in memory. We are all Californians now.

Terrific: Attorney In Charge of Releasing Lois Lerner "Lost" Emails Now In Charge of Hillary Clinton's Emails. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Attorney Catherine Duval is in charge of handling inquiries from Congress about emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative targeting scandal. Just last week we learned during Congressional testimony from internal government watchdogs that Lerner's hard drive containing emails sent and received when the agency was targeting conservative groups between 2010 and 2012 likely crashed due to "an impact of some sort." We also learned that her hard drive allegedly crashed on a Saturday and that the IRS didn't bother looking for backup tapes. ... Now, we're learning that Duval is also in charge of handling the release of emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who of course conducted years of government business on a private server hosted in her house.

Uh Oh: Survey Shows Hillary Will Have a Tough Time Turning Out Democratic Voters. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Liberals are pros when it comes to getting people out to vote, but a new survey shows Hillary Clinton will have major trouble turning out Democrats in 2016. From Real Clear Politics ... Meanwhile, while Democratic voters aren't necessarily interested or confident in Hillary Clinton, progressive candidate Bernie Sanders is catching up and leftist darling Elizabeth Warren could end up on the campaign trail to back him.

Hillary Mocked Anti-Castro Cubans. By Patrick Howley
Excerpt: “Does this mean you have to go to Cuba and arrest Castro or just shovel more $ into Little Havana?” Clinton asked Verma, referring to the politically powerful Cuban- American neighborhood in Miami.

David Axelrod On Hillary Email Dump: ‘I Knew She Had That Account’ [VIDEO]. By Al Weaver
Excerpt: One day after the State Department released more emails from Hillary Clinton’s private account, former White House adviser David Axelrod addressed his involvement, saying that while he knew she had the account, he didn’t know she had a private server.

Strike and Case the Damn Rainbow Flag. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Our Stars and Stripes welcome; permit; and tolerate. To the world our Colors broadcast power and freedom and opportunity, and so people they pull. And they are the only such colors, ever, in the history of mankind.

Meet Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, nominee to be the next Marine Corps commandant. By Dan Lamothe
Excerpt: Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller, a veteran infantry officer who commanded troops in Iraq from 2005 to 2007, has been selected to serve as the Marine Corps’ new top officer, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Wednesday. The general’s nomination was announced in a news conference at the Pentagon. Carter called Neller a warrior, leader and statesman, and said they first got to know each other when Neller was the director of operations for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. They collaborated on providing urgent needs to combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and traveled to the war zone together.

There can be no Truce With the Left. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: There comes a time when every conservative thinker tries to find some common ground with the left in some area. Today it’s criminal rights and the headlines have Rand Paul denouncing the racist justice system while Grover Norquist and the Koch Brothers join with the left to back their reforms. As usually happens, the conservatives or libertarians turn out to be the useful idiots of the left. Liberals have a long history of being the left’s useful idiots. It’s only fair that libertarians get a turn.

Greece and Puerto Rico: Lessons for Americans. By Newt Girgrich
Excerpt: Greece will hold a referendum on Sunday to decide whether it will stay in the Eurozone or leave it. Staying in the Eurozone will require Greeks to accept very harsh austerity cutbacks and reforms. Dropping out of the Eurozone would lead to a radically devalued Greek drachma.
Other countries that have accepted devaluation have seen their currency decline in value by as much as 84 percent. That means everything they import costs dramatically more and everything they export brings in less. For American and European customers, it would be a huge benefit, since staying in Greek hotels, eating in Greek restaurants, and buying Greek goods would be drastically cheaper.

Rising Dragon News

What Fiction Can Tell You About a Future War With China. By Patrick Tucker
Excerpt: No one wants to think about what a war between the United States and China might look like — unless somebody can make it fun. A new novel born from real trends in military innovation attempts to capture and imagine exactly that. Every technology in the book, from rail guns to brain-based memory manipulation, is at least at the prototype stage of development in real life. “Ghost Fleet: A Novel Of the Next World War,” meticulously researched by its authors: Peter W. Singer, strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation; and August Cole, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, features some 20 manifestations of drone technology alone, as well as nearly 400 endnotes.

Gun News

3 Arrested, 1 Hurt in Home Invasion Robbery Shooting
Excerpt: The three men had gone to the home to collect a debt from the homeowner, then forced their way into a garage and confronted the homeowner, Chantler said.
The homeowner fired at least one shotgun round, striking a man in a leg, Chantler said.

Home invasion shooting leaves 1 dead; 2nd suspect in hospital
Excerpt: A family of five in the Northeast valley woke up to a couple of home invaders busting through their door. One of the homeowners surprised the suspected robbers with gunfire. Metro detectives say one of those intruders died from a bullet wound.

Orlando teen shoots intruder in grandparents' home, police say
Excerpt: Linda’s disabled husband, Robert Shuster, said he gave his grandson clear instructions on what to do when Quade allegedly charged at the teen. "I said, ‘Neal, shoot him. Don't let him hurt you,’” Robert Shuster said. “He’s grabbing me, and my grandpa is yelling, ‘Shoot him.' So I shot him,” Neal Shuster said. The teen shot an unarmed Quade in the stomach and then called 911, police said. Quade, who is expected to survive, was taken to a hospital and placed into a medically induced coma. He is charged with burglary.

Resident shoots, kills man he said tried to rob him early Monday, Sheriff’s Office says
Excerpt: According to the news release, Frazier approached the resident, who was outside the home, and asked for a lighter. When the resident reached in his pocket, Frazier pointed a gun at him demanding his belongings. The resident then pulled a firearm from his pocket and shot Frazier.

Race Card News

Excerpt: Assistant professor of sociology Zandria Robinson — whose Twitter account is promoted on the school’s official website — posted a tweet following the Charleston shooting suggesting that the killer’s actions were a result of his whiteness: *waits for thinkpieces about how more mental health services could prevent white people from acting how they’re conditioned to act* (Given that blacks make up 13% of the population, committee 50% of the murders, and kill twice as many whites as whites kill blacks, and whites are still over 60% of the population, it's a good thing for her this is racist BS she's spouting. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Doctor Accused of Medicare Fraud Donated $450K to Democrats. Dr. Asad Qamar received more than $18.2 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012. By Joe Schoffstall
Excerpt: A cardiologist in Florida who has donated more than $450,000 to Democrats has been suspended from receiving Medicare reimbursement payments over “credible allegations of fraud” after reimbursements as far back as 2012 came under scrutiny. Dr. Asad Qamar, a cardiologist based out of Ocala, Fla., was officially suspended from participating in the program in March, though the suspension was only recently made public. In January, the government intervened in a lawsuit against Qamar filed by whistleblowers who alleged the doctor had defrauded the government.

ObamaCare Law Is Bad, But Its Economics Is Worse. By Lawrence Kudlow
Excerpt: The judicial decision to uphold all of the president's health care subsidies may be very disappointing, but the economics of ObamaCare are far worse than whatever constitutional mistakes the Supreme Court may have committed. The economics of ObamaCare are very bad. The law is inflicting broad damage on job creation and new business formation. It ruins job incentives by making it pay more not to work, thereby intensifying a labor shortage that is holding back growth and in turn lowering incomes and spending. And across-the-board ObamaCare tax increases are inflicting heavy punishment on investment — right when the U.S. economy desperately needs more capital as a way of solving a steep productivity decline. (The Supremes have now twice played games with words, the first time was saying that a penalty is a tax, even though the people who wrote the Act referred to it as a penalty both before and after the Court's ruling, and the second time when they said that "by the states" meant by the government (more or less). As Scalia wrote, the judgment and the nice legal rationalizations about it were simply about protecting the ACA no matter what. OK, so now we're stuck with it, at least until the full impact becomes so obvious that the clamor to repeal/revise it becomes irresistible in Congress. Below are some very solid facts about parts of it that most people have never heard of or thought about. Which will have and are having effects that can only increase with time. I figure by 2018 at latest there will be articles detailing what has gone on and why so many people are unhappy and why it's costing far, far more than anyone ever wanted to admit it might. Then we'll have an actual, rational examination of what can be done to it to salvage the mess. Personally I'd be in favor of total repeal and start over, but maybe some kind of really heavy overhaul will be possible. Time will tell, and like the car that went off the cliff and is now in free fall, so far we're surviving. But that impact with reality is coming up fast, like the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. Del)

Undocumented Democrat News

‘This Is An Insult': Ann Coulter & Geraldo Rivera Clash Over Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: Geraldo Rivera and Ann Coulter squared off tonight on Megyn Kelly‘s show over immigration, and Rivera confronted her over her new book, which he deemed an insulting “screed” against Latinos. 

Religion of Peace News

Excerpt: Today marks another deadline for President Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. The truth is these talks were doomed from the start by the administration’s pattern of retreat. As the Iranians hang tough, insisting on their core demands, the president has steadily abandoned commitments he made to the American people and our allies. In the most recent example, Secretary of State John Kerry backed off from the longstanding demand of the United States and its partners that Iran come clean about the possible military dimensions of its program before any deal is signed. 

Obama Concessions to Iran Worse than Previously Known
Excerpt: But this story actually gets worse. In a June 29 Wall Street Journal article, columnist Jay Solomon wrote that the Obama administration has been secretly making concessions to Iran since 2009 to convince it to begin multilateral talks on its nuclear program.

74 children executed by ISIS for 'crimes' that include refusal to fast, report says. By Malia Zimmerman
Excerpt: A total of 3,027 people have been executed by ISIS since it declared itself a state under strict Islamic law in Syria and Iraq last June, according to a new report by the UK-based group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Many of the charges against those executed are recorded as blasphemy and spying, but others include sorcery, sodomy, practicing as a Shia Muslim," the report states.

Syrian rebels filmed shooting Islamic State militants
Excerpt: A hardline Islamist rebel group in Syria has released a video showing its fighters shooting dead a group of alleged Islamic State (IS) militants. Reversing the imagery of beheadings by the jihadist group, Jaysh al-Islam members wearing orange outfits are seen killing 18 men dressed in black. The video says they are being shot in revenge for the recent beheading of three Jaysh al-Islam fighters.

Iranian-backed Hizballah and Hamas Bolster Worldwide Terrorist Presence
Excerpt: While the West extends nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Islamic Republic continues to enhance its international terrorism infrastructure through its proxies. Hizballah has 950 active operatives in the Western European state while Hamas maintains 300 operatives, according to a German intelligence report summarized by the Jerusalem Post. The number of Islamists in Germany rose from 43,190 in 2013 to 43,890 in 2014, the report said. Radical Islamists are "the greatest danger to Germany...Germany is on the spectrum of goals for Islamic terrorists," said Hans-Georg Maassen, president of German's domestic intelligence agency – the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).

The Ideological Gutting of American Foreign Policy. Government policy under Obama was to empower the Muslim Brotherhood and support its ascendancy in the Mideast. The outcome is chaos. By Matthew Hausman, INN
Excerpt: It was clear on the morning of September 11, 2001, that the United States was at war with Islamic radicals, and while there may have been differences of opinion regarding strategy, there was no denying the need to defeat doctrinal terrorism. But as the U.S. became mired in foreign wars, critics questioned whether its actions were achieving the goal, and ultimately whether the goal was even justified. Voices on the left falsely claimed that Arab-Muslim extremism was an understandable response to western chauvinism, and instead of condemning terrorists for their actions, they started blaming the victims for allegedly insulting Islam.

Worth Reading: The Islamic State Caliphate Turns One. By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Excerpt: As we pass the one-year anniversary since the announcement of ISIS's so-called "caliphate" demanding the allegiance of the world's Muslims and ultimately sovereignty over the entire world, much of the commentary has been far too ephemeral. The media has had a tendency to take whatever comes out immediately in the news -- such as the attack today in Sinai claimed by ISIS and its threat to Hamas in Gaza -- as indicative of long-term trends. This is true both on the ISIS home fronts in Iraq and Syria and on the international stage as a number of official "province" (wilaya) affiliates have been announced in Sinai, Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan/Pakistan and, most recently it seems, the Caucasus area. In addition, the international export of the ISIS brand has recently seen a wave of ISIS-claimed (but not confirmed) massacres in Sinai, Kuwait and Tunisia.

Egypt army says it killed 100 militants, lost 17 personnel in fight against IS Wednesday
Excerpt: The General Command of the Armed Forces has issued its first official statement on Wednesday’s battles against Islamist militants who attacked army posts earlier in the day. The statement said that the army killed more than 100 militants during its counter-attacks in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah cities.

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: