Saturday, June 24, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
They Brushed Off Kamala Harris. Then She Brushed Us Off..By AYAAN HIRSI ALI and ASRA Q. NOMANI
Excerpt: The Democrats on the panel, including Senator Harris and three other Democratic female senators — North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill — did not ask either of us a single question. This wasn’t a case of benign neglect. At one point, Senator McCaskill said that she took issue with the theme of the hearing itself. “Anyone who twists or distorts religion to a place of evil is an exception to the rule,” she said. “We should not focus on religion,” she said, adding that she was “worried” that the hearing, organized by Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, would “underline that.” In the end, the only questions asked of us about Islamist ideologies came from Senator Johnson and his Republican colleague, Senator Steve Daines from Montana. Just as we are invisible to the mullahs at the mosque, we were invisible to the Democratic women in the Senate.
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:17 PM
Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq
Excerpt: A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres. The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed Thursday that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the record-breaking shot, killing an Islamic State insurgent during an operation in Iraq within the last month. (2.1 miles!? ~Bob)
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:11 PM
Home Health Care Aide Accused of Trying to Help Terror Group
Excerpt: The complaint said Raishani expressed regret that he had not gone to Syria at the same time as his friend and had quit his job and paid off debts in preparation for his trip. It also said he told the confidential source that he had asked his wife if she would go with him to the Islamic State and, based on her reaction, he decided he would not ask her again because he worried she would report him to law enforcement. "Raishani also indicated his desire to wage jihad and his belief that the Quran can be read to justify the violence, including beheadings," according to the complaint, which said he told the confidential source: "May God grant us martyrdom."
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:28 AM
Indiana: Muslim threatens Goodwill store customers to convert to Islam, attacks police
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:25 AM
Ossoff Spends Six Times More Than Opponent, Complains About ‘Money In Politics’
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:24 AM
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Morning Jolt by Jim Geraghty: ‘They Are Never Talking about Issues Like Russia’
Worth Reading - Excerpt: Latasha Harlins and Philando Castile You may recall me raving last year about the ESPN five-part documentary, O.J.: Made in America. One of the things that made it great was how much it was willing to dive into topics that might seem peripheral to O.J. Simpson’s life story but in fact provided enormous context and background, and a better understanding of why events played out the way they did. The producers clearly decided early on that you couldn’t discuss the racial divide in Los Angeles, and the distrust of the LAPD during Simpson’s trial, without explaining the L.A. riots of a few years earlier, and you couldn’t really understand what triggered the L.A. riots without discussing the 1991 killing of Latasha Harlins. Latasha Harlins was a 15-year-old African-American girl who got into a dispute with 51-year-old female Korean-American store owner Soon Ja Du. As seen on the store’s security tape, Du accused Harlins of shoplifting. Hu grabbed Harlins’s sleeve; Harlins punched Hu. They continue to exchange words, then Harlins turned away, and Du pulled out a gun and shot Harlins in the back of the head from a distance of three feet. The video can be seen here and is . . . grim viewing. Between the videotape and the witnesses in the store contradicting Du’s claim it was an attempted holdup, this was an open-and-shut case. The jury found Du guilty of voluntary manslaughter, an offense that carries a maximum prison sentence of 16 years. But trial judge Joyce Karlin sentenced Du to five years of probation, 400 hours of community service, and a $500 fine. No jail time. Shocked and enraged protesters scuffled with police outside the courthouse, a precursor to the riots that would arrive less than a year later. Rioting is wrong, but it’s not hard to understand the seething outrage of African Americans in Los Angeles at that moment. If a person casually executes someone who looks like you, and the system treats it like a minor crime, do you feel like your rights are being protected? Do you feel like the justice system cares about you? Do you feel like society at large believes your life matters? Fast forward to 2016, and think of the traffic stop that cost Philando Castile his life. Once again, we have videotape and this time, audio of what led to the shooting. Our David French lays out all the facts succinctly and clearly. As far as anyone can see and hear, Castile did exactly as he was told, and exactly what he was supposed to do. Officer Jeronimo Yanez asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, Castile handed over his car-insurance information card. Then he calmly informed officer Yanez that he had a gun; the officer responds, “don’t reach for it.” In a span of about 20 seconds, Yanez instructed Castile to hand over his driver’s license and to not reach for his gun. Give me something that is in your pocket, but do not look like you are reaching for something by your waist. Within seven seconds, Yanez has interpreted Castile reaching to get out his driver’s license, as instructed, as reaching for a weapon, and shoots at Castile seven times. Is there a legal consequence for fatally shooting someone over a misunderstanding? In the courtroom, no. The jury found Yanez not guilty on all counts — second-degree manslaughter in as well as two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. After the verdict, the police department fired him: “The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.”
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:07 PM
The Left Has One More Argument: Kill Them!
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:52 PM
ISIS Just Destroyed One of Iraq's Most Iconic Mosques
Tearing down their Confederate monuments. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:01 AM
Crash Coming: Canada Has World’s Fastest-Growing Private Debt: Report
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:59 AM
Democrats Seethe After Georgia, But Still Don’t Get It. By Peter Heck
Excerpt: The New York Times ran a typically tone-deaf, if not revealing assessment of the state of their own Democrat Party following the special election loss in the Georgia runoff recently. As is typical in the New York Times, the Democrats writing the piece embedded with half-truths like attributing Jon Ossoff’s fundraising to “small donations” but not mentioning that he set a record for out-of-state dollars with only 3.5% of his money coming from within the district. Nor do they mention that Ossoff was careful to never directly attack Trump, instead running as a moderate Republican to try to win the seat. That would seem to be an important point when trying to make the case that an Ossoff victory would have been an “emphatic statement about the weakness of the Republican Party under President Trump.” But aside from the typical Times shenanigans that you just have to expect when you try sifting through their coverage, the article did touch on the “seething” dissent that is being experienced within the Democrat Party. More than one Democrat lawmaker expressed desire for new leadership, meaning they want to give Nancy Pelosi the boot:
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:51 AM
“I’m gonna kill you all. Allah. Bomb.” Man charged, accused of making threats at U.S. Courthouse
Excerpt: MILWAUKEE — Charges have been filed against a man accused of making threats at the U.S. Courthouse near Jefferson and Wisconsin on Thursday, June 15th. The incident led to a traffic mess in downtown Milwaukee as several streets near the courthouse were shut down, and the courthouse itself, along with other businesses in the area, were evacuated. The accused is 32-year-old Mohamad Hamdan of Milwaukee. He faces one felony count of “terrorist threats” and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:48 AM
The FBI’s Briefing On The GOP Baseball Shooting Couldn’t Have Been More Bizarre
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:43 AM
Almost 40 Years Ago, Christopher Lasch Diagnosed The Rise Of Trump And Anti-Trump As Narcissism. The historian and social critic knew that the political and cultural movements of the Sixties would have long-lasting consequences for American democracy.
Excerpt: In his best-known book, “The Culture of Narcissism,” historian and social critic Christopher Lasch (1932-1994) outlined an emergent personality and style that have since taken control of elite and mass political culture. Appalled by the exploding therapeutic sensibility that promised freedom, creativity, and mental health, he argued prophetically in 1979 that self-expression and radical individualism could yield disastrous social results. Lasch was surveying “a way of life that is dying—the culture of competitive individualism, which in its decadence has carried the logic of individualism to the extreme of a war of all against all, the pursuit of happiness to the dead end of a narcissistic preoccupation with the self.” Twenty-five years later, in his collection of essays, “The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy,” he discerned the “venomous hatred” of sophisticates toward yeoman America. But only since his death has their revulsion toward “clingers” and “deplorables” become relentless and undisguised. Furthermore, despite all its blessings, the internet has changed the game, as it enables self-absorption and retreat from nature in ways that we still barely understand.
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:42 AM
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Radicalized in Mideast, Maute brothers razed their Christian school
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:14 AM June 19, 2017
MARAWI CITY — Twenty years after obtaining Christian education, Muslim brothers Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute returned to this Central Mindanao city with the black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group and set fire to their alma mater.
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:40 PM
Obama sets up shadow government organization to destroy Trump and the US
I found this in a New Zealand conservative site, but written by an American, probably appears elsewhere on the Net too. But it's a very telling explanation of what Obama and the Left have set up, and I personally have to agree this is dangerous to the whole nation. Whether Trump is a perfect President or not, a focused, concentrated, wellfunded effort to undercut the entire Administration is a bad thing to do for everyone in the long run. Hillary used to talk about the "vast Right Wing conspiracy", but here we are seeing, truly, a vast Left Wing conspiracy, triply dangerous since the media and academia are fully in step with it. Trump, his staff, and the GOP leadership need to figure out very soon how to stop making mistakes that add fuel to the fire, and how to counter these subversives and show to the nation that they are the real danger to the republic. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:33 PM
You’ve Earned a Little Victory Dance This Morning, GOP! By Jim Geraghty
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:14 PM
Comprehending evil: That's become a weak spot, a failure, in much of prosperous Western societies, the difficulty, even inability, to recognize the existence of serious, conscious evil in the world. Certainly not everyone living in North Korea is evil, anymore than every German living under Hitler was evil, but the overall system is truly evil, heartless, inhuman. And after nearly 80 years, five generations of people ruled by a totalitarian regime using control and oppression at at a level that makes the word "brutal" very inadequate, how could anyone expect any of those not in power to have one atom of influence on the ruling regime? The description of that regime and just some of its terrible activities below is very good. I really can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would spend money to take a tour there. Except of course, they don't begin to understand the reality of the place they would be visiting. Too many people are far, far too innocent and ignorant of the reality of evil. Del
North Korea Would Not Hesitate to Kill You. The scariest thing about the death of Otto Warmbier is that the Kim regime doesn’t feel even an ounce of remorse.
Their communists. What do you expect? ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:00 PM
Vietnam: End Attacks on Activists and Bloggers. Pattern of Thuggish Assaults Against Rights Campaigners Across Country
Excerpt: Vietnamese bloggers and rights activists are being beaten, threatened, and intimidated with impunity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Vietnamese government should order an end to all attacks and hold those responsible accountable. Donor governments should tell the Vietnamese authorities to end the crackdown, and that repressing internet freedom, peaceful speech, and activism will carry consequences. (This is appalling of course, but it's good that a light is being shined on the atrocious behavior of the repressive government in Hanoi. I hope it gets attention all over. (Feel free to disseminate.) --Del. They're communists. this is what you expect of states based on socialism. A few years ago, Bernie sanders and other "Progressives" were lauding Venezuela, where human rights are nbow being crushed. Coming here. ~Bob)
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:57 PM
Ten Things to Keep In Mind in GA06: Democrats Just Spent $30 Million for Another Moral Victory
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:39 AM
What we are fight for: As many of you know, my earlier days in political action revolved around an effort called Reach Out Wisconsin. Reach Out Wisconsin (ROW) is a non-partisan organization I helped create to encourage civil discourse on political issues. Although I turned the reins of the ROW over to others when I became Chair, I remain committed to the founding principles of that organization.
While I still believe in the mission of ROW, I can't ignore the reality of where we are as a nation. Last week we had a gunman target Republicans practicing to play a baseball game for charity. You would think this would be an opportunity for a nation to come together but unfortunately it hasn't. Too many on liberals continue to cling to some equivalent of "Republicans asked for it" in the aftermath.
I didn't get into politics to drive a hard line. I absolutely believe in live and let live as a personal philosophy - somewhat libertarian frankly. Yet more and more I find that's not good enough for the liberals in our country and especially here in Dane County.
I can't simply accept how an adult chooses to express their sexual identity. Unless I embrace it, encourage my children to embrace it, and rearrange society to embrace it, I'm the bigot.
I can't believe in an individual's right to bear arms. Unless I recognize that Republicans asked for it when a gunman starts shooting then I'm a hypocrite.
I can't believe that climate change is more complex than blaming it on the industrial revolution. Unless I recognize the infallibility of Al Gore then I'm a 'science denier'.
It goes on and on but the bottom line is that there is no middle ground.
Furthermore, what we see on the national level today is nothing short of John Doe III. We lived through the John Doe and John Doe II investigations here in Wisconsin as liberals went after Governor Walker. It was a witch hunt then and it's a witch hunt now.
This is the logical application by liberals of a "John Doe" investigation on the national level as they go after President Trump now. Russian collusion, obstruction of justice, we just need to keep investigating until we find something! In a nutshell, as it was in Wisconsin, it's an investigation in search of a crime. They will not stop unless we beat them back as we did five years ago, first here in Wisconsin.
This is the reality we face today. We should continue to encourage civil dialogue but we can't stop fighting at the same time. We need to support the President's agenda, we need to support the President, and we need to keep fighting right here in Wisconsin for our beliefs. We need to not lose focus of what we have gained here and what we need to do to not lose ground in Wisconsin in the coming year.
We all have a role to play in this fight. Our role is right here in Dane County; right here on the front line of liberal extremism.
Scott Grabins, Chair
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:49 AM
India and the Fight Against Islamic State by Natalie Tecimer
Muslims make up about 14% of the population of India, Hindus are just short of 80%, and the other roughly 7% are Christians, Sikh, and a few other denominations. The Hindu-Muslim tensions go back many centuries, and just simmer below the surface in many places. A few years ago, when I was working in India, I heard about one of the radical attacks where some Muslims blew up a train with Hindu pilgrims on it at a medium size city whose name I can't recall. Within a few days there were no Muslims left in the city, it wasn't a massacre, it was the general population rising up and driving them all out. If push really comes to shove in India, it will not be settled in a nice way. But this is also a sign of the virulence of what we might call the "jihadist virus", which just continues to spread among a fraction of Muslims across the world. It remains a very dangerous thing for everyone, and we need to hope that some kind of countermovement starts in Muslim countries and among Islamic scholars. The best way for this to die off is for Muslim societies to reject and discourage it. If that doesn't happen, the long term scenarios are very grim. --Del. Only a fraction of the Germans were Nazis...~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:45 AM
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Inside Story of William F. Buckley Jr.’s Crusade against the John Birch Society
Posted by TartanMarine at 5:55 PM
Article from April, 2017: How Western Civilization Could Collapse
The West and the Tyranny of Public Debt
Excerpt: The history of public debt is the very history of national power: how it has been won and how it has been lost. Dreams and impatience have always driven men in power to draw on the resources of others—be it slaves, the inhabitants of occupied lands, or their own children yet to be born—in order to carry out their schemes, to consolidate power, to grow their own fortunes. But never, outside periods of total war, has the debt of the world’s most powerful states grown so immense. Never has it so heavily threatened their political systems and standards of living. Public debt cannot keep growing without unleashing terrible catastrophes. Anyone saying this today is accused of pessimism. The first signs of economic recovery, harbingers of a supposedly falling debt, are held up to contradict him. Yet we wouldn’t be the first to think ourselves uniquely able to escape the fate of other states felled by their debt, such as the
Genoa, or the Empire of Spain. Republic
The Coming Collapse of the
: And what you
can do to prevent it. By Robert A. Hall American
All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans. For a free PDF of this 80-page book you can read on your computer, write me at: tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:38 PM
Ignoring The Radical Left Is Worse Than Ignoring Alex Jones
Charlie Sykes argues that it’s dangerous for the Right to ignore fringe figures like Alex Jones. But the Left has a much worse track record.
Excerpt: In a weekend essay for The New York Times, conservative commentator Charlie Sykes argues that the Right can no longer disregard marginal figures like the conspiracy-mongering Alex Jones. “We can’t keep ignoring the fringe,” writes Sykes. “We have to expose it.” It’s an odd piece from the usually insightful Sykes, considering the Left’s manifest failure to confront its own fringe, a member of which tried to assassinate Republican members of Congress just days before Sykes’ article ran. Given all that’s happened in recent weeks, and the long history of left-wing political violence in America, is the Right’s failure to confront Jones really a more pressing problem than the Left’s refusal to renounce their own radicals?
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:28 AM
The Dignity of Being Black or Hispanic in America. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: I am writing here about something I know nothing about and, given the demographics of this website, most of you know nothing about. I have witnessed it, but I have not experienced it. Maybe you have too — the non-white friend who is handed the luggage while standing in front of a hotel; the non-white friend who cannot hail a cab; the non-white friend who gets pulled over by the police while driving the speed limit. These things happen and I have been thinking of them more after the Philando Castile verdict, which I, like David French, think was a miscarriage of justice. Mr. Castile was an innocent man gunned down for no cause by an overly tense police officer giving Mr. Castile conflicting orders. Mr. Castile did his best to comply with conflicting orders and was killed for doing so. That’s not right.
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:43 AM
Since when do government documents belong to Obama to hold for 5 years? --Barb
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:35 AM
India girl, 16, 'brutally gang raped' and thrown from moving train
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:33 AM
Hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:31 AM
Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy in Her System, Autopsy Shows
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:25 AM
A Brutal North Korean Crime That Must Not Be Forgotten
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:21 AM
Otto Warmbier’s North Korea roommate speaks out
Excerpt: When Danny Gratton met Otto Warmbier in Beijing in late December 2015, they were on their first day of a tour to North Korea that only one of them would successfully complete. On the tour’s last day, Gratton was the only Westerner to see Warmbier detained by North Korean security services, the beginning of an 18-month ordeal for the 21-year-old American student, who finally returned to the United States in a coma this week. Until now, Gratton has not spoken publicly about the case. He was never contacted by the U.S. government or the tour company that arranged the visit. His recollections form a part of the story that speaks to Warmbier’s innocence and further undermines the North Korean government’s version of events. His message is that Warmbier was an innocent victim of a cruel and evil regime and did nothing to warrant his sad fate. “Otto was just a really great lad who fell into the most horrendous situation that no one could ever believe,” Gratton told me in an interview Thursday. “It’s just something I think in the Western world we just can’t understand, we just can’t grasp, the evilness behind that dictatorship.” (Let’s not mince words: Otto Warmbier was an American kid who made one foolish mistake, one that should not have cost him his life. The North Korean regime arrested him on unjust grounds, possibly as a bargaining chip in negotiations, and ultimately tortured him to death. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:20 AM
Hard-Hit Marine Class from Vietnam War Celebrates 50th Reunion
Excerpt: In the fall of 1967, The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, finished training 498 twenty-something Marine second lieutenants. By the end of the year, nearly all were in Vietnam. Before Christmas, the first of them was killed in action: 2nd Lt. Michael Ruane, of Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, on Dec. 18, 1967. The TBS class that began in June 1967 (TBS 6/67) would have a casualty rate of more than 50 percent -- the highest of any Marine officer class during the Vietnam War. For those second lieutenants and their platoons, the pace was unrelenting. They would go past the wire -- when there was wire -- on daily patrols through terrain that ranged from paddies and dikes along the coast, through the scrub brush and elephant grass of the interior, and into the triple-canopy jungles of the high ground reaching into Laos. (My best wishes to these men, the survivors, and my prayers to those who fell in battle. Bless them all, RIP. Semper Fidelis, Del)
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:15 AM
Monday, June 19, 2017
Let’s Consider Secession. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: This past week has made me realize the situation in this country is unlikely to get better. We have 320 million people who hate each other and the left shows no signs of toning down rhetoric after last week’s mass assassination attempt. If anything, too many of them regret there were no deaths. At the same time, the left would have us believe that there is more violence on the right where history itself shows that is not true. From Nazism to Communism to progressivism itself, there has been more butchery from leftwing ideologies throughout human history than from the right — and yes despite popular historic revisionism, Nazism is from the left and had an American progressive fan club that included Margaret Sanger, patron saint of killing kids. On college campuses, conservatives are chased away by mobs and the left excuses it. After all, they say, the right deserved it. Steve Scalise deserved it. The Christian bigot needs to bake the cake, but the performer who does not want to perform for President Trump is a saint. There is only a one way street and the crowd that demands tolerance only wants tolerance for themselves. All others must be silenced. The political left is becoming the American ISIS.
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:43 PM
Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old college student who was held in North Korea for 17 months before coming home last Tuesday, has died, according to his family. Warmbier suffered a devastating brain injury while being held prisoner and was in an unresponsive state when he was flown home.
For stealing a poster. Socialism at work. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:51 PM
The Kremlin Needs to Address Russia's Demographic Crisis by Ilan Berman
All the west, including the US, plus Japan are below the replacement rate of 2.1 live births per woman. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:44 PM
Russia warns it will treat US-led coalition jets in parts of Syria as targets after US downed Syrian plane
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:52 PM
Wisconsin Officials Want To Name Soviet-Style Building After Obama, ‘JFK Of Our Generation’
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:44 AM
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Flashback: Author sees Islam's 20-year plan for U.S.
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:35 PM
Something is fishy about USS Fitzgerald story we are getting from the media
The article shows pictures of the damage to both ships. Clearly there is something very wrong about this, it does look like a ramming, from a ship with no running lights somehow zeroing in on a moving ship in a huge ocean. Of course, why in hell didn't the destroyer's radar see the huge container ship coming miles away? There is so much to learn about this. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:29 PM
Mali resort hit by terror attack, at least 2 people killed
Probably crazed Presbyterians. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:19 PM
'The Quran states that a woman is half a man': Why an Australian Muslim couple turned their backs on Islam because it is a 'religion of war' riddled with 'venomous misogyny'
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:40 AM
Sweden: 100 Muslim migrant youths attack police with stones, sticks and bats
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:38 AM