Monday, February 19, 2018
Today is Iwo Jima’s 73rd anniversary – here’s a Marine who was there
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:26 PM
How the IDF Is Preparing for Multi-Front War
Posted by TartanMarine at 2:23 PM
Scroll Down For: The Limits of the Assault Weapons Ban
Unsurprisingly, advocates of gun control insist that one of the best possible responses to the mass shooting in Florida is to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban that was in effect from September 1994 to September 2004. Those of you with long and accurate memories will recall that the Columbine shootings occurred while the Assault Weapons Ban was in effect, as well as another mass shooting in Atlanta the same year that killed 12. In late 2013, Northeastern University criminologists James Alan Fox and Monica J. DeLateur wrote a detailed study that irked a lot of advocates on both sides by using data to dispel a lot of popular theories about mass shooters, from the danger of video games to the value of mental health treatment to the effectiveness of security measures in schools. Among their conclusions: “a comparison of the incidence of mass shootings during the 10-year window when the assault weapon ban was in force against the time periods before implementation and after expiration shows that the legislation had virtually no effect, at least in terms of murder in an extreme form.” Mother Jones calculated that of the 143 weapons used in mass shootings from 1982 to 2012, 48 would be banned under the revised version of the Assault Weapons Ban proposed in 2013. That’s about a third. It is worth recalling that some of the most infamous mass shooters of recent years used just handguns: the Virginia Tech shooter, the Umpqua Community College shooter, the Charleston church shooter, the 2014 Isla Vista shooter.
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:40 PM
If Your Voters were Persuaded by Bad Russian Ads, They Were Never Your Voters by Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: The New York Times looks at Russia’s propaganda efforts and offers an unflattering assessment of how easily Americans could be influenced by foreigners posing as out-of-town activists: Heart of Texas and Blacktivist were phony groups, part of a sweeping Russian disinformation campaign that was funded with millions of dollars and carried out by 80 people operating out of St. Petersburg, Russia. The Russian attempt at long-distance choreography was playing out in many cities across the United States. Facebook has disclosed that about 130 rallies were promoted by 13 of the Russian pages, which reached 126 million Americans with provocative content on race, guns, immigration and other volatile issues. The Russian efforts were pretty devious, planning rallies for and against a particular perspective in the same time and place and hoping the two groups would confront each other. The Heart of Texas group had more success with a Houston rally to “Stop the Islamization of Texas,” which provoked an angry confrontation in May 2016. United Muslims of America, another Russian creation, called its own rally to “Save Islamic Knowledge” for the same time and place, outside the Islamic Da’wah Center. (if you get most of your news from "Social Media and/or you don't bother to check the sources, you are an idiot. In the original sense of the Greek word. ~Bob)
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:37 PM
Worth watching: A Scandinavian Paradise
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:21 AM
Victor D Hanson Explains The Complete Corruption of the Obama Administration helped Sabotage Hillary
Victor D Hanson Explains The Complete Corruption of the Obama Administration helped Sabotage Hillary
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:09 AM
Muslim cleric says Allah has gathered the Jews in Israel to make it easier to “annihilate” them
Excerpt: Imagine the international uproar of a cleric of any other faith spoke from the pulpit about annihilating Muslims or any other group. But this will get no notice in the establishment media, unless it becomes necessary to explain Ahmad al-Rawashdeh’s words away and compel the Infidels to go back to sleep. This recalls the notorious genocidal hadith: “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim 6985)
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:05 AM
Mueller Worked with Lerner to Target Tea Party. By Daniel John Sobieski
OK, I always try to be fair and openminded, and recognize the possibility that someone who's acted one way in the past might act differently now. That Mueller's investigation has wound up with indicting a bunch of Russians and has found zero ties to Trump people for "colluding", indicates that he has tried to do an objective job this time. Kudos for that, and of course now the Left doesn't like him anymore. It's good to be reminded of the facts of blatant persecution of conservative organizations, and the history of what happened to Engelbrecht should impress the hell out of anyone. It was a focused campaign of shocking misuse of power that can't be denied. But that doesn't mean that Mueller really played a part in it personally. That the evidence has become so clear of a whole raft of highly motivated leftists in various federal agencies who do not hesitate to abuse their positions is a tragedy for all of us. We should be able to have confidence in the professionalism of those in these jobs, but now that's been badly shaken. Let's hope it gets a lot better, and soon. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:52 AM
All-gender bathrooms coming to every Madison public school
Excerpt: Every Madison School District building soon will have at least one easily accessible, single-stall, public bathroom open to students of all genders under a district-wide project now nearing completion, district officials said.
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:40 AM
Sunday, February 18, 2018
RAB arrests two JMB militants, thwarts plan to kill converted Christians
Excerpt: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Dhaka, one of whom was planning to murder Muslims who converted to Christianity.
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:19 PM
Doctor ‘sexually assaulted five patients complaining of ear pain, sore throats and a high temperature in 10 days by pressing his groin against their bodies'
Excerpt: A doctor sexually assaulted five female patients over a 10-day period, including a woman who was groped after complaining of a high temperature, a court has heard. Dr Amirul Haque, aged 33, is alleged to have ignored chaperone guidelines while also targeting patients being assessed for ear pain, a sore throat, and an eye problem.
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:18 PM
Film zooms in on 8-year-old amputee from Gaza living in an Israeli hospital
In contrast the "Palestinians" consider every Israeli, children included, a soldier, whether in Israel or abroad, and therefore deserving of being murdered. --Larry Greenburg
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:10 PM
Here's why the Third World stays the Third World
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:05 PM
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time for a Saturday afternoon rant.
People are shouting for something to be done about mass shootings in schools. I am too. Somebody’s gotta do something! It’s a natural emotional reaction borne of frustration, heartbreak, and anger. Somebody’s gotta do something. But I don’t hear many people actually coming up with anything that’s going to matter, anything that’s going to make a difference that’s grounded in something even close to reality.
Ban guns? Repeal the 2nd amendment? Really? The population of the United States is more than 320,000,000, and there are over 300,000,000 guns. Probably 98% of them are owned by law abiding citizens who are never going to shoot anyone, except in self defense maybe. Probably 2 % are in the hands of criminals, gangs, and other miscreants, some of whom might harbor dreams of shooting school children, and a few who will actually do it. Or at least try.
So what to do? Schools are one of the few places that are totally unprotected. There are even signs posted that they are 'gun free zones'. That means they are free fire zones.and it's safe to show up and start shooting.
Well, my solution would be to have metal detectors and armed guards at all school entrances. The guards could be retired and off duty police officers, and retired military veterans who would do it for free. I would volunteer! The only real expense would be the cost of the metal detectors.
So set budget priorities. What should take priority over the lives of school children?
Would that prevent all mass shooting? Maybe not, but I bet it would stop 99% of them. Keep the federal government out of it though, that's the surest way to screw things up. Let local governments handle it.
Okay, rant over. Larry W.
We All Live on Campus Now By Andrew Sullivan
Excerpt: And, sure enough, the whole concept of an individual who exists apart from group identity is slipping from the discourse. The idea of individual merit — as opposed to various forms of unearned “privilege” — is increasingly suspect. The Enlightenment principles that formed the bedrock of the American experiment — untrammeled free speech, due process, individual (rather than group) rights — are now routinely understood as mere masks for “white male” power, code words for the oppression of women and nonwhites. Any differences in outcome for various groups must always be a function of “hate,” rather than a function of nature or choice or freedom or individual agency. And anyone who questions these assertions is obviously a white supremacist himself. Polarization has made this worse — because on the left, moderation now seems like a surrender to white nationalism, and because on the right, white identity politics has overwhelmed moderate conservatism. And Trump plays a critical role. His crude, bigoted version of identity politics seems to require an equal and opposite reaction. And I completely understand this impulse. Living in this period is to experience a daily, even hourly, psychological hazing from the bigot-in-chief. And when this white straight man revels in his torment of those unlike him — and does so with utter impunity among his supporters — there’s a huge temptation to respond in kind. A president who has long treated women, in his words, “like shit,” and bragged about it, is enough to provoke rage in any decent person. But anger is rarely a good frame of mind to pursue the imperatives of reason, let alone to defend the norms of liberal democracy.
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:16 PM
The Week's Editor’s letter
I’m old enough to remember when Republicans cared about deficits. But then again, so is my toddler. The GOP came to power in the last election in part by promising to end fiscal recklessness in Washington. Once in control, however, they’ve embraced the kind of freewheeling spending they would have excoriated the Democrats for just a few years ago. (See Controversy.) If it feels hypocritical, that’s because it is. So is the Republicans’ collective shrug over the fact that dozens of White House aides don’t have security clearances, given all those “Lock her up!” chants over Hillary Clinton’s sloppy handling of classified information. But Republicans have no monopoly on hypocrisy. Democrats fighting Trump’s proposed immigration reforms happily championed at least some of them under President Obama. And if you are waiting for Democratic leaders to condemn the payoffs and favor-buying that landed their colleague Sen. Robert Menendez on trial for corruption, you’re going to be waiting for a long time. Hypocrisy in politics is nothing new. But public acceptance of it is. In our hyperpartisan atmosphere, we’re increasingly willing to grant “our side” a pass, lest we give aid and comfort to the enemy. Social scientists have noted that Democrats and Republicans tend to flip-flop on certain issues depending on whether their party is in power. That helps explain why fiscal hawks now excuse major increases in the national debt, or why Democrats did a 180 on government surveillance when Obama moved into the White House. Believing “it’s only bad when the other guys do it” is one of the canary-in-the-coal-mine signs that authors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt identify in their new book, How Democracies Die. “If one thing is clear from studying breakdowns throughout history,” they write, “it’s that extreme polarization can kill democracies.” When there are no principles and norms that everyone can agree on, and anything goes in the struggle for power, we’re headed for trouble. --Carolyn O’Hara, Managing editor
More Questions Surface About Shadowy Public Finance Authority
WHO’S FIGHTING WHOM IN SYRIA? Iranian-sponsored militias clash with the Turkish army. By Joseph Puder
Can't tell the players without a scorecard. Syria has the potential to be the next flashpoint in the world. Too many aggressive players who are not amenable to restraint. Yours truly, Larry Greenberg
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:01 PM
FAMILY’S MURDER ATTEMPTS EMBOLDEN CAMEROON DISCIPLE LEADER’S FAITH
Excerpt: “They threatened to kill me, and had God not protected me, they would have succeeded.” The “they” in *Abdul’s story are not Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram that terrorizes Christians and churches in West Africa, fiercely attempting to eradicate Christianity. “They” are Abdul’s family. When Abdul left his tribal religion of Islam and committed his life to Christ in 2000, his Muslim family felt and acted like he had just pointed a challenging dagger straight at them. Abdul’s family (part of the ethnic Kotoko group spread over Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria) always took pride in the fact that they were one of the few tribes in their region of Cameroon with no known Christians.
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:46 AM
Georgia Residents: Please Help Me Stop a Puppy Mill Protection Scheme
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:40 AM
Costa Rican retreat offers black women a vacation from white people
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:33 AM
Soros Calls on EU to Regulate Social Media to Fight Populism
Well, there's no doubt that Soros is a total leftist fruitcake, happy to manipulate the system to make himself a super billionaire, and use his money to undercut US society in his goal to transform it into a socialist state. It's nice that he is become shriller and shriller, and is making it obvious to anyone with a brain what kind of seditious bastard he is. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 10:32 AM
Friday, February 16, 2018
Book Recommendation: The Harrowing: Five strangers. Five secrets. No refuge. No turning back by James Aitcheson
Having read and loved Aitcheson’s “Sword Sworn” trilogy, when I discovered he had another novel out, I ordered it straight away (as they say.) Sword Sworn is from the point of view of a Norman Knight in the years after 1066. This novel is set in the same period, but from the point of view of five English folk fleeing the Norman harrowing of the north county, with mass destruction and death. Those who were forced to read a bit of “Canterbury Tales” in school will find this account to that pattern, though far more readable. Aitcheson is a terrific writer, creating vivid images and intricate plots. He is also a fine historian who researches his novels in depth. I knew a fair bit about the Conquest (I have a master’s in history) but little about the immediate years after except for the legend of Hereward the Wake. So, his novels are both educational and entertaining, though I would not recommend them for the squeamish (like my wife). Given that Aitcheson is only in his 30s, I expect he will be recognized as one of the top five historical novelists in ten years. Since I have survived, so far, a lung transplant and will be 72 in April, I hope he also writes fast!
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:57 PM
Four men admit to grooming girls as young as 13
Four men who exploited vulnerable girls for sexual gratification were caught when one of their victims saw a film warning how girls can be groomed without realising it is happening, a court heard. Taiyab Hussain, Mohammed Hizar Rizwan, Shaheem Ratyal and Sohail Raja Ali, all from Burton, pleaded guilty to child sex offences in court last week, after their victims bravely came forward to their families and a police investigation was launched.
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:24 PM
The Looming National Security Crisis: Young Americans Unable to Serve in the Military
This is a very sobering article that reveals current data about the national security crisis we face because nearly 75% of eligible youth ages 17-24 cannot meet basic qualifications to enter into the military! Reasons are below with the largest being health and the biggest problem within health is obesity. This reality raises the question whether or not the all volunteer military is sustainable, especially with the need to grow the total end strength to meet national security demands. This is a national social crisis as well as a national security crisis. The military cannot fix this problem as the article states, this is a grass roots political, social, and cultural issue. The military could lower its entrance standards (which are already pretty low) but that would create more problems than it solves. Highly recommend reading the article as it is a snapshot of today’s society and our youth. From an Army MG. (One more nail of many in the Republic's coffin. ~Bob)
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:11 PM
Mitt Romney announced Friday he will be running for U.S. Senate in Utah to succeed Sen. Orrin Hatch, who announced he would be retiring.
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:08 PM
We Need an Accurate National Conversation About Guns by Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: Thank you, Washington Post, for stepping up to the plate and correcting a widely cited and shared piece of misinformation in the aftermath of the Florida shooting. There have not been 18 school shootings in the United States so far this year. The figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg, that works to prevent gun violence and is most famous for its running tally of school shootings. . . It is a horrifying statistic. And it is wrong. Everytown has long inflated its total by including incidents of gunfire that are not really school shootings. Take, for example, what it counted as the year’s first: On the afternoon of Jan. 3, a 31-year-old man who had parked outside a Michigan elementary school called police to say he was armed and suicidal. Several hours later, he killed himself. The school, however, had been closed for seven months. There were no teachers. There were no students. Also listed on the organization’s site is an incident from Jan. 20, when at 1 a.m. a man was shot at a sorority event on the campus of Wake Forest University. A week later, as a basketball game was being played at a Michigan high school, someone fired several rounds from a gun in the parking lot. No one was injured, and it was past 8 p.m., well after classes had ended for the day, but Everytown still labeled it a school shooting.
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:01 PM
FBI says it received a tip in January that accused Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz had a “desire to kill people" and noting there was "the potential of him conducting a school shooting."
The Federal Bureau of Ineptitude. ~Bob
The part that gets me is that this nutcase kid was expelled from three schools for his nastiness and threats of violence, told everyone he had an armory, posted pictures of his weapons, targets with holes in them,
dead animals he'd killed, and told kids in the school how inclined he was to come there for "target practice"..... and nobody did anything. All that is more than enough for a judge to sign a warrant to search his house and seize all weapons, and depending on his further actions, send him off for protective custody and a psych examination. But nobody, not at the school, not his relatives, no one, did anything. The blood is on
the hands of all those who knew what he was doing and saying but took no action. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:56 AM
Chinese Government Gave Money to Georgetown Chinese Student Group
It would be really nice if everyone, especially our leaders, would figure out that China is in effect our enemy, and we need to take steps against all the various games they play that are in their interest and counter to ours. But so far they are just rolling along with their games, artificial islands in the oceans, increasing penetration all over SEAsia and even Pakistan. They want to be the world's real power center, and they are working well in that direction. Which will not be good for us or other free societies. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:53 AM
Ami Presents: Communist Manifesto or Democratic Party Platform?
Posted by TartanMarine at 11:47 AM
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Wikipedia deletes article on Minnesota jihad arsonist: “No source indicating that Hassan is a Muslim”
Wikipedia deletes article on Minnesota jihad arsonist: “No source indicating that Hassan is a Muslim”
Excerpt: Wikipedia has some limited value if you want to get some facts about Tiberius Caesar or Henry Agard Wallace or Leon Spinks, but on contemporary issues it has — like virtually everything else — a pronounced hard-Left, pro-jihad bias. The biographies of Islamic apologists (John Esposito, Karen Armstrong, Reza Aslan, etc.) are fawning press releases, while those of foes of jihad terror have lengthy “Criticism” sections that are filled with every negative statement about them and their work that can be found. And so it comes as no surprise that Wikipedia’s editors would deep-six an article about Tnuza Jamal Hassan, who recently set a series of fires on the campus of St. Catherine University in Minnesota, saying she wanted to “hurt people,” after exhorting Muslim students to join jihad terror groups such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or al-Shabaab. Hassan said she set the fires in revenge for supposed American atrocities on “Muslim land.” She wrote a letter to her roommates that police said contained “radical ideas about supporting Muslims and bringing back the caliphate.”
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:36 PM
Islamist TV calls for murder of secular newspaper’s editors
Excerpt: A host for the Turkish Islamist Akit TV called for the killing of secular Cumhuriyet newspaper’s editors, saying their murder would be permissible according to Islam. Yusuf Ozan, the host of Akit TV’s morning show, displayed Cumhuriyet’s frontpage on Sunday which had the headline “11 martyrs in Afrin” about news of 11 Turkish soldiers being killed on Saturday, the deadliest day since Turkish military incursion into Syria’s Afrin started on Jan. 20. “I wish there was a one-man regime, then he would shut you down. I wish there was Sharia [Islamic Law] in this country, then they would hang you all.” Ozan was quoted by Cumhuriyet as saying.
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:34 PM
Aaron Feis, a security guard and assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is the first of 17 fatalities to be identified from Wednesday’s school shooting. Witnesses said Feis, whose death was confirmed by the football team, was shot shielding students as Nikolas Cruz opened fire.
Good man. But was he armed so he could protect them? I bet not. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:27 PM
‘If You See Something, Say Something’ Only Works if Authorities Do Something by Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: He preened with guns and knives on social media, bragged about shooting rats with his BB gun and got kicked out of school — in part because he had brought bullets in his backpack, according to one classmate. He was later expelled for still-undisclosed disciplinary reasons. The portrait of Nikolas Cruz, suspected of fatally shooting 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and wounding 15 others at his former school, is a troubled teen with few friends and an obsessive interest in weapons. Administrators considered him enough of a potential threat that one teacher said a warning was emailed last year against allowing him on the campus with a backpack. “All he would talk about is guns, knives and hunting,” said Joshua Charo, 16, a former classmate at the high school. “I can’t say I was shocked. From past experiences, he seemed like the kind of kid who would do something like this.”
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:15 PM
Exclusive: Former West Point professor’s letter exposes corruption, cheating and failing standards [Full letter]
Robert Heffington’s letter comes after weeks of controversy at the military academy.
And inputs from the Naval and Air Force academies like this have been seen as well. There is a truly desperate need to have those houses cleaned out, and administrators put in that will restore them to what they were and need to be. If the answer is to start bounding cadets out a dozen at a time until the survivors shape up, then that's the way to go. Better to graduate a much smaller class or actually trained and motivated officers than a big class of miseducated and spoiled kids. Who can only drag down the military more. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:12 PM
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
For those who have interest, here is the presentation I made in Georgia to the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Association, to whom I am indebted for the availability of this video. I hope people find it useful, and please feel free to disseminate. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:35 PM
There’s no draft. No one is forcing these individuals to go into the military. And while I’m sure we have one of the finest fighting forces in the world, it’s still beyond demoralizing to see that we actually have to treat the men and women who have signed up to fight and die for this country as if they were children.
I felt entitled in USMC Boot Camp. Entitled to try to live through it and become a Marine. ~Bob
REPORT: DACA ‘Dreamer’ Wanted for Alleged Murder of Texas Store Owner
Yep, most Dreamers are just victims of their parents' illegal entry, and deserve some sympathy and a chance to earn citizenship. (I said "earn", not just get it granted.) And some are among the criminal class that exists in higher numbers among illegals than the general population, much as some would like to deny that. My view remains the same, you're illegal, you commit any crime past a traffic violation, and you are gone, gone, gone. --Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:25 PM
The Hill: Federal abuses on Obama's watch represent a growing blight on his legacy
They ARE his legacy. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:23 PM
Germany: Syrian migrant kills defenceless dog by throwing him out of a high window
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:19 PM
There Is No Party For Responsibility
Excerpt: The Republicans only care about smaller government when a Democrat is in the White House. Democrats never care about it
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:16 PM
Thirteen Months In, the White House Still Has Unfilled Spots
Excerpt: Yes, the security-clearance process takes a while, but . . . it’s mid-February in the second year of the Trump administration. Shouldn’t at least the folks who arrived with Trump have completed background checks by now? Today the New York Times calculates that the White House has had a 34 percent turnover rate — way higher than any previous administration, and a sign that there are probably new folks in jobs who are still awaiting their background checks to be completed.
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:59 PM
The artist the Obamas chose to do their official portrait is known for painting pictures of Black women cutting off the heads of White women. I don't know, maybe that says something about how that artist thinks? And what it means for the Obamas to choose him for their own official portrait? But of course, if any White President or politician or public figure had their portrait painted by an artist who showed White women decapitating Black women, that wouldn't get any notice, would it? Of course not.....Del
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:57 PM
Obama artist paints black women holding severed white heads
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:55 PM
‘Inclusive’ Islamic State finds job for handicapped man — as a jihad suicide bomber
'The West used lizards to spy on Iran': Head of country's armed forces claims reptiles that can 'attract atomic waves' were used by spies to locate nuclear facilities
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:46 PM
Woman raped in Rome street, suspect arrested. Victim is homeless, alleged attacker is from Senegal
Is Rome diverse enough yet? --Robert Spencer
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:44 PM
Rethinking the Geography of Power by Victor Davis Hanson
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:38 PM