Friday, April 24, 2015

Hill's "pay to play," must-read book and more news


Must Read: The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower by Michael Pillsbury
This is a terrific but frightening book, well written and well documented. China places a very high strategic value on deception and making us believe they are weak and have no intentions of surpassing the US. He cites a Chinese proverb from the Warring States period that China's military and civilian leaders often use: Wai ru, nei fa--"On the outside, be benevolent. On the inside, be ruthless." He believes that all recent presidents--Republican as well as Democrat, have been fooled by the benevolent outside, as have most China experts, himself included until he started reading things he wasn't supposed to read. The book details how China has stolen technology and IP, built up it's cyber-attack forces, developed "Assassin's Mace" asymmetric weapons to counter our much more expensive weapons, and is working on all fronts to replace us. The military buildup, in their strategic thinking comes last, so as not to alert the "old Hegemon" to their intentions. Very scary read by one of the US government's leading China Experts for about 40 years. Pillsbury speaks and reads Mandarin, and has had access to top Chinese leaders, hawks as well as moderates, and Chinese defectors, as well as obscure books and documents that most westerners never get to see. In my 80-page 2011 book, The Coming Collapse of the American Republic, I cite the rise of China as a military and industrial power as one of four trends that if not reversed, will lead to the collapse of America. Pillsbury convinces me that I didn't go far enough. You should read this book--and send a copy, or at least a recommendation, to your favorite presidential candidate.

I was out-of-pocket most of Friday, rehab in the morning, eye follow up in the afternoon. So at 5:00 pm, I was looking at 109 unopened emails. Good news is the eyes are fine; 20-25 without glasses, 20-15 with the bifocals they ordered for me. Still, of course, need the reading help, as the surgeries don't correct presbyopia. ~Bob

General News and Comment

NYT Slams Clinton Minions For Misdirection and Obfuscation Surrounding Money Scandal. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: The New York Times is slamming the Clinton campaign and their allies for accusing the newspaper of outsourcing their journalism to "right-wing" authors and sources. 
"I wonder is if the Clinton message machine ever decides to kind of recalibrate and dial it back a little bit. Because right now, and this isn't all coming from the Clinton camp itself but from the orbit around them where you have these people whose main goal is to misdirect and obfuscate every time there's the slightest bit of criticism about the Clintons leadership," NYT reporter Jeremy Peters said during an interview with MSNBC. "They are definitely misdirecting here. I mean, this is what Media Matters exists to do."

Team Hillary: Critics Can't Prove Corruption With a 'Shred' of Direct Evidence. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: Perhaps not the most effective messaging in the history of politics, but this is the corner in which Team Hillary finds itself, in the wake of two major bombshells that detonated this morning:

Clinton Foundation Caught Straight-Up Lying To New York Times Reporter [VIDEO]. By Alex Griswold
Excerpt: In a preview of Fox News’ upcoming special on the allegations that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traded political favors for donations to the Clinton Foundation, The New York Times reporter Jo Becker revealed that the Clintons straight-up lied to her about whether Bill Clinton had attended a key meeting.

Clinton Cash: More Names Revealed of Foundation Donors Who Benefited from Hillary's State Department. By Alexander Marlow
Excerpt: On Thursday, the New York Times verified and confirmed facts presented in the forthcoming book Clinton Cash which reveals that in October 2010, then-Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton approved the Russian government’s takeover of a company named Uranium One—a decision that gave away half of U.S. uranium output to the Russian government, resulted in the deal’s investors giving the Clinton Foundation $145 million, and occurred while Bill Clinton made hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees paid for by Kremlin-connected businesses. Breitbart News has also learned the names of several additional Clinton Foundation donors who were the beneficiaries of Hillary Clinton’s State Department policies beyond those revealed by other sources that have reported on Clinton Cash.

[VIDEO] Report: 'Relationship With the Clintons' Requirement to Get Contract for Rebuilding Haiti
Excerpt: "Another bombshell set to drop on the growing scandal surrounding the Clintons. Fox News now learning about a direct connection between money flowing to the Clinton Foundation and the effort to rebuild a devastated Haiti in 2010," said host Bill Hemmer.

Hillary Clinton Staffs Up for Grassroots Assault in Florida. By Kevin Darby
Excerpt: Currently, the Clinton campaign is hiring staff in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and American territories as part of its “Ramp Up Grassroots Organizing Program.” These new staffers are working to build a grassroots base for Clinton. A Clinton staffer informed Sunshine State News Friday that Sandy Ducane will be leading the campaign’s grassroots operation in Florida. Ducane will be based in Broward County but will be traveling throughout the state as he works to build a grassroots organization for the Clinton campaign.

Excerpt: The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy. The news today about the Clintons all fleshes out, in one way or another, their lack of interest in policing serious conflict-of-interest problems that arise in their overlapping roles:

Spineless leaders have infiltrated the military. By Patricia L. Dickson
Excerpt: Liberalism has succeeded in infiltrating the U.S. military, America’s last bastion of discipline, honor, and respect. Liberals have succeeded in destroying the family, education, the economy, and just about everything they set their sights on. It seems that they were not satisfied until they could force their agenda on the world’s most powerful and disciplined military. This week, the Army ROTC cadets at Arizona State University were forced to walk around campus in uniform wearing red pumps for an event called “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” to raise awareness of sexual violence against women on college campuses. As reported by the Washington Times, in 2014, the Army encouraged participation in the April event. However; this year, the ROTC candidates at ASU were faced with a volunteer event that became mandatory. Or they were voluntold, the term we used to use in the military. As a retired veteran, to see the photo of the young future leaders being humiliated walking around in red pumps made my blood boil. (The head of this ROTC unit should be fired. --Don)

ACLU demands Catholic groups pay illegals' abortions
Excerpt: The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit against the federal government to force Catholic groups that take taxpayer dollars to provide birth control and abortions for illegal immigrants. “We have heard reports that Catholic bishops are prohibiting Catholic charities from allowing teens in their care to access critical services like contraception and abortion, even if the teenager has been raped on her journey to the United States or in a detention facility,” said ACLU staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, Fox News reported.

Excerpt: A group of minutemen watching the Mexican Border for illegal migrants and drug traffickers, have proceeded to the citizen arrest of two men in an SUV, carrying 1300 pounds of cocaine. The volunteers were completely astonished when the two arrestees pulled out CIA ID cards and explained they were actually carrying the drug as part of their duties and that the cargo belonged to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Not surprisingly, HQMC never heard of him. ~Bob

Pat Condell on the coming British election

A Citizen Sounds Off On Women In Ground Combat. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: On occasion I receive comment from a reader whose words, I believe, need the public eye and ear. Such a note came the other day in reply to my recent commentaries about women in ground combat. What follows is from a parent, grandparent, and one who - though not a Marine nor having served in the military - knows a little something about Marines. Published, with permission, with a couple of minor edits - italics [with explanation] - to protect identity (as requested)...

Man bites dog: Politicians vote against spending public money on soccer stadium. By Eric Boehm
Excerpt: Here’s a story that doesn’t often get written: Politicians in Minnesota voted against spending public money on a new stadium. A bill passed by the state Senate on Tuesday seeks to block any future attempt to get state taxpayers to pay for part of a proposed new soccer stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Watchdog Podcasts: Behind the Headlines — The economics behind taxpayer-funded stadiums. By Eric Boehm 
Excerpt: In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Victor Matheson, a professor of sports economics at The College of The Holy Cross to discuss a stunning development in Minnesota: politicians voted against using public funding for a new soccer stadium.
But that’s only after spending more than $1 billion on four other sports facilities in the past decade. Matheson examines the stadium building craze that has swept the country since the 1990s, tests the claim that stadiums boost economic development and talks about why Minnesota’s Metrodome is a perfect example for showing why they don’t. (I had a survey call the other night. They started in asking if I knew that the NBA had said the Milwaukee Bucks would move without a new stadium, and that they bring in $XXX millions of dollars that will be lost, etc. Obviously trying to get a biased sample in favor of taxpayers springing for a new stadium. I said I was opposed to taxpayers funding sports, arts or any other form of entertainment and hung up. ~Bob)

Denmark Legislature Bans Bestiality 91-75. By Mark Horne
Excerpt: So now oppressed zoophiliacs will have to vacation to Hungary, Finland, or Romania for their bestiality fix. Five Danish legislators abstained. I can’t imagine what they were thinking.

Sex club seeks Nashville blessing by vowing to be a church
Excerpt: Nashville swingers club has undergone a conversion - it says it's now a church - in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school. The story began last fall, when a fixture in downtown Nashville called The Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one in a run-down office park several miles to the east. The new building is geographically isolated at the end of a dead-end street, but it is near the back of Goodpasture Christian School, a large private school serving pre-school through high school children. (Oh, My F’n God! It seems to me one of the most basic conservative principles is to mind one’s own business. Unless they’re doing it in the parking lot, how would any outsider know what form of worship they choose to use? Further, many "naturist" and "sun parks," not to mention nude beaches, allow whole families to attend–and that is perfectly legal. No doubt there will be frequent inspections of the kitchens and bathrooms by the Health Department and the exits by the Fire Department. A friend named Bob once had me ordained as a minister–he paid $5 for it as a gag gift–and I tried to start the First Church of Inside Straights. We believed the Lord favors the elect in games of chance, so the most blessed would win the most. My then wife said "no," the state said "no," and I never got a reply from the IRS. Ron P. That would be me. I got Ron a certificate from the Universal Life Church, which ordained anyone. They made me a Druid. Thankfully, I have always believed God has a sense of humor--it explains a lot. ~Bob)

GM, Ford, And Others Want to Make Working on Your Own Car Illegal
Excerpt: Listing the vehicle as a “mobile computing device,” the law would hypothetically protect automakers from pesky owners looking to alter any sort of technology in the vehicle that relates to the onboard computer. Flashing your ECU would be a big no no, which could also lead to all sorts of problems for aftermarket shops. What GM, and even tractor companies like John Deere, argues is that you, as an owner, don’t actually own your car. Rather, you’re sort of just borrowing it for an extended amount of time and paying for the rights to use the technology. If it sounds ridiculous— it is. But it gets even more ludicrous.

Rubio Takes on Export-Import Bank: ‘Government Should Not Be Picking Winners and Losers’. By Melissa Quinn
Excerpt: “I have long supported ending funding for Ex-Im,” Rubio told reporters. “I don’t believe taxpayer money should be used as corporate welfare.”

Excerpt: Ed Schultz went on a screed against President Obama on the Thursday’s broadcast after the president cracked a joke about MSNBC’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) just moments before. Schultz interrupted his interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, also an opponent to the TPP, to rip President Obama and challenge him to come on his show and have a “face to face” over the trade deal. “I supported you big time. I was the first liberal talker to support you. I’ve carried your water big time when it comes to health care, I’ve carried your water on the economy and defending your move on the automobile industry, but Mr. President, you can take shots at this network, but I guarantee you, you are wrong on this and you cannot prove to the American people,” Schultz said.

Rising Dragon News

China Says Please Stop Hiring Funeral Strippers - WSJ
Excerpt: In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers. According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners.

Chinese State Media Demands Us Citizens Be Disarmed
Excerpt: The official Chinese government news agency, Xinhua, has demanded the US immediately adopt stricter gun control measures to reduce the number of firearms the US populace is permitted to possess. (Ten times as many people die from pollution in China than from guns here. There is a reason they prefer us disarmed, and unknowing abort firearms. ~Bob)

PM Abe to tell U.S. leaders Japan is ready for bigger security role
Excerpt: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will send a clear message to the United States when he visits Washington next week: Japan is ready to take more responsibility for security on the world stage. Behind that message, the conservative leader will want fresh assurances that America will show up if needed in any clash with China, conversations with politicians and experts show. "America of course has been committed to and has interest in Asia, but we would like it to turn its eyes even more to Asia, and build up its influence toward China," Hajime Funada, head of a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) panel on revising Japan's pacifist constitution, told Reuters in an interview.

Gun News

Concealed Carry in Massachusetts
As I emailed you yesterday, my LTC finally showed up. Counting from the date of my "interview," it took 7 months and 5 days to get. Most of that time--nearly 6 months--was waiting for a record on microfiche from 1969 for a motor vehicle infraction--for which I paid a $25 fine, not exactly a serious crime--to be retrieved and emailed to the investigating officer. The rest was waiting for the actual physical license to be produced and sent to the local PD for me to pick up. 
It seems to me there are several problems here. First is the time it took to produce the record. Had this been a criminal matter or considered "important," it would've shown up in hours or days, not nearly 6 months later. Second is the lack of accountability in the system. If no one knows "where in the queue" any given item is at any given moment; how can managers control what they can't measure? It's a bureaucrat's dream to have authority without responsibility. The third problem is the length of time it takes to make the physical license. As little as I like the Registry of Motor Vehicles for their poor customer service, I have to admire their ability to turn out high quality, secure driver's licenses and state IDs at a consistent rate of 20,000 to 30,000 every week. So, of course, instead of having them do it, the job was given to the Criminal Records Division that struggles to put out 1,000 a week. Fourth and finally is the sheer amount of time the process took. In law, they say "Justice delayed is justice denied." A process that takes 2 or 3 months seems reasonable; four months isn't. Six months is disgraceful. More than seven is likely an illegal restriction on exercise of a Constitutional Right. But, it takes money and time to fight, and now that I've finally received my LTC, it seems fruitless to pursue it further--not to mention possible reprisals ("Littering again, eh? Here's your ticket, Sir"). --Ron P.

Adamsville PD search for suspect who brought baby to burglary
Excerpt: Police say the man held the baby up when the homeowner fired warning shots...
Suspect shot while attempting to rob north St. Louis gas station
Excerpt: The suspect was shot in the leg when he tried to rob a Gas Mart, located in the 6000 block of West Florissant, around 11:30 p.m., police said.

Race Card News

Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage
Excerpt: Meanwhile, the deaths of whites at the hands of law enforcement typically receive less attention, even when the case is shrouded in controversy. For example, Gilbert Collar, an 18-year-old white student at the University of South Alabama, was shot and killed while naked, unarmed and under the influence of drugs by a black police officer. ... “Adjusted for the homicide rate, whites are 1.7 times more likely than blacks die at the hands of police,” he said. “Adjusted for the racial disparity at which police are feloniously killed, whites are 1.3 times more likely than blacks to die at the hands of police.” Mr. Moskos listed two possible reasons for the racial disparity. The first is that police assigned to largely black neighborhoods face “more political fallout when they shoot, and thus receive better training and are less inclined to shoot.”

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Doctors Medical Center In San Pablo Closing Tuesday
Excerpt: Doctors Medical Center was operating on a deficit. The latest loss figure was $18 million a year. The hospital was losing that much money because 90 percent of its patients are on Medicare or Medi-Cal. The hospital found it impossible to survive on those reimbursements which run as low as 60 cents on the dollar. 

Undocumented Democrat News

Liberal Media In A Frenzy Over Walker’s Pro-Worker Immigration Stance. By Rachel Stoltzfoos
Excerpt: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Monday immigration policy should be American-worker centered, apparently striking a nerve with the liberal media, who called it extreme and used tweets from a disgruntled former employee to criticize the move.
The Washington Post, MSNBC, and Huffington Post said the stance is a dumb move politically, because only a small number of right-wing extremists question the economic value of legal immigration. (I notice that every progressive is in favor of the country taking in an unlimited number of both legal and illegal immigrants, and providing them with food, clothing, shelter, education and health care as a basic human right, but I know of no progressives who have taken even one immigrant family into their own home and provided them with these basic rights at their own expense. ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

You can’t go green without some (taxpayer) green. By Steve Wilson 
Excerpt: Without generous federal subsidies and a net metering rule, green energy projects in Mississippi probably aren’t worth the effort. Jeff Seabold — a local architect who specializes in sustainable homes that use renewable energy, recycled materials when available and energy-saving concepts when possible — isn’t recommending his customers add solar panels to their homes or businesses.

Religion of Peace News

Saudi Arabia’s Ominous Reach Into Yemen
Excerpt: The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen threatens to turn what has been a civil war between competing branches of Islam into a wider regional struggle involving Iran. It could also destroy any hope of stability in Yemen. Even before the Saudis and their Arab allies started the bombing, Yemen was in severe distress; on Tuesday, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights warned that it is now on the brink of collapse. (It is refreshing to see a major news outlet NOT pushing the narrative that Iran is the more dangerous nation between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Perhaps the Saudis have finally shown their hand and their brutality, support of terror and blind religious fanaticism can no longer be concealed from the public. After all, every time a Muslim beheads a Christian in the ME, there is some Saudi money behind the evil deed. And the only boots on the ground capable of stopping ISIS are Iranian. Don Hank. The Saudi fear is that they could end up with hostile Shi'a regimes on two borders, Iraq and Yemen, backed by a nuke-armed Iran, and greatly outnumbering them in manpower. Will we protect their oil fields? With what? ~Bob)

Armenian President Warns about Danger of Genocide Denial, Brazilian Congressman Marco Feliciano Denounces Genocide of Armenian Christians
By Julio Severo
Excerpt: Armenian President Serge Sargsyan warned Wedsnesday about the danger to the world of the denial of the genocide of over 1.5 million Armenians by Muslim hordes of the Ottoman Empire. The national day for the remembrance of this massacre, which hit especially Armenian Christians, will be held in Armenia next Friday. “Genocide is a failure of the international community and its impunity is the premise for its repetition,” said Sargsyan in his opening speech in an international forum on the genocide, held in the Armenian capital. (Our thanks to Julio for writing this frank and straightforward article on the glaring absence of the US and some of its allies among the civilised nations who condemn the Armenian genocide these 100 years since this atrocity took place (the anniversary is tomorrow). Though many European countries are too cowardly to acknowledge it (apparently because Turkey is a NATO member -- how it was ever admitted I will never understand), the European Union, along with the the pope, acknowledges it (Pope Francis was threatened for doing so). Obama condemned the Bush administration for not acknowledging it as genocide but is now following suit and also refuses to call it genocide. But of course, when some strident voices first declared that the Christian Serbs were committing genocide against the Muslim Kosovars (who were equally guilty of the kind of atrocities that are routinely associated with Muslim fanatics), the US government under Bill Clinton immediately joined the chorus calling it genocide. A Spanish forensic team declared after the war that the killings did not rise to the level of genocide. Christians are held to a different standard. DESPICABLE! --Don Hank)

Excerpt: These past eight days we've had the sad duty to commemorate two of the past century's fits of human genocide. On April 16th we were asked to remember the Jewish holocaust. And so tragically less known was the Armenian massacre that marks the hundredth anniversary of man's savagery to man. April 24th, 2015...commemorating a day when one of the world's great cultures was nearly wiped from the face of the earth. Two million Armenians...killed over an innocuous little suffix; "ism". An "ism"...totally harmless...until a hateful man, and a hateful philosophy stands in front of it and makes it an ugly thing indeed. The Armenians who survived have been offered all manner of explanations as to why their fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts and grandparents and great grandparents were raped, tortured, murdered. But when you add up all the excuses, and boil them down, the slaughter was born from two fathers ; hate and greed.

Report: Sharia leads to abuse of women in Britain
Excerpt: Several US states have sought to ban sharia, but these laws have been overturned, and the proponents ridiculed as a phobe-du-jour (I lose track of the phobias that underlie any disagreement with liberal orthodoxy). The argument runs to the effect that sharia law would not be used in criminal cases, it would only be used in cases of arbitration where all parties agreed to the rules to be used. Contrary to what critics would have you believe, this is not an inconsequential problem. For proof of that we need only look at Britain where sharia courts have taken over predominantly muslim communities and have essentially eradicated an vestiges of Western concepts of justice or equality.

Groomed to be a sex slave and branded a racist for bringing my sex abusers to justice: One woman reveals her horrific ordeal in a tell-all book
Excerpt: Two of my abusers had already threatened to kill me. Even in the court, I feared no one could stop these depraved men, all in their 30s, from leaping out to attack me as I gave evidence against them. The court guide assured me I would be safe, but nothing was going to allay my fears entirely.

Denmark: Muslims who whipped woman in face with iron chains laugh in court. By Nicolai Sennels
Excerpt: There were both laughing and high fives when a group of young men today sat in the court, accused of a serious assault on Nanna Skovmand and Mads Schøllhammer on Christmas night. A few times during the reading of the indictment, the defendants broke out in laughter – partly when the details of the attack were read. 

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

More interesting political news and conservative opinion

General News and Comment

Loretta Lynch confirmed as attorney general
Excerpt: Lynch was confirmed on a 56-43 vote. 

Exclusive: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors. By Jonathan Allen, Reuters
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors. The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims "absurd conspiracy theories."

Excerpt: Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation.
The published donor records of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation don't give exact dates or amounts of its contributors, but it is possible to create a general timeline for when many of the corporations donated and when they were either nominated or selected for the award.

Ready for Hillary

Important: NY Times Reports Clinton Foundation Donations May Have Allowed Russia To Buy Control Of US Uranium. By Jeff Dunetz
Excerpt: It's like a game of whac-a-mole every time the Clinton team beats down one scandal, another pops up from a different hole. The latest revelation comes from the NY Times and involves a deal which enabled Russia to own about 20% of the uranium production capacity of the United States for a $2.35 million donation to the Clinton Family Foundation. According to the report a Canadian based company Uranium One, owned the uranium assets was being purchased by Russian state atomic energy agency Rosatom a deal which had to be approved by various U.S. agencies including the State Department. As the State Department was mulling of the deal, the Chairman of Uranium One donated the $2.35 million from his family foundation to the Clintons. It gets worse, not only was there much more heading into the Clinton foundation that the $2.35 but a significant portion wasn't reported.

For Clintons, speech income shows how their wealth is intertwined with charity. By Rosalind S. Helderman 
Excerpt: Bill Clinton was paid at least $26 million in speaking fees by companies and organizations that are also major donors to the foundation he created after leaving the White House, according to a Washington Post analysis of public records and foundation data. The amount, about one-quarter of Clinton’s overall speaking income between 2001 and 2013, demonstrates how closely intertwined Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable work has become with their growing personal wealth.

That Time Hillary Called Marriage a 'Fundamental Bedrock Principle'
Excerpt: “I believe that marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman,” Hillary Clinton said way back in the Medieval days of 2004. (I don't have a problem with gay marriage. The big threat to America is not gays getting married, it's straights having kids and not getting married. But I have a huge problem with people who disagree with me on this, and say what Hillary said in 04 or Obama said in 08 getting death threats and being forced out of business. ~Bob)

Clinton vs. Clinton. By Victor Davis Hanson 
Excerpt: "The average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes," Clinton warned. She is right -- but can best appreciate that fact from her own career and family.
Recently, Clinton has demanded up to $300,000 for brief 30-minute speeches. She apparently believes in the free-market theory that on the lecture circuit, speakers -- like CEOs -- should be paid as much as the market can bear. At UCLA recently, Clinton's fee worked out to about $165 per second. In three minutes of autobiographical chitchat, Clinton pulled in more than the average full-time fast-food worker makes in a year. Note that, directly or indirectly, universities pass such charges on to their student customers, who are currently collectively in debt to the tune of more than $1 trillion.

MSNBC’s Touré Has the Taxman on His Case. By Jillian Kay Melchior
Excerpt: And he’s just one of the network’s four tax scofflaws Touré Neblett, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, owes more than $59,000 in taxes, according to public records reviewed by National Review.

Unruly Progressives. Why it’s so hard to make progressives live up to their own rules. By Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: Sure, once in a while, a prominent liberal will run afoul of his brethren. MSNBC dropped its relationship with Alec Baldwin shortly after suspending him in the wake of video footage of the actor allegedly shouting homophobic slurs to a paparazzo. Around the same time, Martin Bashir resigned after he declared, on air, that someone should defecate in Sarah Palin’s mouth. But Democrats are given a wide, wide berth for comments they themselves would be quick to label racist. South Carolina Democratic chairman Dick Harpootlian, for example, urged his party to “send Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.” (That would be Bamberg, S.C., but her parents were Sikh immigrants from India.) Last year, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asked an Indian man at a university Q&A if he was a member of the Taliban.

Excerpt: Smoking, said England’s King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington. King James might have been less censorious about “vaping,” which almost certainly is less harmful than inhaling chemicals produced by the combustion of tobacco.

Four Pinocchios for Sherrod Brown’s invented George H.W. Bush quote
Excerpt: In our research, we found no evidence that Bush had ever made this remark. In fact, we found that there was only one person who ever quoted Bush as saying this — and that was Sherrod Brown. His language was inconsistent on the number of jobs, and whether he was talking about trade deficits or surpluses. But it was certainly a favorite talking point.

Excerpt: Soon she was traveling all over the city, capturing the misery of the homeless and hungry with her camera. One of her best was chosen to be displayed at an art exhibition in the city. And a fellow who taught over at Berkley happened to attend the event. He took one look at that picture and fell in love with it...and vicariously in love with whomever had taken it.
 While on a trek to Washington D.C. he took a copy of that photo and showed it to a friend who worked for the Farm Services Administration. The FSA fellow liked the pic too and proposed that the photographer go to work for the FSA, traveling about and capturing the misery of the Okie migrants who moved snail like through the fields of the Central Valley, trying to eke out enough to feed their family for the day. So the college professor went back and tracked her down. He told her about what the FSA wanted her to do. For the first time in her life she felt like she could do something to make a difference. She took the job and its daily $3 dollar per diem. ... One of her pictures is known today as "the" iconic image of The Great Depression. It was of a dirt poor migrant woman, supporting two children on her shoulders, as well as the weight of the world. She seems to be wondering what she'll feed these two waifs, if at all...and how her life played out on the long ago day. And they have Dorothea Lange to thank for it.

Hollywood Actors and Economics 101. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: According to The New York Times: "The union, seizing a moment when organized labor is having some success pressuring low-wage employers to pay higher salaries, says many of this city's small theaters — which currently pay actors nothing for rehearsals, and stipends as low as $7 per (hour for) performances — should start paying California's minimum wage of $9 an hour." But then a very Republican thing happened — 66 percent of the union members voted against a higher minimum wage. Their rationale was simple. A higher minimum wage means fewer plays get performed. Fewer plays means fewer opportunities for actors and therefore fewer opportunities to gain experience, stay in practice or possibly get discovered. But the union's national council ignored this advisory vote and ordered, with some exceptions, a $9 per hour minimum wage.

Rising Dragon News

China reportedly issues new warning over North Korean nuclear production
Excerpt: Chinese nuclear experts reportedly warned the U.S. earlier this year that North Korea's nuclear arsenal is larger than previously estimated, creating a heightened security threat to the U.S. and its East Asian allies. (As soon as I saw this I went looking in the Chinese press for any reports on this and so far have not found it (I suspect it is out there but getting short shrift in China). However, I did find articles in Chinese indicating that China is concerned about N Korean nuke production and that N Korea-China relations are not so good since the death of Kim Jung Il. So why is Washington focusing solely on Iran when N Korea and also some Muslim countries have nukes? Answer: Politics, NOT national security. National security has not been a motivating concern in US military policies for many decades. Now, since Saudi Arabia may no longer be a loyal supporter of the petrodollar, China may step in to fill the void. Even though China's AIIB is slowly edging out the US dominated World Bank (which in turn will contribute to worldwide dedollarization in favor of the RMB), China needs the US and that is a plus for the US economy. This report suggests that they may need us for military support against N Korea, which could be the next target for the US military. --Don Hank. One of China's strategies, from the Warring States period, is to "Sit on the mountain and watch the tigers fight." That is, if they can start things between two rivals, both are weakened to China's benefit. ~Bob)

The rumors were true: Scientists edited the genomes of human embryos for the first time. By Rachel Feltman
Excerpt: In March, a rumor surfaced in the scientific community that was intriguing, and perhaps a bit chilling: According to those in the know, researchers in China had successfully edited the genomes of human embryos, altering their DNA in a way never accomplished in our own species. ... The work, led by Junjiu Huang of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, focused on modifying the gene responsible for β-thalassaemia, a blood disorder that can be fatal. They used CRISPR, a cutting-edge gene editing tool that's already made serious waves in the genome editing of other species. By going after genes at the earliest stage of human development -- in a single-celled embryo -- theoretically one can make sure all the subsequent copies of the gene are the superior version.

China's New Investment Bank: A Premature Prophecy. By Mark Fleming-Williams
Excerpt: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote on April 5 that this month may be remembered as the moment the United States lost its role as the underwriter of the global economic system. His comments refer to the circumstances surrounding China's launch of a new venture, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Wary of China's growing ambitions and influence, the United States had advised its allies not to join the institution, but many signed up anyway. The debacle was undoubtedly embarrassing for Washington, but even so, Summers' prophecy is a bit premature at this stage.

Gun News

Massachusetts’ New Gun Control Laws Sparked Concealed Carry Surge. By Matt Vespa
Excerpt: Statewide, the number of active Class A licenses — the so-called license to carry category that broadly includes the right to carry a concealed weapon — grew nearly 12 percent between 2013 and 2014. That was a significantly greater jump than in past years, a Globe review of data from the Firearms Records Bureau found. Overall, the number of active gun licenses of all types grew 5 percent, with a total of 355,272 in the state last year. All but five of Massachusetts’ 351 towns and cities saw increases in the number of active Class A licenses from 2013 and to 2014. 

California Implements Statewide Ban On All .45 ACP Ammunition
Excerpt: The California Legislature has passed a controversial Assembly Bill that creates a ban on the future sale and ownership of all .45 ACP ammo. The bill states that the ban on the popular ammunition is in effect immediately, however does include a 60 day grace period prior to state law enforcement enforcing the ban. Though the ban has created a clear divide among the citizens of California, it’s said to be widely supported by political figures across the state. Many politicians and citizens alike feel that that ban is a clear infringement of California citizen’s second amendment rights, however; many feel that the ban is a positive step towards much needed gun control.

Excerpt: While the specific wording differs slightly from state to state, the general guideline is that the threat must be legitimate and proximate, and presenting a risk of serious bodily injury or death.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Ron DeSantis Leads the Charge Against Congressional Obamacare Exemptions. By Kevin Derby 
Excerpt: U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., a possible U.S. Senate candidate in 2016, took a larger role in the fight against President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law on Wednesday, leading the charge to end congressional exemptions from the law. DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he was the House sponsor of U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s, R-La., bill ensuring members of Congress and congressional staffers do not receive subsidies -- $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a family -- under Obama’s law, treating them as every other American under the law. The bill also ensures congressional offices are not treated as small businesses and exempt from the law.

Undocumented Democrat News

Why Scott Walker Is Right on Immigration. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Immigration has become the third rail of American politics. At a time when the labor force participation rate has fallen to 62 percent and the employment growth for the last 15 years has gone to immigrants, opposing the Super-Amnesty of 12 million illegal aliens is still considered an extreme position… in the Republican Party. So when Scott Walker merely suggested that Congress should make immigration decisions based on “protecting American workers and American wages,” he was denounced for it by… Republicans.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Worth Reading: 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year
Excerpt: Well, now that more than 40 years have passed, how accurate were those predictions around the time of the first Earth Day? Wrong, spectacularly wrong, and here are 18 examples:
1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

Obama's climate change hypocrisy highlights lack of faith
Excerpt: "Heading down to DC to catch an #EarthDay flight on Air Force One tomorrow with the President," popular scientist Bill Nye out ahead of yesterday's Earth Day celebration. "We're going to #ActOnClimate." Indeed, Nye and President Obama "acted on" the climate on their 1,836-mile round-trip flight to the Everglades. They emitted five times as much carbon in one day as the average American emits over the course of a year. No, Nye's and Obama's climate hypocrisy does not falsify any scientific theory about global climate change. 

Religion of Peace News

White House: American, Italian hostages killed in US counterterror operation
Excerpt: An American and an Italian held hostage by Al Qaeda were accidentally killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation earlier this year, the White House said Thursday, in a stunning and tragic admission. The White House also revealed that two American terror operatives were killed, but the revelation that hostages died -- in an apparent drone strike -- is leading to what President Obama called a "full review." (There were American POWs at Hiroshima. In war, bad things happen The guilt is on those who started the war. we are there because of 9/11. ~Bob)

Adam Gadahn: Al Qaeda terrorist, California native and grandson of a Jew
Excerpt: Then in 2004, Gadahn emerged on television, making threats against the United States in a suspected Al Qaeda video. That year, the U.S. identified him as being linked to Al Qaeda and a potential threat in the United States. A decade long manhunt for Gadahn ended in January when he was killed during the U.S. counter-terrorism operation announced by President Obama announced on Thursday that also accidentally killed two innocent hostages.

Funny: Lindsay Lohan Thought She Was Showing Off Beautiful Arabic Phrase—What It Actually Says Is Priceless

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria begins Sambisa ground offensive
Excerpt: Nigerian ground troops have joined an offensive on the last known hideout of the Boko Haram Islamist militants, a military spokesman has told the BBC. The vast north-eastern Sambisa forest is where they have many bases - and it has been subject to aerial bombardments since February.

The Wages of Hillary’s War. By Ben Shapiro 
Excerpt: Five years later, Secretary of State Clinton rushed to war, allegedly manufacturing evidence to do so, and with no plan whatsoever for victory. According to The Washington Times, Clinton “was the moving force inside the Obama administration to encourage US military intervention to unseat [dictator Moammar Gadhafi] in Libya.” Clinton claimed that if the West did not intervene in Libya, Gadhafi would pursue a genocide against his enemies; in March 2011, she imagined a scenario in which “Benghazi had been overrun, a city of 700,000 people, and tens of thousands of people had been slaughtered, hundreds of thousands had fled. …” That genocide never materialized, nor did the best intelligence estimates support that argument.
Not only that: Hillary also ignored all available evidence suggesting that the Libyan opposition was honeycombed with terrorists.

Jealous boyfriend killed love rival by stabbing him 20 times to stop him showing 'intimate' pictures of his girlfriend to her Imam father
Excerpt: Gulam Chowdhury, 24, quoted verses from the Quran before stabbing Mohammed Yasser Afzal 20 times in the east London mini cab office where his victim worked. ... Chowdhury claimed killing was justified by Islam and included a passage from the Quran which said: ‘Cut the neck of the man who eyed up his wife’

Circumstantial Evidence. By Joseph Zaalishvili
Excerpt: For me, it is not news that people can act, incited by the true Quran. Because I met them. I have even done reports from the places of execution. When, for example, women were shot for adultery and prisoners were held in damp earthen pits, and then their throats publicly cut, and 11-year-old girls were married off to 50-year-olds, and trafficking in human beings was commonplace, I was in captivity. I miraculously escaped. But, unfortunately, I have to prove that violence is an ordinary everyday event for Muslims. Violence is taught by the Quran and Mohammed. And no common sense or scientific evidence convinces most Muslims that it is nonetheless wrong.

Muslims Must Admit Armenian Genocide. By Tarek Fatah
Excerpt: A hundred years ago this week, as British and French troops were bogged down facing Germany on the western front of World War I, the Kaiser's ally in the east, the Turkish Ottoman Caliphate, was preparing for a new kind of war. A war of extermination. The target of the Turks was their large Armenian Christian population living within the Caliphate, whom the Turks feared was loyal to Russia. (Our leader can't say the word genocide. ~Bob)

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: