Monday, July 28, 2014

Political News and Conservative Comment--a big lot today

The Philosophy of the Old Jarhead Blog

The Old Jarhead is a blog of political news and conservative opinion, that has had almost 1,300,000 page views since founded in October of 2008, is read in many counties (Iran? Indonesia? Russia? Go figure.) and gets up to 4,000 page views a week. Plus I throw in some humor and human interest pieces that catch my attention for seasoning. I try to include foreign sources and info you won’t get in the MSM, but I often use links to pieces in the Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Reuters and other left-of-center sources. No one is required to read it, or any of the links. A majority of the pieces are sent to me by readers, for which I’m grateful, others come from newsfeeds I subscribe to. I get some from Twitter, but often don’t have time to look at my feeds there. I stop sending the link to people who become nasty or too angry. I used to forward political items, but was sending too many e-mails to my list, so a few years ago, I started collecting them on the blog to access in one place. I use maybe 50% of the conservative pieces sent me, probably less than 5% of the liberal opinion sent, usually to illustrate their views. Readers who don’t like that are welcome to start their own blogs. Blogs are free and so is speech in America right now, despite leftist efforts to outlaw “hate speech” they disagree with and Islamist efforts to outlaw criticism of Islam, while retaining the right to describe other religions in vile terms. I try to avoid items that will turn off thoughtful centrists and leftists or low-information independents, including “red meat” pieces with intemperate language or wild speculation, conspiracy theories with no supporting facts and silly distractions like the so-called “birther” issue (but I don’t always succeed). I predicted correctly five years ago the “birther” thing was going nowhere, was a huge waste of time and resources, and played into the hands of the left, much as the impeachment of Bill Clinton did in the 1990s. (I said so at the time.) I do include some things I don’t agree with that I think readers might find of interest. Readers are requested to read all items critically and with skepticism—just like a newspaper! Readers who send formatted pieces (title, link, and a fair-use excerpt of no more than three sentences unless the piece is very short, than fewer) to tartanmarine(at) have a higher chance of my using them than people who just send a link. I often include thoughtful comments from contributors. (Tell me if you want you full name used.) A piece without a link has a much lower chance of being used—it depends on how interesting it is and how much time I have right then to search for it, and my time is limited right now due to managing the lung transplant I received on December 23, 2013, which has developed complications. I understand if you don’t have the time to format or even to find a link—please understand I don't either. There are no ads on my blog, no fees and I receive no income from it. Now that I've retired, that might need to change, but for now, that’s how it is. I do promote my books, with the royalties going to charity. Thanks for reading and contributing. ~Bob.

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Book Recommendation: The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism by Theodore Dalrymple 
Written under the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, whose great book Life at the Bottom I consider a must-read. In The New Vichy Syndrome, British Psychiatrist Anthony Daniels turns his penetrating insights and eviscerating wit to Europe, including the Muslim problem, the European Union and the general "miserabilist" world view of modern Europeans. He draws the surprising conclusion that the growth of the Muslim population is not a threat unless Europe allows it to be, by defending the values of their societies against the minority of Islamists and not protecting the majority of Muslims who want to live peacefully in a modern society from the violent ones. Of course, he recognizes that the will to defend values--or values themselves--may not be present in most Europeans today, but he says the Muslim problem is a problem in us, due to a lack of courage. The misearbilist (his fine word) world view adopted by too many of his fellow Europeans he traces back to the devastating history of the conflicts in the 20th century and the los by Europe of world leadership--or even importance. Europeans went from being proud of their history and accomplishments to being contemptuous of it. Daniels finds both unremitting positive or negative views of the past equally in error; balance is needed. On the EU, he heaps contempt. Take this quote about EU bureaucrats: "You can spot a feeder at the European trough... a mile off: having for a long time viewed the world exclusively through the window of an official limousine, having lunched and dined heavily for many years (never at his own expense, of course), and having developed a special langue de bois in which streams of grammatically formed verbiage are carefully studded with words of positive connotation that makes it difficult to argue against him, he has developed the gray, immobile, slab-faced countenance of members of the former Soviet Politburo. Alas, it seems there are a large number of volunteers--mainly mediocrities, of course--for this kind of life. It seems to them eminently preferable to earning a living." Could we not write the same about many of the parasites living off us in Washington? He has equally pointed words for many politicians, Americans included. This book is well worth reading.

Worth Reading: Revisionists Against America. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: He recalled how, as someone growing up in China, he had rejoiced when he heard of the bombing, knowing that it could deliver his people from the horrors inflicted on them by the Japanese. That, of course, was not the politically correct response, as he soon discovered from the backlash, hostility and ostracism that eventually culminated in his leaving the school. The anointed do not want anyone upsetting their vision. When they say "diversity," this is not what they have in mind. (I'm reading Barbarians Inside the Gates, a 2001 collection of Dr. Sowell's columns from the 1990s. All so far are excellent and still relevant. I will link to some of the better ones when I can find them on line. ~Bob

Important: Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional. By Emily Miller
Excerpt: A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowed to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.

Guinness Makes Touching Tribute to Soldiers In Moving ‘Empty Chair’ Ad

Hillary Quote?
Have not verified. ~Bob. Excerpt: “My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud. I would say that’s a major accomplishment.” - Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014 Does anyone have any idea what in the name of common sense she just said ?

Gas station clerk with MMA training surprises thieves
Excerpt: He was behind the counter when he noticed his co-worker returning to the store after a run to the bank. Dissanyake saw two men jump out of an SUV and attack his co-worker. They were trying to grab the bank bag he was carrying. The store's surveillance cameras were recording as Dissanayake ran outside and kicked one of the alleged robbers in the face.

US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of the State of Florida and Law-Abiding Gun Owners Over Activist Doctors and the Gun Control Lobby
Excerpt: The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a firearm when unnecessary to a patient's care. This ruling is a significant defeat for the gun control lobby and its allies. The Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians, along with a number of other groups and individuals backed by the anti-gun community, filed this lawsuit against the State of Florida after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill backed by the National Rifle Association in 2011.

Eleanor Holmes Norton: ‘You don’t have a right to know’ about everything Obama administration is up to
Excerpt: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton played down the importance of government transparency during a House hearing Friday, speaking out against Republican-led attempts to compel a White House official to appear before the Government and Oversight Committee. “You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend,” Holmes Norton, the nonvoting delegate that represents WashingtonD.C., said. The White House official in question, David Simas, leads the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. (Communist regimes believe Daddy knows best and citizens are peasants with no brain and cannon fodder, slave labor, if you will, revenue bases. They spoon feed regurgitated dribbles of "news" as "that's all you need to know" knowing that knowledge is power. However, as with the USSR, you cannot conceal knowledge from mankind--either of the free world on the other side of the then Iron Curtain or that there IS a God and He does exist and you cannot expunge him from a society by decreeing atheism, although US seems intent on this or Caliphate formation. Man has intelligence unless stoned or drunk....even with time and hindsight, it will make its presence known to those who attempt to manipulate and control. --Barb)

Tentative Deal Reached on VA Reform.
Excerpt: The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' healthcare after they lashed out at each other over their competing bills late last week. Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, said Sunday they'll have a news conference Monday to talk about a compromise plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. (How much this means in regard to fixing the real problem of that "toxic culture" in the top levels is unknown. But at least it's getting a lot of attention in Congress, maybe something positive will result. --Del)

Should the £26 Indian Smart Phone Worry Apple?
Excerpt: But the real draw of the handset is its unprecedentedly low cost – at just £26 you could buy 21 of them for the cost of even the cheapest iPhone 5S from Apple. That makes its shortcomings seem rather insignificant. Recent research from IDC showed that the Indian smartphone market saw 186 per cent growth in the year to June, and more than three quarters of those were for low-end devices costing less than $200 (£120). A similar picture is emerging in other developing countries, and companies are quickly waking up to that potential. (Free markets and innovation! ~Bob)

Vietnam POWs - 40 years later (2013)
From the email: Watch this, but get out the tissues (2 Boxes) This is a great video of our military guys who were held in North Vietnam prisons. I had never seen this before and I had no idea how these guys felt all these years about Nixon. Share this magnificent video with your friends.

Worth Reading: The War That Broke a Century: A king, a kaiser, a czar—all were undone as they realized what they had unleashed with World War I. By Peggy Noonan ·
Excerpt: History still isn’t sure and can never be certain of the exact number of casualties. Christopher Clark, in “The Sleepwalkers” (2013), puts it at 20 million military and civilian deaths and 21 million wounded. The war unleashed Bolshevism, which brought communism, which in time would kill tens of millions more throughout the world. (In 1997, “The Black Book of Communism,” written by European academics, put the total number at a staggering 94 million.)

Michelle Nunn’s Campaign Plan: A leaked document gives the public a look. By Eliana Johnson
Excerpt: Michelle Nunn can come across as a “lightweight,” “too liberal,” not a “real Georgian.” While she served as CEO for the Points of Light Foundation, the organization gave grants to “inmates” and “terrorists.” And her Senate campaign must feature images of her and her family “in rural settings with rural-oriented imagery” because the Atlanta-based candidate will struggle to connect with rural voters. These may sound like attacks from the Senate candidate’s Republican rival, but in fact, those are a few of the concerns expressed in her own campaign plan, which sources say was posted online briefly in December and appears to have been drafted earlier that month. 

NYT Poll: Explaining Online Panels and the 2014 Midterms. By Nate Cohn
The results offer a trove of nonpartisan data and show a broad and competitive playing field heading into the final few months of the campaign. The Republicans appear to hold a slight advantage in the fight for the Senate and remain in a dominant position in the House. They need to pick up six seats to gain Senate control, and they hold a clear advantage in races in three states: South Dakota, Montana and West Virginia. The data from YouGov, an opinion-research firm that enjoyed success in 2012, finds the G.O.P. with a nominal lead in five additional states.

'Let Me Google That for You'—Now a Congressional Bill: Some think the government is wasting money on an agency that search engines have made obsolete. One bill would eliminate it altogether. By Alex Brown
Excerpt: A little-known branch of the Commerce Department faces elimination, thanks to advances in technology and a snarkily named bill from Sens. Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill. The National Technical Information Service compiles federal reports, serving as a clearinghouse for the government's scientific, technical, and business documents. The NTIS then sells copies of the documents to other agencies and the public upon request. It's done so since 1950. But Coburn and McCaskill say it's hard to justify 150 employees and $66 million in taxpayer dollars when almost all of those documents are now available online for free. (Lay off 150 Democrat-voting government bureaucrats to save $66M? Bill is not going anywhere. ~Bob)

Is Detroit's New Light Rail Line America's Greatest Boondoggle? A $137 million three-mile train is coming to a nearly deserted avenue in a bankrupt city. By Jim Epstein 
Excerpt: Let's consider what the new light rail line will mean for the people who live and work in the Motor City. Today, the suburbanites who commute to downtown Detroit might be frustrated by their limited lunch options—vacant storefronts don’t facilitate much culinary variety—but at least they get to enjoy a congestion-free drive to the office. Under-utilized lots and garages occupy almost 40 percent of the land in downtown Detroit, so the walk from the car to the cube takes just a few minutes. (Light rail is another liberal chimera, but part of the progressive catechism. ~Bob)

Paying for Public Employee Health Costs
Excerpt: Health care costs across the economy are rising, an increase that becomes clear when analyzing how the cost of providing health insurance for public employees has changed over the last decade: Adjusting for inflation, in 2001, state and local governments spent $70 billion on health insurance. In 2010, state and local governments spent $117 billion on health insurance, an increase of $2,400 per public employee. While a private business would address these costs by passing them on to workers (whether by giving smaller wage increases, increasing cost sharing or providing less generous coverage), public employment is generally governed by union contracts, which limits the ability of governments to respond to financial problems by adjusting wages and benefits.

Federal Poverty Measurement Is Misleading
Excerpt: The poverty rate today sits at 15 percent, the same rate that existed in the 1960s when the government's War on Poverty began, explains Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation.
But why has poverty remained at the same level when federal and state welfare spending has dramatically increased and is now 16 times higher today than it was in the 1960s? Rector explains that the Census Bureau's poverty measures are incomplete. Poverty is a measurement of income below a specific threshold, yet income includes only wages and salaries -- not welfare benefits. Thus, spending on the federal government's 80 welfare programs (which provide cash, food, housing and medical care) are not included in a person's income. (Q: If retirees who paid in get taxed on Social Security benefits, why shouldn't welfare benefits also be taxed? A: Because the Democrats would then hire bureaucrats to collect the tax, and increase the benefits to cover it. ~Bob)

Still fighting: The Delphi workers Obama robbed. By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and “workplace innovation.” But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support — and inching toward justice. It was five years ago this summer that 20,000 white-collar nonunion workers from Delphi (a leading auto parts company spun off from GM in 1999) had their pensions sabotaged as part of a rotten White House deal with Big Labor. Two court rulings this summer have given the victims hope. Their plight must not be forgotten.

U.S. releases images showing Russia firing into Ukraine
Excerpt: The United States released a series of satellite images Sunday that appear to support its claims that Russian forces have fired across the border into Ukraine to support rebels there, suggesting a new level of direct Russian involvement in the conflict.
The images show artillery and rocket-blast signatures inside Russia and craters formed by the artillery strikes in Ukraine.

Two children among 13 killed in Ukraine rebel city clashes
Excerpt: Thirteen people including two children were killed Sunday in fierce clashes in the key insurgent holdout of Gorlivka in eastern Ukraine where government troops are battling rebels, local authorities said.

Tweet from Kimberly Guilfoyle @kimguilfoyle
The only way Putin is in any danger from Obama is if he's blocking the door of a fund raiser Obama's late to get to.

Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards
Excerpt: Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other protected areas in "exceptional circumstances". The government will invite firms to bid for onshore oil and gas licences for the first time in six years, with about half of the country advertised for exploration. 

James Carville: Obama ‘Doesn’t Really Care’ What The American People Think
Excerpt: Former Democratic strategist James Carville sounded a little exasperated Thursday when he admitted President Obama “doesn’t really care” what the American people think about his presidency. The Fox News contributor sat down with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and “The Five” host Andrea Tantaros to discuss President Obama’s consistently depressed poll numbers. Carville noted that the president’s low numbers have been “stable” at about “43.6 [percent approval] — which is not very good, but not collapsing.”

Project Vigil: D-Day 2014, The saluting boy on Omaha beach
This video is worth watching. an 11 year old boy on Normandy beach june 6, 2014 holding a salute for 1 1/2 hours. i can assure you, that is not and easy task for a young man, let alone a boy......John. Very moving. Good kid. ~Bob

Military bans troops from being honored by vacation Bible school
Excerpt: In yet another nod to someone’s skewed idea of the First Amendment and political correctness, a Missouri National Guard armory was forced to decline an invitation to be honored by a local Baptist church youth group. (But they can participate in Gay Pride parades in uniform? I have no problem with gays, but do with troops in uniform taking part in political rallies. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Global Warming Has Little to Do With Global Warming. By Joe Bastardi
Excerpt: The simple fact is this: A test that can be evaluated objectively is underway. That test matches the ideas of people like me that nature is in control (i.e., sun, oceans, stochastic events) vs. the idea that CO2 is the control knob. We have the objective way at looking at it by satellite and that measure started in 1978 after the Pacific was in its cold cycle for 30 years. The game is now in the second half. The warming that occurred from the late 70s to mid 90s was correlated almost 1 to 1 with the Pacific warming, and this large body of water with tremendous stores of energy warming the air till the global atmosphere adapted, and the temperature rise leveled off. We could not observe nearly as accurately before similar events, we did not have the satellites to do so! The Pacific flipped into its warm cycle in 1978, for the first 30 years of satellite era temps, and is now turning cold. The Atlantic is in its warm cycle, but will soon turn colder. So we simply watch the global temperatures while the downside of the cycle occurs and see what they do. ... I graduated from what I consider to be the greatest meteorology school on the face of the planet, Penn State. (OK, here is yet another excellent commentary on the AGW debate, with a point that is really important yet has not come up in discussions up to now. The writer is well qualified to discuss weather and its changes, not that it matters much to the people who are deeply, heavily invested in the idea. Anyhow, go ahead and see what he has to say about the subject. --Del)

Who Said It? Some Amazing Flip-Flops on Same-Sex Marriage. By Michael Brown 
Excerpt: Who said this and when did he or she say it? ... Quote: “I think that the vast majority of Americans find [same-sex marriage] to be something they can't agree with. But I think most Americans are fair. And if they believe that people in committed relationships want to share their lives and, not only that, have the same rights that I do in my marriage, to decide who I want to inherit my property or visit me in a hospital, I think that most Americans would think that that's fair and that should be done.” Answer: That was former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a CBS News interview in 2003.

President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks. By Chris Cillizza 
Excerpt: Almost six years on from that election, however, Obama is faltering badly on the competence question and, in so doing, badly imperiling not only his ability to enact any sort of second term agenda but also Democrats' chances this fall. A series of events -- from the VA scandal to the ongoing border crisis to the situation in Ukraine to the NSA spying program -- have badly undermined the idea that Obama can effectively manage the government.

Obamacare News

The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Returned a rental truck today and asked the gal if U-Haul was ok to work for, if they treat you ok. She said they were ok, but really clamped down on part timers' hours to avoid benefits, like Obamacare. --GS

Excerpt: But this was not a drafting error at all. The point was to coerce the states into setting up exchanges, and the Left’s premise in structuring Obamacare as it did was its assessment that Obamacare, and especially its subsidies, would be popular.Obamacare turned out to be unpopular, however, and state governors and legislators did not suffer any political blow-back for refusing to help implement it. There was no ministerial drafting mistake; there was a mistaken assumption that the public would rally behind the policy, creating political pressure on state governments. Because statists think Obamacare is a good idea, they figured everyone would be brought around to that conclusion.

Excerpt: Gilead (NASDAQ: GILD) has become the whipping boy du jour for the forthcoming Obamacare-driven cost explosion in government and private health spending. Apparently, everything was going swimmingly until Gilead — right out the blue! — dropped a cure for Hepatitis C on the market and threw everyone’s spending projections into a tizzy. Politicians and the health insurance industry have embarked on a high-profile campaign to shame Gilead for the price of its new wonder-drug, Sovaldi, which can add up to $84,000 for a course of treatment. If successful, this campaign will have terrible long-term consequences for medical innovation.

Obama Goes Around Congress — Again — to Expand Obamacare Coverage. By Pete Kasperowicz
Excerpt: The Obama administration on Tuesday will publish a proposed rule that would give thousands of temporary and seasonal government workers access to the government’s health care program, even though Obamacare explicitly prohibits them from using that program.

Undocumented Democrat News

Unbelievable! President Obama Considers Solving Illegal Immigrant Issue by Flying in Children Directly to the U.S.
Excerpt: The Obama administration has new idea to stem the flow of people on the southern border: set up a refugee processing center in Honduras so they can fly to the U.S. This is not a joke, unfortunately. It’s being reported in The New York Times.

Senator: Obama Preparing To 'Nullify' Immigration Laws
Excerpt: Noting Obama’s reported plan to provide up to six million parents of illegal immigrant DREAMers living in the U.S. work authorization via executive orders, Sessions said Obama would be effectively ending enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

Why is the Border Patrol harassing US citizens 100 miles from the border?
Excerpt: While thousands of undocumented immigrants are allowed to pass through our borders illegally, then given bus passes and airline tickets to scatter throughout the United States and eventually disappear, American citizens possessing valid U.S. passports are being harassed at border checkpoints in locations up to 100 miles from any international border. Fox News host John Stossel revealed this fact in a disturbing video called, “Constitution Free Zones,” which should have most Americans seeing red. It was one segment of his Saturday presentation that asked the question, “Where’s the line between security and liberty?” according to Fox News.

Know Your Military Colonists. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: While the United States sent tens of thousands of soldiers to try and hold Iraq and Afghanistan only to fail; Mexico took California with a small army of underpaid handymen who claim entire cities and send back some 20 billion dollars a year. As conquests go, it's not hard to see who did more with less. In 2009, 417 Mexican migrants died trying to reach America, and 317 American soldiers died in Afghanistan. But Mexico has more to show for it than America does. Every Mexican who settles across the border is a net gain who sends back money and spreads political influence. Meanwhile America is spending trillions on a much smaller army in a country whose land no one actually wants.

Protesters Swarm Beacon Hill, ‘Livid’ Over Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters. While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO’s The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people. People carrying signs that said “Deport illegals,” and “Americans before illegals” stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (In the lead picture of the Massachusetts State House, you'll note a door on the right of the balcony. That leads to the senate foyer. It was a great place to step out on a nice night to get a breath of fresh air during debates. ~Bob)

Report: FEMA Looking To House Illegals In Empty Big Box Stores, Airport Hangars
The Obama administration is reportedly looking to house illegal immigrant juveniles in empty big box stores and even airplane hangars across the nation. According to a report in The New Republic, "in recent weeks, FEMA representatives have sent mass emails to advocacy networks throughout the country soliciting potential detention facilities and offering guidelines for acceptable spaces." Suggestions for "workable locations" include "Office space, warehouse, big box store, shopping mall with interior concourse, event venues, hotel or dorms, aircraft hangers [sic]." In addition, facilities must reportedly be within "50 miles of major city (Pop ~200K) /airport; available for lease; able to be fenced or have adequate security.” (Per article, toilets optional...Hey, what about the Superdome? --Barb)

Jeff Sessions: This Week 'Critical' For Congress To Thwart Obama's Plans To Nullify Immigration Laws
Excerpt: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said this week will be one of the most critical weeks in the history of the republic for Americans who want to preserve the rule of law that has made America so exceptional. President Barack Obama is reportedly intent on granting temporary amnesty and work permits to possibly eight million more illegal immigrants once Congress goes on its August recess after this week, and Sessions said Congress has a chance this week to "make it exceedingly difficult" for Obama to go forward with his plans.

Holiday Memories You'll Cherish Forever. By Mark Steyn
Excerpts: One of the reasons why so many Americans oppose amnesty and a "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens is because, even if one buys it in utilitarian terms, to accept that an honorable American identity can be born from an illegal act seems to mock the very essence of citizenship and allegiance. Yet, putting aside the soon to be amnestied millions, it seems to me the deformation of law necessary to accommodate the armies of the undocumented is having a broader corrupting effect on the federal bureaucracy. For example, can you think of anything more risible than working for something called "US Customs & Border Protection"? There is no "border" to "protect". On the Rio Grande, President Obama, the Coyote-in-Chief, has simply erased said border. So one sympathizes with the psychological burdens of being an employee of "Customs & Border Protection". The continued rise of the abuse of power by our guardians, whether the Border Patrol, the BATF, the EPA, the FBI, the SWAT team of NEA (and SWAT team overuse in general), or just the local police, State cops, Sheriff's deputies, etc., has gotten to be really noticeable. Thanks in no small part to the Net and watchdogs. Plus there's the militarization of so many of these agencies, who now have these just wonderful toys of armored vehicles, some complete with high caliber MG, lots of body armor, helmets that not only protect you but make you anonymous, and of course the ever present German made automatic weapons. What we need is more people to stand up at the start of one of these and scream, demand the supervisor, demand names and official business cards, explain clearly that they know there is an attempt to violate their rights, and that there will be consequences if this nonsense doesn't stop now. The BSA should be going to Congress with this incident and demanding that the agents involved and their supervisor be brought to task, have the incident go in their records, and just about get on their knees in public to apologize for their actions. THAT is what should happen, and it would be the kind of thing that every gun-carrying agent would become aware of, and remember, and seriously discourage their even thinking of trying such crap ever. But what do I know, I'm just an old American who believes in our Founding principles and especially the Bill of Rights (remember, no "unreasonable search and seizure"?), and that our guardians should never stoop to bureaucratic abusive behaviors. --Del)

Religion of Peace News

Must See: 5 Minutes That Will Completely Change The Way You Look at Islam | Israel Video Network
Please share with your friends. ~Bob

My Simple Plan for Gaza Peace
Hamas announces that it will cease attacking Israel, disarms and recognizes the right of Israel to exist. Israel stops bombing and the anti-terrorist offensive in Gaza. The civilians in Gaza are now safe and without the resources diverted to weapons and tunnels to kill Jews, become much more prosperous. Everyone lives happily ever after. ~Bob

Shell the Nuts! Shell'em! And Tear Their Flesh Into Pieces. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: The recent kidnapping(s) and murder(s) of three Israeli teen boys by Hamas (and return of favor by Israel taking the life of a Palestinian) sparked the ongoing swap of rockets and shells.

Traitor To Hamas: Son of Hamas Founder Converts to Christianity and Exposes Hamas [VIDEO]
Excerpt: He says the common preaching in their mosques were ‘…without the shedding of innocent blood for the sake of the ideology, you will not be able to build an Islamic state’; with this indoctrination starting as young as 5-years-old.

Hamas breaks extended ceasefire by firing rockets into Israel
Excerpt: Hamas has said it has fired several rockets at Israel from the Gaza.
The move comes after a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the embattled Palestinian territory and despite a four-hour Israeli extension.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows Israel will do 'whatever is necessary' in fight with Hamas
Excerpt: “Hamas has broken five cease-fires,” Netanyahu told "Fox News Sunday.” “They’ve violated their own cease-fires. They are firing on us now. … We’ll do whatever is necessary to achieve our goal of a sustained quiet.” Hamas announced earlier Sunday that it has agreed to a 24-hour holiday truce in Gaza, hours after Israel resumed its ground offensive and airstrikes against the militant group for firing a salvo of rockets at the southern part of the country.

Excerpt: Protesters chanted “Israel is an assassin, Holland is an accomplice” and “we are all Palestinians,” and some were seen gesturing the quenelle, a reverse Nazi-salute, AFP reported. Tension mounted as hundreds of protesters, some masked, began throwing stones and projectiles at police who responded with tear gas. (Thankfully, the Jihadists have neither the courage nor the fighting spirit or skills of the Wehrmacht or the Waffen SS. ~Bob)

Paris's Kristallnacht. By Guy Millière
Excerpt: Almost all French politicians adopt an attitude of appeasement toward the enemies of Israel and Jews. They act as if they did not see that the hate speech that France finances in the Middle East is now spreading throughout France itself.This was the first time since World War II that an anti-Semitic pogrom took place in France. No major French television report speaks of Hamas's genocidal Jew-hatred or of the use of Arab women and children as human shields. Criticizing radical Islam on public television is now almost impossible. Members of the Israeli government are never interviewed on French television.

Worth Reading: The tragedy of the Arabs
Excerpt: The absence of a liberal state has been matched by the absence of a liberal economy. After independence, the prevailing orthodoxy was central planning, often Soviet-inspired. Anti-market, anti-trade, pro-subsidy and pro-regulation, Arab governments strangled their economies. The state pulled the levers of economic power—especially where oil was involved. Where the constraints of post-colonial socialism were lifted, capitalism of the crony, rent-seeking kind took hold, as it did in the later years of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Privatisation was for pals of the government. (Though my reading of history suggests that the Islamic Golden Age was hardly as tolerant as is made out. ~Bob)

Dutch Orchestra walks out when Muslim conductor proceeds to give the Queen a lecture on the "beauty of Islam"
Excerpt: Then the members of the Orchestra stage a walkout!

Excerpt: Important columns by former attorney general Michael Mukasey and Caroline Glick make the point that in Israel’s defensive war against Hamas, the main thing to focus on is not the missiles; it’s the tunnels. Perhaps more significantly, they demonstrate that the Obama administration, in its mulish appeasement of the Muslim Brotherhood-Sunni supremacist axis that even Islamic governments (indeed, even the Saudis) are shunning, is subverting a golden opportunity to achieve decisive victory over Hamas – the necessary precondition if there is ever to be a stable Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

Security Sources Say Hamas Planned a Massive ‘Terror Tunnels’ Attack for September 24. By Sharona Schwartz
Excerpt: Quoting unnamed Israeli security sources, Ma’ariv reported that the plan was to send 200 terrorists through each tunnel simultaneously – using dozens of tunnels – to six Israeli communities in southern Israel for a shocking attack on the Jewish high holiday of Rosh Hashanah which this year begins on September 24.

Reaching Critical Mass
There is an undefined point, when a government is so corrupt and incompetent, that citizens will no longer be willing to defend it. Iran or maybe Obama’s chief handler Valerie Jarrett, the Iranian Mole, seems to be playing our president, he who has no experience at anything, like the proverbial fish on a line, but just maybe, one of Iran’s homicidal maniacs has read the writing of old Sun Tzu. ....The quotes have been there to read for 2400 years, but some people are too busy hobnobbing with celebrities and fund raising to be concerned with defeating out enemies. (Given the results in western civilization over the past 20 years, where the "best and brightest" no longer seek public office and we have a civilization in decline, I'm inclined to think that democracy is no longer worth the lives of our best young men and women fighting for it. But it is worth fighting, either militarily against the armed jihad or politically at home to protect our people from oppression by religious fanatics who want to impose their beliefs by force or by the every-more-coercive, growing statist government advocated by communists, socialists and progressives. ~Bob)

Must See: 5 Minutes That Will Completely Change The Way You Look at Islam | Israel Video Network
Please share with your friends. ~Bob

Qatar Friday Sermon Calls For Killing of Jews
Excerpt: A Qatari religious leader used his Friday sermon last week to pray to Allah to "kill [the Jews] the very last one." Sheik Tareq Al-Hawwas' sermon was aired on Qatar TV, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). (Suppose a Christian or Jewish clergyman prayed for God to kill every Muslim? Think it would get comment from the left? Think this will? ~Bob) Excerpt: Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he’s pursuing a Gaza cease-fire — and it’s not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians. Kerry’s error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas, the intractable, unpopular Islamist group that leads Gaza, along with the two hard-line Islamist nations that are its key supporters, Qatar and Turkey

Keep Talking, Joan: Comedienne Joan Rivers’s refreshing support for Israel By Ian Tuttle
Excerpt: ‘Let me just tell you,” says Joan Rivers: “If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey.”

Cameroon deputy prime minister's wife kidnapped by Boko Haram. Amadou Ali and family came under fire in town of Kolofata, with militants taking his wife, in group's third attack this week
Excerpt: The wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped in a separate attack on his home. (See, all the violence is caused by Israel's occupation of Gaza...~Bob)

Libya clashes kill 38 in Benghazi
Excerpt: The militants attacked troops in the centre of the city, in eastern Libya.
A week of fighting in the capital Tripoli, near the airport, has left 97 people dead and 404 injured. (So, Barack, how's that lead-from-behind, non-congressional-authorized war in Libya working out for you? ~Bob)

Op-Ed: Madeleine Albright is Still Pressuring Israel: Still criticizing Israel after all these years, she has a lot to explain about her own actions.
Excerpt: It's been 22 years since Madeleine Albright was a foreign policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter, 17 years since she was America's ambassador to the United Nations, and 13 since she was secretary of state. Yet all these years later, Albright is still pressuring Israel and trying to appease Israel's enemies. Like many former government officials, Mrs. Albright, who is now a professor at Georgetown University, keeps showing up in the media as a foreign affairs expert. Unfortunately, she's doing it at Israel's expense.

Excerpt: The Times of Israel is reporting that a government official told Israeli Channel 2 that Kerry “dug a tunnel under the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” which was accepted by Israel on Friday, and gave the Israeli government a text that accepted most of the demands made by Hamas. To the “horror” of the Israeli ministers, the Kerry proposal accepted Hamas’s demands for the opening of border crossings into Gaza — where Israel and Egypt fear the import of weaponry; the construction of a seaport; and the creation of a post-conflict funding channel for Hamas from Qatar and other countries, according to the sources. The proposal, meanwhile, did not even provide for Israel to continue demolishing the Hamas network of “terror tunnels” dug under the Israeli border. (Well, when Kerry was caught saying the IDF was conducting "A Hell of a pinpoint" job on the tunnels and that we had to get over there to stop it, shows the US regime is backing radical Islamists, despite pushing gay agendas. --Brb)

Excerpt: Further, they had outraged the Egyptians, who were dumped from the negotiations by Obama and Kerry in favor of Turkey and Qatar. Our administration seems to have a preference for the more extreme Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood societies, although you would think, given their professed loyalty to women’s and gay rights, these cultures would be anathema to them. Never mind. Obama is an equal opportunity narcissist and everything’s fine, unless you cross him.

Excerpt: Multiple media outlets report that Hamas’s offensive tunnel network – now known to have been composed of over forty attack tunnels dug underneath Israel’s border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip – was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays (September 24th) as a mass terror attack. The attack was meant to generate as many as ten thousand casualties, men, women and particularly children and hundreds of captives. Explosives were particularly placed underneath kindergartens to make certain that these “institutions” would be the first struck, even before any thing else. The IDF recently published the below map showing that tunnels were created in pairs, to empty out on both sides of nearby communities.

Excerpt: “Imam Ahmad reported in his Musnad that Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (may God be pleased with him) reports, Whilst we were around the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) writing down, he was asked, ‘Which of the two cities is to be opened first, Constantinople or Rome?’ He (the Prophet) answered, ‘The city of Heraclius will be opened first!’” (Imam Ahmad, and Al-Albany) Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi quoted this hadith a few years ago and added: “This means that Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and victor, after being expelled from it twice – once from the South, from Andalusia, and a second time from the East, when it knocked several times on the door of Athens.”

Police Abort Bloodbath in Kano, Discover Car Loaded with Explosives in Mosque
Excerpt: The Police Sunday aborted what would have been a bloodbath following the discovery of a car loaded with explosives at Shiek Isyaku Rabiu mosque at Goron Dutse Kano.

Hamas Mortar Shell Kills 4; IDF Foils Terrorist Infiltration
Excerpt: Another deadly Hamas mortar attack killed four people on Monday afternoon, targeting the Eshkol Regional Council along the Gaza border, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Hamas to Buy N. Korean Weapons as Kerry Pledges $47 Million in Gaza Aid: Wouldn’t a direct wire transfer from the White House to Pyongyang have saved on the wire transfer fees?
Excerpt: The Telegraph reports that Hamas has may have already put down a down payment on a secret weapons and communications equipment deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. ... Keeping in mind that money is fungible and Hamas are experts at redirecting foreign aid, this report comes hard on the heels of the report that US Secretary of State John Kerry is sending $47 million to Gaza for humanitarian aid. $15 million of that aid has been earmarked for UNRWA. UNRWA schools have been used to store Hamas rockets, and UNRWA officials have even transferred rockets to Hamas.

US Imam preaching theft, rape and murder of Christians and Jews in the US

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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


Friday morning I was putting my daily morning health numbers in the spread sheet I keep when, wham, I got the Blue Screen of Death on my computer. First time on this one, no idea why, though my virus protection had just upgraded itself. It came back up, and I'm backing up recent stuff, but if I go suddenly dark...

I was out of pocket Thursday and much of Friday, so this is a long post--but a great many interesting items.

My health seems to be slowly improving. At rehab Friday, was able to increase my treadmill time to 18 minutes, speed to 1.7 mph, did 5 sets of 10 reps each f 3 other exercises, and stayed at 95% O2 saturation on 2 LPM, down from 3 LPM Wednesday. This (Saturday) morning, my FEV numbers were in the 1.52 range! We took the grand daughter to the Dells Thursday for the Upper dells oat tour. I walked at both of the landings, one a good ways uphill, and the sats stayed up. Sitting on the boat at rest, I was able to turn the oxygen off completely and stay at 95%. Cheering, except the last time I was able to sit at rest without O2 was at Bonnie's VA volunteer lunch on 5/21. Then on 5/22, I had a bronch; had to go back in the hospital that night, and by Monday, 5/26, I had to be intubated with a breathing ventilator to survive. So cautious optimism called for. ~Bob

General News and Comment

The Law
What is the iron-bound law
To keep our folk from harm?
Through five millennia
It's this: Free men bear arms.
--Robert A. Hall

(I've always loved quatrains, where the poet captures a thought in one four-line stanza. I have a small collection of mine and other poets' ones, to which i just added thge above. ~Bob)

This is apparently a hoax. Sorry: Excellent Video of Malaysian Flt 17 being hit by missile
I believe that the video of the aircraft shootdown is actually that of the AN-26 that went down on July 14, rather than that of MH-17. --JerseyGirl. Bob, I still transliterate Cyrilic. AH-30 would indicate an AN-30, which is an Antonov-30 aircraft manufactured, per Wikipedia, in Kiev in the Ukraine. These are mainly surveillance aircraft. Also, this clip published on YouTube on June 6, 2014. Cannot be H17. --Barb. Why people do this is beyond me. ~Bob

Russian military fires artillery into eastern Ukraine
Excerpt: The Russian military fired artillery rounds into eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a "clear escalation" of hostilities there, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said.

Worth Reading: The Vacant Presidency: The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: The preferred explanation for the president’s detachment is psychological. He’s checked out. Given up. Let down and disappointed by the world, he is in withdrawal.
Perhaps. But I’d propose an alternative theory that gives him more credit: Obama’s passivity stems from an idea. 

Another Missing Boeing Airliner Now Confirmed as Crashed
Excerpt: Air Algérie lost contact with flight 5017, which was en route in northern Africa from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, Algeria. The Boeing MD-83 jet was carrying 116 on board when it disappeared an hour after take-off over Northern Mali. An Algerian official confirmed to Reuters that the airliner has crashed, though the cause remains unknown, as does the number of casualties. 

Is Koch money just too dirty to be used for Black college students?

Recently the Koch brothers made a gift of $25 million to the United Negro College Fund. Gee, this sounds like a nice thing, doesn't it? But a bunch of people in other organizations went into a rage about this, claiming this is just a hypocritical way to influence Blacks when they claim the Kochs are the real demons behind trying to deny voting rights to Blacks. That claim doesn't come with any facts or data or examples of any kind, but I would not be surprised if some Koch money has gone to groups that support voter ID laws. The “strings” attached to the Kochs’ gift: $18.5 million of $25 million is to create a “Koch Scholars” program, for “exemplary students” who want to study “how entrepreneurship, economics, and innovation contribute to well-being for individuals, communities, and society.” Koch organizations get two of five seats on that scholarship selection committee. $4 million of the grant is unrestricted support to HBCUs. Basically, the Koch Scholars are the kids who want to study how the traditional business virtues of the USA are good for us all. Some apparently see that as a bad thing for Black kids to learn about, I guess they would prefer study of how socialism is really best for everyone. There are Black conservatives who are supporting the acceptance of the money by the UNCF, and there are others who are totally bonkers about it and the major public employee union AFSCME has broken its long tie with UNCF over this. AFSCME spends a lot more than $25 million on political contributions every year, but did not offer to make up the Koch contribution of UNCF would reject it, so I guess their priorities are clear. This strikes me as a demonstration of how carried away people can get with their biases, even their basic hatreds, to the point of irrationality. The Koch brothers MUST be White demons whose mission is to grind the poor, most especially the minorities, and thus absolutely nothing they ever do can be a good in the slightest way. To touch their money is to sell out, to lie down with the dog and then get up with fleas. I don't know the brothers, but I expect they are human beings, not demons, and while their politics and belief in capitalism put them on the opposite side of the aisle with many, their willingness to help Black students study what has been good for the country can most certainly be a simple, sincere goodwill contribution. And in the spirit of "innocent until proven guilty", a great American founding principle, I think their money should get the benefit of the doubt, and be accepted without controversy to achieve the good of helping poor Black kids get to college. It saddens me to see the level of bitter opposition to this. --Del)

Video: Woman in Labor ‘Not Allowed’ to Cross Street to Hospital Over Obama’s Impending Motorcade. By Oliver Darcy
Excerpt: Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented by authorities from crossing a Los Angeles street to a hospital Wednesday because the road had been closed for President Barack Obama’s impending motorcade. The unidentified woman was barred from walking the few hundred feet to the hospital for at least 30 minutes as authorities waited for the president’s motorcade to pass by, witness Carrie Clifford told TheBlaze early Thursday morning. (I blame the local authorities. Maybe the Secret Service. Don't think Obama ordered it. ~Bob)

'Guadalcanal Diary' Discovery. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: The crimson red book, without dust jacket, was slightly faded. A couple of values darker crimson red Marine Corps emblem was lightly embossed centered on the front cover. The spine, near the top and bottom, was tattered and embossed in gold with the title and author's name near the top and 'Blue Ribbon Books' at the bottom. The back cover was plain.

The Moment of Truth on Corporate Welfare: By choosing to end the Export-Import Bank, the GOP can zero out a destructive government program. By John Fund
Excerpt: It seems like decades since Republicans have been able to permanently zero out a government program of any size. The tea-party base often doesn’t take seriously the GOP’s commitment to shrinking government and has accused the GOP of ladling out benefits to the elite and well connected. If Republicans in Congress simply do nothing, the New Deal–era Export-Import Bank, which guarantees loans so that American multinationals can sell products overseas, will vanish at the end of September. (Every government program has a vocal minority who benefit from it, and will fight like hell to keep it, while the majority who pay for it are apathetic. So government grows until it collapses of its own weight. ~Bob)

What Austrian Economics IS and What Austrian Economics Is NOT with Steve Horwitz

Michael Moore, Wife Tangle Over Divorce Dollars. Director claims spouse squandered funds on mansion
Excerpt: With his divorce trial looming, Michael Moore is battling his wife over the valuation of the couple’s assets, while branding her a spendthrift who “unilaterally wasted a large percentage of the marital funds” building a lakefront mansion that has prompted mocking news stories about the activist filmmaker’s wealth. (Poor guy. Lets all chip in to send him a daily supper-sized cheeseburger, fries and shake. ~Bob)

Florida pol reportedly pushing plan to require students to watch D'Souza film
Excerpt: A Florida lawmaker reportedly plans to propose a bill requiring local schools to show students the newly released documentary from conservative filmmaker and Obama critic Dinesh D'Souza. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Republican state Sen. Alan Hays wants to make the film “America” required viewing for public high schools and middle schools, barring parental objection.

Psychiatrist uses his own gun to shoot patient who killed caseworker in front of him
Excerpt: A Pennsylvania doctor is being hailed a hero today after he seriously injured a patient who went on a shooting spree in his office. Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychiatrist, told police that the patient, identified as Richard Plotts, fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night.

Excerpt: While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows. (Might it be that a large umber of gun violators are what AG Eric (With)Holder calls "my people"? ~Bob)

Death Tax Hurts Small Businesses and Minorities
A number of associations that form the Family Business Coalition recently wrote a letter to Congressmen Dave Camp (R-MI) and Kevin Brady (R-TX), asking for a vote on a bill sponsored by Rep. Brady, H.R. 2429 -- the Death Tax Repeal Act. The letter cited many of the problems with the law that taxes a deceased's assets at death: Repealing the death tax would add almost 1 million new small business jobs, according to a study by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office. Such job creation would reduce unemployment by almost 1 percentage point. ...The tax hits minorities especially hard. According to a study from two Boston College professors, the death tax will reduce net African American wealth by 13 percent. A 2004 poll from Impacto Group found that half of all Hispanic business owners know someone who sold their business to pay the death tax. One quarter expect to sell their own business because of the tax. Two-thirds of likely voters support permanent repeal of the death tax.

Excerpt: Imaginative satirical posters mocking President Obama appeared yesterday in various locations of Silicon Valley, where the president was scheduled to speak at yet another fundraiser with California’s rich and powerful on Wednesday, in spite of all the troubles piling up, domestically and internationally. ... In addition to the posters, an “invitation” flyer was mailed to all neighbors within the half-mile radius of the host’s home in Los Altos Hills. Describing the fundraiser as “A Feast in Time of Plague,” the mock invitation pointed to the frightening gap between the increasingly entrenched political elites and the harsh reality of joblessness, insecurity, and loss of incomes for the rest of us.

Excerpt: For six years I've read that the Clintons and the Obamas hate each other. I've even heard it from liberal rags like The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The Hill. The Clintons and Obamas have had to do this kabuki dance with razor sharp knives, trying mightily not to clash in order to save their political ambitions. Then, this week we learned that Slick Willie actually hated Obama so much for stealing Hillary's 2008 throne that he threw his allegiance to John McCain. In his book "Clinton Inc" Daniel Halper writes about the long term enmity between the Clintons and Obama. Halper writes that Bill Clinton initiated a series of calls to John McCain telling him how to defeat Barry. McCain confirms the calls, relates that Clinton gave him campaign advice, but stops short of furnishing the details. 

City Refuses to Pay For Obama Fundraising
Excerpt: The city of Medina, Wash. says it won’t be paying for President Obama’s Tuesday evening fundraising visit. According to Medina City Manager Mike Sauerwein, prior presidential visits have cost local residents as much as $35,000 due to security related issues; but not anymore. (ALL political fundraisers should be paid for by their respective parties. --JB. $35K? That's the cost of one dinner at at an event to hear BO bash income inequality! ~Bob)

List of United States Navy (ship) losses in World War II
Interesting history. ~Bob

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work
Excerpt: After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

WaPo Fact Checker: Do 10,000 baby boomers retire every day?
Excerpt: “Each day,10,000 baby boomers retire and begin receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits.” –Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), writing in The Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2014. A reader asked about this line in Sen. Portman’s article, which warned of a looming budget crisis because of growth in entitlements. Could this figure possibly be true? ... Portman is on solid ground with this number. He earns a coveted—and rare—Geppetto Checkmark.

This pistol-packing 80-year-old was attacked by home intruders — who immediately regretted it. By Matt Naham,
Excerpt: 80-year-old Tom Greer of Long Beach California arrived home Tuesday night to find a couple robbing his house. A man and a woman were rummaging through his things, including a safe. The robbers attacked Greer when he went inside. ... What the intruders didn’t know is that Greer had a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.

First Murder at a Target Store Since Company Asked Gun Owners Not to Carry
Excerpt: We have the first documented case of someone being killed at a Target store (in the parking lot in this case) since the company asked gun owners not to carry in the stores (this was a request, not a ban).

UN Showdown

It Appears a New York Times Writer Wants Orthodox Christian and Islamic Views Stamped Out. “Ruthlessly.” By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: Who will rid Josh Barro of these turbulent priests? Barro is a writer at the New York Times. He has taken to twitter to proclaim that “anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible” and “we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.” ... In order to “stamp out” these attitudes “ruthlessly” society will have to go where only totalitarian societies like to go. But then the totalitarianism of the left knows no bounds when it comes to “tolerance.”

Worth Reading: How Our World Fell Apart. By Ed Klein
Excerpt: Wherever we look today—from the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East to the post-Cold War frontier in Ukraine to the South China Sea to our border with Mexico— our world appears to be falling apart. This naturally raises a serious question in the minds of many people: If America, the indispensable nation, had been doing its job of holding the global system together, couldn’t this chaos and anarchy have been avoided? The simple answer is, yes.

Excerpt: A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. Prosecutors charged Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen earlier this month with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system. The La Crosse Tribune reported ( ) Kelemen entered the plea in a deal that calls for the charge to be dismissed in two years if he doesn't commit any new crimes, continues counseling and completes 40 hours of community service. (Think the punishment might have been grate if he had targeted a left wing politician? ~bob)

Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was ‘Scratched’ Then ‘Shredded’
Excerpt: Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was “scratched” and the data on it was still recoverable. But the IRS did not try to recover the data from Lerner’s hard drive, despite recommendations from in-house IRS IT experts to outsource the recovery project.
The hard drive was then “shredded,” according to a court filing the IRS made to House Ways and Means Committee investigators. (Obstruction of justice., Must have been some pretty incriminating emails. ~Bob)
Excerpt: We were sitting at the kitchen table when I lowered the morning paper an inch and told my wife about Obama's impending "I know you're hiding something tax." The Anointed One, assuming all capitalists are cheats, is considering imposing a 3% tax on both pension and ordinary income in order to capture taxes on wealth greedy Americans are hiding somewhere around the home.

Don't use New Gas Coming To Stations
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Worth Reading: Obama to World: Drop Dead: Thee most provincial U.S. president in at least a century.
Excerpt: "Meet the Press" Sunday whether this was the lowest moment in U.S.-Russia relations since the Cold War, America's robo-Secretary of State John Kerry replied: "We live in an extremely complicated world right now, where everybody is working on 10 different things simultaneously." Well, not everyone. s the world burns, the president spent this week fiddling at fundraisers in the living rooms of five Democratic Party fat cats in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri famously explained, changing the president's fundraising schedule "can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis." (I am really taken back to see this article appear in the Wall Street Journal. They do tend to run conservative articles there on occasion, but never before one as direct and acidic as this one. Yet Henninger is only quoting facts, the world is oversupplied right now with conflict, brutality, oppression, and tragedy, and those who are the ones doing the killing do not seem to have any reasons to stop. And we, once the nation that tried, however imperfectly, to act to help those being oppressed and murdered, are sitting out these events. Our national leader is clearly not terribly interested in things outside this country, and is clearly very focussed on the politics of keeping his Party in power to the exclusion of much else. Ronald Reagan was not quite the super President in all ways that some remember him now, but there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that he would be handling these situations in totally different ways. Ways that we as Americans, could take some pride in. --Del)

Intruders Shoot Their Way Into Apartment and Demand ‘Stuff.’ What Tenant Gives Them Leaves One Crook Dead, the Other in Critical Condition. By Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: Two armed men who reportedly shot their way into a Pittsburgh apartment and demanded “stuff” from the tenant got the tables turned on them when the resident pulled out a shotgun and fired at the intruders, killing one and critically injuring the other.

Obamacare News

Busted: Obamacare Architect Caught in Epic Lie, Confirming Opponents' Argument. by Guy Benson
Excerpt: "If you're a state and you don't set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits." He affirmed conservatives' argument in 2012 by sharing his own expertise about the law as it's written. Then, when his own explanation became politically problematic, he reversed positions, shamelessly arguing that "literally" nobody had ever intended to make the case that he himself had explicitly laid out. (If the President was willing to lie repeatedly to get obamacare through, the least his sycophants can do is to lie to protect it. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: No, Halbig Did Not Gut Obamacare Because Of A “Drafting Error. ”Reading is fundamental, unless you're a liberal blogger. By Sean Davis
Excerpt: Most important, we have the sections of the law providing for tax credits to help offset the cost of Obamacare’s health care plans: sections 1401, 1402, 1411, 1412, 1413, 1414, and 1415. And how do those sections establish authority to provide those tax credits? Why, they specifically state ten separate times that tax credits are available to offset the costs of state health exchange plans authorized by section 1311. And how many times are section 1321 federal exchange plans mentioned? Zero. Was that yet another “drafting error”?.. Because here's Gruber giving a presentation in 2012: ... I think what's important to remember politically about this, is if you're a state and you don't set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits. (When I was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1972, the Highway Aid formula contained the phrase "half cent per mile" in two places, one a typo admitted by everyone. but it was enforced, with some cities and towns getting more money than intended, some less. The fight to fix it took years. ~Bob. "You'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare." --Jonah Goldberg)

Americans Say Obamacare Is Hurting Families. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: The American people hate Obamacare and recognize the lasting damage it is inflicting, according to a new national poll. Americans seem to recognize that the Obamacare law will boot people out of their health care plans, encourage idleness, drive wages down, increase the government’s tax take, and fail to put a dent in the number of Americans without health insurance coverage.

A Newfound Respect For The Law. By Rep. Derek Hunter
Excerpt: I thought of that quote when I heard White House Spokesman Josh Earnest say, “It is pretty obvious what the congressional intent was.” He was talking about the D.C. Court of Appeals ruling that Obamacare subsidies apply only to states that set up exchanges because, well, that’s what the text of the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act says. The Obama administration, it seems, has a newfound respect for the intent of lawmakers. (I once had a bureaucrat say to me, "well, Senator, the legislative intent was..." I replied, "I was the sponsor of that Bill--I'll tell you what the legislative intent was!" ~Bob)

Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time. By Ruth Marcus
Excerpt: Don’t be so sure that the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again. The question is enormously important: Are health-care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are with insurance from state exchanges?

Obama Creates the Stamp Act for Healthcare. By John Ransom 
Excerpt: Obamacare is what we have always said it was. It’s not just bad policy; it’s now proven to be poor law too.

Obamacare enrollees faking for freebies: The subsidies are a hit with patients who don’t exist
Excerpt: Anyone interested in $2,700 worth of Obamacare subsidies need only tick a few boxes on a government form and tell a few lies to get the discount. That was the finding of Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigators who went undercover to find out what happens when fake applications are submitted to, or given to a counselor on the Obamacare telephone hotline.

Maybe Democrats Should Have Read Obamacare Before They Passed It. By Kevin Glass 
Excerpt: But this gets to the heart of the problem with ACA: many legislators didn't know what they were crafting and voting on. In the era of ACA's crafting, Republicans repeatedly brought up the point that legislators couldn't read the bill, because the legislative text hadn't been written. The Senate Finance Committee voted on what's called "conceptual langauge," but did anticipate that some states would not set up their own exchanges. Democrats also insisted that the "conceptual language" was enough to actually understand and vote on the law. Max Baucus (D-Montana), chair of the Senate Finance Committee through which the health bill flowed, insisted that reading the law wasn't necessary. (See next video. ~Bob)

Barack Obama "Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk"
Another lie. ~Bob

Will Obamacare Cost You Your Job? By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: Why is our recovery from the Great Recession so sluggish and so slow?
Economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways.

Flashback: WH, Dems Killed Bill to Strengthen Obamacare Eligibility Verification. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Prior to last year's government shutdown, House Republicans passed a series of Obamacare-related bills over the adamant objections of most Democrats. One bill, called the 'No Subsidies Without Verification Act,' sailed through the House 235-191, with every single 'no' vote being furnished by Democrats. Only five members of President Obama's party backed this common-sense measure -- which, needless to say, died in Harry Reid's Senate. 

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Kerry, Aides Undergo Metal Detector Screening Before Meeting With Egyptian President
Excerpt: Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through. (Maybe they knew Kerry got a Silver Star for killing one wounded VC. " We do know that Sen. Kerry dealt with an already wounded Viet Cong because his forward gunner, the late Tom Bellodeau said, "You know, I shot that guy. He jumped up, he looked right at me, I looked at him. ... Sen. Kerry himself confirms the VC guerilla had already been wounded when he told the Boston Globe in June of 2003 that "Tommy clipped him, and he started going [down.] I thought it was over." [] if killing one VC get you a Silver Star, half the Marine Grunts in Nam deserve one. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Why There Can Never be 'Peace in the Middle East.' By Larry Elder
Excerpt: Hamas' covenant calls for the destruction of Israel. The preamble reads: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." Article Three describes the duty of all Muslims: "(To) fear Allah and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors." Article Seven states: "The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight Jews and kill them.

Excerpt: The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. What are these jihadists going to do next? Assuming they can’t go to Disneyland -- and, trust me, that’s high on their bucket list -- Baghdad would doubtless be their destination of choice. But despite a series of bombings last weekend that killed more than two dozen people, the predominately Shia capital is unlikely to fall easily as did such Sunni-majority cities as Mosul. So the question being asked is whether these warriors will turn their lethal attentions toward Jordan.

Why Qatar and Turkey Can’t Solve the Crisis in Gaza. By David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer
Excerpt: With Washington desperate for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and with Egypt having flamed out as a broker of calm, two of Hamas’s top patrons are about to be rewarded with a high-profile diplomatic victory. U.S. and Israeli media are now reporting that the White House may be looking to Qatar and Turkey to help negotiate an end to the hostilities.

Israel refuses invitation to commit suicide, snubs the irrelevant Kerry. By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: Surely Secretary of State John Kerry knows of the extensive labyrinth of tunnels in Gaza. Surely he knows that far beyond the rockets these pose a mortal threat to Israel that no country would accept. And surely he knows that the Israeli military is meticulously searching and destroying the tunnels and that this will take time, perhaps weeks and not days. Then why in the world would he publicly offer a truce proposal, especially one purportedly dressed up with some pro-Hamas goodies from Qatar? One explanation is that he is foolish beyond our wildest imagination, entirely disconnected from reality. (Kerry's been wrong about everything since Vietnam. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Missiles over and into Israel. Violent demonstrations in London, Paris and Vienna. Violent demonstrators in Boston and on innumerable university campuses. Calls of "Death to the Jews." When the Jews respond, whether by assaulting Gazan missile sites and tunnels, or by throwing chairs and bottles against Parisian demonstrators trying to break into a synagogue, they are accused of excessive violence. So what should they do?

Hamas Rockets Found in UN School Again
Excerpt: Hamas' attempts to minimize attention on its strategy of using civilian areas as a base of operations for rocket fire and other terrorism took a hit Tuesday when a United Nations relief organization found rockets stored in one of their schools for the second time in a week.

Op-Ed: The Hate-Wave All Over the Islamicized West: Welcome to the Middle Ages. By Dr. Inna Rogatchi
Excerpt: The wave of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred has sprung all over Europe readily seizing the pretext of the completely justified Israeli military operation in Gaza. Mass demonstrations in London and the other cities of the United Kingdom, violent riots in Paris, ‘Kristallnacht’-style attacks on synagogues in France, Ireland and Poland, public hate preaches of imam calling for the death ‘the Jews until the last one’ in Berlin, abrasive threats to Jewish people in Denmark and Sweden; all this amassing daily.... What we are experiencing today in Europe and the West, is a wave of articulated hatred towards Jews, and Israel, in that order; and also a substantially higher arrogant confidence on the part of the attackers and demonstrators. ...This is the result of the more than 25 years of extremely short-sighted and inept policy, or actually, absence of firm stand and articulated policy of the European and Western governments on the issue on militant Islam’ spreading and planting roots in the West.

Hamas Claims Rockets Only Target Jews
Excerpt: Hamas officials are notorious for making incendiary statements and anti-Semitic comments. In fact, their charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and the murder of Jews around the world. The terrorist organization's vendetta is not solely based on Israel's control of post-1967 territories, considering Hamas calls for the liberation of "historic Palestine" in its entirety.
Excerpt: There are few certainties in life, but one that you can reliably count on is that the United Nations will condemn Israel every chance it gets. Between 2006 when the UN’s so-called Human Right Council was established until 2013, the “humanitarians” on the council condemned Israel 45 times.

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian held in Iran
Excerpt: An American reporter for the Washington Post and his wife have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirmed. Jason Rezaian, a 38-year-old dual Iran-US citizen, and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi, were taken into custody on Tuesday evening, the paper said. Two freelance photographers, also US citizens, were being held too. (Liberals will avert their eyes and repeat from the catechism, "All cultures are equally valid." ~Bob)

2 Foreign Aid Workers Are Gunned Down in Afghanistan, Officials Say
Excerpt: Two Western women employed by an international aid organization were shot dead Thursday morning in the western city of Herat, Afghan officials said. The women were traveling in a taxi in the city center when a motorcyclist opened fire on them, said Sami Wafa, an aide to the governor of Herat Province. (Herat is known as a city of poets...~Bob)

Netanyahu Is Winning: His strategy to divide Hamas and Fatah, and strengthen the latter, seems to be working. By Tom Rogan
Excerpt: As Clausewitz famously noted, “War is the continuation of policy by other means.” Correspondingly, Israel’s military campaign in Gaza has had two objectives. First, to degrade and deter Hamas rocket teams. Second, to weaken Hamas as a political actor. On both counts, Israel appears to be finding success.

US and Islamic State: ‘We did see this coming.’ By Jonathan S. Landay
Excerpt: Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad. A review of the record shows, however, that the Obama administration wasn’t surprised at all.

Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas. By Michael Oren
Excerpt: Michael Oren was Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He currently is a fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the Atlantic Council. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-MoonSecretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Their motive — to end civilian suffering and restore stability to the area — is noble. The images of the wounded and dead resulting from the conflict are indeed agonizing. However, these senior statesmen can be most helpful now by doing nothing. To preserve the values they cherish and to send an unequivocal message to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors everywhere, Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Take The Middle East Geography Quiz
From the email: Drag the country's name onto the map. There is no time limit, but rather this exercise is a learning tool. Don't be afraid to make an error, and once you finish the puzzle, you will be far more educated about this very intense part of our world.

The Moral Chasm Between Israel and Hamas. By James T. Conway
Gen. Conway, who retired in 2010, was the 34th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Excerpt: Although American empathy for noncombatants is a critical component of who we are as a people, it should not blind us to reality: Israel's military exists to protect its civilian population and seeks to avoid harming noncombatants, while its adversary cynically uses Palestinian civilians as human shields while deliberately targeting Israeli civilians. I recently had the opportunity to see for myself the moral chasm between how the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas treat civilians during military operations. In May I joined a dozen other retired U.S. generals and admirals on a trip to Israel with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Just outside Hamas-ruled Gaza, we toured a tunnel discovered less than one kilometer from an Israeli kindergarten. Unlike tunnels that I had seen during the Iraq war that were designed for smuggling, this Hamas tunnel was designed for launching murder and kidnapping raids. The 3-mile-long tunnel was reinforced with concrete, lined with telephone wires, and included cabins unnecessary for infiltration operations but useful for holding hostages.

The UN’s Propaganda War Against Israel. By Joseph Klein
Excerpt: As usual, the United Nations has the Palestinians’ back while repeatedly stabbing Israel in the back. Hamas not only uses civilian human shields in Gaza to protect its operatives and weapons. It hides behind the diplomatic propaganda shield that the UN too willingly provides.

Satire Worth Reading: A Thank You Letter From Hamas to the Media. By Noah Beck 
Excerpt: Dear Members of the Mainstream Media, You’ve been awesome! Everyone knows that we start unwinnable wars with Israel because the real victory happens when you predictably side with us each time. And you’ve been so supportive of our strategy that we really want to acknowledge your helpfulness. In particular, we thank you for: -Focusing so much more on our suffering than anyone else’s. Nigerians must die in far greater numbers before you take notice, so we’re glad that you value our lives so much more.

Gaza reporters’ tweets: Hamas using human shields
Excerpt: Several journalists from around the world reported seeing rockets fired from civilian areas in Gaza in recent days, and received threatening tweets in return accusing them of “informing” the IDF.

Terror Group Tied to Turkish Gov't Recruits Hamas Human Shields
Excerpt: A terror-linked charity closely linked to the Turkish government is organizing human shields in the Gaza Strip and pledging to “erect the flag of Islam everywhere.” Prime Minister Erdogan is a top backer of Hamas and allows this charity, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), to operate. ... Shockingly, Yildirim said the objective of sending the human shields is to spark a war between Israel and Turkey and the broader Muslim world.

Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise. By Cnaan Liphshiz
Excerpt: Shortly before their synagogue became shrouded by tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews wielding baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the synagogue’s heavy metal gate. They had gathered outside the main synagogue in this Paris suburb Sunday to defend it against a predominantly Arab mob of 200 men who had gathered nearby with sticks and stones, setting garbage cans aflame and chanting “Slaughter the Jews.”

Excerpt: The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, filed the complaint Wednesday with the mayor of Saint-Nicolas against the parties responsible for hanging a Turkish- and French-language sign at a cafe in the Liege suburb. The Turkish text reads, “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances.” The French text replaces “Jews” with “Zionists.”

Saudi court sentences homosexual to jail, lashes
Excerpt: The Criminal Court in the Saudi city of Medina has sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years in jail and 450 lashes for setting up a Twitter account to promote and practice homosexuality,Al-Watan reported Tuesday. The man was tracked down by religious police, officially known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which set him up by having another man arrange a date with him. (Liberals won't mind because, you know, "All cultures are equally valid." ~Bob)

Excerpt: "Once again, this Council fails to address the situation in Israel and in the Palestinian territories with any semblance of balance. There is no mention of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas into Israel or the tunnels used to cause mayhem.” It is good to see someone from the Obama Administration actually speaking the truth about Israel.

Islamists Resume Assault On Main Libyan Airport
Excerpt: Islamist militia first attacked the airport last Sunday, forcing a halt to all flights. (Obama's lead-from-behind, non-congressionally-authorized war is the gift that keeps on giving. ~Bob)

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes in Tripoli
Excerpt: The United States shut down its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. 

Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan
Excerpt: The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah. Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the city's deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said. (Liberals won't mind because, you know, "All cultures are equally valid." ~Bob)

Three Questions for Hamas Terrorist Apologists. By Matthew Clark
Excerpt: Most of us who understand Israel is under attack and has a right to defend itself as a nation have run into these Hamas apologists among acquaintances or on social media. Here are three simple questions you can pose to cut through the disinformation. In most cases they will quickly illicit responses that will either show their naivety or intentional misrepresentation of the facts.

Casualties in Perspective. By Ari Lieberman
Excerpt: Thus far, 32 members of Israel’s Defense Forces have been tragically killed while defending their homeland. Hamas has likely suffered more than 10 times that amount but that will be confirmed after the dust settles when an objective analysis, unmuddied by Hamas shills, can be performed . Every one of those IDF boys represents the salt of the earth but now is not the time for despondency. Now is the time for fortitude and perseverance.

How Amnesty Will Harm U.S. Support for Israel. By Ian Smith
Excerpt: But depending on how the US manages its southern borders in the years ahead, broad support for Israel may not always be a sure thing. The number of Hispanics in America, both legal and illegal, has almos tquadrupled since the last census in 2010. The level of support for Israel among this rapidly-expanding demographic, however, is at polar opposites with groups like traditional conservatives, the strongest supporters of Israel in the US, outside American Jews. (All the more reason for liberals to support amnesty. they get millions of welfare-dependent votes and the power to get rid of those pesky Jews. A twofer. ~Bob)

Report: French Jews Mass Immigrate to Israel to Escape Persecution. By Daniel Doherty 
Excerpt: But perhaps the worst rioting and targeting of Jews has occurred in places like France. In fact, the safety and security of the Jewish people there feel so threatened that, as Weasel Zippers sharply noted, Jews would “rather live in an actual war zone” than a nation at peace. Indeed. That gives you some idea of the degree to which the Jews of Europe are now fearing for their lives:

'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL
Excerpt: High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant "worse than al Qaeda," but that the group has a message for the president: "We're coming for you, Barack Obama."

The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight
Excerpt: Yet for the third time in the past decade, Israel's powerful military finds itself in a protracted, messy fight with a small, elusive, Islamist group and has been unable to score a quick and decisive victory. The current bloodletting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip is nearly three weeks old and Israel has pounded the Palestinian territory, leaving more than 800 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians. Yet Israel has not halted the Hamas rockets and is still working to destroy a tunnel network it's cited as the main reason for the operation. (Bogged down after three weeks? I'm glad NPR didn't cover WWII! ~Bob. My concern is that,even if Israel destroys all of the tunnels and many rocket launching sites and kills a fair number of Hamas soldiers,this will only gain a temporary respite from the rocket attacks. After all, tunnels can be rebuilt and more rockets brought in and the propaganda value of dead Arab civilians (and dead Israeli soldiers) means Hamas will have no trouble recruiting new fighters. And now Judea and Samaria are rising and Hamas,which was becoming unpopular in Gaza because it couldn't improve the economy, is more popular there than ever and threatens to blow Abbas and his crowd away in the next West Bank election. --PM)

The Hague mayor urged to get tough after anti-Jewish chanting at rally
Excerpt: The Hague's mayor Jozias van Aartsen is being urged to get tough on anti-Jewish demonstrators after people were heard chanting 'death to Jews' at a protest rally in the city on Thursday evening. During the rally, in which some of the 100 protesters carried pro-Isis flags, Muslim youngsters were heard to shout 'death to all Jews', news magazine Elsevier reports.

Boston Islamist: The Jews Better Learn How to Swim, Moses Ain't Coming [VIDEO]
Excerpt: "This time...Moses is not going to be here to open the sea...they better learn how to swim"

Excerpt: Astonishing, open, and unashamed Jew-hatred and blood libel — we are seeing it all over the world. But the UN and the global “human rights community” is too busy condemning Israel and conducting studies about how to eradicate “Islamophobia” to take any notice.

Excerpt: A violent mob of more than a dozen men in France assaulted a Jew at his home in a Paris suburb after confirming that his photograph had been published by a French Facebook page identifying Jews to be targeted for physical intimidation, The Union of Jewish Students of France, the UEJF, said in a statement on Friday. (The French shopped something like 70,000 Jews to the Nazis in WWII. Why expect different now? ~Bob)