Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Today's important political news and opinion


General News and Comment

Are the Clintons Corrupt?

Middle Class Champions: AP: You Know Bill Clinton Has A Shell Company That Was Never Disclosed, Right? By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: Because the company, WJC, LLC, has no financial assets, Hillary Clinton's campaign was not obligated to report its existence in her recent financial disclosure report, officials with Bill Clinton's private office and the Clinton campaign said. They were responding to questions by The Associated Press, which reviewed corporate documents. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide private details of the former president's finances on the record, said the entity was a "pass-through" company designed to channel payments to the former president. (Hey, doesn't everyone have a pass-through shell company? ~Bob)

Clinton’s State Dept Approved Arms Deals To Govts Who Gave Millions To The Foundation. By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: According to the International Business Times, governments with appalling human rights records who donated to the Clinton Foundation received billions in arms deals approved by the Clinton State Department that far surpassed anything doled out by the Bush administration. A review of the 2009-2012 fiscal records by the IBT discovered the transactions:
Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data. 

2 Of Hillary’s Libya Emails Are Missing. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: Sidney Blumenthal emailed Hillary Clinton at least two intelligence reports about Libya which were not included in the trove of 296 emails released by the State Department on Friday. Clinton has claimed that in December she turned over all official government emails she sent or received from her personal account while in office. In turn, the agency has claimed it turned all Clinton emails related to Libya or Benghazi over to the House Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack. But a screenshot of Blumenthal’s email inbox, which the Romanian hacker Guccifer published in March 2013, shows two reports about Libya emailed to Clinton which were not released in Friday’s batch.

Bernie Sanders: When You ‘Hustle Money’ Like The Clintons, You Become Out of Touch
Excerpt: “When you hustle money like that you don’t sit in restaurants like this, you sit in restaurants like where you are spending hundreds of dollars for dinner,” said Sanders. “That’s the world that you are accustomed to and that’s the worldview that you adopt.”

Important: GM set to face criminal charges and fine in excess of $1 billion over ignition switch defect that led to deaths of 104 people
Excerpt: General Motors is negotiating what could be a record fine with US Justice authorities after a federal investigation into a defect linked to at least 104 deaths uncovered criminal wrongdoing. A settlement, likely to surpass the $1.2billion paid out by Toyota over sudden unintended acceleration, could be reached in the next few months, according to the New York Times. (Yes, this is the same GM that cost taxpayers an $11.2 billion loss in the bailout. So we spent a lot of money to help save a company that was allegedly engaged in a criminal conspiracy to cover up the fact that they were selling unsafe cars. (When the government sold its first shares, President Obama boldly predicted, “American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM.”) Back in April 2014, an unnamed source told Bloomberg BusinessWeek that GM didn’t tell the task force anything about the defective switches. It’s an unsurprising excuse, but not quite as exculpatory as that unnamed source may think. The task force’s job was to get an accurate portrait of GM’s assets, liabilities, and problems, and the source said GM’s board and the task force did discuss product-liability claims. The Obama administration bragged about the thoroughness of its review. At this point, it is unclear whether the task force spoke with anyone in the engineering department. At the precise moment the president’s task force was supposedly confronting GM about a dysfunctional corporate culture that had brought the company to the brink of ruin, it accepted everything GM’s leaders told it at face value. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt http://www.nationalreview.com/newsletters)

Survey: Federal employees commemorate Memorial Day by watching porn. By M.D. Kittle 
Excerpt: Nothing says honoring our nation’s fallen service members like downloading some porn on Memorial Day. But that’s apparently how some federal employees will spend this holiday, according to a newly released survey by a Florida-based spyware company. EnigmaSoftware.com found that personal computers in Washington, D.C., which, obviously, boasts the highest concentrations of federal employees in the country, experience a 51 percent spike in computer infections on federal holidays.

If true, so much for "choice.":17-Year-Old Girl Forced to Have Abortion Against Her Will “No! Please Don’t Make Me!”
Excerpt: Lavonne Wilenken worked as a nurse practitioner at a Planned Parenthood clinic. She shares some anecdotes about her time at Planned Parenthood in the book Bad Choices: A Look inside Planned Parenthood by Douglas R Scott. This little-known 1992 book contains information about Planned Parenthood. Although dated, it has some interesting statistics, facts, and testimonies from Planned Parenthood patients and staff. In one anecdote, Wilenken describes what happened when a teenage girl scheduled for an abortion changed her mind at the last minute:

Why Florida, Other Free-Market-Friendly States Are Booming. Bt Ed Dean
Excerpt: Florida and Republican-leaning states are booming, while traditionally Democratic states are getting left behind -- all because of their economic policies. Heritage Foundation economists Stephen Moore, Arthur B. Laffer and Joel Griffith teamed up on a study, “Why Red States Are Getting Richer and Blue States Poorer," looking at how the economy is managed in various states, including Florida. The report covered issues ranging from personal income taxes, the corporate income tax rate, tax burdens, estate taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, state and local government debt, minimum wage, workers’ compensation costs, right-to-work issues and government pensions.

Most Voters In Democrat-Run States Think Government Too Big
Excerpt: Voters in states run mostly by Democrats are more likely than those in GOP-run states to feel their state government is too big, but all give similar performance reviews to those governments.

America on Parade. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Tens of thousands lined Washington D.C.'s Constitution Avenue for Monday afternoon's National Memorial Day Parade. What a tribute! What a grand, fitting spectacle honoring and celebrating those who fought and died to preserve freedom. 

Heavy rains in Texas, Oklahoma fuel hope for California drought relief
Excerpt: Five years of extreme drought have come to a dramatic end in Texas and Oklahoma as a month of heavy rains has replenished reservoirs, dampened parched soil across both states and unleashed floodwaters on vulnerable residents....In one bizarre incident early this month, an Oklahoma City woman, taking cover from a storm, drowned after her tornado shelter flooded. Another tornado shelter in Norman emerged from the ground like a submarine after the owner's yard flooded.

Rising Dragon News

US-China war 'inevitable' unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea. Warning from state-run China newspaper as Beijing reveals plans for development of disputed South China Sea islands
Excerpt: China’s armed forces are to extend their operations and its air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time, in a major shift in policy that will strengthen fears of accidental conflict. A policy document by the state council, or cabinet, said China faced a “grave and complex array of security threats”, justifying the change. The People’s Liberation Army, including its navy and air force, will be allowed to “project power” further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air in order to safeguard its maritime possessions, the white paper stated.

Race Card News

Surprise: With 27 Shootings This Weekend, Baltimore Sees Its Most Violent Month This Century. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: Baltimore has seen 27 shootings and eight deaths so far over Memorial Day weekend, as the month of May promises to be the most violent the city has seen this century. “It is disheartening that we are seeing such an increase in violence, especially when we think about the progress that we’ve made,” Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told WJZ. “We’ve come too far to have this type of setback.”

Police will back off: Justice Department reaches settlement with Cleveland over police conduct. By Sari Horwitz
Excerpt: The Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city of Cleveland over the conduct of its police officers, according to a Justice official, the latest case in which the Obama administration has investigated excessive use of force and the violation of constitutional rights by a local department. The settlement, amid the growing national debate about American policing, is expected to be announced early this week, the official said. It comes just days after a judge acquitted a Cleveland police officer for his role in the fatal shooting of two unarmed people in a car in 2012 after officers thought the sound of the car backfiring was gunshots. (Crime and murder rates will increase. most of the victims will be black, but as long as they are killed by blocks, Obama and the DOJ couldn't care less. Result: Baltimore. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Excerpt: You’ve got to give credit to Congressman Tom Price, MD: He introduced his first post-Obamacare bill as early as 2009 and has reintroduced an updated version in every Congress since then. The latest Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300), introduced this month, is the fourth iteration. Many critics complain Republicans in Congress have taken too long to develop an alternative to Obamacare. However, President Obama is running the show until January 2017. It is responsible for Congressional Republicans to take all the time and space they need to develop their alternative for the next president’s consideration. A fully baked repeal and replacement bill today would serve no purpose, while doing nothing until a president committed to patient-centered health reform takes office risks a confused mess of lobbyists’ priorities thrown together by politicians who barely know what they are doing – a Republican Obamacare, in other words. (Dr. Price is an orthopaedic surgeon--I'm met him more than once. He has been pushing this bill while the media and Democrats have been saying the Republicans have no alternative to O-care. If you have the media helping, you can tell any lie. ~Bob)

Voters Expect Problems Ahead from Obamacare
Excerpt: Voters still tend to think the new national health care law isn't working and expect things to get even worse. 

Oh, Look, Those Big Insurance Premium Hikes That Weren’t Supposed to Happen. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Hey, remember Obamacare? Remember this bold Obama promise that probably persuaded a lot of people to vote for him? “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” Surprise! It turns out that when a lot of people who didn’t previously have health insurance are required to buy it (or join Medicaid), they end up using it. And that ends up with higher costs for the insurer . . . which they turn around and use to justify higher premiums.

Important: Sticker Shock for Some Obamacare Customers. By Megan McArdle
Excerpt: So the proposed 2016 Obamacare rates have been filed in many states, and in many states, the numbers are eye-popping. Market leaders are requesting double-digit increases in a lot of places. Some of the biggest are really double-digit: 51 percent in New Mexico, 36 percent in Tennessee, 30 percent in Maryland, 25 percent in Oregon. The reason? They say that with a full year of claims data under their belt for the first time since Obamacare went into effect, they're finding the insurance pool was considerably older and sicker than expected. ... So the proposed 2016 Obamacare rates have been filed in many states, and in many states, the numbers are eye-popping. Market leaders are requesting double-digit increases in a lot of places. Some of the biggest are really double-digit: 51 percent in New Mexico, 36 percent in Tennessee, 30 percent in Maryland, 25 percent in Oregon. The reason? They say that with a full year of claims data under their belt for the first time since Obamacare went into effect, they're finding the insurance pool was considerably older and sicker than expected.

Obamacare Insurance Premiums To Jump, Up To 51%
Excerpt: The Affordable Care Act was rushed into law and implemented with what now appears to have been grossly defective actuarial assumptions regarding costs. The same consumer groups that fought for Obamacare are already demanding federal and state officials put premiums under the microscope to curb some increases. But with healthcare inflation running far ahead of inflation and insurers saying their huge proposed rates only reflect the revenue they need to pay claims, Obamacare seems destined to loom as a financial and political crisis this summer.

We told you so: Skimpy insurance seen by Democrats as next health care issue
Excerpt: After paying premiums, many low- and middle-income patients still face high costs when trying to use their coverage. There's growing concern that the value of a health insurance card is being eaten away by rising deductibles, the amount of actual medical costs that patients pay each year before coverage kicks in. "I think it's going to be the next big problem," said Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., a congressional leader on health care. "We've got some 17 million more people covered ... but they can't access the care they seem to be entitled to," McDermott said. "It costs too much to use the care. That's the deceptive part about it."

Undocumented Democrat News

Appeals court rules against Obama on immigration. By David Nakamura 
Excerpt: A federal judicial panel in New Orleans on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift an injunction on President Obama’s expanded deferred action program for illegal immigrants, throwing into doubt whether the program will begin before the president leaves office.

Everything's free in Obama's America

Religion of Peace News

Spray and Pray- I detect a training problem.

Islamic State crisis: Iraq will take back Ramadi 'in days' - PM Abadi
Excerpt: The Iraqi city of Ramadi could be taken back from Islamic State (IS) militants "in days", Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC. But he said more support was needed from international coalition partners. Iraqi forces have suffered a number of defeats at the hands of IS over the past year, and fled from a smaller militant force in Ramadi last week.

Obama’s Iraq War. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Even by the war-shy standards of Democrats, Obama’s word games with war have been something else. Obama’s wars are complex shell games. When he goes to war, he claims that it was at the request of a third party, which was actually fulfilling his request to file a request that it later takes back, based on a pretext that turns out to be false, to carry out a mission that turns out to be a pretext for regime change. At least that’s how it happened in Libya.

Tiny Minority of Extremists Alert: Shock Poll: 81% Of Al Jazeera Arabic Poll Respondents Support Islamic State
Excerpt: In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.

Paging Paul Ehrlich: Muslim world faces fertility crisis
Excerpt: SOMETHING startling is happening in the Muslim world – and no, I don’t mean the Arab Spring or the growth of Islamic fundamentalism. According to a leading demographer, a “sea change” is producing a sharp decline in Muslim fertility rates and a “flight from marriage” among Arab women.

Veteran Suspended from Mississippi College, Labeled ‘Threat’ After Requesting Non-Muslim Counselor. By Pamela Geller
Excerpt: A former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq and is diagnosed with combat-related PTSD was suspended from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi after he requested to meet with a non-Muslim counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Do you blame him? How many Muslim groups demanded their university(s) cancel American Sniper screenings? The country’s “leading Muslim civil rights group,” the terrorist organization CAIR, today questioned if US troops should be honored on Memorial Day.

Worth Reading: Negotiating with the Executors of Children. By Majid Rafizadeh 
Excerpt: Despite pressure from global community and human rights organizations, a young man, Hamid Ahmadi, is at imminent risk of execution, according to Amnesty international. A few months ago, a Kurdish Juvenile “offender” was executed for charges such as “enmity against God” and “corruption on Earth.” Iranian authorities carried out the execution despite international pressure. His family members were asked to collect his body the next day. In addition, although the increasing number of executions for minor crimes is appalling in itself in the Islamic Republic, the execution of children adds more evidence of the egregious human rights abuses committed by the ruling clerics of the Islamic Republic.

There will be blood: ‘Revitalizing’ Detroit with 50,000 Syrian Refugees? By Michael Cutler 
Excerpt: Our primary concern, however, must be on how any actions to address this will impact the United States and its citizens. We will begin by considering the impact large numbers of refugees would likely have on American workers, particularly focusing on a proposal for the resettlement of 50,000 Syrian refugees in Detroit, Michigan. First of all, the proposal for this program would come with a huge price-tag. Consider just how much the proposal admits this would cost:

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Political News--your right to read it brought to you by veterans who died for you


General News and Comment

Sen. Liz Warren--the early years

Worth Reading: Leader of U.S. veterans coalition renews Patrick Henry’s call to liberty
Excerpt: Though it is customary over the Memorial Day weekend to render flowery speeches about our departed veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, this will not be one of them. This year marks the 240th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of Lexington (though some may argue that the Revolution began at the Battle of Point Pleasant, here in West Virginia). This year is also the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis and Tojo in World War II. Each event a high point in our nation’s history. However, it also marks a sad anniversary, the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese, when the lives and sacrifices of American and allied South Vietnamese soldiers were disgracefully discarded by cowardly politicians. Since that fateful day in April 1975, it appears that our armed forces have rarely been permitted to fight to win. ("Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives." —John Adams)

Worth Reading: Jade Helm, Part II: Is the Concern Warranted? By Tom Kratman
Excerpt: Is the exercise Jade Helm 15 inherently suspicious because it’s militarily indefensible? That’s one of the arguments against it I’ve read or heard being bandied about. It’s not a valid argument. I assume you’ve all read this week’s assignment,1 but just in case you didn’t, here’s a brief rundown of the important points, for purposes of today’s column: A. There are five functions of training: Skill Training, Conditioning, Development, Selection, and Testing (of doctrine and equipment). B. In the absence of valid conditions, standards are completely meaningless. One of the arguments against Jade Helm 15 is that all of this could be done just as well on a military installation or a series of them. Since where it is done, as with where war is waged, is a condition, let’s contemplate how true that is. Special Forces must operate among a civilian population, in the course of its Unconventional Warfare (UW) mission. How do civilians act? Anyone who has ever been on a military base will note that in ways large and small, the military population, the Department of the Army (or Navy, etc.) civilian population, and the dependent population all act differently from a genuinely civilian population. Indeed, with the armed forces being all encompassing lifestyles, it would be quite bizarre if they didn’t act differently. (Tom Kratman is a retired USA LtCol, an occasional contributor to this blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Called-Peace-Carrera-Book-ebook/dp/B00B5HJOFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426715332&sr=8-1&keywords=Peace+Kratman ~Bob)

Liberals Disgrace Memorial Day. By Kurt Schlichter 
Excerpt: But Barack Obama, like the rest of the liberal elite, cares nothing for our soldiers or our veterans, or the fact that hundreds of thousands of them died for the rights he treats like a rash – the right to speak freely, the right to worship as we please, the right to have our voices heard through our elected representatives instead of having our voices suppressed by neo-fascist bureaucrats and our representatives bypassed by a would-be strongman who wishes he could rule by decree. Like everything about the Community Organizer-In-Chief and his cronies, everything about the carefully choreographed charade we’ll see this Memorial Day is a lie.

What Hillary Needs To Know From Small Business Owners
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton claiming she will slash red tape, expand capital, and cut taxes all for the small business owners. Here is the voice of a few small business on Fox News. They discuss whether or not Hillary Clinton is even the right person to be ding this or not. Watch for more details.

"We are Helpless" by Robin of Berkeley
Excerpt: And it’s just not Berkeley that is ravaged by random street crime. The nearby cities, particularly Oakland, Richmond, Emeryville, El Cerrito, have a barrage of bloody, gruesome crime of its own on a regular basis. And, yet, one wouldn’t know it from the attitudes of the people who live around here. This is where helplessness comes in. Because if people don’t actually talk about reality, then terrible things happen. It’s simply common sense: if bad people aren’t stopped from doing bad things, they do more of it. They become brazen. And they attract more bad people to do bad things as well. So why, then, can people not see what is going on before there eyes? Given that a local, beloved, gardener at the Zen Center can’t walk to her car after a wedding without being bludgeoned to death, why do people not see the danger to them and their loved ones?

Historical Photos
Some interesting pictures. ~Bob

Minimum Wage? McDonald’s To Open A Restaurant Run By Robots In Phoenix
Excerpt: After seeing a decline in earnings for the first time in nine years, McDonald’s plans to do something no other store of its kind has ever done before; open a store run entirely by robots. (The laws of economics are hard, and they punish the ignorant first. ~Bob)

Pray For Graccident—–It Will Trigger The Demise Of The ECB And The World’s Toxic Regime Of Keynesian Central Banking. David Stockman 
Excerpt: surprising that in a few short months Yanis Varoufakis has proven himself to be a thoroughgoing Keynesian statist. After all, what would you expect from an economics PhD who co-authored books with Jamie Galbraith? The latter never saw an economic malady that could not be cured with bigger deficits, prodigious printing press “stimulus” and ever more intrusive state intervention and redistribution. n what is apparently a last desperate game theory ploy, however, Varoufakis has done his countrymen, Europe and the world a favor. (If Sockman is right and I think he is, then the end of the European Central Bank is near and the EU economy is about to collapse. And then what? Well, what if China, which got to be the no. 1 world economy thru thrift and hard work (aside from whatever mistakes it may have made), would be the only country left that could pick it up again. But would it do so without some badly needed strings attached? Like demanding that Europe drop the Keynesian-socialist nonsense and act like a real economy again. This outcome is not a prediction but it is a dream of mine. The same could happen with the Keynesian-based US economy. t would be a wonderful thing to watch the West guided by the East into living within its means and reining in the runaway spending. Keynesianism is nothing but the flesh and blood embodiment of general spiritual failure, as I pointed out here http://www.americanprophet.org/The-reprobate-Keynesian-mind_795.htm. --Don Hank)

Video: Georgia family wants Berghdahl held accountable
Excerpt: Excerpt: Master Sgt. Mark Allen of Loganville was among them; he risked his life during the search and he will never be the same. He cannot speak for himself now. He is paralyzed and needs constant care because he was shot in the head by an enemy sniper in Afghanistan. Allen was wounded while he and his fellow Georgia National Guard soldiers were trying to find and rescue Bergdahl soon after he disappeared in 2009. (How many more will be killed by the released terrorists? ~Bob)

Rising Dragon News

Interesting: China’s coming crash? By Robert J. Samuelson
Excerpt: On any list of calamities threatening the world economy, a China crash ranks at or near the top. Just what would constitute a “crash” is murky. Already, China’s sizzling rate of economic growth has declined from 10 percent annually — the average from the late 1970s until 2011 — to 7 percent, which is still high by historical standards. The question is whether the deceleration continues and growth goes much lower. A faltering China could tip the world back into recession. Because China is a huge customer for raw materials (grains, metals, fuels), their prices would remain depressed. (A faltering China might be forced to cut back its efforts to recreate the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere." I recommend this must-read book by a leading US Government China expert: The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower by Michael Pillsbury

Gun News

Smart Gun Company Touted By Democrats Files Chapter 11-Style Restructuring. By Awr Hawkins
Excerpt: On May 20, smart gun manufacturer Armatix admitted they have entered into “chapter 11-style restructuring proceedings in Germany.” Armatix makes the iP1 smart gun, which Democrats raved about and pushed to mandate as the only gun that could legally be sold in New Jersey in 2014. Democrats were joined in this effort by gun control groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The iP1 is only chambered in .22 long rifle and costs $1,800 per gun. The .22 lr is a meager round for self-defense coupled with a price tag that is over three times the amount Americans pay for .45 caliber Glock, and nearly four times the amount Americans pay for a .38 Special polymer revolver from Ruger.

Police: Victim Turns Gun On Armed Robber
Excerpt: The victim took off running on foot and the thief reportedly opened fire.
The person being shot at allegedly returned fire, hitting the robber several times.

Video: Armed Black Driver Holds White Carjacker at Gunpoint for Police
Excerpt: his carjacker definitely picked on the wrong guy to rob. Hashim Fannin had just pulled into a Family Dollar parking store parking lot in Atlanta when an older white guy hopped in the passenger seat and said, “You know what this is.” Fannin pulled out his gun and ordered the guy to the ground. While the carjacker was on the ground, being held there at gunpoint by the armed black driver, he claimed that he wasn’t trying to rob the man. He thought the driver was his friend. Yeah, that’s what they all say.

Race Card News

'Black America would have done much better with a white president': Comedian Byron Allen launches searing attack on Obama in rant about Baltimore and race
Excerpt: Byron Allen has branded President Barack Obama 'a white president in blackface'.
The comedian, who is also black, gave a rambling interview to TMZ about Obama's description of rioters in Baltimore as 'thugs', which he said was unjustified. He accused the president of not acting 'like a black man' and of failing to 'stand up' for the African American community, which is being 'failed by the system'. Black people, he concluded, have never been worse off, adding: 'Black America would have done much better with a white president.'

Excerpt: The antipathy towards police from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has now lead to a huge rift in trust between a Democrat city government that has allied itself with gangs, looters, and rioters. and the Baltimore Police. The police are now in a defensive posture amid concerns that they are being targeted for ambush from criminal gangs, and are not rushing to calls without support.

18 shot this weekend in Baltimore
Excerpt: Another two people were shot, one of them fatally, in separate incidents on Sunday among at least 18 shootings over Memorial Day weekend, during a particularly alarming spate of gun violence. Thirty-three people have been killed so far in May, the first time the city has had 30 homicides in a month since June 2007. No month in the last 15 years has had more than 33 killings.

Excerpt: Alcohol and stupidity are a deadly combination. In early January, a group of four drunken white thugs began shouting racial slurs at two men in a Waffle House who seem to have done nothing to provoke them. As the group of hoodlums was leaving, one tried to shake hands with the men to whom they’d been directing the slurs. One of the men shakes the hand of one of the bigot, but the other shakes his head no and refuses, at which point the bigot punches him in the face without apparent provocation. The victim pulled his concealed handgun and warns his attacker to back off, as he himself begins to back away.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Domino’s Delivers With Video Showing How Ridiculous It Would Be to Comply with Obamacare Mandate
Excerpt: One of the most vocal critics against the mandate has been mega-chain Domino’s Pizza, who noted that pizzerias, with their unbelievable combinations of toppings, were particularly ill-suited for the ruling.

Undocumented Democrat News

Can Marco Rubio Make Peace With Conservatives on Immigration? By Ken McIntyre
Excerpt: Some conservatives wrote off Marco Rubio as a prospective candidate for president because of the Florida Republican’s work on, and advocacy for, the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill. The first-term senator began to talk about that legislation as a mistake, though, as he moved toward his April 13 announcement that he was formally entering the race for the White House. Even so, he mentioned the immigration issue only once as he declared his candidacy at Miami’s Freedom Tower, a former immigrant-intake facility.

Obama's record on national security, public safety a failure: DHS amnesty report - National Law Enforcement
Excerpt: The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general reported that his office discovered the enormous agency doesn't keep records how immigration enforcement is managed to avoid compromising national security and the safety of the American public. According to a report appearing on Sunday in the Heritage Foundation's daily news outlet -- the Daily Signal -- prosecutorial discretion is a legal process that's supposed to be applied on an individual case involving an individual. Unfortunately, the Obama administration unilaterally applied prosecutorial discretion large numbers of illegal aliens. (More depressing and alarming news about how our government is NOT really protecting us from the problems of uncontrolled illegal immigration. --Del)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Global Warming Continues To Pummel Polar Ice Caps By Not Causing Them To Melt. By Matt Vespa
Excerpt: As I've written previously, we’ve experienced the calmest Hurricane season in 30 years, the quietest tornado season in 60 years; the creation of 19,000 Manhattan islands worth of sea ice, and (again) the Arctic Ice Cap has grown by 533,000 square miles. In 2007, the BBC warned the cap could vanish by 2013. Oh, and we’re at the most industrialized point in human history–and air quality couldn’t be better, according to the EPA. Now, the polar ice caps aren’t melting. In fact, they haven’t retreated at all. 

Awkward: CIA Shuts Down Climate Research Program After Obama Frames Climate Change as National Security Threat. By Leah Barkoukis 
Excerpt: Talk about awkward timing: The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats.

Religion of Peace News

Afghan women in the 1950s

Fighter Jets Scramble Following Reports of Multiple Threats to Passenger Planes, Officials Say
Excerpt: An Air France plane was escorted to JFK Airport in New York City this morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight -- one of several threats made to multiple airplanes bound for different U.S. airports, law enforcement officials told ABC News. The FBI said the plane has since been checked and cleared with "no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew."

Bob Woodward Shoots Down Story That Bush Lied to Get U.S. in Iraq War, Implies Obama Troop Pullout Was Wrong Move. By Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: “I spent 18 months looking at how Bush decided to invade Iraq … lots of mistakes, but it was Bush telling George Tenet the CIA director, ‘Don’t let anyone stretch the case on WMD.’ And he was the one who was skeptical,” Woodward told host Chris Wallace.
More from Woodward: “And if you try to summarize why we went into Iraq, it was momentum. That war plan kept getting better and easier, and finally at the end people were saying, ‘Hey, look, it’ll only take a week or two.’ And early on it looked like it was going to take a year or 18 months, and so Bush pulled the trigger. A mistake certainly can be argued, and there’s an abundance of evidence. But there was no lie in this that I could find.” But as for Obama’s decision to pull out all the troops from Iraq, Woodward strongly implied that he would have been better off following the military’s advice by keeping 10,000 to 15,000 troops in Iraq “as an insurance policy.”

This is news? Defense Secretary: Iraqi Army Has No ‘Will To Fight.’ By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: Last week, ISIS forces took over Ramadi. It was their most significant victory in months. It also showed that airstrikes weren’t working in stopping the fledgling terrorist organization from taking more territory in Iraq. Moreover, when Iraqi government forces retreated from Ramadi, they left various U.S.-supplied vehicles, including tanks, behind that are now considered to be in the hands of ISIS. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said that the Iraqi army wasn’t outnumbered, but they a lacked the “will to fight.” Iraqi government officials said such allegations of no Iraqi fighting spirit were “baseless” (The Iraqi army carefully studied the defense of France in 1940. Our problem is that ISIS is fighting for a religious ideology, the Iraqi Army is fighting for a poor paycheck. ~Bob)

Aging South African Mercenaries Hitting Boko Haram Hard
Excerpt: With little to no employment opportunities in their home country of South Africa, aging white apartheid-era soldiers are signing on with private armies to take on Boko Haram. And they’re making an impact. Dozens of villages have been liberated and hundreds of women and girls have been freed after years of forced slavery and subjugation as “bush wives” to terrorists. (Somewhere, Mad Mike and his Wild Geese are smiling. ~Bob)

Worth Watching: Muslim world reacts to Obama's latest speech
The world knows what Americans still want to deny; mainly, Barack Obama is a sad, sad joke sitting in a position of great power which is not a joke. Watch and listen to these Egyptian newscasters on TV discussing BO. Click on the mentioned YouTube site. --Lyle R. These guys go to town on Obama's recent comments on Climate Change as the biggest danger in the world. They do not hold back. And they aren't Republicans! -Del

UK jihad suicide bomber is 5th pupil of the same school to join the jihad. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.com
Excerpt: Has the school been shut down? Investigated? Scrutinized in any way? Or would that be “Islamophobic”? “British Isis suicide bomber in Ramadi offensive revealed as Fatlum Shalaku, the fifth former pupil of the same school to die,” by Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, Independent, May 24, 2015:

Iraq warns jihad terror ‘spillover’ will affect entire world. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.com
Excerpt: This is why Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says, “This has to be fought by and won by the Iraqis.” This is not an Iraqi civil war. It is a much larger conflict than that — but that is something that the likes of Hillary Clinton are not disposed to admit. Al Mutlaq is obviously correct when he says, “Terrorism is not plaguing Iraq alone but is spilling over. If it does, it will affect the stability and security of the whole world.” But in the West, our governments are pretending that the ever-increasing number of Muslims plotting jihad attacks in accord with calls from the Islamic State, and the also increasing number of Muslims trying to join the Islamic State, do not collectively constitute any manner of challenge that need be met with anything other than “outreach” and assurances that they’re aware that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's Sunday, but there's still political news


We went to the charity Madison Bratfest Saturday. Great weather. Bonnie was determined to go, as last year I was in the hospital, went on a ventilator on Memorial Day; hard to eat a brat with a breathing tube down your throat! The docs were writing me off, everyone was except my Marine buddies who know me. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Excerpt: In the Clinton administration's final months, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton took an active role in White House efforts to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time that the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library, Clinton-era documents show. Memos archived in the Clinton Library show that Hillary Clinton endorsed the administration's legislative push for the tax reductions and unveiled the proposals to influential nonprofit representatives during a conference call in January 2000, three months after she and President Bill Clinton hosted charity leaders for a conference on philanthropy at the White House.

A Hillary Clinton Match-Up With Marco Rubio Is a Scary Thought for Democrats. By Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times
Excerpt: They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy.
An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: “Marco Rubio scares me.”

Hillary Clinton’s unseemly speechifying. By Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
Excerpt: I already weighed in nearly a year ago urging her to stop talking. For money, that is. That unheeded advice came, by my accounting, some $6 million ago. Not including Bill Clinton’s speeches. Not including any speeches that Hillary Clinton made on behalf of the family foundation, which just disclosed that, um, it neglected to disclose somewhere between $12 million and $26 million of money it made by booking the Clintons.

President Hillary Kardashian. By Derek Hunter 
Excerpt: Let’s be honest: It is just an unfortunate fact that Hillary Clinton stands a good chance of becoming the next president of the United States. As unappealing as that prospect is, it’s true. It has nothing to do with policy – aside from being old enough, Hillary lacks any qualifications a nation should desire in a leader. It has everything to do with celebrity, and the Clintons are the political Kardashians.

Excerpt: But what if the desire to tip the scales of history’s judgment in his favor leads a president to take dangerous risks? In fact, we know that is what Obama has done with the Iran deal because his aides have told us so. His deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, put it this way last year to a roomful of liberal activists when talking about the initial November 2013 agreement to begin talking about Iran’s nuclear program: “Bottom line is, this is the best opportunity we’ve had to resolve the Iranian issue diplomatically…This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is health care for us, just to put it in context.”

Official Democratic Party Twitter Account Commemorates Memorial Day with Pic of Obama Eating Ice Cream
Excerpt: Stunningly clueless: Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! pic.twitter.com/TMBSu187Pb — The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 22, 2015

CNN’s Jake Tapper Calls Out Democratic Party Over Photo It Used to Celebrate Memorial Day. By Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: Tapper, a big supporter of U.S. soldiers, wasn’t about to let the Democrats’ imagery misfire go unnoticed: “Respectfully, @TheDemocrats, this is not what Memorial Day Weekend is about,” he tweeted in response.

Excerpt: Such praise might have been deserved — if Emma Sulkowicz had actually been raped. But unlike New York Magazine, the New York Times, the New York Post, and a bevy of other national and international publications, Reason’s Cathy Young actually dug into Sulkowicz’s claims that she was anally raped in August 2012, and in early February published a long investigative report in The Daily Beast that threw serious doubt on her accusations. (Bill Clinton was accused of rape--the only rape claim the left didn't believe. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Madison Police have arrested seven people in connection with a spate of recent gun violence, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Friday. ... Shortly after the news conference, a State Journal reporter witnessed four or five men visit the Madison Police Department’s Central District office in the City-County Building demanding to file a complaint alleging police discrimination. Police Officer Lester Moore said the men were gang members. Moore spoke to the men, and in a heated verbal confrontation, one of the men told Moore to “let us do us.

Donations pour in for Arizona dog found hanging from tree; Sunny recovers with foster family
Excerpt: More than $20,000 has poured in for an Arizona dog that was found hanging from a tree more than a week ago but is now recovering in a foster home. Sunny the dog made headlines when someone found him (sic) on May 12. The shepherd mix was hanging from a tree in Tucson with a rope tied around her mouth.

Hawaii groups protest Monsanto, plant coconut trees
Excerpt: Demonstrators spent Saturday planting coconut trees and waving signs in rallies across the Hawaiian Islands as part of an international day of protests against agriculture business Monsanto. The protesters complained about the impacts that companies like Monsanto have on the community when they spray fields with chemical pesticides. They say they want agribusiness companies to stop using Hawaii as a testing ground for pesticides and genetically modified foods. (Aww, gee, no mention of their aluminum-tolerant seeds to deal with all the spraying for geoengineering.--Barb)

Gun News

Missouri City homeowner opens fire on would-be burglar
Excerpt: A homeowner opened fire on a would-be burglar attempting to break into his home in the 4400 block of Timbercreek. "You have to do what you have to do," said a neighbor, who asked not to be identified.

Excerpt: A Johnston County woman was wounded late Thursday during an apparent home invasion, but she got some shots off herself at the fleeing intruders.

Business owner shoots, kills would-be burglar
Excerpt: The owner of a trucking company in northeast Houston shot and killed a man trying to steal from his business Friday night, authorities said.

Race Card News

Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo not guilty
Excerpt: A judge ruled Saturday morning that Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo is not guilty of two charges of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Nov. 29, 2012 police chase and shooting that ended in the deaths of two people. ... Brelo, 31, was one of more than 100 police officers to participate in a 22-minute police chase, and one of 13 who shot at a 1979 Chevy Malibu. The shooting ended in the deaths of the driver, Russell and the passenger, Williams.

Boston U Prof Who Denounced 'White Masculinity' was Charged with Identity Theft
Excerpt: Saida Grundy, the recently hired Boston University professor who has repeatedly expressed disdain for whites online, even allegedly taunting a self-described rape victim because she was white, was convicted in 2008 of a misdemeanor for malicious use of a telecommunications service for impersonating another woman out of jealousy.

Valdosta State Student Who Stomped US Flag Wants To Kill All White People
Excerpt: “This will Cost You all YOUR Lives……What You say I am “guilty” of is Bringing a Weapon on the Valdosta State University campus, Threatening White People and All who Aid their White Supremacist Structure and Stepping on Your dirty rag that you call ‘Old Glory’. ... “I say, if they don’t get out of town, we kill the white men, we kill the white women, we kill the white children, we kill the white babies, we kill the blind whites, we kill the crippled whites, we kill the crazy whites, we kill the faggots, we kill the lesbians, I say god dammit we kill ’em all,” Sheppard continued. (Citing New Black Panthers and Nation of Islam.....Barb)

Police Called In Over #Killallwhitemen Diversity Officer
Excerpt: Bahar Mustafa of Goldsmiths, University of London sparked a race row after telling white men not to attend an event on diversity in the curriculum. Amid increased scrutiny, she insisted she had done nothing wrong before tweeting with the hashtag #killallwhitemen. She defended her tweet by saying that minority women cannot be racist or sexist. (Panther mentality not limited to US. --Barb)

From the net, but sounds acurate

Dayvon Love: Our Society 'Structures On The Principal (sic) Of White Supremacy'
Excerpt: Love said, “Banning militarized equipment for law enforcement I think is a good first step, but I think we have to look at the fundamental issue, which is that many people in the community feel like they’re being occupied by an occupying force, right?... We’re in a society structured on the principal of white supremacy. A system that people internalize the notion that black folks’ lives are disposable, that if we saw this kind of violence being exacted on the children of white folks, that we wouldn’t see this same — we would see more protests and outcry from the white community, that I think in many regards [it] is unwilling to make the criticism of institutional racism of law enforcement, because I think there’s an image and symbolism that people have projected on to those folks in communities that are deemed as pathological. (United Black States of America; Black Panther ideology. --Barb)

Police arrest 71 during protests after Cleveland officer's acquittal
Excerpt: Police in riot gear made 71 arrests Saturday as protesters stormed the streets of Cleveland after a judge found a white city police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a barrage of police gunfire. The protesters gathered in downtown Cleveland and west side neighborhoods after the acquittal of patrolmen Michael Brelo.

Undocumented Democrat News

MS-13 Gang Epidemic Tests Obama's Amnesty Excuse
Excerpt: Recent busts of murderous MS-13 gangsters put the lie to President Obama's sympathetic amnesty narrative of illegal immigrants as "workers who mow our lawns, make our beds (and) clean out bedpans." Authorities Wednesday rounded up 37 MS-13 gang members in Charlotte, N.C., on racketeering conspiracy charges, along with charges of murder, attempted murder and firearms violations. All of them are illegal aliens from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Several are round-trippers — illegals who broke in once, committed crimes, got deported and broke back into the U.S. — proving that our border is porous and unsecured. (Yes, OK, the great majority of illegals are poor people trying to make money to send back home to support families there, or sometimes just trying to settle their families here as "economic refugees". But a too-significant fraction are Bad Guys, seriously dangerous people, some in the gangs, and some just violent criminals and some irresponsible lowlifes who drive drunk in uninsured cars. In any case, not vigorously finding and expelling all the criminal ones as quickly and efficiently as possible is just stupid, and a serious disservice to the nation that the government is supposed to be protecting. --Del)

43 dead in hours-long firefight on Mexican ranch
Excerpt: At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory. All the dead were suspected criminals except for one federal police officer, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. He said the officer died trying to help a colleague wounded in the shootout.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock. By Phil Kerpen
Excerpt: The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public - but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board. The draft rule mandated the use of so-called carbon capture and storage, a technology that would inject carbon dioxide underground but which has so far proved to be little more than a white elephant experiment. To mandate this technology, the law required the EPA to prove it was "adequately demonstrated" and "commercially available." Thanks to E&E Legal, they failed.

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Obama’s ISIS Credibility Gap. By Bing West
Excerpt: n May 15, an American general said, “We firmly believe [ISIS] is on the defensive throughout Iraq and Syria.” On May 16, after a senior ISIS leader was killed in a US raid into Syria, a White House spokeswoman said, “We’ve devastated the Iraq-based leadership,” On May 17, ISIS seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province in the heartland of Sunni Iraq. From 2003 through 2008, I returned each year to Ramadi to embed with our grunts. In 2003, our soldiers were welcomed and we could freely walk the streets. A year later, in April of 2004, our infantry battled up and down the streets. Battalion 2/4 lost 34 Marines. 

Video: White House Downplays Fall of Ramadi

Excerpt: The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) claims it has access to nuclear weapons through the nation of Pakistan, according to an article by longtime ISIS captive John Cantlie in the latest issue of their official magazine, Dabiq. In “The Perfect Storm,” allegedly penned by the British Cantlie, the group asserts that they possess billions, enough to buy a nuclear bomb “’from weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials’ in Pakistan.” If they cannot buy the weapon, Cantlie writes, the group would be satisfied with buying a “few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive.”

Excerpt: Iranian-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah Brigades, a US-listed Foreign Terrorist Organization, are leading the Iraqi government’s counteroffensive to regain control of Ramadi, which was lost to the Islamic State last week. The militias are now eclipsing Iraq’s security forces in the fight against the Islamic State. Thousands of fighters from Shiite militias operating under the aegis of the Popular Mobilization Committee, backed by units from the Iraqi Army’s Golden Division and more than a thousand policemen, launched the counteroffensive from the city of Habbaniyah, one of the last government-controlled areas in eastern Anbar yesterday.

Clinton appears to rule out US ground forces to fight the Islamic State. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: “But at the end of the thought process that I engage in … this has to be fought by and won by the Iraqis.” This assumes that the problem of the Islamic State is one that only involves Iraqis, and is simply a question of who should govern Iraq. Hillary is completely ignoring the fact that the Islamic State considers itself to be at war with the U.S. and the West, and has vowed to sow mayhem in the streets of this country. Ground troops in Iraq would be disastrous and self-defeating if they became another Wilsonian nation-building exercise draining this nation’s resources. But the Islamic State will not be beaten without them. Destroying it and getting out would set the global jihad back considerably. But it looks as if under our next President, the caliphate will continue to grow, and to plot to murder as many Americans as possible.

Worth Reading: ISIS' use of children: Propaganda and military training. By Jethro Mullen, CNN
Excerpt: Another boy told CNN last year that ISIS forced his father to send him to one of its children's camps in northern Syria when he was just 13. "For 30 days we woke up and jogged, had breakfast, then learned the Quran and the Hadith of the Prophet. Then we took courses on weapons, Kalashnikovs and other light military stuff," said the boy, who later fled to Turkey with his family. Some of the militants at the camp were kind, joking and laughing with the younger recruits, he recalled. Others made the boys watch hideous things. "They used to bring young [kids] to the camp to lash them," said the boy, whose real name was withheld because of fears for his safety. "When we go to the mosque, they order us to come the next day at a specific time and place to [watch] heads cut off, lashings or stonings." "We saw a young man who did not fast for Ramadan, so they crucified him for three days, and we saw a woman being stoned [to death] because she committed adultery," he said.

ISIS Attacks on the West. By Daniel Pipes
Excerpt: The May 3 assault on a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, prompted much discussion about the assailants' connections to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh. Did ISIS run them as agents? Are they part of a new network of terror in the West?
Clearly, the Garland jihadis had some connections to ISIS. The leader, Elton Simpson, used Twitter to trade calls for violence with Muhammed Abdullahi Hassan (also known as Mujahid Miski), 25, an ISIS recruiter who grew up in Minneapolis.

Now that Ireland has spoken loud and clear for human rights, how about some campus political action for boycotts against those countries that persecute gay people, those that deny rights to women, those that mutilate their little girls, those that deny minority religions the right to free and peaceful existence,those that hate America and support terrorists, those that lack political democracy or social/economic opportunity? Fat chance. . They're all Arab, Moslem, African, Asian countries or Russia. Try getting today's college lefties (and their mindless followers) to boycott them. They're too busy going after Israel. --PM. (This is from a friend, a blog reader and a liberal Democrat.)

Pew Poll Analysis: A Billion Muslims Want Sharia Law
Excerpt: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that with 1.6B Muslims, even if 10% of them were radical, that’s 160 million people: about half of the total US population. But in looking closer at their survey, I’d put the number closer to 25%. My analysis focused only on the questions about Sharia law: (1) Should the law of the land be Sharia law?; and (2) should that apply to everyone, including non-Muslims? Pew asked question (1) in countries that account for about a billion Muslims, and question (2) in countries that account for about 830 million. If you accept their results in just the countries they surveyed, we learn that: — 70%, or 700 million Muslims out of the billion represented by Q1 of their survey, want Sharia law to be the law of the land; — 32%, or 266 million Muslims out of the 840 million represented by Q2 of their survey, want to force it upon everyone.

Legitimizing Censorship: ‘Islamophobia Studies’ at Berkeley. By Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
Excerpt: “Islamophobia studies” is the latest addition to the academic pantheon of politicized, esoteric, and divisive “studies” whose purpose is to censor criticism of differing views by stigmatizing critics as racist or clinically insane. The University of California, Berkeley’s recent Sixth Annual International Islamophobia Conference—organized by the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP)—was titled, “The State of the Islamophobia Studies Field.” The fact that this “field” doesn’t yet formally exist in the U.S. may explain why speakers the first day of the conference barely mentioned it. As in years past, the conference featured victimology, academic jargon, and anti-Western rhetoric.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: