Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ISIS murders another American and other important news


On Christmas, two days after my lung transplant, I was in the hospital, still mostly in a coma. On Memorial Day, I was in the hospital, on 100% oxygen, close to the edge and had to be put on a ventilator with a breathing tube down my throat. On the Fourth of July, I was admitted to the hospital after my O2 de-saturated sue to swelling in the bronchial tubes. So I was glad to be able spend Labor Day at home, off oxygen. Britnye's dad was here, so we took him to the House on the Rock in Spring Green. (Our first visit--it's terrific. (http://houseontherock.com/). We only did one of the three tours, a lot of up and down, but my O2 level stayed at 94% to 97% despite the climb, though my breathing got labored. So all good. ~Bob

Facebook Comments on Old Jarhead Poems. http://tiny.cc/cyp0i
Bob, read some of your poetry today. MY GOD, fabulous! my dad, Stan (A Marine Officer), would have thoroughly enjoyed your book of poetry. am purchasing a copy. LOVE that proceeds help the Semper Fi fund....my mother, Rebel, always admired and enjoyed you. They are both smiling down from heaven at you! Hugs L--ori. Just finished reading the poetry book - wonderful. simply wonderful...i was quite tearful reading several of them. whew! I am going to share with my dear pal Rick who is former Navy & Marine. --Lori. (I dated Lori a couple of times when I was in the senate. She had a pet boa constrictor. Critter tried to bite me, but I'm pretty fast. Or I was. ~Bob)

Thanks for pulmonary fibrosis article -- Robert A. Hall
Letter to WSJ August 29, 2014

General News and Comment

Must Read: The New World Disorder: To Obama, the retrenchment of the West was not only inevitable but to be welcomed. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In just the last five or six years the world has been fundamentally transformed. Instead of the old accustomed Western-inspired postwar global order, crafted and ensured by the United States and its European and Japanese partners, there is now mostly chaos, from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Or, rather, there may be emerging new rules, given that we are still frozen in a Wild West moment, when everyone in the saloon has drawn his six-shooter, paused, and is wondering what happened to the sheriff — and wondering, too, who will be the first to dare start shooting.

WaPo Editorial Worth Reading: President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges
Excerpt: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels.

Grim Anniversary
September First was the 75th anniversary of the National Socialist in Germany, supported by their International Socialist allies in the USSR, invasion Poland, partitioning it between the two socialist empires, starting WWII, which killed some 40 million people, especially Germans and Russians, after Hitler turned on Stalin. Poland was enslaved until 1989. ~Bob

"Shame on the men who can court exemption from present trouble and expense at the price of their own posterity's liberty!" --Samuel Adams ("Candidus"), 1776

Worth Reading: Global Democracy: A Dream From Obama’s Father? By Samuel L. Skogstad, Ph.D
Dr. Skogstad is a blog reader, an economist and, most importantly, a brother Marine. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Absent In The Presidency - The Art of Class. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: With hesitation I opted to write this morning's brief comment. For it must be written just so as not to breach the topic itself.

Important: Why Conservatives Are Up in Arms at the College Board's Advanced Placement Course in History. By Peter Wood
Excerpt: In 2012, the College Board released a new set of standards for the Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) course. APUSH vanishes some figures who would seem indispensable to any basic history of the United States. This is American history seemingly without Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. “Seemingly” is a key word. If you examine the APUSH standards for the period 1754-1800, these three figures are not mentioned, but there is a reference to “Jeffersonian Republicans” that could imply the existence of someone named Jefferson. One of the members of the APUSH Redesign Committee teaches at a place called the “James Madison School.” And in an appendix that considers possible AP Exam questions aligned to APUSH, we are counseled that a student could demonstrate how the American Revolution failed to change the structure of privilege in society by citing “George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson” as “examples.” ... Peter Wood is an anthropologist and former provost at King's College in New York City. He serves as the president of the National Association of Scholars (NAS). OK, here it is now, right in-your-face "revisionist" history in the pejorative sense, where the politically correct ideology of who we were founded by, what our legacy is from the Founding years, and how our society was so rampant with terrible faults from the beginning, is to be set in concrete by the experts over at the College Board think tank. They didn't quite use the line that our Founders were all "old White men who owned slaves" with all the negative connotations that the phrase brings along, but they sure have taken an approach that neglects the simple facts of who was critical in those times, and how their ideas and ideals set the bedrock for our nation. Of course by today's standards the society of 1776 was dominated by Caucasians, mostly Christian, in a class system, not an open "multicultural" one. There weren't any such in the Western world (or anywhere else) at the time, and trying to make judgments on people of that time by some of the standards of this one is not just inappropriate, it's simply stupid. What is really crazy is that the same kind of thinking that says all cultures today are equally valid, so let's not be upset about how women are treated in strict Islamic cultures, somehow says it's perfectly OK on the other hand to condemn the culture of the far past to which we are heirs. Hopefully the screaming about this perversion of teaching will bring about a review and reversal in short order. --Del. The more theories on modern education that have sprung from liberal academia to percolate through society, and the more money we have spent on schools over the last 50 years, the worse educated our kids have become. ~Bob)

Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America's Standing in Technology. By Dr. Susan Berry
Excerpt: During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined.

Worth Reading: Irresponsible Choices. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them. With many people now acting as if it is time for “a woman” to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a President of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics, instead of individual qualifications.

Interesting: 5 Charts That Explain Millennial Voters. By Melissa Quinn
Excerpt: The Cold War ended long ago, and according to one survey, it’s time for politicians to leave Cold War-era terms such as “big government,” “socialism” and “capitalism” behind. The reason: Such words mean little to the millennial generation, who came of age during the Great Recession. The 18- to 29-year-old demographic played a crucial role in the 2008 and 2012 elections. These millennials were instrumental in electing Barack Obama to the presidency not once, but twice. In 2008, Obama won 66 percent of voting millennials; in 2012, he captured 67 percent.

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Have to Support Leftist Foreign Policy Centers at Universities. By Mike Gonzalez
Excerpt: The foreign crises that have challenged the Obama Administration this summer are not the result of a happenstance outbreak of global chaos, but of bad policy choices. From the Middle East to our own border to the Eurasian steppe, President Obama’s “lead from behind” chickens—his wanton abandonment of America’s leadership role—have come home to roost.
Obama, alas, is not alone in spurning American influence and power, or traditional support for world actors like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who identify with American values. Standing behind him is an entire philosophical and theoretical framework, born in academia, that guides his actions. 

Obama’s Miserable Failure. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: It was always obvious what Obama’s supporters wanted. ... They wanted someone larger than life. A head made for Mount Rushmore and a body that would be cast in statues across the country. ... They compared him to JFK and Reagan. He was treated as the icon that his backers wanted him to be. His election was supposed to be a watershed moment in American history. Instead it ends in miserable failure.

How to Lose a Constitution -- Lessons from Roman History. By Lawrence W. Reed
Excerpt: The history of ancient Rome spans a thousand years -- roughly 500 as a republic and 500 as an imperial autocracy, with the birth of Christ occurring almost precisely in the middle. The closest parallels between Roman and American civilizations are to be found in Rome’s first half-millennium as a republic. We in our day can derive the most instructive lessons from that period. The tyranny of the empire came after the republic was destroyed and that’s the truly awful consequence of decay that America can yet avoid.

Obama attends WH chef’s wedding
Excerpt: President Obama was among the guests at the wedding of White House chef Sam Kass late Saturday, according to a White House pool report. Kass, the president’s senior policy adviser for nutrition policy and the executive director of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, was getting hitched to MSNBC host Alex Wagner.... Whether or not Obama would appear at the nuptials had become a Beltway guessing game in recent weeks, especially after the president interrupted his annual summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard earlier this month to return to the nation's capital for Kass’s pre-wedding celebration. (So media knew interruption in schedule was for other personal pleasure but painted it as concern for matters of state; this article notes pool reporters puzzled by "return to West Wing" from Vineyard when Congress in recess. So, after vacation ends, Saturday wedding party; Sunday golf. --Barb. No time for General Greene's funeral, or to visit Jim Foley's parents. ~Bob)

Obama plays golf with staffers
Excerpt: President Obama took advantage of the Washington area’s hot weather Sunday by playing an afternoon game of golf with three White House staffers...Playing golf with the Obama were Joe Paulsen, Luke Rosa and Mike Brush. ...The pool reporter noted that Obama appeared to have a bandage on his left middle finger.

Excerpt: The U.S. has more than quadrupled the fee to renounce citizenship as record numbers of citizens file to become expatriates. The State Department increased the fee to renounce citizenship by 422 percent, from $450 to $2,350, Forbes reports, which is a rate more than twenty times the average rate in other high-income countries. In 2013, the number of Americans who renounced U.S. citizenship increased by 221 percent, according Forbes, and Canadians with dual citizenships who want to renounce their U.S. citizenship have created a backlog at the consulate in Toronto stretching into 2015.

MAN HATERS: This Chick Thinks Eradicating The Male Population by 90% Will Heal The World. By Doug Giles
Excerpt: In my 2012 book, Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate, I wrote in the opening salvo that, “Feminists would love nothing more than to take your son and eradicate his masculine uniqueness. They hate men, and therefore, they will hate your son. That is, of course, assuming that you, the parent, intend to raise your son to be a man instead of a rouged and lipsticked, male American Idol hopeful.

WaPo Publisher Katharine Weymouth Steps Down
Excerpt: Today she announced in a note to staff that she’ll be leaving the publication after 17 years. Owner Jeff Bezos wasted no time declaring her successor: Fred Ryan, formerly President and CEO of Politico and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation. 

Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President. By Billy and Karen Vaughn
Excerpt: After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace. My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.

Feds Still Studying Why Lesbians Are Obese. By Elizabeth Harrington
Excerpt: The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not. (Here's an idea: ask them. A lesbian friend told me that gay males are hung up on body image, lesbians are not. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The third year of California drought has exposed all sorts of water fantasies. If in wet years they were implicit, now without rain or snow for nearly three years, they are all too explicit. Add them up. Take the Bay Area, Ground Zero of water environmentalism. (A sad situation in CA, but one that is not hard to understand. And one that is not going to get better, but only worse, unless state government starts doing some intelligent things. Good luck on that. --Del)

Leaks of nude celebrity photos raise concerns about security of the cloud
They had to pay me not to leak mine. ~Bob

Teacher’s arrest over future school shooting novel suggests antigun hysteria
Excerpt: If there’s more to the story of a Maryland middle school teacher being suspended and “taken in for emergency medical evaluation” than the fact that he wrote a novel involving school shootings in the distant future, administrators and police aren't talking, WBOC16 reported last week. 23-year-old language arts teacher Patrick McLaw, a.k.a. Dr. K.S. Voltaer and Patrick Beale, is also a novelist writing under a pen name employed by Mace Lane Middle School in Cambridge. (I had an idea for a terrorist novel, but after the 9/11 murders used Clancy's plane-into-building idea, I scrapped it. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Imagine you are watching a Presidential debate sometime in the late spring of 2016. What readily comes to your mind is surely the faces of Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie...perhaps Marco Rubio..and even perhaps Mitt Romney again. Now imagine there's one more candidate up there on the dais. Note the contrast between him and the other candidates. As each one of the well known politicos accuse each other of everything from being a big spender, or soft on immigration, or molesting his children, there is one who speaks softly, without rancor, among that bunch. Imagine someone who was born in a Detroit ghetto, who was abandoned by his father at eight years old, who was raised by a single mom, who knows poverty, knows what it's like growing up among gang-bangers up on that debate podium.

Race Card News

People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man
Excerpt: Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police. ... An attorney representing Crawford's family says Wal-Mart surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified. Crawford is black, while the two officers involved are white. (Here we go again. This should be calmly, fairly and impartially investigated just as it would be if the officers were black or the dead guy was white. If it was unjustified, they should be charged, otherwise exonerated. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Obamacare's Death of a Thousand Rate Hikes. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: Get ready to pay more for health insurance next year, compliments of Obamacare.
A new analysis from PricewaterhouseCoopers projects that average premiums for policies sold through Obamacare’s exchanges will increase 7.5 percent in 2015. In nearly one-third of the 29 states that PwC investigated, premiums will rise by double digits. 

Undocumented Democrat News

Reports: Obama Considers Postponing Executive Immigration Action Until After Midterms. By Guy Benson
As I predicted in my last Random Thoughts post. Not a tough prediction to make. ~Bob

Investigating Washington: Is the government sharing enough information about ‘unaccompanied alien children’ with the public? By Sharyl Attkisson
Excerpt: The government has abruptly shut down operations at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and two other military bases that sheltered more than 7,700 minors the government refers to as “unaccompanied alien children.” Thousands have been transferred to 150 shelters around the country, mostly group homes run by nonprofits. But try to find out exactly where and the government won’t answer—not the public or reporters, not even members of Congress. (What do you expect from "The Most Transparent Administration in History"? ~Bob)

Lawman’s burden. By Melissa del Bosque
Excerpt: Recovering human remains in the heat of a South Texas summer is not for the faint-hearted. The sight and smell of the dead can linger with you for days. It can give you nightmares if you let it. Whenever ranchers in rural Brooks County, 70 miles north of the Mexican border, find a body, which is often these days, they call the Brooks County Sheriff's Office. (All the bodies that keep getting found, because of the now frequent deaths in the desert of the illegals trying to get further north in the US. A very interesting and informative article about the real consequences of not tightening the border really well, so that fewer people even try to make it through. --Del. Collateral damages in a Democrat voter registration drive. ~Bob))

Border Patrol Agent Disciplined after Speaking with the Press: Senator Tom Coburn wrote to DHS about the Border Patrol’s “culture of retaliation.” By Ryan Lovelace
Excerpt: The federal government has disciplined a Border Patrol agent for speaking to the media — including NRO. After being instructed to “immediately cease and desist” from issuing press releases and statements that contain “Law Enforcement sensitive” information, Agent Ron Zermeno spoke to NRO. 

"You're Greener Than Gore" News

California’s Environmental Enthusiasm Is About To Become Reality. By Patrick Dorinson
Excerpt: In 2006 the California Legislature passed the most sweeping environmental legislation in the nation. Celebrity Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t wait to put his signature to the bill. The two basic pillars of AB 32 was first, to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020 and second set up a cap and trade system that would make evil polluters buy credits to offset their GHG emissions. The money from the credits would go to fund green projects that would in turn meet the goals of pollution reduction. At the time an overwhelming number of Californians enthusiastically supported this noble undertaking without asking what it would eventually cost. (California enviro whackos got it done...and now the consequences will finally come along for everyone to enjoy. he already super high gas cost in CA will jump again, one of those taxes that won't bother the wealthy at all, or even much of the upper class who don't do a great deal of driving. But it will get felt right away by the lower class people, and most especially anyone who does a real commute or driving as part of work. Maybe there will be some articles in the papers when it hits. --Del)

Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now
Excerpt: The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

Religion of Peace News

BREAKING: Video Reportedly Shows Execution of Reporter Steven Sotloff. By Christine Rousselle
Excerpt: Journalist Steven Sotloff was pictured at the end of the video of James Foley'sexecution, with ISIS militants warning that he would be executed next. Sotloff went missing in Syria in August 2013. The executioner in Sotloff's video is thought to be the same man who executed James Foley. Both speak with British accents, and in the new video, he addressed the camera saying, "I'm back."

Report: Obama Briefed on ISIS Threat for More Than a Year. Guy Benson
Excerpt: Fox News national security correspondent Catherine Herridge probes her sources and reports that President Obama received "specific intelligence" about the rise of ISIS in his daily briefings for "at least a year:" 

While Obama Ponders ISIS Action, UK's David Cameron Takes Charge. By Courtney Coren
Excerpt: While Great Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short to deal with the Islamic State (ISIS) crisis, President Obama was golfing on Martha's Vineyard. While Cameron took action, raising Great Britain's terror threat to "severe," Obama told Americans "We don’t have a strategy, yet." So, while President Obama has spent Labor Day weekend raising money for Democrats, is it any wonder why some lawmakers and political analysts, including Red State's Erick Erickson are asking: "Can we borrow David Cameron?" (David Cameron in the UK has reacted realistically to ISIS, you can see the article below for the full details. The part that really got my attention was that he wants all UK citizens fighting in ISIS identified, so their passports will be known and they will not be allowed to re-enter the UK. What a great idea! I said the exact same thing, that the USA should identify and cancelled the passports of any citizen fighting for ISIS. But our "leadership" is nowhere near such actions, hell, not even near thinking about it. And I'm sure they would say that's too nasty or illegal somehow, and presto!... the guys who have been taking heads off in Iraq get to come home to the USA to spread the virus of the mental disease that is radical jihadism. Will we have to pay another price of blood in the streets from more innocent victims before the government does anything to protect its people from such murderers? --Del)

Democrat Leader Blasts President Obama on ISIS
Excerpt: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is a powerful and important figure in Washington, D.C. She may not officially hold the title of “leader” in the either Congressional chamber, but she as much as any one shapes Democrat Party policy. Yesterday on NBC’s flagship Sunday show, Meet the Press, she quietly blasted President Obama’s ISIS policy (or lack thereof).

Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, Nbc News: Military Officials "Apoplectic" Over Obama's Approach To ISIS

Obama at DNC event: “[T]hings are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago."

Excerpt: They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. ... The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. ... The central theme in Obama’s outreach to Iran is his conviction that the United States has historically played a wicked role in the Middle East, and that the best things he can do for that part of the world is to limit and withdraw American military might, and empower our self-declared enemies, whose hostility to traditional American policies he largely shares.

73% Worry About Obama’s Lack of Strategy for ISIS
Excerpt: Voters regard the radical Islamic terrorist group ISIS as a major threat to the United States and are very worried that President Obama doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with the problem. They remain reluctant to send U.S. troops back to Iraq to take on ISIS, but support is growing. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 67% of Likely U.S. Voters consider the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) a serious threat to this country.

As Obama considers ISIS strategy, militants continue propaganda push
Excerpt: President Obama flies to Europe on Tuesday ahead of talks with NATO allies over the crisis in Ukraine. But they will also discuss the growing threat posed by ISIS, the Islamic extremists who have seized control of large sections of Iraq and Syria.
While Mr. Obama was touting an improving economy in Wisconsin, the terror group released the third issue of its English language online magazine, complete with pictures of the group executing Syrian soldiers and blowing up the homes of those who cooperated with police.

ISIS Forcing Detained Pilots To Train Militants
Excerpt: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria said in a recent tweet it is forcing detained Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft, CNN Arabic reported on Saturday. In an account reportedly associated with the militant group, ISIS said in a tweet the pilots were abducted when the group gained control over the Tabqa military airbase in Raqqa Province..... The major airfield houses warplanes, helicopters, tanks and other artillery and ammunition, which were also confiscated by ISIS, according to several media reports.

British Leader’s Plan Targets Jihadists’ Passports
Excerpt: Prime Minister David Cameron, trying to show toughness in the face of young British Muslims’ going off to fight in Syria and Iraq, proposed legislation on Monday that would give the police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with militant groups.

Militants Add Cluster Bombing to Tactics, Rights Group Says
Excerpt: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the extremist militant group now almost universally vilified for atrocities that include boastful beheadings, summary mass executions and enslavement in the areas it aspires to control, also has attacked enemies with cluster bombs, the banned weapons that kill and maim indiscriminately, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.
The FBI’s Islamic Terrorism Denial. By Robert Spencer, JihadWath.com
Excerpt: The Washington Free Beaconrevealed Friday that “the FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.” Instead, the threat assessment focused on eight types of groups: “anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with ‘sovereign citizen’ nationalists, and anarchists,” along with “violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.” (They'll be political correct if it kills you. ~Bob)

U.S. Authorities Can't Find 6,000 Students Whose Visas Have Expired
Excerpt: An alarming new report from ABC News shows authorities from U.S. Customs and Immigration and the State Department have lost track of 6,000 foreign students whose visas have expired. As a reminder, the 9/11 hijackers purposely applied for student visas to get into the United States and knew when those visas expired nobody would come looking for them. (But don't worry. they are totally competent to track and manage your healthcare. ~Bob)

The Pentagon's Bow to Islamic Extremism. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: Caving to pressure from Muslim groups, the Pentagon has relaxed uniform rules to allow Islamic beards, turbans and hijabs. It's a major win for political correctness and a big loss for military unit cohesion," said a recent report. This new relaxation of rules for Muslims comes at a time when the FBI is tracking more than 100 suspected jihadi-infiltrators of the U.S. military. Just last month, Craig Benedict Baxam, a former Army soldier and convert to Islam, was sentenced to seven years in prison due to his al-Qaeda/jihadi activities. (And here we are in another mess, giving in to pressures that can and should be ignored. Muslims all over the world ignore the requirements for beards and assorted other practices of strict Islam. They can do so here as well, and most certainly when in our military. --Del)

Islam, Postmodernism, and Political Correctness. By Danusha V. Goska
Excerpt: One of the most important tools humanity needs right now is frank speech about Islam. Unfortunately, in journalism, on campuses, and in politics, politically-correct speech codes demonize any analysis of Islam as "Islamophobia." Speech taboos are obeyed across a wide spectrum. In September, 2001, after the 9-11 attacks, President George Bush stated, "Islam is peace." In 2007, his fellow officers declined to take effective action against U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan, even after he exhibited to them a PowerPoint presentation that cited the Koran to predict and support his subsequent, 2009 shooting of soldiers at Fort Hood. As the Christian Science Monitor put it, the Army may have chosen to "ignore red flags out of political correctness." Not a two-minute read, but something that takes more time and careful perusal to really grasp and understand what is being presented. But a really great job in explaining important things about Islam and rebutting some of the common but really false comments that say we don't need to worry and Christianity is just open to strong criticism of its tenets and practices. --Del)

University of Florida to launch Islamic study center
Excerpt: The University of Florida is launching a center for global Islamic studies. ...Officials in the school's Center for African Studies and the Department of Religion have been working to open the center for a year. ...The center is set to launch Sept. 18-19 with a conference on "Global Islam and the Quest for Public Space." (Should be at West Point...and JihadWatch.org should get to design the curriculum. ~Bob)

Excerpt: CNN thinks a debate between Jew-haters Reza Aslan and Peter Beinart offers balanced insight into the conflict between Israel and the “Palestinian” jihadis, and would rather take the gaspipe than give a fair platform to a counter-jihadist, but they have no problem featuring this pro-jihad Muslim cleric who gleefully celebrates the 9/11 jihad mass murders.

Boko Haram beheaded six-year-old Christian boy, group reports
Excerpt: It was revealed this week that Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram beheaded a six-year-old boy on June 1 because he was a Christian. The attack occurred in Attagara, Gwoza district, Borno State – a predominately Christian community, according to Voice of the Martyrs.

US Delivers Military Aid to Lebanese Army
Excerpt: The new weapons were displayed at a Beirut air base on Friday after arriving overnight. A sample of the weapons — mortars, M16-A4 assault rifles and anti-tank missiles — were placed on a white satin-covered table with camouflage netting. "This is just the latest in a series of deliveries that have arrived in the last 36 hours," U.S. ambassador David Hale said at the event.

U.S. Troops Take Action on Militants in Somalia
Excerpt: American military forces launched an operation in Somalia on Monday against the Qaeda-linked militant network the Shabab, defense officials said. Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said that officials were still “assessing the results of the operation, and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.”

Important: Libyan Militias Seize Control of Capital as Chaos Rises
Excerpt: The government of Libya said Monday that it had lost control of its ministries to a coalition of militias that had taken over the capital, Tripoli, in another milestone in the disintegration of the state. (How's that unauthorized, lead from behind war on Libya working out for you, Mr. President? ~Bob)

Excerpt: This video was all over the internet, at the same time that it was widely reported that an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was taken over by a group of armed rebels. According to the Washington Times, those in the video are members of an Islamist militia group called the Dawn of Libya. (Couldn't we send a drone to take out the entire annex? --JB):

Israel Claims Nearly 1,000 Acres of West Bank Land Near Bethlehem
Excerpt: Israel laid claim on Sunday to nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land in a Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem — a step that could herald significant Israeli construction in the area — defying Palestinian demands for a halt in settlement expansion.

Egyptian police killed in Sinai bomb attack
Excerpt: At least 11 policemen have been killed in a bomb attack on a convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, officials say. Two others when injured when a device exploded as they travelled through the village of Wefaq, near the Gaza border.

Moderate Islam Is Multiculturalism Misspelled. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: I have been searching for moderate Islam since September 11 and just like a lost sock in the dryer, it was in the last place I expected it to be.
There is no moderate Islam in the mosques or in Mecca. You won’t find it in the Koran or the Hadiths. If you want to find moderate Islam, browse the newspaper editorials after a terrorist attack or take a course on Islamic religion taught by a Unitarian Sociologist wearing fake native jewelry.

Rape victim used as sex slave is disowned by family
Excerpt: A YOUNG woman held captive as a sex slave in Bradford has become a suicidal outcast, disowned by her family because she was raped, a court heard. The Bangladeshi student was a naive virgin when she was abducted from London and beaten and kept prisoner by takeaway worker, Abdul Hanif.

I was intimidated and branded a racist for bringing Rochdale abuse gang to justice, says prosecutor
Excerpt: As the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, I led the teams that brought the so-called Rochdale Grooming Gang to justice in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls.
My work saw me go up against not only the offenders, but those who tried to intimidate me for bringing abusers before the courts. They said I had given racists a stick with which to beat minorities – I said our communities should be carrying their own sticks.

3 Million Refugees Have Fled Syria, UN Agency Says

Excerpt: In addition to the 3 million people who have sought shelter in neighboring countries, including LebanonJordan and Turkey, another 6.5 million refugees have been displaced within Syria, the agency said, adding that half of those people were children. The UNHCR concluded that almost half of the Syrian civilian population has had to leave its homes. Not only are the refugees fleeing violence, but because they frequently bounce from village to village before finally leaving their home country, they arrive in neighboring countries in increasingly “shocking states[s],” according to a UNHCR statement. (Report on ABC Evening News tomorrow on refugee children supporting their parents in Lebanon. --Barb)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Global Democracy: A Dream From Obama’s Father?

Global Democracy: A Dream From Obama’s Father?
Samuel L. Skogstad, Ph.D
August 29, 2014

President Obama’s manner of dealing with international issues has consistently shown a reticence to act without first seeing the formation of a collective coalition, or “community of nations.” News commentaries from fans and detractors alike seem uncomfortably aware of this indecisiveness. The posture commands no respect—and has no deterrent power-- in global crises of aggression such as the three major ones dominating the news during 2014. This change in the American approach to international crises seems to have surprised allies and enemies alike. Yet it seems wholly consistent with the foreign policy direction that Candidate Obama clearly endorsed in his campaigns, namely that the United States’ proper role in the world is not one of leadership, but one among equals in the community of nations.

Most recently, he has watched the advance in Iraq and Syria of ISIS, perhaps the most vicious of the savagely militant Islamist factions. ISIS’s successful blitz and brutal conquests threaten worldwide mayhem, with the ferocity of demons and near boundless resources. Yet our president has not led the formation of a strategy to confront and defeat them, concentrating instead on international community organizing. In this as in all international matters, his affinity for collective action seems to blind him to the reality of impending international disaster if ISIS is not stopped soon and decisively.

The flagrant Russian invasion and conquest of significant portions of Ukraine has been met by the same preference for community action as seen in our tepid reaction. First Russia invaded and occupied the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The U.S. response represented little more than finger wagging.

Our Commander in Chief warned—gently--that any further incursions would be extremely rude and would lead to somewhat increased sanctions (provided our European allies agreed.) Putin smiled, and our response to the crisis gave him no significant encouragement to leave Crimea. Last week, Russia blatantly invaded more of Ukraine’s important eastern territories. Commander in Chief Obama again disapproved, but hastened to assure all that the United States would not use force to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty. No U.S. demand has been made of Russia to return Crimea and terminate the occupation.

Our president, in fact, would not even use the word “invasion” when commenting on the Russian invasion in a press conference last week. The Russian invasions are the most egregious violations of another nation’s sovereignty since Hitler’s invasion of the Sudetenland in the 1930s. We, however, apparently have chosen to look the other way, especially scanning the horizon for a “community” to lead the civilized world’s response.

The United States’ response to the latest Hamas-initiated war with Israel, in Gaza, was to send Secretary of State Kerry to win agreement of both sides to stop the violence. Thomas Friedman echoed the Obama Administration’s implicit position that Israel should “change its mindset.” Kerry, predictably, failed, as his proposals offered Israel no confidence that its security concerns would be met. Egypt took over the lead in negotiations and apparently has come close to a temporary narrowing of the gap between the two sides. Whether this was with U.S. blessings, or Egypt merely came to fill the leadership vacuum, is unclear and unimportant. The point is that the U.S. posture was not that of a forceful negotiator. Nor was U.S. partisanship in Israel’s favor, even hinted. Again, U.S. behavior underlined the Obama view that the US role on the international stage should be subject to governance by “the family of nations.”

This small sample of U.S. action in the realm of Foreign Policy, is consistent with the view that President Obama’s dream for the world, like that of his father, is to have a global democracy. There is such inequality among the incomes and the wealth of citizens of the world’s nations that collective action using that vehicle is required to compel the “more fortunate” of the world to share more with the “less fortunate.” With the world’s laws and regulations promulgated by a single popular democracy, which take precedence over individual nation’s laws--much like the laws of the U.S. national government reign supreme over those of states-- the Global democracy could achieve less inequality and more “fairness.” Given the President’s dedication to economic “equality” as an end, and massive income and wealth redistribution as the means, is it not highly likely that abandonment of leadership to groups (or a group) of nations, is a significant motivator in his international as well as his domestic agenda?

Of course the foregoing represents only one logical construct to make sense of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy decisions. But the belief by this writer that it is plausible is not based on a sample of U.S. posture in three crises. Rather, it is based on a reading of Obama’s own writings in Dreams from my Father and The Audacity of Hope, as well as dozens of news commentators and print sources, especially the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Financial Times and The Economist. A number of books have also been important in forming this view.

Heaven help us if our policy, both domestic and foreign, do not soon undergo a dramatic change of course from the sophomoric, or worse, path to which we have been sentenced for the past 5+ years.

Note: Dr. Skogstad is a blog reader, an economist and, most importantly, a brother Marine. ~Bob

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Worth Reading Political News and Comment

General News and Comment

Random Thoughts for September
If you missed my monthly collection. Comments from blog readers: "Again, one of the reasons I love your posts. Your thoughts and attitudes so closely resemble mine, yet you put them into words much more clearly and eloquently than I do. Thank you! Good health and God Bless (while I can still say that)." --Paige. I love reading your random thoughts and still marvel at how you come up with so many so often. Some made me laugh out loud and I only had a slightly different take on a few. I'll have to get your book and I'm glad you put your random thoughts into print form from the past. On your point about research money for breast cancer versus pulmonary fibrosis, it isn't a numbers game, but a squeaky wheel syndrome. Women organized and shouted and still do about breast cancer. The same thing happened with AIDS by the gays. In fact gays are doing the same thing with marriage and school curriculum. But there, even the gov't misrepresented the data when they promoted the idea that AIDS was spreading rapidly among heterosexuals. The AMA/doctors promoted yearly PAP smears and yearly mammograms, at least partly for business rather than from actual case numbers. PAP smears are not very reliable and cervical cancer cases are relatively quite small compared to other diseases. Shouting is also the reason community activism works. Unfortunately there isn't enough of it to get the Republican vote out! I especially liked your paragraph on happiness and how much we have but do not appreciate it in the U.S. Too bad the paragraph on the "fantasy of socialism" isn't read by every liberal. I spoke about that very subject yesterday with a friend. And finally, your mention of short term thinking versus long term is so key. If folks would think about that in most things they do, the world would be a better place. This morning someone on the news (didn't catch who...I was in the kitchen) said we do not want to get in a war with Russia over the Ukraine. What about Crimea? Sounds like a familiar scenario from Hitler's day. So glad you seem to be creeping upward slowly with your health. All your hard work is paying off. --M.E.

Worth Reading: War in Europe is not a hysterical idea. By Anne Applebaum 
Excerpt: I realize that this question sounds hysterical, and foolishly apocalyptic, to U.S. or Western European readers. But hear me out, if only because this is a conversation many people in the eastern half of Europe are having right now. In the past few days, Russian troops bearing the flag of a previously unknown country, Novorossiya, have marched across the border of southeastern Ukraine. The Russian Academy of Sciences recently announced it will publish a history of Novorossiya this autumn, presumably tracing its origins back to Catherine the Great. 

Worth Reading from a liberal: Obama's 'Post Foley' Golf Game Less About The Optics Of Leadership And More About A Failure To Grasp Our Collective Pain. By Rick Unger
Excerpt: As readers of this column know, I tend to favor the political and policy positions put forth by President Barack Obama and his administration. ...I find myself compelled to write about the President’s decision to keep his scheduled golf date with a couple of friends immediately following his televised comments—a decision that revealed a complete lack of class on Mr. Obama’s part. ... It was, instead, about revealing a side of yourself that Americans, of all political stripes, cannot help but be troubled by—a coldness that revealed a complete lack of understanding of the classy thing to do at a difficult moment.

How New York’s New Gun Control Law Is Working Out (Hint: Not Great). By Genevieve Wood
Excerpt: Which state has the largest National Rifle Association chapter in the nation? No, it’s not Texas. As a matter of fact, it’s not located anywhere near the Wild West or the south. The answer is New York. In just one year, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association saw its membership almost double – from 22,000 to 41,000. The National Rifle Association credits the increase to the “Safe Act” (Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act), one of the strictest gun control laws in the country, hurriedly pushed through by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature in 2013 following the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

Harry Reid’s Alma Matter Removes His Name From Building After Citizens And Alumni Complain
Excerpt: Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens told The Specter he received $40,000 in pledges to remove the Nevada senator’s name in just five days. “These people in Nevada do not espouse to Reid’s political philosophies,” he said, “and they told me they would not support the university or send any more of their children there … so long as Harry Reid’s name remained.”

Much Needed: Government publishes detailed instructions on how to safely roast marshmallows. By Pete Kasperowicz
Excerpt: The U.S. Forest Service on Friday published a nearly 700-word article on how to safely roast marshmallows, all in preparation for Saturday, which is National Roasted Marshmallow Day. As one might expect, the article is riddled with safety tips that might make you think twice about even carrying matches into the forest at all, let alone actually igniting a marshmallow and putting your family’s life at risk. (Makes you wonder how we survived as kids, without tax-funded bureaucrats to guide us. ~Bob)

Memphis VA Retaliating Against Daily Caller Whistle-Blowers
Excerpt: Memphis VA Medical Center management has retaliated against two whistle-blowers responsible for a series of exposés in The Daily Caller — despite assurances from the new VA secretary that whistle-blowers are protected against reprisal....Higgins told TheDC that in April 2014, he made a complaint first to the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation (JCOHA) and then anonymously to local media that a number of dialysis machines weren’t being cleaned properly. The employee responsible for cleaning the machines was using 20 cubic centimeters of cleaning fluid when they were supposed to be using 20 gallons. (End-stage renal disease patients are very susceptible to line infections, sepsis and are frequent "revolving door" patients because of their frail immune function. Just like in years past the VA did not think it needed to sterilize colonoscopes after sticking them up, well, you know, between patients and spread HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, among other diseases. There is 1) No respect for life. 2) No respect for the military who voluntarily risk their lives to "protect the American way of life." 3)No care about doing a job and doing it properly...all essential to anyone working in a healthcare setting, from a receptionist to a file clerk to a nurse a tech or an MD. Bolding mine. Do you think the employee got a bonus for "saving money" on cleaner? Incidentally, 20 cubic centimeters or "cc" equals 20 ml. Ever seen a small syringe? It holds between 12-15 cc or ml. Figure not quite 2 of these for "cleaning" versus 20 gallons. The Regime has attacked whistleblowers in the DOJ, VA...any who break the rule of the silence of the Community. --Barb)

Interesting: 4 Charts Every Mom With Kids Going Back to School Should See
Excerpt: You have entrusted the government to give your child a good curriculum and a teaching staff you can count on. But what happens when the school staff is equipped with a big list of employees, but not necessarily a big crop of teachers focused on your child? Tax dollars in places you don’t know about.

At-risk students need more help from us, not Washington. By Colin L. Powell, Alma J. Powell and Laysha Ward
Excerpt: These pages often carry arguments for education reform, but despite the importance of issues such as Common Core and teacher tenure, bad policy isn’t what drove Rodriguez from school, nor is it the biggest problem facing most of the nation’s non-graduates. According to the most recent America’s Promise Alliance report, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” which surveyed 2,000 such young people from across the country, the reasons students leave school early are primarily environmental — including chronic absenteeism, homelessness, unsafe neighborhoods, negative role models and the need to be caregivers for parents and siblings. What young people like Rodriguez need most is not necessarily more action in Washington but more action from us: caring adults willing to engage in a developmental relationship and the ability to help them imagine — and work toward — a better future.

U.S. Colleges See Little Risk From Ebola, but Depend on Students to Speak Up
Knew this would happen. Let's put them in food service to ensure the worst possible outcome, but that no feelings get hurt. --George

Convicted killer gets probation for stalking ex-girlfriend
Excerpt: A man who murdered his wife with a hammer in 1990 was given three years of probation Friday for stalking an ex-girlfriend who broke up with him after a four-year relationship when she found out how his wife had actually died. (Gee, I'm sure she feels comforted. Why was he on the street at all? Should have been executed in 1991, keeping the world safer. ~Bob)

Rob Maness Files Last-Minute Request For Legal Challenges To Mary Landrieu Candidacy
Excerpt: Just hours before Friday's 4:30 pm deadline, Republican candidate Rob Maness filed complaints with four Louisiana parish District Attorneys asking them to file legal challenges in state court to Senator Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) candidacy in the November general election. Both Maness and Landrieu's other Republican challenger, Representative Bill Cassidy (R-LA), have criticized Landrieu after recent press reports were published indicating she may not live in Louisiana.

Important: Corporate America rooting for (or betting on?) a Democratic Senate. By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: With Democrats supporting a massive importation of cheap labor and increased subsidies for U.S. exporters, it's no surprise that the political action committees of U.S. corporations and their trade associations are trying to keep the Democrats in control of the Senate. Paul Blumenthal, the industrious money-in-politics reporter at the Huffington Post, crunched the numbers on the most competitive Senate races and found Democrats dominating 3-to-1 on corporate PAC cash: (The Dems get votes from the poor and working class through class warfare, by bashing the evil corporations. And they get money from the rich corporations by supporting corporate crony welfare and the importation of cheap illegal labor to put the poor and working class out of jobs. What a racket. ~Bob)

Progressives, for a change, take lead in opposing corporate welfare (for Tesla). By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: Democratic elected officials support corporate welfare so much that they exceed even Republican elected officials on that score. One reason: Democrats are fonder of big government, and big government is a necessary ingredient in corporate welfare. Another reason is an asymmetry in the political landscape. Currently, the grassroots Right (the Tea Party, you could say) applies serious pressure to the GOP to oppose corporate welfare. 

On the Capitol: Nate Silver's website gives Walker the edge
Excerpt: But the website founded by the national statistical guru who correctly predicted President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election victory is splashing cold water (and not the ice bucket challenge kind) on the latest Marquette poll showing Walker effectively tied with Madison School Board member Mary Burke. FiveThirtyEight.com, the website founded by political wunderkind Nate Silver, posted an article Thursday predicting “Walker is a slight favorite.”

Massachusetts GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Has Slim Lead in Polls. By Christine Rousselle
Excerpt: Things just got interesting in Massachusetts: A new poll of 605 likely voters has Republican candidate Charlie Baker taking a slim lead over Democrat Martha Coakley for the first time since polling began.

Every caution has been taken to not provoke Herr Putin, and what is the result? Annexation, terror, MH17, invasion. Appeasement has failed.

Race Card News

Worth Reading (video): Another Perspective on Racial Violence in America: Facts and Statistics That Don’t Fit the Narrative. By Michael Hausam 
Excerpt: Whittle believes that the narrative of a violent “war” on blacks being carried out by whites and police officers is not borne out by statistics. A spreadsheet from the FBI backs this up: ... As far as homicide data from the FBI, in 2011 there were 3,172 whites killed, 83% by other whites and 14% by blacks. On the other hand, there were 2,695 blacks killed and 91% of these were killed at the hands of other black Americans. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, whites make up 77.7% of the population, whereas African-Americans make up 13.2%. 

Eric Holder, Racial Profiler: The investigation of Darren Wilson is solely based on his race. By Andrew C. McCarthy
Excerpt: Why has a federal civil-rights murder investigation arisen out of the tumult in a St. Louis exurb? There is only one plausible reason: Eric Holder is guilty of racial profiling. To be clear, we are not talking here about whether there was justification for the shooting of a young black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a young white police officer, 28-year-old Darren Wilson. 

True Stripes: Racist Democrats & Colorblind Republicans
Excerpt: Before the American Civil War, there were the Democrats, who supported the right of states to choose slavery, and the Whigs, who were divided on the issue. The Whigs divided could not stand, and the Republican Party replaced them. Before Lincoln Republicans took over in Washington, however, many horrible occurrences took place.

Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race
Excerpt: Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966 platform, known as the 10-point program, included the demand: ‘We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black people, other people of color, and all oppressed people inside the United States,’” the group’s Julian Hipkins III wrote. “The issue of police brutality in communities of color has a long history and the Panther platform gives an example of how to turn grievances into a clear set of goals for meaningful change,” he said. (Noted per EAG News. The final plank--The New Black Panther agenda, now in schools? "They have to be carefully taught." Given Regime reaction, hard not to believe they continue to never let a crisis that may distract from VA, IRS, ISIS, illegals pouring over border and into schools around US, go to waste. --Barb)

What a Bunch of Tea Partiers Did for People of Ferguson is Something Most News Media Won’t Report
Excerpt: According to the group’s Facebook page and BizPacReview, the group is organizing a “BUYcott” to help Ferguson businesses that were devastated by the riots. ... A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.” “Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?” “Oh, yeah,” I said. “we don’t want to see Ferguson go south.” He laughed. And he looked at me. Then he was quiet, lost in thought for a minute. When he came out of it, he was like our best friend. 

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Worth Reading: Obamacare is Affecting Everyone. By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: Millions of people are out of work and can’t find a job. Many of those who have jobs are being forced to work part-time instead of full-time. And those who have full-time jobs are in for a nasty surprise. Next year’s take home pay is like likely to be smaller than what they earn right now. In all cases the reason is the same: Obamacare.

Florida Obamacare Enrollment Total Plummets By A Quarter
Excerpt: Florida’s Obamacare enrollment is now over 220,000 lower than the Obama administration’s most recent tally, according to a report from the state insurance department.

Another ObamaCare website suffers delays, glitches ahead of launch date
Excerpt: Another federal government-run website created under ObamaCare is suffering the same symptoms as the troubled federal health care exchange -- grappling with delays, data problems and other hiccups as the deadline to take it public nears. At issue is a database known as the Open Payments website. It was created under the Affordable Care Act to shed light on the financial ties between doctors and pharmaceutical companies as well as device manufacturers. (Don't worry though. The government is totally competent to run healthcare, manage the economy, keep the country secure and can be trusted to hold and safeguard all your personal information. ~Bob)

Undocumented Democrat News

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces City Jobs, Internships Will Go To Illegal Aliens
Excerpt: In the announcement, Emanuel proudly stated that "for the first time" Chicago is "opening up nearly 23,000 City-funded internship, volunteer, and job opportunities for undocumented students, or 'DREAMers.'"

Obama Employment Commission Extends Worker Protection to Illegal Aliens
Excerpt: The EEOC and the Mexican foreign affairs ministry signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” promising education programs and outreach to aid immigrant workers. The memorandum states that its intended purpose is to “establish a collaborative relationship to provide Mexican nationals in the United States with information, guidance, and access to education and training resources to help them understand and exercise their workplace rights, particularly with regards to reducing violence against them under the law and regulations that are administered and enforced by the EEOC.” (See Cloward/Piven and Alinsky. --JB)

Excerpt: American-bound refugees are selected by the U.N. Then the State Department and the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, are tasked to operate with nine major federal contractors who monopolize the program and contract work to 300 subcontractors to place refugees throughout the nation. .... Ever vigilant, HHS sends another contractor, “Welcoming America,” to set communities’ “minds right.”

"You're Greener Than Gore" News

Religion of Peace News

Excerpt: The US military and humanitarian mission in Iraq continues to suffer from what is known as "mission creep," which is defined as "a gradual shift in objectives during the course of a military campaign, often resulting in an unplanned long-term commitment." When the Obama administration ordered limited military intervention against the Islamic State beginning on Aug. 7, the objectives were twofold: to halt the Islamic State's advance on Irbil to protect US personnel based there, and provide humanitarian relief to the Yazidi minority who fled Sinjar and other towns and were trapped on Mount Sinjar. (Instead of "mission creep," Obama should go to Congress and ask it to declare war on the Islamic State. I think they would agree. Then you hammer them until they don't have a vehicle or group of fighters worthy of being targeted, however long it takes. No "proportional response" like idiots demand of Israel and our police. [What is the "proportional response" if the thug coming at you is unarmed. but young, big, angry and muscular? How about if he's armed with a knife? A hand gun? An Uzi? How long to you have to wait to determine if it's a fake gun--until he fires at you?] There are three problems with this strategy: 1. Obama doesn't want to piss off the pro-jihadist base. 2. He doesn't want to set a precedent of going to Congress as though the legislative was a co-equal branch of government with him. Three, he doesn't have the "sand" to do what is needed in cases like this. ~Bob)

Iraqi Kurds Expand Autonomy as ISIS Reorders the Landscape
Excerpt: But now Obama administration officials are quietly acknowledging another important consequence: a far more autonomous Kurdistan. The United States still officially opposes Kurdish independence, a decades-old policy that seeks to avoid further inflaming the region and provoking Turkey, Iraq and Iran, three countries with large and restive Kurdish minorities.

Rape Jihad: Inside ISIS’ Harem for Captured Non-Muslim Women. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Hundreds of Yazidi women taken by ISIS and held in a secret prison where they have been raped and sold off like property are facing an equally dire fate. Badush prison, where the women are enslaved, has become a literal house of horrors since the Islamic State seized control of the area.

'Barney Fife is in charge': Obama under fire for 'we don't have a strategy' gaffe on ISIS as he's accused of having 'head buried in hole on first green'
Excerpt: And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are 'seeing red' and 'spitting nails' following Obama's candid admission. (Obama can't commit on ISIS because that would put him on the wrong side of Hamas. --George)

Worth Reading: Islamic State holds Yazidi women as sex slaves, sells them for $25. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). ... Around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.... The Islamic State acts on these beliefs, which are Qur’an-based. The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:

Josh Earnest: Obama has ability to juggle golf and ISIS. By Jon Fitzpatrick
Excerpt: On Thursday, President Obama stunned the world, including his geopolitical enemies, by saying, “We have no strategy yet” to deal with ISIS. The next day, his press secretary, Josh Earnest, said that Obama has the unique ability to juggle both golf and foreign policy strategies. Yes. He said that. (And fundraising. And parties with celebs. ~Boib)

Breitbart Texas Verifies ISIS Border Threat With Leaked Doc
Excerpt: Breitbart Texas has exclusively obtained a leaked document warning federal agents about an ISIS-related terrorism threat across the entire US-Mexico border. Though the document focuses on the Texas-Mexico border, Breitbart Texas has confirmed that federal agents across the entire US-Mexico border have received the ISIS terror warning.

What President Obama is Doing This Weekend Instead of Forming a Strategy to Defeat ISIS
Excerpt: The president has been taking a lot of heat in the press for announcing that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for defeating ISIS, but instead of addressing questions that his behavior is lacking in leadership, he attended fundraisers in New York and Rhode Island.

Interesting history: ISIS beheading children and women (after stripping naked) -parallels Hindu Story
Excerpt: From the advent of Islam, it is the brutality that was used to conquer. Well known US historian Will Durant and other authors have translated Arabs own memoirs on how the Islamic invaders have destroyed cultures and swathes of land with utmost brutality and inhumanity with mountains of Kafir’s heads and rivers of blood.

Worth Reading: Slaughter of Middle East Christians Children and women
Excerpt: “There is a park in Mosul,” Mark Arabo told CNN during a Skype interview from San Diego, “where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park.” Arabo, who is a prominent Chaldean-American businessman and met with other leaders of his community in the White House last week, has called upon American political leaders to grant asylum to about 300,000 Christians fleeing the ISIS invasion.

Love it: Fox News host called to apologize for saying Muslim zealots need ‘a bullet to the head’
Excerpt: The organization was upset at comments made by “The Five” co-host Andrea Tantaros during a discussion of the bestial behavior of ISIS militants. Following previous comments that Muslim zealots had historically engaged in beheadings, and that James Foley’s murder was nothing uncommon, she said, “You can’t solve it with a dialogue. You can’t solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It’s the only thing these people understand.” (Shoot ISIS? Every decent multiculturalist knows that you have to understand and reason with people who gang rape women, sell them into sex slavery and behead children. ~Bob)

ISIS makes more than $2 million daily in oil sales
Well, better that we fund terror and murder than build the Keystone Pipeline, or drill in ANWR or off the coasts and annoy Obama's green base. ~Bob)

Excerpt: If you want to get a sense of how pathetic it is to be an ISIS terrorist, consider this fact: a burger flipper at McDonald’s makes WAY more per month than the average ISIS pig-dog.

Excerpt: In a statement released on its official Twitter feed on Aug. 30, the Al Nusrah Front announced its responsibility for the detention of 45 members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The peacekeepers were captured during recent fighting at the Quneitra border crossing, which connects Syria to the Israeli-controlled portion of the Golan Heights. The key crossing was captured by a coalition of rebel forces, including the Al Nusrah Front, earlier this week. (Boy, did the ANF screw up. They are likely to all get PTSD from reading the sharply worded note that is coming their way. ~Bob)

Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan
Excerpt: Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. ... A day later, insurgents from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front seized the Fijian peacekeepers and surrounded their Filipino colleagues, demanding they surrender.
The Filipinos, occupying two U.N. encampments, refused and fought the rebels Saturday. 

Beheadings in Saudi Arabia, at least 19 die: Authorities are coming down hard on drug smugglers and ‘sorcery,’ says Human Rights Watch.
Excerpt: Four hashish smugglers were beheaded on Aug. 18, the latest in a string of executions across the country since the beginning of the month, Saudi Press Agency reported. (Our friends, the good Muslims. Good thing Obama didn't bow to low to the Saudi king--that exposes the neck. ~Bob)

FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism. By Bill Gertz 
Excerpt: The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans. (Better that Americans should die than FBI bureaucrats be accused of racism, Ism\lam being the only "race" you can convert to. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The avoidance of analysis of Islam contrasts sharply with the excoriation accorded Christianity, Israel, and Western Civilization. ... Western Civilization is depicted as imperialist, racist, and Orientalist. This politically-correct selective outrage that lambastes the Judeo-Christian tradition and Western Civilization while emphasizing positive images of Muslims only serves further to inoculate Islam from critique. 
Woman in Yemen Burned to Death for Her Faith
Excerpt: About two weeks later, Nazeera, 33, died as a result of her burns. When Saeed returned to his home in a village (undisclosed for security reasons) after her death, a relative told him the unthinkable – members of both his family and hers had taken the vegetable oil out of the bottle and replaced it with gasoline. Saeed knew the reason – many years ago, the two had become Christians and refused to return to Islam.

Off to see the virgins
Jihadist blows himself up. Fun video. ~Bob

Another fun video. ~Bob

Six (only six?) examples Obama is purposefully enabling the Islamist cause. By Allen West
Excerpt: The only plausible explanation for many actions taken by President Obama and his administration is that they are working counter to the security of theUnited States of America. ... In an operation that was again unilateral with no Congressional approval, U.S. military support and resources were given to Islamist groups fighting against Moammar Qaddafy — and we know the results of that action.... But I guess it’s all hunky-dory there now, because according to the Washington Free Beacon, “The Obama administration has lifted longtime restrictions on Libyans attending flight schools in the United States and training here in nuclear science, according to a final amendment of the ban recently approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).” (Radical Islam well-funded with US taxpayer $$ and well-trained, now with OMB, DHS and ilk approval, to flight train and study nuclear facilities in US on US soil. --Barb)

New Warning About Muslim Brotherhood’s Influence on White House From…Liberal Marxist Muslim

Excerpt: During his fascinating talk, Fatah said that “the religion of Islam is being used as a tool by a fascist force.” ... He said: “Instead of bringing victory over the fascist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, we now recognize that their infiltration is right up to the American White House, but we can’t say that.”.... Fatah went on to challenge Canadians to stand up against Islamists, warning that the “sponge-like spine” people are showcasing when it comes to confronting the issue of radicalisation could lead to the end of “civilization as we know it.” (Note, multiple videos included in this article have been expunged, 1 notes by "US Director of Intelligence." Check the bottom of the article for POTUS commitment to radical Islam on his initial inauguration. Article dated 08/17/11. Media knows; does not care US allied with radical Islam from the inside. Now you know why our DHS, TSA, DOJ, etc are being told to ignore radical Islam....and why there is no intervention; hey, it will just be work place violence when our world explodes. --Barb)

Americans Furious: Obama Invited Muslim Brotherhood Leader to the White House
Excerpt: Anas Altikriti, a senior lobbyist for the Muslim Brotherhood, who’s father directs Iraq’s Muslim Brotherhood party, recently visited the White House. Altikriti met with both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss ongoing political problems in Iraq. According to White House officials, Altikriti traveled to Washington as part of an Iraqi delegation, and served as the translator for the Iraq Parliament members.... Anti-Islamists groups across the nation are criticizing the president for this meeting, as Altikriti’s work has been tied to Hamas—a radical Islamic extremist group labeled as a “terrorist organization” by the U.S. State Department.

Excerpt: Three Mandan brothers are in custody at Burleigh County Detention Center after they allegedly chased and threatened three other men following a soccer game Friday night. Ali Mutleq, 25; Omar Mutleq, 20; and Abedalfattah Mutleq, 18, appeared in South Central District Court Monday on one charge each of Class C felony terrorizing.

Excerpt: Where did he get this idea? Was any effort made by the Muslims in Canada who converted him to Islam to explain to him that Islam was a Religion of Peace and Tolerance? Or did they themselves give him this understanding of Islam? 

Excerpt: Kathy Shaidle’s comment on this appalling piece is excellent: “I would die before I would repeat those words under any circumstances. And yes, there is a ‘peaceful verse for every violent one.’ However, Muslims use abrogation to decide which verses are more authoritative. The later violent (‘sword’) verses cancel out the earlier, peaceful ones.