Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Campaign and other Important Political News and Opinion

Speaking Again
I reprised my talk on Islam and Sharia Law Thursday for the Republican Women of Dane County. Closed admission, so no armed member of The Religion of Peace showed up to punish my thought crimes. It was well-received; they finally had to cut the questions and discussion off. And an attendee has invited me to do it for another group. Now if I could only find a way to develop a cash flow from saving the world. ~Bob

Book Recommendation: Shariah in America by Jay Alan SekulowRobert Weston AshCeCe HeilMarshall H. Goldman
By the kind of good fortune that only comes to those of us who have led a blameless life, I came across a copy of this book in a local charity shop two days before I was to speak (for the second time) on "Islam and Shari'a Law." I finished it the morning of my presentation. It's a terrific book. I have read a great deal on the subject of Islam, its history, law, and doctrines. this volume greatly expanded my knowledge. (It had been sent complimentary to one of our far left Madison, WI legislators, who apparently put it on the shelf unopened--the letter to him was still inside. Perhaps he gave up on becoming literate?) It greatly expanded my understanding of these complex issues, and I was able to include several points from it in my speaking notes. They finally had to stop the Q and A session, and an attendee invited me to address another group in the near future. I hope you can get a copy from your library or pick up one of the used ones on Amazon.

Guest Post: Feeding The Bear A Turkey Sandwich. By Samuel L. Skogstad, Ph.D.
(Note: This piece is written by a retired Economics Professor and Senior Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development, not a specialist in Military History, Strategy or Tactics. He would be glad to hear the reactions, criticisms or corrections of any readers who are versed in these areas. --SS) (Dr. Sam is also a brother Marine, a blog reader and a contributor. ~Bob)

Alas: Jim Webb will not run for president as an independent
If Trump is the GOP nominee, I'll probably write Webb in anyway. ~Bob

The Un-Democratic Party: The loser is a winner! How Hillary left New Hampshire with the same number of delegates as Bernie despite her crushing primary election defeat

Worth Reading: Hillary's Superdelegate Coup Just Confirms to Millennials: The System Is Rigged. By Russ Belville, Huffington Post
Excerpt: But I wonder what kind of surprise awaits the Millennial voter the more he or she sees the results of their hard work canvassing for voters to Feel the Bern.
First, in Iowa, they battle for a statistical tie, with just a quarter-percent of the vote between Hillary and Bernie. So, naturally, the delegates from Iowa are divided fairly. Bernie gets 21 delegates and Hillary gets... 29? Next, in New Hampshire, Bernie demolishes Hillary in a 22-point landslide victory. So, naturally, the delegates from New Hampshire are divided fairly. Bernie gets 15 delegates and Hillary gets... 15? What is this strange world where a Bernie tie is an 8-delegate loss and a Bernie landslide is a tie?

Democracy in Action: How Hillary Clinton Might Actually Win In N.H., Even Though She Lost Big
Excerpt: This is what makes Clinton so powerful in the Democratic race -- even while she and Sanders battle it out among rank-and-file voters, she has a massive lead among superdelegates. Altogether, she already has 394 delegates and superdelegates to Sanders’s 44 -- a nearly ninefold lead. (It’s overstating it to say that the 2016 Democratic presidential primary is rigged. But it’s pretty reasonable to argue that the party’s establishment -- the Democratic National Committee, the elected lawmakers and movers and shakers -- have put a thumb on the scale for Hillary Clinton that will be difficult to overcome: ... Think about that -- we’ve had one tie (Iowa) and one landslide Sanders win (New Hampshire) and she’s ahead by 350 delegates. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

Interesting: The Candidate of Wall Street Billionaires Has Rigged the Game: Despite One Tie and One Blowout Loss, Clinton Has 394 Delegates to Sanders' 42
Excerpt: Just shake your head and say, "I just don't understand how Clinton could lose in two races -- okay, she supposedly 'won' in Iowa, okay -- and have 394 delegates while Sanders only has 42. Do you understand this? I'm kinda dumb but can you explain this to me? Just doesn't seem fair. Seems like income inequality all over again, writ large."

New Hampshire. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
A friend put it Wednesday night: “Our political system is set up as cycles of binary choices, and the two choices the ‘Live Free or Die’ state gave us last night are ‘free stuff’ or ‘strong-man authoritarianism, made up on the fly.’ These are not compatible with the principles which sustain our country.”

Excerpt: Those who believe that politics is little more than personal psychodrama played out on a grand stage might be closer than usual to the truth this election cycle. Neither Trump nor Sanders, despite their claims, is ushering in a revolution. They are ushering in a politics more petty, vulgar, and low — more animated by voters’ base inclinations — than any in recent memory. If New Hampshire is any indication, voters are not about anything so high-minded as constitutional government or national security or racial justice or even “hope and change.” They’re about me getting mine, by hook or by crook. Free college, free health care, and winning. This election is the Gollum-cry of the masses: WE WANTS IT.

Worth Reading: THERE'S A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL...By Col Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)
Excerpt:  ...for women who are criminals, abettors, and stupid. Last night during her New Hampshire concession remarks Hillary Clinton said, "No bank is too big to fail. No executive is too big to jail." How sweet to hear those words. How satisfying. For the Clinton money-laundering bank otherwise called a foundation is about to fail. Or should. And Hillary Clinton, an executive of that foundation and for crimes while serving as Secretary of State, is bound for jail. Or should be.

Indeed: The Most Honest Man In The 2016 Election Campaign
Excerpt: I don't agree a single one of his policy proposals.  In fact, if even one of them was implemented I can see a culmination of our economic collapse.  And yet, he is the only candidate that admits openly what he would try to do if elected.  He is specific, crunches the numbers, and provides them for anyone to review. It's that Bernie Sanders dude!  The 74 year old avowed Socialist who insists he will provide free college for every American, free healthcare for every American, allow citizenship for the 30 million illegal Mexican invaders, and will double down on Social Security and Medicare...both programs already on the critical list.

Demands her black privilege: Black Princeton Professor Goes Off On Social Media Following Her Arrest. By Richy Rosario        
Excerpt: Princeton Professor Imani Perry is protesting against an arrest during a traffic stop last Saturday (Feb 6). Dr. Perry says she was discriminated against my two white police officers because of her race; she ended up handcuffed to a table at the local police station. The professor of African-American studies was allegedly driving at 67 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, at around 9:30 am. So when the two officers—a man, and a woman—stopped her, they found that her driving privileges were suspended, and a warrant was issued for her arrest for two unpaid ticket violations stemming from 2013. “The warrant commands the officer to take the person into custody,” Captain Sutter of the Princeton Police Department said, according to The New York Times. (People like her create racism, making life tough for the majority of decent blacks. ~Bob. This is what has become so sad about our society after the past seven years of continuous growth of racial tension and sensitivity.  Every time White police stop any minority, Blacks especially, it MUST be racism in action.  And I do not doubt for a second that the individuals involved believe this, they have heard all the stories of the many times in the past about the Driving While Black stops that were, sadly, a real event in many places for far too long.  But that there are in fact times when cops are simply doing exactly what the rules say they should do and the skin color of the driver has not entered into it at all is just not something they can grasp. This woman was well over the speed limit, and there was a warrant out for her, which the cops didn't know until after they had stopped her for the speeding violation.  A male cop checked her pockets after the arrest, as is policy, but did not perform any kind of intimate examination, but she still sees that as discrimination.  And that somehow the cops were demanding "behavioral perfection" from Blacks alone. Sorry, 22 mph over the limit, two longstanding tickets, an existing warrant, all those facts required the officers to proceed exactly as they did.  This lady will never see that, she is determined to believe that police discrimination against Blacks exists still as a standard practice and is the only reason for her experience.  That is a tragedy, but there is no answer to deeply held emotional biases about how bad racism remains in this nation.  (No, of course it's not perfect, never will be, but denying the progress of the last 50 years and seeing racism everywhere, all the time, is just not benefitting any of us.) --Del)


The struggle for the soul of a Catholic university.
There's been a fight at Notre Dame, with a group of older alumni fiercely protesting the steady drift of the school away from the bastion of Catholicism that it once was.  They issue bulletins about the struggle, and below is a link to the latest.  It's a well done piece. Many if not most Catholic colleges have changed greatly in the last 50 years.  There aren't remotely enough religious to do the teaching any more, and in the name of diversity a steadily larger fraction of the faculty has been made up of non-Catholics, some of whom are not only not Catholic but nonreligious and even strongly secular.  Among the Catholic professorship there is a real minority of what might be called conservative Catholics.  We even see great schools like Georgetown removing all crucifixes from classrooms for fear of offending non-Catholic students.  (Why would someone voluntarily enroll in a Catholic college if they are going to be offended by the obvious signs of Catholicism?) The struggle at Notre Dame is just one of many in the Catholic schools.  Personally I believe that Catholics should no more be afraid to display Catholic symbols and teach aspects of the Faith than Black colleges fear to teach Black History and courses relating to Black American culture and history.  If one is ashamed of one's identity, then that is indeed a terrible, shameful problem. --Del

Interesting: Hillary Clinton just lost women to Bernie Sanders. But don’t blame Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem. By Janell Ross 
Excerpt: Perhaps the Clinton campaign's internal polling had, by this weekend, made it clear just how poorly Hillary Clinton was doing among New Hampshire women. Maybe that triggered some kind of distress signal broadcast to Clinton's high-profile female supporters and surrogates. Maybe that helped set in motion the entire Madeleine Albright-Gloria Steinem-Hillary Clinton fiasco this week. But now, with the New Hampshire primary done, Clinton's rather dire situation with women — particularly young white women in that state — is pretty clear for all to see.

Excerpt: The U.S. economy grew at an anemic rate of less than 1 percent in the last quarter of 2015. While the unemployment rate has dipped below 5 percent, the all-important labor-force participation rate is at a historic low of just 62.7 percent. More than 90 million able-bodied adults are either not currently in the labor force or have stopped looking for work altogether. Average household incomes have been mostly stagnant in recent years relative to the rate of inflation. The Dow Jones industrial average fell by 2.2 percent in 2015 and has continued to plummet this year. Most people’s retirement portfolios have been losing money. Such economic sluggishness, more than seven years after the 2008 financial crisis, was not supposed to happen, given all the traditional economic stimuli.

Sleep well, America: The Chinese Plans to Nuke America. By Lyle J. Goldstein
Excerpt: When one reads enough Chinese naval literature, diagrams of multi-axial cruise missile saturation attacks against aircraft carrier groups may begin to seem normal. However, one particular graphic from the October 2015 issue (p. 32) of the naval journal Naval & Merchant Ships [舰船知识] stands out as both unusual and singularly disturbing. It purports to map the impact of a Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) strike by twenty nuclear-armed rockets against the United States. Targets include the biggest cities on the East and West Coasts, as well as in the Midwest, as one would expect. Giant radiation plumes cover much of the country and the estimate in the caption holds that the strike “would yield perhaps 50 million people killed” [可能造成5000 万死亡]. The map below that graphic on the same page illustrates the optimal aim point for a hit on New York City with a “blast wave” [风量] that vaporizes all of Manhattan and well beyond. (They will be emboldened, not deterred by bowing, apologies or hashtags. ~Bob)

Bernie Sanders just made a very big promise on immigration. By Greg Sargent
Excerpt: “Somebody who is very fond of the president, agrees with him most of the time, I disagree with his recent deportation policies. And I would not support those. Bottom line is a path towards citizenship for 11 million undocumented people, if Congress doesn’t do the right thing, we use the executive orders of the president.”

Worth Reading: The Rise Of Crony Capitalism. By Jonathan Macey
Excerpt: Economists have long documented that government corruption is higher in poor countries than in rich countries. The ten least corrupt countries have, on average, a GDP per capita of around $40,000. They include Singapore, Denmark New Zealand, and Switzerland. Meanwhile, the GDP per capita in the ten most corrupt countries—including Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—hovers at around $5,000. Among the 177 countries evaluated for corruption, the United States is currently number 19 on the list prepared by the NGO Transparency International.
The primary form of corruption in these nations is crony capitalism. In poor countries, businesses cannot be started or maintained without the existence of a close relationship between entrepreneurs and government officials. There is often favoritism in the granting of building and other sorts of permits, government grants, special tax breaks, and other activities of the regulatory state. ... A strong, independent judiciary is thought by scholars to be an antidote to both wholesale and retail crony capitalism. Evidence of this is somewhat mixed. The U.S. boasts a legitimately strong and independent judiciary, but crony capitalism certainly exists in this country, and appears to be on the rise. Subsidies to the sugar industry are an example. According to the Committee for Economic Development, a nonpartisan group of corporate executives, the federal sugar subsidy program costs U.S. consumers almost $4 billion per year. A Heritage Foundation study found that although sugar crops comprise a small percentage of the total value of U.S. crops, the sugar industry accounted disproportionately for one-third of all U.S. crop lobbying from 2002 to 2011. The Wall Street Journal reports that PACs affiliated with sugar companies have made more campaign donations than did lobbyists for all other U.S. crop interests combined in recent years.

Does government union chief’s threat show AFGE’s hand on veterans care?
Excerpt: ““I’m prepared to work with Bob McDonald. But I am also prepared to whoop Bob McDonald’s ass,” Cox said, according to the publication, which obtained a recording of the speech. ... It seems Cox just wants to make sure he’s looking out for his own. “He’s going to start treating us as the labor partner … or we will whoop his ass, I promise you,” the union chief said of McDonald. (I remain a fan of the Madison VA, which saved my life with a lung transplant two years ago. But I think the VA union, like all unions, protects the salaries and perks of the union bosses by protecting mediocre and poor performers. ~Bob

Five years later, Act 10 saves taxpayers $5 billion, study finds . By M.D. Kittle 
Excerpt: Five years ago, Gov. Scott Walker introduced a bill promising to reform public-sector collective bargaining in Wisconsin. The legislation would help fix the state’s massive budget shortfall while shifting the balance of power in public employee contract negotiations back to taxpayers, the Republican governor and the GOP-controlled Legislature pledged. Within days, all hell would break loose at the state Capitol.

Janet Yellen Stumped By Simple Questions About Agency She Oversees
Excerpt: The CFPB was birthed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren to regulate an array of financial service companies, most already overseen by other federal agencies. Obama and Warren purposely put the bureau under the Federal Reserve Board to exempt it from congressional budget and management oversight. Yellen looked befuddled when Republican Rep. Andy Barr, who sits on the committee, confronted her with a series of simple questions about the CFPB. (If you're looking for a reason that the stock market tanked over 400 points yesterday (but did gain back some loss), the lack of intelligence by those in the drivers' seats does not lead to confidence.... Barb)

Locals fume as EPA reveals Gold King mine spill much worse than initially stated
Excerpt: “When government actions result in harm, it’s our duty to know who was responsible and why decisions failed.... “The EPA is saying one thing and their own experts say another,” Flynn told “Once the color returned to normal [in the rivers], there were those in the EPA that were hoping that this would be swept under the rug.” (Hey, how many black folks are hurt?  It's just Native Americans and desert folk, some Hispanics...Barb)

Socialism always ends in disaster: Prepare for the worst: Venezuela is heading toward complete disaster
Comment from Shred11: Maduro is a true believer in the over educated but no practical experience Karl Marx (style). True believers always do this:  1. Print LOTS of money in order to "help the people." 2. When prices rise, as a symptomatic increase in the monetary supply, they input price controls. 3. Everything sells out. 4. Gov't arrests store owners 5. Public a black market in response to economic insanity 6. People eventually rise up and kill off the gov't.  7. Normalcy returns, people get paid, middle class send their kids to left wing universities where they get brainwashed. 8. They take over gov't positions. 9. Print lots of money to "help the people" 10. Repeat

Stop sending around this photo of ‘Bernie Sanders’

Super PAC makes big play to lift Hillary Clinton in primary states
Money in politics, anyone? ~Bob

Worth Reading: Sanders and Trump: Magic sells. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: Yes, you hear constant denunciations of institutions, parties, leaders, donors, lobbyists, influence peddlers. But the starting point of the bipartisan critique is the social, economic and geopolitical wreckage all around us. Bernie Sanders is careful never to blame President Obama directly, but his description of the America Obama leaves behind is devastating — a wasteland of stagnant wages, rising inequality, a sinking middle class, young people crushed by debt, the American Dream dying. Take away the Brooklyn accent and the Larry David mannerisms and you would have thought you were listening to a Republican candidate. After all, who’s been in charge for the last seven years?

From the Left: Liberal intolerance is on the rise on America’s college campuses. By Catherine Rampell 
Excerpt: Okay, maybe conservatives are right to freak out about illiberal lefty militancy on college campuses. Today’s students are indeed both more left wing and more openly hostile to free speech than earlier generations of collegians. Don’t believe me? There are hard data to prove it. ... One last freshman survey finding of interest: The highest share of students since 1973 now consider themselves left of center. And the highest share of college freshmen ever (or at least since this question was first asked in 1970) call themselves “far left.”

Clinton Foundation received subpoena from State Department investigators

Are Electric Cars Really Green?

10 Things to Know about the Marines' Plan to Open Combat Jobs to Women. By Hope Hodge Seck
With any luck this will be a delaying action until we get a new CINC.  I really don't want to even think about the complications, hassles, and eventual cost in blood of mixed gender grunt units. S/F --Del

Tennessee Becomes 5th State to Pass Resolution Calling For Article V Convention
A constitutional convention is how things really get changed for the nation, it's were the election laws can be changed to dial back the dependence on enormous amounts of money, where campaigning can be made reasonably limited, where the idea of automatic citizenship for babies born here can be debated and possibly refined, where term limits can be debated and maybe instituted, and all kinds of other things that might correct some problems and give us a better system to work with.  We could hope. --Del. Suppose liberals win control of the convention. Anyway, amendments still have to be approved by 75% of the states; red states and blue states unlikely to approve amendments favoring the other point of view. ~Bob

After Hiring 1,000 New DMV Bureaucrats, California Issues 605,000 Licenses To Illegals
The worst part of this is that just having the Driver's License in CA means you get to vote, no questions asked.  And you get to apply for even more taxpayer funded benefits.  Having people who are not citizens, many of whom do not speak English, and apparently many of whom are not literate in any language, is a really, really bad idea for the society.  Well, of course it's a great idea if you are a Democrat and you expect (very reasonably) that the bulk of these people will now automatically vote your way forever.  It's a great way to impose your ideas and policies on everyone in the state no matter that there's a big bunch of people who have very legitimate objections and who are paying a lot of the taxes that support the whole system.  You can effectively make anyone conservative or independent a minority with no voice anymore.  Not exactly the kind of government the Founders wanted to create, or one that's really "diverse" and balanced.  I feel sorry for a lot of the people in CA who don't believe in or want this kind of government. --Del

The dangers of celebrating single motherhood. By Naomi Schaefer Riley 
Excerpt: Whether it’s good for the kids, though, is another story entirely. According to research done by Pew’s Economic Mobility Project, 54 percent of young adults today who grew up in an intact, two-parent home in the top third of household income have remained in that bracket, compared with just 37 percent of today’s young adults who grew up in a top-third divorced family. So while our culture often celebrates the single life as empowering, this empowerment rarely trickles down to children.

Get ready for ‘Hip-Hop Hillary.’ By Ed Rogers 
Excerpt: We endured “Chipotle Hillary,” but she looked like she had indigestion, and let’s face it, Chipotle hasn’t been the same since.  We saw “I’ll fight for the middle class Hillary,” but that didn’t square with her Manhattan/Hamptons lifestyle and the millions she received on the speakers’ circuit. Then emerged “Lioness feminist Hillary,” but the unappealing finger-wagging and condescending put-downs from her pridemates Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem ended that. So now, get ready for “Hip-Hop Hillary” as she tries to shamelessly pander for black votes. The thought of it makes my toes curl.

Worth Reading: The power of magical thinking. By William Falk, The Week Magazine
Excerpt: Trump promises to rid America of millions of illegal immigrants, destroy ISIS, bring back millions of jobs from China, and restore the lost status of the white working class. Sanders vows to transform America into a socialist paradise like Scandinavia, where everyone will get free health care and college educations and gladly pay trillions more in taxes. Ask either candidate how he'll get his radical proposals through Congress, and overcome the opposition of at least 60 percent of the country, and you get the same true-believer response. This is a revolution! Details to come later. (I subscribe to The Week, because it comes across as balanced reporting of news an opinion, not pushing a right or left agenda.. ~Bob)

Long-term marijuana use tied to worse verbal memory in middle age
Excerpt: As marijuana becomes more accessible to young and old alike in the U.S., researchers warn that long-term use of the drug may cause lasting harm to at least one type of brain function. A new study based on following thousands of young adults into middle age finds that long-term marijuana use is linked to poorer performance on verbal memory tests, but other areas of brain function do not appear to be affected.

Drip, drip: Latest batch of Clinton emails released
Excerpt: State Department releases 551 documents from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email account, including 84 that are considered to be classified today, but not at the time they were initially sent. (You can't hold Hillary responsible for these. No one thinks she, as Secretary of State, was bright enough to recognize sensitive information and not send it over an insecure server. ~Bob)

Note from a liberal friend and my response
I agree that, if the Donald Trump of pre-2009 or so is the real Donald, he could make a great president. Unfortunately, even he might feel he has to govern from the extreme right after being elected as a Republican right wing nut. I used to think Trump's nomination would in November give us happy memories of 1964, but now I'm not so sure. A client of mine is a union construction worker who is currently building a new deck on the back of our house. He told me his union has endorsed Hillary and the rank and file have to spend several hours per week working in Democrat campaigns of union endorsees but he and his union buddies hate Hillary and are all for Trump. The Donald may well be the Republican candidate who could get the most Independent and Democratic votes in November, not the least. --PM (A liberal colleague and friend from the MA Legislature.) The problem is, there is no real Donald Trump. He says whatever comes into his mind. You could not trust the liberal Trump anymore than I trust today's pretend conservative one. He is for whatever gives him a fiscal advantage or gratifies his ego at the moment. No core values. ~Bob

Obama’s Former Defense Intelligence Chief says Hillary Should End Her Presidential Bid!
Excerpt: Alright, so Hillary Clinton’s email scandal was already a very serious matter. In fact, it has been since the news on the matter first began leaking out and every liberal with a voice was saying that it was no big deal. However, we’ve long since passed the point of no return on this being a “real” problem (as opposed to all those “fake scandals” of Obama’s), and we have now reached the stage in our little drama where even President Obama’s own people are saying Hillary Clinton is finished.

Obama dines with Hollywood donors
Excerpt: President Obama on Thursday night dined with three Hollywood VIPs and political donors — Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Horn and Will Smith — after a set of fundraisers in Los Angeles, according to Deadline Hollywood.   The publication reported the DreamWorks Animation CEO, the Walt Disney Studios chairman and the Academy Award-nominated actor all ate with the president as his hotel. The dinner reportedly took place after a $10,000-per-person fundraiser at the home of Leah and Sam Fisher. (Pushing the propaganda wheels to keep the TRANSFORMATION going full steam ahead.  Be aware of their products....Barb)

Excerpt: The list could go on for thousands of regulations, and while Obama’s executive agencies are intent on pushing through the president’s priorities without congressional interference, industry lawsuits and congressional hearings will surely slow the Obama regulation freight train. “The regulatory state has grown under this administration seemingly without regard to the costs, practicality, or even legality, of rules pushed through by federal agencies," Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue complained in an email. "The president’s hurry-up approach of executive orders and rushed rulemakings is no way to govern a representative democracy."

Samsung warns users to watch what they say in front of Smart TVs
Excerpt: A "smart" TV that listens and responds to your voice commands? Sounds like a nifty idea -- until the manufacturer reminds you that your TV is listening to your private conversations too.

Obama’s Proposed Budget Halts Reimbursement for Illegal Aliens in State and County Jails
Excerpt: President Obama’s proposed budget for 2017 halts reimbursement to state and county jails for housing, feeding, and providing the medical and mental health needs of criminal illegal aliens. The White House is moving to eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAPP), as reported by The Washington Post. While it would save the U.S. Department of Justice a reported $210 million, any costs of housing these illegal immigrants would be passed on to local and county taxpayers.

Harry Reid Says Alan Grayson Has ‘No Moral Compass,’ Tells Him To Drop Out Of Senate Race
Excerpt: Sen. Harry Reid announced Friday that he is calling on Rep. Alan Grayson to drop out of the race for the Senate seat in Florida vacated by Marco Rubio. In a statement Reid said that while Grayson claims to be a progressive, he has “no moral compass,” the Associated Press reports. It was reported Thursday that while serving in Congress, Grayson has been running a hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands which promised to “capitalize on markets in turmoil due to economic, political or natural disasters.” (The pot calling the kettle racism intended. --Barb)

Getting money out of politics: Super PAC moves to ramp up financial firepower for Clinton
Excerpt: Two powerful organizations within the Democratic establishment announced steps Friday that have the potential to provide substantial financial firepower to presidential contender Hillary Clinton by drawing on the support of wealthy donors and corporate interests. While providing a likely boost to Clinton, both developments also give rival Bernie Sanders fresh fodder to highlight her relationship with Wall Street and other special interests at a time when the two candidates are locked in an intense nomination fight.

Worth Reading: There will be blood in South Carolina. By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: Out on the hustings, people often ask me: “Can you explain South Carolina?” I just shake my head. It’s complicated, I say. The simple answer, eternal and everlasting, is anti-secessionist James Petigru’s remark: “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.”

Interesting: Progressives’ anti-free speech itch. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Bernie Sanders, greedy for power to punish people he considers greedy, has occasioned 2016’s best joke (reported in Bloomberg Businessweek): “In the Bernie Sanders drinking game, every time he mentions a free government program, you drink someone else’s beer.” But neither Sanders’s nor Hillary Clinton’s hostility to the First Amendment is amusing. Both have voted to do something never done before — make the Bill of Rights less protective. They favor amending the First Amendment to permit government regulation of political campaign speech.

Yes, Trump is for single-payer: Donald Trump on healthcare: if you like your plan, you can keep it
Excerpt: There’s many different ways, by the way. Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, “No, no, the lower 25 percent that can’t afford private. But–” ... I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now. ... They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably– ...the government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Here’s the REAL Non-Politically Correct History of Islam’s Brutality

Aid and Comfort: Iran to Unveil Drone at Ceremony Featuring Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan

Support Concealed Carry: Machete-Wielding Muslim Man Attacks Israeli-Christian’s Ohio Restaurant, Several Wounded

Can't call it genocide, might offend Muslims: ISIS Is Guilty of Anti-Christian Genocide. Por DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS
Excerpt: Christians throughout the world will mark Monday, Feb. 15, as a day to remember the courage and religious fortitude of 21 Coptic Christians who were executed one year ago by Islamic State terrorists in Libya. The Coptic Orthodox Christian Church will be joined by the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations in observing the somber anniversary. These Coptic Christian hostages were executed for no other reason than their faith in Jesus Christ. ISIS released a video of the barbarism with the title “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nations of the Cross.” 

Top official overseeing nuclear deal unsure where Iran's enriched uranium is stored
Excerpt: Critics of the nuclear deal seized on the shipment's status as an example of the agreement's flaws. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said in a statement that it's "outrageous and unbelievable" that Russia is being trusted to be the repository for such sensitive material.  Russia is a close ally of Iran, said Smith, who added that's he unaware of a requirement in the nuclear agreement that requires Russia to declare where the material will be stored and how it will be safeguarded.  The low-enriched uranium is suitable mainly for generating nuclear power and needs substantial further enrichment for use in the core of a nuclear warhead. 

Iran shows its utter contempt for the United States
From "Random Thoughts for January, 2016" on my blog: "You can have peace with people who hate you, as long as they fear you. But if they hate you, and hold you in contempt as well, you will never have peace."

Very Islamic: German asylum centers: Muslim migrants tear up Bibles, assault Christians, sexually abuse women and children, beat up gays
But touch one Qur'an...~Bob

Muslim baggage handler at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport boasted of being able to take down plane

Obama’s Syria Policy Is Morally and Strategically Bankrupt

As Syria Devolves Further, Allies Criticize American Policy

GOP worried about 'surge' of Syrian refugee interviews
Excerpt: Senate Republicans are raising concerns that the Obama administration is preparing to interview a "surge" of Syrian refugees, as part of the vetting process to potentially allow some to be admitted into the United States.  A handful of Senate Republicans said Friday that the Judiciary Committee has learned that the administration is sending officials to Jordan to interview thousands of candidates for the U.S. refugee resettlement program.  "The Administration’s refusal to suspend or even slow the pace of such refugee processing is particularly disturbing when reports abound of [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] terrorists intentionally inserting themselves into the Syrian refugee stream," the senators wrote in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry. (Full steam ahead to TRANSFORM the USA from a Judeo-Christian-based culture to Islamic caliphate state. --Barb)

Iran mocks captured US Navy sailors as fat, immoral, and weak


Hitler tries to rent an apartment in San Francisco

Hitler phones an Indian call center

Hitler phones Kim Jong-un


The Outsider: A Politician Applies For a Job at McDonald’s. By Ben Godar

Friday, February 12, 2016

Guest Post: Feeding The Bear A Turkey Sandwich

Feeding The Bear A Turkey Sandwich
Samuel L. Skogstad, Ph.D.

(Note: This piece is written by a retired Economics Professor and Senior Foreign Service Officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development, not a specialist in Military History, Strategy or Tactics. He would be glad to hear the reactions, criticisms or corrections of any readers who are versed in these areas.)

This morning’s Wall Street Journal features a front-page story about an impending cease fire in the wars going on in Syria. The main negotiators working together on this solution are Russia, Iran, the Assad Government of Syria and the United States. Nations said to be most unhappy with the proposed solution are Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and assorted other Sunni-governed states. It is difficult to understand why the United States appears to be a party to the agreement, which seems to leave the Assad Government in place, a key goal of Russia and Iran.

Unless, of course, the United States goals in the region include making Shia-dominant states the core geo-political power there instead of our traditional allies.

But on to the title of these comments. Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States is strategically located on the narrow Bosporus, the only exit from the Black Sea into the warm waters of the Aegean Sea, and thence to the Mediterranean Sea, and thence to the Atlantic Ocean. Russia has long coveted such a route to warm water (not to mention Western Europe, Africa and North and South America) for its Naval forces.

Recent actions by Russia seem to represent major steps toward gaining such access, whether that was their intention or not. With impunity Russia simply stole Crimea and a swath of eastern Ukraine that eased logistical support.

Next, ostensibly in support of the tyrant Assad in Syria, Russia opened a large military air base on Syria’s northwest coast, just below Turkey---the bottom of the Turkey sandwich. Are these two moves less strategically significant than they seem?

(Dr. Sam is also a brother Marine, a blog reader and a contributor. ~Bob)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NH Roars and other political news and opinion

New Hampshire Primary
I assume everyone who read this blog is already up to date on the results. In brief, Hillary Clinton only got 38% of the Democrat votes, so lost big. Donald Trump, who is on record as saying that Hillary would be a great president, got 35% of the Republican vote, so won big. Kasich took second on the GOP side, while Rubio came in slightly behind Bush and Cruz. I still think that a Rubio-Kasich ticket would be big winner, but I'm not sure we can get there. Democrats pulling for Trump on the GOP side, and Republicans hoping for Red Bernie on the Democrat side might want to think about what a Trump or a Sanders presidency would mean for the Republic. I have trouble seeing a path to survival for the Republic, but I believe that a Clinton, Sanders or Trump presidency would put us over the tipping point. It may be unavoidable anyway.

Must Read: Step Right Up, Ladies. By Tom Kratman
Excerpt: Recently, and perhaps significantly, two of the senior military officers in the country, Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley and Commandant of the Marine Corps Robert Neller, testified before Congress that women should be required to register for the draft.2 Interestingly, their civilian chiefs, acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, called instead for a national debate. I suppose those latter two mean something like the debate that accompanied the decision to open up all combat arms branches to women. That debate? Well, it was short so you probably missed it, amounting to, “Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine, the facts and the truth don’t matter in the slightest when matched against our fantasy of a glorious egalitarian future. Now shut up and do what you’re told.” Oh, a fierce debate, that one was. Interesting, though, is it not, that after imposition by fiat of gender integration now the civilians are saying “nuance” and “debate” and, impliedly, “go slow,” while the generals are shouting, “Charrrge!" and “Full speed ahead!”? Here’s what I think is going on there: Both the generals and the civilians realize exactly the same things, that: A) Mom and Dad, while not thrilled about sending their son to war, absolutely don’t want their little girl being forced to go to war, and B) rallying that sentiment is the last chance to strangle in the cradle this execrably stupid notion of gender equality in combat before it has a chance to utterly ruin the United States armed forces, which, yes, it will. Am I sure of it? Of the ruination, I am absolutely certain, which should surprise no one here. It could have been done in a non-ruinous way but that would never fit the fantasies of the left, of course. (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. I expect that in 20 years they will move his novel Caliphate to the history section. ~Bob)

Book Recommendation: Roman Blood: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor 
I might read, but would usually not recommend a mystery novel. However, Roman Blood is also a well-researched and well-written historical novel set in Rome late in the dictatorship of Sulla (before Caesar, after Gaius Marius) that includes both Sulla and the famous orator, Cicero, and a real case he took early in his career. In addition to the history, and the complex workings of a mystery, it gives the reader a real feel for everyday life in Rome at that time. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Worth Reading: Winners and losers from the New Hampshire primary. By Chris Cillizza
Excerpt: Losers: Maggie Hassan/Jeanne Shaheen: The sitting governor and the state's Democratic senator were high-profile endorsers and surrogates for Clinton in New Hampshire. Didn't matter. Like, at all. Which provides yet further evidence that endorsements are, almost always, meaningless in the context of a presidential primary process. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina: So, I hate to be the one to break it to Ben and Carly, but, well, it's all over.

Interesting: Trump, Kasich, Cruz, Rubio, Bush: What NH results mean to the still-alive five. By William Whalen
Excerpt: Add this to the list of election-year proverbs to dismiss: John Sununu’s snarky missive that “Iowa picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents”. The last presidential hopeful to make good on Sununu’s words: his old boss, George H.W. Bush. That was all the way back in 1988 – three years before Peyton Manning first took the field . . . for his high-school team.

From Sanders’s victory speech. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: "Listen to this, when the top three drug companies in this country made $45 billion dollars in profit last year, that is an obscenity, and let me tell you something. When we make it to the White House, the pharmaceutical industry will not continue to rip-off the American people." That $45 billion seems like a lot . . . until you realize country spends about $375 billion on medicine each year. That’s a profit rate of 12 percent. Still seem so outrageous? How many lifesaving drugs has Bernie Sanders developed? In an earlier appearance, Sanders said, “We’re going to have to make the decision to say, I’m sorry, we can’t make money out of health care.” Never mind that doctors, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, drug researchers, and specialists of all kinds spend years and small fortunes learning their skills and developing their treatments. Bernie Sanders has decided they’re charging too much because they’re greedy! (As a senator, Bernie Sanders makes $174,000 per year. According to, the average general practice doctor makes $143,000.)

Our ugly future: New Hampshire proves Americans hate politicians. By John Podhoretz
Excerpt: A socialist who only became a member of the Democratic Party a year ago just slaughtered the party’s queen-in-waiting. A reality-show billionaire who has never before run for office just humbled two senators and three former and present governors in a runaway Republican victory. The New Hampshire presidential primary has launched America into uncharted political territory. We’re flying blind here, people. Trust no analysis. Believe no prognosticator. Nobody knows anything. Well, we know a few things... Donald Trump and Sanders have a remarkably similar and remarkably simple message, and it’s this: You’re being screwed. They agree that international trade is screwing you, that health care companies are screwing you and that Wall Street is screwing you.

Crippling the military to be PC: Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions. By  Rowan Scarborough
Excerpt: The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.” It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.” (You know it now, "Climate Change" is the most dangerous thing ever to the USA, the world, humanity in general, and by heaven, we'll turn the military upside down to get ready for it because the Prez says so. I keep wondering if there is any limit at all to the stupidity, ignorance, and arrogance of Mr. Obama and his crew, but so far I can't seem to find any.  Heaven help us if we actually have to go fight anyone serious in the next few years. --Del. On it goes. They are ensuring that in the next serious combat a lot of young Americans will come home in body bags and we will be defeated. Then they and their media suck-ups will say, "Nothing to do with us." ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Rubio’s road back from New Hampshire. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) got knocked on his keister in New Hampshire for the wrong reason. The media, running with a debate moment and a new storyline (Rubio falters!), put forth the notion that he is robotic, a kind of trained seal. In fact, anyone listening to an interview or a Q-and-A session with Rubio knows the depth of his knowledge and his ability to weave details into a convincing argument. (The buzzword king, of course, is Donald Trump, who knows virtually nothing about serious issues.)
Rubio does have a real issue — a lack of executive experience — but then, so does Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). Rubio’s lack of executive experience is not fixable at this point, but the concocted media storyline — he operates by rote — surely is, since it is not remotely true. There are several things he can do about it.

The gaping hole at the heart of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. By Paul Waldman
Excerpt: But right now, the Clinton campaign has a much bigger problem than the story it wants to tell about New Hampshire. That problem is this: the campaign has no story to tell the voters about Hillary Clinton and why she should be president.
Having a good story doesn’t guarantee you victory, but nobody becomes president without one. The story has to contain three simple elements. First, it explains what the problem is. Second, it explains what the solution is. And third, it explains why this candidate, and only this candidate, is the person who can bring the country from where it is now to where it ought to be.

Some concern for the poor folks: US Supreme Court blocks Obama's carbon emissions rule
Excerpt: The Supreme Court agrees to halt enforcement of President Obama's plan to address climate change until legal challenges are resolved, a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents who called the regulations "an unprecedented power grab." 

Newsflash: Men and Women Have Different Bodies
Excerpt: The full report is worth a read, and makes it clear that mixed-sex units are going to have more challenges and be less effective than single-sex units. The primary cause is biology, not sexism. The report notes that women have biological challenges to fighting in battle that cannot be trained away. Women in combat get hurt more easily and cannot sustain fighting for as long as men, simply because their bodies are different. (The full article is about the recent talking about putting women into the draft, and just how crazy that is, but the section I really liked was the one that I've excerpted below.  And to make it easy, I downloaded the full USMC report summary on the multiple month evaluation of all male vs mixed gender units, all doing the same tasks that are absolutely normal to such units.  It's not a super long read, and has a great set of data in it that goes into the simple fact of the innate differences between male and female body types.  Which differences we know make no difference whatsoever in all kinds of things.....  but do make really significant differences in some kinds of things.  Which is why the Olympics don't have men and women competing in much of anything.... or is that supposed to all just be some kind of sexist bias? --Del)

NARAL slams Doritos for ‘humanizing fetuses’ in Super Bowl ultrasound ad
Some people may conclude from this that NARAL members are not people, just blobs of cells which need to be disposed of...~Bob

It may come to this: The Great Social Experiment Takes the Field – In the War of 2020. By Ray Starmann
Excerpt: It is not an integration that has gone smoothly. Females cannot handle the physical demands of the combat arms and special operations. Under pressure from the Pentagon, standards have dropped drastically to accommodate women, but many issues still remain. Combat units must meet quotas that call for each unit comprising no less than 35% women. Combat units must function with constant pregnancies and females breastfeeding in the field. Lactation stations, diaper changing facilities and nurseries are commonplace in the field and even in combat zones. Males in units must routinely conduct PT (physical training) wearing pregnancy simulators. The sight of hundreds of men running to cadence while strapped down with pregnancy simulators is a normal event on US military bases worldwide. Several times a year, male soldiers are also required to wear red high heels to show their support for female rape victims. Sensitivity training and classes on why the US Constitution and Bible are racist and sexist are mandatory for promotion.

Senate report: Illegal immigrants benefited from up to $750M in ObamaCare subsidies

Single Payer: Patients will pay the price for Ont. nurse layoffs, association warns

Senate report finds ‘pay and chase’ Obamacare tax credit failure. By M.D. Kittle 
Excerpt: The Affordable Care Act has proved less-than-affordable for many consumers. Now a new report shows the ACA – a.k.a. Obamacare  – is plagued with accountability problems with the tax credits the government hands out, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the report Monday detailing the problems in the distribution of Obamacare tax credits.

Worth Reading: The Flint Fiasco. By Richard A. Epstein
Excerpt: In the midst of the just denunciation of the many public officials who shared responsibility for the damage, its deeper structural cause has generally been overlooked: Flint residents are also the victims of government arrogance and massive misallocation of resources. Right now in Michigan, both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) share responsibility for protecting the public water supply. As is common, the current system of shared federal, state, and local control makes it all too easy for each group to rely on the other to prevent or minimize risks. This system of joint control also makes it exceedingly difficult to assign blame after the fact once the damage occurs. In addition, both of these agencies are protected from private lawsuits by an elaborate set of absolute federal and  state  immunities that protect them in their discharge of “discretionary functions.” Individual officials may, and indeed have, lost their jobs, but public relief is limited to bottled water and modest healthcare assistance. To see how pitiful the current institutional structure is, imagine what would have happened if a private party had been involved in either the creation or the cover-up of the Flint water crisis. 

Worth Reading: Toxic Words. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage." But the reality is that the human race is not entitled to anything, not even the food we need to stay alive. If we don't produce food, we are just going to starve. If we don't build housing, then we are not going to have housing, "affordable" or otherwise. Particular individuals or groups can be given many things, to which politicians say they are "entitled," only if other people are forced by the government to provide those things to people who don't need to lift a finger to earn them. All the fancy talk about "entitlement" means simply forcing some people to work to produce things for other people, who have no obligation to work.

Interesting: Maine Required Childless Adults to Work to Get Food Stamps. Here’s What Happened. By Robert Rector  and Rachel Sheffield 
Excerpt: In response to the growth in food stamp dependence, Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, recently established work requirements on recipients who are without dependents and able-bodied. In Maine, all able-bodied adults without dependents in the food stamp program are now required to take a job, participate in training, or perform community service. Job openings for lower-skill workers are abundant in Maine, and for those ABAWD recipients who cannot find immediate employment, Maine offers both training and community service slots. But despite vigorous outreach efforts by the government to encourage participation, most childless adult recipients in Maine refused to participate in training or even to perform community service for six hours per week. When ABAWD recipients refused to participate, their food stamp benefits ceased. In the first three months after Maine’s work policy went into effect, its caseload of able-bodied adults without dependents plummeted by 80 percent, falling from 13,332 recipients in Dec. 2014 to 2,678 in March 2015. (Isn't this an interesting thing, about what happened when a minor work requirement was instituted for eligibility? I understand very well that there's a definite need for this program, especially for poor families with children.  But when young singles with no kids are collecting, asking for some kind of return to society seems a most reasonable and minimal idea.  Nobody's life will go to pieces if they have to report for 6 or even 10 hours of community service in the week.  If that's asking too much.... OK, then hasta la vista, baby, and good luck out there being independent. --Del)

Making The Same Mistake Hundreds Of Times: The IRS Re-Hires Fired Employees
Excerpt: An investigation into the hiring process at the IRS found that the agency has a history of rehiring employees who had previously been fired for misconduct. Examples of misconduct highlighted by the investigation include serious offenses like fraud, falsification of documents, and unauthorized access to taxpayer information. This is not only an affront to taxpayers, it is also a slap in the face to the public servants at the agency who do work hard every day.

Excerpt: The kings of inoffensive Starbucks rock Coldplay were supposed to be the main stars of the show, but the bland Brits were easily outshined by Beyonce and her “Black Panther” dancers. The pop star and her faux militant coterie performed for the millions watching the Super Bowl her latest single, “Formation.” While a lot of viewers may have not noticed the homage to the Black Panther Party in Beyonce’s appearance, it was made abundantly clear in photos before and after the show in which the dancers made black power salutes.

Excerpt: “Some of the violations investigated surrounding the project included bank and wire fraud, and I discovered ties to organized crime and high-ranking politicians and they received promotions that appeared to facilitate the program,” Johnson testified. She said that during her investigation in 2013, she “discovered that EB-5 applicants from ChinaRussiaPakistan, Malaysia had been approved in as little as 16 days” and that case files “lacked the basic and necessary law enforcement queries.” At ICE, Johnson had amassed many awards and never had any disciplinary problems. But everything changed abruptly in 2013 when she invoked the ire of Senator Reid by holding up a visas for a foreigner investor in a Las Vegas casino represented by his son, attorney Cory Reid.

Excerpt: White liberals and black careerists vigorously reject the MLK ideal of a color-blind society. The racial spoils industry survives on several requisites. One, Americans must be readily identifiable as being non-white or white. Two, once non-white claimants pass the racial litmus test, they must think and speak in a particular progressive manner, in dutiful obeisance to those who set up and perpetuate the racial spoils system. And three, racialism must remain defined as a one-way bias. The problem with the first criterion is multifold. America today truly is a multiracial, intermarried society in which the old rubric “white” no longer equates to “of European descent.” Obama’s racist former minister Rev. Jeremiah Wright appears whiter than many Americans of Mediterranean heritage.

Excerpt: It’s a relatively new phenomenon for the government to seize property on behalf of private development projects. And yet, so very many of these projects somehow used to get done. Only one thing is certain when it comes to eminent domain: Those who have their property seized don’t get paid enough for it. Admittedly, trying to clear out all the homes from a certain area can be a seemingly insurmountable challenge. But there are free-market solutions.

Doomed: $19 Trillion and Counting. By Veronique de Rugy
Excerpt: The statutory limit on how much debt the federal government can accumulate is back in the news, but this time it's not because Washington is close to breaching it.
That's not a present concern thanks to the year-end bipartisan spending spree that included a suspension of the debt limit until March 2017. The news is that a report from the House Financial Services Committee found that the Obama administration's Treasury Department has been repeatedly misleading the American public on the matter. Treasury has routinely rejected the idea that once the government reaches the debt limit, federal spending could be prioritized to avoid a default. (Unfortunately, the acknowledged debt is the smaller part of the problem; there is also the unfunded liability. That is money the government has promised to pay but does not have in the bank for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, etc. It's not considered "debt" because it's not owed by contract; the government can cancel it, creating chaos and "civil unrest." I've read estimates that range from $87T to $240T, depending on who is counting, what is counted and what period is projected. Google, "The West and the Tyranny of Public Debt" from Newsweek. Of course, as a college-educated liberal friend said, the "government can always print more money." This is why you can buy a billion dollars in Zimbabwe currency on eBay for about $8. ~Bob)

Reminder: Obama DOJ is hedging its bets by not working with the FBI on Hillary investigation. By J.E. Dyer
Excerpt: There’s been a flurry of recent reporting on the potential for an “FBI revolt” if Attorney General Loretta Lynch ignores an FBI recommendation for an indictment out of the Hillary-email investigation.  But as McCarthy clarifies, the FBI is soldiering on by itself — and if it ends up recommending charges that never get brought, there’s no guarantee of much of a DOJ paper trail to peruse afterward.  Stressing certain words to the most faithful scribes in the media, and not opening a formal process, are the Obama administration’s methods of shaping expectations about that very prospect. McCarthy doesn’t think the administration can get away with it; he thinks FBI Director James Comey is smart enough to get justice in spite of politics.  We’ll see.  If Comey can do that with Hillary Clinton, while Obama is still in the Oval Office, he’ll be a rare specimen indeed. (Looks like the Justice Department is not cooperating with, or providing legal leadership, to the dual FBI investigations into Hillary's violations of the classified documents laws and/or those laws that may have been violated by the "play for pay" donations to the Clinton Foundation.  The FBI has leaked that about 100 agents are looking into these matters.  But, if the DOJ delays, ignores, or papers over the results on these investigations, there may be a revolt by angry FBI agents. For an expert view of this situation see Andrew McCarthy on NRO. --Anon Comment with email.)

Russia 'simulated a nuclear strike' against Sweden, Nato admits.
Excerpt: The 2013 exercise … saw a contingent of Russian aircraft approach Swedish airspace after crossing the Gulf of Finland, was one of several examples of dummy nuclear attacks against Nato and its allies in recent years.

IRS Wipes Hard Drive that Court Ordered It to Preserve

Johnny Depp stars as Donald Trump in hour-long 'Funny or Die' spoof
Excerpt: Donald Trump may have won New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, but Johnny Depp wins for best impersonation of the 69-year-old aspiring politician. "Funny or Die" went all out to create a 51-minute spoof that centers around Trump's bestselling book "Art of the Deal" -- and it could go down as one of the most epic parodies the world has ever seen.

Fiorina calls it quits, suspends her campaign for president

Christie reportedly expected to end 2016 bid

Clinton’s U.N. Candidate? The favorite to run Turtle Bay is Russia’s preferred choice.
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton has made gender a major part of her pitch for the White House, and the idea is catching on. A leading candidate to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations is a Bulgarian woman with a Communist past and a record unfriendly to U.S. interests who is being promoted by Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law.
The Bulgarian is 63-year-old Irina Bokova, who since 2009 has run Unesco, the U.N. cultural and social welfare agency. By tradition the top job at the U.N., Secretary-General, rotates by region and it will be Eastern Europe’s turn when Ban Ki-moon’s term expires at the end of this year.

The Captive Press: Here’s Proof That A Pliant Press Does What Democrats Tell Them To. By JOHN MERLINE       
Excerpt: Soon after Hillary Clinton became secretary of State, The Atlantic’s then politics editor Marc Ambinder was fishing around for an early look at a speech she was going to give to the Council on Foreign Relations. Clinton’s spokesman, Philippe Reines, said fine, but added three conditions. 1) You in your own voice describe them as “muscular” 2) You note that a look at the CFR seating plan shows that all the envoys — from Holbrooke to Mitchell to Ross — will be arrayed in front of her, which in your own clever way you can say certainly not a coincidence and meant to convey something 3) You don’t say you were blackmailed! Turns out, Ambinder did just what he was told. Clinton’s speech, he wrote, was “muscular” and in his “own clever way” Ambinder relayed Clinton’s PR message about the seating arrangement. And nowhere did he mention that he was instructed to say these things. (Oh my goodness, who ever suspected anything like this could ever happen?  Say it ain't so, Joe! But the reality is there.  Of course, some will say this is just a single incident and thus means nothing, really.  Somehow, I don't think what we've all seen from the media for the past decades says this is a one-time thing.  How many admiring or accommodating articles have you ever seen in the main media about GOP figures?  How often have you seen zingers and outright hit pieces on them?  Remember all the lovely, gentle pieces on Sarah Palin? Anyhow, it's nice to see one so clearly exposed. --Del)

In the Pentagon’s new budget, the Air Force won and the Navy and Army lost. By Dan Lamothe 
This is of course not unexpected.  And just think, on this very slightly increased money, all the services will be creating a gaggle of boards and think groups, etc, to focus narrowly on the challenges that Climate Change will be bringing to the scene.  As one general put it, somehow planning how a platoon will train to advance under fire when maybe in 20 years the coastline will be 50 yards closer is hard to figure out.  But hey, they got their marching orders. --Del

Worth Reading: To Feminist Consternation, Hillary Is Being Judged as an Individual — Not as a Woman. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton is not a woman, and that’s a triumph for feminism and a problem for Hillary. Let me clarify. Yes, technically she is female. But when millions of Americans think of Hillary Clinton, they don’t think of her gender; they think of, well, Hillary Clinton. Some may think of her as a heroic liberal technocrat. Others might think of her as a deeply partisan politician.

Religion of Peace News

Target--gun free zone: Islamic State Supporter In Michigan Planned Massacre at Mega-Church
Excerpt: The FBI complaint noted that a church fitting the description of Abu-Rayyan’s intended target is located only half a mile from where he works. He told the FBI why he thought the church would make a good target: “It’s easy and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus, it would make the news. Everyone would’ve heard.” “Honestly, I regret not doing it,” Abu-Rayyan added. “If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

French Four-Star General, Just Before His Arrest: “France is Dying”
Excerpt: As reported in last night’s news feed, yesterday’s French PEGIDA demonstration in Calais was banned by the government out of fear that it would provoke violence. But it went ahead anyway, and a retired army general was arrested for participating in it. But this wasn’t just any general — this was General Christian Piquemal, the former commander of the Foreign Legion. Immediately before his arrest, Gen. Piquemal gave an interview to “Boulevard Voltaire”, a French online journal.

Cultural Cleansing goes forward

A call for prayer in Germany.....

Obama calls it, "One of the most beautiful sounds in the world." I call it noise pollution. ~Bob

“I Haven’t Had Sex In Months- I Just Couldn’t Help Myself”- 20-Year-Old Muslim Migrant Grabs 10-Year-Old Austrian Boy In Changing Room, Pulls His Pants Down And Anally Rapes Him, Blames His Libido

Worth Hearing: By The Numbers - The Untold Story of Muslim Opinions & Demographics

Muslim sex gang showed ‘no shred of humanity’ as they repeatedly raped vulnerable schoolgirl, 13

Wake Up Call: Mom whose son was attacked by refugee says she regrets her welcoming attitude
...The mother of a 10-year-old boy allegedly raped by an Iraqi refugee at a pool in Austria said she now "regrets" teaching her children to welcome migrants from wartorn regions of the world, local media reported Monday. The 20-year-old refugee told police he attacked the child in December after experiencing a "sexual emergency,"  according to The Telegraph....  His (the child's) mother, identified as Dunja, said the boy has cried himself to sleep every night since the attack. (What the politically correct elite in the US want for you and your children versus a mother's reality check. --Barb. Some only learn from touching the hot stove. Some not then. ~Bob)

Woman accused of holding U.S. aid worker hostage in Syria is charged
Excerpt: Federal prosecutors filed a criminal charge Monday against an Iraqi woman accused of taking hostage an American aid worker who was killed last year in Syria. The Iraqi woman, known as Umm Sayyaf or Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, was captured in May in a U.S. commando raid in eastern Syria. Her husband, a senior Islamic State official, was killed in the assault.

EXCLUSIVE – Geert Wilders: Stopping Islamic Immigration Is a Matter of Survival
Excerpt: The Transatlantic alliance between Americans and Europeans has been the key to the survival of our common Western civilization. This alliance is in danger today, because the more Islamic Europe becomes, the less reliable it will be as an ally of America. Though the predicted future rise of Islam in the US is worrying, the situation in Europe is far worse. (COMMENT FROM SITE:  William Silverstrand--Excellent comment ... thank you. I've copied and pasted your profound comment into a document for future reference. "if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us." That would be Obama who has paved the way for ISIS in Libya and Iraq, armed them in Syria and destabilized the Middle East to the point where hordes of Muslims are invading and destroying Europe. Here at home, Obama has illegally and systematically not only dismantled our immigration laws and border security apparatus, but has intentionally facilitated an invasion from the 3rd world with his 'catch and release' policy, whilst shipping them all over the US to infect every state in the Union. IMHO, only Trump has the will and the fortitude to reverse this trend and place the Government back into the hands of the people. We'll start by arresting every sanctuary Governor and Mayor who have committed felonies under federal immigration laws by willfully harboring, aiding and abetting illegal aliens. I see glorious days ahead when we take our country back with a vengeance and punish those who have openly betrayed us.)

Muslim journalist: “How can you say that Islam is not blood-soaked?” By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: “They have been practicing savagery for a very simple reason: to strike fear in their enemy,” says Abdel Bari Atwan. The Qur’an says: “And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know whom Allah knows.” (Qur’an 8:60)

Ethnic cleansing: Iran-backed militia seize Christian neighborhoods in Baghdad
Excerpt: Iran-backed militias have seized homes, businesses and cultural sites, including churches belonging to Baghdad’s Christian communities, forcing individuals to resettle and forfeit all their belongings, according to members of the Christian members of the Iraqi Parliament. The militias have targeted properties belonging to Christians, forcing individuals to leave the area, according to Christian community leaders, including representatives from the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac minorities, as well as the Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq who have condemned the attacks, calling them a form of ethnic cleansing aimed to rid Baghdad of its Christians. (They'll get no help from the US or Europe. But we will declare this "un-Islamic." Which it is...if you ignore 1300 years of Islamic history. ~Bob)

Obama at Baltimore mosque quoted Muhammad from speech endorsing caliphate and beheading

FBI unable to crack San Bernardino killers’ cell phone

‘Islamic State Commander’ Found Living As Refugee In Rural German Village

Saudi morality police arrest a sweet shop's MASCOT for 'showing skin'
Excerpt: Man arrested for wearing cartoon costume of woman showing some skin He was accused of not complying with country's strict Islamic dress code Women must wear black cloak, cover their hair and conceal face in public