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Lots of interesting news and comment today

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: America's Anagram Foreign Policy: Words vice Sword. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: About an hour ago President Obama approached the podium, later than expected, on the White House's South Lawn - he spoke about the fighting between Israel and Hamas and spent a bit more time addressing the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week. His last word was "thanks" and he did not take any questions.

US Embassy Statement: United States Assessment of the Downing of Flight MH17 and its Aftermath
Excerpt: We assess that Flight MH17 was likely downed by a SA-11 surface-to-air missile from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. We base this judgment on several factors. Over the past month, we have detected an increasing amount of heavy weaponry to separatist fighters crossing the border from Russia into Ukraine.

Abbott: We have to punish the guilty
Excerpt: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says military aircraft are on standby following his conversation with the Russian President over the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Mr Abbott told 2GB radio that “we have to punish the guilty”. “We have to do our best to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice,” he said.

Dutch Banks Respond to Reports of MH17 Victims' Looted Credit Cards
Excerpt: Reports that credit cards have been looted from the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 have prompted Dutch banks to take “preventative measures” against possible fraud, the Dutch Banking Association said in a statement Saturday. International outrage has erupted over the treatment of the bodies and evidence in the 16-square-mile debris field of the plane that was shot down over contested Ukraine airspace Thursday.

Malaysia reaches deal with separatists to turn over MH17 black boxes
Excerpt: Malaysia announced Monday that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have agreed to hand over the black boxes from a downed Malaysian airliner, send the remains of victims by train to Kharkiv and give international investigators safe access to the crash site.

Photographs emerge of shrapnel damage on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
Excerpt: From the debris of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, the first potential forensic proof of what shot down the doomed airliner is starting to appear on social media as more observers access the crash site.

Obama and Putin’s Savage World Order. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: What both men have in common is a hard left background which has taught them that the only defining principle in politics is Lenin’s “Kto-Kovo”. Kto-Kovo or Who-Whom reduced all interactions to warfare. The Bolsheviks ushered in the end of rules, decency or honor. All that mattered was who would be able to destroy whom. It didn’t matter whether you had justice on your side, but what you would do about it. Obama and Putin have the same message for America. “Kto-Kovo.” “Sue me.” “So what?” “I won.”

Bragging about owning a Che tee shirt is pretty much the moral equivalent of bragging about owing a Nazi tee shirt. It’s the same evil.

Worth Reading: How liberalism became an intolerant dogma: Liberals are increasingly religious about their own liberalism, treating it like a comprehensive view of reality and the human good. By Damon Linker, The Week news magazine
Excerpt: My own cherished topic is this: Liberalism's decline from a political philosophy of pluralism into a rigidly intolerant dogma. The decline is especially pronounced on a range of issues wrapped up with religion and sex. For a time, electoral self-interest kept these intolerant tendencies in check, since the strongly liberal position on social issues was clearly a minority view. (Se my column: "The Great Progressive Church"

Modern Keynesians, unlike Keynes himself, are much keener on the 'borrowing in the bad times' bit than the 'saving in the good times' bit.

Chicago Violence: 'Joyful' 11-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead; Rahm Visits Family
Excerpt: An 11-year-old girl who was inside a home on a sleepover when a wayward bullet entered the house and struck her in the head died Saturday morning, a victim of gun violence that has seen nearly two dozen people shot this weekend, police said. (Boy, will this get a lot of media attention...if the shooter turns out to be white. ~Bob)

Why is it that we march when a White person kills a Black person yet do lil more than shake our heads when we kill our own?

Excerpt: But UW economics professor W. Lee Hansen notes something profoundly disturbing in the framework, which apparently went unnoticed by the faculty and the administration: ... It calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.” (From each according to his abilities, to each according to his ethnic heritage. Just progressives spreading the wealth around. ~Bob)

My Son Was Conceived in Rape, But That Doesn’t Define His Value or His Humanity. By Robyn McLean
Excerpt: I couldn’t believe I was pregnant. “How did I get to this point?” I thought.
Anywhere from a couple to a few weeks before, I had expressed to my fiancé that I didn’t want to be living sexually impure anymore; I wanted to wait until marriage. My conscience and debilitating relationship with God were tearing me apart. Then he violently raped me.

Former Clinton Advisor Lanny Davis: Time For a Special Prosecutor to Look Into IRS Scandal. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: First, It's refreshing to finally see a Democrat call for a special prosecutor considering Democrats on the Hill have been offering a full-throated defense of the IRS for month, even after hardly credible claims of lost emails and recycled hard drives. That being said, Davis' claim there is no evidence to show the IRS targeting was politically based is just not true. In fact, the vast majority of evidence we have so far shows the opposite.

WH: We Haven't Changed the President's Schedule Amid Crises Because it Might Scare People. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: On Thursday, we chronicled President Obama's series of decisions to carry on with his public schedule -- a burger joint photo op, a partisan speech on infrastructure spending, and a pair of Manhattan fundraisers -- in the midst of two major international crises. First, Russian-backed and -armed separatists in Ukraine shot down a commercial airliner, killing nearly 300 innocent civilians, including one American. (It scares people who pay attention that the President takes golf, fund raisers and photo-ops more seriously than he does the murder of 295 people by Russians, the Hamas terror attack on Israel to provoke civilian casualties and the crisis he created on our border. ~Bob)

Evidence: Russia Implicated in MH17 Attack, Europe Weighs Tougher Sanctions. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: Officials at the US Embassy in Kiev took the extraordinary step of releasing to the public a great deal of intelligence on the downed airliner attack this weekend, which clearly points the finger at Moscow. The case against Russia was built in a strikingly candid and prosecutorial blog post on the embassy's official website. (Obama mocked Romney for saying Russia was our greatest enemy. ~Bob)

Obama Spins Numbers In Improper-Spending Shell GameNews on improper payments is good, if you don't count a third of the government. 
Excerpt:….In other words, that $105.8 billion in improper payments could be significantly larger, especially given that large portions of the unexamined part of the federal budget are at high risk for improper payments. The reason for the exclusion? Simply that 32 percent of the federal budget cannot be reliably audited. (Bolding mine. The Master of the shell game…Barb)

Excerpt: Like most people, James Dittrich had horrible situational awareness.
He’d walked his dog and was returning up the stairs to his third floor apartment, and the two thugs were on him in the stairwell before he knew what was going on. ... They feel safer in Ohio, they said, adding that their experience drastically changed them and their views on a number of issues, including gun control. Before, both didn’t feel the need to own a gun. Now, they are proud gun owners and keep a handgun in the bedroom.

Excerpt: Finally, if history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere - and where we all live. There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The first period is known as the “Maunder Minimum”, named after the solar astronomer Edward Maunder, and it lasted from around 1645 to 1715. The second one is referred to as the “Dalton Minimum”, named for the English meteorologist John Dalton, and it lasted from about 1790 to 1830. Both of these historical periods coincided with below-normal global temperatures in an era now referred to by many as the “Little Ice Age”. (Scary. Warming has winners in increased crop production as well as losers. Cooling has losers, starvation and wide spread death. ~Bob)

Right-To-Work Study Destroys Obama’s Claim That Forcing Americans To Join Unions Helps The Economy
Excerpt: Currently, there are 24 states with right-to-work (RTW) laws, either by law or state constitution. The Competitive Enterprise Institute just released a study analyzing countrywide economic activity from 1977-2012, and here are the key results: Wages – Median income loss per-person is $3,278, or $13,100 for a family of four, in forced-unionism states. Furthermore, the higher the union membership of a state, the more depressed their economic growth.

Great. Now We've Got Presidential Attention Deficit Disorder. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Here's one big question: Will we still be talking about Ukraine and Israel/Hamas at the end of the week? Or will some other part of the world -- or perhaps our own border -- blow up then, pushing Ukraine and everything else back to the inside pages? Remember those kidnapped schoolgirls? Remember how releasing the Taliban Five was an ominous indicator for Afghanistan? Remember ISIS taking over Iraq? Remember the Syrian civil war? Aren't there still oodles of Central American kids coming over our border? Does our media lose interest in these crises because the president isn't interested in them? Or does the president feel like he's doing fine because the media stops covering them? Take a look at the president's schedule for the coming week, as laid out in Mike Allen's other morning newsletter . . ."On Monday morning, the President will sign an Executive Order to protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. In the afternoon the President will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks and sign H.R. 803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, at an event at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. Afterward, the President will travel to Seattle, WA to attend a DNC event. Later in the day, the President will travel to San Francisco, CA, where he will remain overnight. On Wednesday, the President will attend a DCCC event in the San Francisco area, and later in the day will travel to the Los Angeles area, where he will remain overnight. On Thursday, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to deliver remarks on the importance of job-driven skills training, particularly for fast-growing sectors such as health care. Later, he will attend a DNC event . . ." That's three days of fundraisers! Two feel-good ceremonies on touchy-feely domestic issues! It's like Obama has decided he's governing in the late 1990s.

Worth Reading: The tranquility of Obama's mind. By Newt Gingrich
Excerpt: From his perch in the amazingly Obama-centric world in which our President lives, look again at what the rest of us think of as serious problems. Have any of the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil. Have any of the thousands who are crossing the border tried to move into the White House? No. That is why Obama is tranquil. Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States that is likely to blow up the next golf course the President is playing at? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Man who escaped death TWICE: Cyclist was scheduled to fly on both MH17 and MH370... but changed his mind at the last minute
Excerpt: De Jonge was scheduled to fly aboard Flight MH370, which vanished without a trace in March, and he also had a ticket for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was downed by a missile this week over the Ukraine - but he changed his travel arrangements at the last minute in both cases. (You can cheat death, but death is patient. ~Bob)

Cop killer’s wife: He should have killed more cops. Reporter gets fired for not liking it.
Excerpt: The reporter, Sean Bergin, lost his cool when he reported these remarks about a Jersey City cop, killed Sunday in the line of duty. Now he lost his job.

Obama Gives Trillions for Wall Street, Not a Dime to Stop Murder in Black Chicago Neighborhoods. By John Ransom
Excerpt: When president Obama was lifted to the presidency promising hope and change, no community was more hopeful than the black community. And inside the black community, no city was prouder than Chicago. But not anymore.

One Year of Fracking in CO, Creates More Jobs than Obama’s Entire Economy Has for Millennials. By Katie Kieffer
Excerpt: Fracking in the state of Colorado during the year 2012 created 111,000 jobs whereas Barack Obama’s entire economy has only generated 110,000 jobs for Millennials since 2007.

Fracking Rift Threatens to Sink Udall, Hickenlooper. By:Leon H. Wolf 
Excerpt: Fracking has been good for the State of Colorado and its economy, and therefore a large majority of Coloradans support fracking. However, the Democrat base, particularly in Colorado, is not so much with the whole science thing, and therefore they are vehemently opposed to fracking. Uber environmentalist wacko Jared Polis (D-CO), has decided to score an own goal on two vulnerable Democrats who are up for election in a non-Presidential election year and therefore are heavily depending on turnout from their base – by forcing Udall and Hickenlooper to take a stand on fracking.

IP candidate Kevin Terrell could influence US Senate race. By Mark Zdechlik
Excerpt: The Independence Party hasn't won a statewide election in Minnesota since Jesse Ventura's surprise gubernatorial victory in 1998. But since the 1994 election, when the party attained major political party status in Minnesota, its candidates have drawn significant support and had a big impact on the outcome of statewide elections. Kevin Terrell, IP's endorsed candidate in the U.S. Senate race this year, thinks that could happen again. Along with Republican Party's eventual nominee, Terrell will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken in November. (Might help Franken drawing off votes from the GOP. ~Bob)

Dim views of Hillary Clinton’s time at State. By Maggie Haberman
Excerpt: A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of State, according to a new POLITICO poll. Just 14 percent described her time at State — she served four years ending in February 2013 — as “excellent,” while another 28 percent defined it as “good.” Another 21 percent called it “fair” and 32 percent rated her performance “poor.”

Injured veterans program in danger

Excerpt: A program that allows veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive treatment in assisted living facilities is in danger of closing down. With only two weeks to go before the August recess, Congress has yet to take action on legislation that would renew the pilot program before it expires on Sept. 30. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) proposed legislation this week that would prolong the treatment option for another three years at a cost of $46 million.

Chuck Norris reveals plan to combat leftists' 5 historical lies about nation
Excerpt: But instead of raising America out of the muck and mire of global entanglements by new challenges and adventure, too many today believe that the only way forward is by simply shrinking back to our corner of isolationism and preservation. As a result, instead of casting visions, our leaders are crippling American values, apologizing for our power and surrendering our superiority and sovereignty. Dinesh D’Souza’s new blockbuster film, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” does an outstanding job of critiquing exactly what is killing American exceptionalism.

The Outhouse of American Liberty. By Mark Steyn
Banana Republic Update! Exactly a week ago in this space, I wrote: Speaking of lèse-majesté, even when our sovereign liege lord is not present, it is improper to disrespect him. For example, Friday's Fourth of July parade in NorfolkNebraska included a float with a wooden outhouse labeled "Obama Presidential Library". …Well, the good news is that Eric Holder's Department of Justice - that would be the same Department of Justice that supplies guns to Mexican drug gangs, and monitors the phone calls and emails of US journalists, and declines to investigate the IRS' obstruction of justice, and prosecutes states that seek to verify the immigration status of people within their borders, etc, etc - Eric Holder's Department of Justice has dispatched a crack team of agents to Nebraska to investigate said act of lèse-majesté toward King Barack: The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. (Mr. Steyn notes NAACP was there as well as the parade organizers, the Odd Fellows. --Barb)

Obamacare News

Worth Reading: The White House Is Bribing Health Insurance Companies. By Avik Roy
Excerpt: The White House recently adopted a new approach for updating Americans on the country’s most consequential law. I call it the “needle in a haystack” method: Bury the announcement in hundreds of pages of regulations and hope no one finds it. The White House tried a test run several weeks ago. Hidden in the midst of a 436 page regulatory update, and written in pure bureaucratese, the Department of Health and Human Services asked that insurance companies limit the looming premium increases for 2015 health plans. But don’t worry, HHS hinted: we’ll bail you out on the taxpayer’s dime if you lose money. No wonder there wasn’t a press release.

No, You Can't Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare
Excerpt: And now, you might not be able to keep your medicine, either. There are two reasons why. The first has to do with the higher out of pocket costs patients will face. The second issue may be even more significant. Simply put, many drugs may not be covered at all, and the costs patients incur by buying them with cash won’t count against out of pocket caps. 

U.S. Has the Worst Health Care? Not By a Long Shot. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: Few complaints about the U.S. healthcare system are as common as the claim that we spend too much on health care and get too little for all that spending in return — especially compared to other industrialized nations. A new Commonwealth Fund report is the latest to indict U.S. health care. It pegs the American system dead last in a survey of 11 developed countries. But like virtually every other study that trashes the U.S. healthcare system, Commonwealth’s rankings rely on questionable assumptions, like giving weight to those systems that treat people equally rather than well. At the same time, Commonwealth ignores the problems that countries with socialized healthcare systems have actually treating people once they’re sick.

Undocumented Democrat News

Obama's foes on border crisis: Democrats
Excerpt: Republicans have seized on the ballooning number of unaccompanied children crossing into Texas as proof of Obama’s failed immigration policies. But Democrats are also frustrated and are increasingly blaming the White House for bungling the response to the situation on the border. (Gee, who knew there were racist Democrats now days? ~Bob)

Cartels suspected as high-caliber gunfire sends Border Patrol scrambling on Rio Grande
Excerpt: U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told FoxNews.com

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Finally, a Rare Point of Agreement. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: In recent days, Israel has been hit not only from the Gaza end of the Fatah-Hamas pantomime horse but also from Lebanon and Syria. It's under attack not merely from a terrorist squat but from two sovereign states, all of whom are clients to one degree or another of a third, Iran. Had not General Sisi overthrown Mohammed Morsi and tossed him in jail, there might have been a fourth country happy to make mischief. 

Cabinet ministers: IDF may have to reconquer all or part of Gaza to ensure security
Excerpt: Security Cabinet members said Thursday that the IDF may need to re-conquer all or part of Gaza to ensure Hamas does not continue to attack Israel. Communications Minister Gilad Erdan said during a visit to Ashkelon Monday that the IDF must continue fighting until it ensures long-term calm.

Obama, Kerry calls with Netanyahu interrupted by rocket sirens
Excerpt: Calls between both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were interrupted when rocket sirens went off in Tel Aviv forcing Netanyahu to go into a bunker.

MSNBC contributor on network’s Israel-Hamas coverage: ‘We are disgustingly biased on this issue.’ By Erik Wemple
Excerpt: This afternoon on the MSNBC program “Ronan Farrow Daily,” MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal just ripped MSNBC coverage of the Israel-Hamas hostilities. “We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” said Jebreal in an interview with host Ronan Farrow.

Worth Reading: Israel Batters Hamas —- Kerry to the Rescue. By P. David Hornik
Excerpt: On Wednesday morning Netanyahu made an adroit move, publicly accepting an Egyptian ceasefire proposal. Hamas turned it down flat. 

UNRWA Gives Rockets to Hamas: Rockets found in UN school are reportedly handed over to terrorist group.
Excerpt: The UN agency for Palestinian Arab “refugees,” UNRWA, has caused outrage by apparently giving rockets to Hamas. On Thursday, UNRWA confirmed that 20 rockets had been found in one of its vacant schools in Gaza. ... However, Channel 2 reports Sunday that - rather than destroying the rockets - UNRWA workers called Hamas to come remove them.
And those evil Zionists better stand there and be blown up, or the world will condemn them. ~Bob

Excerpt: A senior IDF officer reports that terrorists in Gaza are transporting themselves around Gaza via ambulances with children in them, to avoid being targeted by the IDF.

Tweet from @AspieSavant
Zionism is the Jewish counterpart of Nazism. One could even argue that Nazism was but a reaction to Jewish extremism.

Israel accepted every proposal for a ceasefire - from Egypt, the UN and the Red Cross. Hamas violated all three.

Egyptian Cleric: Do Not Support Hamas. They Are Shiites and Their Leaders Hide Underground

Hamas Claims It Captured an Israeli Soldier, Celebrations Erupt in Gaza. by Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: CNN correspondent Karl Penhaul said during an on-air segment that when the announcement of the capture went out on Gaza TV, “all around we heard from apartment buildings loud cheers, clapping going up from ordinary citizens” as well as gunfire in the distance.

Excerpt: For years Hamas has been working on a secret weapon: tunnels. “Eight Palestinian militants emerged from a tunnel some 300 yards inside Israel on Saturday morning, armed with automatic weapons and wearing Israeli military uniforms, the Israeli military said. The gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade at two Israeli military jeeps on patrol, starting a battle that killed two Israeli officers and one of the militants, according to the military. The rest then retreated underground, back to Gaza.”

‘Helluva Pinpoint Operation:’ Kerry Caught On Open Mic Sarcastically Slamming Israeli Gaza Op
Excerpt: Seemingly oblivious to the fact that the State Department camera in front of him and mic pinned on his lapel were live, America’s top diplomat harshly criticized the on-going Israeli operation in Gaza following news of Israeli army casualties and Palestinian civilian deaths.
“It’s a helluva pinpoint operation,” he told a top aide sarcastically over his cellphone. “It’s a helluva pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. (No big deal. He said far worse about his fellow Vietnam vets. ~Bob)

Hamas apparently telling journalists not to publish any photos of the 150+ Hamas fighters killed in the conflict thus far.

I stand with #Israel because #Isreal stands with Christians being slaughtered by Islamists around the world.

State Department Official Tweets #UnitedforGaza: Was it a typo, a Freudian slip, or a statement?
Excerpt: Richard Stengel, under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the U.S. Department of State, took to Twitter on Saturday night and appeared to take sides in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Stegel, appointed to his post at the State Department by President Obama last year and confirmed by a 90-8 vote in the senate in April, used his personal Twitter account to call for an investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The former managing editor of Time prefaced the tweet with the State Department’s Twitter handle and ended it with the hashtag #UnitedForGaza, indicating his solidarity with the Palestinians. (Anybody still wondering who/what this regime is about? --Barb)

Worth Reading: The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel. By Bruce Thornton
Excerpt: Take the displeasure aroused by the continually publicized disparity in deaths between Gazans and Israelis in the current ground operation to stop the rockets. Many critics seem affronted that Israel has taken great pains to protect its citizens by building bomb shelters and developing the Iron Dome anti-missile defenses, and so have suffered only 2 civilian deaths. They see the videos of dead Palestinian Arab children and blame those deaths on Israel’s “disproportionate response” instead of Hamas’ indifference to their own people’s safety.

Excerpt: Pro-Israel Jews and Christians were attacked by an angry mob yesterday at Calgary's city hall. Video footage shows this clearly: In addition to the males, 2 females were taken to the ground and kicked by a group of men. They sustained injuries. The crowd also chanted "kill the Jews".

Jewish students extracted from Boston anti-Israel ‘die-in
Excerpt: For the third time in eight days, Boston police were forced to intervene when a small group of student Israel supporters was swarmed by demonstrators screaming anti-Semitic epithets and initiating physical contact, said students involved in the incident.

Chicago: Anti-Jewish leaflets found on cars on NW Side
Excerpt: Several vehicles in the Pulaski Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side were targeted with anti-Jewish leaflets, police said. ... According to residents in the area, the leaflets made threats to Jewish people in connection with the conflict in Gaza which began on July 8. The leaflets threaten violence if Israel does not pull out of Gaza, according to residents and police.

Watch: Berlin Imam Prays for the Annihilation of Jews
Excerpt: An imam in the German capital, Berlin, recently gave a sermon in which he expressed support for Gaza and called for “the annihilation of Jews”. The sermon by Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail, which was given last Friday at the Al-Nur Mosque was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute(MEMRI). (Is this WWII or WWIII? Shouldn’t have let them get off that U-boat in South America….Barb)

Iraq is still boiling. Remember Iraq, the last crisis before the airliner shoot-down and Hamas provoked Israeli retaliation? ~Bob. Excerpt: The Iraqi military said it has regained control of Camp Speicher, the large military base just west of the city of Tikrit that was stormed by fighters from the Islamic State late last week. The Wall Street Journal reports: Two Iraqi officials, including a military official on the base, reached by telephone said elite counterterrorism forces backed by Shiite militiamen had secured the base in the wake of the Islamic State attack on Friday.

Mosul’s Christians Ordered To Convert As Militants Burn Down Cathedral
Excerpt: The BBC reports that the group cited a historic contract known as a dhimma, in which non-Muslims must pay a fee to receive protection. They may also be subject to various humiliations, such as having to shave their heads, wear a red belt around their necks or wear only one shoe…."For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians," he added. (Coming soon to your neighborhood in the US. --Barb)

Obama moves deadline for Iran nuke deal past midterm elections
Excerpt: Iran, the United States and the five other countries negotiating the future of the Iranian nuclear program have agreed to a four-month extension of the talks, giving them more time to try to bridge major differences over whether Tehran will be forced to dismantle parts of its nuclear infrastructure, according to a statement released early Saturday in Vienna by all seven nations.
Conveniently, this moves us past the midterm elections so Democrats on the campaign trail won’t have to defend yet another foreign policy failure by Obama.

Syrian mother's agony: why I made my teenage daughter become a child bride: Mothers explain why they pushed their girls into marrying older men to protect them from rape and kidnap
Excerpt: One of the many wretched consequences of the Syrian war is the sudden insecurity felt by millions of female refugees, deprived (sometimes permanently) of their menfolk, left to fend for their families by themselves, threatened by the unwanted attentions of predatory men. ... Most marriages in the camp are for girls of 12, 13 or 14, but even 10-year-olds might get engaged if they are tall and developed. The way it works is that a female relative of the groom tours the tents to find a girl. When she finds someone suitable, she brings her to the man, who asks for her hand. The groom might be Syrian or Jordanian or from other Arab nationalities. A 70-year-old Saudi man married my neighbour's daughter.

US readies to transfer six Guantánamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, officials say: Pentagon notified Congress of intent to transfer group, including four Syrians, one Palestinian and one Tunisian

US officials said the Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantánamo Bay detainees to Uruguay. Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has opposed the way detainees are treated at Guantánamo and has said that he would take them in, but then they would be free to leave. The officials, who spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because it is the administration's policy not to publicly confirm such notifications, said the Pentagon alerted Congress of the plan last week. (Expect these OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) to find their way to the US shortly....those poor children. US security screwed. Hey, at least they "notified Congress" of the plans this time....right before their August vacation. --Barb)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today's Political News and Comment


I am doing some better, though I will never be completely out of the woods even if I go back to functioning as I was in February. My FEV numbers (litters of air I can expel in a second) are up from an average of 0.91 on 7/7 to 1.30 0n 7/18. Mostly because I figured out that blowing as hard as I could, as they have told me to do at the PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) was counter productive, causing collapse in the airway. So now I try to balance between blowing hard enough to get some volume, but not causing collapse. My oxygen use is down to 3 LPM for activity, 1 LMP at rest. In Rehab Friday, and walking around the Framer's Market around the Wisconsin Capital on Saturday I stayed at about 95% oxygen saturation.

The Madison Framer's Market is a very interesting place. Lots of good stuff I can't eat, and the surrender monkeys were out in full force. I wore my "Some People Just need Killing, That's Why We Have Marines" tee shirt. They avoided me, didn't let out a peep. Apparently an old Marine on oxygen is still intimidating. But at least four people came up to say what a great shirt it was and one woman took a picture to send to friends. While we were there, there was a parade demonstration against Israel and pro the Hamas Murderers. If I'd known, I'd have made a sign that read, "Support Hamas's in Exterminating Jews, Executing Gays and Keeping Women in Their Place!" I bet I could have marched along and they STILL wouldn't have dared say a word. My solace is that in the brave new world they are creating, they will go to the gallows professing cultural solidarity with their Jihadist murderers.

One of the women who complimented me on my tee shirt told me there is now a bumper sticker: "Don't F*** Fluke--She Can't Afford Birth Control." Crude but funny. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Sheriff: Suspects beat man with bat, but call cops when he fires gun
Excerpt: Two homeless men who attacked a man with a baseball bat called police after the victim fired two rounds from a shotgun into the air, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said.

Excerpt: But if a judge in Australia has his way, incest will no longer be considered wrong. Why? Because any possible pregnancy created through incest can be aborted, removing any danger of birth defects.

When a billion Indians start flushing
Excerpt: This increased the coverage of rural India with latrines from 10% to as much as 30%. Yet, while the construction drive had been a success in multiplying the number of toilets, the vastness of the task is daunting. There are still about 650 million Indians without adequate toilets. Many have neither knowledge of such facilities nor desire to use them. And the problem isn’t restricted to rural areas. India’s teeming, rapidly growing cities are “large water sinks generating great amounts of sewage,” explains environmental journalist Nitya Jacob. (That's about 50% of the Indian population who have to defecate in the street. Tell me again about poverty in America, where a majority of th poor have cars, refrigerators, AC, cell phones and TVs. We will always have the poor with us, because we can always redefine it. Many of the poor in America are well off by third world standards. ~Bob)

The ‘perfect Aryan’ child used in Nazi propaganda was actually Jewish
Great story. ~Bob. Excerpt: The newlyweds came to Berlin as students, a pair of Latvian Jews who wanted to make it big in singing. In 1934, just after Adolf Hitler took control of Germany, the young Jewish woman became pregnant with a child who would soon become known as the “perfect Aryan.” The photo was everywhere. It first adorned a Nazi magazine that held a beauty contest to find “the perfect Aryan” and then was later splashed across postcards and storefronts.

"Navy Chief" rank now racist?

Graveyard of desecration: Grave robbers. Ghoulish tourists taking pictures on their mobiles. Corpses left to rot: A shocking dispatch from the grim crash site. By Ian Birrell
Excerpt: For this is the grimmest of graveyards. Here on the gentle rolling hills of eastern Ukraine, beside an abandoned Soviet-era poultry farm, lay the innocent people whose lives were extinguished so suddenly in an explosion at 33,000 feet on Thursday afternoon. (when Romney said Russia was our greatest enemy, the "Smartest Man In The World" mocked him, saying, "The 80s called--they want their foreign policy back." ~Bob)

Russia supplied missile launchers to separatists, U.S. official says
Excerpt: The United States has confirmed that Russia supplied sophisticated missile launchers to separatists in eastern Ukraine and that attempts were made to move them back across the Russian border after the Thursday shoot-down of a Malaysian jet liner, a U.S. official said Saturday.

Important: The Hockey Schtick: New paper finds only ~3.75% of atmospheric CO2 is man-made from burning of fossil fuels
Settled science? ~Bob. Excerpt: A paper published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that only about 3.75% [15 ppm] of the CO2 in the lower atmosphere is man-made from the burning of fossil fuels, and thus, the vast remainder of the 400 ppm atmospheric CO2 is from land-use changes and natural sources such as ocean outgassing and plant respiration.

Six Astounding Examples of Left-Wing Hypocrisy. By Daniel J. Mitchell
Excerpt: Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who is spending $100 million to help elect Democrats this fall, is rallying support for energy taxes that could impact everyday Americans. But when he ran his own hedge fund, Mr. Steyer sought to help wealthy clients legally avoid paying taxes, confidential investor memos show. Mr. Steyer’s strategy included establishing funds in tax havens like the Cayman Islands and Mauritius… 

The terrible choices Detroit confronts as it cuts off water to its own residents. By Emily Badger 
Excerpt: The city's water utility has been shutting off service to thousands of homes, many with the elderly, the poor and children inside. The story of how this has happened — and on the shores of one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world — is not as simple as one of government incompetence or indifference to the poor. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says that nearly half of its customers haven't been paying their water bills, (First the Democrat machine drove the last Republicans out. Cheers. Then the race riots and crime ruined what businesses served the minority community, and drove professionals, business people and the middle class--black and white--from the city. Cheers--get rid of those rich bastards. Then the Democrats bought votes promising that someone else would pay for everything, from food, housing and water, to birth control. Cheers--free stuff. Then it was discovered, shockingly, that there was no one to pay the bills. Detroit is what happens when you demonize the productive and folks with money to win votes from the unproductive and poor. This is your future, America. ~Bob)

Operation Choke Point Hearing Reveals DOJ Threats And Strong-Arming
Excerpt: A Justice Department fraud prevention program came under fire Thursday for allegedly morphing into actively pressuring banks to deny financial services to businesses for political reasons. Operation Choke Point functions as a partnership between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and various other federal agencies which deal with bank regulations, specifically the Treasury and the SEC. The objective of the project is to choke-off fraudulent businesses from accessing financial services, in an effort to protect consumers. The controversy, however, is over allegations that the DOJ is pressuring financial institutions to decline doing business with so-called “high risk” industries which line up squarely against the political leanings of the current administration. (Once the government pursued Chicago gangsters. Now the government IS Chicago gangsters. ~Bob)

Obama Prepares Pardons for Terrorists. By Cliff Kincaid
Excerpt: Bill Ayers’ recent appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News program appears to be part
of a systematic campaign to whitewash the activities of the communist terrorists who
were murdering policemen and FBI agents during the 1960s and 70s, and to set the
stage for their release and rehabilitation.

‘Send an Ambulance’: How a Florida Dad Reacted to a Perp Caught in the Act with his 12-Year-Old Son
Excerpt: When a father walked in on an 18-year-old baby-sitter who allegedly had his pants around his ankles in the act with his 12-year-old son, he didn’t ask questions. The dad beat the purported attacker Raymond Frolander, 18, senseless and then dragged his body into the living room for the police to pick up. (If they charged the dad, I'm on the jury, dad walks. ~Bob)

Cops: Teens Attacked Adult Near Taste Of Park Ridge
Excerpt: It was a vicious attack: The alleged beating of a man by teenagers amid a large crowd in northwest suburban Park Ridge’s Hinkley Park last weekend. And it was caught on video. (Park Ridge, hometown of Hillary "Dead Broke and Morally Bankrupt" Clinton, is pretty upscale. We lived next door in Des Plaines with the common folk. ~Bob)

Old, but worth reading: In Defense of Elitism. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Some things are better than other things. Some cultures are better than other cultures. Some things are more worth studying, celebrating, and emulating than other things. Or as the late William Henry III put it in his wonderful book, In Defense of Elitism, “It is scarcely the same thing to put a man on the moon as to put a bone in your nose.” No doubt, if I were to say this in an Ivy League faculty room today (or yesterday, or last year, or ten years ago) it would be considered scandalous — not because it isn’t true, but because it is. The war on what I like to call “factual correctness” is a top-to-bottom cultural project. If the truth hurts, change the definition of truth. Facts that might inconveniently intrude upon the self-esteem of others must be demolished. So, as grade schools eliminate keeping score at games, postmodernists try to eliminate the notion of keeping score at anything, ever. Scores, you see, imply winners and losers, and if anybody feels like a loser then they feel bad — and anything that makes you feel bad is necessarily illegitimate.

Twelve bodies found in Massachusetts storage unit, prosecutors say
Excerpt: An investigation into a former Massachusetts funeral-home operator has turned grisly, with authorities discovering 12 bodies at a storage unit outside Boston leased by the man, Joseph O'Donnell, authorities said. (this would have made a good episode on the reality show "Storage Wars." ~Bob

Obamacare News

This Newest Obamacare Blanket Exemption May Have You Considering a Move to Guam or Puerto Rico
Excerpt: Thursday the Department of Health and Human Services website announced that a vast number of Obamacare regulations will no longer apply to all U.S. territories. Two of the main components of the plan, the individual mandate and the premium subsidies, have never applied to the territories, however. They will be exempted from guaranteed coverage, community rating, single risk pools, rate review, the medical loss ratio, and “essential” benefits.

Undocumented Democrat News

Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis. By David NakamuraJerry Markon and Manuel Roig-Franzia
Excerpt: Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children. Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. 
Report: 'Vast majority' of asylum claims granted. By Byron York 
Excerpt: Democrats who oppose changing the law to allow quicker removals of families and unaccompanied young people illegally crossing the southwestern border into the U.S. often argue that those entering the country illegally are entitled to a "day in court." ... Young people should be given "a meaningful day in court to protect their rights under our laws," added Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez. Now, new numbers released by the House Judiciary Committee show the "vast majority" of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum are granted it before even appearing before a judge. 

Most border invaders are not children; they’re working age. By Ernest Istook
Excerpt: Most of those invading America’s southern border are not what we normally call “children.” They evidently are 16 years old and older — working age. They are labeled children to promote political agendas, even though most are teens and adults, according to those willing to break down a White House-imposed wall of secrecy.

Religion of Peace News

The Never Ending Arab-Israeli War: This Much is True. By Robert A. Hall

8 Rock Solid Points in Defense of Israel – By Bill Maher
Excerpt: Shocking: Maher basically agreed with everything the conservative Weinstein had to say, and made some points of his own.

A Word From Israel
Worth Viewing. ~Bob

WATCH John Kerry Tell CNN’s Candy Crowley She’s Aiding Terrorists’ Publicity Campaign!

Poll: Should courts be prohibited from recognizing Sharia law?

IS Jihadists stone Syria woman to death for 'adultery'
Excerpt: Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. (Americans not wanting to pay for birth control for yuppie college students? An outrageous War on Women. Muslims stoning women to death for adultery? Who are we to condemn--all cultures are equally valid. The evil moral bankruptcy of the left. ~Bob)

IDF troops hit 260 targets in Gaza; soldiers uncover 21 smuggling tunnels
Excerpt: On Friday morning, IDF soldiers uncovered eight shafts leading to smuggling tunnels, as troops clashed with militants in the Strip. Another 13 similar tunnels were also uncovered a short time later, bringing the total number to 21 so far. The finds align with the government declaration that the IDF's main targets in their ground incursion would be tunnels in use by Hamas.

Trojan Horse: Leaked report reveals 'aggressive Islamist agenda' in Birmingham schools
Excerpt: A report into the "Trojan horse" scandal in Birmingham schools has uncovered evidence of "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city". The conclusion is contained in a leaked draft of a report, commissioned by the former education secretary Michael Gove and written by Peter Clarke, the former head of the Metropolitan police's counterterrorism command, which is due to be published in the next 24 hours.

Excerpt: The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly “ISIS”—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.” (We need to keep in mind that the vast majority of victims of jihadist allahmurders are other Muslims, just as the vast majority of victims of violence and crime from black thugs in the US are other blacks--some rival thugs, but many decent people who just want safe lives for themselves and their kids. ~Bob)

PA Claims US Plotting to Torpedo Middle East, ISIS is Jewish
Excerpt: "The US is using extremists as human shields fighting on its behalf, so that American soldiers will no longer be in danger of returning home in coffins," it says, adding that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Islamic Front, and Al-Nusra factions in Iraq and Syria are part of an American plot. It then bizarrely claims that the ISIS - the Islamist sect conquering Iraq in an Islamic turf war deemed "too extreme" for Al Qaeda - is "led by Jewish extremism, as represented by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor] Liberman."

Worth Reading: The other Iraq: Iraq's Kurds have remained largely insulated from the chaos in the rest of the country. Now they're seeking independence.
Excerpt: Ever since the U.S. invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, they've been running Iraqi Kurdistan as a semi-autonomous region, and now see the country's disintegration as an opportunity. Kurdistan is largely peaceful, safe, and, thanks to carefully invested oil wealth, increasingly prosperous. (If I had the power, I'd create an independent Kurdistan from the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Iran and Turkey. This is from The Week news magazine. I read it because it doesn't try to tell you what to think, but tries to give both sides. Generally does a good job and is pretty balanced. ~Bob)

Questioning Islam: Tough Questions & Honest Answers About the Muslim Religion by Peter Townsend
It says the Kindle version s free. Check for strings, of course. ~Bob

Attack Kills at Least 21 Egyptian Soldiers at Checkpoint in Western Desert. By Kareem Fahim
Excerpt: At least 21 Egyptian soldiers were killed on Saturday when heavily armed gunmen attacked a border guard post near a remote desert oasis, according to an army spokesman.
The death toll appeared to be the highest for the military in a single attack in recent memory, and came as the Egyptian government has expressed growing alarm at threats from neighboring countries, and especially from Libya, an increasingly lawless state that shares a long border with Egypt. (Boy, Obama better explain to Egypt that arms and trouble can't be coming from Libya--he led-from-behind a war there to depose Muammar el-Qaddafi, didn't even bother to ask Congress for authorization as Bush did, so everything must be cool there. ~Bob. Tweet from Andrew Exum ‏@abumuqawama: Three years after the intervention, militants and weaponry continue to bleed out of Libya ... to disastrous effect.)

Hamas leader's son killed in Israeli shelling in eastern Gaza Strip.
As someone told me " it aint no fun when the rabbit got the gun." Keep up the excellent work Israel.

Editorial in the left-of-center Washington Post: Hamas is playing a dangerous game with Gazan lives
Excerpt: Why would Hamas insist on continuing the fight when it is faring so poorly? The only plausible answer is stomach-turning: The Islamic movement calculates that it can win the concessions it has yet to obtain from Israel and Egypt not by striking Israel but by perpetuating the killing of its own people in Israeli counterattacks. More than 200 people, including a number of children, have already died in Gaza; Hamas probably calculates that more deaths will prompt Western governments to pressure Israel to grant Hamas’s demands.

Excerpt: A senior al Qaeda leader who is based in Syria and has close ties to al Qaeda's General Command in Pakistan said that six of his "dearest comrades" were killed in an airstrike in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. The six al Qaeda operatives were likely killed in a US drone strike on July 10.

In Raqqa, an All-Female ISIS Brigade Cracks Down on Local Women
Excerpt: Shortly after the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook control of Raqqa earlier this year, it created the al-Khansaa' Brigade, an all-female unit operating in the city. Its purpose is to apprehend civilian women in Raqqa who do not follow the organization's strict brand of Sharia law, including a mandate that all women be fully covered in public and that they be accompanied by a male chaperone.

Iraqi Christians flee after Isis issue Mosul ultimatum
Excerpt: Iraqi Christians are fleeing Mosul after Islamist militants threatened to kill them unless they converted to Islam or paid a "protection tax". A statement issued by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was read out at the city's mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city. (The Islamists' goal is both a Judenfrie and a Christian-free Middle East. Their war will only end if they are all dead or the world is free of Jews, Christians and other infidels. ~Bob)

Philadelphia mosque leaders try to cut off man's hand -police

Excerpt: Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday. (Just following Shari'a Law, which the New York Times and some of our courts consider a benevolent cultural expression of religion, appropriate to use in legal cases. ~Bob)