Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Not-to-be-missed political news and comment

Book Recommendation: Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World by Michael Fullilove 
This well-written, well-researched book is a must for history and political buffs. Fulliove details how FDR used five special envoys-- Sumner Welles, Bill Donovan, Harry Hopkins, Wendell Willkie and Averill Harriman--as special envoys to Europe to educate himself on the real situation and decide if it was worth betting American Aid on Britain and the USSR before we were in WWII. They also educated European leaders, especially Churchill and Stalin, on FDR's thinking, US support for defeating Hitler and the domestic political situation in the US. By December 7 we were already waging ideological and economic war. The information they passed to FDR was instrumental in passing Lend Lease, which provided a lifeline to Britain. While I think the author is clearly an admirer of all six men, that doesn't nor stop him detailing their flaws and errors. This book will fill in a lot of gaps in your knowledge of that period.

Must Read: Why Is There Global Poverty? By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: Now here is the good news. In the last quarter of the 20thcentury, countries around the world turned away from collectivism and began to liberalize their economic systems. Country after country turned to privatization, deregulation, liberalized international trade and freer markets. The results have been stunning. As the chart below shows, ­­80 percent of the world’s worst poverty (people living on the income equivalent of less than a dollar a day) was eradicated in the past 40 years. Nothing like that has ever happened before. (“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck.”  --Robert A. Heinlein

Worth Reading: Divided, They’ll Fall. The Democrats could be coming apart. By Fred Siegel
Excerpt: The Black Lives Matter movement, financed, in part, by billionaire George Soros, rebuffed the Democratic Party’s attempts to win its formal favor—even though the resolution put the Democrats on record as supporting “the hands up, don’t shoot” mythology that emerged from the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. On the anniversary of Brown’s death, the Washington Post published a long article finding that the “vast majority” of the 585 people killed by the police during the first seven months of 2015 were armed with deadly weapons. Moreover, most were white or Hispanic. Just 24 were unarmed black men. Nonetheless, a virulent anti-police campaign ensued after Ferguson, leading police in cities such as Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Cincinnati to back off from enforcement. St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson calls this “The Ferguson Effect.”

Worth Reading: Hillary’s Server Is the Smoking Gun! By Jonah Goldberg

Surprise! Ex-U.N. General Assembly head, five others face U.S. bribery case


White House: US airstrike on Afghan hospital 'profound tragedy'
Excerpt: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that the U.S. airstrike on an Afghanistan hospital where aid workers were operating was a "profound tragedy" and President Obama wants a "full accounting of what transpired" -- but clarified that the Justice Department is not involved in any investigation after earlier saying it was. 

In 1965, A Conservative Tried To Keep America White. His Plan Backfired
Excerpt: Fifty years after its passage, it is clear the law definitively altered the complexion of the U.S. population. In 1965, the immigrant share of the population was at an all-time low. Eighty-five percent of the population was white, and 7 out of 8 immigrants were coming from Europe. By 2010, the share of the U.S. population born overseas had tripled, and 9 out of 10 immigrants were coming from outside Europe.

Worth Reading: The Insiders: The Bureau for a Likable and Authentic Hillary (BLAH) is faltering. By Ed Rogers

Excerpt: Her temperament is perfectly unsuited for the presidency. ‘ Good morning, ma’am,” a member of the uniformed Secret Service once greeted Hillary Clinton. “F*** off,” she replied. That exchange is one among many that active and retired Secret Service agents shared with Ronald Kessler, author of First Family Detail, a compelling look at the intrepid personnel who shield America’s presidents and their families — and at those whom they guard. (They say you can judge people by how they treat those, like waiters, they view as their inferiors. ~Bob)


Oregon gunman was Army dropout who studied mass shooters
The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire on fellow students in his community college English class, killing nine people, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters [WHOOOA!] before becoming one himself.

Victims of Oregon shooting
So shooter "mixed race"--read black.  Guess what?  Not only were the victims "Christians," they were ALL WHITE.  Where did this approved hatred come from?  Black Lives Matter and the selfies in the White House with Valerie Jarrett--from the very top. --Barb

CHART: The Truth About Gun Ownership in America Isn’t What Liberals Think

Worth Reading: Victim Culture Is Killing American Manhood

Australia’s 1996 Gun Confiscation Didn’t Work – And it Wouldn’t Work in America

OBAMA SHARES RESPONSIBILITY FOR OREGON MASSACRE. Exclusive: Jesse Lee Peterson asks, 'How many Americans are being killed by gun control?'
Almost before the bodies of the Umpqua Community College shooting victims were cold, Barack Obama was lecturing the American people: “We collectively  are answerable to the families who lost loved ones.” Obama seethed like a child. ...This Marxist doesn’t care about the shooting victims. But he knows that as long as we are armed, he can’t assert total control over us. (Black author. --Barb)

Worth Reading: : Michael Gerson commentary: Obama’s gun speech nothing but posturing
Excerpt: Even if you support “common-sense gun legislation” (as I do), there was nothing in Obama’s speech that effectively argued for it. No policy proposals or serious justifications. No one listening to the speech would be persuaded to take a position he or she did not already hold. Obama was saying, in essence, that it is obvious what we should do about mass gun violence, that evil people are blocking it and that they have innocent blood on their hands. This is apparently what some liberal people think when anger releases them from civility and rationality. Obama speaks as if the gun laws he wants passed would put an end to these killings — a position for which there is no evidence. I believe that more thorough background checks and further restrictions on the type and firepower of weapons, along with improved health services for the severely mentally ill, would be good for our society, apart from mass killings. (It’s a great point, but Obama’s lack of interest in seriously engaging with those who disagree with him has been obvious for some time now -- going back to his “I won” declaration in his first negotiations with Congressional Republicans. When the president wanted to pass Obamacare, he resorted to the Cornhusker kickback and reconciliation as public skepticism and opposition remained solid. Immigration reform is enacted by executive order. The Iran deal gets rammed through despite House and Senate majorities opposing it; Obama dismissed opponents as warmongers who make “common cause” with Iranians chanting “death to America!” When the Senate wouldn’t confirm his nominees, he just declared them “recess appointments” even though the Senate wasn’t in recess. Earlier this year, he dismissed his opponents as “the crazies.” His discussion of ISIS featured a lecture to Christians to get off their “high horse.” Obama’s entire presidency is marked by statements and behavior that suggest he’s willing to engage and negotiate with the world’s most brutal regimes, like Iran, but he finds his American critics and opposing lawmakers too silly, extreme, or malevolent, inherently beyond the pale. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

Worth Reading: An Open Rant Aimed at Those Who Would Repeal the Second Amendment. By Charles C. W. Cooke
Excerpt: Make no mistake: It’ll be unpleasant strolling into Pittsburgh or Youngstown or Pueblo and telling blue-collar Democrat after blue-collar Democrat that he only has his guns because he’s not as well endowed as he’d like to be. It’ll be tough explaining to suburban families that their established conception of American liberty is wrong. You might even suffer at the polls because of it. But that’s what it’s going to take. So do it. Start now. Off you go. (Dear Democrats: Please, please, please run on national gun confiscation in 2016. Republicans could use another Reagan-vs.-Mondale landslide. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

Worth Reading: Putin’s Air Strikes in Syria Are Merely the Latest Example of the Obama Doctrine’s Failure. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, by this time next week you should expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister and shouting, “Thank you, comrade! May I have another?”

Why Obama is Opposed to Israel - by Bishop E. W. Jackson, Sr.
Excerpt: The classic left wing view is that Israel is the oppressive occupier, and the Palestinians are Israel 's victims. Obama is clearly sympathetic to this view. In speaking to the “Muslim World," he did not address the widespread Islamic hatred of Jews. Instead he attacked Israel over the growth of West Bank settlements. Surely he knows that settlements are not the crux of the problem. The absolute refusal of the Palestinians to accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state is the insurmountable obstacle. That's where the pressure needs to be placed, but this President sees it differently. He also made the preposterous comparison of the Holocaust to Palestinian “dislocation”.

Forget about changing the Second Amendment. And stop focusing on mass killings. By Greg Sargent, Washington Post.
Excerpt: I chatted about these ideas today with Adam Winkler, a professor of Constitutional law at the University of California who is the author of “Gunfight: The battle over the right to bear arms in America,” an even-handed history of guns in America and the political, legal, and policy battles over them. A transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity, follows:

Interesting: Trump Wrongs the Right. By RICH LOWRY & RAMESH PONNURU
Excerpt: Consider only these facts: Trump has been leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination for months, and he basically never says “freedom” or “liberty.” He gives no indication of caring about the Constitution. He talks only sparingly about the federal debt. He has, in short, ignored central and longstanding conservative tenets that seemed to have become only more important in the tea-party era — and he has not only gotten away with it, but thrived (so far). How is that possible? Trump is truly a different kind of political phenomenon. He is supposed to be an outrageous right-winger, but he draws support fairly evenly across all factions of the Republican party and is heterodox or indeterminate on key policy questions.

Excerpt: "I came to this country for freedom and I cannot believe this is happening all over again in this country," she continued. "I don't know what happened to America, the Shining City on the Hill for freedom." She also warned against Americans comparing their children and their "education" to those being indoctrinated in China. "I am telling you, Chinese children are not trained to be independent thinkers," she said. "They are trained to be massive skilled workers for corporations. And they have no idea what happened in Tienanmen Square in 1989 where government ordered soldiers to shoot its own 1,000 students."

Worth Reading: What Should Be Next For The GOP: An Alternative To Obama Policies. By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: That brings us to the most important missed opportunities. It’s been five and a half years since the passage of Obamacare. In all that time: Congressional Republicans have yet to unite behind an alternative to Obamacare. Worse, they haven’t even held hearings on how Obamacare might be replaced. Worse still, they haven’t even held serious hearings on the worst problems in ObamaCare – problems that desperately need fixing with some kind of replacement. To top it off, the Republicans haven’t been able to articulate a vision describing what health care would look like if they were ever in charge. This is not a John Boehner problem. This is a party problem. 

Excerpt: While she rails against Wall Street’s influence on Washington, the progressives’ darling may be helping line the pockets of the multi-millionaire hedge-fund manager behind her favorite think tank.

Fact Check: Are mass shootings really becoming routine? Examining the president’s claim that gun violence is worse in the United States than everywhere else By DANIEL JAMES DEVINE
Excerpt: In June, the fact-checking website PolitiFact rated Obama’s comments “mostly false” because they failed to recognize mass shootings that have occurred in other nations with populations much smaller than the United States. In Norway, for example, Anders Behring Breivik killed 80 people in a July 2011 shooting and bombing rampage. Germany has seen at least six mass shootings since 2000, including one in 2009 when a teenager with a gun fired on teachers and students in a secondary school.

What Obama doesn't understand about Oregon shooter Chris Mercer

From the Left: Jeb is cooked: Why megadonors’ millions (probably) aren’t going to save Bush’s disastrous campaign
Excerpt: In Iowa, Republican Jeb Bush leads Clinton by 10 points in a hypothetical general-election match up among registered voters, 50 percent to 40 percent, and Donald Trump is ahead of her by seven points, 48 percent to 41 percent - essentially unchanged from the poll's results a month ago. And Carly Fiorina leads Clinton in the Hawkeye State by 14 points, 52 percent to 38 percent.

Hillary Calls for New Laws That Wouldn’t Have Stopped the Oregon Shooter. By Jim Geraghty
The Oregon shooter bought his guns legally. So did the Roanoake, Virginia shooter. The Tucson shooter passed a background check. The Aurora, Colorado shooter bought all of his guns legally. Hillary blamed the Charleston shooter’s ability to buy a gun on a “loophole in the Brady Bill.” It wasn’t a loophole in the law; it was that local and FBI officials simply didn’t do their job correctly:

Survey: Crooks get guns from pals, don't keep them long
Excerpt: In a survey of almost 100 detainees in the Cook County Jail, few said they get firearms at gun shows or through the Internet, said Harold Pollack, co-director of the crime lab. They also said they don’t normally steal guns or buy them at a licensed store.

1) Fits the profile of an Obama supporter perfectly 2) Secular, hated religion so much he asked each student if they were Christian...if they were he shot them in the head, if they weren't he shot them in the legs 3) Mercer was one of millions of the "Obama Generation"...25 years old, unable to find a career job in Obama's economy, still living at home with his mommy. 4) Going to community college and sucking down big student loan dollars (which taxpayers will now have to pay off since with his death) 5) Mixed raced minority, which made him eligible for a whole host of favorable hiring quotas and free minority scholarships....fits the perfect profile as one of Obama's "sons". 6) Ignorant liberal who embraced wholly Obama's agenda of "conquer, divide and promote economic and racial hate" 7) Lived in a state that had just enacted strict gun control laws, such that the college was guarded by two unarmed security personnel, thus making it impossible for anyone to defend themselves against those who flaunt the gun laws and make their enactment laughable.

Islamic State murders 12 Christians for refusing to renounce Christ
Kind of like the Oregon shooter. ~Bob

Excerpt: According to a Swarthmore College student’s op-ed, the real reason that people make fun of pumpkin-spice lattes is that our society thinks everything girls like is stupid because “girls don’t get to have valid emotions.” “It all comes back to sexism,” Min Cheng writes in a piece for The Phoenix, Swarthmore’s official student newspaper. “People love to hate on what girls like.”

U.S. vs. Russia: What a war would look like
Excerpt:  With the launch of airstrikes in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated a proxy war with the U.S., putting those nation's powerful militaries in support of opposing sides of the multipolar conflict. And it's a huge gamble for Moscow, experts say. (This is a VERY long and in-depth article.  It lays out the difficulties for both the Russians and us, though I think it minimizes ours.  It also takes no account of the importance of the lack of willingness to do battle on our side.  If "we"--meaning the administration--aren't willing to defend our interests, we will surely lose them.  --Ron P.)

Worth Reading: Pope Burnout. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: A fair-minded person might infer from his advice that capitalism is more prone to impoverish than to create enough wealth to bring the underclass out of poverty. Yet the poor in the free-market United States are mostly better off than the middle classes in Pope Francis' homeland. Argentina's statism has transformed one of the most resource-rich countries in the world into an impoverished nation. Are the wages of socialism therefore less than Christian? Authoritarian regimes such as the Castro dynasty in Cuba or Iran's theocracy do not receive much criticism from the pope for their administration of state justice. Yet Francis blasted capital punishment, which in America is mostly reserved for first-degree murderers, not the perpetrators of thought crimes as in Cuba and Iran.

ISIS Cuts Off Fingertips of 12-Yr Old Christian Boy
Excerpt: A spokesperson for Christian Aid said, “In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam. When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion." Eight other aid workers were separately executed for refusing to denounce their faith. In front of a crowd that was summoned to watch, two of the workers, women aged 29 and 33, were raped before all eight were beheaded. (These barbarians are a total waste of oxygen and should be annihilated from the planet. --JB. Comment from the Pope? ~Bob)

Why Hillary Clinton’s gun-control push puts Bernie Sanders in a bind
Excerpt: Earlier this year, Slate's Mark Joseph Stern referred to that vote by Sanders as being for "the most reprehensible pro-gun legislation in recent memory." But Sanders, Stern acknowledges, had an existing record of support for gun owners and opposition to expansions of gun regulations. As our David Fahrenthold noted in July, the NRA actually helped Sanders get elected to Congress.

Ha! State’s press team didn’t mean to favorite that tweet with bad news for Hillary Clinton

Sanders campaign apologizes for threatened arrest of pro-Palestine activists outside Boston rally

Muslims laud Australian murderer as “hero of the Islamic people”

Exclusive: Hate mail Irving mayor and police received over Ahmed Mohamed clock victimhood hoax
Excerpt:  A few of the highlights: “our members will watch your child die bleeding and convulsing on the Love Field tarmac”

Justice Department set to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release
Don't worry. All will be housed within walking distance of rich liberal elites' estates. ~Bob

Why Hillary Clinton is more progressive than Bernie Sanders, in one sentence
Excerpt: Bernie Sanders attracted a 20,000-person crowd in Boston over the weekend with his uncreative wish list of a platform, in which college would be free for all, Social Security would be expanded for all and medical coverage would be highly subsidized for all — regardless of whether you actually need the help. Hillary Monday against “progressives” who propose shoveling public benefits at rich and poor alike. One sentence in particular drew a clear distinction between her campaign and Sanders’s: “I am not in favor of making college free for Donald Trump’s kids,” she said,... 

The Untold Story of JFK's Sister, Rosemary Kennedy, and the Disastrous Lobotomy Ordered by Her Father
Excerpt: After the secret surgery, it would be another two decades – after Joe became incapacitated by a severe stroke in 1961 – before any of Rosemary's eight siblings would learn the truth about their sister's disappearance: she was living at a Catholic facility for the mentally disabled in Jefferson, Wisconsin, hidden from public view. 

Mother of Oregon Shooting Victim urges Americans to Arm Themselves

Differences between the Right and the Left on Gun Control. The Left asks, “Does it feel good?” The Right asks, “Does it do good?”

Immigration Crisis in Hungary

The pen, phone, and stray voltage. By Major Garrett, CBS
Excerpt: The White House saw the contentious wrangling over the dimensions of the gender pay gap nationally -- even the gnawing over male/female pay disparities at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave -- as a gift. A gift the White House wrapped for itself. ... This is the White House theory of “Stray Voltage.” It is the brainchild of former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, whose methods loom large long after his departure. The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness.

Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States
Got everything they want from Obama and Kerry. ~Bob

If that KY Clerk should obey the law, shouldn't the President? ~Bob

For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong? By Peter Whoriskey
Excerpt: In fact, research published in recent years indicates that the opposite might be true: millions might have been better off had they stuck with whole milk.
Scientists who tallied diet and health records for several thousand patients over ten years found, for example, that contrary to the government advice, people who consumed more milk fat had lower incidence of heart disease.

Australia: Jihad murderer got his gun at mosque. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: When was the last time you recall a Christian murderer killing a non-Christian and then screaming “Jesus is Lord!”? And then it coming to light that the murderer was given his gun at a local church that had other ties to violent Christians? Happens all the time, right?

The Myth That White Supremacy is Bigger Threat to U.S. Than Jihadis. By Robert Spencer,

Bangladesh: Muslims attack Christian pastor with knife, attempt to slit his throat

How Islam Creates Sociopaths
When I was getting my degree in Middle East Studies (1968-70), terrorism against western victims was a new and small, if tragic thing. However, if you look at this article, the author, a psychologist, confirms the cultural attributes of the Arab society I documented. (I'm sure I still have that paper.) And now these cultural norms have metastasized under Islamism into the pervasive phenomenon of today. It may be impossible to change this in situ, but it should inform our immigration policies and our educational systems. With the demographics we have in the United States at present, we can make a difference here. And thankfully, there are many, many Muslims here who have bought into our culture of tolerance and the supremacy of civil law. (It should be noted that radical Muslims are legally organizing politically under our laws, Cordially, Larry Greenberg

Who could ever have imagined---Chicago is deadlier than Syria! Odd that there aren't mass refugees fleeing to safer areas. Perhaps we should house all of the incoming Syrians in Chicago---they'd feel right at home. --Tom C. What Chicago needs is strict gun laws and solid Democrat rule...Oh, wait...How many of the victims were black? And Why didn't these black lives matter? ~Bob

Hillary Clinton comes out against Obama’s Pacific trade deal
Excerpt: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Wednesday that she opposes an expansive 12-nation Pacific Rim free-trade accord finalized by the Obama administration this week, breaking sharply with the president over a deal she had championed while serving as secretary of state.

Growing Wussy-Boys: Schools Spend Tens of Thousands on Consultants to Make Recess ‘More Inclusive.’ Hearing phrases like “you’re out!” is hurting kids.
Two elementary schools in the Edina Public Schools district in Minnesota have spent $30,000 to hire “recess consultants” in order to make kids’ playtime “more inclusive.” (We are raising a nation of victims, and it will not be long before we all become victims to Jihadists, China, Russia, Drug Cartels and the growing Culture of Barbarism in our cities. ~Bob)

Pravda Front Page--or so it was claimed.

Yes, it's fake.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

More on the Oregon shooter and other important political news

Reedsburg, WI Farm Art Tour, 10/3/15

Oregon Shooting
I was sitting in a 110 person class at the U of O when this news broke. I looked around. 2 exits, both behind me. A Virginia Tech style shooting happened in an identical set up. That shooter chained one door shut, and then walked in the other and opened fire. Am I armed? No, because every god damn morning when I arrive to my parking spot just off campus, I take my 9mm off my hip and leave in it in my truck and walk to class. Why? Because I don't want to be expelled for breaking a "rule". Its absolutely obnoxious that, having passed all required background checks to conceal carry, and having had more than enough training on the safe use of firearms, I am required to be a potential victim just like the other 109 students in my class. Enough of this bullshit is enough. --Fred. Security guard was unarmed. Politics will certainly take over before those bodies go cold. --Quang


Gunman identified in shooting at Oregon college that left 10 dead
Excerpt: The gunman who killed nine people and injured seven at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Thursday before being killed by police has been identified as Chris Harper Mercer, two law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News. ... Kortney Moore, 18, told the News-Review she was in her Writing 115 class in Snyder Hall when a shot came through the window. Moore said she saw her teacher get shot in the head. The shooter then reportedly told the students to get on the ground before asking people to stand up and state their religion.


Excerpt: Regarding the race of the shooter and his motivations, the Daily Beast reported that the shooter admired the black Roanoke shooter who expressed racial motivations for his actions. They also wrote, “The father is Caucasian, Evans said, while Mercer’s mother, Laurel Harper, is black.”

Ore. shooter left behind online portrait of a lonely youth with a grudge against religion
Excerpt: Mercer was mixed race, according to an Internet dating profile that appeared to come from him, yet his e-mail address referenced an iron cross, a symbol often associated with Nazis. 

‘He became a hero': Army vet Chris Mintz confronted Oregon shooter, family says
Excerpt: Mintz, 30, was attempting to block the door of the classroom when he encountered the gunman, his aunt Wanda Mintz told The Washington Post. Her nephew was shot three times, then fell to the ground. In that moment, she said, he tried to reason with the gunman.

Worth Reading: Both sides are wrong on the gun debate. Here's why. By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Worth Reading: Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial. Preventing juvenile mass murder in American schools is the job of police officers, school teachers, and concerned parents
Excerpt: The challenge for law enforcement agencies and officers, then, is to overcome not only the attacks taking place in schools, but to first overcome the denial in the minds of mayors, city councils, school administrators, and parents. Grossman said that agencies and officers, although facing an uphill slog against the denial of the general public, must diligently work toward increasing understanding among the sheep that the wolves are coming for their children. Police officers must train and drill with teachers, not only so responding officers are intimately familiar with the facilities, but so that teachers know what they can do in the event of an attack. (It is nothing short of a juvenile fear that prevents otherwise rational, intelligent people from recognizing the common sense in this article. Grossman didn't just elicit some foreign, new, strange concept. His recommendations are known quantities by every War Fighter who has ever lived. Unfortunately the protected, are revulsed by what the War Fighter knows to be true, and so seek ineffective, self-defeating, impotent measures to protect their most precious possessions; their children...they also seek to blame the wrong people for the evil that is visited upon them. Curious. What causes otherwise intelligent men and women to ignore the obvious? Fear, and willful ignorance. You can't fear what you do not know, you cannot know what you choose to ignore, you don't have to prepare for what you have chosen not to see. What is coming in the form of an ideologically driven hunter, melded ever so deceptively with the unwitting American populace, will make these sick school shooters pale in comparison. People had better begin to take the blinders from their eyes,, while they still have eyes to cover... --John Bernard)

President Obama is right that guns kill more Americans than terrorism. So do lots of other things.
Once Iran gets the bomb, they will pull far ahead. ~Bob

Putin’s Jets in Syria Are a Threat to the U.S. By David Axe
Excerpt: Putin just deployed an array of jets and missiles to the Middle East. But they’re not the kind of weapons he’d need to fight ISIS. They’re built for countering another major power.

Putin imposes his own reset on a helpless Obama. BY ANDREW MALCOLM 
Sadly, no suggestions or ideas here on what we could or should be doing now, which I assume is because there's no point to any such suggestions, Obama & crew will not be taking any sort of action whatsoever to effectively oppose Putin.  The Russian knows he's got 15 more months to run as wild as he wants to, which will only make him more popular in Russia and cement his hold on power there.  In January 2017 Syria and the rest of the Middle East will still be one horrible mess, since Russia and Iran will have nothing to stop them from all their games. After that, what a new President and Administration can begin to do to make any sort of positive difference there will be a huge question and challenge. --Del


In only the Oregon CC had "a safe place to pee." ~Bob

Head of Italian Bishops Conference hits West’s silence on Muslim persecution of Christians
We should invite this Cardinal to address Congress. ~Bob

UK: Convert to Islam threw acid in face of mother of six, leaving her disfigured and blind in one eye
Surely feminists will speak out? Surely. ~Bob

Moderate Islam: Australia: Muslim leader of “impeccable character” avoids jail after raid finds weapons, Islamic State flag, jihad DVDS, machete

Italy: Muslim who had been deported but returned slashes throat of random passerby

Obama Administration granted asylum and residency to 1,519 foreigners with terror ties
Guess they promised to only behead white people. ~Bob

Excerpt: Mammosham: Planned Parenthood faced its own mammogram lie. Before Congress, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted that the abortion business has never provided mammograms, despite previous claims. It’s time for the President and abortion advocates to stop taking talking points from the group.

Meanwhile, An Islamic Fifth Column Builds Inside America. BY PAUL SPERRY 
Any actual examination of the tenets of Islam, impartial studies in comparative religion going back 50+ years that I know of, all point out that the full tenets of Islam is not just a faith system, like Christianity, but is a total system for life, including government and all laws regulating normal human behavior.  It demands theocracy as government, exactly the way Iran is run today, and as many parts of the ancient Islamic world were run.  This is why the ISIS guys proudly proclaim they are the "true Muslims", because they live under a caliphate, which is a religious state under the command of an accepted religious leader. Kemal Ataturk specifically changed Turkey into a secular state after WW1, in order to bring some progress to the society.  In fact all the Muslim world except Saudi Arabia basically went to secular governments, and most still have them today.  Pakistan and Egypt and others all now have fundamentalist movements within them, which the rest of the society resists, since all the evidence of what life is like under fundamentalists from experience like when the Taliban was running Afghanistan pretty much convinces most people, especially women, that they don't really want to have their lives run by fanatic men devoted to every comma in Sharia Law. Yet the ideal of turning the world Muslim and everyone living under Sharia has been promoted heavily for the last 40 years or so of the rise of fundamentalism, so that all kinds of otherwise intelligent people come to think of it as a good idea.  Even as they live very freely, prosperously, and happily in the USA, Canada, and other Western countries.  And plenty of their leading figures, when pressed, admit to those feelings and that goal.  (But none of them are rushing to move to ISIS territory, or Saudi Arabia, or any other Muslim country.  Whereas we do see some fundamentalist Jews move from the US to Israel.  Interesting.) Understanding that this psychology does exist among some Muslims in the USA is not Islamophobia, it's simply recognizing a reality.  It doesn't mean that a lot of them are going to start building bombs or trying to insist that Sharia Law be an alternate system for them to live by.  It does mean some fraction of them will never identify themselves as Americans, with any affection or devotion to this country.  That is unfortunate, but of course there are plenty of others born here who don't really have any regard for the country either.  Freedom means you don't have to be patriotic, and freedom is what we Americans believe in, cherish, protect, for ourselves and everyone else here. I am not paranoid about Muslims in general, and still believe in immigration open to those who are willing to go through the process and pledge loyalty to the nation.  But none of us should be blind to the realities of religious fanaticism as it so plainly exists in the world today. --Del

Muslims Say They Will Make It Legal to Rape White Christian Women When They Take Over Europe

Germany's Sharia Refugee Shelters. "Bulk of Migrants Cannot Be Integrated." By Soeren Kern
It appears that the only safe thing to do is carefully sort out the people and put the different groups in very different places, even the Muslims from different countries into different places.  But that's one more huge complication on an already enormous task, so I doubt it will happen.  And since they aren't going to have police living in the middle of the camps, the violence inside them will continue, with the largest groups oppressing the smaller ones.  Which means of course that the few Christian refugees will be lucky to stay alive at all, the Kurds and Yazidis will be in major danger as well.  What a terrible mess. This is the direct result of silly and stupid naïveté on the part of Merkel and others like her, who refuse to look at the sad and harsh realities of the multiple intercultural conflicts inside all the Middle East societies, and the intransigence, intolerance, and arrogance of the fraction of fundamentalist Muslims who are fleeing the violence of other Muslims but can't seem to learn anything by that.  This is why we know the road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions. Intent is nice, but appreciation of reality is critical; too many nice people hang on to visions of how people are and  how situations can work out that are basically pleasant fantasies.  And in trying to do good, they bring on harm, and then are completely puzzled. --Del

Support for Common Core Continues to Wane

Argentine President: Obama Administration tried to convince us to give Iran nuclear fuel

NY Times: “Modern man has no use for a gun. He doesn’t own one, and he never will….Modern man cries. He cries often.”
There is an old word for the NYT's "modern man." Slave. ~Bob

UK: 14-year-old Muslim told teacher, “You are on my beheading list”

At least 11 dead after C-130 aircraft crashes in Afghanistan
Better men than those they protect. God's peace, brothers. ~Bob

Excerpt: Half a century ago, Democrats looked at the country and realized they were never going to convince Americans to agree with them. But they noticed that people in most other countries of the world already agreed with them. The solution was obvious. So in 1965 -- 50 years ago this week -- Sen. Ted Kennedy passed an immigration law that has brought 59 million foreigners to our shores, who happen to vote 8-2 for the Democrats. Democrats haven't won any arguments; they changed the voters. 

Worth Reading: Justice and the Obama Justice Department. By Michael B. Mukasey, Former U.S. Attorney General
This is a really excellent discussion of our present Dept of Justice and what happened to it under the Obama Administration and the tutelage of Eric Holder.  Most people are aware that its focus became different than in prior times, with its head declaring he was not interested in crimes involving Blacks as perpetrators, but very interested in alleged crimes by Whites against Blacks.  Several career members of the department quit over the new policies, and one of them has been writing about the department and its various actions since. The defining characteristic of the USA has been that we are a Nation of Laws.  This is meant to say that every person gets held to the same standards as set down carefully on paper, as laws considered and established by the representatives elected by the people.  The statue of justice holds scales and weighs a blindfold, and that is not just cute symbolism, it's the very heart and soul of the idea of justice.  (In the ideal of course, and since human beings are involved, we cannot expect or demand perfect justice all the time.  But it has to be a workable system.) The discussion of how the system changed and the terrible dangers of the corruption of the system is important, very important, to the entire nation.  Starting in 2017 the repair of the system must begin, with a new and vigorous Atty General focused and determined to restore its function to the impartial and effective enforcement of the laws. --Del

Holy water: U.S. Rep. Brady helps himself to pope’s glass

The Prison Problem. By David Brooks, NYT
Excerpt: The drug war is not even close to being the primary driver behind the sharp rise in incarceration. About 90 percent of America’s prisoners are held in state institutions. Only 17 percent of these inmates are in for a drug-related offense, or less than one in five.

Jeb Bush Just Sunk to His Lowest Point Ever. And it’s all because of Donald Trump. By Jim Newell

Obama Administration And UN Announce Global Police Force To Fight 'Extremism' In US
Excerpt: On Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at the United Nations that her office would be working in several American cities to form what she called the Strong Cities Network (SCN), a law enforcement initiative that would encompass the globe. This amounts to nothing less than the overriding of American laws, up to and including the United States Constitution, in favor of United Nations laws that would henceforth be implemented in the United States itself – without any consultation of Congress at all.  The United Nations is a sharia-compliant world body, and Obama, speaking there just days ago, insisted that “violent extremism” is not exclusive to Islam (which it is).

"Israel is not just defending itself but you."
This is Netanyahu addressing the UN just yesterday.  It is a very direct, factual, powerful speech, that spells out the insane and utterly shameful behavior of so much of the world, choosing to ignore the decades long, totally consistent, utterly fanatic drive of Iran and others in the Muslim world to wipe out completely Israel and the Jewish race. And he makes one point that everyone seems to miss.  Iran wants to build ICBM missiles.  But they already possess missiles that can reach Israel.  So who is it so far away that they want to be able to drop nukes on?  Japan maybe, or Korea or Mongolia?  I doubt it.  More like the other large nation that they chant about delivering death to every day. --Del

Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Lowest in 38 Years

What U.S. Retreat Looks Like

Taliban take 4th Afghan district in 48 hours. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Watch for the Pentagon to issue a detailed map explaining how they’re losing, any minute now

Israel: Muslims murder Jewish couple in front of their children

The Operating Room of the Future - InSightec - Dr. Kobi Vortman Technion Alumnus
Comments from the forwarded e-mail: Watch the video, then watch it again and again. There is hope for a cure for almost any life threatening illness/disease. Bravo to the Israelis! Now we have to figure out how to get Medicare to work in Israel. Amazing and almost unbelievable, it is already in use -  and has cured Parkinson tremors! And obviated hysterectomies for uterine fibroid tumors. This machine that the Israelis have created is a miracle. While the Arabs are figuring out how to kill off the world, the Israelis are working on saving it! The future of medicine is coming from Israel


Excerpt: Regarding the race of the shooter and his motivations, the Daily Beast reported that the shooter admired the black Roanoke shooter who expressed racial motivations for his actions. They also wrote, “The father is Caucasian, Evans said, while Mercer’s mother, Laurel Harper, is black.”

Doctors Without Borders leaves Afghan city after airstrike kills 19

Islamic State gaining ground on Golan border. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: They will advance even farther if Assad is removed. And as for the “moderate rebels,” they were never all that moderate. The Free Syrian Army has collaborated with al-Qaeda and terrorized Christians in Syria.

UK: Muslims assault, harass, threaten, persecute family, drive them from their home, for converting to Christianity

German Minister: Islamic State jihadis sneaking into country with refugees, active in refugee camps

The Unknown: Understanding the Islamic Republic Through the Qur’an

Satire: Army Unveils Pink Camouflage Uniform For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Satire: Tryphorgetin

A few years ago at Ft. McHenry, MD, I met a veteran of the British first Airborne Division who had jumped at Arnhem and was captured by the Germans. You bet I got a picture with him. ~Bob