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Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for February 18, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for February 18, 2013
Robert A. Hall
Your one-stop-shop for political news and opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. This SitRep (Military for “Situation Report”) is created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. And I can only spend at most three hours a night pulling stuff, plus the healthcare or economic stuff that crosses my desk at work. As always, I—and you—owe them thanks and appreciation. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, or too far a stretch, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, or in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism.

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Dangerous Times: Islamic fascism exploits Euro crisis. By James Lewis and Justine Aristea
Excerpt: Silvio Berlusconi is one of the richest men in Italy, and he is not a fascist. So why is he saying nice things about Mussolini? Because Berlusconi is watching Beppe Grillo, the comedian and fascist-talker, coming up fast in the election campaign, coming up just two weeks from now. ... All this hatred seems to be funded by Iran, Saudi Arabia and neo-Ottoman Turkey, which has bought up the mass media in countries like Albania. (Will we return to what our history has taught us, or relinquish our precious freedom. I think we are running out of time so something must change the American mindset soon. --GBH)

Excerpt: The top American commander in Afghanistan said on Sunday that he believes the U.S.-led NATO coalition can operate effectively despite the Afghan president's decision to ban Afghan security forces from requesting airstrikes in residential areas.

You'll be glad you heard this very intelligent young man speak. as a former secret service agent, He knows the subject matter well. --DH

Eurozone GDP plummets, shows predictions were lies
Bloomberg reports: "The euro-area recession deepened more than economists forecast with the worst performance in almost four years." So why couldn't 'economists' predict the contraction? That's easy. Because they are still listening to the outright lies of eurozone propagandists, who are desperately hoping to stoke optimism and investment in a moribund economy. Remember when just a few weeks ago, the chieftains of Europe were predicting a slow but steady recovery? Like "Super Mario": "European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said last week that confidence in the 17-nation bloc has stabilized and the ECB sees a gradual recovery beginning later this year, though the situation is fragile." Once enough investors finally figure out that they are being fed nothing but lies by desperate eurozone leaders, it will be over. Here is more evidence, as if they needed it. --Don Hank

CHP assistant chief arrested, accused of helping fugitive son
Excerpt: The rapist who fled Fresno County to Mexico and lived under an alias for two months has been caught, Sheriff Margaret Mims said Saturday.

Germany's wind power chaos should be a warning to the UK
Germany has gone further down the 'renewables' path than any country in the world, and now it's paying the price.

Blacks Are Fed Up with Obama; It’s about Time! By Crystal Wright 
Excerpt: An increasing number of blacks appear to finally be getting angry with Obama. It’s just too bad it took four years and voting for Obama a second time for blacks to realize the president doesn’t care about their interests. Immigration and the president’s determination to get legislation passed granting amnesty to an estimated 11-20 million illegal aliens seems to be the straw that broke black liberals’ backs.

James Robert Webb: Women in the Infantry?
A superb article that addresses why women should not be included in infantry units. We all know political correctness is the driving force behind this decision. The article also provides an understanding of the infantryman's mindset. --GBH

New women-in-combat policy defies common sense
Excerpt: In my 27 years as a Marine officer I have commanded and been commanded by women. I found them just as smart, as patriotic and as professional as their male counterparts. I also observed that 99.5 percent lacked the physical strength to do the routinely rigorous and often brutal training required to be competent in a ground combat MOS (specialty). Every female in uniform has lower gender-normed physical standards than their male counterparts. (Two more very practical inputs from Marine officers about this damn social engineering in the military. --Del)

The One Scary Thing About The GOP's Tech Deficiency. By Michael Turk
Excerpt: Our challenge is not in data or technologists. Our challenge is competing in the realm of academic investigation and the brainpower represented by professors with tenure who do nothing but come up with ideas to explore. Now they have access to a free, unrestricted laboratory to test their theories, and a party willing to foot the bill. It is a perfect storm from which the GOP may truly be unable to escape.

Obama Fiddled. By Andrew B. Wilson 
Excerpt: Through their testimony, we learned of the strange indifference of the president to the events that were unfolding on this obviously historic date for America and its sworn enemies (the eleventh anniversary of Nine Eleven 2001). According to Panetta, the president told them that the response to the attack was “up to them.” And that was it: According to Panetta and the general, they had no further contact with the president (or, for that matter, Secretary Clinton) the rest of the evening or night.
If the leader of the free world can lie with such impunity we are doomed. By James Delingpole
Excerpt: Earlier this week in his State of the Union address President Obama made some observations on climate change so brimming with falsehoods I'm surprised his nose didn't fall off. It really doesn't matter whether he himself was deliberately lying or whether he was merely lending the gravitas of his office to the deliberate lies of others. The point is that the President of the USA has access to any number of fact checkers and advisers and if he stands up and addresses the nation with a farrago of complete untruths then the buck stops with him.

Get ‘Em Young: Obama’s Plan for Universal Preschool
Excerpt: Preschool is billed as preparation for kindergarten and sold to parents as an opportunity for essential socialization of children.

Obama: ‘The Problem Is I’m Not The Emperor Of The United States
Excerpt: When asked specifically what he would do to make sure more families weren’t deported, Mr. Obama responded: “This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency. The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”

15 Things That Are Not Okay For Liberals To Do. By John Hawkins
Excerpt: Many liberals have come to believe the rules of morality, decency, and good behavior don't apply to them. 

Generational Theft Needs to be Arrested: A Democrat, an independent and a Republican agree: Government spending levels are unsustainable. By Geoffrey Canada, Stanley Druckenmiller, and Kevin Warsh
Excerpt: Most consequentially, the growth in spending on entitlement programs—Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare—must be curbed. These truths are not born of some zeal for austerity or unkindness, but of arithmetic. The growing debt burden threatens to crush the next generation of Americans.

Farewell to a modest and wonderful Pope. By Damian Thompson
Excerpt: How many times, compared with John Paul II, has he railed angrily against sexual immorality? Hardly ever. Instead, he has talked urgently about the most poisonous threat facing young people everywhere: drug abuse, that unfailing killer of spirituality.

So total is the Left's cultural ascendancy that we dare not mention the socialist roots of fascism. By Daniel Hannan
Excerpt: 'I am a Socialist,' Hitler told Otto Strasser in 1930, 'and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow'. No one at the time would have regarded it as a controversial statement. The Nazis could hardly have been more open in their socialism, describing themselves with the same terminology as our own SWP: National Socialist German Workers' Party.

Washington University Holds panel of Porn Stars in it's Main Chapel
Excerpt: At Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, students are perpetually lamenting the fact that their excellent Midwestern school isn’t mentioned more often with Ivy-caliber powerhouses. Well, this story probably isn’t going to help.

70 officers needed to disperse 'food fight' rioters. by Colin Flaherty
Excerpt: School says race has nothing to do with black mob violence. Neither did race have anything to do with the dozens of others examples of black mob violence and lawlessness – many caught on video – that have plagued the Twin City for at least three years. So say police. So say reporters. So say public officials. The victims and the videos tell a different story.

Obama’s EEOC: We’ll Sue You If You Don’t Hire Criminals 
Excerpt: The Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it should be a federal crime to refuse to hire ex-convicts — and threatens to sue businesses that don’t employ criminals. (What we need are more convicted ax murders working at the EEOC. ~Bob. So you thought Obamacare was the last straw? No, they're coming up with more and more creative ways to scare entrepreneurs out of business. It will be a miracle if unemployment doesn't really skyrocket soon to match -- or even outstrip -- Spain and Greece. But you never know. There is an outside chance that fracking and oil and gas production could thwart all government efforts to kill business. And if that happens, don't worry: As Daniel Greenfield said, Obama WILL take the credit for the achievement he did everything in his power to stop. These people lead charmed lives, thanks to their connections in the spiritual world. --Don Hank.)

The Stoning of Dr. Ben Carson. By Paul Kengor
Excerpt: Liberals continue their hysteria over remarks made by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast last week. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in on healthcare — something he knows something about, and certainly knows better than Barack Obama. In the liberal mind, Carson committed a grave transgression; he had dared to disagree with Obama, and in Obama’s presence.

Bear Bombers Over Guam: Russian nuclear bombers circle Guam--Message sent loud and clear, we do not fear Barack Obama. By Bill Gertz
Excerpt: Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address.

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