Sunday, March 3, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for March 4, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for March 4, 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.

Response to Advice for my Granddaughter: For When I'm Gone
This book is a true delight..... My son is 11, and as I was reading I was thinking about him, and how I could implement some of your advise to him. I have to admit that I shed a tear or two, while reading a poem to your granddaughter. It's just so beautiful, and speaks volumes. I can tell that Britnye is very loved by her Grandfather, (and Grandmother), it made me a little sad, that my children will never experience that kind of love, since my father passed away. Even when he was alive he wasn't much of a father. I can honestly say' I didn't know him... I am really enjoying the book, and in a way learning from it myself Thank You. --Lucy

U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel
Excerpt: Concerned about Egypt’s political instability and the U.S. budget crunch, a growing number of American lawmakers are challenging the wisdom of providing $1.3 billion a year in military aid to Cairo, arguing that the policy is overdue for a wholesale review. Lawmakers say that Washington’s largess, which includes large fleets of M1A1 tanks and F-16 fighter jets, could backfire, given the unpredictability of Egypt’s Islamist-led government and its fraught relationship with Israel. (Used against Israel? Ya think? ~Bob.)

Keystone XL pipeline would have little impact on climate change, State Department analysis says
Excerpt: The State Department released a draft environmental impact assessment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday, suggesting that the project would have little impact on climate change. Canada’s oil sands will be developed even if President Obama denies a permit to the pipeline connecting the region to Gulf Coast refineries, the analysis said. Such a move also would not alter U.S. oil consumption, the report added. (It's not about "climate change." It's about Greenie efforts to make themselves feel good by screwing the poor on energy. ~Bob.)

Lech Walesa accused of hate speech after gay rights criticism.
Excerpt: "They have to know that they are a minority and adjust to smaller things, and not rise to the greatest heights," he told the private broadcaster TVN during a discussion of gay rights. "A minority should not impose itself on the majority." Walesa, Poland's first democratic-era president, is a deeply conservative Roman Catholic and a father of eight who has never advocated progressive social views. 

2013: The Year So Far in Corruption: The Grand Leftist Delusion. Taki's Magazine
Excerpt: Lord Acton’s famous maxim that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is such a nakedly accurate observation of human nature that one might assume no one ever needed to articulate it, much less keep reminding anyone about it. But a cornerstone of the Grand Leftist Delusion is the notion that when you give human beings the power to legally extort a significant chunk of other human beings’ productive income, this will bring out their best behavior rather than their worst. And yet, as luck and magic would have it, wherever there is government on Earth, there is corruption. 

Excerpt The Taliban's most vaunted commander in Nuristan and Kunar provinces, Sheikh Dost Mohammed, has been killed along with three other Taliban figures in a US drone strike, according to Bokhdi News, citing an official from the Afghan and NATO Military Coordination Office. Sheikh Dost Mohammed has served as the top Taliban leader and shadow governor in Nuristan province for several years, and his insurgent network maintains deep ties to regional Salafist movements and al Qaeda.

Obama to the American People: ‘My Will, Not Yours!’
Excerpt: In 2009, over 70% of the American people said they did not want Obamacare, but did Obama listen to the American people? No! He pushed it through against the will of the American people and now we are all paying for it, literally. Obamacare is already costing most Americans thousands of dollars more for healthcare, when we were promised it would keep costs down. It’s also costing thousands of Americans their jobs as employers lay people off because of their increased costs. Millions of Americans are losing their employer provided healthcare benefits because of the increased costs to employers.

Excerpt: I’m old enough to know better by now, but I’m still amazed how Democrats and liberals can get away with saying a whole lot of stuff while, if said by a Republican or conservative, they’re ignored or ridiculed by the mainstream media. One of the latest comments is from New Jersey Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez who’s now...

Police chief may have been killed with one of Obama's Fast and Furious weapons
Excerpt: On February 19, the head of the state police in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was shot to death in front of his house. The shot came from a field approximately 60 meters away, with a sniper rifle.

High School Student Disarms Gunman…Gets Suspended?
Excerpt: A Florida high school student wrestled a loaded gun away from another teen on the bus ride home this week and was slapped with a suspension in return. The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High student in Fort Myers, Fla. told WFTX-TV there was “no doubt” he saved a life after grappling for the loaded .22 caliber revolver being aimed point-blank at another student on Tuesday.

Beat the press Reporters reveal how the Obama administration threatens and controls the media. By Maureen Callahan
Excerpt: As coverage of last week’s flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent, the larger point was roundly missed: the increasing pressure that White House correspondents feel when dealing with the Obama administration — to follow their narrative, to be properly deferential (!), to react to push-back by politely sitting down and shutting up. “The whole Woodward thing doesn’t surprise me at all,” says David Brody, chief political correspondent for CBN News. “I can tell you categorically that there’s always been, right from the get-go of this administration, an overzealous sensitivity to any push-back from any media outlet.”

A Damn Shame! Son Who Killed His Mother Does What With Her Body? By Christina Coleman
Excerpt: On Tuesday of this week, a garbage bag full of body parts was found in the Bronx, New York by an early morning dog walker. Later, it was found that the body belonged to 45-year-old Tanya Byrd. Turns out, her 23-year-old son Bashid McLean allegedly killed her, chopped her up with a power tool, and snapped a picture of himself holding her severed head. According to sources, McLean pulled out a cell phone camera, posed in front of a bathroom mirror and snapped the gruesome photo of himself smirking while holding his mother’s head under his arm like a trophy. (If Obama had a son...~Bob.)

Egypt, two Coptic Orthodox children aged 9 and 10 risk jail on blasphemy charges
Excerpt: Yet another case of violence and abuse against Coptic Christians. On 26 February, the Court of Bani Suef (Upper Egypt) dismissed the appeal of the families of the two children Rzik Nagy, aged 10, and Mina Farag, 9, accused of desecrating the Koran. They have been detained in a juvenile prison since April 2012. The case has attracted a lot of criticism in the country. Many claim the trial was illegal and devoid of any logic.

Spending isn't the answer, but how do we explain that? By James Delingpole 
Excerpt: Over at, I’m inviting people to take part in a prize competition, the winner being whoever can explain, in terms readily comprehensible even to an audience brainwashed by the BBC’s crack team of neo-Keynesian ideologues, why it is that government spending is not the solution to our ills but the cause of them. It’s something Osborne should have done long ago; indeed it was the sort of thing he used to talk about quite a lot in those heady months before he found himself in government and decided to wuss out.

Delingpole on Friday: getting you out of the **** since 2012
Excerpt: So that’s my challenge to you, Bogpaper readers. Especially those of an economic bent. In no fewer than 200 words and no more than 1000, whether through the medium of parable, reductio ad absurdum, learned essay, or whatever your preferred mode, I invite you to nail once and for all this dangerous lefty notion that governments can spend their way out of a recession by stimulating demand.

Beppe Grillo: Italy's new Mussolini. By Nicholas Farrell
Excerpt: Now, less than four years after its foundation, [Italian stand-up comedian Beppe Grillo's] movement is the largest single party in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, after it secured 26 per cent of the poll at this week’s inconclusive Italian general elections. It is not, insists this fascist of the forest, a party. It is a movement. 

Sequestageddon: government -by-fake-disaster-movie seems to be going swimmingly for Obama. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: A few weeks ago, Ann Coulter announced that she was bored of American politics and was spending her days watching Turner Classic Movies. [That's exactly what I've been doing. It's the zeitgeist. Kate.] I confess that, when it comes to Beltway melodrama, I too am fighting vainly the old ennui, and minded to plump up the pillows and settle back with a bucket of bonbons and a beribboned Shih-tzu for an all-night Norma Shearer marathon. At least, unlike Washington, there’s a chance you may catch something you haven’t already seen a hundred times before.

A school that teaches wives to be mistresses: [Head teacher: TV Chef Gordon Ramsay's ex-mistress of seven years] 
Excerpt: "If more people treated their marriage as they do their job, more marriages would last the lifetime they are supposed to. " Her top tip? Do more in the bedroom than in the kitchen.

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on Obama family last year, perks questioned in new book
Excerpt: Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks. In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family. Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office.

Has Obama released the next Ramon Hernandez?
Excerpt: They are powerful images. One is of an anguished young mother lying in a hospital bed holding her lifeless baby. ... The child was born by Caesarean section in a Santa Fe hospital in an effort to save him, just hours after the Smiths were involved in a crash with an alleged drunk driver on June 10 on Interstate 25 in San Miguel County. (The accused DWI driver, an illegal alien on his 4th DWI. --Barb)

US to Provide $60M in 'Immediate' Aid to Syrian Rebels
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced the United States will provide $60 million to hand-picked Syrian rebel groups. Kerry said the aid, to be provided “immediately in non-lethal assistance” would come in addition to “further steps” to be taken in working with the opposition fighters. The American secretary of state made the statement at a meeting in Rome of the Friends of Syria following talks with Syrian National Council (SNC) leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib. (Command economy, command diplomacy. What happened to Congress? --Barb.)

Op-Ed: Underestimating North Korea and Iran
Excerpt: ….Indeed, the Obama administration and the western press both naively took at face value and parroted North Korea's public claim that their third nuclear test is for nuclear warhead miniaturization. Yet this claim is almost certainly disinformation designed to conceal that North Korea's nuclear weapon program is advanced far beyond warhead miniaturization. …So, North Korea achieved a nuclear weapons capability during the Clinton administration in 1994, and not during the Bush administration with their first test in 2006. (Article says MSM and regime have swallowed disinformation bait. --Barb.)

Breaking Bad and the collapsing taboo around hard drugs. By Damian Thompson
Excerpt: Crystal meth is smokeable methamphetamine, which produces a hit that makes a line of Bolivian marching powder seem like a sugar rush from a boiled sweet. It rots teeth so badly that junior hipsters look like tramps without their dentures; addicts moan for hours about imaginary bugs crawling under their skin. A close American friend of mine fell prey to this poison and only just escaped with his life. (Should read, "...friend was idiot enough to try it..." ~Bob.)

UK: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond: Cut Welfare Not Defence. By Holly Watt
Excerpt: The unusually frank public intervention from a loyal senior Conservative minister is unlikely to be welcomed by Mr Osborne and the Prime Minister because it lays bare deep divisions over future spending decisions. There have been rumours of a “union of ministers” blocking further cuts and Mr Hammond today indicates that this is the case. His comments are also expected to add to tensions within the Coalition because the Liberal Democrats are opposed to more welfare cuts.

All the President’s unaccountable men. By Linda Chavez
Excerpt: When Bob Woodward, one of Washington’s most distinguished journalists, accuses the White House of rewriting history, even liberals should take note. And when the White House responds by threatening him, you’d think the story would become a national scandal. What makes the story even more important is that it deals with an issue that has dominated the news in recent weeks: the budget cuts that will have taken effect yesterday.

UK: Three Muslims guilty of kidnapping 13-year-old girl and forcing her into sexual slavery
Excerpt: The Qur'an allows for the owning of sex slaves: If you fear that you will not act justly towards the orphans, marry such women as seem good to you, two, three, four; but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own; so it is likelier you will not be partial. (Qur'an 4:3) This verse is the basis for Islamic polygamy, allowing a man to take as many as four wives, as long as he believes he is able to “deal justly” with all of them ... The verse goes on to say that if a man cannot deal justly with multiple wives, then he should marry only one, or resort to “what your right hands own” – that is, slave girls.

German 'Google tax' to force search engines to pay for showing news extracts.
Excerpt: A law has been passed in the German parliament that will force search engines such as Google and other news aggregators to pay royalties to publishers for showing extracts of their articles in search results.

‘By All Means, Leave’: The Amazingly Blunt Response One State Rep. Gave a Citizen Who Wrote Him Opposing Concealed Carry in Schools
Excerpt: Get out of here. That was one Wyoming state representative’s message to a resident who contacted him recently stating her opposition to a bill that would have allowed people with concealed carry permits to carry guns in public schools, colleges and sporting events.

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