Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The weekend news flood

While you were worrying about politics on Saturday, Bonnie and I were at the Waterloo, WI, Weiner & Kraut fest, and town wide yard sale. Love that small town stuff. Outside Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin is like America used to be. With the shootings in DC, sorry I logged back on. ~Bob

Don’t Miss: Kickstart Campaign to fund WWIII
Very funny satire from Second City Network in Chicago. ~Bob

Quatrains for inspiration

Excerpt: Former White House economic adviser and Treasury secretary Lawrence H. Summers has withdrawn his name as a candidate for Federal Reserve chairman, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon making name for himself
Excerpt: As the Legislature moves toward the climax of its annual session, competition for time on The Truth Sofa is rising. Lots of people want a few minutes alone with Shannon, arguably the most powerful man inside the state Capitol. (Black republican. I heard him on TV this morning while dressing. Someone to watch. ~Bob.)

What is the Happiness Lobby? Growing Body of Questionable Research Lends Support to Paternalistic Policies. By Iain Murray and Blake Taylor
Excerpt: In recent years, there has been an explosion in published research into the causes and implications of happiness. The field of happiness research has grown enormously since the 1974 publication of a study by University of Southern California economist Richard Easterlin that found that higher income in the United States between 1946 and 1970 was not accompanied by greater happiness among the population. For years, happiness research remained an academic field.

Betrayed: Pensioners and Taxpayers
Excerpt: Comprehensive research into the funded status of state-level defined benefit public pension plans reveals that public employee retirement promises are underfunded by $4.1 trillion. Combined, state public pension plans are just 39 percent funded, says Cory Eucalitto, an editor and author at State Budget Solutions. States facing a particularly large unfunded liability at a per capita level and as a percentage of their annual gross state product include Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, Oregon, Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska.

Top policewoman who was shot in southern Afghanistan has died
Excerpt: A top policewoman in southern Afghanistan died early Monday after being shot by unknown attackers, months after her predecessor was also slain. Her death, one of the latest in a string of attacks on prominent Afghan women, could make it even harder to recruit female officers in a deeply conservative nation where just 1 percent of the police are women.

Almost everything you think you know about the Matthew Shepard narrative is false.
Excerpt: As gay journalist Aaron Hicklin, writing in The Advocate asks, “How do people sold on one version of history react to being told that the facts are slippery --- that thinking of Shepard’s murder as a hate crime does not mean it was a hate crime? And how does it color our understanding of such a crime if the perpetrator and victim not only knew each other but also had sex together, bought drugs from one another, and partied together?”

Putin Bashing. By Donald Hank 
Excerpt: These articles, their web sites and outlets and their authors have always in some way, subtle or overt, supported US military actions wholeheartedly and many of them support a strike on Syria, despite the fact that the 'rebels' are heavily infiltrated with Al Qaeda and reports coming out of Syria, such as those by Italian correspondents Piccin and Quirico, are exposing the 'opposition' as riddled with foreign fighters and ruthless anti-American and anti-Christian murderers. They also have been found by the Turks, by UN observer Carla De Ponte and by AP reporter Dale Gavlak to possess chemical weapons. Reporters and most ordinary citizens are afraid to even mention these facts. Here in the Land of the Free.

U.S. releases illegal immigrants who are sex offenders: Report says many are freed without supervision or speedy deportation
Excerpt: The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won’t take them back.

Lady Liberty’s Torch Is Already Tainted
Nor can terrorists take from our government the responsibility to protect our borders, and yet, in the name of eternal power and the intent to fundamentally change America, our government refuses to do that very thing. Gun running, drug running, importing votes, importing terrorists, refusing to protect its people – Lady Liberty’s torch is already tainted. How long until it drags thru streets of blood as the consequence of our government not doing its duty?

Excerpt: The president has powers to fight income inequality, President Obama argued in an interview broadcast Sunday, adding that Republicans in Congress have hobbled his efforts to do it. Appearing on ABC's "This Week" program, Obama acknowledged that the wealthiest Americans have benefited disproportionately from the economic recovery of recent years. (The WH favors Kobe beef, Maine lobster, champagne, multiple vacations and all those golf fees (to make First Family cost US taxpayers more than Royals cost Brits) while dismantling the Blue Angels, WH tours by the public, US military readiness….Must be nice to fiddle while Rome burns and charge the Romans to listen to the propaganda…oh, and tell them to get used to eating less and drink water. Since when does POTUS have the power to “equalize income”? This is not the USSR—and frankly—even there, the Party people were the 1% “in crowd” with “the mark” and they had the cars, caviar, vodka, furs…not the peasants, who were still peasants, listening to overlords in uniforms taking away their God and religion, their sense of community and fun by asking them to spy on one another, pushing fear to the point that those that could save for a bottle of vodka from the foreign tourist shop—the State tried to export it versus have it for domestic overconsumption—found relief from their living nightmare in a back alley with a bottle. Radio Free Europe was a medium that showed—like the internet has tried—what the rest of the world IS. There were those that listened, hoped and came here for refuge…to degenerate into this? Many realize that if the US collapses, the Illuminati have global domination and nowhere is safe. Have a nice week. –Barb)

House panel accuses State Dept. of obstructionism in Benghazi investigation
The State Department willfully obstructed a congressional investigation of the deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi last year, according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. State Department officials routinely refused requests for documents on its investigation into the September, 2012, attack, including interview transcripts and summaries of eyewitnesses to the attack, according to a committee report obtained by The Hill. 

Excerpt: An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private information at the mercy of a nearby insurance agent. … “The gorilla in the room is that they sent me something that’s not even encrypted. It’s unsecured, on an Excel spreadsheet,” Koester told reporters.

What Conservative Foreign Policy Looks Like. Neither John McCain nor Rand Paul get it right. By Andrew C. McCarthy
Excerpt: A conservative foreign policy would set itself firmly against Iran and Assad, as well as against al-Qaeda, the Brotherhood, and their state sponsors. It would not choose sides between them in their Syrian free-for-all. It would make the defeat of all of them — of Islamic supremacism — its strategic objective. It would tactically use the opportunities afforded by our diplomatic, economic, intelligence, military, and leadership capabilities to make it happen. (One of the very best analysis of Islam vs Western civilization I've ever read; it may be too difficult for politicians and some news pundits to comprehend it all so the following is an excellent summation of "workability" without leading with military strikes on foreign nations, regardless that such strikes under the Obama would be "pinpricks" and "infinitesimally small" (Aviators: Think use of practice bombs with shotgun shell nose fuse. Do not discount the effectiveness of being hit by one of those 10 lb cast iron bombs traveling at 500 mph!) –JP)

Did you shoot the gun, Honey? 
From AOL/HuffPo--of all possible places!--here is a video report of a 12-year-old girl's self-saving by proper use of a firearm. Only a few minutes long, it clearly demonstrates what self defense advocates have been pointing out all along. Ron P.

Excerpt: Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS officials reportedly coached black ministers on how to engage in political activity without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.
Social Security Overpays $1.3 Billion in Benefits
Unfortunately, not to me. ~Bob. Excerpt: A new GAO report says the federal government may have paid $1.29 billion in social security disability benefits to 36,000 people who don’t even qualify for the program. They make too much income to qualify!!!

British College Caves To Muslim Demands To Drop Ban On Face Veils
Excerpt: One of Britain’s biggest colleges on Friday dropped a ban on Muslim face veils after thousands of people signed a petition against the rule.( When will people grow some seeds and stop giving up our country? --JB)

Massachusetts School Reads Muslim Foot Washing Poem on 9/11 – Ignores Pledge of Allegiance 
Excerpt: Concord Carlisle High School in Concord, Massachusetts is the site of this travesty; Concord, the site of the first military engagements of the American Revolution. On the twelfth anniversary of 9/11 Principal Peter Badalament allowed the reading of a Muslim foot washing poem, about a Muslim woman washing her feet at a Sears Department Store prior to engaging in her Muslim prayers, over the Pledge of Allegiance. (How much more until we lose our country altogether? --JB)

Boston High School Teacher Trades Pledge of Allegiance for Muslim Anti-American Poem. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Poor Muslims. Mean intolerant Americans are always so bigoted toward them. Instead of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or any unsettling images from the mass murder of 3,000 Americans in the name of Islamic Supremacism, Principal Peter Badalament chose to read Mohja Kahf’s poem, “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” in which her Syrian grandmother argues with American women who don’t want her following the Islamic ritual of washing her feet in a sink where people wash their hands.

Rand Paul Criticizes Evangelical Christians Claiming They Want To Go To War For Israel
Excerpt: Pandering to his dad’s base. Via Weekly Standard: In an interview with Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins, Kentucky senator Rand Paul criticized “some” Christians who support Israel and the Jews and those Christians’ “overeagerness” to go to war. Adding to sentiments he expressed in a speech earlier this year, Paul told Buzzfeed:

Massachusetts store owner pleads guilty to Food Stamp Fraud, gets 2/12 years.
Excerpt: Authorities say the 49-year-old [Pat] Lu exchanged food stamp benefits for cash, with Lu entering fraudulent information on an EBT and paying cash to the customer for half of what he charged for their purchase. He also allowed customers to use EBT cards to buy cigarettes, which is illegal. Prosecutors say the store processed $800,000 in fraudulent EBT transactions.

Raleigh Police Make Arrest in Food Stamps for Tattoos Fraud. By Caroline May
Excerpt: Police say a Raleigh, North Carolina tattoo parlor accepted food stamps as payment for tattoo work, according to the Carolina’s WNCNRaleigh police arrested Clifford Craig Tittle, the owner of Ink Addiction Tattooz, this week and charged him with buying and distribution of food stamps and conspiracy to obtain property under false pretenses.

VIDEO: David Brooks warns of 'the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,'takeover of the Republican Party. By Jeff Poor 
Excerpt: On PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks warned that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and similar legislators’ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party. Brooks insists the motives of Cruz are less about legislation and policy and more about the politics of undermining the Republican establishment.

American Ineffectualism: Every American ally is cringing with embarrassment at the amateurishness of the last month. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: All this the average Times reader would find entirely unexceptional. Indeed, it’s the sort of thing a young Senator Obama would have been writing himself a mere five years ago. Putin even appropriated the 2008 Obama’s core platitude: “We must work together to keep this hope alive.”

"Hey, can you tell I've lost some weight? I'm on that new Obama diet. Every day I let Vladimir Putin eat my lunch. That's how it works." –Jay Leno

Ice, Ice, Baby. By Joe Bastardi
Excerpt: Remember this quote from Senator John Kerry in 2009? “[T]he Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013.” … Is ice coverage below normal? Yes, but it's much higher than last year and at the highest level in several years. Certainly not gone. Lost in all this is the Southern Hemisphere ice cap which grew to record levels in July. It's closer to the top of the heap now than the Arctic ice cap is to the bottom.

5 People Who Were Murdered For Being White in America. By John Hawkins 
Excerpt: Not only are there a lot of decent black Americans who give up on having a good life because they're falsely convinced that the deck is stacked against them, but there are even people who die because the Left has embraced crying racism as a political tactic. The more the Left screams that everyone who opposes Obama is racist, that Republicans want to put black Americans back in chains, that conservatives want to lynch black Americans, that it's Birmingham, Alabama all over again, the more people on the fringes take liberals seriously and act out violently as a result.

California lawmakers approve measure to allow driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

Israel's twenty year nightmare. By Caroline Glick
Excerpt: Twenty years ago today, Israel's so-called peace process with the PLO was officially ushered in at the White House Rose Garden. A year or so later, when the death toll of Israeli victims of the massive terror offensive that the PLO organized shortly afterwards reached what then seemed unbearable heights, a popular call went out to "Put the Oslo Criminals on Trial." Needless to say, with Shimon Peres, the architect and godfather of the so-called peace process now serving as the President of Israel, nothing ever came of the call.

Rise of the Thought Police: Bullying Your Children into Forsaking Their Values: Proposed 'anti-bullying' legislation creates a powerful new bureaucracy to police students' values and remediate politically incorrect beliefs. By Walter Hudson
Excerpt: The bill would repeal existing anti-bullying statutes which have proven effective. It would create an invasive, overbearing, and unfunded new state bureaucracy to impose politically correct values upon students, teachers, parents, staff, and anyone serving in or around the educational system. It would affect both public and private schools.

Use Found for Jerry Brown's California.
Excerpt: "A new lawsuit filed by the city of San Francisco on behalf of the state of California alleges that over the past five years, the state of Nevada has dumped 1,500 mental patients onto other states by putting them on Greyhound busses and sending them over state lines with no prior arrangements with families or other mental hospitals once they arrive." By “other states” they mean primarily the erstwhile Golden State.

PHOTO: 7-11 Marketing It's Pizza to Food Stamp Recipients
Excerpt: This will make your blood pressure skyrocket.

Heritage Foundation Gets Tough: Think tank puts punch behind its conservative ideas. By Tim Mak
Excerpt: The Heritage Foundation, formed in 1973, is among a quartet of large, established think tanks that have long dominated the ideas industry in Washington, along with the left-leaning Brookings Institution, the libertarian Cato Institute and the right-leaning but less combative American Enterprise Institute. Heritage Action was created in 2010 “to make politicians feel the heat of accountability on conservative issues,” [Heritage Foundation leader ] Jim DeMint said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice is a greater incitement to anti-Semitism than the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. By Daniel Hannan
Excerpt: Most Christians find the [court] scene uncomfortable; most Jews find it excruciating. Some years ago, the lawyer Anthony Julius argued that the archetype created by Shylock was the basis of an English anti-Semitism that, while not as destructive as the European versions, was the worse for being rooted in high culture.

Sexy lesbian vampire chic: how Europe disguises its fascist demons with bourgeois elegance. By Tim Stanley
Excerpt: Having delivered the standard Nuremberg defence for casual slaughter, she enters a sexual reverie as she recalls how she "plucked out the nipples" of her victims. Bathory is a psychopathic fascist and the viewer only thinks twice about loathing her because she happens to look good in Gucci. The horror movies of this period are full of such Nazi metaphors; there was no need to spell things out because the audience understood exactly what they were watching.

Germany's Bismarck temptation and secret pacts with Russia. By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Excerpt: Germany's euro break-up party – Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) – has unveiled its foreign policy. It is pure Bismarck. "Germany and Europe have no interest in a further weakening of Russia," said Alexander Gauland, AfD's foreign affairs chief.

Senate committee passes shield law defining "journalist". By Ed Morrissey
Excerpt: Dianne Feinstein wants that to be a rather exclusive club: 'Journalists and bloggers who report news to the public will be protected from being forced to testify about their work under a media shield bill passed by a Senate committee Thursday. But the new legal protections will not extend to the controversial online website Wikileaks and others whose principal work involves disclosing “primary-source documents … without authorization.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Media Shield Law (Free Flow of Information Act)
Excerpt: Some blogs and new reports have erroneously stated that the FFIA would only cover “credentialed” or salaried journalists who work for mainstream media. The legislation, in fact, provides strong protection for new-media journalists, including bloggers.

Media Shield Law is Armor for the Autocrats: Don't fall for this Trojan Horse legislation; Centralization is the objective. By Doug Hagmann
Excerpt: It is an integral plank of the Progressives and Globalists who have been advancing the Communist agenda for decades, using it to ultimately seek control under global governance. The bill, should it become law, will have a chilling effect on free speech, especially any negative discourse against the people in power, their policies and plans. Everyone needs to pay very close attention to this bill and take a stand to assure its defeat.

Kuwait Funding Muslim Brotherhood Growth in Western Mosques. By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: The completion of a new mosque in Amsterdam is doing more than opening the doors of worship to Dutch Muslims; it is opening new windows into unexpected avenues of terrorist financing and funding for the growth of radical Islam in the West.

At least (now 13) people killed in shooting at Navy building in Washington
Excerpt: Many who managed to escape in the early minutes of the episode told of panic and fear after a shooter — described as a tall, African-American man with an AR-15 — opened fire. … But she said there are "potentially two other shooters" who remain at large. One was described as a white male, last seen at 8:35 a.m. with handgun and wearing a short-sleeve khaki shirt and a beret-style hat that may have been military-issued. (Unusual. Most mass murders are white, even though blacks commit a majority of the murders in the USA. ~Bob.)

Aaron Alexis Identified As Washington Navy Yard Shooting Suspect

'Professional' media identify wrong man as Navy shooter. By Ed Morrissey
Excerpt: That would be CBS and NBC, who offered the name Rollie Chance as the dead suspect in the Washington Navy Yard, responsible for six deaths and a number of wounded. The only problem? Rollie Chance is still alive and had nothing to do with the shooting, apparently.

CNN Anchor: Whoever heard of a gunman rampaging across a U.S. military facility?
Excerpt: Probably 80 percent of the public, I’d guess, thought of Nidal Hasan when they heard the news this morning. I’m one of them; it occurred to me that maybe this was revenge from a sympathizer for the death sentence he got a few weeks ago. Here’s the very latest as I’m writing this at a little past noon ET, though:

Russian Diplomat on Navy Yard Shooting: "A clear case of American Exceptionalism"
ExcerptAwkward, but imagine how much more awkward it’ll be if the shooter — or shooters — turns out to be a pro-Assad fanatic angry at American threats against the regime. (It’s naval assets, after all, that are expected to lead a potential U.S. attack against Syria.) If you’re going to gloat over a mass murder that’s been committed against your new “partner in peace” while it’s in progress, at least wait until you know for sure that you’re not allied with the perpetrator. [This is an attitude I saw frequently during my 8-term incarceration at Los Angeles City College. One day as our teacher was lecturing in our Algebra 2 class, a person from a certain part of the globe looked down her nose and said, "Gee-oonier High School," by which she meant she'd learned all this way back when she was thirteen. The day came when we had the test on this material that was so far beneath her exalted-ness. When we got our grades a day or two later I said, "So you must have done really well?" She said she hadn't. "I thought you'd said you'd done all this in Junior High School?" Looking down her nose, she said, "Well, dee test iss dee-frent." --Kate]

Excerpt: There are several documented cases where armed citizens have stopped mass attacks by gunmen. Let me list a few: The Pearl, Mississippi school shooting was stopped by the vice principal Joel Myrick with a Colt .45, The Appalachian School shooting was stopped by two students with handguns. Both of the above incidents were stopped by the armed citizens threatening the shooter without firing.

Rep. Tom Graves' plan both delays and defunds Obamacare. By John Hayward
ExcerptRep. Tom Graves (R-GA) made his bid to stop the ObamaCare train wreck by introducing the Stability, Security, and Fairness Resolution, which essentially funds every part of the government except ObamaCare for the coming year. The gigantic federal government is now funded by an endless string of emergency spending resolutions, a stack of fiscal Band-Aids high enough to reach the Moon.

The Egyptian Pyramid Scheme. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Deserts are funny things. A big wide open space in which nothing moves can play tricks on the mind. Spend enough time looking at a desert and you will see things moving in it because your mind needs to believe that there is life in it. Look hard enough and you will see democracy, progress and change.

Collaborators in the War against the Jews: Ian Lustick – by Steven Plaut
Excerpt: Three years ago, the tenured left at DePaul was attempting to force the university into granting tenure to the anti-Semitic embarrassment Norman Finkelstein, who has no bona fide academic publications, and is well known as a collaborator with the Hezb’Allah terrorists. To manipulate the tenure system, these leftists needed to recruit letters of recommendation from people at other schools who could be counted upon to endorse and support Finkelstein out of a sense of political solidarity with his propaganda.

Insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market: Insurers in California's new health insurance exchange are holding down premiums by limiting choices, raising concerns that patients will struggle to get care.

Bawny throws Barry under the bus
Excerpt: Former Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank threw cold water on this meme on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday correctly informing viewers that the auto bailout lost money for the federal government. By contrast, we made money from George W. Bush’s 2008 bank bailout (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Excerpt: ‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law.


Excerpt: Secretary of State John F. Kerry insisted on Monday that a deal to rid Syria of chemical weapons will be enforced by the United Nations. The United States, Britain and France agree that “we will not tolerate avoidance or anything less than full compliance,” Kerry said. (It will take years, even if they mean it. US still hasn’t destroyed all ours and we are not in a civil war. Meanwhile, Assad stays in power, despite Obama’s statement that he must go, Russia becomes the major player there and keeps its Syrian ally, as does Iran. And what will the US, Britain & France do if thy get less than full compliance? ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Saturday that the first international inspection of Syrian chemical weapons will take place by November, with destruction to begin next year. (I think, to be sure, Kerry should personally lead the inspection team. ~Bob.)

Hey, Relax, Everybody! Obama, Kerry, Putin, and Assad Say Syria's Fixed! By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: Today and in the coming days, we'll see President Obama and his surrogates insisting that the deal on Syria represents one of the greatest foreign-policy accomplishments of his presidency. And they're right — but not in the way that they think. In terms of policy, it's a disaster. Assad is left unpunished, other than turning over weapons he wasn't supposed to be able to have anyway. His cooperation is not guaranteed, and is in fact unlikely. Assad has gone from Hitler's successor a few days ago to the only guy who can ensure the chemical weapons get turned over. But the American people — left, right, and center — spoke clearly on Syria: We don't care what happens over there, just don't get us sucked into another war in the Middle East. And by acquiescing to a Russian plan designed to fail, Obama avoided war. So politically — really, the only measurement that matters to this administration — he wins. Considering how disastrous the military option appeared, maybe that really is the better choice.

New Syria Agreement Is a Big Victory. For Assad. By Jeffrey Goldberg 
Excerpt: A couple of months ago, the Obama administration was -- at least rhetorically -- targeting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad for removal. Today, the U.S. has in a perverse way made Assad its partner. … By partnering with Russia and the West on the disarmament process, a process that is meant to last into 2014 (and most likely won’t be finished for years, even if it is carried out in good faith, which is a big “if”), Assad has made himself indispensable. 

Why the Russians Can't Be Trusted in Syria. Moscow isn't even complying with a commitment to destroy its own chemical weapons. By Senator John Barrasso
Excerpt: Most experts on chemical weapons say the timetable is unworkable. But ridding Syria of chemical weapons is not the point. The Kerry-Lavrov agreement is simply a Russian delaying tactic on behalf of its Syrian ally—a tactic we've seen before.

Extremists in Syria admit killing 30 Alawites
Excerpt: Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremists in Syria say they are targeting members of the Alawite community in the country, adding that they massacred dozens of Alawites in three Homs villages last week. (Could have done better if the US weapons had come through to them, I suppose. ~Bob)

Excerpt: It's all part of the weird world of Washington – a doctor who is not a doctor writes an op-ed testifying for the rebels, without disclosing that she is paid for by a rebel advocacy group, and her words are seized as evidence by experts – Kerry and McCain.

Syrian Jihadist Slits Throat of Christian Man Refusing to Deny Christ, Then Taunts Fiancée, 'Jesus Didn't Come to Save Him'
Our moderate allies. ~Bob

Sen. Corker: U.S. support to rebels will likely fall into terrorists' hands
Excerpt: American weapons being supplied to Syria's rebels will likely fall into the hands of terror groups fighting alongside opposition forces there, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Sunday(Stupid is as stupid does. Let’s touch the burner on high to see if it is hot…Barb)

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad must surrender his chemical weapons to avoid a U.S. military strike, but the U.S.-Russia framework on his disarmament makes no mention of Assad handing over his biological weapons.

Obama’s ‘unbelievably small’ presidency. By Marc A. ThiessenWashington Post
Excerpt: If you have any doubts that President Obama’s handling of Syria is an utter debacle, witness the embarrassing spectacle this morning as his top aides scramble to place blame for it at their boss’s feet.

Obama's YouTube Wars. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The best thing to believe about Syria is nothing. Both sides are engaged in epic levels of fakery. And if we are going to bomb Syria, the least we can do is sort through real life evidence.

Into the Syrian Bazaar: Even if Assad gives up his chemical weapons, he escapes unpunished for using them.
Excerpt: Politicians on the right and left are praising Saturday's U.S.-Russia "framework" to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons as a step away from American intervention. That is true only in the looking-glass world in which politicians are desperate to avoid voting on a military strike. The reality is that the accord takes President Obama and the U.S. ever deeper into the Syrian diplomatic bazaar, with the President hostage to Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin as the friendly local tour guides.

Excerpt: Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in the spring of 2011, the role of jihadi extremists in the rebel forces has been the subject of much commentary and debate. What started ostensibly as a domestic rebellion by pro-democracy activists against the Assad regime during the Arab spring has evolved into a complex Middle Eastern proxy war with strong sectarian currents. As in other Muslim countries affected by the Arab spring, Islamists have taken an increasingly prominent role.

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