Sunday, November 10, 2013

Today's News

Happy 238th Birthday, Marines. And on Veterans Day, thanks to all who served. The association I am retiring from presented me with the President's Award Saturday, in absentia, as my health doesn't permit travel. In addition to a taped acceptance from me, they had photos and info my USMC service and a Marine color guard on stage. They sent me pictures--very moving. Guess I did okay there. ~Bob

Ender's Game correction
In my movie review, I just noticed I referred to Robert A. Heinlein's classic Starship Troopers as Star Wars. Apparently, I had a "senior moment"--which started about seven years ago. Tom Kratman, the excellent writer of military science fiction and a blog reader tells me there was a sequel to Ender's Game which could account for the PC ending. ~Bob

No One Joins the U. S. Marine Corps. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: You join book clubs and garden clubs and bridge clubs and chess clubs and cooking clubs and scrapbooking clubs and Boosters clubs and so on. But no one joins the U. S. Marine Corps. It's just not that simple.

Guest Post: What color is the sky in that world?

Walk-in Tricare help centers may be cut in US, but would continue overseas
Excerpt: The Defense Department is weighing an option to save money by closing Tricare customer service centers at stateside military treatment facilities, where contractors provide face-to-face help with questions on topics such as enrollment and claims processing, but stressed that no changes are in the works at Tricare Service Centers overseas. The potential closure of the centers, which serve hundreds of thousands of troops and their families throughout the United States, is part of a reorganization of DOD health care administration into the new Defense Health Agency, intended to save billions of dollars by increasing efficiency and reducing duplication of services. But there’s been no final decision to close the U.S. help centers, a defense official said Friday in an email.

Navy suspends admirals' classified access amid 'Fat Leonard' bribery probe
excerpt: Two Navy admirals have been put on leave and their access to classified material suspended while they are investigated as part of a bribery case involving services provided to U.S. ships in ports in the Asia-Pacific region, the Navy announced Friday. Five people have already been charged: two Navy commanders, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent and two foreign businessmen. Vice Adm. Ted Branch, director of Naval intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, director of intelligence operations, have been put on leave and their access to classified material suspended, Navy spokesman Rear Adm. John F. Kirby announced in Washington.

Navy moles aided huge fraud, officials say
Now, federal prosecutors say they finally figured out how Leonard Glenn Francis — known in Navy circles as "Fat Leonard" for his imposing girth — was able to dodge scrutiny for so long. They have accused the Malaysian businessman of recruiting several high-placed moles in the Navy. The informants allegedly leaked sensitive information about contracts as well as closely guarded details about law-enforcement probes targeting Glenn Defense Marine, enabling the company to bilk the U.S. government out of more and more money as it fended off the investigations.

ANALYSIS: We’re going backwards
Excerpt: From renewable energy mandates to anti-genetically modified crop campaigns, extreme environmentalism and federal overreach threaten to undo progress and turn the lights out for good…. Earlier this year, Europe’s top energy companies warned that European Union policies favoring renewable energy production over fossil fuels' border=0 v:shapes="_x0000_i1025">  could lead to blackouts across the continent. … “The mandate on corn-based ethanol in particular has had a devastating effect on the entire food economy from livestock and poultry producers facing record feed costs, to food retailers facing record food costs, to consumers here and abroad struggling to balance food budgets in tough economic times,” reads a letter to Congress from anti-hunger and environmental groups opposing the mandate. (All part of the plan. Fewer people, fewer costs; hey, no ovens! --Barb)

IRS issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds, some going to addresses overseas
The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in BulgariaLithuania and Ireland, according to a Treasury report released Thursday. The IRS sent a total of 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania, and 343 refunds went to a lone address in Shanghai. In the U.S., more fraudulent returns went to Miami than any other city. (Expect more of this with Obamacare fraud. --Barb. Sometimes you wonder if those of us who don't cheat on our taxes are just stupi. ~Bob)

Excerpt: After 19-year-old Tyler Comstock quarreled with his father and drove off in his truck, the elder Comstock decided to teach him a lesson by reporting the truck to the police as stolen. Soon after, cops chased down Tyler and shot him to death — despite receiving orders from dispatch to cease their pursuit. Now the Comstock family is furious — and demanding answers. (Good quit smoking ad…Barb)

This is why Obama gets away with what he does. By Sylvia Thompson
Excerpt: As a conservative black American who ignores the concept of "self-muzzling" (translated "political correctness"), I have been asked several times why it is that Barack Obama and Eric Holder can do the unlawful, unjust things that they are doing. People who ask me this are Caucasian Americans. I reply in all instances that these men are lawless because white people allow them to be lawless. There are not enough conservative blacks who oppose the Obama regime to make much of a difference. In fact, there are not enough blacks in America (if we all opposed them) to stop these men.

Barack Obama: "We are Remaking the Courts"
Excerpt: What exactly does Obama mean about remaking the courts? According to his own statements he is telling us how it is being accomplished. It's been through nomination and confirmation. Seems legitimate, right? The question is, what kind of judges is he nominating and why?

Red Alert! The Moral Decline In Kids Today and the Parents Who Raise Them
Excerpt: I would like to state for the record that this weeks’ column is purely an opinion piece regarding a realization I have arrived at. I recently had an eye opening experience that made me see firsthand the rapid moral decline in today’s youth — and the parents that are raising them.

Report: Kerry Threatening Israel With Sanctions
Excerpt: Is Secretary of State John Kerry using the threat of tougher European Union sanctions on Israel to press Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into land concessions with the Palestinians? Kerry is in the Israel in an effort to advance negotiations between the Jewish state and the Palestinian Authority. Last August, KleinOnline was first to report the Obama administration is working behind the scenes in tandem with the EU’s boycott of Israeli settlements, tying the seriousness of the EU’s future ban to Israel’s actions during current U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians, according to a senior Palestinian negotiator.

Bus attacker in Norway was to be deported
Excerpt: A man suspected of stabbing three people to death during an attack on a bus in rural Norway was due to have been deported on Tuesday after the country rejected his application for asylum, police said. Police spokeswoman Eli Anne Tvergrov said the 31-year-old suspect is from South Sudan and had been living at a reception center for asylum seekers in the nearby town of Aardal. (Norway being "gun free," the victims were unarmed. ~Bob)

UC Berkeley Student Government Bans Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’
Excerpt: The UC Berkeley student government has banned the term “illegal immigrant” from its discourse, deeming the phrase racist, offensive, unfair and derogatory. In an unanimous vote, student senators passed a resolution that stated the word “illegal” is “racially charged,” “dehumanizes” people, and contributes to “punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants (primarily at illegal immigrant. --JB) and communities( No, just illegal immigrants. --JB) of color.”

LPD: Man arrested for hate crime after trying to attack his sister
Excerpt: Police say 20-yr-old Ahmed Tuma was angry with his sister because she is in a relationship with a woman. Police say Tuma said it is shameful to their family and against Muslim beliefs. Police say Tuma's sister and her fiancee arrived at home near 27th & M when he and a friend, 20-year-old Nathan Marks ran up to them. Police say Tuma tried to hit her with a crow bar. (Honor Crime. ~Bob)

A man’s home is his castle, except in Maryland. Man shoots intruder at 2am, gets charged with murder
Excerpt: US Air Force Tech Sgt. Matt Pinkerton shot an intruder in his home on September 13th just before 2am. That is not in question. Yet somehow, in Maryland, where Castle Doctrine does not exist by statute but rather only by case law, Sgt. Pinkerton is being charged with 2nd degree murder.

Move over Jimmy Carter, Obama has my vote for worst president -- ever. By Michael Goodwin
Excerpt: America has had some great presidents, many mediocre ones and a few bad ones. But we’ve never had one like Barack Obama. He’s the first who thinks the job is beneath him.
He’s the first who turns political give-and-take into a crisis by refusing to negotiate with Congress. He’s the first who thinks the way to more power is to inflict pain on ordinary people. (Nice summary of things. And to really put the icing on the cake, Jimmy Carter recently criticized Mr. Obama. Now THAT is something! --Del)

Muslims Pitch A Fit Over Halloween Costumes: Students Dressed Up As Navy Seals Capturing Osama Bin Laden
Excerpt: A controversy has broken out at Washington University in St. Louis over a Facebook photo apparently showing five students dressed up for Halloween as a Navy SEAL team capturing Osama bin Laden with garish neon water guns.(Watch the video - Sharon Stahl, for Allah's sake get your teeth fixed. --JB)

Excerpt: The US Department of Justice today announced the unsealing of a new indictment against Dino Bouterse, the son of Suriname's president. The new charges are for "attempting to provide material support and resources to Hezbollah, a designated terrorist organization," a DOJ press release stated.

'Tonight Show' Audience Roars With Approval After Cruz Bashes Obamacare, Dc's Permanent Political Class
Excerpt: On Friday, Sen.Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared for the first time on The Tonight Show. Cruz said the greatest divide in the country now is between Washington's permanent political class and the rest of America, and he railed against Obamacare as the "the biggest job-killer in this country." Jay Leno's studio audience roared with approval.

Female clerk shot during robbery, returns fire killing the suspect (VIDEO)
Excerpt: An attempted robbery at a Stop and Go gas station resulted in an exchange of gunfire, leaving the female clerk in the hospital and the would-be robber dead Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio.

Family Of Kidnapped Louisiana Woman Bethany Arceneaux Kill Her Captor
Excerpt: The family of a kidnapped woman in Duson, La., Bethany Arceneaux, took justice into their own hands Friday when they rescued Arceneaux from her captor, Scott Thomas, killing Thomas in the scuffle that ensued.

Regarding the alleged market filled with "bad apple" insurance policies. Someone should point out to Dear Leader that insurance is a heavily regulated industry. Indeed, every state has its own regulatory scheme. Secretary Sebelius might have mentioned this to her boss, as she was once Insurance Commissioner of Kansas. --TH

VA sued for harassing Christian chaplains: Military pastors ordered to stop quoting Bible, leave Jesus at home
Excerpt: Two military chaplains are suing Eric Shinseki, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, or VA, for allegedly being harassed and drummed out of a training and placement program because of their Christian faith. (The behavior described is so far out there that it beggars the imagination. Telling Christian preachers to never quote the Bible and never mention their Savior is a kind of insanity. Where do they get these secular fanatics from, and why in the world put one in charge of training chaplains? I hope the lawsuit gets the VA bent way out of shape and this woman becomes an unemployment statistic. --Del)

The New York Times On What They Call A "Right Wing Surge In Europe." By Allan Wall
Excerpt: As Americans fighting open borders and globalism in our own country, it can be instructive to see how people are doing it in other Western countries. The New York Times just ran a piece entitled Right Wing's Surge in Europe Has The Establishment Rattled [By Andrew Higgins, November 8, 2013]. The article, surprisingly evenhanded, focuses on Denmark and describes the growth of right wing parties in various countries of Europe.

Excerpt: I grew up in California and the political landscape of the state was pretty well set back then. Most of Southern California was solidly Republican, with the conservative Chandler family running the Los Angeles Times and served as the mouthpiece for conservative thought. Northern California was largely Democratic, driven by unionized dock workers in San Francisco. I lived in Central California, made up largely of farming communities that leaned largely toward the conservative. Now, since the massive illegal invasion into California, that state is wildly liberal Democratic with very small pockets of Republican districts, most probably on their way to extinction within the next decade. I now live in Arizona and have become fascinated by the diverse polyglot of political preferences, seemingly driven not by geographic area, nor even totally by least the way we have always looked at them. 

Ireland: Israeli products marked with yellow sticker
Juden, Raus! ~BobExcerpt: BDS movement places yellow stickers on Israeli products reading 'For justice in Palestine – Boycott Israel'. Israeli Foreign Ministry : Yellow sticker – reminiscent of dark days of racism, incitement.

Al Sharpton Found The Next Trayvon: Renisha McBride

Excerpt: What’s this? “Another Trayvon incident”? Let’s say it together: aw, hails naw! Al Sharpton’s flapping his lips about it, so you may have heard about it by now.

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