Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Political News For You

Sorry for the lack of posts, doing fine so far, but swamped. Appointments at the VA every day this week for clinics, tests and rehab. Have not gotten through all my e-mail since Sunday. ~Bob

Book Recommendation: In the Company of Marines: A Surgeon Remembers Vietnam. By James M. Finnegan, MD
When I read that Dr. Finnegan had died last year, I asked my wife for his book for Christmas. I'm glad I did. My Christmas was delayed by my lung transplant, but I received it on Saturday, 1/11 and finished it Sunday evening. Jim Finnegan left in his third year of residency to volunteer for the Navy if he could serve with Marines. This took him to Vietnam to the Third Marine Division, and eventually to Khe Sanh with the 26th Marines (my outfit) to command Charlie Med through the 1968 siege, where he earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with "V". He arrived after I was fortunate enough to rotate home in September of 1967, but I went through Charlie Med myself (for appendicitis!). His account of how he and three other doctors treated over 2,500 casualties during the siege, saving hundreds of Marine lives (probably including friends of mine), doing triage and operating under almost constant rocket, artillery and mortar fire is inspiring. The book has a few typos (the bane of writers) and could have been edited tighter, but that does not detract from the power of his story. His admiration and affection for Marines shines from every page. He says he can never be a Marine, but I would have assured him that Marines consider the Navy Doctors and Navy Corpsman (That's "Core-Man," Mr. President, not "Corpse-Man") who care for us in combat to be a part of us. Following the war, he became a noted Thoracic Surgeon, making me feel even closer to him, as one just saved my life. I'm sorry this good man is gone.

Conservatives Must Become the Teachers, We Must Infiltrate and Reeducate
Excerpt: Not only can the kids not read to their grade levels, most of them possess no desire to do so. Nowhere did I see any young men or women who possess enduring leadership qualities that suggested they will overcome this system that is failing them. Nowhere did I see any indication that these young people were being trained to be tomorrow’s leaders, they are simply compliant little citizens who for all practical purposes have been reduced to nothing but button pushers in a world that has forsaken what it means to be a human being. They are the product of the 100 year plan to transform our culture set in motion by the collectivists of the earliest days of the progressive movement. (If you think the KGB plan to reeducate and brainwash American children wasn't successful, I suggest that you are proof enough. --MM)

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good. -- The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. --Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Kerry, Kennedy top Clinton's traitor list. By Niall Stanage
Excerpt: Aides on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign kept a detailed list of party colleagues who staffers believed had betrayed her during the long and bitter primary battle with President Obama, a new book reveals. The list included rankings, with those who were considered the most egregious traitors by Clinton loyalists receiving the worst possible score of 7 on a point scale.

Deported from Saudi Arabia, Ethiopian migrants find dilemma at home
Excerpt: They went in a bid to escape poverty, but few really succeeded, even if they did find work. Many were abused by their employers. Now, 144,000 Ethiopians have returned home, deported from Saudi Arabia, which began a crackdown on undocumented foreign workers in November 2012.

‘Racist’ Storm Over Black Toddler Being Taught Obscenities
Excerpt: After the Omaha Police Officers’ Association highlighted a shock video of a black toddler being encouraged by his family to spout obscenities as a warning against the “cycle of violence and thuggery,” subsequent outrage was not directed against the family but against the police association for being racist.

Climate Change Scammers' Worst Week Ever. By Kurt Schlichter 
Excerpt: Between global warming suckers getting entombed in ice while trying to prove the Antarctic ice cap has melted to most of America doing a Frigidaire impression, the entire façade of this bogus leftist power grab is crumbling. Understand that the climate change meme is simply the latest attempt by leftists to trick society into remaking itself in their image. It was never about science. It was always about power and money.

#SomethingALiberalMightSay I'm 100% certain about global warming, but I'm still unsure if an unborn child is a human being.

Al Qaeda Syria unit executes dozens of rivals in Raqqa: activists. By Khaled Yacoub Oweis
Excerpt: The al Qaeda-linked Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant executed dozens of rival Islamists over the last two days as the group recaptured most territory it had lost in the northeastern Syrian province of Raqqa, activists said on Sunday.

Kenya: 30 Al Shabaab Fighters Killed
Excerpt: An air strike by Kenya Defence Force jets yesterday killed thirty Al Shabaab fighters in Garbarahey area in Gedo, Somalia. KDF operations information officer Colonel Cyrus Oguna said those killed include senior leaders of the terror group.

Excerpt: In an apparent crackdown on support for al Qaeda in Syria, Turkish authorities conducted simultaneous raids in seven provinces today against an Islamic relief organization and arrested at least 23 people, including senior al Qaeda operatives. The organization, Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH), reportedly the biggest Turkish provider of aid to Syria, is protesting its innocence. The operation has reportedly netted several senior al Qaeda operatives, including al Qaeda's Middle East deputy leader İbrahim Şen, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, and the terror group's Turkey representative, Halis Bayancuk.

Death Spiral: Too Few Young Americans Signing Up for Obamacare. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Just 24 percent of Americans signing up for coverage under President Obama's health care law through December were part of the young adult demographic, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday -- well below the nearly 39 percent the White House had once deemed essential to the law's success. 

Radical Syrian Cleric Secures US Visa Despite Endorsing Suicide Bombings. By John Rossomando
Excerpt: A Syrian sheik who labeled all Jews as legitimate targets for suicide bombers and who supports the death penalty for homosexuals is the latest extremist Muslim cleric raising money for Syrian-American groups supporting dictator Bashar al-Assad's ouster.

Egypt's Military Plans for Hamas Confrontation
Excerpt: Since returning to power last summer, Egypt's military leaders have continued to clash with the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. After cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, Reuters reports that the military is focused on undermining Hamas by supporting opposition activities and protests in the Gaza Strip.

Iran Celebrates American 'Surrender'; Obama Says 'Give Peace a Chance'
Excerpt: Iran's "moderate" president, Hassan Rouhani, tweeted this morning that "world powers," including the U.S., had "surrendered" to the "Iranian nation's will" in confirming a six-month interim nuclear deal that will allow the Iranian regime to continue its advanced centrifuge program and develop a new nuclear facility at Arak. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, implored Americans to "give peace a chance" with the Iran deal.

The Idol of Equality: To put equality ahead of liberty is to war against human nature. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In his famous admonition about the tyranny of the majority, Tocqueville went on to warn that “Liberty is not the chief and constant object of their desires; equality is their idol: they make rapid and sudden efforts to obtain liberty, and if they miss their aim resign themselves to their disappointment; but nothing can satisfy them except equality, and rather than lose it they resolve to perish.”

Killing the 1% Golden Goose. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Two years before Occupy Wall Street’s band of radical grad students set up their tents and cardboard signs in Zuccotti Park, Mayor Bloomberg warned the City Council against frivolous tax hikes. “One percent of the households that file in this city pay something like 50% of the taxes. In the city, that’s something like 40,000 people. If a handful left, any raise would make it revenue neutral.”

New Declassified Docs Expose Obama’s Benghazi Lies. By Arnold Ahlert 
Excerpt: Newly declassified documents reveal that high-ranking members of the Obama administration were aware that the September 11, 2012 assault on the American consulate in Benghazi was a “terrorist attack” only minutes after the battle began. 

The 2014 Obamacare tax wave
Excerpt: Starting in 2014, the Obamacare tax man is coming for insurance companies — who contend a good chunk of these costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums.

Politics Versus Education. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department's latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. 

5 Disasters Yet To Come With Obamacare. By John Hawkins
Excerpt: In other words, Obamacare has been a rolling train wreck that has shown Barack Obama's promises about the law to be nothing but lies while proving the conservatives who said the Affordable Care Act was a disaster 100% right. Now, here's the really scary thing: as you're about to see, the worst is yet to come.

Last of the old lions: Scenes from a life --- and death. By Paul Greenberg
Excerpt: Somewhere in its midst, young Sheinerman was renamed Sharon by David ben Gurion himself, who may have been the first Israeli leader to note his battlefield prowess for future reference. It would have been hard to miss. Shot up again and again, the young man always came back to fight another day. Or rather night, his preferred time for combat.

Excerpt: Jihadi fighters should not be fighting in Syria but should go to Jerusalem. This was the message of PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, in front of Mahmoud Abbas: “Whoever wants resistance, whoever wants Jihad, the direction for Jihad is well-known and clear… Those who send young people to Syria or elsewhere to die for a misdirected cause must stop and understand that Jerusalem is still waiting. Jerusalem is the direction, Jerusalem is the address.”

FACT CHECK: Are ‘mass shootings’ really on the rise in the United States?
Excerpt: A myth has been fostered, they claim, that killings are on the rise, and that an assault weapon ban, expanded background checks and greater attention to the mentally-ill will curb a rampaging epidemic. But a new study by James Alan Fox, author and criminology professor at Northeastern University, in the United States, states that mass shootings have remained stagnant over 34 years, averaging 20 a year, and that few are committed by the sorts of mentally deranged individuals that are commonly portrayed in the media.

Hamas Trains 13,000 Teens to Emulate 'Suicide Martyrs'
Excerpt: Hamas has historically engaged in concerted efforts to brainwash its youth to wage violent jihad. Roughly 13,000 high school students participated in a week-long training camp geared to enable the teenagers "to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs."

NSA Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

Excerpt: The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials.

Allen West: Obama 'Abjectly Despises' Whites
War hero and former Republican congressman Allen West is asking how long it will take for “you people” – white Americans – to realize that their president “abjectly despises” them. In a commentary posted Tuesday on his website, West, who represented Florida in Congress after an extended career in the U.S. military, confronted the issue of racism. Citing Obama Attorney General Eric Holder’s warning that schools must drop policies that “disproportionately punish minorities,” West asserted it’s not racist to punish blacks more when they are causing more trouble. (While I admire West, I don't think so. I think he has narcissistic personality disorder, with a touch of sociopathic tendencies that allow him to play humble and suck up to the less discerning. But underneath, I think he holds almost anyone not named Barack Obama in contempt. ~Bob)

Congressman: Hillary Busted In Monster 'Lie'

Excerpt: During a Senate committee hearing Jan. 23, 2013, when asked what caused the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Clinton responded indignantly, “At this point, what difference does it make?” WND asked King if he had an answer for her. “The reason it makes a difference, Hillary Clinton, is because this administration lied to the American people. Her voice was one of those voices that lied to the American people.”

GOP Congressional Candidate: Spousal Rape Shouldn't Be a Crime
Excerpt: But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state's main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. "Dick" Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he's guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife "when they're living together, sleeping in the same bed, she's in a nightie, and so forth." (One way to guarantee liberal control of the government is for the GOP to nominate candidates like this. ~Bob)

Senate Intelligence Committee releases critical Benghazi attack report
Excerpt: Senate Intelligence Committee report on Sept. 11, 2012, attack on US facilities in Benghazi finds attacks 'were preventable,' faults State and Defense departments, and cites failure of Obama administration to 'bring the attackers to justice.' 

US demands Netanyahu disavow Ya’alon statements
Excerpt: In a rare public rebuke of an Israeli official, White House and State Department spokespeople took Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to task on Tuesday evening for calling US Secretary of State John Kerry “messianic” and “obsessive” over the latter’s pursuit of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Schultz Shocked: 'For Some Reason,' Dems Reluctant To Run On Obamacare. By Mark Finkelstein
Excerpt: Gee, Ed, do you think that the world's worst rollout and the looming actuarial disaster could have anything to do with it? On his MSNBC show today, Ed Schultz seemed shocked that Dems in DC he recently spoke with were reluctant to run on Obamacare. In a moment of comical candor, Schultz admitted: "if you're doing statistics, you're not going to win that battle."

Inequality is the defining challenge of our time,” according to President Obama. It’s certainly the topic of the day for Paul KrugmanJoe Stiglitz and a whole raft of liberal pundits. But have you noticed that hardly anyone else is talking about it? When is the last time you heard a shoeshine person or a taxi cab driver complain about inequality? For most people, having a lot of rich people around is good for business. But if average folks are not complaining should they be?

Administration Is Seen as Retreating on Environment in Talks on Pacific Trade
Excerpt: The Obama administration is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal that is a pillar of President Obama’s strategic shift to Asiaaccording to documents obtained by WikiLeaks, environmentalists and people close to the contentious trade talks.

To defeat poverty, look to marriage. By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: Some are born lucky — either through natural gifts of appearance, athleticism, intelligence or musical talent. The really lucky ones are also born into stable, educated families with financial security and grown-up parents. Then there are the unlucky, who, whatever their relative talents, are born into broken families, often to single mothers, in neighborhoods where systemic poverty, inferior educational opportunities and perhaps even crime constitute the culture in which they marinate.

Christie, Hillary and Obama. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The first time I saw New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on television, a few years ago, my first reaction was astonishment: "A talking Republican!" It would scarcely have been more astonishing if there had been a talking giraffe. For reasons unknown, most Republican leaders seem to pay very little attention to articulation -- certainly as compared to leading Democrats, who seem to pay little attention to anything else.

Black Unemployment: Not Just a Disgrace, a Sin. By John Ransom 
Excerpt: “Blacks disproportionately left the labor market,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a liberal economic outfit, “with the labor force participation rate for African Americans dropping by 0.3 percentage points to 60.2 percent, it’s lowest rate since December of 1977. The rate for African American men fell 0.7 percent to 65.6 percent, the lowest on record.” Whoever else Obama may have benefited, it’s clear that black males haven’t been high on the priority list for him.

Excerpt: Dad died Saturday morning past. A struggling artist - a painter and writer but not a poet - something, after long reflection these past few days, came to mind.

Excerpt: A new ComRes/ITV poll has revealed that Britons are still unconvinced over the claim that human action has resulted in climate change, and the notion that the weather is worsening as a result of it. While 65 percent of the 2047 polled believe that “weather in the UK seems to get worse every year”, only 38 percent believe that “the recent storms and flooding in the UK are probably a result of climate change mainly caused by human activity”, while 32 percent disagreed with that statement.

“If you like your citizenship, you can keep it. Period.”
Excerpt: (The following draft press release was provided to this reporter in confidence by a well-placed source within the Obama Administration. Candace de Russy). Democrats in Congress are enthusiastic about the new "Affordable Citizenship Act" which President Obama introduced by Executive Order at midnight on New Year's Eve. All existing citizens of the U.S. except those who work for the government will soon have received letters in the mail informing them that their current citizenship has been cancelled. This is due to the exciting new grandfathering clauses in the new Act which are designed to improve the U.S. citizenship experience for all human beings throughout the world.

In Turkey, Terror Probe Infuriates Prime Minister. By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: On Tuesday, two senior al-Qaida leaders were arrested in Kilis Province, Turkey during a large-scale counterterrorism sweep by Turkish police. The arrests, conducted alongside a raid on the Van province offices of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (known as IHH), took place less than six months after Turkey partnered with the United States to develop a specialized counter-terrorism program aimed at reducing Islamic radicalism in the Middle East. Well done, you say? Not so fast.

Pakistani commentator prays to Allah that Americans leave Afghanistan, so that Muslims can massacre Hindus there
Excerpt: Zaid Hamid: If you ask me, I pray to Allah that the Americans withdraw from [Afghanistan], and leave the Indians there. It has been a long time since we massacred Hindus in Afghanistan. Historically, it was always like that, and that is why the mountains in Afghanistan are called "Hindu Kush." "Hindu Kush" means a place where Hindus are to be beheaded, a place that kills Hindus. Historically, whenever Hindus entered Afghanistan, they were butchered there.

The Benghazi Transcripts: Top Defense officials briefed Obama on ‘attack,’ not video or protest. By James Rosen
Excerpt: Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation's top civilian and uniformed defense officials -- headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama -- were informed that the event was a "terrorist attack," declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president's Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward. 

Iran Permitted to Continue Advanced Nuclear Research: Advanced centrifuge work can continue, White House says
Excerpt: Iran will be permitted to continue advanced research and development work on its nuclear program under the interim nuclear deal reached over the weekend, according to senior Obama administration officials. (If you live in Washington, DC or new York City, instead of "giving peace a chance," you might want to give someplace else to live a chance. ~Bob)

Gaza's 'Parting Gift' to Sharon: A Rocket Attack
Excerpt: Gazan Arab terrorists "saluted" Ariel Sharon on the occasion of his funeral Monday by firing two rockets at the Negev Monday afternoon. The rockets hit an area north of Sderot at about 4 p.m., several hours after Sharon's funeral concluded. There were no injuries and no damage reported. "Two projectiles landed in an open area in the Shaar HaNegev region," an IDF spokeswoman told AFP, referring to the area around the northern border withGaza, without specifying exactly where they struck. (Not one story on Fox or internet this PM on Sharon, either. --Barb)

The Insiders: The problem with ‘no-drama Obama.’ By Ed Rogers
Excerpt: Members of the president’s own team have made it clear that the president does not like to be in a challenging environment and that he is generally bored. David Axelrod labeled the president “no-drama Obama” during the 2008 campaign, and Valerie Jarrett infamously said that Barack Obama has been “bored to death his whole life.” And now, in an interview with CBS News, former defense secretary Robert Gates — arguably President Obama’s most experienced Cabinet officer — tells us that he saw in the president an “absence of passion … absence of a conviction of the importance of success.”

The battle to 'free' Mexican town from drug gangs: Huge firefight breaks out as vigilantes take on Knights Templar cartel
Excerpt: Gunfire and firefights erupted in western Mexico on Sunday as hundreds of vigilantes pressed forward in their fight over territory with a drug cartel, as Mexico's top security officials prepared to make yet another effort to try to stop the violence.

Report: Christie Arranged Deal With South Jersey Political Boss During Campaign

Excerpt: The New York Times report focused largely on the belief that Christie may have lost former Gov. Thomas H. Kean's support; Kean's son allegedly tried to oust a key Norcross ally.

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