Friday, July 18, 2014

Today's Load of Political News and Comment

Your one-stop-shop for political news and conservative opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. These posts are created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. We 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, too far a stretch, or viciously inflammatory, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, as in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Missile downs Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing 298; Kiev blames rebels
Excerpt: U.S. intelligence officials confirmed, but could not identify the origins of, the missile strike that led to the deadliest downing of a civilian passenger plane in recent decades. One Ukrainian government official, however, said the Boeing 777 traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur appeared to have been hit by an advanced Russian-made missile system that recently came into the hands of the pro-Moscow separatists waging a bloody uprising in the east. (There will be a lot of debates and discussions about what the United States can or should do in response to this reckless, deadly decision. But let's begin by asking, if we had the opportunity to reach out and strike 23 Russian separatists involved in the decision to launch this missile, would we do it? I'd like to think so. Fighting a war is not inherently evil, nor is stupidity, but the combination of the two is a fertile ground for evil. These guys need to be taught a lesson, and it's not clear who can teach them. Commercial airliners fly — usually quite highly — over dangerous or not-so-friendly parts of the world all the time. Right now commercial jets are avoiding Eastern Ukraine. Should they avoid Syria, too? Iran? Iraq? Afghanistan? If so, you've just cut off India from Europe. These guys need to pay — and Putin needs to see consequences of his reckless support of these dumb, brutal goons. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

Malaysian Jetliner Shot Down Near Russian Border. By Daniel Doherty
Includes quotes from news sources and tweets from experts. ~Bob

Malaysia Airlines crash: New York Times replaces grisly photo with ‘visually superior’ alternative
Excerpt: Writing in the Atlantic, Megan Garber calls out the New York Times for publishing a troubling photo of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flightthat crashed near the Russia/Ukraine border.

Obama pledges U.S. help for Malaysian plane probe, talks to Putin
Excerpt: Obama went ahead with a trip to tout infrastructure investment in Delaware and to raise money for Democrats in New York despite the incident in which 295 people, including reportedly 23 Americans, lost their lives.

Excerpt: About 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were heading to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference, conference attendees have been told.
Delegates at a pre-conference in Sydney were told on Friday morning that about 100 medical researchers, health workers and activists were on the plane that went down near the Russia-Ukraine border, including former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange.

I never thought that I'd see the day that the US government would just shrug off a no-fooling war crime committed against our citizens.

Excerpt: In Wilmington, Delaware, after monitoring events over a burger and fries at the Charcoal Pit (temporarily re-named “Situation Room NE”), Obama said the Malaysia Airlines jet going down “may be a terrible tragedy”:

AF-1 wheels up from Delaware. Pres Obama en route to NYC for two Dem fundraisers. Both closed to press coverage.

US Marine Corps commandant openly blasts CIC Obama
Excerpt: On July 15, 2014, speaking at the Brookings Institute think tank in Washington, DC, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, 4-star Gen. James Amos, openly and publicly criticized Commander-In-Chief Barack Hussein Obama. Reporting for The Fiscal Times, David Francis observes that “It’s highly unusual for a high-ranking soldier, let alone a high-ranking Marine, to publicly question White House and Pentagon policy. Yet that’s exactly what four-star Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, did yesterday in Washington.” Speaking at the Brookings Institute, Amos criticized the Obama administration for: (After being heavily criticized for appearing to be a seriously PC general, and deferring to everything the Obama Administration has pushed for the military, General Amos has come out swinging with serious and detailed criticisms of the decisions made by Mr. Obama and their tragic consequences. He is set to retire this Fall, which may be part of why he's taken the gloves off completely; and it'll be interesting to see how Obama & Co. react to this previously compliant general. (Maybe his retirement will be moved up a bit- we'll see. Meanwhile, GOOD FOR HIM.) You want speaking "Truth to Power"? Baby, here it is! Oorah! --Del. Always a hard choice for a serving office: speak out and resign, or stay silent and try to do what good you can from the inside. And like everyone, they are biased towards their personal interests, protecting their careers. During Vietnam, LtGen Victor "Brute" Krulak was the only senior officer to criticize Johnson on Vietnam, to Johnson's face, in private. Johnson reportedly escorted him out of the office and denied him a fourth star and becoming CMC, as all expected. ~Bob. Too little too late!....... He had earlier opportunities to show some courage. Too much of a political animal. No points in my book! --GJ. {Other retired USMC officers said "Too little, too late." ~Bob])

Future without Electricity: That’s what radical Greens want — and President Obama’s policies are moving us toward. By Stephen Moore
Excerpt: I wonder how many Americans got the subtle message here: Energy is the master resource. Without it, we return to a Stone Age existence. Life in its absence is nasty, brutish and short.

The Gender Confusion Challenge to Army Recruitment. By William Kilpatrick 
Excerpt: Perhaps hoping to put a dent in the appeal of ISIS, some Western newspapers have made much of the expensive stolen watch visible on the wrist of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during his first public appearance at the Grand Mosque in Mosul. According to several articles, this proved that al-Baghdadi was a hypocrite because such a show of stolen worldly possessions is contrary to the spiritual nature of Islam. As usual, the mainstream media is all wrong about Islam. In FrontPage Magazine, Daniel Greenfield points out that “looting was the core of Muhammad’s conquests.”, says Greenfield, because it is “innately a gang religion.” (A really interesting essay about young men and the drive to find manhood and what that means to different cultures. And how in modern times we have really moved into more complexity about roles in society than probably ever before in human history. --Del)

Worth Reading: When America fell apart: Why the summer of 2014 portends a season of infamy. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters. Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called “Victory Column” speech. Now Germans suddenly sound as though they are near-enemies of the United States.

Agency admits it fired workers who reported wastefulness to Congress: Millions owed in back pay
Excerpt: The federal government’s broadcasting arm for years rejected union charges that officials targeted employees who discussed waste and abuse with congressional investigators, insisting a 2009 “reduction in force” was completely legal. But in a notice recently posted in the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) offices in Florida and Washington, D.C., officials acknowledged that they “failed” to satisfy bargaining obligations in connection with the layoffs at the BBG’s Office of Cuba Broadcasting.

Detroit police chief gives credit to armed citizens for drop in crime
Excerpt: The incident was the latest in a string of homeowners opening fire to defend themselves, although after a flurry of such shootings early this year, before Monday there hadn�t been a reported incident since May 4 � an indication that criminals are thinking twice about breaking into people�s houses, Craig said. Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.

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India six-year-old 'raped in Bangalore school by staff members'
Excerpt: A six-year-old schoolgirl has allegedly been raped by two staff members at a prominent school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police say. The alleged assault happened on 2 July but her parents discovered it only a few days ago after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital. (Have to ask Whoopi Goldberg if it was "rape rape." ~Bob)

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax
Excerpt: Australia's Senate has voted to repeal the carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose Liberal-National coalition beat Labor in an election last year, had made the repeal a central aim of his government.

More Bad News for Obama and Obamacare: Deficit Set to Explode Sooner Than You Think. By John Ransom 
Excerpt: Buy now, pay later. That will be the epitaph on the tombstone of the Obama administration. The Congressional Budget Office, a research outfit that justifies government spending, is warning that while deficit may appear tame now-- comparatively speaking-- the budget path we are on is unsustainable.

Tom Steyer struggles to find big-money donors
Excerpt: Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is falling far short on his pledge to raise $50 million in outside money to make climate change a midterm-election weapon against the GOP.
His super PAC, NextGen Climate Action, has raised just $1.2 million from other donors toward that goal, according to still-unreleased figures that his aides shared with POLITICO.

Jonathan Turley: Congress ‘Must Act’ Against Obama’s Overreach Or Face ‘Self-Destruction’
Excerpt: Liberal law professorJonathan Turley warned a panel of lawmakers that they “must act” in support of a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for executive overreach or face “self-destruction” as a deliberative body.... “Our system is changing,” he warned, “and this body is the one branch that must act if we are to reverse those changes. We are seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long-ago rejected by the framers.”

Obamacare & Healthcare News

SURPRISE! Louisiana’s Privatized Charity Hospitals Come In $52 Million Under Budget: Strangely, the Left's nightmarish predictions at Bobby Jindal's breakup of government-run health care didn't come true.
Excerpt: Louisiana spent $52 million less than was budgeted for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s privatization deals for the LSU hospitals that provide care to the uninsured in the recently ended fiscal year, according to data provided by the state health department.

The Next Front in the Battle over Obamacare
Excerpt: Just this week, we are seeing the latest front in the political battle over Obamacare, and it is being fought by a bipartisan group. A majority of the U.S. Senate (51 Senators, including 36 Democrats), have written to the Obama administration urging them not to go through with cuts to home health care services via Medicare in the implementation of Obamacare.

Undocumented Democrat News

EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detail Heinous Crimes Committed by Gang Members Being Housed in Nogales Processing Center. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: Now, Border Patrol documents newly obtained exclusively by Townhall detail the crimes MS-13 and other gang members in the Nogales processing center admit to committing.
In an interview with Border Patrol agents, 15-year-old self admitted MS-13 member with the last name Aguilar said he killed a member of rival gang 18th Street six months ago with a fully automatic Uzi before coming to the United States.

Be Very Afraid: Especially For Your Children. By Mychal Massie 
Excerpt: On July 1, 2014, I wrote a syndicated Daily Rant (TDR) titled “What If Terrorists Used Infectious Diseases.” I postulated that America is being placed in mortal danger as illegal aliens, to which I specifically add the tens of thousands of illegal alien children, are flooding our borders. ... Not surprisingly, liberals accused me of hate-mongering; they argued that “as a black man, I should understand the discrimination” these illegals are facing and that I should be more empathetic. Even misguided wannabe Conservatives railed against me. Their argument being, that as church-goers, we should want to help these “poor children”.

Fed-backed group drops plan to buy fancy hotel to house illegals
Excerpt: A plan to house hundreds of illegal immigrant children at a multimillion-dollar hotel complex in Texas was scuttled after the prospect of taxpayers footing the bill for luxury lodging proved too much of a public relations obstacle. BCFS, previously known as Baptist Child and Family Services, which has a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to run camps at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma, had a deal to buy the Palm Aire Hotel in Weslaco, Texas, for $3.8 million. (Oh, gee, let the vets die from inattention but put the illegals, drug cartels, and OTMs (other than Mexicans) in a multimillion $ spa didn’t go down so well…..Wonder why. Send ‘em to Guantanamo. They have a soccer field and everything plush we’ve already paid for and DOJ does not want to use and they probably speak Spanish. --Barb)

Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors To Be Placed In Florida Foster Homes
Excerpt: “In Brevard County, we will be working with local families that will serve as transitional homes for 12 children. In Broward County, we will provide temporary shelter and care for 24 children in a group-home setting.” Florida Today recently reported federal authorities contacted the private not-for-profit social agency around two months ago to aid the federal government with providing humanitarian services for the migrant children.

Excerpt: The domestic crisis on the Texas border is so bad for President Barack Obama that he tried to divert the media’s attention Wednesday by highlighting various foreign-policy crises. Multiple polls show Americans blame him for the flood of Central American immigrants, which is showing no sign of ending anytime soon. The flood has already derailed his top legislative priority and was declared by a Gallup poll on July 16 as the nation’s No. 1 problem.

Religion of Peace News

Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
Excerpt: Israeli forces backed by artillery barrages and airstrikes launched a major ground offensive into Gaza late Thursday, marking a dramatic escalation of the 10-day-old conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Worth Reading: Palestine occupied by Islamism as much as Israel. By Qanta Ahmed
Political Islamists push out legitimate Muslim groups and contribute to regional dysfunction. While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel's Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, its time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

The Truth about Gaza: Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

Must Watch: Hamas
The unvarnished truth. ~Bob

Hamas Interior Ministry To Social Media Activists: Always Call The Dead 'Innocent Civilians'; Don't Post Photos Of Rockets Being Fired From Civilian Population Centers
Excerpt: Following are excerpts from the guidelines: "Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza. "Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase 'In response to the cruel Israeli attack,' and conclude with the phrase 'This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.' Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of 'the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.' ... "Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza. "To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence.

Baby Killers of Hamas. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Every year the kindergartens of Gaza graduate a new class of children dressed like terrorists and suicide bombers. There are child sized coffins decorated with the flags of Islamic terrorist groups and colorful balloons. A teacher explained that, “In every year’s kindergarten graduation ceremonies we focus on the children to represent the role of struggling and resistance in the way of Allah.”

Antwerp rally calls for 'slaughter of Jews': Protest attended by some 500 people comes amid wave of anti-Semitic demonstrations against Israeli military operation.
Excerpt: Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended Saturday’s protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.”

Excerpt: As Hamas supporters are being called out on Twitter for posting photos of Syrian casualties from 2012 as victims of the Israeli Army in Gaza in 2014, Israel advocacy group StandWithUs on Tuesday posted a clip from Hollywood horror flick ‘The Final Destination 4′ that was used to create another fake that circulated widely on Facebook falsely depicting Israel killing civilians. (this won't stop Muslims, the left or the media from believing everything these murders say. ~Bob)

US commander in Afghanistan sees 'significant' risk of Al Qaeda returning (+video)
Excerpt: Gen. Joseph Dunford, the top US commander in Afghanistan, tells senators he is 'not confident' the Afghan security forces will be able to sustain themselves after US troops leave. (Nominated to be CMC. ~Bob)

Obama Hints at Extension for Iran Nuclear Talks
Excerpt: President Obama said Wednesday that there had been “real progress in several areas” in negotiations with Iran over its disputed nuclear program, and he hinted that he might extend the talks beyond the deadline on Sunday in order to reach a final agreement. (On Monday, the word was that the West's negotiations with Iran weren't going well: "The mood of the talks has gone from optimistic weeks ago, as Iran made concessions on items such as the future of its Arak nuclear reactor, to pessimistic in recent days as it becomes clear a giant gap remains on the crucial question of how much capacity Iran will retain to enrich uranium for what it insists is a peaceful nuclear program." (-- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

Thank Obama for Iran’s Growing Economy. By Eli Lake
Excerpt: The White House eased pressure on Tehran to get a preliminary nuclear deal. But Iran’s economy has bounced back fast, undercutting Western leverage as the talks’ deadline looms.
As U.S. and allied negotiators try to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran this week in Vienna, they will have less economic leverage on their Iranian counterparts than they had a year ago.

Hitler Might Have Been Right, Says Ex-Mufti
Excerpt: Popular religious scholar Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has waded into the Adolf Hitler controversy today, writing in an opinion piece that the Nazi dictator “might have been right” in exterminating the Jews. Despite admitting that not all Jews are bad, the former Perlis mufti insisted that Jews in general have a bad record, as proven by their many trickeries and betrayals, including against Prophet Muhammad.

Excerpt: The Islamic State claimed that an Australian fighter killed several Iraqis in a suicide attack at a Shia shrine in Baghdad today. The Baghdad Division of the Islamic State claimed credit for today's attack in the Al Shorja neighborhood in Baghdad in a statement that was released on the group's Twitter feed. Five people were killed and 37 more were wounded in the suicide attack, according to the National Iraqi News Agency.

Open Borders Are More of an ISLAM Problem than a Mexican One
Excerpt: I recently just finished reading one of the most influential books I have EVER read. I learned things about the terrorists and the Islamic religion that I have never heard before. …. The book is called “Because They Hate” by Brigitte Gabriel. Personally, I have never heard the anti-terrorist message conveyed as clearly as she does in this book. (From 2010; imagine how implanted now thanks to regime and its minions. --Barb)

Arab American group urges boycott of White House Iftar dinner

Excerpt: White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the annual dinner was not just a way for the president to observe a "religious tradition" observed by Muslims around the world, but it is also "an opportunity for the president and other senior administration officials to pay tribute to the important role that Muslim Americans play in American communities all across the country." … Earnest added "we certainly respect the differences that some people may have on this. … But we would not want that to overshadow the efforts of the president and other senior administration officials to pay tribute to the contribution that so many American Muslims play in their communities." (Article notes tradition goes back at least to Hillary Clinton in 1996. Some Muslims upset that 5 were surveilled by NSA. Thought USA equal opportunity place; we are all spied on….Barb)

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