Saturday, August 16, 2014

Posting today--too much poliical news to hold


I finally got through the backed up email, though I had to delete a lot, especially older ones. But I'm posting today, as with Church and the GOP picnic tomorrow, I expect to have maybe an hour of computer time at most.

The last update I sent I understand that I put the addresses in the "TO" field instead of the "BCC" field to keep them private. My bad. It was late, I was tired and pushed for time--but that's no excuse for sloppy work. Sorry.

We went to the Sun Prairie Corn Festival today. Always a good time, and the weather was nice (84 degrees and sunny, thank the mild summer). The corn was great, we bought a tote of 11 ears for $7, brought 6 home. Bonnie has always wanted a helicopter ride, so we paid $40 each for her and her son-in-law to go up. I passed. $40 for 5 minutes seemed a lot. I said the last time I flew in a chopper (Ch-46) they were paying me. She loved it, said it was very exciting. I said imaging how exciting it was or a door gunner in Vietnam, returning fire as they were getting shot at. Chopper crews were among the bravest of the bravest. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: How Not to Do It. By Theodore Dalrmple
Excerpt: Last week, the British government announced—because the opposition in Parliament forced it to announce—that 70 prisoners, including three murderers and an unspecified number of burglars, drug dealers, and holders of false passports, had escaped from a single minimum-security prison this year alone. Twenty-eight of them were still at large. That so many of them absconded suggested that they were not quite the reformed characters that justified lower levels of security in the first place; but as usual in Britain, temporary embarrassment soon subsides into deep amnesia. The fact is that the whole episode is precisely what we have come to expect of our public administration and was nothing out of the ordinary. . (Published in his book Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline.)

Ferguson, MO--No Riots Over This Crime

Raw Footage: Surveillance Video Shows Michael Brown Robbing Convenience Store Minutes Before Death
Excerpt: Ferguson police released this surveillance video showing Brown and a friend robbing a convenience store; ...

Blame the Racism-of-Liberals for Ferguson, Missouri. By Michael Schaus
Excerpt: If liberals truly cared about the plight of today’s black community, they wouldn’t be “standing in solidarity” with a bunch of outraged looters in Ferguson, Missouri… They would be denouncing the party of the KKK, Jim Crow, and segregation. They would be burning the homes of gang members. They would be fighting for the single black mother who is facing up to three years in prison for deciding to defend her life with a firearm.

Riot Romance. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: The fatal police shooting of a young black suspect in a Midwestern town last weekend has given the Left yet another opportunity to advance its destructive, racially polarizing agenda.

VIDEO: Allen B. West Republic: Alonzo Rachel's take on Ferguson
Excerpt: St. Louis, LA, NYC, Milwaukee, Oakland, Cleveland…what do they have in common? They are all run by Democrats, and all have problems with police brutality. People expecting to be respected for doing things that aren’t respectable.

Excerpt: A pregnant woman was sucker-punched in the back of the head Thursday afternoon — and may be the latest victim of the creepy “knockout game,” law enforcement sources said.
Jannatul Ferdous, a 34-year-old Brooklyn resident who is six months pregnant, was walking down a sidewalk in Bedford-Stuyvesant alongside her sister when Willie Stephens, 33, allegedly sneaked up behind her and socked her in the head around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, sources said. (The Knockout Game isn't creepy. It's a violet racist attack for fun by black males on whites, Asians and Hispanics. It's been going on all over the country. A targeted guy in St. Louis had a knife and killed the teen attacker, then got away. Never came forward. But there will be no rioting over this by the targeted groups. ~Bob)

Pro-gun sheriff jabs Michael Bloomberg: You ‘made a huge miscalculation’
Excerpt: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr., a pro-gun lawmaker who won his Democratic primary despite the $150,000 that Michael Bloomberg tossed in the race to defeat him, said the former New York City mayor “made a huge miscalculation.” “He didn’t understand the political climate on the ground here in Milwaukee County,” Sheriff Clarke said, during a “Fox & Friends” interview about his victory in the face of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns co-creator who tried to unseat him. (Pro gun sheriff? Must be a racist. Oh, wait, he's black...~Bob)

Excerpt: Imagine a major videogame maker portraying the “enemies” as a bunch of pedophiles with rainbow flags on their wall. Or maybe a banner of the New Black Panthers for bad guys who only shoot white people–do you think they could even get anywhere close to marketing games like that? (I like the idea of a game targeting the New Black Panthers--AKA "Holder's Irregulars"--as they are violent and the Tea party folks are not. ~Bob)

Marine Vet Thrown Out Of Six Flags For ‘Offensive’ T-Shirt Supporting Right Americans Died Defending
Excerpt: The shirt that Mario Alejandro says he wears “everywhere” is his way of showing his patriotism and pride in his military service. He had no idea that it would cause him to be singled out while enjoying a day with his family. (Shirt: "Keep Calm and Return Fire." ~Bob)

Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28
Excerpt: Robert W. Richards, a former sergeant who helped provoke international outrage when he and three other Marines were seen on videotape urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2011, died on Wednesday at his home in Jacksonville, N.C., near Camp Lejeune, where he had once been based. He was 28. His lawyer, Guy Womack, confirmed the death, saying there were no signs of foul play or self-inflicted wounds, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Womack said he suspected that a combination of medications that Mr. Richards had been taking for combat injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder contributed to the death.

It's Official. The Duck is Lame: Obama's Idea Factory Chooses Hillary Over Obama. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The Center for American Progress was Obama’s idea factory. Its people filled his administration. His bad ideas, particularly on foreign policy, came from CAP. Whether it was cutting health care for vets or playing up to the Muslim Brotherhood, there was a CAP stamp on it. But now CAP is dumping Obama for Hillary. (I joined that in NYC, but only went to a few events as they thought they geniuses. Kate.)

Judge Issues New Order to IRS: Your Excuse For "Lost" Emails is Invalid. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: After listening to excuses from IRS officials about why they cannot produce "lost" emails requested through a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the IRS to come up with a better explanation as to why the agency cannot produce valid documentation. He's also asking for details about IRS hard drive destruction policy and wants verification from an outside source that IRS hard drives in question were in fact destroyed as officials have claimed.

A country on the wrong track: The government has lost its capacity to respond to the needs of Americans. By Douglas E. Schoen
Excerpt: The American political order seems to be disintegrating before our eyes.
The Republican Party has sued President Obama for abuse of his constitutional authority when he delayed implementation of the Affordable Care Act and made other changes to the law. Mr. Obama’s use of executive authority has indeed been deeply troubling, but few see the GOP’s action as anything but a symbolic nod to a portion of the party’s base, which would like to see the president not sued, but impeached. Appalling? Sure. Consider, though, the president’s response.

Worth Reading: Free Market Policies Yield Success for Pacific Alliance
Excerpt: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru joined together in 2011 to form the Pacific Alliance, a trade alliance centered on free markets. In a new report, Nicolas Lopez, research associate with the National Center for Policy Analysis, explains why the Pacific Alliance has been successful. In 1991, the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay formed the Common Market of the South, also known as Mercosur. Mercosur was an attempt to integrate the countries both economically and politically. In practice, Mercosur became a protectionist bloc, imposing high tariffs and setting up trade barriers. Since its inception, Lopez writes, the entity has signed only a single free trade agreement. In fact, its charter prohibits its members from signing trade agreements without the approval of Mercosur. The Pacific Alliance has followed a very different path. The four countries did not concern themselves with politics, rather they focused on economic objectives -- the free flow of goods, capital and people -- that would benefit the members: Ninety-two percent of goods traded between Pacific Alliances are free of tariffs. Within 7 years, all tariffs on merchandise will be removed. There are no travel visa requirements between Pacific Alliance countries, which has spurred tourism and further contributed to commerce. Pacific Alliance countries have a low inflation rate, unlike Mercosur nations. As a result of these policies, the Pacific Alliance countries have been the recipients of more than $71 billion in foreign direct investment, and they conduct half of the trade in Latin America. The Pacific Alliance nations also saw much greater stability following the 2008 economic crisis than did Mercosur. (Subscribe to the NCPA's Daily Policy Digest by Email. Daily Policy Digest summarizes the most topical public policy issues from today's newspapers, scholarly journals and think tanks. It's free, short and worth reading. You can subscribe by using the link to this story, above. ~Bob.)

The K Street president. By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: Finally, mainstream journalists are onto Barack Obama’s game. Their breaking-news shocker? Turns out all that “hope and change” stuff was just hot air. A new report from the D.C.-based press shows that — gasp — the White House is infested with Beltway lobbyists. ... According to Politico’s analysis published on Monday, the “Obama administration has hired about 70 previously registered corporate, trade association and for-hire lobbyists. And many of these former lobbyists work at the highest levels of government.”

Excerpt: Historian David McCullough says it's a crime that schools are no longer teaching history. I agree. Knowing history gives us a sense of where we came from, it instills some degree of pride in our country's many achievements. But most importantly, it warns us of that loose board on the bottom step. To ignore history is certainly to repeat our mistakes and places our nation in grave peril. Before Newsweek went left wing radical, and then belly up, they ran a poll on just what Americans knew about their own country. The results were chilling. 30% of Americans could not tell you what occurred on 9/11. 60% couldn't identify the Vice President of the United States. Another 60% could not tell you how our Constitution came to be and nearly that many could not tell you what the Bill of Rights was all about. Several identified one of the first ten amendments as guaranteeing free health care.

The fallout from foreign-policy malfeasance and nonfeasance: The U.S. abandons ‘peace through strength’ and the globe spins in turmoil. By James A. Lyons 
Excerpt: With the weakest national security team since World War II, it is no wonder that both our foreign- and national-security policies lack coherence and direction. The administration’s faculty-lounge logic that in the 21st century, “diplomacy” will substitute for military solutions to international crisis, overlooks or chooses to ignore a key factor: recognized military power that provides the essential underpinnings to successful diplomacy. It is called “peace through strength.” (Well, to be fair, diplomacy stopped Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini, and the Kaiser--didn't it? ~Bob)

Black Teacher Who Was Fired for Calling Students ‘Lazy N--gers’ May Get Her Job Back, By Stephen P. Crocket, Jr.
Excerpt: According to the news station, Florida teacher Joyce Quiller ran a "profanity-laced classroom" and called her students "stupid" and "ignorant" and casually dropped the "n-word." And she could soon be back teaching after a judge ruled that the school district did not properly fire the 51-year-old. (So she used language that cannot be used in the headline on a story by a black reporter, but will go on teaching. ~Bob)

Interesting: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead. By Kim Barker
Excerpt: The charity later described the fundraising drive as a rousing success: In less than five weeks, all 800 Marines in a 1st Marine Division battalion nicknamed Geronimo were sent care packages and notes in Afghanistan, it claimed. But that couldn’t have been true. The Marines of Geronimo weren’t even in Afghanistan during Move America Forward’s fund drive. Instead, they were deployed more than 3,000 miles away, in Okinawa, Japan. (There is, of course, slime and greed in both parties and among people of all political persuasions. Greed admits of no restrictions of professed beliefs. But there is no "Tea Party." The original Tea Party movement was a serious of spontaneous, non-violent, non-destructive [yes, and non-racist!] rallies by Americans exercising their right to speak out on their concerns about debt, spending and what they saw as the erosion of constitutional limits on government. I never attended a rally. There are now various groups using the "Tea Party" name. some with people running them on power or ego trips, some as profit centers. I do not belong to any of them. But you cannot condemn to "Tea Party" with a broad brush honestly. There is no one Tea Party, but a lot of groups. See the next article. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: A Charity “Scandal”, not a TEA Party One. By Leon H. Wolf
Excerpt: The GOP Establishment wing of twitter is abuzz today about this story by ProPublica writer Kim Barker. ProPublica, for those who don’t know, is a far left-wing rabblerousing organization that has spent a ton of time and energy attempting to dig up dirt on right wing charities and PACs in an effort to slow the effectiveness of these groups. ... It is not a TEA Party scandal. The fact that this charity happens to be run by prominent TEA Party affiliated folks is not at all an indictment of the TEA Party as a whole, much less anyone who happens to have participated in Troopathon.

College Professor Assaulted Young Girl, Defends Actions: “Slavery Made Me Do It”
Excerpt: Many will remember the college professor, Mireille Miller-Young, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who was arrested and charged with battery, theft and vandalism after attacking a group of anti-abortion protestors. In a strange and bizarre twist to this story, Miller-Young has now claimed as her defense, "slavery made me do it." Yes, as bizarre as it sounds, Miller-Young's attorneys have asked a judge to excuse her criminal behavior because of the "cultural legacy of slavery."

The Draw of the New City-States: London and New York suck in the world's money, and its injustices. By Roger Cohen
Excerpt: If Vladimir V. Putin is serious about defending Russian speakers wherever they are, he may have to annex the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where Russian is a lingua franca on the King’s Road. None of this will be unfamiliar to New Yorkers. The other great global city — like London a magnet to strivers of every kind and home to every kind of bad English — has its own bubble.

Who Lost the Cities? By Kevin D. Williamson
Excerpt: Philadelphia, for example, has not had a Republican mayor since the Truman administration. It did enjoy the services of Mayor Frank Rizzo, a Democrat who endorsed Nixon in exchange for federal handouts and who governed in the progressive style: He converted a private utility into a public one and promptly turned it into a patronage machine, he was close with the labor unions and raised the city’s wage tax to fund spending on transportation and infrastructure projects, worked for economic benefits for the elderly, etc. He was a classic welfare-statist Democrat — and a man who, as police commissioner, famously promised to “make Attila the Hun look like a fag.”

NRSC: Look Who Else Is Skipping Official Duties to Attend Fundraisers! By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: All summer long, folks on the right and more than a few in the center have criticized President Obama for keeping up with a relentless pace of attending political fundraisers while major crises at home and abroad explode and worsen. By July 26, he had attended 399 fundraisers during his presidency. In eight years, George W. Bush attended 328. This morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee unveils a new ad that reveals that several Senate Democrats and Senate Democratic candidates -- Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa, skipped hearings and votes to attend fundraisers

Is the Tax Code Driving Taxpayers from Wisconsin?
Excerpt: Since 2011, Wisconsin has cut its taxes by $2 billion. Under the leadership of Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin lawmakers have simplified the tax code, eliminated 17 different tax credits and reduced the number of income brackets from five to four. Yet the state loses $136 million each year as its residents leave Wisconsin for other states. Could they be leaving because Wisconsin taxes remain burdensome? NCPA Senior Fellow Pamela Villarreal says that the tax code is a likely culprit. In addition to its income tax, Wisconsin has high property taxes (the fifth highest in the nation), though its sales tax (5 percent) is lower than the rates in the four states that border it.

Obamacare News

Thousands face stiff fines and losing their Obamacare subsidies
Excerpt: Remember when the Obama Administration made a big show out of meeting an arbitrary number of Obamacare enrollments by an arbitrary deadline? Looks like they were counting a lot of enrollees that weren’t eligible because they are not U.S. citizens—or at least they didn’t provide sufficient documentation to prove that they are.

Religion of Peace News

‘Barbaric’ sexual violence perpetrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq 
Excerpt: "We are gravely concerned by continued reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys belonging to Iraqi minorities,” Ms. Bangura and Mr. Mladenov said. “Atrocious accounts of abduction and detention of Yazidi, Christian, as well as Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and reports of savage rapes, are reaching us in an alarming manner," Ms. Bangura and Mr. Mladenov stated, pointing out that some 1,500 Yazidi and Christian persons may have been forced into sexual slavery. (Robert Spencer o has excellent background on this:  ~Bob

We have met the enemy and he is IS.
Excerpt: The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor claimed on Wednesday that the Islamic State’s “extremist brand is winning” in Iraq — but how could such a thing happen in what was once the most secular Muslim country in the Middle East? A Breaking Defense report shows that IS/Caliphate forces are adapting to and adjusting to American airstrikes in much the same way that the North Vietnamese once did: (Two recent articles have added to the level of concern about the Caliphate. One article mentioned how surprising it is that in the cities they have taken over, the infrastructure is still running, there's power, food deliveries, sanitation services, etc. Yes, women aren't going outside by themselves, the minority non-Sunnis are either gone or paying special tax, but there executions every day and life is somewhere near normal. The second article dealt with how little we still know about ISIS, who the leaders are, how many men they really have under arms, where all their support is coming from. And they have money in plenty, they're selling bootleg shiploads of oil and getting away with it, robbed the banks of many millions in gold, and seem to know how to handle all this. All of which says these guys are not just crazies who like to behead people for fun. They are way too competent at too many things, and the flow of young men from all over the Islamic world into their ranks means they're gaining strength all the time. Could they take Baghdad, could they take much of the Kurdish territories too? Could they really form some kind of semi-stable nation, with lots of oil wells and a lot of US made weapons? I would have thought not, that at some point they will collapse from overexpansion and a growing resistance fueled in part by the Arab nations that don't want to see a Sunni caliphate succeed. But stranger things have happened, at one time no one thought that Mao's ragtag army would ever take over China. We live in such interesting times..... and we're not seeing a strong commitment by the USA or the European nations to take on a fight with these guys. Stay tuned.......Del. as bill Clinton might say, what we should do about this "depends on what the meaning of IS is." ~Bob)

Airstrikes against Islamic State will lose effectiveness. By Robert H. Scales
Excerpt: Right now, the Islamic State is going through this same evolutionary process along the western border of Kurdistan. As one can see from thegrainy black-and-white “gun camera” tapes released by the Pentagon, the U.S. airstrikes of the past week have mostly succeeded. Lazy and overconfident Islamic State forces positioned their artillery and mortars in the open. Their convoys were bunched together and tended to travel along established highways, where they could easily be spotted by drones. As planes approached, fighters cowered in fear or ran away. ... Robert H. Scales, a retired Army major general, is a former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

Dutch Mayor Cancels Anti-ISIS Rally as "Too Provocative." By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: While Islamic State (IS) jihadists battle their way across Syria and Iraq, beheading soldiers and civilians, training children for jihad, their supporters across Europe demand "death to Jews" and call for the blood of infidels. Now, it seems, some European leaders are refusing to fight back.

Busting the Media’s ISIS Myths. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Know your enemy. To know what ISIS is, we have to clear away the media myths about ISIS. ISIS is not a new phenomenon. Wahhabi armies have been attacking Iraq in order to wipe out Shiites for over two hundred years. One of the more notably brutal attacks took place during the administration of President Thomas Jefferson.

'Chillin' with my homie or what's left of him': British rapper turned ISIS jihadist poses with severed head as they seize more key towns close to Syrian border with Turkey
Excerpt: The sickening image was taken in the city of Raqqa - the capital of ISIS' self-declared caliphate - and uploaded to the social media site along with the caption 'Chillin' with my homie or what's left of him.' The photograph shows masked former rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, holding the decapitated head while standing in Raqqa's central square - the same location where the seven-year-old son of Australian jihadist Khaled Sharrouf was seen holding a different severed head earlier this week.

'This is what every sensible Muslim wants': Friend DEFENDS vile Aussie father who got son to pose with severed head as grandfather begs for children to come home
Excerpt: A school friend of convicted Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf says he does not know why there is so much controversy surrounding a picture the Islamic extremist posted on his Twitter showing his seven-year-old son holding a severed head.

US troops land on Iraq's Mt Sinjar to plan for Yazidi evacuation: US marines and special forces to assess options for rescue of refugees stranded on mountain by militant group Isis
Older, but I just got o the email. ~Bob. Excerpt: A team of US marines and special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in Iraq on Wednesday to assess options for a potential rescue of Yazidi civilians threatened by Islamic extremists and worn down by lack of food. The personnel flew in on V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that can land vertically, joining a small number of American special forces who, the Guardian has been told, had been on the mountain for some days. That team had been assessing the military and humanitarian situation and guiding US air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) fighters encircling the mountain. (They needed the Ospreys to make it a fast approach and then a vertical landing on the mountainside. --Del)

Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria's east
Excerpt: Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Excerpt: The Qur’an says that “there is no compulsion in religion,” (2:256), but what constitutes “compulsion” is in the eye of the beholder. The institutionalized subjugation of the dhimma, with its regular humiliation and harassment, from which one can be freed for the simple price of converting to Islam, is not considered compulsion. Remember Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig, the journalists who were kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam — even though their conversions were obviously coerced, their captors made them say that they were converting freely, and the captors probably believed that themselves. After all, the journos could have chosen to be killed instead.

Excerpt: Some of the tunnels are very deep, big enough to hold vehicles. They were dug with electric jackhammers, mostly about 20 metres below ground, and reinforced with concrete made on site, in workshops adjacent to the tunnels. The tunnels served as command centres, infiltration points into Israel, weapons stores, rocket-launcher hiding sites, and the means to move and conceal fighters during urban combat. The tunnels dug into Israel were created in parallel pairs, with multiple shafts to the surface for multiple entry points. Inside urban Gaza, the labyrinth could allow fighters to move unseen between homes and alleys.

Excerpt: The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that meant Muslims would take slaves. In a subsequent interview he elaborated: Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars—there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on. When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur’an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Koran 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur’an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yaminare the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. ( has a free daily e-newsletter with links to stories like this. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Today, the most popular boys’ and girls’ names given to babies in England and Wales in 2013 were announced. The Mohammed factor is being systematically covered up by the media.

Killings Rise in Karachi as Taliban Target Police. By Zia ur-Rehman and Declan Walsh
Excerpt: Karachi’s embattled police force recently passed a grim milestone — the killing of its 100th police officer this year, putting the force on track to exceed the 2013 toll of 166 police deaths, which was itself a record

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