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Book Recommendation: Pride and Discipline: The Hallmarks of a United States Marine. By Colonel Donald J. Myers USMC (Ret)
This terrific book will be of great interest to Marines and to anyone interested in the military. But it should also be read by anyone who leads (manages) people, as the lessons are valuable in any setting.
Col. Myers (who often contributes items for this
blog), commanded the Recruit Training Regiment at Marine Corps Boot Camp,
Parris Island, SC from 1982 to 1984. He presents the lessons learned, and
details the changes in recruit training that took place on his watch. Many are
common sense--which is all too uncommon in large organizations, military or
civilian. Under his direction, the recruit attrition rate decreased (correction of typo in original post), while DI
burnout and the number of DIs relieved for abuse went down. There is no
question that PI produced higher quality Marines under his tenure than when I
graduated from PI on election day, November 3, 1964. (With one possible
exception!) Most would say that the DIs are better too, though it's hard for me
to imagine betters DIs than Sgt. Owens, Sgt. Martin and Sgt. Harris, who have
shaped my life for 50 years, and who are in my thoughts daily. I hope the CMC
makes this book required reading for Officers, NCO and especially DIs at both
Parris Island and MCRD, San Diego.
Doyle Looked to Replace Burke before She Resigned. By Nathan Schacht
Excerpt: An email between then-Gov. Jim Doyle and his chief of staff, Susan Goodwin, show Doyle was looking to replace Mary Burke as commerce secretary a full month before Burke announced she would leave the job. The chain of events that followed Burke’s resignation leaves questions about whether Burke was ready to leave the position of her own accord.
How Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband won stimulus cash
Excerpt: When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as “the best way forward for working families across
Carolina.” One of the families that later benefited
is her own. JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by the Democratic senator’s
husband, Chip, received nearly $390,000 in federal grants for energy projects
and tax credits created by the 2009 stimulus law, according to public records
and information provided by the company.
The injustice of Eric Holder. By John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky Reading
Excerpt: Even we were shocked when we researched our new book, “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” at the extent to which Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has politicized the Justice Department and put the interests of left-wing ideology and his political party ahead of the fair and impartial administration of justice. However, there is no doubt that the American public has also recognized just how politically corrupt Mr. Holder is, given this month’s very embarrassing poll conducted by Hart Research for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal.
Watch: Eric Holder Scandal Montage. Sarah Jean Seman
Excerpt: From Fast & Furious to the IRS scandal, Eric Holder's time as Attorney General of the Department of Justice has been littered with lies.
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Mark Udall supported Obama 99% of the time, even when Coloradans wanted something else! Wassup with that?
Poll: President Obama hits bottom in
poll found that 39 percent of the largely Democratic
state’s residents think the president is doing an “excellent” or “good” job,
the lowest percentage since Obama took office in 2009. Marist
What ‘War on Women’? By any objective
measure, things have been going great for women for a long time. By Jonah Goldberg Reading
Excerpt: Last Friday, the White House announced its “It’s On Us” initiative aimed at combating sexual assaults on college campuses. I’m all in favor of combating sexual assault, but the first priority in combating a problem is understanding it. That’s not the White House’s first priority. Roughly six weeks before Election Day, its chief concern is to translate an exciting social-media campaign into a get-out-the-vote operation. Accurate statistics are of limited use in that regard because rape and sexual assault have been declining for decades. (The response from feminists — including any number of men who clearly put too much starch in their “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirts — has been less than adulatory. I wish I could say the criticisms surprised me. Over and over again women dismissed the very idea that there isn’t a war on women because, in the words of one, I am a “white dude.” Now anyone misfortunate enough to have wasted time better spent making replicas of Devil’s Tower out of their mashed potatoes reading left-wing academic gobbledygook knows that this response stands on a huge pile of identity-politics asininity. -- Jonah Goldberg, Morning Jolt http://www.nationalreview.com/newsletters)
Why Do the People Abuse Themselves by over Empowering Government? By Ron Lipsman
There is nothing in the Constitution that grants the federal government the authority to regulate the health care industry, much less the right to actually administer any portion of it. Of course, the same statement can be made about education, disability, retirement, insurance, employment, housing and so many other key aspects of our society and the
That hasn’t stopped the feds from assuming control of these enterprises –
sometimes partial, increasingly total. Moreover, all three branches of the
government have colluded in the lawlessly unconstitutional usurpation of the
people’s rights in these matters.
Excerpt: It may be necessary for those who think clearly to be precise in their definitions, particularly when comes to the politically contentious definition of equality. May I suggest that what is being pushed is not equality, but identicality? Let start with a non-human example. Four quarters equals one dollar, but four quarters is not identical to one dollar. One can melt four quarters. A dollar will burn. What our founding fathers, and the founders of Western civilization, referred to when they invoked equality was equality in overall worth, not identicality without distinction. Yet the political discourse extant today conflates the one with the other for demagogic manipulation.
Girl, 11, shoots man attacking mother in southeast Oklahoma City
Excerpt: Police said Henry broke into the house and began to attack
until her daughter, Jayda Milsap, 11, shot Henry twice with a handgun. Henry
tried to flee from the home after being shot and was found down the street,
Critical Minerals: Rare Earths and the
Excerpt: Rare earths are 17 elements in the Earth's crust used in a variety of applications, from hybrid cars and x-ray units to cell phones and wind turbines. Unfortunately, the
States is largely dependent on China
for these critical minerals, posing a serious threat to the American economy,
write Ann Norman, senior research fellow, Xinyuan Zou, research associate and
Joe Barnett, director of policy research at the
for Policy Analysis. National Center
The Recovery That Left Out Almost Everybody
Excerpt: Total employment has risen every month for more than four years. According to the Current Population Survey, more than eight million jobs have been created since the trough, while the number of unemployed has been cut by nearly six million, according to the Wall Street Journal. And despite the fact that the unemployment rate has fallen by almost 4 percent, average Americans continue to remain gloomy about the current economy and anxious about the future. According to a recent Pew Research report, only 21 percent rate current conditions as excellent or good. 79 percent view conditions as fair or poor. 33 percent agree that jobs are readily available, yet only 26 percent believe that good jobs are available. Even though the recession ended five years ago, only 21 percent of people believe that the recession ended, according to the Public Religion Institute.
Experts Slam D'Souza Sentence: 'Never Should Have Been Prosecuted'
The full details are a ridiculous set of requirements, including five full years of therapy. Murderers don't get that, the ACORN vote fraud people didn't get that, what the hell was this judge thinking? But no hard time in jail, which would have been truly insane for what even Liberals see as a very minor transgression. It'll waste the man's time for the next five years in various ways, but that's better than jail time. The judge must be one arrogant SOB to decide he can read D'Souza's mind and figure out that it must be so twisted it needs five years of therapy. But being a Conservative means if you make a mistake, any mistake, you are going to pay for it big time. The other guys, not so much. Read the article if you want all the sordid details. --
Woman Who Shot Stalker in the Chest Posts Chilling Account Online
Excerpt: I awoke around 115 am to the sound of the door giving way after one kick followed by the sounds of my stalker struggling to dislodge the chair while forcing his way inside. I jumped up and grabbed the gun I’ve learned to do everything even shower with. I stood at the top of my stairs and fired twice. Hitting him in the chest, I hear his scream, his disbelief that I’d stood up for myself.. 0 to 100 in milliseconds.
Left’s Pre-emptive Hits on Walker, Christie, & Perry. By Matt Batzel
Excerpt: Just this week, two seemingly unrelated events unfolded, but they actually reveal a new liberal tactic. The Hillary Clinton Front-Group,
, filed a
bogus federal complaint against Wisconsin Governor Scott
Walker and then a federal probe into New Jersey Governor Chris Christie found no evidence linking Christie to “Bridge-Gate.”
Meanwhile, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted last month. Make no mistake,
these events are related. (We need to reply in kind, but we need to have
substance to any charges. The media will tout all left wing charges as true,
will try hard to debunk and from conservatives. ~Bob) American
Man with implanted horns to jury that convicted him of murder: I'll see you all in hell
Excerpt: A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead has been found guilty of murder and other charges for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three
men in 2011.
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You can't eliminate income inequality until you eliminate effort inequality.
Race Card News
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As I said on Fox today, about Holder, "he was preoccupied with the color of the criminal, rather than the content on the crime."
Black Genocide And The Black Leaders Who Support It. By Ryan Bomberger
Excerpt: We have more access to birth control than ever before. Yet the national unintended pregnancy rate hasn’t lowered in decades. It was 49 percent in 1995 and is currently 51 percent according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.
New York City, the home of Planned
Parenthood, is a shining example of what Planned Parenthood has done for black
women. The city has epidemic levels of STDs, rampant fatherlessness (72.3
percent), and black babies are aborted at five times the
rate of the majority population. In fact, more black babies are
aborted than born alive.
Excerpt: The three degenerate Columbus, Ga. men — Ketorie Glover, 23, Joey Betrail Garron, 28, and Robert Carl Johnson, 23 — decided to avenge their humiliation for losing to a female by deciding to kidnap her, gang rape her, sodomize her, shoot her and set the victim on fire and leave her for dead. At a house party in
Columbus, Ga., about a
two-hour drive south of Atlanta,
the trio of so-called male rappers met their match in a 36-year-old black
female lyricist. During the freestyle battle, she out performed them all. After
the third one was defeated by this cocky female rapper, the three men decided
to get revenge. (Black on black crime--no big deal to the media. ~Bob)
Excerpt: The man brought in to improve public relations for the city of
Ferguson, Mo., has been fired after it was publicized
that he is a convicted killer. Devin James was hired at $155-an-hour
to handle media requests and help restore public trust after the shooting
death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Undocumented Democrat News
Important: Another Massive Tax Loophole!
This is cute. If you're an illegal, but did work in the system and paid taxes, you get to file a tax report. On it, you get to claim deductions for all the kids you say you are supporting back in the old country. Maybe like a dozen of them, nieces, nephews, whatever. Then you get a return based on that, and if you are poor enough by our legal standards, you get the special tax refund for those kids. Whom nobody in the
US can really check on, and
besides, why are we helping you take care of your nieces and nephews? Serious
ripoff, and something you'd think the IRS would have taken steps to stop. Watch
the video. -- Del.
Remember in November. ~Bob
70% of families from the immigration surge never showed up for follow-up appointments
Show me your shocked face. ~Bob. Excerpt: Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they were instructed, the Homeland Security Department has acknowledged privately. An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that about 70 percent of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the
never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments.
The Military Will Allow Illegals To Serve
Excerpt: I thought Obama was cutting back on our military personnel and getting picky who could serve? A small number of undocumented immigrants in the
will have an
opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a
new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday. (Maybe serving the
country is one of those "jobs Americans won't do"? ~Bob)
"You're Greener than Gore" News
The Collection of Evidence for a Lower Climate Sensitivity Continues to Grow – now up to 14 papers lower than IPCC. By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger
Excerpt: Nic Lewis and Judith Curry just published a blockbuster paper that pegs the earth’s equilibrium climate sensitivity—how much the earth’s average surface temperature is expected to rise in association with a doubling of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide concentration—at 1.64°C (1.05°C to 4.05°C, 90% range), a value that is nearly half of the number underpinning all of President Obama’s executive actions under his Climate Action Plan. This finding will not stop the President and the EPA from imposing more limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from fossil fuels. A wealth of similar findings have appeared in the scientific literature beginning in 2011 (see below) and they, too, have failed to dissuade him from his legacy mission.
August 2014 Brings Lowest U.S. Tornado Count Since the 1960s
We owe thanks to the Global Warming Alarmists. They predicted more tornadoes and more hurricanes from global warming--and they are always wrong. ~Bob
Religion of Peace News
Some Clear Examples for John Kerry of "The Real Islam." Compiled by Robert A. Hall
Defanging the Left: Why liberals are staying silent on Obama’s war. By Howard Kurtz
Excerpt: Are liberals giving President Obama a pass for waging the kind of war they would instinctively oppose? In other words, are they opposed to bombing only when the missions are ordered by Republicans? There is anecdotal evidence, at least, that some on the left have lost their antiwar passion now that George W. Bush has decamped to
Texas. Which means they’re more about partisanship than principle. (Funeral Services for the Anti-War
Movement Will Be Held Next Week. Howard Kurtz writes
the obituary of the anti-war movement. Born in 2003, the movement experienced
sudden difficulties in January 2009, struggled and limped along for the past
few years, and finally collapsed on the street in front of the White
House last week: -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt http://www.nationalreview.com/newsletters)
Thank You for Bombing
Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant
group in Syria
is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the
organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and
giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life.
UAE’s first female fighter pilot likely dropping bombs on ISIS militants in Syria
Excerpt: The first female pilot in the
United Arab Emirates' air force is reportedly
taking part in the coalition air strikes against ISIS militants hiding in Syria. Maj.
Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, is a squadron commander piloting an F-16 Block 60
fighter jet likely among those dropping munitions this week in coordinated
attacks against Islamic State strongholds near Raqqa, Aleppo and Idlib.
Mariam Al Mansouri: Female Fighter Pilot Disowned By Family For Bombing ISIS Terrorists In
Excerpt: Mansouri led three other UAE F-16 pilots in the first airstrike and it’s said that when the “U.S. tanker pilots called in for air refueling and asked for the UAE mission and when they heard a female voice on the other side they paused for 20 seconds.” They then proceeded to drop bombs this week in coordinated attacks against Islamic State strongholds near Raqqa,
Aleppo and Idlib. Unfortunately, an Arabic
language news site called Wattan.TV is
reporting that Mariam Al Mansouri’s family has disowned her for these actions.
(Maybe our Air Force could find a place for her. ~Bob)
The Defense of Kobani. By Jonathan Spyer
Excerpt: This week witnessed the second determined attempt by Islamic State forces to destroy the Kurdish enclave around Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) city in northern
Kobani is one of three autonomous enclaves maintained by the Kurds in Syria. As of
now, it appears that after initial lightning advances, the progress of the
jihadis has been halted; they have not moved forward in the last 24 hours. The
arrival of Kurdish forces from across the Turkish border is the key element in
freezing the advance.
The Interesting Fact About Some of the Missiles Being Used Against the Islamic State. By Fred Lucas
used Tomahawk cruise missiles to hit the Islamic State in the opening strikes
this week – a missile system that President Barack Obama’s budget proposal had
slated for elimination by 2016. Further, nearly half of the Tomahawk missiles –
or 47 percent of what the U.S.
planned to buy next year – were already used this week in the strikes, according to Investor’s Business Daily. The administration
also sought to eliminate or scale back the F-22 Raptors and the A-10 Warthog,
also being used in the conflict with the Sunni militant group.
The less capable the US military is to deal with multiple simultaneous and transglobal crisis, goes the accepted thinking of top brass, the more reliant need so-called “stand-off weapons” like the unmanned ship-fired Tomahawk cruise missile that can reach targets thousands of miles away, to make up for the gap in conventional forces. (Pull your pants down and bend over, we're screwed. --Barb)
Muslim adding to the "Rich Fabric" of
America: FBI probing suspect's recent
conversion to Islam in
Excerpt: FBI officials are investigating a beheading at an
distribution center after co-workers said the suspect tried to convert them to
Islam after his recent conversion. The alleged suspect, Alton Nolen, 30, was
recently fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore
prior to Thursday’s attack. (Liberals' worst fears...Muslim beheads a woman, shot
by 'good guy with a gun'. Imagine that... Headline I want to see: Gun nut
shoots man practicing his peaceful religion. --George. Madison paper led with "Workplace
Violence." ~Bob. So the guy tries to convert his co-workers to Islam,
nobody is buying, so he brings a big knife to work, takes the head off one
woman, starts stabbing others, and gets shot, thank heavens, by a company
officer who is an reserve deputy there who has
his gun. [Wasn't that a fortunate thing?] This is the kind of thing that
has become part of the landscape now, that we can have fanatic Muslims living
here go crazy at any given point and decide it's their day to go full jihad and
not worry about dying because the 72 virgins are waiting for them. Yes, it's
one guy from maybe ten thousand, but we have several hundred thousand Muslims
here now, which means there are always going to be dangers from that tiny
fraction of total fanatics. Which is why I am in favor of a lot of FBI surveys
of the Muslim population, instead of worrying about "disaffected
veterans" as the most likely source of danger here. I would like to have
undercover observers in every mosque, at least once in a while, to listen to
the sermons and see if anyone is preaching fundamentalism and hatred of the
West. That's what they did in Oklahoma County Germany,
and when they find a mosque that does that, it gets shut down. We didn't
tolerate Nazis here once the war started, and we should not tolerate jihadist
thinkers here, since that war started for sure on 9-11. This is only common
sense, and the will to protect our people. Muslims who are going along living
nice, non-fanatic lives, should never be bothered. Those who hate and despise
our whole society need to be watched and for my money, sent back to whatever
country from which they came. If they were born here, give them a choice of
where they would like to go. Sound extremist? People having their heads cut off
at work or being shot in their cars or massacred at their own Army base tends
to bring out the survival instincts in me, for myself and for my fellow
citizens. -- Del)
Ex-Muslim Says Beheader’s Mosque in Oklahoma Taught Caliphate, Destruction of US &
By Jim Hoft Israel
Excerpt: An ex-Muslim says Imam Imad Enchassi at the Islamic Society mosque of Greater Oklahoma City taught hatred of the US and Israel and global domination by Islam.
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#Muslim Organizations fear that the beheading will cause "Islamophobia" because of humans irrational fear of having their heads cut off
Mavi Marmara Veteran Killed in Syrian Strike
A Turkish man who was part of a flotilla that violently tried to break
blockade on Gaza in 2010 has been killed in
bombing raids targeting ISIS terrorists in Syria, media reports say. Yakup
Bülent Alnıak was in Syria researching a book, a statement from a charity group
called Iyilikder, said Jordan's JN News reported. But other reports in Turkish media indicate Alniak was
fighting with a rival jihadist group, the al-Qaida tied Al Nusra Front.
death toll to 50 China
Excerpt: Fifty people died in violence on Sunday in Xinjiang, Chinese state media said, in what police called a "serious terrorist attack". (50 dead is "unrest"? ~Bob)
Crime and Non-Punishment in
By Bruce Bawer Sweden
Excerpt: It’s no secret that while rape has been on the upswing in recent years across Europe, the figures are higher in
Sweden – which, not coincidentally, has Europe’s second highest percentage of Muslim inhabitants
– than in an other country on the continent. Yet even as the incidence of rape
has soared, Sweden
has continued to treat rapists more leniently than pretty much every other
country in the Western world. (I was looking up statistics on rape in the
world, and was still a bit surprised to find that Sweden was so badly off by this
rating. I have known for years that they had an increasing problem, but didn't
know how far it had gone. With young Muslim men at under 10% of the male
population in Sweden,
it turned out that when they last published statistics, they were committing
the vast majority of the rapes. Often being unapologetic about it, because
"the girls were asking for it" by the way they dressed. And it turns
out that Swedish judges, a large fraction of whom are women by the way, are
unbelievably merciful when it comes to sentencing rapists. (But if you say
anything publicly that can be considered by any standard as racist, you will be
in serious problem with the law posthaste.) To be fair, Swedish sentences for
all kinds of crimes would make criminals in many other countries fall on the
ground laughing, and the conditions of their prisons make me wonder if the way
to nice retirement with full medical care is to go to Sweden and threaten a
bank teller with a butter knife to get a few dozen Kroner in cash. I'm sure if
at the same time I screamed out hateful things about gays, transgenders,
Buddhists, or women, it could add up to at good ten years of not working. With
access to a nice gym, TV, and maybe a DVD player. Seriously, you have to wonder
how it is that intelligent people worry more about the criminals than the
victims. Aggravated rape by several men at a time is the kind of thing that
scars a woman for the rest of her life, it's a continuous, prolonged,
deeply personal violation that gives you memories that don't fade all that much
with time. And by these incredibly mild sentences the judges broadcast a
message that even if you get caught, it just won't be that bad. Making people
have some respect, even some fear, of the consequences of breaking laws is kind
of important to a society. When a society stops discouraging criminal
behavior, chances are fair it might just increase. How can those judges believe
they are fulfilling their responsibilities to the victims with such sentences?
Right now I can only wonder how those Swedish fathers feel about their
daughters' experiences and how little it meant for the perpetrators. I don't
know what to say about someone who rapes my daughter and walks away from
it somehow ........ except that he will, I am certain, have the Great Wheel
come around and find in his life reason to come to sincerely regret his earlier
behavior. --Del. Now, now, rape of immodest infidel women is part of Muslim
culture and according to the left we shouldn't judge because all cultures are
equally valid. Except western culture, especially rural white culture in the US. ~Bob)
AQAP executes Yemeni intelligence director
Excerpt: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced yesterday that its members have executed an intelligence director in the central
intelligence director, identified as Mohammad Taher al Shami, was killed along
with four of his associates in the city of province
of al Dale Rada'. Some reports identify
al Shami as a political security director in the province.
Denmark: Christians flee Muslim-dominated areas, “They tell me I ought to be stoned to death.” By Nicolai Sennels
Denmark: Christians flee Muslim-dominated areas, “They tell me I ought to be stoned to death.” By Nicolai Sennels
Excerpt: Jojo was born in Denmark of Lebanese parents. She lived in Gellerupparken (a major Muslim area) until she was eight. One day she sat in her car in Nørrebro (a Muslim-dominated area in
Copenhagen). Seven young
people with Arab background surrounded the car. One of them put his foot up on
the hood and stared at her. “Do you think I’m looking at you, you fucking ugly
whore. Try to see what clothes you wear, bitch,” he said to Jojo, who dresses
as Danish women do: shorts and a t-shirt in the summer. Then he noticed the
cross around her neck.
Taliban Behead 12 People in
Remote Afghan Province
Excerpt: The Taliban beheaded 12 Afghan civilians, mostly family members of local policemen, in an assault that was part of a week-long offensive that has so far killed 60 people and wounded scores in a remote province in eastern
officials said Friday.
Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10
Excerpt: Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in
An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known
as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of
its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept.
17 news release from the unit.