Thursday, September 25, 2014

Holder Quits--and other important news today


Fifty years ago at this time, I was in Platoon 273, 2nd Recruit Training Bn., MCRD Parris Island, SC, working to earn the title "Marine." Here I am today, still getting up at Zero-dark-thirty, now to get my medical stuff done, and get to PT Rehab for my appointment. The self-discipline that my three DIs, Sgt. Owens, Sgt. Martin and Sgt. Harris gave me was a priceless gift, that enabled me to have a very successful career, and now to do the necessary to get through this lung transplant process. Not that I love getting up before the sun, but the sunrise Wednesday morning was great, pink and blue in all directions. See below.

The local VA hospital where I get my care has been getting flak for wait times. So they held a Town Hall meeting Tuesday evening. I went to put my positive experiences on the record. Given that these things attract those with a grievance, I was pleased that there were as many positive comments as negative. There was a Marine sitting behind me who had a double lung transplant 17 years ago; Like me, he credits the VA with keeping him alive. He's now my role model. Even the transsexual vet had good things to say. Her only complaint was that sometimes staff members call her "mister." There were a lot of complaints about wait times to see a primary care doc. The VA leadership team said that when Obamacare went into effect in January, the Madison VA expected no impact. But new patient intakes rose from 140 a month to 350! (Apparently, more vets are going to the VA because of the private insurance changes.) At the same time, they lost 25% of their Primary Care docs, due to retirements, illness and docs taking other jobs--so they get it and are working on it, have made new hires. All within the budget Washington gives them, of course. A Primary Care doc has over 1,000 patients at the VA.

One WWII vet said they should hire more docs with combat experience. Huh. A bit hard to find. Plus I want they best docs they can get, regardless if they have been shot at or not!

Thursday morning I was standing at the kitchen sink, starting my Neti Pot (which keeps me from getting colds), when a fellow tooled past on the sidewalk in a motorized wheel chair, complete with a head support system. God often has a not-too-subtle way of keeping me from feeling sorry for myself. ~Bob

General News and Comment

This calls for a whisky: Holder resigning as attorney general, officials say
Excerpt: Attorney General Eric Holder plans to announce Thursday that he is resigning from the Obama administration, officials confirmed to Fox News. The decision would cap a tumultuous six-year term for the nation's top law enforcement official. 9No we have to worry who is next--and does Obama put him on the Supreme Court. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: U. S. Navy - A Marine's Take. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Sailors (and Marines and Soldiers and Airmen and Coast Guardsmen) know of these ceremonies - they know the tradition, the pomp and circumstance, and the importance. They know the hardships and sacrifices and the thrills and rewards and sometimes disappointments and sadness that comes with service.

Wisconsin’s Dilettante: Is gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke ready to settle on a career? By Eliana Johnson
Excerpt: The daughter of Trek Bicycle founder Richard Burke, the woman gunning for Scott Walker’s job, is the scion of a prominent Wisconsin family who’s had the wealth to flit from one career to another. In an election being litigated primarily on economic issues, Mary Burke has touted her business experience. But it’s the sort of business experience only an heiress could afford: a couple of years spent toiling at a failed start-up company and two stints working for her father. 

Quote From The Patriot Post
"[I]nstituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good ... would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. ... [The Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect." --Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on a National Bank, 1791

Federal court lifts injunction against investigation into Scott Walker, conservative groups
Excerpt: Gov. Scott Walker was dealt a major blow Wednesday when a federal appeals court overturned a lower court's ruling that had stopped a probe into Walker's campaign and more than two dozen Republican and conservative groups for alleged illegal campaign activity.

President Obama plays the campaign calendar blues. By Edward-Isaac Dovere , Politico
Excerpt: In just the past few weeks, the list of expected stops has shrunk, with several campaigns that were requesting the president as recently as late August now pulling back those requests. ... Responding to months of pleas from Democrats urging the White House to provide more help, the president and first lady will be going to places where there are competitive races — though only those in clearly Democratic territory, focusing on locations where the president’s approval remains strong even as it’s dropped pretty much everywhere else. As expected, and as requested by the campaigns themselves, that will mean the president will avoid all but one Senate race — in Michigan — while the first lady will appear in Iowa on behalf of Bruce Braley. (What's really interesting is what's missing from the list: No Colorado. No Virginia. No stop in Ohio for Ed Fitzgerald's gubernatorial bid. And despite that earlier paragraph: Obama's also not currently planning on going to New Hampshire for Shaheen, whose recent polls show a clear Obama drag. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

Why Jim Webb can beat Hillary. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: Former Virginia senator Jim Webb says he is mulling a run for the presidency. There are reasons to doubt his viability — although he was an effective campaigner in 2006. Here are a dozen reasons he should run:

Former senator Jim Webb: 'Taking a hard look' at Democratic presidential bid. By Catalina Camia
Former senator Jim Webb laid out in stark terms the economic and military challenges facing America, saying he is “seriously looking” at a 2016 presidential campaign as a Democrat.
Webb, an ex-Navy secretary under Ronald Reagan who served one term as a senator representing Virginia, outlined in remarks at the National Press Club the federal government’s role as the middle class gets squeezed and the U.S. fights to protect national interests abroad. He shared what he called his “governing principles” in his speech and on Twitter. “The very character of America is being called into question,” Webb said Tuesday. “Who are we as a people? What is it that unites us, rather than divides us? Where is our common ground when the centrifugal forces of social cohesion are spinning so out of control that the people at the very top exist in a distant outer orbit?” (This is unbelievable. I don’t know what democratic party he is referring to. Our president claimed that we are responsible for global warming at his speech before the un today. It seems that he believes that we are responsible for all the bad things in the world. --Don)

Surprise: Dems Fret About Money In Politics While Vastly Outspending GOP. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Just a few weeks ago, Senate Democrats held show votes on an constitutional amendment designed to curtail political speech, ostensibly for the purpose of abating the scourge of money in politics. But Democrats love money in politics, so long as it's their own. Their showboating, therefore, is all about hypocritically claiming the moral high ground (while casting Republicans as defenders of "dark money" or whatever), and milking more dollars out of their credulous base.

Worth Reading: Do Statistical Disparities Mean Injustice? By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: Before we jump to conclusions about what disparities mean and whether they are indicators of injustice, we might examine some other disparities to see what we can make of them. According to a recent study conducted by Bond University in Australia, sharks are nine times as likely to attack and kill men than they are women. If sinister motivation is attributed for this disparity, as is done in the cases of sex and racial disparities, we can only conclude that sharks are sexist. Another sex disparity is despite the fact that men are 50 percent of the population and so are women, men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. I wonder what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men. (when the hell is the government going to do something about the NBA's and the NFL's blatant discrimination against old, short, out-of-shape, uncoordinated white guys like me? ~Bob)

Tempest over Obama's tea cup salute: Commander-in-chief sparks anger by saluting US Marines with drink in his hand
Excerpt: President was exiting his Marine One helicopter after landing in New York City for speeches about global warming and fighting ISIS in Syria Commander-in-chief is a military title that entitles Obama to a salute, and he's expected to return the gesture. On Tuesday he saluted two uniformed US Marines while holding a cup in his hand, a breach that won't win him fans among veterans or servicemen. ( I'm sure there is no one on his staff who would know that you either salute properly or you don't salute. Saluting back the Marine guards with his coffee cup in his hand is just one more lovely demonstration of how this man knows NOTHING of the military, courtesies, or anything else. Heaven help us. --Del. Well, I'm neither outraged nor surprised. It's the kind of thing I expect of this guy. ~Bob)

Obama uses coffee cup to salute Marines. By Neil Munro
Excerpt: President Barack Obama returned a formal military salute with a one-handed coffee-cup salute Tuesday, only a few hours after he dispatched the nation’s military on their attack mission into northern Syria. White House aides posted the sloppy salute video on Instagram.

18 Piping Hot Twitter Reactions to President Obama’s ‘Latte Salute’ Gaffe

He can wear the shirt, but he could never be a Marine.

Excerpts: Scott Brown To Lay Out Vision For Strong America Post-Shaheen In Foreign Policy Speech
Excerpt: Former Sen. Scott Brown, who’s running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to be New Hampshire’s next U.S. Senator, will deliver a foreign policy speech here midday Wednesday during which he’ll hammer Shaheen and President Barack Obama for weakening America's standing in the world.
Careful About What You Say: The Speech Police Are Listening. By Bernard Goldberg
Excerpt: You may have heard about the radio play-by-play man for the San Francisco 49ers who got into trouble for saying things you’re apparently not allowed to say. The broadcaster, Ted Robinson, was a guest on a radio show and uttered these words about football player Ray Rice’s then fiancée (and now wife), who by now the whole world knows was knocked out by Rice in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino: “How does she marry him after that? How does she go in front of [NFL Commissioner] Goodell [and make a case for Ray Rice]? That’s pathetic to me.”

The Hillary Letters
Excerpt: Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveals new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development.

Worth Reading: Politico Needs You To Know That Lois Lerner Has Suffered Enough Already
Excerpt: Here's a specific criticism I have in the Politico piece: It reports, almost immediately, that Lerner has received derogatory emails, including one quoted by Politico calling her a "dirty Jew." Now, this kind of journalism -- the parade of horribles from Internet Nasties -- has the inevitable effect of creating sympathy for the person receiving the email, and, more importantly, discrediting all critics opposed to the recipient, even though very few people critical of Lerner (apparently just the one guy) was so filled with rage and so lacking in self-control or discretion that he wrote an anti-semitic Email Nasty to her. In a court of law this would not be permitted, as it is irrelevant to the main story (Lerner's actual guilt or innocence) and is also unduly prejudicial.

Washington Post announces cuts to employees’ retirement benefits
Excerpt: The Washington Post announced large cuts in retirement benefits on Tuesday, declaring that it would eliminate future retirement medical benefits and freeze defined-benefit pensions for nonunion employees. The company also said that in negotiations that started Tuesday, it will seek to impose the same conditions on employees covered by the union — one of the first indications of how The Post’s new owner, founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, will manage relations with the staff of the news organization.

To keep up with 21st century threats, the military needs to modernize its hiring. By Renee J. Squier 
Excerpt: The writer is head of diversity, inclusion and women’s policy for the U.S. Navy. The views expressed here are her own. If the United States were attacked again, the way it was at Pearl Harbor or on Sept. 11, would you step forward to serve in the military? If you’ve climbed any distance up the career ladder, the answer is probably no, because the military hires people almost exclusively at entry level, and signing up could severely diminish your pay and status. (Say, Mr. CEO, how'd you like to be an Admiral? I wonder what rank they'd offer a retired Association Executive? Though when I was in the USMC reserves, a National Guard officer told me that as a Senator with a BA, working on a Masters, the Guard would make me at least a Captain. I said, "With all due respect, sir, I'd rather be a corporal of Marines." He got tight jaws, but what was he going to do? Tell my Colonel? I gather from other links the writer of this piece is a Navy Captain. ~Bob)​

The IRS targeted organizations teaching the Constitution and Bill of Rights. By Michael Barone 
Excerpt: For those of you who thought the Internal Revenue Service was only interested in squelching the free speech rights of organizations supporting conservatives, here’s something even more disturbing. Over at the Volokh Conspiracy blog, Georgetown law professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz reports that on Jan. 20, 2012, the IRS revised its BOLO ("Be On the Lookout") list to include "political action type organizations involved in . . . educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights." He notes that the targeted organizations included Linchpins of Liberty in Tennessee, the Spirit of Freedom Institute in Wyoming and the Constitutional Organization of Liberty in Pennsylvania.

Hilarious: Young Woman Lists The Top 10 Reasons Why She’s NOT A Democrat
Excerpt: By George, I think she’s got it — check out this hilarious video of a recovering liberal, now conservative, stating her Top Ten Reasons why she’s no longer a Democrat. One thing is for certain, the younger generation in America is starting to realize that hopey changey thing ain’t working for them and their future. I guarantee you’ll bust a laugh with this one. Hat tip to @ellysa_maye and her exceptional use of social media to make her point

Texans Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses After Texas Eased Restrictions On Selling Food Made At Home. By Nick Sibilla
Excerpt: Come and bake it. Texas is enjoying a burst of entrepreneurship after enacting laws that let anyone turn a home kitchen into a business incubator. Under “cottage food” laws, people can sell food baked or cooked at home, like cookies, cakes and jams, if it’s deemed to have a very low chance of causing foodborne illnesses. Crucially, cottage food laws exempt home bakers from having to rent commercial kitchen space.

Proof Joe Biden is Wrong on Just About Everything
Excerpt: Remember When Biden Laughed at Romney for Suggesting We’d Bomb Syria? Wow. Just wow. This may be the most amazing piece of video that Joe Biden has ever produced… and he has made a lot of heart-stoppingly funny videos. Just watch it and then we’ll talk a little about it.

Journalists Come Forward: Obama is Much “Worse” Than Bush On Major Issue 
Excerpt: According to a number of leading journalists, the Obama administration has been less transparent than that of his predecessor. Despite campaign pledges and later claims to the contrary, they say Bush was less secretive than President Barack Obama, according to a report from COSP. “Bush was bad,” said Associated Press Editor Kathleen Carroll at a joint convention of the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors in Chicago recently. “Obama’s worse.”

Race Card News

Ferguson from my St. Louis contact
More riots, looting, burning stores and shooting at the police last night in Ferguson. The reason: The police say a candle fell over and caught the little Mike Brown memorial on fire. Mourners had built the memorial at the location of the poor boy's death. The rioters said that they were looting because the police set the fire and burned the memorial. The police say that's not true. --BW.

Armed robber shouts ‘This is for Michael Brown’ as he holds up three couples outside St Louis restaurant
Excerpt: One of the men brandished a silver gun. Police said both men were black and in their early 20s. The first man was described as being of thin build and wore a white tank-top and blue jeans. He had medium length twisted braids and had a small sliver handgun. (If two white guys robber black couples shouting, "This is for Dillon Taylor," how would the media react?

Illinois is the worst Midwest state for black men to find work
Excerpt: As Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn duke it out in commercials over wine, nursing homes, and wife beaters on the street, here’s a troubling statistic that you probably won't hear about this election cycle: Fewer than 48 percent of civilian, non-institutionalized African-American men in Illinois are employed. That makes the employment rate for black men in Illinois the lowest in the Midwest.

Excerpt: Failing to heed this cautionary tale was one Daniele Watts, an actress whose name was familiar to almost no one until she, too, surrendered to the allure of victimhood. On the afternoon of Sept. 11, as Watts would tell it, she and her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, were set upon and harassed without cause by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. We must insert at this point the information that Watts is black and Lucas is white, facts that in an ideal world would be meaningless but in the present case are relevant. (I was really blown away to read that a Black actress had been harassed by a LA cop for kissing her White husband in public. This came out over the weekend. First I thought "Damn, do we have another crazy, overzealous cop here?", but then I thought, "maybe more will come out about this". Well, a LOT more has come out about this. The big thing is not that the man is actually a boyfriend, not a husband, after all, you could still kiss your boyfriend in public. No, it turns out the big thing is that it wasn't exactly kissing, not even torrid French kissing. It was flat-out sex on a car seat, partially out of the car, and far enough out, close enough to a building, that people in the building took lovely pictures and gave or sold them to the media. Not much question that this was hot sex, enough to make many people envious. And when people in the building complain to the police department that sex is going on in plain sight, the cops are supposed to respond, in case it's prostitution, which is where much of the public sex in LA comes from. Which gives the responding officer "probable cause" which means the officer gets to see your ID. The young lady flipped out on him, played the race card, then told him she has a publicist, then broke down in hysterics and used some nasty language. How do we know this? Because he's a smart cop and recorded everything. This is what gets people tired, the instant charge of profiling and racism, when in fact the facts show the cop doing exactly what he was supposed to do, and getting massive attitude back. What's sad about it too is that it makes it harder to get support when maybe there was racism involved, as we know there sometimes is. The article gives you links to the pictures and the recording too. --Del)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Worth reading: Old and in the way? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay -- "Why I hope to die at 75"-- 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. ... But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. ... Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects of the troubled Affordable Care Act and a key medical advisor to the Obama administration. (I wish I was half the writer, half as productive or half as knowledgeable at 68 as Dr. Thomas Sowell is at 84. ~Bob)

Feds Lack the Data to Determine How Well Key Obamacare Provisions Are Working
Excerpt: Federal health insurance officials can't tell Congress how much the government has spent since 2010 selling Obamacare to a key segment of the market, according to the Government Accountability Office. The accounting system used by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, which manages Obamacare, doesn't track "expenditure totals for CCIIO-related polling, focus groups, or advertising and other public relations activities," GAO said in a report made public Monday. (And if they did track it, it would be lost when their hard drives all crashed at once. ~Bob)

Excerpt: For patients, however, it is risky to allow the government to pay physicians to counsel us on end-of-life issues. There is another approach, but it is so emotionally challenging that it may be impossible to implement. End-of-life planning is back on the radar screen because of a very thorough report just released by the Institute of Medicine (IoM). It comprises a wealth of information on the state of end-of-life planning in America today. Unfortunately, it contains a dangerous recommendation: Government-funded counseling.

The Great Healthcare Cashout: Top Cardin aide to the hospital lobby. By Timothy P. Carney
Excerpt: The lawmakers, federal appointees and congressional staffers who crafted Obamacare continue to get rich by going to work for the companies subsidized and regulated by the law.
Two weeks ago, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., a member of the Finance Committee's health care subcommittee, bid adieu on the Senate floor to a longtime staffer, Priscilla Ross, with a truly impressive record of public service. ... Ross, this week, began as "senior associate director for federal relations" at the American Hospital Association. In other words, she will help run the hospital industry's main lobbying shop.

Undocumented Democrat News

Harvard Gives Student Full Ride After He Tells Them He's Illegal Immigrant
Excerpt: When Dario Guerrero, an illegal immigrant who found out about his status in high school, told Harvard that he was in the country illegally, the school encouraged him to apply--and gave him a full scholarship after he was accepted.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Climate Science Is Not Settled. By Steven E. Koonin
Excerpt: The idea that "Climate science is settled" runs through today's popular and policy discussions. Unfortunately, that claim is misguided. It has not only distorted our public and policy debates on issues related to energy, greenhouse-gas emissions and the environment. But it also has inhibited the scientific and policy discussions that we need to have about our climate future. My training as a computational physicist—together with a 40-year career of scientific research, advising and management in academia, government and the private sector—has afforded me an extended, up-close perspective on climate science. (Another one who's not giving in to the tremendous pressure to go along with the "it's SETTLED" program. Good for him. --Del)

He's always been a "Do as I say, not as I do" politician. Typical of the left, Gore especially. ~Bob

'You can either make history or be vilified by it': Leo DiCaprio lectures UN on climate change (but no mention of his four homes, private jets and renting the FIFTH biggest yacht in the world from an OIL billionaire)
Excerpt: But the 39-year-old Hollywood star's own jetset lifestyle reveals a double-standard on the issue of climate change. ... MailOnline can report that DiCaprio took at least 20 trips across the nation and around the world this year alone - including numerous flights from New York to Los Angeles and back, a ski vacation to the French Alps, another vacation to the French Riviera, flights to London and Tokyo to promote his film Wolf of Wall Street, two trips to Miami and trip to Brazil to watch the World Cup.

Alaska's Lessons for the Keystone XL Pipeline
Excerpt: Earlier this year the Obama administration again delayed a decision about the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,200 mile, $5.2 billion pipeline could increase North American energy security and create more than 15,000 jobs, according to Stephen Moore and Joel Griffith of the Heritage Foundation. The unwillingness to approve the pipeline can be found in the insistence by many environmental groups like the Sierra Club that are vehemently opposed. Yet there is a lesson to be learned about whether to proceed with the Keystone XL Pipeline from the debates that occurred during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) in which environmentalists also opposed the pipeline's construction. Since its completion in 1977, TAPS has flowed more than 17 billion barrels of oil worth more than $1.5 trillion today. However, the Pipeline was almost not built thanks to the propaganda campaign launched by many environmental groups, like the Wilderness Group. Court injunctions, fierce congressional debate, lobbying by environmental groups all delayed the construction of the pipeline. Since then, the pipeline has not been involved with any environmental catastrophes.

Excerpt: As President Obama tries to rally the world to embrace his agenda to curb carbon emissions, Weatherbell Chief Forecaster Joe Bastardi is condemning the “prostituting” of climate science by Obama and others to further what he considers a political agenda.

Religion of Peace News

Tweet from Bret Baier @BretBaier
Confirmed: 1st Female pilot for UAE was their team leader in the Syria strikes Monday night -Major Mariam Al Mansouri

Oi. UAE women can fly an attack jet but Saudi women can't drive a car. :boggle:

Excerpt: The airstrikes are meant to save Obama’s poll ratings, and the Democrats’ prospects in November. They are not meant to do any serious damage to the Islamic State, and they are not doing any.

Worth Reading: Lack of reliable partners in Syria poses daunting challenge to U.S. By Patrick J. Mcdonnell
Excerpt: But six weeks of bombardment in Iraq, including almost 200 airstrikes, have resulted in relatively few territorial gains against Islamic State. ... It's not yet clear whether Washington's purported allies in Syria are completely on board with the U.S. offensive against Islamic State. One of the administration's favored moderate rebel factions, Harakat Hazm, part of the Free Syrian Army alliance and a recipient of U.S. missiles and training, issued a statement Tuesday denouncing the "external intervention" — that is, the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Syria — as "an attack on the revolution."

Iraqi PM: Plot to attack US, Paris Subways
Excerpt: Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that captured Islamic State militants have told Iraqi intelligence agents of an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris, but French and American officials said they had no such information.

U.S. strikes in Syria against al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group kill one of its leaders
Excerpt: U.S. missile strikes against an obscure al-Qaeda cell in Syria killed at least one of the group’s leaders, delivering what U.S. officials described as a significant but not decisive blow to a terrorist group accused of plotting attacks against Europe and the United States.

Obama Tells UN How Great He Is While Tweaking America. From The Patriot Post
Last year, Barack Obama took a victory lap at the UN, announcing, "Today, all of our troops have left Iraq. Next year, an international coalition will end its war in Afghanistan, having achieved its mission of dismantling the core of al-Qaida that attacked us on 9/11." This year, as the U.S. conducts airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Obama told the same body, "I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. Instead we have waged a focused campaign on al-Qaida and its associated forces." On the subject of Islam he stated, "And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them, there is only us -- because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country." Astoundingly, Obama said he understands why other nations criticize America for calling them out on violence because of violence within our own borders. He said, "In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri -- where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So, yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions." Does anyone besides Obama believe that the shooting of a violent black man in Ferguson (currently the subject of a DoJ investigation), is tantamount to the violence being committed by ISIL? This president is an embarrassment to his country.

Excerpt: President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Excerpt: Al Qaeda's so-called "Khorasan group," which was struck in the US-led bombing campaign earlier this week, is run by senior jihadists dispatched to Syria by Ayman al Zawahiri.
One member of the group, a veteran al Qaeda operative named Muhsin al Fadhli, has been publicly identified.

Flashback: Obama: 'Global War on Terror' Is Over
The left is okay with blowing people to bits a long as it's not war. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell the terrorists. see below. ~Bob

If Obama Had Followed His Own Advice From 2007, We Might Not Be Fighting ISIS Today
Excerpt: In 2007, then-senator Barack Obama appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation and was asked by host Bob Schieffer to explain his plan for the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
“One of the things I strongly disagree with Senator McCain is, this notion that we have future catastrophe to look forward to if we start phasing down troops. Those of us who object to what I consider to be a disastrous policy on the part of the Bush Administration have in fact put forward a different approach. ..."

Turkey: What Ally? By Burak Bekdil
Excerpt: Last week, the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, were in the Turkish capital, one after the other, to ask for Turkey's contribution to a coalition of allies in a U.S.-led war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS, aka The Islamic State]. Not only will Ankara take no military action, it will also forbid the U.S. from using a critical U.S. air base in southern Turkey to conduct strikes against the jihadist terrorists, the Turks told Messrs. Kerry and Hagel.

In Syria, Obama stretches legal and policy constraints he created for counterterrorism
Excerpt: After spending nearly six years of his presidency installing a series of constraints on U.S. counterterrorism operations, President Obama has launched a broad military offensive against Islamist groups in Syria that stretches the limits of those legal and policy enclosures. The barrage of airstrikes was aimed mainly at a militant group, the Islamic State, that is no longer among the al-Qaeda “associates” envisioned by the military authorization passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

ISIS-Offshoot Beheads Another Algeria. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: According to SITE Intelligence Group, an ISIS offshoot organization operating in the north African country of Algeria has beheaded a French hostage.

Surprise: U.S. weapons for Free Syrian Army ended up with ISIS
Excerpt: This is what always happens when we give Muslims weapons. Will we ever learn?
Check it out: A claim by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that some of the 600 tons of weapons the U.S. gave Syrian rebels last year ended up in the hands of ISIS is based on the Free Syrian Army’s initial cooperation with a Syrian-backed coalition of Islamic Front fighters. (Gee, who could have predicted this? Okay I did as did everyone who thought about it who had better cognitive ability than a turnip, but who else? ~Bob)

Important: Al Qaeda group in Syria plotted attack against U.S. with explosive clothes
Excerpt: The strikes targeted "training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communication building and command and control facilities," the military said in a statement.
The group was actively plotting against a U.S. homeland target and Western targets, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday. The United States hoped to surprise the group by mixing strikes against it with strikes against ISIS targets. (I can only imagine how that discussion went. "Look, our bombers are going to be in the neighborhood anyway. Why not swing by and drop a few big ones on the hideout on the way home?" -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

In Case You Lost Count, This Map Shows the Countries Our Peace-Prize Winning President Has Bombed

ISIS Destroys Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor
Excerpt: The Islamic State (also known as ISIS) destroyed the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor, Syria—considered the Auschwitz of the Armenian Genocide—news agencies in the Middle East reported.

Obama Forbids FBI to Use Religion in Identifying Terror Threats, as ISIS Recruits Openly in U.S. Mosques. By Karin McQuillan
Excerpt: AT had a chance to catch up with Steven Emerson, head of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, and hear his assessment of the ISIS threat here on American soil. Emerson runs the country's top data center on Islamic terror groups in the United States, working like a man possessed, and accomplishing the work of thousands on sheer guts and determination to protect our country. Wherever the bad guys have been caught and prosecuted successfully, you will find Emerson working quietly behind the scenes as an invaluable ally of the FBI and Homeland Security. Because he accepts no money from the government, Emerson has been free of the diktats of the Obama administration that have forbidden the FBI to train their sights on Muslim terrorists. 

KISS OUR GRITS: Muslims Demand AMERICAN Food Stamps Meet Islamic Standards
Excerpt: It is one thing to come to migrate to this country and begin to use the welfare system, it’s totally another thing to demand that our country now accommodate it to you. Let’s see what the government will do about this – will they bend to the Muslims demanding Halal customized food shelves? (Or wipe them down with bacon grease? And some politicians will do anything to get votes. ~JB)

Erdoğan's Flying Carpet Unravels. By David P. Goldman
Excerpt: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has a growing list of enemies. "Among his targets" at a recent address to a Turkish business group "were The New York Times, the Gezi events of 2013, credit rating agencies, the Hizmet movement, the Koc family and high interest rates," Zaman reported September 18. Erdoğan earlier had threatened to expel rating agencies Moody's and Fitch from Turkey if they persisted in making negative comments about Turkey's credit. Turkey's financial position is one of the world's great financial mysteries, in fact, a uniquely opaque puzzle: the country has by far the biggest foreign financing requirement relative to GDP among all the world's large economies, yet the sources of its financing are impossible to trace.

Excerpt: Translated from Fyens: Centrally placed sources told the Norwegian television and radio station NRK that militants who probably sympathize with the Islamic State this summer planned to kill a whole family with knives, film it and publish it as a warning….

Islamic Extremists Kill at Least 10 Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria
Excerpt: Ethnic Fulani gunmen shouting the jihadist chant “Allahu Akbar” attacked three villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state this month, burning down a church building and killing at least 10 Christians, sources said.

Philippine Islamist militants threaten to kill German captives
Excerpt: Al-Qaeda linked militants in the southern Philippines have threatened to kill two Germans hostages they have been holding since April unless Germany stops supporting U.S. action against Islamic State militants, the SITE monitoring service said.

British man in court charged with plotting to kill coalition soldiers in Iraq
Excerpt: A 37-year-old British man has appeared in court accused of plotting to murder coalition forces in Iraq with a roadside bomb in 2007. Anis Abid Sardar was arrested by counter-terrorism police at his home in Wembley, north-west London, on Tuesday. He is alleged to have been involved in the manufacture of a number of improvised explosive devices recovered from Al Anbar province of Iraq

Boko Haram fighters 'surrender' as alleged chief killed
Excerpt: More than 260 Islamist militants have surrendered in north-eastern Nigeria, the military has said. Soldiers had also killed a man who featured in Boko Haram's propaganda videos pretending to be the group's leader Abubakar Shekau, it added.

Britain arrests nine in operation against Islamist militants
Excerpt: British police arrested nine men as part of an operation into Islamist-related militancy on Thursday, with media reporting the country's most high-profile radical Muslim preacher was among those held.

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