Monday, October 13, 2014

Lots of important news today

Update

Sunday night with friends from Pearl Lake we went to American Players Theater in Spring Green, I to see a modernized version of Euripides play Alcestis. It was very well done. And on the inside cover was an ad for UW Hospital, featuring a photo of the surgeon who put my new lung in, Dr. Maloney!

So I was out-of-pocket much of Sunday and Monday, did not get through all the email submissions again, but posting what I have. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Antiwar activists want to be honored instead of vets
I had seen several articles in left wing publications and blogs from leftists and antiwar nuts all bitching about the 50 year celebration of our Viet Nam vets and their sacrifices. But now it's gone big-time with a long note in the NY Times. (Where else?) Check the link below if you really want to get your BP up and ruin your digestion for the day. (If the line below gets broken up by your e-mail program, just paste it back together and put it in your browser and it'll take you to the article.) OK, as someone has written, the battle begins. I will be writing the NYTimes, by whatever e-mail I can find for the editors or the lady who wrote the article, and say in very clear terms that by now anyone who doesn't know that the victory of the communists in Viet Nam did NOT bring the "liberation and justice" that all the antiwar people said would happen, and that events proved only too well that they were actually NOT the good guy nationalists who just wanted to reunite the country, has been blind and deaf to all the reports from Viet Nam since April 1975. But the anti-war people weren't really anti-war, most of them were anti-US and anti-RVN and were fine with war as long as it got the North to conquer the South. And remember the rejoicing all over when Saigon fell? And remember the odd silence that fell right after that, as many tens of thousands were executed and well over a million people went to "re-education" camps, where quite a few of them died over the next 18 years? The only publicity that returned to the subject of Viet Nam came when the Boat People, so desperate to escape communism and oppression that they took at least a 25% chance of dying, started to show up all over the nearby regions. Viet Nam has remained under oppression ever since, the stories of suppression of religion and freedom of speech or dissent are a steady flow, and several international agencies have rated Viet Nam very badly in terms of oppression and lack of human rights. --Del

The Commandant's Integrity in Question, Again. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Late last week another matter involving General Amos (and integrity) made news - his completion of The Basic School.

A Free People? Asset seizures fuel police spending
Excerpt: Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles. ... The documents offer a sweeping look at how police departments and drug task forces across the country are benefiting from laws that allow them to take cash and property without proving a crime has occurred. The law was meant to decimate drug organizations, but The Post found that it has been used as a routine source of funding for law enforcement at every level.

Stop and seize: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes
Excerpt: The effort succeeded, but it had an impact that has been largely hidden from public view: the spread of an aggressive brand of policing that has spurred the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from motorists and others not charged with crimes, a Washington Post investigation found. Thousands of people have been forced to fight legal battles that can last more than a year to get their money back.

Army Refuses To Release Findings Of Bergdahl Investigation
Excerpt: According to a report in the San Antonio News Express the US Army has completed but is refusing to release its investigation into the suspected desertion of Army PFC Bowe Bergdahl who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009. ..... His release, which was orchestrated and executed by the Obama Administration without the consent of Congress, swapped Bergdahl for the five most senior Taliban commanders held in captivity has arguably become the most controversial prisoner exchange in the history of the country. ... Fox News is reporting however that the findings will be released to the public, but only after the November 4 midterm elections. (Hey, it worked with IRS, Benghazi....--Barb)

US Air Attendant Denies Veteran's Request To Hang Medal-Filled Jacket: Not A 'First Class' Passenger
Excerpt: I was really appalled at not only the way she looked at him but the way she spoke to him -- in an angry way." Other first-class passengers who witnessed the incident then offered the decorated service member their seats, but claimed he humbly refused. There are other reports that the flight attendant shouted at fliers who also asked her to hang Sgt. Marle's jacket so that it wouldn't wrinkle. (According to article, a first class passenger did hang the jacket on his seat. If you lack the social graces or training to be in service to others, don't take the paycheck or the job. I thought they had schools for stewardesses/stewards....Barb. "Time to spare? Fly Useless air!" ~Bob)

Excerpt: During a debate in Iowa Saturday, Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley declared, “I’ve never met Michael Bloomberg.” ... Er, Congressman, either you’re lying now or your office was lying back in 2010: ... "Joined by a bipartisan group of current and former elected officials, including Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), among others, Braley called for politicians..."

Colorado welfare recipients withdraw money in Hawaii, St. Thomas, Vegas. By Arthur Kane
Excerpt: Taxpayers are apparently buying welfare recipients booze and cigarettes for the road — at times a very exotic road. A Watchdog.org analysis of a Colorado Department of Human Services welfare ATM withdrawals database shows that $3.8 million was withdrawn by Colorado welfare recipients outside the state in the past two years. There were withdrawals at out-of-state liquor stores and tobacco outlets, as well as vacation destinations like Hawaii, Las Vegas and even the Virgin Islands, data shows.

This family of #Redskins fans from the Zuni tribe are here in Arizona to watch the team play today


Washington Redskins Owner Watches Football Game with President of the Navajo Nation
Excerpt: That’s why this picture is so awesome; while Snyder has been called every name in the book and countless media hacks have come to refuse to refer to the Redskins as their rightful name, Snyder has taken the bullying in stride and on Sunday, as he watched his team play football, he enjoyed the company of Ben Shelly, the president of the Navajo Nation.

Whistleblower: Obama Blocking Voter Roll Cleanup. We actually have Obamacare because of fraud. By Greg Corombos
Excerpt: With critical midterm elections less than four weeks away, the failure to scrutinize voter registrations and clean up voter rolls leaves our system vulnerable to voter fraud, and a Justice Department whistleblower says the Obama administration is actively trying to stop states from bringing records up to date and ensure only eligible voters are casting ballots. J. Christian Adams further asserts that voter fraud does occur and is indirectly responsible for the passage of Obamacare. (WND, like NewsMax and some other feeds, always puts the worst possible anti-Obama spin on their reports, relying too often on hearsay, innuendo and rumors. Often interesting items, but need further conformation. ~Bob)

After Horrendous Wheelchair Attack Ad, Wendy Davis Uses Disabled People as Props. By Katie Pavlich 
Probably listed as "People Wendy thinks should Have been aborted." ~Bob

Response from a blog reader to a Democrat fund-raising email
Hillary, Four brave patriot Americans were killed because you wouldn't answer their call for help. So I have to ask: at this point, what difference does it make if I don't answer your call for help??? --George

Quick Check on Seemingly-Too-Precise Odds of a GOP Senate Takeover. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Nate Silver’s 538.com gives Republicans a 57.9 percent chance of taking the majority. Ah, if only they had an even 58 percent! The New York Times puts it at 64 percent. If you’re feeling nervous, there’s always the Washington Post’s Election Lab, boldly declaring Republicans have a 94 percent chance of winning the Senate.

Six Democratic-held Senate seats that are most likely to flip. By Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan 
Excerpt: The six seats most likely to flip party control in our newest Fix rankings of the Senate are controlled by Democrats, meaning that Republicans are poised to pick up the seats they need to retake control of the upper chamber in three weeks. Win those six seats, and Republicans have the majority. Unless, that is, they lose in Kansas — a real possibility — where independent Greg Orman and Sen. Pat Roberts (R) are locked in a tight race. (It’s not clear whom Orman would caucus with if he won. Some have reported that Orman would caucus with the majority party, but he has been purposely vague.)

How many billionaires support the Democratic vs. Republican parties? By Lauren Carroll 
Excerpt: We cross-checked the Open Secrets list of the top 100 individuals donating to outside spending groups in the current election against the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires and found that, as of June 19, there were 22 individuals on the Open Secrets list who were billionaires. Of those 22 billionaires, 13 -- or more than half -- gave predominantly to liberal groups or groups affiliated with the Democratic Party. The other nine gave predominantly to conservative groups. (A list of billionaires and how much they donated can be found here.) (This is older, but worth sharing. Obama having a fund raiser in the home of Billionaire Rich Richman (really) after blasting the GOP as the party of billionaires, triggered a search. ~Bob)

Chuck Todd just became a major player in the Kentucky Senate race. By Philip Bump
Excerpt: On Monday, the liberal magazine New Republic declared that Grimes is "running the worst Senate campaign of the year," a bit of hyperbole that nonetheless uses the candidate's non-answer as its first bit of evidence. But the harshest critique probably came from "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, who appeared on "Morning Joe" on Friday to discuss Grimes's weird reply. "I think she disqualified herself," Todd told host Joe Scarborough — an extremely strong statement.

USS America Joins the Fleet
Excerpt: After the crew manned the rails, Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., commanding officer of USS America, stepped forward to deliver his remarks. 

Michelle Obama Stumps for Democrat Candidate... but Doesn't Even Know His Name!
Excerpt: Don’t you love when a politician (or in this case the wife of a politician) campaigns for a candidate that they quite obviously know NOTHING about? For me it provides one of the very best reasons to support a candidate! (Sarcasm) ... Watch the fun as Michelle Obama repeatedly mispronounces Iowa Democrat candidate for Senator Bruce Braley’s name… apparently she thought she was stumping for Bruce B-A-I-L-E-Y. (Thanks Michelle/ Michael. --JB)

US government taking a closer look at the $2billion sale of the Waldorf Astoria to Chinese firm as hotel is the home of the American ambassador to the UN
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791273/US-eyes-sale-NYs-Waldorf-hotel-Chinese-firm.html#ixzz3G4JA1e17 
Excerpt: Concerned about potential security risks, the U.S. government is taking a close look at last week's sale of New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel to a Chinese insurance company. U.S. officials said Monday they are reviewing the purchase of the Waldorf by the Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group, which bought the hotel from Hilton Worldwide for $1.95 billion. Terms of the sale allow Hilton to run the hotel for the next 100 years and call for 'a major renovation' that officials say has raised eyebrows in Washington, where fears of Chinese eavesdropping and cyber espionage run high.

Ebola and Enterovirus News

The Texas Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Was Wearing a Protective Suit. She’s Not the First Western Health Professional to Have a Suit Fail Her.
Excerpt: As news erupted Sunday morning that a female nurse in Texas had been infected with Ebola, perhaps the most frightening part of the story was the revelation that she came in contact with the first U.S. Ebola patient during his second hospital visit — meaning she didn’t catch the virus unawares, before health workers knew the man had Ebola.
Rather, she was fully dressed in a protective suit — gown, gloves, mask and shield — when she interacted with the man who since died of his Ebola infection.

CDC chief on second Ebola case: There was a breach in protocol
Excerpt: State officials revealed Sunday morning that a health care worker from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who had cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who was hospitalized and later died there, had tested positive for the virus. The worker cared for Duncan during his second visit to the hospital but was in full protective gear when they did so, said David Varga of the Texas Health Resource. Frieden said the CDC is taking four steps going forward: making sure the worker is cared for safely and effectively; identifying the worker's contacts; treating all health care workers who cared for Duncan as having potentially been exposed; and conducting a full investigation of the procedures in place to protect health care workers who treat Ebola patients. (He is assuming there was a breach according to his logic. However, virologists are noting that the more transmissions, the more the virus can evolve and that it may become transmittable other than ways previously known, i.e., airborne. His talking points to not cover this scenario, naturally. Regime speak for the sheeple. --Barb)

CDC head criticized for blaming nurse's Ebola infection on 'protocol breach'
Excerpt: Texas and CDC officials say that the nurse was wearing the recommended personal protective gear for handling an Ebola patient, including a gown, gloves, mask, and eye shield. However, one expert told Reuters that gear only offers a minimum amount of protection, especially when the disease enters its final phases. Sean Kaufman, president of an Atlanta-based firm that helps train hospital staff, said that caregivers may need to add more layers of protection in the patient's final days, such as double gloves, a respirator, or even a full bodysuit. 

Residents outraged as items taken from Dallas apartment where Ebola 'patient zero' became ill are incinerated at Texas plant
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2790064/residents-outraged-items-taken-dallas-apartment-ebola-patient-zero-ill-incinerated-texas-plant.html#ixzz3Fx8twxPf 
The ashes of items taken from the Dallas apartment where the man who died from the Ebola virus first became ill will be taken to a Louisiana hazardous waste landfill for burial. The linen, bedding and carpet taken from the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan got sick were taken to the Veolia Environmental Services incinerator in Port Arthur, where they were destroyed Friday. Beaumont-Port Arthur officials say they're upset that Veolia didn't advise them that potentially contaminated material was being shipped into the area for destruction. (Reportedly killed at 100 degrees; Ebola came from the swamps...sending residue to a landfill in LA.....? --Barb. An incinerator is a LOT hotter than 100 degrees. ~Bob)

CDC Didn't Monitor Anyone Who Came In Contact With Duncan At Hospital
Excerpt: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was not actively monitoring anyone who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who brought Ebola into the U.S., subsequent to September 28. The health care worker who tested positive for Ebola after caring for Duncan was only "self monitoring" for symptoms. ...That group of 48 did not include people who came in contact with Duncan after he checked into DallasTexas Health Presbyterian Hospital on September 28. (The CDC's logic; don't monitor those caregivers while pt hospitalized because they wore full barrier precautions. Either employee breached protocol with improper technique or disease transmitted in ways CDC can't or won't imagine. You pick. You can keep your doctor, your insurance will go down $2,500 and all the poor folks will have free healthcare. Methinks their hypothesis stinks. --Barb)

NBC chief medical correspondent accused of violating Ebola quarantine to visit her favorite soup restaurant - forcing the entire crew into mandatory isolation
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2790507/nbc-chief-medical-correspondent-accused-violating-ebola-quarantine-visit-favorite-soup-restaurant.html#ixzz3G4I5Z9d1
Excerpt: The NBC News crew exposed to Ebola were forced into mandatory quarantine after chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman violated their voluntary isolation to visit her favorite soup restaurant, reports revealed. The 62-year-old was one of seven people ordered to cut off all human contact for 21 days on Friday as doctors treat the station's cameraman Ashoka Mukpo for the deadly disease. It emerged this weekend that the crew would have been allowed more freedom if it weren't for Snyderman's alleged trip to Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro, New Jersey, last Thursday.

Ebola Lessons From Down Under: Quarantines And Containment Work
Excerpt: Rather than apply common sense public health measures, the president is applying a healthy dose of politics in response to Ebola. This past July, the administration had no problem suspending flights to and from Israel. But not for Ebola. 

A professor in U.S. is telling Liberians that the Defense Department ‘manufactured’ Ebola
Excerpt: And now, in what may plant further seeds of mistrust and suspicion, a major Liberian newspaper, the Daily Observer, has published an article by a Liberian-born faculty member of a U.S. university implying the epidemic is the result of bioterrorism experiments conducted by the United States Department of Defense, among others. And while some commenting on the article were critical, the number who praised it was telling. “They are using” Ebola, wrote one, “for culling the world population mainly Africa for the…purpose of gaining control of the Africans resources criminally.” (Like the race baiters claiming the US created AIDS. Unfortunately, millions are stupid enough to believe it. ~Bob)

West Africans flee Ebola, head to SA
Excerpt: Meanwhile, as reported by News24 on Saturday, the UN special envoy on Ebola says the number of cases is probably doubling every three to four weeks and the response needs to be 20 times greater than it was at the beginning of October. David Nabarro warned the UN General Assembly on Friday that without the mass mobilisation of the world to support the affected countries in West Africa, "it will be impossible to get this disease quickly under control, and the world will have to live with the Ebola virus forever"....More than 4 000 people have died of the disease since the start of the outbreak, the worst to date.

US Marines land in Ebola hot zone
Excerpt: Also on Thursday, Liberian police used batons and rattan whips to disperse 100 protesters outside the National Assembly, where lawmakers were debating granting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf more powers beyond those contained in a state of emergency declared in August....Liberian state radio announced that Senate elections scheduled for next week would be postponed. No new date was given....The US military is working to build medical centres in Liberia and may send up to 4 000 soldiers to help with the Ebola crisis. (300 boots to 4000? Figure the disease parameters. Above sounds like a Regime dream, does it not? Expanded presidential powers, martial law, no elections.....Yeah, keep those borders wide open. --Barb)

Louisiana Attempting To Block Ebola Waste From Texas
Excerpt: Waste disposal from Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who brought Ebola into the U.S., won't be brought to Louisiana if one of the state's officials has his way. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is filing a temporary restraining order to keep Ebola waste, even if it is incinerated, out of his state. Caldwell is attempting to block the incinerated waste from Duncan's apartment from going into a Louisiana landfill, where it was ultimately supposed to be disposed of, according to KHOU. (Playing on fears. If incineration doesn't kill the virus, we are doomed anyway. ~Bob)

Michigan toddler dies of enterovirus D68, a pernicious strain of a spreading virus
http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/11/health/michigan-enterovirus-68-death/index.htmlAs of Friday, the CDC and state public health laboratories had documented 691 cases of enterovirus D68 in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Five patients who died had the virus strain, even if it's not certain all of them died because of it. Madeline's case is not yet counted in this tally. There will be more cases, and perhaps more deaths, in the coming weeks, officials said.

Democrats Blame Republicans For Ebola
Excerpt The progressive tax-exempt charity group Agenda Project Action Fund produced a new Web ad directly blaming Republicans for “cutting” funding to fight the disease. Its press release reads: Today the Agenda Project Action Fund launched “Republican Cuts Kill,” a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack that lays blame for the Ebola crisis exactly where it belongs– at the feet of the Republican lawmakers. Like rabid dogs in a butcher shop, Republicans have indiscriminately shredded everything in their path, including critical programs that could have dealt with the Ebola crisis before it reached our country. (Goebbels would be proud of these frothing-at-the-mouth liberals who will use any calamity to further their control on the witless, stoned, or tuned out who hardly tune in--or to gain a vote--which is really what it is ALL about; continuing a failing regime to complete the destruction of America. The obverse of what they claim. (They probably don't know what that word means.) --Barb) 

What is Enterovirus EV-D68, the disease causing alarm in the Midwest?
Excerpt: A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond. Ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of the virus that's being blamed for the illness. Health officials say they're still figuring out what's going on. (This from CNN 09/09/14. List of states with the Enterovirus Now 46 cases and backlog of testing....so data not accurate. Or they know but they can't say. --Barb)

Map: Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014
Gee, wonder what the next wave of illegals due in October will bring? --Barb

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/ironies-abound-walmart-associates-who-lose-their-benefits-can-buy-obamacare-policies-at-walmart/#?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HA%23more-39248 Excerpt: Walmart stands out as the poster child of Obamacare’s perverse consequences. Last week, the giant retailer announced that it is dropping benefits for workers who put in fewer than thirty hours per week, which is the definition of part-time according to Obamacare. This will affect about 30,000 U.S. workers. For the remaining “associates” still eligible for benefits, their premiums will jump 19 percent, from $18.40 to $21.90 per pay period. Project 2017′s Jeff Anderson has dug up an embarrassing letter published by Walmart in 2009, which championed Obamacare: …touting “the promise of reduced health care cost increases” that would come from “health care reform.” Walmart and friends wrote, “We are for shared responsibility,” opined that “health care costs more because we don’t cover everyone,” and said that “losing coverage pushes people already dealing with financial hardship to the verge of financial collapse.” The real reason Walmart was so eager to have Obamacare passed was so that it could socialize the health costs of part-time workers by dropping their benefits:

Thanks to Obamacare, Health Costs Soared This Year. By Robert Moffit
Excerpt: For starters, everyone now knows that federal officials are challenged when it comes to setting up a website. But they’ve demonstrated the ability to dole out a huge amount of taxpayers’ money for millions of people signing up for Medicaid, a welfare program. And they’ve proved they can send hundreds of millions of federal taxpayers’ dollars to their bureaucratic counterparts in states, like Maryland and Oregon, that can’t manage their own exchanges. But there are many other lessons to be gleaned from Year One of Obamacare. Here are three of the most important ones. 1. Health costs jumped—big time.

Obamacare -- Bad for Employers, Bad for Employees
Excerpt: Small businesses are mobilizing against Obamacare as November’s midterm elections approach.
Late last month, the National Federation of Independent Business, one of the most influential small business organizations in the country, withdrew its past support of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who is running for reelection, because of her backing of the Affordable Care Act. The NFIB promises that it will be “out in force” campaigning for her Republican opponent, Bill Cassidy. Small businesses — not to mention their workers — have good reason to be miffed. 

Video: Watch Obama Lovers Mark Begich and Mark Pryor Scurry Like Rodents From Jason Mattera’s ObamaCare Questions
Excerpt: Two senators who made promises regarding the Affordable Care Act that turned out to be falsehoods refused to answer questions after being confronted by bestselling author and journalist Jason Mattera.

Undocumented Democrat News

Mexican Government Subsidizes Illegals’ DACA Applications To Avoid Deportation
Excerpt: The government of Mexico is actively subsidizing attempts by their citizens to avoid deportation from the United States. Illegal aliens who want to apply for inclusion in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, have to submit an application to switch their status from illegal to temporarily legal; that application costs $465 to process. Many people eligible for DACA consideration cannot afford the application fee, so the Mexican government has stepped up to cover the cost. (When illegals get American jobs, they funnel income back to Mexico. --Barb)

"You're Greener than Gore" News
Excerpt: “Initial analysis indicates that four primary climate change phenomena are likely to affect the Department’s activities: Rising global temperature, changing precipitation pattern, increasing frequency or intensity of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and associated storm surge,” the report states. “…The changing climate will affect operating environments and may aggravate existing or trigger new risks to U.S. interests.” The report complies with a 2013 executive order in which President Obama ordered agencies to prepare the U.S. “for the impacts of climate change.” (Weather patterns being engineered; saw operation today over N FL and S GA that had over 25 chemical trails (not dissipating like con trails) in a crosshatch pattern that looked like Harris tweed weaving. ######### They call themselves Spiders because of the webs they weave in the sky. Others commented on them as well. --Barb. Can't say I believe the chemical trails thing without verification. But I am glad the Pentagon got around to this--19 years after the last recorded warming. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Excerpt: It may or may not be dishonorable for former high administration officials like Panetta and Gates to hype their books by dropping tidbits of sensational criticism of their former boss while he’s still in office (I think it might well be wrong for a variety of reasons), but Burton was absolutely quiet when Paul O’Neill and Scott McClellan became liberal heartthrobs for the minute of fame they got for trashing the president who appointed them, while he was still in office. And if Burton is worried about criticism of a sitting president by high officials during times of crisis, did he say much when Senator Barack Obama demagogued the surge by declaring that it was a failure and bound to make Iraq worse while thousands were in the field fighting for their lives? Or did Burton object to Hillary Clinton’s accusation that General David Petraeus, who was in charge of tens of thousands of Americans fighting Islamists in Iraq, was a veritable liar (her “suspension of disbelief” comment)? Not so much. (If God said that Obama was not perfect, liberals and the media would attack him as a racist. ~Bob)

Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS
Excerpt: Within the U.S. Air Force, there’s mounting frustration that the air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq is moving far more slowly than expected. Instead of a fast-moving operation with hundreds of sorties flown in a single day—the kind favored by many in the air service—American warplanes are hitting small numbers of targets after a painstaking and cumbersome process. The single biggest problem, current and former Air Force officers say, is the so-called kill-chain of properly identifying and making sure the right target is being attacked. At the moment, that process is very complicated and painfully slow.

Iraq Pleads For U.S. Troops As 10,000 ISIS Soldiers Prepare For Assault On Baghdad
Excerpt: Leaders in Iraq’s western Anbar province pleaded Saturday for U.S. ground forces to halt the relentless advance of ISIS, while hundreds of kilometers away in the city of Kobani, Kurdish fighters desperately struggled to hold off the advancing extremist group. The situation in Anbar, just to the west of Baghdad, is “very bad,” the president of Anbar Provincial Council told CNN by phone on Saturday.

Car bombs kill 38 in Shiite areas of Baghdad
Excerpt: A series of car bomb attacks in Iraq’s capital killed 38 people in Shiite areas Saturday, authorities said, after Islamic militants killed a journalist who was abducted while working for a local television network in a Sunni province. The attacks come as Iraq faces its greatest challenge since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops, as militants from the Islamic State group now hold vast areas of the country and neighboring Syria. (The vast majority of the victims of Allah-Murder are other Muslims. ~Bob)

ISIS militants take Iraq army camp, at least 30 dead as bombs grip Baghdad
Excerpt: Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday claimed control of a key military training camp in Anbar province -- which Iraqi officials called a "tactical retreat" -- as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead.

Report: Merger Of ISIS And Al-Qaeda Could Cripple Civilized World
Excerpt: For example, recent reports suggested that ISIS and al-Nusra Front are together planning the war against the US-led alliance. The al-Qaeda affiliated Khorasan group in Syria that was also targeted in the recent air attacks declared a few days ago in an audio message that it had joined ISIS. Add to that the Taliban in Pakistan who are hopping on board the ISIS train and you have a potential jihadi World War III. (Bolding mine. JV team, right. Skip those intel briefings and play more golf. --Barb)

Quebec jihadist may return to Canada to carry out terrorist attacks: Source close to CSIS
Excerpt: Abderraouf Jdey, a Quebec jihadist wanted by the FBI to the tune of $5 million, is among the Canadian terrorists abroad who authorities fear may return home to carry out attacks, a source close to CSIS told QMI Agency. The FBI has offered a $5-million reward for any info leading to Jdey, a Tunisian-born Montrealer suspected of attempting to commit terrorist attacks in Canada and the U.S.

Iran warns of risk to Israel's security should US seek overthrow of Assad
Excerpt: Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted by Iranian media, in what would be a rare confirmation of Iran-US discussions over Isis, as saying Iran had warned Washington that Israel would be at risk should the US and its allies seek to topple the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, while fighting the extremist group. Iran has backed Assad in Syria’s three-year civil war. The US has called for Assad to resign and rules out co-operating with his government.

Excerpt: How very odd. There are “thousands” of suspected jihadis in London alone, and over in Germany, 200 active investigations of Muslims in connection with the Islamic State. Whence this epidemic of misunderstanding of Islam? Can’t Barack Obama and John Kerry and David Cameron and Theresa May do something about this? After all, it is so clear to them that the Islamic State and jihad terror have nothing to do with Islam — surely they will find it easy to convince all these Muslims from Britain and Germany of that fact, no?

Mosque arson in Germany: Turk confesses to attacks
Excerpt: The Turkish casual worker has confessed to having committed the arson attack at the Cologne Central Mosque on Venloerstra├če on 3 February. His trial before the district court started Wednesday. (And he is accused of arson attacks on two other mosques. He was angry about how he was treated at Qur’an school. If he hadn’t confessed, there is no doubt that his arson attack on the mosque would have been central to a campaign against “Islamophobia” — a campaign designed to intimidate people into thinking it wrong to oppose jihad terror. In the U.S., Hamas-linked CAIR and other Muslims have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes,” including attacks on mosques. CAIR and other groups like it want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to make people afraid to speak out about the jihad threat. -- Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org.)

Excerpt: The Taliban ambushed an Afghan military convoy in the once-peaceful northern province of Sar-i-Pul today, killing more than 20 security personnel and capturing a handful more. The ambush took place in the Laghman Valley in Sar-i-Pul province, Abdul Jabbar Haqbin, the provincial governor, told news agencies in a press conference today. Taliban fighters launched their ambush from the mountains as a combined police and military convoy moved through the area, which is near Sar-i-Pul City, the provincial capital.

Israel Prepares For When Syrian Jihadis Turn Their Guns South. By Yaakov Lappin
Excerpt: If you ask Israeli defense officials today about Islamic State (IS) and Al-Nusra Front members in Syria, and the risk they pose to Israel, expect one answer with two layers. ... Eventually, however, these organizations will pose a very real threat to Israel, and the smart thing to do is to prepare for it now, the officials say.

You Can’t Stop Genocide Without Killing Civilians. By Daniel Greenfield

Excerpt: To the professional pacifist these numbers appear to disprove the morality of war, any war, but they were the blood price that had to be paid to stop two war machines once they had been allowed to seize the strategic high ground. There was no other way to stop the genocide that Germany and Japan had been inflicting on Europe and Asia except through a way of war that would kill countless civilians. A refusal to fight that war would not have been the moral course.

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