Response to Monday's Political News post
Well said, well spoken, well meant and taken. The secret to personal happiness, I believe, is to keep doing what you love as long as you can. You perform a remarkable service for those of us desperately seeking truth amongst the trash. For those of us who followed you through your lung transplant last year, you have been, and remain, in our prayers. Semper Fi. --Ed
General News and Comment
Obama poised to pick Carter as Pentagon chief
Excerpt: President Obama appears poised to nominate former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to lead the Pentagon. Carter has been considered among the top candidates for the job since Chuck Hagel announced last week he was resigning, and other top candidates — including Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, former Pentagon official Michèle Flournoy and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) — have removed their names from consideration in recent days.
Up to 13,000 people held in slavery in
- FOUR TIMES the number previously estimated UK
Excerpt: The Home Office said that the number of victims last year was between 10,000 and 13,000, in the first scientific estimate of the scale of modern slavery.
This includes women forced into sex work, domestic staff and those made to work in factories, fields and on fishing boats.
Politician Whose Son Is Landrieu’s Chief-Of-Staff Urges Voters To ‘Vote Twice’ [VIDEO]
Excerpt: “If you early voted, go vote again tomorrow,” Cravins Sr. told the crowd which was gathered at the Charcoal Lounge. “One more time’s not going to hurt,” Cravins Sr. says. “Tomorrow we’re going to elect Earl Taylor as D.A. so he won’t prosecute you if you vote twice.” (Let me get this straight. Break the law. It's ok. The guy we are electing has no respect for laws (though a DA) and he will break the law, too? Is this like getting dispensation to eat meat on Friday in Lent? (I know, ancient history for some.) --Barb)
De Blasio Sacrifices Jobs To Liberate NYC Horses From ‘Tortured’ Lives
Excerpt: At the urging of an animal-rights group who donated millions to his reelection campaign, Mayor Bill De Blasio will announce a bill this month that would ban horse-drawn carriages in
New York City by 2016. The horses forced
to draw carriages around Central Park live
dangerous and tortured lives, according to NYClass, an animal-rights group that
secured a campaign pledge from De Blasio to get rid of the industry, reported The New York Times. NYClass officially
endorsed De Blasio for mayor last year, calling him an “animal hero,” and spent
about $1 million on ads attacking De Blasio’s opponent in last year’s
Democratic primary. (More misguided Progressive garbage. Horses have worked
with man for years to be of service and the drivers bond with their animals. If
the hansom cabbies are put out of business, most will unlikely be able to
provide hay, feed and board for their animals, who most likely will end up
being sold to nackers/processors in Canada or Mexico and/or glue factories...if
they still do that. Leave some memories of romance and history alone, you
unmentionable, well-intentioned idiots. But then, decimating the wild mustangs
has been an agenda of the federal BLM, disregarding equine family bonds,
putting stallions together in tight round pens where naturally they will fight
one another, chasing them with helicopters....real caring about the state and
health of a creature that was born free and tried to live free...then selling
them to Mexican processors with links to BLM, saying the horses were
"unwanted" and "unadoptable." Right. What goes around comes
around. Blackball NYC. Don't go there for vacations, Thanksgiving, shopping. Let
them rot in their soulless concrete ghetto. With their noses pointed in the
air, they'll never know it. --Barb)
Important: National Debt Hits $18,000,000,000,000. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Under President Obama's tenure, the national debt has increased by 70 percent. (This is the small part of the problem. The rest of the iceberg is the unfunded liability for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and now Obamacare, which is not considered "debt" because it is not guaranteed by contract, but is promised spending to large groups. But when the money runs out, and they can't print any more, the riots start. Everywhere. Estimates of the unfunded liability that I've read run from $87T to $240T. Depends on how many years you include and what you count. ~Bob)
Democratic Senate to Approve Obama Administration’s Embarrass-adors. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
The U.S. Senate passed the cloture motion for two of Obama’s most embarrassing ambassadorial nominations: Noah Mamet, the nominee to be
ambassador to Argentina and
Colleen Bell, the nominee to be ambassador to Hungary. Mamet is the one who
admitted during his confirmation hearing that he had never been to Argentina; Bell
is the soap-opera producer allegedly ready to represent us to a NATO member
during a time of extremely tense dealings with the Russians. The vote was 50 to
36 for both nominees. It will not surprise you that all 50 “yes” votes
were Democrats (and “independent” Angus King of Maine); all 38 “no” votes were Republicans.
Fourteen senators didn’t make the vote Monday afternoon. The formal
confirmation vote will come tomorrow. Starting next month, Republicans
enjoy a majority in the Senate, and these votes will go the other way. So if
the Obama administration has any more embarrassing nominations, they have to
ram them through now.
Liberalism in Ruins: Obama’s hubristic promises have been followed by a total discrediting of his ideology. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Barack Obama will end his tenure with the ruin of Hope and Change. ... The hope-and-change therapeutic approach to foreign relations ended logically with historic cuts in defense, lectures about American culpability, pink lines and the end of Syria, farcical Iranian talks, in Libya the short trip from “leading from behind” to Benghazi, the self-induced suicide of Iraq, the empowerment of Putin, a pivot to Asia that invited ridicule, and the charade of a war against ISIS.
A Letter to
Veterans.........a confession and seeking forgiveness...thank you Julie from a
Veterans heart. Vietnam
Excerpt: I was in my twenties during the
Vietnam era. I
was a single mother and, I'm sad to say, I was probably one of the most
self-centered people on the planet. To be perfectly honest…I didn't care one
way or the other about the war. All I cared about was me—how I looked, what I
wore, and where I was going. I worked and I played. I was never politically
involved in anything, but I allowed my opinions to be formed by the media. It
happened without my ever being aware. I listened to the protest songs and I
watched the six o'clock news and I listened to all the people who
were talking. After awhile, I began to repeat their words and, if you were to
ask me, I'd have told you I was against the war. It was very popular. Everyone
was doing it, and we never saw what it was doing to our men. All we were shown was
what they were doing to the people of Vietnam. (Very nice letter, very
decent of the woman to send it out. -- Del)
Republicans vow to probe EPA paid leave linked to 'alleged serious misconduct
Excerpt: “Bringing transparency to the EPA will continue to be at the top of our agenda with the new conservative majority,” says Sen. David Vitter of
ranking member of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and one
of the EPA’s leading critics in the outgoing 113th Congress. “EPA has
allowed a number of employees to waste millions of taxpayer dollars in the last
few years through lax internal controls and substandard management.”
Nancy Pelosi Unchained – says
is the Model for “Living the Gospel San Francisco
Excerpt:” I hope that when you read that headline, you didn’t throw up a little in your mouth. I did. I really, truly almost lost my lunch when I first noticed this little nugget
Math For Marines - Solving the Missing Variable. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: "The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions." Leonardo da Vinci
A regular reader of this forum without fail sends a short note in response to any commentary mentioning President Obama (held in contempt - for void of character and leadership). The five-words note: "The Great Divider. Manchurian Candidate."
Which American States are the Most Free?
Excerpt: What does economic freedom translate into? Higher incomes for state residents. As Stansel wrote in the Washington Examiner,
South Dakota and North
Dakota had average incomes 20 percent higher than Maine, Vermont and Mississippi. Similarly,
the top 10 most free states saw a 3.5 percent growth in employment and 8
percent economic growth, while the 10 least free states saw hardly any
employment growth and only 2 percent economic growth.
GOP Senators Ask For Details On Nazi Benefit Payments
Excerpt: The House vote came as two Republican senators demanded that the Obama administration provide Congress with records explaining how suspected Nazis received the payments and the role the Justice Department played in the program. Sens. Chuck Grassley of
and Orrin Hatch of Utah
cited the AP investigation in letters sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and
Carolyn Colvin, the acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration.
Grassley and Hatch back legislation introduced in the Senate to strip former
Nazis of their Social Security benefits. A vote on the Senate bill is expected
in the coming weeks.
The Cold War in Retrospect: How Historians Still Get It Wrong. Time and again
is let off the hook. By Michael Johnson Russia
Excerpt: Are Western historians going soft on the Cold War that the Russians waged against the West for 45 years? A new look at trends in this gray area of history indicates that many writers and younger generations now contend the threat of hostilities, including nuclear exchanges, can be blamed primarily on American post-war posture, not solely on that of the Russians. But historian Albert Weeks, a former State Department official and long-time academic, has produced a concise and polemical book to confront this “lamentable historiographic distortion.” Now 91 and retired in
Florida, he seeks to set
the record straight. Myths of the Cold
War: Amending Historiographic Distortions pulls you up short with its
meticulous survey of how Russia
spooked the West into reacting in unusually bellicose terms. (Yep, those stupid
capitalist idiots of the 1950s overreacted to the legitimate expansion of
Russian influence and spent billions upon billions in a silly "cold
war" that they more or less created themselves, maybe as part of the
rampant imperialism of the USA.
This kind of incredibly counterfactual thinking (if you can call it thinking,
perhaps fantasizing would be a better word) has been slowly growing in the left
leaning circles of academia and PC intellectuals for years now. I am so glad
that a professor has taken the trouble to do a detailed refutation of this
latest idiocy by those who have lost any ability to actually understand and
appreciate the goodness of this country. But pass this on; a lot of people need
to see it. -- Del)
Krauthammer: Civil War Is Happening in Democratic Party
Excerpt: Krauthammer said that on one side, there's Chuck Schumer and his “savage attack” on everything President Barack Obama represents. Elizabeth Warren is on the other end of the spectrum, and then there’s Hillary Clinton in the middle, who Krauthammer said “can’t make up her mind on anything.”
Cop Kills Active Shooter From 104 Yards – One Handed, While Holding Horses
Excerpt: The gunman who opened fire on multiple buildings in downtown
early Friday morning was shot and
killed by a single bullet. That bullet came from the Smith & Wesson M&P
.40 caliber handgun of a police officer standing 104 yards away and holding the
reins to two horses with his other hand. (Both a better shot and luckier than
I'll ever be. ~Bob) Austin, Texas
Race Card News
Not verified--could be Photoshop
Must Read: Confessions of a Public Defender. By Michael Smith
Excerpt: I am a public defender in a large southern metropolitan area. Fewer than ten percent of the people in the area I serve are black but over 90 per cent of my clients are black. The remaining ten percent are mainly Hispanics but there are a few whites. I have no explanation for why this is, but crime has racial patterns. Hispanics usually commit two kinds of crime: sexual assault on children and driving under the influence. Blacks commit many violent crimes but very few sex crimes. The handful of whites I see commit all kinds of crimes. In my many years as a public defender I have represented only three Asians, and one was half black. As a young lawyer, I believed the official story that blacks are law abiding, intelligent, family-oriented people, but are so poor they must turn to crime to survive. Actual black behavior was a shock to me. The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted.
Can Racial Discrimination Explain Much?
By Walter E. Williams Reading
Excerpt: The question that’s relevant to policy, as well as resource allocation, is: How much of what we see is caused by discrimination? Let’s apply this question to the tragic state of black education. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes called the nation’s report card, the average black 12th-grader has the academic achievement level of the average white seventh- or eighth-grader. In some cities, there’s even a larger achievement gap. ... In some school districts, 700 teachers are annually assaulted and threatened. At one time,
Philadelphia employed 500 school police
officers. Similar stories of school violence can be told in other cities with
large black populations, such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Oakland, California, and . How useful is it to
spend resources on discrimination while allowing unsafe and chaotic educational
environments to exist? (Dr. Williams is a black economist at Newark,
New Jersey . ~Bob) George Mason
What If the Media’s ‘Narrative Journalism’ Harms Their Own Causes? By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: What if the mainstream media’s increasing devotion to “narrative journalism” — preconceived storylines that fit a particular agenda or political or ideological view, almost always progressive — as opposed to say, “factual journalism” — is actually harmful to the causes they seek to advance? We’ve seen the media’s “narrative journalism” insisting that Officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown represented a vivid, awful example of racist police forces recklessly using deadly force against defenseless black men. The grand jury remained unconvinced. They saw too many pieces of evidence and witness testimonies that contracted that simple morality play. The media’s “narrative journalism” contended that George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin represented a brutal crime, revealing a reckless, gun-toting vigilantism loose on the streets of
America, preying upon innocent
young black men. The jury looked at the available evidence and acquitted
Zimmerman. All that one-sided “narrative journalism” left a portion of their
audience completely unprepared for the jury’s decision, because it seemed so
contrary to everything they had been told. ... As in the Trayvon Martin case,
all of the agitation and drum-beating and fury-feeding over Ferguson has created an expectation that the
Obama administration is unlikely to meet. (Morning jolt is free and worth
subscribing to. ~Bob)
True, this: The media circus around
. By Kathleen Parker Ferguson
Excerpt: In practical terms, the differences are obvious: People in print media observe and relay what they have witnessed, leaving readers to visualize with their own intellectual resources. It’s little wonder so few still read anything longer than a tweet. Why exert oneself when tasty news niblets are just a tap and a scroll away? And which do you suppose captures the attention of rioters, looters and grandstanders? Certainly not the guy scribbling on a skinny notebook. Thus, when we talk about media, we’re really talking about television. To the extent that people clown, plunder or pillage for attention, media presence does make a difference. (This was true even back in the Middle Ages when I was a senator. This is from my first book, The Good Bits: "In 1981 I filed a controversial little bill to require High Schools to give lists of graduates to military recruiters. It became a flash point for anti-draft protesters. Since it would have reduced the need for a draft by helping voluntary enlistment, one suspects they were really just anti-military. Opponents raised privacy issues, though the same information was available in the city and town street listings, which they had never protested. The bill just made it easier for recruiters, saving them research time. By calling in favors, I got it through the Senate, but it was so controversial by then, it was DOA in the House. One day, a Boston TV station called to say there was going to be a demonstration against me and my bill at noon. A small anti-military group had set up a media event. They’d show up ten minutes before the cameras, march in a circle chanting, and fold as soon as the cameras left. On TV it looked like a big deal. I was invited out for an interview. As I approached, the protesters started calling me a “F***ing Fascist,” and so on. My blood was already up, and that did it. Plus, I’d already decided I wasn’t running for re-election, so I no longer cared what I said. I calmly explained that they were stupid, as my bill was anti-draft. The reporter was more interested in the draft issue than the bill. “Do you think we’ll need a draft, Senator?” “I hope not,” I said, jerking a thumb towards to protesters, “A draft means you get scum like that in the Army!” My “scum” quote made all of the major
Boston news shows that
night. The phone didn’t stop ringing for a week—about 50-50 between supporters
and opponents." ~Bob)
Lt. Gov: Obama Pressured Missouri Governor to Make National Guard Troops STAND DOWN While
Excerpt: But despite mobilizing the National Guard for more than a week in preparation for this expect chaos, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) told them to stand down.
Mayor James Knowles told FOX 2 reporters
late on Monday night that he
had repeatedly pleaded with the Governor’s office to deploy the
National Guard Monday night… But his requests were “completely ignored”:
Excerpt: A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that the decision by the
Ferguson grand jury to not indict Officer
Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown is more popular than
President Obama. By a 48-45% margin, those polled agreed with the grand jury
decision. Obama's handling of Ferguson
is upside down 13 points, 39-52%. (Only the Grand Jury and those who have
reviewed the hundreds of pages of evidence and witness testimony have an informed opinion. ~Bob)
DOJ to Offer 'Guidance' on Racial Profiling. From The Patriot Post
Get ready for a "conversation on race" courtesy of the Obama administration. Attorney General Eric Holder, who once said Americans are "cowards" on racial issues, said Monday at Martin Luther King Jr.'s church in Atlanta: "In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement. This will institute rigorous new standards -- and robust safeguards -- to help end racial profiling, once and for all. This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing." Holder is absolutely not the authority on what's "fair and effective," much less what constitutes proper Rule of Law. Holder and his boss have inflamed the racial tension that boiled over in
focusing as always on the color of skin instead of content of character. Yet
now they want to be seen as the voice of reason. No sale. Ferguson, Missouri
Rams Players Strike 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Pose Before Sunday's Game. From The Patriot Post
The politics of
have bled over to the football field, with several NFL players showing
"solidarity" with protesters/rioters before a game Sunday. The
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, "Several Rams receivers created a stir
during pregame introductions at the Edward Jones Dome by striking the 'Hands
Up, Don't Shoot' pose when they came out of the tunnel for Sunday's game
with the Oakland Raiders. The group consisted of Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey,
Kenny Britt, Jared Cook and Chris Givens. They hatched the idea before the
game." Somewhat ironically, Britt had his own run-ins with the law, most
recently in June when he was still with the Tennessee Titans.
Britt said, "We just wanted to let the [ Ferguson] community know that we support
them." By using the gesture popularized by those destroying the
community? The St. Louis Police Officers Association condemned the display,
calling it "tasteless, offensive and inflammatory." The football
field is the place for one thing: football. Beyond that, these guys might want
to note that it isn't the hooligans burning down Ferguson who are paying their salaries.
Lost His Life Demonstrates Why Darren Wilson Shot at Michael Brown New York
Excerpt: Johnson City Officer David Smith, 43, was shot multiple times outside an MRI office near
after a disturbed employee managed to grab his gun just after 7 a.m., said
Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.
Is 'professor' who helped with Michael Brown autopsy who he says he is?
Excerpt: Parcells became an overnight media star in August when he assisted in an autopsy commissioned by Brown's family. He appeared time and again on major media outlets as a forensic pathology expert. He said over the years he's testified in court dozens of times in several states. But an investigation by CNN that included interviews with attorneys, law enforcement and physicians suggests Parcells isn't the expert he seems to be.
That’ll help: Sheila Jackson Lee and other Dems make ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture on House floor. By Doug Powers
Excerpt: A group of House Dems has joined the ranks of those unwilling to even consider the evidence in order to keep feverishly fanning the flames to drive a political agenda:
The “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” Illusion. By D.W. Wilber
Excerpt: However, there is one lie that is head and shoulders above all of the other fairy tales told by ‘the Brown Faction’, and it has to be considered among the worst of the long list of fabrications surrounding this incident. The “Hands up, don’t shoot” myth. This lie and others have been repeated by the race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Eric Holder. A lie that the news media has broadcast around the world. It has become the new symbolic rallying cry of the racially aggrieved. I’m talking specifically about “Hands up, don’t shoot”! A myth that is being perpetuated at protests that have been occurring across the country.
The Real Racist Conspiracy in
By Ben Shapiro Ferguson
Excerpt: Obama did not specify what problems he wanted to discuss. Nor did he explain why
issues were America’s.
But the largest lie was the notion that “communities of color” don’t make
problems up. Because in Ferguson,
that’s precisely what a community of color did.
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Keyboard warriors who have never been in a real life or death fight talk about how they would have subdued a 292 pound assailant. #Ferguson
Obamacare/Government Healthcare News
Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity. By Casey
Mulligan, professor of economics, University of Chicago Reading
Excerpt: The topic of my talk today is the economic side effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare. Since most of the economy has to do with labor and work, that’s where I’ll start. But, first a caveat. I’m an economist, and I’m going to talk about some parts of this complex law that have an impact on the labor market. Other parts of it relate to health and medicine, and because I’m not a doctor or a biologist, I’m not going to speak to those parts. From an economic or labor-market perspective, I’m going to explain how the costs of the ACA outweigh its benefits. But I can’t measure or estimate its effects on health care. I leave that to others. The key economic concept required to understand the labor market effects of the ACA is what economists call “tax distortions.”
How penis pumps quietly helped deflate Medicare. By Dr. Manny Alvarez
Excerpt: Who is responsible for Medicare payment priorities? Oh, I know, the Wizard of Oz. You see, the federal bureaucrats are the Wizard of Oz. They hide behind a curtain and no one knows how they operate, or whether priorities get updated as times change. The only thing we know about this Oz and the product it puts forth, is that our deficit continues to grow, and one day Medicare will suffer the same fate as the Wicked Witch of the West because of frivolous spending on coverage for things like penis pumps.
Americans Are Spending 42 Percent More on Health Insurance Than They Did in 2007. By Salim Furth
Excerpt: Data on consumer spending show that spending on health insurance surged 42 percent from 2007 to 2013, according to analysis by the Wall Street Journal. The rise reflects the increasing cost of health insurance and the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone buy extensive health insurance.
Undocumented Democrat News
Excerpt: Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that
leading a 17-state coalition suing the Obama administration over the
president's executive actions on immigration.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in
Texas on Wednesday, and
names the heads of the top immigration enforcement agencies as defendants. Abbott,
in a news conference in Austin,
said the "broken" immigration system should be fixed by Congress, not
by "presidential fiat."
Important--save and share: President Obama's "Deferred Action" Program for Illegal Aliens Is Plainly Unconstitutional. By Jan Ting
Excerpt: In 2013 Congress again declined to enact an immigration bill supported by the president, a so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" that would have given legal status to more than 11 million illegal aliens, including the Dreamers. In November of that year, in response to an illegal alien's insistence that the president had the power to issue an executive order stopping deportations, President Obama responded: "Actually, I don't. ... if in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws through Congress, then I would do so. But we're also a nation of laws."5 On November 19, 2014, the president did what a year before he insisted he hadn't the power to do, allowing approximately 4 million illegal aliens who are the parents of
citizens and legal permanent residents to request a three-year deferral of
removal, along with employment authorization documents.6 He
also extended the stay of DACA beneficiaries by three years and expanded the
number of illegal aliens eligible for DACA by about 200,000. As explained in
this report, (1) the president's deferred-action program involves three
separate legal steps, (2) each of the three steps is plainly illegal, and (3)
the three steps, taken together, amount to an unconstitutional usurpation of
Congress's exclusive constitutional authority to formulate immigration policy.
... Jan C. Ting teaches courses in
citizenship and immigration law and tax law at Temple University Beasley School
of Law in Philadelphia, where he joined the faculty in 1977. He served as
Assistant Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department
of Justice from 1990 to 1993. He is a graduate of U.S. Oberlin
College and Harvard
and received a graduate degree in Asian Studies at the East-West
Center of the .
He is a member of the Center for Immigration Studies board of directors. University of Hawaii
Excerpt: According to a new report by the Congressional Research Service, the Hill’s nonpartisan think tank, the president’s authority to grant amnesty is limited to illegal aliens facing emergency situations — such as wars or earthquakes, floods and droughts — that prevent their safe deportation. The almost 5 million illegals getting a pass from Obama face no such hazards. By giving them work permits, Obama’s also violating the Immigration and Nationality Act’s intent of protecting domestic labor.
Religion of Peace News
Commission Concludes: Political Islam Must Be Banned http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/egypt-commission-concludes-ban-political-islam Egypt
Excerpt: It says, “The lesson we must learn from this experience is that political Islam forces must not be allowed to exercise politics in this country” and the “Muslim Brotherhood and other political Islam factions usually favors armed confrontation at the expense of peaceful dialogue.”
Ansar al Islam coordinating with the Al Nusrah Front, Jaish al Muhajireen wal Ansar in
. By Caleb
Excerpt: Ansar al Islam, which goes by the moniker Jamaat Ansar al Islam in
been coordinating its efforts with the Al Nusrah Front and Jaish al Muhajireen
wal Ansar in a major battle for two Shiite villages north of Aleppo. The villages of Zahra and Nubl
besieged by anti-regime elements since late November.
US airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan target Pakistani Taliban
has targeted senior leaders of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, including the group's emir, in three
airstrikes in the eastern Afghan over the past
nine days. Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in province
of Nangarhar Pakistan,
survived one of the airstrikes. Two of the airstrikes took place in areas where
senior al Qaeda leaders have been targeted and killed over the past year.
Bird Bomb? Afghan Police Kill Bird Bearing Antenna, Explosives
Excerpt: Afghan police said they are investigating how a wild bird came to bear an antenna, electronic devices and explosives. Police came across the strange sight around 8 a.m. in the northern Faryab province, a volatile region ravaged by Taliban violence. When police spotted the white bird — which isn't native to the area and appeared larger than an eagle — walking along a highway, they noticed it had an antenna and decided to shoot it, provincial police chief Maj. Gen. Abdul Nabi Ilham told NBC News on Saturday. The bird then exploded, he said, and "suspicious metal stuff" scattered around. (The practitioners of the Religion of Peace are being inventive. Maybe. Here is a bird reportedly carrying a bomb and GPS that the Afghan police shot (while it was walking down a road). Shouldn't be too much of a mystery. The GPS unit had an address (
Uzbekistan) and a telephone number
on it, plus a notation about the PTT (Post Telephone Telegraph Ministry) Was
the bird delivering mail? --Chet Nagle. For new readers, Chet is a former Naval
Aviator and CIA Agent, and author of the excellent thrillers The Iran Covenant and The Woolsorter's Plague. ~Bob)
Source: 'Powerful' wife of
ISIS leader held
Excerpt: Lebanese authorities have arrested the wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- the man spearheading the Islamist terror group's sweeping rampage across Syria and Iraq -- said a source with knowledge of the arrest, describing her as a "powerful figure (who is) heavily involved in ISIS." (Good news for a change. If his son, behead him and sell wife into slavery; if daughter, sell her and behead mom. --George.)
American school teacher stabbed to death in Abu Dhabi
Excerpt: Authorities in
Abu Dhabi released video footage Wednesday in
the hunt for a suspect who stabbed an American school teacher to death in a
public restroom at a mall. ... The stabbing comes on the heels of a security
warning posted by the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi in late October,
advising Americans of a “recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website that
encouraged attacks against teachers at American and other international schools
in the Middle East.
Excerpt: If the pontiff thought
Turkey's leader was the moderate
Muslim who would reciprocate in kind, he was setting himself up for disappointment.
On the same day the pontiff met president Erdogan, the Turkish leader delivered
a blistering attack on the West, claiming, "They (the West) look like
friends, but they want us dead — they like seeing our children die. How long
will we stand that fact?"
The Real War on Women. By Mark Tapson
Excerpt: It’s been a busy week for the oppression of women under Islam. A day or two before Americans sat down to turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan – President Obama’s best friend in the Middle East, a man who has made it abundantly clear how he feels about moderate Islam and who has warned that women shouldn’t laugh in public – further endeared himself to feminists everywhere at a summit hosted by an Istanbul-based women’s group when he declared that a woman cannot do every job that a man can do because “it is against her delicate nature.” He dug the hole deeper for himself by claiming that Islam dictated motherhood to be the primary role of women. However, he insisted that his government has always supported equal rights for women and always would.
Excerpt: Close relatives of the 29-year-old Eritrean-woman yesterday afternoon heard their relative’s terrifying screams through the phone before she was burned beyond recognition. The woman had not died after an attempted strangling, but was thereafter burnt while alive and breathing, in a bathroom. The perpetrator set fire to flammable liquid he had poured over her.
Dakota Meyer Responds to
Excerpt: "I can't travel over there anymore now that I'm out of the Marine Corps, so having them come to me would help out a lot. ISIS targeting the
military is like a sheep targeting a lion. Hopefully one of these assholes
actually shows up. They'll definitely get more than they want at my
place!" (Sgt. Meyer has some experience dealing with these people. So do a
lot of other former military. But it doesn't hurt to remain vigilant. --MasterGuns)
Hamas, Jordanian Brotherhood Smuggle Weapons into
Excerpt: Recent arrests in
and Israel show that Hamas
and the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood are trying to smuggle weapons into Gaza and the West Bank.
After Egypt's army destroyed
tunnels joining Gaza
and Sinai that had been lucrative smuggling paths, Hamas has been cultivating
replacements. The terrorist organization recruited 20 fishermen to smuggle weapons
and explosives into Gaza, Jerusalem Online reports.
A Long-Sought Fugitive Died Four Years Ago in
Nazi Hunter Says Syria
Excerpt: A leading Nazi hunter said on Monday that Adolf Eichmann’s top lieutenant, long one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, died at least four years ago in Syria, where he had escaped justice and may have advised the government. Efraim Zuroff, director of the
Center’s Israel office,
said the lieutenant, Alois Brunner, was responsible for the deportation of
128,500 Jews to death camps, and described him as Eichmann’s “right-hand man.”
(Further proof that there are no good guys in the Syrian civil war. --PM)
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