Wednesday Afternoon, 1/21/15: I had my cataract surgery today. As everyone predicted, it was a cakewalk, No discomfort at all during the surgery--worst part was the four insertions of four eye drops each time before. Two of them burned a bit, but not for long. I was awake during it, under local numbing and mild sedation. I listened carefully, and neither the attending nor the resident surgeon said "oops" or "not bad for a beginner" once. So I think it went well. Won't know until tomorrow when they take the patch off. By "patch," they didn't mean a cool black pirate one, but a small, oblong silver colander type cup about an inch high. It prevents me from wearing my BiPAP mask or glasses, so I can't really do email, my blog or read until it comes off. Which was okay. I came home and slept for the afternoon, thanks to the sedation, and no over-the-counter sleep meds last night. So as of now, all good. Thanks as always for everyone's thoughts, prayers and good wishes.
Thursday Afternoon, 1/22/15: They took the patch off the eye this morning. It is still blurry, but the surgeons both looked at it and assure me that it is fine; blurry because it is still dilated and a little swollen, which is normal. They stay it will get steadily better as that goes away and it already seems to be better. In any case, this morning it was 20/60 without my glasses. Before the surgery it was 20/70 with glasses.
So now that I can see, I see I have 187 emails backed up. Here we go....~Bob
General News and Comment
By Theodore Dalrymple Alliance
Excerpt: I haven’t written much about religion, but I have been surprised by the vehemence, not to say the violence, of the response to that little that I have written. This vehemence has been provoked by the fact that, though not religious myself, I am no longer anti-religious as I was when it occurred to me as a child and then a teenager that God might not or did not exist. Indeed, I can see many advantages, both personal and social, to a religious outlook. The usefulness of religious claims is not evidence of their truth, of course, though that usefulness probably depends upon a belief in their truth. Probably, but not certainly. Gibbon tells us that in
observance, highly syncretic in nature, was adhered to by people who did not
accept the truth of the beliefs that supposedly underlay their observance.
FBI: NY Assembly speaker arrested on corruption charges
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on charges he used his
position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to collect millions of
dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as legitimate income. The 70-year-old
lawmaker was taken into custody at the FBI's New York City office and released later in
the day on $200,000 bail on federal charges that included bribery and
conspiracy. The charges carry up to 100 years in prison. ... As speaker of the
Democrat-controlled Assembly, Silver is one of the most influential people in New York state
Hillary Clinton Accidentally Proves the Power of a Free Market
Excerpt: I think it is hilarious that the people most adamantly opposed to the free market are often enormously benefitted by its machinery. Think
Or Hillary Clinton. A story surfaced recently that her speaking fee at colleges is higher than Mitt Romney’s.
Much higher, in fact: Mitt Romney will
charge Mississippi State University $50,000 to deliver a lecture on campus next
week, most of which will go to charity — a dramatically lower fee than the
$250,000 to $300,000 Hillary Rodham Clinton requires for her university
An American Flag Was Burned in Front of a School. But a Marine Stepped Up in the Classiest of Ways. By Victoria Taft
Excerpt: First Sergeant Reginald Daniels loves his country and the flag. The married, father of two recently volunteered with some fellow Marines to build a play ground at
Center in .
When he discovered the school didn’t have a flag, he bought one and
showed the staff how to properly raise and lower it. Then this week he got the
news: somebody had burned the flag and left the burned and shriveled remains at
half staff. (Picture of Top Daniels. Good Marine. ~Bob) Springfield, Oregon
D.C. lawmakers float bill to allow voting without
Excerpt: The Local Resident Voting Rights Act of 2015 would allow D.C. residents who are not U.S. citizens but meet the federal definition of having permanent residency status to cast ballots in local elections, including races for mayor and the D.C. Council as well as initiatives and charter referendums. D.C. Council member David Grosso, at-large independent, introduced the legislation Tuesday.
Remembering the Last Lion. By Victor Davis Hanson
Remembering the Last Lion. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: From August 1939 to June 1941, the
Soviet Union was an accomplice of the Third Reich.
Russian leader Josef Stalin was supplying Hitler with critical resources to
help finish off Great Britain,
the last obstacle in Germany’s
path of European domination. Some of the British elite wished to cut a peace
deal with Hitler to save their empire and keep Britain from being bombed or
invaded. They understandably argued that Britain
could hardly hold out when Poland,
Denmark, Norway the Netherlands,
Belgium and France all had
not. Yet Churchill voiced defiance and vowed to keep on fighting.
Funny but sad: Woman Showcased by Obama in SOTU is a Former
Democratic Campaign Staffer: Woman apparently the only economic success story
By Brent Scher America
Excerpt: The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past. Rebekah Erler has been presented by the White House as a woman who was discovered by the president after she wrote to him last March about her economic hardships. She was showcased in the speech as proof that middle class Americans are coming forward to say that Obama’s policies are working. (The sad part is that the vast majority of Americans will never learn of this fraud, as the media presents only the facts Obama wants. ~Bob)
‘American Sniper’ hits close to home. By Colonel Kenneth Allard (US Army, Ret.)
Excerpt: From the
Audie Murphy, Texans revere our war heroes. As the closing credits for
"American Sniper" rolled across the screen last weekend, a packed
audience lingered in the dark silence, reverent and maybe stunned by what they
had just seen. The reason: The movie depiction of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's heroic
life of service provided an increasingly rare glimpse of what were once
unquestioned American truths. It begins with the bedrock values imparted by a
loving, two-parent family who believed their first obligation was training
their young sons to be honorable men.
Excerpt: The Iraq War already had an official narrative in
Hollywood. It was
bad and wrong. Its veterans were crippled, dysfunctional and
dangerous. Before American Sniper, Warner Brothers had gone
with anti-war flicks like Body of Lies and In the Valley
of Elah. It had lost a fortune on Body of Lies; but losing money
had never stopped Hollywood
from making anti-war movies that no one wanted to watch.
'American Sniper' criticism makes for amusing theater. By John Kass
Excerpt: I've got to admit that it has been a barrel of fun watching the political left get its "Je suis Charlie" all tied up in knots over the movie "American Sniper." They're tweeting and making angry faces, insisting that the movie is not appropriate history. And generally their antics have been quite amusing.
Excerpt: Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from
Donetsk airport's main
terminal, scene of bitter fighting in recent weeks. The government said the
military still retained control of parts of the airport, but six soldiers had
died and 16 had been wounded.
Economics 101: Obama's Paid Sick Leave Policy Will Hurt Workers
Excerpt: President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night called for seven days of paid sick leave for American workers. That policy may sound nice, but NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick says that the workers the president is purporting to help with ultimately pay the price for the policy. Why? When employers are forced to pay mandatory benefits, they won't just accept the new costs -- they will find ways to shift those costs. If employers must provide seven paid sick days to their employees, Herrick says they will reduce paid vacation days or will lower worker compensation in order to make up for the additional labor costs imposed by the government mandate. (Over Obama's head. Or he just doesn't care about workers. ~Bob)
Pension Debt Burdens Will Fall on Millennials
Excerpt: Millennials were credited with Obama's electoral victories, and many believe they will continue to vote Democrat. But Lance Christensen, director of the Pension Reform Project at the Reason Foundation, says that in states with large pension deficits such as
California, millennials might become
disillusioned with the crushing debt that can accompany big government.
What kind of shape is
pension system in? CalPERS, its public employee retirement system, has an
unfunded liability of more than $60 billion. This is relatively healthy
compared to the $70.5 billion unfunded liability from the state teachers union
and the nearly $14 billion unfunded liability for the . University of California
By Matt Vespa Walker
Excerpt: Of all the governors in the Rust Belt, Scott Walker is the only one gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential bid.
could potentially put states, like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and his home state of Wisconsin in play, in the general. He has
the respect of the establishment, the adoration of the conservative wing of the
GOP, and has the foundation for potentially building one of the largest
Early Presidential Prospects: What the GOP needs is a candidate with clarity of thought and words, plus a record of getting things done. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The more optimistic among us may hope that the Republicans will nominate somebody who stands for something, rather than the bland leading the bland — the kind of candidates the Republican establishment seems to prefer, even if the voters don’t. If the Republicans do finally decide to nominate somebody who stands for something, and who has a track record of succeeding in achieving what he set out to do, then no one fills that bill better than Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who has put an end to government employee unions’ racket of draining the taxpayers dry with inflated salaries and extravagant pensions.
Sen. Baldwin had
report for months Tomah VA
Excerpt: Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office received an inspection report last summer detailing high amounts of opiates prescribed at the
in Tomah, but there is no indication her office took action on the findings
until last week, when she called for an investigation after a news report
revealed a veteran died from an overdose at the facility. Veterans Affairs
When we go to war: Blog Comment
This is a copy of a post I placed on my blog in September of 2012. It still applies now, especially. "Just short of three years ago, I wrote a post about why we should go to war. In a nut shell, the only time we should go to war is when our interests are threatened to such an extent that violently forcing our will on a people or country becomes absolutely necessary. The only way to wage that war is in such a way as to quickly, efficiently, and decisively inflict our will on the enemy. There is no such thing as “collateral damage”. Either you are fighting to aid our cause or you are the enemy. The only end game is unconditional surrender. Period. challenged readers to study history: WWII,
Korea, Viet Nam, and Israel before and after the Camp
David Peace Accord. I find the parallels between the aftermath of Chamberland’s
and Jimmy Carter’s “foreign policy” and the current administration’s striking.
Each one acted from reason and conciliation as the best solution. The result?
The bad guys decided we were too weak to stop them. Violence erupted. Many
lives were unnecessarily lost because the free world’s leaders believed that
reason was the solution. Ever try to reason with a two year old? It works just
about as well with foreign policy. Dictators and fanatics only understand that
you can and will hit them with everything y0u have. Only then will they cease
from the violence. If they perceive that you have neither the will or the balls
to strike, they will walk all over you. Read the writings from Hanoi sometime. Their tactics were almost
completely based on dragging the war out until the French and then the
Americans couldn’t take the losses any more. Sound familiar? It should. It was
invented in America.
How do you think we won the Revolutionary War? he United States used to be the world
power that held nations accountable. No longer. World violence is on the
increase as a result. Make no mistake. We will pay a much higher toll in our
children, our wealth, and our freedoms because we allow those who do not seek
peace to operate with impunity." --David R. Fry
White House aide says Obama will 'steamroll' Democrats in Congress after they split with White House on
Cuba, , energy
and trade just a DAY after combative State of the Union Iran
Excerpt: The Obama administration appears to be arming itself for a take-no-prisoners approach to lame-duck governing, at the risk of crushing Democrats who disagree with policies outlined in the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday night. A White House aide said plainly on Wednesday that 'party loyalty' won't protect Barack Obama's fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill if they get in his way. 'The president is in the last two years,' the aide told Daily Mail Online, 'and party loyalty isn't worth what it used to be. He's going to steamroll them.'
may not have “risen from recession” quite as rousingly as President Barack
Obama suggested in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Seven
years after that severe downturn began, household income hasn’t recovered and
healthy job growth is complicated by the poor quality, and pay, of many of
Voters Think Obama’s Plan Makes More Middle Class Taxes Likely
Excerpt: One reason for the opposition may be that 66% of all voters think that if the president and Congress agree to a plan that raises taxes on wealthy Americans, it’s likely that middle-class taxes will go up, too. Thirty percent (30%) consider that unlikely. But this includes 33% who say a middle-class tax hike is Very Likely and just five percent (5%) who consider it Not At All Likely. (Actually, if they raise taxes on "the rich," they will pass it on through businesses to the middle class/working class. ~Bob)
Excerpt: Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done. The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the
California senator’s husband, Richard Blum,
is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions. (I must have done it wrong.
When I left office after ten years in the state senate, my net worth, including
the contributions I had made to the retirement fund, was about $25k. ~Bob)
Self Defense Still Reigns as Number One Reason Women Purchase Their First Firearm. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: According to a report released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation at the 2015 SHOT Show, self-defense still remains the number one reason why women purchase their first firearm. Home-defense comes in second.
Excerpt: Passersby, uncertain of what is going on, but hearing Foster screaming that Mr. Daniels has a gun, help immobilize him in what appears to be “just in case” involvement until law enforcement officers arrive, review the footage, and arrested Foster for battery. Frankly, I have to wonder if part of the reason for Foster’s attack is that he saw a black man with a gun and assumed that Mr. Daniels just had to be a criminal.
Man fatally shoots robbery suspect at DeKalb Sonic
A 23-year-old National Guard member foiled an attempted robbery at a DeKalb County restaurant Sunday night.
Suspect dead, another in custody in possible home invasion near the Heights
Excerpt: Investigators said one suspect struck a family member in the face with a handgun while the second suspect forced the family inside the residence. A friend of the family managed to retrieve his gun from his vehicle and fired at least once at one suspect, who fled the scene on foot. Police said the family friend then confronted the second suspect and fatally shot him.
Man charged for weekend home invasion, slashing resident’s throat
Excerpt: “I’ll kill my targets tonight,” Kaehne reportedly wrote in the journal the day before he broke into a nearby home. There is no indication in the complaint that he was acquainted with the residents of the house he broke into. .. The wound stretched from the victim’s ear and curved down to within a quarter of an inch from his Adam’s apple, the complaint states. The victim’s girlfriend, who awoke during the fight, picked up a gun, spurring the burglar to flee from the scene and evade a shot from the gun while doing so.
Race Card News
No Civil Rights Charges Against Darren Wilson
Excerpt: No matter what Attorney General Eric Holder said previously about police profiling, it doesn’t make Officer Darren Wilson guilty. The Department of Justice recommends not charging
with violating the civil rights of Michael Brown when Wilson
killed him in Ferguson,
Missouri. (Interesting timing – the day after Barack Obama
mentioned the case in his State of the Union.)
Holder still needs to sign off on the end of the investigation, but if anyone
could find a racial issue where there is none, Holder would. But it’s not over,
Watch ‘peaceful protesters’ strip a store like a horde of rats. by Joe Saunders Ferguson
Excerpt: St. Louis County Police are seeking the public’s help identifying looters in newly released footage of “peaceful protesters” pillaging a small business in
Missouri after the announcement that a grand
jury would not indict a police officer in the death of a black man. The video
released Wednesday shows hundreds of looters stripping a convenience store
called the Dellwood Market just outside Ferguson, while supposedly protesting
the death of Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darrell Wilson.
Obamacare/Government Healthcare News
H&R Block: ‘No One Can Understand’ New Obamacare Tax Code
Excerpt: H&R Block, the nation’s largest retail tax preparation company warns that the newly released Obamacare tax code, officially called the Affordable Care Act, is likely to confuse millions of taxpayers who try to tackle their tax returns for 2014. “Now that the Affordable Care Act has made health care a tax issue, no one can understand it,” H&R Block flatly tells taxpayers in a video that resides on its dedicated Obamacare web site.
Religion of Peace News
This is not good:
's president, cabinet resign
amid rebel standoff Yemen
Excerpt: Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has resigned under pressure from Shiite rebels who seized the capital in September and have confined the embattled leader to his home for the past two days. Presidential officials said Hadi resigned after being pressured to make concessions to the rebels, known as Houthis.
That time Obama touted success of
strategy as model for handling the Islamic State. By Philip Klein Yemen
Excerpt: On Wednesday morning, Americans woke up to news reports that rebels in Yemen had made gains and were holding the U.S.-backed president captive, raising concerns about the stability of the country. But last September, when President Obama outlined his strategy for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and
Syria, Obama touted Yemen as a successful model. (All
Obama claims and promises come with a sell-by date. ~Bob)
Journalism Dean: Free Speech Doesn’t Protect Offensive Images Of
Mohammad. By Alexandra Zimmern, Reading University
Excerpt: DeWayne Wickham, dean and distinguished professor of journalism at
published an editorial this week in USA Today that essentially argues free
speech rights should not and do not give people the right to make fun of
Mohammad. (did he speak out of taxpayer funded art "Piss Christ?" Or
Muslim cartoons depicting Jews as greedy apes, pigs and drinking children's
blood? I bet not. ~Bob) Morgan
European 'No-Go' Zones: Fact or Fiction? Part 1: Reading .
By Soeren Kern France
Excerpt: A 120-page research paper entitled "No-Go Zones in the French Republic: Myth or Reality?" documented dozens of French neighborhoods "where police and gendarmerie cannot enforce the Republican order or even enter without risking confrontation, projectiles, or even fatal shootings." In October 2011, a 2,200-page report, "Banlieue de la République" (Suburbs of the Republic) found that Seine-Saint-Denis and other Parisian suburbs are becoming "separate Islamic societies" cut off from the French state and where Islamic Sharia law is rapidly displacing French civil law. (Despite the protests of the lying
Paris mayor there are
no-go zones in Paris
(see link below). Now, CNN did a propaganda spot aimed at deceiving you into
thinking this was not true. However, the area of Paris they filmed was apparently on the very
outskirts of that no-go zone and there were a lot of tourists there. There are
no tourists in REAL no-go zones, so don't be fooled by a lot of frog wash!
--Don Hank. And there are no go areas in Birmingham London and even Blackpool - where the MP was the Home Secretary himself
who on touring his constituency was told by Muslims that he could not enter
their area - he was not welcome!! No better witness than the Former Home
Secretary!! --RA. France has a much higher level of Muslim population than any
other European country, and they have been more or less segregated in various
areas since the initial infusion from , which was actually mostly
those Algerians who had worked for the French during the years of colonization.
They were considered enemies of the Algerian rebels who finally won the
country's freedom, so Algeria
let them come in to save their lives. There apparently have been various
articles about the problems of the "no-go" zones for some time, but I
have not followed any of that very much. Now someone has published an article
saying they don't really exist, and it seems that Mr. Kern below decided to
really rebut that claim in detail. This of course is more a social problem than
a religious one, but for at least some people religion enters into it. The two
brothers who murdered the cartoonists (and a Muslim policeman) shouted they
were there to avenge the insult to the Prophet, so they were certainly about
religion. It would seem the French have allowed the problem situation to just
keep growing, for fear of the horrific mess it would be to really take it on. It
would take the army going into the areas and become some kind of civil war. What
a mess! I have no idea what the French government can do to approach such
problems. When you let a bad situation just grow and grow for 40 years it creates
a monster that is not easily dealt with. -- France ) Del
Will the West Defend Itself? By Walter E. Williams
Excerpt: Leftists and progressives believe that the
U.S. should become more like Europe.
They praise Europe’s massive welfare state,
socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its
unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism. I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives want to
import some of Europe’s barbaric extremism
associated with its Muslim population. Several European countries have what are
called “no-go zones.” No-go zones function as microstates governed by Shariah.
The host countries' authorities have lost control over these areas. In some
cases, they are unable to provide even police, firefighting and ambulance
services. In France,
no-go zones are officially called Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban
Constitution takes another hit: White House, Congress Clash Over Iran Sanctions
Google the title if the link doesn't get the story: Excerpt: “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of
Menendez , the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, at Wednesday’s hearing on sanctions. “And it feeds to the Iranian
narrative of victimization, when they’re the ones with original sin.” ... Deputy
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the White House doesn’t view an
as a treaty that requires Senate approval, but a matter of “executive
prerogative.” (Article II, Section 2, clause 2, U.S. Constitution: "[The
President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate,
to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur . . ."
Not only do we have a president who just ignores the Constitution, we have an
administration full of people who go along with it. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt. Apparently even though Mr. Obama has been said to have
taught courses on the Constitution, his memory of its contents has slipped
quite a bit. The words are simple and clear enough, a 2/3 Senate approval is
needed to confirm international treaties. This country's Chief Executive does
have a great deal of power, but he does not have ALL the power, he is not a
king or emperor or dictator. The Founders were crystal clear that they were
setting up three Branches of Government, with powers balanced out between them,
precisely because they were all unified in their determination to not have
anything like a king running the nation. Mr. Obama must know that, but it's
starting to look like he's decided that in his final two years in the Oval
Office he will just get the bit in his teeth and run away with things as he so
desires. This is not good. -- Iran ) Del
Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem
rift. Ted Barrett and Jeremy Diamond, CNN Iran
Excerpt: A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the
U.S. should impose new sanctions on Iran amid
ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two
senators who were in the room.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dead at 90, state TV reports
Excerpt: King Abdullah of
Arabia, the powerful U.S.
ally who joined Washington's
fight against Al Qaeda and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim
kingdom has died at 90, according to Saudi state TV. His expected successor is
his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, who recently has taken on the
ailing Abdullah's responsibilities.
In Failing to Confront Islamism, the Left Betrays Itself. By Tarek Fatah
Excerpt: As the world struggles to understand and cope with the rise of pan-Islamism and international jihadi terrorism within Western countries, one thing is becoming increasingly clear - the success of the Islamists is partly due to what I believe is a grand betrayal of civil society by the political left in Western democracies. Instead of leading the fight against the fanatics' religious obscurantism, they have embraced it. The refusal of social democrats, liberals and leftists to stand up to Islamofascism in the democracies of Europe, North America,
and South Africa,
has also had an unintended consequence. ... I detest what communism ended up
doing, but Lenin's wisdom on this point left an imprint on this Muslim's mind
Female Genital Mutilation a Growing Problem in
By Irfan al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz Iran
Excerpt: The hideous practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is neither an exclusively Muslim nor a principally Middle Eastern phenomenon. It exists among non-Muslims through wide areas of
But in Iraq and Iran, FGM is
mainly associated with Kurds. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, which is
fighting against the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State," has
pursued a substantive effort to eradicate FGM. As reported here, the KRG parliament introduced legislation prohibiting
FGM in 2007. The law was passed in 2011 and forbade, additionally, child
marriage, so-called "honor murders," and other abuses suffered
typically by women. In 2010, the KRG health ministry produced a plan to
eliminate FGM and called on Islamic clergy to condemn the custom.
Excerpt: Three female lawyers have reportedly been executed by Islamic State militants as the UN warns that educated women in
especially at risk.
Hamas Praises Tel Aviv Bus Stabbing Attack
Hamas Praises Tel Aviv Bus Stabbing Attack
Excerpt: A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and injured nine Israelis, four of whom remain under serious condition, on Wednesday morning after boarding a Tel Aviv bus. Security camera footage obtained by
Channel 10 shows the terrorist chasing after civilians running from the bus
following the initial attack, stabbing a woman in the back, reports
the Jerusalem Post.
Excerpt: A letter from a top British government official calling on
mosques to root out "men of hate" is generating push-back from the
Muslim Council of Britain. The letter from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was
co-signed by Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, a
member of the House of Lords and sent to 1,100 imams and other Islamic
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