Thursday, January 8, 2015

See the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and other political news


Seven appointments at the VA Thursday, over six hours of tests and consultations. Numbers all good. No bad news--they are happy with my progress since July. ~Bob

General News and Comment

True Love
As the pastor loves his God,
As the miser loves his lock,
As the farmer loves the sod,
The liberals love Barack.
As the mother loves her child,
As the mobster loves his pelf,
As the hunter loves the wild,
Obama loves himself. ~Bob

Defend Senator Ron Johnson
WI conservative with a tough reelection fight in 2016. ~Bob

Boxer exits, setting stage for epic California Senate battle. By Ed O'Keefe
Excerpt: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced on Thursday that she will not seek reelection in 2016, the first retirement announcement from a Democratic senator ahead of the 2016 political cycle that will spark a major political contest in California. (Wish I thought California wouldn't send the country someone even worse. Pray for a wealthy, articulate, photogenic RINO who can win. The alternative could be Pelosi. ~Bob)

Obama avoids Phoenix VA hospital, holds event less than mile away
Excerpt: Ignoring calls by veterans and Republicans to visit a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix that launched a health care scandal, President Obama gave a speech about homeownership instead Thursday less than a mile from the VA facility.

Are Democrats losing Jewish voters? By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post
Excerpt: Gallup reports that in 2014, 29 percent of Jewish Americans said they were Republicans, compared with 22 percent in 2008. “Meanwhile, 61% of American Jews identified as Democrats or leaned Democratic, down from 71% in the strongly Democratic year of 2008.” This appears to be more than just the normal downturn in Democratic support: “The diminished Democratic skew among American Jews in recent years is slightly more pronounced than the same trend among all Americans. The percentage of the general population that identifies with or leans Democratic has fallen by about seven percentage points since 2008, compared with the 10-point drop among Jews

Hating John Kerry from the Left! Kerry, Murderer Of A Vietnamese Patriot, Comments On Terror In Co-Terrorist France. By Jay Janson
Excerpt: What first comes to mind is US Secretary of State John Kerry's prestige for his heroic Swift Boat killing of a Vietnamese in his own beloved country during the holocaust the US committed in Vietnam. A wounded Vietnamese freedom fighter, who had been aiming a rocket launcher at the Swift Boat Kerry commanded, was shot by Kerry as he was running away. Kerry by daringly running his boat right at the danger was decorated for having saved the boat and its crew. ["KERRY leaped ashore, pursued the man behind a hootch and killed him" from official Silver Star Citation "For the President, E.R. Zumwalt, Vice Admiral, Commander of US Forces in Vietnam"] Secondly, that Kerry quite amazingly had enlisted more than a year after the obvious sham Tokin Bay incident and the extending the bombing in the South to include North Vietnam as well. Kerry would later star in headline news condemning the US war on the Vietnamese, describing atrocities as nearly continuous during his testimony before a congressional committee of the US House of Representatives. Below is a great example of those people that we sometimes forget are out there, the true haters of Western democracy in general, but of course the USA at the top of the list. The writer is from the "rabid dog" school of anti-US, procommunist activists. And sadly, there are people who tune into this and love every word of it. Apparently it's OK in his mind that some cartoonists in Paris should be murdered in cold blood because of the history of French colonialism a century ago. An interesting example of crazy righteousness. --Del)

Important: The House Just Made It Harder for Politicians to Steal From Social Security Retirement Fund. By Romina Boccia
Excerpt: This Tuesday, House Republicans nearly unanimously adopted new rules for the 114th Congress (H. Res. 5) which set the stage for long-overdue Social Security reforms to protect disabled Americans and seniors from indiscriminate benefit cuts. The new rule strengthens the integrity of Social Security’s separate trust funds (disability and retirement) by putting a procedural barrier in place to prevent lawmakers from raiding retirement funds to shore up the bleeding disability trust fund. (I hate to tell them, but there is no money in the SS retirement Trust fund. It's just IOE. The government already spent the money and replaced it with special government bonds that cannot be sold. The checks go out, because the government borrows more money to pay off the bonds to cover the shortfall between what comes in in SS FICA taxes and what must go out. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Have Liberals Lost the Middle Class? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Working-class voters once believed that Democratic-inspired intervention into the economy – minimum-wage laws, overtime pay, Social Security, Medicare, workers' compensation – protected their interests better than unfettered free-market capitalism. Republicans often had trouble selling the argument that an unleashed economy and new technology would relegate poverty to a relative, not absolute, condition – something like suffering with a cheap outdated iPhone 4 while the better-off afforded an iPhone 6. Why, then, have Democrats lost the working class – especially white, lower-middle-class voters?

Florida man celebrates New Year's beheading his mother
Excerpt: Florida man Christian Gomez is alleged to have killed his mother with an ax, severing her head at approximately 7:30 PM on December 31. He is charged with first-degree murder in Pinellas County FL after his brother Mario reported that his mother had been decapitated outside their home on New Year’s Eve. 

Coast Guard Sees 117% Increase in Cuban Escape Attempts
Excerpt: Even as Washington renews diplomatic ties with Havana, hundreds of Cuban refugees continue to flee the Castro regime for America, braving the 90 miles of perilous open sea in crude homemade vessels. On Monday the U.S. Coast Guard announced a surge of Cuban immigration attempts. In the last week alone, in seven separate incidents, border patrols intercepted 121 Cuban refugees.

Gun News

Caption that came with this photo:
106-year-old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47 (1990).

Chris Christie administration proposes crop of new gun regulations. By Chris Eger 
Excerpt: Both firearms retailers and gun owners may soon have to contend with a myriad of minor changes to state laws in New Jersey ranging from shotgun reclassification to records inspections and other mandates. As reported by, the Garden State’s 377 firearms dealers and manufacturers could see a host of new hoops to jump through to stay in business. 

Terrorists take advantage of restrictive French gun laws to kill 12
Excerpt: Gun, a project of the Sydney School of Public Health, which, while decidedly anti-gun nonetheless provides instructive and useful compilations of gun laws from around the globe, notes “The regulation of guns in France is categorized as restrictive.” The right to own guns is not guaranteed by law, and private possession of handguns, “semi-automatic assault weapons” and fully automatic weapons “is prohibited with only narrow exceptions.” There is “genuine reason”-based licensing, which expires and must be renewed, criminal and mental health background checks, registration, as well as limits on how many guns and how much ammunition may be owned. It’s telling that with under three million “civilian” guns registered (in a country with a population of over 66 million), there are an estimated additional 16 million “illicit guns.” (Restricting guns ensures that the law abiding are defenseless in the face of armed criminals. ~Bob)

Excerpt: A year after Illinois became the 50th and final state to implement concealed carry, law enforcement officers in the state have reported what anyone in 49 previous states with concealed carry could have told them in advance: fears ginned up by gun control advocates of “blood on the streets” never came to pass.

Another M-16 response
Re, the M-16. Did three years of Combat Security in Vietnam. Fired thousands of rounds without a single jam. When they dropped the magazine count from 20 to 18 I never heard a single complaint of jamming. Just my experience. -- A Modest Scribbler 

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

How the White House Responded to Harvard Professors Complaining About Obamacare Costs. By Natalie Johnson
Excerpt: White House spokesman Josh Earnest was on the defensive Tuesday when Fox News’ Ed Henry pressed him on Harvard professors’ criticism of Obamacare amid rising health care costs.

Undocumented Democrat News

Coming soon across open borders: Ten bodies and 11 heads found in violent Mexican state
Excerpt: Mexican police found 10 decapitated corpses and 11 heads in a southwestern state that has become a major problem for President Enrique Pena Nieto since the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers there in September.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Climate change’s instructive past. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Actually, however, something about which everyone can agree is that of course the climate is changing — it always is. And if climate Cassandras are as conscientious as they claim to be about weighing evidence, how do they accommodate historical evidence of enormously consequential episodes of climate change not produced by human activity? Before wagering vast wealth and curtailments of liberty on correcting the climate, two recent books should be considered.

Religion of Peace News

Any newspapers that do not reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons as a protest cannot say they are standing in solidarity with these brave people who were murdered by Islamic terrorists. If every newspaper had reprinted them, this would have spread the risk and perhaps stopped the murders as they would know it wouldn't stop free speech. But few journalists or media outlets have the Charlie Courage. Slowly they are being published. The terrorists have guaranteed that tens of millions will see them. ~Bob.

Worth Reading: Are We at War or Not? By Colonel Donald J. Myers USMC (Ret)
Excerpt: Afghanistan fighting started as a result of the terrorist attack on the United States on 9 September, 2001 when 3000 of our people were killed in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. President Bush went on TV and stated that this attack would not go unpunished. He also let it be known that countries would either be with us or against us. Countries that protected or housed terrorists would be considered as unfriendly. That seemed to be quite clear, even though very broad. Radical Islamists were identified as the major focus led by Osama Bin Laden under al-Qaeda. For the last six years, radical Islamists have seemed to be given a pardon because we no longer even speak their name. “Work place violence” is the term used rather than terrorism when Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on unarmed soldiers while killing 13 and wounding 30 others.

One surrenders, two sought in Paris shooting that killed 12
Excerpt: One of the suspects, Cherif Kouachi, had a history of funneling jihadi fighters to Iraq and a terrorism conviction from 2008. He and his brother, Said, should be considered "armed and dangerous," French police said in a bulletin early Thursday, appealing for witnesses after a fruitless search in the city of Reims, in French Champagne country. A third man, Mourad Hamyd, 18, surrendered at a police station in a small town in the eastern region after learning his name was linked to the attacks in the news and social media, said Paris prosecutor's spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre. (They will send him to prison, but not for life, where he will get Halal means and every consideration for his faith. And be a bargaining chip for them to release when the terrorists kidnap some decent folks, probably kids. ~Bob)

Apparently, Yelling "Allahu Akbar" While Murdering Innocent People Has Nothing to Do with Islam
Excerpt: This was clearly an act of radical Islamic violence, there is no debating that, and yet there are those who fiercely do so. The motivation behind the killings was the fact that the French publication had routinely mocked Islam, and its prophet, Mohammed. Just as others who have mocked, and exposed radical Islam have been executed, and threatened, these men, and women were murdered for satire. They dared to draw the prophet, and they paid the price for it.

The killing of cartoonists. By Ann Telnaes 
Excerpt: After an initial feeling of shock upon learning of the killings at the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, I became nauseous when I learned that four cartoonists were among the twelve murdered during an editorial meeting. I never personally met any of them, but I was familiar with the magazine and its irreverent cartoons and how, in 2006, they defiantly published the Danish Mohammed cartoons when hardly any U.S. newspapers decided to do so (including The Washington Post). It was not long though, before my shock turned into the determination to join my colleagues in speaking out against the attacks. It’s the 21st century, but cartoonists are being murdered by people who are living in centuries past. (Maybe if the Washington Post and the other major western papers had had the courage to republish the cartoons, the terrorists would have realized they couldn't censor free speech by killing the staff of one publication. ~Bob)

Washington Post opinions section publishes controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoon
Excerpt: In Thursday’s print edition, the Washington Post op-ed page is publishing the controversial cartoon of Charlie Hebdo magazine spoofing the prophet Muhammad — the very piece of satire that prompted the 2011 fire-bombing of the publication’s Paris offices. (See a PDF of the full page here.) (Good for the Post. Better late than never. Nice to see that terror put some steel in their spines. ~Bob)

The Charlie Hebdo Covers the Terrorists Didn’t Want You to See

Say Islam Is Violent and Jihadis Will Kill You. By Debra J. Saunders
Excerpt: Here's what I love about the French: They've long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly Wednesday shooting at Paris' Charlie Hebdo magazine "an act of exceptional barbarity," without doubt a terrorist attack. There was no hedging. The Socialist leader didn't engage in the sort of blather White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered on MSNBC shortly after the shootings. Earnest called the attack a "terrible act of violence," but not necessarily terrorism.(If [God forbid] a Muslim terrorist shoots President Obama in the White House, I bet President Biden [God forbid] calls it "Workplace Violence. ~Bob)

Bill Maher: If You Don’t Defend Freedom to Insult Prophet, You’re An Extremist Muslim
Excerpt: In his tweet, Maher wrote that condemning an attack is not enough and alluded to a previous statement he made last year, in which he pointed to the violent reaction extreme followers of the religion elicit when Islam is made fun of; a reaction that differs starkly from any other organized religion of modern time.

Maher: ‘Mainstream’ Muslims ‘Applaud’ Murder for Insulting Mohammed
Excerpt: To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles. It’s not my fault that the part of the world that is against liberal principles is the Muslim part of the world. There have been studies. We have facts on this. Treatment of women. They studied 130 different countries. Seventeen of the bottom 20 were Muslim countries. In 10 Muslim countries, you can get the death penalty just before being gay. They chop heads off in the square in Mecca. Well, Mecca is their Vatican City. If they were chopping the heads off of catholic gay people, wouldn’t there be a bigger outcry among liberals? 

Worth Reading: Our Era of Blasphemy Vigilantism. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Which of these represents incitement to violence? A) Making a film depicting the violent death of the ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. B) Telling an angry crowd the night of the Ferguson grand jury decision, “Burn this b*tch down!” C) Chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it [sic]? Now!” D) Making cartoons that offend Muslims. As you no doubt have observed, some Americans on the left would pick (A) and (D), but not (B) and (C). I can see the case for B and C, but I would be pretty wary about prosecuting individuals in either case. If our society is going to bring the force of the law against a person, and either fine them or put them in jail, there has to be a pretty direct connection between their words and the violence that ensued. A certain segment of Muslims in France -- and in just about every Western country -- is attempting to implement blasphemy laws through vigilantism. Sure, there’s no law on the books saying you can’t do it, but if anybody catches you doing it, some young man -- with seemingly nothing in this world he fears losing if he’s caught or killed attempting to commit murder -- will come and find you and attack you. Few American media companies are showing the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo that enraged the rage-addicted Islamists of France. Credit Slate, the Huffington Post, the Daily, and BuzzFeed for showing them. That’s not an easy decision; you never know when some Islamist out there might decide to show up at the front door of the offices with a knife, a gun, lighter fluid, or a homemade bomb to register their objection to a publication’s decision. Or maybe the bastards look up your home address. Nonetheless, two of the infamous images are on NRO right now. (The Morning Jolt e-newsletter is free and you should subscribe. ~Bob)

Cowards! Worth Reading: AP on Mohammad Cartoons: We Won't Use 'Deliberately Provocative' Images. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: Ed Morrissey notes that this editorial's authors fail to mention that Charlie Hebdo frequently published images that offended and skewered other religions and revered images. Was that also "stupid"? Or is that part and parcel of equal opportunity satire? ... Perhaps insulting other religions is less stupid because their adherents are less likely to, say, execute you for doing so. .. Turns out the AP actually sells the "Piss Christ" photo. Because, you see, they meticulously eschew "deliberately provocative" photographs, unless those being provoked aren't expected to firebomb offices, start riots, or mow down cartoonists. And unless there's a buck to be made.

Worth Reading: Appeasement Comes Back to Haunt France. By Ari Lieberman 
Excerpt: It’s time that we finally admit it. The battle for Old Europe is over. The Gates of Vienna have finally been breached. Old Europe has been experiencing a tidal wave of violence and terror in recent years correlating to and in direct proportion with the growing influence of Muslims in the western part of the continent. 

The Terrorists Win. By Erick Erickson 
A publisher published something that offended. It mocked, it offended, and it showed the fallacy of a religion. It angered. So the terrorists decided they needed to publicly destroy and ruin the publisher in a way that would not only make that destruction a public spectacle, but do it so spectacularly that others would think twice before publishing or saying anything similar.

Islam is the Most Violent Religion in the World, But Let’s Keep Calling it ‘Peaceful’ Anyway. By Matt Walsh
Excerpt: And here we are again. You might recognize this place. We’ve been here frequently over the past, say, 1,500 years or so. It’s the place where the whole world stands in dumbfounded shock after witnessing unspeakable brutality at the hands of Islamists. Maybe we should stop being so surprised.

Palestinian Authority Daily Praises Stabbing of Israeli Soldiers
Excerpt: A Palestinian Authority newspaper praised the Dec. 25 stabbing of two Israeli soldiers, referring to the act as Palestinian "pride," a Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translation of a story in Al-Asima shows.

Excerpt: Two weeks after terrorists killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans in Benghazi in September 2012, Barack Obama announced to the UN, "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." The Religion of Peace™ took his advice Wednesday in Paris, as jihadis killed 12 people for daring to "slander the prophet of Islam."

Islamic State crisis: Religious police 'kidnapped' in Syria
Excerpt: Reports from Syria say that some members of the religious police force set up by the militant group Islamic State (IS) have been kidnapped. Activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they had been ambushed and abducted by unknown gunmen in the eastern city of Mayadin.

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam in Syria Joins The Islamic State? By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Excerpt: As outlined previously on this site and elsewhere in my writings, Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (JAI) is a jihadi group that originated in Iraq and expanded into Syria in 2011 thanks at least in part to the efforts of one Abu Muhammad al-Muhajir (an Iraqi himself who was later killed near Mosul while returning from Syria to Iraq). A rival of the Islamic State (IS) because it did not accept the statehood claims of IS or its previous incarnations, JAI tried to ride the initial rapid wave of IS-spearheaded insurgent gains in Iraq beginning with the fall of Mosul in June 2014 but soon found itself suffering from arrests, killings and defections at the hands of IS.

Prime Minister Of Turkey Now Talking About Invading Jerusalem, In A Major World War
Excerpt: A major talk was organized in Konya, the birth place of Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoğlu, and in his presence, before a jubilant crowd shouting in Nazi style, Davutoğlu can be seen elated at the statements spoken by the leader of Hamas, Khalid Mashal. The fiery speech hailed Turkey headed by Erdogan and Davutoğlu as the representative and head of the entire Muslim world and praised him for the soon invasion of Jerusalem in the coming world war.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

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