Saturday, January 24, 2015

Today's interesting political news and comment


Blog response
Definitely understand the feeling but its something we learn from day one to continue and never quit and don't give up without a fight. Glad to hear surgery went well. I have good days and some bad ones still trying to adapt with being paralyzed I have found some stress relief with adaptive sports and just completed my first half marathon and actually going tomorrow to meet with team USA and learn about wheelchair curling. Even on the days I am bed bound yeah I get little depressed but I never give up. After my injury I was down for a bit and remembered to improvise, adapt and overcome so every day I awake I try to make it as good as it is to be alive and always know it could always be worse. But I look forward to your email blog and usually save them for bad days and read them all. Hope your sight continues to get better and thank you for your blog. --R. 

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Though they went out of business about 1977, I still remember these jingles. This is why I always include my middle initial in my signature. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: The Pleasures of Assassination. By Theodore Dalrymple
Excerpt: So why, in this respect, is the leader of the Free World wrong and the Islamic militants (assuming for the sake of argument that the intercept was genuine) right? I think it is because of a confusion about the nature of certain virtues, bravery among them. Bravery is generally counted a virtue, something that we admire; while the assassination of Benazir Bhutto was despicable, something that we deplore. Therefore, we have to deny the assassins bravery, and call them cowardly, or else we concede that they are, at least in one respect, virtuous. For what is it to be virtuous except to exercise one or more of the virtues? But in fact, courage or bravery is not a virtue irrespective of the circumstances in which it is exercised. Courage in pursuit of a despicable goal is no virtue, quite the reverse in fact; and most virtues, indeed, are virtuous only when exercised correctly, that is to say when in pursuit of laudable goals. There are few that are right in and all circumstances whatsoever.

Sex trafficking of young girls for their virginity — what I learned and saw as I visited a remote Cambodian village with Reverend Franklin Graham and my husband (and a warning – you may not want to read this – it is tough to stomach). By Greta Van Susteren
Excerpt: Chinese businessmen are the worst offenders when it comes to sex trafficking in young girls (virgins.) I just left Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Vietnam and I was told by multiple sources that Chinese businessmen prey on young girls – virgins – because they believe it is good business luck to take a girl’s virginity. Rich Chinese businessmen, more than any other nationality, prey on young girls in southeast Asia. They pay a top dollar for these young girls and then do the most unthinkable things to them. They keep them a few days and abuse them.

Excerpt: Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the " Lolita Express"—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein's address book under an entry for "massages," according to flight logbooks obtained by Gawker and published today for the first time. The logs also show that Clinton shared more than a dozen flights with a woman who federal prosecutors believe procured underage girls to sexually service Epstein and his friends and acted as a "potential co-conspirator" in his crimes. .. Virginia Roberts, claimed in a federal court filing that Epstein recruited her as a "sex slave" at the age of 15 and "sexually trafficked [her] to politically-connected and financially-powerful people," including Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz.

Obama's Support of Free Trade Makes Strange Bedfellows in Florida Delegation. By Kevin Darby
Excerpt: Free trade proposals are making strange bedfellows in the Florida congressional district with a conservative Republican backing President Barack Obama and a liberal Democrat pushing back against the White House. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Obama made the case for free trade even as he took a shot at its effectiveness in the past. (I've been for free trade since my economics class in high school with Ben Mark, the only class I got As in. Ben was the best teacher I had until college, and better than most there. After NAFTA, the number of jobs in both Mexico and the US went up. Unfortunately, the gains were throughout the economy, which the losses were concentrated, producing screaming. it is likely that some of the anti-NAFTA protesters had jobs because of it but didn't know that. When Hoover signed Smoot-Hawley against the public advice of 1,000 economists, it collapsed international trade and turned a recession into the great depression. But politicians will pander. ~Bob)

Important: Obama Underestimates Oil, Gas Industry's Role in Economic Renaissance. By John Kemp 
Excerpt: The eight states at the heart of the American shale oil revolution all grew faster than the U.S. national average over the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), underscoring the importance of oil production to the U.S. economy. Gross domestic product (GDP) attributable to private industry grew at a compound annual rate (CAGR) of 1.8 percent between 2002 and 2013 for the nation as a whole, after allowing for inflation. (It wasn't an "underestimation." It was a lie for political benefit. ~Bob)

Abolish West Point — and the other service academies, too. By Scott Beauchamp
Excerpt: But they are not the hallowed arbiters of quality promised by their myths. Their traditions mask bloated government money-sucks that consistently underperform. They are centers of nepotism that turn below-average students into average officers. They are indulgences that taxpayers, who fund them, can no longer afford. They’ve outlived their use, and it’s time to shut them down. ... Scott Beauchamp is a veteran and a writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He contributes to the Baffler, the Atlantic and Al Jazeera, among other publications.

Dem Poll: Nearly 70 Percent Support School Choice. By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: If there’s one issue that has virtual approval from everyone, it’s school choice. Beck Research, a Democratic polling firm, found that nearly 70 percent of Americans support the concept of school choice, 45 percent strongly support it, and only 27 percent oppose it. These poll results were unveiled at a press conference held by the American Federation for Children at the National Press Club yesterday. (But the unions oppose it and the Un-Democrat party is owned by the unions. Just one more area where the Democrats thwart the will of the people. ~Bob)

Obama to the Nation: Debt, Debt and more Debt. By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: "The shadow of crisis has passed," President Obama told us on Tuesday night. “The State of the Union is strong," he added. But is it really? If you had accumulated a debt that is more than 20 times the size of your household income, would you say your household finances were in good shape? Well, that’s where we are as a country. Under about a dozen federal entitlement spending programs, we have made promises that we haven’t been willing to pay for. In the process, we are leaving an enormous financial burden for our children and grandchildren.

Sen. Joni Ernst learned to 'live within her means' -- on the taxpayer's dime. Michael Hiltzik
Los Angeles Times
Excerpt: The figures come from the Environmental Working Group's authoritative database of farm supports. Most of the money, more than $367,000 in mostly corn subsidies, went to Ernst's uncle, Dallas Culver, and his farm in her home town of Red Oak, Iowa. An additional $38,665 went to her father, Richard Culver, and $57,479 went to her grandfather, Harold Culver, who died in 2003. (Reporter called her senate office and no answer. That's odd--wonder when he called. Her dad got $38k? The whole family is set for life! But if they depend on federal subsidies, shouldn't they be in favor of food stamps, so they sell more crops? We should, of course, do away with farm subsidies, phased in over years. ~Bob)

Wikipedia Bans Five Editors From Gender-Related Articles
Excerpt: Wikipedia’s arbitration committee, the highest user-run body on the site, has banned five editors from making corrections to articles about feminism, in an attempt to stop a long-running edit war over the entry on the “Gamergate controversy”. (Banning feminists; this will get ugly. --GS)

RED ALERT: Rocket Fire Could Signal New Offensive on Mariupol
Excerpt: Stratfor has declared a Red Alert over Ukraine as we watch for signs of a new offensive. We do not yet know Russia’s strategic intentions. Reports of rocket fire and potential moves on the city of Mariupol could simply be an attempt to signal the danger Russia could pose to their negotiating partners in the West. It could be an attempt to extend the pocket separatists supported by Russia currently hold in eastern Ukraine. It could, finally, be the opening of an offensive toward Crimea.

Important--WaPo Fact Checker: Obama’s claim that Iran’s nuclear program has been ‘halted’ and its nuclear stockpile ‘reduced.’ By Glenn Kessler
Excerpt: We realize that White House speechwriters probably don’t want to be bothered with technical issues in such a high-profile speech but here’s a case where some further wordsmithing was needed. This isn’t the first time. A year ago, in the 2014 State of the Union, The Fact Checker handed out Pinocchios when the president claimed that the inspections allowed under the agreement were “unprecedented.” That’s way too sweeping a statement. So has progress been halted and the amount of nuclear material reduced? ... Words have consequences, especially in a State of the Union address. The president could have claimed that “we’ve slowed the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of the most dangerous nuclear material.” But instead he choose to make sweeping claims for which there is little basis. Thus he earns Three Pinocchios. (A fairly technical article but still understandable to most serious readers. The bottom line is that the president was wrong in his statements on our efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program. Where this is going to go in the long run is a very, very troubling question, with every scenario that I can think of ranging from grim to horrible beyond description. --Del)

God Bless America: John Wayne 1970
Legendary actor John Wayne in a clip from 1970 on the TV variety show he hosted celebrating America’s history. Many famous actors and actresses are featured in this video singing God Bless America including Ann Margaret, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, George Burns, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Lorne Greene, Bob, Forrest Lewis, Dean Martin, William Shatner, Tom Smothers, and many more. What a classic video this is.

Too Funny: Green Beret Sniper Hilariously Destroys Michael Moore in Open Letter
Excerpt: If you and I were in the same room, I’d throw you a smile and gently pat you on the head knowing you’re nothing more than a mouth breathing, Crisco sweating waste of space not even worthy of being in the presence of a sniper. It’s almost funny how people like you preach things like ‘acceptance’ and ‘not passing judgment’ or ‘labeling people’, but then are the first to do so when a person is in some way dissimilar from you.

Important: China deploying troops to Africa to protect its investments & nationals
Excerpt: According to David Shinn, a former American ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, and an expert on China-Africa relations, China is realizing it can’t keep relying on African governments to protect its economic investment in Africa and the thousands of Chinese nationals who’ve moved to the continent. China’s economic growth and internal stability relies on free and open trade routes. In 2008, when Somali pirates began abducting merchant ships on a weekly basis—and jacking up insurance costs—China joined the international naval mission to stop the hijackers. (Protecting its nationals, eh? Reminds me a bit of Russia trying to protect Russians in E. Ukraine. The US is incensed by that, but no one dares challenge the dragon any more. Funny how we get 2 completely different sets of rules from one country to another.
Of special interest: The Chinese government is signing security-related partnerships with Egypt. Washington DC was eager to oust Mubarak and install a radical Islamic sharia government during the Arab Spring. These partnerships with Egypt will tend to keep the Al-Sisi government safe against another US-supported debacle of that kind. What a weird world! --Don Hank)

Phoenix Patriot Foundation – Everything the Wounded Warrior Project Isn’t. By Tony Oliva
Excerpt: A reader emailed me directly and told me to look into the Phoenix Patriot Foundation. I looked into it and I REALLY liked what I found. And Phoenix isn’t in reference to the city (they’re based out of San Diego) but rather the legendary bird that rises from the ashes to live again. Ex Cinere Surgemus – Out of Ashes We will Rise. Poetically accurate. First off, this is an organization for vets run by vets. That in itself lends a certain amount of understanding and intimate knowledge of what the people they are helping are going through. The creator of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation is Jared Ogden, graduate of the US Naval Academy and SEAL officer. (The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is also great. The good ones are not spending millions on TV ads to bring in more cash. ~Bob)

7 years ago, 13.4 million Americans were unemployed or underemployed. Today, 17.4 million are. The left calls this “Obama’s recovery.”

MSNBC lets tax delinquent Al Sharpton promote Obama's SOTU tax proposals
They forget the Rev. Al has the Black Exemption to obeying the law. It's racist to expect him to pay taxes like others do. ~Bob

"I had no idea Scott Walker and his family received Union backed death threats" - Informed journalist

Between Huckabee attacking Beyoncé and Sarah Palin calling Obama "boy", I'd say GOP minority outreach is going swimmingly.

Gun News

Firearms enthusiasts crash gun buyback to hunt bargains. By Aalia Shaheed
Excerpt: A recent gun buyback event in Oregon, aimed at curbing the number of weapons on the street, turned into a planned profit making opportunity for a group of firearms enthusiasts. ... “A $25 gift card for "high capacity magazines - like the ones you can buy for $8?” questioned one forum member. ... Another forum member, named "We-the-People," explained he would be attending the event to “make $200 profit off of the two junker pistols that I purchased for the purpose.” (Wish I was there. ~Bob)

Police: Man robbing grocery store suffers fatal heart attack
Excerpt: Deputies were called to Aldi about 8:50 p.m. Monday for a reported armed robbery. Police found a man lying face down on the floor inside the supermarket; witnesses said he had tried to rob the store at gunpoint.

Burglary Suspect Shot Dead On Sidewalk
Excerpt: According to police at the scene, two men were inside the apartment when four armed suspects tried to force their way in through the front door. One of the men inside was armed and was able to fire shots. The suspects returned fire and it turned into a full-blown shootout. Three of the suspects fled, one of them was killed on the scene. 

Would-Be Robber Shot By Victim in Plantation
Excerpt: The victim said he didn't have any money and the suspect demanded his cellphone and told him to get on the ground. The victim complied but while he was on the ground he took out his own gun and shot the would-be robber, officials said.

Race Card News

Milwaukee rocked by horrific racially motivated beating
Excerpt: A Milwaukee woman was left with severe injuries and covered in blood when she was attacked on December 21st. Police arrested Derrick Brown, 32, who has a long history of violence. Based on a courtroom outburst, the attack was motivated purely by racial hatred. ... When he appeared in court he screamed “God’s wrath in on white America.”

New York Times Editorial Writer: Majority Of Whites Approve Of Cops Killing Blacks
Excerpt: Brent Staples has a low opinion of white people. Or more accurately, he thinks white people, at least a “healthy majority” of them, think police killing black men under any circumstance is just fine “no matter what.” Staples made the comments on Twitter in response to an article his colleague at The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, tweeted about reported errors made in the tragic case of 12-year-old Cleveland resident, Tamir Rice. (The Rice shooting bothers me a great deal. I think Michael Brown no different than the white guy killed by a black cop three days later in salt Lake City, except no stores were looted in his honor. ~Bob)

What Would MLK Think: Six Killed In St. Louis During 12-Hour Span
Do #BlackLivesMatter when blacks are the killers? ~Bob

Leftists be like: "How can I be a racist? I use the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag like super a lot!
(Black guy I follow. ~Bob)

Blockbuster New Ferguson Looting Video Shows the Sheer Lunacy of Rioters
Excerpt: Apparently there were at least dozens of immoral, violent, disgusting people out protesting in the St. Louis area on the night of November 24, 2014. How do I know? Because St. Louis County police just release a ridiculous video showing dozens of hardened criminals breaking into a local store called the Dellwood Market and stealing or destroying everything they could get their hands on. Watch the insane video: (Because nothing says I'm for Justice like looting innocent people. ~Bob)

Undocumented Democrat News

Immigration Officers Blast Border Bill: ‘A Global Joke;’ ‘Where Is the Outrage?’ By Craig Bannister
Excerpt: “We admit individuals who have no business being admitted,” the head of the immigration officers’ union said today, blasting both Pres. Obama’s amnesty and the new border bill. Kenneth Palinkas, President of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council representing 12,000 United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) adjudicators and personnel, says the immigration legislation scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives next week puts officers’ mission “in grave peril.” (Seems they're not happy. And I learned a long time ago that when you really want to understand something, get your butt out to where the work is being done and learn from those doing it. --Del. Obama understands that the more people who are dependent on government, the more votes for Democrats. What more does he need to understand? ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

The Green Thing. Anonymous.
Going around the Net--probably apocryphal, but true: Checking out at the store, a young cashier suggested to the older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologized to the girl and said, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "You see, that's just our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." The older lady said she was right – her generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: "Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the ‘green thing’ back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure public property (the covers of books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling and we were still able to personalize our books on the brown paper covers. Too bad we didn't do the ‘green thing’ back then. We walked up stairs because we didn't have escalators in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But you’re right, we didn't have the ‘green thing’ in our day. Back then we washed baby diapers because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in energy-gobbling machinery burning up 220volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in those days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from brothers or sisters (and cousins), not always new clothing. But you’re right, young lady, we didn't have the ‘green thing’ back in our day. Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV screen was the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send by mail, we used wadded up newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working, so we didn't need to go to a health club and run on treadmills operated by electricity. But you’re right, we didn't have the ‘green thing’ back then. We drank from a fountain when thirsty instead of using a plastic cup or plastic bottle every time we drank water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the ‘green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or the bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van -- that costs what a whole house did before the ‘green thing.’ We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power dozens of appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But you're right. Isn't it sad how wasteful we old folks were -- just because we didn't have the ‘green thing’ back then?”

Religion of Peace News

Excerpt: Barack Obama is really, really smart. I know, because he told me so during his State of the Union address. ... Take how smart the president has been in combating ISIS (aka ISIL and the Islamic State). On Tuesday night Mr. Obama informed us that he was asking Congress to pass a resolution to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State. This comes precisely a year after our really, really smart commander in chief referred to ISIS as a “jayvee team.” That prediction was so prescient that the president decided to deceive us about it.

Obama condemns Islamic States' purported killing of Japanese hostage in new video
Excerpt: In a video released earlier in the day purportedly by Islamic State, the extremist group claims it killed one of it two Japanese hostages -- Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer fascinated by war. (Joining the many Christian knights who were beheaded after the Horns of Hattin battle by that most Islamic of heroes, Saladin. Not one knight was willing to save himself by converting to Islam. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Multicultural Suicide. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Multiculturalism is one of those buzzwords that does not mean what it should. The ancient and generic Western study of many cultures is not multiculturalism. Rather, the trendy term promotes non-Western cultures to a status equal with or superior to Western culture largely to fulfill contemporary political agendas. On college campuses, multiculturalism not so much manifests itself in the worthy interest in Chinese literature, Persian history, or hieroglyphics, but rather has become more a therapeutic exercise of exaggerating Western sins while ignoring non-Western pathologies to attract those who see themselves in some way as not part of the dominant culture. (Nicely done. --Del)

Tweet from c2 ‏@corrcomm 
By all means, let's not do anything about an enemy that decapitates people and throws gay men off buildings. That would be crazy

Obama's Success Story: Yemen crisis disrupts U.S. counterterrorism operations, officials say. By Greg Miller and Craig Whitlock
Excerpt: The Obama administration has been forced to suspend certain counterterrorism operations with Yemen in the aftermath of the collapse of its government, according to U.S. officials, a move that eases pressure on al-Qaeda’s most dangerous franchise. Armed drones operated by the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command remain deployed for now over southern Yemen, where al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is based. But some U.S. officials said that the Yemeni security services that provided much of the intelligence that sustained that U.S. air campaign are now controlled by Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who have seized control of much of the capital. ("America’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama declared Yemen“success story” last September. His “small footprint” approach to fighting jihad was supposedly shown to be superior to prior administration’s more muscular commitments." ~Bob)

President Obama's 'successful' counterterrorism strategy in Yemen in limbo. By Thomas Joscelyn And Bill Roggio
Excerpt: When announcing the US strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said he would model it after America's counterterrorism strategy in Somalia and Yemen, "one that we have successfully pursued...for years." Immediately after Obama's speech, we at The Long War Journal questioned the wisdom of describing Somalia and Yemen as "successfully pursued" counterterrorism operations. Al Qaeda's official branches, Shabaab in Somalia and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen, remain entrenched in their respective countries, despite some setbacks here and there. AQAP's core leadership cadre is intact. And both al Qaeda branches continue to control territory while working to conduct attacks outside of their countries. (The Obama Touch--everything turns to BS. ~Bob)

There’s nothing secular about Boko Haram. By Colbert I. King
Excerpt: But is Boko Haram motivated by economic deprivation or feelings of victimization? Or is it something else? Something more akin to violent religious extremism? Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, prelate of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, in northeast Nigeria, doesn’t view Boko Haram as just an opportunistic bunch of hoodlums using religion as cover for their mercenary exploitation. In an interview this week with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Doeme said that, within five years, Boko Haram has decimated his diocese. Fifty churches have been destroyed, with 200 more abandoned, he said.

The Moderates: Fatah Facebook Page Incites Terror Hours After Stabbings
Excerpt: The Palestinian Authority (PA)'s ruling Fatah party has uploaded a number of posts encouraging incitement against Israelis and Jews in the past several hours, the Government Press Office revealed Wednesday. (Will Kerry say Fatah is Un-Islamic? ~Bob)

Un-Islamic? Sydney’s Muslim community rallies in Lakemba in response to terror attacks that rocked Paris. By Andrew Carswell And Ian Walker
Excerpt: SYDNEY’S Muslim community has been urged to not turn the other cheek to “insults” and “attacks” on Islam and the prophet Muhammad. In response to the terror attacks that rocked Paris last month, 1000 Muslims gathered in Lakemba last night. Members of the crowd waved provocative signs that proclaimed “Je suis Muslims” — mimicking a phrase used in support of slain workers of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo — and chanted a promise to protect Muhammad and their faith. ... Some of those present handed out cartoons of a dog urinating on the grave of the Charlie Hebdo workers gunned down in their Paris office by Islamic extremists earlier this month. (Will Kerry say Aussie Muslims are Un-Islamic? ~Bob)

Un-Islamic? Iran: Tens of thousands protest against Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of speech. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: “Death to France, death to Israel, death to Britain, death to Charlie Hebdo.” Meanwhile, in the Britain on which the protesters wish death, the BBC is certain that the vast majority of Muslims reject jihad and embrace the freedom of speech. Where are they marching? (You can't have a demonstration like this in Iran unless the government approves. Will Kerry say Iran is Un-Islamic? ~Bob)

Dearborn Muslima sues police department for forced hijab removal. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Mandating the removal of headgear of people in custody is simply a safety move. They could be hiding something under a hat — or a hijab. That Hamas-linked CAIR would be involved in this case shows that it has seized upon it as part of its ongoing efforts to weaken law enforcement, stop all law enforcement scrutiny of Muslims, and secure special privileges for Muslims in American society.

Jewish outrage as ship named after SS war criminal arrives in Europe
Excerpt: Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS. The vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jonathan Arkush, said: “Naming such a ship after an SS officer who was convicted of war crimes is an insult to the millions who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazis. We urge the ship’s owners to reconsider and rename the ship after someone more appropriate.” (Jewish outrage? Where just a little goische outrage? The largest ship in the world is named for an SS officer -- a Nazi but a "good businessman" -- by a son stamped from the same mold, and is arranged to arrive in Europe at this time of remembrance? Beheadings of such Nazis are very much in order, of course, and still too much to expect -- but maybe a sunken ship? I am not a SEAL, but I am ready to slip a yarmulke in the pocket of an old flight suit and help some tough guys make the arrival of that ship in Rotterdam, a ship named for a monster by a monstrous son, even more unforgettable than the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. As historian Michael Ledeen has pointed out, when Jews fight and are seen to be ready to fight by cowardly anti-Semites, many such problems quietly diminish and ultimately disappear. Why men of goodwill do not join the Jews in an effort to bring some modicum of courage to the godless, politically correct, morally relativistic and vastly corrupt sheep of Europe, is not a mystery. They are so few, so self-absorbed and, mainly, so afraid that they will lose their club memberships if they are whispered to be a "Jew lover," that they turn a blind eye to horror and a deaf ear to slander. I saw it in the highest European societies of the rich and titled years ago, and it has grown. The ship's name and visit will not be reported here, unless it is sunk. So it may be time for Jews to ease out of Europe, taking their brains, their talents, their assets, and their courage to Israel. Armageddon is coming. --CN)

V&A in row over self-censorship after Muhammad image is taken down
Excerpt: The Victoria and Albert museum has attempted to conceal its ownership of a devotional image of the prophet Muhammad, citing security concerns, in what is part of a wider pattern of apparent self-censorship by British institutions that scholars fear could undermine public understanding of Islamic art and the diversity of Muslim traditions. Similar images have been shown in exhibitions across Europe and America without prompting outrage, much less protests or a violent response. Made by Muslim artists for fellow Muslims, they come from a long but often overlooked tradition. British museums and libraries hold dozens of these images, mostly miniatures in manuscripts several centuries old, but they have been kept largely out of public view.

37-month prison sentence possible for Turkish teen over Erdoğan insult
Excerpt: A 16-year-old boy, who was detained on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, may receive a 37-month prison sentence, his lawyer has announced. The teenager, identified only by his initials M.E.A, was taken away from his school in the Central Anatolian province of Konya last month and remained under custody for two days, in a move that many saw as an attempt to intimidate the opposition in Turkey.

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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