Saturday, January 3, 2015

Today's Political News and Conservative Comment


Bogus Quote Correction
I've been using this quote on my email signature: "In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free." —Edward Gibbon. A very scholarly Marine buddy (and a Khe Sanh combat vet), let me know that despite being all over the net, it was really a version of a quote from Edith Hamilton: "Athens had reached the point of rejecting independence, and the freedom she now wanted was freedom from responsibility. There could be only one result... If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms." --Edith Hamilton, The Echo of Greece. Sorry for spreading bad info--the dangers of the net. I actually like this version better. ~Bob

General News and Comment

U.S. imposes sanctions on N. Korea following attack on Sony
Excerpt: The Obama administration imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday, the first known U.S. response since authorities concluded the repressive government was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. President Obama, while vacationing in Hawaii, signed an executive order authorizing the sanctions. 

Ten Quick Facts You May Not Know About NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio. By Matthew Burke
Excerpt: In 1994, Bill de Blasio married a lesbian activist, Chirlane McCray. The newlyweds honeymooned in Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba. ... Both of de Blasio’s parents were communists, leading historian Ron Radosh to describe him as a “bona fide red diaper baby.” (Have not verified. Some of this is hard to believe, but in America today, who knows? ~Bob)

New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
Excerpt: Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot its 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful. (...) The lack of a cannon is a particular problem, as the F-35 is being counted on to help out infantrymen under fire. (Remember our Cousin Clyde who couldn't count his fingers and get the same answer twice in a row? The one everybody in the family breathed a sigh of relief when he went to work for the government, because now he couldn't screw up things at home anymore? Guess what he's been working on? Seriously, what sort of idiot would design a close air support combat plane that has to be operated--and fought--from OUT OF SIGHT OF THE TARGET? The Pentagon seems to want all the weapons to be interchangeable from service to service; would they ask their proctologists to use the same tools their plumbers use? After all, it's the same poop, just at a closer range. Ron P.)

Quote From The Patriot Post
"During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety." --Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, 1805

Satire--too funny: 2015 - Your Handy Month By Month Guide To The Year Ahead. By James Delingpole
Excerpt: April Field researchers in Alaska and Norway establish that the world’s polar )bear) population is at least twice as big as previous estimates and growing by the day. To compensate, environmental activists campaign for the polar bear to lose its “Threatened” status on the IUCN ‘Red List’. They now have it re-categorised as “Extinct”, so as not to jeopardise its vital symbolic value in the cause of “combatting Climate Change.”

Who Is Paying Federal Income Taxes?
Overall, more than 136 million Americans filed tax returns for overall earnings of $9.04 trillion. They paid $1.1 trillion in federal income taxes. Income -- and resulting taxes paid -- increased for all income groups in 2012 compared to 2011. The top 50 percent of taxpayers (68,040,177 filers) paid almost all of the nation's income taxes -- 96.7 percent. The 68 million filers in the bottom 50 percent of taxpayers paid just 3.3 percent of income taxes.

Nylons for nothing in Cuba. By Charles Krauthammer 
Excerpt: The logic behind President Obama’s Cuba normalization, assuming there is one, is the nylon strategy. We tried 50 years of containment and that didn’t bring democracy. So let’s try inundating them with American goods, visitors, culture, contact, commerce. It’s not a crazy argument. But it does have its weaknesses. Normalization has not advanced democracy in China or Vietnam.

Worth Reading: Cheap gas prices? Obama’ll fix that. By Joseph Curl
Excerpt: So then, if there’s more oil, why would OPEC continue to produce so much — too much? The answer is simple: If the OPEC countries can drive down the price per barrel, U.S. producers using fracking to draw oil out of shale rock will be hard-pressed to stay competitive. “This is largely an effort to push U.S. independents out,” said one knowledgeable oil lobbyist. “They are less likely to sustain $60 barrel crude, whereas the Saudis can with their cash reserves. Its all about staying power over next two years. This is good for us as a purchaser of crude (and consumers writ large); it is not necessarily good for upstream producers as the cost of production in these shale plays is quiet significant. If prices continue to drop you could see rig counts come down and thus production of U.S. crude decrease.” And therein is the real story behind the falling prices.

Excerpt: And only simpletons and liars can deny that this idea—the idea of a “pandemic” of police brutality sweeping the nation—has the consequence of endangering police officers.
Yet this idea isn’t just dangerous. It is also a lie. And it is a huge lie at that. “Police brutality” is an all-purpose piece of rhetoric that, as such, can mean anything and everything—and, thus, nothing at all. When anti-police misologists—a “misologist” was the word that the 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant used when referring to an enemy of reason—sound off about “police brutality,” they are referring to the police’s unjustified use of force.

Why Bob Corker is the senator to watch in 2015. By George F. Will 
Excerpt: Standing at the intersection of three foreign policy crises and a perennial constitutional tension, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), incoming chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, may be the senator who matters most in 2015. Without an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) tailored to novel circumstances, the United States is waging war against an entity without precedent (the Islamic State). Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons during negotiations that should involve congressional duties. And Russia is revising European borders by force and, like Iran, is the object of a U.S. experiment testing the power of economic sanctions to modify a dictator’s behavior. As Congress weighs its foreign policy role regarding these three matters, Corker treads the contested terrain between deference to presidential primacy in foreign policy and the need for collective wisdom and shared responsibility.

Gun News

Pastor exchanges gunfire with former employee, Osceola deputies say
Excerpt: During the meeting, church employees told deputies they saw Parangan take out a handgun and shoot at Howell several times, but none of the bullets hit Howell. Deputies said Howell returned fire with his own weapon and hit Parangan.

Fireworks stand worker turns table, shoots attempted robber
Excerpt: "They told him we want the money and he tried to talk him out of it, so he said 'I have to go to this little room and get the money'," said Richard Treichel, who owns the fireworks stand. At that point the employee grabbed his own gun and started firing at the crook. He was shot in the face, wrist and back, then rushed to the hospital via Life Flight in critical condition, The employee was not injured. 

Teenager Who Tried to Steal New Air Jordans at Gunpoint is Shot Dead by Concealed Carrier
Excerpt: Sixteen year old Jawaad Jabbar made a fatal mistake when he drew a firearm on a concealed carrier who had a pair of the coveted shoes.

Despite an Ominous New Poll, Speaker Boehner Isn’t Going Anywhere. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: House Speaker John Boehner is not particularly popular with Republican voters. We now know just how unenthusiastic Republicans feel from a new poll conducted by Pat Caddell and EMC Research, commissioned by the People’s Poll, in an exclusive to the Morning Jolt/Campaign Spot. Nine percent of self-identified Republicans and self-described independents who say they lean closer to Republicans say they feel “strongly favorable” about Boehner, and another 34 percent say “somewhat favorable.” Another 23 percent say they’re “somewhat unfavorable,” and another 11 percent say “strongly unfavorable.” An entire 11 percent say they’ve never heard of John Boehner. Asked, “If it were up to you, would you elect John Boehner to continue as Speaker of the House or would you elect someone new?”, 11 percent of respondents said “definitely” Boehner, 15 percent said “probably,” 26 percent said “probably” someone new, and 34 percent said someone new, “definitely.”

Initial report shows Missoula officer justified in fatal shooting
Excerpt: "He (Williams) had the female in a lethal stranglehold," Newell explained.
The situation erupted Wednesday around 2 a.m., when dispatchers received a call from Williams' mother, reporting that she had been assaulted by her son and he had driven off in her car with his girlfriend. ... She told law enforcement Williams was heading toward Interstate 90 and told her he wanted to drive into oncoming traffic to kill both of them. "She thought he was going to kill her," Newell said. "She felt the police saved her life."

Deaths of Granville County couple linked to shootout on W. Va. highway
Excerpt: The driver of the truck opened fire on officers, hitting them both, but was injured when the officers returned fire, troopers said. The two Lewisburg officers and the shooter were being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, said Donna Hinkle, administrator of the Greenbrier County 911 center. The driver of the SUV left the scene, but eventually surrendered to law enforcement without further incident. When officers searched the vehicles, they found the bodies of the Faulkners under a mattress in the bed of the truck.

Race Card News

The Big Lie of the Anti-Cop Left Turns Lethal: The real story behind the murder of two NYPD officers. By Heather MacDonald
Excerpt: Since last summer, a lie has overtaken significant parts of the country, resulting in growing mass hysteria. That lie holds that the police pose a mortal threat to black Americans—indeed that the police are the greatest threat facing black Americans today. Several subsidiary untruths buttress that central myth: that the criminal-justice system is biased against blacks; that the black underclass doesn’t exist; and that crime rates are comparable between blacks and whites—leaving disproportionate police action in minority neighborhoods unexplained without reference to racism. The poisonous effect of those lies has now manifested itself in the cold-blooded assassination of two NYPD officers.

Republicans haven't even officially taken control of both houses of Congress yet and they're already embroiled in a drummed-up scandal. Specifically, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is a "racist" -- like all other Republicans. Why? Because in 2002 he allegedly spoke to a Louisiana white supremacist group affiliated with infamous racist and anti-Semite David Duke, a former KKK leader who ran for multiple elected offices in Louisiana. Reactionary head hunting aside, Scalise didn't actually speak to the supremacist group in question but to a civic-association meeting before the racist conference began. The two happened to be in the same venue, but at different times. As National Review's Quin Hillyer, who knows Scalise personally, sums up, "In short, the more we find out about that event, and about Scalise, the more this whole 'scandal' looks like a case of guilt not just by association, but by unintentional, second-degree association -- a guilt wrongly assessed against a man with a long record of working not to divide the races but to bridge the differences between them." Even Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans said Scalise "does not have a racist bone in his body." But never mind the facts when the Leftmedia can claim a Republican scalp. Still, Scalise took the high road and apologized, while condemning the supremacist group. Perhaps now the media could look into Democrat Sen. Cory Booker, whose website featured David Duke propaganda.

Malik Shabazz Gives New Year’s Resolution for 2015 to New Black Panthers: “Time to Build up that Army” & “Go to the Gun Range”
Excerpt: Former national chairman of the New Black Panther Party and current president of Black Lawyers for Justice, Malik Zulu Shabazz told his party in an address on the weekly "Black Power Radio" show that in the new year of 2015 it will be time for the Panthers to build up their army and go to the gun range.

Notre Dame ‘white privilege’ class promises ‘personal transformation’
Excerpt: Next semester, Notre Dame will offer a class that aims to help students acknowledge and understand their so-called “white privilege” and – as a result of their “personal transformation” – find ways to “disrupt … oppression,” a description of the class states. “The goal for each participant is personal transformation: to leave the class… more aware of injustices and better equipped with tools to disrupt personal, institutional, and worldwide systems of oppression,” according to a description of the six week, one-credit sociology course titled “White Privilege Seminar.” (Substitute ""Achievement" for "Privilege," see how it reads. ~Bob)

Cute little guy and some statistics in Part II. Thought provoking
Excerpt: Don’t recognize me? That’s OK; I understand.

My name was Antonio West. I was the 13-month old child who was shot in the face at point blank range by two black teens, who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot.
I think my murder and my mommy’s wounding made the news for maybe a day, and then disappeared. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick, Georgia ruled the black teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty… too bad it was me who got the death sentence from my killers instead, because Mommy didn’t have the money they demanded. (I have not verified any of this. It's on the net, so... I do know that FBI statistics show over twice as many whites murdered by blacks as vice \versa, though both numbers are dwarfed by black on black and white on white murders. ~Bob)

ANGEL OF DEATH: Street Art in Detroit Shows Angel Pointing a Gun at a Police Officer

Worth Reading: The Progressive Racial Narrative and Its Beneficiaries. By Bruce Thornton 
Excerpt: So cui bono, as the lawyers say, who benefits from this narrative? The federal and state entitlement industry, of course, whose agencies and bureaucrats profit from having a permanent underclass of clients. So too the Democratic Party, which buys black votes with promises to keep the transfers and set-asides flowing. So too the racial grievance industry, that gang of activists, academics, ethnic studies professors, “diversity” consultants, and shakedown artists like Al Sharpton who use black misery as leverage for more power and pelf. So too the leftover leftists, who find in racial discord a weapon for attacking the country that kicked their cherished collectivist ideology into the dustbin of history. Most black Americans aren’t invested in this narrative.

Empowered thug gets questioned by cops, returns with huge posse to attack officers
Excerpt: A Delray Beach, Fla., man was stopped Tuesday while walking down the street for suspicion of smoking marijuana in public. Rather than talk to police, the man ran into a nearby home. When he came back out he was accompanied by about 20 other people staging a spontaneous protest of the stop, reported the Sun-Sentinel. That’s when the situation got out of hand.

#AllLivesMatter? Not So Much. By John Nantz 
Excerpt: Or, consider the Left's newest saint in the diabolical pantheon of race, Michael Brown. The Left has been screaming for the murder of cops ever since Brown embarked on a drug fueled rampage that culminated in his crazed attack on Officer Darren Wilson. Apparently, Wilson should have "run" or submitted meekly to Brown's murderous attack. If you wear a badge, your life has been weighed in Al Sharpton's balance and has been found wanting. And, God help you, if you're an unborn child your life is valued least of all. It's a pity that a fetus can't commit a felony, maybe then his or her life would matter--at least as political mammon.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

I had to give more personal information to sign up for Obamacare than Obama gave to run for President.

Undocumented Democrat News

Doesn't look like Photoshop, but hard to believe

California Begins Illegal Immigrants Drivers License Program. By Kevin Glass 
Excerpt: Under California's Safe and Responsible Drivers Act, illegal immigrants will be able to apply for drivers licenses this year. Before, a legal social security number was required for a license in California, but under the new law as many as 1.4 million illegal immigrants are expected to be granted licenses. ("Hi. I'm a criminal. Here's what I want from the government..." ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

I just helped remove animal-caused methane from the environment by eating a tasty venison steak. #EatBambiToStopClimateChange

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Egypt's Sisi: Islamic "Thinking" Is "Antagonizing the Entire World." By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year's Day, 2015, in connection to Prophet Muhammad's upcoming birthday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a vocal supporter for a renewed vision of Islam, made what must be his most forceful and impassioned plea to date on the subject. Among other things, Sisi said that the "corpus of [Islamic] texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years" are "antagonizing the entire world"; that it is not "possible that 1.6 billion people [reference to the world's Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live"; and that Egypt (or the Islamic world in its entirety) "is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands." (This is the guy Obama doesn't like, preferring the Muslim Brotherhood. ~Bob)

Times of London: Obama Outreach to Iran Could Be 'Single Most Reckless Act of 2015.' By Elliot Jager
Excerpt: President Barack Obama's hope to turn Iran's President Hassan Rouhani "into a friendly ally in the fight against Islamic State" could lead him to undertake "the single most reckless act of 2015" and cut a bad nuclear weapons deal with Teheran, The Times of London editorialized on January 1.  The newspaper agreed that "a deal that places Iran significantly farther away from developing a nuclear bomb is clearly attractive." It cautioned that the "weakened American leader" could turn to foreign policy to justify his 2009 Nobel peace prize. "If he does so, it has to have at its heart a sense of what the West considers to be worth fighting for and worth preserving." (It's nice to see that someone in London has the clarity of vision to see how terribly dangerous this cozying up to Tehran can be. And we know that Obama will make whatever concession he has to in order to claim he's made an historical deal for the record books. That is what is so scary about this. --Del)

How campus speech codes silence the pro-Israel community. College students today are facing the most serious threats to their civil liberties. By Alexandra Zimmern
Excerpt: The infamous Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns and “apartheid week” displays on college campuses are not the only threat to Jewish students. A much greater threat looms: the inability for students to publicly defend their beliefs. While universities claim to be havens of open debate and intellectual curiosity, they are in reality black holes of political correctness. On campus, only certain ideas are worthy of consideration and Zionism is definitely not one of them. This culture doesn’t just threaten members of the Jewish community, who are terrified to challenge those who accuse Israel of the most heinous crimes. Rather, it threatens all of us who value free speech and its ability to encourage criticism, debate, and original thought on college campuses. 

Children in ISIS Describe Atrocious Beheading Lessons. By Joel Himelfarb
Excerpt: Jomah, a 17-year-old child soldier who joined the Islamic State (ISIS) last year, sat in a circle of fellow trainees to learn lessons about the proper way to behead captive enemy soldiers – lessons taught to children as young as 8. Then, the Wall Street Journal reported, his teachers brought in three terrified Syrian soldiers who were forced to their knees.

#BringBackOurGirls: With Schoolgirls Taken by Boko Haram Still Missing, U.S.-Nigeria Ties Falter
Excerpt: Seven months later, the drone flights have dwindled, many of the advisers have gone home and not one of the kidnapped girls has been found. Many are believed to have been married off to Boko Haram fighters, who in the past six months have seized hundreds more civilians, including children, planted bombs in Nigerian cities and captured entire towns. (You mean Michele's tweet of a pic of herself with a sign didn't work? Boko Haram must be racists! ~Bob)

In Afghanistan, the New Year Begins with an Ignominious End. By Tarek Fatah, The Toronto Sun
Excerpt: Not since America's humiliating defeat in Vietnam has that country faced such a comprehensive failure of objectives as in Afghanistan, where last Friday the NATO flag was lowered to mark the end of a 13-year war. While the ignominious April 30, 1975 American retreat from Saigon was a public debacle, best captured by the scene of the last U.S. helicopter lifting off from its embassy in the South Vietnamese capital, the withdrawal from Kabul was a quieter but sorry ceremony. (As with Vietnam, the troops were not defeated in the field. The politicians gave up in DC. ~Bob)

The 'Good War' Obama Surrendered. Thousands of American lives squandered as the Radical-in-Chief oversees the triumph of the enemy. By Arnold Ahlert 
Excerpt: On Christmas Day at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, followed by a White House press release on Dec. 28, President Obama announced the end of the war in Afghanistan. ... If that message sounds familiar, it’s because virtually the same message was delivered on Dec. 14, 2011 at Fort Bragg, NC. That’s when Obama announced that “America’s war in Iraq will be over” and that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant” nation. That would be the same Iraq where, swiftly after Obama’s precipitous military withdrawal, Islamic militants embarked on a barbaric campaign of terror, seizing large swaths of Iraqi territory and wiping out much of the security gains achieved through the loss of thousands of American lives in that country.

2014 deadliest year in Iraq for civilians since 2006-7 bloodshed: U.N.
Excerpt: Violence in Iraq in 2014 killed at least 12,282 civilians, making it the deadliest year since the sectarian bloodshed of 2006-07, the United Nations said in a statement. The majority of the deaths - nearly 8,500 - occurred during the second half of the year following the expansion of the Sunni Muslim Islamic State insurgency in June out of Anbar province leading to widespread clashes with security forces.

Italy rescues another abandoned migrant ship
Excerpt: The nationality of the migrants was not yet known, a coastguard spokesman said, but there are women and children on board. It is the third such migrant ship in the past two weeks as smugglers turn to abandoning old ships in a shift in tactics. On Wednesday, about 800 migrants, mostly Syrian refugees, arrived in Italy after they were apparently abandoned by their ship's crew and set on a crash course for the Italian coast. The coastguard also boarded that vessel and took over navigation.

U.S. advisers in Iraq stay out of combat but see fighting edging closer
Excerpt: In Iraq’s western Anbar province, more than 300 U.S. troops are posted at a base in the thick of a pitched battle between Iraqi forces, backed by tribal fighters, and well-armed Islamic State militants. The militants, positioned at a nearby town, have repeatedly hit the base with artillery and rocket fire in recent weeks. Since the middle of December, the U.S.-led military coalition has launched 13 airstrikes around the facility. (If you are under arty fire, it sounds like combat to me, but what do I know? Especially dangerous as our troops are barefoot, Obama having promised "no boots on the ground." ~Bob)

Jihadi Debate over Jamaat Ansar al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Bayt al-Maqdis. By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Excerpt: I have previously written about the group 'Jamaat Ansar al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Bayt al-Maqdis' ('The Group of Supporters/Partisans of the Islamic State in Bayt al-Maqdis') here and here. Based on the data at the time (which was before Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis' pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State [IS] to become 'Sinai Province'), my conclusion was that the group appeared to function as IS' network in Gaza, acting as a supplier of fighters- most notably claimed 'specialists'- to IS in Syria/Iraq, while apparently doing propaganda work for IS under the guise of 'Ansar al-Shari'a- Gaza.'

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State debunked reports that some Muslims protected Christians during Christmas celebration.
Excerpt: “It has become imperative for us to clarify this falsehood and confusion in local and international media. Many of our members have been calling and asking questions whether a Church was protected from being attacked by Muslims in [the] Sabo area on Christmas day? And we said it is not true, and we don’t want people to create panic and dishing out [an] inciting story.” CAN representative added that there was not a single church of 600 that was protected by Muslims on Christmas.

The Real Islam: Outrage after man tortures and murders 10-year-old daughter. Yemeni admits to torturing and gunning down 10-year old for allegedly having sex. By: Saeed Al Batati
Excerpt: A Yemeni father callously tortured and killed his daughter, 10, for allegedly committing adultery in the northern Dhamar province, a local official who questioned the man told Gulf News on Tuesday.

The Real Islam: Saudi Clerics Fight for the Right to Marry Children. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: Appearing in Saudi papers, the fatwa complained that "Uninformed interference with Sharia rulings by the press and journalists is on the increase"—likely a reference to the justice ministry's advocacy—"posing dire consequences to society, including their interference with the question of marriage to small girls who have not reached maturity, and their demand that a minimum age be set for girls to marry." Fawzan insisted that nowhere does Sharia (or Islamic law) set an age limit for marrying girls: like countless Muslim scholars before him, he relied on Koran 65:4, which discusses marriage to females who have not yet begun menstruating (i.e., are prepubescent) and the fact that Muhammad, Islam's role model, married Aisha when she was six or seven, "consummating" the marriage—or, in modern/Western parlance, raping her—when she was nine.

In Turkey, 'Thief' is not Just a Five-Letter Word. By Burak Bekdil
Excerpt: On Dec. 9, the front page of the maverick daily BirGün featured a big headline in bold letters in Arabic script. For the readers who cannot read Ottoman, BirGün explained that the headline just meant "thief." On top of the headline the newspaper's editors explained: If you forcefully teach us Ottoman this is what you get. It was a dissident newspaper's response to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who in early December insisted that "whether you like it or not Ottoman will be taught and learned in this country." 

Women who were kidnapped after ignoring parents' pleas not to travel to Syria as aid workers issue video begging for their lives
Excerpt: Two Italian aid workers captured by Islamic extremists in Syria this summer are believed to have appeared in a new video begging for their lives. Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, were captured by militants believed to be from Al-Qaeda affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra in August while distributing aid in Aleppo. (Will Michelle tweet #BringBackOurGirls? Of wait, they're white. Never mind. ~Bob)

Muslim cleric killed fighting for the Islamic State. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: How did a Muslim cleric get the idea that he should fight with the Islamic State? Doesn’t he know that what they do has nothing to do with Islam? Did he miss the Qur’an’s peaceful and tolerant passages? (Too bad this Muslim Cleric didn't have Imam John Kerry there to explain Islam to him. ~Bob)

The Real War on Women: Islamic jihadist says slavery biggest honor for non-Muslim women. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: AN Australian Islamic State fighter who has been used in a propaganda video has claimed non-Muslim women are “used and abused” and should become slaves as it would be “the biggest honour for them”. Abu Khalid, whom The Australian last year revealed was a former Melbourne man of Cambodian and Fijian ancestry and had ties to the al-Furqan Islamic centre, yesterday took to social media from the Middle East to make the claims.

The Real War on Women: Iranian police arrested 50 women for 'un-Islamic' dress
Excerpt: Officers reportedly confronted and arrested a big group of women walking near Vanak square, in an affluent area of the Iranian capital's northern region. According to police, they were guilty of wearing "shameful and immoral dress in public," not in accordance with the Islamic code, which was put in place by Ayatollah Khomeini in the beginning of 1981. He ordered covering all the parts of the body except the face and wrists.

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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