Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Today's political news and conservative comment


General News and Comment

Book Recommendation: A State of Disobedience. By Tom Kratman 
Tom Kratman, a retired Army LtCol, has become my favorite living science fiction author. (I have to say "living" because I have sat at the feet of Robert Heinlein since 8th grade-, 55 years ago.) Kratman writes military science fiction, some set in the far future (see A Desert Called Peace) and some, as with this book, set in the very near future. Thus, having been published in 2005, means it is now in the near past. Never-the-less, it is still as timely as tomorrow's headlines. Briefly, the federal government has fallen into tyranny, with de facto suspension of freedom of the press, freedom of speech and wide spread police powers established in federal agencies. All for the "good of the people," of course. But one state won't go along. A State of Disobedience explores the dichotomy between government power and freedom. This is Kratman's first published novel, but it bears all the touches of the master: believable characterization, intricate plot twists and heart-pounding action. History buffs will delight in picking out the many historical allusions in the book. For my health, I need about nine hours of sleep a night--and with A State of Disobedience finished, I can start getting it again. I highly recommend this novel.

Must Read: Barack Obama, Empire Builder: Not since the 1930s and early 1940s have we seen so many malevolent empires on the rise. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: We are now in an equally turbulent age of rising empires — mostly due to a new American indifference and passivity. Or, to put it more exactly, President Obama believes that his own legacy rests with avoiding all confrontations overseas, withdrawing as many troops as he can, and cutting the defense budget as much as Congress will allow so as to use the funds to address supposed inequality at home. If chaos results abroad, he can either blame his predecessor, George W. Bush, or assume that his successor will have to deal with what he wrought — or both. Obama is running out the clock of his presidency on the premise of Après moi, le déluge. ... If you assert that administration talking points come right out of Tehran — as Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey recently did — Obama will characterize such objections not as principled differences, but as cynical attempts to please “donors” — a veiled reference to rich Jews whose money, Obama apparently believes, distorts policy.

CBO: This is pretty much as good as America gets
Excerpt: Although the deficits in CBO’s baseline projections remain roughly stable as a percentage of GDP through 2018, they rise after that. The deficit in 2025 is projected to be $1.1 trillion, or 4.0 percent of GDP, and cumulative deficits over the 2016–2025 period are projected to total $7.6 trillion. CBO expects that federal debt held by the public will amount to 74 percent of GDP at the end of this fiscal year—more than twice what it was at the end of 2007 and higher than in any year since 1950 (see figure below). By 2025, in CBO’s baseline projections, federal debt rises to nearly 79 percent of GDP.

Dangerous Fruits of the Bowe Bergdahl Trade
Excerpt: “This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,” retired Lt. Col. Tony Schaffer told Fox News. “Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing. … And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releas[ed] the five Taliban. … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.” (From The Patriot Post

Always Worth Reading: Random Thoughts. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: If not a single policeman killed a single black individual anywhere in the United States for this entire year, that would not reduce the number of black homicide victims by one percent. When the mobs of protesters declare “Black lives matter,” does that mean ALL black lives matter – or only the less than one percent of black lives lost in conflicts with police? - Some people see discrimination when schools punish black students more often than white students. But schools punish white students more often than Asian students. Lenders turn down black applicants for loans more often than white applicants – but they turn down whites more often than Asians. Most statistics on such things omit Asians, rather than spoil a politically correct story.

Debunking Income Inequality Myths
Excerpt: Income inequality may be a popular topic, but it's also one that's largely misunderstood. Rachel DiCarlo Currie, a senior fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, explains the state of income inequality in America and debunks some popular misconceptions about the distribution of wealth in the United States.

To expand opportunity, expand school choice. By Jared Meyer
Excerpt: Americans are free to choose where to live and work, what products to buy, and which services to use. But there is one important sphere in which Americans do not have freedom of choice—education, both primary and secondary. State and local governments have the power to force students into one-size-fits-all public schools, regardless of parental choice and individual student differences. This week, January 25 to 31, is National School Choice Week. The occasion is an opportunity to raise awareness that school choice works.

The New Drivers of Europe's Geopolitics | Stratfor
Excerpt: Another version, hardly heard in the early days but far more credible today, is that the crisis is the result of Germany's irresponsibility. Germany, the fourth-largest economy in the world, exports the equivalent of about 50 percent of its gross domestic product because German consumers cannot support its oversized industrial output. The result is that Germany survives on an export surge. For Germany, the European Union — with its free-trade zone, the euro and regulations in Brussels — is a means for maintaining exports. The loans German banks made to countries such as Greece after 2009 were designed to maintain demand for its exports. The Germans knew the debts could not be repaid, but they wanted to kick the can down the road and avoid dealing with the fact that their export addiction could not be maintained. (Not buying it; Germany was industrious and produced; Greece wants social benefits and to consume. Yes, Germany kicked the can down the road, but didn't hold a gun to its head. For me, it seems that Greece's can has hit the end of the road. The 'anti-austerity' party, while obviously popular, is also irresponsible. --George. Popular and irresponsible--where have we seen that before? ~Bob)

Residents want charges for Denver officers who killed teen
Excerpt: Early Monday morning, an officer was called to check on a suspicious vehicle, and a colleague arrived after it was determined the car had been reported stolen, Police Chief Robert White said. In a statement, police said the two officers then "approached the vehicle on foot when the driver drove the car into one of the officers." White said both officers then opened fire. The officer hit by the car was taken to a hospital with a leg injury. (I'm just not ok with someone driving a car into a police officer...it obviously could kill or maim him....poor baby...I hate to say the words but she asked for it...when someone is intent on hitting you with 2,000 lbs of steel that can kill or main, EXPECT gunfire, girlie...she drew the weapon openly. No one has inquired if she was driving dui...this country is nuts. We defend the criminals. No humane boundaries. The cop they kill could be my son in law. --Susan)

Excerpt: The military honor code proscribes "I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do". Former Army private, proven liar, proven cheat, and liberal writer Scott Thomas Beauchamp says the military honor code is outdated. Further, his latest op-ed for the Washington Post recommends that our American Service academies should be disbanded and not a single tax dollar allocated to these outdated institutions. Thomas argues that there are plenty of public universities fully capable of turning out graduates with far better attitudes and mindsets than are turned out at the West Point or the Air Force Academy. I guess, to fully understand Beauchamp's comments, one has to understand who Scott Thomas Beauchamp is. Beauchamp was an Army private who was sent to Iraq back in 2005. While there, Beauchamp employed his modest writing skills to write about how contemptible he found his fellow grunts to be. Under the byline "Scott Thomas", Beauchamp wrote about the American Army's cruelty in dealing with the Iraqi's....how America was the "bad guy" and wasn't worthy of citizen support. Well, these kind of stories was right up the alley for The New Republic, the preeminent ultra liberal magazine, and "bible" to the Obama-Pelosi-Wasserman Schultz crowd. 

Obama Campaign Team Arrives In Israel To Defeat Netanyahu In March Elections. By Thomas Rose
Excerpt: Just days after the Obama White House accused House Speaker John Boehner of “breaking protocol” by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, a team of up to five Obama campaign operatives has reportedly arrived in Israel to lead a campaign to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister in upcoming national elections scheduled for March 17. The anti-Netanyahu, left wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports a group called “One Voice,” reportedly funded by American donors, is paying for the Obama campaign team. That group is reportedly being led by Obama’s 2012 field director Jeremy Bird.

Scott Walker: Driving liberals insane simply by solving problems. By Herman Cain
Excerpt: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker really drives liberals crazy. He’s obviously far from alone in that category, of course. Just about any high-profile person who frequently and boldly speaks the truth drives liberals crazy. But Gov. Walker drives them crazy without really saying all that much. He drives them crazy with action – specifically by applying solutions that liberals insist cannot and should not be applied.

Scott Walker now a target: Get ready for the smear., By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: Walker would be smart to resist the urge to “punch down” to engage with lesser candidates or to be pulled into the marshes of the right-wing fever swamp with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and others. You can spot their attacks a mile away.

Gun News

Glock Commercial: Wrong Girl

1 arrested for robbery after armed citizen detains knife-wielding woman
Excerpt: A woman was taken into custody after her alleged attempt at an armed robbery at an Arby’s restaurant in Vernal was foiled by a concerned citizen who had a gun in his vehicle. According to a press release from the Vernal Police Department, officers were dispatched to an Arby’s restaurant at 1141 West Highway 40 to respond to reports of a robbery in progress. Dispatch personnel informed officers that a female had a knife and had demanded money. They later added that there was a male subject inside the restaurant with a handgun.

Armed robber shot by northern New Mexico store owner
Excerpt: New Mexico State Police say an armed robber in northern New Mexico attempted to rob a convenience store Friday when the store owner shot him in the leg.

Armed robber dead at Smith Co. convenience store
Excerpt: The deceased individual was identified early this morning by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit by the use of latent fingerprints. He is identified as Courvoiser Kimmetrrius Butler, 24, of Tyler. ... Smith said the first deputy arrived at 7:44 pm. and found a black male dead on the floor wearing a mask with a gun next to his body.

Race Card News

(Black) Sheriff lashes out at NAACP: ‘Number one cause’ of police shootings is black single mother homes
Excerpt: David Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, asserted on Tuesday that the NAACP was wrong to blame police for shooting black men when the problem was homes with single mothers. A body camera recording released last week showed an Muskogee police officer in Oklahoma fatally shoot a fleeing suspect, Terrance Walker, who dropped and then picked up a gun as he ran. Tulsa NAACP chapter President Pleas Thompson told KTUL that the shooting was part of a “shoot first and ask questions later” mentality

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

ObamaCare: The $2 Trillion (and Counting) BIG Lie
Excerpt: $2 trillion. That’s what the Congressional Budget Office now says ObamaCare will cost over the next decade. If that figure sounds a bit higher than you remember in the 2009 sweep of Hope ‘n’ Change, that’s because it’s more than double what Democrats told us it would cost. . (From The Patriot Post www.patriotpost.us/subscribe/)

Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Is Nothing to Brag About. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: At the end of last year, the Obama administration boasted that almost 10 million people had enrolled in Medicaid since Obamacare went into effect. “This is great news,” an administration official exclaimed. Maybe for the White House. But not for patients and doctors, according to several recent studies.

Nothing to see here: Obamacare to cost $50K per person covered
Excerpt: Buried deep inside the latest CBO budget outlook report there is some shocking (by which I mean not shocking to anyone who has been paying attention) information on the effects of ObamaCare. You can forget about all the promises that were made by the administration and their Democrat allies during the debate… they were lying clearly inaccurate in their estimates. So how bad is it? The Daily Mail came out with the first report. "It will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is – $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday."

Undocumented Democrat News

Exclusive: California DMV Ordered to Overlook Identity Theft by Illegals. By Adelle Nazarian
Excerpt: Illegal aliens may enjoy a free pass on identity theft due to a new investigative policy at California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The policy, issued last year and effective as of Jan. 1, 2015, directs DMV investigators to overlook identity theft by applicants “who may have attempted to obtain or been issued a license or ID card previously through submission of false information.”

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Excerpt: Global Warming is an ideological weapon by the environmentalists against human civilization. It is part of a broader anti-civilization agenda by the left, which values the natural world only because it sees it as a "primitive" antidote to the complexities of civilization. That romanticism is the borrowed hostility of the nomad to the farmer (and it is very telling to look at Europe and see its intellectuals championing the virtues of Bedouin nomads over London and Paris) taken up by bored intellectuals, arguing against the complexity of civilization and for the noble barbarism of the savage. Where the conservationist values the natural world because of its beneficial impact on the human spirit through cultivation and achievement, the Environmentalist does not truly value the natural world, he does not love nature, he only hates civilization. (Yes, we'll all die of heat stroke, and soon, but meanwhile, pass me that blanket, please! It's getting to almost be funny to keep hearing the constant drone of lecture about the horrible disaster about to befall the planet. But as the writer says, some people have faith. --Del)

One Year Ago: New York Times Warned of End of Snow. By Bob Allen 
Excerpt: Today journalists are preparing for a blizzard, last year they were telling us about the end of snow.

Just Lower Your Standard of Living
Excerpt: To highlight his hypocrisy, he made the comments after having flown his wife, children and two nannies on a private jet (just one of about 1,700) to the climate confab in Davos, Switzerland. But we’re the ones who need to tighten our belts. By the way, Greene is a Democrat who ran for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio. (From The Patriot Post www.patriotpost.us/subscribe/)

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: The Pains of Memory. By Theodore Dalrymple
Excerpt: Dr Vrbova was born in Slovakia of bourgeois Jewish parentage, speaking German at home and Slovak at school. Her father was a businessman who trusted to the fundamental goodness of his neighbours and fellow citizens, and in the protection of the law, refusing to emigrate despite all the signs of trouble to come, until it was too late. (One of his employees, whom he had always treated well, joyfully took over his business without a qualm when the opportunity arose as result of anti-semitic legislation, and of course ran it into the ground, just as the new African owners did when Idi Amin confiscated Indian-owned businesses in Uganda.) The last occasion Dr Vrbova saw her father was in Budapest, whither the family had fled because of the comparatively mild regime of Admiral Horthy. But Horthy was replaced by Hitler because he was not anti-semitic enough, and the subsequent regime grew much more murderous. The last time Dr Vrbova saw her father, he said to her, 'You must forgive me that I have always made the wrong decisions, and brought you into danger. (Life and its hatred are filled with irony. The tragic history of the Jews in Europe is characterized by a Jewish minority that wanted nothing more than to live in peace, fully acquiescing to, if not enthusiastically, supporting, the dominant political and social culture. Never have the Jews desired or tried to Judaize a Christian country. Despite being compliant subjects of the prevailing order, every European country at one time or another has persecuted, demonized, suppressed, restricted, impoverished, expropriated property from, exiled or murdered its Jews. One would think that now, after complicity or tolerance of the Holocaust, Europeans would regard Jews who are willing to live in Europe as assimilated, loyal citizens. European Jews want nothing more than to be part of a European culture while maintaining their religion as a matter of private practice. At the same time, Europeans, fearing the masses of aggressive Muslim imperialists who reject assimilating into Western culture, are helpless in defending their societies and their persons from jihadist terrorism. It may be that by standing for nothing more than 5 week vacations, Christian Europe is tacitly agreeing to a slow but accelerating suicide. By allowing "no-go zones" and by not standing up for their Jewish citizens, France and England, especially, are showing their internal jihadists that there are no real obstacles to Islamicizing their countries. Will we soon be seeing masses of European Christians applying for asylum in the United States fearing persecution by sharia-run Euro-caliphates? Cordially, Larry Greenberg.)

Worth Reading: Now We're Not Allowed Use The Word, Terrorist. By Frank Camp
Excerpt: A terrorist by any other name still kills. “I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism.” – P. D. James. When we stop defining the world around us truthfully, and begin to create substitutions, and use redirections to avoid potential offense, we are blunting the edges of reality. ... Kafala says that “we know what political violence is, we know what murder, bombings and shootings are and we describe them,” but “terrorism” is too “value-laden.” In English, Kafala is saying that we can describe murder, and political violence because it’s not charged, but we cannot use “terrorism” to describe terrorism because it may ascribe certain values to the murderers. What values? Islamic values. And once again, that’s not allowed, because terrorists are not related to any religion (as we have heard ad nauseum from countless government officials), despite the great majority of the world’s terrorists claiming Islam as their faith. Let’s be straight here: there are peaceful Muslims, and there are radical Muslims. These radical Muslims commit the overwhelming majority of violent terroristic acts around the world. (It's "value-laden" the way "Nazi" is value -laden, because there are values involved--horrible ones. I hate euphemisms. We have even tried to take the meaning out of death, using "passed away" or "passed," as though the fellow went to the store and will be right back. I have prepared an obit notice for my mailing list in case the lung transplant goes south. In it I tell people they can say I croaked, bought the farm, went west, have a mole for a mailman, went toes up or am taking a dirt nap, but please don't say I "passed away.": Dishonest language leads to dishonest people. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Shortly after news broke of a deadly January 27 attack by Islamic terrorists on a hotel in Libya’s capital, Al Jazeera English executive Carlos van Meek shot out an email to his employees. “All: We manage our words carefully around here,” the network’s head of output wrote to staff at the Doha-based news channel’s New York and Washington, D.C. newsrooms. “So I’d like to bring to your attention some key words that have a tendency of tripping us up.” In an email obtained by National Review Online, van Meek warned the network’s journalists against the use of terms including “terrorist,” “militant,” “Islamist” and “jihad.” “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter,” the Al Jazeera executive wrote. (The media has more whores than a Las Vegas convention. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The former vice chief of staff of the Army warned the Senate Armed Services Committee today that al-Qaeda has “grown fourfold in the last five years.”
“AQ and its affiliates exceeds Iran in beginning to dominate multiple countries,” retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane testified. Using a term that the Obama administration now eschews, Keane called radical Islam “the major security challenge of our generation.” “Radical Islam, as I’m defining it for today’s discussion, consists of three distinct movements who share a radical fundamentalist ideology, use jihad or terror to achieve objectives that compete with each other for influence and power,” he said. (But nobody still in service can do this. Still, it's a good thing that this general has come out and called it out like it is. Maybe a few people will take notice. Nobody in the Administration, of course, but increasing understanding in the nation is important for the future. --Del)

Saudi Arabia’s New King Helped Fund Radical Terrorist Groups: Monarch tied to anti-Semitic Muslim clerics, funding of jihad. By Adam Kredo
Excerpt: King Salman, Saudi Arabia’s newly crowned monarch, has a controversial history of helping to fund radical terror groups and has maintained ties with several anti-Semitic Muslim clerics known for advocating radical positions, according to reports and regional experts. Salman, previously the country’s defense minister and deputy prime minister, was crowned king last week after his half-brother King Abdullah died at the age of 90. While Abdullah served as a close U.S. ally and was considered a reformer by many, Saudi Arabia has long been criticized by human rights activists for its treatment of women and its enforcement of a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

The Claim that Awarding Purple Hearts to Hasan’s Victims Would Prejudice His Murder Trial Is Ridiculous 
Excerpt: What fact do you suppose is better known: (a) that Nidal Hasan has been incarcerated since he killed 13 American soldiers and wounded several others while screaming, "Allahu Akbar!" in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, or (b) that his victims were denied Purple Heart medals by the U.S. government? Obviously, by leaps and bounds, the answer is (a). And for this reason, among several others, it is patently disgraceful that the Obama administration and its minions in the hyper-politically correct Pentagon brass are denying those soldiers shot by Hasan the military honors they are due - long overdue, actually - from having been wounded by an enemy operative in a wartime terrorist attack

Interesting: Obama Arrives in Saudi Arabia to Pay Respects to King’s Family
Excerpt (buried in the story): Since his coronation last week, Salman has given no public indication of whether he will depart from the policies of his predecessor on any major international issue. But analysts say the new king shares his predecessor’s frustration with what many Saudis consider a lack of American leadership in the Middle East under Mr. Obama.

About time: Egyptian Is Convicted of Genital Mutilation
Excerpt: A court on Monday handed down what officials said was Egypt’s first criminal conviction for the practice of female genital mutilation, sentencing a doctor to more than two years of hard labor for committing manslaughter while performing the procedure on a 13-year-old girl. (A very high proportion of Egyptian girls and women have been "cut." But I think two years is harsh. Personally, I'd let him go. Well, not all of him...~Bob)

Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes
Excerpt: American jets are pounding Syria. But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners. ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there.

Worth Reading: Obama’s Confused Iraqi PolicyU.S. air, aid, and advisers in Iraq are currently furthering Iran’s interests, not America’s. By Bing West & Owen West
Excerpt: Today in Iraq, American advisers stay in safe shelters, while Iranian soldiers and generals fight alongside Shia militias and Iraqi soldiers on the front lines. Our bombing supports Iranian-directed movements on the ground. This bizarre situation bring into question American policy goals. Are the administration’s actions ad hoc and poorly thought out, or is there a hidden, more foreboding agenda? In the State of the Union address, President Obama said that “in Iraq and Syria, American leadership — including our military power — is stopping ISIL’s advance.” Actually, America is following Iranian leadership inside Iraq

The Prosecutor Who Was About to Deliver a Scathing Report Accusing Argentine President Kirchner of Covering up an Iranian Terrorist Attack Was Killed to Hurt Kirchner's Political Viability, Opines Kircher
Excerpt: That prosecutor turned up dead with a pointblank range shot from a .22 in the middle of his forehead. "Suicide," the official investigators claimed. "Murder," the entire rest of the nation whispered. "A conspiracy to create a political headache for me," President Kirchner said. She's a Hugo Chavez protégé with, get this, a history of extra-legal action and poor-me conspiracy theories.

WaPo Editorial: An independent probe must investigate a prosecutor’s death in Argentina
Excerpt: In fact, Mr. Nisman appears to have compiled considerable evidence that Ms. Kirchner and several other top officials attempted to strike a deal between 2011 and 2013 under which Iran would supply Argentina with oil in exchange for food, and Ms. Kirchner’s government would seek the removal from an Interpol arrest list of eight Iranians wanted in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Both the charges and the prosecutor’s death call out for an independent, internationally-backed investigation.
The stakes of the case extend well beyond Argentina. Mr. Nisman has alleged that senior Iranian officials were involved in planning or approving the community center bombing. Mr. Nisman has alleged that senior Iranian officials were involved in planning or approving the community center bombing. According, Mr. Nisman said he had testimony that now-president Hassan Rouhani was one of the members of a committee that signed off on the attack.

Islamists Establish Sharia Tribunal in Texas
Excerpt: America, you can't say you have not been warned. The very ideology and law that is prevalent in the Middle East and that condemned Mariam Ibrahim to death for marrying a Christian man is being established in the State of Texas! Keep in mind that this is exactly where Obama's former Homeland Security adviser and Muslim Brotherhood supporter Mohammed Elibiary went to after he left Washington. (Whatever happened to," Don't Mess With Texas"? --JB)

Excerpt: Gunmen stormed the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli early this morning, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, according to initial reports. Foreign government officials, including those serving as diplomats, and tourists have frequented the hotel in the past, making it an attractive target for jihadists. The terrorists responsible for the raid reportedly met resistance from security forces. As of this writing, however, the siege was not over. (The fruits of Obama's unauthorized, lead-from-behind war. ~Bob)

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. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

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