Friday, February 13, 2015

More worth-reading political news and comment


Review of book I recommend: Spies, operatives and cyberspace
Excerpt: Lazarus Man, By Chet Nagle. Robin Hood used bows and arrows to right what he saw as wrongs. Peregrine Montresor, the protagonist in “Lazarus Man,” uses cyberspace. The story begins with Montresor plotting payback to Stavros Sachs, a billionaire currency speculator who had bet against the Turkish lira, causing it to collapse and nearly bringing down the country’s economy. Riots ensued, during which Montresor’s significant other, a daring young woman news photographer, was killed. ... Chet Nagle is a master storyteller. He creates believable characters and gives their settings verisimilitude. He knows, in detail, the towns, cities, terrain and customs of which he is writing. “Lazarus Man” will leave you pleasantly exhausted. (The Washington Times finally caught up to the Old Jarhead Blog, as I had read and recommended Lazarus Man a few posts back. ~Bob)

True, this.

I managed to get our taxes done and filed Thursday, always a relief. Being retired, with one home, we no longer have enough deductions to itemize. TurboTax says we are due money back. I hope they are right--I didn't expect it. ~Bob

General News and Comment

The American Presidency in 2015: Speak Loudly and Carry a Selfie Stick. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
I suppose we should be thankful the president wasn’t wearing green lipstick during his wacky video forBuzzFeed.
It’s not a silly time. But we have a silly president.
(Some images of the US Commander in Chief in time of war. Just a regular guy -- except when he's wearing his Secret Service sunglasses. Then he is a tough guy. [What does narcissist mean?] --Chet Nagle, Naval Aviator and former CIA agent, author of Lazarus Man.)

CNN Notices that President Obama is Practicing Bumper Sticker Politics. By Onan Coca
Excerpt: CNN’s Jim Acosta was on the air with Wolf Blitzer Wednesday afternoon when he couldn’t seem to ignore the fact that the President’s asking for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Iraq sounded a lot like Democrat bumper stickers from 6 years ago. Democrats enjoy pretending that they are “anti-war” but the truth is that they are just as active in the so called “warmongering” as any Republican is. For example, while Obama points to pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan (not really – because we still have soldiers in both country’s) he has also used military force in many more countries than his predecessor did! (This may surprise you but it’s true.) (The problem isn't his using force. It's that he is so ambivalent about it he takes half measures. Gradual escalation--as we learned in Vietnam--and "proportional response" only give the enemy time to grow stronger. ~Bob)

In Iowa, Joe Biden Gives A Shout Out To “An Old Butt Buddy”
The man the impeachment folks want to be the next president. ~Bob

Little League strips Chicago's Jackie Robinson West championship team of title
Excerpt: Little League International has stripped Jackie Robinson West of the national title that the Chicago team won last summer after an investigation revealed it had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players. In a stunning Wednesday announcement that came months after the all-black team, whose ages ranged from 11 to 13 years, captured the attention of the country and the hearts of its hometown, the baseball organization said it also found that after the league had changed the boundaries, some team officials went to surrounding leagues to convince them to go along with what they'd done. (Picture of the Obamas congratulating the team. Cries of racism in three, two, one... I went out for pitcher in LL. I pitched to one batter, the count was 3 and 2, and they pulled me. He swung at two wild pitches. Rest of the time with the oak Valley Phillies, I was a reserve right fielder that they put in when the game was lost. ~Bob)

Gov. Scott Walker's college records are under scrutiny by the media. BHO's records would have been had the media not been told to look away.

Everlasting love: Couple, 98 and 101, celebrate 75 years of marriage
Not political, just a nice story and photo. ~Bob

An Era of Bad Faith Ends. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: George W. Bush made Jon Stewart. Even Stewart has admitted that his show came into its own when Bush did. A world in which a President Gore spent eight years sonorously lecturing Americans about his love for the trees is also a world in which Jon Stewart would be out there doing pizza commercials. It was Bush’s victory that took a flailing cable show hosted by an irritating little standup comedian with more neurotic tics than a flea-bitten Woody Allen and turned him into the voice of liberalism. 

Democrat takes the hint: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announces resignation
Excerpt: When the end finally came, the most ubiquitous politician in the history of Oregon had all but disappeared from public view. Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) retreated from the State Capitol on Friday afternoon and announced his resignation in a letter, completing the sudden unraveling of his political career. Just one month after becoming the first Oregon governor to start a fourth term in office, Kitzhaber became the first to resign because of alleged misconduct, as he and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, continue to be investigated for misusing their influence for personal financial gain.

How Hillary Scares Off Elizabeth Warren: Her team is famous for playing mean, and potential competitors are afraid to enter the ring. By John Fund
Excerpt: The Huffington Post average of all polls shows Hillary leading Warren by a crushing 60 percent to 12 percent. But it’s not only these polls that might be keeping her out of the race. Recall that Barack Obama overcame a similar deficit and went on to win the nomination in 2008.
Warren’s reluctance probably has more to do with the reach and ruthlessness of Team Hillary. “Her command of the Democratic machinery, from fundraising to grass-roots organizing, is so extensive that almost everyone else is understandably intimidated about even testing their talents against her,” the Washington Post observed of Mrs. Clinton.

Your tax dollars at work: Manning goes to the chop shop. By Jonn Lilyea 
Excerpt: I’m sure this wasn’t included in the Military Retirement and Compensation Modernization Commission report, but apparently, according to links sent to us by Andy11M, Ex-PH2 and Hondo, the Army has approved Manning’s trip to the alteration shop; Defense Department officials said Thursday that the hormone therapy was approved Feb. 5 by Col. Erica Nelson, commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where Manning is serving a 35-year sentence. The treatment would enable the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning to make the transition to a woman. Manning changed her legal name in April 2014. (In my view, this traitor should be shot, not operated on. ~Bob)

Another blow to NBC News: Burger King refuses to sell rights to use slogan, "Home of the Whopper."

Interesting: The Assassination of Scott Walker By The Coward Liberal Media. By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: We all knew this was coming: liberal attacks on Gov. Scott Walker for not having a college degree. In 1990, Walker decided to drop out of Marquette University during the spring semester of his senior year - a decision that’s mystified the political left. But then there’s former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who–as Dan wrote–basically questioned Walker’s intelligence: (I believe the last President without a degree was a guy named Truman--who had more courage, and brains in his little figure. Neither Washington nor Lincoln had college degrees. Only Barack compares himself to them. Saw a tweet that said Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee, famous for asking if the Mars Rover could see the flag the astronauts plant on Mars, has a degree. ~Bob)

Media’s Interrogation of Scott Walker on Evolution Is in Bad Faith: It’s not about science. It’s about the culture war. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: “I’m going to punt on that one as well,” the Wisconsin governor replied. “That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or another.” It wasn’t a great answer, though there have been worse ones. But it was also a bad question, even though it’s a favorite among liberal journalists in the U.S., and apparently across the pond, too. That’s not to say Walker is wrong. It’s a pretty stupid issue to get worked up about when considering a presidential candidate. The number of public policies that hinge on whether you believe in evolution — or which theory of evolution you subscribe to — are few to none. (Why does the Left get to pick which issues are the benchmarks for “science”? Why can’t the measure of being pro-science be the question of heritability of intelligence? Or the existence of fetal pain? Or the distribution of cognitive abilities among the sexes at the extreme right tail of the bell curve? Or if that’s too upsetting, how about dividing the line between those who are pro- and anti-science along the lines of support for geoengineering? Or -- coming soon -- the role cosmic rays play in cloud formation? Why not make it about support for nuclear power? Or Yucca Mountain? Why not deride the idiots who oppose genetically modified crops, even when they might prevent blindness in children? --Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File

Both science & my faith dictate my belief that we are created by God. I believe faith & science are compatible, & go hand in hand.

Michael Moore blames Brian Williams scandal on (envelope, please) George W. Bush
EXCERPT: Barack Obama hasn’t blamed George W. Bush in a while for the ills of the world, but that’s probably because the economy has finally begun to rebound — if despite, rather than because of, Obama’s meddling. But that doesn’t mean the “blame Bush” mantra has fallen totally out of favor. Liberal “filmmaker” Michael Moore evoked it again several days ago, opining on his Facebook page that Bush, along with Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice, should be held accountable for (wait for it) beleaguered NBC news anchor Brian Williams having lied! (damn--I guessed Global warming. ~Bob)

The Dangers of Obama’s Cognitive Dissonance
Excerpt: There are many moments from the past 6 years that demonstrate the criminal incompetence of this president and his administration. But for me, Obama’s interview with GloZell––whose claim to YouTube fame comes from eating Cheerios in a bathtub filled with milk––represents best the essential emptiness, triviality, and sheer dumbness of this president. Imagine Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 being interviewed by a carnival geek, and you can gauge just how low the most consequential political office in the world has sunk.

Fighting rages in run-up to Ukraine ceasefire
Excerpt: Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels fought fiercely across the east of the country on Friday despite a new peace deal brokered by Germany and France.

Forced Union Dues Have Crushed Illinois Taxpayers
Excerpt: The power of the unions is reflected in public employee wages: Illinois government employees earn 26 percent more than their private sector peers, in addition to generous pension benefits. Of course, Sherk notes that such generous benefits has put Illinois' finances in chaos, and, according to Bloomberg, Illinois has less than 40 percent of the money it needs to pay its pension obligations.

Elizabeth Warren takes care of defense business back home
Excerpt: Elizabeth Warren’s standing as a liberal warrior immune to the influence of Big Business hasn’t stopped her from pushing the interests of major defense contractors back home. (From left-wing Politico. Wonder if this is a Hillary-protecting hit job. ~Bob)

LIP Funding and the Tallahassee Spin Factory. By Nancy Smith
Excerpt: I know it's all Rick Scott's fault. Tallahassee media tell us that all the time. The broken, the underserved, the polluted springs, the dead kids, the rotten prisons. You name it. If it's bad in Florida -- blame the blaggard Rick Scott. But wait! That's not all this son-of-a-seabiscuit governor has done to us. Now we find out something that happened in Washington is Rick Scott's fault.

Gun News

Excerpt: Vermont folks love their guns, and there are very few restrictions on gun ownership – like Arizona, if you can legally own a firearm, you can carry it concealed without permission from the State. Of course, the handwringers need to change that, despite the fact that the feds have said that Vermont is the safest state in the union in regards to crime. They have introduced Senate Bill 31 to change all of that, according to the Associated – mainly by expanding background checks to include private sales that aren’t between family members. You know, the same thing that Democrats in the US Senate tried last year in an attempt to open a back door to gun registration.

Woman shoots sex offender during home invasion
Excerpt: Upon arrival, deputies found Christopher Ray Foster, 37, of Edgewood, was dead. Investigators determined that Foster was in the process of forcing entry into a side door of the home when the homeowner fatally shot him. (Guess she couldn't find her anti-rape whistle. ~Bob)

Man killed in Owens Cross Roads home invasion identified
Excerpt: According to's news partner, WHNT News 19, the homeowner told deputies Monday night that at least two men broke into his home, at which time he opened fire in self-defense. 

Jonesboro police release more information about deadly shooting
Excerpt: When officers arrived they found 24-year-old Isaac Bailey had suffered a gunshot wound and other injuries. Bailey was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Before the shooting, police said Bailey entered the apartment with the "intent to rob the resident of his money."

Race Card News

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Government Health Spending Growth Outstrips Private Sector Growth
Excerpt: When the government gets involve in health care, what happens to spending? At the NCPA Health Policy Blog, Senior Fellow Linda Gorman has analyzed public and private health care spending in the United Kingdom and in the United States. The results?
From 2000 to 2012, inflation-adjusted public spending on health care in the United Kingdom increased by 68 percent, while private spending increased by 26 percent during that period. At the same time, the United Kingdom had a 7 percent increase in population growth. In the United States, public health care spending rose 67 percent from 2000 to 2012. Over that same time period, spending in the private sector rose 44.5 percent. At the same time, the United States had a 9.7 percent increase in population. Gorman says public health spending in the United States includes spending on Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense health program, school health programs, the Children\'s Health Insurance Program, workers\' compensation and more.

Undocumented Democrat News

Illegals-new dem special interest. If they were repub voters border would be tighter than your backside at IRS audit

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Click on image to enlarge--Have Not Verified. ~Bob

Global Warming: Rhetoric versus Reality
Excerpt: Are carbon emissions rising? Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, says yes. But -- does that mean we're facing a serious global warming problem? Lomborg takes a look at the data and says the reality of climate change is not what global warming alarmists would have you believe. For example: The climate models predicted an 0.8 degree Fahrenheit rise in temperature over the last 15 years. The reality? The temperature rose just 0.09 degrees, 90 percent less than what was predicted by the models. Antarctic sea ice is actually increasing, not decreasing as the models predicted. Sea levels are rising, as they have for years, but not at faster rates. In fact, Lomborg cites two studies indicating that there has been a drop in the rate of sea level rise.

Religion of Peace News

Must Hear: Poem and video of Islam
Made by a girl living somewhere in a Muslim country. Very clear, very disturbing, and of course, if you watch it, you will qualify as an Islamophobe. Just so you know. --Del

Good: Mr. President, Change Your Medium and Palette. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Mock red (drawing lines in disappearing ink) and coward yellow (not enforcing red lines) are not effective colors for making the enemy blue and painting them dead. 

Correction to posted article: Marines in Yemen didn't hand over weapons
HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS, WASHINGTON — The Marine Security Force left the American embassy in Yemen for the movement to the airfield as part of the "ordered departure" with only personal weapons. All crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy prior to movement. None of them were 'handed over' in any way to anyone. The destruction of weapons at the embassy and the airport was carried out in accordance with an approved destruction plan. Upon arrival at the airfield, all personal weapons were rendered inoperable in accordance with advance planning. Specifically, each bolt was removed from its weapons body and rendered inoperable by smashing with sledgehammers. The weapons bodies, minus the bolts, were then separately smashed with sledgehammers. All of these destroyed components were left at the airport -- and components were scattered; no usable weapon was taken from any Marine at Sana'a airport. To be clear: No Marine handed a weapon to a Houthi, or had one taken from him. (Nice to know, but why weren't they evacuated by military airlift so they could take their weapons? Bad planning/no planning on someone's part. --Del)

US pullout from Yemen eases pressure on Al Qaeda, lawmakers warn
Excerpt: The evacuation of American diplomats, soldiers and even CIA operatives from Yemen is stirring deep concerns that the U.S. is losing a vital foothold in territory that the most notorious Al Qaeda affiliate calls home. The White House says Defense Department officials remain on the ground and are coordinating with Yemeni counterparts, but the retreat of most U.S. personnel is seen as a significant setback for what had been a cornerstone of American counterterrorism operations. "Bottom line is increased danger to the United States homeland," House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, told Fox News. 

US Official: Us Was Surprised By Collapse Of Yemen Govt
Excerpt: The Obama administration's senior counterterrorism official acknowledged Thursday that U.S. intelligence was surprised by the collapse of the U.S.-backed government in Yemen.
Nick Rasmussen, who directs the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate intelligence committee that Yemen's American-funded army failed to oppose advancing Houthi rebels in the same way the U.S.-supported Iraqi military refused to fight Islamic State militants last year.

Excerpt: The town of al Baghdadi in Iraq's Anbar province sits close to the Al Asad airbase where over 300 US Marines are stationed. The Islamic State has taken control of large portions of the town of al Baghdadi in Iraq's Anbar province. The town, which is 50 miles northwest of Ramadi, has been under siege for months after the Islamic State launched an offensive in Anbar last summer and took control of the nearby town of Hit. According to Reuters, a district manager said that "Ninety percent of al-Baghdadi district has fallen under the control of the insurgents."

Obama’s Appeasement Crusade: The president’s passive foreign policy is driven by a belief that America lacks the moral authority to lead. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: His secretary of defense says “the world is exploding all over.” His attorney general says that the threat of terror “keeps me up at night.” The world bears them out. On Tuesday, American hostage Kayla Mueller is confirmed dead. On Wednesday, the U.S. evacuates its embassy in Yemen, cited by President Obama last September as an American success in fighting terrorism. Yet Obama’s reaction to, shall we say, turmoil abroad has been one of alarming lassitude and passivity.

White House Stalled ISIS Rescue. Foley, Sotloff, and Mueller Died.
Excerpt: The U.S. government obtained intelligence on the possible location of American captives held by ISIS in Syria last year, but Obama administration officials waited nearly a month to launch a rescue mission because of concerns that the intelligence wasn’t conclusive and some of it had come from a foreign service, U.S. and British officials told The Daily Beast. British officials, as well as private security contractors, said they were frustrated by Washington’s hesitance to give the go-ahead for a rescue attempt, which eventually was carried out on July 4, 2014, by which time the hostages had been moved. The following month, ISIS began beheading its American and British prisoners in a series of grisly Internet videos. (Obama's song follows. ~Bob)

The Obama Song
No Balls at All - Pirate Invasion of Brig Pub

Excerpt: The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for today's suicide assault that targeted a Shiite mosque in the northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar. At least 20 people were reported killed in the deadly attack. Four Taliban fighters armed with assault rifles and suicide vests entered the mosque during morning prayer, according to Dawn. Reports of what happened next are unclear. Pakistani officials claimed that one suicide bomber detonated his vest, one was killed by security forces, and another was wounded and subsequently captured. Witnesses told Dawn that one suicide bomber detonated, while three others opened fire on the crowd. (Muslims killing Muslims for Allah--a centuries old story. ~Bob)

ISIS Fight: Samantha Power Can't Foresee U.S. Ground Forces
Excerpt: Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said on Thursday that the fight against ISIS will require ground troops, "but they aren't going to be American ground troops." "You have to get the Iraqis and ultimately the Syrian moderate opposition groups up so they can fight the fight on the ground," Power said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "There has to be a fight on the ground. You can't do this by air. Everybody acknowledges that." (And if the locals we "put up" lose? ~Bob)

Liberal University used near-Slave Labor? Report Details the Worker Complaints That Blurred N.Y.U.’s Emirates Vision
Excerpt: Among them is New York University, which has settled into a campus built for it — free, thanks to capital from the Emirates and the cheap labor of migrant workers — on an island called Saadiyat, which is being developed by the Emirates as a cultural center and a temple to lavish, luxe, yacht-borne life. Nearly 16 months ago, about 3,000 construction workers on the island went on strike, many complaining that they had not received a wage increase in as long as eight years. They were making around $200 a month.

Excerpt: Eloïse Lagrenée [fr] has posted on her Facebook page a picture by Yemeni photographer Bushra Almutawakel, illustrating how women could vanish into darkness and invisibility, step by step, under fundamentalist pressure and the full niqab. It has been shared over 1,500 times.

Op-Ed: Who Was Kayla Mueller?
Excerpt: Kayla Mueller was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who spent at least two years working with that terrorist support group. She was involved in demonstrations against the Jews in Sheikh Jarrah (part of East Jerusalem) after a 20 year long court decision recognized the Jews' legal rights to homes they were chased from in earlier wars launched by the Arabs. She also participated in demonstrations to interfere with the IDF demolishing the homes of terrorists and suicide bombers after the courts okayed the demolitions. Just as with Rachel Corrie, the press tries to paint Kayla as a selfless volunteer helping poor Arab refugees. She may have helped injured Arabs in "refugee" camps, but she was working to support the goals of Palestinian irredentists and to interfere with the IDF on behalf of terrorist groups. As an ISM activist she was a tool for the worldwide jihad.

Officials: Kayla Mueller May Have Been Given to ISIS Commander
Excerpt: With the confirmed death of Kayla Mueller, new details have emerged about the American hostage’s experience in ISIS captivity, including the belief by some officials that she had been given over to a commander in the jihadi group. "ISIS didn't see her as a hostage or a bargaining chip," a counter-terrorism official told ABC News.

Perilous journey through the reed-beds of Lake Chad to escape Boko Haram
Excerpt: The western shore, now under Boko Haram’s control, is only 30 miles from the eastern coast in Chad. But the journey through a maze of channels, threading their way between islands and reed-beds, takes about 12 hours. Only skilled boatmen can make the passage.

Michael Moore's Favorite War Movie

Where are the atheists? Public School Forces Students to Make Islamic Prayer Rug, Recite Islamic Prayers
Excerpt: Ron Wagner, who said he admittedly doesn’t normally pay as much attention to his son’s school assignments as he should, just happened to read from his son’s world history book a statement which read, “There is no god, but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” (Well, no one would complain if they taught the Rosary, right? Ha. I crack me up. ~Bob)

Excerpt: We are witnessing a resurgence of global Jew-hatred on a scale not seen since the 1930s when Hitler was making plans for the systematic extermination of European Jews. Today, neo-Nazi groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas are making plans to “finish the job Hitler started.” And at colleges across America campus organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association support these homicidal Middle Eastern groups, employing classic anti-Semitic libels in their activism and intimidating Jewish students while calling for the destruction of the Jewish State. Because the anti-Jewish, pro-jihad activities of groups such as the SJP and MSA violate the most basic codes of student behavior promulgated by university administrators, the David Horowitz Freedom Center has launched a campaign to raise public awareness about Jew-hatred on campus.

 Christians burned alive: The story of Sidhom Bishay. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: As the world reacts with shock and horror at the recent immolation of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of the Islamic State, it is well to remember that this particular form of savagery has a long history in Islam and under the state. The image to right is of Sidhom Bishay, a Coptic Christian who was immolated in 1844 by local authorities for reportedly “insulting Muhammad,” the prophet of Islam. Today deemed a saint for his martyrdom — he was tortured and eventually immolated with burning tar for refusing to renounce Christ and convert to Islam — his face and body appear frozen in the same position he died in (he turned his head away from the pouring tar and his raised shoulders are indicative of the initial shock of feeling molten tar on his head).

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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