Chilly today, around 39 degrees. But went shopping and made a double batch of Turkey Sloppy Joe Great stuff.. ~Bob
General News and Comment
I'm still in the fight:
sheriff get ‘John Doe’ treatment
for Bradley ad? By M.D. Kittle Will Dane County
Excerpt: If you’re waiting for a lengthy John Doe investigation into Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney following his appearance in Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s campaign ad, well, don’t hold your breath. While it appears Mahoney may have run afoul of a county ethics law, the Democrat and former police union boss has been down this campaign ad trail before — with nary a wrist slap. In Walsh ad, Mahoney is decked out in his uniform, with gun and badge, standing and chatting with Bradley next to what appears to be a county squad car. ...
Hall filed a complaint earlier
this month with Dane County Clerk
Scott McDonell alleging that Mahoney violated the county’s
general ordinances on impermissible use of public office. The ordinance
prohibits the use of county-owned vehicles and uniforms, among other things,
for political activity. (Apparently Justice Bradley thinks that county ethics
ordinances are like the state constitution--they mean whatever she thinks they
should mean on any given day. See below. ~Bob) Madison
No county official or county employee shall use or attempt to use his or her public office or employment to influence or gain unlawful: benefits, advantages or privileges, personally or for others. The use of county equipment and property including, but not limited to, county owned vehicles, cameras, projectors, audio systems, copy machines, fax machines, telephones and uniforms is prohibited for use for both partisan and non-partisan political activity.
More on Google--Crony Capitalism Reading
Note it's the third post down. The first two on
Iran are also
worth reading. ~Bob. Excerpt: A few years ago, tech giant Google was facing a
federal investigation over its business practices. To the surprise of some
observers, the company managed to avoid a federal antitrust lawsuit. But it
shouldn't surprise anyone. In recent years, the company has tripled its
lobbying expenditures and got tremendous access for all that cash.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that Google lobbyists have
visited the White House 230 times, an average of roughly once per week since
Barack Obama became president. But there's more. The Journal notes
that "On Nov. 6, 2012, the night of Mr. Obama's re-election, Mr. Schmidt
was personally overseeing a voter-turnout software system for Mr. Obama. . . .
By the end of the month, the FTC had decided not to file an antitrust lawsuit
against the company." Mr. Schmidt is not some lowly campaign staffer. He
is Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. The report also notes that "Google
employees were the second-largest source of campaign donations to [Obama's]
campaign by any single U.S.
Senator Highlights Clinton Ties to Nigerian Donor. Vitter investigates
’s reluctance to designate Boko Haram
as terrorist group. By Daniel Wiser Clinton
Excerpt: Vitter sent a letter last week to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting all of
records relating to Boko Haram and her reluctance to label it as a Foreign
Terrorist Organization (FTO). The senator also asked for all of Secretary
Clinton’s communications with Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian construction magnate
who has donated millions to the Clinton Foundation in addition to contributing
thousands to an outside group that helped re-elect President Bill Clinton in
Excerpt: As President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry close in on a nuclear deal with
it's worth remembering that the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation
received money from "a front for the government of Iran" called the Alavi Foundation.
Looking for Bergdahl. From The Patriot Post
Meanwhile, everyone knows Bergdahl's name. But how many know the names of the six men who died looking for him? Their names are Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen, Pfc. Morris Walker, Staff Sgt. Michael Chance Murphrey and Second Lt. Darryn Andrews.
Bergdahl. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
You’ll recall that Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction.” ... Last summer, , “It doesn’t matter how someone ended up in a prisoner of war situation.” That’s the sort of statement that, offered by a Republican lawmaker, could launch a lot of sneering, snickering columns on the op-ed pages of big newspapers. Really? It doesn’t matter if a soldier deserted or attempted to join the enemy, compared to being captured while in combat or on patrol? That doesn’t factor into our decision-making or thinking at all, at any point? How do you think the men and women in uniform feel when those of us outside of it declare, “Whether you serve with honor and distinction, or whether you run away from your post, we see you the exact same way”? Doesn’t that treat every guy who does the right thing and performs his duty like a chump? Shouldn’t it matter to us how someone ended up in enemy hands?
Report: DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by drug cartels. By Sari Horwitz
Excerpt: Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog. The report does not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as
Colombia. ... Former police
officers in Colombia
also alleged that three DEA supervisory special agents were provided money,
expensive gifts and weapons from drug cartel members.
Are Democrats sure about Hillary Clinton? By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: The latest poll from CBS News has plenty of bad news for Hillary Clinton:
26 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton, while 37 percent view her unfavorably; another third are undecided or don’t have an opinion of her. As
weighs a presidential bid, her favorable views are 12 points lower than they
were in the fall of 2013, just months after leaving her position as secretary
One Professional Russian Troll Tells All. By Dmitry Volchek and Daisy Sindelar
Excerpt: More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in
and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a
higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremlin dialogue online.
VA Official Paid $288K In ‘Relocation Payments’ To Move 140 Miles. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: The director of the
VA regional benefits office was paid $288,000
in “relocation payments” to move the 140 miles from
to her new home last year. Washington, D.C.
Diana Rubens was tapped last June to take over the
benefits office, which is one of many VA hospitals and benefits offices
currently being investigated over benefits claims
man who stole about $300,000 in Social Security benefits meant for his deceased
mother over the course of 25 years got six months in prison Wednesday. ... “I
have a very serious crime committed by a very good person,” the judge added. “You have done good things for many
people. You have been described in letters as being a good person for decades.”
(Just note that the judge and 20 people say he is a good person. Now I know the
threshold...$307k of public money. --George. How much do you have to steal to
qualify as "bad"? ~Bob)
How income inequality benefits everybody. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire. The ranks of billionaires are constantly churned.
Russian Supersonic Jets Force NATO to Scramble Fighters
Excerpt: NATO jets scrambled to intercept four Russian fighter planes flying in international airspace near Baltic allied territory yesterday, after the leading Russian aircraft’s maneuvers allegedly broke the sound barrier. A NATO official has confirmed that an interception of four Russian jets took place at around 8am local time as a group of two Russian Tu-22 “Backfire” bombers and two Russian Su-27 “Flanker” fighters flew over the Baltic Sea from mainland Russia towards the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and were subsequently intercepted.
Justice Department Proposal Mocks Fourth Amendment
Excerpt: The Justice Department is seeking an amendment proposal that will give the federal government express power to locate and hack into the computers of anyone suspected of criminal activity. ...Federal Prosecutors claim that this revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure has become necessary now that crime can be committed and concealed on the internet under a veil of anonymity and masked location. But in a memo responding to the concerns civil libertarians have raised, the DOJ makes clear that this amendment is seeking statutory legitimacy for practices the federal government is already engaging in practices that are arguably in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Excerpt: TWANGnBANG has been one of my favorites on YouTube (and now Full30) from the very beginning for the folksy enthusiasm that he and his daughter “Cuter Shooter” bring to their videos. In his latest video, My Gun Saved My Life! True Story Of A Legally Armed Citizen, TWANGnBANG discusses his real-life encounter as an armed citizen suddenly confronted with an armed carjacker who had to make that split second decision to pull the trigger to defend his life.
FBI Shaped Report To Suggest Increase In Mass Shootings, When They’d Actually Been HALVED. By Bob Owens
Excerpt: We’re rapidly reaching a point where no part of the Executive Branch can be trusted.
The stunning revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation shaped data on mass shootings in an apparent bid to generate support for gun control is just the latest crooked action by a rogue Obama Administration.
man fatally shot an intruder after arriving home during a suspected
burglary, police said. ... The homeowner, whose name and age have not been
released, discovered two males inside his home. During a confrontation with the
suspected burglars, the homeowner brandished a gun and fired at both of them,
Race Card News
Four (Black) Cops Killed in Seven Days -- Where's the Outrage? By Larry Elder
Excerpt: Wednesday, March 4:
police detective Terence Avery Green was killed, shot in the head by a suspect.
... Despite the widely publicized recent cases where cops killed blacks, new
studies show cops – black and white – more reluctant to shoot a black suspect
compared to a white suspect. Reasons are unclear, but fear of additional
scrutiny – whether fair or not – might be a factor. Suspects who kill cops,
however, appear colorblind. Fulton County
Excerpt: A black state senator from
called police in America “his
ISIS” and said if he had a gun he would use it
to shoot police. According to Watchdog Nebraska, during a legislative hearing on Friday,
the long-time state senator, Ernie Chambers, said the ISIS mindset doesn’t just
exist in the Middle East, but it can be found right here in America, in our
police. (so he'd approve of the four dead black cops in the story above? ~Bob)
Religion of Peace News
Masses 150,000 Troops to Support Airstrikes Saudi Arabia
has mobilized 150,000 troops and some 100 fighter jets to rout Iran-linked
fighters that have taken over swathes of neighboring Yemen, a security adviser to the
kingdom told NBC News on Thursday. The adviser, Nawaf Obaid, did not say
whether any of Saudi troops had crossed the border into Yemen as part of the kingdom's military
intervention to arrest Yemen's
rapidly deteriorating crisis. But he said Saudi Arabia was in "complete
control" of Yemeni airspace after launching airstrikes overnight and
started implementing a no-fly zone. (So we’re offering logistical help to our allies to help them fight
Iranian proxies . . . while . . . while we’re attempting to reach
agreement with the Iranians on their nuclear ambitions. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)
wants: US Will Allow to Maintain Centrifuges in
Fortified Underground Bunker. By Guy Benson Iran
Excerpt: Behold, the current state of US-Iran nuclear negotiations. It appears as though President Obama really will stop at nothing to secure an agreement, putting the lie to his administration's "a bad deal is worse than no deal" posturing: (Since the deal won't be in writing, here's how the aftermath will go: Obama: "Iran has agreed to X."
"No we did not, the Great Satan said we could keep Y!" Obama:
"That's just for domestic political consumption." New Yorkers [in
5-10 years] "What the hell was that bright flash?" ~Bob)
Sen. Tom Cotton, Tragic Hero. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Secretary of State John Kerry is the most outraged of Cotton’s critics – and has the most notorious record of trying to undermine presidential foreign policy. As a freshman senator, Kerry traveled to
show solidarity with “Comandante” Daniel Ortega – as a way of opposing
then-President Reagan’s efforts to help the Contras in their resistance to the
Sandinista communist takeover. Two other Democrats, Sen. Tom Harkin and House
Speaker Jim Wright, also met with Ortega. Most unfortunate was House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi’s disastrous 2007 trip to Syria to meet with thuggish
President Bashar al-Assad. At the time of their meeting,
Assad was offering assistance to radical Islamic groups that were attacking U.S. troops in . Iraq
The Huge Move Scott Walker Says He’d Make on ‘Day One’ If Elected President. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Though he has yet to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday that as president he would void any deal President Barack Obama makes with Iran if it allows the country to continue uranium enrichment.
deal, reports of concessions galore. By Jennifer Rubin Iran
Excerpt: News reports over the past few days have featured a string of once unimaginable concessions from the P5+1 in the
talks. (One can imagine the French are feeding the media a steady diet of leaks.
It is the French who have expressed the most concern about the bonanza of
concessions, so leaks and ensuing public outrage is an understandable strategy
if one is trying to stop a bad deal.)
Finally: Amnesty International Alleges Palestinians Committed War Crimes
Excerpt: Palestinian terrorist groups violated international law and blatantly disregarded civilian lives by consistently firing missiles indiscriminately into Israel during last summer's war with Israel, Amnesty International reports. The Amnesty report outlines evidence of numerous specific attacks launched from the
strip that directly resulted in the deaths of Israeli civilians, including a 4-year-old boy. The report also strongly suggests
that Palestinian attacks killed Palestinian civilians. For example, a missile
fired from within the Gaza Strip killed 13 Palestinians, 11 of them children,
after it landed in the al-Shati refugee camp.
Never admit error: ABC Reporter Pushes Back Against WH Press Secretary Over ‘Counterterrorism’ Claim: ‘That’s Astounding’
Excerpt: Earnest told reporters on Wednesday that a “successful counterterrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government to have local fighters on the ground to have local fighters take the fight to extremists in their own country.” He added that the counterterrorism strategy is a “template that has succeeded in mitigating the threat in
Yemen and Somalia.”
“That’s astounding,” Karl responded. “You’re saying you still see Yemen as a
model? Building up a central government, which has now collapsed? A president
who has apparently fled the country? You know, Saudi troops massing on one
border, the Iranians supporting the rebels? You consider this a model for
National Guardsman, Cousin Charged With Conspiracy to Support Islamic State. By Abha Shankar
Excerpt: Two Chicago-area men were charged Wednesday with conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Hasan Edmonds, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard, was arrested at the
just before boarding a flight to . Cairo,
Egypt Edmonds hoped to take the "southern route" that
he was told was the "safest route" from Egypt
to fight alongside Islamic State forces. Jonas Edmonds, Hasan's cousin, was
arrested in his home in the Chicago suburb Aurora.
MSNBC Apologizes for Comment: Nothing Says ‘Let’s Go Kill Some Muslims’ Like Country Music. By Andrew Kirell
Excerpt: After a guest made a disparaging comment about country music, MSNBC host Ari Melber apologized on-air Wednesday afternoon and informed his audience that the network does not condone such remarks. During a Now w/ Alex Wagner conversation about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz‘s statement that he became a country music fan directly after 9/11, guest Jamilah Lemieux opened up the conversation with this remark: “Nothing says ‘Let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music, fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia. Someone who obviously does not want to be a polarizing candidate, he wants to bring people together, I mean — really? That’s absurd.”
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: