Catching up on back news. Rehab this morning, may have another lung infection. More pills, please! ~Bob
General News and Comment
Defending Hillary Clinton is getting harder. By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: The reaction of the mainstream media to the
Clinton scandals is
telling. News reporters and independent-minded analysts by and large seem to
understand the gravity of the claims concerning foreign monies and concede that
there is no “quid pro quo” or “smoking gun” required. Peter Baker of the New
York Times is among those who have not been thrown off the scent of scandal. He
told CBS’s “Face
the Nation” that “this is a big issue for Hillary Clinton because, in fact,
it goes back to some of the issues we’ve been seeing with the Clintons
going to the ’90s, which is the interaction between money and politics, money
and the Clintons
NYT, WSJ Editorial Boards Hit
Over Foundation Dealings. By Matt Vespa Clinton
Excerpt: As a result, the editorial boards are showing the former first lady no love. The New York Times demanded she disclose all the Foundation’s donations and donors, while chastising her for breaking her pledge regarding disclosing such donors when she became Secretary of State:
[VIDEO] Stephanopoulous Floored as Seriousness of '
Cash' Revealed Clinton
Excerpt: The former public face of Bill Clinton’s White House—and current host of ABC News’ This Week—George Stephanopoulos was floored as two prominent journalists and the Republican Speaker of the House from his Clinton days, Newt Gingrich, laid out for him just how bad the “Clinton Cash” book is for his old bosses.
When they come to destroy your business because you are pro-traditional family. By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Excerpt: When some homosexual couple comes to your Christian business for services at their immoral event, don’t panic. Go ahead and take their business! Then explain what is going to happen next. Tell them that the food and services will be just fine. And then inform them that all of the money that they pay for the services will be donated to a traditional pro-family lobby. If it is something like catering, where your employees have to be there to provide services, tell them that all your people will smile, be professional, and everyone of them will be wearing crucifixes and have the Holy Family embroidered on their uniforms. Then show them pictures of your uniforms. When the truck pulls up, speakers will be playing Immaculate Mary. Show them the truck and play the music. (This is drawing a bit of comment. Personally, if I knew a business owner didn't like Marines or Republicans, I would not want to give them my money. And I'd always wonder if they adulterated the food. I personally have no problem with gay marriage--I think a far larger problem is straights having kids and not getting married. But I don't think people who disagree with me on this, or any other political issue, should be punished. ~Bob)
Excerpt: It was a bad week for Hillary Clinton. So bad, in fact, that The Washington Post declared she had "the worst week in
From The New York Times, there were reports of shady uranium
deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan.
From The Post, it was reporting on
how the Clintons'
foundation seems more like a personal piggy bank. And
from Politico, it was a
report that " Clinton
struggles to contain media barrage on foreign cash." (If you haven't kept
up, here's a bullet-point summary of
the key bits). And the
book that led to all these stories isn't even out yet.
Mainstream Media Confirm are Accurate Clinton
Excerpt: Perhaps the most surprising thing about the forthcoming book rocking
right now is the number of stunning facts liberal media outlets have already
confirmed and verified are accurate. Here, then, are 11 facts that mainstream
media say are true, verified, and facts from the upcoming blockbuster, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How
and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.
Hillary Furious as Thousands of Americans Send Cigars to Her Office
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton is reportedly furious and abashed as thousands of cigars were recently delivered to her office in protest of her announcement that she would run for President in 2016. Thanks to Send Clinton Cigars (http://sendclintoncigars.com), a service that allows you to anonymously purchase cigars and have them directly mailed to
Clinton, thousands of
Americans are blatantly reminding her of her first stay in the White
Are Democratic Insiders Starting to Panic about Hillary? By John Fund
Excerpt: But what was striking about last night’s dinner was that many people have come to the conclusion that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in deep trouble and she is no longer as inevitable as people once thought. Working reporters who cover her and other Democratic politicians wouldn’t go on the record, but you heard the same thing from several of them: ... Privately, they fret about a recent Quinnipiac poll in which 54 percent of Americans say
is not honest or trustworthy. Among
independents, that number hits 61 percent. “Candidates distrusted by that many
people can win the White House, but it leaves no margin for error or another
big scandal,” one Democratic former officeholder admitted to me. Clinton
John ‘Doe’ Chisholm going after Scott Walker’s First Amendment rights again?. By M.D. Kittle
Excerpt: John Chisholm has long been accused of not understanding or valuing the First Amendment. This past weekend, he went about proving that criticism, constitutional law experts say. The partisan Milwaukee County District Attorney who brought
John Doe probes into conservative organizations is threatening
Gov. Scott Walker to keep his mouth shut. The Republican
governor during a trip to Iowa
on his exploration of a possible run for president called out Chisholm and his
prosecutorial pals for the secret probe that has included predawn raids on the
homes and offices of people who have never been charged with a crime.
The Week in 'Tolerance:' Boycotts, Bans and Bullying. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: The coercive Left's End of Discussion mob is emboldened and on the march. Four vignettes from around the country: (1) In New York, a pair gay hoteliers are facing angry boycotts because they dared to dine and chat with Ted Cruz. These men are successful businessmen, they're pro-gay marriage, and their political donations through the years have slanted heavily toward Democrats. But fraternizing with the enemy is now a punishable offense:
Excerpt: Helena Andrews, who pens an online column for the called the Reliable Source, was videotaped the national anthem at Saturday’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner while she played with her phone. She was blasted on Twitter after her narcissistic aired on CNN.
Left Tried to Criminalize Free
Speech. By Wisconsin
Excerpt: Anyone still wondering how low the American Left will sink in pursuit of its agenda should turn their gaze toward
Wisconsin. In a blatant
attempt at political intimidation masquerading itself as legitimate
investigation, police conducted a
series of early morning raids at the homes of several Wisconsin
conservatives. Dozens of armed officers showed up for pre-dawn raids with
battering rams, swarming into houses and threatening the people inside with
arrest if they didn’t cooperate, even as they seized personal property. And on the
way out, the invaders gave every person they encountered the same warning:
Don’t call your lawyer, and don’t tell anyone about what happened, because a
gag order is in place.
American Voters Back
Iran Deal By Wide Margin,
National Poll Finds; Voters Oppose Faith Exclusion To Serve Gays Quinnipiac University
Excerpt: American voters support 58 - 33 percent the preliminary agreement with
to restrict that country's nuclear program, according to a Quinnipiac
University National poll released today. At the same time, only 35 percent
of voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" the
agreement would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, while 62 percent
are "not so confident" or "not confident at all," the
independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. ... Voters
support 65 - 24 percent making any Iran agreement subject to
congressional approval. ... American voters support same-sex marriage 58 - 34
percent, with strong support from every party, gender and age group except
Republicans, who are opposed 59 - 33 percent, and voters over 55 years old, who
support same-sex marriage by a narrow 48 - 43 percent.
EU won't send armed force to
despite clashes Ukraine
Excerpt: EU leaders have told
Ukraine they are worried about
ceasefire violations in the east of the country but will not send armed
peacekeepers there. "We can only talk about a civilian mission, not
military," European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference
in Kiev. Earlier
Ukraine's President Petro
Poroshenko said the EU or the UN should deploy peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine.
Blame the IRS and Congress, not software, for tax fraud. By Tom
Excerpt: It’s likely that obtaining fraudulent payments from the federal government dwarfs all other categories of financial crime in the
Whether it’s obtaining Social
Security disability payments under false pretenses, massive, organized
Medicare fraud, or making multiple false refund claims for the Earned Income
Tax Credit (EITC) or other tax provisions—it has been common knowledge for
years that such fraud is widespread, and the relevant federal agencies have
done little or nothing about it. It’s not as if such fraud is particularly hard
to detect. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
(TIGTA), in 2011 alone 54,000 tax refunds totaling over $86 million were issued
to 10 physical addresses. You read that right—54,000 tax refunds to only 10
addresses. A single address in Atlanta
received 24,000 tax refunds in 2011. Such fraud should have been identified about
the time the third check was issued to the same address.
Why conservatives have more empathy than liberals. By Dan Hannan
Excerpt: A couple of years ago, Thomas Sowell tracked down the origin of the phrase "trickle down". It turns out to have been coined by FDR's speech writer, Samuel Rosenman, who attacked "the philosophy that had prevailed in Washington since 1921, that the object of government was to provide prosperity for those who lived and worked at the top of the economic pyramid, in the belief that prosperity would trickle down to the bottom of the heap and benefit all." Then, as now, the notion was a left-wing fantasy. What actually happened in the Twenties under Calvin Coolidge, as Amity Schlaes showed in her biography, was that tax rates were cut in order to boost revenue. The taciturn old Congregationalist had grasped the logic of the Laffer Curve avant la lettre. As a result of his rate reductions, the wealthiest Americans ended up contributing far more in both absolute and proportionate terms.
Rising Dragon News
has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate
troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington
shifts its forces to Asia and as China
expands its military presence in the South China Sea.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona,
has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated
destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region.
Chinese island-building in
South China Sea 'may
undermine peace', says Asean
Excerpt: Chinese island-building efforts “may undermine peace, security and stability” in the disputed
South China Sea,
leaders of southeast Asian nations said in a statement ahead of a summit on
Monday. The statement, yet to be publicly released, was prepared on behalf of
leaders gathering for the annual
meeting of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(Asean) in Malaysia.
“We share the serious concerns expressed by some leaders on the land
reclamation being undertaken in the South China Sea,
which has eroded trust and confidence and may undermine peace, security and
stability,” it said.
Spotted on a pile of curb side trash today. --George
Women not facing charges after shooting ex-boyfriend
Excerpt: A woman is not facing charges after police say she shot her alleged abusive ex-boyfriend during an attack. The ex-boyfriend is in critical condition. “He beat me twice. Three times, it’s a wrap. I don’t want to go through that no more,” said Moody.
Race Card News
Have not verified.
Priorities: Obama Sends THREE Reps to Freddie Gray Funeral–Sent ZERO to American Sniper Chris Kyle’s and British PM Thatcher’s Funerals. by Warner Todd Huston
Excerpt: This blatant act of pandering shows where Obama’s priorities are. This week he sent three–count ‘em THREE–White House representatives to the funeral of
resident Freddie Gray. But he didn’t send a single official to either American
sniper Chris Kyle’s or British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funerals.
(To be fair, I doubt Thatcher or Kyle would have wanted Obama there. ~Bob)
Media Fail To Identify Leader Of
Ex-New Black Panther chairman a notorious racist Baltimore
Excerpt: Major news media outlets have failed to report one of the main leaders of the “splinter group” of
Baltimore protesters who turned violent
is a notorious racist and the former national chairman of the New Black Panther
Party, WND has found. The New York Times, the Associated Press, the New York
Daily News, CBS local and other news media outlets all name Malik Shabazz as a
leader of the breakaway, chaotic protests. Yet each of these news outlets only
identify Shabazz only as “president of Black Lawyers for Justice.”
Excerpt: "The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerrilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to "take-out" law enforcement officers," a press release states. "This is a credible threat. Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers."
Tweet from Black Republican. @blackrepublican
What becomes of a city where [42.5%] of its working-age black males are not employed? #FreddieGray
Excerpt: Police in
-- including SWAT officers -- were trying Monday afternoon to disperse
protesters who had thrown rocks and blocked traffic near a busy mall
Black Woman Explains Why
Rioters Are Worse Than The KKK Ferguson
Excerpt: When whites riot, the public rightly labels them as criminals. When blacks riot, the public considers them to be protestors with legitimate grievances. Is this different standard fair? Or is it an example of a new form of racism cloaked in low expectations? Chloe Valdary, a black student at the
, explains. University
of New Orleans
Worth Hearing: The Class of 2015: Book Burners Afraid of Matches
This is the BEST 13 minutes you will spend in a long time. Bill Whittle is incomparable in presenting his ideas with great clarity and force.. --Steve
Black Violence Matters. For black lives to
really matter, black violence has to matter. By Daniel Greenfield Reading
the fifth highest big city murder rate in the country. The four cities
ahead of it are Detroit, New
Orleans, Newark and St. Louis. All these cities have something in
common. Not racism, but race. The killers and the dead are black. The murder
rate in Baltimore
stood at 37.4 to 100,000 people. There have already been 63 murders this year.
Fifty-six of the victims were black. Of the
16 murders in the last 30 days, 14 of the victims were black. If black
lives really mattered, then black violence would matter. But that would mean
taking responsibility for a broken culture which few leaders in
the black community are ready to do.
Obamacare/Government Healthcare News
Excerpt: Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) has introduced the Preserving Freedom and Choice in Health Care bill, which he frames as a response to the Supreme Court deciding for the plaintiffs in King vs. Burwell. This lawsuit seeks to force the administration to obey the law by not paying tax credits to health plans that operate in states using a federal health insurance exchange (i.e. healthcare.gov). Victory for the plaintiffs would cause massive disruption in health insurance in the 36 states using healthcare.gov because beneficiaries’ premiums would increase significantly. Up to nine million people would experience this effect. It is necessary for Congress to have an alternative to Obamacare ready in case the Supreme Court decides in favor of King because President Obama will immediately propose an amendment to change the law to accord with how he is executing it.
Private Insurance Exchanges Thrive While Obamacare's Falter. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: The federal government is desperate for Americans to enroll in Obamacare’s exchanges. But most people have refused. When the exchanges officially closed in February, the U.S. Treasury estimated that there were still some 6 million people who would have to pay the penalty established by Obamacare for going without insurance. So the White House re-opened the marketplaces for an extra six weeks to try to entice them. According to the latest government data, just 36,000 people have taken advantage of the extension.
Democrat Strategist on Syria: Hey, At Least We're Not Talking About Obamacare. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: This isn't quite a "wag the dog" admission. It's more of a "thank goodness we're talking about something other than our widely-loathed healthcare law as it rolls out, even if that something is a war." And an unpopular war at that -- both on Capitol Hill, and with the public writ large. That's how badly some Democrats are itching to change the subject from their "Affordable Car Act" disaster. Quite the far cry from "owning it," wouldn't you say?
"You're Greener than Gore" News
Alinsky Way of
Governing. What happens when those in power adopt ‘rules for radicals’ to
attack their less powerful opponents. By Pete Peterson
Excerpt: Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, recently caused a stir by sending letters to seven university presidents seeking background information on scientists and professors who had given congressional testimony that failed to endorse what is the conventional wisdom in some quarters regarding climate change. One of the targets was Steven Hayward, a colleague of mine at Pepperdine’s
. Though the congressman lacked legal authority to demand
information, his aggressive plan, which came to light in late February, should
not be a surprise at a time when power holders from the White House on down are
employing similar means against perceived enemies. School of Public Policy
Mr. Grijalva left a clue about how he operates in 2013 when the magazine In These Times asked about his legislative strategy. “I’m a Saul Alinsky guy,” he said, referring to the community organizer and activist who died in 1972, “that’s where I learned this stuff.”
Solar Farm Killed 3,500 Birds. By Matt Vespa California
Excerpt: More than 3,500 birds died during the 377-megawatt Ivanpah solar project’s first year of operation, a new report estimates. Bird deaths were known at the “power tower” project, which is located in
San Bernardino County
off Interstate 15 just southwest of the Nevada
border. But how many was unclear. Even at the 3,504 estimate, the report
considers the deaths a “minimal proportion of local, regional, or national
populations” of birds. (Remember when, to save the birds, we condemned millions
of black kids to death from Malaria by banning DDT? Good times. ~Bob)
is clearly experiencing another drought, the extreme water shortages are an
ongoing and man-made human tragedy — one that has been brought on by
overzealous liberal environmentalists who continue to devalue the lives and
livelihoods of California
residents in pursuit of their own agenda.”(Truly the land of the nuts/whackos. It's
good to be surrounded by the Great Lakes. --JB)
Open letter to Pope Francis on climate change
Excerpt: Approximately 90 scientists, religious leaders, and academics have signed the letter that urges Pope Francis to re-examine scientific and moral arguments concerning global climate change. The signatories suggest that he may not be sufficiently informed about the issue. In December 2014, the pontiff promised to release an encyclical letter in June of this year concerning a Christian response to environmental stewardship. “Rather than a careful reporting of the best evidence,” they write, “we get highly speculative and theory-laden conclusions presented as the assured results of science. In the process, science itself is diminished, and many well-meaning moral and religious leaders risk offering solutions based on misleading science.”
Religion of Peace News
JerusalemU produced a new documentary on what our students have to endure on American campuses. By Steve Kramer
Excerpt: The topic is the incredibly disturbing feeling that many young American Jews experience at the college or university they attend. This new documentary reveals the rise of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitic rhetoric on North American university campuses, and demonstrates when reasonable criticism of
‘Crosses the Line’ into anti-Semitism. (ctl.stepupforisrael.com/watch)
The film was graphic and disturbing. The ugly, obnoxious, undemocratic behavior
of the pro-Palestinian demonstrators, most of whom are students and
lecturers, is appalling. Jews are verbally and physically threatened by these
organized, well-funded mobs. Unfortunately, our Jewish students are not
sufficiently educated, nor prepared, for the onslaught they might encounter.
Most Favor Increased Use of Drones Against Terrorists
Excerpt: Despite President Obama’s acknowledgement last week that a
drone attack on an al-Qaeda camp killed two hostages, including an American,
voters remain strongly supportive of using the armed unmanned aircraft. Most also
still believe the United
States should use them even more.
Needs Confirmation: Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, claims Radio
Excerpt: According to Radio
Iran, Islamic State chief Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi is dead following injuries from an air strike against an Iraqi
target last month. Earlier, The Guardian had reported that Baghdadi had
suffered life threatening injuries in a US-led coalition air strike in March.
(Unlike Obama and Kerry, I don't automatically believe everything that comes
out of Iran.
Excerpt: Taliban forces assaulted the districts of Imam Sahib, Aliabad, and Qala-i-Zal as well as areas in Kunduz city over the weekend. The chief of Kunduz’s provincial council claimed that “about 2,000 heavily-armed insurgents attacked” the district center in Imam Sahib, and that contact with more than 500 Afghan security personnel in the district has been lost, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. The governor of Kunduz conceded that the Taliban have taken control of several villages and that security forces have abandoned at least three outposts. (
Afghanistan is a war of necessity,
a war we must win said Obama. But every thing he says comes with an expiration
Iranian General’s Outrageous Claim About the
and 9/11. By Sharona
Excerpt: An Iranian general accused the
of having planned and carrying out the 9/11 attacks as a pretext to invade
Middle Eastern countries and thus prevent Sunni-Shiite cooperation.
In a television interview last week, Brigadier-General Ahmad Reza Pourdestan, who commands
Iran’s ground forces, said current conflicts in
the Middle East are all part of an “American
Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa
Excerpt: Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook
on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance
intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized
large tracts of the country. There were at least five air strikes on military
positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held
capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port
of the southern city of Aden,
Iraqi General, 3 Officers Killed in Islamic State Ambush
Excerpt: Fighters from the Islamic State group ambushed an Iraqi army convoy on Friday with a bulldozer packed with explosives, killing the commander of the Iraqi 1st Division and three of his staff officers north of Fallujah, said military officials. The suicide bomber attacked the convoy of Humvees and then militants opened fire, killing Brig. Gen. Hassan Abbas Toufan, a colonel and two lieutenant colonels in the Nadhem al-Taqseem region, said a member of the division and an intelligence officer. There was no initial count on the number of soldiers killed in the attack. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.
banned Pamela Geller and me from entering the country. The Home Office’s letter
to me said I was being banned for noting that Islam had a doctrine of violence
against unbelievers, which is like being banned for saying grass is green. But
for Hani al-Sibai, an al-Qaeda propagandist and mentor of jihad murderer
Mohammed Emwazi, they have a rent-free £1 million home. Why is Hani al-Sibai
roaming free and living in a taxpayer-funded £1 million mansion? Because to
take any other course of action would be “racist” and “Islamophobic.” This is
that is poised to make Ed Miliband its next Prime Minister. The
light of freedom is just about to go out in Britain. What follows after it will
be long, violent and ugly.
Excerpt: “We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people’s records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime.” The problem is that Islamic supremacists, apparently deliberately, conflate “Islamophobia” meaning attacks on innocent Muslims, which are never justified, with “Islamophobia” meaning honest examination of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism, and resistance to Sharia oppression. Miliband’s new law making “Islamophobia” an “aggravated crime” would criminalize and silence all opposition to Islamization, would effectively destroy what remains of the freedom of speech in
and spell the end of Britain
as a free society.
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: