Sunday, April 12, 2015

Today's political news and conservative opinion


Comment on my last post
The posts are good Senator, but we all have a life to live. Breath deep and keep on trucking. --RB

Between Church and a family dinner for my Bride's birthday today, was pretty tied up. But pulled a few items that I think are of interest. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: The Burdens of Thought Policing. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: It is not easy being a contemporary thought policeman. No sooner had the radical gay Left demonized the owners of an Indiana pizza parlor, which does not cater weddings, for suggesting that in theory they might not wish to cater a gay wedding than all sorts of stories surfaced saying that lots of Muslim eateries professed that they too would not cater gay weddings. What can the thought bullies do if one victim should victimize another? Money complicates thought policing as well. The CEO of Apple is outraged at the thought crimes of Indiana pizza-parlor owners who offer his trillion-dollar company no chance of lucre — but he is not outraged at the concretely homophobic culture of the Middle East or the religious intolerance of China, which are hooked on i-products. Are theoretical sins worse than actual ones?

Interesting: Menendez Prosecution Endangers Democracy. By Alan Dershowitz
Excerpt: Whenever a prominent political figure is indicted on charges of alleged corruption, serious questions arise. Is the prosecution part of a growing and dangerous trend toward criminalizing policy differences? Does it endanger the free speech rights of contributors? Will it constrain the legislative branch from serving as a check and balance on the executive? These questions now are being raised in the context of the prosecution of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, as they previously were in several other ill-advised prosecutions including those of former agriculture secretary Mike Espy, former presidential candidate John Edwards, the late Sen. Ted Stevens, former Congressman Tom Delay, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Alan Dershowitz is not remotely a Right Wing activist, in many senses he is a classic Liberal. And when he finds something wrong with a government action, it's not because he's a GOP fanatic, it's because he is a really smart guy who really understands government and can look ahead at problems that arise from abuses. If he thinks this is a poorly thought out prosecution, I have to believe he's right. Which means it's almost certainly another politically motivated piece of Progressive crap. We all have to hope that the prosecution ends up sputtering out in court to the embarrassment of the people behind it. --Del. I'm not a Dershowitz fan--which doesn't mean he's necessarily wrong here. ~Bob)

Hillary Clinton's Official Presidential Bid Turns on RNC, Jeb Bush Afterburners
Excerpt: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team made it official Sunday: she is making a second run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Satire: Hillary announces on Saturday Night Live
Too Funny: Hillary Clinton Election Video Cold Open - SNL

Excerpt: More than five years ago, a Clinton confidant matter-of-factly described for me Hillary’s Plan. She would ­resign as secretary of state after President Obama’s first term, write a book and then run for president again. Check, check, and, with Sunday’s official launch, check again. Her to-do list is complete. She stuck like glue to The Plan, which required years of misleading blabber from her and Bubba that she hadn’t decided about 2016. Fish gotta swim, and a Clinton’s gotta run, so there was never an iota of doubt.

Excerpt: On April 11, 1945, at 3:15PM, the U.S. 9th Armored Infantry Division arrived at a place called Buchenwald. It would be the first Nazi concentration camp discovered...and the smallest. As Captain Fred Keffer describes the scene, "we came upon this large concentration camp and, above the entrance was a German sign that read 'you get what you deserve'. What we found there scared us more than a hail of machine gun bullets...thousands of human skeletons walking around...we had never seen such horror...not even the horror of war could surpass it." The Jewish prisoners, despite their skeletal bodies, were so overwhelmed with joy that they made frantic attempts to lift their liberators into the air, shouting with joy at their survival.

Obama, Castro hold historic meeting, agree to foster ‘a new relationship’
Excerpt: Just before Obama’s speech, Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa, an ally of Cuba, railed against the embargo and recounted what he said were the sins of U.S. multinational companies in his country. He demanded the return of U.S. occupied Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and spoke of “North America and our America.” Obama, in what appeared to be extemporaneous remarks that were not part of his prepared speech, addressed Correa by name, saying he was “not interested in theoretical arguments.” (Natural development. Castro hates America as much as Iran does. ~Bob)

Cuba president says Obama is 'an honest man'
Excerpt: Cuba's President is offering effusive praise for President Barack Obama and his decision to restore ties with the communist island even as he catalogues more than a century of grievances against the United States. According to an AFP report he told the 35-nation summit in Panama City that "President Obama is an honest man."... In a speech at the Summit of Americas he thanked Obama for his historic decision to try to overcome the past, beginning with his consideration to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. (The "comments" on this article are fascinating....they all have drunk the Kool-Aide or the RUM and go on rapturously about Obama and how honest and sincere and pure and inspiring he is. Except one who says, "All politicians lie." --Barb)

Race Card News

‘Disgusting, Sickening’: Sheriff Says Video Shows Spring Break Revelers Watching Apparent Gang Rape Take Place on Crowded Beach; Two Students Charged
Excerpt: Two college students have been charged with sexually attacking a woman on a crowded Florida beach filled with spring break revelers who seemed to do nothing to stop what authorities called an apparent “gang rape.” Ryan Austin Calhoun, 23, and Delonte’ Martistee, 22, were arrested Friday and charged with sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. The Panama City News Herald reports both men are students at Troy University in Alabama. (Will Rolling Stone do an article about campus rape culture? No way--the alleged rapists are black in this case. ~Bob)

Undocumented Democrat News

Kern County Sheriff A Defiant California Maverick On Immigration
Excerpt: Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood was hiking along the bluffs overlooking Bakersfield last year when he got a call from Gov. Jerry Brown. "What are you trying to do to me?" the sheriff said Brown asked him. "What are you trying to do to me?" Youngblood shot back. A Republican in one of the reddest counties in the state, Youngblood had riled the Democratic governor when he announced that his department would defy the Trust Act, a law signed by Brown that restricts cooperation between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration agents. The sheriff said the law put him in an impossible position, stuck between a federal program that relies on local jails to hold inmates who might be deportable and a state law that says inmates in jail for low-level crimes can't be detained past their release dates.

Religion of Peace News

Excerpt: There is not, nor has there ever been, an Iran deal. The “framework” the president announced last week was just a stunt. As yet another negotiations deadline loomed with the president plainly unwilling to walk away despite Iranian intransigence, Congress appeared poised to end the farce by voting to stiffen sanctions. The “framework” is a feint designed to dissuade Congress and sustain the farce. In reality, what we have is simply an Obama administration assumption and a timetable. The assumption is that Iran will become a nuclear-weapons power. The timetable involves dragging out the enervating negotiations-to-nowhere for as long as it takes to inure Americans to the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

ISIS' Turkish Brothers. By Burak Bekdil
Excerpt: Most Turks had not heard of the magazine Adimlar ["Steps"] until March 26, when a bomb blast ripped through its Istanbul offices. A bomb left at its entrance exploded when the door opened, killing a writer and wounding three, including its editor-in-chief, Ali Osman Zor. The dead victim was his brother. Last October, CNN interviewed Zor, who described himself as an "Islamic revolutionary" and a member of the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders' Front, or IBDA-C in its Turkish acronym. He spent time in prison on charges of terrorist activity. In the interview, Zor said he supported the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including its extreme violent practices, and argued that the radical group's violence was a natural response to what he claimed were decades of Western imperialism in the Middle East.

Is your city on this "secret" State Department list for importing Muslims?
Here are a few things about the most transparent government in history you probably haven’t heard. Apparently, the United States is absorbing around 100,000 Muslim immigrants ever year. According to Pew, “the estimated number of new Muslim immigrants varies from year to year but generally has been on the rise, going from roughly 50,000 in 1992 to 100,000 in 2012. (Check cities with WR offices in your state at --Barb)

Is this the real reason Obama returned that Churchill bust? By Michele Hickford
Excerpt: "The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world." (Interesting point by Allen West's website; that a black President (who decries perceived racist acts and inserts himself and his DOJ into legal processes without due process, suckled on the hatred of the black liberation theology of Rev. Wright for 20 years), should endorse and support the Islamic faith that is based on the continuation of the institution of slavery and mistreatment of women (and LGBTs); transforming society backwards into divisiveness, hatred and mistrust, while screaming "Forward." --Barb. According to Wikipedia, what follows is the original quote from the first edition of Churchill's The River War. ~Bob. "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die: Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. [5] Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome." --Churchill.
Excerpt: Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent confirmed that deputy emir Ustad Ahmad Farooq and shura member Qari ‘Imran were killed in separate strikes in January. Farooq was identified in Osama bin Laden's documents as an up and coming al Qaeda leader.

Nepal, criminal organization that sold women to the Islamic State uncovered. By Christopher Sharma,-criminal-organization-that-sold-women-to-the-Islamic-State-uncovered-33943.html
Excerpt: On April 7, the authorities of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal arrested a group of traffickers who sold the innocent victims for the price of 7 thousand dollars each. Following a complaint from a woman who had been trafficked to Syria and forced to work in the sex trade, the officers discovered a criminal organization that deluded girls with promises of work as dancers in bars and restaurants. In fact, on arriving in countries such as Syria, Tanzania and Kenya, the victims were sold to terrorists, who used them as human shields.

We now have a genocide-enabling President. By James Lewis
Excerpt: Welcome all you good folks to the Obama Presidency, which came in as a messianic mediagasm six years ago, and which will go out in 22 months as a genuine “first” -- the First American President to openly sign an “agreement” with the mass-murdering mullahs in Tehran, going along with everything they want, and getting nothing in return. This is not a joke, and it is not an exaggeration. It is the sober truth.

Obama’s slow motion retreat from Afghanistan will have consequences
Excerpt: For me, the question of Afghanistan’s future is more than a policy abstraction—it’s deeply personal. From 2006-2007, I served with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division in southeast Afghanistan, leading a platoon in repeated engagements with Taliban fighters along the Pakistan border. We were deployed 485 days, with one of the highest casualty rates of the entire war. With the Obama administration’s slow-motion retreat from Afghanistan, it’s hard not to look back and wonder what we were fighting for.

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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