Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Today's important political news and conservative opinion


General News and Comment

Clinton campaign contest offers Mother's Day phone call from Hillary
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton has figured out a way to monetize Mother’s Day — inviting supporters to enter a contest where she’ll ring up Mom just in case you forget to send flowers. The Clinton camp tweeted out the contest Sunday, just when many Americans were scrambling for last-minute gifts and brunch reservations. Entering is free, but those who sign up get directed to a page where they get the chance to “increase your odds” by giving cash to Clinton’s presidential campaign. (I assume the call will be collect...~Bob)

Worth Reading: A Tale of Two Pollsters
Excerpts: The New York Times reports in their latest poll released late yesterday that Americans don’t care about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail and Clinton Foundation. They conclude that the former secretary of State and putative Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 has weathered the storm so far. For Democrats, it’s always advantageous when pollsters turn to Americans in general or even registered voters rather than Likely Voters like those we routinely survey here at Rasmussen Reports. It’s true that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they intend to vote which helps explain why Democrats are always championing schemes like same-day vote registration, mail-in voting and the like to get their voters to the polls. But, historically, we’ve also found that polling likely voters gets us closer to the actual end result than surveying Americans as a whole. ... By contrast, Rasmussen Reports finds that when you survey Likely U.S. Voters: -- 63% think it’s likely some actions Clinton took as secretary of State were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation, including 42% who say it’s Very Likely.

Worth Reading: The Clintons’ worst defender in chief. By Ruth Marcus
Excerpt: Oh, Bill. There you go again. We knew you were going to pop off, but did it have to be so soon — and so tone-deaf? The Clinton deal is “two for the price of one,” as Bill Clinton famously promised in 1992. But 23 years later, that bargain comes with different baggage attached. Then it was the intimations of Hillary Clinton as co-president, Machiavelli in a pantsuit. Now — and let us pause to appreciate the role reversal and the country’s journey on issues of gender — it is the awkward reality of running not only while married to an ex-president but also as a name partner in the sprawling entity of Clinton Inc. (I think she's a leftie! ~Bob)

Walker In Front Of Pack In Iowa GOP Caucus, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; At 5%, Bush Is A Distant Seventh
Excerpt: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the top dog with a big early lead in the Iowa Republican Caucus, with a four-way scramble for second place and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in seventh place with 5 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. 

Perry puts his chips on Iowa. By Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: The Des Moines Register reports, “Over four days here from May 16-20, [Rick] Perry, a former governor of Texas, will do nine public events — four in conservative northwest Iowa, three in more politically splintered northeast Iowa, and two in the Des Moines area, the state’s heaviest population center. Perry has not yet formally entered the 2016 presidential race, but he seems to be aiming at hitting all 99 counties — a strategy for building support and infrastructure that has worked well for candidates in Iowa.” He has already hired a core group of staffers.

Exclusive: Ben Carson calls on officials to take immediate precautions against EMP
Excerpt: If urgent steps are not taken to make the bulk power distribution system for our electricity – better known as “the grid” – more resilient, we could face the loss of possibly many tens, if not hundreds, of millions of lives. If that seems unbelievable, just think about how long you and those you love would last if there were no access to clean water, food, medicine, finances, communications, transportation or any of the other goods and services supplied by our critical infrastructures. If there is no electricity, none of them will work.

Excerpt: Dr. Carson may very well be right. (Mike Huckabee, announcing today, has also emphasized the need for an American cultural and/or spiritual renewal to overcome our current plethora of problems, as has once and perhaps future candidate Rick Santorum.) It’s easy to imagine an America with a better, healthier, culture: Children raised by moms and dads in stable homes. Teenagers finishing high school and going on to trade school or college. Young adults staying away from crime and addictions of all kinds. Neighbors looking out for each other, instead of calling the cops on children of “free-range parents” they deem insufficiently irresponsible. Folks who are facing hard times embraced by a warm support network of family, friends, neighbors, and their broader community — Americans going through their lives reassured by the sense that if they stumble and fall, their churches, synagogues, and other faith groups and Burkean platoons will be there to catch them and help them back on their feet.

Important: ICBM Defense: It's Up to Congress. By Chet Nagle
Excerpt: In February, China’s nuclear experts electrified their U.S. counterparts with an estimate that North Korea has 20 nuclear warheads and can double that arsenal next year. Congress is now deciding how to best protect America’s homeland from long-range missiles, and there is no longer much margin for error. Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, commander of the Army’s Space Missile Defense Command, has said 22 countries now have ballistic missile capability, nine of which have nuclear weapons. Besides North Korea, the group includes Russia and China, each with huge numbers of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles. (Chet Nagle is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a Naval Aviator, a former navy research and development project officer, a former CIA agent and is a director of the Committee on the Present Danger. He is also the author of three terrific thrillers: Lazarus Man, The Iran Covenant and The Woolsorter's Plague. ~Bob)

Obama's Next Executive Order: Closing Guantanamo Bay. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Speaking at the White House Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked directly by a reporter if President Obama was willing to close Guantanamo Bay through an executive order. Earnest didn't say no. "Will the President be ready to do an executive order to close Guantanamo?" Earnest was asked by a foreign reporter. "The President has indicated a willingness to use as much of his executive authority as he can to try to take the steps that he believes are consistent with the national security interests of the United States and that's closing the prison of Guantanamo Bay. (Well, if it has to close, I suggest building a holding facility in Baltimore. the city needs the jobs and money...~Bob)

Military eyeing former Cold War mountain bunker as ‘shield’ against EMP attack?
Excerpt: New concerns are being raised that the nation's electrical grid and critical infrastructure are increasingly vulnerable to a catastrophic foreign attack -- amid speculation over whether officials are eyeing a former Cold War bunker, inside a Colorado mountain, as a "shield" against such a strike. North American Aerospace Defense Command is looking for ways to protect itself in the event of a massive electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack -- a deliberate burst of energy that could disrupt the electrical grid and cripple NORAD's ability to defend the nation. ..."Nine out of ten Americans could die from starvation, disease and societal collapse, if the blackout lasted a year." (That's why the rush to the moon and Mars, eh? Look on the bright side: Population reduced, all those carbon emissions decreased and the crickets and roaches might survive. Gee, folks that survive might have to learn how to talk to one another real face to face...versus Skype. --Barb)

Republican Areas Designated 'Hostile' For Military Training. Member of Congress warns: 'Patriotic Americans have reason to be concerned'
Excerpt: U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, released a public statement Tuesday responding to constituents’ worries about Jade Helm 15, a previously announced military exercise that is to have thousands of military personnel training on public – and even private – property outside of military bases... “Over the past few weeks, my office has been inundated with calls referring to the Jade Helm 15 military exercise scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15, 2015. This military practice has some concerned that the U.S. Army is preparing for modern-day martial law,” Gohmert said.

Obama's Charity Ties Raise Transparency Concerns
Excerpt: Obama traveled to New York on Air Force One to attend the My Brothers Keeper Alliance event and two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee, and to tape an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." During the media's chat with Earnest, reporters questioned how close the president is with My Brothers Keeper Alliance, given the fact that it was formed after he asked corporations to help the nation's inner-city youth. Earnest deflected the question and said, "That could be used to describe hundreds of different organizations." (Quite a CO2 footprint with all that flying....and US taxpayers foot the bill again
for...? --Barb)

Excerpt: The Obama Administration’s view of federal power is so extreme that since President Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected DOJ’s arguments for additional federal power twenty times in cases involving a federal party.

Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving's turkey supply
Excerpt: The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say. The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 21 million birds, including 3.3 million turkeys in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey producer. And now, with Thanksgiving just seven months away, farmers say they may be running out of time to raise enough turkeys - the traditional centerpiece of holiday feasts - to meet the demand. (The UN wants you to eat crickets. Living in the dung hut without AC comes later. --Barb)

Gay couple wins High Court battle over baby girl
Excerpt: A baby girl should be removed from her mother and live with her father and his boyfriend instead, a judge has ruled. The judgement follows a legal fight over the nature of the parents' agreement when the child was conceived. The woman said they had agreed for her to be the main parent, but the father, who donated sperm, said she had agreed to be the gay couple's surrogate. Ms Justice Russell said it was in the "best interests" of the one-year-old girl to live with her father.

Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. --Ronald Reagan

Good News: IRS Sent Billions in Education Credits to People Who Aren't Qualified to Receive Them. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: According to a new report from Treasury Inspector General J Russell George, the IRS paid out $5.6 billion in education credits to more than 3 million people who aren't qualified to receive them. (Any day I expect Obama to claim fraud stimulates the economy. A fiscal collapse is coming. ~Bob)

Blaming the Right Culprits. By Edward Cline 
Excerpt: Diana West has performed yeoman's work in exposing the Soviet-FDR connection in American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character. She has aired out America's dirty laundry and hung it out to dry. Neocons and other strange creatures attacked her for contradicting their over half-century-old meme that FDR was a blameless dupe of Joseph Stalin and that there were no real Soviet agents and fellow travelers in FDR's administration. (A real screed about cowardice in various forms. And the author holds back... nothing. He trashes the GOP for not doing the job they should have to protect the Republic, and a whole lot of others as well for all the stupid, scaredy-cat things they have done (or not done) from lack of fiber and resolve. Does a hell of a job on writers too. Altogether a real scream of outrage at a lot of people who deserve it. --Del)

It Looks Like Social Justice Warriors Chased the Social Justice Warrior Joss Whedon Off Twitter, And That's Just Terrific
Excerpt: No sir, they are not like the Tea Party at all. The Tea Party attempts to enforce their political willon their elected political representatives, which is not only permissible, it is well-nigh necessary, unless Patton Oswald is one of those imbeciles who thinks politicians go to Washington to Do the Right Thing For People and Stuff. The Social Justice Warriors, on the other hand, are simultaneously more trivial and more profoundly disturbing: They do not attempt to whip-saw the elected members of the political class, but instead pick out random airplane passengers, random computer programmers, random pizzeria owners, and so own to drive them from their jobs and homes for no other reason than to show That The Herd Is Angry At Them. (They say "Social Justice." I hear "Stand and Deliver!" ~Bob)

Freedom’s just another word for mandatory dues, union says. By Jason Hart 
Excerpt: Freedom means paying a union to keep your job? What sounds like a riff on a George Orwell story is actually the heart of an argument by one of America’s most powerful labor unions. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees recently equated forced dues with freedom in defense of an AFSCME video portraying nonmembers as deadbeats.

US Allies Cleared to Buy Arms Worth $3.5 Billion. By Marcus Weisgerber
Excerpt: The State Department has approved five arms deals worth nearly $3.5 billion for U.S. allies in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, two regions of intense focus for the Pentagon. State OKed the sale of more than 1.2 million rounds of ammunition for mortars and other guns for the Iraqi Security Forces, which are embroiled in a fight against Islamic State militants.

Rising Dragon News

The Times, Bloomberg News, and the Richest Man in China. By Barbara Demick
Excerpt: Last Wednesday, the Times published a front-page story about the movie and real-estate mogul Wang Jianlin, who is the richest man in Asia, worth an estimated thirty-five billion dollars. ... The article was fascinating, and so, too, was its backstory: it had been in the works for three years, at first not at the Times but at Bloomberg News. For journalists working in China, there is no more sensitive subject than the wealth of the top leadership; it poses more potential problems than anything one could write about Tibet or Taiwan or human rights. 

Gun News

Alleged intruder shot, killed in Boulder ID'd
Excerpt: Boulder resident Roberto Zamora was shot and killed by the owner of a home at 98 Pima Ct. The shooting occurred on Monday at 8:40 p.m.
Police say the occupants of the home, a man and a woman, were watching when they heard the suspect banging loudly on a window in the rear area of the house. The man told the woman to call the police, and he retrieved his handgun.

Race Card News

Must Read: Decoding the Rules of Baltimore. For the left, rioting is an effective political tool. By Victor Davis Hanson 
Excerpt: Almost everyone blames the subsequent Baltimore rioting on some –ism — endemic racism, economic inequality, the lack of jobs, the legacy of slavery, systematic police brutality and insensitivity, the pathologies of the black underclass, the destruction of the black family and on and on. However, most of America, rich and poor, black, white and other, liberal and conservative can more or less chart the conditions that explain a Ferguson or Baltimore — and remain quiet about it. At this point, I don’t think much will change until action follows rhetoric and someone like Barack Obama symbolically puts his kids in the public schools rather than at Sidwell Friends, or some of the loud MSNBC team choose to live, in desegregated style, in the Baltimore inner city, or Apple and Google grandees mentor East Palo Alto gangbangers, or an Al Gore recruits inner-city youth on his green staffs, or a Warren Buffett leads a national effort on the part of plutocrats to invest money in Detroit or Oakland shopping centers. And as long as the proverbial black community has self-appointed adjudicators of racial redress that blame pathologies on cosmic racism rather than demand introspection — of the likes of the Revs. Al Sharpton [1], Jesse Jackson [2], and Jeremiah Wright[3], in a way quite unlike the Asian, Jewish, ethnic, and Latino communities — things will not change much. Is there a Cuban or Chinese or Korean national reverend who takes it upon himself to agitate and negotiate collective grievances?

Telling young black men--who said it?
Excerpt: We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. And I have to say, growing up, I made quite a few myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. But one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years is there’s no longer any room for excuses. ... Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination. And moreover, you have to remember that whatever you’ve gone through, it pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured -- and they overcame them. And if they overcame them, you can overcome them, too. 

Baltimore: Is It A Set-Up?

Excerpt: I don’t think the chaos in Baltimore “just happened”; I think it was planned and is the next step in the breakdown of our society. I’m not saying that Freddie Gray, the 25 year old African-American man who died at the start of this was responsible; he was just the catalyst that the anarchists needed. (Remember reading that Sharpton having multiple meetings with O in the WH and being told to "keep it going"? --Barb. Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. --Nick Diamos)

#BlackSpring has begun. Protesters, #knowyourrights!

Big Brother's Keeper: How Obama Exploits Black Poverty. By Jim Harrington
Excerpt: In the wake of the Baltimore riots, Barack Obama argued that the violence there and in Ferguson was caused by a “sense of unfairness and powerlessness.” Of course, that’s a “sense” he’s harped on and nurtured for his entire adult life. Amazing how an entire segment of the population can feel aggrieved and victimized — and then lash out violently — when they’re told repeatedly how unjustly they’re treated. Indeed, Obama has only exacerbated racial discord. (If some people have a “sense of unfairness and powerlessness” over Obama's executive orders, would they--God forbid--be justified in attacking him? ~Bob)

Freddie Gray arrest documents drawn up for wrong people
Excerpt: When charges were announced Friday against Alicia White for the death of Freddie Gray, her phone started buzzing from journalists and bail bondsmen. The problem was, they were calling the wrong Alicia White. The elementary school cafeteria manager from East Baltimore was not the Baltimore Police sergeant charged with manslaughter in the high-profile police custody death - even though court records listed her.

Baltimore, race and matters of perception. By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: Comments about recent events in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges — perception. In this case, as in too many others involving police, perception seems to be black and white.

Excerpt: I just watched four Black news announcers on MSNBC, who all are delinquent on their taxes (from $45,000 to $4.5 million) discussing "White Privilege and Black Victimhood". As I sat there and watched these liberal Blacks, pampered and nourished by liberal Whites, sanity finally deserted me. There are a cult of liberal urban Whites who, during the last 50 years, have grown and cultivated a crop of urban liberal Blacks who have been granted rights and privileges that Whites can only dream of...and then sit back and bitch because there's not more. Let's take Baltimore. Thanks to federal grants and sky high middle class property rates, Baltimore's predominately Black schools receive $16,000 dollars per student (highest per pupil payout in the nation!)...and only half of Black kids show up for school...then complain that they need even more. And every facet of Baltimore's municipal government is run by Blacks, their courts, their cops, their justice system, their schools, their municipal services...and they somehow blame it on honkies.

Black Army Sgt Receives Threats After Saying This About Race Rioters
Excerpt: An outspoken Christian U.S. Army sergeant who happens to be black recently posted a video on Facebook with an epic rant explaining to Baltimore race rioters why their actions were wrong and how they were inflicting undue damage on an already damaged community. Sgt. Marcus Rogers made a point that the racial, violent, anti-police behavior exhibited by the black community in places like Ferguson and Baltimore is “hypocritical” and that blacks should concentrate on “looking in the mirror, keeping it real, stop making excuses, stop trying to blame everybody else.”

Here Are 8 Trayvon Martin “Revenge” Attacks Across America That the Media Covered Up
Excerpt: In America today, many media outlets won’t cover news that doesn’t fit their liberal ideology, for example, incidents following the death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and Zimmerman’s subsequent acquittal. Old news, you say? That’s what the media would like you to believe. But there were at least eight attacks committed to avenge the murder of Martin that the media never mentioned.

Undocumented Democrat News

One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.. --Georgia O'Keeffe

Quote from The Patriot Post
"[F]oreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity; and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism?" —Alexander Hamilton, 1802

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Rethinking the U.S. Surrender on Nuclear Power. Russia and China are racing to profit from an energy source developed—and overregulated—in the West. By Eric McFarland
Excerpt: The ghosts of Lenin and Mao might well be smirking. Communist and authoritarian nations are moving to take global leadership in, and profit from, the commercial use of nuclear power, a technology made possible by the market-driven economies of the West. New research and development could enable abundant, affordable, low-carbon energy as well as further beneficial products for industry and medicine. Yet outdated and burdensome regulations and restrictions have stifled nuclear innovation in the U.S. and other Western nations, and are pushing these opportunities to China and Russia. China is joining Russia to build five new reactors in Iran—regardless of what becomes of the current negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program. Beijing and Moscow are also marketing nuclear technology and infrastructure to other Mideast and Asian nations. China and Russia have a clear commercial and strategic purpose in advancing nuclear technology abroad, technology that the West seems loath to exploit. (This is a GREAT article, the writer must be a genius, because he is saying exactly what I've been saying for many years. The French get 75% of their national power grid from a wide network of standardized nuclear power plants of relatively modern design (what we might call third generation technology) and there is now available fourth generation designs that are even more efficient and can use up some of the waste products from earlier types of plants. And this nation, who invented nuclear power and has never had a significant accident even with all the older generation plants (At Three Mile Island the safeties worked as they should and almost nothing was emitted to the environment), we are mired in a horrendous regulatory jungle of ever-higher barriers, that means it'll take no fewer than five years (if you're lucky) and many, many millions of dollars, to get permission to build a new plant. Oddly enough, this seems to have stifled the building of any new plants. It would be nice if we had some leadership in Congress and the White House to reform the system and make it a reasonable business idea to set up new, advanced technology nuclear plants. And standardize the designs so that once one of then is up, running, and has run long enough for all the inevitable minor bugs to be ironed out, others can be approved with a fraction of the previous effort. This is a common sense as it gets. When will our elected leaders get on board to the 21st century? --Del)

Excerpt: Well, it looks like that whole “separation of church & state” thing the libs like to talk about can be suspended when it comes to federal regulations: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”

Lift the crude oil export ban? Obama administration just doesn’t seem that into it. By Rob Nikolewski 
Excerpt: The calls to lift the 40-year-old ban that keeps U.S. companies from exporting crude oil have grown louder, but it appears the Obama administration may not be that interested in repealing it. And that may mean lifting the ban — described by a former administration official as a decision that is “clear” and “easy” — may not happen until President Obama leaves office in January 2017.

Drilling our way to energy independence is possible, despite the naysayers. By Steve Mac Donald 
Excerpt: History will inevitably decide who was stupid, but my suspicion is that it will not be the industrious people in the Dakotas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere who took to heart the chant “drill baby, drill.” While Democrats were dumping billions in taxpayer bailouts into renewable boondoggles that were failing faster than the Department of Energy could fast-track the loans, other energy interests were drilling. While the media was managing the Solyndra collapse, the Ivanpah solar farm was cooking birds in the Mojave, and other taxpayer backed investments were causing other problems, America discovered that you can drill your way out of all sorts of things. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2015 Annual Energy Outlook Report notes that between 2005 and 2008, domestic drilling for oil and gas reduced foreign imports from 30 percent to 13 percent.

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Why Obama Will Just Keep Making the Middle East Worse. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: A few years ago it was the Muslim Brotherhood. These days it’s Iran. Next week it may be ISIS or Al Qaeda. Obama stands with the worst elements in the Middle East. That’s always been his philosophy. If the left had a foreign policy, it would be, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” But the wheel is a sword and it’s lubricated with blood. The squeakiest wheels and the bloodiest swords get the most grease from the State Department because they hate us the most. And hating us the most means that somewhere along the way we must have hurt them the worst. They hate us, therefore we’re guilty.

Americans overwhelmingly support Muhammad cartoonists’ right to offend. By Christopher Ingraham 
Excerpt: Combining an offensive religious stereotype with a vigorous defense of the First Amendment's right to freedom of expression, Fawstin's cartoon neatly sums up what's at stake in debates over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that have flared up periodically over the past ten years. Following incidents like the Garland shooting, Americans tend to come down overwhelmingly in favor of free expression. For instance, a January Pew Research Center survey found that among Americans who had heard about the Charlie Hebdo attacks, 60 percent said it was okay for the magazine to publish the cartoons, compared to only 28 percent who said it wasn't okay. (Funny how the media is squeamish about a drawing of Mohammad, but had no problem publishing picture of the taxpayer-funded "art" Piss Christ. Maybe because Christians are unlikely to come after you with guns. ~Bob)

U.S. Puts Bounty on Four Key Leaders of ISIS. By Daniel Halper
Excerpt: The United States is offering big pay outs to anyone who has "information" on key ISIS leaders. "The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on four key leaders of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $7 million for information on ‘Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli; up to $5 million each for information on Abu Mohammed al-Adnani and Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili; and up to $3 million for information on Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi," reads a press release from the State Department. Despite having retired to the genteel poverty of Social Security, I and my M1 would do them for free if I could. ~Bob)

Islamic State on Pamela Geller: “We will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter”
Excerpt: This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State. They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws. What remains to be seen is whether the free world will finally wake up and stand for the freedom of speech, or instead kowtow to this evil and continue to denounce me. What’s really frightening and astonishing about this threat is that the media in denouncing me is essentially allying with and even cheering on the Islamic State. I expected this from jihadists. I never expected it from my fellow Americans in the mainstream media. ... We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. (The media are saying she provoked the attack by publishing offensive cartoons. if someone attacked an abortion clinic, would the media say the clinic provoked it by providing abortions that many find offensive? ~Bob)

Does Islam Prohibit Drawing Mohammed? By Tarek Fatah
Excerpt: At the root of Muslim protestations is the false belief that Islam prohibits the depiction of Prophet Mohammed. There is no prohibition on creating images of Prophet Mohammed in the Qur'an. Up until the 14th century; such depictions were common in the non-Arab Muslim world. On my website,, I have posted many depictions of Prophet Mohammed, drawn mostly by Muslim artists. Even if it were true that such depictions were prohibited, the prohibition would not be applicable to non-Muslims. (Muslim writer. ~Bob)

Middle eastern woman leaves behind a surprise that mystifies everyone
Advantages of the Burka. ~Bob

Excerpt: Three jihadist groups, including one led by a key commander who has served as a senior leader in al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have united with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The merger is part of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s efforts to rebuild itself, likely with the guidance of al Qaeda. The jihadist organization split in 2014 after a contentious leadership dispute that festered when the US killed the group’s former emir, Hakeemullah Mehsud, in a drone strike.

See the entries. ~Bob

Excerpt: Now that he’s no longer in office, it appears that the former Deputy Director of the CIA – Michael ­Morell – has decided to make some money as an author. He’s written a book about his career called The Great War of Our Time. As you might guess from the title, it focuses largely on post-9/11 events. Here’s what he had to say about the “Arab Spring”. It explains quite a bit, actually. “We thought and told policy-makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage al-Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative. [Instead], the Arab Spring was a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa. From a counterterrorism perspective, the Arab Spring had turned to winter.” (As long-time readers of this blog know, I was an "Arab Spring" skeptic at the time. Guess I should have been with the CIA. ~Bob)

Filipino Bomb Maker, Sought by U.S., Is Said to Die in Fight With Rebels
Excerpt: Abdul Basit Usman, a Filipino bomb-making expert wanted by the United States, was killed in a gun battle with rebels, the Philippine military said on Monday. “He’s dead,” Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said. “There was infighting among his men that resulted in Usman and five others being killed.” The United States had offered a $1 million reward for Mr. Usman, who was accused of carrying out multiple bombings in the southern Philippines beginning in 2002. In 2014, he appeared in a video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

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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