Sunday, May 17, 2015

Today's Political News and Conservative Opinion


General News and Comment

Worth Reading: To Mr. George Stephanopoulos - A Public Letter as Sunday Sermon. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: As another George (Burns) said, "The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible." Strive I shall, beginning with, well, a good beginning.

Excerpt: And even though they’re determined to drag the nation through another gutter — this one about cash and foreign governments and influence peddling, as alleged in the new book called “Clinton Cash” — the Clintons keep working. If you had been accused of a smidgen of what they have been accused of, you’d blush. But the Clintons don’t blush. It’s as if their skin is made of bark, and it refuses to betray them with demonstrations of shame.

Police: 9 dead after shooting between biker gangs in Texas
Excerpt: Police in Waco, Texas say nine people are dead and multiple people are injured after a shooting between rival biker gangs at a restaurant Sunday. “Officers were on scene when shooting started,” the Waco Police Department posted on Facebook. “No officers have been injured.”

Video: SNL Continues Its Hot Streak of Trashing Hillary Clinton: ‘They Don’t Like You… And Never Will’

MSNBC Posts Tweet Mocking Cop Dragged by Driver — Then Deletes It Apparently After Getting Called Out
Excerpt: MSNBC posted a tweet Friday mocking a police officer whose bodycam captured him getting dragged down a street by a suspicious driver he was questioning: MSNBC’s caption reads, “Does it count as a police chase if you drag the cop along for the ride?”

Air Force general who spoke of God in talk should be court-martialed, group says
Excerpt: An Air Force general who recently spoke about how God has guided his career should be court-martialed, a civil liberties group is saying. In a speech at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event on May 7, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson credits God for his accomplishments in the military, and refers to himself as a “redeemed believer in Christ.” The Air Force Times reports that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has taken issue with Olson’s remarks, is calling for the two-star general to be court-martialed and "aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions." (What happened to the right of free speech and belief? One would think we live in the Soviet Union, where they tried to force atheism on the populace. It was the National Day of Prayer...--Barb)

Rising Dragon News

Excerpt: Tibetan exiles are calling for China to release a high-ranking monk who disappeared 20 years ago when he was just six years old.

China, Ireland agree to boost cooperation
Excerpt: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Irish counterpart, Enda Kenny, agreed here Sunday to expand bilateral cooperation and exchanges in trade, clean energy, education and many other areas. The agreement was reached during their talks held after Li, en route to Latin America for a four-nation tour, arrived in this Irish town earlier in the day for a transit visit to the European country.

China rapidly upgrading nuclear arsenal with MIRVed missiles – report
Excerpt: China is fast refurbishing its arsenal of silo-based long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple independently targetable warheads, defense experts say. The move comes decades after Beijing acquired the technology, indicating a strategy change. It has been speculated on for years that the Chinese military is upgrading some of its bigger ICBMs with Multiple Independently-targeted Reentry Vehicle technology (MIRV), which allows a single missile to carry multiple warhead across the globe and deploy them to aim at individual targets.

Gun News

Police probe home invasion shooting
Excerpt: When they arrived on the scene, a person in the house told them two armed black males had broken into the home. The victim told police he shot at the robbers, who then fled the scene in a vehicle. Shortly after arriving on the scene, police received information that two suspects matching the description of the robbers had arrived at Northwest Texas Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

Homeowner, 72, opens fire on robbery suspect
Excerpt: A 72-year-old man is shaken up after he said he was forced to shoot a robber who hit him in the face with a gas can while trying to steal from him. "I don't like shooting people, but when he threw that can at me, I didn't know what was going to happen," Robert Dietz said.

Race Card News

Ann Coulter Blasts Michelle Obama On Race: ‘I Think She’s Just Letting Out Her Reverend Wright Now’
Excerpt: Sean Hannity devoted the entire opening 20 minutes of his Fox News show Monday night to Michelle Obama’s commencement address at Tuskegee University this past weekend, culminating in commentary from Ann Coulter, who could not wait to denounce the way the first lady described the role that racism has played in her own life. Joking that unlike Hannity’s first four guests she would offer the “black perspective” on Obama’s speech, Coulter declared, “I think she’s just letting out her Reverend Wright now.” The pundit proceeded to denounce the “predator class” in the black community and deny the existence of “peaceful protesters” in Baltimore.

You Won't Believe Why Al Sharpton's Daughter Is Suing NYC for $5 Million
Excerpt: Al Sharpton's daughter is suing New York City after falling on some uneven pavement and spraining her ankle. Dominique Sharpton, 28, says the tumble, which allegedly took place at a city crosswalk last year, left her "severely injured, bruised and wounded. (Going into the family hustling business. ~Bob)

Al Sharpton’s daughter is suing NYC over a sprained ankle, but that didn’t stop her from climbing a mountain in Bali
Excerpt: The Post also reports that Dominique is currently vacationing in Bali where the “permanent physical pain” from her ankle injury doesn’t seem to have stopped her from literally climbing a mountain. She posted these photos to her private Instagram account, but she linked to them on her Twitter timeline as well which allows anyone to see them:

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Excerpt: The state of Florida has now filed a lawsuit against Barack Obama who attempted to force Florida to bend to his will using blackmail. Florida had refused to accept Obama's demand to expand their Medicaid program to include able bodied adults with no children. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government (Obama) cannot cut off current Medicaid to any states that refuse to expand Medicaid, which the court found to be unconstitutional. Some claim that it's not blackmail. They could be right, the word extortion might be a better fit. Florida's program is called LIP and Obama has informed Florida that contrary to the ruling by SCOTUS, that he will be cutting them off. (Wow, this is really heating up. We have to pray that the courts really come down on the side of the states, and Obama gets rebuked for this power move he's trying. Simple strongarm tactics, just threaten people with punishment if they don't do exactly what you command, regardless of what their rights might be. This has GOT to stop! --Del)

Religion of Peace News

Billary with Mohammed Morsi (R), who has just been sentenced to death.

"No Big Difference between Iran and ISIS." By Uzay Bulut
Excerpt: "The international community must aim at strategic and long-term alliances based on common values. I do not think there is a big difference between ISIS and the Iranian authorities... The Iranian regime cannot be part of a long-term solution." — Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, Neuroscientist and spokesperson for Iran Human Rights (IHR). ... Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, a Norwegian-Iranian neuroscientist who left Iran together with his older siblings in the early 1980s, is the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights (IHR). The organization was started about 10 years ago as a network of defenders of human rights, and in recent years has developed a broad network inside Iran. (Most people hear very little anymore about what really goes on inside Iran. It's been years since the people started to rise up to protest the repression of the mullahs in what is actually a form of theocracy hiding under the guise of democracy, and that was put down very thoroughly. And to the world's shame (and ours in particular), no one really called out that repression for what it was and remains. The means of control are all there, secret police, compliant courts, warrantless arrests with people held for long periods without charges being filed, beatings if you're lucky, and public execution if you're not. It's a very sad place, terrible for those living there who long for some kind of freedom, and dangerous to everyone else in that part of the world and even those further away. I wonder how it will play out in the long run, but am afraid in the end there will be some kind of awful disaster that will have far reaching effects. --Del)

VIDEO: Watch This “Moderate Muslim” Get Taught A Powerful and Insightful History Lesson.

Video: Mosque Obama hails as “model” tied to 12 jihad terrorists

Disturbing Islamic Graffiti Found in Texas
Excerpt: The photographs, sent to by a Hannity Radio Show listener reveal graffiti on a cement block which reads, "Allah Akbar, LBK TX." Also included in the graffiti is an image that appears to be a drawing of a bomb. LBK is an acronym for Lubbock, TX.

ISIS Makes a Fortune From Smuggling Migrants Says Report
Excerpt: Migrants pay thousands of dollars to armed groups in Africa and the Middle East on their journey to Europe. The movement of migrants across the Middle East and Africa towards Europe has generated up to $323 million for the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and other jihadist groups, a new report has revealed.

Colorado: Muslim who kept sex slave refuses sex offender course as against Islam. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6) The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:

Excerpt: Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” took on the controversy over the Mohammed cartoon contest that was targeted by jihadists on May 3. But their sketch merely highlighted the weakness of the mainstream response. ... Like many “Saturday Night Live” sketches, this one has a promising premise—a Pictionary-style game show in which the contestants are asked to draw “the prophet Mohammed”—but it goes nowhere. And the reason it goes nowhere is because it doesn’t have the courage to go anywhere. The basic point of the sketch, which it draws out for more than four minutes, is that people are terrified of drawing Mohammed. Well, we already knew that. And the basic problem is that this fact is not funny. It is too painfully true.

ISIS Supporters Shaken By U.S. Killing Of Abu Sayyaf, Vow Revenge. By Jamie Tarabay and Gilad Shiloach 
Excerpt: Shaken by a daring U.S. military strike deep in ISIS territory, supporters of the extremist organization were vowing revenge for the killing of senior leader Abu Sayyaf or claiming the special operations mission never took place, a Vocativ analysis reveals. ... If your goal is killing Abu Sayyaf then our goal is killing Obama and the worshipers of the cross. We have attacks coming against you.

Excerpt: A French Jewish woman was assaulted by three men in an apparent antisemitic attack in the Paris suburb Sarcelles last Wednesday, the Algemeiner has learned. The three assailants were of African origin and shouted “Hitler did not finish his work” and “dirty race” while assaulting the woman, according to a French antisemitism watchdog.

Important: What Arab Countries Think About the Iran Deal. By Amr Lehata
Excerpt: Moreover, much of the Arab concern about the agreement is rooted in the conviction that Iran has emerged as the biggest winner of the negotiations and the Arab world has been left in the lurch by the United States. Habib Fayad wrote in the Lebanese daily As-Safir that Iran has achieved what it most wanted since 2003, “the world’s recognition of Iran’s right to manufacture and possess nuclear energy.” This compromise has already spurred much speculation about what will happen next. Ahmad al-Ahmad wondered in Al-Riyadh if the time was right for the Gulf countries to start their own nuclear enrichment program, writing:

Important: Enough is enough. By Talal Alharbi, Arab News
Excerpt: The main source of Gulf countries’ concern is that the United States has been negotiating with Tehran without pressuring it to stop its interference in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The relations between Washington and Gulf Arab capitals are not at their best due to the ambiguous American stance over various regional issues particularly in the ongoing crisis Syria and its refusal to declare a no-fly zone in northern Syria to prevent the killer Assad regime from exterminating the Syrian people fighting for freedom from this totalitarian and sectarian regime that has been ruling this Arab country for more than 40 years. 

Anti-Semitism and Jewish Dissonance on the 2016 Campaign Trail. The left has to do some soul-searching and reflect why it describes anti-Semitism as political expression, but criticism of Muslims as hate speech. Liberal Jews have to do the same about Obama. By Mathew M. Hausman, INN
Excerpt: The 2016 presidential cycle is beginning to gear up, with Hillary Clinton assuming the mantle of presumptive Democratic nominee and Republican hopefuls preparing to compete with each other during the primary season. And Jewish Democrats are already lining up to shill for Clinton and attack the Republicans. If the litmus test for Jewish voter loyalty is Israel, however, Democrats long ago abdicated any authority to determine “who’s good for the Jews” by their continuing support for Barack Obama – despite his relationships with Israel-bashers, his appeasement of Islamist regimes, his disrespectful treatment of Binyamin Netanyahu, and his pursuit of a deal with Iran that rewards aggression, enables its nuclear ambitions and threatens the existence of the Jewish State.

Beware of the Muslim Brotherhood, expert warns. By Ian Macleod, Ottawa Citizen
Excerpt: Authorities should be concerned about the unseen hand of the Muslim Brotherhood gripping sections of Canada's diverse Muslim community, says a U.S. security expert. The movement has planted its revivalist interpretation of Islam, political ideology and activism among some Muslims here and sees itself as a minder and broker between them and the rest of society, Lorenzo Vidino, who specializes in Islamism and political violence, told the Senate's national security committee recently.

Excerpt: The Islamic State has overrun the Anbar Operations Command in Ramadi and has taken effective control of the entire city. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Iraqi forces in the Fallujah-Ramadi corridor are in complete disarray and are withdrawing from Habbaniyah and other areas.
Just two days after assaulting and taking control of Ramadi’s government center, the Islamic State launched a coordinated suicide attack against the Anbar Operations Command headquarters, a corps-level command that is located in northwestern Ramadi.

Excerpt: Six suspected militants were killed and two others wounded in a US drone strike in the remote Shawal Valley in the North Waziristan tribal region late Saturday afternoon, sources said.
These sources said that the drone fired two missiles into a compound in the valley close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, killing six militants. Most of those killed were foreigners, they added.

A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan. By Jonathan Spyer
Excerpt: he events this week in the Mahabad area of Iran's Western Azerbaijan province cast light on the difficult situation faced by one of the region's least-noticed minorities – the Kurds of Iran. The apparent attempt by an intelligence officer in Mahabad to rape an Iranian-Kurdish hotel worker, 25-year-old Farinaz Khosrawani, and the latter's subsequent suicide by jumping from a fourth-floor window, led to furious protests by Kurds in both Mahabad and beyond. The hotel was burned by protesters; authorities responded heavy-handedly, using rubber bullets and tear gas.

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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