Found out what all the cop cars next door Monday were about. Our 40-year-old neighbor killed himself. Sad for his kids and his fiancé who tried to get the gun away from him.... The last week has been tough.
Had the computer tied up most of the day Thursday trying to clear advertising malware. Seems to have worked, but I had to zip through the email today. Sorry. ~Bob
General News and Comment
[VIDEO] State Department Spokesperson Grilled after Admitting ‘No Intention’ of Examining Undisclosed
Excerpt: The State Department announced Thursday that it would not review the 1,100 undisclosed donors to the Clinton Foundation that violated the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Hillary Clinton. “We’re not going to make a retroactive review on these cases and we will not make a retroactive judgment,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said.
The AP’s Matt Lee, however, would not allow the statement go unchallenged.
Hillary 2003: ‘I Am, You Know, Adamantly Against Illegal Immigrants.’ By Matt Vespa
Excerpt: Yet, in 2003, then-Sen. Hillary
Clinton sounded very much like a Republican
on immigration, saying she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants.” Five
years later, in her failed 2008 run for president, she backed a pathway to
citizenship for illegal immigrants. And now, she’s reiterating that position
for her 2016 campaign.
Surprise: Change of Heart? Hillary Clinton courting potential super PAC donors at
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton, just three weeks after blasting "unaccountable money" and calling for a campaign finance overhaul, reportedly met with potential donors to a super PAC backing her White House campaign Wednesday -- the first such face-to-face meetings held by a Democratic presidential candidate. The Wall Street Journal reported that
met with a small group of potential donors to Priorities USA Action Wednesday
in San Francisco.
Campaign officials told the paper that she will take part in more such
meetings, including one planned to take place in Los Angeles on Thursday. (The Clintons always go for
the cash. The populist talking points are just for the rubes. ~Bob)
But they don't care: Bloomberg Reporter: Everybody Knows Clinton’s Private Server Is Unacceptable
Excerpt: A Bloomberg reporter said that everyone knows that what Hillary Clinton did to avoid Freedom of Information Act intrusion into her communications is unacceptable one, in response to a State Department official’s admittance. John King said Clinton and her team made their own determinations of what they considered to be work-related emails and what they perceived to be personal. Her control over what can and, more importantly, cannot be seen from her time at the State Department has mired Clinton in scandal as she tries to roll out her presidential campaign. (Yes, everyone knows she is corrupt, but she has a vagina so many are going to support her anyway. ~Bob)
Major Company Kicks
Foundation to the
Excerpt: The Clinton Foundation was rocked this week by an announcement from Exxon Mobil that it will no longer be involved in the Clinton Global Initiative, the flagship of the Clinton Foundation, a sponsorship that has held steady since 2009. It is also being reported that other major corporations, such as Monsanto, are considering severing their ties with the
Clintons going forward.
NH Polls: Bush, Walker, Rubio, Paul in GOP's Top Tier, Hillary Vulnerable. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: Currently, 15% of likely Republican primary voters support Bush, followed closely by Rubio (12%), Walker (11%), Paul (10%), Cruz (6%), Trump (5%), Perry (4%), Carson (4%), Fiorina (4%),Christie (3%), Huckabee (3%), Jindal (2%), Pataki (2%), Santorum (2%), Kasich (1%), and Graham (1%). All other potential candidates receive less than 1% support, and 14% say they are undecided.
No Law, No Civilization. By Victor Davis
Excerpt: Why did
Rome and Byzantium fall apart
after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a
dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to
contemporary bankrupt Greece?
The answer is usually not enemies at the gates, but the pathologies inside
them. What ruins societies is well known: too much consumption and not enough
production, a debased currency, and endemic corruption. Americans currently
deal with all those symptoms. But two more fundamental causes for decline are
even more frightening: an unwillingness to pay taxes and the end of the rule of
Gov’t Reportedly Ordered Church to Remove Pro-Life Signs Within 10 Days or Face a Potential Fine. What Happened Next Has Officials Reversing Course.
Excerpt: A conservative legal firm is claiming victory after government officials reportedly dropped their demand that a
church remove two pro-life signs that were being displayed on its property. The
Rutherford Institute, the legal firm that represented Valley Church of Christ
in , said in a press release that
zoning officials recently levied criminal charges against the house of worship
over the signs. Church leaders received an April 20 letter informing them that
someone had complained about the signs, which the city initially claimed were
displayed in violation of an ordinance governing banners. Harrisonburg, Virginia
Judges Destroy IRS Defense in Political Targeting Case. By Alana Goodman
Excerpt: The Internal Revenue Service stunned a panel of D.C. Circuit Court judges on Monday by implying that it could discriminate against certain groups seeking nonprofit status for up to 270 days, according to the Wall Street Journal. The three-judge panel was hearing a case related to
a pro-Israel group that is suing the IRS for discrimination after its nonprofit
application was held up by the agency. Last May, a federal judge tossed out the
IRS’s motion to dismiss the suit, but the agency is appealing the decision.
How Jewish Orthodox money is reshaping Republican politics. Republicans beginning to aim for new breed of Orthodox Jews, who are angry at Democrats’ policy toward
Excerpt: Like their Democratic counterparts, Republican candidates chose to go after more secular — albeit more conservative — Jewish donors, many of whom were hawkish on
Israel; a demographic embodied in
the old-line Republican Jewish Coalition, founded in 1985.
But now, Republican hopefuls from the right end of their party’s spectrum are beginning to discover the potential of a separate new breed of Orthodox Jews — wealthy enough to make significant donations, secure enough to pronounce their conservative social preferences and fueled by their anger at the Democratic administration’s policy toward
Report: Majority of tax law violators at IRS don’t get fired. By M.D. Kittle
Excerpt: Yes, some Internal Revenue Service employees don’t pay their taxes. But nearly two-thirds of IRS employees who were willfully tax noncompliant between 2004 and 2013 and were supposed to have lost their jobs received a reprieve from the IRS commissioner, according to a newly released report from the IRS’ auditor. Some of those employees received performance awards and promotions within a year after being disciplined, the report notes.
Your tax dollars at work...and play: Report Finds Pentagon Credit Cards Used For Escort Services, Gambling
Excerpt: A new Defense Department audit found that Pentagon credit cards were misused for such things as gambling fees and escort services. The report also noted that the government might not be stuck with all the charges, and that the employees that incurred many of these expenditures will be required to pay back the costs.
Rising Dragon News
Excerpt: China has warned Philippine air force and navy planes at least six times to leave areas around the disputed
South China Sea,
the Philippine military commander responsible for the region told a Senate
hearing on Thursday. While Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez gave no timeframe, a
senior Philippine air force official told Reuters the warnings had come in the
past three months. China could be "testing the waters" to see if
it can enforce an air exclusion zone above the Spratly archipelago of the
South China Sea, said the air force official, who declined to be
Race Card News
The Intersection of the Grievance Culture and the Welfare State. By Larry Elder Baltimore
Excerpt: Now for the hard part. Not only will the charges be difficult to prove but three of those charged are black. The claim of illegal “racial profiling” argues that white racist officers possess an unwarranted fear of young black men. But what happens to that analysis when the accused officers are black? If black cops are just as likely to engage in race-based misconduct, why did
demonstrators demand a “diverse” police force? If the Ferguson
outrage and riots were about “lack of representation” or “lack of voice,” this
cannot be said about Baltimore.
Excerpt: Appearing on CNN Wednesday morning, former Baltimore Deputy State’s Attorney Page Croyder blasted current State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby‘s charges against the six officers allegedly involved in Freddie Gray‘s mid-April death. “Any prosecutor interested in the truth and in justice would have used all the tools at her disposal to find them. Ms. Mosby ignored them,” Croyder wrote in a Tuesday op-ed for the Baltimore Sun. “
Undocumented Democrat News
US-Mexico border braces for summer migrant surge as children risk lives alone
Excerpt: Officials say
US is better prepared after last
year, when 67,339 unaccompanied minors arrived – but ‘every day we’re getting
more than the day before’
Religion of Peace News
Excerpt: Security forces based at the country’s largest oil refinery in Baiji are in danger of losing control of the strategic facility, Iraqi officers and US officials have warned. The Islamic State controls large areas inside the refinery and have besieged the remaining Iraqi troops. The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are moving towards Baiji in an effort to break the siege. Iraqi officers have painted a dire picture of the situation inside the refinery. A colonel said that the complex “had been completely surrounded after militants cut all remaining supply routes used by the security forces,” Reuters reported. The Islamic State has mounted several attacks, including suicide bombings, in order to gain significant ground at the facility. The colonel also said that “up to two thirds” of the refinery is under the jihadist group’s control.
Muslim Leader: Geller Should Be Tried And Executed
Excerpt: On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Sean Hannity hosted a debate between “Draw Mohammed” organizer Pamela Geller and London Imam Anjem Choudray over the events that unfolded in
last weekend. The debate deteriorated when Choudray insisted Geller’s
involvement with the event that he argued “insulted Mohammed” warranted the
death penalty as punishment. Garland, TX
Exclusive: ‘Draw Muhammad’ Winner On Growing Up In Islam And Defeating The Jihad
Excerpt: Fawstin talked about his unique experience growing up in the
as a Muslim, how his life changed after the 9/11 attacks, and he shared
strategies to defeat the global jihadist movement. His artwork is featured
throughout the interview.
Excerpt: The Senate gave overwhelming approval Thursday to legislation that would establish a congressional review for a proposed nuclear deal with
as Republican leaders set aside efforts from their own rank and file to amend
the carefully crafted bipartisan compromise.
On a 98-to-1 vote, the Senate lent a bipartisan boost to the measure — which the House is likely to approve next week — that would allow for a 30-day review of any final deal with Iran, giving what supporters said is a congressional voice to the process as President Obama finishes negotiations with the Islamic republic.
Obama’s Bold New Idea: How About a Missile Defense System? By Dan Gilmore
Excerpt: A few weeks ago, Barack Obama was announcing the rough draft of a nuclear agreement with
Iran. It was supposed to prevent,
or at least give the West and its Middle Eastern allies warning of, a nuclear
breakout from Iran.
In the coming week, it appears that Obama’s helping countries belonging to the
Gulf Cooperation Council run for the bunkers. CNN reports that
the Obama administration will bring up the idea of creating a ballistic missile
defense system that would protect the countries from Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia to Oman — just in case Iran ever develops a nuclear
warhead or two. The Obama administration’s policy has been to generally
discourage the development of missile defense systems. In 2001, the then-State Senator Obama said, “I don’t
agree with a missile defense system.” In
2009, his administration traded a missile defense system that protected
Poland and the Czech Republic against an Iranian missile attack for an
assurance by Russia that it would discourage Iran’s nuclear program.
Canadian judge frees former teen terrorist who killed
Army medic. By Maxim Lott US
Excerpt: A former teen terrorist who killed a U.S. Army Delta Force medic in
in 2002 was released on bail Thursday by a Canadian judge, a move that allows
the former Guantanamo Bay detainee to appeal his U.S. conviction while free.
Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was just 15 when he threw the grenade that killed U.S. Army medic Christopher Speer as Speer and four others cleared a building in the Khost province following an air raid.
So have illegal immigrants,
King: ISIS has declared war on our culture
Excerpt: "This is not only freedom of speech, it’s also freedom of religion. And the nexus of freedom of speech and religion that stand together, and they’re wrapped up in the first amendment I think by design by our Founding Fathers comes into conflict with cultural relativism and hate crimes. And the PC, politically correct, police language."
Gitmo 6-Pack Sent to Uruguay Not Monitored, Transfer May Have Broken Law
Excerpt: Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) today released a letter he wrote to Kerry at the end of April about the release of those “accused of being hardened al-Qaeda fighters, having been involved in forging documents, trained as suicide bombers, and engaged in fighting at Tora Bora.” “After a first-hand assessment by Committee staff, this transfer appears to be inconsistent with
as Uruguay has not
taken steps to mitigate the risk that these detainees pose to the United States, including the U.S. Embassy
Royce wrote.... The six detainees received Mercosur identity cards as part
of their refugee status, which would allow them to travel to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela,
Uruguay, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia with ease. One of the
detainees is known to have traveled to Argentina in February. (According
to article, one detainee allowed to live six blocks from US embassy. Who cares? Anyone
doubt who is on which side any more? --Barb)
Capitalizes on Lone Wolves to Spread Terror 'At No Cost'
Excerpt: ISIS' claim of responsibility for the shooting in
was proof of its effectiveness at capitalizing on so-called lone wolf attacks —
even when it has no hand in planning or paying for them, experts said Tuesday. Garland, Texas ISIS provided no evidence to support its claim after
on Sunday at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. But experts told NBC
News that accepting responsibility was a cheap way for the militants to achieve
their terrorist goals. (In the
green room at Fox News last night, Senator Lindsey Graham of did an effective job of
freaking the rest of us out. The short version: we’re likely to get hit by
Islamist terrorists in the U.S. homeland again; it’s probably going to come
from ISIS members operating out of Syria; the national-security community is
intensely concerned, and the system designed to identify, track, monitor and
interdict against these aspiring terrorists is getting overloaded. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt http://www.nationalreview.com/newsletters) South Carolina
Yemen asks UN to back foreign ground force to battle Houthis
Why not ask Obama--
Yemen is his anti-terrorism success
seized cargo ship Iran
Excerpt: The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was intercepted by Iranian patrol boats on 28 April and taken to Bandar Abbas.
Iran said the
ship was detained because of a legal dispute between the Danish company
chartering it, Maersk, and a private Iranian firm.
genocide against the
Christian Armenians were worse than Islamic State, By Nicolai Sennels Turkeys
Ever wondered why there is only 0.2 percent non-Muslims in
Followers of Islam are believed to have killed 270 million non-Muslims.
Muslim vote could decide 25% of seats: Victory in a quarter of British constituencies will be decided by Islamic voters
Excerpt: British Muslims could have the decisive vote in a quarter of constituencies, analysis shows. In 159 of the 632 seats, the number of Muslims is greater than the margin of victory in 2010. And this is true among almost half the 193 marginal seats, according to the Henry Jackson Society, which has carried out the first study of the religious breakdown of each seat.
“Islam is not a religion, Islam is a cult”
Excerpt: This is a very interesting interview with an exiled Iraqi, I.Q. al Rassooli, about Islam. It's the perfect clip for those people who are in denial about what Islam really is:. --NW
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: