Sunday, June 21, 2015

Be an informed voter--read today's political news


Happy Father's Day to all real fathers--those who parent. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: Hillary Scrubbed Benghazi Emails. By Daniel John Sobieski
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton scrubbed her Benghazi emails. That is the logical conclusion drawn by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson who, while at CBS, fought to break stories exposing the Obama administration’s lies on “phony” scandals from Fast and Furious to Benghazi and for her efforts had her computer hacked and monitored, likely by administration operatives concerned by her revelations and curious about her sources. Attkisson said on NewsmaxTV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show” recently that she thought it was a common sense conclusion that Hillary Clinton erased the contents of her personal email server, created and used in violation of the National Records Act and State Department rules, because she would rather “take the heat” from destroying information under subpoena and sought by congressional investigators than suffer the political and possibly criminal consequences of the truth about her Benghazi activities. (Excellent article, really makes things clear. And it's clear that Hillary has lots to hide, and has worked hard at hiding it. --Del)

Hillary Clinton Is the Status Quo Candidate. By Andrew Stiles
Excerpt: Clinton is trying to secure a third consecutive White House victory for her party, something that has only happened once (1988) since presidential term limits were established in 1951. President Obama’s approval rating is underwater, and unless he experiences a surge in popularity over the next year, some election analysts think the likelihood of Hillary winning is much lower than advertised. Hillary will apparently try to distinguish herself from Obama while at the same time adopting his campaign strategy, which emphasized mobilizing the liberal base over persuading undecided voters. Maybe liberal voters will be as excited for Hillary as they were for Obama, and turn out in sufficient numbers to propel her to victory. Maybe not. Certainly, the American public has never had such disregard from Obama’s honesty and trustworthiness. Maybe that won’t matter.

Scott Walker Fires Up Crowd, Names Radical Islam as World’s Biggest Threat, Rips Iran Nuclear Deal. By Fred Lucas
Excerpt: Though he doesn’t deal with terrorism as governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker said it’s an issue he thinks about “day in and day out.” Amid threats from the Islamic State, Walker also jumped into the debate over the Patriot Act and NSA data gathering, as well as the pending U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran.

Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings. By Lawrence Hurley 
Excerpt: Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama's healthcare law by the end of the month.

Big Money Democrats: Obama Holds Secret Meeting With Jurassic World's Stephen Spielberg
According to Deadline Hollywood, Spielberg was spotted leaving the Beverly Hills hotel where Obama was staying....Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was also spotted leaving the hotel. He’s a frequent and lavish donor to Obama’s campaign and Democratic causes

1 dead, 9 injured in shooting on basketball court on Detroit's west side
Excerpt: The shooting which allegedly occurred on a basketball court near the intersection of Dexter and Tuxedo on Detroit's west side happened shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday. Dolunt said there were hundreds of people at the party and at this point no witnesses are talking or cooperating with police. No children were injured in the shooting. (This will only be lasting news if the shooter was white and the victims black. Doubtful. ~Bob)

'That is one of the filthiest, most derogatory and sinful uses of the Lord's name I can think of': Women who cry out God's name during sex should be jailed, pastor says
Excerpt: Women who shout God's name during sex should be prosecuted, a San Antonio pastor claims. Dr John Hagee, the founder and senior pastor of the Cornerstone Church, said that 'there is no greater sin in terms of wrongly using God's name than women who use it during sex'.
'That is one of the filthiest, most derogatory and sinful uses of the Lord's name I can think of. If it were up to me, I would put every single woman or girl who does that in jail,' Hagee said.

Interesting: Here's how Machiavelli's world shaped our own
Excerpt: The world in which Florentine statesman Niccolo Machiavelli lived scarcely resembles our own. City-states have been replaced with nation-states. Empires have collapsed, never to be rebuilt. And modern warfare is waged with weapons and tactics the likes of which he could have never imagined. Yet similarities remain. Although he died nearly 500 years ago today, Machiavelli would be able to navigate our politics as deftly as he navigated his, because the principles that govern them remain much the same. At the time of his death, Machiavelli was well known in northern Italy for his service as a politician and diplomat in Republican Florence from 1498 to 1512 and as a writer of Commedia Erudita, or "learned comedy" plays. He was less well known for two works that now define his legacy: The Prince, first distributed under the title On Principalities in 1513 but not officially published until five years after his death in 1527, and Discourses on Livy, written in 1517 but published posthumously in 1531.

Rising Dragon News

Bank of China fraud: Italy seeks trial for 300 people
Excerpt: Italian prosecutors want to indict the Bank of China's Milan branch and almost 300 people over a money-laundering scheme. Prosecutors in Florence allege €4.5bn ($5.1bn, £3.2bn) was transferred from Italy to China. It was earned through prostitution, counterfeiting, tax evasion and labour exploitation, they say. The Ansa agency said (in Italian) that four senior managers with the Bank of China could be indicted.

China arrests after hundreds attack police in Hunan province
Excerpt: Police in central China have arrested 13 people after hundreds of villagers attacked a police station on Friday. Residents of the village, in Hunan province, were reportedly angry about the handling of a young woman's death last month. Officials say the death was caused by pesticide poisoning, but relatives have accused her husband of involvement. Her relatives beat the husband and took local officials hostage when they attempted to intervene.

Ban Assault Knives! 33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree
Excerpt: A group of knife-wielding men attacked a train station in southwestern China on Saturday, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 130 others in what Chinese officials called a terrorist strike, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Four of the attackers were also shot dead and only one was captured alive after the mayhem, which broke out about 9 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) at the Kunming Railway Station in the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province. ... Ethnic Turkish Uighur separatists have been sporadically fighting for an independent state in Xinjiang, in northwestern China, home to about 10 million Uighur, who are predominantly Muslim.

Gun News

Hillary Clinton Says She Won’t Stop Fighting for ‘Common Sense Reforms’ Like Gun Control
Excerpt: According to Huffington Post, Clinton said more “common sense gun reforms” are needed in the wake of the June 17 attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She suggested these reforms will “keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable while respecting responsible gun owners.” She did not explain what these “reforms” would be, but she did say she will never quit pushing for them.

Pistol packing homeowner surprises suspected burglars
Excerpt: “I mean those two didn’t say anything and they weren’t scared. They were just like, ‘oh s**t,’ when I walked across the street with my gun and saw them running around my garage, ” said Arthur. He’s talking about 35-year-old John Woodard and 31-year-old Mariah Veach-Gates, who are now charged with burglary and trespassing. Both suspects are being held in the Henry County jail.

Race Card News

Racist Website Appears to Belong to Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof
Excerpt: A website featuring a 2,444-word white supremacist screed shows dozens of photos of the gunman arrested in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre.
The site shows a stone-faced Dylann Roof — the man who confessed to shooting nine people dead at a Bible study group, according to sources — holding weapons, visiting a cemetery for Confederate soldiers, and burning and spitting on an American flag.

South Carolina killer: Jews wouldn't be a problem if we could destroy their identity. In a racist manifesto posted online before the shooting, Dylann Roof blames Jews for "agitation of the black race."
Excerpt: A manifesto allegedly linked to the killer of nine people at a historically-black church in South Carolina on Wednesday revealed a twisted outlook on different racial groups in the US and links to the American Jewry throughout.

Essay: Racism in America. By Robert A. hall

Black killer, black cop, no protests: New Orleans police arrest man suspected of killing officer
Excerpt: New Orleans police arrested Sunday the man suspected of shooting and killing a police officer who was transporting him to jail a day earlier, ending a nearly 24-hour manhunt that left residents on edge.

Excerpt: We have compile the largest sample of black on white murders in 2014 that we possibly could. Because the media censors black on white crime, there are many more cases that we can not identify from limited media reports. This list also does not include white killed by blacks, in which there is no known suspect or description of a suspect. As you can see, a huge percentage of black on white murders are random stranger killings. Random killings are the hardest to solve. (No protests, no riots, no national media coverage. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

CBO: Repealing Obamacare Would Grow Economy. By Joseph Lawler Excerpt: Repealing Obamacare would boost economic growth by an average of 0.7 percent after several years, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released on Friday.

Bombshell email release reveals how closely Obamacare 'architect' Gruber worked with White House. By Barbara Boland
Excerpt: The ensuing public furor against Gruber for his comments caused the Obama administration to distance themselves from the former adviser. "The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with ... is no reflection on the actual process that was run," Obama said of Gruber's role at the G20 summit in Australia in November 2014. But the 20,000 pages of emails provided by the House Oversight Committee to The Wall Street Journal paint a different picture. The emails show Gruber kept HHS abreast of his conversations with health reporters and lawmakers: He let them know when a conversation went well and a story would post; when he got pushback about his undisclosed contract he revealed only their description of his activities; and that he worked to convince Sen. Mary Landrieu to support the bill.

Undocumented Democrat News

Artist creates Donald Trump piñata for angry Mexicans
Excerpt: After Donald Trump's Mexico-bashing comments this week, Mexicans are engaging in a little Trump-bashing of their own. Artesan Dalton Avalos Ramirez created a Trump piñata after the outspoken mogul bashed Mexico on Tuesday during a speech when he announced he was running for president. During his kickoff speech, Trump accused Mexico of illegally sending drugs, crime and rapists across the border. (Remember the Cubans sent boatloads, many straight from prisons. --Barb)

Public Safety Was the Last Thing on Their Minds. By Debra J. Saunders
Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker's dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel. In fact, according to a report by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, 17 percent of licensed California drivers have suspended driver's licenses -- not for dangerous driving but for failing to pay off citations for minor traffic offenses. In March, the U.S. Department of Justice faulted authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, for engaging in a toxic pattern of burying African-American residents in fines and penalties for minor offenses with the goal of serving "revenue rather than public safety needs." It turns out California has been dishing out the same dirty treatment to its diverse commuting class.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Obama's penchant for desert golf faces scrutiny in drought ( A NO-SHOW in Charlotte--DH)
Excerpt: One question for President Obama as he heads for Palm Springs, Calif. this weekend: whether it's appropriate to play on plush green golf links in the desert amid a severe drought.
"This administration's commitment to helping those affected by the drought is second to none," said White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz Thursday in answer to a reporter's question on that topic before the president headed to the West Coast. "I know that many courses have taken water mitigation steps aimed at water conservation," Schultz said. (Remember my description of Liberals/Progressives? TWO HALLMARKS: Fantasy & Hypocrisy. --DH)

CA Water Board Prioritizes Fish Over People. By Josephine Djuhana 
Excerpt: As severe drought conditions in California continue to worsen, state officials have started to roll out with new regulations to prioritize various water interests. On Wednesday, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted new emergency regulations to protect endangered and threatened fish. Low flows in four tributaries of the Russian River cause “high temperatures, low oxygen levels and isolated pools of water that can kill fish,” such as the coho salmon and steelhead trout. Starting July 3, roughly 13,000 properties in the watersheds of Dutch Bill Creek, Green Valley Creek, Mark West Creek and Mill Creek will be subject to “enhanced conservation measures” in addition to the existing statewide water restrictions. As reported by the Press Democrat, residents are subject to the following rural water rules:

Religion of Peace News

World View: The Gathering Storm: The Accelerating Surge In Refugees, Slaves And Terrorists
Excerpt: When Winston Churchill wrote his monumental six-volume history of World War II, he titled the first volume The Gathering Storm, and described the signs that a world war was approaching. ... But there is another aspect to the gathering storm — the sudden accelerating world growth in refugees, slaves and terrorists. This is a major trend that is destabilizing the world, and brings us closer to the beginning of the Clash of Civilizations world war.

Al-Jazeera reporter detained in Germany on Egyptian warrant
Excerpt: Egypt and Qatar have had tense relations since 2013, when the Egyptian military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi amid massive protests. Doha is a strong backer of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. Cairo accuses Al-Jazeera of being a mouthpiece for Morsi's supporters, charges denied by the broadcaster.

Iran parliament bans inspector access to military sites
Excerpt: With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group -- the U.S.Britain, France, RussiaChina and Germany -- as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. ...Of 213 lawmakers present on Sunday, 199 voted in favor of the bill, which also demands the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. 

New Jersey man charged with plotting to support terror group
Excerpt: Samuel Rahamin Topaz, of Fort Lee, was charged Thursday with conspiring to travel overseas to join the terror group. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine upon conviction.

Sheffield Lake terrorist suspect said he'd behead his non-Muslim son, FBI reports
Excerpt: The Sheffield Lake man facing terrorism charges told a FBI informant that if war broke out in the U.S. between Muslims and non-Muslims, he would "cut off the head of his non-Muslim son if necessary," according to a criminal complaint. Amir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi's comment about his son is revealed in the 33-page complaint filed Friday by the FBI in U.S. District Court.

Austria: Muslim drives car into crowd, killing 3, then gets out and stabs passersby. By Robert Spencer,
Last October the Islamic State issued this call to Muslims in the West: “If you are not able to find an IED [improvised explosive device] or a bullet … smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car or business. Or destroy his crops.”

Afghan Taliban offer government workers 'hotline' number to defect. e move demonstrates the Taliban's efforts to boost public support following a string of defections to Islamic State in recent months
Excerpt: The Afghan Taliban have announced a 24-hour telephone “hotline” for any government employees wishing to defect to the group, as the militants try to bolster public support.
“The Islamic Emirate will provide safety to anybody who defects from the Kabul puppet regime,” the Taliban said in a statement on their website on Sunday, using their formal name.

Antisemitic Sheikh praises Allah for having PMW expose the "true face" of Judaism
Excerpt: Sheikh explains his duplicity regarding Jews: "We have two types of messages: When I speak with the Jews, I talk to them with wisdom and gentle rebuke, as Allah commanded me. When I talk to you about the Jews, I talk about them as they really are" [June 16, 2015] Sheikh's previous teachings about how the Jews "really are": "[Jews] prepare their matzah... with the blood of children... They were burned in Germany because they kidnapped young children" to make matzah [May 29, 2015]. "The Children of Israel symbolize the Devil...hate all the nations... cause great damage to all people in the world"

Face it America, Turkey's Just Not That into You. By Burak Bekdil
Excerpt: A recent study on the Turks' foreign policy perceptions reveals that Obama's model partner nation has a totally confused mind -- not just over Turkish-American ties, but also over its own identity and security concerns. The research, unveiled on May 27 by a team of academics from Istanbul's Kadir Has University, shows that the Turks view the US as the second biggest security threat to their country (35.3%, just after Israel with 42.6%). Reflecting a similarly negative mindset, 32.3% of Turks think that the U.S. has colonial ambitions.
According to the same study, however, 74.3% of Turks think that Turkey is cooperating with the U.S., and 44.3% think the cooperation is of a military nature. Further, 53.3% of Turks think Turkey "has no problems with the US."

Excerpt: The number of training camps operated by jihadists inside Iraq and Syria continues to rise. The Long War Journal has identified more than 100 in the two countries. While not all of these facilities may be currently operational, the proliferation of camps by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and other groups poses a regional and global threat. Since the beginning of 2012, a total of 117 camps have been identified as being operational at one point in time. Of those, 85 have been found in Syria, and 32 in Iraq; 11 are used to indoctrinate and train children.

SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law
Excerpt: The Obama-tied leftist group that helped a gunman commit an act of terrorism against a conservative organization has assembled a starter kit for Islamists to attack American women who refuse to comply with Sharia law, the authoritarian doctrine that inspires Islamists and their jihadism.

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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