Sunday, June 28, 2015

More political news and conservative opinion


General News and Comment

Breaking: Second escaped murderer is shot, captured after other killed
Excerpt: he second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border on Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement, state police said.

NH Union Leader editorial: Experience counts in matters large and small
Excerpt: Rubin also quoted from an interview that Gov. Perry gave to National Review this spring. We think it worth noting here: "Having worn the uniform and having been a governor of a state with a substantial military force, and managing the Texas National Guard -all that experience, you only receive that one way, and that is having been in that spot and making those decisions. No one handed me a manual that says, 'Here's how to deal with the Space Shuttle disintegrating over your state.' No one says, 'Here's how to deal with a massive influx of people from a neighboring state fleeing a major hurricane (Katrina). 'Here's how you handle a crisis on your border with people flooding in.' 'Here's how you handle a major disease (Ebola cases.")

Papering the Room: Having Trouble, Hillary? Free Tickets To Fundraiser Send Bad Message. By Philip Devoe
Excerpt: Virginia Democrats were offered free tickets Friday to the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Virginia, Hillary Clinton’s first campaign stop in the critical swing state. In an email leaked to Business Insider, supporters of Clinton’s campaign in Virginia were given a chance to forego the $30 price for tickets to the event, as long as they provide the code included in the email. The event was intended to support democratic fundraising for the state, but Clinton’s appearance and speech are geared toward garnering support among East Coast Democrats. An operative for a 2016 Republican candidate took a shot at the Democratic frontrunner, referencing the irony surrounding her previous PR disaster of her speech prices. “How bad is it out there for Hillary? She’s gone from paid speeches to paying people to hear her speeches.” (Jackson was a slave owner who conducted a genocide against the Cherokee in the "Trail of Tears" that he profited from. Naturally the Democrats want to honor him and keep him on the $20 bill. ~Bob)

Tuition too high? Taxpayer-Funded Texas University Pays Diversity Bureaucrat More Than ANY State’s Governor. By Eric Owen
Excerpt: public university in Texas is paying its newly-appointed vice president of diversity and inclusion a sweet salary that is more than any governor in any state makes. The taxpayer-funded school is the University of North Texasreports Campus Reform. The lavishly-paid state employee is Joanne Woodard. She will receive $205,000 annually for performing her administrative duties.

Past time to bail: Greece on the brink of default after talks with creditors break down
Excerpt: Greece’s long-running standoff with its European creditors appeared headed on Saturday for an abrupt — and potentially cataclysmic — ending as the continent’s finance ministers rejected an emergency Greek request to help the cash-starved country meet a Tuesday deadline for paying back its debts. (I'm good--I traded my Greek Bonds in for Czarist and Confederate War Bonds. ~Bob)

What goes around: San Fran Today: NO Housing/Too Expensive Housing—NO Water—Which is WORSE?
Excerpt: San Fran is the most expensive city in the nation—highest taxes, highest housing and apartment costs. With the minimum wage going up to $15 an hour, more of the poor will be unemployed. Now reality is hitting the San Fran community. “In San Francisco, the epicenter of housing concern for the whole Bay Area, finding an affordable place to live ranked higher than worries about California’s extreme drought in the 2015 Bay Area Council Poll. (Liberal rent control and green spaces killed the housing market, liberal environmentalists killed efforts to expand the water supply. Elections have long term consequences--as the whole country is finding out. ~Bob)

California Highway Patrol’s most-senior volunteer turning 101. By Jon Ortiz
Excerpt: Homer Bosserman, known for his 15 years of volunteer service to the California Highway Patrol, turns 101 on Saturday. The World War II Marine veteran celebrated a few days early this week with coworkers at the CHP’s Monterey County field office. The party included a potluck and a sugar-free CHP-gold cake with a white-and-black “US 101” highway sign and a picture of Bosserman as a young serviceman. Bosserman drives to the office two days each week from his Carmel home to log and file citations and perform other clerical duties. He usually comes to work on Wednesdays and Fridays. More than 800 seniors do similar volunteer work for the patrol statewide.

Rising Dragon News

Free trade agreement: Removal of electrician skills assessment in China-Australia deal endangers community, union says. By Eric Tlozek
Excerpt: Removing a requirement to assess the skills of Chinese electricians on temporary work visas will endanger the Australian community, the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) says.
The Government agreed to remove the mandatory skills assessment requirement for Chinese workers in 10 occupations, including electricians, as part of its new free trade agreement with China. Workers will still have to show evidence of their skills and training before being granted a visa, the Government said.

Gun News

Excerpt: David Mendoza, a restauranteur in Bemidji, Minnesota was forced to defend his business and his employees from a relative, Otoniel Carranza who he had fired a few weeks ago. Carranza had a habit of getting into altercations with the other employees, so Mendoza gave him $2000 to get back to his family in Atlanta, but Carranza wanted more. He had made comments about how he was going to “make a mess” of Mendoza, so Mendoza started carrying a legal gun. Mendoza heard a ruckus in his kitchen and went to check it out. Carranza charged at him when he entered the kitchen, so Mendoza put him down, DRT and saved himself ten grand. Now Carranza’s hot head is at room temperature in the morgue.

Race Card News

Black Student Ditches Political Correctness, Stands up for Confederate Flag
Excerpt: Byron Thomas, a black student from South Carolina, spoke with CNN’s Hala Gorani this week regarding the way he views the Confederate flag, and the reporter was noticeably shocked when he stood up for the symbol of the South. ... “I do not feel offended and I refuse to allow a symbol or word have power over me to make me feel offended,” explained Thomas, who has his own Confederate flag hanging in his room.

I am a black South Carolinian. Here’s why I support the Confederate flag. I hang the Confederate flag in my home. But that doesn't mean it should fly over our statehouse. By Byron Thomas
Excerpt: Four years ago, I became a national news story after I hung a Confederate flag in my dorm room window at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Controversy wasn’t my intention. For me and many Southerners, the flag celebrates my heritage and regional pride. One of my ancestors, Benjamin Thomas, was a black Confederate cook, and I do not want to turn my back on his service to the South. So I hang the flag in honor of his hard work and dedication to South Carolina during the Civil War. My Confederate flag isn’t racist; after all, I am black. I’m also an American who strongly believes in the constitutional right to free speech.

Walmart Refused to Create Confederate Flag Cake. The Next Day Same Customer Asks Store for Cake With Islamic State Flag. Want to Guess How It Pans Out?
Because throwing gays off buildings and crucifying kids isn't as bad as the memory of slavery. ~Bob

The Gray Ghost
Pro Confederate TV series apparently still available. ~Bob

Mark Steyn KILLED IT on Hannity, threw slavery and racism right back IN THE FACE of the Democratic Party
Excerpt: The Democratic Party has never come to terms with the evil of its past. It was a party committed to the proposition that one human being could own another human being and they’ve never said a word about that. They’ve never apologized for it. They’ve never atoned for it in the way that they have the reconciliation commission in South Africa.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Covered California Unsustainable? Of Course
Excerpt: In the past two years Covered California has run through close to one billion dollars of Federal tax money. They are even negotiating with the closed Oregon version of CC—it closed because Oregonians refused to pay high prices for Third World coverage—if they got actual doctors to treat them at all. This is an agency that is losing money faster than the Feds—yet gives pay raises and bonuses to those that are bankrupting the quasi-government agency. “A report from CalWatchdog says that Covered CA’s enrollment numbers are too low, and as a result it will go bankrupt without any federal funding.

Undocumented Democrat News

Slave labor in America today
Excerpt: Foreign workers, lured by false promises of good jobs in America, soon find themselves enslaved in plain sight as victims of labor trafficking, according to a new report published by the nonpartisan Urban Institute and Northeastern University. About half of these workers pay "recruitment" fees to traffickers -- often thousands of dollars -- that can leave them stuck in debt for years. And while some victims are smuggled here, a majority - or 71% - actually enter the United States with a visa, the report found. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are roughly 21 million people worldwide who are victims of forced labor, but there are no official estimates of how prevalent labor trafficking is in the United States.

Religion of Peace News

Note to Obama: Tunisia government says to close 80 mosques for inciting violence, after hotel attack
Excerpt: Tunisia plans within a week to close down 80 mosques that remain outside state control for inciting violence, as a countermeasure after the hotel attack that killed 39 people, Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Friday.

Homeland Security chairman: ISIS reach exceeds WH rhetoric. By Mark Hensch
Excerpt: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on Sunday that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has greater influence worldwide than President Obama realizes. “ISIS is not just regionalized, like the administration says in only Iraq and Syria,” McCaul told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is a global threat,” the House Homeland Security chairman said. “This is a new generation of terrorists.” McCaul’s remarks follow a trio of terrorist attacks worldwide on Friday.

Excerpt: Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not been confirmed. Harbi, whose real name is Azzam Abdullah Zureik Al Maulid Al Subhi and is also known as Abu Muslim al Makki, is said to have been “killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan three days ago,” The News reported. His death has also been reported in Saudi media outlets, which have accurately reported on the deaths of senior Saudi al Qaeda leaders in the past.

Excerpt: A jihadist attack on a town and military camp near the Mauritanian border in central Mali has left 12 dead, including two Malian soldiers, one civilian, and nine jihadists.
Several gunmen entered the town of Nara, just 19 miles from the Mauritanian border, storming several government buildings and attacking the local Malian Army camp early Saturday morning. Reuters quoted a local resident that said “gunfire could be heard several hours after the clashes began.”

Pope says Islam is a Peaceful Religion. 
I hope he flies to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Nigeria and Libya too let them know that in person. ~Bob
Excerpt: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters. In a strong-worded warning late on Friday, Erdogan accused the Kurds of ethnically cleaning other communities from land they have taken after pushing back Islamic State forces from the Turkish border. “I say to the international community that whatever price must be paid, we will never allow the establishment of a new state on our southern frontier in the north of Syria,” Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media as telling guests at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast.

Isis Expansion Along U.S. Borders
Excerpt: But these tunnels could easily be an underground highway for ISIS to spawn its brutality here. "The stronger they get over there, the more power they have so I can definitely see, in the future, collaboration between terrorist groups and drug dealers to our south," said Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, 2016 Presidential Candidate "It's individuals they bring into this country, maybe at some point, suicide bombers which is really scary and then weapons of mass destruction," said Powers. Terrorist experts say the epidemic of unstable leadership in Mexico, combined with ruthless drug cartels creates a vacuum. "What's been going on in Mexico creates an opportunity for any organization to try to take advantage of it, whether it's ISIS or Al Shabbab," said Brandon Behlendorf, Terrorist Targeting Strategist.

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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