Friday, October 9, 2015

More worth-reading political news and opinion

Half Mile From Us: Residents assaulted in Blooming Grove home invasion, police say

Should have declared their property a gun-free zone so they would have been safe from this. ~Bob

Battle of Tours
Saturday, October 10, is the anniversary of the Battle of Tours (or Poitiers) in 732, in which Charles Martel (The Hammer and supposedly an ancestor) and his brave, outnumbe5ed Frankish warriors turned back the first Muslim crusade to conquer Europe and eliminate Christendom.
Excerpt: The Battle of Tours (often called the Battle of Poitiers, but not to be confused with the Battle of Poitiers, 1356) was fought on October 10, 732 between forces under the Frankish leader Charles Martel and a massive invading Islamic army led by Emir Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi Abd al Rahman, near the city of Tours, France. During the battle, the Franks defeated the Islamic army and Emir Abd er Rahman was killed. This battle stopped the northward advance of Islam from the Iberian peninsula, and is considered by most historians to be of macrohistorical importance, in that it halted the Islamic conquests, and preserved Christianity as the controlling faith in Europe, during a period in which Islam was overrunning the remains of the old Roman and Persian Empires.

Worth Reading: DOCTOR CARSON - A MAN OF ACTION AND TRUTH. By Colonel Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

Excerpt: More than a year ago, before Dr. Ben Carson even declared his candidacy, I wrote here of my admiration for Dr. Ben, that I believed he was a principled man, a good man with good intentions, but didn't believe he had any chance of winning the Republican nomination, much less the Presidency. Even after Dr. Carson declared, and especially after watching his "too quiet", "too demure" imagery at the Republican debates, I continued to believe that Carson didn't have much of a chance. But now I'm beginning to wonder. 

Excerpt: Prof. Justin McDaniel, chairman of the University of Pennsylvania’s religious-studies program, did not respond to Butler’s tweet but said she is a “valued colleague and faculty member.”

Fuck Ben Carson. By Drew Magary
Sorry for the language, but worth pointing it out. Have you ever head a conservative columnist in a major publication say "Fuck Obama" as a writer for GQ did of Ben Carson? Or say Obama deserves a "coon of the year" award as a professor said about Carson? Or say Obama is insane as several lefties said about Carson? More of the putrefying racism of the left. As always, any despicable tactic is acceptable because, in their minds, their intentions are good. You can't make the omelet of putting everyone under the control of big government for their own good without breaking some eggs. Or lives. Of course, the steps needed to control the public for their own good grow ever more draconian--and lead eventually to the Gulag. ~Bob


Worth Reading: How America can counter Putin’s moves in Syria. By Condoleezza Rice and Robert M. Gates

Worth Reading: Vladimir S. Patton. By Carl M. Cannon On its face, “leading from behind” always seemed an obvious oxymoron. Yet when Libya started to unravel, and the United States did very little, the White House offered up the concept as a sophisticated management tool. It was not a successful experiment: In Libya, the result was violence and anarchy, not to mention the torching of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the murder of four Americans.
Similar evidence has arrived from other failed states. The latest case study is Syria, where the concept of exercising leadership by doing nothing has proven as ineffectual as it sounds. Just ask Vladimir Putin—or the ghost of George S. Patton.

"It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men." --H.L. Mencken [1926]

Another gun-free zone: 1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University

Worth reading, but not exactly news: Flip-Flops Show Hillary’s Long on Ambition, Short on Principles. By Jonah Goldberg

Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, tech firm warned. By Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post
Excerpt: A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday. But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system.

Spencer Stone, hero in French train attack, reportedly in stable condition after stabbing
Saying not terrorist related. ~Bob

McCarthy withdraws from speaker race, vote postponed

Worth Sharing: When people complain about America--Jack Webb, Dragnet
This speech is something over 50 years old, what some would call a conservative rant about the positive aspects of our nation.  Yet most of it is still valid, at least in my opinion.  And when the speakers talk about things that have improved from the point of view of that time, most of us can think of a bunch more to add since then.  Just one example, Webb talks about the 55,000 who died on the highway every year back then.  Now, with twice as many people on the highway, driving 3 or 4 times as many miles, the highway deaths are down closer to 30,000.  When we think of all the things that used to be so bad, we need to focus not entirely on the fact that we still have problems and are a long way from perfect, but also that we've been moving forward nonstop since the Founding. --Del

Worth Reading: Hillary’s Trade Flip-Flop Shows How Dumb She Thinks We Are. By Ben Domenech
Excerpt: Battling a socialist for the base, Clinton just announced she’s no longer for a trade deal she touted as one of her big achievements. It would be laughable if it weren’t so predictable. ... These rules do not apply to Clinton, which is why it’s pointless to make a fuss about her stated “position” on TPP. She is likely lying about what she thinks, and even if she’s not, her words have no necessary relationship with her true policy goals. The odds of Clinton pushing this agreement forward yesterday were 50/50, and today they are 50/50. It is a position taken for the sake of advantage at this juncture of a long campaign—and there is no reason she will feel bound by it once in the White House.

More Than a Third of the 6,000 Prisoners Whose Sentences Were Shortened Are Already Out, Says the Justice Department

Worth Reading: Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate
Excerpt: A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science. He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly. He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought. (Guaranteed to get zero notice in the US big media, of course. --Del)

Red line Time? IS Militants 'Used Mustard Gas' In North Iraq


Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west
Excerpt: Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended an offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country.

Germany: Muslim gang rape victim stabbed in honor killing ordered by her own mother because she was “unclean”

Excerpt: The “97 percent” statistic first appeared prominently in a 2009 study by University of Illinois master’s student Kendall Zimmerman and her adviser, Peter Doran. Based on a two-question online survey, Zimmerman and Doran concluded that “the debate on the authenticity of global warming and the role played by human activity is largely nonexistent among those who understand the nuances and scientific bases of long-term climate processes” — even though only 5 percent of respondents, or about 160 scientists, were climate scientists. In fact, the “97 percent” statistic was drawn from an even smaller subset: the 79 respondents who were both self-reported climate scientists and had “published more than 50% of their recent peer-reviewed papers on the subject of climate change.” These 77 scientists agreed that global temperatures had generally risen since 1800, and that human activity is a “significant contributing factor.”

Excerpt: All in all, this focus is a little strange, for, as Lois Beckett explained extremely clearly last year in the pages of the New York Times, there is in fact no such thing as an “assault weapon.” Functionally speaking, the term is entirely meaningless. It does not mean “machine gun”; it does not mean “especially powerful rifle”; it does not mean “child killer” or “cop murderer” or “armor-piercer.” Except insofar as it nods to an aesthetic style that is popular among people who have watched a lot of 24, it means nothing much at all. To draw an analogy, it’s the “organic food” of the self-defense world.

Dark-skinned Playmobil pirate-ship doll wearing ‘slave collar’ ignites outrage

Victim of Oregon Tragedy STILL Opposes Gun Control

Worth Reading: The Rachel Dolezal-ation of the Oregon Killer. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: Here's the narrative: mass killers are almost always white men. The Daily Kos recently published a piece with this headline: "How come we can't tell the truth about the White Mass Killer Problem?" It asks, "Just what the fracking hell is the matter with all these mass-murdering white people?" Certainly mass killers are almost always men. But they're not almost always white men. Overrepresented? Perhaps. But almost always white? No. Chris Harper Mercer walked into Oregon's Umpqua Community College and killed nine people, wounding nine more. On a dating site, Mercer, whose father is white and mother is black, referred to himself as "mixed race." The Los Angeles Times implied that Mercer was white. The Times, in a sub-headline, said he had "white supremacy leanings." The original article said: "A federal law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said, though, that authorities had obtained some of Harper-Mercer's writings, as well as a note he left behind, suggesting that he supported white-supremacist causes and opposed organized religion." The Times later changed the solitary law enforcement source to "two" sources, but added a line stating, "However, he identified as mixed-race on a dating website and lived with his black mother." (Thank heaven for people like Larry Elder, who happens to have a whole bunch of African genes, but whose thinking is not clouded by any kind of serious bias by it.  He just thinks clearly and logically about matters, and makes cogent comments, as below. Why o why would most Americans now have something less than total confidence in the mainstream media?  Because of the slants that have become so clear and so commonly exercised in how they "report" the news.  "Advocacy journalism" got legitimized way back about 1968, when it became OK to write about the war in Viet Nam in ways that were more reflective of the feelings of the reporter than of the actual bare facts.  It has plagued our society ever since, and does, I believe, real harm to us overall.  Democracy depends on a well informed electorate, and when the media are corrupt, the electorate is more likely to be misinformed. Is it critical to know the Oregon madman was Black?  In some ways, not really.  But it is critical to know that it's not just a White thing to be nuts and kill people.  That's part of the divisive propaganda that has been coming at us for so very long, which is damaging to all of us as a people. --Del)

Make it a gun-free zone: Does EPA Need Guns, Ammo And Armor To Protect The Environment? BY STEPHEN MOORE
Excerpt: The Environmental Protection Agency spent millions of dollars over the last decade on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books. The report raises questions about why EPA's enforcement division employs well-armed "special agents" who appear to be conducting SWAT-type operations on American businesses and households it suspects of wrongdoing. Speaking of federal agencies out of control, the EPA is one of the classic examples.  Its original function is of course a critical one for all of us, but to get as politicized as it is now, with too many overly passionate environmentalists in positions of authority they misuse, and now spending millions of dollars on military grade weapons and equipment, is way, way past reasonable. They have been chastised by the Supreme Court in some lawsuits for things like basically persecuting homeowners who cleared a swampy area on their land, and as it says below, spending money on grants to Climate Change activists to promote their activism.  None of this or the other things mentioned below fall inside their legitimate functions, and they are spending taxpayer dollars in ways that demonstrate arrogance and bias.  Time for Congress to get into them in a very serious way. --Del)

Playground ‘Pig’ Offends Muslims

Two men charged after cop is lured from his vehicle and beaten
Excerpt: A California police officer is recovering after authorities said one man lured the cop from his cruiser Monday and beat him while another man filmed the assault and shouted encouragement. Juan Gomez, 20, and Jamaral Lee, 35, were arrested and charged in the case.

Singing "Ready for Hillary?" Amazing video shows babies 'SINGING' in the womb: Foetus can 'hear music as early as 16 weeks - and moves their mouth and tongue in response'
I hate to see this--now Planned Parenthood will likely add vocal cords to their product line. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Get Out of My Class and Leave America. By Mike Adams 
Excerpt: Welcome back to class, students! I am Mike Adams your criminology professor here at UNC-Wilmington. Before we get started with the course I need to address an issue that is causing problems here at UNCW and in higher education all across the country. I am talking about the growing minority of students who believe they have a right to be free from being offended. If we don’t reverse this dangerous trend in our society there will soon be a majority of young people who will need to walk around in plastic bubble suits to protect them in the event that they come into contact with a dissenting viewpoint. That mentality is unworthy of an American. It’s hardly worthy of a Frenchman. Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. (Dr. Adams has tenure, of course.  Otherwise he would be writing out his resignation from the university right after submitting this for publication. He does do a lovely job on the whole "don't offend me!" and "no microaggressions!" PC idiocies.  I do wish every student would get to hear something like this on the first day of school --Del)

A Clash Over Teaching Islam to 7th Graders in Tennessee “There is a big difference between education and indoctrination,” argues congresswoman. By Rod Kackley
This is maybe the 5th or 6th article I've seen in the last couple of years about the teaching about Islam in public schools.  The bottom line is simple, students are required to go into tremendously detailed learning about, and some role-playing in, the tenets and practices of idealized Islam.  Yet their learning about no other religion of the many majors in the world (Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism) goes into a fraction of the detail as the various memorizations and exercises in Muslim practice.  Nor does any of the learning go into the history of Islam's spread exclusively by conquering armies, nor little details like the official second class status of women in the system. Why would educators feel the need to teach about this one religion in such detail while neglecting all the others?  And as the commentator mentions, if students were told to do Christian prayers and act out Christian ceremonies extensively in class, there would be a stampede of ACLU lawyers and others to file lawsuits about it. Studying comparative religion is a part of a good educational program, but then you need a text which allots each religion roughly the same amount of coverage, and discusses their variations objectively.  Thus the history would cover how Christianity divided into various sects, just like the Sunni-Shia split in Islam, or the variations in how Judaism and Buddhism are practiced.  There might be shorter sections on smaller religions, like the Mormons, Christian Scientists, and some coverage of the Native American religions.  This is how objective education works, and not the way we're hearing some schools and texts are giving such emphasis to Islam.  The reasons behind such emphasis are hard to understand, but really don't matter.  --Del

Did Someone At DHS Edit The Wikipedia Pages Of Kevin McCarthy And Renee Ellmers?
Excerpt: An Internet address originating from the Department of Homeland Security was tied to entries made on the Wikipedia pages of North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, alleging that the two Republicans were having an affair.

Kevin McCarthy's Exit Came After Personal Threat Over Affair Allegations

Excerpt: Washington is blind to this genocide that occurs alongside, but is separate from, a sectarian Muslim power struggle. It has failed to defend them militarily. Now it is failing to provide humanitarian help in the only manner left: resettling the survivors out of harm’s way, in countries where they will be able to rebuild their families and preserve their unique ancient cultures without fear. Rescue is the very minimum we can do to help these victims of genocide.

John Kerry Predicts Millions Of "Climate Refugees" Will Need Special Status
Excerpt: International organizations, like the United Nations, he admitted, would have to codify the term “climate refugee” and put it into law. That would grant special immigration privileges to immigrants claiming refugee status, allowing them to move to other countries.  “I think it’s just a matter of time before it fits in under a category and countries have — and the refugee process has legitimately incorporated it into our policy,” Kerry said. (Could be "planet change" versus "climate change"..... Lots of manmade spraying overhead yesterday--major operation.  No comment on sun's magnetic activity aimed at earth with G2-3-level magnetic storms on ANY news program 10/08/15; NASA reportedly spraying chemicals (boron and strontium!) "to cause green/blue light-show in sky in NE."  However, disruption of the earth's magnetosphere through G3-level storm, according to SpaceWeather, could cause auroras to be seen in NashvilleTN.  In order for them to be seen in MiamiFL or Mexico, would have to have a G5-level storm....which would mean electronic blackouts versus disruptions in navigation, GPS, satellites....Barb)

Video of devastated Christian family: Longtime Muslim friends and neighbors killed their children

Turkey: Armenian neighborhoods must be turned into “cemeteries”

And they vote: 'What do you mean no-one has been to Mars?' Scores of people believe blockbuster movie The Martian is based on a true story 

10-Year-Old Girl Slays 800-Pound Alligator with Crossbow
Is it too late to get her in the next GOP debate? ~Bob

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