Friday, April 15, 2016

Today's worth-reading political and birthday news

On April 15th, I turned 70. No birthday has ever bothered me, but I used to think that 70 would. 70 is old. But given the events of the last few years, I'm now delighted to still be here for 70, despite my ongoing complications and the time it takes to manage my lung transplants, about 40 hours a week, plus 70 hours of sleep at least.  My dad said that he always thought old was ten years older than he was--until he turned seventy, and that was old! When I was born, people didn't have TV, cell phones or computers. the house phone was black, hooked to the wall and you picked it up to get the operator to make a call.  ~Bob


Cruz likely to block Trump on a second ballot at the GOP convention
Excerpt: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is close to ensuring that Donald Trump cannot win the GOP nomination on a second ballot at the party’s July convention in Cleveland, scooping up scores of delegates who have pledged to vote for him instead of the front-runner if given the chance. The push by Cruz means that it is more essential than ever for Trump to clinch the nomination by winning a majority of delegates to avoid a contested and drawn-out convention fight, which Trump seems almost certain to lose. The GOP race now rests on two cliffhangers: Can Trump lock up the nomination before Cleveland? And if not, can Cruz cobble together enough delegates to win a second convention vote if Trump fails in the first?

Worth Hearing: Did Ted Cruz Cheat to Get More Delegates in Colorado

AP video: Donald Trump losing ground to Ted Cruz in delegate chase

Planned Parenthood Bashes Ted Cruz: “He is the Biggest Threat We Face”

Worth Reading: What sort of running mate does Cruz need? By Jennifer Rubin

Inside Ted Cruz’s novel strategy for winning from behind

Overcoming Cruz’s Likability Deficit. By Josh Hammer
Excerpt: With catastrophically unpopular bloviating demagogue Donald Trump currently engaged in a prolonged fight with conservatism’s would-be savior, Ted Cruz, much has been made of the fact that Cruz himself has a likability gap.  Indeed, the RCP Average of Cruz’s favorable/unfavorable split currently has him roughly 21 points underwater; and, anecdotally, I can barely go by a day as a de facto Cruz campaign surrogate without being reminded by both Republicans and Independents of how purportedly “unlikable” Cruz is.  It doesn’t help that prominent left-wing pundits like Dana Milbank write columns entitled “The Utter Nastiness of Ted Cruz,” and that even moderate right-of-center pundits like Jennifer Rubin finally make amends with a Cruz candidacy literally because of his alleged unlikability. I am a longtime fan of Cruz’s, and have supported his presidential bid effectively since launch.  On the evening of February 1, I was tremendously honored to be thanked by Cruz himself in his Iowa Caucuses victory speech for having volunteered in Iowa.  Hopefully, this makes it more meaningful when I say I think the Cruz campaign needs to double down on its efforts to overcome this likability deficit, which is an unnecessary albatross around the neck of the campaign’s existential fight versus Trump.


No surprise here: Zombie nominee: These new Trump poll numbers are hideously, unbelievably awful
Excerpt: The basic case for nominating Ted Cruz rather than Donald Trump is that, while Cruz would arguably be the most right-wing nominee in modern American history, and would probably lose to Hillary Clinton, he would not unleash the sort of blood-dimmed tide of down-ticket destruction that Trump would. ... Marvel at these findings: Trump is viewed unfavorably by 67 percent of Americans overall; 75 percent of women; 74 percent of young voters; 91 percent of African Americans; 81 percent of Latinos; 73 percent of college-educated whites; 66 percent of white women; and 72 percent of moderates.

Worth Reading: Campaign Lies. By Dr. Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The more fundamental question is whether this was some trick cooked up to deprive Donald Trump of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. That is of course how Donald Trump and his followers automatically depict anything that doesn't work out to his advantage. But the Colorado rules were written and known to all before anybody cast a single vote in the primary elections, anywhere in the country. If the people who ran the Trump campaign were not aware of what the rules in Colorado were, and Ted Cruz's people were, that is what happens when you hire people who are not up to the challenges of their job. The fact that one of those people has been fired and replaced has gotten much less media attention than Trump's loudly repeated charges that he was robbed.

Every presidential candidate should release full tax returns
Excerpt: Politicians like to bet that reporters and their pesky questions will go away. Too often, they’re right. Thus, the drumbeat of demands for Donald Trump’s tax returns faded after he waved it all away with claims that a pending audit prevented the transparency he would otherwise be delighted to provide.

The Great Businessman: Trump threatened to sue the AP over Panama condo story. By Erik Wemple
Excerpt: First off, he loves to complain in public about allegedly “unfair” treatment by media organizations. Second off, he threatens to sue them and sometimes follows through on the bluster. This whiny inventory is growing: Trump threatened to sue the Associated Press over an October 2015 article about a movement by the directors of the Trump Ocean Club in Panama City to oust a management team installed by the Trump family, the AP tells this blog. The article alleged shoddy work by a brand that the candidate likes to promote as a purveyor of visionary management. “[D]uring the four years that Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC had managed the property, Central America’s largest building, a team installed by the Trump family was accused of running up more than $2 million in unauthorized debts, paying its executives undisclosed bonuses and withholding basic financial information from owners, according to an Associated Press examination,” wrote the AP’s Jeff Horwitz. (By the time this campaign is over, I doubt anyone will value the Trump Brand at anything like the $3B he claims it's worth. ~Bob)

With a May 7 Deadline, Trump Only Hired a California Political Director Yesterday. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: That deadline? The candidates in California get to submit delegates from each congressional district. If a candidate wins a congressional district, his delegates get to vote. It took Cruz more than 5 months to find delegates in all of California’s congressional districts. Cruz found 169 delegates and 169 alternates, which is a complete slate of delegates and alternates. Trump is just starting and the deadline to turn in his list is May 7th.

Amazing Quotes: Donald Brags About What He Is “Getting.” Your Daily Trump Quote 4/12

Donald Trump Says He Is Open to Supporting Assad and Fine with Putin Controlling Syria

Chief Trump Adviser Roger Stone Managed New York Gubernatorial Campaign for “Manhattan Madam” Tied to Eliot Spitzer Prostitution Scandal
Trump's grandfather built the family fortune as owner/operator of bordellos. ~Bob

Interesting: Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump
I hope everyone who’s backing Donald Trump because “he’ll stand up to that rotten GOP Establishment like Karl Rove” takes a good look at this story: --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

Worth Reading (Language warning): Hi. It’s me, Jeff. And I have something to say.
Excerpt: Yet now, per Geoff B, I am evidently part of a communist-like party organization in Colorado that “stole” delegates from a doddering old Viagra ad who couldn’t be bothered to show up to speak or put together a ground game in a caucus state which voted a number of times, including on March 1, when any registered R was able to attend and vote. That’s right. I’m part of the GOP Colorado “establishment” — 40% of whom never participated in a caucus before and the overwhelming number of which went for Ted Cruz, who just a couple short years ago we all recognized as a principled opponent to the GOP ruling elite (before he became a Bushy globalist Canadian fake Christian, who loves amnesty and will likely, left unchecked, become the author of a New World Order run by transnational progressives from his perch atop the North American Union). This charge against me and against other movement conservatives in my state comes despite the fact that as a pre-condition to ratification of the Constitution, states insisted they be allowed to maintain their own election rules, and despite how our CO state caucus system, which we’ve had since 1912 or thereabouts, requires commitment, work, a series of elections, and in the end, actually picked a real Republican in the GOP primaries

Must Read: Second Statement From Conservatives Against Trump. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: Last night, Conservatives Against Trump held their second meeting to discuss a third party alternative against Donald Trump. Below is the group’s statement agreed to at last night’s meeting: As economic, defense, and faith conservatives, we oppose Donald Trump and will not vote for him in the coming general election. Our objective is two-fold: the election of a conservative president and averting the debacle of a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders administration. To achieve these objectives, the candidacy of Donald Trump must be defeated. Among our many objections to Trump are his liberal positions, his authoritarian, bullying approach to leadership and his extra-constitutional tendencies. During this campaign, Donald Trump has demonstrated beyond doubt he is not a conservative.

‘How’s Joe Paterno?’: Trump asks Pittsburgh crowd about dead Penn State coach. By Des Bieler

Is Trump sabotaging himself? By Michael Gerson
Excerpt: Welcome to Donald Trump’s banana republic. “We’re going to have protests, demonstrations,” says Trump surrogate and confidante Roger Stone. “We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal. If you’re from Pennsylvania, we’ll tell you who the culprits are. We urge you to visit their hotel and find them.” This is the Trump-world version of a counterpunch. Lose in a delegate-selection process you’ve known about for a year but didn’t prepare for. Respond with brutish threats of mayhem and personal harm.


Worth Reading: BLACKMALE WHITEWASHING CLINTON. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

Joe Scarborough: Clinton Email Investigation 'Is Being Rigged'

Excerpt: Obama added, "and what I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are -- there’s classified, and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really 'top secret' top secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state, that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open source." (No wonder there is nothing left of US national security....  Remember, Obama had HC come to lunch at the WH a while back.....but he's not informed nor meddling.  Just gets his info from the papers.....Barb)

Clinton and Sanders reach the limits of their patience. By Dan Balz
Excerpt: Thursday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offered a revealing window into the current state of the Democratic campaign and a look at two candidates who have reached the limit of their patience with each other. What started out many months ago as a relatively civil contest, in which both Sanders and Clinton seemed to resist negative attacks, has descended into the kind of competition that raises questions about how easily the party will come together once a winner has been crowned.


WaPo Fact Checker: Recidivism Watch: Jane Sanders repeats Bernie Sanders’s Four Pinocchio claim that they released full tax returns
Excerpt: There is one entry from 2014 available for Sanders on the website of the Tax History Project: a Form 1040 (a summary of his federal income tax return) and a one-page Vermont state income tax return. But this is a summary of his tax filing that gives a snapshot of the couple’s finances, not what is considered a full tax return. Perhaps she is referring to the information filed in his financial disclosures, as required of members of Congress. But as the family’s keeper of tax records, she should know that’s not the same thing as a full tax return. (Who does he think he is--Donald Trump? ~Bob)

GE CEO: Bernie Sanders says we're 'destroying the moral fabric' of America. He's wrong. By Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of GE.
Excerpt: We at GE were interested to read comments Monday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who told the New York Daily News editorial board that GE is among the companies that are supposedly "destroying the moral fabric" of America. The senator had been asked to cite examples of corporate greed at its worst. Somehow that got him to talking about us. GE has been in business for 124 years, and we've never been a big hit with socialists. We create wealth and jobs, instead of just calling for them in speeches. We take risks, invest, innovate and produce in ways that today sustain 125,000 U.S. jobs. Our engineers innovate every day to build hardware and software solutions that meet real-world challenges. Our employees are proud of our company. I meet second- and third-generation employees whenever I travel across the country. ... The senator has never bothered to stop by our aviation plant in Rutland, Vt. We've been investing heavily (some $100 million in recent years), hiring and turning out some of the world's finest jet-engine components in Vermont since the 1950s.

Other Political News

The Public Pension Crisis. By Joshua D. Rauh

IRS CHIEF: AGENCY ENCOURAGES THEFT OF SSNS FOR ILLEGALS. 'It's in everybody's interest to have them pay the taxes they owe'
Excerpt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., during a session of the Senate Finance Committee about why the IRS appears to be collaborating with taxpayers who file tax returns using fraudulent information. ...“What we learned is that … the IRS continues to process tax returns with false W-2 information and issue refunds as if they were routine tax returns, and say that’s not really our job,” Coats said. “We also learned the IRS ignores notifications from the Social Security Administration that a name does not match a Social Security number, and you use your own system to determine whether a number is valid.” (Just as ass-backwards as Kerry saying some of billions of dollars will be used by Iran for terror but he hoped they would be dissuaded from "bad behaviors."  Right. --Barb)

Judge Lynn Adelman on John Doe records custody: ‘I don’t care about the law.’ By M.D. Kittle 
Excerpt: The presiding judge in a politically charged John Doe investigation didn’t even bother to review a warrant used in the September 2011 early morning armed raid on the home of a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker, according to bombshell allegations revealed Wednesday in federal court. Attorneys for Cindy Archer, who is suing Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his assistants on charges of violating her constitutional rights, said pay records reveal former John Doe Judge Neal Nettesheim “did not review the materials before him.”

The Wages of Socialism: Venezuela is in desperate need of a political intervention
Excerpt: Apart from the crude violation of the rule of law, Mr. Maduro’s commitment to confrontation matters because Venezuela, a country of 30 million people with some of the world’s largest oil reserves, is approaching a calamitous breakdown. Shops are empty of basic foods and medicines, and the government is within months of a foreign debt default. Severe water and electricity shortages have spread in recent weeks; inflation is in triple digits, and violent crime is soaring. The government’s only response has been nonsensical measures, such as decreeing a four-day workweek for all public employees. (Maybe we should send them Bernie to help. ~Bob)

Lower-Income Whites and Blacks Unite In Fear As Crime Soars Under Barack Obama
Excerpt: A growing majority of lower-income Americans — and especially African-Americans — are worried a great deal about rising crime, according to a new poll. But there’s little extra concern declared by upper-income, college-educated, Democratic-leaning Americans about rising crime or drug-use reaching into their neighborhoods. The Gallup poll discovered that 53 percent of respondents say they now “worry a great deal” about rising rates of crime and violence. (More coming soon with refugees who will not meld into society. --Barb)

Michelle Obama Took $4,945 Videographer With Her to Qatar. Spoke at summit sponsored by radical Qatari group
Excerpt: Mrs. Obama gave remarks at the summit, which was sponsored by the Qatar Foundation, a radical group that recently hosted a cleric at its mosque who said, “Jews and their helpers must be destroyed.” Other costs associated with the trip include $3,846 to rent a “passenger van without driver,” $4,120 to rent a mini van for the White House Military office, and $4,161 to rent sedans for the first lady’s staff. Hotel rooms at the Radisson Blu for security team members cost $16,204.  (Article from Jan 2015; Mass Media did not note MO speaking to radical organization.   Qatar notorious ....Wonder if her celebrity status/lifestyle will continue post WH, since she deems it such a "prison. --Barb)

Dem. Senator Praises Essay Arguing ‘Climate-Change Deniers Deserve Punishment’
Or as Sean Penn suggested, those that oppose Regime should be imprisoned in asylums for being crazy....Gee, just like in the USSR.  The climate changes daily.  However, the results of manmade geoengineering are NOT being addressed.  Just ignore those crazy patterns in the sky, those jets flying over your homes day and night spraying...what?  Nanoparticles of metal?  Trying to decrease CO2, sunlight, while UV counts soar as ozone is eaten away by their endeavors....Oh, there is manmade climate change, but not what the Regime wants you to believe...that you cause it by daring to live and breath and pass gas...and your numbers need to be decreased for the good of all, get it? --Barb 

Worth Reading: Hard War.  By Lt. Col. Kent S Ralston USMC (Ret.)
Excerpt: Western civilization is immolating itself on the sword of political correctness. Our leaders fail to recognize the existential threat that we now face and are unwilling to take the decisive actions necessary to combat the threat of radical jihadist Islamists. Leadership on both sides of the political spectrum refuse to identify how we might counter this threat. This is not necessarily a new type of threat that we have not experienced before. However, what is new is our refusal to properly utilize the tools at our disposal to combat this threat. We often hear our leadership say that it is against our values as Americans to use some of these ruthless but effective tools. Gen. George S. Patton once said, “War is cruel, ruthless and brutal and it takes a cruel, ruthless and brutal man to fight it!” It was the implementation of this approach that ultimately secured victory in 1945. Unfortunately, our nation does not presently possess Patton’s “cruel, ruthless and brutal man” in any senior leadership position in our government or military. Politicians and generals alike often state that it is against our long-held American values to target civilians or torture prisoners. However, our country’s history is replete with examples of our leadership doing what is necessary to win. We can only logically extrapolate that those who would refuse to fight hard war would be willing to sacrifice our lives and freedom on the altar of the absurd fallacies of American values crowd. (War has always been horrible in every way, with lots of suffering by innocents, lots of pointless destruction, incredible amounts of waste, terrible hardships on both fighters and civilians and the only way to decide if it was worth anything is to see if afterwards, anything is better that it otherwise would have been.  In a few wars, WW2 being the great example, the answer is yes for sure.  In other wars, the answer is harder to define clearly, and in some, the answer is clearly no. The most moral thing that can be done in a war is to fight as hard, and effectively and even brutally as possible to get it over and done with as soon as possible.  The short but very nasty war you win is much preferable to the long drawn out but not so nasty war or worse yet, the war you lose.  Somehow now very, very few people understand any of this, and there's some kinds of foolish assumptions that 1- war is obsolete, since smart people can always find a way to talk things out, and 2- even if you have to fight, you can do so in nice, neat ways and have close to no collateral damage even fighting people who hide among the population.  Both of these ideas are so stupid that it takes real ivory tower intellectuals to believe them, along with some Hollywood actors, musicians, philosophers, and assorted other people who choose to live in their own worlds.  The harsh reality is still there, and quite plain to see if only one can look for it with open eyes. --Del)

Appeals court ruling could allow those who can't get IDs to vote anyway

These War Games Will Determine the Future of the Marine Corps
Excerpt: Marines from the Corps' East Coast and West Coast expeditionary forces will spend several months this summer in a competition of sorts to help determine how the service will fight and train ten years from now. This week, top brass from around the Corps are meeting in an executive off-site meeting near Washington, D.C., to discuss a plan that will use war games to shape the future force. It's part of an initiative called Force 2025, said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, the deputy commandant of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, who described the plan to during a recent lecture at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In July, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller plans to choose one of two separately developed plans to shape the future force, Walsh said. On course of action favors an "evolutionary" approach, making changes in a more gradual fashion and building on existing methods and practices. The other, he said, is a "revolutionary" approach that emphasizes more "out of the box" ideas and disruptive thinking. (Adapt and Overcome".... a motto of the Corps.  Adapting to changing times and ways of fighting is a great idea.  I hope it works out well. What I also hope is that it doesn't involve women in the grunts, a monumentally stupid and counterproductive idea. --S/F Del. If it doesn't involve women grunts, the President, SecDef and SecNav will have their PC panties in a bunch. ~Bob)

Interesting: The Death of Liberalism. By Roger Cohen, NYT

Worth Reading: WaPo Fact Checker: Here are the facts behind that ’79 cent’ pay gap factoid.  
Excerpt: Indeed, in a town hall meeting in 2014, President Obama acknowledged some of this nuance: “What folks will tell you sometimes is you can’t really compare the situation, because a lot of women, by choice, end up working less when they have kids, decide to stay home, and so it’s not the same thing.” He went on to note that there are still examples of women getting paid less than men for “doing the exact same job.” That’s certainly the case, but it does not excuse a broad-brush approach that relies so much on a single factoid. So it’s long past time for politicians to stop repeating the “79 cent” factoid without the proper context — especially if they are giving speeches or airing ads on Equal Pay Day. Two Pinocchios

America needs a strategy for cyberdeterrence. By George F. Will

Bibles are being removed from Missing Man tributes at VA clinics and military bases. Why? By Todd Starnes         
Excerpt: It really takes a special kind of low-life to desecrate a military display honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action. Over the past several months the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has waged a campaign to have Bibles removed from “Missing Man” displays located on federal property. They claim the inclusion of the Bible is a violation of federal law. (The secularist fanatics keep up their attack on religion in general and Christianity in particular with no stopping, no slowing, no remotely reasonable judgment at all.  The Bible has been part of the Missing Man Table since the ceremony was originated, and whether it's a Protestant or Catholic version has never come up, and that it contains the Old Testament that Jews honor hasn't either.  We didn't have any US POWs who were Buddhists or Muslims or Shakers or Hindus at that time, so there's no one to really be left out or offended, and the Bible symbolizes faith in general.  To replace it with a "generic book" is like replacing the American flag with a "generic flag".  That wouldn't fly and this shouldn't either. Time to write your local newspaper and your congresspeople and express outrage at this stupid, unkind, and terribly inappropriate piece of PC crap.  Please pass on far and wide. --Del)

#AllCorruptionMatters: DOJ Employees in Ferguson and Trayvon Unit Used Taxpayer Cash for Airfare, Dentist Visits, and Dinners at Emeril's
Excerpt: Justice Department employees in the DOJ Community Relations Service have reported gross mismanagement and corruption to Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- but she has taken no action to investigate the problems. The Community Relations Service has been at the center of high-profile, racially charged controversies involving the Justice Department, including the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore and the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida. Multiple DOJ sources report to PJ Media a culture of incompetence and political decision-making by managers in the Justice Department component. The complaints also allege the use of federal money for personal travel, including one Atlanta manager flying to see a dentist in his hometown of Miami, and a Dallas manager flying to New Orleans on tax dollars to dine at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant in New Orleans.

Fed Judges Question Constitutionality Of Obama’s Prized Consumer Agency
Excerpt: A federal appeals court appears ready to declare the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unconstitutional, a major blow to the first new agency created under President Barack Obama.... CFPB has been an aggressive regulator, allegedly bullying banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions with costly actions designed to force compliance with the bureau’s anti-business rules on financial transactions.... The bureau also is one of the few regulatory agencies managed by a single director. (Since the feds started "protecting" consumers, credit card interest rates/penalty fees have gone through the roof, even on those with good credit scores...from around 7% to over 24%.  Thanks for interfering in supply and demand.  Meanwhile, Obama reportedly has "forgiven" massive amount of student loan debt....Barb)

Worth Reading: In the City of the Decadents. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Civilizations go through three stages; Barbaric, Vigorous and Decadent. We can find all the barbaric civilizations to suit an entire faculty's worth of anthropologists in the Middle East. And then back home we can see the decadent civilization that employs their kind to bemoan the West. Vigorous civilizations are a rarer breed. They change the world. But don't last. America used to be vigorous when it was moving west, producing at record rates and becoming a world power. It is growing decadent. And decadent civilizations fall to barbarians. The barbaric civilization is purely crude. It runs on kinship. It is pre-rational and its guiding ethos is self-esteem often misspelled as honor. It has no notion of enduring facts or objective reasoning. It is incapable of recognizing inconsistencies in its code because truth is whatever it feels at a given time.

Worth Reading: The Fight for the Presidency Should Not Matter So Much. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: We have five black robed masters who have determined that they and they alone can set the boundaries of morality for 320 million people. Instead of trusting the people themselves or the duly elected representatives of the people in fifty semi-sovereign states, these five black robed masters have determined that a heterogenous nation will be homogenous sharing the same values across the fruited plan. So naturally all sides now have a very vested interest in the election of the President who nominates our black robed, life tenured masters. At the same time, we have a federal bureaucracy that involves itself down to the street level of small municipalities, demanding compliance with regulations set in far off Washington that are shaped by a field of lobbyists with vested financial interests for various trade groups that must justify their existence. Every public pool needs a handicapped accessible chair on the off chance that on one occasion someone might need it to get in a pool. Dish washer detergent is regulated to make it less effective in the name of the environment. The zika virus spreads and the government wants to spend millions to study it instead of spraying DDT to kill the damn mosquitoes.

Worth Hearing: Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?
For a real rape culture, see ISIS or Muslim immigrants in Europe. ~Bob

Truth Will Out: The Latest Meteorologist Survey Destroys The Global Warming Climate 'Consensus'. By James Taylor
Excerpt: Barely half of American Meteorological Society meteorologists believe global warming is occurring and humans are the primary cause, a newly released study reveals. The survey results comprise the latest in a long line of evidence indicating the often asserted global warming consensus does not exist. The American Meteorological Society, working with experts at George Mason University and Yale University, emailed all AMS members for whom the AMS had a mailing address (excluding associate members and student members) and asked them to fill out an online survey on global warming. More than 1,800 AMS meteorologists filled out the survey, providing a highly representative view of scientists with meteorological, climatological, and atmospheric science expertise. (Personally I am disappointed that half of them still believe that whatever is happening is related to human activity (meaning CO2 generation from burning fossil fuels), and they seem not to care that the last 18+ years of satellite data indicate no overall warming.  But at least it does blow away the "overwhelming scientific consensus" nonsense that the hopped-up activists love to spout.  Of course, as always, the real facts are immaterial to them, it's only what they can quote to support their ideas that matte. --Del. No wonder the progressive fascists want to arrest "dissidents" to silence them. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

The War on Women: Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti: Driving Will Expose Women ‘to Evil’
Excerpt: Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin-Abdullah al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s top Islamic cleric, defended the kingdom’s ban on female drivers by alleging that women will be exposed to new evils behind the wheel. He told Almajd, a religious television channel, “that men with ‘weak spirits’ and who are ‘obsessed with women’ could cause female drivers harm.” He also cheered the ban because the female’s family members “would not know the whereabouts” of the woman if she could drive by herself. (Can't wrap my mind around how all these pro-Muslim and Muslim Brotherhood folks like Obama and his Regime, Hillary and her Huma, can coexist with women's rights folks and gay rights folks.....  They typically annihilate one another; so, must be delusional rhetoric to lure the naive.  Shame on GM, Ford, et al, for tempting females. --Barb)


This week’s damning “60 Minutes” report shows just how absurd our War on Terror is. We now know that classified portions of the 9/11 Report revealed Saudi involvement. Yet we still support the regime. By MARCY WHEELER
I have been reading a fascinating book called The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark about how the European powers drifted into World War I. He has a lengthy opening section about late 19th/ early 20th Century Austro-Serbian relations and how complicated the inter-relationship was between the Serbian government and the terrorist groups that actually planned and carried out the Sarajevo assassinations. If you think it's tough to tease out the Saudi government vs Wahabbi/Al Queda terrorism today, try the Black Hand and the regicide Serb army officers a hundred years ago.  --PLM

Frank Gaffney: Obama, Bono, Other Migration Advocates ‘Truly Blind to the Nature of the Enemy We’re Facing’
Excerpt: Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy and a senior policy adviser to presidential candidate Senator  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), tells Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon his view on rock singer Bono’s call for a new, America-funded “Marshall Plan” to prop up nations in the Middle East and Africa, along with bringing even more migrants into Europe. "A Marshall Plan for what?” Gaffney asked. “Are we talking about essentially enabling Europe to be repopulated by non-Europeans, who will transform it from a part of the free world, Western civilization, into something that is almost certainly hostile to the free world?” (Gaffney has both eyes open. --Barb)

US reportedly has plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels in case cease-fire fails
NO SUCH THING AS "MODERATE REBELS."  New plan?  This is the old crud รก la McCain.  So did the CIA or DOD win on whose rebels are getting money?  All this will go to the caliphate.  Kurds are the ones who need help....Sen. Graham calls it "half-assed" and says "probably won't happen." --Barb

ISIS magazine takes credit for Obama shift in hostage negotiations
Excerpt: ISIS claimed victory Wednesday for the Obama administration’s summer shift in allowing hostage negotiations with terrorists, posting an article in the radical Islamist group’s online magazine declaring, “it’s clear that violence is the only message they will respond to.” The article, in the new issue of the Islamic State’s “Dabiq” magazine released Wednesday, is attributed to ISIS hostage and British photojournalist John Cantlie. Titled “The Blood of Shame,” it’s illustrated with a picture of President Obama and side-by-side covers of two newspapers: The Daily Telegraph, showing an ISIS executioner slitting a hostage’s throat, and The New York Daily News, showing Obama smiling in a golf cart. (How's that "Continue on with your daily life and ignore tragedy" story working for Regime?  Obama has long-since abandoned prior US tradition of not negotiating with terrorists; done so secretly with mullahs in Iran, Castro bros in Cuba and we don't know who else.....  All the black anarchists who think they are about to receive their reparations with their "safe space" kingdom carved from the US do not realize they stand on shifting and sinking sands.  Per article, Obama and his lifestyle/actions are more fodder for ISIS recruitment than all his verbiage about Gitmo causing it.  --Barb)

Militant Islamists behead two hostages in restive Philippine province

London: Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar! Kill the Jews” harasses Jewish teens

California: Muslim couple charged with keeping housekeeper as slave. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Why not? Muhammad bought slaves: “Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: There came a slave and pledged allegiance to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) on migration; he (the Holy Prophet) did not know that he was a slave. Then there came his master and demanded him back, whereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Sell him to me. And he bought him for two black slaves, and he did not afterwards take allegiance from anyone until he had asked him whether he was a slave (or a free man).” (Muslim 3901) Muhammad took female Infidel captives as slaves: “Narrated Anas: The Prophet offered the Fajr Prayer near Khaibar when it was still dark and then said, ‘Allahu-Akbar! Khaibar is destroyed, for whenever we approach a (hostile) nation (to fight), then evil will be the morning for those who have been warned.’ Then the inhabitants of Khaibar came out running on the roads. The Prophet had their warriors killed, their offspring and woman taken as captives. Safiya was amongst the captives. She first came in the share of Dahya Alkali but later on she belonged to the Prophet. The Prophet made her manumission as her ‘Mahr.’” (Bukhari 5.59.512) Mahr is bride price: Muhammad freed her and married her. But he didn’t do this to all his slaves:

Terror Task Force Chair: South America’s Drug Cartels Are Looking to Work with Terrorists

EXCLUSIVE – Source: Iran Resumes Funding of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group

Obama and Kerry funneling them more $$ as they insist the treaty doesn't cover their missile program, either.  Kerry noted that Iran may continue to act badly.....Right. --Barb

Calls grow for Obama to declassify 9/11 docs ahead of Saudi trip
Excerpt: President Obama is facing renewed pressure to declassify and release 28 pages of sealed documents regarding the 9/11 terror attacks that some suspect show a Saudi connection, ahead of a planned presidential trip next week to Saudi Arabia. Both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations have refused to unseal the documents, claiming it would jeopardize national security. Critics counter that the reluctance is a calculated move to hide Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 2001 attacks.  New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS’ “60 Minutes” she believes the documents, which she has seen, should be made available to the family members of 9/11 victims. (Highly recommend this book:
Amazon review:  From the perspective of a Boeing 767 captain and former "special activities" contract pilot, Philip Marshall straps the reader into the cockpits of hijacked commercial airliners to tell the story of the most sophisticated terrorist attack in history. Based on a comprehensive ten-year study into the murders of his fellow pilots on 9/11, he explains how hijackers, novice pilots at the controls of massive guided missiles, were able to beat United States Air Force fighters to iconic targets with advanced maneuvering, daring speeds and a kamikaze finish. The best book on 9/11 and the false terrorism created in the Post 9/11 World. Philip Marshall explains Saudi Arabian Intelligence agents role in 9/11, false flag operations, false reports of Weapons of Mass Destruction, false flag terrorism, false Anthrax threats, media created and al Qaeda disinformation on the 9/11 attack. (Marshall was found dead, his children shot and the family dog shot.  Ruled "murder/suicide."  Right. --Barb)

Nigeria 'should investigate secret slaughter' of Shias
The most frequent victims of Allahmurder are, by far, other Muslims. ~Bob

Are Islamists using the German military as training ground?

Of Interest

Satire: How The Republican and Democrat Primaries Really Work

Strawberries are Now the Most Contaminated Produce
Excerpt: Some of the chemicals detected on strawberries are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems according to the nonprofit environmental research organization. Strawberries were once a seasonal crop, but with the heavy use of pesticides, yields grew stretching the fruit’s growing season.... EWG reports that each acre in California is treated with an astonishing 300 pounds of pesticides.

Interesting: This study 40 years ago could have reshaped the American diet. But it was never fully published.
Excerpt:  "Broste also suggested that at least part of the reason for the incomplete publication of the data might have been human nature. The Minnesota investigators had a theory that they believed in — that reducing blood cholesterol would make people healthier. Indeed, the idea was widespread and would soon be adopted by the federal government in the first dietary recommendations. So when the data they collected from the mental patients conflicted with this theory, the scientists may have been reluctant to believe what their experiment had turned up." (The science was settled. Until it wasn't. --Joe)

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