Saturday, September 23, 2017

Studying Vietnam

Studying the Vietnam War. How the scholarship has changed. By Mark Atwood Lawrence
Excerpt: But there is another, less noticed reason for renewed attention to the Vietnam War: Spectacular new source material has transformed the possibilities for writing about the subject. Some of this new documentation has emerged from U.S. archives as a result of declassification in the last decade or so. Records from the Nixon and Ford presidencies (1969–1977), especially, are making it possible for historians to write with more confidence and in greater detail about the final stages of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, long a relatively neglected era of the war. Indeed, the last phase of U.S. military operations has recently spawned an especially contentious debate on one of the most fundamental controversies about Vietnam: Could the United States and its South Vietnamese allies have won the war if the American public had not turned against it? Provocative new works by Lewis Sorley and Gregory Daddis lead the way in arguing for and against, respectively, the notion that the U.S. military could have secured overall victory, if not for crumbling political support within the United States. (Very nicely done. I only wish there was more noting of how Hanoi has released only a fraction of its secret files. And the truth is that the debate will never be ended, no matter what the evidence presented. Those who choose to see it as complicated but in the end a mistake for the USA to get involved versus those who see it as less complicated and just a failed attempt at Containment due to loss of will to fight. --Del. Hell, we're still re-fighting the Civil War. ~Bob)

Only whites racist?

Ohio State tells students only white people can be racist
Excerpt: The African American attendee also asked Wellman point-blank if white people were the only people who could be racist. Wellman said yes.

Boycotting the NFL?

If, like me, you are boycotting the NFL, here's a list of sponsors who might want to know.
No, I don't have email addresses for them. But this might also be of interest:


The Obamas Have Spent Over $44,351,777.12 In Taxpayer Cash On Travel
Excerpt:    The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-trvaeled, expensive” president in our nation’s history.

Women have a quarter of the brainpower of men

Saudi cleric says women have 'a quarter of the intellect' of men
Excerpt: In Saudi Arabia, where women cannot drive, a senior state cleric has ruled women should not be allowed behind the wheel because they have "a quarter the brainpower of men". Sheikh Saad al-Hajari, the head of the government's religious edict authority in the southern province of Assir, recently made the comments at a lecture on "the evils of allowing women to drive", Saudi daily Sabq reported on Wednesday. "It is not their fault, but women lack intellect do they not?" Hajari asked an audience. "Their lack of intellect does not harm their piousness because they are made that way," he said, explaining that in Islam a woman's testimony is worth half of a man's.


'I Beheaded The First Woman' - Alton Nolen Interviews Played In Trial
Excerpt: Nolen said in the interview that the Quran taught him that anyone who oppressed him should be beheaded, and he talked a lot about his own interpretation of the Muslim religion. When asked if he felt remorse or regret for his actions, Nolen responded "no". He said he would go to heaven.

Except it was "Harvey."

How it ends

Friday, September 22, 2017

Single Payer

Worth Reading: 13 Reasons Why ... Single-Payer Would Be a Disaster
Excerpt: If the title of this piece sounds familiar, perhaps it's because you've heard something about the adolescent angsty suicide drama, "13 Reasons Why." Adolescents are notoriously difficult to reason with. They tend to live in the present. They believe pie-in-the-sky promises. They want what they want. When they are warned about the possible consequences of their impending decisions, they frequently disregard the wisdom and experience in any such advice. And when the consequences of their poor decisions come to bear, adolescents feign ignorance: "I didn't think this would happen!" they wail. Democrats' love affair with single-payer health care is a textbook example of adolescent thinking. So here are 13 reasons why we must be grown-ups about ridiculous proposals like the one being floated by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders:

Tattoo Ink

Excerpt: Tattoo ink is made up of various organic and inorganic pigments, which can be tainted with toxic element impurities. Researchers from Germany and France wanted to know whether, and how, this material affects the body. To answer this question, they examined skin and lymph tissue of four tattooed and two non-tattooed human corpses. They found ink in both the skin and lymph nodes of two of the four tattooed patients. Those bodies also had elevated levels of aluminum, chromium, iron, nickel and copper. All four of the inked individuals had higher levels of titanium in the skin and nodes. Using a high-tech X-ray light, the researchers found lymph nodes tinted with the color of the tattoo.

Abusing women

House IT Worker At Center Of Scandal Allegedly Abused Three Muslim Women

Refugee sexually assaults 4, including 7 year old.

Nashua man accused of sexually assaulting girls
Excerpt: Mohammod Rafique is facing six charges, including two counts of felonious sexual assault. Nashua police said the incident happened in late August and involves four girls, including a 7-year-old.

The Jews

The Jews: Don’t Lay the Plame on Me. By Jim geraghty
Excerpt: If Valerie Plame always had a certain interest in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, it would explain a few things, wouldn’t it? Thursday’s controversy began with former CIA employee Plame tweeting out a link to an article headlined, “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” The article’s sub-headline asked, “Shouldn’t they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?” (Got that? If you are a particular religion, you should not deal with Middle East policy at all, because your religion will automatically skew your judgment. Good thing Christianity and Islam don’t have any ties to the Middle East, right? I guess the author would prefer that U.S. foreign policy in the region was managed by Scientologists.) UP NEXT 5 Reasons why Single-Payer is a Bad Idea 00:28 01:30 Powered by The article — which I won’t link to, go find it yourself — was pretty explicit in the insistence that Jews couldn’t be trusted to work on American foreign policy:

The Navy

The Navy – It’s Not a Job, It’s a Total Cluster. By Ray Starmann, Editor in Chief at US Defense Watch
Excerpt: The US Navy, the mighty and heroic service that beat the tar out of America’s enemies for 240 years; the force that won brilliant victories at Midway, Manila Bay, Leyte Gulf, Lake Erie and a thousand other places is no more. The US Navy that refused to surrender and ‘had not begun to fight’ under the leadership of John Paul Jones, is now too incompetent to fight anyone; and every American should be seriously concerned. To paraphrase Oliver Perry, “We have met the enemy and it is cultural Marxism and social engineering.” The latest debacle to engulf the Navy was reported yesterday in a myriad of media outlets, including US Defense Watch. According to Fox News: The majority of ships operating in the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, where two destroyers have been involved in fatal collisions since June, weren’t certified to conduct basic operations at sea related to war-fighting, according to U.S. Navy records. As of late June, eight of the 11 cruisers and destroyers in the Seventh Fleet, and their crew members, weren’t certified by the U.S. Navy to conduct “mobility seamanship,” or basic steering of the ship, according to U.S. Navy records provided to two House Armed Services subcommittees. (An article I hate to read and pass on. But it's on point, and should be seen by every voting American. If PC insanity is not dialled way back in our military, our actual capacity to take on anyone, anywhere, will continue to plummet. And in this world, we simply cannot afford that. --Del)

Thursday, September 21, 2017


It looks like Obama did spy on Trump just as he did to me Excerpt:  According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too. But we’re missing the bigger story. If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intelligence agencies secretly surveilled at least a half dozen Trump associates. And those are just the ones we know about. [Note that this item is sourced from The Hill, not exactly a right-leaning outlet.  When Attkisson’s computer hack was acknowledged by CBS, it was a really big deal for those on both sides of the political divide.  For about an hour.  By then, it was plain that Attkisson’s politics were neither leftist enough for the left NOR rightist enough for the right.  The media buried the story, and few cared enough to pay much attention.  Her suit remains in court at this time, though summary dismissal has been denied.  This is an important issue.  Any tactic that can be used by either side can–and will–be used against the other at some future time.  It is in everyone’s interest that these abuses be stopped and punished severely, lest they become routine.  Link may not be live. Ron P.]


Parents divided in opinion after gender neutral teacher sends note home with 5th graders

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Not verified.

Soviet Sub

How The CIA Found A Soviet Sub — Without The Soviets Knowing

Monday, September 18, 2017


Danish government on Muslim migrant crime: “Worst situation since 2nd World War”
Excerpt: The rule of law is imploding in Denmark as “low-tech jihad” and migrant gangs take over the streets. The Danish government should not be surprised. But it appears to be. Thousands of incidents involving loosened wheel bolts on cars, large rocks or cinder blocks thrown from highway overpasses, and thin steel wires strung across bicycle paths meant to decapitate unsuspecting cyclists, is spreading a growing sense of horror among the Danes. In almost all cases, the perpetrators have turned out to be from MENAP countries (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan). In the latest development of what has been characterized as “massive low-tech jihad,” gangs of migrants and refugees of Arab or North African descent are now shooting innocent people at random in the capital city of Copenhagen, placing in danger the lives of both locals and visitors to this popular tourist city.


DUMB: BLM Activist Shaun King Accuses Philadelphia Eagles of Racism for Refusing to Sign Kaepernick
Excerpt: Once again, the problem for Mr. King is his lack of understanding that professional football is a business with a customer base known as the general public. This includes some people who are sympathetic to Black Lives Matter protestors, and others who aren’t. In reality, no one has deprived Colin Kaepernick of his First Amendment rights to free speech. At the same time, no business has an obligation to hire and pay someone millions of dollars for the privilege of potentially angering millions of their customer base and potentially causing themselves financial harm. People also seem to forget that Kaepernick was under contract. He got greedy and opted out, gambling he’d make more money. He took the risk, and should have known the reward was not guaranteed. The problem for a player like Kaepernick is that football is a team game where the quarterback manages the offense, but that doesn’t always make him the best player on the team.

Teenage Refugee

London Bombing: Parsons Green terror suspect (18) was arrested by chance as he tried to flee the country
Excerpt: The teenager is thought to have arrived in Britain three-years ago as an orphan refugee, who had travelled across Europe to get to the so-called Jungle camp at Calais. As an unaccompanied child he was allowed entry to the UK and after being processed through a migrant centre in Kent, was found a home with a foster family in Sunbury on Thames.


No Good Options in North Korea?
Excerpt: First, rising missiles in their boost phase are easiest to detect and destroy. During boost phase, missiles are moving at their slowest velocity, making them easier to shoot down. They also burn more fuel at this point in their trajectory, giving them their hottest infrared signature and making them easier to detect at long range. In addition, missiles in boost phase cannot employ evasive maneuvers or deploy multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (or MIRVs) — unlike descending ICBMs in terminal phase. ... Fortunately, the technology for developing a purely kinetic space-based system — the so-called Brilliant Pebbles system — has been available since the early 1990s. [Hot diggitty damn! Somebody remembers the stuff we were talking about in the 80s: a MORAL defensive solution to incoming missile threats that has NO CONCEIVABLE OFFENSIVE USE. Of course, it would be opposed by every leftist because they don’t WANT us to be defended; so they’ll claim a purely defensive thing is “destabilizing” and therefore actually an offensive weapon. That largely worked in the 80s. But, there is now a clearly certifiable mad man running North Korea claiming he has nukes. And, our cost to do this is minuscule compared with even one near-miss by a nuke. The speed with which it could be done is also impressive. If the South Koreans and Japanese are really smart, they might well build this on their own; they can afford it and the equipment is largely off-the-shelf. Wouldn’t THAT poke a stick into the eye of any potential aggressor nation? Link above may not be live. Ron P.]

Police violence?

Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare
Excerpt: This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence — and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small. The media’s acceptance of the false narrative poisons the relations between law enforcement and black communities throughout the country and results in violent protests that destroy property and sometimes even claim lives. Perhaps even more importantly, the narrative distracts from far more serious problems that black Americans face.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

No problem

Excerpt: Jewish groups are disappointed that the Crown will not bring charges against two imams who made anti-Semitic statements, including a call for the death of Jews, in a Montreal mosque, due to the amount of time that’s passed. Wael al-Ghitawi and Sayed al-Ghitawi gave the contentious sermons at the Al-Andalous Islamic Centre in the St-Laurent borough of Montreal in 2014.

Cotton is offensive

The president of the college invites some Black students to his home for a home cooked meal, and they are totally bent out of shape because a table decoration uses cotton blooms, and dinner includes corn bread, mac&cheese, and collard greens.  Fairly typical Southern food, but they jump to the conclusion that he's tried to make "Black food' for them.... which is insulting.
When they asked him about why cotton, since it seems racist to them, his reply is that how can it be racist if we're all wearing it?  They take this as a snide dismissal of their deep concerns.
So the college president holds a dinner at his home just for Black students, he and his wife eat with them, talk about their lives, go out of their way to be hospitable, and all that happens is they find ways to be upset about everything.
How in hell can anyone expect things to ever get better when this level of hypersensitivity has been created and seems to be growing?


Four female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station on Sunday, a prosecutor said. A woman was arrested.


Coming out as a conservative

Welcome Home

Welcome Home, Long Overdue

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Battle of Okinawa

Worth Reading: Okinawa: Remembering who we once were
Excerpt: I have walked a dozen battlefields, from Hastings and Normandy to Marathon and Moscow, but there was something especially savage about the fighting in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the Second World War. Read Alabama-born E.B. Sledge’s classic memoir With the Old Breed and you get a glimpse of one man’s personal horror on this and other islands. Only the fighting on the Eastern Front between Germany and the Soviet Union matched it in ferocity. And while Americans quite rightly celebrate Operation Overlord (more popularly known as “D-Day”) and the subsequent liberation of Europe, the Battle of Okinawa was similar in scale, longer in duration, and saw far more casualties, but, for some unknown reason, it remains obscure in the American mind. Consider it statistically. According to historian George Feifer, 22,000 tons of matériel were delivered to Iwo Jima daily during the heat of that battle. That is only 15 percent of the total necessary to sustain soldiers on Okinawa. Moreover, the invasion force consisted of 1,457 ships covering more than thirty square miles of ocean and involved roughly half a million men. In contrast to the cross-Channel Overload invasion, forces for “Operation Iceberg,” the codename for the Okinawa invasion, were deployed from bases in San Francisco—6,200 miles away—and Pearl Harbor—more than 4,000 miles away. It was an awesome feat of logistics. By the time the Battle of Okinawa was over, 14,000 American boys—and they were, mostly, boys—had made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Benefits of Hurricanes

Worth Reading: Thinking the Unthinkable about Hurricanes.By Brian C. Joondeph
Excerpt: First, if global warming has been occurring for the past several decades, at least since Time and Newsweek warned us in the mid 1970s of the perils of the coming ice age, why are Harvey and Irma the first major hurricanes to hit the US since 2005? We should have been getting pounded each and every year with ever more severe hurricanes. Didn’t Al Gore tell us that Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was just the beginning? Why the 12-year hurricane drought? Second, if global warming is causing more superstorms, why is Hurricane Irma ranked only number seven in severity of storms to hit the US? The worst being in 1935, before SUVs existed and when air conditioners were a rare luxury. ... Suppose hurricanes happen for a different reason? What if there are benefits from hurricanes, a necessary part of the Earth’s ecosystem? Could hurricanes be Mother Nature’s way of driving the Earth through a high-pressure car wash? Despite the devastation caused by major hurricanes, these may be part of an ecosystem cycle, much in the way the National Park Service describes forest fires. Necessary and beneficial, despite their destruction.

Friday, September 15, 2017


The Ivory Spires of the SPLC “Poverty Palace”
Excerpt: SPLC tax forms from 2014 reveal that in one year, the 501(c)3 nonprofit transferred nearly $5.5 million to multiple bank accounts in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. The bulk of these financial transfers occurred on March 1, 2015, in which two separate transfers were made to two accounts at the same address in Canana Bay, Cayman Islands. ... The SPLC pays its staff surprisingly well. In 2015, the organization spent $20 million on salaries, but only spent $61,000 on legal services. This, despite boasting of a staff of 75 lawyers for the purpose of litigating on behalf of “children’s rights, economic justice, immigrant justice, LGBT rights, and criminal justice reform.” The minimum it paid officers, directors, trustees, or key employees, in base salary in 2015 was $140,000—this in Alabama, a state where the mean salary for religious and education directors (which includes private school principals) was $40,820 in 2015. SPLC president and CEO Richard Cohen was paid $346,218 in base compensation, while SPLC founder and chief trial counsel Morris Dees earned $329,560 in compensation, and $42,000 in additional reportable non-taxable benefits.


A glimpse of the party’s dark side in Vietnam. By Kenichi Yoshida / Yomiuri Shimbun Hanoi Bureau Chief
Excerpt: It is said that the Vietnamese government abducted Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of PetroVietnam Construction JSC, part of the state energy company PetroVietnam, when he was staying in Germany, in late July, and brought him back to Vietnam. He had been wanted internationally by the Vietnamese government for allegedly causing an enormous loss to the construction company. The Vietnamese government announced that Thanh voluntarily turned himself in to police authorities in Hanoi. In response to the announcement, the German government determined that he was abducted. Germany strongly criticized Vietnam, describing the abduction of Thanh as an “unprecedented and blatant violation of German and international law.” The German government ordered a staff member of the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany accused of being included in the abduction to leave Germany. The abduction site was a high-traffic park adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The former chairman, who was said to have sought asylum in Germany, seemed to have been transferred by an overland route to Eastern Europe after his abduction and then brought back to Vietnam by air. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel described the abduction method as reminiscent of Cold War spy movies. (I have to laugh.... "the Party's dark side".... what other side is there? --Del)

St. Louis

St. Louis police said four cops have been assaulted as protests turned violent Friday night following the acquittal of a white officer who killed a black suspect.


Why Did America Fight the Vietnam War?

Harvard backs down

Statement from Dean Elmendorf regarding the invitation to Chelsea Manning to be a Visiting Fellow
Excerpt: However, I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility. I still think that having her speak in the Forum and talk with students is consistent with our longstanding approach, which puts great emphasis on the value of hearing from a diverse collection of people. But I see more clearly now that many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations. In particular, I think we should weigh, for each potential visitor, what members of the Kennedy School community could learn from that person’s visit against the extent to which that person’s conduct fulfills the values of public service to which we aspire. This balance is not always easy to determine, and reasonable people can disagree about where to strike the balance for specific people. Any determination should start with the presumption that more speech is better than less. In retrospect, though, I think my assessment of that balance for Chelsea Manning was wrong. Therefore, we are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellow—and the perceived honor that it implies to some people—while maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum. (See comments here:


Harvard makes convicted spy Chelsea Manning a 'fellow,' igniting firestorm
My friend, retired Army LtCol. and highly regarded writer of military science fiction, Tom Kratman, says, "Hiring Manning just indicates that not only is western civilization doomed, it deserves to die." (I didn't know treason was an academic credential! ~Bob)

Please Sir, may I have another?

A source told Fox News that ISIS has claimed responsibility
They will never learn. Not the UK, and not the US. ~Bob

Boycott the NFL

NFL In Panic Mode After What Full List Of Every Player Who Protested This Season So Far Shows
I didn't watch last year (including the Super bowl & I'm a Pats fan), and I'm boycotting the NFL again this year. ~Bob

AntiFa or Anti-Semetic

‘Anti-Fascist’ Fascists Fail to Stop Jewish Speech at Berkeley
That grant to Berkley by the national park service is our tax dollars at work. Isn't it wonderful. -Terry

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Security at the State Department's Benghazi compound was so dire that another contractor was brought in to clean up the mess just two weeks before the 2012 terror attack – and was later pressured to keep quiet by a government bureaucrat under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to two men from the American security company.

Good for him

Former CIA Acting Director Mike Morrell resigned from Harvard Kennedy School over its hiring of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rape consent at 14?

Government agency denied Rotherham sex abuse survivor (14) compensation after telling her she 'consented'

Looters Welcome



Russia Sought A Broad Reset With Trump, Secret Document Shows. A Russian proposal obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals Moscow’s ambitious plan to break with the past and launch a major rapprochement with the United States.

Self Government is domed

Burn It All Down: Just 26% Of Americans Can Name The Three Branches Of Government

Trump & his Supporters

Trump and His Supporters Care about ‘Wins,’ Not Ideology by Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Aghast conservatives are probably exaggerating the significance of the move in terms of policy and tactics. Fights over the debt limit rarely yield the rewards conservatives hope for. But the move could have lasting consequences. Why? Here’s a clue: According to reports, the president was ecstatic over the favorable coverage he received for his “bipartisanship.” “I got a call early this morning,” Schumer told the New York Times. “He said, ‘This was so great!’ Here’s what he said: ‘Do you watch Fox News?’ I said, ‘Not really.’ ‘They’re praising you!’ Meaning me. But he said, ‘And your stations’ — I guess meaning MSNBC and CNN — ‘are praising me! This is great!’” Despite his “fake news” refrain, Trump doesn’t hate the mainstream media the way his most ardent supporters do. They sincerely believe it’s a hostile opponent in the culture war, while Trump’s anger is more that of a jilted lover. His whole life has been marked by an obsession with publicity.

Wha' happened?

My Quest to Discover What Happened
Hillary's Excuse Tour seems solidly within the progressive tradition established by Obama's Apology Tour in 2009. ~Bob

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Opioid Crisis Has Reached a New High

Opioid Crisis Has Reached a New High

Seattle Democrat

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced plans to resign following multiple accusations of sexual abuse.
Paragraph Ten: Before being elected mayor in 2013, Murray was a long-time Democrat state lawmaker ...

Monday, September 11, 2017

Trump and Kelly

During a summer of crisis, Trump chafes against criticism and new controls
Excerpt: And some of Trump’s friends fear that the short-tempered president is on an inevitable collision course with White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly. Trump chafes at some of the retired Marine Corps general’s moves to restrict access to him since he took the job almost a month ago, said several people close to the president. They run counter to Trump’s love of spontaneity and brashness, prompting some Trump loyalists to derisively dub Kelly “the church lady” because they consider him strict and morally superior.

Cultural Appropriation

Three Cheers for Cultural Appropriation. By BARI WEISS, New York Times
Excerpt: I haven’t watched MTV’s annual Video Music Awards since Bill Clinton was president. I was wearing a plastic choker and Alanis Morissette won for “Ironic.” But I wish I had tuned in this Sunday night. The award show was a veritable orgy — not of sex, but of cultural appropriation. First up was Kendrick Lamar, whose backup dancers wore ninja outfits as they scaled a wall of fire. While the popular rapper went home with an armload of trophies, he was criticized for borrowing Asian dress. Later, Katy Perry, who just recently finished an apology tour for her previous sins of cornrows and kimonos, “snatched” off her long blond wig — a bit that was torn apart for caricaturing African-American women. Luckily for Ms. Perry, the floodlights lingered longer on her nemesis, Taylor Swift, who unveiled a new video that was immediately blasted for appropriating Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Speaking of Queen B, I’m just waiting for the charge that she’s exploited Persian culture by naming her new daughter Rumi after the 13th-century Sufi poet. And that’s just the rap sheet from a single night in pop music. Charges of cultural appropriation are being hurled at every corner of American life: the art museum, the restaurant, the movie theater, the fashion show, the novel and, especially, the college campus. If there’s a safe space left, I’m not aware of it.