Saturday, May 27, 2017

Poland & Europe

Polish PM on Manchester Attack: ‘Europe, Rise from Your Knees or You’ll Be Crying over Your Children Every Day’

Friday, May 26, 2017

I am not a hot-house flower

I am not a Hot-House Flower
Robert A. Hall

I am not a hot-house flower
Sheltered from all care,
Protected from the wide, wide world,
And all that lurks out there.

I am not a Tinker Bell
Who's never been so bold
As have a thought that's contrary
To all that I've been told.

I am not a sweet snowflake
Afraid to hear a word
That disagrees with all my peers
And everything I've heard.

I am not a hot-house flower
Kept safe from every fear
And if you say things I don't like,

I'll cover up my ears!

Poverty?

Positive Poverty News Clearly Shows a Job and Economic Growth are the Keys to Ending Poverty, Not Government Programs

Ben Carson

So Dr. Ben Carson, who came from poverty and worked his way to a very high function in society, says in an interview that sometimes what contributes to poverty is a negative mindset. He points out that some people will climb their way back up from poverty if you take everything away from them, while others will descend into poverty even if they win the lottery. Both of these are valid statements. Saying a mindset can "contribute" to poverty is no more invalid than saying that a mindset can contribute to success.

So what happens? Heads explode all across the progressive stage, furor arises, the news focuses on this, an apology is demanded, and he is again vilified as an ignorant Far Right extremist.

Uhh... but he didn't say anything that isn't sensible, reasonable, and he more than most has every right to that view. None of that matters, of course, because he strayed way over the PC line and that simply cannot be borne. The nasty idiocy rolls on. --Del

Minnesota

Minnesota: Muslims arrested with guns and bomb-making materials get only light charges
Excerpt: A single felony weapons charge for “a loaded AK-47, another rifle, a handgun, a grenade, large amounts of ammunition, and what would later be identified as bomb-making materials, including a drone.”

Christians in Philippines

Islamists besieging Marawi, southern Philippines, kill 9 Christians at checkpoint

Coexist


Inviting the chickens home to roost


National BBQ day?


Terror Response


Philippines

Philippine army launches attacks against ISIS-linked terrorist group

Egypt

Masked gunmen kill 28 in attack on Christians in Egypt

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Still Here

Three years ago, on May 26, I was in the VA hospital. I was holding at 90% oxygen saturation, the bare minimum, with 100% oxygen running--which you can't keep up. The doctor said I had no where to go, but he could put me on a ventilator breathing tube, but I should know many people never came off them. I said "throw the dice." The doctors and nurses were looking grim and Bonnie was telling people I was continuing to deteriorate. I fought throw it, came off the tube six days later and the doctor said of the hundreds of patients he had put on breathing tubes over the years, i tolerated it better than anyone. I said thank Parris Island. And I think the hundreds of people who were praying for me.


Russia

American voters consider Russia an enemy of the U.S. rather than an ally by a 36-point margin, according to the latest Fox News Poll. In contrast, by a 53-point spread, most voters think President Trump sees it the other way around.

Terrorists


Memorial Day

My Word: War and Remembrance – My truth endures from Grandpa, Lt. Persons
A reminder of what should never be forgotten or neglected, but sometimes, too often, is. I must take minor issue with the second-last sentence. It says we all sacrificed with the trust that it would be spent wisely, but I would amend that to a hope rather than a trust. A hope that I am afraid did not exactly come to pass. But that does not invalidate in the slightest the sacrifices our people have always made in the hope of bringing about something better. It is only in the judgment that comes from above that sacrifice is fully recognized, whether it bears the intended fruit at the time or not. And we can hope and pray there will always be enough among us ready to sacrifice to protect and maintain our freedoms and our people. --Del

Refugees

State Dept. Redacts Big Chunks of $22.8 Mil Contract to Resettle Muslim Refugees
Judicial Watch is a really nice organization doing great work on exposing all kinds of abuses in government. This article really tells you how inefficient the "resettlement" programs are. Note that the total spent for 2400 kids in four months works out to just about $76,000 each or $19,000 per month. Now there is a triumph of overhead and at least some oversupply of niceties. I don't expect any bureaucracy to be super efficient, but this level of spending for that number of kids is indefensible. Why can't we do any better than this --Del

Healthcare

The CBO, Always the Skunk at the Garden Party. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
(Morning Jolt is a free e-newsletter that is well worth your time to read. http://www.nationalreview.com/newsletters)
House Speaker Paul Ryan issued the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the American Health Care Act:
Under Obamacare, premiums have more than doubled, and choices have dwindled to the point that many families have no options at all. We are on a rescue mission to bring down the cost of coverage and make sure families have access to affordable care. This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit. It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that premiums for single policyholders would increase before 2020, a projected 20 percent in 2018 (!) and 5 percent in 2019. After that, the premiums would go down. For about half the population, it would be about 4 percent lower than under current law; for about a third of the country, 20 percent. The CBO concluded that for the final sixth, there were simply too many variables to make a good projection. Once again, the cost savings for consumers are down the road and in many cases, not an overwhelming level of cash back in patients’ pockets. And this is with significantly more Americans choosing to not purchase insurance.
Why is the Republican Party in its current predicament in health-care policy? A lot of reasons, but a big one is that they now have to explain the tradeoffs of a specific plan when their standard-bearer refused to do so in 2016. On the trail, Donald Trump made sweeping promises about how much better health care would be, with no specifics or ideas about how he was going to get there:
“I am going to take care of everybody,” he told 60 Minutes. “I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now…The government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.”
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” People covered under the law “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”
“Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced. … You’re going to end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in. Okay? Immediately. Fast. Quick.”
“I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”
You can’t keep all of those promises. Some of them are more or less contradictory. You can’t keep Medicaid intact AND repeal Obamacare, because Obamacare expanded Medicaid. If insurance companies cannot charge more for those who have preexisting conditions, it is very difficult to reduce premiums.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chelsea

Little Creep. Against Chelsea Clinton. By Kevin D. Williamson
Excerpt: Hasn’t Bill Clinton been fellated thoroughly enough? Nina Burleigh spoke for a certain variety of 1990s-style feminist when she famously said that “American women should be lining up” — on their knees — in order to express their gratitude to Bill Clinton for “keeping theocracy off our backs.” You all remember how close we were to theocracy back in the 1990s: California banned smoking in all bars, Chris Farley died of a cocaine-and-opiates overdose, Barry Switzer got canned . . . and . . . nothing like a theocracy was anywhere to be seen, heard of, or smelt. As much as the Democrats tried to cast Ken Starr as a modern-day Roger Chillingworth (if not a Torquemada), Bill Clinton wasn’t in trouble for making the White House interns strap on their presidential kneepads: He was in trouble for perjury, an offense for which he was later obliged to surrender his law license. Clinton was guilty of everything he was accused of, and more. ... Miss Burleigh’s suggestion was not enough. Not nearly. Rather than send Bill Clinton into his dotage with a generous allowance of Viagra and interns, they gave his wife — his batty, corrupt, inept, corrupt, feckless, corrupt, preening, unbearable, corrupt, condescending, and corrupt wife — the Senate seat being vacated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the last good Democrat. She was elected to represent the state of New York in the Senate when she did not even live there, leading Moynihan to wryly praise her “Illinois-Arkansas enthusiasm.” ... So they’ve turned to the Little Creep. Chelsea Clinton, most recently lionized on the cover of Variety, is a 37-year-old multi-millionaire who has never uttered an interesting word about any subject at any time during the course of her life. Judging from the evidence of her public statements, she has never had an original thought — it isn’t clear that she has had a thought at all. In tribute to her parents, she was given a series of lucrative sinecures, producing a smattering of sophomoric videos for NBC at a salary of $600,000 a year. She later went more formally into the family business, leaving her fake job at NBC for a fake job in her parents’ fake charity. She gave interviews about how she just couldn’t get interested in money and bought a $10 million Manhattan apartment that stretches for the better part of a city block.

Race

RACE PIMPING, The Multi-Trillion Dollar Business of Liberalism Kindle Edition by Kevin Jackson

The Media

Harvard study examines media coverage of Trump
OK, no surprise that most of the media coverage of Mr. Trump is critical. Given his personal propensities for blustering, inconsistencies, and confrontational statements, a good deal of this has to be expected. After all, many conservatives and people who voted for him wish he'd handle a lot of things better than he has. But the level of near total negativity in the media tells us that it's more than really justifiable reporting of what he does and says. It betrays the eagerness to undercut his presidency in every way. This is not responsible journalism. Interesting that Fox comes out near 50/50 on negative/positive on Trump. So maybe the "balanced" thing really means something? --Del

Muslims

Australia: Leader of Muslim group that calls on non-Muslims to be killed warns of “Holocaust” against Muslims

Learned the Qur'an by heart

Salman Ramadan Abedi named by police as Manchester Arena attacker
Excerpt: Salman and his brother Ismail worshipped at Didsbury mosque, where their father, who is known as Abu Ismail within the community, is a well-known figure. “He used to do the five and call the adhan. He has an absolutely beautiful voice. And his boys learned the Qur’an by heart.

Philippines

Philippines soldiers battle Isis-linked gunmen on Marawi city streets

Manchester

European Multiculturalism Will Lead to More Manchesters

Right


Compare


Single Payer

California’s Single-Payer Health Care Plan Would Cost More Than the State’s Whole Budget. Like in Colorado, New York, and Vermont, California is learning that a single-payer plan would be prohibitively expensive.
Giving away nice stuff, like maybe free college tuition for everyone, or in this case, free health care for everyone (and that means everyone with a pulse, citizen or not), sure does have its attraction. But there's that pesky thing about "No Such Thing As A Free Lunch", and in the real world, everything has to be paid for somehow, by someone. Idealism can only take you so far, and then reality hits you over the head. Huge raises to the tax structure of CA will of course not affect a segment of the population, the poor and those who live outside the system as much as possible. Instead they'll hit the middle and upper classes solidly, raising the whole cost of living for the state. This means more businesses struggle, more move away or close, more people leave as soon as they retire (or before), and the economic spiral downhill rolls on. I would normally doubt that the legislature would go ahead with this plan, but these days I don't predict anything about the people running some states. If they do go for this in Sacramento, it will be really interesting to see how it works out in the next decade... or sooner. --Del

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

UK Terror

Manchester terror attack suspect identified as Salman Abedi
Let's not jump to conclusions...and it's a Muslim. ~Bob

Monday, May 22, 2017

NY Nazis

New York enclave finally ends Nazi-era policies

The Difference


Vet speaks

Suffering veterans are not ‘broken’
by Lamar Winslow

From the left

From the left: Dershowitz Says Special Counsel Will Help Trump: 'He's Going to Find No Crime'

Investigations

A nice 3 minute explanation of how our government investigates important topics. It'll really clear your mind on all this. Enjoy. --Del

UW

Top Five Wasteful Classes in the UW System

Trump in Saudi Arabia

Trump's triumph in Riyadh proves America is back on top of the world

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Muslim Rape Gangs

Shabir Ahmed: the Rochdale sex gang ringleader who blamed white community for not looking after girls

The War on Women

ISIS behead and dismember dozens of women and children in horrific attack on Syrian villages

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama's 'worst deal ever'

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama's 'worst deal ever'

Nigeria

Nigeria: Muslim group blocks UN efforts to aid two million people on brink of famine

Sweden

Swedish Diplomats Move National Holiday to Avoid Clash With Ramadan

Was Vietnam Winnable? NYT

Was Vietnam Winnable? By MARK MOYAR
Excerpt: My interest in the Vietnam War began in the early 1990s, when I took a college course on the history of the conflict. Part of what drew me to the subject was the visceral contempt that my peers, professors and intellectuals generally had not just for the war, but for its veterans. It seemed to me a profound wrong that the young men who had risked their lives in Southeast Asia were deemed less worthy than those who had stayed safe at home. The history of the war, as taught in my college classes, rested on two assumptions. First, that the war was unnecessary; the “domino theory,” the idea that a Communist takeover in Vietnam would cascade through the rest of Southeast Asia, was wrong. Ho Chi Minh was more of a nationalist than a Communist — and therefore, America needn’t have worried about “losing Vietnam.” The fact that most of the dominoes did not fall after South Vietnam’s defeat in 1975 was Exhibit A. The second assumption was that the war was unwinnable. According to the orthodox historical narrative, the United States never could have won the war because of the dedication of the Vietnamese Communists, which was said to be far superior to that of America’s South Vietnamese allies. No alternative strategies could have achieved success, and hence America was fated to abandon South Vietnam after sustaining prolonged casualties. (It seems the age of miracles is not yet over. Or maybe somebody at the Times has figured out that at least once in a while they need to consider inputs that aren't PC-approved. Dr. Moyar has done a really great job in this article, and we can only hope it is seen and understood by many whose misunderstanding of that war may be at least in part corrected. Or at least it'll provoke some thinking and reconsideration of that history, which has come to be so really important to understanding how conflicts can be entered into with good intention and justification, and yet be lost due to poor leadership and internal politics. Del)

On the verge

Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Excerpt: A self-destructive president pushes Washington to the edge. The man can’t help himself. I’m speaking of course of our president, Donald Trump, whose talents at marketing and publicity brought him wealth and fame and, at the age of 70, the highest political office in the nation. Aggressive, flamboyant, unpredictable, and combative, Trump’s impulsivity has benefited him as a businessman and as a candidate, but not as a president. His desire to convey an image of speed and determination has resulted in executive orders stopped by judicial intervention and a legislature that is quarrelsome and confused. His popping off on Twitter creates scandals that should not otherwise exist, and inflames already high tensions in the capital. His firing of FBI director James Comey, then his changing explanations of the dismissal, birthed an enemy he does not want to have and alienated a staff whose loyalty he needs. Imagine another president whose administration comes under investigation. It’s not hard to do. How does he act? He does not mention the proceedings in speeches, he tries to avoid the topic altogether, he pursues his agenda to the best of his ability, and when asked about the matter in interviews he deflects the question by saying he won’t comment on an ongoing investigation, or by reminding the journalist that the truth will vindicate his people. Trump does the opposite. (This from a conservative writers. Trumpbots saying "it's all part of his clever plan" are growing weaker. ~Bob)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Menstrual equality

Tampons in Men’s Rooms? It’s Just a Small Part of ‘Menstrual Equity,’ Campus Activists Say

Bringing it home

'Erdo─čan's bodyguards' in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC

Jews

Georgetown professor Jonathan Brown promotes “religious discrimination” against Jews

On Campus

Sheer Lunacy on Campus by Walther E. Williams
Williams does a nice job on this, we've all seen and heard a lot of this has been going on, but the short summary is worth seeing and sending on. --Del

Midway

Lessons from the Battle of Midway By Victor Davis Hanson http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0517/hanson051817.php3

Europe


Destroy the Zionists

"To war that will smash the oppressor and destroy the Zionist's soul"

Defenderata

Defenderata
(Copyright ©, 2017, Thomas P. Kratman)
            Go cautiously and armed amidst the Black Live Matter demonstrations and riots and remember, whitey, that although their lives matter, yours does not.
            There are people with whom you cannot get along without surrendering your soul. Insofar as possible, bury them where the bodies will never be found.
            In these days, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act; shout it from the rooftops. If it sends SJWs into apoplexy or cardiac arrest, or makes their heads explode, so much the better, since that will stop their continuous and inevitable lies, and nothing else will.
            Avoid large conglomerations of people carrying banners and shouting slogans. Do not take to heart their exhortations and entreaties, for they are fucking lunatics.
            Never apologize for anything.
            Do not bother keeping a close eye on the stock market, the unemployment reports, NASDAQ, or crime figures. These are lies and frauds, start to finish. Keep careful watch, however, of your neighbors, marking down all those you believe you can trust when the fecal matter hits the rotary impeller. 
            Aim with care.
            Do not fire warning shots, for this shortens the time between “fire” and “reload.” The dead cannot testify in court; the wounded may only be feigning death. Hence, double tap always and be careful to finish off the wounded.
            Old age and treachery will always beat youth and ignorance. Never surrender without a fight. Do not go too easily on yourself, either, for the world is waiting in ambush. 
            You have nearly no natural rights. Anyone who tells you that you do is peddling vacuum. One right you do have is the right to try to use violence and hard work in your own behalf. Nothing guarantees you success.
            If you have turned your back on God, don’t expect him not to turn His back on you. He’s loving, generous, patient, and kind, but modern man and woman has pretty much worn those qualities to a frazzle. 
            The shams, drudgeries, frauds, and stolen dreams have worn the world out as much as they have God’s patience. Civilization is collapsing. You can give up or you can fight. You will be happier if you fight.


(Tom Kratman is a retired US Army LtCol, an occasional contributor to my blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Called-Peace-Carrera-Book-ebook/dp/B00B5HJOFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426715332&sr=8-1&keywords=Peace+Kratman I expect that in 20 years they will move his novel Caliphate to the history section. ~Bob)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Comey Memo

The Comey Memo: The Allegation Is Serious, and There Is No Good Outcome
Excerpt: If [FBI director James Comey’s] memo exists, then there is compelling evidence that the president committed a potentially impeachable offense. Here is the alleged chain of events: First, Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation of a close former associate and a former senior official in his administration. Second, Comey refused. Third, weeks later Trump fired Comey. Fourth, Trump then misled the American people regarding the reason for the dismissal. Each prong is important, but it’s worth noting that the fourth prong — Trump’s deception regarding the reason for Comey’s termination — is particularly problematic in context. Deception is classic evidence of malign intent. There is no good outcome here. Either there is now compelling evidence that the president committed a serious abuse of power, or the nation’s leading press outlets are dupes for a vindictive, misleading story. Either outcome violates the public trust in vital American institutions. Either outcome results in a degree of political chaos. If the memo is real and as damaging as the Times claims, the chaos is likely greater, but don’t underestimate the cultural and political damage if our nation’s most prestigious press outlets run a story of this magnitude based on a malicious fiction. It’s time for facts and documents, not anonymity and allegations. It’s time for the truth.

Honor Killings

Lawyer: Trump Executive Order on Immigration violates First Amendment because honor killings are Islamic
Excerpt: Katyal is right. Honor killings are Islamic. But he is, to my knowledge, the first Western Leftist ever to admit that fact. Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In this case the victim was the murderer’s sister, a victim to the culture of violence and intimidation that such laws help create. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

Trump sorces?

I Know One of the Sources. By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: What sets this story apart for me, at least, is that I know one of the sources. And the source is solidly supportive of President Trump, or at least has been and was during Campaign 2016. But the President will not take any internal criticism, no matter how politely it is given. He does not want advice, cannot be corrected, and is too insecure to see any constructive feedback as anything other than an attack. So some of the sources are left with no other option but to go to the media, leak the story, and hope that the intense blowback gives the President a swift kick in the butt. Perhaps then he will recognize he screwed up. The President cares vastly more about what the press says than what his advisers say. That is a real problem and one his advisers are having to recognize and use, even if it causes messy stories to get outside the White House perimeter.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wikileaks?

Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources

Inappropriate



Denmark

Jihad in Denmark by Judith Bergman
Once again, yes, it is quite possible to be Muslim and be really OK with getting along with everyone else and there are millions of Muslims living in Western countries who are like that. However, that there is a sadly broad streak of fundamentalism in the world of Islam, where the passion for conquering the world is really deep, and the worst parts of some religious texts are considered to be the most important parts, cannot be denied. That would be like denying that some Germans who believed totally in the Nazi creed and policies existed. Unfortunately, the strong emotional drive of some in the West to hang onto fantasies about everyone being really OK, and multiculturalism is 100% a wonderful thing, just seems to roll along. We are seeing, after the many years of buildup of extremism and the pattern of atrocities, at last some reaction to radicalism in Europe. Long overdue and still not anywhere near where it needs to be to safeguard the societies there, but at least the sleepers may have one eye partially open now. --Del

Monday, May 15, 2017

Syria

Memo Signed By Assad Transfers Command And Financial Responsibility For Syrian Militias To Iran
https://www.memri.org/reports/syrian-memo-placing-militias-under-iranian-command

To each his own


It was settled science

In 1975, Newsweek Predicted A New Ice Age. We’re Still Living with the Consequences.
Excerpt: On April 28, 1975, Newsweek published a provocative article, “The Cooling World,” in which writer and science editor Peter Gwynne described a significant chilling of the world’s climate, with evidence accumulating “so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it.” He raised the possibility of shorter growing seasons and poor crop yields, famine, and shipping lanes blocked by ice, perhaps to begin as soon as the mid-1980s. Meteorologists, he wrote, were “almost unanimous” in the opinion that our planet was getting colder. Over the years that followed, Gwynne’s article became one of the most-cited stories in Newsweek’s history.