Saturday, January 12, 2019

Georges Loinger, Wartime Rescuer of Jewish Children, Dies at 108

Georges Loinger, Wartime Rescuer of Jewish Children, Dies at 108
Excerpt: In the spring of 1943, as the Germans stepped up their efforts to kill French Jews, the O.S.E. gave Mr. Loinger a perilous mission: spirit the children to safety in neutral Switzerland. Over the next year, he was part of various operations that saved at least 350 children. In one elaborate scheme, which he repeated numerous times in 1943, he brought the children by train from Aix-les-Bains to the railroad station in the village of Annemasse, across the border from Geneva. When they arrived, carrying false identification papers, the children walked through doorways affixed by cooperative railroad workers with signs that said, “This Exit for Campers” and were fed and sheltered at a reception center.

Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History
Excerpt: A smaller share of the world’s people were hungry, impoverished or illiterate than at any time before. A smaller proportion of children died than ever before. The proportion disfigured by leprosy, blinded by diseases like trachoma or suffering from other ailments also fell. We need some perspective as we watch the circus in Washington, hands over our mouths in horror. We journalists focus on bad news — we cover planes that crash, not those that take off — but the backdrop of global progress may be the most important development in our lifetime. Every day, the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty (less than about $2 a day) goes down by 217,000, according to calculations by Max Roser, an Oxford University economist who runs a website called Our World in Data. Every day, 325,000 more people gain access to electricity. And 300,000 more gain access to clean drinking water.

Portland

ESCAPE FROM PORTLAND
Excerpt: It was a big year in Portland where the murder rate rose 18.6%. That was the perfect time for Portland’s progressive politburo to spend over $1 million on unarmed cops armed only with pepper spray. There was a little bit of excitement when it was learned that their 200 hours of training would include “Taser Orientation” suggesting that they might be allowed to carry tasers. But Mayor Wheeler’s office explained that the weaponless cops weren’t being trained to use tasers, but “how to avoid being tased”. Portlanders aren’t waiting for officers to show up and shout, “Don’t tase me, bro”. Instead in a city overrun with crime, they’re increasingly taking matters and guns into their hands. Of the 32 violent deaths in Portland last year, 5 were found to have been carried out in self-defense. That tops the 4 deaths that occurred as a result of shootings by those cops who still have their guns. Richard R. Hanley showed up in the parking lot outside Timeless Tattoo. The California homeless bum had previously made the news when he was arrested for attacking his ex-girlfriend and her new beau with a metal chain. Hanley, already on probation for a domestic abuse and strangulation conviction, with six felony and seven misdemeanor priors, also pulled out huge clumps of a female deputy’s hair. The repeat offender began setting up his tent in the parking lot. When a female catering manager asked him to stop, he attacked her. Joseph D. Vinci, a tattoo artist, intervened. Hanley pulled a knife and Vinci pulled a gun. And Hanley’s long reign of terror ended to the outcry of local pro-crime activists.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Illinois Democrats now have it all, except excuses

Illinois Democrats now have it all, except excuses
Here y’go, Democrats! Illinois and its staggering array of problems are all yours starting Monday. In November, you asked voters for their support, their endorsement of your general philosophy of governance, and they gave it to you, good and hard. They gave you back the governorship, returned Democrats to every other statewide constitutional office and increased Democratic majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly to near-record, ultra-supermajority levels. But in the process they took away something of considerable political value: an excuse for failure. Why are we more than $7 billion behind in paying our bills? Why is the state budget always in the red? Why do we have the worst credit rating and the highest pension debt in the nation? Why are our unemployment rate and property tax bills consistently higher than the national average?

The History of Jihad: from Mohammad to ISIS. By Robert Spencer


The History of Jihad: from Mohammad to ISIS. By Robert Spencer
This book should be read by everyone in the West who cares about the future of civilization. And the future of freedom, because the large number of Muslims—many millions--long for a reestablished caliphate that will destroy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and all other freedoms they deem “un-Islamic.” They lobby for laws prohibiting blasphemy against Islam (this would include any expression of other religions; they are all blasphemous against Islam according to strict Muslims.) For 1300 years, Islam has crusaded to crush Christianity, Judaism and Western Civilization. Now they have found the tool. Instead of invading armies trying to conquer Europe by the sword, as so many times in the past, now millions of unarmed immigrants come, depending on western hospitality, intent on setting up Shari’a as the law for all humankind. Everyone must convert, accept a humiliating, submissive status and pay the jizra, or die. This book explodes the idea that there was ever an age of Islamic tolerance, despite what Obama claimed. In Spain, or “Andalusia,” as Obama and Muslims call it, the non-Muslims were badly oppressed. Islam has always supported slavery, especially sex slaves. It has always sought the destruction of the Jews. Spenser has the temerity to quote from the Qur’an, the scared Hadiths and the writings of Muslim leaders and contemporary writers through the ages. As always, those who have no answer to the facts will, without reading the book, resort to name calling, starting with “racist” and “Islamophobe.” Of course, many modern politicians from Obama to Pope Francis favor the jihad. This was true in the last century as well: “Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers—already, you see, the world had fallen into the hands of the Jews, so gutless a thing was Christianity!--then we should have in all probability been converted to Mohammedanism, the cult which glorifies heroism and opens the seventh heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world. Christianity alone prevented them from doing so.” --Adolf Hitler.

Security Officer Talks about Shooting at Club 3208

Security Officer Talks about Shooting at Club 3208

Homeless

LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test
Round 2 of the battle we want to see. --GS

American Boy, 16, Caught Fighting for ISIS in Syria, Militia Says

American Boy, 16, Caught Fighting for ISIS in Syria, Militia Says
Old enough to die. The youngest Marine killed in Vietnam was 15, lied about his age. ~Bob

AP: Officials approved thousands of requests to bring child brides into US

AP: Officials approved thousands of requests to bring child brides into US
US Government sanctioned child abuse. ~Bob

the Rock

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: The Celebrity Conservatives Need

Thursday, January 10, 2019

creating Fake News

Seattle TV station fires editor over doctored video of Trump’s Oval Office address

Six more years: Venezuela

From The Economist Espresso: Six more years: Venezuela
https://espresso.economist.com/5695dd7bfdf01700983a66a5f2d57698

The Qur'an


Jobs

Scroll down for: How Much Does the Populist Portrait of Dystopia Match What You See in Your Life?
Excerpt: But . . . we’ve had unemployment below 4 percent for the past eight months. The country created 2.6 million new jobs last year, including 281,000 new jobs in manufacturing. That is the most manufacturing jobs the economy has added in a year since 1997. Blue-collar jobs are increasing at the fastest rate in 30 years. In July, the unemployment rate for those without a college degree hit 5 percent, the lowest ever. In that allegedly forgotten and neglected “flyover country” of the Midwest, there are 463,000 more job openings than jobless workers. The work-force-participation rate is moving in the right direction.

Freshman Dems feeling the heat as shutdown drags on

Freshman Dems feeling the heat as shutdown drags on

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sex Toy

Sex-toy company loses 'innovation' award after tech show's organizers have second thoughts
Excerpt: An Oregon-based company that specializes in robotic sex toys won an award from Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show -- only to have it taken back because the show’s organizers deemed the product “immoral, obscene, indecent (and) profane.” Lora DiCarlo, which is based in Bend, won the show's Innovation Award for its product, “Osé,” which the company describes as “micro-robotic technology that mimics all of the sensations of a human mouth, tongue, and fingers, for an experience that feels just like a real partner.” (That’s a shame. I heard it was the best f**king sex toy ever. It could even be used in church and no one would know. Except for the cries of “Oh, God, oh, God.” They made out. Losing the award will get them 100 times the PR. ~Bob)

College Students Shocked to Hear Hillary, Obama & Schumer Pushed for Border Security

'How About That?': College Students Shocked to Hear Hillary, Obama & Schumer Pushed for Border Security

The Not-So-Pretty Fine Print of the ‘Green New Deal’

The Not-So-Pretty Fine Print of the ‘Green New Deal’
Excerpt: A ‘Green New Deal’ Would Cut the Military in Half, End 87 Percent of U.S. Energy, and Ban Cars. Take some time to peruse the “Green New Deal” in writing. The deal includes a plan to “cut military spending by at least half” and withdraw U.S. troops from overseas.

Remembering The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Andrew Roberts

Remembering The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Andrew Roberts
ERxcerpt: Simcha Rotem, one of the last-known surviving fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of April-May 1943, died in Jerusalem on December 23, 2018, aged 94. His death prompted a good deal of global coverage, since the story of the Ghetto Uprising—not to be confused with the Warsaw Home Army Uprising of August-October 1944—is an integral one to the story of Jewish resistance to the Nazis during the Second World War. Rotem’s nom de guerre was “Kazik,” and he was 19 years old when the SS moved into the Ghetto on April 19, 1943, choosing the eve of Passover with their unerring sense of blasphemy and desecration. Yet they were not prepared for what came next, when a people already terribly malnourished by three and a half years of wartime restrictions rose up and killed 16 German soldiers, wounding 200. Although the SS razed much of the Ghetto to the ground, the Jews continued their resistance for almost a month.

pot

Dr. Marc Siegel: Pot and your health – Here’s what a physician wants you to know about marijuana

Norm Pettis

NAACP condemns lawyer Norm Pattis over 'racist' image
Norm Pattis is as liberal as they come. If you’re a minority, his first line of defense is ‘he didn’t do it’. And now this. --GS

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Destroyed


Monday, January 7, 2019

Shutdown

Despite Government Shutdown, Homeland Security Border Patrol Remains on the Job. And Unpaid

Sunday, January 6, 2019

On Nobility and the CIA’s War in Afghanistan

On Nobility and the CIA’s War in Afghanistan

Joe Biden Exposes SEAL Team 6 families to al-Queda

Joe Biden Exposes SEAL Team 6 families to al-Queda

Golders Green mosque cancels Muslim Shoah heroes exhibit

Golders Green mosque cancels Muslim Shoah heroes exhibit
Excerpt: A planned exhibition celebrating Muslim Albanians who helped, protected and rescued their Jewish neighbours during the Holocaust has been scrapped. ... The venue was put under pressure by opponents of the exhibit including Roshan Salih, editor of British Muslim news site 5 Pillars, who urged a boycott.

Al Qaeda operative tied to USS Cole bombing killed in US airstrike, Trump says

Al Qaeda operative tied to USS Cole bombing killed in US airstrike, Trump says

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Our Revolution’s Logic. By Angelo Codevilla

Our Revolution’s Logic. By Angelo Codevilla
Excerpt: EXCERPT: Our time’s sharp distinction between rulers and ruled, the ever decreasing interchange and sympathy between them, is rooted in the disdain for ordinary Americans that the universities have sown since the Civil War. Ordinary Americans and their rulers are alienated now in ways unimaginable to the Northerners and Southerners who killed each other a century and a half ago, but who nodded when Abraham Lincoln noted that they “prayed to the same God.” Both revered the American founding. Both aspired to the same family life. Often, opposite sides’ generals were personal friends. And why not? The schools they attended, the books they read, did not teach them the others’ inferiority. They were one people. Now, we are no longer one people

Another Religious Test in the Senate. Two Democrats suggest a judicial nominee must quit a Catholic organization.

Another Religious Test in the Senate. Two Democrats suggest a judicial nominee must quit a Catholic organization.
Every time I think we've seen the limits of nasty extremism in politics, sure enough, I get surprised again. I guess it's time to accept that for some people now there simply are no limits at all. But acting out with extremism is not the best way to gather support in the long run. Anyone with religious beliefs understands that bias against one religion goes downhill fast into bias against any others the power elite decide they don't like. The conflict between those who are against abortion because they believe it harms a living being and those who do not see it that way at all is not really resolvable. But those who approve abortion are not all heartless, selfish murderers and those against it are not all primitives wanting to deny women some intrinsic right. Demonizing pro-life people is one more underhanded and unfair tactic that must be called out. --Del

Friday, January 4, 2019

Trump's incurable incompetence

Trump's incurable incompetence
Excerpt: In May 2017, Donald Trump met in the Oval Office with the Russian ambassador and the Russian foreign minister and did something appalling: He tossed out highly classified details about an Islamic State plot provided by Israeli intelligence, which could have revealed the source of the information and how it was obtained. It was a major blunder, the product of a new president’s bravado and unfamiliarity with the need to protect secrets. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said, “There’s some alignments that need to take place over there, and I think they’re fully aware of that.” The Israelis downplayed the leak. It was easy to see this as a rookie mistake that Trump would learn from. But after visiting American troops in Baghdad on Wednesday, he tweeted a video of him with Navy SEALs, showing their faces — in disregard of the military’s policy of carefully protecting the identities of special operations forces. Again Trump exposed people on our side to possibly lethal consequences without a second thought, or a first one.

And in a nationally televised debate, Hillary Clinton revealed the US' nuclear response time and that someone had told her how to start WWIII.  No one bitched. --Barb M

American dream

Tucker Carlson: A mob of angry children doesn't want you to know why the American Dream is dying

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Death Threat

EXCERPT: A shocking silence on the left greets the news that a major conservative media figure is under a death threat taken very seriously by law enforcement. The attempted assassination of a large group of Republican congressmen on a softball field that seriously wounded Steve Scalise ought to have been a wake-up call but wasn't. The fact that the name of the would-be assassin, James Hodgkinson, is not widely recognized betrays the degree to which the media have suppressed the incident from public consciousness.

Philippines

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/01/philippines-muslims-murder-two-injure-nearly-30-with-new-years-eve-bomb-at-shopping-mall

Vietnam

New year, new repression: Vietnam imposes draconian ‘China-like’ cybersecurity law
In one-party autocracies, any speech against the government is illegal hate speech. Protect the first amendment. ~Bob

AI


This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Mattis

Trump Trashes Mattis: 'What's He Done for Me?'

The Anti-American Dream

The Anti-American dream

Christians don't build walls


Feel Good News

Niger troops kill more than 280 Boko Haram fighters - government

Feel the Bern

NYT: Sexism Claims From Bernie Sanders’s 2016 Run: Paid Less, Treated Worse
Excerpt: Accounts like Ms. Di Lauro’s — describing episodes of sexual harassment and demeaning treatment as well as pay disparity in Mr. Sanders’s 2016 campaign — have circulated in recent weeks in emails, online comments and private discussions among former supporters. Now, as the Vermont senator tries to build support for a second run at the White House, his perceived failure to address this issue has damaged his progressive bona fides, delegates and nearly a dozen former state and national staff members said in interviews over the last month.

Former Marine Paul Whelan formally charged in Russia with espionage, lawyer says

Former Marine Paul Whelan formally charged in Russia with espionage, lawyer says

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Shutdown


Putin


Beto


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Bye-bye, 2018 —The Year of Living Hatefully

Bye-bye, 2018 —The Year of Living Hatefully
Excerpt: "As for whether 2019 will be any better in this regard -- most likely not. Signs point to it being even worse. But we are not prisoners of the zeitgeist of an era, this or any other, at least not totally. We have some freedom and we can disconnect ourselves from the misbegotten rage around us. That doesn't mean we don't work for a better world. It just means we do it with the right spirit, with love, not hate, corny as that sounds. Happy New Year to the readers of this site who are the best people in the world, some [he smiles] even like characters in an old Hollywood movie."

Worst Quotes

The 20 Worst Quotes of 2018

Why Surrender Is Never an Option

Why Surrender Is Never an Option

BLACK LAWMAKERS’ CHARITY DIDN’T GIVE OUT A SINGLE SCHOLARSHIP, TOP POLS HIDE FINANCIALS

BLACK LAWMAKERS’ CHARITY DIDN’T GIVE OUT A SINGLE SCHOLARSHIP, TOP POLS HIDE FINANCIALS
Excerpt: The caucus of black New York state lawmakers runs a charity whose stated mission is to empower “African American and Latino youth through education and leadership initiatives” by “providing opportunity to higher education” — but it hasn’t given a single scholarship to needy youth in two years, according to a New York Post investigation. The group collects money from companies like AT&T, the Real Estate Board of New York, Time Warner Cable and CableVision, telling them in promotional materials that they are “changing lives, one scholarship at a time.” The group — called the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. — instead spent $500,000 in the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year on items like food, limousines and rap music, the Post found. (Show me your shocked face. -Barb)

Random Thoughts for January


Random Thoughts for January 2019.
By Robert A. Hall
Feel free to post or forward.

I hope all of you have a far better 2019 than we have any right to expect.

Well, here it is January and we spent more than we planned for Christmas. As we did last year. And will doubtless do next year. Until the well runs dry.

More and more after Christmas I say to myself, “All that for that?”

But it was a successful Christmas for me. I gave 25 books as presents and was given seven myself, including an autographed copy of Tom Kratman’s latest, A Pillar of Fire by Night. Which I have finished.

If Trump nominated Obama for a position in the administration, the left would declare he was a Muslim born in Kenya.

Some people have fantasies (I’d like to be young, rich and good looking.) Others have delusions. (Socialism will lead to utopia if we just do it right this time.) People with fantasies know they aren’t real and aren’t going to happen. People with delusions hurt people. (God has sent me to destroy the Infidels, the Jews, the Kulaks, the Capitalists, the Republicans, or whoever.)

Many people act like they think God has a bad memory.

Congress dealing with the deficit is like a guy putting a penny behind a fuse that keeps blowing. Anything to keep the lights on, even if the house burns down.

If you are well, enjoy it and be grateful. Too many are suffering from debilitating illness. I see them at work three days a week. And you may be so suffering as well one day.

The major fallacy humans are subject to is thinking that the way things are now is the way they will always be.

Firing a shot across the bow is meaningless if you don’t have a broadside to back it up.

I’d like to know the percentage of people who wouldn’t steal $1,000 if they had absolutely no chance of being caught or exposed. My guess is it’s small.

I’m starting a Go Fund Me campaign to translate “O Silent Night” into Arabic and broadcast it into every Arab country next Christmas.

You will often get hit by shit not intended for you. Shrapnel is never distributed symmetrically.

The Internet has eternal life. Anything you email or tweet today may come back to be used against you decades from now

The more I learn the more I realize how little I know of all there is to know.

Trump’s best asset is Melania. His worst asset is Trump.

From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.” --Denis Diderot

People can find endless good reasons to support a policy that benefits them financially.

Internet Joke: Because of the sensitivity over the content of the 40-year-old Christmas song, “Baby it’s cold outside,” it has been updated as a Rap Song, “Yo, bitch, my ass is freezing,” that will be fully acceptable to progressives, since rap is multicultural.

Trump often gives the word shallow new depths.

All children believe in Santa. Those who grew up to be progressives still do, with big government taking Santa’s place.

The “Crown Jewels” of any European nation are a record of a long history of crime.

From the net: “When you are missing a sense, nature often compensates by enhancing another one. Which is why people with no sense of humor often have an inflated sense of self importance.”

Working at the VA, I’m amazed at how many things can go wrong with a guy without killing him.

Many people are apolitical and pay no attention to politics at all. I’m starting to wish I was one of them.

Never take seriously comments about guns from someone who can’t tell you the difference between a clip and a magazine.

When you are trying to make the utopian omelet, murder, starvation, torture and oppression are just part of the necessary egg-breaking.

Facts don’t care about your feelings.” --Ben Shapiro

I want to ask \some people, “Does you mother know what you turned out to be?”

I feel very fortunate to be old. The unfortunate don’t get old.

Some people act like tomorrow will never come. It always comes. But it may not look a lot like today.

If cats and dogs don’t deserve to go to heaven, few humans do either.

Both Trump haters and Trump lovers are blinded to facts by their passion.

But it’s true that sometimes Trump acts like a small child who can fire any adult in the household who says “No.”

I’ll believe in Islamic Tolerance when the first church opens in Mecca. Without violence or harassment.

People seldom marry those with liabilities like drugs or alcohol addiction or a criminal history unless they have such liabilities themselves.

I was born into a solidly middle-class family. Dad was a teacher who always had a PT job as well to feed us three kids. Mom worked PT for a dentist. While I would like to have more money, I’m glad I wasn’t born into wealth where dad could buy me out of military service, or shelter me from dealing with the reality of life. That’s the way to make your kids into jerks.

Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2008 through July, 2013 are collected in this book: The Old Jarhead's Journal: Random Thoughts on Life, Liberty, and Leadership by Robert A. Hall
The Old Jarhead’s Journal is a collection of Random Thoughts on politics and life and Conservative Political Essays, mostly published on the author’s blog, including the essay “I’m Tired” which went viral on the Internet in 2009, “The Hall Platform,” “This I Believe,” and “Why I’m a Republican.” While they will be of interest to conservative thinkers, they are collected here in book form as a service to readers who wish to give a copy to favorite liberals and watch their heads explode. All royalties are donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1304815980andsr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s twelve books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com. He currently works part-time as a writer-editor in the My Life, My Story program as the Madison VA hospital, interviewing vets and writing up their life histories.