Thursday, July 5, 2012

Political Digest for July 5, 2012

Worth Reading: Protect America first, Mr. Obama! By Chet Nagle, Former CIA Agent
Excerpt: Last Friday, millions of Americans from Illinois to the Delmarva Peninsula were hit by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) missile: no lights, no air conditioning, no Internet, no cellphones and no refrigerators for their insulin. Actually, it was a storm called a “derecho,” but its effects were similar to that of an EMP missile. EMP? Look it up. It will horrify you. But then, you think, if it had been an EMP warhead, our homeland missile defense system would have destroyed it — right? Wrong. (Chet Nagle is a reader of this blog, and the author of two terrific thrillers, which I recommend: The Iran Covenant and The Woolsorter's Plague. ~Bob

Why So Many People Think Obama Is a Muslim. By Pamela Geller
Excerpt: A new Gallup poll shows that 11% of Americans think Obama is a Muslim, and the leftist media just can't figure out why anyone would get that idea.  Slate concluded that it must be because of "his exotic name and background, the color of his skin, or (most likely) some combination of the two."  But in reality, the reason why people think Obama is a Muslim is because of how he acts.

'We will carry attacks on NATO supplies with a new spirit,' says Pakistani Taliban spokesman
Excerpt: The top spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan vowed that his group would resume attacks on NATO's convoys to Afghanistan now that Pakistan has reopened the supply lines. Additionally, the Taliban spokesman called the government's closure of the supply lines an orchestrated "drama" and challenged the so-called Defense of Pakistan alliance to take action.

Bloggers Who Broke Fast and Furious Story File Ethics Complaint on Holder With DC Bar
Excerpt: An ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been filed by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh with the Office of Bar Counsel, Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Codrea and Vanderboegh are the two bloggers who first broke the news of the Fast and Furious scandal in December 2010.

Lessons from the derecho storm. Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh 
Excerpt: We survived because towns and zones within towns were connected via the now maligned patchwork of electricity delivery. … The situation in the northeast this time, even with lower winds is quite different because many people are connected to the Smart Grid.

The Foundation of Free Enterprise
(Celebrating Free Enterprise this 4th of July)
Excerpt:  With a few potent words, the political leaders and statesmen who signed the Declaration of Independence unleashed the power of opportunity and initiative in America. Free enterprise was an important element in their grand experiment in liberty. Inherent in the Declaration of Independence is the idea of earned success.

The amazing number of people who know nothing about the health-care ruling. By Chris Cillizza
Excerpt: One of the most common mistakes made in political reporting is to assume that average voter is following the daily news cycle as closely as we are. … Forty-five percent — yes 45 percent! — of respondents in the Pew poll either didn’t know what the court had done in regards the health care law (30 percent) or thought that the court had rejected most of the provisions of the law (15 percent). (Scary, ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: The “European Monster State.” By Wolf Richter
Excerpt: Rather than solving the Eurozone debt crisis once and for all, the EU summit last week gummed up the bailout process with controversy in the very country that everyone is counting on to save the Eurozone, Germany—but also elsewhere—and nothing has been resolved. There is Greece, inexorably tottering towards its exit from the Eurozone.

What Happened To The Signers of the Declaration of Independence?
Enjoy the holiday barbecues, but reflect for a moment on the real risks the founders took to throw off an oppressive government and replace it with one that enshrines individual freedom. See below for a copy of the Declaration. Best regards, Larry Greenberg

Gaelic Guerrilla. By Maureen Dowd
Excerpt: “Che was a bloodthirsty, sadistic killer who did not value human life,” Ros-Lehtinen wrote in an e-mail to me on Tuesday. “I do realize that Che continues to be a chic figure to the intellectual elite harboring misplaced romanticism, but I represent many of his victims and survivors who see him in a far different light.”

Nancy Pelosi botches Brian Terry’s name on house floor
Bet she'd have no problem with Trayvon Martin. ~Bob

Obama's Swiss Cheese Campaign-- Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: What's pale yellow, riddled with holes and not very sharp? President Barack Obama's renewed class-warfare attack on GOP opponent Mitt Romney. To kick off the Independence Day holiday, America's fundraiser-in-chief took to Twitter to stoke wealth-bashing resentment against Republicans.

Family Ties to Gambling Re-emerge in House Race
Excerpt: It was awkward for Representative John F. Tierney when, in October 2010, his wife, Patrice, pleaded guilty to tax fraud. She admitted that she had managed a bank account for her brother Robert Eremian, and said she had been “willfully blind” to what prosecutors said was the fact that the million of dollars it contained were profits from an illegal gambling ring in Antigua that he ran with their brother Daniel.

Worth Reading: Roberts, Blankenhorn And The Power Of Liberal Intimidation. By Dennis Prager
Excerpt: Given how many more Americans define themselves as conservative rather than as liberal, let alone than as left, how does one explain the success of left-wing policies?One answer is the appeal of entitlements and a desire to be taken care of. It takes a strong-willed citizen to vote against receiving free benefits.

Russia Finds Obama Acceptable, Romney Inflexible
Excerpt: A highly ranked Russian official warns us that if we elect the Republican candidate there will be a major crisis in the first year. Didn't they say the same thing about the president who won the Cold War?

Secret mission: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11. By Alex Quade
Excerpt: It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan.  troops on the ground in Afghanistan.  All at once the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of those Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: They rode horses into combat. 

Afghan Treachery and Visionless Strategy Continue to Kill American War Fighters! By John Bernard
Excerpt: The Daily Mirror ran a story about the increased angst in the ranks of Britain's forces over new orders that require British forces to be fired upon before engaging the enemy in Afghanistan. While these ROE are not new to the US and ISAF forces in general, the edict is being received by Britain's armed forces as another oppressive act permitting a greater level of danger for them in the interest of safeguarding "innocent" Afghan civilians. This debate is not new for either the Brits or Americans but with each new edict comes a new round of unnecessary friendly deaths at the hands of the Taliban and our new "allies", the Afghan Army and Police.

Excerpt: When you’re a conservative and you are doing your level best to deal with all the crapola spewed by the Left, you don’t really need a newfangled BS detector. You just need one of those large brooms the circus provides the poor guy who walks behind the elephants. In my case, of course, it’s a team of donkeys I’m trailing behind.

Excerpt: As I’m sure you all know by now, Obama has suggested that for the next few months, nobody should send anyone a wedding, anniversary, birthday or bar mitzvah gift, and should, instead, send the money to him. I must confess that my first reaction was one of elation. It seemed a great way to get out of having to buy all those pricey gifts.

Moroccan Imam Investigated After Calling For Journalist's Death

Didn't get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: A Moroccan court has ordered the investigation of a controversial imam, Abdellah Nhari, for inciting hatred, reports Le Soir Echos.

Tribune columnist Clarence Page under review for unauthorized paid speech

Excerpt: The Chicago Tribune is reviewing an unauthorized paid speaking engagement by its Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page at an event supporting an Iranian group designated as a terrorist organization. (Wait, he has another card in his hand...It's the Race card! ~B ob)

This Independence Day, we’re more dependent on government than ever before. By Roger Custer
Excerpt: The Heritage Foundation reports that today more than one in five Americans, or about 67 million, depend on the federal government for assistance, more than ever before. Thanks to Obamacare, we are set to become even more dependent on federal programs.

The modern state no longer has anything but rights; it does not recognize duties any more. --George Bernanos

Feds Say You Are A Terrorist If You Love Liberty
Excerpt: The government is once again promoting the idea of “those who are reverent of individual liberty” being terrorists with a new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Last Fourth of July. By Roger L Simon
Excerpt: . But this is the year our national character is up for a vote. American exceptionalism is on the line. If we lose it, we may never get it back. History will have made the Big Turn.

The EU is Out of Money. End of Story. And Neither the Fed Nor the ECB Can "Print" To Save the DayThe EU is Out of Money. End of Story
Excerpt: While various media outlets and “analysts” try to claim that the EU summit was somehow a success and that Europe’s issues are solved, the fact remains that Europe is out of money. And I mean TOTALLY out of money. I realize this flies in the face of what 99% of analysts are claiming. (Not sure I understand this stuff well enough to know how sacred to be. ~Bob)

Texas Town Bans Flags on Veterans’ Graves
Excerpt: A Texas town is reconsidering a controversial ordinance that it approved earlier this month that would ban the displaying of flags at  gravesites. The ordinance, approved by the City Council of Mineral Wells, states that flags would be allowed on graves at the town’s Woodland Park Cemetery only one week before and after Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. July 4 and Labor Day, other popular flag holidays, were not part of the approved time frame. After citizens expressed outrage, flooding the city council office with calls Monday, the council scheduled a public meeting for July 10 to reconsider the new flag policy. (Liberal argued on Fox News that it was “littering.” --Barb.

Letter to the Editor
Friends have asked me to weigh in on the Supreme Court decision re. Obamacare. I was surprised but not shocked. It is my view that the USA has been on life support for some time now. A country capable of electing an Obama in the first place does not deserve to survive. Thus, whatever the Supreme Court, or Congress, or even the voters might do now is a moot point in the long run.
 Sincerely, Richard Gribbins

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