Friday, November 23, 2012

The Old Jarhead’s Political SitRep for November 24, 2012

The Old Jarhead’s Political SitRep for November 24, 2012
Robert A. Hall

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I’m with family, but found time to pull a few items for you.

Must see movie: Lincoln
Bonnie and I saw it on Thanksgiving. Don’t miss it. ~Bob

Thaddeus Stevens and the Buckshot War
If you’ve seen the wonderful movie “Lincoln,” you know that Thaddeus Stevens was one of the leading characters. My column about an incident in Steven’s earlier career was publishing in the Harrisburg Patriot in 1996. A bit of history for you. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Let Obama be Obama. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: One of the brilliant themes of the 2012 Obama campaign was forcing Republicans, on principle, to systematically oppose most of the things that the administration wanted them to oppose -- thereby shielding itself from the unwelcome consequences of its own ideology while winning political points. Now, in defeat, Republicans should agree to let the chips lie where they fall: Tax only the truly rich; reward only the truly deserving illegal immigrants; and exempt no one from Obamacare. Nothing could be fairer or more equal than that. (This might work and has little downside risk for us. If it goes well (yeah, right), we share the credit; if it fails (as we expect), we can shout ‘WE TOLD YOU SO!” at the top of our lungs, and after being burned, perhaps people will actually listen. A friend’s family has two working parents, both Paramedics. Both work a lot of overtime. Under the $250K definition of “millionaires,” they qualify. Even though they have little more spendable cash then I have, and I’m on Social Security since I’m retired. Yes, one of them voted for Obama, the other didn’t vote. --Ron P. I expect people like your friends will decide to work fewer hours to get under the $250m minimum, thus depriving people in need of their services. If you punish behavior, you get less of it. ~Bob.)

Worth reading: Thanks - Givings Courtesy of Marines. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Uniform days past, these days, like today, are devoted to occasionally writing about Marines and things Marine. I do my best, always - for want of not disappointing the young, middle-aged, old, and real old Marines I know. (Thanks, Colonel—but you could have left out the crack about us “real old Marines.” I knew I was real old years ago when I started meeting retired Generals who were boot to me! ~Bob.)

Surprise: PA College Slashes Instructors' Hours to Avoid Obamacare
Excerpt: Pennsylvania's Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.

Excerpt: Whether you accept the economic danger our nation faces should we step off the edge of this rhetorical precipice, the fact remains: we aren't arguing on an equal footing. The terms of the debate are predicated on a fundamental lie. The terms generally understood to mean one thing by the citizen make for something entirely different to the politician.

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn. By Dr. Robert Owens
Excerpt: Honesty is always the best policy because when you’re fooling yourself you’re not fooling anyone else. The recent election should have been a wake-up call for everyone committed to the traditional principles of our great Republic: constitutionally limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom. The weeping has lasted for a night, and now it is time to be honest with ourselves to face the cold clear light of day and to prayerfully find our way in this brave new world. Obviously the dismal election results have captured the attention of everyone who hoped to avoid the triumph of the Progressives and their utopian statist agenda. 

Famous Muslim Leader accept Lord Jesus Christ....Testimony
Better watch his back. Punishable by death under Shari’a Law. ~Bob.

Time For Obama Administration To “Grow Up!” They Are Trying To Punish Fox. By Greta Van Susteren 
Excerpt: The Obama Administration is playing dirty. Trying to put a price tag on access — either a news organization plays ball and accepts what they dish out without challenge, or the news organization is excluded, punished. (Folks, consider this: If Fox News were lying or making things up about our easily offended White House resident, then the best thing they could do in a news conference would be to show the rest of the reporters present just how they are doing this. They could easily call them out for misrepresenting them if the WH spokesperson told Fox one thing and Fox distorted what they said. Inviting Fox News would nip that problem in the bud. But distortion of Obama's statements by Fox is not the problem, is it? To be perfectly clear, if the White House is being truthful, it behooves them to invite Fox to press conferences and make them play straight. On the other hand, if the WH is saying self-contradictory things or telling obvious lies, then the cheerleaders in the press (mainstream media) are the only safe reporters to invite because they won't mention the lies or contradictions in the WH statement. After all, one or two of the slow-witted MSM reps may start to wake up to the truth. Can't have that now, can we? I think we all know what is going on here. --Don Hank)

Excerpt: Small minds always leap to the answers given the last time around, which is probably why Maxine Waters keeps getting re-elected. But the last time is not necessarily the same as this time. A terrorist attack is not the same as the Cold War, a war in Afghanistan is not the same as a war in Iraq, and Mitt Romney is not the same as John McCain or Bob Dole.

Democrats Vote the Mentally Disabled, By David Horowitz 
Excerpt: Dan O’Keefe and others have taken videos of paid Democratic operatives encouraging citizens to vote twice. O’Keefe was even able to claim Attorney General Eric Holder’s own ballot at a district polling place by claiming to be him, and then to vote in his place. … n the election that put Al Franken in the Senate by a few hundred votes, more than a thousand felons voted illegally because of the loose laws that govern the polling booth – laws the Democrats want to make even looser.

Al-Qaeda’s Child Soldiers. By Frank Crimi 
Excerpt: Al-Qaeda’s longstanding use of children to wage jihad was on display in a recent video showing boys as young as five training with assault rifles and handguns at a terrorist training camp. (Growing up in the “Religion of Peace.” ~Bob.)

Jewish pupils attacked outside school in Paris
Excerpt: The girl said she was waiting for a friend at Montreuil station when she was approached by a group of five men who she described as “north African.” The report said the five men, one of them wearing a keffiyeh, a traditional Arab headdress, shoved her and told her to keep quiet or they would push her on the rails when the Metro train comes “like they did in Gaza.”

Didn’t get the “Islam is a Religion of Peace” memo. As usual, most victims of Allahmurder are fellow Muslims. ~Bob. The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed credit for a suicide attack in Rawalpindi that killed 12 people as well as two bombings in Karachi that killed two more. The attacks in both cities, which took place yesterday, targeted imambargahs, or congregation halls for Shia worshippers.

Will Obama Allow Americans to Practice Catholicism? No!
Excerpt: "Catholicism teaches that it is a sin to use, provide, or otherwise support contraception. These words are not from the Catholic Catechism or a sermon by a Catholic bishop. They are excerpted from the preliminary injunction U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland issued last month temporarily stopping the Obama administration from forcing a family-owned outdoor-power-equipment company to comply with an Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health care plans to provide women (but not men) with co-pay-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. (OK, what's really dumb about this is that the Obama Administration has already granted well over 1000 exemptions from ObamaCare to various businesses and organizations (e.g. unions), so clearly they aren't fanatically applying the law to everyone. So why in the world pick on a religion, and a pretty large one at that, when you know before you even start that it will bring out tremendous opposition, based on freedom of conscience for those of that religion? Yes, many Catholics don't observe the letter of that tenet of the Faith, but that is not the point. The Church as an organization must act out its own precepts, and individuals who interpret their role in the Faith as requiring their compliance deserve protection. Some Jews eat pork products, many don't keep kosher, but would the government force all Jews to eat pork? Would the government force Muslim restaurants to serve pork? Or halal restaurants to serve non-halal meat? This is deliberately picking a fight with the Catholic Church, but of course it's a warning to all other religions as well. If the government succeeds in imposing this on Catholics, what will stop them from other forms of attack on other denominations? We've had one judge come down on the side of religious freedom, now we need more of them in courts across the country to follow his example. This will end up in front of the Supreme Court, it's only a matter of time. And either they support the Church, or if not, then the answer will be for all Catholic institutions to stop providing any health insurance, or maybe for all the Catholic hospitals and nursing home to close their doors and dump their load on the rest of the already overloaded system. Wouldn't that be a mess? But I have a lot of hope that the Supremes will rule for the Church, and that is a setback this Administration needs very badly. --Del)

Help! I regret having drunken sex with my husband
If this wasn’t so pathetic it would be funny. American women why men are now afraid of marriage etc. Little wonder with fruitcakes like this. --Tom Constantine, US Marine Corps Ret.

Blacks who didn't get the memo about post-racial USA
There have been so many shootings and break-ins in the York, Harrisburg, Lancaster area over the last 6 months .... it's terrible. Just a few days ago a lady clerk at a Hess Gas Station in Mechanicsburg was shot and killed by one of 4 blacks who were involved in a robbery attempt. Fortunately by way of a tip the police have them in custody.
(For years I have read emails from friends smugly saying that Europe got what they asked for. As if there were no good people there who ever resisted the destructive agenda of the elites, and as if God would always protect us from our own stupidity. Now we are in the same boat, headed for Niagara Falls. We can no longer afford to be smug about any country whose people have lost their sovereignty. Instead we need to understand that it can happen to anyone, and join hands with freedom fighters everywhere resisting our Western traitors. The Trayvon Martin story, supposedly about an innocent black boy gunned down by a white supremacist fanatic, was a total inversion of the truth, part of an effort to take your guns. Likewise, Fast and Furious was a government scam to make it seems as if gun sales supports Mexican cartels (and therefore must be banned), when in fact, it was Obama-appointed Eric Holder's own Justice Department that was selling the guns and wreaking the havoc--just like the Nazis' burning of the Reichstag and blaming it on their opposition. The real story is that government kills, not people and not guns. We saw that in the Middle East when Christians and other minorities began to be exterminated after each 'successful' Western intervention--Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Ivory Coast, etc. And now Syria appears to be in their sights. If the Obama administration has its way, we will be sitting ducks--sort of like Israel, now that it has caved in the Western powers. Here is a powerful video illustrating how government policies harm innocent people: Happy Thanksgiving! Keep your powder dry. --Don Hank

Obama Campaign Polls: How The Internal Data Got It Right, By Mark Blumenthal
Excerpt: Summing up the lessons learned from a massive investment in data and technology, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina has a blunt message for pollsters: "We spent a whole bunch of time figuring out that American polling is broken."

My Body My Choice: A Woman’s Right to Bear Arms. By Nancy Keaton 
Excerpt: In my experience, it seems that in many discussions about gun owners, most people base their beliefs/fears/impressions/biases on a stereotype of a drunken, rowdy, redneck man acting recklessly and irresponsibly. Personally, I have yet to see these people, except in lame movies and sitcoms.

Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Bud Lite) resigns from Congress
Excerpt: The once-promising political career of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. came to a crashing end Wednesday, when the Illinois Democrat announced he would resign his seat in Congress immediately amid treatment for mental illness, stories of marital infidelity and a pair of federal investigations.

Obama Legitimizes Morsi’s Protection Racket. By David Goldman 
Excerpt: Hamas fires 275 rockets at Israel and is rewarded with de facto acceptance as a legitimate negotiating partner in the Middle East peace process, as well as with a relaxation of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza coast. Israel is prevented from exacting a price for Hamas’ actions sufficient to deter future attacks or degrade Hamas’ capabilities. In one stroke, the Obama administration has overturned thirty years of American policy, which rejected negotiations with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. 

Terrorism Arrests: Mosque members, neighbors react
Excerpt: Atia, 55, of Pomona, said he regularly saw Gojali pray at the mosque with his parents and brother. They never made extremist comments, he said. (Wouldn’t you think the mosque would have taught him that “Islam is a Religion of Peace”? ~Bob.)

Savages of Hamas pass out candy to celebrate Tel Aviv bus jihad murders
Excerpt: They celebrated on September 11, 2001, too.

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust. –Samuel Butler

Elections are advanced auctions of stolen property. –H.L. Mencken

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. –Voltaire

NBC's Williams Frets Over a 'Lop-Sided Fight' Between Israel and Gaza. By Kyle Drennen 
Excerpt: Leading off Monday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams wrung his hands over Israel suffering fewer casualties than Gaza in the ongoing Mideast conflict: "It is a lop-sided fight right now, the estimated death toll is more than a hundred in Gaza, with three Israelis reported dead. The fusillade of rockets from Gaza into Israel is being answered by air strikes, many from drones, many aimed at individuals inside buildings, inside densely packed neighborhoods." (Rooting for the underdog is OK if you like the Chicago Cubs, but hoping for more terrorist successes is emblematic of a media that hates morality and western civilization. –LG)

Hamas Violates Cease-Fire; 70% of Israelis Oppose It, By Joel B. Pollak
Excerpt: Hamas has already violated the cease-fire negotiated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government. According to sources within Israel, air raid sirens sounded in the city of Beer Sheva as the cease-fire went into effect at 9 p.m. local time, and rocket attacks were reported elsewhere across the south.

Soros legions target Wal-Mart on Black Friday. By Matthew Boyle
Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce. has sent emails to subscribers nationwide, urging them to descend on Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees. (Like Soros ever helps Walmart employees by shopping there. Let him buy a chain like K-Mart and compete offering the wages and benefits he supports. ~Bob.)

LAX Airport Union Protests on Thanksgiving Eve, Causing Missed Flights and Disrupting Travel
Excerpt: Fox News’ William La Jeunesse reported that the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, was kicked out by Aviation Safeguards after 52 percent of the workers voted to decertify the union. That company contracts with airlines for sky caps, cabin cleaners and security workers. In protest, SEIU brought in 1,000 union workers to block the two main entrances at LAX. SEIU claims the vote was illegal and that Aviation Safeguards is not paying a living wage under city ordinance.

Excerpt: Eventually you run out of other people’s money to pledge, and are forced to either pledge your own (and face that you’ll never see it again) or tell the person with their hand out to stuff it. That day may be at hand for Greece: (It’s not far off for us. ~Bob.)

Syrian rebels murdering Christians with US-supplied arms
As if "Benghazi-gate" was not sufficiently horrific, in a cruel twist of fate, American-backed Islamic insurgents in Syria are now thought to be using their CIA-supplied weaponry to kill Christians. (It is not only Barack. The Christians in Iraq started leaving in droves under severe persecution right after we succeeded in defeating Saddam Hussein. Our intervention in the Middle East has been a net negative. Reagan was smart enough to pull out right after the bombing of the barracks in Lebanon. His successors have not shown that kind of wisdom. --Don Hank)

House Aims to Block UN Arms Trade Treaty Implementation: Members are fearful that Obama's post-election amenability to the treaty puts Americans' Second Amendment rights in danger.
Excerpt: After Obama’s re-election, he proved — shall we say — more flexible. Mere hours after his victory, the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee seized the day and put forth a resolution calling for resumption of the arms treaty talks. It passed with no objections, 18 abstentions, and 157 “yes” votes. The U.S. voted in favor of the resolution. Negotiations begin again in March, and a deal could be reached just months after that.

Excerpt: It is critical to step back and bear two things in mind: (a) All of the players here, including Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (both of whom the CBS report purports to absolve), are guilty of conspiracy — in this case, to mislead Americans about the cause of the attack and to aid the administration’s Islamist allies, whose objective is to impose sharia blasphemy standards on our country (a project on which the Obama administration has been colluding with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation since 2009).

HHS Releases Rules Regarding Pre-Existing Conditions Coverage
Excerpt: The Obama administration is now setting the new rules for health insurance in the country – and it’s difficult to imagine how insurance companies will manage to survive. … Third, the insurance companies can only charge up to three times more for older customer than younger customers, so all you strapping young youths out there, get ready to financially cripple your ability to get ahead. 

Documents: Govt. Took 684 Days To Issue Meningitis Warning
Excerpt: Newly released documents reveal that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took 684 days to issue its December 2006 meningitis warning after discovering serious warning signs involving the Massachusetts-based pharmacy—the New England Compounding Center (NECC)—that sent thousands of fungus-laden batches of a steroid used to treat back pain. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the meningitis outbreak claimed 34 lives and injured 490 individuals.

Obama pushed Israel to accept Egyptian cease-fire agreement friendly to Hamas
Excerpt: President Barack Obama pressured Israel’s prime minister to adopt a cease-fire agreement with Hamas that was pushed by Hamas’ Egyptian ally, according to a White House statement released on Wednesday.

...And then a Miracle Occurs. By James Lewis
Excerpt: I know a Holocaust survivor who believed that he and his wife survived when all the chances were against them. Ninety percent of Jews died in his part of Europe. He and his family survived. They had no reason to hope, but they did it anyway. And then a miracle occurred.

Gazan missiles come from Iran says Islamic Jihad
As if we didn't know. –LG

Video: Code Talker Joe Kellwood Sings the Marine Corps Hymn in Navajo

Excerpt: The suicide attack was executed by "the knight Abu 'Aun al Shamali," who used a car bomb "laden with 2 tons of explosives." The statement was accompanied by pictures of the car bomb as well as the explosion at the hospital. Al Nusrah then detonated a car bomb parked outside the hospital and launched "an armed attack by a group of mujahideen on what remained of the headquarters." 

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