Sunday, December 30, 2012

Old Jarhead’s Political SitRep for December 31, 2012

Old Jarhead’s Political SitRep for December 31, 2012
Robert A. Hall

“…for the old order of things has passed away." I hope 2013 is a good year for you, and a better year for our country than I fear it will be. ~Bob.

The Old Jarhead... Thank you for a wonderful year
Hey, Bob, Just wanted to note that I loved how you snuck in the Gandhi quote. Amazing how liberals have no problem with their propaganda machine (Facebook) taking away their freedom of speech, privacy, rights or skewing election outcomes... I guess that makes it easier for them to embrace when their nation does it. Thank you for keeping up the posts during hard times. It is appreciated. You are appreciated. Take care. –Chris

Excerpt: The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads: "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446.

Worth Reading: Voting for Liberals. By John C. Goodman 
Excerpt: If you are one of the folks who voted for Barack Obama in the last election, what did you vote for? More generally, if you voted for any liberal politician, what did you vote for? Here are three things for starters: (1) no reform of the public schools, (2) no reform of the welfare system, and (3) no reform of labor market institutions that erect barriers between new entrants and good jobs. (Dr. Goodman is president of the National Center for Policy Analysis. His Health Policy Blog and their Daily Policy Digest, both free, are worth following. ~Bob.)

Semper Fi, Unless It's Not Convenient. By Bill O'Reilly 
Excerpt: Jon Hammar saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, but his most brutal foreign experience was in Mexico. Last August, the 27-year-old former Marine corporal was incarcerated by Mexican authorities in Matamoros for trying to register an antique shotgun with customs agents. Foolishly, Cpl. Hammar followed instructions given to him by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Brownsville, Texas. (Mexico has really tough gun laws. That’s why there’s no violence there, you know. ~Bob.)

The Continuing Exodus of Jobs – and Taxable Income – from California. By Daniel J. Mitchell 
Excerpt: But since I’m a bit of a curmudgeon, I also feel all warm and fuzzy when bad things happen to bad people. That’s why I always smile when I read stories about taxpayers moving across borders, thus preventing greedy tax-hiking politicians from collecting more revenue.

Bush Tax Rates: Democrats were against it before they were for it. By Bob Beauprez 
Excerpt: One of the more hysterical components of the fiscal cliff saga is watching the Democrats falling all over themselves to champion the importance of preserving the existing tax rates – the George W. Bush Tax Rates – for nearly every American taxpayer. … But, it is impossible not see the humor in watching Barack Obama and the Democrats now embracing the very policies they spent the last decade demonizing as the reason for deficits, unemployment, the downturn of the economy, male-pattern baldness, PMS, and the Cubs not winning the World Series. Regardless of the problem, it was always George Bush's fault.

Indian Muslim leader says, "Remove police for 15 minutes, we will finish off one billion Hindus"
Didn’t get the “Islam is a religion of peace” memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: He is boasting that the Muslims could essentially wipe the Hindus from the face of the earth in fifteen minutes, if the police look the other way. This joins the Iranian leadership's many genocidal statements against Israel in being ignored by a world "human rights" community that is consumed with working out a remedy to "Islamophobia."

Jihad-Free Holiday Gifts: Check That List Twice! By David Yeagley
Excerpt: What do Caribou Coffee, Church’s Chicken, J. Jill, and PODS Moving and Storage have in common? They are all owned by Muslim Brotherhood-linked Arcapita Bank (formerly known as First Islamic Investment Bank).

Pakistan: Islamic supremacists, outraged by paintings, threaten violence
Excerpt: If these paintings depicted Catholic priests, the artists would be getting grants and articles praising them in the New York Times, which would suddenly remember that it's against censorship. No Catholics would be threatening any violence. But this story is just more of the same: Muslims outraged by perceived "insults to Islam" reacting with violent threats, and the objects of those threats caving in.

Syrian Jihadist Group Threatens United States
Excerpt: A Syrian opposition group tied to al-Qaida has issued a threatening statement against the United States two weeks after the U.S. Treasury Department designated its leaders as terrorists.

Excerpt: In the report Human Rights Watch places blame squarely on terrorists in Gaza for the boy’s death. “Some rockets launched by Palestinian armed groups fell short and struck inside Gaza. On November 16, a rocket that appears to have been launched from within Gaza hit a crowded street in the Gazan town of Jabalya, killing a man, 23, and a boy, 4, and wounding five people.”

Swedish Officials Order Iranian Christian Deported for Second Time
Excerpt: An Iranian convert to Christianity seeking asylum in Sweden is once again facing deportation to Iran, according to his pastor. If he’s sent back to Iran, the convert, Reza Jebbari, could be imprisoned or even put to death for leaving Islam.

Worth Reading: Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn't Add Up: Is life like a pizza, where if some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box? By P.J. O'Rourke
Excerpt: In this zero-sum universe there is only so much happiness. The idea is that if we wipe the smile off the faces of people with prosperous businesses and successful careers, that will make the rest of us grin.

Spokane Valley Police: Burglar Meets Marine
Excerpt: The homeowner told 911 that her son, an active United States Marine home on leave from Afghanistan, went inside the residence. … Mr. Pohle said Schwanke tried to shut the door, which was not an intelligent choice. Infantryman Pohle pushed the door open, escorted Schwanke to the ground with his father and waited only a minute or two for deputies to arrive.

Kathleen the Terrible: Kathleen Sebelius is the most corrupt and arrogant HHS secretary in history. By David Catron 
Excerpt: Among the gifts Nancy Pelosi brings to the House of Representatives is her ability to draw a hearty guffaw from the most jaded observer of American politics. This talent for comedy was on display last Wednesday when she told a group of toadeaters disguised as journalists that she belongs to the anti-corruption party. (What is really tragic and extremely worrisome to any remotely aware citizen is the rampant corruption we have been witnessing in our government for the last four years. Certainly there was corruption before then, but things have ramped up to new heights (or depths, perhaps) right before our eyes. Here is an article that will take the sunshine out of your day, but it's worthwhile to at least stay informed of what goes on. –Del. Corruption is a part of the human condition, and is found in every party and every political system. No party says they are in favor of corruption, but many individuals, of all political stripes, indulge in it. ~Bob.)

Think you have troubles?
Worth seeing (after the ad.)

Excerpt: The release of evidence in George Zimmerman’s murder trial quickly made a mockery of his second-degree murder charges, and threw a further layer of shame upon media and political opportunists who misrepresented a tragic, but fairly straightforward, case of lethal force employed in self-defense. It is remarkable to take stock of this evidence and realize that it supports every single aspect of Zimmerman’s statement to the police. (Well, it's perking along slowly in the system, but increasing flow of information about the events of that fateful evening is occurring. And the more factual information that we can examine, the more it looks like a sad but simple case of self-defense. It doesn't matter if Zimmerman might have stayed in his car, turned a blind eye, and driven home to dinner. It doesn't matter if Martin found it irritating that someone was watching him. Attacking someone with force and fisticuffs is not permissible, and what the victim does to defend himself is permissible, especially when the attacker is younger, likely stronger, and not holding back in his attack mode. Maybe Zimmerman could have shot to disable, but how much control he had of the gun while being pounded on is an open question. The bottom line is that while the death of the young man is tragic, his aggressiveness is the real root cause of the whole sad mess. And there's no way Zimmerman is guilty of any level of murder. –Del. Still going on? I thought he’d been convicted by the media and sentenced by Judge Obama to punishment by the NBPP, AKA “Holder’s Irregulars. ~Bob.)

UK: A dad was the tenth most wanted Christmas present. This is the real culture war. By Tim Stanley
Excerpt: A truly heartbreaking story broke over Christmas. A British consumer agency released a survey that showed that the tenth most requested gift from Father Christmas was “a dad” (coming in just behind “snow”). The first choice was a baby brother or sister, which is a heartening sign that materialism hasn’t quite claimed our souls yet.

Do Gun Buybacks Really Work?
Excerpt: He raised an issue that just prior to the one gun buyback, there was an increase in home break-ins and gun thefts and that many of those guns were recovered in the buyback program. (But they make liberals feel good, which is the point of all liberal policies. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: Anybody who’s thought about it for two seconds knows we don’t have a taxing problem – we have a spending problem. We borrow about 42 cents on every dollar we spend, and under President Obama we’ve been spending more than $1 trillion dollars a year we don’t have.

A Merry Irish Christmas
A little late but very funny! ~Bob

Life on board a British nuclear submarine
Excerpt - They hug cruise missiles in their sleep, don't see women for months and their biggest fear is 'going wibble'. (I can identify with the badger keeper though we had nauga’s, among other things. --Al P.)

The "Fiscal Cliff"
I know a lot of people have been worried about what will happen once Obama throws us off the "Fiscal Cliff". Don't worry! Obama and Congress will be just fine! As a matter of fact, congress is even giving themselves a pay raise! And Obama can go back to Hawaii to finish his all taxpayer expense paid vacation with his family. As for everyone making a million dollars or more, you know, those evil bastards that own the businesses that employ most of you? Obama decided that if he can't raise just their taxes, then by God he will make sure everyone's taxes goes up. Happy New Year! –Larry W.

Daily Times op-ed hits the mark on Pakistani Taliban. By Bill Roggio
Excerpt: However, closer examination of the conditionalities attached by the TTP to any proposed talks indicate that the whole exercise is a non-starter and probably only aimed at exploiting the divisions in the polity and society at large on the approach to be taken to the Taliban menace.

Pakistan militants kill 41 in mass execution, attack on Shi'ites
Guess they didn’t get Obama’s “Islam is a religion of peace” memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: Pakistani militants, who have escalated attacks in recent weeks, killed at least 41 people in two separate incidents, officials said on Sunday, challenging assertions that military offensives have broken the back of hardline Islamist groups. … In the attack in the northwest, officials said they had found the bodies of 21 men kidnapped from their checkpoints outside the provincial capital of Peshawar on Thursday. The men were executed one by one.

Elizabeth Warren Makes Year-End Pitch To Help Retire 2012 Campaign Debt
Excerpt: By November 1, 2012, Warren and Brown had spent nearly $68 million in their heated election battle, shattering previous fundraising and spending records in Massachusetts. (...) Warren defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown last month in what was easily the most expensive campaign in Massachusetts history. Despite raising $42 million, Warren ended the campaign more than $400,000 in the hole. ($42M divided by $68M = 61%. Thus, Warren spent just over $3 for every $2 spent by Brown. Tell me again why the Republicans are regarded as the “rich” party? It’s also worth noting well over half of Warren’s money came from out of state. And, we may STILL get the last laugh on the Democrats. When (not “if”) Viet John Kerry is confirmed as SecState, another special election will be called. Brown will surely run. A bunch of Democrats are making noises about running against him, Ed Markey being the current leader of the pack. None of them are looking forward to the battle with neither Obama nor Patrick on the ballot to help boost turnout. The only problem I see is that the Dems now know how strong we can be, so we won’t be able to sneak in on them again like we did in 2010. This upcoming campaign will be bloody as neither side will hold anything back. Ron P.)

Military supposed to defend First Amendment rights. By Adm. James A. Lyons
Excerpt: A recent Wall Street Journal article described the U.S. Army's final-draft handbook, which indoctrinates our military personnel heading to Afghanistan in how to be sensitive to and accept Muslim and Afghan 7th-century customs and values -- or possibly be killed by our Afghan partners. Unbelievable. This is being done to prevent the so-called "green-on-blue" attacks, which have cost 63 American lives this year. (Yep, it's literally insane, that is, mentally dysfunctional with serious negative consequences, but that's what the brasshats of today are coming out with, as they go through insane contortions to stay in the graces of the Executive Branch. Time to reject it like Sarin gas at a Kindergarten, and move back towards the kind of thought patterns that are meaningful and have positive consequences. --Del)

$1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1
Excerpt: Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Worth Reading: Gun Control Tramples On The Certain Virtues Of A Heavily Armed Citizenry. By Lawrence Hunter
Excerpt: A people cannot simultaneously live free and be bound to any human master or man-made institution, especially to politicians, judges, bureaucrats and faceless government agencies. The Second Amendment along with the other nine amendments of the Bill of Rights was designed to prevent individuals’ enslavement to government, not just to guarantee people the right to hunt squirrels or sport shoot at targets, nor was it included in the Bill of Rights just to guarantee individuals the right to defend themselves against robbers, rapers and lunatics, or to make sure the states could raise a militia quick, on the cheap to defend against a foreign invader or domestic unrest.

Exclusive: How Israel's drones help minimize civilian casualties. By Paul Alster
Excerpt: The numbers speak for themselves, but very little credit has so far been given by foreign governments, NGOs, and the international media for the care taken by the Israeli military to avoid collateral damage during its recent vicious engagement with Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters. "In cases where there are people inside a house or building we never strike the target without prior warning."

Obama Steals Change From Eddie Murphy
Excerpt: In 1992, Eddie Murphy played a con artist turned Congressman, who ran on "Change". "The Distinguished Gentleman" (see Video)

Congressman: Obama ‘Reckless’ To Arm Egypt With F-16 Fighter Jets
Excerpt: On Thursday Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) criticized the Obama administration for sending twenty F-16 fighter jets to the new Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian government. "It is reckless and unwise for the U.S. to give F-16s to Egypt and its new president/dictator, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood," Poe explained. "This extremist group is notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel. The United States should not be arming a country ruled by a group that has the destruction of Israel in its charter. (Obama’s “final solution” of the Israeli question—arm the Brotherhood. ~Bob.)

Police: Christmas Eve firefighter shooter used ‘straw purchaser’ to acquire weapons
Excerpt: The 62-year-old convicted felon who gunned down two firefighters and wounded three first responders on Christmas Eve in WebsterNew York used weapons his neighbor illegally purchased for him, according to state and federal authorities. The neighbor, 24-year-old Dawn Nguyen, was arrested on Friday after police traced the serial numbers on two weapons used by William Spengler, the shooter: a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun, both purchased in 2010. While this so-called “straw purchasing” is illegal, the U.S. Department of Justice sanctioned the practice between 2006 and 2011.

Excerpt: Throughout the presidential campaign, conservatives regularly chided President Obama for ducking media venues where he would likely be asked substantive questions about serious issues. He ignored their criticism and spent his time sharing his iPod playlist with MTV, calling morning zoo deejays on local radio stations, and basking in the fawning adulation of the ladies...

Excerpt: Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former White House chief-of-staff for Obama, recently condemned the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre for suggesting that armed guards in schools could be appropriate in some situations. … Yet, a report from Second City Cop, further investigated by Rebel Pundit, reveals that the University of Chicago Lab School, the elite private school where Mayor Emanuel sends his children, has its own armed guard. Not only that, Second City Cop reports that Mayor Emanuel’s children have an armed escort to and from school. (Hy-poc-cri-sy: That's the term for people who talk about one thing for everyone else but do the other thing for themselves. Amazing how so many antigun public figures have no trouble keeping themselves and their dear ones surrounded by gun carrying security at all times. --Del)

The Benghazi Investigation: Criminal Charges Pending? By Marshall Frank
Excerpt: Benghazi’s assault on America happened on September 11th, 2012. The election has been over since October 6th. We are approaching New Year’s Eve, 3 ½ months later, and it is being treated like a neighborhood bike theft. (Another nice summary and expanded discussion of the situation. –Del. Nixon would have survived Watergate if the media covered for him the way they do for Obama. ~Bob.)

Hard to say how much of this is BS, satire or true. We know DHS and social security has bought thousands of rounds of ammo and mostly soft point not full metal jacket like the military uses. Some of it may be true. The fiscal cliff discussion is all about taxes and not about reducing spending. Just kicking that can down the road. Such articles as this one is another reason to plan for the worse case scenario...nothing like this may ever happen. Even so, better be prepared for what could happen. –GBH. I get a lot of these “anonymous insider” pieces, most of which get disproved or come to nothing. I tend not to credit people who won’t put their name behind their statements, though I understand the fear of retaliation. ~Bob.

Excerpt: A scenario that police in western Oregon feared came true in the thick of holiday season after two dozen inmates were freed from a county jail that could no longer afford to hold them. Less than an hour after one low-level offender walked out, authorities say, he was demanding that a bank teller hand over money.

Islamist gunmen kill 15 in Nigeria by slitting throats
Didn’t get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: Suspected radical Islamist gunmen have attacked a village in northeast Nigeria, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats and killing at least 15 in the troubled region's latest attack.

Russian police free child hostage, kill seven militants in Dagestan
Excerpt: Russian security forces killed seven militants and freed a 6-year-old girl taken hostage in the restive Dagestan region of Russia's volatile North Caucasus on Saturday, a national anti-terrorism committee official told Interfax news agency.

A Lesson to be Learned on the Anniversary of Wounded Knee
Excerpt: These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection”. The slaughter began AFTER the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms.

DOJ Forces Mega-Mosque on Norwalk, CT Community. By Ryan Mauro
Excerpt: The Al-Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk in Connecticut wasn’t ready to give up when its proposal for a 27,000 square foot facility was turned down by the zoning commission over matters completely unrelated to religion. The Islamic Center sued, asserting—as you might have guessed—it was religious discrimination. The cry of “Islamophobia” got the Justice Department on its side, and the zoning commission suddenly changed its mind after a closed session. (Ah yes, our totally objective Department of Justice.... well, more like the Dept of Social Justice, and the definition of social justice is entirely the purview of the people at the top. Our tax money at work... isn't that great? –Del)

Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry: Recovered Vietnam documents 'smoking gun' researchers claim. By Art Moore
Excerpt: The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry’s group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily. (Isn't this interesting? No, we don't have a video of Madame Nguyen Thi Binh giving specific directions to Kerry about how the antiwar groups should do their attacks against the war effort, but we have a bunch of dots that connect fairly well to indicate that Kerry and others were communicating with the communists and then what the communists wanted to happen, happened. If you want to believe in a series of happenstance coincidences, OK, but for my money Kerry and his pals were acting as conduits from Hanoi to the "useful idiots" in the US, and we know the Communist Party USA was paying for travel, etc. And Obama wants this clown to be the next Secy of State? Heaven help us. --Del)

Civic Literacy Exam

33 for 33. ~Bob.

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