Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for March 14, 2013

Old Jarhead's Political SitRep for March 14, 2013
Robert A. Hall
Your one-stop-shop for political news and opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. This SitRep (Military for “Situation Report”) is created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. And I can only spend at most three hours a night pulling stuff, plus the healthcare or economic stuff that crosses my desk at work. As always, I—and you—owe them thanks and appreciation. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, or too far a stretch, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, or in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism.

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Excerpt: Despite President Obama’s recent overtures to Republican members of Congress, people who have been around for a while all seem to agree: Never in living memory has the atmosphere on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C., generally been so toxic. I don’t find this to be true out in the hinterland. The country as a whole is divided politically. But it’s not obviously more divided than it was 50 years ago. The toxicity of politics is a D.C. phenomenon. What’s more, the polarization is worse among the elites. It seems that the more education they have, the more polarized people become. Why is that?

Worth Reading: Illinois: From deadbeat to fraud
Excerpt: The order documents how Illinois politicians systematically have cheated public workers who trust in their pension system, investors buying bonds under false pretenses — and taxpayers left holding the bag for untold billions of dollars in unfunded pension obligations. ... But 19 years after lawmakers passed their slipshod pension funding scheme, Illinois has the nation's worst-funded state pension system (about 40 percent, barely half the national average). That pension-cost pressure is a big reason why Illinois has billions in unpaid bills and the worst credit rating of any state. (The downside of getting rid of Republicans is there's no one left to blame. Of course, you can endorse Blagojevich for governor and still go on to a bigger job. Say in Washington as a part-time golf pro. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Intellectuals and Race: Part II. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: Once we recognize that large differences in achievement among races, nations and civilizations have been the rule, not the exception, throughout recorded history, there is at least some hope of rational thought -- and perhaps even some constructive efforts to help everyone advance.

Excerpt: French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran introduces Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the 266th pope, AP reports. The 76-year-old cardinal will be the Catholic Church's first South American pope.
Ironic White Smoke come from the Vatican at the same time the Senate votes to defund Obamacare... Its a Sign I tell ya

Obama Senate Democrats, no budget in 4 years. Vatican has new pope in 2 days.

Tweet from @tartanmarine
Hope the new Pope will “cast his arms abroad for agony and loss, And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross.”

Wild speculation about new Pope in media. Latest report: Cardinal Dewey has defeated Cardinal Truman.

Breaking: Justin Bieber elected Pope in landslide vote.

Al Gore probably on air complaining about carbon emissions from white smoke.

So we have a conservative traditionalist from Latin America who opposed commies back in the day. I may have to convert.

Tweet from @tartanmarine
How long until the Left Media starts calling Pope Frankie a "White Hispanic"?

Obama’s approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies
Excerpt: The afterglow of President Obama’s reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating back down to the 50 percent mark, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. (After four long, hard years, anyone who is just now taking a dim view of Obama’s economic policies is what we technically call “a slow learner.” ~Bob.)

EGYPT: How to kill your only money-making industry in one fell swoop
Some great pictures. ~Bob. This is fascinating. Some of our politicians keep telling us that having Egypt run by the Muslim Brotherhood is really not as bad as people might thing, they're reasonable after all. Well, this latest move on the part of the authorities sure raises some doubt in my mind about how things are going to go with these fanatics in charge. I feel sorry for all the non-fanatic Egyptian Muslims and especially for any non-Muslim Egyptians, because this kind of narrow-minded religious zealotry is always bad for everyone living in it. And as the article points out, Egypt desperately needs foreign currency, and the best source of that (besides our giveaway programs) is tourism. At this point, I'd counsel people to think long and hard about any trip to Egypt, most especially any women who aren't ready to wear at least a scarf everywhere they go, and forget shorts or miniskirts or bikinis. This will not get better, they have the bit in their teeth and now they will ride roughshod over anything and everything they don't see as fitting in Sharia principles. --Del)

Florida Man's Son Tells Cops, "Those Are My Daddy's Hoes"
Excerpt: He had three women and a little kid riding with him in the vehicle at the time. The boy, a 7-year-old, was apparently Burton's and the woman he choked-out's son. At one point, police asked the boy about the other two women in Burton's car, to which the boy replied, "Those are my daddy's hoes."

Focus Groups Highlight That Many Patients Object To Clinicians’ Focusing On Costs. By Roseanna Sommers, Susan Dorr Goold, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Steven D. Pearson, and Marion Danis
Abstract: Having patients weigh costs when making medical decisions has been proposed as a way to rein in health care spending. We convened twenty-two focus groups of people with insurance to examine their willingness to discuss health care costs with clinicians and consider costs when deciding among nearly comparable clinical options. We identified the following four barriers to patients’ taking cost into account: a preference for what they perceive as the best care, regardless of expense; inexperience with making trade-offs between health and money; a lack of interest in costs borne by insurers and society as a whole; and noncooperative behavior characteristic of a “commons dilemma,” in which people act in their own self-interest although they recognize that by doing so, they are depleting limited resources. Surmounting these barriers will require new research in patient education, comprehensive efforts to shift public attitudes about health care costs, and training to prepare clinicians to discuss costs with their patients.

Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret: Producing and charging electric cars means heavy carbon-dioxide emissions. By Bjorn Lomborg
Excerpt: Electric cars are promoted as the chic harbinger of an environmentally benign future. Ads assure us of "zero emissions," and President Obama has promised a million on the road by 2015. With sales for 2012 coming in at about 50,000, that million-car figure is a pipe dream. Consumers remain wary of the cars' limited range, higher price and the logistics of battery-charging. But for those who do own an electric car, at least there is the consolation that it's truly green, right? Not really. (The purpose of Green Cars is the same as the purpose of other Green dreams—to make Progressives feel good, regardless of the results. That’s all that matters to them, so they will continue to jam economy and environment destroying Green down our throats. ~Bob.)

Myths of American ‘Cowboy Capitalism.’ A factual analysis reveals a modern-day America that is much closer to a European socialist-style economy than to a capitalist frontier. By Thomas A. Hemphill and Mark J. Perry
Excerpt: A mantra heard from Western European socialists and American progressives is that a political economy of frontier-style, “cowboy capitalism” runs amok across the fruited plains of the United States. Based on this ideological view of the U.S. business environment, one would think that a pro-market, libertarian utopia existed in America, unfettered by the visible hand of government. The reality, however, is quite different.

Fabricating consensus on immigration. By Dan Stein
Excerpt: The last legislative effort to enact a massive amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S. ended in bitter disappointment for proponents in 2007. Aside from the visceral opposition most Americans have toward rewarding illegal behavior, they also harbored deep doubts that the government would carry through on a new set of enforcement promises when the old ones were so obviously not being kept. This sense of basic unfairness and healthy skepticism translated into highly charged public opposition which eventually convinced the politicians to kill the proposal. (I think by now every sentient person in the US knows that if the government issues any statement it is a lie. More examples here if you need them. --Don Hank)

Another fake Vietnam Vet Hero: Former party official accused of falsifying wartime achievements
Excerpt: A rare case of denouncement was brought up in Thua Thien-Hue Province by a group of veterans who accused a former party leader of lying about his wartime record to gain the status of "Hero of the People's Armed Force". (Isn't this interesting … another guy claiming a super war record for the benefit of his career. But a communist former VC! The human tendency to fall into dishonesty and corruption can be found everywhere, and certainly among those who call themselves communists. –Del. Maybe he should get with some of the fake US “heroes” and swap verifications! ~Bob.)

Is North Korea Preparing for War?
Excerpt: The party daily Rodong Sinmun reported the Armistice is invalid as of 11 March. It also reported the North has placed its strategic missiles and multiple rocket launcher systems on standby to go to war and the entire population has become soldiers. It reported all government and party organizations and agricultural cooperatives have been placed on emergency mobilization status and the Red Worker-Peasant Militia and the Young Red Guards have been ordered to man their numerous posts.

Excerpt: Chavez may be gone, but the Bolivarian revolutionary lunacy goes on. TheDC's Jamie Weinstein reports: "The Venezuelan government announced Monday that it will open an inquiry into the conspiracy theory that the cancer that helped kill Hugo Chavez last week was implanted by his American imperialist enemies, but doctors say such a scenario is impossible.... 

Nine explosive presidential biographies to be released in 2013. By Jamie Weinstein
Excerpt: The Daily Caller reveals for the first time 9 explosive presidential biographies set for publication in 2013: … The Presidency of William Henry Harrison: 30 Days that Shaped America and Changed the World. (For the humor impaired, this is satire. ~Bob.)

Private financial info for Michelle Obama, Jay-Z, Hilary Clinton, Beyoncé exposed
Excerpt: The private financial information of several celebrities and politicians was made public on the Internet by Russian hackers Monday. The Social Security numbers, addresses, credit reports of first lady Michelle Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin were posted to a website bearing a suffix from the former Soviet Union — .su. (If you steal Michelle’s identity, I’d suggest you book an expensive vacation to keep the bank from catching on. Just say that the taxpayers will reimburse them. ~Bob.)

The Hand of the Prophet: A Novel of Islamic America, 2053

Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly as he thinks. –Lin Yu-tang

Tribesmen stone Pakistani soldier to death
Excerpt: Tribesmen tied a Pakistani soldier to the hood of a car and stoned him to death in the country's restive northwest for allegedly having a romantic relationship with a local woman, government officials and a tribal elder said Wednesday. (when the media describe a place as “restive,” it usually means, “Don’t got there—the Muslims will likely kill you.” But in places like Mexico or South Chicago, it could mean the drug gangs will kill you. ~Bob.)

Five killed in militant attack on police camp in Kashmir
Excerpt: Two militants hiding automatic rifles and grenades in cricket kit opened fire on a paramilitary camp on the Indian side of Kashmir on Wednesday, killing five Indian personnel and wounding five, police said. (A “militant” is a Muslim with a gun. ~Bob.)

Member of EU Syria delegation killed in Damascus suburb
Excerpt: Ahmad Shihadeh, an EU policy officer, was killed in Darayya, to the south-west of the capital, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

Syria's children shot at, tortured, raped: charity report
Excerpt: Rape is being used to deliberately punish people, said Forsyth, adding that it is underreported due to the sensitivity of the issue, especially among conservative communities. … It said that there are also reports of early marriage of young girls by families trying to reduce the numbers of mouths they have to feed, or hoping that a husband will be able to provide greater security from the threat of sexual violence.

Excerpt: Last year, during the presidential campaign, Team Obama reached out to America’s single women by showing how a fictional woman named Julia only managed to make it from the cradle to the grave by depending at every turn on the largesse of the federal government. And it worked so well that those women chose Obama over Romney by a huge margin.

‘The Nation’ of Tyranny Lovers. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Operating from the American Committee for Cultural Freedom, Greenberg denounced the magazine that he had worked for, accusing it of echoing Stalin’s interests. And The Nation responded by suing its own former editor for libel.

Obama’s New Libya. By Raymond Ibrahim 
Excerpt: Remember all the hoopla the Obama administration engaged in after helping Libya’s “freedom fighters” oust (and sodomize and murder) the nation’s former president, Muammar Gaddafi? Remember the rationale used by Obama to justify using the U.S. military to help Libya’s “opposition”? … Beyond the attack on Libya’s American embassy, there has been no end of examples of the true nature of the “New Libya” Obama helped create. 

Illinois Police: Terror Ties Cost Imam Chaplain Post
Excerpt: Court papers filed in an Illinois federal civil lawsuit make it clear that a Hamas-supporting imam would have been a state police-sanctioned chaplain in 2010 if not for disclosures made by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). … The additional investigation on Mustapha led to court records tying him to Hamas support. That includes a videotape admitted into evidence in the Holy Land case showing Mustapha singing, "O Hamas, teach us the rifle … O Hamas, raise the banner of Jihad." A child holding a machine gun joins the singers on stage, along with "a man wearing a mask traditionally associated with Hamas." (Another moderate member of “The Religion of Peace” suffers discrimination. ~Bob.)

Kano Boko Haram Attack: Death Toll Climbs To 5
Excerpt: The attack had occurred through the actions of Jihadists who drove in a tricycle armed with machine guns. They opened fire on residents at the two areas – killing three on the spot – while many more sustained injuries. (It will be terrible if this makes the victims’ families Islamophobic. ~Bob.)

Obama to Nominate Sharia Supporter, Illegal Immigrant Advocate as Labor Secretary. By Matthew Vadum
Excerpt: Perez is apparently in favor of Saudi-style anti-blasphemy laws. In Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries offenders can be condemned to death merely for insulting Islam. Amazingly, at a congressional hearing last year, Perez pointedly declined to rule out bringing such laws to the United States. (The evil November 6th brought to our Republic is never ending. ~Bob.)

Report: Iranians with nuclear components arrested
Excerpt: Germany and Turkey arrested seven suspected Iranian smugglers who were transporting materials for that country’s nuclear program from India and Germany, according to a UPI report about an article in the Turkish Haberturk newspaper. The components were to be delivered to the Iranian nuclear facility in Arak, Iran.

Can States Say No to the Feds? Cities Show the Way of State Sovereignty
Excerpt: The United States of America ARE, not the United States of America IS. Each state in the union of states has its own constitution, governor, and body of laws. Each state has its own way of collecting taxes. No group of states can tell other states how to run their state. (An interesting idea, one that many of us will find both reasonable and attractive. The Federal government cannot keep taking all power for itself and treat the states like a parent treats seven year old children. It appears to be time, or close to the time, for states to reject federal authority in certain areas, and move the country back towards a better balance of power between state and federal authorities. Let the cities that create their own problems deal with them, while the outlying communities split off and take care of themselves, and in some areas let the states split off from the rulings of the fed if they see those rulings as inappropriate and counterproductive. And the states that like those rulings can then go ahead and live with them and see how it works out. In the end I believe we'll see some states prosper and others go bankrupt. In a real democracy, you get the government you deserve. If the voters in some areas are consistently stupid about whom they elect to take care of them, they can lie in the bed they've made. Where the voters make better decisions, life will be better. That all seems reasonable. --Del)

Who is this man?
Image of Satan from History Channels' "The Bible". Who does this look like?

Excerpt: Then Italy happened. Two anti-austerity parties with no love for the euro, one headed by Silvio Berlusconi the other by Beppe Grillo, captured over half the vote—and locked up the political system. Newcomer Grillo had thrown the status quo into chaos, for better or worse. Suddenly, everyone saw that anger and frustration could accomplish something. It stoked a fire in Germany.

BTW, I didn't leave the liberal plantation to join a conservative movement that is going to sit on their hands. I believe in the values. (One of several black conservatives I follow. ~Bob.)

Getting ObamaCare coverage could be more painful than doing your taxes: Want health insurance? Get ready to fill out 15 pages of forms. By Keith Wagstaff
Excerpt: Love doing your taxes? Of course not. And that means you probably aren't going to be a fan of applying for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare. According to the Associated Press, the government's draft application for applicants who want government help in paying for and obtaining insurance coverage is 15 pages long, and will be looked at by at least three federal agencies, including the IRS. (Now you know why they don’t want people to have guns. ~Bob.)

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. - Douglas Casey

Youth Baseball Team Raffling AR-15 Rifle. By Todd Starnes
Excerpt: The Atwood-Hammond baseball league said they only raised $10 with last year’s raffle. So a local gun shop provided the league with a Rock River Arms Tactical Operator Two. (From Facebook link: “For those of you wanting to purchase raffle tickets and do not live in the area, you can mail a check to ATWOOD ARMORY, 65 E CR 1175 N, Atwood, IL 61913. Tickets are $20 each. Please make sure you include a note with your name, address, and phone number. Once I receive your check, I will mail you your ticket stub. The firearm can be shipped to a FFL dealer in your area. Tickets will be on sale through June 28th. Drawing will be June 29th.Thanks so much for your support!”)

Hezbollah’s new low: Ethnic cleansing in Syria. By Amir Taheri
Excerpt: For 30 years, the Lebanese Hezbollah has claimed that its army is solely designed to take on Israel and liberate Muslim territory. Now, however, its fighters are engaged in ethnic cleansing in Syria.

The Obamacare Revolt: Physicians Fight Back Against the Bureaucratization of Health Care: Will it make a difference? By Jim Epstein
Excerpt: "Direct primary care," which is the industry term for Neuhofel's business model, does away with the bureaucratic hassle of insurance, which translates into much lower prices. 

I don't care what you diploma says. Your name tag says "try the Loco Dorito Tacos."

American Crossroads: "Appropriate"
Good ad.

Dr. Ben Carson: Ryan's Budget 'Really Works.' By Jerome Hudson
Excerpt: Weighing in on President Obama's so-called "charm offensive," Dr. Carson said, "It is interesting that there's been a rather abrupt change in his demeanor, from blaming everybody to reaching out. (How long before the left calls this distinguished neurosurgeon a Step and Fetch It Uncle Tom? ~Bob.)

Ohio woman indicted for vote fraud in 2012 and previous elections. By Doug Powers 
Excerpt: On Monday, the Hamilton Country prosecutor announced the culmination of several investigations. Richardson said she was fighting “for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.” Now she’s fighting to stay out of prison for a long time:

Voter Fraud Nun Resigns as Dean
Excerpt: An Ohio grand jury has charged Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, who cast a second ballot for a deceased friend in the 2012 presidential election, with one felony count of illegal voting, according to a statement released Monday by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters. Kloos, who could face up to 18 months in prison, resigned last week from her position as a dean of a Cincinnati college.

Thrown in Prison for Shredding the Koran. By Andrew Harrod 
Excerpt: A court convicted a man for shredding a Koran on March 6, 2013. The court imposed a four-month prison sentence and a 600 euro fine upon him. (We should start a campaign to mail the judge shredded copies of the Qur’an. ~Bob.)

House Republicans offer bill to withhold Obama's salary when budget is late
Excerpt: House Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday that would withhold President Obama's salary any time he's late submitting a budget proposal to Congress. The bill from Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) is similar to the No Budget, No Pay Act that was signed into law earlier this year by Obama…. The bill's title is the President's Salary Suspended Unless Budget Measure Is On Time (SUBMIT) Act. (I’d be for withholding vacations and golf outings. ~Bob.)

Obama to nominate new Libya ambassador
Excerpt: President Obama will nominate Deborah K. Jones as the State Department’s new ambassador to Libya, the White House announced on Wednesday. If confirmed, Jones would replace Chris Stevens, the ambassador killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in BenghaziLibya. (“Your mission, Ms. Jones, if you decide to accept it…~Bob.)

Excerpt: The OFA, on the other hand, is much more than a group hoping to influence the choice of a candidate in a race and to be a source of funding for ads and a campaign. It is a group more akin to the Alinskyite community organizing force with which young Obama cut his teeth, an organization meant to mobilize the Left to pressure for things like “taxing the rich” via organizing and actions such as those the now-defunct ACORN used to engage in….

Excerpt: Today the Department of Justice inspector general released a report on potential Labor secretary nominee Tom Perez’s DOJ Civil Rights Division. The timing of the release to coincide with his nomination was certainly accidental, because the report paints a damning portrait of the DOJ unit he managed. …The report was prepared in response to Representative Frank Wolf’s (R-VA) outrage over the New Black Panther voter intimidation dismissal. 

Six months later, where are the Benghazi survivors?
Excerpt: Today marks six months since the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya in which four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Some watchdog groups, members of the media and Republican members of Congress are asking: Where are the more than two dozen U.S. personnel who survived the attack but haven't been seen nor heard from in public since? There were also an undisclosed number of witnesses at the U.S. compounds in Tripoli but they also have not spoken publicly.

Excerpt: President Barack Obama is blaming the U.S. Secret Service for the politically damaging decision close the popular White House tours, and also suggested he would restart the tours….His claim clashes with a March 7 statement by his press secretary, Jay Carney, who declared that “the White House made the decision that we would, unfortunately, have to temporarily suspend these tours.” Obama is now trying to backtrack. (Himself throwing the SS under the bus? –Barb.)

Excerpt: David Hooker, an associate professor at Wheaton College in the suburbs of Chicago, sifted the dust out of massive amounts of vacuumed debris the school’s custodial staff collected for him. He then meticulously smeared it onto a ceramic mannequin of Jesus suffering crucifixion. The particular Jesus Christ that Hooker covered from head to toe in filth originally came from a Catholic church. (When he does it with a Mohammad statue, I’ll have some respect for his courage. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: It was an August morning two years ago when Maggie, a spry, 7-year-old border collie, slipped through the backyard fence of her family's suburban Oregon home. Minutes later, she was dead – her neck snapped by a body-gripping trap set by the U.S. government less than 50 feet from the home she shared with the four children who loved her. "It is an image that will never leave me," Maggie’s owner, Denise McCurtain, of Gresham, Ore., said of her death. ….” Her eyes were open and she was looking at me.”

Spot China's "Hot Money" Time-Bomb. By Tyler Durden 
Excerpt: Over the weekend, FT noted that China’s central bank reported that companies and individuals sold RMB 684 billion ($109 billion) worth of foreign exchange and bought an equivalent amount of Chinese currency in January, a record for a single month. On the chart below, please point out the Chinese "hot-money" inflationary ticking time bomb.

UN to Syrian Rebels: Behave! By Walter Russell Mead
Excerpt: The Syrian rebels have violated the UN’s standards for proper conduct in war, according to a UN report. Based on information from more than 400 interviews inside Syria, the report holds both the rebels and government forces accountable for breaking international humanitarian law. (They better shape up. If this doesn’t work, Rahm Emanuel will declare Syria a “gun-free zone,” like Chicago, and Obama will bump their aid package up. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: The ancient, brutal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), once considered primarily a problem of the developing world, is a growing threat to girls and women in the United States, according to a new report. (Tough on the little girls, but the left puts multiculturalism and support for Shari’a Law ahead of women and kids. Because it makes them feel good. ~Bob.)

Excerpt: “Well, so I have three certainties in my life — death, taxes and liberal attacks from Paul Krugman,” Ryan said. “It’s something I’ve come to realize. Keynesians, which is what Krugman would call himself, believe in just, in the constant pumping of the prime, and just spending more money to grow the economy. They believe in this, that if you spend more money, it produces more than a dollar’s worth of economic growth for every dollar you spend.”

Joe Biden on domestic violence: Not ‘your garden variety slap across the face’
Dear Mr. VP: My wife would like to know what constitutes a “garden variety slap” in case I get out of line. ~Bob.

Wary of Attack With Smallpox, U.S. Buys Up a Costly Drug
Excerpt: The United States government is buying enough of a new smallpox medicine to treat two million people in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and took delivery of the first shipment of it last week. But the purchase has set off a debate about the lucrative contract, with some experts saying the government is buying too much of the drug at too high a price.

2 Afghan Sisters, Swept Up in a Suicide Wave
Excerpt: On the surface, the Gul sisters seemed to have it all: they were young, beautiful, educated and well off, testing the bounds of conservative Afghan traditions with fitted jeans, makeup and cellphones. But Nabila Gul, 17, a bright and spunky high school student, pushed it too far. She fell in love.

RepWright: During 1992 LA riots, shopowner was attacked by mob; he saved his life with a 30 round mag, firing 19 rounds. #magban would kill.

Perhaps most arresting, however, is Nasr's portrayal of President Obama. The commander-in-chief is depicted here as "dithering" on key Afghan war decisions, tasking national security aides with the same questions, rephrased in minor ways, over and over. Nasr also casts Obama as quick to abandon foreign policy promises made on the campaign trail and too reliant on individuals unqualified to weigh in on foreign policy.

Education in Egypt, Shariah Style—Islamic Teachers Beat Children
Excerpt: Why is it that we so often hear of Muslim children being subjected to severe physical abuse in Madrassahs or Islamic educational institutions, in Islamic countries and here in the West? Instead of receiving bad marks on their school papers for alleged poor academic performance, these children are instead receiving bad marks on their frail little bodies from their teachers, sometimes to the point of death. Here’s why. Hitting children is religiously mandated in Islam and is often quite severe.

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