Friday, August 15, 2014

A lot of timely news and comment


A lot of timely news, so I'm posting despite having 50 unread emails and having had to delete many based on the subject. Sorry to all why sent items not used. I've been out and about: Britnye in Corn Fest parade with dancers Thursday evening, Church Boat Trip Friday. Next Corn Fest Saturday, Church and GOP Picnic Sunday. Came back from the Boat Trip to 167 emails, and I had other work to do besides the blog....Bob

General News and Comment

Book Recommendation: Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline. By Theodore Dalrymple 
Another terrific collection of essays by Dr. Anthony Daniels, the British psychiatrist who uses the pen name Dalrymple, published in 2008. He turns his biting wit and insights to the culture in Britain, and by default, western civilization. In the first section, he reviews the impact on the culture of famous writers from Johnson to Ibsen. I'ts quite interesting, but the second section on politics and culture is not to be missed. I will link to some of the essays, like the one below, when I can find them on line. A quote from the Preface: "The United States is not immune from the collapse of confidence that underlies the deep British Malaise. It is as plentifully supplied as Britain with intellectuals who indulge in cultural self-doubt, more from a desire to present themselves to their peers as broad-minded than from any love of truth or wisdom."

Worth Reading: Real Crime, Fake Justice. By Theodore Dalrmple
Excerpt: For the last 40 years, government policy in Britain, de facto if not always de jure, has been to render the British population virtually defenseless against criminals and criminality. Almost alone of British government policies, this one has been supremely effective: no Briton nowadays goes many hours without wondering how to avoid being victimized by a criminal intent on theft, burglary, or violence. An unholy alliance between politicians and bureaucrats who want to keep prison costs to a minimum, and liberal intellectuals who pretend to see in crime a natural and understandable response to social injustice, which it would be a further injustice to punish, has engendered a prolonged and so far unfinished experiment in leniency that has debased the quality of life of millions of people, especially the poor. (Published in his book Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline.)

Worth Reading: Towns, Browns, Clowns, and the Pesky Truth. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Here we go again. A short while ago news - clowns have been demanding (the name of the police officer) - broke from the town of Ferguson, Missouri, about the police shooting death of Michael Brown. Ah, but the pesky truth is emerging.

Texas Gov. Perry indicted for alleged abuse of power for veto threat
Excerpt: A grand jury has indicted Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry for abuse of power after the governor allegedly carried out a threat to veto funding for public corruption prosecutors in the state. Perry, a potential 2016 presidential hopeful and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, is the first governor of Texas to be indicted in nearly a century. 

Tensions soar as Ukraine says destroys Russian armour
Excerpt: Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions rocketing.

Liberal WaPo Columnist: Obama Policies Helped Cause Ferguson Fiasco. By Brendon Bordelon
Excerpt: Liberal Washington Post art critic Philip Kennicott hit President Obama for urging healing after race riots and a militarized police response in a St. Louis suburb, arguing that his administration “has presided over the enlargement of the problem” of a deep distrust in authority. In a post published Thursday afternoon, Kennicott — who wrote in 2009 that the Obama “Joker” posters were racist and gushed over the artistic value of a White House PR photo after Obama’s reelection in 2012 — explicitly accuses Barack Obama of furthering many of the values and policies used by the St. Louis County Police Department in their heavy-handed crackdown on largely peaceful protesters.

This is what Ferguson police say occurred in the minutes leading up to Michael Brown’s death
Excerpt: In discussing the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jacksonreleased a police report Friday for a robbery he said Brown committed just minutes before the 18-year-old was shot and killed by an officer. Jackson later said the initial contact between officer Darren Wilson and Brown — which ended with Brown’s death on a Ferguson street last weekend — was not actually connected to the robbery. The family called the decision to release the report “character assassination.”

New Tack on Unrest Eases Tension in Missouri
Excerpt: President Obama on Thursday called for an end to the violence here, denouncing actions both by the police and by protesters. Hours later, the Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, ordered the state highway patrol to take over security operations from local law enforcement.

The Slow, Gradual Change in America’s Police. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
In the past ten to twenty years, the appearance of the police in our cities, towns, and counties changed dramatically; the unnerving suspicion is that the mentality of our police changed as well. ... Let's include all the proper stipulations: Of course, we all want the police protected from harm. Yes, they face danger on our behalf. Yes, they need to defend themselves and us with lethal force at times. Yes, in the face of a rioting crowd, they need to be able to apply -- and threaten to apply -- sufficient force to quell the riot quickly. But one of the ways we as Americans responded to 9/11 was to throw gobs of money at first responders, to prepare police forces large and small to respond to any imaginable horrific emergency -- a Beslan-style attack on a school, an Oklahoma City–style bombing, heavily armed criminals like those in the North Hollywood shootout, etc. In theory, this was a good idea. It may still be a good idea. But it had side effects. One is that the Department of Homeland Security started popping out military-grade equipment, weapons, armor, and gadgets like a Pez dispenser, resulting in top-grade hardware in almost comically small towns:

Ferguson and the paradox of American diversity. By Michael Gerson
Excerpt: St. Louis, like nearly everywhere else in the United States, has grown more multicultural (though less quickly than many other places). Immigrants to the area have lately come from Bosnia, India and China. But events in Ferguson demonstrate the paradox of American diversity: An increasingly multicultural nation remains deeply divided by race and class. 

New Black Panthers Take Over Ferguson Fire Department.
Excerpt: Nzinga used the spotlight to engage in a tirade against Obama. “This is a shame that as we speak the president of United States is talking to Russia, he’s talking to China, he’s talking to North Korea, he’s talking to Iraq and the Middle East about treating their people better,” he said. “But as he look out the window at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he’s watching the black man, who built the White House, shot down like dogs.”

New Black Panthers to Sharpton, NAACP: "Don't bring your ass to St. Louis telling us not to fight."
Excerpt: "Get your ass out of the way." Nzinga, speaking on the New Black Panthers Blog Talk Radio show earlier in the week, added, "They don't ever want us to feel we should fight, but you can't get free if you don't fight."

Children of Chicago 1941--When middle class respectability was the goal

Black Principal Loses Lawsuit for Racially Targeting White Teacher
Excerpt: During Everhart’s time at Largo High School, he was teaching honors English to juniors and seniors. He received excellent evaluations and was named Teacher of the Year. However that didn’t matter to Simpson-Marcus who told Everhart that if she ever became principal of the high school that he would be the first teacher she fired. Why? Because he is white and she is black.

Quote from The Patriot Post
"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy." --Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1779

No, Rush Limbaugh did not say that the leftist worldview drove Robin Williams to suicide. Ace of Spades
Excerpt: Imagine if the media had dropped its stupid, thoughtless Let Us Praise This Man Because He Was a Celebrity impulse and instead got really into the topics of depression, the possibility of cure (which most depressives won't acknowledge, because depression makes you think that you are doomed forever), and, most importantly, the painful and life-changing impact of a suicide on his family.

The Great Reset: Liberals Suddenly Realize Their Ideas Don't Work After All. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Suddenly, we're experiencing the "Great Reset." ... the one where America's largely liberal political elites suddenly realize a lot of hard truths that many voices on the right have been saying all along: A U.S. troop presence in Iraq could help prevent chaos and genocide. Islamists want to reestablish a caliphate. Vladimir Putin is not a reasonable guy. The United Nations is useless. The worldview and policy solutions expressed by Barack Obama during his rise in 2007 and 2008 were hopelessly na├»ve. Any day now, they'll suddenly realize Iran wants nuclear weapons and isn't likely to give them up at the negotiating table!

Nixon vs. Obama: Yes, Nixon was bad but Obama is worse. By Roger Stone
Excerpt: Nixon talked about using the IRS to harass his opponents but there is no evidence that he successfully did so, yet illegal use of the IRS was among the Articles of Impeachment voted by the House of Representatives. Obama’s IRS has actually used the IRS to harass conservative groups. Can you imagine the liberal outcry if IRS officials under Nixon referred to liberals as “a—holes’ and “crazies”?
Excerpt: Huete is most worried about the environmental consequences of dredging millions of tons of earth, ripping through the country's huge Lake Managua – the source of Nicaragua's fresh water — and plowing under indigenous communities in the path of the canal. A group of leading national scientists wrote a letter to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, demanding to see Wang-sponsored environmental studies supporting the project — which also includes a deep-water port on each coast, an international airport and free-trade and tourist zones.

Interesting Novel: Collective Retribution by D. S. Edwards
I saw a review of this novel. It sounds good, but I have not read it. Maybe on my Christmas List. ~Bob. Amazon Blurb: When everything America depends on for everyday life is suddenly taken away? No phones, no electricity, no automobiles. What will tomorrow bring? What will you eat? How will you get water? What will happen as your hunger and desperation grow? Will you turn against your neighbors, your friends? Or will you work together to face the deadly challenges of everyday life? The United States of America is a nation on the brink of collapse. With high unemployment, religious extremism, partisan politics, and civil unrest, mixed with the uncertainty of the global financial markets, it's just a matter of time before it all comes crashing down. Some countries are poised, troops at the ready, waiting for this day and the opportunity to seize it all. Levi Nirschell, family man, rancher, patriot, and NSA operative has devoted his life to the service of his country. He has spilled his own blood, time and time again for the cause of liberty and the protection of the innocent. Now his nation calls on him once more for its salvation. This time it's different, this time it's not just his life that's at stake. This time it may cost him everything he holds dear. "Collective Retribution" is a prophetic look at the coming fall of The United States, and those who will be the catalyst in bringing about her destruction. Who will survive? Will America be rebuilt and return to her former glory? Or will she turn into something quite different than the Founding Fathers dreamed of? Something ugly-Something evil.

In Chicago, an anybody-but-Rahm drumbeat begins. By John Kass
Excerpt: anybody-but-Rahm movement is growing in Chicago, making big trouble for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A new Tribune poll shows his approval rating has dropped like a stone, and now stands at an anemic 35 percent. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has a 43 to 39 percent lead on him, and she hasn't even announced a mayoral candidacy yet. (I lived in Crook County, IL for 5 years--Trust me, Lewis would be much worse. ~Bob)

When the lights go out Noah Rothman
Excerpt: It strikes many Americans as a fanciful prospect, almost cheesy apocalypse porn, to suggest that something as simple as the destruction of the nation’s power grid could thrust the United States into the dark ages. But those who have investigated this prospect are not rolling their eyes to the threat as are so many of the country’s sophisticates. In The Wall Street Journal opinion pages on Wednesday, former CIA director James Woolsey and CIA veteran and congressional EMP Commission member Peter Vincent Pry warn of the threat posed by an EMP attack on the United States.

Marine sniper involved in controversial video found dead.
Excerpt: Richards chose to deploy with 3/2 — his final combat tour — despite the injuries he sustained in 2010 after detonating an improvised explosive device. His foot was nearly severed, and he suffered extensive shrapnel wounds to his throat. Those injuries affected Richards years later, he told Marine Corps Times in 2013, shortly before leaving the Corps.

Latest Plan to Privatize Post Office Hits Unexpected Obstacle: Labor Solidarity. By David Morris
Excerpt: For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system. In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the rapid closure of 3600 local post offices, a step toward the eventual closing of as many as 15,000, half of all post offices in the nation. A groundswell of opposition erupted.

Ominous News in NYC: The Return of the Squeegee Men.
Excerpt: Maria Berrios, 49, who has lived in Midtown near the Lincoln Tunnel for 30 years, was stunned to see a squeegee man at the corner of Dyer Avenue and West 36th Street about two weeks ago.“He looked like he learned how to do it way back in the day. He just picked up his bucket and went back to work,” she said. “I haven’t seen those guys in 20 years. I’m a grandma now — the last time I saw one of them, my kids were in the car.”

Why do most Jews stay with Obama? By Arnold Steinberg
Excerpt: At the risk of irreverence, I would suggest that Jews in Europe should have been less trusting and better armed, and maybe God now wants American Jews to support the Second Amendment and oppose gun control. Jews have long been seduced into generational mythology. It’s true that many European Christians hated Jews and collaborated with the Gestapo, as did many Polish Catholics, and the Polish government which oppressed Jews. But the Christian tradition in America is different, and also Catholics here are not hostile to Jews. Given the support for Israel among evangelical Christians, conservatives still cannot understand how “prayer in schools” sent alarm bells to some Jews who irrationally saw the slippery slope of a theocracy.

Why can bishops organize to condemn foodbanks but not genocide? By Archbishop Cranmer
Excerpt:After the Holocaust, the whole of civilisation united behind two simple words: "Never Again". If the free world is not prepared to eradicate the Islamist evil spreading over the desert sands and pouring onto our polite and tolerant streets, the fate of the Christians of Mosul and the Yazidis of Sinjar surely awaits the genteel parishioners of Tower Hamlets. It is already unfolding in France, Germany and the Netherlands. It is naive to believe that England's mannerly history of relatively bloodless revolution can be sustained against the genocidal, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian pogroms of the Islamic State

Student Debt Threatens the Safety Net Of Elderly Americans. By Natalie Kitroeff
Excerpt: Until his Social Security check arrived nearly $300 lighter last June, Eric Merklein, 67, had no idea that he was carrying outstanding student debt. Merklein eventually learned that the government was taking money from his Social Security payments to repay loans he took out roughly four decades ago; he had thought they were paid. Merklein was unemployed, and the garnishment amounted to one-sixth of his total monthly income.

Kentucky school district drops federal lunch program. By Rick Moran
Excerpt: There are a lot of smiling young faces in the Fort Thomas, KY school district. Officials have decided to forgo federal school lunch dollars and have opted out of the program. USA Today: Lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries, fewer vegetables and larger portions this year. One thing that won't be on the menu: federal dollars.

LAPD Misclassifying Violent Crimes, Deflating Crime Statistics. By William Bigelow
Excerpt: Every year, the LAPD’s 21 divisions are instructed to meet certain goals for serious crimes. Det. Tom Vettraino, who spent 31 years with the LAPD, said, "Whenever you reported a serious crime, they would find any way possible to make it a minor crime. We were spending all this time addressing what the crime should be called, instead of dealing with the crime itself. It's ridiculous."

Obamacare News

The Obama Administration Has Little to Tout About Obamacare. By Edmund Haislmaier
Excerpt: But what makes this item interesting is it reveals how little the administration actually has to tout about Obamacare and how far it must reach to manufacture a success story. ... That works out to $43.78 a person, or HHS’ figure of $80 per household for 4.1 million households. In other words, HHS is crowing that Obamacare benefited 2 percent of Americans by getting them small refunds from their insurers.

Undocumented Democrat News

Strange Bedfellows Unite Against Executive Amnesty. By Tony Lee
Excerpt: As President Barack Obama gets closer to possibly enacting massive executive amnesty, liberals and conservatives concerned about executive overreach have strangely united against him. In a New Republic article, Jonathan Cohn observed that Ross Douthat of the New York Times, who has warned about Obama's "Caesarism" and the media's enabling of it; Bloomberg's Megan McArdle; and the left-wing Jonathan Chait, the New York magazine writer who said liberals may look back on it "with regret," have agreed on an issue for one of the first times and have all expressed serious concerns in recent weeks.

"You're Greener Than Gore" News

Population Controllers Call Babies “Carbon Legacies,” a Threat to the Environment. By Wesley J. Smith
Excerpt: I guess it takes global warming hysteria to get the bioethics movement to criticize what is known in the trade as “artificial reproductive technologies” or ART. But now, in the ever more radical Journal of Medical Ethics, Cristina Richie, of Boston College’s Department of Theology, argues that these technologies should be regulated to limit the number of children–called “carbon legacies,” as a means of fighting climate change.

Religion of Peace News

Iraq crisis: Maliki quits as PM to end deadlock
Excerpt: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has resigned, in a move observers hope will end a political crisis in Baghdad. Haider al-Abadi, a deputy speaker of parliament, has been asked by Iraq's president to form a government. (time to cash in the Swiss bank account. ~Bob)

Obama says militant siege broken – but Iraq mission not over yet
Excerpt: President Obama announced Thursday that U.S.-led airstrikes have broken the siege by Islamic militants against religious minorities who were trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq -- but made clear the U.S. mission in the region is not over yet. The president, in brief remarks from Martha's Vineyard where his family is on vacation, said he expects the specific operation at Mount Sinjar to wind down. He said military planners will be leaving in the coming days, aid drops will stop and a U.S.-led evacuation is likely no longer needed. (Huh. Bet they come back. ~Bob)

ISIS massacres 80 Yazidis in northern Iraq town, say Iraqi officials
Excerpt: The Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious group, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, has been persecuted in the north by Islamic State militants, with at least 500 killed prior to Friday's news, according to Iraq's human rights minister. The latest killings came just a day after President Obama said U.S. air strikes and humanitarian aid drops on Sinjar mountain, where thousands of Yazidi have been stranded in an Islamic State siege had been ended.

Make no mistake: We're back in an Iraq war. By Doyle McManus
Excerpt: Every time Barack Obama thinks he has succeeded in establishing restraint as the central doctrine of his foreign policy, a new outburst of chaos in the Middle East draws him back in. In 2011, fears that Libya's Moammar Kadafi would massacre opponents led the United States into an air war. In 2013, Syria's use of chemical weapons against civilians almost drew Obama into another. Now it's Iraq, where the president thought he had disentangled the United States, only to see a new threat arise in the form of the terrorist army of the Islamic State.

Quote from Ace of Spades
"Obama is essentially now in the position of fighting a war while pretending to not be fighting a war, because of The Base. That should go well for all of us!"

'When people are dying, you must come back from vacation': French foreign minister seems to slam Obama for golfing while Iraq burns
Excerppt: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something. 'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,' but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Iraqi army takes back 4 cities in Salaheddine
Excerpt: The Iraqi army has regained control over four cities in Salaheddine from the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), the Ministry of Defence said Thursday (August 14th). Over the past two weeks, "the army managed to clear four new cities in Salaheddine province -- al-Dhuluiya, al-Ishaqi, al-Mutassim and Balad -- and is now in full control of them", said army commander in Salaheddine Lt. Gen. Sabah al-Fatlawi.

All-woman battalion ready to fight Islamic State.
Excerpt: Hundreds of mothers, sisters and daughters have taken up arms and devoted their lives to protecting Iraq’s Kurdish population against the threat of the Islamic State. Known as the women peshmerga of the 2nd Battalion, the group is made up of 550 female fighters led by Col. Nahida Ahmad Rashid, Barcroft reports.

When the going gets tough in Iraq, Obama calls on Biden
Excerpt: Of course, the present situation in Iraq is not exactly the rosy picture Obama painted ahead of the 2012 election. Al Qaeda is definitely alive and kicking, the Iraqi government is embroiled in a messy regime change, and the ultra-violent terrorist group Islamic State is on the move, slaughtering all who stand in its way.... Now, as Iraq devolves even further into violence and disorder, Obama, who is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, has delegated the chore of resolving the crisis to Vice President Joe Biden. (Send in the Clown. Sent to South America to stem the illegals and used open-ended language suggesting some of them would stay....More came. Including adults in fatigues carrying arms....Barb)

Chip Off the Old Block. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: They can't wait to chop your head off and then zip the video footage all around the world. In the old days, when you decapitated somebody, the best you could do was stick his head on a spike on the edge of the village, and hope for good word of mouth from those terrified locals with an eye for the telling detail. Now you can saw through somebody's neck or stone a woman to death in the Sunni Triangle and, thanks to your Verizon or O2 account, your friends back in London or Frankfurt or Chicago can see it instantly! (The children have to be carefully taught, as the song goes.....Graphic image. --Barb)

Voters Think Iraq May Already Be Lost
Excerpt: Most voters approve of U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq but still think radical Islamic insurgents are likely to take control of the country.
Sixty percent (60%) of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s decision to launch U.S. airstrikes to help the democratically-elected government fight al-Qaeda-led militants who threaten to take over Iraq.

Worth Reading: Occupation of Cyprus Underscores Hypocrisy of Gaza Outrage. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Cyprus is a beautiful island. But it has never recovered from the Turkish invasion of 1974. Turkish troops still control nearly 40 percent of the island – the most fertile and formerly the richest portion. Some 200,000 Greek refugees never returned home after being expelled from their homes and farms in Northern Cyprus. The capital of Nicosia remains divided. A 112-mile demilitarized “green line” runs right through the city across the entire island.

Palestinian Authority Envoy Calls for Israel's Destruction
Excerpt: Israel's "annihilation" is in progress and "the new generation in Iran will certainly witness our victory over Israel," the Palestinian Authority's envoy to Iran told Gaza supporters Tuesday, reported the Algemeiner website. "The U.S. and the Western countries have created a fake regime in Palestine to get rid of it and have supplied it with the most advanced weapons," said Salah al-Zawawi.

Hamas Admits Deporting Foreign Journalists Who Filmed Rocket Launches
Excerpt: Hamas now says it deported foreign journalists from Gaza for documenting rockets launches from civilian areas, according to a video translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In an interview with Mayadeen TV, Isra Al-Mudallal, head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry, confirms that Hamas security personnel would confront journalists suspected of filming its terrorist operations.

Worth Reading: The Terrorists Among Us. By Theodore Dalrymple
Excerpt: While I was on a visit to Toronto recently, police arrested 17 men, the oldest of them 43 but most much younger, on charges of plotting a terrorist attack. They wished, apparently, to blow up the parliament in Ottawa and publicly behead the prime minister. Cops caught them in the process of buying three times as much material for explosives as Timothy McVeigh used in the Oklahoma City bombing. Reporting the arrests, the New York Times called the men “South Asians”—though one of them was an Egyptian, two were Somali, and most had been born in Canada—thus concealing by an inaccurate euphemism the most salient characteristic of the alleged plotters: that they were all Muslims. The Canadian police, emasculated and even stupefied by the exigencies of political correctness (the modern bellwether of virtue), said that the 17 came from such diverse backgrounds that they were unable to discern anything in common among them. (Published in his book Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline.)

Worth Reading: Hiroshima's Lessons for the War on Terror. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: In the summer of '45, the United States concluded a war that had come to be seen by some as unwinnable after the carnage at Iwo Jima with a bang. On August 6th, the bomb fell on Hiroshima. And then on the 9th, it was Nagasaki's turn. Six days later, Japan, which had been preparing to fight to the last man, surrendered. 

Fourteen dead as peacekeepers battle militants in Somali capital. By Abdi Sheikh
Excerpt: African peacekeepers and Somali troops battled militants in a suburb of Mogadishu on Friday, launching a joint offensive that killed at least 14 people, police said.

Europe's Jihadist Girls: Teen Rebellion That Kills. By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: The moment they noticed she was gone, her parents phoned the police and her brother spread the word on Facebook. The next day, June 22, Moezdalifa was stopped at the airport in Dusseldorf, from where she planned to fly to Turkey and – like thousands of other European Muslims before her – to cross the border into Syria. It is hard to imagine a 15-year-old girl, raised in the luxury and opportunity of Europe, running away to join an insurgency abroad, choosing to exchange friends and family for a life on the battlefield of a violent civil war.

Negotiations continue with Taliban to end violence in Helmand
Excerpt: Negotiations between Taliban militants and Afghan officials continue in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan in a bid to end the violence which sparked over a month ago. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad, commander of the special police forces, said the negotiations continue between the local tribal elders and Taliban militants. (Negotiating with Islamists--Taliban, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, etc.--is like a lamb negotiating peace with tiger. It only lasts until the tiger is hungry again. ~Bob)

NY City Cabbie Convicted of Arranging Honor Killings
Excerpt: A veteran New York City taxi driver originally from Pakistan was convicted of two honor killings he arranged to avenge his family’s “humiliation.” Mohammed Choudhry, 61, who drove a cab in New York for more than 20 years, had forced his 23-year-old daughter, Amina Ajmal, into an arranged marriage in Pakistan in 2012. 

Swastika Flyers Placed at Jewish-Owned Businesses Near UCLA. BY Jeff Dunetz
Excerpt: "He then turned to Rabbi Boruch Cunin at Chabad House near UCLA for spiritual counseling and guidance, who said he was struggling to understand how such a thing could happen here in the Southland. “In the center of Westwood to receive a leaflet with swastikas that says ‘Watch out’, ‘Be careful’, ‘You’ll see’, ‘Wanted’, and all of the rest of these threats,” said Cunin."

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