Friday, August 8, 2014

Long post today, but a lot of not-to-be-missed news and comment


I'm still holding my own. Still at 1 lpm O2 in PT Rehab. FEV numbers still playing yo-yo, but not too bad even on the down days compared to a month ago. Feeling good, getting out and about.

Too many emails today to get through them all. Sorry. Plus we've been having Internet connection problems, up then down, which delayed my email retrieval--I could get on other websites, but not Google. Reooting got me back on G-mail--at least for now. So will post what I can. I'll try to get to the other 100 emails or so over the weekend and will include anything still relevant in my next post.

Long post today, but a lot of not-to-be-missed news and comment. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Liberty, Security, Privacy, Big Brother, and the Concept of the Common Good (Guest Post)
Excerpt: The outrage is palpable and the increasing realization by the average American that they really, truly are now living in an Orwellian surveillance state has been an eye-opening experience for many across the fruited plain. ... We already have proof that powerful agencies of the federal government deliberately, under orders from Washington, harassed and targeted specific people and groups that were ideological opponents of the current administration. The vast powers of the state were used as political weapons against its enemies on a wide scale and possibly affected the outcome of the last presidential election. 

DHS contractor suffers major computer breach, officials say
Excerpt: A major U.S. contractor that conducts background checks for the Department of Homeland Security has suffered a computer breach that probably resulted in the theft of employees’ personal information, officials said Wednesday. The company, USIS, said in a statement that the intrusion “has all the markings of a state-sponsored attack.”

Interesting: Justin Amash’s absolutely amazing victory speech. By Aaron Blake and Wesley Lowery 
Excerpt: Politicians who win campaigns, no matter how dirty, will almost always kiss and make up with their political opponents in their election-night speeches. Rep. Justin Amish (R-Mitch.), of course, is not your average politician. After defeating a Chamber of Commerce-backed candidate in his primary by 14 percentage points on Tuesday, the Ron Paul ally set about settling a few scores. (Well, we supposedly want politicians who say what they think, not PC pabulum. ~Bob)

‘Serious limitations’: Gov’t watchdogs unite in letter slamming Obama administration transparency
Excerpt: Dozens of government watchdogs are sounding the alarm that the Obama administration is stonewalling them, in what is being described as an unprecedented challenge to the agencies they're supposed to oversee.  Forty-seven of the government's 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general voiced their complaints in a letter to congressional leaders this week. They accused several major agencies -- the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the chemical safety board -- of imposing "serious limitations on access to records." 

The vast left-wing conspiracy: 1,000-Member Secret Progressive Journalist Group Uncovered
Excerpt: A prominent CNN commentator, the top two political reporters for The Huffington Post, a Reuters reporter, the editor of The Nation magazine, a producer for Al Jazeera America television, a U.S. News & World Report columnist, and approximately two dozen Huffington Post contributors are among the more than 1,000 members of Gamechanger Salon.  Founded by leftwing activist Billy Wimsatt, the group is a secretive digital gathering of writers, opinion leaders, activists and political hands who share information, ideas and strategy via a closed Google group.  The group’s existence was discovered by Media Trackers through an open records request filed with a University of Wisconsin professor who happened to be a member of the network.

A Bunch of Old English People Want Scotland to Stay. Daily Mail UK
Excerpt: (What, them again? --Kate) Sir Mick Jagger, Sir David Attenborough and Dame Judi Dench lead the cast of more than 200 actors, singers, sports stars, presenters, scientists, comedians, authors and historians. The campaign, spearheaded by One Show historian Dan Snow, has enlisted the likes of Ray Winstone, Simon Cowell, Cilla Black, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Tom Daley, Sting, Sir Cliff Richard, Barbara Windsor, Stephen Hawking, and Olivia Colman to issue the plea to Scotland: 'Let's stay together."

Mother of Virginia Tech Victim Advocates for Concealed Carry on Campus. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Earlier this week during the annual Students for Concealed Carry conference in Washington D.C. Holly Adam Sherman, a retired Naval officer, advocated for concealed carry on campus. Sherman is the mother of Leslie Sherman, who was murdered at Virginia Tech. Last year during the Navy Yard shooting, Sherman and her husband anxiously waited to hear if their other daughter, who worked there, was a victim. Luckily this time, she was not.

The End of NATO? Major existential problems mean the organization may soon unravel. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Sixty-five years later, the Cold War has been won and has now been over for a quarter-century. Germany is quite up. The Russians are not so out. America seems not to want to be in anywhere. Those paradoxes prompt some questions. Is NATO even needed in the 21st century? Can it survive its new agendas and missions

Worth reading: The Keystone Delay is Costing us More than Jobs and Revenues. By Catrina Rorke 
Excerpt: The five-year delay in building the Keystone XL pipeline is costing us jobs and wages, limiting our access to low-cost North American oil, and facilitating our continued reliance on oil from the Middle East and Venezuela. While the economic costs of delay are well documented, the environmental and human impacts could also be devastating. The delay has the potential to cause up to: 7.4 million additional tons of CO2 to be released—the equivalent of 1.5 million cars on the road, 979,356 additional gallons of crude oil to be spilled, and 159 additional deaths.

$619 billion missed from federal transparency site
Excerpt:  government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found. And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to the report.

"Veteran Entitlement Mentality"
"old veterans who are in the old fart age bracket are disrespectful to the general population and they have a bad sense of entitlement. i was woken up at 6 AM in my hotel room because of 2 really really old veterans talking loudly in their bellowing entitled deep voices, and they would not shut up, and they ignored me when i asked them to be quiet and instead began talking about their veteran status. i am a civilian, and i do not care if they were paid babykillers. albert einstein said "the pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service". i hate entitled old veterans that think they are exempt from being rude weak hearted douche bags." --Anonymous. (This idiot posted on a 2010 guest post on my blog by a retired Marine LtCol. ~Bob)

Ebola News

I've been carrying Ebola news as some readers are very interested. Frankly, it's way down my lis of worries for myself or the country. ~Bob

Ignore the Fear-mongering: Illegal Immigrants Crossing Border Won’t Bring Ebola
Excerpt: “I don’t think there’s any concern today at all about ebola coming in through the southern border.” Watch the full interview about what Americans should and shouldn’t be concerned about in regards to ebola threat:

CDC Refuses To Identify Where Previous Ebola Tests Originated
Excerpt:  "The six previous tests were all negative and sporadic in time and place. Mount Sinai test still pending testing at CDC" he wrote. .... At present that individual--who has recently traveled to West Africa where the current outbreak is taking place--is said to be under "strict isolation." (So, prior report of "not in isolation" may have applied to prior 6 tested. --Barb)

Reader Response
When Ebola victims land on these shores, leftists will decry the inhumanity of quarantine...and then wonder why we have an epidemic. --George

Spanish priest struck with Ebola becomes the first person brought to Europe for treatment as shocking pictures reveal how more bodies are being left in African streets (pictures)

Ebola Doc's Condition Downgraded to 'Idiotic.' By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: But serving the needy in some deadbeat town in Texas wouldn't have been "heroic." We wouldn't hear all the superlatives about Dr. Brantly's "unusual drive to help the less fortunate" or his membership in the "Gold Humanism Honor Society." Leaving his family behind in Texas to help the poor 6,000 miles away -- that's the ticket. Today's Christians are aces at sacrifice, amazing at serving others, but strangely timid for people who have been given eternal life. They need to buck up, serve their own country, and remind themselves every day of Christ's words: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you."

Small is Beautiful, and Popular: A new political paradigm for the GOP. BY John Jordan
Excerpt: The traditional philosophical demarcation between the parties has been public sector versus private sector. It would appear that the plurality of voters no longer see economic issues along these lines. The new paradigm is big versus small and near versus far, rather than government activism versus the free market.

Money Behind the Midterms-- How the Game Has Changed. By Eric Pianin
Excerpt: American politics and campaign finance tactics have undergone a seismic shift in the past four years. This shift has occurred largely in the wake of several critical Supreme Court and lower court rulings that effectively blew open the floodgates of campaign spending and eliminated virtually any meaningful limitation on who could contribute and how much they could give. Those landmark rulings, including the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC and last April’s McCutcheon v. FEC, prohibit the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations or labor unions. They lifted overall limits on the amount that any one donor can give to candidates, parties and political action committees in any election cycle.

Alexander Beats Back Tea Party Challenge. By Jessica Taylor
Excerpt: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) easily survived his Tea Party challenge on Thursday, dealing a final blow to conservative insurgents who hoped to oust a Senate incumbent this cycle. With 19 percent of districts reporting, The Associated Press called the race for Alexander with 52 percent of the vote. His main challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, took 38 percent. Radiologist George Flinn took 6 percent, with the remainder of the vote split between several other candidates.

Texas Governor Rick Perry's Planner: RedState confab, Iowa and more Iowa. By Patrick Svitek
Excerpt: Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled this weekend to make his fifth trip to Iowa in nine months, his busiest and longest swing through the Hawkeye State since his ill-fated run for president more than two years ago. First, however, Perry’s stopping by another place central to his political past: The RedState Gathering, an annual meet-up of conservative bloggers that’s being held this year in Fort Worth. Perry used the event when it came to South Carolina in 2011 to launch his presidential bid, hoping to fire up activists while the rest of the GOP primary field descended upon Iowa.

Daily Beast puts Sen. Rand Paul on bulls eye
Remember when liberals blamed a target map on Sarah Palin's Facebook page for the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords? Okay for them to use a target, though. ~Bob

Worth Reading: World War I Continues to Haunt Us: Though it may seem anciently irrelevant, the war’s consequences remain very much alive. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Everything about World War I — from the seemingly ridiculous fighting techniques (who hasn’t watched a movie with trench warfare and thought, “Man, that’s a dumb way to die”?) to the clothes and music — seems anciently irrelevant. But the truth is that almost no modern event can hold a candle to it. George Kennan observed that when studying the maladies of the 20th century, “all the lines of inquiry lead back to World War I.”

Teacher's Union President Will Punch You in the Face if You Don't Like Common Core. By Eric Owens
Excerpt: I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers’!” Mulgrew threatened.

State Department hires testimony coach to prepare for congressional grillings. Series of stumbles at hearings prompts $545K witness training contract

Excerpt: After suffering through a striking number of rough grillings at the hands of Congress, State Department officials have approved a contract worth up to $545,000 to help train themselves for how to brief lawmakers and to testify at hearings.

Ethics questions trip up Andrew Cuomo’s short-, long-term political ambitions

Excerpt: New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent ethics problems have at least complicated his path to re-election this year and potentially his hopes for higher office in 2016. Federal prosecutors are now probing reports that Mr. Cuomo’s office improperly interfered with an ethics commission launched last July by the Democratic governor himself, who upon winning office in 2010 pledged to clean up the ethically challenged political culture in the state.

Golden Hammer: Congress loads military budget with $20 billion in pet projects
Excerpt: Congress may have sworn off earmarks, but lawmakers still managed to tuck into latest versions of the defense spending bill dozens of pet projects that have only tenuous connections to national security.

CBS Sacramento, California: Thousands of gallons of water stolen from small town's fire department
Excerpt: This is not even the first time this has happened. Neighbors say a school near Camptonville lost six thousand gallons two months ago.

51% Think CIA’s Interrogations Helped War on Terror
Excerpt: While senators argue over the level of detail the CIA is willing to release about its secret activities, a sizable number of voters continues to believe the intelligence agency tortured likely terrorists, but slightly more think the information obtained that way helped in the War on Terror.

Amnesty as Impeachment Bait: The president's breathtakingly cynical plan to ward off a midterm shellacking. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt:Such a calculation — amnesty-by-fiat to deliberately court impeachment — is breathtakingly cynical. But clever. After all, there is no danger of impeachment succeeding. There will never be 67 votes in the Senate to convict. But talking it up is a political bonanza for Democrats, stirring up an otherwise listless and dispirited base. Last Monday alone the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised more than $1 million from anti-impeachment direct mail.

Democrats have audacity to attack Ernst’s money. By Mark Winkel, Waukee, Letter to the Editor
I was recently contacted by the Joni Ernst campaign asking me to come out and support her at the State Fair on Aug. 8. It was simply one Iowan asking another to come out in support, if they had the time. The anti-gun special interest group Mothers Demand Action is also making calls about seeing Joni Ernst on Aug. 8. They are offering to pay for parking, admission, food and giving you a free T-shirt to protest Joni Ernst. Yet the Democrats have the audacity to run attack ads about Joni Ernst’s money from special interests groups. There will be two groups there to see Joni Ernst speak. Only one has been paid to be there.

Single Motherhood and Wealth
Excerpt: In an interview with Kimberly Gedeon of, Aparna Mathur, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains why single mothers are more likely to be poor. Data from the Pew Research Center suggests that single mothers tend to be younger, are less likely to have an education and are more likely to be black or Hispanic. The numbers are staggering: According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 72 percent of black children are born to single mothers. Fifty-five percent of black children live in single-parent homes, in contrast to 21 percent of white children that live in single-parent homes. Mathur explains that marriage rates -- while they have fallen for both blacks and whites over the last half-century -- have dropped dramatically for black Americans. And research data indicates that women who grow up in poor families and who perceive a lack of economic opportunity are more likely to settle for having children outside of marriage. Compared to married mothers, single mothers make significantly less money. Using data from the 2012 Current Population Survey, Mathur calculated the income disparity between married and single women:

Bus Systems Are More Cost Effective than Rail Transit
Excerpt: Inspired by the prospect of federal funding, 30 cities across the nation are building rail transit lines. Unfortunately, the new rail lines are expensive and offer little additional carrying capacity. Randal O'Toole of the Cato Institute has an alternative to rail transit: "rapid bus" systems. Such a bus system would be speedy and convenient. Running from neighborhoods into the downtown areas of cities, buses could reach more people than rail lines and transport more people for less money: Rail lines are limited in their ability to serve multiple areas, whereas buses can reach many more individuals throughout a city: A four-line light rail system can bring 36,000 people into a city's downtown center, while O'Toole gives the example of a rapid bus system that could bring in 140,000 per hour. A rapid bus system could offer more frequent, faster service with less need for transfers. Buses are more comfortable: When operating at capacity, more than half of the passengers on a rail line must stand. Yet two-thirds to three-fourths of bus riders can sit during transport. A rapid bus system is much less expensive to maintain than a rail system. O'Toole shows why it is much cheaper to develop a rapid bus system instead of rail lines: The average urban area requires 52 miles of rail lines, and the average cost of one mile of rail line is about $100 million, for a total of $5.2 billion. In comparison, the capital costs for a high-frequency rapid bus system would only be $110 million.

Sen. John Walsh ends his campaign
Excerpt: Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) announced Thursday that he would end his bid for a full term, shutting down an underdog campaign that was derailed last month by allegations he plagiarized a substantial portion of a major paper he submitted at the U.S. Army War College.

Ebola News

In Ebola Outbreak, Who Should Get Experimental Drug?
Excerpt: Some have said it is wrong that with hundreds of Africans dying from the outbreak of Ebola, extremely scarce supplies of an experimental drug went to two white American aid workers. But what if the first doses of the drug — which had never been used in people and had not even finished the typical animal safety testing — had been given to African patients instead?
“It would have been the front-page screaming headline: Africans used as guinea pigs for American drug company’s medicine,” said Dr. Salim S. Abdool Karim, director of Caprisa, an AIDS research center in South Africa. (Where have I heard this before?  --George)

TIRED RACIST CHARGE: Ebola and 'unbiased serum' equity. By Jeannie DeAngelis
Excerpt: Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are impressive people. After all, they obeyed God’s call to minister to the “least of these” as missionaries to Liberia. Dr. Brantly grew in stature when, after contracting the deadly Ebola virus, he decided to forfeit an experimental serum so that 60-year-old Writebol could have the first available dose. Then, that night while the second sub-zero serum thawed, Brantly suddenly took a turn for the worse and was quickly administered the initial dose he had originally turned down. This is a man willing to go last and as a result, as promised, ended up going first.

Obamacare News

Lost emails scandal spreads to top Obamacare official. Follows data loss in Lois Lerner IRS tea party targeting probe
Excerpt: The Obama administration admitted Thursday that it has lost emails from the key official who oversaw the botched federal Obamacare rollout last year, and the health department may have broken the law by failing to report the lost emails to the National Archives. Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, thought she had saved the emails as official records but now realizes they “might not be retrievable,” the Health and Human Services Department said in a letter to Congress detailing the problem.

Undocumented Democrat News

Slain Border Patrol Agent's Blood 'On Hands Of Congress And President,' Says Union
Excerpt:  The murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent in front of his entire family has sparked outrage within the Border Patrol community. The murder occurred at the hands of illegal aliens — one of whom had been deported four times prior — according to authorities, near the town of Santa MonicaTexas. The slain agent was fishing with his mother, father, wife, and two kids approximately 40 miles inside the U.S. when the pair of illegal aliens allegedly targeted them for armed robbery. 

The murdered BP agent. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: Let's face it, a murdered U.S. Border Patrol agent isn't necessarily something new for this administration. We'll have to wait and see if the gun used in this crime was one from Fast & Furious. The unsecure border is an entirely theoretical problem for most of our political class. Lawmakers rarely if ever encounter illegal immigrants, much less dangerous ones, on Capitol Hill, or at their high-dollar fundraisers. Illegal immigrants don't climb over the fence of Camp David or the White House. The president isn't likely to run into many illegal immigrants in his upcoming two-week vacation at Martha's Vineyard. This administration likes to brag about the number of deportations going up, but as the example of these men show, a deportation doesn't mean much if, after they arrive in their home country, they can just turn around and cross the border into the United States. We need a border that is difficult to breach; otherwise our deportation policy amounts to a revolving door.

‘I Will Not Rest Until These Worthless Pieces Of Sh*T Are Dead’: Mom Vows Vengeance On Illegals Who Killed Her Off Duty Border Patrol Son
Excerpt: This is another example of the real effects of illegal immigration on Americans. This off-duty border patrol agent was shot in front of his mother, wife, and children by illegal immigrants who had already been deported six times before. See below…A mother who watched her cop son gunned down in front of her, his wife and his children allegedly at the hands of two illegal immigrants has vowed not to rest until his ‘worthless piece of s**t’ killers are dead.’

Excerpt: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly changed regulations to allow more undocumented immigrants to keep their taxpayer status through a program that is rife with fraud and abuse, and to delay deactivation of immigrant taxpayer status until 2016. The IRS now prevents peoples’ Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from automatically expiring after five years as previously mandated. Now immigrants can keep their ITIN so long as they pay taxes at least once in a five-year period. (RELATED: IRS Loophole For Illegals’ Children Costs Taxpayers Billions:

Excerpt: Yesterday I was out running errands and listening to NPR.  The show was featuring a Business Week writer who had done a feature story on Mexican drug cartels.  When he mentioned that over 5,600 remains have been found along the south Texas oil pipelines that got my attention and I did a little digging for you.  Here's what I learned from reading several different sources on this problem....still another problem that I knew absolutely nothing about.  And yes, still more sad and frightening stories from our neighbors to the south. There are thousands of miles of oil pipelines snaking their way from south Texas oil fields north to the state's heartland.  These many "pipeline highways" run across private ranch land.  So one day last week a rancher was riding back to the house and saw her German Shepherds playing with what she thought was a soccer ball.  When she approached closer she was aghast to see her dogs were playing with a human head...what was left of a red headed woman who was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Texas National Guard and Dept. Of Public Safety Moving Forward With Deter And Refer Plan. Breitbart Texas
Excerpt: The other eighty percent of the people, however, did present a security risk to Texans. Many of these people were connected to cartels, gangs, criminal activity, etc. In just the short period of April through June of this year, over 18,000  charges had been brought against criminal aliens, and sadly, this past Sunday a Border Patrol agent was murdered.

Mexican Government Complains About Texas National Guard… Rick Perry Ignores Them
Excerpt: While many Americans are applauding the steps taken by the state of Texas to secure the border, the Mexican government seems to be a bit miffed. Truth Revolt is reporting that the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat released a statement more or less whining that Texas wasn’t acting like a “good neighbor” by deploying the Guardsmen.

Worth Reading: Pipers Lament [Bake Sales and Bagpipes]. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: This weekend it was two of my fellow Granite Staters - 17-year-old Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean, of Concord, New Hampshire. Instead of enjoying meth and twerking like normal well-adjusted teens, they like bagpipes. Master Webster comes from a long line of bagpipers: his father Gordon was pipe-major for the 1st and 2nd Batallion the Scots Guards and personal piper to the Queen. So he passed on the 1936 family bagpipes to his son, and young Campbell uses them to play in pipe championships in North America and around the world. So this weekend he was returning to New Hampshire from a competition in Canada, which is how a newspaper story comes to open with a sentence never before written in the history of the English language: BAGPIPERS have expressed their fear over a new law which led to two US teenagers having their pipes seized by border control staff at the weekend. (The Border Patrol cannot stop illegals or drug cartel members, but they are all over bagpipes. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Important: Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State: Approves humanitarian intervention, protection of American diplomats
Excerpt: President Obama authorized airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in Iraq and approved a humanitarian mission to deliver food and other supplies to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped on mountaintops, moves that represent the most significant re-engagement in Iraq since formal combat operations ended three years ago. (Huh. Not long ago, Obama was calling the ISIS the JV Team. ~Bob)

Flashback Worth Reading: Obama says new groups claiming allegiance to al Qaeda are equivalent to JV players wearing Lakers jerseys. Why the president is wrong.

Flashback Friday: "We're Leaving Behind a Sovereign, Stable, and Self-Reliant Iraq"
Excerpt: Not only did we repeatedly hear that al Qaeda was on a “path to defeat” multiple times on the campaign trail in 2012, we also heard President Obama brag aboutending the Iraq War and leaving behind a “sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq.”

Excerpt:  Last night, President Obama authorized an American military and humanitarian mission inside Iraq. Today, the bombing began with a pair of airstrikes on an ISIS artillery site near the Kurdish city of Irbil in the country's northern region. America's war in Iraq has resumed: 

U.S. Launches First Airstrikes on Iraq Militants. LA Times
Excerpt: The attack occurred only hours after President Obama announced he had authorized airstrikes to protect about 100 U.S. military advisors in Irbil and to halt the advance of the Islamist militants. The Islamic State "was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Irbil, where U.S. personnel are located," Kirby said. "As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against ISIL when they threaten our personnel and facilities," Kirby said, referring to the militant group by an acronym for another of its names, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. (Three months ago when ISIS took control of Mosul, the Iraqi government requested military assistance from the US. Obama said no. Now, ISIS has created a humanitarian disaster, and is within 60 miles of Baghdad. None of this would be happening if Obama had agreed to keep a small US force there. His decision yesterday to allow air strikes is limited to humanitarian support, and not the decimation of ISIS. At this time, Obama has not articulated a long term plan for dealing with ISIS. ISIS will still be able to continue their expansion into Iraq based on our limited operation. Our military always creates long term plans, but the Obama Administration doesn't seem to understand why this should be done. ISIS certainly has a long term plan for dealing with the US! Americans need to realize we will be a target. In the short term, American Jihadist fighting with ISIS will someday return to the US and be a threat. Weapons of choice to be determined. --GBH, MajGen, USMC, Retired)

America Prepares to Punch Back. By Jim Geraghty
Excerpt: The U.S. military made an initial airdrop of meals and water to thousands of [Yazidi] civilians threatened by militants on Thursday. The aircraft that made the drop safely exited the region after conducting a low-level flight and staying over the area for 15 minutes. Three U.S. cargo aircraft delivered 72 bundles of supplies, including food and water, the Pentagon said. The aircraft were escorted by two FA-18 fighter attack jets. The United States “cannot turn a blind eye” while innocent families face the prospect of “genocide,” Obama said, justifying U.S. military action that could eventually include airstrikes. This is not “meddling” where we’re not wanted. The situation is simple. The Iraqis and Turks have made their own limited airborne efforts to save those refugees, but nobody has the abilities we have. Either we do it, and save lives, or most of those lives don’t get saved.

Who are these ISIS guys and why is Obama willing to bomb them? By Michael Ledeen
Excerpt: It may well be that ISIS is one of at least two too-clever-by-half operations masterminded by our enemies.  At the beginning, ISIS spun off from Al Qaeda because, we were told, Zawahari was too moderate for them.  AQ didn’t slaughter enough, didn’t crucify enough, wasn’t psychotic enough for their taste. It seems that Iran gave ISIS support, in keeping with its well-documented practice of supporting all sides in other countries’ internal conflicts, the better to a) figure out what’s going on, b) penetrate organizations that might win, and seem actually or potentially dangerous to Tehran, and c) spread riot and ruin, figuring that the Quds Force and/or Hezbollah can dominate most any regional battlefield this side of Gaza.

"We Don't Understand Real Evil, Organized Evil, Very Well. This is Evil Incarnate.." By Hugh Hewitt 
Excerpt: That title is a quote from former Ambassador Ryan Crocker, quoted in Peter Baker's fine piece in Friday's New York Times' on the president's decision to sort-of, kind-of, maybe strike against ISIS. Baker's quote of Crocker, who served as President George W. Bush's Ambassador to Iraq and President Obama's Ambassador to Afghanistan, is worth reading in its entirety: “This is about America’s national security,” said Ryan Crocker, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.” (No one today wants to hear words like "evil".  That's just so passe in this world.  Or at least, that's how the PC and gentle world Liberals think.  They may admit that the "Final Solution" of the Nazis was evil, but that was then, this is now. But evil is not a thing that just goes out of style and becomes obsolete in humanity.  It's part of the world, if you're religious it's a consequence of our fallen nature and the machinations of Satan, if you're nonreligious it's just something that repeats when some subsection of a society loses the capacity for compassion and slides into fanaticism for some ideology.  But to deny its existence is the ostrich act taken to an extreme. It's more than time to look at extreme fundamentalist Islam as a force for evil, not one scintilla less awful than the SS was or the NKVD or the Imperial Japanese Army in WW2.  And thus it's time for all the West, but most certainly this nation, to recognize it and take it seriously and start taking serious steps to destroy it.  So far we aren't doing very well with this. --Del)

ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’
Excerpt: he terror group President Barack Obama threatened to strike in Iraq Thursday evening is itself threatening to strike the American homeland. “I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for the terror group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), told VICE Media in a video interview posted online Thursday. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.”
Excerpt: Islamic State fighters led by Chechen commander Omar al Shishani took control of a Syrian Army artillery base in the eastern province of Hasakah. The jihadist group seized a large amount of military hardware and munitions, according to a video tour of the base.

Excerpt: The Iraqi military claimed that an Islamic State leader who is from Pakistan was killed in an airstrike in Mosul. The commander is thought to be one of nine mid-level al Qaeda commanders who publicly defected from the global jihadist group to join the Islamic State. Abdul Rahman al Amjad al Pakistani and five Islamic State fighters were killed after Iraqi warplanes "directly hit one of [the Islamic State's] strongholds in Mosul" on Aug. 5, Ministry of Defense spokesman General Mohammed al Askari told Al Shorfa.
Reader Response
I'm amazed at leftists worrying about ISIS, and then complaining about Israel, who has figured it out and is trying to solve the problem. --George

Worth Reading: “My people are being slaughtered!” ISIS = Genocide with impunity UPDATE: And now, the Satanists
Excerpt: “Please, brothers! Our sisters are being taken and sold as slaves in the slave market!…I speak here in the name of humanity! Save us! Save us!” “Genocide in the 21st Century! We are being slaughtered! We are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth!”

Chaos in Iraq’s north as Yazidi refugees starve and Islamic State presses Kurds
Excerpt: Politicians appealed Wednesday for emergency aid for thousands of minority Iraqis who have been stranded with little food on a mountaintop in the country’s northwest, surrounded by al-Qaeda-inspired rebels. For nearly two months, Kurdish forces had managed to protect the area from the Sunni extremists who have rampaged through much of northern Iraq, slaughtering opponents, destroying ancient shrines and demanding that people of other religions convert or die.

Begging Obama for Water: Non-Muslim Majority Faces ISIS Genocde in Iraq. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: “Similar to the fate of every other Iraqi, my people are being killed. The Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, Turkmen, Shabak people have been killed — and now the Yazidi people are being killed." This is real genocide, but the same hatefilled freaks shrieking about Gaza and waving photos of dead babies in every city won’t work up a fraction of an erg of outrage.

Iraq Christians flee as Islamic State takes Qaraqosh
Excerpt: Up to a quarter of Iraq's Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamic militants seized the minority's biggest town in the country.

Worth Reading: The Plight of the Yazidis. By Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File
The Goldberg File is a free e-newletter. It is well worth going to the above address and subscribing. ~Bob. Excerpt: The other night Mike Barnicle tweeted "Make Dick Cheney read this." The "this" was a link to an article in the Washington Post about the plight of the Yazidis, trapped on a mountaintop. ... Anyway, the tweet was simply part of a whole plague of prattle from an army of argle-barglers that seem to think they're taking a bold moral stance by aiming all of their attention on people with no power to make any decisions. Trapped on a mountaintop by savages who make the Thuggees seem civilized, watching their children die of thirst, presented with the choice of renouncing their faith (and being condemned to Hell by doing so) or execution (for the men; slavery for the women), no doubt the Yazidis were deeply gratified when they got word that Mike Barnicle had taken to Twitter to hold accountable a man who can do nothing for them. Nothing takes the pain out of slow death, genocide, and seeing your wives and daughters carried off into slavery more than the firm knowledge that fingers are being pointed thousands of miles away at men who've been in retirement for five years. Heaven forbid Barnicle tweet "Make Barack Obama read this" or even "Make Joe Biden read this" (which would require his drawing in the margins of the Washington Post article pictures of flying saucers shooting each other. "Pew-pew! Boom! Good article."). After all, Obama is the actual president of the United States. He could actually do something to help the Yazidis. Let us stipulate — at least for the sake of argument — that the First Cause of Iraq's unraveling was the Iraq War. That doesn't change the fact that the second, third, fourth, fifth, and nth causes of the chaos are the result, directly or indirectly, of President Obama's decisions (or indecisions). Obama chose to pull troops out of Iraq as quickly as possible. Obama chose to dismiss ISIS as the "jayvee squad" this year. Obama chose to issue a "red line" ultimatum, then chose to say "never mind." The guy has been president for five years. And yet to listen to him and his defenders he's been utterly powerless to undo his predecessors' mistakes, real or alleged. It's like these people think the twice-elected president of the United States is still new to the job. Now that events in Iraq have descended from "urgent" to"Hieronymus Bosch," Obama has finally acted, and I am glad for it. Let us send as much aid as we can to the Yazidis; if in the process, we kill a lot of ISIS fighters, that'll be a nice bonus. But there's a common theme to Obama's foreign policy and Barnicle's rodent flatulence. They both work on the assumption that global events are things that happen out there.

Islamic militants hold hundreds of women captive in Iraq, official says
Excerpt: The spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry says hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by militants from the Islamic State group. Kamil Amin says the women are below the age of 35 and some are being held in schools in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. He said the ministry learned of the captives from their families.

V IDEO: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE: ISIS. By Daniel Doherty, Townhall
Excerpt: Normally, I wouldn’t post such a graphic video on our website, but now that the US is committed militarily to ending the atrocities perpetrated by IS in Iraq, it’s important for the public to know exactly what we’re up against. Needless to say, this video contains graphic violence, and is intended for mature audiences only:

Yazidi man suggests resettlement n Gaza, West Bank. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: 'There are worse ideas. Obama’s Arab Spring is turning into a game of musical chairs and everyone who isn’t a Sunni or Shiite Muslim is being left standing alone. If the entire Middle East is turning into Lebanon, perhaps the indigenous minorities who aren’t will find a way to form a coalition.

Hamas Breaks Cease Fire by Sending Rockets Into Israel Again, Fighting Resumes. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Last night just hours before a 72-hour truce officially expired and while new talks were ongoing, Hamas terrorists sent two rockets into southern Israel, breaking the three-day ceasefire agreement between the two sides.

VIDEO: The Israeli Palestinian Conflict: 10 Myths Preventing Peace. By Calev Myers (Hat Tip: Pat Condell) (5:46)
(Five minutes and forty-six seconds of stylish history. Kate.)

VIDEO: Pat Condell Lets Rip on Gaza. (6:33)

Hamas funded killing of 3 teens, says ringleader. Suspected head of the terror cell that killed Israelis tells interrogators that money for attack came from Gaza.
Excerpt:  The funding for the West Bank attack in which Israeli students Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel were abducted and killed in June came from Gaza, the suspected ringleader of the cell that orchestrated the attack reportedly told police after his arrest

Worth Viewing: Israeli-Arab Christians take to the streets of Haifa for an unusual protest
Excerpt: A group of Israeli-Arab Christians marched in Haifa last night against the persecution of Christian Arabs in the world, against radical Islamic organizations such as Hamas, and in favor of Israel’s military operation.

Worth Reading: Hamas could have chosen peace. Instead, it made Gaza suffer. B y Dennis Ross 
Excerpt:  Dennis Ross, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, served as President Bill Clinton’s Middle East negotiator and was a special assistant to President Obama from 2009 to 2011. ... If they took advantage of the Israeli withdrawal to peacefully develop Gaza, the international community and the Israelis would see that what was working in Gaza could also be applied to the West Bank. However, I then asked rhetorically: If Palestinians instead turn Gaza into a platform for attacks against Israel, who is going to favor an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and the creation of a Palestinian state? (Saying they could hav chosen peace is like saying Hitler could have. If they chose peace, they wouldn't be Hamas. ~Bob)

Los Angeles Leaders Side With Israel Against Hamas. Breitbart California
Excerpt:"I'm proud that we have a cease-fire today," Mayor Eric Garcetti said, reports the Los Angeles Times. He went on to note that Los Angeles "has one of the most diverse populations on the face of the Earth, that is one of the great cities of Jews, of Israelis, of Arabs." He then expressed the city's commitment to "speak out against the terror that the Hamas regime has unleashed." (I can't remember, did I tell you I met Eric Garcetti once,at a tree-planting at our local Cahuenga Library in LA? Really it was a photo op, and the heavies moved in to plant the trees. He said it was his birthday and that he had to shoot off. I can't remember how the subject of Judaism and astrology came up, but I got the idea he is into Kabbalah. He is part Jewish and part Mexican via Italy. Kate)

Graphic: Funeral For Islamic Terrorist Gets A Surprise Ending
Excerpt Someone should have told the funeral director to remove the suicide vest before holding the funeral….the last 30 seconds of this video will horrifically astound you.

Bondi racist bus attack: Jewish schools on alert after eight males threaten to cut schoolchildren’s throats, five teenagers arrested
Excerpt: Parents of the 25 children on the bus travelling from Maroubra to Dover Heights said their children pleaded with the driver to get the six teens off the bus after they had yelled “Kill Jews”.

Federal Judge Permits Father of Serviceman Killed on USS Cole to Express Opposition to Islamic Terrorism Over Objections of Marine Base Commander!
Excerpt: Jesse Nieto is one of those many unsung patriotic Americans. He served 25 years in the Marine Corps, including two combat tours in Vietnam . His youngest son, Marc, and 16 of Marc’s shipmates were killed on October 12, 2000, by Islamic terrorists who bombed the USS Cole. Nieto has worked as a civilian employee at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina since 1994. Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm J. Howard delivered good news to Mr. Nieto. He ruled that CampLejeune officials violated his free speech rights when they ordered him to remove decals attacking Muslim terrorists from his vehicle. Judge Howard enjoined Marine officials from further enforcing the ban against Nieto. (I missed this when it came out back in April, but am really overjoyed that this father had his day in court, courtesy of the Thomas More Center (they do great work), and his rights were finally upheld. Can't blame the Base CO, in the PC atmosphere of the military today, he was more or less bound to come down on the father and his stickers.  But thank heavens for a judge with a brain and a heart. When all those other peace-loving Muslims start turning in every radical imam preaching in the mosques of this country, I will be far more sympathetic to them.  I know the majority are not part of the Islamist radicalism, but standing by silent about it is NOT the way to act responsibly, not as an American, and if I understand some parts of the religion that forbid suicide and the murder of innocents, not even as a good Muslim. --Del)

The Forgotten Child Victims of Hamas. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: While furious mobs of leftists draped in Keffiyahs and corn syrup were shrieking about Gaza in the public squares of every major city, ISIS was continuing its genocidal advance on Baghdad. In the last 24 hours, the Yazidis, a non-Muslim minority, fled ISIS to a mountaintop where their children are dying of thirst. The stark reality of their plight, caught between thirst and a genocidal army, is in sharp contrast to the phony claims made about Gaza where truckloads of goods continue passing from Israel during wartime, where the malls have iPhones and the five star hotels offer cakes so tall they can only be cut from a crane.

Worth Reading: Sanitizing Islam in textbooks: Soft-pedaling of past intolerance mustn’t obscure current eradication of competing faiths
Excerpt: By now, anyone who cares has heard the horrifying news that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has eradicated the ancient Christian community of Mosul after forcing an ultimatum on the population to choose between conversion to Islam, paying a special tax, or dying. ISIS relied on a centuries-old Islamic practice of placing Christians and Jews in a lower societal rank, referring to them as “dhimmi.” ...  Yet today, in a revision of history, it has become common to minimize, ignore or misinterpret such historic subjugations and discriminations. In near-lockstep, essentially every world history and geography textbook emphasizes the “tolerant” nature of historic Muslim states, often in the same paragraph it teaches about dhimmis and jizya.

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