My friend and brother Marine, John Payne was in town with his brother, Dennis, also a Marine vet. As regular readers know, John got a lung five days before I did, also for pulmonary fibrosis. He was here for a three-month checkup, and is doing great. Above we are at dinner at the Beach House Restaurant in McFarland, Dennis on the left.
Friday 9/12 it was cold, rainy and about 46 degrees here. More like November than September. It was 90 when John left
Louisiana. He asked when it was supposed to
warm up again. I said, "May." I am not looking forward to this
winter, but glad to still be here for it.
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium, An Englishman's World by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
My bride and I are listening to this fascinating short history on CD in the car. Very interesting facts. Folks in 1000 were more advanced than we credit. A lot of the things developed then are still strong influences on our world. The book does dwell a bit on the disastrous reign of my ancestor, Ethelred II, the Unready. The epithet “unready” is derived from unraed, meaning “bad counsel” or “no counsel,” a puns on his name, which means “noble counsel.” Ah, well, we can't all have Robert the Bruce in the linage. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/193946/Ethelred-II
5 million Gmail passwords leaked: Check if yours was among them
Mine was not. And I always try to put the receiver's addresses in the BCC field to protect them from spammers and scammers--though I have screwed up a few times. I blame the drugs, not age. ~Bob
General News and Comment
Fox News poll: 10 pieces of bad news for the White House
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. - Thomas Sowell
Just 63% Know Which Parties Control the House and Senate
Excerpt: Over one-third of Likely U.S. Voters remain unaware which political party controls the House of Representatives and which has a majority in the Senate - less than two months before an election that may put one party in charge of both. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 63% are aware that Republicans have majority control of the House. An identical number (63%) know that Democrats run the Senate. (And we wonder why we are in the shape we are. These are the low-info loot-the-future voters when they vote. $20 says my 39-year-old step-daughter is among them. Two month after we invaded
she walked in and asked, "Are we at war?" Doesn't follow news on TV,
read a paper, or use the Internet except for Facebook. ~Bob)
DC teacher has sixth-graders compare George Bush to Adolf Hitler
Excerpt: A public school teacher in
Washington who instructed sixth-graders
to compare former President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler has learned her own
lesson, according to district officials, but critics wonder why she still has a
job. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kayak Henderson responded to the
controversy late Wednesday on Twitter, saying no curriculum intended
to make the comparison “in any way” and that the district and unidentified
teacher are “deeply apologetic” about the matter. Henderson said the teacher has been
ordered to apologize to the class. ("They have to be carefully
Delaware, US domestic tax haven, under Pressure
Excerpt: There are more companies than people in the small
US state of Delaware,
its population of under one million nestled on the Atlantic coast just south of
New Jersey. The
reason is clear: the state offers companies low taxes, an efficient,
pro-business legal environment, and it allows anyone to set up a company
anonymously, registering a shell that hides who really controls it and controls
the money within it. That has now put Delaware,
and other states that permit shell companies, in the sights of the US authorities, after they have campaigned
against international tax havens like Switzerland to fight tax dodging
and money laundering. (Too bad Delaware
doesn't have any high ranking US government officials to go to bat for it.
Why Democrats Can’t Win the House
Excerpt: Democrats often blame gerrymandering, but that’s not the whole story. More than ever, the kind of place where Americans live — metropolitan or rural — dictates their political views. The country is increasingly divided between liberal cities and close-in suburbs, on one hand, and conservative exurbs and rural areas, on the other. Even in red states, the counties containing the large cities — like
Atlanta, St. Louis
— lean Democratic.
Why Dem voters may not show up this fall. By Greg Sargent
Excerpt: What if a key part of the problem is that many of these voters simply don’t know that Democratic control of the Senate is at stake in this fall’s elections? That’s one of the conclusions veteran Dem pollster
reached after conducting new focus
groups and polling for the liberal group MoveOn. Lake conducted two focus groups of people from Celinda Lake and its
suburbs. ( Detroit Detroit?
With what the Democrats have made of the cities' school systems, lucky if they
know what a senate is. This highlights the fact that Democrats are highly
dependent on low information voters. ~Bob)
Theirs But To Do and Die:
Dien Bien Phu and the twilight of the
warrior. By Robert Messenger
Excerpt: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu passed from history into legend almost the moment it ended in the early hours of May 8, 1954. Popular conception is that colonialism’s days in
were numbered, and there was nothing French soldiers could have done to arrest
the forces of history. The Indochina War that ebbed and flowed after 1945 tends
to be presented as either a small episode in the story of postwar Asian
nationalism or the opening act of a long war that ended in 1976. These are
handy tales for textbook writers and newspaper columnists, but the facts don’t
support them. Even a cursory study shows that Dien Bien
Phu was a viable military gamble and one that the French came
close to winning. Indochina might just as easily have been another Malaya as a
precursor to U.S. failure in
As so often when political issues are intertwined with military, hindsight is
blind. (Wow, what a fascinating discussion of the French experience in Viet Nam and elsewhere and the US experience in Viet Nam and elsewhere. -- Del)
The Evils of Ideology. By Theodore
Excerpt: One of the reasons that I worked for many years as an ill-remunerated doctor in a prison, and used earlier in my life to visit countries torn by civil war, is that extreme situations help to clarify what is important in life. I never arrived in the prison but I wondered how I would react to incarceration, whether I would be a stoic and retreat into myself or be someone who kicked against the traces and made trouble for the authorities just to assert my own continuing humanity. (A very nice explanation of the most unpleasant human truths... should be read by everyone, but most especially by those who think every conflict can be solved by good communication and good will. --
Excerpt: On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic party and even to American capitalism. In 2008, candidate Obama deceived the American public about his potentially damaging tie to this third party. The issue remains as fresh as today’s headlines, as Romney argues that Obama is trying to move the
United States toward European-style
social democracy, which was precisely the New Party’s goal
Obama losing the confidence of key parts of the coalition that elected him. By Karen Tumulty
Excerpt: Both Cole and Richardson were surveyed in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll and represent one of its most striking findings: the degree to which the president’s approval has slipped among key parts of the Obama coalition — the women, youth and Latino voters most responsible for putting him into office.
Excerpt: Angry left-wing filmmaker trashed Democratic president in Toronto as 'a big disappointment' Said his ghost-town home city of Detroit, Michigan should be better off – and would be, if it were in Iraq or Syria. Insisted the only historic accomplishment Obama will be remembered for is breaking the presidential color barrier 'Not a bad accomplishment, but that's it' (
has given up on Obama, which is interesting, he was one of the guys who thought
Obama was The One. -- Del)
Race Card News
93% of Democratic Senate or Governor Candidates Are White: Not So Diverse. By Dan McLaughlin
Excerpt: ...while Republicans will be running two Hispanic Governors for re-election, Democrats will not have a single Hispanic candidate heading a statewide ticket. ... In the 71 races they are contesting, 66 of the 71 candidates the Democrats are running (93%) are white, 56 of the 71 (79%) are male, and 53 of 71 (75%) are white males. That could spell trouble for the Democrats’ hopes of turning out a voting base that is disproportionately non-white and female. For all the Democrats’ rhetoric about race, they are running fewer non-white candidates than the Republicans are, and fewer in races they are seriously contesting. (I'm sure the race-sensitive MSM will be all over this. Ha! ~Bob)
Obamacare/Government Healthcare News
ObamaCare - "Take Ten Pills and You're Fine"
This satire video is too funny! ~Bob
Undocumented Democrat News
Tweet from Janie Johnson @jjauthor
enforced the same immigration laws as Mexico enforces– we would be called
mean-spirited & racist! (Those racists in Mexico also have voter ID. ~Bob)
Religion of Peace News
World at War. By Victor Davis Hanson Reading
Excerpt: Two questions will determine whether radical Islamic terrorists will attack us once more: one, are the post-9/11 anti-terrorism protocols that have so far stopped major terrorist attacks still viable and effective, and, two, is Al-Qaeda or an analogous Islamic terrorist organization now still as capable as were Osama bin Laden’s henchmen in 2001?
Unfortunately, the answers to those two questions should raise great concern. Take the current status of the so-called war on terror in all of its manifestations.
A TIME OF CR-ISIS. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: This president is still walking around with an oversized sense of his own popularity, political capital, and public trust. He still thinks that if he says, "We will do X," people will believe him. He's capable of giving a good speech — well, reading from a teleprompter with the right tone, facial expressions, and mannerisms — but very few people, at home or abroad, still expect dramatic action to follow dramatic words. The Obama pattern is clear: big promise, lousy results. Too many lines instantly pop into the minds of viewers. Red line. "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan." "We're going to arm the moderate Syrian rebels." "New tone." "Assad must go." Just because Obama says it doesn't mean it's going to happen. (Today's Morning Jolt is excellent, but I have no link and can't include the whole thing. Worth subscribing to--it's free. ~Bob)
Excerpt: But at a basic level, the speech lacked clarity of intent. President Obama began by listing his assumed counterterrorism successes. This had a raw domestic political motivation that was unbefitting of the moment. It distracted rather than reinforced his message. President Obama’s assertion that he had removed “
declared [note: declared] chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the
Syrian people — or the world — again” was especially problematic. That WMD
deal is a disgrace that shames America.
Excerpt: In a televised address on how to address the Islamic State this evening, President Barack Obama declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be “not Islamic.” In making this preposterous claim, Obama joins his two immediate predecessors in pronouncing on what is not Islamic.
Balanced Overview: What Obama Got Right—and Wrong—in His
ISIS Speech. By Steven Bucci
Excerpt: The next section began to float toward hyperbole. The president spoke of a “comprehensive counterterror strategy.” He gave
as examples of the validity of this methodology. ... The final words were an
attempt to convince the listeners that his leadership has been
successful. That “case” is weak. Now the nation will wait to see if
'Moderate' Syrian Revolutionaries Front continues to support al Qaeda. By Lisa Lundquist
Excerpt: An article in yesterday's New York Times titled "US Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels with Loyalties All Over the Map" highlights the fact that President Obama's recently declared strategy against the Islamic State depends on empowering Syrian rebels to take control once the Islamic State is driven out. This plan leaves the
US "dependent on a diverse
group riven by infighting, with no shared leadership and with hard-line
Islamists as its most effective fighters," the article observes, and
proceeds to elaborate on the difficulties of working with the various groups
and even knowing what their allegiances are. ... The only problem with this
example of a possible US
ally in the fight in Syria
is that Maarouf has already stated that he has no problem with al Qaeda's
Syrian branch, the Al Nusrah Front, and has admitted to sharing weapons with
it. (Okay, here I go again: THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS IN SYRIA. The weapons we
give them will be eventually used to kill Americans, Israelis and other
Reid: Obama's request needs 'immediate' action
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Congress will pass legislation authorizing the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels by the end of next week. The authorization will include the $500 million requested by President Obama for the task, but Democratic leaders say it is too early to project how much the open-ended military engagement will cost. “The proposal that the president has given to the American people requires immediate congressional action in granting the administration the authority to equip and train Syrian rebels under Title X to fight
ISIS,” Reid said.
(There are over 31,000 followers in ISIS now.
The regime wants to continue to arm them using America's $$. What is a
"moderate Syrian Islamist"? Intelligence reports on the net and other
reports indicate they state they are such, get the material, and swear
allegiance to ISIS. Kurds have captured
weapons from ISIS soldiers that say "Made in USA." Send more? And Reid is
banging his fist saying that the almighty OZ has declared we do it? Maybe we
are sheeple. Send them $500 million more? Call your representatives so they
know how the people they represent feel. Or go play golf and wait for someone
wrapped in black to play soccer with your head. --Barb)
‘Eyes Wide Open’ Urged in Funding Syrian Rebels to Fight
Excerpt: House Speaker John Boehner yesterday reassured Americans that Syrian rebels — who could be the recipients of $500 million in
aid – have been “well-vetted” by intelligence officials. A former top
Pentagon official, however, urged that congressional leaders keep “eyes wide
open” and not rush toward unintended results.
Blocking Obama's ISIL Strategy. From The Patriot Post
In his speech to the nation on ISIL Wednesday, Barack Obama declared, "[W]e will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. ... [W]e will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in
well as Iraq."
He claimed to be assembling a "broad coalition" in support of his
mission so as to not, as he has previously put it, "go it alone" like
George W. Bush in Iraq.
Bush went with support from 37 countries; Obama has fewer than 10. And one of
them is not Turkey,
which announced Thursday it would not permit U.S. aircraft
to conduct airstrikes from its air bases. That limits our options to carriers
in the region or other NATO bases further away. Oh, and Great Britain and
Germany also won't be helping with airstrikes. Behold, the results of
"leading from behind."
We're Not at War, Kerry Says. From The Patriot Post
Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that we are not at war with ISIL -- at least not just yet. "What we are doing," he said, "is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation.” Just to reiterate the point, he said, "If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL they can do so, but the fact is it's a major counter-terrorism operation." We're glad he cleared that up. It reminds us of Kerry's comments just over one year ago, when he was pumping up action against
Syria's Bashar al-Assad. He
promised we would counter Assad "without engaging in troops on the ground,
or any other prolonged kind of effort, in a very limited, very targeted, very
short-term effort,” and that any action would be an “unbelievably small, limited
kind of effort.” The administration sure is twisting itself into knots to
assure its hard-left base that Barack Obama is not George W. Bush. Kerry's
remarks would be funny if they weren't so disgraceful.
The Problem with Obama’s ISIS Strategy: The president’s war plan against the group suffers from a glaring mismatch of ends and means. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: Degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic lows. But his strategic problem remains: the disconnect between (proclaimed) ends and means.
Five things that could go horribly wrong with Obama's action in
. By Byron York Iraq
Excerpt: If there's one thing America's misadventure in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 taught everyone, it is that things can go terribly wrong when the U.S. intervenes in a foreign environment with deep sectarian divisions, an ineffectual government, armed factions, and the general complexities of the Middle East.
Islamic State will be hard in Iraq
and harder in ,
officials say Syria
dissolved elements of the army will have to regroup and fight with conviction.
Political leaders will have to reach compromises on the allocation of power and
money in ways that have eluded them for years. Disenfranchised Sunni tribesmen
will have to muster the will to join the government’s battle. European and Arab
allies will have to hang together, Washington
will have to tolerate the resurgence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias it once
fought, and U.S.
commanders will have to orchestrate an air war without ground-level guidance
from American combat forces. “Harder than anything we’ve tried to do thus far
in Iraq or Afghanistan” is how one U.S. general
involved in war planning described the challenges ahead on one side of the
border that splits the so-called Islamic State.
Brother of Beheaded American Journalist James Foley: State Department Threatened Us. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Further in reaction to a question posed by Kelly about whether the Obama administration did everything it could to bring James Foley home, especially after the Bowe Bergdahl swap and comments by Obama saying Americans leave no man behind, Michael Foley said his family is "appalled" by the situation. Foley also talked about how he was threatened directly by the State Department and said that when the family tried to get information from the
government or from other allies, they were stonewalled.
Islamic State can’t be beaten without boots on the ground. By Con Coughlin
Excerpt: If Barack Obama believes he’s come up with a strategy to defeat Islamist militants in
he should think again. Far from devising a plan to crush the dangerous
fanatics, all he has done is to provide what is potentially a recipe for
disaster. (Racist UK Telegraph dares to question Obama's strategy. --George)
Obama Will Fight ISIS by Arming
ISIS. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: A few centuries later his fellow Englishman, Winston Churchill, quipped, “The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.”
It’s not true of the
States, but it is true of Barack Obama who, having
exhausted every alternative that involved appeasement or pretending that ISIS wasn’t a threat, has decided to do the right thing.
Excerpt: Chlorine gas was used in attacks in northern
year, says the international body seeking to implement global laws banning
chemical weapons. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) said it had found "compelling confirmation" of the use of
chlorine, in pure or mixed form. (This can't be true. Obama just bragged about
his success in getting Assad to give up chemical weapons. He didn't mention
that was thanks to Putin putting together a deal that let Assad stay in power,
despite Obama's "Assad must go" statement. ~Bob)
Bush in 2007 delivered eerily accurate warning about
Excerpt: A prophetic warning from then-President George W. Bush before he left office about what would happen if the
U.S. withdrew troops from Iraq too
soon is getting new attention in light of the Islamic State’s gains, as each of
his predictions appears to be coming true. Bush,
as discussed on "The Kelly File," made the remarks in the
White House briefing room on July 12, 2007, as he argued against those who
sought an immediate troop withdrawal. “To begin withdrawing before our
commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States,”
I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an
commander. Here’s how I escaped. They killed my brother and tried to make me a
concubine. I found a meat cleaver and broke out. By Mohammed A. Salih
Excerpt: The militants divided us by gender and age: One for young and capable men, another for girls and young women, and a third for older men and women. The jihadists stole cash and jewelry from this last group, and left them alone at the oasis. Then they placed the girls and women in trucks. As they drove us away, we heard gunshots. Later we learned that they were killing the young men, including my 19-year old brother, who had married just six months ago.
Excerpt: Networks of radicals are re-emerging in British mosques and elsewhere to encourage and facilitate Muslims wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State (Isis). Until now most fighters from
who are known to have travelled to Syria
have been persuaded and helped via online networks where extremists provide
advice on crossing the Turkish border and linking up with Isis
fighters. (Well I'm sure the moderates in these mosques are loudly speaking out
against this. Those with a death wish, anyway. Moderate Muslims are as
irrelevant as moderate Germans in 1938. ~Bob)
Jihadi DOCTOR stands with severed head in her hand as kids look on in horror. A BRITISH doctor and suspected jihadi holds aloft a severed head while two children look on in horror.
Excerpt: The sickening snap is posted on Mujahidah Bint Usama's Twitter page and shows her wearing a white lab coat, veil and holding her arm outstretched, with what appears to be a decapitated head. The photo is captioned "Dream Job... A Terrorist Doc" which she has added a smiley face song and two hearts to. (Obviously joined the Jihad because of poverty, privation and racism which kept her from getting ahead! ~Bob)
Jordanian politician: Islamic State’s “doctrine stems from the Qur’an and Sunnah”… “There is no such thing as ‘ISIS ideology’ — it’s Islam.”By Robert Spencer
Excerpt: Wherever Muhammad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi is located, he should expect a knock on his door, and Barack Obama, David Cameron, Philip Hammond, Yvette Cooper, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Rev. Professor David Thomas, and a host of other non-Muslims to walk in and explain to him that he is misunderstanding Islam, and that the Islamic State has nothing whatsoever to do with the genuine article.
Reading: The Middle East’s Maze of Alliances. It’s
increasingly difficult to navigate the web of transitory enemies and allies in
the region. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. For a few weeks, he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000. After Obama’s red lines turned pink, we forgot about
Then the Islamic State showed up with beheadings, crucifixions, rapes, and mass
murders through a huge swath of Iraq
Now the United States
is bombing the Islamic State.
How to deal with the ISIS
Cool video-Get Some! ~Bob
You are being manipulated: Al Qaeda Wasn’t ‘on the Run.’ Why haven’t we seen the documents retrieved in the bin Laden raid? By Stephen F. Hayes
Excerpt: Three weeks before the anniversary, the administration provided that handpicked set of documents to analysts at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point. ... To some involved in the CTC study, it was clear that the report was to be part of a broader administration public relations effort. ... The administration originally approved 19 documents for declassification and release. But shortly after providing them to the CTC, Lieutenant General Doug Lute, a senior official on the National Security Council, called to ask that one of the documents be withheld. The document in question detailed the close relations between al Qaeda and senior leaders of the Afghan Taliban. Lute explained that the administration had restarted secret negotiations with the Taliban, and releasing the document could present unwanted complications. The document was not released.
Thirteen Years Ago, Remember. By Andy Weddington
Ted Cruz to Christians: “If you will not stand with Israel, then I will not stand with you.” By Robert Spencer
Excerpt: This story doesn’t note the best thing that Cruz said: “If you will not stand with
Israel, I will not stand with you.”
Then he left the stage — he wasn’t booed off. It is shameful that these Middle
Eastern Christians heckled Cruz for standing with Israel. This is the result of their
long historical identification with Muslims as fellow Arabs.
Bill Maher Destroys the Idea of a "Moderate" Islam
Excerpt: “Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion, you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second-class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it.”
Allah Akbar! Blast kills leader of Ahrar al-Sham rebels
Excerpt: The leader of one of the biggest Islamist rebel groups in
Syria has been
killed by an explosion in the north-western .
Ahrar al-Sham said Hassan Abboud was among a number of senior figures who died
in the blast at the group's headquarters in the town of province of Idlib Ram Hamdan.
Excerpt: Even as fears grow that ISIS terrorists are secreted inside
Muslim community, dozens of American Muslim groups have fired off a letter to
President Obama demanding he cut off federal funding for sheriffs and other
local police receiving anti-jihadist training from a former FBI agent.