Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lots of Ferguson and other interesting news this Holiday


Thanksgiving Snow
Our area is a Winter Wonderland, mostly white, with 3-5 inches of snow covering everything the day before Thanksgiving. And we got far less than many areas. "I'm dreaming of a white Thanksgiving, just like ....". Reminds me of this: RFK Jr. Said Global Warming Means No Snow in D.C. Back in September 2008, environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. wrote an article raising the alarm about global warming and the resultant lack of winter weather in Washington, D.C. ... “Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don’t own a sled.” They are predicting rain and snow in DC as I write, 11/26. May be as bad as last year: The long, white 2013-2014 winter: Bringing snowy back to the D.C. region (season statistics). The snow has kept coming and coming over the course of several months – not quite to record levels, but in many areas – close.

Posting early today, as for some reason my wife has invited people over for a large dinner. I made Cranberry Sauce, Blueberry Crumble and two pumpkin pies--all low sugar. Hope your Thanksgiving is thankful and happy. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Thanks - Givings Courtesy of Marines. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Not everyone can be a Marine. Not everyone wants to be a Marine. And, some that want to be a Marine are told they do not have what it takes to be a Marine. But once you are a Marine, you are a Marine for eternity. It was a Marine who came up with, "Once a Marine, always a Marine." - a credo, of sorts, dear to Marines.

From a blog reader
Hope you and the wife have a great Thanksgiving and hang in there. We love all your articles that the main stream media don't report. --Joe & Sandra

Book Recommendation: The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews
This book was recommended to me by my excellent Physical Therapist, Jim Carlson, at the Madison VA. Jim is one of the key people who has kept me alive (so far) and something of a Renaissance Man--both an athlete (why he's a PT I suppose) and a well-read intellectual. So when he talks, I listen. The book would classify as self-help, I suppose, but it is written like a novel, in an easy, flowing style. The protagonist made me want to slap him by page four. But he is in a car accident and, presumably in a coma, travels back in time to meet wise historical figures, each of whom gives him a tenet toward having a successful life. I had to agree with the wisdom. I think I've done well with six of them, which may account for my career success. (I do have a problem with the one on forgiveness; as a Marine I want to destroy my enemy, raze his cities and salt the land so nothing will grow there. Then talk about forgiveness. But I don't say that's right.) I plan to give a copy of this book as a Christmas present and a teen version, The Young Traveler's Gift to my granddaughter. (She doesn't read my blog, so mum's the word. I think most readers will benefit from it. A caveat--it has a religious base, so Christians and Jews will like it more than proselytizing secular humanists.

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: The once great country of America is crumbling before our eyes, so what will our U.S. neighbours do about it? By Marc Patrone, Calgary Sun
Excerpt: America is a mess and the world can barely tear its eyes away from the unfolding train wreck. Our friends are at a crossroads and the implications for Canada and the rest of the beleaguered free world are monumental. Like it or not, the U.S.A. is the symbol of world freedom and liberty. Without it, I shudder to think what will happen to us. America must fight to survive the Obama debacle.

Department of Veterans Affairs officials on Monday said they had “formally removed,” Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where the largest nationwide scandal in the agency’s history first came to light this summer. Helman has been on paid administrative leave for nearly six months, following findings that employees at her hospital lied about health-care wait times for former troops seeking treatment for everything from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder. (Six months of staying home on full salary and benefits? Probably still earning sick days, holidays, and personal days? That's pretty sickening in itself. But getting some people fired, and publicly known as having been fired for cause, is a good step in the right direction. --Del)

Excerpt: Chief Petty Officer Justin A. Wilson, a corpsman with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command was awarded the Navy Cross yesterday at Camp Pendleton. CPO Wilson is the first sailor in MARSOC’s history to be awarded the Navy Cross, according to DVIDS;

Excerpt: Michèle Flournoy, widely seen as the front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, abruptly took herself out of the running for the job Tuesday, complicating what will be one of the most important personnel decisions of President Barack Obama's second term. (I'm out too. Too busy with my blog. Obama needs someone with both military and political experience, preferably black. Say, how about Allen West? ~bob)

Interesting: 47 Seconds From Hell: A Challenge To Navy Doctrine. By Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr.
Excerpt: Buying small numbers of relatively large, long-ranged, expensive interceptors like the SM-6gives us “false confidence,” Clark writes in a new report, because a well-equipped enemy like China or even Iran could just keep lobbing cheap missiles at us until we run out of silver bullets to shoot them down. Instead, we need to invest in long-range offensive missiles to kill the other guy, ideally before he even fires. Leave defense to relatively small, short-ranged, and affordable interceptors, such as the Sea Sparrow, that ships can carry in bulk, supported by electronic jamming and — in the near future — lasers, neither of which ever runs out of ammunition.

Carly Fiorina actively explores 2016 presidential run but faces GOP critics
Excerpt: On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO.

Life After The Collapse. By Don Hank
Excerpt: The U.S. is fast sliding into lawlessness with a president who encourages rioters and illegal entry, with the MSM who pretend criminals are victims, with libertarians and lefties decrying police militarization but not mentioning the desperate conditions that force police to defend themselves. All of this has at least 3 possible solutions: 1--Restore law and order in the US at all costs using tough love 2--Restore law and order in the states in defiance of the feds, or
3--Continue as before until utter chaos and confusion ensue and when the nation has reached rock bottom, start picking up the piece to restore it. If you can. (Dave is a blog reader and contributor. See my book: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans. Now with 32 reviews, 29 of them 5 star. ~Bob)

Portraits of Valor: Tibor Rubin (MOH)

80-Year-Old Vet Maced and Beaten by Police for not Getting Off his Tractor
Excerpt: An 80-year-old military vet and grandfather from Lone Jack, Missouri found himself getting maced and beaten on his own property by the local police for being on his tractor and not coming down when instructed to( Where are the protesters?, the looting?, the burning? Where is Obama? Holder? Sharpton? Jackson? Did anyone hear, "Burn the b*t*h down"? Never mind, that was a different Missouri town. --JB).

Interesting: Mittmentum Continues: Romney Clears GOP Field in New Q-poll. By Daniel Doherty
Excerpt: Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

The Vanishing White Democrat. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Bill Clinton couldn’t stop Arkansas from going full Republican with two Republican senators and a full suite of Republican representatives for the first time in history. That’s all the more amazing in a state that only had two Republican senators before that for over a century.
The Democratic Party is going extinct in places like Louisiana, Arkansas and West Virginia. It’s vanishing because the working class White Democrat is becoming extinct.

Gun News

Excerpt: Along West Florissant just north of 270, in Greystone Plaza, about 20 men with handguns and AR-15 rifles stood around the perimeter of the parking lot, guarding the dozen or so stores. They estimated that 100 cars had come by throughout the night, seemingly to check the place out, but turned away. ... Now THAT is what the Second Amendment was made for! Good on these folks.

Race Card News

What President Obama should have said...
In the case of Trayvon Martin. And in the case of Chris Cervini. And in the case of Michael Brown. And in the case of Dillon Taylor. (If you don't know Cervini and Taylor, Google them. They were whites shot by blacks in similar circumstances, but no riots so no media circus.) "I am as saddened and concerned as other Americans at any tragedy where someone loses his or her life. But we are a country of laws, not of men, and these cases must be adjudicated by our judicial system without pressure or comments from the President that would make it appear he was corrupting our system by putting his thumb on the scale of justice for one party or the other." ~Bob

Must Read from a Black Pastor: Thoughts on Ferguson. By Voddie Baucham
Excerpt: Rest assured, I do believe there are systemic issues plaguing black men. These issues are violence, criminality, and immorality, to name a few. And all of these issues are rooted in and connected to the epidemic of fatherlessness. ... Any truly gospel-centered response to the plight of black men must address these issues first and foremost. It does no good to change the way white police officers respond to black men if we don’t first address the fact that these men’s fathers have not responded to them appropriately. There is indeed an epidemic of violence against black men. However, that violence, more often than not, occurs at the hands of other black men. In fact, black men are several times more likely to be murdered at the hands of another black man than they are to be killed by the police.

Worth Reading: The final review of the Ferguson tragedy. By Del
Yes, the death of an 18 year old boy is always a tragedy. Yet the sad reality of the situation leading to the death of Michael Brown is not that complex or hard to understand.

Worth Reading: Ferguson violence broke the mold in three ways — one of which is just unfolding now. By Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery, Washington Post
Excerpt: What occurred Monday night — and may continue in the days ahead — is rioting as planned event, so pervasively predicted, so extensively prepared for as to obscure the power and meaning of the protests. A news media obsessed with predicting the next step, a security apparatus equipped to put down almost any uprising, and a political power structure apparently seeking to head off violence by predicting it have combined to produce an unprecedented sense of inevitability, reducing what has historically been an explosion of frustration to a kind of staged performance. (What the Grand Jury said: "We do not find enough evidence to indict Darren Wilson." What the protestors heard: "Good news! Free TVs, beer and fun for everyone!" ~Bob)

Excerpt: Protesters smashed windows out of police cars and businesses, several of which were later set ablaze, and officers lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds Monday as violence overtook protests in Ferguson. (John Adams defended the British soldiers accused of the Boston Massacre, at no small risk to his reputation, because he believed it was the morally correct course. Obama and Holder would like to judicially lynch Officer Wilson because they believe it is the expedient course. --Tom H.)

After a night of violence in Ferguson, Nixon moves to prevent more destruction
Excerpt: The embattled governor lashed out at protesters over the wave of outrage Monday night that left at least two police cars and a dozen buildings torched and the entire region on edge. “Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community,’’ he said. “I am deeply saddened for the people of Ferguson who woke up this morning to see parts of their community in ruins.’’ (I imagine the Ferguson Real estate market will be a tad soft in the near future. Like Detroit. ~Bob)

Brave female Good Samaritan tackles Ferguson looters unarmed as they kick in windows at Papa John's and sends them packing
Excerpt: The unarmed woman is seen using her hands to guide a masked man away from the storefront, after he starts punching the windows in an attempt to smash the glass.
She places her body between the store and the man and appears to be trying to reason with the looter, who squares up to her and jabs his finger aggressively in her face.

WaPo Flashback: DOJ Probably Does Not Have Enough To File Civil Rights Charges Against Darren Wilson. By Matt Vespa
Excerpt: DOJ is investigating whether Michael Brown’s civil rights were violated and whether there are discriminatory police practices happening in Ferguson. Yet, on October 31, it was reported that federal officials probably don’t have enough evidence to file civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson, but a DOJ spokesperson called such assumptions premature (via WaPo): Justice Department investigators have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., law enforcement officials said.

Video of the Man Robbed by Michael Brown Standing in His Now-Looted Store Shows Other Side of Tragedy
Well, he was a racist for reporting the robbery to police. As any good progressive will tell you, if you are robbed by a black thug you should allow it to happen. Look at the trouble that would have been avoided. If white people wouldn't fight back, maybe the black thugs would rob, rape and murder fewer decent black people, by far their leading class of victims. ~Bob

Worth Reading: From Bill Cosby to Ferguson, a reminder of our rule of law. By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: This column is not a defense of Cosby but a reminder of our rule of law. We see in Ferguson, Mo., what happens when respect for our legal process is lost: Arsonists and looters expressed their outrage that a grand jury didn’t act as they thought it should. Yet we hear people trying to defend these actions as somehow acceptable, or at least non-criminal, because of historical injustice. Nonsense. Ferguson is what you get when mob rule overwhelms the rule of law, which was created as the defense of civilized people against the mob.

Excerpt: Ferguson, Missouri was founded in the 1850's when a farmer allotted a small parcel of his farm, to be used as a railroad depot. From those humble beginnings the Germans, the Irish, The Scotts and other "hybrid Americans" began building a community there. They farmed, they laid plots to build homes, they planted trees and gardens, built churches, established businesses, and began living their lives in a community built of strong moral values and a strong work ethic. And life was pretty damn fine in small town Ferguson, Missouri. Then, some 140 years later, the fastest example of "White Flight" occurred right there in Ferguson, Missouri. It first began as urban blacks began moving into the area, drawn by federal projects designed to attract urban Blacks to move out of the decaying ghettos of St. Louis, and out to the more friendly confines of 75% White Ferguson, Missouri. In one single decade, 1990 to 2000, that demographic was turned on its head. As crime surged, as working White folks began to feel unsafe in their neighborhoods, as their streets were trashed and their neighborhoods plagued with urban decay, the Whites moved out in droves. And Ferguson, Missouri became 75% Black and doomed to failure.

Worth Reading: How One Woman’s Vandalized Bakery Has Become the Greatest Story to Come Out of Ferguson Riots. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Natalie DuBose, the owner of Natalie’s Cakes and More in Ferguson, Missouri, was left devastated after her business was unjustly vandalized during the recent riots over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. ... DuBose set up a GoFundMe page and aimed to raise a modest $20,000. Thousands of generous Americans quickly stunned the small business owner, donating more than $195,000 in roughly one day. Many conservative websites, personalities and public figures took up the cause, including actress Patricia Heaton, who used her social media influence on Twitter to drive some of her 243,000 followers to the fundraising page. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh also gave out the web address of the GoFundMe page on the air. (Black woman. Bet most of the donors were "racist white conservatives. Blacks and liberals, of course, feel that destroying black-owned businesses is part of the mob's "understandable anger" at white America. ~Bob)

Did You Notice What Was Missing During CNN’s Ferguson Coverage on Tuesday Night?
Excerpt: On Tuesday night, CNN anchor Miguel Marquez was broadcasting live from New York City when protesters spotted him and began chanting, “F**k CNN!” over and over. Not long after the incident, Marquez was shown covering the ongoing protests. However, this time he was missing the standard “CNN” logo on his microphone. (Huh. Gotta love the, "We're done with non-violence" sign. Might change their mind when they discover that violence produces a violent response. In effect the sign says, "F**k Martin Luther King." ~Bob)

Darren Wilson’s attorneys describe officer’s life in hiding, laud his staunchness
Excerpt: Darren Wilson was mowing his lawn Aug. 19 — 10 days after he’d shot an unarmed teenager — when he got a call telling him that his address was popping up in online reports. He quickly packed up his belongings and moved in with a relative, somebody who didn’t have the same last name. By nightfall, media members were outside the house. (The media promotes and encourages violence. If they get Wilson murdered, it will be a great story and they will make money. They are not, "guardians of the public's right to know." They are ruthless, money-grubbing corporation with no scruples. ~Bob)

Liberals Willing To Fight To The Last Drop of Black Blood. By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot.
Every other riot I've ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long before any media trucks arrived. This time, the networks gave us a countdown to the riot, as if it were a Super Bowl kickoff.

Fulfilling the dream of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, to prevent more of what she called "the unfit" from being born. ~Bob

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Interesting: Schumer’s folly. By Jennifer Rubin  
Excerpt: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) confessed today, “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus. Americans were crying out for an end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs; not for changes in their healthcare.” Well now he tells us.

Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare in 2010 Was a Mistake: The Senate’s No. 3 Democrat says that his party misused its mandate. By Sarah Mimms
Excerpt: "After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them," Schumer said. "We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem—health care reform." The third-ranking Senate Democrat noted that just about 5 percent of registered voters in the United States lacked health insurance before the implementation of the law, arguing that to focus on a problem affecting such "a small percentage of the electoral made no political sense." (I could have told them that. Then. ~Bob)

In Year Two, Obamacare Is Off to Another Bad Start. By Robert Moffit  and Kenneth Manyari-Magro
Excerpt: The implementation of the Affordable Care Act seems like an unending nightmare. Desperate for some good news, the White House is justly relieved and celebrating the fact that the government website is not plagued with last year’s disasters. But other big challenges loom, including the administration of the law’s hideously complex insurance subsidy system, as well as coverage and cost problems

Undocumented Democrat News

An inconvenient law. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Obama said he had to move now because of a dawdling Congress. He forgot to mention that there were Democratic majorities in Congress in 2009 and 2010, yet he did nothing, in fear of punishment at the polls. Nor did Obama push amnesty in 2011 or 2012, afraid of hurting his own re-election chances. Worries over sabotaging Democratic chances in the 2014 midterms explain his inaction from 2012 until now.

Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action. By Karen Tumulty
Excerpt: Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. (Have I mentioned that a fiscal collapse is coming? ~Bob)

Obama Admits To Violating The Constitution: Tells pro-immigration heckler "I just took an action to change the law”
Excerpt: “What you’re not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that’s point No. 1,” Obama responded. “Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that we’re reprioritizing how we enforce our immigration laws generally.” he added. (Well, there are some laws a GOP President might want to change too. ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Surprise: Google engineers say renewable energy won’t solve climate change. By Maxim Lott
Excerpt: Can climate change be solved with technologies like wind and solar energy?
No, it can’t, according to a new report by two Google engineers, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The two engineers worked on an ambitious renewable energy project at Google called “REDel.
This is, of course, why these "Green Energy" projects require lots of Green from the taxpayers--which often ends up in the pockets of politically-connected Progressives. ~Bob))

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Democracy’s Slow Extinction. By Michael Devolin
Excerpt: It would be no small feat to pinpoint when, exactly, Western journalists and politicians began losing their grip on reality. I’m much too young and inexperienced, even at sixty, to attempt such a feat. But I’ve always thought the day Yasser Arafat received a Nobel Peace Prize was a watershed moment in modern history, a turn for the worse. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around how a man best known for murdering Jews indiscriminately (but much less known for falsifying their history), even advocating the extermination of all Jews in the Middle East, could possibly deserve such an honour as a “peace prize.”

Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan begs supporters ‘please don’t abandon me’ as she makes final appeal against her sentence
Excerpt: A Christian woman on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy has filed a last-ditch legal challenge to her conviction for insulting the Prophet Mohammed four years ago.
A high court in the eastern city of Lahore confirmed the death sentence of Asia Bibi last month, dashing hopes the conviction might be overturned or commuted to a jail term. (In a sane society, Asia Bibi’s story would be front-page news, with Presidents, Prime Ministers and Popes appealing for her release, the United Nations condemning Pakistan, and all foreign aid halted until she was released and blasphemy laws repealed. Instead, the world “human rights community” looks the other way and devotes its energies to hunting for examples of “Islamophobia.” --Robert Spencer,

Pakistan: Bollywood actress Veena Malik gets 26 years for blasphemy. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: “In the episode, Veena was seen dancing with her husband while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet’s daughter.” That was it. Twenty-six years in prison for that, apparently because she was dancing while a devotional song was being sung. Nonetheless, “she says her faith in the country’s judicial system is intact.”

The Disturbing Heroes of Dutch Muslim Youth. By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: That is the result of a recent study by Dutch research company Motivaction, which found that 90 percent of Dutch Turks ages 18-35 consider the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) members heroes, and enthusiastically support their friends and neighbors who travel to Syria to join them. And 48 percent of Holland's 18-35-year-old Moroccan immigrants agree.

US-Yemen raid saves eight hostages
Excerpt: In a predawn raid Tuesday, US Special Operations commandos and Yemeni troops rescued eight hostages being held in a cave in a remote part of eastern Yemen by an Al Qaeda affiliate there, officials from both countries said. The freed captives were six Yemeni citizens, a Saudi, and an Ethiopian, who were unharmed, Yemeni officials said in a statement. Earlier reports that a US hostage was freed were incorrect, according to Yemeni and US officials.

Frontline police say 'let us patrol in pairs' due to rising risk of street attack by jihadis
Excerpt: Police are demanding to be allowed to patrol in pairs because they fear fanatics are planning to murder an officer on the street – in a horrific echo of the killing of soldier Lee Rigby last year. Frontline officers in London feel increasingly at risk as they take to the streets by themselves in cars or on the beat because of the danger of a jihadi attack.

Peace With Islam in Our Time. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Abdallah Bulgasem Zehaf-Bibeau, the crackhead turned Jihadist spawned by the mating of a Canadian immigration official and a Libyan Muslim Jihadist, just wanted peace.
He told a co-worker, “There can’t be world peace until there’s only Muslims.” Then he tried to usher in peace, the Islamic way, by opening fire near the Canadian parliament.


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is

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