Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today's interesting political news and conservative comment


Sainsbury's Christmas advert... don't forget your tissues!
Based on the 1914 Christmas truce. Controversial in the UK. ~Bob

Book Recommendation: The Passing of Armies: An Account of The Final Campaign of The Army of The Potomac. By Joshua Chamberlain
A book I'm currently reading has a section on Chamberlain, reminding me of this wonderful book I read a while back. History buffs will know Chamberlain as the CO of the 20th Maine, who held Little round Top on the left of the union line the second day at Gettysburg. He finished the war as a Major General, and was selected by Grant to receive the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. His order to his troops to render a salute to the surrendering rebels is credited with starting the healing process. This book is a fine account of the end of the war. But it is worth reading to savor Chamberlain's use of the English language. reading it, I felt like an uneducated bumpkin (no comment, please, unless you can write like this). I recommend this both for the interesting history and the writing by a great American. ~Bob

General News and Comment

New comment received on The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
Started reading and ended up powering through it all this morning. You did a nice job of organizing and cataloging things. It makes a great primer for the uninitiated and a solid reference work for those who are already aware of the problems. Nice job. I have read most of the books on your recommended list and quite a few more, of course. I trade the Russell 2000 futures markets for a living and am pretty well dialed into the Fed's shenanigans and the USG's market manipulations. As a 60+ year old conservative who grew up in Palo Alto, CA and went to college at UC Berkeley in the 60's and 70's, I consider myself hyper-tuned into politics and current events. I pound Instapundit, Hot Air, Drudge, Powerline, National Review Online, and Belmont Club daily--usually all day long after I'm done trading in the early morning. I have not been active politically in CA because I still live in the south Bay Area and am not into futility. I make all my contributions to out-of-state politicians (favorites this year: Tom Cotton in Arkansas, and Dan Sullivan in Alaska). My 96 year-old mother still lives in her original house and loves it. I can't leave CA as long as she is still here, but am likely headed for Texas when I can. I have followed many of your recommendations and will be pretty self-reliant and well-armed should troubles come. I will get around to an Amazon review before long. Good luck with your health struggles. I'll say a rosary for you even though you're not a Catholic ;-) --Paul

Almost half of the 114th Congress has been elected since 2010. By Aaron Blake 
Excerpt: You can say a lot of things about the U.S. Congress. One thing you can't really say, though, is that they've been in Washington way too long. Come January, nearly half of Congress (48.8 percent) will have been in office for four years or less -- i.e. elected in 2010 or later. That includes 49.7 percent of the House and 45 percent of the Senate -- assuming GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy defeats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Louisiana runoff Dec. 6.

30,000 ‘Missing’ Emails From IRS’ Lerner Recovered
Excerpt: Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. (Will make interesting reading. If we really have them. Usually Chicago pols are better at disappearing evidence. ~Bob)

Tweet from Walter Cronkite ‏@CronkiteSays  (Parody account)
Upon hearing Lois Lerner's 30,000 missing email had been recovered, Obama demanded they be turned over to Eric Holder for safekeeping.

Entire county board arrested following citizens arrest by 2 military veterans
Excerpt: Clark County, Illinois — Sometimes citizens can be so frustrated with county board members they wish someone could just place them under arrest. Well, that is exactly what citizens in Clark County, Illinois did .

Only ‘Rudimentary Monitoring’ of Many High-Threat U.S. Volcanoes: Can take “a good 20 years” under the current budget for USGS to update instruments at one volcano.
Excerpt: An expert volcanologist and geochemist told Congress this week that efforts to predict potential volcanic eruptions are being hampered by outdated equipment and lack of funding. The United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Volcano Hazards Program has designated 55 volcanoes in the U.S. as serious threats. Of these volcanoes, 18 are deemed “very high threats” because an eruption occurring at any of these could cause significant air travel disruptions and threaten people’s lives. (Rumor has it the Elite are purposely understating/reporting the strengths of earthquakes that monitor volcanoes, making equipment less sensitive; so, when the s$%t hits the fan, it will be too late for John Q. Public, while they are all tucked safely in their 1-5 million dollar missile silo condos with air filtration systems. Think planet change versus "climate change." --Barb. "Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence." ~Bob)

A Name On The Wall: Football player Bob Kalsu was the only U.S. pro athlete to die in Vietnam
A lot of pro athletes served and some died in WWII. Giants lost a running back on Iwo. By the current wars, Pat Tillman was vilified for serving. Thus nations die. ~Bob

Rich donors corrupting politics: Wealthy leftists help unions bankroll ‘progressive’ groups. By Jason Hart
Excerpt: Committee on States, a project of the secretive Democracy Alliance, is helping labor unions and leftist millionaires coordinate advocacy for big government in 20 states.
Working with union coalition AFL-CIO and its public-sector affiliate American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as “institutional partners,” COS has steered over $45 million into state-based “progressive” organizations since 2013,according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

Gun News

The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. - James Burgh, 1774

Fifth Grader Suspended For Making Gun With Fingers
Excerpt: Another little boy has gotten in trouble at school for having something that primitively, comically represents a gun but isn’t actually anything like a real gun. This time, the student is Nickolas Taylor, a fifth grader at Stacy Middle School in the distant Boston suburb of Milford. (The idiots are in charge of educating the kids. ~Bob)

Florida shootout leaves deputy, gunman dead
Excerpt: A man set his house on fire and then started shooting at responding police officers and firefighters Saturday, killing a deputy and wounding another one before he was shot to death by law enforcement, authorities said.

Race Card News

Two New Black Panther Members Arrested with Explosives Near Ferguson
Excerpt: The FBI arrested members on Thursday on outstanding warrants, they're "accused of purchasing explosives they apparently planned to use during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, a law enforcement source told CBS News." (The New Black Panther Party, AKA "Holder's Irregulars." ~Bob)

Excerpt: "I was following developments of a 5-year-old little girl who was sitting on her dad’s lap and just got shot in the head by a drive by shooting and if some of the people here gave a good god damn about the victimization of people in his community by crime, I’d take some of their invective more seriously," Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told reporters. "80% of my homicide victims every year are African American. 80% of our aggravated assault victims are African American. 80% of our shooting victims who survive their shootings are African American. Now they know all about the last three people killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the course of the last several years. There's not one of them can name one of the last three homicide victims we've had in this city," Flynn said.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Worth Reading: What Should The GOP Do About Obamacare? By John Graham
Excerpt: It should come as no surprise to Townhall readers that the new Republican congress has no plan to deal intelligently with Obamacare. That’s unfortunate. The worst thing that can happen over the next two years is for president Obama to appear to take the high road – insuring the uninsured and fighting the mean insurance companies – while Republicans rail about the small and trivial parts of health reform. And the worst thing that can happen is the very thing that is about to happen. So here is some unsolicited advice.

Post-Obamacare Reform That Works for Workers and Employers. By John Graham
Excerpt: Judging by the midterm election results, the American public hasn’t forgotten President Obama’s broken promise that “if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan.” The good news for healthcare is that the fallout has disrupted the political status quo so much that a partially patient-centered healthcare reform may be possible soon after the president leaves office. Even partial reform could bring welcomed relief to millions who lost their health plans.

Health Care Law Recasts Insurers as Obama Allies. By Robert Pear
Excerpt: As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. ... But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been a boon to the nation’s largest private health plans and led to a profitable surge in their Medicaid enrollment. (Isn't this interesting? This is from the New York Times, the all-time media supporter of ObamaCare, but they have discovered that now there's collusion between the insurance companies and the program, and the insurance companies will be making MORE money under the system than before! I'm pretty sure that was not among the things that were supposed to happen, it was the American people who were going to be better off all around, not the insurance companies. Funny how things work out. --Del)

We were paying $867/mo for health ins. Just got notice that as of January, our rate is going up to $996/mo for family of five.

Obamacare’s Jonathan Gruber fired by second state — North Carolina

Undocumented Democrat News

New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities
Excerpt: The new priorities are striking. On the tough side, the president wants U.S. immigration authorities to go after terrorists, felons, and new illegal border crossers. On the not-so-tough side, the administration views convicted drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, and gun offenders as second-level enforcement priorities. An illegal immigrant could spend up to a year in prison for a violent crime and still not be a top removal priority for the Obama administration.

"Republicans oppose my order to legalize immigrants who mow lawns, make beds, and clean out bedpans because the GOP stereotypes Mexicans."

Washington Post Fact Checker Gives Obama Upside-Down Pinocchio For Immigration Flip-Flop
Excerpt: Yet even The Washington Post editorial board is skeptical of Obama’s actions: “Mr. Obama may find a constitutional way to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. But in his frustration with democracy, he is likely to prove his point: Unilateralism will not make the system work.” So much for Obama’s pledge to work with Congress on immigration reform: ... “Previously he said that was not possible, using evocative language that he is not a ‘king’ or ‘the emperor.’ Apparently he’s changed his mind. The president earns an upside-down Pinocchio for his flip-flop.”
Excerpt: Finally, the first biting political spoof from Saturday Night Live in a while: the Bill from Schoolhouse Rock explains to a student how he becomes a law, only to be violently beat up by Barack Obama and his new best friend, “Executive Order.” Even then, the poor Executive Order still thinks he’s used for simple things, like declaring holidays and creating national parks, until Obama informs him that he’s going to be used to grant amnesty to 5 million undocumented immigrants. His reaction: “Whoa.”

'Whoa... go hard or go home, right?': SNL takes aim at Obama's executive order that vetoed Congress to grant amnesty to five million immigrants
Excerpt: President Barack Obama has received the SNL treatment with a sketch that took aim at his executive order vetoing Congress to secure the protection of at least five million immigrants from deportation. The Bill from the educational series Schoolhouse Rock! arrives at Capitol Hill to explain to a student the route he makes through Congress. But the lesson is disrupted by a calm, collected and smiling Obama who kicks him down the steps - before introducing a very laid back Executive Order.

Major Newspaper Pulls Cartoon Critical of Obama’s Immigration Reform After Many Call It ‘Racist’
Excerpt: After the Indianapolis Star published a political cartoon on Friday that was decidedly against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, the paper’s executive editor Jeff Taylor said many readers were offended and called it “racist.”(What isn't "racist" according to the libs? --JB)

Blue State Blues: My Immigrant Father's Warning--'When Illegality Becomes The Law'
Excerpt: They chose the United States, embracing the unique kind of freedom that flourishes here precisely because of the Constitution that has remained, until now, the foundation of communal life. Some argue—as President Barack Obama often does—that the process of political action does not matter, only the result. ...That is when illegality can become the law.

Religion of Peace News

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East: The Obama administration is conducting a "policy review" on what to do about Syria and Iraq. But rehashing the same strategy could just make a bad situation even worse. BY Aaron David Miller 
Excerpt: But in reality, trying to get getting rid of Assad right now will almost certainly make the situation in Syria worse, boosting IS's standing and recruitment capacity while embroiling Washington in further battles with Iran and Russia that it can't possibly win. Such a shift would also reflect the fact that some of U.S. President Barack Obama's advisors have learned very little about the Middle East these past several years and almost nothing about the consequences of their own actions. The fact is that the Obama administration has consistently overestimated the receptivity of this region to positive change as well as their own capacity to do much about it. Being on the right side of history doesn't always mean you're on the smart or winning side. (What an horrendous mess the Middle East is. It seems the choices we have there are to not act, and lose, or act one way, and lose, or act any other way, and lose. Is there ANY way we can act there that is less likely to have major negative consequences and more likely to have at least some positive ones? I sure don't know, although part of me says if we could somehow really bring to bear the power to destroy ISIS, or at least hurt them so badly that they dropped back to a small enclave in Syria, that would be a good thing, both in itself and in getting the rest of the world to accord us just a small bit of respect for our abilities. --Del)

Radwan Taleb Al-Hamdouni Dead: Senior Islamic State Figure Reportedly Killed In Mosul
Excerpt: An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday. Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, whom the sources described as the radical militant group's leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a western district of the city on Wednesday afternoon.

The United States has no good options on Syria. By Dennis Ross
Excerpt: It should come as no surprise that the Obama administration continues to wrestle with its approach to Syria. There are no good options in a war that has claimed 200,000 lives and displaced nearly 10 million people. The president is right to say that there are no magic solutions, yet he also clearly understands that avoidance is not an alternative if we are to achieve his declared objective of degrading and eventually destroying the Islamic State. Leaving the terrorist group with a haven in Syria ensures it both an ability to wreak havoc in Iraq and an operational space from which to plan, recruit and, in time, carry out attacks worldwide. (Obama should read my blog. as I've been saying for years, THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS IN SYRIA!. You might want to write that down. ~Bob)

Iraqi forces, Iranian-supported militias report success in Baiji
Excerpt: The Iraqi military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are reported to have liberated the central city of Baiji from the Islamic State and are close to breaking the siege on the nearby oil refinery. The Shiite militias, which are heavily supported by Iran's Qods Force, are playing a key role in recent gains against the Islamic State. US airpower has supported the militias and Iraqi government forces. ... Asaib al Haq, or the League of the Righteous, a Shiite militia that is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq between 2006-2011, is known to be fighting in Baiji. 

Ex-Gitmo 'poet' now recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Excerpt: An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria. Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, who was detained at Guantanamo for three years, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Dost's oath of allegiance was issued on July 1, just two days after Baghdadi named himself "Caliph Ibrahim I" and declared that his Islamic State was now a "caliphate."

Muslim Man arrested, accused of slashing man after heated religious conversation
Excerpt: Upon their arrival, officers learned the victim, Jerome Bullock and 54-year-old Jimmy Stepney had been arguing about the Bible and the Quran. According to the arrest affidavit, Stepney is a Muslim and the Bullock is a Christian. The report went on to say Stepney had been making comments about beheading people. "We were watching the news," said Bullock. "He said he felt like more Muslims need to step up to the plate and do certain thing. He was talking about beheading people." ("Certitude leads to violence." --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. ~Bob)

Islamists are just Nazis in nightgowns....~Bob

Deemed 'too Western' teenager beaten by family
Excerpt: A 15-year-old girl who was viciously beaten up by her family and locked in a bathroom because she was "too Western" has been entrusted to the social services after hospital treatment. (Here's a tip for Muslims. If you don't want your children to become "Westernized," don't live in a western country. No need to kill your kids for the family's "honor." Just move to a Muslim majority country before they are about six. There are many where some version of Shari'a Law and their views of "True Islam" are written into law--and enforced without mercy. Find one you like. ~Bob

Important Discussion: Should Presidents Call Islam a 'Religion of Peace?' Two George W. Bush Officials Debate
Excerpt: "For American government officials to be telling Muslims, 'I know real Islam' ... is ridiculous," he added. "... It would be an outrage about Judaism and Christianity as well. ... For government officials who are 99 percent Christians to be trying to find what is authentic in Islam seems to me to be a fool's errand." ... When presidents say Islam is a religion of peace, "the average American thinks this is crap," he said, because the average American reasons that "the only people doing the beheadings are Muslims, so don't tell me it's all wonderful." (Government officials who say this don't really believe it, but are trying to keep the Muslim masses quiet. It's not working. ~Bob)

The Real Islam: ‘One by One They Were Shot in the Head’: Islamist Hijackers Use a Simple Test to Find — and Kill — Non-Muslims
Excerpt: Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya’s north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said Saturday. One passenger said the hijackers used a disturbing, simple test to identify who they would kill: knowledge of the Koran.

“Moderate” Rebels Armed by Obama Join al-Qaeda, ISIS. By Alex Newman
Excerpt: More of the Obama administration’s supposed “moderate” jihadist rebels this month defected to al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch known as Jabhat al-Nusra, which was also reportedly working with the self-styled “Islamic State.” Obama’s “moderate” rebels, armed and trained by U.S. taxpayers under the guise of fighting less-moderate ISIS jihadists (whom Vice President Joe Biden admitted were actually armed and funded by Obama’s “anti-ISIS” coalition), reportedly took their heavy American weapons with them. Eventually, those U.S.-supplied weapons are likely to be used against Western interests and citizens, analysts said.

Ottawa shooter ‘confrontational’ at North Vancouver construction site. He talked of Jewish conspiracy theories, fellow workers recall
Excerpt: “He was always trying to convert me, (saying) ‘You should read the Qur’an, bro,’ ” Banek said. When asked if he would be happy with world peace but no religion, Zehaf-Bibeau told Banek, “No, there can’t be world peace until there’s only Muslims.”

Director of US-funded UN school calls synagogue jihad murders “wonderful.” By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Your tax dollars at work. Tom Gross notes that a UNRWA report “reveals that the girls’ branch of the Zaitoun Elementary School was ‘completed in 2012 … with funding from the United States of America.'” If the UN were anything like what it claims to be, it would fire Naief Al-Hattab immediately. And if the U.S. had a sane administration, Zaitoun Elementary School and others like it wouldn’t get a penny more funding from the U.S. But Naief Al-Hattab is actually one of many UN teachers who openly express genocidal Islamic Jew-hatred

The Real Islam: Suicide bomber kills 45 at Afghanistan volleyball game
Excerpt: At least 45 people were killed and 60 others wounded Sunday when a suicide bomber attacked a crowd watching a volleyball match in the Yahyakhil district of Afghanistan's southeastern Paktika province, according to a spokesman for the provincial governor.


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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