Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pearl Harbor Day, 54 Senate seats and more important political news


Excerpt: Seventy-three years ago today we were “suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” leading to our ultimate involvement in the war which the rest of the world had been fighting for more than two years. Wiki records our casualties on that day; (I expect that most Americans didn't know the date. And in ten years, most won't know 9/11. ~Bob)

Three Christmas poems and a short story by Robert A. Hall

General News and Comment

Cassidy defeats Landrieu in Louisiana Senate runoff
Excerpt: Republicans completed their conquest of the Senate on Saturday when Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy easily defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a runoff election in Louisiana.
The Associated Press called the race for Cassidy after early returns showed him leading by a wide margin.

LA Landslide: Republican Bill Cassidy Gains Ninth GOP Senate Seat in Win Over Landrieu. By Cortney O'Brien 
Excerpt: Cassidy pulled in 56 percent of the vote, to Landrieu's 44 percent. The road was rocky for Landrieu from the start. The public found out about her improper use of taxpayer funds, then the fact she doesn’t even own a home in Louisiana. Then, she dissed her constituents.

Worth Reading: FEO-IZE - Simplifying America's Murky Foreign Policy. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Think about an aspiring presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who last week said the United States of America must empathize with her enemies.

Congress fast-tracks bills loaded with special interest projects in year-end rush
Excerpt: Tucked inside the massive defense policy bill now pending on Capitol Hill is a rewrite of terrorist watch lists, a host of new national park sites and a land deal that American Indians say threatens to destroy ancient burial grounds. Meanwhile, several tax break bills speeding through Congress renew a controversial credit for wind turbines and end Medicare’s program to pay for penis pumps for senior citizens suffering erectile dysfunction.

Super Bowl flop: VA spent $10 million of taxpayer funds on high-profile television ads
Excerpt: The VA inspector general says the $5.2 million that the department paid a Vienna, Virginia-based advertising firm called Woodpile Studios for TV ads that aired during the Super Bowl and the Country Music Association awards a few years ago did little to increase awareness about the government’s services for veterans.

Key elements of Rolling Stone’s U-Va. gang rape allegations in doubt
Excerpt: A University of Virginia student’s harrowing description of a gang rape at a fraternity, detailed in a recent Rolling Stone article, began to unravel Friday as interviews revealed doubts about significant elements of the account. The fraternity statement rebutting the story, and Rolling Stone apologized for a lapse in judgment and backed away from its article on the case.

Why angry Australian gamers want to ban the Bible
Excerpt: This week, the Australian franchises of Kmart and Target stock the video game "Grand Theft Auto V," which came out last year but was re-released for newer consoles in November. The move followed an online petition campaign with tens of thousands of signatures, saying the game "encourages players to murder women for entertainment." Critics of the game have long complained about its longstanding depiction of women as scantily clad strippers and prostitutes. ... A new petition in response to the recent ban calls on Target to remove another incendiary item from its shelves, one which also "encourages" the murder of women for entertainment. What is it? Read an excerpt of the petition to find out: This is The Holy Bible. 

After 27 Years at CNN, News Host Who Meddled in the 2012 Elections to Protect Obama is Out of a Job
Excerpt: After 27 years with the network, Candy Crowley is out at CNN.
After the 2012 Presidential Debate she moderated between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the State of the Union host was roundly criticized for seeming to take sides.

Excerpt: It was Christmas season, 1999. In March we had lost our son and my wife and I had little enthusiasm for celebrating the season. With Christmas less than two weeks away we hadn't bothered to put up a tree or decorate the house, as is our tradition. Then we read in the paper that a local church would be conducting a special non-denominational prayer gathering for people who had lost a loved one during the year. We decided to go. for our hearts were still aching so dearly for our loss.

Clinton says America should ‘empathize’ with its enemies
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton is taking heat for saying America should “empathize” and show “respect” for its enemies. The former secretary of State, who is considered a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, made the remarks during a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (I'm sure FDR showed respect and empathized with the Hitler and Tajo. ~Bob. Yep, there's a great idea, we need to empathize with the guy who gleefully cut off the heads, slowly with a big knife, of two Americans, with the ISIS practice of taking for slaves the Yazd girls and selling them, with the Boko Hiram guys who slaughter everyone on the bus who cannot recite Muslim prayers, with the guys who shot a teenage girl in the face for speaking out about rights, and with every other bloodthirsty maniac whose greatest desire in life is to kill Americans and anyone else he doesn't like for any reason. While we're at it, we should just cozy up to Putin and accept his need to expand Russia's borders regardless of who suffers thereby, and now that I think of it, probably it was a mistake back in 1940 to not empathize with the Greater Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere of Japan, and just keep selling them oil for their fleet and iron for their weapons as they marched across large parts of Asia. Hey, look at this as a great moment, when Hillary made it so obvious that she can never be allowed to occupy the Oval Office that true blind fools can still want her there. --Del)

Members of the military return home to reunite with their families
The link will take you to a six minute video that ESPN put together about our soldiers returning home from Afghanistan to surprise their families. It is a guaranteed emotional slammer. Terry's comments sync pretty well with my own feelings, and probably a lot of other vets. --Del. You will be touched. I think differently than a lot of people, and while these reunions are touching I’m not a fan of setting them up for the entertainment of a crowd even though the intent is honorable. What is evident in every scene is the intense yearning bubbling inside every separated military family to be together again. But what is foremost in my mind are the stupid assholes in Washington DC who never came close to serving in the military, and whose political buffoonery make deployments to a war zone even more dangerous by advertising to our enemy things like the limits on our options, the timetable for withdrawal, and the rules of engagement managed by lawyers that endanger our own troops. That doesn’t make the reunion scenes any less touching, but it does make me want to smack someone really hard. --Terry Garlicky

ICC drops Uhuru Kenyatta charges for Kenya ethnic violence
Excerpt: He had been indicted in connection with post-election ethnic violence in 2007-08, in which 1,200 people died. Mr Kenyatta, who had denied the charges, said he felt "vindicated" ("Uhuru" means "freedom" in Swahili. During the Mau-Mau insurrection in Kenya, led y his father Jogo Kenyatta, natives would yell "Uhuru" at the Brit colonists, who would yell back, "Uhuru na kaki." - Freedom with work. ~Bob)

Excerpt: If Mary Landrieu, a Democratic senator from Louisiana, loses re-election in Saturday’s runoff election, as expected, the Republicans will have vanquished the last vestige of Democratic strength in the once solidly Democratic Deep South. In a region stretching from the high plains of Texas to the Atlantic coast of the Carolinas, Republicans would control not only every Senate seat, but every governor’s mansion and every state legislative body.

Video: Soldier’s Christmas
Excerpt: Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band, continues to inspire fans throughout the country. Its latest release, Soldier’s Christmas, tells the story of a soldier deployed overseas during the holidays.

North Korea blasts Christmas tree near border as ‘despicable psychological warfare’
Excerpt: North Korea is irate at its neighbor to the south for its decision to allow Christians to erect a 30-foot Christmas tree roughly two miles form the border, saying it will “escalate confrontation” and cause a war.

UC Berkeley Liberals Won’t Pay Higher Minimum Wage Imposed by Liberals
Excerpt: Remember all those calls by liberals for higher minimum wages for American workers? Well, it appears that the University of California at Berkeley, the beacon of liberalism, has decided to ignore a local ordinance that raised the minimum wage. The school is claiming they are exempt as a state agency. (Let's loot Berkeley in protest of this injustice. ~Bob)

Hillary 2.0 Would Be Hillary XX. Frank Bruni
Excerpt: NOVEMBER 2016 is still a long way off, but it’s hard to imagine that the presidential campaign will provide any bit of advertising as strangely entertaining and revealing as a video put online recently by Stand With Hillary, a new “super PAC.” ... It spotlights a man in a cowboy hat who croons in a country-and-western twang about how darned much he adores that there Hillary Clinton. “Hindsight’s always right,” he sings, a clear dig at Barack Obama, the candidate chosen over her in the Democratic primaries.

West Virginia’s Saira Blair is learning to balance college life, state politics
Excerpt: The youngest elected state lawmaker in America has just arrived home for the weekend. ... She peels off her coat, revealing black leggings, a West Virginia University Mountaineers sweatshirt and a long ­ponytail. She drops off her luggage in her childhood bedroom at the end of the hall and comes back to the living room.

“Catch Me If You Can”: Valor Thief Boasts Use Of Fake Military Uniform To Get Free Food
Excerpt: A man who uses the YouTube name johnnyb34434 has called out all active duty military and veterans to “catch me if you can.” He claims that he regularly steals valor and there is nothing anyone can do about it. He describes how he dresses up in uniform and has three day feasts for free at all the restaurants that offer meals on Veterans day and Memorial day weekends. This is likely an outright violation of the Stolen Valor Act of 2013. Warning: this video will incite overwhelming feelings of rage!

Latest Federal Mandate On 'Fair Housing' Is Anything But
Excerpt: Patrick Henry, an ardent supporter of a smaller, local government, once said: "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Something tells me that he would not utter such a statement were he alive in 2014. Henry and many other Founding Fathers are likely rolling over in their graves as a result of the incessant intrusion into local affairs by our current president and the federal government. In the eyes of the Obama administration, Americans are not the best judges of where they should live and raise their families. At least that's the message coming from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Yep, this is what the society needs, federal bureaucrats laying out where everyone should live and setting up rules to make sure that everyone complies. Every time I think they've pushed as far into arrogance and stupidity as they can, they surprise me again. Hopefully this will get all the very negative attention it deserves, and will get buried by massive objections and the House finally deciding it's time to use the defunding option. --Del)

Interior secretary disappointed at land swap in Defense bill
Excerpt: The swap is part of a massive federal parks and energy package that was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act and passed by the House this week. It would transfer the Arizona site of the proposed Resolution Copper mine — estimated to be one of the largest deposits in the world — to a British mining company, enabling its development. The land, currently a national forest, contains a site sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe, where warriors are believed to have leapt to their depth in the 19th century to avoid being captured by troops. (Bad karma to mess with a sacred tribal site....Years ago I had the opportunity to ride horseback into the Chiricahau National Monument area and some very unusual things happened; not sure if old rocks with ancient memories or vibes or spirits but I would not sell it to Australia, infringing tribal lands. I think the Apaches would be back on the warpath..... And the blacks have a chip on their shoulders for what they feel owed for "reparations".... The Native Americans lost most of it and still have the government screwing them out of the little they have left..... Where are the organizations griping about Indian losses? Progressives just gripe about sports teams' names....Barb)

Gun News

Cowardly Robber Terrorizes Red Lobster Until a Heroic Customer Introduces Him to the 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: According to reports, a family saw the robbery and followed the suspect. The father, who holds a concealed weapons permit, fired a shot into the air. This was enough to spook the suspect into dropping the cash register and fleeing. (Not crazy about having the family follow, or about shooting in the air. What goes up must come down. ~Bob)

Kroger Increases Profits 21% Despite Anti-Gunner Boycott
Excerpt: Instead of hurting the store’s bottom line, all those boycotts and petitions and hollering on Facebook and Twitter have actually helped elevate the Kroger brand. You see, Kroger just posted a 21% increase in 3rd quarter profits compared to the same period last year. For reference, similar grocery stores around the country saw an increase in profits of just 5.6%.

12-Year-Old Girl Shoots and Kills Mountain Lion Stalking Her
Excerpt: Just two days into her New Mexico Hunt Alyssa and her dad were looking for the prize elk near a meadow. Asking her to stay where she was, her dad turned back to grab some gear, and that’s when Alyssa felt something was wrong. “I already had a feeling that something was watching me or something, but I didn’t see the cat until it was close,” said Alyssa. Without giving it a second thought, Alyssa knew exactly what she needed to do. “I just raised up my gun and shot it point blank long ways through the body because it was facing me when I shot.”
It only took one shot and the mountain lion was on the ground. “The cat instantly flopped over right there, of course I kept my gun on it just in case it got up or something like that.”

Ebola and Enterovirus News

Nigerian Ebola Volunteers Fly Into Liberia, Sierra Leone
Excerpt: More than 175 Nigerian medics arrived in Liberia and Sierra Leone on Friday to join the fight against Ebola, the first of 600 volunteers promised by the regional giant which contained its own outbreak earlier this year. ... The United Nations said one of its peacekeepers in Liberia had contracted Ebola, making him the third infected member of the mission. The two others have both died.

Ebola czar Klain to return to private sector in March
Excerpt: The White House’s Ebola czar is expected to leave after his 130-day assignment, with the deadly virus now appearing under control in the United States. The news that Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative and fixer, would leave was reported first on Saturday by Fortune Magazine and confirmed by Fox News. Klain was appointed by President Obama in mid-October after the first Ebola death in the U.S. sparked widespread concerns about such issues as medical protocol and an outbreak of the virus on American soil. (He can put it on his resume under "Window Dressing." ~Bob)

Race Card News

Worth Reading: When Black Lives Don't Matter. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The slogan of the wave of Ferguson protests is “Black Lives Matter”. But progressives are far more interested in toting around the corpse of Michael Brown to their protests than in the living man he was. Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and countless others like them grew up in broken families, their lives haunted by fathers and stepfathers with gang ties. The only masculine culture they had was that of the thug and that culture eventually killed them. ... Missouri has a black homicide rate that is nearly double the nationwide homicide rate for black people. And it’s nearly six times higher than the overall murder rate in Missouri. If the media were really outraged by lost black lives, they would be outraged by those numbers. (This will not be a popular essay, in fact Greenfield will get slimed for this for sure. Speaking the unvarnished, gritty truth in the PC world is an unforgiveable crime. Meanwhile, the puzzling decision of the NY Grand Jury to not even allow a charge of involuntary manslaughter to be taken up in open court is keeping the whole storm of emotion about Blacks and cops raging with no end in sight. Now the feds will jump on the NY case for sure, and we will have at least a year of waiting before that goes anywhere. --Del)

Balanced Account: In three minutes, two lives collide and a nation divides over Ferguson shooting. Washington Post
Excerpt: Brown was 18, big, funny, a marijuana smoker, religious and, on that summer’s day, a kid who robbed a convenience store of a $15 packet of cigarillos. Wilson was 28, big, soft-spoken, divorced, the son of a woman who was convicted of stealing — an officer with a clean record, an officer who had never before fired his weapon on duty. (Both Wilson and Johnson had reason to shade the truth their way. To indict, the Grand Jury would have had to believe a few witnesses, completely disregard many others. ~Bob)

What the Numbers Say on Police Use of Force. By Steven Malanga
Excerpt: Two decades of data on police interactions with the public don’t support the idea that something extraordinary is afoot, that the police are becoming “militarized” as President Obama has suggested, or that distrust between police and local communities has produced an enormous spike in conflicts. By contrast, the data show that significant crime declines have been accompanied by a leveling off and then a reduction in confrontations with the police, as reported by Americans of all races.

Ferguson destroyed itself at the urging of cruel-hearted outsiders. By Ben Carson
Excerpt: What is difficult to understand, though, is the benefit that the Ferguson, Missouri, community derives from burning and looting business establishments in their own neighborhoods, especially when unemployment is already a problem. In the meantime, the outside agitators in many cases are sitting in their hotel rooms sipping wine and watching the carnage on television. Hopefully, people in communities such as Ferguson, like people all over America, are beginning to awaken and realize that they should be more than pawns in the hands of manipulators who, in reality, could not care less about them.

False Narrative: Lawmakers make 'hands up' gesture on House floor. By Lucy Mccalmont
Excerpt: Several lawmakers took to the House floor Monday evening to make the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” gesture to protest the police shooting of the unarmed Ferguson teen, Michael Brown. “Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said as he took the floor. (Never mind that many witnesses, some black, say it didn't happen. Let's go with, "hands off, don't loot!" ~Bob)

Worth Hearing: Ferguson Pastor Explains Why His City Doesn’t Have a Race Problem. By Jamie Jackson
Excerpt: Pastor Stoney Shaw knows a thing or two about civil disobedience and protests. He marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s as a seminary student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Report: Darren Wilson Saved Black Baby's Life Right Before Michael Brown's Death
Excerpt: An interesting report from claims that former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson may have saved the life of a black baby right before his altercation with unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime in Bevo Neighborhood. By Allison Blood
Excerpt: According to a police report, at about 5:30 a.m., a Bosnian woman was driving on the 4600 block of Lansdowne when three black males in their late-teens to early-20s stepped in front of her vehicle. When the woman tried to drive around them, the suspects reportedly pulled out a firearm, so she stopped the car. After hitting her windshield with a crowbar, the suspects pulled the woman from her car, threw her on the ground and kicked her.

Christmas 2014: All I Want Is Peace On Earth, Goodwill Towards Man And A Machine Gun. By Doug Giles
Excerpt: Look, wherever one comes down on the Ferguson issues, if you’re honest and you live in close proximity to that mayhem, you’ve gotta feel more vulnerable than a teenage girl being babysat by Lena Dunham, because the present mobs are three bubbles off-level and they’re indiscriminately breaking and burning crap and injuring innocent people.
Indeed, across this nation, not only in Ferguson, the fever pitch is hot and I don’t foresee this dying down anytime soon, especially when you have the likes of de Blasio and Oblasio passive-aggressively stoking this stuff with lies, half-truths and innuendo to the easily influenced, low-intel vandals who have way too much time on their hands.

Terrence Williams Is Cleaning Up Ferguson and Spreading a Message You’ll Want to Hear
Excerpt: While riots and looting have turned Ferguson into a catalyst for the race debate in the 21st century, Williams takes to the streets with a garbage bag in hand—helping to clean up and rebuild both the city and its relationships.

President Bush "Doesn't Understand" Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Case?
Excerpt: Crowley asked the former President what he thought after seeing the video of Eric Garner being killed on the streets of New York. President Bush replied that, “The verdict was hard to understand. I haven’t seen all the details, but it’s sad that race continues to play such an emotional, divisive part of life.”

On the Staten Island Decision: The grand jury may have gotten it wrong. By Andrew C. McCarthy
Excerpt: Clearly, this No True Bill is more difficult to justify than the St. Louis grand jury’s vote against filing homicide charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Officer Pantaleo, who is white, is being investigated for killing Mr. Garner, a 43-year-old black man who was physically imposing but unarmed, and who was resisting arrest (for a nonviolent crime, the illegal sale of untaxed cigarettes) but not overtly threatening the safety of the police.

Progressivism Claims Another Life. By Derek Hunter
Excerpt: Still, he never should have died that summer day. Big government killed Eric Garner. Police were just the weapon. Garner was selling “illegal cigarettes” that day, or “loosies” – individual cigarettes from a pack. Why would anyone buy individual cigarettes? Because government, in this case New York, both city and state, have, through exorbitant taxation, made buying a whole pack too expensive for many.

Ferguson, Staten Island: Similar events bring very different reaction
Excerpt: The fatal use of a banned chokehold on Eric Garner, an asthmatic father of six and grandfather of two, in New York City seems to have had the opposite effect — bringing wide condemnation crossing racial, partisan and ideological lines. Conservatives have joined liberals in denouncing the Staten Island grand jury’s decision Wednesday as a miscarriage of justice.

Eric Garner and the criminalization of everyday life
Excerpt: We all know politicians love their tax revenue. But is it worth risking killing someone over a few bucks? That's what happened to Eric Garner in Staten Island in July. He was confronted by the NYPD for selling loose cigarettes for 75 cents on the black market — a crime for which he had been repeatedly arrested in the past. Garner, who was passively uncooperative but did not resist officers with force, ended up dead. 

Worth Reading: Black Crime and Police Killings. By Steve Chapman 
Excerpt: There's an element of truth to this line of argument. Violent crime rates are far higher among blacks than among whites and other groups. One reason cops have a disproportionate number of interactions with African-American males is that these men commit a disproportionate number of offenses. Where the argument fails is in its assumption that blacks are complacent about these realities and that whites are blameless. The gist of the message is that blacks created the problem and blacks need to solve it. But the problem didn't originate recently. (I will say again, it's not race, it's culture. The pathologies of the inner city slums are present in Britain as well--in the white community. See Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple. ~Bob)

Who Is Killing Off Black Americans. By Michael Brown
Excerpt: Regardless of the color of our skin or our ethnicity, we need to listen carefully to these charges of injustice, asking difficult questions about failures in our system. Simply to ignore them or deny them won’t do. That being said, it is not the police who are the main culprits in killing off black Americans. Not a chance. According to the best research I’ve seen, roughly 100 blacks are killed by policemen every year compared to roughly 300 whites killed by police over the same period of time.

Phoenix Man Shot by White Cop Riles Up Mainstream Media, But They’re Leaving Out 1 Key Detail
Excerpt: The officer reportedly felt he could no longer maintain control in the struggle and thought that the suspect was reaching for a gun in his pocket, so he fired two shots. (how many black kids die from drugs each year. Do their lives matter? ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Mission Impossible: Making a Smart Choice in the ObamaCare Exchange. By John C. Goodman 
Excerpt: The Obama administration is actually pleading with people to shop around before choosing a health insurance plan. Ordinarily that would be good advice. Ideally, people should comparison shop – considering the differences in premiums, subsidies, and networks of the different plans. But as I wrote at Forbes this week, there’s one big problem: Intelligent comparison shopping is virtually impossible.

Medicare Can't Fight Drug Fraud, but a New Bill Would Change That
Excerpt: In 2012, 158 deceased Medicare beneficiaries filled 348 HIV drug prescriptions -- after they were already dead. The prescriptions, worth $300,000, were recently discovered by the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. The report is not the first to find HIV drug fraud, says Devon Herrick of the National Center for Policy Analysis: another recently found that 1,600 Medicare beneficiaries were inappropriately filling prescriptions for HIV. Some of those beneficiaries were filling multiple prescriptions, while others did not even have HIV!

Undocumented Democrat News

Obama Deputies Free 30,862 Foreign Criminals
Excerpt: President Barack Obama’s immigration deputies released 30,862 foreign criminals into the United States cities and neighborhoods, according to a federal document. Officials also repatriated only 8,805 of the roughly 180,000 unskilled Central American migrants who flooded across the border since 2011, according to the “Fiscal Year 2014 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operation Report.” The document also showed that Obama repatriated less than 1 percent of the 12 million illegals living in the United States during the 12 months up to October 2014.

Religion of Peace News

American hostage 'murdered' during failed rescue attempt in Yemen
Excerpt: The American freelance photographer kidnapped by Al Qaeda militants in Yemen in 2013 was 'murdered' Friday during a U.S. special operations rescue mission inside the country after it was learned that his life was in imminent danger, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement. Luke Somers was still alive, but badly injured when the team reached him, a Yemeni national security official told Fox News. The official said Somers was shot by militants. None of the special forces members were injured.

‘Long Overdue’: Purple Hearts for Fort Hood, Little Rock Victims Rolled Into Defense Funding Bill. The White House threatened to veto such language before, but is faced this time with a bipartisan, bicameral compromise.
Excerpt: In May 2012, President Obama threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because, among other reasons, the bill would have awarded Purple Hearts to the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting and Little Rock recruitment office shooting. “The Administration objects to section 552, which would grant Purple Hearts to the victims of the shooting incidents in Fort Hood, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas,” the veto threat stated. “The criminal acts that occurred in Little Rock were tried by the State of Arkansas as violations of the State criminal code rather than as acts of terrorism; as a result, this provision could create appellate issues.” Years later, persistent lawmakers have gotten the Purple Hearts for these victims of terrorism into the compromise NDAA for Fiscal Year 2015. (Not treating them as the victims of the war that they most assuredly are was a total travesty, and has needed to be resolved for far too long. This is one of those things where Mr. Obama's priorities can be seen to be very poor, in fact, pretty much insulting to those in the service and those who have served. --Del)

Islam First: Navy engineer tried to leak plans for new aircraft carrier to Egypt, U.S. says. By Matt Zapotosky 
Excerpt: A Naval engineer was charged Friday with trying to leak drawings of the military’s new aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government, not knowing that he was dealing with an undercover FBI agent. Federal authorities alleged in court filings that Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, of Yorktown, Va., gave computer drawings of the USS Gerald R. Ford to an agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer and talked about where to shoot the vessel to sink it. (I volunteer for the firing squad. as always, I'll bring my own rifle and ammo to keep costs down. ~Bob. I'm sorry to have to point this out, but the man's name says something about his background. This is discouraging, it seems the virus of anti-US hatred is out there infecting too many people, who aren't always obvious about it. But the FBI needs to be vigilant on things like this. I hope this engineer will go to a max security prison for the rest of his life. Personally, I'd be in favor of a much shorter life, but we don't hang traitors anymore. Too bad. --Del)

Islamic Leader says Muslims Discovered Earth was Round First
Excerpt: Turkey’s Science, Industry and Technology Minister, Fikri Işık was speaking at a reception for local business leaders last week when he made a somewhat incredible claim. "Some 700-800 years before Galileo, 71 Muslim scientists led by al-Khwarizmi convened by the order of the Caliph Al-Ma'mun and revealed that the Earth is a sphere," Minister Işık told the collected group. Implying that Islamic scholars were the first to discover the earth’s spherical shape is a rather HUGE stretch, considering the West had known this for over 1,000 years by the time Muslim scholars got together and agreed on this

Kuwaiti Muslim discovers he is 'the Jewish enemy'
Excerpt: After years of being educated to hate Jews, Mumtaz Halawa was shocked to learn he is Jewish. He changed his name to Mordechai, moved to Israel and settled in Jerusalem. 'I feel like Abraham,' he says.

Islamic militants attack Chechen capital; 20 dead
Excerpt: Police waged hours-long gunbattles with Islamic militants who attacked Chechnya's capital Thursday, leaving at least 20 people dead and underscoring Russia's vulnerability just as President Vladimir Putin used patriotic and religious imagery in his state-of-the-nation address to defend his standoff with the West.

39 out of 40 kidnapped Indians were killed by ISIS, claim Bangladeshi workers
Excerpt: Two Bangladeshi construction workers, who were kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq along with Indian workers in June, have confirmed that the militants shot dead 39 out of the 40 kidnapped Indians, while one worker miraculously survived the execution to tell the story of the tyranny unleashed by the group.

Hamas admits: 'We have headquarters in Turkey.' NATO member provides terror group refuge for plotting deadly attacks. By Aaron Klein
Excerpt: A Hamas leader speaking to WND has confirmed his organization is using NATO member Turkey as a refuge for logistics, training and planning terrorist attacks. Turkey has denied the allegation. (Ok, so how did terror sponsor Turkey get admitted to NATO and why are no decision makers talking about expelling it? Turkey still refuses to own up to the Armenian massacre and has already shown its true face in the confrontation with ISIS right at its border by standing idly by as ISIS kills Kurds--its own countrymen. It has in the past committed ethnic cleansing against the Kurds. Whoever is making the decisions at NATO HQ is not doing their job. --Don Hank. WND and NewsMax are into "Narrative Journalism," like MSNBC and the left media on that side of the aisle, rather than straight fact reporting, in my view. Doesn't mean they are wrong, but I like confirmation in other sources. ~Bob)
Excerpt: As quarry workers slept early Tuesday morning in tents by their worksite outside Mandera, a Kenyan border city tucked between Ethiopia and Somalia, Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked.
The Muslims were reportedly separated from the non-Muslims, who were then murdered by gunshots at close range or beheading. Thirty-six men were killed.

Six Guantanamo detainees transferred to Uruguay as Obama works to close prison
Excerpt: Six detainees held at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were transferred to Uruguay over the weekend, months after the South American country had agreed to accept the men, the Pentagon announced Sunday. The detainees included a Tunisian, a Palestinian and four Syrians who were captured in Pakistan and Afghanistan more than a decade ago and turned over to U.S. forces. (The price of closing Gitmo will be dead Americans. The media will blame Bush, or the Koch Brothers, or maybe Global warming--anyone but Obama. ~Bob)

Obama DOJ Forces City To Pay Muslims $7.75 Million. Pamela Geller asks why Islamists are being given special rights
Excerpt: A proposed mega-mosque in the pretty little town of Bridgewater, New Jersey, was rejected by the town council last year, “citing an ordinance that limited houses of worship to major roads.” ... But Islamic supremacists and Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR called upon their lapdogs at the Department of Justice, who sued Bridgewater. ... This New Jersey town was forced to pay Muslims $7.75 million to keep them from building a mega-mosque there. (Per author, "Jizya." --Barb)

Hillary And The ISIS Killing Fields

Excerpt: As ISIS’ death toll reaches hundreds of thousands, according to some estimates, and Boko Haram’s killing spree in Nigeria tops 10,000 this year, the former secretary of state and the leading candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination suggests the answer is women playing a larger role in conflict resolution. In addition, she told a conspicuously unfilled hall at Georgetown University this week that the U.S. needs to show such groups “respect” and even “empathy.”... I’m not sure who’s crazier – ISIS or Clinton.

Hillary: We must respect and empathize with those who behead children
Excerpt: Can you imagine George Bush standing atop the rubble of the World Trade Center with his bullhorn saying, “I hear you! And soon the people who took these buildings down will be getting more respect and empathy from us!”

Excerpt: The US military turned over Latif Mehsud, formerly a senior commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, to the Pakistani government within the past week. Latif was snatched by US forces from Afghan intelligence officials in the Afghan province of Logar in October 2013.

India court: Sharia trumps ban on child marriage. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Islamic apologists in the West routinely deny that Muhammad married a child or that Islamic law sanctions child marriage. Stories like these show that they’re lying. In reality, few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage: “The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Lord Mayor walks out of Islamic charity lunch after his lady consort was told she had to sit downstairs at the event
Excerpt: A Lord Mayor walked out of an Islamic charity lunch after discovering that he would have to be segregated from his female consort. Labour councillor John Thomas, 70, arrived at the function last Sunday with consort Margaret Corley, 72. But Councillor Thomas, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, was said to be upset at being told he would have to dine in an upstairs function room with male guests, while his consort would be seated downstairs with the other women.


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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