Friday, December 26, 2014

Important political news didn't take a holiday


The Cutest Christmas Moment
When Bonnie uncovered the play table, Grandson Dale (2 years, 9 months) clapped his hands and exclaimed. "Yea! I got a train!"

My wife signed us up to provide refreshments for the two services at church this Sunday, So I spent four hours Friday baking 24+ dozen cookies. No, not from scratch like I do my sugar free ones--from store bought cookie dough.~Bob

A little girl sings Holy Night

Christmas in the Trenches--the 1914 Truce

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: A one-man revolution. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Until now there were two types of peaceful American change. One was a president, like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, working with Congress to alter American life from the top down by passing a new agenda. The other was popular reform pressure, as happened in the 1890s or 1960s, to change public opinion and force government to make new laws or change existing ones. Barack Obama has introduced a quite different, third sort of revolution. He seeks to enact change that both the majority of Americans and their representatives oppose. And he tries to do it by bypassing Congress through executive orders and presidential memoranda of dubious legality.

No Surprise: Wealthy donors sided with Democrats in midterms
Excerpt: Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more than half gave primarily to Democrats or their allies. Among groups that funneled more than $100,000 to allies, the top of the list tilted overwhelmingly toward Democrats — a group favoring the GOP doesn't appear on the list until No. 14. The two biggest super PACs of 2014? Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — both backing Democrats. In all, the top 10 individual donors to outside groups injected almost $128 million into this year's elections. Democratic-leaning groups collected $91 million of it.

Reality Smacks Left Again: France's Socialist government has admitted that the country cannot cope with any further tax rises and promised no more hikes just days ahead of the country's largest ever tax bill.
Excerpt: In an unfortunate piece of timing, however, the pledge came just as the environment minister announced the creation of a new "carbon tax" and amid reports that the overall tax pressure on French households will rise even further next year. Returning from their summer break, the French are about to discover stinging rises in tax bills in their letter boxes – the result of a series of new levies enacted by President Fran├žois Hollande as he seeks to plug the French deficit and bring down public debt – now riding at 92 per cent of GDP. (As Maggie Thatcher said, "The Problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." ~Bob)

French jobless total at new record high
Excerpt: The number of people seeking work in France has risen to a record high, official figures show. The jobless total rose by 27,400 in November to 3,488,300 - the highest level yet seen.
That means the number looking for a job has risen by 5.8% in the past year. (The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. --Winston Churchill)

If China Attacks, This Is the Ship Taiwan Will Use to Sink Chinese Aircraft Carriers
Excerpt: With its radar-dodging design, the vessel has earned a nickname as Taiwan’s “carrier killer” in local media — and with Taiwan’s massive neighbor, China, gunning for a fleet of four carriers and claiming Taiwan for its own, the Tuo Chiang could prove to be a decisive weapon in Taiwan’s arsenal.

Amazon Indians raid remote Peru village
Excerpt: Authorities in Peru have decided to evacuate a remote Amazon community after it was raided by members of an indigenous tribe. About 200 Mashco-Piro Indians armed with bows and arrows arrived at Monte Salvador looking for food.

Mark Levin Urges States to ‘Take Back Your Power’ From Runaway Obama
Excerpt: Can you think of an amendment that limits the power of the federal government that would be bad?

How much does your governor earn?
Excerpt: Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a Republican, bypassed his salary in 2013 and 2014, noting that he would not accept a salary until his state achieved full employment. Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott only accepted 12 cents of his salary, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, also a Republican, collected $1 of his salary, and Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam returned his 2014 salary to the state. 

Florida, North Carolina up a peg; New York, Michigan down: 2014 Census estimates
Excerpt: The order of the top 10 states has changed. Florida, with 19,893,297 residents passed New York, with 19,746,227. And North Carolina, with 9,943,964, passed Michigan, with 9,909,877. New York ranked first in population in the Censuses conducted from 1810 to 1960; it was passed by California about 1963 and Texas about 1994. Now it’s fourth. (GOP run states growing, Dem run states declining. Gee, I wonder why? ~Bob)

Learning From North Korea: Brandeis Students Threaten Journalist for Reporting Anti-Cop Statements
Excerpt: Pro-Israel student activist and TruthRevolt contributor Daniel Mael has come under fire from campus progressives and fellow students for writing about a Brandeis student representative’s tweet declaring that she had “no sympathy” for the two NYPD officers murdered in Brooklyn Saturday. Since the story went viral, Mael has become the target of personal threats and a campaign to see him suspended or expelled from the school.

Excerpt: Photos from a 2013 murder scene in Phoenix, Arizona, which involved a gun obtained through the Obama DOJ and ATF's corrupt Operation Fast and Furious, have finally been released due to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch.

Obama vacation to Hawaii, Africa cost taxpayers nearly $16 million
Excerpt: U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $16 million to fly the Obamas to, from and around Hawaii and Africa, Air Force records, obtained by Judicial Watch, show. “The Obama family 2013-2014 vacation to Honolulu cost $210,877 per hour for travel alone; at 36.9 total hours, the cost to taxpayers for the vacation’s flight expense was $7,781,361.30,” Judicial Watch said in a statement, noting an increase of $3,695,006.10 from flight expenses for the Obamas’ 2012-13 Hawaii Christmas vacation. (I don't mind BO going on vacation. It's that he keeps coming back...~Bob)

Why George W. Bush Never Left D.C. Until the Day After Christmas. By Oliver Darcy
Excerpt: “[H]ere’s the thing: In December, we never left Washington, D.C., until the day after Christmas. Never. Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, would always depart the White House a few days before the holiday and hunker down at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland,” Curl wrote in a 2013 column that was republished Thursday. After a few years, curiosity finally got to the former Washington Times reporter and he asked a low-level administration official why. “I still remember what she said,” Curl wrote. “’So all of us can be with our families on Christmas.’”

Excerpt: We’ve discussed David Clark a few times over the past few years. He was the official at the Maryland Department of Veterans’ Affairs who was deputy chief for claims there and, as such, submitted claims for himself and his cronies. The Stars & Stripes reports that he was sentenced to a year in the pound; ... “Clark fraudulently obtained VA compensation for himself and at least 17 others, by submitting false documents to the VA purporting to show that the claimants had been diagnosed with diabetes, and in some cases that the claimants had served in Vietnam when they had not,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in the release.

Hillary Loves Castro
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton was the main architect of the deal reached with Cuba and her advocacy toward opening a new relationship with the Castro regime began almost immediately when she became secretary of state, according to a report from Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin.

Obama Apologizes to Castro. Cuban communist leader lectures Obama for 30 minutes.
Excerpt: Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks. Speaking to reporters at his final White House press briefing of 2014 Friday afternoon, Obama gave more details about his phone call with the communist leader of Cuba earlier this week before the announcement of a change in U.S. policy on the Caribbean island nation.

LAPD Officers Buy Clothes For Homeless Man
Excerpt: Two Los Angeles Police Department officers drove a homeless man to a Ross Dress for Less store in Hollywood and bought him clothes and shoes earlier this month. Witness Marc Najjar thought the officers deserved recognition and contacted ABC7.

Congress to the Rescue: Quashing Obama’s Internet Giveaway
Excerpt: President Obama’s plan to give away the Internet back-end to dictatorial control of countries like Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, and North Korea has been quashed because of a provision tucked away in the recent omnibus budget bill passed by the US Congress. Yes, hidden in amongst all the pork barrel frittering and boondoggle squandering of the public funds, there was one bona fide gem thrown into the mix.

Gun News

EPA can't regulate lead bullets, says federal court
Excerpt: "We agree with EPA that it lacks statutory authority to regulate the type of spent bullets and shot identified in the environmental groups’ petition," Judge David Tatel wrote for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

A Hello Kitty gun for Christmas? More women are getting firearms as gifts.
Excerpt: Twenty-three percent of American women owned guns in 2011, according to Gallup polling, up from 13 percent in 2005. And nearly 80 percent of gun retailers surveyed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reported increases in female customers from 2011 to 2012.

Santa impersonator arrested in shooting of 2 men
Excerpt: "One of the victims ran back to his car, and the guy dressed as Santa Claus must've thought he was going to get a gun because he started shooting."

Homeowner kills suspect during attempted home invasion
Excerpt: Officers responded to a home in the 2300 block of Devoy at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, where they saw 22-year-old Nico Carlisle with multiple gunshot wounds lying at the front door. Officials pronounced Carlisle dead at the scene. Investigators say Carlisle and another man knocked on the door, then forced their way inside when a woman answered the door. Carlisle then put a gun to the woman’s neck.

Homeowner shoots, kills suspect during home invasion in SW Houston
Excerpt: Investigators said the suspect entered the home, but the homeowner shot him. The suspect died at the scene.

Race Card News

Worth Reading: Black Progression and Retrogression. By Walter E. Williams
Excerpt: There is no question, though it's not acknowledged enough, that black Americans have made greater gains, over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of time, than any other racial group in mankind's history. What's the evidence? If black Americans were thought of as a nation with their own gross domestic product, they'd rank among the 20 wealthiest nations. It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, who headed the mightiest military in mankind's history. A few black Americans are among the world's wealthiest. Many black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities. The significance of all this is that in 1865, neither an ex-slave nor an ex-slave owner would have believed that such progress would be possible in less than a century and a half. (Dr. Williams is an emeritus professor and former economics department head at George Mason University. I highly recommend his book Race and Economics. His autobiography, Up From the Projects, about growing up poor and black is inspirational. ~Bob)

Best Xmas Party Of The Year': #Blacklivesmatter Trashes Oakland
Excerpt: Demonstrators participating in a Christmas Day “Black Lives Matter” protest in Oakland against police smashed store windows, injured a journalist, and vandalized the city’s main Christmas tree in Jack London Square in the latest violence associated with the movement. (because nothing helps fight white racism in MO and NY like trashing Christmas in your CA town. I'm sure a lot of white folks became less racist because of the destruction and violence. ~Bob)

Another police-involved shooting death of black teen sparks tensions in St. Louis
Excerpt: Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins (D) defended the officer involved in Tuesday’s shooting and said it was likely justified, citing surveillance video that appeared to show Martin pointing a gun at the officer. Police said the officer, who has not been named, fired back in fear for his life.

Excerpt: “The mayor says stop that, we say f–k that!” the mob chanted at one point.
Other slogans were of the sort that Hizzoner has denounced as “hateful” and “inappropriate” in the wake of Saturday’s assassinations of two city cops. “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” the protesters shouted. (So both the police and the protesters now hate the mayor. Solution is to use only black officers who volunteer in black neighborhoods. Of course, the productive and black owned businesses will flee the area, but there is a cost for hating the police. ~Bob)

Black woman on NY cop killings
Excerpt: The “Honestly Speaking” woman who dropped a viral rant on Ferguson is back with her thoughts on the “execution” of two NYPD officers, reportedly in connection with getting ‘revenge’ for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. She blasted the mayor for the way he spoke out on the case, and criticized Obama for hanging around with Al Sharpton.

White Liberals and the New Racism. By Bernard Goldberg
Excerpt: During the opening remarks, we heard from the panelists — a black activist who didn’t want anyone to be called a “criminal,” and opposed prisons on principle; a member of the ACLU who thought that America was “further away from equality” today than in 1965 when he marched from Selma to Montgomery; a cop who said he believed Michael Brown was trying to take away Officer Darren Wilson’s gun only to “humiliate him,” presumably with no intention of shooting the cop; and a judge who for the most part simply explained how grand juries operate, though she tiptoed into liberal terrain too. They talked about how cops had to change their behavior in order to stop the “trend” that was killing off “unarmed” black men. But during their presentations, not one of them uttered even one word about what criminal suspects needed to do to avoid being shot by police.

These Cops Let a Butcher Knife Wielding Bad Guy Chase Them Around And the Reason May Leave You Steamed.
Excerpt: After bringing a knife to a gun fight, Alfonso Martinez of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is alive today only because the cops, afraid for their own lives, were more afraid that shooting him would cause civil unrest.

Worth Reading: : Happy Kwanzaa! The Holiday Brought To You By the FBI. By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: I will not be shooting any Black Panthers this week because I am Kwanza-reform, and we are not that observant. Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 by black radical/FBI stooge, Ron Karenga -- aka Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of United Slaves, the violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers. In the annals of the American '60s, Karenga was the Father Gapon, pawn of the czarist police. ... The FBI fueled the bloody rivalry between the Panthers and United Slaves. In one barbarous outburst, Karenga's United Slaves shot two Black Panthers to death on the UCLA campus: Al "Bunchy" Carter and John Huggins. 

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Merry Christmas America - Get Ready to be Obamacared!

"You're Greener than Gore" News

WH Science Advisor: Ice Age Now if Not for Human Activity
Excerpt: According to White House science advisor John Holdren, natural cycles would be throwing us into another ice age. The only thing that’s holding us back from an ice age is human activity, namely the burning of fossil fuels, which is actually counteracting the Earth’s natural tendencies toward a cooling climate. I guess this would explain why we haven’t really experienced “global warming” for decades now.

The Next Shale Revolution? The astonishing promise of enhanced oil recovery. By Samuel Thernstrom
Excerpt: Why is so much carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere if it’s valuable? Because the costs and benefits don’t quite align​—​yet. But Congress could easily change that. There isn’t much of a market for carbon dioxide from power plants because the costs of capture typically exceed the market price of carbon dioxide. Oil companies might pay $30 or $40 a ton for carbon dioxide, but capturing it from a power plant can cost $80 a ton or more. So imagine what would happen if the federal government provided a tax credit that bridged the difference​—​a credit, say, of $40 a ton. (Not that implementing it would actually make a significant difference in the overall generation of CO2 to the atmosphere, but good economics are good economics. I wonder if anyone in Congress will pick up on this. --Del)

Beaver Gas to Blame for Global Warming
Excerpt: It’s actually not beaver flatulence per se, although I’m sure they’d say that contributes a little as well. It’s actually the methane that’s apparently generated at the bottom of standing water ponds created by beaver dams that ends up being released into the atmosphere that’s the problem.

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Saudi Grand Mufti: Child marriages are OK. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Islamic apologists in the West argue furiously that child marriage has nothing to do with Islam, and that the idea that Muhammad married a child is the invention of greasy Islamophobes. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, unaccountably, seems to be one of those Islamophobes. 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:

Excerpt: The US targeted a dual-hatted Pakistani Taliban leader and al Qaeda commander in one of two drone strikes that took place today in Pakistan's jihadist haven of North Waziristan. The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or Reapers launched two airstrikes in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, killing nine people, including four "foreigners," a term used to describe members of al Qaeda or other foreign jihadist groups, The New York Times reported. The Shawal Valley is a known haven for a host of jihadist groups, including al Qaeda and a multitude of Pakistani Taliban groups.

U.S. prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo
Excerpt: The Obama administration is accelerating its efforts to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the prison in coming months in a step forward for President Obama’s redoubled attempt to achieve a core national security objective before he leaves office. ... There has also been friction between the White House and Pentagon over the pace of detainee transfers. (Core National Insecurity Objective is more like it. We are now offering $5M to catch a former Gitmo inmate. And we had the head of IS in custody in Iraq at one time. ~Bob)

Excerpt: It is often reported that detainees, such as the four transferred to Afghanistan, have been "cleared for release." The implication is that they had been "cleared" of any wrongdoing and their release is risk-free. But this is not true. The task force recommended that all four be transferred subject to "appropriate security measures" being enacted by the host country. That is, the task force expected that whichever country took the four Afghans, the local government would take steps to ensure that they did not pose a threat. In practice, such security measures are often non-existent. Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), which oversees the detention facility, assessed the four Afghan detainees years earlier. The secret JTF-GTMO threat assessments for the four detainees -- Mohommod Zahir, Khil Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Shawali Khan -- were authored in 2008 and subsequently leaked online. In each case, JTF-GTMO deemed the detainee to be "high risk," who "is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies." JTF-GTMO recommended that all four remain in the Defense Department's custody. (The list of people in this world who I would kill if I could is distressingly long, and suggests that I won't need to take harp lessons for the next life. ~Bob)

Sharyl Attkisson: White House Hiding Photos of Obama on Night of Benghazi Attack
Excerpt: In an interview on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" Tuesday morning, former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson revealed that photos taken by the White House photographer taken the night of the Benghazi attacks have never been turned over.

IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria
Excerpt: The jihadist group claimed it had shot down the jet with a heat-seeking missile near the city of Raqqa. It published photographs showing the pilot, who has been named as Flight Lieutenant Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh. We do not know yet if the Jordanian aircraft suffered an engine failure or other technical problem, or if it was actually downed by IS air defences.

A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism): Profile
Excerpt: ANSWER was formed a few days after 9/11 as a "new anti-racism, anti-war, peace and justice" group and led its first protest just weeks later against the impending US-led attack on Afghanistan.[1] It went on to oppose the war and occupation of Iraq, homeland security measures and what it perceived to be American racism against Middle Easterners, Muslims and people of color.[2]

Iraq: Suicide Attack Kills 24 People Near Baghdad
Excerpt: A suicide bomber detonated his payload among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen near the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people.
The attacker mingled with the militiamen as they gathered at a military base in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometers (14 miles) south of Baghdad, to receive their monthly paychecks, two police officers said. At least 15 of the dead were Sunni militiamen and the rest were soldiers, while 55 others were wounded, they said.

Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian sniper fires on troops patrolling Israeli side of border
Excerpt: The Israeli military said it deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border. It said it "immediately responded" to the Palestinian shooting attack on Wednesday.

Suicide bomber kills 33 people south of Baghdad
Excerpt: A suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad, on Wednesday, Iraqi police and medical officials said.

Terror raids: Sulayman Khalid to spend Christmas behind bars
Excerpt: Khalid, also known as Abu Bakr, appeared earlier this year on SBS’s Insight wearing a jacket emblazoned with the Islamic State flag and abruptly stormed off the set when questioned about his support for IS fighters and the revelation his passport had been revoked due to fears he would head overseas to fight.

Pak Red Mosque cleric calls anti-Taliban fight 'un-Islamic'
Taliban killing school children apparently okay in Islam. ~Bob

Germany: 17,500 march against Islamization, sing Christmas carols; lawmakers and media smear them as “pinstripe Nazis.” By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: German authorities and the international media are making an utterly predictable but nonetheless inexcusable mistake by deriding these protesters as “far-right” and “pinstripe Nazis.” Nazis targeted people — the Jews — who were completely innocent of the charges made against them. Then the Nazis committed genocide. The Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West is reacting against increasingly frequent and aggressive jihad attacks — just look at the last few days in France — and repeated declarations by Muslim leaders that they will soon conquer Europe. Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West is not in favor of genocide, but against immigration policies that threaten to overwhelm the native population and lead to the imposition of a political and social system that will destroy the freedom of speech and equality of rights for women and non-Muslims.

Obama Admin Spends Christmas Trying To Get Islamist Groups Off Terror List [VIDEO]
Excerpt: The Obama administration spent Christmas week trying to get two Islamist organizations off a foreign country’s terror list. The Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society are both listed as Islamist organizations by the Islamist Money In Politics database, which tracks copious political spending by figures linked to the groups. The Muslim American Society was founded as an American-based Muslim Brotherhood front group. CAIR and MAS representatives met with “senior U.S. government officials” just days before Christmas to discuss the groups’ inclusion on the United Arab Emirates’ official list of terrorist organizations.

The Real Islam: 13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram to be a suicide bomber
Excerpt: She said her captors asked if she wanted to go to paradise and, when she said yes, explained she would have to be a suicide bomber. “When I was told I would have to die to enter paradise, that I would have to explode a bomb and die, I said I cannot do it,” she said. When they threatened to kill her, she allowed them to strap her into a vest primed with explosives, saying “I was afraid to be buried alive.” (Tell me again how all cultures are equally valid--I need the laugh. ~Bob)

The Real Islam: Man sentenced to death in Mauritania for apostasy
Excerpt: A Muslim man in Mauritania was sentenced to death for apostasy on Wednesday after a court ruled that he had written something blasphemous, a judicial source told AFP. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who is around 30 years old, fainted when the ruling was read out late on Wednesday in a court in Nouadhibou in the northwest of the country, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Pope says Islam is religion of peace, then begs Muslims to condemn violence. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: More Pope Fiction: “Islam is a religion of peace, one which is compatible with respect for human rights and peaceful coexistence,” says the Pope. Then he calls on Muslims to push a “more authentic image of Islam, as so many of them desire.” Has he ever wondered how this version of Islam that he assumes to be inauthentic has become so widespread and so powerful as to displace millions of Christians from the Middle East? Moreover, condemnations are easy. What we really need to see from Muslim leaders who profess to oppose jihad violence is real action against it to prevent young Muslims from adopting this view of Islam. But we do not see that, and neither the Pope nor anyone else seems to notice or care.


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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