Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New year and a New post of Interesting Political News


Happy Hogmanay! While you were nursing your hangover and watching parades and football, I've been gathering interesting political news and conservative comment to save you hours of searching. The War for Freedom doesn't take a day off. ~Bob

Random Thoughts for January, 2015

General News and Comment

Worth Seeing: 15 Must-See Charts From 2014. By Kelsey Harris
Excerpt: From charts on Facebook usage to President Obama’s budget, 2014 was a year for charts, graphs and more charts. Here’s a look at 15 of the best charts from 2014.

Police Killed By Guns Up 56% in 2014. By Kevin Glass 
Excerpt: A new report out found a sharp rise in the number of police officers killed by guns in 2014, including 15 of what the Associated Press calls "ambush" shootings.

White House Rape Data "Not Supported By The Scientific Evidence." By Conn Carroll
Excerpt: Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY) may have backed away form the claim that one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college, but the White House is sticking by those numbers. ... The problem is there is nothing scientific about this number. "Regardless of which studies are most accurate," the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice webpage on measuring campus sexual assault reads, "the often-quoted statistic that one in four American college women will be raped during her college years is not supported by the scientific evidence." (The problem is that Obama lies for political support, and the media cover for him. As H. L. Mencken said, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and hence clamorous to be led to safety] by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." ~Bob)

Another H. L. Mencken quote

New Year, Same Fears. By Ashley Pratte 
Excerpt: Since Obama took office, millennials have suffered greatly under his administration. Youth unemployment has skyrocketed, student loan debt continues to increase and due to financial concerns, many millennials have put off once-common early adulthood goals of home ownership and marriage. A Congressional report released by the Joint Economic Committee shows that the percentage of young people living with their parents has jumped from three to fourteen percent—an alarming statistic. (well, they voted for him. as Obama said, "Elections have consequences." ~Bob)

Always worth reading: A Year of Anniversaries. By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: A hundred years ago, the President of the United States was Woodrow Wilson -- the first president to openly claim that the Constitution of the United States was outdated, and that courts should erode the limits that the Constitution placed on the federal government.
Today, after a hundred years of courts' eroding the Constitution's protections of personal freedom, we now have a president who has taken us dangerously close to one-man rule, unilaterally changing laws passed by Congress and refusing to enforce other laws -- on immigration especially.

Putin critic Navalny among 'hundred held' at Moscow protest
Excerpt: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and more than 100 other demonstrators have been arrested at a rally in central Moscow, activists say. Navalny had urged protesters to gather in Manezh Square near the Kremlin after his brother was sentenced to jail.

Suspect Who Threatened to Kill Officers in YouTube Rants Fatally Shot After Trying to ‘Run Down a Couple Cops’: Police
Excerpt: “They go to stop him. He tried to run down a couple cops. He smashed into the police chief from Clifton’s car. The police officers, in fear for their lives, fired several shots, struck the individual,” Chitwood said. It was reported that several officers fired shots at the suspect, killing him.

U.S. condemns Cuba's 'practice of repressing' after activists detained
Excerpt: The United States on Wednesday condemned what it called Cuba's practice of repression following the detention of several activists, in the first major test of President Barack Obama's policy shift toward normalizing relations with the communist-ruled island. The State Department said it was deeply concerned by the detention on Tuesday of several "peaceful civil society members and activists" by the Cuban authorities. (Gee, who would have guessed there would still be repression in a Communist state after BO put out his hand? ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Why We Need Broken Windows Policing. It has saved countless New York lives—most of them minority—cut the jail population, and reknit the social fabric. William J. Bratton And George L. Kelling
Excerpt: The NYPD’s critics object, in particular, to the department’s long-standing practice of maintaining order in public spaces. This practice, widely referred to as Broken Windows or quality-of-life or order-maintenance policing, asserts that, in communities contending with high levels of disruption, maintaining order not only improves the quality of life for residents; it also reduces opportunities for more serious crime. Indeed, the Broken Windows metaphor is one of deterioration: a building where a broken window goes unrepaired will soon be subject to far more extensive vandalism—because it sends a message that the building owners (and, by extension, the police) cannot or will not control minor crimes, and thus will be unable to deter more serious ones.

The Collapse Gathers Momentum: Americans' Sense of Civic Duty Declining
Excerpt: One-fourth of Americans under the age of 30 said that speaking English, volunteering or being informed about current events was not a civic duty. Young Americans felt most strongly about reporting crimes, with two-thirds calling it "very important." However, that is a drop from the 1984 poll when 86 percent of young Americans called crime reporting "very important." ... In 1984, 56 percent of Americans felt that keeping up with current events was very important; today, that figure is just 37 percent. One-fifth of respondents said there existed no civic obligation to be informed. Compared to the 1984 poll, respondents only ranked voting and volunteering as high as they did in the past. All other activities fell in importance compared to 30 years ago.

Wall Street Vs. Russia: Wall Street's poorly hidden, poorly coordinated agenda in Russia. Who is behind it? By Tony Cartalucci
Excerpt: The background of jailed Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his "Open Russian Foundation" fashioned after George Soros' Open Society Institute and chaired by both Jacob Rothschild and Henry Kissinger, can be found in William Engdahl's, "The Real Crime of M. Khodorkovsky," as well as in the London Telegraph's humorously titled, "This man is now the people's billionaire," reflecting the paid-for rhetoric of Khodorkovsky's Wall Street-London-appointed lawyer Robert Amsterdam. ... The Democratic Alternative, also written DA!, is indeed a National Endowment for Democracy fund recipient, meaning that Alexey Navalny is an agent of US-funded sedition and willfully hiding it from his followers. The US State Department itself reveals this as they list "youth movements" operating in Russia:

Bill de Blasio aides asked political allies to publicly slam NYPD officers for turning their backs to the mayor at funeral
Excerpt: DNA Info quotes two lawmakers who go calls from the de Blasio's aides asking them to speak out against the NYPD for its protest. 'City Hall wanted me to blast the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for turning their backs on him,' one politician told the news site.

Take Notice of the (NYPD) Hat on Head of NBC’s New Year’s Eve Host — Was He Trying to Send a Message? By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: NBC’s New Year’s Eve host Carson Daly wore an “NYPD” hat during the network’s live coverage on Wednesday, eliciting mixed reactions from people on social media.

Great political ad from 2014: The Donkey Whisperer
Comment from the email forward: This is probably the best political ad I've ever seen.
Roger Williams is the former Secretary of State in Texas under Governor Rick Perry. In that position he was the state’s director of elections. He won the 25th Congressional District in 2012 and was just re-elected. The district is in South Central Texas and includes a portion of Austin, the citadel of Liberalism in Texas. Those folks must be beyond themselves over his re- election, because he is a staunch conservative. Here is one of his campaign ads:

Report: 21,000 regulations so far under Obama, 2,375 set for 2015
Excerpt: The pace of agencies issuing new rules and regulations has hit a record high under President Obama, whose administration’s rules have filled 468,500 pages in the Federal Register. And, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the president is poised to unleash another 2,375 new rules on American businesses without first giving Congress an up or down vote. ... He pointed out a report that said the administration isn’t supplying the required reports on new rules and said that Congress should take action to demand them.

Stopping the Rot at Foggy Bottom, From Benghazi to Afghanistan’s Missing Millions
Excerpt: In mid-December, the State Department’s top internal watchdog sat down in front of a bank of cameras at a high-profile House hearing on Benghazi and bluntly told lawmakers that the department hadn’t done enough to ensure that another American diplomatic facility wouldn’t suffer the same bloody fate. Steve Linick, a soft-spoken former prosecutor, calmly detailed how the department had yet to fully implement a number of security recommendations made in the aftermath of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. In some cases, Linick said, the changes proposed mimicked ones that had already been suggested after the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, which killed 12 Americans and 32 Kenyans working for the State Department there. The State Department failed to implement the changes then, and in some cases, has failed to implement them again since Benghazi. Among the issues left unaddressed: The department’s lack of any formalized method of deciding when to place Marine security personnel at some high-risk outposts and when to leave the facilities without American troops. (That the organization still doesn't have carefully worked out policies on assigning security to different places is mind-blowing, two years after Benghazi. Incompetence taken up to an art form, but what else is new with this Administration. --Del)

Fairness vs. Freedom: Is Politics Going Back to the 1970s? --FiveThirtyEight
Excerpt: Inequality is a hot topic these days — even on Fox News. This contrasts with most of the past decade, when the term was barely mentioned even on the liberal-leaning television network MSNBC. The increasing focus on inequality is best thought of as a reemergence of an old theme rather than something new. Since the founding of the republic, frames focused around fairness and equality have competed against those centered around freedom and liberty in American political discourse.

Worth Reading: The Tragedy of the American Military. By James Fallows
Excerpt: In mid-September, while President Obama was fending off complaints that he should have done more, done less, or done something different about the overlapping crises in Iraq and Syria, he traveled to Central Command headquarters, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. There he addressed some of the men and women who would implement whatever the U.S. military strategy turned out to be. The part of the speech intended to get coverage was Obama’s rationale for reengaging the United States in Iraq, more than a decade after it first invaded and following the long and painful effort to extricate itself. This was big enough news that many cable channels covered the speech live. I watched it on an overhead TV while I sat waiting for a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. When Obama got to the section of his speech announcing whether he planned to commit U.S. troops in Iraq (at the time, he didn’t), I noticed that many people in the terminal shifted their attention briefly to the TV. As soon as that was over, they went back to their smartphones and their laptops and their Cinnabons as the president droned on. (This is a fairly long article by James Fallows, who is a pretty good writer and analyst, even though I sometimes don't agree with him. he goes into our present situation with the military and the people and the politicians in really serious detail, and it's a very thought provoking essay. I recommend it strongly. --Del)

Nanny State: Sprinkles To Be Banned By FDA 
Excerpt: Cures for cancer and Ebola having been found, the federal ubernannies have decreed that sprinkles should no longer adorn kids' ice cream because they contain the trans fat that liberal groups once pushed for. Come the New Year, the Food and Drug Administration, ignoring the principle that in most cases it's the dose that defines the poison, will issue new regulations designed to remove even trace amounts of hydrogenate oils, commonly known as trans fats, from our diets. Trans fats have been in our foods since the 1950s to increase shelf life and improve taste. A small amount appears naturally in some foods, but research has determined that large quantities of trans fats in one's diet can be dangerous for long-term health. (Jefferson once said "That government which governs least, governs best". Like most of the Founders, he had a profound mistrust of Big Government and state bureaucracies, and I still say they were damn smart, very well educated, common sense people. Here is a wonderful example of the Big Bureaucracy going so far over the top that it leaves you dizzy just to think about it. But of course... it's for our own good! And that's what makes it right and none of us should be anything but grateful that so many smart people are looking out for us. Don't you feel better just hearing about this? I don't. --Del)

Reasons for optimism. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: I am amazed when I hear talk radio hosts or other provocateurs describe the country in wholly gloomy terms. They talk about a “growing tyranny,” the threat that foreigners will take our jobs, the corruption of the entire political class, the grip of the lying mainstream media. Really? (I'd be happy to send her a copy of my book, The Coming Collapse of the American Republic All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans. ~Bob)

The Wisdom of Peace Through Strength. By Dr. Ben Carson 
Excerpt: I am proud of the president of the United States for taking a tough stand on this issue, although I am not sure that his promise of proportional retaliation is the correct answer. The response should go far beyond proportionality, and an example should be made of the perpetrators by using a host of available options to inflict punishment not be easily forgotten. If we use proportionality as our standard, future adversaries need only consider certain consequences for encroaching on our rights. If, on the other hand, they realize that they will suffer enormous consequences, I believe their adventurism would be tempered.

The Closing Of The American Mind Revisited. By R. R. Reno
Excerpt: Bloom’s book was a real sensation and a surprise bestseller. Looking back, I can see why. The Closing was more than a highbrow attack on contemporary academic careerism (a la Jacques Barzun), a middlebrow defense of great books (a la E. D. Hirsch), or a populist exposé of tenured radicals and puerile campus ideologues (a la David Horowitz). The gist of Bloom’s polemic—and the book was nothing if not a long, erudite, and hyperbolic polemic—was a brief against the cultural revolution of the 1960s. He said out loud what liberal elite culture could only regard as heresy: The supposed idealism of the 1960s was, in fact, a new barbarism. Whatever moral and spiritual seriousness the long tradition of American pragmatism had left intact in university life, the anti-culture of the left destroyed.

Gun News

Anti-Gun Rahm Emanuel’s Yard Sign Warns Burglars That He Has Armed Secret Service
Excerpt: Chicago Mayor and gun-control advocate Rahm Emanuel is protected in his home at all hours of the day and night by armed policemen, and a sign outside his house warns would-be burglars that armed Secret Service agents are standing guard. (He's an elite Obamaite. Riffraff like you and I must look to ourselves for protection. ~Bob)

Best concealed carry handguns

Safety First. Authorities: 2-year-old boy accidentally shoots and kills mom inside northern Idaho Wal-Mart
Excerpt: A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday. ... She had a concealed weapons permit. Miller said the young boy was left in a shopping cart, reached into his mother's purse and grabbed a small-caliber handgun, which discharged one time. (Like cars, planes and a lot of tools, guns are very unforgiving of carelessness and mistakes. ~Bob)

Why most Americans oppose more gun control. By Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
Excerpt: A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the first time in their surveys, the majority of Americans oppose more gun control. Gallup and CNN polls tell a similar story. Opposition to gun control has been increasing over at least the last couple of decades. Gun control groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try to convince Americans that gun control is the answer. In 2013, gun owners’ groups — including the NRA — spent less than one seventh as much on television advertisements. 

PHOTOS: My Year as an Amateur in Competition Shooting. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: Throughout 2014 I had the pleasure and honor of participating in a series of shooting competitions around the country. As 2015 begins and before we completely say goodbye to 2014, I thought I'd take a look back at my year as an amateur in the competition shooting world. With the exception of the Gunsite GAS match, the matches briefly described below were all firsts for me. 

Wendy Davis Says She Regrets Campaign Stance On Guns, Which She Took To Win Votes
Excerpt: Wendy Davis’ stance on the issue of open carry gun laws was a political one, and not in line with her “core beliefs,” the failed Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate said in a recent interview. (Lying about his real beliefs worked for Obama, but not her. ~Bob)

Burglary suspects shot by business owner
Excerpt: The owner says at that particular time he looked into the vehicle and saw the driver produce a handgun and point it at him at which time he produced his own gun and fired several times in response. The vehicle then fled away and was found on a nearby street moments later. At that scene deputies discovered Ladarius Walker (19) deceased in vehicle. Another suspect was located standing near the vehicle Lamar Brooks (17) suffering from one gunshot wound..

74-Year-Old Shoots Man who Beat Him With Axe Handle
Excerpt: According to officials, a 74-year-old Washington County, Pennsylvania man was beaten by two masked men armed with an axe handle to the point that he needed stitches. The man was armed, and while he was being beaten, he shot at the two guys and killed one of them. Police were able to apprehend the other.

Alleged robbery attempt in West Pike Run Township leaves 1 suspect dead, fiancé of accomplice's daughter in jail
Excerpt: State police said an attempted home invasion Sunday night in Washington County ended with one suspect dead and another in custody. Robert West, 42, was found shot to death at the scene in Daisytown with a gunshot wound to the head. Police arrested Andrew Graseck, 18, who was identified by family members as the fiancé of West's daughter.

Second suspect on the run after deadly attempted robbery
Excerpt: Police said a suspect in an attempted armed robbery was shot dead at an east side apartment building Sunday night. A second suspect in the robbery fled the scene.

Ebola News

First Ebola boy likely infected by playing in bat tree. By Michelle Roberts
Excerpt: The Ebola victim who is believed to have triggered the current outbreak - a two-year-old boy called Emile Ouamouno from Guinea - may have been infected by playing in a hollow tree housing a colony of bats, say scientists.

Race Card News

Worth Reading (Black Writer): 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Activists -- and Historical Ignorance. By Larry Elder
Excerpt: What to say about "activists" pushing the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" "movement," even as police shootings of blacks are actually down 75 percent over the last 45 years? Some protestors, many old enough to know better, say ridiculous things about race relations, like "things have gone backward." Time for perspective. Booker T. Washington was born a slave. In his autobiography, "Up From Slavery," written in 1901 -- just a mere 36 years after the Civil War -- Washington wrote: "As a rule, not only did the members of my race entertain no feelings of bitterness against the whites before and during the war, but there are many instances of Negroes tenderly caring for their former masters and mistresses who for some reason have become poor and dependent since the war." (I read Up From Slavery in 8th grade from my grandmothers Reader's Digest abridged books. It had a great influence on my life. ~Bob)

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani compared President Obama’s rhetoric on race to politicians criticizing the mob if they’ve hung out with mafia bosses...Giuliani told CBS on Sunday that he would “not at all” take back his assertions that Obama has been stoking racial tension with his statements. ...“He has had Al Sharpton to the White House 80, 85 times..."

Black Man Suspect In 'Hate Crime' Against Interracial Couple. “Without provocation, he made reference to the race of both victims.”
Excerpt: According to Lt. John Luna, a 29-year-old black woman and 36-year-old Armenian man were confronted outside a Starbucks Friday night by the suspect, who angrily referenced their race. (Expect a statement from Obama, Holder, Jackson and Sharpton momentarily. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Obamacare's Annus Horribilis. By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: There's no candy coating the truth: Obamacare has had a very terrible, horrible, crappy, none-too-happy year. What it really means is that the victims of Obamacare -- taxpayers, health care consumers, health care providers, employers and employees -- have had a hellish, nightmarish 2014. Let's start with premiums

How Many Americans Will Have to Pay the Individual Mandate Penalty?
Excerpt: Obamacare imposes fines on individuals who fail to carry insurance, but this upcoming tax season will be the first time that taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had insurance this year, Fox News reports. The fine for 2014 is the higher of $95 per person or 1 percent of household income. The penalty increases for 2015, rising to $325 per person or 2 percent of household income. ... Only 4 million uninsured Americans will owe a penalty to the IRS for failing to carry insurance. Twenty-six million uninsured Americans will qualify for one of the law's 30 exemptions.

Undocumented Democrat News

Excerpt: When tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America crossed the border earlier this year, many of them had to be released on their own recognizance because there simply wasn’t enough space to detain them all. Now, a Houston television station has confirmed what we knew would happen all along: the vast majority of them never showed up for their immigration hearings. (The surprise is that 4% showed up. ~Bob)

January to mark Organ Pipe’s first tours of entire park since 2003
Excerpt: The opening comes 12 years after the death of Ranger Kris Eggle, who was killed at the park in August 2002 while pursuing members of a drug cartel. Organ Pipe National Monument’s Visitor Center now serves as Eggle’s namesake. Officials closed much of the park’s grounds the following year, and the U.S. Park Rangers Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police dubbed the park “the most dangerous national park” in 2002 and 2003.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Worth Reading: Five things to remember about climate science in 2015. By Anthony Sadar
Excerpt: But here are five reasons to remain unconvinced that humans are culpable for such acts of nature. 1. Actual data trumps forecasts. No matter how you measure it, the global average temperature trend has flattened out over the past decade and a half. Even so, the tiny fraction of a degree increase in temperature expected for 2014 over previous years will be hailed as being the highest on record. Despite this almost meaningless increase, there is a distinct possibility that temperatures will be once more dropping as solar activity and ocean circulations relentlessly work to redistribute heat across the globe.

Worth Reading: The Ironies of Oil. By Victor Davis Hanson 
Excerpt: Even with renewed demand from a global economic resurgence, energy prices continue to fall. The U.S. has suddenly become the world's largest combined producer of oil and natural gas. That fact -- along with a desire to weaken hostile Iran and Russia -- has prompted the oil-rich Gulf sheikdoms to keep pumping oil even as the price falls. In their game of petro-chicken, the desperate sheiks hope that either their poorer enemies will run out of cash, or that fracking in the U.S. will become unprofitable and cease. 

Religion of Peace News

US releases 5 more Guantanamo Bay prisoners, sends them to Kazakhstan
Excerpt: The Defense Department announced Wednesday that five more prisoners will be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay to another nation, in the latest step by the Obama administration to whittle down the prisoner population in pursuit of ultimately closing the camp. ... The transfer appears to be the latest step in the administration's strategy to rapidly bring down the prison population at Guantanamo, potentially to under 100, so that the White House can make a more aggressive argument to Congress that the camp should be closed. (I would release all of them...0 miles at sea. ~Bob)

Palestinian Media Glorifies Synagogue Attack Terrorists
Excerpt: The Palestinian Authority's (PA) official news agency, WAFA, and Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party glorified the two terrorists who killed five Israelis in a Jerusalem synagogue last month, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports. (He will close Gitmo no matter how many innocent people have to die. ~Bob)

"Palestine" and the ICC. By Reuven Berko
Excerpt: The Palestinian Authority's latest unilateral attempt to gain recognition as a state without negotiating any concessions failed Tuesday. But other mischief remains in play, including Wednesday's move to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). Earlier this month, "Palestine" was upgraded from "observer entity" to "observer state" at the ICC. It was another milestone on the Palestinian Authority's road to international recognition as a state without having to negotiate directly with Israel, make any concessions, or commit to a genuine dialogue for peace, a unilateral stem directly violating both the Oslo Accords and UN Resolution 242.

Sample Concepts of a Christian-Shi'a Alliance in Iraq. By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Excerpt: With the fragmentation of Iraq and Syria primarily along sectarian fault-lines- principally that of the Shi'a vs. Sunni dynamic- third way ethno-religious groups such as the Christians find themselves caught in the middle. Lacking organizational coherence, unity and strength to form their own separatist projects, Christians in Iraq and Syria generally find themselves forming alliances with one major player or another in the respective conflicts.

Why We Fight Islam. By: Nicolai Sennels
Excerpt: I was recently asked: Why fight Islam? The short answer is because Islam fights us and since it knows no borders and it knows no mercy, it will keep fighting us until we are defeated or we – hopefully – stop them forever. The goal in Islam is world domination and a central part of every Muslim’s religious practice is to spread his faith with all possible means until it covers the Earth completely.

Cargo ship carrying '700 migrants' docks in Italy
Excerpt: The Blue Sky M had apparently been abandoned by its crew and at one point seemed to be heading directly towards the Italian coast on autopilot. Reports suggest Syrians and Kurds are among those aboard the ship.

At least 26 killed in Yemen suicide bombing: security official
Excerpt: A suicide bomber killed at least 26 people in central Yemen on Wednesday when he blew himself up at a cultural center where students were celebrating the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, a security official said. At least 48 people were also wounded, including many women and children, the official said, according to state news agency Saba

15 killed in Boko Haram raid, Nigerian villagers say. By Aminu Abubakr
Excerpt: At least 15 people were killed and several homes burnt on Tuesday when Boko Haram gunmen raided a village in northern Nigeria near the town of Chibok, according to fleeing residents and a military officer.

The Real Islam: Islamic Law: Girls Can Be Married “Even If They Are In The Cradle.” By Raymond Ibrahim 
Excerpt: Back in 2011, for example, Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, a prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, issued a fatwa asserting that there is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.” Appearing in Saudi papers, the fatwa complained that “Uninformed interference with Sharia rulings by the press and journalists is on the increase”—likely a reference to the justice ministry’s advocacy—“posing dire consequences to society, including their interference with the question of marriage to small girls who have not reached maturity, and their demand that a minimum age be set for girls to marry.”

Excerpt: Nine Christians were arrested in a house church in Iran on Christmas day and transferred to an unknown location, according to reports. Members of Basij paramilitary force and armed plainclothes agent raided the house in the city of Roudehen in Tehran province.

The Western Media and Muslim-on-Muslim Violence. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: Another strategy that recently came to the fore consists of highlighting Islamic terror attacks that target other Muslims. The logic here is clear: How "Islamic" can such Islamic groups be if they attack and kill fellow Muslims? In other words, whatever the motivation, it surely cannot be Islam, since those being killed are themselves Muslims. This suggests that the terrorists themselves cannot be true Muslims since Muslims are generally forbidden by Islam to kill other Muslims (caveats exist). (Few things more firmly rooted in Islamic tradition than Muslims killing other Muslims for Allah. ~Bob)

One Hundred Years of Jihad in Australia. By Mark Durie
Excerpt: One hundred years ago today, a lethal jihad attack was staged against New Year's Day picnickers in Broken Hill, Australia. This attack and the recent Martin Place siege, events separated by almost exactly a century, show striking similarities.

Excerpt: Yesterday, Somalia's National Security Agency said that the leader of Shabaab's Amniyat, or intelligence service, was killed in a US airstrike in southern Somalia on Dec. 29. Today, the US Department of Defense issued a confirmation that Tahlil Abdishakur was indeed killed. The full text of the DoD press release is below.

Like Iraq, it will be back: Afghan war ends, terrorist haven remains
Excerpt: In 2001, less than a month after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of American military action against Afghanistan's Taliban regime. The war began with broad public support and a nearly unanimous vote from Congress. On Sunday, the NATO mission in Afghanistan officially came to an end. U.S. withdrawal comes only a few months after it became clear that one of its main missions, to deny terrorists a safe haven, had failed. (Obama, August 17, 2009: "The insurgency in Afghanistan didn't just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget: This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is a -- this is fundamental to the defense of our people." ~Bob)

Turkish Textbooks and the Armenian Genocide. By Taner Akcam
Excerpt: Firstly, the textbooks characterize Armenians as people "who are incited by foreigners, who aim to break apart the state and the country, and who murdered Turks and Muslims." Meanwhile, the Armenian Genocide—referred to as the "Armenian matter" in textbooks—is described as a lie perpetrated in order to meet these goals, and is defined as the biggest threat to Turkish national security. Another threat to national security is missionaries and their activities. (From people who deny the Holocaust, you expect them to deny their own crimes. ~Bob)

Europeans Fund Anti-Israel Libels. By Gerald M. Steinberg
Excerpt: While Zochrot has promoted this inverted narrative of "historic injustice" for many years, its sudden transformation from a fringe political NGO into a major media attraction was made possible by a steep increase in funding from European governments, often channeled through Christian international development and humanitarian aid organizations without any public scrutiny or parliamentary control.

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:

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