Monday, January 26, 2015

Much that is worth reading in today's political news and comment

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: Roman Remains. By Theodore Dalrymple
Excerpt: Tullus Aufidius is that very commonly-encountered figure, the mediocrity whose ambition and ruthlessness is greater than his capacity: the type that now seems to rule the world, or a very large part of it (and perhaps always has done so). ... Demagogues and war heroes we have with us still, while discernable principles seem very few and far between. The crowds are still demanding that the candidates display their war wounds: when Mrs Clinton ‘mis-spoke’ she was trying to demonstrate that she, too, knew what it was to be under fire. The desire and willingness to present others in the worst possible light, as a sufficient argument in itself, is still with us. At the same time, a man of utter consistency, such as Coriolanus, would still be chewed up and spat out by the whole political system, just as he was nearly two thousand five hundred years ago.

Video: Scott Walker's Breakout Performance in Iowa. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may have taken a step toward catapulting himself into the presidential top tier with a well-received performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend, generating raucous applause from the grassroots audience and rave reviews from the attending media.

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. - Albert Einstein

Least we forget: Huckabee urges states to back Common Core. By Ben Wolfgang
Excerpt: As conservative opposition to the national K-12 education class="itxtrst itxtrstimg itxthookicon" v:shapes="itxthook0icon"> standards known as Common Core continues to grow, a leading figure in the Republican Party is lending his voice in support of the system.

Weekly Situation report--SOTU
Excerpt: Well, the 114th Congress is off and running. As has been the tradition for the last century, the President came to Congress to deliver his thoughts on the state of the union. As has been the tradition for the last five years, the President delivered his own unique version of that – a lecture. What struck me about this speech in particular, is that the President’s tone (and content) still hasn’t evolved despite a dramatic change in the composition of Congress. When he was first elected, President Obama enjoyed massive majorities in both the House and Senate. He preached bipartisanship in his State of the Union while also presenting a fairly partisan agenda. I didn’t begrudge him that his first time out. He’d won big and he’d run on that message. As he famously said to then-minority leader Eric Cantor, “elections have consequences”. But as time wore on and the American people became less enamored with his vision and his execution, the bipartisan notes he sounded in his speeches started to sound hollow. He wasn’t reaching across the aisle at all. After two years in office and one massive government takeover of healthcare, the President lost his majority in the House. Not one Republican voted in support of his bill. I entered Congress that very next year. Like a lot of people, I was interested to see whether the President took anything away from that loss and whether he would take a different tone in that year’s State of the Union Address. As it turned out, he didn’t. ... But in this most recent election, the President got trounced one more time. He lost complete control of Congress. The American people voted against him. They voted against his team. They voted against the Democrats’ track record and style of governing. Surely, with only two years left in his administration and a natural desire to ensure some tangible legacy beyond the disastrous healthcare law that bears his name, President Obama would finally take a different strategy. He’d be more conciliatory and more genuinely interested in finding what common ground there is between the two political parties. I’m not sure if you watched his speech on Tuesday – a huge percentage of the country did not. But if you did, then you saw the same speech he’s given year after year. Lofty goals without any corresponding detail. Hollow lectures about bipartisanship. Liberal talking points designed to fire up his base. The show went on just as it always has. The challenge, at this point, is not to allow the stale air from these speeches to affect our ability to push forward with new ideas and better solutions for America. ... In the three weeks since Republicans took control of the Senate, they have already considered more amendments than they did in all of 2014. You read that correctly. More amendments in the first three weeks than in all of last year. The Democrats got to offer their amendments, just as Republicans did. They got to make Republicans take politically dicey stands on things. They got to play “gotcha”. And the end result is that the Senate worked its will a little bit. They’re debating the issues again. They are taking a stand on things. This week, it’s the Keystone XL Pipeline – something they hope to wrap up next week. And while it appears they are four votes short of what would be necessary to override the President’s threatened veto, I am genuinely encouraged by what might be possible with a Senate that does something – anything really. There are plenty of issues out there that we need to work on. -- Sincerely, Rich Nugent, Member of Congress. (Someone to watch. You can get on his mailing list at his website. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Or maybe Moore was implying that the Japanese sniper who, according to Moore, shot and killed his uncle was actually a brave neighbor defending an Asian community in the Co-prosperity Sphere from American invaders like Moore’s uncle who had travelled thousands of miles to invade it. ... Much closer to the looser rules of engagement of the traditional sniper is the U.S. drone, which blows up targets regardless of their current activity (e.g., sleeping in their homes when the missile arrives) — on the premise that they are likely enemy terrorists who at some future date may harm U.S. interests. If Moore were really worried that popular culture too lightly accepts such targeting, perhaps he would do better to post instead his outrage that the president of the United States once joked — to laughs from the media corps — about using such predator drones against any would-be suitors of his daughters.

Commissary Hours Would Be Cut Under Draft Budget Proposal 
Excerpt: The proposals already are raising alarms in some quarters. "This is a death knell for commissaries," said Tom Gordy, president of the Armed Forces Marketing Council, when asked about the proposals. He said the plan would be a "death knell" for the commissary benefit as generations of troops have known it. "If it moves forward, it's an indication that DoD is saying, 'We'll no longer provide this benefit — it's a business.' This is not good for military families," Gordy said. (Not normally newsworthy except it comes on the heels of another Military Times article with Chuck Hagel talking about how to improve morale within the military. Sorry Chuck, but closing commissaries and eliminating jobs for military spouses and dependents won't go too far improving the morale of young married military members. --MasterGuns)

Whistleblower: Pelosi Covered Up Role In Crisis
Excerpt: In a just-released book, former FCIC member Peter Wallison says that a Democratic Congress worked with the commission's Democratic chairman to whitewash the government's central role in the mortgage debacle. The conspiracy helped protect some of the Democrats' biggest stars from scrutiny and accountability while helping justify the biggest government takeover of the financial sector since the New Deal. Wallison's sobering, trenchantly written "Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again" reveals that the Democrat-led panel buried key data proving that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other federal agencies pushed the housing market over the subprime cliff. The final FCIC report put the blame squarely on Wall Street.

The Modern Archer Who Can Fire Three Arrows In 0.6 Seconds
Some very impressive feats of archery here. This chap is resurrecting old combat archery as it was in its hey-day. --Jim

Obama's State of the Union fantasy world: We need a real national security strategy, VA reform. By Pete Hegseth 
Excerpt: Here’s a prediction: expect a narrative to emerge in certain media outlets in the coming days that Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech was a grand return to form for President Obama. The elite, east-coast intelligencia line will be that the beleaguered lame duck president—facing a hostile, conservative Congress—regained his momentum with renewed energy and purpose. How Obama Got His Groove Back, Washington-style. Groove aside, the fact remains that Obama’s next-to-last State of the Union address did not substantially address two of the most pressing issues currently facing our nation and that matter most to its military veterans: the lack of a clear United States national security strategy—to include the crisis facing our military—and the inability of the VA bureaucracy care to deliver timely health care to millions of our veterans. (Pete Hegseth is a very active vet, as his short bio at the end shows. His group has been doing a lot on the VA situation, but he is not afraid to step up on other matters, as he has done very well here. --Del)

Interesting: Boehner and McConnell can veto Obama. By Ed Rogers
Excerpt: The president has faced criticism — most notably from Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — for what appears to be his willingness to accommodate Iran. But when Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month without telling the White House, he sent a strong message. Boehner’s action essentially vetoed the president’s plan to acquiesce to Iran. Obama may think he can govern around Congress, but he will learn that if pushed, Congress can also do some governing around him. He has just gotten his first taste.

Worth Reading: The ‘experience’ card. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: There has been and will continue to be a running debate about “experience” with regard to the 2016 presidential race. Truth be told, no job really can prepare one for the Oval Office, but the reassurance in knowing we are not going to elect another neophyte as president makes the issue especially important in this cycle, all the more so since Hillary Clinton will probably be the Democratic nominee. (She has plenty of experience, but a shoddy record, Republicans will say.) There are lots of aspects of experience to consider.

Sign of Hope: Union Membership Rate Falls to 100-Year Low. By Melissa Quinn
Excerpt: The rate of union membership has been on a steady decline over the past three decades. It grew slightly from 12.1 percent in 2007 to 12.4 percent in 2008. During President Obama’s first year in office, however, it fell once more. Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said in a statement today that though there has been job growth over the past 58 months, many of the jobs created do not provide fair wages. (You mean Obama's recovery is not good for unions? ~Bob)

STUDY: Obama's Unemployment Policies Increased Unemployment. By Conn Carroll
Excerpt: President Obama's continued efforts to extend unemployment insurance kept the nation's unemployment rate high long after the recession ended, according to a new economic study.

Former CIA officer convicted in leak case
Excerpt: The Obama administration has pursued more leak cases than all previous administrations combined, but in many ways, the prosecution of Sterling stood out. Federal prosecutors initially sought to subpoena Risen to testify against his will, and though they won in court, the Justice Department ultimately decided not to put the reporter on the stand at the trial. Risen had vowed to go to jail before he would reveal any sources.

Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections. By Matea Gold
Excerpt: A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries. The massive financial goal was revealed to donors during an annual winter meeting here hosted by Freedom Partners, the tax-exempt business lobby that serves as the hub of the Koch-backed political operation, according to an attendee. The amount is more than double the $407 million that 17 allied groups in the network raised during the 2012 campaign.

Excerpt: According to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC, through Tel Aviv, Israel to Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008 included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine. (Good think they didn't drink single Malt. ~Bob)

Chris Kyle on Conan- worth a watch
Here is a really neat, funny interview of Kyle, in which you can see him as a pretty decent guy with a sense of humor and humility. In the second clip, he is talking about war, people's understanding of war, the effects of war on those who wage it and their families. Again, he comes across as a decent guy, and his death at the hands of a disturbed vet seems to me more and more of a terrible tragedy for the country. And here is the guy that various damned, obnoxious, ignorant beyond belief, idiots call a coward, a psychopathic killer, and so on. None of them are fit to lick his boots. --Del. They are too busy anyway licking Obama's boots. ~Bob

Women in the Military: Fiat Equality. Unwelcome Facts from a Closet. By Fred Reed
Excerpt: Sigh. I have just read that a young woman named Sage Santangelo has failed the infantry-training course for Marine officers at Quantico, bringing the rate of female failure to 29 out of 29. As an old hand with thirty years covering the military, I can attest that this vu is getting more deja all the time. Women have never succeeded at physical things in the military because they can’t. More on that in a moment. Santangelo seems a most impressive woman. Any woman who would attempt the TBE course is necessarily impressive. We are not talking pampered Swarthmore brats in Women’ Studies. She reports making her first solo flight at fifteen, climbing most of Colorado’s highest peaks, playing goalie on a boy’s hockey team. She is Marine material, and has my respect. But she washed out on day one. (Forwarded from a classmate. The first part shows some bias, but the facts are telling. I suspect that there are some women who can do what is required by infantrymen, but should we be making decisions based on a small percentage. We will end up carrying them and their gear. Little has been said about the conditions in the jungle or cold weather. Clothing literally rots off the troops in the jungle and in cold weather the amount of weight in cold weather clothing and gear is significantly greater. --Don)

Excerpt: While some potential Republican candidates are taking swipes at each other, Fiorina will aim her fire at the likely Democratic nominee. “I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe,” Fiorina will say, according to prepared remarks obtained by National Review Online. “But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity, not an accomplishment. I have met Vladimir Putin and know that it will take more to halt his ambitions than a gimmicky red ‘Reset’ button.” (Whether she is open about it or not, she’s running for vice president, not president. The thing is, the way she tears into Hillary and touts her own accomplishments, she may be a much more serious contender for that slot than most people think right now. " Having done business in over 80 countries and having served as the Chairman of the External Advisory Board at the CIA, I know that China is a state-sponsor of cyberwarfare and has a strategy to steal our intellectual property. I know Bibi Netanyahu and know that when he warns us, over and over and over again, that Iran is a danger to this nation as well as to his own, that we must listen. And unlike Hillary Clinton I know what difference it makes that our Ambassador to Libya and 3 other brave Americans were killed in a deliberate terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9-11 and that the response of our nation must be more forceful that the arrest of a single individual a year later." -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

What Is a Rich Person's "Fair Share?"
Excerpt: That the rich should "pay their fair share" is a constant refrain in American politics, but what exactly does that mean? Wealthy Americans are already paying disproportionate amounts of taxes. National Tax Limitation Foundation Chairman Lewis Uhler and Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara detail exactly who is paying federal taxes - and how much: The top 20 percent of income earners earn just 50 percent of pretax income, yet they pay 70 percent of all federal taxes. The top 20 percent of earners pay 93 percent of all federal income taxes. The top 1 percent earn 14.6 percent of pretax income, yet they pay 24 percent of federal taxes.

2016: It Begins: Clear winners and losers emerged from the first major candidate huddle in Iowa this weekend. By John Fund
Excerpt: The field this cycle is the most open and competitive I’ve ever seen. Traditionally, Republicans have picked as their nominee the candidate who placed second in the most recent competitive nomination contest (the “it’s your turn” mentality). Think Ronald Reagan in 1980, George H. W. Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1992, John McCain in 2008, and Mitt Romney in 2012. This year is different.

Greek leftist leader Tsipras claims victory over austerity
Excerpt: Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election on Sunday. ... "Greece leaves behinds catastrophic austerity, it leaves behind fear and authoritarianism, it leaves behind five years of humiliation and anguish," Tsipras told thousands of cheering supporters gathered in Athens.

Brave Men: Venezuela denies Pinera and Pastrana access to Lopez in jail
Excerpt: The Venezuelan government has turned down a request by former presidents of Chile and Colombia to visit opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in jail. Chile's Sebastian Pinera and Colombia's Andres Pastrana say they are in Venezuela to support the opposition.

Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?
Because so much of "higher" education today consists of indoctrination with left wing tripe, rather than teaching marketable skills, like math and reading and grammar. I never see jobs ads for majors in gender studies, environmental studies, gay studies (called Queer Studies on some campuses), peace studies and so one. Tell the interviewer you know all about global warming, white privilege and male privilege and see what job he or she offers you. Students should look at the job prospects for majors before borrowing thousands from Uncle Sammy to become a Burger Provider. The colleges are happy to take your borrowed money and turn out ten grads in education or social work. But if there is only one job for the ten, one will be low paid in the field, and the others will ask, "You want fries with that?" ~Bob

Jewish American soldier, 91, gets service medals for risking life to fight Nazis in WWII
Excerpt: When Milton Kaplan served in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was one of the soldiers who would sneak into enemy territory and then report back to his commanders what he saw. On Friday, during a special presentation at Skokie Village Hall, Kaplan, 91, was finally awarded the Army medals he earned when he put his life at risk more than 70 years ago. "Things move slowly," he quipped before the presentation. Army officers presented Kaplan with a Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Infantryman Badge, as well as a shadowbox containing the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal with a Germany clasp and a Honorable Service lapel button.

Obama Takes on His Own Party. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: he theme of Obama’s last campaign was “Forward.” Having thoroughly alienated Republicans in Congress, he is boldly moving forward on his final mission of also alienating the Democrats. It’s no secret that Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, now loathes Obama. But the conflict between Senate Democrats and Obama is approaching explosive temperatures. Senator Menendez accused Obama of parroting talking points out of Tehran as the Senate approaches a sanctions vote.

Obama meets with YouTube kids but refuses to meet Netanyahu
Excerpt: Earlier this week, our president, Barack Obama, added to the dignity of the office of the president by sitting down for an interview with a clutch of YouTube personalities: (CNN)In his continuing effort to connect to a younger audience (like the time he went on ‘Between Two Ferns’), President Barack Obama sat down with, and took questions, from three YouTube stars: GloZell Green (3 million followers), Bethany Mota (8 million followers) and half of the vlogbrothers (2.4 million followers). Not being a tween, (or suffering from a clinical mental impairment) I hadn’t heard of any of these people. Here is a rundown:

Gun News

Funny: My VA Medical Appointment
Funny, but doubtful, not verified. I've gad a lot of appointments at the VA, they never asked about guns. ~Bob. Excerpt: She replied, “Guns. Do you have any guns in the house?” I asked, “Why?” She said, “I’ve got to ask this question. It is required under the Affordable Care Act.” I asked, “What are you going to do with the data?” She said, “We compile it, amalgamate it, and submit it to the government.” I said, “Well, I have a Tommy Gun. I let my kid Tommy play with it.” She said, “What’s a Tommy Gun? I don‘t think that is the kind of gun they are concerned with.” With THAT, I knew I had a live one. I said, “It’s similar to a B.A.R., but a little heavier and shorter. I have a B.A.R. also.” She said, “A B.A.R.?” 

Homeowner tells officers he fatally shot intruder
Excerpt: Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler has identified the deceased man as John Michael Ferrell, 51, also of Simpsonville. Simpsonville investigators said Ferrell was the estranged husband of someone staying at the home. There were also family members of the estranged wife inside the home, as well as one non-relative, according to police.

Police: Man, 74, opens fire at burglar trying to break in home
Excerpt: As he walked through the house, the man saw a hand reaching through broken glass trying to unlock the rear kitchen door. The man then fired two shots through the top of the door and heard a scream. He later saw the burglar get into a vehicle and leave. Police found drops of blood near the back entrance to the home.

Race Card News

Professor: George W. Bush took money away from New Orleans levees ‘because they protected black people.’ By Kyle Olson
Excerpt: Last week, Progressives Today provided extensive coverage from inside the 15th annual White Privilege Conference. One nugget of idiocy your tax dollars paid for that may have been overlooked came courtesy of Berkeley law professor John A. Powell: "The point is we had levees breaking and thousands of black people were stranded. So it was a racialized system because it distributed resources – it was designed to racialize anxiety." (Well, I confess I did not know there was such a thing as a "White Privilege Conference." Of course, offhand I didn't think anybody needed one, but clearly some people believed it and organized it fifteen years ago, and the most recent was attended by a fair number of people. When I saw the link I was curious and opened it up, even watched the video of this professor speaking. The quotes shown in the article are accurate. This man is a Law professor, teaching at a university, and he actually believes and preaches that the levee system in New Orleans was constructed to make Black people anxious, and that it was deliberately neglected because of institutionalized racism in the government. I immediately recall the George Orwell quote that goes "Some ideas are so absurd that only an intellectual can believe them." You have to be highly educated with a very respectable IQ to think at a level of consummate stupidity like this Berkeley professor. Had I not seen the video but only heard the quote somewhere I would have assumed it was made up or a really twisted misquote, but no, he really said all this. And he is out there in Berkeley teaching law students every week, if that doesn't make you worry about what kind of lawyers they will be I don't know what would. This would be funny, hysterically funny, if it weren't so deeply, abysmally depressing to think of this man being a teacher. And needless to say, his audience was eating up his comments, which of course just deepens one's depression. Where do these people come from? Heaven help us. --Del)

Excerpt: Who knew this "White Privilege" rally cry pre-dates the Michael Brown experience? I was just reading a story about some rather indignant Blacks down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who felt Whites weren't feeling guilty enough....especially when it came to forking out higher and higher property taxes to rebuild schools that Blacks simply loved to destroy as soon as new construction was complete. So the Blacks in urban Baton Rouge began holding White Privilege rallies in an attempt to raise awareness of just how guilty Whites should feel. Well, apparently the campaign didn't work! Whites in the southern part of Baton Rouge kept looking at their property bills and saw higher and higher increases in the costs to maintain their community; higher police costs, higher fire district costs, higher school costs, all attributable to the higher crime rates in predominantly Black neighborhoods. Accordingly, the high crime rates, and the failure to properly maintain both commercial and residential properties led to an erosion of the tax base, causing the predominately White neighborhoods to bear a larger share of city wide property taxes. So, exercising their "White Privilege" the Whites have decided to secede from Baton Rouge and rebrand their municipality as St. George. Whites, outnumbered by Blacks in Baton Rouge, decided they'd had enough of bearing two thirds of the taxes, yet having minority voting status when it came time to decide how their taxes would be spent...or wasted!

8 injured, 3 dead at party in OmahaNebraska
Excerpt: A large party was shot up late Friday night. Omaha authorities said most of the people who attended the 40-50 person party refused to talk to police for fear of retaliation. Schmaderer promised high security in the area to prevent such an event, and vowed confidentiality of those who did speak. ... Two women were pronounced dead at the scene and a man died later Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center, where all the shooting victims were taken. The deceased were identified as Jakela Foster, 19; Latecia J. Fox, 24, and Cameron R. Harris, 26.

Sheriff David Clarke: ‘Sharpton Ought to Go Back to the Gutter Where He Came From
Excerpt: This Sheriff just blasted Sharpton in the best way ever. Enjoy. “I don’t expect anything intelligent to come out of the mouth of Al Sharpton,” Clarke said. “We know he is a charlatan. Al Sharpton ought to go back into the gutter he came from. The police officer is owed a lot from him, Eric Holder and the President of the United States.”

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Excerpt: The American Cancer Society (ACS) has just released its annual Cancer Facts and Figures. The announcement describes how successful the war on cancer has been: Annual statistics reporting from the American Cancer Society shows the death rate from cancer in the US has fallen 22% from its peak in 1991. This translates to more than 1.5 million deaths from cancer that were avoided. There are a number of explanations for this success. ... In light of this success, Americans should be wary of overly optimistic promises to change our health coverage dramatically, which could threaten future successes in the war on cancer. Obamacare brings about such change. Unfortunately, the ACS sees only good outcomes from Obamacare, cheering that it will increase the number of insured people. However, most of Obamacare’s newly insured will be dependent on Medicaid, where breast-cancer patients have worse health outcomes than privately insured patients. As for those on Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges, Avalere, a healthcare consulting practice, has published a series of papers analyzing prescription coverage in those plans. The latest concludes that they have complicated, multiple tiers of co-pays and co-insurance for specialty drugs, including cancer drugs: (The UK, with government run healthcare, has much worse cancer survival rates than the US. ~Bob)

The Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid. By Jason Millman
Excerpt: The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be handled this way by 2018. Monday’s announcement marks the administration’s biggest effort yet to shape how doctors are compensated across the health-care system. (Good luck seeing a doctor. A friend told us last year her daughter had switched from pre-med to engineering due to Obamacare. ~Bob)

NAACP Official: Cop Who Fatally Shot Armed Man Is Proof of ‘Shoot First and Ask Questions Later’ Culture
Excerpt: After reviewing body-cam video of a police officer fatally shooting an armed man, the president of a local NAACP said the incident is proof of a “shoot first and ask questions later” culture. ... “He’s here with a gun,” Jones said on the 911 call. “I need a police officer because I got to stop this. I got a whole bunch of people here, and I don’t need nobody hurt.” Witnesses reported to police that Walker told a woman at the wedding he “had a bullet with her name on it.” Officer Chansey McMillin’s body-cam video showed him approaching Walker in a parking lot and patting him down; suddenly Walker ran from McMillin and down a road. McMillin chased Walker, who dropped something on the ground; Walker stopped to pick it up and was facing McMillin, who then fired five times. (Suggest the NAACP guy be made a cop and sent unarmed into South Chicago or East Saint Louis. They are black neighborhoods, so I'm sure he'll be safe. Here why police shoot first: ~Bob)

New York Times writer Charles M. Blow ‘fuming’ that son was detained by Yale police
Excerpt: New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow claims in a tweet that his son, who is black and a junior biology major at Yale University, was “accosted” at gunpoint Saturday night by university police who thought he was a suspect. At the same time, a Yale University spokesperson has confirmed that a student whose behavior and appearance matched the description of a suspect had been detained “briefly.” No name was given and the spokesperson is not commenting on whether Blow’s son was approached at gunpoint. (A little over a year ago, police were called for a domestic dispute and arrested a Yale professor who was on leave, for assaulting his husband. The professor died in police custody, and there were demonstrations calling for the police to deal with the gay community 'differently'. I don't know of a police force in the country that approaches a situation with a clipboard and questionnaire asking: are you gay? are you black? are you a woman? are you Asian? are you Muslim? and acts differently based on the answers. Instead, being a straight white guy, I want to believe that police encounter a situation and determine the correct course of action, uniformly, and without special rules because of whatever special group the parties may belong to. Maybe I'm wrong. But...what if the police decided that this was truly a domestic dispute and left the two alone...and something tragic happened to one of the parties. Do you think there would be demonstrations that the police don't protect the gay community? I'd put money on that. Oh yeah...the autopsy found that the professor died of a drug police impropriety whatsoever...and no apology from 'the community' for the insult that they hurled. -- George)

Undocumented Democrat News

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Excerpt: According to NOAA, today and tomorrow the 14th major impact snowstorm of the 2010s will hit the NE USA. That makes the 2010s – in terms of such major impact snowstorm events – the snowiest decade on record. The previous record-holding decades were the 1960s and 2000s. Each of those decades had 10 such . Since it’s only January 2015, I don’t suppose I need to remind our readers that the 2010s are not even yet half over. (This is why they changed it to "Climate Change." Since the Earth's climate has been changing for millions of years, they are ipso facto always right. ~Bob)

Al Gore: Spend $90 Trillion To Ban Cars From Every Major City In The World. By Michael Bastasch
Excerpt: Calderon and Gore made their presentation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland where, ironically (or maybe not, at this point), some 1,700 private jets — which use petroleum — were used to shuttle in conference participants and others to discuss global warming and other pressing global issues. There was such a big influx of air traffic, reports Newsweek, that the Swiss military had to open an air base for the private jets to land. At last year’s meeting in Davos, some 200 helicopters were used to bring in conference-goers. (I think that works out to $1,500 for every person on Earth. Since about 90% of them are worth far less than that, your share will be....~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: What If ISIS Wins? By Loren Thompson
Excerpt: Which is why it will be a big blow to America’s prestige when the region is finally lost to Western influence. That’s the vector the Middle East has been on for some time now, and if you look beyond the confusion of daily headlines, it isn’t hard to see the shape of what lies ahead. One by one, each of the Arab states in the Middle East is failing. From Iraq to Lebanon to Syria to Yemen, governments are losing control of the countryside and descending into the kind of chaos once thought unique to Somalia. As this decay progresses, the borders laid out by Western powers a century ago are beginning to dissolve. The most important force driving this collapse is pan-Arab fundamentalism, embodied most powerfully in the organization often called ISIS.

Excerpt: Secretary of State John Kerry said at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that branding terrorism as Islamic is an “error” that could lose the U.S. allies in fighting groups such as ISIS. “Today we are witnessing nothing more than a form of criminal anarchy a nihilism that illegitimately claims an ideological and religious foundation,” he said. Kerry said that “obviously the biggest error we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone … crimes that their faith utterly rejects.” (We should not blame Muslims collectively. But the theology of ISIS, Boko Haram, al Qaeda, et al is pretty mainstream among Islamic clerics. Kerry isn't one, as far as we know. ~Bob)

The Other Side of Autocracy: State Collapse in Yemen. By Jonathan Spyer
Excerpt: This week in Yemen, an Iran-backed Shia militia captured the presidential palace. The president has since resigned. It was the latest stage in the slow advance of the Houthis, who entered the capital Sana'a in September of last year. The latest Houthi victories do not bring the Shia rebels undisputed control of the country. They do, however, ensure the undisputed presence of the Iranian clients in the central government.

Most Muslims I know are the sweetest people I can imagine anyone to be, but every Islamist I know is an SOB deserving Dante.

What Bobby Jindal Gets about Islam — and Most People Still Don’t. We need a great deal more honesty about the religion, as the “no-go zone” debate reveals. By Andrew C. McCarthy
Excerpt: Footballs are deflating, the president is detached from reality, the Saudi king is deceased, and the sharia state next door, Yemen, is descending into bloody chaos. With mere anarchy loosed upon the world, it would be easy to miss the fact that, in England this week, Bobby Jindal gave as important and compelling a speech as has been delivered in years about America — our leadership role on the world stage, our preservation as a beacon of liberty.
In the birthplace of the Magna Carta, it has nonetheless become legally risky to speak with candor (even when quoting Churchill). Yet Louisiana’s Republican governor became that rarest of modern Anglo or American statesmen. Bobby Jindal told the truth about Islam, specifically about its large radical subset that attacks the West by violent jihad from without and sharia-supremacist subversion from within.

Interesting: U.S. Teams Up With Rebels Taking Over Yemen. Official confirms intelligence ties with Iran-linked Houthis
Excerpt: As the Iranian-backed Shiite Houthis take over the Yemeni capital, there are indications the U.S. and the Houthis may be teaming up to battle a common foe, al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP. Senior U.S. intelligence official Michael Vickers has indicated that despite the political unrest in Yemen, the U.S. has developed an intelligence relationship with the Houthis that may allow the U.S. to continue its counterterrorism attacks against AQAP. The undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Vickers told the Washington-based Atlantic Council that it is a “safe assumption” that the U.S. maintains these intelligence ties. (Working with Shi'a rebels may not make the Saudi Sunni fundamentalists next door all that happy. ~Bob)

Are Muslim Uighurs fleeing China to join the Islamic State?
Excerpt: Nearly every week, new reports surface of Muslim Uighurs trying to flee China. They’ve been found in refugee camps in Thailand and caught with fake passports trying to board planes. This week, Chinese police after they reportedly tried to cross China’s southern border into Vietnam. The exodus has strained China’s relations with other countries, especially with Turkey, which has a historic bond with Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking ethnic group. So why are so many Uighurs – pronounced “WEE-ghurs” – trying to flee China?

Kippah-wearing Swedish reporter assaulted in Malmo
Excerpt: A Swedish reporter who walked around Malmo while wearing a kippah to test attitudes toward Jews was hit once and cursed at by passersby before he fled for fear of serious violence. Sveriges Television on Wednesday aired secretly recorded footage from Petter Ljunggren’s walk through Malmo, which documented some of the incidents that occurred within the space a few hours. In one scene, Ljunggren — who, in addition to wearing a kippah was also wearing Star of David pendant — was filmed sitting at a café in central Malmo reading a newspaper, as several passersby hurled anti-Semitic insults at him. (Just don’t call it a no-go zone, you greasy, right-wing Islamophobe. --Robert Spencer,

Excerpt: Religious parties Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) announced a bounty of Rs100 million on the people who made and published the caricatures. Hundreds of activists led by JI’s Abdul Mastan, JUI-F’s Amir Hidayatul Haq and ASWJ leaders protested against the cartoons on Friday in Shabqadar and adopted a declaration urging people to boycott French products.

Explosion in Philippines kills 2, leaves 54 wounded
Excerpt: The blast occurred at a bar across the street from a busy bus terminal in Zamboanga city, damaged nearby establishments and hitting the victims with flying glass and debris. One officer was among the wounded, police said. Police suspected the militant Abu Sayyaf group, which operates in Zamboanga and nearby provinces, saying the attack could have been in retaliation for the foiled prison escape of a brother of one of the group's leaders.

Why I Want My Range to be a Muslim Free Zone
Excerpt: To understand why I am having a problem with Islamists, you must first consider the nature of my business. This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range. People come here to buy, rent, and shoot lethal weapons. In the range, people are shooting guns in close proximity to each other, so my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them. One mistake in judgment on my part could cost innocent people their lives. The primary reasons I am do not want Muslims shooting at my range are listed:

Excerpt: A media organization linked to Boko Haram, al Urwa al Wuthaqa, has released two images purporting to show children training somewhere in northeastern Nigeria. The two photos show at least a dozen children in what appears to be a weapons training program. Several are seen holding AK-47 assault rifles, while others are seen holding cutouts of weapons. Some children appear to be girls, while the majority pictured are young boys. Boko Haram joins several other jihadist groups around the world in showcasing training for young children.

US drone strike kills 3 suspected AQAP members. By Oren Adaki
Excerpt: The US reportedly killed 3 suspected members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in a drone strike today that took place in a border region between the provinces of Shabwa and Marib. The strike is the first reported in Yemen in more than two and a half months. Arabic-language reports indicated that the strike targeted a Suzuki Vitara carrying AQAP operatives, allegedly resulting in the complete destruction of the vehicle and the deaths of at least three individuals.

Excerpt: Over the weekend, Boko Haram launched a series of attacks in the latest part of its vicious campaign to take control of Nigeria and build its caliphate. Concentrated in the northeast, a number of villages came under fire within hours of an official visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Lagos. (If Nigeria falls to Boko Haram, it will export Islamic terror throughout Africa. We are behind, need to step up. ~Bob)

She dead: Denis McDonough’s slip of the tongue. By Jennifer Shutt House chief of staff Denis McDonough suffered a slip of the tongue Sunday when he offered the first name of an American woman held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In an interview with host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” about the ongoing situation with a Japanese hostage held by ISIL, McDonough mentioned the woman’s first name, which is not public knowledge. (She might get lucky, be sold as a sex slave and live until no longer attractive. ~Bob)

Obama Has Big Plans for Alaska, and the State’s Republicans Aren’t Happy. By Pete Kasperowicz
Excerpt: Alaska’s all-Republican delegation to Congress is accusing President Barack Obama of attacking the economic health of their state by recommending that 12 million acres of land be designated as wilderness area, a move that would make the land off-limits for energy development. The Department of the Interior and the White House on Sunday announced its proposal to protect a huge chunk of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area about as big as South Carolina that sits in the northeastern region of the state. The administration said only a portion of ANWR is protected, and that officially designating 12.28 million more acres would help protect it for future generations. (Glad to hear this because my family, like yours, is planning a vacation in ANWAR this year. Or would if we could afford it. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Last time PEGIDA tried to rally their troops, it was the police that stopped them claiming that threats from ISIS is a hazard for public safety. And while PEGIDA is hated by many in the German government including Merkel, PEGIDA persisted to whom even Merkel had to respond to an ultimatum: does Germany stand behind the right of assembly, or has Germany become Dhimmi buckling under Muslim pressure? With PEGIDA, it was Merkel who buckled and vowed to protect the right of PEGIDA to demonstrate in Germany.
And while PEGIDA were accused of being “Nazi” and “Fascist” PEGIDA decided to debunk all such claims and brought in an Israeli flag in honor of the Jews when leftist announced that they were going to mount a massive counter-demonstration on Monday to disrupt the PEGIDA event. PEGIDA organizers had to act quick and within just 48 hours were able to muster the troops and decided to hold the demonstration on Sunday (today) instead of on Monday, their normal day, to avoid violence from leftists and despite what the media claimed, they brought in even more massive numbers than before. (We can now say that Europe is no longer under the control of the elites. Greece has fallen to the anti-bailout party Syriza and on the very same weekend, Germany (along with new recruits all over Europe) saw near-record rallies of Pegida, which the "lying press," as they call it, has tried to suppress and grossly misrepresent. They are flying the Israeli flag, demonstrating to the world that it is not they who are anti-Semitic but rather the elites who import boatloads of Muslims who then persecute the Jews. This is real grassroots organizing of the kind not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union. These people understand that the EU IS the Soviet Union transplanted. When will it be our turn? --Don Hank)

ISLAM: The Murder, Mayhem and Misery
Excerpt: One need look no further than West Africa to understand that Islam is the ideology of murder, mayhem and misery. Earlier this month the Islamic terror group Boko Haram rampaged through the Nigerian town of Baga slaughtering over 2,000 innocents.
U.S. counterterrorism officials reported that Boko Haram utilized strategically placed IED’s and firing squads to kill a majority of the town’s residents. And those that weren’t killed by these insidious tactics were either tortured, raped, incinerated and or beheaded.

Armed police arrest five men after fight in Bromley as officers seize AK47 rifle, WWII machine gun and a rocket launcher
Excerpt: Armed police arrested five men after a fight in south east London this morning as police seized an AK47 rifle, a WWII machine gun and a rocket launcher. (I'm posting this here because I have twenty bucks that says they were members of the Religion of Peace. The tradition of the "Unarmed Bobby" is as dead as chivalry. ~Bob)

Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event
Excerpt: Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity. His warning came in a speech to dozens of Auschwitz survivors the evening before official commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet army's liberation of the death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. About 300 survivors will gather with leaders from around the world Tuesday to remember the 1.1 million people killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau and the millions of others killed in the Holocaust. Leaders expected include the presidents of Germany and Austria, while the United States is sending a delegation led by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who is an Orthodox Jew. Lew's family left Poland before World War II.

The Real Islam: Israel was behind terror attacks in France
Excerpt: The poll found that 84.4% support the claim that "the operation (i.e., terror attack) was suspicious, and that Israel may be behind it," while "only 8.7% believed that the murder of the French [citizens] in Paris was a natural result of the spread of Islamic extremism in Europe."

Kurds close to driving Islamic State out of Syria's Kobani: monitor
Excerpt: Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, are close to regaining full control of the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border from Islamic State fighters, a group monitoring Syria's war and a Kurdish official said on Monday.

Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43
Excerpt: At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. The clash Sunday — the biggest single-day combat loss for the government in recent memory — may have resulted from the commandos' failure to follow the terms of a cease-fire with the guerrillas by notifying them of their presence in the area, a rebel leader said.

Important: New Saudi king ascends the throne as terrorism threat grows
Excerpt: At 3 a.m. on a cold desert night earlier this month, four Islamic State militants carrying guns, grenades and cash slipped into Saudi Arabia here through a hole in the new heavy fencing that separates this country from Iraq. ... Heavily armed troops were dispatched to confront them. When the battle ended, the four intruders — all Saudi citizens — and three Saudi soldiers were dead, including the local base commander, who was killed when a militant pretending to surrender detonated a suicide vest. ... Except for Syria and Iraq, where the Islamic State controls territory, no country is more directly threatened by Islamist militants than Saudi Arabia, which the extremists regard as a traitor to Islam for Riyadh’s close associations with the United States and the West. (When dealing with Jihadists, take no prisoners. ~Bob)

Inside France’s Sharia No-Go Zones. By Pamela Geller
Excerpt: This has been reported for years. The New York Times reported in April 2002, “Arab gangs regularly vandalize synagogues here, the North African suburbs have become no-go zones at night, and the French continue to shrug their shoulders.” And Newsweek said in November 2005: “According to research conducted by the government’s domestic intelligence network, the Renseignements Generaux, French police would not venture without major reinforcements into some 150 ‘no-go zones’ around the country–and that was before the recent wave of riots began on Oct. 27. Just two weeks ago, the New Republic wrote: “The word banlieue (‘suburb’) now connotes a no-go zone of high-rise slums, drug-fueled crime, failing schools and poor, largely Muslim immigrants and their angry offspring.”

IS Executes Women in Mosul For Refusing Temporary Marriage
Excerpt: The Islamic State (IS) militants have executed seven women in Mosul for refusing temporary marriage, or ‘nikah’. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official from Mosul Saed Mamuzini told BasNews that IS are demanding women accept nikah with insurgents. Nikah is a temporary marriage which permits the participants to have sex. “Many women refuse to have sex with IS militants, in which cases they are arrested. The militants often kill them,” said Mamuzini. (Temporary marriage is an established Shi’ite concept. Shi’ites justify temporary marriage, mutah, by their reading of Qur’an 4:24: --Robert Spencer,

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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