Saturday, February 28, 2015

Random Thoughts for March

Random Thoughts for March, 2015. By Robert A. Hall
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Obama loves America the way a manipulative woman loves a guy she wants to marry so she can "fundamentally change" him.

Progressive "intellectuals" think Scott Walker is unfit to be president because he doesn't have a college degree. President Harry Truman also didn't have a degree. But according to Dr. Thomas Sowell, "As for reading the classics, President Harry Truman, whom no one thought of as an intellectual, was a voracious reader of heavyweight stuff like Thucydides and read Cicero in the original Latin. When Chief Justice Fred Vinson quoted in Latin, Truman was able to correct him. Yet intellectuals tended to think of the unpretentious and plain-spoken Truman as little more than a country bumpkin." They of course loved the "Intellectual" Adali Stevenson, but Sowell points out that, "Adlai Stevenson was certainly regarded as an intellectual by intellectuals in the 1950s. But, half a century later, facts paint a very different picture. Historian Michael Beschloss, among others, has noted that Stevenson 'could go quite happily for months or years without picking up a book.' But Stevenson had the airs of an intellectual -- the form, rather than the substance.: "Intellectuals" by Thomas Sowell, November 11, 2008.

If Scott Walker was really smart, he'd convert to Islam. The media and the left wouldn't dare attack him.

Obama said his policy is based on "Strategic Patience." But he forgot to credit the guy who invented it, Neville Chamberlain.

Obama says we shouldn't call the Islamic Sate "Islamic" because of their violence. Iran hangs gays, allows child marriage, stones women for supposed adultery, denies freedom of religion, the press and speech, oppresses women, supports terrorism, and executes people for blasphemy. Does Obama consider Iran "Islamic"? If so, why? If not, as he told them or said so publically?

A decision delayed is a decision made.

Here's the Obama Doctrine: If a Christian, Jew or even a left-wing atheist who said he prefers Muslims to Christians (as recently in NC) murders a Muslim, it is a hate crime based on religion. But when Muslims murder Christians, Jews or, most frequently fellow Muslims, citing the Qur'an and Hadith as their authority to do so, it has nothing to do with religion, just lack of jobs.

The Obama Administration says that we can't defeat ISIS by killing them, we must get them jobs. Can Midnight Basketball for Jihadists be far behind?

Joke: Hillary asked a disabled veteran if he would vote for her. "Can't," he said, I've only got one arm." "Well," Hillary replied, "It only takes one hand to vote." "But what would I hold my nose with?" asked the vet.

If Brian Williams was a conservative journalist on Fox News, and had such self-aggrandizing lies exposed, the rest of the media would hound him to suicide.

Why are Brian Williams self-aggrandizing lies about being under fire in Iraq worse than presumptive Democrat nominee Hilary's self-aggrandizing lie about being under fire in Bosnia? Or Obama's vastly more harmful "You can keep your plan/you can keep your doctor/Your premiums will go down lies to saddle us with Obamacare against the wishes of a majority in our putative democracy?

It's too bad I've told so many people about my lung transplant. I could take a page from Brian William's book and tell people the scar was from when I was hit by an RPG in Vietnam. That's how I won the National Defense Medal. (Vets will get the joke.)

I hear Hillary Clinton is writing a new book, telling feminists the secret to success for women in politics. The working title is, Marry a Comer.

Obama said we can't drill our way to lower gas prices. Now that gas is down due to more drilling, he takes credit for it. If he was at a Muslim prayer breakfast, he'd take credit for the failure of the Fourth Crusade.

Obama compared Islamic Terrorism (wrongly) with the Crusades. Are you worried that a member of the Knights of the Temple or that a member of ISIS might blow up your plane? How many Muslims were killed by medieval Crusaders in the last 20 years? None. How many by Muslim jihadists? Tens of thousands.

Greed is a bottomless pit. It can never be satisfied. So greedy people have an unhappy life, never having enough.

How many people had full-time jobs when Obama took office? How many have them now? You call this a recovery?

If things continue as they are, twenty years from now, liberals will be lobbying for newly-discovered "core constitutional rights" like infanticide, polygamy and self-rule for no-go zones in the US. (Shari'a Law including execution of apostates, stoning, child marriage, etc. in Muslim zones, and self-determination on things like drugs and guns in criminal zones where we won't be able to enforce the law anyway.) But I doubt things will continue as they are. By that time, the debt and unfunded liabilities, plus the huge cost of fighting Jihadism, paying to support millions more illegals and countering the expanding Chinese Dynasty will bring about fiscal collapse, followed by social and political collapse. And we may have global cooling, one of the natural cycles of Earth, creating starvation. So they may be lobbying for food and fuel. Because thugs with guns will take theirs.

We should take President Obama at his word when he says he is a patriot and a Christian. After all, he said he was opposed to gay marriage, and that under his health plan your premiums would go down, health costs would go down and if you liked your health plan and your doctor, you could keep them. So we know we can take him at his word...Right?

Apparently a lot of reporters and pundits I read on line don't have that new-fangled spell check thing on their computers.

My wife said I'm a lot like my dad. "Yes," I responded. "I got a lot of my bad habits from him--but I've perfected them."

I believe strongly in vaccination. However, I'm confused. All the vaccination/political stories suggest that if you don't vaccinate your kids, it hurts other kids. But if the other kids are vaccinated, how could it?

You can't make yourself talented. I'm never going to be a passable singer. But you can make yourself a person of courage and values. And a friendly person who helps others. I'd rather be all that than the best singer, football player or artist in the world.

Quote: Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away. --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Internet joke: When I asked my doctor about measles, his information was spotty...

Obama's promises are worth less than Greek bonds.

When the President gives you shit for policy, you can't make lemonade. A shit sandwich is about the only option.

The VA Hospital, where I go at least three times a week, worries me. Other than government officials and active members of the military, I'd think a Jihadist would most love to murder vets, especially of Iraq and Afghanistan. And the VA is a "Terrorist Empowerment [Gun Free] Zone," so it would be the safest place to do so. The VA cops are armed, of course, but a little observation will tell you where they usually are, and an ambush could be set up. They'd rush right past a guy with a gun under his coat.

I'd like to start a newspaper called Troubled Times or Interesting Times. Yes, you can use it--I'm not likely to be starting any papers.

Given the many stupid things that bureaucrats and politicians on both sides do or say, I'm thinking of opening a consulting business. They come to me with a wheelbarrow full of money and tell me what they are thinking of saying or doing. If I say, "fine, go ahead," there's no charge. If I say, "Don't do it, it's stupid," they empty the wheelbarrow in my office. I'd get rich--and be worth every penny.

The left is full of Jihad Groupies, who get off on their violence.

When, hundreds of years in the future, freedom and civilization is won back, and historians write of the Collapse of America, they will write that no matter how hopeless it looked, some people never gave up. My name won't be known, but I want to be one of them. "Quit" isn't on the curriculum at Parris Island.

Muslims want to outlaw blasphemy. Well, Islam says Jesus was not the son of God. To Christians, that's blasphemy--thus Islam must be outlawed.

I always knew that if I didn't get killed in Vietnam or an accident, I was likely to grow old. I just didn't know how fast.

I thought "Fifty Shades of Grey" was about a bachelor doing laundry.

The Progressive Mind: If a Muslim doesn't inflame religious tensions and promote violence, he is praised as a moderate and a representative of "The Real Islam." If a black doesn't inflame racial tensions and promote violence, he is excoriated as an extremist (Ben Carson most recently by the SPLC) and an Uncle Tom. If he does inflame racial tensions and promotes marches calling for dead cops, of course, he becomes exempt from taxes and a White House advisor.

I wish there were as many protests from Muslims over the tens of thousands of Muslims murdered by Islamists over the last twenty years as over the three innocent Muslim students murdered by a left-wing atheist over a parking spot in NC.

The left's position on energy is simple. Anything that reduces energy costs for low and middle income Americans is bad, and must be fought viciously.

The proverb is that, "Anger is a good servant, but a bad master." I agree, but I would say that "Habit is also a good servant, but a bad master." As the death toll from smoking, obesity and drugs proves.

I'm looking for a restaurant where the "Soup of the Day" is Scotch Whisky.

I see that Leslie Gore died at 68 (my age), Will they play, "It's my funeral and I'll cry if I want to"?

It's true that the majority of Muslims want to live in peace and prosperity and don't want to hurt you. It's also true that millions take seriously the Qur'an injunction to fight infidels until they are dead or become Muslims. They are the ones who religious scholars Obama and Kerry say misunderstand their own religion. And if you live in a city of any size, there is at least one of these Islam-misunderstanders who is screwing up his courage to "go Jihad." Pray you are not in the area when he does, because before the gun come out, you can't tell him from a peaceful Muslim.

It's not surprising that Obama can read the violent passages in the Qur'an and not believe they mean what they say. He read's the Constitution and doesn't believe that it means what it says. "'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less." --Through the Looking Glass.

Thinking of signing up for Obamacare? You might want to use some "Strategic Patience."

What's the difference between the U.S. Government and the Boy Scouts? The Boy Scouts have adult leadership.

Jonah Goldberg: For eight years, every calumny and slander imaginable was hurled at Bush and the United States, and whenever anyone pushed back on it, we were told that it was patriotic. We just love our country! Dissent is the highest form of patriotism! Since president Obama became president, dissent is no longer the highest form of patriotism at all. It’s often simply racist now. Indeed, dissent from Obama and his agenda has arguably become the thing that liberals hate most about America these days.

I'm sure that the Democrats complaining that Scott Walker didn't finish college would support him for president if Walker would pick up enough credits for a degree in social work or gender studies.

Turns out that is was Putin who had "more flexibility" after Obama's re-election.

It will be exciting if Elizabeth Warren run against Hillary Clinton. The Fake Cherokee Indian versus the Fake Bosnian War Hero--and may the best faker win!

I hope Obama calls his free college program "Cash for Flunkers."

If a tee or sweat shirt says, "Property of ----" it's not.

One country in the Middle East is a democracy that has multiple political parties, protects freedom of speech, the press and religion, offers equal rights to women and is a true friend and ally to the United States: Israel. Naturally, progressives hate Israel and make apologies for the barbarians who do none of these things, stone rape victims for adultery, hang gays, encourage child marriage and FGM, execute people for apostasy and blasphemy and wish to destroy the Israel state and exterminate the Israeli people.

I can hardly wait until the people who gave us Healthcare.Gov are running the Internet.

Let's put Scott Walker's college transcripts up against Barack Obama's. Oh, wait, we can't--Obama's are secret.

Being a few credits short of a degree, Walker probable isn't smart enough to know if he's under sniper fire in Bosnia. Or if he's 1/32 native American by family legend, thus entitled to benefits as a minority.

A bureaucrat is a person who would put a sell-by date on pet rocks, because the regs allow him to.

The Oscars are not about movies. They are about mutual stroking by the politically-correct elites. I never watch any of these type shows--I couldn't care less what they think.

As long as black culture in the cities condemns education as "acting white," poor blacks will be condemned to live in the Dark Ages. (Or is "Dark Ages," referring to the poverty and backwardness of the middle ages, now racist?)

Internet Quote: "White privilege" = being held responsible for the acts of your ancestors by folks who accept no responsibility for the acts of their children."

When I was doing the taxes this year, I told my wife we should get divorced and live together. We'd do better on taxes, she'd qualify for subsidized healthcare, food stamps, probably the earned income tax credit, and there might be other benefits. Only kidding, of course. But then I met a young woman at the VA, coming in for a bad leg. Medically retired from the Navy. Was in Afghanistan. Said she and her boyfriend had lived together for years, expected to continue to do so. "Costs too much to be married with taxes and all." Thus has our government contributed greatly to the decline of marriage.

When an email comes personalized (Dear Robert), I know it's an impersonal, computer-generated sales pitch.

A politician can hardly go wrong when addressing a group if he says, "My friends, the government should be doing more for you and your cause." It's the American mantra. I used to put polls in the newspapers for my constituents to clip and send to me. About 80% of the respondents said that high taxes and government spending" was the "most critical issue facing our state." But among people who said that, 80% also listed at least one area where the government should be spending more money, and 50% listed two. The only area where a majority felt the government should spend less was on "welfare." But a majority felt the state should spend more "helping poor children." Pretty much the same thing.

Liberals view private enterprise as a cow from which they can get ever-more milk, while constantly reducing the feed.

If Bush had pushed "Net Neutrality," liberals would have called it a crime against free speech.

The Obama Administration is increasingly a sheltered workshop for the logically-challenged.

When someone tells you that Global Warming is "Settled Science," remind them that eugenics, which started with things like Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood's effort to keep more of the "unfit" (read "blacks") from being born and led step by step to the Holocaust, was settled science in its day. (Given that 40% of the abortions are to the 13% of the population that is black, it still is in some quarters.)

Nothing leads to contentment like a grateful heart.

About four years ago, I wrote The Coming Collapse of the American Republic: And what you can do to prevent it. The royalties go to the Semper Fi Injured Marine Fund, not to me. Of my 11 books, it has sold the most copies--not that it is close to a best seller. Or a fair seller.... But we must all do what we can.
In the book, I postulate that, if not curbed, four trends will lead to fiscal, political and social collapse, chaos, riots and violence in the United States. They are: 1. The enormous growing debt and much worse unfunded liabilities of government at all levels, federal, state and local, 2. The continued unchecked growth of illegal immigration which threatens to bankrupt the system and change the culture in ways that neither citizens nor immigrants will like, 3. The growth of China as a military and economic power determined to dominate Asia and bring the countries around her under her control as vassal states, and 4. The growing threat of Political Islam challenging Western values, freedom and culture. Since it was published, each of these threats has grown exponentially worse. And if I were to write a new version today (I'm cannot due to health and time) I would add two more threatening trends. 5. The rise of Putin and a militant Russia determined to recreate the old Soviet Empire, and aware that the US and Europe cannot project enough power to stop her if it comes to war. We do not have the fit, patriotic population today, nor the industry, to fight WWII. 6. The accelerating collapse of our culture among native-born Americans with the pathologies of increasing non-marital births, crime in the cities, drugs, domestics violence, lack of education and declining civic participation, membership in religious and civic organizations and the declining marriage rate. And lest you attribute the pathologies in our cities to race, you should read Life at the Bottom by British Psychiatrist Anthony Daniels, writing as Theodore Dalrymple. The same culture-destroying pathologies are growing in British cities--and they are growing among the white, native British, much more than among black or brown immigrants. It's not race, it's culture and a system that rewards bureaucrats for making people helpless dependents of the government. If you would like me to email you a free 80-page PDF of The Coming Collapse to read on your computer, write to me at tartanmarine(at)

Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2008 through July, 2013 are collected in this book: The Old Jarhead's Journal: Random Thoughts on Life, Liberty, and Leadership by Robert A. Hall
The Old Jarhead’s Journal is a collection of Random Thoughts on politics and life and Conservative Political Essays, mostly published on the author’s blog, including the essay “I’m Tired” which went viral on the Internet in 2009, “The Hall Platform,” “This I Believe,” and “Why I’m a Republican.” While they will be of interest to conservative thinkers, they are collected here in book form as a service to readers who wish to give a copy to favorite liberals and watch their heads explode. All royalties are donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is

Friday, February 27, 2015

Some important political news today


The cold, with well below zero at night, continues. Meanwhile, I have a GOP Caucus to attend tomorrow (Yes, there is a Dane County GOP), so I'm not sure how it will impact posts. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Top Putin critic shot and killed in Moscow
Excerpt: Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister of Russia and a top political nemesis of President Vladimir Putin, was shot and killed in central Moscow early Saturday, one day before an opposition rally was scheduled to take place. 

Is Liberalism Exhausted? It may not be dead, but it looks mighty worn out. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it’s a sign that maybe there’s something wrong with the air in the mine. MSNBC is not a very formidable network, but its wheezing is similarly instructive. MSNBC’s slogan is “Lean Forward,” which has a robust sound to it. But it turns out the phrase is a more apt descriptor of how the Peacock Network’s mini-me is poised to teeter off its perch and plunge beak-first into the droppings-stained pages of the fading New Republic below.

Ben Carson Kicks off Conservative CPAC Event
Excerpt: In a question-and-answer session following his brief remarks, Carson was asked what he would do to combat the Islamic State group of extremists.
"We have two choices: We can wait and see what they're going to do and react to it. Or we can destroy them first," he told the crowd. "The mission that I would give our military is to destroy them first." (A typical positive approach by Dr. Carson, instead of going for all the criticisms of the President and the Administration that most speakers focus on. And I like his simple approach to ISIS. --Del)

Marines and Fighting and Aftermath. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Knowing that to be wrong and to preserve history I posted a corrective note that included link to PFC Jacklyn H. Lucas, USMC - who, all of 17 years-old (14 when he enlisted), covered two grenades (one exploded) during the fighting on Iwo Jima and was awarded the Medal of Honor. 

What Kind of Men Join the Marines?
Excerpt: I was terrified. It was not supposed to be like this. In a space of four seconds, I came to the full realization that every scrap of information I had gleaned from the books I read and the movies I saw vanished out the window. As one of the recruits shot past me heading for the door, I noted with grim satisfaction it was the guy who had told us, “Don’t take no shit from the sergeants and they will leave you alone!” He was as white as a sheet. We had now arrived at the portals of the United States Marine Corps and there would be no going back. From that moment forward, my life changed forever. (All Marines have been there, done that and some still have the T-shirt. Great read. --MasterGuns)

Losing the Internet. By Richard Fernandez
The administration’s plan to create a “free and open Internet” means, as usual, the opposite of what it says. As Gordon Crovitz explains in the Wall Street Journal, it is really a monumental, bare-faced power grab: The permission less Internet, which allows anyone to introduce a website, app or device without government review, ends this week. On Thursday the three Democrats among the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission will vote to regulate the Internet under rules written for monopoly utilities. No one, including the bullied FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, thought the agency would go this far. The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply the agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet. A recent page-one Wall Street Journal story headlined “Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief” documented “an unusual, secretive effort inside the White House . . . acting as a parallel version of the FCC itself.” (OK, call me paranoid and negative-thinking, but I agree 100% that the government getting into the Internet and controlling it is a disaster. And I don't care if the government is GOP, Democrat, Libertarian, or anything else, it's a bad idea, period. --Del)

Excerpt: I have little use for Factcheckers, though I have plenty of use for facts and I believe in checking them. The problem with the Factcheckers is that they seem to think they have an authority they did not earn to tell other journalists what the facts are. That’s bad enough, but they almost invariably end up objecting not to untruths but to truths they don’t like. That often makes them combatants, hiding behind their self-appointed status as referees.

More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both Your Hard Drive and Mine Crashed Within a Week.’ by Jason Howerton
Excerpt: “We send a subpoena, we send letters, we have hearings, we hear all kinds of excuses from the IRS,” Chaffetz said. “Every excuse you can have under the sun — you find them in two weeks, and then when you go talk to the IT people who are there in charge of them, they told you that they were never even asked for them. Is that correct?” “That is correct,” Camus replied. (We are about at the point where one of the rats will try to save himself by squealing. Then the floodgates open. ~Bob)

Lerner Email Search Is On Hold Over Software Problems: ‘There Is Potential Criminal Activity’
Excerpt: The investigation into Lois Lerner’s missing emails is currently on hold due to software issues. But the investigators know that “there is potential criminal activity” in the case.
Treasury Department inspectors general testified Thursday that they cannot provide any relevant information related to their search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails. But at least three bits of information came out: the investigation is on hold over software issues, there is potential criminal wrongdoing, and nobody at the IRS even asked for Lerner’s backup email tapes from the people in New Martinsville, West Virginia who had them.

De Blasio Retrains NYPD: ‘CLOSE YOUR EYES And Take A Deep Breath’ In Response To Anger
Excerpt: The New York City Police Department’s new “retraining” program has instructed cops to “take a deep breath” and close their eyes when interacting with people who are mad. ... Part of the extensive, $35 million seminar on policing included breathing exercises wherein seasoned cops who keep watch over America’s most populous city learned that they should breathe deeply and relax when posed with angry people in volatile situations. (well, closing your eyes gives the angry person a fair chance to pull his gun and get the first few shots in. Why do I suspect that the trainers were never in a tense, confrontational situation? ~Bob)

Worth Subscribing To: The state of the nation. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Conservatives worked hard in 2014 to elect a Republican U.S. Senate and strengthen a GOP House . . . in hopes of putting the brakes on the Obama agenda. The country was moving in the wrong direction. The president was out of control. And now . . . there’s no coherent plan to stop the executive-order amnesty. There’s not a clear sense of what the GOP Congress should do if the Supreme Court throws a monkey-wrench into Obamacare in King v. Burwell. Obama vetoed the Keystone Pipeline with the unhinged claim that the bill somehow interfered with his executive authority, and not enough Democrats will vote to override his veto. The Right pummeled the Left up and down the ballot in 2014, and somehow they’ve managed to make the election results irrelevant by simply ignoring them. It’s as if we’re being governed by the comments section of a liberal blog. A midterm election result aiming to rein in President Obama’s increasingly radical agenda has instead only driven him to reach even more -- President Bulworth has adopted the slogan of “YOPO” -- “You’re only president once.” By winning the presidency and controlling the regulatory bureaucracy, the radical Left is now dictating terms to the rest of America. (I recommend you subscribe to the free e-newsletters The Goldberg File and Morning Jolt at the link. ~Bob)

Wesleyan Univ. pulls men-only frats, pushes housing for 15 'sexualities. 'By Michael F. Haverluck
Excerpt: Wesleyan University, once a Christian school, is now offering campus housing for 15 different alternative sexualities, also known as “LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM.” It has a specific place for sadomasochists, but straight males looking to join a men-only fraternity are out of luck. (It's about the very latest in total Politically Correct terminology for people, subdividing everyone into 14 categories (and counting)...And don't ask me what "flexual, genderf***, or polyamorous" mean, or why "queer" is included when that is supposed to be a nonPC term. I admit to being old and confused, and longing for the days of men, women, and "don't tell me about it". This is coming out of one of the true bastions of "Progressive" thought, Wesleyan University in CT. See the article if you really want the details. Never in my wildest dreams of the future did I imagine anything as remotely far out as this. I read a lot of science fiction with people making up various exotics new societies, and none of them ever matched up to this. I guess we had stunted imaginations. --Del. Well, if the "Jobs for Jiihadists" program does't work out, we can always get the sadistic bastards in ISIS a degree at Wesleyan, where sadists will have special housing. I would have thought "polyamorous" meant "Bi," but they already have that. Maybe people and animals? you could doubtless light a small city with the energy generated by John Wesley spinning in his grave. ~Bob)

France and the United States Neck and Neck for Highest Corporate Income Tax
Excerpt: Thanks to France doubling its surface tax on corporate income, the United States no longer has the world's highest corporate income tax. Today, France imposes a 36 percent marginal effective tax rate on capital investments, while the United States holds at 35.3 percent. The marginal effective tax rate on capital accounts for the corporate income tax including deductions and credits, sales taxes on capital purchases, and other capital-related taxes including financial transaction taxes. Looking at the Tax Foundation calculation, which combines the federal rate with the average state levy, the United States statutory corporate tax rate is 39.1 percent. ... According to a National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) economic study, a corporate income tax is ultimately falls largely on U.S. workers. Therefore, abolishing the corporate income tax could benefit everyone. The NCPA analysis shows that eliminating the U.S. corporate tax — holding constant the corporate tax rates of other countries — would produce a rapid and dramatic increase in domestic investment, GDP, real wages and national saving.

Court Rules In Favor Of Whistleblower Cop Who Spoke Out Against NYPD Quotas. By Nicol├ís Medina Mora
Excerpt: A court of appeals ruled Thursday that a New York Police Department officer who told his supervisors about an illegal quota system was protected by the First Amendment and may continue to sue the city for what he says was retaliation from his bosses.

Hillary Clinton, coin-operated policymaker. By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: The latest tales of State Department ethics violations, foreign money, and special access would be surprising if they were about anyone but Hillary Clinton. Throughout her political career Clinton has always blended cash and policy. She’s not merely corporatist by disposition, like, say Tim Geithner or Lindsey Graham. She’s not simply sloppy on ethics, like Bob McDonnell or John Kitzhaber. Hillary is blatantly transactional in her fundraising and policymaking. And she wants to be president.

Presidential Candidate Guide to "Gotcha" Questions. By Mark Davis
Excerpt: Dear 2016 GOP hopefuls: First of all, best of luck. If you are successful, it will be your job to dig the United States out of the eight-year abyss of the Obama presidency. This will take courage, vision, hard work and resiliency. If you have these things, great, but before we get to evaluating your worthiness to fight terror or shrink the government, we’d best see if you have the skills to navigate a couple of annoying questions from reporters.

Questions the Press Doesn't Ask Democrats. By Mona Charen 
Excerpt: Gov. Scott Walker has leapt to the top of polls in Iowa. As day follows night, he has moved to the center of the liberal press's crosshairs. This is the world we inhabit: When a Democrat is perceived as popular, the press discovers layers of humor and elan we never suspected. When a Republican is gaining strength, the press sharpens its bayonets.

The terrifying rate at which smokers die from smoking. By Danielle Paquette
Excerpt: Two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-triggered illness -- unless they choose to kick the habit, according to new research from Australia. The study of more than 200,000 people, published this week in BMC medicine, found about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illness. That rate is higher than doctors previously estimated. Tobacco smoke can boost the risk for least 13 types of cancer.

Why I’m Signing Wisconsin’s Freedom to Work Legislation. By Scott Walker
Excerpt: Yesterday, the Wisconsin state Senate passed Freedom to Work legislation, which will mean no Wisconsin worker can be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. I will sign the bill into law. I’ve supported Freedom to Work for years, dating back to my time in the state legislature when I co-sponsored it. And now the people of Wisconsin have voiced their support through their state Senators and representatives. According to polling, 69 percent of Wisconsinites support the policy, and a majority of union households—51 percent—also support the law. Here’s why I’m signing Freedom to Work in Wisconsin: it is good for economic growth. In the last decade, forced unionization states have had about half the rate of wage growth, job growth and manufacturing growth as Right to Work states. 

Excerpt: A couple of tourists from Canada made a surprising discovery while scuba diving in Wassaw Sound, a small bay located on the shores of Georgia. Jason Sutter and Christina Murray were admiring the marine life of the area when they stumbled upon a Mark 15 thermonuclear bomb that had been lost by the United States Air Force more than 50 years ago. (I guess there were enough safety features on the bomb that it didn't explode on the way down or on impact. I'd say that the USAF, the State of Georgia, and the entire U. S. A. dodged a very large bullet on that "planned accident." --Paul)

Carly Fiorina Riles Up GOP Hawks, Bashes Hillary in CPAC Speech. By Andrew Desiderio
Excerpt: In a fervent speech before the crowd at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina touted her business record and went after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She also played to the more hawkish factions of the Republican Party by slamming President Barack Obama on his policies toward fighting ISIS. (I think she's running for VP.--Steve)

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Schultz Goes To Trial
Excerpt: Ed Schultz‘s lawyers royally screwed up, a D.C. District Court judge declared Friday at an “emergency” hearing made at the request of the MSNBC media personality. The judge denied a motion to seal public records they claimed were confidential. Despite publicly filing the documents, they argued they were confidential and that not filing a motion to seal them years ago was an “inadvertent” error.

Gun News

Albuquerque police: Homeowner fatally shoots intruder
Excerpt: The homeowner found a man crouched down in his kitchen, holding what appeared to be a knife. Police say the man came at the homeowner, saying he was going to kill him.
The homeowner fired his gun at the intruder who later died at a hospital.

Race Card News

Al Sharpton to get the bullet: Politics Nation host on way out as crisis hit MSNBC bins left-wing programming to curb ratings slide
Excerpt: MSNBC is set to pull the plug on contentious Reverend Al Sharpton in a last ditch attempt to revive dwindling audience numbers. The liberal anchor's nightly Politics Nation show is to be shelved by broadcasting bosses as they make drastic changes in the hope of clawing back viewers. (I'm skeptical. He'll blackmail them with racism charges. They'll cave. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

House defeats stopgap Homeland Security spending bill
Excerpt: The House defeats a bill, 224 to 203, to keep money flowing to the Homeland Security Department past a midnight deadline in a surprise turn of events that again raises the possibility of a partial agency shutdown. 

Undocumented Democrat News

Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 240 Million Undocumented Whites

"You're Greener than Gore" News

White House: Don’t Mention Temperature When Analyzing Global Warming
Excerpt: When conducting environmental impact analyses on rules and projects, federal agencies should only talk about carbon dioxide emissions increases — not things like potential increases in temperature, precipitation, storm intensity and other environmental impacts that scientists warn about. “In light of the difficulties in attributing specific climate impacts to individual projects, [Council on Environmental Quality] recommends agencies use the projected [greenhouse gas] emissions and also, when appropriate, potential changes in carbon sequestration and storage, as the proxy for assessing a proposed action’s potential climate change impacts,” the White House wrote in its guidance federal regulatory agencies conducting environmental reviews.

Religion of Peace News

It's not a very long video, but really, really worth the time. And notice in the details the part that President Bush played. Not something we'd be likely to see today. --Del

Iran's Second Front Against Israel. By Jonathan Spyer and Benjamin Weinthal
Excerpt: All is not quiet on the northern front between Israel and Syria/Lebanon.
The recent Hezbollah attack on an Israel Defense Forces convoy in the Har Dov area close to Israel's border with Lebanon, in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, was the latest move in a dangerous and high stakes game that is now underway on Israel's northern frontier. Israel and Hezbollah are not the only players. The Islamic Republic of Iran, which the U.S. defines as the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, is also a key presence as Hezbollah's strategic partner.

There's Nothing Unpatriotic About Challenging Obama on Iran. By David Harsanyi 
Excerpt: The Obama administration values a future relationship with Iran more than it values the historic relationship it has with Israel. Unless there’s a reversal in the reported deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, all the superficial talk about this extraordinary friendship between Israel and the United States isn’t going to mean much. And the histrionics surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech in front of a joint session of Congress only confirm that there are plenty of people who are happy about it.

Worth Reading: The Fatal Flaw in the Iran Deal. By Charles Krauthammer 
Excerpt: A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last Thursday the IAEA reported its concern “about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed … development of a nuclear payload for a missile.” Bad enough. Then it got worse: News leaked Monday of the “sunset clause.” President Obama had accepted the Iranian demand that any restrictions on its program be time-limited. After which, the mullahs can crank up their nuclear program at will and produce as much enriched uranium as they want. (According to the US Government, Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism. If we lose NY or DC to a nuke, I hope the architects of giving terrorists the bomb are present to witness it. But I don't think any agreement matters, as they will not keep any agreement with infidels when they think their interests are to violate it. ~Bob)

Worth Subscribing To: Jobs for Jihadists. By Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File
Excerpt: This is just a small example of a pervasive problem: the inability to believe that other people sincerely believe fundamentally different things. This is a human problem before it is an ideological problem. It afflicts people on the left and the right, perhaps not equally but close enough. Some of the sources for this confusion are actually huge advances in human civilization. The idea that we are all equal in the eyes of God is a moral triumph of the Judeo-Christian heritage. That belief often causes people to assume that we’re all fundamentally alike. And we may in fact be born that way, but we do not necessarily stay that way. It’s an understandable mistake given that the secular West is based on the deep-seated dogma of equality before the law (a dogma that rests on that Judeo-Christian heritage, FWIW). It’s a glorious way of seeing the world in many respects, but it depends on other people seeing the world the same way for it to work. You can walk outside our world in an instant and discover that what you thought was reality was in fact a social construction. One needn’t get on a plane to the Middle East. Just put a hippie with a “Vegetable Rights & Peace” T-shirt in a maximum-security prison’s exercise yard. The last thing he’ll remember is a very large man named Tiny standing over him saying “Here endeth the lesson” as Tiny’s fist heads towards his face. By the way, this experiment works equally well with anarcho-capitalist stockbrokers, Unitarian guidance counselors, and anyone else who operates on overly rosy assumptions about the nature of man in general or Tiny’s sense of humor in particular. This is why the “Jobs for Jihadists” thing has been so dismaying. It works on the assumption that the Islamic State doesn’t really believe what it believes -- it’s just venting its frustrations with a bad job market, political corruption, and the cancellation of Firefly. (I recommend you subscribe to the free e-newsletters The Goldberg File and Morning Jolt at the link. ~Bob)

If only they had jobs: Attackers Kill American Writer at Bangladesh Book Fair
Excerpt: A Bangladeshi-American writer who endured threats from Islamists over his secular views was hacked to death in Dhaka late Thursday, reports say. Avijit Roy, 42, was a naturalized American living in Georgia. He was a frequent critic of radical Islamic doctrine. At least two attackers descended on Roy and his wife, blogger Rafida Ahmed Bonna, near Dhaka University. She was hospitalized with several stab wounds and a severed finger.

Empowering Jihad: The Deadly Myth of a 'Root Cause.' By Phyllis Chesler
Excerpt: Reports that "Jihadi John," the British-accented narrator of ISIS snuff videos, is Mohammed Emwazi — an educated young man from a middle-class background — ought to put the final stake in the pretense that poverty and a lack of education and opportunity fuel Islamist hate. This mistaken idea seems to be Obama administration policy. (They wouldn't give up the myth if Muslim terrorists screaming Allah Akbar murdered President Obama. It's a tenet of the Great Progressive Church. ~Bob)

Fines, sell-offs and subsidy cuts: life under cash-squeezed Isis
Excerpt: Once smokers were flogged in Syrian territory ruled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, now they are fined about $65. Local rulers dismantle old state facilities to sell for parts. And shopkeepers complain Isis fighters no longer spend so freely. The world’s richest jihadi group is not as flush as it once was, say Syrians who live under its rule. It has cut spending on fuel and bread subsidies, while increasingly shaking down locals for cash. Fighters themselves may be feeling the squeeze, too. “Isis took some kind of financial hit . . . Some fighters’ salaries were cut, including my nephew,” said a man in the eastern city of Mayadeen, who says an apparent drop in the group’s revenues is making it difficult to cover the cost of its expansion in territory and membership since its lightning offensive last year. (Interesting to learn that the guys at ISIS are getting strapped for funds. Nice to know, but I still prefer to hear of them as in the "late ISIS guys". Call me old-fashioned, trapped in an ancient paradigm, but I just want them dead, all of them, dead. --Del. Too harsh, Del. I'd leave 5% of them alive but so badly crippled they have to be fed by spoon or tube, as a warning to others. ~Bob)

Video: You Can’t Judge ISIS, Because You’re Personally Responsible For The Crusades
Excerpt: Keep in mind that these statues are being destroyed randomly, for no particular reason. These men are completely motiveless, and that’s how it’ll stay if you know what’s good for you.

Victoria Cross for soldier's gallantry in Afghanistan
Excerpt: A British soldier serving in Afghanistan has been awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for gallantry in the face of the enemy. L/Cpl Joshua Leakey of 1 Para helped a wounded US officer while under intense enemy fire in Helmand, then led a fight-back in which 11 members of the Taliban were killed and four wounded.

Important: ISIS preparing to declare Islamic emirate in Lebanon: sources. By Antoine Ghattas Saab, Lebanon Daily Star
Excerpt: ISIS is preparing military plans to declare an Islamic emirate in Lebanon very soon to serve as a geographical extension of the so-called “Islamic State” announced by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq last year, security sources said. ISIS fighters have demanded support from the militant group in northern Syria to achieve this goal, the sources said. They added that the ISIS command has begun preparations to set up a military organizational committee tasked with running Lebanese affairs and considering Lebanon as part of its state. (If they take over Lebanon, a lot of Shi'a and Druze will get the chop. And war with Israel will follow. Who will Obama support? ~Bob)

Islamic State jihadis destroy 3,000-year-old artworks in Mosul museum. by Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Besides removing supposed temptations to idolatry, Islamic jihadists want to ruin the artifacts of non-Muslim civilizations because doing so testifies to the truth of Islam, as the Qur’an suggests that ruins are a sign of Allah’s punishment of those who rejected his truth: Many were the Ways of Life that have passed away before you: travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who rejected Truth. (Qur’an 3:137)

Edinburgh: Muslim found with bomb-making equipment in his apartment. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: He was just carrying out “wee tests,” you greasy Islamophobe. And “he said a quantity of fertiliser was used for plants on the balcony, although there were none there when police searched the premises.” Those Islamophobic police officers! Al-Khori, “who trained in Iraq as a doctor,” was doubtless driven to this by poverty, discrimination, and a lack of economic opportunity.

TSA Worried About 'Greatest Potential Incendiary Threat to Aviation.' By Leah Barkoukis
Excerpt: According to an FBI report, the use of Thermite on an aircraft is the “greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation.” Worse yet, the Transportation Security Administration said it would be extremely hard to detect during security screenings and once ignited, there’s no way to extinguish it using conventional methods without making the reaction worse.
The Intercept, which obtained the classified documents, has the details:

Syria's Civil War Could Stabilize the Middle East. By Daniel Pipes
Excerpt: Population shifts resulting from Syria's four-year long civil war have profoundly changed Syria and its three Arabic-speaking neighbors: Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Turkey and Israel have changed too, but less so.) Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, as populations adapt to the brutal imperatives of modern nationalism, all four countries are becoming a bit more stable. That's because the fighting has pushed peoples to move from ethnic minority status to ethnic majority status, encouraging like to live with like.

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:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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General News and Comment

Most Voters Want Congress to Ignore Obama Veto Threats
Excerpt: President Obama on Tuesday used one of the very rare vetoes of his presidency to reject a bipartisan bill from Congress calling for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Voters aren’t happy with that veto and want Congress to keep doing what it wants even if the president doesn’t like it.

Important: Donation to Clinton Foundation while Hillary was secretary of state violated ethics agreement, report says
Excerpt: The Clinton Foundation was on the defensive Wednesday after disclosing that it had accepted millions of dollars from several foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including one donation that violated the foundation's ethics agreement with the Obama administration. (Should be called "The Clinton Travel and Perks Foundation." ~Bob. Sorry. This is disqualifying. The Secretary of State cannot take money from foreign governments while allegedly representing our interests in negotiations with that government. It’s bribery: ... The claim is that all of the money went to good charitable causes. But Algeria could donate to Haitian relief funds, or any other charity, directly. There’s an obvious incentive to give money -- even with the allegedly best intentions -- to the Clinton Foundation: access and goodwill to the Clintons. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

W.H. Unable To Explain Why Clinton Foundation Violated Ethics Agreement 

Hillary keeps up Dems' middle-class deception
Excerpt: But when elite Democratic politicians discuss the “middle class,” they're not usually talking about a group of people they intend to help with new policies. Rather, they're affixing a proven and popular label on the same old policies, which mostly do nothing for the tens of millions of Americans who are too rich to take government benefits but not so wealthy that money isn't a constant concern. Take as an example Obama's new enthusiasm for what he calls “middle class economics.” As proposed in his State of the Union, it would have actually raised the average middle-class earner's taxes by seven dollars a year, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation. As the Washington Post's Max Ehrenfreund put it bluntly, “There's no point in calling this tax plan 'middle-class economics,' since its main effect is to help the poor.”

Interesting: Hillary Clinton is no feminist champion. By Ashe Schow
Excerpt: If we take a ride back 20 years to the 1990s, Hillary was involved in the most orchestrated and vicious victim-blaming campaigns against women in recent history. She spent years defending husband Bill from accusations that he raped, sexually assaulted or groped women. And even after he admitted publicly that he cheated on her, she stood by him. ... The most that can be said about her “accomplishments” was that she “achieved” them by being married to Bill. That’s not exactly the feminist way of being your own, empowered woman.

Joe Biden Wants to ‘Emancipate Wealth' by Stealing More of It and Making More Poor People
Excerpt: Joe Biden is creepy and dangerous. He was picked by Obama to be the vice-president for two reasons: First, because he knew that Biden could not compete with him in the realm of public popularity. He needed a vice-president who would not upstage him. Biden was the perfect pick. The stooge that made the other guy look better.

Interesting: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is out to emancipate the Land of Lincoln. By George F. Will
Excerpt: The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the past six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan
Excerpt: The Federal Communications Commission, in a party-line vote, approves sweeping 'net neutrality' plan allowing broad regulation of how Americans use the Internet. Makes it easier for the government to find racist, Islamophobic right-wing terrorists--and silence them. ~Bob)

Excerpt: As the Federal Communications Commission is set to approve new Internet rules, a new report shows that George Soros and the Ford Foundation have donated $196 million to groups that support the cause.

Worth Reading: Grievance School. By Steven F. Hayward
Excerpt: Of all the college towns fixed in the American mind as bastions of elite leftism, a Big Four stand out: Cambridge, Madison, Berkeley, and Boulder. It was no wonder, then, that the University of Colorado at Boulder received national attention, and raised many eyebrows, when it announced a couple of years back that it wanted to hire an identified conservative as a visiting faculty member — the beginning of a privately funded pilot program to bring conservative perspectives to its storied campus. I ended up being the guinea pig for this unorthodox experiment.

CNN, DHS & SPLC’s Blame Righty hit job. By Michelle Malkin
Your tax dollars are once again hard at work — defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying the public access to information they funded.
CNN splashed the big scoop on its website: “DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat.” The fear-mongering piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of “violence by sovereign citizen extremists since 2010.” CNN’s Evan Perez and Wes Bruer prominently quoted Mark Potok of the widely disgraced propaganda outfit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Potok claimed that “there are as many as 300,000 people involved in some way with sovereign citizen extremism.” (Well, the SPLC called Dr. Ben Carson, who grew up poor and black in the Detroit ghetto to become probably the world's most eminent pediatric neurosurgeon, an extremist. case closed. ~Bob)

The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses. By Phillip Jennings 
Excerpt: The Last Days in Vietnam is an Oscar-nominated documentary covering the very end of South Vietnam, in April, 1975. Rory Kennedy’s dramatically sad and horrific documentary is both difficult (for a Vietnam Veteran at least) to watch and a chronicle of American compassion and angst. The fall of a democratic society to Communist tyranny should be lamented by Americans, who sacrificed greatly in their defense. It is a film of pathos, frustrating and yet strongly uplifting at times as American soldiers, diplomats and newsmen risk their careers and their lives to save Vietnamese friends from the invading North Vietnamese Army. Uplifting, unless you’re Associate Professor Christoph Giebel of the University of Washington, Seattle. In a review of the film posted to the website of Vietnam Scholars Group (sic) by Professor Giebel, the film is “dangerously simplistic,” and “much more of a commentary on current US culture—steeped in nationalistic discourses of exceptionalism, thoroughly militarized, and narcissistic—than a reflection of its actual quality.” (An article to read and pass around. --Del)

Public Pensions' Scary First Cousin -- Retiree Health Benefits. By Nancy Smith
Excerpt: The subject of public employee retirement systems is one of the toughest nuts for legislatures especially to crack. But for many local governments in Florida, there's another, seldom-mentioned "ticking time bomb" -- something separate but oh-so-related to public pensions: commitments to subsidize retiree health care premiums. A report released earlier this week by the LeRoy Collins Institute, "Beyond Pensions: Florida Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits," reveals public employees' health care premiums in the Sunshine State are responsible for some $8.4 billion in unfunded liabilities.

Race Card News

Unbelievable: Citing Stigma, The University Of Minnesota Removes Race Descriptions In Crime Alerts
Excerpt: Facing backlash for allegedly stigmatizing minorities — particularly black men — the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities announced on Tuesday that it will no longer include racial descriptors in crime alerts issued to students and faculty. “This change supports our public safety goals while recognizing the harm that the use of race in crime alerts causes for some members of our community,” the university, which has nearly 50,000 students and is located in Minneapolis and St. Paulsaid in a statement. (Are they saying that blacks commit a disproportionate share of the crimes? Not a stigma other wish. But they should leave out gender and age--those are protected classes we don't want to stigmatize either. An alert would read, "Be on the lookout for someone on campus who is an armed, homicidal maniac, but we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by describing the person. Good luck. Stay safe." ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Doctors Not Cashing In on Meaningful Use Incentives
Excerpt: Despite ONC's authority and intentions, their efforts are not seeing results. "Meaningful use" of ONC-certified EHRs triggers incentive payments for medical professionals but they are not cashing in. In 2014, only 3,154 eligible medical professionals had attested to the second stage of meaningful use to receive their payments for installing EHRs. A 2015 SERMO survey found 55 percent of the nearly 2000 physicians surveyed would not attest to the next stage of meaningful use this year. In response to this, federal penalties have been levied against 257,000 physicians, 280 providers and 200 hospitals for not using EHRs "meaningfully." Why are doctors not using EHRs meaningfully? Doctors are learning the actual cost of installing EHRs includes loss of productivity, a cost the incentive payments do not compensate for.

State's ObamaCare overcharges 13K
Excerpt: The Washington state ObamaCare exchange says that it withdrew the incorrect amount of money from the bank accounts of 13,000 people.

Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments. By Philip Kline
Excerpt: The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.
At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation.

Undocumented Democrat News

Worth Hearing: Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw at Oversight Hearing
Grieving black father: "Do black lives really matter? Or only if they are killed by a white person?" Mother was in Iraq at the time. ~Bob

Worth Reading: Our Illiberal Immigration Policy Leads to Chaos. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: There also exist liberal and illiberal approaches to immigration. Take liberal immigration. It is governed by laws passed by Congress and signed and executed by the president. Nearly all Americans accept that no individual can pick and choose which federal statute he chooses to obey, depending on his own perceived self-interest. Liberal immigration would be entirely legal, meritocratic, and ethnically blind. Skills and education would matter more than proximity to the border or political clout.

Well, the "Ex-President-in-Waiting" could describe any of us as "Corpses-in-Waiting." ~Bob

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Religion of Peace News

‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi. By Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman
Excerpt: But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize. (Just an immigrant wanting a better life. ~Bob)

Austria passes controversial reforms to 1912 Islam law
Excerpt: The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams.

Jews Who Embrace Their Enemies. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Last February, a divestment resolution went before the UCLA student government. Despite intense pressure, harassment and hate, Jewish against it. And the resolution failed 7-5. In November, a divestment vote came up again and UCLA Jewish student groups chose to sit it out. Instead of opposing the resolution, they would work on an approach “markedly from that of last year’s pro-Israel community, which passionately and publicly opposed divestment actions in a climate of toxic relations between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian students.”

America's first "war on terror" Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates

Statement on the Murder of Dr. Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi Ally and Friend
Excerpt: We at the Center for Inquiry are shocked and heartbroken by the brutal murder of our friend Dr. Avijit Roy in Bangladesh, it is speculated at the hands of Islamic militants. Dr. Roy was a true ally, a courageous and eloquent defender of reason, science, and free expression, in a country where those values have been under heavy attack.

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: