Saturday, February 14, 2015

A lot of news and comment you'll want to see today


The Old Jarhead Blog--thanks for following!
I try to make this blog your one-stop-shop for political news and conservative opinion. Founded in October, 2008, it gets 5k to 7k page views a week, most from the US, but hundreds from many countries worldwide. Feel free to post or forward to friends who need to be better informed. The news posts are created from several news feeds, from US and international websites, from twitter when I have spare time to follow it, and by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have often have missed or skipped. We owe them thanks and appreciation. I try to include foreign sources and info you won’t get in the MSM, but I often use links to pieces in the Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Reuters and other left-of-center sources. No one is required to read the blog, or any of the links. Trust me, no one reads everything posted, but scanning the headlines will keep you informed, and you can click on stories you want to know more about. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, too far a stretch, or viciously inflammatory, regardless of the view point. I also try to avoid items that will turn off thoughtful centrists and leftists or low-information independents, including “red meat” pieces with intemperate language or wild speculation, conspiracy theories with no supporting facts and silly distractions like the so-called “birther” issue (which I correctly predicted years ago was going nowhere, and wasted time and energy), but I don’t always succeed. I use maybe 50% of the conservative pieces sent me, probably less than 5% of the liberal opinion sent, usually to illustrate their views. Readers who don’t like that are welcome to start their own blogs. Readers who send formatted pieces (title, link, and a fair-use excerpt of no more than three sentences unless the piece is very short, than fewer) to tartanmarine(at) have a higher chance of my using them than people who just send a link. A piece without a link has a much lower chance of being used—it depends on how interesting it is and how much time I have right then to search for it, and my time is limited right now due to managing the lung transplant I received on December 23, 2013, which has developed complications. I understand if you don’t have the time to format or even to find a link—please understand I don't either. I often include thoughtful comments from contributors. (Tell me if you want your full name used.) There are no ads on my blog, no fees and I receive no income from it. Now that I've retired, that might need to change, though I hate the ads on most blogs. For now, that’s how it is. I do promote my books, with the royalties going to charity. As always on the Net, as in the legacy media, you must read these posts critically and with skepticism.

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: Curb your pessimism. By George F. Will
Excerpt: The world might currently seem unusually disorderly, but it can be so without being unusually dangerous. If we measure danger by the risk of violence, the world is unusually safe. For this and other reasons, Americans should curb their pessimism. The Post’s Anne Applebaum recently reminded readers that in three decades of terror the Irish Republican Army murdered more than 2,000. And Italy’s Red Brigades committed many attacks, killings and kidnappings. Both groups had foreign support. The Islamic State is dangerous, but the West has faced, and surmounted, worse. ... An Egyptian diplomat, expressing his nation’s disdain for other Arab nations, once dismissed them as “tribes with flags.” (Maybe so, but it seems to me American's position in the world has been declining over the last six years. We lost the gains in Iraq paid for in American blood. Iran is ever-closer to being able to nuke New York City or Washington, DC. [Jokes aside, that would wreck the country, probably precipitating the collapse I fear.] Libya had been made quiet, is now a terrorist hell hole, thanks to Obama. Yemen, his success story, has fallen to Iran-allied Shi'a, but al Qaeda is on the march there as well. Nigeria may soon be lost to Boko Haram. The White House has managed to alienate both Egypt and our one true friend in the area, Israel. Saudi Arabia continues to play its double game, and increasingly sees the US as the weak horse. [Obama sees them as an ally in his war on American energy production.] The situation in Syria grows worse every weak, as we vacillate on bad guys to support; there are no good guys there. China is on the march in the Far East, intent on recreating Japan's "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and increasingly our allies there are realizing that America burdened by unbelievable debt, including the unfunded liabilities for SS, Medicare, Medicaid, Government Pension promises, Food Stamps and Obamacare--much of that debt held by China--and an increasingly feeble military as defense is cut to pay for free butter, cannot protect them. I think we will start to see them making the best deals they can with the Chinese dragon. And the invasion of illegal aliens intent on colonizing us with the failed culture they fled threatens to destroy the very things they came here for, a fine example of the Tragedy of the Commons. Meanwhile, Americans grow more ignorant of government, politics and current events, and are distracted by political sidelines like Ebola, vaccines and gay marriage, that do not have near the impact on our future that he above issues do. I only fight on because I'm a Marine, and quit wasn't on the curriculum at Parris Island. ~Bob)

FLASHBACK? All Those Times Hillary Clinton Had ‘Brian Williams Moments’ & Nobody Asked Her to Resign. By Kyle Becker
Excerpt: Way back in March 2008, prior to becoming Secretary of State under President Obama, the former Senator of New York conceded that she “did misspeak” about an unbelievably dramatic incident that was supposed to have happened in Bosnia during a visit she had made there in 1996. You see, Mrs. Clinton had once “embellished” her record (for those of us in flyover country, that’s fancy talk for “made up”). In 1996, Hillary Clinton claimed of her Bosnia visit, “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

I'm shocked! Shocked, I say! Lois Lerner Emails Show Obama’s Justice Department Assisted IRS To Target Conservative Groups
Excerpt: Despite the government’s refusal to release over 800 pages of Lerner communications, some documents that have been released show that she was discussing the targeting of conservative groups with members of the DOJ two years before the IRS even admitted that its actions were improper.

All the Democrats who endorsed and voted for the governor of Oregon knew essentially as much in November as they do now

Oregon's Kate Brown to become first openly bisexual governor. By David McCabe
Excerpt: After Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) officially resigns on Wednesday, the state will become the first with an openly bisexual governor in American history. Secretary of State Kate Brown, the incoming governor, has been involved in state politics for decades. She was first appointed to the state House of Representatives in 1991 and elected a year later. She later rose to the state Senate where she served as majority leader. Brown was elected as secretary of state in 2008. (If I lived in Oregon, this wouldn't bother me at all, though I suspect she would support progressive anti-growth policies that hurt the poor and middle class which would bother me a great deal. ~Bob)

She will also be the first openly bisexual governor that MSM cannot shut up about.

Actually genocide is the easiest way to earn the Nobel peace prize.

Struggling Mother Of Child With Cerebral Palsy Wins $188 Million In Powerball Grand Prize
Excerpt: A struggling North Carolina mother of four who had quit her jobs at McDonald’s and Walmart to focus on taking care of her children, one of whom has cerebral palsy, just found out she has won $188 million dollars in the recent Powerball lottery, reports. Twenty-six-year-old Marie Holmes claims that she was not a frequent lottery player, although she did buy tickets from time-to-time when she had some extra money lying around. (I hope she gets some good advice before the sharks attack. ~Bob)

Bush blows away GOP rivals with 2016 war chest
Excerpt: Jeb Bush’s money juggernaut is far eclipsing the efforts of his would-be rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, putting his two political committees on pace to amass an unprecedented sum of tens of millions of dollars by early spring. The former Florida governor’s overwhelming dominance in the race to line up financial backers has come at a speed that has impressed longtime Republican money players, who say wealthy party backers have rapidly migrated to Bush since 2012 nominee Mitt Romney decided against another White House run two weeks ago. (The people who wanted Romney out may have locked in Bush as the nominee. We will see if the Law of Unintended Consequences bites them. ~Bob)

The Hate Crime President. By John Ransom
Excerpt: Over a parking spot, right? Murder? Yes. Hate crime? No. And lawyer Obama should know it. Except for this: One gets the feeling that Obama and the Department of Justice have long planned for a scenario where innocent Muslims would face a backlash over continuing Islamic violence aimed at Western societies.

Good Article Written by the AFL-CIO President... Seriously. By Nick Sorrentino 
Excerpt: However, a new and outrageous wrinkle has gained increasing prominence on Wall Street: the acceleration of equity awards for executives who voluntarily resign to enter government service. ... Government-service golden parachutes raise troubling questions. How do Wall Street banks benefit from giving their executives a financial incentive to enter government service? Do they expect to receive favorable government treatment from their former executives? And if not, why should bank shareholders be asked to bear the cost of such golden parachutes?

Trucker Catches a Girl’s Face Peeking Out of RV Window. What He Saves Her from is Beyond Horrific.
Excerpt: “I saw a guy come up and knock on the door then go inside the Pilot–then quickly came back and knocked again, all of the sudden the thing was rocking and rolling.” Kimmel, a veteran trucker, said it was a no brainer what was going on, so he dialed deputies. When the authorities arrived, they arrested a couple who had been forcing a 2o-year-old girl into sex slavery. The girl was malnourished and tortured by her captors.

Journalism today: Write something historically sub-literate and myopic, oblivious to other points of view, then be confused at criticism.

Sweden: Rape Capital of the West. By Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard
Excerpt: Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 700%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed only by Lesotho in Southern Africa. Significantly, the report does not touch on the background of the rapists. One should, however, keep in mind that in statistics, second-generation immigrants are counted as Swedes. In an astounding number of cases, the Swedish courts have demonstrated sympathy for the rapists, and have acquitted suspects who have claimed that the girl wanted to have sex with six, seven or eight men. (Multi-Culturalism Mega Fail. --Lauren.)

Has the minimum wage kept up with inflation? By Paul Guppy, WPC Vice President for Research
Washington state’s inflation-adjusted minimum wage is 125 percent higher today than when it started. Based on when it started, the inflation-adjusted minimum wage in 2014 would be $4.20 an hour. Washington’s minimum wage is tied to inflation and rises automatically every January 1st. Washington’s automatic minimum wage increases are tied to the highest measure of inflation in the state; the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners in Seattle. The real minimum wage for many people is zero, because they can’t get the skills or work experience to compete for jobs at the state-mandated level.

A rare photo of Lincoln taken with war correspondent Brian Williams after his horse was hit by a Confederate bullet. 

Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. - Thomas Jefferson

Gun News

Kris Held, MD in Texas. Two shots. 410 followed up by .45

Concealed Carry Can Help Reduce Sexual Assault at Universities. By Gabriella Hoffman
Excerpt: In a time where sexual assault is on the rise at American universities, it's important to curb this trend by effective means. How can universities best address and eradicate the threat of sexual assault on campus? Allow concealed carry on campus. (Gun-free zones are really criminal empowerment zones, where criminals know their law abiding victims will be unarmed. ~Bob)

Ruidoso man shoots would-be burglar; another suspect has not been arrested yet
Excerpt: The department reports that Saiben R. Gabaldon, who was born in 1992, and another man kicked in the door to a home in the 100 block of Sunny Slope Drive in Ruidoso while the homeowner was there with his young child. The homeowner, who had armed himself with a .45 caliber pistol, confronted the two men inside the home. The homeowner, fearing for the safety of himself and his child, fired one round at Gabaldon, striking Gabaldon in the back of the left leg. The other unknown male fled the scene and was not located. (Homeowners needs more time at the range. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Rep. Mia Love on the floor discussing healthcare

Last-minute glitch ahead of Sunday ACA deadline
Excerpt: As the clock ticked toward the Sunday night deadline for Obamacare's 2015 enrollment, federal officials on Saturday grappled with a glitch that prevented people from getting their income verified so they could sign up for insurance. Federal and state officials had said they were prepared for a last-minute surge in Affordable Care Act sign-ups. But some consumers were unable to submit their applications because of "intermittent issues" with the external income verification sources used by, . Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Katie Hill said Saturday afternoon.

Undocumented Democrat News

IRS: Illegal Immigrants Who Didn't Pay Taxes Could Get Refunds
Excerpt: Illegal immigrants who have never paid taxes can now claim tax refunds due to President Barack Obama’s executive action, the IRS commissioner admitted. Commissioner John Koskinen said that no one bothered to ask what the tax implications of Obama’s sweeping action on illegal immigration could be. About 7,000 undocumented workers pay taxes using a current taxpayer ID. Now, 7 million illegal immigrants can apply for work permits and Social Security numbers, making them automatically eligible for earned income tax credit. (This kind of thing will bring a rise in tax evasion. ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Global Warming was NEVER Scientific. By Paul Benedict 
Excerpt: A Philosophy of Science: Part I. All anyone has to do to get an American to believe any absurd lie is to hire some “scientist” with alphabet soup behind his name, put him in a white lab coat, and have him utter: “Science conclusively shows that…” Then name the absurdity: “the sky is green,” “toothpaste causes tooth decay,” or “fungi have an I.Q. equal to baboons.” The idiot American will wander off marveling and willing to vote for more limited economic conditions or to have fungi teach in the public schools. Americans, and the West in general, can be excused to an extent for this naiveté about the claims of “science” because they are surrounded on every side with evidence of the power of science.

Religion of Peace News

Must Watch: Bill Warner, PhD: Jihad vs. Crusades

And seriously, reporters, what's up with this "the Prophet Mohammed" business? Would you ever use "the Savior Jesus Christ" in a story?

ISIS Fighters Attack Iraqi Base Wearing Iraqi Army Uniforms
Excerpt: Between 20 and 25 ISIS fighters wearing Iraqi Army uniforms infiltrated al-Asad airbase Friday -- the sprawling western Iraqi base where 400 American forces are training Iraqi troops -- and tried to enter the base, military officials said. The ISIS fighters were killed as Iraqi forces repelled the attack, officials said, and no U.S. military service members were affected by the attack.

All murder is a hate crime. No need to investigate it. They got the guy. I say try and execute him if found guilty. Will the left support the death penalty for this left-wing atheist? And, you can check with the FBI--hate crimes against both Jews and gays far exceed those against Muslims. Lot's of hate crimes against whites as well, though often not labels as such. ~Bob

Chapel Hill Shooting Suspect a Fan of Left Wing Hate Group SPLC. By Kristine Marsh
Excerpt: A quick trip to the Craig Hicks's Facebook page reveals that not only was Hicks a fan of the SPLC, he was a self-described “militant atheist”- with numerous photos, memes and posts mocking Christianity. Some posts call God a sociopath and call Christianity a “pyramid scheme.” His other Facebook likes include the Neil DeGrasse Tyson television show “Cosmos,” famous British atheist Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Sarah Silverman, Friedrich Nietzsche, The Huffington Post, LGBT Ally groups and various other progressive fan pages. ... Hicks isn’t the first SPLC fan to turn violent. In 2012, the group’s “Hate Map,” which lists the addresses of various groups SPLC claims are right-wing extremists, inspired a gunman to enter the Family Research Council in 2012 and attempt to kill everyone in the building.

CNN reports Islamic center fire intentional; ‘Tea party members are out here killing innocent people’
Excerpt: CNN’s Erin Burnett is reporting Friday night that the fire that broke out at Quba Islamic Institute in southeast Houston early Friday morning was set intentionally, at least according to a preliminary investigation.

US Apache Helicopters Attack ISIS Base: Report
Excerpt: American helicopters engaged Islamic State group fighters in Iraq on Friday, according to CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto. The deployment of helicopter gunships comes days after U.S. President Barack Obama submitted a request to Congress for authorization to wage war against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

Muslims exercising the multicultural veto on speech: 1 dead as Copenhagen cops hunt for gunmen in apparent-terror attack on free-speech event

Excerpt: Copenhagen police launched a frantic search Saturday for two gunmen with automatic weapons who opened fire on a cafe hosting a free speech event organized by a controversial Swedish artist who has faced threats for his caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Police said the two suspects drove away in a dark Volkswagen Polo after they sprayed the Krudttoenden cafe with some 30 bullets, killing a 40-year-old man. The shooting also slightly injured three police officers. The artist, Lars Vilks was not hurt, the Danish news network,, said, citing media reports. (You are allowed to offend Jews, Christians, Buddhists or any religion except Islam. They will kill you, thus the progressives will stop you from speaking on safety grounds. ~Bob)

No Surrender: ISIS Captures 17 Soldiers and Plans Brutal Murders in Same Way as Last Execution They Carried Out on Video
Excerpt: ISIS has released a new video of a parade with seventeen humans in cages, which shares way too many similarities with how Jordanian pilot Moaz Al-Kasasbeh was burned alive.
The video reportedly takes place in Kirkuk, Iraq. The people in the cages are members of the Kurdish Peshmerga, a well-trained group whom ISIS has been fighting since they invaded Iraq in June of 2014. (People fighting American Indians knew that the routinely tortured captives to death for entertainment, so saved the last bullet for themselves, as the leaders of the Fetterman disaster reportedly did in1866. This will have to be the rule for those fighting ISIS. ~Bob)

Israeli Political Commercial

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Turkish police use water cannon on protesters decrying religion in schools
Excerpt: Turkish police used water cannon in the western coastal city of Izmir on Friday to disperse scores of protesters boycotting schools over the growing influence of religion in the classroom, local media reported. Education is the latest flashpoint between the administration of President Tayyip Erdogan, and secularist Turks who accuse him of overseeing creeping 'Islamisation' in the NATO member state.

Everything We Know So Far About The Alleged Chapel Hill Shooter
Excerpt: Craig Hicks was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday. He has shared many atheist and anti-religious posts on Facebook. He appears to have defended Muslims and freedom of religion in past online comments. .. " Beyond that though after being in D.C. for a decade and knowing several dozen Muslims for most of that time I can say that they aren’t what most think of them. In fact, I’d prefer them to most Christians as I was never coerced in any way by the Muslims to follow their religion, which I cannot say about many Christians."

Pakistan: Sunni Muslims attack Shi’ite mosque, murder at least 20 people #Muslimlivesmatter. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Three Muslims were murdered by a psychopath enraged over a parking space in North Carolina, and Muslims all over are tweeting #Muslimlivesmatter. Will they get similarly outraged over this, and start to address the theological foundations of the Sunni-Shi’ite dispute, so as to try to prevent further bloodshed? Will they begin to work toward reform and rejection of the understandings of Islam that incite Muslims to violence?

Libya: Islamic State of Tripoli murders 21 “humiliated followers of the Coptic church” #Christianlivesmatter. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: In North Carolina, a psychopath murdered three Muslims over a parking space, and we are admonished that #Muslimlivesmatter, and there are new calls for restricting speech that examines how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism. About this incident, in contrast, there will be no such outrage, and no calls to restrict anti-Christian hate speech. Do #Christianlivesmatter? “Isis horror, 21 Christians slaughtered in Libya,” ANSAmed, February 13, 2015:

'Half of names of Gaza journalist casualties are terror operatives, or members of Hamas media'
Excerpt: Almost half the names that appear on a Palestinian list of journalists killed during last summer’s conflict with Israel actually belong to Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives and members of Hamas media outlets who were involved in Gazan terrorist organizations, a new report has found.

U.N. Report: ISIS Enticing Young Recruits with Christian Sex Slaves. But they are just "JV" right? By Trey Sanchez 
Excerpt: According to a newly released U.N. report, ISIS is auctioning off nearly 500 women and girls trafficked from Christian and Yezidi communities to entice young recruits from Iraq and Syria. The 29-page report states: Women and girls are brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale. The buyers were said to be mostly youth from the local communities. Some of the women are also being offered to current ISIS fighters as rewards. The report also states that ISIS is executing professional and political women.
Border Patrol Agents Catch Middle Eastern Man Sneaking Into Texas
Excerpt: The arrest took place earlier this week just south of the border city of Pharr, where an agent took into custody a man from a Middle Eastern country, a border patrol spokesman confirmed to Breitbart Texas. 

“I know it is not Islam, but Muslims do not protest and our leaders still are in extremely good contact with those countries that supply weaponry and support those beasts !” -- Sent by a Belgian friend to a blog reader. (This is as bloody ad graphic as it gets. ~Bob)

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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