Thursday, February 12, 2015

Some not-to-be-missed political news and comment today

General News and Comment

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Worth Seeing: A gold star son, 8-years-old-honors his dad.

Worth Reading: The Destroyer Goeth: Jon Stewart’s shtick is a poor substitute for discourse, but that’s the state of contemporary progressivism. By Kevin D. Williamson
Excerpt: I met Walter Cronkite once. He was a jerk. ... This was about half a decade before his public pronouncements became full-blown bonkers, suggesting to Larry King that Karl Rove was manipulating Osama bin Laden in order to influence U.S. elections. ... Cronkite, for all of his failings and his utterly conventional liberalism, was a real reporter. (And sort of a bad-ass, too, at one point manning a machine gun while covering World War II. I do hope that Brian Williams doesn’t pick up that story, too.) Stewart, who has announced his pending retirement from The Daily Show, is only an intellectual parasite, echoing the conventional liberalism of the old-line media establishment without doing any of the work.

Interesting: Liberalism after Jon Stewart. By David Weigel
Excerpt: This granted Stewart more power than any comparable host. Everyone covered the botched rollout of No one captured the liberal horror at the rollout like Stewart did, when he interviewed then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "If you’re a Democrat and you’ve lost Jon Stewart, you have a problem," intoned Chuck Todd and the other authors of NBC News's First Read memo. But that was just it: The assumption was that Stewart would only nail Democrats when they were halfway down the tubes already. The rest of the time, he'd be mocking conservatives, and the worst of the mainstream media; liberals would get dopamine hits from watching the results on TPM or HuffPost.

Worth Reading: Brian Williams’s Truth Problem, and Ours: The NBC anchor’s lies are symptomatic of a culture in which truth has become relativized. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Politicians are often the worst offenders. Vice President Joe Biden withdrew from the presidential race of 1988 once it was revealed that he had been caught plagiarizing in law school. In that campaign, he gave a speech lifted from British Labor party candidate Neil Kinnock. Hillary Clinton fantasized when she melodramatically claimed she had been under sniper fire when landing in Bosnia. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, was more overt in lying under oath in the Monica Lewinsky debacle. Former senator John Walsh (D., Mont.) was caught plagiarizing elements of his master’s thesis. President Obama has explained that some of the characters in his autobiography, Dreams from My Father, were “composites” or “compressed,” which suggests that in some instances what he described did not exactly happen.

Brian Williams: Borrowed Scars

Why Indiana’s Mike Pence deserves the trust of conservatives. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Today’s president, whose prior governmental experience was meager and entirely legislative, probably has strengthened voters’ normal preference for actual executives — governors rather than legislators — as chief executives. Governors actually govern, which means continually making choices and compromises. So, with the Republican nominating electorate increasingly persnickety about ideological purity, governors often are more disadvantaged than senators as candidates.

Sweden cuts rates below zero and starts QE
Excerpt: Sweden's central bank has cut its key interest rate from 0% to a record low of -0.1%.
It also launched a programme of quantitative easing, buying government bonds worth 10 billion kronor ($1.2bn) to inject cash into the economy. The central bank, or Riksbank, said that there was a risk that inflation would not rise fast enough. (Huh. They pay you to borrow money? Sign me up. ~Bob)

Student Utters ‘God Bless America’ at Morning Announcements…And Now He’s Getting Punished For It
Excerpt: Upon finishing the announcements, the student added, ‘God Bless America.’ Two atheist students took offense to the statement. A school spokesperson for the Nassau County School District said that the student had gone off script and was being reprimanded:

Too funny: Disagreement as Mental Illness: All dissent from leftist orthodoxy is based on irrational “phobias” that must be rooted out. By James Lileks
Excerpt: Islamist agents will infiltrate every major city in America and Europe, rent some vans, and leave them at major intersections with motor running. Lobbyists will be paid to suggest building coal-fired plants next to Jewish community centers. Polar bears wearing suicide vests will be sent into shopping districts. Taking advantage of the porous border, our e will send in thousands of jihadists who will, under cover of darkness, build the Keystone pipeline

John Kitzhaber planned to resign, changed mind Wednesday, sources say
Excerpt: Gov. John Kitzhaber decided to resign Tuesday but then changed his mind, insisting Wednesday afternoon that he's staying, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned. Events developed as the Democratic governor, now in a historic fourth term and fighting multiple investigations, faced eroding support from other elected officials and even his own advisers.

Leaders agree to Ukraine cease-fire. By Jane Onyanga-Omara
Excerpt: The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany on Thursday announced a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine following marathon talks in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the agreement envisages the cease-fire starting Sunday, a special status for rebel regions, provisions on border controls and humanitarian issues. But Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the talks did not include any agreement on autonomy or federalization for eastern Ukraine, a longtime demand of Russia. (Peace in our time! Relax, everybody, Putin says we can trust him. Am I cynical for wondering if the ceasefire will last as long as the negotiations did? -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt)

A Blow to Illinois Unions Is a Win for Jobs
Excerpt: While it’s debatable whether anything politically good can come out of Chicago, something good came out of the Illinois state capital of Springfield this week. In a blow to the state’s bloated government unions, newly elected Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Monday allowing state workers to opt out of paying union dues.

Excerpt: A House committee is looking into why Attorney Gen. Eric Holder cut Democratic activist groups in on billion-dollar settlements with big banks. Better late than never — we wondered the same thing six months ago. They say that the wheels of justice grind slowly. But considering the size of this Obama administration power abuse, the probe's delay is disappointing.

Middle School Students Given Explicit ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Puzzles
Excerpt: Parents in a Monessen, Pennsylvania are irate at school officials after Fifty Shades of Grey-themed word search puzzles were given to their middle school children. In the latest round of controversy regarding the sexually explicit series, several teenaged students were reportedly given word puzzles that included the terms “spanking,” ”submissive,” ”leather cuffs,” and “bondage,” among other words, which are reportedly more explicit.

MyRA or the Highway?
Excerpt: But there are more limitations on the MyRA than the Roth IRA, writes Pam Villarreal, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis. Roth IRAs established through an investment firm, for instance, can be invested in individual stocks, bonds, cash or mutual funds. The MyRA is limited to Treasury bond investments. Thus, the MyRA has several significant drawbacks: Because the MyRA only invests in government debt (bonds), it is not the wisest choice for workers who have decades before retirement. The MyRA is only available to workers whose employers are set up to make automatic payroll deductions. The MyRA account is limited to 30 years or a $15,000 balance, at which time the account must be rolled over into a private IRA. MyRA investments will produce rates of return similar to the Government Securities Investment Fund (G) in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan available to federal employees. Since 1987, the average annual rate of return of the G fund has ranged from 1.89 percent to 5.54 percent, depending on the length of time the bond is held.

Obama Charity Tax Proposal: Hurting the Ones Who Love Him, By Howard Husock
Excerpt: For the seventh consecutive year, President Obama has proposed to limit the value of the charitable tax deduction for those who give a disproportionate amount of charitable gifts: high-income donors. Once again, the President, in his budget, has asked Congress to limit the value of a deduction for a charitable gift made by high-income households to 28 percent —despite the fact that the top tax rate is 39.6 percent. The White House justifies its proposal, which would likely mean a multi-billion dollar reduction in charitable giving, on a familiar basis: equity. It would, says the Administration, “make the tax code more equitable because the value of the tax expenditures as a percentage of the deduction is proportional to one’s bracket, so it is less valuable to those in the lower brackets.” Translation: the White House objects to the fact those who earn more get a bigger tax break for giving their money way that those who earn less. (If charity goes down, the government would need to step in--and hire more bureaucrats who vote Democrat. ~Bob)

60 Minutes’ Bob Simon killed in car crash

Veteran CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, for more than four decades one of America’s most respected journalists, was killed in a crash Wednesday night after his limo driver lost control of the vehicle on the West Side Highway. The Lincoln Town Car in which Simon, 73, was riding collided with a Mercedes-Benz, then veered across the roadway and plowed into a pedestrian expansion near West 30th Street at about 7 p.m., according to law-enforcement sources. The driver of the Mercedes said the black car was veering erratically before the crash. (First thought: What story was he working on? "Cure for Ebola." Second thought: Did that town car have those new tech items that can be hacked? Third thought; Just an accident? These days..... He survived 40 days in Iraq prison with torture. Not downtown NYC. --Barb)

Wounded Warrior Project sues a veteran critic in Gig Harbor. By Adam Ashton
Excerpt: A national veterans nonprofit group is suing a Gig Harbor veteran in federal court, alleging that the former airman has defamed the organization in articles he posted to several websites. The Wounded Warrior Project is seeking unspecified financial damages from Vietnam veteran Gordon “Alex” Graham in a lawsuit the nonprofit filed in federal court in Tacoma last week. Based in Florida, the Wounded Warrior Project raised $225 million in 2013. It collects funds through a one-time and monthly giving program that has drawn celebrity endorsements, including a recent commercial featuring actor Mark Wahlberg

If you go to and register, you can search for the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, FL. When you find it, you can review their 990 Federal Tax Return. I did a few years ago, but this article made me look at the 2013 tax return. (2014 not in yet.) Here is what WWP reported to the IRS for 2013. Numbers are the line number on their form 990. You can use their reported information to make up your own mind about supporting them:

Part I:
8. Contributions                                  $225,418,220
12. Total Revenue                             $234,682,943
15. Salaries                                          $28,905,282
16. Fundraising Expenses                   $31,740,306
18. Total Expenses                              $158,073,943
19. Revenue less expenses                  $76,609.000
Part VII:
1a. Executive Director                        $375,000 plus $22,490
            (IMHO as a retire non-profit executive, this is not out of line for a budget of this size.)
1d. Highest compensated employees  $2,197,542 plus 195,738
Part IX:
1. Grants to organizations                $16,849,420
2. Grants to individuals                    $853,365
8. Pension Plan                                    $492,470
9. Other employee benefits                 $3,211,519
10. Payroll Taxes                                 $2,722,316
13 Office expenses                             $15,218,191
14. Rent                                              $4,963,052
15. Travel                                            $6,377,433

As an association executive, I filed 990s for 31 years for the associations I managed, and have reviewed a lot of others, competitors, associations we were working with or associations I was applying to. On the WWP 990, I see only Part IX, numbers 1. and 2. as expenses that went to help veterans. If I've missed something, please let me know. That amounts to $17,702,785 out of revenue of $234,682,943. Or 7.5%. On the other hand, Charity Navigator gives WWP three stars ( says the WWP spends 57.7% of the revenue on programs for the mission. I would like to know what they count as program expenses--it must include salaries and other overhead to support programs. If you donate $100, and I deliver a $20 meal to the poor and get paid $50 to deliver it, did $20 or $70 of your donation go to feed the poor? ~Bob

WaPo Fact Checker: Obama’s claim that one in five American women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. By Glenn Kessler
Excerpt: But in this case, the president did not cite the report; he stated it as an actual fact. Granted, he was speaking in a public service announcement, where footnotes and caveats are generally not used. If he was trying to get people’s attention, he certainly did. But by the same token, by citing as fact the results of a survey that may be overstated, the president runs the risk of undermining support for his efforts to call attention to sexual violence.
There’s no such thing as a perfect survey, with completely accurate results — especially when the conclusions are determined by the interpretations of analysts. So the president earns a Pinocchio.

Why am I here?
If anyone ever wonders why I am here in Viet Nam again, below is the answer.

This man has no legs, one arm, and is dying of liver disease. He was so happy to see me that his whole body shook and he had trouble speaking. He hung onto my hand like a drowning man, and tried to talk to me in some bits of remembered English. He wanted to know if I lived in San Jose, because he heard it was very nice there. His wife is the lady looking over my shoulder. She was blown away by having me come visit, with a translator and another old vet. And it was in a way like my first visit, nine years ago, when one of the first men I met was in the same condition, except his liver was OK. And he asked me then for what this man asked for now. A special wheelchair, so it'd be easier for his wife to move him around their little place. And like that last time, I could hardly say no, and he will have his chair right after the holidays are over. This is somehow much more difficult than my other visits. I find myself just sad all the time about what I see here. But that discussion is for another time. I have many more old, disabled vets to see. --Del. (Del is part of the Vietnam Healing Foundation, that helps destitute Arvin vets who supported us, are treated very badly in the new Vietnam. ~Bob)

Vets Group Demands VA Secretary Apologize for Asking Iraq War Veteran, ‘What Have You Done?’ By Pete Kasperowicz
Excerpt: A key veterans group on Wednesday demanded that Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologize for insulting a member of Congress who just happens to be a 22-year Marine Corps veteran. McDonald got the attention of Concerned Veterans for America during the day when he got angry at a series of questions from Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.). Coffman was asking about the VA’s failed hospital construction project in his home state, when McDonald stunned the room by trying to shift the blame to Coffman.

Why I'm "Insecure" About Homeland Security
Excerpt: I'm not a big fan of Homeland Security. Here's why: The U.S. military are taught from basic training on, throughout their career, that we are to always be subservient to civilian leadership, that our greatest responsibility is to defend our nation, and do so as "citizen soldiers" owing our allegiance to the citizenry we swear an oath to defend. How many know that, except for selective Guard units, and the U.S. Coast guard, Homeland Security is made up of civilian bureaucracies who owe their allegiance only to the mighty U.S. government who issues them a paycheck, and for which no similar set of ethics exists which protects the private citizen from Homeland Security mandates.

Important: World debt is good? By Robert J. Samuelson
Excerpt: Almost everyone wants faster economic growth and lower unemployment. But there's deep division over whether less or more debt is the way to get there. On the facts, there is little dispute. The world has more debt now than at the height of the financial crisis. In a new report, the McKinsey Global Institute — the research arm of the well-known management consulting firm — estimates that worldwide debt rose an astonishing $57 trillion, or 40 percent, from the end of 2007 to mid-2014. As a share of the global economy, debt was 286 percent of gross domestic product, up from 269 percent of GDP in 2007.

Worth Reading: Living in Obama World. By Michael Reagan
Excerpt: Never mind that we're in the slowest economic recovery since FDR's awful policies prolonged the Great Depression. Never mind that the "official" unemployment rate of 5.7 percent is a statistical fraud because it doesn't count the millions who've dropped out of the job market. Never mind that the federal government still spends $486 billion more every year than it takes in and future deficits are projected to be a trillion bucks a year. And never mind that ObamaCare is a fiscal time bomb that's already driven up the cost of health insurance for millions of individuals and small business owners.

Ben Carson Finally Gets Apology from Southern Poverty Law Center. By Cortney O'Brien
Excerpt: “In October 2014, we posted an ‘Extremist File’ of Dr. Ben Carson. This week, as we've come under intense criticism for doing so, we've reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it.” (According to his Facebook page, the left-wing atheist who just murdered three Muslim students in NC over a parking dispute was a SPLC fan. ~Bob)

Good News: Philadelphia Selected as 2016 Democratic National Convention Site. By Christine Rousselle
Though I understand they have made some improvement, Philadelphia has long had a reputation as a very expensive convention site, due to union work rules. ~Bob

RNC Honors The Late Edward Brooke At Trailblazer Luncheon. By Matt Vespa
Excerpt: As the Republican National Committee held its 3rd Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards luncheon, honoring newly elected members Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), there was a good portion of the program dedicated to the late. In 1966, Brooke became the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction; a race he won by almost 500,000 votes in a state where blacks were less than three percent of registered voters. (Though he was a liberal Republican, Brooke was smeared and defeated by liberal Democrats in 1978, who didn't worry about the "racism" charge they throw around today. He always helped fellow Republicans, including conservatives. I would likely not have been elected to the state senate without his support. ~Bob)

Interesting: South Florida Sex-Abuse Case Is Hillary's Headache. By Roger Stone
Excerpt: The case is not going away any time soon and Epstein has good reason to worry. Bill and Hillary Clinton are among VIPs who also have reason to be concerned. ... The case, now broken wide open by the exposure of Epstein’s special federal deal, gave the Cassell-Edwards team a green light, and they wasted no time raising the stakes for Epstein. In December 2014 they filed a bombshell pleading in which Jane Doe No. 3, Virginia Roberts, accused Epstein of forcing her to have sex with a number of Epstein’s powerful friends, naming, among others, Prince Andrew and none other than Epstein’s criminal defense mastermind himself, Alan M. Dershowitz. Roberts also named a former governor, former U.S. senator, former prime minister and a Fortune 500 billionaire among those who were supplied under-age girls for sex. ... This is where Bill ... and Hillary Clinton's vulnerability comes in. Former President Bill Clinton visited the hedonistic private island of the billionaire pedophile, according to the New York Post. 

Scott Walker Not Done Collecting Skulls for his Throne. By Leon H. Wolf
Excerpt: After winning two bruising electoral battles in the last 3 years, and making structural changes to Wisconsin’s budget with Act 10, you might be forgiven for thinking that Scott Walker would likely rest on his laurels as he prepares for an anticipated 2016 campaign. You would be wrong. Walker has released his proposed Wisconsin budget for this year and it is loaded with cuts to liberal sacred cows across the board. Walker’s proposed cuts have once again mobilized the unions against him for planned protests over the weekend. Walker is yet again showing that where others might prefer the easy road, he almost relishes the opportunity to test his battle mettle.

On the Islamic State: Marco Rubio leads, Ted Cruz postures. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is an expert rhetorician but not much of a leader. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is both. There is no better example than on the authorization for use of force. ... By contrast, Rubio took to the floor to argue: “I would say there is a pretty simple authorization he could ask for, and it would read one sentence. And that is: We authorize the president to defeat and destroy ISIL, period. And that’s, I think, what we need to do.”
Idiots--funny but sad: Stunned Vermonters condemn Republican for Latin state motto. Some Vermonters are confused about which language is the most widely used in Latin America.
Excerpt: Residents of Vermont were outspoken in their response to the suggestion of a Republican state senator to introduce a staid Latin phrase as the second motto of the Green Mountain State. State Senator Joe Benning explained in a newspaper column that he had been asked by a Lyndonville VT middle-school student why Vermont does not have a Latin motto as do the rest of the states of the Union. He wrote that the girl, Angela, had proposed re-adopting the Latin phrase “Stella Quarta Decima,” which was the phrase inscribed on Vermont’s first coin before its admission to the Union. The phrase when translated means, “The Fourteenth Star,” which expressed Vermonters' desire to become the fourteenth of these United States. ... For example, Ronald Prouty Jr. wrote, “No way this is America not Mexico or Latin America. And they nee (sic) to learn our language, just like if we go there they want us to speak theirs.” Richard Mason wrote, “We are AMERICANS, not latins, why not come up with a Vermont motto that is actually from us.” Dorothy Lyn Lepisto added, “I thought Vermont was American not Latin? Does any Latin places have American mottos?” (I suppose they USA [E. Pluribus Unum] and the US Marines [Semper Fidelis] are un-American because they have "Latin" mottos? ~Bob)

Gun News

U.S. court rules residency requirements for pistol buys is unconstitutional
Excerpt: A federal district court in Texas overturned a 1968 gun law prohibiting the sale of handguns to out-of-state residents, granting those who live in Washington, D.C., the ability to travel to an out-of-state gun store, buy a handgun and bring it home without a middleman.
The ruling takes aim at the federal Gun Control Act of 1968, which prohibited handgun sales to out-of-state residents and was defended by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who argued that the law doesn’t violate the Second Amendment.

Race Card News

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Administration should fully disclose risks to enrollees in Obamacare exchanges. By John R. Graham
Excerpt: More and more businesses are figuring out that continuing to offer health benefits puts them at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis firms who socialize the cost of health care by shifting their employees onto Obamacare exchanges. These crafty firms, however, probably don’t realize they are putting their employees at enormous risk. If they are operating in one of 36 states where Obamacare might come to a screeching halt in the second half of 2015, their workers could lose their subsidized Obamacare plans as early as July. This is what will happen if the Supreme Court decides in favor of the petitioner in the Obamacare case of King v. Burwell. This case addresses the question of whether or not the federal government can pay subsidies to insurers in states that did not establish their own health-insurance exchanges.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Important: Reporters told to stop interviewing 'irrelevant' climate change critics. By Paul Bedard 
Excerpt: A new study of how environmental reporters cover global warming and climate change reveals that they see the issue as one America has endorsed and, as a result, no longer include critics in their reports because they are “generally irrelevant.”
And the orders are coming from editors. What’s more, the study from George Mason University found that climate change reporters are weaving their coverage into stories on broader issues to get around editors who don’t want a lot of reports on global warming. The study in the authoritative trade magazine Journalism dubbed getting both sides on the climate change issue “false balance.” The study is available by subscription. (Yep, let's not publish anything from those damn "deniers", because even the President has said the debate is over and 97% of scientists support the whole Climate Change (actually AGW) idea. (Of course, the Prez was as wrong about that statistic as he has been about so many others, but let's not get hung up on details.) This is what is really, really scary about the West today and perhaps the USA in particular. We are woefully short of true investigative reporters and editors who support them. We have bias on bias in the newsrooms and editorial offices, but the result is that the average American gets a lot of stuff represented to him/her as solid fact, that "everybody knows". When way too much of the time the actual subject is much more complex than that, and what people are being given is more misinformation rather than real reporting. If these people continue to get their way and the West gets into the "war on CO2 generation", we will all see a substantial cost to us, in a variety of ways, and of course none of it will have the slightest effect on planetary climate. We can only hope a change in the White House in 2016 may bring a different point of view to bear where it counts. --Del)

Religion of Peace News

Yemen--Obama's success story: Al Qaeda fighters seize Yemen army base, U.N. warns of civil war. By Mohammad Mukhashaf
Excerpt: Al Qaeda-linked fighters seized a large army base in a dawn attack in southern Yemen on Thursday, militants and residents said, hours after the United Nations warned that the country was on the brink of civil war. The base in the southern province of Shabwa, housing a brigade of up to 2,000 government soldiers, fell after several hours of heavy clashes, residents and local news sites said. The al Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia said on Twitter it had set off a suicide bomb at the gate and imprisoned some of the troops.

Yemen's Houthis confiscate U.S. Marines' weapons. The State Dept. closed and evacuated the Embassy. By Ed Adamczyk
Excerpt: U.S. Embassy vehicles, and the weapons of departing U.S. Marines, were confiscated by Yemen's Houthi rebels, an official at Sana, Yemen, airport said Wednesday. The United States closed its Embassy and recalled its personnel after the government, long a crucial anti-terrorism partner of the United States, was taken over by the rebels, Shiite Muslims in a predominately Sunni nation, who seized control of government offices, including the presidential palace, and dissolved Parliament last week. (Reminds one of the Marines at the Embassy in Iran being ordered to stand down under Jimmy Carter. Sickening. ~Bob)

Neighbor killed 3 members of Muslim family near UNC-Chapel Hill campus over parking dispute, police say; murders spark '#MuslimLivesMatter' hashtag
Excerpt: Police say the triple murder of Deah Barakat, 23, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, Tuesday afternoon was the climax of a long-simmering parking dispute with 46-year-old neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks.
Hicks, an avowed and vehement atheist according to his Facebook posts, appeared shackled and dressed in an orange jumpsuit during arraignment Wednesday when a judge ordered him held without bond until a court appearance March 4. (I have no problem standing this leftist--his Facebook likes include Rachel Maddow and the Southern Poverty Law center--against a wall and will bring my own rifle to shoot him. These appear to be complete innocent kids. But Muslims would have more credibility if they also spoke out about Islamist murders to the same extent. #AllLivesMatter. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Terrorism Supporters Exploit Chapel Hill Killings. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Yesterday an angry leftist supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque shot three Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina over a parking dispute. Jibril Hough, the spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte, called the parking space shooting “domestic terrorism.” Which “domestic terrorist” group did Craig Stephen Hicks, the shooter, belong to? His Facebook likes give us a partial clue. Maybe it was “Liberals Against Conservative Propaganda,” “LGBT Activism” or “The Rachel Maddow Fan Page.” There’s no doubt that the Islamic Center of Charlotte has a great deal of expertise when it comes to terrorism. 

Can you draw? $10,000 Muhammad Art and Cartoon Contest to be Held at Site of ‘Stand With the Prophet’ Conference in Texas. By Bob Price
Excerpt: Pamela Geller is planning a “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.

The Left and Islam Apologetics. By Stephen Schwartz
Excerpt: For some time, an argument has been made that the liberal left, in refusing to examine the problems of Islam, has betrayed its Enlightenment roots. That is, while secular, feminist, and protective of free speech in dealing with its Western peers, the liberal left has been accused of abandoning its heritage in its quest for political correctness regarding Muslims. In truth, however, the left has a distinguished background of courting Islam as a weapon against Western capitalism. Its most representative figures from the past did so frankly, as the following rehearsal of their statements demonstrates.

Radical Islam Exists: Islamism IS the New Totalitarianism. By Qanta Ahmed
Excerpt: In contrast to others, I confirm Radical Islam exists. Political scientists, including Muslim political scientists, know it as Islamism. Only part of Islamism expresses violence – violence frequently identified as terrorism. Much of Islamism pursues non-violent ambitions devoted to a new but entirely 20thCentury totalitarianism, which is now the preeminent threat of our age. Islamism is the new totalitarianism.

‘We have a problem.’ By Zaid Nabulsi , The JordanTimes
Excerpt: Enough is enough. It is time to speak out. “Islam is innocent” is an incomplete sentence. Introspection is needed, for, if we shy away from reality, the alternative will be more images like those we witnessed last Tuesday night, when brave Lt. Muath Al Kasasbeh was burnt to death in a cage. The inconvenient truth that is overlooked or willfully ignored by apologists for the indefensible is the fact that Wahabism, the cult of mediaeval austerity founded by Ibn Abdul Wahab (1703-1792), has over the last half century been exported to every mosque and school throughout the Muslim world until it completely enveloped mainstream Sunni Islamic teachings.
Wahabism has entirely replaced, and become, Sunni Islam; the two cannot be told apart anymore.

Pope Francis: Plot to bomb Catholic leader by FBI 'most wanted' terrorist during Philippines trip foiled
Guess they missed the Pope's lecture about Islam being a Religion of Peace. ~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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