Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Today's important political news and conservative comment

General News and Comment

Great Satire: Hitler Finds Out About Brian Williams

Why did Brian Williams do it? By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: These are tough times for NBC’s Brian Williams — and tougher times for journalism. The NBC newsman was suspended Tuesday night for six months amid charges that he misremembered or conflated wartime incidents he reported on from Iraq and Israel. ... Many wager that money will determine the answer — Williams makes a bunch for the network — but the bottom line depends entirely on one crucial question: Will people ever trust Williams again? (Will I trust him again? Hell, I didn't trust him in the first place, nor anyone else in most of the media since I came back from Vietnam in 67, with NBC pretty much at the bottom. ~Bob)

President Obama lied about gay marriage, Axelrod says. This is why we’re cynical. By Aaron Blake
Excerpt: Indeed, you'd be hard-pressed to find a reporter or pundit who wasn't pretty sure that Obama supported gay marriage prior to when he publicly acknowledged it in 2012 — which is why the reaction to Axelrod's revelation has been somewhat muted. We all just assumed he was lying, basically. But at its core, this is a pretty striking bit of news: An American president's top adviser admitting that the president deliberately lied to the public about his true position on an issue of significant currency.

U.S. Citizenship Quiz
Get 15 or more correct to pass!
25 of 25. I bet 30% of the public can't get 15 of these very easy questions. ~Bob

Strauss-Kahn: Only 12 sex parties in three years
Excerpt: Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who denies charges of pimping, has told a court in northern France that he took part in only a few rare sex parties. He said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his "licentious evenings". There had only been 12 in three years, he said. Mr Strauss-Kahn is accused of helping procure sex workers for a prostitution ring based at a hotel in Lille. ... As he arrived in court in Lille earlier, three topless protesters from the Femen activist group jumped on his car, with "pimps, clients, guilty" painted on their chests. (Three topless women accost Dominique Strauss-Kahn on his way to pimping trial. He managed to get phone numbers of two. --Tweet from Mike McNally ‏@notoserfdom  I've had to cut way back on sex parties myself. ~Bob)

Why conservatives should miss Jon Stewart. By Stephen Stromberg
Excerpt: Jon Stewart can be unfair. He can be ideological — or, to use a more favorable term from recent coverage, passionate — in his coverage of national and world events. But his impending departure from the Daily Show desk should sadden you as well as his legions of liberal fans. He is not just any other ideologue. In fact, a consistent and crucial piece of his message isn’t ideological at all: The right and the left should behave with more civility and self-reflection. And in important moments he has acted on his rhetoric.

Worth Reading: Fairness and Justice. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: Others argue that because income is distributed so unevenly, justice and fairness require income redistribution. Let's look at fairness and justice. What constitutes fairness and justice has been debated for centuries. Widespread agreement has proved to be elusive at best. However, I think that an important part of an intelligent discussion about fairness and justice is the recognition that knowing results of a process cannot establish whether there is fairness or justice.

Gun News

Pennsylvania Town Puts Up Signs Warning Criminals: THIS IS NOT A GUN FREE ZONE
Excerpt: The signs are being strategically placed along all of the roads leading into the community. They serve as a warning to anyone considering committing a crime against local residents. The signs aren’t bluffing. The township supports an active hunting community, meaning many homes keeps at least one gun. (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. ~Bob)

Brothers Arrested Following Home Invasion, Shooting
Excerpt: According to Sergeant John Delaney, just after midnight, two men began ringing the bell of a home on Webber Street, calling the resident the wrong name, and threatening to “light up the house”. They eventually kicked down the door. The resident was home with their three-year-old daughter at the time. The two men, identified as 24-year-old Jordan Eady and his 22-year-old brother Jason, refused to leave, and advanced on the homeowner who, feeling threatened, shot Jordan in the chest and arm.

Outnumbered National Guardsman Wins Gunfight Against 3 Armed Robbers at Sonic Drive-Thru
Excerpt: According to media reports, the man, identified as 23 year old Joseph Toombs, was approached by several suspects at a Sonic Drive-Thru restaurant in DeKalb County, GA late last month. The suspects, at least one of whom was visibly armed, demanded money.
Toombs was able to draw his concealed handgun and open fire. One of the suspects was hit and the others fled. The suspect who was shot was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but ultimately died of his injuries.

Race Card News

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Vaccinations Are for the Good of the Nation. Dr. Ben Carson
Excerpt: I have been asked many times throughout the past week for my thoughts concerning the issue of vaccines. The important thing is to make sure the public understands that there is no substantial risk from vaccines and that the benefits are very significant. Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society. Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country. We should not allow those diseases to return by forgoing safety immunization programs for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them. Obviously, there are exceptional situations to virtually everything, and we must have a mechanism whereby those can be heard. 

The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares
Excerpt: A WIRED investigation shows that some children attending day care facilities affiliated with prominent Silicon Valley companies have not been completely vaccinated against preventable infectious diseases. At least, that’s according to a giant database from the California Department of Public Health, which tracks the vaccination rates at day care facilities and preschools in the state. We selected more than 20 large technology and health companies in the Bay Area and researched their day care offerings. Of 12 day care facilities affiliated with tech companies, six—that’s half—have below-average vaccination rates, according to the state’s data.

Excerpt: Obama indicated he was tired of hearing about companies cutting hours and wages from part time employees as a result of Obamacare. (I bet he is, but not as tired as worker are hearing that their hours are going to be cut. Obamacare is chock full of examples of the law of unintended consequences. Obama, of course, knows nothing about economics or corporations, or he would know that corporate boards have a fiduciary duty to maximize profits to their shareholders--many of whom are retirees or retirement funds. ~Bob)

Important: Buried In The Numbers: Obamacare's Costs Are Climbing, Not Receding. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: So the law’s overall price tag has declined only because it’s covering fewer people.
Left unsaid is the fact that Obamacare is set to spend more per person. If the law is not repealed, Obamacare will shell out $7,740 in subsidies for every person who gains coverage in 2021. That’s a 7% increase over the agency’s per-person estimate in 2011. The CBO now projects that the law will cost nearly $2 trillion over the next ten years. Obamacare’s subsidies alone will cost $1.1 trillion. In 2010, the agency put the cost of the entire law at $940 billion over its first decade. (Holy Brian Williams, Batwoman, are you saying Obama lied about the costs going down? ~Bob)

Obamacare’s Neglect of the Middle Class: The left falsely portrays Obamacare while attacking Burr-Hatch-Upton. By Jeffrey H. Anderson
Excerpt: The Huffington Post’s Jeffrey Young and Jonathan Cohn declare that “putting together a real Obamacare alternative will take more time — and more genuine interest — than Republicans have.” In truth, such Obamacare alternatives are already available to Republicans. These include the 2017 Project’s “Winning Alternative to Obamacare,” which helped Ed Gillespie almost pull off a huge upset victory in last year’s Virginia Senate race, and the newly released Burr-Hatch-Upton alternative, an updated version of last year’s Burr-Coburn-Hatch proposal. (And Rep. Tom Price, MD, has had a good bill for years, ignored by the media as the claim there are no GOP alternatives. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Yeah, Well, But What About The Crusades? By Kevin DeYoung
Excerpt: Yet, for all the times we’ve lamented the Crusades, how many of us know more than two sentences about them? Isn’t it wise to know at least a little something about the Crusades before we borrow them to get an advanced degree in self-recrimination? A few years ago I picked up a copy of The New Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden, a history professor at Saint Louis University. It’s a fascinating book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more, but not too much (it’s only 225 pages), about the Crusades.

Worth Reading: Jihadis 14, Crusaders 2. By Ralph Peters
Excerpt: In his ignorant and bigoted remarks to religious leaders this week, President Obama parroted jihadi propaganda. Bored (when not annoyed) by facts, the president referred to the Crusades and the Inquisition as evidence of the horrors religion can wreak. That kind of talk emboldens the Islamist line that Christian bad behavior justifies the Middle East’s bad behavior even today. The president knows as little about history as he does about warfare, and even less about religion. But he’s not alone. With the Left’s successful destruction of history instruction in our schools and universities, even “well-educated” creatures of Washington accept the Arab fantasy that the cultural incompetence, practical indolence, and spiritual decay of the entire Middle East stems from Richard Coeur de Lion’s twelfth-century swordplay.

The Kurds need weapons, now. By David Ignatius
Excerpt: The Kurds were rocked by the extremist push toward their capital of Irbil last August, he says. But they regrouped. As the peshmerga advanced, its commanders were able to call in air support from the U.S.-led coalition. They pushed the Islamic State back from Irbil and Makhmur, from the Mosul Dam, from Rabia on the Syrian border, and most recently from the area I visited in southwestern Kurdistan. But success is bringing a dilemma. Who will finish the fight in the north by recapturing Mosul? The Kurds don’t want the job; they have regained most of the territory they lost and know their entry into the Sunni Arab city of Mosul would cause political problems. The Iraqi military and a Sunni tribal militia are getting U.S. training, but they aren’t ready for such a big fight. President Obama has ruled out U.S. ground troops.

Important: Obama’s war authorization request is way too broad. And the damage has already been done. By Greg Sargent
Excerpt: A mere six months after combat operations began against the Islamic State, the White House today formally requested that Congress authorize combat operations against the Islamic State. The full text of the resolution proposed by the Obama administration is right here. Some Democrats criticized the proposal as too broad and too vague. They are right. Several critics I spoke to note that, in its current form, at least, it would not only do little to limit Obama right now, but could also leave the next president with enormous war-making latitude — whether he or she is a Democrat or a Republican. (Hard choices. we surely need to destroy ISIS. But we don't need Obama making more countries into chaotic terrorist havens as he did Libya. ~Bob)

Obama Asks Congress To Rubber Stamp Endless War. By Conn Carroll 
Excerpt: President Obama officially asked Congress to rubber-stamp his six-month-old war against the Islamic State Wednesday, dubbing the proposed Joint Resolution an "Authorization for Use of Military Force." "The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a threat to the people and stability of Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East, and to U.S. national security," Obama wrote in a letter addressed to Congress. "Although existing statutes provide me with the authority I need to take these actions," Obama continued, "I have repeatedly expressed my commitment to working with the Congress to pass a bipartisan authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIL." (Bipartisan. n. finding someone to share the blame. The Obama Dictionary. ~Bob)

If the White House wanted to convey they don't take jihadism seriously, & have a weird soft spot for Islam, what would they do differently?

Father Protests Islamic Indoctrination in Florida Curriculum – School District Justifies It with Support of Terror Group
Excerpt: Seminole County’s Lyman High School is being called out for its blatant Islamic indoctrination by a student’s father. Ron Wagner read, “There is no god, but God, Muhamad is the messenger of God.” However, he wasn’t reading from the Koran, The Five Pillars of Islam or the Hadiths. He was reading from his son’s 10th grade world history textbook. Even more concerning is that the school district not only stands by the curriculum, but have the full support of designated terror group Hamas-CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations).

Rick Perry gets it, slams Obama for ‘random’ comments. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: President Obama and the White House were content for a couple days to let it be known that the president did not consider a jihadist attack on a kosher market in France to be directed at Jews. The president’s jaw-dropping assertion had actually been made when the interview was pre-recorded some time ago. But neither he nor the White House, until a Twitter storm descended, realized he had said something remarkably stupid, and yet revealing. Both the State Department and White House spokespeople, after vigorously defending the president’s original remarks, late Tuesday eventually gave way and started to insist the president knew all along the motive of the kosher market killings was anti-Semitism. That’s about as believable as the notion the killing of four Jews in a kosher market was “random.” We now know what the president really thinks, and to many, it is horrifying. (Obama thinks Jihadists murder like low-info voters vote--randomly. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Shortly before his own death in a US airstrike on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recorded an audio eulogy for another slain jihadist, Mohammed al Zahawi. Ansar al Sharia Libya confirmed earlier in the month that Zahawi, the group's leader, had died of wounds he suffered while fighting in Benghazi. And Nadhari wanted to make it clear that al Qaeda considered Zahawi to be a "martyr." Nadhari's audio recording, which was released via Twitter on Feb. 6, has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Like other Ansar al Sharia leaders in EgyptLibya and Tunisia, Zahawi had an al Qaeda pedigree. In YemenAnsar al Sharia is merely a front for AQAP.
Excerpt: The US military confirmed that it killed the Islamic State's deputy emir for 'Khorasan province' in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan on Feb. 9, and the head of Shabaab's external operations and intelligence branch in a separate drone strike in southern Somalia on Jan. 31. The US continues to rely on airstrikes as the core of its effort to defeat jihadist groups worldwide. The confirmation of the deaths of Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, who was appointed the deputy governor of the Islamic State's Khorasan province in January, and Yusuf Dheeq, the chief of Shabaab's Amniyat, or intelligence service, was disclosed in a briefing yesterday by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.
Excerpt: Yesterday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby cast a positive light on jihadists from the Taliban and al Qaeda who have been released from Guantanamo and have returned to wage jihad. The topic came up in the discussion of an airstrike that killed Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, a senior Taliban commander who was detained at Guantanamo from 2001 to 2007, released to Afghan custody and freed in 2009, and returned to the Taliban shortly afterward to assume the role of a senior military commander up until his defection to the Islamic State earlier this year. ... Kirby's statement that Khadim's death should be viewed as a positive is cold comfort to the hundreds of Afghans, Americans, and Coalition personnel who were killed while Khadim commanded forces in southern Afghanistan. The jihadist was able to operate for more than six years as a top level Taliban commander and has the blood of thousands on his hands. (When the President gives you shit for policy, you can't make lemonade. A shit sandwich is the only option. ~Bob)

Better Late than Never? Qatar Retracts Fatwa Permitting Burning People. By Raymond Ibrahim,
Excerpt: It appears that Islam Web, a popular website owned by Qatar's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, may have been responsible for the rationale used by the Islamic State to burn alive a Jordanian pilot captive. On February 7, 2006, the widely accessed Arabic website issued Fatwa No. 71480, titled "The Burning of Ias bin Abdul Yalil by Abu Bakr." The fatwa, or Islamic decree, concluded that burning people as a form of punishment is permissible. Ironically, hours after the Islamic State burned the pilot alive, Fatwa No. 71480 was removed from Islam Web.

Wife: Slayings of 3 in N. Carolina motivated by parking spat
Excerpt: A woman whose husband is accused of shooting three people at a North Carolina condominium complex says the man was motivated by a parking dispute, not the victims' faith.
A Muslim advocacy organization had asked authorities to address speculation — much of it on social media — about possible religious bias in Tuesday's shooting of the three Muslims.(He can explain his motive when we put the noose over his head. ~Bob)

Leftist: Vehement Atheist’ Charged With Executing 3 Muslim Students
Excerpt: Though no motive for the shooting has been confirmed, local media is reporting that social media sites connected to Hicks might offer a clue. Hicks is a self-described “anti-theist” who lashed out against all religions. Apparently he is associated in some way with United Atheists of America and uses social media to lash out at both “radical Christians and radical Muslims.” He also describes himself as a fan of atheist author Richard Dawkins. ... According to his Facebook “likes,” Hicks is a man of the left: His Facebook Likes included the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gay Marriage groups and similar progressive pages. (The media will try to make him a conservative Republican, wait and see. ~Bob)

To Iran First? Kerry to appoint gay diplomat for overseas LGBT advocacy. By Josh Hicks 
Excerpt: By creating the special envoy, Kerry can bolster U.S. efforts to address discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities overseas. The appointee will be an openly gay career diplomat, the State Department said in a statement. (See the 2014 story from Iran, below. ~Bob)

Iran Executes Two for ‘Perversion.’ Third dealt death sentence for ‘insulting the prophet.’ By Adam Kredo
Excerpt: Iran executed two gay men on Sunday for the crime of “perversion” and has sentenced a third individual to death for “insulting the prophet,” according to human rights activists tracking the situation.

Learning from Iraq? White House weighs adjusting Afghan exit plan to slow withdrawal of troops
Excerpt: The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there. Under the still-evolving plans, Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, could be given greater latitude to determine the pace of the drawdown in 2015 as foreign forces scramble to ensure Afghan troops are capable of battling Taliban insurgents on their own, the officials said.

Egyptian TV host: Nobody dares admit that the Islamic State’s crimes are based on Islamic sources. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Will the international media and Barack Obama now excoriate Ibrahim Issa for “blaming all Muslims for the crimes of a few,” which is their knee-jerk accusation to anyone who dares suggest that Islamic sacred texts contain incitement to hatred and violence? Will an investigation be opened into “Islamophobia” on Egyptian television?

Excerpt: Dr. Mark Christian, founder of Global Faith Institute, knows Islamic history too well, being an apostate from the Muslim faith himself. Having experienced the true nature of Islam firsthand as a devout Imam, Dr. Christian penned a fiery open letter to the American leader, which he graciously provided to Mad World News, that includes a blunt history lesson in the unchanging goal of ancient Islam:

Islamic State Disfigure 15 Women With Acid: The women were accused of not wearing the niqab. By Hazhar Mamuzini
Excerpt: Mamuzini said al-Khansa militants disfigured the women by pouring acid on their faces.

Yemen, Obama's "success" story: Rebels seize US vehicles after Yemen embassy closes
Excerpt: Armed rebels in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa seized U.S. embassy vehicles Wednesday after diplomats fled the country over growing unrest. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren confirmed that the vehicles were taken by Houthi rebels after embassy personnel and U.S. Marines guarding the embassy evacuated.

73% of Muslims in France consider Islamic sharia law more important than the law of the land
Excerpt: The survey, published by the “Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies”, supported by the Dutch daily De Morgen revealed that half of Belgian Muslims are considered fundamentalists. In reaching this conclusion, the respondents answered “yes” or “no” to three statements: – Muslims must return to the roots of the faith. - There is only one interpretation of the quran. 

One of FBI's most wanted terrorists killed in Philippines
Excerpt: Philippines security forces killed one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists during an otherwise disastrous mission in the south of the country last month, DNA tests indicate.

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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