Monday, February 23, 2015

Today's worth-reading political news and opinion


Minus 10 degrees when I got up this morning to do my med routine before rehab. Zero when I got home at noon. Made Lasagna and Corn Bread for dinner, hunkering down, hoping for global warming. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Worth Seeing: This 12yr.Old Georgia Young Man Goes Off On Obama In This Viral Video

Wanna know what an articulate, clean, young Black man thinks about our articulate, clean, Black President? (See above link. ~Bob)

FLASHBACK: Liberals Cheered Obama When He Questioned George Bush’s Patriotism (Video). By Jim Hoft
Excerpt: In 2008 then Senator Obama called President Bush “unpatriotic” for adding trillions to the national debt. ... You certainly didn’t hear any reporters lecturing Obama for his uncivil rhetoric after that outrageous attack.

Dad Furious About Son's Immigration Assignment That Bashes GOP
Excerpt: An 8th grade social studies class at Shattuck Middle School had to complete an assignment that suggested Republicans were destroying the "pathway to citizenship" for immigrants. The teacher, Grace Davis, used a political cartoon that featured a Democrat laying bricks to build a "pathway to citizenship," while a Republican character removed the bricks to dismantle the immigration process. (Education is teaching kids how to think. Indoctrination is teaching kids what to think. ~Bob)

What Scott Walker Actually Said. By Lawrence Kudlow 
Excerpt: Yes, believe it or not, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker actually spoke at some length at the dinner this past week where Rudy Giuliani charged that President Obama doesn’t love America. All the hullabaloo went to Giuliani, but in terms of the Republican presidential race, a number of Scott Walker’s pointed comments about policy and politicians are not to be missed. ... Walker was also highly critical of President Obama’s conduct in the war against radical Islamism, and said the U.S. must wage a stronger battle in the air and on the ground against ISIS. He stressed the need for a positive Republican message in 2016, and bluntly criticized Mitt Romney for spending too much time on the pessimistic economic negatives emanating from Obama’s policy failures. And in an unmistakable rip at both Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, he called for a new generation and fresh faces to turn America back in the right direction.

Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin. By Robert Samuels 
Excerpt: Walker had vowed that union power would shrink, workers would be judged on their merits, and local governments would save money. Unions had warned that workers would lose benefits and be forced to take on second jobs or find new careers. Many of those changes came to pass, but the once-thriving ­public-sector unions were not just shrunken — they were crippled. Unions representing teachers, professors, trash collectors and other government employees are struggling to stem plummeting membership rolls and retain relevance in the state where they got their start. (If the workers saw value in the unions, the unions wouldn't be shrinking. I managed professional associations for 31 years. Every association I was with had more paying members when I left than when I took over and no one was required to join by government or anyone else. [Bar Associations are an exception, as lawyers have to join to practice law.] People don't like being forced to do things like join unions or give up large sodas "for their own good." That's called freedom, now a quaint notion. ~Bob)

On, Wisconsin!
Excerpt: The movement of Midwestern states toward right-to-work comes just as they find a need to shield themselves and their employers from the aggressively pro-union policies of the Obama administration, which are aimed less at respecting workers' rights and more at propping up a dying source of Democratic political strength. It also comes just as unions have been exposed adopting new, desperate and heavy-handed tactics to stem membership losses and reassert their relevance in a market where labor standards and wages have passed them by. In at least three midwestern states, unions developed a scheme to skim off the top of government benefits intended for the ill and indigent, by forcing their unwilling caretakers to become dues-paying members. 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin Lawyers Up After Three Deaths Are Linked To A VA Report She Sat On For Months. by Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, may have landed herself in some trouble after it was reported her office did little to address the rather high rate of opiate prescriptions coming out of the Veterans Affairs center in Tomah, Wisconsin. As a result, Baldwin's office fired a top aide, offered her a severance package, and a confidentiality agreement. The aide, Marquette Baylor, rejected the deal and is considering a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Baldwin. At the same time, Baldwin's office had the Tomah VA report since last summer. To make matters worse, three deaths are linked to the overmedication problem highlighted in the report on the facility.

The Media's Breathtaking Double Standards on Patriotism and 'Civility.' By Guy Benson
Excerpt: When a conservative figure says something that seems to impugn or question a prominent liberal's character or love of country, "civility" SWAT teams are dispatched to knock down some proverbial doors. Such transgressions mustn't stand. But when the dynamic is reversed, the civility police are curiously off duty. Which brings us to Rudygate.

Welcome to the 2016 Piranha Tank, Republican Presidential Candidates. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: Remember that Atlantic piece on the Islamic State that everyone raved about, and that is really changing the way people think about that Islamist terrorist group? Graeme Wood put tons of work into it. He completed lots of interviews with some particularly unsavory characters, which must have taken a lot of negotiation. Enormous amounts of research. The lengthy article walks through some complicated concepts and a lot of history and geography.
Journalism work like that is hard. It requires a really good reporter/writer/researcher/thinker, good editors, and a publication willing to be patient. Not everybody is that good. Not every editor is that good, and not every publication can afford to be that patient. No, the simplest and easiest news story that can create a stir, get web traffic and attention, is the “can you believe this guy said this?” story. (Lord knows, I’ve written my share of them.) And just about any Republican at any level, in office or out of office, is fair game for a national “can you believe this guy said this?” story. (Dave Weigel identifies the “Republican lawmaker” story trend here, where controversial comments from little-known, usually-powerless GOP state legislators become national news.) (Morning Jolt is free and worth subscribing to. ~Bob)

Movie deals death blow to vicious lies about Vietnam. 'Believe it or not, we were the good guys'
Excerpt: Executive Producer Richard Botkin and Producer Fred Koster take a provocative look at the Vietnam War and the troops who fought it in the new documentary film, “Ride the Thunder: A Vietnam War Story of Honor and Triumph.” The movie portrays the inspirational story the media neglected – one of friendship, bravery, patriotism and sacrifice. (Wherever this movie shows up, we need to go see it, and preferably bring as many friends as possible. Please send this far and wide. --Del)

Quote From The Patriot Post
"The fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follow that, and in its turn wretchedness and oppression." --Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Samuel Kerchival, 1816

Kiev says cannot withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist
Excerpt: Kiev accused pro-Russian rebels of opening fire with rockets and artillery at villages in southeastern Ukraine on Monday, all but burying a week-old European-brokered ceasefire deal.
The Ukrainian military said it could not pull weapons from the front as required under the tenuous truce, as long as its troops were still under attack.

WaPo Fact Checker: Rep. Coffman really is a ‘combat veteran.’ By Michelle Ye Hee Lee 
Excerpt: When grilled by Coffman on whether progress has been made since McDonald took office and whether he has changed the culture of mismanagement and unethical behaviors at the VA, the new chief responded in defense of his record: “I ran a large company, sir, what have you done?” This “Oh, snap!” moment went viral, and Coffman issued a statement about his own credentials in response, including that he is a Marine Corps combat veteran. Coffman’s spokesman Tyler Sandberg noted again to our colleagues at In the Loop that Coffman is a combat veteran who served in both Iraq wars, and took another jab at McDonald’s performance in his first six months on the job.

What the Chinese professor learned about democracy here
The link is 90 seconds from which you will learn, or perhaps just hear what you know already, about what makes a society really successful. Basically, if there is no underpinning of morality for a society, it will become what used to be referred to sometimes as pagan society, which means everybody is out for himself/herself first and foremost, and only refrains from whatever they want to do when they are sure there are penalties too consistent and too high to make it worthwhile. In the countries where avoiding paying taxes is a major national drive, things don't work well, since there is always a cost to running a government, whether it's good or not so good. If the government cannot collect taxes with some level of efficiency because everyone is cheating every way they can, then all kinds of problems arise. Especially when the people still expect the government to supply lots of benefits and services. Greece with its near bankruptcy is a fine example of this. If people don't really believe in morality, then petty theft becomes a normal thing to do, as we saw in East Germany under the communists. At least some of the problems in former soviet dominated countries are due to people having lost religion in large part, and over generations, the morality that went with it. Once a person no longer believes in God and commandments, they readily fall into gross materialism, self-centeredness, greed, and lack of compassion for others. The video I sent around recently about the millionaire Chinese students in CA with their car club for super expensive cars is a perfect example of this. It goes right to the "He who dies with the most set of toys, wins" kind of thinking. You show how important you are, how much better than everyone else, by your display of tawdry wealth, and you revel in being able to do so. The USA was founded by primarily religious people, mostly Christian of various types, but some others as well, including the Jews whose money kept the Continental Army going when Congress ran short. And the values of those who accept either directly or indirectly the idea of the Ten Commandments and the ideal of loving your neighbor as yourself are what Jefferson thought made the right kind of citizens for a democracy. I think he was right, and even though we don't need to force religion on anyone, the current push of secularists to remove religion, most especially Christianity, from being a major force in our society will, in the long run, really be bad for the nation. Separation of Church and State only means no official state religion, it does not at all mean necessary antipathy between the State and those who practice religion. What is ironic is that here in Viet Nam, where the constitution supposedly guarantees freedom of worship for all, there IS a state religion. It is communism as taught by the Party, starting in kindergarten and through high school, with Ho Chi Minh truly regarded as a demigod, and the Party as the source of all power and all goodness on earth. You may in your heart not accept all this, as many Vietnamese who are religious do not, but you do not fight the system in any way, or life becomes difficult in a variety of ways. If you are truly brave and in any remotely public way try to push the idea of more than one party in the nation, eventually you will go to jail. Sentences have ranged from 2 to 7 years in jail, but usually this is followed by more years of "house arrest", which means you cannot go anywhere, see anyone, work any job, and are constantly watched. It's something like being paroled, and if you don't follow the rules, you will end up back in the jail. It is time for religious Americans to actively protest the push of secularism, to uphold the freedom we all should enjoy, but also for the long term good of the nation. Just my two cents worth...Del

Excerpt: Human rights groups have received dozens of complaints in the past month alone from Russian conscripts like Alexander who say they have been strong-armed or duped into signing contracts with the military to become professional soldiers, after which they were sent to participate in drills in the southern Rostov region.

Young is a blogger who is also on Twitter. ~Bob

Gun News

Half Of Tulsa’s Homicides This Year Have Been Justified
Excerpt: Tulsa, Okla., residents are on a shooting spree this year, and apparently they’re doing something right. Tulsa has had 11 homicides in 2015, nearly half of them by regular people acting legally in self defense, Tulsa World reports. “It’s been an odd year,” Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker told Tulsa World. “I’m sure it will even out over the next 12 months, but, yeah… it’s been odd.”

Man Found Dead After Area Homeowner Fires At Burglar Identified
Excerpt: Authorities Sunday identified a man whose body was found near a rural home where residents fired several times at a burglar early Saturday as Gus Peter Grammas, 48 of Gatesville.

Undocumented Democrat News

Illegal Alien In National Guard Busted For Aiding Mexican Drug Gangs. By Jim Kouri
Excerpt: In a joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) far-reaching investigation, members of the Arizona National Guard, including military recruiters were discovered working as “muscle” and “traffickers” for Mexican drug gangs, according to a report on Friday from the DOJ. About 12 National Guard were identified as suspects in one of the FBI’s biggest government corruption cases ever, which was almost totally ignored by government officials in Washington and major national news outlets.

Obama-Nominated Judge: New Illegal Immigrants Must Be Released
Excerpt: A federal judge has ordered the federal government to grant U.S. civil rights to illegals who are caught at the border, and to release all migrants except for those who may endanger Americans. The migrants “may have legitimate claims to asylum … [and] their presence here may become permanent … [so] that they are entitled to the protection of the Due Process Clause, especially when it comes to deprivations of liberty,” said the judge, who was nominated by President Barack Obama.

My Son Is Dead Because The Concept Of Borders Is Dead
Excerpt: A grieving Texas father told Breitbart Texas, “my son is dead because the concept of borders is dead.” Spencer Golvach was senselessly murdered by an illegal alien who had been deported a number of times after being convicted of committing crimes, including as law enforcement officers now tell us, crimes of violence. Golvach was shot in the head on January 31st while sitting in his car waiting for a stoplight to change. Golvach’s father said he wants the “boomerang” of deportation and illegal reentry into the country to be stopped.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Green Cronyism: Companies Benefiting From Energy Department’s Newest Solar Farm Also Recipients of Export-Import Bank Financing. By Melissa Quinn
Excerpt: This week, the Obama administration praised the opening of a solar farm in California, which was constructed with the backing of a $1.5 billion loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. But the project’s critics argue it “reeks of cronyism,” and they’re finding themselves in lockstep with opponents of the controversial Export-Import Bank, as the solar farm’s owners are also some of the bank’s biggest beneficiaries.

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: The Ideological Islamist Threat: The radicals are waging a war of ideas the West refuses to fight.
Google the title if the link doesn't get you to the article: Excerpt: Above all, we need to recognize that the strength of radical Islamists is directly correlated to their battlefield success, and the growing perception that they are the strong horse against moderate Muslim leaders. Communist ideology lost its appeal when it was seen to fail against the prosperity and freedom of the West. Islamic State will lose its allure when it is defeated and humiliated in the arena it cares about most, which is the battlefield. Mr. Obama and other Western leaders must summon the will to win the war on the ground, or they will find themselves in permanent retreat in the war of ideas.

Saudi sentenced to death for abusing Islam.
Excerpt: The unidentified man, in his 20s, was also charged with ripping a copy of the Holy Koran, filming the act and publishing it on social networks, ‘Sharq’ said.

Egyptian children carry out Isis-style mock beheading in chilling video
Excerpt: A chilling video showing a group of Egyptian children staging an Islamic State (Isis)-like beheading with wooden sticks has sent shockwaves through the country after it emerged in the aftermath of the brutal execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers who were abducted by IS in Libya. The 24-second video follows the style of clips produced and shared by IS, with two small children kneeling before two bigger children who represent jihadi militants holding wooden sticks to their throats. The group is edged by two other children who hold their wooden sticks like swords. (How long before some multicultural progressive teacher decides to do this with American kids? ~Bob)

Terror trainees: New ISIS video shows indoctrination of kids as young as 5
Excerpt: The latest disturbing video from ISIS shows what the Islamist group touts as the next generation of jihadist killers, pint-sized terror trainees who appear to be as young as 5 participating in drills and reciting verses from the Koran. The 9-minute video released Monday shows about 70 camouflage-clad kids, who are reportedly the children of foreign fighters who have flocked to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamist army. An instructor states in Arabic that most of the children are in the second phase of training and that they represent the "next generation" of ISIS

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? ~Bob. "Jobs for Jihadis?"
He hasn't even delivered jobs for Americans. --TH

Admiral (Ret) James Lyons on Islam as a threat doctrine
Excerpt: James Aloysius "Ace" Lyons, Jr. (born September 28, 1927) is a retired Admiral in the United States Navy whose 36-year career was capped by serving as Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 16 September 1985 to 1987 Only 3 minutes long and well worth listening to. (Really shocking and disappointing to learn how so many opportunities were thrown away by idiot politicians. --Del)

More Voters Than Ever Say Terrorists Are Winning
Excerpt: Just 19% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. 

Family of American Hostage Kayla Mueller: Bergdahl Swap Greatly Diminished Chances of Her Release. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: In an interview with NBC News, Carl, Marsha and Eric Mueller told Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie that President Obama's decision to swap alleged deserter and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five top Taliban commanders had an extremely negative impact on the chances of getting Kayla released. They explained that until Bergdahl was exchanged, they were in regular communication with their daughter. Things went south after Bergdahl's release. 
"That's when the demands got greater. They got larger. They realized that they had something. They realized that, ‘Well, if they're gonna let five people go for one person, why won't they do this? Or why won't they do that?’”

GOP’s support for Israel soars. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: Gallup reports: “Seventy percent of Americans now view [Israel] favorably, and 62% say they sympathize more with the Israelis than the Palestinians in the Mideast conflict. By contrast, 17% currently view the Palestinian Authority favorably, and 16% sympathize more with the Palestinians.” But as has been the case over a long period of time, there is an increasing partisan divide. “A key reason Americans’ sympathy for Israel has solidified at a sizable majority level is that Republicans’ support for the Jewish state has increased considerably, rising from 53% in 2000 to more than 80% since 2014 — with just 7% choosing the Palestinian Authority. A particularly large jump in GOP sympathy for Israel occurred in the first few years after 9/11 and at the start of the 2003 Iraq War.” Democrats’ support is now at 48 percent.

Jerusalem Mayor Takes Down Palestinian Terrorist. By Leah Barkoukis
Excerpt: The footage shows the suspect, a 19-year-old Palestinian, stab a 30-year-old ultra-Orthodox man before swinging at bystanders. Then, Mayor Nir Barkat, 55, and his bodyguards approach the suspect, quickly taking him down and neutralizing the threat. (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. ~Bob)

Hear out Israel’s leader. By Joseph I. Lieberman 
Excerpt: Last week, 23 House Democrats asked Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to postpone Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress scheduled for March 3. But it is absolutely clear that the speaker will neither postpone nor rescind his invitation. The prime minister will be there to speak. Therefore, I appeal to those 23 individuals and any other undecided members of Congress to go to the joint meeting and hear what the prime minister has to say. Let me suggest some good reasons why:

Good News: Jury Finds Palestinian Authority Liable for Intifada Terror
Excerpt: Palestinian Authority (PA) policies, including direct financial support to employees convicted by on terrorism charges, and payments to families of those killed waging terrorist attacks, make it liable for damages in attacks which killed wounded Americans, a New York jury decided Monday. Jurors awarded $218.5 million in damages to the victims and their families. Provisions in the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act triple that to $655.5 million. The jury's award "will not bring back these families' loved ones, nor heal the physical and psychological wounds inflicted upon them, but it truly is an important measure of justice and closure for them after their long years of tragic suffering and pain," said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Israel's Shurat HaDin law center, said after the jury award was announced. 

"Mystery of the Jews" video
One may have quibbles with the theology, but this is a useful short history of the "miracle" of Jewish survival through history. A good intro to the uninitiated. Cordially, Larry Greenberg

CIA attempted to contact Hamas despite official US ban, spy cables reveal. Leaked files show US ‘desperate to make inroads’ into Gaza as well as Barack Obama’s alleged threat to Palestinians over statehood 
Excerpt: The CIA tried to gain access to Hamas through backchannels despite a US government ban on contact with the Palestinian Islamist movement, the spy cables show. They suggest US intelligence has been anxious to make inroads with Hamas, or recruit agents, inside the Gaza Strip. The US designated Hamas, which won the last Palestinian election in 2006 and now runs Gaza, as a terrorist group in 1997. 

Worth Reading: They don’t hate Israel. They hate Jews.
Excerpt: Imagine for a moment that Israel became majority Muslim, elected a government composed of Muslims, and changed its name to “Palestine”. Imagine also that Israel, while making these changes, maintained the exact same policies towards Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. How would the rest of the world react? Would the UN keep writing anti-Israel resolutions by the dozens, while largely ignoring the rest of the world? Would arrogant university “students” continue to demonize Israel? Would the BDS movement continue its anti-Israel campaign unabated? Would the Western left, in a sudden bout of integrity, criticize the newly renamed Palestine as strongly as it criticizes Israel today? To answer these questions, we need only look at Israel’s neighbours. Palestinians are treated far worse in Lebanon and in Syria than they are in the West Bank.

When Saudi-backed Terrorists Come Home to Roost. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: In a move reminiscent of ancient history, Saudi Arabia is building a 600-mile-long "Great Wall"—a combined fence and ditch—to separate from the Islamic State to the north in Iraq. The irony here is that those Muslims that Saudi Arabia is trying to keep out are the very same Muslims most nurtured and influenced by a Saudi — or "Wahhabi," or "Salafi" — worldview. Put differently, Saudi Arabia is again appreciating how jihad is a volatile instrument of war that can easily backfire on those who support it. 

Excerpt: The quote above was taken from Barack Obama's book "Dreams of My Father". If we were to stretch as far as we could be might be able to give Barry the benefit of the doubt and write it off as someone who is just naive about the dangers of radical Islam. However, this past week I came across something that should strike fear in everyone of us. It seems someone had posted something about Hillary and Barack's support for an Islamic group called the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. Sounds pretty benign, huh? Well, when I read in the posting that Hillary and Barack want to make it a crime to criticize Muslims I thought it was just some right wing radical making more of something than is there. So I did a little research on this Organization for Islamic Cooperation. Seems the group is real, is funded largely by oil rich Saudi Arabia and has membership representing some of the more radical elements of Islam. AND...Hillary and Barack are four square behind this group. As a matter of fact, Hillary was dispatched to Istanbul, Turkey to attend an OIC conference and pledged the Obama Administration's support for enacting universal laws making it a crime to criticize a Muslim.

Charlie Hebdo memorial vandalised in Paris four times in two weeks: A shrine in memory of 17 people killed in terrorist attacks in Paris last month is vandalised
Gee, I wonder who done it? Presbyterians? Buddhists? ~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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