Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More interesting political news and conservative opinion


Happy St. Pat's Day! Wearing my favorite St. Pat's button: "I am not drunk. I am by nature a loud, friendly, clumsy person!" ~Bob

General News and Comment

Excerpt: I’m Marc Perkel – I’m an email expert and I run a competing spam filtering service Junk Email Filter. ... This system has serious security implications. Email to McAfee’s servers might be encrypted and email out of McAfee might be encrypted, but while it’s at McAfee any employee who has access to the filtering system can tap and read any email going to that domain. So – for example – if I’m a Russian spy, ISIS, North Korea, or Fox News, or a 14 year old hacker, all I have to do is bribe someone at McAfee or hack their work login, and they get to read all the email of the Secretary of State. ... So I thought, what if she has web mail? And sure enough – I GOT A LOGIN PROMPT! https://mail.clintonemail.com And I have verified by the SSL certificate that this is indeed the clintonemail.com server – still online! Click here and type in mail.clintonemail.com. ... If she’s the candidate I would still vote for her in the general election over any Republican. But in the primary – I still dream of Elizabeth Warren, but I’ll settle for Biden. And isn’t that just a little sad. (And this is a guy who wants Elizabeth Warren in the high office! Interesting that he will come out with solid criticism of his long admired public figure. --Del)

State Department: No record that Hillary signed separation form
Excerpt: State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday that she was "fairly certain" Clinton never signed the separation agreement. The mystery surrounding the departure form, known as OF-109, is just the latest development giving the Clinton and Obama camps headaches as the controversy over the former secretary of state's private emails enters its third week.

Chinese company pledged $2 million to Clinton Foundation in 2013
Excerpt: A CBS News investigation has found that at least one foreign company with close ties to its government has been giving generously to the foundation run by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

CBS News Analysis: Questionable Chinese Donor to Clinton Foundation is ‘Raising Concerns’
Excerpt: The Clinton Foundation is back in the news again at what could not have come at a worse time for Hillary Clinton. After weeks of focus on Clinton’s private email servers, the soon-to-be candidate now faces renewed reports on the organization that drew scrutiny for accepting donations from large companies and foreign nations that provide Clinton a conflict of interest. CBS News reported that a donation from Chinese company Rilin Enterprises of $2 million in 2013 raises questions.

Hillary Clinton is increasingly unpopular. It’s not because of her e-mails. By Aaron Blake 
Excerpt: Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks during the "Not There Yet: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality" in New York, March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Hillary Clinton's image is worse than at any point since 2008. That's the big takeaway from a new CNN/Opinion Research poll released late Monday. And it's true; 44 percent now have an unfavorable opinion of her -- the highest that has been since June 2008, shortly after Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

Interesting: Hillary or Bust! By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: If there is insufficient turnout, or if groups do not vote in lockstep on the basis of their racial or sexual identities, then — witness the 2010 and 2014 elections — Democratic candidates can get walloped. Why? A paradox arose in Obama’s efforts at encouraging bloc voting. To galvanize groups on the basis of their race, tribe, or gender, the Obama cadre has resorted to divisive language — “punish our enemies,” “nation of cowards,” “my people” — that turns off independent voters and even some liberal white voters. (I'm beginning to think Hillary may not be the Democrat nominee in 2016. ~Bob)

Wisconsin: Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Funded This ‘ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS’ SIGN [VIDEO]
Excerpt: A militant Wisconsin group funded heavily by the National Education Association — America’s largest teachers union — unfurled a banner declaring “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS” at an anti-police protest last week. The group, Wisconsin Jobs Now, organized the protest on Wednesday, EAGnews.org reports. Despite the name “Wisconsin Jobs Now,” the small, radical group has spent considerable time and energy in recent months protesting police tactics.

Time. By Richard Fernandez
Excerpt: The signs of the times as read by the Roger Cohen of New York Times at least in his piece The Great Unraveling throw shadows upon a doubtful scene. He surveys our age and writes, “it was a time of beheadings. … a time of aggression. … a time of breakup. … a time of weakness…. a time of hatred. … a time of fever. … a time of disorientation.” And yet they had come to that pass sleep-walking, unmindful “until it was too late and people could see the Great Unraveling for what it was and what it had wrought.” It was a time of catastrophe because it was equally a time of folly. For it was a time when people got Nobel Prizes in advance of achievement; when people reviled their heritage the better to free themselves of the past as well as the future. It was time when they cast away the victory of the Cold War and the result of the Second in the vague belief they could remake the world retrospectively.

Important: Most Transparent Administration in History To Scrap Executive Office FOIA Requirements. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: The most transparent administration in U.S. history is preparing to exempt a key White House office from Freedom of Information Act requests thanks to Bush administration precedent. More from The Hill: The White House on Tuesday will announce new rules exempting an administrative office from subjection to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies. In a Federal Register notice scheduled to publish Tuesday morning, the action to exempt the Office of Administration is listed as a final rule, which means there will be no opportunity for public comment. ("Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency." Yep, Mr. Obama said that, and in fact in other speeches he went on at length about openness and transparency and how he was directing his Administration to live up to both the letter and the spirit of openness to the people. Of course... that was then, and this is now. All this FOIA stuff is just too much of a nuisance for the Executive Office to keep up with. We can all understand that, can't we? --Del)

Stupid: Republican congressman with 'Downton Abbey' office resigns. By Susan Cornwell
Excerpt: Schock gained a following for posting flashy photos on social media of himself traveling, surfing and on other adventures. But he was hounded with questions after the Washington Post wrote in February about lavish decorations in his Capitol Hill office based on the television series "Downton Abbey." "Bright red walls. A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles. A Federal-style bull's eye mirror with an eagle perched on top. And this is just the Illinois Republican's outer office," the Post wrote at the time. (No feel for the optics. unless you are Obama and the media will cover for you, you cannot get away with living large on the taxpayers' dime. ~Bob)

Lawmaker calls for a rebellion against EPA pollution emissions for backyard barbecues
Excerpt: On Monday, State Senator Eric Schmitt (R) from St. Louis kicked off a #porksteakrebellion after he discovered the EPA is funding a study on propane grill emissions that suggest pit masters use a special tray to catch grease drippings and a "catalytic" filtration system to reduce air pollution, reports Fox News KTVI. (We could make a fortune on "catalytic" filtration systems for cattle. --JB)

Obama's Legacy: U.S. urges allies to think twice before joining China-led bank
Excerpt: The United States urged countries on Tuesday to think twice about signing up to a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join. The concerted move by U.S. allies to participate in Beijing's flagship economic outreach project is a diplomatic blow to the United States and its efforts to counter the fast-growing economic and diplomatic influence of China. (And as if that was not enough, I also had forwarded you the news that Australia had joined the Chinese bank. Who's next? Many financial experts told us before, a debt based economy like ours has an expiration date. Many people ignored the warning. The Keynesian policies have borne their sour fruits. Now, as for the petrodollar agreement, well, that too will unravel when people wake up to the fact that this pact with the devil (Saudis) is the ulterior motive for conflicts in the Middle East. I suspect the Saudis will start ignoring this agreement once the dollar has slid so far. That would mean no real reason for war in the ME--except against REAL enemies, like ISIS. --Don Hank)

Forget Harvard and Stanford. It really doesn’t matter where you go to college. By Jeffrey J. Selingo
Excerpt: The competition for getting into elite colleges seems to be getting more intense, leaving frustrated students, parents, and counselors to wonder: Does it really matter where you go to college? It doesn’t, according to Frank Bruni. The New York Times columnist is author of a new book coming out on Tuesday, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.” (With the universities now intent on teaching students what to think, not how to think, I believe this. ~Bob)

American Education: Boy suspended over leaf, but school sees him as guilty when law doesn't
Excerpt: An 11-year-old boy suspended for a leaf in his backpack is still prohibited from attending school even though it tested negative for marijuana. The 364-day suspension in Virginia began last September for alleged marijuana possession, but those charges were dropped in juvenile court when tests came back negative for pot. KTAR News reports that several tests were run on the leaf that was found in the boy's backpack. Officials determined that no marijuana was discovered. Legal charges against the boy suspended for the leaf have been dropped, but the school isn't backing down. (OK, let's just nail this 11 year old boy into the ground for coming to school with a leaf on his backpack. It doesn't really look or smell like marijuana? Hey, get it tested. It doesn't test for marijuana? Test it again, dammit! It still doesn't test the way we want. TEST IT AGAIN! OK, so it's not marijuana, the prosecutors drop the legal charges, not out of kindness, but because they have to. But not those school authorities, nope, they don't care about minor details like innocence. They can choose to say he must have been trying to provoke us with something that is an imitation of marijuana, so the year suspension stands. Why would this kid ever want to go back to that school? Why would anyone retain a shred of respect for the people in charge there? How stupidly, ridiculously unfair is this? --Del)

What’s Wrong With the Latest Trendy Libertarianism
Excerpt: Libertarian populism has lately been generating a great deal of attention on the Right. Many believe it represents a viable reform agenda for the GOP. Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor in June lent credibility to this notion. As the title of libertarian populist Conn Carroll’s post at Townhall unequivocally declared, “Dave Brat Proves Libertarian Populism Can Win.” In the rush to anoint libertarian populism as the future of the GOP, however, people have glossed over two points. First, there is little about libertarian populism that is distinctly libertarian. (I had not seen anything like this before, where what clearly is a conservative point of view is brought to bear on Libertarian thought and George Bush at the same time. I have been a moderate critic of Mr. Bush for a long time, while always conscious that he is a sincerely decent man with great intentions. (Not the Far Right monster that so many paint him still to be.) The criticisms here ring true to me, and the odd part is that of course some of what he did was not that different than some of what Mr. Obama has done; but I am consistent, I criticized both the same way for the same things. I guess the big question in my mind is, where are we going to find a really outstanding leader who will avoid both the pitfalls of the Right and Left, get US business running as it should, stop the cronyism, stop underwriting the big organizations who already make a lot of money and have too much influence, and formulate a foreign policy that serves both us and the rest of the world well? Is there such a person anywhere. Can there even BE such a person anywhere? --Del)

'Christianity Today' Article Praises Racist, Abortion Supporting, Eugenicist Margaret Sanger
Excerpt: Of all the shocking articles I’ve ever read in Christian magazines, the article “Contraception Saves Lives” by Rachel Marie Stone praising the efforts of Margaret Sanger has got to be one of the worst.

Meat Group to Feds: ‘Hands Off My Hot Dog’
Excerpt: The meat industry is pushing back against a federal committee that wants Americans to eat less meat, telling the government “hands off my hot dog.” “We petition you to embrace nutrient dense meat and poultry in a healthy, balanced diet,” the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) said in a petition posted on Change.org last week.... The committee released its report of recommendations to the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) last month, calling for “a diet higher in plant-based foods.” (Glad they didn't say "Hands off my Weiner." ~Bob)

Bigger isn’t Inherently Better
Excerpt: There is an almost direct link between the size of a hospital and the propensity to rely on protocol thinking in the delivery of patient care. Protocols are not inherently bad, however the tendency to restrict the practice of the art of medicine, as if individual patients are as interchangeable as machine parts, grows more pronounced as a hospital gets larger. From my almost 2 decades of medical practice, I have seen how the slavish devotion to protocol “cookie cutter” medicine degrades medical treatment through lazy medical thinking.

Gun News

Man shot during Tarrant home invasion dies
Excerpt: The man entered a bedroom of that house and was shot by a resident who was home at the time of the incident.

Race Card News

ICYMI: ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie. By Jonathan Capehart
Excerpt: What DOJ found made me ill. Wilson knew about the theft of the cigarillos from the convenience store and had a description of the suspects. Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun. And the popular hands-up storyline, which isn’t corroborated by ballistic and DNA evidence and multiple witness statements, was perpetuated by Witness 101. In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements. (Mr. Capehart is a Black man, a reporter, and an honest man whom I appreciate. He has gone out of his way to acknowledge that the shooting of Michael Brown was not at all an execution of an innocent young man by a racist cop. He is still very concerned with the incidences of unarmed Black men killed by police, as we all should be. However, in every case what is needed is what was lacking in Ferguson, which is an impartial, non-politically driven, careful investigation of the facts rather than an instant jump to conclusions followed by protests that turn violent. He does accept without any comment, or probably any thinking, the premise that statistics showing Blacks getting charged with traffic infractions more than Whites prove discrimination. As others have pointed out, that is simply another jump to a conclusion, and there are ample examples of different statistics between groups that are not the result of discrimination. But in the PC charged atmosphere of today and today's media, everyone makes that same unjustifiable jump and hardly anyone wants to see a real, objective analysis. Any voice that calls for careful response to events is a great thing in my estimation, and this commenter sets a great example for many others. -Del)

VIDEO: Pastor Claims Ferguson Cop Shooting Was Set Up by Police
Excerpt: Bishop Derrick Robinson went on MSNBC and accused police in Ferguson, Missouri of setting up Jeffrey Williams in the shooting of two officers during the protest outside police headquarters.

Surprise: Ferguson home values are plummeting, and residents are feeling the pain
Excerpt: The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease. (Turns out that people, black or white, don't want to live in a place known for riots, looting and violence. Imagine that. It is poor black people who will suffer most from the "Hands up, don't shoot" lie. Obama, Holder, Jackson and Sharpton won't miss any meals. ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Excerpt: First, the average premium — net of subsidies — has jumped 23 percent from 2014. In both years, insurers covering almost nine in ten Obamacare subscribers received subsidies to reduce premiums. The average monthly premium, before insurers receive subsidies, across all “metal” plans, is $364 in 2015. The average subsidy is $263, resulting in a net premium of $101 (Table 6). In 2014, the administration reported an average premium of $346, less an average tax credit of $264, for a net premium of $82 (Table 2). Therefore, the gross premium increased 5 percent but the subsidy declined by a scratch. Due to the power of leverage, this resulted in subscribers seeing an average premium jump of 23 percent. - See more at:

Undocumented Democrat News

Analyst: Lifetime Retirement Costs for Illegals Granted Executive Amnesty Total $1.3 Trillion
Excerpt: The lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits of illegal immigrant beneficiaries of President Obama’s executive amnesty would be well over a trillion dollars, according to Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector’s prepared testimony for a House panel obtained in advance by Breitbart News.

Excerpt: Within the first couple of months of Obama’s illegal immigration executive , at least ninety thousand Social Security cards were issued to illegal aliens. Now Republican Senators led by Ben Sasse and Jeff Sessions are asking the Obama administration to answer questions on how many additional social security cards were issued. The answer is important because it will allow citizens to know just how much money taxpayers are spending to illegal aliens. Social Security cards are keys of the kingdom to illegal aliens. With them, they are able to access a number of all sorts of benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Social Security disability payments or Social Security’s supplemental income program.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

EPA wants to monitor how long hotel guests spend in the shower. By Elizabeth Harrington
Excerpt: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower. The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.” (Hotels today, home tomorrow. --Barb)

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Two Warnings. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: When Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3rd, it was the third time he had done so. The only other person to address a joint session of Congress three times was the legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill. The parallels between the two leaders do not end there. Both warned the world of mortal dangers that others ignored, in hopes that those dangers would go away. In the years leading up to World War II, Churchill tried to warn the British, and the democratic nations in general, of what a monstrous threat Hitler was. Despite Churchill's legendary status today, he was not merely ignored but ridiculed at the time, when he was repeatedly warning in vain. (They laughed at Winston in '32, but six years later there was no laughter anywhere. People in '32 were so conditioned by the fear of repeating the horror of WW1 that they refused to see what was there to be seen, and they laughed at those who tried to open their eyes. Wishing for peace and everyone to just settle down and get along has never saved anyone, and looking away from the sad portents to the sunny future you want is the ostrich strategy, and that's never succeeded. Looking hard at the nasty realities of today, and all the too numerous future scenarios that end with awful results for this nation and others is no fun at all, but it's what real adults do. We have a tremendous tendency in the West to be stuck in "prolonged adolescence", wanting to concentrate on doing what we enjoy doing, getting the things we want to have, while not paying full attention to those very dark storm clouds still off in the distance, but getting closer, not further. But we aren't seeing a Winston in the wings, waiting to take over sometime soon. I sure wish we had one. --Del)

Important: Israel vote too close to call
Excerpt: Exit polls on Tuesday found Israel’s parliamentary elections are too close to call.
Israel's Channel 10 projected after the polls closed Tuesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party and the Zionist Union slate would each take 27 seats in the next parliament, The Times of Israel reported. Channel 2 found that Likud had a small lead, with 28 seats to Zionist Union's 27.

Excerpt: As Israeli voters head to the ballot boxes to elect their new representatives, Palestinians say they are preparing for another war with Israel. The preparations came even as US Secretary of State John Kerry and some Israeli candidates, especially Zionist Camp leaders Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni, continue to talk about the need to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process after the election. For some Palestinians, the election is not about removing Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu from power. Rather, it is about removing Israel from the face of the earth and replacing it with an Islamist empire.

Why Politicians Pretend Islam Has No Role in Violence. By Daniel Pipes
Excerpt: Summarizing these statements, which come straight out of the Islamist playbook: Islam is purely a religion of peace, so violence and barbarism categorically have nothing to do with it; indeed, these "masquerade" and "pervert" Islam. By implication, more Islam is needed to solve these "monstrous" and "barbaric" problems. But, of course, this interpretation neglects the scriptures of Islam and the history of Muslims, steeped in the assumption of superiority toward non-Muslims and the righteous violence of jihad. Ironically, ignoring the Islamic impulse means foregoing the best tool to defeat jihadism: for, if the problem results not from an interpretation of Islam, but from random evil and irrational impulses, how can one possibly counter it? Only acknowledging the legacy of Islamic imperialism opens ways to re-interpret the faith's scriptures in modern, moderate, and good-neighborly ways.

Democrats won’t back Iran nuclear deal in blow to White House as enough break with Obama to put veto-proof legislation in the works to stop an agreement
Excerpt: Democratic senators remain irritated with their GOP colleagues who last week sent a letter to Iranian leaders undercutting President Barack Obama, but they will still back bipartisan legislation that would give Congress final say over a nuclear deal. Enough members of the president's party have signaled support for that bill and another that would impose new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't make an agreement with negotiators that the White House would be powerless to stop the measures from going into effect once passed.

U.S. Omits Iran and Hezbollah From Terror Threat List. By Jack Moore
Excerpt: An annual security assessment presented to the U.S. Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has excluded Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from its list of terror threats to U.S. interests, despite both being consistently included as threats in previous years.

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen. By Craig Whitlock 
Excerpt: The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

US Orchestrated Anti-Bibi Bomb May Bite its Backers. The American-style anti-Bibi campaign appears to violate US tax laws, especially its goal of changing Israeli law to create a Palestinian State. By Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Excerpt: Remember Al Capone? He was the notorious American gangster who met his downfall by the inelegant and unexciting – but sometimes deadly – U.S. tax code. So, too, may be the ultimate fate of the ubiquitous and well-funded Obama-style campaign machine gunning for Netanyahu, known as V15. That entity and its creators are barred under US tax law from attempting to achieve its two stated goals: defeating Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and changing Israeli law in order to create a Palestinian State.

ISIS Kidnaps 20 Doctors and Nurses in Libya. By Thomas D. Williams, PhD
Excerpt: In the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, ISIS kidnapped 20 foreign doctors and nurses on Monday afternoon as they were waiting for a bus to take them to Tripoli. According to reports from various Arab media, the hostages are mostly Filipinos, but among them there are also Indians, Serbs and Ukrainians.

Excerpt: A comparative analysis of funeral services held in Iran for seven Shiite Pakistani nationals killed in combat in Syria and Iraq (Table 1, below), and those of Shiite Afghan casualties in Syria, provides insight into Tehran’s use of non-Iranian Shiites in its struggle against regional Sunni adversaries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and their salafist jihadist affiliates. As with the Afghan casualties, the funeral processions of all Shiite Pakistani “martyrs” killed in Syria and Iraq took place in Iran, in the presence of their family and relatives, which indicates that they were residing there prior to their deployment, and did not volunteer for combat from Pakistan. In the case of Javid Hossein, Iranian media outlets admit that he was a resident of Qom.

Iran Sent Arms to Iraq to Fight ISIS, U.S. Says
Excerpt: Iran has deployed advanced rockets and missiles to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State in Tikrit, a significant escalation of firepower and another sign of Iran’s growing influence in Iraq. United States intelligence agencies detected the deployments in the past few weeks as Iraq was marshaling a force of 30,000 troops — two-thirds of them Shiite militias largely trained and equipped by Iran, according to three American officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence reports on Iran.

Slouching Toward Mecca. By Mark Lilla
Excerpt: The best-selling novel in Europe today, Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission, is about an Islamic political party coming peacefully to power in France. Its publication was announced this past fall in an atmosphere that was already tense. In May a young French Muslim committed a massacre at a Belgian Jewish museum; in the summer Muslim protesters in Paris shouted “Death to the Jews!” at rallies against the war in Gaza; in the fall stories emerged about hundreds of French young people, many converts, fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq; a French captive was then beheaded in Algeria; and random attacks by unstable men shouting “allahu akbar” took place in several cities. 

Islamic State quotes Qur’an in vow to blow up White House, conquer Rome and Spain. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: “Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed.” That’s Qur’an 9:111, the justification for suicide attacks. Will some moderate Muslim spokesman in the West kindly explain how the Islamic State is misunderstanding this verse? I’ll be right here.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

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