Thursday, March 19, 2015

More Political News and Conservative opinion


Book Recommendation: George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade  and, Don Yaeger 
This is a short, well written and well researched history of a fascinating but little known piece of the Revolution. I have been a Revolutionary War buff since early teens and had never heard of the Culper Ring. The book is easy to read and will hold your interest. It also has details about Nathan hale and about Arnold's treachery.

Took my new eyes to the shooting range today. Did fine, despite the tremble from the drugs--you wouldn't have wanted to be standing 15 feet in front of me and threatening... ~Bob

General News and Comment

Important: China gloats as Europeans rush to join Asian bank. By Simon Denyer
Excerpt: China’s state media indulged in a bit of gloating Wednesday, as Europe’s most powerful nations announced they planned to join a Chinese-led Asian regional bank, ignoring objections from the United States. In a commentary piece titled “Washington, what are you waiting for?” state news agency Xinhua described the United States as “petulant and cynical” for declining to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It said the bank was open to all nations but said Washington’s “sour grapes” left it looking “isolated and hypocritical.”

The Obama Economy: Great: More Americans on Welfare Than Working Full Time. By Christine Rousselle
Excerpt: A new report from the Census Bureau showed a total of 108,592,000 people were on some sort of means-tested government benefits program in the fourth quarter of 2011, yet only 101,716,000 people were employed full-time for the entire year.

Keystone Kops Government. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: What has gone wrong with the U.S. government in the past month? Just about everything, from the fundamental to the ridiculous.

Is the Chicago Machine About to Run Out of Gas?
Excerpt: That’s where things stand now following Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) failure to win an absolute majority in the last Tuesday’s mayoral election with just 45% of the vote. The runoff election between Emanuel and runner up Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D) who received 34 percent of the vote is scheduled for April 7. (They can vote for Emanuel ad make Chicago the new Detroit slowly, or Garcia and make it Detroit very rapidly. ~Bob)

54% Think Democrats Should Run A Fresh Face in 2016
Excerpt: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Democrats should look for a fresh face to run for president in 2016 rather than promote a candidate who has already run in the past. Only 22% think Democrats should go with a candidate from the past. Just as many (23%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) ... What is surprising, though, is that 57% of Democrats won’t commit to someone from the past, with 36% who think their party needs a fresh face and a sizable 21% who are undecided.

Excerpt: The rest will be familiar to those familiar with modern-day slavery in the United States: The family for whom she was to work took her passport and separated her from her cousin, with whom she had come to the U.S. The cousin was sent to work in another home. Ima Matul was, needless to say, never paid — the family said they were simply keeping the money safe for her until she returned home. She worked 18 hours a day or more. She was cut off from all communication, beaten, and abused. She was told that if she were to try to run away, she’d be arrested as an illegal immigrant and taken to prison, where she would be held indefinitely with no passport or other identification, and where she would certainly be raped.

$21 Billion: Guess How Much the Clintons Have Raised Since 1992. And here's how they spent it. By Molly Redden
Excerpt: In the cover story of the current New Republic, Alec MacGillis reports on the role of Doug Band, Bill Clinton’s “body man,” in the 42nd president's post-White House life. The story of an aide’s business dealings inevitably gets into a thorny subject for any politician: money. The Clintons, as it happens, have raised scads of it. Here’s a breakdown.1

As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup. Insiders say to expect more news, less bombast, and fresh voices. By Dylan Byers
Excerpt: Year-to-date, MSNBC’s daytime viewership is down 21 percent overall and 41 percent in the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic, putting it in fourth place behind Fox News, CNN and CNN’s sister network HLN. Its prime-time ratings are down 24 percent and 42 percent, respectively. In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC is bringing in its smallest share of the demo since 2005, the year before Keith Olbermann’s scorched-earth admonitions of the Bush administration ushered in the current era of Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton.

How Americans Rate News Networks. By Matt Towery 
Excerpt: On the national level, liberals were aghast to find that Fox News ranks No. 1 as the most trusted source of news among the various national networks. Of course, pundits were picking apart the crosstabs of the poll, trying to prove how the support for Fox came from Republicans and older viewers. But the fact is that Fox held very respectable numbers among independent and younger voters as well. And no, the poll was not unfairly weighted toward GOP-leaning viewers.

A bastion of free inquiry: Student Barred From Class For Disputing Rape Statistics
Excerpt: A student at Reed College has been banned from class for denying the existence of “rape culture” in the United States and arguing that the oft-repeated statistic that one in five women are raped at college is bogus. Jeremiah True, 19, received an email from professor Pancho Savery on March 14 telling him he was making his classmates so uncomfortable that he was no longer welcome to participate in the “conference” sections of his Humanities 110 class, a course which focuses on the art and literature of classical Greeceaccording to BuzzFeed News. (A college education should equip one to entertain three things: a friend, an idea and oneself. --Thomas Ehrlich)

Gun News

Odessa Mother Fires 'Warning Shot,' Prevents Home Invasion
Excerpt: She and her two-year-old daughter were home alone when a "suspicious man" showed up at their front door around 9:30 a.m. "He wouldn't stop knocking on the front door, then he broke through our fence to get into the backyard and started trying to get through our back door," Barnes told NewsWest 9. "I ran to get my husband's gun [and] fired a warning shot into the air." She said "mother's instinct" pushed her to do whatever was necessary to protect her daughter. McDonald, realizing she was in the house and armed with a gun, allegedly fled on foot.

Race Card News

WaPo Fact Checker: ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson. By Michelle Ye Hee Lee
Excerpt: On Dec. 1, 2014, four members of the Congressional Black Caucus repeated the gesture while delivering speeches on the House Floor titled, “Black in America: What Ferguson Says About Where We Are and Where We Need to Go.” Each of the members held up their hands, and the image spread widely online. Yet the Department of Justice’s March 4, 2015, investigative report on the shooting of Michael Brown found federal investigators could not confirm witness accounts that Brown signaled surrender before being killed execution-style. The department’s descriptions of about 40 witness testimonies show the original claims that Brown had his hands up were not accurate. ... The DOJ has concluded Wilson did not know whether Brown was armed, acted out of self-defense and was justified in killing Brown. The majority of witnesses told federal investigators that the initial claims that Brown’s hands were up were not accurate. “Hands up, don’t shoot” did not happen in Brown’s killing, and it is a characterization that deserves Four Pinocchios. Politicians should step carefully if they try to highlight this expression in the future.

Dick Durbin Made Two Black Women ‘Sit in the Back of the Bus’
Excerpt: Justice Brown is black, but not the right kind of black. As a result, she was “graphically pilloried as an Aunt Jemima by an Internet cartoonist, jokingly likened to a serial killer by a Democratic U.S. senator and denounced by so many liberal interest groups that her Senate ‘opposition’ file bulges at nearly four pounds.” Who do you think led the opposition to Judge Brown’s nomination? Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois was front and center, the same Dick Durbin who opposed Condoleezza Rice’s confirmation as Secretary of State and recently attacked Republicans for opposing Loretta Lynch. (Racial slurs against conservative blacks are permitted, even encouraged. it's about the liberal agenda, not equality. ~Bob)

Col. Allen West Destroys Obama and Eric Holder for their Roles in the Ferguson Violence!
Excerpt: “The preeminence of the individual – their rights and their liberties. The equality of opportunity as opposed to the collective vision of the equality of outcomes. That is a clear separation between who we are and who they are. They believe not in the pursuit of happiness as opposed to a guarantee of happiness that comes from the government. The thing that our young people need to come to understand is, their future is at risk – their economic security and their national security. That should be something that we should be able to convey…”

Undocumented Democrat News

Worth Reading: Practical Thoughts on Immigration. By Heather Mac Donald
Excerpt: The lesson from the last 20 years of immigration policy is that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness. Once a people or a government decides to normalize one form of lawbreaking, other forms of lawlessness will follow until finally the rule of law itself is in profound jeopardy. Today, we have a constitutional crisis on our hands. President Obama has decided that because Congress has not granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens living in the U.S., he will do so himself. Let us ponder for a moment just how shameless this assertion of power is.
Article 2, Section 3, of the Constitution mandates that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This provision assumes that there is a law for the president to execute. But in this case, the “problem” that Obama is purporting to fix is the absence of a law granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Rather than executing a law, Obama is making one up—arrogating to himself a function that the Constitution explicitly allocates to Congress. 

Religion of Peace News

Single Tear: Axelrod Lashes Out After Decisive Netanyahu Victory
Excerpt: Whether or not the Obama administration was unethically meddling in Israel's elections with the intent of ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House's electoral preferences were patently obvious. Team Obama doesn't take kindly to those who directly challenge and bruise Obama's ego, and Bibi has crossed that line at least twice. He famously lectured Obama during a 2011 Oval Office sit-down, in front of the cameras, after the president made a controversial comment about Israel returning to its indefensible 1967 borders. And he delivered a powerful speech to Congress about the administration's dangerous nuclear pact with Iran, an address the White House vehemently opposed through weeks of conniption fits. (I suspect that Israelis didn't like Obama's interference and voted accordingly. ~Bob)

CNN: Netanyahu’s Win Was Racist
Excerpt: And again, the American media cared so much — they’ve always cared. Never like this, though. I mean, I’ve never seen the American media as invested in an Israeli election as this one. And it’s because this time it was personal. This one was because this is what Obama wanted. And Obama got involved. I’m telling you, Obama is the loser here, not Herzog. Obama is a big loser, and that’s why the media is so, so out of sorts today. This is the kind of rejection that just wasn’t supposed to happen.

150 House Members Congratulate Bibi in Letter. Obama yet to do the same. By Alana Goodman
Excerpt: “Please know that we are committed to maintaining a strong relationship with Israel,” said the letter. “As you pointed out to us earlier this month, the United States and Israel face common enemies in the form of militant Islamic states such as Iran and Islamic jihadists groups such as Hezbollah and ISIS. We believe that a strong United States-Israel relationship is vital in combating these threats.”

Iran Nuke Deal Demonstrates Obama's Failure to Understand Islamic Terror. By : Sen. Chris McDaniel
Excerpt: After overthrowing the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, President George W. Bush, seeking to prevent another domestic attack from happening, turned his attention toward Iraq and decided to invade in 2003, citing the missed signs and vowing to connect the dots. Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, supported the invasion, but as soon as political winds shifted, they politicized it by blaming Bush, even going so far as to question his leadership before 9/11. Why weapons of mass destruction were not found in mass quantities in Iraq has never been conclusively explained, though the possibility that they were moved during the delayed invasion is as plausible as any.

Excerpt: Most of the victims killed in the attack were foreign tourists, which accounts for the Islamic State’s reference to the “Crusader countries.” Twenty of the victims were visiting from Britain, France, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, and Spainaccording to press accounts. Three Tunisians, in addition to the two attackers, were also killed in the assault. Still others were wounded. (So it Libya better or worse since Obama attacked it in his lead-from-behind war? ~Bob)

Excerpt: Ansar al Sharia in Libya’s branch in Benghazi released 10 photographs today that show 14 fighters at a training camp located in or near the city. The photographs display the uniformed fighters training with weapons, in hand-to-hand combat, and in a classroom setting. One photo shows what appears to be a leader of the group or a trainer. His identity was not disclosed and his face was digitally distorted.

Excerpt: The US killed a senior leader in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan in a drone strike that took place yesterday in the tribal agency of Kurram. The strike is the first recorded in Pakistan since the end of January. Muhammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, announced the death of Khawray Mehsud and two other jihadists, Umar and Talwar, in an email that was sent to The Long War Journal earlier today.

Important: Can the American Energy Revolution Survive a Deal with Iran? By Gal Luft
Excerpt: But there is one less obvious casualty – the North American oil and gas industry.
Undoubtedly in the event of lifting of the sanctions, cash-starved Iran would do all in its power to quickly ramp up its oil exports to make up for lost revenues, and the oil market could face an injection of 500,000-800,000 barrels/day of Iranian crude. At a time when U.S. crude oil supplies are already at their highest level in more than 80 years and storage facilities are reaching their maximum capacity, an influx of Iranian oil could easily slice current oil prices by half. This would be a crippling blow to America's oil and gas industry, effectively marking the end of the North American energy renaissance.

'At least 160 children died digging tunnels for Hamas'
Excerpt: In December 2011, the paper's author Nicolas Pelham accompanied a police patrol in Gaza and reported that "nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies. He continued and said that "at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials."

"Moderate" Indonesia’s top clerics issue fatwa against gays. By Jon Green 
Excerpt: The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the most prominent Islamic clerical organization in the country, has issued a fatwa calling for the death penalty to be imposed for the crime of having gay sex. The edict was issued earlier this month to “remind” the public that homosexuality is a “deviant sexual behavior” that the society should not tolerate, as it puts a “stain on the dignity of Indonesia.”

WH Confirms: UN to Play Key Role in Iran Deal. By Daniel Halper
Excerpt: In a Saturday night letter from President Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker, the White House confirmed that in fact the United Nations will play a key role in any nuclear deal that may be reached with Iran. "The United Nations Security Council will also have a role to play in any deal with Iran," McDonough writes, after urging Congress not to pass a bill related to the nuclear negotiations. "Just as it is true that only Congress can terminate U.S. statutory sanctions Iran, only the Security Council can terminate the Security Council's sanctions on Iran. Because the principal negotiators of an arrangement with Iran are the five permanent members of the Security Council, we anticipate that the Security Council would pass a resolution to register its support for any deal and increase its international legitimacy.

The Leader Of The Free World
Scott Ott first described him thus... a brave, thoughtful, serious man doing a brave, thoughtful serious job. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle provides the amazing and disturbing contrast between The President of the United States and The Leader of the Free World.

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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