Sunday, May 31, 2015

Kerry breaks leg, China breaks rules, and other breaking political news


Random Thoughts for June, 2015. By Robert A. Hall
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General News and Comment

Pelosi: ‘The Clintons Will Have To Answer For the Foundation.’ By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: No kidding; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that the Clintons will have to answer the numerous questions relating to their Foundation dealings, especially after it seems that the non-profit founded by the Clintons took $500k from a charity just to appear at one of their events. As Guy wrote last week, the Happy Hearts Fund’s 2014 gala cost a little over $363,000, but the most expensive item in the event budget was the $500,000 fee paid to the Clinton Foundation in return for Bill accepting a lifetime achievement award. 

There Are Flawed Candidates, And Then There’s Hillary Clinton. By Matt Vespa 
Excerpt: She has to be the gold standard for flawed candidacies. She had unsubstantiated intelligence sent to her private email system; from an address her lawyers said did not exist when she was at State. That was a lie. She claims to be the most transparent (chuckle) person in public life, yet we find little nuggets every day about her non-profit failing to disclose donations, botching tax forms, and allegedly being the nexus for foreign governments to cash in on their favors from their donations to the Foundation. She had a private email system, which she used to conduct all her business while at the State Department, even though it was pretty much against government regulation to do so–and served as judge and jury for emails on that server that were work-related and personal. Oh, and she deleted the personal emails and wiped the server clean.:

Kerry breaks leg in Geneva bike crash, flying back to US
Excerpt: Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bike crash outside Geneva Sunday, where he had been holding nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister. Kerry called off the rest of his four-nation trip and will fly back to Boston

Excerpt: But there’s a far simpler reason for why I’ve doubted O’Malley’s ability to compete: The people who know him best don’t like him. O’Malley is starting way down in the polls, and he’s not well known. And we have evidence that more O’Malley exposure doesn’t equal more O’Malley support. He earned just 3 percent (compared to Clinton’s 63 percent) in a poll of Democratic voters in Maryland conducted in October by The Washington Post and the University of Maryland.

Here’s How Texas Deals With Dads Who Deliver Deadly Beatdowns to Child Rapists
Excerpt: A 23-year-old Texas father didn’t face charges after walking in on a pedophile who was attempting to rape his five-year-old daughter in a small barn and beating him to death in a fit of defensive rage. That’s because Texas state laws authorize the use of deadly force to stop either aggravated sexual assaults or sexual assaults.

Thugs Decide to Rob 89-Year-Old Granny… Learn Too Late It’s the Worst Mistake They’ll Ever Make
Excerpt: Two intruders who were part of a planned robbery to steal a large quantity of jewelry from a residence were met inside the house with something they never thought would force them to flee — an 89-year-old grandmother. Edward Brown and Philip Mortlock made their way into the house of Mildred Unsworth of Lancashire, England, early one morning, believing they were about to hit the jackpot — but that’s when Unsworth burst out of her room and got to work.

Lower the Standards! None of 8 remaining female candidates pass first phase of Ranger School
Excerpt: None of the remaining eight female Ranger School candidates managed to pass the first phase of the U.S. Army’s elite infantry program. Of the eight women, five of them were kicked out of training altogether. Three others will be allowed to start over from the beginning of the first phase of Ranger School. Those three will start class on June 21. The Army said in a statement that 29 students failed to meet the standards of phase one, also known as the Darby Phase. A vast majority of the students who are being dropped from the course were unable to successfully lead a patrol. All students received multiple opportunities to lead a patrol as a squad or team leader, the Army said. (Have to lower the standards. What does it signify that male and female troops die down the road if it pleases the political-correct base--who would never allow their children top serve. ~Bob)

Navajo Nation officer mourned following shooting
Excerpt: Navajo Police Officer Alex Yazzie, 42, was killed in a gun battle with a 26-year-old man who led police on a 40-mile chase across the high desert of the Navajo Reservation and into the Chuska Mountains of northeast Arizona. The man, identified by police as Justin Fowler, died in the battle. Earlier, police said, he had eluded officers attempting to question him about a domestic-violence report. He returned to taunt them later, police said, setting off the chase that ended in the deadly fight. ... Yazzie was a Marine veteran who had served as a Navajo police officer since 2012, the tribal council speaker's office said in a statement.

Rising Dragon News

South China Sea: Defence Minister Kevin Andrews outlines Australia's tough stance against island moves
Excerpt: Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has joined the United States and other nations in opposing China's large-scale land reclamation in the South China Sea. Satellite imagery shows at least one former atoll in the contested Spratly islands is now home to a Chinese harbour and a runway is also under construction. Mr Andrews told a security conference in Singapore that Australia was concerned about any military build-up on the artificial islands in the area believed to be home to oil and gas reserves.

China rejects US criticism of sea reclamations. By Bhavan Jaipragas
Excerpt: China on Sunday rejected US demands to stop reclamation works in the South China Sea, saying it was exercising its sovereignty and using the controversial outposts to fulfil international responsibilities. Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the general staff department in the People's Liberation Army, told a security summit in Singapore that "the situation in the South China Sea is on the whole peaceful and stable, and there has never been an issue with the freedom of navigation." (The Golden Rule: The one who has the gold makes the rules. ~Bob)

Russia will take part in multinational navy drills in disputed South China Sea
Excerpt: Russia will take part in naval military exercises together with its Asia Pacific allies, according to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov. Speaking on Saturday in Singapore, Antonov announced Russia's planned participation in the May 2016 drills which have a focus on counter-terrorism and naval security. Antonov also said he was concerned about stability in the region, naming the US as the main destabilizing factor. He said that Washington's policies have been aimed against Russia and China: "We are concerned by US policies in the region, especially since every day it becomes increasingly focused on a systemic containment of Russia and China."

Gun News

Among the natural rights [of the people] are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. --Samuel Adams (1772)

Burglary suspects shot by homeowner in southwest Miami-Dade County. 1 suspect killed, another airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center
Excerpt: Police said the homeowner, a 77-year-old man, was in the shower when he heard strange noises. Police said he went to see what was going on and came face-to-face with the burglars. Authorities said the victim opened fire on the men. One of the suspects was pronounced dead at the scene.

Race Card News

#BlackLivesMatter? DC Reporter Killed In Drive-By Shooting, Used As Human Shield. By Josh Fatzick
Excerpt: Milton was transferring buses at a station in Southeast D.C. when the intended target of the attack grabbed her and used her to take the bullet for him. ... Police said the suspect in the shooting was a teenager with dreadlocks who was riding a dirt bike at the time, but no one has been arrested. (She was black, so Al Sharpton organizing protest...oh, never mind, the shooter had dreadlocks. Nothing to see here. Want to bet the coward who hid behind her was black too? ~Bob)

Undocumented Democrat News

Police apprehend suspect in Oologah officer shooting
Excerpt: Police apprehended a man suspected in the shooting of an Oologah police officer. After several car chases and a man hunt in Liberty, Kansas, police caught Alejandro Garcia, 22, shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning. Cesar Rios, 23, and Roxanne Mendoza, 20, were arrested Thursday night in connection with the shooting. ... At that point, investigators said the trio opened fire, when Officer Charles Neill was shot in the head.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is 'not done'... Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness." --George Orwell

Interesting: Sins of the Aral Sea
Excerpt: When Alexander the Great conquered this territory in the fourth century B.C., these rivers already had a long history of providing lifeblood to Central Asia. For centuries the Aral Sea and its vast deltas sustained an archipelago of settlements along the Silk Road that connected China to Europe. These ancient populations of Tajiks, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, and other ethnicities prospered as farmers, fishermen, herders, merchants, and craftsmen. Things changed after the Uzbek S.S.R. became part of the fledgling Soviet empire in the early 1920s and Stalin decided to turn his Central Asian republics into giant cotton plantations. But the arid climate in this part of the world is ill suited to growing such a thirsty crop, and the Soviets undertook one of the most ambitious engineering projects in world history, hand-digging thousands of miles of irrigation canals to channel the water from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya into the surrounding desert.

Religion of Peace News

I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself. -- Alexis de Tocqueville

Worth Reading: Sharia-Creep. By Kevin McCullough 
Excerpt: In 2014 the Jewish lesbian “Rabbi" Robin Nafshi, first identified herself as a person with a wide understanding of various religious and political views and then proceeded to imply that Sharia law could be one hundred percent compatible with the constitutional life of modern day America. She also proceeded to condemn those that would say otherwise: "The politicians who endorse anti-Sharia laws are exploiting Americans’ legitimate fears of ISIS, al Qaida, Hamas and other extremist groups in order to ostracize and discriminate against the American Muslim community." (For starters, under Shari'a, she would be executed. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Commander Jassem Nouri is likely a member of Qods Force, the external operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Qods Force. He was advising Shiite militias, such as Hezbollah Brigades, who are engaged in fighting in Iraq's Anbar province.

Youth trying to reach Syria got instructions from Montreal mosque, family members say
Excerpt: Ten young Quebec Muslims who were detained for allegedly trying to join jihadist groups in Syria received precise travel instructions, financing advice and moral support from individuals they met at a Montreal mosque, family members have alleged to national security investigators.

Islamic State claims 2nd suicide bombing at Saudi mosque
Excerpt: A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group. The latest attack and a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque that killed 21 people last Friday appeared aimed at fanning sectarianism and destabilizing the kingdom. Both attacks took place in the oil-rich east, which has a sizable Shiite community that has long complained of discrimination.

Nigeria mosque suicide bomb kills 10 in Maiduguri city
Excerpt: A suspected suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a mosque in Nigeria's Maiduguri city killing 10 people, a hospital source said, after an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts. The attacks occurred a day after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who swore to crush the Islamist militant group and move the command centre for military operations away from the capital Abuja to Maiduguri.

Islamic State Is Rapidly Expanding in Southeast Asia. By Josh Rogin
Excerpt: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has ramped up its activities in Southeast Asia so effectively that there is now an entire military unit of terrorists recruited from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, according to Singapore's prime minister. “Southeast Asia is a key recruitment center for ISIS,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the Shangri-La Dialogue here in Singapore Friday. He noted that this included more than 500 Indonesians and dozens of Malaysians. 

UK police tell women not to harm their attackers, get a rape alarm. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: In the face of a national scandal revolving around Muslim rape gangs, the UK police counsel…surrender. More dhimmitude from Abject Britannia: 

Provoking Violence: NYT's Artistic Display of Religious Hypocrisy: Runs Offensive Virgin Mary Painting Once Again. By Clay Waters
Excerpt: The New York Times' hypocrisy regarding displays of "offensive" religious imagery runs unabated, as shown in a Scott Reyburn article in Friday's Arts section on the sale of Chris Ofili's controversial painting "The Holy Virgin Mary," which shows the Virgin Mary clotted with elephant dung against a porn-collage background -- and accompanied by a photograph of the offensive work. Yet when the paper refused to reprint a cartoon of Muhammad that appeared in the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that resulted in the January 2015 massacre of 12 magazine staffers, it offered this smug, cowardly justification: Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration, Times editors decided that describing the cartoons in question would give readers sufficient information to understand today’s story. (If Christians attack the Times, I'm sure the left will say they were provoked...~Bob)

Worth Reading: Islamic Jizya: Fact and Fiction. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: Muslim demands for non-Muslim "infidels" to pay jizya on pain of death are growing, even as the West fluctuates between having no clue what jizya is and thinking that jizya is an example of "tolerance" in Islam. In the video where the Islamic State slaughters some 30 Christian Ethiopians in Libya last April, the spokesman repeatedly pointed out that payment of jizya (which the impoverished Ethiopian migrant workers could not render, nor the 21 Copts before them) is the only way for Christians around the world to safeguard their lives:
But whoever refuses [to pay jizya] will see nothing from us but the edge of a spear. The men will be killed and the children will be enslaved, and their wealth will be taken as booty. This is the judgment of Allah and His Messenger.

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:

Random Thoughts for June, 2015

Random Thoughts for June, 2015. By Robert A. Hall
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Trigger Warning: Reading the Old Jarhead Blog may cause you to think, which for many people can be an uncomfortable, unwelcome and threatening experience. Take a teddy and go right to bed.

It seems clear that China now believes the balance of power, economically and militarily, has tipped to them, and they can now push hard to establish their hegemony, as the US doesn't have the military, the economy or the courageous leadership to stand up to them. Alas, this like other things is pretty much going as I predicted in my 2011 book: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic

The left encourages violence in places like Ferguson and Baltimore to intimidate the populace into giving in to their efforts to increase the size and spending of government. They forget that eventually violence provokes counter violence. I fear it is going to get ugly soon. You cannot fine tune riots.

If we eliminate all the GOP candidates that some "conservative" group finds to be "RINOs," or unacceptable on a major issue, Hillary will run unopposed.

According to the President's spokesperson, our policy is to avoid any military action which might result in civilian casualties. Thus ISIS knows that as long as they keep innocent women and children close by, they are safe. It encourages them to use human shields. With that policy we would have lost WWII to the Nazis. We could not have invaded France or taken Germany without massive civilian casualties. And Japan would have been safe from bomber attacks or invasion.

The odds are that eventually we will lose a plane in Iraq or Syria bombing ISIS. It will get really ugly if they take the pilot alive.

I've said it before. Our problem is that ISIS is fighting for a religious ideology, the Iraqi Army is fighting for a poor paycheck.

We always try to fight wars on the cheap. Then when we get serious, it always takes more blood and treasure than it would have if we'd gone hard at the start.

Al old Chinese saying from the Warring States period, "Sit on the mountain and watch the tigers fight." That is, if you can get two enemies fighting, it weakens them both. In that respect, the Shi'a-Sunni war is a good thing.

It's not clear to me that we have enough troops or could muster and plan the effort to put "Boots on the Ground" in time to save Iraq and Syria from becoming the Caliphate under ISIS and the leading world terror exporter ahead of Iran.

Voting against someone because he is black is racist. Voting for someone because he is black is progressive.

Democrats are calling the ever-emerging Clinton scandals, exposed by right-wing rags like the New You Times, a "witch hunt." And their point is?

The trick to being a good politician is to reduce the amount of BS you have to spout for reasons of party, politics or policy.

The left is saying that the Draw Mohammad contest (and Charlie Hebro) "provoked" the attacks by drawing cartoons of Mohammad. If fundamentalist Christians attacked the NYT over "Piss Christ," or Christians who consider abortion murder attacked an abortion clinic, would they say the NYT "provoked" the attack by promoting that taxpayer-funded "art" or the clinic "provoked" the attack by performing abortions? I think not.

The appeasers are always with us. In 1940, FDR's ambassador to Britain, Joe Kennedy (father of JFK) urged Hollywood producers not to make any films that might offend or provoke Hitler.

The USA has been on a long-term collision course with unforgiving reality, both fiscal and social, at least since 1932. I fear the reckoning is fairly close.

Nazism, Communism and Progressivism are religions without God. Or, perhaps more accurately, religions where the state has replaced God.

I get chided at the VA for sending health info by email as it is not secure. But they are happy to discuss it by phone, apparently unaware that phones were being tapped before email and hackers were thought of.

Obama is always determined to accept something bad--think Obamacare, Iran and Libya--rather than hold off and risk getting nothing for his legacy by trying to make the deal good. Thus his legacy will be of bad choices.

Saw a sign I liked: We were hoarders before hoarding was cool.

A gun-rights group has put up signs along I-55 in Illinois that are similar the vanished, much-lamented Burma Shave signs. I especially liked: "Hey Criminals--Better be wary--Illinois has--concealed carry."

Some days I think "liberal" is just a synonym for hypocrite.

I recently saw an attractive young woman, with, unfortunately, four or five ugly tattoos on her arms and legs. Her tee shirt read: "I prefer to speak before thinking." I bit my tongue so I wouldn't say, "Better to think before getting a tattoo too."

The Baltimore and Ferguson riots hurt the local black people by wrecking their neighborhoods, and driving businesses and taxpayers away, making their difficult lives even harder in the future. But they hurt all black people by reinforcing the ugly racist stereotypes some people have--and awakening them in others.

I learned that convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal was in the hospital suffering from diabetes, thanks to get well notes from school kids organized by a since-fired black teacher. Much as I hate the guy, I thought I too should practice forgiveness. So I sent him a box of chocolates.

Liberals always bring up the fact that the free state-slave state compromise when the constitution was adopted was to count black slaves as 3/5ths of a person for purposes of determining representation. Would they have wanted slaves counted as full persons giving the slave states a mush stronger representation in Congress and thus better able to prolong slavery?

Maybe we need a co-president in 2016. Say Teddy Roosevelt in charge of foreign policy and the war on terror and Calvin Coolidge in charge of domestic policy and the budget.

Is there anyone, of either party, who truly believes that George Stephanopoulos would have revealed his donations to the Clinton Slush Fund and apologized for them, had not others exposed them?

The reason that the media and the left are so splenetic about Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer's "Draw Mohammad" contest is that their courage in defense of free speech is a constant rebuke to the left's cowardice in the face of threats to that freedom.

I don't have a problem putting Harriet Tubman, who aided what the southern Democrats called "Black Republican Abolitionists" on the $20 bill, to replace Democrat Slave Owner Andy Jackson, who the Democrats revere in Jefferson-Jackson Dinners as a founder of their party.

Giving to the Clinton Foundation is like buying indulgences in the middle ages, or sacrificing a goat or a virgin in pagan religions--it absolves you of all sin.

My weight is like gas prices--it goes up faster and easier than it comes down.

Going to a family funeral in St Louis on a Tuesday morning, we passed a gas station where regular was $2.43. Coming back four hours later, at the same station it was $2.69.

Why doesn't the media ask Hillary--if they get a chance--"Knowing what you know now, would you have supported the war against Libya?"

In Iraq, the JV Team is beating Team Obama.

A lot of people who "Stand with the troops" do so only when no enemy is in range. They'd cut and run like politicians at the first sign of trouble.

If any other candidate had suffered the ethical revelations that Hillary Clinton has, he or she would have pulled out of the race long ago. And it isn't just conservative outlets--the New York Times and Politico have piled on.

Recently had a Smart Car in front of me, with the license plate, "Agent 86." If you get it, you're probably over 40.

Los Angeles voted to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15. Interesting experiment. Black and Hispanic unemployment, already high, should skyrocket. That in turn increases the likelihood of a city-wrecking riot, making LA into another Detroit.

If you are trying to silence someone, chances are you are on the anti-freedom side.

The penalty for not voting for the lesser of two evils is to be governed by the greater of two evils.

Lately I seem to be suffering from ED. That's "Energy Deficiency" if you're wondering.

The way the national debt is growing, Obama may be the first president to have to take out a reverse mortgage on the White House.

Of all the risks in war, politics or life, excess of caution is the greatest.

Don't let the pursuit of perfection produce paralysis.

Parkinson wrote "Delay is the deadliest form of denial." My corollary: "Bureaucracy is the deadliest form of delay."

What do the leaders of the US and of Iraq have in common? A contempt for the militaries they command.

I used to read a lot of comic books as a kid. Turns out they were a gateway drug to my lifelong addiction to reading.

There is no situation so chaotic that a little panic can't make it worse.

The Friday News Dump, made famous by Obama, when documents or regulations are released on Friday afternoon to get less attention from the media, is no longer working. Journalists parse them all weekend, while the pundits write about a "Friday News Dump" intended to hide damaging things.

If Dogs and Cats understood everything we said, we have to be a lot more careful talking to them.

A Clinton Presidency will be known as "The Fecal Sequel."

I understand that ISIS and Cuba have removed the US from the list of State Sponsors of Freedom

Our universities have become daycare centers for large toddlers who must be protected from life.

If I understand the left, if Christians had blown up the NYT and murdered the editor for running photos of "Piss Christ," it would have been the Times fault for provoking the Christians with hateful images.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Biden's son dies and other important political news


Well, the grandson, Dale, 3, came home from the hospital today with his arm in a sling. He's a much happier camper. Every time hospital personnel came in his room, including housekeeping, he'd say, "No doctor. No nurse. Go bye-bye." I know how he felt.

Then Britnye had her dance school dance recital this evening. We can't get over both how grown up she is and how graceful she has become. So life goes on. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of brain cancer

Worth Reading: The ClintonsFavorite Way to Lie. By Jonah Goldberg, the Goldberg File
Excerpt: When my daughter was little more than a toddler, she wrote all over the wall with a pen in my wife’s home office. We confronted her about it. She listened intently, trying hard to be surprised by the news of this defilement of our domicile. “What happened, Lucy?” we asked. After a long and nervous pause, she replied, “I know what happened.” Excited by her own duplicitous inventiveness and restrained by her desire to sell it, she said very seriously, “A bad girl must have come into the house and did this.” She tsk-tsked, “What a bad girl,” shaking her head while looking at the wall. I need not dwell on the implausibility of roving bands of ninja-like naughty toddlers — or lone-wolf munchkins — breaking into nice homes to scribble on the upstairs walls and then depart leaving no other trace of their schemes. I simply bring this up to say that my daughter’s “a bad girl did it” gambit is a wildly more powerful and resolute claim of innocence than “you have no smoking gun.” (This is Friday's Goldberg File, a free e-ewsletter that is worth your time subscribing to, on line on Saturdays. ~Bob)

If Hillary becomes president, who will make her obey the law? By Byron York
Excerpt: Last year, before Hillary Clinton's secret email system became publicly known, Congress passed a law to keep presidents from trying the same trick. If Clinton wins the White House, the law could well be put to the test. The statute is the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014. It recognizes that government officials sometimes (or in Clinton's case, all the time) want to use private email accounts — in the words of the law, "non-official electronic messaging accounts" — to conduct government business. Such communications are still federal records, Congress declared, and must be preserved in accordance with existing laws requiring not just the president but all federal officials to preserve their documents. (I assume she will still be able to take bribes contributions to the Clinton Slush Fund from foreign governments on her private email account? ~Bob

Worth Reading: U.S. Military And Civilians Are Increasingly Divided. By David Zucchino And David S. Cloud
Excerpt: While the U.S. waged a war in Vietnam 50 years ago with 2.7 million men conscripted from every segment of society, less than one-half of 1% of the U.S. population is in the armed services today — the lowest rate since World War II. America's recent wars are authorized by a U.S. Congress whose members have the lowest rate of military service in history, led by three successive commanders in chief who never served on active duty. Surveys suggest that as many as 80% of those who serve come from a family in which a parent or sibling is also in the military. They often live in relative isolation — behind the gates of military installations such as Ft. Bragg or in the deeply military communities like Fayetteville, N.C., that surround them. ... Douglas Pearce, a former Army lieutenant who fought in Afghanistan and is now a marriage and family counselor in Nashville, said civilians seem to think they "can assuage their guilt with five seconds in the airport." "What they're saying is, 'I'm glad you served so that I didn't have to, and my kids won't have to.'"

Democrats' Vanishing Future: Hillary Clinton is not the only Democratic comeback candidate on the 2016 ticket. Senate Democrats are betting on the past to rebuild their party for the future. By Josh Kraushaar
Excerpt: One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama's tenure in office. The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination.
But less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party's Senate races. It's awfully unusual to see how dependent Democrats are in relying on former losing candidates as their standard-bearers in 2016.

Slogan: Make America Baltimore! O'Malley announces he will seek Democratic nomination for 2016 White House
Excerpt: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Saturday announced we will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, posing a long-shot challenge to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and vowing to ensure the presidency won’t be a crown “passed back and forth between royal families.” Declaring his plan to “Rebuild the American Dream,” O’Malley told a crowd of several hundred in Baltimore, where was once the mayor, “My decision has been made … I declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States.”

Don’t Believe Voter Fraud Happens? Here’s Some Examples. By Hans von Spakovsky
Excerpt: In the interest of helping out the editorial writers and pundits of media outlets who don’t think voter fraud occurs, I wanted to note just a few recent cases (and readers interested in seeing almost 200 more such cases can do so here.):

Of all Gods creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat. --Mark Twain

Worth Reading: A summer break from campus muzzling. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Commencement season brings a respite from the sinister childishnessrampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics. The attacks are childish because they infantilize students who flinch from the intellectual free-for-all of adult society. When Brown University’s tranquillity of conformity was threatened by a female speaker skeptical about the “rape culture” on campuses, students planned a “safe space” for those who would be traumatized by exposure to skepticism. Judith Shulevitz, writing in the New York Times, reported that the space had “cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies.” (Our universities have become daycare centers for large toddlers who must be protected from life. ~Bob)

20 Questions You’re Not Supposed To Ask In America Today. By John Hawkins 
Excerpt: 4) If Barack Obama can directly contradict the laws on the books by refusing to deport millions of illegal aliens because of “prosecutorial discretion,” couldn’t a Republican President use the same precedent and refuse to prosecute people who don’t pay a capital gains tax or who violate EPA rules? ... 6) If Nazis (National Socialist German Workers' Party) were supposed to be Right Wing, then why did they proclaim themselves to be enemies of capitalism, implement socialist policies and call themselves socialists? 7) Why should we take the threat of climate change seriously enough to cut back our lifestyles when even Al Gore, the foremost promoter of global warming hysteria, lives in a mansion, flies on private jets and rides around in SUVs?

Worth Reading: How Dishonest is Barack Obama? By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: A week ago Friday was an unusual day for the editorial page of The New York Times. An unsigned editorial in the paper lashed out at the president for his public statements about reengaging in Iraq. A Paul Krugman column attacked the administration’s defense of the new trade agreement. Both pieces said the administration was being … (how shall we say it?) … dishonest. Granted, this was nothing like the language Krugman and the Times typically use to describe Republicans.

Rapist Forces Her Into Bedroom, Rips Her Clothes, Then Flees in Terror After What Happened Next
Excerpt: He began to remove his own pants in preparation for violently raping her, when the woman’s screams alerted her already agitated dogs. Ultimately, one of the dogs ran into the rescue, jumped between the two of them and began biting at Young. As the dog attacked him, Young quickly retreated, grabbing his pants and fleeing the scene. (Damn. now the Democrats will demand "Dog Control." ~Bob)

Phoenix VA Whistleblower Calls For Resignation Of Officials Amid ER Staffing Crisis
Excerpt: .... One employee, who was the only volunteer to fill all the gaps, accumulated 110 overtime hours over the course of a single pay period. ... Other whistleblowers, like Lisa Tadano, have had their medical records viewed by staff who not only had no business looking at her records, but were not even connected to her treatment at the facility. Penny Miller, the same individual who opened Tadano’s records, also accessed the records of noted whistleblower Brandon Coleman. (There is a federal law, HIPAA, which supposedly makes staff viewing medical records "who had no business looking" at the records illegal and violators subject to fines and termination. Also, amount of OT would render employee ineffective, subject to errors in judgment and illness/immunocompromise. Would have to be superhuman to continue to function well under such stress/conditions. --Barb)

Senators want Pentagon answers on 'troubling' anthrax shipments
Excerpt: "This incident has endangered lives, and the investigation and decontamination efforts will likely stretch on for months," he said, and pledged to hold any responsible parties accountable "for this threat to the public." Carper called it "critical" to understand how the incident occurred and to take steps to prevent it happening again. "We know all too well that the potential impact of biological threats on our communities can be severe – or even deadly," he said. (Article notes labs turned over samples to other labs, multiplying the areas involved.....TX was one of the states receiving samples. Australia received its "gift" in 2008, not currently. --Barb)

Top Pentagon official orders probe into anthrax mishap
Excerpt: The Pentagon’s second-in-command, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, has ordered an investigation into the mishandling of the live anthrax samples sent to facilities in 11 states and abroad, a senior US defense official told Fox News Friday.... The department said 24 laboratories in 11 states and two foreign countries -- South Korea and Australia -- are believed to have received suspect anthrax samples. The broadening scope of the problem suggests more extensive flaws in procedures used by the Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah to ensure that anthrax samples were made fully inert before shipping them to labs. (Australia added to the list; however, another article notes occurred in 2008. Items sent via FedEx in 2015. --Barb)

Bernie Sanders: Women Fantasize About “Being Raped by 3 Men Simultaneously.” By Philip Hodges
Excerpt: Bernie Sanders wrote once that women fantasize about being gang-raped.
It doesn’t matter how long ago it was said, if it had been said by a Republican, that Republican would never even be able to hold office in the first place. If he had been able to hide it and get elected, he’d be forced to resign once his old statements had been uncovered. All Todd Akin had to do was utter the words “legitimate rape” before he had to kiss his political career goodbye. When it’s a Democrat, no one really cares. I mean, it was so long ago, so it doesn’t matter.

Thugs Tried To Ruin A Marine’s Funeral, Watch These Bikers Set Em’ Straight
Excerpt: With all the negative media surrounding biker groups, this story was a breath of fresh air. When protestors did the incomprehensible and attempted to ruin a fallen Marine’s funeral, the Patriot Guard stepped in and shielded the grieving family from the unimaginable chaos. This is amazing! The members of Westboro Baptist Church disagree with our country’s lack of morale. (sic) But they’ve misguidedly decided to show their hatred by protesting the funerals of America’s fallen men and women of service. (The Westboro maniac degenerates keep trying to disrupt funerals of our military, and thank heaven the Patriot Guard and others are there to form a wall of caring between them and the families. As a Christian I try to not have really nasty feelings towards others, but I would cheerfully go to jail for a year if I could drive a sewage truck past one of their demonstrations and hit them all with a high pressure hose of human waste. Just a thought....Del)

Rising Dragon News

Important: US and Australia dangerously deluded about future. Wealth equals power. So, think about where that leaves us as China soars ahead. By Hugh White, Sydney Morning Herald
Excerpt: Some time last year, China overtook the US to become the largest economy in the world, which is startling enough. But the most startling thing is what will happen over the next few years. Recently, PricewaterhouseCoopers released The World in 2050 - its latest estimate of the shifting global distribution of economic power. PwC predicts that by 2030 – only 15 years from now – China's gross domestic product will be $36 trillion, and the US GDP will be $25 trillion. In other words, China's economy has not just overtaken the US economy, but will soon leave it far behind. Mr Obama still reassures Americans that their country has never been stronger relative to others than it is today. This is simply and starkly untrue. 

India won’t provide solutions to our China questions. Prime Minister Modi wants India to become a regional leader in its own right. By Hugh White, Sydney Morning Herald
Excerpt: This hope has been reflected in Canberra's eager embrace of the concept of the "Indo-Pacific region". This is based on the idea that a rising India is already inextricably linked to the strategic tussles between China and the US, Japan and others in the western Pacific, and that its strategic role in them will inevitably grow as its own wealth and power grows. After a year, it is timely to ask how well Modi has met these high expectations. 

Gun News

Women Are A Driving Force In Nation’s Shift From Gun Control To Gun Rights. By Awr Hawkins
Excerpt: Women have emerged as one of the fastest-growing demographics of new gun buyers and concealed carry permit holders in the country, and in the process, they have become a driving force in the shift in American attitudes from pro-gun control to pro-gun rights.

Texas lawmakers clear bill allowing open carry of handguns
Excerpt: Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era. Gun owners would still have to get a license to carry a handgun in a visible holster. The state known for its wild west, cowboy history and some the nation's most relaxed gun laws, has allowed concealed handguns for 20 years.

No Charges For Shooter In Double Homicide
Excerpt: District Attorney John Champion said he's not releasing the victims' names but family and friends identified them as Wayland Bownes and Recco Leland. They were shot at a Shiloh Road home in Courtland, Mississippi, during a cookout. Champion told FOX13 the shootout stemmed from a fight over the weekend involving a boy who lives at the Shiloh home and a group of other guys. The two victims showed up at the home Wednesday night, pulled out a gun and the boy who lives at the home shot and killed them

Race Card News

Excerpt: A tourist from New York was taking a casual stroll on the Miami Beach when an armed Daniel Palmer stopped him at gunpoint, ripped a gold chain off the victim’s neck and ran away only to return a couple of minutes later in a white Mercedes-Benz to tell him his jewellery was fake.

The Weiner Excuse: Baltimore Prosecutor Hiding Behind Pathetic Excuse After Caught Supporting Anti-Cop Propaganda
Excerpt: Mosby was caught “favoriting” two disgusting anti-cop posts on Twitter, one of which labeled the Baltimore police officers as “six thug cops,” and another, just hours after the first, that cast the case in a racial light. It was expected that her office would run damage control and blame outside forces, but the excuse they released was nothing less than pathetic — claiming Mosby’s Twitter account was “hacked.”

 "You're Greener than Gore" News

Despite Thunderous Opposition, EPA INCREASES The Ethanol Mandate
Excerpt: Despite complaints from the oil industry, livestock producers, environmental groups and a whole host of others, the Environmental Protection Agency has increased the amount of biofuels refiners are required to blend into the fuel supply every year....Even environmental activists oppose increasing the federal biofuel mandate, as do anti-hunger groups. Eco-groups argue biofuels, especially corn ethanol, are harming the environment, while hunger groups say the mandate raises food prices.

Religion of Peace News

Obama’s strategy for the Middle East has backfired. By Marco Rubio
Excerpt: The Middle East is more dangerous and unstable than when Obama came into office — a time when Iraq and Syria were more stable, the Iranian nuclear program was considerably less advanced and the Islamic State did not yet exist. Much of this instability is a result of Obama’s disengagement from the region, best symbolized by the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. The vacuum created by America’s pullback has been filled by bad actors, including terrorist extremists, both Sunni and Shiite, who have flourished in the absence of U.S. leadership.

An ethnic war in Iran is only a matter of time. Imagine the Islamic Republic falling apart like Syria, Iraq, Libya or Yemen in a civil war with armed militias – and nuclear facilities all over the area. By Guy Bechor, YNET
[Ed. Note: Caution. I think the ethnic numbers are very wrong. At least they don’t come close to agreeing with Wikepedia.]
Excerpt: On Independence Day, I received a message on Facebook from a man who lives in Iraq and wanted to congratulate the State of Israel on its independence and thank it for destroying Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor in 1981. If it were not for that, he wrote, Iraq would have been filled with nuclear facilities, and imagine what would happen now, with the all-out war taking place there, where there are no rules and no limits and everything is permitted. Israel saved the Iraqi people, he wrote and thanked us. Indeed, Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor, had it remained, would now be in the area occupied by the Islamic State in the al-Anbar province. What would the world do then?

“The President is Plunging the World into a Very Dark Place”
Excerpt: On Tuesday night Fox News host Bill O’Reilly went to a very controversial place when he argued that “the President is plunging the world into a very dark place.” O’Reilly focused on the growth of terrorism throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world – wondering how the Obama administration could possibly argue that we were winning the war on terror when the fight had spread to so many new locations.

This Way Comes. By Erick Erickson 
Excerpt: Dickerson, now like George Stephanopoulos, plays an objective Sunday news program questioner, and he, along with the circle of jerks who pose as objective reporters of the Obama administration, would rather blame Bush for ISIS, and not Barack Obama. But objectively, in 2009, as Bush left the White House, the surge had worked, Iraq was stabilizing, Iran was on the sidelines, and ISIS did not exist. When Obama entered the White House, he had made a campaign promise to get out of Iraq. On July 14, 2008, then candidate Obama wrote in The New York Times, "We can safely redeploy our combat brigades at a pace that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 -- two years from now, and more than seven years after the war began." PolitiFact, which once attacked those who said Obama was lying with his claim that you could keep your doctor only to later declare that claim a lie, has never wavered from declaring that Obama has stuck to his Iraq withdrawal plan.

Saudi Arabia is no friend to the United States. By Colbert King
Excerpt: Now, shale production has propelled the United States way up the ladder as an oil producer, making us far less dependent on the kingdom than we were when we got blindsided in ’73. And the response from our “best friend”? The Saudis have been pumping up oil production to cause prices to fall, preserve their market share and thus undermine U.S. shale oil development. What a friend we have in Saudi Arabia. (King, I think, is a leftie. Doesn't mention Obama's bowing to them, or their funding of mosques that preach Jihad. ~Bob)

Hizballah Deepens Its Involvement in Syria. By Jonathan Spyer
Excerpt: The latest reports from the Qalamoun mountain range in western Syria suggest that Hizballah is pushing back the jihadis of Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State. The movement claims to have taken 300 square kilometers from the Sunni rebels. The broader picture for the Shia Islamists that dominate Lebanon, however, is less rosy. The Iran-led alliance of which Hizballah is a part is better organized and more effectively commanded than its Sunni rivals. Its ability to marshal its resources in a centralized and effective way is what has enabled it to preserve the Assad regime in Syria until now.

Verdicts often set before trials take place in Iran’s revolutionary courts. By Carol Morello 
Excerpt: Iran’s revolutionary courts, where Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being tried on espionage and related charges, are notorious among human rights activists as venues where verdicts are preordained and proceedings can finish in minutes. “Nobody thinks the result is ever in question,” said Rod Sanjabi, executive director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, a New Haven, Conn.-based group that the Iranian government has labeled as subversive.

Canary Mission Website Gives Hard Left a Taste of Its Own Medicine. By Raheem Kassam
Excerpt: There's a website called "Canary Mission." I don't know who's behind it. Nor, it seems, does anyone else. But I think it's a great exercise in turning the tables on anti-Israel activists who have been 'shaming' people online for years. Canary Mission says its aim is to "expose individuals and groups that are anti-Freedom, anti-American and anti-Semitic in order to protect the public and our democratic values." It seeks to do this by maintaining an online database, complete with pictures, biographies, Facebook posts, videos, and quotes from anti-Israel activists who are seemingly apoplectic that their public behaviour has become, well, even more public than it was before.

Dog and Imam Duet
This dog lives next door to a mosque. He is trying out for imam. But first he has to get that Muezzin in tune. --Chet. Obama called the call to prayer "one of the most beautiful sounds in the world." The Dog is better. ~Bob)

The Real war on Women: Q&A: Probing Islamic State’s sex atrocities with the United Nations
Excerpt: After attacking a village, IS splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold. There is a hierarchy: sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive. We heard about one girl who was traded 22 times, and another, who had escaped, told us that the sheikh who had captured her wrote his name on the back of her hand to show that she was his ‘property’. 

Cyber-Attack Warning: Could Hackers Bring Down a Plane?
Excerpt: Engineers from airlines and airplane manufacturers were also following the Spaniard's presentation via video. After he had finished, he recalls, they all wanted to know the same thing: "You aren't really planning on making all of that public, are you?"... "In modern airplanes, there are a whole series of backdoors, through which hackers can gain access to a variety of aircraft systems." (Planes, trains, smart automobiles....your frig, security system, TV....Barb)

For seeking answers on Islam, Muslim gets charged with blasphemy. By Zurairi Ar
Excerpt: “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” is the shahadah, a declaration of faith for Muslims considered as one of the key pillars of Islam. But how did this practice come about? This was among the questions on the mind of Wan Sulaiman Wan Ismail, 53, when he sought clarification in 2013 from religious teachers. Wan Sulaiman wanted to know why are there differences between some of the rituals Muslims currently practice — like the shahadah — and what was mentioned in the Quran.

Minnesota Muslims brutally honest: 'We want Shariah'
Excerpt: Dozens of young Muslims have left the streets of Cedar Riverside, referred to by some Minnesotans as “Little Mogadishu” for its high concentration of Somali refugees, to travel abroad and fight for terrorist groups. Some have joined Somalia’s notorious al-Shabab, which slaughtered 147 Christians at a university in Kenya last month, while others have opted for ISIS in Syria. Their goal is the same – to join their brothers in the fight to establish a Shariah-compliant utopia known as a caliphate.

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: