Sunday, June 14, 2015

More interesting political news and conservative opinion


June 14 is Flag Day--but we fly the US and USMC flags every day. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Scott Walker: Prioritizing economics over social issues is just smart politics. By Alex Isenstadt
Excerpt: In an address to major donors gathered here, Scott Walker — who has wrangled with some in the Republican Party’s evangelical wing — urged the GOP to focus on fiscal and economic issues, rather than social ones, in the 2016 election. During a question-and-answer session following a speech at Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit, Walker was asked by an attendee how the party can avoid locking itself into a divisive war over social issues, as it has done in the past.

Hillary Clinton's New York campaign rally resets anti-cop sentiment - National Law Enforcement
Excerpt: According to several police officers, Clinton is a typical Democrat who doesn't wish to discuss black crime rates, the breakdown of the family unit, the lack of opportunities in poor neighborhoods thanks to liberal-left programs designed to look charitable but keep blacks and other minorities on the liberal plantation. "Without the impoverished, the angry and the hopeless, the Democrats would never win an election. So they keep them impoverished and angry and give them false hope. And to really get their goat, the left creates the straw man racist cop to keep them on that liberal plantation," said former NYPD police detective Samuel Vega

Missouri Dem Gets 50K Of Union Cash Right After Killing Right-To-Work Bill. By Connor D. Wolf
Excerpt: Despite not running for office, Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon received a sizable campaign contribution Wednesday from a major union less than a week after killing a bill that would have ended forced union dues in the state. House Bill 116 was signed by House Speaker John Diehl and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, both Republicans, in late May and would have made Missouri the 26 state to ban forced union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The policy, known as right-to-work, tends to be heavily favored by the right but opposed by those on the left including labor unions. The measure, however, was killed in early June after Nixon decided to veto it.

The Trigger-Happy Generation: If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.
Excerpt: Well, here are some questions and a few thoughts for all those who have been declaring at all the universities, and on social media, that their feelings have been hurt in the world and that the world had just better straighten up. Why are you so fixated on the idea of personal safety, by which you apparently mean not having uncomfortable or unhappy thoughts and feelings? Is there any chance this preoccupation is unworthy of you? Please say yes. There is no such thing as safety. That is asking too much of life. You can’t expect those around you to constantly accommodate your need for safety. That is asking too much of people. Life gives you potentials for freedom, creativity, achievement, love, all sorts of beautiful things, but none of us are “safe.”

10 Ways to Ruin Your Life in Your 20's
Excerpt: No one ever plans to ruin their life. Nobody makes that a goal, or a New Year’s resolution, or an integral part of their 5-year plan. Kids don’t sit around and dream about growing up to be an alcoholic; students don’t go to class to learn how to be bankrupt; brides and grooms don’t go to the altar expecting their marriage to fail.

Why the Marines have failed to adopt a new sniper rifle in the past 14 years
Excerpt: For 14 years, Marine snipers have suffered setbacks in combat that, they say, have been caused by outdated equipment and the inability of the Marine Corps to provide a sniper rifle that can perform at the needed range. They trace the problem to the relatively small Marine sniper community that doesn’t advocate effectively for itself because it is made up of junior service members and has a high turnover rate. Additionally, snipers say that the Marine Corps’ weapons procurement process is part of an entrenched bureaucracy resistant to change. (The article below claims the Marines were using the M48 Sherman tank in Iraq. No way. Even the old M-60 had been replaced by the M-1 Abrams by the Army and the Marines: As to the sniper rifle, the Marines still use the M-40 (with versions) because of the accuracy, even though the standard range is 800 yards. The concept is “one kill” is very important. However, the Marine Corps also uses the Barrett .50 caliber for long ranges. The Marine Corps has a team of armorers at Quantico that do nothing but make sniper rifles. --Gunny)

Billionaire Bunkers: Exclusive Look Inside the World's Largest Planned Doomsday Escape
Excerpt: For the very first time, a modern day Noah’s Ark has opened its doors for an exclusive inside look offering up plans for the ultimate Billionaire bunker and doomsday escape. Vivos founder and CEO Robert Vicino announced Vivos Europa One which will be an invitation only, five star, underground survival complex, similar to an underground cruise ship for the elite. ...The expansive shelter is located in Germany and is one of the most fortified and massive underground survival shelters on Earth. 

WATCH: CNN News Anchor Said Dallas Gunman was ‘Courageous and Brave’ to Shoot at Cops

Judge Who Tried Family Court Case Involving Alleged Dallas Shooting Suspect: ‘I Always Thought His Target Would Have Been Me.’ By Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: A judge who tried a family court case involving James Boulware — the man who reportedly fired upon Dallas Police headquarters early Saturday and was later killed — said she was threatened multiple times by Boulware and figured he might come after her. “It doesn’t surprise me that he did something like this,” Cooks told CNN. “I knew he was going to do something, but I always thought his target would have been me.”

The United States wants to use this island as target practice
Excerpt: The Pentagon wants to use the islands as target practice for 16 weeks out of every year starting in 2017. According to the Los Angeles Times, hundreds of Marines would carry out Pacific warfare attacks across the 10-mile-long island and its two volcanoes using fighter jets, helicopters, plenty of live ammo and bombs....Residents say allowing the U.S. military to use their island as its own simulated war zone would destroy the rare coral ecosystems and wildlife as well as force people to relocate.

State Dept suspends overseas passport, visa issuance
Excerpt: The State Department said Friday it has been forced to suspend the issuance of U.S. passports and visas at its overseas diplomatic missions due to a glitch that has hit one of its computer databases. In a statement posted to its website, the department said a hardware failure in its Consular Consolidated Database glitch has left overseas embassies and consulates unable to print visas, regular passports and other travel documents. This means that people who submitted online applications for passports and visas on or after June 9 will likely experience delays in processing, it said. (Glitch or hack? ~Bob)

L.A. Times Op-Ed: California Bear Flag Is A Symbol Of American Oppression. By Joel B. Pollak
Excerpt: The California flag, beloved by millions, proudly adorning t-shirts up and down the coast and hung on the dorm room walls of homesick Californian students nationwide, has to go.
That’s the message of a Los Angeles Times op-ed by writer Alex Abella, who calls the Bear Flag “a symbol of blatant illegality and racial prejudice,” hoisted by a rebel band of “slave owners, murderers, thieves, drunks and squatters.” Abella does not suggest an alternative with which the flag should be replaced.

Video: France's Reckoning: Rich, Young Flee Welfare State
Voting against socialism with their feet. ~Bob

Rising Dragon News

UK under pressure to respond to latest Edward Snowden claims
Excerpt: Downing Street and the Home Office are being challenged to answer in public claims that Russia and China have broken into the secret cache of Edward Snowden files and that British agents have had to be withdrawn from live operations as a consequence.
The reports first appeared in the Sunday Times, which quoted anonymous senior officials in No 10, the Home Office and security services. The BBC also quoted an anonymous senior government source, who said agents had to be moved because Moscow gained access to classified information that reveals how they operate.

China confirms test of new hypersonic strike vehicle 'Wu-14'
Excerpt: The Chinese Defense Ministry confirmed the fourth test of a hypersonic nuclear delivery vehicle, which the US called an “extreme maneuver,” amid rising tensions between the two powers in the South China Sea. The test of the hypersonic glide vehicle, which the US has dubbed the “WU-14”, was carried out on June 7 and is the missile’s fourth test in 18 months. "The scheduled scientific research and experiments in our territory is normal, and those tests are not targeted at any country and specific goals," the ministry said in response to a report published on Thursday by the Free Beacon.

How Tony Blair built a business empire in China. Tony Blair has been courting influential Chinese leaders - and then introducing them to the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund he works for
Excerpt: Tony Blair has privately begun acting as broker between Abu Dhabi and China, a Telegraph investigation reveals. A series of documents show how the former prime minister has been courting some of the most influential Chinese political and business leaders – and then introducing them to the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund he works for. He has also facilitated talks between the chief executive of Dow Chemical and a series of Chinese government and business figures. 

Race Card News

This May Be One of the ‘Best Political Photos’ Ever Because of the Book Rachel Dolezal is Holding
My favorite political picture of the decade so far.

Tweet from Godfrey Elfwick @GodfreyElfwick
I stand by #RachelDolezal. 10% of all people are born #WrongSkin It's not a joke and you have no right to shame us (I feel his pain. I was born wrong Economic Class. I was clearly intended to be the wealthy playboy son of a rich Wall Street hedge fund manager. This idea may solve the problem of racism. If you can be whatever gender or race you want, we should all be black Since liberals say blacks can't be racists, problem gone. ~Bob)

Did Rachel Dolezal's parents out her as white for supporting brother's accuser? Family rift 'deepened after claims of sexual assault against NAACP leader's brother'
Excerpt: New details in the bizarre case of Washington NAACP leader outed by her parents as a white woman, Rachel Dolezal, suggest a family rift had deepened in recent years over sexual assault charges. Those charges, filed against Dolezal's white biological brother, Joshua Dolezal, in Colorado in 2013, involve a person who was a minor at the time of the alleged incident--possibly even a member of his own family. Rachel Dolezal, who's accused her parents of abuse for years, has now sided with her brother's accuser, reports the New York Daily News, thus widening the rift between parents and daughter. 

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Prosecutor: Oregon's Obamacare Snowden Free to Go. By Neil McCabe
Excerpt: The man playing the role of Edward Snowden in the $300 million Oregon production of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will not rot in prison for blowing the whistle on former governor John A. Kitzhaber—who in this Left Coast drama was playing the role of Hillary R. Clinton. Michael Rodgers was the interim administrator of the state's Enterprise Technology Services division of the Department and a man with 200 employees under his sway and 15 years on the books when Feb. 5 Jan Murdock sent him an email directing him to destroy all of the governor's emails on personal accounts that were stored on state servers. The emails in question revealed that the governor's political fixer Patricia McCraig had torpedoed Cover Oregon as a political maneuver executed to help the governor's campaign.

Undocumented Democrat News

Illegal Aliens Have More Incentive Than Ever to Vote in U.S. Elections. New benefits for illegals may make it worth the risk to illegally vote Democrat.
Excerpt: Hillary’s already made clear that her idea of democracy includes giving mass amnesty to millions of left-leaning illegal aliens. This, along with the federal government’s refusal to implement sensible proof-of-citizenship requirements for voter registration (which will continue if Hillary takes the White House), will keep elections in many key states forever vulnerable to illegitimate Democratic victories. Republicans are afraid that America’s non-citizen population is the largest it has ever been, and that most of the newcomers fundamentally disagree with traditional American principles of states’ rights, civil liberties, and ordered freedom.

Armored Blackhawks Arrive At Texas Border
Armored Blackhawk helicopters have arrived at the Texas border with Mexico in response to the recent attack on a U.S. helicopter from Mexican soil. As Breitbart Texas first reported, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter was participating in stopping a well-organized drug trafficking effort that involved individuals on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Shots were fired from the Mexican side on the CBP helicopter and it was forced down after sustaining damage.

Mexican teens spark controversy by dancing as Nazis
Excerpt: Mexican teenagers have sparked controversy with a video showing them flaunting Nazi symbols during a dance contest in this western metropolis....In the choreography, young men and women appear wearing military uniforms and waving red flags. The dance simulates a battle that peaks with the unfurling of a red-and-black swastika flag carried by two youths giving a Nazi salute.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water.’ By Rob Kuznia
Excerpt: Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water. People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”

Religion of Peace News

Interesting: In White House’s Iraq debate, military brass pushed for doing less. By Greg Jaffe and Missy Ryan
Excerpt: As President Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military that has grown increasingly skeptical that force can prevail in a conflict fueled by political and religious grievances. Top military officials, who have typically argued for more combat power to overcome battlefield setbacks over the past decade, emerged in recent White House debates as consistent voices of caution in Iraq. Their shift reflects the paucity of good options and a reluctance to suffer more combat deaths in a war in which America’s political leaders are far from committed and Iraqis have shown limited will to fight.

Sending 150,000 Troops To Iraq To Defeat ISIS Would Be Totally Futile, Army Chief Of Staff Says. By Jonah Bennett
Excerpt: “We went in and fixed it once,” Odierno said, according to CBS, during a Thursday appearance. “It took us a while — it took us longer than we wanted it to — but we fixed it. The security was good, the economy was growing. We handed it off to them, and here we are three, four years later, and ISIS has been in control, has really had an impact on the security of the Iraqi people, and is now threatening the region in a much greater way.” “I could put 150,000 soldiers on the ground and defeat ISIS? Yes. But then what?” he added. “A year later it would be right back to where we are today.”

Obama transfers six more Gitmo detainees, including alleged bin Laden bodyguards
Six detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, including two alleged Usama bin Laden bodyguards, have been transferred to Oman, the Pentagon said Saturday. The terror-related detainees are all from neighboring and embattled Yemen.... “As the president has repeatedly made clear, the administration is determined to close the” facility, he said (Didn't see info on bin Laden bodyguards on other article....Barb)

Thanks Hillary: ISIS Holds MASSIVE Military Parade in Libya – PHOTOS. By Jim Hoff
Excerpt: This is not Syria or Iraq. This is a massive ISIS military parade in Libya. (IF SOMEONE THOUGHT THAT HILLARY AND OBAMA had something in mind for Libya--other than Khaddafy-- Here it IS. --Email note)

ISIS Jihadist Tweets Pamela Geller's Personal Address In Call To Kill 'Draw Muhammad' Contest Organizer. By Clark Mindock 
Excerpt: The personal address of an anti-Muslim activist was tweeted Friday from a Twitter account bearing the name of a man believed to be a British Islamic State jihadist kingpin. The tweet about Pamela Geller, who heads a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, came just hours after a third man connected to a plot to kill her and murder Boston police was arrested. "#GoForth," the Tweet urged via a hashtag after revealing Geller's New York City address, apartment number and all. The Twitter account that sent out the address has since been suspended.

Warwick man accused of conspiring in terror plot. Authorities say Nicholas Rovinski, two Boston area men planned to kill blogger Pamela Geller
Excerpt: "He told the agents that he fully supported the recently publicized acts of ISIL fighters in the Middle East such as beheadings and military attacks on forces who oppose ISIL," the affidavit states. "Rovinski stated that the beheadings ... were both warnings and a method of warfare. He stated that he feels he is 'at war' with those who oppose ISIL ... He also indicated he is prepared to fight anyone who is an enemy of ISIL, including Americans if necessary, to accomplish ISIL's ultimate goal." That includes his family, who Rovinski said would be required to live within ISIL's parameters and that "if they were to refuse, they must be killed," the affidavit stated.

Mosul prelate calls for liberation of city, Nineveh Plain--or mass asylum in the West. By John Pontifex
Excerpt: A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and property to some 120,000 exiled Iraqi Christians. Marking the first anniversary of ISIS’s capture of Mosul, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Mouche called on “people who have the responsibility” to come to the rescue of the ousted Christian communities, whose people, he added, long to go home.

Interesting: Max Blumenthal warmly endorses pro-jihad, pro-stoning UK Muslim leader. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Max Blumenthal is the hard-Left writer who helped Hillary Clinton concoct her wild story that the jihad attack in Benghazi was over a YouTube video that cast Muhammad in a negative light. So we know Max is a foe of the freedom of speech. He is also the son of Hillary’s close adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, who was involved with the Benghazi fiasco every step of the way. Max Blumenthal is also an energetic purveyor of the “Islamophobia” myth, even recording an interview about it on RT the day before the Benghazi attack. “Islamophobia” is a propaganda construct designed to intimidate people into thinking it is wrong to resist jihad terror. He is famous, of course, for vilifying Israel with falsehoods so lurid that Dr. Goebbels himself would be embarrassed.

U.S. Remains On Perilous Shemitah Course. Supreme Court's 'Jerusalem' decision the latest affront
Excerpt: With the climax of the Shemitah year now just three months away on Sept. 13, America continues to saunter down the path of defiance to the will of God, say Christian leaders, inviting judgment on the land. The latest affront to biblical sensibilities came this week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans born in Jerusalem must not have “Israel” listed on their passports as their place of birth, saying the city remains part of disputed territory, WND reported. Such a move could provoke Muslims to violence, President Obama’s U.S. State Department argued, so the passport should say “Jerusalem” not “Israel.”

Muslims In Arctic Forced To Come Up With New Rules For Ramadan--As Sun Never Sets
Excerpt: Muslims living in the Arctic Circle have been forced to come up with new rules for Ramadan when they are expected for fast from sunrise to sunset – as the region has 24-hour sunshine. Ramadan begins on 18 June this year, but just three days later is the longest day of the year, when the sun does not set above the Arctic Circle and only sets for a couple of hours further south. A group of Swedish Muslims are now urgently reviewing the rules. (You'd think Allah would have thought of that. ~Bob)

New Hampshire Marine plans 'Draw Muhammad' contest
Excerpt: A New Hampshire man wants to defy an Islamic prohibition on depicting the prophet Muhammad in pictures and plans to host a “Draw Muhammad” art contest in August. Jerry Delemus, a 60-year-old former Marine, says the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment trumps any religion’s limitations on such expression, “If we back away from our freedom as citizens a little bit at a time, the next thing you know, we don’t have any freedoms left,” DeLemus explained...

Noura Erakat Wages Lawfare on Israel. By Cinnamon Stillwell
Excerpt: Since the 2014 Gaza war, proponents of lawfare have sought to use the International Criminal Court to punish Israel for daring to respond militarily to Hamas's unrelenting aggression. Noura Erakat, an assistant professor in legal and international studies at George Mason University and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, presented her case in a recent talk at Stanford University titled, "War on Gaza in the Age of Human Rights: Prospects for Accountability."

Never Again? The ISIS Genocide of Yazidis. By Stephen Schwartz and Christopher Bilardi
Excerpt: Until the tragedy that came early in August 2014, the people who call themselves the D√Ęseni were little known to Westerners. These are the Yezidis, who mainly live in Iraq. Reviled as "devil worshippers" for centuries by their Muslim and Christian neighbors, they have endured 72 attempted genocides since 630 CE. After the predations of the "Islamic State" that number has increased to 74. A Kurdish people in ethnicity, the Yezidis practice a distinctive religion that is neither Christian nor Muslim. Tradition states that it is one of the oldest in the world, and that they have been a presence in Mesopotamia "for more than 6,700 years." During that long span of time Yezidism has incorporated elements of other faiths: Christian, Jewish, Muslim (Sufism), Zoroastrian, and Mandaean Gnostic. Like Hindus, the Yezidis have a caste system. Their tradition is hereditary and does not allow converts.

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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