Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Worth-your-time political news and opinion


We lost our dear friend, Agnes MacMichael, a wonderful Scottish Country Dance Teacher in Scotland today. very sad.

Slammed today. At the VA getting set up on new meds for my lingering infection, than visited with John Payne, who is inside for a few days. And on it goes. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Worth Reading: Hillary the Tormentor. By Frank Bruni, New York Times
Excerpt: So here he stands, or rather squirms, exhilarated by what Hillary embodies and repelled by what she represents, wanting to see her take the oath and wanting never to lay eyes on her and Bill again, determined that they reclaim the White House and despairing of the muddy road there and the certain muck beyond. He’s a riot of warring emotions, a paradox with a pulse.
The Clintons will do that to a person. Or to a country.

Hillary’s ‘No Ceilings’ Project Accepted $5 Million From Sexual Abuser
Excerpt: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “No Ceilings” women’s empowerment project at the Clinton Foundation accepted a $5 million commitment last December from a Swiss billionaire even as his lawyers were fighting in federal court to hide his darkest secret — a long record of sexually abusing women.

How some liberals view Hillary Clinton, in 1 cartoon. By Chris Cillizza

Hillary Clinton moves left as Bernie Sanders picks up momentum. Vermont independent makes strong showing in Wisconsin straw poll
Excerpt: Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ strong second-place showing in Wisconsin Democrats’ presidential straw poll has party leaders warning Hillary Rodham Clinton that she could have a real primary race on her hands. Mrs. Clinton, who is supposed to be the party’s all-but-inevitable presidential nominee, barely beat Mr. Sanders in the balloting this past weekend, garnering 252 votes to his 208, or 49 percent to 41 percent.

Worth Reading: Relationship of parties and policies. By Mark S. Mellman 
Excerpt: We presented respondents with two different education plans, the details of which are unimportant in this context. What is important is that half the sample was told A was the Democratic plan and B was the Republican plan, while the other half of our national sample was told A was the Republican plan and B was the Democrats’ approach. The questions dealt with substantive policy on a subject quite important to most Americans — education — and issues that people are familiar with — class size, teacher pay and the like. Nonetheless, when the specifics in Plan A were presented as the Democratic plan and B as the Republican plan, Democrats preferred A by 75 percent to 17 percent, and Republicans favored B by 13 percent to 78 percent. (Sic. I think it should be 78% to 13%. ~Bob) When the exact same elements of A were presented in the exact same words, but as the Republicans’ plan, and with B as the Democrats’ plan, Democrats preferred B by 80 percent to 12 percent, while Republicans preferred “their party’s plan” by 70 percent to 10 percent. Independents split fairly evenly both times. In short, support for an identical education plan shifted by more than 60 points among partisans, depending on which party was said to back it. 

They were with O’Malley for Hart’s ’84 campaign. And they are with him now.
Excerpt: Some three decades later, more than a dozen Hart campaign veterans have latched onto another long-shot candidate. This time, it’s one of their own: Martin O’Malley, who joined Hart as a volunteer shortly before his 20th birthday and later ditched college for a semester to work for the Colorado Democrat’s campaign. While it includes no real political heavyweights, the network is vital to O’Malley’s effort to topple Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is backed by much of the Democratic establishment and is expected to raise and spend vastly more money than other Democratic hopefuls.

New Jersey's top court sides with Christie on pensions
Excerpt: New Jersey's top court sided with Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday in a fight with public worker unions over pension funds. The state Supreme Court overturned a lower-court judge's order that told the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature to work out a way to increase pension contributions for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. In a 5-2 ruling, the court said there wasn't an enforceable contract to force the full payment. 

Well Done, Guy and Mary Katharine. You’re Beginning the . . . Discussion. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
I’m going to be honest here: In lesser hands, End of Discussion would not be a fun book. If you’re conservative and you have a pulse, you’ve probably already noticed the Left trying to shut you up by calling you racist, sexist, homophobic, eager to stir up outrage storms on social media. If you’re a political junkie, some of the material in this will be new, but some of it will feel familiar: Brendan Eich losing his job at Mozilla, campus speech police, the demonization of President George W. Bush’s judges, the over-the-top protests of Scott Walker in his first term. Here’s why I can wholeheartedly endorse and recommend this book: Mary Katherine Ham and Guy Benson are really good writers. This book had me laughing out loud on yesterday’s flight. Yes, I know them, and so if I hadn’t liked the book it would be really awkward. But trust me -- they threaded the needle on this one.

Germany opts for MEADS missile defence system
Excerpt: The German government has decided to buy the MEADS missile defence system built by European defence group MBDA and Lockheed Martin, instead of the Patriot system made by Raytheon, the defence ministry announced on Tuesday. German media reports put the value of the contract at several billions of euros. After long years of deliberation, the German army finally opted for the next-generation Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) made by MBDA, which is a consortium that includes Italy's Finmeccanica SpA, Airbus Group and Britain's BAE Systems Plc, the ministry said in a statement. (Some ramifications: 1--Boosts the US economy 2--makes Germany less dependent on US for its military needs, and hence, less vulnerable to pressure from the US to punish Russia if it chooses not to. 3--Is a sign of German military build-up, which had always been a concern after WW II. 4--Will tend to free up more US military manpower for other purposes (let's not think about what...) and reduce overall defense costs for the US.5--Will add to or at least not reduce Russian nervousness about the specter of an attack. --Don H)

Obama Admin Will Forgive Up To $3.6 BILLION In Student Loans. By Blake Neff
Excerpt: The Department of Education announced Monday that it is implementing a plan to forgive as much as $3.6 billion in student loans given to students attending schools affiliated with the defunct for-profit college chain Corinthian Colleges. Corinthian was once one of the biggest players in for-profit colleges, but abruptly fell apart in 2014 amid accusations that it was inflating graduates’ job placement rates and attempting to defraud the federal government.

Obama Administration Cover-ups Continue
Excerpt: President Obama's administration has blocked more than half a million Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in the last six years, reports [1] WorldNetDaily. This blatant circumvention of the law is causing some in the mainstream media to finally voice their concerns about how President Obama is running the government...Leah Goodman, Sharyl Attkisson and others laid bare the record of Obama administration stonewalling and corruption on FOIA at the House oversight hearing this week on Capitol Hill. The most transparent administration in history has been anything but. Even New York Times' Assistant General Counsel David McCraw complained that the Times has to fight and sue at every turn to get the Obama administration to release information that the public has every right to know. That is ironic, considering that the Times is usually doing all it can [7] to protect and defend the Obama administration. But there are exceptions, as we have cited before, such as New York Times reporter David Sanger who said, "This is the most closed, control-freak administration I've ever covered," and James Risen of the Times, who said that the Obama administration has been "the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation."

Worth Reading: A Clown is Smarter Than a Clown. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: An ideology counter to capitalism is dictating higher minimum wages - a dictum contrary to capitalistic principles. 

Report: Patient With Rare And Dangerous Form Of TB Sent To NIH, May Have Exposed Hundreds In 3 States
Excerpt: “The patient traveled in April from India to the United States through Chicago O’Hare airport,” the CDC said in a statement to NBC. “The patient also spent time in Missouri and Tennessee.... She has what is known as XDR-TB (extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis), which is so rare and dangerous that the CDC reportedly “got reports of 63 cases between 1993 and 2011″ and “only about a third to half of cases can even be cured. (Porcine diarrheal viruses, avian flu, live anthrax distribution, Mycoplasma-based aerial spraying, whatever the illegal "children" brought across the border and introduced into our schools and children, Ebola and now XDR-TB. --Barb)

US army shuts website after hacking attack
Excerpt: The US army has temporarily taken down its website after a hacking attack.
It says an element of the army.mil website was compromised and preventative measures had to be taken to ensure there was no breach of data. The Syrian Electronic Army - which supports President Bashar al-Assad - says it was behind the attack.

Retired and Broke
Excerpt: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just released a report analyzing the household savings of those approaching retirement. It is not a pretty picture.
Using 2013 Census Bureau data: The GAO found 52 percent of households aged 55 and older have no retirement savings in an Individual Retirement Accpint or a defined contribution plan like a 401(k). If we look at those between the ages of 55 and 64 — that is, getting close to retirement, or just did — nearly 70 percent have less than $100,000 in savings. Among those households that do have savings, the median saved is about $109,000. The GAO says that would buy an inflation-protected annuity that would pay about $405 a month beginning at age 65.

‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Fights—To Get Rich. By Tim Mak
Excerpt: The Wounded Warrior Project’s CEO wants charity execs to get a big-league salary without worries about high overhead—and he’s not shy about selling donor info. Traditionally, charities are supposed to keep their costs down and give the vast majority of their funds to the needy. Steven Nardizzi—CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project, a veterans charity—has another idea: that philanthropies should be allowed to have king-sized fundraising costs and huge salaries for executives. Nardizzi is an advisory board member of the Charity Defense Council, an outfit with lofty ambitions. The organization wants to remake the entire charitable sector to be more permissive of high overhead and high executive compensation, explicitly as its model the oil industry’s efforts to rehabilitate its public image.

Rising Dragon News

Chinese Hacks Reveal Leadership Obama Lacks. By Paul Albaugh
Excerpt: Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer at ThreatConnect, a Northern Virginia computer security firm, notes the Chinese are “definitely going after quite a bit of personnel information.” Barger’s firm suspects the Chinese are “using it to understand more about who to target [for espionage], whether electronically or via human recruitment.” Another U.S. government official warns, “This is part of their strategic goal — to increase their intelligence collection via big-data theft and big-data aggregation.” With all of this data, China can learn which individuals have lived in China and which American officials are meeting with the Chinese, therefore refining their targeting. They can also target family members based on an individual’s data.

Drone Is Latest Weapon Against Cheating on China School Exam
Excerpt: The latest weapon in the fight against cheating on China's all-important college entrance exam is a six-propeller drone. The contraption flew over two testing centers in Luoyang city in central China's Henan province to scan for any unusual signals being sent to devices smuggled by students taking the annual test. No such signals were detected Sunday, the first day of the exam, a Henan province news website said.

Senators want China kept out of currency club over hacking. By Ellen Nakashima
Excerpt: Two U.S. senators who have been the most vocal in accusing China of currency manipulation are now listing cyber espionage as a reason not to admit the Chinese yuan into an exclusive club of currencies that would elevate its status in the global economy. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday urged the International Monetary Fund to deny China’s effort to have the yuan recognized as a special reserve currency in the wake of a series of hacks against U.S. databases containing tens of millions of Americans’ personal data.

Gun News

NYC: Bloomberg’s Gun Control And A ‘Nearly’ 20 Percent Increase In Homicides. By Awr Hawkins
Excerpt: New York City has Michael Bloomberg’s favorite gun control measure in place and is facing a crime epidemic that includes a “nearly” 20 percent increase in homicides.
When NYPD Officer Brian Moore was shot on May 2 with a stolen gun, Breitbart News reported that the strict gun controls in New York were no hindrance to criminals. Those controls–enacted in the January 2013 SAFE Act–include an “assault weapons” ban, a gun registration scheme, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and expanded background checks, among other things.

Governor Chris Christie Pardons Aspiring Police Officer Steffon Josey-Davis On Bogus Gun Charge. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: Monday morning, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a pardon to 24-year-old Steffon Josey-Davis. Davis, a former armed guard for currency security company Loomis, was arrested and charged in 2013 for accidentally transporting his legally registered handgun. 

Race Card News

Worth Reading: Improving Black Education By Walter Williams
Excerpt: "Nationwide, about 12 percent of parents have their children enrolled in private schools. In Chicago, 44 percent of public-school teachers have their own children enrolled in private schools. In Philadelphia, it’s also 44 percent. In Baltimore, it’s 35 percent, and in San Francisco, it’s 34 percent. That ought to tell us something. Suppose I invite you to dine with me at a restaurant. You find out that the restaurant’s chef doesn’t eat there and neither do the servers. That suggests they have some inside information from which you could benefit."

Excerpt: According to Koss, an associate professor in the NIU education department, 75 percent of the main characters in children’s picture books published in 2012 were white. Also, 45 percent of those children’s picture books showcased white culture — whatever that is — as the primary cultural milieu. Koss, who as a college-level professor specializes in books written for children and young adults, explained that her research consisted of investigating the contents of 455 books for little kids. (Noticed how many commercials have gone from mixed race-type to black only lately? Reverse discrimination ongoing. --Barb. I don't pay any attention to commercials, hardly ever watch TV. ~Bob)

Marilyn Mosby Filed Gag Order Motion IN THE WRONG COURT. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: Baltimore city state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby’s motion for a gag order in the Freddie Gray case was denied Monday because the prosecutor filed paperwork in the wrong court.
Mosby’s May 14 motion, filed in Baltimore’s circuit court, was intended to block witnesses, attorneys and police from speaking publicly about the Gray case.

Email: Marilyn Mosby ORDERED Cops To Ramp Up Drug Patrols In Area Where Freddie Gray Was Arrested. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: In March, Marilyn Mosby directed Baltimore police to ramp up narcotics patrols with increased “targeting” at an intersection near where Freddie Gray was later arrested, according to an email from an official in the Baltimore city state’s attorney’s office.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

WaPo Poll: Obamacare Approval Ties All-Time Low. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Support for the law is underwater by 15 points, although Republicans are no doubt eyeing the numbers on the forthcoming subsidies case before the Supreme Court with some concern. The "loophole" that may get Obamacare's federal subsidies invalidated is solely and totally Democrats' fault, but the messaging war resulting from a correct SCOTUS ruling won't be easy for the GOP to win.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Krauthammer: Obama Commenting on Undecided ACA Case Is Indecent
Excerpt: "But here, for the president to speak out and … impugn the motives of any justice who rules against him by saying in advance it will be a twisted interpretation … it's a pattern in which he steps over the boundaries of what the executive ought to do." Obama's comments are not illegal, but show no respect for the Constitution, Krauthammer said...."He swore an oath to defend, essentially to respect the Constitution," he said. (POTUS did the same thing before THE decision of Obamacare legality, pressuring the head justice. Kagan may have helped craft Obamacare defense; should recuse herself from the decision; hasn't. --Barb)

Global Warming: So Totally Over That Even Bilderberg Will Not Touch It
Excerpt: Here’s the participants list for their latest get together in Telfs-BuchenAustria later this week. It includes everyone from the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell and the President of the Royal Bank of Canada to the German Minister of Defence to British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to retired General David Petraeus to none other than the Prime Minister of Belgium. Far more interesting than who’s in on the conspiracy, though, is what’s on the agenda. (Interesting that US elections are on their agenda. Article notes climate change NOT on the agenda. Amazing how low terrorism is on the list.....Barb)

Religion of Peace News

This is Islam: Girls sold for 'as little as a pack of cigarettes' in ISIS controlled territories
Excerpt: The UN envoy on sexual violence Zainab Bangura said on Monday that the terrorist group Islamic State is selling girls in territories it controls in Syria and Iraq sometimes "for as little as a pack of cigarettes," she told AFP in an interview. Sexual violence and female sexual slavery is rampant across ISIS controlled areas, where ISIS combatants refresh their efforts of indenturing girls to sexual slavery once they overrun a territory. (Mohammad is considered the perfect example of conduct for all Muslims. Mohammad kept sex slaves and consummated his last marriage when she was nine, according to the sacred Hadiths. Therefore...~Bob)

Who Lost Iraq? By Thomas Sowell 
Excerpt: After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: “Who lost China?” China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy toward China could have led to a different outcome. In more recent years, however, Iraq was in fact ours to lose, after U.S. troops vanquished Saddam Hussein’s army and took over the country. Today, we seem to be in the process of losing Iraq, if not to ISIS, then to Iran, whose troops are in Iraq fighting ISIS. While mistakes were made by both the Bush administration and the Obama administration, those mistakes were of different kinds and of different magnitudes in their consequences, though both sets of mistakes are worth thinking about, so that so much tragic waste of blood and treasure does not happen again.

A Raid on ISIS Yields a Trove of Intelligence
Excerpt: American intelligence agencies have extracted valuable information about the Islamic State’s leadership structure, financial operations and security measures by analyzing materials seized during a Delta Force commando raid last month that killed a leader of the terrorist group in eastern Syria, according to United States officials. The information harvested from the laptops, cellphones and other materials recovered from the raid on May 16 has already helped the United States identify, locate and carry out an airstrike against another Islamic State leader in eastern Syria, on May 31. American officials expressed confidence that an influential lieutenant, Abu Hamid, was killed in the attack, but the Islamic State, which remains resilient, has not yet confirmed his death.

Suicide Terrorists Get In Fight, Kill Only Themselves. By Blake Neff
Excerpt: The two men, identified by police as Ghulam Rasul and Muhammad Sultan, were having a conversation on a park bench in Sargodha, Pakistan that suddenly escalated into a verbal argument and then a physical fight. During the fight, an explosive carried by one of the two men detonated, killing them both.

Excerpt: The leader of a powerful Iraqi Shiite militia that is operating against the Islamic State has threatened to attack the US after members of allied militia were killed in a blast in Anbar province over the weekend. Shiite militias have claimed that the US killed the militiamen in an airstrike, but US officials denied that aircraft were operating in the area when the blast took place. Akram Abbas al Kabi, the “secretary general” of the Harakat Nujaba, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia, blamed the US for a an explosion near Abu Ghraib last weekend that purportedly killed 10 members of the League of the Righteous, or Asaib al Haq. Some Iraqis have claimed that the US executed an airstrike that killed the militiamen.

Excerpt: Fighters loyal to the Islamic State continue to gain ground in the Libyan city of Sirte and its surrounding areas. Earlier today, one of the Islamic State’s official Libyan branches announced that its fighters have captured a power plant outside of the coastal city. The announcement, seen above, was posted online and disseminated via Twitter.

Excerpt: In a new video released by the Islamic State, the jihadist group shows the capture of the ancient city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur in Arabic. During the video, at least one US-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile is seen being used against Syrian regime troops near the city. The Islamic State took full control of the city after a weeklong offensive two weeks ago. At least 462 civilians, 241 government troops, and 150 Islamic State fighters were killed in the fighting in and around Palmyra since May 13, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The jihadist group also took over several nearby towns and the Jazal oil field. 

Excerpt: Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”), a jihadist-led coalition of several groups, swept through several towns and villages in the Syrian province of Idlib in recent days. The coalition’s military successes began in March, when the alliance was announced and quickly overran Assad’s forces in the city of Idlib. The newly captured residential areas are near Jisr Al Shughur and Ariha, two cities that fell to the jihadists in recent months.
Egypt Summons U.S. Ambassador Over MB Visit. By John Rossomando
Excerpt: Egypt asked the U.S. ambassador in Cairo to account for the Obama administration's allowing Muslim Brotherhood officials to visit Washington for a private conference this week sponsored by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). Egypt sought the recent meeting with Ambassador Stephen Beecroft to show its displeasure with American policy toward the Brotherhood, which it labels a terrorist organization.

Islam's War on Women: Abuse Victim's Fine Exposes Turkish Women's Harsh Reality. By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: First, there were the beatings in their home in Ankara, her husband's fist crashing hard against her body. Then came the beatings at the shelter, where she'd found refuge with their child, when the husband came to visit. The judge imposed a fine: 3,000 liras (about $1,000) against the man for physical abuse, and 3,000 more against the wife, for the injury to her husband's hand when he'd beaten her too hard. Turkey's elections Sundaymay have indicated a wind change for the country, but Turkish women, who have suffered under the regime of Tayyip Recep Erdo─čan, are not likely to feel the difference for a while, if at all.

Obama wants the Islamists to win. Obama Has No Plan for ISIS; Ends Military Option on Iran; Promotes PA/Hamas State; No Plan on Syria; No Action on Christian Massacres by Islamists. Why?
Excerpt: Yesterday President Obama, our commander-in-chief, announced, “We don’t yet have a complete strategy” for defeating the terrorist Islamist group ISIS. He made the same statement last August, 2014. Surely, the Pentagon, as is their responsibility has provided the President various option papers on how to destroy this murderous and expanding ISIS. (There are even reports that ISIS already has cells in the United States). Why is the President still taking virtually no action and still claiming he has no plan while ISIS continues to gain more land, conquer more Iraqi cities, and continues to massacre thousands of Christians and others. In considering President Obama’s policy decisions regarding radical Islamists, it is worthwhile to ask many questions: (Nick Diamos: "Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity." ~Bob)

United Airlines fires flight attendant in Diet Coke “Islamophobia” incident
Excerpt: United’s earlier statement, now erased from the web, said that the flight attendant “attempted several times to accommodate Ms. Ahmad’s beverage request.” This flight attendant has been done a manifest injustice. She has been sacrificed on the altar of Muslim victimhood, sacrificed to the false narrative that Muslims are treated unjustly in this country — a false narrative constructed so as to deflect scrutiny from jihad terror plotting and to intimidate people into thinking that resisting jihad terror will harm innocent people. And the result of United’s hasty capitulation will be even more hesitation on the part of non-Muslims to take issue with any behavior by any Muslim on an airplane, no matter what he or she is doing. And we will all be that much more unsafe. But who cares? The main thing is that “behavior that is discriminatory – or that appears [to whom?] to be discriminatory,” is avoided.

Excerpt: Oh, how the feminist movement has lost its way. And the deafening silence over ISIS’s latest brutal crimes makes that all too clear. Fifty years ago, American women launched a liberation campaign for freedom and equality. We achieved a revolution in the Western world and created a vision for girls and women everywhere.

Worth Reading: How Obama Made Peace Between Israel and the Saudis. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: In Washington D.C., the new director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and a former Saudi Major General, both of whom run think tanks with close ties to their respective governments, shook hands. It wasn’t their first time. Obama wasn’t there when it happened, but in a way he was responsible for it.

ISIS Is Using Tunnel Bombs in Iraq
Excerpt: The tunnel bomb, a deadly modern riff on an ancient tactic, is emerging as a potent new weapon. Several dozen have been detonated in Syria, while ISIS used them to take the Iraqi city of Ramadi, according to Pentagon officials and documents

Terrified Coptic Christians flee from their homes following blasphemy accusations
Excerpt: Coptic Christian homes have been attacked and families forced to flee from a village in Egypt after reports that Islam was insulted on Facebook. But some Muslims in the Beni Suef governorate in Egypt tried to protect Copts from villagers angered over alleged "insults to Islam". Christian Today reports that Ayman Youssef Tawfiq, from Kafr Darwish in Al-Fashn, denies he posted cartoons on Facebook that were insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

ISIS abducts dozens of Eritrean Christians in Libya
Excerpt: As Islamic State tightens its grip on Libya, 86 Eritrean Christians have reportedly been kidnapped in the country. Human rights activist Meron Estefanos said that the Christians were migrants, the majority of them from city of Adi Keih, and were trying to make their way to Europe. Of the 86, a number were children and at least 12 were women. 

Bible critic cancels book criticizing Qur’an for fear of jihad attack. By Robert Spencer, jihadWatch.org
Excerpt: Those who glibly claim that “extremism of all kinds” is the problem, and that Christianity is just as likely to incite its adherents to violence as Islam, should take note: everyone knows better, even if no one will admit it. Everyone knows that Christians won’t kill you for criticizing their religion, and Muslims will. This cowardly author “Horus Gilgamesh,” meanwhile, has once again sent the signal that terrorism works. Cowardice rules the day, although the cowardly generally justify themselves by claiming that they’re showing “respect.” In reality, they’re kowtowing to violent intimidation, which only ensures that we will get more violent intimidation. “Atheist Author Behind Illustrated ‘Awkward’ Children’s Bible Poking Fun at Scripture Cancels Follow-Up Quran Project Amid Fears for Safety,” by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, June 2, 2015.

ISIS jihadis in Syria and Iraq are funding their evil war by milking Britain's benefits system through false claims, online fraud and student loans
Excerpt: ISIS terrorists are abusing the UK benefits system to fund their holy war in Iraq and Syria, authorities fear. Hundreds of Brits are believed to have travelled abroad to fight with ISIS and many of them are still believed to be claiming taxpayer-funded benefits. Experts believe jihadists have committed a number of high-level frauds to deliberately abuse the welfare system.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:
http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html. His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com.

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