Thursday, July 2, 2015

Today's worth-reading political news and opinion


Bogged down with low-level personal stuff that needed done, so didn't get through the incoming email again. And tomorrow we are out of pocket for the day, so likely no post. Sorry. Oh, and Happy Glorious Second--the day the Declaration was passed. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Big Blow To Hillary: Major Union Leader Goes All In For Bernie. By Connor D. Wolf
Excerpt: In a major blow to the Clinton campaign, longtime union leader Larry Cohen says he’s not just endorsing Bernie Sanders, he’s volunteering to work for him. For Cohen — and many other union leaders — the tilt away from Clinton boils down to President Barack Obama’s recent efforts on trade. “I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t,” Cohen, the outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, told The Huffington Post. “We begged her to speak out,” he said.

Excerpt: Judicial Watch today released new State Department documents showing that Hillary Clinton and the State Department's response to the Benghazi attack was immediately determined by top Obama White House officials, particularly Ben Rhodes, then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser, and Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson for the National Security Council.

Huge Crowd For Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. By Michael Warren
Excerpt: Thousands appeared in Madison, Wisconsin Wednesday night for a rally supporting Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont running for the Democratic nomination for president. 

Scott Walker to enter presidential race, announce in Waukesha on July 13
Excerpt: "After hearing from countless Americans during the Testing the Waters phase, Governor Walker this morning will file his papers of candidacy with the FEC. Governor Walker will announce his intentions in Waukesha on the afternoon of Monday, July 13," the aides told Politico.

Democrat Jim Webb joins 2016 White House race
Excerpt: Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is jumping in the race for president. 

Progressive paradise: Illinois facing partial government shutdown amid fiscal crisis. By Garrett Tunney
Excerpt: It’s not quite Greece, but Illinois is grappling with a frightening fiscal crisis of its own.
The state is facing at least a partial shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a budget by a Tuesday-at-midnight deadline. While Illinois has long dealt with budget crises, the fact that power is split in the capital between the two parties is contributing to the current stand-off.
On Wednesday, a temporary budget also was voted down, meaning a partial shutdown was expected.

Excerpt: About 1,400 Chicago public school teachers and staff are expected to lose their jobs in order to finance a pension debt of $634 million, the city announced Wednesday. The layoffs are part of an aggressive $200 million budget cut to help finance the pension payment, which is required of Chicago Public Schools by Illinois law. The rest of the pension payment is coming from heavy borrowing, as the district already has a massive $1.1 billion budget deficit.

When the Smoke Cleared at NYC Flag Burning Event, One Veteran Remained — You Need to Hear Why
Excerpt: A U.S. Army veteran attended Wednesday’s flag burning event in New York City to protest the desecration of the stars and stripes — and he vowed to stay until the very end to ensure “that at the end of the night there is a flag left standing.” Mark Grummet, who served for 13 years in the Army, told The Blaze he would not leave until the smoke had cleared.

Man Files for License to Marry a Second Wife. By Tad Cronin
Excerpt: It only took five days after the Supreme Court created a constitutional right to homosexual “marriage” for a Montana man to file for a license to marry his second wife. This is not a divorce case. He’s still married to the first wife, but he’s looking to start a collection. (A brave man. Trust me, you don't have to be a bigamist to have one wife too many. ~Bob)

A little history: Battle of Palmdale
Excerpt: The Battle of Palmdale was the attempted shoot-down of a runaway drone by United States Air Force interceptors in the skies over Southern California in mid August 1956. The drone was launched from Point Mug Naval Air Station and soon went out of control. Interceptor aircraft took off from Oxnard Air Force Base and caught up to the drone, but were ultimately unable to bring it down, in spite of expending all of their rockets. After it ran out of fuel, the unmanned aircraft crashed in a sparsely populated tract of desert.[1] During the incident over 1000 acres were scorched and a substantial amount of property was damaged or destroyed.

Five myths about the Founding Fathers. By Newt Gingrich 
Excerpt: From Athens and Rome to the present day, all great societies have founding myths — stories they tell themselves about who they are and where they came from. Perhaps because the United States is younger than most nations (239 years old on Saturday), our founding is among the best-documented. We’re fortunate to have thousands of pages of letters, speeches and other writings from our founders, recording their thoughts and debates as they played out. It’s a sign of how politically powerful and historically important the American founding was — and still is — that deeply rooted myths persist today. As we celebrate Independence Day, here are a few of the biggest myths about the Founding Fathers.

Man who saved 669 children from the Holocaust dies
Excerpt: The man who single-handedly saved 669 Czechoslovakian children on the eve of World War II and is referred to as "Britain's Schindler" died Wednesday at 106 years of age. Nicholas Winton, a life-long humanitarian who manned the children's section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia, thereby saving hundreds of children from the Holocaust, did not mention his heroism for 50 years. Born in London in 1909 to parents of German Jewish descent, Winton was raised a Christian. In 1938, a friend working in Prague as an associate of the British Committee of Refugees from Czechoslovakia, told Winton to come to Czechoslovakia to help with Jewish welfare.

As Fears Over Artificial Intelligence Grow, A Robot Kills A Worker In A German Car Factory
So much for the First Law of Robotics. ~Bob

Obama's One Percent: Abeyance Pours Out Pricey Bottle of Champagne Into a Hot Tub and Twitter Reacts
Excerpt: Why? Because it's a big old waste of money. The bottle of bubbly ranges in price, sometimes upwards into the hundreds of thousands of dollars range, although it's unclear just how much this particular one costs. (It’s her money; she can do what she likes with it. But the next time some snotty liberal denounces American culture for empty materialism and “conspicuous consumption,” I hope they remember some of the president’s friends. You can hear it now, right? “Well, I meant that rich people ostentatiously showcasing their wealth is a problem when people that I don’t like do it.” -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

As Donald Trump surges in polls, Democrats cheer
Excerpt: For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants. “They’re bringing drugs,” Trump said in his campaign announcement speech. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

But it buys votes: Welfare program for laid-off workers doesn’t work; renewed anyway. By Yaël Ossowski
Excerpt: A billion-dollar welfare program to help laid-off workers displaced by foreign competition has been saved from extinction, even though it’s been judged ineffective and wasteful according to the federal government’s own commissioned studies. Flexing his bipartisan muscle, President Obama signed the bill Monday renewing the Trade Adjustment Assistance program until 2021, which gives welfare payments and training to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of globalization. The law, first proposed in the days of President Kennedy, was set to expire in September but was extended another six years, supported by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

Rising Dragon News

Let's Be Real: The South China Sea is a U.S.-China Issue. By Jeff M. Smith
Excerpt: On June 18, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel offered a press preview of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) now taking place in Washington, D.C. During the briefing Russel fielded a question about U.S. efforts to reduce tensions with China in the South China Sea. His response was surprising: “As important as [the] South China Sea is … it’s not fundamentally an issue between the U.S. and China.” While Washington has long sought to avoid entanglement in the complex territorial disputes in the South China Sea, it has had plenty of “issues” with Chinese behavior there. Yet such concerns may pale in comparison to growing discord over a new Chinese initiative to build artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago. Although these “land reclamation” projects are now nearing an end, the episode has provoked new U.S. concerns about freedom navigation and risks drawing Washington more firmly into the South China Sea milieu than ever before.

Images Show Chinese Airstrip on Man-Made Spratly Island Nearly Finished
Excerpt: China has almost finished building a 3,000-metre-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show. A U.S. military commander had told Reuters in May that the airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef could be operational by year-end, although the June 28 images suggest that could now be sooner.

Gun News

Famous Ex-CNN Anchor Says Her Husband Is Her ‘Hero’ After He Takes Out Armed Robber With Several Well-Placed Bullets. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Former CNN anchor and investigative reporter Lynne Russell says her husband, former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro, is her “hero” after he killed an armed robbery suspect with a number of well-placed bullets. Though they are known for their journalistic work, Russell and de Caro are not the couple to mess with. Russell is a former Fulton County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy with two martial arts black belts and de Caro is a gun-carrying retired Special Forces member, KOB-TV reported.

CMPD: Homeowner shot, killed man who'd already shot woman
Excerpt: During the argument, police said the man shot the woman in the leg, causing her to crash into a telephone pole. Officers said both people got out of the car and that the man continued to shoot at the woman. A neighbor was inside his house and heard the dispute happening. Officers said he came outside and shot the man. The man who was shot and killed was identified as Degarrian Santonia Coleman, 31, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Woman kills 60-year-old man, apparently in self-defense, deputies say
Excerpt: Deputies said they found a handgun lying on the trunk of a car and a 44-year-old woman and another person standing near it. Deputies searched the home and found Daniel Marvin Bratcher lying on the floor with a gunshot wound in the stomach. Bratcher was taken to the hospital, where he died. Anderson County Coroner Don McCown said it appears Bratcher went to the home in, forced his way inside and was asked to leave. He and a woman in the home got into a physical altercation before the woman shot him with a .38 caliber handgun.

Excerpt: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were called to the scene of a home invasion Tuesday morning, only to discover that a 23-year-old resident armed with a semi-automatic AKM had already driven off both home invaders, saving the lives of his mother and three siblings.
Metro said when officers arrived at the scene they found Jesus Javier Sanchez standing in the yard with an AK47. Officers said when they approached Sanchez he immediately dropped the rifle and followed their commands.

Constitutional Ignorance and Dereliction. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: The nation’s demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, “I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.” That’s a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution’s framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely held reflects the failure of gun rights advocates, such as the NRA and Gun Owners of America, to educate the American people. The following are some statements by the Founding Fathers. You tell me which one of them suggests that they gave us the Second Amendment for deer and duck hunting and protection against criminals.

Race Card News

‘Where Are You From?’ And Other Unspeakable Acts Of Bigotry. By David Harsanyi 
Excerpt: While walking my dog not too long ago, I met a delightful middle-aged couple who spoke in a unique accent. Was it Greek? Some other Eastern European language, perhaps? I asked them: “Where are you from?” The question wasn’t judgmental or a passive-aggressive attempt to other them. I was merely curious about people who were originally “from” some other place. They didn’t seem troubled by the query, either—but, then again, this sort of thing probably still flies in places like Serbia. (When you ask people where they are from, I think it shows interest in them, if you are not asking is a hostile way. ~Bob)

Racial Microaggressions (circulated to faculty on some campuses).

Microaggression? Racist? Gay Activist George Takei: ‘Clarence Thomas Is A Clown In Black Face’ [VIDEO]
Excerpt: “He doesn’t belong there,” Takei said in an interview with Fox 10. “For him to say slaves had dignity. I mean, doesn’t he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped, on the back. They were raped. And we’re supposed to call that dignified? This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.” (If a Conservatives said "Obama is a Clown in Blackface," think liberals would say it was racist? Our POWs in N. Vietnam were chained, beaten and tortured, but they kept their dignity. I recommend: The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925. By Herbert G. Gutman If he has the cognitive ability to understand it. ~Bob)

Why Liberals Like George Takei Are Racist Idiots. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Here's what Clarence Thomas wrote. "Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built. The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away."

Alabama City Votes Unanimously To Get Rid Of Confederate Monument. By Rachel Stoltzfoos
Excerpt: The statue is a tiered tower that bears the inscription: “In honor of the confederate soldier and sailor.” It has stood in the park since 1905, when it was erected by the Pelham Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

TV Land Pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' Reruns Because Racism. By Rob Knowles
Excerpt: “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche As a society, we often make targets of things that aren’t part of an actual problem; it helps us take power back from a situation in which we feel we have none. When bad things happen, we cope by doing everything we can in the postscript to make what happened in the original draft better. However, this often leads to ludicrous results.

Pin The Tale On The Donkey: Democrats’ Horrible Racist Past 
Excerpt: The Dems want to pin the Confederate Flag, KKK, Great Depression, urban decay, and harsh marriage laws on the GOP… pin the tale on the Donkey instead!

Martha Stewart--Funny & unbelievable

Obama To Keep Redskins Out of Washington
Excerpt: President Obama has criticized the Redskins’ name repeatedly, saying he wishes he could change it, and calling it a relic of the past. His administration is clearly following the president’s lead in agitating against a name he has deemed offensive. The patent office even went so far as to cancel the Redskins trademark on the name.

The Rise of Black Teen Terrorists. By Michael Minkoff 
Excerpt: Many black teenagers don’t have enough to do apparently. In Macon, Georgia recently, a small horde of teen terrorists stormed a local Wal-Mart late at night and started destroying stuff for no reason: Surveillance video of a wee-hours ruckus at a Macon Wal-Mart on Sunday shows a teenager race inside flashing gang signs ahead of a mob of four dozen or so people who burst in and smashed merchandise.

Did Republicans jump the gun on the Confederate flag? By Amber Phillips
Excerpt: A Suffolk University/USA Today poll was conducted two weeks after the apparently racially motivated shootings and a week after calls for the flag to come down first gained momentum. It found that 42 percent of respondents thought the flag was racist and should be removed from state grounds, while 42 percent thought the flag was not racist and represents Southern history. (Those numbers break down less along regional lines and more along partisan lines, with 63 percent of Democrats calling the flag racist and 61 percent of Republicans saying it's not.) (I don't particularly think the battle flag of Democrats who tried to destroy the country to protect slavery should be on public lands. But I do think taking it off Civil War Games and toys is ridiculous, or banning Civil War re-enactors from using it, especially when they still sell things with Nazi and Communist symbols like Che Guevara's picture. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Pulling Down The Slaver Flags Of Islam And Africa. A few other things to ban besides the Confederate flag. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The return of the Confederacy was averted in the summer of 2015 when major retailers frantically scoured through their vast offerings to purge any images of a car from the Dukes of Hazzard. If not for their quick thinking, armies of men in gray might have come marching down the streets of New York and San Francisco to stop off for an Iced Mocha Frappucino ™ at a local Starbucks before restoring slavery. History will little note nor long remember the tired wage slaves making $7.25 an hour while checking Amazon and eBay databases for tin models of an orange car with a Confederate flag on top. During this courageous defense of the homeland from the scourge of a mildly politically incorrect 80s show, Hillary Clinton committed her own unpardonable racist hate crime by saying, “All lives matter”. The politically correct term is, “Black lives matter.” ... When Obama condemned Christianity for the Crusades, only a thousand years too late, in attendance was the Foreign Minister of Sudan; a country that practices slavery and genocide. Obama could have taken time out from his rigorous denunciation of the Middle Ages to speak truth to the emissary of a Muslim Brotherhood regime whose leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. But our moral liberals spend too much time romanticizing actual slaver cultures.

Black Writer: The History of a Flag and the Powerful Story of Appomattox. By Ken Blackwell
Excerpt: The current heated debate over the Confederate flag improperly displayed on state property shows a profound loss of historic consciousness. It demonstrates the perils of allowing liberal ideologues to mandate what is known and can be said about our past. Partisan axes are being sharpened in all this. Some folks seem eager to discuss the Confederate flag as though its continued public display in the South is the sole result of Republican activism. This is a false claim. For example, it was Republicans who first took down the banner of Rebel sedition in South Carolina and in Richmond. It was a Democrat, Gov. Fritz Hollings, who put it back up in Columbia a century later. “Dixiecrat” Democrat George Wallace and Dixiecrat turned Republican Strom Thurmond who were among their generation’s most ardent segregationists.

Civil Rights Icon’s Tough Message to Black Community on Confederate Flag: ‘If Black Lives Matter…’ By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: Civil rights icon and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is imploring the black community to focus on addressing actual racism and the problems negatively impacting blacks rather than the Confederate flag, which is a merely a “symbol that means a lot of things to a lot of people.”

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

600 Homeless People Victimized in Obamacare Scam! By Onan Coca
Excerpt: Over 600 impoverished people out of both Carolinas are the latest victims of an alleged Obamacare bamboozler who signed them up for a commission and then left them in the dust with enormous healthcare fees. The premise is simple, homeless or otherwise impoverished individuals are promised free healthcare, all they have to do is provide their names and social security numbers. After signing up, however, they quickly find out the insurance wasn’t actually free, and they actually owe a $5,000 deductible.

Undocumented Democrat News

Obama administration goes for integration over deportation for illegal immigrants
Excerpt: The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials. In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of America’s 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.

Interesting: Sorry, Donald Trump Has A Point. By Rich Lowry

Excerpt: Trump’s comments made it sound as though Mexico is sending us moral defectives. That’s not the larger problem (although gangs certainly exploit the border and there are criminals in any population). Immigrants are willing to work. Immigrant men aged 18-65 are in the labor force at a higher rate than native men. It’s just that a lack of education is an anchor around even the hardest-working person in modern America. This is illustrated in an exhaustive report based on government data, by Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors a lower level of immigration. I rely on it for the figures that follow. Immigrants here from Mexico — which has sent more immigrants than any other country for decades — have the lowest levels of education. Nearly 60 percent of them haven’t graduated from high school. Only about 10 percent have some college and nearly 6 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Religion of Peace News

Important: US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State. By Con Coughlin
Excerpt: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.
Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. (You can always cont on the USA--just ask our allies in the Republic of Vietnam whom we pledged to assist if North Vietnam violated the Paris "Peace" Accords. ~Bob)

Important: The enormous ISIS attack in Egypt is a game-changer. By Asmin Faruki, Jenna Gowell, and Laura Hoffman
Excerpt: ISIS’s Wilayat Sinai launched a wave of simultaneous attacks on July 1 targeting as many as 21 Egyptian military and police positions in North Sinai, focused primarily on the city of Sheikh Zuweid. Nearly eight hours of clashes between the insurgents and Egyptian security forces left several dozen dead and more wounded by some estimates. Conflicting reports among local media, Wilayat Sinai, and the Egyptian government obscure the exact death toll. ISIS’s operation included simultaneous ground assaults on Egyptian military positions and three suicide bombings targeting checkpoints in Sheikh Zuweid and allegedly the officer’s club in al-Arish, although there has been no confirmation of any suicide operations in al-Arish.

Egyptian air strikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai: sources
Excerpt: Egypt launched air strikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman.

Excerpt: Continuing its offensive in northeastern Nigeria, members of Boko Haram reportedly massacred at least 97 people as they raided mosques and homes today. A witness told AFP that the terrorists first targeted Muslim worshippers as they were observing traditional prayers breaking the Ramadan fast. “They … opened fire on the worshippers, who were mostly men and young children,” the witness said. “They spared nobody. In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food.”

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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