Friday, September 4, 2015

Lots of important news and opinion

I have upped my speed on the treadmill at PT to 2.9 mph. "Slowly, slowly, catchee monkey." On the down side, I went in for a bone density test and she took my height. 5'6.6". I was about 5'8.75" when I went to Parris Island. "I'm shrinking!" ~Bob

Must Read: Explosive email exposes GAB attorney’s partisan motives in John Doe probe. By M.D. Kittle
Wisconsin's Political Gestapo in action. ~Bob

Updated complaint shines more light on dark day in John Doe. By M.D. Kittle 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had front-row seat at John Doe raid. By M.D. Kittle 

Polling Trajectory Shows Bernie Sanders Winning the Democratic Nomination. It's Time for America to Notice.

WaPo Fact Checker: Sanders’s repeated, exaggerated claims on income and wealth inequality
Two Pinocchios

Sanders endorsements spell trouble for Clinton

Important: Staffer who worked on Clinton’s private e-mail server faces subpoena
Excerpt: A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his constitutional right not to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself. (I look at this news and think . . . Yeah, Biden’s in. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

How does Hillary spin this one? “I’m sure he didn’t want to cooperate with those right-wing partisan nut-cases . . . at the . . . FBI . . . and State Department Inspector General’s office.” For what it’s worth, the guy has a really good reason to plead the Fifth. As the lowest man on the totem pole, he’s the guy most likely to get thrown under the bus. It’s easy to imagine claiming that her IT staffer assured her the server was completely secure, that he had obtained all of the proper clearances, that everything was in compliance with the law, etcetera. She’s just a sweet old grandma, she can’t be expected to know how these newfangled doohickeys work! --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.

Excerpt: The lurid revelations about the Clinton Foundation proved that it was not so much a charity as a huge laundering operation. Quid pro quo donations from the global rich and powerful fueled the Clintons’ jet-setting networking. In between political campaigns, the foundation provided sinecures for out-of-work Clinton politicos. This is hardly proof of Hillary’s grass-roots progressivism.

Hillary Clinton’s image continues to decline

What difference does it make? It's not like people won't vote for her because she lies. ~Bob

Down goes Frazier! (Hillary)

Trump signs pledge not to run as independent in 2016

Worth Reading: Confirmed: Republicans like Democratic ideas better when they’re Trump’s
Excerpt: Republican support for universal health care rose 28 points thanks to Trump’s seal of approval. Democratic support for universal health care dropped, however, by … 36 points. How many Dems out there are true believers in the ObamaCare dream and how many are mindlessly in favor for no better reason than that Barack Obama thinks it’s a keen idea? Note too that it’s not just a matter of the sheer number of Dems changing their position here, it’s a matter of going from heavy majority support to less than 50 percent in favor. Trump’s backing can turn an 82 percent Democratic consensus into a 46 percent plurality.

Worth Reading: The Donald and the Demagogues. By Bret Stephens
Excerpt: If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling. If you have reached physical maturity and still chuckle at Mr. Trump’s pubescent jokes about Rosie O’Donnell or Heidi Klum, you will never reach mental maturity. If you watched Mr. Trump mock fellow candidate Lindsey Graham’s low poll numbers and didn’t cringe at the lack of class, you are incapable of class. If you think we need to build new airports in Queens the way they build them in Qatar, you should be sent to join the millions of forced laborers who do construction in the Persian Gulf. It would serve you right.

Hugh Hewitt to Trump: Do you know who the Quds Force is?
Excerpt: No one’s going to care either way, though, right? If you dislike Trump, this is further evidence that he’s not just unqualified to be president but seems to disdain having to prepare for the job. With the Middle East melting down, let’s go ahead and elect a guy whose interest in the region is so meager than he can’t name-check the head of Al Qaeda 14 years after 9/11. If you like Trump, the interview is meaningless because (a) nobody knows who those people are! or (b) Trump is a manager, not a details guy, and he’ll find the classiest, most luxurious natsec people or (c) as a Twitter pal said, knowing who the regional players were didn’t stop Obama from bungling everything he touched there, from Mubarak’s ouster to raising a Syrian rebel army to putting Iran on a 15-year track to having a nuclear bomb. “Name That Jihadi” is just a game being used by the dreaded GOP establishment to try to make Trump look stupid so that less populist eggheads like Carly Fiorina look good by comparison. Besides, didn’t we find out just last night that policy differences hardly matter to either Republicans or Democrats? Why would we turn around, then, and disqualify a guy for being shaky on policy?

GOP candidates must take off the gloves and go after Trump. By Kathleen Parker

Interesting: Obama’s Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed

Excerpt: It was President Barack Obama who declared the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria a “red line” for action, and it was President Barack Obama who flinched when it became clear that the regime in Damascus had ignored him. Soon, images began to filter into the Western press revealing the horrors wrought by these WMDs. Rooms full of bodies; people seizing, foaming at the mouth; children contorted and writhing as they met their horrible, terrifying end.

Surprise: Study Learns Chicago Criminals DON'T Buy Their Guns Legally
Excerpt: Furthermore, University of Chicago Crime lab co-director, Harold Pollack, said that criminals “were less concerned about getting caught by the cops than being put in the position of not having a gun to defend themselves and then getting shot.”




#BlackLivesMatter Organizer: ‘Pigs In A Blanket’ Chant Was Just ‘Playful’ [VIDEO]
I feel about it like I would feel about the KKK chanting "Hang the Niggers." Just as disgusting--even if the Klan said they were being playful. ~Bob

Disturbing Graffiti of Police Officer at Gunpoint Appears Around Houston



War on cops: Female officer in Penn. assaulted and thrown over guardrail after stopping to help disabled vehicle

Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare

Off-duty Texas police officer found dead in his home, investigators say death 'suspicious'

Spies: Obama’s Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS Threat

Message to the Black Lives Matter Movement

 Hillary Clinton continues to hail an adoption home she helped open with Mother Teresa that has since closed its doors

Beware: Survey Questions About Fictional Issues Still Get Answers

Eight Texas counties list more voters than residents

WaPo Fact Checker: The fishy claim that ‘100,000 children’ in the United States are in the sex trade

Chained upside down and burned alive: ISIS forces four Iraqi Shia prisoners to watch flames inch toward them in latest horrific killing
Highway Patrol trooper shot multiple times, suspect dead

Green energy company fights for life after getting billions from feds

Migrant crisis: Why Syrians do not flee to Gulf states
Huh. The Muslims have much stricter immigration laws than us. Maybe they are Islamophobic. ~Bob

No matter how much I think I understand the phoniness of our politicians, they manage to still blow me away with another record breaking act of idiocy and hypocrisy.  Yes, a lot of us are truly sick to death of all of them, and want almost any other kind of person to take over, if they will just speak the truth and occasionally apply common sense to things. --Del

China to cut 300,000 soldiers, speed up military modernization

SAT scores at lowest level in 10 years, fueling worries about high schools
I took the SATS in 1968, four years after I graduated in the top 95% of my high school class, and just before getting out of the Marines. I had a combined 1424 out of 1600, good enough for MENSA. All is changed now. Recently I saw a sign: "!00 years ago, we taught Latin and Greek in high school. Now we teach remedial English in college. What happened?" Teachers' unions and progressive educational theories happened. ~Bob

'Who needs this?' Police recruits abandon dream amid anti-cop climate
Excerpt: Police departments face a recruiting shortage amid a growing anti-cop mood that some fear has taken the pride out of peacekeeping and put targets on the backs of the men and women in blue.  Open calls for the killing of police have been followed by assassinations, including last week's murder in Texas of a Harris County sheriff's deputy. Instead of dialing back the incendiary rhetoric, groups including "Black Lives Matter" have instead doubled down at demonstrations with chants of "Pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon." Public safety officials fear the net effect has been to demonize police, and diminish the job.

Those preaching violence against the police, or tacitly condoning it, have sown the wind--and will reap the whirlwind. ~Bob


Arby's apologizes after employee refuses to serve police officer

Worth Hearing: Does Free Speech Offend You?




No Nuclear Deal without Termination of Sanctions: Leader
Having already gotten everything they want in the deal, without giving up anything, they have decided to push for even more.  A flat demand that all sanctions be terminated, forever, one more huge demand that is way over the top.  Hopefully this will cause so much flak that the deal will finally be rejected.  At least I hope so, but of course our leaders can roll over, or bend over, and just take this along with everything else, and find a way to rationalize it somehow. They are disgusting. --Del

Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War. By John Bosma
This is as scary as it gets.  And if I were an Israeli, this is exactly how I would be thinking. The "Iran Deal" and Obama's other promises to Iran and his disregard of legitimate Israeli concerns pretty much add up to the stark picture this article presents.  I am scared, really scared that we will see truly horrible events come down over there in the next couple of years. --Del


The sound of silence: No safe haven will be granted in the United States for the Assyrian Christians. By MINDY BELZ
Excerpt: When a civilization falls in the fog of war, and no one pays attention, does it make a sound?  In August when ISIS militants destroyed the fifth-century Mar Elian monastery in Syria, the destruction of yet another landmark for the ancient Assyrian Church of the East was barely noted. 

Huffington Post Attack on Admiral Lyons is Based on Willful Ignorance
Admiral Lyons has made some extremely factual and cogent analyses of the mess Obama has made of our foreign policy and his damaging our military.  So naturally he comes under snarky attack by the Liberal media.  Who say things about him and the situation that are easily proven to be false.  After all, you go with Alinsky methods, you attack, you personalize, you don't give a damn about any truth other than the one you want to force on people.  Thank heavens for Adm. Lyons and for the people smart enough to debunk his attackers. --Del

Little girl demonstrates the "new math" of Common Core
This a two minute video in which a little girl goes through the steps taught in the "new math" for kids to add two numbers, and then does it that terrible, outmoded, ridiculous old-fashioned way.  It's really informative for anyone who hasn't seen what "new math" is like.  This is the way that high level mathematicians manipulate numbers, which is fine for them and the truly amazing stuff they do that most of us with normal brains cannot really comprehend.  But simple math, geometry, and algebra are the most any normal person ever needs, and forcing kids to learn the more complex manner of looking at numbers is so stupid that it boggles the mind.  This is what comes from having overeducated professionals with PhDs decide how everyone else should learn. And it's one reason, among several, that parents and many teachers are very unhappy with the whole Common Core program.  And they aren't Neanderthal crazies fighting progress, they're just regular intelligent people who can see when something is actually inappropriate and counterproductive when it comes to teaching their kids some things. --Del

WaPo Fact Checker: A pro-Clinton group’s claim that Bush will cut veterans benefits ‘across the board’
Excerpt: As always, the burden of proof rests with the attacker. Even if one dismisses the Bush campaign paper as propaganda, the Correct the Record group cannot plausibly claim that Bush’s proposal to expand the Choice program will lead to a cut in benefits, except by merely asserting it. Changing the headline only fixed part of the problem because the main text was not corrected. It still asserts that expanding a program that enjoys bipartisan support and paying for it with savings from VA reforms would result in “across the board” cuts in veterans benefits. Until more evidence is provided, this is worthy of Three Pinocchios.

Worth Reading: The future of land warfare . By Michael E. O’Hanlon
Excerpt: In my new book, "The Future of Land Warfare" (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), I attempt to debunk the new conventional wisdom (which began with the Obama administration but also permeates thinking beyond): Messy ground operations can be relegated to the dustbin of history. That is a paraphrase and dramatization, to be sure—but only a modest one, since the administration’s 2012 and 2014 defense plans both state that the U.S. Army will no longer size its main combat forces with large-scale counterinsurgency and stabilization missions in mind. This is, I believe, a major conceptual mistake, even if not yet one that has decimated the Army. But it will cause increasing harm with time if we buy into the idea. The active-duty Army is already below its Clinton-era size and only slightly more than half its Reagan-era size. Reductions to the Army Reserve and Army National Guard have been almost as steep. None need grow at this juncture, but the cuts should stop.

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