Friday, September 25, 2015

Today's important political news and opinion

Correction: In my last post I said, "Gen. Allen lost his son, Robert, Lt, USMC in Afghanistan." It was actually Gen. Kelly who lost his son. Sorry. My memory grows worse, probably a combination of drugs and age. ~Bob

Worth Reading: China Is Stealing American Property. By Chet Nagle
Excerpt: The 2013 report of the prestigious bipartisan Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property certainly indicates that Chinese cyber-theft should top the list. It states, “The scale of international theft of American intellectual property (IP) is unprecedented — hundreds of billions of dollars per year, on the order of the size of U.S. exports to Asia,” and concludes, “China is the world’s largest source of IP theft.” The FBI agrees. (Chet Nagle is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a Naval Aviator, a former navy research and development project officer, a former CIA agent and is a director of the Committee on the Present Danger. He is also the author of three terrific thrillers: Lazarus Man, The Iran Covenant and The Woolsorter's Plague. For more on China, this is a "Must Read:" The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower by Michael Pillsbury


Interesting: Boehner's Resignation Is A Blow To Defense And Odds Of A Budget Deal
Excerpt: So what is the harm to defense spending of not getting a substantially increased and flexible defense appropriation? Especially, what is the harm to defense spending if its funding comes through frozen continuing resolutions? First, the lack of increased funding will hurt existing programs. Weapons system purchases may have to get stretched out for the future. For example, the proposed defense budgets of both the Defense Department, and Congress, would buy a number of new F-35s. These are very expensive. There is no way to buy as many as DoD and Congress envision on a standpat budget.

Worth Reading: Hillary Clinton Is No Friend To Sexual Assault Survivors. By Sean Davis
Excerpt: Hillary Clinton in 2015 must really loathe the Hillary Clinton who lived in the White House in the 1990’s. ... That’s not what makes Hillary Clinton’s new position on sexual assault claims so fascinating, however. No, it’s her attitude in the 1990’s towards multiple women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and misconduct that makes Hillary’s new view so intriguing. Back then, when she was doing her best to run interference for Bill, Hillary most certainly did not believe that sexual assault survivors should be “heard and believed.” Oh, no. The policy back then was that women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault were to be immediately slimed and shamed.

Twisting in the Wind: Sources: State Dept. finds more Clinton emails relating to Libya, Benghazi

Interesting: New Quinnipiac poll: Hillary loses in head-to-head matchups with GOP contenders 

Hillary Clinton Email Inquiry Weighs if Aides Erred at ‘Send’

Interesting: Why Rubio is on the upswing

WaPo Editorial--worth reading: Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba
Excerpt: How, then, to explain Pope Francis’s behavior in Cuba? The pope is spending four days in a country whose Communist dictatorship has remained unrelenting in its repression of free speech, political dissent and other human rights despite a warming of relations with the Vatican and the United States. Yet by the end of his third day, the pope had said or done absolutely nothing that might discomfit his official hosts. Pope Francis met with 89-year-old Fidel Castro, who holds no office in Cuba, but not with any members of the dissident community — in or outside of prison. According to the Web site, two opposition activists were invited to greet the pope at Havana’s cathedral Sunday but were arrested on the way

Worth Hearing: Amazing 5 year old sings the National Anthem
This is probably considered a microaggression against people who live here, enjoy America's bounty, but hate the country. ~Bob

Fox News Poll: Outsiders rule 2016 GOP field, support for Biden nearly doubles

At least 717 people killed in Saudi Arabia hajj stampede
As Allah wills. ~Bob

PETA Sues on Behalf of a Monkey for Rights to His Selfies

Worth Reading: The Irish Slave Trade – The Forgotten “White” Slaves

Interesting: 2016 Presidential Election Quiz (Which candidate matches your views.)
If you take this quiz, I highly recommend selecting the "Other stances" option for each question.  That will produce a set of more nuanced responses from which to select, one of which may be better for you than the simple Yes/No options provided by default. (Said I should support Rubio--which I do. ~Bob)

Interesting: The Honor Diaries

Angry Muslims Taunt NJ School Officials: “We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon”

New Jersey Muslim teen facing charges for threats to Obama, claims of Islamic State jihad plots against New York City

Clockmaker Ahmed Mohamed’s sister was once suspended from school for threatening to blow it up

The Iran Nuclear Deal

Dreams Deferred Forum- The untapped potential of our young black males.
The local paper was the lead sponsor of the event, along with PNC Bank. There were over a thousand people there. It turned out to be a rehash of old talking points, with one twist from Pitts. He "credits" the sexual revolution of the 60's for the destruction of the Black nuclear family. Parker hammered away with the argument the government policies were responsible. No new proposals for moving forward, although Pitt's had to concede some points about the effects of the decline in fathers at home. The moderator did a poor job keeping them focused. Parker was particularly obtuse, talking over Pitt's, and generally behaving badly. Pitts had a bag full of red herring, including Tamir Rice and Michael Brown. Both focused on statistics, which makes everyone's eyes glaze over. As my first Stat teacher said, "There are 3 kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics." The questions put forth in writing from the audience were mostly inane. I have attached the question I sent in advance, which they chose to ignore. There was a powerful video production at the end, a monologue filmed in Greensboro, entitled A Letter to My Son, produced by Mark Hicks. If I can find a link to it, I'll send that along, or put it on Facebook. --Steve. (How do you address the distinction between race and culture in the Black community? Specifically, when statistics are used to support or reject a program or define a problem or disparity, race is often the metric. Scratching just below the surface, it often not skin color, but a cultural shift in the last 50 years that is the issue. --Steve)

How Economists Forecast Growth Under Jeb Bush? By Guessing. By Josh Barro
Excerpt: Mr. Kotlikoff, a professor at Boston University, said nearly the opposite: He thought the Bush plan, especially its provision allowing companies to fully and immediately deduct capital expenses from their taxes, would have large and swift economic effects. He said he thought the plan would grow the economy by more than 5 percent, and he thought most of those effects would be felt within the first decade, pointing to Ireland as an example of a country that experienced rapid economic growth after cutting corporate income taxes.

In meeting with nuns, Pope Francis makes quiet protest of Obamacare
Praying on Sunbeam Bread

She seems a tad perturbed. ~Bob

Russian Army starts destroying Islamic State in Syria

Republican finds the tape backup to Hillary's server!

Syrian forces captured a leader of al-Qaeda dresses as a woman. Complete with burqa, makeup and lipstick.
Call me Caitlyn al-Jawlani. ~Bob

Watch: Muslims Were Asked: ‘US Constitution Or Sharia?’- Ben Carson’s Going To Want To See This

It’s the West’s Fault that the Pope Misunderstands Capitalism

Surrender: San Fran's iconic, last gun shop to close over new regulations
Assume SF will now be crime free...~Bob

In Obama's home state and Democrat paradise of Illinois. ~Bob

FAIL: Scientist That Predicted Ice Caps Would Melt In 2013… Now Claims 2016?
No use doing anything--it would make no difference by 2016.


Outrage: VA IG says more than 300,000 veterans died waiting for care 
I'm grateful for the Madison VA, loved by the vast majority of vets who use it. I'm alive because of the VA. ~Bob

An interview with political cartoonist Antonio F. Branco

Going Home - Fallen Soldier Bagpipe Tribute

New Zealand Deports World’s First ‘Climate Change Refugee’
Read the UN predictions...which didn't happen....

PC wins on campus: Why Black Lives Matter Isn’t What You Think (OpEd in Student Paper)
Staff Editorial backpedaling on their diversity of opinion pledge
And an excerpt from the first comment: I've got to say that I'm rather disappointed in the Argus. It promised a more diverse Opinion Section, and it delivered. We got a criticism of a widely supported campaign on campus. It's unfortunate that the Argus was so quick to backpedal on its stance of providing a multitude of varying opinions, and returned to its habit of placating sensibilities. Being diverse in your opinions isn't easy. You're going to have to step on some toes. It's a shame that it couldn't take the heat.

Protesters confront Chinese president in U.S.

Pope's Congress address fails to mention Jesus, affirms leftward leading of Roman Church

Moderate Indonesian church holds 100th service outside Presidential palace

Third World Invasion: Eyewitness Description, September 5, 2015
Excerpt: “Half an hour ago on the border between Italy and Austria I saw with my own eyes a great many immigrants … With all solidarity with people in difficult circumstances I have to say that what I saw arouses horror … This huge mass of people – sorry, that I’ll write this – but these are absolute savages … Vulgar, throwing bottles, shouting loudly “We want to Germany!” – and is Germany a paradise now? I saw how they surrounded a car of an elderly Italian woman, pulled her by her hair out of the car and wanted to drive away in the car. They tried to overturn the bus in I travelled myself with a group of others. They were throwing faeces at us, banging on the doors to force the driver to open them, spat at the windscreen … I ask for what purpose? How is this savagery to assimilate in Germany?

Frightening: Mexico’s miserable year. By Michael E. Miller
Excerpt: Imagine 43 American students suddenly vanishing with hardly a trace. Then add half a dozen dead bodies, more than 100 arrests, mass graves, allegations of torture, political scandals, a protest movement not seen since the 1960s and a prison escape by one of the world’s most notorious criminals.

The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings

Charter Schools: How New Orleans Proved Urban-Education Reform Can Work
Excerpt: After Katrina, instead of rebuilding its former school system, New Orleans opted for a network of public charter schools that have had an impressive performance.
The charters, which have open admission and public accountability, have increased the proportion of students performing at grade level. It was once half the rate of the rest of the state, but now trails by just 6%. A study conducted by Tulane University noted that there was a stark contrast between the performance of New Orleans and that of other districts affected by Katrina that only rebuilt their prior school systems.

Why Americans can’t write

Report: U.S.-Trained, ‘Vetted Moderate’ Syrian Rebel Leader Defects to Al-Qaeda, Turns Weapons Over to Terror Group
When and if we finally learn, it is going to be a bloody fight to save our culture, freedoms and civilization. ~Bob

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