Friday, September 11, 2015

Worth Reading political news and opinion

14 years, 3,000 lives, mostly forgotten. But the Islamists have gained more than the hijackers would have dared hope.

Book recommendation: Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman. By Walter Brian Cisco 
Cisco is a South Carolinian and a southern partisan, but not biased enough to make this interesting biography a flawed work. As a history/Civil War buff, I of course knew about Hampton, but not in detail. He was arguably the South's best cavalry commander, calm and focused on winning and his men, where Stuart, whom he served under until Yellow Tavern, was flamboyant, reckless and focused on fame and glory. Hampton rose from Col. to LtGen. by the end of the war. But for me, as a recovering politician, the part of the book that focused on Hampton's political career, and race relations/politics during and after reconstruction was even more interesting. Hampton, who had been one of the largest slave owners in SC, urged fair treatment, education and respect of their newly-acquired right for the Freedmen. Though most blacks were Republicans, he won his first term for governor thanks to the margin provided by black voters. Even more blacks voted for him for his second term. He then served two terms in the US Senate. Unfortunately, he ran up against "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman, perhaps SC's most famous segregationist, and that ended his political career at an advanced age. He was respected by most northerners he worked with during his career. He also overcame several personal tragedies to carry on with his work for SC and the south. This is an interesting piece of history and worth reading. I'd like to see how other Hampton bios compare--but, alas, time is short and the reading pile large.

Worth Reading: CLOACA: the Critical Law Of Armed Conflict Academy. By Tom Kratman
Tom Kratman is a retired USA LtCol, an occasional contributor to this blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. ~Bob

Excerpt: Most of the Syrians we see on the nightly news and on newspaper front pages are not fleeing war-torn Syria. The three-year-old Aylan Kurdi (his real name is Alan Shenu) whose heartrending death was broadcast around the world was not fleeing Syria. He’d lived his whole short life in Turkey, where his parents had been living in safety. The Shenu family, like so many of these refugees, left Turkey on a smugglers’ boat, ultimately trying to reach Canada in pursuit of better economic prospects and a better life.

Important: Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked
Excerpt: It’s being called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS war—but are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

Thank Obama: Khamenei: Israel won’t survive next 25 years

Worth Reading: HILLARY'S HERPES. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

Excerpt: Her advisers are planning spontaneity and carefully rehearsing casualness. What if this is as good as it gets? You have to wonder if that’s what Hillary Clinton’s handlers are saying to each other right about now.

'Just Email It': Eight Emails Hillary Clinton Tried to Keep Hidden

Excerpt: This raises the question: Who gives a rat’s ass? Were you demanding an apology from Hillary Clinton? I wasn’t. I wanted the facts. And those are still in short supply. Which raises a second point: What the hell is she talking about when she says the State Department “allowed” her private, off-site server? First off, Hillary Clinton was running the State Department. Does she mean that she allowed herself to do it? If so, this may be the greatest example of Clintonian weasel-wording yet. If she doesn’t mean that, can we have the name of the official who told Clinton it was okay? Can we have the paperwork? Or is the Clinton team still drawing straws to see who gets to take one for the team?

WaPo Fact Checker: Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘everyone’ knew ‘I was using a personal email’
Excerpt: Declaring that “everyone” she e-mailed understood she was using a private system appears undercut by the Abedin comment that “Judith” contacted the State Department help desk thinking Clinton was using a government e-mail account. Clinton obviously received e-mails from hundreds of people who realized she was using a private e-mail address. But whether they understood it was her only means of electronic government communication is another question. Two Pinocchios

Hillary Clinton, you can’t manufacture trust. By Kathleen Parker



Who Are Trump's Supporters?
Excerpt: First, Trump’s support is not particularly ideological. In recent YouGov polls, 20 percent of his supporters describe themselves as “liberal” or “moderate,” with 65 percent saying they are “conservative” and only 13 percent labeling themselves as “very conservative.” Less than a third of his supporters say they are involved with the Tea Party movement. Their views put them on the right side of the American electorate, but they cover the Republican mainstream. In terms of demographics, Trump’s supporters are a bit older, less educated and earn less than the average Republican. 

Excerpt: Donald Trump said yesterday that, because he went to a private military academy, because he wore a uniform, because he learned to march in formation, he equates that with being in the military. Nope. Sorry. Being in the military means you've learned to care more about the others in the unit than you care about yourself. Being in the military means "real" bullets whizzing about your head, or rockets and mortars soaring into the sky above you, a fiery tail trailing the horizon, leaving you pondering the chill bumps up your arm and wondering where that sucker's gonna land.

Obama's Lying About Alaska and Climate Change


Theater Renames ‘Snow White’ Because the Word ‘Dwarf’ Is Too Offensive

It is artificial to constrain the debate about women in the infantry to physical capabilities. This doesn't address what holds an infantry unit together in the worst conditions humanity has to offer.

Marine Corps’ women-in-combat experiment gets mixed results
Surprise, surprise, very, very, very few women can take the physical stress, and having women in units brings on some psychological complexities.  Who wudda thought it?  (Aside that is, from the huge majority of people who understand the basics of demanding physical requirements and that men & women engage in relationships at times.)  But the PC Gestapo will just keep pushing on this, no matter what, until we get women and men killed to the point where the downsides of the "gender-neutral" military cannot be covered up. --Del

Worth Reading: Grunt life: Marines dish on the Corps' women in combat experiment

Marines Wrestle Over Gender: Commanders signal that they likely would fight a Defense Department order to allow women to join ground-combat units
Here it is, the Corps is going to try to use facts, logic, and experience to counter the push to put women in the infantry.  It is absolutely the right thing to do, and the facts, logic, and experience are on their side.  Will that suffice to stop the tsunami of PC push to force women into the grunts no matter what?  We can only hope.  This will be the first test of the new CMC, to see if he'll ask for the waiver.  I sure hope so, if he doesn't, then we have one more political general in charge, and that is 110% what the Corps does NOT need.  Or the nation, for that matter.  Heaven help us. S/F Del

Worth Hearing: Why We're Losing Liberty

Worth Reading: Obama’s Syria achievement. By Fred Hiatt Editorial page editor, Washington Post

From Lenin to Obama. Updated

The left’s deranged attack on Clarence Thomas. By BETSY MCCAUGHEY, PHD
Excerpt:     Black lives matter - unless, apparently, you're Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The left is renewing its venomous, racist attacks on Thomas in the aftermath of his dissent in the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling in favor of gay marriage. (Click on Betsy McCaughey's website toward the end of this article. Interesting and important info on Obamacare. --JB)

VIDEO: Former Al-Qaeda Leader Says Obama-Aligned Muslim Brotherhood ‘Is One of the Most Dangerous Organizations’

Story Begins To Unravel About Drowned Syrian Boy


Jihadi invaders prey on Western compassion. Exclusive: Gina Loudon warns of refugees who 'are not completely what they seem'
Playing up to Western idealism and compassion is a great tactic, and the supply of ready believers in the obligation to take in refugees simply because they can claim to be refugees is ample.  It's all emotion, pictures of dead kids just blow people away, and nobody thinks about all the kids already dead from the insanity of Middle Eastern violence, or the kids who aren't going anywhere because they're not Muslim. I sit back and shake my head, and wonder if I will live long enough to see the headlines about the atrocity committed in Berlin or London by some of the young men they're opening their arms to today. --Del

10 Great Moments In Government Idiocy: The Obama Years Edition
Almost amusing to look over the list.  And he didn't even add in "Fast and Furious", where the US government became the largest supplier of weapons to Mexican cartels of all, at great cost in money, not to mention some lives, with total zero benefit to law enforcement.  Or the hundreds of millions that went to the prized "green" companies, like Solyndra, where all the money vanished like water into desert sands, again with zero benefits.  Can you think of any other winning moves like these? --Del

American support for Iran nuclear deal drops to only 21%, according to new poll. Here’s the latest.

Found with help from UW scientists, newly discovered species is 'cousin' of humanity

Worth Reading: Anarchists Savagely Attack Air Force Officer With Mace And Baseball Bat

Brazil cut to 'junk' credit rating by Standard & Poor's

Al-Qaeda hit list: Gates, Bloomberg, Buffett, Adelson, Koch brothers. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, the Koch brothers, Larry Ellison, Sheldon Adelson: none of them have done a thing to “provoke” this. They are not part of the U.S. government or military. They did not draw cartoons of Muhammad. Yet all too many people in the U.S. still believe that if they just do nothing to offend the Muslims, they will be spared. In reality, the jihadis are targeting everyone, without exception, and it is never justified to live on one’s knees.

“There were days when seven to eight men — all from Saudi Arabia — would assault us.” By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: “There were days when seven to eight men — all from Saudi Arabia — would assault us.” Where did this Saudi diplomat get the idea to hold these women and use them as sex slaves? This account is eerily similar to the accounts of non-Muslim girls in Britain who have been brutalized by Muslim rape gangs, and to those of women who escaped after being used as sex slaves by the Islamic State. Where do all these Muslims get the idea to do this? From the Qur’an, of course. The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general.

The awesome A-10 video the Air Force doesn’t want you to see
The Brass and the accountants want to retire the most effective aerial killing machine for ground support in the world.  It's so damn silly that it boggles the mind first, and then makes you want to scream. --Del

Sanctuary City. ~Bob


Older, worth reading: The MacGuffinization of American Politics



Worth Reading: Text: Jindal Speech on Donald Trump
Excerpt: He does not believe in limited government and he has told us that over and over. From his belief in socialized medicine to his desire for tax increases, he’s told us over and over that he’s got no problem with big top-down style government. He’s only got one real problem with Washington – that he’s not running it. Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He believes in nothing other than himself.   He’s not a liberal, he’s not a moderate, and he’s not a conservative. He’s not a Republican, Democrat, or Independent. He’s not for anything or against anything. Issues and policies and ideals are not important to him. He’s for Donald. Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac. That may sound like a serious charge to make, but it is also something that everyone knows to be true, and he knows it too, and he celebrates it.

Saudi officials: Crane collapse at Mecca Grand Mosque kills at least 87

Tennessee openly promotes Islam: 7th graders made to recite Islamic statement of faith

N4T Investigators: U.S. trying to keep Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal out of slain agent's trial
Of course not, that would bring up the embarrassing insanity of the feds under Holder giving a couple thousand guns to Mexican cartels and never recovering a single bit of useful information out of the harebrained scheme. --Del

10 Military Habits That Make Service Members Stand Out

Worth Reading: Judge repeats gun rights slogan during sentencing for illegal buys
Excerpt: In giving probation with no jail time to a Milwaukee man charged with 55 counts of buying firearms with fake identification and dealing them without a license, a federal judge delivered a message. "People kill people," U.S. District Rudolph Randa said, echoing a common gun rights slogan. "Guns don't kill people." Dontray Mills, 24, purchased a total of 27 firearms, mostly handguns, between December 2012 and April 2014 and pleaded guilty to one of the charges on April 22, 2014, after an ATF investigation. As a result of the conviction, Mills will never again be able to buy firearms legally. On Wednesday, he was sentenced. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors agreed with the one year of probation. (I got a kick out of this one.  At first I thought it was probably some kind of made-up thing, or an exaggeration, but then I checked further, and sure enough, it's just what the picture says.  The judge basically laughed off the kid's activities, since after all, he's not a bad kid and studying to be a rapper musician.  27 guns to the highest bidders on the street is not something I think should be let slide, I wouldn't expect a life sentence, but at least a couple of years in the slammer seems the minimum reasonable thing. This is the kind of judging that goes on sometimes that makes me wonder who decided to let that guy get a black robe and run a courtroom.  The judge idiotically repeats an NRA slogan, which no NRA person would apply for a millisecond to someone selling guns on the street, as if that makes sense in letting the kid off so easy.  Makes absolute zero sense. --Del)

1 comment:

  1. Jarhead
    One of your best, if not your best, "news and opinion" post of all time!
    Hours of great reading, thanks.