Saturday, November 7, 2015

Today's worth-reading political news and opinion

Semper Fidelis
Tuesday, November 10, is the 240th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday to all my brother and sister Marines! ~Bob

Video on the history of MCRD Parris Island.  
Happy Birthday from Go Daddy!
Worth Reading: A Message From the Commandant of the Marine Corps. By General Robert B. Neller
Good leadership advice for any organization. ~Bob

American Thinker: Seven Books Every Presidential Candidate Should Read. (But Won't). By Robert A. Hall

Book Recommendation: I read and recommended this book in 2011. I have just reread it and thought even more highly of it than the first time, in light of the on-going war with barbarism and the presidential election. ~Bob
Must Read: Advice to War Presidents by Angelo Codevilla
If they would read it, I'd be delighted to buy copies of this well-researched book for President Obama, Secretary Clinton and all the GOP Contenders. It's a must read for officials and everyone interested in foreign policy. it can hardly be described as a liberal or conservative book. Dr. Codevilla eviscerates all sides for their blunders and lack of seriousness: Bush and the "Neo-cons," the CIA, Kissinger and the "Realists," and every liberal internationalist from Wilson on. After reading it you will never again put complete faith in what the CIA or FBI says it "knows." He uses historical examples from ancient Greece to the War of Terror to illustrate his points. There is something here to offend every viewpoint. Some Quotes: "For European Governments and the U.S. State Department, calling a conference is the 'school solution' to any problem." (P-86) " Today as ever, in public life as in private, leaving no favor unrewarded and no offense unpunished is the key to respect and a rule of life that you neglect at your risk." (P-159) "nor are the shopping malls and college campuses that characterize modern American 'consumer society' apt to produce the human capital of soldiers any more than of people to make and fix things. America's producers and soldiers come from the less favored parts of the economy, while the uncalloused hands and undisciplined habits at its apex are as foreign to making and fixing as fighting."  There were things that made me uncomfortable and that I disagree with, but I'm willing to concede that the author has both more experience and has thought more deeply that I have about the subject. This is a book that will challenge your viewpoints and make you defend them. It may, and should, change your views of both war and statecraft. I highly recommend this book.

Worth Reading: Could the Connection Between Freedom and Prosperity be More Clear? By Richard Rahn
Excerpt: The Peronists (named after former dictator Juan Peron) have had political control much of the last 70 years, and it has been a disaster for the country. In 1900, Argentina was one of the 10 highest-income countries in the world, having an estimated gross domestic product per capita of roughly 80 percent of that in the United States. Successive Argentine governments have squandered much of the wealth and potential of the economy, so now Argentina ranks approximately 57th in per capita income. (And the shock is... controlled capitalism and freedom combine to tap the energy and creativity of people, which brings on progress, and that leads to improving life for everyone over time.  Socialist systems just don't seem to work out over time, maybe because they always seem to wind up with some kind of upper class oligarchs and bureaucrats running things, which stifles creativity and drains energy. --Del)

Worth Reading: PRESIDENTS MORNING. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

WaPo Fact Checker: Here’s why Marco Rubio’s corporate card saga isn’t really a scandal
Excerpt: We’ll be keeping an eye on this issue but based on the information released so far, a mountain’s been made out of molehill,  by the media and Rubio’s opponents.

Christie, Huckabee bumped off the main stage for Fox Business/WSJ debate

The Party Of God Vs. The Party Of Government: It's no coincidence that Democrats are becoming less religious and more progressive simultaneously

Obama: Americans Are Inviting Jihad By Criticizing Islam
Muslims criticize Judaism and Christianity relentlessly. Assume they are inviting holy war back? Obama criticizes "white privilege." What is he inviting?  ~Bob

Religion of Peace: UC Merced stabber “devout Muslim,” manifesto included “praise Allah,” beheading plan. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: “The 18-year-old freshman wrote a numeric list outlining his plans of who he wanted to kill, and how, including beheading and shooting his victims, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke told…’No. 27 was to “make sure people are tied down,” No. 28 was “sit down and praise Allah.”‘” Then Warnke tells us this had nothing to do with Islam.

“Jihad” is “misunderstood” spiritual struggle, Muslim scholar tells Oprah. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: If jihad is simply a spiritual struggle, then why is there an entire chapter of the Qur’an entitled “Booty” or “The Spoils of War” (al-Anfal). What spoils ensue from a spiritual struggle? If jihad is simply a spiritual struggle, how is a Muslim supposed to make Jews and Christians “pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29) spiritually? If jihad is simply a spiritual struggle, why are there thousands upon thousands of Muslims worldwide who have joined violent jihad groups? Why are there any violent jihad groups at all? Why is this misunderstanding of jihad so widespread?


Hillary Goofs, Says Presidents Shouldn’t Have To Disclose Criminal Histories [VIDEO]

SURPRISE. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

13 Hours: The Non-Political Benghazi Movie that Hillary Can’t Avoid. By STEPHEN L. MILLER         
Two long weeks ago, Hillary Clinton was declared the undisputed winner in her face-off with Republicans on the House subcommittee over the part she played during the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012. But that was before an Optimus Prime–sized hole was blown right through her campaign’s and the media’s narrative that Benghazi has finally been put to rest. (I'm not sure how much good this movie will do, but it sure can't hurt to throw the tragedy into the face of Americans again. --Del

Hillary supporters shocked: Whose mansion is it?

President Ronald Reagan Had Strong Christian Faith---The Current Occupant In the Oval Office Has Been Hostile Toward Christians In The Military. By Capt Joseph R. John
Excerpt: “The First Amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values, it was written to protect those values from government tyranny.”  --Ronald Reagan. (It's a pretty impressive list of steps that show not just a lack of protection of religious freedom in the military, but more like suppression of it.  This is part of the aggressive campaign of secularists and others to make religion, or at least Christianity, lose all importance in society and be relegated to something like ancient superstition.  And that's a really bad idea, the basic Judeo-Christian values are the bedrock of Western society.  Without them, people can slide into anything, including chaos. --Del

Surprise! California campus attacker identified
Excerpt: Man shot dead Wednesday after carrying out a stabbing attack on the University of California-Merced campus is identified as Faisal Mohammad, an 18-year-old freshman student at the school. Police still are examining the attacker's backpack. (Bet the media and Obama have zero to say about the violence. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Why the Conventional Wisdom Has Been All Wrong This Election Season. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In contrast, the Democratic candidates appear far older, are all white, and are all political has-beens. Multimillionaire Hillary Clinton alone boasts of her female status (in a way her Republican counterpart, Fiorina, does not). But Hillary is neither young nor a fresh outsider. She represents half of a tired Clinton dynasty, whose old-boy network of Wall Street/Washington-insider, big-money politics goes back well into the last century. President Obama polls poorly, especially among conservatives. His team often hints that racism is the culprit. But the meteoric candidacy of Carson, an arch-conservative African American who in some states is outpolling front-runner Trump, illustrates that Obama’s divisive left-wing agendas, along with his failed economic and foreign policies, are what finally turned off over half the country — not his race.

Obamacare Premium Hikes Much Higher Than We've Been Told. By John C. Goodman
Excerpt: The Obama administration claims that the premium increases in the (Obamacare) health insurance exchanges are averaging 7.5% across the country. That figure, however, turns out to be wrong. An analysis by the Daily Caller News Foundation says that the real increase is 20.3% – almost three times higher. Why the difference? The administration looked only at the prices of Silver plans, ignoring the prices for Bronze, Gold and Platinum alternatives. The Daily Caller, by contrast, looked at all four metallic levels. 

Yes, You Can Call A Thief A Criminal. For urban life to remain at all workable, we need strong norms of public behavior and the attendant social pressures of calling a thief what he is. By Pamela J. Hobart
Excerpt: Language shapes thought, so of course now no linguistic matter is too small to evaluate for sufficient progressive bona fides (and signaling value). Recently, some frustrated San Franciscans learned this lesson the hard way when online commenters took them to task for daring to call thieves “criminals” on a popular website established to help neighbors get and stay in touch with each other in our increasingly socially fragmented world.

THIS U.S. CITY: Moves To Start A Muslim Government – And The Media Is SILENT
Excerpt: And so it begins. I guess America was feeling a little left out of all the Muslim influence in western democracies like Britain and Australia. We want our fair share of Islamic indoctrination too. And now, a suburb of Detroit has stepped up and elected the first Muslim majority city council in American history. The Polish settled town of Hamtramck, Michigan voted Muslim in four of the six council elections in what is generally considered a reflection of the town’s changing demographics. It wasn’t even that close. Muslims were the top three vote getters. (From a blog reader--not verified. ~Bob)

U.S. officials believe the Islamic State planted bomb on Russian plane. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: It could happen here. Harlem Suarez, a Florida convert to Islam implicated in an Islamic State WMD plot, worked in secure areas at Key West International Airport. Another airport worker, Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, according to, “converted to Islam in 1998 while living in Texas and became radical in his beliefs, according to ABC News. In 2001, while Pugh was a mechanic for American Airlines, a coworker reported to the FBI that Pugh said he sympathized with Osama bin Laden and was expressing anti-American sentiment” Abdirahmaan Muhumed, a Muslim from Minnesota who was killed while waging jihad with the Islamic State, worked for Delta Airlines at the Minneapolis Airport. For its part, the TSA failed to identify 73 workers who were “linked to terrorism.”

First on CNN: U.S. officials believe ISIS planted bomb on Russian plane

What drought? Celebs' lawns, green as ever

Surprise: Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline project
Excerpt: President Obama rejects TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project would not spur economic growth. (The radical anti-job environmentalists will always win with him over low and moderate income working Americans. Now the oil will move by train resulting in more environmental damage. ~Bob)

Dummies. Obama Rejected Keystone XL Pipeline BECAUSE He’s a Friend to “Big Oil”
Excerpt: Countries with nowhere near the EPA standards we have here in North America, countries which transport oil on giant ships, sending them halfway across the ocean where spills occur with such regularity it no longer even makes the news… that’s where the rejectors of the Keystone XL pipeline deal we’ll be getting our oil. Put that in your petroleum-based pipe and smoke it. So maybe you and your net-environmentalist friends see the KeystoneXL rejection as a moral victory, but it certainly has nothing to do with a cleaner environment. Don’t be daft.

Obama ditches evidence to capitulate on Keystone XL

The Chinese Are Producing EMP Weapons Which Target Humans
Excerpt:      Americans have been told by our corporate controlled media that EMP weapons will have no impact on human beings. These reports are a bold faced lie as this same report went on to detail how the Chinese have conducted EMP tests on mice, rats, rabbits, dogs and monkeys.  The results of the mammal directed EMP test results produced eye, brain, bone marrow and other significant organ injuries. It stated that “it is clear the real purpose of the Chinese medical experiments is to learn the potential human effects of exposure to powerful EMP and high-powered microwave radiation.”  The report also concluded that these human based EMP tests may have been conducted to determine safety or shielding standards for military personnel or weapons. (Don't know if true but I'm sure they will if they can. ~Bob)

Facing Reality: Finland suspends decisions on Afghani asylum claims
Excerpt: Finland on Wednesday said it has suspended its decision-making process for Afghani asylum claims due to an ongoing assessment of the security situation in the country. It said it would also review EU practices and the possibility of returning people to Afghanistan. "The guidelines for making decisions on asylum applications are updated on the basis of the obtained information," the Finnish Immigration Service said in a statement.

Another anti-gunner: Barvetta Singletary: White House aide to President Obama 'shoots at police officer partner'
Excerpt: Charging documents, that list the offence as a domestic violence case, claim that Ms Singletary texted the officer asking “for sexual intercourse” at her home. Afterwards she reportedly inquired about another woman the officer was seeing, and tried to access his mobile class="itxtrst itxtrstimg itxthookicon" v:shapes="itxthook2icon"> phone. She is accused of grabbing the man’s weapon and pointing it at him, saying: “You taught me how to use this, don’t think I won’t use it”. Ms Singletary fired a round at the man before she wiped the weapon down with a towel. (Don't know how I missed this when it came out. ~Bob)

Chemical weapons used by fighters in Syria - sources
Can't be true--Obama drew a red line. though he exempted chlorine gas as not being a chemical weapon, despite the thousands it killed in WWI. ~Bob

Yes, Hillary’s Numbers Speak For Themselves. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
This morning Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account declared, “Hillary’s spent 40 years in public service, and the numbers speak for themselves." No kidding: four dead. Thirteen hours. One perpetrator brought to justice. Zero firings. Thirteen additional security personnel denied. More than 400 e-mails on a private server with classified information. Twenty countries that received approval for arms sales after donating to the Clinton Foundation. Sixty-one percent of Americans concluding she is not “honest an trustworthy.”

But you say one thing against them: Muslim Leader: Christmas is a Crime. A Muslim leader said that saying Merry Christmas is worse than murder.

All socialism involves slavery. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy another's desires. --Herbert Spencer


No, Ben Carson Didn't Lie About West Point. It's Another Media Hit Job.

Armed Neighbor Ends Madman's Violent Rampage

The Lessons of Stanford’s Sex-Assault-Case
Excerpt: Last February, I wrote a long article for this magazine about the relationship between Ellie Clougherty, a recent Stanford graduate, and Joe Lonsdale, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and alumnus of the school. The couple started dating in 2012, after Lonsdale was assigned to be Clougherty’s mentor for an engineering course called Technology Entrepreneurship, which combined academics with business skills and access to Silicon Valley. After the relationship ended, Clougherty accused Lonsdale of sexual assault. (Looking like someone is finally learning a lesson, that sometimes there are two sides to a story, and that the 'victim's' story isn't necessarily the valid one.  comments are also interestingly critical of the 'victim' and her supporters. --G)

Interesting: Curing American sclerosis
Funds to support civil disobedience is the way to defeat Leviathan government and return a soul to America. Those who start and manage such funds must be prepared for massive government harassment. And wear body armor. This is a VERY important speech. --Chet Nagle. (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. ~Bob)

Satire: Panic, Chaos During Air Force-Wide Facebook Outage

He would be thrown out of today's Democrat party

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