Monday, December 21, 2015

The Political News Takes No Holiday

Worth Reading: Mother dies from cancer, leaves hilarious (and foul) letter to her family

Worth Reading: SUNDAY MORN SHORT TAKE ON HILLARY CLINTON. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)
Excerpt: The DNC should be charged with crime against the American citizenry.  Charge: For conspiratorial strategy and tactics of hiding, in plain site, their frontrunner candidate for president. First Count: Scheduling and carrying on debates on obscure days and at times when most people are distracted with lighter, more entertaining activities and television viewing.  For example, a debate last night. 

Worth Reading: Military Elites. By Tom Kratman
Excerpt: One of the more worrisome trends in the modern US Armed Forces – indeed, it’s happened almost all across the West – has been the expansion of “elites.” “Elites” may, in this case, be taken as pretty much equivalent to “Special Operations Forces.” Note, here, that while I will concentrate on the Army, what I have to say is approximately as true of the other services. This expansion has taken several forms. The first step, dating to well before the current war, was the creation of USSOCOM, United States Special Operations Command, in 1987. We can call that “SOCOM” for shorts. While it has never really been admitted to, SOCOM is the fifth uniformed combatant service, along with the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps, being independent of other services, having direct links to the highest command authorities, having its own – perhaps not always open – budget, having the unique distinction of being the only unified combatant command ever created by act of congress, and having the political wherewithal to place its own candidate in position to be selected as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is not entirely clear to me that the creation of SOCOM has been justified by events nor that the committee approach to dealing with military problems is superior to the “designate who is in charge and give him UCMJ and rating authority” approach. Still, that’s an arguable point and I’d be willing to listen to arguments to the contrary.1 (The Marines always considered the whole Corps to be elite, why they resisted the having Raiders in WWII. When I was in back in the 60s, Recon was considered elite to match SF, Seals etc. Now they have had to give in--too must budget flows to special operations forces. 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)

WaPo Editorial: Iran provokes the world as Obama does nothing
Who knew the Washington Post was racists? ~ Bob

Kuwait Airways cancels NY-to-London flight rather than allow Israeli passengers. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: “You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers to be the Jews…” — Qur’an 5:82. In practice, that generally means that Muslims are the most intense of the people in animosity toward the Jews.

Obama: Security Clearance for Muslim Brotherhood, Jihadists, Not Jewish Dentists. Jihadists, Yes, Pro-Israel Jews, No. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: If you're a member of a Islamic terror group, you can and will get security clearance. If you're working at Fort Hood, you can run slideshows supporting terrorists and handing out Soldier of Allah business cards, and there's no problem. But if you're an elderly Jewish dentist volunteering at a Naval clinic, it's another story... (OK, this just keeps on getting crazier all the time.  This story, and the facts about who gets refused and who doesn't, really makes such a clear contrast with how priorities are set under this Administration.  It's way past stupid. --Del. Why are there no lawn signs such as "Jewish Lives Matter," "Zoroastrian Lives Matter" or "Assyrian Christian Lives Matter?" At this point, I am convinced that liberal cant with its attendant confirmation bias has produced the mindless political correctness that afflicts our culture and its poor policies. Cordially, Larry Greenberg)

Worth Reading: Fighting for Victory against Islamism. By M. Zuhdi Jasser
Excerpt: How much more slaughter of innocents in the name of Islam do we need to endure before the free nations of the world wake up and admit that we are at war with the ideology of Islamism? We are in a global struggle of a magnitude we have not seen since the end of the Cold War — and this time we are fighting an enemy whose natural constituency includes almost one-fourth of the world's population. The steady drumbeat of Islamist violence around the world has now reached a climax with the horrific atrocities in Paris and San Bernardino. No longer can pseudo-experts, apologists, and the media hide behind excuses, platitudes, and clichés. Enough is enough. (Here we have one of those people who sees no conflict between being Muslim and being American and being of modern, enlightened thought about humanity in general.  He is not alone among American Muslims, not by a long shot, but we need a lot more to step up like him.  We need American Muslims ready and willing to look around the community and take note when an imam starts preaching fundamentalist thought, when individuals start drifting towards radicalism, and let the FBI know about it.  That's a lot to ask in a way, but it's what needs to happen for everyone's good.  When WW2 came, German-Americans turned in the Nazi sympathizers among them, who were sent to internment camps.  (Everyone forgets it wasn't just Japanese who were interned, but Germans and Italians were as well, although in much lower numbers.) The jihadists are the enemies of everyone who doesn't think like them, they have killed more Muslims than anyone else.  So it only makes sense for those living here and seeing the benefits of a pluralistic society to be as concerned about the extremists as the rest of us.  I think that time is coming. --Del. A prominent Muslim the Obama administration shuns. ~Bob)

Interesting: When You Believe In Nothing, Islam Becomes Something. One of France's best known writers weaves a believably dystopian tale where cultural passivity leads to Islamic dominance in the heart of Europe. By M. G. Oprea

No 'daycare center': Lawmakers tell Obama not to use Ft. Hood to house illegal immigrant kids
Excerpt: Republican congressmen John Carter and Roger Williams, whose districts both include parts of the sprawling military base, say they wrote the letter after learning the Pentagon has assigned a team to assess the possibility of using it and other bases to house young immigrants. “We strongly urge your Administration not to house illegal immigrants on any military base,” read the letter, dated Dec. 16. “Furthermore, your Administration should commit to securing the border and focus your efforts on reuniting these children with their families in their native countries. (Either very insensitive/careless/stupid or trying to add more Trojans to strategic points for Transformation of America.  Next they will be assigning BLM folks to police forces throughout the US. --Barb)

Interesting: Fox News Poll: Views on (Trump's) proposed ban on non-U.S. Muslims
Excerpt: A new Fox News poll finds 50 percent of voters favor Trump’s ban, while 46 percent are opposed. However, when Trump’s name is removed from the question, support for the plan goes up five points and opposition goes down six: 55 percent favor the unnamed proposal, while 40 percent oppose it. ... There are stunning shifts in the responses among Democrats: 45 percent favor banning Muslims if Trump’s name is not mentioned, yet when the plan is identified as Trump’s, support drops to 25 percent. 

The Untold Story of Violent Muslim Opinions (Graphic Warning)

Excerpt:  Back in 2012, seven officials from the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division (CRCL) found Haney’s work objectionable, leading to the 2012 effort to close his work down as the civil rights of foreign nationals could be violated. “The administration was more concerns (sic) about the civil rights and liberties of foreign Islamic groups with terrorist ties than the safety and security of Americans,” Haney says.... Challenging these policy changes up his DHS chain of command, and then to the Department’s Inspector General, Haney’s courage and tenacity to protect Americans only ended up putting a target on his own back. (True to regime's totalitarian style and contrary to AMERICAN law, whistleblower was persecuted and hectored, rather than protected and appreciated.  Article notes 67 records were deleted under pressure within the current regime to favor pro-Islamic organizations with terrorist ties and blind-side law enforcement designed to protect Americans.  Makes the hatred of Israel, Christians, infiltration of education process using federal grants as bait/control and using "Arab Spring" to initiate caliphate and ISIS versus true democracies or respecting the wills of the native populations understandable. So, "civil rights" of foreign nationals with ties to terrorist organizations are more important to this government currently running the US than the safety and welfare of US citizens.  NOW do you understand the TRANSFORMATION underway?  The folks are just still trying to go about their lives and their jobs and tend to their families and pretend all is well.  It ain't. POTUS laughing all the way to Hawaii; thanks to Ryan and GOP et al, he get everything in his stocking he wanted for a holiday he cares nothing about. --Barb)

Media Hides Key Detail in the Virginia School District’s Islamic Lesson Controversy to Fit Liberal Narrative
Excerpt: A Breitbart News investigation reveals that mainstream media outlets incorrectly reported a key detail in the story of the 9th grade World Geography teacher in Virginia who sparked a national controversy over a “calligraphy lesson” that required students to hand copy the Arabic characters that comprise the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith. ... Virginia is just the latest state in which parents of public school students are rebelling against Islamic indoctrination, be it intentional or unintentional. In October, parents in Tennessee launched a rebellion against Islamic-centric standards and textbooks in 7th grade Social Studies classes. (One religion's "statement of faith" is another religion's statement of heresy:  Commandment #1:  "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." --Barb)

U.S. Airstrike Targeting Islamic State Mistakenly Kills 10 Iraqi Soldiers
Excerpt: A U.S. airstrike appears to have killed 10 Iraqi soldiers in a friendly fire incident that took place while the U.S. Air Force was striking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria on Friday. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday called the incident a “mistake that involved both sides.” He said that the event “has all the indications of being a mistake of the kind that can happen on a dynamic battlefield.” (Now you know why Iraq reportedly did not want US soldiers "helping them" and said they would fire on US uniforms....that they had seen US dropping water and munitions to ISIS....or just "friendly fire" like that Doctors Without Borders hospital?  That was a "mistake" too; however, US sent a tank in to demolish evidence there before it could be examined for a war crimes case. --Barb. Friendly fire happens in war. Several Marines were killed by US Air Force strikes during the invasion of Iraq. Not the USAF's fault; they were cleared to hit told no US forces on that side of the river. ~Bob)

Image on Paris jihadi’s phone reveals plot to target busy UK shopping center

It's their culture: Saudi Man Dies After Allegedly Trying To Sodomize A Donkey. By Dominic Kelly
Excerpt: The bizarre story of a man who died after trying to have sex with a donkey is circulating all over Middle Eastern news sites. ... Reports say that the man tied the donkey to his car, took off his pants and attempted the have sex with the animal. The donkey, however, was not about to let that happen, and allegedly, it proceeded to kick the Sheikh man in the face following by three strong kicks to the chest. The man fell to the ground and allegedly suffered for some time before dying next to the angry animal. (Who are we to judge. ~Bob. No statement that they euthanized the donkey, so the story might have a happy ending. --George)

Angela Merkel, Paul Ryan, and the Islamization of America
Excerpt: Can you imagine Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton saying such a thing about the sainted "multiculturalism"?  Obviously not. They wouldn't dare risk alienating their voters or questioning their own sclerotic ideologies -- this even though Europe's problem with Islamic immigration is far greater than ours... for now.

Regarding Its 'Migrant' Policies, Denmark Tells World to Drop Dead
Excerpt: "I can see that some foreign media are pouring scorn over (the fact) that we in the future may withdraw asylum-seekers' valuables and demand that they should pay for their stay in asylum centres themselves," Integration Minister Inger Stojberg wrote on Facebook. "There is no reason to criticize, since it is already the case that if you as a Dane have valuables for more than 10,000 kroner ($1,450, 1,340 euros) it may be required that this is sold before you can receive unemployment benefits," she added.... It's about time someone raised, even obliquely, the fact that most of these "refugees" are healthy, able-bodied single men of means enough to have new clothes and cell phones.  

SoCal terror probe exposes marriage-for-visa racket
Excerpt: “This one family offers a study into how easy it is to get into this country through marriage,” said Jessica Vaughan, of the Center for Immigration Policy. “If anyone can take advantage of it, then terrorists can certainly take advantage of it. It is a major security vulnerability.” (Who signed executive order decreeing the marriage visa?  Obama.  There's even a reality TV show about couples meeting and marrying and not knowing one another...Barb)

Excerpt: Hanne Kristin Rohde, the former head of violent crimes with the Oslo police department, told The Times that she ran into resistance when she went public in 2011 with data showing that a disproportionate number of rapes were committed by immigrants. “There are lots of men who haven’t learned that women have value,” Rohde said. ... Political correctness has already proved disastrous in at least one community marred by sexual violence. (POTUS bequeathing to the folks of the US rapes, violence, police forces henpecked by feds to the point of dithering action, likewise military controlled by pro-Islamic PC CAIR et al.  They do not value women except as slaves; yet this "sensitive and caring" POTUS brings in thousands to destroy the American way of life.  And we have seen what the pro-Islamic terrorist PC purging of DHS records has yielded in San Bernardino.  Hopefully, Congress will look into the officials in the regime who deleted the 67 records and cancelled the terror cells probes, allowing them to form and grow, and hectored the whistleblower into retirement.  Happy New Year, folks!  --Barb)

Barack Obama Says He Didn’t Realize There Was Fear Of Terrorism Because He Doesn’t Watch Cable News
Excerpt: One of the hallmarks of the Obama administration — I mean other than lawlessness, the willingness to kill people to prove a point, a rank incompetence — is that whenever something bad happens you can depend on Obama having been out of the loop. For instance, Sharyl Atkisson has this run down....He knew what was going on but to acknowledge the increased concern about terrorism he would have to address the fact that the cause was the terrorist group he created, ISIS; that is was carried out by members of the administration’s favored religion; and that one of the killers gained entry to the United States because political correctness prevented a true background check. (Show me your shocked face!  What, no high crimes and misdemeanors?  No treachery or treason?  Now, if this has been a black anarchy/Panther further divide the folks, he'd be singing. --Barb)

Figures: NY Times Removes Embarrassing Obama Quote in 'Stealth Edit.' By Greg Richter  
Excerpt: The New York Times removed a quote from a story in which President Barack Obama blamed his slow response to the San Bernardino terrorist shootings on the fact he doesn't watch cable news. (How they can dare to call themselves journalists is one of those amazing things of modern liberalism.  This is such a clear-cut example of pandering to the Prez that there's just no getting around it, it is exactly and precisely what it looks like.  And yet some people still don't think the media have favored Mr. Obama over all these years. --Del)

Interesting: It Is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Not Donald Trump, In An ISIS Recruiting Video [VIDEO]
Excerpt: During the Democrat “debate” last night, Hillary Clinton made the astonishing claim that Donald Trump was being used in ISIS recruiting videos. That resulted in a quick bit of “fact checking” by the progressive media which revealed that, no, Donald Trump wasn’t being used in ISIS recruiting videos. ...As it turns out, there is a prominent American featured in an ISIS recruiting video and that person is Bill Clinton. (And Obama, per article. --Barb)

Excerpt: Impervious to the bitter irony, the president waxed idiotic at his final White House press conference of 2015 about the need to close Gitmo - and about his imminent release of 17 jihadists to speed that process along - while the engines revved up to jet him to San Bernardino, Calif. There, he'll find time for a quickie meeting with family members in mourning after the jihadist mass-murder of their loved ones two weeks ago. After that, Obama will hop back on Air Force One to do what any wartime president would do - take a two-week Hawaii vacation. No word yet on whether ISIS or al-Qaeda will be kicking back, too.

ISIS adopts the same corruption as the rest of the Arab countries
Excerpt: ISIS may be claiming to wage a holy war for Islam but the self-declared caliphate is as vulnerable to the region's deep-seated corruption as the secular Iraqi and Syrian regimes it displaced.

Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack

How Two Americans Helped More Than 100 Iraqi Christian Refugees Escape ISIS

For Many, Faith Comes at a High Price. By Nicholas Kristof 
Excerpt: AS we celebrate the holidays, let’s remember that this is one of those savage epochs when some families must choose between their faith and their lives. It is an echo of when Nero burned Christians alive, or when self-described Christians unleashed pogroms against Jews. Partly because of allergies about religion, the international response has been utterly ineffective. Liberals are sometimes reluctant to champion Christians who are persecuted for their faith. And conservatives are too quick to champion only Christians, neglecting other religious minorities — such as the Yazidis — who suffer even worse fates. One result of this “God gulf” is that the Western response to atrocities against religious oppression is pathetically inadequate.

Worth Reading: How Our Overly Restrictive Rules of Engagement Keep Us from Winning Wars

6 US troops killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing, official says 
Excerpt: Six American NATO soldiers were killed in a reported Taliban bombing, the largest attack on foreign troops in Afghanistan since August. 

Excerpt: Of course, the civilian truck drivers are part of the ISIS operation, even though they may not be wearing uniforms. And of course, however unfortunately, war brings collateral damage. Yet bombing missions have been stopped mid-operation by Obama lawyers interfering with the U.S. military.

Soldiers Of Benghazi Talk About New Film And Story That Politicians Didn’t Tell

Sound Retreat! Taliban close to taking over Helmand: Afghan official
I'm so old I remember when Obama called Afghanistan a war of necessity, a war we must win. ~Bob

Feds don’t know whereabouts of 9,500 with visas revoked over terrorism. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: The solution: bring in hundreds of thousands of refugees whose ties to jihad terror will be impossible to vet.

Two-thirds of “Palestinians” favor stabbings of Israeli civilians. By Robert Spencer,
Excerpt: It’s just a few extremists, remember. It’s just a tiny minority. Every religion has its extremists, you racist, bigoted Islamophobe. Two-thirds of “Palestinian” Muslims favor stabbing Israeli civilians, but remember: the Crusades!

Migrants ‘slaughter gay man, dress him in women’s clothes and wrap snake round his neck'

No, We Don’t Need to Defeat ISIS on the Internet. Keyboard warriors won’t stop Muslim beheaders. By Daniel Greenfield
This is a really nice essay about the almost funny focus on Internet warfare by the Obama Administration.  It's one of those things where you can only chuckle at naïveté raised to an art form, or pound your head on a nearby wall in frustration at the silliness, ineffectiveness, and distraction from reality. --Del. No Purple Heart for Carpel tunnel? ~Bob

Support Concealed Carry: East Towne Mall shooting: One person shot in leg taken to hospital; no suspects in custody
2:50 pm on a busy shopping Saturday, about three miles from our house. My brother Mark was in the area, not in the mall, but two of our pastor's kids were inside, heard the shots. And folks wonder why concealed carry is growing in Wisconsin. ~Bob

Left Leaning Pollster: Clinton has best chance if Trump runs as independent
Excerpt: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is leading several top GOP candidates in hypothetical general election match-ups, but she narrowly trails Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a new national poll finds.  A new Public Policy Polling survey found that Clinton bests Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, 46 percent to 43 percent; beats former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 44 percent to 39 percent; and defeats Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), 45 percent to 43 percent. Clinton ties retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 45 percent.  But Clinton falls behind Rubio in a close match-up, trailing him by 1 point. 

Graham drops out of 2016 presidential race

Watch: NY Police Union Delivers Powerful Video to #BlackLivesMatter

Why Trump Leads: Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters support bombing any Arab sounding nation — even the fictional land of Aladdin

30% of Republicans, 19% of Democrats Support Bombing Fictional Disney City Agrabah

Republicans Like Obama's Ideas Better When They Think They're Donald Trump's
Excerpt: As a classic case in point, Republicans are more likely to oppose repealing the 1975 Public Affairs Act -- which doesn't actually exist -- when they're told that President Barack Obama wants to do so, while Democrats object when they're told it's a Republican proposal.  But even when it comes to real issues, reactions to polls can vary greatly, depending on the wording. ... Yet respondents' reactions were decidedly different. Hearing that Trump supported a certain policy was enough to cause Democrats to reconsider ideas they'd otherwise support, and for Republicans to endorse positions they'd usually avoid.

Accord reached after Sanders sues the DNC over suspended access to critical voter list

Prisoner can't sue USA Today for not printing gambling odds, Pa. court says

#BlackCrimesMatter: Prominent Ferguson Protester Sentenced to 8 Years for Arson and Burglary

#DoBlackLivesMatter? Football player killed shielding girls from gunfire, police say
Excerpt: A high school football player was killed as he shielded three girls from gunfire as several men went on a shooting spree in Tennessee, police said Friday. The shootings that killed Zaevion Dobson, 15, began Thursday night, said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. The first person shot was Lisa Perry, 46, who was inside her apartment at the time. She is expected to survive. (This black kid died a hero as a man should. But unless the shooters turn out to be white (unlikely), the media will pass over it quickly and Obama will not send reps to his funeral. ~Bob)

'Shallow Slogans Don't Add Up to a Presidency': Judge Jeanine Tears into Hillary's Security Plan

Andrew Breitbart in 2011: ‘Donald Trump Is Not a Conservative’

8 Times Obama Says He Was Way Out of the Loop
Excerpt: It’s a remarkable irony: the same U.S. president whose administration has gone to great lengths to monitor journalists, whistleblowers and the public, claims to be oddly in the dark regarding basic information on some of his biggest controversies. Here are eight instances in which President Obama said he heard it on the news—or way after-the-fact—just like ordinary Americans.

Michelle Obama tweets “Star Wars” message; watch why it BACKFIRES big time
Excerpt: Per BizPac Review, “On Saturday Michelle Obama tweeted a video of “Star Wars” character R2-D2‘s arrival at the White House and the video had people up in arms. Not because the White House has apparently become a promotional machine for Hollywood’s latest blockbuster but because a U.S. Marine had to hold the door open for the character. This on the same day the president ended a press conference by declaring he couldn’t take anymore questions because he had to see the movie.

Obamacare Bloats U.S. Healthcare System. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: Spending more money than other countries on health care is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, the United States is a wealthy nation and can afford the best care. And Americans want this care delivered in a timely manner. But under Obamacare, that high level of spending isn’t buying the best care. The law’s numerous regulations and intrusions have simply inflated the nation’s healthcare tab — without actually improving the quality of care available to patients.

Best Headline: Does Hillary’s Potty Break Matter? DEPENDS. By Caleb Howe 
Excerpt: The Democrats held a stealth primary debate in the dark of night on the weekend before Christmas this past Saturday, which you may be forgiven for, like 99.9 percent of the human race, not knowing about. But that’s why we’re here. To let you know what painful tortures occur every day without your knowledge. Sunlight, or something. In any case, during the debate, wee old white lady Hillary Clinton took one heck of a bathroom break. It took her so long to come back that they went ahead and started without her. After what seemed like hours, she finally returned, although to be fair each and every two minute stretch of the debate seemed like hours.

Las Vegas Sidewalk Crash: One Dead, Dozens Hurt in 'Intentional Act'

Driver who mowed down crowds on Vegas Strip asked valet to call 911, police say

VIDEO: Students Sign Petition to Ban 'Racist' Song 'White Christmas' from Radio

Satire: Marine Corps Band NJP’d for Playing ‘Baby its Cold Outside’

Humor: Why Italian Restaurants Failed in Dubai

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