Monday, March 14, 2016

Today's not-to-be-missed political news and opinion

Checked my blog readership. Last week still had almost 5,000 page views, despite cutting back the number of times I post to about three a week. But over 1,400 were from France? The Auld Alliance? Or maybe Muslim Immigrants?

Leftists clearly believe the polls showing either Hillary or Bernie crushing Trump and want him to win the GOP nomination. Bill Clinton called him to urge him to run on the GOP side. Barack Obama said Trump would never be president, a move calculated to strengthen Trump with the Republican base. Don't forget the effort to get liberal Dems to cross over and vote for Trump. And Leftist Sanders supporters attacked a Trump really to shut it down, a clear gift to Trump with the base. But they should consider that if Trump is nominated, some unanticipated event could tip the electorate and make him president. What then? Given his many and wide swings in speech and policy positions, no one knows what president Trump would do. Least of all Trump. ~Bob

The Fight to Save The GOP and the Conservative Movement

The Left's Gift to Trump: Skirmishes erupt after Trump cancels Chicago rally over security concerns
This "huge gift" help Trump win the nomination, hurt him in the general election. Both of which may have been the protesters goals, if they had any. ~Bob. It's been a bit depressing listening to most of the commentary on what happened to the Trump rally in Chicago.  First, am I a big Trump fan?  No, decidedly not.  Is his rhetoric too far out in so many ways?  Yes it is.  Does that really bend some people out of shape?  Yes it does. Does that mean it's OK to come to shut down his rallies?  NO IT DOES NOT.  Free Speech is a near absolute in this nation, and for good reason.  It's not about protecting the speech you like or the speech you don't care about, it's also about protecting the speech you hate and despise.  Angela Davis, Bill Ayres, Ward Churchill, and way too many others have made more speeches about despising this nation, complete with misinformation and some falsehoods, than can be counted.  Before WW2 the German Nazis living in the US held a pro-Hitler rally in Madison Square Garden, as was their right.  The head of the Nation of Islam regularly broadcasts hateful crap about this country.  And no one gets to shut any of these people down, until and unless they actually promote violence publicly (and maybe not even then). The key point of what happened in Chicago was that the protest was not just a protest, it was an organized effort to shut down the rally, as many of the participants proclaimed.  This puts them all the way in the wrong, regardless of how anyone feels about Trump. Also interesting was the admission by one of the anti-Trump pundits on the radio that the orchestrated interruptions of Trump at several rallies, where people would stand up at 3 or 4 minute intervals to yell at him, was not by chance, but was clearly something some group had carefully set up.  ( was mentioned as a possible sponsor.)  Same tactic that was originated by pro-Palestinians against a presentation by the Israeli ambassador a couple of years ago. Do we see Right Wing nuts shutting down Hillary's rallies, or orchestrated interruptions there?  No, we don't.  This is a tool of the Left, and needs to be recognized as such, and totally condemned by everyone.  The other GOP candidates disappoint me in trying to use this to hit Trump again.  That's stupid, this is about the Free Speech that should be key to everyone. --Del

Worth Reading: Barack Obama and Donald Trump Collide in Chicago. By Erick Erickson 
Excerpt: It was President Obama who urged his supporters to take guns to knife fights, get in neighbors’ faces, and not help “enemies,” who were defined as political opponents.
Donald Trump has mocked protestors at his rallies encouraging his partisans to punch the protestors, see to it that the protestors were carried out on stretchers, and offered to legal fees of supporters who did get violent. Barack Obama got his start in the living room of Bill Ayers, a domestic terrorist who plotted to kill police and Donald Trump retweets white supremacists, quotes Mussolini, and talks up strong men while refusing to denounce the KKK and conveniently forgetting who David Duke is. Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s worlds collided in Chicago tonight. Trump, scheduled to speak, saw protestors invade his crowd, things turned violent, riots broke out, and Bill Ayers showed up.

Idiots Helping Trump: In Chicago, an organized and organic disruption of Trump
Excerpt: The push to disrupt Donald Trump’s campaign rally began a week ago, when news first broke that the Republican presidential candidate would appear at the University of Illinois campus here on this city’s West Side. Student leaders of campus organizations such as the Black Student Union and Muslim Student Association began organizing their own rally and march to the rally venue; a Facebook page publicizing the efforts attracted 11,000 people.

Exactly: Liberal protesters didn't stop Donald Trump in Chicago. They helped him.
Excerpt:  Friday night, the streets of Chicago were boiling over with a toxic mixture of politics and violence. Meanwhile, Twitter was clogged with the triumphant tweeting of liberals. Donald Trump had just called off his rally in the face of widespread protests, and many on the left were thrilled: We did it! We stopped Trump! We finally showed how to beat fascism! I'm sorry, but you did no such thing. What you did was feed a fire that will likely grow in response.

Worth Hearing: I'm Angry so I'm voting for Donald Trump

Nope! Are you starting to soften on Donald Trump? Don’t. By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: Nothing makes Trump more acceptable today than yesterday or last week — or six months ago. He is still a boastful, volatile, misogynistic, race-baiting, willfully and strategically ignorant, exploitative fear-monger who is guided by profit over principle and whose hair-trigger temperament has the world on edge. Never mind that he has begun softening his tone or walking back some of his more radical statements. Seeking redemption through press release, he now says he wouldn’t order the military to hunt down and kill the families of terrorists.

Fact-checking the 12th GOP debate
“Ted [Cruz] did change his view on ethanol, quite a bit.” — Donald Trump. Actually, Cruz has not changed his view on the ethanol mandate; he consistently has opposed it.

"The Emperor Has No Clothes...He's Just Frickin Nuts!"
Excerpt: Tuesday night, in still another one of Donald Trump's "Press Conferences", and after Michigan and Mississippi's "Trump Trollers" gave him 35% of the vote, The Donald staged still another bizarre freak show that he's become famous for. Trump, offended by Mitt Romney pointing out Trump's business failures, trotted out stacks and stacks of plastic water bottles, a glossy in-house circular pimping his overpriced properties (then calling it a magazine), had his imported Mexican workers haul out the last pack of the now defunct "Trump Steak", then spent the next 45 minutes talking about what a big deal he is. Not once did Trump talk about the problems of the American people.  And the only time he talked of others it was "lying Ted", or "little Marco".  The rest of the night consisted of a vocabulary limited to "I" and "Me".

Trump is the demagogue that our Founding Fathers feared. By Michael Gerson
Excerpt: As the unthinkable becomes likely, the question arises: Who is really to blame for Donald Trump? The proximate answer is a durable plurality in the Republican primary electorate, concentrated among non-college-educated whites but not limited to them. They are applying Trump like a wrecking ball against the old political order. And it clearly does not matter to them if their instrument is qualified, honest, stable, knowledgeable, ethical, consistent or honorable.

Why he contributed to Rahm Emanuel? Donald Trump’s multi-million dollar Chicago tax break
Excerpt: As Chicago considers raising your property taxes, this is a story you need to hear. There is no doubt Chicago’s landmark skyscrapers bring in much needed tax revenue, Trump Tower included. However the presidential candidate who wrote, “The Art of the Deal” got a sweet deal doing things the Chicago way.

Worth Reading: A Vote for Trump Is a Vote Against American Consumers
Excerpt: I do wonder, though, why there hasn’t been more political emphasis on Trump’s promise to make the products average Americans buy every day more expensive. That might matter to voters who are on the fence or haven’t been paying close attention. Do you like those affordable electronic goods — you know, those giant TVs, high-tech laptops, and super pocket computers you’re walking around with? The prices of tech products and services have fallen over the past decade because of many policies Trump rails against. So though a lot of Americans might like the sound of forcing Apple to assemble phones right here in the United States, how would they feel about paying $100 more (or whatever it would be) every time they renew a cell-phone plan?

Donald Trump admits he compared Ben Carson to a child molester as ‘part of the game’

New Video Surfaces Of Trump Campaign Manager Grabbing Reporter

Worth Reading: The Party Still Decides. By Ross Douthat 
Excerpt: Trump, though, is cut from a very different cloth. He’s an authoritarian, not an ideologue, and his antecedents aren’t Goldwater or McGovern; they’re figures like George Wallace and Huey Long, with a side of the fictional Buzz Windrip from Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here.” No modern political party has nominated a candidate like this; no serious political party ever should. Because such figures speak — as Wallace did, and Long, and Ross Perot, and others — to real grievances, the process of dealing with them is necessarily painful, and often involves a third-party bid and a difficult reckoning thereafter. Trump would be no exception: Denying him the nomination would indeed be an ugly exercise, one that would weaken or crush the party’s general election chances, and leave the G.O.P. with a long hard climb back up to unity and health. But if that exercise is painful, it’s also the correct path to choose. A man so transparently unfit for office should not be placed before the American people as a candidate for president under any kind of imprimatur save his own. And there is no point in even having a party apparatus, no point in all those chairmen and state conventions and delegate rosters, if they cannot be mobilized to prevent 35 percent of the Republican primary electorate from imposing a Trump nomination on the party.

Worth Reading: The American Scream: It is a fight between the inscrutably cynical Hillary Clinton and the swashbuckling nativist Donald Trump. The unpopular may defeat the popular in the end. By Tunku Varadarajan
Excerpt: Hillary and Trump are not just different—they are as mutually contrasting as Switzerland and ISIS, or quinoa and steak.  Each candidate stands to break the political mould. Trump will not, by any means, be the first racist to be elected president if he wins; but he will be the first realtor or casino operator, as well as the first to have been married more than twice, or to have bankrupted companies. Almost prosaically, by comparison, Hillary will be the first woman in the White House.  What follows is an attempt to understand this year’s presidential contest. (By popular convention, I refer to Mrs Clinton as ‘Hillary’ and to Mr Trump as ‘Trump’.) ... I’m not suggesting that Hillary will beat Trump by similar numbers; far from it. But she will win with very impressive comfort. The phrase ‘cake-walk’ comes readily to mind.  This is one reason why the Republican establishment is in an anti-Trump overdrive at present: its hostility to Trump derives only in part (albeit an important part) from an aversion to his philistinism and the loose cannon that serves as his tongue; his racism, implied and overt; his gaudy Islamophobia and sexism; his economic illiteracy; his hostility to the party’s central conservative tenets, including free trade; his uncharted populism; his disreputable curriculum vitae; his potential to wreck diplomatic relations with some of America’s closes allies (including Japan and India); his bilious disparagement of America’s immigrant ethos; his inability to articulate any rational policies; and his startling disrespect for his fellow Republican candidates. 

Worth Reading: The disintegration of Donald Trump. By Michael Brendan Dougherty
Excerpt: Trump has also sounded completely out of his depth on immigration, much to the chagrin of his restrictionist fans. In a debate in Detroit, where Trump would supposedly have some of his most nationalist-minded fans, Trump said, "I'm changing. I'm changing. We need highly skilled people in this country, and if we can't do it, we'll get them in." He described his position on immigration as "softening" and then long-windedly explained why Americans would not take seasonal jobs on some of Trump's American properties. One of the reasons he offered was the weather. That's right, the pro-American-worker Trump says that America is just too hot for American workers. Trump also pushed "touchback" amnesty, where illegal immigrants are granted legal status if they go home and obtain a guest-worker pass from an employer. Suddenly the "big beautiful door" in the Mexican border wall sounds a lot bigger. As Trump has begun to emphasize about immigration, "everything is negotiable." (As I've said before, the trumpeters will be very disappointed if he loses, but much more so if he is elected. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Donald Trump Poses an Unprecedented Threat to American Democracy. By Jonathan Chait
Excerpt: Last month, I made the case that a Donald Trump nomination would be better for America than the nomination of one of his Republican rivals. I no longer believe that. I began to change my mind when a report circulated highlighting his 1990 interview with Playboy in which he praised the brutality of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. This is not the first time I had seen Trump praise dictators. (He has effused over Vladimir Putin.) But Trump’s admiration for Putin seemed to spring from a more ordinary Republican partisan contempt for President Obama, and closely echoed pro-Putin comments made by fellow Republicans like Rudy Giuliani. Trump’s quarter-century-old endorsement of Chinese Communist Party repression went well beyond the familiar derangement of the modern GOP. This was not hatred of Obama, or some obnoxious drive to stick it to his supporters; it was evidence of an authentic and long-standing ideology. Trump has changed his mind about many things, but a through line can be drawn from the comments Trump made in 1990 and the message of his campaign now: “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak.”

Trump has profited from foreign labor he says is killing U.S. jobs
Excerpt: He told people working with him to help find a company known for producing quality merchandise on a mass scale. In the end, Trump signed on with Phillips-Van Heusen, a manufacturer of affordable shirts produced in factories in 85 countries. The 2004 deal — one of the first of many merchandise-licensing arrangements in which Trump attached his name to products made by foreign workers and sold in the United States — is relevant today as the billionaire businessman wages a populist presidential campaign in which he accuses companies of killing U.S. jobs by moving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of cheap labor and lax workplace regulations.

General Political News

We can have socialist bread lines too! Feel the bread lines. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: After Bernie Sanders visited the Marxist Sandanista regime in Nicaragua on a propaganda tour, he argued that the bread lines in major cities were a good thing. “American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing!” The bread lines had been caused by the radical regime’s socialist agricultural policies of land seizures from farmers. 

Editorial: You can thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for North Korea’s nukes
Excerpt: Back in 1994, President Clinton prepared to confront North Korea over CIA reports it had built nuclear warheads and its subsequent threats to engulf Japan and South Korea in “a sea of fire.” Enter self-appointed peacemaker Carter: The ex-prez scurried off to Pyongyang and negotiated a sellout deal that gave North Korea two new reactors and $5 billion in aid in return for a promise to quit seeking nukes. Clinton embraced this appeasement as achieving “an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula” — with compliance verified by international inspectors. Carter wound up winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his dubious efforts. But in 2002, the North Koreans ’fessed up: They’d begun violating the accord on Day One. Four years later, Pyongyang detonated its first nuke. (We will be saying the same about Iran in five years., ~Bob. Former presidents Clinton and Carter gave away $5 billion taxpayer dollars to North Korea in exchange for the promise of a tyrant not to build nuclear bombs.  How did that work out?   The Democrat Party in particular has a long history of squandering money needlessly, often counter-productively. --John Jaeger)


GOP Senators Slam Feds For Failing To Fix Retirement Planning Calculator
Excerpt: Republican Senators Mike Enzi and Richard Shelby slammed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a letter Friday for failing to address problems with the agency’s Social Security retirement calculator. The calculator was released in November by the CFPB, a government watchdog formed under the Obama administration, and is designed to help its users understand how their age affects their Social Security benefits. But the tool failed to provide results consistent with the Social Security Administration’s version of the tool. (Just as with Obamacare, CPAs need not apply.  The Regime does not want auditors to provide a reality check. --Barb)

Quick! Increase tuition and student loans. Shocker: After Caving To Protests, Mizzou Has HUGE Budget Gap
Excerpt: The University of Missouri (MU) is losing about 1500 students and is facing a huge $32 million budget shortfall four months after it attracted national attention as the site of massive race-based campus protests. “I am writing to you today to confirm that we project a very significant budget shortfall due to an unexpected sharp decline in first-year enrollments and student retention this coming fall. I wish I had better news,” said MU interim chancellor Hank Foley in a Wednesday letter to school staff that was obtained by Fox Sports. (There are at least 1500 students who would rather study than riot.  Show me your shocked face!  The black anarchists can have their "safe space" with fewer "others" if the school doesn't close. --Barb)

Lions and Foxes

Senators accuse State Dept. of defying Congress with $500M UN climate payment

Obama points finger at Britain, France over Libya chaos
President Barack Obama has strongly criticized the leaders of Great Britain and France for their policy toward Libya after the 2011 overthrow of dictator Muammar Qaddafi, saying that he was mistaken to believe the U.S.' European allies would be "more invested in the follow-up" to Qaddafi's fall. Obama made the remarks in an interview with The Atlantic magazine. The criticisms of British Prime Minister David Cameron, in particular, are some of the strongest of a sitting U.K. leader by a sitting president. In the interview, Obama calls the situation in Libya a "mess" in part because he says Cameron became "distracted by a range of other things."

Polish minister says foul play behind president's jet crash
Excerpt: Poland's defense minister appeared to suggest the death of president Lech Kaczynski in a 2010 plane crash in western Russia was the result of foul play, an allegation that is likely to test already troubled relations with Moscow. Antoni Macierewicz did not spell out who he suspected, but the comments were made in a passage of his speech referring to a number of events blamed on Russia, including the violence in shared neighbor Ukraine.

Worth Reading: Barack Obama’s Revolution in Foreign Policy. When you think you’re the smartest person in the room, it’s tempting to make up your own grand strategy. By Niall Ferguson
Excerpt: It is a criticism I have heard from more than one person who has worked with President Obama: that he regards himself as the smartest person in the room—any room. Jeffrey Goldberg’s fascinating article reveals that this is a considerable understatement. The president seems to think he is the smartest person in the world, perhaps ever. Power corrupts in subtle ways. It appears to have made Obama arrogant. As described in Goldberg’s story, he is impatient to the point of rudeness with members of his own administration. His response to Secretary of State John Kerry when he hands him a paper on Syria is: “Oh, another proposal?” “Samantha, enough,” he snaps at the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “I’ve already read your book.” We learn, too, that he “secretly disdains … the Washington foreign-policy establishment.” The president is also bluntly critical of traditional American allies. (Smartest person in the room? Sounds like Trump, God help us. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The Weirdness of Illegal Immigration. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Set aside for a moment all the controversies over illegal immigration—the wall, deportation, amnesty, Donald J. Trump, “comprehensive immigration reform,” etc. Instead, contemplate what happens in a social, cultural, and economic context when several million immigrants arrive from one of the poorest areas in the world (e.g., Oaxaca) to one of the most affluent (e.g., California). For guidance, think not of Jorge Ramos, but of the premodern/postmodern collision that is occurring in Germany, Austria, and Denmark. The first casualty is the law. I am not referring to the collapse of federal immigration enforcement, but rather the ripples that must follow from it. When someone ignores a federal statute, then it is naturally easy to flout more. In Los Angeles, half the traffic accidents are hit-and-run collisions. I can attest first-hand that running from an accident or abandoning a wrecked vehicle is certainly a common occurrence in rural California. Last night on a rural road, a driver behind me (intoxicated? Malicious? Crazy?) apparently tried to rear-end me, then turned off his lights, sped up, and at the next stop sign pulled over swearing out the window in Spanish. In this age and in these environs, why would one call a sheriff for a minor everyday occurrence like that? 

In Kloppenburg’s world, left-wing special interests good, right-wing bad. By M.D. Kittle
Excerpt: State Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg has repeatedly said that she is “unwilling to surrender our courts to outside special interests.”
What she apparently means to say is that she is willing to surrender Wisconsin’s courts to certain special interests. Kloppenburg is perfectly agreeable to shadowy left-wing groups like the Greater Wisconsin Committee pumping in big money to try to influence the outcome of Supreme Court elections.

Rebecca Bradley: ‘The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel should be ashamed of itself.’ By M.D. Kittle 
Excerpt: “I am Gordon Bradley. Rebecca Bradley and I were married for 8 years and divorced in 2004.  I am outraged by the story in the Journal Sentinel accusing my former wife of having an extra-marital affair. Not only is their headline a lie, they knew it before they printed it.

Another: Concealed-weapon owner shoots hatchet-wielding attacker in Wash. 7-Eleven
Excerpt: A masked man burst into a 7-Eleven near Seattle early Sunday morning, swinging a hatchet and slicing the store clerk. Before the masked man could seriously hurt anyone, though, a customer who was drinking his morning coffee pulled out a concealed weapon and fatally shot the attacker. Authorities did not name the attacker or the customer, but they did hail the concealed weapon owner as a hero.

Will Failed Obamacare Co-Ops Repay Taxpayers’ Money? Senate Panel Seeks Answers. By Leah Jessen
Excerpt: Top Obamacare officials told a Senate panel Thursday that they can’t guarantee the government ever will recover billions of taxpayer dollars loaned to health insurance “co-ops.” “Today’s hearing is about the families who lost their health care plans, it’s about the taxpayers who were swindled, it’s about the bureaucrats who mismanaged this program, and it’s about the local governments who had to cut budgets from firefighters and schools to make up for Washington’s failures,” Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said. (Yep, the government is here to help us.....And they've always done so very well at it, haven't they?  More grand schemes from the rarefied brains of intellectuals that somehow don't quite fit into mere reality and end up with unintended consequences that at least a few others said were all too possible, even likely.  Those billions are gone down the rat hole, those peoples' problems will not be fixed well or compensated for, but until there's someone in the Oval Office and a GOP Congress to repeal Obamacare and start over, this mess will stagger on. --Del)

BREAKING: EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Was No Accident
Excerpt:  ... While the EPA intentionally breached Gold King Mine, it’s likely they did not believe their actions would set loose 3 million gallons of toxic mine wastewater. Had the agency tested the mine for pressure and not dug directly into its entrance, the blowout might not have occurred. It’s also unclear why EPA decided to breach a mine they suspected to be pressurized without the proper equipment.

Sanders has gotten nastier. Does it help explain his staying power?

Religion of Peace News

An American Muslim worth hearing
Excerpt: Dr. Jasser is the great example of the kind of person that we can all be happy is one of us.  He represents the enlightened Muslims who reject the fundamentalist views and the horrors of Islamist jihadism, and who stands for the ideals of America.  Some may argue there aren't enough like him, but that he and his allies exist is important, and must be taken note of.  It IS possible for Muslims to be Americans in the real sense, and have no ambition to take over anything or demand Sharia Law rule us all.  People like him deserve wide recognition and support.  It's a short interview, but worth the time. -Del. He is a true patriot and a true moderate Muslim. Naturally, the administration has shut him out and marginalized him. ~Bob

DOJ to Enforce ‘Religious Freedom’ Especially for Muslim Students in U.S. Public Schools
Excerpt: The Department of Justice (DOJ) says it plans to “promote religious freedom” in schools, particularly for Muslim students who allegedly experience “discrimination” or “bullying” from other students in the nation’s public schools. The federal schoolyard-policing plan is intended to “combat religious discrimination in schools and other educational settings,” Vanita Gupta – head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division — claimed March 8. “These efforts will help us combat discriminatory backlash against Muslim students and students perceived as Muslim. (Good reason to charter school or home school. --Barb. Nothing about Jews, who suffer far more hate crimes than Muslims. ~Bob)

Excerpt: An escaped murder suspect finally met his end when he tied up the family of a father with a gun.  Authorities say Rafael McCloud, a 34-year-old murder suspect, escaped from a Mississippi jail March 2 after using a shank and stealing the jailer’s keys. ...The father was stabbed in the shoulder, but no injuries were reported for his wife and 4-year-old.  (No "injuries."  Just traumatized for life....but alive. --Barb)

Worth Reading: Tracing the roots of Islamic jihad. The Islamic jihad against Christendom started before anyone ever heard of a Crusade. By James A. Lyons
Excerpt: Use of “Crusades” and “Crusaders” as terms of abuse is clearly meant to stir up Muslim masses that they are under assault, not that we are defending ourselves against jihad. Perhaps more importantly, it is designed to evoke feelings of culpability and defeatism among guilty Western liberals, who are ashamed of Western civilization and indifferent at best to its survival. Not surprisingly, when President Obama addressed the National Prayer Breakfast last year on the issue of terrorism, he attempted to minimize the Islamic element of the Islamic State’s barbarity: “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” Let’s set the record straight. The Crusades were a series of wars launched by Western Europeans in the wake of devastating defeats inflicted on the Christian Byzantine Empire by the Seljuk Turks. The First Crusade was launched in 1096. It was the most successful one, capturing Jerusalem.

Gunmen storm Ivory Coast beach resort
Excerpt: At least 12 people are dead, including four Europeans, after gunmen stormed a popular Ivory Coast beach resort Sunday frequented by Westerners, according to Reuters, which cited police sources. ... The gunmen were not identified and it was unclear if they were with a militant group, according to Reuters. (Probably Amish extremists. ~Bob)

Car bomb hits Turkey's Ankara for second time in weeks. Explosion near transport hub kills 37 and wounds scores more in the third deadly attack in Ankara since October.

Thanks to Obama: Isis in Libya: How Muhammar Gaddafi’s anti-aircraft missiles are falling into the jihadists' hands
They should be stamped, "Courtesy of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton." ~Bob

Video: Ex-Muslim uses Qur’an and Sunnah to answer question: Is the Islamic State Islamic?

AP reports Putin ordering start of Russian pullout from Syria
Excerpt: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to begin their withdrawal from Syria, the Associated Press reports. 

Iran's Eurasian Adventure. By Ilan Berman
Excerpt:  As expected, last summer’s nuclear deal is already shaping up to be an economic boon for Iran. From stepped-up post-sanctions trade with countries in Europe and Asia to newfound access to some $100 billion in previously escrowed oil revenue, the agreement (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) has put the country on the path toward a sustained national recovery. But it has also done much more. As Iran’s economic horizons have expanded, so have its global ambitions. The Middle East is already feeling the ramifications. There, Tehran has assumed an increasingly aggressive, adventurist foreign policy in recent months, including expanded intervention in Syria and Yemen. Tehran’s designs don’t stop there; the ayatollahs are now busy expanding their regime’s strategic presence in a variety of other global theaters—and Eurasia is prominent among them. 

Uruguay: Muslim says, “I killed a Jew because Allah ordered it”

Ivory Coast: Jihad murderers killed anyone who refused to scream “Allahu akbar”

Portland-Bound Combat Missiles Found On Passenger Flight

Thanks, Obama: Al-Qaida Attacks U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels: Al-Qaida militants have seized bases and stolen weapons in a series of raids in the northern province of Idlib, according to rebels.

Of Interest

Among the Bernie Supporters! ~Bob

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