Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What happened to us?

What happened to us?

It seems that we have more crazy stuff going on in this society now than I would ever have believed possible.  And I meet or come into contact with people all the time who are intelligent and educated, yet are hanging on to various viewpoints with a passion that precludes any remotely rational discussion.  I just ran into one a couple of days ago, a former worker for big companies whom I knew faintly decades ago, who is all the way into the "vast Right Wing conspiracy" and every political bill on Voter ID is part of it, angling to prevent millions of poor Black people and others from voting.

That voting rights are absolutely guaranteed everywhere in this country and that there has been voter fraud, mostly from Democrats, which was proven and people went to jail for it, has no meaning at all for this guy and the others.  That all the "restrictions" still give everyone born her plenty of time to get official ID, often for free with volunteer help, and time to vote by mail or get a ride to the polls, also escapes them completely.  None of those facts make any difference at all to them, and attempting to discuss the facts just meets with outrage and personal attacks.

And the really funny part is, some of the same people will claim that there is as much or more voter fraud by the GOP.  Yet it doesn't occur to them that if this is true, then they should want Voter ID to stop those evil Republicans from stealing elections!

Then there are all the people who cannot get past the "religion of peace" thing with Islam, and cannot acknowledge in any way the fact that some fundamentalist Muslims who take the words in the Quran and the other holy books as literally from God will see themselves as warriors whose primary duty in the world is to spread Islam everywhere by every means, including, and in fact mainly, "by the sword".  That they relate to the majority of Muslims the way that Nazis related to the majority of Germans, doesn't register because they won't let it, and all discussion ends with the charge of "Islamophobe" and personal attacks.

Somehow thinking by logic and reason has been supplanted widely by emotional reactions, and you cannot argue with the passions of deep-seated emotions and a worldview that the owner is addicted to, and cannot abide any and all facts that go against that worldview.  Two thousand years of Greek and Roman philosophy about how to do critical thinking are somehow dismissed, and in too many colleges the teaching is more like indoctrination into that liberal, semi-Marxist worldview.  That's the one where the USA is an example of an imperialist, racist nation founded on the corrupting system of capitalism.

I don't know where it's all going to go, but no question that Western Civilization is in decline, the only question being how far will the decline go before something really breaks down and a form of chaos begins until a new set of standards are accepted widely enough to restore a form of stability.  The example that haunts me is how the Weimar Republic morphed into Nazi Germany.  I can only hope that the memory of the days of freedom and prosperity will motivate people to get back to principles embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

You won't want to miss today's political news and comment


FEV1 average (Litters of air I can expel in one second) Monday was 1.74--highest since April 1. Getting better, if slowly. I credit the Power of Prayer, Physical Therapy, my BiPAP and Marine discipline. But I've seen too many fellow lung transplant patients who were doing well have setbacks. Two are in rehab now were better than I am, now worse, back on oxygen. So each day is a victory--and a gift.

We put up one of those "Little Free libraries" in front of our condo today. I know a Kindle is more convenient and cost effective. But we curmudgeons still love books! ~Bob

General News and Comment

The penalty for refusing to vote for "the lesser of two evils"(or refusing to vote at all), is to be governed by the "greater of two evils." ~Bob

Will Mary Burke Plagiarize Obama's targeting of Conservative Groups? Wait, John Chisholm's already doing it

The Chicago Way: Obama Administration Officials Convicted Of Voter Fraud
Excerpt: Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. from St. Joseph County was convicted of felony conspiracy to commit petition fraud and forgery. Dustin Blyth, who served on the Board of Elections, was charged with felony forgery and several counts of making a false petition. Both men were charged and convicted for submitting fake names and signatures on petitions that were designed to get Obama and Hillary Clinton onto the 2008 primary ballots

Again: ‘Calibration issue’ pops up on Maryland voting machines
Excerpt: Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland. “When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” Donna Hamilton said. “This happened multiple times with multiple selections. (Odd how these errors--in Democrat controlled areas--always benefit Democrats. ~Bob)

National Effort to Bully Churches into Silence before Elections with IRS Threat
Excerpt: Many pastors have been cowed into inactivity by the threatened loss of their tax-exempt status if they say anything remotely political. (This would not include black churches and other pro-Obama pastors. ~Bob)

MA: Boston Globe endorses Republican for MA governor
Excerpt: Maybe this would have meant more if the Globe had endorsed Charlie Baker before the Republican gubernatorial candidate had opened up a 9-point lead over Martha Coakley. The latest Globe poll shows Baker as an inevitability, which gives this editorial endorsement more of a flavor of a bandwagon effect than a heartfelt choice. Even so, Baker’s team has to be as happy about this development as Coakley’s is despairing of it:

Absolutely: Imposing a Single Subject Rule on Federal Legislation
Excerpt: Americans have become used to the laws that come out of Congress -- bills are massive and can reach thousands of pages, making reading them all but impossible. Plus, they seem to cover just about any topic, with a number of unrelated riders and amendments that politicians squeeze into larger bills in order to pass unpopular legislation or get benefits for their own constitutions. But what if that weren't allowed? Brett Joshpe, an attorney with Joshpe Law Group in New York City, suggests that federal legislation be subject to a "single-subject" requirement, which would restrict logrolling and ensure that all of a bill's provisions are relevant. (In the Massachusetts Senate, amendments to bills had to be relevant to the bill's content, or were ruled out of order. Problem is if it's a rule, the congress can suspend the rule. ~Bob)

Pro-Western Parties Sweep Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections
Excerpt: Elections in Ukraine are pointing to a new parliament that will be dominated by pro-Western parties, a result that President Petro Poroshenko is hailing as a "course toward Europe" but one that is likely to further anger Russia.

‘Big Three’ networks ignoring possible GOP Senate takeover?
Excerpt; Video The Boston Herald’s Adriana Cohen reacts.

Obama’s post-election plans for a secret radical agenda
Excerpt: He’s the Staller in Chief — President Obama has punted almost every hot-button issue past the key midterm elections on Nov. 4. Obama has postponed decisions on a raft of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, Gitmo, immigration and his Cabinet. This is partly to protect Democratic candidates and hold onto the Senate. But it’s more than that. Obama plans a number of radical moves later this year when the administration believes the media, and the public, are paying less attention.

The Hell that is the Obama White House
Excerpt: Every sentient human being whose brain isn’t stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits haven’t been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, they’ve actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that is possible

Worth Reading: The Left and the Distortion of History. By John L. Hancock
Excerpt: In the fall of 1991, the relatively small and quiet university of Alfred University in New York State was engrossed in controversy. Indignant professors led students in protests, heated debates raged throughout the divided campus, editorials filled the school and local papers. At the heart of the controversy was the newly-installed statue of King Alfred, the medieval English monarch after whom the town and school was named. Ten years prior, when the monument was commissioned, no one could foresee the controversy it would eventually cause. Yet, its placement offended the sensibilities of the university's history professors. (This article is one of the most important ones I have seen in a very long time. It explains, clearly, how the teaching of Western history changed from being fact-based to ideologically based. Oh sure, the history book writers refer to various facts, some of which are perfectly valid, some of which are misinformation in varying degrees, the same way that politicians in a campaign writing about their opponents will refer to some facts, but then rumors, allegations, things out of context, slanted statistics, and occasionally just plain false items. Because like the politician, they are starting off with a conclusion in mind, for the politician it's that the opponent is a very bad candidate for office, for too many historians it's that Western Civilization has always been and still is loaded with more vices than virtues. Everyone was imperialistic, and still is, everyone was racist, misogynistic, corrupt, and they still are (if perhaps a bit less so now and covering it up better), and above all, all those famous DWM (Dead White Males) were great practitioners of all these vices and can hardly be held up as paragons of virtue. Only those who have led the fight against the image of corrupt imperialist capitalism (think Che Guevara, never mind he didn't just murder people and rape his maids, or that he even slaughtered puppies) get to be revered in any sense. Washington owned slaves, Jefferson slept with his, Lincoln was really a racist, and so on, so all these DWM really can't be lauded the way our previously false history taught. Bill Ayers is the really true American hero of this age. The facts of history are the facts, but freely laying heavy moral judgments on figures from a different time using the particular morality of some people today is not just inappropriate, it's both silly and seriously counterproductive. That most changes in societies for good or ill trace back to males is simply due to the millennia of male domination of societies, something we in modern times have learned to move away from. But refusing to acknowledge good accomplished by DWM just because they are DWM is an error just as clearly as racism is. Acknowledging accomplishments by human beings, irrespective of their age, gender, race, religion, or eye color and seeing the good in those individuals is what is right and proper and constructive. Cloaking ideology as valid history is a terrible kind of deceit, but we see it all around us now, and those who try to write history going back to the actual facts are called "revisionists" in a negative sense. We need a revolt among people and scholars, to demand the abandonment of history by ideology. --Del)

The highly sophisticated hacking of Sharyl Attkisson's computers
Excerpt: From the moment that Sharyl Attkisson met a shadowy source I’ll call Big Mac, she was plunged into a nightmare involving mysterious surveillance of her computers. They met at a McDonald’s in Northern Virginia at the beginning of 2013, and the source (she dubs him Number One) warned her about the threat of government spying. During their next hamburger rendezvous, Big Mac told Attkisson, then a CBS News reporter constantly at odds with the Obama administration, that he was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” by his examination of her computer and that this was “worse than anything Nixon ever did.”

Excerpt: What exactly has this country stooped to, when our officials and public figures traffic in politicizing the end of human lives? We are becoming not just a sick country, but an amoral one as well. What Ferguson wrought will not end well.

Worth Reading: Tough Death Penalty Ad: 'He Sat in a Room, and He Lied to Me.' By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Last week, Sarah posted video of an interview-style web ad featuring Dennis O'Connor, whose daughter was murdered in cold blood by a man named Nathan Dunlap in 1993. Dunlap was convicted of the premeditated quadruple murder, the appeals process was exhausted, and the convicted killer was scheduled for execution -- until Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper granted him a temporary, indefinite reprieve in May of 2013. Hickenlooper, who campaigned as a "vocal" proponent of capital punishment in 2010, recently told CNN that if he loses his re-election bid, he'd consider granting Dunlap full clemency during his waning months in office:

Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks. By Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams and Nicholas Confessore
Excerpt: The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program. But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments.

Random Thoughts. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The great boxing champion Joe Louis once said about one of his opponents, who was known for his speed: “He can run but he can’t hide.” In the Congressional elections this year, many Democrats are running away from Barack Obama, but they can’t hide their record of voting for Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time. -- Now that the Western democracies have learned the hard way what the consequences are when you admit all sorts of people into your country – including people who hate both the principles and the people of your society – will that cause zealots for open borders and amnesty to have some second thoughts, or perhaps first thoughts?

Worth Sharing Widely: Witness voter fraud? There's an app for that. By Derek Hunter
Excerpt: According to the app’s website, the VoteStand is “America’s first online election fraud reporting app. VoteStand provides you the online tools and support you need to quickly report suspected election illegalities as they happen.”

Group sues Maryland over ‘illegal’ voters. By Kenric Ward
Excerpt: The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, asserts that individuals who opted out of jury duty because they were not legal U.S. residents have cast ballots in at least three Maryland elections. Based on the number of potential unqualified voters identified in Frederick County, up to 7 percent of Maryland’s registered voters could be illegal immigrants, according to estimates.

Voter ID Myth Crashes. By Mona Charen
Excerpt: The Democrats have made a number of arguments against voter ID laws. They argue a) that the problem of voter impersonation or in-person voter fraud is nonexistent, b) that black and poor voters are more likely than others to lack a valid ID and c) that Republicans are attempting to “suppress” the votes of Democratic constituencies in a bid to revive Jim Crow. To believe a), you must assume that Americans, who engage in widespread tax evasion (an estimated $2 trillion in income goes unreported), insurance fraud (an estimated $80 billion worth in 2006), identity theft (15 million victims annually) and thousands of other deceptions and crimes large and small, are perfect angels when they step into the voting booth. Vote fraud simply “doesn’t exist,” pronounced Attorney General Eric Holder.

Excerpt: So the Democrats and all their many minions are doing everything they can to win this election, just as they did in 2012. Sadly, they are using voting fraud to win the day. Already this election season we found voting machines in Illinois automatically changing Republican votes over to the Democratic candidate. In California we found election officials sending out mail in ballots with the Democratic candidate pre-marked. In Georgia last week they discovered 1400 illegal Mexicans who had registered to vote. When discovered election officials were unable to tell how many more illegal votes were already submitted by mail in ballots...or even if they can cull those illegal votes out of the system. In Baltimore and Detroit our Democratic friends were filmed while going through trash dumpsters retrieving mail in ballots that had been trashed, then filling out the ballots in the Dems' favor. In Ohio a Black woman was found to have voted for Obama seven times and Al Sharpton embraced her and laughingly gave her a free Obamaphone for her efforts to swing Ohio into the Democratic column. And finally, Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder has been death on any state that might demand voter ID before casting a vote. Have you forgotten, dear reader, how surprised we all were in 2012 when we woke up to find Obama had won the Presidential contest going away? After all those polls that showed Mitt Romney either ahead, or in a dead heat? Do you remember those Philadelphia voting districts that turned out Obama voters by 115%, and no one ever investigated how you could record more votes than eligible voters? Today I just read a new item that says Democrats are mailing in more mail in ballots than Republicans, in some states with ratios as large as two to one!

Worth Reading: Plutocratic Populism Pays: What’s with rich liberals who blast other people for being rich? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In early October, Barack Obama went to a $32,000-a-head fundraiser at the 20-acre estate of the aptly named billionaire Richie Richman. The day before he charmed his paying audience of liberal 1 percenters, Obama had sent out an e-mail alleging that Republicans were “in the pocket of billionaires.” Does that mean that Republicans who accept cash from billionaire supporters are always in their pockets, but that when the president does likewise, he never is? And if so, on what grounds is he exempt from his own accusations?

Minimum Wage Leads to Benefit Cuts, Unemployment
Excerpt: While many in the public may be in favor of raising the minimum wage, Iain Murray, vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains why such legislation would harm the people it is alleged to help. Seventy-nine percent of economists agree that the minimum wage increases unemployment for young and unskilled workers, and numerous studies on the effect of the wage confirm that view. For example: A 2007 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher analyzed 100 minimum wage studies, finding that two-thirds of the studies showed negative effects of the wage on employment. Most damage was to low-skilled workers and the young. Just one-eighth of the studies found positive effects. A study by professor Aspen Gorry showed how the minimum wage impacts youth because it affects a worker's ability to gain job experience. He found that the 2007 federal minimum wage increase raised unemployment generally by 0.8 percentage points but unemployment for 15- to 24-year-olds by nearly 3 percentage points. France has a minimum wage of $12 per hour and a youth unemployment rate of 24 percent -- twice the rate in the United States. According to Gorry, the difference is entirely due to France's wage rate. (If low-info voters believed that arsenic was beneficial, democrats would pass a law putting it in kid's milk. Votes count, not the outcomes for real people. ~Bob)

Robbers didn't get the "no-guns" memo. 2 robbed at gunpoint after concealed carry ban at NC State Fair upheld
Excerpt: Two people were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night as they left the North Carolina State Fair, which has been at the center of controversy after a judge ordered the fair to remain a gun free zone, despite expanded gun legislation. The victims told authorities that around 11:30 p.m., as they were walking to their vehicles after attending the fair, they were approached by two armed men who demanded money, WATE reported.
Excerpt: “If we can get her elected do you think she is going to do the right thing and she’s gonna try to wipe out that coal industry and go for better resources?” asks an undercover videographer in one segment of the video. “I absolutely think she is,” responds Fayette County Democratic Party operative Gina Bess.

We must stop the GOP campaign of fear, and also their plot to lynch black people and enslave women in fundamentalist breeding camps.

Ebola and Enterovirus News

Risk? Only one person in the US has died of Ebola as I write. I personally know several folks killed by pulmonary fibrosis or a PF-driven lung transplant in the past year. ~Bob

The Czar
Some people question Barack Obama’s competence, because he appointed a man with no medical background to be the Ebola czar. But Obama is not trying to solve a medical problem. He is trying to solve a political problem, on the eve of an election – and a political partisan is the way to do that. Expecting Obama to be concerned about a medical threat to the American people is unrealistic, in view of the man’s whole history. --Thomas Sowell

New York revises controversial policy on Ebola quarantines amid pressure
Excerpt: New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) on Sunday revised a controversial policy to quarantine returning health-care workers from Ebola-stricken nations, under pressure from the Obama administration and medical experts over the aggressive measures.

Australia instigates Ebola-prompted ban on travel from West Africa
Excerpt: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced "strong controls" on arrivals from West African countries affected by cases of the deadly disease. Telling Australia's parliament during a question time session Monday that his ministry was currently "not processing any application from these (Ebola) affected countries," he said that the government was also suspending its humanitarian program.

Doctor: NYC Case Shows Ebola Could Transmit By Air
Excerpt: There have been studies, including one conducted by scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that found strains of aerosolized Ebola were transmitted to monkeys...Frager explained that in West Africa, Spencer was likely not wearing a Level 3 respirator mask, which, he said “does not allow the particles of air to enter into a person’s mucous membranes.” Instead, Frager surmised, Spencer was most likely utilizing Level 2 gear, which is designed for moderate protection against fluid penetration and does not fully protect against vapor.

Document Shows Feds Fear Airborne Ebola: Quietly seeking tools to kill 'aerosolized' virus
Excerpt: In a lengthy document that received nearly no media attention, a U.S. government agency has warned preliminary data shows Ebola is aerostable, meaning it can survive in the air and potentially be transmitted via airborne means. ...The information was contained in a 33-page report released Oct. 24 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Department of Defense’s Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. The agency report states “preliminary studies indicate that Ebola is aerostable in an enclosed controlled system in the dark and can survive for long periods in different liquid media and can also be recovered from plastic and glass surfaces at low temperatures for over 3 weeks.”

CDC Says Ebola Droplets Can Only Travel 3 Feet … But MIT Research Shows Sneezes Can Travel Up To 20 Feet
Excerpt: CDC (like the World Health Organization) admits that Ebola can be spread through sneezing or coughing. But the CDC itself admits that flu droplets can travel 6 feet. Mythbusters demonstrated that sneezes can nail people some 17 feet away: But engineers at MIT show that sneezes can actually travel up to 200 times farther than previously thought.

Race Card News

The Real Racists Oppose Voter ID
Excerpt: There is no intellectually sound argument against having proper ID to vote – which is quite predictably why the American Left must resort to emotional demagoguery to fight it. Equally unsurprising, playing the race card is their most reliable vehicle for doing so. Yet stunning testimony against North Carolina’s election laws reveal that it is leftists themselves who are willing to disparage black Americans and Hispanics to pursue their agenda. According to expert witnesses retained by the Justice Department (DOJ) and, yes, the NAACP, it is racist to assume minorities can be treated like everyone else – because they are “less sophisticated.”

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Virginia has proposed a substantive plan to reform U.S. health care. The Washington Post called it “the most sensible GOP alternative.” An economic consulting firm estimates the plan, which was developed by the 2017 Project, would reduce the federal deficit by $1.3 trillion over 10 years. There is significant overlap between the 2017 Project’s proposal and the NCPA’s: They both rely on individual tax credits for individually-purchased insurance as a building block for a new, consumer-driven health system.

New York Times: The Obamacare Rip-off. By Mark Horne
Excerpt: Thus, the New York Times story tells us: “As Insurers Try to Limit Costs, Providers Hit Patients With More Separate Fees.” Cindy Weston of the American Medical Billing Association, an industry group, said it was up to physicians to decide what to include in their principal payment and what merited an extra charge. She said they now “may be forced to charge” for new services because the Affordable Care Act “has shifted so much responsibility for payment from insurers to patients” and patients do not pay as reliably as insurers.

The Facts Behind ObamaCare's Numbers: Many enrollees had coverage before the health care law forced them out. By Edwin J. Feulner 
Excerpt: A new report from health care expert Ed Haislmaier – one based on actual enrollment data, not surveys – illustrates two facts that should give us pause. One is that the decline in the number of people who are uninsured isn’t as high as it may seem at first glance. The other is that more than two-thirds of the gain in coverage is a result of an increase in the number of people in Medicaid, the federal government’s health care program for the vulnerable poor.

Undocumented Democrat News

Man Accused Of Killing Two California Deputies Friday Was Deported Twice, Gave False Name
Excerpt: Marcelo Marquez, the man accused to killing two sheriff’s deputies in California was in the country illegally and had been deported twice to Mexico — once in 1997, and again in 2001. ... And Marcelo Marquez is not even his real name, it’s actually Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Show me your shocked face. --Barb)

President Obama never met with Janet Napolitano prior to halting deportations in 2012. By Philip Bump. Washington Post
Excerpt: Former Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano never met with President Obama as the White House debated the agency's 2012 proposal to suspend deportations for certain groups of undocumented immigrants. Instead, she defended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) idea to Obama advisers, suggesting that -- contrary to the public perception the administration sought to bolster -- immigration reform was not a top priority for the president as his reelection approached.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Video: Watch The Co-Founder of The Weather Channel Talk About How Global Warming is a Myth. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: During the segment Coleman takes on everyone from Al Gore to the scientists who refuse to present both sides of the climate change debate at universities across the country. 

GOP Senators: Admin Being ‘Wholly Misleading,’ ‘Belittling’ Critics to Push Through EPA Water Rules. Lawmakers also contend that the EPA may be running afoul of the Anti-Lobbying Act in drive to regulate all waters with downstream connections.
Excerpt: “A request for a regulatory clarification does not provide a license to run roughshod over the property rights of millions of Americans. Yet the Obama Administration has used prior rulemaking requests as an excuse to unilaterally advance a regulatory agenda that defies the jurisdictional limits established by Congress when it enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972,” they wrote. “In fact, the proposed rule would harm the very landowners, small businesses, and municipalities that expressed interest in working with EPA and the Corps to address Clean Water Act jurisdictional issues.”

Developing world embracing coal despite Obama’s efforts to limit use. By Patrice Hill
Excerpt: Coal is more popular than ever as the cheapest fuel for generating electricity in the developing world, despite efforts by the Obama administration and environmentalists to limit its use.

Poster girl for Kurdish freedom fighters in Kobane is 'captured and beheaded by ISIS killers' who posted gruesome pictures online
Excerpt: A female Kurdish fighter who became a poster girl for the Kobane resistance movement after a picture of her making a peace sign was retweeted thousands of times on Twitter has reportedly been beheaded by Isis. The woman, known by the pseudonym Rehana, was celebrated as a symbol of hope for the embattled Syrian border town after a journalist tweeted a picture of her making a 'V-sign', claiming that she'd personally killed 100 Isis militants. (What can you believe from there? ~Bob)

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'sends girls to front line'
Excerpt: Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has forced abducted women and girls to go to the front line to help fight the military, a new report says. The group has taken more than 500 women and girls hostage since it began its insurgency in 2009, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report adds. Suspected militants seized about 30 children on Thursday, despite government claims of a truce.

Leaked DHS Report Reveals 13 Foreign Suspected Terrorists Illegally Entered Canada from US
Excerpt: At least 13 men from Africa with terrorist-related records illegally entered Canada from the U.S. since 2010, according to a leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Information Report exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas. The data pertains only to one small region of the vast U.S.-Canadian border.

RCMP have video Parliament Hill terrorist made before deadly attack 
Excerpt: "The RCMP has identified persuasive evidence that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's attack was driven by ideological and political motives," Paulson said. "Zehaf-Bibeau had prepared a video recording of himself just prior to conducting this attack." (They don't say what the ideology might have been. But at least they had more courage than Obama, didn't call it "workplace violence." They do mention the other Islamist terrorist attack in the last sentence. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Salon has suddenly discovered that the Qur’an sanctions jihad, suicide attacks, beheadings, and sex slavery, and that Islamic law also allows for female genital mutilation, wife-beating, stoning, etc. — after having excoriated me for years as an “Islamophobe” and a “bigot” for saying just such things. To compound the heresy, they’re publishing this in the context of a takedown of media darling Reza Aslan, whose every pronouncement, no matter how ridiculous, is ordinarily greeted with breathless adulation from media types. To be sure, the author of this piece, Jeffrey Tayler, makes it more palatable to his Leftist audience by claiming that Jewish and Christian Scriptures contain material that is just as hateful and violent as that which is in the Qur’an — and he doesn’t explain, of course, why we don’t see Jewish or Christian terrorists committing acts of violence and justifying them by reference to their Scriptures. (I strongly suggest that you follow and subscribe to their free e-newsletter. Info you won't get elsewhere. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Further demonstrating its true face, Egypt’s National Salafi Party recently refused to count the Islamic State as a “terrorist” organization, or even that it had misinterpreted Islam.

Excerpt: The self-radicalized madman who attacked four rookie Queens cops with a hatchet had more than just ­jihad on his mind — he also wanted to kill white people. ... “He Googled the words ‘jihad against police,’ ” the source said of Thompson’s more recent activity. “He also looked up [news stories on] the two Canadian attacks” last week, the source added, referring to so-called “lone wolf” jihadist shooting of a ceremonial guard in Ottawa and a fatal attack on a soldier in Quebec.

Video Teaches Fifth Graders That America Was Responsible for 9/11 [VIDEO]
Excerpt: While the majority of Americans view 9/11 as a deliberate attack by radical Islamic terrorists and remember the tragic event with somber reflection and renewed determination, not everyone feels that way. Those who hate America and all that it stands for make jokes about 9/11, or “celebrate” the successful attacks by radical Islamic terrorists.

Your tax dollars at work: VIDEO: How Many Wives Can a Muslim Have on Welfare in Michigan?
Excerpt: Although polygamy is illegal in the United States, it is apparently acceptable in Michigan, as an informative video explains how Muslim men are able to claim up to four wives as dependents while on welfare. According to the video, Muslim men can claim up to three additional wives on their welfare application as “extended family,” and they will qualify for additional benefits.

Afghan newspaper’s ‘blasphemy’ causes protests after rebuking Isis and Islam. Comment piece in Afghanistan Express launched ‘by technical error’ also attacked Taliban and said Islam is parochial religion
Excerpt: A newspaper columnist condemning Islamic State (Isis) and the Taliban triggered demonstrations in several Afghan cities on Friday, with protesters denouncing the article as blasphemous and calling on the government to punish the publication.

Excerpt: The gang started beating the older man, and when he tried to defend himself, he was attacked with kicks from a couple of other youths. He found it difficult to keep balance during the attacks, because besides his hearing loss, he is also completely dependent on his lenses in order to see, and the lenses were knocked out of his eyes because of the blows and kicks… (Ignorant savages trying to become barbarians. ~Bob)

Turkey: No Longer a "Rock Star" on Arab Street. By Burak Bekdil
Excerpt: Back in 2009-10, then Turkey's Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan was greeted like a rock star in every Arab capital. He was presumably the darling of the Arab street, including Damascus, Beirut and Egypt -- all of which are today Turkey's regional nemeses. In 2011, an Egyptian columnist wrote a commentary in which he "begged the Turks to lend [them] their prime minister." To which this columnist replied: "By all means. Take him, and you need not return him."

Berkeley Students Rally To Remove Bill Maher As Commencement Speaker
Excerpt: The petition, which had gathered nearly 2,000 signatures by Monday afternoon, was authored by Marium Navid, a senator with the student government group Associated Students of the University of California, with the support of Khwaja Ahmed, a member of the campus advocacy group Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, the campus’ Daily Californian reported Sunday. “Bill Maher is a blatant bigot and racist who has no respect for the values UC Berkeley students and administration stand for,” the petition reads. (An Apostate from the Great Progressive Church. Stone him! I suggest they send a delegation to Iraq to invite the head of ISIS to be the speaker. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Earlier this month, Kurds in Germany clashed with radical Muslims in the northern city of Hamburg and elsewhere in street clashes fueled by the conflict involving the jihadist group Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria. Europe is different from the U.S. in which political activism either takes on extremist left wing or ultra conservative right wing forms. The media on the left says that these groups end up uniting with neo-Nazis and fascists while others say that the German media is demonizing the movement with the usual “Nazi” slur. ((at least some people have balls. --JB)

Landmark case: Islamic cleric who raped girl, 11, inside mosque sentenced
Excerpt: In what's being hailed by human rights groups as a landmark court case, an Afghan mullah was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a young girl in his mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to Middle Eastern news reports on Monday. While the defenders of the Muslim cleric attempted to persuade the court that the cleric's sex with the 11-year-old girl was consensual, the judge was not sympathetic to the religious leader, Mullah Mohammad Amin.

Marines End Mission In Afghanistan After 13 Years
Excerpt: Officials also said in September that the Afghan Ministry of Defense was still determining how to best use the massive 1,600-acre Leatherneck. Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, commander of Regional Command Southwest, said the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps planned to use the airfield at Bastion to connect with Kabul and to support its aviation operations in the meantime. (My guess is that it will be turned into a recruiting station for the Taliban within six months. Note the misspelling of "Leatherneck" on the sign. --MasterGuns)

IPT Exclusive: Qatar's Insidious Influence on the Brookings Institution. By Steven Emerson, John Rossomando and Dave Yonkman
Excerpt: The Brookings Institution bills itself as "the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world," but should it be? Brookings' long-term relationship with the Qatari government – a notorious supporter of terror in the Middle East – casts a dark cloud over such a lofty claim to credibility. A September New York Times exposé revealed Qatar's status as the single largest foreign donor to the Brookings Institution

US Funds Child Beheading “Freedom Fighters” with Billions in Tax Dollars
Excerpt: It's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. You've seen it in the news. It has shocked and horrified the civilized world. Christians and Yazidis, by the thousands, are fleeing for their lives in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere as devout followers of the "prophet" Muhammad, aka, the "Islamic State," continue to brutally slaughter these "infidels" on the run, even torturing, dismembering and beheading children as their parents are forced to watch. (Maybe Obama could offer asylum to these Christians, [if he truly is one] rather than the thousands of illegals he plans to bring here. --JB. He wouldn't trust Christians to vote Democrat. ~Bob)

Kerry's "Real Islam": Jerusalem Terrorist's Mother: 'Praise Allah He's a Martyr': Rioting and family refusal highlight burial of Hamas terrorist, after he 'brought honor to family' by murdering baby and 22-year-old. By Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar
The Obama administration called the baby's murder a "traffic incident." That's like calling the KKK a "social club." ~Bob

Ottawa Police Services Reach Out to Islamist Groups After Attack
Excerpt: Just after last week's terrorist attacks in Ottawa, the city's police chief Charles Bordeleau reached out to various Muslim leaders and organizations with questionable ties to radical organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, according to a report produced by the Canadian website Point De Bascule Sikhander Hashmi, the imam at the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA), acknowledged that Bordeleau contacted him to reassure the Muslim community in case of "backlash" from the terrorist attack. (After every Muslim terrorist atrocity, the liberals always hope for a backlash against Muslims, that will prove how benighted everyone but they are. And they are always disappointed, but hope springs...~Bob)

The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here. The Obama administration's anger is "red-hot" over Israel's settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama's understanding of the Middle East. Profound changes in the relationship may be coming. By Jeffrey Goldberg
Excerpt: The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname. This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. (there is no one in the Obama Administration who could have gone into combat as Netanyahu has without wetting his panties. ~Bob)


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Key election and political news today


Our friend, Joe Bomblosky, 54, who received a lung in July of 2013, and was doing well, has died from pancreatic and liver cancer. It is not unusual for the immunosuppressant drug to give a green flag to cancer cells if they are there. Good guy.

I met with the post transplant pulmonologist Friday. Everything looks good. Lowered my Prednisone dose, which is good. he is certain that is the cause of my cataracts. Also contributes to weight gain and shakiness, though the Tacrolimus and Albuterol are the big ones there. FEV average 1.698 Friday highest since 4/22. So it's good right now.

Walked the 'Teddy Bear" dog before I went in to Rehab Friday. He saw a golden doodle about 6 times his size, pulled out of his harness, raced across the street and attacked--all 12 pounds of him. I ran over puffing, swatted him and picked him up. No damage to the dogs, but I thought I would collapse--he was unrepentant. He doesn't look like his siblings--we think a roving terrier might have slipped into the barn.

I will be out of pocket Sunday, visiting friends in Chicago, so posting what I can now. Not sure when next post will be--maybe Tuesday. ~Bob

October 25th, Saint Crispin's Day.
With apologies to Will Shakespeare: "Left wing protesters and communists dupes who were safe a-bed in America shall think themselves accursed they were not there, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks, that fought with us in Vietnam." Not to mention the sad wanna-bees playing dress-up in purchased uniforms and medals, claiming to be heroes. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Must Read: Could non-citizens decide the November election? By Jesse Richman and David Earnest, Washington Post
Excerpt: Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races. Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study(CCES). ... More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. 

Excerpt: But what Obama and his fellow Illinois Democrats love most is voting “the Chicago Way.” That involves bending every rule in the book, appointing compliant election judges, and looking the other way when some of Chicago s notorious voter fraud occurs behind the curtain. This Chicago Tribune news story told the story in droll terms: ... That lax system has led to frequent reports of fraud and abuse in neighboring Wisconsin, richly detailed in a 68-page 2008 Milwaukee Police report.

Excerpt: North Carolina’s Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day.

Concerning: Wisconsin Governor: Burke (D) 49%, Walker (R) 48%
Excerpt: The Wisconsin governor’s race remains up for grabs going into the final stretch.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters finds Democratic challenger Mary Burke with 49% support to incumbent Republican Scott Walker’s 48%. One percent (1%) like another candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided. (We are anchored in the Madison, WI area by the VA for maintenance on my lung transplant and by the grandkids,, so this is concerning. Burke is a dilettante rich kid, her career financed by daddy. We are on Social security and savings, so the hits to the economy, taxes and state spending that a Burke administration would guarantee could force us to sell our lovely condo here, at a loss, and move to something smaller. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The nastiest political tactic this year. By George F. Will
Excerpt: Some raids were precursors of, others were parts of, the nastiest episode of this unlovely political season, an episode that has occurred in an unlikely place. This attempted criminalization of politics to silence people occupying just one portion of the political spectrum has happened in Wisconsin, which often has conducted robust political arguments with Midwestern civility.

Nail-biter: Democrats Go All In to Defeat Walker, Polls Show Tied Race. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Last time we checked in on the Wisconsin gubernatorial race, Scott Walker away from Mary Burke. He led by nearly six points in the respected Marquette Law poll, had cracked 50, and enjoyed a 13-point cushion with independent voters. Then came MU's mid-October survey, in which Walker's lead vanished completely, with the race deadlocked at 47. 

Real Books are Better for You than E-Books. By David L. Goetsch
Excerpt: The results are in and old-timers like me have won! It turns out that those of us who believe reading real books is inherently better than reading e-books are right. This is the finding of a recent study conducted by Anne Mangen of Norway’s Stavanger University.

Excerpt: When asked by Fox News' Ed Henry about why those communications were covered and what was discussed, Earnest deferred all questions to the Department of Justice. "Did the Attorney General talk about this sensitive gun running operation with his wife and is mother and that's why he [President Obama] had to invoke executive privilege?" Henry asked. "Well Ed I'd refer you to the Department of Justice about this," Earnest said. "It wasn't justice privilege it was executive privilege. It was invoked by the president not the attorney general right?" Henry followed up.

Obama Asks Judge To Hide Emails To Attorney General Holder’s Wife
Excerpt: Late Oct. 22, moments before a judicial deadline, the White House sent the judge a 1,307-page list of 15,662 Fast and Furious documents that it wants to keep hidden from Judicial Watch and the public.... The list includes almost 20 emails between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, Sharon Malone. Malone is not a government official, and so communications with her are not shielded by the “executive privilege” rules that keep internal White House documents secret.

'F' Words - For Flags. By Andy Weddington, Col., USMC (Ret)
Excerpt: "It's not often a Marine officer has opportunity to throw 'F' words around in public but today is such an occasion. And it's not often a Marine officer has opportunity to administer the oath of office to a new admiral but today is such an occasion, rare as it may be. Twenty-five and a half years ago the privilege mine to administer the oath of office to this same officer - when commissioned an ensign. 

Judge dismisses Tea Party group's lawsuit against IRS over targeting
Excerpt: Rep. Jim Jordan called the decisions a “sad ruling for liberty,” saying it “makes no sense” because the group was targeted because of its political affiliation. “If that isn’t unwarranted harassment, I don’t know what is,” Jordan, R-Ohio, said. “If such grievances don’t warrant redress by our federal courts, I don’t know what does.”

Man accidentally texts his probation officer asking for weed
Excerpt: In yet another story that involves a potent mixture of mobile technology and general stupidity, Georgia resident Alvin Cross, Jr. most definitely texted the wrong person when recently seeking a little marijuana. Specifically, Cross sent a text message to his probation officer which read “You have some weed?” Upon receiving the text message, the probation officer notified local police and a search warrant was issued for Cross’s residence.

CO: Michelle Obama apparently mixes up Colorado Senate candidates at campaign event
Excerpt: She touted Udall’s Senate record in her speech, and called him a “fifth-generation Coloradan.”.... “Udall is not a fifth-generation Coloradan. ....It is Gardner who is a fifth-generation Colorado resident, a fact he touts frequently on the campaign trail. (About as successful at campaigning as designing school lunch menus. --Barb)

MA: Martha Coakley’s campaign seems to be in mid-collapse. By Jazz Shaw
Excerpt: If you’re a Democrat in a statewide race in Massachusetts, you really almost have to try to lose. ... And then you have Martha Coakley, who according to the most recent poll numbers, probably couldn’t be elected to carve the turkey at her own family dinner this Thanksgiving. Republican Charlie Baker has opened up a 9-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley, 45 percent to 36 percent, according to a new Globe poll that depicts a far more comfortable advantage than either candidate for governor has enjoyed in months.

Barack Obama, Bewildered Bystander He’s angry, but not angry enough to fix what’s wrong. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in the New York Times last Saturday. There’s only one problem with this pose, so obligingly transcribed for him by the Times. It’s his government. 

How to Increase the Value of a Dollar? Move.
Excerpt: The state of Kansas may soon be flooded with surgeons, if doctors take a look at a new tool from Rasmussen College. The school's salary-comparison model uses Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis data to adjust salaries based on a state's cost of living. According to the tool, surgeons in Kansas make more than surgeons in any other state based on the adjustment: $277,820 annually. The tool can look at individual occupations and compare the value of salaries across states. In general, however, it determined that workers in Washington, D.C. earn more than workers elsewhere both before and after adjusting for cost of living

Don't Mess With Us Grandpas! Grandpa Shoots Trio of Thugs Attempting to Rape His Teen Granddaughter – Kills One
Excerpt: The grandfather exchanged fire with the trio and killed one of them, saving his granddaughter from rape. The unnamed 67-year-old grandfather, his wife and 19-year-old granddaughter were in the midst of a home invasion by three men wearing black clothes, ski masks and gloves. The thugs demanded the couple open up their safe at gunpoint. All three men were armed and attempted to rape the young lady. (Wow, three guys with guns try a home invasion, the grandfather sees them trying to rape his granddaughter, gets his hands on a gun, and shoots all three men, while being shot several times himself. One of the invaders dies, the other two are caught at the hospital, the old man is in a hospital as well. This man is my idea of a great granddad, or maybe just one hell of a good guy. And gee, he used a gun to protect his family.... I wonder how all the antigun people will jump on this. --Del. They'll say she should have had a rape whistle and a "no guns zone" sign on the door. ~Bob)

Obama moves key Senate races toward GOP. By Manu Raju, Politico
Excerpt: The GOP efforts appear to be working in both races, which have moved back in the party’s direction in recent days after a flurry of speculation that they might be prime pickup opportunities for Democrats.

Clinton’s Pardons for Pedophiles. There's no crime too horrific that a large checkbook and campaign donations won't solve. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The investigation is largely a whitewash. There is no mention of the fact that one whistleblower related to the case, Richard Higbie, had his emails deleted by a hacker. Or that the main whistleblower, Aurelia Fedenisn, was harassed at home and had her law firm burgled. ... There is also no mention of the more explosive allegation that Howard Gutman had not merely solicited a prostitute on a single occasion, as the report mentions, but had escaped his detail to “solicit sexual favors from minor children.”

GA: Democratic Operative Gets Called Out By His Own Brother For Failed Hit Job On GOP Candidate. By Chuck Ross
Excerpt: An attempt to make David Perdue, the Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, look like a creepy old man by showing a video of him purportedly signing the stomach of a teenage girl backfired in grand fashion on Friday. ... But the moment was actually completely innocent, if not touching, as rather than signing the girl’s exposed skin, Perdue was autographing her diabetic pump. The one she has because she has juvenile diabetes. The one that she has had other prominent figures sign in the past in order to raise awareness of the affliction.

CO: Dem Sen. Introduces Michelle O At Campaign Event: ‘We Judge People By The Content Of Their Color’

Hillary: Corporations And Businesses Don’t Create Jobs
Excerpt: Then Senator Hillary Clinton voted in favor of a minimum wage hike in 2007, under President George W. Bush. In 2008, the housing market collapsed and the nation went into recession. Clinton didn’t elaborate on when those jobs created by her vote to raise the minimum wage occurred.

Student allowed to bring religious knife to class
Excerpt: District administrators are citing state and federal guidelines that allow certain exceptions to Washington's "zero tolerance" for weapons policy. They say there are plenty of Sikhs, both students and staff, who have carried Kirpans to school for years without incident. (no danger, unless a kid makes his fingers look like a gun. Then they'd have to crack down. ~Bob)

Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
I don't have a problem with gay marriage. I have a big problem with forcing people who don't believe in it to support it. ~Bob

‘Black Hawk Down’ hero dies at 52: ‘Probably the best soldier I ever served with’

Worth Reading: Everything Millennials Need To Know About Politics And Economics in 25 Quotes. By John Hawkins 
Excerpt: 1) No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. — Thomas Sowell

Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett Helped Manage Fallout Over Eric Holder's Changing Fast and Furious Testimony to Congress. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: For years the White House has argued it had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious while it was active and certainly wasn't involved the fallout and cover-up that followed after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns from the lethal program. Now years later, a Vaughn Index describing Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege shows White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett played a key role in Attorney General Eric Holder's changing testimony to Congress. 

Ebola and Enterovirus News

Ebola hits New York City
Excerpt: The first case of Ebola arrived in New York City on Thursday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that a doctor who recently returned from West Africa, working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, had tested positive for the infection.

Ebola Hits the Big Apple: Doctor Returns from Africa, Goes Bowling, Dines Out, Takes Public Transit
Excerpt: Problem: while he was watching himself for symptoms he apparently, though feeling sluggish, decided to spend Wednesday night going bowling with his live-in girlfriend. He took an Uber car both ways. Today, the UK Daily Mail reports one of Williamsburg’s bowling alleys was closed. (If Obama says Ebola is "The JV team of diseases," I'll get rally worried. ~Bob)

Race Card News

Worth Reading: Michael Brown and Race Hoaxes. By Mona Charen 
Excerpt: Back in August, when news first broke of a shooting in Ferguson, Mo., the media world, perpetually tingling with eagerness for white-on-black violence stories, plunged into delirium. An unarmed, black 18-year-old "gentle giant" had been shot in the back while running away from a white police officer! He was just preparing to enter college in the fall. He had been assassinated while holding his hands in the air in a gesture of helplessness. "Hands up; don't shoot," chanted protesters. The "hands up" gesture immediately achieved iconic status among demonstrators from Boston to New York to San Francisco.

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Woman's kidney infection turns out to be 6-pound baby
Excerpt: After experiencing stomach pains she called an off-hours hotline, which advised her that it could be a kidney infection. She then called her doctor's office and was told to come in later that day; when she arrived, she was asked to provide a urine sample. .... A doctor quickly checked her and was able to see the baby's head, reports the South Wales Argus.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Greenpeace Founder: No Risk in Global Warming. By John Ransom 
Excerpt: Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace—you know? the save-the-whale people who block Japanese harpooners?-- says that there is no evidence that humans are in any danger from global warming. In fact, he says that today’s temperature changes are just a blip on the radar according to the online site The Australian.

Coal Miners Fired in Appalachia Getting Hired in Wyoming
Excerpt: : It’s boom times in Wyoming for embattled U.S. coal companies, where the mining industry is hiring workers while shedding them in Appalachia. (I’m sure the EPA is burning the midnight oil figuring out a way to put a halt to this. There is no way that it can allow the coal industry to survive. --Don. And if the economy tanks and the cost of energy and everything else shoots up for the poor and working class, the elite left won't care. ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

The Homegrown Jihadist Threat Grows: ISIS’s online recruitment is reaching into North America, yet the Obama administration still has no strategy to fight it. By Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner
Excerpt: Al Qaeda’s online efforts have evoked similar fears over the past decade, and played a role in inspiring a number of terrorist attacks, including the Islamist terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, where 13 people were killed; the unsuccessful car bombing in Times Square in 2010; and the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, which killed four people. Despite all this, the U.S. government still has no strategy to counter ISIS’s and al Qaeda’s violent online propaganda when it is directed at Americans. (Joe Lieberman is a lifelong Liberal, but of the old-fashioned breed that still believed in tolerance and responding to facts, not simple ideology. Here he comes out and says we have a problem and this Administration has been talking about it for years and gotten nowhere. Maybe all the other people saying the same thing aren't just obstructionist GOP activists? --Del. People who voted for Lieberman for VP now trash him, while people like me who didn't vote for him respect him. Politics in the 21st century. ~Bob)

Excerpt: One can hope that the ISIS execution of American correspondent James Foley, carried out by a British-born Muslim, would be a wake-up call for not only the British, but all the European security services. The chilling similarity between the horror of Foley's execution at the hands of a British-born ISIS operative and the Hamas execution of dozens of Gazans, as well as the ISIS slaughter of hundreds of virtually naked Syrian soldiers, should have sounded alarm bells regarding the dangers inherent in the fermenting Islamic enclaves in America and Europe. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case.

Excerpt: More indicators that the Obama administration is using the pretext of fighting one set of Islamic State terrorists in a way to help support another set of Islamic State terrorists—those fighting Syria’s Bashar Assad—recently came out. ... However, according to Arabic sources, Khalid bin Bandar, chief of Saudi intelligence, “Any Syrian fighter who will enter Saudi land is, in the end, from the Islamic jihadi camps. There is no presence of any armed moderate nationalist or democratic movement inside Syria.” (As I've been saying for years, THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS IN SIRYA! ~Bob)

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS. By Jamie Dettmer
Excerpt: While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.” The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. 

Muslim Terrorists Execute More than 700 Men and Boys
Excerpt: A new report from the Washington Post uncovers an ISIS massacre that took place in August, when ISIS thugs murdered more than 700 men and boys in response to an uprising. The Shaitat tribe was forced to sign a truce with ISIS after ISIS armed themselves with US weapons from Iraq and invaded their community

Imam John Kerry's "Real Islam"? Iran Hangs Woman Convicted Of Killing Alleged Rapist
Excerpt: A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

Man Attacks NYPD Officers With Hatchet Unprovoked
Excerpt: A Facebook page of man who gruesomely attacked New York police officers with a hatchet Thursday features a profile photo of a heavily-armed man and an image of Islamic prayers, although officials have not confirmed links to extremist documents or jihadi groups at this time. NBC News, citing law enforcement sources, reported the Facebook page belongs to Zale Thompson, a 32-year-old resident of Queens. The report describes the profile picture of his Facebook page as appearing to be "a Muslim warrior."

One Political Cartoon from Canada Speaks to the Grief & Loss of the Soldier Who Gave All for Country

Cpl. Cirillo leaves #Ottawa on his way to #Hamilton. This powerful photo shows his mom, Kathy:  (Sad pictures on their site. ~Bob)

Comforting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: 'I kept telling him he was loved.'
Excerpt: Barbara Winters, a government lawyer, was walking by the National War Memorial the morning of Oct. 22 when she heard gunshots. She rant to the scene and provided words of comfort in what may have been the last words heard by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. (Not to sound cynical but had it happened in this country someone would have been using a cell phone to make a video instead of providing words of comfort. Just my opinion. --MasterGuns)


Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at) Hall’s eleven books are listed here: His blog of political news and conservative comment is