Friday, September 19, 2014

Lots of not-to-be-missed news and comment today


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence
This is too funny! Before the "No" vote, of course, but he hits everyone, including himself. ~Bob

I've been including some interesting graphics with web addresses, on the theory that they want me to direct traffic to their websites. If they are too small to read, click on the picture. Please check out the websites. Site owners are welcome to correct me if they don't want the publicity and traffic. ~Bob

General News and Comment

Important: Scotland referendum: Scots reject independence in historic vote
Excerpt: The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout (​"We fight not for glory, nor for riches, nor for honour, but only and alone for Freedom, which no good man lays down but with his life." --Declaration of Arbroath, Scotland, 1320. [Various translations, as the original was in Latin to the Pope.] This will still mean more independence for Scotland within the UK. Robert the Bruce would have voted "Yes," but he wasn't running a huge liberal welfare state he had to fund, with many on the dole and everyone on the NHS. Nor did he have to create an army, currency and much else from scratch. They voted their benefits and not their hearts. Even more than the US, a large number of Scots depend on government support, disability, the dole, old age pensions, the NHS, etc. I think they were concerned that an independent Scotland couldn't fund them. There were too many ramifications to know or understand, for Scots, Britains, us and the world. If you were born in Scotland but have lived 40 years in England, which are you? Gave the English a scare--closest Scotland has come to independence since the Scots Parliament was bribed to vote for union in 1707. ~Bob. "I call upon all the people of Scotland to accept the democratic vote of the people of Scotland." --Alex Salmon, Scottish First Minister and SNP Leader.)

Robert Burns - Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation
What the "Yes" votes in Scotland are singing today. ~Bob

Your 'To Do' List to Save America. By Ann Coulter 
Excerpt: The most important words printed in The New York Times since “REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER” were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: “The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November.” He’s absolutely right. Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers.

Delta Honor Guard

Excerpt: Last weekend Hillary Clinton flew down to Iowa to attend Senator Tom Harkin's 37th annual steak fry. Just as at tax time you pay five times what your government is worth, old Tom hawks steaks and charges five times their worth for the privilege of sitting with the latest "liberal darling" with an eye on the White House. So Hillary, though she says she's not running, was there. All eyes were on her as she gnawed on a steak bone and chewed a bit on her chances of winning the Presidency in 2016. 

Bogeyman Beat Down: Three UF Female Students Beat the Snot out of Sexual Predator
Excerpt: “The female victims fought, they yelled and they defended themselves and they stopped their assaults,” she said. “For that, we are all grateful.”

Excerpt: You have your own individual voter file in Catalist. Everyone does. Under that file might be a massive amount of information about you — more than probably exists in any other database in the world. Whom you work for, what car you might drive, donations you have made, assumptions based on your neighborhood, anything in a public government database about you, consumer preferences, partisan preferences, what licenses you have, what you might have said to pollsters on the phone, memberships, how you treated the young left-wing activist knocking on your door a few years ago, and on and on and on. (Still think there was voter fraud in the past election with 150% turnout in some places reported.....and not a single vote for Romney. Right. Don't forget the Black Panthers with the clubs out front, either. --Barb)

V.A. Official Acknowledges Link Between Delays and Patient Deaths
Excerpt: In a contentious hearing before Congress, a senior official from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ watchdog agency acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that delays in care had contributed to the deaths of patients at the department’s medical center in Phoenix. The disclosure by an official from the department’s inspector general’s office, coming after more than two hours of tough, sometimes confrontational exchanges with members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, was a significant development in what has become a heated dispute over the quality of care at the Phoenix hospital, where revelations of secret waiting lists and other schemes to disguise long delays in care.

Excerpt: When four South Carolina high school students showed up to school on the recent anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with American flags flying from their trucks, they were in for a big surprise — the flags were confiscated by the school’s principal.

Satire: Obama Learns of Pearl Harbor

Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Blames Campaign Consultant For Large Portions Of Copied Jobs Plan
Excerpt: Large portions of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan for Wisconsin appear to be copied directly from the plans of three Democratic candidates who ran for governor in previous election cycles.

Obama Golf--Too Funny

Race Card News

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Replacing Obamacare Saves a Lot of Money: Republicans have multiple plans to offer basically the same health-care at lower cost. By James C. Capretta
Excerpt: Supporters of the Obama administration like to create the impression that there is no viable alternative to the Affordable Care Act — i.e., Obamacare. But that is demonstrably not true. Republican senators Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, and Orrin Hatch introduced a plan earlier this year that would cover just as many people with insurance as Obamacare at a fraction of the cost.

Excerp6t: If there is one thing that the Administration and Democratic candidates have in their favor going into the mid-term elections, it is that election day is November 4, and Obamacare’s second open enrollment begins on November 15. If the dates were flipped, there is little doubt that voters affected by Obamacare would wreak havoc on the politicians who imposed the Rube Goldberg contraption of exchanges on them. Despite having just tossed another $60 million out the window “to help consumers navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace,” the Administration will likely face an even more bemused and disgruntled population of Obamacare “consumers” than it did the first time around.

Important: Study: Pre-Obamacare Health Insurance Was Better Quality Than Exchange Plans
Excerpt: Individual health insurance policies were of higher quality in 2013, before Obamacare regulations hit, than the offerings on health-care exchanges this year, according to a study released Monday. The National Center for Public Policy Research examined the health insurance plans available before the health care law took effect in ten major cities and found that for 27 year-olds and 57 year-old couples, the individual market used to provide more comprehensive coverage than the exchanges. As is typically the case with Obamacare, young adults were the hardest hit. (Well, 27-year-olds voted for him. Elections have consequences. ~Bob)

Individuals Failing to Verify Legal Status Will See Insurance Cancelled
Excerpt: The New York Times reports that 115,000 people will see their health insurance cancelled on October 1. Why? Those enrollees have not proved that they are American citizens or legal immigrants actually eligible for Obamacare health coverage.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Climategate: Hide The Decline - the video

Prof Bob Carter warns of unpreparedness for Global Cooling
Excerpt: Professor Bob Carter, writing in today’s edition of The Australian, a major Aussie daily newspaper, warns that the world is unprepared for imminent global cooling, because of the obsession of policy makers with global warming. (Warming has some winners in increased agriculture. Cooling none. Ask the Norse who built settlement in Greenland during the medieval warm period, when it was warmer than now, but died out when the world cooled again. ~Bob)

Another benefit of climate change and increased CO2 – trees continue to grow at a faster rate. By Anthony Watts
Excerpt: Study highlights forest growth trends from 1870 to the present- Global change: Trees continue to grow at a faster rate: “…scientists are putting the growth acceleration down to rising temperatures and the extended growing season. Carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen are other factors contributing to the faster growth.”

SHOCKER! Climate Alarmist Musical Finally Runs Out of Taxpayer Money, Quickly Closes. By Jim Lakely
Excerpt: The asinine ambitions of our know-it-all federal bureaucrats know no bounds. Really. No. Bounds. A collection of bureaucrats at the National Science Foundation (NSF) used $700,000 of taxpayer money this spring to play out their Broadway fantasies by funding what they surely thought was a sure-fire-hit play.

Religion of Peace News

Exactly: Drag the Miserable SOB Before a Firing Squad. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Brendan Tevlin was murdered by Ali Muhammad Brown - June 25th of this year in New Jersey. (I always offer to bring my own rifle and ammo, but they never take me up on it. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The Jihadi Logic: Lure the U.S. into the fight that Obama will quit, as in Iraq, Libya, and (soon) Afghanistan. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: The second theory is that they were fully aware of the inevitable consequence of their broadcast beheadings — and they intended the outcome. It was an easily sprung trap to provoke America into entering the Mesopotamian war. Why? Because they’re sure we will lose. 

They will regret this: House approves Obama’s Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism
Excerpt: The vote placed Congress one step closer to authorizing the third significant U.S. military operation in Iraq in the past quarter century, and it put lawmakers on record approving U.S. engagement in the years-long Syrian civil war. It delivered Obama much-needed domestic political support as he seeks an international coalition to combat the growing threat of Islamist terrorism in the Middle East. But the tally — 273 to 156 — also revealed widespread misgivings in both parties about the plan’s chances of success, even among lawmakers who voted in favor of it.

James Clapper: We underestimated the Islamic State’s ‘will to fight.’ By David Ignatius
Excerpt: The United States has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam — underestimating the enemy’s will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

No surprise: Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State. By Craig Whitlock
Excerpt: Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship. Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group. (Sure, they may be well trained and combat experienced generals, but how many of these "leaders" ever won a Nobel Peace Prize immediately on taking office? Published an autobiography, never mind two, at a young age? Got in 200 rounds of golf in under six years? Organized a community? And they think they know it all! ~Bob)

Saving Private Kerry. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lay out an offensive strategy for defeating ISIS. Instead his real mission was a defensive strategy to protect Obama from critics on the right and the left.

France launches first airstrike against ISIS in Iraq, Hollande's office says
Excerpt: Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrike Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, the French presidency said. Rafale fighter jets involved in the mission struck the depot in northeastern Iraq on Friday morning, and the target was "entirely destroyed," President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement.

VERY Graphic: In the name of Allah!
From the email: This is VERY VERY VERY graphic. Warning !!! Don’t look if you have a weak heart! The new Nazis in the name of Allah !!

Good Morning, Vietnam! Obama Plans to Tightly Control Strikes on Syria
Excerpt: The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential sign-off for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.
The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than those targeting it in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it’s an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war. (BO channels LBJ; "Interference from Washington seriously hampered the campaign. President Johnson allegedly basted that 'they can't bomb an outhouse without my approval.' Washington's timidity was an outgrowth of the advice of well-intentioned but naive officials, and its effect on a President so politically oriented that he tried to please everybody rather than bite the bullet and make the hard decisions..." From American Generalship by Edgar Puryear. [Thanks to Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt] ~Bob)

Senators cleverly avoid real vote on war. By Greg Sargent 
Excerpt: Today, the Senate is expected to authorize the funding and arming of the Syrian rebels, and then leave town without holding any vote on the broader American escalation — a striking abdication of Congressional responsibility.

Would someone please stand up and yell at the top of their lungs arming these rebels is arming the killers of Christians in Syria!!!! (I have been. But my lungs are not that great. ~Bob)

Where have all the allies gone? By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won't continue to seek new targets for its devastation. If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn what is left of the nations of the Middle East into a huge Mogadishu-like tribal wasteland, from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. And they will happily call the resulting mess a caliphate.

Video: Andrew Klavan: Is ISIS Islamic?

Kerry is Wrong, Selling Girls as Sex Slaves is Islam. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Kerry has never read the Koran, but he knows that Islam couldn’t possibly be that mean. ... 1. Mohammed practiced slavery. 2. The Islamic campaigns were carried out for loot. Including the human kind. Many of Mohammed’s first Muslims were out for slaves. Including female slaves. 3. Mohammed enslaved and raped women These are all facts that are not seriously in dispute. The apologists for Islam may quibble over the rape part. That’s about it.

Excerpt: The northern Syrian city of Kobane, or Ayn al Arab, is under heavy siege by Islamic State militants for the third consecutive day. The Islamic State is reported to have taken control of 21 villages outside of Kobane.

It began with the red line. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: When you want to understand how we got from “ending” wars to debating whether we can avoid “boots on the ground” in a new one, you will find no more significant event than President Obama’s decision not to bomb Syria after Bashar al-Assad repeatedly used chemical weapons. That decision — and our foot-dragging in sending meaningful lethal aid to the Free Syrian Army — allowed Assad to escape any real consequences for his actions, to solidify his position, to demoralize the FSA and to give the Islamic State another year to grow and take root in Syria.

Australia raids foil reported ISIS beheading plots
Excerpt: Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State militant group was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach. (I think they should go ahead with the beheadings...of the 15 ISIS terrorists. ~Bob. Listening to "Coast to Coast" the other night, when the guest host wanted folks to call in with any conspiracies they might have seen. A vet phoned in to say he had been trained by the Israelis to spot insurgents and had, before 9/11, actually seen Mohamed Atta sitting on a beach in S FL surrounded by a group of men and "you could feel the power emanating from him." He said similarly, he recently saw several men walking in S FL (I think Miami Beach area) with "similar-colored head sets and back packs" and that they were spaced even distances on the blocks and moving toward 2 rental trucks. He phoned local police, who commented they had noted "the trucks should not be parked there" and had asked them to move. Staging? Who knows? The host tended to question aggressively and belittle those who called in, saying it was to "increase comments." I thought the vet was serious and possibly onto something and the guest host full of himself. --Barb)

O my God Deliver me from enemies that rise against me & from workers of iniquity & save me from bloody men. Psalms 59:1-2

Worth Reading: 10 Questions for Secretary of State John Kerry. By Steve Deace
Excerpt: During a roundtable with the media this week, Secretary of State (say that without shuddering) John Kerry said the following: “(The U.S.) has to start major efforts to delegitimize ISIS’s claim to some religious foundation for what its doing and begin to put real Islam out there and draw lines throughout the region. ... Instead of perpetuating this post-9/11, politically-correct charade that Islam is “a peaceful religion hijacked by a few extremists,” it’s good to see our chief diplomat has decided to pursue a conversation about “real Islam.” Since I’m almost not-at-all positive Secretary Kerry actually thoroughly vetted and researched this subject matter before spouting off about it, I have a few questions for our newest theologian.

Excerpt: Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed that Pakistani Navy officers were involved in the failed attempt to hijack a Pakistani warship and launch missiles at US Navy vessels in the Indian Ocean. AQIS' spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, made the claim today in a statement released on his Twitter account. Mahmoud's statement was obtained by the SITE Intelligence Group.

U.N. to dump flood of Muslim refugees on U.S. 'Several thousand in the pipeline, and that number will go up.' By Leo Hohmann
Excerpt: Displaced Syrians will likely make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees coming to America. Since the early 1990s, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has selected 200,000 to 250,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States. Most of them have come from Somalia and Iraq. Syria could soon be added to the mix in the midst of that country’s brutal civil war. The Obama administration has been greasing the skids for the Syrian refugees for months, WND has learned, and the refugees will soon be dumped on American cities throughout the U.S.

Eight dead following attack on Ebola team in Guinea
Excerpt: The bodies of eight people, including several health workers and three journalists, have been found days after they were attacked while distributing information about Ebola in a Guinean village near the city of Nzerekoreaccording to Reuters. "The eight bodies were found in the village latrine," Albert Damantang Camara, a spokesman for Guinea's government, told Reuters on Thursday. "Three of them had their throats slit." (The story doesn't mention it, of course, but Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing 85 percent of the population. ~Bob)

MUSLIM HUMOR: Lebanese man threatens to behead three terrified little Syrian refugee children
Excerpt: The video shows the three children sobbing as a man standing behind a camera waves a knife and asks: “Whom do we behead first?” “Put your hand here or else I will sever your head,” he tells one of the terrified boys, who are crying throughout the video.

Boko Haram: Nigeria teacher training college attacked
Excerpt: Gunmen have attacked a teacher training college in the Nigerian city of Kano, with officials saying at least 15 people have been killed. The attackers exchanged fire with police outside the college before running inside. Another 34 people were injured.

Law enforcement bulletin warned of ISIS urging jihad attacks on US soil
Excerpt: There will be “a continued call - by Western fighters in Syria and terrorist organizations - for lone offender attacks against U.S. military facilities and personnel,” warned a July law enforcement intelligence bulletin from the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, a state-run agency that gathers, assesses and shares threat information and works with the Department of Homeland Security. “These threats will most likely increase should the U.S. or its allies attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in Syria or Iraq.” In one example cited in the bulletin, a British jihadist encouraged radicals still living in the West to use Facebook and LinkedIn to find and target soldiers. "You could literally search for soldiers, find their town, photos of them, look for address in Yellowbook or something," the tweet read. "Then show up and slaughter them.” (Just think how many Christians they can find by registering on the Christian dating sites....A good reason to be antisocial. --Barb. Just hang around churches Sunday morning and follow them home. ~Bob)

Iranian Leverage over Turkey?
Excerpt: The Turkish daily Taraf published a blockbuster article Tuesday alleging that Iran has been blackmailing Turkey. Turkey has been pressuring Iran, one of its major sources of oil and natural gas, to lower its export prices for natural gas. According to Taraf, Iran is now using potentially damaging documents that allege Turkish corruption and financial crimes to blackmail Turkey’s leadership to drop its demands. 

Excerpt: All that said, however, Maajid Nawaz in this Facebook post (thanks to PK) calls for exactly what is needed, and what I have been saying is needed for many years now: a rejection of Qur’anic literalism, and a reinterpretation of its problematic passages so as to remove their capacity to incite believers to hatred and violence. 

Scotland Votes No.

Scotland referendum: Scots reject independence in historic vote
Excerpt: The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout (​"We fight not for glory, nor for riches, nor for honour, but only and alone for Freedom, which no good man lays down but with his life." --Declaration of Arbroath, Scotland, 1320. [Various translations as the original was in Latin to the Pope.] This will still mean more independence for Scotland within the UK.  Robert the Bruce would have voted "Yes," but he wasn't running a huge liberal welfare state he had to fund, with many on the dole and everyone on the NHS. Nor did he have to create an army, currency and much else from Scratch. They voted their heads and not their hearts. Too man ramifications to know or understand, for Scots, Britains, us and the world. If you were born in Scotland but have lived 40 years in England, which are you? Gave the English a scare--closest Scotland has 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Posting again today, as lots of news and comment


Posting again today, as too many good and current items to hold.

Scotland votes tomorrow on independence. It will be interesting for them, the UK, the US and the world however it urns out. I wouldn't bet either way. I think my head and heart are on opposite sides. But I've help my tongue with Scots friends--it's their country, not mine. Despite my kilts, dancing, whisky drinking and haggis making.

Two VA lung transplant guys we are friends with are having it tough. Both went home and were doing well, better than me at the time they left. (If I didn't live in Madison, Bonnie and I would have been in the hotel here since last October 3!) Brian, a former paratrooper, was in the VA hospital for three weeks, and is back on oxygen, as I was. Joe had worse news. He developed pancreatic and liver cancer. He was just told it is stage four, and he has only 2-3 months to live. They tell me that with infection and rejection, the other big killer of lung transplant patients is tumors. If there is an small cancer sitting there, suppressing the immune system lets it run wild. Prayers for both. ~Bob

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General News and Comment

In my last blog post, I wrote: Obama's Strategy on ISIS: "Hey! Look Over there. Ebola! And sure enough this pops up a few hours later. ~Bob
Obama To Send 3,000 Military Forces To Fight Ebola In West Africa
Excerpt: Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to world security, President Barack Obama on Tuesday broadly expanded the U.S. response by ordering thousands of troops to the region along with an aggressive effort to train health care workers and build treatment centers.

Obama is tougher than we give him credit for. Nixon never deployed troops in the war on cancer.

General: Sending Military To Fight Ebola 'Misuse' Of Soldiers. Ex-Delta Force commander stresses 'great risk' of infection
Excerpt: Sending American troops to combat Ebola in Liberia is “an absolute misuse of the U.S. military,” contends retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin. “The health mission in Liberia would be better accomplished by private-sector NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), including the French organization Médecins San Frontières, Doctors without Borders, among others, or by some other U.S. government agency such as the Department of Health and Human Services,” he stressed.

Must Read: The Great Unraveling. By Roger Cohen  New York Times
Excerpt: It was the time of unraveling. Long afterward, in the ruins, people asked: How could it happen? (A truly gritty view of things going on in the world, and he still left out the scariness of expansionist China, the failures of socialism in Venezuela and elsewhere, the porous US border with tens of thousands of children crossing it, the expanding flow of Africans crossing the Mediterranean to get into Europe, the failed states like Somalia, and a few other things that I just don't even want to go on listing. We do indeed live in "interesting times", and the lack of real, focused, effective leadership in this country is the part that concerns me the most. --Del)

Benghazi Whistleblower: We Were Ordered to Withhold Documents from Review Board. By Guy Benson 
Excerpt: Ahead of the House Select Committee on Benghazi's first public hearing tomorrow, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson is out with a significant new report centered around new claims from a former State Department official. Raymond Maxwell -- whom you may recall as one of the lower-level employees disciplined, then reinstated, in the wake of the Benghazi firestorm -- says he was ordered to cull damaging documents from a file of evidence being handed over to the State Department's 'independent' Accountability Review Board (ARB):

DA: No charges in Swatara Township fatal shooting
Excerpt: Dauphin County prosecutors will not file charges in a fatal shooting Sunday morning in Swatara Township. District Attorney Ed Marsico said 23-year-old Craig Everette II had a right to defend others when he shot and killed 60-year-old Todd Eugene Taylor. ... Authorities said he is a combat veteran and a Purple Heart recipient who has no criminal record. (Bad guy dead, two lives saved by gun owner. ~Bob)

Angry Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into the Trash
This could catch on. ~Bob

Teachers Hope to Erase Union Dues That Deny Free Speech. By Kevin Mooney
Excerpt: Why would she pay to advance policy positions she opposes? Because, as a teacher in a big union state that doesn’t revere the “right to work,” she must. Friedrichs used to belong to the California Teachers Association, the state affiliate of the powerful National Education Association. She volunteered for the teachers union in her school and attended CTA’s state conferences. But she left when their disagreements began to pile up.

Worth Reading: Multiculturalism Is a Failure. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: Multiculturalists argue that different cultural values are morally equivalent. That's nonsense. Western culture and values are superior. For those who'd accuse me of Eurocentrism, I'd ask: Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is practiced in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Sudan; is it morally equivalent? In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limits placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment and education. Under Islamic law, in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning, and thieves face the punishment of having their hand severed. In some countries, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. Are these cultural values morally equivalent, superior or inferior to Western values?

Well, Harry Reid, in another attempt to recruit more women in defense of the Republicans' "war on women" again trotted out the Paycheck Fairness Act this week. If you have an IQ below 70 stop reading now. You see, the Paycheck Fairness Act is just a has nothing to do with raising the salaries of women. Instead it is the Debbie "Wasserman Test" Schultz equivalent of "republicans grabbing women by the hair and jerking them back to the 1950's. I read the proposed bill. You should too. Go to and read what it was REALLY about.

Jewish group brands Biden's Shylock comment 'offensive.' By Olivier Knox
Excerpt: Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” — a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature.

Obamanomics Victimizes President's Biggest Supporters Most. By Stephen Moore
Excerpt: Politics is often filled with paradoxes, and here is one that nearly defies explanation. The demographic groups that voted most heavily for Barack Obama in 2012 have suffered the most from this president’s economic policies. Maybe the people in these demographic groups – blacks, Hispanics, single women and young people – are economically uninformed, or maybe for these groups, when it comes to voting, it’s not the economy, stupid. Whatever the explanation, the facts speak for themselves: Obama voters have not benefited from his policies.

MissouriAlabama schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program
New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. ....Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012...Notre Dame’s lunch participation had dropped to about half of its 565 students and 65 faculty members under the federal guidelines, but jumped drastically to about 75 percent once officials did away with the tight restrictions on calories, fat, sodium, whole grains, and numerous other aspects of school meals.

A Plea For Constitutional Literacy On Constitution Day. Ben Carson: 'Government was never intended to intrude on every aspect of our lives
Excerpt: Earlier this summer, I managed to perplex, perhaps even offend, a famous TV interviewer when I declared I want a federal government that follows the U.S. Constitution. Seemingly aghast, the interviewer went so far as to suggest my position was a “highly charged thing to say.” Imagine that. A journalist – who, owing to the Constitution, has the right to report and speak freely – being uncomfortable with a fellow American’s allegiance to the Constitution and to the Founding Fathers’ vision of a limited central government. (But the gov gives phones, Food Stamps/cards, and that disability $$ for the crack, pot, meth and beer.....Mother's milk to the masses to stay stoned and ignore the country going down the toilet. To suggest the gov get out of their lives? Scary to some. --Barb)

Not safe to display American flag in American high school — denial of rehearing en banc. By Eugene Volokh 
Excerpt: This is a classic “heckler’s veto” — thugs threatening to attack the speaker, and government officials suppressing the speech to prevent such violence. “Heckler’s vetoes” are generally not allowed under First Amendment law; the government should generally protect the speaker and threaten to arrest the thugs, not suppress the speaker’s speech. But under Tinker‘s “forecast substantial disruption” test, such a heckler’s veto is indeed allowed. ((This is a bad, bad, bad idea. --Del

Air Force removes ‘so help me God’ requirement from enlistment oath
excerpt: Members of the U.S. Air Force will no longer be required to say “so help me God” during their enlistment oath. A legal review of rules that required the phrase occurred after the American Humanist Association threatened to sue on behalf of an atheist airman. The unnamed airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied re-enlistment Aug. 25 after crossing the phrase out of the oath. (And America turned from God....Barb)

Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor to Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis’ Schedule
Excerpt: The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager to give up. (Regime takes hatched to Hatch Act as well as Constitution....Barb)

Race Card News

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Insurance Company with Lowest Rates, Most Customers Pulls Out of MNsure. By Jennie Olson
Excerpt: It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015.

CBO: Cost of Obamacare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in 10 Years
Excerpt: The cost of the Obamacare subsidy that the U.S. Treasury will pay on behalf of people who earn under 400 percent of the federal poverty level and who buy a government-approved health-care plan on a government-run health-insurance exchange will increase by approximately 8-fold in its first ten years of operation, according to the latest budget estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. Medicaid spending will double in the first ten years of full implementation of Obamacare, according to the CBO estimates. (Check this over carefully, and note the final paragraph. ObamaCare will cost as much as national defense in a few more years. What will this mean to the overall national budget? It will of course mean running FURTHER INTO THE RED. How long can the nation actually keep doing that on the grand scale that Mr. Obama has made normal somehow? The truth is that this is not going to work out well at all, and we can only hope that in 2016 someone gets elected who will start to disassemble ObamaCare for something a lot more workable, with less bureaucratic overhead, and less "wealth redistribution". --Del. Have I mentioned I think the country is going to collapse? The Coming Collapse of the American Republic: And what you can do to prevent it. By Robert A. Hall: I did? Sorry to bother you; back to American Idol. ~Bob)

Paying the Health-Care Piper: Obamacare’s mandates are coming due for millions of Americans. By Michael Tanner
Excerpt: Last week roughly 250,000 Virginians began receiving notices that their health insurance was being canceled because it failed to meet all the mandates and other regulatory requirements of Obamacare. They are likely to be just the first in a new wave of Americans who are being thrown off their current insurance plan — even if they like it, to recall President Obama’s now inoperative promise.

Shumlin’s single-payer health care agenda ‘down for maintenance.’ By Bruce Parker
Excerpt: Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday that Vermont Health Connect, the Internet backbone of his Green Mountain Care single-payer scheme, is indefinitely down for maintenance.

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home. By Anthony Watts
Excerpt: Eric Worrall writes: The imminent climate summit in New York is rapidly turning into an utter embarrassment for President Obama and UN Secretary General Bank Ki-Moon, in addition to becoming a bit of a punishment round for national deputy leaders. Aussie PM Tony Abbott today defended his decision not to hop on an earlier flight to America, so he could attend the UN climate conference in New York, because he has more important matters to attend to, such as running the country.

Excerpt: The debate over fracking is a pretty low-quality one, driven by emotion, invented evidence, gross distortion of the facts, and general intellectual dishonesty. This is a shame for many reasons: Inflicting unnecessary stupidity on the world is a sin, for one thing. For another, it is important that we actually understand the fairly thorny environmental problems presented not only by fracking but by other methods of drilling for natural gas. A paper published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences presents very strong evidence that the contamination of drinking water in wells in Texas and Pennsylvania was not the result of fracking. But the wells were nonetheless contaminated. 

Worth Reading: Bobby Jindal Explains Why Democrats Are the True Science Deniers. By Conn Carroll
Excerpt: "We now face an administration that is composed of science deniers when it comes to energy and the environment," Jindal said at a lunch with reporters at The Heritage Foundation. "You are looking at an administration that is holding our economy hostage to their radical views. It really is an article of religious faith amongst this administration the way they approach these questions of policy." Pressed after his presentation to identify what specific science the White House was denying, Jindal rattled off a lengthy list: ... "When it was scarce and expensive they loved natural gas. When it was $13 they loved natural gas. As soon as it was affordable, all of a sudden they decided they didn't like it so much. I think that if they are honest, they want energy to be scarce and expensive because it allows the federal government to be more involved in our lives and it allows them to decide what kind of cars you drive, what kind of homes you live in, how we live our lives."

Religion of Peace News

Congress poised to approve Obama’s Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism
Excerpt: The House on Wednesday approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State terrorist organization even though lawmakers in both parties remain deeply skeptical about its chances for success.

That was then...
December 20, 2007 Obama: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent."

Worth Reading: If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State. By Gary Anderson
Excerpt: President Obama is repeating three key strategic mistakes that President Johnson made in Vietnam. First, he has embarked on an open ended commitment; there was no measurable end state. In a similar manner, President Obama throws around the words degrade, defeat, and destroy as if they are interchangeable. Degradation and defeat are things that have to be accomplished before an enemy is destroyed. In some cases, the aim of a conflict is only to defeat the enemy as it was in ejecting Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in DESERT STORM. Degrade is something you do to his command and control along the way to defeating him.

Worth Reading: The “No Boots On The Ground” Mantra Is Strategic Foolishness. By Richard L. Russell
Excerpt: President Barack Obama is fond of publicly declaring that there will be “no boots on the ground” when commenting on the Syria, Iraq, and Islamic State crises. Key national security lieutenants in his administration have loyally followed suit. Vice President Joe Biden has opined that the Islamic State, “can be routed by local forces without U.S. boots on the ground.” And Secretary of State John Kerry remarked at the NATO summit in Wales in regard to Iraq that “I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground.” One would have thought that given the administration’s strategic blunder in not enforcing its “red line” over the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons, officials would be gun-shy about publicly using the term.

Dempsey: If Coalition Fails, We'll Need U.S. Boots on Ground Against ISIS. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: Testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that although "we're not there yet," the United States may eventually need to deploy U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS if a coalition and airstrikes fail to get the job done against the terror army. (Not "If" but "When." Nothing will happen with "boots" until after the election. Saddle up, boys, moving out. ~Bob)

Stubborn opposition to Obama's Syria plan
Excerpt: After years of tepid relations with Congress, Obama is asking lawmakers to quickly authorize a mission to arm and train Syrian rebels to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Obama has been feverishly lobbying Capitol Hill to run up the vote count, but the White House is running into stubborn opposition from an unusual cross section of lawmakers in both parties. The opponents of Obama’s Syria plan do not appear to have the support needed to derail the legislation, but the amount of opposition from Republicans and Democrats has startled both the White House and congressional leaders. (At the risk of being boringly repetitious, I'll say it again. THERE ARE NO GOOD GUYS IN SYRIA. Weapons given them will eventually be used to kill Americans, Israelis and other infidels. I wish I knew the date I first said this. It was when giving the "moderate" opposition weapons was first proposed, a couple of years ago. ~Bob)

Sen. Lindsey Graham — and less responsible politicians. By Jennifer Rubin 
Excerpt: “This is not a strategy designed by the military. It is a strategy imposed on the military, designed to protect the president’s political promises,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tells Right Turn regarding the administration’s plan for to “degrade” and “destroy” the Islamic State. And sure enough, today the president declared at MacDill Air Force Base, “As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.” Plainly the president is trapped by his own rhetoric and pride, unwilling to allow that his anti-Bush iterations over the years have been unrealistic or even dangerous.

ISIS releases "Coming Soon" video.
Excerpt: Islamic State militants have threatened to target the White House and kill US troops in a new slickly made video response to Barack Obama’s campaign to “degrade and destroy” the organisation. The video, in the style of a blockbuster movie trailer for what is “coming soon”, purports to show a masked man apparently about to shoot kneeling prisoners in the head. Towards the end of the clip there is shaky footage of the White House filmed from a moving vehicle, suggesting the building is being scoped out for attack.

Think Iraq and Syria are Bad? Wait for Libya and the Sinai to Blow Up. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Last night in the Fox News green room, Senator Lindsey Graham pointed out that Libya remains a mess — approaching the status of a failed state — and that if the U.S. really makes life miserable for ISIS in Iraq (and Syria?), ISIS could withdraw their leaders to Libya and reestablish themselves there. Oh, and here’s one major complication for one of the region’s traditional Arab powers, Egypt, if they wanted to take a bigger role against the Islamic State: Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula are getting more aggressive: "Six policemen were killed Tuesday when a bomb blast tore through their armored vehicle in the Sinai Peninsula, security officials said. It was the second such deadly attack this month. Egyptian security forces have recently stepped up their offensive against armed Islamist groups in the Sinai, raiding hideouts and targeting militant leaders. The insurgents have fought back with powerful roadside bombs." Senator Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, makes the not-easy-to-dispute argument that way too often, U.S. arms and training provided to non-state groups ends up getting used against Americans. The U.S. spent billions and years training the Iraqi army . . . and then they fell apart in their first real fight against the Islamic State. (Even some Democrats have figured it out. I remind you that an email subscription to Morning Jolt is free. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: War against ISIS Headed for Failure. By Tarek Fatah
Excerpt: When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat down in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, surrounded by the leaders of 10 Arab states, to build a coalition against Islamic State (ISIS), the scene dripped with irony. For decades, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with Arab billionaires in Gulf Arab states, have financed the breeding grounds of Islamic extremism in the tens of thousands of madrassas spread around the world, from Philippines to Philadelphia.

Syrian Brotherhood Stands Nearer to ISIS Than to U.S. By Ravi Kumar
Excerpt: While the United States tries to build a coalition of Arab allies to join the fight against the terrorist group ISIS, now known as the Islamic State, one group which stands to benefit directly is coming out against Western intervention and expressing unity with other radical jihadists. A Syrian Muslim Brotherhood spokesman says attacks on the Islamic State by the United States and its allies are not the answer.

Excerpt: Wagdy Ghoneim, just expelled from Qatar along with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, used to live in the United States. He served as imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, California in the early 2000’s, and raised funds for Hamas-linked Muslim charity KindHearts. How many people are still in the United States today who learned about Islam from Wagdy Ghoneim? And why doesn’t this Muslim cleric, who has dedicated his life to understanding and teaching the Qur’an and Sunnah, see what Barack Obama and David Cameron and Tony Abbott and so many other non-Muslims see so clearly, that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam? (Wait, hasn't Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere during the Arab Spring? ~Bob)

Unbelievable: Chelsea Manning breaks silence to criticise Obama's Isis strategy: Intelligence analyst arrested for passing cache of documents to WikiLeaks writes personal view on how best to defeat Isis
Excerpt: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who worked as an intelligence analyst in Iraq before being arrested for passing state secrets to WikiLeaks, says the only way to defeat Isis is to allow the group to set up its own contained “failed ‘state’” where over time its fire would “die out on its own”. Writing in the Guardian, Manning says her experience as an all-source analyst near Baghdad in 2009-10 leads her to doubt the strategy being followed by the Obama administration. (Weakling traitor criticizes weakling president. That's the pot calling, er, never mind. [Don't want to give the left an excuse to play the race card]. If there's one person I'd take Obama's advice over, it is Manning. If they decide to shoot him/her, I volunteer, and will bring my own rifle and ammo. ~Bob)

Excerpt: The man who could assure the American public with a straight face over thirty times that they could keep their doctor under his health plan, when he knew that to be completely false, is one hellluva fibber. But execrable as that serial prevarication may have been, it doesn’t hold a proverbial candle to his most recent whopper — that the Islamic State is not Islamic — not to mention its corollary, or perhaps subsidiary lie, that real religions do not indulge in murder. 

Excerpt: Surely Obama, Kerry, Cameron, Abbott, and the rest are on their way over to Syria to find this chap and explain to him how he is misunderstanding Islam.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Says Beheadings Do Not Justify Strikes
Excerpt: U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) argued the beheading of two American journalists by ISIS does not justify U.S. airstrikes into Syria Thursday. During an interview on Capitol Hill, Johnson said the slayings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff should not lead to bombing ISIS forces in Syria. (you'd think this kind of thing would hurt her, but as with Maxine Waters and others, her constituents seem to like it. ~Bob)

Obama’s Reluctant Rush to War: Why should any American trust Washington to get its ISIS strategy right in a hurry? By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: President Obama is rushing into a war he doesn’t want to fight. He can barely bring himself to call it a war. Obama didn’t merely ignore the threat of the Islamic State for the better part of a year, he ridiculed the notion the terror group was anything but a “jayvee team.” Now suddenly, he wants to go to war. Sort of. The administration has struggled with the W-word. (Tweet from Tim Groseclose ‏@Tim_Groseclose  Liberals call everything a war ("on poverty," "on women"). Not so w/ air strikes coordinated with allies.)

Excerpt: “Hearing reports that Islamic State used chlorine gas in an assault on Iraq security forces this afternoon in Dhuluyia… There are now 12 people afflicted with chlorine gas poisoning in Dhuluyia, Iraq, following Islamic State attack on Iraqi security forces,” Matt Bradley wrote on his Twitter page, noting that he cannot verify the information as he is not in Dhuluyia.

House Republican leaders pitch Syria aid with checks on Obama
Excerpt: But the bill would not prohibit people with links to terrorist groups from actually participating in the program, the aide said. ....The aide said this language is intended to provide congressional oversight without hindering the mission. “We’re not asking for something that makes this mission impossible,” the aide said. (Oh, but Congress voting to fund $$ for folks in black turbans to slit your throats, you Bible-toting, gun-loving, yokels. Fund and train terrorists? Hey, Harry Reid says, "DO IT!" --Barb)

Excerpt: The characters in the game highlight aspects central to the Islamic State, such as jihad and “the willingness to sacrifice,” presumably a reference to “martyrdom” tactics. During moments of victory, the characters shout out Islamic slogans such as “Allahu Akbar!” and behead and slaughter their victims—true to the Islamic State’s modus operandi.

Hello, Kurdistan. By Daniel Pipes
Excerpt: Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past. In 1991, after the Kuwait War had ended and as Saddam Hussein attacked Iraq's six million Kurds, I made three arguments against American intervention on their behalf, arguments still commonly heard today: (1) Kurdish independence would spell the end of Iraq as a state, (2) it would embolden Kurdish agitation for independence in Syria, Turkey, and Iran, leading to destabilization and border conflicts, and (3) it would invite the persecution of non-Kurds, causing "large and bloody exchanges of population." All three expectations proved flat-out wrong.

Excerpt: Jihadists on Twitter who are thought to be connected to al Qaeda's senior leadership have reported that the group's paramilitary commander in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region as well as a propagandist were killed in airstrikes earlier this year. The two slain al Qaeda operatives were identified as Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab.

North Carolina Bans Islamic “Sharia Law” in the State… Muslims Are Freaking Out
Excerpt: The state of North Carolina has taken a step that many other states have taken to ensure that the US Constitution and the constitution of the state are the laws that are applied in courts, not the laws of any foreign cultures. ... The NC bill’s authors hope to have avoided that problem by making the language of the bill so that it applies to any foreign laws, not specifically mentioning Sharia.

What’s Behind Germany’s New Anti-Semitism. By Jochen Bittner
Excerpt: Europe is living through a new wave of anti-Semitism. The president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews calls it the worst the Continent has seen since World War II. ... The new anti-Semitism does not originate solely with the typical white-supremacist neo-Nazi; instead, the ugly truth that many in Europe don’t want to confront is that much of the anti-Jewish animus originates with European people of Muslim background.

Muslim Jihadist Murders American Here in US and Obama Ignores It
Excerpt: Tevlin was martyred here in the United States in the name of jihad, but for obvious reasons the liberal mainstream media have ignored it. Washington DC is not outraged as they should be. ... One June 25, 2014, at age 19, Tevlin was driving his jeep in West Orange, New Jersey. He stopped at a red light when Ali Muhammad Brown pulled up next him and shot him eight times. Brown didn’t know Tevlin but chose him at random. Several days later, seventy-five bagpipes played at the funeral of the young man who used to play for others.

The Spread of Rocky Mountain Jihad. By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: Something's fouling Colorado's crisp air -- and I'm not talking about the pot smoke.

In my adopted home state, the toxic fumes of Islamic jihad have penetrated the most unlikely hamlets and hinterlands. Obama administration officials are vehemently denying plots by ISIS operatives to cross our borders. But the lesson here is clear: Thanks to laptop recruitment, reckless visa policies and homegrown treachery, the U.S.-based jihad export-import business is and has been thriving.( And it spreads from one weak mind to another in this country, with the infection aided by on-line fanatics. The idea of western women converting to Islam, where they become property with almost no rights, seems insane, but some of these women go for it. Which strikes me as prima facie evidence of a very weak mind! But the point is that this virus does get spread through various means including everyone's laptop or tablet. We do need the FBI and Homeland Security watching out for this very, very carefully. --Del)