Friday, February 5, 2016

A lot of must-read political news and opinion

A mile away, tops: Woman killed in shooting outside Metro Market on Madison's Far East Side
We shop at Metro every week, very close to our condo. Add this to the recent home invasion a half mile away, the recent mall shooting and the recent murder in a parking lot, about 5 miles away. And we live in a small city and a good neighborhood. Another argument for concealed carry. (Update--they got the guy.) ~Bob

Book Recommendation: Captured! Kindle Edition by Carolyn Paine Miller 
Captured! Hardcover – 1977 by Carolyn Paine Miller 
This very interesting book has just been re-released on Kindle, for the give-away price of 99 cents. The new release includes updates on the lives of the main characters. Miller was a missionary with her husband in Vietnam, working with the Bru Montagnards to create a written language for them and to translate the bible into their language. (I knew Bru around Khe Sanh in 1967). The Millers and their five-year-old daughter, LuAnne, were captured by the communists in 1975 during their conquest of the Republic of Vietnam after we stopped supplying the Republic with ammo and spare parts. They were held for eight months in primitive conditions, though as non-combatants, were treated far better than members of the American or South Vietnamese military. This fascinating memoir details their struggle to survive the harsh conditions, and to preserve their manuscripts of the bible in Bru, as well as how their faith sustained them in the face of communist interrogations and imposed hardships. You won't be disappointed.

Interesting: Five myths about the New Hampshire primary

Must Read: A Tale of Two Politicians. The Goldberg File by Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: Hillary called it an “artful smear” last night (I joked on Twitter that Sanders has the “Artful Shmear,” an artisanal bagel shop in Bensonhurst). But here’s the problem: It’s not artful and not a smear. At least by the standard of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is incredibly corrupt. The Clinton Foundation alone is a violation of everything Sanders stands for. It’s one giant access-selling enterprise masquerading as a charity. ... Then there’s the whole sordid mess of her husband’s presidency -- and I’m not even talking about his playing Baron-and-the-Milkmaid with the intern. The Clintons rented out the Lincoln bedroom, sold pardons -- including to a shadowy fugitive billionaire! Talk about catering to the “billionaire class” -- and drained so much money from foreign donors (some of it laundered through a Buddhist temple) that 94 people either fled the country, refused to testify, or pled the Fifth. Bernie Sanders has to believe Hillary Clinton is part of the problem. But he won’t say so, save to prattle on about Clinton’s super PACs and speaking fees. That’s amateur-hour stuff.

Worthy Reading: Forget Trump but Not the Trumpsters. Memo to RNC: Stop ridiculing Trump and look at what voters see in him. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt:  Trump is not my preferred candidate. I hope he does not win the Republican nomination. But I understand why millions seem to be mesmerized by his rhetoric. I certainly wish that Trump would not insult rivals and newspeople in callous and uncouth fashion. I would prefer that he come prepared to interviews, with detailed positions rather than his banal “Make America great again” refrain, so akin to the “Hope and Change” nothingness. I notice that he often pauses in midsentence, that he interjects “awesome” and “tremendous” ad nauseam, that he completely abandons his original thought and detours to an extraneous topic. He is a tough brawler, but oddly hypersensitive when his own brand of invective is turned against him. Trump may be an audacious captain of industry, but he certainly pouts a lot. Trump’s use of I, me, my, and mine rivals Obama’s. By now it is thematic that Trump is likely to erupt into anger if he perceives observers as hostile — the anger often in contrast to his earlier praise of these same targets. An ignoramus who adores Trump will be dubbed “brilliant”; accomplished people who criticize Trump are caricatured as ignoramuses.

Worth Reading: After Iowa. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Senator Ted Cruz's upset victory against Donald Trump has robbed "The Donald" of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals— that he is winning and his critics are losers. Now that he has lost, Mr. Trump may finally have to try to come up with some substantive arguments about the complex issues facing this country, rather than simply boast about the great things he will do when he becomes president. Trump may turn out to be like the Wizard of Oz, after the curtain was pulled back to reveal the real man who was been busy projecting an awesome image.

Socialist Economics
Venezuela has been importing large shipments of newly-printed money, which economists say is likely to worsen the economic crisis. --Foreign Policy Morning Brief. The linked article is in Spanish, alas. They never learn. Governments spend and promise more than they can raise, the they print money. Which is why I bought $1B in Zimbabwe currency on eBay for eight bucks. See the below Newsweek article from 2010: ~Bob
The West and the Tyranny of Public Debt
Excerpt: The history of public debt is the very history of national power: how it has been won and how it has been lost. Dreams and impatience have always driven men in power to draw on the resources of others—be it slaves, the inhabitants of occupied lands, or their own children yet to be born—in order to carry out their schemes, to consolidate power, to grow their own fortunes. But never, outside periods of total war, has the debt of the world’s most powerful states grown so immense. Never has it so heavily threatened their political systems and standards of living. Public debt cannot keep growing without unleashing terrible catastrophes. Anyone saying this today is accused of pessimism. The first signs of economic recovery, harbingers of a supposedly falling debt, are held up to contradict him. Yet we wouldn’t be the first to think ourselves uniquely able to escape the fate of other states felled by their debt, such as the Republic of Venice, Renaissance Genoa, or the Empire of Spain.

Iowa's nightmare revisited: Was correct winner called?
Excerpt: Even as Hillary Clinton trumpeted her Iowa win in New Hampshire on Tuesday, aides for Bernie Sanders said the eyelash-thin margin raised questions and called for a review. The chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party rejected that notion, saying the results are final.

Democracy in Action: Sometimes, Iowa Democrats award caucus delegates with a coin flip
Excerpt: Party officials recommended they settle the dispute with a coin toss.
A Clinton supporter correctly called “heads” on a quarter flipped in the air, and Clinton received a fifth delegate. Similar situations were reported elsewhere, including at a precinct in Des Moines, at another precinct in Des Moinesin Newtonin West Branch  and in Davenport. In all five situations, Clinton won the toss.

Worth Hearing: Bill Whittle - How To Stop The Civilizational Collapse

Pentagon in open brawl over spending priorities. By Austin Wright
Excerpt: A brawl has broken out at the top rungs of the Pentagon over how to prepare the military for long-term threats, in a rare public fight that pits leaders of the military branches against Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Carter wants to use the Pentagon’s upcoming, approximately $580 billion budget request to solidify the Obama administration’s goals of investing in more advanced weapons such as next-generation fighters and submarines, and high-demand skills such as cyber warfare. But he is butting heads with the Navy’s leadership and facing open skepticism from the man in line to be Army secretary, who have disagreed with their boss in recent days over key aspects of the administration’s plans.

Luck of the devil: Hillary wins six out of six tied Iowa precincts by COIN TOSS - beating odds of 64-1
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3427637/Money-DOES-win-elections-Hillary-won-two-Iowa-precincts-coin-toss.html

Worth Reading: Fraud Passed Off as Science
Excerpt: It is important to note that the widely quoted “97% of scientists” who are claimed to support anthropogenic global warming actually consists of 79 scientists hand-picked by a graduate student for a paper she published. This is not science, it is the anti-intellectual instigation of fear for pay. 

Texas reports first case in the USA of sexually transmitted Zika virus
"Mysteriously" bloomed in CA in 2013 along with immigrants from Central and S America...now sexually transmitting. --Barb

Leon High School to Reopen Wednesday Following Arson
A 14-year-old male (something like Quentarius) was arrested for carrying a gun on the property minutes prior to the fire, apparently.  This follows the arrest of a black female student for threatening another student on social media and attempting to stab same with a knife in the cafeteria; security intervened.  School not held Tues.  What they are NOT saying is that with ceiling tiles being burned and smoke containing residue, they have a toxic scene....Our safety training at the hospital stated that when ceiling tiles removed by workmen for any reason, no employee should be in the room where removed. Apparently, depending on age and manufacturer, they may contain asbestos as well as fiberglass....Barb

Keep Blacks Segregated From Whites: UConn building 'black-only' living space to promote scholarship
Excerpt: Faced with alarmingly low graduation rates for black males, the University of Connecticut is trying something it calls bold -- and critics call segregation. (Used to be they howled and screamed about segregation.  Now they want it....this is BP mentality. --Barb. Suggested motto over the door: "Segregation Today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever!" The low graduation rates might be because, as Dr. Thomas Sowell points out, in an effort to fill their diversity quota, the Ivies admit blacks who are not ready to work at that level, do not have the preparation or self-discipline to function as advanced students, but who might do well at smaller, local colleges. But this interests of the black students have to give way to the academics need to feel all warm and fuzzy about diversity--now leading to segregation! ~Bob)

The Establishment Strikes Back: In New Hampshire, GOP governors take aim at a resurgent Marco Rubio
Excerpt: The sense of urgency was on display here Tuesday as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie belittled Rubio’s toughness, his intelligence and even his manhood. “Maybe he’ll do more than 40 minutes on a little stage telling everybody his canned speech that he’s memorized,” Christie said to reporters, mocking Rubio’s tightly controlled campaign appearances. “This isn’t a student council election, everybody. This is an election for president of the United States. Let’s get the boy in the bubble out of the bubble.” (Might help Rubio in NJ. ~Bob)

Rick Santorum to suspend 2016 campaign
Excerpt: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum plans to announce he is suspending his 2016 Republican presidential campaign Wednesday night, sources tell Fox News

Excerpt: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announces he is suspending his 2016 Republican presidential campaign. 

On point: MR. MABUS AND HIS MOUTH - A PORTRAIT SKETCH. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

Worth Reading: The decline of political party power. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz's victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.

Worth Hearing: Dumbing Down University. By Pat Condell

Excerpt: In fact, today’s campuses mimic ideological boot camps. Tenured professors seek to indoctrinate young people in certain preconceived progressive political agendas. Environmental-studies classes are not very open to debating the “settled science” of man-caused, carbon-induced global warming – or the need for immediate and massive government intervention to address it. Grade-conscious and indebted students make the necessary ideological adjustments.

Progressive Privilege: Milwaukee County DA won’t charge liberal activist accused of sexual assault. By M.D. Kittle 

DC might pay criminals to not commit more crimes
You know we're in the End Times with headlines like these.....Sounds like CA, but DC just as likely....Barb. I'm writing to the mayor of DC to tell him I'm willing to pledge I won't commit any crimes in DC for $500 a month. If I can get say, 6-8 cities to pay me not to commit crimes, my retirement will be much easier. ~Bob

Ben Carson’s entire NH super PAC staff quit and joined Ted Cruz’s campaign

At the Pentagon, General Chaos is in Charge

Seattle to decide on bailout of failed bike-share company

Connecticut's governor says no return to pre-recession prosperity, By Edward Krudy 
Excerpt: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy delivered a downbeat address on Wednesday, outlining plans to slash government spending and admitting to "a visceral feeling" that there was no going back to the prosperity of pre-recession years. The short and somber address came on the heels of a presentation by Malloy's top budget official, who called for $570 million of reductions next year on top of millions in cuts and tax hikes in previous years. "Our national economy, while making progress from the Great Recession, was fundamentally changed," Malloy, a Democrat, said at his annual state of the state address. "A shifting workforce, the rapid rise of technology, and stagnant wage growth have made this recovery tougher for everyone, everywhere." (The state I have watched for years and wondered how it was keeping together is California, because of its growth in government, tax rates, flight of industry, overregulation, and multiplication of social services.  But they are managing somehow, so far, but I still wonder how long it can go on before some problems become too huge to be borne anymore. All the way across the country from CA is CT, where I was born, grew up, and spent a lot of years working.  It's a place I still am extremely fond of, but I cannot go back there, ever.  It vies with CA in terms of taxes, and a ruinous Democratic Party domination that has taken it from being a prosperous place with a very large industrial footprint to one that has lost a very large chunk of its commercial tax base as the big corporations like United Technologies methodically moved their operations out of state, and GE has just announced they are moving the HQ up to Boston.  Property in much of the state is very expensive, the southernmost region is just like San Francisco real estate now.  There's a whole rank of taxes, from sales tax to income tax to very heavy property taxes, and people retire and move to FL or here to NC.  My friends who still live there bitch nonstop about how it is, and more than half of the ones I used to know now live elsewhere. The kid who killed all the children in Newtown was a known disturbed personality, and his mother's collection of guns was 100% legal and locked up.  He killer her first to get the keys to the gun cabinet, since he had been unable to buy a gun himself due to the restrictions already in place.  So the Dem governor pushed an extreme bill through that declared every semiautomatic rifle with a removable magazine to be an assault rifle that had to be registered with the state cops.  Only about 1/3 of the gun owners complied, in what's basically a minor revolt against a stupid law that had zero to do with what happened in Newtown.  People are fed up, frustrated, but the local GOP can't seem to get their act together to get enough people into the legislature to fight things. The state's finances are not doing well either.  The only advantage there over CA is no drought, although the state doesn't depend much on farming anyhow.  My friends who live there keep asking, how long can this go on?  I wonder about there too.  But today I got this link to the announcement by the governor that things are too bad to ignore now, and measures will have to be taken.  Interesting.  I guess it's true, when something just can't continue forever, ..... it won't. --Del)

What’s Known About China’s Shadowy New ‘Combat’ Force. By Lincoln Davidson

Worth Reading: After Iowa, will Republicans finally get a contest without Trump? By George F. Will
Excerpt: Given Trump’s sexual boasts (“stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller”), Sasse tweeted: “You brag abt many affairs w/ married women. Have you repented? To harmed children & spouses? Do you think it matters?” Noting Trump’s evident intention to replicate Barack Obama’s anti-constitutional executive authoritarianism, Sasse tweeted, “You talk A LOT about ‘running the country’ . . . as tho 1 man shld ‘run America.’ Questn5: Will you commit to rolling back Exec power & undoing Obama unilateral habit?” Finally: “These r sincere questions & I sincerely hope u answer rather than insult.” Trump responded: “@BenSasse looks more like a gym rat than a U.S. Senator. How the hell did he ever get elected?”

Clinton blasts Wall Street, but still draws millions in contributions
Excerpt: Even as Hillary Clinton has stepped up her rhetorical assault on Wall Street, her campaign and allied super PACs have continued to rake in millions from the financial sector, a sign of her deep and lasting relationships with banking and investment titans. Through the end of December, donors at hedge funds, banks, insurance companies and other financial-services firms had given at least $21.4 million to support Clinton’s 2016 presidential run — more than one of every 10 dollars of the $157.8 million contributed to back her bid, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings by The Washington Post.

Trump Self-Funded? Longtime Trump friend seeded pro-Trump super PAC with $1 million
Excerpt: Casino mogul Phil Ruffin, a longtime friend and business partner of Donald Trump, gave $1 million last year to a super PAC supporting the real estate tycoon's presidential run, just two weeks after the group was formed. The seven-figure contribution from Ruffin, who owns the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, made up the bulk of the $1.74 million that the Make America Great Again PAC raised before shutting down, according to new documents filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission. The super PAC closed up shop in October after The Washington Post reported on multiple ties between the organization and Trump's official campaign. 

WaPo Fact Checker: How did ‘top secret’ emails end up on Hillary Clinton’s server? By Glenn Kessler 
Excerpt: Clinton said: “When you receive information, of course, there has to be some markings, some indication that someone down the chain thought that this was classified and that was not the case.” But that’s only half of the story. Even without markings, officials are supposed to recognize that information passed through an unclassified system might be deemed as classified and should take steps to protect it. The Clinton campaign has argued that some intelligence officials are now engaged in a game of overclassification. That could well be the case; it’s impossible to know without access to emails that may not be released for years. But this debate would not even be taking place without the decision to set up the private server in the first place. Two Pinocchios

Clinton struggles to answer question about paid speeches to Wall Street firms
Excerpt: Clinton seems to have continuously struggled to find a good response to questions about her paid speeches to Wall Street firms, which is the bedrock of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's argument against her candidacy. It is also the core of his appeal to Democratic voters who believe income inequality is a central issue in this campaign. This was no exception. Clinton implied that Wall Street firms are not given her "very much money now," even though campaign finance reports show the has netted millions from the financial industry.

Worth Reading: Lessons From California’s Drought. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: Another irony is that the drought has spiked the radical transition away from open row-crop ground and deciduous tree-fruit to the planting of nut orchards, almonds especially. On the West Side of the valley, water deliveries were all but ended. The water table in some places has fallen below 1,000 feet. Wells and new pumps often cost $250,000 and more. Only the record net profits from almonds (between $5,000 and $9,000 per acre) allow new wells to be drilled. The larger the farm, the more frequently profitable almonds are planted, the more reasonably an operation can afford the cost of buying scarce surface water or drilling deeper—and the more likely smaller farmers sell or lease out their ground to those with the capital to make the costly transition to almond and other nut orchards. The paradoxes continue. Almonds and other nut crops—as well as pistachios and walnuts—are the most mechanized of all California crops. By the time they reach production, they require no hand-pruning, thinning, or harvesting—vastly reducing the soaring expenses for manual farm labor at a time when perhaps a million acres have already gone out of production along with the loss of thousands of farm jobs.

Very Bad Language Warning: Ban Niggers (Black Commentator)

New York Times Declares Cruz & Rubio Not Latino Because They’re Too American
Is Obama too America to be African? ~Bob

Hard to Believe: President Obama Signs Executive Order Limiting US Gun Owners to Three Guns
Excerpt: In a move that promises to permanently transform the political landscape in the United States, President Obama has signed Executive Order 13752, an order which will radically change the way the United States regulates all weapons. President Obama claims that his authority to draft this order comes from the second amendment: “If you look at the second amendment, you’ll see that it says that ‘a well-regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state.’ Well, when I see kids getting shot at school and people gunning down their coworkers, I don’t see a well-regulated militia. I don’t see a state that is secure in its freedom. I see a nation in crisis. I see a country in desperate need of reform. If you want to exercise your right to bear arms, that’s fine, but if you want to do that, you should be ready and able to defend your country at a moment’s notice.” (If true, this will go to the Supreme Court. ~Bob)

Simple. He's Republican: Ted Cruz is the first Latino to win a caucus or primary. Why isn’t that a bigger deal? By Callum Borchers, Washington Post

First woman in Tennessee to enlist as combat engineer goes AWOL

In the Safe Spaces on Campus, No Jews Allowed

Boy, 8, with gun tries to rob West Palm Beach grocery store
I saw a young black male pulling all the price labels off a refrigerated display in Publix the other night.  He threw them all on the floor in front of the deli section.  His older brother (must've been around 12 or so) shook his head and led him away but did not call it to the attention of store personnel....which I did.  They have to be carefully taught to disrespect, to destroy and to hate.  Carefully taught.  At an early age. --Barb

China Reorganizing Military to Close Gap with U.S. By Wyatt Olson

Can China Copy the U.S. Marine Corps? By Grant Newsham and Swee Lean Collin


Worth Reading: IT AIN'T A DEBATE, HILLARY. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

What All Americans Need To Know About Hillary Clinton's Alleged SAP Compromise. By Major Ed Coet, USA (Ret) 
I cannot find the original posting by Major Coet, but clearly he does exist.  What is said about secrecy and policies in this post makes perfect sense to me, so I think it's worth passing on.  It does make it clearer than ever that Hillary was utterly stupid and arrogant about running her personal server, and totally trashed all the laws and regulations about keeping things confidential.  That does indeed tell us that she is not the person to be in the Oval Office. --Del

Must Read: The ‘establishment’ nonsense. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt:  The threat to the GOP posed by the Trump insurgency is not that he’s anti-establishment. It’s that he’s not conservative. Trump winning the nomination would convulse the Republican Party, fracture the conservative movement and undermine the GOP’s identity and role as the country’s conservative party. ... The problem is his, shall we say, eclectic populism. Cruz may be anti-establishment but he’s a principled conservative, while Trump has no coherent political philosophy, no core beliefs, at all. Trump offers barstool eruptions and whatever contradictory “idea” pops into his head at the time, such as “humane” mass deportation, followed by mass amnesty when the immigrants are returned to the United States.

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: Typologies Of Terrorism. By Mark Moyar
Excerpt: The term “terrorism” is commonly understood as political violence outside the norms of conflicts between states. Terrorism’s victims can be innocent villains, or they can be political officials or even soldiers. More controversial is the term “terrorist.” Individuals who commit acts of terrorism are often said to be “terrorists,” but that definition can be disputed on the grounds that terrorism is usually a tactic rather than a defining feature of an organization, and hence it makes no more sense to refer to a political movement that employs terrorism as “terrorists” than it does to refer to a country that employs conventional warfare as a “conventional war state.” (Dr. Moyar is an excellent historian and the author of Triumph Forsaken and A Question of Command, both of which I recommend. ~Bob)

Children burned alive in Boko Haram attack
Excerpt: By Sunday afternoon, Nigerian workers had collected 86 bodies from Dalori village, some three miles from the city of Maiduguri. Boko Haram terrorists invaded the Muslim village on Saturday night, throwing firebombs into homes and gunning down fleeing victims.

Interesting: A tough call on Libya that still haunts: Hillary Clinton says the 2011 decision to bomb the country was ‘smart power.’ Critics say it was a failure to learn from Iraq.
Excerpt: Clinton has pointed to the international military operation as a signature moment in her four-year tenure as the top U.S. diplomat: “No one else could have played the role we did,” she wrote in her book “Hard Choices,” adding that acting with European and Arab allies helped “prevent what might have been the loss of tens of thousands of lives.” But Libya today has deteriorated into a virtual failed state run by hundreds of private militias. Eighteen months after the initial airstrikes, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in attacks by militants on a U.S. diplomatic post and a nearby CIA site in Benghazi. The North African nation has become a primary outpost for the Islamic State, which has exploited the chaos to take territory, train soldiers and prove its strength outside Syria and Iraq. While the administration’s use of force was widely praised at the time, Libya has become a liability for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and one of the central lines of attack on her by the leading Republican candidates — and some Democrats. (Libya was no threat to us, now it's a hellhole for breading terrorists. Bush is rightly criticized for having no plan for after the Iraq invasion; Obama-Clinton had no plan for after the Libya bombing. ~Bob)

Finland: Government issues video showing women how to prevent being raped. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: This is the funniest video I’ve seen in years, although it is meant seriously. All women have to do to keep from being raped is turn around, hold out their hand in a “halt” gesture and say “Stop!” That’s it! The Muslim migrant problem is solved!

Hamas Rolls Out Its New ‘Tank’ to Fight Israel. See If You Can Spot the Problem.

Iraqi Journalist Comes Out Against Claim That ISIS Has Nothing To Do With Islam

NC: Convert to Islam plotted to murder 1,000 people for the Islamic State. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: Yet another convert to Islam gets the idea that his new religion mandates that he murder Infidels. If converts to Christianity in large numbers were getting the idea that they should kill for Christ, authorities would investigate the entire phenomenon of conversion. But about this, no one cares.

France: 6 converts to Islam plotted jihad mass murder at swingers clubs. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: Authorities continue to be absolutely uninterested in the question of why so many converts to Islam get the idea that their new religion commands them to murder Infidels, an idea that they keep insisting has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam.

Migrant centre banned from holding memorial to Swedish social worker 'stabbed to death by Somali boy, 15' in case it upsets refugee children
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3426793/Migrant-centre-banned-holding-memorial-Swedish-social-worker-stabbed-death-Somali-boy-15-case-upsets-refugee-children.html

Excerpt: President Obama met behind closed doors on Wednesday with 13 Muslim leaders at a Baltimore mosque with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. And, according to a White House pool report, one of the participants is the Islamic Society of Baltimore’s anti-gay resident scholar, Imam Yaseen Shaikh....After the meeting Obama spoke to congregants at the mosque, which he said “like so many in this country, is an All-American story.” (Obviously, he sees what he wants to see for his TRANSFORMATION of the America he detests-- which is white and Christian--to a Sunni Muslim, pro-MB caliphate member. --Barb)

Pat Condell on the EDL

Sergeant Schultz Knows Everything
Excerpt: Suppose you had a chance to chat with the real-life Sgt. Schultz's in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark. The "interfaith" dialogue would go something like this, after you've reported a crime committed by a Muslim. Sgt. Schultz will claim that he knows everything, he was there, and that you should go back to sleep and pretend nothing ever happened. You were not raped by a Muslim or a gang of Muslims. You did not have your head kicked in by a gang of Muslims. You were not robbed by a Muslim. Or stabbed, or groped, or spit on by a Muslim on a train or on the street. Or even raped and then disfigured by a Muslim. Or by a "refugee," or by an "immigrant."

Refugees Go Clubbing In Russia, Harass Girls, Wake Up In Hospital The Next Morning
Excerpt: A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in MurmanskRussia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday.... Police arrived to break up the fight but locals report that they threw a few punches at the refugees before arresting 33 of them. Eighteen refugees were in such bad condition they had to be take to the hospital. (Russian reality check on Islamic militants who mistreat western women.--Barb)

Excerpt: Indeed, postwar Europe, and Germany in particular, had been built upon the rejection of Hitler’s mad regime and everything it stood for.... This simple, almost Manichean, logic is collapsing now – under the pressure of hard facts. Or rather the Europeans now understand that it was flawed in many ways from the very beginning, especially when it came to multiculturalism, the alleged antidote to racism. (POTUS and his handlers pushing same regimen down US citizens' throats in the name of "diversification."  Article notes EU understands that uncontrolled immigration can "lead to civil war."  TRANSFORMATION to a Sunni Islamic country from a Judeo-Christian-based one and the final, total irresolute destruction of the USA.  Those "Coexist" bumper stickers are a pipe dream in Regime's minds...Barb)

The Great Islamic Scholar: Secretary Kerry Says ISIS Members Aren’t Muslims
 http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/04/secretary-kerry-says-isis-members-arent-muslims/#ixzz3zGiZaZhR
Excerpt: At a conference of coalition members tasked with fighting ISIS in Rome yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry said members of the terrorist organization are not Muslims but apostates of Islam. “Daesh [ISIS] is in fact nothing more than a mixture of killers, of kidnappers, of criminals, of thugs, of adventurers, of smugglers and thieves,” Kerry said. “And they are also above all apostates, people who have hijacked a great religion and lie about its real meaning and lie about its purpose and deceive people in order to fight for their purposes.” (They were raised Muslim, their leader claims a doctorate in Islamic studies, they pray to Allah five times a day, they quote the Qur'an and Hadith for justification, they have made the Islamic statement of faith that makes one a Muslim, but Imam Kerr says they are not Muslim. Caitlin Jenner is, however, a woman because he says so. Right. ~Bob)

Nancy Pelosi Invokes ‘Prophet Muhammad’ At National Prayer Breakfast
Excerpt: Congressmen, President Barack Obama and faith leaders from around the country met for the annual prayer breakfast in WashingtonD.C. Thursday. At the breakfast, House Minority Leader Democrat Nancy Pelosi took the opportunity to invoke “the prophet Muhammad.” Before reading from the Gospel of John, Pelosi talked about the similarity of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. (Not sure what Divinity school Ms. Pelosi graduated from....the one of Obamaspeak?  She purportedly was Catholic....  Can we send all these folks to Syria for an education? --Barb)

Excerpt: As Fox News and other news organizations have reported, America’s federal prisons are a “breeding ground” for potential Islamic terrorists — and have been so for years. Despite this disturbing trend, the Obama administration has enlisted Islamic organizations with known terror ties to review and endorse chaplains to work in federal prisons. ... Included on the list is the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has long-standing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing case. (Teach 'em in prison and then pardon 'em and turn 'em out on the white Christians/Jews.  TRANSFORMATION.  Build that caliphate from the inside.  This is not new...just totally ignored by Mass Media; Oscars, Super Bowl, smoke of election feuds much more important than reality of what is being set up for the ultimate finale. --Barb)

EU declares ISIS actions genocide. European resolution highlights Washington’s inaction. By MINDY BELZ
We no longer bring victims of genocide here for shelter. Just the perpetrators. ~Bob

UN voices alarm at growing number of child marriages in Iran. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: The UN is alarmed, but this is happening because of Islam, which the UN would never dare criticize. But few things are more abundantly attested in Islamic law than the permissibility of child marriage. Islamic tradition records that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage: “The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Worth Reading: Obama: “Islam prohibits terrorism, for the Qur’an says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: Obama said: “The Qur’an says whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind.” This is what the Qur’an really says: Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption in the land — it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one — it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, after that, throughout the land, were transgressors. (5:32) First, note that this is not a general moral principle applying to everyone, as Obama implied, but one only for the Children of Israel. Nor is it is not a general prohibition of killing: there are big exceptions for those who kill “for a soul or for corruption in the land.” And it concludes that even after this command was given, “many of them, after that … were transgressors” — so all it is really saying is that Allah gave a command to the Children of Israel and they transgressed against it. It isn’t anything more than yet another Qur’anic castigation of the Jews.

Paris Attack Leader Said He Slipped in With 90 Extremists,” by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press
Excerpt: The Belgian who led the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris bragged that he slipped into France with a group of 90 extremists from Europe and the Middle East, according to testimony from the woman who tipped police to his location.

Mosque Obama visited under FBI surveillance since 2010: one of its members plotted to blow up a federal building

German UN Envoy on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Simply Can't Give Up on Libya'
Excerpt: With the situation rapidly deteriorating in Libya, the UN's special representative to the country, Martin Kobler of Germany, is pushing for a unity government in a last-ditch effort to halt the Islamic State's march there. He warns that time is running out. (Another article says US "intelligence report" says ISIS weaker.  Another says number of ISIS troops remains same. --Barb)

VIOLENCE, REPRESSION PUSHING EUROPE TOWARD 'CIVIL WAR'. Experts warn similar crackdowns on free speech coming to America
http://www.wnd.com/2016/02/violence-repression-pushing-europe-toward-civil-war/?cat_orig=world
Excerpt: The unprecedented influx of Muslim migrants into Europe is fueling civil unrest as well as government repression directed against the native population, say experts who warn similar crackdowns on criticism of Islam could be coming to America. In recent days, police in the Netherlands questioned and threatened to charge citizens who made Internet posts protesting government plans to resettle migrants in their communities....Facebook has also announced a Europe-wide campaign to eliminate the “dissemination of xenophobia, hate speech or calls of violence,” including donating more than $1 million to “anti-hate” organizations.

MEDIA ICONS: WHY 'CHRISTIAN' OBAMA SO CAPTIVATED BY MUSLIMS?
'He talks about how awesome Islam is all the time'
Excerpt: Rev. Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse emphatically stated that Islam was in no way woven into the fabric of America’s founding.  “The foundations of this nation have nothing to do with Islam, but everything to do with the Church of Jesus Christ,” Graham wrote Wednesday on his Facebook page. “Islam cannot save anyone from hell or open the gates of heaven. Only One can do that: Jesus Christ, the Son of God who paid the debt of sin for all mankind by giving His life as a sacrifice on Calvary’s cross where He suffered and died for our sins, took our sins to the grave, and on the third day God raised Him triumphantly to life.

Merkel orders German press not report Muslim migrant crimes
Excerpt: A retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — to report. National public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), which was recently forced into a humiliating apology for their silence on migrant violence and sex assault is being drawn into a fresh scandal after one of their former bureau chiefs admitted the company takes orders from the government on what it reports. He said journalists received instructions to write news that would be “to Ms. Merkel’s liking”. (Same in US; no real news and all wearing red/black dress code most nights.  Who tells them to do this?  Can flip channels ABC, NBC, CBS and find same stories, almost same lineup, same time.  Just like the Soviet Pravda. --Barb)

Misc

Too Funny: Pat Paulsen for President

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed

One-fifth of (Lawyers Have) a serious drinking problem
Not the clients? Is "one-fifth" a pun? ~Bob


Did you ever wonder what happened to Dennis the Menace when he got older???



















Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Iowa Circuses and other Political News

Important: Cruz edges Trump in Iowa caucuses; Rubio finishes strong third
First thoughts. The tie between Hillary and Bernie is good for Republicans. Let the bloodletting begin. As expected, Trump claims a win, as he'd do if he finished last, but he was soundly beaten by Cruz and barely edged my preferred candidate Rubio, but a point. This is a win for Rubio, given a short while ago he was at 10%. Note that over 60% of Iowa Republicans, in a 91% white state, voted for one of the minority candidates (two Hispanics and a Black guy), while 100% of Democrats voted for an old white person. On the other hand, if you add the Clinton, Sanders and Trump votes, clearly a majority for progressive principles. I think that after New Hampshire there will only be three, maybe four Republicans still in the race. ~Bob. Your post illustrates that all the hoopla over the decline of whites may be a little overstated... Cruz and Rubio,  don't look much different than Mayflower descendants, and their policy positions are much closer to the principles of the founding generation that that of many actual Mayflower descendants. --Chuck

Random Thoughts for February 2016. By Robert A. Hall
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Book Recommendation: Amistad - A Novel by David Pesci
There are several histories of the slave uprising on the Spanish slave ship Amistad. I happened to be given this novel, which I though was fairly well written and stayed close to the facts, though I have not read the histories. It came out in 1997, the same year as the movie. The story is now well known, a group of Africans had been seized and sold by black slave traders to illegal Spanish slavers. They were resold in Cuba and put on the Amistad for further sale down island. They seized control of the ship, but were soon captured by an American Warship, which sailed them to Connecticut, where slavery was legal, hoping for salvage rights to ship, cargo and "slaves." Their case was taken up by abolitionists. The government was in the hands of Martin Van Buren and pro-slavery Democrats who wanted the case to go away before the November, 1840 election (which Harrison won, defeating Van Buren). The case was fought all the way to the Supreme Court, so it is an action drama and a courtroom drama. I found it worth reading.

Must Read: Our Gallant Allies, the Kurds (and Other Fairy Tales). By Tom Kratman
http://www.everyjoe.com/2016/02/01/politics/our-gallant-allies-the-kurds-other-fairy-tales/#1
Excerpt: One of the attendees had brought with him a book3 detailing the results of the chemical attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja by the army and air force of Saddam Hussein. It was really heartbreaking, all those picture of gassed, dead, discolored, and decomposing Kurdish kids, who are, in fact, every bit as cute as the papers and television made them out to be.4 At least when they’re not dead they are. My team sergeant, Sig, and I were duly appalled and sickened. The Arabs, though, didn’t seem to understand. To paraphrase, “What’s the problem? Don’t you understand that these were Kurds who got gassed?” At the time, I found that attitude completely inexplicable. Fast forward a few months; we’ve incited the Kurds and Shia to rise up and overthrow Saddam. They didn’t, of course, while such an uprising would have looked difficult and might have done us some good.5 Oh, no; instead the Shia – whose rebellion was spontaneous, anyway – waited until it looked like the Iraqi Army was crushed and such an uprising would be easy. The Kurds – who were organized – waited even longer. Sorry, boys, but when we offer you a quid pro quo, that doesn’t translate into “free lunch.” Moreover, when we’ve already offered someone a cease-fire it’s a bit late to try to get us to start hostilities again.6 In short, we owed them nothing. (Tom Kratman is a retired USA LtCol, an occasional contributor to this blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Called-Peace-Carrera-Book-ebook/dp/B00B5HJOFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426715332&sr=8-1&keywords=Peace+Kratman I expect that in 20 years they will move his novel Caliphate to the history section. ~Bob)

Interesting: Clinton declares narrow Iowa victory even as final tally counted in deadheat with Sanders
Excerpt: Even if Clinton ends up on top — as her campaign believes — the close contest in Iowa confirms that Sanders’s anti-establishment message has real muscle and appeal. While a narrow victory for the former secretary of state would make good on nearly a year of dutiful campaigning and heavy investment in Iowa, it would also leave residual doubts about her weaknesses among Democratic voters. (I still think the moneyed elites will prevail and Clinton will be the nominee, unless the Obama DOJ should indict her, which I rate a vanishingly small chance, no matter what the FBI finds. ~Bob)

Interesting: Winners and Losers from the Iowa caucuses. By Chris Cillizza, Washington Post
Excerpt: Winners... • Marco Rubio: The senator from Florida emerged — as many expected — as the strongest establishment candidate in the GOP field. But he made a strong run at Trump for second place, an unimaginable result even a week ago. As important for Rubio, he was the top GOP candidate among people who made up their minds in the past week. That strong closing kick positions Rubio well for the next eight-day sprint between Iowa and New Hampshire — particularly given Trump's disappointing showing, which could well bring the real estate mogul's numbers in the Granite State back down to earth. Rubio is likely to benefit from a push by the party establishment — read: major donors — to get some of the other establishment candidates out of the race. If it doesn't happen before New Hampshire, a second strong Rubio showing in the first-in-the-nation primary could well force it.

Marco Rubio and Bernie Sanders were the real winners in Iowa. By Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
Excerpt: Still, the race for the top spot was not the big news of the night. The real winners were Marco Rubio, with his remarkably strong third-place showing, and Bernie Sanders, with his virtual tie. In the short term, Donald Trump was the biggest loser — true of any front-runner but even truer of a candidate whose campaign raison d’etre is that he is a winner.


Excerpt: Despite its best attempts to fail, the biggest winner of the Iowa Caucus last night was the GOP itself, which generated an unprecedented level of energy and engagement among voters in a critical swing state.  That energy was generated thanks to a group of leading candidates who actually appealed to the GOP’s grassroots voter base. Turnout was more than 186,000, more than 50 percent higher than any Iowa GOP Caucus in history, and 46 percent of those were first time caucus attendees. And this turnout boom can’t be all chalked up the “Trump Effect”.  Even if every Trump voter had stayed home, turnout for the remaining candidates would have still been more than 15 percent higher than it had been at any previous caucus.  That’s remarkable.

Sen. Tim Scott Expected To Endorse Rubio

Worth Reading: Trump fever has broken. Cruz out-organized him. Here's what's next. By William Whalen
Excerpt: Mister Trump, Meet Mister Tyson. The former boxer is credited with saying that “everyone has a plan ‘til they get punched in the mouth.” On Monday night, Trump was on the receiving end of said punch. Yes, the turnout turned out to be a record high, as Trump had promised. But not all the newcomers flocked in his direction, as he also prophesized. According to Fox News entrance polls, the late-deciders broke first to Marco Rubio, then Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and then Trump – one reason why Rubio finished a close third (much closer than expected) to the flamboyant developer. 

Must Read: Grow Up! By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words: "Grow up!" It is amazing how many people have been oblivious to this middle-aged man's spoiled brat behavior, his childish boastfulness about things he says he is going to do, and his petulant response to every criticism with ad hominem replies. He has boasted that his followers would stick by him even if he committed murder. But is that something to boast about? Is it not an insult to his followers, if it is true? Moreover, his cockiness is misplaced, because he still does not have a majority among Republican voters, while you need a majority of all the voters to win any state in the general election.

Worth Reading: Donald Trump’s Art of the Fail. Even if he loses at the polls, Trump will call it a win. It’s what he’s always done.
Excerpt: Over these last 40 lime-lighted years, Trump has won a lot, but he has lost a lot, too—four corporate bankruptcies, two failed marriages and a vast array of money-squandering business ventures. He lost his signature Trump Shuttle airline to his lenders. His self-branded casinos in Atlantic City struggled consistently to turn profits. In each case, though, he has heeded a form of the advice he gave that day to Sprague: Never acknowledge failure. Never admit defeat.

Interesting: The End Comes Soon for Trump. By Leon H. Wolf 
Excerpt: A little noticed event earlier this week brought ominous tidings to the Trump 2016 campaign, which spent most of the summer riding high on a wave of triumphalism and defiance against the GOP establishment machine. Donald Trump held a campaign event in Iowa, and CNN didn’t even acknowledge that it was happening. Indeed, while the assembled crowd waited to hear the latest Trump Brand Pablum in person, even CNN’s chryon blared on about the huge crowds that were at that moment being drawn by … Bernie Sanders. This seems like such a small and insignificant thing – but only to those who have not been following the extent to which the cable networks have given Trump virtually unadulterated free coverage in exchange for the ratings boost that even mentioning Trump brought. (Wishful thinking? ~Bob)

Must Read: Donald Trump is a fraud: Report confirms the billionaire’s presidential bid is a long and calculated con job
Excerpt: He can offend anyone, promise anything, and circumnavigate the entire process without ever having to apologize. Not apologizing, as the Politico writers note, only bolsters "a candidate who appeals to voters fed up with political correctness and establishment niceties." It also forces the other candidates to play his game, to react to the tone he sets and the issues he raises. (...) If he does believe something he says, it’s a happy coincidence, because his campaign is an experiment in modern marketing, not an expression of his political worldview. (Salon, like Politico, leans left, I believe. That doesn’t mean they’re wrong. This article says EVERYTHING I’ve been afraid of since Trump first announced. Every word makes perfect sense–which doesn’t mean it’s correct, just that it’s believable. I think it fits the man’s character perfectly. --Ron P.) 

Worth Subscribing To: The Trump fans have an accurate diagnosis and an awful choice in recommended medicine. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Excerpt: One of the reasons you have this party-threatening disagreement between the pro-Trump and anti-Trump wings of the conservative movement is that those of us who oppose Trump see him as the antithesis as everything the pro-Trump crowd claims they want.  They claim to be upset about “political correctness”, but turn to the guy who criticized Pamela Geller for being too provocative after jihadists shot at her. He walked away from the debate after a press release was too “nasty.” He called for the Federal Communications Commission to fine Rich Lowry and ban him from television for using the word “balls.” He called for Jonah to resign over a tweet Trump deemed “sexist”. Trump will stand up for his right to be politically incorrect, but not yours or anybody else’s. Sure, Trump will feature preteen cheerleaders singing about him -- “deal from strength or get crushed” -- hey, remember when we laughed at the cult of personality around Obama? Pyongyang called, they said the musical number was “a little over the top” -- but if you want a “moderately traditionalist” American culture, you don’t call the guy who told Miley Cyrus he loved her infamously vulgar performance at the MTV Music Video Awards, and dismissed her critics as “jealous.” They’re upset about crony capitalism, and they turn to the guy who boasts about how politicians grovel for his donations.



32 reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for America.

Donald Trump is the Mussolini of America with double the vulgarity. Republicans are right to fear demagoguery of the one candidate who makes Hillary Clinton look electable

You've been Trumped--the movie
Skip the ad...See the trailer for Trump modus operendi in Scotland. --Barb

Introducing the Upshot’s Encyclopedia of Donald Trump’s Twitter Insults
Name calling is the first of the seven recognized propaganda techniques. ~Bob
On Point: U. S. MARINES AND EGGS BENEDICT AND NATIONAL DEFENSE. By Col. Andy Weddington, USMC (Ret)

Hillary Clinton and the Criminalization of America
Excerpt: The continued expansion of Hillary Clinton's email scandal -- now with 22 emails from her personal server deemed too classified for public view, even in redacted form -- is making Watergate seem like a shoplifting episode at a 7-Eleven. Emailgate is far worse.  It's now clear it involves the potential endangerment of human lives (our lives and those of our friends) across the globe and the national security of the United States and undoubtedly the free world. (Watched a clip of HC on news the other night saying her emails contained nothing secret and the entire time, she was shaking her head "no" while obviously lying.  But to be fair, America criminalized by others, long before this election. --Barb)

From the Left: How Iowa went wrong for Hillary Clinton. Her vaunted field organization performed as expected. But she didn't. By Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni, Politico
Excerpt: Iowa wasn’t just supposed to be a tentative first step in Clinton’s inevitable march to the Democratic nomination, it was meant to be the cornerstone of a rebuilt political persona – and her national team was built from Iowa outward, with a foundational goal of winning here, and winning big. But nothing is ever easy with Hillary Clinton – especially not here - and her inability to ride a first-class ground organization to a decisive triumph underscores the candidate’s weakness and the lack of a message that resonates with primary voters. For months, the Republican side of the aisle has been filled with drama and uncertainty – yet in the end it was a 74-year-old, wild-haired democratic socialist who has muddied a contest that was supposed to be predictable.

... The Soros donation was given to Priorities USA Action, a Clinton-alligned super PAC. ... The $6 million check from the billionaire follows a $1 million donation he previously gave the group and another $1 million donation to another pro-Clinton super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, bringing the billionaire’s total to $8 million given to help elect Hillary Clinton.  Just under two weeks ago, Clinton condemned “big-money donors” in politics and pledged to overturn the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.

The “electability” argument is bogus: Why Bernie Sanders isn’t the second coming of George McGovern. Establishment Dems have for months warned that a Bernie nomination would be disaster. Here's why they're wrong

Interesting: Bernie Sanders failed to act in deadly VA scandal, whistleblower says. By M.D. Kittle 
Excerpt: Uber-liberal presidential candidate Bernie Sanders aims to take Iowa on Monday night in the nation’s kick-off caucuses, in part with a pledge to take care of America’s veterans. ... But the senator’s staff did nothing with detailed reports of myriad abuses going on for years at the Tomah Veteran Affairs Medical Center, according to whistleblower Ryan Honl.

Mystery Surrounds West Coast Arrival of Zika-Spreading Mosquito

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/29/mystery-surrounds-west-coast-arrival-of-zika-spreading-mosquito/

Excerpt: Meet the Aedes aegypti, a tiny blood-sucking mosquito that is causing panic worldwide for its ability to transmit the Zika virus and a host of other diseases that have recently surfaced in the U.S. The mosquito, on the decline since the 1980s in Southern Florida, suddenly surfaced in California under unknown circumstances in 2013. That year saw a major spike of illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America, where the Aedes aegypti has been spreading dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses that have become pandemic in those regions. The Aedes aegypti, commonly referred to as the yellow fever mosquito, is recognizable by white markings on its legs and a lyre marking on the insect’s thorax.


Interesting: We live in a two party duopoly. Here’s how Bloomberg or Webb might break it. By Morris Fiorina
Excerpt: Public opinion research has repeatedly found that on many issues the electorate is between the two parties.  On abortion, for example, 80 percent or more of the electorate would prefer something between the “never, no exceptions” platform of the Republicans, and the “anytime, for any reason” position of the Democrats.

Worth Reading: California of the Dark Ages. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: I recently took a few road trips longitudinally and latitudinally across California. The state bears little to no resemblance to what I was born into. In a word, it is now a medieval place of lords and peasants—and few in between. Or rather, as I gazed out on the California Aqueduct, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Luis Reservoir, I realized we are like the hapless, squatter Greeks of the Dark Ages, who could not figure out who those mythical Mycenaean lords were that built huge projects still standing in their midst, long after Lord Ajax and King Odysseus disappeared into exaggeration and myth. Henry Huntington built the entire Big Creek Hydroelectric Project in the time it took our generation to go to three hearings on a proposed dam.

5 facts about Republicans and national security

Worth Hearing: Is Capitalism Moral? By Dr. Walter Williams

Worth Reading: The dangerous deficits our candidates aren’t talking about. By Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
Unfortunately, the acknowledged debt is the smaller part of the problem; there is also the unfunded liability. That is money the government has promised to pay but does not have in the bank for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, etc. It's not considered "debt" because it's not owed by contract; the government can cancel it, creating chaos and "civil unrest." I've read estimates that range from $87T to $240T, depending on who is counting, what is counted and what period is projected. Google, "The West and the Tyranny of Public Debt" from Newsweek. Of course, as a liberal friend said, the "government can always print more money." This is why you can buy a billion dollars in Zimbabwe currency on eBay for about $8. ~Bob

Obamacare Enrollment Has Tapped Out. By Sally Pipes
Excerpt: It’s all a lot of hot air. Enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges is virtually stagnant, as both the young and the middle class have continued to spurn the overpriced plans on offer. The Congressional Budget Office originally predicted that 21 million Americans would enroll in plans through Obamacare’s exchanges this year. As of late January, enrollment nationwide was 11.5 million, with 2.7 million coming from state exchanges. The number of people who have signed up isn’t just below the CBO’s forecasts — it’s lower than the 11.7 million who had signed up by the end of open enrollment last year.

A North Korean girl tells the story of her life and escape
Only watch this if you are ready to be not just saddened, but horrified.  A young girl paints a vivid portrait of the horrors of North Korea, and then how bad things are even when they manage to escape into China.  It is a testament to the worst of inhumanity, and makes one ashamed that the rest of the world allows it to go on. --Del

Older, Worth Reading: Do the rich pay their fair share? According to an Obama fib, the rich don’t pay any taxes
Excerpt: The top 10 percent pay two-thirds of the income tax. And the bottom 50 percent — all Americans with an income below the median — pay just 3 percent of the income tax. The federal income tax, according to a recent study by the Tax Foundation, is one of the most progressive tax systems in the world. Scott Hodge, president of Tax Foundation, says: “Almost no other industrialized nation depends on the rich to pay the bills more than the United States.”

Wounded Warrior Project Spends Lavishly on Itself, Ex-Employees Say

The KY Democrat Hope: Grand jury subpoenas Grimes' campaign records
Excerpt: A federal grand jury in Lexington has subpoenaed records of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her father Jerry Lundergan in an investigation that relates to the finances of her political campaigns in 2014 and 2015.

Worth Reading: China’s Ascendance To The Position Of Chief Adversary. By Miles Maochun Yu
Excerpt: There is no denying that both Russia and China harbor significant hostility toward the United States, albeit for very different reasons. But the degree to which Moscow and Beijing can transfer their respective antagonism into actual harm against the U.S. is dramatically different. First of all, China’s economy is four times larger than Russia’s, in terms of conventional GDP. If one uses the more accurate Purchasing Power Parity [PPP] method, China’s GDP is five times greater than Russia’s—$12.26 trillion for China and $2.49 trillion for Russia. In addition, China holds the world’s largest currency reserve, estimated at over $3 trillion (again, almost four times the size of Russia’s reserves). With that kind of economic muscle, China has outspent Russia on defense by more than a ratio of 2:1, and China has been increasing its defense budget by double digits on a yearly basis for the past 25 years. In fact, Russia’s military power is weakening in relative terms while China’s is strengthening rapidly, making Russia a junior partner in the Sino-Russian bilateral military and economic relationship.

Always worth reading: Random Thoughts. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Will this November's presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper? - People who call Barack Obama a lame duck president seem not to have noticed that he is exercising more power than ever, and has turned the Republican Congress into a lame duck branch of government. - The best New Year's Resolution I ever made was to stop trying to reason with unreasonable people. That may be especially valuable during an election year. - With 4 of the 9 Supreme Court justices being more than 75 years old, the next president will probably be appointing replacements who can help determine the direction of American law well into the next generation. This is just one of the many very serious things that we can only hope the voters keep in mind, instead of voting on the basis of just one issue or on emotions.

Worth Reading: Almost Everything You've Been Told About Inequality Is Wrong. By John Goodman
Excerpt: Inequality was the single most popular topic when economists gathered at their annual convention in San Francisco last month. But here is what everyone should know. Most of the studies you read about in newspapers are flawed. A new study exposes those flaws and presents a much rosier picture of the American economy. (Full disclosure: I provided early funding for this study in a previous job.) A typical study of the distribution of income compares people on the top and bottom rungs of the income ladder. The problem: the entire population is on the ladder. That means these studies are comparing retirees with people who are working. They are comparing people who are at the peak of their career earnings with people who are just starting out. Studies of the distribution of wealth typically have an even bigger problem. They count private savings (such as an IRA or 401(k) account) and private pensions as part of an individual’s wealth. But they ignore Social Security and other entitlement benefits, even though people pay taxes to these programs at the same time they are contributing to their private retirement accounts.

How bureaucrats hide for misdeeds that would jail private citizens. By Richard W. Rahn

Why Is Obama Flooding Small Towns In The Most Conservative Parts Of America With Refugees?
Excerpt: Why are small towns in conservative states being specifically targeted for refugee resettlement?  Of course the Obama administration will never publicly admit that this is happening, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what is going on.  Just look at the uproar that refugee resettlement is now causing in small communities in IdahoMontanaNorth Dakota and Kansas.

EXCLUSIVE: Secret Fed Docs Show Obama Misled Congress, Public During Debt Limit Crises
Excerpt: Federal Reserve Bank of New York officials secretly conducted real-time exercises during the 2011 and 2013 debt-limit crisis that demonstrated the federal government could function during a temporary shutdown by prioritizing spending, even as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew publicly claimed many times that such efforts were “unworkable,” according to a new report by the House Financial Services Committee obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The staff report, to be released Tuesday, charges that Lew and other Obama administration officials deliberately misled Congress and the public during the federal budget and debt limit showdowns in both years. The committee will convene a public hearing on the report Feb. 2. (Show me your shocked face. --Barb)

Religion of Peace News

Lawsuit: Public school forced my child to convert to Islam
Excerpt: .... Wood, who is a Marine veteran, called the school on Oct. 22, 2014 to voice his alarm over his daughter’s assignments. He requested his daughter be allowed to opt-out of the lessons and be given an alternative assignment.  The following day the vice principal told Wood that his daughter was required to take the class and would receive “zeros” on any incomplete assignments even if the assignments violated the family’s religious beliefs and heritage. (TRANSFORMATION!  They have to be carefully taught.  Hitler knew this.  Indoctrinate in the federally supported core regimen.  Reportedly, study of Islam for two weeks; study of Christianity one day, which included insults regarding Christian faith and pope.  This is not the first report of this type of indoctrination and subversive "conversion" of Christian students to Islam as a "religion of peace."  Right.  Public schools using federal education core books/funds now to indoctrinate pro-Muslim.  Take the blinders off, folks.  "Freedom of religion" being used to eliminate the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, praying at sports events by Christians but Muslims working for companies can have areas for prayer rugs and go home x5 per day to pray....Regime is pro-Islam, ANTICHRISTIAN. --Barb)

Obama to meet with Muslims on 1st visit to US mosque
Excerpt: As such, the visit will come during the final year of Obama's two terms in office. The White House said he will go to the Baltimore mosque to "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life." In remarks to be delivered at the mosque, Obama "will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values: welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference and protecting our nation's tradition of religious freedom," the White House said. (Using the Constitution to shred the Constitution.  Article says he is a Christian....Why Baltimore not stated. --Barb)

The US Mosque Obama Has Chosen For His First Presidential Visit Has Deep Extremist Ties
Excerpt: The Baltimore mosque President Obama has chosen as the first U.S.-based mosque to visit during his presidency has deep ties to extremist elements, including to the Muslim Brotherhood....The mosque is a member of a network of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim civil rights group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror case. Several executives with that organization were convicted of sending money to aid the terrorist group Hamas. (RELATED: Here’s A Map Of Radical Mosques In The U.S. [Interactive]) (Another article purported not to know why Obama chose mosque in Baltimore....US regime pro-Muslim Brotherhood, as is HC through Huma. --Barb) 

Islamic State execution room contained stacks of Qur’ans. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: If our moral superiors — John Kerry, David Cameron, Pope Francis, all the rest — weren’t around to remind us that it ain’t so, we might get the crazy idea that the Islamic State had something to do with…Islam.

Sweden to deport 80,000 Muslim migrants, Finland 20,000. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: The “Welcome Refugees” crowd is still in power all over Europe, and will be for the foreseeable future, but reality is beginning to break through, due to the out-of-control savagery of Muslim migrants all over Europe on New Year’s Eve, and so very many other incidents. They thought they could come into Europe and apply Islam’s rules for the seizing and sexual use of Infidel women, and to a shocking degree, they can, so weak and emasculated are European authorities.

UK: Three Muslims gang-raped non-Muslim teen girl in bathroom of hotel where they were celebrating Eid

Boko Haram Jihadis Burn Children Alive, Slay Over 100 Villagers in Nigeria Massacre
Excerpt: One man, who managed to escape by hiding in a tree, said that he could hear the wails of children screaming in the flames.  Residents of the community said the militants stormed into town around 6:20 pm and began their killing spree, which lasted for several hours. During the assault, the jihadis demolished houses and burned livestock once they had pillaged and carried away foodstuffs. (Islamic religion of peace.  Show me your shocked face.  Planned Parenthood more civilized destruction of children, eh? --Barb)

Obama to Speak at Baltimore Mosque Where Imam Condoned Suicide Bombings
Excerpt: President Obama is set to speak next week at a mosque which was led for over a decade by an Imam who justified suicide bombings in some circumstances and who helped found a mosque with ties to Al Qaeda. The President will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday and deliver remarks there, the White House confirmed on Saturday.... The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)–which has been declared a terrorist organization in the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation’s  Hamas-funding operation–welcomed Obama’s decision. (Unindicted because Obama's DOJ would not indict.  (To cite:  “Federal prosecutors have explicitly named CAIR and MAS as Muslim Brotherhood entities, yet the UAE is expressing more public concern about this than the U.S. does," Mauro added. "Whereas they appear in our media and meet with our officials, the UAE views them as extremists unworthy of being treated as representatives of Muslims.” http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/11/17/us-group-cair-added-to-terror-list-by-united-arab-emirates.html) --Barb)

Campaigning on terror. By Mindy Belz
Excerpt: Sen. Rubio of all the GOP candidates has gone to greatest lengths to lay out his foreign policy. In an essay in Foreign Affairs, he wrote it will “take years” for the next president to counter the “residual effects” of Obama’s foreign and defense policies. He argues for building up U.S. military forces to counter ISIS and for negotiations with rogue states like Iran or Russia only from a position of flexing U.S. military might: “President Obama became so publicly opposed to military action that he sacrificed any option that could have conceivably raised the stakes and forced the mullahs into making major concessions,” he wrote of the Iran nuclear agreement.

Wide Open Gates (Europe)

Islamic State beheads teenager for apostasy. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence. This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

Nothing for Kerry? Iran awards medal given to war heroes for capture of U.S. sailors

Miscalculation: Iran Gets Twice As Much In Sanctions Relief, State Department Blames Treasury Department
http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/02/miscalculation-iran-gets-twice-as-much-in-sanctions-relief-state-department-blames-treasury-department/
Excerpt: The White House has been claiming Iran, as part of the nuclear deal with the Obama administration, would only get access to $50 billion immediately but it turns out that number was off by a lot. Iran is now claiming they’ve gained access to $100 billion in frozen assets. ... According to Marie Harf, senior advisor for strategic communications to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Treasury Department’s bad math is to blame.

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Too funny, but sad: Hillary Supporters Endorse KARL MARX as Her Pick for Vice President! - SIGN PETITION TO APPROVE HIM