Saturday, May 23, 2015

Political news for your Memorial Day weekend

Update

Excerpt: Our nation is getting ready to enter the Memorial Day weekend. For some it's an opportunity for a quick mini-vacation out of town, a trip to Disneyland, a back yard barbecue or maybe just a beer fest and watching the car races. For far too many, loved ones of those who've given their lives for this nation, Memorial Day is a day to honor the fallen. Flowers and miniature flags will adorn the graves in a thousand cemeteries across our land. Families will stand or kneel by these graves and recall the moment when that military chaplain walked up to their door wearing a sad and forlorn face. They will recall the wracking sobs they thought would never end as they contemplated living their remaining years without someone who occupied such a large place in their lives. And they, above all, will know the depth of sacrifice offered for the love of country.

Casualty Call

The doorbell rang while she was baking bread.
She glimpsed them through the window by her door,
And slid down weeping to the foyer floor;
Until she let them in he was not dead.
Her husband came to answer it instead.
"Are you okay?" He knew. He'd been to war.
"Mother, are you okay?" he asked once more.
"I'll never be okay again," she said.

Their son was buried two weeks to the day.
The rifles fired, a bugle sounded taps.
She was clear-eyed, her husband wept. Perhaps
He knew the price that they had yet to pay.
They grieved their son for years, then cancer came,
And as he died, he called the dead boy's name.

Robert A. Hall


General News and Comment


Ya Think? Newly Released Emails Cast Doubt on Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Claims. By Sharyl Attkisson
Excerpt: Newly reported emails indicate Hillary Clinton was personally made aware of security dangers in the months leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. That’s according to the House Benghazi Committee, which has obtained 300 long-sought emails from the State Department among tens of thousands under subpoena. The Benghazi Committee says there are a number of emails in which State Department personnel specifically passed along security issues to Clinton in 2011 and 2012 before the attacks. (Not for me; I never believed her, Obama or Rice in the first place. I have always thought that they didn't send help because they feared a firefight in which Muslim civilians would die, the Muslim world would explode, and Obama's reelection prospects hurt. Then they looked for someone to blame, and put a film maker in jail to cover it up. ~Bob)

Hillary Clinton's scandals piling up faster than flakes in a snowstorm
Excerpt: Wading through the daily deluge of Hillary Clinton news, I feel like I’m reading the police blotter. The litany of her shameful shenanigans resembles the litany of neighborhood crimes recorded by cops. There are simply too many to stomach.

Worth Reading: The Rise of House Clinton. By Jonah Goldberg
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418794/rise-house-clinton-jonah-goldberg
Excerpt: At the outset of the 1990s, liberals had worked themselves into a moral panic about sexual harassment. If anything, it was a bigger obsession than the campus-rape panic we’ve been witnessing over the last few years (no doubt in part because there was more factual basis to the problem). Male politicians — Bob Packwood, John Tower, et al. — had their careers summarily ended because of their “womanizing” — a term popularized by Tower’s predations. ... Then, the country was presented with proof, incremental and suggestive at first, overwhelming and indisputable by the end of the decade, that Bill Clinton was an irrepressible and irresponsible sexual predator, at least by the moral and evidentiary standards established by feminist activists and the press corps that loves them. And, rather than face the consequences of applying their own principles consistently, they prostrated themselves to the Oval Office. Gloria Steinem raced to the pages of the New York Times to advance the “one free grope” rule. (This is yesterday's "Goldberg File" which I referenced. it is worth subscribing to. ~Bob)

Maureen Reagan for Hillary?
I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as unqualified as some of the men who are already there.


Political Correctness Has Destroyed The Army’s Readiness And Morale. By Ray Sarmann
Excerpt: The U.S. Army is facing its greatest danger as an institution since the 1970’s. Stricken with morale and readiness problems, it is also under attack from leftist social engineers who are determined to remake the Army, even if they have to destroy it. In the 1980’s, men who carried the burden of terrible lessons learned in Vietnam rebuilt the U.S. Army. They created a spectacularly professional force that annihilated Saddam’s legions in a defeat not seen since Agincourt. That Army is nearly extinct.

Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say
Excerpt: Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue. As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be. Analysts said the “yes” support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday.

Excerpt: Why do our “best and brightest” fail when faced with a man like Putin? Or with charismatic fanatics? Or Iranian negotiators? Why do they misread our enemies so consistently, from Hitler and Stalin to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph?
The answer is straightforward: Social insularity: Our leaders know fellow insiders around the world; our enemies know everyone else. The mandarin’s distaste for physicality: We are led through blood-smeared times by those who’ve never suffered a bloody nose. And last but not least, bad educations in our very best schools: Our leadership has been educated in chaste political theory, while our enemies know, firsthand, the stuff of life.

VIDEO: Teacher Decided to Stomp on the American Flag, But the Locals Came Out in Full Force
Excerpt: An anti-American teacher at an Illinois high school ignited a firestorm of controversy when he decided that during class, he would use an American flag as a pointing tool to teach that day’s lesson. But after one student bravely and correctly pointed out that using Old Glory for a pointing device was disrespectful, the immature teacher became angry for being called out and proceeded to drop the flag on the ground and stomp on it like a toddler throwing a fit for being denied a cookie.

Dad Who Died in the Line of Duty Couldn’t Be at the Big Game, So Here’s Who Showed Up Instead
Excerpt: A Houston police officer who was protecting innocent citizens was tragically killed in the line of duty Monday, just one day before he would have watched his son pitch in a little league baseball game the following night. ... Martin’s 11-year-old son decided to go ahead and pitch for his baseball team, the Texas Hawks, Tuesday night in honor of his heroic father — but as he began pitching, he noticed in the stands that he wasn’t alone, as dozens of Houston police officers showed up in uniform to show their respect for their fallen colleague and cheer the young pitcher.

U.S. Preparation Lagging to Battle Potentially Devastating EMP. A report has found that up to nine out of 10 Americans could die from a long-term blackout as a result of starvation and societal collapse.
http://pjmedia.com/blog/u-s-preparation-lagging-to-battle-potentially-devastating-emp/#ixzz3avYZ1rqt
Excerpt: A warning bell is being sounded urging the federal government to take the steps necessary to prepare for an electromagnetic pulse that could cause massive blackouts and damage the nation’s electric grid. Experts maintain an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) resulting from a high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon high above the jet stream — perhaps by a rogue state — or a geomagnetic “super storm” caused by the sun could conceivably lead to a blackout lasting months or even years. A 2008 report by the congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse found that up to nine out of 10 Americans could die from a long-term blackout as a result of starvation and societal collapse. (Still citing a 7-year-old report? No newer info? Keep seeing those subliminal National Ad propaganda pieces to "get a disaster plan" but to what point? Bend over and kiss your....goodbye. Sun has been unusually quiet....They'll have to blame it on something else....Barb. We don't need an EMP for collapse. Debt and unfunded liabilities, perhaps $300T, will produce fiscal, economic, political and social collapse soon enough. Every day, it gets more painful to fix, but long term the pain will be unbelievable. ~Bob)

Air Force Decides Not To Court-Martial General Who Mentioned God
Excerpt: The Air Force disagrees. According to a spokesman for the service, Lt. Col. Pete Hughes, Olson did not breach Instruction 1-1 dealing with the exercise of religion....Commenting on the National Day of Prayer controversy, Rev. Franklin Graham, a prominent evangelical Christian leader, said in a Facebook post that “this group would’ve tried to court martial George Washington when he prayed at Valley Forge!

A government of thieves: Truck owner wants DEA to pay up after botched sting
Excerpt: Commandeered by one of his drivers, who was secretly working with federal agents, the truck had been hauling marijuana from the border as part of an undercover operation. And without Patty's knowledge, the Drug Enforcement Administration was paying his driver, Lawrence Chapa, to use the truck to bust traffickers. At least 17 hours before that early morning phone call, Chapa was shot dead in front of more than a dozen law enforcement officers - all of them taken by surprise by hijackers trying to steal the red Kenworth T600 truck and its load of pot. ... But eight months later, Patty still can't get recompense from the U.S. government's decision to use his truck and employee without his permission.

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Thus, a people may prefer a free government, but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out of it; if by momentary discouragement, or temporary panic, or a fit of enthusiasm for an individual, they can be induced to lay their liberties at the feet even of a great man, or trust him with powers which enable him to subvert their institutions; in all these cases they are more or less unfit for liberty: and though it may be for their good to have had it even for a short time, they are unlikely long to enjoy it. --John Stuart Mill

Funny, from the left: Rush to Judgment. By Gail Collins
Excerpt: Time flies when you’re having fun. Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July and then, the next thing you know, it will be Aug. 6, the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and the date of the first Republican presidential debate. ... Fox News, which is hosting the debate, doesn’t want more than 10 people on stage, and that’s a challenge because the number of Republican hopefuls is somewhere between 15 and 2,376. There are two ways to think about this. One is that having 10 debaters is still ridiculous. It’ll be like a playground fight conducted entirely by middle-aged people in suits. (Personally, I think they should skip the debates until the field gets down to four or five after the first primaries. ~Bob)

Puerto Rico's Massive Anti-Austerity Protests Ignored By U.S. Mainland Media
Excerpt: Students in Puerto Rico launched mass protests this week against the governor's attempt to slash some $166 million from the University of Puerto Rico’s budget. That's about one-fifth of the funding for the island's main public university system. College students and their supporters flooded the streets in the capitol of San Juan on Wednesday, where they were met by a police presence that included a SWAT team. A video posted to Facebook by one of the activists appeared to show a police officer striking a protester with a baton. ... Tensions flared even higher on Wednesday after reports that an explosive had detonated near the governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza. No one was hurt by it, and police later described it as a small, improvised “chemical bomb” made of a soda bottle filled with acid and a piece of aluminum, according to Puerto Rican daily El Nuevo Día. Police said they did not know whether the explosion was directly related to the protests.

Rising Dragon News

US warns China not to challenge military flights over South China Sea
Excerpt: The U.S. warned China Thursday against confronting U.S. aerial patrols over the South China Sea days after a verbal dispute between a Chinese military dispatcher and a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Navy released two videos and an audio recording of the confrontation, which took place on Wednesday when the Chinese dispatcher demanded eight times that the Navy P8-A Poseidon leave the area as it flew over Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Island chain, where China has conducted extensive reclamation work. (And if they shoot down one of our planes, what will we do? Stop borrowing from them to feed the deficit? ~Bob)

China declares victory in US surveillance overflight
Excerpt: China declared victory on Friday over an encounter with a US surveillance aircraft overflying the contested South China Sea, saying its military "drove away" the intruder with radio warnings. Beijing is in the throes of a rapid land-reclamation programme in the area, building artificial islands and facilities including an airstrip -- raising tensions with Washington and the risk of a standoff on the high seas.

China, Peru and Brazil mull Amazon railway
Excerpt: A Chinese scheme to build an east-west railway across South America, cutting across parts of the Amazon rain forest, has moved a step closer after Peru agreed to study the proposal.
The scheme would link Peru's Pacific coast with Brazil's Atlantic shores. The decision came after talks between the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala.

Hewlett-Packard sells China unit stake for $2.3bn
Excerpt: US tech giant Hewlett-Packard is selling a 51% stake in its Chinese server business for $2.3bn (£1.4bn) to Tsinghua Holdings. The deal brings together HP with the investment arm of China's Tsinghua University in a joint venture called H3C, worth $4.5bn. The new firm is being touted as the leader in China for computer servers, storage and technology services.

Race Card News

Shocking statistics about black slavery liberals will NEVER admit. By Allen West 
Excerpt: When we look at the failures in the black community today, there seem to be lots of “activists” who want to tell us the problem lies in poor police relations — militant policing and presence. About two weeks ago I was on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. The issue was about the black community and the other guests ranted on about everything other than what the real problem is — the decimation of the black family. Now, I must apologize because I’ve been sharing that the illegitimacy rate in the black community was 72 percent. I was wrong. It’s now 75 percent.

Do #BlackLivesMatter? 17 shot—2 fatally—in bloody start to Memorial Day weekend
Excerpt: Two men were killed and at least 15 other people—including a 4-year-old girl—have been wounded in shootings across Chicago so far this Memorial Day weekend, police said. ... The girl was shot in the head and taken to Comer Children's Hospital, where she was in critical condition, authorities said. The teen was shot in the chest and grazed by a bullet in the neck. He was in serious condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. (Only if shot by a white cop. ~Bob)

White House: Racism, Hatred And Violence 'All Too Common On The Internet'
During the White House press briefing yesterday, a New York Times reporter questioned Press Secretary Josh Earnest about President Obama’s new @POTUS Twitter handle, pointing out that many “hateful,” “overtly racist,” comments as well as “violent” and “disturbing” images had been directed at him from other Twitter users. “Has there been any discussion among him and his advisors or here at the White House about whether these kinds of conversations should be tolerated, if these people should be blocked?” the reporter asked. “Unfortunately, those kinds of images and that kind of language is (sic) all too common on the Internet,” Josh Earnest admitted, adding that reporters might be familiar with unsavory material in their own Twitter feeds. (Mr. Earnest, like many in the US, needs remedial grammar class. "Images AND ... language" (2 things) ARE, not is.... FWIW. I know, hateful. --Barb)

DOJ Official: Slavery to Blame for Riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. This lunacy is mainstream thought at the Department of Justice.
http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2015/05/19/doj-official-slavery-to-blame-for-riots-in-ferguson-and-baltimore/#ixzz3avUddhf6
Excerpt: Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, has told a lawyers group in Colorado that slavery and Jim Crow helped fuel the Ferguson and Baltimore riots. The last few days have seen a number of fanciful stories with the Obama administration seemingly questioning the authority of local police. I’ve long maintained that the administration is nakedly seeking to federalize policing standards — but get rid of local police? (During the period when 500000 black slaves were brought to North America, a million white slaves and perhaps as many black ones were taken to Muslim North Africa. I want reparations or I'll loot the local CVS! ~Bob)

Undocumented Democrat News

Democrats Call For 'Flood' Of Muslims To U.S. 'We must dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept'
Excerpt: A group of 14 Democrat senators has written a letter to President Obama urging him to “dramatically increase” the number of Syrian refugees being resettled into American cities and towns. They say the U.S. needs to take in at least 65,000 Syrians as permanent refugees over the next year-and-a-half. “While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement,” says the four-page letter to Obama, copied to Secretary of State John Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. (Report indicates 90% will be Muslim. Remember the hard time they gave the Christian nun who had been persecuted? They were afraid she would lie and not return to be beheaded and/or raped. But heh, Muslim, carte blanche step to the head of the line. Those signing purportedly include Durbin, Feinstein....--Barb. What % will be Islamic Supremacists, ready to "slay and be slain for Allah"? ~Bob)

Religion of Peace News

Excerpt: But some of the most compelling details in those emails regarding Clinton’s conduct were in regards to the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. The emails that the White House regarded Clinton as the “public face of the U.S. effort in Libya” in 2012. “She was instrumental in security the authorization, building the coalition, and tightening the noose around Qadhafi and his regime.” The White House noted that Clinton had been a “critical voice on Libya,” working closely with the president, NATO, and a number of contact groups both during the coalition intervention and in its aftermath. And when officials received a presidential briefing three days after the September 11, 2012 attack that took the life of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, Hillary Clinton was asleep.

7 Best Political Cartoons That Show the White House’s ISIS Strategy is a Total Joke

Excerpt: The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) claims Saddam Hussein’s nephew Ibrahim al-Sabawi died near Baiji fighting for the terrorist group. The militants hope to capture a key oil refinery in the town.

Michelle Obama Gets Chilling Mention in Islamic State Magazine Article, ‘Slave-Girls or Prostitutes?’ By Dave Urbanski
Excerpt: The lengthy piece — from the section “From Our Sisters” — lays out the Islamic State’s justification for taking girls as slaves and having sex with them, arguing that it’s much better than prostitution. “Are slave-girls we took by Allah’s command better, or prostitutes — an evil you do not denounce — who are grabbed by the quasi men in the lands of kufr where you live?” It then decries the notion that taking girls as slaves is a violation of human rights and that “copulation with her” is equal to rape. Finally, after declaring that slave markets will be “established against the will of the politically ‘correct,’” the authors bring the first lady into the picture: ”And who knows? Maybe Michelle Obama’s price wont even exceed a third of a dinar, and a third of a dinar is too much for her!”

Worth Reading: Islamic State expands its 'state.' By Samia Nakhoul
Excerpt: To the eyes of many in the region, the real strategic loss behind the IS seizure of two Sunni cities in Iraq and Syria in a week is the evaporation of any Sunni alternative to the jihadis. Although many leaders dismissed IS as vainglorious when it declared its cross-border caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq last summer, in its cohesion and purpose it is now seen by some – particularly Iraq’s minority Sunnis – as more of a state than the Iraqi government it is fighting.

Worth Reading: Jihadi bride: “I rejoiced when we had our first sex slave.” by Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6) The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:

New Jersey Muslim gets life in prison for murder he initially blamed on “Islamophobia. ” By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: When this murder initially happened, I received this Tweet from a certain Jawad Rasul. It said: Thank You @pamelageller and @jihadwatchRS, If you have any humanity, you might ponder over this! nyp.st/phBJuX via @newyorkpost. The link went to a story about a murder in New Jersey. Why were Pamela Geller and I being blamed for a murder when we obviously had nothing to do with it or any other murder? The answer was obvious: Islamic supremacists never miss a chance to position Muslims as victims so as to deflect attention away from jihad terror and try to place Islam and the Muslim community beyond reasonable scrutiny. 

The Hour Is Later than We Think. Compassion for migrants must not overrule national survival.
http://pjmedia.com/blog/later-than-we-think/#ixzz3avSxxagu
Excerpt: The migratory invasion of Europe, uncannily but presciently foreseen in Jean Raspail’s much derided 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints, is now taking place with near-irresistible force on the shores of that beleaguered continent. As National Post columnist Matthew Fisher reports, “Europe is in a deep quandary over how to respond to a huge and growing influx of desperate migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.”... At the same time, one must also remember that the overwhelming majority of asylum seekers form part of a vast transfer of Muslim populations to Europe, and that Christians in their midst have been thrown overboard. (And radical Muslims noted to sit separately but be mixing in with the tide, not carefully scrutinized by EU, Italy, etc. --Barb)

Excerpt: Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: This Friday, hours before Shabbat is set to begin and one day before the holiday of Shavuot starts, President Obama walked into a D.C. synagogue and proceeded to tell Jews that their religious texts and traditions compel them to give away Israeli land for the creation of a Palestinian state....Do we give the impression of being such pushovers that we turn our pulpits over to world leaders who crap on our identity and manipulate our covenant with God to suit their own personal political agendas?

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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

Friday, May 22, 2015

A LOT of worth-reading political news and opinion

Update

The true meaning of Memorial Day
https://www.youtube.com/embed/JKqT0-3JV5E

General News and Comment


ABCs of being Marine. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: For this Memorial Day weekend, that for many begins tomorrow, the ABCs of being Marine. Impossible is explaining being Marine. Marines know - it's not abstract. 

Leaked Emails Confirm Hillary Had Highly Sensitive Info On Private Emails. By Alex Griswold
Excerpt: Emails leaked to The New York Times confirms what many critics have suspected: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s insecure private email server contained highly sensitive information. “Mrs. Clinton’s emails show that she had a special type of government information known as ‘sensitive but unclassified,’ or ‘SBU,’ in her account,” the Times reports. “That information included the whereabouts and travel plans of American officials in Libya as security there deteriorated during the uprising against the leadership of Col. Muammar el­ Qaddafi in 2011.”

Liberal says Hillary Clinton Destroyed Libya. By Onan Coca
http://freedomforce.com/3764/liberal-hillary-clinton-destroyed-libya/
Excerpt: Wow. Chris Hayes at MSNBC is on a roll recently. Just last week he admitted that America is indeed a Christian nation and that Christianity has been under attack in recent days. Now, he’s turned his attention to Hillary Clinton and wonders why no one is talking about the fact that Hillary Clinton played a major role in DESTROYING LIBYA!?!

Excerpt: Michael Gerson points out that Hillary Clinton is indeed running on a big issue: A declaration that the ethical standards for openness, honesty, and financial self-interest for our elected leaders are way too high, and it is time she and the people around her be enabled to pursue what they want, when they want, however they want, with no disclosure whatsoever. ...

First, the dead cat of lies. By Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File
If Hillary Clinton wanted these e-mails out ASAP, she would not have printed them out and delivered hard copies — some double-sided, some not, for extra inconvenience — to the State Department. She would have handed over an easily searchable hard drive. Heck, she still has electronic versions of the e-mails. She could hand them over today if she wanted to expedite the process. But that’s not the plan.

Clinton got now-classified Benghazi info on private email
Excerpt: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified. The email in question, forwarded to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff, Jake Sullivan, relates to reports of arrests in Libya of possible suspects in the attack. Because the information was not classified at the time the email was sent, no laws were violated. But Friday's redaction shows that Clinton received information considered sensitive on her unsecured personal server, which came to light just as she was beginning her presidential campaign. (Her account HAD to have been hacked. ~Bob)

In just five weeks, Hillary has had a lifetime quota of scandals. By Michael Greson
Excerpt: This attribute of backbone in a dubious cause — in a very different moral context — has been on full display in Hillary Clinton’s presidential launch. Everybody knows that there are no secrets in the age of Snowden and that transparency is now a requirement for the political class. But Clinton conducts public business on a private server, destroys 30,000 e-mails of her choosing and provides the rest in boxes of unsearchable paper records. Everyone knows that social media and the 24-hour news cycle create an insatiable demand for content, which presidential campaigns must strive to fill. Clinton grants media access in frothy little dollops even as large controversies unfold.

Worth Reading: I Don't Believe Hillary Clinton. Rare news conference doesn't address credibility gap.
Excerpt: I don't believe her because I've covered the Clintons since the 1980s and know how dedicated they are to what former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry called "telling the truth slowly." The fact is that she would rather delay the document dump until early 2016—and then have the email released on a single day to overwhelm the media and allow her to declare herself exonerated. That was her strategic choice, Clinton advisers confirmed for me, until a federal judge ordered the State Department on Tuesday to release the email in stages.

Liberal MSNBC Host: Hillary’s Emails Were ‘Designed To Defy The Law’ [VIDEO]

Emails reportedly show confidant told Clinton Benghazi attack planned by fighters tied to Al Qaeda
Excerpt: A longtime Clinton confidant reportedly advised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two days after the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that an Al Qaeda-tied group had planned the deadly assault and used a protest as cover -- but despite this warning, Clinton's U.N. ambassador went on to publicly claim the attack was "spontaneous." The guidance from ex-Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal was contained in a memo sent Sept. 13, according to The New York Times. It is the latest documentation effectively contradicting the administration's early narrative that the attack was driven by protests over an anti-Islam Internet video -- and raising questions over why officials stuck to that story for days. 

Insiders: Benghazi testimony works to Hillary's advantage. Democrats are confident about her performance while Republicans worry GOP House members will overplay their hand. By Katie Glueck
Excerpt: Three out of four Democratic insiders in the early states believe testifying before Congress about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, will work to Hillary Clinton’s advantage. (If history is any guide, they’re right. It has less to do with Hillary’s skills as a witness (which the Democrats emphasize) and more to do with Republican incompetence at these things. I’ve lost count of how many times Republicans have screwed up hearings like this by mugging for the cameras, spouting off one-liners designed for fundraising e-mails, and using up precious time on mini-speeches that only help the witness run out the clock. Very few Republicans are skilled at interrogating witnesses. --Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File)
Excerpt: The awkward part came when Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin asked the room, “What did she accomplish that you consider significant as secretary of state?” The answers — or rather, the replies, since no one had an answer — were awkward to say the least. “I really can’t name anything off the top of my head,” one squirming Democrat admitted. “Give me a minute. Give me two minutes. Go to someplace else,” another Iowa Democrat pleaded. A third let the uncomfortable silence play out for as long as she could before confessing, “No.” One young man offered the most grudging endorsement he could. “She’s been at a high level in numerous offices for about 25 years now. It’s either going to be that or it’s going to be Scott Walker . . . destroying America’s unions.

Bill Clinton-era tax break bill back to haunt Hillary
Excerpt: In a January 2000 memo to Hillary Clinton from senior aides, plans for a "philanthropy tax initiative roll-out" showed her scrawled approval, "HRC" and "OK." (...) But in directly pushing the legislation while the Clinton Library was aggressively seeking donations, Hillary and Bill Clinton's altruistic support for philanthropy overlapped with their interests promoting their White House years and knitting ties with philanthropic leaders. Hundreds of pages of documents contain no evidence that anyone in the Clinton administration raised warnings about potential ethics concerns or sought to minimize the White House's active role in the legislation. (First, notice this is from the Associated Press by way of liberal-leaning AOL/Huffington Post. Second, when reading the article note the clear tone of disapproval. Although the article mentions some Republican presidents, THEY ARE NOT USED TO EXCUSE the Clintons’ "lack of sensitivity to appearances." I can’t believe this story would’ve been published six months ago. Is the media finally figuring out they’ve been had again and again by these people? Are they finally tired enough of it to do some real reporting? I think Hillary might be in trouble. Ron P.)

The Clintons made $700,000 from speeches the day after Hillary’s ‘dead broke’ comments. By Philip Bump 
Excerpt: On January 6, 2014, Hillary Clinton gave a speech on behalf of GE at an event in Boca Raton, Fla. For her time, she received $220,500 -- meaning that, six days into the year, the Clintons' household income was already four times the median for 2014. As is now well known, that was not the last speech a Clinton gave last year. The Post has tracked those appearances and the fees they generated. We took that data and plotted it by calendar day.

Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments
Excerpt: The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups. The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign. The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. (Did I use this already? There are so many scandal revelations about Hillary coming so fast, I can't remember which I've seen before. ~Bob)

Looks like Jim Webb is in

The fight against child sex trafficking in Cambodia is far from over
Excerpt: “You can go Cambodia, Phnom Penh. The place is called Svay Pak. There are many there you can try. Age around 6 to 16. Depending on what u want to do. I find 12 to 14 year olds the best as they are freshest and is becoming a grown up girl soon. Innocent too. :) and very curious about sex.” This is a milder excerpt from e-mails sent to an undercover police officer. They came from a Singaporean pedophile named Chan Chun Hong who was planning to visit Svay Pak, Cambodia, to have sex with children. (Whoopi would say it's "not rape rape." ~Bob)


How a former Virginia lawmaker made a bad situation even worse, in 1 picture
Excerpt: Let’s dissect this, shall we? To the right stands former Virginia delegate Joe Morrissey, 57, a Democrat running for a Virginia state Senate seat as an Independent after Democratic Party officials rejected his attempt to seek office. Joining Morrissey are his 19-year-old receptionist, Myrna Pride, and their 9-week-old son Chase, a child Morrissey publicly acknowledged as his son for the first time Wednesday.

Democrats: The Party Of Fraud. By Michael Bargo Jr.
Excerpt: The managers of the Cancer Fund of America used the proceeds to take vacations, give themselves high salaries, new cars and directed very little to the actual treatment of cancer.
This comes just two weeks after it was revealed that the Clinton Foundation has been doing exactly the same thing, but an FTC case has yet to be opened. This sounds very much like the way Bill and Hillary Clinton use the money from their Clinton Foundation. Only ten percent of the $252 million raised from 2011 to 2013 went to charitable grants. Instead they give their employees elaborate salaries, pay for their travel on private jets, expensive hotel rooms and so on. ... Illinois now has 8,000 retired government workers who earn more than $100,000 a year in their pension, and this number will increase to 20,000 retirees by 2020. Someone needs to pay for it. Including those who earn minimum wage. So the minimum wage earners who believed that Pat Quinn wanted to help them not only were hustled out of their vote but are being hustled, with every paycheck, out of 1.8% of their minimum wage pay and are being forced to contribute to the pensions of those getting $100,000 a year. Democrats talk of redistributing income but in reality all they do is redistribute debt. 

GOP Populism. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
I was chatting with a couple of bright minds last night, veterans of the conservative-media world and political campaigns, who observed that the mood of the Republican party has rarely been more populist. We concluded that the GOP has some good reason to feel populist! One of the biggest problems facing the country, one worsening in the past two decades or so, is an increasingly inter-connected network of political, economic, and cultural elites that is increasingly brazen in pursuit of its own self-interest. Progressive don’t really care if they live up to their own “rules” on paying taxes, paying minimum wage, making sexist comments or mistreating women, forsaking gun ownership, carbon emissions, use of public schools, or watering their lawns during California’s drought. They are quite comfortable with the concept, with special rights and privileges that the general public doesn’t get to enjoy.

Manchin on Congress: ‘We Never Acknowledge We’ve Made a Mistake.’ By Nicholas Ballasy
Excerpt: Manchin told the audience the federal government should be re-checking individuals receiving disability checks each month. “We’ve got more people signing up for total disability than ever before,” he said. “Why aren’t we re-checking them? Why not make them come back to reevaluate if they are still totally disabled? You’re getting a lifetime reward, a lifetime check – that’s the jackpot. You’ve done hit the lottery, and those types of things we need to look at.”

Too Funny: Solitary Prison cell size Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Here is the person Obama put in charge of the Federal Prison System! What you are about to see and hear is the Obama-appointed "Director of Federal Prisons" of the United States appearing before the Senate about Federal Prisons. He is questioned by Sen. Al Franken, a friend and strong supporter of President Obama. This short video will, if nothing else, demonstrate why this administration is near chaos. Are all Obama appointees this stupid? Video is approximately 2 minutes. --Anon.

Warren was paid up to $90,000 as witness in 2000 trade case. The senator who wants to keep an investor dispute process out of the Pacific trade deal was an expert witness in the same kind of case 15 years ago. By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Doug Palmer
Excerpt: Elizabeth Warren is trying to kill President Barack Obama’s trade agenda by raising the specter that foreign companies could use an investor-friendly arbitration system to circumvent the U.S. court system. But she hasn’t discussed her own role 15 years ago in the arbitration system she opposes — as a paid expert witness earning as much as $90,000 from the U.S. government.

Rising Dragon News

Navy Unveils Video of Manmade Islands in South China Sea
Excerpt: Defying Chinese orders to get lost, a Navy P-8 patrol plane flew over the reefs Beijing is turning into full-fledged footholds.

Has China Eclipsed America as World’s Superpower? By Christopher N. Malagisi 
Excerpt: In an issue that gets little attention these days, we sat down with Dr. Michael Pillsbury, author of The Hundred Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, to discuss his new book and if China has really surpassed the US as the world’s superpower. Dr. Pillsbury is an expert on US-China relations and was previously the Assistant Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning in the Reagan administration responsible for implementation of the program of covert aid known as the “Reagan Doctrine.” (I recently read The Hundred Year Marathon and rate it a "must read." ~Bob)

Columbia Grads with MA in Statistics--Notice anything?

Excerpt: While admitting that reaching agreement between the two countries will be difficult to achieve, George Soros - speaking at The World Bank's Bretton Woods conference this week - warned that unless the U.S. makes 'major concessions' and allows China's currency to join the IMF's basket of currencies, "there is a real danger China will align itself with Russia politically and militarily, and then the threat of world war becomes real." (Excuse me, George. There is no "danger that China will align itself with Russia politically and militarily." Unless you were fast asleep during the recent joint exercises in the Mediterranean and the obvious show of military solidarity in Red Square, with thousands of Chinese and Russian soldiers marching in full view of the world, then you ought to know that these two countries have already firmly aligned with each other! Yes, George, of course the RMB must join the basket of currencies, but even if it does not, the RMB has already been accepted with open arms by all of our "allies," who, unlike the US, have established RMB clearing centers in their capitals. I pointed that out here http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/141219 back in December of last year. Like the US government, George is leading from behind. When almost all US allies were weighing joining the Chinese bank AIIB, Obama warned them not to be so hasty. But they ignored this empty warning. So what did Obama do? He led from behind and joined the AIIB. He had no choice. The rest of the world is making all of our major choices for the US government and toadies like Soros. Soros' statements on this were useless. Any analyst worth his salt knew that. He is pretending to make predictions but in reality he is reciting recent history. What a phony! --Don Hank. When Soros wants something, there is ALWAYS a cash payoff for him in it. ~Bob)

Gun News


Man shot, hospitalized during alleged home break-in near Troup
Excerpt: One man is facing several charges after he allegedly broke into a family's home in the Troup area and was shot by one of the homeowners during a fight Tuesday. ... The suspect followed the man back inside his home, and the fighting continued. The homeowner's wife ordered the suspect to stop and leave, but when the suspect continued the attack, she shot him once, according to the sheriff's office. 

Excerpt: Police say a man who caught an alleged burglar breaking into his truck pulled out a gun and shot him.

Worth Reading: A Liberal Woman Admits She Has a Gun And It's Awesome. By Katie Pavlich
Excerpt: When I get asked about how to change the perspective of an anti-gunner, particularly on the left, I always tell people to extend an invitation to the shooting range. Why? If the invitation is accepted, the person you take will more than likely have a fantastic time and will want to go again. This can eventually lead to their first gun purchase and the rest become history. But most importantly, taking them to the range allows them to find out that the media has been lying to them about guns for years.

Video: Suspect’s Attempt to Carjack Gun Owner Goes Very Wrong — but Watch Until the End to See Cops’ Reaction. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: “You know what this is,” the man reportedly said, seemingly letting his “victim” know it was a carjacking. Before he could say another word, Fannin pulled his firearm and pointed it at the suspect, identified as 61-year-old Edgar Horn. He proceeded to hold his would-be alleged carjacker at gunpoint until police arrived — and a bystander caught it all on video.

Armed Robbery Suspect Shot
Excerpt: It's the third time Sam's Mini Mart has been robbed. But this time, one of the robbers didn't get off so easily. Sam Alamari, who owns the store, says his brother showed up after the two men forced their way inside and shot at the robbers, hitting one of the men multiple times, in the leg and lower back. Sam says that man should feel lucky he wasn't the one shooting. "It's me, I'm not going to shoot him in the legs, I'm going to shoot him in the head," he says. "There's nobody coming to me because you know me, I'm going to shoot him, I'm going to kill him."

Race Card News

Racist Georgia? Dr. Ben Carson Wins Georgia Straw Poll for President in Stunning Landslide! By Onan Coca 
Excerpt: Where might you expect to find Dr. Ben Carson’s stronghold of support? Look no further than the deep south, where in my home state of Georgia, the GOP Presidential candidate scored a stunning victory in the 2015 Georgia State Convention Straw Poll. Dr. Carson won just over 76% of the convention vote easily dominating Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) who came in 2ndand 3rd with 7% and 6% of the vote respectively. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) rounded out the top 5 in support.

Officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray
Excerpt: The state's attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.

New York Times Stumbles onto the Truth About Baltimore... Discovers why blacks riot. By Jared Taylor
Excerpt: Near the famous burned-out CVS–the city had begged the company to “invest” in a dodgy neighborhood–the Times reporter found someone it identified as “Robert Wilson, a college student who went to high school in Baltimore.” The article concludes with Mr. Wilson’s explanation of why blacks rioted. He said nothing about Freddie Gray or police brutality. Instead, he said this: We’re just angry at the surroundings–like this is all that is given to us?–and we’re tired of this, like nobody wants to wake up and see broken-down buildings. They take away the community centers, they take away our fathers, and now we have traffic lights that don’t work, we have houses that are crumbling, falling down. This quote almost perfectly captures the black mentality that leads to rioting. Blacks live in neighborhoods that they, themselves, have wrecked, and then ask, “This is all that is given to us?”

When you don't back the police...Baltimore's mayor: Spike in crime 'disheartening'
Excerpt: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the city's recent spike in violence “disheartening” Thursday as police work to address a dramatic increase in homicides and nonfatal shootings. “It’s extremely frustrating,” the mayor told reporters at a news conference. “It is disheartening, but I am still resolved to continue to reduce violent crime in our city.” (...they back off on crime. ~Bob)

Batts: Police having trouble policing West Baltimore
Excerpt: Police are struggling to stop violence in West Baltimore, where officers have been routinely surrounded by dozens of people, video cameras and hostility while doing basic police work since the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said Wednesday. The Western District, the site of Gray's arrest and the epicenter of the protests and rioting that followed his death, has seen the majority of the city's recent shootings and homicides, which are coming faster than they have in eight years. (Gee, what a surprise. The thugs know that they act with impunity if they harass police; cops know they will be gigged on and claimed racism. What did they expect? ~Bob)

Worth Reading: The Collapse of Baltimore City. By Newt Gingrich
Excerpt: Fact: The last Republican city council member in Baltimore City left office in 1942.
That is 73 years of solid Democrat city councils. Fact: The last Republican mayor of Baltimore City left office in 1967. That is 48 years of unbroken control of the mayor’s office. Fact: The Maryland Senate is currently 33 Democrats to 14 Republicans. Fact: The Maryland House is currently 90 Democrats to 50 Republicans. Fact: The last time Republicans held both the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates was 1897. Fact: The last time Republicans held even one chamber of the Maryland General Assembly–the House–was 1917. That is unbroken Democrat control of the Maryland legislature since 1918–or nearly a century of Democrat control. Fact: 7 out of 8 members of the Maryland delegation in the U.S. House are Democrats. Fact: Last Republican U.S. Senator from Maryland was elected in 1980.

Pay Close Attention to What Handcuffed Baltimore Suspect Seems to Do After He Sees News Camera. By Jason Howerton
Excerpt: “My back! My back!” the suspect started screaming. The man’s condition was unclear, but viewers immediately accused the suspect of attempting to fake the injury. WMAR-TV’s anchor also noticed that the man went to the ground after seemingly seeing their camera on the scene.

#CutTheCheck: Hired Ferguson Rioters are Angry They Haven’t Received Paycheck
Excerpt: “Black Lives Matter” protesters who were apparently hired to cause a ruckus in Ferguson, Missouri, say they are angry because they haven’t been paid for their hard work. The hired protesters held a sit-in last week outside the offices of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) – the re-branded Missouri branch of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)—after the group allegedly stopped paying them.

Court Affidavit: Suspect in DC quadruple murder did not act alone
Excerpt: Authorities revealed Friday that more than one person must have been responsible for the slayings of four people inside a Washington family's mansion last week. A fugitive task force arrested Daron Dylon Wint Thursday night, and took five people who were with him into custody. Wint, is the only person currently charged with the murder of Savvas Savopoulos; his wife Amy; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa. ... Wint was convicted of assaulting one girlfriend in Maryland in 2009, and he pleaded guilty the next year to malicious destruction of property after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman and her infant daughter, breaking into her apartment, stealing a television and vandalizing her car. (Why was he on the street? Black Privilege? ~Bob)

Son of Popular Democrat Politician Commits Violent Crime while on Probation - Gets More Probation. By Onan Coca
Excerpt: Son to D.C.’s infamous ‘Mayor for Life’ Marion Barry pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault charges stemming from a January outburst in which he threw a trash can at a teller in a downtown bank. Despite already being on probation, Marion Christopher Barry was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation and mandatory attendance of anger management classes, NBC4 Washington reported. Barry was on probation for DUI and drug possession charges dating back to last year, which forced him in to another hearing Wednesday to face contempt of court charges. (Black Privilege? ~Bob)

Obamacare/Government Healthcare News

Surprise: Insurers Anticipate Significant 2016 Obamacare Premium Hikes. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: In recent weeks, large insurers selling coverage through Obamacare have proposed massive rate increases for 2016 – even exceeding 40 percent – because they haven't been able to sign up enough young and healthy customers. This is an ominous sign for the future of Obamacare, because two federal programs that were supposed to act as training wheels for insurers in the early years of Obamacare by absorbing excess risk are set to expire after 2016.

Obamacare expansion cash could fill huge highway funding gap. By Jason Hart
Excerpt: Are Republicans willing to increase taxes or cut infrastructure spending to keep federal taxpayers on the hook for Obamacare expansion? Congressman Bruce Westerman hopes not, and the Republican freshman from Arkansas is offering another option. Westerman will introduce a bill Thursday to patch a hole in the Highway Trust Fund with money saved by reducing Obamacare expansion’s federal match rate to traditional Medicaid levels.

"You're Greener than Gore" News


Climate Blockbuster: New Nasa Data Shows Polar Ice Has Not Receded Since 1979. Global warming alarmists claimed Arctic ice cap would be gone by now, but sea ice is 5% above 35 year average
Excerpt: NASA has updated its data from satellite readings, revealing that the planet’s polar ice caps have not retreated significantly since 1979, when measurements began.
Indeed, the polar ice has, for almost three years now, remained above the 35 year average.

Former UN Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate. By Michael Bastasch
Excerpt: Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author. Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century.

Polar Ice Caps Put a Freeze on Alarmist Narrative. By Jordan Candler 
Excerpt: What should be more alarming is how quickly polar ice has increased over the last few years. According to Taylor, “In late 2012 … polar ice dramatically rebounded and quickly surpassed the post-1979 average. Ever since, the polar ice caps have been at a greater average extent than the post-1979 mean. Now, in May 2015, the updated NASA data show polar sea ice is approximately 5 percent above the post-1979 average.”

Excerpt:
If there are two things that sum up the fluid and deceptive nature of climate change/global warming/climate disruption “science” game, here they are… In 2012 Al Gore (and others) warned that a warming planet due to AGW would mean ice-free Great Lakes: This year, after adjusting for reality:

Religion of Peace News


Hillary Clinton Attacks Israel, Says They’re Conquerors Who “Deny Dignity”
Excerpt: When it comes to foreign policy, it seems that neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton have a clue what they’re talking about. The former Secretary of State has been in the hot seat for her involvement in the Benghazi scandal for almost a year now, and one would think with that situation coming to a head, wisdom would guide her to think carefully before she speaks, as idiotic statements could damage her chances at the presidency in 2016. It seems that Clinton has ignored that common sense bit of wisdom, by slamming the nation of Israel in her latest memoir, Hard Choices where she calls the Jewish nation an “occupying force in Palestine.

Excerpt: As Israeli hospitals continue their life-saving treatment for escalating numbers of wounded Syrians fleeing to the Golan from the Assad regime’s barbaric attacks, the U.N. reached new heights of absurdity today by accusing Israel of violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan. By a vote of 104 to 4, with 6 abstentions and 65 absent, the Jewish state was singled out as the world’s top violator of health rights by the annual assembly of the U.N.’s World Health Organization. (This inclines me to say F*** the Arabs, Muslims, European cowardly governments (notably excepting the honorable Czechs) and liberal Jews who ignore or abet this ostracism by failing to tout the good about Israel. OK. I feel better now. Cordially, Larry Greenberg. Nepal should send home all those Israeli health workers and just use Muslim ones. ~Bob)

Iran: 80,000 Missiles Pointed at Tel Aviv
Excerpt: According to a top Iranian advisor, Tehran has “tens of thousands” of missiles pointed at Israel, and will not hesitate to use them.

Islamic State approaches Israel. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: Prediction: if the Islamic State gets into a position to threaten Israel in any serious way, we will start seeing the mainstream media grow markedly sympathetic to it, with a spate of articles hailing the new “maturity” and “moderation” of the Islamic State.

Excerpt: The US Department of Defense continues its bizarre stream of statements concerning the collapse of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi in the face of the Islamic State offensive. Last week, as Ramadi was under assault and the government center was overrun, General Thomas D. Weidley, the chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, talked about how the strategy to defeat the Islamic State was working and Ramadi was “contested.” Two days later, Ramadi collapsed, and today, Palmyra in Syria also fell to the jihadist group. Today, General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military leader in the country, said that Iraqi forces weren’t driven out of Ramadi, they drove out on their own.

After Fall of Ramadi, U.S. Vets of Bloody Battles Express Anger and Frustration. By Debra Heine
Excerpt: The first kick in the gut came in January of 2014 — when the “JV team” took Fallujah. Since then, they’ve been falling like dominoes — one Iraqi city after another. Remember that almost 4,500 U.S. troops paid the ultimate sacrifice during the eight-year war.
Now that ISIS has planted its black and white flag in the center of Ramadi, veterans of the bloody battles that were fought to stabilize the city are expressing anger and frustration at the way the current administration has allowed the country to unravel. (Of course it really is small stuff now, because if it were important, then Obama would need to either take serious action about it, or admit that he took our military out of Iraq too soon, or admit that radical Islam is a real problem. Since he can't abide any of these, it just can't be important. Of course, telling that to the guys who bought that real estate with blood doesn't play really well, they are a sensitive lot. --Del. Vietnam vets can sympathize. ~Bob))

Excerpt: “Could we put the 1st Marine Division on line and clear through Iraq? Yes, we could. Our administration has made the decision that it was not going to do that. We were going to enable and facilitate the Iraqis to do it for themselves — with a lot of support from us.”

Obama’s Policies to Empower ISIS Exposed. By Raymond Ibrahim
Excerpt: In an article published over seven months ago, I anticipated the main developments to have taken place since U.S. President Obama declared war (i.e., “airstrikes”) on the Islamic State in September, 2014. Titled “Does Obama Need ‘Time to Defeat or Forget ISIS?” I made the following predictions, all of which have come true, and in the same sequence: Obama’s “it will take time” [to defeat IS] assertion prompts the following prediction: U.S. airstrikes on IS targets will continue to be just enough to pacify those calling for action against the caliphate (“we’re doing what we can”). The official [U.S. government’s] narrative will be that the Islamic State is gradually being weakened, that victory is a matter of time (remember, “It will take time”)….

Krauthammer: Obama Sounds Like Baghdad Bob
Excerpt: Political analyst Charles Krauthammer had this to say about Barack Obama’s assertion, “I don’t think we’re losing” the fight against the Islamic State: “The administration is sounding like Baghdad Bob during the invasion of Iraq. They’re losing. Everybody understands that. ISIS — it wasn’t only that they took over in Iraq, but it took over the town of — the city of Palmyra in Syria, which gives it control of half of Syria, and later in the day today, they took over a crucial crossing point between Syria and Iraq, essential erasing the frontier and making it easier to resupply Ramadi. These are huge strategic gains. 

Excerpt: The Islamic State continued its eastward push from Ramadi in an effort to break Iraqi military forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias who are gathering at Habbaniyah for a counteroffensive. Iraqi forces established. And today, according to Iraqi police and tribal officials, that defensive line has been breached. (It's not clear to me that we have enough troops or could muster and plan the effort to put "Boots on the Ground" in time to save Iraq and Syria from becoming the Caliphate under ISIS and the leading terror exporter over Iran. ~Bob)

White House Denies ISIS Has Established A Caliphate
Excerpt: Thursday at the White House press briefing, when asked if he believes ISIS has a caliphate, press secretary Josh Earnest said, “No, I don’t believe that at all.” ... What we actually see is they do control some territory, but less than they used too (sic).... They are not moving particularly freely these days. 

Ramadi Falls—And Iran Will Come To The Rescue? By Michael Ledeen
Excerpt: This strategic triumph for Islamic State came at the expense of the Iraqi Army, and showed the limitations of the U.S. bombing campaign, such as it was. The battle for Ramadi had been waged for many months, so the Iraqi government and American strategists had plenty of time to plan their moves. The outcome suggests two grim conclusions: First, the Iraqi armed forces aren’t up to the mission, and second, that the U.S. was unable to crush the IS advance. Early reports from Baghdad and Washington indicate that the Iraqis and Americans are going to mount an assault on Ramadi, lest IS use it as a base from which to stage attacks against the Iraqi capital. However, this inevitably brings yet another country—Iran—onto the battlefield.

When You've Lost Piers Morgan...
Excerpt: Former CNN talkinghead Piers Morgan, best known for his leftist anti-gun screeds every time there’s a shooting, instead took aim at Barack Obama’s failed policy to confront the Islamic State. ... In short, the President has to show that the golf clubs are back in the bag now, and he’s serious. ISIS is winning. They must be stopped. Or we’ll all lose.”

Saudi Arabia wins U.N. Human Rights Council seat
Beheads witch in celebration? ~Bob

Obama Warns Clinton Foundation Donor Not to Get Nukes. By Brent Scher
Excerpt: President Barack Obama told Saudi Arabia that if it chooses to covertly work to build up a nuclear program, it would “greatly strain the relationship they’ve got with the United States.”

Islamic State claims responsibility for Shiite mosque blast in Saudi Arabia
Excerpt: The Islamic State said Friday that it was behind a blast that killed or wounded scores of worshipers at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, marking the first time the militant group has claimed an attack in the oil-rich kingdom and raising fears of an expanding sectarian conflict in the region.

Friday News Dump: State Dept. releases Clinton e-mails on Libya and Benghazi attacks
Excerpt: The State Department on Friday released nearly 900 pages of e-mails on Libya and the Benghazi attacks from the private account Hillary Rodham Clinton used while she was secretary of state.


A New Turkish-Saudi Thaw is Helping Rebels in Syria and Worrying Washington
Excerpt: New alliances on the battlefield and in diplomatic circles between Turkey and Saudi Arabia have managed to drastically improve the fortunes of Syrian rebel fighters struggling to make significant gains against the armies of President Bashar al-Assad. Armed groups that were once at violent odds have banded together following an unexpected Turkish-Saudi alliance since the January death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, and the groups are making significant gains against Assad’s forces, such as the recent takeover of the northern city of Idlib.

May God Protect the Bravest Woman I Know. By Tarek Fatah
Excerpt: Except in this building, she is the only resident. For security reasons, the elevator is disabled. The lights in the stairway leading up to her Spartan flat are as dim as those in a coal mine. Armed Indian security officers guard the complex around the clock. Outside her apartment door stands a towering soldier, bearing an automatic rifle. Despite the security, this woman of steel, who has braved both physical and verbal assaults over her last 20 years in exile, sounds despondent. She tells me, "The jihadi death squads of Bangladesh, who have killed three secular writers in three months, have now added my name to their list."

PRES..OBAMA...LOVE U,BUT ISIS IS KICKING OUR ASS,& IRAQI ARMY FIGHTS LIKE OLD PPL F>¥!*!$&?K!! BTW..WHERE IS NO IDEAS,NO BACKBONE CONGRESS!?

Red Cross raises alarm over scale of Boko Haram crisis
Excerpt: The Islamist uprising has left more than 15,000 people dead since 2009 and forced another 1.5 million from their homes.

Alleged diploma mill shut down by armed Pakistani investigators. By Abby Jackson
Excerpt: Federal investigators and armed officers shut down the main office of Axact in Karachi, seized computers and files, and held at least 30 people for questioning, according to the Times. The company — which describes itself as Pakistan's largest software exporter — came under fire on Sunday after the Times alleged it makes tens of millions of dollars a year by selling bogus high school, college, and doctoral degrees. (Who knew the NYT was Islamophobic. I guess this means I won't get my PhD in sexology. ~Bob)

Common Sense: Australia to strip citizenship of Australian-born jihadis with immigrant parents
Excerpt: Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become fighters for the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, a minister said on Thursday. The government wants to change the Citizenship Act to make fighting for ISIS a reason for losing citizenship, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.

Tunis Museum Suspect Seen Arriving In Sicily. The Italian government is facing questions over how authorities lost track of suspect Touil Abdelmajid after he arrived in Sicily.
Excerpt: Photographs have emerged showing a Moroccan man accused of involvement in the attack on Tunisia's Bardo Museum arriving in Sicily on a boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants. The images were captured on 17 February and show Touil Abdelmajid, 22, smiling alongside fellow migrants on an Italian navy ship at Porto Empedocle harbour in Sicily.

Hillary got warning Benghazi attack was premeditated jihad terrorism, still blamed Muhammad video. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: This is proof: Hillary Clinton is an enemy of the freedom of speech. She is also an unscrupulous liar and destroyer of lives, as she said, “We’re going to have that filmmaker arrested,” and did so, even while fully knowing that his video had nothing to do with the Benghazi jihad attack. She has no business being President of the United States, and if she is elected, her presidency will be a disaster for this country. And what about Susan Rice and all the other Obama Administration officials who knowingly lied to the American people along with Hillary, and gave the impression that our freedom of speech in daring to criticize Muhammad was what was at fault? What about Obama himself, who intoned at the UN, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” even while knowing that the Benghazi jihad attack did not come from slander of the prophet of Islam? Why no impeachment proceedings?

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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: