Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'm home from the hospital

I was released from the VA hospital Monday evening, got home about 8:00 pm, in time for my 68th birthday today (4/15/14). Happy tax day to all my readers. I have oral antibiotics and a 24/7 IV drip with two antibiotics running. Added another nebulizer treatment four times a day (now 7 total, about 15 minutes each), but it helps bring up mucus by making me cough, thus easing the breathing. Feeling weak and shaky, but better than when I went in. The next couple of weeks should bring clarity. Thanks for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers. "I intend to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer." (Extra credit if you know the quote without Google.)

The blog postings will be very limited due to the on-going challenges from my lung transplant, which is not doing well. So I have to delete 90% of incoming email unread. I will continue to post health update, but I know they are boring and will not be offended if you skip them.

From a Marine buddy from 1965:

Dear Bob,
You're the ONLY politician I've ever wanted to have get better, health-wise. I'd like them ALL to get better at serving the public. I'd pray for you, but I don't want God to judge you by your associations.  --John P.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Update from the VA Hospital—the news is sub-optimal

Update from the VA Hospital—the news is sub-optimal

Or, in Jimmy Carter’s wonderful phrase after the hostage rescue mission to Iran ended in disaster, right now my lung transplant from 12/23 is an “incomplete success,” despite doing so well the first six weeks.  As you may know, I was de-saturating on my oxygen levels, so they put me back on O2 on Tuesday, April 1. But on Tuesday, April 8, I de-saturated to 76% just walking 15 feet with O2 at 5 LPM (90% and above is normal), so they ordered me to the VA ER and stuck me back inside. I’ll be here through at least Monday, so no political blog posts until I’m out a few days and get organized. I will, alas have to delete hundreds of emails when I get to them, but will try to read personal messages. Please hold all other email, unless you just have time to waste.

The doctors are fairly grim. They have not given up, but it’s clear they think they are losing this war. The transplant management pulmonologist said that, by “Very bad luck, you have fallen into that 2% of cases where there is so much slough (sluff—dead cells) that it will be a challenge to fix.”  This was the case with the lung transplant patient they lost three years ago. Sough is the result of the tissue not getting enough blood and dying, they don’t know why, how or where. The hope is that by debriding it, healthy tissue will grow. But in my case, I’m getting a lot of scar tissue and the slough is also in the small bronchial tubes, where it is hard to debride. And slough is the perfect breeding ground for infection—I have pneumonia again, so I'm on a ton of antibiotics. He also said there is no chance of getting another lung. In my age group, the prognosis would be very poor and it’s a question of allocation of scarce resources, due to lack of donors. So one to a customer. We make this one work, or….

The transplant coordinator said that, “No one is throwing in any towels, but given your decline over the past ten weeks, if you reach a point where you want to talk to the palliative care team about end-of-life options, we will set it up. We want to meet your needs. This doesn’t mean you are giving up, just that you can make decisions now and know the options if you reach a point where you need them.”  This makes sense, little as I—or Bonnie—wanted to hear it.

On Friday, I had my surgical bronchoscopy.  Dr. Maloney did aggressive debriding of the slough, took out the mucus-clogged stent and replaced it, sucked out the junk and ballooned it five times, three in the small bronchial tubes where the biggest problem is. He said there is also healthy tissue under some area where there was slough, so that was good. His plan is to do a clean-out bronch this next week and another surgical bronch the following week. At that time, he will take out the stent and we will see how the lung does without it. If well, we may get back on track. If not…. He doesn’t say this will fix my problem, but at least he is still in the fight and has a plan, for now.

I remain confident in my healthcare team, who are top notch down through CNAs. But there are no guarantees and some things are in the hands of God.

This is all I know at this time, so there’s no use everyone sending me questions. If I learn new info, I will post it. As always, I thank everyone for the support, good thoughts and prayers. I will continues to go forward.

Semper Fidelis,


Sunday, April 6, 2014

More Political News & Comment

Gen. Carl Mundy, 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps, dies
Excerpt: According to a biography curated at the United States Marine Corps History Division, “General Mundy was noted for his emphasis on ‘people issues’ and core values of honor, courage, and commitment. During his tenure, ‘From the Sea’ became the Navy-Marine Corps joint strategic concept, wherein the Navy and Marine Corps reoriented doctrinal focus toward littoral warfare.” (General Mundy was probably the most articulate of any Commandant that I can recall. --MasterGuns. Semper Fi, Sir. ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3. By Charles Krauthammer
Excerpt: When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes — against all advice and holding no cards — Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power. The talks collapse in acrimony and confusion. Kerry’s response? A second Geneva conference that — surprise! — breaks up in acrimony and confusion.

Worth Reading: Syria Is What Happens When Islam Wins. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: It’s not however money and weapons that splits Muslims over Syria. Money and weapons are only the symbols. What they represent is Islam. And what Islam represents is the intersection between identity and power.

Worth Reading: Hail To The Chef - Stinkburger Meister. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: A few days ago President Obama spoke before a friendly crowd at the University of Michigan. A dopey speech merits dopey comment.

U.S. secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest
Excerpt: In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government. (I wish the media was anywhere near as good at uncovering secrets about Benghazi, the IRA political targeting, Fast &and Furious, the number of Obamacare signups who have actually paid or who didn't have insurance before the ACA was lied into existence, or Obama's hidden school records, as they are at splashing national security secrets for our enemies to read. ~Bob)

Why Is the U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa? By Nick Terse
Excerpt: Last year, according AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez, the US military carried out a total of 546 “activities” on the continent—a catch-all term for everything the military does in Africa. In other words, it averages about one and a half missions a day. This represents a 217 percent increase in operations, programs and exercises since the command was established in 2008.

Obama Told Military Leaders: Accept Gays In Military Or Step Down Admiral Said
Excerpt: In a meeting with the heads of the five service branches in 2010, President Obama offered the leaders a choice: Support my efforts to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, or resign, the Commandant of the Coast Guard said. In a video obtained by BuzzFeed via a Freedom of Information Act request, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp revealed that Obama was unwilling to compromise with service leaders over DADT during a meeting in 2010. (I recall reading somewhere that a retired Marine Colonel said that General Amos told him essentially the same thing. Not that I ever doubted that the service chiefs were given that order. --MasterGuns. I think the issue of putting women into combat units like infantry is a far bigger issue and will casus much larger problems than gays. They will have to lower standards to get enough women to satisfy liberals who never served and would stroke out if one of their kids joined. That means lost fights and dead Americans, all in the name of PC. Always a hard choice when you are given orders that conflict with what you think is best for the troops, service and country. Do you resign out of principle, or do you hang on and do the distasteful in hopes you can moderate the policy a bit or make things better a little? ~Bob.)

Obama gives rosary blessed by Pope Francis to Nancy Pelosi. By Ben Johnson
Excerpt: During their first-ever meeting last week, Pope Francis gave President Barack Obama a blessed rosary. Yesterday, Obama gave that rosary to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. (Won't catch him clinging to religion. ~Bob)

Muslim Cleric Urges Homeless Women to Become Sex-Slaves. By Raymond Ibrahim 
Excerpt: Now, the same Islamic cleric who issued this last “rape fatwa” has issued another fatwa urging destitute women in war torn Syria to become the “right hand possessions” of any man willing to support them—basically, to sell themselves into sex-slavery.

The Obama EPA’s Heinous Human Experiments. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has been subjecting unknowing human guinea pigs to high levels of carcinogens and potentially lethal pollutants in order to justify tough new air quality standards.

Worth Reading: Hayek Quote. By Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File
This reminded me of a great line from this wonderful video essay on Hayek's "On the Use of Knowledge in Society" over at the Marginal Revolution University. It's arguably Hayek's most important contribution -- which is saying a lot. ... So here's Hayek: "The peculiar character of the problem of a rational economic order is determined precisely by the fact that the knowledge of the circumstances of which we must make use never exists in concentrated or integrated form but solely as the dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess. The economic problem of society is thus not merely a problem of how to allocate "given" resources — if "given" is taken to mean given to a single mind which deliberately solves the problem set by these "data." It is rather a problem of how to secure the best use of resources known to any of the members of society, for ends whose relative importance only these individuals know. Or, to put it briefly, it is a problem of the utilization of knowledge which is not given to anyone in its totality." (If only Progressives got it--but they keep wanting to put their best and brightest in charge of making economic decisions for you. ~Bob)

Obama’s Stand-up Routine Is Laughable Indeed: Too bad the joke is on his youthful audience. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: President Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something. They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he’s a really funny guy.

Why every world map you're looking at is WRONG: Africa, China and India are distorted despite access to accurate satellite data

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Report: 13K In Maryland Lost Insurance Thanks to Obamacare and Never Got It Back
Excerpt: The head of the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange testified Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only 60,000 people have signed up for Obamacare through the state’s exchange - 13,000 less than the number of individuals reported to lose their insurance due to Obamacare. (Probably more than 13k lost it, because many of the 60k who signed up were, so they claim, the uninsured who the law was aimed at. ~Bob)

What Happens When Teachers, Delivery People And Fast Food Workers Don’t Care Anymore… By Michael Snyder
Excerpt: One of the big problems in America today is that a lot of people simply do not seem to care about what they are doing anymore. The level of sloth, laziness and apathy that we are witnessing in this country is absolutely mind-numbing. Of course this is not true of everyone. There are still many Americans that are extremely hard working. But overall, it really appears that people are not taking as much pride in their work as they once did. Some of the examples that I am about to show you are quite funny. 

Obamacare’s unhealthy peer pressure on millennials: Health care law puts the squeeze on young adults
Excerpt: Kids, ask your mom about it. Wives, talk to your husbands about it. Lonely single females, talk to your cat about it, or have a cup of hot cocoa with your pajama-clad hipster friend. But whatever you do, don’t actually take it upon yourself to learn about Obamacare or do the math to realize what a bad deal health care reform is.

Marine Kyle Carpenter to receive Medal of Honor
Excerpt: William Kyle Carpenter, 24, a medically retired corporal, will become the service's third Medal of Honor recipient of the nation's highest combat valor award from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which date to October 2001. 

Jackson Diehl: Kerry's dangerous Mideast delusions
Excerpt: During a tour of the Middle East in November, Secretary of State John F. Kerry portrayed the region as on its way to a stunning series of breakthroughs, thanks to U.S. diplomacy. In Egypt, he said, "the roadmap" to democracy "is being carried out, to the best of our perception." In Syria, a peace conference would soon replace the Assad regime with a transitional government, because "the Russians and the Iranians . . . will make certain that the Syrian regime will live up to its obligation." Last but hardly least, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on its way to a final settlement — by April. "This is not mission impossible," insisted the secretary of state. "This can happen." Some people heaped praise on Kerry for his bold ambitions, saying he was injecting vision and energy into the Obama administration's inert foreign policy. Others, including me, said he was delusional.

Excerpt: We have what amounts to a national police force. The FBI is severely constrained by statute as to what kind of crimes for which they can intervene. The EPA, Education Department, NOAA and most other agencies have few, if any restrictions and can bend and shape the law to interpret a mandate just about any way they wish. Congress has had hearings on police powers for individual agencies but the broad problem of militarizing the federal government has not been examined.

Pelosi: Dems Proud Of ObamaCare

Excerpt: If they start campaigning on this, there might not be a democrat left after Election Day!
Check it out: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told State of the Union’s Candy Crowley Sunday morning that Democrats were openly embracing the success of the Affordable Care Act, and that the candidates who were distancing themselves from the law were the exception.

Oppressed by the Ivy League: What Dartmouth's president should have told bullying students.
Excerpt: Academia has been obsessed over identity politics for two generations, so there's some justice in the newest addition to the matrix of oppression: an Ivy League education, according to the Dartmouth College students who this week took over the president's office.
On Tuesday Dartmouth's finest seized the main administration building and disrupted college business. The squatters were allowed to remain until Thursday night, when the dean of the college negotiated and signed an exit settlement assuring them the non-dialogue would continue. (And we thought that the days of campus radicalism and obnoxiousness were in the past? No way, Jose. The demands now are really serious, just look over the article below. When did the students get granted the final authority on one happens on campus and how the school is run? [College health plan has to cover sex-change operations- WHAT???] It's way past time to tell these kids to take a hike, hit the bricks, follow the road, and don't come back until you've had major reworking of your head's wiring. Imagine graduating all thse rabid demanders out into society. I'm sure they would do SO well in job interviews...... for the New Weathermen! --Del)

Excerpt: Prof. KC Johnson, best known for his investigative work regarding abysmal university and faculty handling of the Duke Lacrosse case, has a post at Minding the Campus regarding a disturbing appointment at Dartmouth‘Why Have a Hearing? Just Expel Him’: “Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?” That astonishing question was posed at a conference on how colleges respond to sexual assault issues by Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth. According to Inside Higher Ed, Childress continued: “It seems to me that we value fair and equitable processes more than we value the safety of our students. And higher education is not a right. Safety is a right. Higher education is a privilege.” Give Childress credit for candor–even the campus spokespersons for increasing the number of guilty findings in campus tribunals usually aren’t so bald in their disdain for basic principles of due process. (OK, rape statistics from US colleges are both shocking and infuriating. Apparently it has become all too common for the guys to ply a girl with a few drinks, then get into "petting" and then slide a lot further to the initiation of good old sex, even if the lady is not happy about it or even protesting vigorously. This is a scandal, and really makes you wonder what in hell is wrong with these guys, but the next sad truth is that too often the system has not brought the victim any real satisfaction of justice being done. Part of this is in a way no one's fault. When the forced sex happens in a place with no witnesses, and the girl had been to the party and had been drinking, it ends up in a "he said/she said" situation, and that's very hard to take into court. (And it must be said that sometimes the girl really wasn't protesting, but decided later that she was raped, not seduced, and now it's an unfair attack on the guy.) Getting to the unvarnished truth in these situations is near impossible, and in our criminal system, you are innocent until proven guilty. Do we really want to move away from that ideal? The answer for some people is Yes. Personally, I would rather see a lot of emphasis on getting the women to understand the hazards of drinking and hanging out with a bunch of pickled guys, and a lot of emphasis on getting the men to understand that engaging a woman in sex under any circumstances other than she being fully awake, rational, and expressing definite willingness, is a big No-No. And lastly, if a woman wakes up feeling raped, you go to the police, NOW, and start things moving. Schools should be involved in these matters only when it's clear what role they can play. --Del. One wonders if they would be for expelling a student based on an allegation of theft or cheating? Suppose the student was a minority? ~Bob)

The real "War on Women," ignored by the left and their media sycophants. ~Bob. Excerpt: Monday night at Fox, I had the pleasure of meeting Qanta Ahmed through our mutual friend, Brooke Goldstein (of the Lawfare Project). Dr. Ahmed is a British- and U.S.-educated medical doctor from Pakistan. She is also a believing Muslim, and has been deeply involved in Honor Diaries, a film that exposes honor killings and other systematic abuse and inequality that women face in Muslim-majority societies. Today, Dr. Ahmed has an important article on our homepage about the film and the campaign to suppress it now being waged by the Muslim Brotherhood’s professional Islamic grievance industry.

Muslim backlash against film will hurt women, says 'Honor Diaries' team
Excerpt: The film showcases nine Muslim women who speak about their experiences with honor practices, forced marriage at young ages and the denial of education. Some of the women are victims or have family members who were victims and describe the painful and up-close realities they endured. The film weaves the experiences of honor violence victims together with commentary from activists and experts.

Eric Holder defends using Justice Department airplane for 27 personal trips. By Nick Sorrentino
Excerpt: There is a culture of privilege which runs deep through our government. And its nothing new, though it does seem to have been taken up a notch with this administration. Why shouldn’t Eric Holder fly where he pleases on the taxpayer dime? Don’t the taxpayers know that he’s a big shot, the chief cop of the universe. We should be happy we can help him fly where he wants for personal reasons. (Questioning black politicians' abuses of power is now racist. ~Bob)

Excerpt: Dreary crime news all this week. In Detroit a caucasian tree trimmer is driving home when a Black youth steps off the curb and onto the street, and is hit by the tree trimmer's truck. The White Driver stops to render aid and to call for help. Some fifty urban Blacks attack the driver and beat and kick him senseless and leaves him to die in the street. He is now in a medically induced coma, in critical condition, and his chances to live are dicey. Two days ago, here in Phoenix, a 67 year old man walks up to the 7-11 in his neighborhood, buys a six pack of beer, and in a spirt of charity, offers a can of cold beer to two hispanics just entering the store. The two Mexicans follow the guy out of the store and, apparently offended at being spoken to by a gringo, follow the old guy down the street. The Mexican in the passenger seat jumps out, runs over to the old man begins pounding on the back of the old man's head until he crashes to the sidewalk and lays inert and unresponsive. He too is in the hospital in critical condition.

Muslim cleric arrested with grenade in Eastleigh denied bail
Excerpt: A Muslim cleric and his wife allegedly found with two grenades during a swoop in Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate following a terrorist attack in which six people were killed have been denied bail.

Burnings and beheadings strike fear in south Thailand
Excerpt: The recent burning and beheading of female victims in Thailand’s southern Muslim provinces marks a renewed campaign of terror by insurgent groups, according to a Human Rights Watch statement released today. At least three Thai Buddhist women have been killed and mutilated by insurgents since February, according to HRW.

Islamist suicide bombers kill 15 in oil field attack in Nigeria
Excerpt: SUSPECTED Islamist suicide bombers killed 15 civilians in a failed attack on a state oil company facility in northeast Nigeria, when soldiers at a checkpoint opened fire on their explosive-packed vehicles, the military said today.

What Happened to Chicago’s Murder Rate After Illinois Upheld Concealed Carry and Why it Matters
Excerpt: This week, Chicago police announced that the city’s first quarter murder rate was the lowest since 1958. Check it out: In July of 2013, Illinois became the last state in the union to enact a concealed carry law. In January of this year, the state began accepting applications for permits. This week, Chicago police announced that the city’s first quarter murder rate was the lowest since 1958.

Nancy Pelosi: We've Finally Filled The George Bush Jobs Hole
Excerpt: The latest jobs report contained a politically important fact for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- America finally replaced the jobs lost from the "Bush economic policies," the House minority leader said Friday, blaming Republicans for the slow pace of recovery. Pelosi's declaration came shortly after the Labor Department announced the U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, in the latest sign of ongoing job growth too tepid to bring down the unemployment rate. But private payroll employment did pass a milestone Democrats wanted to commemorate. (Has all that Botox gone to her brain? --JB)

Democrats try to make the Koch brothers the new face of the GOP. By Kathleen Parker
Excerpt: For the uninitiated, the brothers are libertarian billionaires whose vast industriesin petroleum, asphalt, natural gas liquids, coal and ethanol employ 60,000 people. More to the point, they are spending gobs of their own money to sway politics toward free-market principles and away from current government expansionist trends. For this, they have been targeted by Democrats, who are not exactly penniless when it comes to advancing their own politicians and policies. 

Leaked Recording: Russian Ambassadors Discuss Invasion of Miami & California
Excerpt: A few days ago, Ben Swann reported on an audio recording of Turkish leaders planning a false flag operation in Syria. In February, Assistant US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland's phone conversation, regarding the political crisis in Ukrainewas leaked, for which she issued an unrepentant apology. Yesterday, reports surfaced of a conversation between two Russian Ambassadors that discussed a possible future invasion of the United States and Eastern Europe. (Too much Vodka. ~Bob)

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department

Excerpt: The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today's Political News & Bronchocopy Update

Today's lung Bronchoscopy had mixed results. The pulmonologist seemed pretty concerned after it was over. The good news is that the slough (dead cells called "sluff") is decreasing, and they will debride more at the surgical bronchoscopy scheduled with Dr. Maloney, my surgeon, for Friday, 4/11. The bad news is it leaving scar tissue that is building up. Good if it strengthens the airway wall to prevent dynamic collapse when I breathe in, but bad if it builds enough to block the airway. Hard to tell now. They will likely try more balloons expanded in the lung to stretch it. No telling how all this works. The before picture of the stent was so covered in mucus that it looked like a complete gray blockage of the air intake--no wonder I pant hard getting dressed. He leaned at as much as he could get. If recent history is a guide this will improve things for a few days, then get worse as it collects again. So a long term prognosis is basically just guess work, so thy avoid it, for good reason. But almost every lung transplant patient I've met or talked with has had some problems, rarely a straight forward recovery. It's a complex, difficult and high-risk procedure, despite a great medical team. In any case, Charlie Med is standing by, I'm fighting like hell, the enemy is in the wire and I'm on the horn to arty. Thanks as always for everyone's kind words, support and prayers. I'm reminded every day how fortunate I am, to have lived to 68 (on 4/15), to have been born in a free-market, western society, to have had sucha great family, to have had the support of the voters in my district every time I ran and to have earned the privilege of wearing the Marine uniform. Our pastor had to conduct a funeral this week for a 3-month old girl who died suddenly of heart failure. I'd pull an oxygen tank 30 years and go through three lung transplants before having to face what that family just did, so prayers for them too. Semper Fidelis. ~Hall, Out.

Healthy SOS for Old Vets

Good Column: The Seven Red Lines That Matter. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: What struck me while reading, and thinking about national defense (and protecting others), is that no other creature deliberately postures itself to be weak - survival demands otherwise. To cower means one thing - to become a meal. And inevitably extinction.

Worth Reading: Sex and Race Equality. By Walter E. Williams 
Excerpt: There are several race and sex issues that need addressing. Let's look at a few of them with an ear to these questions: Should we insist upon equal treatment of people by race and sex or tolerate differences in treatment? And just how equal are people by race and sex in the first place? According to the National Institutes of Health, male infants 1 to 3 months old should be fed 472 to 572 calories per day, whereas their female counterparts should receive 438 to 521 calories per day. That's an official sex-based caloric 10 percent rip-off of baby females. In addition to this government-sanctioned war on women, one wonders whether the NIH has a race-based caloric rip-off where they recommend that black newborns receive fewer calories than white newborns.

Worth Reading: Democrats' Sixty-Year War Against Conservative Voices. By William Terrell
Excerpt: The IRS’s ongoing effort to stifle conservative speech is only the latest in 60 years of Democrat efforts to marginalize conservatives. In this latest attempt, the Democrats have proved willing to give up several valued parts of their agenda – including funding for pre-kindergarten, funds for the IMF, and more dollars for ObamaCare – in order to keep proposed new IRS rules that would institutionalize the harassment of tea party groups currently under investigation.

How Foreign Is Our Policy?: Part II. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: Would Vladimir Putin have sent Russian troops so boldly into Ukraine if the Ukrainians still had nuclear missiles? The nuclear disarming of Japan and Ukraine shows how easy it is to disarm peaceful nations -- making them more vulnerable to those who are not peaceful.
Ukraine's recent appeal to the United States for military supplies, with which to defend itself as more Russian troops mass on its borders, was denied by President Obama. He is sending food supplies instead. He might as well send them white flags, to facilitate surrender.

Fighting for Independence from an Anti-Democratic Oligarchy. By Baron Bodissey
Excerpt: The elections for the European Parliament are coming up in a few short weeks, and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is currently surging in the opinion polls. Our British correspondent JP sends a couple of samples of commentary on UKIP and the EU, and includes this note: 'Here’s evidence of the UKIP surge in action — see the following best-placed comment for depth of passion, particularly the closing paragraph.'

UK: UKIP's Nigel Farage: an anti-politics anti-hero who confounds the Westminster consensus. By Tim Stanley
Excerpt: Which brings us to Putingate, the latest Nigel-fluff that the Westminster elite is convinced will sink him. Right to the bottom of the ocean. Farage’s sin was to say that he admires Putin as a political leader, although not as a human being. Why this is controversial, I have literally no idea. Farage made it abundantly clear that he regards the Russian leader as a despot (“How many journalists in jail now?”); he simply thinks that he outwitted Obama on Syria. I think that; you think that; even Obama probably thinks that. 

UK: Banning the Muslim Brotherhood would be a welcome step in the war on militant Islam. By Con Coughlin
Excerpt: Reports today that David Cameron is planning to ban the Muslim Brotherhood from operating in Britain is a welcome signal that the Government is finally waking up to the mounting threat that Islamist militants pose to national security. Ever since the Arab world was first rocked by the wave of revolts three years ago, Downing Street has shown an alarming tendency to support the protests erroneously known as the Arab Spring without giving any serious thought to the likely consequences of their action.

British sniper in Afghanistan kills six Taliban with one bullet. By Holly Watt
A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt. The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.

VIDEO: The Twelver Apocaplyse. By Baron Bodissey
Excerpt: Andrew Bostom has written a new book, Iran’s Final Solution for Israel: The Legacy of Jihad and Shi’ite Islamic Jew-Hatred in Iran. In it he analyzes jihad and Jew-hatred in the Persian theocracy over the course of history. In his view, the relatively secular Pahlavi dynasty in the 20th century was an anomalous interval in an otherwise continuous history of apocalyptic Shi’a jihad in Iran. The mullahs who have ruled the country since 1979 are thus representative of an indigenous tradition among Shi’ites in Persia, rather than a sudden outburst of “extremism”.

Global Warming Will Cause War, Pestilence, Famine and Death Says New IPCC Report Inevitably. By James Delingpole
Excerpt: The real take-home story of the new report we already learned last week: that the latest estimates of the economic costs of "climate change" are considerably lower than previous projections; so much lower, in fact, that the costs could be offset by just a month's global economic growth. It's to obscure this inconvenient truth that the Big Green Propaganda Machine will now be cranking into overdrive. Over the next few days - watch and listen: they'll be all over the MSM like a suppurating pox rash - "expert" after "expert" will be dragged out of the woodwork to testify that, no, this time it's serious and as a measure of the serious seriousness of it all it's really about time we silenced those Big-Oil-funded climate deniers for good. 

Real Housewives of Jeddah. By Mark Steyn
Excerpt: Two weeks ago ABC announced a new series: "Alice in Arabia" is a high-stakes drama series about a rebellious American teenage girl who, after tragedy befalls her parents, is unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian. ... Sounds interesting - and not untrue to life: more than a few children of western-Arab marriages have wound up shanghaied back to Saudi. But then the professional grievance mongers got wind of it:

California: Obamacare Materials Arrived With Pre-Marked Democratic Voter Registration Form. By Guy Benson
Excerpt: A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party. The couple – who did not want their identity revealed – received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama's Affordable Care Act. (Hey, North Korea per-marks the ballots for the only party, and they get 100% turnout and Young-Un gets 100% of the vote. Just doing what works for all-powerful government. ~Bob.)

Roberts Court continues assault on campaign finance law
Excerpt: Continuing its steady and unrelenting assault on the laws that limit the ability of wealthy Americans to influence the course of electoral campaigns, the Supreme Court today declared that regulations that limit the aggregate amount donors can give to electoral campaigns in a single election cycle are unconstitutional. This is a campaign finance limit you probably haven’t thought much about, and it’s one that affects a relatively small number of donors (at least up until now). (Opinion disguised as news. ~Bob)

Worth Reading: 5 Reasons Obama's 7.1 Million Number Is Meaningless. By Ben Shapiro
Excerpt: Now, it was always foolhardy for Republicans and conservatives to stake their objections to Obamacare on the number of sign-ups; Social Security is going bankrupt despite 100% enrollment. The reality is that Obama was always destined to hit his required numbers because, after all, he has the power of government to compel action. The real problem with Obamacare has little to do with the number of people signing up, and a lot to do with the restrictions on insurance companies and reimbursement rates to doctors. Nonetheless, the 7.1 million statistic is a meaningless one. It’s meaningless for a variety of reasons:

Did Michigan just trigger 'constitutional convention'? Bid gains steam
Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution.... “Based on several reports and opinions, Michigan might be the 34th state to issue such a call and therefore presents the constitutionally-required number of states to begin the process of achieving a balanced budget amendment,” Hunter wrote. (Be careful what you wish for. A convention packed with progressives could be brought about by the power of the media and Obama controlling government--and could eliminate the Second Amendment and other guarantees of freedom. ~Bob)

The War on Poverty — $21 Trillion Later. By Matthew Vadum 
Excerpt: Fifty years and trillions of dollars after the “War on Poverty” was launched, poor Americans aren’t much better off, according to a study published by Republican reformers in Congress. The War on Poverty has barely made a dent in actual poverty, states the 205-page report unveiled last month by the House Budget Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). (How can you say the "war on Poverty" was a failure, when it fed billions in tax dollars to Democrat interest groups to reward their support, just as it was intended to do? ~Bob)

Excerpt: The reason we have so many problems in health care is that almost everywhere we look, people face perverse incentives — patients, doctors, employers, employees, etc. When they respond to those incentives they do things that make costs higher, quality lower, and access to care more difficult than otherwise would have been the case. At the root of those perverse incentives is bad public policy.

School Employee Tells Five-Year-Old She Can’t Pray For Lunch
Excerpt: Lawyers from Liberty Institute fired a stern letter on Apr. 1 to administrators at Carillon Elementary School in OviedoFlorida, after a school employee told a five-year-old girl that she was not allowed to quietly give a prayer of thanks before eating lunch. Jeremy Dys, the attorney representing the young girl, released a public statement Tuesday, then exclusively discussed this situation with Breitbart News. The press release noted, “As the Supreme Court held over a half a century ago, students do not ‘shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.’”

Excerpt: The North Carolina State Board of Elections indicated that voter fraud may be at play in a report Wednesday after finding 81 instances of the names of dead people on voting rolls on dates later than their deaths…. But the State Board of Elections reported finding other instances of potential fraud: they found 765 instances of voters in North Carolina who also voted in another state in the 2012 general election.

Report points to possible voter fraud in NC
Excerpt: A report presented Wednesday by Elections Director Kim Strach to the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee said 81 voters have a voter history later than the date of their death. The audit further identified 13,416 deceased voters on voter rolls in Oct. 13. ... The audit showed 155,692 registered North Carolina voters whose first and last names, dates of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number match those of voters registered in other states, but who most recently registered or voted elsewhere. A total of 35,750 voters with matching first and last names and date of birth were registered in North Carolina and another state, and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.

Excerpt: PM is a “mixture of harmful solid and liquid particles” that the EPA regulates. PM that is 2.5 microns or less is known as PM2.5, which is about “1/30th the thickness of a human hair.” These small particles can get into people’s respiratory system and can harm human health and even lead to death after just short-term exposure. The EPA set PM2.5 primary standards at 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air on an annual average basis, but the agency exposed test subjects to PM levels of 600 micrograms per cubic meter — 40 times what the EPA sets as an acceptable outdoor air standard. But in five of the studies, people were subject to levels higher than what they signed on for. (Not sure what they have been spraying overhead for three days but after being immersed in a dense, oily fog this morning, my gloriously blooming azaleas are shriveling and dying in 7 hours. --Barb.)

Video: GM’s Barra Pleads Ignorance
Excerpt: Barra admitted to not reading all the documents submitted by GM, and had few answers when she appeared in front of a Congressional committee investigating GM’s recalls. ("Our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That's what drew our forebears here. It's how the daughter of a factory worker is CEO of America's largest automaker." That line referred to General Motors CEO Mary Barra, invited by Michelle Obama to the address and sitting near the First Lady. --Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt.)

Liberals Can't Stand To See Republicans Succeed In N.C.
Excerpt: If there's one state that's drawn the ire of Democrat activists, it's North Carolina, a blue state turned bright red, thanks to dissatisfaction with President Obama. Liberals can't stand the fact that North Carolinians, after voting for Obama in 2008, thought better of it and voted to fire him in 2012, the only swing state to do so. The anti-Obama sentiment also swept Republicans into power in both the statehouse and governor's mansion for the first time in more than a century. (We're in the national news! I have to say I was only partially aware of the interesting statistics about how many improvements have gone on, like the big drop in unemployment. Of course we don't even see all that touted in the NC media. And finding out it was Bev Perdue who didn't tighten up on Duke Energy, not the current governor, is really interesting. Not that I think everything the GOP has done here is great, the marriage protection act is far too narrow, and they have other flaws as well. But the glass is not half-empty at all, not with the lowered unemployment and the major improvement in the business tax climate rating. I think they will do OK again this Fall. --Del)

Obama subsidizes private jets for high-flyers abroad. By Timothy P. Carney
Excerpt: Americans who own private jets need to pay more in taxes, President Obama argues. So it seems odd that foreign executives riding Gulfstream jets from Shanghai to Mumbai get U.S. subsidies from Obama's favorite export agency. The Export-Import Bank of the United States recently announced a milestone: Under Obama, the agency has subsidized the sale of $1 billion in private jet sales to overseas customers.

The Cost of Waiting Times
Excerpt: How much does waiting for medical care in Canada cost? $1.1 billion in 2013, says Nadeem Esmail, director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute. Waiting times -- the delay that Canadians have to suffer before they can receive necessary medical care due to rationing -- can be calculated in order to illustrate the burden of waiting for health care. In Canada, the average wait time per patient was 9.6 weeks.

Gov. Scott Walker refuses to take down religious tweet
Excerpt: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes he can do all things through Christ, but an atheist group charges that he cannot do all things through Christ on his official social media platforms. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded Walker remove posts from his official Facebook and Twitter feeds that read, “Philippians 4:13.”

California's Brownshirt Anti-Semitism Comes to Vassar. By Stella Paul
Excerpt: California is the lifestyle incubator of the nation. And now the trendy anti-Semitic thuggery that debuted at California’s public universities has metastasized across America, all the way to the elite halls of Vassar.

Excerpt: War is what Obama does best. The War on Women. War on Poverty. Class War. Race War. Walk up to a union member snoozing on a bus, a Latino man crossing the street, a gay cowboy poet earning minimum wage, and community organize him along with a few hundred thousand others into the latest battle in the social justice war that never ends. (A very insightful view of how things work, and the comparisons and contrasts between Putin and Obama. Some will call it a radical attack, but it seems to make good sense to me. --Del)

While I do not pretend that the Israelis never make any mistakes, by and large they bend over backwards to be humanitarian, the prisons that hold the assorted Palestinians who are there for crimes including horrific murders of Jews are closer to being a resort with locks than the kind of prisons we put our violent criminals in. But that the world is still well equipped with fervent anti-Semites is all too true, even beyond the fanatic Jew-hating Muslim radicals. And the UN is the place that has been the great playground for anti-Israeli propaganda for decades now. (The only country that gets even a fraction of the attacks Israel gets is, wait for it.... Yes! the good old USA. Why we pay so much to support the UN has been a mystery to me for many years.)

UN's musical chairs: Richard Falk’s wife is top nominee for a post on the Human Rights Council. By Hillel Neuer
Excerpt: As UN chief Ban Ki-moon today joins foreign ministers from around the world in Geneva to inaugurate a month-long session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, he should tell the 47-nation body to stop a controversial appointment that will expose itself to ridicule. The secretary-general is surely looking forward to the upcoming exit of Richard Falk, the council’s pro-Hamas investigator of “Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law.” (And the game goes on at the UN, as the article explains. --Del)

CODE PINK PHOTOGRAPH: Obama Admin Considers Texting Fat People to Remind Them They Are Overweight
Excerpt: The Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Harrington reported last week that NIH had spent nearly $3,000,000 in recent years to fund studies looking into the possibility of using text messages and web tools to treat obesity. That sort of Big Government intrusion into your mobile phone might strike you as outrageous. But that’s not even the half of it.

Iran Picks American Embassy Hostage Taker for UN Ambassador
Excerpt: Weakness begets contempt, and you can’t blame the rest of the world for assuming that only a profoundly weak, sickly country would put the likes of Barack Obama and John Kerry in charge of foreign policy. As Obama and Kerry pave the way to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the mullahs repay us with a gob of saliva in America’s face: 'Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.'

Excerpt: The most important single element of stealth Islamization is the effort to convert Western schools from centers of secular education into hubs of Islamic indoctrination. Fortunately, there are plenty of dhimmi teachers and school administrators eager to help out, convinced that they’re serving the interests of multicultural peace and harmony. These days, for some reason, this form of dhimmitude seems to be most prevalent – and to take its acutest form – in England.

Israel to Go 'Deep Into Lebanon' in Future Hizballah Clash. By Yaakov Lappin
Excerpt: Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanese terror organization Hizballah, announced in recent days that he does not seek conflict with Israel, but quickly added that in the long-run, armed conflict with Israel was the only path forward.

Hagel Mulls Banning Smoking in Military
Excerpt: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave his support Monday to moves by the services to consider banning tobacco sales on bases and ships. (I used to smoke and encourage everyone to stop. But there comes a time when intrusion into personal choices impacts morale. Already the pressure on those who drink has resulted in less than 50 total Officer's Clubs in the entire military. The Corps only had 10 Officer's Clubs as of 2009. We can send a young man or woman to face the Taliban in a gunfight, yet we are going to unilaterally make a decision that smoking is too dangerous? I am so glad I retired when I did. --MasterGuns) 

By Surrendering Control Of Internet, Obama Surrenders Our Freedoms
Excerpt: Kowtowing to global pressure, President Obama has unilaterally decided America should give up its oversight of the Internet's most vital infrastructure.
Specifically, Obama's Commerce Department is making plans to surrender protection of the Internet's domain name system (DNS) and the vital Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to some unknown international bureaucrats — a dangerous abdication of authority that could take place as early as next fall. (Even many Democrats think it's not a good idea to give away the control of the Internet. But Obama is so far into trying to please the world in general that he's ready to go for it. This is one of his worst ideas, and so utterly unnecessary by any standards. I can hardly wait to see the effects of having the "international community" taking over running the Internet. Let's see, that means that China, Cuba, Venezuela, Pakistan, Iran, and lots of other enlightened nations will be voting on how people will be allowed to use it. What could go wrong? --Del. Obama probably thinks we stole it from the Native Americans. ~Bob)

ATF Agent Attempts to Illegally Scan Gun Owner Forms of Pac N Arms Multiple Times – Threatens to Revoke Dealer's License
Excerpt: Last year, Gun Owners of America warned that the "ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) is going from dealer to dealer, copying the information on these forms (4473), and feeding it into a database." We've seen, in recent weeks, how this unconstitutional agency is illegally terrorizing small business owners, such as Ares Armor, and raiding their establishments to gather information on their customers, in what many people believe is part of the plan to create a national gun registry database. Now comes another story out of Maine.

CIA Takes Bullet for Obama on Benghazi
Excerpt: Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell testified before Congress this morning that the CIA ignored a key piece of information that was the exact opposite of what then-U.S. ambassador to the U.N Susan Rice told the American public about Benghazi, Libya shortly after the attack on the U.S. embassy compound. The CIA’s station in chief in Libya wrote an email on Sept. 15, 2012 to Morell that the attack was “not an escalation of protests” and there was no anti-American demonstration that sparked the attack

Excerpt: But here is a good outcome of Daylight Saving Time that’s going to make it a little easier for me to take. I'm only sorry that a Volvo SUV got blown to bits as well: “Police believe a device may have exploded in Dublin on Sunday because a gangster forget about the Daylight Saving Time change. “A blundering bomber was being hunted last night after a powerful device he attached to a car exploded in his face.

Disregard? FBI, military hunt ex-Army recruit suspected of plotting 'Ft. Hood-inspired jihad'
EXCLUSIVE: The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a "Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers," FoxNews.com has learned.... The alert, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com, was sent out by the FBI's Kansas City Division on Friday and distributed through the U.S. Marine Corps.... The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” (Heard Hannity mention this on his broadcast last night during reporting on incident. He said Fox had been contacted by FBI and asked to "disregard the report" as erroneous. "Then," he said, "This happened." --Barb)

Worth Reading: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society: Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination. By Charles G. Koch
Excerpt: Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation's own government. That's why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

Va. Legislator: Dar al-Hijrah Critics Spread Fear and Hate. By John Rossomando
Excerpt: Alfonso Lopez, a Democratic candidate for Congress, slammed Fox News host Eric Bolling for denouncing Lopez's resolution honoring the 30th anniversary of the controversial Virginia mosque. Bolling criticized the resolution because of Dar al-Hijrah's ties to American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and convicted Fort. Hood shooter Nidal Hassan during a March 19 broadcast.

Government oppression in action in this country
The video that is available through this link is the most disturbing one I have ever heard about the use of government power to harass honest citizens. It's 7 minutes, not long, yet far too long simply because of the content. This is a story that should be heard by anyone who believes in America, and the rights of individuals, and that abuse of government power against individuals should be anathema. If this same story had been told 7 years ago, it would have been front page news for the NY Times and everywhere else. Please take a look and make you own conclusions. --Del

Fort Hood Gunman Did Not See Combat in Iraq Tour, Officials Say
Excerpt: The soldier who shot three people to death at Fort Hood apparently did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago but was clearly troubled, under treatment for depression and anxiety and being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. (Who knew you could get PTSD from not seeing combat? Given both my timing and the fact that as a Radio Relay Team Chief, i was assigned to Regimental Headquarters, my combat exposure was keeping my head down during a couple of rocket or mortar attacks. So I missed enough to get disability three times over--I'm putting in! Best of all there are groups that basically coach you in PTSD. [Do you have flashbacks? Nightmare? Trouble sleeping? Thoughts about hurting yourself? Etc.] Once they finish asking the questions to evaluate you, you know what to say. Read the great book Stolen Valor for more on the subject. ~Bob)

Equality Fever: Turning the Tables on the Left. By Selwyn Duke
Excerpt: If a famine befell us and you couldn’t save everyone, would you withhold the food you had and let every citizen starve rather than endure the inequality of just saving some? If recent history is any guide, certain leftists just might say yes. A good example of this phenomenon was a multiple sclerosis patient in Gothenburg, Sweden, who was denied a more effective and expensive medication — even though he was willing to pay for it — because, wrote columnist Walter Williams in 2009, “bureaucrats said it would set a bad precedent and lead to unequal access to medicine.” No wonder Winston Churchill said that socialism’s “inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Palin, Fallon Mock Vladimir Putin In 'Tonight Show' Skit
Too funny. ~Bob

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage. By Michael Teitelbaum
Excerpt: A compelling body of research is now available, from many leading academic researchers and from respected research organizations such as the National Bureau of Economic Research, the RAND Corporation, and the Urban Institute. No one has been able to find any evidence indicating current widespread labor market shortages or hiring difficulties in science and engineering occupations that require bachelors degrees or higher, although some are forecasting high growth in occupations that require post-high school training but not a bachelors degree. All have concluded that U.S. higher education produces far more science and engineering graduates annually than there are S&E job openings—the only disagreement is whether it is 100 percent or 200 percent more.

Great Legs & No Jobs: UPS Fires 250 Employees for Staging a 90-Minute Protest to Defend Co-Worker. By Hayley Peterson
Excerpt: The company dismissed 20 of the workers after their shifts Monday and issued notices of termination to another 230 employees, notifying them that they will be fired once the company has trained their replacements, UPS spokesman Steve Gaut told Business Insider. The workers were protesting the dismissal of longtime employee and union activist Jairo Reyes, who was fired over an hours dispute, according to Gaut. The New York Daily News first reported on the firings. Local politicians are threatening to cancel city contracts that give UPS millions of dollars in breaks on parking fines.

How Anti-Jewish Jokes Hurt the Palestinian Cause. By Nuzha Nusseibeh
Excerpt: It happens every time I visit the U.S., and it’s happened increasingly over the last five years. I say I’m Palestinian (usually after trying out the less inflammatory “I’m from Jerusalem” and then being pressed for detail). There’s a pause, and then—“Oh, so... is it a problem for you that I’m Jewish?” There it is. The assumption that because I am Palestinian, I harbor animosity toward Jews—and not just Israeli Jews, but all Jews, all the time, everywhere. It was one of the first questions I got asked when my new roommate met me at the beginning of my college career, and again as I mingled at my first-ever internship lunch. (It still took me by surprise too, the assumptions about Americans during the 30 years I lived in Britain. I still can't believe the way they talk about us. Horrible. --Kate)

Worth Reading: One California for Me, Another for Thee. By Victor Davis Hanson 
Excerpt: Currently, three California state senators are either under felony indictment or already have been convicted. ... What is the common denominator with all three California senators – aside from the fact that they are still receiving their salaries? One, they are abject hypocrites who campaigned against old-boy insider influence-peddling so they could get elected to indulge in it. Two, they assumed that their progressive politics shielded them from the sort of public scrutiny and consequences that usually deter such deplorable behavior.

Twilight of the Red and Green. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: The left has never adapted to the transition from nationalistic wars to ideological wars. It took the left a while to grasp that the Nazis were a fundamentally different foe than the Kaiser and that pretending that World War 2 was another war for the benefit of colonialists and arms dealers was the behavior of deluded lunatics. And yet much of the left insisted on approaching the war in just that fashion, and had Hitler not attacked Stalin, it might have remained stuck there.

Obama’s Mideast Nightmare. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: While Bush only overthrew Saddam, Obama overthrew Mubarak, Ben Ali, Gaddafi and Saleh. The difference lay not only in the scale of their respective regime change operations, but in their relative impacts on regional stability. Saddam had invaded other countries and cultivated terrorists, while the governments that Obama helped overthrow, aside from Gaddafi, were not expansionistic, were not obsessed with building up WMD’s and had helped maintain regional stability. Bush had sought to stabilize the Middle East by removing Saddam. Obama instead destabilized it by trying to remove every government that was in any way friendly to the United States and was not covered by the umbrella of the Saudi GCC.

Well done, Mrs. Smith: Hillary Clinton flees protest led by mother of man killed in Benghazi. By Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: There is one thing that will make Hillary pass up a venue. The mother of one of her victims. Former Secretary of State and potential Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, recently cancelled her plans to appear as the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy on April 11 in San Diego, amidst planned fervent protests from local San Diego residents. Protesters have organized under the banner of “The Difference Matters” coalition, a group that primarily consist of local San Diego women who refuse to allow Clinton into their community because of her role in the Benghazi cover up scandal.

Red Tape under Obama
Excerpt: The United States is in desperate need of regulatory reform, say James Gattuso and Diane Katz, research fellows in regulatory policy at the Heritage Foundation.
Over the last five years, the Obama administration has issued 157 new major rules at an annual cost of $73 billion. That number includes 26 new major rules in 2013 alone, twice the annual average of George W. Bush. And already, regulators have identified 125 more major rules that they plan to work on in 2014.

Protesting in Paris. By Daniel Pipes
Excerpt: Inspired by the surprise success of the recent Swiss referendum limiting immigration, the demonstrators demanded a similar opportunity to vote on this heated issue in France. Flyers announced "Peuple de France n'aie pas peur. Dis que tu en as assez!" ("People of France don't fear. Say that you have enough!"). Tasin passed out copies of her booklet, Qu'est-ce qu'elle vous a fait la République? ("What has the [French] Republic Done to You?").

Excerpt: Back in the 50's and 60's the America Mafia employed a team of high-priced lawyers that would show up in court, mount a defense against charges of running prostitution rings, gambling rings, extortion, or even murder. The Mafia called them "mouthpieces" and they served as front line troops who allowed the criminal Mafia to lay low. This seems to be the only talent our current President has. Last week, when principled leadership was required over when the G-7 were meeting and scurrying in fear like little rats from the might Putin, Obama executed a "massive fail". So this week Barack is back in the states and doing what he does best...hitting the campaign trail, making speeches about the minimum wage, kissing elderly women at a Rosie the Riveter reunion and raising massive amounts of cash for his liberal brethren. So BHO is back in Chicago where he'll raise millions and will, no doubt, visit local cemeteries and sign up dead people to the Democratic voting rolls.

Worth Reading the Full Article: Millionaires Need Your Help! By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) ... He said his illegal alien employees deserved amnesty because if "we keep them here and not do anything for them once they get old, that's really extortion." ... Taxpayers have been subsidizing Chuck Herrin's underpayment of his illegal labor force for decades, with skyrocketing taxes to pay for schools, roads, bridges, food stamps, health care and so on. Now Herrin thinks "we" are supposed to support his illegal employees in their old age, too. Here's another idea: How about a federal law mandating that employers of illegal aliens take responsibility for the people they hire? Why is the taxpayer on the hook for illegal aliens' food, housing and medical care, when Chuck Herrin got 100 percent of the profit from their cheap labor? 

I thought this might be an April Fool but the author says it's true (Kate): Study: Vegan and Vegetarians Less Healthy Than Meat-Eaters. By David Atherton

Excerpt: This study even concluded that a "..growing body of epidemiological, clinical and experimental evidence suggesting that regular cheese intake may reduce the risk of cardiovascular outcomes." On alcohol those who drink moderately have far lower levels of heart disease and consequently live longer than tee totallers. The WHO's study into passive smoking also found no statistical significant correlation with lung cancer and heart disease.