Odds and Ends by the Bear

Don’t believe a word that they say about the economy:

It’s always “peaches and cream” with this administration and the idea that the American economy is well on its way to recovery, is just another lie among money. Supposedly, the “Great Recessions” ended 4 years ago, stocks and bonds have done well because of “cheap” money manufactured by the Federal Reserve, but to the average American it is still a very dark picture. We lost 8.8 million jobs during the recession and the country has only recaptured 70% of those jobs back.

As of the latest statics 58% of the adult population has a job and the last time it was that low was 1983 and if you consider the increase in population it makes the picture even darker.

The Current U-6 Unemployment Rate is 12% (BLS) and 13.8% (Gallup)

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For the last 8 years the American economy has averaged 2.5% growth and that is like treading water in the middle of a hurricane. For all practical purpose, this is a no growth economy and without growth there is no way that the country can pay our debts without borrowing more money.

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Obama kept reform Muslims out of summit on extremism

The White House excluded members of a prominent group of reformist Muslims
from its terror summit this week, apparently because President Obama rejects
their argument that such groups as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are
actually motivated by Islam.

A group of 23 prominent Muslim reformers signed a full-page ad
in the Sunday New York Times on Jan. 11 asking “What can Muslims do to
reclaim their ‘beautiful religion’?”

But Obama and officials throughout his administration deny any connection
between Islam and the terrorists beheading and burning their victims in a
reign of terror in the Middle East.

Muslim reformers say the administration is ignoring them because they
disagree with Obama’s refusal to acknowledge the Islamic roots of the
extremists’ ideology.

Some of the most prominent reformers have argued for years that the
ideological and theological roots of Islamist extremism must be addressed,
but administration officials carefully avoided exactly that subject during
Obama’s three-day summit.

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Those ‘Muslim Human Chains’ Around Synagogues and Other Staged Photo Ops by Patrick Poole

People are wetting themselves over on Twitter right now after Muslims formed a human chain around a synagogue in Oslo, Norway, yesterday following the terror attack this week at a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Muslims join hands to form a human shield as they stand outside a synagogue in Oslo

Here’s some of the reaction, beginning with GOP pollster Frank Luntz:

Read more at PJ Media

Netanyahu’s true electoral rival By Caroline Glick

Officially, the election on March 17 is among Israelis. Depending on how we vote, either Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will remain in office and form the next government led by his Likud party, or Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni will form a government.

But unofficially, a far greater electoral drama is unfolding. The choice is not between Netanyahu and Herzog/Livni. It is between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama.

As the White House sees it, if Herzog/Livni form the next government, then Jerusalem will dance to Obama’s tune. If Netanyahu is reelected, then the entire edifice of Obama’s Middle East policy may topple and fall.

Secretary of State John Kerry made clear the administration’s desire to topple Netanyahu last spring during his remarks before the Trilateral Commission. It was during that memorable speech that Kerry libeled Israel, claiming that we would automatically and naturally become an apartheid state if we don’t give Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria to the PLO, Jew free, as quickly as possible.

Despite Israel’s venality, Kerry held out hope. In his words, “if there is a change of government [in Israel], or a change of heart, something will happen.”

Shortly after Kerry gave his Israel apartheid speech, his Middle East mediator Martin Indyk attacked Israel and the character of the Israeli people in an astounding interview to Yediot Aharonot.

Among other things, Indyk hinted that to force Israel to make concessions demanded by the PLO, the Palestinians may need to launch another terror war.

Indyk also threatened that the Palestinians will get their state whether Israel agrees to their terms of not. In his words, “They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.”

Indyk made his statements as an unnamed US official. When his identity was exposed, he was forced to resign his position. Following his departure from government service he returned to his previous position as vice president of the Brookings Institution and the director of its foreign policy program. Last September, The New York Times reported that the Brookings Institute received a $14.8 million, four-year donation from Qatar, the chief financier of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

This week, Indyk was back in Israel to speak at the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies. There he provided us with a picture of what we can expect from the Obama administration in its remaining two years in office if Netanyahu forms the next government.

On the Palestinian front, Indyk warned that Israel shouldn’t be worried about the Palestinians getting an anti-Israel resolution passed in the UN Security Council. Rather, it can expect that the US will join with the other permanent members of the UN Security Council to pass a resolution “against Israel’s will” that will “lay out the principle of a two-state solution.”

As Indyk intimated, Israel can avoid this fate if it elects a Herzog/Livni government. Such a government, he indicated, will preemptively give in to all of the Palestinians demands and so avoid a confrontation with the US and its colleagues at the Security Council.

Indyk explained, “If there is a government in Israel after these elections that decides to pursue a two-state solution, then there is a way forward. It begins with coordinating an initiative with the United States. And then, together with the US, looking to Egypt and Jordan and the resurrection of the Arab Peace Initiative.”

As for Iran, Indyk shrugged at Israel’s concerns over the agreement that Obama is now seeking to conclude with the Iranian regime regarding its nuclear weapons program. That agreement will leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state. Indyk suggested that the US could assuage Israel’s concerns by signing a bilateral treaty with Israel that would commit the US to do something if Iran passes some nuclear threshold.

There are only three problems with such a deal.

First, as former ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich noted, such a treaty would likely render Israel unable to take independent action against Iranian nuclear sites.

Second, the US has a perfect track record of missing every major nuclear advance by every country. US intelligence agencies were taken by surprise when India, Pakistan and North Korea joined the nuclear club. They have always underestimated Iranian nuclear activities and were taken by surprise, repeatedly, by Syria’s nuclear proliferation activities. In other words, it would be insane for Israel to trust that the US would act in a timely manner to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold.

Third of course is the demonstrated lack of US will – particularly under the Obama administration – to take any action that could prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. So Israel has no reason whatsoever to believe that the US would honor its commitment.

But then, since the Obama administration believes that Herzog and Livni will be compliant with its policies, the White House may expect the two will agree to forgo Israel’s right to self-defense and place Israel’s national security in relation to Iran in Obama’s hands.

And this brings us to the real contest unfolding in the lead-up to March 17.

When Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner announced last month that he had invited Netanyahu to address the joint houses of Congress on the threat emanating from Iran’s nuclear program and from radical Islam, he unintentionally transformed the Israeli elections from a local affair to a contest between Obama and Netanyahu.

Obama’s response to Netanyahu’s speech has been astounding. His ad hominem attacks against Netanyahu, his open moves to coerce Democratic lawmakers to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, and the administration’s aggressive attempts to damage Israel’s reputation in the US have been without precedent. More than anything, they expose a deep-seated fear that Netanyahu will be successful in exposing the grave danger that Obama’s policies toward Iran and toward the Islamic world in general pose to the global security.

Those fears are reasonable for two reasons.

First due to a significant degree to the administration’s unhinged response to the news of Netanyahu’s speech, Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu sparked a long-belated public debate in the US regarding Obama’s strategy of appeasing the Iranian regime. Generally consistent Obama supporters like The Washington Post editorial board have published stinging indictments of this policy in recent weeks.

These analyses have noted for the first time that in pursuing Iran, Obama is alienating and weakening America’s allies, enabling Iran to expand its nuclear program, and empowering Iran regionally as the US does nothing to prevent Iran’s takeover of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Second, it is possible that in his remarks about Iran and radical Islam, Netanyahu will manage to discredit Obama’s approach to both issues. This is possible because Obama’s approach is difficult to understand.

Last week, following the decapitation of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State, the Obama administration stood alone in its refusal to note that the victims were murdered because they were Christians. When Egypt retaliated for the massacre with air strikes against Islamic State training camps and other facilities in Libya, the Obama administration refused to support it ally. Instead it criticized Egypt for acting on its own and called for a political solution in Libya, which is now governed by two rival governments and has become a breeding ground for Islamic State terrorists who transit Libya to Sinai.

Following Islamic State’s massacre of the Christians, the group’s leaders threatened to invade neighboring Italy. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised a strong response, and then called on the UN Security Council to do something. The Obama administration responded with coolness to a similar Egyptian call last week.

Hamas (which is supposedly much more moderate than Islamic State despite its intense cooperation with Libya-trained Islamic State forces in Sinai) warned Italy not to attack Islamic State in Libya, lest it be viewed in the words of Salah Bardawil as beginning “a new crusade against Arab and Muslim countries.”

While all of this has been going on, Obama presided over his much-touted international conference on Confronting Violent Extremism. Reportedly attended by representatives from 60 countries, and featuring many leaders of Muslim Brotherhood- linked groups like the Council on American- Islamic Relations, Obama’s conference’s apparent goal was to deemphasize and deny the link between terrorism and radical Islam.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Obama gave a lengthy defense of his refusal to acknowledge the link between Islam and Islamic State, al-Qaida and other Islamic terrorist groups. He insisted that these groups “have perverted Islam.”

Obama indirectly argued that the West is to blame for their behavior because of its supposed historical mistreatment of Muslims. In his words, the “reality… is that there’s a strain of thought that doesn’t embrace ISIL’s tactics, doesn’t embrace violence, but does buy into the notion that the Muslim world has suffered historic grievances, sometimes that’s accurate.”

Obama’s insistence that Islamic State and its ilk attack because of perceived Western misbehavior is completely at odds with observed reality. As The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood demonstrated this week in his in-depth report on Islamic State’s ideology and goals, Islam is central to the group. Islamic State is an apocalyptic movement rooted entirely in Islam.

Most of the coverage of Netanyahu’s scheduled speech before Congress has centered on his opposition to the deal Obama seeks to conclude with Iran. But it may be that the second half of his speech – which will be devoted to the threat posed by radical Islam – will be no less devastating to Obama. Obama’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the fact that the greatest looming threats to global security today, including US national security, stem from radical Islam indicates that he is unable to contend with any evidence that jihadist Islam constitutes a unique threat unlike the threat posed by Western chauvinism and racism.

It is hard to understand either Israel’s election or Obama’s hysterical response to Netanyahu’s scheduled speech without recognizing that Obama clearly feels threatened by the message he will deliver. Surrounded by sycophantic aides and advisers, and until recently insulated from criticism by a supportive media, while free to ignore Congress due to his veto power, Obama has never had to seriously explain his policies regarding Iran and Islamic terrorists more generally. He has never endured a direct challenge to those policies.

Today Obama believes that he is in a to-the-death struggle with Netanyahu. If Netanyahu’s speech is a success, Obama’s foreign policy will be indefensible. If Obama is able to delegitimize Netanyahu ahead of his arrival, and bring about his electoral defeat, then with a compliant Israeli government, he will face no obstacles to his plan to appease Iran and blame Islamic terrorism on the West for the remainder of his tenure in office.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

Beyond Anti-Semitism By Alan Caruba

Anti-Semitism by Arabs

I read Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent call to European Jews to move to Israel in the wake of the attacks in Paris and in Copenhagen. “Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe,” was Netanyahu’s message to those considering leaving their home nations.

By 2012 about 43% of the world’s Jewish community lived in Israel, making it the country with the largest Jewish population. The bulk of the rest of the world’s Jewish population lives in the United States and the remainder are scattered among other nations.

When it declared its sovereignty in 1948 Israel quickly filled with Jewish immigrants from the surrounding Arab nations that made it clear they were not welcome even if their families had lived there for generations. Now they are extending their hatred to Arab Christians.

These days Israel’s population numbers 7,821,850. For years Israel has been welcoming Jewish immigrants from nations that include Russia, Ethiopia, Ukraine, and France; even some from the U.S. As incidences of anti-Semitism increase in Europe, Netanyahu’s invitation is being answered by more Jews seeking a respite from the hatred they are encountering.

Jews represent less than 0.2% of the world’s population.

In the U.S., unless you live in a major urban center or its suburbs, you are not likely to encounter too many Jews. According to the 2015 World Almanac and Book of Facts® there are 5,439,000 Jews in North America and 13,862,000 worldwide.

So why are we witnessing attacks on Jews? Writing in The Wall Street Journal on January 15, 2015, Ruth R. Wisse, a former professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard, warned that “If we mistakenly imagine that this is ‘about’ Jews, however, we fall into the trap that anti-Semitism sets for us by deflecting attention from perpetrators to victims.”

“The trail of terror leads not to the Jews but from those who organize against them…In every case, Jews are convenient targets standing in for the liberalizing aspects of individual freedom, democratic governance and modernity complete with its anxieties. Anti-Jewish politics aims at the tolerant societies in which Jews flourish.”

Therein lays the danger in President Obama’s resistance to identifying the terrorists and acts of terrorism around the world as fundamentally Islamic. Do all Muslims hate Jews? Probably not, but enough do to support radical Islamism in the millions and their hatred extends to Christians and all other infidels, unbelievers.

One thing is for sure. As reported on June 3, 2014 in The Wall Street Journal, “from 2010 to 2013, the number of jihadist groups worldwide has grown by 58%, to 49 from 31; the number of jihadist fighters has doubled to a high estimate of 100,000; and the number of attacks by al Qaeda affiliates has increased to roughly 1,000 from 392.” Those numbers are increasing.

CNS News.com reported in November 2014 that “The number of people killed by terrorists worldwide in 2013 rose by 60% compared to the previous year—from 11,133 to 17,958—with four Sunni Muslim extremists groups responsible for two-thirds of all fatalities” according to the Global Terrorism Index, a project of the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The failure to defeat the jihadist groups can only lead to the increasing danger of an attack on the U.S. homeland, but it will also ensure that such attacks occur throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East wherever there are large Muslim populations.

On September 29, 2014, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly. “It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam. Typically its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds—no creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world. You know the famous American saying, ‘All politics is local’? For militant Islamists, ‘All politics is global’ because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world.”

When Netanyahu addresses the U.S. Congress next month, his message will surely be the same, but with one difference. He will focus on the insane prospect of an Iran, the source of terrorist acts against the U.S., since the Beirut bombing of our Marine barracks there in 1983.

What Obama does not grasp is that Netanyahu wants the U.S. to cease its insane support for a nuclear Iran. He wants to protect his nation, but what he also wants to do is to save Iranian lives because Iran will not be permitted to reach a point where it can annihilate Israel.

This goes beyond the anti-Semitism that has flourished for millennia and goes straight to the question of whether Israel and the U.S. can survive an inevitable attack and whether the rest of the world can avoid slipping into a new Dark Age rooted in the seventh century.

© Alan Caruba, 2015

“Murphy’s Law” by JimMurphy

Greetings once again from the Association Of Right Wing Jingoistic Xenophobic Angry Menacing Masculine White Guys Who Drive Fossil Fuel Burning Four Wheel Drive Vehicles. I am sure I missed some of the descriptive adjectives used by the Liberals/Democrats/Progressives/Socialists but I think y’all get the idea.

DISMANTLE:

I heard the world’s most intelligent and articulate human, Barack Hussein Obama, make the statement that he intended to “DISMANTLE” ISIS along with other terrorist groups. Of course this is the same Barack Hussein Obama who only a few months back was referring to ISIS/ISIL (take your pick) as “The Junior Varsity”. Didn’t take ‘em long to improve their status to the “Varsity”, did it?

OK, let us look at the word he used regarding this and other Muslim Terrorist groups:

DISMANTLE – to take apart; to strip; to disassemble

Then one of his State Department spokes idiots in the person of MARIE HARF made it perfectly clear that ISIS/ISIL COULD NOT be defeated by killing them off. No siree, according to this brilliant broad, we had to address the ROOT PROBLEM which caused people to want to join this group of merry killers… and that perhaps the root cause could be, now get ready for this……………. JOB OPPORTUNITIES. WOW! Aren’t we fortunate to have a government employee who has the keen observation to realize that these Muslim Terrorists simply want good jobs. That sure takes a load off my mind.

Let me explain about Barack Hussein Obama’s use of the term DISMANTLE. Here is a man who originally called the Fort Hood Massacre of 13 people and the wounding of over 20 others, WORKPLACE VIOLENCE. Even back then, Obama and his lyin’ ass administration refused to call MUSLIM TERRORISTS what they were.

And, apparently within the past couple of weeks with the beheadings of over 20 people and the burning alive of some 42 others in various Middle-Eastern and North African countries, Obama and his administration still refuses to acknowledge that RADICAL MUSLIMS are not only trying, but succeeding in murdering people all over the globe. But, I guess that perhaps Ms. Harf has the answer in providing JOB OPPORTUNITIES to these vermin. Then, perhaps neither MS. HARF nor BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA really hold the best interests of not only American but other primarily Christian nations at a very high level.

In less than 20 seconds, I can DISMANTLE a Sig Sauer P226 handgun; In roughly the same elapsed time period I can DISMANTLE a John Browning Model 1911 handgun; It takes me a bit longer to DISMANTLE a Ruger Mini-14 rifle; I can also DISMANTLE a Colt/Ruger Single Action handgun in under 45 seconds; With a screwdriver I can DISMANTLE a S & W Revolver in well under a minute. AND in roughly the same amount of time I can RE-ASSEMBLE all of the above mentioned firearms.

The point I am trying to make is that despite the razor sharp observations of MARIE HARF, the only way to defeat these terrorists is, in fact, to KILL AS MANY AS IT TAKES. Perhaps my Great Grand-daughter at age 4 had a better grasp on things. She didn’t like bugs and one day we walked out our front door and she spotted a lone ant walking across our front walk. She ran over and stomped flat. I took her around to the side of our house and showed her an ant bed crawling with the little creatures. I told her that there were probably over a thousand ants in that ant bed. She thought on that briefly then said, “Grandpa, Let’s kill ‘em all.” All in all at age 4 she had a better grasp of reality than does Marie Harf.

Last week, some friends and I were talking about war casualties. One of them was a Veteran of WW II; one of Korea; and the third from the Viet Nam War. So after I got home I looked up the list of people killed from the United States; Japan; Germany and Russia. Of course almost all of the U.S. lives lost were U.S. Military while the other three countries also had some deaths of civilians from death camps and prison camps. But here is what I was able to find out:

UNITED STATES – 416, 837
JAPAN – 2,121,955
GERMANY – 5,533,000
RUSSIA – 10,725,345

Many of the Russian deaths also came through prison/death camps

AND, I don’t imagine that a shortage of JOBS in any of the Axis countries was the “ROOT CAUSE” of World War II. AND, apparently the Allied forces did indeed KILL their way to victory. If you believe anything else then I believe you are grossly mistaken.

DEGREE:

While Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, is the choice of many conservatives to be the Republican Candidate for President in 2016, the Liberals/Democrats/Progressives/Socialists and their News Media seem to have uncovered a death dealing fact regarding Governor Walker in that he………. I can hardly bear to say it……….. DOES NOT HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE.

Many in the media and great Americans like Democrat/Socialist former Vermont Governor Howard Dean have already declared that Governor Walker couldn’t possibly lead our country with no college degree.

OK. Let me point out this fact…… Marie Harf has a Degree; Barack Hussein Obama has a Degree; Attorney General Eric Holder has a Degree; I could go on forever with people who do have Degrees who have as little grasp of leadership and common sense as these previously named boobs.

I might also point out that President Harry Truman DID NOT have a Degree and not only did he show leadership but great courage in his two terms as a Democrat President. Without hesitation I can honestly say that in my opinion, Harry S. Truman WAS THE BEST DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT in my lifetime.

Of course, I would urge young people to pursue their education as far as possible BUT I can honestly say that many college graduates today are graduating with degrees which are about as useful as a saddle for a pig.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Don Faubion, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, Charlotte Williams, John Gallemore, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, Don Weaver, Roger Goertz, Billy Williams, Gerry Fincher, Jerry Carpenter, Steve Mida, Sherry Welch – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (98) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson, Kate Nolan – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Warren Wetmore – IL – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Bette Miller, Sheriff Richard Mack – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, Sam Wittstruck (17 yoa) – CA – Pat Holley, Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers, LANA Athey – CO – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney, James E. Brady III (2 yrs. old) – OH – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – Rick Vizzier USNA74, Steve Burich USNA74 -VA – George Rimmer – WA, RET. COL. Pete Mekkelson -WVA

GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, * 1ST LT. Levi English, GySgt. Eric Harmon, Archer Abblitt, Maj. Todd A. O’Brien, MGySgt. ’46 – 82 (Ret) Harvey Weigart – USMC Kenneth Thomas -USCG SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates – USAF – Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG – Zachary Moore – US NAVAL ACADEMY – Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Lt. Tommy Brown, Lt. Russell Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), E5 Matthew J. Blaker, Ensign Ethan English, – US NAVY – Bud Barnett – USNA ’74 – SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES – SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, CWO2 Mitchell Wittstruck – US ARMY – CWO3 Tim Helton and the 1/230 Air Cav Squadron TNANG – All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military

John Mallory – DEA – Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“Back in the thirties we were told that we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.”………. WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY

“Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples’ money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people’s freedom and security.”………………………. WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”….. THOMAS JEFFERSON

“Every word of the Constitution decides a question between power and liberty.”…………. JAMES MADISON

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”….. PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC Chairperson, Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain R-AZ, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Kathleen Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison D-MN, Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, COLIN POWELL ( R) , Michael Moore, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo Chris Christie R-NJ , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee D-TX, Susan Collins R-ME, Patrick Leahy, Jeff Flake R-AZ, Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX, John Boehner R-OH, John Cornyn R-TX, Mitch McConnell R-KY, Mike Huckabee R-AR, Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Robert Menendez NJ, Al Franken MN, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray WA, Henry Waxman CA, Linda Sanchez CA, Maxine Waters CA, State Senator Wendy Davis D-TX, Elijah Cummings D-MD, NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Lois Lerner, Michael Morrell, Tommy Vietor (National Security Council Spokesman), Karl Rove, Rep. Ann Kuster D-NH, Jen Psaki (State Department), Josh Earnest, Marie Harf(State Department), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Orin Hatch (R-UT), John Koskinen (IRS COMMISSIONER), Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Deval Patrick (D-MA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Jerry Brown (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Michelle Nunn (D-GA), Jay Nixon (D-MO-Gov.), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Julia Pierson, Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-TX), HOWARD DEAN

MSNBC, ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, AL SHARPTON, UNITED NATIONS, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, PETA, CAIR, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, The NFL, CNN, The Environmental Protection Agency, Al Jazeera America, Republican National Committee (RNC), NBC, CBS, CNBC, ABC, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Tom Steyer (Progressive Billionaire Opposing Keystone Pipeline), NBA, NHL, NOW (National Organization Of Women), Patricia Ireland, Jesse Ventura, Geraldo Rivera FOX News, Juan Williams FOX News, Bob Beckel FOX News, The Washington Redskins Football Team, James Brown (CBS -NFL Pre-Game). CDC (Center for Disease Control), Bill O’Reilly FOX News, Shepard Smith FOX News, Alan Colmes FOX News, MICHAEL MOORE, Bryant Gumbel

MORE STUFF:

My wife and I subscribe to the weekly paper which is published in her home town of Bremond, Texas, the Bremond Press. Bremond, Texas is also home of the Class AA Division II Texas State Football Champions, the Bremond Tigers. Bremond scored 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter to win their 2014 State Championship. Anyway, Bremond, Texas is a very small Central Texas town and is primarily a farming/ranching community. It has a large Polish population and was one of the primary Polish settlements in Texas in the early 1900’s. My wife’s Mother and Grandparents migrated to Texas from what was at that time part of what is now Ukraine.

A couple of weeks back there was an article about a Polish military unit on their way back to Poland from Siberia in WWII. When going through Persia (Iran) they adopted an orphan baby bear. This was in 1942. No animals were allowed to be with a fighting unit unless they performed some type of service. So, the soldiers trained this bear to carry 100 pound artillery shells during battle. After the war was over, this bear was sent to a zoo in Scotland. The article said that anytime this bear would hear anyone speaking in Polish, he would immediately perk up. The bear’s name was Woytek and died in the zoo in 1963.

I had rather read a good story like that than a bunch of crap in the (Sub) Standard Times.
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Looks like Jesse Jackson is on TILT again. It seems that he Little League team that won the Little League World Series had violated one of the rules by recruiting players from outside their designated area and once again, adults have screwed up a kid’s game. ANYWAY, Jesse Jackson is up in arms and is pointing out that this is pure and simple RACISM. He said that the kids were being punished for the adults breaking the rules and it was because they were black.

DAMN! I hate to say that Jesse may be right…… so I won’t. This RACE HUSTLING BOOB hasn’t had a correct thought about anything in years. According to him and Al Sharpton, RACISM is at the bottom of everything.

However, I might point out to Jesse, that the coaches knew the rules and I would wager that those kids also knew the rules as did their parents or parent (whichever fits). But apparently rules mean nothing to Jesse and Al….. and apparently don’t mean a hell of a lot to Barack.
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Well it looks like we have a new Secretary of Defense. His name is ASH CARTER. I really don’t know much about him other than his name sounds like he should be the villain on DAYS OF OUR LIVES or one of those old soap operas.
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FLASH!!! An article from the (Sub) Standard Times: UT (University of Texas) Investigates Fraternity Over DIVERSITY Complaints. Evidently there was some costume party held by one of the fraternities and “Culture Costumes” were worn and evidently some got upset over the “INSENSITIVITY” shown by some of the attendees. BUT, what caught my eye was that this tragic incident was being investigated by: The University’s DIVISION OF DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. I am sure that most colleges and universities have such a group but I have never heard of one of these before.

HEY! I have an idea, why don’t we have a Federal Bureau Of Diversity And Community Engagement and put MARIE HARF in charge of same? Perhaps she could be as efficient at that job as she is at her present position.
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In one of the above paragraphs I mentioned John Browning. Of course most of us know that he had the idea for the Model 1911 .45 semi-auto pistol and the Browning Automatic Rifle. But last week I watched a program and learned that he of course patented the Browning Automatic Shotgun but also learned that he was the primary force behind the Winchester Model 97 pump shotgun and prior to that invented the first Lever Action Shotgun. He had a hand in the design of the Browning .50 caliber machine gun and a number of other weapons which we still use today. John Moses Browning was quite a man.

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TREY GOWDY; MIKE LEE; TED CRUZ; ALLEN WEST; JON BOLTON; COL. RALPH PETERS; GEN. JACK KEANE; SCOTT WALKER, DAVID CLARKE

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JEM

ISIS butchers: A medieval serial killer on steroids by Valerie Ogden

Islamic State recalls Bluebeard, the French knight who tortured and murdered
children.

ISIS butchers wantonly rape, enslave, burn, crucify and slaughter thousands
of adults and children – including 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded in the
latest outrage – without apparent qualms or remorse. They are all too
reminiscent of Bluebeard, the notorious fifteenth century serial killer of
children.

Gilles de Rais had been the paragon of the high medieval prince, almost
Renaissance in his talents and accomplishments. He fought alongside Joan of
Arc in the Hundred Years’ War and was honored by the King for his service to
the crown. But he became crazed, a psychopath nicknamed Bluebeard, because
his perfectly groomed horse sometimes glowed blue in the sun, who took
demonic pleasure in torturing, raping and viciously murdering innocent boys
and girls in France.

In the hellish modern day Middle East, ISIS grew out of the Sunni terrorist
organization formed by al Qaeda, specifically the Iraq group, al Qaeda in
Iraq (AQI). Until an America airstrike killed him in 2006, Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi headed AQI, with the experienced Iraqi fighter known as Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi succeeding him. But for awhile a US-backed alliance of Iraqi
Sunni tribes effectively battled against this jihadist force, with AQI
losing its influence in Iraq.

Then in 2011 AQI recognized that it could regain some of its power and
increase its ranks as the Syrian conflict developed, by moving its troops to
that war-torn country. By 2013 it returned to Iraq where al-Baghdadi changed
the group name to ISIS, reflecting its greater regional aspirations.

The brutality of war can turn soldiers into monsters, during or after
combat. Bluebeard appears to have killed because of a mental illness,
possibly precipitated by his experiences on the battlefield. He killed many
men in vicious hand-to-hand combat, and saw many others mangled and
dismembered.

He was Joan of Arc’s protector, yet he was powerless to save her from the
enemy. She was burned as a witch with instructions from the English command
that she be kept far enough from the flames to suffer a slow, gruesome
death. Bluebeard’s inability to save this heroine possibly caused him to
suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which triggered his
latent psychopathic tendencies and led him to commit hundreds of murders.

The psycho-political connection of ISIS to slaughter is simpler. Islamic
State happily recruits the most depraved, hate-filled, remorseless servants
of extremist Islam from all corners of our planet. It gleefully eradicates
all who will not agree with its primitive ideology, killing children and
adults savagely for that single reason. Its game plan includes violence to
instill fear and conversion, and violence for its own sake.

It has extended its caliphate in Iraq and Syria by and while taunting,
torturing and executing thousands of unarmed prisoners. Men and boys who
stayed in their villages were compelled to convert and join the ISIS army,
or were summarily shot, crucified, beheaded, dismembered, or buried or
burned alive.

During the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453), English soldiers and brigands
roamed France, torturing and murdering citizens with the same perverse
predation. ISIS’s burning captured Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Moaz
al-Kasasbeh alive in a cage is similar to the fate suffered by some
prisoners in Bluebeard’s time. But death by fire as legal punishment is
unprecedented in the modern era, even in the war-torn Middle East, and is
considered heinous and barbaric.

ISIS extremist machinations began stunning the world in August 2014, when it
proudly released its video showing American journalist James Foley being
horrifically beheaded. His executioner, hiding behind a black mask and
speaking perfect English with a British accent, threatened the US and its
allies with more beheadings, unless they discontinued airstrikes against
ISIS troops and the regions it held.

When they beheaded another U.S. freelance journalist and British and
American aid workers, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron accurately
called them monsters, underscoring how brutality and derangement are often
complimentary in war. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga,
described the online video of the recent beheading of journalist Kenji Goto
as terrorist propaganda.

These bloodthirsty executions have elevated ISIS’s status in the extremist
world, with thousands of disoriented, hot-headed freaks rushing to join its
forces – including at least 100 from the United States and 3,000 from other
Western countries. Learning quickly from the “evil” West, it has effectively
used social media, beheading videos and shocking images of Lieutenant
al-Kasasbeh burning in agony, to recruit more savage butchers, terrify
anyone who might think of resisting it, and frighten civilized society into
denouncing ISIS, wringing its collective hands . and doing little or nothing
of substance.

Blood money has poured in from bank robberies, pillaging, and revenue from
stolen oil and selling victims’ organs. Using its military expertise and
seized and purchased weapons, ISIS has rapidly taken over of a third of Iraq
and Syria, and now proclaims this land to be a transnational Muslim
caliphate.

Bluebeard, a military hero who witnessed Joan of Arc’s treatment at the
hands of his sworn enemies, emerged as a cruel, deranged demon who
represented the worst in humankind. He lived in a time when people believed
in battles between the forces of good and evil, and was hanged for his evil
deeds in 1440.

Those forces are now colliding again, as ISIS steamrolls over people and
countries, its atrocious actions overwhelming almost anyone in its path. It
seems clear that these fanatics are intent on continuing their relentless
drive to destroy modern civilization and bring the world back to Bluebeard’s
medieval era of sadism and submission, 570 years ago.

ISIS under al-Baghdadi publically fought with Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Osama
bin Laden successor of al Qaeda, over the future of another al Qaeda front,
al-Nusra in Syria. The al Qaeda faction became so angry with al-Baghdadi
that it cut off connections with him. Then, by declaring himself caliph of
the Islamic State, al-Baghdadi challenged al Qaeda leadership directly for
the allegiance of all Muslim extremists.

It would be ironic if Islamic extremists in al Qaeda found ISIS too bestial
and powerful to tolerate – and devised a plan to dismantle it as a threat to
civilization. From his grave, Bluebeard would chortle an insane laugh, as
evil battles worse evil, and civilization watches and waits from the
sidelines.