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.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Friday, December 19, 2014

Krauthammer: How to fight the lone wolf

Charles Krauthammer

Pakistani human rights activists light lamps as they take part in a protest 
in Karachi on December 18, 2014, against the attack by Taliban militants
 on an army-run school in Peshawar
"The lone wolf is the new nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

"The real terrorists are rational. Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, had been functioning as an Army doctor for years. Psychotics cannot carry that off. Hasan even had a business card listing his occupation as SoA (Soldier of Allah). He then went out and, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” shot dead 13 people, 12 of them fellow soldiers. To this day, Hasan speaks coherently and proudly of the massacre. That’s terrorism."... Read more.

2009: White House Christmas Decor Featuring Mao Zedong Comes Under Fire

"Mao Zedong is in the White House, hanging out with a drag queen. Not far away, Barack Obama is making a play to have his head etched in stone.

"Critics of President Obama are setting their sights this week on the official White House Christmas tree, which features controversial ornaments including an orb depicting the late Chinese dictator, another that shows drag queen Hedda Lettuce, and yet another that shows a picture of Mount Rushmore -- with Obama's head pasted to the side of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt's.

"God rest ye, merry gentlemen.

Click here for photos of the White House Christmas Tree decorations.

Battle of the Bulge; Stavelot, Krinkelt and Rocherath on Dec 19, 1944

Local Battle of the Bulge survivor recalls that day  Video:   "Barely an hour out of Denver, there is a hidden treasure of information from World War Two.
The invaluable history lesson is not in a museum. Instead, the lesson comes from a man who lives at an assisted living center in Strasburg.

"Ted Montgomery, 89, has a lot to teach about America's involvement in WWII. He loves to talk and he loves his country.

"Montgomery was 19 years old when he was inducted into the Army at Fort Logan in Denver." ...

Murdered civilians carried from building to common grave in Stavelot, Belgium.

Dec 19th, 1944  "1944At a meeting of senior Allied commanders, Eisenhower decides to appoint Field Marshal Montgomery, commanding British 21st Army Group, to lead all Allied forces to the north of ” the Bulge” in the line created by the German attack. General Bradley, commanding US 12th Army Group, is responsible for all Allied forces to the south. The arrangement is not made public at this time.
1944 – It is decided that the Japanese 35th Army on Leyte is no longer to be reinforced or supplied. Nonetheless, fighting continues to the north of Ormoc and throughout the northwest of the island.
1944 – Forces of the German 6th SS Panzer Army reach Stavelot in the north while elements of 5th Panzer Army approach Houffalize. Some US forces between these advance continue to defend positions around Gouvy and St. Vith.
1944 - During the Battle of the Bulge, American troops began pulling back from the twin Belgian cities of Krinkelt and Rocherath in front of the advancing German Army."

Krinkelt-Rocherath, December 17, 18 and 19, 1944    ..."As we moved through the snow everyone was quite as we all knew that in a short time we would be engaged with the enemy.  The column stopped and we wanted to move on.  Lieutenant Lahner, our Platoon Leader, was called to meet with the Company Commander and the other Platoons leaders.  We had hopes that, maybe something better was being planned for us.  We began to talk among ourselves guessing what our next move may be.  After 20 minutes Lieutenant Lahner returned.  He talked briefly to Sergeant Ward, our Platoon Sergeant.  I wasn’t close enough to hear the conversation.  Immediately our Company turned and started moving in almost the opposite direction.  We took the road that ran from Wahlerscheid to Rocherath and Krinkelt."
Source:  The official online home of Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Twin Villages   "The battle in and around the "Twin Villages" Krinkelt and Rocherath in December 1944.  This clip is dedicaded to the men of the 2nd US Infantry Division Indianhead. They fought a heavy battle during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in Belgium."

Stavelot Bridge Then and Now 

The Church of Stavelot - Then and Now

Supporting Repression and Torture in Cuba; a Reading List


American Thinker    "There is a book our president should read. He might find the U.S. should “be better than that” when it comes to supporting torture. 

"It is the sort of book that once started, it can’t put it down. But the president might find he would want to put it down because the grisly tortures endured by the author for 22 years are almost too much to comprehend.

"The book is Armando Valladares’ Against All Hope, the account of his decades’ long imprisonment and torture by the regime of Fidel Castro. It makes for grim reading.  Arrested for not denying Christ and for not supporting Marxism, Valladares was tortured, starved and even thrown into a pit of human excrement.  At one point, rats were about to eat his genitals. A guard intervened at the last moment." ... More here.
Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert
James Longstreet; Beyonce now free to travel to Cuba ..."Who else off the radar was delighted with this move?  Who else in the inner circle of the President?  The Congressional Black Caucus, for another.  Recall the jaunt to Cuba by leaders of that caucus and their publicized praising of the Castro regime." ...

Leftists are drawn to dictators, but they come by that honestly.

Mona Charen: Cold War Replay: This Time We Lose  "Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of preemptive concessions." ...  Full article

... "The Obama White House conducted these negotiations itself, with no meddling from the State Department. The centralization of all activity in the White House continues, and in this case the American negotiator was Ben Rhodes. Rhodes is a speechwriter with a graduate degree (M.F.A.) in creative writing, so one might wonder if he struck the hardest bargain possible. But of course those would not have been his instructions anyway: The president didn’t want a hard bargain. He wanted to destroy 50 years of American policy toward the Castro regime." ...

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

"Sen. Ted Cruz on Obama’s Castro Bailout: Obama “does Not Understand the Difference between our Friends and our Enemies".
"After Handing Victory to the Castros, Obama Admits No Indication Castros are Changing their Ways on Human Rights.
"Krauthammer on Obama Castro Bailout: “Is there No Tyrant that Obama will not Appease for Nothing in Return?' ”...

From RedState: Engaging Cuba Is the Right Move "For too long the United States’ only policy toward Cuba consisted of sanctions and non-engagement. Engaging Cuba is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama is doing it the wrong way." ...

Cuban Relations
Did Obama’s new Cuba policy just launch Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign?

Jihadists Using Liberalism Against Itself

Dry Bones Blog

Commentary Magazine   "While the West’s enemies become ever more unrestrained in the barbaric nature of their attacks, Islamist militants are increasingly pursuing tactics aimed at limiting what the West can do in its own defense. As a recent case in Britain has demonstrated, jihadists and their supporters are more than happy to fabricate the most outlandish allegations in an often successful attempt to hinder the fight against them. This is the kind of thing that Israel has been having to deal with for decades, and at some point other Western states need to comprehend that they are all up against the same enemy, one which is willing to employ the same underhanded tactics against all of us." ....

Bonus Rich Terrell cartoon; too good to not use

Australia’s Cafe Jihadist:Known To CIA & Obama Too. Apologists Galore…

"ASIDE from the perennially deluded (read:leftists and surrogates), few are unaware that Islam incites/serves as the inspiration for Islamic jihad. G-d have mercy, but not on them. Besides, they deserve whatever blow back wends their way.

"HOWEVER, despite all the slaughters invoked under the banner of Allah – via exhorting, Allahu Akbar – some still require remedial education. Slaps too. Regardless, check the mindless drivel out, almost immediately after the jihad ended in Sydney, Australia:

“ 'That Sydney Sheikh, he’s a phony Muslim cleric. He just wants to kill people. That’s not what, you know, Islam is calling for – to kill people at the cafe.' ”

Ignorance kills.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Why Liberals Really, Really Hate Us

Red State
David P. Goldman   "They really, really hate us. George Orwell wrote a morning “Two Minutes Hate” session into the daily life of his dystopia in 1984. One blogger notes that 2,000 of Rachel Maddow’s facebook fans wished that Ted Cruz would fall into an open elevator shaft. What would he have made of the hyperventilating hatred that liberals display against conservatives? Over at National Review, Katherine Timpf reports on a hate manifesto published by the chair of University of Michigan’s Department of Communications. Republicans “crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all.” wrote Prof. Susan Douglas. “So now we hate them back,” she explains. “And with good reason.' ”
 "The antics of the “small and arrogant oligarchy” that controls the temples of liberal orthodoxy have turned into comic material that Monty Python couldn’t have dreamed up a generation ago. There are now dozens of prospective genders, at least according to the gender studies departments at elite universities. What do the feminists of Wellesley College do, for example, when its women become men? The problem is that no-one quite knows what they have become, as a recent New York Times Magazine feature complained:"    Full article

Lena Dunham, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and the New Barbarism

"Rioting. Slander. The wanton personal destruction of people known by their accusers to be innocent. In his latest Firewall, Bill Whittle shows how events like the rioting in Ferguson do not occur in a vacuum, and how Progressives not only tolerate this lawlessness, this New Barbarism -- they teach it." ...
From the rioters on the street stealing car rims under the Progressively-sanctioned cover of so-called social justice; to inhuman attention-junkies who are perfectly happy to ruin the lives of people they perceive as political enemies, knowing full well they are innocent; through Leftist college professors who teach them that the truth and the law do not matter so long as the Progressive goals of identity politics are advanced; and right on up to the President and Attorney General, who use IRS intimidation of political enemies and simply dictate laws they cannot get passed – Progressivism is a philosophy of lawlessness, disregard for truth, contempt for individual lives and individual freedom. It is utter, total barbarism.

Obama rescues communism in Cuba

Thomas Lifson    "A perfect storm was brewing that could have meant the end of communism in Cuba.  The more than half century of hemispheric Cold War was about to pay off.

"And now President Obama has short-circuited this historic opportunity.  The regime is no doubt already telling its people that the Yanquis have capitulated and accepted the legitimacy of the regime. There is no point holding out the hope of change that has been so carefully nurtured for decades."  Read more:

The Castros Finally Hit the Jackpot  "Candidate Barack Obama said that, as president, he would talk to anti-American dictators without precondition. He didn’t mention that he would also give them historic policy concessions without precondition.

"His surprise unilateral change in the U.S. posture toward the Castro dictatorship came without even the pretense of serious promises by the Cubans to reform their kleptocratic, totalitarian rule."  Read more:  RICH LOWRY

NRO: Obama Acts on Cuba   "Here are four names, long forgotten, that should be noted today: Armando Alejandre, Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, and Mario de la Peña. They were three U.S. citizens and one permanent resident. They were pilots with Brothers to the Rescue, the outfit that looks for Cuban refugees, as they are stranded or desperate on the sea.

"On February 24, 1996, the four pilots were shot out of the sky by the Cuban dictatorship’s forces. The planes were in international airspace at the time. The Castro government killed the men simply because they were trying to help innocent Cubans." ...
Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Don't wish for Hillary to do better at running the country:

  • Hillary Praises Obama's Cuba Deal
  • Hillary Decries ‘Excessive’ Law Enforcement, ‘Brutal’ CIA

Che Guevara and Fidel Castro Pictures In Alan Gross' Lawyer's Office
 Now this makes sense: From 2008: "Barack Obama won’t wear an American flag on his lapel, but on the wall of his Houston campaign office: a Cuban flag with a picture of Communist mass murderer Che Guevara."

The Battle of the Bulge: Dec 1944-January 1945

 How stuff works

This African-American turns on Obama, Sharpton, Farrakhan and the Democrats

 Apparently a townhall meeting went poorly for Sharpton.*  This man expresses his thoughts about it simply, straightforward and -sadly - without fear of how he will be treated by the left.


 *"...McKinley called on President Obama to help the grassroots by discontinuing aid and government grants that go through Chicago’s political machine to “name-brand-blue-ribbon-negro-organizations” such as the NAACP and Urban League. McKinley told Breitbart News those groups “are poverty pimps, and are part of the problem and not the solution.”