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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ANDREW KLAVAN: Is the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) Islamic?

Bare Naked IslamInquiring minds want to know, but Rep. Thompson of Mississippi thinks not. Who are we to argue with any leader of the American government?

Where on earth do Democrats come up with these people?    "Democrat Congressman [Bennie] Thompson (D-MS) said at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday that the “threat posed to the homeland by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has nothing to do with religion or culture and he rejects specific ethnic or religious profiling of would-be terrorists.' ”

Obama’s Foreign Policy of Empty Words; The Junior Varsity Team in the White House

“When force threatens, talk is no good.”   "That line from John Ford’s classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance contains wisdom everyone from peasant to king knew before our modern age and its smug illusions."
Photo via FrontPage Magazine

Victor Davis Hanson   ... "Go back 2,400 years, and you can hear it from the Athenian orator Demosthenes as he chastises his fellow citizens for responding to Macedonian aggression by “forever debating the question and never making any progress” and issuing “empty decrees.” “All words, apart from action,” Demosthenes warned, “seem vain and idle, especially from Athenian lips: for the greater our reputation for a ready tongue, the greater the distrust it inspires in all men.” We’ve had several years now of watching Obama and his foreign policy team prove this eternal truth as they have feebly and fecklessly responded to crisis after crisis in Ukraine, Syria, and a dozen other venues

“ 'Word, words, words,” as Hamlet says. But words useful for politicians who want to avoid the risk and uncertainty of action, and don’t want to face disgruntled voters at the polls. And when this perennial calculus is joined to the progressive belief that an exploitative, racist, neo-imperialist America is disqualified by its sins from being the guarantor of global order and stability, you get the world we are rapidly becoming––a Darwinian jungle of feral violence, illiberal hegemons, thug-nations, and nuclear-armed terrorist states."

So we cannot be the world's policeman; as someone asked once, then who will protect us from the world's criminals?

The Junior Varsity Team in the White House  ... "However, as the Syrian people waited for the U.S Cavalry to arrive, the population became increasingly embittered towards the United States and increasingly more radicalized. Years of feeling abandoned by the world’s only Superpower, waiting for American assistance while your family is being butchered, certainly closed the window of opportunity for a loyal American foothold in the Levant, and has only served to radicalize the population.

"In humor, relationships and in foreign policy, timing is everything.  This atmosphere could have been a contributing factor to the strong emergence of ISIS in Syria"

Who should this country fear more; ISIS or peace protestors wearing clownish costumes?

Alan Caruba on "Our Pathetic President "

Warning Signs
... "We have a President who has displayed a lack of leadership, a lack of judgment, ignorance of history, a cowardly approach to the threats we face, and who has demonstrated over and over again that he is a liar. His administration is likely to be judged the most corrupt in the history of the nation, indifferent to the Constitution and our laws.
"Proclaiming that he “could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform”, this is a President who has engaged in dramatically reducing the size of our military to pre-World War II levels. After a two-star general, Major General Harold J. Green, was killed in Afghanistan in April not one single member of the White House attended his funeral. Obama was playing golf.
"America must survive a man who many have come to believe is “the worst President” in our history. An essential stop toward that will be to defeat as many Democratic Party incumbents and candidates for office in the November 4 midterm elections. Americans—patriots—can do no less at this point."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Senate Democrats: “We Demand Rush Limbaugh Be Taken Off The Air”…UPDATED Thursday, 9/18

Rush Limbaugh strikes back at DCCC  "A representative for Rush Limbaugh is accusing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of intentionally lying about the radio host's remarks in "a disturbing and cynical attempt to fundraise from the serious problem of sexual abuse."

" 'The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee emails about Rush Limbaugh are an intentional lie, using 10 words carefully selected from his full comments to imply the opposite of what he actually said," Brian Glicklich, a spokesperson for Limbaugh, told POLITICO on Wednesday."

Examiner.com; 'Fascist' Democrats launch campaign to silence Rush Limbaugh
... "But the quote was just a tiny fragment of a segment that dealt with an ESPN analyst who said men must be reprogrammed. As usual, the George Soros-funded Media Matters took a comment out of context to create an issue where there was none. Naturally, the liberal hate machine ran it without providing the full context -- or a link to what Limbaugh actually said -- and now Democrats say Limbaugh must be silenced and pulled off the air." ...

Remember Harry Reid's "phony soldier" campaign against Rush that blew up on him?

Weasel Zippers

"Yesterday, House Dems called for boycotting Rush’s sponsors, today their Senate counterparts kicked it up a few notches by calling for him to be taken off the air immediately."
Meanwhile, on the left:
Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin a "stewardess"

Cher Said A Cuss About Sarah Palin

The 7 Most Despicable Ways Liberals Have Attacked Sarah Palin

7 Ways Conservative Activists Are Harassed By The Left   Such as:   " ...Ali Akbar, President of the National Bloggers Club, recently had a picture of his mother’s house posted online along with her address. Karl Rove actually had hundreds of left-wing thugs trampling through his yard, banging on the windows, and they terrified his two sons so badly they cried. After a campaign of harassment by the Communications Workers of America, Tabitha Hale had someone break into her house. Michelle Malkin once moved because of harassment."

David Letterman has admitted that his apology to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for a crude joke he told about her daughter was less than contrite.

Michele Bachmann gets greeted on the Jimmy Kimmel show by Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch"

But of Paula Jones, Carville said: "Drag a hundred dollars through a trailer park and there's no telling what you'll find."

... "given the vulgar comments that the left often makes about Sarah Palin (who recently celebrated her 50th birthday), Nikki Haley, and other politically conservative women, 
there may be a war on women waged by Democrats.

Liberals Demean Stay-At-Home Moms

Wanda Sykes said Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker and hoped Rush Limbaugh’s kidneys fail.

Conservative blacks called "Uncle Toms" This includes Lt. Col. and Rep. Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell,  Condolleezza West, Justice Clarence Thomas and numerous others. Below is a cartoon done by liberal cartoonist Pat Oliphant:
If you want more of these, I can do it and so can you. TD

The Buckley Program Stands Up for Free Speech

Bruce S. Thornton

Photo vai FrontPage Magazine
... "The Buckley Program is a rare instance of an academic organization staying true to the ideals of free speech, academic freedom, and the “free play of the mind on all subjects,” as Matthew Arnold defined liberal education. Most of our best universities have sacrificed these ideals on the altar of political correctness and identity politics. Anything that displeases or discomforts campus special interest groups––mainly those predicated on being the alleged victims of American oppression–– must be proscribed as “slurs” or “hateful,” even if what’s said is factually true. No matter that these groups are ideologically driven and use their power to silence critics and limit speech to their own self-serving and duplicitous views, the modus operandi of every illiberal totalitarian regime in history. The spineless university caves in to their demands, incoherently camouflaging their craven betrayal of the First Amendment and academic freedom as “tolerance” and “respect for diversity.' ”...
I found the Yale Muslim Students Association website, typed "Ayaan Hirsi Ali" into the search box and got - if I may use a Yiddish word - bupkis

Hirsi Ali speaks at Yale despite protests from the Yale Humanists.   "Muhammad Syed, the co-founder and Executive Director of Ex-Muslims of North America has some strong words about this, the most succinct of which were:
I believe the Yale Muslim Students Association should be ashamed of their attempt to silence Hirsi Ali, and the Yale Humanists should be ashamed for being complicit in the effort.
There is no doubt that Hirsi Ali has made comments that are often deemed inflammatory to Muslims. Although I find myself often disagreeing with her stances, I admire her courage and stamina. No one has shed light on the barbaric practices continued in the name of Islam as forcefully as she has. The fact that she is one of the only ex-Muslims speaking out about these kinds of practices is not evidence that the abuse is rare or confined to small fundamentalist communities. Rather, it is evidence of the censure and targeting of those who are willing to speak frankly about Islam and demand change in the Muslim world.    
 In California, her free speech could be denied by the "heckler's veto"  " ...student speech could be restricted if “school authorities [can reasonably] forecast substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities” stemming from the speech."


Ann Coulter  "The most important words printed in The New York Times since "REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER" were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: "The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November."

   " He's absolutely right. Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers. For the next six weeks, nothing matters more to the country than Republicans taking a majority in the Senate. When it comes to politics, conservatives need to learn one thing from liberals: All that matters is winning.

    "Here's a preliminary report on where the election stands and my assignments." ...

Full article. Be sure to read her final point about these third party candidates - any of them. A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Democrat judges all the way up the ladder.

... "The biggest current danger for Republicans is that idiots will vote for Libertarian candidates in do-or-die Senate elections, including Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Colorado. (That's in addition to the "Independent" in Kansas who's a Democrat.) Democratic candidates don't have to put up with this crap -- they're even trying to dump the official Democrat in Kansas to give the stealth Democrat a better shot.

"When we're all dying from lack of health care across the United States of Mexico, we'll be deeply impressed with your integrity, libertarians.

   "Which brings me to my final assignment this week: If you are considering voting for the Libertarian candidate in any Senate election, please send me your name and address so I can track you down and drown you. "

Emphasis added, TD

Sept 15, 1944: Battle of Peleliu

Peleliu: 70 Year Anniversary   ... "But like many of the other battles into which American boys were thrown, few but the most ardent history buffs can relay much, if anything, about the agony that was the struggle for Peleliu." ...

Battle of Peleliu Home Page   See also the photos

Dear Mrs. South,
Nothing I could write can express the sympathy we hold for you or make less the grief you bear at the loss of your son Private First Class Joe Lloyd South.
Regulations do not permit my giving any details of your son's death at this time, but I wish to say that all of us who served with him knew him as a fine Marine and friend, respected and liked by both officers and men. Having him no longer with us is a real and personal loss. There is consolation only in the knowledge he gave his life for his God and country and for all the things he himself held dear.
May I express again my deepest sympathies and those of your son's comrades in this company. Please feel free to write if I may be of any service.Sincerely
Doug WychoffCaptain USMCCommanding OfficerB Co 7th Marines

HBO's The Pacific; Battle of Peleliu

NRO Slideshow
"Awaiting the invasion force were some 10,000 Japanese defenders who had no hope of escape or resupply, and who had built formidable defenses in hundreds of caves on the island’s sheer coral cliffs."
USMC History photos

Tell me again: why do you want to be a "journalist"?

Team Work, by TerrellAfterMath.com (September 17, 2014)
Poll: Black & White Ferguson Residents Agree - Media Made Things Worse   .... "The media didn't care about facts, so injustices was manufactured -- just so a bunch of elite, rich, predominantly white, leftwing  cable news anchors and reporters could grandstand and pretend they are Down With The Struggle.

"This poll won't matter. No one in the elite media gives a damn about the residents of Ferguson. The media storm was never about making anyone's life better. It was about preening and politics and pretty pictures of burnt out buildings. The media fed the mob at the expense of the people. And they can't wait to do it again."

On that premier source of news for low-information voters, "The View": Rosie O’Donnell asks: Who's Charles Krauthammer?
... "The group discussed Krauthammer’s recent remarks that the president was a narcissist, with O’Donnell stating that she didn’t know who Krauthammer was or what he did for a living." ...

CNN Reporter asks Obama biased question – “Are GOP candidates uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?”    Video
"Wow, you’d think Lothian would have been more subtle about his bias, especially since he is strictly functioning as a news reporter. I would have expected a question framed with “do you agree with…?” or simply “what are your thoughts about this?”. But he exposed himself as many others have, and now we know.  Video

On the New York Times: Gray Lady Suffers Malaise   ... "Fair enough, but consider the source — over the past 12 years, the New York Times, when not going on benders on the evils of golf courses and air conditioning, and publishing outright fabulism, has, more recently, published pieces calling for the end of the US Constitution, and mocking the “fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity” of its presidential candidates — only, upon further review, to discover that these extreme worldviews are Catholicism, Lutheranism and Mormonism, bedrock religions of America’s history. .... And of course, in 2008, it went all-in to champion a man who was clearly not ready to be president, to the point of actively burying potentially damaging stories about him and refusing to run op-eds from his opponent." ...   Emphasis mine, TD

 The press on domestic violence    On Obama's 2008 Father's Day address in Jesse Jackson's Chicago church:
Obama’s message was unequivocal. The New York Times took a day off from worrying about the separation of church and state and headlined its article on the talk,“Obama Sharply Assails Absent Black Fathers.”
Past highlight of the press:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On violent and non-violent Muslims

The Mysterious Moderate Muslim   "What, and who, is a moderate Muslim?

"Islamic values are codified in the Koran. The idea that some Muslims might interpret those values in a moderate way is like saying there’s such a thing as jihad lite. There’s no getting around the fact that a central tenet of the Koran is mass murder – whether through the directive to kill infidels (non-believers), apostates (those who leave Islam), or hypocrites (Muslims who don’t practice their religion appropriately). In other words, most of civilization is fair game for slaughter. What, pray tell, would be a moderate version of that? "

"And if people try to suggest there are many peaceful verses in the Koran, they are either uninformed or practicing taqiyya, because older, more peaceful teachings are abrogated by more recent violent teachings, as written in Sura 2, Verse 106."  Read more: 

 Making Friends Rather Than Enemies   "Essentially, Islam is a mirror-image of Christianity.  The more closely a Christian follows Christ, the better a person he becomes.  The less closely a Muslim follows large pieces of the Koran, the better a person he becomes.
"Telling peaceful anti-Sharia Muslims that their faith is evil will only create in their minds the idea that they are hated.  And how do people who think they’re hated behave?  They riot, they support violence, they lash out, they become our enemies." ... Read more:

I'm sorry, but I just cannot get incidents such as his out of my mind:
Previously friendly Muslim neighbors turned on Christians of Maaloula  and...
Syria: Longtime Muslim Neighbors Joined al-Qaeda Rebels Against Christians 

How Illegal Immigrant Juveniles Will Serve the Democrat Party

Michael Bargo Jr.   "As thousands of illegal immigrant juveniles cross the southern border of the U.S., the knee-jerk response of media has been to either support the migration as benefiting those who are fleeing violence of Central American countries, or to complain about the potential health risks and costs of the movement. Neither of these perspectives explains the real reason the illegal immigrant juveniles are being brought into the U.S. They are being brought into the country to serve the Democratic National Machine." Read more:
... "The real story is that President Obama cares not for the welfare of Hispanic juveniles.  His only concern is to keep the Democratic National Machine in power. He himself was placed in the White House to rewrite Immigration Law and preserve DNM campaign donations and electoral support."


70 Years Ago; Operation Market Garden September 17 - 27 1944

Operation Market Garden   "Operation Market Garden (17–25 September 1944) was an unsuccessful Allied military operation, fought in the Netherlands and Germany in the Second World War. It was the largest airborne operation up to that time.

"Field Marshal Montgomery's goal was to force an entry into Germany over the Lower Rhine. He wanted to circumvent the northern end of the Siegfried Line and this required the operation to seize the bridges across the Maas (Meuse River) and two arms of the Rhine (the Waal and the Lower Rhine) as well as several smaller canals and tributaries. Crossing the Lower Rhine would allow the Allies to encircle Germany's industrial heartland in the Ruhr from the north. It made large-scale use of airborne forces, whose tactical objectives were to secure the bridges and allow a rapid advance by armored units into Northern Germany."  More here...

Living Battlefield has this.    "This post will seek to explain what happened during  4 crucial days in September 1944.
"Unlike D-Day, which was 2 years in the planning, Market Garden was hastily put together in a matter of days. It involved the largest parachute drop of the war. 
Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery
"Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, fresh from his success in Normandy, believed he could 'walk on water', and this buoyed optimism led to an audacious, but hasty and ill prepared operation." ...

Liberation Route Europe  "Liberation Route Europe is a continuously growing, international remembrance trail, connecting important milestones of modern European history. Liberation Route Europe links the main regions along the advance of the Western Allied Forces."


The Battle of Arnhem

 Wehrmacht Footage; Operation Market Garden The opening footage is of the Germans machine-gunning Polish paratroopers descending.

Video; Operation Market Garden 2014 - Official Trailer

Operation Market Garden; The Crossing of the Waal River

"The Second Omaha Beach" - Crossing the Waal  "On September 20, 1944 the war in the West depended on whether American Paratroopers could seize the Nijmegen Bridge before the Germans could destroy it.   The fate of Operation Market Garden and 10,000 beleaguered British paratroopers trapped in Arnhem rested on the capture of the bridge.  A daring daylight crossing of the Waal river was planned to capture the bridge. "

Crossing the Waal - 20 September 1944    The soldiers of the 504th that survived the crossing stormed the germans defenses on the north side of the river. Losses where very heavy, but the men were able to grab the northern end of the railway- and road bridges. The played a major part in the capture of both bridges. The men of C Company 307th Engineer battalion, that had not been killed or injured during the first crossing returned with the remainder of the boats and made several more crossings carrying more men of the 504th across.
"Third Battalion 504, H & I Companies were the first to cross the Waal River in small canvas/wood boats. First battalion crossed after 11 of the 26 boats returned. The German artillery was able to mow them down as they crossed. In spite of heavy casualties, the men of the 504 prevailed and captured their objective, the North end of the Bridges at Nijmegen." ...