Illegal ISIS Planet Warming is Number ONE Threat

Labor Day Weekend. HMMMM, where is the laboring of the mind of the Government? Big issue coming up, Sams not selected for the RAMS team roster. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION still on, companies can’t discriminate against ILLEGALs. (What a dumbass idea that is) Football distraction is back. Obama still contemplating how to screw the country on legalizing lawbreakers. Illegal immigrant lawbraker murderers still on the loose. BO still issuing EO’s acting like a Dick-Tator. But, a supposed ISIS attack gets no mention. Allies like the UAR, Egypt and Saudi keep telling us about this. Guess it’s low Priority at the 1814 burned Sandstone Mansion in DC. We have Muslim Brotherhood plants at the 1814 Burned Sandstone Mansion. BO is still Fundraising and Golfing and still has no Strategy as admitted. Personal aide Jarrett from Iran?? CIA Director allegedly a muslim, and we’re told everything is OK. I just wonder when our collective asses will be shot out from under us. But NO FEAR, GLOWBALL WARMING IS OUR No. 1 Threat to the country. And Russia has “VACATIONING SOLDIERS IN UKRAINE” (see other article for that war)

Michael Curtis
On 22 August 2014 09:33

ISIS, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and Western delusions

With a new report in mind, the startling delusions of top British diplomats about the Muslim Brotherhood mirror wider Western denial about the nexus between Hamas and ISIS, and the Islamist threat generally


Cameron, who has delayed publication of the report, is not the only individual startled by this conclusion. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates have banned the Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The court in Cairo has sentenced 529 members of them to death so far in 2014 and has imprisoned many others. The crown prince, Zayed al-Nahyan, of the Abu Dhabi royal family, even informed the British Foreign Office of the danger he felt in London from members of the Brotherhood.

It is difficult to reconcile the Jenkins report with the behavior of two organizations, ISIS and Hamas, associated with the Brotherhood, as well as with the actions, which include the murder of tourists on a bus in the Sinai Peninsula, of the Brotherhood itself.

Moron This Here:


Rule 5 Blogging: The Яussians are coming, the Яussians are coming!

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Milla Jovovich in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

This week, we are featuring soldiers from Ukraine, because, once again, the Russians are coming. The West is, of course, very concerned, and has issued very strongly worded condemnations.

Keeping track of the Russians

Keeping track of the Russians

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From Around the Blogroll

My darling bride (of 35 years, three months and 11 days) made me work around the house, on a long procrastinated project, so I’m late getting to this post!

The Los Angeles St Louis Rams waived defensive end Michael Sam, the first open homosexual on an NFL roster, in the final cuts to reach the 53 man roster. I anxiously await the stories that he was cut because of his sexual orientation.

Deanna Fisher of the Victory Girls: Amanda Marcotte is For Women! Unless Their Story Wrecks Her Narrative. Then Never Mind.

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain: Feminists Courageously Defending Their Right to Another Red Solo Cup. Apparently, giving women the advice that one of the wiser ways to avoid date rape or acquaintance rape is to not get stinking drunk is horribly sexist!

William Teach of The Pirate’s Cove: Enviros Wonder Why “Green” Groups Are So Darned Lilly White. Mr Teach says that he’s “going to brand the modern enviro/climate change movement as racist. They have to prove they aren’t,” using the left’s tactics against them. Of course, the real reason is that most racial minorities are more concerned about putting food on the table, rather than why the Antarctic ice pack is expanding to record levels despite the predictions of the warmists. I’d bet that if someone were to check the income levels of the greens, it would be found that most of them have more green in their wallets than average as well, and don’t really have to worry about the effects of their policy proposals on their economic survival.

EPA chief Gina McCarthy, not exactly a Person of Color.

Of course, Hube of the Colossus of Rhodey wrote Obama EPA Chief: “Fighting Global Warming Is About Protecting Communities of Color,” even though People of Color — supposedly a very acceptable phrase, though Colored People would earn the writer immediate condemnation — don’t seem to participate very heavily in the environmental groups. Am I allowed to suggest that it’s really white people telling people of color what’s good for them?

Sister Toldjah: The most desperate, stupid #NCSEN attack line you’ll see this year

John Hitchcock on Truth Before Dishonor: All Multi-Nationals Should Invert Away From US

The Lonely Conservative: Obama Plans To Regulate Every Appliance In Your Home

L D Jackson of Political Realities: New York Government Tries To Force Christian Farmers To House Same-Sex Marriage

And Darleen Click of Protein Wisdom noted that the left have accomplished their mission: rather than compromise their religious values, the Giffords have decided not to host weddings at all in the future. For the homosexuals, it isn’t enough that they be allowed to do their own thing, but that they have to try to use the law to force everyone else to go along with it.

William Jacobson of Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion: Support for Israel remains strong after Gaza conflict. Newly-released Pew survey shows much more sympathy for Israel among Americans than Palestinians. Of course, support for Israel lessens among Democrats, to whom American Jews routinely give around three-quarters of their votes, and Democrats have much greater support for the Palestinians. All that this shows is that the Democrats are just plain stupid, and American Jews not much brighter when it comes to casting their votes.

There’s nothing on Bridging the Gap that’s either new or worth going over to see.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air: WaPo: Say, this President doesn’t seem terribly competent at foreign policy, huh?

Donald Douglas’ view of how Secretary of State John Kerry looks

Donald Douglas of American Power: John Kerry’s Demand for ‘Global Coalition’ Signals Cowardice, Weakness, and Appeasement. Well, I don’t know how Secretary of State Kerry could look very good on foreign affairs, given that he has to work under the policies of President Obama. The obvious question is: if Hillary Clinton runs for President, as is widely expected, how can she separate her poor performance as Secretary of State other than by claiming that she was hampered by the policy restrictions of the President?

Steven Hayward of Powerline: Coming Soon To Climate Change: The “Rewind” Button?

The much prettier Dana, writing on Patterico’s Pontifications: Ft. Hood Shooter’s Unsurprising Request. It seems that Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood murderer, wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State. Perhaps we could grant his wish, and then have him beheaded, with a knife, and the video sent to the Islamists. But, then again, I’d much rather that he waste away in prison, staring at four walls for a couple of decades, knowing that he’s a helpless prisoner of a Christian state. And when he does go to his 72 virgins, being that he’s paralyzed from the waist down, they’ll stay virgins.

Our retirement home. Click to enlarge

Our retirement home. Click to enlarge

Finally, a picture: Though I’m not planning on retiring for another five years, my lovely wife and I are buying our retirement home back in Kentucky. We were only planning on looking for a piece of land, a few acres or so, with water on the property, on which to build, when this just fell into our laps, for a ridiculously low price. Just a hair under eight acres, with 500 feet of frontage on the Kentucky River. The land to the right of the road, with the light yellow house, will be ours on September 16th. The mountain behind it isn’t part of the property, but is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The tree line to the right is along the river bank. We’ll be renting out the house for the next five years, and retiring in the spring of 2019 . . . assuming that I don’t drop dead earlier than that.

And you wonder why I think that the Palestinians are stupid?

I’ve said it before: the Palestinians could have their independent nation, in Gaza and the West Bank, if they’d just stop shooting into Israel.

That’s all that they’d have to do; they are the only people of whom I can think, in all of history, who could win their war by not fighting. If they’d stop shooting, if they’d just behave like civilized people, the Israeli voters would, within a couple of years, force the government to grant independence to the Palestinians. The Israelis are tire of war, tired of almost universal conscription, and tired of having to deal with the Palestinians and terrorism; if the Palestinians just quit fighting, the Israeli public would be happy, relieved, overjoyed at them gaining independence.

Israel is a democratic nation, under a proportional representation parliamentary system. The ruling party almost never has a majority in the Knesset by itself, and is forced to forge coalitions with minor, single issue parties to form a government. If the people want a new government, a couple of the minor parties will drop out of the coalition, and the government will fall, forcing new elections. Thus, either the current ruling party would be forced to grant independence, or a new government would be elected and do just that. But somehow, the Palestinians have been unable to see that.

Well, this might be evidence of why they can’t: apparently, they’re just plain stupid:

Gazans Celebrate Hamas “Victory” by Firing into Air, Killing Each Other
August 28, 2014 by  

There’s no way this can go wrong

Those death blossoms bloom in the Gaza summer. If they celebrate any more victories, they’ll really strain the morgues.

As the cease-fire began in Gaza, Tuesday evening—it was supposed to start at 7 PM but rockets and mortar shells continued to fall in Israeli territory as late as 7:15 PM—the V Day celebrations erupted in Gaza, after 50 days of clashes.

And then people started to drop in the streets.

According to tweets from Gaza, as many as 2 locals were killed from those gunshots, and at least 25 were injured.

An 8 PM tweet in Arabic read: “Gaza: wounded in shooting in the air, internal calls for citizens to express their happiness by other means.”

It’s either killing Jews or killing each other. Since there are no Jews in Gaza, the options are limited.

It’s kind of like this brilliance.

A sad, sad photo.

Taken Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 1835 @1835 EST. Click to enlarge.

Taken Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 1835 @1835 EST. Click to enlarge.

It was taken this evening, Thursday, August 28, 2014, and you can see the start of the leaves turning and falling to the ground.

It’s still August! It’s still Summer! Where’s my Global Warming?

It only reached 76º F today in Jim Thorpe, and the forecast is for tonight’s low to be 51º F . . . in August! We haven’t seen a 90º F degree day since June, and we have almost never used the air conditioning this Summer.

Economics 101: It doesn’t matter how liberal you are, eventually you have to do something radically conservative like pay your bills

We have previously noted, in our 18th Century Technology category, the financial travails of newspapers these days. But it’s not just newspapers, and even companies owned and run by liberals are not immune from market forces:

Bloodbath at CNN, HLN: Axing of 550 Jobs ‘Imminent’

Today’s news of a coming bloodbath at CNN and HLN is a reminder that while CNN has been able to use the unrest in Ferguson to race-bait its way to better ratings, everyone knows that’s temporary. Without something that allows the left-wing network to appeal to the lowest common denominator, CNN is almost certain to fall back into the ratings basement until something else comes along for the network to cynically exploit. So here come the layoffs and buyouts.

In the headline, The Wrap describes these layoffs as “imminent‘:

Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large number of those at CNN and HLN, which will lead to layoffs if they are not taken voluntarily, according to an individual with knowledge of the network’s plans.

The buyouts will come across the Turner division, with a couple of hundred expected at CNN and HLN, the individual said.

A CNN spokeswoman had no immediate comment. …

HLN has been struggling in the ratings, regularly finishing fourth in total viewers and in primetime across the key cable news demo, viewers 25-54. It did edge out MSNBC in the demo across a total day measurement in 2014′s second quarter.

CNN’s ratings have been doing well during times of big, national breaking news — but the cable news net regularly ranks far behind Fox News and battles with MSNBC probably more than it would prefer.

More at the link.

In a way, it’s karmic justice once again making itself felt: it doesn’t matter how liberal or noble or whatever the good people at CNN are, the laws of economics and business realities still apply, and economics and business are inherently conservative in orientation. And, along those lines, it seems that voting socialists into power doesn’t always mean that they can stay socialists. From Donald Douglas:

Left-Wing Revolt Plunges Hollande Into Crisis

At Telegraph UK:

The French president is forced to order a reshuffle after two dissident cabinet ministers launch an open rebellion against his economic policy.

François Hollande was forced to order his second reshuffle in less than five months today after a revolt within the cabinet threatened to cripple his presidency.

The Left wing of France’s ruling Socialist Party is furious over Mr Hollande’s shift to more centrist economic policies with the introduction of tax and spending cuts aimed at reducing the country’s huge budget deficit.

The outgoing government, headed by the reformist prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed in March with the aim of bringing an end to infighting and the cabinet’s apparent lack of direction.

However, it was plunged into crisis over the weekend by Left-wingers led by Arnaud Montebourg, the flamboyant economy minister.

He defied Mr Hollande’s authority by publicly urging him to discard austerity and break with what he described as deficit-cutting measures imposed on the eurozone by “the most extreme orthodoxy of the German Right”.


Reality bites, doesn’t it? Monsieur Hollande has introduced economic measures he finds personally distasteful, because he has no real choice: his socialist experiment has led to huge budget deficits, and all of Europe is, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, running out of other people’s money.

Karmic Justice!

From Tammy Bruce:

Video: Hamas Funeral Attendee Forgets To Remove Suicide Belt, Goes Boom!
by Shifra on August 24, 2014


Don’t they teach anything at Hamas Suicide Training School? You’re supposed to take off your suicide belt when you go to a funeral. Capiche?

Oh, please let this be real!

Democrisy: Do as they say, and don’t even look at what they do!

From Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit:

August 24, 2014

Mr. Gore likes to say ‘our democracy has been hacked by big money,’ but he has done some hacking himself in his many rent-seeking activities. His Current TV payday, partly at the expense of the Qataris, partly at the expense of U.S. cable subscribers and shareholders, must be especially piquant to Americans exhausted by Mr. Gore’s incessant moralizing. What would be nice to know, and what a full airing of the legal record might show, and is at what point Current stopped being a sincere experiment in liberal news and entertainment. At what point did it morph into a scheme to shake down TV distributors and flip the carriage rights for what BusinessWeek estimates was $450 million in profit to Mr. Gore and partners.

The more people talk about equality, the more they’re involved in a system that promotes special deals for insiders. The more people talk about money in politics, the more they’re involved in crooked insider deals.

Mr Reynolds’ internal link is to Ann Althouse, who further links to a more detailed story in The Wall Street Journal.1

And from Hot Air:

Irony alert: Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fraud
Posted at 5:31 PM on August 16, 2014, by Ed Morrissey

Honestly, it’s difficult to know where to begin tracking the irony in this story. Al Gore launched Current TV in large part on the financial and political basis of his global-warming crusade and entrepreneurship, which predictably went nowhere even with high-profile headliners like Keith Olbermann. Gore then improbably convinced Al Jazeera — which is owned by the royal family of the oil-pumping emirate of Qatar — that the channel was worth a half-billion dollars on the basis of its penetration into cable and satellite-TV systems in the US. That deal, by the way, got cinched only after Gore began accusing some of those cable and satellite system operators of bigotry for threatening to drop Current TV’s slots if the deal went through — which would have cost Gore a $100 million payday.

Fast forward eighteen months, when Al Jazeera America is no more a household name than was Current TV before the sale. According to Gore, they’ve balked at making payments on the bloated cheeseburger he sold them, so Gore is suing them … for fraud:

Former Vice President Al Gore has filed a lawsuit against the Middle Eastern media group Al Jazeera, accusing it of fraud and breach of contract in its $500 million purchase of Mr. Gore’s Current TV cable channel.

The dispute centers on Al Jazeera’s refusal to turn over “tens of millions of dollars” remaining in an escrow account and still owed to the selling shareholders of Current TV, according to a statement from David Boies, the lawyer representing Mr. Gore and a Current TV co-owner, Joel Hyatt, who are suing on behalf of all the selling shareholders.

“Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago,” Mr. Boies said. “We are asking the court to order Al Jazeera America to stop wrongfully withholding the escrow funds that belong to Current’s former shareholders.”

Well, if anyone knows about fraud, it’s Al Gore. After all, he’s the same man who took the half-billion-dollar deal from the Qataris while claiming not to be a hypocrite about climate change by drenching himself in oil money. He shouldn’t be surprised at the sudden refusal by AJA to pay the overpriced bill for the bill of goods Gore sold them. After all, as a wise man once intoned: “There’s no such thing as ethical oil.” Unless they’re stuffing the proceeds into your pocket, of course.

More at the link.

The First Street Journal is amused by all of this. The hypocrisy of our former Vice President was obvious long before he started Current TV or sold it to al Jazeera; we noted previously that Mr Gore’s mansion in the tony Belle Meade section of Nashville uses twenty times as much electricity as the average American home, and that the energy consumption there actually increased after the initial stories. I wrote previously that “I’d take Mr Gore’s warnings about anthropogenic global warming more seriously if there was some evidence that Mr Gore took it seriously himself.”

And, of course, there was Mr Gore’s efforts to get the deal closed before December 31, 2012, to avoid the higher tax rates on the top earners that President Barack Hussein Obama insisted were the patriotic duty of the wealthy2 to pay, and which took effect on January 1, 2013, according to The New York Times.3

But, if we are fortunate to have escaped, by the skin of our collective teeth, a Gore presidency, he’s hardly the only utter hypocrite that the Democrats have . . .and who might one day become President. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rather famously said that her husband and she were “dead broke” when Mr Clinton’s term was up, even as she was already a sitting United States Senator,4 and her husband was entitled to a permanent presidential pension equal to the Executive Level 1 (cabinet secretary) pay grade.5 Of course, they had just bought a $1.7 million home in Chappaqua, New York,6 and a $2.85 million five-bedroom brick colonial near Embassy Row in Washington. Mrs Clinton had also signed for an $8 million advance against royalties in December of 2000 — before the Clintons left the White House — and while her husband hadn’t yet signed a book advance deal at the time, the Clintons knew that it would be there, and he signed, in October of 2001, for $15 million.7

Which brings us back to Professor Reynolds’ statement:

The more people talk about equality, the more they’re involved in a system that promotes special deals for insiders. The more people talk about money in politics, the more they’re involved in crooked insider deals.

The younger George Bush, received a smaller advance, $7 million, for a book about eight years as President than Mrs Clinton did eight years earlier for a book about eight years as First Lady. And now Mrs Clinton has signed for twice as much money as Mr Bush received for half as much time, as Secretary of State instead of as President. And Chelsea Clinton was paid about $600,000 as a no-previous-experience “special correspondent” by NBC News, for doing a few puff pieces.8 Insider sweetheart deals, indeed!

You can count it as a truism: when a Democrat talks about the need to address income inequality, he’s as busy as he can be about making more money for himself! Republicans are also interested in making money for themselves, but they are at least honest about it.

  1. A media consultant suing Mr Gore claimed that the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee was at first “adamant in his rejection of the proposal” to sell to al Jazeera.
  2. The Democrats were attacking 2012 Republican presidential nomine Mitt Romney for being too wealthy, but Bloomberg reported that Mr Gore was “Romney rich” just a few months later.
  3. The deal didn’t actually get done until Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
  4. As a freshman senator in 2001, her salary was $145,100.
  5. $161,200 per year in January of 2001.
  6. Personally financed by Terry McAuliffe, President Clinton’s fund raiser and the current Governor of Virginia.
  7. Mrs Clinton recently signed for a $14 million advance for a book on her for years as Secretary of State, but that’s too far removed from 2001 for it to count against her “dead broke” statement.
  8. Jenna Bush Hager earns about $500,000, thanks to some sweetheart deals of her own, but at least she had some real world experience before she got the deals, and the Republicans aren’t lying through their teeth about income equality.

President Obama sending delegation to the #MichaelBrown funeral

From the Gateway Pundit:

Report: Obama to Send Official Delegation to Michael Brown’s Funeral – Went Golfing During 2-Star General’s Funeral
Posted by Kristinn Taylor on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:57 PM

The Obama administration is sending Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, an African-American who heads up an Obama initiative to help young black males, to lead the administration’s all-black delegation to the funeral on Monday of Michael Brown. Brown is the unarmed black 18 year-old robber shot dead in a confrontation by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer two weeks ago in a case that has stoked racial tensions.

Johnson’s attendance at the funeral was first reported by April Ryan, White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks, in a posting on Twitter.

The Washington Post later reported two more black Obama administrations officials are being sent to Brown’s funeral. Marlon Marshall, Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Heather Foster, Public Engagement Advisor. Both work under Valerie Jarrett.

The Post reported Marshall is from St. Louis and went to high school with Brown’s mother.

Johnson was appointed earlier this year by Obama to be chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force which is aimed at helping young black males avoid the fate of the likes of Michael Brown and lead successful lives. Johnson’s official title is, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary.

More at the link.

The article continues to note that President Obama was golfing during the funeral of Major General Harold Greene, the highest ranking officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War. I disagreed with several other conservatives on their condemnation of that, because I don’t believe that General Greene’s life was either more or less important than that of a Private First Class who was killed in Afghanistan, and I’d rather see the President attend the funeral of some otherwise nameless non-com killed. Some people have said that missing General Greene’s funeral was a sign of disrespect, but we all knew that the President has no respect for the military officers and enlisted men who serve under his command.

My question is: what will the sending of this delegation mean if it is eventually proved that Officer Darren Wilson’s account of the shooting is correct, that Mr Brown assaulted the police officer, and that the officer was defending what he perceived to be a threat to his safety and life? The First Street Journal does not take any position on the facts of the case, because there are so many different witnesses, telling different versions of what happened on August 9th. The Editor does, however, note that to believe the left’s version of the story, that Officer Wilson simply shot Mr Brown without justification, he must also believe that a six-year veteran police officer with a public commendation earlier this year for subduing a man involved with the drug trade, and no record of disciplinary action taken against him, simply decided, for whatever reason, to shoot a man who was not threatening him. That is certainly possible, but it doesn’t seem particularly probable.

Surveillance camera image of Michael Brown assaulting a store clerk.

To believe the reverse, that Mr Brown decided to assault Officer Wilson, I would also have to believe that a very large young man, who had already used his size to push around a man half his size, while helping to rob a convenience store just ten minutes prior to the shooting, and who had residue of marijuana in his system when he died,1 would be foolish enough or angry enough or whatever enough to attack a police officer much smaller than himself. It sounds pretty stupid, but it seems more probable to me than the other possibility.

Of course, the funeral of Mr Brown cannot be delayed long enough for the investigation to be completed; that’ll wind up taking months. If the President is going to send representatives to Mr Brown’s funeral, he has to do that now. But it risks saying something not very good if it turns out that Mr Brown was indeed a thug who caused his own death.
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  1. This does not prove that he was under the influence of drugs at the time he was killed, but simply that he had used drugs at some point.