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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hillary stands with Indian-Americans ....in India

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Steve Hilton  . . . "Whoever.” “You name it.” Clinton’s catalog of insults to the people she once hoped to represent typically ends with the rhetorical equivalent of an exasperated monarchical hand sweeping people away as if they were serfs who had dared to show their dirty faces to the queen.

"But Hillary really outdid herself recently in Mumbai in India.

"After dismissing American women who dared to vote against her as brainless robots when it comes to politics – this from the self-styled champion of women! – she went on to describe Trump supporters (roughly half the country, let’s remember) as people who “didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women getting jobs, you don’t want to see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are.”

"Let’s not waste too much time on how unintelligent, offensive and bigoted that remark really is. The best response might just be to point to one prominent Trump supporter who now serves in  the president’s Cabinet: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, an Indian-American professional woman who as governor of South Carolina not only took down the Confederate flag but said that it “should never have been there.' ” . . .

The Media, the NRA, and Islam

It's too bad the American left doesn't treat the NRA even half as fairly as it treats Islam.  "That would refer to American Muslims, 13 percent of whom, according to the Pew Research Center, say they support suicide bombings and other violence against civilians in defense of Islam.  (According to Pew, the percentage is considerably higher among foreign Muslims.)
Yet every time a jihadist goes on a killing spree, the American left, through its propaganda arm – otherwise known as the mainstream media – is quick to remind us that Islamic terrorism is an aberration and in no way reflective of the "religion of peace."
"In fact, jihadist terror is so aberrant that countless talking heads, including the one who used to occupy the White House, have declared it un-Islamic, going so far as to claim that a vast terrorist army known by various names, but most conventionally as the Islamic State, has nothing to do with Islam.
"That would actually be laughable – sort of like claiming that the National Rifle Association had nothing to do with guns – if thousands of people weren't being slaughtered.
"Yet countless Islamic scholars, learned men (they're all men) who have done little other than study the Koran their entire lives, boldly contradict the leftist cadre of pundits and professional apologists, most of whom are not Muslim and have no expertise in the field of Quranic study (sort of like Dianne Feinstein defining an "assault rifle"), by saying that in their learned opinion, what terror networks like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are doing – visiting violent jihad upon the infidel – is exactly the duty of every true Muslim and that anyone who says differently is either an infidel or a heretic and should be killed.  (How's that for the religion of peace and tolerance?)
"So whom are you going to believe, Anderson Cooper, who knows as much about Islam as he knows about picking up girls in singles bars, or ten thousand imams who have literally memorized every verse in the Quran?" . . .By Chuck Hustmyre

McCabe's firing demonstrates that the swamp is deep

Jack Hellner  . . . "The investigation by Mueller is and has always been a witch hunt targeting Trump and it is destroying a lot of people, but the media and Democrats only have cared so far about McCabe and other FBI agents who clearly violated their duty by protecting Hillary, targeting Trump, and not telling the truth about it. 

"The swamp is deep and Trump is obviously not the problem. The main problem is that the majority of the media is protecting the swamp instead of the American people. I would think they would be ashamed but they are not. They continue to double down."

Ohio student suspended for staying in class during National Walkout Day

Fox News

Ohio school suspension shoemaker

"An Ohio high school student said he tried to stay apolitical during the National Walkout Day over gun violence but was suspended for his choice to remain in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, going to study hall.
"Jacob Shoemaker, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School, said he didn’t want to take sides in the gun-control debate consuming the country. If he went outside for the walkout, he said, he would be supporting gun control. If he stayed in the common area of the school, he said, he would be seen as supporting gun violence and disrespecting the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla. High school shooting the month before.
"Jacob had met with the school’s principal on Tuesday, a day before the rally, for about an hour to find out what exactly the walkout was supporting. But he said the principal reportedly told him it was for the “students to express themselves.”
"This left Jacob wondering if it was a memorial for the lives lost or a show of support for gun control." . . .

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Starkville Pride

Put simply, there are only three things a government can do when it comes to human behavior – it may prohibit, permit, or promote. When that behavior takes the form of assembling to advance a particular viewpoint, the only reasonable option is to permit it
Mike Adams  "Most of my conservative friends understand that the current war on so-called offensive speech poses a serious threat to the future of the republic. Many of them understand that it is particularly dangerous because hypocrites posing as classical liberals wage it in a selective manner. Thus, conservatives must be careful that they engage this war in a principled manner. Unfortunately, with their recent efforts to shut down a gay pride parade in my former home of Starkville, Mississippi, some conservatives have demonstrated a disturbing lack of principle. Accordingly, I wish to go on the record in support of Starkville Pride and in opposition to conservative residents who wish to censor them. 

"Those objecting to the issuance of a parade permit for Starkville Pride have registered at least two objections, both of which are fairly easy to rebut. First, there is the concern that Starkville Pride is seeking an endorsement from the City of Starkville, including actual monetary support for the event. Second, there is the concern that the gay pride parade will involve public exhibitions of lewd behavior. 

"If Starkville Pride is indeed seeking an endorsement or sponsorship for their parade, this cannot be used as a justification for denying them a permit altogether. Put simply, there are only three things a government can do when it comes to human behavior – it may prohibit, permit, or promote. When that behavior takes the form of assembling to advance a particular viewpoint, the only reasonable option is to permit it." . . .

Trump Savaged Hillary And Obama In Front Of Marines — Listen To How They React

Daily Caller  Video at the link.
Since Trump became president, ISIS has lost 3/4ths of its territory. The terror group reached its peak under the Obama administration.

. . . " The biggest applause lines came at the expense of Donald Trump’s predecessor and his 2016 presidential opponent.

"At one point in the speech, Trump was describing how America would reach Mars under his leadership. Trump spoke about the testing of new rockets and said, “Very soon we are going to Mars.”

"Trump knocked Hillary Clinton by saying, “You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won. That I can tell you.”
We are finally going to lead again. You see what’s happening. You see they are rockets going up left and right. You haven’t seen that in a long time. Very soon we are going to Mars. You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won. That I can tell you. You wouldn’t even be thinking about it. You wouldn’t be thinking about it. My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land air and sea.
"The audience roared at the comment." . . .

What about Hillary?

As in "What About Bob?"

Official website of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist, Michael P. Ramirez

Jeannie DeAngelis: Oh, No! 'What Happened' to Hillary's Wrist?
Pretty snarky; good thing this is written by a woman. TD
"The former first lady's unsuccessful effort to steady herself was remedied by awhite male escort who likely convinced his wife to vote for Trump."
Hillary Clinton Fractures Wrist After Slipping In Bathtub  . . . "Hillary’s trip to India has been controversial due to her remarks about the Trump White House and its supporters. Without saying the actual word, Clinton pretty much said that anyone who voted for Trump is deplorable, a racist, and a misogynist. Clinton also channeled her inner-northeastern elitism, saying while she lost to Donald J. Trump in one of the most stunning political upsets in American political history, she dominated the areas that matter." . . .
Hillary is just an example of Democrats turning Americans against one another You know.
"You know, 'You didn't like black people getting rights, you don't like women, you know, getting jobs, you don't want to, you know, see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are,"  she said of Trump voters.

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Andrew McCabe Found Guilty ... FIRED!

"And it doesn’t look there’s much for the recently-fired careerist to work with. He’ll probably be okay, though. Andrew McCabe has an estimated net worth of $11 million."   Colin Kalmbacher
Socio-Political Commentary

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The Justice Department dealt a stunning blow to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday night, firing him just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

" 'Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

" 'I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately."- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

" 'After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)," Sessions said." . . .

FBI Recommends Firing Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe  . . . "The recommendation apparently resulted from a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, which found that McCabe leaked sensitive details about the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation to a Wall Street Journal reporter and then lied about it to the IG’s office." . . .

Thomas Lifson: McCabe waiting for his indictment now  "The odds are very high that an indictment will be forthcoming for Andrew McCabe. As the ever-alert Sundance of Conservative Tree House points out, the statement on his firing by AG Sessions specifically noted that he “lacked candor” (the FBI’s expression for lying) “under oath.” . . .

Law & Crime: Andrew McCabe Just Lost A $2 Million Pension and There’s Not Much He Can Do About It  . . . "Prior to Sessions’ decision, McCabe was widely expected to retire this Sunday, his 50th birthday, to take advantage of the FBI’s minimum retirement age and begin collecting a pension estimated at roughly $55,000 per year. Now, of course, because he was fired, McCabe is no longer entitled to said pension." . . .

. . . "And it doesn’t look there’s much for the recently-fired careerist to work with. He’ll probably be okay, though. Andrew McCabe has an estimated net worth of $11 million."

National ReviewSessions Fires Former FBI No. 2 McCabe Two Days before His Scheduled Retirement  . . . "President Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly criticized McCabe for his role in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. McCabe’s critics cite campaign contributions, made to the Senate campaign of McCabe’s wife, by a political committee run by longtime Clinton-ally Terry McAuliffe." . . .

CNN’s absurd reaction to Andrew McCabe's firing. But consistent with the character of this source

Patricia McCarthy  "Channel surfing after the announcement that AG Sessions had indeed fired Andrew McCabe was like being yanked into the Twilight Zone.  On Fox, Laura Ingraham addressed the firing calmly from all sides along with her guests Sara Carter, Alan Dershowitz, Harmeet Dhillon and Jonathan Turley.  
Switch to CNN and one would be told that it was Trump who did the firing, that Sessions did it to keep his job.  Barely mentioned was the fact that the recommendation to fire McCabe came from the FBI's own Office of Personal Responsibility (OPR), an almost unprecedented event.  Don Lemon and his guests were apoplectic that this "fine and respected" man has had his pension taken away.  They were not concerned at all about what he may have done to elicit the OPR's recommendation that he be fired.  Not one bit.  
"This bunch takes as factual that Trump is evil and that he colluded with Russia, even though they know very well that he did not.  They know that the whole "Trump colluded with Russia" theory was dreamed up by the Clintons to excuse and explain her loss to the man her crowd and the media thought had no chance of victory.  But they still think the American people are so dumb that we don't know what they know.  They still think they can sell their anti-Trump hatred with lies and snake oil.  And Friday night, CNN was simply outraged that an object of Trump's well-deserved wrath was fired.
"But to CNN the Stormy Daniels story is even more important than McCabe's firing." . . .
Pretty consistent with CNN's idea of "journalism":

How Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Strategy Got North Korea to the Table

Obama didn't do it; what Democrat do you know of that would have done it? Remember that Americans who support North Korea would vote for a Democrat or socialist candidate. TD

Observer.com  "Donald Trump’s October 24, 1999 Meet the Press interview with Tim Russert is a historically illuminating flash forward to the most surprising, promising and history-altering opportunity since the Soviet Union collapsed: “denuclearizing” North Korea without the could-be belligerents waging a hideously destructive war that scars East Asia and seeds a global economic depression.

"Yes, those are the stakes: millions of dead and trillions of debt.

"In the interview, Russert says Trump once indicated if he were president he would attack North Korea preemptively in order to end its nuclear threat.

"Despite Russert’s vapors and wailing, Trump’s grammatically-challenged beer and barbecue answer is a superb twofer. One: Trump answers Russert’s core question. Two: Trump accurately summarizes the American government’s spaghetti-spined responses to North Korea’s slow but insidious quest for nuclear weapons.

"Trump says, “First I’d negotiate and be sure I could get the best deal possible… These people in three or four years are going to have nuclear weapons… The biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation. And we have a country out there in North Korea which is sort of whacko, which is not a bunch of dummies and they are developing nuclear weapons… If that negotiation doesn’t work then better solve the problem now than solve it later.' ” . . .

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mr. Obama, this is what a good, non-Democrat Commander-in-Chief does . . .

. . . while you were organizing our military into some politically correct social justice institution. TD

US Military Details Latest Attacks On ISIS

A U.S. Air Force F-22 assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates disconnects from a KC-10 Extender after receiving fuel over Syria March 2,2018.

The F-22s provide close air support and precision guided strikes in an effort to weaken and destroy ISIS operations in the Middle East and around the world.

 (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

"The United States military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) has released the details of the latest strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The strikes were conducted by U.S. units assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTFOIR) and their international partners.
"The strikes took place between March 9-15 and resulted in 37 engagements.

"In Syria, coalition forces conducted operations near Abu Kamal, Shadaddi, and Dayr Az Zawr.
"Among the targets destroyed were ISIS tactical units, ISIS occupied buildings and an observation post. An ISIS controlled drone that was discovered near Dayr Az Zawr was also destroyed.

"The majority of the fighting in Iraq has been spread out between Qaim, Qayyarah, Baghdad, Rutbah, and Hawijah.
"ISIS tactical units, supply routes, and fighting positions were all destroyed along with ISIS occupied buildings, vehicles, and a watercraft.
"There were also three engagements near Tal Afar which resulted in the destruction of an ISIS tunnel system.
"Several different weapon systems were utilized during the fighting, including fighter and bomber aircraft, helicopters, land-based artillery systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles. CJTFOIR does not release the exact types of aircraft used or the specific units that were involved.
"All of the strikes in both Iraq and Syria were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the U.S. military’s continued mission to completely destroy ISIS.

Article printed fromThe Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com

The Irish Brigade in the American Civil War, 1861-1865

The Tunnel Wall

. . . " He was protesting the inadequate and ineffective response of the British government to the potato famine in Ireland [1845-1850] where approximately one million Irish-British subjects starved to death and approximately another two million emigrated in coffin ships to Australia, Canada and the United States. Corcoran was relieved of command and court-martial proceedings were instituted. The charges were dropped when the 69th New York State Militia responded to President Lincoln’s call to defend Washington City. " . . .

What can we contribute to St Patrick's Day?

The Unspoken Ghosts of Irish-Americans
"Ireland had no defense forces until about 1913, so its people were captured and enslaved by many nations over the years. They endured more oppression than American blacks and suffered living conditions not unlike Jews of the Holocaust. But harboring grudges against ghosts of heritages past was not a mainstay for Irish Americans*. They had more important things to do. We know so little of our Irish’s torturous past because of their impressive will to live beyond victimization rather than living in it. America’s Irish are prime examples of sheer determination turning adversity into stepping stones of a better life."
. . . 
 "Throughout the 1600-1700s the Irish settled in Early American colonies and by the 1860s they were among America’s greatest Civil War heroes, renowned for their bravery and leadership. Their competence, patriotic enthusiasm and ingrained confidence in overcoming obstacles helped to diminish some of the religious bigotry against them in a predominantly Protestant America. 

Animated map of the Battle of Fredericksburg

The Battle of Fredericksburg : "The Battle of Fredericksburg, fought December 11-15, 1862, was one of the largest and deadliest of the Civil War. It featured the first major opposed river crossing in American military history. Union and Confederate troops fought in the streets of Fredericksburg, the Civil War’s first urban combat. And with nearly 200,000 combatants, no other Civil War battle featured a larger concentration of soldiers."

 Below, the stone wall that no Yankee ever reached until 2nd Fredericksburg the following year. Beyond this wall the field was carpeted with the prone blue forms of Union dead and wounded .