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Memorial Day 2015: Never Forget Them…

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Memorial Day look back: Eagle photo touches hearts

‘The eagle couldn’t have picked a better person’

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‘Brothers Forever': Best Friends Make the Ultimate Sacrifice

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‘Rolling Thunder’ biker rally ROARS into Washington

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Weekend Getaway: Summer Is Coming

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Krauthammer: “We are Scraping Bottom…”

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Charles Krauthammer nails every point precisely in the current FUBAR situation with ISIS in Iraq and the Middle East. His “plan” has been weak and useless from the start, and his supposed 60 nation coalition worse than tepid in actual action and results. In the last six years Barack Obama, who somehow believes he is being gracious with the Arab region in keeping the U.S. military at a far distance, has managed to lose the trust of those Arab nations that counted us as trusted allies as they watch the radical Islamic caliphate inching closer to their countries. Krauthammer is far from amused at the MSM’s false premise when they encounter GOP candidates…

We are scraping bottom. Following six years of President Obama’s steady and determined withdrawal from the Middle East, America’s standing in the region has collapsed. And yet the question incessantly asked of the various presidential candidates is not about that. It’s a retrospective hypothetical: Would you have invaded Iraq in 2003 if you had known then what we know now?

First, the question is not just a hypothetical but an inherently impossible hypothetical. It contradicts itself. Had we known there were no weapons of mass destruction, the very question would not have arisen. The premise of the war — the basis for going to the U.N., to the Congress and, indeed, to the nation — was Iraq’s possession of WMD in violation of the central condition for the cease-fire that ended the 1991 Gulf War. No WMD, no hypothetical to answer in the first place.

Second, the “if you knew then” question implicitly locates the origin and cause of the current disasters in 2003 . As if the fall of Ramadi was predetermined then, as if the author of the current regional collapse is George W. Bush.

This is nonsense. The fact is that by the end of Bush’s tenure the war had been won. You can argue that the price of that victory was too high. Fine. We can debate that until the end of time. But what is not debatable is that it was a victory. Bush bequeathed to Obama a success. By whose measure? By Obama’s. As he told the troops at Fort Bragg on Dec. 14, 2011, “We are leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people.” This was, said the president, a “moment of success.”

Which Obama proceeded to fully squander…

The MSM are trying their damnedest to make this 2016 election about Bush, and Bush was a republican, hence any GOP candidate is responsible for whatever was done in his administration. However, nevermind that at the 2016 mark this country will have been run (into the ground) from an eight year dictatorship of the communist/Progressive ass-backward Obama administration. Obama’s Middle East/Arab policies began under Hillary Clinton’s tenure in the State Department. She was primary in the Libya situation. The MSM wants the American people to be brainwashed into believing the Obama administration has had absolutely nothing to do with anything, least of all foreign policy in the Middle East, in the last six or more years. No, it is supposed to seem as if things were so screwed-up there from “Bush” that it was impossible and inevitable. Bullshit.

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“New Deal” Progressives and Their Policies Created the Nation’s “Ghettos” Decades Age

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Quite a telling bit of truth and history on the establishment of “ghettos” and segregation in the United States from Richard Rothstein via NPR (yes, that NPR)…

Fifty years after the repeal of Jim Crow, many African-Americans still live in segregated ghettos in the country’s metropolitan areas. Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, has spent years studying the history of residential segregation in America.

“We have a myth today that the ghettos in metropolitan areas around the country are what the Supreme Court calls ‘de-facto’ — just the accident of the fact that people have not enough income to move into middle class neighborhoods or because real estate agents steered black and white families to different neighborhoods or because there was white flight,” Rothstein tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.

“It was not the unintended effect of benign policies,” he says. “It was an explicit, racially purposeful policy that was pursued at all levels of government, and that’s the reason we have these ghettos today and we are reaping the fruits of those policies.”

On using the word “ghetto”

One of the ways in which we forget our history is by sanitizing our language and pretending that these problems don’t exist. We have always recognized that these were “ghettos.” A ghetto is, as I define it, a neighborhood which is homogeneous and from which there are serious barriers to exit. That’s the technical definition of a ghetto.

Robert Weaver, the first African-American member of the Cabinet appointed by President Johnson as his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, described many of the policies that I’ve described today in a book he published in 1948 called The Negro Ghetto.

The Kerner Commission referred to the ghetto.

This is a term that we no longer use because we’re embarrassed to talk about it, and we need to confront our history and stop sanitizing our language and talk openly about what we’ve done as a nation and what we need to do to undo it. And we can’t talk openly if we’re going to use euphemisms instead of being explicit about what the reality is.

On how the New Deal’s Public Works Administration led to the creation of segregated ghettos

Its policy was that public housing could be used only to house people of the same race as the neighborhood in which it was located, but, in fact, most of the public housing that was built in the early years was built in integrated neighborhoods, which they razed and then built segregated public housing in those neighborhoods. So public housing created racial segregation where none existed before. That was one of the chief policies.

On the Federal Housing Administration’s overtly racist policies in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s

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I seriously doubt you would ever hear this discussed, without fabricated and spun caveats, on MSNBC or CNN.

Conservative radio host Mark Levin delved into the above enlightenment (AUDIO).

What would be the reason and purpose to do this?

Well, after these over half a century of socialist-based programs, with generations of families trapped in these urban blight areas locked onto them from cradle to grave, where else do you think the democrat party would seed, sow, and reap a guaranteed an easy voting base?

The funny thing is … No. Not “funny”, but frightening. The frightening thing is, in the last couple years, this past year most especially, it is the black liberals/Progressives insinuating there needs to be segregation for blacks, and many in faculty seats on the nation’s college/university campuses. ‘Black only’ police departments in black communities. ‘Black only’ local government officials in black communities. ‘Black only’ areas away from some percieved ‘white privilege’ intimidation/whatever.

I chose the above photo for this post to point out how one city was completely leveled by the most powerful weapon ever known to man, at that time, with thousands dead or dying, and they spent the following decades rebuilding. Our Detroit, on the other hand, was a bustling city at that same time but the entry of progressive/socialist democrat policies, along with union selfishness, crumbled a city to ruins in the span of time Hiroshima climbed out of the ashes.

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Iraq Legacies: Truth or Dare

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The MSM is obsessed with needling and hammering the current field of 2016 GOP candidates about “Knowing what we know now…” false premise over Pres. George W. Bush deciding to invade Iraq, and would these current POTUS hopefuls have made the same decision. I suppose it seems lopsided because the MSM isn’t asking democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, who voted for the invasion but now “regrets” doing so … because of knowing what she knows now, or something. But then, the MSM is not asking Hillary anything because she has not made herself accessible to them for quite a while now. And when she does it is completely on her strict terms, and they do not seem to mind being Hillary’s submissives very much.

Anyhow, what needs to be continually pointed out to Americans and the MSM is that the Iraq war was ‘won’ before George W. Bush left the Oval Office. As Charles Krauthammer at the National Review points out: Iraq’s Decline into Chaos Traces Back to 2011, Not 2003

And FP: How the Obama administration bungled the Iraq withdrawal negotiations

As to the MSM’s, and future GOP primary and 2016 general election debate moderators, pressing “what if” false premise questions going forward…

Sen. Tom Cotton has the best answer for the GOP candidates: We shouldn’t be ashamed of the Iraq War

Cotton, while conceding that there are lessons to be learned from the conflict and that it might have been handled differently in retrospect, maintains that President George W. Bush made the best decision he could at the time based on the available intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s presumed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.

“Knowing what we know now, I absolutely would have sent the Pacific Fleet out of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 4 to intercept the Japanese Fleet,” Cotton told the Washington Examiner during an interview in his Capitol Hill office. “I say that to highlight how foolish the question is. You don’t get to live life in reverse. What a leader has to do is make a decision, at the moment of decision, based on the best information he has. George Bush did that in 2002 and 2003 and he was supported by Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden and John Kerry and every western country’s intelligence agency.”

“There are lessons we can learn from the early days of the Iraq war. One is that we clearly should be more critically analytical about our approach to intelligence assessments,” Cotton added.

And Rep. Louie Gohmert: Bush would never have invaded Iraq if he knew Obama would come along and bungle it

“Everybody else wants to ask that question of, ‘Gee, would you have gone into Iraq if you’d known what you know now?’” … “If President Bush had known that he would have a total incompetent follow him that would not even be able to negotiate a status of forces agreement with Iraq and start helping our enemies and just totally put the Middle East in chaos, then he would have to think twice about doing anything if he had known he would have such a total incompetent leader take over after him,” Gohmert said. “That should be the question.” … “I don’t trust this administration, I don’t want to give them any additional authority that Bush didn’t have”

That last remark was in regards to Obama’s bitching and moaning over Congress refusing him the AUMF he is demanding.

For the record: Stop It, Liberals: Bush Didn’t Lie About Iraq Having WMDs

Iraq is what it is, past and present, but as we were warned/informed by, for example, Michelle Obama early on Obama would force us to change our history and our language and our traditions. The MSM has been and continues to be all too eager and joyful to privide the ink and paper … and the ‘free speech’ chains and whips … for that.

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Saudi Arabia: While They Wait for the U.N. to Seat Them at Top of UNHRC, They Put Out ‘Want Ad’ for Eight More ‘Beheaders’

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Yeah, you read that right…

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners as beheading rate soars

Jobs classified as ‘religious functionaries’ at lower end of civil service scale.
85 reported executed so far this year, rivalling total for whole of 2014.

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No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgment of death” but also involve performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences, the advert, posted on the civil service jobs portal, said.

The Islamic kingdom is in the top five countries in the world for putting people to death, rights groups say. It ranked third in 2014, after China and Iran, and ahead of Iraq and the United States, according to Amnesty International figures.

A man beheaded on Sunday was the 85th person this year whose execution was recorded by the official Saudi Press Agency, compared to 88 in the whole of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Amnesty said there were at least 90 executions last year.

Most were executed for murder, but 38 had committed drugs offences, HRW said. About half were Saudi and the others were from Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Burma, Chad, Eritrea the Philippines and Sudan.

Saudi authorities have not said why the number of executions has increased so rapidly, but diplomats have speculated it may be because more judges have been appointed, allowing a backlog of appeal cases to be heard.

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On another notable note, Saudi Arabia is seeking the top spot on the U.N. Human Rights Council

While the HRC has often been dismissed for hosting nations with some of the worst human rights records in the world, its importance in the coming year could be critical to how the international community deals with atrocities in Syria and other Middle Eastern nations.

U.N. Watch, a nonprofit group that monitors the international body, disclosed Saudi Arabia’s intentions in a recent report and urged the United States to fight against it, describing the move as “the final nail in the coffin for the credibility” of the HRC.

“We urge U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini to denounce this despicable act of cynicism by a regime that beheads people in the town square, systematically oppresses women, Christians, and gays, and jails innocent bloggers like Raif Badawi for the crime of challenging the rulers’ radical brand of Wahabbist Islam,” Hillel Neuer, the group’s executive director, said in a recent statement.

Neuer compared the possible ascension of Saudi Arabia to the top slot to electing “a pyromaniac as the town fire chief.”

Germany currently heads the HRC, but its term ends in 2016. Elections will be held in early December 2015 for the 2016 term, according to a U.N. official.

The presidency will then rotate to a member of the U.N.’s Asian bloc, which includes Bangladesh, China, the United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Maldives, Pakistan, South Korea, Qatar, and Vietnam.

Human rights experts say that Saudi Arabia is not fit to lead the body, particularly amid a rise in executions under the newly crowned King Salman.

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David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and lead author of recent report on Saudi human rights abuses, said the autocratic nation would make of mockery of the HRC.

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Well, considering the UNHRC is already a useless POS, making a mockery of it is unavoidable because it does that job pretty damn good all on its own.

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“Dereliction Of Duty”: The Derelict-in-Chief has Become Captain Queeg

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Obama rolls his balls in his palm as he blathers…

“Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers…”

Well, I guess Obama and his administration won’t be lighting their hair on fire over this one either…

As the world according to Obama Queeg is consumed by “climate change”, just days after Ramadi, Iraq fell to ISIS, ISIS now holds and controls over half of Syria in its recent invasion of Palmyra

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press the extremists overran the archaeological site, just to the southwest of the modern settlement on Palmyra, shortly after midnight local time.

In Damascus, state TV acknowledged that pro-government forces had withdrawn from the town. A Facebook page close to ISIS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying “the soldiers of the Islamic State” completed their control of Palmyra. The capture came after government forces collapsed, “leaving large numbers of dead whose bodies filled the streets,” it said.

An activist in the central province of Homs who goes by the name of Bebars al-Talawy said ISIS has taken over the ruins at the UNESCO world heritage site famous for its 2,000-year-old towering Roman-era colonnades and other ruins and priceless artifacts. Before the war, thousands of tourists a year visited the remote desert outpost, a cherished landmark referred to by Syrians as the “Bride of the Desert.”

Both activists said Thursday that ISIS had not damaged the ruins so far. ISIS has previously destroyed major archaeological sites in Iraq that predate the founding of Islam. Sky News reported that hundreds of statues and artifacts had been taken to safety ahead of the ISIS advancement, but larger items, such as stone tombs, could not be removed in time.

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“The city is now totally controlled by gunmen and its destiny is dark and dim,” warned Abdul-Karim. “We are in a state of anticipation and fear” about what will happen to “the archaeological site and the remaining artifacts in the museum.”

It will be ISIS that destroys these centuries-old historic structures and priceless artifacts … NOT “climate change”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that ISIS also had seized control of Palmyra’s military air base, prison and intelligence headquarters. The Associated Press reported that the prison, known as Tadmur, is where thousands of Syrian dissidents have been imprisoned and tortured over the years.

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Al-Talawy said Syria’s government had recently transferred thousands of detainees from the Palmyra prison to a jail near Damascus.

But he added that ISIS extremists have freed some of those who were still inside the prison. He could not provide any definitive figures but there were believed to have been thousands of prisoners still there.

It will be ISIS and its new recruits from the prison that torture, behead, shoot, burn, rape, sell into sex-slavery, the people in Palmyra … NOT “climate change”.

The fall of Palmyra marks the first time that ISIS has seized a population center directly from Syria’s military. The group already controlled vast, largely uninhabited tracts of land in Syria’s north and east. The country’s major population centers, such as Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo, are located in the west, near the border with Lebanon and the Mediterranean coast.

Syrian state media had earlier reported that government troops had withdrawn from the site after ensuring the safe removal of its inhabitants. Many Palmyra residents were fleeing the town toward the city of Homs and the capital, Damascus, according to Talal Barazi, the provincial governor.

Barazi told The Associated Press that the Syrian army is now amassing outside Palmyra, from where it is targeting ISIS reinforcements.

“We have not received any news about (the archaeological site’s) destruction,” Barazi said. “We hope that there will be no massacres in the city or damage to the ruins.”

It will be ISIS that answers that fear with terror and destruction, for nothing is sacred to ISIS than Islam … And NOT “climate change”. They laugh at that.

Palmyra has a population of some 65,000 people, according to Barazi. He added that 1,300 residents fled over the past days and more were trying to leave on Thursday.

The Observatory said Thursday that according to its estimates, 462 people have been killed since ISIS began its offensive on Palmyra and nearby areas on May 13. It said the dead included 241 troops and pro-government gunmen, as well as 150 ISIS fighters. The rest were civilians, presumably killed by ISIS or in the crossfire.

It will be ISIS that will then turn to the Palmyra population and begin covering the streets in bodies … NOT “climate change”.

ISIS also is said to have control of at least six cities inside Iraq.

But strawberries!

Can you imagine being a young officer in the 2015 U.S. Coast Guard graduation class sitting out in the sun in front of this glaring idiot and hearing such inane bullshit about their committing a “dereliction of duty” if they do not believe in the “climate change” religion and set it above any other national threat right now?

Oh, and here is the progress in the Hillary/Rice/Power/Jarrett war in Libya:

Gaddafi’s home town falls to Islamic State in anarchic Libya

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‘Utterly clueless’: Obama’s ‘indisputable science’ lecture to Coast Guard grads called out

Devastating release of carbon emissions has ancient Syrian city of Palmyra now under ISIS control

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“Resentment, Not Hope”: Zo Critiques Michelle Obama’s Tuskegee Speech

Zo does it again.
The dude rocks … HARD!

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Today’s “Bi-Polar Thinking” on ‘Free Speech’

Ian McEwan’s scathing scolding of ‘free speech’ double-standards and the silencing of ‘free speech’ caused the graduating class and the university faculty to uncomfortably squirm in near total silence during his commencement address to them…

(NRO) – A rather uneventful college commencement season full of the usual platitudes and bromides was shaken up by British novelist Ian McEwan’s refreshingly challenging the zeitgeist of trigger warnings, free-speech zones, and campus censorship at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania this week.

McEwan did not shy away from addressing the current temper on campus, choosing to focus on the creeping group-think in faculty lounges and discussion sections instead of the all too easy targets of Russian crackdowns on free speech or the “industrial scale” state-sponsored censorship in China. McEwan directly confronted the problem of a country rooted in the tradition of free expression under the First Amendment meekly submitting to what he called “bi-polar thinking” — the eagerness of some to “not side with Charlie Hebdo because it might seem as if we’re endorsing George Bush’s War on Terror.”

McEwan criticized the cowardly behavior of six writers who withdrew from the PEN American Center’s annual gala over their discomfort with the organization’s support for Charlie Hebdo. He argued that the time to “remember your Voltaire” is precisely when confronted with scathing speech that “might not be to your taste” and said he was disappointed that “so many authors could not stand with courageous fellow writers and artists at a time of tragedy.” Self-censorship or forced censorship on college campuses is growing, with recent instances of progressive speech suppression … McEwan forcefully expounded that “all thought systems, all claims to truth — especially the grand claims to truth — must be open to criticism, satire, even, sometimes, mockery.”

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McEwan reminded Dickinson’s students and faculty that “being offended is not to be confused with a state of grace — it’s the occasional price we all pay for living in an open society.” It is unfortunate that so many in our great universities think that price too steep.

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Stephen Fry on being offended, plus Penn & Teller

‘It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that”, as if that gives them certain rights. It’s no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I’m offended by that.” Well, so fucking what?’ —Stephen Fry

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Because a Terrorist Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste…

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So now these homegrown terrorists are using student loan money (tax dollars, of course) to fund their ISIS adventures…

(MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)) – Two of the Twin Cities men accused of trying to join ISIS are now charged with student loan fraud.

Investigators say both Hamza Ahmed, 19, and Hanad Musse, 19, used more than $1,000 from federal student loan accounts for plane tickets to Turkey and Greece. Prosecutors say they were really going to Syria to join ISIS.

On Tuesday, prosecutors combined two separate cases, meaning that seven young Minnesota friends will eventually be tried together for allegedly trying to join the terror group.

Prosecutors combined the case of Ahmed, who was arrested and charged in February, with that of six young men who were arrested in April. Prosecutors say Ahmed’s arrest should have served as a warning to the others.

The initials of some of those who were arrested in April appear in the Ahmed complaint.

Also on Tuesday, Abdurahman Daud, one of the two members of the group who the government says went to California to pick up fake passports, made his first court appearance in Minnesota.

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