Sunday, August 31, 2014

Who gets shot in America?

From Real Clear Policy:
These numbers go a long way toward explaining why we talk about black-on-black crime a lot more than we talk about white-on-white crime, even though most crime for both groups is intraracial. 

Picky eaters

Apparently some Muslim refugees in Italy find pasta offensive. 

Eggs and bread too.

From The Local, Italian edition:
For two days, a group of about 40 asylum-seekers staying at a refugee centre in the Veneto province of Belluno refused to eat the “pasta with tomato sauce, bread and eggs” meals they were given and called to be fed food from their own countries, Libero Quotidiano reported. 
To reinforce their point, they blocked a street with a wooden bench, put their lunch on the ground along with bags of clothes and threatened to leave the centre in La Secca, a hamlet in Ponte nelle Alpi. 
They reportedly said “we do not eat this stuff”.
Sounds like time for return passage to a place with cuisine more to their liking.

The Crusades

"So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands." - Thomas F. Madden, historian and author, excerpted from Christianity Today, May 6, 2005.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

While Obama has no strategy...

Even the Saudi king now warns on IS (or ISIS or ISIL, depending on what you want to call it):
"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

"Debt Sclerosis"

"We have always found, where a government has mortgaged all its revenues, that it necessarily sinks into a state of languor, inactivity, and impotence." - David Hume (1711-1776)

The trappings of the game may have changed. But the basic rules and expected outcomes have not.

If you think our economy's getting better, there are those far more learned than me who make the case that it's not.

Lacy Hunt: The World Economy's Terminal Case of Debt Sclerosis

Don't get fooled again...

From the New York Times:
President Obama appears to be delaying a proposal to revamp immigration laws until after the elections in November, mindful of the electoral peril for Democratic Senate candidates.
A trial balloon was recently floated that Obama wants to unilaterally grant amnesty to five million illegal aliens now living in the U.S. Even if he doesn't do it before the election, it doesn't mean he won't do so immediately afterwards.

But how many lo-info voters are smart enough to figure that out?

The 2014 midterms are your last ballot opportunity to put limits on the runaway Obama presidency.

Shrinking CNN

Variety notes:
According to reports, CNN president Jeff Zucker told employees in a news meeting that the network was, “going to do less and have to do it with less.” 
“We now have a sense of what Turner is expecting from CNN,” Zucker reportedly told the staff. “I am working with the senior management team at CNN to figure out what this means for us. This will result in changes and what we do and what we stop doing.”
Full disclosure: I once worked at CNN, but for all but two of my twelve years there, I chose to work as  part-time freelance in part to minimize the impact of corporate demands and corporate dependence in my personal life.

When working as a freelancer, you know any day you show up for work may be your last.

Being a full time employee often brings a sense of permanence or continuity that may not hold up in today's era of corporate whims and other realities. This is true in far more corporate settings than just the one at CNN.

Connecting the dots in perilous times...

Russia makes a move into Ukraine.

The Islamic State continues its mass killings in the Middle East.

And the Obama administration can't seem to figure out what's going on or what do do about it.

But the administration does seem ready and willing to grant amnesty at home to up to five million illegal aliens.

Ferguson, Missouri is already fading from memory. For now, anyway.

Meanwhile, Americans are both mesmerized and increasingly apprehensive as the domestic stock markets grow ever higher.

And there are alarming trends in oil production in international oil production, yet many think oil's price may fall once again.

Don and I cover these topics and more in the August 29th Don and Doug webcast.

Current Politics Conservative Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with TalkSouthRadio on BlogTalkRadio

The Washington Post finds Obama's behavior "disturbing"

The Washington Post now seems to see President Obama as not only detached from reality but also  detached from his advisers.

On a related note:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ours is a society where increasingly values are turned upside down

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!". - Isaiah 5: 20 NASB

Bill Whittle: On Ferguson and the Real Race War

Statistics betray politically correct myths perpetrated by government and media.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014