I thought the liberal giants of my youth were usually mistaken, but I never doubted their intelligence, their good intentions, or their patriotism.
Those of us who are or were in Army Special Forces will always be grateful to Jack Kennedy for giving us the Green Beret. No politician has been a more effective defender of America’s national security than Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson, D-Wash.
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-NY, the premier sociologist of his time, was a “social scientist” who was really a scientist. What a concept! Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn, was a passionate advocate of equal rights at a time when the only other politicians who were, were Republicans.
Not a single Democrat in high public office today resembles Jack Kennedy, Scoop Jackson, Pat Moynihan or Hubert Humphrey. “Liberal” is an appellation derived from the word “liberty.” Most Democrats today aren’t liberals. They’re fascists.
Little illustrates this more clearly than their reaction to the shocking videos of Planned Parenthood’s ghoulish trade in the body parts of aborted fetuses.
A study by the Royal Astronomical Society, published in Science Daily on July 9, concludes that solar activity will be exceptionally diminished in the decade of 2030-40 as it was during the Maunder minimum of 1645-1715, a period of sharply lower temperatures known as the "Little Ice Age."
Lower temperatures would be far more damaging than moderate global warming, because agricultural production could be greatly reduced. Note: there are many scientists who think changes in solar output, and/or changes in cloud cover can easily swamp changes in CO2 levels in affecting the earth's temperature.
New satellite data, reported in Nature Geoscience on July 20, shows that Arctic Sea ice has now bounced back to levels last seen in the 1980s when modern measurements began. At the same time, southern sea ice around the Antarctic has grown to a thirty-year high from when it first began to be measured. Climate scientists admit that their models cannot account for the rise in sea ice.
By the way, did not Al Gore tell us the Arctic Ocean would be free of sea ice by the summer of 2007?
It saddens me that I need to begin this HFR with bad news. Jack Kelly, beloved by TTPers for his column and my dear friend of over 30 years, has been diagnosed with incurable bone marrow cancer.
I’m making this public because I am asking you to pray for him. There is power in prayer and he needs to know he’ll have that with us.
As for me, I’m an incurable optimist. The median survival time after diagnosis of bone marrow cancer is five years. To me, this means that given the rate at which medical research is learning how to cure or slow down various cancers, his form of cancer won’t be so “incurable” four or five years from now.
But right now, Jack and his wife Pam need our prayers. Let’s let him know that he has them.
After smashing through the gates of the Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga in his rented Ford Mustang convertible, Mohammed Abdulazeez, 24, murdered four Marines and a sailor with his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
The death toll would have been higher had not Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt sacrificed themselves to permit other Marines to escape, the FBI said. “Our Marines acted the way you’d expect,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Brier, commander of the 4th Marine Division. “Some willingly ran back into the fight.”
In a related story, flamboyant businessman Donald Trump had a substantial lead for the Republican nomination for president in polls this week.
It wasn’t until Tuesday (7/21) – five days after the massacre – that President Barack Hussein Obama ordered flags at federal installations be flown at half staff in honor of the Chattanooga victims.
The day before, Donald Trump had ordered the flags on all his U.S. properties flown at half staff. This well-publicized action likely shamed the president into acting.
Before Mohammad Youssduf Adulazeer shot up a military recruiting center in Chattanooga from a car and then sped away, another Mohammed, Abdulhakim Mujahid Mohammed did much the same thing in 2009.
Both struck military recruiting centers in the South, but the 2009 Mohammed had a message for Americans that we unfortunately failed to heed.
"This is not the first attack, and won't be the last," Mohammed warned. “I'm just one Mohammad. There are millions of Mohammeds out there. And I hope and pray the next one be more deadlier than Mohammed Atta!”
There are millions of Mohammeds out there. In a world with lots of Mohammeds, we really need to consider whether we want Mohammed becoming the most common name for a boy in America, as it already has in countries like Britain.
The murderous Mohammeds embody the values of the original Mohammed, the founder of their brutal ideology. They kill like him. They kill in his name. If we don't want Mohammedan murders, we should stop importing Mohammeds.
America does not need immigrants who view mass murderers as role models. On the list of the least desirable immigrants, Mohammed should rank somewhere below a leprous beggar, a convicted rapist with AIDS, and Piers Morgan.
As I predicted here week before last (7/10), the Iranians did not sign on to the Grand Bargain negotiated in Vienna. They don’t want to make a deal with the Great American Satan, even though they do want the American concessions, above all the huge sums of money we’ve promised them.
Now comes Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as reported by Reuters (7/18) talking as if the agreement itself is in question.
“In a speech at a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel,’ Khamenei said he wanted politicians to examine the agreement to ensure national interests were preserved, as Iran would not allow the disruption of its revolutionary principles or defensive abilities.
An arch conservative with the last word on high matters of state, Khamenei repeatedly used the phrase ‘whether this text is approved or not,’ implying the accord has yet to win definitive backing from Iran’s factionalized political establishment.”
Concurrently, the head of the Revolutionary Guards announced that the Grand Bargain was unacceptable, and would be rejected.
I know this is dramatically counter-intuitive, since the Grand Bargain is so lopsidedly pro-Iranian. Why on earth would they even think of rejecting it? And yet, two of the most powerful tyrants in Tehran are warning they may do it. Why?
Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization."
The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable.
How did we get to this point -- and what, if anything, can we do now? Tragically, these are questions that few Americans seem to be asking. We are too preoccupied with our electronic devices, the antics of celebrities and politics as usual.
During the years when we confronted a nuclear-armed Soviet Union, we at least realized that we had to "think the unthinkable," as intellectual giant Herman Kahn put it. Today it seems almost as if we don't want to think about it at all.
Our politicians have kicked the can down the road -- and it is the biggest, most annihilating explosive can of all, that will be left for our children and grandchildren to try to cope with.
Russia has fallen into full-blown depression and faces a mounting fiscal crisis as oil and gas revenues plummet.
Output from country’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom has collapsed by 19% over the past year as demand shrivels in Europe, falling to levels not seen since the creation of the company at the end of the Cold War.
Gazprom alone generates a tenth of Russian GDP and a fifth of all budget revenues. It will be several years at best before the country benefits from a new pipeline deal with China.
Russia is already in dire straits right now. The economy has contracted by 4.9% over the past year and the downturn is certain to drag on as oil prices crumble after a tentative rally. Half of Russia’s tax income comes from oil and gas.
Core inflation is running at 16.7% and real incomes have fallen by 8.4% over the past year, a far deeper cut to living standards than occurred following the Lehman crisis. This time there is no recovery in sight as Western sanctions remain in place and US shale production limits any rebound in global oil prices.
What recourse does a citizen have when government employees violate the law and do harm, and then they are protected by the government? Our federal Government was created to protect person and property and ensure liberty, but it has increasingly become the abuser rather than the protector.
If the government will not act to protect the citizens from government officials, what can be done? One action is to take the government to court as organizations as do the Institute for Justice and Judicial Watch. But that is a long and costly process
So in addition to calling for help from these fine organizations, here’s a suggestion to take matters in your own hands.
Entropy is a term from physics that describes the tendency for matter to move from order to disorder. Life can be seen as deliberately working against entropy.
For living creatures like us, that pretty well describes the situation. Chaos is where entropy draws everything naturally; control is the conscious ordering, the structure that we have to impose on ourselves and our environment in order to survive and flourish.
We train our own brains to hold the structure of our lives. The habits that we practice daily, weekly and monthly are all based on neural pathways that we have established in our brain that make it easy and natural for us to follow these routines.
These habits – if they are good ones – help us to resist entropy and have a sense of meaning, purpose and direction. But if they are bad ones, entropy takes over our lives. Resisting entropy can be a very productive art form. Let’s see how we can do it.