Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Climate Change a Problem for 75 Years

For John, BLUFNothing ever changes.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at Powerline Mr Steve Hayward links us up with Mr Steven Goddard’s Real Science, and the fact that there was early analysis showing that "CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED HITLER!".

This is from the 27 March 1941 edition of The Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa).

So, maybe Senator Bernie Sanders isn't so off the beaten track when he blames climate change for Daesh.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Princeton University and President Wilson

For John, BLUFYour friends who are Democrat have some apologizing to do.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Mr Michael van der Galien, and Pajamas Media, yesterday, we have "'Black Lives Matter' Gets One Right:  Woodrow Wilson Was a Terrible Racist"
The Black Lives Matter movement has frequently been criticized by conservatives, and for good reason.  The organization is undeniably radical and practices race-based intimidation.  For instance, slightly less than two weeks ago, activists attacked white students studying in a library at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  Their "sin," apparently, was their skin -- the white students were born racists and criminals per the eyes of Black Lives Matter.  The innocent students were slammed against the walls, cursed at, and berated for their supposed racial privilege.

Having said that, even a broken [analogue] clock is right twice a day.  In subject matter, if not tactics, Black Lives Matter got it right for once:

Black Lives Matter activists at Princeton University have taken over the president’s office and say they won’t leave until the school acknowledges former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson as a racist and renames all buildings currently honoring him on campus.

Then the article goes on to detail how President Wilson reversed racial progress in the United States and notes that Mr Glenn Beck was correct in...
...claiming that Wilson "was part of the Margaret Sanger, 'let's kill off the inferior race'" movement.
But, here is the twist, and you knew there was a twist:
But to be consistent, the university must also make an effort to explain to the Black Lives Matter students that Wilson's racism was intrinsically linked to his Progressivism. The dangerous political ideology believes all individuals are servants to the state; I don't expect that correcting this side of the Wilson story will be prioritized over there anytime soon.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Reusable Rocket

For John, BLUFNow this is a big deal.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Writers Dave Mosher and Kelly Dickerson tell us "Jeff Bezos just made history with a reusable rocket test".  Yes, Mr Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post (and of Amazon).

The story has accompanying video.

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket lifts off on Nov. 23, 2015.

Blue Origin, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, claims to have flown and landed the world's first truly reusable suborbital rocket.

"Rockets have always been expendable.  Not anymore," Bezos wrote in a blog post.  "Now safely tucked away at our launch site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts, a used rocket."

The New Shepard rocket lifted off from Blue Origin's launch facility in Van Horn, Texas, on Nov. 23, 2015, flew about 2,800 mph, and soared to more than 62 miles above the Earth, the company said in a press release.

After deploying a space capsule, the rocket then plummeted back toward the ground, reignited its booster, and — in a world first — gently and safely touched down in the middle of a landing target.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

College Students Not Learning

For John, BLUFNothing good will come of this kind of thinking.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Reporter Bobby Soave, of The Daily Beast, "College Students Say Remembering 9/11 Is Offensive to Muslims".  The sub-headline is "How a proposed moment of silence to honor 9/11 victims became the latest victim of the would-be despots of America’s campuses."

And the lede:

The everything-is-offensive brand of campus activism has struck a new low:  Students at the University of Minnesota killed a proposed moment of silence for 9/11 victims due to concerns—insulting, childish concerns—that Muslim students would be offended.
So, it looks like the war is basically over, and the West—Western Civilization—has lost.  We seem to be moving to "submission".

But, as this rolls on, one wonders what these students are learning in college.  Heck, what did they learn in High School?

But, this is not new.  This is something from 2006.  From World Net Daily, a report on the University of Washington student senate which...

...rejected a memorial for alumnus Gregory “Pappy” Boyington of “Black Sheep Squadron” fame amid concerns a military hero who shot down enemy planes was not the right kind of person to represent the school.
Regards  —  Cliff

  Pappy Boyington's son enuciated the academic law that "All points pro[ficient] are points wasted".  If that is too complicated, think of it this easy.  You only have to do well enough to go on to the next level.  Anything more is just distracting you from other important activities.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Defending Israel

For John, BLUFThe leading edge of hatred and voices should be raised.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Someone sent this to me this evening and it seems appropriate.
Blood libel against Jews has a long and ugly history.  Sadly, it continues in many forms.  Incitement against Jews is reaching new heights in the Middle East and in Europe.  Jews are being assaulted, stabbed and murdered.  Here in Boston the MBTA, bullied by the ACLU, has joined in that incitement by accepting and posting vicious ads which accuse Jews of killing Palestinian children.

The purpose of the ad is not to inform Bostonians about the complex conflict in the Middle East; it’s to demonize Israelis and Jews.  This is a shameful act by the MBTA - a direct incitement to hate Israelis and the Jews of Boston who overwhelmingly support the Jewish state.

Attempts to place countering ads have been rejected by the MBTA with no reason given. MBTA’s double standard and bigotry must end.  The public officials responsible for permitting these hateful ads in MBTA properties must be held accountable.

The Boston Jewish community will not be silenced.  Our voices will be heard.

Please come to the MBTA board meeting at the MBTA November 23, 2015 1:00 pm MassDOT Boardroom 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3830, Boston, MA

This is the United States and the First Amendment protects all forms of stupidity.  But that doesn't mean voices can't be raised in response, proclaiming the truth.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ms Clinton Explains the Enemy

For John, BLUFIs it sufficient to ID our enemies simply as "terrorists"?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at Hot Air Columnist AllahPundit talks to the "New DNC ad:  Why can’t these Republicans be respectful of radical Islam, like George Bush was?".

Here is the DNC Video, "Inciting Fear Isn't Presidential".  I found the link at Mediate.

Back to Hot Air, here is the lede:

Via Alex Griswold, who cites a new Rasmussen poll showing that 56 percent of Democrats — Democrats — think we’re at war with “radical Islamic terrorism.”  I’ve played this three times and still can’t believe I’m watching an ad from the Democratic Party pointing at George W. Bush as a role model on how to think about terrorism.  The punchline is, Bush himself mentioned “radical Islam” in his presidential rhetoric; he even used it in the State of the Union, for cripes sake.  He used the adjective “radical” because he wanted to suggest a distinction between “real” Islam and the version preached by jihadis — which is the same thing the Republican candidates featured in the ad are doing.  It’s these DNC imbeciles, not the GOPers in the ad, who are effectively equating Islam with “radical Islam” by refusing to acknowledge the distinction.
The New York Post notes about The Honorable Hillary Clinton's foreign policy speech Thursday at The Council on Foreign Relations:
Finally, like Obama, Hillary refuses to call “radical Islamic terrorism” by its rightful name, saying it plays into ISIS’s hands.  Same old, same old: After all, it’s not as if Obama’s refusal to do so has made things better.
From the transcript:
We want to isolate and defeat terrorists and counter violent extremists while reaching out to Muslims around the world.
No ISIS, no ISIL, no IS, no Daesh, no radical Islam.

And what is the difference between a terrorist and a violent extremist?

At the end of the day the image that comes to me is that of DWS, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Penetrating Terrorist Cells

For John, BLUFThe fight against Daesh will be a long, hard, slog.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Soufan Group we have "The Family Ties of Terror".  The head of The Soufan Group is former FHI Agent Ali Soufan.
Bottom Line Up Front:
  • Several members of the terrorist cell that attacked Paris on November 13 were related to each other—the latest in a long line of family terror ties
  • Small terror cells made up of mostly relatives or close friends are the greatest challenge for intelligence services seeking to infiltrate with human sources
  • Smaller and more family-based cells provide an intense feedback loop of radicalization and reinforcement, resulting in plots of intense commitment, as well as intense disagreements when they occur
  • The younger the relative in a terror cell, the more likely he or she is under the sway of an older sibling, adding a level of familial obligation and fear to the radicalization process.
One can see how inflation of such small cells can be very hard for intelligence services.

Regards  —  Cliff