Honor thy Father

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

Last weekend an opportunity to visit my folks presented itself with the help of some reasonable air fare.  Mom and Dad are getting up in age and I’m no spring chicken so it made sense to fly out there and spend time with them.  My father and I don’t talk much with his hearing being worse than mine; but we did fall asleep pretending to watch golf on his television together and it made us both happy.

Sunday morning we all went to dad’s Presbyterian Church where I was logged in as an official visitor. It was a chance for me to once again show respect for my father and observe his rituals and traditions even though we don’t see eye to eye on matters of religion; my having become an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) going on 36 years.

There’s no doubt that Presbyterians share, at least in part, a common belief in God, the Father, His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost as the congregation stood to recite the Apostle’s Creed.  There was a visual text of the Creed presented on a large screen which permitted folks to read along; my having avoided the recitation as it included, “I believe in … the holy Catholic Church…”   Out of respect for my father I stood quietly, dutifully if you will, until everyone was invited to sit back down.

The minister later talked about the old Presbyterian Hymnbook and the new one which replaced it; something which apparently caused quite a stir with some of the older members.  During his remarks he asked the membership to write down their favorite hymns and pass this information along so he’d have a better idea of what his congregation wanted to hear.

I looked down at my shoes, suppressing any audible laugh that might escape as a wide grin crept across my face.  An abstract thought came to me, “We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet”, or “High on the Mountain Top”…no; better to remain silent once more, they might not appreciate my warped sense of humor.

It was the 2nd Sunday of the month and this congregation had a worthy tradition of taking up a special collection for those standing in need.  They were invited to empty the coins from their pockets as young children went from pew to pew with large tin cans, coins clinking as they hit the bottom.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we have a similar tradition, Fast and Testimony Sunday, usually the 1st Sunday of each month.  We are asked to voluntarily give up two meals and donate the amount that would have been spent as a Fast Offering.  It has been suggested we be generous, making the value of the missed meals greater than would have been spent rather than smaller in order to bless more of those in need.

It was an honor to accompany my folks to church, to worship God and acknowledge our Savior’s gift to mankind.  Our differences in doctrine put aside; we worship the same God, the same Savior and the Holy Ghost in our own way.   May the message of the gospel remain the focus of our lives is my prayer this day, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.



Arlene from Israel

The news appeared recently in several media sources, that major think tanks in Washington DC are being funded by foreign governments.  This is huge.  But you may have missed it.

It was the NYTimes that broke the story, and I quote here (emphasis added):

“The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program.

“But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments.

“It was the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit research organization, or think tank, one of many such groups in Washington that lawmakers, government officials and the news media have long relied on to provide independent policy analysis and scholarship.

More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

“The money is increasingly transforming the once-staid think-tank world into a muscular arm of foreign governments’ lobbying in Washington. And it has set off troubling questions about intellectual freedom: Some scholars say they have been pressured to reach conclusions friendly to the government financing the research.

The think tanks do not disclose the terms of the agreements they have reached with foreign governments. And they have not registered with the United States government as representatives of the donor countries, an omission that appears, in some cases, to be a violation of federal law, according to several legal specialists who examined the agreements at the request of The Times.

“As a result, policy makers who rely on think tanks are often unaware of the role of foreign governments in funding the research.

“Joseph Sandler, a lawyer and expert on the statute that governs Americans lobbying for foreign governments, said the arrangements between the countries and think tanks ‘opened a whole new window into an aspect of the influence-buying in Washington that has not previously been exposed.’

“’It is particularly egregious because with a law firm or lobbying firm, you expect them to be an advocate,’ Mr. Sandler added. ‘Think tanks have this patina of academic neutrality and objectivity, and that is being compromised.’

The arrangements involve Washington’s most influential think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Atlantic Council. Each is a major recipient of overseas funds, producing policy papers, hosting forums and organizing private briefings for senior United States government officials that typically align with the foreign governments’ agendas.”



This is a serious matter on several counts and should be of concern to every American citizen for a host of reasons, including the fact that these think tanks may be breaking the law but, to date, have not been prosecuted.

But it is of very specific concern to those who support Israel.  For it has now been exposed that the Brookings Institution signed a four year agreement last year with Qatar that will provide Brookings with $14.8 million.

Qatar is pro-Muslim Brotherhood.  As Daniel Pipes has written, it also “funneled hundreds of millions to Hamas-led Gaza and encouraged its rocket and tunnel assault on Israel.”

And Brookings?  This is “where Martin Indyk serves as vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program. Indyk worked for Secretary of State John Kerry from July 2013 to June 2014 as special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations…how could Indyk be expected to act in a neutral way?” (Emphasis added)


You may remember, when Israeli-PA negotiations fell apart, Indyk said it was Israel’s fault.

That Indyk is guilty of duplicity barely touches the surface of what might be said about him.   His career should be totally down the tubes, but – given Washington DC realities – it won’t be.


Then, I want to share a level-headed and informed assessment of Mahmoud Abbas’s recent threats. You’ve heard much of this from me, but better still to hear it from an international lawyer.

Alan Baker – director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and director of the International Action Division of the Legal Forum for Israel – says, in his piece – “Is Abbas Serious?” – that (emphasis added):

“The Palestinian Authority leadership’s fixation on ‘internationalizing the conflict’ by ‘going back to the UN,’ joining various international conventions and taking Israeli political and military leaders to the International Criminal Court sounds dramatic and even threatening. But it involves a large degree of self-delusion

“The latest ploy by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for frightening the Israelis – going to the UN Security Council with a resolution demanding withdrawal by Israel from ‘Palestinian territory’ to ‘the 1967 borders’ within three years and threatening to go to the International Criminal Court if it isn’t passed – would appear to be no less misguided legally, no less self-deluding and fraught with non-sequiturs than previous abortive Palestinian UN forays.

“Despite all the annual politically generated UN resolutions, which do nothing more than represent the political opinions of the states voting for them, the territories of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip have never legally or historically been declared to be ‘Palestinian.’ There has never been a sovereign Palestinian state, and no treaty, agreement, or binding resolution has ever determined that the territories belong to the Palestinians.

“To the contrary, even the Palestinians themselves agreed in the 1993-1995 Oslo Accords, guaranteed by the US, the EU, Russia, Norway, Egypt and Jordan and endorsed by the UN, that the permanent status of the territories would be determined in negotiations. To determine in advance that these territories are Palestinian is to prejudge an agreed-upon negotiating issue.

“Similarly, there is no such thing as the ‘1967 borders.’ The parties have agreed to negotiate ‘secure and recognized boundaries,’ as demanded by UN Security Council Resolution 242, and the question of ‘borders’ is also an agreed negotiating issue pursuant to the Oslo Accords…

“Moreover, Abbas’s ostensibly serious ammunition – his threat to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and have Israeli leaders and military officers tried for war crimes in the event that his Security Council ploy fails – appears almost certain to backfire.

“Even if the ICC prosecutor, as she has promised, accepts a Palestinian request for standing in the Court…that, in and of itself, cannot guarantee that Abbas and his associates will be able to advance any serious criminal claims against Israeli political or military leaders.

“This is because of the Court’s complex evidentiary rules, specifically the rule of ‘complementarity,’ which prevents the Court’s exercising its jurisdiction if the case in question is already subject to investigation and potential juridical process by the nation state of the accused…Thus it is highly unlikely that any such attempt to bring Israeli leaders to trial would succeed.

“Even more noteworthy is the likelihood that the Palestinian leadership, in giving the Court jurisdiction over the territories, including the Gaza Strip, would be placing itself – as well as senior Hamas commanders and tacticians – at the mercy of anyone who chooses to initiate claims against them for serious war crimes and terrorism.”


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Hasan Khreisha, the second-deputy speaker of the Palestinian parliament, has said that Abbas is holding off on joining the ICC in order to press charges against Israel.  This, in spite of encouragement from several Palestinian Arab parties for him to do so.


Says Khriesa, this is because Abbas prefers to push forward a bid for new peace talks. Sounds nice. But my guess is that Abbas knows exactly what Alan Baker has written: that attempts to have Israelis prosecuted in the ICC are likely to fail. So he talks the talk and then balks at moving ahead.  The Abbas M.O.


”Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

”Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously not disclosed to avoid undermining the Syrians’ surrender of their declared chemical arsenal, the official said they had kept some missile warheads, air-dropped bombs and rocket-propelled grenades primed with toxins like sarin.

“’There is, to my mind, still in the hands of Syria a significant residual capability … that could be used in certain circumstances and could be potentially very serious,’ the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.”


Surprising?  Not at all. It would have been more surprising if a vicious and duplicitous Assad really had surrendered everything.  There are numerous lessons to be learned here.

There is little concern here in Israel that Assad would use such weapons against us because of Israeli deterrence power:  Said one Israeli official, this would not be a game changer for Assad, it would be a “game-ender.”  He is more likely to use these chemicals in his civil war.

But there is concern about what would happen if radical rebels were to get their hands on this material.


No end of subjects to write about.  Yet my time is limited in these days leading up to Rosh Hashana.  I hope to do one more posting before the holiday.  Some of the subjects that may merit serious attention:

[] We have a very serious problem with increasing Arab violence here in Jerusalem.  I want to emphasize the import of this and would like to look at the issue in some detail. This is with regard to the possibility of a third intifada. But even more so, with regard to the absolute need for our government – state and municipal – to be tough if we are serious about our own sovereignty in the land.  This is not something to be taken lightly.  The Arabs, for the most part with Jerusalem residency, must be  handled with with a very strong hand.

[] There is much political turmoil in Israel right now, including unrest within Likud.  Gideon Sa’ar – who headed the Ministry of Interior – has resigned from the government, and this was a political bombshell. There is much speculation as to where he is going.  Where Likud is going. Where Netanyahu is going. And whether Naftali Bennett – head of Habyit Hayehudi – can succeed in ways he hopes to.  There is unrest inside of his party as well.

[] There is also much political turmoil within the Palestinian Arab world, with tensions growing between Fatah and Hamas.

[] And…on Tuesday indirect ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas are to begin in Cairo.


Stuck in the Gulag with You

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound


Some say a weekend is for recovering from the work week. Others, that Monday is for recuperating from the weekend. This Gulag entry, egress or not, is for all who seek reconciliation.

Speaking of weekends, I hear there was some marching going on last one, in New York City. There were pictures in Twitter of the trash they left behind. Something about green, but where I used to live in Chicago they paraded in March with that hue.

For more, read!


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Soldiers of Chaos March in NYC

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Almost 400,000 Soldiers of Chaos descended on New York City over the weekend to ostensibly demand the US do something about climate change. What a load of bull crap. And someone (I hope) is checking those attendance numbers, because as we all know, these jack wagons literally aren’t capable of telling the truth. Behold the brown green shirts who are Marxists, Communists, Socialists, Progressives, Islamists, radicals… They all want to transform America into some form or other of a hellish tyranny that benefits a few and suppresses the rest. They call themselves the People’s Climate March, but they are nothing more than commies wearing green as an excuse.

The march was orchestrated to push the UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23. Every radical and moonbat on the planet was there it seems. Of course, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took part in the two-mile march through the streets of Manhattan, along with musician Sting and actors Leonardo di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo. Former vice president Al Gore and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were also goosestepping to the fascist tune of the global elite — hell, they’re part of them. The New York event was the largest of 2,646 events taking place in 156 countries, according to organizers (if you can believe lying liars).

Oh, and the commies were out en force:

“We said it would take everyone to change everything — and everyone showed up,” said Eddie Bautista, executive director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, in a statement.

Of course our ‘selfie President’ will attend the UN conference. Although there is incontrovertible proof that there is no global warming and this global climate change garbage is nothing but an attempt to further communism and force subjugation on the masses, these evil asshats just keep on trying to breathe new life into this dead horse. They just won’t stop and evidently they have found enough useful idiots to make propaganda globally and loudly. Maybe it’s a new union for the evil out there organizing on earth for those stopping over on their way to hell. There won’t be much green there, but oh, the weather is to fry for!

So, Obama and his minions presented last week, in preparation for the Climate Summit, the US outline for its plan that applies to a possible global climate agreement. The Summit is seen as a key milestone on the path to an agreement. Yeah… not that Americans will have any say or anything. You can count on that – like it or lump it will be Obama’s edict. Obey if you know what is good for you, or else.

The usual limited subset of the craven, lap dog media are promoting this ad nauseum. The New York Times is elated and demanding change right now, damn it! What a bunch of illiterate, self-loving, sycophants. I won’t even quote them as it was lie after lie after lie in their propaganda spread. Wretch worthy.

What was of note, which the NYT called diversity, was the vast array of nut jobs and radicals that attended the event. Every hate-filled freak that could slither there on their belly showed up for the party. Picture a minaret of an inflatable mosque, floating serenely next to Noah’s Ark on West 58th Street. Then you had Capuchin Franciscan monks decked out in flowing brown robes and nuns marching to the Marxist tune of ideologies that are totally incompatible with Christianity and most other religions. But they snuggled right up to those flying a pagan flag and beating a drum. I’m sure the Satanists and Anarchists were there too. At Columbus Circle, there were bare-breasted women and people with dreadlocks and handmade clothing. There were Muslim women wearing hijabs and groups of older women with signs proclaiming they were “Grandmas Against Global Warming” and that “Gray Is Green.” Some of these people need serious, long-term care and help. Really.

This is theater for the very, very stupid. The majority of Americans know this and just try to ignore it. The problem is that these nincompoops have managed to insert themselves into positions of power and what they do directly effects all of us in every area of our lives. John Kerry is in the thick of it, working tirelessly to destroy America, tax us to death and force us into a dictatorship. He should have stayed in Vietnam. Just sayin’.

The march was replete with celebrities. Twitchy rightly mocked Leonardo DeCaprio. A furry faced DeCaprio flew in on his private jet just for the occasion:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also lost it at the March when confronted by PJ Media’s Michelle Fields about being a hypocrite. Truth hurts.

Sadly, we can’t just afford to laugh off these loons. Their agenda is a massive wealth transfer. 47 different groups there had ‘justice’ in their names. Justice and equality have nothing to do with this. It’s straight up communism. It’s about taking from those who have earned it and giving it to everyone else – forcibly.

William Teach put it superbly when he said that Sunday’s NYC Climate March is like totally anti-establishment, man. Totally. Although almost 400,000 protestors showed for Sunday’s festivities, guess who didn’t? Most of the media. The NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, CBS News, ABC News, Chicago Post, Miami Herald, USA Today and a whole slew of NY papers were missing in action. You know why? Because this is lame, trite propaganda and Americans are bored and pissed by it. Anti-establishment unless of course you count that all of these groups and individuals are intricately linked to the Democrat Party… such as SEIU, the Teamsters, League Of Women Voters, College Democrats of Mass, CWA, Audubon Society, National Lawyers Guild, NOW, tons of unions, including teacher’s unions, and a whole raft of others, all Left leaning. Then there’s the tried and true Socialist and Communist groups involved, plus CAIR, Code Pink, Common Dreams, World Can’t Wait, MoveOn.org and all the other Democrat voting wackadoodle groups one would expect as Teach aptly stated in his article.

One moonbat had a sticker that said, “Capitalism is destroying the planet… We need revolution, nothing less.” Printed on green, which of course, is the new red. Other activists were chanting, “F*ck the police!” Not sure what that has to do with climate change, but it sure plays into the chaos theory. And in a “I don’t think this word means what you think it means” moment, individuals with the socialist newspaper “The Militant” were selling newspapers to attendees, while Occupy Wall Street members asked for “donations” in exchange for shirts. So, you are anti-capitalist, but only when it suits you? Yep, the very definition of hypocrisy.

Not to be left out, members of the Socialists Workers Party also manned a table, passing out flyers attempting to make “the case for ecosocialism.” You say tomato, I say communism. Meh.

Welcome to Climate Week in the rotten Big Apple, featuring celebrities, CEOs and climatologists. The Soldiers of Chaos march forward in America to bring devastating change upon us.


Forum: What’s Behind The Downturn In The GOP’s Chances To Take The Senate?

The Watcher’s Council

Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or daily living. This week’s question: What’s Behind The Downturn In The GOP’s Chances To Take The Senate?

David Gerstman, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: FWIW, here’s Charlie Cook.

The Independent Sentinel:I don’t know that I believe there is that much of a downturn from what I’ve read. If there is a downturn, it’s primarily because the Democrats are cleverly winning the media war with a lot of help from their biased allies in the mainstream media who paint Republicans as having no alternatives to anything. That’s not true but it’s perceptions that count.

The Media doesn’t report the news, they create the news.

Obamacare is a disaster but they’ve managed to delay many of the worst aspects and have bailed out insurance companies so people don’t know how bad it is or how much premiums will rise.

The public turned against the wars in the Middle East in part due to the media’s biased reporting. We won those wars. Many more men and women have died in Afghanistan under Obama’s watch than under Bush’s but you won’t read that in the mainstream media. You won’t see their flag-draped coffins being carried into Andrew’s Air Force base.

Democrats have been bailed out by their media allies.

Republicans have backed down on many issues but if they don’t, public opinion turns hard-left against them. They don’t have the bully pulpit.

Republicans have flaws but the biggest flaw lies with the deceit the opinion media is peddling.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: As best understood – those Donkiecrats are like totally outspending the GOP on the Senate Race…:

Democratic fundraising has allowed the party and its allies to run more TV advertisements than Republicans in the first two weeks of September in nine of the 10 top Senate races this fall, according to an analysis of political spending by the nonpartisan Wesleyan Media Project.

The Democrats’ edge in TV ads of late is due partly to a string of super PACs that have ramped up their efforts in the past two months. Since July 3, the largest super PACs aligned with Democrats have raised four times the money of pro-GOP super PACs, and have now spent $60 million to Republicans’ $38 million, data compiled by The Wall Street Journal shows.

The Democratic push is being led by Senate Majority PAC, run by people affiliated with Mr. Reid, which has raised more money this election cycle than any super PAC aligned with either party: $33 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. It has put $28 million so far into TV and digital advertising, with nearly half of that spent in the last 10 weeks. Its biggest donors include hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer, who has given $5 million since 2013, and former New York City Mayor Nanny Bloomberg who has given $2.5 million.

Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of or against candidates, but they can’t donate directly to candidates.

To be sure, conservative outside groups plan to spend millions this fall to help Republican candidates. But the efforts of the Senate Majority PAC and other Democratic interest groups could represent the best chance that Democrats have of holding onto control of the Senate and keeping Mr. Reid in charge of the chamber.{…}

Republicans must pick up a net six seats to gain a Senate majority. Though polls show GOP candidates hold the lead in some of the closest races, Democrats have the financial advantage. The major Democratic Party committees—the Democratic National Committee and the party’s House and Senate arms—have raised nearly $370 million, about 10% more than their GOP counterparts, according to data collected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason: The conservative Tea Party worked to support their candidates only to be trounced by the well funded Republican machine in the primaries. The downturn occurred after the primaries as conservatives became disheartened, disappointed, and disgusted by the attacks on conservatives from those within the party. Many are now focusing their efforts on getting local candidates elected.

In order to take the majority in the Senate, Republicans have to pick up six seats. Of those six it appears Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia are the only seats we can be confident the GOP will win. However, polls show voter dissatisfaction with President Obama’s job performance. People don’t believe they are better off today than they were in 2008. In addition, with increasing global instability in the world, we see social issues taking a back burner here at home. It’s kind of hard to talk about a war on women when women and children are being beheaded, crucified, and sold into slavery and forced marriages in the Middle East. Historically, conservatives and Republicans vote more in the mid-term elections than liberals and Democrats, so Republicans have a little better than 50/50 chance of taking the Senate, imho.

JoshuaPundit: Can anyone tell me what the GOP’s message is, except that they’re not Barack Obama? They have none. That’s because their real campaign is not against Democrats, but against conservatives and Tea Party candidates in their own party..and against their conservative base.

Let’s not forget that it was Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint who were the driving force in the GOP landslide in 2010, not the party establishment which fought them tooth and nail. As a matter of fact the GOP establishment and Michael Steele’s antics actually cost the Republicans two seats they could have won – Nevada and Colorado.

ObamaCare is still hugely unpopular. The GOP isn’t mentioning it, and Boehner just pushed through funding for it.  President Obama’s planned amnesty is only supported by about 30% of the public, mainly in deep blue states with large illegal migrant populations like California.The only Republican senatorial candidate I’ve seen making it a major issue is Scoot Brown  in New Hampshire, and he’s gone from being better than 12 points down in the polls behind the Democrat incumbent Jean Shaheen to being essentially neck and neck…and he has hardly any money compared to Shaheen’s $11.2 million. Joanie Ernst in Iowa, Tom Tillis in North Carolina and Cory Gardner in Colorado  aren’t getting any GOP maney either. But the checkbook’s open for Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts.

Benghazi, IRS-Gate, NSA-Gate, Fast And Furious? Sssshhh!

That’s why the GOP is lagging behind. And now, they’re touting the return of Obama’s boyfriend Chris Christie, and talking about another Romney run for 2016 (OK, someone who could be a capable president but possibly the world’s. worst.candidate. ever). Even I can’t believe the GOP establishment is stupid enough not to understand what amnestia will  mean to both conservatives and the Republican Party, but then I never thought they would simply cede California to the Democrats without challenging the bogus redistricting scam,  or the state’s lawless winking at wholesale illegal migration and voter fraud.

This should be a Reagan -style conservative revolution. It shouldn’t even be close. Basta. Enough. Either conservatives need to take over the GOP or it’s divorce time.

The Right Planet: I would suspect it has something to do with the abysmal treatment the GOP leadership and the RNC has shown toward its base and the TEA Party, not to mention the fact that the current GOP leadership has caved on almost every issue–funding Obamacare, arming so-called Syrian “rebels,” pushing amnesty, etc.

Doug Ross recently posted, “From Mitch McConnell’s vow to ‘crush the Tea Party’ all the way to rampant vote fraud in Mississippi, the Reince Priebus- and Karl Rove-led band of numbskulls have wagered that corrupting the primary process, demonizing the conservative activist base, and using borderline criminal tactics would unify the party.”

There’s no excuse for all this, in my opinion; it’s electoral suicide. And one has to question whether it’s intentional or not. It seems that anyone who just wants the government to get its house in order–meaning: reduce spending, cut taxes, strong defense, limited government, defend individual liberties, etc.–is treated worse than a terrorist by not only the Democrats but by certain members of the GOP as well.

Writing about this makes me so furious I’ll have to end my response here.

Bookworm Room: This is an easy one: The GOP itself is behind the downturn. Here in my native state, I have it on the best authority that the establishment GOP elected to give several thousand dollars to a candidate who cannot possibly win, while giving $200 to a candidate who, if properly funded, could definitely win. Apparently the GOP decided that it was better to send good money after bad than to give the necessary help to someone who could be a sure thing. Whatever they’re drinking at GOP headquarters is some seriously bad stuff.

All of America there are similar stories: the establishment sides with the Washington version of conservativism, which is simply a slower growing version of big government, complete with cronyism and a devotion to the cheap labor promised by amnesty. Meanwhile, back in the real world, real people are drowning under government controls, mandates, and taxes, and they’re seeing illegal aliens sweep up the few jobs in our terrible economy. They can’t stand what the Democrats have done to them, but they won’t vote for a stale, flat-footed, tin-eared, self-serving GOP.

When Americans are exposed to true conservative ideas advocated by people who have solid support and are not allowed to be destroyed by an MSM portraying them as whackadoodles, they win, if not every time, at least a lot of the time. Two things don’t win: Stale, corrupt, expensive GOPism and conservative extremists who are able to get enough fringe support to manage without GOP support.

The Glittering Eye: Most of the minor upticks and downticks are statistical anomalies. As the actual election nears, pollsters concentrate more on likely voters than on registered voters or other larger groups of people who probably won’t vote. That can cause some surprising apparent changes, too.

All this by way of saying that early polls probably exaggerated Republican voting strength in some areas. It’s always been close and the nearer the election comes the more opinion polls are likely to reflect that.

Well, there you have it.

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The New Axis Of Evil’s Latest Military First

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Remember the New Axis of Evil I’ve told you about previously? Well, Russia, China and Iran are busy little demons these days, as you can see in my latest article: The Bear and the Dragon Encircle the Eagle. It’s obvious we are at war and I say that America should bring the action. But with Obama, the Marxist at the helm, I have zero hope that will happen.

The latest chess move is by the Chinese Navy, who has for the first time in history docked their destroyer in a southern Iranian port. The media reported it — briefly in passing with a paragraph or two, hoping the world would ignore it and not notice. Ah, but I noticed as did a number of others. America better wake up – we’re now rocking with the dragon and it is on the move:

Adm. Hossein Azad, naval base chief in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, said the four-day visit that began Saturday saw the two navies sharing expertise in the field of marine rescue.

“On the last day of their visit while leaving Iran, the Chinese warships will stage a joint drill in line with mutual collaboration, and exchange of marine and technical information particularly in the field of aid and rescue,” said Azad.

The report said the destroyer was accompanied by a logistics ship, and that both were on their way to the Gulf of Aden as a part of an international mission to combat piracy.

You might vaguely recall that a Russian Naval group docked in this same port last year on its merry way back from a Pacific Ocean mission. Iran is forming an iron alliance to solidify their hold on the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of the world’s oil is shipped.

You would think the media would be all over this. So many first moves between Russia, China and Iran are occurring and they are forming a menacing alliance against the US, financially and militarily. There’s no other way to view this than as an existential threat against our world presence and in fact, against us as a free nation.

The details of the visit and exercises are scant as you can tell. But just the fact it is ongoing should raise our spidey senses immensely and put us on a war footing. Instead we pretend this isn’t happening. It’s like watching the Nazis march across Europe sucking up countries and acting like it isn’t our problem. Oh, wait…

The ghost of Neville Chamberlain haunts the US currently:

— We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.

— I believe it is peace in our time.

— We would fight not for the political future of a distant city, rather for principles whose destruction would ruin the possibility of peace and security for the peoples of the earth.

— How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.

— However much we may sympathize with a small nation confronted by a big and powerful neighbours, we cannot in all circumstances undertake to involve the whole British Empire in a war simply on her account.

This is not some foreign war I’m speaking of. This is our war in our time. We’re not some small, distant nation or foreign city. We are the last super power… the last truly free bastion on the planet and we are in the cross hairs of a new, rising evil spreading rapidly across the globe. Oh, for the wisdom of Winston Churchill:

— Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

— You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.

— One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

Turning our back on this Axis is not only foolhardy, it is suicidal. Daily, we are doubling the danger our country is in by not confronting our enemies and letting them build their military might. I hope we don’t wait for the New Axis Of Evil’s latest military first to be nukes launched against America in the near future. America, grow a set and get ready to fight.