END OF YEAR WRAP-UP: BRIEF COMMENTARIES
The Associated Press reports that the Taliban is returning to areas once cleared by foreign forces, as the U.S. announces its conclusion to the combat mission…which had been announced long in advance. That was very good strategy — for the enemy – they always like to know the forecast in advance. Taliban insurgents have actually announced their defeat of U.S. and allies in the 13-year conflict. Does anyone want to make bets whether or not Afghanistan will return to terrorist rule and women will return to total subjugation?
Click here: Taliban Claims America ‘Defeated’ in Afghanistan | The Weekly Standard
Cops – nationwide – have had it with the hard core campaign to demonize all officers of law enforcement who keep our towns and cities safe 24/7, risking their lives every day on behalf of the citizens. It may not have been classy, but the turning of backs by uniformed cops to those who wrongly degrade and accuse police of systemic wrong doings was well earned by the mayor of New York City, which also stands as symbolism for all the anti-police naysayers, including the president and his hateful attorney general. They certainly have handled these incidents wrongly, including the governor of Missouri, considering the fact that the two incidents targeted for protests were never the result of racial profiling at all. This is called manufacturing a protest when there is nothing to protest. Police morale is at an all-time low, which does not bode well for American citizens in general.
Click here: Mayor Bill de Blasio Gets Mixed Reaction At NYPD Graduation Ceremony « CBS New York
3 The Foreign Stage
Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, ISIS, Egypt, China, North Korea, Boco Haram, al Qaeda, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Turkey, and et al. Name one place where conditions and/or relations have improved in the last six years. Perhaps we could say that Egypt is better, having recovered from the year of Sharia law under Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, but the Egyptians did that on their own via the will of the people, overthrowing the Brotherhood despite their support by Obama and Hillary. We certainly don’t hear much about Egypt from the administration since Morsi failed.
3 Christian Genocide
Little is heard from President Obama or the United Nations about the barbaric killings of Christians – adults and children – and burnings of Christian churches throughout the middle-east. According to Wiki-Islam, a Christian is killed every five minutes for their beliefs. Nine of the top ten countries that practice Christian persecution, are Islamic countries. In 2012, Turkey was considered in the top 16 of worst countries for Christian persecution. A secular study shows that Christianity is in danger of being totally wiped out in biblical heartlands because of Islamic oppression. Where is the voice of the UN? Where is the voice of the free world? Where is the voice of America?
Click here: Muslim Statistics (Persecution) – WikiIslam
Click here: Christians are being beheaded and crucified by jihadists: Backed by the United States..? – YouTube
4 Most Admired
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been named “Most Admired” male and female in a Gallup Poll. Juxtapose that to every competent poll that cites Obama’s track record as president meets disapproval by 50 percent, or more, of voters. Hillary Clinton is certainly the most famous, but it’s inconceivable that she would be admired by voters who can read and write. This is a Secretary of State who accomplished nothing in office other than racking up travel miles and hundreds of photo-ops, who bolted from sight for three months after the Benghazi attack leaving four Americans dead, and who supported the Muslim Brotherhood, and who traveled with her top aide for fifteen years…a Saudi woman who family relatives are all connected to the Muslim Brotherhood…and organization dedicated to the destruction of America. Admired? Are we kidding?
Click here: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll – Rasmussen Reports™
Click here: Hillary Clinton’s Approval Numbers Return to Earth — WSJ/NBC Poll – Washington Wire – WSJ
The Islamic State, who President Obama claims is “not Islamic,” has commandeered Iraq and parts of Syria, and are moving forward toward Lebanon, Jordan and the Gaza Strip. Bombing raids from U.S. military appears to have accomplished little as the terror organization continues to grow and non-Muslims are facing forced conversions or death by grotesque means, including the live beheadings of children. What is even more worrisome, is where the ISIS is heading once the conquer their present goals, because it certainly isn’t going to stop there. Once they commandeer Gaza and other nations, they will have to face Egypt where they denounced fundamentalism two years ago. And of course, tiny Israel sits surrounded by enemies on three sides as our president denounces Israel for building new homes. Hmmm
Click here: War against Isis: US air strategy in tatters as militants march on – Comment – Voices – The Independent
Click here: ISIS militants march on despite airstrikes, outrage – CNN.com
6 Illegal Immigration
Of course, we know there is no such thing anymore. “Illegal” has always meant that strict laws were in existence and that the breaking of those laws rendered the law breakers guilty, and subject to punishment/deportation. Such laws have been diminished to non-laws by our administration, basically allowing people to flood our nation at will while tying the hands of law enforcers from doing their jobs. What people don’t realize is that 40 percent of illegal immigration comes from overstayed visas, thousands of whom come in from Islamic countries.
One can only imagine where this is going in the next generation.
Click here: Immigrants entering country illegally becoming more aggressive, Border Patrol official says | Fox News Latino
Click here: Illegal Immigrant Families With Deportation Orders Go Missing
Click here: John Carter claim that 40 percent of nation’s illegal residents came by plane and overstayed visas draws on 2006 e
7 2014 Celebrity Deaths
All death are tragedies and great losses for those who loved them. But we treat celebrity deaths with great reverence only because they were known and loved by millions, not a few. Topping the list as the greatest losses in 2014, for this blogger, are: Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, Mike Nichols, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Ariel Sharon, Shirley Temple, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Maya Angelou, Eli Wallach, James Brady.
Click here: Celebrity deaths in 2014 – Photos – Washington Times
8 The “Interview” Movie Fiasco
Bottom line: Free speech won out. Other nations cannot intimidate America with threatening rhetoric, from expressing our 1st amendment rights. Sony capitulated and went for the “risk” despite threats from North Korea, and showed the movie in select theaters which, thus far, has not resulted in violent acts. But…has anyone ever wondered why there has never been a major movie out of Hollywood about the life of Muhammed or the origins of Islam? Every other major figure in ancient history has a bio film to his/her credit…but not this one. And, there never will be. Such is the example that fear and intimidation really does work.
Click here: Free speech wins in showing of “The Interview” – The Denver Post
The United States population has increased 11 million people in the last four years, now boasting a total of over 320 million people. That’s more than double since Eisenhower was president.
Click here: Census puts U.S. population at 320.09 million, up 0.7 percent from year-ago – Yahoo News Canada
10 Happy New Year
Wishing all my readers a healthy and happy 2015. Thanks for indulging my writings and for all your insightful comments, even if we don’t always all agree.