Mob Killing, Wave of Sexual Assaults Prove Fears of “Refugees” Justified

Obama mocked conservative Republicans and the tens of millions of average Americans concerned about importing waves of Muslim men from the Middle East, with no way to vet them properly. He accused us of being scared of women and children.

Yet two episodes in recent months highlight that we were and are right to be concerned, and Obama is a fool for ignoring these concerns.

One was the story of Farkhunda Malikzada, an Afghan woman falsely accused of burning a Quran at an Islamic shrine, and subsequently dragged into the street by an angry mob and kicked, punched, beaten with sticks, pummeled with heavy rocks, run over by a car, dragged through the streets, and set on fire (after being soaked with fuel because her body was so wet with blood it would not catch fire).

As it turns out, the accusation against her was made by a man selling amulets to illiterate, superstitious women hoping it would help them get pregnant. She accused him of fraud and of dishonoring the Quran, and in retaliation he accused her of burning a Quran. At that accusation, the mob began to form.

Euro-zone falls back into recession

Austerity protest

Plagued by seemingly perpetual debt problems due to large welfare states, the Euro-zone, the 17 countries that make up the European Union, has fallen into a recession for the second time since 2009:

The euro zone debt crisis dragged the bloc into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on Thursday.

The French and German economies both managed 0.2 percent growth in the July-to-September period but their resilience could not save the 17-nation bloc from contraction as the likes of The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Austria shrank.

Economic output in the euro zone fell 0.1 percent in the quarter, following a 0.2 percent drop in the second quarter.

Those two quarters of contraction put the euro zone’s 9.4 trillion euro ($12 trillion) economy back into recession, although Italy and Spain have been contracting for a year already and Greece is suffering an outright depression.

A rebound in Europe is still far off. The debt crisis that began in Greece in late 2009 is still reverberating around the globe and holding back a lasting recovery.

Analysts said even the euro zone’s top two economies were likely to succumb in the final three months of the year.

International Data on Living Standards Show that the United States Should Not Become More Like Europe

Written by Daniel J. Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Posted with permission from Cato @ Liberty.

I’m not a big fan on international bureaucracies, particularly the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD, funded by American tax dollars, has become infamous for its support of statist pro-Obama policies.

In Defense of Brandy

President Obama showcased his ignorance of world political history at the G-20 summit in London recently when he made a crack at his political predecessors’ penchant for back-room brandy sessions:

Well, if there’s just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy, that’s an easier negotiation. But that’s not the world we live in, and it shouldn’t be the world that we live in.

I realize that every generation likes to think of itself as unique and facing problems their ancestors did not. It’s the easiest way to excuse failure. No one will blame a world leader for poorly handling a challenge that the world has never seen.

Maybe Germans Did Learn Something From The Weimar Republic

When President Obama arrives in London this week he will meet with the leader of Germany, a nation where his election has brought newfound goodwill towards America; but will the goodwill be enough to force the hands of Germany to conform to Washington’s desires for additional stimulus and bailouts? If the latest media reports, which point towards an Administration attempting to dial down expectations, are any indication, then the answer is most likely a soft no.

The NYT is reporting that little ground is expected to be made in regards to additional German stimulus, with Chancellor Angela Merkel expected to cite fiscal discipline as a reason for German non-cooperation with President Obama’s Administration on the issue-

Valkyrie: Lessons for Humanity

This past weekend, I took my wife to see  the film Valkyrie.  Featuring Tom Cruise, Valkyrie is already ranked among the top five films of the season. Valkyrie details the plot of July 20, 1944 devised by German officers to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Cruise played the mastermind of the plot Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.

I make no claim to have a depth of understanding of Hitler’s National Socialism and the details of the War effort. However, I was raised by a father who was a World War II veteran who was present on D-Day and both uncles served in the European theater during that great War.

Obama Bypasses Security Screening in Importing Syrian Muslims


Barack Obama’s legacy will be as the most lawless president in American history. His contempt for the Constitution in general, and its separation of powers doctrine in particular, drips from his lips like saliva from a rabid dog. Like most progressives, he sees the Constitution and Congress as useless impediments to the implementation of his brilliant policies.

One would be challenged to point out one area of Obama’s policy that has been a success (or, at least, a success by the standards of the American people, as opposed to progressive zealots), but if one were to try to pinpoint the area where Obama’s efforts have been most disastrous, a strong case could be made for his Middle East policy, which has made the world a far more dangerous place.

He pulled out all American troops from Iraq, against the direct recommendation of his military advisers, and as a result the “sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq” he left behind was soon overrun by ISIS, the most radical, violent terrorist group we’ve seen in our lifetimes. He essentially deposed Moamar Ghaddafi of Libya who, though certainly an evil tyrant, was no threat to the U.S. In the power vacuum in Libya, chaos and bloodshed has been rampant. He claimed a “red line” in Syria past which dictator Bashar al-Assad must not pass, and when Assad soon crossed that red line by using chemical weapons, Obama backtracked and claimed that the red line was never his, but the “world’s”.

Obama didn’t know about U.S. spying on world leaders

Does President Barack Obama have any idea of what his administration is doing? His excuse for some of the biggest controversies and scandals that have come out of his government has been that he was oblivious to them.

For example, after it was revealed that the Internal Revenue Service had inappropriately targeted conservative and Tea Party groups, a White House aid told reporters that President Obama wasn’t aware of the IRS investigation until it was covered on the news. It was later revealed that White House lawyers opted not to tell him about the investigation.

President Obama gave the same line about the Fast and Furious scandal, the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists covering leak stories, and again when he was pressed about the accusations of spying on leaders of Brazil and Mexico.

Now, the White House is giving a similar line about the NSA’s spying on other world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

NSA chief wants to limit freedom of the press

Keith Alexander

Amid growing concerns from foreign governments of the NSA’s alleged spying and backlash domestically over the collection of innocent Americans phone and Internet data, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander wants to stop the press from reporting on the information provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden:

The head of the embattled National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, is accusing journalists of “selling” his agency’s documents and is calling for an end to the steady stream of public disclosures of secrets snatched by former contractor Edward Snowden.

“I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000—whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these—you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander said in an interview with the Defense Department’s “Armed With Science” blog.

“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on,” the NSA director declared.

Alexander did not elaborate on what he meant by reporters “selling” documents or what options he might consider for halting the disclosures. An NSA spokeswoman declined to expand on the general’s comments.

Rising energy prices in Germany offers U.S. a preview of what’s to come

President Barack Obama’s ideal clean coal plant is an expensive boondoggle that is causing consumers rates to skyrocket, long before its expected to come online. But this is only highlights one part of this administration’s agenda.

The push away from coal and nuclear energy and the focus on renewable energy in Germany has caused energy rates to rise, causing politicians to worry about the country’s international competitiveness:

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) said on Friday a new government must move quickly to rein in rising energy costs in order to safeguard the competitiveness of German industry.

Speaking a day after the SPD leadership agreed to enter formal coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, Gabriel called Germany’s renewable energy law (EEG) an impediment to a successful exit from nuclear power.

“The EEG was a wonderful law when we wanted to support new technologies to make them competitive. Today, in its current form, it is the biggest obstacle for the energy shift,” Gabriel said in a speech at a union event in Hanover.

“We need to ensure that renewable energy is affordable. And we need to put an end to the idea that we can pull out of nuclear and coal simultaneously. This won’t work.”

The exact policies may not necessarily be the same as those being pursued in the United States by the Obama Administration, but the basic point and end goals are almost identical.

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