ISIS–Beaten Down But Not Totally Out

Author's note:  At the time of publishing, we did not know of the terrorist truck attack in New York. It shows that terrorism is still a threat.  Our thoughts and prayers for those impacted by the attack.

Last week saw the final military defeat of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).   Iraqi military forces captured the self-proclaimed capital of the caliphate, Raqqa, and drove ISIS fighters into the desert.

At its peak, ISIS had proclaimed a capital in Raqqa, Iraq and had conquered significant territory in Iraq and Syria.   Significant to Muslim imagery, ISIS declared itself a modern caliphate and its leader a successor to Muhammed.   And early in its ascendancy, ISIS seemed to threaten the very existence of the Iraqi government as Iraqi forces often simply ran in early fighting against fanatical militants.

The war against ISIS, and al Qaeda before that was different in ways we haven’t fully grasped because of the nature of the terrorists themselves.  Continue reading “ISIS–Beaten Down But Not Totally Out”

Midweek Quick Takes

News of note from the last week, from Thinking Man’s Politics…

The Anti-Intellectualism in Academia (continued)

An instructor at the University of Pennsylvania has announced a way she has a way to battle the ills of the world, or at least her little corner of it.

Stephanie McKellop seeks “social justice” in her classroom.   And by that she doesn’t mean as Martin Luther King did, where people are “…judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”   She means that it’s time for payback.

In her own little way in her government, taxpayer funded job, the self-described “queer disabled feminist” announced on Twitter how she is going to get even.  She has decided to ignore white males in her class, as much as she can.  Only if there are no women, minorities or others to call on in class will she call on any white male.

And From Collegiate Athletics…You Can Protest the Anthem, As Long As the Protest Isn’t In Favor

The College of the Ozarks has hosted the men’s Division II college basketball tournament for the last 18 years.  That will change this season.

The NAIA, the governing body for the roughly 250 schools, has decided it will pull the tournament from the school this year because the school has said it requires its student athletes and those of schools participating at their facilities to stand for the national anthem.   The NAIA said that this was too much to ask, and rather than require students to stand it will move the tournament to a new venue.

Aside from anything we may say on this specific topic, one can’t help but notice another example of the ‘tolerant’ being tolerant of anyone except those who disagree.  The College of the Ozarks decided that their choice was to take a stand (no pun intended) on this topic but the NAIA finds that a school making this choice can’t be tolerated and will pull the tournament and associated economic impact from the Branson, MO school.


Hypocrisy in the NFL, Racism Among Athletes and More Apologies for Hillary–Weekend Quick Takes

The hypocrisy of NFL player protestors and racism among professional athletes.  This and other quick takes as we review last week and the weekend…

Hypocrisy Among NFL Player ‘Protesters’

Vice President Mike Pence was at the Colts game today in his home state of Indiana. When a number of players protested the national anthem, the Vice President left the game.

San Francisco player and safety Eric Reid called the Vice President’s departure part of ‘systematic oppression’.

And apparently, he can’t see the blatant hypocrisy of his arguing “I have a right to voice my opinion” and then saying someone expressing their opinion is oppressive….why? Because it disagrees with his, or course.

How typical in many ways: more hypocrisy from the intolerant crowd who say what they are advocating for is more tolerance.

Racism Among Athletes

As black athletes in the NFL say they are protesting oppression, former black NBA player Kenyon Martin decided to make a few racist remarks of his own.

Jeremy Lin, a current NBA player of Asian descent, is wearing his hair in dreadlocks these days.  Martin, who co-authors a sports blog, posted on his social media account  about Lin’s ‘cultural appropriation’ of black culture.  He then said “Do I need to remind this damn boy his last name is Lin?….alright bro, we get it.  You wanna be black.”

So do you think Colin Kaepernick of anyone will speak out against Martin?  Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.

Ginsberg Goes Over the Line

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg commented last week on the last Presidential election, saying that in her view that ‘no doubt’ it was sexism that kept Hillary Clinton from being elected President.

First, Madame Justice, it’s very inappropriate for members of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to be overtly political.  SCOTUS members should rule on the law, and should stay out of politics so as to not be seen as political, but as judicial in their application of the cases before them.

Secondly, Madame Justice, it could just as easily be that Hillary Clinton’s numerous ethical lapses from the very beginning of her time in government jobs in the 1970’s, her circumventing legal ramifications of her actions that would have thrown others in jail, her total lack of any significant achievement at all while Secretary of State and her mishandling of classified material and her repeated lies about doing so which resulted in at least one death of a US intelligence asset….that maybe THOSE things are why she lost the election.  Maybe, just maybe THOSE are the reasons that she lost and that the American electorate preferred even the most unpopular candidate in US Presidential polling history to her.

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Past and Current Chairman of DNC Make News for Controversial Statements

Former Chairman of the Democratic Party Howard Dean and current Chairman Tom Perez both were in the news last week.  In one case, we got a full assault on free speech and in the other, a comment that people with anti-abortion beliefs were simply not welcome in the Democratic Party under any circumstances, as if reinforcing the assault on free speech.

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Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean

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Quick Takes on a Friday

The craziness at America’s higher education institutions continues to amaze….

A student group at Duquesne University fears that a Chick-fil-A will endanger their ‘safe spaces’ and is asking the University to ban them from campus.  The fear of the chicken sandwich is apparently real.


After reports that former UN Ambassador and National Security chief Susan Rice submitted a number of special requests to go around procedures to keep secret the names of US citizens that intelligence agencies had inadvertently spied upon (see my earlier blog post from Tuesday, April 11), the House Intelligence Committee is formally looking into the matter and questioning if Rice used her government position for political purposes since most of the names she requested were Trump campaign officials.


And finally, President Trump yesterday signed a bill that would allow states to spend federal grants the way that they wish, and overturned an Obama-era mandate that they not be able to restrict those government funds from going to Planned Parenthood.   The measure does not change funding but lifts the restrictions the federal government had previously placed on the states.


California in the News

Two news items this week give a glimpse of life in ultra-liberal California.

The first is that, despite already having the highest taxes in the country, Governor Jerry Brown has decided that isn’t enough and wants more.  He has proposed a 12 cents a gallon increase on gas and a roughly 15% increase on vehicle fees.  This, he said, is needed to pay for road repairs and for the underfunded state pensions and comes after other tax increases when he first came to office. With the free spending style of California government, there will never be enough taxpayer money to go around and it will be a short time before there is another tax increase after this one.

The other news is that the California Attorney General announced he will file felony charges against two conservative activists who secretly filmed conversations with Planned Parenthood employees about buying body parts from aborted fetuses.

Isn’t it the ultimate sense of how far pro-abortion backers will go to defend even the most extreme outrage? To be sure, filming without obtaining someone’s permission is illegal. But it’s not often enforced, just ask all of the celebrities in Hollywood and Los Angeles, California. And aside from that, California is prosecuting two people who filmed conversations but are taking no action on those who offered to sell human body parts! These two were filming potentially illegal activity, but the illegal activity is ignored. Why? Because abortion must be protected at all costs, in the minds of the California Attorney General. Even if that means locking up a whistleblower.