The New Terrapin Gazette

Number 291
28 January, 2013

Going around the poor parts of the world shoving birth-control pills down people’s throats, hustling them into abortion clinics, and giving them cheap prizes for getting sterilized is to assume that those people don’t want babies as much as we do, that they won’t like those babies as well as we like ours, and that little brown and yellow babies are not as good as the adorable pink, rich kind.

The Future Of The Republican Party Of The USA

The appearance of Hillary before the US Senate foreign relations committee was a revelation. No, it told the electorate nothing new about Hillary; instead it exposed the GOP as a mush-brained unworthy opponent for Barack Obama.

It was a disgrace. Instead of nailing the secretary of state to the far wall, the Republicans incompetently let her escape unscathed. Their questions were not sharply focused, and they lacked potency. Most disturbing of all, the questions were not coordinated. The senators did not play as a team; there was obviously no game plan, so there were neither adroit handoffs nor gang tackles. That was probably because the senators’ bloated egos have never let them be a team.

McCain bloviated aimlessly, and the core questions all citizens should demand be answered were shrugged off as trivial.

Hillary kicked the Republicans’ butts.

That seems to be easy to do these days. In spite of the fact that all tax legislation has to begin in the House of Representatives, the GOP refused to use its power to defend the economy, the nation’s credit rating, and the individual. Obama, who does not negotiate, is in charge. His aim can be simply stated: he plans to weaken the Liberty of the individual by militating against free markets and making virtually all persons in the USA dependents of the federal government.

He wants to reinvent the USA, and that begins with the imposition of control.

Some believe his short-term goal is the destruction of the Republican party. That’s a shallow interpretation, for Obama’s intent goes much deeper than simply scattering a political party.

Obama wants to emasculate all opposition to his reforms, making it impossible for anyone to restore Liberty. If he can alter the supreme court, the bureaucracy, the laws and the expectations of the country, he will at the very least make a counter-reformation overwhelmingly difficult.

A nation of dependents would lose both the will and the power to change its government and restore the principles of the federal constitution.

And the remedy? What hope can reasonable citizens have? Since the Republicans are proving ineffective, they will have to be ignored. At present, there is only one organization that can coordinate resistance to the Obamite imposition of control: The Tea Party.

The collectivists know that, which is why the Tea Party is bitterly hated by the ruling elite and the lap dog media. It is the threat to unconstitutional governance.

Mali

Colonial Islam will try to gain ground wherever it can. Mali is just one area where the war to convert the world is being prosecuted, and, according to this report, US efforts in the region have not just failed, but aided the enemies of Western Civilization.

Mali raises two speculative questions: first, why is France fighting there? In spite of some journalistic attempts to explain things (here’s another), for this newsletter, the question evokes no candid answers. That’s not surprising, for one must frequently wonder why France’s policy is what it is; no European nation has been and remains more inexplicable and unpredictable. Aren’t the French concerned that “youths” in the suburbs will begin another cycle of violence? Those villains were, after all, Muslims. What vital interests is France protecting?

Second, what will the USA do? So far, France has received some assistance from Washington, but given the Obama administration’s highly unsatisfactory policy toward Israel, and the extraordinarily unfortunate choices for secretaries of state and defense, it seems futile to hope that wise policy will emerge. Does anyone in Washington know how best to proceed? Perhaps someone should tell those control freaks in Foggy Bottom and the White House what in this context the acronym WAWA means.

Of related interest: information on how Northwest African jihadis fund their villainy. It would be so easy to shut this down…but the Holy War On Drugs must go on. It isn’t just jihadis who are willing to make astonishingly irrational sacrifices in pursuit of an absurd fantasy.

Violent Islam’s current primary struggle is to control failed states such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Mali. Clearly, those regions will be used in the promotion of what is mistakenly called “terrorism”.

By the way, how are things going in Iraq these days? Oh, sorry — that might be a politically incorrect question. (Still — one pauses here to mention freedom of speech and press — it should be permitted to note that it’s nice that not simply everything is going to hell in a handbasket.)

Oh, sure, the West has more than enough worries. Coping begins with understanding reality — and never forgetting Oliver Kamm’s grim truth: “They won’t leave us alone, whatever we do.”

Proposed US Firearms Legislation: The Essential Facts

The following is abstracted from an article by John Lott.

…neither President Obama nor (Senator) Feinstein…seems to understand the leading research on the effects of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. …Feinstein points to two studies by criminology professors Chris Koper and Jeff Roth for the National Institute of Justice to back up her contention that the ban reduced crime. She claims that their first study in 1997 showed that the ban decreased “total gun murders.” In fact, the authors wrote: “…the evidence is not strong enough for us to conclude that there was any meaningful effect (i.e., that the effect was different from zero).”

Messrs. Koper and Roth suggested that after the ban had been in effect for more years it might be possible to find a benefit. Seven years later, in 2004, they published a follow-up study for the National Institute of Justice with fellow criminologist Dan Woods that concluded, “we cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”

…The killer in Newtown used a Bushmaster .223. This weapon bears a cosmetic resemblance to the (military) M-16…. A common question is: “Why do people need a semiautomatic Bushmaster to go out and kill deer?” The answer is simple: It is a hunting rifle.

Since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in September 2004, murder and overall violent-crime rates have fallen. In 2003, the last full year before the law expired, the US murder rate was 5.7 per 100,000 people, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report. By 2011, the murder rate fell to 4.7 per 100,000 people. ….2.6% of all murders are committed using any type of rifle.

With just a single exception, the attack in Tucson last year, every public shooting in the US in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has occurred in a place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms. Had some citizens been armed, they might have been able to stop the killings before the police got to the scene. In the Newtown attack, it took police 20 minutes to arrive at the school after the first calls for help. (Emphasis added.)

Lott’s article contains peripheral information and more of his conclusions.

It is probable that in a nation of over three hundred million, there are other lunatics like the Newtown killer. Then there are the suicidal jihadis who would like nothing better than to blow up a Jewish hospital. Faced with such realities, the polity should never abrogate its sanity; bad laws cannot make anyone safer. Reason, though it is desperately needed, is today at great risk, for liars like Feinstein are influential members of the ruling elite.

Links

No one at this newsletter knows the slightest thing about “smartphones”, but it seems most people these days have gadgets that resemble the ones mentioned in this article. The author babbles about some sort of legal issue involving “unlocking”, so perhaps you should click on the hyperlink. In any event, this topic is now closed.

Wow.

This newsletter has received an e-mail message from an anonymous correspondent who, when not advsing that he (she?) has bridges and lakefront property in Florida for sale, distributes political commentary. It is reproduced here without alteration: “Just a friendly reminder: claims of media bias that favors Democrats are, well — er, that is to say, unh…maybe exaggerated a little? Well, this example is not exactly, sort of…true bias. She just, like, forgot”.

“In two years, more than 7,800 Haitians have died of cholera. One in five people in a nation of roughly 10 million has fallen seriously ill with the disease, while the unusually virulent strain has spread across the Caribbean, into South America, and the United States. The United Nations has made grandiose, if seemingly empty, promises to fight and eradicate the disease, but refuses to consider its own accountability in starting the epidemic. Aid workers and donor governments have lost a critical opportunity — to demonstrate that they took Haitian lives and welfare as seriously as their own.” (Emphasis added.)

Hello, hello — Hillary? Are you listening?

Fast and Furious: efforts to force the truth into the open continue, while the press dutifully ignores the crimes and Team Obama hides its culpability. It’s an abuse of authority that merits impeachment.

hill

Hillary is so washed up…imagine: from now on, every time she compares the nasty GOP to the kind Democrats, people are going to shrug and say, “Yeah, yeah — but what difference does it make?” — You don’t need any links for this one. — Well…how’s this: Hillary now owns three quotable quotes: “…that requires a willing suspension of disbelief”, “Who painted it?” and “What difference does it make?” Then there’s this.

This newsletter has never been enthusiastic about the works of Jared Diamond. It now turns out that NTG is in good company.

When a media executive tells Obama that the GOP must be destroyed, what does that mean? Is it analysis or incitement? You decide. Do keep in mind that the final judgment is up to you; just because the head of CBS News tells you that two and two add up to five, you don’t have to believe it.

John Kerry, the next secretary of state of the USA. It’s tragic.

This is what Obama thinks of the US constitution; it’s also what a federal court thinks of Obama’s high-handed power grab.

What do the words “Chinese junk” mean to you? If you said, “a boat”, you might have forgotten Fido’s last meal. Things are better now, fortunately. All right, all you small businesses, strike while the iron is hot! — Parenthetical thought: some of you may recall that at one time this newsletter ran a “Feed the Dragon” campaign…that came to naught. The nation was not ready for such visionary brilliance.

Australia gets into the act. This is good news for the whole world.

Get to know this guy. See his Wikipedia biography here, as well.

The second amendment to the US constitution says flatly that the ownership and possession of weapons is protected so the citizenry will be able to resort to lethal violence. That’s the best, most rational and most important reason for the ban on firearms restrictions.

Here’s a fellow who wants to do something about the media: he notes the current collaboration of press and government, and argues that it is unhealthy for democracy. What is to be done? Well, this newsletter has for years attempted to make a modest critical contribution the distribution of information and comment, and has by all rational measures failed. That failure comes in spite of serious, continual efforts to improve every aspect of this free offering to the public. No one has ever subscribed to NTG as a result of the recommendation of a reader; in fact, circulation has declined.

One blue star / Sets on the hill
Call it back / You never will
One more star / Sinks in the past
Show me something / Built to last

Built to last till time itself
Falls tumbling from the wall
Built to last till sunshine fails
And darkness moves on all
Built to last while years roll past
Like cloudscapes in the sky
Show me something built to last
Or something built to try

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