Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Former DIA Head: Investigation of Manipulated Intel Should Start at White House | The Weekly Standard

Former DIA Head: Investigation of Manipulated Intel Should Start at White House | The Weekly Standard

Islamic State ‘province’ bombs hotel in the Sinai | The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘province’ bombs hotel in the Sinai | The Long War Journal

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Update on the Schwinn Mansion on West Washingon

An update over at Chicago Patterns on a Washington Blvd classic.

UPDATE 11/18/2015After facing an almost certain demolition for the past several months, the Arnold-Crowe House has been sold to owners who are planning to rehab and restore the long vacant house. The previous owner, Peter Creig Toalson, expressed a strong desire to put the home in good hands when his own restoration efforts ran into difficulty. 
Lisa DiChiera, of Landmarks Illinois, and Matt Cole, of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, are assisting the new owners in identifying tools and resources to mend the historically notable structure. The house is on the 2015 Landmarks Illinois Most Endangered Places List.
We’ll continue to update this article with the latest developments.

The Taliban approves of Paris suicide assault | The Long War Journal

The Taliban approves of Paris suicide assault | The Long War Journal

Pfarrer Streccius: The Syrian Revolution 2011 الثورة السورية ضد بشار ...

Pfarrer Streccius: The Syrian Revolution 2011 الثورة السورية ضد بشار ...

The start of the Revolution.  One we failed to support in favor of a let Syria burn policy.  We did and not facing the consequences.

Pfarrer Streccius: Washington Post Editorial: Shameful U.S. inaction ...

Pfarrer Streccius: Washington Post Editorial: Shameful U.S. inaction ...: By Editorial, Friday, April 22,  5:16 PM FOR THE PAST five weeks, growing numbers of Syrians have been gathering in cities and towns acros...

WaPo Editorial from 2011 on Obama's failures in Syria.

Pfarrer Streccius: Syrian statement of civil disobedience

Pfarrer Streccius: Syrian statement of civil disobedience:  A repost from another blog page I used to keep.  From 2011 and a statement from the long gone Syrian Revolution.  Folks we should have supported then to avoid the disaster we face now.

Finding this on Syrian Facebook pages.

Arabic to English translation

Syrian statement of civil disobedience

Date: April 29, 2011 until 6 May 2011 subject to renewal.

Location: all over Syria.

Given the suffering of our people, the Syrian peaceful unarmed people at the hands of this regime and his gang criminal of premeditated murder and genocide and the siege of brutal for some regions and in the atmosphere of the media blackout, We, the Syrian people civil disobedience across the country even lifted the siege and Taathakiq all the demands of our people fair.

Terms of disobedience:

1 - to maintain a peaceful civil disobedience.

2 - excluding staff and workers and students over time and most important in civil disobedience.

3 - to refrain from the use of transportation and means of transport as much as possible.

4 - to refrain from shopping and only the luxuries of food necessary.

5 - to refrain from the use of cellular and regular phone, except in cases of extreme necessity.

6 - failure of traders and shopkeepers from opening their stores except food stores necessary.

7 - to refrain from paying all taxes and bills and outstanding loans from the state.

8 - to withdraw funds deposited in Syrian banks, both governmental and private.

9 - personal initiative, you are free to choose the form of disobedience, to each according to its location and potential.

10 - put black flags in the lanes and in the storefronts and entrances to buildings.

Note: does not include civil disobedience, bakeries, hospitals, pharmacies and Almtajralgmae.

Very civil disobedience:

The weakest of faith that we are not silent and satisfied with the ongoing assault, murder, torture and genocide to our people Are you satisfied ???

And twitch movement and aspects of life in all sectors to stop the massacres and lifting the siege on our people and achieving the just demands of the Syrian people in freedom and dignity.

Signatories: Syrian people free

The Black Massacre - a film by Nawzad Shekhany

A documentary with some rough footage on the Islamic State's genocide against the Yezidis.

Walther Russell Mead: President Obama’s Cynical Refugee Ploy

WRB writes a needed column on Syria.  Read the whole thing but here are two critical quotes.
To see the full cynicism of the Obama approach to the refugee issue, one has only to ask President Obama’s least favorite question: Why is there a Syrian refugee crisis in the first place?
Obama’s own policy decisions—allowing Assad to convert peaceful demonstrations into an increasingly ugly civil war, refusing to declare safe havens and no fly zones—were instrumental in creating the Syrian refugee crisis. This crisis is in large part the direct consequence of President Obama’s decision to stand aside and watch Syria burn. For him to try and use a derisory and symbolic program to allow 10,000 refugees into the United States in order to posture as more caring than those evil Jacksonian rednecks out in the benighted sticks is one of the most cynical, cold-blooded, and nastily divisive moves an American President has made in a long time.
and then this,

Not even President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq has been as destructive for Europe or as damaging to the Transatlantic alliance as President Obama’s hard-hearted and short-sighted Syria policy. The flood of refugees is shaking the European Union to its core, and Obama’s policy has cemented perceptions among many around the world that the United States is no longer the kind of useful ally that it once was. France didn’t even bother to invoke NATO’s Article 5 after the Paris attacks; nobody really thinks of President Obama as the man you want at your side when the chips are down. 
The collapse of President Obama’s Syria policy is hardly a partisan issue. He has repeatedly overruled his own national security officials, top diplomats, and advisors, many of whom have been horrified by the President’s passivity in the face of onrushing disaster. His abrupt policy switch on airstrikes left many senior Democrats who had supported his apparent determination to enforce his “red line” against Assad twisting in the wind. 
To think that conspicuous moral posturing and holy posing over a symbolic refugee quota could turn President Obama from the goat to the hero of the Syrian crisis is absurd. Wringing your hands while Syria turns into a hell on earth, and then taking a token number of refugees, can be called many things, but decent and wise are not among them. You don’t have to be a xenophobe or a racist or even a Republican to reject this President’s leadership on Syria policy. All you need for that is common sense and a moral compass.
Let's hope Americans have their common sense and compasses handy.  We're in for a tough time.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Gov Rauner's decision to refuse refuge to those fleeing the Islamic State.

Maybe I'm the only guy who things this is a pretty sad moment.  A direct result of Obama's sorry leadership but sad none the less.  I'll probably write a longer post but here's my IR comment http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2015/11/rauner-suspends-accepting-syrian-refugees-until-further-notice.html#comment-6a00d834515c5469e201bb08917c73970d

I'm guessing the terrorists already here and don't need a refugee's cover.  A twitter from ISIS enough to set them off.

Huma: Hillary 'Often Confused' | The Weekly Standard

Huma: Hillary 'Often Confused' | The Weekly Standard

Democrats will regret not testing her better with debates if this true.