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Antoine de Saint-Exupery, daring aviation pioneer and brilliant "poet of the air," is a favorite writer of mine. On reading Wind, Sand and Stars recently, a lyrical work first published in 1939 mainly based on St-X's flying the African mails, I came across an episode that could have been taken from recent headlines: the desert massacre of French troops by a Moorish (Muslim) tribesman in their service. "But I knew them well, my barbarians." St-X begins, writing his way into the head of el Mammun, a French vassal who, in modern parlance, "snapped." Beneath the simple language, the French writer coveys a terrible, irreconcilable truth about Islamic...

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Andrew Bostom gleans the buried truth deep in an unclassified May 2011 internal Pentagon "Red Team" report on murder "inside the wire": It turns out that these Pentagon analysts actually lifted the official blinders a crack to note clash of civilizations as a driver behind the constant violent assaults by Afghan security forces on US and other Western forces, and even suggested US troops be instructed in an "objective and comprehensive assessment of the totalitarian nature of the extreme theology practiced among the Afghans." Of course, that was only suggestion #40 out of 58, so, so much for the Red Team's powers of priority-analysis.

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One word for General John R. Allen's recent  explanation for the spate of Afghan murders of our men is despicable. Ramadan fasting, summer heat, and operational tempo, the general argues (is he breathing a little hard in the video below?), have driven Afghan "allies" to murder Americans in recent weeks. "The closer the relationship, the more secure, ultimately, our troops will be," he concludes. Wanna go first, general?

Having cut all moorings of logic, the top commander in Afghanistan is showing signs of madness -- or is that ideological moribundess? Either one is reason for Allen to be fired. During his Afghanistan posting, Allen has managed to scrape new lows in his supplication to Islam -- in this most recent instance, letting elementary and emphatic Islamic exhortations to kill "infidels" off the hook as the likely spur to the spate of Afghan assassinations of Americans.

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Prediction: If the GOP establishment doesn’t follow Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s example with a big, fat apology – to Akin – the whole party goes down in flames come November. I don’t mean every Republican will lose, but there is great political peril in not sealing the hole in Republican armor that has opened in Missouri and instead permitting it to remain a Democratic pressure point. Further, “for the good of the country” (the mantra accompanying the party-wide chorus of pleas to Akin to drop out of his U.S. Senate race), Republicans must resume funding Akin’s viable campaign ASAP, after cutting it off in a mad fit of political pique. Finally, every one of them – the party standard-bearer, party bosses, congressional delegations, allied pundits – should come together for a group smack on the head, as in, “What were we thinking?” I can’t recall anything in public life more widely craven and uncalled for than the open panic and bullying set off across the Republican Party by the first replay of Akin’s perplexingly...

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At his Iftar dinner, President Obama prasied Huma Abedin as “nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear.” Walid Shoebat disagrees, writing: "The Abedins for decades were actually serving a foreign entity, the government of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and not American Democracy as President Obama stated."

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Andrew C. McCarthy is interviewed at Frontpagemag today under the headline, "Huma Abedin, Islamist Connections and Willful Blindness." Because of the absenteeism of the MSM and all politicians...

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Writing at Human Events, national treasure M. Stanton Evans takes maintream conservatives to task for historical illiteracy on the subject of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The occasion was the ignorant reactions among conservatives (who should know better) to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's "weird assertion," as Evans writes, "that he had received a telephone tip from a nameless caller, saying Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes for a decade and that based on this Romney must now disprove the allegation."

Stan continues:

Reid’s ridiculous statement properly ignited conservative wrath (plus some unusual criticism from “mainstream” sources). At this point, however, conservative talkers, bloggers and TV pundits veered off en masse into a fogbank of confusion, bracketing Reid with Joe McCarthy and repeatedly parroting liberal untruths about McCarthy’s record.

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Today's New York Times print edition, front page, lead story headline:

GOP IS PRESSING CANDIDATE TO QUIT OVER RAPE REMARK

How about this, circa 1997, for a headline?

DEMS PRESSING PRESIDENT TO QUIT OVER RAPE

Right.

But still I wonder, particularly in the churning wake of efforts to deep-six the candidacy of muddled Mr. Akin: Do the names Juannita Broddrick, Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, etc., ring any bells anywhere? They weren't hurt by "remarks" but by Bill Clinton himself. Then again, how about trading secret missile technology to China for illegal campaign contributions?

DEMS PRESSING PRESIDENT TO QUIT OVER CHINAGATE

Missed that, too.

Nope, it's all good with Democrats, Republicans too. Democrats have even selected Bill Clinton to nominate Barack Obama formally as part of Clinton's center-stage "marquee role" at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Republicans won't be saying a word against this public...

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From the New York Post, August 13, 2012:

Anthony Weiner’s wife not only took him back, she took him back in style — moving with the shamed pol into a luxurious, $3.3 million Manhattan pad owned by a deep-pocketed Democratic donor, The Post has learned.

After quitting his Queens House seat amid a notorious sexting scandal, Weiner and beautiful, brainy spouse Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, landed in the sprawling, 12th-floor Park Avenue trophy residence owned by Rosen Partners LLC, which is headed by close Clinton pal Jack Rosen, records show.

Rosen — who oversees the American Jewish Congress — is an influential international political force. He’s been a guest at the White House, flies the Clintons in his private plane, and has poured money into both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s election campaigns over the years, according to campaign-finance records.

He has also contributed several thousand dollars to Weiner’s coffers, and is a top Obama bundler, donating more than $500,000 to the president’s re-election efforts.

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Posting wasn't just "light" for the past couple of weeks, it was non-existent. This was due to finding myself blissfully "off the grid" -- the only way to R & R in the 21st century.

I wasn't in a total news vaccuum, however. In fact, I probably absorbed the same basic bulletins that the average news consumer with better things to do picked up during the same span. Through the occasional blast of cable news and wafting newspaper headlines I learned that Mitt Romney hasn't released the past ten years of his tax returns (didn't pay a cent, according to Harry Reid's "secret source"), that Paul Ryan is the GOP veep nominee, that our Afghan "allies" murdered more and more Americans "inside the wire," and that Romney hasn't released the past ten years of his tax returns. Oh, and did I mention that Romney hasn't released the past ten years of his tax returns?

Through constant repetition by Obama officials, through serial discussion on chat shows, through side debates set off by Dirty Harry,...

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Romney-Ryan: They can smile and wave, but 2012 is anything but politics as usual.

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My most recent syndicated column:

First, kudos to Mitt Romney for choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate. Now, the danger: Romney, Ryan, their surrogates, their supporters and the American people will continue to treat election 2012 as just another contest to determine whose hand is at the helm of state for the next four years.

No, this election is for keeps. If Barack Obama doesn’t lose his bid for a second term, he and his vast, left-wing support network of Marx-inspired think tanks, strategists and elected officials will fulfill Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to “fundamentally” transform this nation, thus bringing the American experiment in liberty to what could be the final curtain.

This is not idle hyperbole. I have just finished Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott’s chilling new book, “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed”...

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This week's syndicated column:

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the handful of House Republicans, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who sent letters in June to inspectors general at five government departments, asking them to investigate evidence of Muslim Brotherhood influence on U.S. government policymaking. The Muslim Brotherhood is a global Islamic movement engaged, according to the group's own internal document, on a "grand jihad" in North America to destroy "Western civilization from within." To date, the inspectors general haven't responded. Nonetheless, Bachmann and her colleagues -- Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Tom Rooney of Florida and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia -- have focused attention on the disastrous policy of bringing members of known Muslim Brotherhood fronts and their associates into Uncle Sam's policymaking chain. The representatives' letters went to inspectors general at State, Justice, Defense, Homeland Security and the Office of the National Intelligence...

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Writing at Vdare.com (via View from the Right) Peter Bradley surveys the unemployment numbers, the state of the economy and the electoral map and asks why Romney is losing. His grim answer: Immigration is electing a new people.

What kind of a new people? A people beholden to and interwined with Big Government. A people magnetically drawn to  Hand-Out Nation. A people to whom liberties guaranteed by the Constitution mean less than the Food Stamps supplied by Big Brother. We are at or possibly beyond the tipping point when 20 percent of the population i dependent...

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