Know thine enemy – as vile as it is humanly possible to be

Where are all those who fought to take on this fight who worried about the museum in Baghdad. See the real thing in action. From Reuters: With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi our history:

Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.

A video published by Islamic State on Thursday showed men attacking the artifacts, some of them identified as antiquities from the 7th century BC, with sledgehammers and drills, saying they were symbols of idolatry.

“The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him,” an unidentified man said in the video.

The smashed articles appeared to come from an antiquities museum in Mosul, the northern city which was overrun by Islamic State last June, a former employee at the museum told Reuters.

They are barbarians, and they are already inside the gate.

[Via Andrew Bolt]

I would never vote for a Coalition led by Malcolm Turnbull

Andrew Bolt says that Malcolm Turnbull is about to have his final go at taking over the leadership of the Liberal Party by Tuesday, so that it is now or never to make our views known (see here and here).

When I used to work in Canberra, our offices backed onto the Liberal Party headquarters, and I was asked one time, even before Malcolm entered Parliament, what I thought about him. My answer was that if I was in the constituency that would decide the fate of the next election, and my vote was the one that would put him in or out, that I would hesitate about which way to go. That was then. Today I would have no doubt. The reasons.

Peter Wright For me, national security is the ultimate issue in any election. There are always international issues that matter, and they weigh heavy with me. All but forgotten today, The Spycatcher Trial was one of those moments I do not forget. Wright was an MI5 agent who set out to write a tell-all/reveal-all of the English intelligence service. Margaret Thatcher sought to prevent the publication of his book, and the final determination was in a court in Tasmania, in which Malcolm Turnbull sought to defend Wright and ultimately was successful in allowing the book to be published worldwide because it could be published in Australia. I was told then that everyone deserves the best defence and etc etc, but if Malcolm has ever said that he defended Wright even though he was treasonous scum, I haven’t heard it. I would never trust Turnbull on any national security issue, and there is nothing more important at the present time.

He’s a Warmist Anyone soft-headed enough to take in the Global Warming scam without at least some doubts is not a possessor of the shrewd, sensible, incisive mind I am looking for in a leader. He lost the leadership on this one issue at the time because there are people like me who would never line up behind anyone who believes this stuff needs trillion dollar government solutions to what is looking every day less of a problem.

He’s a Keynesian I once had a conversation with Malcolm over economic issues and mentioned something that I think of instinctively as an issue, the kind of thing Peter Costello put at the centre of his own management of the economy. His response was to walk off. Having watched and listened to him over the years, he has no sense of how an economy works. Given that when he led the Libs he was all set to follow Labor’s lead on the stimulus, and declared that the Coalition would have done much the same, in many ways he owns the problems we have right now.

Useless as a Minister He may be popular with the ABC and others like it, but this is only because he has never done anything of any use that would upset them. If he doesn’t upset the ABC, what could he possibly stand for? What issue has he carried forward as part of the government that has done an ounce of good? If the NBN is his crowning achievement, he has done nothing other than implement Kevin Rudd’s back-of-the-envelope idiocy that will cost us billions and return millions.

He Cannot be Trusted To draw a distinction between himself and the Prime Minister over the Human Rights Commission Report on children in detention not only shows the worst imaginable political judgement, but has him line up with the Government’s enemies. I am a million miles from Canberra right now, but since all and sundry report Turnbull’s treachery, who am I to doubt it. This is a government that needs to survive and win that next election. Abbott is learning how to be a PM on the job, and is actually getting the hang of it. Shame about the wasted first year, but that is now the past.

There is clearly a succession plan in place at the top of the Liberal Party. What may have begun as the second eleven is now starting to function as a very good government. And the PM does not like to lose, and I don’t think he will.

Mostly about Scott Walker

This is mostly about Scott Walker but also a bit about Art Laffer and the economy.

First, to say that Obama doesn’t love America is as weak a truth as ever I have heard in politics. To leave as an open question whether he is a Christian is an absolute pussycat of a position. Because whatever is in his heart of hearts, the actions he takes help Islamists and harm both Israel and the United States. That is what matters. The rest is dross.

For Scott Walker, the nomination is now his to lose. Early early days, but he is a Republican from a Democrat state, his policies are being shaped along Tea Party lines and he is, so far, fearless in the face of the media.

He also has friends in the right places. This is an article by Lawrence Kudrow which notes the following which comes under the title, What Scott Walker Actually Said:

Yes, believe it or not, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker actually spoke at some length at the dinner this past week where Rudy Giuliani charged that President Obama doesn’t love America. All the hullabaloo went to Giuliani, but in terms of the Republican presidential race, a number of Scott Walker’s pointed comments about policy and politicians are not to be missed.

First a word about the dinner itself, which was generously backed by John Catsimatidis. It was the second event sponsored by the Committee to Unleash American Prosperity, a new group founded by Arthur Laffer, Steve Moore, Steve Forbes and myself.

And this is what they are seeking:

To maximize growth, jobs, opportunity and upward mobility, the U.S. must recapture the first principles of economic growth that were so successful in the 1960s, ‘80s and ’90s. Namely, pro-growth policies should seek a low-rate, broad-based flat tax, limited government spending, the lightest possible economic regulations, sound money and free trade.

The Reagan Revolution was not just about lower taxes. To restrict Reagan’s message to tax alone is to miss most of what was important. It is the entire matrix that is crucial. To focus on any one aspect is to miss the point. And I will emphasise that when Art Laffer led the supply-side revolution in the 1980s, he did it under the banner of Say’s Law, properly understood. Say’s Law is not about tax although it does help to explain why diverting spending away from governments is the key to growth.

As for Walker, he is first to rise above the crowd so will be taking most of the shots in these early days before the election in November 2016! These next two years will be an endurance test. But here is the final question.

Can Walker win? Arthur Laffer has known him for years and says he has matured enormously from his days as Milwaukee county executive. Others say he is the only Republican candidate with a record of winning many different elections, from local office, to state assemblyman, to three gubernatorial races in four years.

Walker is a superb retail politician, a trait that will serve him well in the early primaries. He has an uncanny knack of maintaining direct eye contact. At the dinner, rather than rushing out for an early-morning TV call, he insisted on talking to every person in the large crowd surrounding him.

The question now is whether he can develop from a tough state-union buster to a national politician who can modernize Reagan’s policies while maintaining the Gipper’s upbeat message of optimism and growth.

The Republicans need a strong message and a messenger to clarify the issues. This final bit is naturally what I find myself attracted to most of all:

Walker was also highly critical of President Obama’s conduct in the war against radical Islamism, and said the U.S. must wage a stronger battle in the air and on the ground against ISIS.

Meantime, one must simply endure and hope things can be held together until then.

“Any Thinking American Should See Obama Strategy Is Anti-US And Pro-Islamic”

Via Gateway Pundit. This is from Retired Admiral James Lyons:

“Until you recognize that Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion, you’re never gonna come to grips with it. […] The Obama Administration has a strategy. It’s very simple. anti-American, anti-Western, it’s pro-Islamic, it’s pro-Iranian, and pro-Muslim Brotherhood!”

Who’s in charge and what do they want?

If ever there was a book designed to make you appreciate how little one even knows of the times in which they live, it was Diana West’s epic American Betrayal. And in spite of the efforts to kill this book by people on what you would normally think of as on the conservative side of politics – the left has never had to lift so much as a finger to do the dirty work – it continues to make its way in the world. West has now put up a post of further reflections on her own book as she prepares the audio tape version: Rereading American Betrayal: Why Did Uncle Sam Keep Soviet Secret Agents a Secret?

The book is about the Roosevelt White House, but it is also about our own times right now. Maybe fifty years from now, if we are still as free then as we are today, some future Diana West may write the actual story of who Obama really is and what he was up to. In the meantime, you should read the book. There is nothing its equal anywhere in our political literature. But the real reason to read the book is so you can then follow the argument about the forces that have tried to destroy this book’s credibility on our side of the fence. When you have finally come to terms with all of that, you can wonder about what those political forces there are and where we are being led.

It’s Abbott or the abyss

There is exactly one person in the whole of the Parliament at the present time who has the potential to steer Australia through these treacherous times and that is the current Prime Minister. The two identikit soft left alternatives – with Shorten strangely preferable to Turnbull – would transform Australia in ways similar to the damage Obama has done to the United States. They are both people with a vastly misplaced confidence in their own abilities. It is Abbott or the abyss.

I read the biography at the end of the article, and when it said that the writer was an academic, my assumption was that he was set to sell out the country in a way not much different than three-quarters of our media. Instead, it is an article to read: It’s time to take serious steps in the fight against terror. Oh so right he is, and who would you trust more than the PM with our national defence at a time like this.

It’s time to take serious steps to counter the radical ideology that is driving much of this carnage. This will take decades and there will be setbacks but it is the only truly strategic approach we have. Everything else is ­reactive.

In Australia it’s time to get serious about local counter radicalisation and de-radicalisation programs. Our young are being ­assailed on a daily basis by home- based terrorist proponents and foreign propaganda that is flooding uncontrolled into the country. It has to be stopped.

We censor movies and video games, why not this rubbish. Young Australians are now more likely to be recruited to the terrorist cause. The internet has brought them into the orbit of the radicals.

Countering the ideology of hatred has to be led by Muslims. Well done to the Muslim community leaders in Australia who are showing real leadership. They need our support.

The Prime Minister is right in involving the public in national security matters at home. It has an impact on all of us and if some of our individual rights and liberties are to be restrained then we need to know why. This is likely to be a long and constantly changing fight so let’s hope we see a serious strategic ­assessment on national security presented to parliament at least every six months.

Seriously, would you put Shorten or Turnbull or anyone else at the top at a time like this? The Prime Minister would be the first to acknowledge he is not a perfect man. But he is serious about recognising these dangers and dealing with them head-on. Who else talks like this, and means every word?

WE have seen the beheadings, the mass executions, the crucifixions and the sexual slavery in the name of religion. There is no grievance here that can be addressed. There’s no cause here that can be satisfied. It’s the ­demand to submit or die.

Anyone who doesn’t know that should not sit in the Parliament, never mind aspire to the highest office in the land.