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Dear Readers:  I may be taking the night off, but military history expert Barry Jacobsen will be chatting with host extraordinaire Silvio Canto, Jr. about global “hot spots”…and not the volcanic kind.

Check in HERE at 7 pm tonight for live show or podcast afterward.

 

 

Dear Friends: Silvio Canto Jr. and I are delighted to have Deadliest Blogger Barry Jacobsen, our show’s military history expert extraordinaire, on the show this week to cover a wide array of news touching on previous shows, the military, and international developments. (Click HERE on Thursday, Jan. 30th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or for an archived podcast).

Barry Jacobsen, Deadliest Blogger

We will be talking about a wide array of subject, including a little history involving the Sikhs related to this news development.

Pentagon clarifies rules on beards, turbans for Muslim and Sikh service members

The Defense Department released regulations Wednesday ensuring the rights of religious-minority service members to display their beliefs outwardly — such as wearing a turban, scarf or beard — as long as the practices do not interfere with military discipline, order or readiness.

According to the Pentagon, requests for such religious accommodation will still be decided on an individual basis but will generally be denied only if the item impairs the safe use of military equipment; poses a health or safety hazard; interferes with wearing a uniform, a helmet or other military gear; or “impairs the accomplishment of the military mission.”

If time permits, we will explore Sikh history a bit and discuss the Ways Sikhism Differs From Islam…including:

Marriage and Status of Females:

  • Sikhism code of conduct outlines marriage as a monogamous relationship teaching that bride and groom are fused by the Anand Karaj ceremony with the divine sharing one light in two bodies. Dowry is discouraged.
  • Sikh women have equal status to men in every aspect of life and worship. Sikh women are encouraged to be educated, become community leaders and are welcome to take part in every ceremony.
  • Islamic scripture of the Quran allows a man to take up to four wives. Ilsamic law requires Muslim couples to sign a Nikah contract stipulating bride gift, and is followed by Walima, a public ceremony.
  • Islam does not allow women to enter the mosque where men worship. In many parts of the world Muslim women are segregated, secluded and heavily veiled.

And in news related India, an area I follow closely, we will be discussing this: Russian rubbish? India reportedly disappointed with stealth fighters from Moscow

Despite initial high expectations, the Indian Air Force appears to be souring on a joint development deal with Russia for a new fifth-generation fighter jet, according to the Business Standard, a major Indian business publication. The Russian prototype is “unreliable, its radar inadequate, its stealth features badly engineered,” said Indian Air Force Deputy Air Marshall S Sukumar at a Jan. 15 meeting, according to minutes obtained by the Business Standard.

A while back, Barry and I reviewed the Dinesh D’Souza film, 2016 – Obama’s America, for Canto Talk. In a classic Obama Administration move, if a piece does not meet with the approval of its propaganda department, the movie maker must be targeted for special treatment.

Obama critic indicted for campaign-finance fraud, obstruction

Author and conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who produced the documentary 2016: Obama’s America that went after Barack Obama in the middle of the last election cycle, has been indicted for allegedly pushing $20,000 in straw-man contributions into a Senate race in New York that was hopeless from the start….

Campaign contribution limits are counterproductive and ultimately the cause of more corruption than they prevent. They should be eliminated, and replaced with full transparency on contributions that aggregate higher than $200 (the same limit as exists now) on campaign websites that will allow voters to see clearly who funds these campaigns. Until those laws change, though, we are bound to follow them. If D’Souza violated the law, then he’ll have to be held accountable … but it will be interesting to see in court how the feds “routinely” decided to look into his activities after producing 2016…..

[The] DoJ only charged a John Edwards donor with a misdemeanor for the same crime. That indictment came from the Bush administration in 2007, though, regarding the 2004 election.

Also, we will be sharing our views on the State of the Union, which I was happily drunk-tweeting with Aleister and Lonely Conservative.

ToM #01

My tweet-of-the-night:

We should have a blast!

Dear Readers:  My fellow SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition Co-Founder, Dawn Wildman, will be joining Silvio Canto, Jr. and me on Canto Talk this Thursday, Jan. 23, to discuss what his happening with the California Tea Parties (click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 PM CT, 10 pm EST or for archived podcast).

Dawn Wildman, surrounded by Tea Party friends.

Dawn Wildman, surrounded by Tea Party friends.

The last we talked, she was promoting the Tea Party California Caucus’ Tech-Based Gameplan for CA GOP Convention. There was recently a caucus meeting, to make further plans for 2014, and she will be bringing us up to speed with those.

Here is a sneak peak of what she observed.

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to travel around California and attend events that are for and by grassroots leaders from around our Golden State. This past weekend I was in Fresno to attend an event being put on by the newly minted Tea Party California Caucus and what an event it was. Now let me be very clear I am no longer a Republican, I am a non-partisan voter which simply means I don’t care who gets the credit when a good is represented in leadership. I made a decision years ago that based on what I saw the California Republican Party doing to grassroots groups in our state that I would leave the Party and look for greener pastures. Having not actually found those among the already established political parties I chose to become one of the ever growing disenfranchised voters and hung out my “ no Party “ loyalty sign by re-registering as a Non Partisan Voter.

I digress, so there I am at this event with a bunch of Republicans, which sounds like the beginning of a great joke but this was serious, this was a phenomenal undertaking, this was about real change. You see for almost five years now Republicans have been complaining about Republicans that is exactly what started the tea party movement. But instead of just changing who these people align themselves with by changing parties they decided to fight for the Party they remember joining. There they were in Fresno, trying to work out a strategy even with GOP hacks in the audience watching and waiting and taking notes to report back to the elite that have held this Party hostage.

This huge crowd of “disgruntled” GOP folks was energized and ready to rumble. They have taken on the greatest challenge ever seen since the declining days of the Whig Party. And they are serious. They know the powers that be that keep the Republican Party in California as nothing more than a punch line in a joke will and are fighting them all the way. The good news for them is that the CAGOP usually stinks at what they do as witnessed by the lack of any real Republican wins over the years. These people are motivated by one thing, bringing California back to its Golden State excellence. They want to have real representation in Sacramento; they want to have a seat at the table when back room deals are being done by the brain trust in Sacramento and DC. Simply put, they want the Party they signed up for to exist in more than just name.

And if this doesn’t work what will these very loyal people do next? Well who knows, they are learning the rules, learning them well and are ready to operate around them.

With all the breaking news in California, including California Drought = Flood of New Rules,we should be able to entertain our fans in all 57 states!

More on the Tea Party California Caucus can be found HERE.

Dear Readers: We have another great Canto Talk program set for this Thursday, Jan. 16th. We are going to feature another installment in the continuing quest of Legal Insurrection editor Mandy Nagy to obtain Obamacare. (Click here for podcast, or live show at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST).

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Here are some Legal Insurrection reports filed since our last chat with Mandy:

And, a new one from Neo-Neocon.

In related news, with a nod to Silvio Canto’s Cuban background:

Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties.

The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late.

A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form.

And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes that critics say they must have been computer-generated — the name of the site itself can literally be read “for the caution of health.”

“When you get into the details of the plans, it’s not all written in Spanish. It’s written in Spanglish, so we end up having to translate it for them,” said Adrian Madriz, a health care navigator who helps with enrollment in Miami…

Death Panels!

  • Ex-NY Times Editor Keller to Cancer Patient: ‘Going Gently’ Saves Money

    Lisa Bonchek Adams is currently hospitalized and being treated for Stage IV breast cancer. Since her diagnosis in October of 2012 at the age of 37, this mother of three has been blogging and tweeting about what she has been through mentally, personally, physically, and medically. For a chilling and revealing reason, former New York Times editor Bill Keller has a big problem with this.

It should be another great show with Mandy!

Dear Readers:  I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off 2014 on Canto Talk than my chatting with my College Insurrection compatriot, Aleister.  Our wonderful host, Silvio Canto Jr., will be having our team on to discuss the high (and low)  points of 2013 — and what 2014 is likely to bring to American Colleges.  (Click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST on Thursday, Jan. 9th, for live show or afterward for archived podcast).

American Glob

A sample of Aleister’s picks for 2013:

1. 15 Conservatives You Wish Had Spoken At Your College Graduation I wrote this around graduation season last spring when I noticed the lack of conservative speakers at graduation ceremonies.

Along those same lines…

2. In the future, everyone will be Valedictorian for 15 minutes Why stop at just one Valedictorian?

And who could forget all those forward thinking professors?

3. U Penn prof says racist Republicans oppose abortion to protect white supremacy

4. Prof claims Lincoln would have tried to stop climate change, like he did slavery

5. Progressives are now calling student loan debt racist and homophobic Is there anything progressives don’t find racist and homophobic?

6. Women at Arizona State protest for “Topless Rights” in rally organized by UFO religion I always dreamed of writing a headline like that.

My picks feature a lot of Canto Talk!

1) College Insurrection Night on Canto Talk: Aleister and I review how the corrupt press has actually failed to fulfill its First Amendment responsibilities, and its detrimental impact on the future of American college students.

2) August 8 – College Insurrection Night on Canto Talk: We discussed a few of Aleister’s post on the invasion of college campuses by the porn industry, institutional indoctrination, and the Higher Education Bubble.

Next on the list are interviews with other college-oriented conservative activists:

3) A Look at Campus Misandry with Jonathan Taylor “A Voice for Male Students”

4) CANTO TALK: Prager U. Team takes us “behind the scenes” on June 6th. A chat with Dean of Students Jared Sichel and Project Manager Noah Yaffe about the online courses focusing on conservative principles.

I was asked to review some amazing books, too.

5) Men on Strike – Why Men are Fleeing Colleges Dr. Helen Smith’s excellent book had a chilling chapter about the college experiences of young men.

6) Book Review: James O’Keefe’s Breakthrough (Update – new video)may have been published at Legal Insurrection, the author was featured in a few College Insurrection posts, too: Conservative activist James O’Keefe talks citizen journalism at Northwestern

It should be a fun night!

Dear Readers: I got an early Christmas present, as Professor Jacobson tapped my as “Blog of the Day” at Legal Insurrection.

To celebrate, I would like to share my 2013 choice for “Mut Christmas Music”, the Seven Rejoices of Mary by the heavenly Loreena McKennitt.

The first good joy that Mary had
It was the joy of one.
The first rejoice that Mary had
Was to see her new born son.

To see her new born son good man,
And blessed may he be.
Sing Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity.
The next good joy that Mary had
It was the joy of two
To see her son Jesus,
Make the lame to go.

(more lyrics HERE):

I would also like to extend a thanks to my other “Heroes of Capitalism”

And, as if all that blogging goodness isn’t enough, I wanted to give the gift of SLOBs (San Diego Order of Local Bloggers).

Now, off to do more holiday-time opining for Team Insurrection. Thanks to everyone who has supported the Shrine of Flaming Capitalism this year!

Dear Readers: As I prepare for my last Canto Talk podcast of 2013, I would like to invite you to join Silvio Canto Jr. and our military history expert,Deadliest Blogger’s Barry Jacobsen, for a discussion of “Wartime Christmas History” stories. (Click here for archived podcast or live show Thursday, Dec. 19th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST)

At least two wartime history stories will be featured:

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914

I’d wager that if you asked the average person to name one important event during the First World War, many people wouldn’t plump for a military action. It’d be an interesting experiment to find out how many people in Britain today know the name of any major battle, beside the Somme. There’d be takers for Verdun, perhaps, Passchendaele and probably Ypres (although just like many of the men who were stationed there, hardly anyone, including me, would quite know how to pronounce Ypres– the British soldiers stationed there called it ‘Wipers’).

No, the event that has lived longest in the popular memory– that has provided fodder for songs and pop videos, and has become a myth all of its own– is the Christmas truce of 1914.

On Christmas day, 1914, despite orders to the contrary made by British commanders, an informal ceasefire took place between German and British soldiers on the Western Front. For just over a day soldiers on either side in Flanders held off attempting to kill each other: a peaceable act that has become a kind of popular shorthand for the good faith the common man has for his fellows, even in the worst of circumstances.

What are the facts? You’ll find them nicely laid out at The Long, Long Trail website. Only five months into the war, neither trench lines nor mental lines were drawn as absolutely between the combatants as they would become later. Fraternisation with the enemy, especially at Christmas, was recognised as a risk to discipline: General Smith-Dorren ruled early in December that “unofficial armistices, however tempting and amusing they may be, are absolutely prohibited”.

Yet as Christmas neared, local truces occurred. These meant that wounded men could be retrieved from no-man’s land, and that the dead could be buried.

In addition, the close proximity of the two sides to one another meant that one side could hear the other singing carols– even see the other erect Christmas trees above the trenches. Christmas, and the feelings stirred by the season, seemed to encourage the “‘live and let live’ theory of life” that Smith-Dorren feared would destroy “the offensive spirit in all ranks”.

On Christmas Eve, the miserable wet weather of the season relented a little, with a hard frost that made life easier for all on the front. Fighting continued, but meetings were held between the sides to collect and bury bodies. This fraternisation continued into Christmas day, tolerated but not approved of by the British army authorities: it is the Germans who generally initiate contact. Some men share cigarettes and cigars; elsewhere beer and plum pudding; letters are passed on; often the erstwhile combatants simply talk. You can read some of the fascinating first-hand accounts at the well-sourced Hellfire Corner. There’s something genuinely humbling about the tales the soldiers tell: and a wonderful sense of perplexity and delight amongst those taking part that such a thing could occur.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE

In December 1944, in an all-out gamble to compel the Allies to sue for peace, Adolf Hitler ordered the only major German counteroffensive of the war in northwest Europe. Its objective was to split the Allied armies by means of a surprise blitzkrieg thrust through the Ardennes to Antwerp, marking a repeat of what the Germans had done three times previously–in September 1870, August 1914, and May 1940. Despite Germany’s historical penchant for mounting counteroffensives when things looked darkest, the Allies’ leadership miscalculated and left the Ardennes lightly defended by only two inexperienced and two battered American divisions.

On December 16, three German armies (more than a quarter-million troops) launched the deadliest and most desperate battle of the war in the west in the poorly roaded, rugged, heavily forested Ardennes. The once-quiet region became bedlam as American units were caught flat-footed and fought desperate battles to stem the German advance at St.-Vith, Elsenborn Ridge, Houffalize and, later, Bastogne, which was defended by the 101st Airborne Division. The inexperienced U.S. 106th Division was nearly annihilated, but even in defeat helped buy time for Brigadier General Bruce C. Clarke’s brilliant defense of St.-Vith. As the German armies drove deeper into the Ardennes in an attempt to secure vital bridgeheads west of the River Meuse quickly, the line defining the Allied front took on the appearance of a large protrusion or bulge, the name by which the battle would forever be known.

A crucial German shortage of fuel and the gallantry of American troops fighting in the frozen forests of the Ardennes proved fatal to Hitler’s ambition to snatch, if not victory, at least a draw with the Allies in the west. Lieutenant General George S. Patton’s remarkable feat of turning the Third Army ninety degrees from Lorraine to relieve the besieged town of Bastogne was the key to thwarting the German counteroffensive. The Battle of the Bulge was the costliest action ever fought by the U.S. Army, which suffered over 100,000 casualties.

Barry Jacobsen offers a detailed analysis on his Military History Page.

Some veterans of the battle recount their experiences.

The Bulge has its own truce story, too: Three American soldiers and four German soldiers who shared Christmas Eve 1944 with a German woman during the Battle of the Bulge. All soldiers were lost and looking for a place to stay and warm up. The woman insisted that all soldiers disarm and that “this was Christmas and there would be no killing on this night.”

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