Thursday, December 31, 2015

Predictions: 2015 Results, 2016 List

Here are the predictions, with results. Pitiful.

1.  Mitt Romney will be an active candidate for President on 31 December 2015. No
2.  The Supreme Court will deal at least one generally considered large setback to Obamacare. No
3.  The market will not break 19,000 in 2015. Yes
4.  I will weigh not more than 182 lbs on December 31, 2015 (195.2 today) Yes (159)
5.  UVA's President will resign in 2015. No
6.  UVA Basketball will make it to the 2015 Final Four. No
7.  The national average for unleaded regular gasoline will be above $3.00 ($2.29 today). No
8.  Unemployment will be above 6.0% on 31 December 2015 (5.8 today). No
9.  There will be a coup in Venezuela. No. 
10.  The Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl, and Peyton Manning will retire immediately thereafter. No.

And here are the predictions for 2016:

1.  Marco Rubio will be elected President.
2.  The Virginia Men's Basketball Team will get to the Final Four
3.  The Arizona Cardinals will win the Super Bowl.
4.  Hillary Clinton will be indicted.
5.  Tiger Woods will win a Major Championship.
6.  Virginia Football team will win six games or more.
7.  I will weigh equal to or less than 159 (what I weigh as I write this) on this date in 2016.
8.  One Supreme Court Justice will either leave office or die in office. The vacancy will not be filled in 2016.
9.  Chip Kelly will not coach a football team in 2016
10. Coach K will retire after this season.

Happy New Year!

Resolutions: 2015 Scorecard, 2016 List

Here are the 2015 resolutions, with result commentary:

1.  I endeavor to be less sarcastic/caustic/ironic.  FAILURE
2.  I will re-institute E-Shabat.  6PM Friday to 6PM Saturday. Pretty good until June, spotty since
3.  I will take more of an interest in the yard/gardens. FAILURE
4.  I will finally get the gas fireplace installed in the bedroom. SUCCESS
5.  I will eat more modestly. SUCCESS
6.  I will exercise more frequently.  SUCCESS
7.  After my hip replacement, I will work to be more physically flexible. Modest Success
8.  I will take at least one vacation of not less than two full weeks. FAILURE
9.  I will read more. SUCCESS
10.  I will play more golf. FAILURE

And here are the 2016 resolutions:

1.  I will weigh what I weigh today (159) or less
2.  I will continue to eat modestly
3.  I will take at least three vacations of at least one week each.
4.  I will have more bodily flexibility at this time next year.
5.  I will argue with kindness, control, and love.
6.  I will exercise at least four times each week
7.  I will spend more time on the water around me.
8.  I will make some significant upgrades to the ManCave.
9.  I will make time for conversation with The Kitten before bed each night.
10.  I will put at least 15% of my gross income into my 401K

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Hammer's 2016 Election Predictions

  1. Ted Cruz will win the Iowa caucuses on February 1st. No one will drop out.
  2. Eight days later Donald Trump will squeeze out a narrow victory in New Hampshire which will force most of the weaker candidates to quit. Cruz, Rubio, Christie and Bush stay in. Jeb will receive less than 4% of the vote and be under tremendous pressure to do well in South Carolina. 
  3. Trump will win South Carolina by nearly 20 points resulting in Christie dropping out. Cruz will have a respectable outing but Bush and Rubio will be hanging by a thread hoping to do well on Super Tuesday. 
  4. Trump runs the table on Super Tuesday apart from Colorado (Rubio), Virginia (Bush) and Alaska (Cruz). 
  5. Everyone hangs around until March 15 when Trump wins North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri and most importantly Florida (by 20 points). Rubio and Bush drop out. It becomes a two man race with Trump in a commanding position. 
  6. Cruz does respectably well but it's an uphill battle. Trump wins the nomination. 
  7. Senator Ted Cruz makes the ticket. 
  8. Hillary breezes to the nomination in spite of the relentless attacks from Team Trump. Bill Clinton proves to be a weak campaigner due to ill health and past indiscretions. Chasms emerge within the Democratic Party similar to what the Republicans have endured throughout the election cycle.
  9. Trump wages an anti-Wall Street, anti-open borders, anti-government campaign advocating a near isolationist foreign policy with an emphasis on re-industrialization and job growth. Trade protectionism will be a key theme. Big Business chooses Hillary, much of labor chooses Trump.
  10. Trump wins with a solid South and important rust-belt states such as Ohio and Michigan. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Hammer's Christmas Day Primer: The Budget Process (according to Ryan)

Several threads back on this very blog I vented with righteous indignation how Paul Ryan and the Republicans "gave away the store" (a key Democrat's phraseology) with this Rosemary's Baby of a Omnibus budget. In addition an anonymous commenter was perplexed as to why a Super-Genius like CW would allow an obvious "clown" like me access to his blog because I "...clearly don't have the same level of understanding about the legislative process" CW possesses.  CW (being the sometimes prick that he is) piled on claiming my entry was "over the top" and "uninformed". Well, never one to back down from a fight (remember Ft. Sumter) I offer a mild rejoiner.

WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!!? I have an intimate knowledge of the budget process! Don't believe me? Ok fine, I'll prove it. Here's how it's supposed to work.

February the President presents his budget to Congress, his Santa list if you will. It's all the cool shit he wants but IN NO WAY expects to get. Both houses of Congress send the proposal down to various committees including the...wait for it...the Appropriations Committee. They part it out to various sub-committees to slice and dice. What comes out is 10 or 12 spending Bills which are hashed out, amended, reconciled etc. etc. until every last power player gets something they can crow about back home in Bumfuqington, Idaho (no YOU da ho). If they can't get a budget done (which is the new normal under Democrats) they just do a "continuing resolution" which means overtime for the last budget. It could be a day, a month...whatever.

But what happened this time is the Republican leadership, Speaker Boehner and Mitch McConnell really couldn't bring themselves to vote on anything that might smell of true fiscal discipline and they certainly didn't want to piss off the Chamber or somehow screw up the 2016 elections (or a hundred other things cowards think about when they have to make a decision) so they kicked the can down the road to the point an "Omnibus" was necessary. In other words all these individual appropriation bills were lumped into one. In this case it was sorta like a group gang-bang on conservative principles (you knew you were getting screwed it's you just didn't know who's penis it was).

The Democrats loved it!

“I said I would not accept a lot of [conservative] ideological riders that were attached to a big budget deal, and because of some terrific negotiations by the Democrats up on Capitol Hill and I think some pretty good work by our legislative staff here… it was a good win. We met our goals”. President Barack Obama.
“We wanted to get rid of sequestration, we were able to do that. The Omnibus deal caps off a successful year for Senate Democrats”. Harry Reid.

“Well, if you would’ve told me this year that we’d be standing here celebrating the passage of an omnibus bill, with no poison pill riders, at higher [spending] levels above sequesters than even the president requested, I wouldn’t have believed it, but here we are,” Democratic Sen. Chuck Schemer.
So where did the Republicans go wrong, assuming of course they in fact believe they screwed up? Well first thing they did was announce that a government shutdown is "off the table". Their goal was to show everybody that they can make "government work". Well guess what? They ain't the fuqing government, they are the Congress. The administration administers the government. Their job is to steer the government in the direction the people want it to go through the legislative process, specifically the budget. No money no harebrained leftist schemes like importing half of Syria. See how that works? By proclaiming that their only leverage would absolutely, positively NOT be used was first a negation of their duty and Constitutionally mandated authority and secondly an act of incompetence and cowardice the likes I've never seen. Or...OR there is another possibility. And that is they are liars and cheats and are now the Republican wing of the Progressive movement. My bet is on number three. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

Shutting down now for a couple of days.  Be good to one another.  Merry Christmas from The Conservative Wahoo.


Luke 2King James Version (KJV)

2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

King James Version (KJV)
by Public Domain

Monday, December 21, 2015

CW for Rubio up to $13007!

Many thanks to all the wonderful donors who have put us WAY ahead of our fundraising total in 2012.

Remember--just click double click the picture of the Rubio fundraising form to the right and it will take you to a link where you can donate directly to the CW for Rubio effort.

The goal in 2012 was $25K and we made it.

The goal in 2016 is $100K--we've got work to do!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Heading Home for the Holidays

I write from gate B2 at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport after having once again suffered indignities at the hands of TSA. It's been a long week of travel, in which I left last Sunday through Wednesday for biz in San Diego, returned on Wednesday's redeye (I love children, especially babies, but they should be banned from redeyes), checked in with the family on Thursday, and departed for Florida on Friday. Here I sit awaiting transportation back to Baldymore, then an hours drive to Easton.

San Diego was pretty straightforward, so much so that it did not rise to the level of blogworthiness. I did however, get to spend time with two of my shipmates from USS PRINCETON (CG 59) at dinner, one of whom just took command of his own destroyer, and the other of whom has already commanded both a destroyer and a destroyer squadron. Seeing your friends thrive is one of the great benefits of retired status.

My check-in at home had one main objective, and that was the procurement of the Christmas Tree. The Kittens enjoy going to the tree farm, selecting one from the field and cutting it down. I have always considered this more trouble than it is worth, but am consistently outvoted. Before I left for San Diego last Sunday, I checked the oncoming weather for Easton and saw that Thursday would be a very rainy day. I suggested (via text message) that the Kittens watch the weather, and if it looked ugly, they should consider just going to Lowes and grabbing one. As the week progressed, the weather report did not change. Not one bit. The Kitten--when queried by phone on Wednesday--questioned my heartiness in the face of "a little rain", and so sufficiently chastened, I resigned myself to the drudgery of soggy tree cutting.

Thursday dawned as I awoke on the redeye, raining solidly, and it continued the entire drive back to Easton. Arriving at home, I found the Kitten full of piss and vinegar at the prospect of braving the elements, but without any of The Kittens on deck, their joy at the prospect had yet to be surveyed. Upon their waking, it turned out that the younger of the two, whose boarding school status was the reason we put off getting the tree in the first place (it was averred that she had insisted on waiting) was as unenthusiastic about the rain as I, but we piled into the car anyway to bring down a mighty douglas fir. Until we got on the road, and the heavens burst which point my quietly suggested, "maybe we should swing by Lowes and have a look" was quickly accepted by all.

Now, there are those among you who know that there is one thing that tends to cause me more agitation than anything else in the world. And no, it isn't TSA. It is having the foresight to see a problem coming, warning those responsible for its avoidance, and then having them do nothing to mitigate it. Subordinates in the Navy suffered cruel and unusual punishment when this unfortunate chain of events occurred. In this case, while I was self-satisfied, because the change worked to my advantage, I did not get agitated.

Tim and Alexandra, with various well-wishers
The reason for my trip to South Florida was the nuptials of Tim and Alexandra. Tim is a colleague of mine, and I gave his his first job out of college five years ago. At the time, he had a girlfriend of some four years standing (Alexandra), and they made for a lovely couple. They tied the knot this weekend in a perfectly pulled off wedding merging two American families with immigrant roots. Tim's father is American, while his mother is from Venezuela, and Alexandra's parents are both from Venezuela. I am aware of no crimes committed by any of these immigrants. Quite the contrary, they have educated their young in good schools and sent them off to first rate universities. The Mass was conducted in both English and Spanish, and the reception had a decidedly Latin flair.

Some random thoughts:

You know those little reflectors that are sometimes embedded in the highway lines so that one might see them more easily at night? I first saw them at the age of 8 when I drove in my Grandfather's car from the airport to their home in Hollywood. I was mesmerized by them, and I remember saying so to my grandparents. Cut to 42 years later, this very morning as a matter of fact, when I was driving to the airport--and I again saw the reflectors--and had a vivid recall of that very conversation as if it were happening in the car.

The last time I was in this part of the country was the Spring of 2001, when Grandma Crissie died. She had a long life, and her funeral--while sad as funerals generally are--was somewhat lightened by the realization that she was finally to join Andy--her great love--after twenty-three years without him.

Bond, James Bond
TSA remains the bane of my existence. Whether it is a lack of staffing at mealtimes at the San Diego airport--which renders my paid for TSA Pre status moot, or the lack of full body scanners at TSA Pre lines--as was the case this morning--their incompetence runs amok. Here's the issue from this morning. There were two lines--one for TSA Pre--and one for everyone else. Everyone else was ushered to the part of security where there was both a full body scanner and an xray machine. The TSA Pre line had only an xray machine. As my hips are both titanium, I always set off xrays, which then results in the Full Monty from TSA, Pre or otherwise. This leads me to request when I get to security, that I be escorted to the full body scan. This happened this morning, so far so good. On the way there, the surly supervisor began to gesticulate and yell.  "Where are your bags"..I assured him they were on their way through the TSA screen machine. "You need to take your bags with you" he said. I answered that was fine, but would I then get to proceed as a TSA customer--no shoes, computer and liquids in bag, etc.  "No". I said, "sir, I am a Pre-Customer, and you are not making an allowance for me". At which point he became even more direct and surly. And so I said, "ok, let's go through the Pre line Xray.  And I of course set it off, which then resulted in the full body patdown that I was trying to avoid in the first place.  Ridiculous.

I have gained a few pounds, as my new suit(s) (I purchased another of the made to order jobs) are a bit snug. Need to get my act together again. Not a crisis, mind you. Just five pounds or so.

Ok, that's all from here. I am in a sea of humanity at the gate, and soon the Southwest queuing dance will begin.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nothing Worse Than a Double-Crossing Backstabber!

Is this what our establishment types mean when they say their hands are tied? Is this why we worked so hard to get them elected? 
How about this?
Ok fine. Senator Burr has some weird viewing habits for a STRAIGHT middle-aged white guy. But explain Thom Tillis if you will. 
They think we need more UNSKILLED labor. Our worker participation rate is the lowest since the Carter years, these H-2B jobs are the low skilled, entry level jobs our low skilled and entry level workers NEED to get the ball rolling and Tillis thinks we need to IMPORT these people. 

But everybody tells us we're nuts! We're just crazy or stupid. Let the grownups handle this, Tea Party Wingnuts need not apply. 

Listen very carefully, I'm going to tell you the same thing I would tell a "moderate" Muslim. Don't try to bullshit a bullshitter. I know who you are and what you are, I'm just shocked you can pull the wool over so many people's eyes. I and people like me are coming for you as you have been surreptitiously coming for us for decades. Get ready as I intend to show no mercy. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Leftist of the Week: Joe Conason

I'm starting a new series called (wait for it) "Leftist of the Week" (week, month, whatever; whenever I feel like it). Many of us have experienced the phenomenon of while discussing an issue with a liberal/leftist, they are completely clueless as to the argument or source of which you as a conservative refer. "Who? What? They said THAT?" This happens to me all the time. The reason is progressives live in a bubble. They VOLUNTARILY avoid non-approved sources of information and vilify those sources (if they're even aware of them) at every opportunity (e.g. Faux News). Plus leftist news/opinion is ubiquitous. Pick up a newspaper or turn on the television and you will encounter it in not only news but in every cultural pursuit low to high. It take no effort to be indoctrinated but it takes a lot of effort to be informed.

I do not wish our side to be ignorant. Therefore I present MSNBC contributor, Salon columnist and virulent Clinton defender Joe Conason. Joe is a born and bred New Yorker the grandson of well known anarchist/communist and publisher (Freie Arbeiter Stimme) Joseph Cohen. I know what you're thinking, no Joe is NOT an Irishman, he's Jewish. Jews for some inexplicable reason often change their names to something, well...more Christian. Don't ask me why. I think it's along the lines of when you ask an Italian about their ethnicity they start telling you about their great-granddad from Perugia or ask an Irishman and they won't shut up about their family in County Kerry. But ask a Jew about their background and they look at you like you've committed the most horrid act of antisemitism since Kristallnacht. Anyway suffice to say Joe is a "red diaper baby" and would rather live his life uncircumcised than leave the cozy confines of Manhattan.

Joe currently resides in a 6,000 sq. ft. Gramercy Park "apartment" with his lovely wife activist attorney and entrepreneur  Elizabeth Wagley ( It's interesting to note the property has, according to, a market value of $7 million dollars but is appraised for tax purposes at $179,619. Apparently it's good to be a liberal in New York!

As well as his other vocations Joe is a talented propagandist and author. Here are a few of his offerings.

So...introducing JOE CONASON. Have fun.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

CW Does a Little Testifyin'

From today's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces.

Insults and Disrespect, NOT a Winning Strategy!

I expect these kinds of attacks from "Hispanic Leaders" Martin O'Malley, Hillary Clinton and Hamas, but I don't expect it from REPUBLICANS! Our intellectually challenged establishment thinks #1 allowing in unscreened Muslims by the thousands is an idea they can live with and #2 attacking Trump for saying EXACTLY what the base is thinking and EXACTLY what needs to be done is good politics. 
Keep it up and you will SEAL YOUR DOOM! If you do succeed in destroying Trump in this way you will drive about 30-40% of Trumps voters back into the arms of the Democrats and you'll alienate a good portion of the Republican base. So keep it up, and if there is a President Hillary it'll be on YOU!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Is It Ok to be Scared Now?

Donald Trump said at a rally in South Carolina that we need a moratorium on Muslim immigration until we get a handle on things. As to be expected he's getting a lot of criticism from the drive-by media. What's surprising however is how vociferous REPUBLICAN criticism has been. Everybody wants to tell us "who we are as Americans" and what "values we hold dear". Well guess what? Dying is not a "value" and stupidity is not a virtue. Furthermore as a born and bred American I'll decide what my values are thank you very much. If you choose to live dangerously and grab a beer at your local biker bar or take a midnight stroll in the Hood or allow people to come here who have a LONG history of violence with no way to vet them, then off you go. But I'll be damned if I'll sit idly by as coddled, insulated elitists gamble with my life. By the way, if Republicans want to raise hell why won't they ask Obama where are all the Christian refugees? Slip their minds?
Common sense works every time! Try it, you'll like it!

Muslim Acts of Terrorism JUST THIS YEAR!
    1. Afghanistan January 5, 2015 – A car packed with explosives drove up to the headquarters of EUPOL Afghanistan, a European police-training organization, in Kabul and detonated. Taliban claimed responsibility. 1 killed 16 wounded.[89]
    2. Iraq January 6, 2015 – Two suicide bombers attacked a mosque in the town of Al-Jubba while Iraqi soldiers were resting, killing 10 soldiers plus the two attackers. Clashes following the bombings left 13 security personnel dead and 21 wounded.[90]
    3. France January 7–9, 2015 – A series of five attacks in and around Paris kill 17 people, plus three attackers, and leave 22 other people injured.
    4. Nigeria January 8, 2015 – 2015 Baga massacreBoko Haram attacks town of Baga in northern Nigeria killing at least 200 people. Another 2000 are unaccounted for.[91]
    5. France January 9, 2015 - The Porte de Vincennes hostage crisis kills 4 and injures 9 people.
    6. Lebanon January 10, 2015 – In the 2015 Jabal Mohsen suicide attacks 9 people died and 30+ were wounded.
    7. Egypt January 29, 2015 – January 2015 Sinai attacks. 44 killed, several wounded.
    8. Pakistan January 30, 2015 – Suicide bomber killed at least 55, injuring at least 59 in a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan.[92]
    9. Pakistan February 13, 2015 – Heavily armed militants killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 40 after they stormed into a Shiite mosque during Friday Prayer in a suburb of Peshawar.[93]
    10. Denmark February 14–15, 2015 – 2015 Copenhagen shootings. A gunman opened fire at the Krudttoenden café and later at the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, killing two civilians and injuring five others.[94]
    11. Nigeria March 7, 2015 – Five suicide bomb blasts leave 58 dead and 143 wounded in the 2015 Maiduguri suicide bombing.
    12. Pakistan March 15, 2015 – Suicide bombers kill at least 15 people in attacks on two churches in Lahore.[95]
    13. Tunisia March 18, 2015 – Bardo National Museum attack. Militants linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack the Bardo National Museum with guns, killing 21 people and injuring around 50.[96]
    14. Yemen March 20, 2015 – 2015 Sana'a mosque bombings. 135 killed in bombings on several mosques by ISIL.[97]
    15. Libya March 25, 2015 – ISIL affiliates, The Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries in Libya carried out suicide bombings in the city of Benghazi. Twelve were killed and 25 wounded. Five additional dead during attacks with a local militia.[98]
    16. Somalia March 27, 2015 – Makka al-Mukarama hotel attack. 20+ dead 28 wounded.
    17. Kenya April 2, 2015 – 148 people—most of them Christian students—killed in Al-Shabaab's Garissa University College attack.[99]
    18. Saudi Arabia April 8, 2015 – In the city of Riyadh two policemen are shot dead. ISIL is blamed to be behind the attack.[100][101]
    19. Somalia April 14, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab attack a government building in Mogadishu in the 2015 Ministry of Higher Education attack. 17 dead 15 wounded.
    20. Iraq April 17, 2015 – A series of bombings by the ISIL occurred through Baghdad. 40+ killed 59+ injured.[102]
    21. Iraq April 17, 2015 – A car bomb exploded at the entrance of the US consulate in Erbil, Iraq. ISIL took credit for the attack. 3 killed 5 wounded.[103]
    22. Afghanistan April 18, 2015 – A suicide bomb detonated in front of a bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. ISIL claims responsibility. 33 killed 100+ injured.[104]
    23. France April 19, 2015 – A 32-year Frenchwoman is murdered by a gunman whose plot to attack a church is foiled shortly after.[105]
    24. Somalia April 20, 2015 – A minivan of UN workers was bombed by Al-Shabaab in the Puntland region of Somalia. 9 dead 4 injured.[106]
    25. Bosnia and Herzegovina April 27, 2015 – At the Zvornik police station terrorist attack in the city of ZvornikRepublika Srpska, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an armed member of a wahhabist movement opened fire on the police. In the shooting, a police officer was killed, two others were injured, and the attacker was killed by police.[107]
    26. Iraq May 3, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq. Nineteen were killed and an unknown number wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.[108]
    27. United States May 3, 2015 – Two gunmen attacked the Curtis Culwell Center during a 'Draw Muhammad' cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas . 2 dead (perpetrators) 1 injured.[109][110][111][112][113]
    28. Afghanistan May 3, 2015 – Taliban militants overran checkpoints in Warduj, killing 17 policemen.[114]
    29. Afghanistan May 4, 2015 – A government bus was attacked by a suicide bomber in Kabul, killing one person and injuring 15 others.[115]
    30. Iraq May 10, 2015 – Two car bombs were detonated ten minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq and surrounding towns of Taji and Tarmiyah. ISIS claims responsibility. 14 were killed and wounding 30.[116]
    31. Afghanistan May 10, 2015 – A bus carrying Afghan government employees was attacked in Kabul by a suicide bomber, killing 3 people and injuring 10. Taliban claimed responsibility.[117]
    32. Pakistan May 13, 2015 – A bus carrying Shia Muslims was attacked by six armed gunman who rode up in motorcycles. Several Islamist groups claim responsibility. 45 dead 13 injured.[118]
    33. Afghanistan May 14, 2015 – A hotel that was hosting a cultural event was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul leaving 14 dead including an American, an Italian, and 4 Indians.[119]
    34. Afghanistan May 17, 2015 – A Taliban suicide attack near the entrance of Hamid Karzai International Airport targeting a European police training vehicle. 3 dead 18 injured.[120]
    35. Afghanistan May 19, 2015 – A suicide car bombing detonated in the parking lot of a Justice Ministry building in the diplomatic section of Kabul, killing 4 people wounding 42.[121]
    36. Libya May 21, 2015 – A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a military checkpoint outside of Misrata killing himself and two guards.[122]
    37. Saudi Arabia May 22, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque during prayer in the al-Qadeeh village. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. 21 dead +90 injured.[123]
    38. Afghanistan May 25, 2015 – Taliban militants killed 19 policemen and six soldiers during a siege at a police compound in Nawzad District of Afghanistan.[124]
    39. Kenya May 26, 2015 – Al-Shabaab militants attacked two police patrols which turned into a gun battle north of Garissa, 5 police officers were injured but they were able to kill both of the attackers.[125]
    40. Iraq May 28, 2015 – Two car bombs were set off minutes apart targeting the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel and the Babylon. 10 killed and 30 wounded.[126]
    41. Saudi Arabia May 29, 2015 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Dammam detonating the bomb in the parking lot. 4 killed, unknown injured.[127]
    42. Iraq June 1, 2015 – Three suicide bombers in humvees attacked an Iraqi police station in the Tharthar region in Northern Anbar Province. 41 dead, 63 wounded.[128]
    43. Turkey June 5, 2015 – 2015 Diyarbakır rally bombings – Twin bombing of a Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) rally. 4 dead, over 100 injured.[129][130]
    44. Iraq June 13, 2015 – Four suicide SUV car bombs went off in an Iraqi police station in the Hajjaj near Tikrit and Baiji. 11 dead, 27 injured.[131]
    45. France June 26, 2015 – Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack – Beheading in a factory near Lyon, head marked with Arabic writing and Islamist flags. Gas canisters planted provoked a fire. 1 dead, 11 injured.[132]
    46. Kuwait June 26, 2015 – 2015 Kuwait mosque bombing – 27 people killed in explosion at Shia Imam Sadiq mosque in Kuwait City, medical sources tell Al Jazeera. Claimed by ISIS
    47. Tunisia June 26, 2015 – 2015 Sousse attack – Attack in Tunisia against two tourist hotels, over 28 people died.
    48. Somalia June 26, 2015 – Battle of Leego (2015) Attack on AMISOM base in Somalia with a car bomb, assault rifles and RPGs, causing over 30 military deaths.
    49. Nigeria June 26-30, 2015 - Boko Haram kills at least 200 people as they gun down and bomb villages, mosques, and other public space.[133]
    50. Israel June 29, 2015 – 2015 Shuvat Rachel shooting shooting attack on civilian car, 1 death.
    51. Nigeria July 5, 2015 - Two bombs explode at an elite restaurant and mosque, killing at least 15 people in Jos.[134]
    52. Nigeria July 7, 2015 - A bomb explodes in a government office in Zaria, killing 20 people.[135]
    53. Cameroon July 13, 2015 - 2 suicide bombers explode in a bar in the town of Fotokol and kill 13 people, including a soldier from Chad who was killed in the second explosion.[136]
    54. Nigeria July 17, 2015 - Two Nigerian towns are attacked by two suicide bombers, killing 62 people.[137]
    55. Turkey July 20, 2015 – 2015 Suruç bombing Suicide bombing killed 33 people and injured 104 in Kurdish majority city of SuruçISIL claims responsibility.[138]
    56. Nigeria July 22, 2015 - A series of explosions at two bus stations in Gombe kill about 40 people.[139]
    57. Cameroon July 26, 2015 - A suicide bomber kills at least 14 people at a popular nightclub in Maruoa, just three days after 2 suicide bombers killed 20 people in the same town.[140]
    58. Nigeria August 11, 2015 - 47 people are killed as explosions erupt at a crowded market in the town of Sabon Gari.[141]
    59. Iraq August 13, 2015 – 2015 Baghdad market truck bombing A truck bomb in a Baghdad market killed more than 70 and injures 200.[142]
    60. France August 21, 2015 – 2015 Thalys train attack Shooting and stabbing in train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris injures 5. The incident is believed by French police to be an Islamist terrorist attack.[143]
    61. Nigeria August 28-30, 2015 - Boko Haram members massacre 79 people in 3 different Nigerian villages. 68 alone were killed in the village of Baanu.[144]
    62. Nigeria September 10, 2015 - Explosion at a refugee camp for people fleeing Boko Haram kills at least 2.[145]
    63. Iraq September 17, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Baghdad killed 10 and injured 55. ISIL claims responsibility.[146]
    64. Germany September 17, 2015 – An Islamist of Iraqi descent attacked and injured a police officer with a knife in Berlin. 1 injured, 1 dead (perpetrator).[147]
    65. Nigeria September 21, 2015 - At least 54 people were killed by multiple explosions in Nigeria.[148]
    66. Yemen September 24, 2015 – A bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Sana'a killed 25 and injured dozens more during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Claimed by ISIL.[149]
    67. BangladeshItaly September 29, 2015 – Three men on a motorbike shot and killed an Italian aid worker. The attack has been claimed by ISIL.[150]
    68. Nigeria October 1, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings by Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria killed 14 people (including the bombers) and injured 39.[151]
    69. Israel October 1, 2015 – Gunmen opened fire on a car near Nablus on the northern West Bank, killing a man and woman. 4 of their 6 children were also in the car and witnessed the attack, but were uninjured. The attackers have been praised by Hamas.[152][153]
    70. Australia October 2, 2015 – 2015 Parramatta shooting. A NSW Police Force civilian employee was shot dead outside NSW Police Force headquarters on Charles Street, Parramatta, Sydney by a 15-year old lone gunman. The gunman then engaged with NSW Police Special Constables in a shootout before being killed, 2 dead.[154]
    71. BangladeshJapan October 3, 2015 – A Japanese man was shot and killed in a similar fashion to an Italian aid worker killed 4 days earlier. The attack has been claimed by ISIS.[155]
    72. Iraq October 3, 2015 – In Baghdad, two suicide bombings in Shiite majority neighbourhoods kill at least 18 people and injure 61. Attack claimed by ISIS.[156]
    73. Afghanistan October 5, 2015 – Two suicide bombings in Kabul targeted an Afghan intelligence centre. 3 people were injured in the attack, claimed by the Taliban.[157][158]
    74. Somalia October 7, 2015 – Militants of Al-Shabaab ambushed and killed the nephew of Somalia's president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. 2 dead.[159]
    75. Turkey October 10, 2015 - In the 2015 Ankara bombings 102 people were killed and over 400 others injured. According to two high ranked sources in the Turkish security forces ISIS is most likely responsible.[160][161]
    76. Chad October 10, 2015 – Multiple suicide bombings in Chad killed 33 people and injured 51. The attack is believed to be the work of Boko Haram.[162]
    77. AfghanistanUnited Kingdom October 11, 2015 – A bomb attack in Kabul, targeting a British military convoy injured 7 Afghan civilians. The attack has been claimed by the Taliban.[163]
    78. Nigeria October 22, 2015 – 20 people were killed in the northeast state of Borno, Nigeria in a Boko Haram attack.[164]
    79. Nigeria October 23, 2015 – Two separate mosques were attacked by suicide bombers, killing 42 in Nigeria.[165]
    80. Niger October 28, 2015 - Boko Haram militants attack a village in Niger, gunning down 13 people and allegedly burning down houses and cars during the rampage.[166]
    81. EgyptRussia October 31, 2015 – Bomb on board a Russian jet brings it down in Sinai, bound for St Petersburg, killing 224 people.[167]
    82. Lebanon November 12, 2015 – Twin suicide bombings kill 42 people in the capital city of Beirut.[168]
    83. France November 13, 2015 – A series of terrorist attacks in Paris kill 137, and wound 368. They involved a series of coordinated attacks which consisted of mass shootings and suicide bombings. This incident was the most fatal event on French soil since World War II.[169]
    84. Iraq November 13, 2015 - A Suicide bomber kills at least 21 at a Shia funeral.[170]
    85. PhilippinesMalaysia November 17, 2015 – A Malaysian national is beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in the southern Philippines.[171]
    86. Nigeria November 17, 2015 – A suicide attack at a market in Yola killed more than 30 people and hospitalised more than 80. The attack is thought to be the work of Boko Haram.[172]
    87. France November 18, 2015 – A Jewish history teacher was stabbed in the arm and leg by three Islamists in Marseille.[173]
    88. Bosnia and Herzegovina November 18, 2015 – A lone wolf Islamist killed two soldiers and injured civilians in Sarajevo. 3 dead 5 wounded.[174]
    89. Nigeria November 18, 2015 – Two explosions rock a phone market in Kano killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 100. Boko Haram is suspected to be behind it.[175]
    90. Mali November 20, 2015 – Bamako hotel attack. Gunmen yelling "Allahu Akbar" storm a hotel in Bamako, Mali. At least 19 killed, and more than 160 were taken hostage.
    91. Iraq November 20, 2015 – A Suicide bomber detonates inside a Shiite mosque killing 10 people, other bombings in the area killed another 5 people.[176]
    92. Cameroon November 21, 2015 – Suicide bombers affiliated with Boko Haram kill at least 10 in northern Cameroon.[177]
    93. Nigeria November 22, 2015 – 8 people among women and children demise when a female suicide bomber is reduced to pulp.[178]
    94. Tunisia November 24, 2015 – At least 12 people were killed in a bus bombing in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack that targeted a bus transporting members of the Presidential Guard. [179]
    95. Egypt November 24, 2015 – In the November 2015 Sinai attack which occurred a day after the second round of parliamentary elections closed, militants attack a hotel housing election judges in the provincial capital of al-Arish in Egypt's North Sinai. 7 dead, 10+ wounded[180]
    96. Niger November 25, 2015 – Boko Haram invades a village and shoots indiscriminately residents and also fire rockets, killing 18.[181]
    97. Nigeria November 27, 2015 – 21 killed in Boko Haram suicide attack on a Shia procession in Nigeria[182]
    98. Egypt November 28, 2015 – Islamist gunmen killed four security personnel in an attack at a police checkpoint in Saqqara. 4 dead[183]
    99. Mali November 28, 2015 – Millitants fired rockets on a MINUSMA peacekeeping forces base in northern Mali. Ansar Dine claimed responsibility. 3 dead, 20 wounded.[184]
    100. United States December 2, 2015 – In the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, two people, one of whom posted on Facebook an "oath of allegiance" to the leader of ISIL, shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others in a killing spree that the FBI was investigating as "act of terrorism".[185][186]
    101. Chad December 5, 2015 – Four female suicide bombers from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram attacked the Chadian island of Koulfoua on Lake Chad, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130.[187]
    102. Yemen December 6, 2015 – The governor of the southern port city of Aden in YemenJaafar Mohammed Saad, was killed in a car bomb attack. The assassination was claimed by ISIS.[188]

Newer Posts Older Posts Home