Missy: …Now, if the Doctor assumes he’s going to die, what happens then?
Clara:   We do.
Missy: He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick. How do we start?
Clara: We assume we’re going to win.

Doctor Who  The Witch’s familiar 2015

[said to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev] This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Barack Obama March 27th 2012

Nature abhors a vacuum and with the US withdrawing from the world other are starting to assert themselves.  We saw an example of it over the last 30 days.

Back at the beginning of Sept the Russians started deploying forces to Syria

Russia has begun to deploy an air force contingent to Syria in order to undertake air attacks against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) and other Islamic groups battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to the Israeli news site, Ynet.

Citing western diplomatic sources, Ynet reported Tuesday that an advance Russian party has already arrived in Syria and will be followed in the coming weeks by thousands of military personnel, including members of an “aerial protection division.” This presumably is a force to protect the air contingent, which is to include fighter jets and attack helicopters, from ground attack. The Russians will reportedly be making use of an existing Syrian air force base in the Damascus area.

A week ago CNN was talking about it:

Russia may be preparing to station troops at two new sites in Syria as it continues its rapid military buildup in the conflict-ravaged nation, a research firm says.

IHS Jane’s said Tuesday that it had spotted two previously unreported sites in satellite imagery of western Syria where steps appear to be being taken to receive Russian forces.

And lo and behold just hours after Barack Obama met Putin and later said this:

defeating ISIL requires — I believe — a new leader and an inclusive government that unites the Syrian people in the fight against terrorist groups.  This is going to be a complex process.  And as I’ve said before, we are prepared to work with all countries, including Russia and Iran, to find a political mechanism in which it is possible to begin a transition process.

Russia said this

Russia has demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a US official told Fox News on Wednesday.  

The official said that Russian diplomats sent an official message to the US ordering American planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory, according to the report. 

US military sources told the news outlet that US planes would not comply with the Russian demand.

And did this:

While Moscow’s stated purpose in Syria is to fight Islamic State militants, Russian warplanes and helicopter gunships dropped bombs north of the central city of Homs, in an area held by rebel groups opposed to Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally. The attacks were unleashed hours after Mr. Putin pushed a measure through the upper house of Russia’s rubber stamp Parliament authorizing the use of force abroad.

John Kerry said this:

If Russia’s recent actions represent a genuine commitment to defeating Isil then we welcome those, and will find a way to multiply it.

But we must not and will not confuse in our fight against Isil with support for Assad.

He then says it depends where Russia has hit – and that if they have hit anti-Assad positions, it would send a bad sign.

Strikes of that kind would question Russia’s real intentions: fighing [sic] Isil, or supporting the Assad regime.

But the funniest thing I read was this line from an excellent piece at the telegraph

All of the targets were non-Isil rebel groups, including those supported by the Western powers. The SU-24s were in action not in Isil’s stronghold in eastern Syria or against Raqqa – the movement’s de facto capital – but in areas where Assad’s forces have been under severe pressure from the insurgents.

The suspicion immediately arose that saving Assad – not destroying Isil – was Russia’s main objective.

Furthermore on The Lead one of the worries was that by giving only one hour notice the Russians were acting “unprofessional”.

Really!

I think the Russians are acting very professional, they have a professional army and they are using it to support their allies.

Now I know that to this White House a country using their military might to actually support their interests and their allies is a concept completely foreign but in the real non obama world that’s how things work.

The reality is a person with a pointy stick with the will to use it is more powerful than a person with an army without the will to use it.

Unexpectedly!

 

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 2014 Annual Report to Congress reveals that the Obama administration has granted asylum or residency to 1,519 foreigners with terrorist ties. Out of the 1,519, 825 were regarded as follows:

 627 provided material support, while under duress, to Tier III terrorist organizations,

 189 provided material support, while under duress, to Tier I and Tier II organizations,

 9 were processed for an applicant’s receipt of military-type training, while under duress, from Tier I, Tier II and Tier III organizations.

Paul Mirengoff asks,

Why did the administration allow 1,519 people tied to terrorism to remain in the U.S. with all the rights and benefits enjoyed by legal residents? It did so because Obama’s DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, determined that the individuals in question participated in pro-terrorist activities “while under duress.”But how can Johnson be sure of this?

Johnson can’t.

Additionally, Chuck Ross explains,

Designated terrorist groups are the most dangerous. They are classified as Tier I and Tier II organizations and include groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Judicial Watch, who obtained the report, points out that effective February 2014 the Obama administration granted discretionary power to the Dept. of Homeland Security (emphasis added),

This effort was officially launched last year when the administration quietly changed the Immigration and Nationality Act (INS), implemented decades ago to govern immigration and citizenship in the United States. The law includes a ban on admitting refugees and asylum seekers who may have provided terrorists with any sort of material support, even the kind that may be considered trivial by some. In other words, the federal law rightfully had a zero tolerance for any kind of involvement with terrorist elements. But a joint effort by DHS and the State Department created an “Exercise of Authority” that allows “an alien who provided limited material support” to a terrorist organization to stay in the U.S. if the powers that be in our government believe they pose no threat.

What could possibly go wrong?

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin American news, politics and culture at Fausta’a blog.

Look I am not saying anything at all negative about Ted Williams.  The further we go into the analysis of the batting statistics, the closer we come to being forced to accept the conclusion that Williams, not Babe Ruth, was the greatest hitter who ever lived.  I think he was the second greatest left fielder who ever lived.  That’s not criticism.

Bill James:  The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract 1985

Twenty Nine years ago I started dating my wife.

I had known her back in high school and college but never made a move.  She considered me a geek & a dork (in fairness that was an accurate assessment) but a series of circumstances connected to the illness that would eventually kill my father led us together.

By the time Christmas rolled around it was obvious to both me and my friends that I intended to propose and one day a pair of my friends got into a conversation with me about the subject.  I said it was too early in the relationship to go there figuring I’d wait till my Birthday in May.

Oddly enough rather than argue with me, they, Jamie & Dave ended up arguing on the subject with each other and the argument turned into a bet over if I would propose by my birthday.  Jamie saying no I’d hold off and Dave saying there wasn’t a prayer I would.

At the time Jamie was 16 but I had known my friend Dave since we were 10 years old. There was always one thing about Dave that always drove me nuts.  He always just a little bit better at me in everything from his grades to sports to gaming etc.  Furthermore he had a reputation for reading people and being right in a way that was slightly irritating.

I knew that Dave was right, I wanted to propose, I wanted to do so bad, but when I heard him I also said to myself: “Cripes Dave’s always right about everything I’m damned if I was going to let him be right about this.

So I held off determined to hold off proposing till after my birthday until a slip of the tongue three-months early at a business with her: “Is this your wife?”  “Not yet” caused me to explain the bet to the lady and “hypothetically” ask what her reaction would be to a proposal thus keeping my resolution.

In a way my thinking on Election 2016 has been similar.

At one point there were 17 GOP candidates running for president and of those 17 candidates there were four candidates  whose nomination would have really excited me.  If any one of the four came out of the primaries, I’d be on cloud nine.

Of those four there is a particular candidate that in my opinion would be the best choice for the GOP.  I have been absolutely delighted with from day one.  This candidate that I’ve been so happy with that I’ve had the urge to just spontaneously endorse several times over the last several months

But I decided I just couldn’t do it yet. I wanted to wait until at least the first debate, I wanted to give the other three candidates that I really like a chance to impress me as much as this person has.

Furthermore several other candidates were running while not one of those four, are impressive or have impressed me either by their records, by advancing particular issues that I think are vital, or by their personal character.  I felt I should wait and see, will any of these candidates impress me enough to change my mind?

So I waited.  I watched the  debate (Which I think Donald Trump won with Fiorina winning the Undercard) and I watched the 2nd debate (Which I think Rand Paul won, with Graham taking the undercard) I watched the various campaigns, I saw how they dealt with media, with each other and with adversity.   I saw Rick Perry, a very competent GOP governor leave the race and I saw Scott Walker, another competent governor and one of the four candidates I was excited about follow him out, narrowing my favorite list to three.

Then I was thinking I’d better hold off, there are several key republicans coming to New Hampshire and if I endorse one candidate it might complicate things when I interview others.  I told myself, as I did all those years ago I was going to hold off.

Well, the situation has changed.

It’s a few weeks to the next GOP debate and CNBC, the host is apparently making two key decisions: #1  There will be no undercard debate and #2  There will not be 10 candidates in the debate meaning that they will exclude candidates based on a criteria that is currently unknown.

Now I disagree with this, after all the only reason why Carly Fiorina is a top tier candidate is because #1  There was an undercard debate & #2  she was promoted to the stage & given a chance to speak, but this is CNBC’s debate so they get to set the rules.

It’s true that past performance is no guarantee of future results, NBC being NBC I presume that the cut off criteria will be based upon what helps the GOP establishment and by extension the democrat party the most

Given this fact,  it is no longer feasible to wait before picking a candidate out of the field.  It is time to choose.

My choice is Ted Cruz.

Senator Cruz has been fighting the good fight from the very day that he got into the senate.  He has held up a light to an institution that thrives on show votes and phony considerations.  He has done all he can Even as the He has, in my opinion made the right strategic decisions doing his best either win key battles or force democrats to go on the record to support theirs.  He has completely justified the initial endorsement years ago from Sarah Palin that put him on the map and enabled his victory over the establishment GOP choice in Texas.

He has fought against Obamacare

He has fought against the Iran Deal

He has fought against the Planned Parenthood

He has fought against Gay Marriage

He has fought against Amnesty

and he has done so even in the teeth of opposition of his own party and has even called them out when doing so.

He has done so despite being excoriated by the media.  It’s no coincidence that the media rarely, if ever, notes the historic nature or the possibility of him being the first hispanic president.

Now in one respect this endorsement is very hard, I REALLY like Rick Santorum.  Over the years he fought for many of these principles and has stood up valiantly to defend these principles, I would be ecstatic if he was the nominee.  I also like Bobby Jindal, he has been loud and strong for religious liberty, if he were to get the nomination I would be energized and ready for the battle.

Furthermore there are Candidates like Ben Carson who while not part of my “I’m so excited” tier I would have absolutely no problem going all in for.

Like Bill James picking Stan Musial over Ted Williams as the greatest left fielder of all time, my choice is not a critique of either Gov Jindal or Senator Santorum.  If for any reason Senator Cruz leaves the race before either of them I will be honored to give public support to either one of them (and will continue to say good things about them on this site and on twitter).  But the time has come to make a choice

28 years ago with (unknown to me) only a few weeks to live my father hearing of my reason for holding off, told me in no uncertain terms how foolish it was to put off a critical decision for a triviality.  I took his advice and because I did he lived to see me officially engaged when otherwise he would not have.

It’s unlikely that my endorsement will be as critical to Senator Cruz’s campaign as that excellent decision I made three decades earlier was to me, but like that decision it’s a commitment that shouldn’t be delayed any further.

The GOP has 15 remaining candidates, all are better than Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders et/al, among the are some good choices and even some great choices.

In my opinion, the best choice, MY choice for President is Senator Ted Cruz from the state of Texas, and I’d urge you to give him your vote in the GOP primary in your state.

Closing thought:  I’d like to include this speech from Ted Cruz from the floor of the Senate yesterday that was linked by Hotair.com.  this speech is 59 minutes long and yet in 24 hours it has been viewed just under 63,000 times.

Yesterday I wrote about how many people pay no attention to the news, It says something when a Senate Floor Speech of 55:10, a speech that is not being promoted by the media or by the party, draws that many views in 24 hours.

But even more importantly listen to it, because while the number of views tells something about the speech, the content tells everything about the man giving it.

 

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