carjack2by baldilocks

No one will do anything at all about the fact that the President of the United States took $400 million in cash, put it on a plane, sent it to Iran as ransom for American hostages, and did so without congressional approval, which is how all US Treasury transactions are supposed to be handled, according to the U.S. Constitution.

It is far from the first time that President Barack Obama violated or ignored the Separation of Powers outlined in the Constitution, and, of course, that’s the point. This president figured out a long time ago that he could get away with pretty much anything, and not have to suffer impeachment, censure, or even too much harsh language from the other two governmental branches or the long ago-hijacked Big Media.

Why not? Because, as we all know, it is no longer about what the purpose of the executive branch is, nor what its constraints are, but about who is doing the executing and the color of the skin of the executor.

Ours had become a nation of men rather than one of laws. Of course that was the intent all along of the Fundamental Transformation, was it not?

So now, the Executor can lift money from the Treasury, out in the open, arrange for money to be paid to an avowed enemy–ostensibly bowing to the terms of a set of kidnappers. All the other times it was people-for-people, this time it’s money-for-people

So now, those of us who have been watching this happen—watching the build-up of the mountain of lawlessness by this Administration are asking ourselves and each other the musical question: what’s next?

Because there are much worse things that this Administration can do. As a matter of fact, I’d wager that, by the time we get an answer to the question “what’s next,” the next Big Crime will already be done.

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by baldilocks

Yesterday on Facebook, I asked my friends for writing topics and received some excellent suggestions. Here is one of the fruits of that request. When motivated, I can, sometimes, go on.

Another great request: commentary on our spiritual condition as Americans.  Volumes are possible, but only one example is necessary…for those with “an ear to hear,” as it were.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

–Psalm 111:10, KJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

–Hosea 4:6, KJV; emphasis mine

Stefan Molyneux interviews a university professor— Dr. Duke Pesta–who says that most of his students believe that the United States was the first nation/kingdom/entity to introduce slavery into the world.

Of course, there are too many factual refutations to this ridiculous notion and the fact that the US is the only nation to go to war over slavery is most significant for comparison purposes. (Please spare me the arguments about whether the Civil War really was about slavery—unless you’re trying to help me sleep.)

That the most obvious refutations lie in the Bible is even more significant. Even those who don’t read the Bible but are of a certain age have seen the still-watchable Ten Commandments. But with hundreds or thousands of entertainment media vying for our attention in this era, it’s a safe bet that the numbers who’ve seen that classic have dropped off and vary directly with the age of those looking to be entertained.

Back to the origin of the movie. Egypt is not the only kingdom that enslaved the ancient Hebrews. They were also why-study-the-bibleenslaved by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonia, Assyria and Persia. And, of course, ancient Israel had its own version of slavery. But, those who don’t want to know, don’t know.

Two factors which are most startling to me about the professor’s assertion.

  • That so few young Americans have actually read the Bible, even if it is just to be able to cogently argue against what’s in it, and
  • That young Americans know so little about not only American history, but about on-going present-day crimes with respect to slavery, which do not involve the United States government whatsoever.

Those facts are not evidence of university- or even K-12-level indoctrination or failure, but of parental desire. Parents who want their children to know what is in the Bible will make sure that they know, even in the face of the myriad distractions of 2016. And, of course the opposite is true.

And this Christian says that this factoid is emblematic of our collective—if you’ll pardon the connotations of that word– and spiritual condition as Americans. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the lack of knowledge destroys a people, then an individual–and a people—can be fooled and destroyed by any falsehood.

And, included among those falsehoods, apparently, is that America is the guiltiest of all nations where slavery is concerned and that, as a result, she deserves to be punished over and above all others.

(Thanks to Instapundit)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left sidebar image), was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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Endoftheworldby baldilocks

No, I’m not talking about a pleasant getaway.

No, I’m not talking about any personal sexual preferences.

I’m not even talking about the outing that has happened before our eyes: the separation of political pragmatists versus those who cling to political principle. Well, not per se.

Allow me to run it down.

People who don’t know me assume that I voted for Barack Obama and am likely to vote for Hillary Clinton. I understand that. It’s called playing the odds.

People who don’t know me but learn my name assume that I’m a naturalized American. That’s playing the odds, as well.

Many who do know me and know my politics on a surface level assume that I plan to vote for Donald Trump.

And, many who know me and my body of blogging and Social Media assume that I’m in the Never Trump camp.

“What’s nature of the Great Outing, then?” I hear you ask.

Here it is. Almost everyone is eager to paint you into the one of the corners which exist in their minds. And the category of ‘everyone’ includes those on the political right: Trump Supporters, Trump Fans, Never Trumps and SMOD 2016ers. (If I can be painted into any corner, it’s the latter.)

Conservatives have a tendency to feel that they are beyond this sort of thinking—that inside-the-box ideological tribalism is a province of the Left. But anyone who runs in conservative political Social Media circles has long been disabused of this notion.

And, just today, I found out that someone on the right who I respect greatly is offended by this:

Paul Manafort, a top aide to Donald Trump, said the presumptive Republican nominee is unlikely to pick a woman or minority for the position because “that would be viewed as pandering, I think.”

It would be. Pandering is wrong even when it’s my “tribe(s)” which are being pandered to. I figured that out back in 2008.

The Organized Left celebrates its tribal pandering, marrying ethnicity and gender to ideology; this gives Leftism an advantage; The Left is Out and Proud. I don’t think that most people on the right mean to think this way, but this sort of delineation has been indoctrinated into all Americans for a long time. It  feels so right, that we don’t even know we’re doing it.

I still don’t know what I will do on Election Day 2016. But, observing events and players up to this point, SMOD seems like the principled choice for president.

Fire in the Hole, indeed.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game (click on left sidebar image), was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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bible-with-magnifying-glassby baldilocks

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family fame reports that the presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has “accepted” Jesus the Christ.

I believe he really made a commitment,” said the highly influential evangelical leader. “But he’s a baby Christian. We all need to be praying for him, especially if there’s a possibility of him being the next executive officer.”

Dobson’s comments came in an interview following the “historic” meeting between Trump and about 1,000 evangelical leaders on Tuesday. Pastor Michael Anthony, president of Godfactor and founder of the National Week of Repentance, caught up with Dr. Dobson to get his thoughts on the event and Trump, whose strained relationship with evangelicals has resulted in him ramping up his Christian outreach efforts.

If this is so, then I’m happy for Donald Trump and would not presume to question whether his conversion is a true one or not. That is between him and God.

And I especially like this.

Anthony said Trump was particularly passionate about ending the ban on endorsing political candidates from the pulpit, a law introduced by Lyndon Johnson, saying, “When I get in, we’re going to change that.”

You may recall that I wrote about the Johnson Amendment of 1954 a while back. You may also recall that Trump had already claimed to be a Christian but said that he had not repented. Presumably, now he has corrected that error.

Who do I have a problem with then? It’s these pastors and their language— the language of adherence to man-made so-called Christian traditions, rather than adherence to the Word of God as is.

First of all, one does not “accept” Christ, nor can any person lead another to Christ. One can only present another with the Gospel and that person makes his/her own choice. God the Father draws individuals to Jesus Christ—a supernatural occurrence. There is no other way.

And this conversation between Dobson and Anthony made me twitch.

“I think that he’s open,” he  continued. “He doesn’t know our language. … We had 40 Christians together with him, he used the word hell four or five times. He doesn’t know our language—he really doesn’t. He refers a lot to ‘religion’ and not much to ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ in Christ.” [From Dobson.]

“I’m sure Saul when he became Paul didn’t know much of the language either,” said Anthony.

The word ‘Hell’ is not in the vocabulary of these Christians? Okay, then.

And Paul didn’t know their language? Whose language are they referring to?

Paul was the author of much of the “language” which this pastor claims to use. Additionally, Paul was a Pharisee–mentored by the great Jewish teacher Gamaliel, a Pharisee doctor of Jewish Law—and knew scripture backward, forward and sideways. That scripture? It was the Torah or what we now refer to as the Old Testament. It was the Torah which Jesus quoted from and which Paul and the rest of the Apostles used when spreading the Good News.

One wonders if Pastor Anthony knows that when Paul was out spreading the Good News that the Gospels, Epistles and the Revelation hadn’t been written yet; or that the New Testament is partly composed of Paul’s letters.

The upshot is that these shepherds may be leading their flock astray, and that flock includes Donald Trump.

I’m am skeptical of what these men say and of where their focus lies. They presume to tell Donald Trump about Jesus but I wonder if they know Him themselves.

I wondering if these alleged men of God have lost their proper focal point–assuming they ever knew what it was supposed to be. I think they’re looking to use their role in Trump’s conversion as a means of holding some sort of sway over him–especially if he should become president.

Good luck with that.

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For decades, Americans have relied on Land’s End for three things:

  1. School uniforms.
  2. Warm winter apparel, especially their wind-resistant squall jackets.
  3. Women’s swimsuits you can swim in while your butt remains covered.

I speak from experience.

My son’s school uniforms from Land’s End were made of steel, unlike any of the other brands, to the point that the school had a hand-me-down program when your child outgrew them. Ponder that for a moment: Boys.Outgrowing.Active.Wear.

New Jersey winters aren’t as bad as some, but every so often we would get a couple of weeks of windy, bitter cold where the temperatures would not rise above 20F. I bought the Land’s End windproof, hooded, zipped-and-buttoned coat lined with down and Primaloft™, in black, that kept my arthritic bones toasty-warm.

I think they called it “the commuter’s storm coat” or something to that effect, but it was a wonderful thing. The sleeves had knit cuffs with adjustable bungees. The coat had zipped pockets for everything including your iPod/cell phone and train ticket. It was washable. It came in Women’s Tall, so it fit perfectly.

Of course I looked like I was zipped up in a walking sleeping bag with sleeves. Of course I loved it.

When I moved to Florida the coat was the first thing to sell at my garage sale. Some lucky girl will outlive the zombie apocalypse wearing it.

As for the women’s swimsuits, since I have no intention of becoming a tabloid celebrity, I prefer to keep my derriere covered, thankyouverymuch. Land’s End guarantees it, too.

Today I came across this bit of news: Land’s End has a new CEO named Federica Marchionni who is going to make the brand “fashion-forward.”

Are you nuts?

For starters, I lived in Italy for six weeks decades ago and literally could not find clothes my size. I am 5’9″ and back then wore an American size 6, but every thing (which only came in grey, white, or black) was not available in my size.  At 130 lbs I was too big. So let’s hope FreddieM adjusts to the idea of American sizes.

Then there’s the competition: European brands are making strides in the U.S., most recently Zara. Now, I have bought at Zara and like the look, but would never go there for items 1, 2, or 3 above.  A Zara swimsuit simply will not do.

FreddieM loathes the Land’s End look,

Marchionni is given to describing the company’s proudly fashion-backward line as “ugly” and asks in meetings, “Who would wear that?”

As it turns out, it was FreddieM who came up with the idea of placing Gloria Steinen in their catalog, because (I guess) being pro-abortion, in FreddieM’s mind, is not “ugly.” Bad, bad idea. I opened the catalog, saw Gloria’s photo, and placed it directly in the recycling bin.

So I agree with Kyle Smith, who states (emphasis added),

Marchionni fundamentally misunderstands the company, and maybe the republic for which it stands. Lands’ End is about America. It’s not for walking the runway, it’s for walking the dog. It isn’t for pickup bars, it’s for picking up the kids. It isn’t about the sizzle, it’s about the steak, or maybe even the Ball Park Frank. Lands’ End is small-d democratic: It is a declaration of independence sent to the fashion aristocrats and autocrats who would dictate terms to the citizens. We the people, not the editors of Vogue, will decide what we like to wear. By contrast, Marchionni seems to have a vision of fanciful high-cheekboned swells in a Fellini movie wearing Lands’ End jackets loosely draped over their shoulders while sipping Campari and plucking imaginary grapes out of the air as they speak, but the vision is not, to Lands’ End customers, aspirational. It’s insulting.

We, the Lands’ End people, do not want to look like dissipated Mediterranean cat burglars and femmes fatales. We don’t believe men should ever be seen in Capri pants, nor that stilettos are more useful than espadrilles. As for “boxy,” “boxy” is comfortable. “Boxy” is reassuring. “Boxy” is just fine. Lands’ End clothing does make a fashion statement, but the statement is this: Fashion is nonsense. Fashion is oppressive. Fashion is boring.

L.L. Bean and Columbia are probably sharpening their marketing knives.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

by baldilocks

I watched the 1977 version of Roots during its originally showing, having read Alex Haley’s “autobiography” beforehand. I was 16 years old when the original came out.

Viewing the series was a family gathering in my home, as was so for many black families, I’m told. It was a celebration of sorts. I don’t remember much about the viewing except for one thing: during the scene in which Kunta Kinte is captured, everyone in my house became dead quiet.

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LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte

LeVar Burton, most widely known for his portrayal of Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, had his first professional acting job in the original Roots as the young Kunta Kinte. For the 2016 version of Roots, Burton is the executive producer.

I mention this because I’ve always liked Burton and if I were going to watch the more recent version of Roots, his role in it would be the only reason to do so. As it turns out, it isn’t reason enough.

Call it fatigue at the continual opening of an old wound. Western slavery ended in a very bloody fashion in the 1860s. I’m over it. What I’m not over is the centuries-long enslavement of black Africans and the trashing of their continent by Islamic entities ranging from the Ottoman Empire to 2016’s Boko Haram. When will that movie get made? My guess is that, if it isn’t a self-/fan-funded venture, never.

There is also the fact that many black Africans played an exclusive role in selling members of other tribes to Europeans and to Americans. Those black African salesmen were usually Islamic.

And, oh yes: I see no point in celebrating Haley’s real legacy.

I’ve said before that God sometimes takes the folly of man and uses it to bless others. I think that this is the case with American slavery. For those who wished that their ancestors had remained in Islam-ravished western Africa, I suggest you repent, turn to God and open your eyes to the blessings He has put in front of all of us…and stop crying about the long-dead treachery from those who look like you, and those who don’t.

And if slavery really bothers you that much, there are plenty of organizations who combat 2016 slavery. You should help them or, at “least,” pray for them.

Now, excuse me while I go watch some sci-fi. There’s a reason I like it so much. With this post in mind, see if you can guess what it is.

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Toilet and trash canBy John Ruberry

Below, courtesy of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, is more proof that there is a Monty Python bit for every occasion, even when the characters are living in the first century AD.

Stan: I want to be a woman. From now on I want you all to call me Loretta.
Reg: What!?
Stan: It’s my right as a man.
Judith: Why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
Stan: I want to have babies.
Reg: You want to have babies?!?!?!
Stan: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.
Reg: But you can’t have babies.
Stan: Don’t you oppress me.
Reg: I’m not oppressing you, Stan — you haven’t got a womb. Where’s the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?

Stan/Loretta, presumably has male genitalia. That makes him a man. Another character in that scene, Judith, has female genitalia. She’s a woman. We know that for sure because we later see what the Pythons call her “naughty bits” in the funniest nude scene in the history of cinema.

Liberals, led by their chieftain Barack Obama, side with the Stan/Lorettas of the world, they believe that a person’s gender–biological logic be damned–is whatever they want it to be.

Society somehow survived having separate male and female public bathrooms all of these years. But about a decade ago men-who-think-they-are-women and women-who-think-they-are-men began to demand access to the washrooms and locker rooms that don’t match their body parts.

The Battle of the Bathroom has reached into public schools.

And now Barack Obama’s Justice Department  wants to strong-arm government schools into allowing confused youths–yes, I know what I’m writing–who believe they are a different gender, access to opposite sex washrooms and locker rooms.

What if the schools want to keep their private facilities the way they’ve been for decades?

Federal funding could be shut off–and there will be an open-door policy for peeping toms and rapists in public female bathrooms.

Hope and change baby, especially for the miniscule percentage of the population–0.3 percent, according to the New York Times–that identify as transgendered. I And I suspect that figure is too high.

In his final year of office Barack Obama is putting his final touches on his legacy. To me Obama is the Bathroom President. It’s how I will remember him. His legacy is set in porcelain.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

The following is a rant. Proceed accordingly.

Life is full of surprises, most of them unpleasant.

Yes, there are wonderful surprises – a reunion of friends and loved ones for your birthday, an unexpected thoughtful gesture, great weather on a special day, for instance – but for the most part, a majority of life’s surprises come in varying degrees of unpleasantness.

Two years ago, in 2014, when I was selling my house in New Jersey to move to Florida, one (very minor) advantage – so I thought – would be that the Florida media would not cackle news about Donald Trump on a weekly basis.

I had lived in the North East for nearly forty years, and for forty years the local media (NY Post, Daily News, Howard Stern, evening news) allowed itself to be manipulated daily by the thin-skinned tough guy, the thoroughly disreputable liarcheat and fraud – who was a Democrat. To refer to him as an unprincipled demagogue is to compliment him. Let me spell it out for you: I find Donald Trump repulsive.

If back in 2014 you would have told me that exactly two years later Trump would be the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, I would have recommended therapy.

More eloquent commenters than I will undoubtedly point to Trump’s ascent as a sign of our country’s moral corrosion and blame the educational system, the media, and myriad other reasons for it.

Others are looking at possible VP options. Ed Morrissey even has a survey up at Hot Air.

I have learned a number of things from this primary season (aside from acquiring some insight on my own resilience):

  1. Nobody really knows anything – at least not enough to make acurate predictions.
  2. Trump is much better at manipulating than Hillary, the other presumptive candidate.
  3. Trump followers will believe anything – including absurd conspiracy theories. The more absurd, the better, especially on the day of a crucial election.
  4. There’s no such thing as bad publicity for Trump. All that matters is the news cycle.

At this point, I would not put it past Trump, the “reality” TV star, to get another “reality” TV star, Caitlyn Jenner, as running mate.

It would distract from the upcoming Trump University fraud case hearings scheduled for the first day of the GOP convention. It would offer multiple opportunities for photo-ops, fundraisers, lifestyle reports on clothes and make-up, and tie-ins with the Kardashians. It would make Liberal heads explode. It would monopolize the news cycle.

It would be yuuuge.

At least Jenner’s a Republican – and uses Trump Tower’s facilities.

And yes, you may count that as yet another one of life’s unpleasant surprises.

(OTOH, it would serve Kasich right.)

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

There is an old saying that the Definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

On Friday Night that Yankees with two bases open in the bottom of the 8th of a tied game choose to pitch to David Ortiz

Yes you read that right

David Ortiz takes as much joy in punishing the New York Yankees today as he did 10 years ago.

Ortiz has played such an integral role in the rivalry with the Yankees in his 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, and he added another memorable moment Friday night with an eighth-inning two-run home run as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-2 in their first of 19 meetings this year.

Now I’m a Red Sox fan and I rejoice in a Big Papi game winning HR as much as the next New Englander, but as a baseball fan my only reaction to pitching to Ortiz in this situation is: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Did they forget David Ortiz’s walk off 12th inning HR in game four in 2004?

Did they forget David Ortiz’s game winning hit in the 14th in game 5 of the same series?

Did they forget Mr. Ortiz hitting a bases loaded two out grand slam in the ACLS vs the Tigers that tied the game two (despite a heroic effort by Tory Hunter) in 2013?

Did they forget the opinion of St. Louis Cardinal fans just before game six of the World Series in 2013?

Given that the decision to pitch to David Ortiz with First base open [game five double to give sox the early lead] was one of the most controversial decisions of the series to this point, I repeatedly asked those in line: If they were managing St. Louis would pitch to Ortiz with a base open. While a few of the people said “yes” the general consensus was; walk David Ortiz even if first base wasn’t open.

Ironically after I left this line I ran into a large group of Cardinal fans who declined to go on camera. I asked them my David Ortiz question. The Cardinal fans answered bluntly. They didn’t care if the bases are loaded and the game tied, They’d all give Ortiz a free pass each time up rather than risk pitching to him.

Cripes last year against the Cubs with the bases empty on a 3-0 count you actually had the sight of Ortiz walking to first base before the next pitch arrived because he KNEW they weren’t going to pitch to him.

The guy hit 37 HR and drove in over 100 runs last year. This isn’t 1968 with Mickey Mantle on his last legs getting gift HR’s from Denny McLain on his farewell tour, Ortiz is going out on top.

And even if you ignore all that history, Did the manager of the Yankees forget that yesterday when he came to the plate in the 8th inning with the go ahead run on base he was the current league leader in doubles)?

And you’re going to pitch to him in the bottom of the 8th of a tie game with a man on first in Fenway Park!?

I’ll give the last word to the Knight from Indiana Jones and the last Crusade:

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Hillary celebrates “winning” a game of dominoes.

by baldilocks

Hillary Clinton’s latest attempts to pander to black voters brought to mind something I wrote thirteen years ago about the prospective First “Gentleman.” The original title is Where Massa Clinton at?

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Here’s a copy of a letter I e-mailed [in 2002] to Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press in response to her September 2002 editorial “Nobody’s Like Bill [Clinton, that is]—Let’s Get Him Back.”

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Ms. Riley:

As for citizenship (by birth) and allegiance, I’m American. However, as for ethnicity, I’m half Kenyan. In the aftermath of the two terrorist attacks on the US Embassies in Africa, I expected then-President Clinton to hit hard and fast. After all, two sets of my people, American and Kenyan, had been brutally murdered and both countries had been attacked. In addition, thousands of Africans had been horribly maimed: legs, arms, genitals, eyes, were severed and these people had the prospect of horribly maimed lives set before them.

And surely, since these weren’t the first terrorist attacks on the US/US assets, I felt sure that this president would take military steps to ensure that any more prospective terrorists would think twice before attacking the US in the future. I was sure that the so-dubbed “First Black President,” best friend to Vernon Jordan, lover of black music, etc. would avenge the murders of his American countrymen and his adopted African brethren. I was wrong.

But surely, he would go after the mastermind of these attacks and all the others, Osama bin Laden! Now I find out, from one of former President Clinton’s own officials [sic], [Mansoor Ijaz] that bin Laden was offered to him on a silver platter by Sudan, and he refused to take him.

But surely, he would offer state-of-the-art medical attention and pensions to all of those Africans who lost livelihoods and aid to the families of the murdered. After all, these are our allies and the murdered and maimed were working alongside or for the Americans! Nothing from the “first Black President” but sincere-sounding words.

To paraphrase the words of King Solomon, pretty words hide a wicked heart. Or a cowardly one, for that matter. This man knew all the right words to say to black Americans. Knew all the fronts to put on. Knew all the frauds to perpetrate. And we bought the game, hook, line and sinker. But when push came to shove, he abandoned all Americans, black ones, white ones and all the other ones. He folded like the empty suit that he is.

It’s hard for most people to say that they’ve been wrong about a person or a subject, and it took me some time to admit that I was wrong about William J. Clinton. But in the face of this man’s inaction or bad decision making in the wake of the 1993 WTC attack, the Khobar Towers attack, the Somalia debacle, The US Embassy bombings, the USS Cole bombing and, yes the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01–if OBL had been in custody, the latter would have been less likely to occur–I have no other choice but to say it again: I was wrong.

And so are you.

Cordially,

Juliette Ochieng

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BTW, I never got a response from Ms. Riley.

You’d think some people would have figured this out by now. The residents of Harlem lament the scarcity of the “first black president” at his highly-touted Harlem office. Apparently some are Cluebat Immune. Pitiful.

*Bones

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