“I only know this is wrong.”

– Guinan
Star Trek: The Next Generation
“Yesterday’s Enterprise”

I’m a sucker for time-travel stories. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Back to the Future, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 or anything else, a good story about the hero traveling back in time and affecting (or restoring) “the timeline” is one of my favorite diversions. If the plot is clever and resolves itself well, I’m even willing to put up with hokey dialog and two-dimensional characters. I just love it when a story, which can easily open itself to paradox, cliché and deus ex machina anti-climax, manages to apply self-consistent logic and arrive at an exciting, thought-provoking and satisfying ending.

Of course, we know that time travel is impossible. You can’t go back in time and murder your grandfather, there are no alternate universes and there is no grand government conspiracy hiding an actual time travel device so we just think it’s impossible. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to change the past, at least not if you’re a progressive, or whatever term the left chooses to apply to itself. The only hard part is getting yourself into a position to do it, such as becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

If you’re like me, and believe that words have meanings and expect that logical self-consistency is essential for any set of laws to make sense, then you would agree that once a law is passed it’s meaning should remain constant until such time as the legislature chooses to amend or repeal the law. That’s a pretty basic feature of any “government of laws, not of men.” The problem, as the left sees it, is that our Constitution was set up to make it hard to change the law, but we conservatives see this as a feature, not a bug.

The way the Constitution says you change a law is to advocate for the change and convince the legislature to pass the amendment, get it approved by the other house and have the president sign it into law. But that can be difficult since (ideally) each legislator is beholden to a constituency (those pesky “we the people” again), so they have to convince them that it’s a good idea too. If they can’t, then they may get voted out in the next election. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. What if there were an easier way?

Let’s suppose that time travel were actually possible. Our legislative crusader could go back in time, maybe to the Constitutional Convention, and actually advocate to change the Constitution. Maybe convince James Madison that the first amendment should include that phrase “Congress shall make no law limiting the ability of a mother to kill her unborn child at any time during her pregnancy.” Then the Supreme Court never would have had to wrestle with the abortion question in Roe v. Wade.

Instead, the left has discovered that Legislative Time Travel is much easier. All they have to do is decide what policy they want to enact and then declare that the meaning of the appropriate legislation is actually different from what everyone thought it was originally, and – surprise! – it actually means just what it needs to mean to enact whatever policy they want. They did it with abortion, they did it with gay “marriage” and now they’re doing it with “transgenderism.” Instead of going back in time and convincing Madison, all they have to say is “Madison really meant whatever I wish he’d meant.”

And the Obama administration doesn’t even have to go back that far. By reinterpreting Title IX to include the nebulous term “gender identity” they have the chutzpah to tell legislators, many of whom are still around, that the law they passed to prohibit discrimination based on sex now means something completely different.

So now we find ourselves in an alternate reality where laws are no longer logically self-consistent, since “gender identity” is completely subjective and this made-up interpretation of plainly written law is now in direct contradiction of the First Amendment in forcing churches and religious organizations and employers to go against the practice of their faith (i.e. the free exercise of their religion) to accommodate what the American College of Pediatricians has classified as a psychological disorder.

Since we don’t believe in Legislative Time Travel, we need representatives who will follow the Constitution and not just make things up as they go along. Since Clinton has pledged to be Obama’s third term, we can expect more of the same if she is elected. It says a lot about how far left Clinton and the democrats have become that Donald Trump is actually the candidate who is more likely to restore our timeline to one that make sense.

You see Lieutenant, when enemies fall out, it’s time to make friends

The Adventures of Robin Hood Goodbye Little John 1960

At the Tablet they have come to the conclusion that thanks to Barack Obama America’s days of keeping the peace in the Middle East are over.

The era of Pax Americana has now been replaced by an era of renewed Cold War, even if in a modern version, a war in which Russia competes—with no competitors—for status and influence in the Middle East. Russia is acting on its own, but at the same time it is prepared to cooperate with local godfathers—like Iran and Hezbollah—all of them enemies of the United States and its friends in the region.

In 2009 President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Announcing the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee declared: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” However, ironically, it turned out that during the Obama Administration more people have been killed in the Middle East and around the world than during the administrations of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who became the object of international obloquy for the wars he conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq.

So what happens when you are a country , surrounded by enemies who wish your destruction and constantly singled out by Muslim nations in the UN for opprobrium and your oldest friend decides to retreat from the word?

Why you find yourself some new friends

Next month, Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin to travel to African capitals for meetings with the leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Netanyahu’s visit to Uganda is particularly significant because his brother was killed in Israel’s raid on Entebbe in that country 40 years ago to free hostages kidnapped by German and Palestinian Marxists. Back then, Uganda’s government gave refuge to terrorists; today it seeks Israel’s help in fighting them.  

Well big deal, it’s not like Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda & Uganda are going to make a difference in international affairs.

Israel under Netanyahu is also expanding links with China, now the country’s third-largest trading partner. Gold told me this week at his Foreign Ministry office that it’s almost impossible to get a seat these days on the El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Beijing. A similar story can be told about Israel’s relationship with India, whose Narendra Modi is expected to be the first Indian prime minister ever to visit Israel later this year.

Yeah sure China & India re big international players but you don’t see them directly taking action in the Middle East like say Russia:

Netanyahu has met with President Vladimir Putin four times in the last year. He has also worked out a deal, according to senior officials who spoke to me on background, in which Russia will allow Israeli jets to target members of the terrorist group Hezbollah operating in Syria, where Russians now control the air space.

And we haven’t even touched on nations in the middle east that, due to fear of ISIS and Iran are doing backdoor deals.

Via Elder of Ziyon

 

A Few years ago I was making a point about the language and propaganda of the left and decided to illustrate the absurdity of “illegal immigrants” becoming “undocumented immigrants” by being absurd:

Sometimes words are not so much re-defined as given a twist. Let’s demonstrate

It is stigmatizing to shoppers who fail to pay for their items as “shop-lifters”. After all the people going into the store are no different that everybody else people going to the store to get the food, clothes and devices that everyone naturally wants. In fact the word “shoplifter” is patently racist and discriminates against the poor since such people are usually from the poorest classes and often of color.

In order to avoid the racism and class discrimination we should avoid the term “shoplifter” and replace it with “unremitting shopper”

Little did I know that three years later the Obama Administration would treat this as a serious policy suggestion and adopt it:.

During his last year in office there seems to be a pattern developing along these lines, particularly when it comes to how Americans talk about criminals and crime in general. The latest entry in this effort comes from the Department of Education, where Secretary John King sent out a “Dear Colleagues” letter to the nation’s colleges and universities encouraging them to stop referring to students and applicants with criminal records as… criminals. It’s such a disparaging term, isn’t it? In order to avoid the stigma that comes with breaking our laws, we should now call them justice-involved individuals. (Kyle Smith for the New York Post)

It’s only May, but I think I’ve found the euphemism of the year: According to Team Obama, criminals should now be declared “justice-involved individuals.”

Let’s be blunt, this is insane, the people who proposed it are insane and the people who support the people proposing this type of thing are the most insane of all.

And until people start bluntly saying this outloud it will continue.

As I’ve said many times, we always get the government we deserve, I just wish we deserved better.

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When I saw this story concerning West Point graduates:

Sixteen black West Point cadets who posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture won’t be punished for the gesture.

The U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday it concluded the group photo didn’t violate any Department of Defense rules limiting political activity. West Point says in a statement an internal inquiry found the picture of the 16 female cadets captured a spur-of-the-moment gesture intended to demonstrate unity and pride.

The decision comes with the seniors poised to graduate May 21.

It brought to mind a single question:

If these West Point Graduates were posing with Bibles, Rosaries and Crucifixes would they decide it was not “political activity”?

If people want to argue that such political activity is NBD that’s fine, that’s fair debate, but don’t insult my intelligence and claim it’s not.

This is why this administration of the big lie has been poison, because when your leaders sell you the big lie on a regular basis, those lower down the food chain will follow suit.

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Lately I’ve been feeling rather depressed about America.

Despite a few pools of light the more I look at where we are headed, the more I see how quickly society has caved the more I realize that America is in a serious decline that will only end when we have a demographic and social shift back to basic values and objective truth.

However as this depression about my country took hold a thought hit me from an earlier post that I had completely forgotten:

So the next time someone decides to give you a speech about the evils of “income inequality” as they text from their iPhone that gives them not only worldwide communication but access to almost the entirety of human knowledge of all time ask them the question that has never occurred to them between facebook posts:

“Income inequality compared to when?”

And that’s when it hit me.  I’m depressed because I’m comparing America to the America I knew growing up, to the America I was taught and told about by my parents and grandparents, to the America I read in innumerable history books and compared to those Americas we’re not so much dying as committing suicide as a culture and a society.

But the reality is we live in April 2016 and when I say how horrible America has become the proper question is:  Compared to Where?

Europe is a mess, unable to defend itself, economically troubled, in demographic free fall and completely unable to control its borders.

The Middle east is, well the middle east, an economic and social basket case where civil rights are a pipe dream and where a whole race of people spend their time being held back by thugs bent on slaughter and power.  There is one island of sanity, but the price of that Island is to be in perpetual warfare against millions whose primary goal is their slaughter.

Africa remains a place of great potential in many ways , but in addition to the various islamic rebel movements that continue to cause slaughter , many of the states have traded white minority rule and the discrimination that came with it for black strongman or one party  rule and with it famine and oppression and a lack of personal safety.

In South America Brazil and Venezuela are a mess, poverty remains the rule rather than the exception and socialism continues to run rampant.

In Asia both Russia & China their military power notwithstanding are both demographic and economics bubbles waiting to burst.  Japan meanwhile, while it has kept its culture intact has a population so adverse to reproducing that a lot of its brainpower has devoted its expertise into making robotic companions for people young and old to simulate what normally comes with basic humanity.  India continues to be an amazing mix of poverty and wealth,  innovation and backwardness, safety and danger while always being one crisis away from war.

Australia and New Zealand are by comparison doing much better than the rest protected like America by the surrounding seas but also infected by the same weeds that have infested the American cultural garden.

Bottom line, when I get depressed about America all I have to do is think about the rest of the world.

So the next time you, like me, go on about how America is in the hole culturally, economically, militarily and socially don’t forget to ask yourself the question:

Compared to Where?

It’s a great tribute to those who came before us that even eight years of Barack Obama and his corrupt minions has not been able to stop the United States from remaining as Lincoln put it, The Last best hope on earth.

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Hornblower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbending he stiffened to attention. He could recognize that type of man at once—the servant of a tyrant, and in close personal association with him, modeling his conduct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fancied should be the correct behaviour of a tyrant, far out-Heroding Herod.

C.S. Forester Flying Colors 1938

I mentioned this morning that it’s hard to comment on news stories on April 1st because you can’t tell what’s real an what’s not.

Hot Air apparently had the same problem.

I owe the MRC an apology for doubting them.

What is the story that the MRC reported that Hot Air couldn’t believe from the MRC? This:

The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.

Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.

It’s even worse than it sounds:

You know what the worst part is? Hollande didn’t say “Islamic terrorism,” which is the supposedly objectionable term. He said “Islamist terrorism.” “Islamist” was, I thought, a term that came into use precisely because it gave the speaker an efficient way to distinguish between “moderate Muslims” and the more jihad-minded. “Islamic” describes all things Muslim; “Islamist” describes a supremacist view in which Islam is the highest authority of the state. Many critics of Islam would dispute that there’s a meaningful distinction between those two, but Obama and Hollande certainly wouldn’t. ISIS may not be Islamic to Obama but it’s certainly Islamist. Point being, Hollande chose his words carefully here according to the White House transcript so as not to conflate the average Muslim with the jihadis he’s discussing — and the White House still censored him.

This is not just a function of Obama, it’s a function of the functionaries under him:

it is the work of those people on a lower level that contribute the most real world damage to Americans.

When President Obama is replaced in November it will be good for the country but just as good if not better will the symbolic cleaning of the Augean stables that the sweeping his radical cronies from DC will be.

As Glenn Reynolds Ed Driscoll put it:

BARACK OBAMA MORPHED INTO BASIL FAWLTY SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED

I disagree, Barack Obama has been a joke since day 1 and frankly if I was Basil Fawlty I’d be insulted by the comparison.

Update: That was Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, not Glenn Reynolds

Update 2: Jim Treacher hits the ultimate Irony:

This is not okay. This is underhanded and cowardly. It’s positively Orwellian. Good lord, our government has lost its way so completely that I’m being forced to defend the President of France.

That’s pretty bad.

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In the wake of a week of Terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia the administration has decided it’s time to get Americans the hell out of Turkey:

The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel Tuesday to leave posts in southern Turkey due to security fears.

The two agencies said dependents of American staffers at the U.S. consulate in Adana, the Incirlik air base and two other locations must leave. The so-called “ordered departure” notice means the relocation costs will be covered by the government.

CNN (via this Jake Tapper Tweet)

has more

“The decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense,” Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, said in the statement.
A U.S. defense official told CNN that the base had been placed under Force Protection Condition Delta for weeks, the highest level of force protection for U.S. military bases. Delta level means that either a terrorist attack has just taken place in the immediate vicinity or “intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is imminent,” according to military guidelines.

Note the key word here “ordered”. Not suggested, not advised ORDERED. It’s reached a point where it is so dangerous in Turkey, a NATO ally, that the families of US personal and their dependents MUST flee for their own safety.

Now in a normal time this would be a huge story. It would be leading the news on every network and people and the MSM, much to their disgust, would be forced to bring in “experts” to explain that his forced evacuation of Americans have nothing to do with the failed anti-terrorism policies of the Obama administration’s foreign policy has led to this.

But fortunately for the MSM Corey Lewandowski committed the 2nd unenforced error for the Trump campaign (the 1st being the “Klan” interview with Jake Tapper) when he encountered Michelle Fields and didn’t take Glenn Reynolds advice about an apology & a drink to end the matter:

Donald Trump’s campaign manager was charged Tuesday in Florida with simple battery for allegedly roughing up a reporter.

Jupiter police said Corey Lewandowski, 41, was charged with the misdemeanor for grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, 28, an ex-reporter for the conservative Breitbart News outlet, at a campaign event at Trump National Golf Course on March 8.

A “misdemeanor for grabbing and bruising the arm”. Now even in an election year by any rational standard this would never “trump” the forced evacuation of US personal from the territory of a NATO ally due to the threat of terrorism.

But then again I’m not the media looking for an excuse to change the subject from the utter and absolute failure of the Obama foreign policy (which was led by a woman named Clinton for the first 4 years) and change it to the Trump campaign which not only carries a lot of eyeballs but does so with a story that plays right into the “Trump vs Women” meme that they love.

Now this is an election year and manhandling a female reporter, even if one argues that it was accidental is newsworthy, particularly if it’s done by the campaign manager of the front runner for the GOP nomination.

But if you think for one minute that this is a more important story than US personal being pulled from Turkey, you’re smoking something.

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By John Ruberry

Unless you live outside America, you’ve seen the GEICO insurance television commercials with the tag line, “It’s what you do.” Such as this one about golf commentators whispering regardless of the situation.

Shortly before the Obama administration released over $100 billion in frozen assets to Iran, the mullahs released five Americans held there on trumped up charges.

Can you say “quid pro quo?” Can you say “hostages?”

Also part of the the hostage exchange was the release of seven Iranians who were imprisoned for violating our trade embargo with the theocracy.

“Empowering Iran with sanctions relief is like Neville Chamberlain writing a $150 billion check to Adolf Hitler before WWII hoping he’ll behave,” Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said shortly after the swap news became public. “This Iran deal is an insane disaster and this White House has lost its mind.”

I’m not so sure the White House lost its mind. President Obama and his oval office sycophants are leftists who believe America is too strong and it needs to be put in its place. That explains why on the day of his final State of the Union address President Obama not only didn’t mention the capture and video humiliation of ten US sailors by Iran in the Persian Gulf, but also his failure to condemn it at all.

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
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Magnificent Seven

And to drive the point home, Obama’s poltroon secretary of state, John Kerry, thanked Iran for releasing the sailors that they shouldn’t have seized.

Our policy with Iran should be regime change. Then maybe Iran can drop their pastime of hostage taking.

Hat tip to Doug Ross for the GEICO inspiration.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

The 11th Doctor: It’s all wrong. President Obama taking questions from the press? The press challenging him on issues? The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…

Rory: You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.

The Doctor, Obama and the Press Corp

I had planned to spend my Tuesday evening finally making it to game night with friends before getting to work for 10:30 PM work time but when I woke from an odd dream ( Involving a Train, A Fedora, Robert Stacy McCain in a Fez an a missing pair of trousers and Baltimore and Washington because as Stacy McCain put it, dreams are like that) and found that reality was even weirder.

Ten American sailors were being held in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft entered Iranian territorial waters, defense officials said Tuesday.

That was a shock, but not as much as what followed in the story (emphasis mine)

The White House expects the situation to be resolved quickly. A senior administration official said there is nothing to indicate this was anything hostile on the part of any entity in Iran, adding that the U.S. has received high-level assurances that the sailors will be released promptly.

Because NOTHING say “not hostile” like seizing the armed forces of another country.

So instead of seeing my pals & find myself at 8:10 PM typing this story and bumping my planned Wednesday morning post to Thursday to talk about a state of the Union speech I planned to skip.

Now one would think that Barack Obama would be saying: “Why Me” because the new Iranian Hostage situation came just in time to step on the message he wanted to deliver and as we know without a Teleprompter this President is not one who can think on his feet.

However if there is one thing I have learned in the last seven years that there is nothing Barack Obama can do that will affect either the MSM’s preferred narrative concerning him.

So here is what I expect to see when I get home from Mass after work at 9 AM or so tomorrow morning.

All night the narrative is going to be how well Barack Obama in not letting the Iranian situation distract from his forward looking message.

If the Iranians choose to release the sailors by 9 AM EST the media will paint this as a major victory  for the administration justifying their deals with Iran (If Iran want to prop up Obama they would time the release so Obama can announce it during his speech).

Democrats will attack (in fact on twitter have already started to attack) conservatives for their hateful comments on the issue and If the sailors are not released the it will be blamed by the MSM on the hardline rhetoric of GOP candidates hampering our diplomacy .  If the MSNBC and CNN have candidates on TV they will be asked if the republican rhetoric is endangering our troops.

Any release of these sailors before Saturday will be spun as a great diplomatic victory.

One last thing, note these two tweets from two different twitter threads

Apparently even on twitter the left has decided that it’s not possible to defend Obama on the new Iranian crisis so the decision has been made to put it all on Reagan.

Expect a lot more of this if the crisis goes on longer than a few days.

I’d be disgusted by all of this if I expected better.

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Raj: Incredible, you managed to screw up the screw up

The Big Bang theory The Tangerine Factor 2008

Yesterday I, along with Ted Cruz, hit the Bundy Brood in Oregon, although in fairness Senator Cruz was more diplomatic than I saying:

“Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds,” Cruz told reporters at campaign event in Iowa, according to NBC News.

“But we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence on others,” he said. “And so it is our hope that the protesters there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation.”

While I am still seeing them as Al Bundy’s dumb relatives.

But while some in the media might find this amazing my shock is reserved for the White House who given a golden opportunity by these idiots is punting:

“Ultimately this is a local law enforcement matter and the FBI is monitoring the situation and offering support to local law enforcement officials,” Earnest said.

Yeah because armed men grabbing Federal Buildings (even one in the boonies) has noting to do with the government.

Actually, it’s not a local law enforcement issue, although I’d bet the FBI and White House wish it was. The larger reservation on which the federal facility sits is the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, created by a Teddy Roosevelt executive order in 1908. If the Bundy group is breaking the law on federal property, the jurisdiction properly belongs to federal law enforcement, not local police. Or has the Obama administration ceded the facility to the state of Oregon?

I guess I misjudged this White House, it isn’t a question of them being willing to fight enemies at home while cowering in fear at them abroad. Apparently they are willing to punt responsibility whenever facing an armed foe. Even when they can take responsibility without a lot of risk.

My God these people are cowardly,  no wonder our enemies walk all over us.

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By John Ruberry

Last Wednesday in a Rose Garden ceremony Vice President Joe Biden, with President Obama at his side, announced that he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, although he certainly sounded like one.

And Biden heralded art of compromise in his address.

I believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. And I think we can. It’s mean-spirited. It’s petty. And it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe, like some do, that it’s naïve to talk to Republicans. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are our opposition; they’re not our enemies. And for the sake of the country, we have to work together.

Eloquent words. But as hollow as a carved pumpkin.

The definition of compromise that contemporary Democrats believe in is that they hold fast to their positions while calling on Republicans to change their stands. If they don’t liberals label them obstructionists or worse. Examples? Obama has called his political opponents “hostage takers” and “enemies.” His still-unpopular ObamaCare law was passed by Congress with no Republican votes.

Illinois state capitol
Illinois state capitol, Springfield

Prior to his election as president Obama was a US senator from Illinois, nominally representing me in Washington. His predecessor was Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican. Like Obama, Fitzgerald moved up from the Illinois state Senate to to the US Capitol and for two years he served with the future president in Springfield.

Here’s what Fitzgerald said about Obama’s state Senate days in 2008.

He was a very partisan and ideological Democrat who represented a district that really was probably 90 percent Democrat, and certainly I saw him as reflective of his district in that he was just one of those state senators from Chicago who viewed the Democratic party as being right 100 percent of the time and the Republican party wrong 100 percent of the time. He’s not one to work across party lines.

Yet in last week’s Rose Garden speech, Biden parroted the myth that his boss believes that “compromise is not a dirty word.”

But in reality Obama has his own definition of what compromise and that is “I win and you lose.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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!

 

Back before the passage of Obamacare in the days when the Democrats had filibuster-proof majorities in the senate and an overwhelming majority in the House, there was a huge question  I had this to say on some comments by James Carville on Obamacare:

Unless he knows about a special election that the rest of us don’t there are still only 40 Republican votes in the senate and the house has a very large democratic majority. Republicans can’t kill any bill the democrats are willing to pass.

What Mr. Carville wants is cover for his members and the ability to share the blame. If his people really believed this was the right thing to do they would do it. They want cover for this lemon, the Republicans won’t give it so he is trying to make lemonade.

Of course Ted Kennedy’s death and Scott Brown’s election changed that slightly but the point remained the same: (emphasis in original)

The democrats KNOW both health care bills are Lemons that serve their own special interests groups over the people they claim to be helping. If they thought for one moment that these bills were good or the country and/or a political winner, they would have passed them and eagerly took the full credit.

So they played the Fishbait Miller game and with some help from Bart Stupak gave some Democrats cover

The Speaker always carries a number of votes in her pocket,” he said, meaning that some members who voted ‘no’ would have voted ‘yes’ if needed.

“I had a number of members who thanked us after because they could vote no.”

As I look at the Iran deal I see the exact same thing.

If the Iran deal was any good, Democrats would be rushing to support in drove and republican in swing districts facing a tough re-election fight in 2016 would be hedging their bets.

But it’s not a good deal, it’s a horrible deal and that’s why we have a situation where the while house needs to get EITHER 34 senate democrats OR 146 house democrats.

Think about that, there are 232 Democrats in the congress (188 House &44 Senate) yet the White House can have as few as 15% of the total democrat caucus and STILL save the Iran Nuke deal.

That’s why I don’t think this is a big deal:

“After deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval,” Schumer said in a statement weeks before he will cast a vote.

This tweet asks the question that matters:

I have seen no evidence that Chuck Schumer is making any effort to win over the 9 more Democrat senators that will be necessary to override a Presidential veto and absent such evidence I have to agree with Mike Parker:

Bottom line, this deal is lousy and we are watching another Democrat Fishbait Miller moment and tough talk notwithstanding rest assured that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are going to make sure they give any democrat that needs it cover to vote no on this lemon.

And when the nuclear arms race takes place, they’ll be able to shake their head in public and point to their vote, with a little effort they might even be able to convince themselves that they really meant it.

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With The Iran Deal  Munich II now in place (and with Democrats highly invested in continuing to prop up the Obama myth unlikely to stop it) the nations of the middle east have arrived at Decision time.

They pretty much have four choices

1.    Form an alliance with Iran:

Iran is about to become the regional power in the area one is either going to have choose sides.  If they think that nobody is going to be willing or able to stop Iran then it may be time to made an accommodation while there is still some leverage to be had.

After the anti-jew rhetoric that comes with such an alliance will likely play well with your population and by hanging with Iran this makes you automatically anti-ISIS which might get you some love from the west.

2.  Form an alliance with Israel:

Other than ISIS the one nation that will fight to the death against Iran is Israel, they are also likely the one nation that can and will resist them at all costs.

Plus while Iran is getting closer & closer to the bomb Israel not only already has it but has, unlike Iran, demonstrated a willingness to not use said bomb to destroy their enemies even though they use terror against them.

While such an accommodation might not be publicly popular given that the alternatives are being ruled by Iran or destroyed by ISIS this choice has a lot of appeal if you want a modern civilized technological powerhouse with you.  (Besides Israel has powerful friends in high places & I don’t mean the US).

3.  Build or Buy a Bomb:

 OK so you don’t want to be vassals of Iran and your hatred of Jews is so great that you simply can’t bring yourself to ally with Israel (or you’re afraid your people will revolt or join ISIS if you do).  The third choice is to get a bomb of your own.

Odds are you don’t have the time to build a bomb but the sooner you start the sooner you finish and if you are awash with oil money you can buy the technology, the expertise and maybe even the whole kit and caboodle.

Of course this option has risks.  If the Iranians finish their bomb first they might decide to strike before you can get your deterrent in place, or if your anti-Israel rhetoric is strong enough Israel might decide to preempt you first.

4.  Hope Things Change in America after election 2016:

This isn’t as easy as it sounds, not only do you need a GOP victory which is at best a 50-50 shot but you need a GOP president willing to rally the allies who will have a year of making money off of Iran in a tough economy.

And of course there is no guarantee that your country will still be in one piece by the time.

and if you are one of the few in the middle east that thinks this deal will actually work, sitting around doing nothing will make perfect sense in the hope that neither side will find you worth worry about.

Who knows if your position is high enough in government perhaps you’ll be able to steal enough to let you and your family retire to the west in style before trouble heads your way.

 

I suspect that we will see the nations of the middle east move pretty quickly along these lines because unlike the global warming crowd that has learned to make predictions that can’t be disproved in their lifetime I suspect we’re going to see the fruits of this deal before the regeneration of the next doctor take place, maybe even before Peter Capaldi’s days in the role are done.

Yid with Lid provides the answer:

In a unanimous Opinion issued Friday, June 19, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with and affirmed the D.C. District Court’s ruling that the pro-Israel organization Z Street correctly brought a lawsuit alleging the Internal Revenue Service violated Z Street First Amendment rights by engaging in viewpoint discrimination.

It’s actually worse than it sounds:

2013 when Democrats trying to defend the administration and prove the IRS was not just engaging in viewpoint discrimination against politically conservative groups. As part of its defense, the Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee and Senator Sander Levin (D-MI)​ released 14 IRS documents indicating the IRS created a category for review it labeled “progressive.”

Within that “progressive category” there was a subset labeled “occupied territory advocacy” (page 12 of linked document) That particular subset contained only one organization: Z Street. According to the documents, a notice to IRS inspectors to “be on the look out” (BOLO) for groups under this category was sent on August 6, 2010, just days after Z Street’s file was reviewed.

In other words, the IRS was indeed singling out applications for tax exempt status on the basis of a particular political viewpoint, advocating for the “occupied territories” which is inconsistent with this administration’s.

You mean to say the administration of the first Jewish president would do a thing like this? I can hardly credit it.

Ordinary common sense seems to be quite rare on college campuses nowadays, however, and you’ll be called a “rape apologist” if you warn teenage college girls against very bad decisions.

DON’T GET S**TFACED DRUNK AT COLLEGE PARTIES

RS McCain 6-7-2015

As I look at the Subpoenas from the Justice Department concerning Reason Magazine over the top commentators I can’t help but be reminded of Stacy McCain’s pieces on feminism and the lack of common sense of its defenders and stupidity all around.

Stupidity A:  Silk Road’s founders idea that an extra governmental platform for international buying and selling would NOT become a haven for illegal and destructive activity.  Human nature dictates this and it takes an awful lot of ignorance to not realize this (of course one will never go broke on betting on the ignorance of intellectuals when it comes to human nature).

Stupidity B:  The Government life sentence.  Given that there are millions to made in the drug trade no sentence was going to stop the next silk road which will be based in countries with less restrictive laws or law enforcement more easily purchased, but if the goal was to deter the next college genius from doing something stupid a 20 year sentence would more than do the trick without creating a cause celebre.

Stupidity C:  Was the idiotic idea to go online and post stupid threats against a federal judge.  Stupidity here exists on so many levels that it deserves its own section.

#1.  Such behavior does not advance one’s argument, it just makes one, at best, sound like an ass.

#2  You are making such a threat in public and in writing, that makes any argument that it was just “temper” much weaker. e argument that the

#3  You are making such a threat against a federal judge legal theory not withstanding your threatening a judge.  Jazz Shaw nails it here:

when you go after an elected official, a cop or a judge, you are attacking the system of justice and the rule of law which keep us from falling into anarchy and oblivion. It’s a serious thing and law enforcement treats it as such.

#4  You are making such a threat in a time of war when the government is keeping an eye on this kind of thing.  Jazz Shaw again:

 Would we all be rushing to the defense of both the magazine and the rights of the commenters making the threats if they were implying that they were going to go chop off Pamela Geller’s head? Assuming the writer turned out to have no history of violence, is that just free speech? Or were they possibly on the cusp of having been turned to the dark side by jihadist web sites and videos? That’s a pretty tough call to make for the layman, but would you deny the DoJ the chance to figure out who they were and how serious there intents might be?

  As Popehat quoted:

Yet the court found that the government had a “compelling interest” in investigating all threats, however ridiculous:

The government must take seriously all threats against a major presidential candidate such as Ms. Bachmann, unless and until it is satisfied that there is no likelihood that the threat was legitimate. Part of taking a threat seriously may include attempting to convince a grand jury to return an indictment. . . . .But it is for the Executive, not a court, to decide whether an investigation is even worth pursuing.

Would you want to be the official who decided this was no big deal if some idiot went after the judge who had been threatened?

#5  We are dealing with an administration that has gone after enemies before

 It’s pretty much the argument I made when I called Dinesh D’Sousa an idiot.  You have an administration that has shown no hesitation in using federal power against enemies, how much less restrained are they going to be against someone who they can say is threatening a federal judge for doing her duty?

But the final bit of this stupidity stupidity D:  Is the Government issuing the subpoenas to Reason.

While one doesn’t have the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theatre the right to free speech & expression is sacred in America.    Given the number of online sites and the number of actual threats it is the interest of the government to eschew non serious threats from internet blowhards and concentrate on threats that are more realistic.  As Ilya Somin put it

To put it mildly, comments such as these are hardly valuable contributions to public discourse. But if federal prosecutors investigated every similar anonymous comment on the internet, we could probably devote the entire federal budget to hunting down these types of blogosphere trolls, and still not find them all.

Although frankly if our friends on the left could swell the federal payroll with their friends in a unionized ISA (“I” for “internet”) they’d do it in a heartbeat.

Furthermore they compounded this foolishness by trying to BS Ken White:

In other words, two days before he told me that he believed there was a gag order on the subpoena, Mr. Velamoor told Reason.com that it was not required to keep the subpoena secret.

The Result is what is known as the Streisand effect, with posts not only at Ken White’s Popehat, but Hotair, Bloomberg,  the Washington Post,  Tech Dirt and Instapundit.   All of them with a lot more traffic than me and all of them talking about the free speech implications of this during an election year of all time.

A sober Government lawyer might have approached  Reason Magazine about putting up a post saying something like:

We understand that people have strong opinions on the Silk Road case and the sentence that was given.  We also understand that on occasion one’s passion on various issues can lead to hyperbole online beyond what one would normally say or what one actually means.

But we would remind people that physical threats against a federal judge or any federal official are a serious matter and that in an age when the internet postings of bad actors are a tool used by law enforcement to prevent or punish such event we would urge people to not cross the line between strong and principled 1st amendment objections that are the heart of a free society and physical threats which would oblige us to divert vital resources to investigate said threats from actual enemies whose goal is the destruction of the very rights that those making threats purport to be exercising.

It is our duty to protect the free speech of the citizens of the United States as well as the officials who work for them.  We would urge people not to make these tasks more difficult via threats.

A post like that might not stop idiots but it would be a sober response unlikely to create a new cause celebre.  Furthermore if someone choose to continue to make threats after such a warning, then the response of the government would be on them.  Alas such a sober responsible response would not be in character for the Obama administration.

Stacy McCain has gotten a ton of flack from feminists from preaching common sense to people who do not want to hear it.  I submit and suggest a bit of common sense at any of these stages listed above would have kept things from getting to the point they are.

I wonder reaction that statement of common sense will produce?

By John Ruberry

On Facebook I saw a liberal friend call the what-has-she-accomplished? attacks on Hillary Clinton “absurd.” Actually this is the best argument against HRC’s candidacy for president, although I can see why progressives are perplexed by this criticism. Libs’ minds are wired into whether people have the correct opinions and the right intentions. But of course no one cares if your trash collectors are Republicans or Democrats–you only care if that garbage is gone from your driveway once a week.

We’ve all worked with an office know-it-all, the person who can’t hack his own job but has plenty of ideas on how he can do a better job than his boss. All he–or she of course–needs is a promotion and the power to shine. On the rare occasion I’ve seen that complainer move up the ladder, the result was predictable, failure.

Because having great ideas and vision is only part of what is needed to be successful. You need to have skills to convince others that your course of action is the best–and to have patience to maintain alliances if initially confronted with failure. The concept of the philosopher-king is a myth.

Last week on MSNBC, Mark Halperin asked ten Iowa Democrats who are Hillary Clinton supporters to name one of her accomplishments while serving in the Obama administration. They couldn’t name any.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Seven years earlier on the same network, Chris Matthews asked a Texas state senator a similar question about Barack Obama–he was stumped too.

As for Obama’s record as president, we can look at a resurgent an anti-American Russia, the rise of ISIS, green energy failures, and a moribund economy. Obama’s biggest achievement is the still unpopular ObamaCare law–one that could be stripped down next month by the Supreme Court.

Americans: Do you really want four more years of an unaccomplished president? Can we afford it?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time.”

Revelation 12:12

This is both a happy time and a scary time to be a leftist.

It’s a happy time because with Barack Obama you have the absolute perfect pick, if in 2008 you were an enemy of Christianity, Capitalism, Police, Racial Harmony , Western Civilization, Racial Harmony, Israel, and the Rule of Law and wanted to put such a man in charge of the United States you couldn’t have made a better selection.

This White House has boldly gone where people never imagined a few short years ago that any White House and US Government would go before and thanks to a compliant press and political opponents afraid of being called “racist” he managed to do what he has done without fear of consequence.

Furthermore to this point you have had not only 6 years of good stealing for all your front groups but six years of seeding courts with people who will find your ends justify the necessary means.

The anti-american left has celebrated a six-year orgy of drunken power but morning is starting to come.

November 2016 is a mere 18 months away and the left and their media allies see the writing on the wall.

You have one of the youngest and most diverse fields of actual credible candidates that you have ever seen, governors, senators, leaders of industry, men of medicine. And the diversity extends to both race and sex including TWO young Latino senators, unafraid of answering unfriendly questions from a press that opposes them.

Meanwhile the Democrat field consists of a Governor who was mayor of Baltimore, land of Riots, An open Socialist and front-runner Hillary Clinton who is not only distrusted by the American people, can’t name an accomplishment, but afraid to face the liberal media.

There are more GOP candidates running for office than question Hillary Clinton has answered for the press in this campaign.

The anti-american left knows the party is nearly over, they understand that a Scott Walker, a Ted Cruz, a Rand Paul and even to some degree a Jeb Bush would mean the end of the days of wine and roses for them, particularly with a Republican congress whose base is dying to reverse what we have seen. Why do you think the liberal media are so anxious to get her out of the race?

And that is why these 18 months are going to be the most dangerous in the history of our country since Pearl Harbor & the Civil War.

If you think this administration has been unrestrained by law and protocol before, if you think that you’ve reached the point that there is nothing that this president or his cronies can say or do to surprise you.

Brother you ain’t seen nothing yet.

You will see rules and regulations pushed forward that will boggle the mind, you will see disregard for law and Constitution even beyond what we have seen before.  You will see the full power of the Federal Government brought down on faithful Christians, political opponents and any who would oppose this regime in ways that would make the soviets blush.  You will see all of these things done in the name of “equality” or “reform” and you’ll see the administration’s spokespeople defend them with a straight face.

The goal will be not only to do what damage they can but to try to provoke us into an act that the media can use to justify four more year of good stealing. It’s their best chance (besides nominating Jeb Bush) of retaining power. We must not take the bait.

One more prediction. The most dangerous ones of the batch will not be the White House but the lower level folks who have things to hide. They know that in the case of investigations or prosecutions it is not the upper echelons of this Administration that will pay any legal price when the books are opened and the walls come down. Expect their wrath to be incredible before they return to the pit.

I just hope we’re strong enough to endure it, and that’s something I would never have questioned back in 2008.

Here is a story you might have missed

Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena was informed on Tuesday by the U.S. consulate in Erbil that her non-immigrant-visa application has been rejected.The reason given in the denial letter, a copy of which I have obtained, is:

You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.

Her rejection was a conspicuously singular event:

every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington — save one.

Singular as the only one that happened to be Christian.  The Anchoress is not happy:

It is wholly unlikely that Sister Diana wants to come to America for sanctuary. Her community, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena have had a presence in Iraq since the 13th Century. They have been on the frontlines amid the horror of ISIS’ advances and they have sent out communiques to let the world know what is happening. I doubt very much that this nun, who is dedicated to her mission, is seeking to escape.

Because I am sick I am having trouble being diplomatic; this refusal to permit entry to Sister Diana, and the excuse given sound like pure-d bullcrap to me.

This is from a piece titled:  Does The Obama Admin has Issues with Catholic Nuns?

The answer of course is no, as long as said nuns are willing to push abortion and Obamacare as opposed to Christ & the Catholic faith his people love them, the Anchoress again:

Because I am sick I am having trouble being diplomatic; this refusal to permit entry to Sister Diana, and the excuse given sound like pure-d bullcrap to me.

Why does this administration go out of its way to avoid noticing or mentioning what is happening to Christians in Iraq and Libya and elsewhere? Why are Catholic nuns too suspect to be allowed into the country? What is the problem, exactly?

My non diplomatic opinion as to the answer is this:  The Obama administration sees Christianity in general  faithful Christians in particular as the enemy.  Their extermination around the world in their minds is poetic justice for their opposition to abortion, gay marriage and every sin in history that they hold against us.

But most of all because liberalism & Christianity share the same first commandment:

Thou shalt have no other Gods but me

That’s what they can’t come out and say what they think, the American people have fallen far but not far enough to spin this as positive.

To those who think my opinion is extreme I ask:  How would an administration holding the opinion I suggest they do act differently than this one?

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Centurion:  You know the penalty laid down by Roman law for harboring a known criminal?
Matthias:No.
Centurion:Crucifixion!
Matthias: Oh.
Centurion: Nasty, eh?
Matthias:Could be worse.
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We noted a while back how the feckless of the Obama administration helped forge informal ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now as the Iranian Allies March through Yemen raising the possibility of a two front war for the Saudi’s as Iranian allies begin to encircle them they have decided to act.

A coalition of Arab states have launched air strikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen who have forced the country’s president to flee.

The Iranian-backed rebels from the north of Yemen seized the capital last year and have been expanding their control ever since.

Operation “Storm of Resolve” is being led by Saudi Arabia, and includes countries from across the region.

What’s amazing about this Saudi force is not only what it involves

The Saudis also mobilized 150,000 troops, Al Arabiya said, raising the possibility of a ground offensive,. The Egyptian presidency issued a statement Thursday saying it was also prepared to send ground forces if necessary.

The Saudis and their allies don’t want to be drawn into a prolonged ground war, regional experts said. They are more likely hoping to force the Houthi rebels back to the negotiating table in a position of weakness.

But why they finally did it:

Two senior US Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, endorsed the attacks. But they also used the occasion to criticize what they called a lack of US leadership in the region.

“We understand why our Saudi and other Arab partners felt compelled to take action. The prospect of radical groups like Al-Qaeda, as well as Iranian-backed militants, finding safe haven on the border of Saudi Arabia was more than our Arab partners could withstand,” the senators said in a joint statement.

“Their action also stems from their perception of America’s disengagement from the region and absence of US leadership,” they wrote.

And the Saudi’s are not alone in this thought:

Decision makers in Israel have come to an understanding that the Americans have no intention of imposing demands on Iran with regards to halting military operations and even terrorist attacks in other countries as part of the agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program.

But Israel’s concerns regarding the Houthi takeover of Yemen are nothing compared to the profound discontent of Riyadh and other Arab countries, in light of Iran’s rampage throughout the Middle East and the blatant inaction on the part of the US.

The outcome of the Saudi military operation may not be decisive, but reflects much Saudi, Jordanian and Egyptian frustration. The anger of these regimes is not directed at Iran, which is more or less engaged in the kind of hostile activity expected of it, but mainly at Washington.

For all the talk of “US Coordination” if you think for one minute the Saudi’s are sharing intelligence with us as we continue to cozy up to Iran you are out of your mind.  That’s why the arab states finally decided that if Iran’s proxy’s are to be stopped they have to do it yourself.

And THAT is the bright side of it all.

It has always rubbed me and other the wrong way that at the same time they’ve been buying off terror groups to keep themselves from being targeted the Saudi Royal family has used our armed forces as a sort of a mercenary army to do the work they will not.  my while at the same time paying off the terror groups that are trying to kill us to keep them from targeting their family which is in easy reach.

But now we have reached a point where the Saudi’s consider us so unreliable that they are not only doing the fighting for themselves but are willing to risk the wrath of the radicals they fund to do it.

Granted it’s a small thing and there are risks, and yes it’s a very small sliver coin in a bucket of manure that has been the Obama foreign policy but after six years of smelling this garbage one has to take one’s consolations where one can.

 

 

For a while I’ve been asking the question:  “If Barack Obama was an agent of Iran & its Muslim Brotherhood allies how would what he had done be different from what he has already done?”

That question suggests that Barack Obama have been doing what he does because he is in fact on the other side.

However Richard Fernandez in his harsh critique of the President over the fall of Yemen has this to say:

Now, as the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia moves directly to the borders of the Kingdom itself,  Obama is like a deer in the headlights, incapable of any meaningful action. He’s been reduced to hoping that Tehran throws him a bone.  The man who depicted himself as a transcendent figure on history’s stage, who described his foreign policy vision at the Temple of Hercules has been out-thought, out-generaled and completely outclassed by men with far fewer resources, but a great deal more ability than himself.

Emphasis mine

That statement reminds us of one of the oldest saying in the book:

Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity.

President Obama is not properly called “stupid” but his lack of practical knowledge is showing.

Or as a D & D player might say: 16 intelligence 3 wisdom.

 

One of my favorite memories of Scott Brown’s 2010 Special election victory was just after the three of us (Stacy McCain and Dan Collins) got back to my house at 3:48 AM turned on the TV to MSNBC in time to see Keith Olbermann absolutely melting down. The next morning the on air Schadenfreude continued and even four years later (despite the Senator’s electorally costly abandonment of the Tea Party) it still brings a smile to the face.

Now that Benjamin Netanyahu’s party has managed to win I expect today will be more of the same.

Alas because of my long term contract commitment not only will I spend absolutely no time with my wife on her birthday but I also won’t be seeing any of MSNBC or CNN the day after the Israeli election which had been the source of nearly orgasmic glee among the left at the prospect of the defeat of Bibi as this Memeorandum screen shot shows:

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Now given the nature of a parliamentary election with a plethora of parties there is of course a chance that Bibi will not be able to form a government (the same of course was possible if they ended up in the minority) and I suppose the left could spin it in terms of him getting nowhere near a majority which might convince the ignorant that victory is in fact defeat but it will be very hard for our friends on the left to hide what they think from their faces.

I guess they will have to be content in the hope that the president can through his deal shepherd Iran toward the Bomb so they can make those pesky Jews pay for insulting the dear leader.

And if you think that’s harsh, ask why these guys have suddenly decided Hezbollah isn’t a terrorist group anymore.

Closing thought Zogby predicted a Brown loss to Coakley too.

Update: Misery, Misery Misery

The first in an occasional series of simple comparisons between the Bush and Obama Years.

Both George Bush & Barack Obama Claimed their goal was to deny a Nuclear Weapon to Iraq.  Let’s see how they compare

By the end of the Bush Years Iran not only had sanctions but had US Ground forces to their west (Iraq), US Ground forces to the East (Afghanistan) of Iran and the US navy to the south.

With twenty months to the election of his replacement Barack Obama has withdrawn troops from the west of Iran, is in the process of withdrawing US troops from the east of Iran, has loosed sanctions and is moving forward with a deal for removing those sanctions that his own state department and Secretary of State publicly declares is “Not legally Binding”.

Given these facts which of these men would you logically conclude has the goal to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons?

 

 

 

Guy Fleegman: I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.

Galaxy Quest 1999

Michael Corleone:  It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business.

The Godfather 1972

 

Vince Wilford was drafted by the New England Patriots back in 2004 and has played 11 seasons with the team.  In those 11 years he managed four trips to the Superbowl and two wins.  The first was during his rookie season with the patriots and apparently his second may be in his last:

Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that the New England Patriots have informed him they will not pick up the option in his contract, thus making him a free agent when the new league year begins Tuesday.

Now Wilfork is considered a good player at his position and will reportedly be a desirable free agent  top player at his position but there is a logical financial reason for this move:

Will the likely end of the Vince Wilfork-New England Patriots marriage bode well for the return of Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty to New England?

Not picking up Wilfork’s option gives the Patriots a projected salary cap savings of $8.9 million. CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran says that money could help retain their pending free agents in the secondary, who were a big part of their Super Bowl-winning season.

The Pats could of course still sign him for less money but the bottom line is this.  irregardless of his past performance as far as the Patriots are concerned Vince Wilfork is as expendable as a red shirt in the old Star Trek series (as illustrated in Mad Magazines parody song of the 70’s sung to the tune of The Age of Aquarius).

♫ As your ship files through the galaxy, to far away places way past mars.  Be sure that your adventures, do not kill off the stars!

And you can do it with a crew that’s expendable, crew that’s expendable.  Expendable!  Expendable

Minor actors that you bring on, perish when you meet a Klingon.  Other ones you bring on later die within a planet’s crater.  And although we try to save them we can not because the script has made them expendable.  Expendable! ♫

And that brings us to Senator Bob Menendez.

Now let’s preface the comments that follow with this statement. I’ve been writing about Menendez for a while since 2012.  One example:

An Elmwood Park man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring with his brother to violate federal election law by steering $21,400 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Benedetto Bigica, 45, admitted that he worked with his brother, Joseph, of Franklin Lakes, from April 2005 to April 2008 to make the illegal contributions

The response from the Menendez campaign was…interesting

A spokesman for Menendez has acknowledged that the senator was the unnamed federal official cited in court papers in the case but said Menendez was a victim of Joseph Bigica’s.

“Senator Menendez’s campaign, a victim of the fraud that ensued, cooperated fully with the investigation,” Mike Soliman, Menendez’s state director and former campaign manager, said Tuesday.

Yes you read that right.

Based on my what I’ve already written  I’d say Menendez, like Dinesh D’Sousa is likely guilty as sin, but he was likely guilty as sin from 2005-2008 when those illegal contributions were made.  He was likely guilty as sin when I was writing about him in 2012 and 2013 and I suspect he was guilty as sin all through 2014.

The question becomes, if this was all true, why is justice only interested in him now?  PJ media and Ted cruz  and others think it’s because of his opposition to an Iran deal.  As Cruz said:

“The announcement this week by the Justice Department that they were bringing charges against Bob Menendez — I will point out that the timing seems awfully coincidental that … in the very week that Bob Menendez showed incredible courage to speak out and call out President Obama for the damage that his policy is doing to our national security … the Justice Department announces they’re moving forward with the criminal prosecution,” Cruz said.
 
“It raises the suggestion to other Democrats that if you dare part from the Obama White House, that criminal prosecutions will be used potentially as a political weapon against you as well,” he added.

But think about it.  Menendez was defending Israel and expressing suspicion of Iran long before this month.  The Kirk Menendez Amendment putting sanctions on Iran dates from 2011 Why were his speeches and critiques not enough to cause a break?

That’s actually easy. He wasn’t expendable then.

Before Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 a high profile hispanic was vital. Before the 2014 with the prospect of control of the senate hanging by a single seat, every person with a “D” next to their name was vital.

And even a few weeks ago with the first test of the Democrats ability to shake down Mitch McConnell & John Boehner it was vital to make sure there was party unity.

But now that all the elections are over, now that the amnesty money is secure and now that the Democrat party knows that 41 united democrats can bend Republican leaders like a yoga instructor Robert Menendez becomes expendable.

It isn’t Menendez’s corruption,  nor his support of Israel, or even his outspoken condemnation of the Iran deal that doomed him.  It’s because like Vince Wilfork.  He’s suddenly no longer worth the price.

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The outcry from Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) over the speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu was incredible.

One of the reasons of course is the contrast between our own leadership

I had been in assuming that this was going to be some cheap, catchpenny display. This was, as I said on Twitter in the moments following the address, one of the most powerful speeches which I have seen delivered in that chamber in the modern era. Netanyahu was the essence of many attributes so lacking in American politics today.

Another was how it exposed what has been true for a while, that the Democrats have thrown Israel under the bus (but dare not say it in public for fear of alienating donor $

“She also kept commenting to her seat-mate, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), using forceful gestures,” noted The Hill. She’s been in Congress for nearly 30 years and served her first two years as Speaker alongside the left’s bete noire, the Bushitler, somehow without resorting to rage-driven “forceful gestures” during a major speech.

But the real problem that the left has is indicated by the missing word from the critics of his speech.

False.

The problem the left is Bibi was telling the truth in a very public forum, and the truth told before people who have been selling lies for more than half a decade is a powerful thing.

There is nothing that undermines cowards or liars more than truth.

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You remember how the National Republican Party told you that they would stand up to the Democrats & Barack Obama?

The House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a months long impasse over President Obama’s immigration policies and averting a weekend shutdown at the agency.

Good thing we got that majority eh?

It cleared the House on a 257-167 vote only because of the unanimous support of the House’s Democrats.

This wasn’t standing up to the Democrats, it’s standing with them.

The GOP reminds me  of an abusive husband, actually that’s unfair to abusive husbands.  While both beg you to take them back at least an abusive husband doesn’t beg you for money as well.

Any conservative who gives the national GOP money is a sucker.

Update:  the words you’re looking for are “Lying Bastards”

Because we’d rather not take someone else’s word for it, we inquired independently. This weekend, Speaker Boehner’s office assured us House Republicans had no plans to capitulate to the demands of Senate Democrats. As to the speculation that there was some kind of a deal with Pelosi? “There is no such ‘deal’ or promise,” says Boehner Spokesman Michael Steel.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise echoed the sentiments saying, “There is no such deal and there’s no such bill,” Scalise said on “Fox News Sunday.” “On Friday, there was a bill on the House floor to pass a clean funding bill. We rejected that because we said we’re fighting the president on what he’s doing illegally on immigration,” according to The Hill.

“We are not giving in to Senate Democrats’ blackmail,” Boehner said, “Will keep fighting Obama’s unilateral action on immigration to protect Constitution.”

I’m done with these people.

Update 2:  Allahpundit:

John Boehner, Democratic Speaker of the House.

From the comments

I am becoming more and more convinced it is June 6th, 1854. It may be time to travel to Jackson

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Section. 7.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

The Constitution of the United States

I’d say I was surprised by this, but that would be a lie:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea of raising taxes through unitlateral executive action.

“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

When you have an administration willing to ignore the bill of rights why would anyone be the slightest bit shocked that such an administration would ignore the explicit language of the constitution.

But while this administrations actions don’t surprise me, that people on the left would be willing to go along, excuse or defend this both surprises & disappoints me.

I would remind them that if one president can toss out one section of the constitution at his convenience another president can eliminate another.

May the nation be happy in the choices it has made.

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Once you start reading the story concerning President Obama threatening to shoot down Israeli airplanes if they tried to hit Iranian nuke site it doesn’t take much time to decide it has problems.

For a start the source is a Palestinian news agency quoting a paper in Kuwait.  Not one of the more reliable information chains for reliable news data.

Furthermore the facts on the ground are an issue because, as Roger Simon put it, the US didn’t have the assets deployed to intercept such an attack

The U.S. simply does not have the facilities in place anymore, and if it were to get them, the “spin up” would be obvious to almost everyone, making it ineffective. Moreover, there have been many reports that Saudi Arabia has agreed to let the Israelis fly over their territory if they attacked Iran, making U.S. interception all the more difficult.

Still further, the source noted, it would be unclear if U.S. air force personnel would obey an order to attack their Israeli colleagues — some of whom they may have trained with. On top of that, the Israelis are often more experienced fighter pilots. The ones chosen to attack Iranian nuclear installations would undoubtedly be an elite team.

Whatever the intent of the story or the facts of the matter there’s one thing that going to be an issue for this administration.

Can any person with even a vague acquaintance with this administration’s attitude toward both Iran & Israel honestly say that when they saw the Headline at Drudge  (before clicking through to the story) that they found it the slightest bit unbelievable?

Frankly because the facts are weak on this I suspect the left will come out swinging here.  It sure beats defending the actual record of this admin vis-a-vis Israel & Iran.

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Chaqtho:Chan Professor, I’m so sorry, but I must stop you. You’re destroying all our work tho.
Professor Yana (The Master)Oh. Now I can say I was provoked.

Doctor Who  Utopia 2007

The government of The United States is not legitimate.

Act accordingly.

Camp of the Saints

Back in June of 2013 I wrote about my fear that the left in general and the president in particular will eventually provoke the people into violence:

If enough people start thinking that in our well armed society, bad things happen.

As I wrote this warning I was working under the assumption that our friends agreed that such a result would be a horrible thing that should be avoided.

But As I watch the president continue to take provocative unconstitutional actions a question is gnawing at the back of my mind.concerning this.

What if the folks in the White House want to provoke violence?

What if the goal is to push and to push and to push some more to the point where people react in a violent way in order to justify the use of force to suppress said violence and bring in even more sweeping restrictions of rights?

Hey if you can’t find a violent Tea Party murderer to justify your arguments why not do your best to create one.

My suggestion?  Resist this trap, the Obama Administration has a limited lifespan we need to loudly oppose them without giving them the excuse or the propaganda excuse to do worse.

Exit thought:  Do you know what the worst part of this question is?  Five years ago if anyone suggested to me that an American administration would think along these lines I would have considered them crazy.

But then again if you suggested to the average russian in 1919 that the state would eventually starve millions they wouldn’t have believed you either.

My latest for Watchdog.org notes one type of change that Barack Obama has managed to create unity in suspicion in government:

In 2015 America, widespread united public suspicion of these tactics may seem natural, but what I find striking is how much of a contrast this is, not just from the days of my youth, but to the recent past.

Even during the Bush years while the left was screaming repression all over media (without grasping the irony of it) a large segment of the public still trusted authority….

Then came the Obama administration’s use of the IRS against the tea party, the spying on reporters, the lies concerning Obamacare, Fast and Furious and Gunwalking, the spy revelation on allies and a Justice Department willing to use their powers to inflame situations to their political advantage in Florida and St Louis while finding no interest in groups like the New Black Panthers in Philly and racial incidents in cities like Memphis and Lansing.

You can read the rest here.

Judge Dan Haywood: if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs – these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men – even able and extraordinary men – can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination.

Judgement at Nuremberg 1961

Last week the President & his administration did his level best to assure us that Islam and Terror have absolutely nothing to do with each other and anyone threatening acts based on Islam is “perverting” it.

The various Imams and Muslim groups in attendance were, I’m sure, quite pleased with the assertion that neither they as Muslim clerics nor Islam in general has any responsibility for the act of other so-called “Muslims” whose matters, motivations, and even recruitment efforts in their community based on the words of the Koran bear no reflection on them and thus they do not carry any responsibility to counter these argument in their community

The press also gave their approval to these remarks reporting them extensively and uncritically even as jobs, and the west’s boring nature were blamed for the success of ISIS recruitment efforts.

In fairness it’s not just America that must be boring as Mark Steyn notes in this latest piece: O Beautiful, For Specious Guys…

On The Hugh Hewitt Show yesterday, I pointed out that the French Government estimates that some nine thousand “Frenchmen” have volunteered to fight for ISIS. That is approximately half the total western deployment in Afghanistan of around 18,000 troops from some four dozen countries. It is larger than any French military deployment in the last half-century. That 500-strong congregation of mourners for the Copenhagen killer may not be the largest funeral turnout in Denmark’s history, but it’s similarly impressive.

Who knew the Danes and the French were such boring people?

As I type this I’m sure that the various taped sunday shows are full of discussion of the President’s “Violent Extremism” summit and the allies of the White House will do their best to make sure to highlight threats from sources other than Islam.

The only problem is reality keeps getting in the way of the message

In a new video released Saturday, ISIS claims to have executed at least 21 Kurdish fighters.

The video shows the captured peshmerga fighters in cages being paraded in front of a crowd. The fighters also are interviewed in the video, which bears similarities to previous videos released by the terror organization.

And the breaking news doesn’t just involve locations far
far away:

Shoppers at the Mall of America need to be “particularly careful” after a terror group singled out the Minnesota super-mall for attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says.

He offered little reassurance to shoppers who plan to visit the mall that Al-Shabaab included on a list of targets in a video released this weekend during an interview Sunday with CNN “State of the Union” host Gloria Borger.

Nothing to see here, please disperse.

Exit question. Picture if we still only had the three networks (& CNN) providing us with news. Would the media even bother to report this stuff?

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There is a debate between two people I admire concerning President Obama’s tax plans.

Glenn suggests the GOP should call the president bluff citing a piece by Megan McArdle 

there are a lot of affluent-but-hardly-wealthy folks in blue states who would be very unhappy to hear that that nice Westchester home Mom and Dad bought for $15,000 in 1952 is going to be subject to a capital gains tax — at the same time as they’re suddenly paying income taxes on the capital gains and dividends in little Sally’s college account. . . .

Taxing the earnings on college savings accounts is even stranger, both because this hits the middle class, and because if you tax the earnings, there’s not all that much point to having the account; essentially, Obama is taxing college savings accounts in order to fund universal community college. This is scraping the bottom of the barrel, and what it tells you is that Obama has already run through most of the practical and politically palatable ways to tax the affluent.

And added this opinion:

Yeah, this will hurt Blue State types harder, but hey, they voted for Obama. This is a win-win: He gets the blame, or he vetoes it.

Ed Driscoll disagrees and makes a good point:

As with Democrats talking George H.W. Bush into raising taxes in 1990, one huge danger to this sort of game is that Democrats will play along in 2015 and then run ads like the above the following year directed towards the individual GOP senators and congressmen who raised taxes:

While those individual ads are a good point Ed misses the real argument that makes this a non-starter.

Ronald Reagan.

Why does Reagan matter here because while the Democrats hate Reagan almost as much as they hate actual Christianity (as opposed to pseudo Christianity that doesn’t actually believe anything) he is their goto guy for justifying many of the things they do.  Ironically while Reagan knew that with enemies one must “trust but verify” Reagan never figured out that congressional democrats were among them.

Ronald Reagan made a deal with Democrats to Raise Taxes and Cut Spending, they did the first but not the second.  This deception not only served the needs of Tip & the rest of the caucus at the time but for twenty years every time Democrats want to justify a new tax they point to Reagan signing the Democrat Tax increases of the 80’s

The fact that this was his side of the bargain, that it was the Democrats who insisted on these tax increases and broke their word (surprise surprise) never seems to come up as far as the liberal left of today is concerned these are the Reagan Tax increases as if Democrats had nothing to do with them at all.

But that’s not the only Reagan Example there is also Amnesty.

Democrats played the very same game, Ronald Reagan made a deal, in return for border enforcement he would make legal millions who had violated law to come here.  Once again he kept his side of the deal and the Democrats keeping the same game plan did not.

And to no one’s surprise today’s Democrats conveniently forget both their betrayal of Reagan and their passage of Amnesty  As far as they are concerned it is Reagan’s Amnesty and that’s that.

So what does this tell us about any possible deal with the left on the Obama Tax increases?

1.  The Democrats will not keep to any deal made, Harry reid has already acted in bad faith and anyone who thinks this President or administration will enforce any parts of any law passed that he doesn’t like deserves all the trouble they get from it..

2.  Not only will the Democrats use the GOP’s passing of tax increases in campaign ads as Ed suggested but if the GOP is foolish enough to go along with this every single media outlet from this point on will classify these not as the Obama tax increases but the Republican tax increases.

 

So I”m going to have to go with Ed on this one.

What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’  He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went.

The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go.  Which of the two did his father’s will?”

Matthew 21:28-31b

We keep hearing how Bibi’s visit and upcoming speech to congress is an insult to Barack Obama.

One might debate if this is a smart diplomatic move or no when dealing with an ally, but perhaps Israel’s prime minister is using a Christian standard to judge who is a ally or no:

“Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit.

One could take a look at the condition of the Middle East to see how good his policies have been, but rather than rehash the last few years let’s take a peek at two events of this week

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will represent the United States at the 70th anniversary ceremony for the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on Tuesday—rather than President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden—while other countries are slated to send their heads of state.

well it’s not like other heads of state are showing up…oh wait:

“Heads of state from France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, and Denmark will be present,” Wiser adds.

Well things are pretty busy for the President, that’s why he couldn’t go to the big Charlie Hebdo event, it’s not like he can, for example drop everything and go somewhere if a 90 year old who doesn’t allow women to drive in his country dies or something.

President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said today, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi.

The schedule change means Obama will skip plans to visit the Taj Mahal, the white marble monument of love. Pradeep Bhatnagar, a top state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, said U.S. security officials informed him of the cancellation today.

So let’s get this straight, the head of a Regime that doesn’t allow women to vote, or drive & restricts Christians & Jews (if they were allowed) is worth this Administration time.

Remembering murdered jews by either the Nazi’s or Islamic Terrorists is not.

Frankly given those facts when I hear people complain that Bibi has symbolically spat in Barack Obama’s face my response is, it’s a wonder he hasn’t done the real thing.

Update:  Now I know why Obama took the bust of Churchill out of the Oval Office

When in November 1932, shortly before Hitler came to power, and Churchill was in Munich doing some historical research about the First Duke of Marlborough,…an intermediary [Putzi Hanfstaengl] tried to get him to meet Hitler, who was in Munich at the time and had high hopes of coming to power within months. Churchill agreed to meet Hitler, who was going to come to see him in his hotel in Munich, and said to the intermediary: “There are a few questions you might like to put to him, which can be the basis of our discussion when we meet.” Among them was the following question: “What is the sense of being against a man simply because of his birth? How can any man help how he is born?”

Gilbert comments:

This may seem a simple sentiment to us now, but how many people, distinguished people from Britain, the United States and other countries, who met or might have met Hitler, raised that question with him? So surprised, and possibly angered, was Hitler by this question that he declined to come to the hotel and see Churchill.

 

 

I didn’t bother to watch the State of the Union speech last night, partially because I know the actual state of the Union (slowing improving as Obama’s remaining days in the White House decrease) but mostly because of one fact that is getting very little press.

It doesn’t matter what president Obama proposes, Free College, Free Drugs, Free money etc for any of it to actually even start to become law someone has to introduce the bill in congress and have it placed on the calendar for a vote.

And guess what?  He doesn’t have a majority to do so, not in the house, not in the senate, he’s got diddly.

And the best part, he can’t play the “do nothing” congress game because they are going to have plenty of their own bills, debated and voted on placed before him and if and when he casts his vetoes to play to his base (the only people who will have an interest in him after he’s done) he’ll make it that much harder for Democrats in 2016.

So play the media’s game and spend the day talking about the Obama speech if you want, I’m not because it hs all the significance that he does.

None.

Every now and then I see foolishness like this from our friends on the left.

It takes a special type of dishonesty or stupidity to make this argument so for the sake of those who have heard it let me demonstrate how in three steps you can become the greatest deficit hawk in history.

STEP 1: Borrow and spend more than any president in the history of history creating the biggest deficit of all time.

Step 2. In the following year borrow less than that incredible amount.

Step 3: Begin your baseline measurement from that first year when you borrowed all that money

Viola: You can now honestly claim you have cut the deficit and pretend to be fiscally responsible.

Our friends on the left use this type of nonsense because it works with the low info voter who is their base, but I suggest you don’t try this at home, because if you do it will lead to a life dodging collection agencies and eventual bankruptcy.

May they have joy of the incentive system they’re creating.

Glenn Reynolds

Am I actually reading this?

President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nation’s journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation’s defenses forces, the White House’s press secretary said Jan. 12.

“The president … will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform” whenever journalists’ work may provoke jihadist attacks, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House’s daily briefing.

Think about what this is saying for a moment. If the Government things exercising the first Amendment rights guaranteed by our constitution will upset violent fanatics said government will do what it can to prevent  said people from doing so.

Apparently Baptists, Catholics, Mormons, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and other assorted religious groups have been doing  it all wrong.  If we would only ignore what our religions actually say and mimic the actions of the significant minority of well-funded Muslims who are willing to commit violence to keep people from insulting or blaspheming our relative religions, our government would lead the charge to make sure we were never insulted in media, film or on TV again.

Alas, it is unlikely to work, because even if you found say, a crazy uncle Catholic willing to do this kind of thing, not only would such acts be rejected by the faithful en masse (unlike some  polls we have seen in Islamic countries) but,  unlike the Imams who you can easily find online supported extremists , you would likely not be able to find a single Catholic priest,  let alone a bishop or Cardinal who would do anything other than denounce such threats or violence as Mortal Sin.

This administration is creating an incentive system for violence and when you reward an action you tend to get more of it and the longer they do so the more likely something like that will happen.

It seems that no matter how low my expectations of this administration get, they are still willing to confound them.

Do you remember he Hagel hearings?  I do.   I remember When Ted Cruz did this

And This: the press did this of the press:

During Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, I overheard multiple groans from other journalists covering the event whenever Cruz began a pointed line of questioning. On Twitter, they noted their exasperation in more colorful ways.

via NRO this

And Chris Matthews called him the “Next Joe McCarthy”

this is no surprise, after all Hagel was the goto Republican for the press for years.

Obviously any person who thought Chuck Hagel is not suited to be Secretary of Defense is either owned by the Jewish lobby or simply beyond the pale (or needs to be ignored),

That what makes this headline at Politico so much fun:

How Obama Dumped Hagel

I can’t wait to hear the outraged critiques from Chris Matthews, Chuck Todd and the Morning Joe table expressing their disgust with this extremist president who dared to dump Chuck Hagel

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One can not look at this election cycle and watch the once feared Obama collapse without seeing parallels with the historical fall of tyrannies.

If you look at the history of repressive regimes there are two hard and fast rules concerning them:

1.  Their Power is completely based on the fear of the population:

Mirror Spock: Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed

Star Trek Mirror Mirror 1967

This fear is usually established right at the start by a few choice examples and once established keeps people in line.   It permeates every single ordinary activity.  The butcher the baker and the candlestick maker all could be ready to report any dissent.  Furthermore it doesn’t have to be fear of death, people with something to lose, a position,  a business,  any comfort they have might be even more effective that the threat of death to someone who has nothing.

As long as that fear is maintained the regime’s power remains.  It creates a seal on the people that can’t be penetrated.

 

2.  Once the fear is gone, the regime’s fall is very quick:

Marn: Citizens, I elect to join the Revolution.

Doctor Who The Sunmakers 1977

Fear has one weakness, it generates anger.  Eventually either due to outside pressures or inside pressures the anger begins to leak out into the open, usually at the fringes on the edges.  Unless it’s crushed , more and more of that repressed anger leaks out until it becomes overwhelming.  The enforcers and toadies seeing what’s coming switch sides to save their skin until finally the regime tears open like the bottom of  wet paper bag,  the Mussolini or Ceaușescu is seized and it’s all over.

And that is what has apparently happened to Barack Obama this cycle.

 

At the very start any critique of Barack Obama was restrained by fear, not of violence, but of the race card.

Bill and Hillary Clinton were the first targets , their tongues tied, even as her supporters were intimidated in the Texas primary.

John McCain was next, unwilling to attack for fear of being dubbed racist by the media who loved him when he was attacking George Bush.

The Republicans in Congress were next cowed during the first two years, terrified of the race card and the power of the president, and mindful of the example being made of a Sarah Palin was willing to fight, by the media.

The regime didn’t see what was coming in 2010, tyrannies usually don’t,   but when they did, sprang into action using the power of the government to go after the Tea Parties that had risen up against them.  Placing fear in the heats of the donors and business in a failing economy afraid of being audited.  Playing , with the help of the media the race card liberally and intimidating a feckless Mitt Romney unwilling to attack.  By this they to maintain their power.

But now the worm has turned.  The fear of the regime has been replaced by a different fear, the fear of the results of their incompetence.

Fear of losing one’s doctor or being unable able to pay the increasing premiums and deductibles from the incompetent implementation of Obamacare.

Fear of terrorism , as a once stable Iraq is replaced by a regime beheading Americans on camera thanks to an incompetent Middle East policy.

Fear of a new cold war, as a resurgent Russia under Putin cowers a terrified eastern Europe thanks to an incompetent foreign policy

Fear of disease as Ebola with the symptoms of the common cold, while checked in Nigeria penetrates the United States thanks to the incompetence of the administration.

And like all fear based regimes they get desperate as the enforcers and toadies realizing their days are numbered,  run away, refusing to be seen with them, denying their past support for them, even refusing to speak their name, until even in the last bastions of their power, they need to use fear to maintain control.

The power of the Obama administration was built on a lie of competence , was maintained by fear and intimidation but now that fear is gone.  It only remains to be seen if he will take his entire party with him.

Update:  Doug Mataconis objects to my use of the word Tyranny,

As to his points:

1. I’ll concede that said tyranny was self inflicted and our own fault.

2. I’ve never claimed not to be “Partisan” Life has taught me to be a Catholic Conservative and this informs my views accordingly.

3. I submit and suggest that the use of the word “partisan” is a lazy way of dismissing an argument without actually bothering to counter it.

So let me make an invitation:

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In the first volume of his still incomplete Magnum Opus on Lyndon Johnson The Path to Power on page 735 Robert Caro notes the election day theft of a US Senate Special election that LBJ thought he already had won was to a degree incidental, having little to do with Johnson or the US senate and having everything to do with an upcoming appointment to the Texas Liquor Control Board to be filled by his primary opponent Prohibitionist Governor Pappy O’Daniel:

Ten days before the election, however, O’Daniel had succeeded in pushing through his fifth nominee, another Prohibitionist.  A second vacancy on the board would occur shortly , and if O’Daniel succeeded in filling that, too, with another Prohibitionist, the Board “could just about have ended the liquor and beer business down here.”  Equally important, O’Daniel’s victory reminded Beer, Inc., that a powerful Governor might succeed in winning passage of the bill creating a “dry zone” around military camps.  “There were millions and millions of dollars involved now, ” Lawson says.  “They had to get him out of the Governorship.”

Beer Inc saw a chance to protect their business and jumped at it and Pappy O’Daniel was happy to let them do it for his own purposes.

Right now something similar is happening but the potential beneficiaries of it hasn’t quite figured it out.

Yesterday I wrote that Saudi Arabia was in a Catch-22, the high oil prices that they craved for years not only enabled their foes but created vast markets for alternative oil production that put their oil monopoly, the very source of their power and relevance in jeopardy.

Thus the Saudi’s are pumping up a storm and the price of oil is dropping to levels that we haven’t seen in years.

That puts money in the pocket of every American who owns a car and every american who doesn’t.  Almost every single thing that is delivered in the US comes by truck so the cost of freight goes down.  Most plastic comes from oil so every manufacturer using plastic for their product or their packaging will see a price cut too.

With an administration looking incompetent on Ebola,  at total failure in Iraq & Syria, and dealing with an electorate where they are so unpopular that Obama Delegates won’t admit voting for him they need something ANYTHING to change the subject.

If I was the head of the Democrat party I’d be ready to start a media blitz the moment gas prices go below $3 a gallon,  extolling the virtues of the polices that both reduced Gas prices and while giving us a production reserve ready to go if things go wrong.

Now it’s true that this administration did all it could to stop domestic production and even now their allies are striving to checkmate ever possibility of additional drilling and fracking nationwide.  Furthermore such a public move risks upsetting the environmentalist types who are part of the Democrat base.

But desperate times call for desperate measures.  The Saudi’s for their own reasons have thrown him a lifeline and Obama has to grab it.  After all the low info voter who took him across the finish line in 2012 are unlikely to catch onto a lie taking credit for this price drop,  at least not before election day and the media certainly isn’t going to clue them in.  Furthermore with all the bad news going out day by day a shot of good news that the administration can point to at the very last moment could be game changing.

This might be enough to save the Senate for him,  Why it might even be enough to cause Ms. Grimes to admit to voting for him and make Senator Shaheen willing to be seen with him in New Hampshire!

Well maybe just save the senate, after all there’s a big difference between a longshot and a miracle.

10th Doctor: Look, clean. Look, if we’d been touched, we’d be dead. So how’s it going up here? What’s the status?
Clovis: There’s nothing but silence from the other wards. I think we’re the only ones left. And I’ve been trying to override the quarantine. If I can trip a signal over to New New York, they can send a private executive squad.
10th Doctor: You can’t do that. If they forced entry, they’d break quarantine.
Clovis: I am not dying in here.
10th Doctor:  We can’t let a single particle of disease get out. There is ten million people in that city. They’d all be at risk. Now, turn that off!
Clovis:   Not if it gets me out.

Doctor Who, New Earth 2006

You can’t turn on a cable channel or a news network without finding someone talking about Ebola, a scare here, an exposure there, a bad joke etc etc etc.  It is the only topic in town.  This is because people are afraid and unlike the AIDS “epidemic” they have to some degree, cause to be.

One of the realities of AIDS in the west for a person to catch the disease, even during its hayday in the 80’s you had to be pretty much part of a specific group:

You had to be a heroin addict sharing needles or having sex with a heroin addict who was sharing needles 

You had to be promiscuous bi/gay man,  or having sex with a promiscuous bi/gay man (that’s what killed Gunsmoke actress Amanda Blake)

As the disease progressed sex with any promiscuous person involved risk but in the end if you weren’t sleeping around or shooting drugs barring carelessness in a hospital you had a better chance of winning a $10,000,000 lottery than catching AIDS and if you’re avoiding drugs and promiscuity that’s still very true.

Ebola is different its spread by common everyday behavior,  simple contact.  Also consider the symptoms direct from the CDC site:

Symptoms of Ebola include

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Now consider the symptoms for the flu from the same site:

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

and this note concerning the common cold vs the flu:

it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

I’d be willing to bet that everybody reading this post has had contact with a person who has at least one of these symptoms over the last 2-3 weeks.

Given that fact one might consider all this coverage and all this panic over Ebola to be justifiable.

You’d be wrong

Consider:  Ebola has been around for 50 years. here is the CDC map of confirmed cases

Ebola

 

if you look at the facts it’s pretty clear. Before 2014 there were only 2365 confirmed cases of Ebola in all in Africa (population 1.1 billion) since 1076.  Even with the current “epidemic” there are only 4655 confirmed cases of the disease and of those a total of 3, count em 3 cases that have been reported outside of Africa that weren’t from lab accidents.   1 from the infected traveler who died in Texas and 2 from healthcare workers to treated Ebola patients 1 at the Texas Hospital where the late patient was treated & one in Madrid.

The problem is of course that like the AIDS epidemic before it the disease is already being used to further various agendas and arguments.

Moreover thanks a combination of government institutions used as political footballs and sheer incompetence,  the people who could get out the message that general panic isn’t warranted can’t do it.   The low info public aren’t getting the message and the informed intelligent public just doesn’t trust them anymore:  As Glenn Reynolds put it:

After so many lies and failures, we’d be fools to trust them.

The problem is, we’re heading into what looks like a dark period, one when trust in government will be very important to dealing successfully with the many challenges we face. But trust in government comes primarily from one thing: a government that is worthy of trust.

So given we’re working with:

  • A disease whose symptoms mimic those of common diseases
  • A government that’s incompetent
  • A sensationalistic agenda driven media
  • A narcissistic culture
  • And an uninformed public

It’s a wonder that we don’t already have panic in the streets.

Final thought we could, in fact,  easily stop the threat of Ebola in America by the following steps

1.  Quarantining the one person in the US with the disease 

2.  Quarantining the people in the US who have had contact or potential contact with infected people for three weeks to see if they develop the disease and further quarantining any of said people who do 

Combine this with restricting travel from infected nations and/or aggressively screening travelers from or in areas of known infection and viola the risk of a US Ebola outbreak goes practically to nil

Any reasonably competent government could implement these steps and calm the fears an informed educated public.

Isn’t it a shame we don’t have either?

Update:  The count goes to 4:

 

 

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