The Terracotta Warriors from the creation of China
The Terracotta Warriors from the third century B.C. underscore the longstanding power of China. (Photo by Chris Harper)

For the United States to have an effective policy with China, Americans have to stop buying iPhones. Or Apple has to move some of its production facilities from China. And a whole lot more.

The trade imbalance between the two countries is so out of whack, amounting to a deficit of more than $300 billion a year for the United States, that the American government cannot put any significant pressure on China. Moreover, the Beijing government owns more than 7 percent of the U.S. debt. China has a lot of leverage.

Sanctions and tariffs usually don’t work. It would help if Apple would move its production plants from China to South Korea, for example, but educating consumers about the implications of buying Chinese products might also work.

After visiting and teaching in China during the past two years, I offer a few insights:

–President Xi Jinping is the most powerful, politically savvy and intelligent leader in recent history.
–The pivot toward Asia under the Obama administration has been laughable, including alliances with some dreadful regimes in Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.
–China’s so-called “belt-and-road” program to build infrastructure from mainland Asia to Europe has been a resounding success despite U.S. naysayers. For more about the economic plan, see https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/asia/china-s-infrastructure-play
–The presidential election has made the United States a laughingstock among Chinese.

President Obama’s recent Asian excursion underlines how poorly the United States is doing. The Chinese made him disembark from the back of the plane. The government restricted his access to the media, and officials got into a shouting match with his aides. The president then got dissed by the government of Laos and the Philippines.

These incidents don’t bode well for any resolution to China’s desire to control economic and military sway over the South China Sea—an issue that does matter. That route controls access to billions of dollars in fishing, minerals and petroleum for a range of Asian countries.

The most recent U.S. policy has been to confront Chinese vessels—an approach that is likely to heighten tensions rather than lessen them.

Neither presidential candidate offers much hope in dealing effectively with China. Clinton is likely to continue gunboat diplomacy, while Trump wants tariffs against Chinese products. These inept approaches are troubling because China is the leading competitor of the United States for the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of the rest of the world.


Christopher Harper, a recovering journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law.

 

 

 

 

by baldilocksbaldilocks

American rule of law is almost extinct, but it isn’t as if no one tried to warn the others. I wrote the following in November of last year and this post wasn’t the first of its type.

Personally, I don’t think any warning will be heeded until something YUGE happens.

But, until then…Normalcy Bias.


Any questions?

At his departing press conference at the G20 on November 17, 2015, Obama made the bold declaration that he’s “not interested in . . . posing or pursuing some notion of ‘American leadership’ or ‘America winning.'”

Any questions?

Any questions?

Anyone who still thinks that this president has the country’s best interest at heart is delusional.

A while back, I read as someone asked how it is that black pastors still support President Obama–noted supporter of abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and various other things which are considered sinful under Christian doctrine. My response: “These pastors love their race/skin color more than they love Christ.”

And many white supporters of Barack Obama are similarly blinded. Barack Obama-love is a lazy method of absolving themselves of white guilt. And it is a sneakier form of racial pride than the type I pointed to in the previous paragraph. These white supporters can still point to that support whenever black persons wield the racism club. (I don’t think it will exempt white persons from the Knockout Game, though.)

White Obama apologists love their imagined absolution more that they love freedom.

But what about the rest of us? What will we do as this president keeps pushing, and pushing, and pushing to kill the Great Satan?

Duh.


July 9, 2016: Any questions?

Any questions?

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Bicentennial logoBy John Ruberry

Tomorrow, July 4, 2016, will be the 240th anniversary of America’s independence. Which means in ten years the United States will be 250 years old, one-quarter of a millennium.

I’m old enough to remember America’s bicentennial, and while there was some feeling of bicentennial overkill–CBS TV’s daily Bicentennial Minutes aired for over two years–the USA’s 200th birthday was a welcome respite from the bleak 1970s, a decade that was plagued by war, riots, racial conflict, a moribund economy, and a feeling that America’s best days were behind it. Kinda like right now.

Eight years of Ronald Reagan righted the ship.

How is the planning for the American sestercentennial coming along? Well, it’s almost non-existent. I found a Facebook group, a website, and a few articles on the ‘net here and there, but as of now it’s a non-event.

Contrast that situation with 1966, ten years before the USA’s 200th annivesary Congress created the Bicentennial Commission.

Hopefully things will move quicker once Barack Obama is out of office. Obama has never been a flag-waving patriot. He famously explained to a reporter in 2007 that his reason for not wearing a US flag pin on his lapel was because it didn’t represent “true patriotism.” All of the other 2008 presidential candidates wore those pins.

This year Bernie Sanders didn’t.

Bicentennial mural in Tampico, IL, where Reagan was born
Bicentennial mural in Tampico, IL in 2011, where Ronald Reagan was born

Obama’s base of support, and Sanders’ too, is the far-left; many of these leftists believe that America is strong only because it stole the land and its resources. These radicals speak of an AmeriKKKan Empire that is ruining the world and that the United States is a country that needs to be brought down to size. Oh, isn’t America the nation that saved Europe three times in the last century? You remember, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Thank you, Ronald Reagan for that last one.

And America also rescued Asia in World War II.

Even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency this fall–I certainly hope she doesn’t–she likely won’t govern as an anti-American leftist. To some extent the America-hating radicals will be justifiably marginalized.

The sestercentennial is coming. Let freedom ring!

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

 

In Aug 1945 a 23 year old carpenter was sitting on board a ship in the Pacific when he discovered to his delight that there would be no invasion of the Japanese Mainland and neither he nor his fellows would have to risk their lives to support an invasion.

Despite the lure of a promised promotion his bride to be’s insistence caused him to leave the navy, get married, raise 5 children and run several bars and restaurants until his death in 1987. His bride would outlive him by 25 years dying in december of 2012.

That man was my Father

Today there are 33 people between the ages of 68 & 6 who are direct descendants of this man. One of his grandchildren got married last week and at least three more are in their 20’s unmarried (including my two sons).

This week Barack Obama talked of the dead of Hiroshima with words of regret over the Atomic Bombs that killed them.

However without those bombs dropped on Hiroshima & Nagasaki it’s very likely those 33 Americans Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Agnostics and atheists would not exist.

And they would not be alone, it is expected that the invasion of Japan would have cost at least 100,000 Americans or more not to mention the wounded and crippled.

At 33 descendants each that’s over 3 million americans who might not be here today?

And we aren’t even counting the number of Japanese who would have been killed in said invasion, or the number of Japanese & Chinese and Russians who would have died as the Soviets drove south into China and Korea while the fight for Japan continued on to the bitter end.

I would say that it’s a disgrace that the president of the United States doesn’t understand this, but I suspect that the man who presided over Benghazi objection to the prospect of dead Americans is not what one might have expected from the White House in the past.

But frankly leftists wishing Americans dead is nothing new.

Closing thought: If the WW 2 generation was not in their 90’s would there be any chance in hell that this event would have taken place?

Toilet and trash canBy John Ruberry

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

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

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

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

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

The Battle of the Bathroom has reached into public schools.

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

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

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

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

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

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

USA-UK flagsBy John Ruberry

Colonel Ahmed: “Not the President of America, sir. The President of Earth.” Doctor Who, Death in Heaven.

Not content with “fundamentally transforming” America, Barack Obama is in Europe right now causing mischief. During a joint press conference with German Prime Minister Angela Merkel that concluded a few hours ago Obama praised her open borders policy on Syrian migrants, declaring that she “is on the right side of history on this.”

Meanwhile, fueled largely by opposition to increased immigration from the Middle East, far-right political parties are gaining strength in Europe.

While Obama was in Great Britain last week the conservative-leaning Telegraph published his op-ed where he urged the UK to reject isolationism and vote “No” on June’s referendum, dubbed “Brexit,” which will decide if Britain will remain in the European Union. Later he threatened Britons by placing their nation “at the back of the queue” in regards to any trade deals with the United States.

Michigan state police car
Why does Michigan need a state police force?

Obama is an internationalist rather than a standard American politician. He favors a much stronger United Nations, and while a senator he sponsored a bill that would impose a tax on Americans to fight poverty in other countries. Obama’s view of sovereign nations is likely that they should be administrative units along the lines of counties in US states. Not that Obama cares much for local units of American government. His administration has initiated a creeping federalization of local police departments. All of this assists in explaining Obama’s hostility to Brexit.

Look for Obama to push internationalization of governments after he leaves the White House. Of course if that push succeeds the UN will need a proper leader, not a glorified clerk like the general secretary position.

I’m sure Obama has someone in mind. Someone with a Kenyan father and a Kansas mother who grew up in multi-racial Hawaii would be perfect, he likely believes.

Obama has always viewed himself as larger than the American presidency.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

illinois signBy John Ruberry

You can once and for all drop any lingering belief you may possess that Barack Obama is a bi-partisan unifier. A Chicago Democrat in the Illinois House who believed in compromising is now a lame duck because of our leftist president.

Illinois has been locked in a budget battle for nine months. The primary combatants are Republican political newcomer Bruce Rauner, the first Land of Lincoln governor to win a majority of voters since 2002, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has led the lower chamber in Springfield for 30 of the last 32 years. He’s also chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. His daughter, Lisa, has been the state’s attorney general since 2003.

If there is a poster child for the problems of America’s fifth-largest state–a declining population, deficit spending, woefully underfunded public pensions–it’s Michael Madigan, who has been a member of the Illinois House since 1971.

Last month President Barack Obama, whose first public office was as an Illinois state senator, spoke to the General Assembly where he hailed the graces of compromise and working across the aisle with the opposition.

“Where I’ve got an opportunity to find some common ground, that doesn’t make me a sellout to my own party,” Obama said that day, after which Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) stood and cheered.

“We’ll talk later, Dunkin,” Obama quickly replied and then continued his speech.

And so Obama talked.

Dunkin is the type of politician Obama who was able to “find some common ground” with Governor Rauner. Madigan’s gerrymandering talents created super-majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly–with not a vote to spare. But Dunkin defied Boss Madigan several times by preventing several overrides of several Rauner vetoes.

Madigan responded predictably by directing funding to the campaign of his primary opponent, Juliana Stratton. She also received Obama’s endorsement and the president–and here’s  the”We’ll talk later” part–appeared in a Stratton radio spot and narrated a TV ad for her.

Shouldn’t Obama be focused on defeating ISIS, tackling the federal deficit, and creating jobs? No, he has better things to do, it seems, such as sticking his nose in a state legislature race that means nothing to a family of four in, let’s say Ohio, that is struggling to get by.

Television advertisements in the expensive Chicago TV market are unheard of in state representative races.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Republican interests contributed heavily to Dunkin’s campaign.

Last Tuesday was primary day in Illinois–and Stratton easily bested Dunkin. The Democratic Machine defeated the compromiser.

Obama is a fraud. He should be ashamed of himself but of course he isn’t.

John Ruberry regularly blogs and Marathon Pundit. He’s a life long resident of ILL-inois.

UICBy John Ruberry

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America. There’s the United States of America.” Barack Obama, Democratic National Convention, 2004.

Inspirational words, yes. But the spirit of the Democratic Party is now embodied by the leftist mob in Barack Obama’s hometown who packed the house at the UIC Pavilion, preventing a possible presidential successor, Republican Donald Trump, from speaking at a rally.

Speech codes and safe zones are as much as a part of the 21st college experience as cramming for finals, the UIC Pavilion is on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, where ironically Obama crony and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers was a tenured professor. But speech codes have entered the political arena. Freedom of expression is acceptable for the left–as long as they agree with what is being said.

Oh, ironically Ayers was protesting Trump outside the Pavilion. I’m sure he was pleased by what he witnessed.

Trump’s forceful, and yes, sometimes abrasive remarks on Islamic terrorism and illegal immigration have altered the political dynamic and re-written the norms of political campaigning.

There are a number of ways people can responsibly respond to Trump. Among those possibilities are ignoring him, not voting for him, and peacefully protest him. And to responsible people–peacefully protesting does not mean screaming during rallies with the intent of disruption, aggressively confronting Trump supporters, or blocking traffic.

Leftists don’t agree.

And Barack Obama isn’t innocent in regards to this transformation. Four years after his DNC keynote address in Boston, Obama was the party’s nominee. While Obama and most of his campaign apparatus were in Denver for the 2008 convention, cerebral conservative Milt Rosenberg hosted author Stanley Kurtz for his WGN Chicago radio show, where he talked about Obama’s ties to Bill Ayers.

How did the Obama campaign respond?

With this email to its supporters:

In the next few hours, we have a crucial opportunity to fight one of the most cynical and offensive smears ever launched against Barack.

Tonight, WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears. He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.

Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.

Call into the “Extension 720” show with Milt Rosenberg at (312) 591-XXXX. (I edited the number.)

(Show airs from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. tonight)

Then report back on your call at http://my.barackobama.com/WGNstandards.

That cultish email is fascistic.

You will report about any insults about Dear Leader. Orders must be obeyed at all times. You will do as you are told.

Rosenberg explained to listeners that he repeatedly asked for someone from the Obama campaign–whose campaign headquarters was just four blocks from the WGN studios–to appear on his program to rebut Kurtz.

And not everyone was in Denver during Kurtz’ appearance, Ben LaBolt, a senior Obama spokesman, was in Chicago. And if LaBolt had stagefright that night, well, that doesn’t make a difference because by all accounts in 2008 there was telephone service in Denver.

Kurtz, who holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology, is hardly a “right-wing hatchet man” as the Obama apparatus claimed. Two months later there was another Obama call-to-arms when David Freddoso, the author of The Case Against Barack Obama, was a guest on Rosenberg’s show.

Rotting FishObama and his campaign never apologized for the Rosenberg-Kurtz anti-free speech abomination. Did Obama know about the attack? I wager that he did.

And if he didn’t? Well, a saying favored by 1988 Democratic presidential nominee comes to mind: “A fish rots from the head first.”

As president Obama the collectivist has governed by dividing and subdividing Americans into seemingly manageable groups: male, female, black, white, Hispanic, gay, straight, transgendered, religious, atheist, omnivores, vegetarians and many others. Obama presents himself as the only possible uniter of these groups. Of course he’s failed and the next president will have to repair Obama’s damage.

There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on in regards to the melee at Friday’s cancelled Trump rally.

One big finger– perhaps Trump-style it should be the middle one–deserves to be firmly pointed in the direction of our first collectivist president, whose campaign even went as far as forming on Orwellian “Truth Squad” in ’08. The following year the Obama White House requested Americans to inform on each other in regards to “fishy” claims about health care legislation.

What was that again about fish?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. He’ll be voting for Donald Trump in Tuesday’s Illinois Primary. 

by baldilocksbaldilocks

UPDATE: The trip dates have been changed to 21-29 February.
ORIGINAL: In less than two weeks—February 14th–I’ll be going to Kenya for the first time, courtesy of an old blog fan-friend who prefers to remain anonymous for now. As I said here, it’s a dream come true. To give you some background on my life and some context on my upcoming trip, I’m linking to one of my very first posts at Da Tech Guy blog, Stranger Than Fiction.

  • I was born in August of 1961.
  • My biological father is Kenyan and of the Luo tribe; my mother is American.
  • My parents met when both were attending the same American college.
  • My parents divorced when I was very young; afterward, my father returned to Kenya.
  • For half of my childhood, I was raised by older relatives of my mother.
  • My mother suffered from ovarian cancer.
  • My maternal grandmother died in 2008.
  • One of my half-sisters is nine years younger than I am. She is married to a man of a different race than she.
  • I am left-handed.

Some of these things may seem familiar, if innocuous. But one thing is certain: all of these things are also part of the biography of a man named Barack Hussein Obama. And some of the dissimilarities have symmetry.

  • I am a woman.
  • I am a conservative.
  • Both of his parents and his step-father are dead. Both of my parents and my step-father are living. (My mother survived her bout with ovarian cancer and yet another battle with that evil malady; my father, Philip Ochieng, appeared in Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, and was a friend of Barack Obama, Sr.)
  • I was raised by my great-aunt and great-uncle in the first half of my childhood. President Obama was raised by his grandparents in the last half of his minor years.

(…)

Here’s the important question: which one of us is the Bearded Spock?

My father and I will be meeting face-to-face for the first time in my memory; he returned to his home country when I was an infant and I did not hear from him until the Internet Age when, at age 35, I went searching for him online. As it turns out, he’s a famous journalist on the entire African continent and, while I’ve achieved only a modest amount of fame through writing, it’s for certain that this acorn has very many attributes of its tree.

Philip Ochieng2
Philip Ochieng

Philip and I have not spoken to each other during most of Barack Obama’s presidency. Yes, it’s about my opposition to that presidency, to that person. But my father is approaching the beginning of his ninth decade on earth and I am eternally grateful that I will have the chance to honor my father at least once.

More in the next post. Oh and, yes, I’ll be posting from Kenya during my two-week sojourn.

ADDED: Kenya Trip Wishlist at Amazon.

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

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by baldilocks

First off, I never have, at least explicitly.Baldilocks mini

There is no way of guessing which candidate, if elected, will keep his/her word after getting elected. Promises—like rules—are made to be broken among those of the political class. Endorsing a candidate implies that I think that a single person would make the best president from among the choices available and even when I very strongly supported a candidacy—President Bush’s in 2004—I never formally endorsed him. In 2008, I very strongly opposed then-Senator Obama’s candidacy, so it was a given that I supported that of Senator McCain.

Now? I could go on about the pros and cons–no pun intended–of Senator Cruz and Mr. Trump, but to quote the presumptive 2016 Democrat front-runner, what difference at this point would it make?

This is what’s going to happen: the country is about to take a huge financial fall and whichever party is in control at that time will take the blame for it. Wait. Scratch that. If a Democrat is in the White House, he/she will find a way to blame the Republicans and the Mainstream press will help bolster that notion. It goes without saying that the GOP will shoulder all the blame if there is a GOP president at the breaking point. There will be another Civil War–and only among the political elite, if God is merciful to us.

In short, I think that we are past the point where it matters which person and which party is in the White House, so any endorsement coming from me would be a waste and would draw needless annoyance from those who worship the Political Candidate Idols and who engage in “bumper-sticker-level mudslinging” whenever their god is blasphemed.

I prefer to keep developing and improving my faith life, my critical thinking skills, and writing my novel. There will time enough for choosing. And for finger-pointing. And for chaos.

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

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The Obama with Jammeh and one of his wives.
The Obamas with Jammeh
and one of his wives.

By John Ruberry

The world has a new Islamic republic. On Friday Gambia’s strongman president, Yahya Jammeh, declared the impoverished west African nation that is almost completely surrounded by Senegal, a Muslim state. Other such nations are Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Mauritania–none of which are well-known for freedom or prosperity.

Jammeh promises freedom of religion to the citizens of Africa’s smallest non-island nation.

Jeffrey Smith, a senior advocacy officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights told Al Jazeera that day, “Gambia is not a country of laws but is rather ruled by the whims of Yahya Jammeh.”

Jammeh seized control of Gambia in a bloodless coup in 1994 and while there have been elections since then, of course in the African tradition he has won each with resounding majorities.

What of those whims that Smith mentioned?

Jammeh detests gays. In speech given earlier this year the despot warned them, “If you do it [in Gambia] I will slit your throat,” adding, “if you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.”

In 2007 Jammeh announced that he had developed an herbal cure for AIDS, sometimes he even administers his crackpot treatment to the afflicted.

Freedom of the press is limited in Gambia and the nutjob’s opponents often “disappear.”

Jammeh claimed in 2010–without citing evidence–that both the first Atlantic flight and the first Eastern European flight ended in Gambia.

Despite the dictator’s eccentricities and his terrible human rights record, President Obama welcomed Jammeh and one of his wives to the White House last year.

Is Jammeh Gambia’s answer to Idi Amin?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By A.P. Dillon

From the instant the news broke there was an attack going on in Paris, I knew it was them. Everyone in the world knew it was them.

Whereas I and the rest of the world seem to be able to say the words, Islamic Terrorist’, the 2016 Democratic candidates and President Obama refuse to. And this is a big part of why the world is where it is today with regard to ISIS.

The President says he has a strategy and, like a petulant child, told the world he won’t change it. He was more than petulant actually, at the G-20,  Obama was visibly disdainful that anyone would question him about it at all as he described Paris as a “terrible and sickening setback“.

It’s now known that at least one of the ISIS terrorists was using a phony passport that allowed him to slip into Greece and then on to Paris. The terrorist hid in plain sight, entering the country among  Syrian refugees.

President Obama has ordered that the United States now take in 10,000 of these refugees. That’s up from 2,000 earlier this year. How many ISIS terrorists will be hiding among them?

Some states are not willing to find out. Yesterday, over half of the states requested the President stop sending refugees to their respective states. Only seven states have stated they will continue to take these Syrian refugees.

My home state of North Carolina was among those requesting President Obama stop sending Syrian refugees to the state.

Governor McCrory said yesterday, “My primary duty as governor is to protect the citizens of North Carolina, which is why I am taking the steps I have outlined today.”   If only we had a President who reassured the people that they were his primary duty.

Governor McCrory made it clear that the federal government was not sharing information about these refugees, including who they are, where they are residing and how they are vetted. McCrory said that North Carolina had received 59 refugees so far and “do date, we have received little or not security information about those refugees… on their backgrounds and even possibly their names in certain circumstances.”

What was interesting and frankly frightening about Governor McCrory’s press conference wasn’t the revelation the federal government was withholding details about the refugee vetting process, but rather how easily state governments are being nearly entirely circumvented.

McCrory broke it down a bit in the Q&A of the press conference and said that the refugees are brought in by the U.S. government, handed off to a non-profit in a given state and then the state only finds out about them when the non-profits bills the state for services.

Do you see the horror here? The Governor’s can request all they want from the Obama administration but unless his administration agrees to halt, the program continues and the governors are powerless.

The only thing that will truly stop refugees from flooding into the states is if they are stopped at the federal level — because the states apparently don’t have the legal authority to do so. The Refugee Act of 1980 gives Obama, or any president for that matter, the ability to do this.

Do people fully understand what this means? The states have no control over who is being sent to them nor can they stop it.  If that doesn’t scare the Holy Hell out of you, nothing will. Given the current situation, this is a suicide note written by the Fed for the States.

The states will likely have to sue to get this administration to stop it, which will take too much time to be a viable option. Another way is for Congress to cut the funding to the program. A letter from Florida’s Governor Scott to Paul Ryan asks for just that very thing to happen.

But let’s get real, we all know how good Congress is at cutting funding.  Obama is fond of doing all he can without Congress, perhaps it’s time the states tried that too.

The states shouldn’t wait for Congress; they should refuse to cooperate and pull the plug on their end.  If they are getting billed for these refugees by non-profits, it’s time to reverse engineer the process: find out who they are, where they are and then refuse to be a pass through for the bills.

ISIS scares me, but the idea that the states are now actively having to protect themselves from the potential of terrorism because of the actions of our own federal government? Well, that scares me more.

Quick side note: Next Thursday is Thankgiving and I will give thanks in a final article, which comes just past my two-year anniversary  at Da Tech Guy as a member of his Magnificent Seven. 

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

A few days ago there was a story about Donald Trump saying he thinks Obama hates Israel.

If you want to know where he would have such an opinion all you need is this paragraph at Elder of Ziyon

Finally, it is a sad but not surprising fact that the Obama administration does not care about this case. Obama has not breathed a public word. Lakin was an American. He was an educator. And he was a peace activist who stood up for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Israeli-Arabs shot him in the head and knifed him in the chest at the age of 76.

If you haven’t heard about this murdered American. If you wonder why the butchering of this peace activist and civil rights warrior’s has not produced outrage, it’s because for all the good he has done to he committed the ultimate crime.

He dared to be a Jew on a bus in Israel. His crime is / was his very existence and as far as today’s left and this president is concerned, that is unpardonable.

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By A.P. Dillon

If it looks like a political stunt and smells like a political stunt, then it stands to reason it is a political stunt.

President Obama’s big shift in rhetoric on testing this past week comes at a politically convenient time.  In a total course reversal, Obama wants a cap that limits the testing on children to 2% or less of their class time. That 2%sounds great, but really it’s not changing anything if one realizes that 2% of a school year’s class time translates to somewhere between 20 to 24 hours worth of testing. Like I said, this is a stunt.

This administration has beaten the drum of ‘test and punish’ for seven years right alongside tying test scores to teacher evaluations — a move that has had teachers unions up in arms nationwide.

What better way to quell the powerful, big donors like teachers unions just prior to a Presidential election year than to offer a ‘testing cap’?

It’s bait in an election cycle where education is taking the main stage with voters.

Likewise, it’s an opportunity for this administration to subtly hit Hillary Clinton over the head again, as she has come out supporting Common Core, which has been anchored to two testing consortia and ‘testing accountability measures’.

This isn’t just about hitting Hillary over the head. It’s also about beating Congress over the head. Again.

Remember, the House pushed forward with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which strengthens over testing instead of stemming it. The reauthorization also solidified Common Core. It’s a nightmare.

A recent article at Front Page Magazine by Mary Grabar points this out. Here’s an excerpt, but do read the whole thing:

In a smooth move, the Obama administration called on Congress to fix a problem that had been foisted on the people without the consent of Congress—namely the national Common Core standards, even as the widely hated name was scrupulously avoided.  The Obama administration also told teachers to fix tests that they had not devised and were forced to administer.    

In an even smoother move, the New York Times summed up the blame this way:

The administration’s move seemed a reckoning on a two-decade push that began during the Bush administration and intensified under President Obama. Programs with aspirational names — No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top — were responding to swelling agreement among Democrats and Republicans that higher expectations and accountability could lift the performance of American students. . . . .”

Alas, the push began “during the Bush administration.”

Shorter: If JEB! needed a final coffin nail, here it comes.

Meanwhile, in Obama’s backyard of  Washington, D.C.,  only 1 in 10 DC students score ‘college ready’ on the new Common Core math tests.  The scores dropped in neighboring Maryland as well.  Let’s not even get into the results for Hispanic students; Obama has that one covered with a forced touchy-feely outreach program.

But for educrats like William Bushaw, who is the director of the agency overseeing the NAEP (Nations Report Card),  the narrative remains the same: Common Core is not to blame.

William Bushaw, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP, tried to discourage connecting this year’s test results and Common Core in a telephone call with reporters Tuesday.

NAEP exams, while overlapping with the Common Core standards, are not tied to any specific curriculum or material used in public schools, Bushaw said.

He added that states might not have used Common Core in the same way.

We should not assume the Common Core has been evenly or persistently implemented in the country,” he said.
News and Observer 10/27/15

That’s an AMAZING admission right there, folks.  For the last 5 years, supporters of Common Core have maintained that the standards would be the same — everywhere.

About every five or so years, Educrats and Ed Reformers roll out some shiny new reform. None of these amazing reforms have moved the needle for our kids, nothing has changed for them.  Nothing has changed in the way these reformers window dress the failure of their amazing reform either; perhaps they took deck chair rearranging lessons in a past life.

It was vital kids be able to transfer from state to state and learn the exact same thing, even though the transient student population is less than 2% of the overall student population in the United States.

So not only was Common Core not being implemented the same way, it’s now clear the other major platform of Common Core has crumbled. That platform is consistent comparison of tests from state to state.

But don’t blame Common Core.  It’s the implementation. It’s the tests. It’s anything but the flawed and experimental standards that were rolled out rapid fire in order to yoke states into using them via the Race To The Top grant.

Having said all of that, Obama’s ‘test cap’ is an insulting band-aid on a machete wound that this administration has allowed to fester for the better part of his Presidency.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

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.

By John Ruberry

A year ago a third presidential campaign by Joe Biden would have been greeted by guffaws from Anchorage to Key West. But the plummeting opinion poll numbers of struggling frontrunner Hillary Clinton have re-opened the trap door for the vice president. Clinton’s primary opponent is socialist Bernie Sanders–but few people think the Vermont senator can win in the general election. The three other Democratic major candidates, Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee, are hovering around one percent in the polls.

Biden’s first run for the presidency, in the 1988 race, never made it past the autumn of 1987 after he was a confronted by a series of plagiarism allegations. His second plunge eight years ago effectively ended on the day he announced when he said of Barack Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, … I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Clean?

Biden’s campaign never recovered from that blunder and he dropped out the the race shortly after the Iowa Caucuses, but his fortunes dramatically changed when the clean Obama chose Biden as his running mate.

Biden is a gaffe machine–here are some of his greatest hits.

“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” June 17, 2006.

Is Biden proud that Delaware was a slave state?

“You don’t know my state. My state was a slave state … my state is the 8th largest black population in the country.” August 27, 2006.

Crazy Uncle Joe said this to Obama–and it was captured on video–after he signed the ObamaCare bill.

“This is a big f*cking deal!” March 23, 2010.

Here’s one that may especially haunt him.

“Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate.” Sept 10, 2008.Matt Stafford banner

Let’s not forget that in 2009 Biden revealed the previously secret location of a bunker built to protect his life and those of future vice presidents.

As is often the case with a backup quarterback on a losing football team, many Democrats are eagerly awaiting Biden’s turn at taking the snap.

But when Biden gets the ball–he’ll fumble it. And the boos will begin.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By A.P. Dillon

Just last week, I was delving into the politically correct, First Amendment violating battlefields we call college campuses.

This week, we have President Obama condemning the ‘coddling’ of our college kids. Washington Free Beacon captured the meat of Obama’s comments:

“Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal, and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues, who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side, and that’s a problem too,” Obama said. “I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women.

“And you know, I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. You know, I think you should be able to—anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn either.”

So, the man whose ‘signature law’, Obamacare, defines children/dependents as people up to 25 years of age, says the same children shouldn’t be protected from different points of view.

‘You shouldn’t silence them’ but you ‘should have an argument with them’.

Like this?

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Right.  Got it.

Just like he, master of the bully pulpit, listens to other points of view? No, he ignores them, marginalizes them and and the media assists in punishing them.

New Tone.
Quit listening to Rush Limbaugh.
FOX news.
Do everything I can without Congress.
I won.
Tone Deaf.
Free Stuff.
Denali.
Crazies.

Those examples are just the ones off the top of my head. There are so many more. A good bet for another one is anytime he’s gone golfing, because that signals he’s recently just ignored someone or some issue, insulted someone or some group.

For more, see Townhall, who just this past Spring did a nice round-up of President Politically Correct’s greatest hits.

Over seven years, the one thing I would never call this President is open-minded to different points of view. He has one view, his.

I would call him a Political Correctness warrior, however, only when it suits his purposes and that’s sadly rather often.

I mean, come on… the man won’t even say the words Islamic Terrorism for crying out loud.

For the love of God, doesn’t anyone remember Attack Watch? Encouraging citizens to spy on their neighbors and report back ‘lies’ about Obama and his administration? Get the facts, fight the smears… anyone?

So here we are coming full circle, in a way because this is not about free speech or having meaningful debates. It is about unleashing social justice warriors college kids into the 2016 debate, because you should argue with your neighbor and get in their face.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

Morton Grove Gazebo on Christmas Day
Morton Grove Gazebo on
Christmas Day in 2013

By John Ruberry

Obscured by liberal attacks on the Confederate battle flag is the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule announced earlier this month by US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

HUD will review racial demographics in suburbs such as mine, Morton Grove, Illinois, and look for what it may view as patterns of segregation. HUD will propose solutions, mainly adding affordable housing for minorities. If the town balks, federal funding will be yanked because HUD says the municipality will be in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Ouch.

Already the Obama administration is collecting sensitive racial data with the likely goal that this “spreading the wealth around” survives beyond Obama’s departure from the White House in 18 months.

Old Ruberry home in Roseland
Old Ruberry home in Roseland in 2008

The federal record on integration is a bad one. The first house I lived in was in Chicago’s then-all white Roseland neighborhood. We moved out in 1968. And because unscrupulous real estate agents were engaged in panic-peddling based upon race fears, my parents sold their home at a loss, although to be fair our suburban home was a much better one. Three years later we visited the old neighborhood–it was then nearly all-black–and about one-third of the houses, including our bungalow, were boarded up. All of these home were in default of Federal Housing Administration loans as the orange signs on each house informed us. Roseland never recovered. Fifteen years later Barack Obama worked as a community organizer there–yet Roseland remains poverty-stricken and a high crime area. In fact, early this morning two men were shot while riding in a van in the unhappy neighborhood.

It was in the 1970s that the federal government pursued school busing to integrate urban public schools. For a brief period they were–until white families moved to the suburbs or sent their children to expensive private schools.

By the late 1990s, newly married and a father, I lived with my wife and daughter in a marginally dangerous Chicago neighborhood so we could save money for a decent down payment on a suburban home. Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I did not want to raise our daughter in such a place nor subject her to Chicago’s wretched schools. The suburb we live in is integrated–it is 30 percent Asian-American. But our black and Hispanic population is negligible.

Abandoned Detroit home
Abandoned Detroit home earlier this month

Will HUD bureaucrats try to fix this “inequity” by decimating suburbs such as mine? The federal government’s record on such “repairs” is a bad one.

I’ll leave the final words to Nolan Finley of the Detroit News:

Housing is one of the more difficult markets to manipulate for social outcomes. Homeowners always have the option of packing up and moving on when the nature of their communities no longer meets their needs. They won’t be trapped by government mandates in communities where they don’t feel comfortable.

It’s a nice thought that there can be suburbs where $1 million estates sit right next to $800 a month apartments, and everybody gets along just fine. The reality is that efforts to coerce economic diversity in housing almost always end up destroying neighborhoods.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Reagan statue, Dixon, IL
Reagan statue, Dixon, IL

By John Ruberry

The poet called Miss Liberty’s torch “the lamp beside the golden door.” Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is. And now you really know why we’re here tonight. The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity, is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America. Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people. She will carry on in the ’80s unafraid, unashamed, and unsurpassed. In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America’s is.

Ronald Reagan uttered those majestic words near the end of his acceptance speech at the 1984 Republican National Convention. Can you imagine Barack Obama saying something like that? I cannot.

Last week former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani unleashed a debate about Barack Obama’s patriotism when he said at a private dinner held for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.” The next morning Giuliani added, “I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents…it sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter.”

Ayers and Dohrn home
Ayers and Dohrn home, Chicago

While Reagan’s ascent to the presidency was circuitous–from broadcaster to actor to union leader before finally turning to politics, his love for America was always evident. As for Obama, he entered politics in his mid-30s–and infamously began his public career in the living room of two America-hating terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. For twenty years Obama sat in the pews of Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side and listened to the anti-American bile of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

When President Obama was asked in 2009 if he believed in American exceptionalism, he responded, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Ronald Reagan would have replied this way: “Of course I do!”

Shortly before winning the presidency Obama boasted, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” America is of course open to improvements, but if Obama truly loved America there would be no need for fundamentally transforming it.

In 1994, Reagan, in his last public statement, announced in a handwritten note that he had Alzheimer’s disease–and of course he mentioned the United States.

In closing let me thank you, the American people for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your President. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

There are so many depressing stories to write about today I scarce know where to begin.

#1 The first Post american President continues his Post American program.

Obama had traded away concessions for “symbolic gestures,” and that Obama was “the worst negotiator that we’ve had as president…maybe in the modern history of the country.”

I really missing having a president who is on our side.

#2. Trauma at Harvard:

But while emotional pageantry in lieu of a logical contention may yield spectacular results in the political realm, it remains insufficient in the eyes of those trained to argue the law. At least, that is the impression one gets from reading the reactions to this sloppy effort by a third year Harvard Law School student and an editor on the Harvard Law Review who recently argued in favor of delaying exams because of his perceived and vicarious emotional trauma.

“Our request for exam extensions is not being made from a position of weakness, but rather from one of strength and critical awareness,” wrote William Desmond in The National Law Journal.

You know there was a Day that Harvard produced the type of men so strong that even having their ship cut in two under them in the dark of night didn’t paralyze them into inaction.

#3 Mass Murder in Pakistan

The Pakistani branch of the Taliban has attempted to justify its attack on a school on Tuesday in the city of Peshawar that left 132 children and nine staff members dead, calling it revenge for the army’s offensive against the group. The attack has been condemned by world leaders, including the government of Iran as well as by the Afghan branch of the Taliban.


Yes these are the terrorists this president is negotiating with.

#4 Cowardice in Hollywood:

The top five theater circuits in North America have decided not to play Sony’s The Interview.

Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film.

“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” Regal said in a statement to THR Wednesday.


Oh for the days of when men like Leslie Howard defined the Nazis

#5 and finally courage in Iraq at a terrible cost both depressing and inspiring:

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants rounded up the four under 15-children and asked them if they would followMohammed and live or chose any other religion and live. The courageous died hard Christians replied the militants saying, “No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus), we have always loved Yesua, we have always followed Yesua, Yesua has always been with us.”

According to the report by Orthodox Christian Network, the four boys were beheaded by the militants after refusing to accept Islam as their religion.

I would suggest that a cause for canonization begin at once.

Author in New Mexico
Author in New Mexico

By John Ruberry

Last week, while few people outside of the west noticed, President Obama declared nearly 780 square miles in southern New Mexico America’s newest national monument, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, his largest designation yet. Two months ago the president, who infamously boasted early in his term, “We can’t wait for Congress to do its job, so where they won’t act, I will,” added 1,660 acres to the California Coastal National Monument.

So far Obama has declared eleven national monuments.  But another shoe, or actually I should say more shoes are about to drop:  “And I am not finished,” the president said at the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks announcement.

In another brazen move that still angers Utahns, shortly before his reelection, Bill Clinton set aside nearly 3,000 square miles of southern Utah to create the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I’ve been there. It’s pretty. But it doesn’t measure up to the grandeur of Grand Canyon or Yosemite. When we were driving through Grand Staircase-Escalante in 2010, Mrs. Marathon Pundit remarked to me, “You know, the land on this side of the monument isn’t any better or worse than what’s inside it.”

As that monument and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are located in sparsely populated areas of our nation, it’s likely that you are reading this post many miles away from both places. So, you may ask, “What does this have to do with me?”  Grand Staircase-Escalante and Organ Mountains Desert Peaks are closed off to drilling and fracking.Grand Staircase sign

Regular gasoline is selling for just under $4-per-gasoline where I live.

As for the newest monument, national security could be threatened.

From the Wall Street Journal [paid registration required]:

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), though, faulted the president’s “unilateral action,” saying the latest national monument designation would undermine security by limiting law enforcement access to high crime areas near the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Once again, the president has chosen to bypass the legislative branch—and, in this case, do so in a manner that adds yet another challenge in our ongoing efforts to secure our Southern border,” Mr. Boehner said. “At a time of continued cartel violence in Mexico, we should not be putting any additional restraints on efforts to protect our borders.”

The Obama administration should have included protections to ensure the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies have adequate access the southwest border, Mr. Boehner said. Such legislation was introduced in Congress but never passed into law.

As you’d expect, local law enforcement officials are even more hostile to Obama’s declaration.

From the Las Cruces Sun-News:

Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison recalls the times his deputies and federal agents were shot at as they pursued suspected drug smugglers through the area that will now be known as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. He also talked about the dozens of stolen cars that have been used to ferry drugs along pathways that lead through the desert and past border patrol checkpoints.

“If we have no ability to patrol that area, crime is going to increase. It will be akin to the Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona. I wonder how many years it will be before we have to post signs that say ‘Enter at your own risk.’ That’s my concern,” Garrison said.

Remember, Obama says, “And I am not finished.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

In reading the transcript from Chris Wallace’s interview with Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer, it becomes evident that the White House doesn’t understand one basic concept – they report to American citizens. They are accountable to us. Unfortunately for all individuals, Obama was hired by the American people and as such, it is not outlandish for him to be accountable for his whereabouts on the night of 9/11/12 during the Benghazi attacks. This interview reminds me of the shiftiness during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Here’s the transcript:

WALLACE: let’s turn to benghazi. he had a meeting with panetta in the afternoon, heard about this on an unrelated subject, wanted them to deploy forces as soon as possible. the next time he shows up, hillary clinton says she spoke to him at around 10:00 that night after the attack at the consulate, not the annex, but the attack at the consulate had ended. question, what did the president do the rest of that night to pursue benghazi?

PFEIFFER:  the president was kept up to do throughout the entire night, from the moment it started till the end. this is a horrible tragedy, people that he sent abroad whose lives are in risk, people who work for him. i recognize that there’s a series of conspiracy theories the republicans are spinning about this since the night it happened, but there’s been an independent review of this, congress has held hearings, we provided 250,000 pages of — 250,000 pages of documents up there. there’s been 11 hearings, 20 staff briefings. everyone has found the same thing. this is a tragedy. the question is not what happened that night. the question is what are we going to do to move forward and ensure it doesn’t happen again? congress should act on what the president called for earlier this week, to pass legislation to actually allow us to implement the recommendations of the accountability review board. when we send diplomats off into far-flung places, there’s inherent risk. we need to mitigate that risk.

WALLACE: with all due respect, you didn’t answer my question. what did the president do that night?

PFEIFFER:  kept up to date with the events as they were happening.

WALLACE: he didn’t talk to the secretary of state except for the one time when the first attack was over. he didn’t talk to the secretary of defense, he didn’t talk to chiefs. the chairman of the joint who was he talking to?

PFEIFFER:  his national security staff, his national security council.

WALLACE: was he in the situation room?

PFEIFFER:  he was kept up to date throughout the day.

WALLACE: do you know know whether he was in the situation room?

PFEIFFER:  i don’t know what room he was in that night. that’s a largely irrelevant fact.

WALLACE: well —

PFEIFFER:  the premise of your question, somehow there was something that could have been done differently, okay, that would have changed the outcome here. the accountability roof board has looked at this, people have looked at this. it’s a horrible tragedy, and we have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

WALLCE: here’s the point, though, the ambassador goes missing, the first ambassador in more than 30 years is killed. four americans, including the ambassador, are killed. dozens of americans are in jeopardy. the president at 4:00 in the afternoon says to the chairman of the joint chiefs to deploy forces. no forces are deployed. where is he while all this is going on?

PFEIFFER:  this has been tested to by —

WALLACE: well, no. no one knows where he is, who was involved, the —

PFEIFFER:  the suggestion of your question that somehow the president —

WALLACE: i just want to know the answer.

PFEIFFER:  the assertions from republicans that the president didn’t take action is offensive. there’s no evidence to support it.

WALLACE: i’m simply asking a question. where was he? what did he do? how did he respond in who told him you can’t deploy forces and what was his president?

PFEIFFER:  the president was in the white house that day, kept up to date by his national security team, spoke to the joint chiefs of staff earlier, secretary of state, and as events unfolded he was kept up to date.

(SOURCE)

– Rebecca @ Americaisconservative.org

 

Yesterday I warned Gun owners in five states about democrats and promises, to reinforce that message let me give you one more story:

Perhaps you might recall the President and his supporters assuring Sandy victims the week before the election that Red Tape would not be a problem:

In his final weekly address before the election, President Obama used the bully pulpit Saturday to project an image of an executive responding to a natural disaster, commanding government agencies “not to let red tape and bureaucracy get in the way of solving problems”

Well for all those promises well covered by the Mainstream media before the election. The people of NY State found the man in the White House, friends with their mayor and ally of their governor who they voted for overwhelmingly suddenly had different priorities just a few weeks later:

“We are the people – we are the middle class, and we are getting the finger,” said frustrated resident Scott McGrath, who personally spoke to President Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when they came to Staten Island to inspect storm damage earlier this month. “You were there when I met Obama, and I told the president … that the middle class was getting the royal finger. And he said, ‘FEMA works for me.’”

Well of course that was several months ago, surly things are different by now particularly in NJ where governor Chris Christie toured with the president:

“I toured New Jersey on Wednesday with Governor Christie, and witnessed some of the terrible devastation firsthand. It’s heartbreaking. Families have lost loved ones. Entire communities have been wiped away,”

and gave his solemn word as president

“As President, I promise them this: Your country will be there for you for as long as it takes to recover and rebuild,”

surely now by April he has kept this promise:

“It seems like people who are responsible and have paid for coverage are the losers,” he said. “The storm was bad enough. The red tape is a joke.”

well I’m sure Chris, “Obama you’re so awesome” Christie being the fighter he is isn’t putting up with this, right?

The state has since washed its hands of any attempt to run interference with the federally regulated program, state Banking and Insurance Department spokesman Marshall McKnight said. Any complaints the state receives regarding flood insurance now are referred to a hotline FEMA set up after the governor’s criticism, 1-800-427-4661.

Remember this story is from November or December, it’s from April 2013 this week.

New Jersey was foolish enough to believe the promises of Obama and the democrats, Governor Christie was foolish enough to believe the promises of Obama and the Democrats.

If you live in a Red State and you have a democrat running for Senate, it’s up to you to decide if you will too.

Good luck.

Some things are just so mind blowingly ridiculous that it amazes me that they would be said.

 

Here is the WSJ article.

By a more than 2-to-1 margin, Americans say Mr. Obama is doing a better job overall than Republicans at attempting to unify the country in a bipartisan way, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

The poll found that 48% of respondents see Mr. Obama as trying to unify the country, compared to 22% who said that of Republicans and 37% who said that of Democrats

Dictionary.com defines “unify” thus:

u·ni·fy
[yoo-nuh-fahy] verb (used with object), verb (used without object), u·ni·fied, u·ni·fy·ing.
to make or become a single unit; unite: to unify conflicting theories; to unify a country.

Now I admit I’m just a blogger and radio talk show host but be definition and not a paid member of NBC or the WSJ but if 48% of the people said Barack Obama is uniting the country, then by definition 52% of the people did not?

No wonder the same media is trying to sell us Sequestration as a cut. They must think we are a nation of idiots.

Then again given the results of he last election…

Update: Glenn links while Sequestration brings back memories of my youth.

Back in 2011, after Gabby Giffords was shot, Obama made a touching speech in Arizona.  Pundits said that it was a “defining moment” in his Presidency.  On Peter’s show, I doubled down and said, “Hell, no, it’s not, and it won’t change a thing.”

You’re all thinking, “Ohhh, yeah, I remember that speech, I think, sort of, maybe; people called it a ‘defining moment’?”.

My rationale: making a speech has nothing to do with the core functions of the Presidency, or even its ancillary functions.  Read Article II. Commander in Chief.  Chief Executive. The power to make treaties,  with the consent of the Senate.

Let’s ignore the Frank Luntz Focus Group and say that Obama “won” last night. (Note that most polls that have Obama winning have him winning a plurality, not a majority; the polls that show Romney winning the debate show a majority.)  We’re still at our January, 2011 issue: this doesn’t change the fundamentals.

Gas is still $4.00 a gallon.  Unemployment is still sky-high.  The economy is still terrible. Health insurance premiums are still skyrocketing. Companies are moving overseas.  The national debt is still $16 trillion and climbing.  The Democrat-controlled Senate still hasn’t passed a budget in three years. Deficits are still over a trillion per year. And Obama did not even try to make the case, let alone make a successful case, that the next four years will be different.

Most people who aren’t total whackadoodle liberals aren’t going to vote for the guy unless they believe that the next four years will be different.  “Give that Romney fellow a chance; he’s done a good job with the Olympics and Massachusetts” will be the thought.

Even a decisive win would not have changed a bloody thing, because it wouldn’t have convinced Americans that the next four years would bring something different. We’re beyond the point at which debates and smackdowns matter for the Obama Administration; absent a clear plan to change things (and “tax the rich” isn’t working), he’s not going to get the support of America.

I’ve been going back and forth in comments concerning if the Obama move on Gay Marriage was planned. I think this story slam dunks it:

As political fundraisers go, it’s set to be an “Avengers”-sized blockbuster: One hundred and fifty wealthy Democrats will dine with President Obama at George Clooney’s Studio City home Thursday night, at a party that organizers expect to gross $15 million for the president’s re-election campaign — the highest amount ever raised at such an event.

High-profile guests including Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Barbra Streisand, director-producer J.J. Abrams, producer Nina Jacobson, Creative Artists Agency partner Bryan Lourd and ICM President Chris Silbermann are attending the dinner, which was organized by DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and his political advisor, Andy Spahn.

Hmmmm Obama can’t fill a stadium and loses 40% of the vote in an uncontested primary. Could it be that the money people demanded it

A number of gay and progressive donors, unsolicited, have indicated to us that they aren’t considering requests to donate to the Obama SuperPac because of the president’s refusal to the sign the order. And those are high-dollar asks, some in the seven digits. We have heard from at least half a dozen major gay and progressive donors that they stand united with us.

The Washington Post noted on Tuesday that roughly 20 percent of Obama top campaign bundlers—who are responsible for arranging $500,000 and up—“publicly identified themselves as gay.”

That suggests that for the Billion dollar man it’s all about the Benjamins. Stacy McCain:

What is pathetic, as I say, is that everybody knows Obama could not have won even the Iowa caucus in 2008 if he had been campaigning as openly pro-gay-marriage — that is to say, clearly to the left of Hillary Clinton on this issue.

In order to enhance his “viability,” the media bit their tongues and looked the other way while Obama engaged in a flimflam charade of moderation. He would have carried on that dishonest scam as long as necessary to win the general election, except that his big-money gay donors threatened to cut him off. And what his media idolators now will celebrate as another “gutsy call” never would have happened otherwise!

To nobody’s surprise the MSM is playing up the “guts” , “sincere” while noting that every time it’s been on the ballot Gay Marriage has lost. As for the polls let me point out that the Democrats in Massachusetts are still blocking a vote on the issue

There will be some very interesting sermons in Black Churches this weekend but in terms of uniting and energizing his base Obama has given Mitt Romney exactly what he needs.

Granted every day this is the topic it is a day that’s not talking about the economy and Obama’s record, which certainly helps the president, but I can’t wait to see what happens when the president is asked:

“Will you appoint justices who will declare the Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional?”

That’s gonna be fun.

Update: Smitty links to another set of questions:

If Obama has endorsed federalism and believes that states have the right to define marriage, then why doesn’t he support the ability of states to extricate themselves from Obamacare? Why don’t states have the right to dictate their immigration laws? And does he “personally” believe that states should be able decide the issue of abortion? Roe v. Wade exists, but so does the Defense of Marriage Act.

That’s a good question.

…because on the same day the “Dogs vs Romney” puts up this:

Abusing animals has consequences – consequences not even Mitt Romney can avoid. In the wake of his campaign’s 2007 revelation of the “dog-on-roof story,” Mitt Romney’s name was listed by two national animal cruelty registries used to track animal abuse offenders.

This story from 2003 surfaces

Gov. Mitt Romney rode to the rescue over the weekend during a vacation trip — using his Jet Ski to help pluck a New Jersey family and their dog out of Lake Winnipesaukee after their boat sank.

So Romney risks his own live to save a dog from drowning (oh and some people too). I wonder how that is going to play with dog owners. Hot air wonders why we haven’t heard about this

Speaking of which, why exactly is it obscure? Why hasn’t the Romney camp done more to circulate it? I recall reading about it once before but it’s so far off the radar that it slipped my memory altogether. It’d be nice to have it firmly planted in readers’ minds in time for Gail Collins’s 8,000th column about Romney putting Seamus on the car roof.

Imagine for a moment that this had been president Obama, would we not have heard about his every single day on every single network?

Meanwhile the “dogs against Romney” has nothing to say concerning this new revelation. I tried to leave a comment on their site about the “Romney Saves dog” story but for some reason it was never approved.

I wonder why?

I can’t wait to see what Jim Treacher has to say about this. Cue the Big Bang Theory

Sheldon:  Is the Whip App contextually appropriate here?

Leonard:  Yes, but I think you waited too long for it to be funny

(Sheldon runs Whip app all laugh

Leonard:  I was wrong it’s still funny

Big Bang Theory 2012

For the last several days on Facebook on twitter and during at least one segment on Morning Joe there has been unrestrained laughter concerning the president and his youthful culinary choices all those years ago.

We’ve seen posts, tweets on Obama dog recipes , a vast array of Photoshops, the return of the puppy blender meme and cartoons like this one:

and a return of the puppy blender meme , we’ve had dogs against Obama and the amusing spectacle of “Dogs against Romney” blogger insisting that eating your dog is no big dealI’m the dish of the day, can I interest you in parts of my body?”

Odd that I don’t see any comments questioning his defense of the president, you would think he is not allowing contrary opinions or something?

We’ve also seen some serious questions too; Why didn’t media who rushed to pick up his book Dreams of my Father know this (I think they did but team Obama counted on their silence) , How does this damage the president long term “the one thing everybody will remember is Obama ate a dog”, What does it mean for leftist comedians , and of course the media double standard:

See, when Romney puts a dog on a car roof, it’s a job for Diane Sawyer. When Obama eats one*, it’s a goofy Jeanne Moos story. And isn’t it interesting that an incident from 1983 couldn’t be more current, but quoting one of Obama’s books is “dredging” it up? Guess it all depends on which party is embarrassed about it.

which is why the MSM wants to let sleeping dogs lie (their words not mine).

All of these questions are interesting, but they are missing the only real question that matters:

Are Obama eating dog jokes still funny?

After seeing this tweet from John McCain and the outraged twitter reaction of the left to it:

Yep still funny.

Heh HEH!

Hey guess what the NYT says about the race now

Registered voters are evenly split between Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama. The poll finds 46 percent support Mr. Obama, while as many prefer Mr. Romney. Last month’s Times/CBS News poll also showed a close race, with 47 percent supporting Mr. Obama and 44 percent Mr. Romney.

Hugh Hewlett nailed it

This “news” comes two days after the Gallup showed Romney ahead, and these are all before we pack in the after-effects of another round of Scandal Land, the game the Chicago gang has been playing since it blew into DC in 2009.

The president is in deep, deep trouble because he is a failure and his Administration is a failed presidency. He has failed because his left-wing ideology doesn’t work. Voters know this.

When the NYT CBS poll is showing an even race that tells me Surber is on to something.

…by rewarding those who were loyal to the family during the 2008 election.

President Bill Clinton’s recent endorsements in a handful of House primaries have conjured up memories of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, as he has sought to reward his wife’s supporters and candidates with loyalties to the couple.

Hey I’m sure Obama is going to help his supporters too, when the general election comes around he will stay as far away as possible

Earlier today I talked about the Washington Post poll as a dodge from reality. I pointed to three things this poll meant including the following:

3. All this talk about the GOP in trouble is false…

c…The actual news is so bad for the president that the media dare not report it.
d…The Media and the Democrats know and understand what the actual situation is and are actively attempting to hide it.

Well in Arkansas there is at least one poll who understands it

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said he will not actively campaign in Arkansas for President Barack Obama during the 2012 general election cycle.

….and he goes further…

Later in the interview, Pryor explained: “I’m not there to represent a President. I think that is one thing that I think people in Arkansas understand, but nationally people have forgotten this.”

The real killer, Not only is Pryor not up for re-election until 2014 but he didn’t even have a Republican opponent the last time around.

If you can’t get a guy like this to campaign for you during 2012 what are the odds of getting a Claire McCaskill to campaign at your side?

Remember don’t judge these things by what the Media says, judge them by what the people with skin in the game actually do.

While I wait in the sure and certain knowledge of the resurrection and the not so certain knowledge that my videos on the Bus will somehow manage to upload to the internet Cain’s connections offers you a video that succinctly explains the relationship of the stimulus to small business

Looking at it I can’t help but be reminded of this famous video from Mel Brooks.

I think the attitude toward the people displayed by Brooks is identical to this administrations opinion of the people

The latest Under the Fedora Romney Bias and Courage is now up at The Minority Report and at the Conservatory. In addition to the topics mentioned in today’s column I finally tackle the issue that is apparently sweeping the country: Hayesgate!

When Obama isn’t slamming Sarah Palin, he’s going after . . . Rutherford B. Hayes?

One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ That’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore, because he’s looking backwards. He’s not looking forwards.

That was too much even for The Washington Post:

Hayes, in fact, was such a technology buff that he installed the first telephone in the White House. A list of telephone subscribers published in the article “The Telephones Comes to Washington,” by Richard T. Loomis, shows that the White House was given the number “1.”

Now, for those on the left who might be upset at the Post for giving Obama “4 Pinocchios” on this: remember, it is perfectly safe for The Washington Post to defend Hayes. As a Republican who has been dead for over a century, he is no threat to Obama’s re-election campaign—and the Post did manage to slam the just-as-dead-but-still-hated Ronald Reagan in the same article, so that more than makes up for it.

Anyone who is surprised that the MSM found Obama’s gaffe on Hayes more newsworthy than the exchange on Sarah Palin simply isn’t paying attention.

I got the idea for this meme when reading Stacy’s post about NARAL’s new anti-Catholic, economically-illiterate ad.

We can talk all day about the economics of “free” birth control, the disgusting pandering that Obama is doing in light of $4/gallon gasoline and almost 9% unemployment, or religious freedom, but this blogger is ready to talk about discrimination. Specifically, the huge numbers of people who are discriminated against by this rule.

For example, gays and lesbians – particularly gay men.  There is no sexual activity that any gay man or lesbian will do, with the partner of their choice, that will ever produce a child.  A sexually active gay has about as much use for the Pill as does a fish for a bicycle, but they will have to pick up some of the cost for their heterosexual peers. How heteronormative – and homophobic.

It gets worse for gays, though. Gay men are about forty-four times as likely to have AIDS as their straight counterparts.  But this new regulation doesn’t pay for condoms as a way of preventing STDs, even though treating AIDS costs over a half-million dollars per patient.  And AIDS is an actual disease, unlike pregnancy; AIDS ends in death, not in new life.  But apparently, Obama doesn’t care about gay people.

This also discriminates against the middle-aged and elderly.  The Pill isn’t safe for women who are over 35 or 40, who have to use other forms of birth control that are not covered by the mandate.  So does Obama think that women who are beyond their “sell-by” date don’t deserve to have a sex life? To continue my usual rant, fertility is not a disease; having working ovaries is not a medical condition.  However, erectile dysfunction is at least a dysfunction, but HHS isn’t offering to pay for Viagra. Again, why the disparity? Obama thinks that anyone who isn’t Hollywood young-and-hot doesn’t deserve to have fun in bed?  A couple in their forties, struggling with losing their jobs to lay-offs, whose children are teenagers, can’t (ahem) enjoy each other’s company?

My favourite group that this discriminates against: pregnant women.  They still have co-pays for prenatal care, labour, delivery, paediatrician visits, preemie care, even prenatal vitamins.  Lest anyone think that having a child is a choice, let me remind you that Social Security is seriously insolvent; next time a woman talks about a $300 co-pay for delivering in a hospital, remember that her baby will be paying your retirement and changing your bedpan. But the hard work of being pregnant and growing a healthy baby doesn’t rate under Obama’s idea of “women’s health,” and having babies is now only for rich white women – minorities, poor women, and all those groups hurt by a co-pay on the Pill should hear the message loud and clear: Obama thinks you don’t deserve to have kids.

The Obama Administration’s plan is great – if you’re young, heterosexual, don’t have a family history of blood clots,  and are wealthy enough to pay for both your babies and some other chick’s birth control.  The message is loud and clear: this is all about ensuring that heterosexual men can bang young women without having to pay child support.

This email just popped into my inbox:

Roxeanne,

Mitt and I have traveled thousands of miles on the road these last few months — and we’ve got a whole lot more to go. At every campaign stop, we are greeted by overwhelming crowds of wonderful supporters like you as we journey across this beautiful country.

We draw great motivation and energy from your support. Our day-to-day interactions with you at rallies, town halls, and other campaign events serve as a constant reminder of why Mitt is in this fight.

We wish we could spend more time with each and every one of you. And that’s why we’re inviting a supporter like you to spend a day on the road with Mitt.

One lucky supporter will get to join Mitt for a day as he makes stops on the campaign trail.  And by donating $5, you will automatically be entered for the chance to be Mitt’s special guest on the road – https://secure.mittromney.com/donate/day-on-the-road

The campaign trail is always full of surprises — and this day with Mitt will be no different. Some details are still being sorted out, but it is shaping up to be a really exciting day.

We recognize that many of you have already donated — and we can’t thank you enough. It’s because of you that we are able to share Mitt’s vision and fight for the America you and I love.

So make a donation of $5 today to be automatically entered for the chance to meet Mitt and spend the day with him on the road:

https://secure.mittromney.com/donate/day-on-the-road

Thanks for all your support.

Ann Romney

(Boldface my own.) Dear Governor Romney: you are already attacked enough for being Obama lite, the guy who paved the way for ObamaCare, the guy whose state costs the federal government hundreds of millions per year in extra medical expenses.  Why on earth are you mimicking Obama’s famous $5 $3 campaign donation giveaway?  Sure, it’s probably to fend off criticism of your campaign as being funded by rich corporations and rich people, but that’s the same reason that Obama did it.

It’s a bit rude to blog on the same subject as the Sicilian gentleman who is kind enough to let you write a few posts at his place, so I hope he’ll forgive me.  In his great post about Obama’s new love of SuperPACs, Peter doesn’t mention that this is 2008 all over again.

Back when Obama was running on a platform of “Hope and Change,” he pledged to take public financing for his campaign.  Then, in June of 2008, he opted to forgo public financing and its associated spending limits, as the first candidate to do so since 1976.  McCain kept his pledge to take public financing and thus limit the spending on his own election, although the mainstream media painted him as the big-money spender.

For those of you who are saying, “Oh, 2008, I remember that,” please remember that Barack Obama spent seven hundred forty-five million dollars on his election. John McCain’s campaign cost half that.  The “public financing” charade was meant to give him political cover to raise money from big corporations, foreign donors,  and questionable donor sources.

This “SuperPAC” bull is 2008 all over again.  Obama hopes that the media will give him political cover; if he is criticised for using SuperPACs and spending gobs of corporate money, he’ll point to his broken pledge as “proof” of his high-mindedness, in the belief that a synoptic media will try to sell the American public on the NewSpeak notion of “self-serving broken promises = integrity.”  And why not?  It worked in 2008.

When I saw this post at Stacy McCain’s site this morning I sighed:

Just ask yourselves, Perrybots, what might have been possible if some other candidate — any other candidate, perhaps one who could remember how to count to three – had an extra $20 million to spend here in Florida. But no, you spent months telling the rest of us that Rick Perry was The Only Conservative Who Could Beat Romney, an argument you didn’t hesitate to repeat as late as December, long after it was apparent that he wasn’t ready for prime time. And you still refuse to admit that you were misled, and helped mislead others, into jumping aboard that hopeless Bandwagon to Loserville.

I wondered if it was just frustration by what appears to be Romney’s entirely predictable win in Florida a state with early voting and multiple media markets where organization matters (I would be delighted to be wrong btw) but then I saw this at Memorandum:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry burned through the bulk of a once-sizable campaign war chest late last year in what became an increasingly desperate attempt to right his listing — and ultimately doomed — presidential campaign, federal financial disclosures released late Monday show.

Now one might think this would be an opportune time to mention a certain funding rant of mine but there is something I want to touch on a sec. This is Stacy again:

“What I fear will happen is that Perry will spend several months sucking up media oxygen and burning through GOP donor cash, only to collapse early next year. This will have the effect of suffocating other conservative candidates, and thereby lead to … Romney 2012.”

Wrote that August 9. Perry’s failure was entirely predictable. But you knew everything and wouldn’t listen to me.

“Howdy. Thank you, Erick.”

Yes, this was a big mistake, yes we’ve seen this before with Charlie Crist and Dede in NY, yes a lot of consultants told a lot of people things to keep getting paychecks and we should know better. All of that is true but none of it is important right now.

Right now we have to deal with beating Obama, I’m less concerned about the past as I am concerned about the idea that our nominee is to beat Obama. Yes I’m going to fight for Santorum and encourage others to join us, but when the convention is done I’m supporting the GOP and I’ve got 1000 reasons to do so and so do you.

Eyes on the prize people, eyes on the prize.

Update: Smitty gets it:

Thursday I went to the Twin City Mall pay my Comcast bill (I never pay a bill online that I can pay in person) and I noticed a poster on the wall advertising a new Showtime series, Homeland! The catch line is “They see a hero, she sees a threat”.

I instantly thought of the president’s SOTU and the whole question of Vets trying to find work and I thought: REALLY?

For decades, DECADES the left though the entertainment industry, has painted the American Vet as unstable, psychotic and unable to function in society and we don’t have to be talking about movies like The Deerhunter or Apocalypse Now, we’ve seen it in more subtle ways.

Let’s give a simple example of a movie you might not consider in this vein: For the Boys with James Caan and Bette Midler as a pair of performers who entertain the troops in three wars and the consequences thereof. The primary plot is the relationship between the two characters but the backdrop are the wars.

At the beginning of the movie they are entertaining the troops in World War 2, the theme is upbeat and while the jokes are a bit raw the troops are respectful and the only hint of the costs of war is a bombing raid that they dance to and the funeral of Dixie (Bette Midler’s) husband.

This is despite the fact that over 400,000 US soldiers were killed during WWII, only the Civil war killed more.

When we get to Korea, suddenly war become a story of mud and rain and wounds and the horrors of war. Somehow a war that with 54,000 US deaths (36k in theater) is magnitudes worse than a war that was fought all over the globe, resulted in the wholesale destruction of cities and mass murder.

And since the template had been set by MASH we had the stereotypical “bad” gossip columnist degrading the Koreans while supporting the war while George Segal is the smart witty writer who in full Alda mode speaks of the stupidity of the fight.

One only needs to take a look at the two Korea’s today to answer the question: Who would the South Koreans agree with. MASH not withstanding the answer would be the same in today as it would have been in 1991.

Once we get to Vietnam, our troops are boors who can’t keep their hands of the girl from the show and are incapable somehow of fighting back, they are just victims just like the rest of the 58,000 US troops who died.

And of course in the Vietnam scene Dixie son is killed but not before he gets the chance to say how BS everything is, not just the war but the philosophy of duty, honor etc.

Note the difference the most devastating war of the 20th century is clean (It would not be until Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers that WW 2 managed to catch up ) but the smaller wars that followed are a national trauma, why?

Well first you have to remember that it wasn’t until once the Germans invaded the USSR, that the American Left concluded that they were the enemies of the world and the fight was both noble and worthwhile.

But Korea and Vietnam; boat people, re-education camps and tens of millions slaughtered in China and the USSR not withstanding any fight against a foe from the left is pointless, destructive and soul scaring.

I remember for decades during the cold war pols of the left like Kennedy, Biden and others, some still in office fighting tooth and nail any attempt to restrain the Soviets or their allies. We saw the same fight against President Bush (Jr. & Sr.) with pols on the other side embracing not only the worst of the opponents of this country but embracing their propaganda against us.

And it still doesn’t end, It was just last week that the media hit the Marines over Haditha again while a former Kerry aide was charged with outing CIA operatives in the war on terror just didn’t produce the same outrage.

So when I see president Obama and his friends in the media beat their breast on military unemployment and ask why an employer might hesitate to hire a vet, I want to shout: “Because you’ve been telling people their dangerous for decades you phony two-faced &$##&@&s!”

It’s not often that this stuff gets me angry, but when I see this kind of stuff it makes my blood boil.

(Quick FYI. In fairness to Showtime the series Homeland it’s more of a “Manchurian Candidate” style plot rather than simply a standard “these vets are crazy” story, but the poster doesn’t convey that.)

This week on DaTechguy on DaRadio I was in a heated argument with Dan Riehl and Pundette that no matter how bad the baggage for individual candidates might be President Obama’s baggage is worse.

Republican Mark Oxner running in Florida’s 27th district proves he gets it with his first ad of the election season:

Now granted that Alan Grayson is one of the few Democrats who have been proud to stand beside Obama so this is an easier connection than most, but this is EXACTLY what every GOP candidate for office should be doing. They should all be linking their opponents to Obama.

I submit that no person not in the bluest of blue districts will want to be linked to the president in this economy with Gas prices nearly double what they were when he was elected, and with people fleeing from the workforce in droves.

Mark Oxner deserves your support because he will keep Alan Grayson from returning from congress but he should be complemented further for providing the blueprint for the entire GOP for election 2012. If the GOP is smart there will be a whole lot of different faces on that parrot before this year is over.

Or as I would put it:


Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

ARRK!

For those who still don’t get it, and for the benefit of those the president is trying to fool here is a video that explains it all in terms everyone can understand:

Any questions?

Update: I understand the argument that it’s all coming out of social security etc, but as the decision is just how long a cut.

Word is a deal has been made, big mistake but lets see what happens.