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.

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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?

NOTHINGPERSONAL

 

 

 

 

 

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.