My Latest for WatchDog.org: Don Obama

My latest for Watchdog.org talks about the new Taxes proposed by Barack Obama and how they identify him not as a man pretending to be a king, but as a neighborhood boss:

I’ve seen many portrayals of President Obama as an absolutist king due to his penchant for unilateral policy decisions made over the heads of Congress. Glenn Reynolds often reposts an image of Obama in the likeness of Louis XIV, with the common tagline being “You should be thanking me.”

What I see, however, is a classic graduate of the Chicago school of criminal governance, an old-fashioned neighborhood boss. This sort of boss man attitude is evidenced in Obama’s plan to put into law ten new taxes.

If you want to read the rest including quotes from Casino, Godfather II, Goodfellas, Analyze This and even Chris Christie, you’ll have to go to Watchdog.org and check out the Watchdog Arena.

What You Think You Know

By A.P. Dillon

You read an article. It raises a question or talks about a particular topic.

You Google. You browse the results, checking out a couple with promising titles. You check Wikipedia. You read quotes from ‘experts’. You do your homework. You think you’ve got the facts and know the truth.

You thought wrong.

What you likely found was misinformation.

Sharyl Attkisson recently gave a talk that outlines this very scenario using the example of a cholesterol drug.

Attkisson explains in the video:

“What if the reality you found was false? A carefully constructed narrative by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion. A Truman Show-esque alternate reality all around you.

Complacency in the news media combined with incredibly powerful propaganda and publicity forces mean we sometimes get little of the truth.”

An applicable recent story combining ‘propaganda and publicity’ would be that of the imposition of environmental regulations based on climate change ‘experts’ and the associated scam.

media what mediaSometimes misinformation is really about lack of information or rather, what the media won’t cover. Remember the Gosnell trial? Media? What media?

Shift gears to education for a moment.

Consider the messaging from Common Core supporters.

Buzzwords and slick catch phrases sing the praises of these Standards.  Dig deeper, beyond the sales job by ‘experts‘, non-profit and special interest websites, and you find out what a train wreck it really is.

Think of the Common Core, and the related public relations designed to support it, like a brand new house.

It looks great on the outside; impressive even. Most people continue on, admiring it from the outside. A few, however, walk up to the front door to peer inside. That is when things change.  The inside is empty, messy and not at all what the outside represented.

 

AP DillonA.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, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

Triple Murder at Chapel Hill, Liberal Narrative Hit, Family hit harder

There was a horrible murder in Chapel Hill North Carolina yesterday.  Three students a husband and wife Shaddy Barakat, 23, & Yusor Mohammad, 21, her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were shot to death.

As the father of sons close to the age of those murdered I have tremendous sympathy for the families of the victims of these senseless slaying.

However I have absolutely no sympathy for our friends on the left or in the Muslim community who tried to manipulate this for political advantage.

First came the cries of Christian execution:

Alas it turns out the fellow was a militant atheist & a big fan of Richard Dawkins. Of course by that particular tweeter’s definition Mr. Dawkins is also a Christian as he was once baptised (FYI the various atheist communities are falling over themselves to distance themselves from this stuff insisting his athiesm is independent of this act. They’re likely right, but it will be interesting to see if they act the same when the day comes when a devout Christian pulls the trigger (although by definition a Christian doing this would’t be all that devout.)

Then there is Dawkins himself who made a reference to NRA land concerning the killing implying this was some kind of right wing nut.

Too bad Richard, this guy was not only a fanboy of yours and an atheist, but a hardcore progressive.

But even if this guy wasn’t a Christian, and wasn’t a right-winger at least he was anti-religious so this could be a hate crime against Muslims

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil advocacy group for Muslims, called on law enforcement officials Wednesday to address speculation about a motive for the killings. “Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences go to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the local community.”

But it turns out even that dog doesn’t hunt:

“Our preliminary investigation indicates that the crime was motivated by an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking. Hicks is cooperating with investigators,” Lt. Joshua Mecimore, a police spokesman, said.

The NYT has more:

Friends and neighbors struggled to make sense of what happened. Those who knew the victims — identified as Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; her husband, Mr. Barakat, 23; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 — said they were all model students from well-educated, successful local families. They had nonetheless run into previous problems over parking with the man who was arrested, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, a former car parts salesman who was studying to be a paralegal at Durham Technical Community College. He was one of their neighbors. They lived on opposite sides of the two-story Finley Forest complex on Summerwalk Circle, where the shooting occurred — a condominium complex tucked into the woods about a mile and a half east of the main University of North Carolina campus. Residents said Mr. Hicks’s apartment was adjacent the main parking lot; the students lived on the other side, where little parking could be found.

Nevertheless we’re already seeing a hashtag #muslimlivesmatter. at Pirates Cove William Teach already has an answer to this:

We do know that if #MuslimLivesMatter, perhaps they should stop killing each other so willy-nilly around the world. Maybe they could come more forcefully against things like ISIS beheading people, like another recent event where they took the heads of eight men accused of being members of Israel and Egypt’s armies.

Sally Kohn is wondering why there is no coverage of this story in the MSM. Luckily for her Anchor Away points her where she can find some

But if she really wants to know why this isn’t the only story in the news the best clue comes from this paragraph from ABC’s coverage:

“We were married for seven years and that is one thing that I do know about him,” Karen Hicks told reporters today. “He often champions on his Facebook page for the rights of many individuals — for same-sex marriages, abortion, race. He just believed — I know that’s just one of the things I know about him is that everyone is just equal.”

If there is one thing we can be sure of the MSM doesn’t have a lot of interest in painting liberal atheist, pro abortion/gay marriage activists as the poster boy for the murder. As Glenn Reynolds put it:

IF HE WERE A TEA PARTIER, THIS WOULD BE THE #1 STORY NATIONALLY: Killer of 3 UNC-Chapel Hill Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive. “Included in his many Facebook ‘likes’ are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’ Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gay Marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.” The ABC story shockingly omits that information.

 

Of course this hasn’t stopped some from blaming the GOP.

Now in fairness it is still early and you never know what the investigation might turn up in the long run. Furthermore I don’t blame Atheists, progressives, pro-aborts, gay marriage supporters or even the SPLC for the acts of this guy.

But right now none of that matter more than the fact three people are dead who shouldn’t be and the person responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Legal Insurrection puts it best with this heartbreaking photo:

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and his reaction

There is something about the image of a joyous bride and her proud father that transcends peoples.

This spring my son gets married, and his bride-to-be will dance with her father. My daughters are of marrying age (boy, doesn’t that make me sound old-fashioned), and one day I’ll dance that dance with them, God willing.

To lose that moment so soon is heartbreaking, to the father and all who knew and loved her.

I also don’t know why it has moved me so much. It’s just a photo.

Of course that photo moved you, how could it not? Every man can see themselves as the father in that photo and every woman as the daughter. If you can picture yourself in that photo you can picture yourself dealing with the aftermath of that young bride’s murder.  This family deserves our sympathy & our support

Closing thought:  As I’ve said before simple mathematics states that sooner or later those looking to find a mass killer who is a devout church going Tea Party Christian with a Sarah Palin poster on his wall will get their wish, when that day comes, however I intend to link to each of the posts where I’ve made that point when it does…

…assuming it happens in my lifetime.

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