Saturday, July 18, 2015

Obama Logic...

...only in the Bizarro World that is the Deluded Left could we trust the mullahs in Iran w/certain weapons more than we could trust our own military personnel on federal facilities w/weapons...

Huffington Post Moves Coverage Of Donald Trump From Politics Section...To The Entertainment Page

Now, as a conservative, I should feel some outrage about this....but I don't.
The Huffington Post will continue to cover Donald Trump, but the popular news site is done treating him like a legitimate presidential candidate. In a note to readers on Friday, two top editors for HuffPost said that coverage of the brash billionaire's campaign will be a part of the site's entertainment section. "Our reason is simple: Trump's campaign is a sideshow," wrote Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and editorial director Danny Shea. "We won't take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette." In a separate statement, Grim said that the site had "erroneously been covering [Trump] as an actual presidential candidate." (CNN via. Joe. My. God)
Notice the bolded part above...that is Donald Trump's presidential campaign in a nutshell, period..full stop. Donald Trump is the Republican equivalent of the bearded lady at the freak show, someone who in past elections would've been summarily dismissed as a crank, a poltroon, an ignoramus with more money than common sense and an HO-sized brain but because we live a 24-7-365 media culture, he's treated like a goddamn rock star when the reality is, he ain't nothing but a goddamn fool who frankly ought to be the poster child for keeping abortion legal in this country...I mean, seriously, conservatives, why the hell are we giving someone who's donated to Democrat Party candidates in the past, who once supported partial-birth abortions and whose finances sometimes make Greece's problems look downright pedestrian by comparison any kind of political legitimacy whatsoever?

Personally, I'd like to see one of the other GOP presidential candidates tell Donald Trump during a debate to, in the words of wrestler Chris Jericho, "to just shut the hell up!"

Friday, July 17, 2015

Another Act Of Mohammedan Violence...

....begs the question: when are we going to acknowledge that, (a)there is a radical Islamist element out there that seeks to do harm to America and (b)that the sooner we acknowledge it, the better? Case in point: Thursday's shootings in Chattanooga, which resulted in the deaths of four Marines at two military facilities in the area...
Who was the gunman accused of killing four Marines in a shooting rampage Thursday at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and why did he open fire? Suspected shooter Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, is dead, the FBI said. But -- publicly, at least -- investigators haven't said much more about him.
Witnesses saw Abdulazeez spray a hail of bullets at the glass doors of a military recruiting center in a strip mall. Then the gunman, who according to a law enforcement official was driving in a rented silver Ford Mustang convertible, moved on to his next target more than seven miles away: a Naval reserve center. There, he rammed into a gate at some point during his shooting rampage and was eventually killed by police, a U.S. official said.
Now, with the FBI in the lead, a terrorism task force is investigating, a law enforcement source said. (CNN)
 So we have an individual - a Muslim individual - shooting at two military facilities (a recruiting station & naval support facility, to be precise) and all the evidence gathered thus far points to someone inspired by radical Islamist teachings who decided to attack the West...tell that to this individual:
The National Executive Director of Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, said, "Such inexcusable acts of violence must be repudiated by Americans of all faiths and backgrounds." The National Vice-President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA stated, "While we do not yet know what motivated this man, we urge calm, defer to authorities to justly resolve this, and pray for the departed U.S. Marines." (Wikipedia)
Ummm...with all due respect, gentlemen, let's review here:
  • The shooter was a naturalized U.S. citizen of Middle Eastern descent
  • The shooter was, by all assumptions, a member of the Islamic faith who at some became radicalized and acted out because of it
  • The shooter attacked two military facilities, killing 4 Marines and injuring several others before he was killed by police
Now, I'm not the sharpest tool in the political toolshed, but even I can tel that this was an act of domestic terrorism committed by a radical Islamist bent on killing as many people as he could...somewhere the "if it walks like a duck" analogy is appropriate here, but one wonders if our political leaders will ever have the guts to acknowledge the threat to the U.S. posed by radical Islamist terror...or will they continue to cow to political correctness?

Founder's Quote, 17 July 2015

Love your neighbor as yourself and your country more than yourself. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith — 1825

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Founder's Quote, 16 July 2015

Experience having long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can; when we cannot do all we would wish. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Randolph — 1803

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Obama Denigrates Journalist Who Dared Ask Him A Tough Question

Setting aside the train-wreck that was President Obama's press-conference today, there was one moment that exemplifies the sheer arrogance and disdain for the American media...
(Major) Garrett asked, “Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscious of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?” Ouch! ...
President Obama, however, was visibly angry at the question and snapped at Garrett, “You should know better.” (Twitchy)
Quelle horreur! Can you imagine that, the gall of National Journal's Major Garrett to ask a serious question of the Anointed One? For his part, Garrett was thankfully unrepentant...
“Sometimes you have to take a scolding from a president to get to an answer,” Garrett said. “That’s part of my job.”
“Politicians, especially those elected as president, are very adept at creating straw men. Taking something that they feel rhetorically works to their advantage and using it. That’s exactly what the president did,” Garrett said. “My question did not suggest he was content with the captivity of those four Americans. My question was about the contentment, or the satisfaction, or the realization that it was necessary within the context of this deal to leave them unaccounted for. That was the essence of the question.”
“Clearly it struck an serve. That was my intention …. Was it provocative? Yes. Was it intended to be as such? Absolutely.” (The Blaze)
For what its' worth, Garrett wasn't the only one who got an earful from Emperor Barack I....pretty much every possible critic of this deal Obama's appeasement to Tehran got an earful: the Republican Party, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Egypt, etc.,etc...and people wonder why no one trusts the United States any more; here's another good reason why.

(H/T to The Lonely Conservative)

Founder's Quote, 15 July 2015

To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery and destructive passions of war reign in the human breast with much more powerful sway than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquillity would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34 — 1788

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Seared Music: The Smiths - "What Difference Does It Make?"

...an all-too-appropriate song given the brazen appeasement deal between the U.S. and Iran earlier today...thanks to Obama & Company, the Middle East just got a whole lot more dangerous.

U.S., Iran Reach Nuclear Deal

Maybe its' just me, but the more that I read about this deal, the less I'm liking the terms of it...
A landmark Iran nuclear agreement was reached Tuesday after clearing final obstacles.
Senior diplomats involved in the talks in Vienna confirmed via Twitter that a deal had been reached, but they did not provide any of the details, pending a news conference to announce the agreement.
A senior diplomat said earlier that it includes a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties.
Access at will to any site would not necessarily be granted and even if so, could be delayed, a condition that critics of the deal are sure to seize on as possibly giving Tehran time to cover any sign of non-compliance with its commitments.
Under the deal, which European officials were expected to announce in Vienna, Tehran would have the right to challenge the U.N request and an arbitration board composed of Iran and the six world powers that negotiated with it would have to decide on the issue. (CBS News)
Form what I've read, this deal sucks on many levels...how?
  • Advance notification of inspections must be given to Iranian officials before said inspections can occur
  • No renunciation by Iran in regards to support for terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthi rebels in Yemen and other groups
  • No dismantling of Iran's military nuclear program
  • 10 year time limit on the deal...yeah, that's right: 10 years from now, Iran can ramp its' program back up, irrespective of what the IAEA or other groups decide
So what are the ramifications?
  • For starters, don't be surprised if Iran, once they receive the $100-$150 billion in foreign monies due them (the amount differs based on various reports), spend that money on a multitude of nefarious items, from assisting terrorist organizations to buying military arms on the open market to continuing their dominance of next-door neighbor Iraq, etc.
  • Then there's the "Odd Couple" alliance of Israel & Saudi Arabia...yeah, that's right: this deal's so bad that it may very well draw two of the more powerful opposing sides together in an 'enemy of my enemy is my friend' kind of alliance
  • There's also, continuing the previous thought, the potential for a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race as countries across the region arm up to counter Iran's ambitions in the region
Somewhere, in the Annals of History, Neville Chamberlain must be shaking his head and going, "And people accuse me of appeasement?!?"

Founder's Quote, 14 July 2015

Harmony in the married state is the very first object to be aimed at. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Mary Jefferson Eppes — 1798

Monday, July 13, 2015

Seared Music: Joy Division - "Shadowplay"

....this is one of those evocative songs that just grips you and won't let go...this quote from over at SongMeanings best describes this song: I think the song is about alienation and helplessness, he wanted to move closer but something always kept him to the ground, like a ball and a chain. He searched everywhere within his closed world, but he knew it was just "moving through the silence without motion", he was tied up in another dimension, like there was a thick glass wall between him and the other people.

He was a public person being a band frontman, often among crowds of people, but he felt as lonely as ever. People were dancing on the floor before him and he tried to connect even though they smelled as cold as steel. He reached out to them but they didn't get it, just as he opened up they left since it was nothing more than a show to them. He was entertaining them with his seizures, "acting out your own death". They didn't take him seriously, or, from his point of view, it wasn't what he was searching for.

...I have yet to find a better description of this tune...

Scott Walker Enters 2016 GOP Presidential Field

Given the current strength of the GOP field at present, this is big damn news....
Following in the footsteps of 14 Republican candidates who came before him, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker entered the presidential race Monday promising fresh leadership, reform, economic growth and safety for the American people. "My record shows that I know how to fight and win. Now, more than ever, America needs a president who will fight and win for America," Walker said. (CBS News)
There's a couple of reasons why I really like Scott Walker as a candidate and why I think he'll be an excellent candidate for President....

  1. His forthright style of governance. Many a politician will try to come off to voters as forthright and approachable, but Walker nails these to a tee; he says what he means and he means what he says.
  2. He stands for conservative principles. Look at the things he's done in Wisconsin: he took on the teacher unions...and won. He's taken on the public sector unions...and beaten them. He took on the university establishment in Madison...and won. On multiple issues, he's taken on the Left and beaten them at every opportunity; how many current candidates can say that?
  3. Electability. Much like Chris Christie in New Jersey, Walker's won back-to-back gubernatorial elections. Unlike Christie, though, he also beat back a recall effort in 2012, the first time that a sitting governor successfully defeated a recall...and remember, Wisconsin's a very blue, Democrat-happy state; if he can win successive elections there, what does that say for the rest of America?
All in all, another strong candidate enters the field...now the question becomes, can he become the nominee by this time next year? We shall see...

Founder's Quote, 13 July 2015

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. - John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams — 1775