Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Power kills; absolute Power kills absolutely. This new Power Principle is the message emerging from my previous work on the causes of war and from this book on genocide and government mass murder—what I call democide—in [the 20th] century. The more power a government has, the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of governments, the more power is diffused, checked and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide. At the extremes of Power, totalitarian communist governments slaughter their people by the tens of millions; in contrast, many democracies can barely bring themselves to execute even serial murderers.
Death by government in the 20th century cost 169 million lives. That’s at least four times more people killed by their own governments than by war. In the 20th century 38 million lives—both military and civilian—were lost in all conflicts combined.
Obama the Fop
Way back, even before the beginning of Barry's first term, we opined that he belonged in GQ magazine, not the White House. We were reminded of this upon reading the delightful Bud Norman's essay "The end of Language" in which he despairs of the loss of common words like "fop."
The disappearance of the word “fop” from the language seems to have coincided with the disappearance of society’s sneering contempt for men who take excessive pride in their physical appearance that it once conveyed, for instance, and as a result American society is inundated with preening pretty boys and empty but immaculately fashioned suits. Such nebulous and neutral words as “hope” and “change” can unleash eight years of disastrous taxing and pork barrel spending and over-regulation and God only knows what sort of foreign policy madness, while such once valuable words as “merit” and “liberty” are derided by the deconstructionists and their impenetrable academic jargon as racist code.
Recall the fact that one NY Times pundit, David Brooks, made Barry's "perfectly creased pant" one of the key reasons that he as going to be president, and be a good president. Brooks is indelibly associated with that inane comment just as another Obama groupie, Chris Matthews, will forever be known as the man who "felt this thrill going up my leg" during one of Barry's speeches.
In life we are frequently seduced by good looks and pretty speech. It is in our nature. It perpetuates the species. But let us pray that after this experience with the disastrous consequences of our seduction, that we develop a healthy scepticism the next time a fop appears.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Candy Crowley yearns for the days when the USSR and the US threatened the world with nuclear destruction. Times were much simpler then.
Candy Crowley is a pluperfect example of the in-the-tank MSM figure for Barack Obama. She not only ran interference for his during the Presidential debates when she interrupted Mitt Romney and falsely stated that Obama called the Benghazi attack “terrorism” from the beginning. She got her wish and Obama is serving a second term.
Now that the world is spinning out of control, Russians are invading their neighbors, Obama is managing to lose Iraq retroactively, Obama’s Libyan adventure turned a neutral nation into a training ground for jihadists, war between Israel and the Arabs has begun, Syria has managed to become the abattoir of the Middle East, passenger planes are being shot out of the air and the feckless John Kerry is wasting his time and our money while the leader of Egypt makes him pass through a metal detector before a meeting.
On the domestic front, ObamaCare is destroying the best medical system in the world and the border between the US and Mexico has disappeared as hundreds of thousands swarm across the former border applying for food stamps, housing and the right to vote in the next election.
All of which makes the ultimate Obama bootlicker, Candy Crowley, running interference for Obama again by clearly implying that it’s not his fault; it’s the fault of "changing times."
Here’s how she begins her interview with Lindsey Graham, expressing nostalgia for the days when the USSR and USA stood poised to end humanity via a nuclear holocaust. She’s positively nostalgic for those heady days of “duck and cover.”
I want to talk to you first about this notion of leadership and the idea that the world really has changed. It’s not as simple as the bad guys are in the soviet bloc and behind the iron curtain and the good guys are in the west. It is now a very complicated world which kind of defies the title of “leader of the Western world” [makes quote signs with her fingers]. How much of this do you ascribe to changing times?
It seems that Fate and Changing Times are going to get tossed under the bus by Obama's enablers. Or, as Glenn Reynolds calls them "Democrat operatives with by-lines."
Remember how the Left used Colin Powell's famous phrase "you break it you own it?" You don't hear that from them any more. Or the phrase Obama told us that we would have if we elected him: "Smart Diplomacy."
The United States is pulling embassy staff out of Tripoli, and has issued a travel advisory that nicely outlines what a nightmare Libya has become. If Obama were a Republican, the press coverage of this stinking corpse of a policy flub would be quite different.
Throw in the resulting civil war in Mali and the scattering of insurgents and weapons to the four winds, and you have a classic exhibition of reckless incompetence—of American arrogance, ignorance, carelessness and moralism combining in a toxic stew to sink a fragile country we never understood.
Luckily for America’s self-esteem, it was liberal Democrats that produced this particular shambles. If Republicans had done this, the media would be on the administration non-stop, perhaps comparing Samantha Power to Paul Wolfowitz—a well-meaning humanitarian way over her head who wrecked a country out of misguided ideology. There might also be some pointed questions for future presidential candidates who supported this fiasco. But since both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have their fingerprints all over Libya, there isn’t a lot of press hunger for a detailed, unsparing autopsy into this stinking corpse of policy flub.
If Obama were a Republican, the press and the weekly news shows would be ringing with hyperbolic, apocalyptic denunciations of the clueless incumbent who had failed to learn the most basic lessons of Iraq. Indeed, the MSM right now would be howling that Obama was stupider than Bush. Bush, our Journolist friends would now be saying ad nauseam, at least had the excuse that he didn’t know what happens when you overthrow a paranoid, genocidal, economically incompetent Arab tyrant in an artificial post-colonial state. But Obama did—or, the press would nastily say, he would have done if he’d been doing his job instead of hitting the golf course or yakking it up with his glitzy pals at late night bull sessions. The ad hominem attacks would never stop, and all the tangled threads of incompetence and failure would be endlessly and expertly picked at in long New Yorker articles, NYT thumbsuckers, and chin-strokings on all the Sabbath gasbag shows.
Read the whole thing.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
She had no doubt that a terrorist attack had been launched against America on the anniversary of 9/11. However, when Hillary picked up the phone and heard Obama’s voice, she learned the president had other ideas in mind. With less than two months before Election Day, he was still boasting that he had al Qaeda on the run.If the truth about Benghazi became known, it would blow that argument out of the water.“Hillary was stunned when she heard the president talk about the Benghazi attack,” one of her top legal advisers said in an interview. “Obama wanted her to say that the attack had been a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an obscure video on the Internet that demeaned the Prophet Mohammed.”
Stacy McCain summarizes what it's like to get admitted toone of th Ivy League colleges.
Basically, in order to get into an elite school — unless your family is rich and your Daddy’s a senator, like Columbia alumna Megan McCain — you’re going to have to devote the first 16 or 17 years of your life to compiling the kind of credentials necessary to gain admission. You’re going to have to be a grind, an apple-polishing teacher’s pet, and your life outside the classroom is going to be so crammed full of activities (violin lessons, dance classes, and so forth) that you will have no time for anything resembling a normal childhood.
And what do you get as a reward?
Spending four years being indoctrinated by Marxists, atheists and sexual perverts, while acquiring the snobbish certainty that you are morally and intellectually superior to everyone who didn’t graduate from an elite school.
Kerry’s stop in inconsiderate Cairo was part of a trip to the Middle East to attempt negotiation of a cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas terror gang of Gaza, and nothing about it makes sense. The mission is unlikely to succeed, would be harmful to the region’s chances of lasting peace if it did, and will further weaken America’s standing the world in the process.
Oh, amd Kerry was obliged to be "wanded" with a metal detector before getting an audinece with the Egyptan leader. He should have been told to take off his shoes.
Monday, July 21, 2014
What are the chance?
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Steven Hayward at Powerline uses a WSJ headline Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Not Seen Since ‘70s to make the point that the the world has not been in this much turmoil since Jimmy Carter's presidency.
Also mentioned is Glenn Reynolds' prediction that "a rerun of Carter might be a best-case scenario for the Obama presidency." All we need is a killer rabbit and double digit inflation to cover all the Carter lowlights. Of course Carter did not arm Mexican drug gangs (Fast & Furious), set the IRS on his political opponents, get an ambassador killed, create a failed state (Libya), completely lose any influence we ever had in the Middle East, lose a war retroactively, watch over the re-assembly of the Soviet Empire, encourage Central Americans to invade the US, inflame America's race relations, or spend several billion dollars on vacations.
The headline I use comes from the comments, where it's noted that the WSJ article really attempts to deflect the blame from Obama.
Obama didn't do it, it was bad luck. Mysteriously, US power has waned around the world and that mysteriously coincided with an increase of upheaval around the world.This is the theme of all the so-called reporting in the MS, it's not Obama's fault, bad things just seem to happen to him.
In fact, these aren't at all like George Bush's wars, these are just security crises ("A convergence of security crises..."). Which should remind everyone that most of these security issues began under a previous administration.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul.
I don't think this will bother Liberals.
A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service, rejecting a request by the federal government to dismiss all the allegations that the agency subjected conservative groups to additional, often burdensome scrutiny.
Chicago is fast becoming the most dangerous city in America. Oh, and it's run entirely by Democrats.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
NEW YORK – In his new full-length documentary film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” Joel Gilbert found Peggy Joseph, the Florida voter who became infamous during the 2008 presidential campaign for saying Barack Obama would “pay for my gas and my mortgage.”Surprisingly, some six years into the Obama presidency, Joseph has turned against the president, disappointed that he did not deliver on his “hope and change” campaign promises.“Peggy reminded me of Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ who thought the magical wizard would solve all her problems,” Gilbert told WND in an interview.