Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Dick Durbin's War On Women
Does it seem strange to anyone else that Obama decries income inequality at $32,000 a plate fundraisers? Is he denouncing the people who can afford to pay tens of thousands of dollars to sup with him? Are they that stupid?
Yes. Next question.
Monday, September 01, 2014
"After my election, I have more flexibility," Repeat
After the election, a little time passed and then, flexibility happened.
... the Chinese ADIZ, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rise of ISIS, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Mosul, the end of Hungarian liberal democracy, the Central American refugee crisis, the Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya, the extermination of Iraqi Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses, the Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities, the reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism, the third (or fourth, perhaps) American war in Iraq, racial riots in middle America, et cetera and ad nauseam.All that was in the future just one year ago.
"After my election, I have more flexibility,"
A Russian army tank attacked airfields in eastern Ukraine on Monday, Ukrainian military officials said, amid worsening tensions between Kiev and Moscow.
Obama promises no military intervention and no military aid to Ukraine.
Friday, August 29, 2014
I found this term amusing, and so apt as it applies to the delusions of Obama: the childlike belief that history favors him and his fantasies.
Speaking recently about the Islamic State’s beheading of an American journalist, just before another tee time, President Barack Obama assured the country that “the future is won by those who build and not destroy.”
At a news conference on Thursday Obama admitted in so many words that “We don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with the Islamic State, but he seemed to retain his usual faith in history’s happy predestination nonetheless. He and his Secretary of State have dismissed Russia’s massive land grab as a sign of weakness and an embarrassingly out-dated way of doing things, assurances have been made that all of that even more old-fashioned beheading and crucifying and slaughtering that the Islamic State gang has been up to certainly “has no place in the 21st Century,” and thus far these messes have dominated the news thoroughly enough that no one in the administration has been obliged by the press to explain why another aircraft carrier is needed in the South China Sea. “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” as the president is fond of saying, to the point that he had it woven into the Oval Office carpet, and we are expected to share his confidence that the aphorism will prove true no matter what befuddled efforts America might make.
A couple of smarter fellows over at National Review have already written convincingly about Obama’s childish faith that the good guys always win in the end, no matter how wimpy their good guy ways nor how ruthlessly bad the bad guys might be, but we would add that such fantastical notions are characteristic of modern liberal thinking about almost everything. Not just foreign policy, but economics, social issues, and the very nature of man.
I have written prior to these columns about this very subject:What is it with Obama's blind faith in the inevitable march of history?
Allow me to quote myself:
Barack Obama gave a speech, the thing he does best, with a ridiculous premise embedded therein, something he does almost every time he opens his mouth. Often it’s fields of straw men he’s destroying. This time he’s referring to that inevitable march of history he and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, is fond of invoking.It goes something like this:“This is the 21st Century and X is just not done in this century. So X will inevitably fail.”The fact that this is the 21st Century was supposed to have stopped Putin from swallowing the Ukraine piece by piece.In Obama’s last statement in Martha's Vineyard, before heading back to finish his round of golf, was that"One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century."Who is this "We" Mr. Obama? ISIL disagrees. And, in fact, it’s reported to be attracting thousands of young people who have spent most of their lives in the 21st Century. They think ISIL is the path to the future and are willing to die for ISIL and their Muslim faith....Is that reference to the 21st Century a theme that Obama’s speech writers throw in because it polls well. Or is this what the Obama really believes. It would not surprise us because the “March of History™” is a familiar theme in Marxist thought. And versions of Marxism were part of Obama’s formative years before he became President.
Victor Davis Hanson:
He also believes history follows some predetermined course, as if things always get better on their own. Obama often praises those he pronounces to be on the “right side of history.” He also chastises others for being on the “wrong side of history” — as if evil is vanished and the good thrives on autopilot.
When in 2009 millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest the thuggish theocracy, they wanted immediate U.S. support. Instead, Obama belatedly offered them banalities suggesting that in the end, they would end up “on the right side of history.” Iranian reformers may indeed end up there, but it will not be because of some righteous inanimate force of history, or the prognostications of Barack Obama.
Perhaps it's Obama's personal path to the highest office in the land, as totally undeserved as his Nobel Peace Prize, that gives him the feeling that he, like King Canute, controls the tide. There is a sick feeling that the man is not only a deluded narcissist, but a dangerous fool. A belief which seems to conflict with the observation that he is so fundamentally corrupt that he's evil. But that may be a false choice. There is no rule that says the deluded cannot be evil. There are at least three prominent examples in the 20th Century and they ruled Russia, Germany and China. I am quite sure that the 21st Century will be no different.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
LIFE IN POST-RACIAL AMERICA: Mississippi man beaten after he’s warned restaurant wasn’t safe for whites, witness says.
David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday. He said a man waved him over outside the restaurant and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn’t a safe place for whites. When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with other men. . .Knighten said some people blocked him from leaving with Weems. When he got out, he said, Weems was down and people were kicking him. Knighten said others attacked him, adding “I do remember racial slurs being yelled from the crowd.”Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye
If the MSM bothered to cover this the crowd who did this would be described as "mostly peaceful." Th epolice chief tells us thatit was not a hate crime.
Monday, August 25, 2014
WINOOSKI, Vt. —A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words "Yield Sneakers Bacon" until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down.
It got there as part of "Operation Bloom."
A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word "bacon" on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.
It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.
The City Manager applauded the move to enforce political correctness.
Winooski's city manager spoke on behalf of the city. She said:
"The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it's not always comfortable. It's a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The City has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate," said Katherine "Deac" Decarreau.
Wait, I thought that "diversity" included people of various belief systems, skin color, ethnic backgrounds all living and expressing their own lives without being forced to stifle the free expression of their beliefs. Show you how old-fashioned I am. The New Diversity means ... shut up.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The second Obama Term
World chaos was not supposed to be on the midterm. #unfair
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 21, 2014
Making ISIS afraid
Cower in fear, ISIS - you're up against our crack hipster-glasses brain trust of campaign van drivers and coffee fetchers.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 21, 2014
Well, he doesn't have to worry about his personal wealth, does he? Barack Hussein Obama has done very well for his contributors in the 1%.
Median household net worth decreased by $5,046, or 6.8 percent, between 2000 and 2011. ... Between 2000 and 2011, experiences of households varied widely depending on their net worth quintile (See Figure 1). Median household net worth decreased by $5,124 for households in the first (bottom) net worth quintile, $7,056 (or 49.3 percent) for the second quintile, and $5,072 (or 6.9 percent) for the third quintile. Median household net worth increased by $18,433 (or 9.8 percent) for households in the fourth quintile, and by $61,379 (or 10.8 percent) for households in the highest (top) quintile.
Brown killed two gay men in Washington, and a third man in New Jersey. He used a gay website to lure his victims and then shot them.
Brown’s homicides made news in June, but his story fell off the radar until Wednesday when King County prosecutors charged him with murder. Brown’s prosecutors made it clear that the accused killer’s motives were to terrorize, though he did appear to operate according to a perverse code of conduct:
This is the FOX News report. The rest of the media, silence.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Losing the third Iraq war
So far the US has fought two wars with Iraq. The first waged under Bush #1, the second under Bush #2. We could be getting round three. The first ended with the defeat of Saddam without toppling him. The second occupied Iraq and created a relatively stable country. But then Obama pulled all the troops out, giving the US no leverage over subsequent events. And when the newborn Iraqi leaders were unable to unite the disparate tribes, there was no one to set things right.
That's when Islam reasserted itself in the form of ISIS, and announced the creation of the Caliphate.
As long as ISIS was lopping off the heads of Iraqi government supporters and exterminating Christians, the people who set the agenda for discussion in the US didn't care. But all of a sudden they picked on the wrong victim, a tribe no one had ever heard of who ran to shelter in a barren mountain. Now that's the sort of thing that can get the NPR types exercised. And the media noticed so Obama had to notice.
And it's made a difference. A poll that shows 54% of Americans backing airstrikes on ISIS is exactly equal to the 54% who opposed direct military action in June.
Why only 54% wishing to do anything to oppose ISIS? In my opinion there are two reasons. The first one is that the war in Iraq has been vilified by the Democrats and the media even more than the war in Viet Nam. It takes courage today to come out and say you supported the war and continue to support it.
But there’s a second reason, and that ‘s Obama’s demonstrated that he has a reverse Midas Touch. There is nothing that I can think of that Obama has done that has not made events worse.
The big issues of the day: the economy, domestic politics, foreign relations, race relations, government corruption have been made worse, much worse, by the Obama administration. Wars, to be fought successfully, must be waged as much by a united people as by troops in the battlefield. At this stage of this presidency, this inconceivable that Obama could pull the American people together. And don’t forget that the military is being decimated even as Hagel and Dempsey are talking of war.
Let us pray that the enemy will give us time to find new and more inspired leadership.