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Goldwater Honored

by coldwarrior ( 104 Comments › )
Filed under Barry Goldwater, History, Open thread, Progressives at March 2nd, 2015 - 7:00 am

Barry Goldwater was honored in Statuary Hall in Congress. No one covered it. Not the Leftymedia, not the Rightymedia. This is not surprising as no one on the Left would dare take Goldwater to heart, nor would half of the Right. The progressive infiltration of the GOP over the past 30 years has been sad to watch and hopefully it can be battled back. The Democrats, i fear, are lost forever.

State’s Rights over Fedgov, Smaller government all  round, more Liberty for everyone…

Those ideas cause fear in the Progressives both on the Left and the Right. It means that they lose power over you, they lose power to control you, they lose the power that hobbles America. We are drowning in regulations, bureaucracy, and debt placed by both parties. We lose liberties to Progressives in both parties  who think they know better than you how to live YOUR life.

Barry Goldwater, a Conservative Icon Cast in Bronze

 

WASHINGTON — One of the most important symbolic moments of the new Congress occurred earlier this winter and you almost certainly don’t know a thing about it.

Before several hundred people on the second floor of the Capitol — but virtually ignored by major media outlets — congressional leaders unveiled a statue commemorating the life of an ideologically rigid lawmaker who bent with the breezes of the time; a viscerally partisan political figure who drew pride from his work with opponents; a military aviator dedicated to peaceful pursuits, especially nature photography; and a presidential nominee whose campaign ranks among the most futile of all time but which nonetheless spawned a vigorous political creed.

The remarkable thing about this mere hour during the bitterly divided 114th Congress is that there on the stage were House Speaker John Boehner and minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and both were speaking affectionately, kindly, even sentimentally, about a man who lost both their states in the 1964 presidential election but who won their respect in the half-century that followed.

The unveiling of this 1,700-pound bronze statue in honor of Barry Goldwater was a special symbolic moment, not because the onetime senator from Arizona is regarded as the founding father of modern conservatism, not because he was an early and sometimes lonely supporter of contemporary causes such as gay rights and not because the hard edges of political personalities almost always get worn away by the passage of time. This was an important moment because the unveiling won praise from men and women who seldom agree on anything, and whose view of our national passage — from Mr. Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson to the Tea Party and Barack Obama — run along parallel lines that do not meet.

But in Mr. Goldwater’s time — we tend to think of that era as John Kennedy’s time or Lyndon Johnson’s time, but now we know it was Mr. Goldwater’s time as well — politics wasn’t gentler, but it was kinder. This is no misty reminiscence of times past, a reverie on good old days burnished over the decades. At the moment of JFK’s assassination, Mr. Goldwater said he had had more debates with Mr. Kennedy than with any other man. Then he added:

“He was a gentleman. He was the kind of antagonist that I’ve always enjoyed. He would fight like a wildcat for his points and his principles, but there was never anything personal about it.”

It was Ms. Pelosi, the former House speaker and an accomplished Democratic pugilist, who looked across the statues from all 50 states — two for each — and noted that they “celebrate the full breadth of ideas and principles that have blossomed within America’s democracy.” At the moment she was saying that during a ceremony honoring a conservative icon, I noticed that I was scribbling down her remarks while leaning against the statue of Robert LaFollette, the Wisconsin crusader who was a leader of the Progressive movement, a pioneer in establishing direct primary elections, an opponent of American involvement in World War I and an unsuccessful third-party candidate for the presidency exactly 40 years before the Goldwater campaign.

The Goldwater acceptance speech at the Cow Palace in San Francisco is remembered principally for his much-misinterpreted proclamation that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” (Read that carefully and you might wonder whether in the age of the national security state and the Ferguson riots Mr. Goldwater might have a point.)

Yet from the distance of time and the perspective of 21st-century politics, this might be the more appropriate excerpt:

“The beauty of this federal system of ours is in its reconciliation of diversity with unity. We must not see malice in honest differences of opinion, no matter how great, so long as they are not inconsistent with the pledges we have given to each other in and through our Constitution.”

Mr. Boehner, no stranger to political pressures from right and left, saluted Mr. Goldwater by saying that “the beaten path and the same old b.s. — it was not for him.”

Well, maybe the beaten path wasn’t, but Mr. Goldwater actually had a flair for the old b.s. He was, after all, the fellow who suggested the United States lob a nuclear weapon into the men’s room of the Kremlin and who said that listening to one of his political rivals, Hubert Humphrey, speak was like “trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.”

He railed against Social Security and was no friend of the civil rights legislation of 1964, though he may have been the only one in the Capitol who actually was telling the truth when he said he opposed the measure not because he opposed integration and the rights of African-Americans but because he didn’t like federal intrusion in the lives of the people.

Almost alone in his party — indeed, almost alone in Congress — he supported the right of gays to serve in the armed forces. “You don’t have to be straight to be in the military,” he said on more than one occasion. “You just have to be able to shoot straight.”

A champion of conservatism at a time when it was at its low ebb in the 1960s, he was a choice not an echo — a phrase forever identified with him but actually the title of a book by another conservative icon, Phyllis Schlafley. It was his campaign that brought Ronald Reagan to prominence, and together they changed American politics forever.

So now Barry Goldwater is back in the Capitol, standing among his peers.

Gathered with him are John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster, with opposing views of the sanctity of the Union; William Jennings Bryan, a pacifist, and George Washington, a veteran of two wars; Robert E. Lee and Samuel Adams, who both fought for national independence but of a substantially different kind; Roger Williams and Father Junipero Serra, whose views on religion differed but whose commitments to religious freedom were enduring; and Henry Clay, known as the Great Compromiser.

If they were to walk among our leaders of today — fond as they are of pointless contention, averse to mutual respect — whom might they choose as their neighbors there in Statuary Hall?

He would not be welcome in today’s so called ‘Conservative’ GOP. He would be seen as a threat to the power of the ever larger state that both parties have built.

Mars Attacks: Net Neutrality and a Very Dark Puzzle

by Mars ( 157 Comments › )
Filed under American Exceptionalism, Barack Obama, Blogmocracy, Business, Censorship, Communism, Cult of Obama, Economy, Education, Fascism, Free Speech, government, Guest Post, History, Liberal Fascism, Marxism, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism, taxation, Technology at February 27th, 2015 - 1:40 pm

I have been noticing for a very long time now that there seems to be a cohesive puzzle being assembled by the left in regards to the internet. Through time I’ve been able to pick up the pieces of this puzzle, but today with the imposition of new regulations under the guise of Net Neutrality the puzzle becomes much clearer. I believe that the Net Neutrality regulations are the “frame” of this puzzle. Here are some of the pieces of collected through the years, see if you can see the same picture I do.

2011

http://www.wired.com/2011/06/internet-a-human-right/

http://www.dailytech.com/Obama+Reveals+National+WiFi+Plans+Claims+it+Will+Cut+Deficit+by+10B+USD/article20887.htm

2015
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Obama-Pitching-More-Access-to-Fast-Internet-288518261.html

http://gizmodo.com/fcc-redefines-broadband-to-bring-you-faster-internet-1682516928

And now the new Net Neutrality regulations.

Through speeches since his election Obama has referred to a Free and Open Internet constantly, with stress on the word free. Many time there have been references to poor people who can’t afford internet. This coupled with everything else I posted above paints a dark picture for the future. One of the stumbling blocks for the people who want everyone to have access to the internet has been the fact that the average paying customer has been offended at the idea of people getting “broadband” speeds for free while everyone else has to pay for them. By changing the definition of broadband, the FCC has just managed to open up a huge amount of speed variations that they can now force companies to give away while not calling them broadband.

Second, by reclassifying broadband the FCC can force companies to meet a minimum standard for broadband service, which will require a complete reworking of the internet infrastructure. Where will this money come from ? Well, I figure the government will suddenly appear to save the day the way they did with the banks. There will be massive strings attached. The worst part is this money they will be handing out will already have come from the companies themselves in the form of the new utility taxes and regulatory fees that come with Title II reclassification of a utility. (The speech writes itself, I can already see Obama pontificating on this very subject. “90% of this country are getting below broadband speeds,………. this is a problem,………… a problem that can only be fixed…. by investing in the American Infrastructure”. /insert applause from mindless drones./ “The people of this country…….. deserve better……….and I intend to see that that happens.” As we all know “investing in the American infrastructure is left speak for massive tax hikes.)

There is even more to this than my little conspiracy theory.

Net Neutrality is a horror story in it’s own right. Who here is old enough to remember the Ma Bell monopoly that the government created out of the depression and allowed to run wild until the late 70’s? Well here is someone who does. He’s a member of the FCC’s own commision, Commissioner Ajit Pai.

http://www.fcc.gov/article/doc-332260a5

h/t Calo

In his oral dissent Commissioner Pai lays out exactly why this is such a dangerous set of regulations, and exactly what this means for the future of internet service. It’s not pretty, higher prices, slower speeds, less competition. It’s all there. And the best part? The regulations weren’t even written by the commission. The White House itself created a shadow FCC to write the rules they were going to impose. Here’s some of the people invited in to the White House to regulate the rest of us.

What the press has called the “parallel FCC” at the White House opened its doors to a plethora of

special-interest activists: Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Public

Knowledge, just to name a few. Indeed, even before activists were blocking Chairman Wheeler’s

driveway late last year, some of them had met with executive branch officials. But what about the rest of

the American people? They certainly couldn’t get White House meetings. They were shut out of the

process. They were being played for fools.

And the situation didn’t improve once the White House announced President Obama’s plan and

“ask[ed]” the FCC to “implement” it. The document in front of us today differs dramatically from the

proposal that the FCC put out for comment last May. It differs so dramatically that even zealous net

neutrality advocates frantically rushed in recent days to make last-minute filings registering their concerns

that the FCC might be going too far. Yet the American people to this day have not been allowed to see

President Obama’s plan. It has remained hidden.

This brave commissioner and the other republican on the commission attempted to get this regulation put out in the public eye where everyone could see it and review what it actually entailed. They were rejected by the 3 socialists on the commission. Make no mistake this set of regulations came DIRECTLY from the White House. Once again the President is making rules where he does not have the authority to do so. As an interesting aside to this, within Commissioner Pai’s dissent he shows a whole bunch of evidence and statements detailing how this is going to destroy small ISP companies. Some of the ISP’s that are about to be destroyed…the very Municipal (ie government) ISP’s he was lavishing praise on not long ago.

http://ctmirror.org/2015/01/14/white-house-pushes-fast-affordable-internet-praises-manchester-bristol-in-p/

To really see what is happening take a look at this thank you letter from the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, one of the groups at the forefront of trying to impose Net Neutrality.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/fcc-votes-net-neutrality-big-win

What makes this letter interesting is not it’s general obsequiousness but the fact that they acknowledge that there is a vague statement in the regulations that would allow the FCC to pretty much do anything it damn well pleased, up to and including censoring content. (This is the same statement the the EFF has been trying to get them to drop since the regulations were first discussed.) It should also be noted that a year ago when the Chair of the FCC was trying to put into place much more limited rules over Net Neutrality, the EFF itself stated that the FCC had NO AUTHORITY TO DO SO.

The fact remains that the Net Neutrality regulations were a great bait and switch perpetrated on those that pay little attention to what is actually going on. I hope the gamers and video streamers that have been worshiping this disaster enjoy their new slower, much more expensive internet plan. Our only hope at this point is that the courts act on this takeover. (I nearly said unprecedented but I would have been wrong. This is exactly the same as FDR’s takeover of the telecom industry in 1934.)

Strangely enough, probably the best statement on Net Neutrality comes from the Secretary General of the European People’s Party.

EUROPE GETS IN ON THE ACTION: The secretary general of the largest party in the European Parliament is adding to the chorus around net neutrality. Antonio López Istúriz-White of the center-right European People’s Party over the weekend chided President Obama for lambasting European regulations while at the same time calling for tough net neutrality rules from the FCC.

“The president’s position is riven with contradictions,” Istúriz-White wrote in a Financial Times op-ed. “He promotes burdensome regulations at home that could put the development of the Internet on ice in an attempt to protect one set of actors in the ecosystem. In another breath he calls on Europe to follow the very same successful U.S. model he wants to jettison to make life in Europe easier for that very same group of Over The Top players!”

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/overnights/233548-overnight-tech-pressure-building-ahead-of-net-neutrality-vote

Why indeed, does the President want to stifle progress and development at home, while promoting the opposite abroad?

Obama to ban 5.56mm bullets via Executive Action; Update: FCC imposes Net Neutrality

by Husky Lover ( 127 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Fascism, Progressives at February 26th, 2015 - 2:00 pm

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The Juche style god-king of America is now threatening a very unconstitutional executive action. Under orders from his magesty, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is planning on banning bullets for A-15s as early as this month.

It’s started.

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is putting the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

Wednesday night, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stepped in with a critical letter to BATFE demanding it explain the surprise and abrupt bullet ban. The letter is shown below.

The National Rifle Association, which is working with Goodlatte to gather co-signers, told Secrets that 30 House members have already co-signed the letter and Goodlatte and the NRA are hoping to get a total of 100 fast.

“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s policy and lobby shop. “The NRA and our tens of millions of supporters across the country will fight to stop President Obama’s latest attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.”

[….]

Groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation suggest that under BATFE’s new rule, other calibers like popular deer hunting .308 bullets could be banned because they also are used in AR-15s, some of which can be turned into pistol-style guns. “This will have a detrimental effect on hunting nationwide,” said the group.

Please contact the NRA and your local Congressman to get the ball rolling to undue this illegal act. Guns are the only thing standing between our liberty and a Feudal style tyranny. This is a direct attack on our Constitutional rights to have the means to protect our lives and property. Hopefully, the NRA and other gun groups take the BATF and the Obama regime to court over this. Of all the illegal executive actions, this is the one that threatens our very freedom.

Tell your neighbors and friends to write to their congressmen as well. This is a very dangerous move and if it not stopped, Obama will issue more executive actions against our civil right to bear arms!

(Picture Update hat tip: Daffy Duck)

Besides eroding gun rights, today the FCC imposed net neutrality which is government regulation of the internet.

We did it! The FCC just voted to stop the slow lane!

After over a year of campaigning, decision-makers at the U.S. FCC just made an historic ruling to ban Internet slow lanes.

The stakes couldn’t have been higher: with so many websites based in the U.S., the future of the entire Internet hung in the balance.

Another victory for the Statists.

(Hat Tip: Mars)

 

Delusional Democrats

by coldwarrior ( 92 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Open thread, Politics at February 26th, 2015 - 7:00 am

It appears that the Dems are just as delusional as the GOP leadership on why they lost and are not expected to win big anytime in the near future:

Are Democrats in Denial?

A report on the 2014 election reveals a party that has yet to move past the first stage of grief.

Democrats released an official autopsy of their defeat in the 2014 midterm elections over the weekend. It’s a document that reveals a party largely unshaken by its stinging defeat in the midterm elections. Just nine pages long, if you include the front and back covers, the report from the Democratic National Committee is not a particularly detailed dissection of the November drubbing. Its conclusions boil down to a familiar refrain from losing parties: The problem is the packaging, not what’s inside the box.

“It is clear that Americans overwhelmingly support the people and issues that the Democratic Party fights for every day,” the report asserts. In other words, Democratic ideas are better, but somehow more people voted for Republicans. At the same time, the members of the Democratic Victory Task Force—a collection of state and federal party leaders, consultants, and patrons like Google’s Eric Schmidt—suggest that while Americans back Democrats on individual policies, they don’t actually recognize the party’s core principles. The report proposes launching a “National Narrative Project” to “create a strong values-based national narrative that will engage, inspire and motivate voters to identify with and support Democrats.” The authors wrote:

It is strongly believed that the Democratic Party is loosely understood as a long list of policy statements and not as people with a common set of core values (fairness, equality, opportunity). This lack of cohesive narrative
impedes the party’s ability to develop and maintain a lifelong dialogue and partnership with voters.

What this means, exactly, isn’t clear. But its mere inclusion is a remarkable acknowledgment of the intra-party tensions that likely will continue to fester even if Democrats anoint Hillary Clinton as their next presidential nominee without a contested primary. Those are not just the highly scrutinized debates between the populist wing of Elizabeth Warren and the more Wall Street-friendly Clinton crowd; there is also a subtler, but still significant, divide among Democratic champions of issues like climate change, immigration reform, and campaign-finance reform on one end and those who believe the party would be better off focusing on pocketbook issues that more directly affect voters’ economic well-being.

“It’s my paycheck, stupid,” Representative Steve Israel, the former chief of the House Democratic campaign committee, told me last fall, offering a twist on the famous Bill Clinton line that he has repeated many times since. That was also the basic sentiment behind the blunter electoral post-mortem offered by another New York Democrat, Senator Charles Schumer, who scolded his party for passing a polarizing healthcare law rather than more economic stimulus in the early part of the Obama presidency. Saving the planet from environmental ruin, preventing the American political system from devolving into an oligarchy, and allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to live without fear of deportation—just to take three examples—are grand goals that key elements of the Democratic coalition may set for themselves. And all of them have profound macroeconomic impacts on the country. But do they really speak to the daily concerns of people who either stayed home or voted Republican last November? As Democrats learned in 2010, providing health care to an additional 10 or 20 million people represents a generational policy victory, but it’s a tougher sell to the millions more who already had insurance and believe, accurately or not, that they are paying for someone else’s entitlement.

These goals are not mutually exclusive. Democrats don’t have to choose between fighting to combat climate change and championing equal pay, or between passing immigration reform and offering tax cuts for the middle class. But the lesson they seem to be learning from 2014 is that their message was too muddled, and that if they aren’t willing to jettison items from the party’s platform, they at least need to do a better job of connecting the dots. The National Narrative Project, however, doesn’t inspire much confidence. Just a few pages after expressing disdain for “Beltway consultants who recommend cookie-cutter campaigns,” the party announces an initiative whose amorphous name could only have been coined by a consultant.

The DNC task force rightly pointed out that the party needed to “reclaim voters we’ve lost, including white Southern voters,” as well as “excite key constituencies such as African American women and Latinas, and mobilize
the broadest coalition of voters possible to not only recapture state houses but also Congress.” But it said nothing about how, or even if, those objectives could be pursued simultaneously. The report also acknowledged that losses in state and local races had decimated the Democratic bench, and it pledged a six-year plan to rebuild the party from the ground up, with an eye toward the next round of congressional redistricting in 2022. Here, too, the details were a little thin.

The DNC task force rightly pointed out that the party needed to “reclaim voters we’ve lost, including white Southern voters,”…  :lol: now THAT would be something!

 

PLEASE READ THE REST

 

ESPN suspends Olbermann over Penn State meltdown

by Husky Lover ( 124 Comments › )
Filed under Progressives, Sports at February 25th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Jeffrey Ufberg

We interrupt the normally scheduled Obama sucks thread on a breaking matter. Far left Progressive sports caster and failed pundit, Keith Olbermann once again has meltdown. Although he makes valid points in criticism the acts of Penn State students turning a charity event into festival. Olbermann goes overboard and gets personal.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann for his controversial remarks about Penn State on Twitter.

On Twitter, Olbermann got into it with students and fans over the school’s annual pediatric cancer fundraiser called “Thon.”

[…]

A student sent Olbermann a tweet saying “We Are!” with a link to the news on the Thon.

That’s when Olbermann responded “pitiful.”

That led to multiple tweet to several people including these:

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ESPN suspended Olbermann over his actions on Twitter and put out a statement.

We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.

Even when Olbermann has a point, he acts like a jerk.

ISIS Cages First Seen Rolling Down Madison Avenue at the 2014 Muslim Day Parade in New York City

by Urban Infidel ( 45 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Islamists, Leftist-Islamic Alliance at February 19th, 2015 - 4:00 pm

ISIS Cages First Seen Rolling Down Madison Avenue at the 2014 Muslim Day Parade in New York City

 
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It wasn’t at Raqqa, Islamic State of Syria, in the horrific and monstrous video of the Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh,where cages for humans on pickup trucks made their debut.  It was right here in New York City at the annual Muslim Day Parade on Madison Avenue .

Because the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS are one and the same.

Please click here to see this and much, much more at my full report on the September 2014 New York City Muslim Day Parade!

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Must-see VIDEO of girls in cages

courtesy of the Muslim Brotherhood in New York City.

Bruce Jenner symbolizes the decline of the American male

by Husky Lover ( 52 Comments › )
Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Marxism, Progressives at February 18th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner in many ways symbolizes what has occurred to the image of the American male the last few decades. Once an iconic symbol of the all American jock, Jenner has become a a joke by transforming into a woman.

Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts — ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding.

“We see transgender rights as the next wave of the work we need to do, after marriage equality,” said Katherine Franke, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

“Getting protections on paper is important,” she said. “But the day-to-day lives of many transgender people won’t be affected — they’re unemployed, they’re experiencing violence in the streets, in shelters, in schools.”

[….]

His mother, Esther Jenner, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she had spoken with her son about his private and public journey.

“He said, ‘I want to be honest about my identity, and I know this is coming out in the press,'” Esther Jenner said. “He started by saying, ‘We need to have a long, serious talk.’ I am at peace with what he is and what he’s doing.”

[….]

Depending on how Jenner’s story is presented and received, the revelation that a lauded athlete and member of one of the nation’s most visible families is transgender could be comparable to the cultural shifts that accompanied the news that movie star Rock Hudson was gay and died of AIDS-related complications and that basketball great Magic Johnson, a heterosexual, was HIV-positive.

Bruce Jenner’s transformation corresponds to what has occurred to the image of the American male. Once portrayed as as masculine and strong, the image is now that of a hipster wuss. like pajama boy.

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Bruce Jenner mirrors the decline and fall of the American male. Once a strong jock, now transformed into a woman.

BruceJenner

This is just sad.

Belief In Global Warming Is A Threat To Our National Security

by Flyovercountry ( 105 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Progressives, Regulation at February 13th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post which highlighted the dangers of forcing law enforcement authorities to misappropriate resources by investigating fallacious reports alleging criminal activity. Unfortunately, the Liberal practice of deflecting attention from real problems and towards make believe problems does not end at the borders of law enforcement. It continues into just about every other aspect of our societal existence. The most dangerous of those places of course, at least from an existential point of view, is our National Security.

While we all thought this scene from the movie, “Up,” was cute,

I think we can all agree that it’s no way to run a railroad.

The day before Barack Obama’s most recent bit of Kabuki Theater, AKA this year’s State of The Union Address, NASA and the NOAA trumpeted their, “finding,” that 2014 was the warmest year, ever! You remember 2014 don’t you. Some of us recognize it as the year that ended a month and a half ago. It’s also the year when we first heard the phrase, “Polar Vortex.” That was the Environmentalist’s way of explaining to those of us who make up the sloped forehead, knuckle dragging, anti-science crowd, why it was so freaking cold from mid December through mid April. I also, possessing an adult memory and all, remember bitching about how there was a palpable lack of good swimming days over the summer, seeing as how that season was also freakishly cool as well. So, and I’m only asking the question here, when exactly was it the warmest year ever?

As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who found the claim to be suspicious. About ten minutes after the politicos at NASA and the NOAA made the claim, real scientists began refuting it. The purpose of the lie however achieved its objective, which was to bolster Barack Obama’s poll numbers for his theatrical performance, and convince Americans, if only for a day or two, that our big problem is with Global Warming, and not with those Islamic Thugs hell bent on waging a war against us.

Of course, lost in all of those refutations linked to above is the small fact that both NASA and the NOAA have been caught recently actually fudging the very data that they’d used to confirm those computer models that predict the demise of all life on our Planet to begin with. The official purpose for fudging the data? Glad you’ve asked. It of course, and you really can’t make this stuff up, was so that the confirmation bias used in the predictive models created to make the case that we’re doomed would actually reflect that doom, rather than the reality that the whole thing is a con game with us, meaning you and me, cast in the role of the mark.

Get that? They created a theory based solely on a computer model, then fudged data to confirm the computer model, and told us to be scared because the real data was somehow flawed when it didn’t confirm the computer’s predictions, which just has to be right, because science.

As important as the whole scam is however, is the reason behind the scam, as well as what other nefarious purposes it has become useful for. Yesterday, I was literally inundated with snippets of President Zero’s Vox interview. Apparently, The Bamster sat down with the folks at hard core lefty talking points dissemination central, and managed somehow, to cause them to scratch their heads with his refusal to accept reality. According to the Obama Administration, Global Warming is having a greater effect upon the daily lives of Americans than any other threat faced by our nation today. So, let ISIS alone you riders of the proverbial, “High Horse,” because not only was Islamic Aggression defeated by those evil Crusades 1000 years ago, (which by the way was the actual reason why those wars were waged,) but whether we know it or not, Capitalism threatens our very existence today, or something.

Never mind the fact that every other period of warming throughout world history had heralded wild expansions in economic activity, improvements in living standards for all of man kind, and unprecedented wealth creation. It is a make believe danger which necessitates our very real misappropriation of considerable resources, so that we may pretend to thwart for the good of the Unicorn infested Universe inhabited by our man child President, said make believe danger. What should worry you is that our Chief Executive has made it an absolute point, and he’s not even bothering with any pretense any longer, to deflect our national attention away from real danger in order to scare us with something completely fabricated. Each drone used by the EPA to fly over a farmer’s private property in search of some new puddle to protect after a rain storm is one less drone available to fly over territory controlled by ISIS to protect Americans against maniacs who’ve made human sacrifice a part of their Friday religious ritual.

But hey, why worry so much about what reality holds? All we really need to do to confront our problems in the Unicorn infested Universe is tweet out some cleverly worded hashtag. This is of course preferable to those violent solutions which as any fool will tell you, only begets violence in return. Just ask anyone who’s met a member of the Religion of Peace lately how true that particular bit of sophistry happens to be. Will the last free American please turn out the lights?

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Obama accused of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ at International Criminal Court

by Iron Fist ( 121 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Islam at February 12th, 2015 - 7:00 am

This is interesting. You won’t hear about this on the evening news, but it sounds like Egypt has had enough of Obama:

According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

The complaint charges Obama of being an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, which incited widespread violence in Egypt both before and after the June 30 Revolution.

Along with Obama, the complaint reproduced by El Watan mentions several Brotherhood members by name, beginning with the leader of the organization Muhammad Badie, and other top ranking leaders such as Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, and Safwat Hegazi, adding that “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

According to the published text, the complaint begins by quoting Article 7/1 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, titled “Crimes against humanity,” which is reproduced below:

In six years, Obama has gone from winning the Nobel Peace Prize for simply being fabulous (and black) to being charged with crimes against humanity in the ICC. Lovely. All the shiny has worn off of the Left’s Tin God. Obama is no longer the Chicago Jesus®. He is simply a man, and a man who is either incapable of fulfilling the duties of the office to which he has been elected, or is deliberately abdicating those responsibilities in favor of supporting the enemies of civilization. Personally, I think it is the latter. It goes on:

Next, the complaint shows how Muslim Brotherhood leadership violated some of the above definitions, for example, by torturing, mutilating, raping, and killing Egyptians in their “sit in” camps (first reported here), with a highlight on the role the Brotherhood played in inciting violence and the killing of peaceful protesters around Itthadiya Palace back in December.

Above and beyond the accusations of crimes against humanity that the lawyer-drafted complaint cited by El Watan levels against the Brotherhood, one need only look to the fate of Egypt’s Christian minority, who were especially targeted by the Muslim Brotherhood—and thus, by extension, their supporter, Obama—to see numerous examples of nearly every aforementioned definition of crimes against humanity, as follows:

Obama was quick to draw a false equivalence between Christianity and Islam the other day, but he completely ignored the persecution of Christians by Islamists all over the world, and especially in Egypt. His support of the Muslim Brotherhood through this chapter in Egyptian history is shameful. The linked article goes into some detail about how Christians were persecuted by Islamists under the Morsi Regime. Here is the summation:

In short, by simply focusing on the plight of Egypt’s Christians, almost every criterion found under the category of “crimes against humanity”—including murder, extermination, deportation, torture, rape, disappearance, apartheid and religious persecution—are met.

Only one is necessary for the charge to stick.

As for the Obama administration’s support for the Brotherhood, if most Americans are clueless or indifferent about it, average Egyptians have long known and resented it—hence the many large placards and signs held during the June 30 Revolution calling on Obama to stop supporting terrorism and calling on Americans to wake up.

One need only follow the words and deeds of Anne Patterson, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Hillary Clinton, et. al. to know that the U.S president is a firm supporter of the crimes-against-humanity-committing Muslim Brotherhood.

Of course, whatever the merits of El Watan’s report—here is another English-language article talking about apparently a different complaint of crimes against humanity leveled against Obama by Coptic activists—all these complaints seem futile, as the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court.

We are not signatories to the ICC (and shouldn’t be), so in a way this is futile, but it show the frustration that the real Moderate Muslims feel when confronted with our President. El Sisi appears to be the real deal when you are looking for Moderate Muslims. HE appears to truly want Islam to peacefully coexist with the other religions of the world. Odds are the Muslims will kill him, and he probably knows that. A brave man. He stands in stark contrast to the man that is currently “leading” this nation.

Another Reason To Hate Awards Shows.

by Flyovercountry ( 89 Comments › )
Filed under Hipsters, Marxism, Progressives at February 11th, 2015 - 7:00 am

As far as those self aggrandizing Hollyweird award parties go, I usually hold them in the same esteem as the Super Bowl Half Time silliness. Which pretty much means it is usually time I reserve for licking stamps, cleaning hair out of my comb, or perhaps the all important task of organizing my dog’s Linkedin contact list. I really couldn’t care less about what our show people think of themselves. What they think of me, someone whom they’ve never, met matters even less.

Yet for some reason, every time we see a sporting event on television anymore, we get the teary eyed players of the NFL or NBA pontificating on how you and I need to work on our morals and stop all of the Raping, Pillaging, and other aggressive behaviors that they’ve exhibited pretty much forever. The endless PSA’s from the entertainment crowd are just as annoying, if not more so. There’s nothing quite like a devil worshiping junky telling me that I need to drive a car that uses less of those evil fossil fuels lest I cause the planet to burn, while they travel about the globe aboard a private Gulfstream V.

I wasn’t watching the latest example of entertainment’s self congratulatory reason to get me to hate them even more, so I missed this on Sunday. Luckily, someone at the White House recorded it, and actually thought it would be a good idea to put it up on their own website, rather than hiding it as most people try to do with embarrassing tidbits which so richly exemplify the lack of serious thought. For Barack Obama you see, can not allow for any group to participate in self aggrandizement without showing off his only skill, reading off of a teleprompter.

Ordinarily, I’m all for a President interjecting himself into a piece of highly publicized bit of entertainment in order to steal some much neglected attention which he deserves. Jimmy Carter’s piece of brilliance, pushing his way past Joe Greene during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy after the 1979 season championship, only to have then commissioner Pete Rozelle lift the same trophy over the comically small soon to be Ex-President’s head, is still etched upon my mind.

At least however, Carter didn’t use his fish out of water moment in order to play politics. He left the promulgation of his disastrous policies up to those moments when politicking was at least marginally expected. Not so for the Bamster, who views Orwell’s Big Brother not as something really creepy that we should all be guarding against our Government becoming, but rather as something that he’s aspiring to.

And what was so important in President Zero’s mind that he felt the need to interrupt someone else’s party? Why it was the further pimping out of the, “All American men are rapists and violent,” meme. At least he’s sought help from the make believe experts this time, in order to solicit help for his make believe problem. Now, I realize that I may have upset some of you for pointing out that the problem is make believe, so here are some real statistics to back that up.

Click here to dispel the myth.

Click here to further dispel the myth.

It gets even worse than that however. There has only ever been one peer reviewed study on the subject of false rape allegations. Please click here to read it. As it turns out, a full 41% of all rape allegations have been completely fabricated. So, far from a rape culture in America, we actually have a falsely accuse men of grotesque evil culture.

I guess that in a society where substance has been shoved into the back seat in deference to its completely useless cousin, style, the President’s latest appeal to those whose lives are only made possible by that displacement should not be a surprise to anyone. If you’re going to waste resources tackling a phony problem, who better than phony people to take the lead?

Let us put aside for the moment the hilarity of this PSA being played in front of a backdrop that highlights all of the child rapists and wife beating thugs that make up any Hollywood crowd gathered for one of their black tie parties. This highlights a problem far greater in its destructive power than the Mad Max scenario our President and his supporters are portraying our nation to be. We have a President who is playing make believe with the power of his office. Rather than face and deal with reality, our Chief Executive has just declared reality to be subjective, and signaled that he intends to further misappropriate the vast resources entrusted to his management according to the myth he’d rather be dealing with.

The above points present a triple whammy for police tasked with keeping our peace. First of all, many women who are raped don’t report it for a variety of reasons. Preventing those crimes, and bringing the criminals to justice is difficult for obvious reasons. Secondly and Thirdly, each minute that the police spend investigating the 2 out of every 5 reports of rape that didn’t actually take place, is a minute that they will not have available to them to investigate the 3 out of 5 rapes that did occur. Innocent lives will be negatively affected by this misappropriation of resources, as was the entire Duke Lacrosse Team. Many would be criminals will escape justice due to the same misappropriation. Women who are convinced that justice will not be attained for their attackers will then be even less likely to come forward.

The same will hold true for our nation as a whole. Should we dispatch our national resources to tackle the problem of our nonexistent rape culture, we will have fewer resources to tackle the problems that actually are happening. Illegal immigrants committing real crimes, terror cells actively recruiting on our soil for some of their lovely activities, an IRS that has been weaponized for purposes of criminal harassment of any political opposition, or an EPA that has completely run amok and taken the task of destroying any economic activity to be its mandate, are all allowed to flourish in our society where style trumps substance.

Barack Obama cares, and any who would rather tackle the problems that really do exist rather than those that show how compassionate and caring we can be as a society, are of course in favor of raping and beating women. Maybe President Obama should get Roman Polanski and Bobby Brown to be the co-readers of the next PSA to cover this topic. It would have far more credibility that way, to have an actual rapist and wife beating thug involved I mean.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.