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The war against Rand Paul

by Rodan ( 1 Comment › )
Filed under Headlines, Republican Party at April 17th, 2014 - 8:08 pm

The Tranzi Wilsonian Progressive faction of the GOP is at war with Rand Paul. His calls for the GOP to return to its historical cautious foreign policy stances. This has angered the Nation Builders who want the US to get into WWIII with everyone. They are now planning to politically destroy Rand Paul.

The long knives are out for Rand Paul. The period in which the most hawkish Republicans eyed the junior senator from Kentucky warily is over.

As one GOP bundlertold Time, “we’ll be ready to take Paul down.” The money men may not have started yet, but their print-and-pixels auxiliary has already mobilized against him.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubinwarns of an interview that will “haunt” Paul, whom she decried as “far, far out of the mainstream.” Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal decried the senator’s “bark-at-the-moon lunacy about Halliburton” andsuggested his nomination would deliver Republicans “another humbling landslide defeat.”

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The long knives are out for Rand Paul. The period in which the most hawkish Republicans eyed the junior senator from Kentucky warily is over.

As one GOP bundlertold Time, “we’ll be ready to take Paul down.” The money men may not have started yet, but their print-and-pixels auxiliary has already mobilized against him.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubinwarns of an interview that will “haunt” Paul, whom she decried as “far, far out of the mainstream.” Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal decried the senator’s “bark-at-the-moon lunacy about Halliburton” andsuggested his nomination would deliver Republicans “another humbling landslide defeat.”

These slimeballs will discover Rand Paul is no pushover and he has the pulse of the country. Americans and even most Republicans want a foreign policy rooted in reality, not fantasy tales.

The Goldwater legacy

by Rodan ( 7 Comments › )
Filed under Barry Goldwater, Libertarianism, Republican Party, Special Report at April 13th, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Barry Goldwater has become a forgotten icon of the American Right. Many forget his 1964 run for President which ended in defeat pave the way for Ronald Reagan’s win in 1980.  He warned as early as the 80′s of the sinister and authoritarian agenda some new (at the time) factions of the GOP.  Overtime these factions took over the GOP and erased his name from the political history of the Republican Party. Now with the rise of Ran Paul and the Libertarian faction of the GOP, many are rediscovering Barry Goldwater and his legacy for the Republican party.

Goldwater’s impact on the Republican Party was immediate and irreversible, said Rick Perlstein, author of “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus.”

“What 1964 did was put the conservative movement in the driver’s seat of the Republican Party,” he said.

The campaign also reoriented the national GOP to the West from the Northeast, the power base of moderate Republicans such as New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton, Michigan Gov. George Romney and Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, who at the 1964 Republican convention became the first woman to have her name offered for the presidential nomination of a major party.

The Western shift benefited two Californians with presidential aspirations.

Richard Nixon, one of the few establishment Republicans to campaign heavily for Goldwater, tapped Goldwater’s grass-roots network to win the 1968 nomination. Nixon also successfully employed a strategy that, as a consequence of 1964, has become common in GOP presidential politics: running to the right in primaries and pivoting back to the center for general-election races.

Ronald Reagan had his first political star turn delivering a pro-Goldwater televised address on Oct. 27, 1964. Reagan won the White House 16 years later channeling Goldwater’s messages of limited government, free-market economics and an anti-communist foreign policy that promised “peace through strength.”

Goldwater’s Republican libertarianism continues to be reflected in emerging GOP figures such as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a possible 2016 presidential candidate who emphasizes individual rights as he rails against National Security Agency surveillance and other big-government intrusions.

“I believe what you do on your cellphone is none of their damn business,” Paul said with a dash of Goldwater saltiness in a recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Although many are in denial and Conservative talk shows and websites lie to Republican voters about the state of their party, the truth is the GOP is in deep trouble. It is perceived by much of the electorate including many on the Right in a negative context. Obamcare is giving the GOP some lift for 2014, but trends do not favor the party. Only embracing Goldwater’s message can the GOP move forward.

Sadly I know my words will fall on deaf ears and only a massive electoral defeat in 2016 will wake the Right up to reality.

 

Andy Card: “We have a responsibility to make sure Jeb runs”

by Rodan ( 159 Comments › )
Filed under Progressives, Republican Party at April 8th, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The media this weekend was pushing the Bush mafia. That family had a gathering this weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the disastrous administration of Poppy Bush. The first Bush administration marked the end of the Republican Party’s dominance in Presidential election and the permanent loss of their former Northeastern and Upper Midwest suburban base. The 2nd Bush administration ended in economic collapse and the rise of the Obama Regime. You would think that the GOP would want to move away from the Bush legacy, but sadly that is not the case.

Former Chief of staff under George W. Bush, Andy Card wants Jeb Bush to run. He believes it is the responsibility of the Bush Mafia to push Jeb to run in 2016.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than a hundred Republican Party elders gathered this weekend in Texas to celebrate George H.W. Bush’s legacy. But many of the event’s participants had another, much simpler agenda: launching a Jeb Bush presidential campaign.

The two-day festivities featured a widely covered speech by Jeb. And on the sidelines, former Bush retainers were frank about their hopes that the eldest son could save a party the family has led on and off since 1988.

“We have a responsibility to make sure Jeb runs,” said longtime Bush adviser Andy Card after the speech.

“If Jeb Bush does not run, shame on us.” Card added, “I would work in a Jeb administration in a heartbeat.”

“Look at all of us,” said another former campaign aide, Jill Collins, excitedly motioning to an auditorium filled with former ambassadors, appointees, and cabinet members. “We are all ready to fundraise and start planting yard signs. We have all done it before and we will do it again.”

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Sununu one-upped him, “If Mitt Romney had had the Jeb package, we would have won in 2012.”

The media wants Jeb Bush as the nominee because it would make Hillary’s election a sure bet. Clinton already is the favorite for 2016 and thanks to the demographic and electoral college advantages; nominating Jeb would make her job easier.

Jeb Bush comes from a  family of political losers that destroyed the once formidable Republican Party and turned it into the political joke it is today.  Nominating him would ensure an electoral disastrous in an already tough political environment for the GOP.  I know Karl Rove needs  a paycheck, but the country is at risk. The GOP needs someone in 2016 who will take unorthodox stances and possible pick off some Democrat demographics top even have a hope of winning the Presidency. Jeb is not that guy.

Stay out the Bushes!

 

Rep. Vance McAllister cauight on tape kissing a staffer

by Rodan ( 18 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Headlines, Republican Party at April 7th, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) who ran as a paradign of virtue and holy perfection was busted on tape kissing a female staffer.

Freshman GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) – who ran as conservative Christian – has been caught on video in a romantic encounter with a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas.

The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe, La., posted a Dec. 23 surveillance video purportedly from inside McAllister’s district office in Monroe.

The video shows McAllister kissing a woman identified by the newspaper as a congressional staffer for the first-term lawmaker. Federal payroll records show she is a part-time aide who began working for McAllister the day after he won his seat last year.

Politicians running on virtue get themselves in trouble with their holier than thou acts. They are human and incidents like these is why politicians should not run as the paradigm of virtue.

Update: Here is the video of the Congressman kissing his female staffer.

Writer’s block

by Speranza ( 36 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Conservatism, Elections 2016, Hillary Clinton, Media, Ronald Reagan, Tea Parties at April 7th, 2014 - 7:00 am

Do not think that for one second that the same media which trashed Hillary Clinton for daring to seek the nomination in 2008 instead of passively making way for the Young Messiah will not  protect her in 2016.

by John Podhoretz

When it comes to Obama-era scandals, the American Right’s predominant emotion is frustration — a frustration that causes hypertension levels usually seen only in Cubs fans and the unfortunates hired to do PR for Lindsay Lohan and Shia LeBoeuf.

Liberals dubbed Ronald Reagan the “Teflon president” because they felt nothing ever stuck to him. President Obama is the Scotchguard president; the would-be scandals that ought to be dogging his administration simply seem to bead up into little droplets before they are briskly wiped away.

Conservatives will tell you, and rightly so, that this is happening because the mainstream media — the prestige press and the network television commentariat — are committing sins both of commission and omission. At times, they act as the president’s blocking tackles in some respects, speaking with contempt and dismissal when the scandals are even mentioned.

When they are not actively working in his defense, the media’s managers are downplaying the scandal stories as a general rule — and the failure to pursue them aggressively has the effect of quieting them down.

Why is this happening? Ironically, the mainstream media heavyweights may feel liberated from the responsibility of covering Obama administration malfeasances because of the existence of the alternative conservative media that have arisen over the past 20 years — talk radio, Fox News, and multiple websites.

Mainstream media types loathe the conservative media as much as the conservative media loathe them. The mainstream thinks conservative media are hysterical, ideologically driven by bad or stupid or evil ideas, and are simply after liberal scalps. They do not want to join those they consider jackals.

But the conservative media serve a second purpose, not only for their audiences but for the mainstream. The existence of the Right media means that the stories are being covered by someone, which relieves them of some of the responsibility they might otherwise feel to do the job themselves.

Even better, from their point of view, they also believe the stories are being covered in such a way that the mainstream media can dismiss them and attack them.

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Well, did you know that the Attorney General of the United States was held in contempt back in June 2012 by the House of Representatives for refusing to provide documents to oversight committees regarding the demented Justice Department program that peddled guns to drug dealers later used to kill a federal agent?

That was no small thing — in fact, never before has such a sanction against a sitting cabinet member been declared by Congress. An unprecedented event is the very definition of news, and yet it went all but unacknowledged when it happened — dismissed as an election year stunt to harm the presidential candidacy of a man 90% of those who work in the media voted for.

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Amazing to think it was only 11 months ago that the Internal Revenue Service admitted — on its own! — that it had outright targeted conservative groups for special (i.e., hostile) scrutiny in considering their applications for tax-exempt status. The matter seemed so serious that the president himself said he was outraged by it: “It’s inexcusable and Americans have a right to be angry about it and I am angry about it.”

Though he promised to hold the guilty parties accountable, and though several people resigned and/or retired, what has gone on since looks very much like stonewalling.

The IRS’s general counsel answered “I don’t recall” 80 times — 80 times! — when members of Congress asked him about what went on.

The now-retired person specifically in charge of the matter has repeatedly resorted to Fifth Amendment silence rather than answer Congressional questions.

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And the once-angry president? He isn’t so angry any longer. There was “not even a smidgen of corruption” at work there, he told Bill O’Reilly.

Obama’s attitude is the mainstream attitude. Move along, nothing to see here.

This week, the former deputy director of the CIA acknowledged that he had disobeyed his then-boss, David Petraeus, and edited the administration’s talking points about the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi in September 2012 to remove reference to a terrorist attack.

You may not have heard about it. Why? Because the media long ago decided it was not interested in Benghazi. More that that: the one star reporter who was, Sheryl Atkisson of CBS News, found it necessary to quit her job earlier this year amid reports she couldn’t get airtime because her boss disapproved of the story.

The person serving as Obama’s secretary of state when the attacks happened actually demanded to know what difference the details made about the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi. That person is now the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

She, too, will get 90% of the media vote.

Obama is Scotchguarded because the people who are supposed to be holding him to account are the ones holding the spray can.

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Republicans and Blacks

by Speranza ( 186 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Economy, Elections, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, unemployment at March 26th, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Rand Paul – unlike most Republican activists – actually seems interested in expanding the Republican Party. The day we can get 20 -25% of the Black vote is the day that the Democratic Party sinks into irrelevance but the first thing we need to do is actually show ourselves in Black neighborhoods and rebuild our urban arm. Instead of promoting vanity candidates such as the pizza guy, look more to serious thinkers such as Thomas Sowell.

by Thomas Sowell

Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it.

Too many Republicans seem to think that the way to “reach out” is to offer blacks and other minorities what the Democrats are offering them. Some have even suggested that the channels to use are organizations like the NAACP and black “leaders” like Jesse Jackson — that is, people tied irrevocably to the Democrats.

Voters who want what the Democrats offer can get it from the Democrats. Why should they vote for Republicans who act like make-believe Democrats?

Yet there are issues where Republicans have a big advantage over Democrats — if they will use that advantage.  [......]

The issue on which Democrats are most vulnerable, and have the least room to maneuver, is school choice. Democrats are heavily in hock to the teachers’ unions, who see public schools as places to guarantee jobs for teachers, regardless of what that means for the education of students.

There are some charter schools and private schools that have low-income minority youngsters equaling or exceeding national norms, despite the many ghetto public schools where most students are nowhere close to meeting those norms. Because teachers’ unions oppose charter schools, most Democrats oppose them, including black Democrats up to and including President Barack Obama.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent cutback on funding for charter schools, and creating other obstacles for them, showed a calloused disregard for black youngsters, for whom a decent education is their one shot at a better life.

But did you hear any Republican say anything about it?

Minimum wage laws are another government-created disaster for minority young people.

Many people today would be surprised to learn that there were once years when the unemployment rate for black 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds was under 10 percent. But their unemployment rates have not been under 20 percent in more than half a century. In some years, their unemployment rate has been over 40 percent.

Why such great differences between earlier and later times? In the late 1940s, inflation had rendered meaningless the minimum wage set in 1938.  [.......]

Young people need job experience, at least as much as they need a paycheck. And no neighborhood needs hordes of idle young men hanging around, getting into mischief, if not into crime.

Republicans have failed to explain why the minimum wage laws that Democrats support are counterproductive for blacks. Worse yet, during the 2012 election campaign Mitt Romney advocated indexing the minimum wage for inflation, which would not only guarantee its bad effects, but would put an end to discussing those bad effects.

Are issues like these going to switch the black vote as a whole over into the Republican column at the next election? Of course not. Nor will embracing the Democrats’ racial agenda.

But, if Republicans can reduce the 90 percent of the black vote that goes to Democrats to 80 percent, that can be enough to swing a couple of close Congressional elections — as a start.

Even to achieve that, however, will require targeting those particular segments of the black population that are not irrevocably committed to the Democrats. Parents who want their children to get a decent education are one obvious example. But if Republicans aim a one-size-fits-all message at all blacks they will fail to connect with the particular people they have some chance of reaching.

First of all, Republicans will need to know what they are talking about. There are books like “Race and Economics” by Walter Williams, which show that many well-meaning government programs have been counterproductive for minorities. And there are people like Shelby Steele and the Thernstroms with valuable insights.

But first Republicans have got to want to learn, and to be willing to do some thinking, in order to get their message across.

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Rodan Addendum: Roger L. Simon from PJ Media discusses the racist nature of the Progressives.

As one of the relatively few people (percentage wise) to have spent more than a decade on both sides of our political divide, and also to have participated personally in the civil rights movement in the South in the sixties, I am going to say something that will be extremely controversial to liberals, indeed make them hate me.  Given all those years I spent on the two sides, I have observed liberals to be vastly more racist than conservatives and libertarians.

 It isn’t even close. During the time I was on the left, I heard  many racially disparaging comments by my associates either offered in confidence or as off-hand remarks.  During my time on the right,  I heard such a comment only one time — and that was by a Frenchman. (Frankly, it didn’t surprise me.  I have spent a certain amount of time in France and heard more racism around the dinner table than I ever have in this country.)  I will add that, though I don’t classify myself as a Tea Party member, in the seven years I was CEO of PJ Media, I met or spoke on the phone with dozens of  Tea Partiers.  Not a single one of them ever said or did anything that approached racism to me.  And I was certainly paying attention. That was my job.

The roots of this divide are not just the obvious Freudian projection — those who accuse you of something evil are usually the ones perpetrating it.  That’s true enough.  But it’s far more than that.  The Democratic Party has been waging a War on Black People since the Great Society of 1964-65 (actually for far longer than that) that has reached horrifying proportions in our time.  That nearly 73 percent of African Americans are currently born out of wedlock, 67 percent living in single parent homes, is nothing short of disastrous with yet more disastrous auguries for the future.

And all this during the administration of our first black president.  The level of hypocrisy is astronomical.

I experienced first hand Progressive racism in the NYC Public Schools in the Pre-Guiliani era. I saw Immigrant students from Eastern Europe put in regular classes. Immigrant students from Latin America were thrown in ESL classes. The implication is that Spanish speakers are biologically inferior to East Europeans. Sadly many in the Republican Party refuse to call out this racism.

(Hat Tip: Iron Fist)

Venezuelan Pregnant woman killed

by Rodan ( 2 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Headlines, Marxism, Progressives, Republican Party, Venezuela at March 25th, 2014 - 2:00 pm

While the media and online outlets continues to whip people in a frenzy over the Ukraine, people deserving of our support have been abandoned. It has been 2 months now since the Venezuelan people have risen up against the 3rd World Liberation regime of Nicolas Madura. On a daily basis Venezuelans are beaten and killed by the Marxist regime, while the rest of the world with the exception of Colombia has turned their backs on these people. Parts of Venezuela like Tachira have fallen out of government control and many opposition members are now armed. Yet none of this is being discussed.

In the latest atrocity of the 3rd World Liberation regime or Madura, a pregnant woman named Adriana Urquiola was gunned down by government thugs in Caracas.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A pregnant woman has been killed amid a protest outside the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. It’s unclear why she was fired upon.

The mayor of Guaicaipuro says Adriana Urquiola died Sunday night in that municipality after she left a bus that was stuck in traffic as the result of a barricade built by anti-government protesters. She doesn’t appear to have been participating. The 28 year-old began walking toward the barricade, and was shot in the head. She was five months pregnant.

The lack of outrage over the situation in Venezuela is disgusting. I fully expect the Obama regime and Democrats to support the Madura Regime. But seeing how the Republican Party and its outlets have turned their backs on the Venezuelan people is despicable act.

 

 

How Kosovo lead to Crimea

by Rodan ( 57 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Kosovo, Marxism, Progressives, Republican Party, Russia, Serbia at March 25th, 2014 - 7:00 am

Once again being brave and breaking with Republican elite opinion on the Ukraine crisis, Andy McCarthy explains how Progressive policies led to this moment. Unlike the narrative that appeasement led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, McCarthy makes the opposite argument. It was Tranzi progressive interventionist polices that encouraged Putin to annex Crimea.

In 1999 the US/NATO bombed Serbia to force them out of their province of Kosovo. This intervention was justified as humanitarian an defend by Progressives all over the world. The result was the installation of a Narco-terrorist regime with al-Qaeda links in Kosovo. Another result was the resentment in Russia over what was done to Serbia. Now Putin has turned the table and uses the example of Kosovo as justification for him jumping the shark by invading Crimea.

‘Your independence is irreversible, absolutely irreversible.” So declared Vice President Joe Biden, thrilling a parliamentary assembly in Pristina, Kosovo. These were still the early months of the Obama administration, and the vice president was touring the Balkans to take a victory lap in the breakaway Serbian territory whose independence he’d done so much to champion as an influential senator.

As Vladimir Putin tucks away Crimea, just as he clawed South Ossetia and Abkhazia back from Georgia five years ago, Kosovo is worth remembering. So is President Obama’s staunch support of Manuel Zelaya, the socialist would-be dictator Hondurans tried to rid themselves of back in 2009. With an unreconstructed Soviet imperialist eying more worlds to reconquer, one is constrained to ask whether the Beltway’s transnational progressives will ever be called to account for greasing the skids for him.

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But the Kosovo precedent — which, as National Review’s editors noted this week, is one that Putin wielded as a club against the West while storming Ukraine — is not solely, or even mostly, Obama’s fault. He was a bit player in the closing act of a debacle that tossed territorial integrity overboard when our bipartisan foreign-policy solons decided it was inconvenient to their trendy priorities. In this instance, it was about appeasing Islamic supremacists.

Kosovo was an overwhelmingly Albanian-Muslim province of the former Yugoslavia. It had sided with the Nazis in World War II and later come under Communist domination. The mutual hatred between the Kosovar Muslims and Orthodox Christian Serbs resulted in centuries of dueling atrocities and efforts by each side to wipe out the other.

In the Nineties, while straining for independence from the Serbs, Kosovo served as a safe haven for al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups. Like contemporary “rebels” in Syria and Libya, the Kosovo Liberation Army had moderate Muslim elements but also worked cooperatively with the jihadists. Naturally, the separation of Kosovo from Serbia became a cause célèbre of the Muslim Brotherhood and the global jihad. As night follows day, it also became fashionable at the soirées where transies convince themselves that Islamic supremacists will surely moderate if given the responsibilities of governance and will like us better if we support their access to power.

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But the Kosovo precedent — which, as National Review’s editors noted this week, is one that Putin wielded as a club against the West while storming Ukraine — is not solely, or even mostly, Obama’s fault. He was a bit player in the closing act of a debacle that tossed territorial integrity overboard when our bipartisan foreign-policy solons decided it was inconvenient to their trendy priorities. In this instance, it was about appeasing Islamic supremacists.

Kosovo was an overwhelmingly Albanian-Muslim province of the former Yugoslavia. It had sided with the Nazis in World War II and later come under Communist domination. The mutual hatred between the Kosovar Muslims and Orthodox Christian Serbs resulted in centuries of dueling atrocities and efforts by each side to wipe out the other.

In the Nineties, while straining for independence from the Serbs, Kosovo served as a safe haven for al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups. Like contemporary “rebels” in Syria and Libya, the Kosovo Liberation Army had moderate Muslim elements but also worked cooperatively with the jihadists. Naturally, the separation of Kosovo from Serbia became a cause célèbre of the Muslim Brotherhood and the global jihad. As night follows day, it also became fashionable at the soirées where transies convince themselves that Islamic supremacists will surely moderate if given the responsibilities of governance and will like us better if we support their access to power.

Andy McCarthy once again refuses to go along with the Republican Party’s narrative on Crimea an gives the background on what led to this crisis. Progressive interventionist policies have given justification for others to do their own interventions. Before anyone dismisses what Andy McCarthy has wrote, keep in mind he has been right about events like the Arab Spring. Do not drink the Tranzi Progressive kool-aid on foreign issues.

Libya which was another case of Progressive nation building, is a failed state  3 years after Qaddafi was overthrown by NATO and Libyan Islamists.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it’s Tripoli’s biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars.

Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of weapons with no control over their trafficking. The arms free-for-all fuels not only Libya’s instability but also stokes conflicts around the region as guns are smuggled through the country’s wide-open borders to militants fighting in insurgencies and wars stretching from Syria to West Africa.

The lack of control is at times stunning. Last month, militia fighters stole a planeload of weapons sent by Russia for Libya’s military when it stopped to refuel at Tripoli International Airport on route to a base in the south. The fighters surrounded the plane on the tarmac and looted the shipment of automatic weapons and ammunition, Hashim Bishr, an official with a Tripoli security body under the Interior Ministry, told The Associated Press.

Progressive foreign policy is a failure.

Update: Russia is throwing Kosovo back at the US and NATO.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian television blasted viewers with 15-year-old footage of NATO bombing raids, burning buildings and wounded people in Yugoslavia on Monday to step up a media campaign against the West over the Crimea crisis.

State television and newspapers used the anniversary of the start of the bombing campaign to depict the West as hypocritical for saying Crimea has no right to secede from Ukraine when NATO used force to help Kosovo escape Slobodan Milosevic’s clutches.

A special program on state TV called “The Serbian Tragedy: 15 Years” hammered home Russia’s message that the United States and NATO are to blame for redrawing global borders, encouraging separatism and flouting international law.

Illegal actions come back to haunt you. The US/NATO’s illegal war on Serbia has now come back to bite them in the Crimea.

 

 

 

Florida 13 Is And Is Not A Bellwether

by Flyovercountry ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Election 2014, Marxism, Progressives, Republican Party at March 14th, 2014 - 7:00 am

First things first, cue the Mancini Music. Enjoy the well earned and not often enough heard Baby Elephant Walk.

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Now that that’s out of the way, on to the analysis.

Why Florida 13 Means good news for the GOP come this fall:

If for this first factoid and no other reason, this special Congressional Election is truly important, the Democrats really wanted this one, and thought they had a better than 50/50 chance to take this seat out of the R column and put it in theirs. They had a Republican seat in a district that skews towards their party demographically. The district voted in favor of Democrats for every other election other than the Congressional Seat, as its former occupant had been an establishment stalwart who’d held the seat since the days when dinosaurs roamed about. Barack Obama won the district twice. More important than that however, Alex Sink won the district four years ago in her run for Governor of Florida, a race she’d lost to the current Governor, Rick Scott. Sink was hand picked by the Democrat National Committee, came to the party with a huge war chest still brimming with cash from her failed Gubernatorial run, and faced no primary challenge worth mentioning. She enjoyed a 2 to 1 spending advantage, name recognition of 100%, and unlike her opponent, the generous backing of her National Party.

On the other side of the coin, the Republican National Committee had, on three separate occasions picked someone to take David Jolly out and subsequently failed. He survived a nasty primary, and began the race in the general election with about a buck and a half in his war chest. He did manage to raise, with zero help from the Republican National Committee, enough money that the Democrat spin meisters are still whining that their advantage was only 2 to 1, claiming that as the reason for their loss. Jolly entered the race unknown, as a former staffer working for Bill Young, the Republican who had held the seat since prohibition. Before working for Young, David Jolly had been the most hated of our species, a D.C. lobbyist. Those campaign commercials practically wrote themselves.

All of this combined to make the real point in Jolly’s win there. This one turned out to be all about the issues, (plural.) David Jolly didn’t waste time equivocating, (which is another reason for the GOP establishment’s antipathy towards the man.) He instead made it a point to draw clear differences between himself and Alex Sink. He ran on a strict, repeal of Obamacare position, and somewhat less reported, no amnesty for illegal immigrants. Sink ran on the fix it don’t end it position, and more importantly that famous, “we need to work together across the aisle while we hold hands and sing kumbayah,” tripe that we constantly hear repeated by our suspiciously incurious media punditry. Jolly came out staunchly against Gun Control of any kind, he was a strong advocate for unfettered free markets, against the minimum wage or any associated increases, against the ill fated politically correct approach to our ongoing battle with world wide Islamic Jihad. He came out against Common Core and was as vocal a climate change, “denier,” as has ever been heard. In short, he was one of the, “wacko-birds,” John McCain’s been warning could never win anywhere but in the Reddest of Redville places. Yet, he won in a district that Skewed D+2, and was populated by the vaunted Independent demo to the tune of 27%. His victory was proof yet again, that conservatism wins elections.

Why Florida 13 should be put behind us and not used as an excuse to count our chickens too early:

We have on average 4 or 5 special Congressional Elections between each such biannual cycle. Each one is touted by the media and all active watchers as a, “bellwether,” contest before the votes are cast. After each one, the winning side trumpets the truth of that previous statement while the losing side spins out their reasons why this is not so and how the winning side actually, “under performed.” The whole bit of Kabuki is actually comical if you give it a moment or two of your measured consideration. This contest certainly did not disappoint on that scale, as the tweets and soundbites delivered actually managed to blame the loss on Jolly’s unconscionable usage of actual money in his victory, despite the fact that he was so thoroughly outspent by a candidate with superior amounts of cash, I half expected him to be giving a concession speech wearing a barrel for effect.

The fact of the matter is that these elections, historically speaking, have in no way been a harbinger of things to follow. That does not mean that this election was not, but previously, no. The incumbent party has won an impressive 90% of these in the past, and there is no reason beyond conjecture to suspect that this was not in play in Florida a couple of days ago as well. In 2010 for example, Democrats took 3 of the 4 special elections, and that in no way predicted the walloping they took in November of that year. The fact remains, no matter what else is true, David Jolly represented the incumbent party in this special election, and it has been a Republican seat for over six decades.

Over confidence at this juncture can be often times more damaging than actually being behind. Karl Rove has written an interesting article for the Wall Street Journal on this very subject. While I realize that not many in our nation agree with much of what Rove has to say, either left or right, that does not change the fact that he still remains the most recent Republican campaign professional to win two Presidential Elections. While policy positions were never Karl’s strong point, and I personally never liked his advice to his candidates that equivocation and pandering to the, “moderates,” while assuming the base to be safe would win, he did manage to get a guy with a stuttering problem and a penchant for embarrassing malaprops elected to our nation’s highest office twice.

Rove’s true strength was always with something that is entirely lacking with every other GOP campaign guru. Karl, (or, “Turdblossom,” as he was affectionately referred to by his boss,) always succeeded with his ground game come election day. He knows how to get out the vote, and he recognized that positive effort in Florida 13′s victor. Rove has told anyone who would listen, on more than one occasion, that without the GOP ground game in either the 2000 or the 2004 election, both efforts would have been defeats for his candidate.

Republicans also substantially erased the Democratic edge in get-out-the-vote. Ms. Sink had Team Obama and its Florida ground game, which delivered a 2,988 edge among the 131,713 voters who cast an early ballot. But Mr. Jolly crushed her by 6,445 of the 52,565 who turned on Election Day. Mr. Jolly, the Republican National Committee and the Florida Republican Party took on the volunteer-intensive portions of the ground game; outside groups took on the expensive, mechanical parts.

Part of Jolly’s victory in this race is due to the fact that he had a ground game, and it was a good one. If this election is a bellwether, that part must be looked at as well. He didn’t exactly administer a spanking to Ms. Sink in this one, and without his having had that crucial part of his campaign working well, it may not have turned out the way it had. A good ground game has not existed at any level of any Republican Campaign effort since the days when Karl Rove ran George W. Bush’s efforts. No matter what your personal feelings about Karl Rove happen to be, on this point he is spot on correct, and his thoughts should be heeded.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Another Palin Prediction Comes True! Where’s Her Apology From The Entire Political Left?

by Flyovercountry ( 61 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Republican Party, Russia, The Political Right at March 5th, 2014 - 7:00 am

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

I have a vision in my mind of Darth Vader addressing a scared Luke Skywalker, who just screwed up by letting slip that Leia was indeed his sister, and coincidentally the daughter of an uncaring Vader. “And now his failure is complete,” really said it all.

As Russia rolls its tanks and troops into Crimea, I am reminded of other events within my life time that saw similar happenings. Not that today’s aggressive behavior is in any way the same as those dark days of the Cold War, when the Soviets sent their military into Poland, Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan, and Chechnya. Today’s act of aggression you see came after the Bamster and Hillary gifted some Russian apparatchik with that famed, “reset button.” Right on cue, our leader’s, (and I use that term loosely,) in Washington are shocked, shocked, I tell you, to learn that the Russians have taken the Obama Administration’s foreign policy as a sign of American weakness.

Charles Krauthammer said it most eloquently in about a minute and a quarter last night.

 

Here’s the transcript of Krauthammer’s analysis:

Remember the speech he gave at the U.N. when he started his administration? He said no nation can or should dominate another. I mean, there’s not a 12-year-old in the world who believes that. And he said the alignment of nations rooted in the cleavages of the long ago Cold War make no sense in this interconnected world. As our Secretary of State said today, or yesterday, after all this, this is a 19th century action in a 21st century world. As if what he means his actions where governments pursue expansion, territory domination, no longer exist in this century, as if that hasn’t been a constant in all of human history since Hannibal. They imagine the world as a new interconnected world where climate change is the biggest threat and they are shocked that the Russians actually are interested in territory.

The parallels to Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy are too strong to not mention. Carter, like Obama, spent his time as President traveling the globe heaping praise upon America’s adversaries while chiding and ridiculing America’s allies. He too was shocked, shocked, I tell you, to learn that the Soviets would invade Afghanistan when it suited them to do so. I guess that the lesson we can all take from this is the same one we’ve learned every time there’s a Democrat in the White House, which is that the Kumbayah School of foreign policy leads to unmitigated disaster for us and the rest of the world as a whole.

What ever level of intervention you feel United States involvement should exhibit or forgo is not what caused this. What caused this latest example of Russian aggression was what always causes such things. They took a good look at a President with a foreign policy that can be labeled most generously as feckless, and a U.S. Secretary of State who declared that the completely farcical myth of global warming was our nation’s most feared enemy, saw that our Teleprompter in Chief was moving forward with his plans to reduce our military to ashes, and determined quite correctly that we were in no position to defend anyone or anything. Crimea is now paying the price associated with that reality.

yes, for my Russian friends, the Cold War is over and the Russians have eschewed the Socialism that once plagued their economics. Vladimir Putin however is a veteran of the Cold War, and as a former leader of the KGB, it would appear, at least to the casual observer, that bringing back the old Soviet Satellites to an existence within the fold may be one of his objectives. Achieving that end by force is something he is perfectly comfortable with. Our discussions on this particular part of our foreign policy need to accept that reality. Especially since some of the former Soviet Satellites are now member nations of NATO, Ukraine being one of them.

Just one more thing to point out here. Remember how Sarah Palin was so roundly ridiculed for being, “stupid,” when she predicted this exact event way back in 2008? Remember how Barack Obama, “the smartest guy in the room,” won major snark points for his line that the 1980′s had contacted Mitt Romney and demanded their cold war mentality back? I guess we can officially put those two memes to bed now.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.