Thursday, January 31, 2013

Two Similar Men, Receiving Quite Dissimilar Coverage...

Barack Obama:  A person of color who overcame a rough upbringing to attend an Ivy League School and rise to the top of his chosen profession

Clarence Thomas:  A person of color who overcame a rough upbringing to attend an Ivy League School and rise to the top of his chosen profession

The media treats the first man as a god, while treating the second man like shit, despite the fact that more Americans have a more favorable view of the Supreme Court than they do of  politicians, regardless of their office.

I wonder...why?

Same reason, I suppose, that sex-starved Sandra Fluke is a saint who above any criticism, while these women are sluts, open to any defilement one wishes to proffer...

Hat tip: Peter Wehner

"New Republic" Dumps Their Jews...

Ah, the good old days are back.  That is, if you consider the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws something to feel nostalgic about....

Seems as if the new owner of the New Republic - wealthy dilettante Chris Hughes - has removed the names of some of the magazine's most prominent Jews from their masthead:

The New Republic has quietly dropped at least five prominent Jewish writers from its masthead in a move that may signal the publication’s continued drift away from a staunchly pro-Israel standpoint.

The names of several prominent Jewish writers from both the left and right of the political spectrum were dropped....

They include: Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, longtime TNR columnist James Kirchick, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, and onetime senior editor Lawrence Kaplan. Complicating the picture, former TNR editor Peter Beinart was also dropped from the masthead. Beinart is the publisher of Open Zion, an anti-Zionist Daily Beast blog sponsored by the New America Foundation.

Gee, who else would have an interest in a key liberal magazine dropping it's "pro-Israel" standpoint, and perhaps cutting loose some of those pesky Jews?  I don't know, maybe...Barack Hussein Obama,  who Chris Hughes recently conducted a fawning interview with for his new toy, the New Republic?  For whom Hughes was the “former online campaign adviser”?   To whom Hughes contributed over $20,000 to in 2012?

No many how many times you tell a Jew that the Left is anti-Semitic, no matter how much evidence they see with their own eyes, they'll never believe you.  Which is why we always wind up huddling in cattle cars...or bomb shelters.

I'll say it, even as my brethren stop their ears and screech "Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb...." :

America 2012:  Jews Need Not Apply

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bob Menendez in Hot Water; Time To Think About A Christie Appointee?

I can't necessarily blame the average American for dismissing the story, as the only places that reported on New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez's (D-La Raza) penchant for literally and figuratively screwing teenage hookers were the Daily Caller, Breitbart, and a few wacky right-wing blogs.  Like this one.

But now that the FBI is raiding Menendez's buddies....the mainstream media may actually have to report on it (something they have assiduously refused to do).  The Daily Caller:

FBI agents have raided the West Palm Beach, Fla. eye clinic owned by Dr. Salomon Melgen, the wealthy donor to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez who allegedly procured prostitutes for him — some of them as young as 16 — during trips to the Dominican Republic.

The Miami Herald reported that federal agents lined up vans outside the Melgen Eye Center late Tuesday night to haul away evidence in the case.

Melgen, 58, is believed to have flown Menendez in his private jet to the Dominican Republic on several occasions for alcohol-fueled sex parties featuring prostitutes.

In case you haven't been keeping up, or you're too lazy to click the links, here's the best part:

The women appeared in videotaped interviews with the help of a translator. Each said she was promised $500 to sleep with the New Jersey lawmaker, but was ultimately paid only $100.

Additional confirmation came from a Dominican government official who told TheDC that Menendez frequents “sex, hookers and drinking” parties in the Caribbean nation.

Not only did Senator Menendez have sex with teenage girls, he refused to pay them what he promised.

What a scumbag.

I don't believe that a Democratic Senator has ever given up their position of power due to a morally shameful act, but with the FBI also investigating Menendez's campaign finances, he may not have any choice.

Which leads me to wonder who New Jersey's next Senator will be.  Chris Christie can appoint one until the next scheduled election, and if he wants a prayer of winning the Republican nomination, it has got to be an "R".

You heard it here first:  The next Senator from New Jersey will be State Senator Joe Kyrillos, who ran against Menendez in vain last year.  He's an an honest man and a solid conservative, who also happened to be a big part of Christie's 2009 campaign for governor. He wouldn't have a lot of time to make a name for himself, but a tax-cutting Senator from a taxed-to-death blue state certainly is capable of making some waves...

That is, unless Obama squashes the FBI investigation.  He is first and foremost..a Chicago politician, after all....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Two Men, Two Quotes, and the "Surge"

The year is 2007. Two Senators, on different sides of the aisle, both negative on the prospects for the success of George W. Bush's military strategy in Iraq, specifically, "The Surge".  Here are the quotes, can you guess the two men?

“I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

“[The Surge is]...the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam, if it’s carried out.”

The first quote was from then-Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Democrat from Illinois.  The second was from then-Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican from Nebraska.

Both of them spectacularly wrong about the biggest military operation this nation had undertaken in half a century.  Certainly, as Commentary points out, it gave us insight into the character of our future president:

It was an early indication of Obama’s poor judgment and instinct to substitute ideological stubbornness for serious analysis.

But more importantly, it turns out these two losers have been running a foreign-policy carnival sideshow for years:

Obama and Hagel would develop a friendship, and repeat this pattern. They would travel to Iraq together, where Hagel was dismissive and suspicious of the military’s top brass. Obama would take office and do the same. Hagel would speak out against tough Iran sanctions, and Obama would work against them from the White House, opposing several iterations of them and finally watering them down when he couldn’t prevent sanctions from passing Congress. Hagel would loudly criticize even the contemplation of military action against Iran, and Obama would have his secretary of defense deliver a similar message to Israel.

The two of them don't' equal one idiot.  And they both believe they are destined to shape the New World Order, using a "fundamentally transformed" America as their vehicle.

May God save us....

Honk That Horn! The Nanny State Writ (Very, Very) Small...

I did not know honking your car horn was illegal in New York City, as - with a office window facing Broadway - it is the virtual soundtrack to my day, if not my life.  Apparently, it can net you a $350 fine, with the NYPD issuing some 206 summonses for “unnecessary use of horn” in 2012.

Which is apparently one fine per one million honks.  Not enough to deter the practice, for sure.  Makes one wonder why they even bother with such an unenforceable law, unless it is part and parcel of the government's attempt to always have something on you, some way to punish you, should you somehow step out of line.

But that's a post for another day.  What I found humorous here is the clashing of two different nanny-state attempts to regulate the minutia of city life.  For it turns out that "horn honking" is now at odds with the scourge of  "sign clutter", and one of them has got to go.  And it appears as if the city has decided which one:

In a move condemned by critics as a tacit surrender to a ubiquitous noise, the Transportation Department is removing all “Don’t Honk” signs from the streets, and predicts there will be none left by the end of the year.

City officials said the move was part of an effort to declutter the streets of often ignored signs.

The Transportation Department noted that since 2008, complaints to 311 about honking have declined 63 percent citywide, to 1,796 in 2012 — suggesting that either honking has waned or tolerance has risen.

Seth Solomonow, a spokesman for the department, said that while the reason for the drop was unclear, “we’re not aware of any evidence that the signs have had any impact at locations where they’ve been installed.”

Rules of the road, NYC-style

How much money was wasted in creating the signs, putting them up, maintaining them, and now tearing them down after their uselessness has been demonstrated?   We'll never know, as this crime of stupidity was committed by de facto Democrats, whom have lifetime immunity from the media.  My guess, however, is that the law will still be selectively enforced, when and where it suits the government's needs.

 And  has New York learned its lesson about trying to create a perfect society in an imperfect world?

Really?  Do you remember who's running this town?  Nanny Bloomberg ain't nowhere near out of stupid ideas yet:

The Taxi of Tomorrow, which is expected be phased into the citywide fleet late this year, was outfitted with both a “low-annoyance” horn and a set of amber horn lights that illuminate the vehicle’s roof panel whenever a driver honks.

“It’s a bit of a public shaming device,” said David S. Yassky, the city’s taxi commissioner...

Sigh. Just what we needed.

You know, liberals would be a lot more tolerable if they had the ability to actually learn a lesson from reality every now and again...

And on a side note...doesn't Bloomberg's "Taxi of Tomorrow"...

...look a lot like the taxicab (or "Johnny Cab") from the original Total Recall?

Monday, January 28, 2013

One Of Senator Menendez's Prostitutes Reveals Herself!

And it turns out to be...ABC’s Martha Raddatz.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-La Raza) is under investigation by the FBI for illegal campaign contributions and having sex with teenage hookers while in the Dominican Republic. A story that came out only because aforementioned prostitutes complained bitterly that, once "finished", Dirty Bob refused to pay them the amount he promised.

Menendez spent an inordinate amount of time on the set of "This Week" yesterday, as Ms. Raddatz asked Senator Pervert his thoughts on immigration reform, Benghazi, Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense and the future of Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat, possibly up for grabs in 2014.

And no - she did not ask him once about shortchanging underage prostitutes, or about the FBI investigation into his illicit campaign cash.

Ms. Raddatz shoud not have assumed a position across the table from Menenedez - she should have taken one underneath the table, on her knees, as befitting to her profession, and the job she did yesterday on truth, honesty, and the ethos of journalism.

The entire interview can be seen here.

You may remember Martha Raddatz as...the moderator of the sole Vice Presidential debate in the 2012
election. You remember - the one with Joe Biden constantly smirking, giggling, interrupting, and otherwise behaving badly? The one in which the moderator did nothing to assert the rules laid down beforehand? The one which left Democrats shrieking with delight over the rude treatment given to Paul Ryan?

You may call yourself a reporter, Martha...but you actions are those of a whore.

Clean yourself up, woman.  You're disgusting.

Hat tip: More Monmouth Musings

How They Observe "Holocaust Memorial Day" In Great Britain...

...with cartoons like this in Sunday Times:

This can't be the blood libel it's intended to be, can it?  At first, I thought it was a cautionary example of how a Holocaust could be generated, perhaps an artist's vision of what Der Stürmer would produce if it were still publishing today.

But no.  It's just another Sunday editorial cartoon in the Sunday Times of Britain, only coincidentally timed with Holocaust Memorial Day, of course.  Raheem Kassam is sickened:

...the large-nosed Jew, hunched over a wall, building with the blood of Palestinians as they writhe in pain within it.

For this is exactly what the Sunday Times has today done; not simply treading the fine line between criticism and blood libel, but indeed spitting all over it, leaving it for dust, and careering head first into anti-Semitismsville.

“Will cementing peace continue?” reads the caption beneath the image of a Quasimodo-like Netanyahu. As if this half-hearted attempt at a pun would help masquerade the overt racism within the image.

As the French were once wont to say: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose...

“The Jew’s symbol is a worm, not without reason. He seeks to creep up on what he wants.” - Nazi propaganda, 1934

How bad has it gotten in England?  Worse than you might imagine.  Caroline Glick reports from a recent visit to the Isle of the Dead  (via Legal Insurrection):

The public atmosphere in England regarding Israel is ugly and violent….

A couple of impressions I took away from the experience: First, I can say without hesitation that I hope never to return to Britain. I actually don’t see any point. Jews are targeted by massive anti-Semitism of both the social and physical varieties. Why would anyone Jewish want to live there?

As to visiting as an Israeli, again, I just don’t see the point... there is no future for Jews in England.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

How's That "Common Core" Working Out In New York City? Ask The Crying Kindergartners...

What is the "Common Core"?  It's a new, far-left curriculum being forced down the nation's throat by - you guessed it - the Obama administration.  Michelle Malkin is doing a multi-part series on the radical realignment of America's schools; she gives us a little background here:

Common Core was enabled by Obama’s federal stimulus law and his Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” gimmickry. The administration bribed cash-starved states into adopting unseen instructional standards as a condition of winning billions of dollars in grants. Even states that lost their bids for Race to the Top money were required to commit to a dumbed-down and amorphous curricular “alignment.”

In practice, Common Core’s dubious “college- and career”-ready standards undermine local control of education, usurp state autonomy over curricular materials, and foist untested, mediocre and incoherent pedagogical theories on America’s schoolchildren.

In Part II Malkin offers some specifics:

The Common Core English/language arts criteria call for students to spend only half of their class time studying literature, and only 30 percent of their class time by their junior and senior years in high school.

Under Common Core, classics such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” are of no more academic value than the pages of the Federal Register or the Federal Reserve archives — or a pro-Obamacare opinion essay in The New Yorker. Audio and video transcripts, along with “alternative literacies” that are more “relevant” to today’s students (pop song lyrics, for example), are on par with Shakespeare.

I actually wrote about this a few weeks back:

Out:  Huck Finn, and other "easily read" nonfiction

In:  Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” published by the General Services Administration. [Literally.  Follow the link]

Sheridan Blau, a professor at Teachers College at Columbia University, said teachers across the country have told him their principals are insisting that English teachers make 70 percent of their readings nonfiction. “The effect of the new standards is to drive literature out of the English classroom,” he said.

What's that. Lefty?  Unsubstantiated scare tactics, you say?  OK, let's go to New York City, where Common Core is in full effect:

Kindergarten has come a long way, baby — too far, some say.

Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.”

Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.

“For the most part, it’s way over their heads,” a Brooklyn teacher said. “It’s too much for them. They’re babies!”

In a kindergarten class in Red Hook, Brooklyn, three children broke down and sobbed on separate days last week, another teacher told The Post.

When one girl cried, “I can’t do it,” classmates rubbed her back, telling her, “That’s OK.”

The city has adopted national standards called the Common Core...

There, there, little girl. We're from the government, and we're hear to help:

DOE spokeswoman Erin Hughes said, “These are the types of activities and exercises that students need to work on to acquire the skills they need to be ready for middle school, high school, college and careers.

No, not really.  Kindergarten is a time for acclimation to school, learning the social norms that go with classroom interaction, and the acquisition of basic skills - ABC's, simple writing, 2+2.  Not essays and Venn diagrams, you sick bastards.

What's this all about?  I wrote about that, too - same link:

Part and parcel of political indoctrination throughout history. As China moved from "The Seven Chinese Brothers" to Chairman Mao's "Red Book", as Iran migrated from Western fashion magazines to the Koran, dynastic authoritarian regimes always alter the thought patterns of their population by forcing their subjects to become expert in the prevailing political philosophy. With failure being punishable by the ultimate "D" - Death.

They call it re-education. Obama's bureaucrats call their program "Common Cure"...

Think about the road we're on, when your kid comes home trying to decipher the fine print of Section 2521 of Obamacare...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

In Which I Reluctantly Support Anonymous & Femen...

Not a fan of Anonymous.  But I am a fan of citizen action against government over-reach.  Alas, as we the people sit and home and fret about our freedoms, the only ones who are actually doing something about it are anarchists.  And while I am loathe to support them, in this case the Anonymous counter-action to the suicide of Reddit founder Aaron Schwartz -  allegedly driven to take his own life by the hyper-aggressive tactics of  federal prosecutors - is appropriate and just:

The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide.

The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago "a line was crossed."

The hackers say they've infiltrated several government computer systems and copied secret information that they now threaten to make public.

Anonymous is not an admirable group, with attacks against Israeli information infrastructure, possibly obstructing justice in the Steubenville rape case, and deep involvement in the Occupy protests.  But anything is preferable to sitting back and allowing our government to mutate into something akin to South American socialism.  And yet I wonder - is this not the same mindset held at one point by the Egyptian people, who rode the Muslim Brotherhood's shoulders as they tossed out the cruel Hosni Mubarak, only to find that the new boss is the same (or worse) than the old boss?

The fact that I am pleased by the actions of mask-wearing vigilantes against our government is troubling to me.  Does it say something about what I am turning into, or simply how badly the state of our nation has deteriorated?

On a slightly lighter but related note, there were less successful protests at the elitist circle-jerk known as the Davos Forum, where the world's rich and famous go to see and be seen crying crocodile tears over the world's problems, only to exacerbate it with private jets, huge mansions, and lavish booze-filled soirees.

They should be mocked mercilessly, but only three brave women showed up to protest this perversion:

Three women angry over sexism and male domination of the world economy ripped off their shirts and tried to force their way into a gathering of corporate elites in a Swiss resort.

The women, from Ukrainian feminist activist group Femen, scaled a fence and set off pink flares in the protest Saturday. Their chests were painted with "SOS Davos," as they sought to call attention to poverty of women around the world.

Critics of the Davos forum say the business and political leaders at the gathering spend too little time doing concrete things to solve the world's problems and help the needy.

The fact I support both of these protests sends a chill up my spine.  Makes me feel a bit lost, to be honest.  I am reminded of Hank Rearden's confusion when he meets Ragnar Danneskjöld for the first time -  the ultimate re-possessor:

...Rearden drew back and, for a moment, kept his lips closed tight to utter no sound. When the moment was over, he said quietly, his voice firm and dead, "Take that gold of yours and get away from here. I won't accept the help of a criminal."

"I don't want your help and I don't intend to protect you....

I can't damn you or anyone else. There are no standards left for men to live by, so I don't care to judge anything they do today or in what manner they attempt to endure the unendurable. If this is your manner, I will let you go to hell in your own way, but I want no part of it.

"You wanted to help me in my most hopeless hour?" said Rearden. "If I am brought to where my only defender is a pirate, then I don't care to be defended any longer. You speak some remnant of a human language, so in the name of that, I'll tell you that I have no hope left, but I have the knowledge that when the end comes, I will have lived by my own standards, even while I was the only one to whom they remained valid. I will have lived in the world in which I started and J will go down with the last of it...

Rearden, of course, winds up protecting Danneskjöld.  Will I do the same for our less-moral 21st centruy equivalents?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Senator Menendez Loves Him Some Teenage Whores...

It was bad enough, when we first reported on this story, to find out that Senator Bob Menendez (D-La Raza) was cheating Dominican prostitutes out of money:

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

One woman said Menendez wooed her with compliments like “beautiful” before they slept together. The other woman recounted, with apparent bitterness, receiving from an intermediary only $100 of the $500 she had been promised.

“He lies,” she said of Menendez. “He says one thing and does another.

But is seems as if - to quote the Beastie Boys - that  the girlies he likes are underage, which got the FBI interested as well:

Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties.

Information made available to (ABC News senior investigative producer) Rhonda Schwartz and Carrie Levine (research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) at that time included allegations that some of Menendez’s prostitutes were as young as 16. The source also alleged that Sen. Menendez was taking “non-authorized trips” to the Dominican Republic, suggesting that he may have been evading Senate Ethics committee rules covering disclosures when third parties pay for a senator’s travel.

On Sept. 11, 2012, the documents indicate, the same source who provided information to Levine and Schwartz also sent an FBI Special Agent in Miami what he described as “the testimony of one of the girls.”

“I have in my possession the original written in her own hand,” the source wrote. “She’s 19 now, but took part in private parties with Senator Menendez being only 16.”

Here's a piece of that transcript, as our now 19 year old prostitute is shown a picture of Bob Menendez:

So Bob screws teenage whores - and not only when they are provided to him by his pimp.  Seems like he just picks up the phone and rings them up whenever he is in the Dominican Republic.

Sorry, darling,  I hope he at least paid you in full.

It's a shameful act by a public servant  one that in times of greater honor and valor would have forced a man to resign in shame.  But these are no longer those times.

Need another example?  The Newark Star-ledger, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the state of New Jersey, has not even reported on these allegations, not even once.

Gee, I wonder why. long as we keep electing scumbag Democrats like Bob Menendez (D-Illegal Immigrants), we'll always be....Dirty Jersey:

( hat tip to I'm 41)

John Kerry Contradicts Hillary, Rice on Benghazi

The headlines would be screaming the above if the aforementioned trio were Republicans.  Alas, the screaming is left to me and my lonely roadside blogstand...

Elana Johnson on Hillary's Benghazi testimony:

Secretary Clinton yesterday said that, perhaps out of an “abundance of caution,” the administration “did not conclude finally that there were no protests at all until days after the attack.” Susan Rice, however, was not so cautious when she told five Sunday news shows that, according to the best information available, the Benghazi attack was the result of a “spontaneous reaction” to a YouTube video.

And what did John Kerry say yesterday to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, during his confirmation hearing for (sigh) Secretary of State?

“...the intel that I got, and that I was told by people, is that there were no protests in Benghazi.”

Were he a Republican, the talking heads would be apoplectic, as they demanded more testimony from Senator Kerry, as well as a re-appearance of Hillary Clinton before Congress.  But the media's driving interest here is to bury the scandal, so as to protect Hillary's ascension to the throne in 2016 and to allow John Kerry to finally get some payback for 2008.

Kerry wil be a perfect fit for the Obama administration, by the way.  He has already promised to do his best to implement "President Obama's vision for the world" (shudder), and has quickly adapted the position of never admitting to error, even when it is staring you in the face:  Jennifer Rubin:

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) still insists he was right about Bashar al-Assad. “Kerry developed a relationship with Mr. Assad, saying as recently as March 2011, “My judgment is that Syria will move, Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West. Kerry addressed his past views on Assad, saying he is convinced the Syrian leader ‘did want to move’ his country forward. But ‘since then he had made a set of judgments that are inexcusable and reprehensible,’ Kerry said, adding he now believes that ‘time is ticking’ on Assad’s time in power.” Good grief — and he might be the strongest part of the national security B Team.

Gonna be a hell of a four years, folks...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Maybe it's time for Mitt "Nostradamus" Romney to say, "I told you so!"

I've been meaning to write a post about Mitt for some time now.   An extremely harsh one, in fact.  Almost 59 million people voted for Mitt Romney for president on November 6th, 2012, and where has he been since losing?

Hiding out in his mansion in La Jolla, California.  While Obama roars triumphantly and flings his feces, as the media watches and masturbates furiously to their master's wickedness, 59 million people have no spokesman, and can only look on in horror.  What better time for Mitt to take the gloves off, without a vote left to win, and say what he really feels about the whole socialist regime now being forced down America's gagging throat?

The fact that he sulks silently, refusing to fight for what he claimed to believe in (see McCain, John and Ryan, Paul) makes me believe that Romney was no more than a fair-weather candidate, a man who wanted to be president to be president, and who had no real fire or passion for fixing what ails the nation.  In other words, a man who was not fit for the moment, and who perhaps should not have been elected president, regardless of the evil that now threatens to envelop us all.

But I am willing to cut Romney a break, if - IF - he comes out now, to say I told you so.  Over at Ricochet  Rob Long points out the many eerie "Prophecies of the Mormon" that have since come to pass:

On Jan. 14, Chrysler’s CEO acknowledged that Jeeps would be built in China, confirming a statement that unfairly earned Romney the moniker “liar of the year.”

Score one.

Then, when forces linked to al-Qaida captured the government-held town of Konna, Mali, on Jan. 10, they drove home a statement Romney made during the second presidential debate in Boca Raton, nearly three months earlier.

“With the Arab Spring came a great deal of hope that there would be a change towards more moderation and opportunity for greater participation on the part of women and — and public life and in economic life in the Middle East,” he said then. “But instead we’ve seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events.”

Score two.

This week saw another Romney prediction come to pass — that a re-elected Obama would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.

“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election,” Romney said at an April 2012 National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Referring to the right to bear arms, Romney told convention-goers, “If we are going to safeguard our Second Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will.”

Score three.

Finally, Romney was ridiculed for using “binders of women” to describe what a Romney Cabinet would look like. Instead of mocking the poorly worded phrase, we should have listened to the words themselves.

The president’s announcement of his second-term Cabinet prompted ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to ask on Jan. 10, “Where are the women?” Apparently, they’re all still in Romney’s binders.

Score four.

This is the time for Mitt to step out of his little suburban enclave, and stand up to the bullying Barack and his partisan pit bulls in the mainstream media, and say "Told you so! You were lied to by the media, mislead by Obama, and manipulated by crass commercials! And boy of boy, if you think things suck today, just wait until tomorrow!"

Force people to face the truth of their choices. Stand up for the 59 million who supported you. And make the media explain how and why they constantly misrepresented his positions, and Barack's.

But the most important thing Mitt would accomplish is to...foster mistrust. Mistrust of the media, and mistrust of the president. Simultaneously, people may actually give the Republican position a more neutral hearing, knowing that the last candidate turned out to be a prophet (of doom).

For all this to happen, Mitt's gotta open his mouth. Because the media is not going to point out how wrong (and biased) they were, and how right the Republican candidate was.

And if he doesn't accept the responsibility that he took upon himself when accepting the nomination...he will have proven himself to be a loser, and not worthy of the post he campaigned so half-heartedly for.

Man up and stand up, Mitt. Or disappear completely.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Obama Executes Another General

First General Petraeus gets offed in a honey-pot "scandal", then we learn that Obama ordered the immediate removal of Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette from his command of the powerful Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3)in the Middle East, while Army General Carter Ham, commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), was abruptly relieved, for perhaps giving the order to "assist and provide intelligence for” American military forces prepping to assist the Libyan consulate on September 11th, 2012.  (See here for more information on these three dismissals).

But there was still dissent in the ranks, so the bloodshed must continue.  Obama, who values yes-men above all else, just axed one of America's few remaining highly-respected generals for...asking too many of the wrong questions. General James Mattis, time to be a good soldier and place your head in this here noose: was announced that Gen. Mattis would be leaving his post in March, well short of what would be expected of a combatant commander whose has acquitted himself well in the position. Most observers were stunned. There seemed to be no logical reason for his being replaced early. But according to Tom Ricks’s blog, The Best Defense, at FP online:

Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum's rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.

Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way -- not because he went all "mad dog," which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, "And then what?"

Inquiry along these lines apparently was not welcomed -- at least in the CENTCOM view. The White House view, apparently, is that Mattis was too hawkish, which is not something I believe, having seen him in the field over the years. I'd call him a tough-minded realist, someone who'd rather have tea with you than shoot you, but is happy to end the conversation either way.

A particular point of disagreement was what to do about mischief Iran is exporting to other countries. Mattis is indeed more hawkish on this than the White House was.

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in particular was irked by Mattis's insistence on being heard. I cringe when I hear about civilians shutting down strategic discussions...

The White House responded to Ricks’s blog post on Mattis but Ricks was unimpressed: The response “strike[s] me as politicized, defensive and narrow. These are people who will not recognize it when they screw up, and will treat as enemies anyone who tells them they are doing that. And that is how things like Vietnam get repeated.” Ricks, a supporter of the president, claims to be worried.

"King Xerxes is displeased with his generals...

...he disciplines them"

Boy, that Barack Obama certainly seems to only want generals who are answerable to him - not their nation, not it's people, nor it's constitution.

I wonder why?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner: The Ultimate Green Fail?

Did you know that the 787 Dreamliner - recently grounded by the FAA due to unexplained battery fires - uses a lithium battery, a larger version of the little button battery that powers watches, calculators, and other inexpensive electronics?

I didn't know that either.  I also didn't know that Obama had designated the lithium battery as the energy source of choice in his future-world of  all-electric vehicles (somebody check his donor list!).  Which is why it is not surprising, given that everything Obama touches turns to sh-t, that Dreamliners are bursting into flames everywhere

Technologists and safety experts had long warned of problems with the lithium ion battery when in 2009 the president began betting billions of tax dollars that it should be the green power of choice for cars, trucks, and even aircraft.

Just three years before that, a UPS cargo plane made an emergency landing when a shipment of lithium ion batteries it was carrying caught fire. The plane landed safely but was destroyed by the ensuing conflagration.

Not the first time we've seen this...let us not forget the Chevy Volt:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a Volt battery pack that was being monitored caught fire on Thursday, a week after it was hit in a side-impact crash test. The agency said another battery that was crash-tested recently gave off smoke and sparks. The latest fires are in addition to a battery fire at a test facility in Wisconsin back in June.

The NHTS cleared the Volt after six weeks. One wonders if they would have been so cavalier if they didn't own the company...


"Lithium ion batteries just won't do the trick in the kind of mass vehicle applications that the environmental community is pushing for," said Jon Entine, founder of ESG Media Metrics, a Cincinnati-based environmental consulting firm.

"It's kind of glib environmentalism or kind of enviro-romanticism," said Entine, who is also a senior fellow at George Mason University's Center for Health and Risk.

A romantic fantasy that our president has lavished with over $1B of taxpayer money (detailed at the link).  Like squandering your inheritance - and your children's - on a whore.  It's too embarrassing to explain it, so you deny it, while secretly going into hock to get just a little more...

Me?  The next time I get on a plane, I'm gonna ask what they've got under the hood...

The Worst Line In Obama's Inaugural Speech Yesterday...

There are many candidates, but this one just sends a chill down my spine:

For we have always understood that when times change, so must we, that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges, that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.

Freedom in collectivism? Which is always - always - a result of coercion?  Even Obama realizes this, with the use of the word "requires"...

It rings a bell, doesn't it?  First, I though of the sign over Auschwitz:

"Arbeit Macht Frei” — “work sets you free”

Geez, Obama sure seems to working off the playbook of a certain ideology, doesn't he?

But perhaps it was a jarring reminder that it is, in fact, 1984:  Freedom is slavery, indeed...

Obama's holy trinity

I believe the totalitarian overtones to Obama's speech were intentional, by the way.  He has four years to rule, with no more elections to concern himself with.  He has all the flexibility he needs to fundamentally transform America into...well, see above.

People kicked themselves after World War II, when they realized Hitler laid out exactly what he was planning to unleash in Mein Kampf.  And while Obama won't be unleashing a Holocaust, he's about to unleash something which contains the roots of the same evil:  Dependence on, and worship of, The State.   Government uber alles...

Obama has warned us.  We'll have no excuses....

(If you want to read about the president's second-worst line, click the link.  Or if you want to read about the most factually ignorant thing Obama uttered yesterday, try here)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Stay Classy, Bitch: Michelle Obama Rolls Eyes At John Boehner

Starts around :06 mark...Boehner reportedly was telling the president a joke at the post-inauguration luncheon, and apparently said something that rubbed 'ol rabbit ears the wrong way:

Mmmmm...3,000 calories....

Not sure what it was that the Speaker said, but he could have been giving the weather report, and no doubt Michelle would have had the same reaction.

All of that civility talk coming from the Left? It's for the rubes. And unless we ignore the rhetoric and start responding to every toe-crunch with a ball-kick, well..then we are the rubes.

Not me, though.  As if you didn't notice the title of the post...

Inaugural 2012: Obama Babbles About Climate Change, Again...

Here's the cretin-in-chief in his Second Inaugural Address:

"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity," Obama declared. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms."

Alas for those who still believe in the president's intellect, the examples he provides as evidence of climate change are the very ones that prove the opposite.

Let's look at Obama's "raging fires".  While most forest fires are started by natural causes - lightning is the biggest culprit - it is government-decreed environmental laws that have turned standard replenishing fires into infernos.  The inability of citizens or the government to clear  out dead underbrush creates a ton of dry kindling that serves as an endless supply of fire fuel, while the policy of afforestation — the establishment of trees or tree stands where none previously existed- is creating a situation known as water depletion, leading to dried out woods (and lower water supplies to fight the very same fires they cause).

Better to blame global warming, than to change deadly policy.

"Crippling drought"?  Here's a chart that will scare you:

Too bad, when put in historical context, it seems as if conditions are actually better than they were 100 years ago:

As reported by the Telegraph UK (because the US media will no longer report truths that are harmful to the liberal agenda):

According to a commonly used model of drought patterns, researchers had previously assumed that higher global temperatures were causing greater evaporation of water, and therefore more droughts.

But a more detailed analysis of weather data, including wind speed, humidity and radiation levels, found that in fact there has been "little change" in drought over the past 60 years.

Researchers from Princeton University and the Australian National University said drought was "expected to increase in frequency and severity" in the future, but added that currently used prediction methods are inaccurate.

Finally, the "powerful storms", as Obama once again tries to use Hurricane Sandy as a political prop.  Again, the overwhelming judgement of science is that we are merely in an upswing cycle, and nohing close to the frequency of storms seen back in the mid 1950's:

From Real Science, more charts that prove conclusively:

If there is a correlation between CO2 and hurricanes making landfall in the US, it is the opposite of what is predicted. As CO2 has increased, hurricanes have decreased.

Barack Obama said long ago that if elected, he would return science to its "rightful place". It seems as if he believes the proper place for science is in service of the Democratic party and the liberal agenda.  And the media, for its part, seems to agree.

It's gonna be a long four years.  If we make it that far....

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Because - Before Obama - America Never Was That Type Of Place...

The article from the AP - which the villainous Yahoo! could not wait to give top billing - is a sanctimonious suck-off of the president:

What Obama wants written in the first paragraph of history is that he helped deliver a better life for the people struggling in the richest nation on earth.
His second-term agenda amounts to a wish list in support of that core idea, and this time, he is freer to define the issues...

It gets worse, as our intrepid AP reporter paints a picture even some of the president's most loyal blowjob queens would have a hard time, er, swallowing...

By the time he is sworn in again, Obama will have sworn off some of the problems he inherited.
The recession is over.

Sigh. If you say so....

(More on the unhinged bias and animosity of Yahoo News can be found herehereherehere and here, andhere and here...and here. Oh, and too...)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ode To The Welfare State

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose...

Via the great Michael Yon....

Friday, January 18, 2013

NYC's School Bus Strike: Illuminating, To Say The Least...

New York City spends $1.1 billion a year transporting kids to school.  That's $7K per kid.  You can probably get daily door-to-door limo service for that kind of scratch.

And with the city's revenue base shrinking (thanks to the liberal polices that its residents hold so dear), New York is trying -  justifiably -  to lower these costs, the highest in the nation,

The result? Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiike!

But for a change, the school bus drivers aren't claiming their doing it for the kids, they are admitting that the children of NYC are there to serve them.  Actions speak louder than words:

So much for standing up for the kids.

Not satisfied with creating hardships for scores of city children and parents by idling thousands of school buses with a strike, this Local 1181 loyalist tried to stop a different union’s bus — by diving in front of it.

Diogenes Ortiz, among dozens of Amalgamated Transit Union workers who blocked a Consolidated Bus Co. lot in The Bronx, flopped down on his back on Zerega Avenue just feet away from a departing school bus early yesterday.

Sigh.  This ugliness, too, shall pass.

But really....why even bother?

That's not me asking, by the way, that's the New York Post:

Striking bus drivers are making it hard for kids to get to school, even resorting to thuggery to stop them — but why even go, when they’re bound to find lousy teachers waiting for them when they get there?

Who once served us, we now serve.

But that was the liberal game plan all along, wasn't it?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Secret Video: Obama Meets With Advisers Prior To Issuing Gun-Control Blueprint...

Exactly as it went down:

When The Police Are The Only Ones Armed, We Become A Police State...

Paraphrased from a most excellent post by Milton Wolf, who talks about easily smashing what he calls the Democrat's dumbest gun control argument, the old "the Framers didn't write the Second Amendment with AR-15's in mind" canard.

Bang-bang, this argument is, ahem, shot down:

First of all, remind Democrats that the Framers didn't write the First Amendment with cable television, Internet communications or even the telegraph in mind. Should we limit the press's freedom of speech to the movable type printing press which was the primary means of mass communication at the time of the Framers?

The limits of the Second Amendment is a fair question that deserves an answer. It's simple: Law-abiding, free people should have the right to arm themselves with whatever weapons their government would use against them.

And pictures do speak louder than words:


In fact, are not the citizens -- not the police -- always the first ones who are forced to face those dangers?

There is no justification for the public servant police to be more heavily armed than the law-abiding public they serve ... unless ... the government's intention is to be more powerful than the people.

Which brings us to the title of this post. And this:

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hitler Did Lots Of Photo Ops With Kids, Too...

Sorry, but it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw that Barack Obama surrounded himself with children of mixed races, ages, and genders as a prop to validate his use of executive power to bypass Congress  - and the Constitution  - en route to overturning the Second Amendment, and leaving all Americans disarmed before an ever-more aggressive government:

From left to right: Hinna Zeejah, 8, Taejah Goode, 10, Julia Stokes, 11, and Grant Fritz, 8, who wrote letters to President Barack Obama about the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., watch as Obama signs executive orders outlining proposals to reduce gun violence...

The AP seems to be unaware that orders aren't proposals, they're...orders.  Yid with Lid has the list of all 23, should you be interested in detailing the erosion of your freedom...

Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet is more than a bit offended:

Exploiting children for political ends is not something done by only one political party, but it's something I abhor. Today's example comes from the esteemed White House, which is not even trying to be subtle about it.

When President Obama engages in his latest bit of political theater today, he will be surrounded by KinderProps. Apparently there are adults in this world who have no problem allowing their own children to be exploited by politicians. Ugh.

And as part of the KinderProp Campaign, the White House gave the Associated Press letters from little kids pleading for gun control. Is that narrative clear enough for you?

Using kids to put a gentle face on evil is old hat (like much of what comes out of the Obama White House).  It's been done before:

Peas in a pod....

UPDATE: Ann Althouse:

...Obama is using a form of propaganda that should be considered not merely ridiculous but repulsive. For us today to see Hitler and Stalin using children is to easily perceive the absurdity of promoting a political agenda juxtaposing it to a lovely, innocent child...