Monthly Archives: December 2015

AN EPHEMERAL LEGACY

President Obama has been busy lately touting all his legacy accomplishments, so let’s take a look at his three “biggest” ones.

First off there’s Obamacare, an unmitigated disaster from the get go.  It has cost people their health insurance, increased the cost of health insurance plans and significantly increased the deficit.  It’s such a dog of a piece of legislation that he has had to unilaterally suspend, postpone, delay and change it more than 30 times — usually unconstitutionally.  The fact is if he hadn’t postponed the employer mandate and allowed people to keep non-conforming plans he wouldn’t still be president.  He would have lost the election to Romney!

But as with most everything Obama does, he just uses smoke and mirrors to claim credit for accomplishing nothing and kicks the can down the road so his successor will have to clean up his incompetent messes.  There is no question that whoever wins the next presidential election from either party is going to have to fix the mess that is Obamacare.  Hillary has indicated it needs some fixing and the Republicans almost all want repeal and replace.

Then there is the Iran nuclear “deal”.  I put deal in quotes because I don’t know if you know this but there is no signed document!  And the Iranian legislature hasn’t approved the non-deal deal.  From what I have seen they unilaterally changed parts of it and voted on that.  Meanwhile, Congress hasn’t approved it because there is no signed document.

WOW!  This is truly mind blowing.  So we’re going to end sanctions and give the terrorist sponsoring state of Iran $150 billion for nothing.  They have already violated the “deal” by twice testing ballistic missiles which isn’t allowed for 8 years under the deal, and of course the feckless Obama/Kerry State Department has said they are looking in to this.  Where’s the snapback sanctions we heard so much hot air about?

And to make matters worse, after Congress passed and the President signed the spending bill which included restrictions on visas for people who had visited or been in Iran among other countries, Iran complained that this violated some provision in the “deal” and they were immediately assured by that melting clock face Kerry that he and the Pres would unilaterally ignore the requirements in the statute.  No surprise there.  The Keystone cops would disown these idiots!  The next president will undoubtedly have to deal with a nuclear Iran.  Way to go Barry O.

And then there is the Paris Climate Change non-binding sort of agreement.  Not only was the whole thing a sham from the get go, but while Obama and all the other “leaders” were taking victory laps and patting themselves on the back, the real climate scaremongers like James Hansen were upset because even they recognize that the document is meaningless.  The good news is that since anthropogenic  global warming is a myth, it makes sense to have a mythical agreement to end it.

There you have it my friends.  Obama’s three legacy items are smoke and mirrors lacking any substance.  Whoever the next president is will be busy cleaning up the mess left by Obama.  And if it’s Hillary, she’ll be cleaning up some of her own mess.

 

UPDATE ON IMMIGRATION

I have previously indicated that the frequent hyperbole from the left that it would be unconstitutional to restrict immigration from the Middle East is nonsense.  No one has a constitutional right to immigrate to the United States!

Knowing that it is not unconstitutional, Obama and his sycophants usually rail that it would be un-American and contrary to our founding principles.  However Michelle Malkin has written an excellent article demonstrating the absurdity of this position.

Immigration and our Founding Fathers’ values.

One quote from the article should give you a true picture of what the founding fathers thought about immigration.

“George Washington, in a letter to John Adams, similarly emphasized that immigrants should be absorbed into American life so that “by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people.”

As I have stated many times, assimilation is the key to strengthening and uniting this country.  We don’t need anyone who only wants to move here to set up a miniature version of whatever culture and country he/she came from on our soil.  If you want to be an unhyphenated American, accept, respect and follow our laws, learn our language and assimilate into our culture, then welcome.  If not, stay where you are.

Don’t even get me started on the oxymoronic nonsense that constitutes an  Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

 

TOLD YOU SO!

In my September 21, 2015 rant on the Obama administrations misuse of ‘disparate impact’ analysis, I indicated that the Obama administration was busy compiling numerous databases categorizing us all by race and ethnicity in order to provide data to activists who would use it to incite more dissension in the country.

The lead story in today’s Raleigh’s News and Observer demonstrates this was not hyperbole.

“DURHAM

A nonprofit civil rights organization – with support from the White House – will launch a website Thursday that will contain up-to-date information about nearly 20 million traffic stops made by every police department and every police officer in North Carolina over the past 15 years.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will launch OpenDataPolicingNC.com Thursday morning in Durham. The website, the first of its kind in the United States, will rely on public records on police traffic stops, vehicle searches and use of force – broken down by race and ethnicity – since 2000.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article50145485.html#storylink=cpy

As I indicated in my earlier rant, the data is meaningless.  Other than wishful thinking, there is no basis to conclude that there will be a proportional equivalence of violations between various racial and ethnic populations within the country.  Obama’s purpose in  gathering this data and supplying it to activists is just to continue his Alinsky training to foment dissent and unrest.

This is just the beginning of this latest attempt to divide this nation.

FOUND IT

As you will recall, I mentioned last week that Kevin Williamson had written an over-the-top rant about the laziness, stupidity and corruption that is our government.  When I went to find it again so that I could link to it and you could enjoy, it had disappeared.  Apparently, that was only temporary and today I found it.  Here are a couple of quotes to give you the flavor:

“But sorting out the criminals and malefactors from the law-abiding and peaceable is very difficult and demanding work, which is why we pay the ladies and gentlemen in our law-enforcement and intelligence agencies so much to do it. (Two hundred grand a year goes a long way in Philadelphia.) Conservatives are naturally inclined to indulge the police, but the fact is that the run of them are specimens of what you get when you take the same lazy unionized public-teat-suckling lumps over at the DMV and put guns on their hips and tell them that they are “at war” with the people they serve. Our intelligence guys aren’t in the main Blackford Oakes or James Bond: They’re drones compiling Excel reports until their pensions kick in. That cow-eyed young TSA gate agent with the “GANGSTER” neck tattoo grabbing your nozzle at the airport isn’t the best and brightest, and the guy he works for only has to be one step up. The distance between the guy staring dumbly into your traveler-sized tube of shaving cream and the guy making policy about staring dumbly into traveler-sized tubes of shaving cream is about 300 points on the SAT.
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The Democrats and their intellectually corrupt apologists at the New York Times and elsewhere are willing to strip Americans of their constitutional rights, to micturate from a great height upon the entire concept of due process, and to treat all of us like criminals — while doing precisely nothing to prevent school shootings, terrorism, or ordinary crime — because they don’t have the guts to tell their political clients in the schools, the mental-health bureaucracies, and the criminal-justice system that eventually they are going to have to do their goddamned jobs in exchange for the hundreds of billions of dollars we lavish upon them.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428139/gun-control-debate-government-laziness-stupidity-corruption?target=author&tid=903320v

I would recommend you read his whole rant.  It’s quite entertaining!

CHICAGO AND BENGHAZI – VERY SIMILAR

Before I draw the parallels between the two, let me first bring up the most recent revelation on the Obama/Clinton Benghazi lies. You probably haven’t seen this because it hasn’t really been covered in the news, but Judicial Watch obtained a copy of an email dated 9/11/2012 at 7:19 pm from Jeremy Bash, who was then the Defense Department’s chief of staff, to Hillary’s top advisers including Jake Sullivan which stated:

From: Bash, Jeremy CIV SD [REDACTED] Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:19 PM To: Sullivan, Jacob J; Sherman, Wendy R; Nides, Thomas R Cc: Miller, James HON OSD POLICY; Wienefeld, James A ADM JSC VCJCS; Kelly, John LtGen SD; martin, dempsey [REDACTED] Subject: Libya State colleagues: I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton]. After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [REDACTED]. Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us [REDACTED]. Jeremy
This belies the narrative that there were no forces available to respond to the attack, and makes it clear that there was a stand down order given. To protect the Obama/Clinton foreign policy narrative and the near term election, US personnel were left to fend for themselves.

If Trump didn’t continuously do outrageous stuff, Hillary might be forced to answer some tough questions. Instead she gets a free pass and the media steers clear.

Now to the purpose of this rant. There are very striking similarities between the Rahm Emmanuel scandal in Chicago and the Obama/Clinton Benghazi scandal. First, They’re all old time Chicago type politicians and apparently were just following the playbook. In Chicago a video of a cop shooting a black man – numerous times – was held under wraps for more than a year to help Rahm win a closely contested mayoral race. And he did!

In Benghazi, a video was falsely pushed to cover up the ineffective policies of Obama and let him continue taking a victory lap on killing Bin Laden, which was necessary for him to win his second term. And he did! If the truth had come out, we might well be nearing the end of the first term of a Romney presidency.

My next rant will be on random questions I have.

TRUMP’S MUSLIM BAN

The Donald certainly stepped into a hornet’s nest with his call to temporarily stop all Muslim immigration into the U.S.. The left and right jumped on him immediately for his lack of political correctness and his refusal to back down. They said such action would be unconstitutional and down right un-American.

The truth is that it would be constitutional – no one has a constitutional right to immigrate to the US. Moreover, it wouldn’t be unprecedented either. Everyone is aware of FDR’s actions during WWII, but you may not recall the old peacenik, Jimmy Carter, banned all Iranians from immigrating here during the hostage crisis. Why is it the left only opposes such actions when they’re proposed by someone on the right?  [FDR was wrong and Carter was right]

Now you know from earlier rants that I favor establishing a safe haven in Syria for the refugees there and would have to agree that immigration from countries in the Middle East should be put on hold until we can safely vet any such immigrants. The Director of the FBI, the Director of the CIA and the Director of Homeland Security have indicated that we cannot safely vet these people at this time. So can someone tell me where it says we have to put political correctness over national security?

If you read my stuff you know that I think there are a lot of “radicals” out there who are just following their religion. David French wrote an interesting piece in the National Review entitled “Dispelling the “Few Extremists” Myth – the Muslim World Is Overcome with Hate”. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428146/more-than-few-islamic-extremists. In it he reviews actually polling numbers in Muslim countries on the subject of various hatreds they might have. Unsurprisingly, anti-Semitism is A number one. Read it for an excellent insight into just how much hate they have and little nuggets like 72% of Pakistanis wouldn’t express an unfavorable view of ISIS. Or this little closer:

“Jihadists, by contrast, have low life expectancies, second-rate gear, low salaries, and often have to break domestic laws and journey across battlefields to join terrorist insurgencies, but still they join. In Britain, for example, more Muslims join ISIS than join the British army. Simply put, America’s leaders actively deceive the American people about the sheer scale of Muslim hatred and commitment to jihad. Rather than tell us the truth, the Obama administration and the media aristocracy constantly lecture Americans about discrimination, apparently believing that only their scolding keeps the great redneck masses at bay.”

Byron York wrote a similar piece in the Washington Examiner. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2577962 .

So before we open our doors generously as we always do, let’s wait until we have the means in place to make sure we aren’t opening our doors to people who want to kill us. If you are truly a peaceful Muslim who doesn’t follow the Quran literally and doesn’t want to see sharia law imposed in the US and is willing to embrace the many freedoms that define us as a nation (speech, religion, sexual equality to name a few), follow our laws and assimilate into our culture, then welcome. I’m sorry that you might have to wait a little longer, but if you want to shorten the wait, stand up in your country against Islamic terrorists.

VARIOUS AND SUNDRY ISSUES

 

This rant will cover a lot of ground.
First, on the subject of hysterical blindness mentioned in the last rant, apparently Obama isn’t the only democrat with the problem. The legend in her own mind Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, said the DAY AFTER the Islamist terrorist attack in San Bernardino that sensible gun laws work and cited those very effective gun laws in California as proof. Say what? The shootings were in California! Gov. Jerry Brown tried to blame Arizona and Nevada for having loose gun laws so people can buy them there and then sneak them into California. He had to walk that back because the guns involved were all bought legally in California, but you have to love the way socialists try to lie their way out of their own incompetence.

France has very strict gun laws and has suffered at least 2 terrorist attacks this year, including the 129 people in Paris last month. Which of course is where Obama said that these mass shootings don’t occur outside the U.S.

I saw an article today with the statistics showing that the gun homicide rates in the states with the strictest gun control laws are twice as high as the gun homicide rates in states with the least onerous gun laws and the most gun owners.

So why does the obfuscator-in-chief always turn Islamist terrorism into a gun control issue and a plea for respect for Islam? Could it be that he’s a front man for Islam? Lest you forget, his father was Muslim and he attended a Muslim school in his younger years and as I recall, he even made a point – maybe in his infamous Cairo speech – of saying how beautiful it was to recite the morning Islamic prayers.  [Correction:  He said it about reciting the evening prayers at sunset and it was in his autobiography.]  When Jews or Catholics or other Christians are massacred by Islamists, he never says anything and like Kerry and Clinton implies that somehow it was at least partially the fault of the individuals massacred.

And I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of being told that we should all walk on eggshells because everything anyone does or says will be a recruiting tool for ISIS. This is just more covering up for Islam by Obama and his clueless clones including Hillary, who made a ridiculous attempt to explain why we can’t call it radical Islamist terrorism on Sunday – it would also be a recruiting tool for ISIS. You want to put an end to ISIS recruiting? Put an end to ISIS!!

And in point of fact, while I’m on the subject of this “massive wave” of supposed Islamaphobia, the statistics in fact show that Jews are more than twice as likely as Muslims to be subjected to hate crimes in the U.S.. Why isn’t Obama ever upset or outraged by anti-Semitism? And why does he always favor Palestinians over Israelis?

And why are they always telling us about how climate change and the drought in Syria are responsible for terrorism? The Middle East is a desert and the terrorists aren’t poor starving homeless beggars – at least not the ones who are killing people in this country. The couple in California were better off than the average American. The Boston Marathon bombers weren’t poor and neither were the 911 terrorists.

Speaking of climate change, check out this link for an article on the death of Maurice Strong, the socialist who hijacked the environmental movement to turn it into his vision for a UN controlled world socialist order. https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/the-death-of-maurice-strong/.

Lastly for today [Actually the best thing for today would have been an article by Kevin Williamson which I read this morning and planned to link to for your enjoyment but it has disappeared from the web for the moment. It was a real rant about the lazy, bloated, worthlessness of government at all levels. I always enjoy his stuff but this time he was definitely more over the top than usual. It sounded like something I would write with a buzz on. Maybe that’s why it disappeared. In the light of day, he may have had second thoughts. I seldom have first thoughts so that’s not my problem.] anyway, I saw a piece talking about ‘moderate’ Islam over the weekend and it was reporting about a case in our ‘good’ ally Saudi Arabia where a woman was sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery. Her lover got 100 lashes, but she was to be buried up to her chest and then men would get in a circle around her and begin slowly throwing rocks at her head until she eventually dies. There was some comment that maybe there would be an appeal and it might not happen. But the point is this is non-radical, moderate Islam. Yeah let’s bring that here!

 

OBAMA BLINDED BY HYPOCRISY

Just a quick note because I couldn’t pass up the hysterical blindness evidenced by Obama yesterday.  As I was watching his press conference in Paris, I couldn’t believe, when in response to a question about the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic, he said these things don’t happen outside of the U.S..  He said that in Paris where 2 weeks ago Islamic terrorists gunned down 129 people.

I can only conclude that his hysterical delusions about gun control cause his brain to malfunction.  Don’t forget that France has very strict gun controls and that didn’t help anything other than make sure victims were unarmed.