Thursday, March 26, 2015

America - Now with even more Hope and Change.

"Our peevish, petulant, and impetuous President has struck again"

//Never have such two sold out so many for so little.

What must our other allies — I’m assuming for the sake of argument we still have some left — be thinking? “Obama revealed nuclear secrets over a speech?” This is not the action of a reliable ally, or even of a grownup. The man-child behind the Resolute desk is like Anthony Fremont in the classic Twilight Zone episode, “It’s a Good Life.” (2.5 minute capsule version above.) Like little Anthony, Obama has near-omnipotent powers at his disposal, but little use for them other than his own ego gratification, and for meting out harsh punishments to any who dare challenge his narrow worldview. Only instead of holding hostage a small town in Ohio, Obama plays his deadly games across a global stage.//

He started office by backstabbing the Poles, he ends it with backstabbing the Israelis.

New species spotted for second time in 20 years.

How is it even possible to spot a new species of mammal at this late date?

Ili Pika Seen for 1st Time in 2 Decades, Shows 'Teddy Bear Face' in China

Celebrating Sin.

Is the PCUSA still Christian?

John Mark N. Reynolds says "no."
//The PCUSA has always contained sinners. All churches do. That is why we have churches: we come as we are to become different than we are. Nor is “gay marriage” or homosexual activity the most pervasive or worst sin in the American church. As far as I can judge, we have far greater problems at least in numerical terms. The PCUSA is not affirming any of these other sins or problems. It is not suggesting ways to bless a lack of chastity for any other group of people.
This is not the only sin, or even the worst of sins, but it is the only sin that the PCUSA no longer calls a sin and is willing to celebrate. This makes it different even from divorce in the church. Nobody thinks divorce is a cause for celebration, even if (some) churches tolerate it in members as a necessary evil.
In doing this, the PCUSA has cut itself off from every saint that has ever lived: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. It has cut itself off from the global church and all of church history. Like American churches that defended other “peculiar institutions,” it has not listened to the global community. The flow of church history is toward chastity, see the virgin men worshipping in Revelation, not to an expansion of sexual options outside of traditional marriage.//

Down the Memory Hole.

Susan Rice did not praise the deserter who betrayed his fellow soldiers.

If you have different memories, report to Mini-Truth.
Maybe they could go golfing?
Obama reportedly snubs NATO chief as Russia makes new threats against allies

President Barack Obama reportedly will not meet with NATO's new secretary general when he is in Washington this week, despite requests from the alliance chief's staff for a get-together. 
Bloomberg View reported Tuesday that Jens Stoltenberg's office requested a meeting with Obama in advance of his scheduled visit, but did not receive any response from the White House. Instead, Bloomberg View reported that Stoltenberg had to settle for a last-minute meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. 
The White House on Wednesday dismissed the report about the snub as inaccurate.
"Those reports are entirely false," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
Earnest also said the White House has been in touch with Stoltenberg's office and dismissed the assertion that Carter was a late fill-in because Obama was too busy.
Stoltenberg is scheduled to be in Washington through Thursday, primarily so he can attend a strategic brainstorming session involving military officials and experts from the U.S. and NATO. 
Stoltenberg, who replaced Anders Fogh Rasmussen as head of the world's largest military alliance in October, was able to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday, the day before Harper announced that Canada would expand its participation in the U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The report of Obama's snub comes amid Russia's growing willingness to test NATO's military readiness. On Tuesday, NATO jets were scrambled after four Russian military planes were spotted flying over the Baltic Sea with their transponders turned off. Over the weekend, a Danish newspaper published remarks by the Russian ambassador to Denmark in which he hinted that Russian missiles could target Danish warships if Copenhagen joins NATO's missile defense system. 

Trading Taliban for a deserter who conspired with the enemy...
...refusing to meet with the Secretary General of NATO...
...and now this.

When do we get to say that Obama is a threat to national security?

It is a good thing that we have that smart Nobel Prize-winning president...

..instead of that uncouth cowboy.

White House: U.S. has 'succeeded' in Yemen, as President Hadi flees count

A White House spokesman said American efforts in Yemen are a "template that has succeeded," even as President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was forced to flee the country by boat.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday said that the U.S. still had Yemeni extremists in its crosshairs.
According to media reports, Hadi fled the presidential palace in Yemen as rebels attempted an armed takeover of the city of Aden.
Earnest told reporters that U.S. officials were not aware of Hadi's destination but insisted that American officials still had a level of control over the chaotic situation.
"We have the ability to continue to apply pressure on the extremists," Earnest told reporters. "They are still in the crosshairs of U.S. security forces."
The turmoil in Yemen is particularly problematic for the White House, as President Obama has repeatedly cited the country as a model for his counterterrorism strategy.
Ernest is facing open skepticism from Obama's base - the media:

But, wait!  There's more.

Obama isn't selling the narrative to MSNBC and its 32 viewers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It is a good thing that we have a really smart Nobel prize winner for President...

...instead of that dumb cowboy.

Obama administration covers itself in glory over trading Taliban leaders for deserter:

//State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki defended the White House’s prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday, just hours after the Army announced that it would charge him with desertion.

“Was it worth it? Absolutely,” she said on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” in an interview that will air Wednesday night.

"We have a commitment to our men and women serving overseas, or in our military, defending our national security every day, that we will do everything we can to bring them home, and that’s what we did in this case."
Psaki, who has worked at the State Department since 2013, is moving over to the White House next week to serve as communications director. She previously worked in the White House during President Obama’s first term.

Obama agreed to the deal last year that exchanged five Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl. Many Republicans criticized the swap for freeing potentially dangerous prisoner from Guantanamo Bay, and over accusations that Bergdahl may have deserted his post before his capture.

Psaki wouldn’t address whether Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice was wrong to say that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction” after his release. She said that the president was “familiar” with the desertion accusations before he agreed to the deal, but said the White House wants to let the military justice system play out without “prejudging” that outcome.

Fox News reported earlier on Wednesday that at least three of the former Guantanamo prisoners who were released tried to contact former terrorist sources on the Internet.

As part of the release, the prisoners had to remain in Qatar for one year. The New York Times reported that Qatar promised to keep them out of the public eye and ensure that they don’t contact other terrorist groups.

Psaki didn’t dispute the report of the prisoners reaching out to terrorists on the Internet, but said that the only reason American officials know about it is because intelligence is keeping a watchful eye over the former Taliban leaders.//

Secularism works!

Europe boldly marches forward into the 17th Century.

//I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have to tell you that freedom of speech no longer exists in Europe.

In almost every European country in 2015, there are individuals who are in prison or doing some kind of community service or paying off a fine simply for something that they said, simply for expressing themselves.

In Scotland, birthplace of so much of the Enlightenment, a man is currently in jail for the crime of singing an offensive song.

The man is a 24-year-old fan of the largely Protestant football team Rangers. And he was recently found guilty of singing a song called “The Billy Boys”, which is an anti-Catholic song that Rangers fans have been singing for years.

Under Scotland’s Orwellian Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, he was sentenced to four months in jail for songcrimes. We’ve had thoughtcrime and speechcrime — now we have songcrime.

In Sweden, which many view as the Mecca of liberalism, the happiest, fairest nation in Europe, a man was recently released from a six-month prison sentence for producing offensive art.

His name is Dan Parks. He’s a painter. He does paintings which he says are designed to challenge political correctness and to rattle the authorities. And they can certainly be described as offensive and racist works. For this, he was sent to jail for six months at the end of last year and his artworks were destroyed by the Swedish state.//

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How is it even possible for Congress to get information from Israel when it should be getting that information from the President?

Israel spies on Kerry and reports information to Congress.

And then there is this bit of disinformation:

//Relations between the administration of President Obama and the government of Israel have become openly hostile since Netanyahu accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to address the U.S. Congress earlier this month.

The chill deepened during Netanyahu’s come-from-behind election victory last week. Just before the vote — with polls showing Netanyahu’s Likud party trailing — Netanyahu reached out to his right-wing base by appearing to reject the possibility of a Palestinian state. On election day, he then appealed to his backers to cast ballots to counter “droves” of Arab Israeli voters who likely supported his challenger.//

Seems like there was open hostility to Netanyahu before the speech.

Old rule: How dare you judge a presidential candidate...

... with the people he voluntarily chooses to associate with, such as anti-American pastors and former urban terrorists who favored putting 25% of the population in concentration camps!  Don't even ask the question!

New rule:  Hey, look Ted Cruz's father has crazy ideas which must have been genetically passed on to his son!

You can almost hear the creaking as the "conventional wisdom" starts to turn around.

Monday, March 23, 2015

American college graduates can't get jobs but foreign college graduates can.


Silenced workers who lost jobs to H-1B visa abuse (quietly) speak out

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing into abuses of the H-1B skilled guest worker visa program. Lawmakers heard experts describe how the use of foreign workers has come to dominate the IT industry, with many tech giants using the program to fire well-paid current workers and replace them with workers from abroad at significantly lower pay.
"The current system to bring in high-skill guest workers ... has become primarily a process for supplying lower-cost labor to the IT industry," two experts who testified at the hearing, Howard University's Ron Hira and Rutgers' Hal Salzman, wrote recently. "Although a small number of workers and students are brought in as the 'best and brightest,' most high-skill guest workers are here to fill ordinary tech jobs at lower wages."
Exhibit A in the abuse of H-1Bs was the case of Southern California Edison, which recently got rid of between 400 and 500 IT employees and replaced them with a smaller force of lower-paid workers brought in from overseas through the H-1B program. The original employees were making an average of about $110,000 a year, the committee heard; the replacements were brought to Southern California Edison by outsourcing firms that pay an average of between $65,000 and $75,000.
"Simply put, the H-1B program has become a cheap labor program," Hira, author of the book Outsourcing America, testified. "To add insult to injury, Southern California Edison forced its American workers to train their H-1B replacements as a condition of receiving their severance packages."

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Republican extremists are embarrassing fringe members...

Democrat extremists are the mainstream.

//On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen shamed herself with a vote that no one in New Hampshire should ever forget. That day, to her eternal discredit, she voted against a bill to help sex trafficking victims - on the order of her biggest campaign donor.

The bill was the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act. Among its bipartisan list of cosponsors are Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The bill would create a sex trafficking victim assistance fund, financed by revenue from criminal fines.
Just before the bill was to come up for a vote, the abortion lobby noticed that it contained a long-standing provision, "routinely included in spending bills," as Politico reported, called the Hyde amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortions. The call went out: block the bill.
The pro-abortion organization Emily's List attacked the bipartisan bill as Republican legislation too "extreme" to pass. Emily's List is Shaheen's top campaign donor. Shaheen dutifully voted to filibuster the bill, preventing it from being brought up for a vote.

In last year's Senate race, Emily's List was Shaheen's largest supporter, directing $250,231 to her campaign, most from members, $10,000 from the group's political action committee, according to Since 2001, Emily's List has directed $1,151,534 to Shaheen. For perspective, her next-largest financier, the League of Conservation Voters, was responsible for $125,341.

In a statement on Tuesday, Shaheen outrageously spun her vote as a principled stand for women's health. "Human trafficking is too important an issue to be stalled because of unrelated measures aimed at restricting women's access to healthcare," she said.

But of course nothing in the bill restricts women's access to health care. It only prohibits federal taxpayer funding of elective abortions, a broadly popular position. "Most Americans have never favored using public funds for abortions for women who cannot afford them," as CNN put it last year. Blocking the bill over federal funding for abortion is not only the extreme position, it is the action that actually hurts women.

If only teachers could marry...

If only women could be teachers....

North Carolina teacher has sex with student, gets tattoo with 15-year-old girl’s initials and likeness: cops

Durham teacher Michelle Smith White, 37, is accused of having an illicit relationship with a female student, and may have had threesomes with the teen and her husband, a warrant executed Thursday reveals. Investigators were told to photograph White’s tattoo, which reportedly features the name, initials and an ‘artist rendering’ of the girl.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Salon is scratching its collective head about why Democrats are losing the Catholic vote.

Here is the article.

It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters.
There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate swing voters. And for Democrats, that could be bad news.
While Catholics have been swing voters since Richard Nixon’s second term, white Catholics are now identifying as Republican by historic margins. According to the most recent polling from the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of white Catholics now favor the GOP, versus 39 percent who favor the Democrats—the largest point spread in the history of the Pew poll. And for the first time, white Catholics are more Republican than the voting group usually considered the ultimate Republicans: white Protestants (a designation that includes both mainline and evangelical Protestants).
These are ominous signs for the Democrats, evincing a new and growing allegiance with the Republican Party that has long-term implications.

It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that Democrats support abortion, oppose religious exemptions on abortion or contraception, have called for crypto-religious tests to exclude faithful Catholics from the Supreme Court, held a convention where delegates booed a resolution in favor of a belief in God, pass resolutions describing Catholic doctrines as a threat to American values, requires that Catholics apostatize in order to become national figures, etc., etc.

Way down at the bottom of the story, there is this:

What does this Tea Party-ization of white Catholics mean for Democrats? On a national level, the Democrats’ weakness among white Catholics is for now largely being compensated for by its strength with Hispanic Catholics, who vote overwhelmingly and increasingly Democratic. While George W. Bush managed to get one-third of the Hispanic vote, McCain got only one-quarter and Romney just one-fifth. This meant that even with the massive defection of white Catholics in 2012, Obama still eked out an overall victory on the Catholic vote by 2 points. But that narrow margin means that Democrats can’t afford to lose any more ground with white Catholics.
Things get more dire at the state level and pose particular challenges to Democratic efforts to win back control of either chamber of Congress. In the 2006 off-year election, the white Catholic vote spilt just about evenly between Democratic and Republican congressional candidates. But by 2010, a yawning 20-point gap opened up that increased to 22 points in 2014.
“The shift in the Catholic vote should really be a wakeup call to the Democrats,” says Krueger. “White Catholics are 18 percent of the electorate and Catholics vote 1 to 2 percentage points above their representation in the overall population. This is a significant voting bloc that now perceives Republicans as being more welcoming to people of faith.”

I thought that the "white vote" didn't matter.

I guess it matters when it matters.

Good googly-moogly!

That Cotton letter that the "Democratic party hacks with media credentials" are hyperventilating about - something about being concerned for the first time with congress getting involved in foreign affairs because it is a Republican senate for a change - was a dastardly and conniving act of.... speech!

//Cotton got 46 other senators to sign this letter in ink. “Because it was an open letter, it was not sent to Tehran but rather posted on Senator Cotton’s website and social-media accounts,” Caroline Rabbitt, Senator Cotton’s communications director, explained to me last week. Cotton & Co. never even dropped an envelope in the mail.//

So, the "letter" was not sent to Iran; it was posted on Cotton's web page and constitutes - shocked, I am shocked - something of a primer on "how the Constitution works."

Perhaps the media should read it rather than getting the vapors about it.

Friday, March 13, 2015

If you can't trust a a woman who aided and abetted the career of a lawyer disbarred for perjury...

...who can you trust.

Trust Hillary: It's a non-issuer.

//Fox News has previously reported that, with the aid of software named Maltego, experts had established that the server is up and running, receiving connectivity to the Internet through an Atlanta-based firm called Internap Network Services Corporation. Clinton’s stern insistence at her news conference that her server “will remain private” would appear to rest, then, at least in part, on the inviolability of Internap.

Now, working with publicly available tools that map network connectivity, experts have established that the last “hop” before the mail server’s Internet Protocol, or IP, address (listed as is Internap’s aggregator in Manhattan (listed as

“This is a very strong indication that the server is in Manhattan,” the source told Fox News.

By entering the IP address for the Internap aggregator into existing databases, the experts obtained the exact geolocation coordinates for the aggregator – revealed to be on lower Broadway, at the intersection with Chambers Street, some two blocks north of City Hall. This in turn suggests that the Clinton server itself lies within close proximity – most likely former President Clinton’s Harlem office, and not as far away as the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, N.Y.

That outside experts could so swiftly unearth such information left them convinced that the server remains, as presently configured, highly “vulnerable” to unauthorized intrusion – even if, as most observers suspect, the server, with so much publicity now attendant on it, is no longer in active use. The hackers further concluded that Clinton’s email operation was likely not much better secured when she was secretary of state.

To test that proposition, they took the relatively simple step of examining the source code on the front page of This yielded the discovery, sources told Fox News, that the Clintons have not been using the latest version of Microsoft Outlook Web Application (OWA) to send and receive emails. The most recent version of OWA is listed as, whereas tests show to be using the older 14.2.390.1. //

Divide and Conquer

Maybe the end goal of Victim Group Balkanization is to permit someone - someone in control of the government, i.e., "the thing we all do together" - to set the agenda for everyone?

//Speaking on a panel in Oxford this week, as part of spiked’s ongoing Down With Campus Censorship! tour, it wasn’t long before I heard the immortal non-rebuttal: ‘Well, that’s all very well for you to say, as a white-cis-heterosexual male.’ In Edinburgh the following night, we didn’t even have to wait to go out for questions before I was reminded of both the colour of my skin and the contents of my pants by one of my white-cis-heterosexual female opponents in the course of her opening remarks. For the rest of the evening, ‘speaking as a [insert multi-hyphenate identity here]…’ was, naturally, the preface to almost every audience contribution.

Privilege-checking has become a source of mockery for students who actually retain one foot in reality. But this trend, so popular among SU bods and blue-haired pseudo-radicals, hasn’t come out of nowhere. These are the children of multiculturalism. People who, from nursery on, have been constantly reminded just how different we all are, and how we’ve been placed into our own pre-packaged boxes.

It’s a tragedy that even a discussion of something as universal, as human, as freedom is so quickly divided up along racial or sexual lines. Sure, none of us think in abstract. Our ideas are inevitably informed by our experience. But even bothering to come together and talk about these things assumes that we can reach some sort of understanding: that the best ideas, and the most cogent arguments, will win out no matter who they come from. They can appeal to the reason of all of us. The rise of this new, PC-garbed racialism on campus – the eternal, whiny chorus of ‘check your privilege’ – rubbishes this universalist spirit. On some essential level, goes this toxic logic, we can never understand one another, let alone come together to pursue common goals.

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