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Thursday, July 24, 2014

How, "Never Again," Is Much Better Than, "#StopFiringRockets,"

This is one of those instances where I'll hear someone, or a couple of people, state a Universal truth in such a manner that it makes even better sense to me, and helps me to clarify my perspective. I've written before about the sheer idiocy of the, "proportional response," a term invented by our friends who reside on the left side of the political aisle. This is the concept that says, regardless of the fact that side A initiated the hostilities with an unprovoked act of violence, the response to that attack can only be as heavy, as violent, or as destructive as an arbitrarily agreed upon level, determined by completely biased world observers. So, when Hamas fires 8000 rockets into Israeli residential neighborhoods, the UNHRC has determined that they are allowed to arrest somebody, provided that this somebody, is not an Hamas Leader. Never mind that this is a prescription for eventual suicide by the Israelis, a measure guaranteed to foment their demise, them's the breaks. On to our video.

There seems to be some confusion in the world over the term, "never again." Even as a child growing up in the 70's, one of the few people of Jewish faith to live in West Virginia, I can remember that mantra being recited not only by those of us in the Jewish Community, but by almost all of our Christian neighbors as well. The phrase referred to the Holocaust, an event in history in which a maniacal demagogue attempted and came much too close for comfort in actually succeeding, to completely eradicate from the planet every person of Jewish descent, along with all others he deemed undesirable. 6 Million Jews, and 5 Million assorted others were systematically and efficiently killed by a ruling Socialist government, with no more thought than bureaucratic drones blindly following orders. Almost all of the 11 Million people who perished, did so peaceably, doing what the authorities had told them to do, right up until the bitter end. I have no idea what could possibly have been going through their minds as they followed the program laid out for them, but on some level, there must have been a faith that their fellow man would suddenly rediscover their humanity.

My Brother's Father in Law is a survivor. The last time he saw his mother, she got into the other line, the one headed for the showers. At his mother's instructions, he had stood on his toes at the age of 12, so that he would appear tall enough to work. He lost siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grand parents, all so that he could listen to a growing population of morons claim that the whole thing never happened. What's most ironic about the whole, "it never happened," mantra of course, is that it is mostly being spread by people who are attempting to do the very same thing today. In case you did not know, or in case you didn't pay attention to the video, Hamas is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the same fine group that includes a still vibrant Al Qaeda. It also counts CAIR, MSA, ISNA, and several dozen other supposedly moderate groups here in America as members. The Muslim Brotherhood was initially funded by Adolph Hitler, and as a group, has endorsed the genocide of all Jews on the planet since their inception. That has not changed.

The term, "never again," simply means that we Jews will not go peaceably next time. If you want to kill all of the Jews, you'll need to take us on fighting next time. And by the way, there always seems to be a next time. I realize that many in the world at large are somewhat confused by this concept, that Jews are not simply willing to be killed en toto. There are many in the world who view any act of self defense on the part of Israelis specifically or Jews generally, as an abridgement of the rules of politically correct moral equivalence. That is simply hard cheese that such people will have to swallow. They can not, nor should they be, helped. This belief that any people any where should just sit back and accept any attack leveled upon them, and answer it with restraint is nothing short of a sickness of the soul. This sickness threatens the very humanity that leftists claim unites us all and is the natural scientifically designated end of our evolutionary path. It is the people leveling those initial acts of aggression that deserve disdain, and quite frankly, deserve what ever response happens to be sent their way. I personally would shed zero tears should all who live in Gaza suddenly find themselves referred to in the past tense.

The term, "never again," does not refer to the world sitting around a drum circle singing kumbayah. It does not mean that people are really nice now, nicer and more evolved than they were in the 1930's and 40's. So nice in fact, they'd never dream of doing the exact thing that they are doing in Israel today, which is attempting a genocide.

By the way, Israel left Gaza about a decade ago, so now what happens in Gaza, how its economy performs, how its people are fed, how their health care system works, all of it is Gaza's and Hamas' own doing. Yet the only thing Gaza and Hamas seem to feel worthy of their effort and resources is firing attacks against it neighbor, a neighbor by the way that boasts the highest per capita GDP in the region. A per capita GDP that dwarfs its closes competitor, and would love nothing more than a viable economic trading partner who would rather see goods and services crossing the border in place of rockets and troops. Hamas however is not interested in such trite details as the well being of her own people. The Muslim God has a blood lust, and to fully awaken this beast, they must finish the final solution their hero started 80 years ago.

Some of you out there may be saying to yourselves, "whew, I'm not Jewish, so I have nothing to worry about." Unfortunately for you, we're just where this blood lust starts, you're where it all ends. The Caliphate can't happen, the Twelfth Imam can not appear until all of the world's Jews are dead. The role of the Twelfth Imam of course will be to rid the world of what ever remains that isn't Muslim, and that doesn't sound like much fun either.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Remarkable To Behold, Like Swiss Watches Are Our Socialist Friends

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

I caught this one on my news feed yesterday, and I seem to have remembered reading it before. In fact twice before. The first time was in the Spring of 1980, and the second time during the Clinton Presidency. I remember vividly the 1980 story, because Mr. Ruthers, my history teacher at the time graded a report I did based upon that Time Magazine piece. (I was a flaming liberal in those days of life without consequence.) The main crux of the argument went something like this, "the current President we've helped to foist upon the American People is obviously still the smartest guy in the room, and while we acknowledge that his Presidency is an abject failure, on every conceivable level, we still maintain that if he can't do it, nobody can." In the world of the leftist, it's never the fault of their failed policies, only that the right people didn't implement them, or that the citizenry at large failed to appreciate what was being bestowed upon them, and acted too greedily. In the words of the late Senator Hal Heflin, "there's too much consumin goin on out there."

Just in case you thought today's main stream media was above recycling old news stories in order to perpetuate their mythology, ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza.

From the Washington Post article with emphasis being mine:

Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail.

Why? For lots of reasons up to and including:

* The decline of the bully pulpit as a persuasion mechanism

* The deep partisanship present not only in Congress but also in the electorate more broadly

* The splintering of the mainstream media/the rise of social media.


Take the last 96 hours (or so) of the Obama presidency as illustrative of the broader impossibility of being president.

On Thursday, in the immediate aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines plane being shot down over Ukraine, President Obama delivered a cautious statement mourning the tragedy and promising he would get to the bottom of the situation. Conservatives immediately criticized that statement as insufficiently strong, comparing it unfavorably to how President Reagan handled a similar situation in 1983. (As The Fix's Philip Bump explains, the Obama critique is not entirely fair.) Seeking to counter that narrative, Obama delivered another statement on Friday -- and took questions from the press. He was far more aggressive in his tone about the possibility of Russian involvement. Over the weekend, the story of Secretary of State John Kerry's on mic but off camera comments before a Fox News Channel interview drove much of the chatter. On Monday, Obama was back on TV with an even more aggressive stance on Russia -- "What exactly are they trying to hide?" he asked about Russian separatists reportedly limiting access to the crash site -- while also juggling an executive order banning discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation among federal contractors, hosting a town hall aimed at pushing his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative and trying to cajole Congress into helping him deal with the ongoing crisis of undocumented children at the country's southern border. Oh, and he also was trying to walk a fine line between defending Israel's right to defend itself with somewhat critical comments about the number of Palestinian civilian deaths occasioned by the military operation in Gaza. And, double oh, he and his staff will have to continue to fend off Republican criticism of a three day fundraising tour he leaves on tomorrow -- a cash-collection trip that GOPers believe looks unseemly amid the various domestic and international crises happening at the moment.

Did you get that? It's not that Obama's policies led to these failures, but that these failures just randomly happened. It's really unfair of you ungrateful brats who make up the American Electorate to expect that a man who campaigned for the job, be held to any type of standard in performing the duties that go along with the gig. Barack Obama promised hopety change as Senator Obama, that he would heal our national divide by being the only transcendent figure in our nation's history who could get people who agreed on nothing to find ample common ground to solve every perceived and make believe problem that he could think to tell us we had. So, after two years, when our nation via a mid term election, served Barack Obama a restraining order in terms of his infliction of his agenda, he naturally blamed Republican obstructionism for his failure to get a single other piece of legislation passed, including a fiscal budget. In his first point, Cillizza laments the decline of power held by our nation's chief executive. (Yes, that statement caused a stream of coffee to shoot towards my computer screen upon reading it.) Perhaps Mr. Cillizza should read the Federalist Papers, which would tell him that our nation's founders never saw the Presidency as the power position that it is today. The entire reason for making the Legislative Branch a bicameral body, and one that had two separate origins for election to it, including differing lengths of tenure, was precisely because it was designed to be the more powerful Branch of government, and those measures would limit that potential. Everything in our Constitution is designed to limit power of the federal government, and more specifically, to prevent power from consolidating itself with one specific person or group. The President is not supposed to have a bully pulpit, and allowing Presidents to have bully pulpits has only ever led to trouble. Putting all of that aside for the moment, in what Universe has the power of Barack Obama's personal use of the bully pulpit diminished? This is the same man who announced at his last State of the Union Address that if Congress failed to do what he wanted them to do, he would act unilaterally. He has done more damage with his executive action than all previous Presidents combined. The EPA has run amok, Obamacare has granted HHS power to regulate our diets, who gets treated for illnesses, who can own guns, (we haven't seen this manifest itself yet, but it's in there,) how we heat our homes, how much light we can use at night, virtually every aspect of our daily living. The CFPB has authority to regulate home prices, determine who gets to live where, fix prices in the Financial Industry, determine who will be allowed to invest, what investment options will be available to what class of citizenry, who will be allowed to loan money, and who will be allowed to borrow. Whether you agree with these laws or not, it's hardly indicative of diminished executive power.

The social media argument is so vacuous, even typing this sentence is an embarrassment. I'll just leave you with this, people talking amongst themselves about anything in general, and about politics in particular should never be considered a bad thing in any nation that views itself as free. Barack Obama used social media to his great advantage while campaigning for office, and if that same media is also able to point out his flaws to a greater number of people, that's just hard cheese for the Bamster.

Someone should tell Mr. Cillizza that the conservative reaction to our President's tepid statements on the matter of a passenger jet being shot out of the sky, which included by the way more time giving shout outs to supporters and talk show style jokes than actual acknowledgement of a tragic even transpiring, was more about the fact that his feckless foreign policy probably contributed greatly to what is happening in the Ukraine than any other factor. This didn't just happen. Vladimir Putin, a former KGB operative and a man with imperialistic aspirations, as in wanting to reassemble the old Soviet Empire, saw plainly and clearly that the United States was not even remotely interested in checking his aggression. When Barack Obama sent that message back to Putin via Dmitry Medvedev, the one that said, just tell Vladimir that I'll have more flexibility after the election, Putin read a whole lot more into that, and by the way he was correct in his assertions. He saw a weak American President who was more concerned with his electoral prospects than with his role as the protector of the free world, that shield against unchecked aggression, and the last hope of nations not capable of defending themselves against an aggressive and reawakened Soviet neighbor. He saw a vacuous man so devoid of substance, who's ineptitude was matched only by his arrogance and vanity. There's a reason why these examples of thuggish tin pot aggression only happen during Democrat Administrations, and that reason is a complete lack of respect for those Democrats we've mistakenly chosen to be Presidents. Barack Obama is an unserious man, and the only people who fail to see this are Americans. Unfortunately, Vladimir Putin was able to see through it immediately, and he endeavored to make the times far more serious in nature from the moment our man child President joined him on the world stage.

There's something else I've found troubling about this President, and Cillizza manages to mention it as a perk, one of those unfair demands we mere mortals place on this impossible task he's undertaken for our ungrateful benefit. Every time some piece of bad news hits this Administration, the next day we'll see a heavily covered news story on almost every network about the President addressing the least important piece of minutia available in our collective subconscious. When the separatists shot down a passenger jet with the support of Vladimir, Barack Obama made a big showing the next day of signing an Executive Order dealing with homosexuals working for federal contractors. As the world burns, our President isn't playing the violin, he's arranging, for the umpteenth time, how the chairs in the auditorium are aligned. When the IRS commissioner testified in Congress that Seven Hard drives randomly crashed causing an obstruction to a very pertinent investigation, our President spent the next day in front of a bank of microphones discussing the importance of children's school lunches, and how important it was for his wife to monitor how well I was feeding my kid. Mr. Cillizza, that's not juggling the important duties of the Presidency, that's dodging the responsibilities of the job.

With that out of the way, the crisis on our Southern Border as well, is the direct result of this President's purposeful incompetence. He wanted to create this crisis in order to cajole Congress into passing his immigration plan. In that regard, he has succeeded. We have the crisis he wanted. He deployed our border patrol agents 40 miles inside our borders so that anyone trying to come here would be able to, and once caught, would face hearings and court proceedings with an appointed defense attorney, rather than being turned away. He gave Central American nations our tax dollars to help them ship their kids here, and advertised for them to do so, telling them what to say once here, so that they would have a greater chance of avoiding deportation. Our President has governed with the philosophy that it is far easier to establish his will when we fear a crisis. So, of course these past six years have been a continual crisis, with America skating from one emergency to the next, each one culminating with the consolidation of increasing amounts of power, all flowing to that diminished bully pulpit Cillizza seems so worried about. This current immigration crisis is no exception to that rule, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time until the beneficent Bamster picks up his magic pen and once again flouts the Constitutional constraints placed upon his office.

As for, "walking the fine line," with respect to his treatment of our only true ally in the Middle East, someone please clue Mr. Cillizza into the fact that this is precisely the problem with Barack Obama's foreign policy, encapsulated to its purest form. Our ally, Israel, has been under attack since they pulled out of Gaza in 2005. Since that time, over 8,000 rockets have been fired into Israeli civilian neighborhoods, and if it were any other nation on Earth, no one would have urged restraint in the response, that any answer be proportional, (which I still maintain is the dumbest concept ever to have been developed by man kind,) Our ally is under attack, and the only possible end to this attack would be to the unconditional surrender of an evil enemy. The only way that that will happen is if they deliver an overwhelming military show of force, breaking their enemy's infrastructure, killing their soldiers, and destroying their will to commit further acts of violence. It is an enemy by the way that is not interested in peace, coexistence, or allowing any Jews to live ever, on the entire planet. Walking a fine line to borrow the idiotic phrase penned by the author of this article, is exactly the problem, and its one that's been shared by American Presidents for the entirety of Israel's existence, (with the exception of course of Richard Nixon. I find it strikingly odd that the one President who showed unwavering support for Israel also had the reputation as being an Anti-Semite.) Doing the right thing may sometimes cause the world to react negatively, especially since moral equivalency has found its way into much of the public discourse, but that does not mean that we should shrink away from that course of action. Part of a President's job is to make the right decisions, even if it means a loss of international popularity for him personally.

You may recall that after Carter, we had Reagan. Carter was hailed as a genius, the most intelligent man, in terms of sheer IQ to have ever served as our President. Reagan was hailed as an affable oaf, a man so dumb it was a miracle that he could put his pants on all by himself. Yet somehow, after the Time piece about how it was impossible in the modern world to succeed as President, somehow the dim witted Reagan, (sarcasm intended,) did just that, and he made it look easy. No Mr. Cillizza, it's not impossible to succeed as a President, one only needs to implement policies that divest power from Washington and return the freedom that built this great nation to those very people who make it all work. That's the difference between Reagan and Carter, or for that matter hopefully, Obama and who ever follows.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Free To Choose Tuesday: Part 10 - How To Stay Free

I wanted to put these up again, one because it's been three years since I ran them before, and two, Dr. Friedman's lessons on economics designed for the ordinary American ring just as true today as they did in 1980. This will give a basic understanding of Friedman's Nobel Prize winning work for any who are willing to spend an hour each week to watch. It consists of 10 half hour long documentaries, followed by 10 half hour long debates, in which Friedman and friends clash with the leading Socialists of the time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The IRS Has Openly Flipped Us The Bird America. What Should We Do Now?

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

I was all set to do something on Fauxcahontas' Eleven Commandments for America's future today, and then I saw this one. So now it seems as though 19 IRS computers magically crashed, obscuring incriminating emails and other proofs of nefarious communication betwixt Lois Lerner, and basically everyone she communicated with.

From the Daily Caller article linked to above:

IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere.

The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.

For those of you keeping score at home, this now raises the odds against to an astounding 1 in 10^57. We're talking about a number so large, it actually eclipses the number of stars in the known Universe, all of it. Yet, equally as astounding, this has received no credible coverage on the alphabet media circuit. Thank goodness for outlets like the Daily Caller to actually report on this stuff.

Let me add something here. With a failure rate of 3.5% per year, per computer, the odds of any specific drive failing during a specific week, are 1 in 1000. The analysis of the odds used are the result of a simple calculation based on the manufacturer's published parameters. For each computer added, the exponent increases by one. So, when the second specific computer needed went down at the precise moment it was needed, the odds of those two melting down in the manner described by Congressional testimony became 1 in 1000 squared. That's how we get to where we are, with 19 computers, that's 1000 raised to the Nineteenth power, enjoy!

I'm positive that on tonight's or tomorrow's episode of, "The Five," either Bob Beckel or Juan Williams will repeat that tired old mantra, "there's no evidence of any wrongdoing here, computers crash and that doesn't mean they're hiding anything." Talk about a statement that makes me want to literally jump through my television and choke somebody. What more do any of us need.

To put the number 1 followed by 57 zeros in perspective, I'm going to propose the following thought experiment. Let's pretend, just for the moment, that you have a super dexterous tongue. Your tongue, and jawbone for that matter are capable of counting digits at the same rate that subatomic particles vibrate, which would be 10^20 digits per second. putting aside for the moment the happiness extended to your spouse or significant other, let us further pretend that you've been counting since the proverbial big bang, some 20 Billion years ago. No breaks or vacations, no meals, and no sleeping, only counting has filled your time. You still, as of today would not have reached a number as large as 10^57. In fact, you would need to replicate your effort to date another 317 Quintillion times in order to reach your target. (If you wish to see this expressed in exponential form, it is 3.17 x 10^20.) Those are the odds that the IRS has claimed happened in a completely random manner.

At some point in time, we as a people must call Bullshit. Our Internal Revenue Service has told us in very clear language that we are their subjects, and they are not accountable to the laws inflicted on we mere mortals. If ever there were a group of people worthy of torch and pitch fork, these guys are it.

Actual testimony of an IRS Official

Anger no longer covers this, but please liberals, continue to tell me how George W. Bush was an imperial President, just be sure to defend that sentiment within this context, I need a good laugh.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday At The Movies: Bill Whittle's, "What We Believe," Full Version

So, here's this weeks submission for a replacement hour of network television over your weekend. Think of it as an alternative to that hour long conservative bash fest that all Hollywood produced crime dramas seem to have become. It's all seven of the excellent Bill Whittle, "What We Believe," videos put together in one shot. Personally, I'd not seen all seven previously, as I missed one or two of them. As the sunspot activity this week is actually something that's been labeled an, "All Quiet Event," you may have noticed that the weather in much of the country will not match the typical hot sunny out doorsy model we're used to seeing this time of year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

"You Can't Go Home Again," Now Extends Itself To Climate What Now, Thomas Wolfe Weeps In His Grave

Alternate Headline: Is the world really this stupid, collectively speaking?

This is a statement so stupid, it could only have come from someone with a college education.

- Dennis Prager

When Thomas Wolfe wrote those oft repeated words, "you can't go home again," he was referring to the fact that his hometown did not remain static after he'd left as a youth, seeking his fortune in the world. His home town did not turn itself into a shrine, awaiting his triumphant return, progress continued to happen, new businesses opened up, new houses were built, and the town did not remain just the way he'd left it. His point was that we should all just get over ourselves, and accept that the world is a bigger place than our mere self centered perceptions of it. People will not stop living their lives simply because you're somewhere else. If he could have foreseen today's idiotic debate about the weather, I would hope that he would have included that in his description of the human condition as well. The wind will not stop blowing, the Earth will not stop wobbling, nor will the sun's solar cycle cease due to your desire that every day's temperature be the exact same temperature as it was during the previous year, for ever and ever.

I'll admit, I had a hard time deciding where to start this one. I don't quite know what to do with it. On the one hand, it's so terribly heart wrenching that many people are actually going through the Kubler-Ross five stages of grief due to fears over what they believe is happening to the Earth's climate. On the other, I find it incredibly hard not to laugh at people this idiotic. When my children were three, I took a can of aerosol potpourri air freshener, and labeled it Monster Spray. When tales of being frightened of monsters became the nightly reason to not sleep, I instructed them to guide me to all of the various hiding places for monsters in their rooms, (making a fake spraying sound is much better than actually spraying the stuff, since the number of scary places can grow voluminous indeed.) We protected ourselves against all manner of beasts which did not exist. Scared children at three years of age can be terribly difficult to reason with. Adults should be a different matter entirely.

Any way, you'll get a kick out of this one. This is beautiful in its appeal to the logically challenged. The crux of this argument is that we should just stop debating whether man made global climate something or other is real, and just focus on preventing a massive national catastrophe due to global anxiety. Honestly, I don't know whether to laugh or laugh even harder.

Ms. Preston also cites Steve Running, an ecology professor who delivered a popular talk called “The Five Stages of Climate Grief” in 2007. Channeling Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, he argued that policy makers needed to move beyond the stages of denial and depression into something more productive:

“We really need most of our political, business and intellectual leaders to reach Stage 5 ACCEPTANCE in order to move forward, as a nation, and as a global citizenry. There is no guarantee that we can successfully stop global warming, but doing nothing given our present knowledge is unconscionable. How otherwise can we look into our grandchildren’s eyes?”

You see, it doesn't really matter if this thing is real or not, we just need to accept it as real, in order to make people feel better about their world and Mother Earth, sniff. In order to help with this lunacy, that admittedly, you might be having a hard time swallowing, here's a helpful interactive map. Don't bother typing your city in, just point and click near where you live, and it'll draw a helpful line to some other city that may resemble what your climate could be like in the year 2100. No actual evidence mind you, it's all hypothetical at this point, but hey since when does scare mongering need any actual evidence or data to back it up?

Chicken Little deserves to win, because children and moronic adults are anxious. If you are a denier, then you're just a big meanie head!

I know that in the middle of this cooler than I can ever remember summer that it may be hard for some of us to remember that winter that we all just endured. You know, the one that our President and his minions actually blamed for a massive first quarter dip in GDP. We were all of us whining about the amount of snow and the unbelievable cold, (somehow caused by global warming,) and the seemingly endless length. This map actually gives me hope though. I mean, living near Lorain, Ohio, I see that if I make it to 2100, my community will be warm like Lehigh Acres, Florida. Please Global Warming, come faster. I'm freezing my ass off here in Ohio, where on July 18, 2014, it's only a freakishly cool 75 degrees. I'd like to go swimming some time this summer, like I used to as a kid, before the Earth warmed so much that it got too cool to swim in July.