Stories of the Day
Our men and women in uniform are just not that in to him. “The long-term effects of Obama’s social policies on the military remain unknown. But one thing is clear: He is a deeper unpopular commander in chief among the troops.
According to a Military Times survey of almost 2,300 active-duty service members, Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.” AMERICA’S MILITARY: A conservative institution’s uneasy cultural evolution
A liar from the very start of his stepping on to the national stage. “The following passage appears in Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention [emphasis mine]:
That is the true genius of America, a faith…a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles; that we can tuck in our children at night and know that they are fed and clothed and safe from harm; that we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door; that we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe; that we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution; and that our votes will be counted — or at least, most of the time. (snip)
I didn’t listen to Obama’s 2004 speech, or much of either convention that year; I’m not a big fan of speeches in general. But reading it now I could almost weep, because it is so deceptive, so unlike the Barack Obama we’ve come to know so well. If the guy portrayed in that speech had won an election, the result probably wouldn’t have been half bad. But that guy never existed; he was an actor reading his lines. 2004 was his first performance on the national stage, and he ought to have won an Oscar for it.” Irony, thy name is Obama
Lovely. Emphasis mine. “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to appoint a Muslim lawmaker to the Intelligence Committee, congressional aides said Tuesday, giving him access to some of America’s most closely held secrets in the war on terror.
The move will come as the world is still grappling with an al-Qaeda death squad’s massacre last week of journalists at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, executed because they had published a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Rep. André Carson has attracted suspicion for his public statements, including a 2012 Islamic Circle of North America convention where he said America’s schools should be modelled after Qur’anic madrassas.
Moments later he warned undercover law enforcement skulking around the event looking for ‘secret meetings’ that ‘Allah will not allow you to stop us.’” Democrats will appoint Muslim to the House Intelligence Committee who said US schools should be like Islamic madrassas and warned law enforcement that ‘Allah will not allow you to stop us’
Apparently the satirists “deserved what they got.” “Throughout many schools in France, Muslim students refused to comply with a moment of silence to honor the victims of theCharlie Hebdo massacre. While some spoke obnoxiously loudly during the 60 second period, others yelled “Allahu Akbar!” or “God is great.” In another incident, a group of young Muslims dishonored the moment of silence, telling their teacher, “You reap what you sow,” the Washington Post reports.
At another school in Seine-Saine-Denis, some 80 percent of students refused to honor the moment of silence, saying that the Charlie Hebdo staff “deserved what they got” for insulting Islam’s Muhammad, reports Le Figaro. In another incident in Lille, a young boy threatened to shoot his teacher “with a Kalashnikov” for asking him to remain silent during the minute of remembrance. Others spoke highly of jihadists who had joined ISIS and fought on behalf of Islam abroad.” FRENCH MUSLIM STUDENTS YELL “ALLAHU AKBAR,” DISHONOR MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR CHARLIE HEBDO VICTIMS
More to come if we aren’t vigilant. “The ISIS “Raqaa Media Office” has just published a new video in which one fighter promises to bring attacks to France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States (begins at approximately 0:56).
The first fighter concludes with:
Whoever was shocked and amazed must comprehend, the Muslims today have a loud and thundering voice, and possess heavy boots. They will have a statement that will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism, and boots that will trample the idol of nationalism, destroy the idol of democracy and its falseness.” BREAKING VIDEO: New ISIS Video Calls for Attacks on France and U.S.
An empty chair is the correct analogy, as suggested by Clint Eastwood at the GOP National Convention several years ago. “It should be painfully clear by now that no one of authority is in charge at the White House, least of all President Obama.
His government is running itself, without any serious, detailed direction from the West Wing in the day-to-day issues and troubles America faces at home and abroad.
We saw that happen in the bungled, mistake-filled rollout of Obamacare, where the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing. Many other times since then in the deadly Benghazi consulate attacks, the incompetent Veterans Affairs scandal, the politicization of the Internal Revenue Service that targeted voter groups who didn’t support Mr. Obama, and a long list of other management disasters over the past six years.
We saw it again this week in the repeated apologies from the White House when the president didn’t even send a high-level official to Paris to demonstrate our solidarity with European leaders who marched in Paris to denounce the bloody terrorist attacks in the French capital.
What was Mr. Obama thinking as he watched heads of state from Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere march with millions of others in the largest demonstration in France’s history? He wasn’t thinking.” Tiptoeing around terror: In denial, Obama won’t face the threat
How can we make the lies stop? “It is common for White House spokespeople to spin the facts–to find the interpretation that best flatters the president. It is rare, but not unheard of, for White House spokespeople to lie about facts that are not yet fully known to the public. It is extraordinary for White House spokespeople to lie about facts that everyone already knows. Yet that is exactly what Josh Earnest did on Tuesday, when trying to explain why the Obama administration strains to avoid mentioning radical Islam. (snip)
On Tuesday–the same day that Earnest fabricated his false chronology–CNN aired newly-released footage of the attack, in which the gunmen shouted in the street (in French, contrary to the comments of the anchor) that they had avenged the prophet. That was before they executed the police officer on the street in cold blood–i.e. it was in mid-attack, not “later.”
Yet Earnest lied, to preserve Obama’s politically correct fictions about radical Islam. What an insult to the dead, and a disgrace.” WHITE HOUSE LIES ABOUT FRANCE TERROR TO PRESERVE PC VIEW ON ISLAM
Many in the media are wimps of the highest order. “Finally, why won’t the New York Times print even one Charlie Hebdo cartoon? Twelve people were slaughtered over those cartoons; are the caricatures not newsworthy? Of course they are. But they satirize Islam, and that is not allowed.
Here’s the ultimate irony. These PC professors and news media who treat Islam so much better than any other religion are literally Islamophobic. They really fear Islam.” Why Is Islam Treated Better than Other Faiths? Political correctness has led us to privilege it above other religions.
I don’t typically copy and paste an entire post from a website but I had to on this one. Just way too good not to… “Well of course he does. He says the Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound on earth.
President Barack Obama has a moral responsibility to push back on the nation’s journalism community when it is planning to publish anti-jihadi articles that might cause a jihadi attack against the nation’s defenses forces, the White House’s press secretary said Jan. 12.
Yeah that justification is a lie; left-wingers like Obama have long learned the Marxist trick of claiming they’re advancing a Marxist goal only to achieve allegedly right-wing purposes.
The entire politics is steeped in deception, which is why it appeals to the liar Obama.
“The president…will not now be shy about expressing a view or taking the steps that are necessary to try to advocate for the safety and security of our men and women in uniform” whenever journalists’ work may provoke jihadist attacks, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House�s daily briefing.
Yes, he told us already: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.
The unprecedented reversal of Americans’ civil-military relations, and of the president’s duty to protect the First Amendment, was pushed by Earnest as he tried to excuse the administration�s opposition in 2012 to the publication of anti-jihadi cartoons by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Yeah, again, that’s a risk, but this justification is a lie; Obama could give a shit about the lives of US servicemen. He only cares about the feelings of foreign Muslims.” White House: Obama Feels a Moral Responsibility to Fight Back Against Media Outlets Which Publish Anti-Jihad Articles
Showing his true colors. “It’s not too often that the “most transparent administration in history” is, what’s the word? . . . transparent.” I’m Glad Obama Skipped Paris: He doesn’t really believe in protecting speech critical of Islam.
More on Obama’s world view being exposed. “Barack Obama’s vision of the world, both at home and abroad, is one in which some people and nations are undeservedly far better off than others in many ways.
In the Obama view of the world, those who are undeservedly thriving (“You didn’t build that!”) are to be forced to pay for benefits to those who are not thriving, whether the latter are people on welfare, community college students, or immigrants from poorer nations, who are to be let into the United States to take a share of Americans’ prosperity.
On the international stage, it is the same principle, where the problem is seen as Western nations being undeservedly better off than other nations, both economically and in terms of greater military power. Here too, Obama is for redistribution, even at the expense of his own country — if someone with such a “citizen of the world” viewpoint really thinks of America as his country, rather than a staging area for his world-changing, ideologically driven crusades.” Obama’s New Year’s Irresolution: The “leader” of the free world’s absence from the Charlie Hebdo march in Paris is telling.
Turning points. “This surprises me. I admire and respect Hannan, who is an eloquent man and who represents the Conservative Party for South East England as a Member of the European Parliament. I have never found him to be naive or overly optimistic.
So if he sees a silver lining to this cloud, I tend to listen. Hannan perceives a sea-change in Europe as a result of the Charlie Hebdo massacre:
We all know the traditional routine that follows an Islamist terror attack: momentary shock, then platitudinous disapproval, then condemnation of Western foreign policy, then hand-wringing about an imagined Islamophobic backlash…
But not this time. Something in Europe has changed — changed utterly.” Dan Hannan thinks something in Europe has fundamentally changed…
A brave man within the Muslim world saying what no other leaders will say and what no one in the mainstream press will print. “Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi continues to be the antithesis of longstanding mainstream media portrayals of him.
First there was his historic speech where he, leader of the largest Arab nation, and a Muslim, accused Islamic thinking of being the scourge of humanity — in words that no Western leader would dare utter. This remarkable speech — which some say should earn him the Nobel Peace Prize — might have fallen by the wayside had it not been posted on my website and further disseminated by PJ Media’s Roger L. Simon, Michael Ledeen, Roger Kimball, and many others, including Bruce Thornton and Robert Spencer.
Instead, MSM headlines on the day of and days after Sisi’s speech included “Egypt President Sisi urged to free al-Jazeera reporter” (BBC, Jan 1), “Egyptian gays living in fear under Sisi regime” (USA Today, Jan. 2), and “George Clooney’s wife Amal risks arrest in Egypt” (Fox News, Jan. 3).
Of course, the MSM finally did report on Sisi’s speech — everyone else seemed to know about it — but, again, to portray Sisi in a negative light.” Sisi’s Brave New Egypt? There is, of course, a reason the MSM, which apparently follows the Obama administration’s lead, has been unkind to Egypt’s president.
Speaking the truth. “In a refreshingly powerful and direct statement, Venezuela’s bishops Monday blamed “Marxist socialism” and “communism” by name for the horrors and chaos gripping their country, according to a story in El Universal.
The bishops said the long lines of people trying to buy food and other basic necessities and the constant rise in prices are the result of the government’s decision to “impose a political-economic system of socialist, Marxist or communist,” which is “totalitarian and centralist” and “undermines the freedom and rights of individuals and associations.”
The Venezuelan bishops specifically stated that the private sector was critical for the well being of the country. The document, read by Monsignor Diego Padron in Spanish, said the country needs “a new entrepreneurial spirit with audacity and creativity.”
So not only did these bishops diagnose the cause of the misery correctly; they also warned that communism harms the poor most of all.” Venezuela’s Bishops Have A Message For Pope Francis on Communism
Economy improving in spite of the heavy hand of big government Democrat policies. “The improving U.S. economy will make absolutely no one forget the Long Boom of the Reagan-Clinton-Gingrich years. Wage growth is stagnant, and too few Americans are working. As Paul Ryan, the new chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, said yesterday, “The latest job report is the nicest car in the junk yard.” Still, it’s also clear that GDP and job growth have finally shifted to a higher gear. So does anyone in Washington deserve even a smidge of credit for the upturn? In my new The Week column, I throw gallons of cold water on the dubious notion that Obamanomics is the reason for this new season of prosperity (such as it is). Sorry, Democrats. (snip)
Austerity — both budget cuts and tax increases — were offset by massive monetary easing by the Federal Reserve. Add in cheaper energy and the natural recuperative forces of a free-market economy, and you get a modest economic resurgence.” The U.S. Recovery Is Finally Strengthening. Who Deserves the Credit?
Opportunity for all, by killing big government and crony capitalism. “Conservatives aren’t fighting with the party’s leaders because we want to avoid talking about policy. We fight because we want to spark the real policy conversations that can redefine the movement. Want to promote Opportunity for All? There’s no better way to start than by declaring a commitment to Favoritism to None.” Fighting for the Second-Shift Worker: A conservative policy summit seeks solutions to help working Americans, not big business.
We’ve got to get it right in 2016. Otherwise, I doubt the country can recover from what the Leftist Progressives have bestowed upon us over the full eight years of Obama’s term. “Because the country is in a genuine crisis, and the happy talk about the economy and the oil dividend isn’t fooling anyone who knows what the nation’s debt means once the interest rate begin to tick up as it must inevitably do. The labor force participation crisis and the entitlement time bombs are real, and so too are the quadruple challenges of Russia, China, Iran and ISIS. The world is so perilous that even lefties see it, and look up from their parlor games on EPA regulations and various other pet causes to survey a world wobbling on the edge of chaos.
Paris did that. And so too last week did the Boko Haram, and last month the cold-blooded killers of the Pakistani school children and the fanatic in Sydney. The news is moving so fast that not even our diversions can block the bleakness out.
So the way is open for the substantive candidate, the man and woman who will, like Reagan, speak both seriously and with sincere optimism about America’s role in the world and how to not only reclaim it but put it to good and very necessary use. The candidate who genuinely believes in American exceptionalism and can articulate its promise and its reconstruction will win.
I don’t know–nobody does– who will most persuasively address these most pressing issues and especially the pressing need to rebuild and revitalize America’s military and to buttress its national security on many fronts, but the candidate who does that on the GOP side –who is believed to understand the issues and to have a plan for addressing them– is best suited to defeat Hillary.” The Jumble, The Rumble and The Promise
Speaking directly to the low information voters who don’t do more than read headlines. “The whole thing is somewhat of a gimmick, a sound-good feel-good fish to throw to liberals. I’m not sure that even Obama thinks it has a chance of being passed. But it is ideologically in step with his general approach to government:
The new entitlement is best understood as an extension of the Administration’s ideological project to add higher education to the list of entitlements that keep the federal government in charge of American life from cradle to grave…
Punish private schools, subsidize often inferior public schools, snatch regulatory control from states, and add tens of billions in new taxpayer obligations…
Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? How many people will buy this, even as an idea?” Obama’s community college plan
Hey low info. voters: Can you please get it into your thick heads that NOTHING IS EVER FREE?!?!?! “Some days I’m not sure what causes me to shake my head in disbelief more… the policies coming out of the White House or the people who answer the phones for Rasmussen polls. The polling subject this week was all about the idea that community college should be free for every student who manages good enough grades to go. It turns out that a small plurality are up for that idea… provided they don’t have to pay anything extra for it.” Americans like Obama’s free community college idea… if they don’t have to pay for it
Rewarding failure. “But… dropouts who are confined (by their own choice — they weren’t forced to drop out) to a “less than stellar” life can still vote. So politicians (of both parties, but especially Democrats) buy their votes, thus perpetuating dropping out of school, give-away programs, and warrantless wage increases. The politicians thus make it possible for dropouts to avoid the consequences of their voluntary choices. The dropouts are coddled by us taxpayers because, in the view of liberals, it would be too harsh for them to “reap what they sew.” And they vote.” Dropouts are the Real Problem
Some day, probably sooner than later, we are going to have to pay for what our government is doing to our country and its citizens, all at the bidding of the Left and special interests, namely big businesses that will profit via paying lower wages. “It may be difficult to understand how the leadership of our own government could be behind a push for anarchy, but incredibly this is precisely what we are witnessing — not only in Washington, but among political leaders in some states and cities across the United States. The prime issue behind this lunacy is immigration. Entering the realm of immigration is the equivalent of entering a parallel universe where up is down, left is right and right is wrong.” America on the Precipice of Immigration Anarchy
Make him squeal. “Assuming this makes it through Congress intact and on to the President’s desk, I’m very much looking forward to what Josh Earnest will have to say about it at the briefing. If Obama has a bill in front of him which will fund DHS with the nearly insignificant (dollar wise) exception of amnesty, and he vetoes it, how does the White House spin that? Obama will be shutting down the entire department on his own. Who’s the obstructionist now?” Pelosi shocked that GOP is doing what they said they would do on DHS
In my opinion, besides terrorism, the debt is the biggest problem our country is facing. But does ANYONE, besides us peons care? “Consequently, in order for Obama’s debt increase to be no larger than Reagan’s, Obama would need to reduce the federal debt by 5.1 percent of GDP between now and January 2017.
The other valid comparison is to look at per capita federal debt in constant dollar terms. We can get at this number by multiplying the federal debt as a percentage of GDP (shown above) by real GDP in chained 2009 dollars and then dividing by the population. Via this approach, Reagan increased the real per capita federal debt by $8,584, whereas Obama has already increased the real per capita federal debt by $15,177.
Whichever way you look at it, Obama has already increased the federal debt far more than Reagan ever did.” Obama’s federal debt dwarfs Reagan’s
The non-geniuses reside in the Democrat party. “It doesn’t require an economic genius to realize what happens when increased demand meets reduced supply.
One of the myths of government-run health care has always been the idea that saying people are “covered” is the same thing as giving them health care. We see that in single-payer systems around the world, where universal coverage actually means waiting lists or rationing.
If Obamacare advocates are going to insist that enrollment numbers mean that the ACA is working, they are going to have to come up with a different definition of “working.” How Obamacare Is ‘Working:’ Increased insurance coverage does not mean increased access to medical care.
This is another reason why we must fear our current government. “Obamacare would not have passed if Senator Ted Stevens had been re-elected in 2008. But two Alaska federal prosecutors, assistant U.S. attorneys Joseph Bottini and James Goeke, charged him with accepting tens of thousands of dollars of illegal contributions, and obtained a felony conviction on October 27, 2008, just days before the election. The only problem: they had illegally withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, and the conviction was overturned. But the damage had been done, and the longest-serving Republican in the Senate at the time had neen turned out of office, replaced by Democrat Mark Begich, who provided the crucial 60th vote to pass Obamacare.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the two prosecutors would escape punishment for their history-changing misconduct.” Outrage: Federal prosecutors who railroaded Ted Stevens escape punishment