Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Turkey, Russia, Erdogan, Obozo: Is It the Money?

Interesting little rumor here, that President MomJeans' love for Erdogan has to do with a bit of graft, paid by ISIS to Erdogan.

Conveniently, MomJeans happens to like ISIS, too.

Of course, this may force the US to prop up Erdogan, a radical Muslim.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chuck Todd, Establishment Lapdog

Now that Ted Cruz is gaining ground, he's the new target.  Fortunately for the (R) side of The Establishment, they do not have to do all the dirty work of smearing and sliming Cruz.

They have Chuck Todd at their back.

And yah, there's a word that rhymes with "Chuck," which fits perfectly before his name, used as an imperative verb.  Go ahead.  Use it that way.

The Donald Goes All Stupid

We're becoming convinced that the only thing The Donald has going for him is his hair.

"If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state and we know it’s an enemy of state. I would keep them away, [from gun purchases] absolutely."

If someone is "an enemy of the state," Donald, they should be arrested, charged, and tried.  IF found guilty, they lose their Constitutional right to bear arms.  (I will accept 'arrested, charged, tried, found guilty, and deported by air, being dropped into their home country without a parachute.)

See, Donald, Constitutional rights apply to every US citizen.  No convictions?  They still have rights.

We already have one jackass-in-chief.  No point electing another, Donald.

Now to lesser matters--but still Stupid Donald Tricks:

After the rally, one attendee shouted out to Trump as he was signing posters for supporters: “Mr. Trump, What do you think about ethanol?”

“I love it, I’m for it,” Trump said simply before exiting the stage.

You may--just like all the others--shove that corncob up your ass, Donald.  Not up mine.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Our Junior-League President's Stupid Decisions v. ISIS

Long essay from the Atlantic which, boiled down, tells us that Obama is a moron when he deals with ISIS.

That's not exactly a surprise, but the essay goes into excruciating detail about Pissypants's stupidity.

Pat Caddell: "It's a Revolution, Not a Revolt!"

Wow.  I saw Caddell about 30 years ago; he was in town for some (D) event.  He was right then, and he's not been wrong since (he predicted the re-election of Obozo.) 

Now he thinks that the party's over for the Establishment.  What you see here is the transcript of a video (also available at the link.)

Note this well:  Caddell insisted that the MSM--and the (R) and (D) Establishments--view US politics as binary:  two parties.  He also said that they are wrong.  This is not about "party."  (Remember the Reagan/Teamsters' alliance?)

...The Republican -- the grassroots, a few weeks ago, as they did in December -- giant majorities, over two thirds, wanted their leadership out.  They wanted Boehner gone, and they wanted McConnell gone.  They believed overwhelmingly that they were serving the Chamber of Commerce and other interests at the expense of the beliefs of the grassroots of the party, of ordinary Republicans.

And of course, they're right.  After they won in 2014, they met in December in a back room and gave Obama everything he wanted.  And they said -- oh no, this is only for this time.  We're going to have a continuing resolution, which is all the same funding going on that has been going on.  We won't change that.  But we'll do it next year, when we have an appropriations process.

The one they did in December in the back room, the one that paid off the Wall Street banks basically -- and Jamie Dimon, who was there lobbying -- all those deals done in the back room -- they've all been repeated in this latest get-together between Boehner's aides, McConnell's aides, Pelosi and the White House, for weeks.

And they went into a secret room.  They didn't pass appropriation bills.  They did on defense, but they won't -- and the President vetoed it, and now there will be some battle.  But they didn't.  They made an agreement in which spending would go up across the board, half for defense and half for the nondefense spending; and none of it addressing the dead or any other question.  It's just the same old politics....


He spends some time on the Iran treaty, which was a demi-treason.  Then he goes here:

...Another issue is religious freedom.  You saw the vote in Houston over the question of the ordinance, the one that they were telling ministers they needed to turn in their sermons to be checked about?  Right?  In a city that is 76 percent Hispanic and black, by 61-39, people said no to it.  And now we hear what a hateful city and whatever.  So I think someone should go and [review] all the blacks and Hispanics who voted against it and ask them why they are so hateful and so forth.

The same day that happened, the education department announced that the school in -- I don't want to spend a lot of time on it -- the school in Illinois, which had provided for a transgender student a special place in the locker room, in private.  The Obama Administration said that's not good enough.  They have to be able to -- even though there's anatomical differences between the people in that girls' locker room -- they have to take showers and be openly able to do it.  The privacy of the rest of the students or their parents don't matter.  And they've now announced this is for all schools.

But I want to tell you, I've done some research a little bit, again, inspired by Lee and some others.  And we had found the most amazing results -- the American people don't want a cultural war.  But as I wrote in the analysis, God help the one who starts it.  Because the American people think there's a commonsense solution.

But they will not see -- there's no reason to believe that the people who believe in religious freedom are on the losing side.  They're overwhelmingly popular.  Their positions are overwhelmingly popular....

On Trump, Clinton, Bush, and Rubio:

...the greatest number of people, when given the option -- huge numbers, as much as a fifth of the American people -- are saying they will not vote for either of these.  They don't want this choice.  And we tested Smith on a commonsense, center-right platform, as we had done two years earlier.  We found that Smith was even -- this make-believe candidate was even stronger, because that candidate could defeat -- at that time, in the summer, Bush and Clinton, with 60 percent of the vote, the same that they got with Rubio and Clinton. ...


...There is a real majority in this country, a giant majority, for a change that takes on Washington, that replaces a lot of these people, and does two things, in my opinion -- that rectifies the situation that has happened where the political class has decided they are going to manage the decline of America.  If it's not conscious, it's a subconscious belief.  And a vast majority of American people are not willing to go into that darkness of an America that's in decline, and who want a resurgence in this country -- and one is possible...

He also thinks that ObozoCare, Planned Parenthood, and Benghazi are points on which the Revolution will be fought--to the detriment of HRC (primarily) AND to the (R) Establishment, which has simply blown the coverage.


Will Ryan's House Bail Out Health Insurers?

Betsy McCaughey knows ObozoCare and tells us that the health-insurance megaplayers are hammering Congress for a bailout on their ObozoCare losses.

...At issue is the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “risk corridor” program. Profitable insurers are supposed to pay into a fund every year to help unprofitable insurers. But with nearly all insurers losing money on ObamaCare, there’s not enough money in the pot. Insurers requested $2.9 billion to offset their 2014 losses, and were told they would get only 13 cents on the dollar, because the pot is so empty.

That shortfall pushed several co-ops into bankruptcy, including Health Republic. UnitedHealthcare also said it was a reason for its reluctance to stay in ObamaCare. But too bad for insurers. They’re in business to take risks and either make money or lose it.

The risk-corridor program shouldn’t be used to funnel taxpayer money to insurers. But the administration is trying to weasel around it and get Congress to fill the pot with taxpayer dollars. That’s what makes it a bailout. And crony capitalism.

When Obama tried this last year, Republicans in Congress stopped it. In the coming weeks, count on Obama and congressional Democrats to try slipping insurance-bailout money into the spending bills being rushed through Congress as the year closes.

So will we have "Too Big to Fail" insurers AND banks?  Think Paul Ryan has a spine?

Stay tuned.  It's your children's money.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Spoiled Brat of Tesla

Not content to jigger his "revenues" with Federal energy credits, Elon Musk is now waving a bloody flag at hydrogen-fueled (fuel-cell) cars.

...“Fuel cell technology requires a large degree of public (financial) support in a way that EVs will never need because the infrastructure is already available in every building and practically in every room of every building,” said O’Connell, adding that instead of fuel cell vehicles carmakers should invest in building EVs....

O'Connell is Musk's mouthpiece.

Musk has figured out that with Toyota and Hyundai betting on hydrogen, his enormous Federal-subsidized investment in a battery plant may turn to dust.

So he's taking potshots, hoping that Detroit will help him out.

Good luck, Elon.  And don't count on a Republican Administration to give you any more handouts!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Why McCain and the NeoCons Lose Wars

Brief summary of warfare modality from ancient to modern (today's) here.

Takeaway grafs:

...Fourth Generation warfare of “terrorism, guerrillas and insurgency of every kind” was developed by those unable to match the West in terms of firepower and technology.  It is a return to warfare before the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 when wars were waged by non-nations such as gangs, religions, tribes, businesses, city states, and young males for rape and pillage. He argues that America “winning” just creates failed states that then become more of a threat to us than the nation-states we destroyed.
Lind argues that America should change from offensive to defensive warfare and containment, as we did with communism. Offensive war is bankrupting us and only creating more enemies wanting vengeance and instigating terrorism. Instead we should try to contain, not inflame, Islamist fanaticism and let it burn itself out just as did the religious wars in Europe during the 17th century. Current American strategy, Lind argues, results in losing wars against enemies wearing bathrobes and flip flops. Lind argues that we should work with nations which are sources of order and stability. (Think China.)...

Yes, THAT China. 

BTW, Rubio is the new McCain.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Is There No End to GAB's Lying?

Long story here.  Short version:  Kennedy lies.  A lot.  And then tells his investigator, Schmitz, to lie, too.

Then he finds another investigator to sign papers--to cover up his lying.

Oh--yah--Kennedy is a Democrat.  So that's natural, I guess.

The FedGov's "Extensive Screening"

While President Pissypants blows foofoodust into the eyes of the MSM, his very own TSA shows, in blazing red colors, why absolutely nobody trusts the FedGov (except Paul Ryan, see below).

...malfeasance inside the TSA extends throughout the agency, apparently, from line workers, to top brass and even to HR. According to a report released this week, the TSA had 73 "aviation workers" on its payroll who also happened to be on the terror watchlist, something the TSA, in its extensive screening process, failed to discover....

So Paul:  call the 'reality line' in your office, eh?

Paul Ryan Must Have Secret Service Protection...

...or he wouldn't be jamming this "SAFE" act through the House.

....most Americans oppose importing thousands of Syrian refugees in particular, and more immigrants in general. 

So naturally, in his first important act as House Speaker, Paul Ryan is reported to be rushing to the floor, as early as tomorrow, a bill that will insure that President Obama gets his way on the issue. The legislation the House will vote on is called the American SAFE Act. It is a misnomer and the bill is, frankly, a fraud. It is premised on the idea that the Obama administration will be able to identify potential terrorists among Syrians who claim to be refugees, a claim that everyone knows is false....

Obama has an insurmountable lead in the Gun Salesman of the Year contest, Paul, but you're doing your damndest to make up some ground, eh?

So, Paul:  which young male Muzzie refugees will you have in your family's home for Thanksgiving?

Durbin-Grassley: Smoke, Mirrors, and BS

There will be a regular Barnum & Bailey over the Durbin-Grassley "H1-B Reform" bill.  Don't let it fool you if you're a US citizen and IT critter.  Things will be just the same, except for the wrapper--instead of Infosys, it will be IBM and Accenture.

Norm Matloff has the goods, as usual.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UN: "Kill the Catholics!!"

First, let's get this straight:  "Christians" in the Middle East are actually Catholics.  (Not necessarily Roman Rite; they are also Syriac, Maronite, Coptic, Chaldean, and Armenian.)

It appears that the UN (and the US) have decided that Catholics will be annihilated in the Middle East.

...When Christians flee as refugees they cannot go to UN-run refugee camps because there they face the same persecution and terror from which they fled. If they are not in the refugee camps they are not included in the application process for asylum. The U.S. State Department knows this, but continues to allow the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to select refugees for asylum with no regard to the endangered Christians and other religious minorities. According to statements in the Sunday Express from an ISIS defector and aid workers in the UN camps, ISIS is sending teams of trained assassins disguised as refugees to kidnap and kill Christians.

And we’ve just learned that the State Department is poised to rule that Yazidis but not Christians are likely to be designated as victims of genocide in Iraq.

The blame is not just with the United Nations and the Obama administration. U.S. organizations who resettle refuges are also to blame. This includes Christian groups that resist any focus on Christian victims of ISIS, and oppose actions by Congress to welcome not just economic migrants but also Christians and other religious minorities victimized by ISIS....

Surely Paul Ryan--a Catholic--will be working to change this!  He'll join hands with Joe Biden, another Catholic, right?


The Stupid Party, Again

Well, Paul Ryan's House is really going to on........something......having to do with refugees.

...House GOP leadership appears to be taking a different approach. Instead, they have scheduled a vote TOMORROW on a flawed bill that will do absolutely nothing to stop or defund refugee resettlement. Authored by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), the bill merely calls for the administration to certify that any refugees brought here from Iraq and Syria are not terrorists....

Yah.  That follows on the success of House leadership in....umnnnhhhh....reducing Gummint spending, reversing ObamaCare, keeping budget "deals" of only two years ago, de-funding EPA's effort to kill coal-burning in the Upper Midwest,collecting their paychecks.

Because everyone trusts Pissypants to vet those 'refugees' thoroughly, especially in Ryan's House.

Refugee Program Realities

A very nice summary and clarification of the US refugee program is available here.

Key excerpts:

..The United States has accepted roughly 70,000 refugees over the last few years. But beginning Oct. 1, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, with at least 10,000 coming from Syria. By 2017, the Department of State announced that the number of refugees entering the country would increase to 100,000....

Well, that's likely to be a problem.  Assuming that the mechanics of the program are the ones currently written in law, it can't happen that fast.

...For refugees living abroad who seek to come to the United States, the resettlement process—the “selection and transfer” of refugees—can take between 18 and 24 months, according to the Department of State....

... the government, in conjunction with intelligence agencies, conducts background checks that include an analysis of biographical and biometric data checked against federal and international databases.
Once a refugee’s information has been vetted against data from the intelligence community, an officer with Citizenship and Immigration Services conducts an in-person interview with the refugee.

If the government approves his application, the refugee then undergoes a medical screening from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Once that process is completed, the federal government works with a number of private-sector voluntary agencies to resettle the refugee in the United States....

The utter lack of database material on Syrian applicants would--in a normal world--stop the process at 'conducts background checks' above.

But living in Pissypants' US is not a 'normal world.'  Erickson makes that clear:

...Nobody trusts Barack Obama to get it right, he has squandered all the good will available to him, and has so heavily engaged in partisan politics himself that partisans on the side opposite are no longer inclined to give their President the benefit of the doubt....

To that point:  Obama has done all he can to ensure the success of ISIS.  He saw to the overthrow of the Libyan government, did his best to throw Egypt under the bus, withdrew US troops stabilizing Iraq, and has callously ignored massacres perpetrated by Boko Haram, among other ISIS-affiliated groups.

In brief, Pissypants is a jackass; nobody in their right mind trusts him to do the right thing.

That's a pity for those who ARE genuine refugees from Syria, or anyplace else where "contained" ISIS operates.

Does Pissypants Have "Supremacy"? Not Really.

Wherein we find that pResident Pissypants doesn't always have the "supremacy" clause at his back (and in his particular case, rarely!)

Early in the linked essay, the author makes the point that Congress--and only Congress--has the Constitutional authority to regulate immigration, whether for 'naturalization' leading towards citizenship or for any OTHER category of immigrant, including refugees.

Then he addresses the 'supremacy' clause.

...left-wingers might argue that the states don’t have the power to determine rules of naturalization, either. True, they do not. But what the states DO have is the positive constitutional right from Article VI to nullify actions of the federal government which are not pursuant to the text of the Constitution,
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land...”
The Supremacy Clause is often thought of solely in terms of “the federal government always overrules the states.” But, if you actually read what it says, it is not saying that. Federal laws (and its questionable that executive orders even qualify for that level of dignity anywise) must be made “in pursuance thereof” to the Constitution. If they are not, then the states are free to adjudge them as unconstitutional and of no force or authority. The Supremacy Clause actually cuts both ways....

Laws, or in Pissypants' case, 'executive orders' which are NOT 'pursuant to the Constitution' are not 'supreme,' but are subject to the judgment of the various States vis-a-vis enforceability.

(And yes, that also calls into question Pissypants' re-writes of ObozoCare which are obviously not 'law' pursuant to the Constitution.)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ooops! Shrillary Forgot $20 Million or So

It is reported that Shrillary is a bit "confused" now and then.  So forgetting where $20 million came from is...well....ya'know, she's kinda old'n'stuff.

Obama's Faculty-Lounge "Thoughts"

getting to at the point where it's disastrously clear that the current occupant of the White House is in permanent faculty-lounge mode.  That is simply not a mode which fits the task of President.

"When I hear folks say that maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who is feeling from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are."  --quoted at Breitbart

Actual thinkers will be revolted by this sophistry.  One, a Pope named Ratzinger, distinguished Islam from Christianity very clearly:  the difference is Logos, which is to say "reason."  Reason is not a component of Islam.  That is a distinction which makes a very big difference.

But in the faculty-lounge, reason is usually subjugated by emotion, which is evident in the above words of President Pissypants.

Obama is not alone.  The MSM (another mindless bunch) was enthralled by some piano-player who played Lennon's "Imagine" on the blood-filled street in Paris.  The title of the song is perfectly fitting, as was the treacly rendition.

In fact, "Imagine" should be emblazoned on the door to the Oval Office.  Reality need not knock on that door.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rubio v. Cruz on Immigration: Rubio Loses

No matter how he tries to wiggle out of it, Marco Rubio was a member of the Gang of Eight.

And no matter how Marco spins it, Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions were dead against his bill.

Cruz even went to the trouble of introducing "friendly" amendments to the Go8 bill--which were designed to prove that Marco & Co. were not at all serious about a wall, enforcement, or even H-1B reductions.

And Sessions will back Cruz' story on the affair.

So Marco resorts to lying about the matter.  How utterly........political........of him, eh?

Sorry, Marco.  You lose on the issue.  But feel free to run as the "pro-amnesty" candidate.

(Why don't you include a lot more "refugees" from Syria, Iraq, and Somalia while you're at it??)

Obozo-Moron in Speech

Quoted by Steyn:

Obama described tonight's events as "an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share".

Note that he does not mention "Muslims."

And note this well:  they are not "values."  They are "MORALS".

Which raises the question:  what morals inform Islam? 

Final note:  this is what Obozo means by 'we have contained ISIS'?

So, Paris. How About More Syrian "Refugees"??

Muslim terrorists--at this report--have killed around 160 civilians in Paris.

Meantime, Obozo thinks we should take in 100,000 "refugees" from Syria (or wherever they're actually coming from).  And nobody--but nobody--knows who these "refugees" really are.

Bush, Rubio, and Kasich agree that the US should take in lotsa these people.

That was last week.  Maybe Bush, Rubio, and Kasich will change their position.

The other guy--the one in the White House?  Why should HE change on the issue?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nietzsche the Prophet

In the middle of an essay on Tom Wolfe (you MUST read his works), we find Wolfe referring to Nietzsche.

...It is the interaction of this consumer society with post-orthodox America that so fascinates Wolfe. He cites Nietzsche, who after reporting the death of God in 1882 delivered a prophesy of the next 200 years. “He predicted,” said Wolfe in 1996, “that the twentieth century would be a century of ‘wars such as have never happened on earth,’ wars catastrophic beyond all imagining.” World War I, World War II, the threat of Mutual Assured Destruction—that crazy German had a point....

And Nietzsche made a second prediction.

Nietzsche said that mankind would limp on through the twentieth century ‘on the mere pittance’ of the old decaying God-based moral codes. But then, in the twenty-first, would come a period more dreadful than the great wars, a time of ‘the total eclipse of all values’ (in The Will to Power). This would also be a frantic period of ‘revaluation,’ in which people would try to find new systems of values to replace the osteoporotic skeletons of the old. But you will fail, he warned, because you cannot believe in moral codes without simultaneously believing in a god who points at you with his fearsome forefinger and says, ‘Thou shalt’ or ‘Thou shalt not....

Looking at only the two most prominent 'social' decisions of SCOTUS in the last 50 years, Roe and Obergefell, it is difficult to refute Nietzsche's prediction--and looking at the Obozo Perfidy Presidency, it's clear that Nietzsche knew what he was talking about.