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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting For The Hour: Abraham Lincoln Speaks To Obama

There is a photograph of President Barack Obama with Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ bust of Abraham Lincoln visible in the background.  Through the magic of Photoshop™ I reworked the photograph to bring Lincoln into full focus.

When he placed his hand upon Lincoln’s Bible on January 20, 2009 Barack Obama declared he was committed to celebrating American unity and the use of the historic Bible would provide a powerful connection to our “common past and common heritage.”

When Lincoln placed his hand upon this very same Bible 148 years earlier a Civil War threatened to destroy the country.  On Friday, 156 years later, President-elect Donald Trump will place his hand upon Lincoln’s Bible as he takes the Oath of Office.  He will assume the mantle of President of the United States at a time of great unrest at home and abroad.

Upon learning of Obama’s disgraceful commutation of Army Pfc. Manning, I wondered if the ghost of Lincoln ever spoke to him during his eight failed years as president.
“Mr. President, when I took the Oath of Office I was aware I followed greatly distinguished men who administered the Executive Branch of the Government through many perils and generally with great success.” 
“I concluded my Inaugural Address by affirming to those there assembled, ‘we are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.’” 
“I have watched from this shelf upon which you placed me eight years ago the menace of racial division inflicted by you.  Through the slipstream of time I witnessed the zenith of your campaign to become the 44th president by placing your hand upon my Bible and citing my words.  Your heady talk of emulating me gave way to cynicism and complacency.  The connection to me you so desperately sought to make was maddeningly out of reach.” 
“Those who will take your place at the 58th Presidential Inauguration have the difficult task made harder by you to mitigate the damage done to a great nation.  I believe they truly seek the illumination of my legacy.  Your failures will haunt you all the days of your life.” 
“I was heartbroken the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture omitted the enormous legacy and impact of Justice Clarence Thomas and chose instead to give you a large presence in the museum.  It must, therefore, be galling to know Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will swear in Mike Pence using the Bible that President Reagan used for both of his inaugurals.” 
“Racial discord will not be your only legacy I fear.  The American people to whom you are beholding have suffered greatly by your arrogance, fecklessness and intolerance of political opponents.  You have sought, at every turn, to take away Americans’ right to bear arms, your administration covered up the murder of four Americans in Benghazi and most egregiously you lied repeatedly about your ‘signature’ law that upended healthcare and you did nothing to end the persecution of Christians.” 
“The loathing for Israel you demonstrated sickened me.  I could enumerate a litany of failures and scandals besmirching your tenure as you faltered day after day destroying a nation built by great men and women.” 
“I stand firm in my belief that once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens you can never regain their respect and esteem.” 
“You should have heeded my words, ‘With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”  
“Your heart will be filled with sorrow knowing you were at the apex of history and squandered it.  It is a bitter agony for me.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Chelsea Manning Commutation: Obama Tosses Another Match On The Fire On His Way Out The Door

Let me begin this post by explaining the graphic associated with it.  In the background is a dumpster fire representing the Democrat Party The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer has single-handedly destroyed.  The mid-ground includes a sculpture by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino entitled “Anything to say?” of whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley/Chelsea Manning.  The controversial piece has been on display in Paris, Berlin, Belgrade, Rome and the plaza at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva.

Dormino lauds the art saying it "pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war”  What a dick.

The foreground is self-explanatory. 

This is the real Democrat Party.  This is the real Barack Obama—an extremely left-wing ideologue—who is anti-law and order, anti-military, anti-America.

Government lawyers cited al-Qaeda magazine in an effort to prove Pfc. Bradley Manning knowingly aided the enemy by posting documents on WikiLeaks.
Al-Qaeda leaders reveled in a WikiLeaks’ publication of reams of classified U.S. documents, urging members to study them before devising ways to attack the United States, according to evidence presented by the prosecution  in the court-martial of an Army private who leaked the material. 
…The government presented another uncontested written statement that former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden asked for and received from an associate the Afghanistan battlefield reports that WikiLeaks published. The material was found on digital media seized in the May 2011 raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, [lead prosecutor Maj. Ashden] Fein said. Bin Laden was killed in the raid.
These “battlefield reports” are what WikiLeaks refers to as the “Afghan War Diary,” a trove of “over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.” WikiLeaks withheld 15,000 of these reports from its initial release because even the anti-government group recognized the sensitivity of their contents. Still, the diary covers a “range of topics”: “Improvised Explosives Devices encountered, offensive operations, taking enemy fire, engagement with possible hostile forces, talking with village elders, numbers of wounded, dead, and detained, kidnappings, broader intelligence information and explicit threat warnings from intercepted radio communications, local informers or the [Afghan] police.”

The files Manning copied included about 250,000 diplomatic cables from American embassies around the world showing sensitive deals and conversations, dossiers detailing intelligence assessments of Guantánamo detainees held without trial, and a video of an American helicopter attack in Baghdad in which two Reuters journalists were killed, among others.

Laura Ingraham May Challenge Tim Kaine For His Senate Seat In Virginia

Something that’s been tumbling around the Internet for a while now seems to have gained enough steam that today on Fox & Friends, conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham stated she is eyeing a senate run against Hillary’s crutch Tim Kaine in 2018.

The UVA Law School grad, former attorney and Reagan speechwriter said she's been flattered by several "well-connected" people in Virginia asking her to be a candidate.
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air noted, “It’s not difficult to understand why party leaders in Virginia would want Ingraham in the race. She’s sharp, well attuned to the state’s politics, and most importantly a well-known conservative whose personality would provide an immediate contrast to the current, somewhat-less-than-exciting incumbent. Unlike others who might get drafted into that position through the normal bench in Virginia, Kaine won’t overshadow Ingraham in a straight-up fight.”

“Ingraham is to be taken seriously. It certainly would make the Virginia Senate race a national affair, and that alone would help Republicans in a midterm fight if they can manage to accomplish the biggest parts of their agenda up front in 2017. It certainly won’t be dull. At least, not on the Republican side,” added Morrissey.

The Republican primary could be crowded. Both Barbara Comstock and Dave Brat are considering a bid, and Brat has already been singled out by Kaine as a top challenger. And there are reports that former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, a 2010 California Senate candidate, also wants to run in Virginia.

Comstock was sworn in to the 115th Congress on January 3rd marking her second term representing the people of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

Brat is most known for toppling then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a 2014 primary.  Cantor arrogantly assumed he had the Speaker of the House position locked up when John Boehner retired.  Boehner, you’ll recall was replaced by Paul Ryan.

Few people did more than Ingraham and Mark Levin to propel Brat from obscurity to national conservative hero.  According to Ingraham the [Republican] party leadership “needed a jolt.” Cantor was not seen as “conservative enough”.   

At a huge event held at the Dominion Club, a tennis and golf club not far from Cantor’s home outside Richmond, Ingraham asked the crowd, “Who do you think Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi want to win this primary? Why do they want Eric Cantor to win?  They want Eric Cantor to win because Eric Cantor is an ally in the fight for immigration amnesty.”

I suspect Tim Kaine possesses an exaggerated sense of self-importance much like Cantor did; perhaps more.

If Laura Ingraham does light the fuse on her candidacy, Kaine had better polish his circus act by not being an over-caffeinated, overtly rude attack dog.  His memorization of a laundry list of blatant lies and catchy zingers ain’t gonna cut it.  Ms. Ingraham wrote the book on zingers.  Of Thee I Zing

CNN conducted a poll immediately following the Vice Presidential Debate. Political Director, David Chalian, admitted the makeup of those polled was skewed more Democrat.  The results showed 67% thought Mike Pence performed better than expected and 43% believed Kaine performed worse than expected.  The Russians could not be reached for comment.

I like the sound of “Senator Ingraham” don’t you? 

Harry Reid's Legacy

Sunday, January 15, 2017

John Lewis: Wrapped In Anger With A Dash Of Hate

Chuck Todd and NBC are rejoicing in the turbulence created during Todd’s interview with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) on Friday.  The interview came on the heels of a 90-minute closed door briefing with members of Congress earlier in the day during which FBI Directory Comey “refused to clarify” whether his agency is investigating President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.  Comey’s “lack of candor” angered legislators; most notably Rep. Lewis.

“I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.  I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It would be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in the Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.  I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process,” Lewis said.

This is the same kind of divisive rhetoric that Democrats hated under Obama.  
Lewis voted for Hillary Clinton who labeled African-American youth as “superpredators” when referring to “gangs of kids” in the midst of championing husband Bill’s 1994 crime legislation.
Lewis is notorious for endlessly spewing the same tired dog whistle mantra of racism expecting everyone to acquiesce because he’s a civil rights “icon”.  Lewis has managed to wrap himself in anger with a heavy dash of hate.

In October of 2008 Lewis accused John McCain and Sarah Palin of stoking hate exclaiming, "What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history.  Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse."

“As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all," Lewis said. "They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.”  His full statement can be seen here.

McCain responded, "I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I've always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character and the character of the thousands of hardworking Americans who come to our events to cheer for the kind of reform that will put America on the right track," the GOP nominee said in a statement this afternoon.”

He added, "I call on Senator Obama to immediately and personally repudiate these outrageous and divisive comments that are so clearly designed to shut down debate 24 days before the election. Our country must return to the important debate about the path forward for America.” 

Kevin Jackson, proprietor of The Black Sphere posited this thought:  “Fools like Lewis have outlived their usefulness for black people, and he demonstrates just how badly he has sold out to the Democrats. The Congressional Black Circus hasn’t helped blacks in any meaningful way, since its inception. In fact, the CBC has made black Leftists the weakest whiners on the planet.”

Lewis cannot be held solely accountable for perpetuating this nonsense about Granny Clinton losing the election due to Russian meddling.  I hold an equal amount of revulsion for #NeverTrumpers like Mitt Romney, Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg and others, but my greatest ire is directed toward John McCain who admitted he gave an unverified, error-riddled “dossier” detailing claims of Russian blackmail to the FBI.

Watching our intelligence chiefs and McCain trying to blacken Trump's name by means of a sleazy, unverified report about golden showers in a Moscow hotel, is particularly ignoble.

The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post have been baying for Trump's blood. Not since World War II has the media so dramatically dropped its mask of ersatz impartiality to reveal its true political agenda.

Our intelligence agencies are a vital component of national security which has become our new state religion. But in true bureaucratic form they have become bloated, redundant and self-perpetuating. They need to be booted out of politics.

UPDATE:  Welcome readers of Adrienne’s CornerWe appreciate Adrienne linking to this post.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Today In Hillary News

Yesterday, from the East Room of the White House, The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Uncle Choo Choo.

It seems the presentation which was made with an additional level of distinction for the first time since President Stompyfoot’s predecessors gave it to Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan and Gen. Colin Powell was more for Biden’s personal tragedythe loss of his son Beau to cancerthan anything else.

The nation's highest civilian honor is supposed to be presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Perhaps some leeway could be given if we take into account Uncle Goofball was forced to put up with a president who climbed Mount Ego every day for 8 years.  Joe did less than Hillary but he did it without getting anybody killed.  So there’s that.

These pontificating, perfumed tin pot dictators love congratulating each other.

Will Bo and Sunny, the Obama pooches, get a medal for Best in Show?  No, wait.  That one’s reserved for the First Wookiee.

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