Sunday, September 30, 2012

Parking Tickets

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.

Well, for example, the other day my friend and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket.

We went up to him and said, "Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?" He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So my friend called him a butt-head.

He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus and saw the car had an Obama sticker. We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired. It's important at our age.

Jubilantly purloined from Gerard Vanderleun.

Right Jabs For September 30, 2012

Politics is not a playground, it’s a battlefield.  Here are a few links from conservative bloggers who are waging a war of words against the misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism of the mainstream media bobble-head dolls and groupthink poodles of the press corps.

Was it any wonder then, that a whole passel of back-woods wretches, possessed for decades by bellicose and fiscally irresponsible demons both Bushian and Clintonian, should wind up such a benighted lot of “working-class lunch-pail folks” bitterly “cling[ing] to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment…as a way to explain their frustrations,” and needing an Obamic exorcism? None at all.

It's a good thing we're sending our children off to college in record numbers, huh? This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what some of you have saved for all of your lives. It is what you have sacrificed or deferred vacations, dental fillings, the occasional steak, knee-replacement surgery and new cars for. It is why you have indebted yourself for the rest of your natural life with second mortgages and school loans.

But even that won’t end further attempts to build a bridge back to 1933.

…it keeps the Democrat voters both fired up and totally oblivious to the world around them.

Is that simply a joke among those tasked with ensuring the safety of this messianic tyrant? Or is it the truth? It’s a strange vision, but less strange than a lot of the established facts.

Strung out to its logical conclusion would mean anyone staring at this woman in disbelief would be a racist. Thinking for even a moment that this woman’s thinking represents everything that is wrong in America today would be racist.

It’s is imperative that we continue to try to reveal how Obama got into Harvard. It wasn’t his grades; we know that because he won’t release them. Have you found a single thing the Narcissist-in-Chief will not brag about if it furthers his legacy? No, there isn’t a single thing.

Let’s waste the media’s time. On Election Day, I’m for hanging around and giving Chuck Todd, Chris Matthews, The New York Times, MSNBC, the sell out pollsters, and the rest of the brain dead, intellectually dishonest mainstream media, a nice big shit burger to eat.

I think the answer is yes, but that's all he can hear.

Competency, the hallmark of the Obama administration. Between that and the lack of transparency, we are all governed by Chicago politics, now.

A note to Barack Obama, Democrats, the liberal MSM and those conducting polls with skewed data sampling…It ain’t 2008 and Democrat voter registration down dramatically in Ohio and nationally.

I won't even dignify the site that is fanning this false controversy but I will take note of those who link to the lie.

Laws are decided by many things, but sweep away all the law books, the pleas from tearful mothers, the timed publicity campaigns, the novel legal theories and the greedy bureaucrats expanding their turf, and under the table you will find a gun. The first and final law is still the law of force. The law begins with the power to impose its will on others. It ends with the enforcement of that power.

You’re either on humanity’s side or Obama’s; you can’t be on both.

Much like Edmund Burke who understood the importance of and believed in what The Founding Fathers were fighting for, New Zealander Trevor Loudon appreciates how it important it is that the people of The United States Of America rise up and effect a restoration of their freedoms and liberties.

Enjoy it, you child. There's not one other president who would have dared spew such a pathetically juvenile sneer.

“The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab.”

So now I guess Obama will be giving a statement that the police acted stupidly and Sandra Fluke and NOW will issue statements of support for the girl’s actions and of disgust for the mean, out of touch, 19th century actions of the justice system.

If only there were a Republican in the White House, the media would be covering this. If they could squeeze it in around the stories about Mideast violence and $4/gallon gas.

He and his supporters meekly lament that he is a victim of circumstance. The press nods.

Finally, reporters other than Jake Tapper are standing up on their hind legs and pointing out the wreckage Obama's bumbling foreign policy has caused. His administration's stumbling and chaotic response to the latest violence overseas was too much to paper over, apparently.

This is a growing crisis for the White House and one that finally appears to be getting the serious attention of the mainstream media. It may have an important impact on the campaign.

Wealth Redistribution, this time on a global scale

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bumps In The Road

Joe Scarborough took the mainstream media to task for largely ignoring President Obama's "Bumps in the road" comment over recent unrest in the Middle East. Scarborough also lambasted Obama's Middle East policy and his lack of relationships with leaders in that part of the country.


CNN: Obama Looked "Foolish" Yesterday While Secretary Clinton Met With World Leaders

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Mediocrity Of The President Or The Destiny Of Our Nation?

On August 27, 2012 Bret Stephens wrote a stinging appraisal of this president’s failed foreign policies.  His piece appeared in the Wall Street Journal sixteen days before the barbaric murders of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11.

Stephens writes:
“I tend to think that the buzz about American decline mistakes the mediocrity of the president for the destiny of the nation. But we have an election on, the outcome of which will decide whether one man’s mediocrity becomes a whole nation’s destiny. Mr. Obama is now the world’s leading has-been, trying to revive a career on the strength of a talent that was greatly exaggerated to begin with. But a country that’s willing to reward mediocrity with a second chance risks becoming a has-been itself.”
In his piece, Stephens comments that “the president would rather be loved than feared.  He is neither.”

I chose to Photoshop the picture associated with this post by substituting the American flag that had been set ablaze while a group of radical Muslims look on with the flag that his Obamaness is now hawking on his website.

His failed effort to improve America’s standing in the Muslim world with the now-forgotten Cairo speech and his comment while on the 2008 campaign trail where he boasted “when I’m inaugurated Muslim hostility will ease” rings hollow.  Ambassador Stevens could not be reached for comment.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton said, “And what's unmistakable, despite the bluster which is coming from the Obama administration, they [the Muslim world] are not afraid of the United States. They do not fear this president. They do not fear the United States. They do not fear consequences for their actions.”

America’s friends are bereft, confused, paralyzed, says Charles Krauthammer.  He warns:
“Islamists rise across North Africa from Mali to Egypt. Iran repeatedly defies U.S. demands on nuclear enrichment, then, as a measure of its contempt for what America thinks, openly admits that its Revolutionary Guards are deployed in Syria. Russia, after arming Assad, warns America to stay out, while the secretary of state delivers vapid lectures about Assad ‘meeting’ his international ‘obligations.’ The Gulf states beg America to act on Iran; Obama strains mightily to restrain…Israel.”
“Sovereign U.S. territory is breached and U.S. interests are burned. And what is the official response? One administration denunciation after another — of a movie trailer! A request to Google to ‘review’ the trailer’s presence on YouTube. And a sheriff’s deputies’ midnight ‘voluntary interview’ with the suspected filmmaker. This in the land of the First Amendment.”
“What else can Obama do? At their convention, Democrats endlessly congratulated themselves on their one foreign policy success: killing Osama bin Laden. A week later, the Salafist flag flies over four American embassies, even as the mob chants, ‘Obama, Obama, there are still a billion Osamas.’”
“A foreign policy in epic collapse. And, by the way, Vladimir Putin just expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from Russia. Another thank you from another recipient of another grand Obama ‘reset.’”
I’ll close with this. Froggy at Blackfive attended the funeral of Tyrone Woods, the former Navy SEAL who was murdered at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi while trying to protect Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

He writes:
Ty's widow, Dorothy, delivered an inspiring eulogy with more grace, poise, and fervor than I have ever witnessed from the spouse of a fallen warrior.  I wish I had the entire thing on tape, as it should be read by the nation on the anniversary of 9/11 next year.  Here are two quotes that I will never forget.
"It is easy to write a book about being a Navy SEAL, but it is very hard to write an obituary for one." 
"To all the Operators here today I give you this charge: Rid the world of those savages.  I'll say it again, RID THE WORLD OF THOSE SAVAGES!"

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Constitution Day

Bryan Preston reminds us:

 “On September 17, 1787 the Continental Congress put the finishing touches on the legal framework that binds these united sovereign states together. That charter creates and simultaneously limits the federal government in its powers toward the states and the American citizen. Drawing from the 1776 Declaration of Independence, the Constitution enshrines our rights as having come from beyond the auspices of government, and therefore inalienable.”

“Depending on your perspective, the US Constitution is either the most significant product of the Enlightenment and the most ingeniously designed body of laws in human history, or it is a ‘charter of negative liberties’ that fails to enshrine ‘social justice’ because it does not accomplish the redistribution of wealth.”

That latter viewpoint is the one held by President Barack Obama. He said so publicly in 2001, and his recent actions make it plain that he still holds the US Constitution in low regard.”

You can read the rest of Bryan’s piece here.

Photoshop™ Of The Day: The Day I’m Inaugurated Muslim Hostility Will Ease

Sunday, September 16, 2012

U Didn’t Build That By MC Bama

Joyfully Shanghaied from Nice Deb

The Muslim Maelstrom: Rage Against America

Obama announces Letterman appearance on the same day he snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for the Obama regime, made the rounds this morning on ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet The Press. CBS’s Face The Nation, CNN’s State of the Union and Fox News Sunday.

She repeatedly lied to viewers insisting that the howling, bearded, bloodthirsty cutthroats responsible for the September 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans was in response to a 13-minute video trailer on YouTube™.  She described it as “spontaneous”.

On CNN’s State of the Union, Rice argued that the assassination of ambassador Christopher Stevens was not evidence Obama’s policies in the Muslim world have failed.

She said those responsible for the attack represented a tiny pocket of extremism fanned by an anti-Islamic film and that anti-American sentiment was not sweeping Libya nearly a year after it was liberated. “I’ve been to Libya and walked the streets of Benghazi myself,” she said. “The U.S. is extremely popular in Libya,” Rice said.  Yes, we are little Susie, as a target.

Curiously, Mohammed Yussef Magariaf, Libya’s president of the General National Congress flatly contradicted Rice’s assertion saying an investigation “leaves us with no doubt” the attack was not spontaneous.

“It was planned, definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival,” Magariaf told CBS.

Let me state for the record that I am no foreign policy wonk, but I am fully capable of recognizing helplessness when I see it.

For months before the most recent attacks on U.S. embassies in North African states, Foreign Ministry and U.S. State Department officials had been arguing over developments in these countries. Senior figures in Jerusalem claimed that Washington was burying its head in the sand and ignoring the increasing radicalization in states such as Tunisia and Egypt.

CNN reports that a member of the February 17th Brigade as well as a battalion commander met with American diplomats three days before the murderous attacks to warn them about “deteriorating security” saying, “The situation is frightening, it scares us.

Our State Department and the Defense Department had done nothing meaningful to protect the ambassador. When the killers attacked the US compound, they were heavily armed with anti-aircraft automatic cannon and RPG's. They were a recognizably violent group connected with al Qaeda.

And now the main building in the consulate stands in charred ruins and the remains of our fallen ambassador have come home in a box.  Shameful.  Simply shameful.

The dangerous ineptitude of U.S. foreign policy has been fully exposed.  The State Department told reporters Friday afternoon that it won't answer any more questions about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans until the investigation into the incident is complete.

The reluctance of US officials to give details about the Libya probe betrays their determination to track down those who killed Stevens, the first American envoy killed in the line of duty since 1979.

I will close this post by citing the thoughts of Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
“The blood of free men goes on dripping into the sewers of Kabul or Baghdad and a hundred other places and the Jihad hums along. Slowly and deliberately we learn to censor ourselves, adopting the habits of the Dhimmi, kowtowing to our masters, praising their learning, their wisdom and above all their mercy. If they have gone a day without killing us, does it not show what a peaceful people they are?”
“Without going through the formalities of reciting the Shahada or donning the Burqa, we are becoming slaves. Our leaders have sold our rights to pay the blood price; our cultural elites are eagerly teaching us the habits and mindset of slavery. To always obey, to never question and to know that our Muslim masters are always right. If they kill us, then we have done something to deserve it. If they fly planes into our buildings, it is time for some soul searching. If they go mad and kill, that is an expression of the pain and suffering that we have made them feel.”
“We apologize not because we have done anything wrong, but because they are angry. And every time they are angry, we know that we have done something wrong. Like dogs, our leaders develop the moral reflex of a newspaper across the nose, accepting that they are guilty when Muslims carry out violence. The worse the violence, the more they apologize.”

Right Jabs For September 16, 2012

Obama graphic source:  Bosch Fawstin
Politics is not a playground, it’s a battlefield.  Here are a few links from conservative bloggers who are waging a war of words against the misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism of the mainstream media bobble-head dolls and groupthink poodles of the press corps.

The message is clear for those who choose to see. 

"What we're seeing their on the screen is the meltdown, the collapse of the Obama policy in the Muslim World....”

It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.

Say, Barry, that Saul Alinsky fella—you might want to check out his Rule #4 sometime….

But fret not, it was an “inadvertent error“. I’m sure they’ll send a retraction right away…

It's a big world. Get used to it.

Democrats and their sharky Obamedia defense lawyers are in a snit. For three dreamy convention days in Charlotte, they told themselves that, for the first time in decades, it was their guy who had the upper hand when it came to national security. Now that bubble has burst, the way contrived narratives do when they crash into concrete challenges. At that point, an airy president of the world won’t do; we need to have a president of the United States, a job that has never suited, and has never been of much interest to, Barack Obama.

Again, how would they know this? And why is the media injecting religion into press briefings?

In contrast with earlier protests this week, the presence of bused-in protesters from outside of Chicago and the clearer cries against capitalism and in favor of union power previewed how the Chicago Teachers Union has set the stage, and is part of, those groups seeking broader societal upheaval.

You know you have hit rock bottom when you are getting corrected by the infamously clueless Jimmy Carter on Middle East policy.

A Chicago ACORN affiliated community organizer, raised as a Muslim, tutored under an anti-Semitic, anti-American pastor for 20 years has set the stage for world chaos and war. 

Maybe if he’d opened his briefing book, instead of making a tee time or checking to see if he has a voicemail from Beyonce, four Americans might still be alive.

Nothing could be worthy of more profound contempt than the mentality that put people like Obama in charge of our country.

You want the president's attention? Come home in a box.

But when it comes time to play leader of the free world in times of international crisis, it’s “see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.” He’s all swag, no cattle.

Obama is in deep sh*t, the MSM is in full blown re-elect Barry mode and still can't drag him over 50%.

If they had access to funny cat videos, would they be that cross?

They picked the perfect actor for a political ad loaded with f-bombs.

The debates are going to be the last three events where America will be able to compare the two candidates mono y mono. However, the MSM has been so in the tank for Obama during his first and this election cycle, it really makes me wonder why when they act as moderators, they will not continue to do so and try and skew the debates.

There will be one advantage for Romney; Barack Obama will have no teleprompter to rely on. Although, they’d best check Obama prior to the debate for an ear piece where Axelrod is not feeding him lines. Romney is going to have to find his inner “Gipper” and when Obama goes after Romney’s time at Bain Capital and distract from Obama’s dreadful economy, say, “There you go again.”

Looking over the events of not just the past few days, but the last 20 years, I can’t help but wonder if instead the future prime minister wasn’t sharp-eyed and wise.

The chickens are, indeed, coming home to roost for the Obama malAdministration.  The past five days have seen them laid naked before the world stage as the incompetents, amateurs, liars, and fools they are.

Even a glimmer of common sense is cloaked in deep denial.

And, just think, it only took them nine months to start interrogating filmmakers.  Makes you look forward to another four years of this administration, huh?

Yesterday the remains of Ambassador Stevens and the other service members killed during the attack on the consulate in Benghazi were brought home. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were there to pay tribute to these brave men who gave their lives in service to their country. For the Obama campaign, however, it was business as usual. They had sweatshirts to sell.

Those bloody handprints on the walls should remind everyone that, while Obama makes gutsy calls, others make calls for guts. American guts.

Mitt’s wooden personality and inability to cause worshipers to swoon at campaign events are not his biggest liabilities. Having the hostile news media arrayed against him and actively propagandizing the masses in the cause of Obama is.

Bloody handprints. The desperate final act of a dying American in Benghazi, Libya, is a perfect metaphor for the failed pro-Islamist foreign policy of the worst President in America history, Barack Hussein Obama.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tantrums Of Mayhem

Protests over an anti-Islam film refuses to wane. Cairo's security forces clash with rioters outside US embassy, 14 injured; in Yemen, mob raids US embassy in Sanaa.

Daniel Greenfield brilliantly reminds us:
“We came to help the Somalis only to die at their hands and not satisfied with that, we admitted record numbers of them to the United States, where they have tried to carry out their own local versions of Black Hawk Down, including the attempted bombing of the Portland Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. We came to help the Afghanis and Iraqis and the Libyans and they kill us here and there and we learn nothing from the experience." 
“On September 11, the latest such date, our great victory in Libya began turning to ashes because the brave Libyan people we came to liberate bravely stormed our consulate and set it on fire, and then the even braver Libyan security forces tipped off the brave Libyan people where the safe house where the staff was evacuated to was located and more of the brave Libyan people showed up determined to kill some Americans.”
“Government officials are busy telling us that the mobs in Benghazi and Cairo represented only a tiny fraction of a small percentage of an extreme minority of the population and their actions are in no way representative of the brave Egyptian and Libyan peoples who love us a great deal and would happily chase after us and pose for photos with our corpses if it wasn't for the trouble they have getting American visas.”
Will our stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure of a president pull a “Bill Clinton” and launch a few cruise missiles to bomb a few tents in the desert in retaliation and claim that the crisis is abated?

The timing of the unrest in the Middle East and the savage murder of our ambassador in Benghazi is detrimental to the West Wing.  It is curious that the corporate-controlled central planning stenographers laid in wait to ambush Obama’s challenger for the White House and that the errand boy sent by grocery clerks took shots at Romney for his criticism of the handling of the savages waging a renewed war with America.

Is it wrong for Romney to say, “I think it’s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values.”

A revolting example of the Left’s twisted ideology is seen in a Huffington Post blogger’s tweet on Wednesday after it was reported that Ambassador Stevens was barbarically murdered by Islamists in Benghazi:
100s of 1,000s of Arabs & Muslims slaughtered by American troops. Tell me again why I should care about whatshisname-plus-three?
“When the Prophet-Criers climb our walls and murder us, we apologize for having offended their religious feelings. The same religious feelings that took down the World Trade Center as part of a murderous crusade going back over a thousand years. They kill us and we elect a man with a Muslim background to tour the world and explain to all the angry Muslims that we're really very nice people once you get to know us." 
“If they want to be ruled by Muslim governments under Islamic law, we'll give that to them. If they want a billion dollars, we'll send it to them. If they want us to apologize for having free speech, we'll do that too.”
One. Word. Outrageous.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

U.S. Embassies Attacked, 4 Killed

The State Department and the White House can’t get their stories straight, but one thing is certain:  U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans are dead.

Yesterday, on the 11th anniversary of September 11, the Obama White House snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accepted an invitation from David Letterman, and apologized to Islamists upset over a  film that mocks Islam and Mohammed -- something "artists" in America do to Christianity with my tax dollars on a fairly regular basis.

A full eight hours after the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi, the White House condemned the actions of the fiends responsible, but not before assailing Mitt Romney.

Romney’s statement on the atrocity:
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
The Obama regime smacked back:
“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”
Instead of showing his outrage at Romney, he should have already expressed an even greater outrage for the murderers of innocent Americans.

No matter what this president says today will ring hollow, insincere and calculated towards his re-election.

The destruction of diplomatic premises resulting in the murder of an ambassador amounts to an act of war.

And let’s not forget that this stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure of a president has not made national security a priority.  It turns out that more than half the time he did not attend his daily intelligence briefings.  Disgusting.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It’s Been 4,015 Days

In the National September 11 Memorial and Museum there is an artifact that, for me, speaks volumes about America’s past, present and future. 

During the recovery phase at Ground Zero, a New York firefighter found an open Bible that had been fused into a piece of metal from the World Trade Center.

As Alexis de Tocqueville observed of 19th century Americans, “The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.”

How could it be otherwise?  It is imbedded in our founding documents.  “We hold these Truths to be self-evident …” served as a striking rebuttal both to the idea of the divine right of kings and the notion that our rights are dispensed by government.

Instead we have, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

From these founding principles arose the most benevolent superpower in history.  It has been to the benefit of Christians and non-Christians alike across the globe that America was founded as, and remains, a country rooted in Judeo-Christian values and ideals.

From the Bible, in Daniel 3:18-27, we are told of the blind rage of King Nebuchadnezzar when he learned that three Hebrews named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow to the golden statue he had made in his image.

He ordered them to be thrown, bound tightly in all their clothing into a fiery furnace, to be executed.

To make sure the job was carried out as he had ordered Nebuchadnezzar came to the furnace and was shocked to see four men inside the flames walking around. In his astonishment he asked those with him if they had cast three men into the fire and they answered that truly only three men were cast into the fire. Nebuchadnezzar then exclaimed that he saw four, not three men walking around in the fire.

Stunned by what he was witnessing, the king came near to the mouth of the furnace and called to the Hebrews to come out of the fire. The miracle was unmistaken and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked out of the flames untouched by the fire. The Bible says not even one hair on their heads was harmed and their clothes were unaffected and there was not even the smell of smoke on them.

How is it that the Bible found by the firefighter was fused into the white hot metal of the World Trade Center and yet you can easily read the exposed, unburned page?

You may be wondering why  I have focused on the religiosity of the found Bible.

We now know that the aircraft which crashed into the first tower of the World Trade Center was traveling at a speed of approximately 586 miles per hour—its fuel tanks filled with 10,000 gallons of jet fuel.  Twelve weeks after the terrorist atrocity there was at least one fire still burning in the rubble making it the longest burning structural fire in history. 

Logically, that Bible should have been incinerated, but it wasn’t.  It belonged to someone who worked in the World Trade Center and is a testament to his/her faith—and to our nation’s faith.

By contrast, as Daniel Greenfield writes in Towers in Twilight, “For Islam, the game is strictly zero sum. If American civilization thrives, then their civilization is shadowed. If people are happy here, then their own happiness is marred. If there are two towers in New York City, then that takes away from the glory of their civilization. Islam is the bitter beggar forever looking to steal what it cannot have, worrying over the imaginary history of its own greatness and cursing the upstarts in the streets of a foreign city for taking what was rightfully theirs.” [Emphasis mine.]

Greenfield continues, “The American who shares his good fortune with the rest of the world cannot understand that there are some people who would rather steal than accept a gift, who would rather destroy than build and who would rather drown the world in darkness than accept someone else's light. With difficulty he might accept the existence of a small number of people who think this way, but the notion of a civilization built in this mold is too obscene an idea for him to accept.”

It has been widely reported that this year's remembrance of 9-11 is subdued. Thousands had attended the ceremony in New York in previous years, including last year's milestone 10th anniversary. About 1,000 gathered by Tuesday morning, making paper rubbings of their loved ones' names etched onto the Sept. 11 memorial.

Commuters rushed out of the subway and fewer police barricades were in place than in past years in the lower Manhattan neighborhood surrounding Ground Zero. On Tuesday, much of downtown Manhattan bustled like a regular weekday, except for clusters of police and emergency vehicles on the borders of the site.

This  day evokes a torrent of tears in me.  It is heartbreaking to realize that a nation that had been bathed in innocence in 2001 became, and still is, the target of the bitter beggars to which Mr. Greenfield so adroitly referred.

Never forget.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dems: Government Must Be The Highest Power

God is nowhere to be found in the 2012 Democratic National Convention platform.

Apparently, the thought of God is unbearable.  In a marked change from its 2008 and prior platforms, the Democratic Party has removed the mention of God in its 2012 platform which ironically is titled "Moving America Forward." 

“We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

Now the words “God-given” have been removed. The paragraph has been restructured to say this:

“We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth—the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

Andrew Green at Catholic Online opines:
“The Democratic platform does retain a rather muted reference to faith, stating that faith, though it does not mention faith in God, ‘has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history.’  Apparently, the atheists would have like even this removed.” 

“The Democratic platform states that the election ‘is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two fundamentally different paths for our country and our families.’”

“That seems quite true, and it also seems that the path the Democratic Party has chosen is the path without God.” 

“This a curiosity indeed: how the Democratic party claims warrant to lead a "nation under God," and a nation whose foundational document refers to the ‘Laws of Nature and Nature's God,’ when the natural law and the name of God have become so abhorrent to it.”
The videos embedded below, featuring Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Dick Durbin show how our Democrat friends are struggling to explain their denial of God.  It will be interesting to see how their “messiah” tries to walk this debacle back.

Obamanation - Jon McNaughton

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Empty Chair Day

The good professor at Legal Insurrection, noting that a reader alerted him that there seemed to be an effort underway to make Monday Empty Chair Day, is asking everyone to send him your “empty chair” photos and he would run them.

This is my submission.  Play Clinty For Me.

Can You See It Now?

On the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, during the 10 o’clock hour, Clint Eastwood took the stage.  There with him was an empty chair. 

With his hair disheveled and his voice halting, he spoke of the hope this president promised.  He turned to the empty chair and theatrically had a conversation with it.

Many of my brethren in the dextrosphere felt Eastwood behaved like a “crazy old uncle” or that he appeared to be rambling and incoherent.  Some even said they found his Q & A with the invisible president “painful to watch.”

One blogger wrote, “What followed was a rambling, bizaree (sic), disjointed, jarring, seemingly off-the-cuff performance. It was almost like the ghost of Bob Dole had appeared.”

One commenter added,This was embarrassing.  It killed the energy of the party and the people looked puzzled at times who witnessed it, and I felt they felt they needed to applaud but weren't sure when. I felt sorry for Clint Eastwood.”

Please do not mistake what I am saying here.  I am not being critical of that blogger or anyone else who shared his thoughts on the performance; on the contrary.  I merely seek to have those who share that insight view that seminal moment in a different light.

The empty chair was the Right’s Rule 5 taken directly from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.  Eastwood’s roughest mockery of this regime has the Left seething over it to the point of being irrational.

If you are not familiar with Rule 5, it states, "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

The single most vital point to remember when conservatives attempt to utilize Rule 5 is to never use it in anger.  For ridicule to be effective it has to be done calmly and usually with a sense of humor. His searing scorn was even-tempered and light-hearted.  It drew blood.

If you want to understand the role that ridicule plays in the Alinsky method, and particularly in the way in which the Obama Administration uses Alinsky, you need look no further than Sarah Palin. From the moment that she was introduced as John McCain’s running mate, the Alinsky machine within Obama’s campaign flew into action at full speed to find ways to mock, denigrate, and ridicule her. Obama’s campaign dispatched a slew of vultures to descend on Alaska in an effort to dig dirt, stir trouble, and uncover any malcontent who might have the tiniest bit of salacious information on the Governor.

“The messages and tactics of Alinsky, long the monopoly of the Left, have been discovered by the Right,” writes J. Christian Adams.
“After Eastwood obliterated Obama and reminded everyone of the lost hope of 2008, Romney’s positive vision gave Americans something that has been lacking for three years—a constructive, positive alternative vision for America. The vision reminds people of an age before Obama, when the entire nation watched Neil Armstrong step foot on the moon.  Pride and confidence are the alternative to diminishment and fear.”
"In 2012, the Romney campaign recognizes what it is up against, and last night made it clear they know how to fight."
And so I’ll ask you, can you see it now?