Friday, July 26, 2013

Gone Fishin’

Not really.  I’ve been deployed to a super-secret location for two weeks of training.  I don’t want to go, but it’s required for my work.

I’m posting today because when I get home tonight I have to finish packing and double check my list to make sure I don’t forget anything.

I’ve had to take a day of vacation in order to arrive at my best friend’s home three hours away from where I live to drop my little fur kid, Sophie, off.  She will be staying with my friend while I’m in training.  I’m going to miss her terribly.

Sunday morning, I’ll hit the road in order to arrive at the super-secret location by 3:00PM to check in and receive my dorm assignment.

This is going to be like “prison” for me.  Believe me, when they issued a 103-page booklet of rules and regulations and a clearly stated curfew time of 10:00PM, this ain’t gonna be no fun.  No fraternization, no guests in your dorm room.  Meh.

Thankfully, I’m driving my own personal vehicle.  Others who will be attending this training are being flown in.

The only free time allotted will be on the weekend.

I won’t be taking my laptop with me because the Internet provided at this super-secret location will almost certainly be heavily monitored and since I’m a devout conservative my views could gin up trouble for me.  I’ll have none of that.

After my two-week “imprisonment” I’ll head back to my friend’s home, spend a day or two there to decompress and then Sophie and I will head back home.

I wish I could snap my fingers and make these next two weeks go faster.

Anyway, as I travel down the highways and byways of America, I will enjoy the freedom before my life becomes someone else’s for those dreaded two weeks.

I’m gonna miss posting.  I hope everyone out there, all three of you, who visit here from time to time won’t abandon me.

I’m told that the “prison” has cable TV and movies that can be checked out of the media center.  I’ll still have my Smartphone with me so I can check out the Intertoobs and try to keep up with the “oceans of tomorrow”.

Take care guys.  See you back here in two weeks.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Don’t Forget To Flush Your Oceans Of Tomorrow

Everybody needs to whip out their Clint Eastwood empty chairs again after yesterday’s highly anticipated economics speech by The Insufferable Airhorn at Knox College.

The errand boy sent by grocery clerks considers himself an excellent judge of his own speeches.  “I’m going to talk about where we need to go from here, how we need to put behind us the distractions and the phony debates and nonsense that somehow passes for politics these days, and get back to basics,” Obama said Monday as he addressed Organizing for Action, the non-profit group backing his agenda.

At that meeting he told OFA staff and volunteers, “As we’ve learned, I’ve given some pretty good speeches before. And then things still get stuck here in Washington, which is why I’m going to need your help.”

After nearly five years in the Oval Office, the perpetual campaigner-in-chief attempted to bullshit Americans into believing that he is “making the economy his top priority.”

And by bullshit, I mean this:
“One of America’s greatest writers, Carl Sandburg, was born right here in Galesburg over a century ago.  He saw the railroad bring the world to the prairie, and the prairie send its bounty to the world…he saw something more on the horizon.” 
“I speak of new cities and new people,” he wrote.  “…The past is a bucket of ashes…yesterday is a wind gone down, a sun dropped in the west…there is…only an ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows.” 
“America, we have made it through the worst of yesterday’s winds.  And if we find the courage to keep moving forward; if we set our eyes on the horizon, we too will find an ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows—for America’s people, and for this great country that we love.”
“In essence, Obama has twisted the government “of the people, by the people, for the people” into a government that owns you.”
I especially loved Nile Gardiner’s take:
“This was a highly defensive speech, with President Obama in full campaign mode. There were no fresh ideas, just a tired rehash of earlier campaign rhetoric. It was also another love letter to big government, with a clarion call for yet more federal spending on environmental measures, infrastructure, manufacturing, and a laundry list of liberal pet causes. There was not a word about reducing the burden of government regulation, and getting bureaucracy off the backs of entrepreneurs. His speech promised more government spending at a time when America’s national debt is approaching a staggering $17 trillion. He rejected tax cuts, and bashed the rich, at times sounding more like Francois Hollande than the leader of the free world.” 
[SNIP] 
“President Obama’s message will do nothing to reassure a skeptical American public. With unemployment still above 10 percent in 27 major US metropolitan areas, and nearly one in six Americans living on food stamps, the economic record of this administration leaves much to be desired. Today in Illinois, President Obama spoke the language of decline, promising more of the same left-wing policies that have weakened US competitiveness, eroded economic freedom, and have saddled the world’s superpower with historic levels of debt. Americans deserve better than the failed statism that has bankrupted cities like Detroit, and threatens to do the same to the rest of the country.”
Seriously, sorority girls have done the Walk of Shame home from frat parties feeling more satisfied than we feel after this gobbledygook speech.

I would like to thank David Burge (Iowahawk) for providing the title of this post.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Anthony Weiner AKA Carlos Danger Forced To Take New Head Shot Photo For His Campaign Website

As NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted he's been sexting after his 2011 resignation from Congress in a press conference on National Hot Dog Day, his wife Huma Abedin is seen looking stiffer that Weiner’s schlong as she does her husband’s walk of shame.

After the presser, Weiner apologized to his wife, via Twitter, by sending her a picture of “Lil Carlos” with a sad face on it.


And here’s a letter via Necropolitan Sentinel that sums up my feelings precisely:

          Dear New York City: 
I've never liked you. You're loud and obnoxious and you smell bad, and yet you demand that the rest of us acknowledge that you are the greatest metropolis to have ever graced the planet with your presence. I admit that I felt bad for you–you could even say I was outraged–when Islamist crazies attacked you, but then you elected a man determined to try to become America's Tinpot Dictator and I remembered why I disliked you in the first place. Your grittiness, "crazy" personalities, corruption, and obsession with superficial signifiers and power are repulsive and destructive. If you decide to elect a compulsive and narcissistic dick-Tweeter and serial liar for mayor or any other public service position, from that point on, you can go the way of Detroit for all I care.
Sincerely,
A Flyover Countryman


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Detroit: The Mirror Tells Its Tale

“If it weren't for the Chicagos and Detroits and Toledos, terrible things would spread out across the whole country and make trouble for everybody else. Such places are collectors of badness in the way hospitals are collectors of the sick and damaged.” ― Stephen DobynsEating Naked: Stories
Consider this:  right now there are 78,000 abandoned homes in the city of Detroit, roughly 1/3 of its 140 square miles is derelict,  downtown is pocked with at least 60 abandoned buildings, some of which stand in the shadows of hotels and stadiums, nearly half of all Detroiters can’t read, much of the city’s population still consists of children living in poverty, the murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than that of New York City, police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed and crime has gotten so bad that even the police are telling people to "enter Detroit at your own risk".

Detroit is so mired in debt and beholden to the mistakes of the past that it amounts to little more than a “daisy chain” of disaster.  The city, or rather it leaders, had been spending $100 million more than it took in with each budget.

The city, for 51 years (1962 to present) had a one-party government (Democrat) that grew fat, corrupt and incompetent. But year after year, even decade after decade, the voters kept re-electing the same crooked politicians.  Not even crash test dummies are that stupid.

A long-time mayor went to jail after The Detroit Free Press spent years piecing together his trail of corruption.

Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of 24 federal crimes including racketeering, extortion and bribery.  He used the mayor’s office to enrich himself for years through shakedowns, kickbacks and bid-rigging schemes.

Another newspaper, The Detroit News, revealed how officials robbed city departments of funds so thoroughly that inspected fire hydrants routinely failed to produce water and police couldn’t answer 911 calls. In one terrible example, firefighters responding to an apartment fire had to watch pleading residents die, because the ladders on their trucks didn’t work. Yet the officials were re-elected and federal money poured in, only to disappear.

Below, is the list of mayors who created and/or managed the decay of Detroit.

Roman Gribbs 1970-1974
Dennis Archer 1994-2001
Kwame Kilpatrick 2002-2008
Dave Bing 2009-present

Former NBA star turned mayor, Dave Bing seemed to be aboveboard when elected in 2009, however the blight and corruption that is Detroit overtook his office. 

When the city fell under state oversight following Governor Snyder’s appointment of bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr as its emergency manager, he became the final say on all city financial matters.  That action was clearly the impetus for Bing to announce in May of this year that he would not seek reelection. He was angered that his executive team would not remain intact to move his initiatives forward.

Detroit is only just the beginning.  When the next major financial crisis strikes, we are going to see a wave of municipal bankruptcies unlike anything we have ever seen before.


What’s past is prologue.  Was Ayn Rand prophetic?  Take a look at her fictional Starnesville from Atlas Shrugged.  It is Obamanomics taken to its fatal conclusion.  And as Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP for South East England warns, we should tremble.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Helen Thomas On The Freight Elevator To Hell

Since the announcement of Helen Thomas’ death, we’ve seen the usual worshipful coverage of her 92 years on this earth.

“Her unparalleled experience covering the presidency earned her the respect and affection of both colleagues and public officials for decades,” wrote Patricia Sullivan for The Washington Post.

Sullivan provided a few anecdotal stories of Thomas that I found amusing:
“We are the only institution in our society that can question a president on a regular basis and make him accountable,” she told author Kay Mills for a 1996 Modern Maturity magazine article. “Otherwise, he could be king.”
In the 1980s, after the official planting of a Lebanon cedar tree on the South Lawn of the White House, fellow reporters urged Ms. Thomas, a Lebanese American, to pick up the ceremonial shovel and toss some dirt into the hole to cover the roots. “And as she shoveled,” ABC News broadcaster Sam Donaldson later said, “I heard the ghosts of presidents past and present say, ‘Shove her in.’”
Although she identified herself as a political liberal, Ms. Thomas did not hesitate to criticize the Democratic administration of President Obama, even after he presented her with cupcakes on Aug. 4, 2009, their shared birthday. She once told CNSNews that not even Nixon attempted to control the news media the way Obama’s administration tried to do. “What the hell do they think we are—puppets?” Ms. Thomas asked. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”
On May 27, 2010 after a visit to the White House to celebrate American Jewish Heritage Month, David Nesenoff, a rabbi and independent filmmaker, asked Thomas whether she had any comments on Israel.

“Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.  Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land.”

Nesenoff asked where she thought they should go.

“Go home,” she responded.

Asked to elaborate, Thomas said, “Poland, Germany,” and after more prompting by the rabbi, “and America, and everywhere else.”

The video was posted five days later and almost immediately went viral, prompting calls for her firing. Thomas issued an apology, saying she deeply regretted her comments.  Her adroitly insincere apology caused her to be stripped of her front-row center seat in the White House briefing room.

One might assume that she would be finished with the limelight, but that was not the case.  One year later, in April 2012, she was presented with a medal by Hanan Ashrawi on behalf of PLO President Mahmoud Abbas “for her long career in the field of journalism during which she defended the Palestinian position.”  Washington’s PLO office said the medal was presented to her with the appreciation and blessing of the president and the Palestinian people for all of her action supporting Palestine in the West.”

Tony Snow, White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush made mincemeat of Thomas in July of 2006.  Never, in my opinion, has a press secretary looked so good bouncing off a screed disguised as a question.

Thomas was inquiring about the possibility of sending U.S. troops as part of a UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.  Watch the video for one of Snow’s most memorable quotes:  "Thank you for the Hezbollah point of view."

Anyway, Helen The Hag can screech about the Joos from hell and spend eternity finding out why Israel is the “apple of God’s eye.”

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Godless Beer

Boston Beer Company, makers of Sam Adams, launched a new commercial on July 4th. In the commercial, the bartender quotes a few lines from the Declaration of Independence—a document that Samuel Adams himself signed.

The script of the commercial goes like this:  “Why name a beer after Samuel Adams? Because Samuel Adams signed the Declaration of Independence. He believed there was a better way to live: all men are created equal. They are endowed with certain unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Smooth, flavorful, we bow to no kings. Samuel Adams Boston Lager: Declare your independence".

By omitting any reference to the Creator, the beer company has carried the question of political correctness to the point that we are now editing the Declaration of Independence.

This is not the first time the brewery has caused a stink.  Remember their “Sex for Sam” promotion on the Opie and Anthony shock radio show?

Perhaps, the beer is better suited for one of the Insufferable Airhorn’s vaunted beer summits.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Insufferable Airhorn’s Plans To Become World Caliph An Epic Fail


Millions of Egyptians massed in Tahrir Square in Cairo to celebrate the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.  Kori Schake of Foreign Policy noted The Insufferable Airhorn “achieved the impossible, getting all factions angry with the U.S.”

Schake continues, “U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has achieved the hat trick of alienating all factions in Egypt. It neither defended nor pushed out Hosni Mubarak, thereby earning the embitterment of both the ‘deep state’ that had been America’s ally for 30 years and liberals who agitated against it; gave the military a pass during the 18 months of its ‘caretaking’ when policy choices and governance rules might have been established; waived congressional concerns limiting U.S. foreign aid; gave the elected government too little support to have influence; was largely silent during a crackdown on nongovernmental groups; and now condescendingly suggests Egyptians would do better to politically organize than protest.”

Protesters carrying signs that were clearly anti-Obama, anti-Clinton and anti-Ambassador Patterson indicted them all as shills of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Meanwhile, The Insufferable Airhorn was playing golf for the 19th time this year.  If you’re keeping score, that’s the 130th golf outing of his administration.

And John "Christmas-In-Cambodia-Is-Seared-In-My-Memory" Kerry, Hillary’s replacement at the State Department, was cavorting in Nantucket Sound on his 76-foot yacht, the Isabel.

CBS owned the story regarding “Lurch” being seen riding in a boat to get to another boat just to be able to board the yacht.  So it was little wonder that Sunday’s Face the Nation featured Reuters journalist David Rohde saying that the young people of Egypt would not be inspired by U.S leaders.

Rohde said, “The President has a tough statement and then, you, I don’t know how this happened, but it was terrible optics, the next day the President goes golfing and Secretary Kerry is out on his yacht.  What does that say to young people in Egypt and across the Middle East?”

If anything, they’re getting a taste of what we here in America have to deal with every day.  Welcome to our world kids.

Video H/T Blazing Cat Fur

Friday, July 5, 2013

Right Jabs For July 5, 2013

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 idol of 2008, a healer of the Age of Oprah, dissolved faster in the eyes of the American people. The man who promised that we could “be the change” we wanted if we only could “believe,” had been mostly replaced by 2010 with a guy who often explained that things were much worse than he thought and that we could only “be the change” if Republicans stopped being so Republican-y.


How to thank a soldier.

“The editors of The New York Times, Mr. Obama’s most reliable sycophants, are deep in mourning, but working furiously to apply more rouge to the corpse before it turns the parlor too fragrant for a wake. Its summer and they’re running out of ice.”

"There's no doubt that historically, America has created its leadership in the world based on trust and power," Bonino said. "The damage created by the Snowden case, if confirmed, is above all a wound for the United States, not just for us Europeans, and I think as a friendly country we have the duty to say so. I am certain the American response won't take long."

If they implement the law, they're seen as stifling small business and hurting the economy. If they delay implementation, they're viewed as incompetent.

By itself, the Obama administration's decision to delay by one year the so-called employer mandate will only affect about 4% of businesses in the United States. But with the Affordable Care Act's glitches piling up, it was logical and easy for Republicans to turn the news into something symbolic of the overall "train wreck" that has come with the law's implementation—ripe with implications for the near-term future and the long-term outlook that includes the 2014 midterm election.

…given the breakdown in the social contract in our cities, taxpayers were increasingly unwilling to pour money down a rat hole.

Will this liar be prosecuted for committing a felony in front of Congress? Don't bet on it, that's why you need a corrupt Attorney General.

The executive branch is charged with enforcing the law, and it can of course choose not to enforce the law if it wants. But people can sue the federal government, and a judge could theoretically force the administration to enforce the mandate.

So the question is: Would anyone sue the Obama administration over this? Employers, of course, will be thrilled to be spared the mandate for one more year. Democratic politicians, similarly, will be glad to have this not hanging over their heads for the 2014 mid-term election.

This used to be called “voting with your feet.” If you get tired of living under a government’s taxes and regulations, you move.

If the mayor was home on the Fourth of July, he’d look out to see hundreds in front of his home, holding signs that read “#onetermmayor” and calling austerity a reason for some of the city’s biggest problems. Dubbed a fight against austerity, the group marched to Mayor Emanuel’s Ravenswood home just after noon, standing on the sidewalk and parkway in front of his home to fight everything from mass school closings in Chicago, to statewide shutdowns of mental health clinics.



Thanks to everyone who takes a moment out of their day to stop by my little blog.  I appreciate your readership.  I hope you enjoy to the fullest your Independence Day weekend.  Stay safe out there.  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

I Hope You Have The Best Fourth Of July Ever

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ― Erma Bombeck

UPDATE:  I was up early this morning prepping for the Annual Red White and Blue Barbecue and Fourth Of July Block Party.  I took a break and decided to sit down for a few minutes.  I warmed up the old laptop to just browse the innerwebs and saw a tweet from Stephen F. Hayes.  His suggestion was a solid one.

He urged that we celebrate freedom by celebrating those who safeguard it.  I’m here to tell you if you can make it through this video without wiping away tears there’s not a speck of love in your heart for our service members, their families who sacrifice so much for us or a molecule of love for your country.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Obamacare: It’s the Law, Just Not Yet


By delaying a requirement that all large employers provide health insurance, the regime hopes to avoid the trainwreck of companies vowing to cut jobs or workers’ hours to avoid the costly mandate.

The failure to launch adds fuel to the myriad of critics of the signature legislation of The Insufferable Airhorn.

“You trade off one set of painful stories for another set of painful stories,” Bob Kocher, a former Obama health policy advisor, said. “I would think that, if I’m an administration official today, it’s a way more troublesome news story for people to say that we’re not ready to launch.”

Obamacare was leading to scores of workers losing workweek hours—or losing their jobs altogether.

Delaying the employer mandate until 2015 essentially puts an end to those actions for one year. While the Treasury Department cited concerns about the “complexity of the requirements” as the reason for the delay, observers saw a political motivation as well.

So it’s the law.  Just not yet.

Maybe now, in hindsight, reading the bill before passing it would have been the smart thing to do.  Meh.

ZOMG! The Planet Is Going To Boil Over

The Insufferable Airhorn took a week-long trip to sub-Saharan Africa.  He visited South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania.

According to NationsOnline.org, two of the nations he jet-setted to are classified as third world countries. The Human Development Index (HDI) ranks Tanzania at 152 where the life expectancy at birth is 58.2 years and the Gross National Income per capita (converted to international dollars) is $1328.  Then there’s Senegal.  Senegal is ranked at 155.  The life expectancy at birth is 59.3 years and the GNI is $1708.

He lectured the people of Africa at a town hall event in Johannesburg this past Saturday on just who should and should not benefit from the Industrial Revolution.  Most of the people in sub-Saharan Africa are locked in poverty and despair.  For them, the Insufferable Airhorn’s hubris must have been astounding.

“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over—unless we find new ways of producing energy.”
The First Family was accompanied by hundreds of Secret Service agents and staff, military cargo planes brought along 56 vehicles including fourteen limousines and three trucks loaded with bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where His Imperiousness stayed. Fighter jets flew in the air space above the first family to provide round the clock protection—an entourage surpassing that of the Queen of England.

When the Errand Boy Sent By Grocery Clerks winged his way to Copenhagen to beg the IOC to let Chicago host the Olympics, The Washington Examiner did a bit of calculating to determine the carbon footprint of that trip.

They determined that the fuel used by Air Force One (a Boeing 747) per hour is 3,378 gallons.  The trip lasted 14.6 hours for a total consumption of 47,503 gallons.  That means that the carbon emissions for that flight, one way, was 1,031 tons of CO2 and represents a total warming effect of 2,785 tons of CO2.  Multiply that by two because the president always travels with two Air Force One planes.

Using that same formula, Mr. “The-Planet-Is-Going-To-Boil-Over” flew a distance of 8,068 miles to Johannesburg, a trip that takes 16 hours and 45 minutes, consumes 57,426 gallons of fuel and emitted 211,247 tons of CO2.  Don’t forget to multiply that by two.  That’s just one leg of the trip and that’s one helluva carbon footprint.

Now, I know this president, like all the others before him, must travel around the world but I don’t think the taxpayers should be on the hook for $100 million to show his ignorance or his remarkable hubris to tell the people of Africa not to improve things too rapidly or the horrible boiling over will begin or lie that raising their standard of living means the standards of Europe, the West and the rest of the world must come down.

Is he saying that Africa must be a pesthole third world continent without power for the good of the rest of us?

That’s some kind of stupid socialism you got there buddy.  Some kind of stupid.


Monday, July 1, 2013

IBD/TIPP Poll: Obama's Approval Dives To Record Low

According to the latest IBD.TIPP Presidential Leadership Index conducted June 24-29, The Insufferable Airhorn’s approval rating took a dive to a record low.  The 11.7% decline was his worst ever.  According to TechnoMetrica, it’s the fourth straight reading below 50%, signaling disapproval.

Revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans' phone records and Internet activity dominated headlines over the past month. Meanwhile, more news came out of the IRS' targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

"Each day that passes there's a new mention of these things, they seem to kind of fester, they don't seem to go away," said Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, on the NSA, IRS and other scandals.

A clear majority, 59%-34%, said government surveillance invades the privacy of innocent Americans. Among independents, it's 72%-25%. Even 42% of Democrats agree that it's an invasion of privacy.

The president's support among Democrats fell to 79.8, the lowest index reading since February 2012. His support among single women—a key part of his base—has tumbled from 74.6 around Election Day to 52.9 now. Meanwhile, he fell to all-time lows among Republicans, independents, men and married women.

Oopsie.

Et Tu, Marco?

It is said that there is nothing like wounded affection for giving poignancy to anger.

Waaaaay back in May of 2009, four days after the National Republican Senatorial Committee betrayed its mission, betrayed Republican voters, and betrayed the Reagan legacy; I, along with eleven other bloggers, came together to co-blog at a site known as Not One Red Cent.

Back then I was the proprietor of a blog called No Sheeples Here.  That site was taken down in June of 2011.  I felt that my effort to get the message out for conservatism was falling on deaf ears.  I had poured so much of myself into politics that I was burned out.

Before I had reached the end of my rope though, I penned a blog post at Not One Red Cent that I thought was pretty powerful.

Our posts at Not One Red Cent gained the notice of Professor William A. Jacobson following the 2010 mid-term elections.  Writing at Legal Insurrection, Professor Jacobson wrote, “In those first few months they blogged like crazy, and they were voices in the wilderness.”

“Over time Marco Rubio began to pick up recognition and support and went mainstream, and NORC posts dropped off as others picked up the cudgel elsewhere. The rest, as they say, is history.”

“When that history is written, I hope people will recognize the impact a few bloggers had in the revolution of 2010.”

The mistake was mine for trusting Rubio.

On Thursday, June 28, 2013 the Senate voted to pass an immigration reform bill that most true conservatives believe gives amnesty to illegal immigrants.  The following day, The Insufferable Airhorn called Marco Rubio (R-FL) to congratulate him on passage of the bill in the Senate.  Rubio didn’t answer the call.

The day before, when the bill passed 68-32, there was an impromptu press conference and Rubio wasn’t there.  He avoided it like the plague.

Why didn’t he show his face at the press conference?  Why didn’t he take the phone call?  It’s obvious to this observer that the candidate who was adamant three years ago that an earned path to citizenship was “code for amnesty” was afraid that his slip in the polls would fall even farther.

His evolution flip-flop has caused his public support to take hits.  In fact, his favorability has dropped 15 points since February 2013, according the latest Rasmussen polling data.

If the bill is enacted it would flood our borders with 10 million more immigrants by 2023 and 16 million more between 2023 and 2033. It would also provide a permanent welcome for 8 million illegal immigrants who are already in the country. Most infuriating of all is those immigrants are expected to be low-skill workers and Democrat-friendly.  And if that doesn’t set your hair on fire, they would pay less in taxes than they would receive in benefits.

The bill would also reduce the nation’s average wages and education, increase unemployment and shift more of the nation’s earnings away from wages and into investments, according to a June 16 report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Is it any wonder then, that Sarah Palin jabbed Rubio with a tweet saying, “Hope it was worth the 30 pieces of silver.

“He was deceitful. Not to beat a long-dead horse, but this guy—and Ayotte, and Dean Heller, and even McCain—all lied to greater or lesser degrees about this subject to get elected by posing as stalwart border hawks.”
“One of the most dispiriting moments I’ve had in this process came this morning on Twitter when some righties argued to me that I’m overreacting to Rubio’s lies because all politicians lie. It’s part of their job description. If that’s the new standard—lie your ass off to get elected because we expect you to—then there’s no reason to prefer any one Republican candidate to another on actual policy grounds. They’re all liars, so let’s just elect the guy with the best retail skills and hope he doesn’t screw us too much once in office. (That’s basically Rubio’s 2016 campaign slogan.) Two problems with that logic, though.” 
“One: Immigration isn’t just any issue. Rubio didn’t lie about whether he’d support a farm bill or a tweak to student-loan interest rates, only to renege. Immigration was a core part of his appeal to conservatives. He ran as an eloquent spokesman for border security despite left/media identity-politics expectations that any Latino politician must ultimately support comprehensive immigration reform. And now he supports comprehensive immigration reform. It’d be like someone running as a staunch hawk and then, once in office, deciding that Ron Paul had some really good ideas about foreign policy. Should hawks let that guy slide because ‘all politicians lie’?” 
“Two: Rubio wasn’t elected as just any Republican pol. He was a self-described ‘movement conservative’ who caught the tea-party wave against the Republican establishment and surfed it all the way to the Senate. Three years later, despite lots of red-meat conservative rhetoric over that time, the two policy pushes with which he’s most identified, I think, are this sham immigration reform bill and international interventionism in various forms, including in Syria. He has, in other words, become a sort of successor to McCain in the Senate. Has anyone who ran on an anti-establishment tide ever embraced the establishment as quickly as that? Even now, even after everything, I strongly prefer his flip-flopping to the grotesque omnibus opportunism of Charlie Crist. But it’s worth asking: How different would the Senate have looked since 2010 with Crist in there instead of Rubio? What would have changed in terms of actual policy? If anything, without Rubio to woo conservatives, the Senate immigration effort would have been in deeper trouble than it is now. The fact that we have to pause and even consider this sort of ‘what if Crist won?’ hypothetical makes me think maybe we should hold off on the Rubio tributes. For now.”
In life, it’s the coward who abandons himself first.  Following that, all other betrayals become easier.  I’m grieved to find that Rubio lied to us and saddened that now we can no longer believe him.  I don’t want him in the White House in 2016 or ever.

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