Whether you are with a family of 20 or a family of two, there is so much to be grateful for in this big, beautiful, wonderful, freedom loving country. Thanks to everyone who comes here to read my little rants.
This post will expand a bit later. Check back for more after dinner.
Obama talks about all us flyover states as bitter clingers but, exposes his own bitter clinging to a failed policy on ISIS/ISIL. He berates 60% of the populace for religious discrimination but, the slaughter of thousands of Christians and minority sects by the hands of Islamist nutters doesn’t seem to phase his utopian dreaming. Islamists are crucifying children and raping and enslaving women and he stays mum. How they bragged about taking out Jihadi John but, ISIS headquarters was within a few blocks of there and it was avoided at all cost (civilians may have been in the building). One picture speaks a thousand words. American Thinker
Note that the location of the drone strike on Jihadi John appears to be but a few city blocks from a large building marked “ISIS Main HQ.” Does the question not immediately arise in your mind why we would target a specific human enemy and yet leave perhaps hundreds of them alive and well to continue to conduct their war against us?
Will you please explain this strategy, Mr. Commander-in Chief?
Everything Obama touches is an abject failure, domestic and foreign. He was and still is a very small fish in a very large pond. Obama is the bitter man clinging to a philosophy that has caused world wide damage. Even The Dems are telling Obama to back off his bitter clinging. WaPo suggests Obama needs to grow up and do something to help the people being slaughtered by ISIS/ISIL.
If ever a single sentence summed up a media mindset, it was when CNN’s Jim Acosta, in language simply not used in White House news conferences, asked Obama today in Turkey: “Why can’t we take out these bastards?”
Other journalists joined in the markedly aggressive line of questioning, pressing the president on why he had underestimated the threat from ISIS, why he hasn’t taken stronger action, essentially why he has been leading from behind. At one point Obama complained that the questions were getting repetitive — which simply underscored that his answers were not satisfying the press corps.
The shift in tone is remarkable, both in its impatient focus on terrorism after the coordinated murder of 129 people in France, and in demanding accountability from a president who has often received soft treatment in the past.
While this may not last long, at least the media is finally paying attention instead of fawning over Obama as they have for the past seven years (it feels like an eternity).
The Hill is quoting some very liberal thinkers.
“I don’t want him shooting from the hip and making empty threats, but I think he could have done a better job in articulating the anger that many people feel toward what happened in not only Paris but Beirut as well,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, a former adviser to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
“What happened in Paris and in Beirut is going to require an aggressive response.”
Obama tries to shame everyone who disagrees with him. He says we are afraid of widows and orphans but, none of that is true. Where was he when so many of us were begging him to save the Yazidis? Where was he when so many were begging him to help the Kurds? Where was he when his declared “red line” in Syria was crossed by Assad? He is the one who should be shamed. He is directly responsible for the genocide occurring in the ME, not us. Just because he feels guilty doesn’t mean anyone else should feel that way. He made the decision to sit back and watch all of it happen. He and Clinton are also directly responsible for the mess in Libya. They created all of this mess and don’t want to own it. They are moral cowards and, to deride the American public because of their failures is the height of hypocrisy.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”- MLK Jr.
To get to you, they have to get through them first. Throughout our history the men and women who have served and still serve have made sure that didn’t happen through diligence and courage. Today we honor their service to our country. While you’re out and about today, if you happen to see a Vet, don’t forget to walk up and thank them. They have always stood between us and the ugly.
Call, write, email, this has got to end. MSN.com
The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014 even as scandals over veterans’ health care and other issues racked the agency.
Among the recipients were claims processors in a Philadelphia benefits office that investigators dubbed the worst in the country last year. They received $300 to $900 each. Managers in Tomah, Wis., got $1,000 to $4,000, even though they oversaw the over-prescription of opiates to veterans – one of whom died.
The VA also rewarded executives who managed construction of a facility in Denver, a disastrous project years overdue and more than $1 billion over budget. They took home $4,000 to $8,000 each. And in St. Cloud, Minn., where an internal investigation report last year outlined mismanagement that led to mass resignations of health care providers, the chief of staff cited by investigators received a performance bonus of almost $4,000.
“A Veteran is someone, who at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America”, for an amount of “up to and including my life”.
That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.- Weasel Zippers
Lawless Executive action by Obama, and his DHS and DOJ thwarted. Maybe they should stop wasting their time and our money trying to end run around the laws already established by Congress.
The ruling further dims prospects of implementation of the executive action before Obama leaves office in 2017. Appeals over the injunction could take months and, depending on how the case unfolds, it could go back to the Texas federal court for more proceedings.
The administration could ask for a re-hearing by the full 5th Circuit but the National Immigration Law Center, and advocacy group, urged an immediate Supreme Court appeal.
Even if this makes it to the Supreme Court, nothing will be enacted before Obama leaves office. DOJ still looking for ways to break US laws to benefit other law breakers. 44% of all jobs created have gone to foreign workers, both legal and illegal. In the construction industry, which I am very aware of having worked for many years as a General Contractor and carpenter, there are many men and women who would be happy to hang drywall, build, roofing, and a myriad of other jobs. A lot of them have been cut out of their jobs by illegals. Tradesmen want those jobs hanging drywall, laying brick, building homes for a fair wage. Illegals have driven wage costs down and make it impossible for men and women in the trades to support their families because they are being priced out of their jobs. When Obama talks about being “fair” and “it’s the right thing to do” to grant amnesty, all I can think about is the thousands of tradesmen being treated unfairly by the policies of the pompous ass sitting in the Oval Office.
New polls show that a majority think illegal aliens are hurting them economically. From Breitbart
A recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll asked respondents, “Thinking about your and your family’s financial situation, do you think each of the following are making things easier, harder, or are not making much of a difference?: Growing number of immigrants in your area.”
Just 18% of California voters said immigrants were making their financial situation “easier,” while 41% responded “harder.” Another 39% said immigrants were “not making much of a difference” and 3% did not answer. Nationally, 43% said immigrants were making their financial situation “harder” compared to 10% who said they were making their financial situation “easier.” Another 44% believed immigrants were “not making much of a difference” and 3% did not provide an answer.
A plurality of whites (44%) and a majority of blacks (51%) in California felt that immigrants were making their financial situations more difficult
No matter how the left tries to spin it to make Clinton look good, it isn’t working. From POLITICO
FBI steps up interviews in Clinton email probe
and here….more lies and coverups. Three Pinnochios from WaPo for the lies and misdirection from the Clinton campaign. She is a glory seeking, mud slinging, reprehensible human being. Just like Obama, her massive ego will bring her downfall. No matter what the propaganda filled leftist media says, she is not a shoo-in for Preezy. She belongs to the party that, so far, has lost 900 seats in the states, lost the majority in the Senate and the House and, has failure after failure to show for the last seven years. Dem enthusiasm for the Clinton coronation is way down. How could the voters be enthusiastic about an “untrustworthy” candidate?
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“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
I have become so disgusted by all things ‘political’, especially the way the left has been denigrating our men and women in blue and the military. Until #blacklivesmatter and the rest of the pols admit there is a huge problem with black on black crime, nothing will ever be resolved. Whitey isn’t their real problem, nor are the police officers who choose to serve. Finally, this weekend in Cleveland, the Million Man group said it out loud. He said “we are killing our own”. He didn’t blame ‘whitey’ or our police. He put it squarely on the black thugs who are creating mayhem in mostly black neighborhoods. In the last month three babies under the age of 5, including an eight month old baby, have been slaughtered in driveby shootings and three teens were gunned down in drivebys. As for the Dem Party, recognizing a bunch of anarchists and supporting them because of the color of their skin isn’t in any way shape or form helping anyone who lives in the nightmare neighborhoods. Stupid leftists refuse to recognize they are a huge part of the problem. Catering to a group of anarchists will never resolve the issue.
Remember Clinton standing with Obama as the coffins of four Americans returned to the US? She stood at the podium and made her lying declaration-We had nothing to do with that awful video that cost these American lives- not word for word but, I won’t forget it. She played at being angry with very little effort while lying her a** off. She has no shame, and is totally unethical. There isn’t much of her story that hasn’t changed as new emails come out.
From the Washington Examiner
In fact, the diplomatic team in Tripoli seemingly wanted the agency to downplay the video and emphasize the fact that the attack was “well-planned” by “militant extremists.”
The newly-disclosed email contrasts sharply with a memo obtained through the Freedom of Information Act in April of last year that outlined talking points for Rice’s Sunday show tour.
That memo, sent by Ben Rhodes, then a White House communications adviser, to top administration staff, said one of the “goals” of Rice’s appearances was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not in a broader failure of policy.” The memo was obtained by Judicial Watch.
“Failure of policy”? What has Obama done that hasn’t been an unmitigated failure? What exactly has Clinton ever done? What are her ‘accomplishments’? Zero, zip, nada. Clinton lies with ease every single time she opens her mouth. But, the fix is in, it doesn’t matter to the fanboys of the liberal press how much she lies or how unethical she has proven herself to be, she is to have her day in the sun and her long awaited “coronation”. Bless her heart.
Saw this map on Hot Air. Cheered me up considerably, especially the word “decimated”. Read the article, well worth it.
Given how the post-2015 election map looks, one could wonder if the Democratic Party can still compete at the state and local level.
With the exception of Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee (my opinion), all of the Republican candidates would be a better choice for President then any candidate the Dems have running.
It’s been busy at the Victorian Homestead. Our roof sprung several leaks and needed to be replaced. We had to tear off all the old slate roofing to replace it with asphalt shingles. It’s been slow going, so messy and dirty. Had to winterize all the gardens, including the veggie garden, clean up all the leaves (35 -40 bags full), drain the pond, and deal with two toddlers (they are into everything). Hubby has been working 7 days a week so…it’s on me to pull it all together this year. Taking this break gave me time to think and read a few books as well. Now that I have taken my deep breath, after 3 years of posting on this blog, it’s time to jump back into the fray of election year craziness. Thanks for being patient with me.
“I worry that the vigilance over the life of deal may wane … that complacency could set in,” she said. “I worry that the additional resources, no matter how little … Iran could divert to terrorist activity that could cause harm to Jews and others around the world. I worry that we have to make sure that the monitoring is really as gap-free as possible.”
Yep, that’s what Debbie Downer said as she gave a multitude of reasons why she should never vote for the Iran Deal and, then she did anyway. Getting all choked up and close to tears, Deb couldn’t bring herself to vote her conscience. She caved to the Prog Preezy making the world a more dangerous place for all of us. So did the other 40 Dems who voted for this “Deal” because …Party. Yes, they are stupid, stupid people. “We’ll have to pass it so we can see what’s in it.”, is not good governing or good governing policy. Yes, that’s right, they do not read the bills they pass.
Pass It To Find Out What’s In It: Nancy Pelosi told the American people that, “We have to pass the (Obamacare) bill so that you can find out what is in it,” and bizarrely, that turned out to be true because almost every promise that was made about the Affordable Care Act was a lie. What a way to govern a nation!
It seems the media has their heads wrapped around Trump, including conservative media. What the hell? Instead of talking about the myriad failures on the part of BO, they attack Trump. Would there be as many displaced persons if Obama hadn’t let Syria cross the “red line’ he drew in the sand? Would Iran have been in a different mood if Obama had supported the “Green Revolution”? Would Benghazi have happened if Obama had not bombed the hell out of Libya? Why is the media so silent on all the failures of Obama, both foreign and domestic? All these are representative of failure on a massive scale.
The horrific results of Obama’s failure in Syria
For four years, the Obama administration has engaged in what Frederic Hof, former special adviser for transition in Syria, calls a “pantomime of outrage.” Four years of strongly worded protests, and urgent meetings and calls for negotiation — the whole drama a sickening substitute for useful action. People talking and talking to drown out the voice of their own conscience. And blaming. In 2013, President Obama lectured the U.N. Security Council for having “demonstrated no inclination to act at all.” Psychological projection on a global stage. [snip]
What explains Obama’s high tolerance for humiliation and mass atrocities in Syria? The Syrian regime is Iran’s proxy, propped up by billions of dollars each year. And Obama wanted nothing to interfere with the prospects for a nuclear deal with Iran. He was, as Hof has said, “reluctant to offend the Iranians at this critical juncture.” So the effective concession of Syria as an Iranian zone of influence is just one more cost of the president’s legacy nuclear agreement.
The family of Freddy Gray gets $6.4 million agreed to settlement from the good citizens of Baltimore. There has been no trial, no civil suit. Talk about stupid people!
The settlement appears to be among the largest such payments in police death cases in recent years. It was reached before Gray’s parents and his estate filed a lawsuit, although they had filed claims with the city and its police department.
Although the city said in a statement that the settlement does not resolve any factual disputes, and expressly does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of the city, its police department or any of the officers, experts say the city’s willingness to pre-empt a lawsuit could have an effect on the officers’ ability to receive an impartial trial in Baltimore — an issue Williams will likely decide Thursday.
Gray was known for self harming and collecting cash. Ramming his head into the side walls of the police vehicle got him a whole lot of cash but his luck ran out. Freddy won’t be available to spend the windfall. That is a form of justice.
Well, this news is going to Muslims’ panties in a twist. It seems the Oldest Koran ‘Destabilises’ Islamic History, Scientists Say It Pre-dates Mohammed
Scientists at the University of Oxford had already revealed that the parchment was among the oldest known Koranic texts in the world, but now several historians say it could be so old that it pre-dates the Muslim prophet, thus contradicting traditional accounts of his life and radically altering “the edifice of Islamic tradition.”
The dating reveals the text to have been written between AD568 and 645, while the dates of Mohammed’s life are traditionally given as AD570 to 632. This means that at the very latest it was written before the first formal texts were supposed to have been collated, and at the earliest it was written before or shortly after Mohammed was born.
Some academics now say that the impact of the text could be comparable to finding a copy of the Gospels dating back to before the time of Christ.
Historian Tom Holland told the Sunday Times that evidence was now mounting that traditional accounts of Islam’s origins are wrong. [snip]
“This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran’s genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven.
“This would radically alter the edifice of Islamic tradition and the history of the rise of Islam in late Near Eastern antiquity would have to be completely revised, somehow accounting for another book of scripture coming into existence 50 to 100 years before, and then also explaining how this was co-opted into what became the entity of Islam by around AD700.”
OOOOPS! Looks as if Mohammed stole all his “revelations” from someone else as well as Jewish and Christian religions. If this discovery is true, he pulled off the biggest con in world history……just sayin’.
Words fail….nothing but ghouls. Planned Parenthood takes live baby’s brain.
The new video includes O’Donnell’s eyewitness narrative of the daily practice of fetal body parts harvesting in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. She tells the harrowing story of harvesting an intact brain from a late-term male unborn baby whose heart was still beating after the abortion.
Dems support this? They should stop whining about “haters”. This is the Party that call our soldiers “baby killers” while funding and supporting the real baby killers of Planned Parenthood. Since when is infanticide moral or legal? “Late term abortion” is just another term for homicide.
Secret agreements no longer “secret”. The AP reports Iran will be allowed to inspect its own nuclear weapons site instead of IAEA inspectors.
Inspections of the Parchin nuclear site will be ceded to the Iranians as part of the overarching deal reached by the U.S. and five other world powers in Vienna in July, the AP reported. The International Atomic Energy Agency worked out the separate side agreement with Tehran.
Reaction in Congress was swift. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, said it was “unbelievable” that the U.S. would “allow Iran to police these sites themselves” after Tehran denied its nuclear weapons program for years.
According to Senator Menendez, “Hope” is not a great foreign policy strategy. Neither was voting in the worlds’ biggest narcissist but, they did it anyway just because….”hope and change”. Has anyone else noticed how quiet the Dem Senators are on this “Iran Deal”? It’s not even an actual treaty which would require 2/3 of the Senate to pass it. BO knew he couldn’t get a 2/3 majority so, an end run around congress at the UN. Anyone who opposes this “deal” is being called a warmonger. This from the man that set the ME ablaze in the first place. Some legacy!
Dems and Repubs can’t understand why Trump and Sanders, populists, are doing so well. Why?
Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government, and even the economic system. Only one in four Americans are satisfied with the way things are going.
T.S. Eliot once said, “Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm – but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” This suggests that one way to find out if those who claim to be trying to help the less fortunate are for real is to see if they are satisfied to simply advocate a given policy, and see it through to being imposed – without also testing empirically whether the policy is accomplishing what it set out to do. The first two steps are enough to let advocates feel important and righteous. Whether you really care about what happens to the supposed beneficiaries of the policy is indicated by whether you bother to check out the empirical evidence afterwards. — Thomas Sowell
Empathy exhaustion is setting in for many Americans. Immigrants plan to protest Republican debate in Cleveland, without a permit
Rally participants do not have a city permit to protest, as is required by a new city ordinance. Organizer Don Cannon said the U.S. Constitution gives him permission to have nearly 200 protesters rally against recent statements Trump has made regarding minorities and immigration. A group of representatives of the progressive group Code Pink and members of Change.org have given city officials a “head’s up” regarding their Stop the Hate rally. A second group planning to have a presence at tomorrow night’s debate is Americans United for Change. The group is hoping to show “how out of touch, and out of date all the candidates in the Republican field are.”
The #blacklivesmatter crew will also be present. The goal is to disrupt the forum changing the focus from the candidates to the SJWs and their choice of “status victims”. So far the #1 social justice victim class is crossing the border illegally which puts black Americans further down on the List of Empathy. Maybe black ‘folks’ will wake up to the fact they are lowest on the Dem totem pole until it comes time to vote. That is the ONLY time #blacklivesmatter to the Dems. I will be adding more throughout the day on the Forum and the candidates.