Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Man-Up Letdown

"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." — George Washington Carver

Imagine the media outcry if, every time former President G.W. Bush had spoken about the aftermath of September 11, 2001, he mentioned the fact that his predecessor, President Bill Clinton, had let the opportunity to kill Osama bin Laden pass by. 

Did you ever hear President Bush mention Clinton's presidential decisions in relation to his own actions? Of course, none of us heard any such remarks. Bush was not a whiner. He took the rap for his own decisions, no matter how bad they may have seemed in hindsight.

Now, at the other end of the spectrum, we hear both bragging and whining. It wasn't long ago that the chest-thumping President Obama was boasting that terrorists were "on the run." Now, he feels he is trapped in a "sort-of" war because of decisions made over a decade ago. The troop withdrawal way "not his decision," yet he never tires of reminding us that he is the commander in chief.

So which is it? Does Mr. Obama make the decisions, or is he the victim of previous decisions? It's a wearying pastime, waiting for President Obama to take responsibility for anything that has occurred at home or abroad during the past six years. With two-plus years to go in the president's second term, there is most likely a mountain of excuses yet to be climbed.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rock On, USA

The Freedom Tower, 1,776-ft tall, rises where the Twin Towers stood until 9/11/01.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Three Thoughts to Ponder

"On Friday morning, ABC, CBS, and NBC continued their blackout on the latest Gallup poll numbers showing President Obama's approval rating at an all-time low of 38 percent." 
~ Curtis HouckNewsbusters

"President Obama...believes that when his ideology collides with reality, it is reality that must give. Reality does not see it that way."
~ Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO 

"The problem is the enemy always gets a vote." 
~ Jonah Goldberg, NRO

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A Chilling 20 Minutes

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)

Interviewed by congressional colleague John CampbellCongressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, explains the imminent danger from ISIS with a clear honesty and depth of detail that you'll never hear from President Obama.

If you're at all interested in learning facts about the growing crisis in the Middle East and the terrible threat it poses to Western nations, make the time to click here and listen to this bone-chilling interview.

Rep. John Campbell (R-CA)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Coming Soon

Next week is the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001. I, for one, am worried.

I hope I'm wrong, but I think we are going to get hit by Islamic terrorists as they celebrate their domination over the diminished United States and the worst president in our history. In the second video of the beheading of a US journalist, Steven Sotloff, the Islamo-butcher directly addresses "Obama." He knows a weak horse when he sees one.

And what does the president do? In a bored voice, he mentions an "international community" to help render ISIS a "manageable problem," refers to the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff as a "terrible crime," and talks about "justice" for the murderers. It sounds like he's referring to the vying gangs in West Side Story rather than the brutal terrorists intent on destruction of the USA.

Although it is the primary requirement of his job, it's clear that President Obama is not going to defend our country. He wants "international" participation. So we Americans are on our own, and we should take the threat of Islamic terrorism in our homeland very seriously and do whatever we can in our limited power.

I'm not the only American who is concerned, as you can read hereIf you live in any proximity to the US/Mexican border, be prepared. As is well known, our southern border is wide open, and we have no idea who is already here. It's perfectly plausible that uncounted numbers of terrorists are already comfortably ensconced in our towns and cities, awaiting their orders. We know the Islamic terrorists like anniversaries, so be ready for an attack on 9/11.

I'm not being an alarmist, just a pragmatist. I'm stocking up. Anyone living within 100 miles of the Mexican* border should have enough water, medical supplies, food, and dry goods at home to sustain your family and pets for a few weeks (Terrorist emergency preparedness list linked here). If nothing happens next week, fine. You won't have to shop as heavily for a week or so.

But if an Islamic terrorist attack does happen, you will be ready to withstand the aftermath as best you can--until the executive branch of government figures out that we're at war.

*UPDATE: I think it would be wise to include the Canadian border areas for those precautions, also. In fact, it wouldn't hurt to be prepared for a terrorist attack anywhere in the USA.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Stupid is As Stupid Does...

This is Number 10 in the countdown of "Canada's Top Ten List of America's Stupidity"--
Only in America...could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 per plate campaign fundraising event.
To read the complete Top Ten list, click here.

For more in the same vein, read "A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots." Below is an excerpt:
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots. 
The "Idiots" list has some continuing controversy over authorship, but as Shakespeare would have said, "the play's the thing." The message is blunt and clear, and the sad-but-true lists will have Americans laughing through our tears.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

He Really Said That?

"We don't have a strategy yet."
~ President Barack Obama, 8/28/14

Even for him it's incredible, but President Barack Obama actually made the statement quoted above in a press conference today. This is like having Homer Simpson as president, except for the fact that it's not only unfunny but downright dangerous.

In this chilling article, Victor Davis Hanson explains quite clearly why this president's thinking and lack of action is likely to get a lot of people killed, and not just in the Middle East.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Compare and Pardon

“The bargain that any president strikes with is, you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you."
Candidate Barack Obama, 2008

Leaving the laughable "promise" quoted above aside, why can no news outlet mention President Obama's vacation time without dragging in the recreational record of former president George W. Bush?

Because they are making excuses and covering up for the current, very lavish Vacationer-in-Chief.

Nobody ever points out the fact that the Obama family vacations involve much greater expense of taxpayer funds than Bush hiatuses did. President Bush spent the overwhelming amount of his "time off" at the family residences--either the Texas ranch or the Maine home. Outside of the plane ride, there's not much extravagance involved in visiting your home. Contrast Bush's "stay-cations" with President Obama's repeated trips to Hawaii and Martha's Vineyard, not to mention his wife's forays to Spain, Aspen, and other exotic locales. Yet Bush's "days away from Washington" are pounded as evidence that President Obama, by comparison, is absolutely spartan in his vacation habits.

It's also worth mentioning that President Bush refrained from golf games beginning in 2003, because he felt it was inappropriate during the Iraq War. (He even has the good grace to defend President Obama's golf outings.) But considering the fact that President Obama was back on the green within an hour after giving his brief prepared statement of outrage over the beheading by ISIS of American journalist James Foley, I wonder what terrorist atrocity would qualify as worthy of eschewing a round of golf?

When the next inevitable "Big Hit" comes to the USA from Islamic terrorists, what will the liberal media's excuses be for our Golfer-in-Chief?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Go-See Movie

I think there's a message for us about the state of our world when a steady stream of post-apocalyptic stories involving young people battling their cruel, futuristic societies shows up at the movies. The popular Hunger Games franchise, Divergent, and the upcoming The Maze Runner are some prime examples. The movie The Giver, in current release, is yet another.

Without spilling any spoilers, I can only say what you probably already know--The Giver depicts a cold and emotionless future. In this rigidly structured society, there is one person who is selected to carry the memories of human emotion and experience, both good and evil. The Giver passes his ancient knowledge along to the Receiver, who will in turn pass his secrets on to the chosen one of the next generation.

The book The Giver, which predated all of its aforementioned counterparts, was written by Lois Lowry, published in 1993, and is the first of a four-book series. I don't know what took Hollywood so long to get to this one, but it's a shame they waited. By now, the teenaged-hero-saving-the-world meme is somewhat shopworn. Despite a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, the box office has been lackluster. I think it's worth a go-see, because The Giver is a really good story. In fact, after seeing the movie, I'd like to read the book.

It is apparent to the viewer that the movie is only skimming the surface of the book's important themes very relevant to our times, such as the intrinsic value of each human life, the deep need for individual and cultural differences, and the consequential choices between good and evil. The film ends rather abruptly, which leaves the audience wondering about a sequel. I hope there is one; I, for one, will see it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Facts for Ferguson

Andrew C. McCarthy reviews Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to Ferguson, Missouri, in this NRO column. It's an article intended for readers interested in common sense and legal reality, not emotion and reaction.

Below is an excerpt:

If the Justice Department would not open a civil-rights investigation based on a black police officer’s shooting of a civilian, whatever the victim’s race, then a white officer is just as entitled to that presumption of innocence. It is no more legitimate for the Justice Department to target a white cop for being white than for a white cop to target a black man for being black. Both would be examples of what the civil-rights laws call “deprivation of rights under color of law.”

McCarthy is the former US attorney who led the prosecution of the terrorists responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.