Friday, October 17, 2014

Weapons of Mass Obstruction

US Troops handling WMD in Iraq
Photo: New York Times
“I love it when I hear, ‘Oh there weren’t any chemical weapons in Iraq.' There were plenty.”
~ Jarrod L. Taylor, US Army

A lengthy but enlightening read about the realities of the Iraq invasion after 9/11/01 is linked here.

We now know that WMDs really were discovered in Iraq, but the alphabet media would rather go dark/silent than print/broadcast any of that fact. The New York Times actually published an in-depth article on the discovery of thousands of WMDs in Iraq, but quickly leaps over this highly significant revelation to focus on assigning blame to the Bush administration's "secrecy" surrounding the WMDs and the soldiers who handled them.

I doubt you'll see mention of this story many other places. There is truly no stopping the left-wingers when it comes to blaming George W. Bush, and they don't let facts get in their way.

Today, the mainstream media repeatedly prop up a failed president who has brought the nation to mortal danger on multiple fronts. Mr. Obama is not serious on the ISIS war; he's marking time with airstrikes, at least until the election--hopefully the enemy will cooperate with His Greatness and delay the mass beheadings in America until after November 4. The southern border is as open as the Mall of America, with ISIS members occasionally being apprehended entering the country. The Ebola virus has been flown all over the country, and now it looks like it's taken a cruise, too.

Can you imagine if President Bush had been presiding over this roll call of disasters? There would be a 24/7 loop of outraged coverage on every MSM outlet. But we can choose from a full menu of President Obama's "Katrina moments"and the media just steamrolls past each one and hopes we'll forget when the next catastrophe arrives--which never takes too many news cycles.

We have an obstructive, agenda-driven media and a completely unqualified president. The next 2+ years are going to be a long, hard, ugly slog for America.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Kiss to Make it Better

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to use myself as an example just so people have a sense of the science here. 

Now, that should squelch all fears about Ebola in the USA. The president, inserting a first-person reference as is his tedious and predictable custom, "hugged and kissed" the nurses at Emory who had treated the first Ebola patients in the country and offers his personal "scientific" analysis of why there's absolutely nothing to worry about.

Feel better? Me, neither. I hope the White House physician is checking the president's temperature every day. And if you're one of the wealthy few planning on attending one of his fund raising events, you might want to skip the hug-and-kiss portion of the presidential greeting. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Absence of Reason

The television brawl on Bill Maher's "Real Time" show about a week ago, which has generated widespread media coverage, is a sight to behold. Actor Ben Affleck just about comes out of his skin when confronted with facts about the huge numbers of Islamists intent on harming anyone outside of their twisted belief system.

Reality can be a tough concept for a Hollywood celebrity to grasp, but Affleck doesn't even make an effort--and I'm not sure he is capable of that. His behavior is a classic display of an instantaneous, left-wing, emotional reaction to an argument he refuses even to hear, let alone to debate rationally.

"It's gross, it's racist!" Affleck flings the left's trump card out immediately when confronted with hard, irrefutable facts about radical Islam. How "racism" applies to a radicalized worldwide religion is beyond me, but of course in a leftist's eyes, I'm only a mentally incompetent conservative American.

Affleck goes on to remind us that we are "endowed by our forefathers with certain unalienable rights." Actually, Ben, read your script--the text says that we're endowed by our Creator with those rights. Our forefathers were just writing down the obvious. I know, I know...details, details. I've heard that's where the devil is.

Author Sam Harris has done his homework and is unfazed by Affleck's increasingly agitated histrionics. With Maher's support, Harris plows forward calmly and relentlessly, offering data points, percentages, polls, and other ugly pieces of authentic information about the truth of radical Islam.

In rapid order, Affleck goes from insisting that the jihadists are just "a few bad apples" to stating that "the majority of Muslims" don't support the Islamists' brutal tactics. Considering the fact that there are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, if even ten percent are against us and our foundational values of liberty, we're in very deep trouble. To borrow a phrase from our forefathers, that truth should be self-evident to thinking people (operative word being "thinking").

I thought poor Ben was going to need CPR by the end of the segment. As one of tinsel-town's elite, I'm sure he's not used to being contradicted very often--especially not by someone as well-informed and educated on this subject as Sam Harris. But Ben Affleck is merely the representative figurehead for what we are up against with all the politically correct left-wingers who refuse to condemn radical Islam for the evil that it is. Emotion, not reason, and heart, not mind, rule the left's "progressive" perspective. Logical discourse is not permitted. What this willful blindness will cost us as a nation unfortunately remains to be seen.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

An Untimely End

"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what."
~ President Barack Obama

To use one of the president's favorite lines, "let me be clear"--he lied.

Just in time for the midterm elections, news arrives that more than a dozen additional healthcare policies are facing cancellation. It seems the plans are not in compliance with "Obamacare." Hundreds of thousands of people will be deprived of their preferred health insurance and forced into full-on Obamacare.

Sixty days notice is required for these mass cancellations, so the notifications must be made by November 1. This is federal law, so there's no way to weasel around the date requirement--although no doubt much effort was put into trying.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Don't forget to vote!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Sound of Freedom


The Miramar Air Show is this weekend, and the Blue Angels rocked it as they usually do.

The air show is always quite a happening in San Diego. Last year the show was canceled due to the government shutdown. Of course, there was nothing else that could possibly have been cut, right? As with the closure of our National Parks, the president made certain that the shutdown was as painful, inconvenient, and highly visible as possible. But, I digress...

...When my children were youngsters, Pete would put a blanket on the roof and let the kids watch this annual aviation spectacle from the housetop. Today he might be arrested for child endangerment if he did that, but the 1980s were a simpler time. Again, I've derailed off topic.

It's great to see this cherished annual event, the Miramar Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, return to our city. In light of somber current events, it's reassuring to see a well-deserved spotlight on our military again. Thanks for standing in the gap for us. Be safe.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Plagued by Mistrust

Ebola has come to the USA. I've been waiting for it with a grim certainty that it would indeed arrive in our homeland.

How could it not get here? Despite multiple worldwide threats, both of our borders are wide open to God only knows who or what. US air travel to countries suffering mass outbreaks of the disease has not been limited, although Great Britain has awakened from oblivion and stopped flights in and out of West Africa. We continue to transport affected Americans back into our country. So naturally, the Ebola virus is doing what viruses do best--it's spreading.

I worry about Ebola, not so much for myself but for my son. He is a first responder who lives and works in close proximity to the southern US border. The CDC assures us that things are under control. Based on the track record of governmental agencies in recent years, I don't believe them. Do you?

Does the IRS operate with integrity? Does the Secret Service provide effective protection? Is the Veterans Administration well run? Is ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State the "jayvee team"? Are the borders secure?

Do I need to ask any more questions? Be careful out there, fellow Americans. Ebola is here, and we are on our own.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jihad in the Heartland?

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  ~ Matthew 24:42

It's almost surreal, how the beheading of an American woman at work quickly evaporated from all American MSM outlets within hours of Colleen Hufford's brutal murder.

The Hufford Home - Moore, Oklahoma
I've been watching the news, on various MSM alphabet TV channels, since it happened. These evening "infotainment" programs have been uniformly strict about avoiding any mention of the atrocity. This means the news anchors will yammer on for long minutes about celebrity weddings in Italy, a former president becoming a grandfather, and even stray grizzly bears wandering into backyards on Main Street, USA. They will cover any semblance of a story except the fact that a fanatical Muslim radical beheaded a coworker. I've had to research international news sources--many of which are quite rightly covering the story in depth, by the way--to read the report and find a photo of poor Mrs. Hufford.

American MSM is avoiding this major news story like the Ebola plague because it has all the elements of your worst left-wing nightmare. A Muslim convert, on record as having tried to convert fellow employees to Islam, is fired from his job. In a rage, he attacks an innocent coworker and beheads her, shouting Arabic phrases as he does so. But, as Mark Steyn so acerbically notes, this has "nothing to do with Islam." Of course not.

To make matters worse for our homegrown leftie journalists, a company executive who is also a reserve peace officer shot the killer while he was stabbing his second victim. The shooter saved the other victim's life. If not for Mark Vaughan carrying a weapon, there would have been at least two beheadings, possibly many more. Too much news coverage of that inconvenient truth represents quite a potential setback for the gun control agenda.

On to the killer's Facebook page, since removed, which was jam-packed with all the usual "death to the infidel" jihad garbage we in America have unfortunately become quite accustomed to hearing and seeing. His Muslim name, Jah'Keem Yisrael, was on there, along with photos of him in Muslim garb. But all this, again, has nothing to do with Islam. Of course not.

The grand finale, which I have found nowhere in mainstream news, is the story about the second Islamic beheading threat at another workplace in Oklahoma. Our liberal media can't bury that one fast enough. Another Muslim, threatening to behead someone? Nothing to do with Islam. Of course not.

There is only so much baloney that the American citizenry can swallow before spewing it back. People in the USA are waking up, and the politically correct crowd, including the media and the government, would be wise to keep in step. Islamic "lone wolves" might begin to see serious resistance from everyday people. Especially in heartland states like Oklahoma.

Does anyone, even the Islamic jihadists, really think that millions of everyday, hardworking Americans are going to surrender our country to the slavery of radical Islam? Of course not.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Thumbs-Up" Movie

Ut-oh. Things are about to get interesting...
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer
As is my policy with my favorite actor's films, I trundled off to the theater this weekend to see the new Denzel Washington movie, The Equalizer. Although some critics are bemoaning Denzel's recent forays into "aging action hero" roles, I enjoy watching anything he's in. In my opinion, he's that good.

The Equalizer was originally a 1980s television series with a British star playing mysterious hero Robert McCall. This modern film reboot brings vigilante justice and retribution to a whole new level, and it's not for the faint of heart. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, who teamed with Denzel Washington for this Ocscar-winning role in Training Day, the new-and-improved "Equalizer" Robert McCall is as righteous as Alonzo Harris was evil.

But oh, dear, how very messy the meting out of justly deserved vengeance can be. There is enough gruesome brutality in The Equalizer to merit an "R" rating for half a dozen movies. McCall plans his strikes with cool thinking and lightning speed, employing all types of everyday items in lethal applications. He then strolls through the wake of his considerable carnage with calm detachment, somewhat like a flesh-and-blood Terminator. He sustains a minor scratch or two while leaving one-man massacres behind. As I shielded my eyes at various violent moments, I thought how effective it would be for our nation's national security if we could drop a few real-life Robert McCalls into ISIS territory and just let them be creative for a week or two.

The Equalizer actually starts out somewhat slowly, a wise choice that gives characters and relationships space to build. There is even a bit of humor in the early scenes. It would be difficult to accept what unfolds later without learning our hero's human side. Robert McCall is saved from caricature by an enigmatic backstory that gives the viewer enough insight into his past to understand that he has suffered, loved, and lost--and is done with letting the bad guys win.

We all have our favorites entertainers. For me, Denzel Washington is without equal.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cool It on Warming

AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Chris Huber
President Obama wants global action to fight climate change "while we still can." His warning continued with the grim admonition that the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it.”

This from a man who stated that his nomination as the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate "was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal..." As usual, it seems that Mr. Obama overestimated his effectiveness right from the start.

The actual data is quite a mixed bag, with variations of hotter and colder temperatures in various regions across the USA. For example, South Dakota had its earliest snowfall since 1888 on September 11, 2014. Yet the Western states suffer continuing drought conditions. This variance probably explains why "global warming" has been conveniently reclassified to "climate change." Because really, the idea of "global warming" in places like Rapid City, South Dakota, would be a hard sell right now.

Look, I don't know what the real deal is on "climate change." I don't think anyone else truly does, either. At the risk of proving myself a politically incorrect heretic, I have a few questions on the subject. Could so-called "climate change" possibly be "weather" in a state of flux? Can we ever see real "global" change actualized without huge, developing countries like China and India going green? How seriously am I supposed to take "limousine liberal" politicians and celebrities that fly hither and yon preaching climate doom while simultaneously leaving gargantuan carbon footprints in the wake of their private jets?

Just some of my thoughts on the weather. Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine before it's illegal.

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.