Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gitmo Doesn't Cause Terrorism; Terrorism Causes Gitmo!

Former USAF Intelligence Officer G. Murphy Donovan at American Thinker:

“General Washington didn’t need to convert the English; he needed to defeat the idea of colonial imperialism. General Grant didn’t need to win the hearts and minds of Georgians; he needed Sherman to scorch a path to Atlanta and flank General Lee. Eisenhower and MacArthur didn’t need to “stabilize” Germany and Japan; FDR needed his generals to defeat two toxic ideologies – and demand unconditional surrender.

Nation building” is a logical consequence of, not a substitute for, victory.

When politicians and generals cannot define the conflict, or the enemy, defeat or indefinite conflict becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Petraeus’s rhetoric about “insurgency” is just the bong resin of Vietnam.

The other day, Petraeus penned an opinion piece for the Washington Post where he exhumed every politically correct canard and excuse for Islam, Muslims, terrorists, recent small wars, and future jihads. His headline, “Anti-Muslim Bigotry Aids Islamist Terrorists,” captures the flavor of what followed. The general’s argument begins by blaming the victim and goes downhill from there."......

Gen. Petraeus achieved a great Surge Victory in Iraq--until it was gift-wrapped by Obama and handed off to his Mullahs. Then the Blob co-opted the now-lobbyist general. Sad!

Don't despair. Help is on the way.

Monday, May 30, 2016

How to Wreck...

...a Nation:

John Steele Gordon: "In 1973, Chile was rescued from communism under Salvador Allende with a military coup and economic (and eventually political) reforms began. At that point Chile’s economic freedom as among the lowest in the world. Venezuela’s in 1975 was among the highest. Today the economic freedom of the two countries is reversed. So are their economic situations. In the 41 years since 1975, the Venezuelan economy has shrunk by 17 percent. Chile’s has grown by 287 percent. By virtually every measure Chile’s situation has radically improved, while Venezuela’s has sharply deteriorated."

...a City:

The NY Post: "The disgusting and disturbing acts that the council voted to decriminalize include drinking alcohol out of a paper bag, lurking in parks after hours, urinating in the street and making enough of a racket to violate the noise code.
Under the legislation, which Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign, offenders will face only civil summonses instead of criminal citations.
The main part of the “reform” act sponsored by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito deals with reducing the penalty for public urination and other quality-of-life offenses. It passed by a 40-9 vote in the liberal-leaning council."

...a Town:

Downstream Politics: "The Feds have been importing Muslim migrants for years and creating insta-ghettos in small towns across the country.  They systematically conceal their plans from locals who often wake up to find their towns have undergone drastic change.  Such is the case in Senator Rand Paul’s hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  This small city of 70,000 had no Muslims 15 years ago and now has 7,000 recent immigrants – 10% of the population.

In addition to the normal issues one might expect when a small community suddenly encounters a large outside force, there is the specter of radical Islam. ... Men from Bowling Green’s Muslin community have already been caught providing military supplies to al-Qaeda."

Like the Lady said:

“Socialism’s results have ranged between the merely shabby and the truly catastrophic..."

Time's Up.

UPDATE: Baby Steps: "Youthful entrepreneurs like this one should be lifting their glasses to toast the Louisiana legislature after lawmakers unanimously voted to protect their sidewalk lemonade stands."

"They stood for something."

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. --John 15:13

President Ronald Reagan,  Remarks at a Memorial Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia ........May 26, 1986 

Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember.  

I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they'll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that's good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember.  

Arlington, this place of so many memories, is a fitting place for some remembering. So many wonderful men and women rest here, men and women who led colorful, vivid, and passionate lives.   There are the greats of the military: Bull Halsey and the Admirals Leahy, father and son; Black Jack Pershing; and the GI's general, Omar Bradley. Great men all, military men. But there are others here known for other things.  

Here in Arlington rests a sharecropper's son who became a hero to a lonely people. Joe Louis came from nowhere, but he knew how to fight. And he galvanized a nation in the days after Pearl Harbor when he put on the uniform of his country and said, "I know we'll win because we're on God's side."  

Audie Murphy is here, Audie Murphy of the wild, wild courage. For what else would you call it when a man bounds to the top of a disabled tank, stops an enemy advance, saves lives, and rallies his men, and all of it single-handedly. When he radioed for artillery support and was asked how close the enemy was to his position, he said, "Wait a minute and I'll let you speak to them." [Laughter]  

Michael Smith is here, and Dick Scobee, both of the space shuttle Challenger. Their courage wasn't wild, but thoughtful, the mature and measured courage of career professionals who took prudent risks for great reward—in their case, to advance the sum total of knowledge in the world. They're only the latest to rest here; they join other great explorers with names like Grissom and Chaffee.  

Oliver Wendell Holmes is here, the great jurist and fighter for the right. A poet searching for an image of true majesty could not rest until he seized on "Holmes dissenting in a sordid age." Young Holmes served in the Civil War. He might have been thinking of the crosses and stars of Arlington when he wrote: "At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight."  

All of these men were different, but they shared this in common: They loved America very much. There was nothing they wouldn't do for her. And they loved with the sureness of the young. It's hard not to think of the young in a place like this, for it's the young who do the fighting and dying when a peace fails and a war begins.

Not far from here is the statue of the three servicemen—the three fighting boys of Vietnam. It, too, has majesty and more. Perhaps you've seen it—three rough boys walking together, looking ahead with a steady gaze. There's something wounded about them, a kind of resigned toughness. But there's an unexpected tenderness, too. At first you don't really notice, but then you see it. The three are touching each other, as if they're supporting each other, helping each other on.  

I know that many veterans of Vietnam will gather today, some of them perhaps by the wall. And they're still helping each other on. They were quite a group, the boys of Vietnam—boys who fought a terrible and vicious war without enough support from home, boys who were dodging bullets while we debated the efficacy of the battle. It was often our poor who fought in that war; it was the unpampered boys of the working class who picked up the rifles and went on the march.

They learned not to rely on us; they learned to rely on each other. And they were special in another way: They chose to be faithful. They chose to reject the fashionable skepticism of their time. They chose to believe and answer the call of duty. They had the wild, wild courage of youth. They seized certainty from the heart of an ambivalent age; they stood for something.  

And we owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we. And there are other promises. We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance. We owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in the world and challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace is by staying strong.  

That, of course, is the lesson of this century, a lesson learned in the Sudetenland, in Poland, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in Cambodia. If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, through our strength, demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does. That's the lesson of this century and, I think, of this day. And that's all I wanted to say. The rest of my contribution is to leave this great place to its peace, a peace it has earned.  

Thank all of you, and God bless you, and have a day full of memories.

Note: The President spoke at 10:10 a.m. at the Memorial Amphitheater. Prior to his remarks, he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier............

Chris Pratt has the video at twitchy.com

for a change

Saturday, May 28, 2016



If You Liked Bush Derangement Syndrome, You're Going To Love Trump Denial Syndrome!

Watts Up: Greens Blame Donald Trump for Crumbling Paris Climate Accord

"Never mind he’s not even President yet – greens are already trying to pin the blame for the embarrassing slow motion collapse of the Paris Climate Agreement on US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump."

Move over, Zika! Watch out, Ebola!

Trump Denial Syndrome. It's here. It's real. It's now. And it's freakin' hilarious.

Should any of your loved ones show the warning signs of Early Onset TDS, such as blaming a guy who hasn't even been nominated for the Diplo-Failure in the War on Weather, get them to a doctor right away.

If they were able to keep their doctor, that is.

(side effects may include, but are not limited to, hair loss, loss of sex drive, loss of hard drive, Driving Miss Hillary, missed periods, missed commas, missed the boat, boat drinks, sea sickness, motion sickness, morning sickness, Morning in America, America First, queasiness, cheesy-ness, ranting, raving, lack of shaving and bouts of Sudden Onset Tourette's. Followed by anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Your mileage may be monitored by the EPA, see your authorized Gitmo dealer for detainees.)

Don't despair, precious; there's hope for a cure.

Update: They told me if Trump got the nomination, Muslims would be attacked in the streets by violent mobs:

(Berlin) An asylum seeker who jokingly wore a T-shirt saying ‘I’m Muslim, don’t panic’ was so savagely beaten by his fellow refugees that he had to be rushed to hospital.
The 23-year-old Iraqi had thought that his fellow Islamic asylum seekers would see the funny side...
Two of the alleged attackers, a 27-year-old from Syria and a 33-year-old from Lebanon, were later arrested on charges of aggravated GBH.

UPDATE: The Underlying Pathology; A Jury of Her Piers

She deserves better than this. They all do. We do, too.

I Hope You Dance

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sorry!: My Apology for America

"In Hiroshima, our president -- as ignorant of history as he is of health insurance -- called for the courage to “spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.” A world without nuclear weapons? We had one, Mister President. It led to Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini and Stalin. No thank you."--Don Surber

It’s not just Hiroshima: The many other things America hasn’t apologized for
by Adam Taylor, Washington Post:

"This week, President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, the Japanese city that the United States nearly destroyed with a nuclear bomb in 1945. While the bombing is estimated to have killed as many as 150,000 people, Obama is not expected to apologize during his visit.

It's reasonable to ask, after more than 70 years, why not apologize for Hiroshoma? One well-worn argument is that the bombing of the city (and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki that followed) was morally justifiable as it was the quickest way to end World War II — a conflict that had already taken millions of lives.
But another argument is broader and perhaps even more persuasive: Apologizing simply isn't something the United States does, nor do many other countries." ..................

The author goes on to recite the Left's Cherished Catalog of AmeriCrimes(tm).

It's only "reasonable" to ask why not apologize for Hiroshima?

Why would I ever apologize?  My father was in the Navy in the '40's, and I'm here by the grace of God. There are so, so very many that aren't here. Thank God Harry Truman had the guts to use the Bomb to stop the war.

But since Historical Moral Grandstanding is what all the Cool Kids are doing, I want in on this Apology Tour.

On behalf of America, I deeply apologize.

I apologize for saving civilization once upon a time during the Great War.
I'm sorry--did I say 'once'? I meant twice, in World War II, also.
I'm sorry--did I say 'twice'? I meant three times--that Cold War got pretty hot sometimes.
I'm sorry--did I say 'three times'--because I meant four, now that we're defending civilization again against Radical Islamism.

I also apologize for getting rid of dictators. For spreading freedom where possible. For bleeding on your countries. For keeping the sea lanes open. For spreading prosperity. For inventing medicines. For exploring space. For our role in ending slavery--except where it still exists in Muslim Africa and under Communist regimes. For sending doctors and supplies. For educating millions. For feeding millions. For inventing innumerable devices to make uncounted lives better. For the taxpayers who open their wallets to finance the whole damn world, for rebuilding even those countries we defeated in war. For maintaining the peace.

For devising the worst system of self-government ever known--except for all the others.

But mostly I'm sorry for producing a bunch of pampered ingrates who think America needs to apologize early, often and forever.

Did I say "You can kiss my ass--my American ass!"?

No? Sorry 'bout that.

Because I meant to.

Harry Drops the Big One
Thank you, sir...and sorry about what's become of your Party

UPDATE: Larry O'Connor: "Frankly, that statement is worse than an apology. It’s a condemnation of America’s actions in 1945 as immoral and it’s a sanctimonious declaration that only our preening president has the moral perspective to start righting that wrong."

Allahpundit:  CBS poll: Plurality of Americans now disapprove of decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan  "People who lived through the meat grinder of World War II are dying off, replaced by people who’ve never lived in a country that has a military draft, let alone one that might have placed them in the middle of a maelstrom like X-Day.... Gallup polled the public in August 1945 ...69 percent said yes. Fast-forward 71 years and here we are. ...43% approve, 44% disapprove ".

Robert K. Wilcox: "...the Japanese were, at the same time, working on their own atomic bomb, and would have used it on Americans had they been able."

'Bam in 'Nam: “One of the great things about the United States is that even when it makes mistakes it’s able to adjust and recognize our mistakes and we correct course and take different steps.”
We sure will. On Nov. 8th.

Memorial Day at Mt. Rushmore

On this Memorial Day, we honor the memory of those who gave all for our liberty.

Let's then examine the meaning of that liberty through the words of the four American Giants whose images are carved on Mt. Rushmore, symbolizing the birth, growth, preservation and development of our national life.

George Washington:

"The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men."

"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war."

No compact among men... can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other."--George Washington, draft of First Inaugural Address, April 1789

"The Democratic Party, mainstream media, and thousands of political operatives in our federal government have spent the past year-plus sabotaging the peaceful transfer of power.

They seek to undermine our republic by replacing our elective process with a permanent bureaucracy of elitists controlled by Democrats, regardless of whom we elect. This is the government Patrick Henry feared, and James Madison tried to prevent."--Don  Surber
Thomas Jefferson

"All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride legitimately, by the grace of God."

"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever."

Abraham Lincoln:

"The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

"Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Lincoln"

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan..."

Teddy Roosevelt:

"I believe that a man must be a good patriot before he can be, and as the only possible way of being, a good citizen of the world. Experience teaches us that the average man who protests that his international feeling swamps his national feeling, that he does not care for his country because he cares so much for mankind, in actual practice proves himself the foe of mankind; that the man who says that he does not care to be a citizen of any one country, because he is the citizen of the world, is in fact usually and exceedingly undesirable citizen of whatever corner of the world he happens at the moment to be in."

"To no body of men in the United States is the country so much indebted as to the splendid officers and enlisted men of the regular army and navy. There is no body from which the country has less to fear, and none of which it should be prouder, none which it should be more anxious to upbuild.".......

Now that we recall the 'why', let's remember the 'who'.

Have a great--and meaningful--holiday!

Those veterans would want you to remember these veterans on this Memorial Day:

Hey, V. A.: First Came Veterans, So Put Veterans First

What Would Walt Do?
“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? What's important is what's your satisfaction with the experience.”--VA Secretary Robert McDonald

Actually, they do measure wait times at Disney, Mr. Secretary, and they try to keep them down. And if it gets bad enough, you can buy a Fast Pass that lets you cut in line, like Congress gives themselves an exemption from Obamacare that you can't get. Walt would never have allowed any of that.

But they don't shoot at you when you go to Disney and then promise you care, either. And then side with the Unionized Government Bureaucracy--the worst of Three Worlds--over the interests of veterans.

Malia Zimmerman at Fox News:

OpentheBooks.com ....found the VA added more than 39,000 positions (a 12.5 percent increase) between 2012 and 2015, while spending on annual salaries increased by 18.7 percent. The 3,591 medical officers hired amounted to less than 10 percent of the new positions.

Much of the money that could have been directed to hiring new doctors – including $99.1 billion in salaries and bonuses – flowed to VA employees largely outside of the medical field.

The report noted the VA hired 175 lawyers between 2012 and 2015, bringing the total number of lawyers to 1,060 at the cost of $454 million in salaries and bonuses. The VA also directed $99 million to salaries and bonuses for public relations officials, according to the report author.
In addition, the report said the VA paid $1.7 million for surveys; $751.1 million for “household” and “office” furniture; and $303 million for non-essential positions such as painters, interior designers and gardeners.

The group also found 19 percent of the employees – or 67,609 – were paid more than $100,000 per year, with the top echelon of salaries reaching $400,000. ...

The VA scandal that was exposed two years ago concerned reports that veterans were dying while waiting for care, and that officials were covering up how long the wait-times really were. ...

The Independent Assessment of the Veterans Health Administration reported in September that VA doctors only consult with 10 to 12 veterans per day, which is just about half the number of patients private consultants see. ...........................

Plush salaries
Plush offices
Plush bonuses
Public Relations officials

Where's the Care?

The VA is run for the benefit of the Government Unions, not veterans, just like the Education System is run for the Teachers Unions, not for students.

That is why Democrats fight tooth and nail against vouchers for veterans and vouchers for students. The Blob Comes First.

Let's go to Disney together, Bob:

"There's no wait times here in Tomorrowland. What's Frontierland like, Ronnie?"

"The steamboats are running on time, Walt. How's Main Street, Mr. President?"

"No wait times over here, either, boys."

Ike Sez: This Memorial Day, remember that First Came the Veterans, So Let's Put Veterans First!

Shame: Stop the Sanctuary Showers!

No Common Sense and Even Less Common Decency

Daniel Horowitz:

Last night, I reported on how House leaders allowed Democrats to insert a provision to the Energy-Water Appropriations bill allowing bureaucrats to discriminate against businesses that don’t adhere to the newly-minted national religion of transgenderism. The amendment, from Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY), would codify Obama’s executive order 13672 making transgenderism the law of the land. ...

This morning conservatives struck down the amendment by voting down the underlying Energy-Water spending bill.  As we noted before, the bill to begin with was problematic because it increased spending and continued funding for a number of green energy programs.  Now that this bill would forever lay down the marker that Republicans are okay with making transgenderism a legitimate national religion codified into law, it was incumbent upon conservatives to vote it down.  Thankfully, 130 Republicans bucked party leadership and voted down the bill. ...

[T]he names of the 43 Republicans who voted for that amendment, which would have codified language from Obama’s sexual identity executive order into law.:

    Brooks, S.(IN-05)
    Davis, R.(IL-13)
    Gibson, C.(NY-19)
    Heck, J.(NV-03)
    Reed, T.(NY-23)
    Walden, G.(OR-02)
    Young, D.(IA-03)
    Young, T.(IN-09)

Family Research Council:

The saga started last week on a military construction bill and continued yesterday when he and other liberals managed to slip language onto H.R. 5055 that would have essentially disqualified any faith-based group from doing business with the federal government. It wasn't Maloney's idea -- but President Obama's, who, in 2014, issued an executive order elbowing religious contractors out of government work unless they surrendered their views. Under his rule, any company that wanted to contract with the federal government had to adopt special LGBT rights first -- including policies on genderless bathrooms and showers. Essentially, organizations had a choice: they could swallow their beliefs to get a government job or make themselves ineligible by operating according to their faith.

For two years, Rep. Maloney and his party have been trying to turn that order -- which doesn't have the force of law -- into a U.S. statute that does. And last night, it seemed like they'd succeeded. In a stunning turn of events, the Maloney amendment passed -- thanks to 43 Republicans, who turned their back on the First Amendment and voted with the far-Left. Conservatives were shocked. Almost four dozen members of the GOP had gone on the record, agreeing with President Obama that: 1) religious liberty has no place in the public marketplace; and 2) support for gay rights and transgenderism should be a condition of government work.

No free country -- least of all America -- should punish faith-based contractors like the Salvation Army for exercising their First Amendment freedoms in hiring and firing. Yet that's exactly what the measure would have done. Fortunately, conservatives managed to push back on Maloney at the last minute by reaffirming the religious liberty of these faith-based groups in an amendment from Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.). (No thanks to seven Republicans -- Reps. Mike Coffman (Colo.); Carlos Curbelo (Fla.); Charlie Dent (Pa.); Robert Dold (Ill.); John Katko (N.Y.); Frank LoBiondo (N.J.); and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) -- who outed themselves as enemies of America's First Freedom.) In a nod to the national firestorm over transgender "rights," conservatives also took a swipe at President Obama's war on states that refuse to adopt his genderless bathroom, shower, and locker room policy. By a 227-192 vote, they barred the administration from withholding federal funds to punish any state that did not comply.

Despite those two bright spots, it didn't take long for the bad news about the Maloney amendment to spread. Within hours, phones on Capitol Hill started ringing off the hook. Angry voters demanded to know why Republicans had helped to pass a measure that was eerily similar to the transgender bathroom policy Obama is trying to force on the nation's schools. Suddenly, moderate Republicans started to panic. So much so that when the final bill came to the floor today, the bill crashed and burned 305-112. Ironically, it was killed by people on both sides: conservatives opposed to the Maloney amendment and Democrats, who despite floating their LGBT agenda onto the bill, had no intention of supporting the legislation in the first place. They only hijacked it to make a political statement. Even Sean Maloney, whose language created this mess, voted against the bill! ................

Speaker Ryan never should have allowed this vote in the first place. For that alone he deserves a primary challenge, as do all the reprobates who voted against protecting women and girls at their most vulnerable by abolishing Ladies Rooms, separate showers and locker rooms.

 After he began dabbling in drugs and Communism, John Lennon sang "Woman is the Nigger of the World." That 'World' now includes today's Democrats.

Women, once the darlings of the Left, keep taking third place to sharia rights, gay rights, illegal immigrant rights, racialists rights, criminals rights, bureaucracies rights, etc.

Get to the Back of the Bus, gals--you're yesterday's news.

Unfortunately Trump has the superficial grasp of a 70's swinger-"You got your thing, baby, I got mine--Far out!"

He doesn't know there is a whole anti-family agenda including polygamy, bigamy, chain marriage, child marriage, indoctrinating pre-schoolers, quotas, affirmative action, criminalizing disagreement to name but some. You see, hijacking marriage law was only the first step, not the last.

Trump thinks its about Caitlyn, but the legal standard is what it's about. Anybody can have access anywhere anytime--and no questions can be asked. That's the legal standard Obama is seeking.

Calling it a states issue is a dodge. The marriage debacle taught us that. Federal judges are trying to shoehorn this evil into the Constitution even as we speak.

Mr. Trump, don't wait until the bodies of women and girls--and the lawsuits--start piling up. You instinctively understood Kate Steinle.

These are Bathrooms Without Borders and Sanctuary Showers.

Mr. Trump, Build that Stall.

And make Obama pay for it.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Do They Have in Common?

2 P's N A Pod

AP via American Thinker:

Target's weak store sales and its expectations for this quarter, released Wednesday, pushed shares down 9 percent in morning trading. Shares of almost every retailer followed suit in what is shaping up to be a miserable year ... Shares of J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Macy's and Nordstrom fell as well. Shares of Wal-Mart, which reports earnings on Thursday, fell almost 4 percent.


The State Department’s internal investigation arm issued a final memorandum today on the email practices of past and current secretaries of state, and it said definitively that past secretaries handled classified material on unclassified email systems. The same claims were made in an early February memo when the State Department's inspector general first announced it was conducting a records review related to the email accounts of five secretaries of state -- Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry -- and their immediate staff.

In the first story,  AP is trying to hide the success of the Target "Bathrooms Without Borders" Boycott by lumping it in with other retailers. But Target has over twice the losses, totaling 9.2 billion says Sierra Rayne.

In the second story, the State Dept. is trying to hide the failure of Hillary Clinton by lumping her in with other Secretaries, who never had their own private servers or sent top secret emails. State had to reclassify a couple of Colin Powell's completely non-controversial emails a dozen years later just so they could use him to protect Felony Clinton, the Mommy Commie, the Grifter with Blame-Shifters, the Hefty Lefty, the Ft. Marcy Parsee, the Vince Foster Accoster, the E-mailer Failure, the Cattle Future Moocher, etc.

Sec. Powell says they're full of it. Word.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ECHO Echo echo CHAMBER Chamber chamber


Ace of SpadesWhat a Shock: NPR Canceled Iran-Deal Critic In Order to Give Iran-Deal Supporter -- Who Donated $700,000 to Station -- Unchallenged Appearance
"The media continues to not cover this story -- which all began with Ben Rhodes revelations about the eager "echo chamber" in the media he found to propagate Obama's lies..."

Hot Air: Oops! NPR admits it did cancel interview with Iran-deal critic
"National Public Radio admitted Monday that it did cancel an interview with Rep. Mike Pompeo, a congressional critic of the Iran deal, despite having told the Associated Press last week that it had no
record of contact with him." ...............

If you contribute at the $10 level, you will receive this lovely NPR totebag!

If you contribute at the $25 level, you will receive the NPR totebag, plus this awesome COEXIST bumpersticker for your Volvo. However, the bumpersticker  features only the Crescent Moon "C", because the "C" demanded jizya payments from all the other letters.

If you contribute at the $50 level, you will receive a "Peter, Paul and Mary sing the NWA Catalogue" CD.

If you participate at the $100 level, Ken Burns will let you rummage through his recycling.

And if participate at the $700,000 level, you can have your political opponents removed from the air so you can propagandize your little Farsi heart out without any pesky pushback.

Sorry, NPR; helping Iran point ICBMs at America kinda' outweighs any good All Things Considered and Car Talk might have done over the years. Pull your heads out of your Garrulous Keisters.

At your foundation, you foreswore editorializing and becoming a partisan mouthpiece for any candidate. You said "All Things Considered", not "Some Things Considered--Others Dismissed Out of Hand".

We don't need another National Propaganda Regurgitator, NPR.

Our Favorite Margaret Thatcher Quotes

But first, a word from Robert Heinlein;

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. 

This is known as “bad luck.”
And having a leader like Margaret Thatcher is known as "a great blessing".

"I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph."

Some of our favorite Iron Lady aphorisms and observations:

"Socialists cry “Power to the people, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”

"...I always feel ten years younger – despite the jet-lag – when I set foot on American soil: there is something so positive, generous, and open about the people – and everything actually works. I also feel, though, that I have in a sense a share of America."

"Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy."

“Socialism’s results have ranged between the merely shabby and the truly catastrophic – poverty, strife, oppression and, on the killing fields of communism, the deaths this century of perhaps 100 million people. Against that doctrine was set a contrary, conservative belief in a law-governed liberty. It was this view which triumphed with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the Left has sought rehabilitation by distancing itself from its past.”

"Let me give you my vision: A man’s right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master.”

"I never hugged him, I bombed him." -- on Muammar Gaddafi

"I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air."

"...Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world’s population and defending it for most of the rest."

“Socialists have always spent much of their time seeking new titles for their beliefs, because the old versions so quickly become outdated and discredited.”

"To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects."

“Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.”

“Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.”

“Let us never forget this fundamental truth:  The State has no source of money other than the money people themselves earn.”
"In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”  

"All corporatism – even when practised in societies where hard work, enterprise and cooperation are as highly valued as in Korea – encourages inflexibility, discourages individual accountability, and risks magnifying errors by concealing them.”

“It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.”

“No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well.”  

“Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.”  

“The facts of life are conservative”

(Upon England loss to Germany in the 1990 FIFA World Cup Semi-final)
Kenneth Clarke: "Isn't it terrible about losing to the Germans at our national sport?"
Margaret Thatcher: "They might have beaten us at our national sport, but we managed to beat them at their national sport twice in the 20th century."

“Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag.”

“There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.”

“They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour.”

"Communist regimes were not some unfortunate aberration, some historical deviation from a socialist ideal. They were the ultimate expression, unconstrained by democratic and electoral pressures, of what socialism is all about. … In short, the state [is] everything and the individual nothing.”

“Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.”

“I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

"People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top."

“Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth."

“Good Conservatives always pay their bills. And on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people’s bills.”

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.”
“Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.”

"If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you."

"Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides."

“There is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.”
“When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality – other than equality before the law – that government poses a threat to liberty.”
“Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.”

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

“Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.”
"My job is to stop Britain from going Red.” ....................................................
She did her job in her time and we're the better for it. Which is why no one from this petty leftist administration was at the Lady's funeral. They were too busy mourning at Hugo Chavez' funeral. Just as well--they're small and unworthy anyway.
Sec. Schulz and Sec. Baker ably conveyed the love and admiration of our nation for the Lady.
Sir Winston's job was to stop Nazism.
Lady Thatcher's job was to stop Communism. 
The job of British leaders today must be to stop Islamism, another radical foreign collectivist and supremacist ideology.

MNN: The Manufactured News Network(tm)!

"They say we don't manufacture anything in America anymore. We here at Manufactured News Network proudly disagree, one meme at a time!"

*(Washington, D.C., Disunited States) The Administration announced it would soon help another two dozen detainees escape from Guantanamo. "We're still working on details like making pay-offs, securing hideouts and getaway vehicles, but when we schedule their prison break, you'll be the first to know," said spokesman Earnest Josher to his rented Echo Chamber. "Gitmo is a recruiting tool. Giving $150 Billion to Iran isn't a recruiting tool, but prison is."

Josher went on to say that these worst-of-the-worst detainees would qualify to remain in the country however, if they chose to sneak back in illegally. 'They've certainly met the president's standard of establishing residency before January of 2014. And as veterans of Guantanamo, they might qualify for preferred hiring at DOD or State."

When asked for comment, the Dept. of Defense requested another two dozen troops for Afghanistan "to match upcoming enemy deployments" there. "We feel that Terrorism causes Gitmo, not that Gitmo causes Terrorism," said a Defense spokesman who wished to remain unidentified, sane and employed. .............................

NeverTrump# vs. Churchill

"Obam...Chamberlain is a Birmingham town councillor who looks at our national affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe."
--Winston Churchill to a reporter for the Daily Mirror, 1938.

I quote from memory. Gary Busey's.

Dennis Prager:

"When forced to choose between bad and worse, we supported Joseph Stalin against Adolf Hitler...
The most moving interview of my 33 years in radio was with Irene Opdyke, a Polish Catholic woman. Opdyke became the mistress of a married Nazi officer in order to save the lives of 12 Jews. She hid them in the cellar of the officer's house in Warsaw. There were some Christians who called my show to say that Opdyke's actions were wrong, that she had in fact sinned because she knowingly committed a mortal sin. In their view, she compromised Catholic/Christian doctrine.
In my view -- and, I believe, the view of most Catholics and other Christians -- she brought glory to her God and her faith. Why? Because circumstances almost always determine what is moral, even for religious people like myself who believe in moral absolutes. That's why the act of dropping atom bombs on Japan was moral. The circumstances (ending a war that would otherwise continue taking millions of lives) made moral what under other circumstances would be immoral.
In the 2016 presidential race, I am not interested in moral purity. I am interested in defeating the left and its party, the Democratic Party. The notion (expressed by virtually every #NeverTrump advocate) that we can live with another four years of a Democratic president is, forgive me, mind-boggling."....................................

That's three World War II analogies--choosing Stalin over Hitler, becoming a Nazi mistress to save Jews and using the Atom Bomb to shorten the war.

I'm not sure voting for Trump rises to that level, but the point is that we always make choices like that.

I think of it more as another WW II event--Churchill's formation of a National Unity government to focus on defeating the Nazis.

Andrew Kugle:

"By the middle of 1940, with Europe prostrate at the Nazis’ feet, Russia allied with Germany, and the United States still out of the war, Britain’s leaders were focused more on survival than on victory. ...
Lord Halifax was the leading choice to lead the new cabinet, but a number of MPs were dissatisfied with his proximity to Chamberlain. Another senior politician, Winston Churchill, had been warning Parliament about the evils of the Nazism throughout the 1930s, long before such a position was popular, and with little success. He now advocated for a strategy of defending the Empire at all costs. Halifax eventually urged Chamberlain to recommend Churchill to the King, and Chamberlain reluctantly did so. ...Having formed a national unity government, there was no time to lose. Churchill’s first meetings with his cabinet focused on military strategy.
...The Prime Minister faced challenges from the left and the right and was forced to defend his leadership against socialist leader Stafford Cripps and fellow conservative—and personal friend—Lord Beaverbrook.
The war marked a decisive shift in British politics to the left, a fact Churchill didn’t fully come to terms with while it was happening. ...When Germany surrendered to Allied forces in 1945—something hard to imagine in 1940—Churchill was celebrated as the man who had saved Britain. The celebration was short lived. ...The man who just led the country to victory against a devastating, existential threat was now out of power."..........................................

I'm not saying Trump is Churchill. But like Churchill, we're facing Islamo-Nazi Supremicists, appeasers and socialists at home, 5th Columnists, traitors and a world in flames thanks to incompetentcy, corruption and malevolence. And like Churchill, we don't have another 4 or 8 years to wait to deal with the crisis.

With Trump, conservatives will get the large goal of largely halting the deliberate leftist ruin of America both foreign and domestic, and at least some of our policy goals.

For me, the problem with NeverTrump# is that it is a long list of complaints with no solution attached. Barring some major event, there is no other winning candidate to solve it. So voters are left to this. Churchill:

"So now the Admiralty wireless whispers through the ether to the tall masts of ships, and captains pace their decks absorbed in thought. It is nothing. It is less than nothing. It is too foolish, too fantastic to be thought of in the twentieth century. Or is it fire and murder leaping out of the darkness at our throats, torpedoes ripping the bellies of half-awakened ships, a sunrise on a vanished naval supremacy, and an island well-guarded hitherto, at last defenceless? No, it is nothing. No one would do such things. Civilization has climbed above such perils. The interdependence of nations in trade and traffic, the sense of public law, the Hague Convention, Liberal principles, the Labour Party, high finance, Christian charity, common sense have rendered such nightmares impossible. Are you quite sure? It would be a pity to be wrong. Such a mistake could only be made once—once for all."

    —1923, recalling the possibility of war between France and Germany after the Agadir Crisis of 1911, in 'The World Crisis'

"Sometimes when Fortune scowls most spitefully, she is preparing her most dazzling gifts."--Winston Churchill, 1931.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Grandma v. Granma

Wisdom of the Ages...and the Aging

distilled through P.J. O'Rourke:

My grandmother knew how to say what she damn well pleased, not that she ever would have said "damn." As a boy I asked her what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans. She said, "Democrats rent."
Once, when I remarked on slum conditions as we drove through a bad part of town, my grandmother said, "No one's ever so poor he can't pick up his yard."
And when I came home from college declaring that Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were both fascist pigs and I was a Communist, she said—take heed, Bernie—"at least you're not a Democrat."
Going through family photographs I realize that my grandmother cultivated old age. By the time she was 40 her affect was Margaret Dumont opposite Groucho Marx in A Night at the Opera—if Groucho had been the straight man.
In 1966, when the Post Office issued its 6-cent FDR commemorative, my grandmother said, "My friends and I are having trouble using that new Roosevelt stamp."
"Why?" I asked.
"We keep spitting on the wrong side."

A Giant Among Us: Justice Clarence Thomas at Hillsdale

"If you won't lead by example, who will?"

A challenge to young people and all people by Justice Thomas, one of the very few worthy of that title.

The Right Scoop has it all.

We're blessed to have him.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Yeah, It's Terrorism


CNN gives the bachelor pilot a clean bill of health.

The New York Times has more concerns, noting the multiple threats scrawled on the fuselage by Obama pals the Muslim Brotherhood.

Former PLO Walid Shoebat scours Mid-East media:

"More evidence is arising to show that the pilot of Flight 804 went suicide. He did some bizarre things. He converted the plane into a makeshift mosque, used the equipment to tell passengers the direction of Mecca. Had a last supper and said “farewell” as if ‘we who are about to die salute you’. He called his brother before take-off telling him to ‘pray for him’ as he was going for martyrdom. He had connections with one of the most radical preachers and terror supporters in Egypt."

Here's the photo of the captain posing with Muslim Brotherhood terrorscum aboard the plane. Walid also explains that drowning is not seen as suicide, but martyrdom. And why killing fellow Muslims is also seen as good, helping them to paradise. The usual 7th century Death Cult logic.

Nothing yet in the Lame Stream. Sleeping, as usual.

UPDATE: Mark Christian and Joe Herring at American Thinker:
Beginning a fortnight ago, the country of Egypt has been wracked with violence and unrest between Muslim Brotherhood-sponsored rioters and the government of Egyptian president el-Sisi.  
Egyptian National Police (the equivalent of our Homeland Security, FBI, and CIA rolled into one) are themselves perpetrating much of the violence, directed at their own citizens.  Hundreds of shops, hotels, and historic shopping areas throughout the country have been put to the torch, further crippling an already weak and tottering economy. ...
Described as a military coup by the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Obama administration, the truth is, the military acted at the behest of the legislature, to protect the established rule of law that Morsi had declared void. ...
The Brotherhood will do whatever is necessary to regain power in Egypt.  Their most effective tactic thus far has been to make the current president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, appear weak and unable to keep his promises to restore security, prosperity, and stability in the nation. ...
Islam doesn't have a "violence" problem.  That is merely an inevitable downstream consequence of the fundamental principle that animates Islam, that being a devotion to achieving theological and political supremacy over all the earth and its people, as commanded by Islam's prophet, Mohammed.
This teaching is a core element of Islam and renders it poisonous to humanity.  The violent targeting of innocent non-combatants is simply the tool through which this corrosive teaching finds its expression in reality. Consequently, any meaningful opposition to terrorist aggression must first recognize and target this teaching as both illegitimate and illegal to propound. --The author is the founder and executive director of the Global Faith Institute – globalfaith.org – and is an Egyptian émigré to the United States and a convert to Christianity.  His father and uncle remain high-ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in his former home of Cairo.

Brother Hoods


Saturday, May 21, 2016

How Do You Solve A Climate With Sharia?

How Do You Catch A Cloud and Pin It Down?

You ban Weather Questioning of course!

"Big Climate is slowly being crushed by a hard, icy reality: if you’re heading off to university this year, there has been no global warming since before you were in kindergarten....You would think that might occasion a little circumspection. But instead the cultists up the ante: having evolved from ‘global warming’ to the more flexible ‘climate change’, they’re now moving on to ‘climate collapse’. Total collapse. No climate at all. No sun, no ice. No warm fronts, except for the heaving bosoms in Rajendra Pachauri’s bodice-rippers."--Mark Steyn, from Climate Change: The Facts

For years liberals searched for a key that would let them impose socialism for the greater good, write industrial policy like a Soviet Five-Year Plan, give them a supposedly unchallengeable moral high ground, allow transfer of national sovereignty to the UN, create new taxes and give ever more power to the State.

Bingo: the Environment!

And since the environment is everything, everywhere, always, that's all we here at Big Government wish to control: everything, everywhere, all the time!

Including schools. Portland schools are now banning legitimate Climate Dissent in their textbooks in the name of their Prophet Al Gore, Acid Rain Be Upon Him.

Portland Tribune:

“A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” Bigelow says, accusing the publishing industry to bowing to pressure from fossil fuels companies. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”

He took particular issue with teaching materials that used iffy language when discussing climate change, like “might,” “may” and “could.”

Conservative Angle
"...it means that Portland schools cannot use the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports on climate science, because those reports use the words “might,” “may,” and “could” throughout, along with the term “uncertain” or “uncertainty” (both of which appear hundreds of times in the IPCC reports on climate science)."
Mr. Stuttaford:
(Tribune:) "Bigelow said the district already has climate-change literacy curriculum, such as at Sunnyside Environmental School, and he wants that knowledge to spread."
Set the controls for the heart of Sunnyside’s website, and discover this:
"Our school community and students are taught to critically examine dominant culture norms, seek multiple perspectives and counter stories…" ...............................

They don't critically examine anything, they don't challenge dominant culture norms, multiple perspectives are banned and counter stories are quashed. You can question the War on Terror all day long, but the War on Weather is sacred, revealed Truth, far to pure to stand up to rigorous questioning!

You can be bi-curious and get your own after-school club, but being sky-curious is verboten in Hoboken, banned in Boston, taboo in Peru and just not done in Oregon.
"Here, kids; the Unabomber said we could read his margin-scribbled copy of "Earth in the Balance"--and remember, 'Question Nothing!'"
Welcome to One-Party Education, heretic. There won't be a quiz later--we don't like inquisitiveness.

"In Ray Bradbury's novel "Fahrenheit 451,"-the temperature at which "book paper" auto-ignites-Capt. Beatty, who is the chief book-burner, said, "If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none." That same sentiment was expressed by the Obama Administration, which told the Supreme Court in Citizens United that, in its view, Congress could ban books."-Sen. Ted Cruz

The "Science is Settled"; Climate Sharia Theory is a proven loser for free and free-thinking people.

Done Patrol

The Only Borders Being Enforced Are On the Patrol

"I saw a large group of Syrians out there--we've got to get these voter registration forms to them before the DMV closes!"
Mark Krikorian:

...Brandon Judd, head of the Border Patrol agents’ union, decried the “catch and release” policy imposed by the White House. ...He estimated that some 80 percent of the illegal aliens that are apprehended are released into the United States. ...

"If you are an unaccompanied minor we will not only release you, but will escort you to your final destination."

"If you are a family unit, we will release you."

"If you claim credible fear [of persecution], we will release you."

"If you are a single male and we do not physically see you cross the border and you claim that you have been in this country since 2014, we will release you." ......................

Obama has illegally ordered the Border Patrol to stop enforcing the law. In effect, the Abolition of the Border Patrol. The Done Patrol.

America has the most generous and humane immigration laws in the world; it is not too much to ask that they be enforced.

You've heard of Sanctuary Cities:
Gayla Baer-Taylor, a lifelong Democrat, explained why she's supporting Trump in the 2016 election. She said that for her, the turning point was the murder of Kate Steinle - who was shot in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant - and the Obama administration's refusal to acknowledge her death.  
Delaware could become the nation’s first “sanctuary state” --if you don't count California which is already there, in all but name.

If liberal jurisdictions can ignore immigration and drug laws they don't like, then under the Equal Protection Clause, conservative jurisdictions can do the same. If that's how the game is played, we want sanctuary cities from EPA regulations and sanctuary states for traditional marriage.

Obama has, in Maximum Leader-style, unilaterally declared the whole country a Sanctuary Nation.

But have you ever asked "Sanctuary from who?"  From law enforcement?

Police don't write laws. Congress does. And presidents sign them. Congresses and presidents YOU elected; the sanctuary is from the voters who elected those lawmakers and presidents.

The sanctuary claimed by liberals and extemists is from you and me, and our right to govern ourselves. They can pick and chose the laws they accept, but say we must obey all their favored laws to a tee.

"Sanctuary" is just another way to say "Above the Law".

In completely unrelated news, Donald Trump has moved into the lead in national polls. Coincidence?

Life More Abundant

"Choose, celebrate, support Life! Thanks Northwest Center!"

Those high-priced, o-so-sophisticated super-secret trending algorithms at Facebook categorized actress Patricia Heaton's message as "anti-abortion". I call it "pro-life". Unless you mean just being alive and grateful is "anti-abortion", in which case I take your point.

They won't say 'pro-life' because the opposite is pro-death.

Hell, you could even call it pro-choice--she said "choose". And life was supposed to be one of the choices in "pro-choice", right?

Facebook needs some conserva-teese translators.
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
Psalm 127

¡D.C. Libré!

Not counting the American flag, how many oppressors can you name in this picture?

Well, you have Commie Fan-boy Tweedle-Dee and Commie Murderer Tweedle-Dum.

But don't forget the Racist Trees! 

To call them lunatics is to slur the moon.

This photo is often dismissed as proof of our Limp-Wristed Diplomacy--Not That There's Anything Wrong With That(tm): 

But there's more to it than Mr. Limp Wimp's Usual Surrender Tour. It contains a lie and the truth.

The one telling the truth is the Military Dictator Castro. He knows that both men are Communists. In his passion to celebrate the Marxist victory of placing a fellow traveler in the White House, Castro grabs the arm of his comrade, like this:

Obama knows all this instantly. He needs to maintain the fiction that he is not a Commie to fool the folks at home. So he let's his hand go limp to prevent the victory photo from being taken, and immediately engages a bystander in joking banter to further misdirect viewers.

Our friend Fausta:

...Bernie Sanders, whose platform actively promotes the so-called “democratic socialism.”...Which, in practical terms, means that communism is palatable if everybody votes for it so nobody has a right to complain. Your rights to private property and self-determination are done for either way, no matter what color lipstick that pig wears. 
It’s like being a little pregnant.
Reagan defeated Communism abroad. Whether he knows it yet or not, Trump is going to have to defeat them at home.

(color photos via Babalu)