Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Affirmation Of The Presence Of Faith In The Life Of Our Nation

Photo credit:  Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis
Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, proudly announced that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the American Atheists’ challenge to including the famed “Ground Zero Cross” in the National September 11 Museum.

The rusted, twisted metal beams were pulled from the rubble of the 9/11 attacks just feet from where Rev. Mychal F. Judge, chaplain of the NYFD, died while helping victims on that horrible day.

                      Photo credit: Associated Press
Rev. Brian Jordan, a friend and fellow Franciscan of Mychal, saved the cross. Each weekend, Jordan said Mass at the foot of the cross. His congregation was a mixture of victims' families, workers and visitors that grew from dozens to hundreds. There were people of all religions and none. What seemed to matter most was the gathering together.

The only work of art commissioned for the National 9/11Museum is a wall made up of 2,983 individual squares of Fabriano Italian paper—one square for every person killed in the Sept. 11 attacks and in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center—each hand-painted a different shade of blue to capture the brilliant, clear blue sky on the morning of the attack.

Nestled in the center of the artwork is the Virgilian quote, “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”

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The appellate court stated in a unanimous decision that the cross is historic as much as it is religious and it safe once more:

“As a matter of law, the record compels the conclusion that appellees’ actual purpose in displaying The Cross at Ground Zero has always been secular: to recount the history of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.” —Circuit Judge Reena Raggi

“Thus, the Establishment Clause is not properly construed to command that government accounts of history be devoid of religious references. Nor is a permissible secular purpose transformed into an impermissible religious one because the government makes an historical point with an artifact whose historical significance derives, in whole or in part, from its religious symbolism.” —General Court Ruling Documentation

80 Years Of Happy

Sixty residents and staff at a retirement village show us just what they're made of!  I totally adore the gentleman wearing the bowtie and the fedora.  Now that’s happy!

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

This is the initial theatrical teaser for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which will end the three-part Hobbit trilogy on December 11th, 2014. 

Bon Appétit: It’s National Lasagna Day

July 29th is National Lasagna Day.  In honor of the day some restaurants across America are offering special meal deals on one of America’s favorite Italian dishes—layers of pasta smothered in rich tomato sauce and topped with scads of ooey, gooey cheese.



Monday, July 28, 2014

John Kerry, Hamas, Qatar, Iran And Treachery

I spent most of a rainy Sunday morning watching the talking heads on the Sunday political talk shows and sat in amazement at the veiled anti-Semitism on parade.  I was especially appalled at the heavy-handed manner in which CNN’s Candy Crowley kept nudging the conversation in the direction of blaming Israel for the bitter war between the Israelis and the genocidal terrorist organization Hamas.  A bitter war, I might add, that Israel sought earnestly to avoid.

Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee appeared on Meet The Press and Face The Nation.  It was the Face The Nation interview that yielded the most telling evidence of just how complicit the mainstream media has been by choosing, yes choosing, to portray Israel as some horrible aggressor.

The point at which this became evident was when the host, Bob Schieffer asked, as though inexplicably shocked, “But I thought the Qataris were our allies here?”

Here’s the transcript:

"That's what's so frustrating with the administration," he said "All of this works together. You can't just pick and choose one particular region; it has to work in concert. So when you free up $2.8 billion for Iran, when they're already cash strapped because of sanctions, that means they can continue to do bad activities in the Gaza Strip, including we believe at least missile components."

He said that Qatar, which acts as a U.S. ally on other issues, are also funneling money to Hamas, as are some sources inside of Saudi Arabia. And, Rogers added, the militant group also takes legitimate foreign aid dollars coming into the region to put toward building tunnels into Israel that the Israeli government is working to destroy.

"Think about how obscene that is, the hundreds of millions of dollars they've had over a decade. Twenty percent of the people in Gaza Strip aren't connected to a water source. Ninety percent of all the water there doesn't meet international standards. But they've got, I think the Israelis disclosed, 35 tunnels. So they're diverting legitimate money. And you have Iran that is aligned into this particular interest in a way that's very, very dangerous," he said.

In an earlier interview on "Face the Nation," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the army had discovered a "vast underground terror kingdom" meant to give Hamas a way to carry out attacks in Israel. He promised Israel would not stop trying to destroy the tunnels, although he did not specify whether there would be an expansion of the current ground invasion.

But Rogers warned that the combination of Iranian and Qatari support for Hamas and for certain factions in Syria is "intertwined in a way that makes it a very dangerous stew indeed."
SCHIEFFER: Mr. Chairman, let's just go back to Israel for a minute. Hamas continues to fire these rockets.  They have poured all this concrete, as you heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk about.  Where are they getting this stuff? 
SCHIEFFER: But I thought the Qataris were our allies here? 
ROGERS: Well, this is what makes this region so interesting. 
So, you have Iran and the Qataris are supporting Hamas, and certainly factions thereof. They're also supporting places in Syria. So, that is why this is so intertwined in a way that makes it a very dangerous stew, indeed. 
It is one common thing that the Shias and the Sunnis do not like, and that is a Jewish Israel state. That is confirmed. And I think they have found an outlet to try to do this. And it's spreading to other areas, Bob. This is what is the other problem. There is the unseen war in this particular event, and that is the new cyber front. 
There are not only what you see coming from Hamas, attacks on Israel, but now we have nation states engaged in the region in cyber-conflict that could cause this to escalate in a way that is very, very dangerous for stability. 
SCHIEFFER: How much do you think they have? How much money do you think has been poured into these tunnels? It's literally millions of dollars which, as I understand it, came in there to build schools and things of that nature. 
ROGERS: Well, again, I think they diverted some of the legitimate money. Clearly, that happened. Instead of building wells or water infrastructure, they diverted that money to build these tunnels. 
And I think that they are getting money again from Iran, who has been a maligned force in that whole entire region. Think about it. They are putting Hezbollah in the fight in Syria and supplying Hamas in the Gaza Strip with weapons. That is the difficult part here. 
And what is concerning about that is just about 10 days ago or so, the United States agreed to allow Iran to have another $2.8 billion released just for them to continue nuclear negotiations. And that is what is so frustrating with the administration now. 
All of this works together. You can't just pick and choose one particular region. It has to work in concert. When you free up $2.8 billion for Iran, when they are already cash-strapped because of sanctions that means they can continue to do bad activities in the Gaza Strip, including missile—we believe, at least missile components. What they have—we understand, according to public reports, they have even offered to help hide those missile systems, and their work in Syria with supporting the Assad regime. 
It's not working in concert that is helping us cause this confusion around the Middle East. 
SCHIEFFER: Well, Congressman, I want to tell you, you have explained and made this thing even more dire than I understood it at the beginning of this broadcast.
More dire.

Avi Issacharoff reported the content of John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal writing, “Israel and the US are meant to be allies; the US is meant to be committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of neighborhoods; together, the US and Israel are meant to be trying to marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free world. Yet here was the top US diplomat appearing to accommodate a vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, with a formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.”

[SNIP]

Whether through ineptitude, malice, or both, Kerry’s intervention was not a case of America’s top diplomat coming to our region to help ensure, through astute negotiation, the protection of a key ally. This was a betrayal.

Read his entire piece here.

Late To The Punchline

If you’re gullible it’s probably a good idea to look before you leap.  Just ask “Karoli” a contributor to an über liberal website that is littered with brainiacs from the administrations of Bubba and Barry.

It all began with a “plagiarized interview” from an openly satirical site The National Report.  A bogus website, KCTV7, heisted text from The National Report that claimed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had called for unaccompanied Central American children to be sent to indoctrination camps to become Americanized in an interview with Minnesota’s Twin Cities News talk radio host Jason Lewis.  There was no such article and no such interview that featured the Congresswoman.

Scott Kaufman sounded the alarm suggesting the “crazy racist Bachmann story [was] so believable liberal websites” fell for the parody.  The sites were forced to update the story admitting they were bamboozled.

Everyone knows that Bachmann is a huge target of the Left and any chance they get to slam her is an opportunity they will lick their chops to jump at even if they are made to look like blithering idiots.  According to a Memeorandum thread there were at least three liberal websites that took the bait hook, line and sinker.

Karoli’s response to the kerfuffle she created:
“Yeah, I got pwned. How sad is it that it was just this side of realistic enough to believe in the first place. When you have a reputation for making outrageous and ridiculous comments, it becomes easier and easier to believe something that should have been dismissed out of hand.  Live and learn.”

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Slacker Post

So far, my retirement has been nothing short of glorious.  I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.  

Over the past twelve years I have never had a Sunday off unless I requested it.  Today is the first Sunday for the rest of my life that I can truly enjoy a leisurely Sunday.

Sophie, my little furkid, is in Seventh Heaven.  Ever since I got her she’s had to spend twelve hours a day alone in the house while I was at work.  Now, she is beside herself with joy.  She has her mom all to herself.

Just take a look at her.  Is that not the face of a happy pup?  She usually sleeps under the covers or on the same pillow my head is resting on.

This morning we were going to have breakfast on the deck and watch the squirrels and bunnies cavort in the back yard but it rained. 

I’m going to search for some good movies to watch nap through and enjoy a lazy day.  It’s Sunday after all and we’re retired.  Life is good.

I hope your Sunday is peaceful and blessed.

There Is Nothing More Frightful Than Ignorance In Action

On Friday July 25, 2014 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution to reject White House assertions of “absolute immunity” for David Simas, who has failed to appear under subpoena before the Committee on two separate occasions.

Simas, who is currently Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, was previously Director of Opinion Research for Obama for America and served as an aide to Senior Advisors David Plouffe and David Axelrod.

Why is the committee so interested in Simas’ testimony?  The White House reopened the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach in January.  It must be noted that the Bush Administration repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.  The Hatch Act prohibits most high-level executive branch officials from engaging in partisan political activities in their official capacities.

Following Simas’ failure to appear under subpoena before the committee, Chairman Issa played an audio tape of former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis making illegal campaign solicitations.

The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel believes Simas is immune from congressional compulsion to testify on matters relating to his official duties but Issa has rejected that assertion by jogging the memory of Democrats serving on the committee that a 2008 federal court case, Judiciary v. Miers, found that senior advisors are “not absolutely immune from congressional process.”  The case was brought by Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).  Although Issa hasn’t alleged any actual misconduct by Simas, that particular office has a history of Hatch Act violations.

During Friday’s hearings, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia) demonstrated her adroit unawareness lack of knowledge ignorance of Supreme Court rulings on the subject of Congressional investigatory power.

In Watkins v. United States354 U.S. 178, 187 (1957), Chief Justice Warren did not question the basic power. “The power of the Congress to conduct investigations is inherent in the legislative process. That power is broad. It encompasses inquiries concerning the administration of existing laws as well as proposed or possibly needed statutes. It includes surveys of defects in our social, economic or political system for the purpose of enabling the Congress to remedy them. It comprehends probes into departments of the Federal Government to expose corruption, inefficiency or waste.”

She called Issa's subpoena a "showcase fishing expedition."  She went on to argue "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government.”

After showcasing her anger and her stupidity, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said, “I associate myself with your comments.”

Those two made it clear they believe the American public has no right whatsover to know what’s going on inside the White House.  Hmmm.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Business As Usual: The Snake Is Having Sex With The Vulture

Yesterday, The First Wookiee spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chi-Town to extort exhort the party faithful to “dig deep” into their pockets.  Fearful of losing the senate in the November midterms, something that will call a halt to The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s socialist agenda she said, "I kid you not.  I'm going to be honest with you. That's what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write."

She continued, “Writing those checks is the single most impactful thing that you can do right now. When you dig deep, when you max out, that translates into staff hired and offices opened and ads running where they need to run.”

Let’s step back in time for just a skosh.

Four months before the 2008 general election, “The Messiah” reneged on his long-standing support of public financing.  His decision to become the first candidate to opt out of public financing freed him to raise vast amounts of money via Internet-driven fundraising.

After the election The Washington Post reported that his political shakedown machine had raised half-a-billion dollars online in his 21-month campaign for the White House.

On November 15, 2012, Time was reporting that when the final numbers were counted, $1 billion had greased the grubby palms of TWMDCO.

He is paid $400,000 a year.  We have already heard that there is “donor fatigue” and Mark Schlapp, former White House political advisor, is suggesting that the “Obama political machine is broken.”

There was speculation this week that TWMDCO and The Wookiee were eyeing a Rancho Mirage mansion worth $4.25 million.  TMZ now reports that famed interior decorator Michael S. Smith didn't like the house at all.  “It's pushed up against the mountain, it doesn't have a lot of light and it's just not that stylish.”  The buyer passed.

Even so, the mere fact that the mansion was under consideration is a clear indicator that the pretentious outrage of “too much money in politics” is a false flag.

The Wookiee added, “There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all that influence back in 2008 and 2012 and we still won those elections,” as she pleaded with fellow Dems to add even more cash to the political system.

Yep, the snake is having sex with the vulture.

UPDATE 3:04 PM 7/26/2014:  I wish to apologize to any of my readers who may have visited here between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM today.  Someone posted a vile comment that was egregiously offensive.  As proprietor of this blog and moderator I welcome opinions that differ from my own but I will not permit repugnant, abhorrent videos and salacious slurs.  The commenter responsible has been blacklisted and Disqus has been duly notified.

It's my blog.  Them's my rules.

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