Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Feeble Clapping, Awkward Silence And Dagger Stares

Photo courtesy: Charles Dharapak, AP
It was a tough crowd make no mistake about it.  Some 10,000 Legionnaires attended the 96th Annual American Legion Convention in Charlotte, NC today.   Did I mention it was a tough crowd?

Montel Williams, who was tremendously outspoken when the VA scandal broke, was the Master of Ceremonies.  He praised the Legion and its members effusively for their fight for accountability and change during the scandal earlier in the year.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty was presented the James V. Day “Good Guy” Award for his patriotism and service to the community.

Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), was presented the National Commander’s Public Relations Award for raising public awareness about the honorable nature of military service and the sacrifices made by America's heroes.

The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer had barely wiped the dust off his golf cleats after two weeks on the island of Martha’s Vineyard when he climbed aboard Air Force One to speak at a convention chock-full of veterans.

The insufferable airhorn droned on for 35 minutes.  According to The Daily Mail, there was a small group of admirers who sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.

His 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House's policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.

After the customary introductions and thank-yous to dignitaries, TWMDCO spoke for nearly 8 minutes without a single clap.

Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations. 

A special thanks to The Right Pundit for taking the time to create a shorter version of today’s speech and the apathetic response to it by these veterans.

It’s Not A Home Without Furkids

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are".—Anonymous
It’s National Dog Day today and I wanted to share a photo of my furkid, Sophie, seen here on her favorite woobie resting against MY pillow.  It’s as if she’s telling me, “You have enough space.  Move over.”

The Left Has Gone Utterly Apoplectic Over GOP Campaign Ad

Photo courtesy:  Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal
The lefty websites are squealing in outrage over a campaign ad released yesterday by Republican senatorial candidate Allen Weh who is seeking to unseat New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall.  Political opponents are critical of the web-only ad implying it used a tragedy to promote his campaign.

Coverage of the ad by news outlets from the Washington Post to CNN quickly brought the New Mexico race to the national stage.

Weh is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.  He began his service as an enlisted Marine before being selected for Officer Candidates School. He served two tours in Vietnam and with the British Royal Marines in Malaysia. Colonel Weh was recalled to active duty during the Persian Gulf War, for the U.S. expedition into Somalia, and to serve as Chief of Staff of Marine Forces Pacific prior to retiring in 1997.

Currently, Udall is leading Weh in the Senate race. The Real Clear Politics polling average shows Udall leading Weh 53 percent to 37 percent.  Perhaps that will change.

All the hub-bub is over a blistering attack by Weh’s campaign on the lack of leadership of both The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer and Udall.  An audio clip of Obama promising to be dedicated to his job is interspersed with images of violence abroad and our semi-retired president on vacation.  A cropped image of American journalist James Foley’s murderer is part of the montage.
OBAMA:  You, you give me this office and in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, vacations, leisure is gone. 
UDALL:  I know as far as I feel, this diplomatic path that we're on right now is a good one.  
OBAMA:  I’m giving myself to you and the American people should have no patience for whatever is going through your head because you’ve got a job to do.  
UDALL:  I know as far as I feel, this diplomatic path that we're on right now is a good one. 
The ad concludes with these words flashed on the screen:  “To change Washington, you must change your Senator.”
Udall’s campaign was quick to criticize the ad saying, "James Foley’s death is a tragedy, and to use his killer’s horrific image for personal gain in a campaign ad is reprehensible and appalling." 

Udall's campaign manager, Daniel Sena, said in a statement, "If Allen Weh wants to talk about the issues with New Mexico voters he should find a way to do it that is respectful and substantive. Using James Foley’s horrific and tragic death for shock value is offensive to Mr. Foley's family, New Mexico voters and the rest of our country."

“Out of respect for the Foley family, no picture of James Foley was used,” Weh’s campaign manager, Diego Espinoza, said in an email to Politico’s Morning Score. “Tom Udall’s feigned outrage over the inclusion of a now familiar image of this Jihadi terrorist, who is clearly the face of the evil that threatens our nation. Senator Udall’s comments about our diplomacy being ‘good’ reflect his naiveté and inexperience in matters of national security.”

In a telephone interview with Albuquerque's KRQE News 13, Weh said he stood by the ad.  “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. In fact, I think it serves the greater good.  You’ll note that no picture of Mr. Foley was ever in that film. None, ever.”

Late Monday night, Foley’s brother Michael, gave KRQE a statement saying his family had “no reaction” to Weh’s ad.  “His decision [to use the image] doesn’t affect the family.”

The reason Foley’s brother reacted in that fashion is because he is angry and believes the United States let his murdered brother down.  He alluded to the much trumpeted 'flawless' July 4 rescue mission for the captive reporter which failed when it raided the wrong base.

If you would like to contribute to Weh’s campaign to help restore leadership go here.

And here's his "Freedom" ad

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Earthquake in Napa Valley CA

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It was reportedly a 6.0 quake, causing a lot of damage, much of it from fires from ruptured gas lines. No fatalities or missing persons reported yet. But take a look at the double yellow lines in that picture I just grabbed. CalTrans is filling a crack in the roadway: look how far the roadway has shifted side to side. 

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Reflection Of His Depth Of Grief Over James Foley’s Beheading

The decision by The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer to follow the moment of national grief over James Foley’s beheading by retreating to the golf course 7 minutes after his statement, allowing himself to be photographed laughing and having a good time with his cronies, has rubbed even partisan Democrats the wrong way.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Krauthammer Got it Wrong

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I don't say this lightly. I have the utmost admiration and respect for Charles Krauthammer. He is a gifted thinker and has a way with words that is virtually unparalleled. The man can turn a phrase like no other. I don't always agree with Charles, but on those few occasions that he drifts from orthodoxy, which is to say, whatever I believe to be true, his reasoning for it is always well thought out. I direct your attention to today's Quote du jour, taken from his best selling "Things That Matter":
"It's hard to blame this state of affairs on a fickle public. Blame also belongs to the idiot politicians who decided 30 years ago to abandon the moon and send us on a pointless and endless journey into low-Earth orbit. President Bush has sensibly called an end to this nonsense and committed us to going back to the moon and, ultimately, to Mars. If his successors don't screw it up, within 10 years NASA will have us back to where we belong---on other worlds."---Charles Krauthammer, Aug. 3, 2007
That was written seven years ago this month. Raise your hand if you seriously think we will return to the Moon or go to Mars in the next three years, with our space program focused more on Muslim self esteem than going where no man has gone before. Can you see his error? Can you see what was unfathomable and unthinkable in 2007?
 If his successors don't screw it up
He used the plural: "successors". In retrospect, how could he have known that it would not take more than one successor to "screw up" and decimate the space program? Because he is a man of integrity, he allowed this glaring error to be republished in his book. It only took one successor to George W. Bush to screw up the space program (along with the economy, race relations and foreign affairs) and deny us access to the heavens. Unless you consider the outrageous amounts we pay one of our biggest geopolitical enemies to ferry us to the space station, at their whim, which hamstrings us to an extent in standing against their earthly aggression. 

In retrospect, I can see how Charles could have made the error. Few people, even those who were certain that Obama would be disastrous for our country, could fully envision the magnitude of that disaster. Who knew?

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Recoiling In Horror

The burning news of the day, besides the racial animus and anarchy gripping Ferguson, is the 5-minute snuff video of the beheading of freelance Global Post journalist James Wright Foley.  The video made a short appearance on YouTube™ before being scrubbed, but the video can still be viewed at Live Leak.  I will echo the warning that accompanies the video:  Missing journalist James Foley reportedly beheaded by ISIL might contain content that is not suitable for all ages.

A spokesman for YouTube™ said the company had "clear policies that prohibit content like gratuitous violence, hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts, and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users".

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that social media users including the US Muslim Public Affairs Council are begging people not to share the graphic images.  They argue that sharing these images would only “help the terrorists deliver their propaganda.” Doing so might, just might, make people extremely angry.

I vehemently disagree with that sentiment and here is why.  This is a teachable moment for Americans who have a media that emasculates the English language using only “permissible” words to sanitize the emergence of a caliphate that closely resembles the Third Reich.  They have slaughtered, buried alive, crucified and beheaded Shiites, Kurds, Christians and anyone else it can find by the untold thousands.

Daniel Greenfield warns, “We can see the larger problem flying Jihadist flags in London and New Jersey. We can see it trooping through Australian and Canadian airports to join ISIS. We can see it in the eyes of the Sunni Arabs murdering their Yazidi neighbors. ISIS is an expression of the murderous hate within Islam. We are not only at war with an acronym, but with the dark hatred in the hearts of men, some of whom are in Iraq and Pakistan. And some of whom live next door. [Emphasis mine]

The release of the video came a day after IS militants threatened to attack US targets in another video where they warned "we will drown all of you in blood".

“A Message to America” is meant to evoke revulsion, to taunt and intimidate.

Arlette Saenz and Jonathan Karl of ABC News report that The White House had been aware of the threat to kill Foley prior to the video’s release but The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer partied on at an engagement party for MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

Today the president, in a bland, meaningless ritualism spoke at a new conference saying, “the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group ISIL” He continued, “Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers. Let’s be clear about ISIL. They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can, for no other reason than they practice a different religion.”

“They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people. So ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.”

Contrast those remarks to those of President Bush when a video was released in February 2002 by a Pakistani group that beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl: 
Laura and I, and the American people, are deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Daniel Pearl's life.  And we're really sad for his wife and his parents, and his friends and colleagues, who have been clinging to hope for weeks that he be found alive.  We are especially sad for his unborn child, who will now know his father only through the memory of others.
All Americans are sad and angry to learn of the murder.  All around the world, American journalists and humanitarian aid workers and diplomats and others do important work in places that are sometimes dangerous.  Those who would threaten Americans, those who would engage in criminal, barbaric acts, need to know that these crimes only hurt their cause and only deepen the resolve of the United States of America to rid to world of these agents of terror.  May God bless Daniel Pearl.
De Mortuis Nihil Nisi Bonum

Will the savage death of Foley open the eyes of liberal apologists? 

According to Daniel Greenfield and Bare Naked Islam, “Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He often voiced his disdain for Mitt Romney.  He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda, a parallax view if you will, that was obvious from his Twitter feed.”  No other reporters, it would appear, bothered to read through his timeline.  Mr. Greenfield included many of those tweets in his post and here are two that demonstrate his political leanings:

UPDATE:  According to the White House travel pool, The World's Most Dangerous Community Organizer arrived at Vineyard Golf Club at 1:05 p.m., following his statement on the Foley beheading. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Johnny F-U Ball

Yesterday I was going to put up a post about the preseason game between the Cleveland Browns and the team whose name shall not be mentioned.

Usually when I create a graphic suitable for a football post, I have the two team mascots pictured in front of the stadium where the game will be played.  I couldn’t go with that idea for last night’s game because the team whose name shall not be mentioned no longer has a mascot, at least not a politically correct one.  I ditched the idea and didn’t post anything.

For the purposes of full disclosure, I grew up pulling for any team other than the team whose name shall not be mentioned.  Despite the fact that I am not a fan, I was going to root for Washington because I loathe a certain arrogant smart ass.

Back in February Barry Switzer, former head coach for Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys, said this about the immature, polarizing player:

"I'm gonna tell you. I said Johnny Manziel is…I don't like his antics. I think he's an arrogant little prick.  I've said that and I'll say it again. He's a privileged kid, he's embarrassed himself, he's embarrassed his teammates, his program. He's embarrassed his coach. And they'll all have to defend him because they have to coach. I know that. I spent 40 years in the damn game so I know how it works."

Linebacker Brian Orakpo and the rest of the Redskins bench were having a little fun with the rookie.  At one point in the first quarter, Orakpo celebrated a teammate’s sack of the little snot by showing off his imitation of Manziel’s “money gesture”.  After forcing the Browns to punt, Orakpo stopped near the yard marker in front of the Redskins sideline and again gave the money sign.

With 2:28 left in the third quarter, Manziel threw an incomplete pass.  A few words from the Redskins bench were hurled at him.  As he walked back the huddle all butthurt, he flipped them off.  The gesture was caught on national TV.

The Browns lost the game 24-23 and Manziel is expected to draw an $11,025 fine for his gesture.

"It did not sit well," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "I was informed of it after the game and it's disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused—that you have to be able to maintain your poise." 

"That's a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure," Pettine said. "So that's something that we'll obviously address with him."

Asked in his postgame news conference if he thought it was wrong, Manziel smiled before laughing.

“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up.  I mean, I didn't think it was positive," Manziel said, before adding he couldn't blame it on distractions, repeating he had simply lost his composure.

Better get used to it little man.  Welcome to the NFL.


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