Compliments of Red State.
Compliments of Red State.
Disgusting as it is to admit, Obama was elected not despite but in part because of his accommodating attitude toward America’s Islamic adversaries. But this time the administration has gone too far:
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American solider held captive in Afghanistan, has been released by the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees, U.S. officials said Saturday. …
Officials said the detainees were in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the deal happened after a week of intense negotiations mediated by the government of Qatar, which will take custody of the Afghans.
Despite the luxurious living arrangements and the obsequious treatment they receive, Gitmo houses the worst of the worst Islamic terrorists, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Any reasonable administration would execute everyone there immediately after they were determined not to be intelligence assets.
But our government won’t even subject them to interrogation that bleeding heart liberals deem harsh. The terrorists fatten up on gourmet halal meals. To keep their weight under control, they work out on exercise equipment that per their demands is manufactured in a Muslim country, lest they dirty themselves playing with toys made by infidels. Yes, I’m serious.
At least Obama has finally figured out what to do with the Gitmo vacationers, so that he might one day fulfill his promise to close the place down: encourage their fellow terrorists to kidnap Americans so they can be freed in exchange.
Now I get why we still have troops in Afghanistan. They aren’t there to fight terrorists; the rules of engagement don’t allow it. They must be there to provide the Taliban with more bargaining chips.
Those to be released are the top five Taliban leaders at the facility.
The reason no responsible government negotiates with terrorists should be obvious to a child: it inevitably results in more terrorism. Rewarding Muslims for kidnapping Americans is particularly insane, because they are likely to start grabbing us not only in Afghanistan, but anywhere in the world.
See if you can swallow his sanctimonious justification without running toward the nearest bathroom with your hand clamped over your mouth:
“Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield,” Obama also said.
Tell that to Tyrone Woods. Tell it to Glen Doherty. Wait; you can’t, because they were left to die in Benghazi for reasons that have yet to be discovered. Well, tell it to their parents then.
Ready for more outrageous sanctimony? Here goes:
“The responsibility to make sure all of our men and women in uniform return from battle, especially those taken prisoner and held during war, is deeply personal to me, as someone who has worn the uniform of my country and as someone who was deeply involved in those efforts with respect to the unfinished business of the war in which I fought.” said Secretary of State John Kerry, who with Obama thanked Qatar officials [for brokering the deal].
The sheer nerve will take your breath away. While patriots were being tortured in the Hanoi Hilton, Hanoi John Kerry was safe at home after just a few months in Vietnam, denouncing them as war criminals in the most lurid terms imaginable. For his efforts on behalf of the enemy, Kerry is honored with a display at the War Remnants Museum (previously known as the War Crimes Museum) in Ho Chi Minh City.
Those remaining at Gitmo must be shot immediately. Otherwise all will be freed in the kidnapping epidemic Obama is likely to have set off.
But maybe Obama actually means well, and expects this deal to benefit Americans rather than Islamic terrorists. In that case, he should not be impeached and tried for treason. He should be impeached and incarcerated in a home for the dangerously mentally defective.
On tips from Varla, Jodie, and Mr. Mentalo.
The liberal establishment’s reaction to Putin’s expansionism has Bill Whittle wondering if we learned anything whatsoever from the easily preventable devastation caused by Hitler:
On a tip from Stormfax.
This map provides definitive proof that privileged parts of the world have been stealing IQ points from the historically oppressed parts:
This helps explain why Democrats are counting on our open borders to secure electoral hegemony. The foreign hordes they are luring in with generous welfare payments to displace us aren’t coming from Norway or Japan.
Via Bored Panda, on a tip from Dragon’s Lair.
Here’s a gem from among the many wise quotes of George Orwell:
“Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.”
Imagine how invincible the oligarchical collectivists who called themselves fascists must have seemed in their heyday. They fell hard:
On a tip from Dan.
Liberalism is a totalitarian ideology. That means that under a liberal regime, every aspect of the government will be used to ram this ideology down our throats. For strategic reasons, liberals are currently focused on promoting homosexuality. Consequently, it should surprise no one to learn what the National Park Service has been spending our money on:
So much for “George Washington Slept Here.” In fundamentally transformed America, signs will read, “Perverts Committed Sodomy Here.”
On tips from Varla and Jack S.
Considering that Democrats have virtually defined themselves by their determination to move us toward socialized medicine through ObamaCare, it is no surprise that many are wringing their hands over revelations of how terribly the government has run the Veterans Administration lately. But not congresscritter Corrine Brown (D-FL):
Those new cemeteries will be needed if the American people are not successful at prying healthcare for veterans out of the grip of the Big Government–Big Union axis.
In case that left you wanting more Corrine Brown, here’s what she had to say about the Martyrdom of Saint Trayvon:
Note how deftly she weaves race politics together with Marxism. The resulting fabric, epitomized by the sermons of Jeremiah Wright, comprises the backdrop against which the bizarre and malignant political phenomenon known as Hope & Change has been playing out.
Veterans are dying of treatable diseases because we allow ourselves to be ruled by people like Corrine Brown.
On a tip from Troy. Hat tip: Townhall.
Why are the liberals who command the government–media establishment constantly ramming homosexuality and even transsexuality down our throats lately? What do they get out of it? An easier question would be: What would they get out of suppressing Christianity, which distinguished itself as a bulwark against collectivist tyranny throughout Europe during the darkest days of the 20th century? Most objectionable from the statist point of view are that Christians regard each soul as an individual, not an interchangeable widget defined by some superficial attribute; and that Christians answer to a higher moral authority than bureaucrats and the New York Times editorial page.
Answer the second question and you have answered the first. Sexual perversion has been fundamentally transformed into a “civil rights” issue not merely to advance the cultural Marxist divide-and-conquer strategy, but to attack the Christian religion.
The campaign against Canada’s Trinity Western University is illustrative:
On April 24th, the law society of Canada’s largest province voted against admitting among their ranks graduates of Trinity Western University, for the sole reason that the school’s community covenant, which students (and teachers) voluntarily sign upon admission or hiring, reserves sexual intimacy for heterosexual marriage. Nova Scotia followed suit, wording their rejection as approval on the condition that TWU change its community covenant or allow students to opt out. In British Columbia, where the school is located, the law society voted on April 11th to admit TWU graduates to the bar, but momentum is building for the law society to reverse that decision in a special meeting on June 10th.
For TWU to renounce this covenant under pressure would be for it to renounce the faith upon which the school is based. It would be moral suicide. That’s why liberals are trying to force this to happen.
Very likely, TWU will be destroyed, either as a Christian institution, or as a university:
With same-sex marriage legalized, the public debate is now strongly weighed against Christians who believe in traditional marriage [i.e., literally all Christians, by definition], and they face rapidly mounting charges of unreasonable intolerance. During the April 11th debate by the B.C. law society (read the transcript online), some Benchers considered TWU’s covenant discriminatory because it requires gay students to abstain from intimacy “even within a legal marriage,” and because it prevents gay students “from being married by the State, a right that was hard fought and hard won.”
Nothing could be more quintessentially liberal than sanctimoniously screeching the words “discriminatory” and “intolerance” to justify intolerant discrimination against Christians.
As equality rights [i.e., homosexual privileges] have been gaining ground, religious freedom has been on the retreat. Many lawyers now argue that even a private religious school like TWU must not be allowed to “discriminate” in its hiring practices by choosing teachers who abide by its moral tenets or by expecting students to conform their behavior to the beliefs that the school espouses.
Ominously, the case is heading toward Canada’s Supreme Court, where leftists hope to achieve a major victory over Christianity.
If the Supreme Court decides against TWU, then surely other professional bodies will not stay far behind Ontario and Nova Scotia in excluding the graduates of TWU. Teachers already tried to do this in 2001, and emboldened by a new ruling they would surely try again. Nurses, dentists, accountants and other professionals could well follow suit.
Other Christian schools need to get ready for the domino effect. There are various independent religious schools in Canada, and many of them have covenants.
That is to say, the triumph of the homosexual agenda will render a diploma from a Christian school worthless — a major step in the official marginalization of the faith.
Stalin and Hitler tried it their way; now soft tyrants are taking a turn. The ultimate objectives are identical, and have nothing to do with homosexuals, however much liberals may currently take perverse pride in revering them.
On a tip from Wilberforce.
Bad as Republicans can be, Democrats are far worse. Next time someone hands you the cliché that there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two, point them to the Freedom Index:
A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.
If you are unlucky enough to be represented by a Democrat, check out his or her score: chances are good it will be well under 50%.
Not many Republicans can compete with Ted Cruz’s impressive 95% rating, but on the whole they score not just higher than Democrats, but far higher.
Faux Indian socialist Elizabeth Warren — considered a rock star among Democrats — scores a perfect 0%.
A quick glance at the ratings will confirm that a vote for Democrats is a vote for tyranny. There is no way anyone who believes in the fundamental liberties that define America can justify voting for the socialist Party of Big Government.
On tips from TED and Stormfax.
Did you think pharmaceutically deforming 9-year-old boys into freakish facsimiles of girls in the name of political correctness was the last word in liberal depravity? Wrong. Until they are stopped, progressives will always find a way to push the envelope still further:
When Jeff and Hillary Whittington, of San Diego, got the news in 2007 that they were having a daughter, the couple had no idea that in a few years’ time they will be raising a son instead.
Last Thursday, the family were honored at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, accepting the Inspiration Award after presenting a stirring video showing their daughter Ryland’s female-to-male transition.
Editor’s Note: Harvey Milk was a homosexual politician who sexually preyed on troubled underage boys. Any healthy civilization would regard him as slime. Liberals revere him to such an extent that his homely face disgraces US postage stamps.
The six-year-old dressed in a smart suit and tie, his [sic] hair cut short, stood next to a podium and read his [sic] prepared remarks from a sheet of paper, declaring to the audience: ‘My name is Ryland Whittington. I am transgender kid [sic].’
The family’s beautifully produced video, which so far has been viewed on YouTube nearly 100,000 times, details how little Ryland and his [sic] parents came to embrace his [sic] true [sic] gender identity.
The perverse video should be Exhibit A in the parents’ prosecution for felony child abuse. They admit they began their Mengele-esque experiment in gender transformation when the poor girl was only 5.
Once they were called tomboys. Now they are “transgender” and told that they are literally members of the opposite sex.
At first, the abuse is only psychological. Then come the pharmaceuticals intended to stave off biological reality. The final step is horrific surgical mutilation.
The chance that a child raised in this sort of ideological twilight zone could develop normally are nil. The most likely life course is a couple decades of self-hating misery followed by suicide. Liberals will blame the suicide on normal people for not embracing the pathological as healthy with sufficient eagerness.
The media eagerly hypes these tales of terror, avidly approving of the most unholy grotesqueries, obsequiously referring to boys as “she” and girls as “he.” The aggressive promotion of transsexuality is currently blasting at us from the cover of the liberal establishment’s flagship weekly, Time:
From parents up to the pashas of political correctness running the media, liberals are abusing their powerful positions to fundamentally transform our country into a sick, delusional, dysfunctional nightmare.
On a tip from Wiggins.
It is tempting to say that the Veterans Administration crisis — which has taken the lives of at least 40 veterans in Phoenix alone — is the inevitable consequence of socializing medicine. But more than the federal bureaucracy was required to make the VA the catastrophic debacle it is today; it took the combination of two of the most pernicious elements in our society: Big Government and Big Unions. Kimberley Strassel reports for the Wall Street Journal:
The VA battle is only just starting, but any real reform inevitably ends with a fight over organized labor. Think of it as the federal version of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and other states where elected officials have attempted to rein in the public-sector unions that have hijacked government agencies for their own purpose. Fixing the VA requires first breaking labor’s grip, and the unions are already girding for that fight.
The battle will be epic.
The VA boasts one of the largest federal workforces and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki bragged in 2010 that two-thirds of it is unionized. That’s a whopping 200,000 union members, represented by the likes of the American Federation of Government Employees and the Service Employees International Union.
Uncoincidentally, Obama was elected in part due to massive support from hard left labor unions — conspicuously including the aforementioned SEIU, which is essentially the same entity as ACORN, his political alma mater.
The situation was bad enough before Obama. Here’s why it is now worse:
The Bush administration worked to keep federal union excesses in check; Obama administration officials have viewed contract “negotiations” as a way to reward union allies.
This cronyism allows union goons to fill their faces at the taxpayer trough:
Manhattan Institute scholar Diana Furchtgott-Roth recently detailed Office of Personnel Management numbers obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R., Ga.). On May 25, Ms. Furchtgott-Roth reported on MarketWatch that the VA in 2012 paid 258 employees to be 100% “full-time,” receiving full pay and benefits to do only union work. Seventeen had six-figure salaries, up to $132,000. According to the Office of Personnel Management, the VA paid for 988,000 hours of “official” time in fiscal 2011, a 23% increase from 2010.
Moreover, as Sens. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) and Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) noted in a 2013 letter to Mr. Shinseki, the vast majority of these “official” timers were nurses, instrument technicians pharmacists, dental assistants and therapists, who were being paid to do union work even as the VA tried to fill hundreds of jobs and paid overtime to other staff.
Here’s how the union hogs literally kill the veterans who have been languishing on secret waiting lists until they die of treatable diseases:
As for patient-case backlogs, the unions have helped in their creation. Contract-negotiated work rules over job classifications and duties and seniorities are central to the “bureaucracy” that fails veterans. More damaging has been the union hostility to any VA attempt to give veterans access to alternative sources of care—which the unions consider a direct job threat. The American Federation of Government Employees puts out regular press releases blasting any “outsourcing” of VA work to non-VA-union members.
Democrats will predictably offer to solve the problem by throwing more of our money at their union cronies.
Like the civil rights movement, unions played a largely positive role in an America that no longer exists. In today’s America, both are thoroughly corrupt and malevolent, serving no constructive purpose.
In electing Obama, the gullible were duped into voting for the personification of the Big Government–Big Union axis. Buyer’s remorse is finally setting in.
On a tip from Varla.
Even when Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress, they could not push through Cap & Trade by legitimate means because not enough Senators were willing to face the wrath of the public should such senseless and economically catastrophic legislation be inflicted. So Obama turned to his pen and his phone, or rather to the tyrannical and ideologically demented Environmental Protection Agency, to impose outrageous regulations by non-democratic means. The Heritage Foundation sums up what is coming at us in a graphic:
Not even those who believe that man-made global warming exists and is a problem could tell you with a straight face that this act of economic vandalism will alter the weather in any perceptible way. Yet that is the justification for this tyranny.
If this can be imposed without significant resistance, the next power grab will be even more devastating. The objective is to incrementally establish a Soviet-style centralized economy in which environmental extremists hyper-regulate productive activity toward the vanishing point in the name of their delusional antihuman ideology.
Under Obama, EPA bureaucrats are a more direct threat to this country than the Wehrmacht was in World War II. They don’t have to cross any oceans to destroy us, and there is no chance that they will leave us alone unless we defeat them.
On a tip from Stormfax.
Compliments of Red State.
The authorities inform us that a Shrillary presidency is all but inevitable, so let’s have a look at her résumé:
In short, her tenure as Secretary of State was an unmitigated disaster. So far as I know she did literally nothing right.
Prior to the Secretary of State debacle, she served as a carpet-bagging Senator representing a state she moved to at the last moment for the extremely liberal constituency; that short career was conspicuously unremarkable. Before that, she was known as the endlessly cheated-on wife of an irresponsible degenerate; her only significant involvement in government was a failed attempt to impose socialized medicine that resulted in the historic 1994 GOP takeover of the House of Representatives.
Other than Obama himself, it would be hard to imagine a worse choice for president.
On a tip from TED.
Reality Always Wins brings home the situation regarding illegal immigration:
It’s as if the cultural Marxists who choose what to report and how to report it are trying to defeat America’s defenders through a campaign of deliberate demoralization. How can you muster energy to defend a society that makes you feel like you just contracted food poisoning? An example from Connecticut:
An openly gay student at Danbury High School was named Prom Queen.
Nasir Fleming says he’s been bullied for much of his life and this was his chance to try and stop gender discrimination.
Nosehair suffered horribly as he was oppressed by the intolerant, and yet…
…at the prom his classmates voted him in as queen, and students clapped and cheered as he was crowned with a tiara.
As for the Prom King:
“His name was Rah Deas, he is also a senior at Danbury high school,” Fleming said. “He was phenomenal. I want everybody to know that he had the courage and he was so comfortable with himself that he said you know what I would love to dance with you.”
Whatever the libs running the media would have you believe, this is not American culture. It couldn’t be.
On a tip from JC.
Yesterday’s appalling speech to West Point cadets — during which Obama characterized post–WWII American military engagements as “adventures” that we “rush” into “without thinking through the consequences” — gave the strong impression that our Commander in Chief doesn’t have much use for the military. But he might in the near future:
A 2010 Pentagon directive on military support to civilian authorities details what critics say is a troubling policy that envisions the Obama administration’s potential use of military force against Americans. …
“This appears to be the latest step in the administration’s decision to use force within the United States against its citizens,” said a defense official opposed to the directive.
Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” was issued Dec. 29, 2010, and states that U.S. commanders “are provided emergency authority under this directive.”
The directive allows for military forces to “be used to quell civil disturbances” on Obama’s authorization. Civil disturbances will be an inevitable consequence of economic collapse, which in turn is likely to result from Obama’s spending policies. Already he has driven the federal debt up to $17.5 trillion.
Never let a crisis go to waste, as the Obamunists say.
The directive states clearly that it is for engaging civilians during times of unrest.
It wouldn’t take much of a government-manufactured crisis to trigger it.
A U.S. official said the Obama administration considered but rejected deploying military force under the directive during the recent standoff with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his armed supporters.
Let that sink in for a moment. The President of the USA considered discarding Posse Comitatus and calling in the most powerful military in the world because a rancher was behind on his grazing fees. As it was, Obama sent in a massive show of force made up of excessively armed federal agents who deliberately terrorized the local populace.
Imagine what Obama’s response to the economic collapse he may be in the process of engineering might look like.
Defense analysts say there has been a buildup of military units within non-security-related federal agencies, notably the creation of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams. The buildup has raised questions about whether the Obama administration is undermining civil liberties under the guise of counterterrorism and counternarcotics efforts.
Other agencies with SWAT teams reportedly include the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department.
The militarization of federal agencies, under little-known statues that permit deputization of security officials, comes as the White House has launched verbal attacks on private citizens’ ownership of firearms despite the fact that most gun owners are law-abiding citizens.
Obama et al. must be expecting very big trouble if the militarized federal bureaucracy can’t be counted on to handle it, considering some of the recent guns & ammo buying binges by formerly innocuous agencies.
It is becoming clear why Obama has been aggressively purging the military command structure. Claims that there is a litmus test that officers must be willing to order troops to fire on American citizens look more plausible all the time.
No matter how much they take, they will always demand more. This applies to any left-leaning entity, not just insatiably greedy bureaucrats — unions, for example:
Bereavement leave on the death of pets is among outrageous union demands mining bosses say are putting jobs at risk.
Mining giant Rio Tinto says unions are using unreasonable claims to drag out negotiations on employment deals at its mines, costing the resources industry time and money.
Rio Tinto Australia managing director Phil Edmands said other ambit claims put to the company include complaints that seats in portable huts used for meal breaks at mines do not have cushions and calls for an extra 7½ days’ annual holidays.
Coming soon: bereavement leave for those whose favorite sports team lost the day before.
Maybe it doesn’t matter that when liberals finish consolidating their power, practically no one will have a job. Practically no one would do any work anyway.
On a tip from Andrew in Australia.
The terrible significance of the Barack Hussein Obama presidency hit home during the appalling speech he gave yesterday to the 2014 graduating class of West Point.
American Thinker sums it up like this:
Yesterday’s speech to the graduating class of West Point by President Obama may be remembered as the signal that his presidency has entered a crisis of confidence, much as Jimmy Carter’s infamous “malaise” speech has gone down in history as marking a failed presidency. Not only was the content of the speech delusional (calling Russia “isolated” in the wake of a massive and historic gas deal with China that marks a major rapprochement between two powers hostile to the United States; claiming Ukraine as an example of the success of his coalition strategy), the delivery was wooden, as if Obama were wishing he were on a golf course or basketball court, and felt a hostile vibe. And the visible reception was embarrassingly icy, with only a few people applauding at key lines, and a standing ovation in which the vast majority remained seated and unmoved, suggesting the commander in chief is held in contempt by the next generation of military leadership.
Given Obama’s pathetic bleating that he is not weak, it was inevitable that comparisons would be made to Jimmy Carter’s infamous More Mush From the Wimp speech. But Obama’s lecture was even more alarming, due to the insight it gave not only into his defective character but into his radical attitudes, and the signals it sent to America’s adversaries.
At least there was a laugh line, even if the anti-American lunacy that followed was anything but funny:
“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”
Bwahahaha! The last remark I heard from him on this topic was:
“I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”
In other words, “No I do not believe in American exceptionalism. America is just another country, no better than the basket case Greece.”
At West Point, he again immediately contradicted his own patently false assertion:
“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it’s our willingness to affirm them through our actions.”
Yet again he gets in a dig at the USA, by accusing it of flouting international norms and the rule of law. But we Americans can still redeem ourselves and become exceptional by obediently serving other countries’ interests.
Among the most threatening of these foreign interests is the unacceptable Law of the Sea Convention, which amounts to a looting spree of American wealth by supranational agencies, and which would entail ceding sovereignty over our own territorial waters — the kind of outrage against the American nation that West Point cadets are willing to lay their lives on the line to prevent. Here’s what Obama had to tell them:
It’s a lot harder to call on China to resolve its maritime disputes under the Law of the Sea Convention when the United States Senate has refused to ratify it – despite the repeated insistence of our top military leaders that the treaty advances our national security. That’s not leadership; that’s retreat. That’s not strength; that’s weakness.
Turning over our wealth and our sovereignty is not leadership or strength; it is treason.
Note that the passage above sends a clear signal to the communist Chinese that their increasingly bellicose expansionism will not be challenged by the USA. I would not want to be Taiwanese or even Japanese with the likes of Obama in the White House.
What right have we to defend our allies? We are a flawed country that won’t even turn over control of our territorial waters to foreign entities.
As always with Obama, he exploited the opportunity to defend his policy failures (most delusionally with regard to Russia and Iran) and to take irrelevant partisan jabs at his opposition (e.g., denouncing those who refuse to play along with the global warming hoax).
But despite its awkward delivery and icy reception, the speech was a success — provided it was intended as an application for the job of Secretary-General of the hostile United Nations.
Keep in mind that this was not some garden variety Marxist intellectual delivering a harangue to cheering commies at Columbia or Berkeley, but the Commander in Chief addressing the next generation of Army officers.
Those who voted for this character have their life’s work cut out for them: living down the shame.
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