Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hillary's Pre-Holiday Data Dump

(Image by Bob Gorrell)

Yesterday, the State Department released nearly 300 of Hillary's e-mails.

This allowed a couple of issues to come to light.

One:  That Hillary received sensitive information on her private e-mail account

And two:  State Department staffers sometimes blocked FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests.

The Clintons don't seem to be too concerned about these revelations. 

Maybe because they think making $12-26 million for giving speeches is probably enough slush fund cushioning to soften any political blow.

Such as failing to disclose said $26 million.

And we'll probably be assured there are no strings attached to all this dough...

(Image by Jerry Holbert)

Friday, May 22, 2015

"Success" in a Burning World

(Image by Steve Breen)
The world is heating up--and it has nothing to do with the climate.
Yesterday, Obama's Media Minion assured us that defeating ISIS will take time.
Meanwhile, trouble is brewing on other fronts.
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Nor is China the only authoritarian power flexing its muscle.  Russia closed NATO's cargo transit route to Afghanistan.  And there's a growing concern that the Bare-Chested Czar may launch an offensive against Ukraine this summer.
So when Our Dear Leader addressed the graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy, did he mention any of these looming threats?
(Image by Henry Payne)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Rout at Ramadi

(Image by Bob Gorrell)

While I was off for several days, Iraqi forces and civilians fled the ISIS onslaught on the key city of Ramadi, Anbar Province, Iraq.

The fall of Ramadi is being spun as a mere "setback."

True, there are setbacks, both major and minor, in war.

However, Obama's past comments, like "If you like your doctor, your can keep your doctor," along with the supposed "Redlines" against Syria's continued use of chemical weapons, doesn't exactly inspire confidence that ISIS's control of Ramadi will be a temporary one.

(Image by Chip Bok)

Yesterday, Obama's minions seemed to have regained their composure and were touting their ISIS strategy an overall success.

But ISIS won't be driven from the field by airstrikes alone.  The situation won't be remedied even if another 42,000 sorties are flown against ISIS.

(Image by Nate Beeler)

Nor has ISIS's gains been limited to Iraq.  While Obama mouthpieces were explaining-away the "Setback at Ramadi," ISIS seized the ancient town of Palmyra, Syria

In the meantime, those of us fortunate enough to dwell behind the Ramparts of Civilization are left to ponder how Obama lost Ramadi.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Story of Stephanoccio

(Image by Glenn McCoy)

A couple days ago we found out that a Minion from the Ministry of Truth failed to disclose the $75K he donated to the Clinton Slush Fund.

And as typical with leftists, Stephanoccio issued an apology--along with some subtle insults to anyone who criticizes his actions.

Peter Schweizer, author of the recent book Clinton Cash, wants a do-over of his interview on ABC.

While the debate over a news anchors donations flares-up, the Clintons raked-in $25M from speaking engagements.

This year though, Hillary doesn't seem all that interested in speaking to media types, whether there's strings attached, or not.

(Image by Lisa Benson)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

TACPs Tangle with Brass to Keep the A-10s

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Congress and some US Air Force generals have discovered how much of an unruly lot my fellow TACPs can be. 

In our collective professional opinion there's one aircraft that can perform Close Air Support (CAS) missions better than any airframe ever made: 

The A-10 Thunderbolt_II.

Which, now that I think of it, I've only heard civilians refer to the aircraft as the "Thunderbolt."  To us former and current CAS Specialists it's more affectionately known as the "Warthog," or simply "Hog."

Now the Air Force, once again, wants to send what remaining A-10s we have to the boneyard.

But my TACP brethren aren't saluting smartly and saying "yes sir!"  Instead, they bypassed the brass and took the battle to Congress.

At least two generals considered active-duty members who support retaining our passel of Hogs to be insubordinate, and lacking a "sense of good order and discipline."

Disrupting good order and discipline is what my fellow TACPs love to do to our enemies on the battlefield.

We're more than happy to disrupt the shenanigans inside the Hallowed Halls of Political Power.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Baltimore Blame-isms

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In the fallout of the rioting, VDH tried decoding the rules of Baltimore.

But if you don't want to read VDH's dissertation, then there's internet memes that explain perfectly what's going on in Baltimore.

No matter what explanations you come up with, one thing is certain:  The Baltimoron Rioters are only undermining their own foundation...

(Image by Nate Beeler)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bashing the "But Brigade" of Free Speech

(Image by Glenn McCoy)

For several days after the shooting in Garland, TX, the "But Brigade" tried telling the potential victims and us supporters to stay quiet and you'll be okay.  (As noted in Mark Steyn's article, these are the types that say, "I'm all for free speech, but...").

Some anchors and commentators on FOX News caved-in, with the notable exception of Megyn Kelly.  While even the Vatican Newspaper considered the Motoon exhibit "blasphemous."

The hypocrisy of the "lamestream media," was not lost on Derek Hunter in his  Last Temptation of the New York Times article.

Personally, I like getting along with as many people as possible.  I love living inside the Ramparts of Civilization. 

Here, we have rules for civilized behavior.  If something offends you, you have three general choices:

1. Ignore it.
2. Laugh at it.
3. Respond in a civilized manner; such as picketing, holding counter-events, writing op-ed articles, etc.

Not with barbarous attempts of murder.

So until the jihadists, their wannabees and collaborators understand this, then I'm all-in defending our rights, no matter how "offensive" the PC Vampires deem them.

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Otherwise, how much Islamic butt will we end up kissing?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Breaking the Poverty Cycle in Baltimore

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Jonah Goldberg suggests that to break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore, it's necessary to fix the culture of poverty.

True, easier said than done.

But the Baltimoron Democrats have had half a decade to accomplish this.  (Correction 18 May 2015: I meant half-a-century, thanks to "Juvat" for spotting my error).

And what has been the net result of their misrule?

A toxic mix of crime, corruption, poverty and neglect that boiled over into rioting & looting over a perception--as yet to be proven in court--of lethal brutality by six police officers.

But Baltimore's State Attorney is being accused of incompetence, or ethical recklessness, or being over her head and catering to mob passions.

Meanwhile, Baltimore's poor will remain impoverished.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bill's Got Bills

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Like his "dead broke" wife, Bill Clinton defended his ginormous fees for his speaking gigs.

Of course, "mistakenly" reporting taxable income as tax-free donations could go a long way towards paying the bills Bill was complaining about.

Maybe some of these coins will help defray the cost...

(Image by Michael Ramirez)