Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ex Girlfriend Executed in N. Korea

Who needs to watch A Game of Thrones when there's all kinds of political skulduggery going on here in the real world?

A few days ago, it was reported that Kim Jong un's ex-lover was executed by firing squad.  By machine gun fire to be exact--along with 11 of her band members/associates, while family members were forced to watch.

Despite such an atrocity, the friend who introduced us to the story remarked:  This is actually a really atrocious event, though par for the course for North Korea. However, it's hard not to laugh at the song titles...

...especially with a hit like Excellent Horse-Like Lady

While the style of executions sparked these comments:

“She was luckier than Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, who was executed with a mortar round in October 2012.”
You have to give them points for creativity.

It' very cartoon villain of them.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Stubborn Facts About Race-Related Crime

(Image by Glenn Foden)
John Adams once said: Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
When it comes to race-related crime, there certainly is a lot of wishing, inclination and most of all--passion. 
Earlier this week, John F. Gaski wrote about the "inconvenient facts" of race-related crime.  The thumbnail sketch of the article is this:  Contrary to what the race-hustlers claim, race-related crime is overwhelmingly that of black perpetrators vs white victims.  Not the other way around.

But the race-hustlers and lamestream media keep pushing the "racial big lie" and try to ferret-out racisim, where little exists.

While Mr. Gaski avoided discussing rape and sexual assaults, one of my friends dug a little deeper:

I found it interesting that the author specifically avoided providing the numbers for inter-racial rapes/sexual assaults (r/sas) - he instead refers the reader to a DOJ report. So, I checked out the report. In 2007 (the most recent numbers I saw in the report), there were some 14,000 black on white r/sas, and zero white on black r/sas. And for the number of violent crimes where violence actually occurred (as opposed to attempted or threatened violence), the numbers were 120,000 b on w and 2,500 w on b. I knew before reading this that the inter-racial crime statistics were skewed, but I had no idea that the magnitude of that skewedness was so incredibly enormous.
Enormous skewedness indeed.
Even without looking at the numbers, non-racist white Americans are tired of being told they're racist.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NYT's Syrian Knot

(Image:  by Eric Allie)

Remember the hue & cry the lamestream media made over every aspect of "Bush's Wars?" 

I certainly do and leading the pack was the New York Times.

But now "Times" have changed.  And the editorial staff thinks it would be a great idea to start bombing Assad's regime--even if its illegal.

Now I'm all for laying waste to our nation's enemies when they give us grief.  But for a variety of reasons, we've pussy-footed around in every post-World War II conflict with little to show for the expenditure of blood and treasure. 

While on the flip side, the hypocrisy of today's media/Ministry of Truth makes my blood boil. 

Comrade Karla wonders: 

Funny, I wonder where these retards stood in 2003? I’m guessing they weren’t all for “illegal bombing.” That only applies if a Dem is in the White House. They really have no shame. And I certainly don’t expect any leftards to call them out on their inconsistency. I’ve maintained all along that it isn’t military force they are opposed to; they just don’t like it when Republicans are doing it. Otherwise, they’re protecting the innocent or something.
Our other friends responded, :

When you have a VPOTUS who said a president that used force without Congressional approval should be impeached, a POTUS who previously demanded Congressional approval, and a SecState who was "fer it before he was agin' it" who are about to ignore the UN, Congress, common sense, the American public, and most everyone else on earth, I have little hope that they'll be called on their hypocrisy.  We have descended into a new dark age...

This is my fear and why I oppose U.S. action. A wider Middle East war is not in our interest.
I don't think Obama and his cadre of nincompoops understands how unintended consequences are part and parcel of war. His almost off-hand red line comments are now forcing him into military action that he clearly has no stomach for. What will these actions force him into down the road? And, as Tim rightly points out, the enemy gets a vote too, and that includes Iran, Russia, China, and Hizballah. Another factor was on Fox last night - public approval for action in Syria is far lower than for any military action of modern times (though they glossed over the fact that the poll predates the chemical "attack.")
Obama's people (but, strangely, not Obama himself) have been beating the war drums very loudly. It looks like it will happen, unless he announces a miraculous political solution (like a peace conference) and averts an attack, thereby showing that he really serves his Nobel prize, and can then really say "I'm not at all like that nasty Bush guy." That would explain the ramp up in rhetoric and the lack of any effort to get Congress or the UN to back his actions.
I suspect the news will get interesting by the end of the week.
The news tonight is that PM Cameron is backing off of a vote in Parliament for a strike and now is looking at "humanitarian intervention" whatever the hell that is, and is considering delaying any decision at all. Also, at the UN, the Russkies and Chicoms walked out of a meeting over Syria.
The One's haphazard, feckless, spineless methods are really bearing fruit! Instead of making him look tough, he is looking even more worthless than before. He has made things worse, if that were possible.
So, the French are now backing away from action (waving white flags, no doubt) and the Brits have confirmed they will wait for the UN to report back before having their debate. POTUS is saying he has not decided and adding some additional confusion to the air. The Russians are sending additional warships to the eastern Med.
In other words, they [US, France, UK] tested the waters and found them not to their liking.
Can we look any more feckless than we do right now? We are going to have less credibility than we did before the Barbary Pirates mess here shortly.
And possibly the same level of military strength, if this goes on long enough.
Finally, Comrade Karla ended the on-line discussion (at least the serious part) with this dire warning w/video segment:
Dramatics aside, this raises a great issue—we may plan to just go in and do a “punishment bombing” (whatever that is), but the enemy gets a vote as well.   We could be lighting the fuse to something much larger and we are not ready and our political leaders are certainly not prepared to handle it.  To paraphrase Bismarck, it’ll be “some damn silly thing in the Middle East.”

So much for that Nobel Peace Prize...
(Image by Glenn McCoy)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Syrian Quagmire?

(Image by Bob Gorrell)

For the past couple of days, my friends have been discussing the Syrian Civil War.

What can the US do?

What should the US do?

Nearly all the commentators we read vote "No" for any kind of intervention.

Ralph Peters cites the lack of post-war/bombing campaign in both the Bush and Obama Administrations have ended "less than satisfactorily" , to say the least.

The Diplomad has been busy these past couple of days.  First, he warns us we're on a "bomb until we think of something to do" treadmill just like we did against Libya.

Then he brings up an interesting anecdote on where Syria got the chemical munitions the Asad Regime is said to be employing

Finally, he comments on something Mark Steyn has done repeatedly:  That Democrats will launch strikes/wage wars in places where we have absolutely no national interest--like Libya and now, possibly Syrian.

Edward N. Luttwak advocates a perpetual war, with no winner will be in the US's best interest.

Which got one friend thinking:

"...the only thing in Syria that benefits us is continued fighting and no one victorious. I've been working it out in my head what the downsides are -- I think the main one is that the eventual victors will be some bad ass, pissed off dudes. Still, a proxie war between our enemies is not all that bad a thing.  It reminds me of the old Star Trek episode [A Private Little War] where the Federation and Klingons kept providing better and better weapons to the warring sides to keep things balanced."

But as we discussed various "Star Trek Options," the US Navy is readying destroyers and Team Obama is concocting its rationale for striking Syria.

Monday, August 26, 2013

DoD Declares Our Founding Fathers to be Extremists

(Image:  A copy of "The Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull)
A student guide published by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, made references to "extremist ideologies" which include the beliefs held by our Founding Fathers.  The training manual also goes on to say that "...instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states' rights and how to make the world a better place." 
Not only that, but Daniel Greenfield of Frontpage Mag, noticed the manual actually compared compared our Founding Fathers to the 9/11 terrorists.
As one friend pointed out:  To say this stuff is disturbing would be an understatement.
An understatement indeed. 

Another Red Line?

(Image by Michael Ramirez)
Last week, the Syrian government was accused of using chemical weapons.  Again.  Over the weekend, Assad's cronies made a counter claim that it was the rebels who used chemical weapons.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration hints at cruise missile strikes against Syria.
Fine and good.  I guess.
There is no easy solution to the Syrian civil war. 
But when an American president talks about "red lines" and hints at dire consequences if the line is crosssed, then does nothing about it when an adversary does cross it--allies as well as other adversaries take notice.
It would have been better for Obama and our nation's reputation, if he'd not said anything at all.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Not Quite Fitting the Narrative

After all the furor over the Zimmerman trial, one would think racial advocates would be out in force over last week's crimes.

Not so.

All's quiet on the Race Monger Front over the slaying of Christopher Lane in Oklahoma.  Despite racist tweets by James Edwards

A lot is being made that these kids were "bored."  But with Edwards', it may be a case of apple not falling far from the tree.   The DA doesn't think race was a factor in the murder.

Dr. Ablow argued that "boredom" was not a factor.

What the left is doing, is making this a gun control issue (again).

But here in the Pacific Northwest, an elderly gentleman was beaten to death.  While a vigil is being held in honor of the victim, Delbert Belton, Spokane PD has one suspect in custody and is on the lookout for the second one.  But they appear to be already getting ahead in the narrative race and claiming robbery was the motive.

At least 4 out of 5 of these perpetrators have been caught. 

I wonder if their respective trials will get the same media coverage the Zimmerman Trial did.

In the meantime, lookie here:  a racist among the ranks of DHS.  But apparently, Mr "Irritated Genie" isn't quite the clansman the race mongers are looking for.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hasan Guilty as Charged, but... would almost never know he was an Islamic terrorist.  At least (not)according to the NYT

US News/NBC News used such words--sparingly--their healine article was more slanted to Hasan's time at the gun range, rather than the time he spent e-mailing his terrorist buddy Anwar al-Awaki

Thursday, August 22, 2013

He Wants to be a She

(Image from MSNBC)
 Today Bradley Manning confessed. 
No, not admitting to treason.
Instead, Bradley confessed to being a woman trapped in a man's body and would now like to be known as Chelsea
I agree with Elizabeth Sheld on this one.  If he wants to live as a woman, fine.
One other thing bothers me--other than Bradley's 15 minutes of infamy going into overtime--is this:  The media types are already refering to Bradley as "her."
Well, until the hormone treatment/gender-realignment surgery is completed, or at least gets underway, Bradley is still biologically a "him." 
But I guess when your a liberal democrat, or a liberal media darling, you can claim to be anything you want:  From being a Cherokee Indian, to being a woman even though your body is sporting all guy-parts. 
And everyone on the political left will merely nod "yes." Not to mention, bashing us conservative-ish types for being insensitive/racist/sexist/homo & Islamo-phobic, etc. for pointing out the obvious facts.
My friends and I often describe how Orwellian our society is becoming (already is?):  We're being told 2 + 2 is indeed 5.
In the meantime, Manning's supporters will have to do a considerable amount of editing...


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blind to the Obvious

(Image by Michael Ramirez)

The title of the above cartoon is called "Blinding."  Unfortunately, blindness isn't limited to Islamic extremism. 

Our own government is either:
a) blind
b) stupid
c) more interested in hounding conservatives
d) any/all the above

First, there's the judge presiding over the Fort Hood Massacre Trial.  Despite being an American military member, she bared most motive evidence

I can't believe we have to quibble over "motive" when Major Hasan was observed by multiple surviving witnesses shouting "Allahu Akbar!" while gunning down his fellow soldiers. 

He's a traitor and deserves to be executed.

Beyond the crumbling ramparts of civilization, there's the on-going Syrian Civil War.   

Remember this one?

The international community would like it all to go away, but with no clear winner.   In a sense, western leaders have become blind to the concept of victory.  Richard Fernandez explains the irrational numbers game.

And then there's Egypt.  Mark Steyn points out how everyone else but Team Obama and the Eurozone have reached a consensus about Egypt and are funneling money and/or support to the Egyptian military.  Even the Israelis are siding with the Egyptian military (see yesterday's post).

There's a lot of talk within the US and Europe regarding the supposed lofty ideals both conflicts are supposedly about.  But everyone else, recognize the true nature of both:  Struggles for power.

Not a good time to be taking that vacation any time soon. 

(Image by Gary Varvel)

Michael Ledeen reminds us, it's war you idiots.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Clever Conspiracy, or Just Plain Stupid?

(Image found on Facebook)

Mark Twain once said:  "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." 

Mark Steyn is hedging his bets and thinks it's a bit of both when you have an idiot for a Big Brother.

(Image by Gary Varvel)

Either way, Americans should be worried.  Very worried.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Carnage in Cairo

(Image by Glenn McCoy)

While I was out of town, Egypt boiled over--again. 

I'm no fan of military coups, but from all the clear-thinking folks, it's apparent the Muslim Brotherhood (their official website) wasn't as popular as some led themselves to believe. 

So the Egyptian military intervened.  Now it's a bloodbath, but curiously we hear more wailing and gnashing of teeth, because the unrest was hosted by the military and not a terrorist group. 

Meanwhile, hear within the crumbling ramparts of civilization, Our Dear Leader has been doing what he does best...

(Image by Michael Ramirez)

...which is speaking softly and carrying no stick.  In a word:  Nothing.

The Diplomad makes a strong case (with an acknowledgement to Pat Buchanan) for promoting liberty as opposed to democracy

Steering a correct course would be difficult for any administration.  But as Team Obama continues to clown around with foreign policy, things will only get worse...

(Image by Jerry Holbert) home and abroad.

At least the Israelis are smart enough to figure out who to side with.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Worst of the "Phony Scandals"

(Image by Michael Ramirez)

Last weekend, I was talking to a friend about the on-going "parade of phony scandals."  We concluded the IRS/NSA one is the scariest.  This one gives the impression that at any moment, the NSA may pick up on any American citizen's phone conversation, e-mail or electronic transaction.  Once a citizen is branded an "enemy of the state," he, she, or they, may be paid a visit by some IRS brute squad.

VDH on the other hand, explains which one is the Mother of all Scandals

My friend and I are very upset by the Benghazi scandal.  As former military members, we think its morally reprehensible to not even try to rescue our fellow Americans under siege by hostiles.

Mother of all scandals indeed. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Reid's Race Card

(Image by Glenn Fodden)

Harry Reid:  The latest player in racial poker.

Now, I could care less what color Barack Obama is.  He could be a pink-eyed albino for all I care.  It's not the color of his skin that has riled us conservative folks, it's his actions and the direction he and his cronies are taking this country.  Not to mention his fouled-up foreign policy (see my last post).

I love Neil Cavuto's comeback.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Our Foreign Policyless President

(Image by Gary Varvel)

Last week, US embassies were closed due to some undisclosed, but serious threat. Today, Egypt is wracked with violence. So much for "The Arab Spring," not to mention awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to a president who didn't--and still hasn't--brought about peace anywhere. Especially in his own country. 

Even our allies, like the British don't think Obama can be trusted to handle foreign policy.

David Pryce-Jones calls it a purposeless foreign policy.

Comrade Karla's comment:

This surely is one of the first US presidents to not actually have any sort of policy that can be articulated by rational people. As bad as Carter’s was, it was at least recognizable as a policy, however foolish/misguided.  I’m not sure you can say the same about O.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Can't Clown Around about Our Dear Leader

(Image from Political Brambles)
It's now apparent that thou shalt not make a mockery of the divine image of Our Dear Leader. 
(Image from Conservative Refocus)
Not only was a rodeo clown excommunicated, but the entire rodeo clown guild of Missouri must now undergo sensitivity training
Penance for the sin of mocking Obama at a rodeo.
Dana Perino was in rare and feisty form today on The Five, where she defended rodeo clown presidential parody.
I wonder how many liberal performing artists will defend this rodeo clown's freedom of expression?

Some of Our Missiles are Missing

He certainly looks trustworthy.

 Actually, some of their (as in Libyan) missiles are missing. According to a Benghazi Whistleblower, there may be 400 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) on the loose. 

Because there's been no definative answer on what Ambassador Chrisopher Stevens was doing in Benghazi--with minimal security--the speculation about a SAM buy-back/roundup operation seems highly plausible. 

Here's an example of the missiles in question:

Monday, August 12, 2013

It's Good to be the King's Dog

Our Dear Leader is currently vacationing at "the people's resort" of Marthay's Vineyard.

But this trip is more extravagant than the Imperial Family's previous jaunts.  First Pooch Bo arrived on his own flight

Mark Steyn rolled-in with his Osprey has landed article.  

Sunday, August 11, 2013

PC Disorder in the Court

(Image by Ramirez)  

It's tough being a terrorist these days.  They're hunted down by special ops teams, blown-up by drone strikes and when one finally winds up in a US court, they don't get the justice they crave.

Oh, I'm not talking about being denied their inalienable American rights--whether they're US citizens or not. 

No I'm talking about the case of "workplace violence alleged perpetrator," Major Nidal Malik Hasan.  He's thrown the politically correct (PC) court into disorder by openly admitting he committed his acts with the weapon in the evidence locker.

Like jihadis everywhere, they know us better than we know ourselves.

This kind of shenanigans is more fitting to a  Three Stooges skit than a military court martial.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Embassy Sheltering-In Place Sound Bites

(Image by Rob Ariaill)
I thought I'd end the business week with some funny political cartoons about our not-so-funny reactions to whatever threat(s) the "decimated" Al-Qaeda is cooking-up for us.

(Image by Glenn McCoy)

(Image by Gary Varvel)

(Image by Bob Gorrell)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Some Second Thoughts About Obamacare

(Image by Glenn Foden)
As the 1 January 2014 deadline for the full implementation of Obamacare looms, folks are having second thoughts about this grand scheme. 
Yesterday's news warned healthcare premiums in some states will soar.  The article even refered to the plan as "Obamacare" and not the politically correct "National Healthcare Reform," or whatever the official title is.
Conservative sites and FOX News have been referring to Obamacare as such ever since Our Dear Leader and his cronies cooked-up this scheme.  But this is the first time I've heard CNN and Yahoo News using the term.
I like the elephant's idea...

(Image by Nate Beeler)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Still Sheltering In-Place

Not only have embassies across the blighted middle east remain closed, but the State Department ordered the evacuation of our embassy in Yemen.
But weren't we told--repeatedly--that Al Qaeda was decimated
Now I thought it was presumptious of Dubya to proclaim "Mission Accomplished"...
...which by the way has been panned by liberals ever since the banner was hoisted, but Our Dear Leader's regime has been pushing this Al-Qaeda's Been Decimated Big Lie ever since Bin Laden was offed by Seal Team Six.
I guess Al-Qaeda didn't get the memo about their demise. 
Must be very annoying to those in power how our enemies don't abide by our election cycles.

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Tale of Two (Liberal) Cities


(Image by Nate Anderson)
Democrats are pushing for a bailout for the motorcity.  However, not surprising, most Americans are against it
Comrade Karla said it best: 
Of course, if this were to happen it would be a disaster on an epic scale, setting a terrible precedent.
Meanwhile, in the Emerald City, the elders are calling for a ban on "potentially offensive" language.  Apparently no one in city gov'mint has heard of the 1st Amendment.
My local friends and I keep asking when Comrade Karla is moving out here.  His response, in light of Seattle's edict:
There is no way I’d live in a place with this many crazy people making the rules. 
It's not too bad, (yet), as long as you live outside the crazy-city's limits.

US Embassies--Temporarily Closed for Business

(Image from: FOX News)

Just before the weekend, the State Department announced it would close 21 embassies based on a terror threat.  Yesterday, the closures were extended due to the seriousness of the threat.  This action was based on increased message traffic, or "chatter" among known, or suspected terrorist cells.

Richard Fernandez refers to this as a global sheltering in place, while Mark Steyn calls it the action of a cringing superpower

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Dear Leader Scoffs at Keystone


(Image from Political Clown Parade)
Apparently, the Keystone Pipeline isn't worth the effort, because it will only create 50 permanent jobs.  So why bother putting so few people back to work?
I guess it's best keep everyone on Food Stamps.

Meanwhile, other countries like China, are surging ahead with their Pipe Dreams

Friday, August 2, 2013

Two Confirmed "Phony Scandals"

(Image from Political Clown Parade)
Jay Carney confirmed the IRS and Benghazi Scandals were phony
So that means the rest of them are real, right?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Obama's "Queeg Moment"

(Image from:  Political Clown Parade)
No, Our Dear Leader isn't insane.  Merely out of his depth, which Hal G.P. Colebatch eloquently describes as Obama's Queeg Moment.
I'm just wondering when the typhoon will hit.