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No Greek welcome…

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Apparently the Greeks  are welcoming  His Oneness with petrol bombs and anarchy in the streets.   I venture to say this is not exactly the sort of photo op our soon-departing President had planned for on his last world tour.

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November 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

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9/11 in 2016…

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Let’s begin with the  most uninspiring,  insipid message imaginable from His Oneness,  a man who has done far more to divide the nation than all the terrorists combined.   Indeed,  my observation is that one reason progressives hate mentioning terrorism is that it unites the country,  while they depend on dividing it to maintain power.   Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have written an  op-ed blasting  Obama for his multitude of failures concerning terrorism.   The next president will have a herculean task  in undoing  such disastrous policies.   The list of what the nation  failed to learn  from the 9/11 attacks is long,  but we have learned a  few things.

As Gen. Jack Keane points out,  most of us  went on  with our lives after the attack.   The real cause for concern is that official government policy is now  willful blindness  to the threat of Islamist terrorism.   This attitude reflects an astounding ignorance of both history and ideology,  since 9/11 was  far from  the first attack on America by Muslims.   In keeping with progressive ideals,  the public education system seems determined to teach students  to either ignore the attack,  or accept that America itself,  and we Americans,  are to blame.

Whatever your view of President George W. Bush,  he understood the threat and took steps to neutralize it.   I imagine being aboard the only plane in the sky  that day concentrated his mind fiercely,  as the handwritten notes  from his press secretary,  Ari Fleischer,  show.   Watching the horror in real time no doubt  produced a  similar effect.

The Weekly Standard’s  piece from  September 24,  2011,  is a poignant reminder of what fifteen years ago looked and felt like.   As the former head of the EPA admits,  the government’s  own scientists  were badly mistaken about the air quality at Ground Zero,  and people have died because of it.   I didn’t believe the rosy reports at the time,  but I had logic and a knowledge of the real world on my side.   Why would anyone now believe government scientists on anything else,  such as global warming?

People who comprehend the  threat worry  about another one.   New York increased security  as the anniversary approached.   As Melissa Clouthier aptly notes,  things have changed,  but  where do  we go from here?   The answer depends on who our next president is,  and on what We the People are willing to do about it.   Some people will turn to  the power  of prayer.  Others,  like Hillsdale College,  will hold a  patriotic remembrance.    The National September 11 Memorial Museum’s goal is  to gather  every face and weave them into the overwhelming tapestry of grief,  loss,  life and joy on display in the memorial gallery.   A few lucky amateur photographers will capture spectacular shots  such as this.

What will you do?

 

 

 

 

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September 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Are you smarter than His Oneness?

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I’m betting that you are.   Take the quiz  and find out.

 

 

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September 8, 2016 at 11:54 pm

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Anti-Shariah = Islamophobia…

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At least  according to  the BBC and the hysterical Muslims it featured recently.   Muslim activists have long been using lawfare to force compliance with their wishes,  and too many Western governments are pitifully easy to cow into subservience.   For the record,  strict adherence to Sharia requires that Islamic law be recognized as supreme in all matters,  meaning that inconvenient little documents like our Constitution and Bill of Rights are used by the activists until they are no longer convenient for their purposes,  at which time they will be ignored.

Of course,  progressives would also like to do away with the First and Second Amendments,  just as His Oneness is trying to do via backdoor regulation,  which is precisely what Queen Hillary would do.   My response is that any person or government who seeks to destroy those vital rights is planning on doing something so egregious that the only proper response would be the full use of those protections.

 

 

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August 20, 2016 at 11:52 pm

VA corruption…

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You can’t make this stuff up.   The Veterans Administration spent $20 million on artwork,  most of it under the Obama Administration,  while allowing veterans to die from lack of care.   This incredible stupidity includes a pair of sculptures totaling %670,000 for a VA center which serves blind vets.

Few people have  been disciplined  for the multiple failures of the VA system,  let  alone fired.   If you were a whistleblower you were likely to get fired  by your corrupt superiors for attempting  to address  the deadly failures and corruption.  The solution is simple — do away with the VA system and use the money to pay for veterans’ care in the private sector.   Put the whistleblowers in charge of the transition and fire the rest.

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July 27, 2016 at 10:09 am

Want to live in a lawless society?

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You already do,  as Joseph Farah points  out here.   And if you think it’s bad now,  let Hillary Clinton become the president and see how much worse it gets.    I don’t like Trump,  but I view Mike Pence as solid,  so I’m satisfied with his choice for Vice President.   If Trump surrounds himself with quality people and listens to them,  unlike His Oneness who listens only to the voices in his own head,  he will do all right.   In any event,  he could hardly do worse than Barack Obama has done for the past seven years,  or than Hillary Clinton would do.

 

 

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July 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Military coup in Turkey…

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The Turkish Army is apparently  attempting a coup  against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  who is claiming he is still in control.   That is highly doubtful,  as the state-owned broadcasting system is clearly in the hands of the coup,  and Erdogan,  a tireless self-promoter,  has not been seen in several days.   I’d say that,  based on the little we know at this point,  the coup may well succeed,  as the police are no match for the military.

It is important to remember that Erdogan,  who took power in 2002,  has cashiered out many senior military members,  knowing that the history of Turkey is that the secular-minded army has long been a stabilizing force in the country.   Erdogan has been playing footsie with Russia and Iran and instituting Islamic policies bit by bit.   He also was aware that the Turkish officer corps knows many Western military personnel,  and has long worked well with the British and the Americans.

Secretary of State John Kerry from Moscow said the U.S. hopes there will be peace and stability in Turkey,  a typical diplomatic response.   Dollars to doughnuts His Oneness will not be able to keep his mouth shut and will at least hint that the military coup is not a good thing.   I say this because the Turkish president is a big fan of the Muslim Brotherhood,  as is Obama,  since he promoted Mohamed Morsi,  the Egyptian president who was ousted by Egypt’s military in 2011,  and was a member of that group himself.   His Oneness claims the Brotherhood is a a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups.

Congressmen Darrell Issa and Louis Gohmert have renewed the push for a bill to officially designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization,  an important move in light of what Retired Navy Admiral Ace Lyons  told the  National Press Club last year.

UPDATE:  News reports are that Erdogan is seeking asylum in Germany, which indicates the coup has succeeded.   Others say he is merely on vacation,  so we can’t tell.

UPDATE:   His Oneness wants all parties to “support the democratically elected government of Turkey”.   Isn’t that the same thing he said about Morsi in Egypt  in similar  circumstances??

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July 15, 2016 at 10:23 pm