"If at age 20 you are a conservative then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are a liberal then you have no brains."
Sir Winston Churchill
ADVOCATE FOR TERM LIMITS

Obama obviously knows very little about economics, specifically that "Society stagnates when independent productive achievers begin to be socially demonized and even punished for their accomplishments." This dilemma fogs Obama's reality. To him, accepting this truth is a "false choice", his answer to things he doesn't understand. And by the way... where is John Galt?

Friday, September 19, 2014

THE 30,500 ARE NOT PRESBYTERIANS!

The day after the President of the United States gave his first wartime speech, 13 years into America's long march against Islamic extremism, his Secretary of State declared we were not at war with ISIS but “What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation, and it's going to go on for some period of time". 
 
This confusion was echoed by Susan Rice and Marie Harf and contradicted by Josh Ernest at the White House and at the Pentagon.  It seemed lost on some that Obama was basing his authority to go to war without Congressional authority on the 2001 and 2003 resolutions against al-Qaeda.  The 2001 resolution mentioned "war" four times and the 2003 mentioned it nine times.

This was followed by the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond telling reporters at a news conference in Berlin: Let me be clear; Britain will not be taking part in any air strikes in Syria."  He said London won't be "revisiting" the issue after Parliament decided last year against participating in air strikes.  Number 10 Downing Street then had to walk that back by saying that P.M. David Cameron had not yet decided on air strikes.  (However after the Saturday release of a You Tube video of the decapitation of British aid worker, David Cawthorne Hainesthat could change dramatically.)

It all went down hill after that with Germany stating that they were not yet in the coalition followed by Turkey and then Saudi Arabia announcing that their contribution would be only the training of the Syrian Free Army on Saudi territory.

Friday it got worse with the CIA in a surprise release stating that ISIS had grown by as much as 300% since June and now numbered between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters in the terror army.  This would make ISIS the 76th largest army out of 106 forces in the world.  It should be remembered that when they took Fallujah in the beginning of 2014 they were estimated to be around 4000 strong. 

When it comes to Barack Obama we have learned over 6 years to live in a state of diminishing expectations.  Thus when he gives us a little, many tend to bequeath it a potency that is not there.  He began his fifteen minutes into war making with a pronouncement that ISIL or ISIS is not Islamic nor is it a state.  Who then are the volunteers who have swelled its ranks at 500 a week...Presbyterians?  The insistence of Obama to protect anything and everything Islamic is the source of this obsession.  The reflexive impulse to see Islam in western terms is the source of those non Muslims who always want to begin the conversation with the assertion that "Islam is a religion of Peace".  They are the 21st century avatars of those with a "little knowledge" and thus are as dangerous as ISIS.

Then came his predictable pledge of no ground troops from the US, causing Speaker Boehner to decry "An F-16 is not a strategy" and that an air war alone will not get the job done.  

Obama's claim that ISIS or the Islamic State is not a state is likewise questionable.  ISIS now occupies 18 cities in Iraq and 22 cities in Syria.  31 of that total are under their full control.  The opposition to ISIS , which includes both the disparate elements of the Syrian Free Army and the Syrian Army of Bashir al-assad  is all in the eastern corridor.  Part of the east , the north central and the west are basically controlled by ISIS.

In Iraq, Anbar and parts of Diyala, Salahuddin and Nineveh Provinces extending south to Bagdad and west to Kurdistan are controlled by ISIS.  This territory is roughly the size of Belgium or Jordan and estimated by some to be as large as 35,000 square miles.  The 8 Sunni "militias' in the Sunni triangle at the present time are all either supporting ISIS or in a truce with them although there have been incidents of fighting between ISIS and the Jaysh Rijal al- Tariqa al- Naqshbandia (JRTN) the largest Sunni nationalist groups that also has Caliphate  type dreams.  ISIS also controls one border crossing in Syria and perhaps as many as three in Iraq. 


Over two million people in both Syria and Iraq have been displaced and are living in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey or Iraqi Kurdistan.

Obama has now stacked what remains of his Presidency on a proposal that seems both unstable and unserious.  It is beginning to feel in its infancy like more spin than substance and some openly wonder if this is serious or just more political necessity. 

He has tried to convince us that he waited for a new regime in Bagdad and now that he has it no one can really say if it is the real deal or not.  In Iraq, it is a new Sunni Awakening that is needed along with an Iraqi army that can and will fight. In Syria it is a collection of insurgents some with al-Qaeda ties, who Mr. Obama just weeks ago demeaned as "Doctors, Farmers and Pharmacists" whom he would be stupid to arm.  Then his core principle was "don't do stupid  "stuff"".  Now it is "no safe haven" for those who try to kill us.  The truth is that nobody knows what this is or where this is going and that in the long run is the biggest danger of it all.

No American should be sent into harms way if the ultimate objective is not complete and total victory.  Anything less is immoral and illogical.  A three year campaign with the finale left to a new President is yet another example of his propensity to fit square pegs into round holes.  It is a graduate studies exercise devoid of the essence of or the unpredictability  of the reality of war.  Why three years?  Three years will allow this cancer to metastasize and grow until ISIS is not just part of Islam but is Islam itself. 


ERLANDSSON

Friday, September 12, 2014

ROTHERHAM

From 1997 through 2013 and beyond, over 1,400 young. white, working class girls were systematically and sexually preyed upon by gangs of older men in the northern English town of Rotherham.  The girls involved were often troubled, living in group or foster homes, often living chaotic and dysfunctional lives which made them easy marks for their predators.
Despite numerous individual reports and three official reports in 2002, 2003 and 2006, nothing significant was done by local elected and appointed officials or the local Police.  This was mainly due to the fact that the gangs of men responsible were Muslims of Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Afghani origin.  Local officials,the majority of whom are from the Labour Party, repeatedly tried to avoid either racial confrontations or being labled racist or anti-Muslim.
In 2013 The Times of London did a series of investigatory articles about Rotherham which exposed the scandal.  This prompted the Rotherham Council to commission an independent report by Professor Alexis Jay who was formerly the Chief Inspector of Social Work in Scotland.  That report which was issued in August of this year has exploded like a bomb and has exposed the "Politically Correct" and "Multicultural" bias that allowed serial crimes of a horrific nature to be inflicted on young girls.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

AMERICAN CREEPSHOW

The "Obama Zombies" as author Jason Matera labeled them in his book of the same name, are at it again.  CBS has reported that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 1912 which directs California educators to include " the significance  of the United States electing its first African-American President" in its History and Social Science curricula.   Obama's past vocation as a "community organizer" is also to be highlighted.
Well, every curriculum needs a reading list and here are mine:  "Culture of Corruption" by Michelle Malkin; "The Amateur" by Edward Klein; "Faithless Execution" by Andrew McCarthy; "Pushback" by Rabbi Aryeh Spero; "The Roots of Obama's Rage" and "Obama's America" by Dinesh D'Souza; "Obama's Enforcer" by John Fund and Hans Von Spakowsky; "InJustice" by J. Christian Adams; "The Devil Inside the Beltway" by Michael J. Daugherty; "Liberty and Tyranny" and "Ameritopia" by Mark Levin; "After America" by Mark Steyn; "The Great Destroyer" by David Limbaugh and "Spreading the Wealth" by Stanley Kurtz.
These are but a small sample  of "Obamography", mostly critical, written with over two more years left to go in his second term.
He began his first term with young grade school  children singing North Korean type hymns to him under the guidance, of course, of union teachers.  So in six years, the "cultists" have simply taken steps to insure that grades K-12 are worshiping the worst and creepiest President in American history. 
After he leaves office (and there are those who believe that he will not leave without a fight) his successors will have the "Devil's own time"  to fix and repair all the terrible things he has done.  It remains to be seen if the Constitution and our system of government have been irreparably harmed by his acts.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The TPMS reaction to ISIS


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If your first reaction to the beheading of photo journalist James Foley was to rush to the defense of Muslims or Islam in general, I strongly suspect you need immediate psychiatric help because you are suffering from "Terminal Progressive Multicultural Schizophrenia".  TPMS is a disease of the left whose victims deny reality even when reality has a knife to their throat. 
TPMS causes people to believe in fantasy world views and never allow facts or knowledge held by people with first hand experience to affect their opinions. 
ISIS aka ISIL aka The Islamic State aka Da'esh  is a demonic monstrosity straight out of the gates of Hell.  Those moral relativists with TPMS who don't believe in evil are about to be shocked because evil is coming after them in ways that their worst nightmares  couldn't conjure up.
For those TPMS sufferers who want to ignore this wanton act of savage butchery or ISIS itself so that they can comfortably go back to their I-Pads or Droid phones and pretend that the real world our leaders have created doesn't exist...this is your wake up call!
These are not people we are dealing with.  They have abandoned their humanity.  The cannot be reasoned with.  They will not negotiate as normal political entities do.  They must be wiped out like vermin or rabid dogs.  They must be hunted down and put down.  Rights and laws are for humans.  ISIS is comprised of demons.  ISIS  is political Islam in its purest form and as such cannot and should not be contained because it is  political "Ebola" that lives to spill as much blood as it can in the name of Allah.  It must instead be eradicated.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Who is Behind ISIS

Yvonne Ridley
I  have no idea where the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL or whatever name it uses  came from, and I'm just as baffled by the roots of its violent  ideology. While I never pretend to speak for the diverse community of  Muslims living in Britain today, I reckon my views on this will be  echoed by the majority who have watched with growing concern the  unprecedented rise of this group.

However, just as unprecedented is the childish invective being spewed  out by Islamophobes, racists and so-called terrorism experts encouraged  by some sections of the British media. They have not helped at all.

While I've blocked most of the jack-booted trolls who patrol  Twitterland demanding that anyone who is or even looks like a Muslim  should launch an immediate protest march against ISIS, I'm amazed that  similar rhetoric is being pushed by elements of the media.

There are many reasons why I've not spoken out against ISIS. For a  start, I'm not sure who it is, where it came from or how it is funded.  I've not seen such a militarily- and strategically-savvy fighting force  emerge in the Middle East before, other than the highly disciplined and  much feared Hezbollah. I, like many others, want to know a little bit  more about ISIS before making public comments.

Secondly, why should I organise a march against ISIS? I am not  responsible for its actions, just as my Jewish friends are not  responsible – and nor should they be - for the actions of that other  group of violent psychos in the Middle East, the Israeli military. While  ISIS enforcers wield head- and limb-chopping knives, Israel drops bombs  called Daisy Cutters which also decapitate and maim anyone caught in  the fallout.

Thirdly, my silence over ISIS does not mean that I support the group  even if some fools take my silence as a sign that I do. Only when I ask  some male tweeters to apologise on behalf of rapists, on the grounds  that every rapist is a man so they must all be somehow culpable, does  the penny drop; occasionally I'll get a muffled apology.

Friday, August 22, 2014

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE SOCIAL CONTRACT

Social Justice has come to mean permission to resort to mob rule, wanton destruction of private and public property,looting, Molotov cocktails, disrespect for the Police and at times physical attacks on and the shooting of others.  The war for Social Justice is a mask covering a war on the Social Contract. The dirty little secret is that this has been going on for a very long time.
"No Justice, No Peace"today means that those chanting this don't want justice via the rule of law to prevail.  It has come to mean the demand for  instantaneous preconceived punishment to be applied and the facts and the truth as determined by law enforcement, Judges and juries be ignored.
We are seeing all of this now in Ferguson Missouri, where the Governor has announced a state of emergency, called in the National Guard and established a curfew which has failed to stop the looting.  To a much lesser extent it also exists in Staten Island, New York.  In each instance two black males died after encounters with a white cop.  Both of the deceased were allegedly breaking the law, albeit in minor ways.
That these two ended up dead is a tragedy.  That both situations were seized upon by racial arsonists like Al Sharpton and criminals determined to exploit the racial anger and chaos are also tragedies.  That Barack Obama felt once again the need to interject himself in Ferguson by equating police actions with criminal activity is a third and unnecessary tragedy.

Friday, August 15, 2014

THE PEOPLE ON THE MOUNTAIN

The Yezidis are an ancient Kurdish/Arab people with a religion that combines elements of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and ancient pre monotheistic  devotion to the sun, the moon, water, fire, earth and air.  There were approximately 70,000 Yezidis in  Iraq, mostly in Nineveh Province near Mosul in the town of Sinjar until they were forced to flee from the violence of the Islamic State or ISIS.


Now 40,000 to 50,000 of them have fled to Mount Sinjar, a holy place to them since they believe that this is where Noah's Ark came to rest after the great flood.  The mountain has always been their home in Iraq with the remaining 180,000 Yezidis in the world living in Syria, Turkey, Iran, Armenia and Georgia.

So the question remains as to why the ISIS wants so desperately to commit genocide on a peaceful people with no homeland , who bother no one and who have lived peacefully amongst both Christians  and Muslims for centuries. 

The simple answer is that the Caliphate that Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi is creating in the 21st century belongs in the 7th century.  The IS will tolerate  no one who does not subscribe to their fundamental and violent version of Islam for very long even if they pay the Jizya tax and assume the mantle of second class Dhimmitude.  They also practice "Takfir" which is determining that those thought formerly to be pious Muslims are in fact not  because they do not believe in the Caliph's version of Islam.  This then make them Kaffirs and subject to death as apostates.

The more complicated answer is that the Yezidis have been looked upon by many Muslims and Christians alike to be devil worshipers and thus beyond the pale.  The central figure in their belief system is Malek Taus, the Peacock Angel who is the greatest of seven angels left by God after the creation to look after the world.  The alternate name of Malek Taus is "Shaitan" which is the Arabic name for Satan.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Again...Never Again


AGAIN...NEVER AGAIN
 
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Never again has come again.  The Jew haters of the Islamic world, Europe and the "progressive" left of the Democratic Party are all marching in lock step in demanding that Israel stop defending itself and instead lay down and let the "final" final solution of the new Shoah take its inevitable course.
 
 Hamas, hiding behind women and children, with rockets and missiles stored in UN schools, clinics, crowded tenements and terror tunnels beneath hospitals, nursing homes and Mosques,  intends to sacrifice innocent people in order to win a public relations victory aided by an anti-Zionist/anti-Semitic world press.  Their weapons are photos and videos of dead and maimed children and wailing women, who in many circumstances  were not allowed by Hamas to seek shelter after the IDF warned occupants of targeted buildings that they were going to bomb them.   Despite all of this, Obama over and over signals his support for Hamas by the immoral use of moral equivalency  in condemning  the violence. 
 
And then of course there is the simple question of why Hamas who has been attacking Israel for nine years has never built real shelters for the residents of Gaza, whom they rule? 
 
Hamas has said for years that they will ultimately defeat the Jewish state because they love death and Israel loves life.  Thus in the primordial swamp that is the modern Middle East, this logic makes Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Iran, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Ansar el-Sharia, el-Shabaab and all the other savages there and across the globe in their minds, the inevitable winners.  This fanatical belief in victory through holy terror is augmented by the support of western social justice radicals whose moral relativism is so infected with disease that even cutting off the heads of innocent people is ok if it will lead to the destruction of the big and little "Satans". 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A NATION OF LAWS

The DC Circuit Court recently handed down a 2 to 1 decision in a case entitled Halbig v Burwell.  That decision sent shock waves through the Beltway because it ruled that anyone who receives health care through an exchange established  by the Federal Government and not by a state is not eligible for and should not receive a Federal subsidy in the form of a tax credit or other relief.  "Section 36B plainly makes subsidies available in the Exchanges established by states," wrote Judge Thomas Griffith, who was joined in the majority decision by Senior Circuit Judge Raymond Randolph.
The  ACA was purposely designed to make the states the portals whereby "ObamaCare" was delivered.  Confining the subsidies to qualified individuals who purchased their health insurance through a state created "Marketplace " was a deliberate effort to create incentives for the states to participate, as those who conceived and wrote the law intended.  The language is as the court noted, plain and unambiguous leaving little to no confusion as to its intent.  
36 states however, refused to establish an exchange thereby requiring the Federal government to step in and create a Federal Exchange.  As a result, 4.7 million Americans who enrolled through the Federal exchange and who have been receiving subsidies due to an IRS ruling which turned the plain language of the statute on its head, may down the road lose this assistance.  This loss is estimated to  increase the cost of their coverage by a factor times four or greater and would gut "ObamaCare" to the bone. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

HE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY

On Thursday July 17, 2014. Israel began a land, sea and air incursion into the Gaza Strip, in order to neutralize Hamas, one of the most pestilent Islamic terror groups on earth.  On that same day Pro Russian separatists, most probably working with or under the command of Russian Federation Spetsnaz forces in the rebel Donets region of the Ukraine, used a very sophisticated ground to air missile system to shoot down a  Malaysian Air 777 passenger jet  killing all 298 on board.  This included 80 children, 3 infants and at least one American citizen.
 
While all of this was unfolding, Barack Obama went to two fund raisers in Manhattan.  Six days later as the fighting in Gaza intensified and the bodies of the dead from MH-17 were put into body bags , he jetted out to the west coast for six more.
 
This was not the first time he has shown such bizarre detachment.  He did exactly the same thing the day after Benghazi,  when the Russians invaded the Crimea,  and most recently in Texas at the peak of the crisis of the "Border Children.  He steadfastly refused to visit the southern border or any of the detention camps where the children were being warehoused.
 
Having to face the predictable outcomes of his awful domestic and foreign policies is not Obamas strong suit.  His vision of being President is  first and foremost being adored by either mega-rich celebrities in Hollywood where he is the star and they are relegated to supporting roles or  Texas oil men or bankers, hedge fund moguls and financial titans from Wall Street  or billionaire "geeks" from Silicone Valley... and the list goes on. 
 
These are the comforts zones for the strangest man ever to be President.  These venues appeal to him even more than the golf course or extravagant vacations which have now cost the taxpayers over $44 million.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to win in 2016

2016 

Both Republican and Democrat presidential candidates should understand that to win in 2016 will mean changing the dangerous trajectory that Obama and the "progressives" have inflicted on the nation.  In a bi-partisan manner, if possible, they should  demonstrate to an exhausted, skeptical, fearful and angry public that the country can be turned around and led to growth, strength, full time jobs with good wages, individual freedom and prosperity.

This will mean the return of "certainty" to our domestic and foreign affairs, reestablishing the rule of law and renewing national fidelity to the Constitution.  At a minimum these will require a sharp curtailment of the administrative state that the left so reveres.  It will also necessitate a well thought out  and long overdue shrinkage of a bloated and morbidly obese Federal government.   
Regulatory and other governmental agencies that have become power mad should be abolished and/or de-funded and only their most fundamental and essential legal functions should be preserved.  The IRS, EPA, CSB, NLRB, OSHA, NRC, BLM, NMB, FERC AND FEC have all violated their mandates and are no longer trusted.  Add to this, DoJ, DVA  and HHS which also act like imperious thugs and you begin to see a government out of control, behaving like criminals and contemptuous of the people who pay their salaries. 

The country must grow and become the most prosperous nation on the globe once again.  We must become energy independent in such a way that it results in us have the cheapest and most varied amount of power in the world causing investments and job creation to flow into the country.
We must fix what the Heritage Foundation calls our "confused, unfocused and dysfunctional"  immigration system by closing the southern border and then rethinking logically and systematically, what our immigration priorities will be.  For those here legally and illegally criminal behavior must result in immediate deportation after conviction and punishment.  Amnesty with a path to citizenship should be limited to those who were brought here as small children and those who serve honorably in the military.  Work visas should be available for those who have skills in areas experiencing difficulties in filling openings or capital to invest in legitimate job creating businesses.  Interior enforcement should be robust and unambiguous.  The primary goal of immigration should be patriotic assimilation into an equal opportunity society and not multicultural assimilation into a dependency society with open borders.