Who's the real hater? A president who stabs America in the back, or those who try to stop him? http://t.co/SdRrSwYATY
— Doug Rink (@TalkSouthRadio) July 31, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
"Give me 4 years time"
An old leaflet. Caption below the image says, in part:
The first comprehensive industrial fair of the National Socialism
Berlin 29 April - 20 June 1937
translation by Babylon
Germans may have been satisfied with the first four years of their National Socialism experience,
but by the end of the next four, Germany's National Socialists had initiated a series of international conflicts that became World War.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
"When government fails, the people will rise. If we hope to remain a sovereign nation under a President who has abandoned the rule of law, we seem to have no other choice." - Bob Owens at Bearing ArmsWe seem to have lost our representation in Washington, as Congress fails to intervene in President Obama's deeper and wider grab at executive power. And at times, the Congress, acting with slight of hand, seems intent on making moves that only enhance the president's position.
Didn't turn out so well for government the last time a lack of representation became an issue that aroused the American people.
"Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope." - Patrick Henry, St. John's Church, March 23, 1775
In 2010, conservative voters delivered a nationwide miracle for the GOP, giving the party control of the House as well as state legislatures in key states.
And GOP leadership has been disparaging of conservatives ever since.
Since 2010, GOP leadership has become increasingly complicit in helping Barack Obama move his agenda forward. The level of complicity has accelerated, now it is impossible not to see it.
America has reached a point of grave danger, perhaps past the point of no return.
Do you plan to vote in favor of the House leadership's sell-out immigration plan? I won't repeat the warning from Senator Jeff Sessions, I'm sure you know the content. He's right, it's a flawed gateway.
Germany have Hitler an enabling act that allowed his rise to dictatorial power. Republican leadership in the house is doing what amounts to same thing, only they're doing it piecemeal. If you vote for this wolf-in-sheep's clothing legislation, you too are complicit.
If you want to save the Republican Party, Republicans in the House still loyal to the Constitution, must remove John Boehner from the speakership. He's doing the party, and the nation, a grave disservice.
Let's close the borders. Get our nation's house in order, and restore a declining economy. I'm tired of Potemkin games telling me all is well.
America has been in decline for years, but now it appears clear decline is being intentionally orchestrated from Washington Dc. Will you stand to restore America, or be complicit in its conversion to a bankrupt, overrun third world status?
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
But alas, it seems some sense the gravity of the situation more than others.
Full story at WBTV in Charlotte.
Perhaps we're starting getting a better idea of why Barack Obama told us in 2008 he needed an enhanced civilian national security force just as strong, just as well equipped, just as well funded as the military.
DHS and EPA now have the resources to snatch people's odd-ball old cars.
Yet the same DHS claims it lacks resources to enforce immigration law.
Even if President Barack Obama tests the bounds of his presidential power with the big, unilateral moves he’s promising on immigration, there may be no way to stop him.Obama's been allowed to run too far, too fast with his agenda of fundamentally transforming America.
Even after seeing Obama's rogue nature, his break with America's traditions of governance, only a tiny handful in our formerly representative government have the will to offer any resistance whatsoever.
Makes me wonder how many intentional oath breakers we have in DC; those who swore to protect and defend the Constitution who now pat themselves as their complicity undermines it. Those who cower in silence while this happens are just as complicit.
Update: Almost immediately after posting this, I saw another development: House Speaker John Boehner flatly rules out impeachment of the president. I suspect it's a Quisling fool who gives away the high card in his hand, and openly green lights the president to do as he pleases.
Here we have what is presented to be a Ukrainian rebel militia woman telling a tale of Ukraine government war planes using airliners and their passengers as shields.
I find it a stretch she can see so clearly up 30-thousand feet or so where airliners fly, though she doesn't claim to be an eye witness. I also note her allegation regarding Ukrainian aircraft tactics appears to have been posted online nearly a month before the Malayasian jetliner was shot down.
But that's not what makes this video stand out to me.
It's the staging. Strikes me as being in the Russian Soviet tradition. Tall, attractive woman decked out with a hint of fashion under camo. But only enough fashion so that those viewing the video see humanity.
And she has a perfect firearm to complete her ensemble. Not too big, not too small. Just right to allow human strength to be the prevailing message, while still conveying new-found militancy.
By the way, is that a statue of Lenin over her shoulder in the background?
Propaganda can't be taken at face value, but it can still tell you a lot about the events that prompted its production. Some of the loudest messages in propaganda are delivered between the lines, but only for those who know to look there. And, yes, even the subtle messages are full of spin.
It seems the Russians have embraced a more flexibility position as well.
The United States accused Russia on Monday of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing cruise missile tests that date to 2008, senior State Department and White House officials said.The violations allegedly go back six years, but this appears to be the first we're hearing of it.
If Obama and his team were on top of this, there should have been disclosures to the American people in 2010, when Obama and his team rushed through a new START treaty with Russia.
And why was Obama still yammering to the Russians about more flexibility as late as 2012?
Monday, July 28, 2014
With good folk moving out, a natural death rate among residents, and a hefty Chicago murder count, I'd say Rahm's already eyeing a 2020 census, and is recruiting additional head count to assure Chicago's continued political clout, and to keep federal money flowing in.
An orchestrated immigration may well be a tactic to boost populations in Democrat-leaning urban areas in the 2020 census. This might explain why Democrats are eager to open immigration gates wide now, and why Obama spreads out arriving illegals to cities and towns across America, often targeting Blue States as resettlement zones, despite objections from Blue State voters.
He's pitching on gold, warning on equities. And looks at things on a global perspective.
I don't ascribe to everything he says, but much of it I do.
Do your own due diligence.
By the way, for a freebie newsletter, Money and Markets delivers some pretty solid content. Yes, there are come-ons from time to time for paid subscription services, but it goes with the territory.
Weiss group and its Money and Markets were among the very first to bang the table warning of a housing/real estate collapse. They did so nearly a decade ago, when others were still blind to the bubble and singing the praises of easy money mortgages.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
From the New York Times:
The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.Helping Ukraine target separatist arms at what amounts to, in international terms, spittin' distance from the Russian border? Can't see how Russia would see it as anything but a direct provocation.
I dare say Russia takes its borders more seriously than Obama takes ours.
Ukrainian forces left behind a BMP in the streets of Dirvina last May, and it attracted a crowd.
At least until someone pulled the trigger (about 45 seconds in on the video).
H/T: Pat Dollard
“While we have our own challenges at home, we cannot turn our backs on children that are fleeing dangerous conditions,” he said. “We will do our part to ensure that these children are given access to services and treated fairly and humanely.”
Is Chicago any less dangerous than the conditions these children fled?
Update: Seems the 13-year-old killed Friday had quite a reputation, one that varies depending on who you talk to.
Again I ponder, are Obama's border crossers being sent to Chicago really going to be better off there?
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Like I've said before, things are falling apart in America fast enough now, more people are starting to notice. I fully expect the elites to pile on new levels of distractions, double dosing us with new kinds of breads and circuses. Legalized weed would be just one example.
Now all Mr. Obama has to do is sit back, and watch the delayed reaction of America to the policies he's implemented play out.
Not to rule out he may lob another hand grenade or two with things like executive action on immigration.
From the UK Telegraph:
For households at the median level of net worth, much of the damage has occurred since the start of the last recession in 2007. Until then, net worth had been rising for the typical household, although at a slower pace than for households in higher wealth brackets. But much of the gain for many typical households came from the rising value of their homes. Exclude that housing wealth and the picture is worse: Median net worth began to decline even earlier.We noted on yesterday's Don and Doug webcast that household incomes, when separated from government entitlements and other transfers, have also long been in decline.
Yes, the Times prefers to play the "rich get richer" theme high in its story. But I think an overall decline in household wealth and income reveals something much bigger than the kind of class envy that progressives are hoping to invoke.
Bottom line, I think those who've been bent on hiding our decline realize their decade-long (give or take a few years) efforts are about to fall apart, their facades are crumbling.
Mainstream media like the Times now seems to sense a mission to either explain it away, or attempt to spin widespread personal economic decline in such a way to do the least possible damage to the political and crony capitalist status quo.
A massive military build-up is underway right here in Tennessee.
Local law enforcement agencies are snatching up huge amounts of weapons -- from the Department of Defense -- used in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Items include grenade launchers, mine-resistant vehicles and guns that have been deemed as surplus by the Pentagon.
The equipment is cheap or free for local law enforcement agencies to acquire.
The federal program has fueled a debate about the militarization of our police departments...The federal government and local law enforcement use the touted tale of "surplus equipment" to justify the militarization of local policing agencies. But America never saw such a need after past conflicts, at least not of the scope or scale we're seeing.
After World War II, Uncle Sam saw no need to disperse half tracks or Sherman tanks to local agencies. Nor were local police clamoring for them.
Simple implements, things like small arms or body armor, might make sense. But equipping our local police as combat style assault teams, ready to launch their assaults from mine-resistant armored vehicles, makes no sense at all, except in what may be a few very rare exceptions.
A while back, I came across a post World War II memorandum to local law enforcement from then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Even at the height of America's 'red scare' era, Hoover's advice to law enforcement was to not give in to fear or exaggeration. Hoover asked America's local cops to embrace America's tradition of law enforcement restraint, putting emphasis on community values.
I'll have to dig around to see if I still have a copy of the Hoover memorandum. If I find it, I'll post it.
H/T: David Codrea for his recent reference to the Nashville story
Friday, July 25, 2014
From The Monitor:
President Obama will go ahead with a “very significant” executive action on immigration after the summer – a move that may well trigger impeachment proceedings against him, senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Friday.Among the possibilities:
With Obama's popularity in decline, perhaps the Obama team believes it can stabilize, even galvanize, Democrat support by casting Obama into an impeachment battle.
On the other hand, Obama may offer up his biggest dare yet, counting on Republican leadership being too cowardly to counter. Why would anyone expect Republicans to vary from past patterns of complicity or surrender.
The crazy proposal being floated that the Obama administration says will cut illegal immigration: Team Obama will pre-screen aliens in Honduras and fly 'em here. We call it ObamaAir.
Meanwhile, Obama tries to revive his rock star image.
And Hillary Clinton tries to top Josh Earnest for making the most preposterous claim of political accomplishment.
A couple of trolls called, showering us with a few f-bombs for a split-second or two. I'd cut 'em out, but leaving 'em in only showcases their stupidity. So, they'll stay in for now. I reserve the right to delete them later.
The Obama team is reported to be considering a plan to pre-screen, and fly "refugees" in from Honduras.
The Obama airlift may be about to begin. ObamaAir seems appropriate shorthand.
The Obama team seems to think pre-screening kids, and putting them on planes will cut the flow of others trekking across our southern border. But there's nothing in the proposed plan that would stop those turned down as refugees from still hopping a freight and heading north.
Seems to me, an ObamaAir plan will likely increase the overall immigration flow rather than slow it.
Momentum for Obama impeachment continues to build despite insistent claims by Dems and RINOs that such support is a myth.
One supporter, quoted in a TV news report, sums it up like this:
"She's darling. A cute, wonderful, intelligent southern woman. Which is very attractive."
The report also has Nunn pledging to be an independent voice for Georgia.
So, why is ultra-Left, gun control obsessed Chuck Schumer of New York telling his own supporters to dig deep, and send big bucks to Nunn's campaign? The Georgia GOP is circulating just such a letter from Schumer's camp.
Sessions says eventually Congress will be held accountable if it tries to pass the buck, looks the other way, and allows Obama to expand amnesty by executive action.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Anti-gun activists frequently claim intervention by an armed civilian seldom happens, or often isn't successful.
So, how come I keep reading about 'em? Even Diane Sawyer on ABC World News mentioned this one tonight.
I've yet to see or hear any sign of outrage from so-called "moderate" Muslim communities or factions.
The Palestinian cause bragged of putting over 10,000 demonstrators in the streets of Chicago to protest Israeli military ops in Gaza. And Chicago's was just one of such anti-Israeli demonstrations.
Will those who marched in Chicago, and elsewhere, also rally to condemn the mutilation of girls and women under the so-called Caliphate being established in parts of Iraq and Syria?
Update: There are now reports that the ISIS female circumcision story is a hoax. Did the UN get it wrong, or are ISIS and its apologists now backtracking after realizing this was an overstep?
A few years. Months. Maybe less.
The facade of normalcy in America is crumbling. How much longer does it have left?
Maybe the Obama administration can offer a team of social media hashtag writers to help Norway deal with the threat.
War on women.
Reproductive rights blocked.
Denied access to health care.
This plays well with so many of the lines Democrats use to whip up their masses.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
It seems missiles are knocking planes out of the sky in Eastern Ukraine with great regularity.
Again, my question: Why was a Malaysian Airlines jetliner flying through this hostile airspace?
There's no excuse for a missile kill zone like this being left open to civilian air traffic.
Red, white and blue Old Glories were taken down, replaced by white or bleached flags.
New York authorities express distress over the event.
Remains to be seen if the apparent prank or protest was in anyway motivated by the virtual surrender of American sovereignty along the southern U.S. border.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
According to CNS News:
Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director for the Office of Public Affairs at ACF, told CNSNews.com on Friday that in 2014 (through the month of June), 96 percent of the 45,157 children -- or 43,341 of them -- who were transferred from the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the ORR have been placed with sponsors inside the United States, including with family members.That's a lot of children, most of whom will presumably be enrolling in U.S. public schools for the first time in the coming weeks.
Has HHS given local school systems any estimates how many of these new faces will be showing in their classrooms in August or September? Or are school systems on their own to adapt if waves non-English speaking students show up at the last minute? This has potential to become a critical issue in areas with large Central American immigrant populations.
Maryland's recent passage of broad gun control legislation forced the change from the original plan.
The Nashville Business Journal cites from the company's announcement:
“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the state products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world," (General Manager Jeff) Cooper said in today's news release.Once again, ill-advised gun control legislation puts good people out of work in gun restrictive states, while moving good jobs to gun-friendly states.
It's not the Malaysian Airlines flight, it's reported to be a Ukrainian military plane that was shot down in June.
Forgive the clunky Google translation, I lifted the following descriptions from a Russian language website:
According to local residents, was hit by a Slavic Ukrainian spy plane AN-30. Under the version of the witnesses, pilots ejected. The plane caught fire in the air and fell.
Downed aircraft fell near svyatogorsk. Paratroopers ejected from the downed spy plane in the vicinity of the Blue Lakes.
The video was shot, and posted online, in early June.
With clear documentation that anti-aircraft missiles were deployed and in use over Eastern Ukraine, it continues to alarm and baffle me as to why Ukrainian and other European civil aviation authorities had not declared the region a hostile territory and closed the airspace to civilian traffic.
Bureaucratic negligence appears to be a primary, if not the primary, factor in last week's disaster.
Too many vilified "dirty" coal plants have been closed too soon, without enough alternative sources coming on-line to meet electricity demand in peak load times.
American Spectator notes:
In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy “non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil plants for the last decade. In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15 percent to a starkly vulnerable 52 percent, just behind California.
There’s only one problem. New England doesn’t have the pipelines to bring in the gas. Nor is anyone going to allowed to build it, either.Disaster was averted in the Northeast last winter because an old coal plant or two hadn't been closed as fast as environmental activists wanted. And costly back-up generators that burn jet fuel, designed to run a few a few hours a month, were pressed into extended service.
Electricity production is one area where robust capacity is vital, and using multiple fuel source production adds resiliency to the system. Choking supply alternatives for the sake of feel good environmentalism is a serious mistake that will eventually show devastating consequences.
Farm Security Administration/U.S. Government photo circa 1940 via Library of Congress
Monday, July 21, 2014
Biggest race up for grabs: The GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.
Gotta confess, David Perdue left me cold after some comments he made earlier this year. I was steering toward Jack Kingston.
Then the last-round ad blitz started. One was good enough to make me look up, a flag waving ad for Kingston. Then may jaw dropped. Paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
How'd I miss this until the final week?
The ad is great, but the sponsor is what caused it to backfire on me.
Yeah, U.S. Chamber sounds benign enough. Unless you've been following its strong willed push for immigration reform. I also came across an article that says Perdue recently told a campaign gathering that he walked out on his interview back when the Chamber was screening candidates:
In that sit-down, Perdue told a crowd of about 30 supporters, the Chamber’s representatives urged him to “tell us you’ll vote for us 100 percent of the time.” When he balked, and said he wanted to “represent my constituents instead,” he said the exchange turned testy.So, it seems I've undergone an election-eve conversion.
Will anything happen between now and daybreak to make me again reconsider?
Some time ago, the Left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed minority group so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be okay with them, except to commit suicide, that is, cease to exist — which is the stated policy of Hamas. Every time Israel refuses the suggestion that it cease to exist, the Left becomes inflamed. They cannot imagine why Israel would prefer to fight for its existence than to roll over and die.Kunstler also writes:
The New York Times reported that street protests against Israel had broken out in London and Paris, giving the impression that some broad national sentiment was being expressed when, in fact, the protesters were from the large Muslim communities that these nations had foolishly invited to immigrate there. Has anyone in the West still failed to notice the pugnacity of Islam in our time? Islam does not want to co-exist with the West anymore than the Palestinians want to grant Israel the right to exist.
Kunstler has his peak oil quirks, and he may loathe the Tea Party.
But he "gets it" on many other levels where most on the Left seem too sheeplized to see.
And Obama wants Putin to admit to a role leading to last week's events.
But I have to wonder...
What are the chances the airliner was shot down by a missile looted or otherwise obtained from a Ukrainian base, or that it was fired by Ukrainian soldiers who defected to the rebel side earlier this year?
There were a slew of military defections after the previous Ukraine government was toppled. And many defectors apparently took key hardware with them when switching sides.
We also can't overlook that the Obama adminsitration played part in helping install the new Ukrainian government, one designed to tilt allegiance toward the west, and away from Russia.
I don't see any innocent hands here.
BTW, I suspect it's already largely forgotten among Americans that people living in the Crimea region in southern Ukraine voted to secede from Ukraine earlier this year.
And nearly all the Ukrainian military in Crimea switched sides prior to the secession vote.
A report from RT, that aired in early March 2014:
Editor's note: RT is a Russian owned news channel, its programs convey a Russian viewpoint.
trying to redeem himself from his embarrassing image bungling last week.
Obama demands that Russia's Vlad Putin exercise control over separatist rebels in Ukraine, and get access for international crash investigators waiting on the scene.
Strikes me, that's kinda like demanding Obama control the illegal immigration flow he invited.
Should be easy, no?
Moments after wrapping up with Obama's somber comments outside the White House, the White House website switched to what appears to be a colorful, peppy looking town hall event where Obama will participate.
Live feed coming up!
Update: Obama enters at 11:57 AM as "Hail to the Chief" plays. Still working on redeeming that presidential image, it seems.
Is a 1,000 member contingent large enough to be an effective force?
And will it be properly equipped, and allowed to return fire, if fired upon from the Mexican side of the border? The Border Patrol last week reported taking fire from "heavy caliber" weapons.
|In another time: U.S. troops on the border in 1916.|
What's we've experienced are deceptive government antics designed to mimic economic improvement.
Noted at ZeroHedge:
As Eric Sprott points out in his latest letter, "if one looks past headline figures, things are not really getting better. As shown in Figure 1, real disposable income per capita in the U.S. has increased only modestly since the Great Recession. However, all of this increase is due to Government Transfers, not from an improvement in the real economy. If we exclude those transfers from the numbers, disposable income per capita is actually lower than it was at the end of 2005 and has been painfully flat since 2011. Also, those numbers assume that the headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) accurately represents people’s purchasing power."Let it soak in. All the billions that were supposed to buy you a recovery have pretty much been squandered in something like a Ponzi scheme. National capital is being spent to do little more than keep up an appearance of national prosperity.
Update: A reader wrote with a gentle correction to my last paragraph:
"All the billions that were supposed to buy you a recovery have pretty much been squandered in something like a Ponzi scheme."
It is "trillions" but the idea is precisely correct.BTW, for those who haven't kept tabs on the national debt, in round figures, it's $18 trillion.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
America's like the Titanic. Once thought unsinkable, Obama steers us toward multiple icebergs, and overloads our lifeboats with illegals.— Doug Rink (@TalkSouthRadio) July 21, 2014
Though it may take a bit longer for the facade of normalcy to completely strip away, I suspect Hanson may be right.
Think of it as the Obama administration pulling out all the stops... to further diminish any shred of credibility it had left.
|John Kerry practices guitar diplomacy on recent China visit.|
U.S. Government/State Department photo
The 3m-high fence, which has taken a week to build and was completed on Thursday, has already reportedly brought the number of illegal arrivals down to 300 per month compared with 2,000 people each month this time last year.A fence is a simple solution to stem the tide of illegal immigration. Bulgaria can do it. Lots of countries do. Yet progressives in Washington DC block efforts to protect U.S. sovereignty in similar fashion.
Friday, July 18, 2014
The fact that fewer Americans may have died than first thought doesn't make it any less of a disaster.
Biggest mystery I see is why the airliner was flying over hostile Ukrainian airspace in the first place. Two Ukrainian aircraft had already been brought down by missiles earlier in the week, European civil aviation authorities had to know missile equipped rebels were on a roll.
Was the Malaysian plane where it was supposed to be? Has the airspace been closed after Thursday's incident?
It also appears the Ukraine Security Service uploaded another set of intercepted rebel communications on YouTube. The recordings are alleged to be conversations among rebel operatives regarding their recent acquisition of anti-aircraft missiles.
The idea of a talking shopping cart capable of evaluating the healthiness of a consumer's choice has popped up at the USDA, according to the Washington Free Beacon. It's in line with Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiatives, the report says.
How long before we hear the Obamas promise, "If you like your potato chips, you can keep your potato chips"?
I wonder what a talking shopping cart will cost. And how much supplying them will run up our grocery bills. As if grocery costs haven't already run up enough while Obama's been in the White House.
Join us today at 1:00 pm EDT as we again make the case why you must connect the dots in these perilous times.
Link to the show site.
Update: In the July 17th program, Don and I discuss outlandish claims by government that are increasingly out of step with clearly documented realities. Yes, we take these as signs things may be getting close to spiraling out of control.
For those who've not yet to ponder how their lives will be different if a major economic or governmental contraction or collapse comes, this may be a 'last call" to get started.
I could rehash the details, but linking to the UK Daily Mail's telling of the story should suffice.
Some say Obama acts this way every day, but I say yesterday was different.
Yesterday the world and the media took note.
I suspect the U.S. media fully expected to make Obama central to the story of the downed jetliner. Surely he would energize their coverage by saying bold things, casting himself prominently into the story.
He didn't. With the exception of 38 seconds (as timed by ABC News) of Ukraine related comments, Obama stuck to a previously written schedule and script.
Was it that he failed to see scripted jokes and a photo op would look out of place, or was it that he just didn't care?
Either way, it created awkward moments for his usually devoted media chums. And that awkwardness amplified the president's inappropriate behavior. You couldn't not notice it.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The order was issued on Wednesday, part of package deal of sanctions against Russian interests and businesses in response to the situation in the Ukraine.
The orders were issued well before Thursday's shoot-down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over the Ukraine.
While the recordings appear to be legit, I'll repost with the caveat that not everything on the Internet is what it first appears to be.
ABC News reported Vlad Putin was first to make Obama aware of the Malaysian Airlines incident in a phone call while the president was on his Delaware bound flight. Later, I think I heard ABC say the Obama team may dispute the initial version of notification events.
One other nugget mentioned almost in passing on ABC: Obama's top national security adviser is apparently on vacation in Africa. Go figure.
Update: ABC News reports President Obama will stick to his planned schedule today. ABC news reports, as of around 1:15pm, Obama is meeting with officials at a barbecue pit in Delaware.
From the Detroit News:
Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. (Detroit Police Chief James) Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.
“Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.When will Rahm's Chicago take a hint, and join the trend?
Cellphones and PCs have given way to Smartphones, iPads, and tablets. And these are just the most obvious applications.
Everything seems accessible by our fingertips. In real time, no delays.
We now take more for granted than ever before.
At the same time, these technological marvels allow our society's suppliers to run with ever thinning inventories, and to centralize their operations using drastically stretched resupply lines.
And anything but those retail items that turn over the fastest need to be special ordered, usually dispatched straight to your home from a warehouse often far, far away. Overnight delivery is an option for critical items.
All done in the name of efficiency.
Now, for the down side:
Even a modest disruption in digital information services or networks could mean significant almost instantaneous provision shortages on a local or regional basis if they cause just-in-time inventories to not arrive on time.
And once shelves go bare, how soon after will panic set in?
We're too new into the digital age to fully understand some of its pitfalls.
When the shortcomings reveal themselves, the lessons will be hard ones.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Of course, Wilson wasn't a Marxist.
|Send-off parade for members of the NY National Guard after being called up in 1916 to |
defend the southern border. Bain News Service collection, Library of Congress
How do they feel about his open borders declaration?
We are all connected. We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more. This is America. Our doors are open. #AskDems— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) July 15, 2014
Come to America, where a Zack and Cody style "suite life" awaits you.
Gateway Pundit reports:
The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens.
The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool. Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms.Do they have Disney Channel in Guatemala? Honduras?
Update: Citing public backlash, bid for the resort has been withdrawn.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Via Breitbart's Big Government:
...a key veteran of the immigration wars on Capitol Hill is warning that legislation to amend a 2008 law being cited for cumbersome, years-long deportations would theoretically open the door to a conference committee on the controversial amnesty bill.
Best I can tell, writers a SWJ have left the Tea Party alone since.
But at least one SWJ contributor sees a new enemy of America rising: A Middle Eastern Caliphate.
Gary Anderson writes:
When that war comes it should not be a counterinsurgency or a series of pinprick counterterrorist strikes merely designed to take out the leadership of ISIS. The capabilities of the new Caliphate have gone far beyond mere insurgency or terrorism. If the Caliphate is to be defeated, it will require a series of ground actions using large combined arms forces to destroy the conventional military forces in the areas where they have gained control. I am not suggesting a refight of the ground war in Iraq. This is not about helping Maliki who has made his own bed, nor is it about helping either the Syrian rebels or the Assad regime in Syria. Those are other sets of issues. The coming war will be about naked U.S. self- interest and eliminating a threat before it coalesces enough to attack us in our homeland. If we buy the Iraqis time to get their act together or help the Syrian moderate rebels by eliminating extremists in the Syrian anti-Assad ranks, it would be icing on the cake, but destroying ISIS' conventional military capability would be the primary objective.Glad Mr. Anderson sees the threat of a rising Caliphate. But I continue to think it's folly to put faith in a fantasy of "moderate rebels" in places like Syria being able to prevail when confronted by the fervor of a newly risen Caliphate.
From a White House briefing transcript:
Q Broader question on foreign policy -- this Wall Street Journal story that sort of puts together all of the crises that are going on -- Iranian talks in addition to the violence in Gaza you’ve been asked about today, the ongoing civil war in Syria. Obviously, nobody can say that these are all the President’s fault, but he is dealing with all of them, and the story basically says right at the top that U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous to deal with all of these challenges. So my question is, how does the White House react to the notion that the President is a bystander to all these crises?
MR. EARNEST: I think that there have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the tranquility of the global community.Sorry, Josh. No one's buying your tale of some era of global tranquility ushered in by Obama.
Global structure and order does appear in rapid decline (and, like the WSJ, I'm not laying full blame on Obama).
The more outrageous the spin coming out of DC, the more likely those in charge are increasingly panicked about how things are going.
How much longer can their facade of normalcy last?
Over the past decade, our societal structures of finance and government have suffered hard blows.
Fiat currencies have weakened, governments have moved with a heavier hand in all manner of areas where governments tend to operate while expanding into others. Talk of corporate cronyism is now used in both left and right leaning political circles, but at the highest levels, both left and right continue to embrace and encourage the corporate cronyism they claim to despise...
I could go on and on with micro examples, but our rising national debt, now standing at more than $17.5 trillion dollars, with no plans or prospects for paying it back, should make the case these are unprecedented and perilous times.
At a blog called the Woodpile Report, a guy going by Ol' Remus writes:
"Societies are normally this badly wounded coming out of catastrophes, not entering them. Which means we're in no condition for what's coming, and what's coming is something not seen since feudal times. Everything's on the table including civilization itself."This week's Woodpile installment also borrows a quote from Charles Hugh Smith, who writes at Of Two Minds:
"People constantly ask me for solutions to our all-too visible ills. You want solutions? Here's the solution for every systemic, structural problem we face: Avoid getting hurt when it collapses, then start over."We're in an awkward stage after much of the damage likely to trigger collapse (or, at best, nasty displacements or disruptions) has already taken place. Compounding abuses to the world's economies and governments pile on layer after layer, but the consequences of this damage aren't yet apparent to most onlookers.
Presently, too many people remain distracted by frivolity, entertainment or other trapping of perceived affluence to even notice there's been damage done. Many even cheer damaging steps because they believe insincere or naive promises that these changes are some sort of solution to fix things.
But little to nothing's been fixed. At best, by my estimation, there have only been delays.
How do you prepare for what's to come?
Strike a balance. Make the most of opportunities presented while things still have the appearance of normalcy. But stretch your mind and begin to add skills or provisions that will bring aid and comfort for when it's clear the present normalcy has passed away.
The change may happen quickly, or it may trickle out slowly. But by all indications, course direction is clear. And there's nothing on the horizon to change it.
Don and I will explore this subject further on Friday's webcast.
Monday, July 14, 2014
As Gateway Pundit notes, no additional details are provided other than a reference to alleged first-person witnesses.
One can only assume there's a far greater death toll resulting from Obama's immigration surge than has previously been reported. To assume there have only been a handful of deaths is about as preposterous as claiming the derailment of an immigrant packed freight train last week resulted in zero injuries.
How many are injured?
None says the media.
I don't care how minor the derailment, any progressive leftist safety nut would tell you it's statistically impossible no one was hurt. Trains are big, clunky things. Derailments make thing go bump.
Unless, of course, the train is needed to meet Obama's undisclosed agenda. Then miracles seem to happen. Or at least it's told that way in the media.
(Yes, the Washington Times leans conservative, but it's only as accurate as the sources who feed it).
The besieged border is a myth, and the arrival of a few thousand weary refugee children on buses does not make the myth true.Yet at the same time, the Times editors call for billions in new funding to meet the needs of arriving immigrants.
We've seen photos. Photos of packed detention centers. Photos of trains heading north out of Central America carrying hundreds of U.S. bound immigrants. Photos of large groups being apprehended after crossing.
The Times wants us to lay all evidence aside, and accept their premise that we've all been buffaloed by a myth.
Used to be, New York Times readers were thought to be the best informed. Now Times editorial writers seem to think they can get away with telling tales that even the lowest of the low-infos can see through.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
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Danny Porter, chief prosecutor in Gwinnett County, Ga., said he has tried to entice dozens of suspected cartel members to cooperate with American authorities. Nearly all declined. Some laughed in his face.
Meanwhile, we now have a president who laughs when told of a crisis on the U.S. border.
What does Obama think is so funny?
Obama’s bizarre resistance to visiting the border on his fundraising swing out West fueled talk of the influx as Obama’s “Katrina moment.”
The Katrina analogy is both over the top and too generous.
It is over the top because the border influx isn’t a deadly catastrophe swallowing an American city. It is too generous because Bush didn’t do anything to bring on Hurricane Katrina, whereas Obama’s policies are responsible for the influx of immigrants from the border. It is, in the argot of his administration, a “man-caused disaster.”
And when asked to explain what was going on, authorities initially declined.
Sound like the America you grew up in?
Later, another media outlet disclosed the large array of police and hardware were part of contingent marshaled to raid a home in Madison County. But authorities were still mum on why the raid was conducted, and why such a display of force was staged in support.
Update: It's now reported the target of massive operation was someone allegedly in possession of child pornography. A dozen agents in SUVs couldn't have handled this?
Terence Jeffrey, writing at CNS News, picks up on President Obama's latest declaration:
“It is lonely, me just doing stuff,” Obama said at the speech in Austin, Texas, according to the official transcript and video posted on the White House website.
“I’m just telling the truth now,” Obama told the crowd. “I don't have to run for office again, so I can just let her rip. And I want to assure you, I’m really not that partisan of a guy.”Reworded, but Obama's back to bragging on his more flexibility theme. And he has two and a half years in office left to rip and shred the fabric of America.
Some my scoff when Obama says he's "not that partisan," but maybe he tells the truth. Obama seems to be way more into himself than any partisan agenda or effort.
Beware any president who has no sense of constitutional restraint, especially when those in other branches of government are afraid to (or otherwise refuse to) use their constitutional powers to reign him in.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Fay Voshell writes:
...there is a second reason for moving people around, and that is to foster revolution by actively promoting unrest. The goal is to achieve “fundamental transformation” of a country by tearing down existing structures, replacing them with a new order of government...
The reason for the influx of South American children -- and God only knows who else along with them -- may well be that their importation into the hearts of our towns and cities will prove to be useful fifth columns around which radical groups such as La Raza can rally. Radicals love nothing so much as manufactured crises, which they then put to use for their ends.Lest you think I've launched full-scale into conspiracy theories, let me go I go back to a root premise I've expressed as the immigration crisis came to light: Mass migrations of "mothers and children" don't just happen spontaneously, without provocation or orchestration.
The Left is importing Occupy-style foot soldiers - a mass of people. whether they know it or not, intended to cause division and disruption - because home-grown Occupiers weren't up to the task. The crush of arriving immigrants also excite and mobilize the immigration radicals already here.
I also note that the Obama team is quick to co-opt religious charities as part of its ploy.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports:
The federal government asked the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes if they would help house some of the thousands of undocumented children.
The group home replied by saying they would welcome the children with open arms. Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes says they are prepared to house an undisclosed amount of children.Cunning bureaucrat bastards. Move immediately to trigger division in the church over what support to give arriving illegals, while making its charities first to choke as they're overwhelmed by a Cloward Piven surge.
By the way, have you noticed substantial discussions of things like national debt or Obamacare failings have ceased now that Obama has preoccupied us with his immigration Blitzkrieg?
And Congress still doesn't have the courage to reign him in.
The Red Cross has set up phone banks inside the processing center so unaccompanied minors can make phone calls to family members inside the United States and back home in Central America. According to sources, those phones are also being used by MS-13 members to communicate with gang members already in the United States and operating in cities like Atlanta, New York and Chicago. Further, many teenaged males inside the facility have approached Border Patrol agents and have said gang members have tried to recruit them from shared cells. According to the FBI, MS-13 regularly targets middle and high school students for recruitment.Is your community ready for the violent elements that are among immigrants moving north out of Central America toward Obama's welcome mat?
Friday, July 11, 2014
We'll also note the inconsistency of the mainstream media when it comes to analyzing the pervasive violence in countries to the south of our southern border.
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Want an example? CNN's Ashley Banfield compares these immigrants to refugees escaping a war zone:
If violence south of our border is the issue, where were these voices of outrage when elements of President Obama's DOJ was arming drug cartels through Operation Fast and Furious?
There was no outrage by American media commentators as hundreds of people in Mexico as well as two U.S. federal agents were killed with guns supplied through ATF and Fast and Furious.
How many of the guns walked to the cartels through Fast and Furious are still being used to stir violence in Mexico or Central America; violence the Left now says is the direct cause of our border crisis?
It's the date President Obama announced he'd instruct the Department of Homeland Security to circumvent existing immigration law, and allow illegal immigrant 'Dreamers' to stay in the U.S.
Link to White House video of the Obama announcement
No, Mr. Obama doesn't describe the circumstances of children arriving on our border as grounds to stay in the U.S.
But June 15, 2012 was the date the president broke with the written law of the land, telling immigrants here and those with intent to come in the future, that the rules were now flexible by executive order, and that the president would stretch things to benefit a pro-immigrant agenda.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Now feast your eyes on the message this Democrat from Washington state is sending...
Source: Estakio Beltran for Congress via YouTube
Any outcries or outrage from Democrats over this?
Perhaps Democrats forget when they insisted that Sarah Palin's use of a "target" to highlight key races in a PAC ad was advocating violence.
Update: For any doubters, Estakio Beltran really is a Democrat running for Congress. Here's his website.
Update: Estakio Beltan has killed the ad where he blew the butt off an elephant pinata with a shotgun.
The Texas governor was framed a flip-flopper, and made to look like a groveler when he greeted President Obama at the airport Wednesday with a handshake after saying he wouldn't.
And the prized meeting to discuss the border immigration crisis with Obama that Perry won by his gesture of goodwill?
Reuters has published photos of Obama laughing during the session.
Obama created the border crisis. What's laughable is that anyone would think Obama has any intention of trying to reign it in.
Huffington Post cites a White House pool report:
Perry, in a dark suit and blue tie, stood alone for a couple minutes at the bottom of the steps, awaiting the president.
Obama walked straight to Perry, hand outstretched. They shook hands and Obama patted Perry on the back. They quickly struck up a conversation as they walked toward Marine One. Sadly, the pool was far out of range and could not hear the discussion.Perry reportedly agreed to the greeting after the president agreed to discuss with him the current border immigration crisis as the president hopped to his fundraiser in Dallas aboard Marine One.
So much for Rick Perry's tough guy stance. Can we assume unilateral action by Texas to secure its stretch of the border is off the table?
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Illegal immigrants showing up at border with 'Yes we can' Obama shoes: report http://t.co/5JyioBlsQg #immigration pic.twitter.com/YPIV5jNt17
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) July 10, 2014