Tuesday in the Tuna Boat

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the absurdity of it Missouri Governor Jay Nixon apparently sent the National Guard to Ferguson without letting the White House know first. When he heard he was left out of such an important decision, Obama said, Holy crap, Ive been Bidened!  ~ Jimmy Fallon

Articles of Interest

A Decent Lawyer Should Tell Liberals They’re Damned Fools and Ought to Stop

columnist avatar Michael Barone  by Michael Barone

“About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So supposedly said Elihu Root, New York lawyer and secretary of war and of state, and U.S. senator from 1909 to 1915.

Today it seems that many liberal “would-be clients” are in desperate need of what Root called “a decent lawyer.”

Take Texans for Public Justice, the so-called public interest group that has been pushing for the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury at the urging of special prosecutor Michael McCrum.

The basis for the indictment is, in the words of liberal New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait, “unbelievably ridiculous.” The first count says that Perry violated a vaguely worded statute by threatening to veto an appropriation. That, even though the Texas Constitution gives governors the veto power and the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protects their right to free speech.

The second count states that it was illegal “coercion” to demand the resignation of Rosemary Lehmberg, head of the public integrity prosecution unit whose funding Perry vetoed, after she was arrested for drunk driving with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit.

“To describe the indictment as ‘frivolous’ gives it far more credence than it deserves,” Chait said. Liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz agreed. Perry’s actions, he said, are “not anything for a criminal indictment,” adding that the indictment is reminiscent of “what happens in totalitarian societies.”

The editorial writers of the Washington Post and the New York Times agreed. A “tendentious prosecution,” the Post wrote, noting that it was not the first one launched in Austin. The Texas town also produced the 2006 campaign finance indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay that was finally ruled invalid last year.

The Times, after making clear its distaste for Perry (“one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in America”), wrote that “the indictment appears to be the product of an overzealous prosecution.”

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbarone/2014/08/26/a-decent-lawyer-should-tell-liberals-theyre-damned-fools-and-ought-to-stop-n1882934/page/full

Were the “Times” an honest purveyor of information, which their bias does not allow, they would have  mentioned that under Perry the state of Texas has a better economy than the rest of the country. In fact Texas is what raises those numbers that Obama likes to brag about. Stuff that up your wazoo NYT.

Entitled

 Her Highness Hillary and our leftist overlords.

columnist avatar Tom Blumer  by Tom Blumer

Recently uncovered information about what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demands from those to whom she deigns to speak tells us all we need to know about how “progressive” leaders and wannabes really view the rest of us. From President Obama on down, it’s clear that it’s not as their equals.

To be graced with her presence, Mrs. Clinton expects to be treated like a rock star, and arguably even better. In doing so, she has effectively appropriated the three-letter abbreviation “HHH,” once the exclusive property of 1968 presidential candidate and selflessly driven Democrat Hubert Horatio Humphrey, for herself — as Her Highness Hillary.

Public records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show that our 21st century HHH extraordinarily obligates those who run the events at which she delivers a contractually limited 90-minute address.

On the financial side, the events must, among other things, provide round-trip private jet transportation on “a Gulfstream 450 or larger jet.” The going rate for the use of a G450 is over $6,000 — per hour. She also requires “a presidential suite” for herself and three to five additional rooms for her staff. Mrs. Clinton has quite an entourage, including an advance team of two to scout the event site, as well as several travel aides. Naturally, she demands expensive room, board and perks for all of them. All of these expenses, and more, are over and above Her Highness’s $300,000 standard speaking fee, which was marked down to a rock-bottom $225K for the UNLV Foundation.

HHH’s controls over the proceedings, as described by the Review-Journal, are particularly galling. They include:

  • Final approval of all moderators or introducers.
  • Being “the only person on the stage during her remarks.”
  • No more than 50 photos with no more than 100 people.
  • No press coverage or taping of her speech.
  • No physical record of what she said, except for a transcript to be given to her — prepared by a stenographer the event must hire and pay.

The UNLV Foundation’s defense for its expenditure and cave-ins on conditions is that Mrs. Clinton’s appearance is a money-making venture, with donors paying up to $20,000 for a table. The obvious question thus becomes what these donors, an apparent who’s who of Vegas business and politics, believe they’re getting for their substantial “investment” that they wouldn’t receive by simply cutting checks to the foundation to further its mission. Sadly, the answer appears to be the “opportunity” to get barely more than a fleeting glimpse of someone who somewhere, someday, might grant them a favor or cut them a break. What a racket.

By their actions, modern progressive leaders, despite all of their pieties about protecting the middle class and defending the downtrodden, betray a belief system which in their minds entitles them to live the high life at someone else’s expense.

more: http://pjmedia.com/blog/entitled/?singlepage=true

IRS: Oh, those Lois Lerner emails, yeah they’re backed up

 Prior IRS denials have “been a pack of malarkey”.
 by Amy Miller

Judicial Watch revealed today that Lois Lerner’s fabled “missing e-mails” may still exist on a government backup system.

Via Judicial Watch:

Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.

We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan.

This is a jaw-dropping revelation. The Obama administration had been lying to the American people about Lois Lerner’s missing emails. There are no “missing” Lois Lerner emails – nor missing emails of any of the other top IRS or other government officials whose emails seem to be disappearing at increasingly alarming rate. All the focus on missing hard drives has been a diversion. The Obama administration has known all along where the email records could be – but dishonestly withheld this information. You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/irs-oh-those-lois-lerner-emails-yeah-theyre-backed-up/

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Most Newspapers Skip Reid’s Asian Gaffe; WashPost Pleads He’s ‘Almost Built Up a Gaffe Immunity’

Tim Graham  by Tim Graham

Scott Whitlock noted earlier today that CBS and NBC skipped over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bad jokes about Asians (you’re not really the smartest, I can’t keep my Wongs straight). Additional Nexis transcript searches for “Harry Reid” and “Asian” show no mention on NPR, the PBS NewsHour, and even CNN and MSNBC (at least the transcripts they send to Nexis).

But what about newspapers? Surely, the “every “ reported this? No. The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today skipped over it, too. The Washington Post covered it, but Post political reporter Aaron Blake strangely argued that Reid is so gaffe-prone he’s “almost built up a gaffe immunity”:

But Reid has also made a career out of saying such odd things — so much so that few tend to notice stuff like this. He’s like Joe Biden; he’s almost built up a gaffe immunity by committing so many small-ish gaffes.

It’s hard to argue Reid (and Biden, for that matter) doesn’t pay a price — given his unpopularity back home and nationally — but he has yet to ruin his career.

Blake then listed the worst “gaffes,” like Reid shamelessly claiming Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes. That’s not a “gaffe.” That’s just lying. That was like claiming Obama was born in Kenya.

The Associated Press gave the Reid story a little 321-word blip by Michelle Rindels. In the story, no one outraged by Reid was quoted. Instead, Rindels went on defense: “Both comments were met with laughter from the crowd of about 150 people.” She and let the Asian group hosting Reid dismiss it as some sort of meaningless Republican tracker prank:

Asian Chamber of Commerce Director James Yu said Reid has been a longtime friend of the group, which was established in 1986 to promote political, social and economic parity for Nevada’s Asian Pacific American entrepreneurs, according to its website. Yu said he hadn’t heard any complaints from attendees about the Senator’s comments.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/08/25/most-newspapers-skip-reids-asian-gaffe-washpost-pleads-hes-almost-built-#ixzz3BVECavCk

You have to wonder how many excuses and how unconcerned these same people would be if the remarks had been made by a Republican. Methinks not so much! If if weren’t for double standards the Democrats would have no standards at all.

Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/

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Sad MoJo Panel Doesn’t Get Why Warren Buffett Doesn’t Want To Pay Higher Taxes

They get it alright. They just don’t want to call the old bastard what he is, a hypocrite!

Marc Lamont Hill Calls Out Hillary for Dodging Ferguson Questions

Todd: Admin Should Have Seen Vacation Criticism Coming

Pelosi takes the bucket challenge

Facts vs. Visions

thomas_sowell  by Thomas Sowell

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence.

Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain.

There is no reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected. But when violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of the police that caused it?

I strongly suspect that people who travel with armed guards are more likely to be murdered than people who do not travel with armed guards. After all, they are not paying to have armed guards for no reason.

If so, should we conclude from a higher murder rate among people with armed guards that having armed guards increases your chances of getting murdered? Shall we also conclude from this that we the taxpayers should no longer pay to have Secret Service agents guarding our presidents?

Actually, the history of assassinations of American presidents could be cited as evidence that armed guards are correlated with higher murder rates, if we proceed to “reason” the same way the advocates of weaker police presence seem to be reasoning.

There have been 43 Presidents of the United States, of whom four — Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy — have been murdered. That is a murder rate of 9 percent.

If the murder rate in the general population — most of whom do not have armed guards — were 9 percent, that would mean more than 27 million Americans murdered today. We haven’t quite gotten up to a murder rate that high, even in Chicago.

Does anyone seriously believe that leaving presidents unguarded would reduce assassinations? Probably not. But this is the golden age of talking points, as distinguished from serious thinking about serious issues.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/08/26/facts_vs_visions_123760.html#ixzz3BV7wHIP4

Aug. 22, 2014

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Michael Ramirez

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Michael Brown Funeral: Cop-Lynching Pep Rally

columnist avatar Matthew Vadum  by Matthew Vadum

An Al Sharpton-led memorial service yesterday for Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old thug who gave a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer a severe head injury while trying to seize his handgun, became the grotesque political rally some observers feared it would be.

The distinctly anti-police tone of the service was proof that the lie that Brown tried to surrender to white police officer Darren Wilson, rather than trying to beat the life out of him, won’t die. The racial-grievance industry, egged on by President Obama, won’t let it go.

The Left’s narrative that the nearly 300-lbs. Brown, who had just robbed a convenience store on Aug. 9 mere minutes before encountering decorated policeman Wilson, is under withering evidentiary assault every day. As federal officials scour the riot-torn St. Louis suburb in a desperate search for material to justify federal civil rights charges, Sharpton is pressing on with his campaign to foment race-based hatred.

The funeral sets the stage for the mob-led lynching of Officer Wilson, an outcome eagerly sought by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon (D). Nixon has been covering his left flank in recent days, terrified because activists noticed that he seemed to support law and order and oppose mobocracy, rioting, and looting in the early hours of the crisis that followed Brown’s death. But after criticism from the Left, Nixon, like the Democratic members of the local congressional delegation, wants Wilson indicted, evidence or not.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/michael-brown-funeral-prelude-to-a-cop-lynching-1/

 Media Fail: Poll Shows Increase In Support for Ferguson Police 

A very useful YouGov poll that tracks public sentiment about Ferguson over time shows that despite the 24/7 racial demagoguery from cable news network’s like CNN and MSNBC, public opinion is moving in the exact opposite direction of what the media is aiming for.

Between August 14-17 a plurality of only 45% believed Ferguson residents reacted unreasonably following the shooting of Michael Brown. Four days later that number jumped to a clear majority of 56%. Those that consider the resident reaction reasonable only increased from 25% to 27%.

more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/08/25/media-fail-poll-shows-increase-for-ferguson-police

the absurdity of it John Kerry failed to pacify Chinese-Vietnamese tensions in the South China Sea Friday. He failed to stop the Gaza fighting, the Syrian civil war, and ISIS slaughter in Iraq. Back in high school science class John Kerry invented a smoke alarm that lets you sleep an extra ten minutes.

Last But Not Least…

In Defense of the Brown-Shaheen N.H. Poll

  by Sean Trende

The New Hampshire Senate race poll released last Thursday night caused quite a stir. It showed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s lead over former Sen. Scott Brown collapsing to two points. Many people had begun to conclude that Brown’s campaign was on life support. Suddenly it looked downright sprightly.

Here are three points to consider:

1. The poll might be an outlier. FiveThirtyEight Senior Political Writer Harry Enten has made this case better than anyone else out there. Enten writes: “It’s possible that Brown is slicing into Shaheen’s lead, but there hasn’t been any sign from any other pollster that Shaheen’s edge is down to 2 percentage points. The other three surveys in the race taken after July 1 gave Shaheen an advantage of 5, 8 and 10 points. Before Thursday, no pollster over the past six months has given Shaheen anything less than a 3-point lead.”

2. But there are good reasons to suspect that the movement in the polls reflects actual movement of the electorate. The University of New Hampshire’s Dante Scala points out that the poll specifically shows tightening among Republican respondents.

Remember, when Brown entered the race, there was some resistance to his candidacy within the party. This shows up in the first WMUR/UNH poll from January, which found that Brown’s favorability among Republicans was a tepid 46/23 (+23), and that his lead among the group over Shaheen was 66 percent to 11 percent (+55).

Today, Brown’s favorability among Republicans is 63/15 (+48) and his lead over Shaheen among Republicans is 81 percent to 10 percent (+71), nearly matching the rate at which Democrats prefer Shaheen to Brown (85 percent to 12 percent). This suggests that the movement we see in the topline could also reasonably be viewed as a combination of two factors: First, a natural, inevitable tightening as Republicans “tune in” in advance of the primary and “come home,” and second, an increased Republican population making it through the likely voter screen, as Republican intensity increases in advance of the primary.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/08/26/in_defense_of_the_brown-shaheen_nh_poll.html#ixzz3BV2G1BDl


Monday’s Montage

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the absurdity of it  The State Department announced it’s giving Ukraine the money to build a border fence to keep the Russians out. How brilliant. It allows President Obama to keep his campaign promise he’d build a border fence without it costing Democrats the Hispanic vote in November.

Articles of Interest

Maureen Dowd, Straight-Up Racist

ed driscoll-image  by Ed Driscoll

If there’s one thing I know from watching MSNBC*, even before Barack Obama took office, is that any criticism of him — any criticism, no matter how mild — was at its core, entirely “about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up,” as a guest on the show hosted by the MSNBC anchor** Keith Olbermann said in April of 2009.

And any reference to golf is definitely racism double-plus straight up, as MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell declared on August 29th, 2012, on a show hosted by the MSNBC anchor*** Martin Bashir.

So when Maureen Dowd goofs on the president with a collection of bad golf jokes (link safe, goes to Twitchy), by the standards of her fellow Democrat operatives with bylines, it can mean only one thing: racism of the vilest sort.

How should the president respond? Perhaps the January 2010 issue of Golf Digest, which featured on its cover Tiger Woods caddying for Mr. Obama — the issue went to press about five minutes before the pristine MSM-airbrushed narratives of both men imploded for good — holds a clue. Golf Digest contributing editor John Feinstein wrote that one of the “10 Things Obama Might Learn From Tiger” was “How To Step On Their Necks:”

What makes Tiger Woods the most dominant athlete in the world (with apologies to Michael Phelps) isn’t so much his golf swing as what he does between golf swings. He’s cerebral in the sense that he lives to wear opponents out mentally every chance he gets.

President Obama surely knows how to compete. And yet, if you watched him debate John McCain, it was clear that Obama didn’t have Woods’ sense of the kill — knowing when an opponent is weak and the time is right to step on his neck. If Obama versus McCain had been match play, Obama wouldn’t have closed out his opponent until the 17th hole. When Stephen Ames made the mistake a few years ago of saying that he didn’t think Woods was quite as unbeatable as he had once been, he had the misfortune of facing Woods in the first round of a match-play event soon after. Woods won, 9 and 8. Asked post-match if he had anything to say about Ames’ comments, Woods smiled and said, “Nine and eight.”

President Obama should learn from Tiger. Sometimes you beat a guy 9 and 8, not 2 and 1. Teach him a lesson.****

That’s right — it’s time for Mr. Obama to teach Maureen Dowd a lesson, as her fellow MSMer demands of the president.

Either that, or it’s time for the rest of the media to come to grips with how misguided it’s been in its slavish throne-sniffing devotion to Mr. Obama. (QED: the notion of a rookie senator “teaching a lesson” to a former Navy pilot who spent years in a North Vietnamese prison camp by metaphorically “stepping on his neck” — completely forgetting how much McCain got of the real thing from the NVA. I wonder if Golf Digest’s editors, having outed themselves as crafting a publication that alienates half their potential readers feel any shame in retrospect at their hagiography?)

more: http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/08/24/maureen-dowd-straight-up-racist/?singlepage=true

WH Snubbed US General and Margaret Thatcher’s Funerals, Sending 3 Officials to Michael Brown’s

Leah Barkoukis  by Leah Barkoukis

The Obama administration announced this weekend that it will be sending not one, but three, officials to attend the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday.

President Barack Obama is sending three White House officials to the funeral service of the Missouri teenager whose death in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked days of racial unrest.Leading the group for Monday’s service will be the chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson. My Brother’s Keeper is an Obama initiative that aims to empower young minorities. Johnson is also the secretary for the Cabinet.

Also attending will be the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and an adviser for the office, Heather Foster.

The decision would be highly questionable as is, but when compared to the White House’s presence at, say, the funerals of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene or British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, it’s deplorable.

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/08/24/untitled-n1882625

E Pluribus Discidium-Identity Politics Unleashed

  by Terry Paulson

Michael Brown was a college-bound, black teenager who no longer has an opportunity to forge a future he could be proud of. He is dead, allegedly killed execution style after a confrontation with a policeman. Darren Wilson is a white police officer, who after six years of blemish-free service to his community, used deadly force to allegedly defend himself in an escalating confrontation with an unarmed teenager. Do you know which version is closer to the truth? The search for justice is always difficult. In the rush for judgment in Ferguson, Missouri, it has become all but impossible.

As coverage of the racial crisis continues, I’m saddened by how far we’ve strayed from the values that have made America what it is. One such core American value is E Pluribus Unum—out of many one. From our beginning, out of the mix of races and cultures our melting pot has worked to forge one people. We’ve called ourselves Americans. We may celebrate our unique nationalities, but we’re still Americans first.

Lincoln would say, “I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know whathis grandson will be.” America has not and never will perfectly live up to this or any value. It took a civil war, hard-fought civil rights legislation, and tumultuous demonstrations to even begin to rid America of the curse of slavery.

But I fear that in America, E Pluribus Unum has given way to E Pluribus Discidium. Discidium is a Latin word meaning division, disagreement, or a tearing apart. The more politicians have used identity politics, the more Americans have emphasized our differences and our “unique” rights. We’ve put cultural diversity and minority rights on politically correct pedestals. When you add race-baiting leaders and a conflict-loving media, America is now more divided than ever.

Years ago, in the midst of racial tension over the OJ Simpson trial verdict, I shared a five-hour, cross-country flight with Brother Clarence, a 97-year-old black man whose loving presence was both disarming and inspiring.

Brother Clarence was the son of a slave, the last son from his father’s last wife. His father had been freed in Alabama as a child. Asked about his experiences as a young slave, his father refused to talk about it, saying: “Don’t worry about what happened. Be proud that you’re free. I never met a man who with a smile on my face and an outstretched hand would not treat me with respect. If they don’t, they’re not worth knowing anyway.” Brother Clarence confessed that he worried about his great-great-grandchildren, “They’re angry. They don’t want to listen to my advice about smiling or shaking hands.”

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/terrypaulson/2014/08/25/e-pluribus-discidiumidentity-politics-unleashed-n1881665/page/full

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Washington Post finds Darren Wilson guilty by association

Attacks prior police force racial problems in a different town and his family’s legal problems, none of which involved Wilson.

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

The Washington Post has convicted Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, of guilt by association with a former troubled police force in a different town in a prior job than the one he held in Ferguson, MO, and of having parents who were in trouble with the law.

Seriously.

There is nothing, zero, nada, in the WaPo story linked below that shows Darren Wilson ever did anything wrong himself. In fact, to the extent his own conduct is even mentioned, it’s in the context of staying out of trouble.

But that does not stop WaPo from trashing Wilson by association.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/washington-post-finds-darren-wilson-guilty-by-association/

Every time I think my opinion of the Washington Post cannot get any lower, they prove me wrong. This is way beyond despicible. And much to their chargrin, after all those words and all that ink, they found Wilson, himself, guilty of absolutely nothing. They make the National Enquirer look classy by comparison.

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London Rapper Key Suspect in Beheading of James Foley

Susan Page: Obama Golfing After Foley Execution Was ‘Jarring’

IMHO every dimwitted media type that uses the word “optics” when they should use the word “inappropriate”, at the very least, should be smeared with honey and staked out on an anthill.

A Beheading Ends All Illusions About Islam

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield   by Daniel Greenfield

In August 2012, James Foley retweeted a link to a CNN story asking “Right-wing extremist terrorism as deadly a threat as al Qaeda?”

The article concluded that indeed it was.

Three months later, Foley had been kidnapped. Two years later, on another August, a former branch of Al Qaeda chopped off his head.

In a New Yorker interview this year, which seemed to focus on the Lakers more than anything else, Obama wrote off ISIS as what happens when a “jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms”. He suggested that the answer lay in training the Iraqi police forces better.

That same month, ISIS had declared an Islamic State in Fallujah, the event that Obama was dismissively reacting to, and extended its reach beyond Iraq and Syria into Lebanon and Turkey. By June, the steamroller advance across Iraq had begun destroying the Iraqi military, never mind its police forces.

In April, Peter Bergen, the original author of the CNN article, had another piece contending that “right wing extremists” were now even “more deadly than Jihadists.” On August 18, he produced a CNN piece claiming that ISIS was no threat to Americans.

On the next day, ISIS chopped off James Foley’s head.

The incredibly deadly right-wing extremists have yet to show off the severed head of a journalist.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/a-beheading-ends-all-illusions-about-islam/

I was particularly struck by the following two paragraphs. Struck because I sadly believe them to be true.

James Foley was brutally murdered because he misunderstood the situation on the ground in Syria, but no matter how many journalists get beheaded in Syria, a month from now Peter Bergen will run yet another CNN piece arguing that “right wing extremists” are the real threat.

No matter how often the heads roll, in the CNN studios someone decides that it’s time to warn us about the threat of “right wing extremism” or to explain to us that the only way we can live in peace with the extremist terrorists is by supporting the moderate terrorists.

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‘Disconnected Obama’ needs to change conversation to help party in midterms

link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/disconnected-obama-needs-to-change-conversation-to-help-party-in-midterms/2014/08/24/79883b48-2b9b-11e4-994d-202962a9150c_story.html

Gary King Posts Story Attacking Martinez as the Wicked Witch of the West

Democrat’s social media woes continue

link: http://freebeacon.com/uncategorized/gary-king-posts-story-attacking-martinez-as-the-wicked-witch-of-the-west/

FYI, I am a very big fan of Susana Martinez. For this low-life Dem to attack her in this way is proof, once again that the “War On Women” is the one liberals wage against Republican women. Believe the Dems when they show you who they are, it is the one bit of honesty in their make-up.

Democrats wait, and wait for Michelle

link: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215806-democrats-wait-and-wait-some-more-for-michelle

Could it be that FLOTUS, like POTUS, doesn’t much give a rat’s ass about anyone other than his/her self? Seems they are both tired of the job and content to vacay and play until time to pack up and move on.
I’m sure she will stir herself to give a speech or two in the next 71 days. However I suspect she will save most of her speechifying for later when she will be able to ask for big bucks to do so ala Hillary.

the absurdity of it  A reporter took a jab at Hillary Clinton acting like royalty, asking “who gets to hold her crown while she speaks?” Silly question: the person to the right of whoever holds her scepter, of course.

Last But Not Least…

The Case for the Louisiana System

By Bruce Walker

Fox News recently had a political story noting that in several close Senate races in red states, Libertarian candidates might keep the Republican nominee from winning seats held by Democrats today. In the last three election cycles, liberal Democrats in Senate races have won races with less than half the vote, and with the majority of the vote going to the Republican nominee and candidates more conservative than that nominee.

In 2008, Mark Begich won in Alaska with 47.8% of the vote, while Republican Ted Stevens earned 46.6% and Bob Bird of the Alaska Independence Party, endorsed by Ron Paul, won 4.2%. Al Franken in Minnesota won 41.99% of the vote, while Republican Norm Coleman won 41.98% and Dean Barkley, a Perot and Ventura supporter, got 15.1% of the vote. Jeff Merkely in Oregon got 48.9% of the vote, while Gordon Smith received 45.6% and Constitution Party candidate Dave Brownlow won 5.2% of the vote. In 2012, the same pattern emerged.

How much have leftist Democrats prospered by the division of conservative votes? Consider that Democrat Jon Test in Montana in 2006 got 49.2% of the vote, while Republican Conrad Burns got 48.3% of the vote and Libertarian Stan Jones got 2.6%, and then in 2012, Democrat Jon Tester won 48.6% of the vote, while Republican Denny Rehberg got 44.9% while Libertarian Dan Cox received 6.1%. Tester won his seat and then six years later defended it because his opposition was split.

It would be one thing if leftist Democrats lost as many elections as they won because third-party candidates cost them votes, but in the last four Senate election cycles, leftist Democrats have won five Senate elections – two for the same seat in Montana – without ever losing a seat because of a third party candidate from the left.

The left understands this and is actually helping fund some of these candidates. In 2012, for example, leftist Democrats contributed money to the Dan Cox campaign. The left also funded the Libertarian candidate in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial candidate. In both cases, this strategy worked: leftist Democrats won races that they otherwise would have lost because of Libertarian candidates. This election cycle, Libertarian Senate candidates in Alaska, North Carolina, and Montana may allow the leftist Democrat to win. As always, no candidate to the left of the Democrat Senate candidate is on the ballot.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/the_case_for_the_louisiana_system.html


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Obama’s golf outing after Foley beheading was a huge mistake

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin  by Michael Goodwin

Sometimes a round of golf is just a round of golf. And sometimes it reveals the ­essence of a man.

President Obama’s decision to hit the links and yuk it up with pals immediately after speaking about the beheading of James ­Foley was no ordinary mistake. Nor was it a simple gaffe.

The decision continues to cause an uproar because, like an X-ray, there is no escaping the image. It shows there is no there there.

With even his media praetorian guard appalled, the golf outing is sparking a wider understanding that Obama is hollow, empty of the routine qualities Americans expect from their president.

Simple decency and respect for Foley’s horrified parents should have been enough to sober him. If that didn’t do it, the realization that the Islamic State had declared war on America in the most gruesome fashion imaginable should have sounded a call of duty in his head.

Instead, Obama continued with his vacation and was photographed looking as if he didn’t have a care in the world. Suddenly, that megawatt smile that often charmed voters wasn’t so charming. It was vacuous.

He looked like an empty-headed frat boy, numb to the world.

Maybe that’s not just an appearance. Maybe it’s the truth. Maybe that’s all there is.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/08/24/obamas-golf-outing-after-foley-beheading-was-a-huge-mistake/

America: The Ostrich Years

Derek Hunter  by Derek Hunter

In every cartoon I’ve seen with an ostrich, there comes a scene where it gets scared and buries its head in the sand. Ostriches don’t do this in real life, but it came to symbolize, in cartoons at least, the concept of thinking something bad will go away if you simply ignore it. It’s foolish – some would say stupid – but it appears to be the crux of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

There are times when a president has to be president, even on vacation. This is the part of the job President Obama seems to hold in contempt – the doing of it. The trappings – the motorcade, Air Force One, hanging out with celebrities, being a celebrity himself, having nearly every whim catered to – are the most appealing part of the job. But it is a job, and he sought it twice. He just doesn’t seem to like doing it.

This isn’t a new development. This president has been checked out to one degree or another since he checked in, but he at least paid lip service to the concept of domestic policy. He didn’t involve himself with the details of many of the laws Democrats in Congress passed; he just gave speeches in support of their concepts and signed them. But when policy issues crossed salt water, he lost all interest.

After a series of groveling speeches trying to make up for his predecessor, who just happens to be more popular than he is now, the president retreated to the comforts of his office and buried his head to the realities of the rest of the world.

Aside from occasional speeches and selfie-filled funerals or summits, Obama turned his gaze domestically and green-ward, to the golf course.

But the funny thing about the rest of the world is it doesn’t go away simply because you wish it would. The troubles of the world have a way of existing regardless whether you pay attention to them.

Afghanistan is on the verge of collapse. Libya is in anarchy. Israel is being attacked hourly by the terrorists in Hamas. Russia is putting its band back together. China is making aggressive moves toward us and Japan. And ISIS is executing people like it’s an Olympic event. Meanwhile, the president has given a few speeches and shaved two strokes off his handicap.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2014/08/24/america-the-ostrich-years-n1882453

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Paradigms Lost

richard fernandez  by Richard Fernandez

The administration’s abrupt transition from complacency to near panic on the rise of ISIS recalls Donald Rumsfeld’s famous dictum. But before the dictum, first the panic. The New York Times captures the sudden shift in attitude in its opening paragraphs of an article by Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper:

Earlier this year, President Obama likened the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to a junior varsity basketball squad, a group that posed little of the threat once presented by Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

But on Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called ISIS an “imminent threat to every interest we have,” adding, “This is beyond anything that we’ve seen.”

Now there was no more talk of amateur opponents. Indeed the media outlets were playing up ISIS threats to the president’s hometown of Chicago. The rest of the NYT Mazzetti-Cooper article examined the debate over the seriousness of the threat without reaching a conclusion. Donald Rumsfeld warned there would be days like this: a man must always expect the unexpected.

Reports that say there’s — that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

There are things we do not know and NPR said the failed rescue of James Foley “reveals the challenges faced by US intelligence”. Yet at least it was, to the intelligence community at least, a known unknown.

more: http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2014/08/23/paradigms-lost/?singlepage=true

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NPR Laments ‘For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month’

Tim Graham by Tim Graham

NPR is again feeling Barack Obama’s pain, with a Friday All Things Considered story they headlined“For Obama, August Is the Cruelest Month.” Even the French are mocking his time off. The media now insist Obama is victimized by bad news, not that he’s done anything wrong that would create bad news.

His approval ratings are lowest in August, suggested NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley, but never fear, “the President’s numbers have tended to rebound soon after Labor Day.” Horsley insisted that Obama has vacationed far less than George W. Bush:

SCOTT HORSLEY: How bad is it when even the French are criticizing you for taking too much time off? French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was one of many who took President Obama to task this week for playing golf in the wake of journalist to Jim Foley’s murder. At a press briefing on Martha’s Vineyard this afternoon, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said he wouldn’t discuss the President’s mindset. But Schultz added – sports and leisure can be a good way to clear the mind.

ERIC SCHULTZ: I understand you’re asking about optics. First and foremost, the President is focused on doing his job, and I don’t think anyone in this room who’s been covering this or following a president for the past few weeks could deny that the President’s been deeply engaged on issues both domestic and abroad.

HORSLEY: According to a tally kept by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, Obama will have spent a total of 140 days on vacation by the time he returns to Washington on Sunday. By comparison, George W. Bush had taken nearly three times as much vacation at the same point in his term. Still, there’s no question this is an awkward time to be away from the Capital – with fighting in Ukraine and Gaza, as well as Iraq and Missouri. But there’s never really been a relaxing August since Obama became president.

As usual, even in these cruel August doldrums, Horsley failed to include a conservative or Republican critic. The soundbites were Obama, former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod, his spokesman Schultz, and Gallup pollster Frank Newport.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/08/24/npr-laments-obama-august-cruelest-month#ixzz3BJmaPBwP

Perhaps the thing that disgusts me the most with the media is their constant use of the wussy word “optics”. There isn’t a problem with optics, there’s a problem with the “leader” of the country behaving in a way that is not appropriate and in a media that tries to cover for him and makes themselves less relevant all the time.

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Depends on the Meaning of ISIS

By Clarice Feldman

Following the horrific ISIS beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, we are led to believe that the president is beginning to rethink the issue of terrorism, or so we gather from the comments of Ben Rhodes,  his deputy national security advisor.
When you see somebody killed in such a horrific way, that represents a terrorist attack,” [Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security advisor] said. “That represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen.”

As is common with the garbled uncoordinated messaging of the administration, Rhodes’ characterization just makes it worse that Obama very publicly went golfing after something his adviser describes as a “terrorist attack”. Doesn’t it?

Tom Maguire observes tongue in cheek: “Well, if the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton, why can’t Obama win the battle against ISIS on the golf courses of Martha’s Vineyard?”

But that’s not the only dissonant chord. The Rhodes statement follows the vacuous Department of State spokesperson  Marie Harf’s nonsensical assertions that  we were not at war with ISIS* (or ISIL, the acronym the Administration seems to prefer for the group and which I reject) and ISIS is not Islamic . *

*The ISIS/ISIL formulation reminds me of the “You say tomato,  I say tomatoe” lyrics but seems to have a more studied propagandistic intention:
With the exception of Reuters and now the Associated Press, most news organizations have not referred to ISIL until President Obama began using the term, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But when Obama used the term 5 times on June 13, and 16 times in his commencement speech at West Point on June 19th, he was using his bully pulpit to make a point.

Most, like this publication, continue to use the widely accepted acronym ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or al-Sham, but both describe the same murderous organization. The difference is that the Levant describes a territory far greater than simply Iraq and Syria. It’s defined as this: the Levant today consists of the island of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey.

Why would Obama prefer ISIL? An “army” of that territorial magnitude takes the focus off the two countries that many believe define Obama’s continued failure in the Middle East. Most likely, he would rather eliminate the connection between the chaos in Iraq with his inaction in Syria. Better that the upheaval in a country to which we committed so much blood and treasure remain the fault of George W. Bush. The president has already been tarred with having failed to secure a Status of Forces deal with Prime Minister al-Maliki, which would have allowed a contingent of American troops to stay in Iraq.

more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/depends_on_the_meaning_of_isis.html

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Worth A Look

‘We Are Darren Wilson’ Supporters Urge Americans to Call Gov. Nixon to Demand Fairness

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/08/23/We-Are-Darren-Wilson-Supporters-Urge-Americans-To-Call-Gov-Nixon-Demand-Fairness

Maureen Dowd Breaks Up With Obama?

link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/opinion/maureen-dowd-alone-again-naturally.html?_r=0

Don’t Dismiss Perry’s Border Terror Charge

columnist avatar Jonathan S Tobin  by Jonathan S. Tobin

link: http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/08/22/dont-dismiss-perrys-border-terror-charge-hezbollah/

Not a fan of Rick Perry but why would we think that terrorists would be any less able to invade this country through our southern border than a bunch of ignorant poor people who are only seeking a better life? Because we are sure that those are the only ones sneaking across the border aren’t we?

Why comedians and ‘SNL’ are shielding President Obama

By Kyle Smith

link: http://nypost.com/2014/08/24/why-comedians-and-snl-are-shielding-president-obama/

Just one of many reasons I don’t watch SNL. Add to their disgusting bias the fact that to many of us, they just aren’t funny.

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Last But Not Least…

So Help Me Golf

 by Maureen Dowd

FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL.

I know reporters didn’t get a chance to ask questions, but I had to bounce. I had a 1 p.m. tee time at Vineyard Golf Club with Alonzo Mourning and a part-owner of the Boston Celtics. Hillary and I agreed when we partied with Vernon Jordan up here, hanging out with celebrities and rich folks is fun.

Now we are engaged in a great civil divide in Ferguson, which does not even have a golf course, and that’s why I had a “logistical” issue with going there. We are testing whether that community, or any community so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure when the nation’s leader wants nothing more than to sink a birdie putt.

We are met on a great field of that battle, not Augusta, not Pebble Beach, not Bethpage Black, not Burning Tree, but Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard, which we can’t get enough of — me, Alonzo, Ray Allen and Marvin Nicholson, my trip director and favorite golfing partner who has played 134 rounds and counting with me.

We have to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for my presidency, if I keep swinging from behind.

Yet it is altogether fitting and proper that I should get to play as much golf as I want, despite all the lame jokes about how golf is turning into “a real handicap” for my presidency and how I have to “stay the course” with ISIL. I’ve heard all the carping that I should be in the Situation Room droning and plinking the bad folks. I know some people think I should go to Ferguson. Don’t they understand that I’ve delegated the Martin Luther King Jr. thing to Eric Holder? Plus, Valerie Jarrett and Al Sharpton have it under control.

I know it doesn’t look good to have pictures of me grinning in a golf cart juxtaposed with ones of James Foley’s parents crying, and a distraught David Cameron rushing back from his vacation after only one day, and the Pentagon news conference with Chuck Hagel and General Dempsey on the failed mission to rescue the hostages in Syria.

We’re stuck in the rough, going to war all over again in Iraq and maybe striking Syria, too. Every time Chuck says ISIL is “beyond anything we’ve ever seen,” I sprout seven more gray hairs. But my cool golf caps cover them. If only I could just play through the rest of my presidency.

ISIL brutally killing hostages because we won’t pay ransoms, rumbles of coups with our puppets in Iraq and Afghanistan, the racial caldron in Ferguson, the Ebola outbreak, the Putin freakout — there’s enough awful stuff going on to give anyone the yips.

But, in a larger sense, we can dedicate, we can consecrate, we can hallow this ground where I can get away from my wife, my mother-in-law, Uncle Joe, Congress and all the other hazards in my life.

The brave foursomes, living and dead, who struggled here in the sand, in the trees, in the water, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or subtract a few strokes to improve our

The world will little note, nor long remember, what we shot here, or why I haven’t invited a bunch of tiresome congressmen to tee it up. I’m trying to relax, guys. So I’d much rather stay in the bunker with my usual bros.

Why don’t you play 18 with Mitch McConnell? And John Boehner is a lot better than me, so I don’t want to play with him.

It is for us, the duffers, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who played here have thus far so nobly advanced to get young folks to stop spurning a game they find slow and boring.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us of getting rid of our slice on the public’s dime — that from this honored green we take increased devotion to that cause for which Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy gave their last full measure of devotion — and divots.

We here highly resolve that these golfing greats shall not have competed in vain, especially poor Tiger, and that this nation, under par, shall have a new birth of freedom to play the game that I have become unnaturally obsessed with, and that golf of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

So help me Golf.

more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/opinion/sunday/maureen-dowd-the-golf-address.html

I am not now and have never been a Maureen Dowd fan. To me she is one of the elite, inner circle reporters who make no real attempt to disguise their contempt for the hoi -polloi. And the liberal hoi polloi lap it up. laughing smiley the joikes on you saying


Saturday’s Sandtrap

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Quote of the day:

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the absurdity of itHulk Hogan and David Hasselhoff are going to be starring in a new movie together. The film’s expected to be released in June . . . of 1985. ~ Jimmy Fallon

Articles of Interest

Eric the arsonist: Holder fans Ferguson flames

  by Linda Chavez

Words matter — and never more so than when race is involved. For more than a week, we have been repeatedly told that a white police officer shot and killed an “unarmed black teenager” on a street in Ferguson, Mo.

The words conjure the image of a kid gunned down because of the color of his skin by a trigger-happy white cop.

And now we have the highest law-enforcement official in the nation reinforcing this narrative.

After visiting Ferguson this week to initiate a federal civil-rights investigation into the shooting, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that he understands the distrust of police that many blacks feel.

‘‘I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” he told an audience in Ferguson.

Holder then met privately with the family of Mike Brown, the man shot, and later held a news conference in which he reiterated racial grievance:

“This shooting incident has brought to the surface underlying tensions that have existed for many years. There is a history to these tensions, and that history simmers in more communities than just Ferguson.”

Such words inflame racial mistrust — and, even more importantly, undermine justice.

Let’s start with the “unarmed black teenager” mantra.

Brown was 18 years old — an adult by all legal standards. He was also 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed nearly 300 pounds.

more: http://nypost.com/2014/08/23/eric-the-arsonist-holder-fans-ferguson-flames/

1,461 Days of Summer

Column: Obama’s endless second-term vacation

by Matthew Continetti

The headline was brutal. “Bam’s Golf War: Prez tees off as Foley’s parents grieve,” read the cover of Thursday’s New York Daily News. Obama’s gaffe was this: He had denounced the beheading of James Foley from a vacation spot in Martha’s Vineyard, then went to the golf course. Seems like he had a great time. Such a great time that he returned to the Farm Neck Golf Club—sorry, membership is full—the next day.

Technically, Obama’s vacation began on August 9. It is scheduled to end on Sunday, August 24. With the exception of a two-day interlude in D.C., it has been two weeks of golf, jazz, biking, beach going, dining out, celebrating, and sniping from critics, not all of them conservative, who are unnerved by the president taking time off at a moment of peril.

Attacking the president for vacation is usually the job of the out party. But these days it is the job of all parties. Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, ISIL, Ebola, child migrants on the border, racial strife in Ferguson, an American murdered by the caliphate—critics say the president who danced to every song at Ann Jordan’s birthday party seems remote and aloof from, and even mildly annoyed by, such concerns.

I disagree. Not with the judgment that Obama is detached, dialing it in, contemptuous of events that interfere with his plans. I disagree with the idea that this August has been different, in any meaningful way, from the rest of Obama’s second term. For this president, the distinction between “time off” and “time on” is meaningless. For this president, every day is a vacation. And has been for some time. He is like Cosmo Kramer of Seinfeld. “His whole life is a fantasy camp,” George Costanza says of his friend. “People should plunk down $2,000 to live like him for a week.” Imagine what they would pay to live like Obama.

Uncomfortable with all of the golf on Martha’s Vineyard? It is but a fraction of Obama’s habit. Since 2009, the president has played more than 185 rounds, typically with Wall Street cronies such as Robert Wolf and sports celebrities such as Alonzo Mourning, Tony Kornheiser, and Michael Wilbon. So devoted to golf is Obama that he wears Game Golf, which tracks how well a golfer shoots. Game Golf is not something you wear as a lark. You use it to study and hone your game. The hours on the course are just the start; there are also the hours spent analyzing results at home. Obama is not golfing like an amateur. He’s golfing like a man who wants to join the PGA tour.

more: http://freebeacon.com/columns/1461-days-of-summer/

Thankfully, the presumption of innocence applies even in Ferguson

New Republic post suggests self-defense defendants should be presumed guilty.

  by Andrew Branca

At The New Republic, author Yishai Schwartz argues that “Convicting Darren Wilson Will Be Basically Impossible” because of the presumption of innocence mixed with race and Missouri self-defense law :

We may never know what actually happened during the violent encounter between teenager Michael Brown and policeman Darren Wilson. But legal judgments rarely happen with perfect knowledge and absolute certainty. In their place, we rely on presumptions and standards that guide our thinking and discipline our judgments. In general, we presume innocence. But when we know that a killing has occurred and can definitively identify who committed the act, traditional common law demanded that our presumptions shift. We are supposed to presume guilt, and it is the shooter who must prove that his actions were justified. Unless the shooter is a policeman. And unless the victim is a black male. And unless the shooting happens in a state with self-defense laws like Missouri.

So, let’s take a look, shall we?

In general, we presume innocence.

Indeed, in criminal prosecutions we presume innocence. This is entirely consistent with the liberal tradition that it is “Better that 10 guilty killers go free than one person who killed in proper self-defense go to prison for a long time (or be executed),” to quote Eugene Volokh’s column linked in the embedded quote above.

Certainly, it is possible to imagine a criminal justice system in which one is presumed guilty. I expect that most people–particularly those who are the victims of systematic social injustice–would find such a system not to their liking. We’ll get back to that later.

But when we know that a killing has occurred and can definitively identify who committed the act, traditional common law demanded that our presumptions shift.

It is interesting that the phrase “traditional common law” is used as if it represents the better choice of such matters.

Under the “traditional common law” cited–from the English common law, to be exact–it would have been entirely lawful for Officer Wilson to shoot Mike Brown in the back as many times as it took to stop or apprehend him if he reasonably suspected Brown of committing a felony. Such used to be the case in the United States, as well, until the Supreme Court decision in Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985), after which (to my knowledge) today every police department in the country authorizes the use of deadly force only where there is an imminent threat to innocent life, and not to merely stop or apprehend a suspect.

Is Yishai Schwartz advocating that the US return to this state of the law? If the US did so, would not young black men be among the most vulnerable to such a retrograde change to the law?

[Under "traditional common law" w]e are supposed to presume guilt, and it is the shooter who must prove that his actions were justified.

Again, it is difficult to imagine a less liberal social construct than to presume guilt, and require that the defendant charged with a crime must prove his innocence before the state.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/thankfully-the-presumption-of-innocence-applies-even-in-ferguson/

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CNN’s Don Lemon: An ‘Automatic’ Weapon Is What I Say It Is

columnist avatar Tom Blumer  by Tom Blumer

Don Lemon at CNN isn’t interested in being told what an “automatic” rifle is. He’s decided what it is, and the truth doesn’t matter. Even after recognizing after the fact that the person correcting him was right, he has no remorse for his demonstrated ignorance.

On Wednesday, as Charles C. W. Cooke noted at National Review’s The Corner blog the next day, Lemon claimed that “most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon,” because he was able to do so “within 20 minutes” in Colorado two years ago. Radio host, CNN political commentator, and author Ben Ferguson corrected him. It didn’t matter, because as Lemon lamely explained, “For me, an automatic weapon is anything that … can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly.”

Memo to Don Lemon: You don’t get to decide what words mean. For him, it all seems to come down to how guns are icky — a commonly held establishment press belief.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/08/22/cnns-lemon-automatic-rifle-what-i-say-it#ixzz3BD5Wfa6i

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Democrat’s ‘Bizarre and Sexist’ Attack on Comstock Falls Flat

Democrat Foust Attacks Comstock: ‘I Don’t Think She’s Even Had a Real Job’

Democratic House Candidate John Foust attacked his female Republican opponent Barbara Comstock on Thursday, saying, “I don’t think she’s even had a real job.”

“In her mind [creating jobs] means giving tax benefits to special interests and the super wealthy,” Foust said at an event in Leesburg, Va. “I don’t think she’s even had a real job.”

The Comstock campaign pushed back on Foust’s “bizarre and sexist attack,” calling his comments offensive to working women, federal employees, and stay at home moms.

“John Foust’s statement is offensive,” said Susan Falconer, Comstock’s campaign manager. “This attack insults working women, federal employees, lawyers, small businesswomen, and Moms at home–all of whom have real jobs and pay the very real taxes that John Foust raises and advocates.”

“This desperate attack shows how out of touch he is with who it is that lives and works in the 10th District and the challenges that working women, working moms and moms at home face every day by men who demean their many and demanding roles,” she said. “We understand the desperation of Democrats this year but this was beyond the pale.”

The campaign mentioned that Barbara Comstock got her first job at a movie theater while in high school and continued to earn money typing papers, waitressing, babysitting, working as a sales clerk, and “all the kinds of jobs so many women and men have taken on to work through high school and college and support their families.”

“As a stay at home Mom, Comstock spent her time raising two young boys during the day and attending Georgetown Law School at night,” the campaign said. “Following graduation from Georgetown, she had her daughter and then when she returned to work as a senior aide to Congressman Frank Wolf, she worked on federal employee issues, health care issues, transportation issues, business issues and appropriations issues.”

more: http://freebeacon.com/politics/democrats-bizarre-and-sexist-attack-on-comstock-falls-flat/

I have come to believe that there is indeed a “war on women” and its beign waged by the Democrats on Conservative Women. Had this remark been made by a Republican man about a Democrat woman our “crack” media would have been all over it. Since it wasn’t – crickets.

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Worth A Look

DUI arrest is California Democrats’ latest blow

link: http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2014/08/22/democratic-state-senator-arrested-after-dui-stop-n1882131

Still cannot believe the stupid “tweet” from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez:

“Yes … Loving my Latino Caucus boys” shows Hueso and four other lawmakers, several with drinks in their hands, hamming it up inside the state Capitol.

Arrogance and stupidity make a perfect mess for these fools. Lucky for them they are Democrats so the press will go easy on them. That’s the state of our country these days vis a vis “reporting”, the letter that follows your name determines how humitiated you will be in the press. I suspect this will be a one day “tempest in a teapot” and the media will quickly move along. Now if the state senator had been a Republican…

Adam Carolla: If You Have Opinions About Other Races You’re Condemned As A Racist

link: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/08/22/carolla_if_you_have_opinions_about_other_races_youre_condemned_as_a_racist.html

the absurdity of itA medical marijuana store in California has a new iPhone app that lets people get marijuana delivered to their door. The first step: remembering where you put your iPhone. The app is called, “I Know a Guy.” ~ Jimmy Fallon

Last But Not Least…

Why the Senate race in New Hampshire is suddenly close

by Philip Bump

A surprising bit of news broke on Thursday night in the not-expected-to-be-all-that-close senate race in New Hampshire: Suddenly, it’s close. But why?

When we say “not expected to be close,” that’s a bit of an oversimplification. It’s just that incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) has led former Massachusetts incumbent Scott Brown (R) consistently, often by double-digits. Our election predictor tool says Shaheen has a 99 percent chance of winning; the New York Times’ says 91 percent; Nate Silver, 80 percent. A lot of that analysis is based solely on polling, so it may not be a big surprise, but people expected Shaheen to not have difficulty.

Then the University of New Hampshire dropped its bomb. “With less than three months to go before the 2014 election,” the UNH Survey Center’s Andrew Smith and Zachary Azem write, “Senator Jeanne Shaheen is in a dead heat with former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, but maintains double digit leads over other major Republicans.” To wit: What the WMUR Granite State Poll had as a 12-point lead for Shaheen in July is now a 2-point lead in August. With a margin of error of 3.4 percent, that’s a dead heat.

more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/22/why-the-senate-race-in-new-hampshire-is-suddenly-close/


Another Frickin Friday

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Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day

the absurdity of itThe man who created the first Internet pop-up ad now says he’s sorry. The man also says that a 15-minute call to Geico could save you 15 percent on car insurance. ~ Conan O’Brien

Articles of Interest

From Ferguson To Fallujah, The Death of Accountability

Mark Davis  by Mark Davis

A young black man dies from a police gunshot, and a community bursts into presumptuous anger as if it knows racism is afoot.

That community contains rioters who are not sufficiently condemned by officials at any level, local, state or national.

As images of tear gas clouds in suburbia subside, we are hit with fresh pictures of an Islamist monster beheading an American citizen while warning our President and our people that he and his brethren are just warming up. Attorney General Eric Holder responds by opening a criminal investigation, as if this were a stabbing on a Georgetown street.

Accountability is dead. Long battered against the ropes, the concept of identifying and delivering consequences to the proper purveyors of various evils has been lost in a jungle of political correctness and racial paralysis.

When accountability occurs in an atmosphere of clarity and certainty, our worst problems can get better. One of our worst national problems is artificially-heightened racial discord. One of our worst global problems is the threat of radical Islam. Progress is crippled in both arenas because of the inability, or lack of willingness, to reach proper conclusions about good guys and bad guys, and the lack of spine to deliver proper consequences to the bad guys.

In Ferguson, it is impossible to know for certain which side to take in the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have identifiable bad guys.

It is bad to bring a self-aggrandizing caravan of race-baiting into that tense town. That would be Al Sharpton.

It is bad to suggest that a “vigorous prosecution” is in order before we have sufficient basis to believe a crime was committed. It is bad to speak of “justice for Michael Brown’s family” without knowing whether Michael was the victim or the aggressor. That would be Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

It is bad to sashay into Ferguson to weave yarns of past racial slights you have suffered when you know the intended supposition is that Ferguson is a proven source of such mistreatment. That would be Eric Holder.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/markdavis/2014/08/22/from-ferguson-to-fallujah-the-death-of-accountability-n1881790/page/full

GAO: Obama admin broke law in Bergdahl swap

William A Jacobson  by William A. Jacobson

Now this is interesting.

The General Accounting Office has just issued a report concluding that the Department of Defense broke the law in the Bergdahl-Taliban swap (h/t @JakeTapper). It has to do with the requirement of congressional notification prior to transferring a detainee at Gitmo.

Bowe Bergdahl was swapped for 5 high level Taliban Gitmo detainees with no notice to Congress.

Here’s the Summary of the GAO report:

The Department of Defense (DOD) violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees. Section 8111 prohibits DOD from using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer. As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD also violated the Antideficiency Act.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/gao-obama-admin-broke-law-in-bergdahl-swap/

Race-Based Justice

pat_buchanan (2)  by Pat Buchanan

Among the demands of the “protesters” in Ferguson is that the investigation and prosecution of police officer Darren Wilson be taken away from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

McCulloch is biased, it is said. How so? In 1964, his father, a St. Louis police officer, was shot to death by an African-American.

Moreover, McCulloch comes from a family of cops. He wanted to be a police officer himself, but when cancer cost him a leg as a kid, he became a prosecutor.

Yet, in 23 years, McCulloch has convicted many cops of many crimes, and has said that if Gov. Jay Nixon orders him off this case, he will comply. Meanwhile, he is moving ahead with the grand jury.

As for Gov. Nixon, he revealed his closed mind by demanding the “vigorous prosecution” of a cop who has not even been charged and by calling repeatedly for “justice for [Brown's] family” but not Wilson’s.

What has been going on for two weeks now in Ferguson, with the ceaseless vilification of Darren Wilson and the clamor to arrest him, is anti-American. It is a mob howl for summary judgment, when this case cries out, not for a rush to judgment, but for a long tedious search for the whole truth of what happened that tragic day.

For conflicting stories have emerged.

The initial version was uncomplicated. On August 9, around noon, Brown and a companion were walking in the street and blocking traffic when ordered by Wilson to move onto the sidewalk.

Brown balked, a scuffle ensued. Wilson pulled out his gun and shot him six times, leaving Brown dead in the street. Open and shut. A white cop, sassed by a black kid, goes berserk and empties his gun.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/08/22/race-based_justice__123729.html

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State-Run Radio: NPR Watches Eric Holder ‘Wrap His Arms Around a Community In Pain’

Tim Graham  by Tim Graham

NPR again defined the abuse of its taxpayer subsidy to promote the Obama administration on Thursday’s Morning Edition. Online, they began their report on Attorney General Eric Holder this way: “The nation’s top law enforcement officer traveled to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday to wrap his arms around a community in pain.”

On air, reporter Carrie Johnson began: “From the moment he walked into a soul food restaurant in Ferguson, the attorney general found friends.” There was absolutely zero difference between the way a Holder press aide would have promoted Holder’s visit and the NPR version. It was all super-cozy:

JOHNSON: A few minutes later another community leader appeared. Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson. He’s been leading the response to the protests. Holder reached over and drew the captain in for a hug and a few words of encouragement.

HOLDER: You are the man.

CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON: We’re trying to make it better, we’re trying to make it better.

HOLDER: You are making it better.

CARRIE JOHNSON: Johnson said he’d been so busy trying to keep the peace that he forgot his 26th wedding anniversary.

HOLDER: You didn’t forget, my brother?

RON JOHNSON: Yes, I did. She forgave me.

HOLDER: We’ll write you a note, how about that?

CARRIE JOHNSON: With that, Johnson turned to leave Drake’s Place restaurant and return to work. but not before the attorney general reminded him to get some rest. Outside the restaurant, the captain told reporters it will take time to heal the breach in the community.

RON JOHNSON: It’s obvious that the community here does not feel that there’s connection with them and law enforcement. So that has to change.

JOHNSON: And that was the main reason Eric Holder took some time on this heavily symbolic visit, to meet with students at Florissant Valley Community College in northern St. Louis. Students like Molyric Welch; she’s a 27-year-old sophomore with three kids at home.

MOLYRIC WELCH: We just need some answers, some questions, some changes. And by him being here now, that’s giving us inspiration. We will no longer be profiled because I have a hat to the back. No more profiling, no more war. We just want peace and that’s all.

Johnson concluded: “Legal experts say the odds for a federal criminal prosecution of the officer who shot Brown remain long. Meaning, the attorney general’s visit to Ferguson was more of a listening tour than a prelude to indictment.”

PS: This is hardly the first time Johnson has acted like a press assistant to Holder. In our book Collusion, Brent Bozell and I recalled that on Holder granted Johnson a rare interview on April 27, 2012, at a time when Holder had avoided TV interviews for years, no doubt to avoid having to answer for lying to Congress on the Fast and Furious scandal at DOJ.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/08/22/state-run-radio-npr-watches-eric-holder-wrap-his-arms-around-community-p#ixzz3B82vWux9

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How Responsible Are Michael Brown’s Parents for His Demise?

We cannot continue to excuse criminal behavior by claiming poverty and inequality.

  by Patricia Dickson

As the events in Ferguson, MO, continue to unfold, we learn yet again that a young black teenager tragically lost his life. While we do not have all the facts as to the events that transpired just before the Ferguson police officer shot and killed young Michael Brown, it is clear from what the media is reporting that all the blame for his death will be placed on Officer Darren Wilson. To my knowledge, neither his mother nor his father has been asked publicly about their whereabouts or their son’s actions on that day. Do the parents not share the bulk of the blame for the demise of this young man? While we wait for all the facts to come in, can we at least have an honest discussion about the role that parents play in the untimely demise of young men like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin?

It is clear by the video images showing Michael Brown grabbing a much older and smaller store clerk by the throat that the young man did not have respect for authority. The fact that there was some kind of confrontation with a police officer reveals that this young man had issues with authority. The first authority figure in a child’s life is the parent. If parents do not teach and demand that children respect them, there is a good chance that the child will not respect any other person in authority (e.g., teachers, police, and other adults).

No one in the media dare ask Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, about the video images of her son while she’s making the rounds on all the network shows demanding justice for his death. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, is back on the scene to offer her advice to Brown’s mother. Instead of asking these women some straightforward questions about their role in their son’s behavior that led up to their tragic deaths, the media is portraying them as Mary, the mother of Jesus. Even Brown’s grandfather has been on a network show asking President Obama to meet with him and demanding justice for his grandson.

Where was he when his grandson was stealing cigars from the corner store? With all of these parental figures coming forward, it would seem that someone would have taken the time to discipline this young man. Growing up as a child, my parents told me that they whipped my behind so that the police would not have to. The Bible states in Proverbs 29:15: The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left undisciplined brings his mother to shame.

The parents are the ones that failed young Michael Brown.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/are-michael-browns-parents-responsible/?singlepage=true

Patricia Dickson
Patricia is a no “nonsense” straight talking girl, blessed with Godly wisdom and common sense. She retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving over twenty years and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University and a Masters in Business Administration from Brandman University in Orange, California.

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Poll: Few Americans Favor Federal Government’s Role In Education

link: http://freebeacon.com/issues/poll-few-americans-favor-federal-governments-role-in-education/

MO State Senator: Prosecutor Unfair Because “He Didn’t Get The Black Vote”

link: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/08/21/mo_state_senator_prosecutor_unfair_because_he_didnt_get_the_black_vote.html

If I understand this stupid, racist female critter she is pretty much advocating for prosecuting by color. She is saying that didn’t get the vote of the blacks in a country that is majority black. How did that happen? He ran against and defeated a black woman – was that without any black votes in a majority black county? This is the face of black racism  right in your face and she’s too stupid to even realize it.

the absurdity of it   A new study found that it costs $245,000 to raise a child until age 18.

Or about $600 if you just give them an iPad. ~ Jimmy Fallon

Last But Not Least…

Holder’s Lynch Mob In Ferguson

columnist avatar Matthew Vadum by Matthew Vadum

The cop-hating radical lawyers of Eric Holder’s Justice Department are reportedly continuing to feed the passions of the lynch mob in Ferguson, Mo., that is screaming for the blood of the white cop who shot and killed a young black man earlier this month in what now almost certainly appears to be an act of self-defense.

A white police officer’s racism, an allegation for which there is no evidence whatsoever, supposedly caused the unfortunate incident. But the leftists who run the federal government need this. They want it badly. A police officer has to be sacrificed to appease Democrats’ political base and to help fend off an increasingly likely Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in November.

Federal civil rights charges may be in the works against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Michael Brown after an intense physical altercation that left Wilson with severe head injuries.

The feds may simply ignore local authorities and go forward with a case against Wilson, says Hans von Spakovsky, who worked in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush. He is currently a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and is co-author of the recently published Obamas Enforcer: Eric Holders Justice Department.

“Eric Holder has completely politicized the Justice Department,” von Spakovsky told WND’s Greg Corombos. “As we can see, unfortunately, this is happening in other places like the Travis County (Texas) D.A.’s office” that charged Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a crime for threatening to veto legislation.

“That should concern every American,” he said. “I don’t care what their political background is because that is a threat to everyone’s liberty and everyone’s freedom when that kind of power is used for political purposes.”

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/holders-lynch-mob-in-ferguson/


Things about a Thursday

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Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day

the absurdity of it  Yankee Stadium says it will start adding metal detectors as a way to beef up security. And then they went back to selling beer and baseball bats to New Yorkers. ~ Jimmy Fallon

Articles of Interest

Meet the Radical DOJ Unit Investigating Ferguson Shooting

J. Christian Adams by J. Christian Adams

PJ Media has been covering the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division for years. This is the unit that will be investigating the shooting in Ferguson and deciding whether to charge the police

Justice

officer with civil rights crimes.

PJ Media had to sue Eric Holder to obtain the resumes of the lawyers he hired to populate this unit. No wonder. The “Every Single One” series at PJ Media revealed that all of Holder’s attorney hires were leftists, some even with a history of anti-police activities. Read the detailed biographies of the lawyers here.

Why does it matter that the DOJ unit that will investigate the Ferguson police is stacked with leftists and ideologues? Because anti-police biases of lawyers in this unit have resulted in gross prosecutorial misconduct against police officers.

more: http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2014/08/20/radical-doj-unit-ferguson/

Fix Ferguson by Getting Rid of the Media

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield  by Daniel Greenfield

If there’s a problem in America or anywhere in the world, inflicting the media on it can only make it worse. By some accounts there are more reporters in Ferguson than there are protesters. That may be why the protesters ran for cover behind the media after throwing bottles of urine at the police.

There are so many reporters in Ferguson that the rioters and looters can use them as human shields. You just wouldn’t know it because they don’t take pictures of each other. The occasional photos of media scrums around a crying woman in the Middle East or an angry protester in Ferguson reveal the artificiality of the event. It’s okay to have one reporter in front of a camera, but when there are so many reporters at an event that they outnumber everyone else, the whole thing starts looking like a movie set on which events are staged for the entertainment and profit of the producers.

Remember that every time you see a masked protester caught in the act of throwing a rock or a loving couple huddled in fear of dark masked shapes in riot gear, these images are as artificial and posed as anything in an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog.

They show you what is in front of the camera, not what is behind it.

Look through the news reports of riots anywhere and you’ll see the same poses repeat across continents and generations. The rioters are different people with different causes and agendas, but the photos of them are being taken and selected by the same people from the same news agencies.

more: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/fix-ferguson-by-getting-rid-of-the-media/

This one short paragraph captures the “spirit” of the media perfectly:

When the media colonizes a conflict, it turns into an open wound that can never heal because healing is a nice short term story, but conflict is an even better long term story. That’s what it is doing in Ferguson.

No Peace While Anti-Semitic Hatred Endures

The Palestinians won’t accept a land-for-peace deal because they want the land without the peace.

Mortimer Zuckerman  by Mort Zuckerman

If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. Too much of the commentary on the relations between the Palestinians and the Israelis testifies to the validity of the late author Michael Crichton’s dictum. The ignoramus is a leaf who doesn’t know he is part of a tree, and the hooligans parading in Paris, London, Seattle and Calgary with “end the Nazi occupation of Palestine” and Hamas-Hezbollah banners are part of an odious history of anti-Semitism.

The greatest obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians is quite simply a virulent jihadist hatred of Jews and the Jewish state. It cannot be appeased.

How Hamas turned Gaza into a base for murder, how Fatah went along and has frustrated every peace move for half a century, shows how both Palestinian factions have developed a theological and ideological justification that precludes any negotiation with Israel that might lead to a lasting peace. By the prolonged indoctrination of anti-Semitic hatred in its schools and media, by its public celebrations of terrorists who have massacred Jewish women and children, and by its contempt for every two-state initiative from Israel, the Palestinian leadership has managed to convince Israelis and much of the international community that the goal of the Palestinians is to delegitimize the Jewish state and not to live alongside it. This is captured in the Palestinian slogan Palestine is free “from the river to the sea.” Since Israel is bordered to the east by the Jordan River and to the west by the Mediterranean Sea, this is a demand that the Jewish state disappear.

more: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/08/20/anti-semitic-history-is-greatest-obstacle-to-peace-for-israel-palestinians?int=a3fa09

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Ferguson: NYT buries story of officer Wilson’s Injuries

 by John Nolte

The New York Times has big news on the biggest story in the country today, but as Noah Rothman at Hot Air discovered, the Times buried that news 26 paragraphs deep. According to the Timesown police sources, “witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.”

Law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.

As Officer Wilson got out of his car, the men were running away. The officer fired his weapon but did not hit anyone, according to law enforcement officials.

Mr. Johnson took cover near a parked car as he saw the officer confronting Mr. Brown, Mr. Bosley said.

A man who lives nearby, Michael T. Brady, said in an interview that he saw the initial altercation in the patrol car, although he struggled to see exactly what was happening.

Obviously, the news that Wilson was injured during his struggle with 18-year-old Michael Brown is highly relevant to the ongoing investigation, not to mention the racial furor being whipped up by those uninterested in facts — chief among them the media and racial grifters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

If Wilson was indeed injured, it doesn’t automatically make the fatal shooting of Brown appropriate, but it does help to fill a yawning fact-vacuum with a piece of relevant information.

more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/08/20/ferguson-nyt-buries-news-of-officer-wilsons-injury

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MO Fraternal Order of Police: “We’re Concerned About The Due Process Rights Of” Darren Wilson

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Texas Dems strategy imploding

Why are Texas democrats willing to bet on a weak case against Rick Perry?

By Amy Miller

The midterm elections in Texas are shaping up to be just as interesting as the run to 2016, and the recent indictment of Governor Rick Perry is only serving as fuel for the fire as battle lines are drawn between conservatives and progressives.

The apparent weakness of the charges against Governor Perry has drawn criticism from activists and the mainstream media alike, and is leaving many Texans wondering why Democrats seem to be banking on this indictment as the key to damaging the credibility and reputation of the Republican Party.

The Austin American-Statesman recently debunked a seriously misleading e-mail sent by Mo Elleithee, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, claiming that the real reason Governor Perry chose to veto funding for the ironically-dubbed “Public Integrity Unit” was to stop investigations into an $11 million CPRIT (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas) grant to Peloton Therapeutics; Peltron has been a big donor to both Perry and current Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and democrats in Washington smelled blood.

Via the Statesman:

Elleithee’s email charges that the CPRIT investigation “was underway when the governor called for the head of that investigative unit to resign. Perry pushing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign was a win-win. Lehmberg either resigned and he appointed her successor or he vetoed the PIU’s funding. Both would have the same effect: stopping the investigation into the CPRIT its tracks.”

Elleithee’s email, however, left out some key details about the CPRIT investigation — including that two months before Lehmberg’s arrest, she told reporters that none of Perry’s appointees to the CPRIT board were “under suspicion in the investigation.”

Perry’s veto, at least as far as the CPRIT grant was concerned, was politics as usual, but democrats have made the deliberate decision to ignore facts openly reported in favor of a weak attempt to whip up their small base.

more: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/texas-dems-strategy-imploding/

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Worth A Look

Nixon cracks under pressure, will Holder help?

 Chris Stirewalt  by Chris Stirewalt

link: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/20/nixon-cracks-under-pressure-will-holder-help/

The Man Who Never Was

link: http://crayfisher.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/the-man-who-never-was/

Battle Over Postal-Service Cuts Looms in September

link: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/battle-over-postal-service-cuts-looms-in-september-20140819

the absurdity of it

Last But Not Least…

Did you read about the Huffington Post “reporter” who was so dumb he saw some ear plugs and thought they were rubber bullets? No that’s not a joke – he actually did. His name is Ryan J. Reilly.

Such stupidity is of course worthy of ridicule:

And there’s more:

I do not “do” social media. I find it, for the most part purile and self-agrandizing. However it is a useful tool for allowing idiots to expose themselves. Perhaps Mr. Reilly doesn’t know that old Lincoln quote:

This is America, you have a perfect right to make an ass of yourself. Perhaps Mr. Reilly realizes that he has the “right” to remain silent but just doesn’t have the ability.


Wednesday’s Wombat

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Quote of the day:

Cartoon of the day

the absurdity of it A survey found that 75 percent of Americans don’t use up all their vacation days. While the rest apparently loaned them to President Obama. He’s on vacation again! ~ Jimmy Fallon

Articles of Interest

In Ferguson, a Race to be Wrong

Jonah Goldberg by Jonah Goldberg

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first.

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Washington Post had more on the story about what one witness called an “execution-style slaying”: “Lawyer Freeman Bosley Jr. said Dorian Johnson, a friend of Brown’s, has told the FBI that Officer Darren Wilson confronted the two because they were walking in the middle of the street.

“Wilson cursed at the pair and ordered them onto the sidewalk, Bosley told The Washington Post. When they refused to comply, he said, the officer grabbed Brown’s throat through the window of his cruiser, pulled out a pistol and shot him. Wilson then chased Brown, shot him in the back and shot him five to six more times as Brown’s hands were raised, Bosley said.” An autopsy commissioned by the Brown family suggests that account is not true, at least in regard to the most incendiary charge. None of the bullets fired at Johnson entered his body through his back. That hardly means Wilson was justified in shooting Brown even once. Nor does it necessarily mean Wilson is a murderer. The simple fact is we don’t know.

The rush to condemn Wilson’s conduct and the gallop to martyr Brown may have set land speed records. The New Yorker, like numerous outlets, reported that Brown was walking to his grandmother’s home when confronted by Wilson. A video released from the by turns hapless and devious Ferguson Police Department alleges that he was actually walking from a thuggish and brazen shoplifting of a box of cigars from a convenience store. That video is almost surely irrelevant to Wilson’s state of mind, since the police said he didn’t know about the shoplifting incident. It is, however, inconvenient from the martyrdom angle.

But don’t tell that to the legions of too-often-interchangeable activists, commentators and reporters who have convinced themselves that we know exactly what happened, or at least all we need to know.

more: http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2014/08/20/untitled-n1880530/page/full

Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley

A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq.

In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America.

“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” he can be heard saying in the video.

He is then shown being beheaded.

more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/world/meast/isis-james-foley/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Left-wing teacher groups launch sexist crusade

kirsten-powers  by Kirsten Powers

The “war on women” isn’t just for Republicans. Left-wing organizations in New York City have launched their own misogynist crusade against former CNN anchor turned education advocate Campbell Brown.

Brown is running the Partnership for Educational Justice, which she founded to challenge teacher tenure and other rules that protect underperforming teachers.

For this, she has been on the receiving end of a sexist assault by the American Federation of Teachers and opponents of education reform. AFT President Randi Weingarten took to Twitter to accuse Brown of not being balanced in her approach to school reform because “she’s married to Romney adviser Dan Senor.”

To Weingarten, women are not people with thoughts of their own. No, they’re empty vessels who do their husband’s bidding.

In an interview last week, Brown noted to me that in all of the times her husband has expressed his opinion publicly, “never once has anyone asked him how I influence his views on anything.”

The teachers union-affiliated Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), and New York Communities for Change, which replaced the now-defunct ACORN, launched a website called “The Real Campbell Brown: Right-Wing. Elitist. Wrong about Public Schools,” which depicts Brown as a marionette holding a GOP sign, presumably because her husband is a Republican.

Brown told me that for the decades she worked in journalism, she was a political independent. After leaving the business in 2010, she registered as a Democrat to vote in the New York City primary. She later registered as a Republican for another primary. Today, she’s not registered with either party. As for political donations, she told me she has given to five campaigns, all Democrats who were supportive of school reform. These groups and teacher unions know all of this, yet they have chosen to ignore it.

more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/19/powers-left-campbell-brown-school-choice-teacher-groups-sexist-crusade-column/14299039/

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At Least Seven AP Reporters Violated Their Own Stylebook in Describing 18 Year-Old Michael Brown As a ‘Teen’

Kudos to Ed Driscoll at PJ Media, Eddie Scarry at Mediaite, and likely others in pointing out that the Associated Press has frequently violated its own stylebook in describing Michael Brown, the 18 year-old who was fatally shot in a scuffle with police in Ferguson, Missouri, as a “teen” or “teenager.”

The AP’s latest stylebook, in sync with the one I have from over a decade ago, states that reports should (italics is theirs) “use man or woman for individuals 18 and older.” The violations have been pervasive, and have likely occurred since Brown died on August 9. Let’s start with the specifics at Mediaite

“Don’t know’ if Missouri teen shot with hands up,” reads one AP headline from Monday. “County autopsy: Unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times,” reads another.

And an excerpt from yet another AP story, emphasis added: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a curfew but ordered the National Guard to step in to help restore order. Holder over the weekend ordered a federal medical examiner to perform a third autopsy on the teenager, Michael Brown.”

In an update, Mediaite’s Scarry noted that AP had fixed two out of three of the items he noted:

Two of the AP stories referenced in this post were modified after this post published. One report changed the word “teen” in its headline to call Brown by his last name. The second removed the word “teen” from the body text and put “man” in its please. Neither report has an update on them with a reason for the alteration. Other reports still refer to Brown as a “teen.” We’ve once again requested comment from AP spokesman Paul Colford, who one other media reporter told us is “usually prompt” at returning media requests.

Of the 15 items returned in a 1:45 p.m. EDT search at the AP’s national web site on “Michael Brown teen” (not in quotes), eleven of them still describe Brown as a “teen” and not a “man”.

more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/08/19/least-seven-ap-reporters-violated-their-own-stylebook-describing-18-year#ixzz3Aw5oPhBJ

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D.C. Sees Spike In Race-Based Hate Crimes… Majority Of Victims White, Suspects Black…

Eric Holder and Al Sharpton reported to be inconsolable.

Via Washington Times:

Race-based hate crimes jumped in the District last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased, with analysts saying such incidents could be vastly underreported among minority groups uncomfortable coming forward to authorities.

D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black. The number of incidents was up from the 13 race-based bias crimes reported in 2012.

more: http://weaselzippers.us/197073-d-c-sees-spike-in-race-based-hate-crimes-majority-of-victims-white-suspects-black/

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Worth A Look

Several Perry Grand Jurors Broke the Law to Explain Why They Think Perry Broke the Law

Bryan Preston by Bryan Preston

link: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/08/19/several-perry-grand-jurors-broke-the-law-to-explain-why-they-think-perry-broke-the-law/

These cretins think it’s fine to “indict” someone for breaking the law but feel free to break a law themselves, a law they “swore” to uphold. Guess laws and people’s oaths don’t mean much anymore. These fools certainly proved it. They also proved they are about as fit to sit on a Grand Jury as a “ham sandwich”.

The End of the “Michael Brown Shot From Behind” Myth

link: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/john-ellis/the-end-of-the-michael-brown-shot-from-behind-myth/

the absurdity of it  President Obama ordered air strikes on ISIS to try to stop ISIS from controlling the Mosul Dam Friday. Democrats applauded the strike. They say President Bush attacked Iraq just for the oil to run our cars while President Obama’s attacking Iraq for the electricity to run our cars.

Last But Not Least…

Sergeant Tahmooressi sits in a Mexican hellhole prison while Obama parties on

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen