Thinks for Thursday

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Obama’s Next Foray: Paid Sick Leave

Alexis Simendinger by Alexis Simendinger

Ted Kennedy is gone and Iowa’s Tom Harkin retired from the Senate last year, but in their absence, President Obama on Thursday plans to echo their advocacy for paid sick leave, championed by Democratic stalwarts in Congress and by organized labor over many decades.

Previewing an element of his State of the Union address, the president will gather a roundtable of working women as a backdrop for his challenge to the Republican-controlled Congress to pass legislation even Democrats couldn’t muscle off Capitol Hill when they held the majorities. Obama will ask lawmakers to pass the Healthy Families Act, a long-stalled measure that would grant workers up to seven days of paid leave annually when they or family members have medical needs.

On Wednesday, Obama met privately at the White House with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, whose members support the legislation. Organized labor last year helped champion state and local paid sick leave initiatives adopted by Massachusetts voters, and by Oakland, Calif., and cities in New Jersey.

Three states – Connecticut, California and Massachusetts – now require earned sick leave. Obama plans to deploy a blend of executive action and bully pulpit cheerleading to encourage more states and cities to follow suit.

Democrats Patty Murray in the Senate and Rosa DeLauro in the House said Wednesday they will reintroduce the legislation this year, touting their measure as an economically crucial benefit for middle-class women and families, and an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act, signed into law at the outset of President Clinton’s first term.

If the alliance between Obama (who is unlikely to see mandatory paid sick time enacted in Congress on his watch) and the Clintons on the subject appears to be unconscious, consider Hillary Clinton’s statement in Boston a few weeks ago:

“We need to get paid leave provisions on every state ballot by 2016 that we can possibly manage to do,” she said in December after congratulating Massachusetts voters for requiring businesses to grant employees paid sick time.


Oh joy, more stuff this country cannot afford to pay for. And if Patty Murray and Rosa DeLauro are involved it has to be something to hang around the neck of taxpayers. These two idiots are the kind of people you NEVER want to trust with your credit card. Lord knows how they spend on their own but they are certainly free spenders when someone else has to pay the bill. 

 Quote of the day:

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” ~ W. Clement Stone

Scott Walker–Sleeper in 2016 GOP Presidential Race?

Caitlin Huey-Burns by Caitlin Huey-Burns

Among the vast number of Republicans considering a run for president, two candidates with the familiar last names of Bush and Romney are sucking up most of the attention in the early going.

And for now, that’s just fine by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who is finding virtue in patience.

The early, visible and loud machinations of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie don’t seem to bother Walker. Recently re-elected to a second term—his third win in four years, considering his success in beating back a 2012 recall effort—Walker is making moves ahead of 2016, to be sure: he hired a top national strategist to run his campaign, with more senior staff hires coming soon, and is creating a political entity to allow him to raise money and travel. He is boning up with

regular policy briefings and is traveling to Iowa next week for an early GOP cattle call. But Walker’s approach is more tortoise than hare, steadiness over speed.

Walker isn’t vying to be the top contender in the Republican field—at least not yet. He’s carving out a spot now as Second Best, a candidate who can build consensus among voters seeking an alternative to the establishment or far right, who will be ready if and when a preferred candidate falters.

“He could be the No. 2 choice of a lot of people, and being No. 2 is not a bad place to be,” says a GOP strategist familiar with the field.


Something to think about:

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Mitt Romney backlash intensifies

Conservatives argue he has too much baggage and the GOP needs a fresh face.

Katie Glueck by Katie Glueck

“Recycled.” Not the “new blood” the GOP needs. A man who “had his shot.” A “terrible candidate.”

A Republican backlash against Mitt Romney that had been simmering for days boiled over on Wednesday as conservatives across the GOP spectrum panned the prospect of another presidential bid by the former Massachusetts governor and two-time loser on the national stage.

Leading the anti-Romney charge was the voice of the GOP establishment wing, the Wall Street Journal editorial page. “The question the former Massachusetts Governor will have to answer,” the newspaper wrote, “is why he would be a better candidate than he was in 2012… The answer is not obvious.”


I don’t think he has “too much baggage”, other than the lies and smear by the left and their lapdog media. I just think his time has come and gone. And I definitely believe the GOP needs a new face. Obama may well have turned out to be a minus for the Dems but as a fresh face in 2008 he was a plus and gave them some enthusiasm. A Scott Walker or a Rand Paul could do the same for the GOP IMO. No more re-treads please. The establishment may now be anti-Romney because they are pro-Jeb Bush. I personally don’t want another Bush either. Enough.

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Romney? Really?

Keith Kofflerby Keith Koffler

Well, Mitt Romney apparently thinks what the country needs is Mitt Romney, and so he is, as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deadpanned Tuesday, “considering getting the band back together again.”

He’s calling his old donors and telling them to keep their mouths and their wallets shut, contacting former operatives and telling them he’s going operational, and generally signaling he’s about to inflict another campaign on us.

The White House has contempt for lots of people, but one can certainly excuse its contempt for Romney, who lost to Obama in 2012 even though the sitting president was presiding over a lousy economy, had jammed through Congress an unpopular signature policy – Obamacare – and was losing his grip on an increasingly disordered and violent world.

Romney, who lacks a seriousness about conservatism, can only claim that he’d somehow run the country better than anyone else, which makes little sense since he ran his general election campaign worse than anyone else. The Democrats beat him soundly by every measure – voter targeting, getting out the vote, use of social media, canvassing, and so forth. Sure, he’d bring more discipline to running the government than Obama, but that’s like saying your mother-in-law would be better company at breakfast than a puff adder. Of course she would.


I make no secret of the fact that Mitt Romney running again makes me nauseous. The take-away line from this piece that really hits home with me is: ” His claim that he’d somehow run the country better than anyone else, which makes little sense since he ran his general election campaign worse than anyone else”. No more re-treads! That is unless the GOP really wants 1/2 of those who would vote “against” a Democrat to just sit out the whole election in disgust.

What Romney Can Do

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

Mitt Romney got it on the chin in a well-written Wall Street Journal editorial Wednesday morning — “Romney Recycled.”  I won’t rehash it all here, you can read it, but it comes down to this — oh, again???  (Rand Paul also took some shots at Romney, but he’d be better off keeping his eye on his father , the way things are going.)

The WSJ might have been a bit harsh but they were just expressing what everybody thinks.  Even Mitt’s supporters harbor those worries.  But I have a solution for Romney.  He should throw caution to winds — BE THE PRESIDENT NOW (caps definitely mine — yes, I’m shouting)!!!

Why do I say that?  Because America doesn’t have a real president at the moment and we are at war with radical Islam. ( I should add a “duh” in there.) The reactionary creep in the White House won’t even name it, let alone fight it. And we don’t have time to wait until 2017 to turn this around, as Jay Sekulow pointed out on Hannity.  In a couple of months things could be spinning out of control, so many jihadists popping up in Europe, here, Australia, and everywhere else, we won’t know how to count them.  And that’s not even including all the cyber war that’s going to be waged against us and already is.

Romney should put all the traditional election nonsense on the back burner, forget the fundraising and the tedious position papers on the various issues. That stuff can wait, if it’s even important.  He should take the bully pulpit for himself now and tell America and the world what we should do about radical Islam.  Nobody else is doing it and we’ve been fighting this undeclared war for 14 years.  And the bad guys are ahead and growing   It’s not just the major issue.  It’s the only issue, if we don’t win.  Who cares if we do or don’t have Obamacare, if we’re living under Shari’ah law?

And while he’s at it, Romney might state clearly that Israel is our ally and we’re behind her all the way. Oh and no matter how you feel about immigration, unless you’d like to see our shopping malls blown up, we have to secure our border — now!




The Good the Bad and the Bullshit

 Obama Jokes Forbidden, but Boston Globe Can Joke About Killing Boehner

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

A rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask was denounced by everyone from the lieutenant governor on down who demanded that the people responsible be held accountable.

The rodeo clown got actual death threats. He was banned for life. The man who hired him was forced to resign. The Kansas City Star suggested that the Secret Service should investigate the event.

The NAACP demanded a federal probe.

When a parade float featuring an outhouse as the Obama presidential library happened, Democrats claimed that it crossed the line and was unacceptable.

None of these were assassination threats, even though the left had openly trafficked in Bush assassination fantasies before Obama. But even crude jokes like these were considered off limits.

The double standard still exists because assassination jokes about Republicans in the form of the Boston Globe’s column by one of its assistant editors are just fine.

The story, written by associate editor Victor Paul Alvarez and posted on the website’s “Top News” section last evening, was headlined “Would Anyone Have Noticed if Bartender Succeeded in Poisoning John Boehner?”

“The question is: Would anyone have noticed? Stories about Boehner’s drinking have circulated for years. His drinking inspired a blog called DrunkBoehner, and in 2010 he brought booze back to Washington,” the story read. “Had he been poisoned as planned, perhaps his pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.”

“It’s hate speech,” wrote one commenter. “If a commenter said this about Obama, the FBI would be at their door.”

There was also backlash on Twitter.

“Imagine a plot involving the assassination of Obama getting this sort of treatment from the media,” wrote one tweeter.

Not only would this be considered ‘un-sayable’ about Obama, but even far milder jokes result in threats of Federal probes. People get fired over them.

Whatever you may think of Boehner, the problem here is a double standard. Obama jokes have to be as mild as possible. But you can casually joke about killing Bush or Boehner or Cruz because that’s just good comedy.

That’s not free speech. That’s the ISIS version of free speech in which they’re allowed to post severed heads on Twitter, but no one is allowed to mock Mohammed.

It’s time for the media outlets pretending to defend free speech in France to admit that they don’t believe in at home.

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New #IRSscandal e-mails reveal a very paranoid Lois Lerner

Amy Miller by Amy Miller

Since 2013, we have been investigating charges that the IRS deliberately targeted and discriminated against conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status. Now, watchdog group Judicial Watch has uncovered even more evidence that the Washington office had something to hide during the initial Congressional investigations.

Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner

Today’s document release by Judicial Watch includes evidence that then-IRS official Lois Lerner strongly objected to and attempted to prevent a visit by Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division Deputy Director Joseph H. Grant to the embattled Cincinnati office, which spent time “smack dab in the middle” of Congressional investigations into the IRS targeting of conservatives.

From Judicial Watch:

The newly released documents include an intense chain of emails in which Lerner pleads with Grant, who was a supervisor to her, to “put this [Grant’s planned visit to Cincinnati] off please” at the very time during which both the internal IRS watchdog and Congress were investigating whether the IRS had been inappropriately targeting conservative groups in the months leading up to the 2012 elections. The chain begins with an email from Lerner to Grant, apparently written in response to her learning of the Deputy Director’s planned visit to the Cincinnati office:

• April 4, 2012 – 4:41 PM – Lois Lerner to Joseph Grant:

We just gor an very extensive information request from Imraan [Imraan Khakoo, TE/GE official] –sure looks like op review material. I’m especially concerned that information about pipeline is being asked about … Add to that the fact tha cincinnati is smack dab in the middle of the c4 Congressional inqueries and is about to get a request from TIGTA on all of that, this is NOT a good time to be asking them for anything or to be talking to them about issue in their work. Everyone is stressed to the max and at their wits end, so can we put this off please? [Typos in originals]

• April 4, 2012 – 5:17 PM – Joseph Grant to Lois Lerner:

It is a visit, not an OP review … I am also interested in the questions Imraan sent to them. Some answers should be readily at hand. Others certainly won’t be … The questions just serve as a framework for a broader conversation about how things are going and what is on our respective minds.

• April 4, 2012 – 5:26 PM – Lois Lerner to Joseph Grant:

I get that–but timing would be bad if we have to go to Cincy now. So, I will assume we can go over this here as I get the information I’ve already asked for? Thanks.

Breathe, Lois, breathe!



Anderson Cooper: Biden Probably Watching Gilmore Girls When He Should Have Been at Paris Rally

I hope no one holds their breath until I post something from Letterman again. To the best of my recollection this is a first for me. And it in no way diminishes my revulsion towards him. I would say the sooner he leaves television the better except that idiot  Steven Colbert is replacing him. A scum bag being replace by a dirt bag. Vive La Différence! Not!


Boehner Slams Obama: Reads 22 Instances Obama Said He Couldn’t Legally Do Executive Amnesty


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 Rep. Duffy Schools Costello With CNN’s Poll on Amnesty, Her Own Words

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The Problem with Romney Nostalgia

columnist avatar Jonah Goldberg by Jonah Goldberg

 In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Ill., to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot’s Point, S.C., in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background.

And where was Mitt Romney when he announced on Friday that he was thinking of another run in 2016? He, too, was talking to his base: about 30 deep-pocketed donors in New York City. “Tell your friends,” he said.

You know how superhero flicks often have an extra scene after the credits to hint at what the sequel will be like? Well, this would be the perfect end to the movie “Romney 2012.”

The problem is that “Romney for president” is now an art house film thinking it’s a blockbuster franchise and that there’s a huge market for another sequel. There’s not.

Don’t get me wrong. I wanted him to win in 2012, and I think voters made a serious mistake not following my advice. I’ve met the man, and I know several of his friends and former staffers. He inspires great loyalty in them, and that speaks well of him. He’s an honorable, capable and decent person.

But I know lots of honorable, capable and decent people. I don’t want them to run for president either.

Romney’s support outside his personal network of donors is largely made up of people who lament that he lost the last time around. That — and name recognition — is probably the biggest explanation for why he polls so well. The last poll to include him among the GOP contenders (Fox News, Dec. 16), had him leading the field at 19 percent, with Jeb Bush second at 10 percent.

But the only poll you need to know about was the exit poll of voters in 2012, which asked, “Which one of these four candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted for president?”

Romney won three out of four. On “shares my values,” Romney won 55 to 42. He won on “is a strong leader” 61 to 38. He took “has a vision for the future” 54 to 45.

But in the category “cares about people like me,” Romney lost by a staggering 63 points (81 to 18).


I like Mitt Romney. I voted for Mitt Romney and thought he would make a good president. But his time has come and gone. I won’t vote for him or Jeb Bush. If the GOP can do no better, or move forward then they will not get my vote. I will vote down ticket, and I could never vote for a Democrat, but I will not vote for either of these two men. And I suspect that a great many people of a conservative nature will just stay home and that will allow the Dems to not only win the White House but to win in state legislatures and Governor’s Mansions too. Funny how the Dems that beg for Tea Party and other conservative Republican and Independents vote so often show their contempt for same when they have the majority. Explains why they loose the majority so often in spite of losing to slimy Dems that most of the country don’t even like.

 Quote of the day:

 “These illustrations suggest four general maxims[…].

The first is: remember that your motives are not always as altruistic as they seem to yourself.

The second is: don’t over-estimate your own merits.

The third is: don’t expect others to take as much interest in you as you do yourself.

And the fourth is: don’t imagine that most people give enough thought to you to have any special desire to persecute you.”  ~Bertrand Russell,

White-Out: Where Democrats Lost the House

In 2009, 76 Democrats represented primarily white working-class congressional districts. Just 15 of them are still in the House today.

ron brownstein by Ronald Brownstein

 Republicans have surged to their largest majority in the House of Representatives since before the Great Depression by blunting the Democratic advantage in districts being reshaped by growing racial diversity and consolidating a decisive hold over the seats that are not.

Compared with 2009 and 2010, when Democrats last controlled the House, the Republican majority that takes office this week has essentially held its ground in districts where minorities exceed their share of the national population, a Next America analysis has found. Aided by their control of redistricting after the 2010 census, Republicans over the past three elections have simultaneously established an overwhelming 3-1 advantage in districts where whites exceed their national presence, the analysis shows. Those white-leaning districts split between the parties almost equally during the 111th Congress, in 2009-10.

 A majority of the GOP gains since then have come from the Democrats’ near-total collapse in one set of districts: the largely blue-collar places in which the white share of the population exceeds the national average, and the portion of whites with at least a four-year college degree is less that the national average.
While Republicans held a 20-seat lead in the districts that fit that description in the 111th Congress, the party has swelled that advantage to a crushing 125 seats today. That 105-seat expansion of the GOP margin in these districts by itself accounts for about three-quarters of the 136-seat swing from the Democrats’ 77-seat majority in 2009 to the 59-seat majority Republicans enjoy in the Congress convening now.

The GOP dominance in these predominantly white working-class districts underscores the structural challenge facing Democrats: While the party has repeatedly captured the White House despite big deficits among the working-class white voters who once anchored its electoral coalition, these results show how difficult it will be to recapture the House without improving on that performance. “The question is: Are we at rock bottom here?” says Tom Bonier, CEO of the Democratic voter targeting firm TargetSmart Communications.


Something to think about:


The Importance of Blasphemy

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

As a deeply religious person, I don’t like blasphemy. My religion and its holy books are sacred to me. And I understand perfectly well why a Muslim would not care for a cartoon of a naked Mohammed.

But the debates over freedom of speech and the sensitivity of religious feelings also miss the point.

For non-Muslims, the right to blasphemy is also the right to believe. While we may think of blasphemy in terms of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, each religion is also mutually blasphemous.

Muslims argue that the West should “respect prophets” by outlawing insults to Mohammed and a panoply of prophets that it gathered from Judaism and Christianity. But Islam considers the Christian view of Jesus to be blasphemous and Christianity considers Islam’s view of Jesus equally blasphemous.

If we were to truly prosecute blasphemy, the legal system would have to pick a side between the two religions and either prosecute Christians for blaspheming against Islam or Muslims for blaspheming against Christianity. And indeed in Muslim countries, Christians are frequently accused of blasphemy.

Malaysia’s blasphemy laws were used to ban Christians from employing the word “Allah” for god and to seize children’s books depicting Noah and Moses. The reason for seizing the children’s books was the same as the reason for the attack on Charlie Hebdo; both featured cartoons of prophets.

While Charlie Hebdo pushed the outer limits of blasphemy, every religion that is not Islam, and even various alternative flavors of Islam, is also blasphemous relative to Islam.

It isn’t only secularist cartoonists who blaspheme against Islam. “Mohammed seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure,” St. Thomas Aquinas wrote. Maimonides called him a madman.

To Bill Donohue, there may be a world of difference between Charlie Hebdo and Aquinas, but not to Islam.

In a multi-religious society in which every religion has its own variant theological streams, the right to blaspheme is also the right to believe. Liberal theology can contrive interchangeable beliefs which do not contradict or claim special knowledge over any other religion. But traditionalist faiths are exclusive.

Everyone’s religion is someone else’s blasphemy. If we forget that, we need only look to Saudi Arabia, where no other religion is allowed, as a reminder.


I have never seen the need to blaspheme against another’s religion. Let them believe what they believe so long as they allow me the same tolerance. But, and this is a big but, I find the blasphemy of “worshiping” some tawdry politician, from any party at any time, the ultimate blasphemy and it disgusts me. I “like” some politicians. I even respect a few. But worship? How can anyone be that stupid?

Settle for Hillary: Elizabeth Warren not “going” to run for President

Remember when Obama said he wasn’t going to run? Sleep well, Hillary, sleep well.

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

Until now, it’s been purely present tense.

“I am not running for President.”

The tea leaf readers were undeterred, insisting that Warren had not ruled out running in the future.

BREAKING: A possible twist.

Someone asked Warren if she is “going to run” for President, and she said “No.”

Granted, the words “going to run” did not come from her mouth, but were built into the question, but she did say “No.”


Obama Gains a New Watchdog

Keith Kofflerby Keith Koffler

Veteran journalist Joseph Curl is applying the talents he used to make the Drudge Report so exciting to a new venture, Joseph Curl’s Right Read, the latest entrant into the conservative news aggregator club.

For several years, until the latter part of 2014, Curl helped Matt Drudge keep the Drudge Report at the top of the heap, working the crucial weekday morning shift where he chose the stories that drove the day’s news.


From Governor Scott Walker’s State of the State Speech

Gov. Scott Walker zings Christie: ‘Had plenty of fun hugging owners in the stands at Lambeau Field!’

Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker managed to deliver his state of the state speech in just 28 minutes Tuesday night but managed to cover a lot of ground. As did New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon, Walker managed to work in some shots at Washington, D.C., as well as at fellow governors who are shaping up to be contenders in 2016.


Here’s the speech:



The Good the Bad and the Bullshit

Bogus ‘1 in 3 Men Would Commit Rape’ Study Discredits Itself in Opening Sentence, Goes Downhill From There

columnist avatar Tom Blumer by Tom Blumer

The feminist-leftist fever swamp is apparently thrilled to have learned of a North Dakota University “study” purporting to show that almost one in 3 college men would commit rape “if nobody would ever know and there wouldn’t be any consequences.”

I’ll get to the study’s specifics shortly, but first want to note that the work, published in December, automatically discredited itself in its body’s opening paragraph: This “one in five” statistic was already discredited months before “Denying Rape but Endorsing Forceful Intercourse: Exploring Differences Among Responders” was published.

In June, columnist George Will demonstrated that the statistic could not possibly be true (bolds are mine throughout this post):

The administration’s crucial and contradictory statistics are validated the usual way, by official repetition; Joe Biden has been heard from. The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12 percent of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12 percent reporting rate is correct, the 20 percent assault rate is preposterous. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute notes, for example, that in the four years 2009 to 2012 there were 98 reported sexual assaults at Ohio State. That would be 12 percent of 817 total out of a female student population of approximately 28,000, for a sexual assault rate of approximately 2.9 percent — too high but nowhere near 20 percent.


When did facts or honesty ever interest a liberal?

Muslim Mayor to Fellow Muslims: If You Don’t Like ‘Freedoms’ of the West, ‘Pack Your Bags and F*** Off’


 Well Hallelujah – a decent Muslim with guts. I had begun to think none existed. First al Sisi and now this brave man. Let’s hope their courage will inspire other decent Muslims.

MSNBC Stunned By White House Refusal to Label Paris Attack as Islamic Extremism

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  Islamic State says publication of new cartoon was an ‘extremely stupid’ act

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Tuesday’s Tuna Fish

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New Year’s Irresolution

thomas_sowell by Thomas Sowell

President Barack Obama’s absence from the great gathering in Paris of national leaders from other countries, to show their solidarity with France in its opposition to Islamic terrorists, was another sign of the Obama administration’s continuing irresolution in the face of terror.

Even the recent courageous message of Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, calling on his fellow Muslims around the world to “revolutionize” the interpretation of Islam, to make it more compatible with peaceful relations with other peoples, put no steel in the spine of Barack Obama.

From his earliest days in the White House, our president has downplayed the terrorist threat from Islamic extremists. He declared victory as he pulled American troops out of Iraq, setting the stage for a huge defeat when ISIS moved in to create their own new government, on both Iraqi and Syrian soil — while committing atrocities against men, women and children not seen since the days of the Nazis.

Undaunted, President Obama has since reaffirmed his determination to similarly pull American troops out of Afghanistan, with a similar declaration that they are no longer needed. He proceeds as if he can declare a war over when it suits the political convenience of his administration.


Someone needs to tattoo this paragraph on Obama’s clueless head:

But a war is not over until the enemy stops fighting. The terrorist enemies of Iraq and Afghanistan are enemies of the United States as well. ISIS has left no doubt of that by beheading Americans and spreading the videotapes of these beheadings for the enjoyment of like-minded people in the Middle East and beyond.

Quote of the day:

 “We create our fate every day . . . most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behavior.” ~ Henry Miller

How the West Destroyed Libya

Raymond Ibrahim by Raymond Ibrahim

The full impact of Western intervention in Libya was recently highlighted during a televised interview of Worlds Apart with guest Hanne Nabintu Herland, a Norwegian author and historian who was born and raised in Africa for 20 years.

At one point while talking about Libya, Herland firmly asserted that:

In a just world, the political leaders in the West, that have done such atrocities towards other nations and other cultures, should have been sent to the Hague [International Criminal Court], and judged at the Hague, for atrocities against humanity.

Before that, the African-born, Norwegian author said:

Libya is the worst example of Western countries’ assault in modern history; it’s a horrible thing to be a European intellectual and to watch your own political leaders go ahead and engage in something like this.  In Norway, for example, when it comes to something like the Libyan war … [political leaders] sent MSM messages to the other people in parliament; it was never a discussion in parliament, it was an MSM saying “Let’s bomb because someone called from America.”  We [Norway] bombed 588 bombs over roads, and water, and cities in Libya at that time.  And we had a large documentary in Norway, after that, where the fighters, the pilots that flew over Libya and dropped these bombs, they actually said in the documentary that “We were sent up and we weren’t even told what to bomb—just bomb something that looks valuable.”

Herland also pointed out that, according to UN figures, Gaddafi’s Libya was once the most prosperous nation in Africa. While Oksana Boyko, the host, sometimes disagreed with Herland, she agreed about the West’s counterproductive role, pointing out that Gaddafi “was very active in trying to advance women’s rights, he brought a lot of women into universities and the labor force [a thing few people in the West know, as usual, thanks to the “MSM”] and now what people and women in Libya are facing is Sharia [Islamic law], with the possibility of some of them being sold to ISIS fighters as virgin brides.”


Something to think about:

Most of our cowardly media in action:


Something more to think about:

Someone please tell me this is just a joke and that a United State Senator, even one from California said something this stupid. Has she been hanging out with Representative Hank Johnson, he of the tipping over of Guam, in the Dummy corner?

Is the White House a ‘Sleeper Cell’?

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

I’m still trying to figure out why Obama — or any high-level U. S.  government official other than Eric Holder, who was in Paris but evidently had better things to do — didn’t join the nearly 4 million people who marched throughout France protesting the terror killings at #CharlieHebdo and the Hyper Cacher market.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest has admitted the mistake and apologized (perhaps a little wishy-washily, but we’ll give him a pass), informing us that, unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time to arrange presidential security for the trip.

That’s interesting.  Somehow there was time for security for 40 or so other world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel (arguably the most highly regarded politician on the planet at the moment and the de facto president of the EU), the UK’s David Cameron, Spain’s Mariano Rajoy and even Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu (probably a considerably bigger target than Obama these days and not exactly welcomed by France’s President Hollande, if reports are correct).  Of course, the “American president” is supposedly more important but — correct me if I’m wrong — Obama was not originally so gung-ho on American exceptionalism [3], equating it with British exceptionalism and Greek exceptionalism, etc., etc.  All countries, after all, feel they are exceptional.

Well, he’s changed his mind  on this several times, so who’s to say? And there was a game on. I’m a sports fan, too, tennis more than football (wimpy, huh?), so I understand.  You’d have trouble prying me away from the Australian Open when it starts next week. (Djokovic and Nadal ain’t so wimpy.) But still, in the event of one of the biggest and ugliest terror events in recent years, if I were president,  I hope I’d TiVo a couple of rounds.

Just yesterday I theorized  the real reason Obama didn’t go is he just couldn’t put the words “Islamic” and “terrorism” together in one sentence even if, forgive the tired image, it hit him in the face. (The exception of course being when insisting that something is NOT Islam.)  He just can’t handle it after nearly fifty years of virtually non-stop anti-imperialist programming.  His mind would fly apart if he had to utter the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” which French PM Valls, and any honest person, was quite willing to do.

Now I admit that was just a supposition.  Just because I’ve never heard him link Islam and terror doesn’t mean in his heart of hearts he doesn’t.  Though not a genius, he does have an IQ in triple digits and sees what’s right in front of his nose, I assume.  He just interprets it differently.  But why?

Is someone whispering in his ear?

Senator Dianne Feinstein has just informed us that, yes, there are Islamic terror sleeper cells in our midst  in the USA.  If that’s true, I wonder why Feinstein wasted so much of her time wounding the CIA [7]during the last weeks of her tenure as Senate Intelligence Committee chair, but never mind.  Could there be one of those cells in the White House?


Lafayette, We Are Not Here

Peggy Noonan by Peggy Noonan

It was not a missed public relations opportunity. PR is the showbiz of life, and that is not what this is.

Here are the reasons the president of the United States, or at very least the vice president, should have gone yesterday to the Paris march and walked shoulder to shoulder with the leaders of the world:

To show through his presence that the American people fully understand the import of what happened in the Charlie Hebdo murders, which is that Islamist extremists took the lives of free men and women who represented American and Western political freedoms, including freedom of speech;

To show through his presence that America and the West, and whatever nations choose to proclaim adherence to their democratic values, will stand together in rejecting and resisting extremist Islamist intolerance and violence;

To demonstrate the shared understanding that the massacre may amount to a tipping point, whereby those who protect and put forward Western political values will insist upon them in their sphere and ask their Muslim fellow citizens to walk side by side with them in shared public commitment;

To formally acknowledge the deep sympathy we feel that France, our oldest ally, suffered in the Charlie Hebdo murders a psychic shock akin to what America felt and suffered on 9/11/01. The day after our tragedy, the great French newspaper Le Monde ran an unforgettable cover with an editorial of affection and love titled Nous sommes tous Américains: “We are all Americans.” That was an echo of what our American doughboys, who went to France in 1917 to save it, famously said as they landed: “Lafayette, we are here.” Gen. Lafayette had been our first foreign friend and fought alongside Washington when we needed friends, in 1776. Is it sentimental to note this? Great nations run in part on sentiment.

For these reasons and more, Mr. President, Paris was worth a march.



 No Longer the Leader of the Free World

columnist avatar Jonathan S Tobin by Jonathan S. Tobin

Perhaps President Obama instinctively understood that any mass unity rally in Paris would be more of a feel-good photo-op than a genuine response to Islamist terror or anti-Semitic violence. Perhaps the Secret Service sought to veto an impromptu visit from the president or even Vice President Biden on security grounds.

But whatever the reasons for the decision not to send a high-level American representative to the event in Paris, it told us something important about this administration’s approach to the relevant issues as well as about this president.

By choosing to stay away from the march, the United States expressed not only its public disdain for the effort to respond to the rising tide of hate, but the president also demonstrated that he doesn’t understand that being the leader of the free world occasionally requires him to show up even when he’d rather stay home. The symbolism of the boycott illustrated very clearly why Obama is the first American president since World War Two to publicly disdain that title.




The Good the Bad and the Bullshit

 Shorter Howard Fineman: Forget Obama, At Least George Clooney Spoke for U.S.

Ken Shepherdby Ken Shepherd

While admitting that it was a shame that President Obama was a no-show for Sunday’s unity rally in Paris, MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman offered that actor George Clooney’s “Je Suis Charlie” speech at Sunday evening’s Golden Globes award show was in some sense just as well a representation of America’s solidarity with France.

Fineman made the remarks during a January 12 Hardball roundtable discussion about the Golden Globes, to which cinemaphile Chris Matthews assented.


Yeah Howard, the United States needs some damn actor to speak for it. An actor that I personally cannot stand. I have always thought he was second rate – acting, speaking and using dozens of women over the years as arm candy. One, of many, reasons I never watch “The Five” anymore is the sight of the disgusting gushing about Clooney make me nauseous.
Are you serious that he speaks for the USA? What a buffoon. But then Fineman is a buddy of Matthews so buffoonery is the order of the day.


A new study has found that watching Fox News can make you more conservative and watching MSNBC can make you more liberal. And watching CNN can make you think that no plane has ever safely reached its destination. ~ Conan O’Brien

Biden Has Other, Very Important Work To Do

Keith Koffler by Keith Koffler

Okay, I get it. Vice President Biden failed to attend the march in Paris because he has very important things to do. A man like Biden cannot possibly have time to get his ass over to Paris on a moment’s notice.

This from the White House today:

Vice President Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC on January 26, 2015.  The Vice President looks forward to welcoming Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance, and donor coordination.

I mean, we’re talking cleaner and sustainable energy in the Caribbean, okay? I don’t know what you think the priorities of the United States government should be, but this is first on my list.


Jake Tapper: President Of France Was First To Visit U.S. After 9/11


State Dept. Stumbles for Six Minutes Trying to Explain Paris No-Show By US Officials


The Last Stuff:

 More Departures at Politico

New editor continues to lose staffers
Alana Goodman by Alana Goodman


Another Monday Mourning

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Cartoon of the day:

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#BarackNEstPasCharlie: Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris?

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

It’s sounds like one of Kipling’s “Just So” stories — “Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris?” … for the #JeSuisCharlie march that brought out millions, including many world leaders, in an attempt to unify all against terrorism.  None of his high-level associates went either – no vice-president, no secretary of State (although John Kerry did express condolences in his supposedly fluent French. Je me demande….).  AG Eric Holder was in Paris and reported to be attending  but at the last moment demurred. He was in a “meeting” — with whom was never specified because most of the world’s leadership was marching in the streets.

So why didn’t POTUS show up?  A liberal friend emailed me that it was admittedly a “political mistake.”  ”Political,” yes, but “mistake”?  I doubt the decision was made innocently or even faintly by mistake.   Obama is a man known for his political expediency more than anything, indeed above anything, and also for being a constant campaigner.  It was obvious that going to Paris would have been good public relations and that therefore not attending was a deliberate choice.

There had to have been a reason for his non-attendance and the bizarre dissing of this event by his administration. I believe it stems from this: There are two words our president seems constitutionally unable to put together — “Islamic” and “terrorism.”  For Obama (and, as a sideshow, the zany Howard Dean), these terms are mutually exclusive, an oxymoron.  Appearing in Paris, Obama might be put in the unusual position of having to link them, our complaisant press rarely having the nerve to ask such an impertinent question.  Holder, in a television interview from Paris (I think it was CNN — there have been so many), danced around the question, hemming and hawing as if he couldn’t quite make out what was being said or had been asked an embarrassing question about  IRS emails.


 Quote of the day:

 James Madison The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. ~ James Madison

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s ‘Berlin Wall’ 

The woman insiders describe as the president’s “real chief of staff” keeps out bad news and new ideas. 

columnist avatar John Fund by John Fund

Valerie Jarrett: Israeli strikes on civilians wrong

Valerie Jarrett

It’s high time the news media paid more attention to Valerie Jarrett. An old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama’s, she exercises unusual influence in the White House as a “senior adviser.” Many in Washington believe that she is at the heart of the disappointment the Obama administration has become. They are unwilling to say so in public. But the evidence keeps piling up.

O ne who is isn’t afraid to speak up is Steven Brill, the author of a searing new book analyzing American health care called “America’s Bitter Pill.” Brill is a liberal and still thinks that Obamacare should have been passed. But in his exhaustively researched book (he spoke with 243 people over a 27-month period), he slams “incompetence in the White House” for the catastrophic launch of Obamacare in 2013: “Never [has there] been a group of people who more incompetently launched something.”

During an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” last week, he lay much of the blame at Jarrett’s doorstep. “The people in the administration who knew it was going wrong went to the president directly with memos, in person, to his chief of staff,” he told NPR’s Terry Gross. But “the president was protected, mostly by Valerie Jarrett, from doing anything.” Although Obama had no idea of the issues until they ultimately reared their head, he still bears the blame, Brill said. “At the end of the day, he’s responsible. . . . The president, whatever we can say about him on policy and on giving speeches, as a manager, he failed. He didn’t know what was going on in the single most important initiative of his administration.”

How important is Jarrett inside the Obama White House? Brill was able to interview the president about the struggles of Obamacare and reports that he concluded: “At this point, I am not so interested in Monday morning quarterbacking the past.”

That must be one reason Jarrett is still at his side, in the same outsize role she’s held since both arrived in D.C. in January 2009. How outsize? Brill told the president that five of the highest-ranking Obama officials had told him that “as a practical matter . . . Jarrett was the real chief of staff on any issues that she wanted to weigh in on, and she jealously protected that position by making sure the president never gave anyone else too much power.” When Brill asked the president about these aides’ assessment of Jarrett, Obama “declined comment,” Brill wrote in his book. That, in and of itself, is an answer.


Something to think about:


Cuba’s president Raul Castro reminded Cubans that Cuba will remain a communist country despite closer U.S. relations. They are sporting in their own way. If you speak out against Cuba’s government, they only jail you, they don’t label you a racist and drop you from Academy consideration.

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Barack Obama’s French kiss-off

The president’s decision to skip the Paris march raises eyebrows.

Edward-Isaac Dovere by Edward-Isaac Dovere

Don’t look for the president or vice president among the photos of 44 heads of state who locked arms and marched down Boulevard Voltaire in Paris. Nor did they join a companion march the French Embassy organized in Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Indeed, Obama’s public reactions to the attacks in Paris last week have been muted. His initial response Wednesday to the killing of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices was delivered as he sat calmly in an armchair in the Oval Office speaking about the “cowardly” acts and defending freedom of the press. Two days later, as a gunman took hostages and went on to kill four people in a kosher grocery, Obama took a few seconds away from a community college proposal roll-out in Tennessee because he said with events unfolding, “I wanted to make sure to comment on them” — but never then or afterward specifically condemned that attack.



The Sword Is Mightier Than the Pen

Kurt Schlichter by Kurt Schlichter

The world is being rocked by a rash of “workplace violence,” though what the Administration believes the Koran has against workplaces remains unclear. Those who eschew the willful blindness of the cowardly and foolish see clearly that the Islamofascist freaks are running up the body count across the globe. The question is what, if anything, are we going to do about it?

Vigils are nice. People get together, hold candles, talk about solidarity and hug, and thereby reinforce the view that Western civilization has lost the intestinal fortitude that kept the jihadi hordes from overrunning Europe during the Middle Ages and that has kept a lid on these fanatics ever since. It’s nice to pick up a pen – as we will see, writing, persuasion and mockery are all vital supporting efforts in the counter-offensive in what Senator Lindsey Graham accurately told Hugh Hewitt is “a religious war.” But it’s necessary to pick up a rifle.

No, it’s not a religious war on our part, but it’s a flat out lie to say it’s not a religious war on theirs. And it is a war to the death. Given my druthers, all-in-all, I’d prefer that the jihadis do the dying.

The pen is not mightier than the sword, or more aptly, the M4 carbine, the 2000-pound JDAM bomb or the Hellfire missile. The way to win a war is to kill the enemy until he surrenders. That’s it. The Romans’ rules of engagement were simple: “Wipe them out.” Two thousand years later, Carthage still isn’t a threat, while a couple years after terrorists massacred four Americans, Benghazi still is.


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The Good the Bad and the Bullshit

Code Pink Gets Reuters Coverage — For a Protest Group of 20

columnist avatar Tom Blumerby Tom Blumer

 The ability of tiny numbers of far-left fringe group demonstrators to get undue press attention virtually any time they want continues to be intensely annoying. In mid-2007, Barack Obama made closing the prison at Guantanmo Bay a core promise of his 2008 campaign. That was 7-1/2 years ago.

Obama has been in office six years. Gitmo is still open. So naturally, the aggrieved professional protesters at Code Pink organized a demonstration against Gitmo remaining active on yesterday’s 13th anniversary of the prison’s opening — at former Vice President Dick Cheney’s house. They got far more ink and bandwidth than they deserved from the press, including Reuters — i.e., far more than nothing.


I think the attention these lunatics got was more about another chance for the media to take a swipe at Cheney then the tiny protest group. Not that the media doesn’t love this bunch of lice – it does, but not as much as they still hate Cheney. I loathe him too but except when he’s foolish enough to damage the GOP by running his mouth I ignore his sorry old ass.

Obamacare and the Irritation Factor

Scott Rasmussen by Scott Rasmussen

As we enter 2015, the politics of the president’s health care law are little changed from last year or the year before, or any year since it was passed. The details change with the calendar, but year after year, the law remains a major drag on President Obama’s popularity and legacy.

Defenders of the law commonly known as Obamacare continue to believe the law will eventually become popular and point to a growing number of people with insurance as proof the law is working. Sooner or later, they reason, those who receive insurance through the healthcare exchanges will express their gratitude in the voting booth.

But that’s not going to happen. Why? Partly because the irritation factor has been and will continue to be far more significant than most advocates of the law want to admit.""



De Blasio Is a Lesson New Yorkers Need to Learn

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

New York City shouldn’t exist. Its population of waiters waiting to become actors, professors waiting to write bestsellers, muggers waiting to become drug kingpins, welfare cases waiting for American Idol and cyclists waiting to become international humanitarians are the natural constituency of the left.

Like every major city in the last fifty years, New York City is caught between a progressive death wish to embrace every single insane policy of the left from midnight basketball for crackheads to a 99 percent tax on everyone who has a job and the common sense competence that keeps it afloat.

Every election is another opportunity for the city to commit suicide. After decades in which the voters elected candidates who wouldn’t completely destroy their city and then salt the earth with their tears, a small decisive percentage of New Yorkers put a gun to the head of their city and fired a bullet named Bill de Blasio into its brain.

Like most brutal incidents in the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio won’t kill New York City. His term in office will be another painful learning experience. Every few decades New Yorkers lose their street sense and let a progressive take over. And then when his term is up, the city is out of money, everyone has been mugged at least once and nothing works, they kick him out again.

It’s a generational ritual that lets seasoned New Yorkers look back in horror at the days of Lindsay or Dinkins and now De Blasio. While the New York Times gushes adoringly over his every insane new policy, without noticing that they were all badly translated from the original Russian, his true function is to become a cautionary tale about the dangers of voting your politics instead of your pocketbook.

Bill de Blasio declared war on Central Park carriage horses, put cell phones back in schools, put criminals back in public housing, housed homeless in neighborhoods across the city, went to war with the few city schools that worked and went to war with the police.

And for an encore, he banned packing peanuts.



Holder’s homily

Scott Johnson by Scott Johnson

Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris yesterday. He had time to make the rounds of the Sunday morning gabfests, but not the million-strong remembrance march with more than 40 heads of state from around the world that was taking place outside the studio. Both the New York Post and the New York Daily News notes Holder’s absence from the march.

The gabfest maestros could have asked what Holder was doing talking to them rather than participating in the march. For some reason, however, they didn’t ask. They won’t say it, but I will: they coulda been contenders.

They did ask Holder whether we are at war with radical Islam; Holder came prepared to answer that question. As he put it to Todd (video below) and to Stephanopoulos (transcript and video here):

Well, I certainly think that we are at war with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith in the way that they do, to try to justify their terrorist actions.

So that’s who we are at — at war with. And we are determined to take the fight to them to prevent them from engaging in these kinds of activities.

Our president has indicated that we will be calling, on February the 18th, a summit, so that we deal with better ways in which we can counter violent extremism and really get at the core, come up with ways in which we prevent people from adhering to, being attracted to this terrorist ideology.

We certainly have to work, I think, in a dual way. We need to confront people who engage in these acts, hold them accountable. But we also have to somehow come up with a counter-narrative that too many people, especially young men, find attractive.

And, as I said, February the 18th, the White House will host a summit that I announced at the meeting here today in Paris.

I think that’s a “no.”


Chik-Fil-A Gets Attention For Act Of Kindness


The Last Stuff:

Everywhere I see “Je Suis Charlie”.

Caroline Schaeffer by KenoshaMarge

Je Suis my ass! For many of those pretending they stand in solidarity with those who gave their lives for their belief in free speech this phrase is disgusting on so many levels.

Many are the PC police who pounce every time someone says something that may be offensive to someone. Live with it you clowns. Free speech includes the right to say offensive things. Just as free speech gives others the right to voice their indignation about what someone else said. Hell, I do it all the time.

Most of what spews from politician’s mouths, ditto talking heads, offends me on some level. Does that give me the right to keep them from speaking? Are we such a nation of delicate little flowers that we cannot tolerate something that offends us?

I believe that there are many such delicate sensibilities on our campuses today. That doesn’t stop them from spewing the most vile things themselves but in academia freedom of speech means freedom to speak what <I>they</I> like. The rest of us needs to sit down and shut up.

The number of speakers who have been “disinvited” to speak on campuses is repulsive. The delicate darlings don’t want people who might say something they don’t like to be able to say it at all, at least not at some of our institutions of higher learning. Institutions which are no longer any such thing.

Universities were once places where our your went to learn and to learn how to think – not what to think. A healthy diversity of ideas seems as important to me as a healthy diversity of cultures and skin colors.

I don’t know where this country is going. I do know where it’s been headed for too many years. Obama and his liberal cohorts, along with a corrupt media has only hastened that direction.

Does the last election mean that people are starting to wake up? Maybe. Will the horror at what happened in Paris wake up others who have failed to see, or worse yet excused the terrorists? I don’t know.

I do know that if we don’t take our freedom of expression seriously we will lose it. And the idea of people like Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Boxer and other lefty lunatics telling us what we can say, and then it will be what we can think, scares the panties off me. And it’s way to cold in my neck of the woods to be running around without panties. An old lady could get pneumonia.

Gary Varvel


Sunday’s Sump Pump


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As If On Cue…

Derek Hunter by Derek Hunter

 The blood wasn’t yet dry in the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo before progressives started with the moral equivalences between Islamofascists and people in the United State who dare defy their orthodoxy of the left.

This is how the modern left works – no act, no matter how barbaric, is as bad as opposing their political desire. In many ways, in most ways actually, the American progressive left is radical Islam, only with a slightly smaller body count.

Freedom of speech, the “spark” that lit off the attack on the French satirical newspaper, is under assault from the progressive left even more so than it is Islamofascists. While extremist Muslims seek to forbid any criticism of Islam, the American left seeks to forbid any language, discussion or dissention that criticizes anything deemed progressive.

Conservative on a college campus? Good luck. Daniel Mael committed this unforgivable sin at Brandeis University and is paying for it. Progressives aren’t trying to take his lift, only ruin it.

Mael wrote a piece for Truth Revolt documenting what a fellow Brandeis student publicly tweeted after two New York City police officers were assassinated by a progressive anti-cop protester. Khadijah Lynch wrote, “i have no sympathy for the nypd who were murdered today.” She followed that the next day with, “Imao, all i just don’t really have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist fucking country.” Charming, right?


 Quote of the day:

 Harry S. Truman “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” ~ Harry S. Truman

Red State Renaissance

Mercedes-Benz headquarters’ move to Atlanta is a sign of economic growth in red states

Peter Roff by Peter Roff

Daimler AG’s decision to move the U.S. headquarters of its Mercedes-Benz division from Montvale, New Jersey – where it has been since 1972 – to a site in the suburbs outside Atlanta is yet another sign that the rules of the old economic order are being rewritten thanks to the demands of the new economy.

While once quite different from the states on either side of it New Jersey has become a haven for the same kind of tax, spend and regulate approach to government that hampers the business climate in places like New York, long considered the East Coast archetype of the liberal welfare state.

In the old order, elites in business, government and labor cooperated on schemes heavy on central planning to keep the economy humming, preserve peace between labor and management and keep jobs from moving. Increasingly, however, that approach no longer works. Mercedes is moving despite what the Wall Street Journal described as “a significant incentive package” offered by New Jersey to keep the company from relocating.

Simply put, the climate for business is better in Georgia – at least that’s what company officials concluded despite the Garden State’s offer of a special deal.


Something to think about:

America’s First Navy SEAL Congressman Puts Obama Foreign Policy on Full Blast Over Islamic Terror

Caroline Schaeffer by Caroline Schaeffer

Freshman U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) served our country for over 20 years with the Navy and as a member of the elite SEAL Team 6. When he got to Washington, it didn’t take him long to see the glaring problem facing western nations.

Zinke told The Washington Free Beacon that the Obama administration’s mishandling of terrorist threats is putting our security at risk.

“This administration’s inaction and lack of commitment and resolve in fighting ISIS provides fuel for terrorism. It gives them hope that they can win and it has ramifications worldwide.”

The congressman cited the Paris Charlie Hebdo attack as evidence that terrorists are getting bolder in challenging the west. He says the Obama administration’s failure to view these attacks as “asymmetrical warfare” could ease the path for terrorists to encroach into Western Civilization.

“There’s a reason why we’re in retreat everywhere across the globe. This administration has consistently acted from a viewpoint that you can negotiate with terrorism. You cannot negotiate with organizations that are based on an ideology whose core is to destroy the West and America,” Zinke said. “To me there is no doubt, inaction abroad emboldens actions on the home front. They are related.”

Sanctions and air campaigns won’t send a strong enough message to the likes of ISIS, Zinke insisted.



City needs NYPD as a guard against terror

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

They are the best of the good guys. Over the last two decades, the incredibly brave and resourceful members of the NYPD saved thousands of lives and the city itself.

Now they must do it again.

The horrific bloodshed in France marks a frightening escalation in the terrorists’ war against Western civilization. The military-style commando raids on a magazine and a kosher market brought battlefield tactics to soft urban targets. The ruthlessness was purposeful, the victims deliberately selected.

The lethal firepower, combined with the certainty that terrorists want to carry out greater attacks in New York, changes everything. The enforcement slowdown that grew out of the police feud with Mayor de Blasio must be set aside.

This is an emergency. New Yorkers are in the cross hairs of Islamist mad dogs, and only the NYPD can keep us safe.

I say this as someone who thinks the dispute between cops and the mayor is as one-sided as an argument can get. The cops are fundamentally right and de Blasio is fundamentally wrong.

His race-baiting rhetoric, his embrace of Al Sharpton, his support for the thuggish, ­anti-police protesters, his policies of handcuffing cops in many ways — all these are disgraceful and dangerous. No mayor in history has ever put himself so squarely against law enforcement.

The assassination of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos is testament to the contagion of the war on cops. As Police Commissioner Bill Bratton put it, the double assassination was a “direct spinoff” of the protests.

The police are right to hold the mayor in contempt. In an ordinary time, it would be understandable that their feeling of betrayal would lead them into a defensive crouch. Screw you, they say, as they back off to protect themselves because he won’t.

But this is no ordinary time. Thanks to al Qaeda, Islamic State and terrorist franchises throughout the Mideast and Africa, the jihadist movement is metastasizing. It grows emboldened with each attack in Europe and America, and wall-to-wall news coverage inadvertently serves as a recruitment tool. Their “success” is defined by carnage and fear.


This section really caught my eye:

A reader named Nikki scorches President Obama’s campaign-style appearances last week during the Paris terror attacks.

“He’s smiling & happy-go-lucky, with no gravitas, just like after the first American was beheaded and five minutes later, he’s on the golf course,” she writes. “Is he mentally ill?”

No, Nikki. His problem is worse than mental illness. He’s hollow. There’s no there there, and no cure.

Robert Ariail

Will the Last Jew Leaving France Please Turn Out the Lights?

 Rick Moran by Rick Moran

A tipping point for French Jews appears to have been reached with the attack on a Jewish grocery store and subsequent taking of hostages by al-Qaeda terrorists. Already feeling alone and under siege, Jews in France have been leaving the country for several years by the thousands. But the attacks, the murders, the kidnappings, the bombing of synagogues, and the threats have convinced French Jews that they can no longer be safe in their own country due to the rise of antisemitism.

France is the most antisemitic country in Europe. Jews were the target of 40% of racist crimes in 2013 despite making up only 1% of the population. This has precipitated a mass exodus of Jews that has accelerated this year.

It’s believed that more than 100,000 French Jews have left the country in the last few years. At the start of the decade, there were 500,000 Jews in France — the most in the EU. How many will be in France by the end of the decade?

Stephen Pollard writes:

From being the largest Jewish community in the EU at the start of this decade, with a population of around 500,000, it is expected by Jewish community leaders to have fallen to 400,000 within a few years. That figure is thought by some to be too optimistic. Anecdotally, every French Jew I know has either already left or is working out how to leave.

Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet refusenik who is now chair of the Jewish Agency Chairman, said last year that 2,254 French Jews moved to Israel during the first five months of 2014, against only 580 in all of 2013. That is a staggering 289 per cent increase, but in recent months the figure is thought to have increased exponentially.

The number expected to leave this year for Israel was estimated at over 10,000 – and that was before today’s events. And that is just to Israel. Many are coming to Britain as part of the wider French exodus under President Hollande.

David Tibi, the then leader of Paris’s main Jewish umbrella group, left last July. As he told the Jewish Chronicle: “There is an atmosphere of anti-Semitism in the streets. My daughter was attacked in the tramway, so was my son. The aggressors made anti-semitic comments and Michael Ramirezpushed them around. We no longer have a place in France.”

The Jewish school shooting in Toulouse in 2012, in which four people were murdered at point blank range by a French-born jihadist trained in the Middle East; the growing support for Marine Le Pen’s National Front; and the mass popularity of anti-Semitic public figures such as comedian Dieudonné, are all part of the undercurrent of anti-Semitism that frames French life. And more recently synagogues have firebombed and Jewish areas attacked by mobs.

Almost of all these attacks have been carried out by Muslims.

Pollard, publisher of The Jewish Chronicle,, also said, “It is the largest emigration of Jews anywhere since the war. That’s a simple fact.”


And when the good decent Jewish citizens leave the anti-Semites will be stuck with the murdering Jihadists they so lionize. Will they come to their senses in time? Doubtful. Because if you are sick enough in mind and soul to be anti-Semitic there is little hope for you.

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The Good the Bad and the Bullshit

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Calls Charlie Hebdo Terrorists ‘Activists’

columnist avatar Tom Blumer by Tom Blumer

The list of unhinged statements and rants coming from left-leaning journalists in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris is getting miles long. Among them all, one especially sticks out. In one of the earliest retreats to twisted, gutless characterizations of the Charlie Hebdo terrorists, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who is also ABC’s global affairs anchor, called them “activists.” Greg Gutfeld of Fox News commented on Amanpour’s annihilation of the English langauge and went after the “fear of (right-wing) backlash” mindset on Friday.

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It’s difficult to believe that even anti-Semite central, aka, CNN would continue to put this unhinged lunatic on the air. She’s offensive and a radical Islamist cheerleader at the best of times. At this point in time she is repulsive.

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Free Speech: Putting Our Own House in Order

Carl M. Cannon by Carl M. Cannon

In 2005, Flemming Rose, the culture editor at Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, formulated a response to several acts of censorship—including when a group of imams urged Denmark’s prime minister to shelter Islam from the vagaries of a free press. Rose invited all 25 members of the Danish political cartoonists association to “draw Muhammad as you see him.”

A dozen accepted the assignment and all 12 cartoons were published in Jyllands-Posten.

 Then all hell broke loose.

The cartoons did not attack Islam; most of them did not even make fun of Muhammad. Two actually spoofed Jyllands-Posten for the exercise itself. Another drawing showed the Prophet with horns, but as Viking adornments—Muhammad the Scandinavian. The most memorable cartoons assailed Islamic terrorism, one humorously, the other with chilling simplicity.

The light-hearted cartoon depicted Muhammad as Saint Peter at heaven’s gate, telling a line of suicide bombers, “Stop. Stop. We have run out of virgins.” The other simply showed Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. The most prescient cartoon had the Prophet gazing at his likeness in a newspaper while telling two angry, sword-wielding minions, “Relax, guys, it’s just a sketch made by a Dane in the southwest of Denmark.”

Denmark’s Islamic clerics did the opposite of relax. They put the drawings in a booklet, added several faked, much more incendiary cartoons that had never appeared in the paper, and headed to Muslim capitals to incited violence against Danes. In the ensuing riots and chaos, 250 people lost their lives.

The cartoons were right up the alley of Charlie Hebdo, the French newsmagazine attacked by Islamic terrorists this week. In 2006, it reprinted them in an issue with a cover of a weeping Muhammad who is thinking, “It’s hard being loved by idiots.” Jean Cabut, the author of that cartoon, was one of the 10 Charlie Hebdo staffers murdered Wednesday. The question implied by his satirical drawing lives on.

After 9/11, George W. Bush repeatedly characterized Islam as “a religion of peace.” The extremists had “hijacked” a worthy religious faith, Bush assured his countrymen. The imagery was apt—the 9/11 suicide bombers had hijacked airplanes—but many Americans were skeptical of the president’s sanguine declaration. They wanted it to be true, but as the body count mounted over the years at the hands of terrorists yelling “God is Great!” in Arabic, they wondered.

The same dynamic is present this week. Our most sage and sober commentators assure us that the Charlie Hebdo murderers are outliers and that allowing them to frame the narrative as Islam-against-the-civilized-world is a mistake.



Je Suis Sick and Tired of Cant

Clarice Feldman imageby Clarice Feldman
 Millions of pixels gave their lives this week in lame efforts to explain the horrid slaughter of innocents in France, most of it pure cant by cowardly journalists, uninformed politicians offering up theological views on Islam, and self-described experts on terrorism who blame it on everything from Israel to the West’s defense against such attacks.

Liberal Hypocrisy on Free Speech and Freedom of the Press

Count me in the camp with Matthew Continetti, who gives countless examples of liberal hypocrisy about free speech including the following examples:

Do liberals actually believe in the right to offend? Their attitude seems to me to be ambivalent at best. And this equivocation was apparent within hours of the attack, when news outlets censored or refused to publish the images for which the Charlie Hebdo editors were killed. Classifying satire or opinion as “hate speech” subject to regulation is not an aberration. It is commonplace.

Indeed, the outpouring of support for free speech in the aftermath of the Paris attack coincides with, and partially obscures, the degradation of speech rights in the West. Commencement last year was marked by universities revoking appearances by speakers Condoleezza Rice and Ayaan Hirsi Ali for no other reason than that mobs disagreed with the speakers’ points of view. I do not recall liberals rallying behind Condi and Hirsi Ali then.

He adds to the mix of examples, Brendan Eich’s opposition to gay marriage costing him his job, the Chicago Sun Times’ removal of a Kevin D. Williamson article critical of transgender activism, Brandeis University’s unremitting assaults on a student for publicizing another student’s cheering  the assassination of police officers, blaming an obscure video for the violent attack in Benghazi. Worse yet, there’s the political and academic efforts to shut off free speech which might offend someone, (someone, I observe, who usually just happens to hold the views prevailing among the left-wing professors and administrators).

Call me Islamophobic if you wish, but I stand with Moslem Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who said this week:

 Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants — that is 7 billion — so that they themselves may live? Impossible!

I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema — Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.

All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost — and it is being lost by our own hands.

Straight Talking and Smart Action

Once we speak honestly, Islam today in much of the Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the Gulf countries is extremist fundamentalist. The Moslems that most of our readers know best are not in this camp, but are secularized Moslems, and we cannot judge all Moslems  by these. The radicals worldwide are actively engaged or supportive of those actively engaged in an effort to destroy Western civilization and introduce sharia law. The mostly moderate Moslems refuse to purge the radicals, which means that they — radicals — speak for the whole, not Howard Dean, John Kerry or Barack Obama, and they are a real threat to us.


Minister: 700,000 People Rally in France After Jihadist Attacks

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Sing-along Saturday

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Cartoon of the day:

An oldie but still a goodie!

Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection

News I Choose

France, Cartoonists and Murder

Daryl Cagle by Daryl Cagle

I woke up this morning to the news of the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo Magazine office in Paris. Twelve people were killed and eleven wounded, including two of my French cartoonist friends, Tignous and Wolinski. Cartoonists around the world are grieving.

Americans treat editorial cartoons as a trivial daily joke in the newspaper – in France, editorial cartoons and loved and respected. The Louvre has a branch museum devoted to cartoons; imagine if the Smithsonian had a cartoon museum, that’s the way cartoons are revered in France.


 Quote of the day:

 Bertrand Russell “Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.” ~ Bertrand Russell

Boxer Retirement Provides Overdue Opportunity for Minority Democrats

At the pinnacle of California’s elected hierarchy sit three white Democrats each born before Pearl Harbor.

 by Ronald Brownstein

 It’s a stunning fact that a Republican Party that still depends on whites for 90 percent of its votes has more viable minority leaders to consider for its 2016 presidential ticket than do Democrats.

Much of that imbalance can reasonably be attributed to California. The announcement by Sen. Barbara Boxer on Thursday that she will not seek reelection next year marks a critical test of whether Democrats in the state will begin to fill that void.

 California is one of the most reliably blue states in the country. It’s also one of the most diverse. The dominant Democratic coalition here relies on overwhelming majorities among the growing numbers of minority voters: Even in California, President Obama did not carry a majority of whites in 2012. Yet he won easily, of course, behind preponderant support among minorities, who made up 45 percent of all state voters that year.

And yet at the very pinnacle of the elected hierarchy in the state today sit three white Democrats each born before Pearl Harbor: Boxer, fellow Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Talented minority politicians are operating just below that top tier. Kevin de Leon is the first Hispanic state Senate majority leader since 1883. Attorney General Kamala Harris is the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother. Rep. Xavier Becerra, chair of the House Democratic Caucus, is Hispanic. So is former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The current Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti, has some Hispanic heritage.

But none of them—or any other minority politicians in the state—have reached the very top of the pyramid, a position as U.S. senator or governor that would place them in the national discussion for president or vice president. The Democratic inability to produce a viable national Hispanic candidate from a state that symbolizes the rising influence of that ethnic community in American life is especially stark.


Something to think about:

California’s 74-year-old Senator Barbara Boxer announced she will not run for re-election in 2016. When I saw the headline “74-Year-Old Boxer,” I assumed they were making another “Rocky” movie. ~ Conan O’ Brien

Muslims and the Left’s Death by Tolerance

 by Selwyn Duke

Aside from the three Muslim men who perpetrated the deadliest terror attack in France since 1961, there are some other individuals complicit in the Wednesday massacre. They have names such as Hollande, Merkel, Löfven and Obama. Their connection to the act will largely go unnoticed and unapprehended — and they likely will never be held to account.

In the wake of the brutality at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, socialist French president Francois Hollande called for tolerance.

I call for intolerance.

The difference between us isn’t that, relatively speaking, I lack the quality. I have a lot of practice exercising tolerance because I have far more to tolerate — not the least of which is the political power and policies of people such as Hollande, Merkel, Löfven and Obama. The real difference is that I actually know what tolerance means.

Tolerance always implies a perceived negative. You wouldn’t have to tolerate a delectable meal or a beautiful car; you relish those things. But you would have to tolerate a stubborn cold, a painful rash or foul weather. So Tolerance Lesson One for Leftists:

If you say you’re tolerant of Muslims, it implies that you consider them a negative.

If you don’t — if instead you like them or just view them neutrally — tolerance doesn’t enter the equation.

Of course, not everything we perceive as negative actually is so. We may dislike broccoli, but tolerate it in order to avoid offending a host or for health reasons. In such cases, when the perceived negative is not objectively negative and there are good reasons to put up with it, tolerance can be a great exercise of virtue.

It also can be virtuous when dealing with an objective negative (ON), such as unjust imprisonment or a terminal illness, that you cannot remedy. Soldiering on nobly in such situations often builds great character and provides inspiration for others.

But what of when at issue is an ON that can be remedied? This brings us to Tolerance Lesson Two for Leftists:

The only virtue in this case lies in wiping the negative out.



2016 and Paris: It’s the Jihad, Stupid!

rogersimon-828956056 by Roger L. Simon

Forget the economy, forget education, forget even Obamacare. All politics is local, as Tip O’Neill famously said. And there’s nothing more local than a crazed jihadi aiming an AK-47 at your head and splattering said head against the wall and through the window.

The last few days should remind us of that. And if you don’t think what happened in Paris can happen here, you’re out of your bloomin’ mind. It already has, as everybody knows, and the chances are about 99.9999% it will again. (We could be hit by an asteroid instead, saving us from the jihadis.)

Meanwhile, under the watch of the man who masquerades under the moniker of president of the United States, someone who can barely muster a dopey three-minute speech filled with banalities about the killings in France, radical Islam has metastasized across the world in a manner only dreamed of on 9/11. A map on Gretawire shows terror networks cutting a wide swathe across the planet, from South America through North Africa on to the Indian subcontinent and then into South-East Asia. In a sense the map should already include Western Europe, the way things are going.

And most likely things are going to get worse. Al Qaeda (operating with impunity in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere) and ISIS (with a state of its own the size of Indiana) are in a pissing contest for terrorist maniacs of the year while Boko Haram is doing its best to exterminate everyone in Nigeria, and apparently succeeding – all in the name of Allah. And our president never uses the word “Islamic” or acknowledges that we are at war — even though, quite obviously, the Islamists are at war with us and with Western civilization. And they seem just to be getting started. Only the morally narcissistic buffoons at the New York Times would think otherwise.


 “If newspapers are useful in overthrowing tyrants, it is only to establish a tyranny of their own.” ~ James Fenimore Cooper


The Good the Bad and the Bullshit

 In Live Paris Coverage, Fox’s Shepard Smith Smacks Down Snooty NYTimes Bureau Chief

Ken Shepherd by Ken Shepherd

During special live coverage Friday afternoon of the hostage standoff situation in Paris related to the deadly January 7 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, Fox News anchor Shep Smith took New York Times London bureau chief Steve Erlanger to task for cavalierly suggesting that Fox News was not being “careful” in its reporting on the matter. – See more at:


FYI I am seldom a fan of Shep Smith. This smack-down of Erlanger may change my mind about that. Good for you Shep!


If You Like Your Birth Control Pill, You Can’t (Necessarily) Keep Your Birth Control Pill

Sharyl Attkisson by Sharyl Attkisson

College student Emily* was satisfied with her birth control pill. Her doctor settled on the current formulation after trying Emily on several prescriptions. The final one improved her chronic headaches rather than making them worse and helped clear up her skin. (*Her real name is not used for privacy reasons).

So Emily was surprised to find that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), her insurance company rejected payment for her pill. She was especially mystified since the ACA mandates birth control coverage.

“It depends on the birth control,” the pharmacist explained to Emily.

When Emily raised the issue with her insurer, she was told her doctor should call and explain why the formulation she’d been taking was medically best for her. The doctor obliged.

A few days later came word that the insurance company rejected the doctor’s plea.

The next step was for Emily to file a formal appeal.

The appeal letter explained that if Emily were forced to change prescriptions, she could well have to add a separate, new prescription for her headaches and another for her skin. In the end, that would expose her to potential side effects from three medicines instead of one. Three prescriptions would also presumably cost the insurance company more than one.

It took more than three months for the insurance company to send word that it rejected Emily’s appeal.

Birth Control Coverage Loophole

If you like your birth control pill, you can’t necessarily keep your birth control pill.


 Vets Weigh In: Obama ‘Has Forgotten About Them’ After Motorcade Flies Past Phoenix VA


The Worst of Barbara Boxer

This short clip, under 2 minutes, cannot begin to do credit to the asininities of this old bag. And that goes for her sister witches from California, Feinstein and Pelosi – especially Pelosi!

The flu season is especially bad this season. Ground zero for most disease is that electronic stylus attached to the credit card swiper at stores. I’m not a germ freak, but why would we all touch that thing? They are filled with bacteria. They should store them in that blue liquid they have at the barber shop.

You ever notice the only people still writing checks are old people, and maybe that’s why they are old. They are living longer because they don’t touch those disgusting electronic pads. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

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Political Cartoons by Steve Breen


Friday’s Fantasies

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Cartoon of the day:


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Ostracized by Cowardly West, Charlie Hebdo Faced the Islamists Alone

“Je Suis Charlie,” you say? Not when it mattered

Mike McNally by Mike McNally

We’ll have to forgive what’s left of the staff at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo if they don’t take much comfort from the ostentatious displays of sympathy and support from their colleagues in the Western media today, and from the similarly defiant words of Western political leaders. For the hysterical reaction of mainstream Western media outlets and politicians to the publication of cartoons mocking Mohammed — first by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and then by Charlie Hebdo – set the stage for Wednesday’s atrocity.

By turning what was little more than a teacup storm on Islamist websites into a major international story when Jyllands-Posten published its Mohammed cartoons back in 2005, and by providing extensive coverage of Charlie Hebdo’s subsequent “provocations,” the media ensured that the cartoons came to the attention of a global Muslim audience.

The tone of the coverage back then, particularly in the U.S. and British media, was largely sympathetic to Muslims.


And don’t forget this:

Western politicians were obliging to the extremists. In 2012 in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney criticizedCharlie Hebdo for publishing its latest cartoons.

A week later President Obama clearly had the magazine in mind, as well as the filmmaker responsible for Innocence of Muslims, when he made his speech to the United Nations in which he proclaimed: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” He also uttered the requisite platitudes about violence never being justified. Unfortunately, once you’ve acknowledged on a global stage that a group of people with a long track record of violence and mayhem has an issue about which they should justifiably be angry, you can’t expect to successfully dictate how they should seek redress.

This White House and its spokeweasels only give lip service to freedom of speech.

 Quote of the day:

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Mike Lester

.@afbranco’s Pen v. the Sword – #JeSuisCharlie

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

Our own A.F. Branco was highlighted in a story about how cartoonists are reacting to the murders as Charlie Lebdo, Pen vs. sword: Cartoonists unite against Islamist terror:Cartoonist Killed

Cartoonists around the world rallied Thursday behind fellow artists killed in a terror attack in Paris because of their satirical drawings mocking Islam’s Prophet Muhammad….

But cartoonists pointed out that Charlie Hebdo’s mission was pushing boundaries and exposing hypocrisy, and the publication ran images deemed offensive by Christians and Jews, as well.

“We all feel very badly for the cartoonists over there,” said syndicated political cartoonist Antonio Branco. “I think there’s been a climate set up in the West that has facilitated this kind of behavior – with the politically correct climate set up by our leaders. It’s time for the West to wake up to this kind of thing and stop appeasing radical Islam.”

Cartoonists, including Branco, fought back in the only way they knew, venting their emotions through their work….


According to a new report that just came out, the average college freshman reads at a seventh grade level. Or if you’re an optimist every seventh grader now reads at a college freshman level. ~ Conan O’Brien

Something to think about:

How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech

columnist avatar NickGillespie-75x75 by Nick Gillespie
From ‘trigger warnings’ to wide support for hate-speech laws, it’s time to recognize that freedom of expression has never been so threatened in the U.S.
Today we are all Charlie Hebdo. But what about tomorrow? And the day after that?That’s when our commitment to free expression will really be tested, and in ways that are less obvious and prone to easy, social-media heroics. That’s when the battle lines over “allowable speech” will really become clear and we’ll see who’s standing where.
If the recent past in America is any indication, we should be worried, as free speech and the marketplace of ideas it energizes are never really popular for very long. They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.Don’t get me wrong. It’s absolutely fantastic that Twitter and Instagram are overflowing with people from all over the world publicly stating solidarity not simply with the French satirical magazine whose staff was murdered by Islamist madmen, but the larger principle that speech and peaceful expression shouldn’t be subject to murderous reprisals. I think it’s especially great that Europeans are doing so, since that part of the world is no haven for free speech.
As the radical British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary wrote on Twitter while the bodies were practically still bleeding out, “If freedom of expression can be sacrificed for criminalising incitement & hatred, Why not for insulting the Prophet of Allah?” Virtually every European nation has “hate speech” laws of some sort, most of which protect against the always-poorly defined slandering or libeling of this or that religious faith, along with a million other things.For god’s—Allah’s?—sake, Austria even threw joke historian David Irving in prison for denying the Holocaust, an action that accomplished nothing other than giving him greater standing among neo-Nazi idiots and salving the historical guilt of the first nation to sign up—willingly!—for Hitler’s genocidal madness.more:

Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection

Laughing at Mohammed

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

Violence is still the first and last resort of Islamic theology. It’s how Sunnis and Shiites win arguments with each other. For that matter it’s how Muslim televised debates in which the participants are allowed to be in the same studio tend to end.

The Charlie Hebdo massacre was not an aberration. It was Islam winning the war of ideas on its usual terms with assault rifles swapped in for scimitars. The killers came to protect Mohammed from the weapon that he and his scowling hordes never had any defense against; laughter.


The Case for a Revenue-Neutral Gas Tax 

 Why it actually makes sense to raise it by $1 per gallon 

charles krauthammer 3 by Charles Krauthammer

For 32 years I’ve been advocating a major tax on petroleum. I’ve got as much chance this time around as did Don Quixote with windmills. But I shall tilt my lance once more.

The only time you can even think of proposing a gas-tax increase is when oil prices are at rock bottom. When I last suggested the idea six years ago, oil was selling at $40 a barrel. It eventually rose back to $110. It’s now around $48. Correspondingly, the price at the pump has fallen in the last three months by more than a dollar to about $2.20 per gallon.

As a result, some in Congress are talking about a ten- or 20-cent hike in the federal tax to use for infrastructure spending. Right idea, wrong policy. The hike should not be 10 cents but $1. And the proceeds should not be spent by, or even entrusted to, the government. They should be immediately and entirely returned to the consumer by means of a cut in the Social Security tax.

The average American buys about twelve gallons of gas a week. Washington would be soaking him for $12 in extra taxes. Washington should therefore simultaneously reduce everyone’s FICA tax by $12 a week. Thus the average driver is left harmless. He receives a $12 per week FICA bonus that he can spend on gasoline if he wants — or anything else. If he chooses to drive less, it puts money in his pocket. (The unemployed would have the $12 added to their unemployment insurance; the elderly, added to their Social Security check.)

The point of the $1 gas-tax increase is not to feed the maw of a government raking in $3 trillion a year. The point is exclusively to alter incentives — to reduce the disincentive for work (the Social Security tax) and to increase the disincentive to consume gasoline.


I confess when I heard that several GOP Senators were suggesting a gas tax hike I went through the roof. The greedy bastards was one of my kinder epithets. Reading Krauthammer’s thoughts on the subject I would change my mind – except for one thing, it would never in all eternity happen the way Krauthammer suggests. The greedy bastards would never agree to it. Therefore I am right back where I started on this issue.


The Good the Bad and the Bullshit

 CNN Reporter Blames the Jews for Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Susan L. M. Goldberg by Susan L. M. Goldberg

 There’s a reason many Israeli satellite providers don’t waste their money on CNN. The infamously anti-Semitic cable news channel’s reporter Jim Clancy blamed Wednesday’s terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on — who else — the Jews.

To be completely accurate, he dubbed the radical Islamist “pro-Muhammed” mentality that led to the terror attacks “Hasbara.” Hasbara is the term used to describe pro-Israel international PR. What does hasbara have to do with fostering or endorsing radical Islamist terrorism? Nothing. Unless, of course, you’re taken to task for your inaccuracies by a Jew. Then, suddenly, your gross inaccuracies along with all the world’s problems are because of the Jews.

Kessler proceeds to present Clancy with facts (something CNN reporters avoid at all costs), and the most Clancy can generate in terms of a response is: “It’s called satire.”

Many/most of the slimy “Muslim’s are never to blame for anything” apologists on the left are anti-Semites. The same screaming media that sees racism everywhere seldom if ever see this anti-Semitism. I no longer find that strange and that’s only means that it has become epidemic. Sadly the academic world is riddled with these people. The place where parents should be able to send their offspring to learn critical thinking. Instead they often beggar themselves to have their children taught to disdain those who raised them and to be anti-Semitic. It’s way past sad – it’s criminal.

More on this topic:

CNN Anchor Claims Israel Propagandists Distorting France Attack

 by Alana Goodman

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

 Obama Wants Free Community College.

Where’s the Money?

White House offers plan to benefit 9 million students, but no roadmap to fund it.

Fawn Johnson by Fawn Johnson

 President Obama wants to provide free tuition at community colleges, a plan that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to a White House outline of the plan released Thursday.

There is one big caveat in the White House proposal — there is no plan to fund it, other than to ask Congress for the money.

Without that crucial piece of the program, which would be available to as long as students maintain a 2.5 grade point average, the idea is little more than a pipe dream. It resembles Obama’s proposal in 2013 for a universal pre-K program for four-year-olds. To provide free public pre-K just for low-income families, it would cost $75 billion over 10 years. Early education lobbyists are struggling to figure out how to convince lawmakers to pony up for that small part of a larger proposal. (A cigarette tax is among the items they are bandying about.)

When it comes to community colleges, the lobbyists haven’t even gotten that far. Yet Obama is hoping to capitalize on a campaign begun in his first term to emphasize higher education for people who don’t have easy access to four-year universities.

Community colleges are increasingly becoming an affordable way for students to attain the first half of a bachelor’s degree before transferring to a four-year university. College tuition and student debt have proven to be powerful campaign tools, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has illustrated in her campaign to reduce student loan interest rates.


And the freebie beat goes on. And on…

Andrew Klavan: Republicans Are Smarter than Democrats —- and More Liberal Too!

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

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Obama Actually Drives Past Phoenix VA Hospital

Keith Koffler by Keith Koffler

Not only did he fail to visit, but President Obama today SPED RIGHT BY the VA hospital in Phoenix that was the epicenter of a scandal over long wait times for care.

As the scandal unfolded last year, Obama made pious statements about his commitment to reform the Veterans Affairs hospital system. When it was revealed earlier this week that he would be speaking at a location about a mile away from the hospital, veterans and Republicans, led by Arizona Sen. John McCain, called on him to pay a visit.

Robert Ariail