August 28, 2014

About those Junior Varsity beheaders? Obama let slip “We don’t have a strategy yet.” [Darleen Click] UPDATED


President Obama admitted today that his administration does not yet have a strategy to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.

When the president was asked if he would seek Congressional approval for U.S. attacks on ISIS targets in Syria, he responded, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

This is beyond pathetic … but don’t count out the perennial Obamessiah tongue bathers

There’s also a more sympathetic interpretation.

Viewed in context with the rest of his remarks, Obama’s point might be that there is no good strategy available for fully defeating ISIS in both Iraq and Syria — which is both consistent with his approach the crisis in those countries, in which he has primarily avoided risky escalation, and perhaps true.

Throughout Obama’s addresses on ISIS, including this press conference, he’s emphasized the need for a political strategy to defeat ISIS, one that focuses not on Washington but on Baghdad and, in an ideal world, Damascus. Barring political reform in the Iraqi government, and the development of some sort of peace in Syria, it’ll be really hard to fully defeat ISIS. In a changing, complicated situation, Obama’s thinking has long seemed to be, it’s better not to prematurely commit to a specific problem that might not fit the changing situation.

You can’t have a strategy for what can’t be done, in other words.

Holy Jaysus, but Zack Beauchamp needs a right-good beating …


We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

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August 28, 2014

Consigliere Eric Holder cuts in Left-wing groups in $17 billion deal [Darleen Click]

obamacrats_smlGodfather Obama makes good on rewarding cronies.

Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

Besides requiring billions in debt forgiveness payments to delinquent borrowers in Cleveland, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago and other Democrat strongholds — and up to $500 million to cover personal taxes owed on those checks — the deal requires BofA to make billions in new loans, while also building affordable low-income rental housing in those areas.

If there are leftover funds in four years, the settlement stipulates the money will go to Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA) [...]

According to the list provided by Justice, those groups include come of the most radical bank shakedown organizations in the country, including:

• La Raza, which pressures banks to expand their credit box to qualify more low-income Latino immigrants for home loans;

• National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington’s most aggressive lobbyist for the disastrous Community Reinvestment Act;

• Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, whose director calls himself a “bank terrorist;”

• Operation Hope, a South Central Los Angeles group that’s pressuring banks to make “dignity mortgages” for deadbeats.

Worse, one group eligible for BofA slush funds is a spin-off of Acorn Housing’s branch in New York.

It’s now rebranded as Mutual Housing Association of New York, or MHANY. HUD lists MHANY’s contact as Ismene Speliotis, who previously served as New York director of Acorn Housing.

The recession has dried up funding for such groups. But Holder’s massive bank shakedown could rebuild their war chests in a hurry.

He’s written back-door funding for Democrat groups into other major bank deals he’s brokered, including the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase settlement and the $7 billion Citibank deal. They stand to reap millions more from those deals.

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August 28, 2014

Mexican President describes the United States “This is the other Mexico,” Gov Jerry Brown agrees “You’re all welcome in California” [Darleen Click]

In Democrat-run California and the White House, the corruption, cronyism and failing economy does make America resemble Mexico

On Monday, Brown and Peña attended a meeting with business officials in Los Angeles. During his speech, Peña said he wanted to make life better for Mexicans on both sides of the border.

“This is the other Mexico,” he said of the United States, which has about 11 million Mexican immigrants.

Brown told the crowd at the event that they were welcome in the state regardless of their citizenship.

“You’re all welcome in California today,” he said.

When Peña arrives in Sacramento, he’ll visit the historic Stanford Mansion for a luncheon with California leaders.

Meanwhile, illegal alien adults are going to public schools and the Federal government forbids local districts from doing anything about it.

The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.”

“They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

“One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said.

She added that the federal government will not allow school officials to verify their ages, even though one of the students turned out to be 35 years old.

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August 27, 2014

TEA Party edition of Money talks, bullsh*t walks in Ferguson [Darleen Click]

“You can’t change the world in your living room.”

Many local businesses in Ferguson were vandalized, looted, and even set on fire as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the shooting. Sadly, innocent business owners have been left to foot the bills. This is where the St. Louis Tea Party realized they could help.

The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people” — and something amazing happened.

Bill Hennessy, one of the tea party members who attended the event, later wrote about his experience in Ferguson and how their presence made residents rethink their preconceived notions of the tea party:

A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”

“Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”

“Oh, yeah,” I said. “we don’t want to see Ferguson go south.”

He laughed. And he looked at me. Then he was quiet, lost in thought for a minute. When he came out of it, he was like our best friend. Laughing, giving us crap about stuff, telling stories. He admitted baseball can be like “watching grass grow.”

In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile “tea party” with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing.

That moment made the whole event worthwhile.

The Left counts morality as holding the “correct” ideas and being public about them. Put a “save Mother Gaia” bumperstick on your car and you’re done.

Not that this group of TEA Party volunteers will be given any credit for their positive behavior. Their motives will be impugned, their actions will be smeared.

Look at how Meet the Press treated Rand Paul.

It’s just the way Progressives poison everything.

h/t newrouter

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August 27, 2014

Ferguson’s looter mentality in Washington DC [Darleen Click]

What is the difference between these Ferguson “protesters”

CBS interviewed three young men in Ferguson, Missouri this week.
One protester Gunny warned officials:

“To be honest, if they don’t come and restore these neighborhoods for these people, like when you gotta go travel miles to Walmart and to get gas and stuff like that, it should be right here. If they don’t restore this community for people who stay here it’s gonna be hell to pay

A second protester chimed in:

Yeah, that’s why people looting, because they can’t get no jobs.

… and Obama’s bloviating about “unpatriotic”companies fleeing the US’s looter corporate taxrates through inversion …

In remarks and statements made on July 24, President Barack Obama appealed for “economic patriotism” from those American corporations that are contemplating a “corporate inversion” as a means of avoiding the high United States corporate tax rate, whilst also dragging Ireland’s lower tax rate into the controversy. [...]

In an address to a college in Los Angeles, the President pointed to corporate inversions as a “threat” because, while the companies’ businesses still remain in the US and have “all the advantages of operating in the US, they just don’t want to pay for it.” He added that, by technically renouncing their US citizenship, the companies are “cherry-picking the rules,” and that: “I don’t care if it’s legal – it’s wrong.”

and promising “hell to pay”?

The Obama administration is continuing to make its case for legislation that would retroactively strip the tax advantages away from many of the year’s biggest mergers and acquisitions.

On Thursday, Mark J. Mazur, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for tax policy, made the case that any new laws targeting inversions – transactions that allow American companies to reincorporate abroad – should be backdated to May 2014, potentially affecting a number of multibillion-dollar deals.

Not much.

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August 26, 2014

Western Anti-Semitism is led by ‘mainstream’ media [Darleen Click]

The hostile obsession with Jews.

The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international news industry; decent people, many of them, and some of them my former colleagues.

While global mania about Israeli actions has come to be taken for granted, it is actually the result of decisions made by individual human beings in positions of responsibility—in this case, journalists and editors. The world is not responding to events in this country, but rather to the description of these events by news organizations. The key to understanding the strange nature of the response is thus to be found in the practice of journalism, and specifically in a severe malfunction that is occurring in that profession—my profession—here in Israel.

In this essay I will try to provide a few tools to make sense of the news from Israel. I acquired these tools as an insider: Between 2006 and the end of 2011 I was a reporter and editor in the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Press, one of the world’s two biggest news providers. I have lived in Israel since 1995 and have been reporting on it since 1997.

This essay is not an exhaustive survey of the sins of the international media, a conservative polemic, or a defense of Israeli policies. (I am a believer in the importance of the “mainstream” media, a liberal, and a critic of many of my country’s policies.) It necessarily involves some generalizations. I will first outline the central tropes of the international media’s Israel story—a story on which there is surprisingly little variation among mainstream outlets, and one which is, as the word “story” suggests, a narrative construct that is largely fiction. I will then note the broader historical context of the way Israel has come to be discussed and explain why I believe it to be a matter of concern not only for people preoccupied with Jewish affairs.

For those who have actually paid attention, this essay comes as little surprise. Any foray into social media means meeting people who routinely (and voraciously) blame Israel for everything wrong in the Middle East. Even the initiation of violence by Hamas is Israel’s fault and, of course, when Jews aren’t dieing in “proportional” numbers, that too, is the fault of Jews Israel.

When the people responsible for explaining the world to the world, journalists, cover the Jews’ war as more worthy of attention than any other, when they portray the Jews of Israel as the party obviously in the wrong, when they omit all possible justifications for the Jews’ actions and obscure the true face of their enemies, what they are saying to their readers—whether they intend to or not—is that Jews are the worst people on earth. The Jews are a symbol of the evils that civilized people are taught from an early age to abhor. International press coverage has become a morality play starring a familiar villain.

Some readers might remember that Britain participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the fallout from which has now killed more than three times the number of people ever killed in the Israel-Arab conflict; yet in Britain, protesters furiously condemn Jewish militarism. White people in London and Paris whose parents not long ago had themselves fanned by dark people in the sitting rooms of Rangoon or Algiers condemn Jewish “colonialism.” Americans who live in places called “Manhattan” or “Seattle” condemn Jews for displacing the native people of Palestine. Russian reporters condemn Israel’s brutal military tactics. Belgian reporters condemn Israel’s treatment of Africans. When Israel opened a transportation service for Palestinian workers in the occupied West Bank a few years ago, American news consumers could read about Israel “segregating buses.” And there are a lot of people in Europe, and not just in Germany, who enjoy hearing the Jews accused of genocide.

You don’t need to be a history professor, or a psychiatrist, to understand what’s going on. Having rehabilitated themselves against considerable odds in a minute corner of the earth, the descendants of powerless people who were pushed out of Europe and the Islamic Middle East have become what their grandparents were—the pool into which the world spits. The Jews of Israel are the screen onto which it has become socially acceptable to project the things you hate about yourself and your own country. The tool through which this psychological projection is executed is the international press.


h/t William Jacobson

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August 25, 2014

update from Jeff

Today:  to the bank to have funds wired to mortgage company; mother-in-law arrives in town; meet with low-volt people and figure out the security camera install and security system.  Return to Home Depot to pick up clear coat topping for self-applied epoxycoat for interior of garage, to be done asap while the garage is still virgin clean.

Tomorrow:   drop Satch at school; final walk-through at 10 am; closing at 1 pm; return from closing, remove 6 vinyl floors and their adhesive base, 5000 sq feet of carpet, and tear out thin-planked hardwood in kitchen — all in preparation for the trades coming first thing Wednesday to install new hardwood throughout first floor, install heated floors, and lay and grout mosaic tile in 5 areas.

Somewhere in that span I have to figure a way to have the second water heater paralleled, install a grounded outlet, and hang a heated towel rack.

So, in short:   shit just got real.

Also, just realized that we need to have an internet connection (broadband) set up through Comcast before DirecTV can set up our dish and 3 genies.  Which means we also need to come up with a fourth TV in the next week.

I’ve already go the armadillo out hustling, but not unsurprisingly, he comes home claiming poor — even though I can see the blow caked around his snout like a pair of ghostly donuts, and his shell is a bit too “buffed,” if you know what  I mean.’

At any rate, I’m hoping — as I told a reader though email — that sometime early next week life will take it’s foot off my throat momentarily in order to make a 7-11 run for some Gatorade and maybe some teriyaki jerky.  But that respite will be brief.  I sold my desk this weekend and am now typing this from the floor, where I sit, dazed, waiting for it all to end.

Forgive me. And those of you with guest posting privileges go for it.

Also, if you feel like starting the fundraiser for September a bit early, I wouldn’t deter you, though I won’t officially begin the bleg until September 1.  Everything helps at this point, and I’d like to thank the 3 folks who sent along donations this week, even though I didn’t realize it until this morning; for some reason PayPal isn’t emailing me notifications, so if I don’t see it as an alert I don’t realize I’ve gotten it unless I log into PayPal.

I’ll will do what I can to post here and there from my floor this week, but I suspect I’ll be spending a lot of time in the new house getting things prepped for our eventual relocation.  On the plus side, we rented the current house, as I noted elsewhere, and we have a year lease from the renters, so that’s a load off our minds.

Have a good next few days, all.  I’ll check in when I can.

And thanks again to all of you who’ve sent along your support and encouragement — and especially to those of you who are jealous of my new desk, should I ever get it.  I feel like a PLAYAH!

Only, you know, with little bling and no real hos to brag about.  Plus my entourage is a bunch of beets and a brine shrimp.  Making me the celebrity equivalent of that Chris Titus dude.

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August 24, 2014

In socialist utopia Venezuela, fingerprints for toilet paper is Social Justice [Darleen Click]

Think of it as a fluffy Stalinist omlet

In a move that will no doubt help further the Venezuelan government’s aim of establishing a socialist utopian republic, President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that grocery stores will soon begin the mandatory fingerprinting of customers. The peculiar initiative, which could be implemented by the end of the year, is meant to help combat the hoarding and smuggling of government-subsidized goods.

Venezuela exerts stringent currency and price controls on many products in an attempt to keep them affordable for its poorest citizens. Unfortunately, a staggering quantity of this merchandise ends up being secreted out of the country and re-sold at a profit in neighboring Colombia.

The oil-rich nation has been experiencing a chronic shortage of food supplies for a long while. Maduro, who succeeded the late Hugo Chavez, accused the political opposition last year of engineering the country’s shortages with the help of the CIA in order to undermine his government. [...]

Faced with empty store shelves due to the combination of price controls, currency restrictions, and smuggling, Venezuelans are having a hard time finding the basics they need to live. The crisis has spurred the development of an app called Abasteceme (“Supply Me”), which allows shoppers to document and share where they have managed to find products.

The fingerprinting proposal, which critics decried as an invasion of privacy

Privacy? PRIVACY??!!?? What an out-dated, bourgeoisie, imperialistic, patriarchal notion! Honest people have no need for privacy!


and an attempt to institute a Cuban-style rationing program, would be similar to an anti-fraud system Venezuela currently employs during elections,

Voter id is only valid in Progressive socialist nations to keep enemies-of-the-people from reactionary crimes. Those of you in countries that have not repented of your oppressive capitalistic crimes must never, ever use ID of any kind when it comes to voting.

in which voting machines require the validation of a registered fingerprint. The mandatory fingerprinting is intended to prevent shoppers from buying too much of any one item and then reselling inventory bought below cost on a robust black market, or smuggling it out of the country.

Father Hugo, if he could be reached for comment, would approve!

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August 24, 2014

RIP Richard Attenborough [Darleen Click]

He was 90.

Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.

In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.

As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won him two Oscars.

Lord Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz said.

He had also been in a wheelchair since falling down stairs six years ago, our correspondent added.

His son told the BBC that Lord Attenborough died at lunchtime on Sunday.

His family is expected to make a full statement on Monday.

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August 24, 2014

British rapper possible murderer of James Foley [Darleen Click]

The unassimilated — because that would be culturally insensitive, imperialistic and just plain RAAAAACIST — chickens are roosting up a storm.

American and British intelligence officials are eyeing a British-born rapper as the militant who beheaded journalist James Foley.

A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old London rapper Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is the suspect believed to be Foley’s executioner.

U.S. intelligence officials are not commenting publicly on the reports, but a well-placed source told Fox News that Bary’s Egyptian-born father was extradited from London to the United States in 2012 for his alleged connection to Usama bin Laden and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa.

Bary traveled to Syria last year to fight with ISIS, the source said.

Of course, it’s not like America is immune from fielding ISIS terrorists either.

First revealed by Somali-American journalist Mukhtar Ibrahim in a report for MPR News, Muhumed is one of the latest wave of radicalized young Americans, targeted by ISIS terrorists promoting a chilling phenomenon that security experts have dubbed, ‘Jihad Cool.’

Rap videos, romanticized notions of revolution and adventure and first-hand accounts of the ‘fun’ of guerrilla war are the latest tactics used by militant recruiters as part of what experts have identified as an, ‘intensification of radicalization,’ both in the States and beyond. [...]

A Congressional Research Center study into 18,130 entries in 2,112 online discussions from more than 15 Arabic language jihadist forums has recently revealed that ‘one fifth of all discussions include an explicit call for more terrorist attacks.

‘Overall two thirds of all discussions contain some form of call for our encouragement of terrorist attacks.’

Figures such as Abu Muhammad al Amriki (‘the American’) provide ‘inspirational’ footage in a bid to further the cause and swell numbers. ISIS fighter Al Amriki is one of the more high profile ‘American jihadist’ to have taken to the public stage. Online images of al Amriki abound, as pictures of him heavily armed and posing with his ‘brothers’ in Jihad vie for priority alongside videos of him fighting or proselytizing.

A video posted on YouTube in February shows him speaking in heavily accented English. Though it is not certain from where Abu Muhammad al Amriki originates, he claims to have lived in the States for 10 or 11 years before travelling to Syria and to have fought for the Al Nusrah Front, once affiliated with Al Qaeda, before becoming a jihadist for ISIS.

Not all cultures are equal. We cannot survive as a nation until we insist that our education system stop with the indoctrination of anti-Western Civilization cynicism and we demand assimilation into the American culture as an unconditional requirement of immigration.

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