9/20/14

Cartoon:Rick McKee

[The Augusta Chronicle]

Obama at war with military chiefs

The Washington Post is reporting a worrying rift between Obama and military chiefs. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served under Obama until last year, became the latest high-profile skeptic on Thursday, telling the House Intelligence Committee that a blanket prohibition on ground combat was tying the military’s hands. “Half-hearted or tentative efforts, or airstrikes alone, can backfire on us and actually strengthen our foes’ credibility,” he said. “We may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American boots on the ground.”
Mattis’s comments came two days after Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took the rare step of publicly suggesting that a policy already set by the commander in chief could be reconsidered.
Despite Obama’s promise that he would not deploy ground combat forces, Dempsey made clear that he didn’t want to rule out the possibility, if only to deploy small teams in limited circumstances. He also acknowledged that Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander for the Middle East, had already recommended doing so in the case of at least one battle in Iraq, but was overruled.

9/19/14

Ig-Nobel Prizes

The winners of the Ig-Nobel Prize for neuroscience may not get a Nobel for their research into what happens in the brains of people who see Jesus' face in toast. But the University of Toronto's Kang Lee, one of the laureates, said the study could provide those people with valuable reassurance. [More]  BJS

Attack of the killer bees

African bees, it seems, are even more aggressive on their home turf than in the USA. Gert Venter, who has been a traffic pointsman  in South Africa for 13 years, was attacked by a swarm  on Tuesday.
Motorist Vena Strauss tried to help him but was forced back into her own car when the bees started attacking her. Motorists gathered around Venter in  cars and some vainly tried to scare off the bees with fire extinguishers. Eventually a man in a pick-up truck, shouted at Venter to jump on  the back and they sped off trailing remnants of the swarm. Venter later recovered in hospital. [CG],


9/18/14

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

The Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled  towards the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling that it is illegal to wear American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. [More]  ECS

Australians rethink anti-gun laws

With news of the ISIS plot to randomly abduct members of the Australian public and behead them, Australian sentiment on guns is dramatically shifting. It appears Australians are finally understanding the importance of gun ownership, and craving it at a time when the world is increasingly unsafe.
“I’ll tell you this point blank: I’d feel safer in a country where I was legally allowed to carry around a firearm,” says J Coughran, 30, a businessman.
According to Coughran, media coverage of Islamic State is fueling the change in heart: “This ISIS stuff is seeing quite a few people changing their opinions.. one of my mates told me today- he’s coming around on the gun issue. He’s 68 years old, been against guns his whole life- now he’s turning around because of these savages.”  [More]

Queen of satire

The incomparable Andy Borowitz writes: "...Queen Elizabeth II took to the British airwaves on Thursday to excoriate the Scots in a one-hour, profanity-laden tirade.
The Queen’s speech began with the phrase “Listen, you Scottish bastards,” and became steadily saltier as the monarch blasted her subjects for having the impudence to consider leaving the fold.
“I’ll make you heel like a litter of [Anglo-Saxon vulgarity] corgis,” she said, as her rage reached a crescendo.
After the speech, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a desperate attempt at damage control, hoping to distance himself from the Queen’s paint-peeling rant.
“The views of Her Majesty the Queen are her own,” he said in a hastily prepared statement. “Neither I nor my government consider the people of Scotland ‘bloody wankers.’ ” [Source]

5 lies that have shaped Bam's Presidency

If past presidents are remembered for their signature achievements, Obama will be remembered for his signature lie: “If you like your health care plan, blah, blah, blah.” The reader knows the rest. Although the most consequential of Obama’s lies — it got him re-elected — it’s far from his only prevarication.
Jack Cashill writes in the NY Post: "I've  counted 75 significant lies since his campaign for president began, but that doesn't begin to tally the casual fibs and hyperbole he spouts seemingly every day. Here are five that illustrate just how much Obama’s presidency is built on falsehoods:
5. “My father left my family when I was 2 years old.”Obama made this claim in September 2009, when addressing the nation’s schoolkids. By then, the blogosphere knew that baby Obama had never spent a night under the same roof as his father, let alone two years.
For years, Obama and his advisers invested enormous political capital in what biographer David Remnick called Obama’s “signature appeal: the use of the details of his own life as a reflection of a kind of multicultural ideal.”  Remnick called Obama’s autobiography “a mixture of verifiable fact, recollection, recreation, invention and artful shaping.” In other words, the truth is never good enough.
4. “The Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration.”
Obama spun this fiction at a September 2012 Univision forum knowing it was false. In fact, the bizarre, deadly idea to let American guns “walk” into Mexico, where they were used by drug cartels to kill dozens, began in October 2009.
Three months earlier, White House press secretary Jay Carney had made the same bogus claim virtually word for word at a press conference and got shot down on national TV. “It began in fall 2009,” corrected White House correspondent Jake Tapper, then with ABC.
Carney refused to acknowledge he lied, and the president continued to lie weeks later. It’s all part of Obama’s ducking of responsibility — it’s always someone else’s fault.
3. “Not even a smidgen of corruption.”  Obama said this in response to Bill O'Reilly’s question about the IRS scandal: “You’re saying no corruption?”
If there were not even a “smidgen of corruption,” as Obama insisted, it is hard to understand what outraged him, or at least seemed to, when news of the IRS scandal first broke. “It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it,” Obama said in May 2013. Obama routinely expressed anger when some new scandal erupted on his watch — IRS, the failed ObamaCare website, the VA scandal, Fast and Furious — but never before had he shoved a scandal down the memory hole so quickly.
And how could Obama know there wasn't a smidgen of corruption before the investigation was even over? Perhaps because the administration knew that any proof of that was gone with deleted emails and destroyed hard drives?
During that same Super Bowl Sunday interview, Obama made this claim in response to O’Reilly’s inquiry about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. Obama continued to dissemble: “The notion that we would hide the ball for political purposes when a week later we all said, in fact, there was a terrorist attack taking place and the day after I said it was an act of terror, that wouldn't be a very good coverup.”
In fact, it was exactly a week after the attack, on Sept. 18, that Obama took his first questions about Benghazi. Bizarrely, he did so to David Letterman. “Here’s what happened,” Obama said.
“You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who — who made an extremely offensive video directed at — at Mohammed and Islam.”
We know now that the administration knew this wasn't true. Not a week later; not even the very night of the attacks. many levels, this was Obama’s most telling lie. He only deals with the world as he sees it, not as it is.
1. “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
Obama told this whopper to his assembled staff on his first day in office. He promised it to the press. Instead, his administration refuses to hand over documents and Obama refuses to answer questions. As liberal constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley assessed the presidency, “Barack Obama is really the president Richard Nixon always wanted to be.” [Source]  [BJS]


Glowbull warming, by Michael Loftus

TG, our man in Alaska, found this clip of Michael Loftus on glowbull warming:

9/17/14

Victory is all that matters --- Coulter

The most important words printed in The New York Times since "REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER" were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: "The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November," writes Ann Coulter. "He's absolutely right," she continues, "Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers. For the next six weeks, nothing matters more to the country than Republicans taking a majority in the Senate. When it comes to politics, conservatives need to learn one thing from liberals: All that matters is winning..." [More]

Obamcare contractors play Pictionary

Serco, a private contracting firm paid more than $1 billion to process paper Obamacare applications, paid employees to do nothing. In a local report from Missouri’s KMOV, Serco employees told reporters they spent their office hours playing Pictionary and 20 Words.
One employee said a supervisor told her she was only expected to process one or two applications a month. Serco initially testified before Congress that the company was prepared to process an estimated 6.2 million paper applications.   After KMOV filed a Freedom of Information Act request, Serco revealed that they had only processed 271,000 applications–less than 5 percent of what they projected.  Source [ECS]

9/16/14

Bam left high and dry as leaders spurn climate conference

The imminent climate summit in New York is rapidly turning into an utter embarrassment for President Obama in addition to becoming a punishment round for national deputy leaders.  Aussie PM Tony Abbott today defended his decision not to hop on an earlier flight to America, so he could attend the UN climate conference in New York, because he has more important matters to attend to, such as running the country.
[Source] [ECS]

Obamanomics: Foreign residents' pay soars 15 times that of US citizens

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that household income for non-citizens working in the United States rose 6.0 percent between 2012 and 2013, 15 times more than the paltry 0.4 percent increase for households led by native-born U.S. workers. ECS

Frog appeasement backfires

Al-Qaida has for the first time announced a union with an Algerian insurgent group that has designated France as an enemy, saying they will act together against French and American interests.
"So much for appeasement," comments our Australia contributor, BH.

Barack Obama's Diary: Behold ---I'm a colossus

Dear Diary: I'm at my remarkable best when I'm multitasking. ISOLA, one moment, Ebisis the next.  Nothing is beyond my mental compass. I'm sending 3000 troops and a field hospital to Syria to combat Ebisol, while bombing anything that moves in Iraq. Yet I retain mental  mental acuity with copious inhalations of Blueberry Yum-Yum. History will see  me as a colossus bestriding the World. But enough about me.