Shockingly Hard
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BREAKING: We Found “Adam” Of The Columbia Fake Rape Hoax – GotNews

We’ve analyzed his postings dating back to high school. Frankly Hunter is not the type to let an unwanted sexual assault slide. He’s been a self proclaimed militant black/feminist/queer/trans activist since at least the 10th grade. It’s hard to believe he’d let an assault happen without a peep.

The fact that this guy is very openly gay, and has been for a long time, makes even more ridiculous his claim that Nungasser:

How to Paralyze a Guy: Massage His Crotch For 2-3 Minutes | Daily Pundit

…massage[d] his crotch “for approximately 2-3 minutes” while Adam froze in shock. He was finally able to muster the will to get up and leave.

I’ve known a lot of out gay guys.  I can imagine none of them “freezing in shock for 2-3 minutes” at having their crotch massaged by another male.

Rigid with pleasure, maybe.  But frozen in shock?

It is to laugh.  Hilariously.

Strategery and Saddam, AQIA, and ISIL
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NBC Military Analyst: McCain ‘Absolutely Right’ That There’s No ISIS Strategy – Breitbart

NBC News Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs, Ret. agreed with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s (R-AZ) assessment that there is no strategy against ISIS, although he took a different position on the solution on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart.”

After hearing McCain’s declaration that there isn’t an ISIS strategy, Jacobs stated, “There is no strategy, he’s absolutely right about that, but the solution is not necessarily to increase the number of forward air controllers we have.

If you understand that from the very beginning, immediately after “Mission Accomplised” in Iraq, the Sunni military resistance, starting with Saddam’s military offices, a group which eventually became al Qaeda in Iraq, which then morphed into ISIL (but is still effectively Saddam’s old military apparat), it should quickly become apparent to you that not only does Barack Obama have no strategy for defeating it, George W. Bush had no such strategy either.

In fact, when the Shia Death Squads were on the verge of destruction at the hands of Shia Death Squads, GWB stepped in and saved their asses, and called it “The Surge.”

Which is why we’re still dealing with them today.

Or, actually, why Iran is dealing with them.  Iran has a simple strategy for dealing with them:  Kill them all, and don’t be too fastidious about collateral damage.

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How Dare Mosby Subject Cops to the Justice System?
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Marilyn Mosby’s Consequences – 27 People Shot Memorial Day Weekend – Deadliest Month In Two Decades…

Marilyn Mosby’s Consequences – 27 People Shot Memorial Day Weekend – Deadliest Month In Two Decades You can bet your bippy Baltimore PD won’t be investigating these very hard.

Yeah, it’s all on Mosby. 

If those cops hadn’t likely killed a helpless black prisoner in cold blood – oh, wait.  That has nothing to do with it.  Sorry, for a moment there I almost forgot.

And if Mosby had filed no charges at all, but simply said, “Righteous killing, guys, go scott free with my blessing,” none of this would be happening today,

How stupid do the cop-hags (like fag-hags, but for guys in blue uniforms with guns and boots) think we are?

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Offense Where Offense Is Due
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The Corner | National Review Online

Conservative Christians who cheer Geller’s cartoon contest fail to consider how the logic behind it applies to their faith, too. Geller herself does not make the application, but others do, as on the matter of eucharistic desecration, for example. Andres Serrano established that desecration of the crucifix, a sacramental, is protected speech. Presumably so is desecration of the full-fledged sacrament — “the Blessed Sacrament,” Catholics call it — that is the Eucharist.

But the logic of Geller’s cartoon contest does apply to Christianity, too.  No religion has the moral right, in any way, shape, or form, to abridge freedom of expression because its religious sensibilities are offended.

That this particular writer seems to think that permitting freedom of expression that offends Muslims might lead to expression that would offend Christians – and that is why we should disapprove of what Geller did – just serves to underline the shaky moral underpinnings of his argument.

But this is the unspoken subtext of all such religious arguments:  My religion is special.

No, it’s not.

 

One of These Is Like The Other – Just Not In the Way Being Pushed
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Baltimore Bloodshed Continues; 29 Shot, 9 Dead Over Holiday Weekend « CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE(WJZ)–It’s the deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years. More than two dozen shootings over the holiday weekend alone have city police working around the clock.

Now, leaders hope community members come forward to help stop the violence.

Some would have you believe that this is due entirely to the Mosby/Grand Jury indictments of the cops who killed a black prisoner. 

But it was just another day at the beach in Chicago, where no cops have been indicted:

12 Killed, 43 Wounded In Memorial Day Weekend Shootings « CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — Twelve people were killed and at least 43 — including a 4-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.

So…cop indictments in one place, no cop indictments in the other.  What other possible unifying condition might we then find if we look further into this comparison?

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The Instawife: Coming Out From the Shadows
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Are You a Shadow Worker? | Dr. Helen

As the author points out: “In the 1950s, tasks like pumping gas, typing letters, researching products, checking out groceries, composing salads, disposing of cans and bottles, handling bank deposits, and driving the kids to school were handled by pump jockeys, secretaries, salespeople, cashiers, waitresses, garbage men, tellers, and bus drivers. Today, you have inherited these jobs. They have become shadow work.”

Are you a shadow worker? What tasks do you do daily that eat up your time and are annoying? Which are beneficial?

Well, to be frank, (and earnest, too!), all this cost money that was folded into the eventual cost of the enveloping good.   And once the single biggest aspect of the purchasing decision became, for most people, the price of goods and services, this was probably inevitable.

Rich people still don’t do much, if any, of this for themselves.  But after 70 years of progressive, Ruling Party America, there are a lot more non-rich people than their used to be.

 

Okay, I’m Speechless. Is It Time To Just Burn Down the Colleges?
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College Suspends Wounded Marine, Labels Him a Threat Because He Dared to Ask for a Non-Muslim Counselor | John Hawkins’ Right Wing News

A veteran Marine was kicked out of a Mississippi college because he had the audacity to ask for a non-Muslim counselor. Not only did the school suspend him, they also labeled him as a “threat” to himself and other students.

This is the disrespect that our schools have for our veterans.

Months after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pledged to improve its treatment of veterans, disabled student veteran Jeremy Rawls is hoping his college might do the same.

Since February, the rising senior at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. has struggled to maintain good grades and reclaim his work-study position after MC administrators allegedly suspended him and labeled him a threat to himself and other students.

In an exclusive interview with Campus Reform, the former active-duty Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq said his suspension came after he requested to meet with a different counselor in the school’s Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Rawls, who is diagnosed with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was originally paired with a female counselor who wore traditional Muslim dress during his initial visit to the office.

Tar.   Feathers.  Forcible deportation to ISIL controlled areas of Iraq and Syria.

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Living In the World Between Michelle’s Ears
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Michelle Obama Tells Graduates to ‘Shape the Revolutions’ | The Weekly Standard

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke today to graduates of Oberlin College. She encouraged the graduating class to “rise above the noise and shape the revolutions of your time.”

“[T]hink about how even with all the gridlock and polarization in Washington, we have made so much change these past six years:  12 million new jobs.

And 25 million who lost their jobs and/or dropped out of the labor force entirely. 

Sixteen million people who finally have health insurance. 

And 30 million who either lost their insurance entirely, or are paying vastly more for considerably less than they used to have.

Historic agreements to fight climate change. 

None of which actually fight anything and, in fact, do nothing other than funnel boodle to cronies.

Epic increases in college financial aid. 

And even more epic increases in tuition, fees, costs, and other expenses, along with the most backbreaking level of college loan debt in the history of the world.

More progress on LGBT rights than any time in our history.

Which you had absolutely nothing to do with.

And today, it is no longer remarkable to see two beautiful black girls walking their dogs on the South Lawn of the White House lawn.

Well, there you go, then:  Victory!  Viva la revolucion!

That’s just the way things are now,” Obama said to applause at the liberal arts college.

In Obamaramadingdong Lefty Fantasy World.  Be sure and buy the E-Ticket!  It’s a wowser!

Shocker: Muslim Barbarian Savages Admired By Muslim Barbarian Savages
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SHOCK POLL: 81% Of Al Jazeera Arabic Poll Respondents Support Islamic State – Breitbart

In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.

The poll, which asked in Arabic, “Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?” has generated over 38,000 responses thus far, with only 19% of respondents voting “NO” to supporting ISIS.

It’s an internet poll.

Still.

Annals of the Police State
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New Orleans Cop Shot, Killed While Driving His Squad Car

On Sunday morning, a Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) officer was shot and killed while driving his squad car.

New Orleans Police Department Supt. Michael Harrison said “the 45-year-old HANO officer was driving in Central City when he was fatally shot.”

According to 9 WAFB, HANO reported “that one of their officers was shot at the location around 7:10 a.m. When NOPD officers arrived, they found the officer dead inside his marked police car.” 4 WWLTV reports that “the driver’s side window [of the car] was broken out and the cruiser lights were still on when responding officers found the body.”

The car was also still in drive when officers found it.

Huh.  Apparently somebody else made it home safe to dinner that night.

Maybe they didn’t get the memo that only cops are allowed that privilege.

Yeah, yeah, bring it.

My Final Memorial Day Post
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Never Yet Melted » “Six Seconds”

One of the Iraqis elaborated, and with tears welling up, said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life. ”What he didn’t know until then, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion, he said, “Sir, in the name of God, no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all.”

What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned after I submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras recorded some of the attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. I suppose it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. No time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time, the truck was halfway through the barriers and gaining speed.

Here the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were, some running right past the Marines, who had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines firing their weapons nonstop. The truck’s windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a bitch trying to get past them to kill their brothers – American and Iraqi – bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could. They had only one second left to live, and I think they knew. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty.

Marines don’t get a “right” to go home safe at night.  Instead, they have duty.  I know which sort of men I prefer.

(via Drang – thanks!)

Ho, Hum
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The Trillion Fold Increase In Computing Power, Visualized

The visualization below, inspired by the recent 50th anniversary of Moore’s law, tells the story of the trillion fold increase in computing performance we’ve witnessed over the past sixty years. That’s impressive enough, but some of the other finds are downright astounding. The Apollo guidance computer that took early astronauts to the moon, for instance, has the processing power of 2 Nintendo Entertainment Systems, while the Cray-2 supercomputer from 1985—the fastest machine in the world for its time—roughly measures up to an iPhone 4.

Sometimes we forget just how amazingly far we’ve come – and how much farther we’re likely to go in the future. 

 

The Legal Robber Barons of the Almighty State
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Amazon finally starts paying proper taxes in European countries

With Amazon making the first move, it’ll put pressure on other major tech companies to follow suit. Despite claims to the contrary, Apple has been accused of not paying its fair share of tax in Ireland, and Google has previously been told by lawmakers that its stance on tax is “devious, calculated and unethical”. Amazon says that it began paving the way for the changes two years ago, but only now are plans coming into force. However, it might be too late to influence the public’s perception of the company.

I can think of very few taxation schemes that are “proper.”  In fact, my take is that most of them are “devious, calculated, and unethical.”

Actually, my take is that most of them are a form of armed robbery.

It’s Easy to Stop This Crap – If You Really Want To (Obviously, They Don’t)
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For once, Sen. Warren is right – Daily Inter Lake: Members

If politics make strange bedfellows, then bad trade deals make for even stranger politics.

When Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, is the pitch man for President Barack Obama’s latest legacy-building proposal, and Frank Miele is cheering for far-left Democratic firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her populist opposition to Obama’s power grab, you know the wheels have fallen off.

What we’re talking about is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and if you haven’t heard about it yet, you are not alone. If you have heard of it, but you have no idea exactly what is in it, then you are in very good company indeed. That’s because — according to the White House — the United States got such a good deal that if anyone found out about it before it is approved, the whole thing would fall apart.

Huh?

Yep, as part of “the most transparent administration in history,” the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is kept under lock and key somewhere in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center. Only members of Congress can read it, and then only under the watchful eye of some basement bureaucrat who will ensure that no sly senator slips out a cell phone to transmit the secret details of this “free trade” deal to Twitter or Instagram.

In what sounds like a scene from “Scandal,” members of Congress are allowed to take notes on the lengthy document, but they have to turn them over to the federal flunky before departing the imperial dungeon. Want to consult with experts later about whether the “partnership” is good or bad for your constituents? Well, you’d better have a good memory.

“It’s like being in kindergarten,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. “You give back the toys at the end.”

Yeah, like kindergarten or like the Soviet Union. Take your pick.

You know, if congressional leadership had any balls, they’d simply say, “Either negotiate this thing in the clear light of day, or we’ll deep six it the moment it arrive on our desks.”

Of course, our current congressional leadership is a bunch of eunuchs and lapdogs.

The Meaning of America
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What Does It Mean To Be An American? [Y-not]

I have been thinking about this a lot lately as the effects of Obama’s “fundamental transformation” manifest themselves. Today seems like an appropriate day to ask you what you think is the most American value.

For me it is exemplified in the following:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

From Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, August 28, 1963

I’d go just a tetch earlier than that:

Declaration of Independence – Text Transcript

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

That’s pretty much the American Dream right there.  For me, at least.

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Translation: IMF Lying Through Its Teeth
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IMF fuel subsidies are not what they seem – Telegraph

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which usually restricts itself to bailing out indebted eurozone countries, has released a paper claiming that more than five trillion – yes, trillion – dollars is spent annually in subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.

At least, that’s how it was reported by most of the media. When you read the report, it becomes clear pretty quickly that the IMF’s definition of a subsidy is a little different from everyone else’s.

Usually, subsidies describe the government paying money to a firm or industry to encourage production, ostensibly to reduce prices for consumers. Think of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, or the cash given to the British steel industry during the Sixties and Seventies.

These are unpopular with economists. Subsidies end up making firms bloated, inefficient, and more interested in satisfying government bureaucrats than their customers. And those customers still end up paying for those subsidies with their taxes.

But the IMF’s idea of “subsidies” to fossil fuels refers to something completely different. They have taken the indirect costs to society of using energy – air pollution, traffic congestion, climate change – and, if governments haven’t imposed special taxes on one, called it a “subsidy”.

The problem is, we already have a word for these things: externalities. And there is something rather Orwellian about describing a failure to tax something as a subsidy.

Well, the IMF is rather Orwellian, so I suppose this is to be expected:

Why Don’t They Love Us?
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The Cops are Confused… “Why do people hate us…”

The cops are upset to learn people hate them:

“Cruickshank and other law enforcement advocates worry that what they see as an anti-cop climate is killing morale in police departments of every size. “It’s demoralizing to read about the misguided anti-cop gibberish spewing from those who take their freedoms for granted.” Cruickshank said.

– Fox News

We just LOVE the implication here that our “pigs” are somehow responsible for protecting our freedoms. That’s just fucking precious.Really. It’s sort of like watching a retard attempting to chew his way into a tin of peaches. Except that… you know… a group home reject is… well… retarded, so he just doesn’t know any better. The cops damn well understand they don’t do jack and/or shit to ensure, safeguard or protect our “freedoms.” We do that ourselves you blue-bellied jackholes. You’re just around to clean up the blood and hunt down the criminals smart enough to make tracks before the lynch mob shows up. Or you’re supposed to be anyways.

Some other folks from around the net had some less than candid rebuttals as well.

Yes.  We here at Daily Pundit have been known to indulge in such things on occasion.

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Twenty More Months of This Clown Show
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Compare and contrast:

Memorial Day | The Weekly Standard

As I was looking around online Saturday, I happened to come across the text of President Obama’s Memorial Day weekend radio address. Here’s how it begins:

Hi, everybody. This weekend is Memorial Day-a time to pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform who’ve ever given their lives so that we can live in freedom and security. This year, the holiday is especially meaningful. It’s the first Memorial Day since our war ended in Afghanistan.

And…

U.S. Ends Its War in Afghanistan

The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which peaked at about 100,000 in 2010, will fall to 10,800 in January, aimed at helping the Afghan government hold on to power, even as Taliban units occupy territory increasingly close to the capital. Nearly 1 million U.S. troops pulled at least one tour in Afghanistan.

Yet during 2002 and 2003, the average number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan never topped 10,400. That means the U.S. forces left in country following the war will top the number fighting there during its first two years.

Spit.

Welcome to the New US Military: Gutless Pussies Division
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Air Force removes commander from duty | Fox News

An Air Force lieutenant colonel was removed from command this month, pending the outcome of an inquiry, the Air Force Times reported.

Lt. Col. Scott Foley, commander of the 802nd Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, reportedly was removed from his assignment on May 10.

In a May 21 email to Air Force Times, Oscar Balladares, spokesman for the 502nd Air Base Wing, said Col. Michael Gimbrone, commander of the 502nd Security Forces and Logistics Support Group, said Foley was removed “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command and lead his unit.”

“Command is a privilege,” Balladares said. “When commanders fail to meet the Air Force’s expectations and standards, senior leaders have the responsibility to address the performance and hold them accountable.”

Probably pissed off some Obama REMF toy general.

Just a Reminder: When I Was Right, I Was Right
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The current conventional (and self-serving) wisdom among GOP stalwarts and Bush-bots (same thing) is that GWB had the Iraq “war” (really occupation) “won,” and all the Bad Stuff that has happened since was entirely Barack Obama’s fault.

Well, here’s an excerpt from a long piece I wrote back in August of 2007, pointing out my view of the disastrous future in Iraq already set in stone by GWB’s disastrous prosecution of the “War on (Some) Terror.”

I think it stands the test of time quite well.   

A Response to Bill Ardolino | Daily Pundit Archive Site

I have added my own gloss to commentary on events as they unfold – for instance, I debated at length with Steven Den Beste here at DP over the question of Bush’s leadership skills, and the fact that the “political opposition” bugaboo so often cited by Bush apologists is essentially a creation of GWB himself, thanks to his waffling, horrible public communication skills, and lack of a clear and cohesive strategy with which to attack our enemies. Give his gross failures of leadership, it is certainly no surprise that a widespread opposition was able to coalesce and grow.  I also debated with him whether “Democracy in Iraq” was suitable as a solitary goal within the greater War on Terror – given that if the invasion had initially been presented to the American people as a war to bring democracy to Iraq – and nothing else – America would not, I don’t believe, have supported the invasion.

Now, as to Iraq and Anbar province: we are debating the dreg-ends of an utterly failed strategy. Allow me to describe the critical flex points:

1. The failure in 2003 to arm the Shia under Sistani and the Kurds, and let them take care of the Saddamist survivors of the regime. Instead, most likely at the behest of the Saudis, we tried to play it cute and create a tripartite, Federalist Iraq, with a strong role for the Saudi allies of the Saddamist, Sunni tribes. This resulted in creating huge mistrust of our aims and goals among the majority Shia, and greatly fueled Moqtada al-Sadr’s meteoric rise to power. And with the rise of al-Sadr, we got an equally large expansion of Iranian power inside Iraq.

2. The failure to kill al-Sadr when we had the chance: See point one.

3. The Fallujah fiasco. Once again, we gave the Shia (whom, recall, had already been massively betrayed by a previous George Bush in the post-Gulf War period) even more reason to distrust our intentions. It also helped shift power among Iraq’s Shia away from the potentially anti-Iranian cleric ali-Sistani to the Iranian surrogate al-Sadr. It also demonstrated that even with the most grisly of incentives – those butchered., charred American corpses dangling from a bridge – we would not respond with overwhelming force. Instead, we would turn Fallujah over to Saddamist Sunni generals!

I could go on, and on – the various “campaigns” in Iraq that were supposed to “seal the borders” and “subdue resistance from Saddamist ‘insurgents’,” but why bother? Suffice to say, we managed to do everything possible to anger every possible faction in Iraq – mostly because we had no clear idea of why we were there, or what we were trying to accomplish. And, frankly, we still do not, beyond getting the hell out of there with as little shame as possible, and as minimal damage to the GOP as possible.

More than a year ago, we were creating a “ring of fire” that was supposed to subdue the “insurgents” of Anbar once and for all. Of course, all it did was shift our various enemies from one location to another, after which they poured right back to where they had been once we left – as, inevitably, we always did.

Now, today, those same Sunni “insurgents” are our “allies,” not because we have subdued or even defeated them, but mostly because they have figured out that we are going to leave, and that as they prepare for the inevitable attacks to come from the Shia militias and, probably, central government forces as well, they might as well try to seek an alliance with us in hopes that we might help to restrain the Shia from slaughtering them all. But as the Shia know full well, depending on the US for protection is a forlorn hope at best.

Here is what those who think the surge is working have to figure out how to explain: First, we will leave Iraq, sooner rather than later. That fact is dictated, not by military necessity, not by a global anti-Islamist-terror strategy, but by domestic US politics. And while true believers may try to comfort themselves with the idea that we will keep a “meaningful presence” in Kurdistan, I expect that to turn out to be a pipe dream as well. If it is politically impossible for us to remain in Iraq proper, with the minimal casualties we have experienced there, why do you expect that we will be permitted to remain peacefully in Kurdistan? There are Kurdish groups who are well aware that there are benefits to being allied to a nuclear Iran, and no guarantees that Iran won’t direct them against the American for a host of reasons. 

So once we are gone, what of the surge? If it had any raison d’etre that might make sense…oh, hell, what am I saying? There is no rationale that makes sense. We cannot establish a stable government in Iraq without our presence there. But we aren’t going to be there, and therefore, there is not going to be a stable government, not with Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia (and factions within Pakistan) still perfectly free to project their power into Iraq in whatever way they wish, while at the same time the Sunni tribes will (for a while, at least until they are destroyed) fighting a war to the death with the vastly more powerful Shia and their Iranian allies. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see an Iraqi government “invite” the Revolutionary Guard in to “help” them “quell the unrest in the Sunni territories.”

This needn’t have happened. But once George Bush decided to define “victory” as “the establishment of stable democratic government in Iraq,” rather than “the utter destruction of the Saddamist regime,” any other outcome was doomed.

There is considerably more, including some back and forth between me and Ardolino in the comments, if you’re interested.  But I just want to point out that almost everything that has occurred in Iraq in the time since I wrote that post was clearly predictable well before Barack Obama had ever risen much above the American political horizon.

UPDATE: Yeah, I’m pissing on the graves of Den Beste’s and Ardolino’s arguments, pretty much.  I was right, they were wrong.  Sue me.

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The 2016 political report: Walker emerges from Southern confab as GOP front-runner | WashingtonExaminer.com

I don’t really place a lot of importance of a poll of a few hundred GOP wonks, but  in general, I don’t mind the outcome here at all.

Ben Carson will end up being either a Veep nominee, or a non-factor.  I can live with Walker – probably.  Ted Cruz “doing very well for a no-show” suits me fine.

And little or no interest in Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Mike Huckabee is probably the best news of all to come out of this clambake.

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Jeb Bush getting new mansion on Maine family compound:report – NY Daily News

Jeb Bush is going for Maine over Main Street.

The all-but-certain 2016 candidate is having a huge house built for him at the Bush family compound at Walker’s Point, in Kennebunkport, Maine, the Boston Globe reported Sunday.

The former Florida governor’s new home will be built on a 1.3-acre site worth at least $1.4 million, the Globe reported, and was ordered built by Bush’s parents, former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

The 3,000 square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom “cottage” is expected to have a gorgeous wraparound porch and feature panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The construction of the house, which is expected to be completed in July, is thought to be around $600,000, the Globe reported.

Mansion, my ass.

600 grand barely buys you a doghouse in San Francisco. As for the view, hell, I’ve got a pano view of the San Francisco Bay, and I live in a ghetto!

I loathe the thought of a Jeb presidency, but this is bullshit.

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Hillary wants Castro as running mate: ex-Clinton official – NY Daily News

A former top Clinton administration official predicted Sunday that Hillary Clinton will pick Julian Castro as her running mate if she wins the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

“What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julian Castro, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who used to be the Mayor of San Antonio,” Henry Cisneros, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary under President Bill Clinton, said Sunday on Univision’s “Al Punto” program.

Great news! An affirmative action running mate for an affirmative action nominee!

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RIP: Over 100 newspapers dumped in year, ads down 50%, circulation hits bottom | WashingtonExaminer.com

The demise of big city print media, displayed in full by the painfully slow sale of the mammoth New York Daily News, is going nationwide as ad sales decline 50 percent and circulation plummets, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis

According to their report, “The Declining Value Of U.S. Newspapers,” just three different media companies in 2014 alone decided to dump more than 100 newspaper properties. Pew said the companies spun off the money-losing properties “in large part to protect their still-robust broadcast or digital divisions.”

Faster, please.

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GOP turns to Tea Party to win trade powers for Obama | TheHill

Finally, Salmon pointedly challenged critics who’ve complained about the secrecy of the process to head down to a classified briefing room in the Capitol’s basement to read details of a major 12-nation trade deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“I’ve read every jot and tittle … 123 pages,” Salmon told reporters during the press briefing, while seated next to House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the No. 4 leader. “To go out there and rail against it when you haven’t even looked at it is insane.”

So…how about you let the rest of us in on the secret, and let us make up our own minds how we feel about the deal?

Jackass.

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Blog: Sen. Sessions explains Obamatrade in key Senate speech

Senator Sessions’s floor speech against Obamatrade on Friday could go down as one of the most important Senate speeches ever.  Already it is getting rave reviews:

  • Rush Limbaugh hailed it (Odds are Obamatrade screws America): “Jeff Sessions had a massive op-ed piece and floor speech in the Senate about this.”
  • Michelle Malkin gushed: “I wish that Sen. Jeff Sessions would run for president, because I would sign up in a heartbeat.”

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon set the stage for Sessions’s speech by lauding Obamatrade as “the most progressive trade policy in our country’s history” because it regulates much more than just trade:

Yesterday we talked about the labor and environmental issues once again, a very dramatic set of changes, and it’s why the president and I have said this is the most progressive trade policy in our country’s history.

You can watch Sessions speak here beginning at the 2:17:25 mark.  During the first part of the speech, he discussed the economic implications of Obamatrade, pointing out, correctly, that U.S. trade deficits would worsen, thereby reducing U.S. economic growth and median income.

Then Sessions’s speech became electrifying as he explained the Living Agreement provision within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the first of the secret trade bills that Obama is negotiating.  Sessions’s entire speech is worth watching.  But every American needs to read this passage carefully.  Sessions said:

As a part of this trade agreement that I’ve mentioned before that I’m very concerned about, that’s gotten very little discussion and it needs to be discussed, and I want to take a minute to discuss it. According to the Congressional Research Service, our own group, the TPP’s Living Agreement provisions is unprecedented. Indeed, I’m one of the few I think that went to the secret room to read the secret document, and when it described the Living document, it said it was “unprecedented.”  I presume I won’t be arrested for making that quote from the secret document.

The United States Trade Representative’s website is very candid about the purpose of this living agreement provision. It is to “enable the updating of the agreement as appropriate to address trade issues that emerge in the future as well as new issues that arise with the expansion of the agreement to include new countries.”

It creates a commission, another commission, consisting of representatives from each member nation, which has vast powers to govern the agreement, and govern, to some degree, the countries who participate in it. Among the power given to the commission is the authority to consider any matter relating to implementation and operation of the agreement and to consider amendments and modifications.

What we have to understand is that this is a new entity, an international entity of which we are a member and it gets to meet and vote and set new behaviors, unlike what we approve in the Senate. But it can be amended as time goes by. And it’s unprecedented. This has not been done before.

Sessions tried to figure out how this new commission would be governed.  According to TPP Chapter Summary, a book given to senators when they enter the secret room where the current draft of the treaty is housed, this commission would be governed the same way as the WTO, meaning that a two-thirds vote from country representatives could amend the agreement.

When Congress approves these treaties, it will be delegating its right to amend these treaties to the Commissions created by these treaties.  When Sessions read the TPP treaty, he discovered that some countries have exempted themselves from treaty regulations, so he proposed an amendment that would exempt the United States.

I’m reprinting so much of this because it’s so important to get the word out.  All the drooling, flap-brained Ruling Party stalwarts trying desperately to ram this thing through (they probably already have, by virtue of the Gentry GOP having passed the Fast Track (TPA) authorization for it on behalf of Barack Obama) don’t want us to know what they’re really enabling, which is yet another delegation of American power to the authority of some nebulous New World Order organization, which will be used for purposes that go far beyond the simple regulation of trade issues.

It is always thus, by the way:  Even the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution has been perverted to give the state power to regulate just about anything, whether it actually involves interstate commerce or not.   And now the Ruling Class and its Ruling Party are gearing up to void large parts of the US Constitution entirely, in favor of the judgments of the progressive global ruling classes.

We’ve lost on the Fast Track agreement, thanks to Mitch McConnell’s treachery, and his loyalty to the Ruling Party rather than to the safety and security of America and Americans.  So our strategy will have to shift.  We will have one chance to stop this steam-roller that is being constructed.  We can vote it up or down in Congress.  So our task now much be to expose just how pernicious the details are (those that we can discover) and begin now to put pressure on our representatives to reject the entire trade agreement.

I would advise this for all such agreements, by the way.  Unless and until we have a fully transparent negotiation process, with the American people fully informed as to what their representatives are negotiating on their behalf, all such secretly-negotiated deals should be summarily rejected.

Yes, I can hear the wailing of the pragmatists already:  “But…but…if we can’t negotiate in secret, then none of our trading partners will want to negotiate at all.”

Yes?  And so?

If they have nothing to hide, why are they hiding it?  And why is the Gentry GOP doing their dirty work for them?

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N.S.A. and Other Matters Leave McConnell’s Senate in Disarray – NYTimes.com

They have had successes, like passage of the hard-fought bill that could pave the way to the largest trade agreement in a generation and a bill to give Congress a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations. And more senators are allowed to try to influence legislation through amendments, which Mr. McConnell’s Democratic predecessor as majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, prevented.

“Senators…allowed…to try…”

The job of Senators is to influence legislation.  That this has become a favor “allowed” by establishment leadership princelings testified to how degraded our national governance has become.

Exit question:  Hey, NYT, what’s in that “classified, top-secret” trade bill currently being negotiated?  If you know, why don’t you print it?  And if you don’t, how do you know how wonderful it is?

Other than being told so by the one-percent fatcats whose asses, (and assets) you so assiduously slurp?

 

The Phony Power of Despised Minorities
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Why the Left Waged the #WaronNerds: They’re Losing the Oppression Olympics

In the visceral and terrifying musical Parade, written about the Leo Frank lynching, a yellow journalist enthusiastically describes how he will play on the fears of his audience to drum up readership by attacking Frank, or the “little Jew from Brooklyn with a college education.”

“So give him fangs, give him horns

Give him scaly, hairy paws

Have him drooling out the corner of his mouth

He’s a master of disguise

Check those bugged out creepy eyes

Hell, that fella’s here to rape the whole damn South!”

Sam Biddle, know thyself.

In all seriousness, for anyone with any knowledge of what happens when a previously despised minority attains unprecedented economic, social and cultural power, it shouldn’t have been a question of whether nerds would come under attack, but rather when they would. In a bizarre way, then, the fact that nerds came in for such a drubbing is evidence of their mainstream success.

Say, that sounds sorta familiar.  All-powerful Gaystapo here to rape the whole damn Christian nation, anybody?