The Swine War

I would like to discuss ISIS/ISIL and the US tactics or strategy in dealing with what we are told is a threat to the United States.  But first, let me share what the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission has to say about hunting wild hogs.  It may only make sense to me since I have recently been swine hunting.

Feral Hogs are Pests

Feral hogs are not native to the United States. They are an invasive species, a public nuisance and a threat to Arkansas. They compete for food resources, destroy habitat by rooting and wallowing and will eat ground-nesting birds, eggs, fawns and young domestic livestock. They also carry up to 45 bacteria, diseases and parasites, including Trichinellosis, Brucellosis and swine herpes virus.

Hunting and shooting feral pigs has been implemented for the last few decades. It can chase feral hogs away from crops or food plots temporarily, but they soon return or become a problem for a neighboring landowner. Studies show at least 66 percent of a hog population must be removed each year just to prevent it from growing. Hunting has shown to reduce hog populations by only 8 to 50 percent.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recognizes large-scale trapping as the most efficient and economical means currently available to reduce feral hog populations.

Sport hunting of feral hogs has been more hindrance to hog removal than benefit. Illegal relocation of hogs for hunting purposes has spread the problem to new areas. The shooting of individual hogs also thwarts large-scale trapping efforts by agencies because increased disturbance makes it nearly impossible to catch the whole sounder, or family group, at once.

http://www.agfc.com/hunting/Pages/HuntingRegulationsFeralHog.aspx

Lets ponder these statements for a minute.  “Hunting has shown to reduce hog populations by only 8 to 50 percent.  Sport hunting of feral hogs has been more hindrance to hog removal than benefit.  The shooting of individual hogs also thwarts large-scale trapping efforts by agencies because increased disturbance makes it nearly impossible to catch the whole sounder, or family group, at once.”

Now let me compare this to what I see as our war strategy.  We began fighting terrorism in a new manner with the change in our Commander-in-Chief (aka “The Drone Warrior”).  A policy of remote killing of high value targets practiced under Bush was expanded into the main effort to wage war.  As quickly as politics allowed, Obama lead us out of Iraq and is attempting still to extract us from Afghanistan.  And to be fair, he had little to do with getting us in these wars.  But he asked for the job, so should be accountable for how he closes out these conflicts.  Our military has always made & officers a high value target & employed snipers to destroy leadership.  It has proven it’s worth on countless battlefields.

But this is a different kind of battle.  On a true battlefield, the opposing army would be destroyed or forced to surrender.  If they retreat, they would be pursued and destroyed.  War is usually waged where you win, die, or surrender.  You fight the other guy until he is no longer a threat to you.  This new war, without a battlefield, killing a leader just creates a vacancy.

“The shooting of individual hogs also thwarts large-scale trapping efforts by agencies because increased disturbance makes it nearly impossible to catch the whole group.”

One change in this war on terror is ISIL becoming a regional power.   Unlike most terror organizations the US has faced, here we have actual armies and battle fields.  This is the type of fight our military is designed to engage.  But only if allowed to use tactics proven to be effective.  Air attacks are the per-cursor to land war.  It means “boots on the ground”  If the desire is to “win” this or any war, the enemy must be killed or captured.  Our air war can destroy any hard targets and many or most vehicle assets, but still leaves survivors to continue the fight.  It also may “train” smarter, more capable leaders.

Our Commander-in-Chief outlined his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group known as ISIS.  What can be said about this “strategy”?  Does it not simply describe any battle or war?  You attack and degrade the enemy (funny way to describe bombing, blowing up people and weapons…must be lawyer-speak where unpleasant words are never spoken.  War is a conflict or military operation..)  What is not said is how long will we be degrading the enemy?  Part of his strategy includes other nations providing the “boots on the ground”.  And to give credit, he & his advisors recognize it will take an army to kill or capture the ISIS terrorists.  But how well grounded in reality is this plan?  The Middle East is full of factions that hate each other.  Our VP proposed a three state solution just for Iraq.  Iran & Iraq fought a very bloody war in the 90’s.  Syria is fighting a civil war and the US has sided against their government which Russia is supporting.  Turkey when faced with invasion let a town face ISIL alone because it was a Kurdish settlement.  Who are the allies Obama thinks will contain ISIS after we preform our “strategic strikes”?  The saying, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a fallacy in this situation.  Our best hope is for them to hate each other more than they do us….  And they are to be the “trap” and contain ISIS…

Another funny thing, both Democrats and Republicans are calling for this war.  They differ only is how to wage the war. 

“Bruce Braley, the Democratic Senate candidate in Iowa. He picked up a Republican-held House seat largely on the strength of his opposition to the war in Iraq. He backed cutting off funding for military operations and spoke out against the surge.

When his opponent warned at a 2006 debate of chaos if the U.S. cut and ran, Braley responded: “Chaos already is ensuing in Iraq.”

Just last August, Braley demanded Obama get congressional authorization before taking any military action in Syria.

Now Braley is running against military veteran Joni Ernst in one of the most contested Senate races in the country.

“ISIS is a threat that must be stopped,” Braley said during a debate Sunday. “Anytime American citizens are attacked by a terrorist group, they need to be brought to justice or to the grave.””
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/2014-elections-senate-democrats-iraq-syria-111445.html#ixzz3HARHfpuO

When has ISIS attacked America?  They did behead a journalist.  He went to Syria, in a war zone.  Journalists are killed frequently when they elect to go to dangerous places to report.  There cannot and should not be an expectation of safety for anyone who deliberately puts themselves in harms way.  So why is everyone banging the war drum?   Whatever happened to “Code Pink” and their anti-war protesters?  If Bush & his wars were wrong, why is this a war we should fight?

ISIS has declared America their enemy and announced their intent to attack us.  Hasn’t Iran done that multiple times?  And a few others?  One line of reasoning makes sense of the call to arms.  When the boy sticks his finger in the small hole in the dike, plugging the small leak.  It’s much easier to fix/contain than allowing the hole to grow, where a hand or a bulldozer cannot stop the flood.  ISIS could sweep across Iraq if not stopped.  They would have greater resources, namely huge quantities of oil to sell & trade.  Could they then take Jordan, Syria, or Iran?  It’s all possible.  Looking at a map, it’s hard to explain how Germany conquered so many countries.  Ditto for Japan.  But all this really points to is the need for all Middle East countries that feel threatened to act.  Obama took us out of Iraq.  They were happy to see us, the invader leave.  Syria is not a friend.  Jordan & Israel are but I don’t hear them mentioned in these calls to war.

What shouts to me is first, we have no goal in this war.  “Err, stop the bad guys from killing?”  Which bad guy’s and in what countries?   There are a lot of borders in that region.   Reality is our “strategy is to start bombing them and hope we slow them down enough to buy some time and make a plan.  Plan “A” to get other countries to handle the ground war.  Plan “B” might be get past mid-terms and then commit US troops.  (No doubt, it will be the Republicans fault by then)

As it stands today, ISIL is smuggling millions of dollars worth of oil across several borders every day.  How likely is it that they cannot and will not export fighters?  Couple that with the thousands of illegal immigrants seemingly crossing our southern border at will and the reality is our defense is an assumption that the enemy is too dumb or lazy to hit back.  They clearly have the ability and funding.  I think our air attacks will give them more incentive to target the US .  (not that I doubt they will or would not seek to attack us, just we were a lower priority)  I would suggest we pray, but our government seems opposed to that as well….

And let me give the final word to one of our Allies…

 

On Thursday, the Syrian National Coalition, which is recognized by the United States as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, told Foreign Policy that the plan “just doesn’t make sense strategically.

“The only way to defeat ISIS is to defeat ISIS. You cannot be reactive and wait for them to besiege liberated towns and villages,” said Oubai Shahbandar, a senior advisor to the group.

Mid-Term Yawns

Considering the impact the coming November elections could have on the federal government, it seems to me that the media is almost bored with the topic.  Yes there are stories and coverage, but the feverish coverage shown in the past seems lacking to me.  Democrats won control of the House, Senate and Presidency in 2008.  They lost the House in 2010, then lost their super majority in the Senate, but somehow kept the Oval Office.

I still wonder how Romney lost, but credit it to the media advocacy of Obama.  They were still praising his vision on foreign policy while the ruins in Benghazi were still smoldering.  They accepted and championed the lie it was linked to an anti-Muslim video.  There was no scandal because the media would not report it as a scandal.

Now today with Iraq and Syria poised to fall, Libya still in turmoil, there is still media cover for Obama.  A respiratory virus common to Central America is hitting nearly every state in North America, but the media see’s no link to Obama’s open border policy.  Instead, the only worthwhile event is Ebola, which cannot be blamed on the POTUS.  Republican demands for a travel ban are met with accusations of racism.

I don’t expect any major shift because of the election.  I think the old media is killing itself with blatant dishonesty that is apparent to all but the most partisan and gullible.  If/when the New York Times, ABC, NBC & CBS news  die, I will both celebrate and morn their passing.

Only the Losers

Erdogan bombs Kurds in Turkey

Another twist in our war against Islamic State. The government of Turkey bombed the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in southern Turkey on Sunday in retaliation for attacks on Turkish forces. It’s the first time in two years Ankara has bombed the Kurds.

Reuters:

There was no immediate comment from the military on the report that it bombed Kurdish positions, once a regular occurrence in southeast Turkey but something that had not taken place for two years.

Hurriyet said the air strikes on Sunday caused “major damage” to the PKK. They were launched after three days of PKK attacks on a military outpost in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border, it added.

“F-16 and F-4 warplanes which took off from (bases in the southeastern provinces of) Diyarbakir and Malatya rained down bombs on PKK targets after they attacked a military outpost in the Daglica region,” Hurriyet said.

It said the PKK had attacked the outpost for three days with heavy machine guns and rocket launchers. The general staff said in a statement it had “opened fired immediately in retaliation in the strongest terms” after PKK attacks in the area, but did not mention air strikes.

Another event, Susan Rice, our National Security Adviser announced Sunday that Turkey was allowing the US to use some of their airbases to fight ISIS.  Turkey promptly reputed that statement. 
Who would fight a war where every ally is bound to resent and hate you no matter what you do?

Supressing the Majority

A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/alton-nolen-oklahoma-beheading-suspect-will-be-charged-with-1st-degree-murder-1.2779971

Alton Nolen, 30, remains hospitalized in stable condition after Thursday’s attack at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. He said that Nolen will be charged Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon and that he may also face federal charges.

I have noticed the media and most politicians bending over backwards to not call this terrorism or link it in any way with Middle East violence or radical Islam.  And to be fair, it’s not unusual for someone to go crazy and start killing co-workers, family members or random strangers.  It happens every day somewhere.  What is different to us is the beheading and someone claiming to be a Muslim or who has converted to that religion being the murderer.

Obama has stated we are safe from terrorists.  Ft. Hood was workplace violence.  What was Boston?  We are bombing Iraq & Syria but are not at war?  Maybe I just can’t find the right phrase that is politically correct enough to describe these situations?  The Oklahoma murderer was trying to convert co-workers to Islam.  He is also outspoken about hating white people.  But apparently, this wasn’t a terrorist act or a hate crime?

It’s funny/strange remembering around 15 years ago.  I had/have friends with badges.  Talking with them and feeling their frustration in dealing with abusive spouses (wife beaters).  Many, many times they were called and would sometimes haul the man away, just to have the woman recant & refuse to press charges.  One thing that encouraged them was terroristic threatening charges.  It was a legal tool that allowed them much greater sentencing and easier abilities to pursue charges.

  § 5-13-301. Terroristic threatening. 1975. Amended 1995.

(a) (1) A person commits the offense of terroristic threatening in the first degree if:
(A) With the purpose of terrorizing another person, he threatens to cause death or serious physical injury or substantial property damage to another person; or
(B) With the purpose of terrorizing another person, he threatens to cause physical injury or property damage to a teacher or other school employee acting in the line of duty.
(2) Terroristic threatening in the first degree is a Class D felony.
(b) (1) A person commits the offense of terroristic threatening in the second degree if, with the purpose of terrorizing another person, he threatens to cause physical injury or property damage to another person.
(2) Terroristic threatening in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) (1) (A) A judicial officer, upon pretrial release of the defendant, shall enter a no contact order in writing consistent with Rules 9.3 and 9.4 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure and shall give notice to the defendant of penalties contained in Rule 9.5 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure.

And we all have heard or read about race crimes and seen their prosecution.  But it seems all or nearly so were white men who hated blacks.  I think racism is wrong.  I think hate is wrong.  But I think making special crimes out of only certain groups that have been victims is a mistake.  If we are all equal before the law, then adding a special rule, “but if you don’t like homosexuals and are charged with battery, it become a hate crime”. 

Judge  “Did you strike the defendant?”

Cletus  ” You damn betcha”  “Knocked him clean out with one punch”

Judge  ”  And do you have a history of gay bashing, jokes and negative posts on facebook?”

Cletus  ”  Yes I do!  Isn’t there a First amendment right to speak my mind?”

Judge  ”  Cletus, I find you guilty & this is a hate crime with a mandatory five year sentence”.

Cletus  ”  But he kissed me…right there in front of Cooter & everybody!”

I suppose we will have to wait to see what other charges are filed.  Myself, I have low expectations.  If he were a white male it would be different.  But here in the new America, we don’t want to offend our killers.

Economics of Jihad

It appears we are starting to target the oil ISIL is selling to support there activities.  I think that is a great start.  I wonder though about our Arab partners & their motivation.  Are the Saudi’s worried about the military threat, the cultural/religious threat, or is it all about the money?  And we should apply that same question to the US and all the others that want in this fight.

Another possibility to consider, the Saudi’s have been exporting their extremists since the seventies.  Might have been a smart policy at the time, encourage them to leave and be someone else’s problem.  Now that problem is “coming home to roost”.  (Tnks.  Rev. Wright for the phrase)

http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/23/tony-blair-obama-needs-to-take-on-islamic-schools-that-teach-koran-video/

Being a simple man, I think the simple answer is follow the money.  It’s all about money and power.  None of the players involved care about any of the lives lost or about to be risked.  The current strategy of hitting hard targets insures a large number of these terrorists will fade and scatter.  They will live to fight another day and the next battlefield may be closer to home than we will enjoy.

Independent Thinking

Before the Scottish voted to remain in the United Kingdom, I had a brief conversation with an Irish Priest.  Back in the seventies, he morally supported the IRA.  Hard to imagine a priest supporting even with words what appeared to be a violent terrorist group.  But he was there & I never have been to the UK.  In our conversation I mentioned I could see parallels between their pressing for independence and the increase demand for states rights here in the US.

And in our Declaration of Independence:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

We are only looking at the early stages of the increase of illegal immigrants and the consequences.  A new respiratory virus is making the rounds in an increasing number of states.   Is this tied to the immigrants the federal government forced state and local officials to ignore health safeguards for?  My children were  REQUIRED to have proof of immunization along with other documents.  Is this not a result of the presidents policy to ignore the law?
The IRS “follows the law whenever we can”…  What would happen to anyone that told the IRS that during an audit?
And even now as the truth starts to emerge on Benghazi, the media continues to try and provide cover for the Democrats.
 http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/09/19/nbc-reveals-latest-poll-scandal-plagued-administrationof-nfl
I still think the truth will prevail.  I think there will be a push back against Democrats.  Sadly, I think the Republicans that are a near equal part of the problem will benefit the most.  That makes us all the losers who seek to live in a free country.  Maybe we need to follow the Scottish example and call for a succession vote?

HomeWork

Before a test, most school kids have to complete homework assignments.  It teaches us important lessons in life.  Fail to do you’re homework and you are likely to fail in your assignment.  Now we have our president announcing military action against ISIL, a terrorist group, and including multiple allies to assist in combating this threat.  Funny thing, it looks as if he failed to inform them they were going to support us in this new war…

“Thursday morning, the Middle East woke up to news that Obama expects their governments to sign up for as many as three years of airstrikes and military intervention in Iraq and Syria. The media reaction was decidedly mixed.

Echoing Turkey’s opposition to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Arab News reported that “Turkey will not allow a U.S.-led coalition to attack jihadists in neighboring Iraq and Syria from its air bases, nor will it take part in combat operations against militants.””

Add to that, Russia warns against an attack on Syria.  How far is our “Peace President” prepared to go….

What if??

History is full of second guessing.  Mistakes in the Super bowl, NASCAR, etc and all our major conflicts.  Currently most thinking people are critical over Obama’s handling of the ISIS crisis.  Our liberal journalists are outraged and demanding justice for the two reporters beheaded on UTube.  Lets first stop right there and ask, is this grounds for the US to declare war?  If so, does this mean the US government is now guaranteeing  the safety of all American journalists that enter war zones?  Is it tied to human rights and what the UN will rule on how people are treated?  If so then I think we will be limited to declaring war on Israel or ourselves.  Everyone else seems to get free passes for some reason.

Back to our history, did our media force the US to declare war on Spain?  I feel for the families of the reporters and agree it was/is horrible beyond words.  But so too were the thousands or tens of thousands raped, brutalized and killed by ISIS.  Is our reason for entering this conflict the reporters or to protect human rights?  How many other conflicts have we ignored?  Is it because ISIS has declared war on  America?  Didn’t the terrorists in Nigeria also declare war on us after kidnapping those school girls?

The latest outcry by FOX & the Repug’s is that Obama has had intelligence on ISIS for over a year.  Why has it taken him so long to act?  Might be a fair question, but if so, then when do the questioners think he should have acted and what is their justification?  A year ago they were rebels fighting the regime in Syria we would like to see overthrown.  It is possible we supplied them with weapons.  There are also reports the Saudi’s and other ME powers supported ISIS.  So a year ago, all the Obama critics would have supported his actions at that time.

Then they invaded Iraq.  Should we have immediately jumped back into that hornets nest?  I can agree with the critics that Obama did not try very hard if all to secure a balance of forces agreement which was part of the excuse for our pull-out of Iraq.  With the corrupt president they elected, is that a realistic expectation?  The military we rebuild has fallen apart due to blatant corruption of their democratically elected government.  At what point does it become our duty or right to step into this conflict.  And if we do, who’s side are we even on?  Obama took us into Libya.  A dictator was disposed and murdered.  No tears from me, but how are things in Libya today?  Ongoing civil war with militant Islamic’s   gaining enough power that Egypt had to step in with military strikes.

Slowly, oh so slowly, Obama finished his last vacation, got in the last golf games and has returned to deal with this crisis.  The world did not end while he was away.  Many innocents did die, but that doesn’t mean he could have saved them.  But now he’s acting.  And I find myself asking myself an unthinkable question, what if Obama was right?  Only on this, on responding to ISIS/ISIL.  He is meeting with NATO, bringing them in.  He is meeting with several Middle East powers that want us to act.  If the world wants us to enter this conflict, what are they committing to the conflict?  Before we put boots on that ground again, I want to see Jordan, the Saudi’s and other players put their people where their mouths are, in the front lines, in front of our troops.  And all these war mongering journalists, I’d like to see them right there with them…

Romney Reflections

During the last presidential debates, I strongly thought Romney would do a superb job managing our economy.  He  is a money guy, a self made millionaire with a record as govern that  shows it wasn’t luck.  But he lost the debates and election.  I remember Obama ridiculing him on his statement on Russia.  I think current events speak volumes on that subject.

He also warned about unrest in Tunisia.  I was unaware of anything newsworthy there, but not long after the election, the French suppressed a rebellion with US assistance.  Romney learned from 9/11.  Threats to the US and our interests are not the same as in the good old days.  The planning and preparation for the 9/11 attacks took place mostly while Clinton occupied the White House.  The media would portray Clinton as a peace seeking President.  Why then did Islamics attack the US?  Bush had not started any new wars or conflicts.  More to the point today, what does America need to concern itself with & what actions NEED to be taken?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-the-world-needs-a-mighty-us-military/2014/09/04/f5234064-342d-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html

A Nation Divided

Liberals claimed Obama would bring us together.  I think he made those same claims.  With his record before the election, today’s reality should surprise only the gullible.  America is more divided on race, the economy, health care, foreign relations and on nearly every issue.  Pick one and tell me it’s better now than under Bush or Clinton?  We just looked at Ferguson and the race/violence issue.  How about a look at foreign affairs.

First, what is Obama’s policy?  Damned if I Know?  Our military announced a shift to Asia, meaning possible confrontations with China.  Meanwhile things are going to “ell in the Middle East & with Russia.  At the same time, defense spending has been cut while entitlement spending is increased.. 

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/hillary_clintons_foreign_policy_failures.html

 

The new immigrants being distributed throughout the US are claiming benefits in what should be a surprising manner.  Register & go to school.  Tell them you are 16 or 17.  SO what if you have gray hair & wrinkles & no one will believe you are a teenager.  It doesn’t matter how old you are if the federal government say’s you get to go to school & collect, just take the money and welcome to America….

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382483/adult-illegal-immigrants-posing-children-enroll-high-school-ryan-lovelace

Speaking the UnSpeakable

I do try to not make judgements on issues until the smoke clears & a clear picture emerges.  I mostly ignored the Zimmerman story for a couple of days.  I have tried to do so on Ferguson until enough facts emerged to form an intelligent opinion.  First fact, the MO Govern is a total tool & should be recalled, impeached or just shipped to Iraq to directly head negotiations with ISIS.  (OK, not a fact, just a strongly expressed opinion)

On Tuesday, August 19, Governor Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) called for the “vigorous prosecution” of Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown last week. 

Despite the highly charged rhetoric by the state’s Democratic governor, NBC’s Today was the only network morning show to acknowledge Nixon’s comments, giving it a mere 41 seconds on its Wednesday morning broadcast.

So what do you think?  Calling for vigorous prosecution before even determining if he committed a crime?  I have a different perspective.  Officer Darren Wilson should be awarded the highest awards available to a law enforcement officer for his actions.  By several accounts, Michael Brown & another male were walking down the middle of a city street, disrupting traffic.  (This was soon after the report of a robbery in that area.)  Officer Wilson yelled at them to get out of the street.  (this is a LEGAL order!  The ideal that this is a free country does not mean there are not laws such as those that restrict the streets to vehicles, not pedestrians.  Police also have the authority to enforce those laws thru tickets, arrest or whatever level of force is required)  Brown walking down the middle of the street after committing a strong arm robbery (battery) shows he was intent on violence, on provoking a confrontation. 

Officer Wilson ordered him out of the street.  Brown ignored him.  Officer Wilson started to exit his vehicle but was stopped by Brown & his accomplice, who shoved him back into the police car.  Brown then punched officer Wilson several times resulting in significant to severe injuries.  There are reports the struggled for Wilson’s gun.  Brown stepped away & Wilson exited the car.  Brown then taunted Wilson, “What you gonna do, shoot me”?  Brown then began an aggressive run at Wilson, who then shot Brown six times.

Reports indicate Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket from Browns attack.  A few days ago, I criticized Wilson’s marksmanship.  I was wrong.   While Brown was struck four times in the right arm, two went thru and struck the upper body.  Wilson was aiming center mass, exactly as police officers are trained.  That he was this accurate after a brutal beating, impaired vision and possible concussion or concussion like symptoms shows focus, restraint and professionalism of the highest order.  Brown had shown himself intent on violence and unwilling to submit to arrest.  Had Wilson allowed him to escape, who would have been his next victim?  Wilson, as a police officer, is entrusted with authority & powers not shared with the general public.  He is expected to protect the general public from violence.  Had Brown continued to walk away, Wilson would still be expected to stop Brown.  Compare that to you or I.  If we had been beaten & they walk away, we cannot legally shoot them or use lethal force.  Once the threat to our or others safety passes, we cannot legally engage even a violent criminal.  But in this encounter, we & officer Wilson have the clear right to self defense.  Brown reversed direction and began a fast approach toward Wilson.  He died an aggressor.  He died because he choose to attack others.  Wilson was injured doing his job stopping people like Brown.

And while I am happy to praise Officer Wilson, I think it should be contrasted with some criticism.  A few years back there was a shooting in Time Square.  I am still waiting for reports on what happened to the officers who shot innocent bystanders.  In California, during the Dorner manhunt, police twice fired on mistakenly identified vehicles, shooting one man & injuring two others.  Two separate incidents where two different police organizations violated the law & their legally recognized procedures.  If shoot on sight orders had been issued, they would have to have identified the suspect.  The first incident involved two women.  The second a small build white male.  Dorner was a large, black male.  NY could be excused, that they had to stop a threat to the public at large, even if it meant injuring innocent bystanders present at that time.  (I don’t agree with this, but acknowledge a case can be made)  But no such defense can be offered for the illegal actions in California.  One thing shared by both is the lack of accountability.
 
 
And like many, I share a distrust over the militarization of our police forces and that displayed in Ferguson, I also see a disconnect.  Violent rioters are nightly looting and attacking.  A large, civil disturbance that was the justification for acquiring such equipment.  The real question should be, why isn’t it being used?  Why are the violent people still one the streets?  Why haven’t they arrested dozens or hundreds?  Why aren’t they protecting the innocent citizens of Ferguson and their property?  It can only be politics.  The politics of Eric Holder, who ordered the Ferguson police to not release the video of Brown’s attacking a man in a store minutes before being shot.  The police chief defied Holder and obeyed the law, releasing the video as required by a freedom of information request.  And again, compare this to Zimmerman, where a firearm was used legally to defend against a violent attack.  Is this what Holder, Obama & the liberal press are trying to smear?  The right to self defense?

3AM? Where were you?

I have some friends that are/where Hillary girls.  Big fans who thought she could do no wrong.  There was this viral pic of her on a plane, wearing dark sunglasses checking out her Blackberry..  Funny that doesn’t make the rounds anymore.  Reality is it was a publicity campaign meant to build/enhance her image.

http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/

And it worked well until reality caught up with the image.  Benghazi was her 3am moment & she showed herself to be what she accused Obama of, unprepared & unable to deal with a crisis in real time.   What difference does it make?  One difference is you have proven you are not able to take that phone call, no matter what the hour.  Has Obama kept control over foreign policy?  Who makes decisions like going after Osama Bin Laden?  Isn’t one of the rules of a conspiracy that you all stand together or will hang separately?

http://nypost.com/2014/08/13/hammering-obama-hillary-has-only-begun/

And now Hillz & Bama have “hugged it out”.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/08/13/big-three-provide-damage-control-following-clinton-obama-feud-insist-

Glad that went so well.  Seems like most of the nation is looking at a president & Sec of State that are complete incompetents.  He does his best work on the golf course ignoring other nations issues, lest he be tempted to “help”.

Makes me wonder about our phony media and the sheeple that embrace  illusion.  Two PR guys have a few drinks talking about how awesome is Hillary.  I don’t think I could ever get drunk enough to believe any of that bulldookey.

http://www.outsports.com/2012/4/11/4052930/texts-from-hillary-internet-meme-started-by-two-guys-in-a-gay-sports

 

Where is the U.N.?

UN groups say at least 40,000 members of the Yazidi sect, many of them women and children, have taken refuge in nine locations on Mount Sinjar, a craggy, mile-high ridge identified in local legend as the final resting place of Noah’s ark.

At least 130,000 more people, many from the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar, have fled to Dohuk, in the Kurdish north, or to Irbil, where regional authorities have been struggling since June to deal with one of the biggest and most rapid refugee movements in decades.

Sinjar itself has been all but emptied of its 300,000 residents since jihadists stormed the city late on Saturday, but an estimated 25,000 people remain. “We are being told to convert or to lose our heads,” said Khuldoon Atyas, who has stayed behind to guard his family’s crops. “There is no one coming to help.”

 

Castles in the Sand

We’ve had some back & forth on the Israeli war.  Looking at articles I came across  something of interest.  The history of Tel Aviv.  Imagine it as it was, nothing but sand dunes.  The Arab’s had no use for it, so were happy to sell the useless land to the Jew’shttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Aviv

 

 the Jews of Yaffo, tired of Arab anti-Semitism and needing more land for their growing families, petitioned the governor of Palestine, then ruled by Ottoman Turkey, for permission to build a Jewish suburb in the neighboring sand. The governor considered the request such a hot potato that he sent it to Constantinople for the Sultan to decide. The Sultan said yes.

The second questioner, a Palestinian teaching at a British university, complimented me for the accuracy of my brief answer to an unexpected question. “But,” he said, “you committed a sin of omission. You failed to tell our British and European colleagues that the Jews built Tel Aviv on my sand. I know the area. I was born there. I speak Hebrew. I and most other Palestinians want our sand, and everything that the Jews put on it, back. And we shall continue to fight until we get our sand back.”

 

“I do not know why you Westerners cannot comprehend that the basic issue is not the size of Israel. It is not the boundaries of Israel. It is not the policies of Israel. It is not about the status of Jerusalem. It is not about the Palestinian Right of Return. It is not about a one- or a two-state solution. And it is certainly not about how the Israelis treat or mistreat their Arab minority. 

“The basic issue is the existence, the location, and the sovereignty of Israel. I and most Palestinians will never accept the permanence of this infidel state in the Muslim Middle East, even if it is no larger than the smallest postage stamp. “

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/even_if_it_is_no_larger_than_the_smallest_postage_stamp.html

That was said some 30 years ago.  Think anything has changed?  Here are the words of a man raised by Hamas.

YOUSEF: Well, Hamas movement is not a national organization and it’s not a humanitarian organization. Hamas is a terrorist organization with a humanitarian face to it. Basically, Hamas hijacked what’s so-called the Palestinian cause to push their political and religious, most importantly ideological agendas. Hamas does not care. If tomorrow Israel comes to Hamas and say, we give you the 1967 borders, Hamas is not going to agree for that.

HANNITY: Yes.

YOUSEF: Basically, because they don’t have political boundaries to their ideology. They want to destroy the state of Israel. They want to destroy any country that does not believe in their ideology.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/07/31/son-hamas-founder-declares-hamas-terrorist-organization-humanitarian-#ixzz395h9agZ6

And here the simple question is asked, “what would you do?”  How would you or the United States respond to thousands of rockets fired at a major city?

 

http://pamelageller.com/2014/07/what-would-we-do.html/

 

And a point not made enough.  Multiple nations are deliberately forcing these wars.  None of the Arab nations will allow the Palestinians citizenship.  Thousands live in countries surrounding Israel in UN “camps”.  There is a constant effort to smuggle in more & better weapons to attack the Jew’s.  None of them care how many die on either side.  A large part of their plan is to provoke Israel into waging a war of genocide just as Hamas  has declared.  They hope to force the US & western powers from supporting Israel.  And why should we support Israel?  I think it’s better for us if they get themselves killed over there than coming here.  The simple reality is these fanatics want to & intend to conquer the world.  The smart ones want to start with the Jews and then the Christians.   If they ever do win those “battles”, they can then concentrate on the main event.  The “true” followers of Allah will only be known after they slaughter all the other Muslims…..

http://www.clarionproject.org/news/isis-executes-13-sunni-clerics-refusal-join-them

A Little More Facism?

Now the Obama administration urges Congress to pass a new sort of protectionist measure unlike any that existed before.  But unlike the failed legislation of the past – including the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, which is generally credited with deepening and prolonging the Great Depression – the new measures don’t even pretend to protect workers or consumers.  Their only intent is to protect government revenues and the power of the governing class.

 

 

Texas Drought on the Decline

July 16, 2014  By Sierra Rayne

Back in late April and early May, media articles appeared that proposed major changes in water policy for Texas. These policy recommendations were, of course, timed for release at the height of Texas’ drought. Back then, I advocated for patience:

“The lessons of history for water in Texas are straightforward. Don’t panic and make rash decisions, and heed Reagan’s wise counsel that also applies to water policy efforts: ‘A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.’  There is often a lag time between when precipitation begins to rebound back up to historical norms and the refill rates of various reservoirs that were drawn down during the worst of the drought. Take the time to wait for this process, which is undeniably underway, before acting. Making water policy during a drought is equivalent to building public infrastructure during an overheated economy, when construction costs are maximized — common sense is absent, and good value for money is not obtained.

Patience is needed in the Lone Star State on water policy. Avoid the shock doctrine.”

Sure enough, the drought has substantially improved. Here are the latest statewide drought conditions.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/texas_drought_on_the_decline.html

The Tempest-Tost

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”(1)

 

These words resonate thru our history, the history of the United States of America.  Our history also contains many examples where our citizens were not open and welcoming to immigrants, especially mass immigration.  Do we have the “right” as a nation to say yes or no to anyone who might want to visit our shores?  I think the answer to that lies with asking, do we have the right to exist as a nation, period?

 

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.          Abe Lincoln.(2)

 

Do we have any “right” to have a nation of, by and for the people?  To abstract?  Lets ask instead, do you have a right to live in and keep your home?  What gives you that right?

And the sign said, Anybody caught trespassin’ would be shot on sight
So, I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house
“Hey, what gives you the right?
To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in
If God was here, He’d tell you to your face, man, you’re some kinda sinner”(3)

 

I like the song, but do not agree with the reasoning.  You can lock the doors on your house.  Who you let in is & should be your choice.  The Bruce Willis movie “Unbreakable” has a psycho killer that walks up to a front door, rings the bell, tells the  man who answers, ” I like you house, can I come in?”  He then forces his way in, kills the father, rape, torture, etc…  You can lock your doors.  You can put up a fence.  You can do this because we as a society agreed on some laws.  Follow certain rules & you “own” property.  You can expect to be safe on that property, defended by police and an army.  You pay taxes on that property to insure you are kept safe.  You have the right to protect what is yours.  By extension, does our government not have the right & responsibility to protect our nation?  PreWW2, would Japan have not come and taken our oil without defended borders?

Consider how often during a dry spell, we wish for rain.  Even during normal seasons, do we protest when rain comes?  OK, let’s have the picnic next weekend instead.  But do we ever wish for massive thunderstorms?  For flash floods?  For an overwhelming burst of water too great for the normal ditches,  streams and rivers to contain?  No, we don’t wish for so much rain as to wreak havoc, to destroy live and property.  Sadly, this analogy falls short.   We have seen normal floods and can respond, survive, rebuild.  Most of the damage done by hurricanes Sandy & Katrina was by flooding.  Getting closer, but still this falls short of our situation.  Sandy, the hurricane flooded much of our East coast, but it ended.  Measured in hours or days, there was an end.

The “flood” of immigrants, where & when does that end?  Mexico has announced an agreement with two Central American countries on allowing & assisting immigrants, including young children, to enter the US, illegally.(4)  Parts of our government seem to be assisting these immigrants while others parts are attempting to stop them.  Our country is praised for being a nation of laws, where the law protects everyone’s rights.  Here we have the federal government ignoring written laws, attempting to force the states to abide by illegal suppression of those laws, and some states are pushing back.  We are taught a history where dishonest governments suppress & control the news.  During wars & foreign conflicts, it is expected even the press will respect the need for some  secrets.  Why would that be applied to the housing of hundreds or thousands of immigrants?  If they are our “guests”, why can we not see the conditions they are living under?  What bedding, clothing, food & medical care are we extending?  How many are families with an adult & how many are children traveling alone?  How many are young males aged 15 to 25 with gang tat’s?  I think the world watches & see’s here an example of how far America has fallen.  Clearly our government is hiding from us, its citizens, information we have a legal right to expect & demand.  At the same time, our world-renowned media seems content to allow this, sitting quietly like a well-trained, well fed dog.

Look at the numbers.  The US has a population of 300 million, of which around 70 million work.  China has 300 million people living in poverty.  The US is the richest nation in the world, often referred to as the world breadbasket.  We could support those 300 million and instantly improve their quality of life.  It would likely have a negative effect on your and my quality of life.  India has 400 million living in poverty.  Can they come also?  Also consider this helps both China & India as nations.  The bulk of their non-productive population becomes someone else’s burden.  Human rights advocates have been outspoken over China’s brutally enforced “one child” policy.  They are an overcrowded nation with over a million citizens.  In perspective, some good news.  Central America only has around 40 million  people in total.  I think it’s unlikely more than 10 to 15 million will seek refuge in the US.  And they qualify as “refugee’s”, fleeing poverty & violence. (5)  And how many thousands have died in Sudan?  What about Libya, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria & Iraq?  Surely people fleeing war face a more urgent crisis than those living in poverty?  In a civilized world, what is a civilized answer to all these crisis’?

My answer?  A civilized nation & people help where they can in and at those nations in crisis.  Not here.  Bringing their problems here do not resolve the problem.  It may provide temporary relief.  But if the culture of a nation causes them to overpopulate, eventually they will breed past what the ecosystem can support.  It’s funny if you study efforts to control the deer population in the US.  They have tried nearly everything from sterilization to urban hunts.  In every case, the deer breed to fill the habitat.  Then over breed unless controlled by hunting.  Perhaps wars are an equivalent?  If there was plenty of food & space, would there be so much fighting in the Middle East & Africa?  Outrageous thought?  Offensive even?

The Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region has 500 million Arabs, Persians, North Africans and others living in an area with an agricultural system that can support half that number. (6)

Sorry but allowing them to come here in mass is bringing their problems to us, making their problems ours.  It still will not solve their problems, be it poverty or war, it will just bring poverty and war here.  While I think the US should always be open and welcoming to immigrants, we cannot allow a flood that is all but an invasion.  Too many too soon means no assimilation.  That will kill our culture.  It will then be replaced with that of the invaders.  If their culture was so successful, why did they flee their homeland?  I can understand Mexico’s actions.  They have struggled with too many immigrants.  Much better for them to pass them on & up to us, make it our problem.  Our only solution is to completely seal the border, including Canada should it prove necessary.  Immigrants must come as guests, not invaders.  You wish to live in your house, keep a home for your family?  Have doors that lock.  Put up a fence if needed or desired.  You wish to live in a nation where all men are created equal?  We must guard what is ours, or we are giving it away.

 

 

(1)  excerpt from  “The New Colossus

(2) The Gettysburg Address

(3)  Signs by Five Man Electrical Band

(4) http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/mexico-guatemala-fast-track-delivery-of-illegals-to-u-s/

(5) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/30/us-usa-immigration-centralamerica-idUSKBN0F51LS20140630

(6) http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/starvation_and_the_middle_east.html

But It’s for the Children…

President Obama is asking for four billion dollars to deal with the border crisis.  I think it’s smart he asked for four billion, not the two originally floated.  I can picture Harry Reid saying, they will never give you a two billion dollar slush fund.  Obama say’s, you’re right , I better ask for four!  And after years of ridiculing conservatives about border security, if we build a fence, they will say it isn’t high enough, eventually they’ll ask for a moat & some alligators...  And now it’s a crisis that only big government can resolve.  The problem is it’s a crisis he nurtured into existence if not outright caused.  And a big question is just who is crossing our border.  Thousands of innocent children?  A few terrorists?  Any others?

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/07/08/internal-executive-summary-confirms-at-least-16-unaccompanied-minors-in-nogales-are-ms13-members-n1860014

Pretty Please!

We’ve heard about illegal immigrants getting special treatment.  Fines & tickets dismissed due to the difficulty of collecting.  The alternative of jailing them for months or years is an expense cities & counties cannot afford.  But imagine if you or I were to abandon our children.  What the consequences for us would be…But when it’s done by illegal immigrants, our governments response?

 

The federal government launched a major public relations campaign Wednesday to try to urge Central Americans not to send their children to the U.S. as illegal immigrants, vowing to press that message through radio ads and billboards in those countries and interviews with Spanish-language press in the U.S.

Is Stupid Written on My Forehead?

Lets see, Obama is asking for two billion dollars to deal with the emergency immigration crisis.  The crisis was  created  by his selectively enforcing only the laws he agreed with.  When given the money, how do we know he will use it for the purpose he claims?  How will it “speed” their deportation?  Hiring a lawyer for each & every illegal immigrant will make their deportation faster?

Oh, and the Republicans want to help…

 

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/28/mccain-graham-open-to-emergency-refugee-program-for-immigrant-children/

Tempted…

On Iraq, I have to say I am tempted to advocate committing our military to suppressing the rebellion.  For the most part, I support keeping out of other countries problems.  Iraq is a perfect example that this rebellion is the result of what happens to  a corrupt government in that part of the world.  So why the temptation?  PINOBK!  People In Need Of being Killed.  Terminated with extreme prejudice.

If we had the ability to take out the Nigerian School Girl kidnappers without endangering innocents, who wouldn’t want that?  Should it be our problem? NO!  Should we be the worlds policeman?  NO!  But after 9/11, I can see the justification of a war on terrorism.  On Iraq or Nigeria, I would not agree with any nation building.  And with Iraq, I see an especially tempting target.  Terrorist is large groups, concentrated in US military vehicles left for the “friendly” Iraq government.  Hard to imagine a better situation where we might kill thousands of terrorists in one short exchange.

But, that is not what I would do, if it were my choice.  We are allying ourselves with Iran & Syria in fighting these terrorists?  Israel has said it is better to take no action.  In what world can it make sense to do what our enemies want and the opposite of what a close ally suggests?  And finally, with our track record in the Middle East, why would we expect any action we take to turn out good for our interests?

But yes, I am tempted.  A couple of articles with several links…

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/06/iraq_follies__what_possibly_could_go_wrong.html

 

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/23/weinstein-the-iraq-silencers/

Tusnami

We’ve heard the phrase, “perfect storm”.  I’ve heard Glenn Beck use it several times.  I don’t watch him anymore.  It got to where I felt he was fear-mongering.  While I usually thought he made many good points & was right in a lot of what he said, it was too much, over the top.  And here today the United States is for all intents and purposes being invaded.  Hmmm, that doesn’t look right.

 

                                                            WE ARE BEING INVADED!!!!

 

A little better.  Shouldn’t it be on every front page in large type?  OK, the invaders are unarmed, many are children.  But still, not tens, but hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border.  Is there any conceivable way the Mexican government did not know this huge influx of Central Americans were crossing their country?  With our CIA & Homeland Security and the billions we spend on them, is there any scenario where this could happen without us knowing?  Bush was blamed for not realizing 19 terrorists were planning to hijack airplanes and attack us on 9/11.  How can anybody excuse missing hundreds of thousands?

Were they distracted by:

IRS ongoing scandals

Climate Change

Russia invasion of Ukraine

Russia invasion of Crimea

China’s aggression against S. Korea

China’s aggression against    the Philippines

Climate Change

China’s aggression against   Japan

Benghazi mastermind caught

Nigerian School girls kidnapped (ignore their ongoing civil war)

Syrian Civil War

Iraq Civil War

Climate Change

Egypt’s Civil War

Mass & School Shootings  (but ignore gang/inner city deaths & violence)

BLM’s army stand-off with a Nevada Rancher

 

Please fell free to add the many others I have missed.

 

 

VA scandal: Obama administration seeking identities of whistleblowers

Author

By Jim Kouri  June 16, 2014 

A well-respected, non-partisan watchdog group, currently probing the allegations of misconduct and malfeasance at healthcare facilities run by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department, is refusing to comply with a federal subpoena on Friday ordering the group to reveal the identities of—and information provided by— whistleblowers.

 

 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/63815

 

 

The subpoena demands that the Inside-the-Beltway Project on Government Oversight (POGO) turn over any and all documents and identities POGO received from federal official, rank-and-file employees, and others who had complained to POGO about distressing activities occurring at VA medical facilities. The whistleblowers were assured that their complaints would be kept secret and they would remain anonymous.

According to POGO, the material they received regarding the VA had been digitally encrypted in order to protect confidentiality.

Officials from POGO, a nonprofit group that earned awards this month from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative and business reporting, refused to comply with the order by the VA’s inspector general to turn over the files, POGO spokesman Joe Newman said.

Our Day

From Readers Digest

Dad holds a special place in our hearts, and on Father’s Day, he deserves the best! Pass our funniest fatherhood submissions on to a dad in your life and share the priceless gift of laughter!

 

The Right Choice My 16-year-old brother, Ryan, was out late with friends one night. Suddenly he realized it was Father’s Day and he had neglected to buy a card for our dad. After much searching, Ryan located an open store, but was disappointed to find only two cards left on a picked-over rack. Selecting one, he brought it home and, somewhat sheepishly, presented it to our father.

Upon opening it, Dad read this message: “You’ve been like a father to me.” He looked at Ryan, puzzled.

“Well, Dad,” Ryan tried to explain, “it was either that or the card that said, ‘Now that I’m a father too!’” – Submitted by Anne Carlson

 

Thanks for the Soda, Pop! Before I took the old family car to college, my father loaded the trunk with soft-drink bottles filled with oil, coolant and transmission fluid. Sure enough, my car overheated. Scolding myself for not listening to my father’s instructions, I looked at the engine and saw how well he knew me. The oil cap was labeled Dr Pepper, the transmission stick, Coke, and the empty coolant container, Diet Pepsi. I finished the trip safely. – Submitted by Charlotte G. Alexander

 

Say What, Dad? Our Gen-X daughter, Cristie, made my husband a Father’s Day card entitled “Things My Dad Would Never Say.” Such as:

“Can you turn up that music?”

“Go ahead and take my truck. Here’s 50 bucks for gas.”

“I LOVE your tattoo. We should both get new ones.”

“Here, you take the remote.” – Submitted by Deanna Schneider

 

Watch the Wash, Dad… I decided to make myself useful and do a load of the family laundry. When I took the clothes out of the machine, I discovered — to my dismay — that I had also washed the watch my wife had given me while we were dating. “Don’t expect me to replace it,” she said later with an obvious lack of sympathy. By the time Father’s Day rolled around, however, she had relented and gave me a beautiful new watch. Attached was a note with this stipulation: “DRY-CLEAN ONLY!” – Submitted by Paul Diblasi

 

What a Card! Father’s Day was near when I brought my three-year-old son, Tyler, to the card store. Inside, I showed him the cards for dads and told him to pick one.

When I looked back, Tyler was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots, every which way. “Tyler, what are you doing?” I asked. “Haven’t you found a nice card for Daddy yet?”

“No,” he replied. “I’m looking for one with money in it.” – Submitted by Terri Cook

 

Papa Bear My husband’s cousin married a former Marine who now works for United Parcel Service. They bought their four-year-old son two stuffed bears — one in a UPS uniform and the other in Marine garb. When the boy seemed confused, his father brought out a picture of himself in full Marine dress. “See, Connor?” he explained, pointing to the photo and then to the bear. “That’s Daddy.”

Connor’s eyes went from one to the other, and then he asked in a puzzled voice, “You used to be a bear?” – Submitted by Robin Yedlock

 

Pop Vs. Pup While flying from Denver to Kansas City, Kansas, my mother was sitting across the aisle from a woman and her eight-year-old son. Mom couldn’t help laughing as they neared their destination and she heard the mother say to the boy, “Now remember — run to Dad first, then the dog.” – Submitted by Karla J. Kasper

 

Paternal Payback On the day I received my learner’s permit, my father agreed to take me out for a driving lesson. With a big grin, he hopped in behind the driver’s seat. “Why aren’t you sitting up front on the passenger’s side?” I asked.

“Kirsten, I’ve been waiting for this ever since you were a little girl,” Dad replied. “Now it’s my turn to sit back here and kick the seat.” – Submitted by Kirsten Wiley

 

No. 1 on Our List — Literally! My father was completely lost in the kitchen and never ate unless someone prepared a meal for him. When Mother was ill, however, he volunteered to go to the supermarket for her. She sent him off with a carefully numbered list of seven items.

Dad returned shortly, very proud of himself, and proceeded to unpack the grocery bags. He had one bag of sugar, two dozen eggs, three hams, four boxes of detergent, five boxes of crackers, six eggplants, and seven green peppers. – Submitted by Joan Flood

Read more: http://www.rd.com/advice/9-funny-fathers-day-jokes-for-dad/#ixzz34i8CmhFZ

Can We Talk?

Todd says:

No comments about the Las Vegas shooting?

 

  • As the State increases its arbitrary violence wholesale across society, fringe elements will duplicate such violence locally.

     

I prefer to wait on such events & let the fog clear, let information catch up to speculation.  But OK,  we can talk about it.  I have to agree with Flag we should expect more.  As more and more people feel wronged by a government that holds itself immune from the law, people get frustrated.  They go over the edge.  I do not agree with them or any who advocate violence except in self defense.  I remember a movie with Denzel Washington where he took hostage a hospital to force them to treat his sick child.  Sadly, that lets me imagine a vet in chronic pain going postal at a VA that ignored him.  Remember the Oklahoma bomber felt motivated by Ruby Ridge.  When the Bundy Ranch stand-off started, I wondered if our government was courting an incident….  But what about the Vegas shooting?

 

Paul Waldman writing at WaPo’s Plum Line. The headline gives you the flavor of the post:

“How much does right wing rhetoric contribute to right wing terrorism.”

I vote this column “Most Despicable of 2014.” It just can’t get any worse than this:

What I’m about to say will raise some hackles, but we need to talk about it. It’s long past time for prominent conservatives and Republicans to do some introspection and ask whether they’re contributing to outbreaks of right-wing violence.(1)

Or maybe not. I can accept being labeled “right wing”, “conservative”, “libertarian”, “idiot” and a few other things.  But don’t try & put me in with these psycho murders.  A white, married couple.  Do we now suspect all white couples of planning murder?(2)  I do see they identified themselves as right wing.  I don’t think I agree with their definition of right wing.  And how do liberals identify themselves in these times?  Who gets  Elliot Rodger, The  Santa Barbara killer?

They were psycho’s looking for a cause.  They tried to join the Bundy Ranch defenders And were asked to leave.

Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy’s sons, told The Associated Press by telephone that the Millers were at his father’s ranch for a few days this spring but were asked to leave for unspecified “conduct” problems.

He called the couple “very radical” and said they “did not align themselves” with the beliefs of other protesters, adding that while thousands of people have been to the site over the last few months, “not very many people were asked to leave. I think they may have been the only ones.”

Cliven Bundy and his supporters, some of them armed militia members, thwarted a Bureau of Land Management roundup of his cattle near Bunkerville, Nevada, in April. The BLM says Mr. Bundy owes more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties for trespassing without a permit over 20 years, but he refuses to acknowledge federal authority on public lands.

Ammon Bundy said his family “has had no quarrel” with Las Vegas police and disavowed the Millers’ actions.

“The only thing worse than tyranny is anarchy, and we certainly recognize that,” Mr. Bundy said.

The Millers moved to the Las Vegas area in January, police said. Amanda Miller, 22, had worked at a Hobby Lobby craft store in Las Vegas, the chain store said in a written statement, but was no longer employed there.

Jerad Miller, 31, was convicted of felony vehicle theft in Washington state, police said. He also had a criminal record in Indiana. (3)

 

Mr. Waldman seems to want to use this to attack conservatives & gun rights groups.  A convicted felon.  I assume not legally allowed to own a gun & not a NRA member.  The NRA does not support white supremacists or sorveign citizens.  Now some of them may support the NRA, but that does not make it mutual.  And most especially, the NRA only supports legal gun owners.  They are very against violent felons with guns.  They also state, only a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.  Sadly, it didn’t play out that way.

 

A DEADLY MISSION

At a news conference Monday, Metro officials filled in many of the details and clarified some initial reports. Contrary to what was said immediately after the attacks, for example, neither of the two officers nor Joseph Robert Wilcox, the Las Vegas man killed inside Wal-Mart, ever got off a shot. The only woman killed was Amanda Miller.

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said it all began when Jerad Miller walked into the pizza parlor and quickly left, returning moments later with Amanda in tow.

“They walked past our officers, who were eating lunch in one of the booths, and immediately upon passing them, Jerad Miller pulled a handgun out and shot officer Soldo one time in the back of his head,” McMahill said.

Officer Beck tried to engage the couple, but was shot in the throat before he could pull a trigger, McMahill said. The Millers then shot him several times more.

The suspects pulled the officers from the booth and covered Beck with a Gadsen Flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t Tread on Me,” and threw a swastika on him. One of them then pinned a note to Soldo’s body that “basically stated that this is the beginning of a revolution,” McMahill said.

The exact contents of the note have not been made public by Metro.

Once the two entered the Wal-Mart, Jerad fired a single shot and repeated his call for revolution.

Wilcox, 31, was near the cash registers when he saw events unfolding. He was armed with gun of his own, and told a friend he was going to do something.

As he moved to confront Jerad Miller, Wilcox passed Amanda, not realizing the two were together. She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range.

Within minutes more Metro officers arrived on the scene in response to 911 calls. McMahill said they initially blocked the back door with a patrol car. After Jerad Miller shot the door from the inside to open it, a five-officer team entered and exchanged gunfire with the couple.

The shooting raged in the store’s automotive section, spilling oil and antifreeze onto the floor. The two were hiding behind items Jerad Miller had stacked around them for protection, but Amanda was hit by a bullet during the firefight, McMahill said.

Pinned down by police and blocked from all exits, Jerad layed down in front of Amanda, and she shot him several times. Then she shot herself in the head.

 

I think the Waldman’s distract us from the issue & even fan the flames, but for the greater good, of course.  Many on the right seem equally partisan or agenda driven.  The NRA denounced an open carry demonstration in Texas.  They then walked back their comments and seem still to be reeling.  If you are pro-gun & it’s LEGAL, you have to support it, right???(5)    Errr, no!  No I don’t.  I was pleased with their original denouncement.  As a CCW holder, NRA member and member of other shooting organizations, I do not like to see IDIOTS WITH GUNS!  In this day of media hyped mass shootings, is it a good ideal for a small group of men to parade in a crowded restaurant with shotguns & rifles slung from their shoulders?  Were I in that restaurant, I would be deciding who I would shoot first, if they showed any sign of hostility.  I understand what they are doing is legal, but it is out of place & rude.  I have people pull out in front of me while driving.  If I can stop or slow down without hitting them, it’s legal.  That doesn’t make it smart or right.  Imagine a large law firm playing commercials on what is legal on how to pull out in front of traffic.  If you are hit & injured, call this toll free number…  That’s how I see these open carry idiots in the restaurants.  This is not to say I am against open carry.  A lot depends on how it’s done.  I don’t like riots, but understand there are laws against “inciting riots”.

And to add balance to the open carry, on the other side, the FBI was worried more about ecoterrorism not too long ago..  (6)  And for any who want to look at common causes in mass shooters (7) good luck to you.  Myself, I know a few “crazy” people.  Might fit the description myself.  I don’t know any crazy, hate the world & want some sort of revenge people.  My kind of crazy hope you get bald & fat sooner that we do….

 

 

WWHD?

What Would Hitler Do? 

 

Not a question most civilized people would ask.  But who else would EVER think about conducting oxygen restriction studies on newborn babies without the parents knowledge or consent?

http://dailysignal.com/2014/06/05/sharyl-attkisson-preemie-study-federal-government-least-made-mistake/

Tensions exist between doctors who are obligated to do what’s best for the patient, and researchers who are not. In the case of the 1,316 infants, Attkisson reported, medical personnel “intentionally rigged” the oxygen monitors without the knowledge of doctors or parents. “These are pretty stunning things for researchers to be, after the fact, defending,” she said.

A branch of the National Institutes of Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, funded the baby oxygen trials. And once HHS’s own ethics body discovered the study violated the government’s consent rules, “this incredible pressure came to bear on the ethics body, basically to back off of its enforcement action,” Attkisson said.

Hip, hip! err, now what?

Fixing the Department of Veteran Affairs mangled health care system and ravaged image is attainable but will require a profound and painful housecleaning — perhaps including mass firings and partially privatizing the agency’s medical arm, several top veterans said Friday.

Political leaders and combat veterans alike hailed the resignation Friday of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki as merely the beginning of a wholesale rebuild of the department.

But following the release Friday of a White House-ordered audit showing that hospital staff imposed unnecessary waits at 64 percent of 216 surveyed VA facilities, that new public face must also swing a heavy hand, Tarantino said.

Image: Connie Olberg Ted S. Warren / AP

Connie Olberg sits in her home in Sammamish, Washington, on May 21, holding a photo of her brother, Donald Douglass (at left), taken in the mid 1970s when he was serving in Germany in the U.S. Army. Douglass had a small spot on his forehead diagnosed as cancerous at the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital in 2011, but according to his lawyer, the hospital’s delay in removing it contributed to his death in 2012.

“Senior leaders at the VA must know that if you lie, if you are lying to your country, if you’re lying to your patients, you’re going to go,” Tarantino said.

Fellow Iraq veteran David Curry, a retired Marine wounded by an improvised explosive device, said indifferent employees infesting the VA’s medical system pose greater problems for frustrated veterans than the department’s top brass.

“It’s time for the Jack Welch approach of firing the bottom 10 percent,” said Curry, 32, referring to the ex-chief of General Electric who endorsed the sweeping terminations of GE’s lowest performers.

“In my interaction with the VA over the years, there were many employees who outright didn’t care, who are there for the paycheck,” Curry said. “Getting rid of them would send a bigger message than just Shinseki.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/veterans/after-shinseki-how-cure-vas-dysfunctional-health-care-system-n118726

Hide & Seek?

With about 4-1/2 months remaining before early voting begins in the the 2014 elections, three sets of Obamacare-related campaigns are in full gear. The first is seen in electoral contests around the country. The second is a campaign of disinformation and no information being conducted by the Obama administration and its Department of Health and Human Services. The third is a concerted establishment press effort to give cover to Democratic Party candidates no matter what position they take on Obamacare, and to minimize the exposure the administration’s deliberate acts of non-transparency receive.

All three campaigns came together in a Monday morning Associated Press report by Bill Barrow and Josh “Lapdog” Lederman. The two reporters avoided any mention of the fact that the administration has decided to “halt” monthly Obamacare enrollment reporting, while giving cover to Democratic Senate candidates around the country who haven’t yet figured out how much distance to put between themselves, Obamacare, and President Barack Obama himself

ABC Hypes Obama ‘Talking Tough’ on V.A. Scandal, But Devotes More Air Time to Pickpockets

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Tuesday’s World News on ABC minimized any sense of the Obama administration’s responsibility in the ongoing V.A. scandal, and spent the least amount of air time on the issue among the Big Three networks’ evening newscasts. The program actually aired segments on pickpocketing and custom mobile homes than lasted about a half a minute longer each than their report on the scandal.

Diane Sawyer spotlighted how the President “weighed in – talking tough and talking action” on the “growing outrage over veterans hospitals.” Jim Avila noted how multiple V.A. medical facilities in several states are now being investigated, and let the relative of deceased veteran decry the President’s handling of the scandal. However, he didn’t mention that the wait lists have been around for years – something that CBS Evening News mentioned in its coverage of the controversy: [MP3 audio from the ABC report available here;

With the big three networks now starting to cover this & even some Democrats calling out the President for not doing enough, this one scandal might actually stick….

http://standupforamerica.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/10029/

HillaryGate?

We know the State Department under Clinton refused to classify Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.  Their “reasoning” is it would enhance their image & help them recruit more to their cause.  OK, lets say that is a reasonable thought & position.  For them to also threaten the Nigerian government for fighting those murders?

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/05/report_us_threatened_nigeria_with_sanctions_in_2013_for_fighting_boko_haram.html

 And what was the Nigerian government up against?

the recent abduction of nearly 300, mostly Christian, teenage schoolgirls in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram, yet another Islamic terrorist organization plaguing mankind.  As expected, the group justified its actions in Islamic terms, with its leader declaring on video, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them on the market, by Allah. … There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell.”

Of course, for those in the know, none of this is surprising.  In March 2012, Boko Haram warned that it would do just this, declaring that it was preparing to “strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women.”

Moreover, of all the human rights abuses I catalog in Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians – and there are depressingly many – Boko Haram’s savagery has resulted in more Christians killed than in the rest of the world combined.

The group has bombed or burned hundreds of Christian churches, most when packed for service, including on Christmas Day and Easter Day, leaving hundreds of worshippers dead or dismembered through the years.  In its bid to cleanse northern Nigeria of all Christian presence – a repeatedly stated goal – it has threatened to poison the food eaten by Christians and stormed areas where Christians and Muslims were intermingled, singling the Christians out before slitting their throats.

Go to my monthly “Muslim Persecution of Christians” series, currently 30 in all, and see the countless atrocities that Boko Haram has been responsible for – most of which make the recent Nigerian girls’ abduction pale in comparison.

The real news here is that the so-called mainstream media actually reported on this latest atrocity, prompting both Western and Muslim authorities – who are much more accustomed to, and comfortable with, pretending these sorts of things don’t exist – to respond in awkward, hypocritical and, in a word, foolish ways.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/islamic_sex_slaves_throw_wrench_in_official_narrative.html

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