America, The Unserious Super-Power

Posted on July 31st, 2015

Chinese troops soldiersBy Tom Nichols

Aggressive countries feel free to damage American interests because we cower when they swagger.

The United States is no longer a serious country.

Now, by this I do not mean that America is no longer a super-power. By any gross indicator of strength, the United States is as powerful as it’s ever been, perhaps more powerful than at any time in its history. It has a massive, highly productive economy, a military second to none, and an alliance that dwarfs all possible competitors. On paper, it’s still the only super-power on this planet (or on any other that we know of, so far).

But the status of a great nation is built on more than raw power. It includes intangible qualities like respect, admiration, and, yes, fear. We don’t need all three of them; no major power does. But we need at least one of them at any given moment, and right now, we’re bottoming out in each of these measures. President Obama may insist that America is now “the most respected country on Earth”—a claim even the normally more forgiving folks at PolitiFact rate as only “half-true”but the Russians, Iranians, and Chinese clearly disagree, and for good reason.

The Chinese hack of the Office of Personnel Management is the most recent, and most obvious, example of how our status is going down the drain. This is a disaster of unimaginable proportions. The intelligence damage, including security-clearance information, will last for decades. (I, of course, am one of the millions of federal workers waiting to find out if my files are now in Beijing.) Almost as shocking as the size of this breach, however, is the fact that no one seems to care very much, including the Chinese, who have shown no concern at all. Read More..

Network Media Covered Cecil the Lion More in One Day Than Abortion Videos in Two Weeks

Posted on July 31st, 2015

Planned Parenthood from # 166488By Katie Yoder

America’s anchors have spoken: the shooting of one lion vastly outweighs the trafficking of baby parts by a taxpayer-funded abortion giant.

In other words, the broadcast news shows spent more time in one day on Cecil the Lion than they did on the Planned Parenthood videos in two weeks.

The three broadcast networks, ABC, NBC and CBS censored the third video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting aborted baby parts — censored it at Planned Parenthood’s urging. But the news shows did find more than 14 minutes for a more important story: the “outrage” over the shooting of Cecil, a famed African lion, by an American dentist. Read More..

Obama Has a Controversial New Plan for Closing Guantanamo

Posted on July 31st, 2015

Camp DeltaBy Matt Spetalnick

A plan being drafted for closing the Guantanamo military prison will call for the transfer to US prisons of possibly dozens of inmates deemed too dangerous to release, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser said, setting up a fight with congressional opponents.

Outlining the White House proposal that will soon be sent to Congress, Lisa Monaco, one of Obama’s top national-security aides, told the Aspen Security Conference on Saturday that the US would step up the transfers of 52 detainees cleared for resettlement in other countries.

The plan calls for the rest of the inmates at the US naval base in Cuba to be brought to the US to “Supermax” or military prisons for trials or continued military detention, Monaco said. Some 116 detainees remain at Guantanamo, many held more than a decade without charge or trial. Read More..

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Posted on July 31st, 2015

Donald Trump — The Great Uniter

Posted on July 30th, 2015

Donald Trump Making a pointBy Monty Pelerin

Donald Trump has been called many things but the Great Uniter has not been one of them. However, his appearance on the political scene is creating a unification of sorts.

A Common Enemy

Nothing unites enemies more than a common foe who threatens harm to both. The Bloods and Crips are street gangs at war with each other, literally to the death. Merely being a member of the rival gang is reason enough to have your actuarial table altered. Even they unite when their joint existence is threatened. The most recent case was in Baltimore, although there are numerous other examples in other cities.

Our national version of  the Bloods and Crips — Democrats and Republicans — are joining forces against their common enemy, Donald Trump. Prior to his foray into politics, few would think of Trump as a great uniter. He doesn’t act like one, nor does he care to. However, he is a common threat to the plunder and pillage that both political parties have inflicted on the country. In that sense, they will unite against him. The media is also a major player in this game with interests in siding against Trump. David Limbaugh describes the current state of affairs:

The professional hand-wringers are freaking out over Donald Trump’s straight talk while displaying abysmal indifference to the deserved targets of Trump’s charges. The United States is incinerating, but all they can think about is Trump’s heated rhetoric.

Trump is resonating because, as a presidential candidate, he is giving public voice to many of the concerns that have Americans beside themselves. Read More..

Book: Bill Cheating on Hillary Again with Busty Blonde. Secret Service Agents: ‘It’s Not a Marriage at All. It’s a Total Fake’

Posted on July 30th, 2015

NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and hEDITOR’S COMMENT: Not exactly sure why this story is getting such attention, as I recall that there was a great deal of discussion about both Kessler’s book and Bill Clinton’s alleged cheating approximately one year ago. My reason for posting these comments is, always, to have you fully aware, since other publications and blogs will be aggressively reporting this story. Bottom line: Are we shocked that Bill Clinton is allegedly cheating on Hillary and might have a mistress. No! Definitely not!

By Chelsea Schilling

Former President Bill Clinton is cheating on Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and “has a blonde, busty mistress” code named “Energizer” by Secret Service agents, according to author Ronald Kessler, a former investigative journalist at the Washington Post.

Kessler published his claims in his new book, “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents.”

“He has a blond, busty mistress, and she’s been code named Energizer by agents,” the author told Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. “This is unofficially, but that is what they call her. … She comes in to the Chappaqua [NY] home whenever Hillary leaves. The details coordinate to make sure they don’t cross paths. She, unlike Hillary, is very nice to the agents. She’ll bring cookies.” Read More..

John Kerry: Obama Might Not Follow Law if Congress Blocks Iran Deal

Posted on July 30th, 2015

Snake Oil salesman, Obama, Kerry, from # 166824By Joel Gehrke

Testifying before Congress this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry refused to pledge to follow the law in the event that Congress rejects the deal he negotiated with Iran. “Let’s say Congress doesn’t take your advice, we override a veto, and the law that’s triggered then imposes certain sanctions,” Representative Brad Sherman (D., Calif.) asked during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. “Will you follow the law even though you think it violates this agreement clearly and even if you think it’s absolutely terrible policy?” Kerry demurred. “I can’t begin to answer that at this point without consulting with the president and determining what the circumstances are,” he said.

Sherman was clearly surprised by the answer. “So you’re not committed to following the law?” “No, I said I’m not going to deal with a hypothetical, that’s all,” Kerry said.   (my emphasis)

READ all of Joel Gehrke’s comments from the National Review here.

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Posted on July 30th, 2015

Obama, Jon Stewart Had ‘Secret’ Meetings at White House While Working ‘in Concert’ with Obama

Posted on July 29th, 2015

Obama Daily Show Jon StewartEDITOR’S COMMENT: Another perfect example of the liberal mainstream media coordinating with the Obama administration in an effort to get their message out to certain groups. The White House has a select group of reporters and well-placed reporters, journalists and others, who are given the specific ‘message’ that the White House wants conveyed, spun, or even, in many cases, to be misleading or full of falsehoods. As for Jon Stewart, at a minimum, shouldn’t there have been some disclosure on his show of his collaborating with President Obama, so as to avoid any conflict of interest?

By Jeffrey Meyer

Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn reports that throughout Obama’s presidency, liberal comedian Jon Stewart was “summoned” to the White House for “secret…visits” with the president, an example of how the administration took “unusual steps to cultivate Daily Show comic.” 

In the piece, Samuelsohn tries to soften Stewart’s far-left politics as merely being “center-left” mixed with a “populist streak heavy on fiscal responsibility, good government and fighting for the little guy.” 

The Politico reporter goes on to promote how Obama’s meetings with the liberal comedian “speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach, which goes well beyond the million or so viewers who tune into The Daily Show on most weeknights.” 

Samuelsohn never questions the appropriateness of Obama’s private meetings with the liberal comedian especially when he is known for his unwillingness meet with members of his own party and the press, and instead uses the meetings as an opportunity to promote Stewart’s allegedly powerful influence in the policymaking process:  Read More..

How Obama’s Poor Judgment Led to the Chinese Hack of OPM

Posted on July 29th, 2015

Hackers OPM security Chinese from # 166260By Paul Conway

The maxim that “personnel is policy” transcends partisan affiliations and political labels.

Every president, including President Barack Obama, has the authority to staff federal agencies with loyal political appointees.

Given the deep pool of experienced talent from which presidents can draw, philosophical alignment and management competence are not mutually exclusive.

Presidents place America at risk if they choose to ignore, or worse, fail to even weigh the competency of a potential appointee to both uphold and successfully manage the core responsibilities of the office or agency for which that appointee is considered.   

The sophisticated cyber attacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), attributed to China by senior intelligence officials, are underscored by this fact.

The political appointment of Katherine Archuleta to OPM director was a devastating example of the poor personnel judgment exercised by President Obama. Read More..

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