A Tunnel Too Far

Posted on July 29th, 2014
Peace Dove Lands in the Middle East by Riber Hansson, Sydsvenskan

By Joel Levine

War is either the arm of political strategy or an existential moment.  For modern national states, armed conflict is a late if not last resort.  As a nation, the U.S., and its body politic, have a perspective rooted in its history and related cultural and religious roots.  We presume that all conflicts should be rationalized, and that compromise is good and pragmatic.  As a result, we see others through our lens.

As we are again Read More »

In the Middle East, A New Alignment Being Born? As Things Fall Apart, Signs of Hope

Posted on July 29th, 2014
Israeli-Palestinian Gap by Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

It did not take all that long, when you think about it, for America’s Nobel Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil. Perhaps our Nobel Prize-wining president was only a community organizer all along. He has brought the world to a boil not by his use of force but by his inattentiveness. He has been playing golf or lecturing the world from a higher plain. He has been picking Read More »

An Oath for Obama

Posted on July 29th, 2014
Obama demands Constitution

By Tom Purcell

“I say it’s high time we update the wording of the presidential oath of office, which is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.”

“Update it?”

“That’s right. Our current president isn’t following it much anyhow, so why don’t you recite it from the top so we can get to work?”

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best Read More »

More Informative Links for July 29, 2014

Posted on July 29th, 2014

Obama, Staffers Not Even Pretending Any More – Washington Times  …   “President Obama and his sycophantic minions don’t even bother any more to come up with plausible answers to queries from the suddenly awakened media. Instead, they just repeat past talking points — aware that they’ve been repeatedly proven false, but not caring a bit. In short, their lies don’t make sense anymore, and they’re not even trying to be convincing.”

Chuck Todd: America Has Obama Fatigue – White House Dossier  …   “Commenting on the new CNN poll which shows Mitt Romney handily defeating Barack Obama – but easily losing to Hillary – NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd diagnosed a clear case of Obama fatigue gripping the nation. Todd spoke this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. This is a country that is fatigued from this president,’ he said. The more foreign policy problems that crop up, you see a lack of confidence in him.’”

Informative Links for July 29, 2014

Posted on July 29th, 2014

77% Want Illegals Sent Home, 81% Say It’s a Serious Issue – Washington Examiner  …   “A huge majority of Americans, 81 percent, believe the new immigration crisis of unaccompanied children streaming over the U.S.-Mexico border is serious, and almost as many want them gone– some even if it’s not safe to return, according to a new poll. But while there is an understanding among many Americans that some of the children are fleeing violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, a majority, 57 percent, believe the illegal immigrants are coming to America because they believe ‘that the U.S. government is or will be granting amnesty to undocumented immigrant children,’ said the new poll.”

The poll is the latest to show that the nation doesn’t believe the president’s immigration policies are working. And it is proof that most want the flow of illegals into the United States slowed or shut off.”

Economist Browne: U.S. Angering European Allies on Russia – Newsmax  …   “The Obama administration is at risk of alienating two allies, Germany and France, that it needs to help contain Russia’s territorial push into Ukraine, an investment economist told Newsmax TV on Monday.  Between spying on Germany and fining a major French bank $9 billion, the U.S. is causing ‘enormous resentment’ among allies that themselves have strong economic ties to Russia, John Browne, senior economic consultant to Connecticut-based Euro Pacific Capital, told ‘MidPoint’ host Ed Berliner.”

“Browne said strained relations with Germany are of particular worry because ‘Germany is the key swing power in the power struggle that is going on in the world now.’ Browne also said President Barack Obama has misread Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interest in wresting the Crimea region away from Ukraine.  He said Crimea is ‘of vital interest’ to Russia, ‘just as Cuba was a vital interest to the United States under [President John F.] Kennedy.’”

Ineffective Leadership from Our “American Idol” President

Posted on July 28th, 2014
Foreign Policy for Dummies Cartoon

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Monte Pelerin has provided us with a rather timely and very relevant commentary in which, while he blames President Obama for most of our current problems, he is starting to become concerned that our country’s problems could be attributed to more than just Obama. As he writes, what happens “if Obama is not a  ‘one-off’ event? What if getting rid of him doesn’t solve the problem?” He is becoming concerned that, as harmful as President Read More »

Ban Ki-moon’s Predictable, Uninformed, Dangerous Drivel

Posted on July 28th, 2014
WAIMH Red Arrow

By Carol Brown

There are too many idiots with access to podiums and microphones addressing the world. The UN Secretary General, I’m sorry to say, is one of them.

What part of “death to Jews!” and all that goes with it do some people not understand?

On Tuesday, a UN delegation, lead by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli leaders. At the end of the day, the Secretary General and the Prime Read More »

Too Many Bureaucrats in the Kitchen

Posted on July 28th, 2014
Bureaucracy by Arcadio Esquivel, Cagle Cartoons, La Prensa, Panama

By Anne Hobson

Government is obese. In the 1980s the number of pages in the federal tax code was 26,300, according to the CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter. Now that number is over 73,954 pages. Add to that the cost of planning, time, and paperwork, and the cost of tax complexity is an estimated 6.6 billion hours per year.

The Federal Register, dubbed the “Ten Thousand Commandments” by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, results in a total Read More »

More Informative Links for July 28, 2014

Posted on July 28th, 2014

Barack Obama Has Already Checked Out of His Job – Telegraph  …  “The degree to which Barack Obama is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term, amid golf rounds and dinner parties – is astonishing . President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems. How can one tell? And based on his recent handling of situations much more serious than a possible post-presidential move to sunny California, it seems as if ‘No Drama Obama’ is no longer even worried about keeping up appearances; he doesn’t care enough to fake it.”

“Consider this: In recent days, a) Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine, b) In the Gaza strip, the numbers killed continued to mount as Israelis and Palestinians exchange rocket fire, c) a huge influx of children fleeing Central American poverty and gang warfare swamped America’s southern border, creating a humanitarian crisis. And, oh yeah, d) Christians living in Mosul were given the choice to either convert to Islam or flee the area they have inhabited for nearly two thousand years. You know what else has happened during this time? a) Obama played many rounds of golf, b) he attended numerous fund-raisers, c) he dined on barbecue in Texas and burgers in Delaware, and d) he almost appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night television show in Hollywood.”

The only thing that makes sense is that he is exhausted and, perhaps, has checked out of the job early. If Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then Obama is dining out, golfing, and raising money while the world collapses.”

Children Crossing Border: ‘Obama Will Take Care of Us’ – WND News  …   “In an exclusive interview with WND and Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, a 13-year Border Patrol veteran revealed many in the recent surge of illegal immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, are coming prepared to game the U.S. immigration system, even repeating the mantra, ‘Obama will take care of us.’ ‘I don’t usually get into the political part of it,’ explained Chris Cabrera, now a vice president in the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, but I find it odd that their whole thing is, ‘We are going to get amnesty when we get here. Where is my permiso? Where is my permission to go north so I can get my medical care and my schooling and all that? President Obama is going to take care of us and make sure we’re all OK.’”

“He also suggested the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States appear to have been coached on what to say when they cross the border.  ‘The magic words’ are something along the lines of ‘asylum,’ or ‘political asylum’ or to say ‘fighting in my home country,’” Cabrera said. They know these words … because we can’t send them home because it’s too dangerous back there.’”

Informative Links for July 28, 2014

Posted on July 28th, 2014

What If Obama Defended American Business? Just for Once? – Newsmax  …   “Just for once, wouldn’t it be great if President Barack Obama actually defended American business, instead of attacking it? Wouldn’t it be great if Obama acknowledged that U.S. firms are overburdened by the highest corporate tax rate among developed countries, and as a result are becoming less and less competitive? Wouldn’t it be great if he said he wants to fix this tax imbalance in order to grow the economy faster and give U.S. businesses a leg up on the global scene?”

“In an interview with my CNBC colleague Steve Liesman, Obama talked about how businesses are ungrateful for ‘the range of benefits that have helped to build companies, create value, [and] create profits.’ He complained that these firms are moving their ‘technical address simply to avoid paying taxes.’ That sounds a bit like, If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.’ It’s a pity. Why isn’t it patriotic to stand by large and small businesses, which are at the heart of the American free-market economyJust this once, can’t we get the story right?”

Perry Right in Warning Of Border-Surge Crime – Investor’s Business Daily  …   “Texas Gov. Rick Perry correctly warns that illegal immigrants are responsible for 3,000 murders and 8,000 sexual assaults in the past five years. And with the new border surge, there’s more trouble on the way. The Obama administration and its media enablers would have you believe the wave of illegal immigrants flooding the border is composed of nothing more than toddlers and their moms fleeing crime in Central America.”

The FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center reports that Central American illegal immigrant gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha-13 are responsible for most violent crimes in the U.S. and are the top distributors of illegal drugs. That’s perfectly consistent with the 3,000 murders and 8,000 sexual assaults Perry cites for Texas, and there’s little doubt it’s been made worse by the administration’s release of 36,000 deportable felons into U.S. cities between 2008 and 2011. What Perry points out is what’s universally reported around the world that illegals commit a disproportionate share of crimes. Which isn’t surprising. Along with economic refugees and others, some of the most likely people to leave a country are its misfits.”

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