It should come as no surprise that millions of Americans are hardly shamed by relying on Aunt Samantha for their daily bread. Dependency is almost the new normal. Those who cherish the spirit of independence should take heed. Future entitlement reform requires more than tightening eligibility or cutting benefits. Restoring contingency is essential: beneficiaries must do something to "earn" government's generosity -- e.g., keeping a tidy house or fixing Junior a healthy lunch. Without this link, millions will come to believe that Washington is an all-providing God that demands nothing but self-inflicted poverty to bestow His/Her/Its blessings.
Coming out of blogging hibernation to post this discovery of Mitt Romney-bashing -- 5 months after the fricking election -- in an on-line pop music article.
The site is called Pop Dust. And this snippet comes out of an article about the 10 richest musicians of all time:
3. Bono: $600 million
Paul Hewson is known as much for his global diplomacy and forays into venture capital as U2’s music. His investment in Facebook’s IPO—via his Elevation Partners private equity firm—didn’t make him a billionaire, but U2’s “360 Tour” grossed nearly $800 million between 2009 and 2011, making it the biggest tour ever. (2005-06’s “Vertigo” tour is fifth on that list.) Combine that with Bono’s many investments (including private equity stakes, a clothing line, and a five-star hotel), the fact that the band owns all the rights to its own music, and Bono’s Romney-esque tax-dodging investment schemes, and the numbers add up quickly.
This perfectly exemplifies what El Rushbo talks about often: the low-information voter, consuming culture and news from low-information writers who stealthly (and not-so-stealthly) inject fallacious political commentary into their wholly non-political articles, T.V. shows, etc.
Bono has made millions for not only himself but has also provided a product desired by millions of customers (his fans) not to mention created jobs for thousands of "employees", i.e. everyone who works for him, for U2, marketers, retailers, ticket sellers, shirt makers, etc. etc. etc. Yet because he dared move his business away from a high-taxing business-unfriendly environment to a low-taxing business-friendly one, he's a scheming tax dodger. Get it?
That's not being a "tax dodger," leftists. It's calling being smart with your hard-earned money! What you're doing is like calling someone a shoplifter because they chose to buy a grocery item at supermarket X because they were selling it cheaper than supermarket Y. Of course, when you're of the ilk that believes that you're not paying your fair share and that the Government is owed your money, then when you make smart decisions by seeking out low-taxing environments you're smeared as a scheming tax dodger.
And what else works with the LIV? Word-association guilt-by-association games. You all know the game: A psychologist tells you to say the first thing that comes to your mind when (s)he says x. So what are LIV writers, and, as is presumed, their LIV readers, supposed to think when they hear "multi-millionaire tax-dodging investment schemer"? President Hope&Change's Republican arch-enemy Mitt Romney of course!
So, just like Mitt Romney whose candidacy ended almost 5 whole months ago, Bono is using unethical unfair schemes so that his "numbers add up quickly."
And that, my friends, is how you create and inculcate the low-information voter.
"Vote! Voting is the best revenge." - Barack H. Obama, Nov. 2, 2012
Gateway Pundit and others reported this story yesterday:
Another Obama success story…
The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has been in business for 100 years.
Then came Barack Obama.
In November, the Obama Administration shut down the oyster farm. They said it was for environmental reasons.
The farm produced 40% of California oysters.
Kevin Lunny, owner of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, hugs longtime worker Lupe Guadalupe Arriago after learning the government will not renew his family’s lease in Inverness, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 (Wall Street Journal)
Our president is like a Bizarro King Midas. Everything he touches turns to crap. This is only Exhibit #38163. I'm sure if his environ-mental-ist bullies didn't shut them down, his IRS bullies (oh, sorry: Affordable Health Act advocates) would've put them out of business with punitive regulations and costs. You wanted 4 more years of Hope&Change(TM)? You got it!
Incidentally, when I linked this GP article on my FB page, a a lib/Dem friend not pleased with my disrespect for The One, replied:
How about taking a look at the history of the legislation and the complexity of the situation: http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013/01/04/of-mollusks-and-men-the-wilderness-act-and-drakes-bay-oyster-company/
<Sigh> A blog entry written by the Executive Director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley? That's sure to be a "fair and balanced" piece. Incidentally, I did read the piece, and, not surprisingly, it applauded the Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for refusing to renew the Lunnys' lease. Another victory scored by Big Government over individual liberty and property rights. All in the name of "the children," "the environment," or whatever.
As an epilogue, President Hope&Change had some eyebrow-raising words to say about the outgoing Salazar, as AWR Hawkins at Breitbart reports:
Offering comments on behalf of outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Wednesday, President Obama suggested the Hispanic Cabinet member is more authentically American than New England's Pilgrims.
"His ancestors were here before the Mayflower set sail," Obama noted.
Obama talked about Salazar's Spanish roots and segued from that to focus on how hard he's "working to get immigration reform passed."
The President then repeated a phrase common among Nativists, insinuating that lands belong to ethnicities and not countries: "[Salazar and] his family did not cross the border, the border crossed them. And that's why, when I needed somebody to lead Interior, I didn't have to look very far."
Dear G0d, I can't wait to see who Obama picks as the new Interior Secretary.
Remember the good ol' days when George W. Bush was demonized as an imperial president abusing his executive power by doing ... well, G0d knows what?
Remember how the Democrat-media complex were apoplectic with rage about how he and his Cheney-Rumsfeld junta "rushed" us to war supposedly without Congressional authorization?
Remember how they were nuts about his violation of countless sections of the Bill of Rights when he passed the Patriot Act? How worried they were that both American citizens and enemy combatants wouldn't be afforded Due Process rights.
And remember how they protested in the streets demanding the closing of Club Gitmo, where poow poow innocent tewwowists were getting tortured by Bushie's evil henchmen?
And remember how they compared Bush to Hitler and other historic tyrants for "warrantless wiretapping"? How worried they were that both American citizens and enemy combatants wouldn't be afforded privacy rights.
That was then. This is now.
Of course, Bush's offensive in both Iraq and Afghanistan were initiated with complete Congressional authorization.
As president Obama himself has renewed the Patriot Act with nary a peep from the Bush-haters.
Despite being one of his primary campaign promises in 2008, Obama has yet to close Club Gitmo, again with nary an objection from the Bush-is-Hitler crowd.
And what of those Due Process rights the Left is so interested in protecting?
It has been known for a while, despite White House obfuscations and obstructions, that Obama has been sending unmanned drone aircraft to the Middle East to kill individuals suspected to be Al Qaeda or other dangerous terrorists. Fine by me.
Except some of these targets have been American citizens who for one reason or another became radicalized and became fighters for jihad. Again, I couldn't care less if these cretins' time on earth was suddenly curtailed. But if they are still American citizens, why are they not being arrested and given their Constitution-secured Due Process rights?
The White House hasn't told us. Even worse, now that a White House memo has been leaked, the administration is actually defending the practice.
Oh, but it gets better. These drones have not only been used in the Middle East. Drones have been spotted flying low on U.S. soil. Which has led about a dozen states, with blessing from the ACLU -- thanks, guys. Where the *^#@ have you been? -- to look to ways to restrict drone use over their skies.
Oh, but it gets even better. Turns out, the U.K. Guardian has reported some major U.S. news outlets, the same outlets who lambasted George W. Bush for nearly his entire presidency for being an imperial president, has purposely kept a lid on the story.
US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year.
Amid renewed scrutiny over the Obama administration's secrecy over its targeted killing programme, media analysts and national security experts said the revelation that some newspapers had co-operated over the drone base had reopened the debate over the balance between freedom of information and national security.
On Tuesday, following Monday's disclosure by NBC of a leaked Justice Department white paper on the case for its controversial targeted killing programme, the Washington Post revealed it had previously refrained from publishing the base's location at the behest of the Obama administration over national security concerns.
The New York Times followed with its own story on the drone programme on Wednesday, and an op-ed explaining why it felt the time to publish was now. ...
The NY Times, huh? The same NY Times that couldn't wait to splash anti-Bush anti-war propaganda on their top-fold front pages.
The same NY Times that sensationalized the non-story called Abu Ghraib.
The same NY Times that couldn't wait to disclose classified information on its front pages despite admonitions from the Bush White House.
The same NY Times that worked to put a sympathetic face on the hardened terrorists supposedly tortured by Americans at Club Gitmo.
The same NY Times that gave the detestable MoveOn.org a discount on a full-page ad smearing then-General David Patraeus.
The knowingly sat for over a year on revelations that the Obama White House had been using drones to assassinate American citizens overseas.
The late great Andrew Breitbart didn't call them the "Democrat-media complex" for nothing.
Three questions, by the way:
(1) Why is this story being reported in a non-American newspaper?
(2) Why is the White House defending the use of drone assassinations, and if there's nothing wrong with it, why did they and the news outlets that propagandize for them keep it from the public for over a year?
(3) Don't you find it funny that this is all coming out after the election? Hmmm????
So, over the weekend, the White House released a photo of President Golden Calf skeet shooting -- you know, to show that even though he's hell-bent on unconstitutionally confiscating every single firearm from Maine to Maui, that he's cool with shootin'. Whatever.
But the best part is that the White House warned subjects citizens not to Photoshop or otherwise alteer the photo:
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way ...
Who the @*$! do these people think they are??
Well, naturally a few people did not take that threat from Dear Leader seriously. So here are my favorite Photoshopped versions of the Skeet-Shooter in Chief [h/t Twitchy, Moonbattery, Looking Spoon, The Blaze - these are just aggregates. You might need to do a little clicking to get to the original links]:
"Vote! Voting is the best revenge." - Barack H. Obama, Nov. 2, 2012
"We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it."
- Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2010
CBS-TV's D.C. affiliate reports:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBSDC) — A medical company is blaming President Obama’s health care law for the layoffs of nearly 100 people.
Smith & Nephew says a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices in the “Obamacare” law caused the layoffs in the Memphis and Andover, Mass., offices.
“The nearly $30 billion tax on medical devices that took effect Jan. 1, 2013, has impacted a number of companies across the U.S.,” the company said in a statement to WHBQ-TV.
Joe Metzger, senior vice president of corporate communications for the company, tells the Memphis Business Journal that they were “not immune” to the tax burden.
“Unfortunately, and in order to absorb this cost burden into our business, this has meant less than 100 positions have been made redundant across various departmental functions in our Tennessee and Massachusetts sites,” Metzger told the Business Journal. “The company is providing the affected employees with a comprehensiveseverance package and outplacement support.”
The Business Journal reports that the company announced last February it would lay off 7 percent of its workforce worldwide.
The tax took effect on Jan. 1.
This is just 100 jobs from one company. But opponents of Obama(PretendsTo)Care have been warning about the nationwide damage the tax will create, such as American Action Forum:
But don't worry: Not all medical companies will be closing up shop due to this punitive tax on their products. Most of them will just pass the tax on to you, the consumer. Next time you buy medical supplies of any shape, size, or price, check the bottom of your receipt. It's been happening for a month already.
Well, they've had their greasy paws on the schools for decades. And now, the same folks who will move mountains to get sexually active preteen schoolgirls all the contraception they want and knocked-up girls all the abortions they want -- even without knowledge or consent of their parents -- are set to ban candy and sugary drinks from schools nationwide.
Look, nobody's for loading their kids up with sugar and other junk. As a parent of two young kids, I certainly don't. But it's not the job of some soulless bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. to prohibit its availability outright.
Ben Shapiro at Breitbart writes:
In typical federal government fashion, the rules run a full 160 pages. They do not ban juice, and call for foods to be fruit, vegetable, dairy, protein, whole-grain, or a combination thereof.
Of course, most students will either forego the healthy snacks or throw them out. But wasting taxpayer money has never been a problem for this administration.
This is to be expected. School kids have already rebelled against the Obama administration's assault on school lunches, with kids throwing out tons of food they just don't want to eat, or smuggling and trading more palatable foods in a juvenile black market.
From guns to food to cigarettes, to the water in your toilets, cars in your driveway, light bulbs in your sockets, to the amount of money in your paycheck, there is no end to the Obama left's assault on your liberty. And the woefully ignorant American people voted for it -- twice.
So, to all you 12-year-old girls out there, screw to your heart's content. Schools will get you all the contraceptive you need. Just don't you dare be eating a cookie while you're doing it. And if you get pregnant, it's taxpayer-funded abortions abound! Just don't you dare be drinking a soda while you're sitting waiting for the school nurse. That might be grounds for expulsion.
What a sick f**king country we've turned into.
UPDATE 2/4/13: Lest anyone think I was being hyperbolic about the leftists running our schools providing young girls with contraceptives, even without parental knowledge or consent, behold this expose in this morning's AT: NYC schools have been giving away Plan B pills like candy (except it's candy that's now prohibited!) not only without parental consent, but also without a legally required doctor's prescription. It's allegedly been going on for years under the radar.
Again: What a sick f**king country we've turned into.
Two surprises happened yesterday (NOT!)
(1) The latest economic data reveals the already crappy economy continued to get crappier in the 4th quarter of 2012. (But wait but wait, the Democrat-media complex kept telling us the economy was getting better! And if you believed that tripe, I got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.)
You know who was surprised? Associated Press and the "experts" they interviewed. But people actually paying attention weren't surprised in the least. In fact, some have been predicting it ever since President Golden Calf got into office. Here's El Rushbo on yesterday's show citing the aforementioned AP:
[Y]ou remember what this administration's growth forecasts were for the next three to four years: Their growth forecasts were anywhere between 3 and 4 1/2%. Our growth rate is below the ChiComs. Our growth rate is below Cuba. We're not growing now. The 4th quarter we actually contracted.
That means that the employment situation isn't changing. That means wages aren't changing positively. There's no growth in people's incomes. It's just sad to watch this happening right in front of our eyes. The inflation rate is at least 2%, probably higher than that. So a casual calculation here, a 0.1% GDP contraction could mean that for all intents and purposes we're back into a recession. ... I'll tell you, if there were a Republican in the White House, we'd be in a recession. If there were a Republican in the White House, we'd never have come out of the recession. If there were a Republican in the White House, there would be a depression. If there were a Republican in the White House and all this was going on, we'd be doing impeachment hearings by now. ...
... Now, listen to this from AP: "That is a sharp slowdown from the 3.1% growth rate in the July-September quarter." What they're not telling you is -- you may not remember this -- in the 4th quarter there was a whole lot of economic stimulus, quote, unquote, to cover for Obama's tax increases. There was all kinds of stimulus so his reelection effort wouldn't be harmed, and it still resulted in a contraction. And listen to this next sentence from these wizards of smart at AP. "The surprise contraction..." Are you surprised that our economy is collapsing on itself? You're not, are you? The wizards of smart at AP are. Listen to this:
"The surprise contraction could raise fears about the economy's ability to handle tax increases that took effect in January and looming spending cuts." Really? I thought tax increases were great for the economy. That's what the news media and the Democrat Party has been telling us. Same thing with unemployment benefits. I thought that was great for economic growth. What happened to that? The surprise contraction could raise fears about the economy's ability to handle tax increases. You mean they've known all along at AP that tax increases slow down the economy? They've known that all along, and they've been lying to us about it, and now that we're contracting they're worried, openly admitting they're worried?
Of course, even if people opened their eyes and finally realized this, it's too late. President Hope&Change was just reelected, given carte blanche to bring four more years of economic disaster.
(2) The incompetent bitterly partisan lying Empty-Suit-in-Chief blamed Republicans for it.
No more surprised than I, Rick Moran at AT quips:
It doesn't get any more brazen than this. Welcome to the new reality - created, nurtured, promoted, and sold by an administration that doesn't have to work very hard to get it's distorted and skewed version of the truth out to the masses thanks to a press corps that has thrown in with the Democrats.
Being rewarded for acting and governing irresponsibly will only lead to disaster. Good thing the GOP will always be there to take the blame.
Yup. Not only take the blame, but do nothing to counter the lies.
Oh, speaking of El Rushbo, he cited someone who said in an interview to David "I'm from the media so I'm allowed to brandish illegal gun magazines" Gregory that Blacks are doing worse under Obama, much worse. Yes, the same blacks who voted -- twice! -- for President Hope&Change by over 9-1.
Who says this? Some member of the right-wing noise machine?
Nope, that would be Ben Jealous of the NAA(L)CP. Jealous explains that while the general unemployment rate dropped to a still-piss-poor 8%, the black unemployment rate went up from 12.9% to 14%. Black teen unemployment rate was up to nearly 40% by July 2012.
If this data was known by July, why are we just hearing black leaders complaining about it now?
Gee, I wonder ...
Oh, the NY Times. The Newspaper of Record. The Old Gray Lady. Standard bearer that sets the bar for all other media. Conveyer of truth, balance, objectivity, and "all the news that's fit to print."
So, what is the NY Times' position on presidential recess appointments?
Well, it depends on who the president is!
Here is what Damon Root at Reason dug up:
In January 2006, The New York Times published an unsigned editorial attacking “the grandiose vision of executive power” displayed by President George W. Bush, who was then battling Senate Democrats over the fate of several controversial nominees to federal office. “Seizing the opportunity presented by the Congressional holiday break, Mr. Bush announced 17 recess appointments—a constitutional gimmick,” announced the Times.
Of course, Bush's recess appointments were NEITHER a grandiose vision of executive power NOR a constitutional gimmick. It was completely and wholly within Bush's right to make any appointments he wanted between the end of the 110th Congress and start of the 111th. The notoriously Bush-hating rag the Times just didn't like anything Bush did: They propagated the lie that the War in Iraq was illegal and unconstitutional (and immoral). And you may remember how the entire DBF* media reacted to Bush's firing of eight U.S. attorneys, while not objecting to the previous president Bill Clinton's firing of all 93! Same double standard.
Also, Bush didn't not make any more recents appointments not because the bitter partisan Democrat-majority Senate and House pulled that stupid gavel stunt, but because the Constitution didn't permit the president to make any other such appointments.
Now fast forward to the present. Last week, a D.C. Circuit Court -- hardly a bunch of right-wing extremists! -- unanimously declared unconstitutional President Hope&Change's recess appointments last January, including three to the hyperpartisan National Labor Relations Board. (Yes, the same NLRB that recently bullied Boeing for the audacity of trying to set up shop in a right-to-work state!) Why? Because (A) there was NO transition between two Congresses and (B) Congress was NOT in recess; Obama just waved his magic wand and declared it so!
So, how does the same NY Times react to the D.C. Court's ruling:
In an unsigned editorial titled “A Court Upholds Republican Chicanery,” theTimes blasted the D.C. Circuit for placing limits on Obama’s authority. “With no sign that Republicans are willing to let up on their machinations, Mr. Obama was entirely justified in using his executive power to keep federal agencies operating ...”
Got that, everyone? Bush's completely legitimate recess appointments: "a grandiose vision of executive power" and "constitutional gimmick." Obama's completely illegitimate appointments: "justified executive power" being undermined by "Republican chicanery" and "Republican machinations".
Nope! No liberal media bias here!
What a freaking joke.
In a fashion that would make any tinpot dictator proud, Obama has used the left-leaning opinion mag The New Republic and singled out Fox News and Rush Limbaugh essentially as enemies of the State. In the interview he granted to the magazine, he said:
If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.
In other words: Every little nook and cranny of the media is on my side. The only holdouts are Fox News (and that's not necessarily true, by the way; there are plenty of liberal hosts on Fox News that shill for Dear Leader) and El Rushbo. And they need to be punished! All the wittwe Wepubwicans would follow him to the far left and off the cliff if not for Fox and Rush. Please! He's like the snivvling little villain at the end of Scooby Doo episodes saying, "And I would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling kids!"
You know how I know news of this statement didn't go over well with many people? Because I keep mental tabs of the number of Facebook "likes" Rush's website gets. He usually gets around 500 or so new likes per day. But within the past day he's gotten closer to 1,500. It's the same reaction that occurred when President Golden Calf pointed his bony finger at guns and the NRA -- gun shops became mobbed with customers and the NRA got tons of new members.
Needless to say, folks at Fox News had something to say about Obama's thinly veiled threat against media outlets/figures who dare not toe the party line: Ben Shapiro, whose timely new book Bullies currently sits on my nightstand, penned this article and appeared on yesterday's Fox and Friends. Even one of Fox's liberal contributors Kirsten Powers called it "not presidential".
Speaking of the compliant sycophantic media, President Golden Calf and Hillary "What Difference Does It Make!?" Clinton fielded underhand softballs on "60 Minutes" yesterday. One of the best conservative responses to that embarrassingly fawning interview was from Greg Gutfield, who said:
60 Minutes’ has become the longest hour you can spend outside a dentist’s chair. You know where every story is going, and it’s always left. No surprise that Obama blames FNC again, this time for hindering compromise. The real truth — in absence of media scrutiny — is FNC is all America has between them and lock-step. Hence the whine about FNC. Obama is like a quarterback complaining about the one cheerleader who won’t put out. How presidential of him. What is next? Is he going to crank call O’Reilly’s house? Amazing that a man that sees himself in grand terms can be so small. He is a diva. No wonder he and Beyoncé get along so well.
"Vote! Voting is the best revenge." - Barack H. Obama, Nov. 2, 2012
Yes, you read that right.
And so do Veep Biden, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo, and scores of other people -- almost all (il)liberal Democrats.
Because if this Detroit great-grandmother didn't have her 9mm pistol on her today -- which Cuomo has just banned, which Feinstein is trying to ban, and which Obama's two dozen executive orders seeks to ban -- she very well might have died. Or at least, have been roughed up and had her purse snatched [h/t Gateway Pundit].
You see, the anti-gun zealots that occupy the highest offices in the nation would have us believe that the Second Amendment caused the Newtown, CT massacre.
Which, of course, it didn't. A morally deficiant maniac with a couple of French Fries short of a Happy Meal who stole his mother's legally registered gun (already a crime on the books), murdered her (already a crime on the books), transported the weapons to a public school (already a crime on the books), and murdered 27 innocent adults and children (already a crime on the books) caused the Newton, CT massacre.
The Second Amendment doesn't endorse, sanction, or even cause gun violence. Despite what any (il)liberal demagogue who has disgustingly exploited the Newtown massacre will tell you.
However, infringing on citizens' Second Amendment rights will cause violence (with any weapon) and even death. Because with every Newton or Aurora or Tucson or Virginia Tech there are thousands, maybe even tens of thousands, of law abiding citizens who saved their or others' lives thanks specifically to their right to bear a firearm. A human right that your friendly Democrats in power are chomping at the bit to unconstitutionally take away from you. For your own good, of course.
This brave great-grandmother was able to defend herself today.
Thanks to Barack Obama and his voracious horde of gun-banning zealots, she -- and hundreds of millions of other Americans -- will not be able to defend herself tomorrow.
It is rumored that President Golden Calf will be yet again exploiting the Newtown massacre by having some victims' parents in attendance at his upcoming SOTU address.
This woman, or the thousands like her, should be there instead.
"Vote! Voting is the best revenge." - Barack H. Obama, Nov. 2, 2012
President Hope&Change's determination to decimate the military and turn it into an emasculate glorified peace corps contingent continues. Look, I don't care if women are allowed to go to the front lines. If they have the skills and the, um, cajones, then all more power to them.
But there's more that went on: The relieving of duty of General James Mattis, who had replaced Gen. David Patraeus as head of CENTCOM since August 2010.
From Michael Walsh at Wednesday's NY Post:
Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010.
Mattis is famous for his blunt style and blistering aphorisms — “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet” was his clear-headed advice to the Marines he led during the treacherous Iraq War. He’ll retire from both CentCom and the Corps in March, several months short of his expected tour of duty.
Walsh goes on to conclude that Obama's letting Mattis go was political and ideological. AWR Hawkins at Breitbart explains the firing was because Mattis dared questioned the omniscient Obama's Middle East Policy:
In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers.
These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep U.S. ships out of the Persian Gulf.
Mattis also expressed concern over the consequences of certain aspects of the U.S. approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan. It seems this line of reasoning didn't sit well with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.
James Lewis, in a provocative piece in yesterday's AT, agrees, writes:
Real human progress comes hard, very hard.
There are heroes in the world. Most of humanity doesn't come close. Compared to Dr. King and Abe Lincoln, Obama is a hollow man, clinging to a faith outworn.
General James Mattis is being fired for insisting on complete contingency planning, according to Pentagon reporter Tom Ricks. Truth-telling isn't welcome in this administration, and that means big trouble ahead. General Mattis and the military understand that. The general insisted on full planning for all predictable outcomes.
Obama is a gambler, and he doesn't want to think about what might happen if his wild gambles don't pay off. He is amazingly overconfident. General Mattis is a thinker. He is a responsible combat leader.
The differences are huge. [...]
General Mattis rose to fame by the success of his combat strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was Mattis who taught his Marines to tell the population that "we are your best friend and your worst enemy." In Iraqistan a lot of people got that.
In Afghanistan, after the Brits withdrew from Helmand Province with serious losses, the U.S. Marines took over the battleground. They practiced the Mattis Doctrine, walked combat patrols and risked personal death and injury to let the people decide. Today Helmand Province is pacified -- at least until Obama skedaddles outta there.
The Taliban are now holed up in the mountains. They are very patient fanatics.
So we have Obama firing a very effective, albeit "controversial", general. We have Hillary wriggling like a worm on a hook during these ridiculous Benghazi hearings. And we have the Democrats' favorite military-bashing traitor John Kerry at the top of the short list for Secretary of State.
What could possibly go wrong?
"Vote! Voting is the best revenge." - Barack H. Obama, Nov. 2, 2012
"What we need to do is change the way in which people think about [the G0d-given and Constitution-enshrined Right to own] guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip to carry a gun anymore. ... Over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.” - Now-AG Eric Holder, Jan. 30, 1995
No less than two incidents happened in which a student was deemed a murderous or terroristic threat warrantying public searching and suspension. Both incidents occurred in Pennsylvania.
First suspect: A 5-year-old kindergartner was suspended, labeled a terrorist threat, and questioned for 30 min without her parents present for brandishing a pink Hello Kitty bubble gun. This dangerous threat to the public was allegedly heard saying, "I'm going to shoot you and I will shoot myself." With bubbles. [h/t The Blaze]
Second suspect: 5th grader Melody Valentin of Philadelphia was scolded by a school administrator, was searched in front of her entire class, and endured taunting shouts of "murderer" for having in her backpack a folded piece of paper that looked like a gun. [h/t also The Blaze]
This was South Philly, where actual murderous thugs like the New Black Panthers were caught on video brandishing clubs for the express purpose of physically intimating voters at a polling location and whose case Obama and Holder inexplicably dismissed! The same ones who are responsible for deliberately fomenting a hysterical climate resulting in an innocent 5th grade girl waking up and crying in the bathroom in the middle of the night from nightmares.
These "educators" should be charged with child abuse. This is the hysterical climate of fear that Obama desires. Innocent children bullied, stigmatized, and emotionally scarred by anti-gun zealots. Make no mistake: These two permanently scarred girls are just dispensible casualties of Obama and Holder's new transformed America.
And it is only the beginning.
END THE OCCUPATION! LIBERALS OUT OF THE SCHOOLS NOW!!!
"Vote! Voting is the best revenge." - Barack H. Obama, Nov. 2, 2012
"We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it." - Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, March 9, 2010
"Wall Street Journal reports that many colleges are cutting back on the number of hours worked by adjunct professors, in order to avoid new requirements that they provide healthcare to anyone working over 30 hours per week. This is terrible news for a lot of people; 70 percent of professors work as adjuncts and many will now have to cope with a major pay cut just as requirements that they buy their own health insurance go into effect."
John Nolte at Breitbart writes:
[I]t simply is a beautiful thing to see the very institutions that carry Obama's water and attempt to brainwash more of his minions, deal first-hand with the consequences of their thoughtless advocacy. ... Liberals mugged by reality is always welcome news.
Indeed. No doubt the overwhelming majority of professors being affected by these cuts voted gleefully for Obama, twice. Call me insensitive but I have not one ounce of sympathy for them.
Well, here we are. The beginning of the End. On November 2, just four days before the election, President Hope&Change said to a crowd booing at Mitt Romney, "Don't boo. Vote! Voting is the best revenge." That's exactly what they did.
And so yesterday was Day 1 of what can be called the era of "Obama's Revenge." Here's one of many things that occurred toward that end:
Not only was it the first invocation in inaugural history delivered by a non-clergy member, but "Under G0d" was axed from the invocation. Can't have us acknowledge G0d when Government is the supreme ruler, after all. Not when the thousands of delegates at the DNC convention in September boo'ed G0d.
No one should make light of this. The most totalitarian regimes of modern times are either radical secularist, removing G0d with voracity (Obama's G0dless America) or radical Islamic. Both are intrinsically tied together in that they both have the same goal: To eradicate Judeo-Christian values and influences from the world.
"[Our country] cannot and should not continue maintaining companies, productive entities, services and budgeted sectors with bloated payrolls (and) losses that hurt the economy, are counterproductive, and form bad work habits."
Who said it?
(Hit your Pg Dn key for the answer)
Not only did Raúl make this and similar statements, but since taking over Cuba from his ailing brother Fidel:
Reuters also reports:
The cash-strapped state is closing thousands of its small retail outlets such as barbershops and cafeterias, notorious for economic inefficiency and employee theft, and offering to lease the premises to employees or others interested in running their own business.
Starting in 2013 the state plans to turn more than 200 medium-sized businesses, from shrimp breeding and produce markets to construction and light manufacturing, into private cooperatives. The experiment will be expanded if successful.
You know we're living in an upside-down world when Cuba is moving to become less government-centered and more private-centered, and the U.S. under Comrade Obama is doing the exact opposite. Pretty soon Americans will be taking rafts to escape to Cuba!
Am I the only one who notices just how smoothly and effortlessly the Democrat Party plays the American people and establishment Republican leadership?
Last week of October: Hurricane Sandy visited destruction upon the East Coast, most severely New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
First week of November: With the presidential election just days away, Obama lands in New Jersey to get bear hugged by Gov'r Chris Christie in order to give off a semblance of "bi-partisanship," and to secure extra votes from stupid Americans who actually thinks Obama caaaares about them. (Indeed it worked: Exit polls showed many still-undecided voters ended up pulling the lever for the president because it look like he cared about Sandy victims). Stupid-ass Christie took the bait.
First week of December: It took the administration over a month to formally request hurricane relief funding from Congress. Requested amount: $60 billion. (But remember: Obama really cares.) By stark contrast, George W. Bush got $51 billion in Katrina relief funding requested, approved by Congress, and on his desk for signing in less than two weeks. (But remember: George W. Bush hates people, especially black people.)
That's not all, but when you add this all up, not even half of the $60 billion would be going to help private citizens whose lives were uprooted by Hurricane Sandy.
Last two weeks of December: Despite criticism of Congressional Republicans and some of the news media, the bill sat languishing on the Hill without one penny of pork being stripped.
It bears noting that not all, but the lion's share of this pork was put in there by Senate Democrats. Indeed, the bill was co-sponsored by Chucky Schmucky Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bob "Dominican prostitutes? What Dominican prostitutes?" Menendez (D-N.J.). Democrats knew that when it came to the Republican-led House voting, there would be one of two outcomes:
(A) The bill would be passed and all their cronies, home states, and pet agencies would get their taxpayer-funded goodies, all the while conning the American people into thinking they really care about them.
(B) The House Republicans would refuse to sign the bill, making them look really callous and cold for holding up such an urgent bill out of ideological spite and petty politics.
First week of January: As we catch up to the present tense, one of the above predictions comes true. Yesterday outcome (B) happened: GOP House leader Boehner and enough Republicans refuse to sign the bill, and it goes down in the defeat.
(That would make it the second time in one week Boehner and the House Republicans got played by the Democrat Party, the "fiscal cliff" "deal" being the first time.)
Here is where N.J. Gov'r Christie and N.Y. Congressman Pete King come in. Not only did Boehner and the House Republicans get branded Scrooge of the Century by the usual suspects (Democrats in Washington and the lib media), but both Christie and King took to the mic to lambaste their fellow Republicans for playing petty politics and putting their own interests above the people.
At his press conference yesterday, Christie said,
"Unfortunately people are putting politics ahead of their responsibilities... You do the right thing. Enough with all the politics ... We respond as Americans, at least we did until last night... it was disgusting to watch. ... In our hour of desperate need, we've been left waiting for help six times longer than the victims of Katrina with no end in sight ... Sixty-six days and counting, shame on you. Shame on Congress."
On the House floor, Rep. King even more hostile. He threatened not to support the reelection of Boehner as House Speaker and said Americans shouldn't even donate money to House Republicans. He used the words "betrayal" and "cruel knife in the back."
These might as well have been Democrats talking!
Sorry, guys, but you are both sorely mistaken. It's the Democrats, who over two weeks ago presented a $60 bill filled over 50% with pork, who are playing petty politics and not putting the American people first.
Instead of bashing Boehner, Christie and King should be castigating the Democrats. This pork had no business being in there in the first place. If they didn't stick it in there, the bill wouldn't have been voted down!
Unfortunately, Christie and King played right into the hands of the Democrat-media complex: They're now being used as pawns to further paint the Republican Party as cruel and heartless. And, may I add, Mr. Christie: You, sir, have an election coming up this November. You wouldn't happen to be playing Mister Bi-Partisan, Mister Populist right now for that reason, hmmmm? If so (And I, for one, do believe that to be so), then it is you who are putting your own personal political interests over the people.
As for you, Mr. King: In the arena national security/defense you are a patriot and deserve respect. In this instance, though, you are playing the boneheaded self-interested politician you accuse Boehner of doing.
So where are we now? Well, as of late last night, it was already being reported that Boehner was starting to cave and will approve an initial installment of the requested funding.
What of the rest of the $60 bil? Will it contain the pork, or will Democrats be asked to remove it?
What difference does it make? The damage has been done and the Democrats got what they wanted:
A Republican Party whose strength and influence in D.C. have been severely damaged and whose popularity with the American people is sure to plunge even further from the gutter-level depths it has already been.
And a Democrat Party who, knowing full well our nation is already $16 trillion in the hole, has no problem adding tens of billions of pork into a bill intended to help hurricane victims, and who will come out of this, no matter what happens, squeaky clean.
No thanks to Chris Christie and Peter King.
UPDATE (1/4): I can't believe who actually has the same opinion as I on this issue ... Nanny Bloomberg! Well, sorta. He thinks both sides are to blame. How egalitarian.
From Michelle Malkin.
[W[hile millions of small-business owners, struggling entrepreneurs, inventors and investors brace for a double whammy of fiscal cliff tax hikes and new Obamacare taxes, the class-warrior in chief's richest pals are getting a pass.
It's a Golden Pass for liberal millionaires and billionaires who support higher Obama taxes for everyone but themselves. Meet the Democratic tax evaders of the year.
From Breitbart too. Hollywood TV and filmmakers getting sweet breaks. Cue the loopholes.