Wednesday, January 28, 2015
On a tip from my brother Gary
(This is one of the best articles I ever read)
VERY PROFOUND… AND TRUE… Lou Holtz nails it
The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society and others don’t. That’s the divide in America .
It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.
That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.
The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just. That is the rationale of thievery.
The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you. Vote Democrat. That is the philosophy that produced Detroit.
It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America. It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but a betrayal.
The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope. The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful–seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices. Because, by and large, income variations in society are a result of different choices leading to different consequences.
Those who choose wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.
Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income. You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education.
You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.
My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an in equality of effort. While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant. He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes. His outcome pays a lot better than mine. Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth? No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes.
It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom. The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure. The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy. Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing. Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and short sighted decisions.
Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.
The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.”
Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity. He and his party speak of two Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other. America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts.
It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.
What Obama offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political benefit. That’s what socialists offer. Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow. Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
Leo “Lou” Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 11:09 AM
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
We all saw it coming.
Still this is unbelievable even for Barry! He doesn't do or say anything unless he stands to benefit. He thought parading the parents around like their worthless son was the second coming of Pat Tillman was going to pay dividends. He was sadly mistaken. Even from his warped perspective where did he see an upside in all this? The fact is we gave up 5 high ranking terrorists for a scumbag deserter, paid him $350,000 in back pay while Tahmooressi was left to rot in a Mexican jail, and then charge him with desertion so he could be put in jail! Where is the logic in this? What am I missing? They knew this long before the election and just like I said wouldn't announce it until after. Why?
1. Because they knew it was a dumbass idea from the word go.
2. They counted on the "Gruber principle" but this time it backfired.
The new precedent has been set...we don't negotiate with terrorists...until we do. It also goes to show you how this administration views the military. In short... they despise it. Bergdhal a deserter, was a higher priority then the decorated vet Tahmooressi.
It boggles the mind!
It boggles the mind!
Bowe Bergdahl WILL be charged with desertion
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl fled without permission in Afghanistan in 2009
He was then captured by the Taliban who held him captive for five years
The soldier was freed in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners
His attorney has been given a charge sheet detailing the violations
By Steve Hopkins for MailOnline
Published: 06:36 EST, 27 January 2015 | Updated: 08:18 EST, 27 January 2015
An American army sergeant that was released by the Taliban last year in exchange for five prisoners is to be charged with desertion, it has been claimed.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been handed a charge sheet listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice he has violated, retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer has revealed.
The soldier was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan from June 2009 until May 2014, before being exchanged for Taliban members being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Released US Sergeant Bergdahl to be charged with desertion
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released by the Taliban last year in exchange for five prisoners is to be charged with desertion
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer said Sgt. Bergdahl's attorney had been handed a charge sheet detailing the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated
Mr Shaffer, who now works for the London Center for Policy Research, said the decision had been confirmed to him by a number of sources.
Speaking on Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor, he said: 'His attorney was given what we call a charge sheet. A charge sheet is results of the investigation listing out the articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that have been violated. The key violation is desertion. And this has been done. The decision has been made. Let me be very clear. As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation.'
Sgt. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after he left his unit without permission in 2009.
After his much criticized exchange the army launched an investigation which they concluded several months ago.
Sgt. Bergdahl spent about two weeks recuperating at a U.S. military hospital in Germany after his release before being sent to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston on June 13.
He was then said to have been put on administrative duties at the base, awaiting the conclusion of the case.
Bergdahl 'desertion' was the ultimate betrayal says his comrades.
Mr Shaffer went on to accuse the Obama administration of trying to keep the results of the investigation into Sgt. Berghal secret.
He told the program: 'This is shaping up to be a titanic struggle behind the scenes,' he said. 'Believe me, the Army here wants to do the right thing … And the White House, because of the political narrative, President Obama cozying up to the parents and because he, President Obama, releasing the five Taliban … The narrative is what the White House does not want to have come out.'
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 10:36 AM
Remember when the first red light cameras went up? Like sheep most Americans went along with it and said nothing allowing the government to trample on their liberty. A couple of years ago I read an article claiming the car companies will soon begin installing some sort of tracking device (under the government's purview) on all new cars. Sure, I know some will say...If you have your cell phone they know where you are anyway. But that's not the point! If I'm going to Home Depot to buy kitchen cabinets (my current project) is that any business of the freaking federal government?
I read the new NSA facility in Utah
listens to your phone calls and reads your emails in real time as you're typing. This was in the news cycle a few days and quickly dissipated. You would have thought an intrusion of this magnitude would have shook the pillars of our society. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
One day you'll report to a government facility to have a micro-chip implanted under your skin. They'll tell you... it's painless and for your own good. Go ahead and laugh.
But slowly as our liberties are taken away piece by piece, year by year, the sheep in the flock will come to the realization of what the founding fathers warned us about. By then it will be to late.
The Justice Department has acknowledged constructing a database to track the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S. in real time.
The program, whose existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is primarily overseen by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat drug trafficking near the U.S.-Mexico border. However, government emails indicate that the agency has been working to expand the database throughout the United States over the past several years.
A Justice Department spokesman told Fox News that the tracking program is compliant with federal, claiming it "includes protocols that limit who can access the database and all of the license plate information is deleted after 90 days." In 2012, a DEA agent testified before a House subcommittee that the program was inaugurated in December 2008 and information gathered by it was available to federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations.
It is not clear whether the tracking is overseen or approved by any court.
According to the Journal, the DEA program uses high-tech cameras placed on major highways to collect information on vehicle movements, including location and direction. Many of the devices are able to record images of drivers and passengers, some of which are clear enough identify individuals. Documents seen by the Journal also show that the DEA uses information from federal, state, and local license plate readers to burnish their own program.
Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 8:46 AM
Sunday, January 25, 2015
'There will be a price': Obama team reportedly fuming over Netanyahu visit
This comes on the heels of the WH announcing Barry is going to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abduallah. Barry has never been a fan of Israel and we would have to go all the way back to Carter to find another president who share the same sentiment. Something which has baffled me is how/why Barry was able to garner the Jewish vote in the second go around.
I had to laugh when I read Barry's upset about "departure" from protocol. Where was the protocol when he released the Gitmo 5 and declared amnesty?
In the world in which we live today he couldn’t find anything of interest to discuss with Bibi (aka “chickenshit” in this administration) like Iran building a nuke. Maybe it's because a Jew and a Muslim can’t get along. You really have to wonder about his priorities.
If you know what I mean.
Presidential pettiness in Obama-Netanyahu-Boehner dustup?
The Obama administration reportedly is fuming over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plans to address Congress in March regarding the Iranian threat, with one unnamed official telling an Israeli newspaper he will pay "a price" for the snub.
House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu -- and the Israeli leader accepted – without any involvement from the White House.
In public, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest politely describes this as a "departure" from protocol. He also says the president will not meet with Netanyahu when he visits in early March, but has attributed that decision only to a desire not to influence Israel's upcoming elections.
But in private, Obama's team is livid with the Israeli leader, according to Haaretz.
"We thought we've seen everything," a source identified as a senior American official was quoted as saying. "But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don't do.
"He spat in our face publicly and that's no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price."
The anonymous quote was a throwback to when, last year, Atlantic magazine quoted another unnamed senior administration official calling Netanyahu a "chickenshit."
Administration officials, including Earnest, did not deny the quote at the time, though the White House stressed the criticism did not reflect how the rest of the administration views Netanyahu.
On Friday, Earnest once again was asked about tensions with the Israeli government. Asked if the decision to speak to Congress was a slap at the Obama administration, he said, "I certainly didn't interpret it that way."
As for the decision for Obama not to meet with his Israeli counterpart, he stood by the earlier explanation.
"This administration goes to great lengths to ensure that we don't give even the appearance of interfering or attempting to influence the outcome" of democratic elections abroad, he said.
Meanwhile, Haaretz also reported that Obama had directly warned Netanyahu to stop urging U.S. lawmakers to back legislation teeing up new sanctions against Iran.
Obama has threatened to veto such a bill, saying it could derail delicate talks over Iran's nuclear program – and Netanyahu's visit to Washington could give him an opportunity to further encourage sanctions legislation.
Haaretz reported that Israel's ambassador already has been urging members of Congress to support the measures. The newspaper reported that Obama told Netanyahu to stop during a Jan. 12 phone call.
On Friday, Earnest acknowledged that Obama and Netanyahu have a "fundamental disagreement" about the diplomatic talks with Iran.
"He doesn't share [the administration's] view," he said. But Earnest also said the "differences of opinion" do not undermine America's commitment to Israel's security.
As Obama officials often do, he described that commitment as "unshakable."
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 7:18 AM
Friday, January 23, 2015
Just because Barry's a moron you would have thought at least one of his many advisors would have said. Mr President... I don't think this is a very good idea.
After watching this how can anyone take him seriously?
Oh...and this is his interviewer GloZell
He could find the time for an interview with this imbecile who eats breakfast out of a bathtub and wears green lipstick.
But it was asking too much for him to stand in solidarity with the world leaders in France.
I guess he has his reasons.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 8:56 AM