Remember when it wasn’t ENOUGH that President Bush cut a vacation short and flew over Katrina ravaged New Orleans on his way back to the White House? How he should have BEEN there?
Good times, good times.
And it seemed like nobody was cutting short jack in Martha’s Vineyard.
Not for cities under water, not for cities on fire…
UNTIL what amounts to a CRISIS forced his hand (from the club shaft):
OBAMA INTERRUPTING VACATION TO CAMPAIGN FOR CLINTON
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Golf, afternoons at the beach and … political campaigning?
President Barack Obama is interrupting what so far has been a leisurely vacation to help raise money for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama has said there’s never been anyone more qualified than Clinton, who was his rival in the 2008 presidential contest and his first-term secretary of state, to be president.
Good to know SOMEBODY can count on him!
…until Trump firmly (re: to liberal/pundit/mob media satisfaction) “disavowed” Duke’s despicableness? REMEMBER?
Ah, good times, good times.
I’m waiting on the Democrats, media and ESPECIALLY LGBT howls of outrage about the picture of this smiling fellow, SITTING DIRECTLY BEHIND HILLARY CLINTON last night at her rally.
Seats behind the party nominee at rallies are reserved for special folks, you know?
— WPTV (@WPTV) August 9, 2016
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) August 9, 2016
Maybe THAT’S Obama’s secret plan to destroy the Mullahs right there!
U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed
Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted to ransom
The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
Everybody KNOWS Euros aren’t worth shit!
And by “good” I of course mean sad
Haunting this year’s presidential contest is the sense that the U.S. government no longer belongs to the people and no longer represents them. And this uneasy feeling is not misplaced. It reflects the real state of affairs.
We have lost the government we learned about in civics class, with its democratic election of representatives to do the voters’ will in framing laws, which the president vows to execute faithfully, unless the Supreme Court rules them unconstitutional. That small government of limited powers that the Founders designed, hedged with checks and balances, hasn’t operated for a century. All its parts still have their old names and appear to be carrying out their old functions. But in fact, a new kind of government has grown up inside the old structure, like those parasites hatched in another organism that grow by eating up their host from within, until the adult creature bursts out of the host’s carcass. This transformation is not an evolution but a usurpation.
What has now largely displaced the Founders’ government is what’s called the Administrative State—a transformation premeditated by its main architect, Woodrow Wilson. The thin-skinned, self-righteous college-professor president, who thought himself enlightened far beyond the citizenry, dismissed the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights as so much outmoded “nonsense,” and he rejected the Founders’ clunky constitutional machinery as obsolete. (See “It’s Not Your Founding Fathers’ Republic Any More,” Summer 2014.) What a modern country needed, he said, was a “living constitution” that would keep pace with the fast-changing times by continual, Darwinian adaptation, as he called it, effected by federal courts acting as a permanent constitutional convention.
read the whole thing and have a depressing weekend.
(via the sidebar at Ace’s)
And ALL THIS happened before NOON on JUST THE FIRST DAY
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) July 25, 2016
— Corey Lazar (@CoreyLazarWINK) July 25, 2016
— SFist (@SFist) July 25, 2016
— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) July 25, 2016
tfw when u realize u have created a monster u can no longer control pic.twitter.com/XnpX8k9oV2
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 25, 2016
Honestly if I had written that and someone stole it I would never call them out; I’d be too embarrassed to be associated with such banal pablum.
What we seeing play out now in the Brexit post-mortem is the exact kind of over-educated, arrogant dismissal of the will of the proletariat that got them where they are. When it was all heading in REMAIN’s direction, no one really heard anything about education, income class, AGE… But now that things have gone so horribly awry for the so horribly better situated in their plans for controlling lives not their own, in an effort to delegitimize the entire process, all these patronizing denigrations of the electorate who chose LEAVE have started. When you drill down into the post-polling data, they sniff and look disgustedly Heavenward, you see UNEDUCATED (by which they mean: no sheepskin), UNWASHED, MENIAL JOBS, LOWER MIDDLE CLASS, LOVELY FILTH OVER HERE, DENNIS! Ergo, this entire process is tainted, denying the flower of UK 20 somethings the future of THEIR choice (“I’m NOT British, I’m EUROPEAN” read one sweet young thing’s sign), as these selfish, “patriotic” OLD FUCKERS who are going to DIE SOON ANYWAY indulged themselves in one last fantasy round of Rule Britannia.
As David Brooks said last night, he understood LEAVE’s anger, he just wished they’d embraced a “more cosmopolitan form of patriotism.” WTF does that even MEAN?
It’s an ageist AND uneducated themed run at…your everyday, regular Brit.
The enraged, ever-so-clevers are manipulating this momentous ROAR of a formerly mewling British lion into:
“Toothless, rag-selling, dung covered Alzheimer patients ruin youths’ bright future.“
Don’t let them.
…the second he realized what a GREAT distraction from THIS they might just turn out to be.
US durable goods orders fell 2.2% in May vs. 0.5% drop expected
10:25 p.m. CST and LEAVE is 600K+ ahead. Let’s hope this holds and they get their country back.
Twenty minutes later, LEAVE is up over 800K and **sadfaces**
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) June 24, 2016
…plus Labour calling for Cameron’s head already.
…of the Democratic
temper tantrum sit-in fundraiser on the floor of Congress last night.
“Standing up” for your principles sure doesn’t look like it used to.
…that make me want to warm up the Enola Gay
Taliban use ‘honey trap’ boys to kill Afghan police
•June 16, 2016
The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of “bacha bazi” — paedophilic boy play — to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults told AFP.
The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it seem as entrenched as in the province of Uruzgan, where “bacha bereesh” — or boys without beards — widely become objects of lustful attraction for powerful police commanders.
The Taliban over nearly two years have used them to mount a wave of Trojan Horse attacks — at least six between January and April alone — that have killed hundreds of policemen, according to security and judicial officials in the province.
“The Taliban are sending boys — beautiful boys, handsome boys — to penetrate checkpoints and kill, drug and poison policemen,” said Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, who was Uruzgan’s police chief until he was removed in a security reshuffle in April amid worsening violence.
“They have figured out the biggest weakness of police forces — bacha bazi,” he told AFP.
Excuse me while I go vomit.
Hillary Clinton may become the first F president. Sorry, I meant female but the emale got deleted
— Nick Shimalla (@TheShimalla) June 10, 2016
Hillary deletes more than emails as the latest edition of her memoir removes all her cheerleading for controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal
*Hillary Clinton’s publisher removed a section of her memoir dealing with the Trans-Pacific Partnership from the book’s paperback version
*The controversial trade deal makes regular appearances in Donald Trump’s speeches, and Hillary Clinton was for it before she was against it
*She changed course last October when Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley clobbered her about the Obama administration’s position
*Clinton boasted in her 2014 book ‘Hard Choices’ that she had encouraged nations in the Americas to join the TPP agreement, but a paragraph about that cheerleading has disappeared from the paperback edition
*Simon & Schuster included a brief but vague acknowledgement that part of the book were zapped ‘to accommodate a shorter length’
Düsseldorf terror plot ‘bigger than previously realized’
The Isis plot to attacks the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia was bigger than previously assumed, with ten terrorists supposed to murder people with bombs and guns, local media report.
…On Thursday three men were arrested in Düsseldorf, after a fourth plot member had turned himself in to authorities in Paris in February.
Three of the men, all of them Syrian nationals are alleged to have arrived in Germany in 2015 along the Balkan route, the route taken by refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war.
The six additional members of the plot were supposed to join them at a later point, Saleh A. who is in custody in Paris told investigators.
According to his account, two of the group were supposed to blow themselves up in the Altstadt district, the other men were then to attack more civilians with guns and explosives.
You’ll notice the article is careful to say they arrived “ALONG the Balkan route/taken by refugees” and not that these guys WERE “refugees.”
That makes it all better, n’est pas?
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 25, 2016
I would add “and keep your damn hands off folks who don’t agree with you.” #SimpleReally
Especially when they’re right
Sorry, Venezuela haters: this economy is not the Greece of Latin America
Predicting a Venezuelan apocalypse won’t make it happen
For more than a decade people opposed to the government of Venezuela have argued that its economy would implode. Like communists in the 1930s rooting for the final crisis of capitalism, they saw economic collapse just around the corner. How frustrating it has been for them to witness only two recessions: one directly caused by the opposition’s oil strike (December 2002-May 2003) and one brought on by the world recession (2009 and the first half of 2010). However, the government got control of the national oil company in 2003, and the whole decade’s economic performance turned out quite well, with average annual growth of real income per person of 2.7% and poverty reduced by over half, and large gains for the majority in employment, access to health care, pensions and education.
Now Venezuela is facing economic problems that are warming the cockles of the haters’ hearts. We see the bad news every day: consumer prices up 49% over the last year; a black market where the dollar fetches seven times the official rate; shortages of consumer goods from milk to toilet paper; the economy slowing; central bank reserves falling. Will those who cried wolf for so long finally see their dreams come true?
Not likely. In the opposition’s analysis Venezuela is caught in an inflation-devaluation spiral, where rising prices domestically undermine confidence in the economy and currency, causing capital flight and driving up the black market price of the dollar. This adds to inflation, as does – in their theory – money creation by the government. And its price controls, nationalisations and other interventions have caused more structural problems. Hyperinflation, rising foreign debt and a balance-of-payments crisis will mark the end of this economic experiment.
But how can a government with more than $90bn in oil revenue end up with a balance-of-payments crisis? Well, the answer is: it can’t, and won’t.
An opinion piece in The Guardian.
Take notes, please:
People are DYING waiting on the VA, unlike folks at Disneyland who only THINK they’re going to die if Space Mountain breaks down.
VA Secretary Compares Long Hospital Waits To Lines At Disneyland
…“To me personally, the day to an appointment is really not what we should be measuring, what we should be measuring is the veterans satisfaction,” he said.
To illustrate his point, he cited the long lines at Disney theme parks.
“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line or what’s important?” he said.
“What’s important is: What’s your satisfaction with the experience.”
Since dead men can’t complain, I guess those numbers are going up!
Somebody needs to leave.
What? YOU didn’t?
Just kidding. Neither did I.
Navy SEALs secret medals reveal heroism during past 15 years
WASHINGTON — Citations for two Navy Crosses and more than 100 Silver Star medals awarded secretly to Navy SEALs and a Marine for “extraordinary heroism” in the last 15 years reflect the fierce battles that have been fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to records obtained by USA TODAY.
The Navy decorated the Marine for saving the lives of civilians in Benghazi in September 2012. Several SEALs earned theirs for intense combat in Ramadi, others for rescuing hostages in Afghanistan. The Navy also honored the deadly efficiency of the “American Sniper,” the late SEAL Chris Kyle.
The most tersely worded citation accompanied the only other Navy Cross, awarded to a Marine gunnery sergeant. His heroism on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, came amid the chaos and controversy that surrounds the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. A House committee continues to investigate the attack, the U.S. response and the role of Hillary Clinton, then the Secretary of State and now the likely Democratic nominee for president.
It’s possible, through the citation and congressional reports on Benghazi, to sketch out his actions that night. The citation refers to his actions “in support of Overseas Contingency Operations in Sept. 2012” but does not say where. The Navy has acknowledged that it did award a Navy Cross to the Marine for his actions that night.
A House intelligence committee report on Benghazi refers to a two-person detachment of military personnel and other security personnel who flew from Tripoli that night to rescue Americans. They arrived at the besieged compound, and within 11 minutes were under attack by mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. The attack killed two and severely wounded two others. The Marine helped treat the wounded, repel attackers and organize the evacuation.
His “valorous actions, dedication to duty and willingness to place himself in harm’s way for the protection of others was critical to the success of saving numerous United States civilian lives,” the citation says.
Interesting things are starting to filter out about that video inspired rumble in the Sahara. (You know, the one where the SecState at the time has said no Americans died?) First we learn from disgruntled AirForce types cooling their heels in Aviano that they WERE turning and burning on the tarmac, just waiting for the high sign to take off and rock some Jihadis’ world.
When we were told there wasn’t anyone who could. Administration/Hillary Clinton claim status?
Now, with this terse little report of a Marine Gunny’s extraordinary (read: MARINE) courage and exceptional organization in the middle of the shit, we learn that folks FLEW INTO TRIPOLI SPECIFICALLY with the intent to RELIVE BENGHAZI.
When we were told they couldn’t. Administration/Hillary Clinton claim status?
I don’t care WHO is running against Hillary Clinton, but I’m voting for them.
“She’s horrible at running, but she’s fantastic at governing,” a longtime friend and supporter said.
SAY WHAT? Give me ONE example to prove your thesis there, champ. ONE SINGLE THING Hillary Clinton has ever touched that either wasn’t a flat-out LIE to begin with, a shit sandwich during or an epic disaster in the aftermath.