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.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Saturday, May 23, 2015

You want hypotheticals? Here’s one: Knowing what we know now, was abandoning Iraq in 2011 the right thing to do?

 George W. Bush was right about Iraq pullout
"At a White House news conference on July 12, 2007, Bush declared: “I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
"He had no idea at the time how prophetic his words would be." . . .

Now, on to the article by Mr. Krauthammer.
Displaced Iraqis from Ramadi cross the Bzebiz bridge near Baghdad while fleeing fighting. 
"Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall.

"It gets worse. The Gulf states’ top leaders, betrayed and bitter, ostentatiously boycott President Obama’s failed Camp David summit. “We were America’s best friend in the Arab world for 50 years,” laments Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief.

Note: “were,” not “are.”

"We are scraping bottom. Following six years of President Obama’s steady and determined withdrawal from the Middle East, America’s standing in the region has collapsed. And yet the question incessantly asked of the various presidential candidates is not about that. It’s a retrospective hypothetical: Would you have invaded Iraq in 2003 if you had known then what we know now?

"First, the question is not just a hypothetical but an inherently impossible hypothetical." . . .

Read the full article here

Friday, May 22, 2015

Democrats, are you SURE you want this woman as our president?

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Another reason why Hillary Clinton does not deserve to be president . . .  What sensitive but unclassified information did Hillary have in her private account? According to the Times, “that information included the whereabouts and travel plans of American officials in Libya as security there deteriorated during the uprising against the leadership of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011.' ” . .

..Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

How Bad Spin Works: A Handy Lesson from the Clinton/Blumenthal E-Mails   . . . " The running theme of Blumenthal's missives to his "old friend," the Democratic frontrunner, is that Blumenthal is a gusher of terrible advice. The revelation of these emails is that even terrible advice could pay off, if the media was willing to accept a narrative that made the Clintons' enemies look malicious." . . ....
Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Clinton 'sex victim' goes full frontal on Hillary "Kathleen Willey, the former volunteer aide to Bill Clinton who claims the president sexually assaulted her in the White House in 1993, went on national television Tuesday night to escalate her new battle against former First Lady Hillary Clinton, considered by many to be the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Oval Office in 2016.

“ 'I think she needs to be exposed for all the terror campaigns she has raised against women who were at the wrong place at the wrong time with her husband,” Willey told Megyn Kelly of Fox News." . . .
. . . 
"Willey told Kelly that, “Hillary Clinton is the war on women,” because of her attacks on women with whom her husband has dallied.

“"She enables him,” Willey said. “She realizes the power he has.' ” . . .
Emphasis mine, TD

Quick links, May 22. Inclused Chris Kyle and the Duggars

Double Trouble? WA cop shoots two “unarmed” black men
Bryson Chaplin (l.) and Andrew Thompson (r.) “ 'No justice, no peace” rally fizzles out in 30 minutes"
 "Police Chief Ronnie Roberts seems to be taking a reasonable position on the matter:

It’s unfortunate that an officer was involved in a situation where he believed he had to use deadly force. An investigation will determine whether that was an appropriate use of force.
"This is in marked contrast to Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum, who seems to have already assumed the position:

It deeply saddens me that we have two young people in the hospital as the result of an altercation with an officer of the law.  We are committed to open dialogue where people can gather and share their feelings, show their compassion and stand up for what I think represents our values.
 New York may boycott the anti-Israel boycotters  . . . "We recently reported on legislation in Illinois barring state pension funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel.
"The legislation passed both chambers unanimously, a stunning bi-partison rejection of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to sign the legislation." . . .

Bill Passed: Texas Highway to be Named in Honor of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle
 . . . "The Texas Senate passed House Bill 1187 designating a segment of U.S. Hwy 287 in Midlothian, as the Chris Kyle Memorial Highway." . . .

 Funeral procession for Chris Kyle in Midlothian, Texas.

The family handled the issue as Jesus instructed us to in the Gospels. If I was party to this and was aware it was handled with confession, sorrowful repentance along with hatred for what he had done accompanied by counseling, I would want to keep the issue within our family. 
I see genuine sorrow on the part of Josh and his family, which I did not see in the Clinton sex scandals -the Clintons tried to destroy Bill's victims - nor in that of Anthony Weiner (to name just two). This in no way is to excuse Josh's actions, but to simply express sadness that modern morals have left our culture insensitive to sins such as this, in fact, not even able to understand the the term "sin".
I believe that in the eyes of liberals Josh's "sin" is that of being a Christian and a conservative. The liberal media can now, as liberal reporter Carol Costello would say, just
“Sit back and enjoy.” before angrily faking moral indignation      The Tunnel Dweller
Bad decision: The move comes one day after the network decided to air a marathon of the show heavily featuring Josh (above with wife Anna and children Mackynzie, Marcus and Michael)

Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already

 They’re supposed to be at the forefront of the battle against ISIS. But U.S. special operators say the Obama administration’s restrictive rules of war are harming their mission.

The Daily Beast
 STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS - FEBRUARY 20:  Moonlight active-duty Special Boat Team members from the Navy's Gulf Coast team participate in direct action drills on the Pearl River on February 20, 2013 at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Throughout the six hour training evolution four Special Operations Craft-Riverine boats, or SOC-R's, patrolled the river in formation looking for instructors posing as enemy personnel on the river banks. Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, or SWCCs, are members of the United States Navy's Special Boat Teams and are responsible for insertion, extraction, and combat fire support for the U.S. Navy SEALs.
. . . "They were eager to talk about their aggravation over fighting by remote in Iraq and Syria: having to advise Iraqis, Kurdish Peshmerga, and rebel Syrian fighters from afar instead of joining them in battle.

“ 'We are doing everything through cellphones… It’s hard to do much when you can’t go outside the wire,” said one special operator, using the military jargon for the perimeter of a base.

"They blame the hands-off approach on an Obama administration unwilling to risk even small numbers of American lives in battle, burned by the fallout of the loss of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and intent on preserving the legacy of President Barack Obama’s troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“ 'You can’t say ‘We’re with you every step of the way, except when you are going on combat operations,’” said a former senior special operations official briefed on the ISIS campaign." . . .

Halperin Finds Iowa Democrats Can’t Name Hillary Accomplishments as Secretary of State

Mediaite  "Mark Halperin With All Due Respectsat down with a focus group of Iowa Democratic voters to discuss Hillary Clinton‘s prospects for the 2016 presidential election.

"While the group fawned over the former First Lady’s personality and politics (one called her a “bad mama jama”), they were stumped when Halperin asked them to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton’s during her tenure as Secretary of State.

" 'The responses ranged from “I really can’t name anything off the top of my head” to “Give me two minutes” to “I honestly can’t say I followed along everything that was going on” to outright “No.”

"Washington Post‘s “The Fix” blog noted that while it’s stunning that some of her biggest fans cannot name her State Department achievements, “not being able to name specific things politicians have done isn’t that unusual for the average voters. Quick, name something that John Kerry has done as Secretary of State. Right. Think Iowa Republicans could do much better naming significant things Jeb Bush did as governor or Marco Rubio has done in the Senate?”
Forbes Video here

ABC News Videos | ABC Entertainment News
The Halperin interview:

Hillary, George and the media

Jack Cashill  . . . " George Stephanopoulos, has repeatedly sought the love and approval of a woman who simply does not have love in her bag of tricks.
. . . 
 "For all his fecklessness*, Stephanopoulos made a bold attempt to save Hillary’s candidacy when he “moderated” a primary debate in April 2008, and he might even have succeeded had his media buddies not already decided their job was to elect Barack Obama."
. . . 
"That the Obama camp allowed this man to moderate a primary debate on ABC was one of their few tactical failures during the 2008 campaign. Stephanopoulos might as well have worn an “I heart Hillary” button. At one point, in fact, he threw Barack Obama a curve that had the potential to derail the senator’s campaign." . . .
. . . 
"Were it not for “reporters” like Stephanopolous the comically inept and hopelessly corrupt Ms. Clinton would not dare run for mayor of Chappaqua. As it is, she could well be the next president of the United States."    Full article
*A word you have heard often during this Democrat administration

The left reacts to Josh Duggar UPDATED

0521-josh-duggar-getty-01TMZ  "Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.
"Josh says, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret."  He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."
"The molestations occurred in 2002 and 2003, when he was 14." . . .

World Magazine has this from Anna Duggar:   “ 'At that point and over the next two years, Josh shared how the counseling he received changed his life as he continued to do what he was taught,” Anna said. “And when you, our sweet fans, first met me when Josh asked me to marry him … I was able to say, ‘Yes,’ knowing who Josh really is—someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended.”
 This is red meat for the anti-Christian, anti-conservative left. We expect them to rejoice over this and they are not going to disappoint, as we can see here,  here, and here including the UK Daily Mail
Can '19 Kids' survive Josh Duggar scandal?  " 'This is the recurring problem with reality TV: The very source of its appeal — this isn't fiction, it's real life, true and unscripted! — is what makes it more vulnerable when confronted with scandal," Yahoo TV critic Ken Tucker wrote Friday.
Tucker wondered, "How does one look at Josh now, and not wonder about his actions? How does one look at the cheery faces of Jim Bob and Michelle and not think about about the degree of their complicity in keeping this 'storyline' — for that's what all real events become in this TV genre — suppressed?"
" '19 Kids" is a part of the foundation of TLC, a channel known for family friendly reality shows." . .

 UPDATE from 2014: Libs aim to destroy the Duggars; America responds  
 American Thinker  "Last week, transgender activists tried to get the popular TV show 19 Kids and Counting canned.  The movement, accustomed to capitulation, may not have expected a conservative counter-petition to overcome its Change.org push.

Obama Cleared Muslim Cleric Damned Murdered SEALS in US Military Ceremony

Noisy Room

“Our sons were willing to give all for this republic and today we look for answers, from a government who has failed to give us answers, who has at best covered things up…. We do know that there has been a cover-up…. our congressman… was lied to….”
“This government… and high ranking military officials allowed their bodies to be desecrated at the Ramp Ceremony in Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. We’re going to show the video and you will see.”
"The event is today’s National Press Club conference by families of our heroes set up for murder in that big, noisy, old Chinook helicopter on August 6, 2011, including members of Navy SEAL Team 6." . . .
This video is slow-moving and runs over three hours:

"However, instead of rehashing the reporting here, we point first to the sites of co-sponsors of today’s solemn gathering before the press:

"In Stand Up America, “Warriors damned to hell in a ceremony to honor the fallen – Families Speak Out!”

"In FreedomWatch, “Navy Seal Team VI families to reveal government’s culpability in death of their sons in fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan Following Successful Raid on Bin Ladin’s Compound”

"As the day progresses, we will update below, with links to coverage in other venues and we can see how far this is getting…"

"As may be expected, this news made its way through our most heroically uncompromising online news media, WND and Canada Free Press, and blogs such as ObamaReleaseYouRecords, Pat Dollard, and Fellowship of Minds.

"It also found its way into what may be called neo-conventional conservative sites such as Gateway Pundit, The Blaze, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, and Newsmax.

"Similarly, it is found on more conventional center-right sites, including Fox News, though so far I have not seen it on Manhattan/DC-globalist friendly (and somewhat magazine-like) National Review Online, American Spectator, nor even Red State. (I don’t see anything in Twitchy, either, which bills itself on immediacy and edginess.)

"If the reader has seen news of the event breaking through the mind-control filters of the Frankfurt School Left’s Marxstream media, please let us know. After all, in the words of Greg Gutfeld after the prior day’s Benghazi hearings, “The media is Obama’s scandal condom.” The protection continues, though it may be getting stickier for the whores to handle.

This video was not part of the article, but I feel it should always be in our consciousness so I choose to place it here. And in future posts of the Tunnel Wall. TD

  But I digress;

"Background in Gulag Bound:

On Letterman: "But, somewhere around the turn of the century, I lost interest. The show became less and less surreal."

 The Letterman set, hours after the last show:

Hat tip to Jeff Hayden; Plano, TX
Althouse    "Real celebrities started showing up, and I winced as Dave would suck up to them. Suddenly, everyone had a perfectly polished, self-deprecating anecdote — invariably meant to prove the utter fiction that Celebrities Are Just Like Us — that sounded suspiciously crafted by a team of writers. Suddenly, each episode had as many as three celebrities, with Letterman being unctuous and insufferable and fake-laughing his way through every minute. At times Dave would turn depressingly earnest, particularly when he thought he had a Deep Political Point to make.... His comedy started to sound like everybody else’s, with the same potshots at the same easy targets. His act sounded less like dada, more like Dad. Letterman was the barking dog who caught the car, was invited in, and curled up delightedly on the seat...."

Letterman’s departure is 15 years too late
. . . "Letterman was the antidote to the lame, showbizzy, let-me-entertain-you style of comedy I associated with Las Vegas, tuxedos and “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”

"I couldn’t believe it when I heard Letterman worshipped Johnny. Johnny was this smug, self-adoring relic who’d have on Don Rickles or Phyllis Diller or Jerry Lewis to mug desperately, pull faces, shout — anything but be funny. They were pathetic comedy salesmen who wouldn’t leave your doorstep until they’d unloaded their wares.

"Half the time, Johnny wouldn’t even be on Johnny’s show. There’d be long stretches of guest-hosting — John Davidson! Joe Garagiola! — while Johnny went off to loaf. The only guest host who didn’t immediately make you want to turn off the TV was . . . Letterman."

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Murdered female cop is latest casualty in politically driven 'war on cops'

Examiner.com    "In that latest incident in the disturbing "war on cops" being led by President Barack Obama, his administration, and numerous Democratic Party lawmakers and activists, an Omaha city police officer who had decided to forego taking her maternity leave following the premature birth of her daughter, was gunned down on Wednesday in a shootout with a dangerous fugitive. The 29-year-old officer, Kerrie Orozco, is the first female in the department's history to be killed in the line-of-duty.

Is Officer Orozco a casualty in this nation's war on police officers?
Courtesy of Omaha Police Dept./Facebook
"Besides giving birth to a baby girl, Officer Orozco was the stepmom of two young children, according to the Omaha Police Department's spokesperson on Thursday. The young police officer who had been rushed to Creighton University Medical Center was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting, the department's Chief Todd Schmaderer said during a news conference. Schmaderer described the suspect as being a 26-year-old black male, Marcus Wheeler, who was also pronounced dead at the same medical center. The dead officer is white.
. . . 
 "Police Officer Orozco coached baseball for the Omaha Boys and Girls Club,and was a volunteer for the Special Olympics. An active law enforcement advocate, she served as president of the Police Officers' Ball to raise money for the Special Olympics. She also helped to rescue dogs and was a participant in the Girl Scout mentors program." . . .

Mosby Announces Charges Brought By Grand Jury Against 6 Baltimore Officers In Death Of Freddie Gray

"BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP)—City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said a grand jury has indicted all six officers in the the Freddie Gray’s death.

"Six officers were charged on May 1, following the death of Freddie Gray–Mosby calling the arrest illegal.

"She also announced that reckless endangerment was added to the charges against the officers and the charges of false imprisonment was removed.
 . Mosby also has dropped the false imprisonment. In some ways that was the most outlandish charge. When an officer makes a mistaken arrest he is not charged with false imprisonment. He may face some departmental issues, but it is not considered a crime. This charge presents a chilling effect on officers and maybe was the most problematic for that reason
Much more at the link.

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP)—City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said a grand jury has indicted all six officers in the the Freddie Gray’s death.
 Read the charges against each officer

 The NY Times

Washington Post

Washington Wants the Redskins (And is prepared to spend your money to get them.)

Weekly Standard
 "They are a lousy team with perhaps the worst owner in all of professional sports, but the Imperial City wants the Redskins nonetheless.  As Alex Gold and Ted Gayer of the Brookings Institute write:
Recently, DC mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she has reached out to Dan Snyder, owner of the DC-area NFL team, about returning the team to the Nation’s Capital from its current location in suburban Maryland. 
"Fine, you think, if they want Snyder and his inept squad, no skin (red or otherwise) off my nose.
But, not so fast.  Seems that the governors of Maryland and Virginia are also interested.  Thus:
… a bidding war [is] likely, with each location promising a newer and fancier replacement stadium for the team’s current home.  
"And, in the way of these things:
Wherever the Washington team winds up, there’s little doubt that taxpayers – both locally and across the nation – will be on the hook for much of the stadium’s bill. 
"It can all be blamed, like so much else, on the lousy, jury rigged tax system:" . . .