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

Friday, February 12, 2016

The PBS debate disgrace devastatingly dismembered. Complete article

Thomas Lifson  "Can we please defund PBS, and let the American left pay for their own network without tax money from the rest of us?  The disgrace of PBS in moderating last night’s debate was even worse than I remarked on it.  Andrew Malcolm of Investor’s Business Daily* has penned a devastating debunking.  Read the whole thing, but here are a few highlights:
 Of the 16,000 words uttered by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and moderators Gwen Ifil and Judy Woodruff, not one of them concerned Clinton’s deepening email scandal. Not one mention of the words email, e-mail, private server or FBI.
Not a single media question or opponent mention of the huge legal cloud hanging over the party’s presumptive nominee. Nor of the ongoing FBI investigation into unauthorized use of her unsecured private email server for government business, including loose handling of Top Secret documents endangering national security intelligence-gathering and covert operations.
Not any reference to the State Department Inspector General’s subpoena to the Clinton Foundation exploring possible connections between foreign government donations possibly trying to curry favor during Clinton’s four-year tenure as Obama’s secretary of State.
Oh, and not a single word either about Benghazi, the murder of four Americans there, the phony video excuse, the lack of rescue or reinforcement attempts and any Clinton responsibility for the well-documented poor consulate security. Nothing on tax or entitlement reforms. National debt.
complete pass for Hillary Clinton. Whoosh! Home free. Other than that, it was a serious grilling about being female, admiring Obama, taxing the rich more, free stuff and other liberal issues. 

*Emphasis added; TD

Weasel Of The Week!! – 02/11/16

Noisy Room   "Yes, it’s time to present this week’s Statuette of Shame, The Golden Weasel!!

"Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the Statuette of Shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but only one of them could win… and the votes are in and we have our winner… the envelope please…"
"The Ultra-sensitive Baby Killing Warriors At NARAL!!"


. . . "Nice Deb: I nominate NARAL for going on an unhinged Twitter rampage during the Super Bowl over the commercials.
During the big game yesterday, NARAL’s Twitter account “live-tweeted” reactions to the highly anticipated Super Bowl commercials, exposing themselves yet again to be the angry, humorless scolds we all know them to be. The pro-abortion outfit chastised advertisers over the most micro of “microaggressions” and their SJW followers on Twitter retweeted their complaints.
"In their most absurd Tweet, they attacked Doritos for showing an Ultrasound image image of a baby.
The Doritos ad in question showed a father eating Doritos while his pregnant wife received an ultrasound. The baby reacts strongly to the Doritos whenever Dad gets close with a chip. At the end, the baby physically launches itself out of the womb to try to get Doritos.
"NARAL denounced the Doritos ad for using the ” #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless, moms as uptight.' ”

Snowflake Students: “We’re Too Fragile To Be Educated!”

"Patheos   I’m out of here for the day — back to transcribing my book — but wanted to leave this here because it’s just horrific. Indoctrinating professors aside, can real teachers even dare to teach, anymore, with all of these little snowflakes melting around them and incapable of handling anything without being “triggered”? Do they know that life itself is one giant trigger after another, if you indulge yourself?
"I have a great fear that if this mindset is permitted to continue, we will find ourselves living amid political and social iconoclasts, who will demand the destruction of great works of art for the sin of being “triggering” or “aggressive” or God-forbid, heteronormative!

Bernini's Rape of Prosperpina, Via wikimediacommons"Bernini’s Rape of Proserpina takes my breath away whenever I see it; it is myth so incredibly rendered into truth. When will someone take a hammer to it in the name of “sensitivity to rape victims who might have a triggering experience”, rather than allow it to stand as a representative for them, exposing rape’s horror?
"And after they’ve destroyed Proserpina, will they then take their hammers to the Pieta, because motherhood is an offensive stereotype and its promotion triggers feelings of all kinds of mother-related psychological trauma?
"And to quote a friend of mine: “Triggering is a real thing in mental illness and trauma, and their trivial use of it to describe their fear of the outside world is offensive.' ”
A recent Michigan State graduate sweats the real world (Illustration: Ozerina Anna/Shutterstock)Campus Snowflakes & Enabling Masochists   "You would think that the collapse of the UVA rape hoax story would make college students and college administrators a little bit less anxious to go into full-blown hysterics against people who question the “campus rape culture” narrative. You would be wrong, at least in the case of Michigan State, where the university accommodated five special snowflakes who could not bear to hear George F. Willspeak at their graduation. What did George Will write back in June that aggrieved heretic-hunters? He questioned the statistics and the ideology behind the campus anti-rape movement: Excerpt:" . . .

Legal Insurrection: This Trigger Warning needs its own Trigger Warning
"Fragile minds need not apply."
Trigger Warning

"The fragile college student mind is getting more fragile by the day."As if the normal run of political correctness were not enough, we now have “Trigger Warnings” — the notion that students need to be warned that the material they are about to read in class may “trigger” emotional upset"…."The Trigger Warning in the Featured Image was displayed at Oberlin whenChristina Hoff Sommers spoke:"
Image credit: Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

Obama’s ‘Kingly’ Trips Just BACKFIRED, This Is Going To Cost Him BIG TIME

"With his lavish trips to Hawaii and other luxury vacations, it seems that America has finally had enough. As a result, Judicial Watch has officially filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security for ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests and have alleged that Obama’s travel costs exceed $74 million in total."
Martha’s Vineyard

 “Now that we’ve sued, the Secret Service has stopped ignoring our requests for details on more of the costs of Barack Obama’s luxury vacations. Taxpayers, the U.S. Air Force, and the Secret Service are being abused by Barack Obama, who too often treats Air Force One and his security detail like some sort of kingly entourage.”
. . .  
"It’s about time the American people have grown tired enough of these antics to finally do something about it. Not only is the Obama family living like royalty, their efforts to cover up their actions only go to demonstrate that they know what they’re doing is wrong. We all know this nation has a huge problem with freeloaders, but the biggest offenders live right in the White House."  Via Jody Hines in Rebels at Heart

Beware a Wounded Clinton

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Margaret Carlson   "Hillary and Bill Clinton were prepared to lose, but there’s a loss and then there’s a shellacking. After barely winning Iowa, with its coin tosses and independent calls for a public recount of the secret ballots, getting trounced by Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 20 points suggests tissue-rejection of the Clinton candidacy. It’s likely some of those voters weren’t even pro-Sanders, just turned off by Clinton. The Republican race is starting to look tame by comparison.
"The rejection went to her character. Among Democrats who say they care most about honesty and trustworthiness, she lost by 86 points. None of Bill’s lip-biting brand attached to her: She lost by 65 points among those who want their candidate to care about people like themselves. Then there are the women. Although they were threatened with eternal damnation, a majority of women -- seven in 10 under 45 -- did not vote for the would-be first female president.
"The Clintons’ shell-shocked expressions on stage in New Hampshire Tuesday night showed that they now see reality. It’s going to be a long, hard and painful slog against someone without her experience but who stirs admiration and affection. Hillary could have spoken from the heart -- even the robotic Marco Rubio managed that in his concession -- but she read from the teleprompter, though at times she edged close to Howard Dean’s post-Iowa scream in 2004." . . .  Via Lucianne

Obama's foreign policy incompetence encouraging Putin to go to war with Turkey

Has there ever been a U.S. president who has backed himself and the country into this kind of corner due to overwhelming incompetence and hubris?  Putin may eventually conclude there is no red line and attack.  He certainly has no respect for the fighting abilities of European troops.  And Obama has proven he not only doesn't know what he's doing, but can be pushed around by the likes of Iran and Cuba. 

Rick Moran   "I remember a lot of people speculating about what would have happened in the world if Jimmy Carter had been elected to a second term.  Many believed that the Soviets would have taken advantage of Carter's weakness and confusion to confront NATO, believing that the U.S. would be paralyzed into inaction.

"Something similar could happen today, according to some analysts.  Vladimir Putin's saber-rattling at Turkey could become more than bluster if the Russian strongman doesn't think that the U.S. and NATO would go to war if Moscow attacked Turkey.

"The Russians are beginning military exercises in the region immediately adjacent to their border with Turkey.  The exercises are a threat because Russian troops will be on the highest level of alert short of war.  And Russian rhetoric aimed at Turkey has become more bellicose as events in the Syrian city of Aleppo may force Turkey to try and intervene in the conflict.  With Russian jets pounding rebel positions in and around Aleppo and Syrian and Iranian proxy troops surrounding the city, Turkey may feel it has no choice but to lift the siege of Syria's largest city.

"One of Russia's most knowledgable and respected defense analysts – a critic of Putin and Russian military policy – offered some insight into what's going on in Moscow:
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More humiliation at the hands of America's enemies, aided by the Obama Administration apparently

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Capture Of U.S. Sailors Reenacted At Celebrations Of Iran’s 1979 Revolution
Iranian students reenact the arrest of U.S. sailors by Iran's Revolutionary Gaurds Corps during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on February 11.
Iranian students reenact the arrest of U.S. sailors by Iran's Revolutionary Guards
 Corps during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran
 on February 11.

President Obama failed to address the capture of the sailors, which occurred the day of his final State Of The Union Address and we might have just figured out why.  "An astonishing revelation brought to us by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter indicates that the Obama administration asked for help from the Iranian military in rescuing the sailors who were lost at sea after their vessel experienced mechanical trouble.

"This information is courtesy of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) during an interview on The Blaze’s “Dana” after it was made known that our soldiers were being held."  Watch the video clip:
Do you think it’s appropriate that the Obama administration contacted the Iranians to rescue our sailors, or should we have called on the American military?

Iran Releases New Footage Of U.S. Sailors

Somewhere here occurred a leadership failure at the unit level for sure, but how much at the national level?

Islamophobic or Beheadophobic?

Bare Naked Islam

AUSTRIA: Mother of 10-year-old boy who was raped by a Muslim in a swimming pool regrets welcoming Muslim refugees
ORIGINAL STORY: in-islam-women-are-for-children-boys-are-for-pleasure-which-is-why-an-iraqi-refugee-justified-raping-a-10-year-old-boy-in-a-vienna-swimming-pool

"Fox's Pete Hegseth hyped Islamophobic fears about Hamtramck, Michigan, the U.S.'s first Muslim-majority city, asking residents whether the mosques in the city "raise an eyebrow." Hegseth also hyped fears over the "integration" of Muslims and invoked the December 2015 San Bernardino, CA mass shooting -- implying a likeness between the shooting and the Michigan city, saying "Obviously, San Bernardino, there are fears, there have been over 120 arrests of ISIS members in the United States, is there no reason for other Americans to be worried?" The city has been a target of Islamophobia before. In an interview with CNN, the mayor was asked if she is "afraid" of her city with a Muslim majority. From the February 3 edition of Fox & Friends:"


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sanders and Trump: Magic sells

. . . "Look at New Hampshire. Hillary Clinton had made a strategic decision, as highlighted in the debates, to wrap herself in the mantle of the Obama presidency. She lost New Hampshire by three touchdowns."
Charles Krauthammer

"The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliche that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the seven-year legacy of the Obama presidency.
"Yes, you hear constant denunciations of institutions, parties, leaders, donors, lobbyists, influence peddlers. But the starting point of the bipartisan critique is the social, economic and geopolitical wreckage all around us. Bernie Sanders is careful never to blame President Obama directly, but his description of the America Obama leaves behind is devastating — a wasteland of stagnant wages, rising inequality, a sinking middle class, young people crushed by debt, the American Dream dying.
. . . "In truth, Trump and Sanders are soaring not just by defying the establishment, but by defying logic and history. Sanders’ magic potion is socialism; Trump’s is Trump." . . .
. . . "The result is a politics of high fantasy. Things can’t get any worse, we hear, so why not shake things to their foundation? Anyone who thinks things can’t get any worse knows nothing. And risks everything."  Emphasis mine, TD

Tonight: Clinton, Sanders To Debate After Splitting* Contests

Yeshiva News  . . . "For Clinton, that means bolstering her appeal with minorities, particularly black and Hispanic voters. Hours before the debate, a coalition of black lawmakers endorsed her, calling her a long-term partner who understands racial divides in America.

“ 'African-Americans can’t wait for solutions — they need results now,” Clinton said in a statement welcoming the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus’ political action committee." . . .

"Clinton so far holds a commanding lead in the overall delegate race due to her strong support from superdelegates, the party officials who can back the candidate of their choice.

"Overall, Clinton has 394 delegates Sanders has 44. It takes 2,382 to win the Democratic nomination for president."  Emphasis added. TD

2016 Primary Delegate Count   "As the primaries progress, the Democratic and Republican nomination will be decided by which candidate totals up the largest number of awarded state delegates from each caucus or primary vote. The complete delegate counts are listed below and updated frequently after each primary or caucus date. Each party has its own set of rules governing the number of delegates."

"For a list of how many delegates are at stake in each state, see the 2016 Primary Schedule." Below.

2016 Primary Schedule  
Only February shown here. All others at the link.

Open – Voters may vote in either party primary but can choose only one
Closed – Only voters registered in their respective party may vote in the party primary
Mixed – "A semi-open or semi-closed environment, unaffiliated voters can choose to vote in either primary or can switch registration the day of voting"

Tuesday, February 23 Nevada caucus (R) 30 Closed Saturday, February 27 South Carolina (D)59 Open

Complete primary schedule here.

* That's "SPLITTING", not "spitting". TD

Hillary and Goldman Sachs

. . . "She is so surrounded by sycophants and so contemptuous of those who criticize her that she is unaware of how damaging her secrecy will be."
Hillary’s no-win situation at Goldman Sachs worsening as content of her paid speeches leaking out  "Poor Hillary! It turns out that there is a price to being a lying hypocrite.  That’s just so unfair. After all, Bill got away with posing as a feminist champion while assaulting, groping, and exploiting women for decades.  But when Hillary tries to match Bernie Sanders on a comparable pose as anti-Wall Street, she gets herself in a no-win situation.

"Goldman Sachs people are leaking out what she said in her $675,000 worth of three paid speeches, and it is now clear that releasing the transcripts of her talks will expose her hypocrisy. But of course, refusing to release them raises all sorts of worse suspicions. Shades of Nixon’s missing 13 minutes of tape.

"Ben White of Politico reports on the leaks from Goldman:. . . "

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Madame Hillary's protection not so effective . .. . "But such miraculous windfalls for the Clintons have been pooh-poohed by the Democrat establishment and the media, who slobber like Pavlov's dogs when they hear "President Hillary."  Until now, that is.  The issue of Hillary's extortionist speaking fees is back in the news cycle, and this time it's not about the money...but, if you can believe it, the content of her speeches.  Hillary, who constantly bashes Wall Street as being the evil puppeteers who pull the economic strings of this nation to their constant advantage, apparently has been a bit duplicitous between her public denunciations and her more, shall we say,intimate dealings with Wall Street."

Hillary changed her tune during her concession speech Tuesday night, saying “no executive too powerful to jail.” 
. . . "And Clinton’s change in wording -- Lord, how those Clintons love to parse* words -- followed by less than 48 hours release of an FBI letter confirming that it is investigating Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.
. . . "Clinton, no doubt, was reacting to widespread commentary that her earlier declaration could actually be applied to, well, you know, uh … her." . . . 

*Parse: . . .to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning:Political columnists were in their glory, parsing the president's speech on the economy in minute detail.
Hillary Clinton, blind to her own greed, makes another blunder

Rubio Is Right: Obama Is Betraying America

Noisy Room

". . . Those “populist rightwing parties” have their counterpart in the United States, in the form of the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign. Curiously, he is anti-Muslim immigrant while pro-Russian. The candidate who failed to understand a question about the nuclear triad during one debate seems willing to let Putin run rampant in the Middle East, oblivious to the fact that Russia is making the refugee problem Trump complains about far worse.
"Trump may not know what’s he’s saying or doing, but Obama clearly does. He cut a nuclear deal with Iran that has emboldened the main allies of Russia in the Middle East.
“ 'Without Washington’s interference,” reports Avi Issacharoff, the Middle East analyst for The Times of Israel, “Moscow continues its incessant bombing of Aleppo, killing hundreds of innocent civilians. And Iran is taking over large parts of Syria and in the future may establish strongholds that will threaten Israel, whether in northwestern Syria or in its next target, the Deraa area close to the border with Israel and Jordan.”
"Rubio kept saying, “Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
"Rubio keeps saying this because it’s true. " . . .