Amateur Hour

It was another banner week for the White House…

Last year Joe Biden (military expert and all around genius) along with his boss proclaimed success in Iraq and took credit for a foreign policy coup…  leaving…

On Monday this week the President stated that the world has never been less violent than it is now.  The following is an excerpt from a WSJ OpEd this week…’’

It has not been a good year for the liberal world order. Not since the end of the Cold War have so many crises erupted in so many places: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China’s relentless push in the East and South China seas, and the surge in jihadist violence and terror from Boko Haram in Nigeria to the religious war that now engulfs Syria and Iraq. This is not what Americans thought the world would look like in the third decade since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

By Friday Iraq had dissolved into jihadist violence and everything we sacrificed – including 4488 Americans killed in combat – to make it otherwise was rendered irrelevant.

Another week…  and another foreign or domestic disaster.  But at the White House it’s just another edition of Amateur Hour.

Will someone please take the keys to the car away from this guy before we all get hurt?

What Does It Matter?

This is what Hillary Clinton said when questioned on what really happened to those American citizens killed in Benghazi.

This is what Harry Reid said today when questioned on who this guy Bergdahl really is, and why we traded one guy for five criminals.

This is the consistent attitude and practice of this President when it comes to taking responsibility for his decisions.

The fact is it does matter.  It matters because we are reminded on this 70th Anniversary of D-Day that real men made the ultimate sacrifice for that fragile idea we call LIBERTY.

It matters because the cost of liberty is constant vigilance…  not just to the idea, but to the practice of it by the People and our Representatives in government.

Shame on you Hillary, Harry and Mr. President…  It matters and you should know that.

RIP to those brave men.  It mattered to them… and it matters to me.

CITIZEN KEHOE

Heresy

In the Middle Ages the toxic combination of religion and politics stifled free thought…  think the Spanish Inquisition.  Today it’s the combination of “science” and politics doing the same thing.  If you disagree with the evangelical Climate Changers, you are a “denier” or a “heretic” (it used to be global warming…  but facts got in the way of that belief).

So it is with organic farming…  So let’s separate fad from fact…

  • Organic farms with equivalent acreage and water usage produce crop yields 50% lower than non-organic
  • Composted organic fertilizers leach significantly more nitrates into ground water
  • Organic’s reliance on tillage in place of herbicides increases soil erosion
  • Organic farming – unlike the myth – uses pesticides like copper, sulfur and nicotine sulfate
  • Organic products unlike GMO crops have lower nutritional values (GMO = genetically modified foods – like the stuff you grew up with AND that made the boom in crop yields since WWII possible)

Despite this science the liberal World Watch Institute declares, …organic farming has the potential to contribute to sustainable food security while (wait for it…..) SIMULTANEOUSLY reducing vulnerability to climate change and enhancing biodiversity.

The trifecta in one sentence…  only a liberal could compose a sentence with all those syllables…  But, they forgot to mention that organics also SIMULTANEOUSLY make your breath fresher and your teeth whiter making you more attractive to the opposite sex or… (you can fill in the blank).

When politics gets meshed with “science” you get religion… and accusations of heresy from the true believers.

But hey…  all you true believers…  forget those facts and make sure you buy your organic kale this week.  And remember that somewhere out there cattle are happy that they don’t have to eat that crap anymore.

Here’s the link to the to the article for you heretics who dare read it…  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304431104579550002888434432?KEYWORDS=organic+farming&mg=reno64-wsj

CITIZEN KEHOE…  just doing my job.

No Better Than Nixon… Worse

Richard M Nixon the man the liberals love to hate is a piker when it comes to “Dirty Tricks” and “Enemies Lists” compared to the people in the White House now.  Nixon in his paranoia used staff and aides to go after his “enemies.  These people – in their paranoia and intolerance – use entire government agencies.

pik·er [pahy-ker]  noun Informal.

a person who does anything in a small  or cheap way.

This week’s agency used against enemies:  The IRS

THE SETUP:

The House Ways and Means committee voted Wednesday to seek an investigation of whether former IRS official Lois Lerner violated federal law by using her power to ensure Right-leaning groups were targeted for extra scrutiny by the agency, giving misleading information during a probe of the matter by the Treasury Department‘s inspector general and using her personal email to conduct official business, which could have resulted in the disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.

In one instance…  The Committee says the public “deserves a full and truthful explanation” for the actions of its ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whose staff “surreptitiously contacted the IRS” about a conservative group that was seeking tax-exempt status — and was subjected to inappropriate scrutiny.  Cummings never told committee Republicans about his contacts with the IRS concerning the group True the Vote. In fact, he has denied any such contact. 

THE RESPONSE:

Today is not about Lois Lerner or the alleged inappropriate tactics she may have employed,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. “Today is about protecting the integrity and the credibility of this committee.”

Speier accused committee Republicans of fabricating a “vast conspiracy” around a “mid-level bureaucrat who may have made some poor decisions.”  “There is no connection to the White House,” Speier said. “What we are trying to do is hold in contempt a mid-level bureaucrat, and the actions of this committee won’t hold up to judicial scrutiny.”  

Hmmmm…  “Vast conspiracy”…  These are precisely the words Hillary Clinton used when her husband was caught with his pants down in the White House.  He didn’t do it, the vast conspiracy did.  This is called the party playbook folks.  It’s what you say when you are caught with your pants down.  It’s simple…  every totalitarian state – being insecure by nature – needs the party playbook.  Through it, the state secures complete conformity and “toeing the party line” regardless of facts.

You need to read this week’s Charles Krauthammer Washington Post Op Ed on the nature of our current situation in regard to vast conspiracies.  Click here…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-thought-police-on-patrol/2014/04/10/2608a8b2-c0df-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_print.html

If you don’t know Charles, take a moment to read him.  He is a recovering intellectual liberal.  He says eloquently in this column what we all know from history…  Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Don’t think it can happen here?  Just ask 20th Century Germans and Russians who never thought it possible in their countries.

It’s staggering to think that these people today have the temerity to use Nixon as the personification of evil.  Nixon was a piker compared to these people.  He never dreamed of being so audacious in his paranoia.

te·mer·i·ty [tuh-mer-i-tee] Show IPA  noun

reckless boldness; rashness.

TWO WEEKS LATER:

From Mr. Ramirez…  my favorite political cartoonist…  Weekly Standard Magazine…  Just saying’…

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

It’s an old proverb with origins from Mid 17th Century England.  I like proverbs because they contain a kernel of commonsensical truth.  They are timeless…  and also not very modern.

Liberals like modern (they will tell you so)…  Conservatives tend toward the timeless (thus they appear “un-hip”)…  Each would interpret this proverb differently.  The modern view is fences are bad because they limit and discriminate.  The timeless view is fences are good because they protect and clarify.

Where am I going with this?  I got to thinking about this on my drive from Phoenix to California this past weekend. There are fences that stretch the entire 400-mile distance…  Really.

Why do we need fences in the middle of emptiness?  I thought because “Good fences, make good neighbors”.  Fences create boundaries.  Boundaries foster healthy respect for others.  Fences say, “This is mine, and that is yours…  please don’t take what’s mine.”  Fences don’t say, “You are not my friend, stay off my property”…  unless the fence is consistently and intentionally breached.

It’s simple human nature… when you take what is mine fairly earned, there is a fight.  When you respect what’s mine fairly earned, there is harmony.  Liberals today have become fence “breachers”.  When the modern idea of redistribution becomes the governing ethos, there will be a fight.  It’s commonsensical.  Not so for the modern liberal.  They have a better way…  no fences.  As they say, the road to hell is paved with so called good intentions.  (I could not resist :))) )

Test yourself to prove my point about timelessness.  How many of the following can you complete? 

  • Where’s there’s smoke…
  • The apple never falls…
  • A bird in hand…
  • Birds of a feather…
  • Haste makes…
  • Discretion is…
  • The early bird…
  • Don’t count your chickens…
  • He who laughs last…
  • Every dog has…
  • A leopard doesn’t…
  • Let sleeping dogs…
  • Make hay while…
  • Necessity is the…
  • An ounce of prevention…
  • A fool and his money…
  • People in glass houses…
  • What goes around…

Let’s hope this last one is true…  as the road to hell is not a good place to be.

AND…  Good fences… you get my point.

 

MORE Thoughts on Liberal Thinking

The Nature of Insurance

Those without earthquake insurance might be running to their providers this morning to buy some.  However, they will likely find that there is none to be had since their will be a moratorium imposed by companies that offer it given the last 30 days of earthquake activity here.  This is called a pre-existing condition.

Now if ObamaCare were the law of the land in earthquake insurance, there would be no problem getting it, and in fact you would be able to buy it at some subsidized rate lower than that paid by those who purchased it before the condition existed.  Yep…  this makes complete sense…  to the liberal mind.

The Nature of Envy

There is a Cadillac commercial you should watch.  The YouTube link is below.

The ad is wonderful on two levels.  On a business level, the target marketing is brilliant.  Cadillac has identified its buyer and its competition.  The buyer they want is a successful 40 – 60 year old male who right now drives a European car.  Cadillac makes no bones about why this guy should drive a Cadillac.

The ad is equally wonderful on a social level… and here is where it gets interesting.  CNN and MSNBC called out Cadillac for the “not so subtle” jab at socialism the ad makes.  Really?  It was necessary  - once again – to demonize the success possible with capitalism?  Maybe Cadillac should have made a commercial where they divide up the car and redistribute it among all the neighbors?

Envy…  It’s not a pretty emotion, but it’s real enough…  but liberals are never jealous.  They are above such base emotion.  They attack capitalism not out of any sense of envy…  no, no no…  they are  only interested in fairness.

Sure…  But I’d be willing to wager that if Cadillac gave one of them the car for free, they’d take it and not share it with their neighbors.  N’est pas?

Click on the link here… for the Cadillac ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGJSI48gkFc

CITIZEN K

Deep Thoughts about Health Care

It must be great to live in a cult…  you never need engage your brain…

More Democratic Deep Thinking

This from afternoon TV today…  The President stopped by the Ellen show to sell his program.  Here’s the deep thinking…

[ObamaCare's] doing very, very well… you’ve got 5 million people signed up so far [Audience Applauds]… An enormous number of people have signed up, so it’s successful… I think everyone’s very grateful you did this, and I think it’s important to sign up.

…Ellen DeGeneres

“Let’s go to break and when we come back Michelle will give us some of her fashion tips for the Spring…”

Obama can’t sell this thing to Congress, business or anyone in healthcare.  So what does he do?  Enlist Health Care experts like Ellen to get “mom’s” who watch soap operas to sign up.  You go girls…  woooo   hoooo

On the real Health Care front today…

My doctor shared this with me…  Monarch Health Care (my carrier) won’t accept Obama Care.  That’s right.  The same company whose execs flew to Washington 5 years ago to negotiate with the President and returned singing the praises of ObamaCare telling all the doctors in their network to sign up…  won’t be accepting ObamaCare in their network.

Hmmmmm.  I wonder who knows more here…  the Health Care execs or Ellen?  Yeah, ya gotta go with the obvious.

So you go moms, take Ellen’s advice and sign up…  but first let’s dance.

CITIZEN KEHOE

Circling Back on Two Old Stories

Remember my comments about Alex Fish (D-FL) …  She of …  we need immigration reform because we need Mexicans to do the laundry and mow the lawn  ???  She lost her election bid in a landslide this week to an unknown and under-funded Republican.  She ran on a “Fix ObamaCare” platform…  while simultaneously increasing the population of Mexican laundry and landscape workers.  :)))

Her opponent ran on a “Repeal ObamaCare” platform and believed illegal means …  uh… illegal.  He was able to convince voters in FL that enforcing current immigration law is not the same as “hating” Hispanics… and that ObamaCare is a really bad idea.  He did not say whether he has a Mexican landscaper…  CNN is working hard on that story now – I am certain.

 

I did another commentary last week about Rep. Sheila Lee Jackson (D-TX)She of the 400-year old Constitution infamy…  She should serve as a reminder and renewed impetus for term limits and a return to the days of Citizen Representation.

No more “careers” in Congress and life-time pensions and Health Care coverage (ObamaCare does not apply to them).  Any American should be allowed two terms before a mandatory return trip to the real world.  The problem for most in Congress today is that they are incapable of working in the real world.  I am willing to bet that few possess employable skills.  That, I am happy to remind them, is easily remedied… they can enroll in one of the many “Job Training” programs they’ve created.   I love simple solutions.

That’s all for now.

More Deep Thoughts by Democrats…

I love this kind of stuff!

Were the following statement made by a Republican it’d make the national news and take up hours on CNN and MSNBC.  But the speaker is a Democrat and there is, as we know, a different standard for expertise and competence.

So let me ask you…  Are you expert and competent in your job?  Is that not what your customers, teammates and employees expect?  Is that not what they pay you for?  Should it not therefore follow that those in politics should also be expert and competent in their chosen field?  Apparently not…

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) today declared on the House floor that the U.S. Constitution was 400 years old.  Her exact words…

“Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority, the Republicans, my chairman and others, for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.”

Makes you wonder if she has ever actually read it.  For those of you who have not read it I suggest you do.  It is a quick read unlike the 2,000 page ObamaCare act.  It fits nicely on the front and back of one 8 X 11 piece of paper.

For those of you who have read it… and noticed the date inscribed therein … Ms. Lee is only off by 173 years.

Ms. Lee…  For the record the Constitution is 227 years old and was adopted on Sep. 17, 1787.  You should at least know that much since you claim the title and pay of… Congresswomen.

Attached – for Ms Lee if she is reading this :)))

The US Constitution   

Constitution_of_the_United_States,_page_1

 

 

More Deep Democrat Thoughts… And Please Withhold My Name…

Please read the Letter to the Editor below submitted in North Carolina.  Yes it is real.  My favorite part of the Letter is the part that begins“Now that we Democrats are in charge…”

If the letter weren’t so scary, it would be funny and arguably, precious.  The kind of thing an eleven year old might write.  But judging by the words and the tone, this is not an 11-year old…  this person actually votes.

God, save us.  And now that they are in charge, we can expect a lot more of this deep thinking.  As I said, at least we know what we are up against.  And as a famous man once said, Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

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