Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Imagine there’s no countries

It’s easy if you try. And never mind the nightmare.

What you see here is the core issue between Poland and the EU over accepting migrants into Poland. It’s not about whether Poland or the EU gets to determine how many and what type of migrant Poland must take. It’s whether anyone can set any limits at all. The UN is making clear that no country can determine who may enter its lands for settlement. All the blather in that report about human rights is just filler. The issue here is whether countries should exist and the UN is making clear they think the future is post-national.

Part of what you see with the open borders people is their belief that their unique situation can scale up to the stars. The UN is a heavily guarded playpen for the rich brats of the world’s political elite. These brats look around and see a rainbow of colors getting along like old chums. They jump from there to assuming that this can be done everywhere, not realizing the global elite can only get along when there are men with guns keeping the peace. They live in a fortified compound and they want that for everyone.

Another aspect to this is simply spite. Ruling elites have always, at some level, been at odds with those over whom they rule. The “burden of leadership” means giving up time and energy to the maintenance of order and the perpetuation of society. It’s only natural to resent it a little. What we have today is a ruling elite that hates the majority of the people, namely the white people. Notice the UN is not making open borders arguments for Africa or China. Open borders only applies to white countries, never anywhere else.

Yeah, well, I’m sure we can all think of a few pretty good reasons for that easily enough. But noticing them would be racist, and speaking of them aloud would be criminal. Or will be shortly.

Christopher Caldwell famously pointed out that “One moves swiftly and imperceptibly from a world in which affirmative action can’t be ended because its beneficiaries are too weak to a world in which it can’t be ended because its beneficiaries are too strong.” The same thing is happening with whites in their own lands. At first, the number of non-whites was too small to make a strong case against immigration. Now, the numbers are too large to do anything about it. The West is about to be over run.

Parts of it—namely Western Europe—have already BEEN overrun, and it’s far too late to do anything about it except learn to live with it, to docilely “absorb” regular atrocities committed by the intractable savages in their midst as routine. The US is well on its way down the same path; it remains to be seen if the will can be mustered to even slow it—much less halt or reverse it—in defiance of a smothering avalanche of Progressivist propaganda and protest. But even if they succeed, ironically enough, things aren’t likely to work out quite like the Tranzi globalists imagine. As always, they fail to take human nature into account:

Of course, the question sensible whites ask is how exactly the borderless world is going to function. The West exists because whites buy into the system. As America careens into a dystopian nightmare where feral mobs pull down the symbols of the nation, how much longer will those Constitution loving, patriotic Americans, who keep the country running, buy into the system? In Europe, hardly anyone is willing to fight for their country when asked by pollsters. Why would they? Their countries no longer exist.

In a borderless world, why would anyone have any loyalty to anyone or anything outside their tribe? How could there even be a state? In theory, the custodial state solves this by having corporations police the people, but as we see with the high tech firms, tribalism begins to rot them out from the inside. The cost of propping up cash furnaces like Twitter eventually becomes too much to bear, even for the true believers. Large scale social institutions can only exist in a world of large scale social trust.

The cucks can mew about identity politics, but tribalism is the inevitable politics of multiculturalism. In fact, in a multi-ethnic, multicultural world, there can only be identity politics. Everyone is forced to root for their own team exclusively.

The New World Order was unsustainable, and is now blowing up in the faces of its architects, to the horrendous detriment of its subjects. The UN couldn’t run a circle-jerk in a Tijuana whorehouse; it’s somewhat suitable as a meeting ground and discussion forum among independent nations, but not at all as an omnipotent governing body charged with directing the entirety of human affairs as the Tranzis dream of, because such is not only undesirable but impossible.

If there’s one thing we in the US should have learned by now, it’s the long-neglected adage of our Founders that a smaller, restricted government kept close to the governed and accessible by them works best for everyone…except for the rapacious, thieving despots who wish not to govern, but to rule. We abandoned that essential truth. Failing to renew our commitment to it will cost us dearly, and sooner rather than later too.


Viva la difference

The difference between anticipated—or dreaded—civil war, and the real deal.

Been a powerful lotta yappin’ and prognosticatin’ on the intarwebz about the imagined (imaginary) Civil War we’re in. Probably be a sight more.

So, as a public service for all the Clever Clydes out there who want to be doing play-by-play on the apocalypse, here is a handy recognition guide for recognizing a civil war, versus a tantrum.

Nota bene that this handy field guide is not by any means a complete comparison, just a handy reference card.

In a tantrum, there is a copious quantity of whining, bitching, self-pissing, moaning, and being “triggered”.

In an actual civil war, being “triggered” takes on a much more literal meaning.
Anything solved by a crack on the ass or a punch in the nose is a tantrum.

A civil war invariably involves a body count. Usually, a prodigious one.
Also note that if a tantrum becomes a widespread delusion, it can lead to a civil war.

And, for my money, those widespread delusions are what we really have to worry about.


Republicrat VICTORY!

Obamacare repealed and replaced! By….Obamacare.

Let’s get to some of the details of this bill. And this is in as simple language and explanation as I can make it. It’s a side-by-side comparison of what was in Obamacare and what’s changing, what’s being kept, and what’s being removed. Now, under Obamacare, the individual mandate requires people who can afford it to go out and buy health insurance. This House Republican bill repeals that. Kind of.

Because there is a caveat.

It is repealed. However, there are penalties in the House bill, the Republican bill, if you don’t have insurance. Well, they’re not penalties. The penalties that are in Obamacare would disappear. The change is that if you go uninsured for more than 63 days, you will have to pay a 30% surcharge on your premium when you get insurance. This is said to be an incentive designed to encourage people to maintain insurance coverage. So while they’re repealing the individual mandate and repealing the penalties, they are replacing that with a proviso that you can’t go longer than two months without coverage.

Well, you can. But if you do, you’re going to have a 30% surcharge added to your premium when you do get a policy. Now, some are going to think this is a distinction without a difference.

And that’s because it is. But at the risk of being tedious, I’ll refer you all back to what I’ve said so many times: once you let government into healthcare, you will never, ever get it out. Its grasp will only expand; its malign influence, the damage it does, will only broaden, deepen, and worsen. It will NOT be reversed or undone. Not until the next revolution, it won’t. If any.

Government health care has been the Progressivist brass ring since FDR’s reign, at least. There’s a reason for that. The opportunities it affords the Left for control over every jot and tittle of individual lives, the access to endless buckets of money, the chance it gives them to appear Concerned and Compassionate, are simply bigger than any other program imaginable might ever bring them.

And as of 2009, they’ve seized that brass ring. They’ve been struggling for it relentlessly for a century or so. And now they have it. It will not be taken back from them without violent revolution, and perhaps not even then. Everything else is just talky-talk-talk, and nothing more.

Let the sideshow wing of the Uniparty celebrate all it likes. Let Trump spin it how he will. The defeat happened way back in 1965, if not before; all we’re seeing now is the unfolding of the endgame. Name for me one country that ever yielded to the impulse to render their health care decisions to a powerful central government, and thought better of it later, and restored anything resembling a free and open market. You can’t do it, because it never did happen. Not yet, it didn’t. And it won’t happen here.

Government health care is our eternal reality now. Everything else is rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.


An issue in need of addressing

Historian returns to present a very worthy idea to Trump:

I urge you, Mr. President-elect, in the strongest possible terms, to make this critical issue one of the first priorities of your administration, and I urge all who read this letter to join me in my call to address what ought to be a completely non-partisan effort to protect these presently united States. It is not technically challenging nor is it terribly expensive, but it is urgent in the extreme to commence protective action immediately. We have dawdled on this problem for far too long, and now we have emerging near-term threats from North Korea and Iran, among other unfriendly nations.

Seconded from here, most heartily. Read on to see what the issue is; I’m sure most of us will agree as to its overriding importance. If not, you ought to be reading some of the sci-fi stuff I have lately; almost all of it is built along the traditional dystopian-future lines, with something like this as the catalyst of catastrophe.

Update! Diplomad takes it further, with a big-picture look at undoing the Obama/Clinton foreign policy mishegoss entire:

The first step has already been taken: we have elected a President who, it certainly appears, wants America to “win.” That seems almost needless to say but given that we currently have a President who openly stated he can’t be bothered by concerns over whether or not America is winning, and a Secretary of State who infamously declared that it made no “difference” what had generated the Benghazi massacre, well, one can see that even a baby step in the right direction, is a step in the right direction–and to be welcomed.

A key component of power is leadership, a leadership committed to “winning” and a leader who has his people’s back. We haven’t had that for some time. It seems that Trump will be different; I can’t imagine a President Trump abandoning his people to the jihadi mob in Benghazi, for example. Leadership can and does prove a power multiplier. We see that, for example, with Putin who heads up a nation much, much weaker than the USA, but who has played his hand masterfully, and greatly enhanced Russia’s role in the world. We don’t have to like Putin to recognize this.

Besides leadership, the primary requirement for successful diplomacy is wedding diplomacy to power. The two go together. We see, for example, Secretary Kerry’s increasingly futile “efforts” in Syria which are hampered both by a lack of vision of an end game, and, of course, by an incompetent almost non-existent use of American power–I see Kerry is now beclowning himself in Antarctica. We have had an administration which has refused to recognize that successful American diplomacy requires a powerful military component and a leadership willing to pull the trigger. Yes, pull the trigger. We need right away to start a vigorous rebuilding of our military capabilities, and get the military away from distractions such as LGBT restrooms and lowering standards to get women into the Rangers.

Read all of this one, too. I wouldn’t so much mind Kerry beclowning himself—it seems to be about all he’s good at, besides astutely marrying into money—if he wasn’t also beclowning and endangering the rest of us right along with him.


Trouble and woe

And higher gasoline prices, for those of us in the Southeast at the very least.

Colonial Pipeline Co shut down its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday after an explosion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, killing a worker and sending five to the hospital – the second time in two months it had to close the crucial supply line to the U.S. East Coast.

A nine-man crew was conducting work on the Colonial pipeline system at the time of the explosion, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley told a briefing. Seven of the crew members were injured, with two evacuated by air.

The explosion occurred when a contract crew hit the gasoline pipeline (Line 1) with a trackhoe, igniting gasoline, Colonial said an e-mailed statement late on Monday.

Bentley’s office said on Twitter the site was about a mile west of a massive leak last month that closed the gasoline pipeline for over 12 days. A 3-mile (4.8-km) area around the site had been evacuated, the governor said.

Via WRSA, Brushbeater asks the (im)pertinent question: “If once is an accident, what’s twice?


If this doesn’t worry the hell out of ya…

You ain’t thinking clearly.

In 2014, we asked, “What can a mere rifle do?” in reference to a standoff attack on a Pacific Gas and Electric power substation in Metcalf, California.

The answer, in that case, was to blow the transformers to hell and gone, and bug out. To date, there has been no arrest in the case; at one time, a DHS official suggested it was an inside job. There have been subsequent attacks, despite attempts to upgrade security; indeed, once, criminals cut through a fence and made off with equipment that was on site — for security upgrades.

Now, there’s been a new rifle attack on a station, in rural Utah. It appears to have been less sophisticated and less persistent than the California attack, but more effective — the attacker or attackers blew the station off the grid with as few as three rifle shots.

Read on for the wholly laughable “security” measures put into place; they’re a forlorn echo of the sort of DHS/TSA security theater we’ve all become used to at airports, ports, and former borders.

The question, as WeaponsMan says, is: how exactly DO you prevent such attacks? Is it even possible to do so?

Finally, the problem with “security” is that it comes down to a mall cop sitting night-in night-out at a bank of computer screens.

Want El Al security? You have to spend El Al money and hire El Al level of people.

How likely does anybody think that is, until after it’s way too late?

The truly worrying thing to ponder, though is this: whether it’s a Muslim terrorist or a domestic variant doing it, if you wanted to spark some real civil unrest and concomitant tragedy—the sort of thing that could easily and quickly lead to a broad and irreparable rip in the fabric of society—I can’t think of a more effective way to do it than to shut the power grid down for even a not-so-comparatively-long period. Might take more than a few rifle shots to do it; then again, it might not.

Sort of makes the #BlackLiesMurder rioters look like pikers all of a sudden, don’t it? But then, if whoever is doing this DOES have, shall we say, a deeper agenda, then he’s already proved himself to be way smarter than those feeble stupes are, just by his choice of targets.


Surviving the riots

We all know there will be plenty of repeats of what happened here in Charlotte this week, particularly once Trump vanquishes Sick Hillary and sends the Clinton Crime Syndicate staggering off into the sunset for good. Vox posts a practical guide to escaping them intact, from Peter Grant.

You need to have a plan, at the first sign of such troubles, to get away from the riots before they get out of control. Make arrangements with family and friends, have bug-out bags and vehicles and plans in place (including sufficient fuel to get out of trouble without having to stop at a gas station, because they’ll be magnets for looters). Don’t wait until it’s too late. Far better to get clear of potential trouble, then return if the trouble doesn’t materialize, rather than wait until you’re sure there’s trouble, but not leave yourself enough space and time to get away from it.

That’s likely to be difficult once riots become established. A standard police tactic is to isolate the violence, establishing a perimeter to prevent it spreading. Police will wait at that perimeter until they can see the unrest ebbing, then move inward once again to re-establish control. That works for them, and helps to minimize casualties caused by them (and the political fallout from such casualties)…but it won’t help you if you’re trapped inside that perimeter. The rioters will be all around you, and you won’t be able to avoid them. That’s not a good place to be.

It sure ain’t. Vox follows up with a personal experience:

Peter is right about how easy it is to be taken by surprise, though. We were in Rome walking through the streets in a nearly empty quarter one day when we heard a dull roar. It was hard to tell what it was, or exactly from what direction it was coming. I was curious, since it could have been anything from immigrants to ultras, so my friend and I had the women and children stay back while we went to see what was going on. It kept getting louder, but there was nothing to see until we turned a corner to encounter a large mass of several hundred dark-skinned people who looked like Bangladeshis or Sri Lankans. They were loudly demonstrating against deportations or the lack of work permits or something, and while it wasn’t even remotely dangerous, I won’t forget the shock of suddenly encountering such a loud and overpowering mass of humanity without much in the way of warning besides that dull roar.

And I can attest that having a handgun wouldn’t have accomplished a damn thing. Frankly, a belt-fed .50 caliber might not have been enough without a minefield.

God might sort ’em out eventually, but you’re not likely to be able to kill ’em all yourself.


Welcome to the jungle

Just another third-world hellhole run for sixty years by Democrat Socialists. But I repeat myself.

At one point, Detroit was a thriving hub of industry.

However, as many know, the “Motor City” took a drastic turn for the worse in the 1960s. Now the city has one of the highest rates per capita for homicide in the United States.

For those who haven’t seen the city in some time, or may never have seen Detroit, just check out this chilling video a young girl took while driving through the area at night…

And you should, you really should. I haven’t been to Detroit myself in a good few years now, but it didn’t look much different back then.

Still, Detroit is not lost by any means.

Oh yes it is. Can Hillary! and the rest of the Dem-Soc cabal do for all of America what they’ve done for Detroit? ¡Si se puede!


End game

Since 9/11, I’ve found myself wondering “what took you so long?” fairly often, about all sorts of things.


I leave the Army for good in September of this year. My chain of command has been shell shocked that I am going through with it. Two years ago when I first came to grips with what was happening and resolved to no longer be a part of it, there was derision and even an officer telling me that voicing my opinions about the state of the US economy and its moral failings could be considered a violation of the UCMJ for conduct “prejudicial to good order and discipline.”

When I gave my Operations NCO a copy of the book “A Distant Mirror” by Barbara Tuchman he came to me a month later stating that if there is a civil war, he and his fellow Hispanics will “have to choose sides.”

When I told my first sergeant why I would not be re-enlisting, she said “Don’t you want to re-enlist to get your 20?”

I have many more anecdotes, but the summary is this:  Whereas I was laughed at two years ago, many other senior NCOS are leaving. Many Enlisted men are frightened and wish to get out. The liberals, humanists, atheists and feminists are taking over.

Ann, it’s been rough. I LOVE the US Army. At times I have almost been reduced to tears thinking about putting on the uniform for the last time. But I cannot be part of the army that serves a government like ours.

I’ve spent a good portion of my life studying military history, and always have had tremendous respect and admiration for soldiers—the real warriors among ’em, that is, which by no means all (or even most) soldiers typically are. And as the country has descended further into the mire of totalitarian despotism, I’ve wondered just how long it would be before those warriors would start asking themselves, “what exactly is it I’ve sworn a sacred oath to defend, and is it worth spending my life and honor to defend it?” The only possible answer for any intelligent and historically-aware person, which your true warrior-types almost universally tend to be, would have to be pretty damned obvious.

(Via WRSA)


“Never underestimate the stupidity of the aristocrats”

Power, wealth, corruption: what it’s all about.

Propaganda, indoctrination, a captive press, and widespread obliviousness and passivity will only take the incompetent and corrupt governing class so far. There’s too much to be swept under the rug. Eventually notice is taken of the telling details. The economy is going nowhere. The US has been in Afghanistan for fifteen years and in Iraq for thirteen. The capital is an overflowing cesspool; the Clintons being the most visible and malodorous turds floating by on that river of filth. The Internet has shone a light on failure and corruption, but even the mainstream media take note, if only in passing, before it exculpates those responsible.

Exposure and anger concern the powers—they threaten the façade of legitimacy—but outright rejection would be intolerable. Never has an aristocracy exercised such power, lived so opulently, and received such publicity, adulation, and deference. Popular discontent given full vent and expression would threaten all that, and could lead to prison, or worse.

Hillary Clinton embodies the power, wealth, and corruption of the aristocracy, which confronts the most serious threat yet to the world order it erected after World War II. It embraces her not merely because she is emblematic, but because she will implement naked repression and wage wars, its last resorts to hold on to power. She’s never met a “national security” measure or war she didn’t love. The FBI’s refusal to recommend charges despite Hillary’s obvious criminality appears to be the aristocracy’s take-off-the-kid-gloves moment.

In their folly, the rulers have isolated themselves from the ruled. Never underestimate the former’s stupidity, born of isolation and arrogance, nor the intelligence and resourcefulness of the latter. Resort to repression and war is weakness, not strength, and in so doing, the aristocracy is taking a gamble it cannot win.

It is a curious sort of tyranny that extracts its sustenance from the tyrannized, must borrow from them, and relies on them to accept its intrinsically valueless scrip as a medium of exchange. How strong can a tyranny be if it can be brought to its knees if the tyrannized were to stop working, lending, or accepting its scrip?

For better (ha!) or worse, I suspect we’re about to find out. The photo accompanying WRSA’s link to the piece is perfect.


Grave errors

Just another rerun of a very old and tired story.

Venezuela, once a wealthy oil state, where the doctors offering “universal health care” have no medicine and starving people loot government stores looking for food, is yet another example. 50 people are dead in the latest food riots. Their graves are yet another “grave error” of the left.

Obama has not appeared too concerned at the meltdown in Venezuela. Unlike Syria, there are no threats of intervention to remove Maduro, Chavez’s successor, and the rest of the leftist regime illegally clinging to power while slaughtering Venezuelans, smuggling drugs and aiding terrorists.

When Hugo Chavez was killed by the wonders of Cuban medicine, a remedy that American leftists recommend to others while they obtain the best private health care for their own ailments, Obama offered a vague statement of support calling Chavez’s passing, “challenging”.

It was certainly that.

Chavez had been none too tightly wound; claiming that capitalism had destroyed life on Mars, that Jews run the world and that his cancer had been caused by America, but his successor, Nicolas Maduro is insane. Maduro claimed that his deceased predecessor appeared to him in the form of a “little bird” and on a subway wall. He showed off the photo of the wall on state television while crying.

“Chavez is everywhere, we are Chavez, you are Chavez,” he insisted.

Hugo Chavez is indeed everywhere. His portraits cover Venezuela. They’re a lot easier to find than food.

Another one you’re going to want to read all of. Socialism has consequences, and they’re as predictable as the sunrise; amazing how stubbornly so many of us refuse to learn from them, even now.


Cold comfort

A glimpse of a grim future.

A nuclear EMP would involve a device exploding at high altitudes above the Earth’s surface. The detonation would create a series of shocks that would threaten unprotected electronics (such as personal electronics and communications lines) and long-line network systems (including electric transmissions, communications lines, and both oil and natural gas pipelines). Such damage would be serious and deadly.

However, the nations capable of launching a nuclear EMP device that could seriously degrade our critical infrastructure are unlikely to, either because they are our allies (e.g., France, Israel, and the United Kingdom) or because they have too much to lose from retaliation (e.g., China). Rogue states with nuclear weapons, like North Korea, lack the technology necessary to miniaturize the weapon, mount it on a missile, and fire it accurately enough to cause a widespread EMP catastrophe.

Finally, although it’s possible for terrorist or criminal groups to acquire nuclear weapons, they lack the organization necessary to operate and detonate it, let alone the technological know-how to miniaturize and launch it 30,000 feet into the air.

Not YET, they don’t. But not to worry; it’s not as if there are any other potential threats–natural ones, say…uhh, that would be at all likely to…umm….uhhhh…

Oh crap.

The more likely source of an EMP event is the sun itself.

Just great.


Utopia it ain’t

Being a “liberal” means never having to say you’re sorry. For destroying entire cities.

Carey Gabay, a Harvard-educated lawyer and aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was walking with his brother down a Brooklyn street near a well-traveled parade route when he was shot over the weekend. Gabay was caught in the crossfire that erupted between two rival gangs in Brooklyn. It is a spate of violence that had already taken the life of a 24-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in that same part of Brooklyn just hours earlier. Gabay remains in critical condition as of this writing. No arrests have been made in either his shooting or the deadly stabbing incident.

Hopefully, Gabay’s family was not watching MSNBC on Tuesday morning. If they were, they would have seen the city’s callous and indifferent Mayor Bill de Blasio affirming the tranquility of his city. “Crime is down almost five percent over last year,” a smiling de Blasio averred. “We have had the safest summer in over 20 years.” While overall crime is lower than in previous years, the murder rate is not. By mid-August, killings had risen by almost 10 percent over last year. De Blasio’s New York is not alone in experiencing a substantial increase in the homicide rate. In America’s Democrat-led metropolises, the murder rate is almost uniformly up from last year. Chicago is up 20 percent; New Orleans is up 22 percent; Washington D.C. is up 56 percent. Baltimore and St. Louis – two cities that were rocked by racial violence over the course of the last year – are up 56 and 60 percent respectively. Milwaukee has experienced a staggering 76 percent increase in the murder rate.

It was, however, on the matter of homelessness that de Blasio sounded his most out of touch. No New York City resident or commuter can pretend not to notice it. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of people sleeping on the streets, begging on corners, nodding off with an outstretched hand amid an opioid-fueled stupor.

“This is a historic problem, decades old,” de Blasio said in his own defense. “The fact is, the Great Recession led to something we hadn’t seen before.” The mayor’s attempt to blame the city’s homelessness spike on a recession that began six years before he took office was exposed as naked scapegoating when he was asked if Barack Obama’s economy remained subpar. “The economy’s not worse, it’s better,” he said in direct contradiction to his earlier pronouncement. The mayor sought to inoculate himself against attacks on his record by noting that his administration has transitioned 15,000 out of city shelters and into affordable housing. “Putting people in a shelter costs their lives a lot,” he added. It’s unlikely that those souls who spend their days laying face-first on a sidewalk in Manhattan’s Herald Square being literally stepped over by morning commuters would agree.

The left scarcely deserves the benefit of the doubt they receive from the public. Their hearts may be in the right place, but their hearts are distinctly poor governors. It is time for liberals to take stock of their disastrous records, and that can only happen when the public and the press stops excusing the left’s abject failures because they believe their intentions are noble.

True enough. I’d suggest not holding your breath waiting for it. The cardinal rule of Leftism is and shall remain in effect: the only possible answer to the problems they cause is more of the same, we just didn’t go far enough!

(Via Sarah Hoyt)


The president of the United States is a villainous, cretinous scumbag

With apologies to villainous, cretinous bags of scum.

Giving voice to intense heartache, anger and sadness, President Barack Obama said Thursday the South Carolina church shooting that left nine people dead shows the need for a national reckoning on gun violence.

Obama, who knew the pastor killed in the Charleston attack, said he has been called upon too often to mourn the deaths of innocents killed by those “who had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”

“Now is the time for mourning and for healing,” the president said. “But let’s be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”

True enough, if you don’t count England, Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, France, and Denmark, among others–almost all of whom, as Ace notes, “have adopted sensible, pragmatic Total Gun Bans.” He also includes links with that list, which I won’t bother transcribing here. Suffice it to say that this vicious, petty, calculating little pig (Obama, not Ace) simply could not wait to climb up on the coffins of the Charleston dead to start thumping his scrawny chest and pimping for one of the Left’s perennial pet projects. Of course, and as usual. We all know the tired routine of the classless, clueless hard-Left ghouls by now.

What a revolting, pissy little “man.” What a diseased mind he possesses. What a priggish little scold he is. It’s nothing less than a national disgrace that enough of our so-called countrymen were gullible enough to allow themselves to be duped into “electing” such an irredeemable scoundrel to high office. A bunch of decent people murdered by a random psycho, and his first thought is of advancing his liberal-fascist political agenda? THE ONE FUCKING TIME a hideous act of mass murder is actually committed by a true “lone wolf,” in the doublespeaking parlance of our joke of a national leadership and its hamfisted “security” apparatus, and since he’s not a Muslim they fall all over themselves to make a “larger issue” out of the infamy?

Obama ought to be tarred, feathered, and dropped off at an airport with a one-way ticket to Zimbabwe or Yemen or some such, where he can live out his days squatting in a tarpaper shack, scratching at fleas and muttering to himself about how awful this country is, and forbidden ever to even attempt to return to these shores on pain of summary and immediate execution.

As for his “in our power” demagoguery, I have only one thing to say: come and take them, you slimy son of a bitch. Charles Cooke allows himself to be bogged down in minutiae, making an argument that, while true enough empirically, avoids addressing the real issue:

The million dollar question, though, is, “Do what?” It is all very well to criticize the National Rifle Association and the Republican party for opposing further gun control, and yet it remains an inconvenient truth that not one of the reforms that the Democratic party proposed the last time it ventured into this debate would have changed the outcome here.

Back in 2013, when the country was still reeling from the abomination at Sandy Hook, President Obama hoped to achieve three things: 1) He hoped to ban so-called “assault weapons”; 2) he hoped to limit the size of commercially available magazines; and 3) he hoped to force all the states to require background checks when a firearm is privately transferred. Because the killer used a pistol with a regular magazine, the first two of these proposals are irrelevant here. Per Reuters, the shooter’s “father gave him a .45-caliber pistol for his birthday this year.” That pistol would not have fallen under any of the “assault weapons” bans that were proposed by Obama and his allies in Congress. Moreover, magazine capacity does not seem to have been an issue. The New York Times reports that the shooter took his time, stopping to talk and “[reloading] five times.” Had he been limited by law to ten rounds per magazine — as Dianne Feinstein would have liked — he would have been in no worse a position. (Most .45s come with magazines that hold seven, eight, or nine rounds.)

None of which matters a whit, because none of those things are what Obama (spit) and his fellow gun-grabbing hyenas are really after. They want guns banned and confiscated, the Second Amendment repealed, our God-given natural right to self-defense not only from individual assailants but from a tyrannical government gutted. They are not amenable to reason, as their position is not based on reason and is therefore wholly immune to it. And they will never, ever stop.

I repeat: come and take them, you bastards.

None of this can possibly come as a surprise to anyone by now; Obama remains exactly what he always has been: a repellent, dishonest, gutless, conniving, extreme-Left douchebag. And half the damned country still loves him–not despite all that, but because of it. If you want a close look at our real problem, well, right there it is. I remain completely flummoxed as to what might be done to rectify that, or if there’s even anything that can be done.

Update! Harsanyi responds to the Shitbag In Chief’s egregious lie with an even more comprehensive list than Ace’s: Parlez vous Hebdo?


Down the drain

Not all Muslims took over another major city in Iraq last week, leading confident Pentagon officials speaking entirely for themselves and not representative of any other Obama junta official or employee to reassert their confidence of eventual victory over the junior-varsity squad currently establishing something or other that is neither Islamic nor a state in the Middle East. The Muslim army, which is not an army and has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, is rapidly being degraded and destroyed, continuing its march of conquest across the region without pause or even much in the way of hindrance from anybody.

And now the on-the-ropes and demoralized squad of no-hoper amateurs is on the rampage preparatory to retaking Fallujah. This, we are told, is “victory.” For the Obama junta’s value of victory, I guess. All of which leads me to this:

But even if we set aside that failure, is there any honest observer of the Middle East who believes it’s more stable today than it was in 2002? A more stable Middle East doesn’t necessarily mean a more moral one, that’s true, but even with Hussein in the ground there’s little evidence Americans are any less in danger from a rogue ISIS-style terror attack than they were from Iraqi Baathists. The regime-change was supposed to produce security, not another kind of insecurity.

A group of Islamists, training and organizing with little regard for self-preservation, are no less terrible than Saddam, and in many ways perhaps more dangerous. ISIS also threatens and slaughters minorities across the Middle East. And the ISIS story is not over. A Saddam-led Iraq might have been easier to contain than a disparate terrorist army functioning in an unpredictable Middle East. ISIS took Ramadi last week, a city Americans had saved in the past; a city that is only one of many that will fall without the assistance of the United States. In the end, more than likely we will have to protect this brittle nation in perpetuity.

Then, of course, unconstrained by their rivals, Iran, a nation whose technological and economic infrastructure is superior is stronger than Iraq, has become more dangerous than ever. It’s a country with access to vast amounts of oil, and is more than likely to be on the threshold of nuclear weapons soon. Not only does it boast an impressive military, but it has proxy armies throughout the Middle East threatening American allies. It’s a country run by End-of-Days theocrats who benefited most from the American invasion of Iraq.

Yet Patten can’t understand how so many Americans can support military action against ISIS but still think we were wrong about invading Iraq. He claims that Americans might be overinflating the present-day threat posed by ISIS and underestimating or forgetting the threat posed by Saddam when we invaded. Maybe Americans do forget—though it is clear now that Saddam did not pose the threat we were told he did. Maybe Americans just have a visceral reaction when they see innocent people being beheaded. Maybe they have a sense of righteousness. Maybe they want to kill bad guys. Or maybe, they learned a lesson that seems pretty clear to me: we can fight the enemy, but it’s foolish to attempt to social engineer abroad. Maybe, intuitively, Americans comprehend the distinction.

Whatever the case, admitting that Iraq was a mistake neither confirms the Progressive position nor disproves the hawk’s worldview. ISIS is real. Iran is not Iraq. Neither does the Iraq invasion excuse Obama’s muddled foreign policy or our deteriorating position in Middle East. Every president inherits a world with problems left to them by history. But the Iraq War did not accomplish any of its broader objectives and it failed to make us safer, the region more stable or the people of the Middle East much freer. Republicans have little to gain by trying to reimagine history.

On the other hand, given Islam’s ascendancy and the West’s self-enfeeblement and its concomitant predilection for self-deception, it could very well be that the current nightmare or something very like it was always going to happen anyway, whether we removed Saddam or not.

On the cheap update! Williamson Q: What Price Are We Prepared to Pay to Keep ISIS in Check? My A: not nearly as much as will be required.

Joe Biden — who is, incredibly, vice president of these United States — took the occasion of Memorial Day to telephone the Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, for the purpose of making the political equivalent of a halftime locker-room speech: “Biden assures Iraqi prime minister of U.S. support,” reported ABC News. When Biden assures you of U.S. support, it is time to update your life-insurance policy and begin quietly executing whatever your Plan B is. Let’s hope he has a good real-estate agent.

But let’s not blame poor feckless Joe Biden, the terrified rodential little man with the lingering hands and too much fondness for the word “literally,” the definition of which he does not seem to know. Yes, the vice president is an unserious man on this, as on all matters, but he is an unserious vice president who serves at the pleasure of an unserious president, who serves at the pleasure of an unserious people — us.

As Shakespeare put it, the fault is not in our stars. Then again, perhaps this (via Maet) might at last rouse Leftards to support truly decisive action against the Muslim savages.

Saby (taking slaves through war) is a great prophetic Sunnah containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits, regardless of whether or not the people are aware of this. The Sīrah is a witness to our Prophet’s (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) raiding of the kuffār. He would kill their men and enslave their children and women. The raids of the beloved Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) convey this to us….

The scholars of Sīrah mentioned that the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) took four slave-girls as concubines, two of them being Māriyah al-Qibtiyyah and Rayhānah an-Nadriyyah [Zād al-Ma’ād].

Yes, Allah has opened the lands for His awliyā’, so they entered and dispersed within the lands, killing the fighters of the kuffār, capturing their women, and enslaving their children.

I write this while the letters drip of pride.

Yes, O religions of kufr altogether, we have indeed raided and captured the kāfirah women, and drove them like sheep by the edge of the sword. And glory belongs to Allah, to His Messenger, and the believers, but the hypocrites do not know!

And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama’s price won’t even exceed a third of a dīnār, and a third of a dīnār is too much for her!

Thereby confirming the old saw that nobody is wrong ALL the time, and that now and then even a blind squirrel finds a nut.


Same old song and dance

Any bets on how many days it will be before will release information about his recent conversion to Islam? Or how many milliseconds we’ll get into that reportage before being bludgeoned with frantic horror stories of Muslim fears of “backlash” and “reprisals”?

Actually, for once this one sounds like it might not be the usual old story. We’ll see, I guess.


The REAL state of the Union


Starting on the foreign policy side, Obama’s policies are driven by the flawed proposition that “smarter” leadership lies in building coalitions that “combine military power with strong diplomacy.” This position, he said in his State of the Union, pays concrete dividends: “In Iraq and Syria, American leadership—including our military power—is stopping ISIL’s advance. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.”

It is all wishful thinking. Militarily, it is never enough to stop an advance if it allows the enemy to use the breathing space to entrench itself further in the places that are under occupation. Obama’s word choice of “ultimately” allows for endless equivocation and delay. The odds of putting together an effective coalition without demonstrable leadership are slim to none, for the President’s only firm commitment—not to use ground troops ever against ISIL—signals to our allies that they too can discharge their obligations by flying the occasional sortie against ISIL positions.

The President may think that it has been an accomplishment to reduce over the past six years the number of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from close to 180,000 to under 15,000. But to everyone else, the civil disorder attributable to American disengagement signals that America is not an ally to be trusted.

The President therefore grossly miscalculates when he concludes that “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” Unfortunately, the facts on the ground show the opposite. Right now the President is bogged down in negotiations with the Iranians over their deployment of nuclear weapons. Little visible progress has been made to date.

Originally, the President supported at most a six-month moratorium on sanctions in order to lead the Iranians to the bargaining table. Yet when faced with their stalling tactics, he has pleaded for additional time, thus backing away from his explicit promise to keep a firm deadline for making a deal and vowing to veto any legislation that tries to firm up the initial position. Congress may well intervene to keep him to his original word. Generally, this kind of interference is most unwise, but the bipartisan unhappiness on the Iran problem reveals a complete and bipartisan breakdown in trust between Congress and the President.

Another sign of foreign policy disarray was the Congressional invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the United States Congress in the middle of his own election campaign in Israel. When the President goes off track, the Congress tries the risky tactic of compensating for his errors, making it easy for everyone to second-guess its decisions.

It is also no surprise that the Russians under Putin have extended their offensive activities in the Ukraine, with a new attack on the key port of Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine. Why not, when the United States will not supply Ukraine any military weapons for self-defense? But to the President, his policy has succeeded “by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies.” With support like ours, what are friends worth?

And that’s just the foreign policy side. You can read on for the conclusion domestically, which basically boils down to “even worse, if you can believe it.” But it needs to be borne in mind that, for America-hating socialists like our pretend pResident, “success” is defined very differently than for real Americans. And under the delusional mindset required to sustain an unswerving dedication to a failed statist collectivism that has failed every single time it’s been tried, His Royal Majesty has been very successful indeed.

(Via Insty)



Also, holy crap!

I’ll start worrying about some supposed man-caused global warming when you can demonstrate to me that humanity has the power, intelligence, technological prowess, or just plain magical ability to stand in between those two monsters and make them just go away. Until then, a little more well-reasoned humility and a lot less arrogant assumptions of omnipotence from you tweaky eco-dweebs might be nice.


Iraq Spring grinds on


As Iraq’s government bolstered Baghdad’s defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers.

The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, loading the captives onto flatbed trucks before forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch with their arms tied behind their backs, according to The Associated Press. The final images show the bodies of the captives soaked in blood after being shot.

Most of the soldiers who appear in the pictures are in civilian clothes. Some are shown wearing military uniforms underneath, indicating they may have hastily disguised themselves as civilians to try to escape.

“The claim by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that it has massacred 1,700 Iraqi Shia air force recruits in Tikrit is horrifying and a true depiction of the bloodlust that these terrorists represent,” State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Sunday.

Maybe Professor Obama should favor us with another smarmy lecture about how these savages need to “work diligently” together to bring “security and prosperity to all people inside of Iraq.” After all, it’s clear just how amenable the victorious troglodytes are to reason, reasonableness, and compassion for those they’ve vanquished. But don’t worry; Barky’s crack team of college-boy commie eggheads has a “solution” all warmed up and ready to go: beg Iran for “help.”

The radical Sunni militia that has plunged Iraq into chaos bragged on Sunday that it had executed hundreds of Shiite Iraqi soldiers, even as the Obama administration said it is preparing to open direct talks with Iran on how the two longtime foes can counter the insurgents.

The U.S.-Iran dialogue, which is expected to begin this week, will mark the latest in a rapid move toward rapprochement between Washington and Tehran over the past year. It also comes as the U.S. and other world powers try to reach an agreement with Iran by late July to curb its nuclear program.

Gee, that’s all bound to end well. Another one of those laugh-or-cry dilemmas, looks like.

Meanwhile, supergenii like Lindsey Grahamnesty–whose fevered calls for support for the same marauding Sunni religio-fascists when they were upending Libya, Syria, and Egypt still reverberate in the memories of those actually paying attention at the time–have a plan too. Oddly enough for denizens of a nominal “opposition” party, it looks a lot like Barky’s pathetic plea for assistance from our Iranian “partners in peace,” with the added demand that “Maliki must go.”

While speaking on ‘Face the Nation,’ Graham criticized the leadership of Shiite Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s leadership – and said he must step down.

‘Maliki is a flawed, leader, Bob. He – he has to go. There’s no way that Maliki can bring this country back together,’ Graham said on the CBS program.

Graham said the US will ‘probably’ need help from the Sunni Iranians, whom he said wanted southern Iraq, but compared the partnership to working with Stalin during World War II.

Ahh, realpolitik from a confirmed fantasist. And do note that Maliki is the duly elected leader, freely and fairly installed by elections we underwrote with American blood and treasure. Remember all those purple fingers on berobed and hijabbed Iraqis? Just before we approved their spanking new sharia-law constitution? All that?

I’d guess the “Democracy, whiskey, sexy” guy has already fled the country. Or I’d hope so anyway, for his own sake.

Update! RCP squeezes out another hilariously apt headline all over moronic flack Krugman’s pointy head: “This Is the Obama We’ve Been Waiting For.” Well, some of us, yeah.

According to plan update!Mission decomplished.” Heh.

Sounds right to me update! The only real solution:

I know, I know, the recent ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) gains have everyone scared. No doubt, the Islamophilic administration will want to step in, and save Islam from itself once again. Let me advocate a course of action that will make sense to all sides in America; the left and right; from militarists to pacifists: Let the Muslims kill each other.

After the administration blundered on Benghazi, on the Arab Spring, and Syria, Heaven itself has afforded it one last chance to set itself right.  It is almost impossible for the administration to screw it up. All it has to do is nothing.

These mujahadeen are incapable of maintaining the weapons they already have. Weapons need upkeep. Weapons have to be oiled, cleaned, and upgraded. Upkeep interferes with raping, pillaging, and chopping off heads. Within two years, they will be slaughtering each other with scimitars and rusty AK-47s.

Iraq’s president, Maliki has asked for US assistance. Oh really?

Iraq insisted on setting up its country with an Islamic constitution; against our advice, and now he wants American help. For what? So Iraq’s Shia can continue to run arms to Syria and Hezb’allah in Lebanon?

If our State Department had men and women with intelligence instead of a love of the Qur’an, they would tell Maliki that our help would be predicated on four conditions:

1) Get rid of the Islamic constitution, and set up a secular state
2) Recognize Israel
3) Naturalize the Palestinians in your state
4) Break off ties with Iran

If Maliki says no, we say “Fine, have your Islamic state. We are not going to decide which flavor.”

He has no choice. No matter what he decides, the West wins. Should ISIS take over, Iran will be cut off from land routes to Syria’s Assad, and Lebanon’s Hezb’allah. How does this hurt the West?

Sure! Iraq may go down. The Sunni officers in the Iraqi army will not fight for a Shia majority Iraqi state. In fact, many Sunni officers are already joining ISIS. The Shia, who are mere foot soldiers, are not prepared to fight the better trained Sunni. So what?

When thieves fall out, honest men prosper. When Muslims fall out, civilization prospers. Take a hint from Scripture. God is telling us something.

From his lips to…uhh, never mind. He has lots more, all of it good, so I’ll just content myself with a hearty “amen” and leave it at that. Back to the golf course with ye, Barky, for the duration–you’ll do a lot less damage there than anywhere else.


Recovery bummer

Well, it IS a recovery, for certain definitions of “recovery.” IE, the ones that basically amount to “a depression, with no end in sight.”

News has just crossed the wire this morning that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent during the first quarter of this year.  Many people will probably point to the brutal winter weather as a factor, though the Dept. of Commerce fingers “negative contributions from private inventory investment, exports, nonresidential fixed investment, state and local government spending, and residential fixed investment,” and notes that consumer spending was actually up slightly during the quarter.

Does it get worse? Hey, We Are All Socialists Now; of course it does.

(Via Insty)

Failed to learn, doomed to repeat update! I knew Bill would have something to say about this one.

When ignorant people think of the Great Depression, they think of a period of several years in which the economy shrank every single quarter.  But in fact the economy only shrank in a minority of the quarters.  Most of the time it showed marginal increases.

The great depression itself was a phenomenon marked by a moribund and sometimes shrinking economy, very high unemployment, economic crises and failures (banks, businesses), a stock market crash and market uncertainty as well as a continuing deflation, and a socialist-style interventionist government that did far more harm than good.

Well, thank goodness things are COMPLETELY different this time around, eh?


Better days

They’re behind us.

Still, Bryant said he plans to speak with the state General Assembly and state Sheriff’s Association and push for legislation requiring state and even federal highway officials to add instructions in driver’s manuals on what to do when motorists are stopped by police officers.

“We’re not making excuses in anything we’ve done,” Bryant said, “but if you’re out at night…and you’re out there by yourselves (on traffic stops), you’ve got to realize that these officers must act to protect their own safety. You do not exit your vehicle and go meet the police officer. You do not do that.”

I had the same immediate thought as Herschel:

I can remember when this was not standard procedure or regular protocol. I can recall a time when it was the expectation that you exit your car. I am not at all certain and it isn’t at all apparent to me that it’s safer for the LEO for you to sit in your car when stopped. But whether this is better than what was once the expectation, the elderly man probably remembered an earlier and simpler time when he was pulled for some minor traffic violation and was asked to exit the car – or did so as routine.

Putting something about this in the driver’s manual means next to nothing as far as I’m concerned. If LEOs and their departments can leave the bubble of their own jobs for just an instance and learn from someone else, as a professional engineer the first thing that crosses my mind for any design, piece of work, procedure or operation is “What does a failure mode and effects analysis tell us?”

To Sheriff Bryant, if it’s standard procedure that motorists stay in their vehicle, assume that it doesn’t happen. Always. Never assume that things go according to your own plans. No one cares about your plans or your training or even your expectations. If you haven’t prepared your officers for failure of motorists to follow your procedures because they don’t know them, you are failing your officers.

Ahh, but that would assume that they’re there to serve and protect us and not…what they seem to be there for these days, which is something entirely different. Bottom line:

Mature, thinking men and women have been replaced by “tactical operators” on police forces across America, using rules of engagement more liberal than what our Soldiers and Marines labored under in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the result that law enforcement is losing what Mike Vanderboegh calls the mandate of heaven. We have more and more laws, more and more procedures, more and more “blue walls” protecting officers, and less and less respect from the people who have a healthy fear of LEOs, wondering when some frightened cop is going to unload a weapon in their direction.

Or, as I’ve said many times, the Barney Fifes of the world are now running things, and there isn’t a Sheriff Taylor in sight to ride herd on them, calm them down, and mitigate their excesses.


Sad day

Well, dammit.

As readers may have deduced from my absence at National Review Online and my termination of our joint representation, there have been a few differences between me and the rest of the team. The lesson of the last year is that you win a free-speech case not by adopting a don’t-rock-the-boat, keep-mum, narrow procedural posture but by fighting it in the open, in the bracing air and cleansing sunlight of truth and justice.

Bill says he won’t be visiting NRO anymore or sending any traffic their way, and I don’t blame him. As long as they still have Kevin Williamson, Charles Cooke, David French, Mike Walsh, and Andrew McCarthy, I’ll probably continue checking in and linking them. But given their overall tendency towards the Rah Rah GOP mindset and their ongoing insistence on a useless civility towards the sworn enemies of freedom and the Constitution–the Disloyal Opposition–who knows how long that will last. I’m not any more interested in “supporting a venue that has increasingly become just another mouthpiece for the Gentry GOP” than Bill is, I must say.

Either way, losing access to Steyn’s daily musings in a forum like the Corner, apart from his regular Saturday column, is a loss indeed. Here’s hoping PJ Media (or somebody) makes him an offer he won’t want to refuse.

Update! Jeff weighs in:

At any rate, time for that particular spot on the web to join up with FOX News and call themselves GOP TV. Or perhaps they can just try to “rebrand” conservatism as the very pragmatic, big government “center-rightism” that now stands athwart the very ideological and radical big government leftism running roughshod over our history, yelling “hey, can we slow this down a bit, fellas? People are starting to notice.”

Like I said: a sad day.

Eating the seed corn update! Comment from palaeomerus: “National Review: At least some of our archives are still pretty good!” Heh.


Hoping for change

We can only pray Krauthammer’s right on this. Personally, I have to say I doubt it.

As the only socially transformational legislation in modern American history to be enacted on a straight party-line vote, Obamacare is wholly owned by the Democrats. Its unraveling would catastrophically undermine their underlying ideology of ever-expansive central government providing cradle-to-grave care for an ever-grateful citizenry.

For four years, this debate has been theoretical. Now it’s real. And for Democrats, it’s a disaster.

It begins with the bungled rollout. If Washington can’t even do the website — the literal portal to this brave new world — how does it propose to regulate the vast ecosystem of American medicine? Second, arrogance. Five million freely chosen, freely purchased, freely renewed health-care plans are summarily canceled. Why? Because they don’t meet some arbitrary standard set by the experts in Washington.

For all his news-conference gyrations about not deliberately deceiving people with his “if you like it” promise, the law Obama so triumphantly gave us allows you to keep your plan only if he likes it. That’s the very definition of paternalism.

Lastly, deception. The essence of the entitlement state is government giving away free stuff. Hence Obamacare would provide insurance for 30 million uninsured, while giving everybody tons of free medical services — without adding “one dime to our deficits,” promised Obama. This being inherently impossible, there had to be a catch. Now we know it: hidden subsidies. Toss millions of the insured off their plans and onto the Obamacare “exchanges” where they would be forced into more expensive insurance packed with coverage they don’t want and don’t need — so that the overcharge can be used to subsidize others.

The reaction to the incompetence, arrogance, and deception has ranged from ridicule to anger. But more is in jeopardy than just panicked congressional Democrats. This is the signature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency, the embodiment of his new entitlement-state liberalism. If Obamacare goes down, there will be little left of its underlying ideology.

If it does fail, the effect will be historic. Obamacare will take down with it more than Mary Landrieu and Co. It will discredit Obama’s new liberalism for years to come.

Ahh, but that assumes an intelligence and an ability to look clear-eyed at some of the starker realities of life that I simply can’t see on the part of people born, bred, weaned, and raised on Leftist twaddle. Like I said yesterday, the Superstate deliberately produces the very type of feeble, weak-minded citizenry it then uses as the justification for broadening its own power and intrusiveness: in Steyn’s classic formulation, the bigger the government, the smaller the people. And when nearly half the damned country still–STILL–trusts Obama to take care of them by making everything “fair”; prefers equality of outcome to equality of opportunity; and expects their masters to keep right on ladling out the “free” stuff as one of the perks of life in the welfare state–well, it becomes pretty obvious that too many of us have become very small indeed.

In the end, I think it’s going to take one hell of lot more of an upheaval than a single failed website or program–however massive–can provide to get them to finally understand that government simply can’t fix everything for them…and shouldn’t.

I’d dearly love to be proven wrong, I really would. But I still say: in ten or fifteen more years, as crippled, stilted, and craptacular as government health care has always turned out to be everywhere it’s been tried, most of us will marvel at any remaining resistance to the idea, and the notion of doing away with it–no matter how awful it really is–and going back to a market-based model will seem outlandish and bizarre.

Health care is being transformed by the Left into another basic “right”–a chimerical one with no grounding in reality, it’s true. But from the “right” to get married in a church to the “right” not to be offended by anything, ever, to the “right” to a “living wage,” just look how successful they’ve been with all their other attempts. Maybe this will turn out to be the bridge too far, to be the time when we finally turn aside from such patent nonsense. But I don’t think it’s the way to bet.


Another Barrycade


We just had a long chat with an un-named principal at the “Claude Moore Colonial Farms” in McLean, Virginia. They are the privately funded park ordered to shut down their non-profit, self sustaining operation by the Nation Park Service, even though they receive NO federal funds, for the duration of Obama’s government shutdown.

They are literally barricading themselves on the property and facing arrest by the NPS [so called] police. They could use some local help. Please share this post on your page, and especially if you know of anyone or group in their local area.

They are afraid to leave the property to get feed for the animals and supplies for fear of being denied to return because the whole staff remained on property when the NPS police approved only one person on property. BULLSHIT!!!

It certainly is. But ultimately, there’s only one way out of this, and it ain’t through rigged, wholly-corrupt “elections” pitting one pre-selected, warmed-over statist thief against another. It’s through confrontation, resolve, and defiance.

In other grim news, our good friend Karl Bock is battling cancer again, and needs some help. Whatever you may be able to do will be greatly appreciated by a good and deserving man and his family. Please consider hitting the link and helping out if you possibly can.




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