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  • just a conservative girl 11:31 AM on 02/21/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Defining the Abstract 

    We spend a great deal of time in our country (way too much in my opinion) in arguing over what things mean.  How exactly do you define the abstract?  What does it mean when people say “they just want freedom” when talking about people from other nations?  Do they define freedom the same way you do?

    We can’t agree on what freedom means in this country, yet people want to define it for someone who has no concept for government like ours.  They have never lived in a “free” society.  President Bush famously (or infamously depending on how you look at it)

    “And my deepest conviction, the guiding principle of the administration, is that the United States of America must drive to expand the reach of freedom.”

    Go and talk to the average person who lives in Europe and ask them if they are “free” and have “freedom”.  The answer you are very likely to get is yes.  Yet, you ask a person who is on the right in this country if they do the answer is very likely to be no.  Most European countries are set up as Socialist Democracies.  A very ugly concept to the view of many in this country.

    The Arab spring didn’t happen because of the overwhelming desire for freedom.  It started over the price of bread.  In Egypt and Palestine they have gone to the polls and voted in the likes of Hamas and The Muslim Brotherhood.  While you do have to take into account that many of these elections are likely rigged, but sorry to burst your bubble, many people willingly voted these people into office.

    While that sometimes is mind-boggling, one has to remember that both of these terrorist organizations also have an arm to them that aren’t at all terrorist, but work as a charitable organization.  They help the unemployed feed their families, they help with goods and services that many of the poor in those areas simply cannot afford to get on their own.  When you have close to 70% unemployment in the Palestinian Territories, you are going have a great deal of need.  These organizations go in and fill those needs.  It allows them to do their terrorist activities with a wink and nod from the population, they aren’t going to bite the hand that feeds them.  For many, this isn’t just a saying, but a literal thing for them.  They are dependent on these people for their livelihoods and for those of their children.  It is far more complicated than many in this country dare to even try to understand.

    The world is a very complicated place.  It is very easy to sit in the cheap seats, which believe me the U.S. are the cheap seats, and make statements about what others want and need.   When you live in the U.S. you have safety nets in place (we can argue the right and wrong of these at another time).  No matter how poor you are in this country, you are still richer than approximately 70% of the rest of the world.  This isn’t about bashing poor people in this country, but just about perspective.

    I saw this posted by Kira Davis on her Facebook page yesterday:

    I make it a general rule not to argue about the Constitution or the principles of freedom with non-Americans. Not because of anything biased or personal, but just because being an immigrant myself I know that the way the rest of the world views freedom is far, far different than how Americans view freedom – yes, even the lefties. You can’t debate someone who has a fundamentally different understanding of what it means to be a free citizen and what a “right” is.

    Decades ago we saw people in the streets in China demanding more “freedoms”.  The government crackdown was harsh and immediate.  But, in those preceding decades, the government of China has loosened some of the restrictions.  The citizens are getting more freedom over their lives from an economic perspective.  There are more jobs.  There is more autonomy.  They are allowing more and more people to drive cars.  I look at that country and am horrified at how little freedom those people have, yet they are feeling more comfortable with the changes the government is making.  It is about perspective.  I don’t get to define what freedom means to the average Chinese citizen. I wouldn’t want to live there, but that doesn’t mean that many of the people who do aren’t satisfied with their lives.

    Emerging markets growth will also dramatically redistribute the bourgeois around the world. For instance, as our Rapid-Growth Markets Forecast explores, the number of households in Mexico with annual disposable incomes over US$50,000 is expected to reach 7.1 million by 2020, and 9.4 million in Brazil. For both countries this is an increase of over 50%.

    Nevertheless, China’s and India’s contributions will be substantial.

    Today, China has around 150 million people earning between US$10 and US$100 per day. As long as China continues to grow, and necessary economic reforms are made, we expect as many as 500 million Chinese could enter the global middle class over the next decade.

    By 2030 around one billion people in China could be middle class — as much as 70% of its projected population.

    To them this may mean “freedom”.  You can’t say that it does or it does not.  But many have said over the years the reasons that the communist government of China made economic reforms to help its citizens, is because it wanted to keep mass unrest from happening.  This likely will allow them to control the country for a longer period of time.  Are the people stupid for going along with it?  Some will say yes, others will say no.  That will depend on your perspective.  Many in this country look at this as a model of how government should work.  The heavy hand of government to guide economic policies that help all.  That is their idea of freedom.

    We can talk all we want about what people in foreign lands want and or need.  We are doing so from our perspective, not from theirs.  We have not lived their lives in those places.  We don’t get to define what their lives should be, what their hopes and desires should be.  We also can do the same about people in this country.  We have plenty of people in this country who define freedom in ways that I don’t.

    When you make broad statements about what abstract concepts mean, just remember that just because you define it a certain way that doesn’t mean that others do the same way.  When you talk about how everyone just wants freedom, just remember what they view as freedom won’t necessarily match up with what you think it means.

    Tony Blair believes in “freedom” heck President Bush even gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he is a socialist.

    “We are a left of centre party, pursuing economic prosperity and social justice as partners and not as opposites”

  • just a conservative girl 1:23 PM on 10/08/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Speech at VMI – Video 

  • backyardconservative 1:43 PM on 03/11/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama wants to have an “alert system” if massacres on the ground in Libya 

    Come on Barack. A pathetic pretense of caring.

    He’s lecturing about history.
    You know, Mr. President. You will either be a footnote or go down as one of the worst presidents this country has ever suffered.

    Then you could just use tanks on your own people, no alert system operable.

    …I’m reminded of 2007, when he was campaigning. It was all there (since then I remembered how to spell judgment):

    On the Daily Show last night, Obama claimed he doesn’t need experience to be President, just good judgement. (The Swamp has the clip.)Did he use good judgement when he threatened to unilaterally invade an ally? Commander Obama.

    Did he use good judgement when asked what he would do if two US cities had just suffered a terrorist nuclear attack? He talked about Katrina, “The first thing we’d have to do is make sure we’ve got an effective emergency reponse.” Mayor Barack.

    Do we want a president who is cozy and bankrolled by a slightly unhinged anti-Semite like George Soros? Are we comfortable with a president who chooses a church by its leader who thinks black separatism is OK and Ghadaffi, who blew up an American jetliner, is a good guy? Apologist Barack.

    …I give credit to the president for staying the course in Afghanistan, with General Petraeus. But that’s only because he was boxed in during the campaign by calling it the good war, hoping he would never have to do anything about it again. And no one in the world should expect any substantive help on anything from this president–despite his posturing during the campaign at the Brandenburg Gate.

    Nor does anyone in the U.S., except his union buddies.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

  • backyardconservative 1:51 PM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Brave Iranian Women Hold Hands 

    They have to be brave. Video via Gateway Pundit. WSJ story on National Student Day:

    Student activists in Iran said that under the past year’s crackdown on the opposition and student activism, their demands have grown.

    “A lot of students hoped until last year that the Islamic Republic could be reformed but many of us think this system needs a complete overhaul,” said a student from a northeastern city in Iran.

    Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, as well as former Presidents Mohamad Khatami and Hashemi Rafsanjani, issued statements of support for the occasion and encouraged students to not give up.

    “You must have hope; you must try and not fear the heavy price you have to pay,” Mr. Khatami said in a statement posted on Iranian websites.

    Iran continues to develop the bomb while attempting to loosen economic sanctions. For those who worry about how the Iranian people will fare if we instead tighten them, keep in mind Iran’s leaders and its Revolutionary Guard are kleptocrats, stealing the country blind.

  • backyardconservative 1:55 PM on 11/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Sticky Wiki Morality 

    No Sheeples has covered the subject admirably in the previous two posts. Victor Davis Hanson explores the man-child playing god that is Julian Assange.

    The closest I can come to judging this lack of morality play is in the context of school board meetings. The agenda was online, the attachment packet could be picked up a few days in advance, the meetings were on cable, and there was room for public comment. The board retired to the back room only to discuss personnel issues.

    And there still could be incredible rancor.

    It is very telling that the Obama administration is only now getting exercised about this all legally when diplomats and their administration’s cover is being blown. It was pretty much OK for our military and friends in Iraq and Afghanistan to be exposed–you know when actual lives, not reputations were at stake.

    But why are we surprised by the dangerous, yes dangerous vanity of this presidency.



    • zillaoftheresistance 7:14 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I find it interesting that Obama’s DHS shut down over 70 websites over the weekend for distributing bootlegged music & video but the best they could come up with the day before the Wikileaker struck AGAIN was to send a LETTER asking Assange not to do it. A letter! I guess they figured the new stuff would only make Bush & our military look bad, and hurt the country, so it was very low on their list of priorities and may have even fit their own agenda. “We have to allow the leak so we can know what’s in it” to paraphrase Nancy Pelosi.

      • backyardconservative 8:28 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

        You make an excellent, excellent point.

        Once again, this administration treats Americans as the enemy, including our men and women fighting for our freedom, while giving our enemies a pass.

        • Yukio Ngaby 11:04 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

          It’s part of the ’60s counter-culture that Obama comes from and represents. America is bad and needs to be redeemed– enemies of America are our friends.

          • fuzislippers 6:40 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

            And her friends must be made enemies (along with anyone in this country who fails to see the brilliance of Obama and his destruction of America).

            • Yukio Ngaby 9:16 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

              Well the ’60s counter culture was extremely authoritarian and oppressive. It demanded conformity. Look at Ron Karenga’s writings…

    • backyardconservative 1:54 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah. Now we have this counterculture holding the levers of power. Scary stuff.

      • zillaoftheresistance 7:47 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think we’ve got a counter-counterculture building under the radar though, lots of people, and lots of young people, are waking up and catching on to what is really going on outside of the MSM spin machine and progressive talking points. All is not lost, people (especially Americans0 love to have something to rebel against and now that the 60s style ‘revolutionaries” ARE the “establishment”, I think conservatism may draw some “non-conformists” when they become aware that the only true political ideology which stands for individual freedom IS conservatism – it certainly can’t be found among the collectivist progressives.

        • Yukio Ngaby 9:18 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

          As long as the Left in this country is dominated by socialists, any actual non-conformists will go the route of some form of modern conservatism. Socialism demands conformity.

  • nosheepleshere 11:07 PM on 11/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Child Emperor’s White House As Nervous As A Virgin At A Prison Rodeo Over Latest WikiLeaks Bombshells 

    Der Spiegel quoted the State Department as saying that President Barack Obama “prefers to look East rather than West,” and “has no feelings for Europe”.  That’s the last sentence in a two-page article at The Nation.

    With statements like the one above, is it any wonder that our American Child Emperor is bracing himself for the body blows sure to come his way from the latest document dump from WikiLeaks?

    Toby Harnden, writing for The Telegraph, succinctly portrays the diplomatic cables this way:

    “The ramifications for Mr. Obama could be enormous. With his popularity flagging at home, one of his remaining political strengths has been his high standing abroad—assiduously cultivated in a series of speeches in which he apologized for past U.S. actions and promised a kinder, gentler America.”  He further added, “He was the type of American president, apparently straight from a West Wing episode, that Europeans had dreamed of.”

    It is fair to say now, as it has been for the past two years, that America’s Child Emperor has no clothes.  The reason I quote Harnden here is because his observations about this president and this administration are candid.  America’s corporate-controlled media habitually treats facts with imagination.  Reality bites and doesn’t let go. “The Messiah” they helped to elect and failed miserably at vetting is proving to be a monumental lapse in their collective judgment.  Harnden does not pander to his readers.

    Harnden points out that during the 2008 election campaign, a cable written by Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the British ambassador to Washington, was leaked to The Daily Telegraph.

    In it, Sir Nigel noted that Obama “does betray a highly educated and upper middle class mindset,” that he was “maybe aloof, insensitive” at times and that charges of elitism were “not entirely unfair”.

    The assessment about his personality has been borne out over time but the Obama operation despised leaks, was highly protective of Obama’s carefully-crafted life “narrative” and extremely sensitive to any criticism. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

    Here’s the money quote from Harnden:  “Once the WikiLeaks release happens, Mr. Obama will no doubt offer emollient words and reassurance. Unfortunately for him, however, he is likely to find that the power of his words will now be greatly diminished abroad as well as at home.”

    You can read more about the WikiLeaks revelations at Memeorandum.

  • backyardconservative 12:04 PM on 11/05/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Hillary’s Tremulous Foreign Policy 

    Not earning plaudits, but maybe Hugo was right.

    Earthquakes dog Clinton on overseas trips…

    Perhaps you should stay overseas, though, Hillary, we have enough issues at home.

    I suggest a visit to the Ahmadinejad manse.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

  • backyardconservative 11:20 AM on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Building the Next Bailout…and BUST 


    In July, Illinois went to market with a $900 million BAB issue that attracted 93 investors, including 17 from overseas. The international investors accounted for about 30 percent of the offering. Illinois state officials even joined their underwriters, Citigroup, on a road show through Europe and Asia to drum up interest in the sale.

    Setting up the next bust in Illinois and around the country.

    Screwing up the current one. From e21 Morning eBrief:

    In Foreclosure Controversy, Problems Run Deeper Than Flawed Paperwork (Round Up)Millions of U.S. mortgages have been shuttled around the global financial system – sold and resold by firms – without the documents that traditionally prove who legally owns the loans. Now, as many of these loans have fallen into default and banks have sought to seize homes, judges around the country have increasingly ruled that lenders had no right to foreclose, because they lacked clear title. The court decisions, should they continue to spread, could call into doubt the ownership of mortgages throughout the country, raising urgent challenges for both the real estate market and the wider financial system. The White House has announced that President Obama will pocket veto H.R. 3808 which would have allowed banks to shortcut the current notarization process. See Alphaville for and the Washington Post for more more.

    Goldman Sachs: The US Economy Is Weaker Than You Think (Seeking Alpha)Goldman Sachs issued a very bullish note on the Euro this morning. Not because they think Europe is entering a period of robust growth. No, in fact they reduced their estimates for European growth based on the recent Euro strength; however, they see the U.S. economy simply deteriorating more than Europe. The chart in this presentation that jumped out was the ISM’s index compared to the orders & inventories. The orders and inventories data shows a very strong leading indication of future ISM growth. Currently, the orders and inventories data is forecasting ISM readings in the low 40s.

    Peggy Noonan on Greece and America’s reaction:

    Mr. Lewis: “The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon which otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. . . . Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate. And this total absence of faith in one another is self-reinforcing. The epidemic of lying and cheating and stealing makes any sort of civic life impossible.”

    Thus can great nations, great cultures, disintegrate, break into little pieces that no longer cohere into a whole.

    Read it all.

    Outrage. Outrage.

    This election is so damned important.

    Related post: Obama Desperately Trying to Save His Own Senate Seat

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative (I’m going crazy, people)

  • backyardconservative 12:39 PM on 09/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Afghan Election Today: Women Vote 

    Early reports are mixed, some promising:

    In the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the south, voters ventured out in small groups despite rocket strikes and bomb blasts. One bomb targeted the convoy of Gov. Tooryalai Wesa as it drove between voting centers but no one was injured, police officer Abdul Manan said.

    Wesa still urged Kandaharis to come out and vote.

    “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” he said. “The enemy wants the election to fail, so if you want the insurgents out of your land, you’ll have to come out and vote.”

    Voters even lined up in the Zhari district, west of Kandahar city, where Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s radical Islamic movement was born 16 years ago. Hundreds of Afghan and international troops secured the area.

    And it appears some women are engaging in vote fraud:

    “The women coming here have so many cards that don’t have the stamp and are not real cards but still they are voting,” said Nazreen, a monitor for the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, which has dispatched observers throughout the country.

    Fake voter cards flooded into Afghanistan ahead of the balloting, but election officials had promised that poll workers were trained to spot them.

    NATO’S senior civilian representative said some fraud was expected, and that it would not necessarily undermine the vote.

    “The real issue is the scale of that and does it affect the result. And does it affect the credibility of the election, not in our eyes but in the eyes of the Afghan people,” Mark Sedwill said.


    P.S. Nina Burleigh in Huffpo: A Holy War on Women:

    If anyone still doubted, or hadn’t noticed, that misogyny is the fundamental pillar on which radical Islam is based, the news that poison gas was pumped into girls’ schools in Afghanistan, likely by the Taliban, ought to confirm it.

    I’m with you, Nina.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

    • archer52 3:29 PM on 09/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nobody in the real world thinks we can turn a religion around that allows for the murder of women for almost any excuse. Only our “elite” leaders think such foolishness. As I commented over at P&P, there are no moderate Muslims, only quite ones. They all want to have their religion conquer all others, the “how” is open to most.

      If I had the power for a day, I’d wish that religion to cease to exist. In the end, it would be an overall victory for the world.

    • backyardconservative 4:10 PM on 09/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I pretty much agree with you.

      If Islam is to be at all civilized it needs major, major reform. But these guys in charge are not reformers. They want to kill us and beat their women.

      So we have to fight them. Every day in nearly every way.

      • Yukio Ngaby 12:37 AM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Which guys in charge? All of Islam shouldn’t be judged by Iran and al Queda.

        There are reformers in Islam, although a better term would probably be progressives (not American political progressiveness), and these people need to be supported. The W. Bush admin. understood this and supported a number of them.

        Yes. The Bush admin. got it wrong sometimes, and were intentionally misled by others. However there was significant change in places like Bahrain, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and elsewhere. You may read about about anti-Christian attacks in places like Indonesia in the press and on websites, but the Muslim populations’ rallies for religious tolerance following these attacks and the demands for action to be taken against the attackers are not so eagerly reported.

        Obama stopped almost all of it, then ran around the world apologizing, saying we (meaning people other than himself, of course) aren’t in a position to judge or support or do pretty much anything then pity our past actions. That was absolutely devestating to both our allies (like Israel) and the Muslims that the US had been cultivating congenial relationships with.

        We have a very distorted view of Islam– a mostly de-centralized religion with more sects then Christianity. Do you judge all of Christianity by the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

        But hey, let’s just follow the course of archer52’s dreams and just wipe away the 1.5+ billion Muslims on the planet. I mean they are ALL extremists lying and infiltrating into our society. What a “victory” that would be…

    • archer52 11:46 AM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply


      I didn’t say I’d kill the people, only the religion. Also, just for giggles, name the Jehovah Witness group that murders children, women and babies in the name of their God to the tune of thousands and thousands. Again, do not confuse your own personal concepts of right and wrong with those of radical Muslims. It is a mistake all people make. We tend to imprint what we would do onto people who have no intention, history or desire to do what we would consider civilized.

      Accept those people for who they are and judge them by their acts. You’ll find little room for wiggle when it comes to defending their way of life. I’d wipe out that way of life. I have friends and relatives in Afghanistan as we speak. Their stories of just how retarded Islam makes the people there, in spirit, intelligence, learning, thought and actions, is stunning. Islam, in the form that we are fighting, thrives in an environment of ignorance and strives to keep the status quo. I’d stop that. It would give the people a chance to move out of the ninth century and have a chance to live free.

      • Yukio Ngaby 4:29 PM on 09/20/2010 Permalink | Reply

        archer 52: “Also, just for giggles, name the Jehovah Witness group that murders children, women and babies in the name of their God to the tune of thousands and thousands.”

        My point is not that Jehovah’s Witnesses murder children, women, and babies. Either you are intentionally misinterpreting my words, or did not read very carefully. My point then, and I’ll restate it for you, is that Islam is a very complicated religion made up various sects– much like Christianity has Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.– yet you and others judge it according to very specific people in specific geographic areas espousing a very specific form of Islam and then apply to every single Muslim everywhere per your 1st comment. You go so far as to judge the religion you don’t understand as being a blight upon the planet.

        Gee, that doesn’t sound reactionary or extreme, or anything, does it?

        But since you bring up killing babies… Just for giggles why don’t you tell me how many babies are killed by Christian doctors and Christian parents in the form of abortions yearly? 1.2 million abortions in 2005 in the US– not in the world, but in the US. But I’m sure that at least 1 million of them were killed by mean Muslims, right? And hey, do you remember when Muslims killed 6 million Jewish people during WWII? Oh wait, nope– that was Christians. Or what about when the Muslims slaughtered all those Catholics during the Reformation? Oops wait. Christians again. How about that time when Muslims conquered South America and imposed their own religion on the pagan, blood sacrificing– uh… I mean native religion– of the time? Christians again. Would it be a victory for the world if Christianity would cease to exist?

        “Accept those people for who they are and judge them by their acts.” Who exactly are “those people”? All Muslims? Sounds that way. After all you said “there are no moderate Muslims, only quite [type-o “quiet” I assume] ones.”

        So I should judge all of 1.5+ billion Muslims by the acts of those few you’d like to highlight. Perhaps by those “retards,” as you put it, in Afghanistan. Why that’s sounds logical, reasonable and unbigoted. I’ll judge all Malaysians by the actions of the Pashtuns, all Indonesian ethnicities by the Tajiks, all Philippine Muslims by the Hazaras. Good idea! While I’m at it, I’ll judge all American Christians by the actions of the Copts too! It makes as much sense.

        But let’s look at Afghanistan for just a second. You wrote: “Their [friends and relatives in Afghanistan] stories of just how retarded Islam makes the people there, in spirit, intelligence, learning, thought and actions, is stunning.”

        “Retarted”? Hmmm. I’ll go ahead and give you the benefit of the doubt and take the word “retarded” as meaning backwards or unsophisticated rather than moronic or stupid. Since surely you’re not calling all 30 million people in Afghanistan stupid. Are you?

        And let’s just ignore the fact that all your information is second-hand heresay. Let’s assume that the people you hear this from are 100% correct in their observations, 100% correct in their assessments (according to some assumed universal standard of progress, I guess), and fully informed in both Afghanistan’s history and culture. I don’t believe any of that, of course, but let’s assume all of that…

        Afghanistan’s history is filled with violence. When they’re not fighting each other, they were fighting off foreign invaders. Lest we forget, the Soviets occupied the country for for 10 years (1979 – 1989), and in that time somewhere between 1 – 2 million people were killed. Following that foreign-backed militias fought over Afghanistan until the Taliban (likely backed by Pakistan) took over in 1996. The U.S. inavded in 2001. War zones are not known for developing universities and technologies. But hey, it’s not the constant warfare that’s the problem, nor is it the tribalism. It’s the religion that’s the problem! If only they were all Baptists, then everything would be better! Then maybe wou wouldn’t judge them as being “retarded” anymore. Sure, that makes sense…

        And you’re not going to give them “a chance to live free.” Be honest. You’re just going to give them a chance to live their lives in a way that you approve of. That’s all.

  • Jill 10:45 AM on 06/10/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A few from J-Ru 

    Some great stuff from Jennifer Rubin today. I don’t know how she does it. A sampling:

    Is Obama Trying to Force BP Into Bankruptcy?

    As for the bullying of business, this is simply the natural extension of the administration’s abject lawlessness — stomping on the rights of car-company bond holders, snatching bonuses away from AIG executives, pushing for mortgage cram-downs — which views contracts and statutes as mere annoyances. This is what comes from electing people with no private-sector experience and no understanding that the rule of law is central to our economic prosperity.

    Giving Hamas a Helping Hand

    Obama’s efforts in ways big and bigger are destructive to our own credibility, to the security of our allies, to our efforts to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, and to the American people, who have had far too much of their hard-earned money confiscated for idiotic purposes under this administration. But few match this one.

    Lindsey Graham Discovers Cap-and-Trade is a Bad Idea

    Lindsey Graham has had an encounter with reality — whether it is political or scientific is uncertain. But for whatever reason, he is starting to make sense:

    How close is the Senate to a bipartisan climate deal? Here’s the Democrats’ best hope for compromise — Lindsey Graham, at a press conference today: “The science about global warming has changed. … I think the science is in question. … I think they’ve oversold the stuff.”

    You don’t say.

    Read the rest.

    • nicedeb 1:23 PM on 06/10/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I also liked this in Flotsam and Jetsam:

      Not any doubt where Obama’s priorities lie. And thankfully, not everyone is confused as to who’s responsible for the flotilla incident. “Turkey sends a bunch of Jew-baiting Al-Qaeda friendly street-fighters on a floating lynch party and the one party chided by name is … Israel. Well, those pesky facts aren’t too hard to pin down Mr. President–the folks you’ve pinned your peace hopes on are laughing in your face and rolling you like a duck pin.”

  • backyardconservative 9:23 AM on 05/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    If America Fails, Freedom Dies 

    The NY Times’s Friedman wants China for a day? What would the world be like if it was all China, all the time. Or worse, as Obama’s America cedes (!)  its leadership. Feckless Europe on bended knee. (Cut off your head)

    If America Fails, Freedom Dies.

    More. Heritage Morning Bell: Slouching Towards Irrelevance

    • rubyslipperblog 2:36 PM on 05/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      What is Friedman smoking? Between him, Paul Krugman and Woody Allen it’s hard to decide which of them is the scariest. Fortunately I don’t think America is ready to let them have their wish that America become China for even a day.

    • backyardconservative 3:28 PM on 05/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We always knew these guys thought they knew better what was good for us but to come out openly for dictatorship even for a day is spooky. But then look at how they passed the health care bill.

      • Sherry 3:56 PM on 05/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Socialism is always better in theory. Because no one actually wants everything to be fair, just fair for everyone else, excellent for one’s self.

    • backyardconservative 6:10 PM on 05/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah and where will the excellence come from if the private sector is decimated

  • Jill 8:32 AM on 04/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Thursday various & sundry 

    Off prompter, Obama bares his statist soul: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” Of course he thinks that. When it comes to other peoples’ money. But he certainly seems to enjoy his own wealth. Edited to add JP Friere’s take on Obama’s $5 million-plus income.

    An aside from Andy McCarthy’s immigration piece:

    In his spare time, on April 8, President Obama signed an arms-reduction treaty with Russia. He urges swift ratification of the accord even though, as former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton observes, important provisions are still being negotiated. In the spirit of the times, though, the pact would become the law of the land before those details are finalized, while its authors either don’t know what it says or are lying about it. Administration officials told Arizona Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain — who will be central to the Senate’s ratification debate — that the treaty referred to missile defense only in the hortatory, non-binding preamble. Yet when the senators looked at the treaty’s binding terms, they found, right there in black and white, a provision (Art. V, para. 3) that would require the United States to refrain from placing “defense interceptors” in existing missile launchers — a severe compromise of American national security.

    Read the whole thing.

    In Quincy, IL, it’s the riot squad vs. your gramma. There must have been a threat we’re not privy to, right? But the photos tell a story of, er, a disproportionate response. Supply your own bingo/peach cobbler jokes.

    Too bad more of that strength hasn’t been applied at our borders.  Gov. Jan Brewer makes an impregnable case for signing Arizona’s new law: The federal government dropped the ball, and her state’s citizens are being harmed.

    Brewer, on whether AZ feels “abandoned” by nat’l leaders on immigration: “Since I’ve been governor since last January, I have written numerous letters to the administration in regards to securing our borders with absolutely no response. So we have been facing this crisis, and it’s devastating the people of Arizona. And I feel as governor I have a responsibility to protect the citizens. We’ve been inundated with criminal activity. It’s been outrageous.”

    More Brewer: “And we’re not going to put up with it any longer. And I hope that now we’ve got senate bill 1070 signed and ready to go into law that we’ll get somebody’s attention. But it is the federal government’s responsibility to secure our borders. Our states cannot sustain it.”

    Brewer, on Obama calling the bill “misguided”: “He has a right to say whatever he wants to say. But ‘misguided’ — I think he’s wrong. I have a responsibility to the people of Arizona. And I’m sure he’s concerned because of the brouhaha and over-dramatic comments about racial profiling. I made perfectly clear when I signed the bill that we would not tolerate racial profiling. It’s illegal.”

    And even before he became president, Obama was a force against, rather than for, securing our borders. Jennifer Rubin quotes Lynn Sweet from 2008:

    “When it came time to putting that bill together, he was more of a problem than he was a help. And when it came time to try to get the bill passed, he, in my opinion, broke the agreement we had. He was in the photo op, but he could not execute the hard part of the deal,” Graham said,” Graham said.

    J-Ru comments:

    So will Broder add Obama to the list of culprits? Well, here’s an easy way for Obama to redeem himself: have the McCain-Kennedy bill reintroduced and fight for its passage. After all, there is a large Democratic majority now. Or does Obama want an issue, and not a bill? We’ll find out whether he’s up to his old tricks — or whether he really is interested in solving the immigration problem, which Arizona and the other states must cope with.

    I think we all know the answer to that one.

    • Sherry 10:19 AM on 04/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have the solution. Have Tea Parties at the border. The President will require the swat team. Problem solved.

  • Jill 1:16 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    When smart power fails 

    This is pretty scary.

    John McCain and William Jacobson already knew that Obama has no Iran nuclear strategy. But now it’s official.  NYT:

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document.

    Several officials said the highly classified analysis, written in January to President Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, came in the midst of an intensifying effort inside the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for Mr. Obama. They include a set of military alternatives, still under development, to be considered should diplomacy and sanctions fail to force Iran to change course.

    Jennifer Rubin comments:

    Really, it’s jaw-dropping that, at this stage, Gates must sound the alarm, reminding everyone that nothing they’ve done so far has or is likely to work. Indeed, it’s hard to see how what the Obami are presently doing won’t impair those military options. After all, Obama is giving the Iranians cover to move ahead with their nuclear program while the UN dithers over negotiations about ineffective sanctions. The problem, we must conclude, is Obama, himself, who seems blissfully unaware of his own inadequate and misguided efforts. (”Some officials said his memo should be viewed in that light: as a warning to a relatively new president that the United States was not adequately prepared. He wrote the memo after Iran had let pass a 2009 deadline set by Mr. Obama to respond to his offers of diplomatic engagement.”)

    Allahpundit’s take:

    Of course they didn’t prepare alternatives. How could they possibly fathom that diplomacy might fail? The core plank of “smart power,” such as it is, has always been the Obama charm offensive. Simply by being the anti-Bush and offering an open hand to Iran, he would convince Tehran to unclench its fist and open a dialogue. Bush was the problem (he always is!) and once the problem was removed, solutions would inevitably follow. So why bother developing a Plan B? The result: Iran’s now enriching uranium to 20 percent purity and rolling out advanced centrifuges, which means nuclear “breakout” capacity, i.e. the ability to build a bomb quickly even if they haven’t yet done so, won’t be long in coming.

    Hubris can bring down more than just the tragic hero. Obama’s ego is a national, even international, liability.

    • rubyslipperblog 2:36 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Legal Insurrection also had a post on potential reasons liberal law school students were so sad despite the fact Democrats control all of government. I suspect they are sad because they recognize Democrats are striking during their turn at bat. Obama’s narcissistic ego refuses to entertain that possibility. Where he should be scaling back he is doubling down. He blatantly ignores signs his “smart power” strategy is failing because it doesn’t fit in his world view that he is both omniscient and omnipotent. Making matters worse Obama has surrounded himself with ego fuel in the form of Valerie Jarrett, Gibbs and Michelle. This is why insiders need to leak such devastating information in hopes of breaking Obama’s feedback loop telling him he can not fail. You are exactly right his ego is a huge liability. Personally I have my doubts that a blowout in November will be enough to take down this narcissistic ego.

    • fuzislippers 9:42 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm, well, at least the NYT is recognizing what we’ve always known about cookies and hugs as foreign policy. Better late than never? We’re obviously heading straight into a nuclear world war, but I guess the libbies will just blame whomever we elect in 2012, conveniently ignoring (as always) that it’s their failed policies that always get us into dire straights the world over.

      • backyardconservative 10:38 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My God. When the NY Times leaks memos that in the void point out we need a more hawkish stance you know things are bad. Maybe they are noticing that big hole in Manhattan.

    • RightKlik 12:40 PM on 04/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to know when “smart power” has ever succeeded.

  • Jill 5:24 PM on 04/12/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Not an accident 


    It’s worse than you thought, Victor. It’s not confusion at all. It’s a campaign to cut America down to size.

    Michael Ledeen

    He’s talking about foreign policy but the same might be said for Obama’s domestic agenda.

    Read the rest.

  • Jill 6:48 PM on 03/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Shoes for Obama 

    Who’s A Terrorist Now?

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