Saturday, July 19, 2014

Elizabeth Warren Is Running: Time for the GOP to Wake Up

The GOP tends to prepare to fight the last war. Right now, the conventional wisdom is the Democrat Nominee for president in 2016 will be Hillary Clinton. This is wrong. The next nominee will likely be Elizabeth Warren.

Why would the Democrats go so radical again? Because they have nothing to lose. If they go with the safe candidate, they are likely to lose. After 8 years of catastrophe, anyone connected with the carnage will be discredited, no matter how far they've tried to distance themselves. That means Mrs. Clinton, Joe Biden and, well, that's their bench.

The safe candidate doesn't excite the base. And, Elizabeth Warren excites the multiple freak shows that comprise the base. She's getting great advance publicity from her flacks in the liberal commentariat and the main line news services. National Journal has slavishly posted her so-called "11 commandments of progressivism," which is pretty tame, if you boil it right down.

Hardly any rational person can make a succinct argument against them, "the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations,and that means real net neutrality," well who's not for that? A fool, that's who. But, what's "real net neutrality," well have to wait for a breathy in-depth interview in prime time with the little Greek man, I mean George Stephanopolous.

Another one: "We Believe in science and that means protecting the earth." Of course that's a veiled reference to global climate alarmism, but it's pretty well veiled.  What does it mean? Again, it begs probing, George?

Any true conservative could say the same thing. In fact a smart conservative would pronounce his own 11 commandments or five or ten or 12, taking these on directly. Although this one is easy: "we believe in being stewards of the earth for generations to come (a veiled hint at procreation, i.e., shagging, yeah baby!) and that means using REAL science, not succumbing to big green, which is not a frozen vegetable company. Big green are rent-seeking corporate cronies, parasites that will make big money from tax subsidies for expensive power.  Paid for by the little guy. You can't be for the little guy if your for Big Anything.

I'm for cheap. clean energy, revitalized manufacturing and that means clean coal from chemical looping and nuclear. Let the Europeans chain themselves to the green gods in exchange for worldly dispensation (and fancy cocktail party invites).

Of course, preparing to fight a specific candidate is a fool's errand, but the GOP will do it anyway. The Democrats will likely switch it up at the last minute and then where will we be? Right now, I'm for Ryan / Rubio, which is probably quixotic. They couldn't be elected unless they both left their wives and were found in bed together. How about Rand Paul / Sarah Palin, that would shake things up. If only we could fix the governor's syntax.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Only 40% Liberals Proud to be American: Why Do We Try to Placate Them?

This Fourth of July I am taking great pleasure in the knowledge that even after 6 years of the most left wing president EVER, liberals are still not proud of America, which suggests pretty strongly that they neither can now nor ever will be satisfied by any political solution in this fallen world; thus they need not be taken seriously, except as foolish and dangerous ideologues.  To paraphrase Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks who wrote "As Good as it Gets": how to describe a liberal: picture a conservative then take away reason and accountability.
Conservatives More Likely to Say They Are ‘Often Proud to be American’ Pew Research: Section 9: Patriotism, Personal Traits, Lifestyles and Demographics

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

D'Souza Attacks Obama Admin for Death of Aaron Swartz

Dinesh D'Souza, creator of the upcoming movie, America, which will be released July 2, 2014, has released a new clip from the movie which speaks directly to the case of Aaron Swartz. Swarts was 26 year old (young enough to be kept on his parents insurance) who was an extremely talented, widely published and dynamic proponent of openness in the model of Wikileaks.

Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 while facing charges for leaking publicly-funded research from MIT (brought by Eric Holder's Justice Department) that carried a 35 year jail sentence and a $1 million fine.



Deadline Hollywood has a good write up, here.

My review is here: Dinesh D'Souza's "America"

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Dinesh D'Souza's "America"


America is partly an imagining of a world without America, but more powerfully it is a virtual courtroom drama as the filmmakers lay out, then carefully refute the Left's moral indictments of America: to wit: that America stole the land from Native Americans and Mexico and stole the labor of slaves and the resources from the third world to build its remarkable wealth.

Part of the strength of the film is that it uses interviews with leading intellectuals on the Left, including Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Michael Eric Dyson and Alan Dershowitz (who besides being the nation's premier legal mind, has the distinction of having been on Nixon's enemies list). It also featured a good deal of archival video of the malevolently charismatic (and incredibly Machiavellian) Saul Alinsky and some fan-boy gushing over Howard Zinn by Woody Harrelson and a bit more hero worship for the same by Matt Damon. Zinn is a historian and author of the execrable People's History of the United States. We recommend Bill Bennett's America: The Last Best Hope.

The highlight may have been excerpts of a speech by the rocker Bono given at Georgetown University, which won't buy him any dinner invites. And, there are important cameos by a fictional young Hillary Clinton and the full grown senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, in high anti-capitalist dudgeon.

America is a very affecting portrait of the truth of what America's founding and her endurance has brought to the world: chiefly the end of conquest as a means of creating prosperity. It also raises profound issues of privacy in the age of NSA surveillance in our hyper-networked world and concerns over the power of the state when political enemies of the party in power are subject to IRS (and other agencies) targeting and harassment.

Rather than focus on the Tea Party, however, the filmmakers use the case of Aaron Swartz, to great effect. Swartz was an extremely talented young Internet Hacktivist who, at the age of 26, committed suicide while facing charges for leaking publicly-funded research from MIT (brought by Eric Holder's Justice Department) that carried a 35 year jail sentence and a $1 million fine.

We were very moved by the film, first to tears as the litany of Left-wing accusations took their toll; and then to silent cheering when their spurious charges were refuted. Yet, at a time when paper thin stories about comic book heroes dominate the box office, it's unclear how mainstream American audiences will react. However, it is our opinion that Republicans and people who are still open to loving America will love America.

America is created by Dinesh D'Souza, and is based in his book by the same name. It is a follow-on to his 2016 Obama's America, the fourth-highest grossing documentary of all time.  In addition to his previous filmDinesh D'Souza is the author of several books, including The Roots of Obama’s Rage and What’s So Great About Christianity. 

While a leading conservative intellectual, D'Souza is no stranger to scandal. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a charge that he used straw donors to make $20,000 in illegal contributions to a Republican Senate candidate and long time friend. Although a violation of the law, charges in cases like this are hardly ever brought, raising questions about their political motivation especially in light of the IRS targeting scandal.

In 2012, D'Souza was forced to resign as president of King's College in New York over reports of an extramarital affair.

John Sullivan, the film's director, hosted the screening.  Mr. Sullivan also wrote, produced and directed D'Souza's 2012 film and directed Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, the #7 highest-grossing political documentary. Sullivan also took several question from audience members after the film.

America is produced by Gerald Molen who co-produced Rain Man, which won Best Picture Oscar. He also produced Jurassic Park, Twister, Days of Thunder, Hook and Minority Report.

America is distributed by Lionsgate.

The theatrical trailer for America.




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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obama / Romney discuss Iraq SOFA (status of forces agreement)

Since Iraq is descending into chaos, it's worth looking at the discussion of the SOF agreement that never was. NY Times


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

BOOM! Did Obama OUT CIA Station Chief on Purpose?

There are a few potentially important details surrounding the timeline leading to Bowe Bergdahl’s release that might deserve some discussion...

"The Truth Revolt material shows that negotiations for Bergdahl’s release have been underway for years.  We also know that on Sunday, May 25 Obama visited Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield for a secretive military consultation.
It was during this secretive visit, which occurred around a week before Bergdahl’s release, that the Kabul CIA station chief was outed."
Truth Revolt supplies some details on the timeline:

Full article here: American Thinker

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Ten Questions on Berghdal for President Obama

Did anyone perform a Google search on Private Bergdahl before securing his release?  Are British papers included in your search results?

Taliban claim captured U.S. solider has converted to Islam and is teaching its fighters bomb-making skills

If so, where you aware of the reporting on his desertion and anti-Americanism?  Did you give him preferential treatment because he would be an advocate against America?

Taliban PoW captive long forgot speak ENGLISH parents reveal long road recovery

Bowe Bergdahl’s Vanishing Before Capture Angered His Unit

Did the president know that soldiers were killed in the search for the deserter Bergdahl?

We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night

Did the Pentagon require the soldiers who sought Bergdahl to sign non-disclosure agreements?

Bowe Bergdahl's platoon mates say officers made them sign non-disclosure agreement after he 'deserted his post in Afghanistan'

Did you approve Robert Bergdahl, the soldier's father, to thank Allah in Pashto in the Rose Garden?

Bergdahl's father tweeted pro-Taliban comments directed at terrorist website while son was a prisoner in Afghanistan

Do you know what the pink hat Bergdahl was wearing in one of the videos mean?

Was Bergdahl ever officially listed as a POW?

Who briefed Susan Rice before her appearance on the ABC's This Week (June 1, 2014)?  Does the administration think that being a deserter is synonymous with serving with honor and distinction, if so why?

ANOTHER SUNDAY SHOW FIB FROM SUSAN RICE

Will you commit here and now to release the classified file on Bergdahl in the cause of openness and transparency?

More here:
Navy Times
Pajamas Media
OAF Nation: EXCLUSIVE: THE TRUTH ABOUT BOWE BERGDAHL
Daily Mail
Washington Post
The Daily News

Sign the White House Petition to Try and Punish Bergdahl for Being a Deserter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

People are Missing the Point on the Bundy Ranch Controversy


Thought I'd share a spirited debate on Facebook.com about the Bundy ranch kerfuffle:

Post by Gregory Contreras.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why Rush, Ann Coulter and Mark Levin are Wrong About Immigration Reform

Far be from me to challenge the wisdom of these three icons of the right, however, I feel I must take up pen to do just that.
Will Smith and family react to Miley Cyrus'
raunchy performance at the 2013 Grammy's

The question is whether a flawed bill is better or worse than no bill?  It seems to me a simple question.

With a Democrat president and similar majority in the Senate, there is no way we're going to get something that we are 100% happy with.  And, yes, there is always the danger of being played.  And, yes we could wait until 2015, but now the Democrats are in trouble and they are arguably more likely to deal.

The crux of the argument against immigration is that the Hispanics hate us.  Obviously, that's not true, we can in a good year, get more than 35% of the Hispanic vote.  Terrible? maybe, but this misses the point.

Immigration reform is not completely about Hispanics, it's about all immigrants and a disturbing narrative that the Republicans are anti-immigrant / anti-brown people.

Look at the country, our current mythologies, the movies, so many of our actors are non-white.  And they are pure American, consider Michael Peña in End of Watch.  He portrays a police officer who is as American as they come, yet he carries the richness of another culture.  Something all of us do, regardless of our place of origin.

And, look at Will Smith and his family, His (beautiful) kids really do look like the future of America and one that we can look forward to with hope.  Look at their reactions to the most base performance of Miley Cyrus last year.  Only people with good values found her performance execrable.

But that's a minor point, the bigger point is this: will the non-black new immigrants be as satisfied with the Democrat plantation as blacks have been?  My personal interactions with America's newest arrivals say no way.  And, when I see the very beautiful but very Aryan-looking Ann Coulter arguing for it, I start to feel a little self conscious about being a conservative. Even I don't relate to her.  She's too uber.

Beyond that, part of the Immigration reform deal has to include increased immigration of highly-educated people who study here.  That should be a fast track to citizenship and currently it is not.  So, let's get something now.  We can always improve it when we get majorities back in Congress. If we don't, we'll be branded anti-immigrant/anti-brown people again and again.

Demographics are destiny, but destiny exerts a compelling force all its own, Giuseppe Verdi wrote an opera about it called La Forza Del Destino "The Power of Destiny," the point of which was, that destiny is not something we control.  Plus, everyone dies at the end -- by each other's hand.  We've already lost control of the immigration process.  Let's not kill ourselves over it.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jack Lew not as Clever as Advertised

U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, who comes to his post with impressive credentials, is not as slick as we all think.

On FOX News Sunday, this Sunday past, July 28, 2013, in one breath he takes credit for the benefits of the sequester then within 2 minutes castigates members of Congress for taking credit for reducing the deficit.  Shocking.

From FNS:

LEW: You know, Chris, if you look at what's going on right now, in terms of our deficit, we are reducing the deficit at the fastest rate since the demobilization after World War II we need to talk about growth. We need to talk about how do we build that better future for America's middle class.

2 minutes later:

LEW: The surprising thing is, that, you know, a couple of years after, everyone agreed this was bad policy, there are people who are now claiming credit for things that were designed to be bad policy and senseless across the board cuts. That's truly surprising.

Political hypocrisy, on the other hand, not so shocking.