Archives for: December 2015

Bye, Bye, 2015

I guess 2015 wasn’t … too bad. We didn’t have an election, so that’s always a plus. Um … the Star Wars movie was pretty decent. Uh … help me out here.

OK, yeah, 2015 kind of sucked. And 2016 is looking worse, what with the parties gearing up for an election between a Democrat with massive ties to big business who supported or masterminded three of the biggest foreign policy disasters of the last decade and a “Republican” who supports, well, God knows what.

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I’ll be here to cover it. And hopefully you’ll be hear to read. I always appreciate the clicks, views, references and comments. As we ramp up to actual voting, it’s going to get exciting in the same way that cliff gets exciting as your car goes over it.

In the meantime, have a safe and Happy New Year’s. And hopefully, you’re celeberating with a little assist from Jim, as I am:

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In the meantime, here are some end-of-year review articles, with my commentary.

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I told you so….

Back in the old days of the antichrist Boosh, the left loved to tell us how evil his administration was for all sorts of things, but especially the cloak and dagger shit that the left always projects on their enemies. Of course, those of us that know the left better and realize that projection happens because the left is assuming others do whatever they do, are not surprised to find out, that in the age of Obama, the abuse of power is always directed at your allies and political enemies:

President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.

Hah! Is this yet another Obama broken promise? As Glenn H. Reynolds so avidly points out: Obama’s promises all come with expiration dates and usually reflect exactly the opposite of what he plans to do. You pick the promise, and you will find that it was a boldfaced lie or only was kept unitl it became inconvenient for this administration to do so. Here is some juice shit that follows:

But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The U.S., pursuing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran at the time, captured communications between Mr. Netanyahu and his aides that inflamed mistrust between the two countries and planted a political minefield at home when Mr. Netanyahu later took his campaign against the deal to Capitol Hill.

How much do we want to bet that Iran – the bad guy in this stupid deal that is assured to cause us so much more pain in the future – never had anything compared to the level of scrutiny that this administration put on what they labeled a political enemy. And let us not forget, as the left constantly reminds us through word and deed, that the real enemy according to them never is the people that want to kill Americans or Jews and destroy the west in the process, but the political enemies of the left. And Nethanyahu sure as hell is a “grade A” enemy in the eyes if this pro-Islamic fundamentalism administration. With information like this coming out, what more proof do you need that to these scumbags it never really is about the interests of the American people, but always that of the political left? After all, it isn’t like Iran has read anything but acquiescence from this idiotic deal either.

The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears—an “Oh-s— moment,” one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.

White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. “We didn’t say, ‘Do it,’ ” a senior U.S. official said. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.’ ”

Yeah, the bad guy according to the WH was that evil Netanyahu guy because he had the temerity to refuse to go along with an absolutely insane and stupid deal that clearly allows Iran to build nuclear weapons and continue to pursue the agenda of genocide against the Jews and the Great Satan, and not the Iranian madmen or the fucking idiots in the WH that conjured up this terrible deal. And am I alone in getting a whiff of the old Clintoneseque lawyerese? “We didn’t tell them to do it, but didn’t tell them not to do it and then share it with us either”, wink wink. Par for the course. From the whole sicking the IRS on political enemies scandal that they have been trying so hard, to squash to the now all but forgotten gun running scam into Mexico run by the DEA that they hoped would allow the massacre that would follow to be used to piss on the second amendment, to the plethora of insane foreign policy debacles that make the Carter years look awesome in contrast (the Arab Spring, Benghazi, Syria, ISIS, Turkey, the Russians, China, Iran, and so fucking on and on). this administration has been about profit for the left’s political machine at the expense of not just the American people, but the world at large. And they don’t even worry much that this agenda shines through, because after all, with the DOJ owned and doing their bidding and Congress neutered, who is going to really stand against them and their criminal and down right evil agenda?

Stepped-up NSA eavesdropping revealed to the White House how Mr. Netanyahu and his advisers had leaked details of the U.S.-Iran negotiations—learned through Israeli spying operations—to undermine the talks; coordinated talking points with Jewish-American groups against the deal; and asked undecided lawmakers what it would take to win their votes, according to current and former officials familiar with the intercepts.

Before former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed much of the agency’s spying operations in 2013, there was little worry in the administration about the monitoring of friendly heads of state because it was such a closely held secret. After the revelations and a White House review, Mr. Obama announced in a January 2014 speech he would curb such eavesdropping.

Anyone still doubt that Snowden is a fucking hero even if you disagree with how he did what he did? And ask yourself who paid for this absolutely egregious abuse of power. Has anyone in this administration been held accountable? Shit, Nixon wants to retract his resignation. After all, he got run out of town for what amounts to a joke compared to the laundry list of criminal activity engaged in and gotten away with by this administration. A complicit and cowed media goes a long way. Now if they had only managed to get their lie about Benghazi being about out of control social media to stick so they could control the internet as well, they would really be rocking the Kasbah.

In closed-door debate, the Obama administration weighed which allied leaders belonged on a so-called protected list, shielding them from NSA snooping. French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders made the list, but the administration permitted the NSA to target the leaders’ top advisers, current and former U.S. officials said. Other allies were excluded from the protected list, including Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of NATO ally Turkey, which allowed the NSA to spy on their communications at the discretion of top officials.

I think the WSJ is not being accurate here, because I remember how part of the Snowden release showed massive spying by the NSA on the Europeans, and especially the French and Germans, targeting the leadership specifically (google it, it is out there). I am betting the only people not eavesdropped on are the Iranians, Russians, and the Chinese, probably because all the assets where too busy looking at the political enemies of the administration and those radical right wing fanatics that won’t just let team Obama do their thing. Now for the doozy in the story:

Privately, Mr. Obama maintained the monitoring of Mr. Netanyahu on the grounds that it served a “compelling national security purpose,” according to current and former U.S. officials. Mr. Obama mentioned the exception in his speech but kept secret the leaders it would apply to.

Are we talking about that monitoring that they never really told the NSA to do, or not to do, here? Yeah, I thought so. It is quite obvious to me that Netanyahu was a threat to the security of the Obama Administration and its plans to fundamentally change America as promised, too. Of course I doubt that many people in America, including so many Jews that are bought and owned by the democratic party, realize what this revelation shows this administration really is about. Can you imagine Boosh or another republican doing something like this and getting away with it? Think hard on that people. That’s the litmus test really, and the proof that we are all being had by these crooks. Let’s put Hillary in the WH so this party can go on. On steroids.

No Surprises on Tamir Rice

I wish I could say I’m surprised that there was no indictment in the Tamir Rice case. But I’m not. It has been obvious for a while that this was coming. It was obvious from the War on Cops bullshit that was trotted out every time the case was discussed (this year will end up being the second safest year for cops on record — behind 2013). It was obvious from the talk by prosecutors about how we could only judge the officers about what happened in those two seconds between when they jumped out of the car and when they shot him. It was obvious from the way no one cared that the officers’ initial statements were full of lies or that they left Rice to bleed to death after he was shot. It was obvious from when the prosecutors tapped Kim Crawford as their forensic expert — a woman who once said shooting an unarmed woman carrying a baby through the head was justified. It was obvious from the statements about Tamir Rice’s father (and today’s statements about Rice himself).

And that’s really the point. We’re no longer surprised when two officers — one of which had a settled excessive force complaint; one of whom resigned from another police job because of his emotional instability — roll up in a car, give a 12-year old boy two seconds to react before gunning him down, leave him to bleed to death like a dog, arrest his sister and have a grand jury decided that it was all justified. That’s where we are on law enforcement accountability. We’re lucky they’re not getting medals.

Let’s just hope the protests are peaceful.

Savages

They know just how to hurt us;

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Per established precedent they have demanded we release 5 prominent Muslims. I say we give them Obama, Kerry, Ellison, Andre Carson, and throw in Lois Lerner (the way she lies she can convince them of anything).

As if ISIS wasn’t on the “naughty” list already.

SpaceX Returns

I’m in transit but thought I’d put up a quick post about Space X successfully launching a rocket, having it deploy satellites, then return to the Earth. You can see a truncated video below:

It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie.

This isn’t just cool; the economic potential is huge. This could cut the cost of putting things into orbit by tens of millions. In just my field, this could mean more space telescopes for the same funds. In other fields, you’re talking about affordable space tourism, cheap satellite, maybe even an economic way to clear out space debris.

What…A…Dumb-ass!!!

Watching the Cardinals beat up on Philly last night I missed all the fun over at the Miss Universe Pageant;

Begging a few questions; obviously Harvey knows how to read, he does Family Feud, maybe larger printing or using crayons might help. The only reason to watch these pageants from a man’s point of view is the all too familiar train wreck of an answer when asked some dopey AGW question or world peace question (more hugs) from a moonbat judge. And from what I have been reading about the event, it always ends the same way, 2 finalists left with the first name read being first runner up, and yes, that was clearly written on the card, but if you never watched one of these things before (and clearly Harvey has not) maybe watching a few for familiarity would be a good idea?

Is there anything more embarrassing than having a stage full of beauty pageant contestants laughing at you for effing up the one thing you had to do that night?

I could not believe how far they let the error ride, why did they not correct him immediately?

Harvey clearly felt bad;

“I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.” (Photo: Twitter/IAmSteveHarvey)
You’ll notice he misspelled both “Colombia” and “Philippines.” Can we blame autocorrect? Let’s blame autocorrect.

Here’s Harvey confirming his mistake: The correct winner, Miss Philippines, and first runner-up, Miss Colombia, are listed on his card.

Another product of the public school system, or should we blame the Cleveland public school system?

Oh, That Liberal Media, Part 7614

You know, I can’t imagine why people think the media has a liberal bias. I mean it’s not like they stealthily edit articles to remove politically damaging quotes from the President and then come up with multiple BS explanations when caught.

Oh, wait. That’s exactly what they do.

(In other news, the media are going nuts because PPP did a poll asking voters if we should bomb Agrabah. 30% of GOP voters agreed. But Agrabah is not a real place; it’s the fictional city in the movie Aladdin.

Here’s the thing. You have to read further in to find it (and some outlets elide it entirely). But 19% of Democrats agreed. Moreover, 57% of Republicans said they didn’t know if we should bomb a fictional country. But only 45% of Democrats said they didn’t know. In other words, Democrats were more sure that they knew whether or not to bomb a country that doesn’t exist.

This is also an illustration of why polls mean little. You can get 20% of people to agree to anything in a poll, just from trolling. So when you hear something like “20% of Republicans think the moon is made of green cheese”, add a lot of salt.)

The New Order

During the debate earlier this week, Congress quietly issued an omnibus budget bill. It just passed both houses today. There is some stuff in the bill to like but a lot to dislike.

Dislikes first:

  • Provisions do tighten immigration and refugee procedures were dropped, although the visa waiver program will be tightened.
  • The bill increases overall spending.
  • The bill increased the budget deficit, albeit mostly through extending tax provisions.
  • The bill includes surveillance provisions that violate civil liberties, essentially passing CISA through the back door.

There are a few provisions I don’t have a strong opinion about at this point. The bill increases the number of H2-B visas dramatically, which is opposed in many quarters. It also drops the effort to defund Planned Parenthood. Personally, I would prefer that we drop all non-budget riders from the bill.

There’s another provision that’s kind of difficult to get a grasp on. The bill makes some tweaks to Obamacare: delaying the Cadillac tax, dropping the medical device tax and maintaining the caps on the “risk corridors”. The tax delays cost money but make Obamacare more palatable to some opponents. The risk corridors could result in insurance companies leaving the system. But the willingness of Democrats to negotiate away parts of Obamacare may portend an uncertain future for the program and an eventual overhaul. So we’ll have to see where this goes.

Now the good:

  • It lifts the crude oil export ban.
  • It make a number of tax breaks permanent or long-term, rather than having them renewed every year. This at least will mean more honest accounting. Indeed, much of the deficit increase is on paper because we’ve stopped pretending we’re going to let those tax breaks expire.
  • It replaces the sequester with more targeted spending cuts.
  • It avoids a government shutdown.

That last bit is probably the most important. The budget deal is a step toward renewing the normal budget process rather than budgeting through a series of self-created crises. It is a worrying step toward both parties agreeing to ignore the deficit. That will have to be addressed. But if we’re getting back to a normal budget process, it should at least be easier to tell what the hell Congress is doing.

Suck My Space Nerd Stick

Out of the loop, as years go by I find myself more and more ensconced outside the fence, and I’m not even really looking in. I don’t care about current fads, don’t listen to the top 40 (my siruis XM stays on Watercolors, Symphony Hall, or Classic Vinyl), don’t go to the movies that much (last one I took my kid to see Jurassic World in Imax 3D, 18 bucks, are you kidding me?) and I don’t need Vanity Fair to tell me what wines to drink or books to read. So I am a bit nonplussed at all the Star Wars Hysteria going on;

I’m with Katherine on this one. Yeah, I remember the first 3, saw them in the theaters, but life goes on. This new generation have no such nostalgia pulls to the series, yet, when the MSM tells them that they should be excited, they follow in lock step.

I will probably rent it when it comes out at Redbox so I am marginally interested.

2 questions for the group, have you ever gone to midnight showings or stood in line for ungodly hours waiting to see any movies, like ever, and does anyone here actually have wood over this movie and feel they must see it today?