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Good political ads are hard to come by. Here’s one that nails it.
I have two opposing desires that cannot be reconciled. I see the images of Christians and Yazidis suffering in Iraq and the massacres perpetrated by the Islamic State (IS) and I want to do something. Yet, at the same time, I’m very reluctant to say the US should be involved in that festering armpit of the planet. I suspect that a lot of Real Revo Readers are also engaged in rounds of mental deliberation.
It boils down to the following desires:
One: We should bomb the living shit out of IS. IS is a collection of monstrous barbarians bent on driving the world into a new dark age. They have engaged in horrific massacres and genocide of hundreds of thousands of people, including women and children and will continue their horrific actions in the future unless stopped. They are intent on the subjugation of millions of people, and if they succeed in occupying the Middle East will have a significant power base. IS is also intent on attacking the United States.
Two: We should turn our backs on the peoples of the Middle East as they turned their backs on us. Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t worth the blood or treasure of one more American life or dollar. The governments are corrupt, the peoples backward, and the culture incompatible with freedom and human rights. Our efforts there to rid the land of threats to the United States and to give the people a chance to enjoy a free way of life were worthwhile but the people rejected us in favor of despotism. We should stay out, entering only to engage threats to the United States, and not engage in “nation building” afterward.
To engage The Islamic State in a way that will even be marginally effective will require the risking of American lives and money: Forward observers will have to embed with Kurdish or Iraqi combat units, US special forces must engage in training, and pilots (or at least drones) will be at risk flying over enemy territory. Any actions will cost a lot of taxpayer money at a time when we can’t afford it.
However, if we do nothing, or even just engage in selective and “humanitarian” actions as the Obama administration has done, we will be witness to massacres and depravity on a massive scale. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of innocents will be callously murdered and we will have done nothing.
There’s not a lot of middle ground to be had here. Personally, I’m still wrestling with the issues and haven’t come to a conclusion. What do you think?
The Russian military shot down a Boeing 777 aircraft filled with 280 passengers and 18 crewmembers, of which it is believed 23 are American citizens. The missile that killed these people was intentionally fired from a Russian “buk” class missile system from within the borders of the Russia by Russian military personnel. This happened three days after the Russians did the same to a Ukrainian cargo aircraft and the same day as a Ukrainian ground attack aircraft.
After talking with Russian President Vladmir Putin, who engineered the strife in the Ukraine to benefit himself and his nation, President Barack Obama said, “It looks like it might be a terrible tragedy.”
A “terrible tragedy?”
A fucking “terrible tragedy”?
No, President Obama, a “terrible tragedy” is a goddamn house fire that gets put out and some wedding photos get singed. This is the fucking MURDER of more than 300 people, of which nearly two dozen you supposedly represent!
One of the many problems that plagued President Jimmy Carter was that he was unable to tell the difference between a country led by evil men bent on world domination (the Soviet Union) and a nation of free people who desired peace, commerce, and prosperity (the United States). Apparently our current President is not only just as useless as Carter, he’s simply incapable of speaking the truth when it comes to our enemies even when it’s obvious to everyone around him.
And, oh yeah, President Retard, the American Public called the 1980s and said we want to borrow their defense plans. And their President, on account of the fact that the one we have sucks.
The first of 300 American military advisors arrived in Iraq yesterday. Despite the angst in the White House over their deployment, they are going to be relatively minor players in a combat situation that is rapidly expanding. This conflict could pit two of the major powers in the Middle East in direct action. At present, Saudi Arabia and Iran continue their Cold War and continue to act through proxies. But how long will this situation continue?
The Iraqi army, or what’s left of it, is now almost exclusively a Shiite Muslim militia. It’s also being supplied by Iran (also majority Shiite) on a daily basis tons with of supplies flown into Bagdad’s military airport and overland from the eastern border. The logistical chain is sophisticated, highly organized, and integrated into the Iraqi army. Iraqi army commanders and their Iranian allies make daily resource requests, which are fulfilled through the airport and other logistical centers. It’s like a FedEx supply chain, except with bullets and bandages instead of Amazon books, and its one the Iranians have set up before in Syria to support the Assad regime.
Their enemies, ISIS (which sounds like a consortium of James Bond villains) are Sunni Muslim, and are equally well supplied, primarily by Saudi Arabia. Tons of supplies are shipped overland with air cover supplied by the Saudi Royal Air Force and the Jordanian Royal Air Force. The route goes from Saudi Arabia, through Iraq, to Syria’s Anbar Province.
While looking around the blogosphere and the mainstream media today, I see that the capture of the Benghazi attack suspect has pretty much been a dud for Obama. Instead of occupying a headline position and pushing Obama’s horrible foreign policy failures in the Middle East out of the limelight, the story is being relegated to the digital back page. After the media’s tongue bath for the President following the killing of Bin Laden, I expected there to be more of a celebration and a pronouncement that Obama has “done something”.
Not that the news media is completely ignoring the story, but they are definitely not celebrating with the White House. On the Huffington Post, there was a small story about Harry Reid calling Republicans names for questioning the arrest’s timing. MSNBC had the story as number eight out of ten, while number three was Chuck Todd’s report that the public is saying Obama’s presidency is over. CNN’s James Rosen interviewed State Dept. hashtag whore Jen Psaki and pointedly asked her why it took 21 months to arrest someone who was living more openly than Tom Cruise on a publicity tour (he was less than enthusiastic about her pathetic response).
There are a couple of possible reasons for why the story is getting effectively shelved. The first is that while the arrest is interesting, it’s in regard to a story that the mainstream media has been entirely reluctant to investigate. To their minds, its old news. Worse, the White House’s Benghazi story has changed and then collapsed and the media’s complicity in pushing it is embarrassing to them.
The other possibility is that even the editors and writers in the MSM see the arrest for exactly what it is: A brazenly timed attempt to boost a flailing President’s popularity and push his historic failures off the main page. Even the most zealous of Obama boosters in the news media know when they are being manipulated and they sometimes don’t like it. The timing of the arrest in the face of the well-known fact that it could have, and should have, happened a helluva lot earlier is just too much for them to push with a straight face, so they’re relegating the story to the ash heap of history.
For whatever reason, the story doesn’t have any legs and Obama won’t be running with it.
Those who say that Obama isn’t to blame for Iraq have missed an important point: ISIS is being funded by wealthy Sunni Muslims, primarily in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar. While this funding has been going on a long time the amount of money and material being supplied to the ISIS and others has increased considerably since the Arab Spring.
Why the increase?
Obama cheesed off our former allies by dumping Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and making kissy-face with the Muslim Brotherhood. Also, Obama’s half-hearted, half-assed stance toward Iran has left the Saudis and the Kuwaitis feeling vulnerable to Iranian pressure. Finally, when the Obama administration did nothing about the Syrian civil war, they stepped in. They have realized that Obama’s patented “Lead From Behind” style of isolationism offers them very little of value from the United States and they feel free to pursue their own goals.
“The US has underwritten the regional security order for the past 70 years and it sees now as a good time to disengage,” one senior figure told the Guardian recently. “We will have to do it all ourselves.”
And they are doing it all themselves. They are funding a friendly bunch of psychopaths who are hellbent on creating a Sunni-dominated Islamic caliphate, and to hell with the United States.
And what can the United States do to protect the rapidly failing peace and limit ISIS? In the past, the Saudis valued our partnership and acquiesced to American pleas. Now, with no relationship and no leverage thanks to Obama’s Smart Power diplomacy, we’re discovering what a world without Pax Americana looks like, and it’s damn ugly.
Islamic terrorists called the ISIS or ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), have occupied Mosul and are about 70 miles from Bagdad. The Kurdish autonomous region in the north has occupied Kirkuk and is now more its own nation than ever before. The Iraqi army and security forces have collapsed in a way that would make a Frenchman proud. The Iraqi government couldn’t even get enough of its elected members of parliament to show up to have a quorum. Millions of Iraqi refugees are fleeing to anywhere that isn’t currently under fire and have little more than the clothes on their backs. In short, its massive chaos and the worst of the bad guys may be running the show soon.
There’s a very good argument that this could have been avoided if Obama hadn’t effectively crapped on the Iraqis at his earliest convenience and we still had a stabilizing military presence in Iraq. Of course, the Iraqi’s aren’t innocent in this, as they demanded the right to try US soldiers in their own kangaroo courts. For the purposes of this post, that’s all water under the bridge. The question is: What do we do now?
How can you tell if a liberal/socialist is in charge of your city? The chances of your being shot by a criminal increase substantially. That’s what is happening in New York City right now thanks to a combination of liberal/socialist Mayor Bill de Blasio and liberal/socialist judges who forbid law enforcement officers from using the “stop and frisk” method of policing.
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is busy pushing the one silver lining to this blood-colored cloud, and that is that the actual homicide rate is down despite the number of people being shot having increased. There are two possible reasons for this: Either the people who are doing the shooting are lousy shots (and will improve with time) or the NYC Police Dept. has adopted the Chicago method of counting homicides as “causes unknown” or traffic violations or whatever it is they do in the Windy City.
And don’t let anyone tell you that the Darwinian world of the lawless is filled with absolute morons. Criminals are well aware that Stop and Frisk has become Watch and Pick Up Bodies.
“Under [NYPD Commissioner Ray] Kelly, we went after guns on the street,’’ a source said. “We stopped the guys in the precincts who we knew were criminals and took guns off them. [It was] proactive policing.
“We are a reactive police force now. We react to violence before going out and trying to stop it before it happens.”
Criminals are also well aware that they can move around illegally armed wherever and whenever they choose.
“Gang-bangers were afraid to bring out guns because they may be randomly stopped and arrested. That’s all in the past now,” the source said.
Here at The Real Revo we’ve gone to great lengths to point out the minority of law enforcement officers who abuse their role in society and should not have a badge. We’ve also spoken out against the militarization of local police agencies and the trend of using overwhelming force in situations where it increases the danger to all involved, not decreases it.
That being said, we strongly support the enforcement of just laws that protect all law-abiding citizens, including police officers. Likewise we support good law enforcement officers in their struggle to contain our culture’s lawless and dangerous citizens and want them to have the tools necessary to see it done. De Blasio and liberals in the judiciary with more concern for whining criminals rather than the well-being of their citizens are a danger to the people they supposedly represent.
Many people nowadays are rightly concerned about the threat to America posed by massive radioactive lizards. In a recent Pew poll, concern about Godzilla and other Kaiju (giant monsters) ranked below joblessness but above global climate change and income equality. In geographic terms, concern was highest on the coasts, but that is to be expected as most attacks come from the sea, with the huge beasts emerging from the water in a spectacular and terrifying show of unnatural force. The Pew poll did note, however, that some cities in the Midwest, particularly Chicago and St. Louis also had pockets of worried citizens, possibly related to their proximity to Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River (it is unknown if Godzilla can live in a fresh-water environment).
Fortunately, the U.S. military has an answer. Unsurprisingly, it comes from the area most likely to be affected by Kaiju-inspired violence, the USAF 18th Wing located in Japan. A barrage of white phosphorous missiles from either ground or aerial sources would be used to blind the creature and then guided massive ordinance penetrator weapons dropped from bombers would be used to finish it off. The geographic area of the strike would likely suffer contamination from radioactive flesh and debris but it would be localized and relatively easy to clean up.
The biggest concern among military minds is not if they can contain and destroy colossal mutant creatures, but if Obama administration has the will to issue the orders. Such an operation would likely cost upward of a billion dollars at a time when Obama is already seeking cutbacks in the military. In addition, critics of the administration point to a series of failures to respond to more mundane threats, such as the attack on the compound in Benghazi, the faded “red line” in Syria, and the occupation of the Crimean peninsula by a resurgent Russia. Obama’s “lead from behind” style of leadership and a desire to build a coalition of willing partners instead of taking unilateral action requires time and diplomacy, two things in short supply when a coastal city is being crushed beneath the weight of a gigantic scaled foot or torched with radioactive fire.
Still, the White House is not willing to concede that it does not have what it takes to defend America and the world from Kaiju and other hideous creatures, some of which come from humanity’s own environmental messes. Press Secretary Jay Carney pointed to recent enhanced EPA regulations as attempts to prevent smog and slime monsters resulting from illegal toxic waste dumping. Obama himself promised to protect America, saying “If you like your city, you can keep your city.”
Secretary of State John Kerry had a nice long meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister on Friday and it went well. The Foreign Minister pretended to pay attention, didn’t make Botox jokes, and he didn’t slap Kerry across the face like a bitch. He did, however, make a rather ominous statement about Russia having the right to protect ethnic Russians wherever they may be. This was in reference to violent clashes between pro-Ukrainian protesters and pro-Russian protestors and their paid, imported, mercenary assistants.
Moreover, Russian has moved more than 100,000 troops close to the northeast Ukrainian border in another military exercise, just as they did prior to invading Crimea. This “exercise” includes tanks, heavy artillery, and paratroops, some located just 30km from the border.
I mean, come on, people! It doesn’t get much more transparent that this! The only way it could be more clear is if Putin faxed Obama a minute-by-minute copy of the invasion plans and then sent over a tutor to explain all the big military words. Isn’t anyone awake at the State Department? How about at the White House? Anybody? Anybody? Anywhere?
At this point, we might as well hand Brighton Beach over to Putin.
Poland knows how much fun it is to live under Russian domination and the Poles aren’t going to let it happen again. Poland, a member of NATO and a nation that shares a border with Ukraine, requested an emergency meeting of the organization under Article 4 of NATO’s charter. Article 4 is special because it’s only been employed a handful of times and is only used when a member nation feels that its security, territorial integrity, or independence are under threat.
So far, NATO’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine to take Crimea has been as limp-wristed as Obama’s half-assed warnings of “costs”. After discussing the events on Sunday, NATO released a statement urging Russian troops to return to their bases but failed to bother with any consequences if they didn’t. There is a meeting scheduled for Wednesday between NATO and the Russian ambassador to the organization, but that will likely be as useless as a pork roast at Hanukkah.
Poland is on the pointy end of the spear when it comes to Russia. Not only do they share a border with Ukraine, parts of Ukraine belonged to Poland before Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia split Poland in 1939. Moreover, Poles and Ukrainians have cultural and historical commonalities, including an excessive fondness of pickled cabbage and a deep dislike of fascist dirtbags rolling over their countries.
It’s worth noting here that for the past five years Obama has treated the Poles like something he’d like to wipe off his shoe. Not only did he renege on a deal to station anti-ballistic missiles in Poland ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN INVASION, he’s spurned them on trade deals and other issues. The Poles, for their part, have long realized that Obama is a contemptible jackass with aspirations of Godhood and who would sell them out in a heartbeat.
Below are President Obama’s televised comments regarding international tensions. There were a few errors in the transcript, and I have taken the liberty of correcting them for the benefit of Real Revo readers.
Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in
UkrainePoland. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The UkrainianPolish people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged UkrainiansPoles to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.
I also spoke several days ago with
President PutinChancellor Hitler, and my administration has been in daily communication with RussianGerman officials, and we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united UkrainePoland going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of UkrainePoland and the international community, but also in Russia’sGermany’s interest.
However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the
Russian FederationGermany Army inside of UkrainePoland. RussiaGermany has a historic relationship with UkrainePoland, including cultural and economic ties, and a military facility in CrimeaSilecia, but any violation of UkrainePoland’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of UkrainePoland, RussiaGermany, or Europe.
It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the
UkrainianPolish people. It would be a clear violence of Russia’sGermany’s commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of UkrainePoland, and of international laws. And just daysyears after the world came to RussiaGermany for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in UkraineGermany.
The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the
UkrainianPolish people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future.
Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President Biden just spoke with Prime Minister – the Prime Minister of
UkrainePoland to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government’s efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of UkrainePoland.
We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the
RussianGerman government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.
Peace in our time.
Over the holidays I came across a hilarious video of an elderly Texan telling a story that involves dynamite, a cistern, and a homeowner who isn’t too smart. It’s a slow story, but stick with it. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll have tears on your cheeks.
There’s a political allegory in this story, I’m sure.
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What with the nation being all Polar Vortexified, I think a little weather report is appropriate.
Deadlines are important. They give procrastinators that little extra “umph” to get their butts moving and get things done.
They also become a tombstone for bad legislation.
Case in point: President Obama, knowing that the rollout of Obamacare has been a titanic disaster, has pushed and cajoled the insurance industry to be as lenient as possible when it comes to signing up for whatever plan people can try and afford. The deadlines have been rolled back and until the last minute, which is midnight tomorrow.
But getting people signed up through Obamacare or whatever insurance scams the individual states are championing is only a small part of the overall plan. To actually have insurance, you actually have to PAY for it. Even President O’Breezy can’t overturn that fundamental aspect of reality, try as he might.
And that’s where the real train wreck of Obamacare is going to be seen. Even with insurance companies extending their payment deadlines to January 10 (instead of January 1), that leaves only 11 business days before payments are due.
Of course, not everyone is a procrastinator. Some folks are organized and have already sent in a check to make sure that as of January 1, they’re covered, right?
Yeah, right. As of today, the percentage of people who have actually paid for their insurance and therefore actually have it is a whopping 15% of those enrolled. That means that of 20 people who believe they have insurance, only 3 really do. The other 17 are just fooling themselves.
So, let’s recap. The Obama administration is claiming that as of Sunday roughly 890,000 people have signed up through Obamacare. Most are going onto government-funded Medicaid. The remainder, roughly 360,000 have managed to sign up through Obamacare with an insurance company of their choice. However, of those, only 15% have actually paid for their insurance. 15% of 360,000 is a whopping 54,000.
And just so you know, I’m being generous with 15%. Some people in the industry are saying the number is closer to 5% to 10%.
Now, a lot can happen in 11 business days and the percentage of people who have paid will in all likelihood go up as the deadline looms. However, many insurance companies have just barely sent out invoices to their customers and some have yet to do so. Also, we know that a good percentage of the applications that insurance companies have received are screwed up and have to be corrected before the individual can pay.
No matter how you look at it, there are going to be millions fewer people with insurance as of January 1, 2014 than there were on January 1, 2013. And that is the true measure of failure.
France’s corps of prefects is an organization that allows the French central government to keep tabs on events and undercurrents in individual provinces. The prefects, usually people with advanced studies in government, are considered neutral to political parties and in normal times their monthly reports are written in a dull, monotone bureaucratese.
However, these are not normal times.
A secret summary of reports from 101 prefects describes France as being dangerously tense, primarily because people have had enough of being taxed. The report was leaked to Le Figaro, and it goes a long way toward explaining why French Pres. Hollande has backed away so quickly when faced with protests.
“The legitimacy of tax” is now widely questioned, it notes. “This mix of latent discontent and resignation erupts through sudden bouts of anger, almost spontaneous, and not within structured social movements.”
While not widely reported, France had several street riots over an ecotax to be imposed on heavy trucks. The stations in Brittany where the vehicles were to be weighed and the tax imposed were vandalized and French President Hollande backed away from enforcing it. However, protests have erupted well away from Brittany over different matter, but centrally located to the fact that people have had it with the government taking every last euro.
“Taxation has become the principal engine of opposition to the government,” the report says. It speaks of the “painful” climate in France, of “a feeling of deep despondency that prevents people hoping for a better future”. This is fertile ground for “a possible social explosion,” the prefects warn, quoting the slogan of an artisans and building workers union: “Watch out; it’s going to blow.”
Before you think that this might just be a bunch of Chicken Little prefects, it’s not just prefects that are warning that things could get ugly.
Politicians are adding to the dire warnings. “France is on the verge of insurrection,” the centre right leader François Bayrou said repeatedly on breakfast radio. “We’re going from anger towards violence,” said the former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
Imagine that. The socialist paradise that Obama is desperate to force on America is starting to come apart at the seams. Maybe we should pay attention and get a guillotine out for our own Louix XIV.
Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, the author of the books Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, among a great many others, passed away today at the age of 66.
My sympathies go out to Clancy’s family. In addition to his literary works, he was a longtime conservative and an outspoken patriot of the United States. He believed that the United States was the best thing that ever happened to the world, and he was right.
Many of us have enjoyed his writing and it’s fair to say that if he didn’t invent the technothriller, he certainly brought the genre to America’s attention with his successful books. His plots were exciting and engaging – I’ve dragged myself exhausted through many days because I was unable to put down one of his books the night before.
Clancy created characters that were larger than life but also genuine and understandable. Their moral dilemmas were the same as we face in our own lives – honesty vs. expediency, personal honor vs. risk, etc. – but on a grander scale. His “everyman hero” character of Jack Ryan was someone we could all relate to and simultaneously want to be and yet have as a friend.
Tom Clancy will be missed.
On Monday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry made the rhetorical statement that the only way to prevent President Obama from personally delivering a Superfly Splash to Syria was for the desert nation to give all its chemical weapons to the international community. Kerry was joking and was just trying to make the point that President Obama is the Superfly Snuka of the Executive Branch when it comes to delivering staggering blows to tyrants, despots, and other villains of wrestling. It was a throw-away line intended for consumption by a group of British elected aristocrats at a breakfast where hard liquor was served.
But, not everybody laughed. In fact, some people saw an opening and went for it.
Putin’s government put an offer to the Syrians to the effect that if the Syrian government hands over “all” (wink, wink) of its chemical weapons to an internationally trusted ally like Russia (wink, wink) then the whole furor would be extinguished and nobody would have to bomb anybody. The Syrians pretended like it was a great idea and latched onto it. The UN, knowing that Obama has realized that they are as useless as a pork roast at Hanukkah, also joined the bandwagon.
So, by brunch, John Kerry’s off-the-cuff (i.e. out-his-ass) remark has dramatically changed the landscape of the Syrian conflict. In addition to the turd sandwich that Obama’s been pushing to the world as reason to bomb Syria, now he has to sell it while the Syrians, Russians, and UN put on a dog and pony show about how the whole thing can be resolved peacefully. Of course, if you believe that the Syrians will give up their chemical weapons, and you also believe that the Russians won’t just hand them right back the moment nobody is looking, then you, sir, are a fucking retard.
The great irony of this is that it may actually sort of work. True, the chances that the Syrians will give up all their chemical weapons to an “international” force are roughly the same chances that Obama would turn Malia and Sasha over to Miley Cyrus’s roadies. But, the Syrians can hem and haw and negotiate and even make a public showing of thinking about it, buying them time. Meanwhile, Obama can crow that such a consideration wouldn’t even be possible if he hadn’t made his mighty roar and gnashed his terrible teeth.
In the end, nothing of substance will come of it, but that’s par for the course for Obama and probably the best outcome America can hope for with him as President.
I took a little dip into the fever swamps of leftist anti-war groups today to see how they are reacting to the news that President Obama is highly likely to be bombing Syria sometime soon. We haven’t heard a whole lot from the anti-war movement since Obama became President and some of the cynics among us are wondering if they were really against war or just against President Bush and America.
Here’s what I found on the various web sites:
- United for Peach & Justice: No mention
- Libertarians for Peace: No mention
- Peace Action: No mention
- Not In Our Name: No mention
- Justice Not Vengeance: No mention
- Eyes Wide Open: No mention
- #OccupyTogether: No Mention
- Protest.net: No mention
- Environmental & Peace Education Center: No mention
- Code Pink: No mention, a few twitter posts against bombing Syria
- FightBackNews: Anti-war Groups Call For Action Against Intervention in Syria (dated 6/27/13)
That’s not to say that the Internet was entirely devoid of anti-war activity. There were a handful of far left groups that bothered to call out the anti-troops:
- Antiwar.com: Multiple Syria articles
- ANSWER Coalition: Hands Off Syria – Take Action Against US Intervention
- Stop the War Coalition (UK): Hands Off Syria!
I generally don’t agree with anti-war groups but I will admit that some are truly committed to their cause instead of just existing as a social club for liberals and aging hippies desperately searching for their youth and cheap Viagra. I accept that some people really believe that they are trying to make the world a better place, even though time after time we have learned that their actions instead hindered the cause of freedom and human rights.
However, in the case of Syria, a stunning number of supposedly anti-war groups are silent when it comes to the actions of Obama. Their hush shows just how insincere and hypocritical they truly are now and confirms all the negative things we believed about them in the past.
By now you’ve heard about the Egyptian military government’s bloody attack on the supporters of deposed former president Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. The last body count on the Wall Street Journal’s site was about 275, with the number likely to grow higher. The coordinated assault on squatter camps of protesters is occurring all around the country of Egypt and is meeting fierce but ultimately futile resistance. In addition to the sweep and clear, the nation is going into a 30-day state of emergency with martial law being issued in many areas.
The White House has condemned the violence and the 30-day state of emergency. Other condemnations are coming in from around the world. Even Egypt’s vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned in protest of the heavy handed action of the state.
All of those people are dumbasses.
These so-called leaders are the international political equivalent of co-dependent housewives. They are more concerned with maintaining a state that, while relatively free of large-scale violence, is saturated in small-scale violence and is entirely unworkable. They have attempted to co-opt the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic entity determined to destroy any form of Egyptian government other than their own, and are surprised not only at their failure, but that the majority of Egyptians think them idiots for doing so.
While the loss of life is regrettable, particularly the loss of those who are innocent or otherwise caught up in the mess, it’s certainly not the worst thing that can happen. What we are seeing is meatball surgery on the body politic of Egypt. There is a cancer that must be excised before the true healing can begin and the world’s most populous Arab nation can rejoin the rest of the world in the 21st century. If this operation fails and the cancer is allowed to metastasize, then 60 million people are condemned to a new dark age that threatens to pull the rest of the world in after it.
This is a story that I’ve been sitting on for a couple of weeks as I wasn’t sure if it was worth telling or how to tell it. I figure now that it’s worth mentioning, even if it is just to give Real Revo readers a giggle. As for the telling, I guess I’ll just go with how it happened.
Two weeks ago, I was in church and teaching the men’s class in Sunday school (no that’s not a joke, although I’m sure some folks think it should be). We were discussing assignments for volunteers, including one for building security, which involves a nightly check to make sure the lights are out and the doors are locked. At that time, the leader of the group announced that there was a problem that we should be aware of.
It seems that the previous week, a man with a beef against Mormons, Catholics, and Christians in general had made some threatening remarks about making some big attack. The guy had a history of bizarre behavior and now claims to be some kind of Islamic jihadist. He was, in fact, wearing a towel on his head when police talked to him and he claimed that he had just returned from a jail in Israel, something nobody can confirm but sounds just plain nutty.
As one comment in a newspaper article about the threat put it, the cheese has done slid off this guy’s cracker.
We’ve learned the hard way here in Colorado after some shootings at local churches that you should never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups (liberals) or individuals motivated by chemical imbalances. Consequently, local law enforcement made it known to church leaders in the area that they’d be keeping their eyes open and doing a lot more patrolling on Sundays. My local leaders had quietly arranged for the men in the congregation with law enforcement experience to be “ushers” that day at services, something I’d completely missed.
Now we all knew about it. Somebody out there had the intent and possibly the ability to bring harm to us and our families in a place we viewed as sacred. We all looked at each other around the room and there was silence for a moment. Then, somebody said, “Well, I wished I would have known that before we came today. I’ve got a new treestand I’d like to try out.”
Pretty soon, we were all joking about setting up blinds in the parking lot or foyer and getting in a little early hunting. My personal contribution was that we should limit ourselves to archery or black-powder weapons only. You know, just to be sporting.
Once the jokes were out of the way we settled down and two men volunteered to pull security for the week. The fact that these two just happened to hold concealed weapons permits and each has an arsenal that would put a third-world dictator to shame was never mentioned.
After church, I thought about the whole thing and found it amusing, but I was also pleased with how it had been handled. There wasn’t any hue and cry for disarmament of the citizenry and nobody wailed “won’t somebody think of the children!”. Nobody screamed for victim status or debased themselves trying to make this obvious nut job not hate them. It was just calm thinking and enacting reasonable but non-intrusive measures that were, I believe, sufficient to deal with the problem.
I wish there was more of that. Don’t you?
The unnecessary burdens imposed on America by Obamacare have been known for some time and discussed at length here at The Real Revo. Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has real-world consequences that are just beginning to be felt. One of the most predicted and easily foreseen result has been the reduction of part-time employee. Darden Restaurants and Regal Cinemas both announced that part-time employees would be limited to 28 hours and other companies have done so more stealthily. Walmart has a de facto hiring freeze on full-time employees and limited hiring of part-time employees. Home Depot might have a hiring freeze, but I’ve never been able to find an employee there to ask.
But, Obamacare’s effects aren’t limited to private companies. Small governments are subject to the same requirements and having the same reactions, resulting in fewer hours for part-time employees with city or school jobs.
Phillipsburg, Kan.: “School administrators here say they are alarmed and confounded by the looming new costs they face with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” according to the Kaiser Health Institute News Service. Chris Hipp, director of a Kansas special education cooperative, warned that ObamaCare’s costs “could put us all out of business or change significantly how we do business,” adding that “we are not built to pay full health benefits for noncertified folks who work a little more than 1,000 hours a year.”
For some part-time employees, Obamacare means a reduction in paychecks by $3000 and still no insurance coverage. Low-wage, low-education citizens will have to get two jobs to get enough to survive and still won’t qualify for insurance. If they are young and single, they’ll pay up to 150% more for private insurance through Obamacare-mandated insurance exchanges that have yet to be built and which many insurance companies have announced they’ll avoid.
What this means for you and me is that there will be fewer people working less hours in local government to take care of the things that we deal with most often: community roads, schools, parks, fire and police departments, etc. So, the next time you hit a pothole or see overflowing trash bins at the park or wonder why there are fewer cops on the road, thank Obama and the Democrats.
Heckuva train wreck there, Barry.