Monday, March 7, 2011

Let them eat yellowcake

Life is nothing if not exciting under President Obama. Thanks to his skillful guidance and foreign policy of bowing to petty dictators, we now live in a world where even the meekest of countries feels empowered to defy international law, common sense and plain old decency.

Case in point this week is Zimbabwe, a formerly weak and ineffectual country in Africa. But no more. Now, little Zimbabwe is feeling its oats and is ready to defy the big bad world.

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zimbabwe's foreign minister, has declared the United Nation's ban on selling nuclear materials to Iran unjust.

According to an intelligence report released by the UN's nuclear agency, Zimbabwe is planning to give yellowcake uranium to Iran in return for refined fuel.

Iran already has a deal with Russia to supply it with fuel, so the benefit to Iran of dealing with Zimbabwe is open to speculation, but it's guaranteed not to be good for anyone else.

While the Obama administration fiddles in the Middle East, Zimbabwe, which is already under its own UN sanctions for human rights abuses, is testing its boundaries and finding them weak indeed.

No doubt the Left will handle this with its usual nuanced sophistication. There must be another Left-wing lackey, er, ambassador, who can jet over to Zimbabwe, talk to one or two government flacks over drinks and oysters and report back that it's all made up. ...

Or maybe Obama can just bow to Robert Mugabe. It's served us so well up to this point.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Obama knew

Comparisons of Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter are all too easy these days, with Egypt apparently going the way Iran did under President Carter's benign neglect.

But for all the evidence that would tend to paint Obama as Carter II, there's a crucial, even sinister difference that was made clear in congressional hearings on Thursday.

Obama had ample forewarning of the uprisings in Egypt.

Don't expect this to be played up in Obama's hip-pocket media, but according to the Associated Press:

Top CIA official Stephanie O'Sullivan told senators Thursday that Obama was warned of instability in Egypt "at the end of last year." She spoke during a confirmation hearing to become the deputy director of national intelligence.

Our president had at least a month's heads-up about the trouble brewing in Egypt, and presumably Tunisia -- which was being organized on Facebook long before any merchant lit himself on fire, the incident the White House is saying started the whole Middle East ruckus.

Despite that knowledge, and knowing that the Muslim Brotherhood was involved up to its elbows, the president still used his State of the Union speech to encourage Tunisian rioters, whom he characterized as "pro-democracy." The anti-Mubarak faction in Egypt is similarly being classified by the White House, and the liberal press, as pro-democracy, despite the ample and clear evidence that the violence is fueled by the radical Muslim Brotherhood for the purpose of installing a hard-line sharia state.

When George W. Bush was in office, the Left tried to connect him to 9/11 by virtue of his having received an intelligence briefing months before the fact that Muslims were up to something somewhere in the U.S. Many on the Left used that flimsy excuse to call for Bush's impeachment (the first of many such calls).

But now we have a president briefed a month ahead of the fact, publicly encouraging the rioters and deliberately ignoring the involvement of radical Muslims. And now, Obama has welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood into Egypt's interim government.

Carter let Iran fall due to his own stupidity and naivete about the Muslim rebels. Bush failed to stop 9/11 because of a communication breakdown in the intelligence agencies.

But our current president's actions raise an ominous question: Did Obama want this to happen?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Someone Give Obama a Fiddle

While the world watches Egypt exploding in revolution and holds its breath as the conflagration threatens to spread throughout the Middle East, President Obama was naturally occupied with ... dancing.

On Saturday night, Obama and several of his cabinet members boogied down at the going away party for senior adviser David Axelrod, the administration's own spinmeister.

And just in case you were wondering why you haven't heard about this in the mainstream media, that's because most of the journalistic bigwigs were at the party with Obama, including names like ABC's Jake Tapper, NBC's Chuck Todd, National Journal's Major Garrett, and John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times, according to White House reporter Keith Koffler.

If that doesn't convince you that the media are in Obama's pocket, bear in mind that the party was hosted at the home of Linda Douglass, former ABC reporter who joined the Obama administration to push the health care bill, now VP at Atlantic Media.

Hosni Mubarak was not invited.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

NAACP plays hide the cracker

Note the blue box in the background. Credit: Michael D. Brown
It's long been obvious to many Americans that some of the most virulently racist groups in the country are those on the Left that trumpet their "struggle" against racism.

It's a George in the Box. Credit: Michael D. Brown
Take the case in point: the NAACP.

Formed supposedly to defend civil rights of black Americans, the NAACP long ago turned into a pack of ultraliberal, race-baiting wolves.

This past Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was supposed to be a celebration of King's dream of real racial equality. Instead, the NAACP showed just how far this country has to go.

In Columbia, S.C., a gathering for MLK day was held on the steps of the statehouse, which are dominated by a bronze statue of George Washington. The NAACP built a giant box around the statue so attendees wouldn't be "offended."

Here are some pictures.

Pay no attention to the white man behind the curtain. Credit: Michael D. Brown
So the NAACP, which is so self-righteous it passed a resolution demanding that the Tea Party eliminate "racist elements" supposedly in its midst, has members who are so offended by America's first president that they have to put a box over him?

It's hard to guess which element offends more NAACP members: that Washington was American or that he was white. The smart money would cover both bases.

There's a Bible passage the NAACP (and the rest of the Left, for that matter) should consider. It starts, "remove the plank from your own eye. ..."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Two years late, we had a president

Fully mindful that the glow will not last and that the current administration will not ultimately pass up an opportunity to exploit a tragedy for political gain, I have to give Barack Obama a hand for his speech in Tucson. For the first time, he actually sounded presidential.

He could have been his usual partisan self and openly played to his base. But instead he struck a middle tone, telling Americans to resist the urge to cast blame for the shooting that killed 6 and injured at least 13, including a congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords.

Too bad no one told the audience this was a memorial service, not a pep rally. Or for that matter, the organizers who dubbed the event "Together We Thrive" and sold T-shirts. From the rambling Native American blessing to the bubbly student body president, the memorial came dangerously close to becoming a campaign rally, a la the Paul Wellstone fiasco years ago. But the worst came from the audience, which applauded at the most inappropriate times, to the obvious irritation of the family members of the deceased.

President Obama was pitch-perfect last night. It was the audience that was offensive. Maybe instead of civility, this country just needs a lesson in manners.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Obama's moment of silence: What could he say?

President Obama stepped out of the White House this morning, bowed his head and led the nation in a moment of silence for the victims of the Tucson shootings.

Members of the media cried at how well he did nothing.

Rather than call on Jesus, or at least God, to watch over those wounded and to receive those killed, rather than call on the nation for introspection and putting an end to unjustified laying of blame, the president literally did nothing.

Really, though, nothing else could be expected. Obama could hardly pin the shootings on the Right when the prime suspect was so clearly the product of the Left. And he couldn't reasonably say anything about "vitriol" or "hate speech" in the conservative media, like his cohorts have tried to do all weekend, because he has been the source of much of it.

Just to enlighten those on the Left who are deaf when it comes to their own hatred, here is a partial list of incidents where the president himself seemed to be encouraging violence by his followers:

  • “Don’t you think we’re not keeping score, brother.”
  • “Bring it on.”
  • “Get ready for hand-to-hand combat with your fellow Americans.”
  • “I want all Americans to get in each others faces!"
  • “You bring a knife to a fight, pal, we’ll bring a gun.”
  • "Republicans are our enemies."
  •  “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
  • “Hit back twice as hard.”
  • “We talk to these folks … so I know whose ass to kick."
  • Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat.”
  • “It’s time to fight for it.”
  • “Punish your enemies.”
  • “I’m itching for a fight.”
  • “The Cambridge Police acted stupidly.”
Moral of this story for the Left: "Remove the plank from your own eye."

Left hoping for Scooby-Doo moment

Today is not a good day for the Left. You might think that would be because one of their leaders lies seriously wounded in an Arizona hospital after the Tucson shooting this weekend that left 18 injured and 6 dead. But you would be wrong.

Liberals today are more upset than ever because they spent an entire weekend trying to link the shooting suspect to the Right and failed in the eyes of thinking Americans.

They tried to blame Sarah Palin because her Facebook page almost a year ago featured a map that showed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district with cross-hairs on it, and during the campaign, Palin had used words like "aim," and "fire up."

They tried to blame the Tea Party for creating the "vitriol" and "hate speech" in our modern political discussions, dragging out the usual lies about Tea Party racism and anti-Semitism.

They tried to connect the shooter to Christianity.

It all failed because the shooting suspect is a dyed-in-the-wool leftist.

Jared Loughner is described by classmates as "very liberal." His writings on the Internet and statements recalled by friends show him to be an angry atheist. He listed among his favorite books the "Communist Manifesto" and "Mein Kampf," both books that helped forge murderous leftist regimes. He was a drug user, well-known as a regular smoker of pot, the "harmless" drug. He railed against the government and broadcast his contempt for the rule of law. He had an altar with a "skull" on it in his backyard.

By Sunday, the Left's frenzy to make this guy into a right-wing Palin follower had grown so desperate that someone in Homeland Security leaked an internal memo saying Loughner might be connected to a group called American Renaissance, which the memo characterizes as conservative and anti-Semitic (Giffords is Jewish) and connected to the Tea Party. American Renaissance itself admits being conservative and radical on race issues, but it denies being anti-Semitic and says nobody named Loughner ever signed up for a magazine, conference or the website. The Tea Party "connection" is based on one advertisement on the website's front page, linking to a business that sells Tea Party-style paraphernalia. It is one of 24 ads on the page.

All the while it was accusing innocent people of involvement in a heinous crime, the Left dared to proclaim its piety and call for an end to "hate" and "vitriol," by which it means the Right should just shut up.

The Left will no doubt use this weekend's shootings to try to get the FCC to start regulating conservative websites (the FCC just recently gave itself Internet authority) and to further efforts to stop conservative talk radio and Fox News.

But the Scooby-Doo moment the Left is anticipating won't occur -- at least not the way they want it to. When the rubber mask is finally pulled off the shooter, it won't be Sarah Palin's or the Tea Party's face under there; it'll be the Left's.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jerry Brown wants Prop. 13 rematch

Whatever "new" outlook California's liberals thought they were getting by voting for Jerry Brown, it didn't take long for the recycled Democrat to drag the state back 30 years.

Brown's first order of business in his new term was to tackle his old nemesis Prop. 13.

Prop. 13, which kept many Californians in their homes by stopping power-hungry counties and cities from endlessly raising property taxes, is directly in Brown's sights. He opposed it then, he opposes it now. Get ready for your taxes to go up, despite Brown's inaugural speech that called for an end to partisanship.

The cover for undoing Prop. 13 is that Brown says it centralized too much power in Sacramento.

Of course, a lot of that was Brown's own doing, since he signed the legislation centralizing school funding immediately after Prop. 13 passed.

Now, Brown says he opposes a property tax hike but wants to "restructure" the relationship between state and local governments. Translation: Your property taxes will go up, sooner than later.

Overturning the will of the voters, blaming someone else for the problems their own party's years-long rule has created, and looking to raise taxes as a first response. Yup, the donkeys are in charge in California.