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Monday, July 21, 2014

Hard Starboard Radio: Hamas, No Mas

"Make no mistake," Barack Obama instigated the Latin American invasion of the United States - and a new White House decree will force U.S. municipalities to house them; John Kerry gets sick of eating crow on the Sunday shows and vomits his anti-Israel frustrations near Chris Wallace's open mic; and "The Putin Games" roll guffawingly on.

"It's a helluva sphincter-mouth" at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Rick Perry Orders National Guard Troops To Mexican Border

by JASmius

The State counter-offensive begins:

Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during a surge in illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama.

Yeah - to send in federal troops to rout the Texas National Guard before they can get to the border.  Or, at the very least, sue Texas as they did Arizona a few years ago, but that would take too long.

Perry, seen as a possible Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the guard troops were needed because the flood of children crossing from Mexico had pushed federal border protection to its limits.

"The price of inaction is too high for Texas to pay," Perry told a news conference.

Indeed it is.  My only question is whether he's got another nine or so thousand National Guard troops where the first thousand came from.  Texas is a big place, and has an awfully long border.  No use employing only token half-measures, and ginning up denigrations like this one:

Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University's Baker Institute in Houston, said Perry's plan was more about politics than security because the state's guard troops would play supporting roles on the vast border and likely be deployed for a short period of time.

"The operational impact is limited. This forces one to think that this is a political move by Rick Perry," he said.

You want to be able to blast Payan for that, but it'll take a lot of additional uniformed boots on the border.

Punchline of the day:

The governor's announcement came just days before Obama plans meet with the leaders of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Friday to discuss cooperation on the influx of child migrants from Central America.
Yes, "discussing cooperation" - in planning even bigger follow-up waves of "migrants".  It's like their version of the Yalta Conference....

"I Guarantee We'll Have Another Banking Crisis"

by JASmius

What's that old saying?  "One good crisis deserves another".  And this one more and more "experts" will and do see coming:

The bevy of regulation since the 2008 financial crisis has weakened the banking sector to the point that another meltdown is inevitable, says private equity star J. Christopher Flowers, CEO of J.C. Flowers.

"All the stuff that has happened, and all the rules we’ve introduced have depressed profitability. And that is a real vulnerability," he tells the Financial Times. "Nobody is going to invest in an industry with returns of 5%."

Wait a minute, Chris.  You mean to tell us that the fascist-nationalization of the banking sector has weakened it?  But, but, but, we were told, we were assured that Dodd-Frank was going to strengthen the banking sector.  Or whatever was left of it.  You mean....the Obama White House - I can barely even contemplate it - lied to us???

While Flowers has invested in banks in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands, he notes, regulators are engaged in a fool's errand in trying to eliminate risk from the banking industry.

"How do you make something that lends money at risk a utility?" Flowers asks rhetorically.

As a pretext for socialist-nationalization of whatever is left of the banking sector?  Easy as cake, Chris.  Just wait for the collapse, as you already pointed out above.

Realize one thing, though: the feds are not trying to eliminate risk from the banking industry; they're trying to enhance it.  It's already been documented that the Regime is headed down that same easy-loan policy road.  Why else would the Fed be keeping interest rates subterranean as it has for the past five and a half years?  They want another financial panic.  The crave it.  Because they still have things to do that they evidently can't ordinarily do, even with O's pen and phone.

Dodd-Frank wasn't and isn't about "consumer protection," or even "too big to fail".  It's about the same thing as every other aspect and facet of Obamunism: control.

Now do you understand why I've been out of the market for the past three years?  Even before my career was unjustly destroyed?

Why Putin's Russian Allies Downed An Airliner Over Ukraine

By Douglas V. Gibbs

In the heat of war between Russia and Ukraine, a Malaysia Airlines flight on its way to Amsterdam traveled near the border between the warring nations.  298 souls were on board the flight when the plane suddenly fell from the sky, allegedly shot down by Russian Rebels, with Russian anti-air missiles, in Ukraine.

The dead rained from the sky, all of them falling in terror to the ground. . . a group of victims that included 23 Americans.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine's military was not responsible for the reported attack, which he called an “act of terror."

"We do not exclude that this plane was shot down, and we stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets," Poroshenko said, according to the Associated Press. "We are sure that those who are guilty in this tragedy will be held responsible."

The falling aircraft slammed into the Earth near a village called Hrabovo in the Donetsk region, an area that has seen recent clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels.

Russian government officials have challenged the accusation that Putin's administration had anything to do with the downing of the flight.  Russia's Defense Ministry has asked the United States for assistance in proving Russia's innocence by producing satellite images of the tragedy - since a U.S. satellite just so happened to be monitoring the area at the time.

U.S. sources declare that they have satellite images that confirm the missile that struck the airliner was launched by the rebels loyal to Russia.  The images have not been revealed as of yet.

Russia asserts that the plane was not knocked out of the sky by a Russian missile.  According to Russian officials, a Ukrainian fighter jet tracked the airliner, even though Ukrainian officials have insisted there were no military aircraft nearby.

As for the accusation that Russian separatists used an SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile system, known as "Gadfly" in NATO, which had been supplied to the rebels by the Russian government, Russian officials have denied supplying the Russian Rebels in Ukraine with anti-aircraft missile systems, much less any other weapons.

Vladimir Putin has insisted, in light of the propaganda war that has emerged during the fighting between Ukraine and Russian rebels, that the destruction of the Malaysian airliner not be used for political ends.

At a presentation by Russian officials, the officers revealed that the Malaysian airliner was one of three civilian aircraft in the skies over eastern Ukraine at the time.

Putin stated that it is time for Ukraine to take responsibility for its actions, while Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukraine Security Council has continually asserted, "There is evidence that the missile which struck the plane was fired by terrorists, who received arms and specialists from the Russian Federation."

As for the bodies of the dead, clean-up has been a grisly undertaking. The bodies of almost 200 of the victims of the MH17 plane disaster were seen decaying for a fourth day in a refrigerated train.
 Since the bodies of all of the 298 victims fell from 33,000 feet after their plane was struck by a surface-to-air missile, they were left in the open in sweltering heat for three days before being gathered up in bags, bundled on to trucks and driven away.

There have been some accusations that the rebels are holding up the return of the bodies to their homes unnecessarily.

The United States insists that evidence supports the claim that the airliner was down by Russian missiles used by the rebels siding with Russia in Ukraine.  President Barack Obama says that world opinion is on the side of the United States in regards to their assessment.  Secretary of State John Kerry cited the downing of the Malaysian airliner as all the more reason for countries in Europe to join the United States in expanding sanctions against Russia, even at some peril to their own economies, in order to further fuel an effort to break Putin’s support for pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists.

“We are trying to encourage our European friends to realize this is a wake-up call,” Kerry said on “Fox News Sunday,” invoking a phrase used last week by Obama.
Previously resistant members, such as Italy, are shifting in the direction of supporting sanctions.

Though U.S. officials see Russian refusal to cooperate as a losing battle for Putin, it is clear that Putin has his own ideas regarding options of defiance, including sending Russian forces into eastern Ukraine, as he did in Crimea; reducing natural gas supplies to Europe; and undermining international negotiations seeking to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.

But why would anyone shoot down the airliner in the first place, and why would that flight consider being near the region in the first place?

Though the conflict is not a declared war, and without a formal declaration of war the airspace remains open, it is baffling that any flight of any kind would fly over the area.  Surely, news of the conflict is known worldwide, and surely it is understood that presence in the region could in turn pose a danger to any flights.

As for the finger pointing, Russians see Ukraine's fingerprints all over the tragedy, while the more popular belief of Russian supported rebels using Russian anti-aircraft systems shooting down the flight is held by The West.  According to Samantha Power, President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, the White House has not ruled out technical assistance by Russian personnel.

Did Russia have a motive for shooting down the airliner?  Did Ukraine have a motive?  Could it be that the rebels did in fact shoot down the airliner, without fully understanding that it was not a Ukrainian war plane, and without any influence or assistance from the Russian government?

If the Ukrainian government was able to shoot down the plane, and was able to point the blame for the incident on Russia, it would be a valuable tool in gaining international support for their battle against the separatists.

If the Separatists were able to shoot down the plane, and got the blame for the incident to be placed upon Ukraine, it would be a valuable tool in gaining international support for their battle against Ukrainian forces.

But what about Russia?  What would be a motive for them?  They have already been painted as the aggressor, and the agitator, in the battle for eastern Ukraine.  Regardless of who, or how, the plane was shot down, the fact that Putin is involved in the first place in the region would immediately be considered as among the reasons for the downing of the flight.  In other words, no matter who shot down the airliner, Russia would receive some of the blame.  How could that be good?

The premise from which we ask these questions are not exactly in line with what is going on.  As Americans, we tend to view these situations with American eyes.  We operate from a position of believing that Putin wants international approval, or that he is worried about the world perceiving him as a bad guy.  We forget who he is, and what we are dealing with.

Vladimir Putin is an old hardliner from the days of the Soviet Union.  It is all about muscle, the perception of fear and power, and underhanded techniques... if necessary.

Putin does not care if the White House is asserting that he is guilty because the weapons are Russian, and somehow made their way to rebels in Ukraine loyal to Moscow.  It doesn't even matter to him if international opinion believes he had control of those weapons once they got into the hands of the separatists.  None of that is his concern.

It is outrageous that any airline would dare fly over a known war zone.  It is unthinkable to believe that the officials at Malaysia Airlines did not consider that losing yet another flight while the world is watching was possible.  The plane was a target, and it being shot down was a likely consequence for flying over a known political hot zone.

Was Vladimir Putin glad this happened, or did his rebels see it as an opportunity to create an international political firestorm that brought the world on the brink of a world war?

A plane flew over a battle zone near the Russia-Ukraine border.  Separatists, loyal to Moscow, using Russian anti-aircraft missile systems delivered to them by Russia, surely with the blessing of Vladimir Putin, observed that an unknown aircraft was flying over their area.  It could be a bomber, or Ukraine fighter jet, as far as the rebels were concerned.  Better safe than sorry, so they shot the plane out of the sky, with or without assistance by Russian technicians.  There was no political forethought, nor an attempt to create a political firestorm.  The incident happened, and now fingers are being pointed.

The rebels shot the plane out of the sky for no other reason than that they are in a war, and believed it could be a hostile intruder.

I am not letting the rebels off the hook, or letting Putin off the hook, for that matter.  I am just laying out what happened.  The political earthquake that is happening afterward, however, is being taken totally out of context.

Putin is responding to the accusations, and he is trying to take a stronger position in order to make President Barack Obama look foolish.  The Russian president knows he has nothing to worry about.  The Democrats do not believe in peace through strength.  The West will threaten sanctions, and Putin will push a little harder.  The West will threaten action that will never transpire, and Putin will push a little harder.  The West will send ambassadors to Russia, asking for an agreement for "peace in our time," and Putin will comply, then renege on it, and push a little harder.  The old communist hardliner is not worried about retaliation from his enemies, and he is not worried about who gets blamed for what happened to the Malaysian airliner flying over Ukraine.  Putin views this all as a chess game, and while Barack Obama, and the other international leftists, move pawns around in a defensive manner in the hopes of keeping the Russians on their side of the game board, Putin is maneuvering his knights, bishops and queen so that if the opportunity arises, he can strike quickly.

In the end, this is a game to Putin, and he believes he has the upper hand.

Megyn Kelly Destroys Jon Stewart & Lib Cranks On Hobby Lobby Case

by JASmius

Wild, desperate, rabid, amateurish, pathetic misleading, actually.

Mein Gott, I love it when Megyn goes into "Xena: Warrior Princess" mode, don't you?

Some Illegals Are Trained Assassins

by JASmius

Keynote address at the combined meeting of the Las Cruces Gun Culture Club and Tea Party, July 15, 2014, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Kerry Caught on Camera Criticizing Israeli Gaza Operation

by JASmius

Given that he was publicly forced to acknowledge that yes, the Russians were behind the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, which must have felt like vomiting to him, and had that indignity compounded by being forced to give public lip service to Israel's right to self-defense against the bloodthirsty jihadists of Hamas, it's the antithesis of surprising that Lurch would revert to pacifistic, anti-Semitic form and also be dim-witted enough to be caught doing so near an open mic:

[Commissar] of State John Kerry appeared on all five Sunday morning network news shows this week, and was caught between programs doing some behind-the-scenes work.

To make all five shows, at least some of the interviews were pre-taped with Kerry in the same studio.
"Fox News Sunday" caught Kerry talking to a top aide by cellphone between interviews.

"It's a hell of a pinpoint operation. It's a hell of a pinpoint operation," Kerry said to the person on the phone.

"It's escalating significantly, and it just underscores the need for ceasefire," the person replied.

"We've got to get over there," Kerry told the person on the phone, then handed the phone to someone and told that person, "Thank you, John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. It's crazy to be sitting around."

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace played the video of the conversation to Kerry and asked him, "When you said it's a hell of a pinpoint operation, are you upset that the Israelis are going too far?"

You know why so many people watch the Fox News Channel?  Journalism.  It's the only national outlet for what a free press is supposed to look like.  And to watch Obama Regime toadies be reduced to going "humina-humina-humina" on a regular basis.

"It's escalating significantly" means the Israel Army is invading Gaza and crushing Hamas.  That underscores the need to cheer wildly and celebrate lustily, not force a ceasefire that will spare Hamas and enable them to resume their wanton rocket and missile bombardment of Israeli cities.  If I wasn't still reasonably confident that these animals were pacifists I'd half suspect that "We've got to get over there" meant sending U.S. airstrikes against Israeli ground positions to drive them out of Gaza on Hamas's behalf.

After Mr. French's blundering into Chris Wallace's delectable on-camera ambush, the infamous Jen Psaki slithered out to remind us of her manifest loathsomeness:

State [Commissariat] spokeswoman Jen Psaki later issued a statement, telling the Washington Post, "Given the range of important global events we are not going to spend time litigating whether taping and playing [Commissar] Kerry's private conversation was consistent with acceptable protocol."
That roughly translates to, "Yeah, you caught him.  [BLEEP] Israel and [BLEEP] you!"  Kinda makes one wonder if the Obama Regime would try to trick the IAF into accidentally shooting down Kerry's plane if he did "get over there" again.  It's not like the Boston Balker isn't expendable.

Today it falls to Richard Pearle to state the blindingly obvious:

The escalating Israel-Palestine crisis illustrates the "real tragedy" of  the Obama administration's inability to both fully support Israel's right to defend itself and condemn Hamas for using Palestinian casualties to win political victories, American Enterprise Institute fellow Richard Perle said Friday.

The former chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and former assistant secretary of defense told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV the United States "mustn't play along" with Hamas' violent strategy."

The real tragedy here, at least with respect to American policy, is the apparent inability to say that not only do the Israelis have the right to defend themselves when they're attacked in this way, but [that] we have no sympathy for Hamas, which is undertaking these attacks."

The humane response of sympathy for the Palestinian casualties, Perle insists, "has the effect of encouraging Hamas to believe that it can win political victories."

The United States "plays along" with Hamas's "violent strategy" because the Obama Regime is pro-Hamas and anti-Israel. It isn't that the White House is unable to both fully support Israel's right to defend itself and condemn Hamas for using Palestinian casualties to win political victories; it's because they oppose Israel's right to defend itself and support Hamas using Palestinian casualties to win political victories. And, of course, kill more Jews. Just as John Kerry implicitly blurted on Fox News and Jan Psaki did not plausibly deny.

It isn't complicated, Mr. Pearle, once you stop giving the Anti-Semite-in-Chief the wholly undeserved benefit of the doubt of being an American president.

For the rest of us Americans, Prime Minister Netanyahu, let me say: "Qapla, and good hunting."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ted Cruz: S.1696 is Extreme Legislation

by JASmius

The pro-abortion law to end all pro-life laws - literally.

This bill takes Roe v. Wade to the next several levels in one fetusidal leap.  Roe allows abortion in the first two trimesters but also allows restrictions on the "procedure," and does not mandate that it be taxpayer-funded.  This bill, as Senator Cruz said, requires abortion without limit right up to the moment of birth and that it be "free".  It's so ludicrously extreme that it almost doesn't seem necessary to point out that it is also absurdly unconstitutional; nowhere in the founding document is any such power enumerated to the federal government.  Indeed, a child sacrifice bill so radical could never, with the probable exception of the 2009-2010 Donk SuperCongress, have been passed in the past forty one years since Roe itself, which is precisely why Roe was pursued in the first place.  S. 1696 is Roe on steroids with no (itself unconstitutional) "judicial review" fig leaf behind which to hide it.

It goes without saying that this legislation will be dead on arrival in the House.  Which begs the question of why Senate Democrats - every last one of which voted "aye" on S. 1696 - would go so far out of their way to publicly endorse their long-raging "War on Mothers AND Babies".  At least until you consider their recent bill to formally repeal the First Amendment under the pretext of overturning the SCOTUS's Citizens United decision.  Both stances are wildly unpopular with pretty much the entire political spectrum outside the Obamunist Left.  That would appear at first glance to answer the begged question - doing something, anything, to rouse their demoralized base to turn out in November - but are doomed legislative stunts likely to accomplish that to anywhere near the same degree that they'll further piss off all other voters, who, recall, are already enraged by ObamaCare, the various and sundry Obama scandals and lawlessness, America's decimated global standing, and the White House-orchestrated illegal alien invasion?

Base turnout is what they would claim as their motivation, but I have a different theory: I think Senate Democrats have given up.  I think they know they're going down in flames in November and are feeling liberated to do so with both middle fingers extended.  "Slamming the door on the way out" is a slightly more polite analogy.

It also may be telegraphing Barack Obama's first two post-midterm election executive decrees.  Hey, I didn't say mandatory abortion uber alles and the end of freedom of speech weren't going to be forced on us; just that they won't be imposed on us legally.

Kerry Admits Russian Missile Took Down Flight MH-17

by JASmius

Wow, that was a quick "investigation"; I'm guessing Lurch decided to cheat and crib Fox News's notes:

[Commissar] of State John Kerry on Sunday said an "enormous amount of evidence" points to Russia providing antiaircraft missiles and training to pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Kerry also said U.S. intelligence agencies "saw the launch" of a missile from rebel-held territory just as the passenger plane vanished from radar.

Kerry's accusations came as international horror deepened over the fate of the victims' remains.

As we can take it for granted that the Boston Balker didn't want to make any such accusations, we can safely conclude that this latest crisis has rapidly reached a sufficiently high-rolling boil that the Obama Regime feels compelled to pretend that they give a damn about it for public consumption.

Kerry demanded that Moscow take responsibility for actions of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine whom Washington suspects of downing the jet with a missile, and expressed disgust at their "grotesque" mishandling of the bodies.

And this is where the empty fa├žade of giving a damn about this Russian atrocity-by-proxy will get stripped naked as Paris Hilton's jaybird.  To wit: "We demand that Moscow take responsibility for shooting down a second passenger airliner in thirty one years"....or else what?  If a great power is not willing to up the ante in such a confrontation to back up its enhanced rhetoric, then what is the point of issuing blustering demands?  Indeed, it would be preferable and far more effective to cut to the chase and take truly punitive measures first and then announce them as an inevitable reprisal for the Russians' actions.  Clearly we're way, way past the point where any words coming out of this White House, no matter how gutturally snarled, will be noticed by Vladimir Putin as anything other than a dog listening to his master in a Far Side cartoon.

Czar Vlad won't even pay that much attention.  He knows O is all words and no action.  So he won't pay attention to anything he or his minions say.  Only serious (as in a metaphorical two-by-four right between the legs eyes) actions can get his attention.  Sending frozen dinners to the Ukrainians and curtailing Putin's bear-riding privileges do not qualify.  And the longer we wait to do so, the fewer options we will have, and the more dangerous will be the ones that remain.

But trying convincing Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) of that.

On the one hand....:

Even if it was a mistake, Feinstein said, "it's a horrendous mistake to make. It points out the futility of what's happening in the Ukraine, because there will be repercussions from this."

Host Candy Crowley pointed out that the United States keeps adding more and more sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, and Putin continues to ignore them. With the shooting of the plane and the deaths of 298 civilians from Europe and other countries, Putin may be in too deep, Crowley said, asking why would he "man up" now?

"I think the world has to rise up and say, we've had enough of this," Feinstein responded, saying that Europe has to come together, led by Germany, to impose further sanctions.

"There will be repercussions"; "the world has to rise up"; "We've had enough of this" - and DiFi's proofered response is....more useless sanctions?  Even Candy F-ing Crowley felt compelled to point out the risibility of this pathetically irrational non-reasoning.  "Repercussions" have to be capable of denying Czar Vlad what he wants: the destabilization of Ukraine.  Anything less than that will fail, waste Western time and resources, and embolden the Kremlin even more.

And yet....:

While admitting that U.S.-Russian relations are now at Cold War levels, Feinstein said she opposes Republican calls to arm the Ukrainians, as they have been requesting for months, because she thinks the shooting shows that neither side needs to be in possession of such weapons. [emphasis added]

"Yeah, Vlad, 'man up' and admit that you told your proxies to shoot down Flight MH-17 - but you, Petro, you're just as bad."  You will never see a more pristinely noodle-headed example of the gun control mentality than this, gentlebeings.  The Russians want to conquer Ukraine, and "President" Putin is following the 21st century template for victory over the West in general and the U.S. in particular: subversion and "insurgency".  If we want to live up to our commitment to protect Ukrainian sovereignty without militarily intervening ourselves, we must at minimum provide the Ukrainians with the best means of defending themselves against Putin's Proxies.  But DiFi refuses to arm them in self-defense because "if only the Russians were disarmed, this conflict wouldn't be happening".

But....we can't disarm the Russians.  So the best we can do is make sure their prey are comparably, or superiorly, armed to deter any further Russian aggression.  "Doesn't matter," sniffs the outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee Chair-mummy, "Universal pacifism should be, so we must act as if it is."  Even if it leads to a bigger, wider "hot" war whether we want it or not.  Which is just fine with Czar Vlad, because he has every reckless confidence that he will win it because we won't do what's necessary to stop him, every last arrogant bit of which Obamunists continue to enhance and reinforce.

In a gallows sort of way, it makes me wonder, whether it be in this ongoing crisis or an Iranian nuclear "demonstration" or a renewal of Korean hostilities or ChiComm aggression in the Western Pacific or ISIS upping the ante on 9/11 by way of the vanished southern border, if the Obama Regime is more likely to, at some point, ratchet up its intensity from snoring in a golf cart to DEFCON 1 overnight and blunder into an apocalypse out of haughty ego-interruptis, or just keep autistically "blah-blah-blahing" away into the same apocalypse without providing our enemies with pretexts that they won't need in any case to finish us off.

Guess it doesn't really matter, does it?

See how I "manned up" about that?

U.S. Economy Could Use Another Reagan

by JASmius

Why?  Just because we're suffocating beneath an Internal Revenue Code that exceeds seventy thousand pages?  Perish the thought (via Newsmax Insider):

"The income tax system in the United States is a sprawling mass of provisions spread across dozens of volumes and has been called everything from a 'disaster' to an 'abomination.'"

That's how the Tax Foundation begins its report "Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns."

The report discloses that it takes Americans up to 7 billion work hours each year to complete the paperwork required by the IRS, and it costs individual and corporate taxpayers more than $165 billion annually to comply with the income tax code.

In 1913, the federal income tax started as four pages of forms and instructions. Today, the tax code spans more than 70,000 pages.

A year before the United States entered World War II, excise taxes on such items as gasoline and cigarettes were the largest source of revenue for the federal government, followed by Social Security payroll taxes, then corporate income taxes.

Today, individual income taxes are the top source of revenue, expected to amount to $1.38 trillion this year, followed by social insurance taxes ($1.02 trillion), corporate income taxes ($380 billion), and excise taxes ($93 billion).

"Contrary to some claims that high-income households are not paying their fair share of income taxes, the average tax rate for the top 1% of earners is actually twice what it is for the rest of Americans," the report states.

"While only about 14% of taxpayers earn more than $100,000, they pay the vast majority of all income taxes in America today."

About half of all tax filers earn less than $30,000 a year — 26% earn less than $15,000, and 21% make between $15,000 and 30,000. Just 3% of filers earn between $200,000 and $499,000, and only 1% make $500,000 or more.

Taxpayers earning less than $100,000 a year account for 18% of all income taxes, while those earning more than $100,000 pay more than 80% of the taxes.

Those earning $1 million or more annually make 11% of all income, but pay 23% of income taxes, while those earning between $200,000 and $1 million account for 17% of income and 32% of income taxes.

Filers making $30,000 or less receive more back from the IRS than they pay in income taxes due to the Earned Income Tax Credit and other preferences. They account for 11% of income and minus-6% of income taxes paid.

Looked at another way, the top 1% of earners pay 37.4% of income taxes, the top 10% pay 70.6%, and the bottom 90% pay 29.4%.

The bottom 20% of earners receive $8.13 in federal spending for every dollar they pay in federal taxes. The top 20% receive $0.25.

The Tax Foundation calls the tax code "steeply progressive and highly redistributive."

That is to say, steeply regressive and highly larcenous.  But then how else is a federal government cancerously grown grotesquely beyond its original constitutional limitations to be sustained but by the tripartite thieveries of direct extortion, the robbing of generations yet unborn, and vampiric gang rape of the common currency?  Is there anything more comprehensive that robbing Us, The People, of our stores of wealth that the robbers have also made worthless?

Yes, we could use another Ronald Reagan, but could even the Gipper actually resurrect the Old American Republic like Christ did Lazarus?  "America, come forth?"  Steve Miller seems to think so:

AIG Non-Executive Chairman Steve Miller, who has received the nickname "Mr. Fix It" for stepping in to run distressed companies, thinks the economy could use a dosage of Ronald Reagan as a fix.

After the economic mistakes of President Jimmy Carter, "Reagan came in and did a lot of things, including cutting tax rates—both corporate and personal tax rates—and tried to slow the growth of regulation that was strangling business," Miller tells CNBC.

"I think that . . . would work again now."

Well (pun intended), as the waggish saying goes, "It couldn't hoit".  Reagan brought about dramatic reductions in individual income tax rates (from a top rate of 70% when he took office to 28% by 1986).  Working with then-Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, they brought Carter's double-digit inflation back from the brink of a Weimarian runaway and wrestled it down under 3% at the cost of the sharp recession that Carter's monetary and fiscal profligacy had only postponed.  His across-the-board deregulation unleashed the American economy to new heights of prosperity, producing over twenty million new jobs in his two terms and a generation-long economic boom that the Democrats finally managed to stamp out with their engineered financial panic (the Democrat Financial Logic Bomb) in the fall of 2008 that inflicted upon us Ronald Reagan's true nemesis, Barack Obama.

But all of that was hardly a mere "dosage" for a "fix".  Such frivolous terms almost mock the greatness of who that man was and the fundamentally American principles for which he stood.  There is a reason, after all, why I, to this day, classify myself as a Reagan, as opposed to Tea Party, conservative.  The 40th POTUS believed in and championed every idea that TPers do - patriotism, constitutionalism, capitalism, Judeo-Christianity - but he was also a political realist who didn't let perfection become the enemy of the good, who understood Otto Von Bismarck's adage that "politics is the art of the possible".  He never compromised on principle but he was willing to give here and there on details in service to them (e.g. the new income tax rates he agreed to in his 1981 tax cut were a little higher than he had originally proposed, but he didn't let petty stubbornness get in the way of the big picture goal of cutting the damn rates and defibrillating the economy).  By such means was he able to win passage of such legislation that was anathema to Democrats through a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.  He was positive, upbeat, optimistic (though tough as iron when he had to be) but most importantly, he didn't go out of his way to make enemies, especially in his own party, which was far more "RINOesque" in his day than it is now.

And look at all he accomplished, without even touching upon his rebuilding and revitalization of the U.S. military, leading America to victory in the Cold War without firing a shot, and rekindling of the American spirit.

We don't need a "dosage" of that as a "fix".  We need whole body, whole spirit immersion therapy.  We need multiple overdoses.  We need chronic, serial bingeing on it.

And still I don't think it would be enough to bring the Old American Republic back from the dead.

After all, seen in the overall backdrop of U.S. history, while President Reagan made a huge splash in the river of the country's leftward drift, eventually the ripples diminished, faded, and disappeared, and the leftward drift eventually resumed and worsened.  A replay of the Reagan presidency now would have a much smaller impact than it did over thirty years ago.  It would also require huge, veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress of not just Republicans, but hardcore constitutionalists, willing to take the steps of which we on the Right have only been able to fantasize: not just cutting individual and corporate tax rates, but replacing the whole damn Internal Revenue Code with a flat tax; repealing ObamaCare, privatizing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; not just deregulation, but abolition of every Cabinet Department that is not constitutionally enumerated as a delegated power by the States to the federal government.

All of that, in turn, would require something else: an electorate that knows, understands, believes in, and is committed to the preservation, protection, defense, and complete restoration to its proper place as "law of the land" of the United States Constitution.  Both by their vote and by any alternative means the Constitution provides (i.e. "Republic Review," Article V Convention).

Are we beginning to see the scope of the task in front of us?  That it is the work of generations (just as was the "progressive" assault)?  And that, even if the country can still be turned around, it is so far gone that we don't have that kind of time?  Even with a Reagan-ish reprise in the form of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker?

Jimmy Carter was a fool whose foolishness created "malaise" - and he wasn't re-elected.  Barack Obama is an enemy whose Ameriphobic malevolence has created comprehensive disaster, and he's still in power with no end in sight.  I respectfully submit that it's going to take more than a change of presidents to "fix" what ails the nation now.

Constitution Study Radio: Introduction to the Bill of Rights

by Douglas V. Gibbs

Constitution Study Radio: Lesson 15, Introduction to the Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights: Introduction

The Bill of Rights were originally intended only to apply to the federal government, but as time passed, partially through the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment, and partially through the incorporation of the Bill of Rights to the States by the courts, the original intent has changed. Is that constitutional? Is there a danger present in changing the authorities of the Bill of Rights? Listen for the answer.

Join Douglas V. Gibbs of Political Pistachio as he journeys through the United States Constitution. We study the concepts, principles, and direct text of the U.S. Constitution from the original point of view of the Founding Fathers.

New episodes each Sunday Morning at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Go to Constitution Study Radio for all podcasts of past episodes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Constitution Association Executive Meeting

Constitution Association Preliminary Executive Meeting
Today, 5:00 pm, July 19, 2014

For those of you interested in getting actively involved in creating, and molding the structure of the Constitution Association, this is your chance. This will be the first of two consecutive meetings. Today we will discuss basic structure, get ideas, and begin putting everything together. I have a business plan I have been working on, and I will email it to those who show interest in being a part of this in a few days. We will discuss that plan at the second meeting, next Saturday. Today's meeting will be at 5:00 pm at Boston Billies in Menifee. I will get there a little after 4:00 pm, and will have to get out of there by 6:00 pm, so showing up early would be a good thing. If you miss the meeting, that is okay. We will meet again next Saturday at about the same time to discuss the details of the business plan.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Constitution Radio: Second Amendment, Immigration, israel, Russia, and the IRS

Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs begins at 2:05 pm Pacific.  Join Doug as he interviews Stephen Hunter about the 2nd Amendment, and his newest book "Sniper's Honor".

Tune it at KCAA AM1050, KCAAradio.com, or call to listen at 832-999-1050.  Call in to join the conversation at 888-909-1050.

After interview, we will discuss the Book of the Week, a fictional novel ripped right out of today's headlines.

Constitution Quest Question of the Week: Our opportunity to have a discussion regarding the Constitution of the United States.

and. . .

5 Big Stories of the Week, July 19, 2014

5. Digging Deeper into IRS Scandal


4. Nationwide Protests Regarding Illegal Immigration



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpaw2tQgllk&feature=youtube_gdata_player (Exposed! $6.5 Billion for Border Crisis Was Funded by Senate In 2013!)











3. Israel enters Gaza with Ground troops






2. Russia Shoots Down Airliner over Ukraine







1. Worldwide Rise of Anti-Israel Sentiments

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.606036 (France Protests)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4545835,00.html (Turkey Protests)


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/19/david-cameron-barack-obama-discuss-gaza (London)

http://rt.com/news/172224-anti-israeli-protests-palestine/ (Oslo and London)

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/07/18/45428/la-police-brace-for-pro-palestinian-rally-in-westw/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+(KPCC%3A+News) (Los Angeles)

http://www.jewishjournal.com/los_angeles/article/violence_at_pro_israel_rally_underscores_passion_over_israeli_palestinian_c (Los Angeles)

http://www.jta.org/2014/07/18/news-opinion/world/anti-semitic-pro-palestinian-rally-in-berlin-spurs-group-to-file-charges (Berlin)

http://www.wgrz.com/videos/news/2014/07/18/12866885/ (Buffalo, NY)

Douglas V. Gibbs: Guest on Wise Conservatism Radio, Conservative Nation Radio

Wise Conservatism Radio, hosted by Robert Garding, is a part of the Conservative Nation Radio Network.  The online radio program will have me on as a guest today from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Pacific today.  Tune in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conservativennationradio/2014/07/19/the-nwcr-show--286-the-reasons-for-saving-america

Obama Offers No Faith Exemption In New Homosexual Decree

by JASmius

Because we're all - "officially" - gay now - or else:

Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, senior administration officials said.

The White House said last month that Obama would issue the order but declined to give details on its content or the timing of when he would do so.

The order will allow some exemptions for religious groups that are federal contractors but not as much flexibility as the groups had wanted.

A religious organization would be barred from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Exceptions would be allowed for ministers, and groups would be allowed to favor individuals of a particular religion when hiring.

Didja catch those last two 'graphs?  "The order will allow some exemptions for religious groups," but they still have to hire queers and trannies.  Just not as pastors.  Yet.  And, "make no mistake," that's coming, gentles.  Oh, yes, it is.

I bet you couldn't tell that was originally a Thomson/Reuters story, couldja?

I'm guessing this is the next Hobby Lobby case.  In fact, the SCOTUS should make room on their calendar for next term right now.

Want an even more disquieting revelation?:

A senior administration official said the order would affect 24,000 companies that employ some 28 million workers, roughly a fifth of the nation's work force.

Obama has pressed Congress to pass legislation that would ban such discrimination for all companies, but it has failed to gain traction with Republican lawmakers.

24,000 companies, a fifth of the nation's remaining workforce, are federal government contractors.  As The One himself would say, stick that in your bong and toke it.

Next will come the executive decree indenturing the other four-fifths of what's left of the private sector "up the old dirt road."  O would be taking care of that on Monday too, but his royal scepter pen was running low on ink.

Which is funny, because I never knew the J.M. Smucker Company manufactured ink.....

American Daily Review: Aggression, and Response

American Daily Review

Welcome to the pre-game show for Constitution Radio.

 Over Ukraine, Russia has shot down an airliner. Over Israel, Hamas has been raining missiles upon the Jewish State, killing women and children at will, without the media making a peep. Over Gaza, and on the ground in Gaza, Israel has responded to the attacks with precision strikes, and doing what they can to avoid civilian targets. . . the media has taken notice and has painted Israel the aggressor. In the United States, the White House plan to overrun the United States with illegal immigrants is being met by a nationwide protest, so the President has rerouted the aliens, to churches, military bases, and other facilities that he can use to avoid protests by Americans.

The border is secure according to the Democrats.

Join JASmius and Douglas V. Gibbs as we discuss these, and other topics, during the pre-game show of Constitution Radio. . . American Daily Review.

Live show begins at 12:00 Pacific.
American Daily Review

Nationwide Protests: Illegal Immigration

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Look what Murrieta started!



Here is the list of all the times and locations where you and your friends are needed today! Mobilize with us now Americans!

We stand in solidarity with the brave Americans who turned back the secret bus loads of illegals in Murrieta, CA and Oracle, AZ along with more than 20 other communities that are saying No to this orchestrated invasion of our homeland!

On Friday, we had more than 100 successful protests large and small that are generating massive amounts of local media and rapidly raising public awareness of the true nature of this Obama inspired crisis.

Please see our growing collection of pictures and articles on our protests. You can get sign ideas from the pics at this link and below...

This morning, Fox News is finally telling people about our protests and more organizations are sending emails and we are experiencing a huge surge of traffic, support, and interest at www.alipac.us

Illegal immigration supporters did counter protest us in a few locations yesterday and two were arrested on assault and riot charges in Michigan.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Yellen's Denials About Inflation Will Curb Fed's Independence

by JASmius

On the one hand, I'm not sure how Paulnuts would look at that possibility.  They want the Federal Reserve audited at minimum, and ultimately abolished.  As I've never subscribed to the Jacksonian (and more than a little paranoid) "Illuminati/Trilateralist/Bankers' Conspiracy" school of thought, I've never ventured any particularly strong opinions on the matter.

Besides, everybody knows that the Syndicate was wiped out fifteen years ago.

No, my friends, I've always seen the Fed as having one mission, and one mission only: supporting and bolstering the value and integrity of the U.S. dollar.  Not macroeconomic tinkering, not "pump-priming," not massive debt-facilitation, but keeping the lid on price inflation.

And that is precisely what Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen does not want us to know that she isn't doing:

Testifying before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairman Yellen cherry picked data on inflation by noting prices are up, on a year-over-year basis, less than the Fed's target of 2%.

The Labor Department's consumer price index has accelerated since March and was up 4.2% in May. Tuesday, it will release June data that will perhaps not be quite so high, but it likely will show inflation continued above 3%.

Once inflation gets out of control, history has shown it is difficult to contain without a steep and painful recession. Recognizing these dangers, Yellen's cognitive dissonance will add new life to proposals in Congress to rein in the Fed's independence.

Picture another "steep and painful recession" in the midst of an already-existent permanent depression.  We're talking soup kitchens/selling apples on street corners/Grapes Of Wrath territory.  We're talking Third World-magnitude economic calamity.  The perfect historical bookend to FDR's first Great Depression.  And another "Mission Accomplished" banner to hang in the "O"val Office, for what it would allow Barack Hussein Obama to do next.

And don't forget what happens when out-of-control inflation can't be contained.  Hyperstagflation, anyone?

A bill under consideration would require the Fed to submit to Congress a detailed strategy or rule for the Fed's policy instruments — for example, targets for money supply growth, lending rates to banks — and essentially handcuff quick Fed responses to emerging crises.

Actually, the problem here is not that the Federal Reserve has too much independence; it's that it doesn't have enough.  Remember, folks: In the Obama Regime there is no such thing as "independence".  Janet Yellen takes her orders from Barack Obama, just like the supposed-to-be-independent Attorney-General Eric "The Red" Holder does.  And those orders are to debase the dollar so as to keep the trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing crazy train careening down the fiscal tracks.  Because as soon as interest rates finally start edging back up - with or without "Old" Yellen's input - the deficit will explode another several orders of magnitude and the debt along with it, as will private debt, the financial markets will panic (again), and, well, we saw the dress rehearsal for this sort of thing six years ago, didn't we?  The crisis the Democrat Party created and exploited to put Red Barry in power in the first place, along with that Donk SuperCongress, to begin the final stages of "fundamental transformation" of the now-defunct American Republic.  And now we're headed for another, even bigger crisis that would, at the very least, finish the job.

But putting the Fed under direct congressional supervision?  I dunno.  It sounds so constitutional, but as has been said before in other contexts, the Constitution is not supposed to be a suicide pact.  Heck, right now the Fed is already under direct Executive control, and look how that's turning out.  I can understand the impulse to "do something," but this bill requiring the Fed to submit to Congress a detailed strategy or rule for the Fed's policy instruments has all the look and feel of making a bad situation worse.  As would, in all likelihood, the Fed's abolition.

I'm afraid, gentles, that there's just no substitute for voter vigilance.  We're looking at burgeoning inflation, being carefully nurtured and husbanded by the Fed, because We, The People elected Marxist-Alinskyist "commie-bastards" to positions of near-total power over the American economy.  And, just as we are being forced to watch helplessly as the world burns, so we have little recourse but to witness the slaying of the proverbial "golden goose".  We can only hope, and pray, that a President Scott Walker and a Tea Party-ish Congress can dig us out of the wreckage - and that we'll even get the chance to elect them.

Daytona Dad Beats Man He Found Raping His Son

by JASmius

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that the suspect was found at the Daytona Beach home at about 1 a.m. Friday. The paper, citing the arrest report, said Raymond Frolander was found with several knots on his face and bleeding from the mouth.

The 35-year-old father and his son were not identified, but the father reportedly walked in on Frolander sexually battering his son.

The paper obtained the 911 call and reported that the dad told the dispatcher, "I just walked in a grown man molesting...and I got him in a bloody puddle for you, officer."

He told police that he didn't use any weapons in the beating, nor did he ask the suspect any questions.

"He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you," the dad reportedly told police.

The boy told police that Frolander took him to a back room of the house and pulled down his pants, the report said.

The boy, 11, had been playing video games with friends before the alleged attack, the report said.

Frolander was treated at an area hospital and allegedly told police "I'm guilty," when questioned.

He is being held without bail. Frolander was charged with sexual battery by an 18-year-old on a victim under 12, the report said.

The father was not charged.

Two observations:

(1) This father is all seven shades of awesome.  We dads say, and would like to believe, that if we found some animal like this punk harming a member of our families, we would kick his ass.  We hope such a circumstance never occurs, but if the situation arises, we want to think we could back up those avenging words.  This dad did, and saved the cops the trouble.

(2) Get ready for the inevitable calls for "fist control".

Obama Is "President Nero" Fiddling "While World Burns"

by JASmius

No, not this Nero.....

....and more's the pity.  "Fire everything!" wouldn't necessarily be the wisest or most prudent thing to do, but it would be so gosh darn refreshing that it would be powerfully tempting nonetheless.

But no.  Even though it's already been established - by the hated Fox News, no less - that Czar Vlad's cutouts in eastern Ukraine shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, the Obama Regime is quietly puttering around creating the appearance of trying to - note the nomenclature - "build a case" for what is common knowledge by now, but which the White House doesn't want to have to acknowledge:

The United States is building a case linking pro-Russian separatists to the shocking downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine.

A somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on board, including at least one American, an "outrage of unspeakable proportions."

Did somebody tell him that spending thirty eight seconds on this Thursday between jokes and then speeding off to another fundraiser might not have been the most....presidential of conduct?  Does that somebody now reside in solitary confinement?

But let not your hearts be troubled my friends, the "somberness" is all that's required.

That and a legal brief:

The president spoke shortly after Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, outlined preliminary evidence against Russia and the separatists during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. Power said separatists were spotted Thursday with an SA-11 anti-aircraft missile at a location close to the site where the plane came down and that they had boasted on social media sites about shooting down a plane, then later deleted those posts.

Power joined Obama in calling for an immediate international investigation, and she warned that the separatists and those supporting them would have "good reason to cover up evidence of their crime." The U.S. has called for evidence from the crash site to remain in Ukraine until investigators determine who is responsible.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, lawfare today, lawfare tomorrow, lawfare forever.  We will not intervene military to expel Putin's Proxies from eastern Ukraine; we will not send military aid to the Ukrainian government; we will not lower the sanctions boom on the Russian financial and energy sectors; we will not export any of our embarrassment of fossil fuel riches to the Euros to shatter Vlad's economic leverage over them and Ukraine; we won't even shoot down an Aeroflot passenger jet in retaliation.  We will criminally prosecute....somebody.  Not our good friend the Czar, oh heavens, no - hasn't he suffered enough from being downgraded to cheaper body oil?  Ditto all his apparatchiks and cronies.  Maybe somebody in the "People's Republic of Donetsk".  How about the driver of the truck that had the SA-11 surface-to-air missile launcher in its bed?  Yeah, that'll work.  Especially since he's white.

And maybe not even that:

Obama warned Russia anew on Friday that the U.S. has the capacity to increase the economic pain, but he outlined no specific potential actions. He did say he saw no U.S. military role in the conflict that has stemmed in part from Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. [emphasis added]
A real profile in cabbage, isn't he?

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) certainly thinks so:

Barack Obama is "sitting on the sidelines" in the Ukraine and Gaza crises, making him little more than "President Nero" fiddling "while the world burns," Senator Ron Johnson charged Friday.

The Wisconsin Republican and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blasted the president for attending fundraisers in New York on Thursday night, the same day of a "barbaric" attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Israel's push into Gaza.

Johnson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that Obama's priorities are "outrageous."

"I'm hoping Americans are watching as President Nero fiddles while the world burns," Johnson said. "It is outrageous that we have the ground operations conducted in Gaza, we have an airliner knocked out of the sky — blown out of the sky — over Ukraine, and President Obama takes off for fundraisers in New York."

"This is a pattern of activity like his Las Vegas fundraiser after four Americans were killed in Benghazi," Johnson added. "Elections have consequences, and right now, unfortunately, America is burying the burden of a very bad, a very unwise decision in November 2012." [emphasis added]

Indeed we are, Senator.  Just as the Ukrainians would be burying the 298 dead from Flight MH-17.  Or would if there were recognizable body fragments, or viscera, or ganglia, or something to bury.

But that's what 62 million Americans voted for.  Twice.  And while anybody can make a mistake the first time, and flukes happen, when mistakes are repeated, it's harder to maintain the case that they're still "mistakes".  And the possibility that nobody wants to acknowledge begins to become impossible to ignore: Maybe, just maybe, a majority of the American people "just want to watch the world burn," just like their demigod.

Don't think so?  You've got....thirty-eight seconds to convince me otherwise.  Then I'm off to the next fundraiser.  It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hard Starboard Radio: What To Do After MH-17?

If Russia shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, as seems likely, how do we force Barack Obama to acknowledge and stop their brutality?; Why is insouciance Obama’s first response to international crises?; Playing pool in Colorado rather than visiting the Texas border is not very presidential, but it is dictatorial; Amnesty forces may finally have gone too far; Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity as in Gaza; and a future without electricity for the rest of us is what radical Greens want — and Barack Obama’s policies are moving us toward.

Pass the bananas on Open Thighs Friday at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Intercepted Calls Indicate Putin's Proxies Shot Down Airliner In Ukraine

by JASmius

The plot thickens, and in an entirely predictable direction:

Tape recordings of phone conversations between Russian intelligence officials and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine may be the "smoking gun" that prove Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by the rebels, Fox News reported.

The intercepted calls were disclosed by Ukraine’s security agency SBU and published in the Kiev Post. They seem to reveal panic after it was discovered that a passenger plane was downed and not a Ukrainian transport plane, which the separatists had targeted in the past week, Fox News said.

"We have just shot down a plane," a man identified as Igor Bezler, the Russian commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Ukraine, said during a phone call twenty minutes after the plane was hit, according to Fox News.

Bezler allegedly made that call to a person identified by SBU as a colonel in the intelligence department of the general headquarters of the Russian Federation’s armed forces, according to Ukraine security officials.

A little later, a second call was reportedly taped between two men identified as "the Greek" and "Major," who discussed how debris showed the aircraft was a civilian passenger plane.

"It’s 100% a passenger aircraft," Major said while pointing out there were no weapons in sight. "Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper."

A third intercept brings up the first thing that came to my mind about this incident: What passenger flights were doing overflying a war zone in the first place:

On that call, Cossack commander Nikolay Kozitsin is quoted as telling another separatist that the fact the Malaysia Airlines plane was flying over the war zone must prove it had spies on board, Fox News said.

"That means they were carrying spies," Kozitsin allegedly says. "They shouldn’t be [expletive] flying. There is a war going on."

Unless somebody aboard Flight MH-17 was spying on the "pro-Russian Ukranian separatists" through their toilet paper spools from the coach section lavatories, I think we can safely conclude that there was no espionage going on.  But that does beg the question of whether the famous Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur route has been overflying eastern Ukraine every day since this conflict erupted four months ago or they've been avoiding that airspace and this particular flight happened to drift off-course, not unlike KAL flight 007 thirty one years ago.

The question it doesn't beg is how the situation deteriorated to the point where Russian proxies felt no compunction about indiscriminately filling the eastern Ukrainian skies with surface to air missiles that could bring down a civilian airliner in the first place.  We already know the answer to that question: The Obama Doctrine.  Which prompted some guaranteed-to-be-chortingly-ignored advice from former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton:

The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and Russia's possible involvement in it, "should be a wake-up call" for the United States, John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Fox News.

Speaking on "The Kelly File" on Thursday, Bolton said, "We've got to begin to treat Russia like the adversary that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is currently demonstrating it to be."

"I think the issue is what this tragedy demonstrates about the nature of the Russian regime under Putin, and the way Russia has conducted its business over the past ten years," Bolton said. "And I think it should be a wake-up call not simply in the context of the conflict in Ukraine, but for the United States and Europe generally about what Russia's up to and how we should respond.”

Two and a half more years.  At least.

I remember KAL Flight 007.  Back then the Russians shooting down a civilian airliner with American nationals on board was considered, to employ a Bidenism, a "big f-ing deal".  Now it's just a passing distraction between Obama fundraisers.

But it's nothing compared to the "unthinkables" to come.  Just as domestically with Obamanomics, ObamaCare, and the engineered border crisis, we've only begun to reap the multiple whirlwinds of "fundamental transformation".  We're already under biological attack here at home; new 9/11's; the use of nuclear weapons somewhere in the world, by somebody.  It's all inbound, and fast.

Still think staying home on Election Day because none of the candidates on the ballot are "conservative enough" is a hot idea?

"Thunderclap" Will Jolt U.S. Economy

by JASmius

Do they make economic defibrillators?

Alas, it is not to be.  Rather, it is another "voice from the wilderness," sounding the alarm that those flying this economic crazy plane are doing so straight into the bleeping ground:

Grant’s Interest Rate Observer founder Jim Grant believes the Fed Reserve is "constitutionally behind the curve" and that a thunderclap of unexpected problems could strike the economy as a result.

Grant told Fox Business Network that the uncharted territory the Fed has been in with its vast monetary stimulus means no one can predict the eventual outcome.

Oh, I think I can.  Does the name "Weimar" ring any bells?

Grant noted Fed Chair conceded in a recent interview she did not see the 2008 housing crisis and credit market meltdown coming, and that her Fed chair predecessor Ben Bernanke has admitted taking unique steps to try to fix the Great Recession.

That's reassuring.

“So we are in the midst of this great improvisation. “I think the Fed is constitutionally behind the curve and no doubt will remain so,” said Grant, a frequent critic of Fed policy.

It isn't "improvisation".  It's a vastly destructive economic incentive for ever greater piles of public and private debt that an already depressed economy cannot afford and cannot repay, with currency that is unbacked, unreliable, increasingly distrusted by the rest of the world, and inevitably worthless.  If somebody had deliberately set out to comprehensively "kill the golden goose" of American capitalism, they could not have done any better than what Barack Obama and his minions, including "Helicopter Ben" Bernanke and Janet "Old" Yellen, have done.

That isn't "improvisation"; that's sabotage.

"Thunderclap," indeed.

Dick Morris: Border Crisis Could Wipe Out Democrats In Midterms

by JASmius

Mayhap it will; mayhap it won't.

But then, the Toe-Sucker always has been an optimist:

The flood of undocumented migrants into the United States might become an electoral tsunami that sweeps away Democrats in the November elections, handing control of the Senate to the GOP, political analyst Dick Morris told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

Morris laid out a scenario for Senate realignment that connects developments in Washington to growing national anxiety over the immigration crisis:

  • As protests multiply in communities where the federal government had hoped to shelter the new arrivals, pressure will grow on the president to deal with, and to repatriate, thousands of the children from Central America who crossed the border alone in recent weeks and months.
Which he will, of course, chortlingly ignore.

  • Republicans in Congress, sensing opinion on their side, will demand concessions from the president in exchange for his $3.7 billion emergency aid request: a reversal of the president's 2012 policy easing child deportations; and his consent to changes in a 2008 law that also prevents rapid repatriation of children from certain countries.
Which he will, of course, chortlingly ignore, and turn against the GOP with charges of "cruelty" and "callousness" and "lack of compassion" and, naturally, "racism" that Democrat congressional candidates will adapt and magnify as the means of keeping the Senate and re-taking the House.

  • As the president considers the GOP offer, the Senate as a whole under Majority Leader Harry Reid will object to concessions that anger Hispanic voters who want amnesty and a path toward citizenship for the new arrivals.
O will never consider any GOP offer other than unconditional surrender.  Ditto Senate Democrats.

  • The resulting stalemate will leave a group of Reid's Democratic colleagues up for re-election this fall in a difficult position: facing a backlash from voters who are increasingly troubled by the crisis.
They're already in a difficult position with a collapsing economy, ObamaCare coming 'round again with the huge premium increases coming this fall, and the avalanche of Obama scandals. That's another reason why they'll latch on to the border crisis as the ultimate distraction.

"They are out there, vulnerable, because when Obama is sending out this [emergency] funding bill, the Republicans are going to say… 'We won't give it to you unless you repeal the statutory protections these kids have so that we can send them right back.'

"At that point, the Senate Democrats will say, 'No, we don't want to send them right back,' and that could wipe them out in the midterm elections," said Morris.

Ordinarily I would dismiss Morris's optimism as sunny-minded nonsense.  2012 ought to have demonstrated for all time that the U.S. electorate has been "fundamentally transformed" into a rubber stamp for whatever Barack Obama wants to do.  Accordingly, a majority of the public will always back him and fiercely oppose Republicans regardless of the issue and the facts on the ground.

But this, I think, is different.  One thing I've always said is that liberalism always "gets over" with the lumpenproletariat because (1) the ends always sound good - on their face, who wouldn't support concepts like "fairness," "justice," "spreading the wealth," "saving the planet," etc., etc., etc. ad nauseum? - and (2) LIVs and NIVs are never shown the reality of the means, and how, because of that reality, the ends are unattainable.  Environmentalism is a good example: when greenstremists are out of power and we enjoy economic prosperity - which is to say, as long as "fighting global warming" remains an abstraction - they're at least superficially popular.  But when LIVs and NIVs elect such radicals, and they enforce their Marxist-inspired crackdowns, and the economy is bludgeoned into carbonlessness and recession, and jobs cease being created and start disappearing instead, suddenly the public flirtation with "greenness" fades as "kitchen table" issues correspondingly return front and center.  "Feeling good" about oneself is all fine and good, but it doesn't pay the bills and put food on the table.

In the same way, the reality of Barack Hussein Obama's "fundamental transformation" had not truly hit home until now.  In his first term the economic privations could be and were blamed on George W. Bush, but the remainder of "Hopenchange" was a fuzzy abstraction.  ObamaCare was unpopular but hadn't been implemented yet.  The Obama Doctrine overseas - aiding jihadist networks like ISIS, handing Libya over to al Qaeda, Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, Iraq to Iran, ceding the entire Middle East to Vladimir Putin as his sphere of influence, gutting U.S. military capabilities and alienating allies via crass, ill-conceived snubs and espionage, etc., etc., etc. ad nauseum - hadn't yet produced any major disasters.  The assembly line of Obama scandals were still covered up.

And the consequences of his illegal, unconstitutional "DREAM Act" decree had not hit home.  But now they are, across the country, as The One has effectively erased our borders, invited the rest of the world to overrun and bankrupt us, bringing all their diseases and other biohazards with them, providing cover for countless jihadist infiltrators to carry out their missions of mass destruction and mayhem unfettered.  No city, no town, no community is to be spared, as Murrieta, California discovered firsthand last week.  And all in service to his end of entrenching himself and his party in total, unchallengeable power forever.

The American people have always opposed illegal immigration.  Now even more do.  And they also now know what Barack Obama and his party are trying to do to them.

It's no longer an abstraction.  It's as real as real gets.  And it's beyond the capability of any distraction gambit.

"Wipe out" may be an understatement.  The question is, what will be Barack Obama's response?  Will he chortlingly ignore it and continue his dictatorial rule?  Or will he, shall we say, "take the final step" to secure the "fundamental transformation" he's already accomplished?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Temecula Constitution Class, and Speech in Yucca Valley

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Tonight I am honored to speak to the Oath Keepers group in Yucca Valley.  Tonight's Constitution Class will still be in gear, with George Rombach serving as the substitute teacher.  He will be wrapping up Article I, Section 9.  The class begins at 6:30 pm at 41669 Winchester Road, Temecula.

As for Yucca Valley, if you would like to join us, it will be at the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 29 Palms Hwy at 6:00 pm.

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