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Friday, November 27, 2015

Obama White House Hindering All Investigations, Withholding All Records

by JASmius

The most royally opaque administration in American history:

The Obama administration is threatening to roll back more than thirty years of policy that has allowed government watchdogs access to records in order to conduct internal investigations, the New York Times reports.

"It’s the complete evisceration of the concept. You might as well fold them down," Paul Light, a New York University professor who has studied the system told the Times. "They’ve become defanged."

At least two government investigations have either been slowed or shut down because the White House has withheld records, the Times reports. “This is by far the most aggressive assault on the inspector general concept since the beginning,” said Light, and Peace Corps inspector general Kathy Buller said it "runs against transparency."

Basically, this is The One's penchant for stonewalling and obstruction of justice writ large.  It's no longer about a particular scandal; it's about EVERY scandal, EVERY investigation, EVERY probe.  It's universal.  It's royal privilege.  "You don't need to know, because a god is not accountable to his subjects."  Try to hold him accountable anyway, and that's "blasphemy," "sedition," "treason".  After seven years of this tiresome, tyrannical twaddle, we all should have grown accustomed to it by now.

But there's no shortage of irony to it either; it is, in fact, the logical terminus of leftwingnut "government reform":

The 1978 system was created after Watergate and now includes watchdogs from some seventy-two federal agencies, reports the Times. They have published thousands of reports on government abuse, and tension has grown between the[m and the] Obama administration.

Of course; because inspector-generals are for overwhelming Republican administrations with blitzkriegs of frivolous partisan investigations and criminalizations of policy differences, not holding Democrat administrations to the same ethical standards.  Republicans are inherently evil, Democrats are inherently divine.  Everybody's supposed to know that by now.

Everybody except the inspectors-general, evidently, who are all now jointly and severally obstacles to The One's royal prerogatives.  So they must be hindered and obstructed and stonewalled and thwarted at minimum.  The next step will be firing them all and eliminating their positions for their seditious effrontery.  And after that....well, I think we know what would come next.

It's as I've been saying for years: Right tribe, wrong tribe; penthouse, outhouse.  They are entitled to lawlessness, we must be held hostage to "Cardassian justice" (i.e. guilty with no possibility of innocence).  A maze of intractable one-way streets.  And it will never change.

In still other words, welcome to "social/racial/economic/etc. justice".

I don't call it the Commissariat of Injustice, Revenge & Coverups for nothing.

Number Of Americans Supporting Muslim Monitoring Growing

by JASmius

Not anywhere near a majority yet, but the percentage is on the rise.  Which ought to tell you all you need to know about where public sentiment on the question will head after the next 9/11 or worse-magnitude jihadist attack:

More Americans now think Muslims should be monitored by the government as potential terrorists, a new poll shows.

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday, 32% of respondents support the idea of tracking most individual Muslims – up ten points from a July 2013 poll after the Boston Marathon bombing – though 52% oppose the idea. Sixteen percent are undecided.

In a partisan breakdown, Republicans are far more receptive to the near-blanket surveillance of Muslims, with 43% in favor of such tracking; only 24% of Democrats and 29% of independent voters are supportive.

"Even prior to the recent killings in Paris by radical Islamic terrorists, 49% of all voters felt the federal government is not devoting attention to the potential threat of domestic Islamic terrorism," the pollster noted, citing its survey from October 7th.

Republican and independent support will skyrocket after the next jihadist strike here at home, although depending upon its magnitude, I wonder if just surveiling Muslims will be considered a sufficient countermeasure.  But then at that point you run into all the downsides of taking eight million-plus potentially violent hostiles into our very midst.  Try to require them to register themselves and their whereabouts with the government and you'll just drive them underground, broadening the pool of jihadist recruits.  Rounding up and deporting eight million Muzzies is as impractical as doing the same with the thirty million illegal aliens squatting on our territory and leeching off our economy and welfare state.  And unlike with the latter, we can't get Muslims to "self-deport" using economic incentives, as they aren't here to get rich or "build a better life" for themselves, but rather to conquer us from within.

The damage, in effect, is already done.  And to keep any more from happening, we should be tracking Muslims in this country already.  After Times Square gets truck-bombed or Miami gets shot up or Chicago "dusted" or Manhattan nerve-gassed or LA nuked or whatever, it'll be too late.

There was a particularly annoying line in this past summer's Avengers II: Age Of Ultron flick.  It was in the wood-chopping scene at Hawkeye's country hideaway between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.  They're arguing over what the Avengers' purpose is supposed to be and Cap snaps, "Whenever someone tries to win a war before it starts, innocent people die - every time."  The first words out of my brain were, "But don't a helluva lot more innocent people did if you wait to try to win said war until AFTER it starts, because that means by definition that you're allowing the enemy to strike you first?"  Do unto them before they can do it unto you?  In this case of the Global Jihad, it's not like they're remotely subtle or coy about their intentions, after all.  Why not hit them first, hard, decisively, and take whatever measures we have to take at home preemptively to minimize their chances of successfully landing a crippling blow on us?

Most Americans are still, metaphorically speaking, with Captain America.  I'm with Tony Stark (as I always am), because I'd prefer that we only have to learn hard lessons once.  A truly great power and world leader would understand that and do what was necessary to safeguard its citizens.  Obamerikastan is no longer such a country.

We can only pray that it takes the opportunity to regain that "eye of the tiger" before it's too late.

Hard Starboard Radio: Marco Rubio, Not Ted Cruz, Is the ObamaCare-Slayer

Top ObamaCare official scrambles for new lies as insurer complaints grow; Cornucopia of terror?; American Action Forum lowballs costs of Obama war on coal; Hillary Clinton snubs; Russian-Turkish confrontation escalating; Marco Rubio, not Ted Cruz, is the ObamaCare-slayer; 2012 U.S. abortions all the way down to 699,000; Obama announces he's illegally closing Gitmo by imperial decree; Girls join homosexuals in destruction of Boy Scouts; The Ferguson Effect hits Chicago; and NSA jihadist surveillance ends Sunday.

Preparing for another crack at the big time on Open Thighs Friday at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Active Shooter Barricaded "In, At, Or Near" Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood

by JASmius

Hot Air has plenty of updates, none of them even hinting yet at a motive beyond the gunman "wearing a long coat and a hunting cap".  No reports of fatalities as yet, but there are multiple wounded from superficially to critically.

Whatever the actual details, though, the optics of this incident are a devil-send to both the baby-killers and the gun-grabbers.  I find myself dreading the who and why details to come, if we're even allowed to know the facts instead of the predictably triumphalist leftwingnut Narrative already in the works.

UPDATE: A bank robbery gone awry and the PP happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?

"All the shooting went down at the Chase bank," which is next door to Planned Parenthood, a witness said on

NSA Jihadist Surveillance Ends Sunday

by JASmius

Well, THIS is about to get a whole lot easier in under forty-eight hours:

The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.

i.e. Far less effective.

As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said.

The transition is a long-awaited victory for privacy advocates and tech companies wary of broad government surveillance at a time when national security concerns are heightened in the wake of the Paris attacks earlier this month.

The transition is a long-awaited victory of the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and every other jihadist network on the planet.

I'd include all our other enemies (Russia, Red China, North Korea, Iran) but they already have all our secrets as well as military superiority over us, also thanks to Mr. Snowden and the anti-American POTUS who made his "historic" caper possible.

It comes two and a half years after the controversial program was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The move, mandated by a law passed six months ago, represents the greatest reduction of U.S. spying capabilities since they expanded dramatically after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. [emphasis added]

And after the next, bigger, new and improved 9/11, they'll expand once again.  For awhile.  Until we forget the self same lesson yet again.

Exit thought: Screw you, Rand Paul, screw you.

The Ferguson Effect Hits Chicago

by JASmius

It hasn't reached riot/insurrection/uprising level yet, but just give it time:

On one of the busiest retail shopping days, thousands of people took to Chicago's most prestigious downtown shopping district on Friday to protest last year's shooting death of a black teenager by a white policeman and the city's handling of the case.

Does it strike anybody else as odd that they waited a full year before launching into these protests?  Why the delay?  Why not rise up back then?  The only new development I can see is that film footage has emerged of the shooting incident in question.  Which tells me that even though it was established fact that the requisite white cop had shot the requisite black teen, what the mob really was after was the film footage in order to re-stir the embers of last fall's cross-country race riots and fan them back into raging flames.

It, in short, has nothing whatsoever to do with the young and late Mr. McDonald and everything to do with the latest hard-left/racist attempt at violent revolution.

About two thousand people with signs reading "Stop Police Terror"....


....gathered in a cold drizzle for the march on Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" on the Black Friday....

Don't tell me that don't have a flair for puns. day, which closed the major city street of Michigan Avenue to traffic.

Organizers said the rally, led by [extrem]ist-politician Jesse Jackson [aka The Sinister Minister] and several State elected officials, is a show of outrage over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, seventeen, and what they see as racial bias in U.S. policing.

Which doesn't exist, as has been repeatedly statistically and documentedly proven, but they have an Agenda to push.

Protesters also called for the resignation of the police superintendent and a top prosecutor for what they see as foot-dragging and stonewalling in the case.

Which ain't happening, as Mayor Raum Emanuel - who, this just in, is black - is fully supporting both, at least for now.

The police officer who shot McDonald sixteen times, Jason Van Dyke, thirty-seven, was charged with first-degree murder hours before a graphic video of the shooting was made public on Tuesday.

And why was he not charged before now?  Most likely because there wasn't sufficient evidence to do so before that graphic video surfaced.  That IS the purpose of a proper investigation, after all.  Is it overcharging?  Could be, in order to placate the racist mob, or perhaps it's justified.  That's the purpose of a public trial, which the aforementioned racist mob will never permit to unfold objectively in their maniacal pursuit of "outcome-based 'justice'".

In essence, if Officer Van Dyke, Police Chief McCarthy, and DA Anita Alvarez are not strung up from the nearest lampposts, the Windy City is gonna burn.  Nothing we haven't depressingly seen before.

And in case you have any remaining doubts about what these protests are really all about, feast on this revealing quote:

Organizers also called for the ouster of anyone else found to be involved in misconduct surrounding the case, and the "demilitarization" of the Chicago Police Department. [emphasis added]

So the police have to be disarmed?  Like their counterparts in Paris who were helpless to stop the Charlie Hebdo massacre back in January and had to peddle away in REAL terror?  Gee, whose Agenda would THAT serve?

And your first two guesses don't count.

Email of the Week: We Can't Find the Problem?

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Subject: Fwd: We Can't Find the Problem!!!

We Can't seem to Pinpoint The Problem!

The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The Underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U.S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bali Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
The Iranian Embassy Takeover was by Muslims
The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Muslims
The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims

Think of it:
Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
Confucians living with Baha'is = No Problem
Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem
Baha'is living with Christians = No Problem
Christians living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem

Muslims living with Hindus=Problem
Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
Muslims living with Christians = Problem
Muslims living with Jews = Problem
Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem
Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
Muslims living with Atheists = Problem

**********SO THIS LEADS TO *************
They're not happy in Gaza
They're not happy in Egypt
They're not happy in Libya
They're not happy in Morocco
They're not happy in Iran
They're not happy in Iraq
They're not happy in Yemen
They're not happy in Afghanistan
They're not happy in Pakistan
They're not happy in Syria
They're not happy in Lebanon
They're not happy in Nigeria
They're not happy in Kenya
They're not happy in Sudan

******** So, where are they happy? **********
They're happy in Australia
They're happy in England
They're happy in Belgium
They're happy in France
They're happy in Italy
They're happy in Germany
They're happy in Sweden
They're happy in Norway
They're happy in India
They're happy in Canada &
They're happy in the USA.
They're happy in almost every country that is not Islamic!

And who do they blame?
Not Islam... Not their leadership... Not themselves!
But, they want to change the countries they're happy in
to be like the countries they came from where they were
unhappy and finally they will get hammered!

******** So, What are their Major Organizations? ********

And we just can't figure out who's causing the problem.
But at least President Obama knows--he says it's not the Muslims.


Yes! Our Muslim in the
White House wants this to happen!

Who owns our politicians?!

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Black Friday's Conservative Gifts

While the people fight over gifts in the stories (ironically the day after giving thanks for what we have), it turns out there is no need to fight the crowds.  American Patriots have products available for you to buy, and give.  Below are books, and a Constitution-based board game. . . 

Books by Douglas V. Gibbs

-- 25 Myths of the United States Constitution: A great starter book for learning the United States Constitution .  A hostility against the United States Constitution exists in America. Myths have emerged to desconstruct the original intent of the Document. 25 Myths of the United States Constitution exposes these myths by presenting a defense based on the original intent of the Founding Fathers as revealed by the debates during the Constitutional Convention, and the writings of the men of that era.

-- The Basic Constitution: An Examination of the Principles and Philosophies of the United States Constitution: The Basic Constitution takes a detailed journey through the text of the document that created the American System of Government, revealing that the United States Constitution is the context of conservatism. During the Summer of 1787, a brilliant assembly of American Patriots created the Constitution of the United States. After a tumultuous start, the elder statesman, Benjamin
Franklin, reminded the delegates in attendance of the need to seek a firm reliance on divine Providence. The stormy convention birthed dramatic debate, unexpected compromises, and incredible changes of minds. Ideas clashed, and tempers flared. And during it all, James Madison took painstaking notes as the conciliatory Benjamin Franklin added his wisdom here and there, and George Washington often sat silent while James Wilson argued that liberty can only survive if the government of the United States is limited in its scope and power. Despite the heat and the political clashes, what emerged was a masterpiece - the greatest document ever conceived in history, save for the Holy Bible. They created a working government that would be a powerful lion to external issues, yet caged and restrained regarding the internal issues... creating a federal government given the task of promoting, preserving, and protecting the union of States, and the autonomous sovereignty of the individual States.

The Basic Constitution is written like a textbook, but in a manner that is comprehensible to every person who journeys through its pages. The book includes a glossary of terms, index, bibliography listing the resources used, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution of the United States.

-- Silenced Screams: Abortion in a Virtuous Society: In 1967 a young woman, alone in a small motel room, clung to life because of the sweet baby boy in her life.

In a rocky relationship, a woman turned her back on her husband so that she could abort their child. . . losing him forever.

Lying in a clinic, watching an ultrasound of her unborn baby, a young woman decided to change her mind about aborting her baby.

An old man, haunted by the roar of a train barreling down the tracks, remembers the horror of genocide.

Our rights are natural, God-given; so is it possible for abortion to be a right?

Douglas V. Gibbs, Constitutionalist, Christian, and Political Advocate, provides arguments in "Silenced Screams" that reveal the truth behind the numbers, the lies behind the veil, and the reality of the culture of death that will make even the most ardent supporter of abortion stop for a moment, and seriously reconsider their position on the issue.

The book, "Silenced Screams: Abortion in a Virtuous Society," is a Pro-Life examination of the issue of abortion, seeking understanding of the age old issue by examining history, the United States Constitution, Christianity, and our sacred humanity.

Satan's greatest trick has been to convince an entire civilization that he doesn't exist. His second greatest trick has been to convince civilization that killing their own children is not evil.

-- Once Upon a Promise: A new twist on “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Once Upon a Promise
will inspire those wanting to share its truths with everyone.  The story of truth and hope with assist parents in sharing God's Greatest Gift with their children, and the animation and rhyming tale will keep the children glued to the pages, and demanding that the book be read again and again and again.  Once Upon a Promise is the retelling of a classic story, but this time we find ourselves curled up by the fire on Christmas Eve reading the REAL story about the night before Christmas. The message is told in a loving way by a father that could be any parent around the world. “Do you believe?”

Illustrated to capture the hearts of children, the story is for all ages both young and old.  Once Upon a Promise. A new classic to be read and shared for generations to come; its truths and message are not just to be shared at Christmas, but will be a book the kids ask to be read throughout the year.

-- Constitution Quest Game: Constitution Quest is the fun way to learn the Constitution, and provides a great opportunity to get the whole family together for a little competition.  The creators are school teachers, and designed The Constitution Quest Game to be the most fun and easy way to LEARN and REMEMBER the U.S. Constitution. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to teach the text of the U.S. Constitution in a highly-engaging and very effective way.

This beautiful, eye-catching, American-made game, is high-quality and nonpartisan.

It covers ALL the articles and amendments in the U.S. Constitution, with attention to all three branches of government, separation of powers, checks and balances, as well as key facts, dates and vocabulary.

You can play Constitution Quest without any prior knowledge, because the game was designed for children and adults to learn the Constitution as they play.

Constitution Quest is helping people of all ages to learn the U.S. Constitution at home or in the classroom. Constitutional scholars have endorsed the game and Students claim Constitution Quest has helped them to confidently pass their government exams!

Kids who might not sit still to read the Constitution do sit down to play the Constitution Quest Game with Grandpa and Grandma...because it's a game! What better way to pass along your love for the U.S. Constitution to the next generation?

Freedom is only one generation away from extinction, but you can save it with the most fun and easy way to rediscover the U.S. Constitution: Constitution Quest.

What’s YOUR Constitutional IQ?

Girls Join Homosexuals In Destruction Of Boy Scouts

by JASmius

Is there not a reason why the Boy Scouts are called the Boy Scouts?  Are there not perfectly valid and sensible reasons for gender segregation before adulthood in youth social organizations?  How are the Girl Scouts in any way "inferior" to the Boy Scouts as a youth social organization?  How would the Girl Scouts react if boys demanded to be allowed into their youth social organization?  And why is it automatically incumbent upon the Boy Scouts to justify themselves and how they "do business" rather than on the female plaintiffs to make the case for why they should be allowed to force the changes they want?

I will acknowledge that this is the sort of identity politics nonsense that is quaintly anachronistic in this age of homosexual "marriage" and "transgender" insanity.  You could almost forget that, as I  believe it was Time magazine reported like it was some sort of stunning revelation twenty or so years ago, that boys and girls are different.  And, as such, again, there is ample justification for having separate scouting organizations for boys and girls.

Pat Buchanan once coined a very succinct axiomatic maxim of conservatism: "If it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change."  Implied in that phrase is the burden of proof being on the girls who are trying to bludgeon their way into the Boy Scouts.

Anybody think that's where the proof burden will rest?

Me, either:

What are the legal prospects for the California girls who want to join the Boy Scouts of America?

Five girls, ages ten to thirteen, have asked the local council to be admitted as full-fledged Boy Scouts. Should they eventually take their case to court, they won’t be able to rely on Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions, because Congress wrote in an exemption for the Boy Scouts. Structurally, the exemption resembles the one that Congress gave Major League Baseball from antitrust laws: It doesn't really have a principled basis, but reflects some combination of tradition and lobbying power.

Aaaaaaand that will be why the Boy Scouts will lose.  Again.

But I digress.

The girls could instead try to use State anti-discrimination laws to demand membership. The Boy Scouts would, however, have a response. They could claim that they’re committed to the exclusion of girls as a matter of their core definition, and therefore invoke their constitutional right to associate in a discriminatory fashion.

Straight out of the First Amendment, and what should conclusively and preemptively kill this case aborning.  At least per the founding document's original intent.  But as we all know, the Constitution now means whatever the Left wants it to mean to conform to their radical, extremist communist agenda, which most definitely includes laying waste to traditional American social and civic organizations like the Boy Scouts.

In any case, the BSA has already conceded that line of defense, as it would be based upon Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, the homosexual scoutmaster case that the Scouts won in court fifteen years ago but on which they foolishly capitulated earlier this year.  And this is why you don't yield ground you don't have to yield - it opens the floodgates for the feeding frenzy.  The BSA has already effectively committed identity suicide, and now every enemy is swooping and stampeding in to flense its expiring carcass.

My guess?  A demand for lesbian scout mistresses will be next.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Intruder Jumps White House Fence

by JASmius

On the one hand, holy crap.

On the other hand, at least this one didn't make it into the White House residence this time:

The White House was on lockdown on Thursday after a person jumped the fence, CNN reported, adding that the jumper was immediately caught. Despite the quick capture, the presidential mansion was still on lockdown as the U.S. Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the area, ABC News and other media outlets reported.

Representatives for the Secret Service could not immediately be reached for comment on the incident.

They probably haven't gotten over their latest hangovers yet.

No word on the obvious question of whether the intruder was Muslim.  But if so, he's almost certainly a home-grown "lone wolf" amateur, not a trained jihadist operative.  The latter would know that he has vastly more targets "softer" than the White House, even during "happy hour".

Barry was probably too busy playing Galaga to notice.

A Leash on the President

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitition

He [The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States.

The Leash

As the authors of the Constitution, the States were determined to maintain a leash on the executive branch in order to prevent the President from acting in a tyrannical manner. The States maintained a voice in the U.S. Senate until the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913. U.S. Senators were tasked with voting in a manner supportive of the preferences of the State legislature of the State of whom the Senator represented because their seat in the U.S. Senate was the result of being appointed by the State legislature. The States, through their delegates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, sought to ensure the approval of the States was necessary for a number of tasks the President may carry out in an attempt to keep the President reined in. Treaties and appointments require a two-thirds ratification from the Senate in order to become official. The attempt by Presidents to circumvent this requirement by renaming treaties “agreements,” or by appointing “czars” to carry out some of the duties of the executive branch, has become a common theme. Renaming treaties “agreements,” and entering into those agreements without Senatorial ratification, and the appointment of czars without the Senate’s oversight, are unconstitutional, and therefore lawless acts by the President of the United States.

The 17th Amendment, in violation of the final clause of Article V., removes the equal suffrage of the States in the U.S. Senate. The States who refused to ratify the amendment, and those States added to the union since the implementation of the 17th Amendment, have had their equal suffrage in the U.S. Senate removed without their consent.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary


by JASmius

Twenty-nine years ago, I introduced myself, and she didn't flee, shrieking in revulsion.

Twenty-eight years ago, I popped the question, and she didn't flee, shrieking in revulsion.

Twenty-seven years ago today, she said "I do" and didn't flee, shrieking in revulsion.


....she's still thinking about it.

But she hasn't done it yet.  So I'm counting that as a win.

And God's gift that keeps on giving - for whom to be profoundly, profusely thankful.

NFL Thanksgiving 2015

by JASmius

The flesh of the bird, the skin of the pig, the tryp to the phan, and huge mounds of carbohydrates - when it's dark, cold, wet, and dismal outside, does it get any better than that?

From the NFL's point of view, it's kind of a mixed bag this Thanksgiving. Typically, with Detroit and Dallas always playing host on Thanksgiving, and with Detroit and Dallas usually the epitome of mediocrity, the quality of the day's football fare tends to be more than a little lacking.  This year, one of the participants is so mercurial that its game could be either a snoozer blowout or highly competitive, while another is much, much better now than their record indicates and could be the ultimate trap game.

But don't worry, the third game sucks every bit as much as it looks at first glance.

Here's what I mean by "mercurial": Last offseason, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wheeled and dealed like he had a bad pompadour toupee.  He traded his starting quarterback, Nick Foles, the man who in 2013 threw for twenty-seven touchdowns and two interceptions but broke his collarbone last season, to St. Louis for the Rams' starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, who missed large portions of both seasons with knee injuries and never once put up Foles' 2013 numbers.  He let his Pro Bowl halfback, LeSean McCoy, sign with the Bills and signed away Pro Bowl halfback DeMarco Murray from the Cowboys.  He effectively swapped cornerbacks with Seattle, sending us Cary Williams (who was benched this past Sunday) and signing away Byron Maxwell, who hasn't exactly made anybody forget Richard Sherman in Philly.  And so on.  This was the kind of fractal chaos that (1) was unnecessary, as the Eagles had won ten games in each of the previous two seasons, even if they faded down the stretch last year, and (2) had better produce prompt and dramatic results this season if Kelly wanted to keep at least the GM half of his job.

The result?  The Eagles are 4-6.


The Lions, on the other hand, pretty much straightforwardly stink.  They absolutely cannot run the ball (dead last in the league), which helps explain why they're #8 in passing, with Matt Stafford having to throw on every down.  Given that Philly is #28 against the run and #16 against the pass, this could be a case of the resistable force clashing with the movable object.

But on the other side of the ball, the Eagles are sufficiently superior to Detroit's defense that they should be able to prevail.

I'd leave it at that were it not for their getting hammered at home by Tampa last Sunday.  That makes this game either a "take it out on the Lions" blowout or the wheels coming off the Chip Kelly Express.

Better start updating your resume, Chip.

(#27) Philadelphia
(#25) Detroit* (+1)

Flipping past this game you would conclude that it didn't even need a second glance.  The Panthers are undefeated, while the Cowboys just broke a seven game losing streak.  Slam, bam, thank you, m'am, Carolina wins.  Next!

But neither version of Tony Romo (the football stud and the weirdo cookie/brownie/"crownie" baker) will permit that, ladies and gentlemen.  Because the 'pokes' record with their Pro Bowl QB this season is 3-0, and without him, sidelined with a broken clavicle, they were 0-7, laboring painfully along with a succession of Arena League-caliber signal-callers with no Pro Bowl halfback on whom to lean this year.  That does much to explain why Dallas is #26 in passing offense while undiminished in every other offensive and defensive category.

The contest will hinge on the respective running attacks, and which defense can better contain them.  Carolina is #4 on the ground, the Cowboys are #8 (entirely on the strength of that bulldozing offensive line, which is as good a unit as ours is horrendous).  On the other side of the ball, the Panthers are #8 against the run, and Dallas is #15.

That should be the difference.

(#  4) Carolina* (-1)
(#15) Dallas

But if there's going to be an upset today, given "the undefeateds' curse," this will be where it happens.  Think Greg Hardy putting Cam Newton in the hospital.

I wouldn't waste more than a couple of sentences on what one would assume to be a total mismatch, except that if you substitute statistical rankings for season records, you'd conclude that the mismatch goes the other way.

Read it and gape:

TOTAL OFFENSE: Bears #16, Packers #21
RUSHING OFFENSE: Bears #15, Packers #16
PASSING OFFENSE: Bears #18, Packers #22 (I guess Aaron Rodgers really does miss Jordy Nelson)

TOTAL DEFENSE: Bears #14, Packers #21
RUSHING DEFENSE: Packers #22, Bears #25
PASSING DEFENSE: Bears #4, Packers #23

Just as a side note, the Seahawks are #10 in total offense, #1 in rushing offense, #27 in passing offense, #2 in total defense, #10 in rushing defense, and #2 in passing defense, far surpassing the Pack in all but one category, and yet they're 7-3 and we're 5-5.  I'm still having trouble getting my immense brain around that without losing my composure.

If Green Bay hadn't woken up and stomped the Vikings into their own turf four days ago, I'd have had to give this pick some serious thought.  But it could be competitive, at least.  And Bret Favre will be there to get pelted by snowballs from unforgiving Packer fans.

Who says upper Midwesterners are nice?

(#14) Chicago (+9)
(#  6) Green Bay*

In America We Have "Natural Rights"

By Douglas V. Gibbs

As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, we must remember that we are giving thanks to God for our liberty, and for this wonderful country we live in.  The United States is great because the people are good, and because the foundation of our system was formed with the specific intent to protect the rights of the individual by limiting the federal government to only the necessary authorities needed to preserve the union, and to promote order at the local level by keeping the federal government out of local issues, and allowing local governance to operate in the manner determined by the consent of the governed.

John Locke wrote that we have "Natural Rights."  The Declaration of Independence refers to our rights as being entitled to us by the "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God."

We do not have Constitutional Rights. We do not have rights because the government decides we get to have them.  Our rights are not given to us by the Constitution, nor are they granted to us by mere men. The Declaration of Independence explains that we are “entitled” to our rights, our rights are “unalienable,” our rights are “self-evident,” and our rights are “endowed” to us by our “Creator.” Therefore, rights are God-given.

The Bill of Rights enumerates some of our rights because a contingent of the Founding Fathers felt it was necessary to list our rights to ensure that the federal government does not attempt to take them away. In the 1st Amendment, five rights are listed: religious freedoms (does not apply to political ideologies that use the mask of religion to force its own legal system that is incompatible with the Constitution upon the United States), freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. In the cases of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the specific desire was to protect religious and political speech.

The 2nd Amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” As with the Commerce Clause, and the clause regarding coining money, “regulated” here means “to put in good order,” or “make regular.” In other words, when it comes to the Commerce Clause, to put interstate commerce in good order, the federal government is supposed to act as a mediator, or a referee, to get commerce flowing again. In the case of the 2nd Amendment, the word “regulated” being defined as “to put in good order” is consistent with the context of the period. During the Revolutionary War, the militias were not in good order. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution establishes that Congress may pass legislation to provide for the “organizing, arming and disciplining” of the militia, but the application of procedures and functionality of the militias still belongs to the States. According to the debates during the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and the subsequent State Ratification Conventions, the right to keep and bear arms “being necessary to the security of a free State” specifically means that the populace must be allowed to be armed at all times to defend against a tyrannical federal government should such a tyranny establish itself. “Shall not be infringed” establishes that any and all federal gun laws are unconstitutional.

The 3rd Amendment enumerates the right of the people to be protected against a standing army that may be used against the populace by the central government.

Amendments IV-VIII are the Legal Amendments, enumerating legal rights that include, but are not limited to, protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to public and speedy legal proceedings, due process, innocence until proven guilty, a protection of property rights, and a protection against the preferential treatment of some over others in the courts.

The 9th Amendment reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people,” which means that if a right is not enumerated in the Constitution, that right also cannot be compromised, and belongs to the people.

But, we must remember, as we watch society abandon responsibility, and seek to label every whim and urge a "right," that if our rights are God-given, then they must be God-defined, as well.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Obama Compares ISIS Infiltrators To The Pilgrims

by JASmius

The Director posted President Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation earlier this morning, leaving me the privilege of bringing to you those of our first POTUS from 1795, John Adams (1798 and 1799), and James Madison (1814 and 1815).


When we review the calamities which afflict so many other nations, the present condition of the United States affords much matter of consolation and satisfaction. Our exemption hitherto from foreign war, an increasing prospect of the continuance of that exception, the great degree of internal tranquillity we have enjoyed, the recent confirmation of that tranquillity by the suppression of an insurrection which so wantonly threatened it, the happy course of our public affairs in general, the unexampled prosperity of all classes of our citizens, are circumstances which peculiarly mark our situation with indications of the Divine beneficence toward us. In such a state of things it is in an especial manner our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God and to implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience. Deeply penetrated with this sentiment, I, George Washington, President of the United States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all persons whomsoever, within the United States to set apart and observe Thursday, the 19th day of February next as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, and on that day to meet together and render their sincere and hearty thanks to the Great Ruler of Nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation, particularly for the possession of constitutions of government which united and by their union establish liberty with order; for the preservation of our peace, foreign and domestic; for the seasonable control which has been given to a spirit of disorder in the suppression of the late insurrection, and generally for the prosperous course of our affairs, public and private; and at the same time humbly and fervently to beseech the kind Author of these blessings graciously to prolong them to us; to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to Him for them; to teach us rightly to estimate their immense value; to preserve us from the arrogance of prosperity, and from hazarding the advantages we enjoy by delusive pursuits; to dispose us to merit the continuance of His favors by not abusing them; by our gratitude for them, and by a correspondent conduct as citizens and men; to render this country more and more a safe and propitious asylum for the unfortunate of other countries; to extend among us true and useful knowledge; to diffuse and establish habits of sobriety, order, morality, and piety, and finally, to impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind. In testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed to these presents, and signed the same with my hand. Done at the city of Philadelphia, the 1st day of January, 1795, and of the Independence of the United States of America the nineteenth.

By the President : GO. WASHINGTON.


As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and the blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety without which social happiness can not exist nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty or of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity, are a loud call to repentance and reformation; and as the United States of America are at present placed in a hazardous and afflictive situation by the unfriendly disposition, conduct, and demands of a foreign power, evinced by repeated refusals to receive our messengers of reconciliation and peace, by depredations on our commerce, and the infliction of injuries on very many of our fellow-citizens while engaged in their lawful business on the seas – under these considerations it has appeared to me that the duty of imploring the mercy and benediction of Heaven on our country demands at this time a special attention from its inhabitants. I have therefore thought fit to recommend, and I do hereby recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next, be observed throughout the United States as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens of these States, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming; that all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before God the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation, beseeching Him at the same time, of His infinite grace, through the Redeemer of the World, freely to remit all our offenses, and to incline us by His Holy Spirit to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; that it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages; that the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts, and manufactures be blessed and prospered; that the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth. And finally, I recommend that on the said day the duties of humiliation and prayer be accompanied by fervent thanksgiving to the Bestower of Every Good Gift, not only for His having hitherto protected and preserved the people of these United States in the independent enjoyment of their religious and civil freedom, but also for having prospered them in a wonderful progress of population, and for conferring on them many and great favors conducive to the happiness and prosperity of a nation. Given under my hand the seal of the United States of America, at Philadelphia, this 23d day of March, A.D. 1798, and of the Independence of the said States the twentysecond.

By the President : JOHN ADAMS.


As no truth is more clearly taught in the Volume of Inspiration, nor any more fully demonstrated by the experience of all ages, than that a deep sense and a due acknowledgment of the governing providence of a Supreme Being and of the accountableness of men to Him as the searcher of hearts and righteous distributer of rewards and punishments are conducive equally to the happiness and rectitude of individuals and to the well-being of communities; as it is also most reasonable in itself that men who are made capable of social acts and relations, who owe their improvements to the social state, and who derive their enjoyments from it, should, as a society, make their acknowledgments of dependence and obligation to Him who hath endowed them with these capacities and elevated them in the scale of existence by these distinctions; as it is likewise a plain dictate of duty and a strong sentiment of nature that in circumstances of great urgency and seasons of imminent danger earnest and particular supplications should be made to Him who is able to defend or to destroy; as, moreover, the most precious interests of the people of the United States are still held in jeopardy by the hostile designs and insidious acts of a foreign nation, as well as by the dissemination among them of those principles, subversive of the foundations of all religious, moral, and social obligations, that have produced incalculable mischief and misery in other countries; and as, in fine, the observance of special seasons for public religious solemnities is happily calculated to aver the evils which we ought to deprecate and to excite to the performance of the duties which we ought to discharge by calling and fixing the attention of the people at large to the momentous truths already recited, by affording opportunity to teach and inculcate them by animating devotion and giving to it the character of a national act : For these reasons I have thought proper to recommend, and I do hereby recommend accordingly, that Thursday, the 25th day of April next, be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain as far as may be from their secular occupations, devote the time to the sacred duties of religion in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the Most High God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore His pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to His righteous requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that "righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people"; that He would turn us from our transgressions and turn His displeasure from us; that He would withhold us from unreasonable discontent, from disunion, faction, sedition, and insurrection; that He would preserve our country from the desolating sword; that He would save our cities and towns from a repetition of those awful pestilential visitations under which they have lately suffered so severely, and that the health of our inhabitants generally may be precious in His sight; that He would favor us with fruitful seasons and so bless the labors of the husbandman as that there may be food in abundance for man and beast; that He would prosper our commerce, manufactures, and fisheries, and give success to the people in all their lawful industry and enterprise; that He would smile on our colleges, academies, schools, and seminaries of learning, and make them nurseries of sound science, morals, and religion; that He would bless all magistrates, from the highest to the lowest, give them the true spirit of their station, make them a terror to evil doers and a praise to them that do well; that He would preside over the councils of the nation at this critical period, enlighten them to a just discernment of the public interest, and save them from mistake, division, and discord; that He would make succeed our preparations for defense and bless our armaments by land and by sea; that He would put an end to the effusion of human blood and the accumulation of human misery among the contending nations of the earth by disposing them to justice, to equity, to benevolence, and to peace; and that he would extend the blessings of knowledge, of true liberty, and of pure and undefiled religion throughout the world. And I do also recommend that with these acts of humiliation, penitence, and prayer, fervent thanksgiving to the Author of All Good be united for the countless favors which He is still continuing to the people of the United States, and which render their condition as a nation eminently happy when compared with the lot of others.

Given, etc. JOHN ADAMS


The two Houses of the National Legislature having by a joint resolution expressed their desire that in the present time of public calamity and war a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation and fasting and of prayer to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace, I have deemed it proper by this proclamation to recommend that Thursday, the 12th of January next, be set apart as a day on which all may have an opportunity of voluntarily offering at the same time in their respective religious assemblies their humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe, of confessing their sins and transgressions, and of strengthening their vows of repentance and amendment. They will be invited by the same solemn occasion to call to mind the distinguished favors conferred on the American people in the general health which has been enjoyed, in the abundant fruits of the season, in the progress of the arts instrumental to their comfort, their prosperity, and their security, and in the victories which have so powerfully contributed to the defense and protection of our country, a devout thankfulness for all which ought to be mingled with their supplications to the Beneficent Parent of the Human Race that He would be graciously pleased to pardon all their offenses against Him; to support and animate them in the discharge of their respective duties; to continue to them the precious advantages flowing from political institutions so auspicious to their safety against dangers from abroad, to their tranquillity at home, and to their liberties, civil and religious; and that He would in a special manner preside over the nation in its public councils and constituted authorities, giving wisdom to its measures and success to its arms in maintaining its rights and in overcoming all hostile designs and attempts against it; and, finally, that by inspiring the enemy with dispositions favorable to a just and reasonable peace its blessings may be speedily and happily restores. Given at the city of Washington, the 16th day of November, 1814, and of the Independence of the United States the thirty-eighth. JAMES MADISON


The senate and House of Representatives of the United States have by a joint resolution signified their desire that a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnity as a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness manifested in restoring to them the blessing of peace. No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events of the Destiny of Nations than the people of the United States. His kind providence originally conducted them to one of the best portions of the dwelling place allotted for the great family of the human race. He protected and cherished them under all the difficulties and trials to which they were exposed in their early days. Under His fostering care their habits, their sentiments, and their pursuits prepared them for a transition in due time to a state of independence and self-government. In the arduous struggle by which it was attained they were distinguished by multiplied tokens of His benign interposition. During the interval which succeeded He reared them into the strength and endowed them with the resources which have enabled them to assert their national rights, and to enhance their national character in another arduous conflict, which is now so happily terminated by a peace and reconciliation with those who have been our enemies. And to the same Divine Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land. It is for blessings such as these, and more especially for the restoration of the blessing of peace, that I now recommend that the second Thursday in April next be set apart as a day on which the people of every religious denomination may in their solemn assembles unite their hearts and their voices in a freewill offering to their Heavenly Benefactor of their homage of thanksgiving and of their songs of praise. Given at the city of Washington on the 4th day of March, A.D. 1815, and of the Independence of the United States the thirty-ninth.


Oh, yes, and here is the 2015 Thanksgiving proclamation of Barack Hussein Obama, in which he likens "Syrian refugees" to....the Pilgrims.

Which is actually rather apt, since the Pilgrims were coming to this land as the vanguard of what became foreign conquest and colonization.

Mecca on the Atlantic, indeed.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-- That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

I find it noteworthy that the language in this proclamation is as such that if a politician in today's political landscape was to utter similar language, he or she would be chastised for being a religious right kook, or criticized for betraying what the liberal left considers to be the separation of church and state.  Obviously, Washington's definition of statesman, and religious freedom, was different than that of today's secularists.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Obama Announces He's Illegally Closing Gitmo By Imperial Decree

by JASmius

Of course, if he'd simply vetoed the Defense appropriations bill again that he vetoed a month ago, he could have accomplished the same thing.  After all, the primary justification for that first veto was the language in it prohibiting the closing of Camp X-Ray, and the first version of that bill didn't pass by veto-proof margins.  Then Senate Democrats were, for a time at least, successfully filibustering it until Senate Republicans removed the Gitmo language.  Then for some undisclosed reason Senate Democrats relented and the second version of the bill passed almost unanimously, providing Obama with a ready-made excuse to concede defeat and sign the bill.  But everybody knows that he isn't a REAL lame duck and could, if he chose to demand it, have commanded enough loyalty in his own party to get enough Democrats in both Houses of Congress to close ranks behind him to sustain another veto and ratchet up the pressure on congressional Republicans to cave to his demands that they pull their close-Gitmo language.

That's how an anti-American dick of a POTUS would get what he wanted constitutionally.  But then that would be an awfully lame way for an anti-American dick of POTUS, who by clear and present implication also hates the U.S. Constitution, sees it as an obstacle and impediment to what he wants to do to for the country, and has long ago established a lengthy baseline as an aspiring dictator, to try and get his way - and he would not be guaranteed of succeeding.

So why not be passive-aggressive about it it, sign the damn bill, and then close Gitmo anyway on the legal authority he doesn't have but he knows congressional Republicans are too chicken to ever challenge because (this just in) he's (half-)black?:

Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he may ignore fresh congressional restrictions on transferring detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, setting up another confrontation with Republicans over the limits of his power.

Which means Republicans will cave and his power will expand.  Again.

Or will they? (See below)

“The executive branch must have the flexibility, with regard to the detainees who remain at Guantanamo, to determine when and where to prosecute them,” Obama said in a statement Wednesday after signing a national defense policy bill that includes the restrictions.

Which he could have best expressed and exercised by vetoing the defense bill again.  Because closing Gitmo is vastly more important than defending the United States of America from its enemies.  Which he's not doing anyway, but whatever, he's got his own dictatorship to defend.

He called restrictions on prisoner transfers a potentially unconstitutional violation of presidential authority.

Who says this guy doesn't have a set of brass ones when the occasion calls for it (i.e. when someone is trying to take usurped power back from him)?

The president, he said, must have flexibility to decide “when and where to transfer" detainees at the prison, "consistent with our national security and our humane treatment policy.”

None of which is consistent with national security, because the treatment our enemies, most particularly those who were and are resident at Camp X-Ray, have intended for all of us is not remotely humane, which renders how they're treated universally irrelevant.  And yet it's their welfare with which The One is borderline obsessed.  Which is why Congress has resolutely kept Gitmo open.  And their antagonist signed that into law.

House Speaker Paul Ryan sounds like he's almost daring O to cross that line:

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect on November 10th that Obama doesn’t have the authority to close the prison via executive action.

"It’s just that clear," Ryan said.

Asked about Obama’s statement on Wednesday, a Ryan spokesman, Doug Andres, said in an e-mail: "The law is the law."

Is it?  Hasn't been for the past seven years.  Is Ryan willing to do what it's going to take to change that?  We shall see.

But post-Paris, there will never be a better time for that constitutional crisis.

2012 U.S. Abortions All The Way Down To 699,000

by JASmius

Please don't ask me why the feds are three years behind on producing these abortion statistics.  My best guess is (1) the renownedly oxymoronic government efficiency, and/or (2) the Obama Regime was embarrassed to admit that the number of annual abortions has declined that much, at least as of three years ago.

The worst part of it is that almost seven hundred thousand in utero murders really does constitute significant, even massive, progress given that it wasn't that many years ago that the yearly number was upwards of a million and a half:

U.S. abortions continue to fall, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.

Federal statistics show abortions have been in a general decline for about twenty-five years.

The number of reported abortions dropped 4% in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. About 699,000 abortions were reported to the federal government that year. That's about 31,000 fewer than the year before.

Experts offer various reasons for the recent drop: Better use of birth control and the lingering effects of the [ongoing economic depr]ession. Others argue there's been a cultural shift and more women opt to continue their pregnancy.

I would actually love to believe the last two factors were dominant.  I would also love to believe that annual U.S. abortions had declined that much.

But I think this accounts for the massive drop-off much more plausibly:

The CDC data is not a complete national picture. It's based on reports from health departments in forty-seven States, Washington[, D.C.] and New York City. California, Maryland and New Hampshire don't report abortion numbers. [emphasis added]

Leaving out California - the most populous, paganized, and leftwingnut State in the country - is a rather significant omission.  I would estimate the Acapulco Golden State would bring the annual abortion total up to a full million all by itself.

Still a decline from what it once was, but still a long, long way to go.

Hard Starboard Radio: Ted Cruz Rising?

Seventh Circuit unconstitutionally declares Wisconsin abortion law unconstitutional; Obama Regime blatantly covered up how ISIS was kicking their asses; ACLU sues Indiana to force Syrian "refugee" invasion; Turks shoot down Russian bomber; Ted Cruz blowing past Carson & Trump in Iowa; The senator California deserves; Iranian hackers attack State Department; and another reason we're losing to ISIS.

We're on the eve of Tryptophan hangovers at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Marco Rubio, Not Ted Cruz, Is The ObamaCare-Slayer

by JASmius

As all of you know, I was a hardcore Scott Walker supporter for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  So with his departure from the race, I've been and remain a free agent, sitting back and waiting to see how this massively overpopulated agglomeration shakes out before determining in which direction I'm going to go.  And even then it might involve more than a little bit of nose-holding.

Consider that the context in which I point out that while Ted Cruz was burning down his own party in his futile, grandstanding, publicity-whoring attempt to "defund" ObamaCare, Marco Rubio was actually planting the seeds of the Unaffordable Care Act's eventual death spiral:

Senator Marco Rubio may have dealt the biggest blow in the GOP’s five-year war against ObamaCare.

A 2014 budget measure inspired by the Florida Republican and presidential hopeful is pushing some insurers to drop out of the ObamaCare [cartels], experts say.

“I think this is one of the most effective things they’ve done so far in terms of trying to undermine the [Una]ffordable Care Act,” Tim Jost, a healthcare law professor at Washington and Lee University, said of Republicans in Congress.

This fall, more than a dozen health insurers representing 800,000 people have dropped out of the ObamaCare [cartels], many out of fear that the administration no longer has the cash to cushion their losses in the costly early years of the [cartels].

Also, remember the cascade-failing ObamaCare regional coop network?  That was Rubio's doing as well.

The nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealthCare, specifically mentioned the specter of a funding shortfall last week when it threatened to end its participation in the [cartels] after 2016.

The angst in the industry centers on an obscure program in the healthcare law known as “risk corridors” that was designed to shield insurers against losses.

Amazing that nobody ever stopped to question the overall efficacy of a plan that assumes massive losses for insurers, huh?

Rubio in 2013 went on the warpath against the program, decrying it as a “taxpayer bailout.” He penned op-eds against it, testified about it as the star witness at a House Oversight Committee hearing and even made his case to top House Republicans including then-Speaker John Boehner (R-OH8).

“There is a problem with the way [ObamaCare] [cartels] are now designed that have not yet received the attention they deserve, but I promise you’re going to be hearing a lot about it in the days to come,” Rubio said in a Senate floor speech in early 2014.

While Rubio’s attempt to scrap risk corridors altogether was unsuccessful, his push contributed to a policy rider that was inserted into a 1,603-page spending bill passed at the end of 2014.

Under the provision, which is still in effect, the [Commissariat] of Health and Human Services (HHS) could no longer [raid and otherwise slush-fund-ize] other accounts — such as its overall appropriations or its MediCare funding — to fund the risk corridors program.

Brilliantly insidious, no?  Like Cruz could ever be that subtle.

Now Rubio is taking his crusade against the "bailout" program to the presidential campaign trail.

The senator and dozens of other Republicans are seeking to renew the policy rider — or repeal risk corridors altogether — in the year-end budget bill that Congress must pass by December 11th to avoid a government shutdown.

Which would be on much firmer public relations ground, I might add.

“So far, we’ve succeeded in stopping the Obama administration from bailing out healthcare companies under ObamaCare, and it’s critical that Congress once again stand with taxpayers to stop any taxpayer bailout of health insurers from happening,” Rubio wrote in a letter to GOP leaders of both chambers on Tuesday.

How many times have I tried to tell you, my Tea Party friends, that strategy is about more than just "FIGHT!  FIGHT!  FIGHT!"  You have to maneuver, you have to manipulate, you have to scheme, you have to plan, you have to prepare the future field of battle.  Senator Rubio's anti-"risk corridors" rider wasn't the raging, cathartic call to battle that Defundageddon was, but the latter failed, miserably, as it was always going to do, while the former has laid the groundwork for a successful Republican retaking of the White House next year and an actual full ObamaCare repeal to follow.

I haven't made up my mind yet on a 2016 candidate and will not for months.  But y'all have to admit, this is a great big feather in rightwing Dezi's cap.

Russian-Turkish Confrontation Escalating

by JASmius

The war of words since the second Turkish downing of a Russian warplane does not sound like it's heading in a conciliatory direction:

Russia on Wednesday accused Turkey of a "planned provocation" over the downing of a warplane on the Syrian border as a rescued pilot claimed that no warning had been given.

As the diplomatic fallout from Tuesday's incident raged on, Ankara sought to play down tensions and its allies in NATO issued urgent appeals for restraint.

Moscow said Russian and Syrian special forces had rescued one of the two pilots who ejected from the bomber as it plunged to the [ground] in a fireball but confirmed the second airman and a soldier sent to rescue him died.

In his first interview, rescued pilot Konstantin Murakhtin told Russian state media there had been no warning before his plane was shot down by Turkish fighter jets.

"There was no warning, not by radio exchange nor visually. There was no contact at all," Murakhtin said at Moscow's base in Syria, with his back to the cameras.

Turkey insists it gave ten warnings in the space of five minutes, an account backed up by its NATO ally the United States which [follows in the impotent wake of] a [fictional] coalition against Islamic State jihadists in Syria.

The downing has threatened ties between two major rival players in the Syrian war and raised fears it could escalate into a wider geopolitical conflict.

"We have serious doubts about this being an unpremeditated act, it really looks like a planned provocation," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after speaking to Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu by phone in the first contact between the two over the incident.

"We do not plan to go to war with Turkey, our attitude toward the Turkish people has not changed," he added, but warned Moscow would "seriously reevaluate" relations with Ankara. [emphases added]

 It's difficult to see what the Turks would get out of such a "planned provocation".  Deliberately shooting down two Russian planes and then lying about it, pissing off Moscow in the process, wouldn't get them to withdraw from Syria or stop propping up Bashar al-Assad.  It might send a message to the Russians about the latter's continuing invasions of Turkish airspace, which can only be exacerbating Ankara's nervousness over being essentially surrounded by Russian forces on their northern and now southern flanks.  But if you're in that position, is provoking Moscow into further hostile actions really the wisest course of action?

The most likely possibility is that the incident unfolded as the Turks claim, and perhaps their pilots erroneously determined the Su-24 Fencer bomber to have strayed out of Syrian airspace.  A bleep-up, in other words, which would certainly comport with Ankara's fairly strenuous efforts to defuse the situation.  Whereas Czar Vlad seems to be going out of his way to opportunistically stoke tensions further.

Lavrov's statement seems to amount to, "That was strike two; three strikes and you're out".  If there are no more incidents, there will probably not be a Russo-Turkish - which is to say, Russo-NATO and therefore, Russo-American - war.  But given the situation in Syria that so easily gives rise to such situations where such mistakes can be so easily made, that non-optimal outcome sure looks like it's only a matter of time.

But since we can take it for granted that Barack Obama would throw Turkey under the bus to avoid any such conflict, let me pose this question: Will The One opportunistically use this situation to destroy NATO himself before Putin even gets the chance?  Think about it: being part of a twenty-eight-member military alliance in which an attack on any member obligates the U.S. to go to war has to be intolerable to a communist pacifist like Red Barry, who doesn't give a frog's fat leg about the rest of the world aside from promoting the Global Jihad.  He couldn't care less about Putin rebuilding the old Soviet Union or Red China recreating the old imperial Japanese "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere".  Our only connection with either are these pesky treaty obligations.  But if O can knock down NATO, for example, by screwing over Turkey in their moment of need, then Vlad can roll up the Baltic States, finish off Ukraine and retake the Warsaw Pact countries all without President Eighteenth Fairway having to give any of it a second look.

If I were the Turks, I'd be instructing my air force commanders to be a bit less hypervigilant about guarding every inch of the country's airspace.  Because their former-superpower ally is unlikely to have their back.