Friday, June 24, 2016

A Win for "Ordinary People" Over Elites: Independence Day for Britain as Campaign of Fear Loses and Country Prepares to Exit European Union

More updates below...

The lesson for the U.S. election could not be more clear!

Wow! A stunning result in Britain with a huge voter turnout in the referendum to decide whether to remain in the European Union or leave. It was a decisive win for leave by 52-48% for remain.  Full results are here.

Elites from both the left and right of British politics backed the campaign to remain and waged a campaign of fear suggesting all sorts of dire consequences for leaving. But in the end, unfettered immigration of millions pouring into Britain from the poorer areas of Europe as well as refugees from Africa and the Middle East swayed voters to say ENOUGH!

The decision is also a rejection of the kind of cozy, corrupt and unaccountable arrangements that have enriched elites at the expense of ordinary people who bear the brunt of regulations and laws by the European Union for which no British citizen voted to enact.

The European Union even went so far at one point to dictate the size and curvature of bananas and cucumbers that could be sold in British shops. The Nanny State supreme.

Nuts to Obama and Hillary

The decision is also a loss for both Obama and Hillary Clinton who made it clear they wanted Britain to remain in the EU. Obama went so far as to suggest on a trip to Britain that the country would go to the "back of the queue" (or bus) if it left. That interference created a backlash. Trump was on the right side of history suggesting Britain "would be better off" outside the EU.

The vote also signals a rejection of the kind of fear politics practiced by those who supported remaining. Nearly every scare story was trotted out including the possibility of war and economic collapse to try and frighten voters. This has implications for the U.S. presidential election where Hillary Clinton is already trying to frighten voters with negative images of Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear trigger.

Margaret Thatcher's Revenge

"I told you so!"
Margaret Thatcher was removed from the Office of Prime Minister by a cabal of conservative Members of Parliament who desired closer unification with Europe. Thatcher had spent most of her political career warning about handing over more power and money to an unaccountable, un-elected European elite. Many of the same bunch who tossed her out of Number 10 Downing Street supported the remain campaign. Thatcher can rest easier now!

This decision shows that ordinary people can have their voices heard. That's a warning to Hillary Clinton and the elites in the United States who continue to profit at the expense of the rest of us!

UPDATE: Prime Minister Cameron resigns. He will stay as a caretaker until a leadership election within the Conservative Party can be carried out. It's been little more than a year since he led his party to a landslide victory in parliamentary elections.

UPDATE: Trump Statement Captures Essence of Brexit

The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.

Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.
Margaret Thatcher: "No! No! No!"

Just days before she was thrown from office by the backstabbers in her own party Margaret Thatcher rejected the call for a government of Europe. Her words echo today:

Historian Dominic Sandbrooke writing in the Daily Mail:
For once, all the cliches are justified. This was not merely an electoral earthquake. It was a popular revolt by vast swathes of England and Wales against the political, financial and cultural elite, whose complacent assumptions have been simply blown away. Indeed, for once it really is impossible to exaggerate the significance of the moment. What happened was undoubtedly the most dramatic, the most shocking and even the most revolutionary event in our modern history. We will live with the consequences for the rest of our lives.
Every rule of politics has been broken.
What makes all this so dramatic, though, is that it represents something new — a revolution by millions of people, many of them traditional working-class voters, against the massed ranks of the political and financial Establishment.

Fraser Nelson in the Wall Street Journal calls the Brexit result: "the biggest slap in the face ever delivered to the British establishment in the history of universal suffrage."

Michael Goodwin in the New York Post:
In both Great Britain and America, the well-connected people working in government, finance and other sectors that benefit from the international system have no idea why anyone would want to rock the boat. Yet the very trade agreements that mysteriously move money and whole industries and make them winners leave many individuals feeling like pawns in a global game they can’t control or even understand.

People who played by the rules and still became second-class citizens in their own countries have legitimate claims. When they try to express them through the political process, they are patronized and then ignored.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Another Day in the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela as People Starve, Food Riots and No End in Sight

What was promised to be the "beautiful revolution" has turned ugly fast!

From the New York Times:
Hundreds of people here in the city of Cumaná, home to one of the region’s independence heroes, marched on a supermarket in recent days, screaming for food. They forced open a large metal gate and poured inside. They snatched water, flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, potatoes, anything they could find, leaving behind only broken freezers and overturned shelves.

And they showed that even in a country with the largest oil reserves in the world, it is possible for people to riot because there is not enough food.

In the last two weeks alone, more than 50 food riots, protests and mass looting have erupted around the country. Scores of businesses have been stripped bare or destroyed. At least five people have been killed.
A staggering 87 percent of Venezuelans say they do not have money to buy enough food, the most recent assessment of living standards by Simón Bolívar University found.

About 72 percent of monthly wages are being spent just to buy food, according to the Center for Documentation and Social Analysis, a research group associated with the Venezuelan Teachers Federation.

In April, it found that a family would need the equivalent of 16 minimum-wage salaries to properly feed itself.

Ask people in this city when they last ate a meal, and many will respond that it was not today.
Ah the joys of socialism. You may starve to death but it will be for a good cause!

Obama's Decree That Muslims Should Not Be Investigated for Radicalism Is Key to Understanding Why Terror Plots Grow in Number and Intesity

Obama seems desperate to avoid the one factor in all recent terror attacks and Americans are dying because of it!

How is it that the Orlando shooter, who celebrated the September 11th attacks, thought the Fort Hood shooter was justified and admired the Boston Marathon bombers managed to evade detection even after an FBI investigation? Why is it that his repeated threats to classmates, co-workers and on social media were ignored? How is it that the same man who had a history of violence could buy guns after so recently being turned away from a store where he attempted to buy body armor? Red lights were flashing and sirens were blaring long before Omar Mateen killed 49 people in Orlando. Why didn't the Obama Administration connect the dots?

The sad truth is that the reason Mateen was able to avoid detection is because the Obama Administration has placed blinders on the FBI, Homeland Security and other agencies when investigating Muslims. Obama's pathological denial that these terrorists are linked to radical Islam is getting more and more Americans killed!

We've learned that the Department of Justice, which controls the FBI, has purged all mention of Islam from the transcripts of 911 calls made by Mateen where he claimed credit and swore allegiance to ISIS. But the scrubbing going on behind the scenes across government where Islam is concerned is far worse.

Obama's latest dodge is to suggest that these are all "homegrown extremists" who somehow spontaneously take up the cause of radical jihad. This ignores the fact that the source of this rabid evil is an interpretation of Islam which emanates from the fever swamps of the Middle East.

To suggest, as Obama does, that Islam has nothing to do with the problem is insane! But it's not just that Obama won't say the words "radical Islamic terrorists" he won't allow other security agencies to investigate the possibility. Former FBI assistant director James Kallstrom describes how:
The rules of engagement, what the bureau is being told about what they can do and what they can't do. They can't go sniffing around anything to do with Muslims. They can't go around to mosques. They can't do things that they would normally do. I'm not talking things that are off the charts. I'm talking about things that normally would be done. But the orders have come down from the White House.
And those orders include these which were published guidelines for federal agencies:
Don’t use training that equates radical thought, religious expression, freedom to protest, or other constitutionally protected activity, with criminal activity. One can have radical thoughts/ideas, including disliking the U.S. government, without being violent; for example, trainers who equate the desire for Sharia law with criminal activity violate basic tenets of the First Amendment.
How were these rules developed? Why, with the help of radical Islamists who have an open ear at the White House.

Former NSA analyst John Schindler put it best in this op-ed "Jihad Denial Kills Again":
“There’s the rub. In 21st-century America, we have created a perverse incentive structure where fear of accusations of Islamophobia and/or racism takes priority over anything else, even preventing violence. While nobody could have foreseen the exact attack that Omar Mateen perpetrated, it’s abundantly clear that he was on track to do something awful, including murder. Yet nothing was done, even though warnings were abundant. Simply put, any American today who is accused of Islamophobia faces a ruined life with loss of employment and social stigma. Whereas the cost of not preventing mass murder is merely hurt feelings and regret.”

“The FBI was following the lead of its political masters. It’s hardly a big secret that President Obama from the moment he arrived at the White House put the kibosh on any discussion of radical Islam as a security problem, even in classified channels. In 2009, the administration banned politically loaded words like ‘jihad’ even in classified Intelligence Community assessments discussing terrorism — a message that was received loud and clear in the counterterrorism community. Missing the next 9/11 could be survived, career-wise, while accusations of Islamophobia would not be with Barack Obama in the White House.”
Need further proof that Islamophobia is a bigger concern than terrorism to Obama and his ilk? Shortly after the San Bernadino attacks Attorney General Lynch spoke to a Muslim group and said her "greatest fear" wasn't terrorism, but a backlash against Muslims. She vowed to prosecute anyone who uses "anti-Muslim rhetoric."

The Obama Administration demonstrates extreme sensitivity towards Muslims which borders on the subservient. Has that policy borne fruit? You be the judge:
December 2015: Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married Pakistani couple, stormed a San Bernardino County government building with combat gear and rifles and opened fire on about 80 employees enjoying an office Christmas party. They killed 14 after pledging loyalty to ISIS. A third Muslim was charged with helping buy weapons.

July 2015: Mohammad Abdulazeez opened fire on a military recruiting center and US Navy Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he shot to death four Marines and a sailor. Obama refused to call it terrorism.

May 2015: ISIS-directed Muslims Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson opened fire on the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, shooting a security guard before police took them down.

April 2013: Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Muslim brothers from Chechnya, exploded a pair of pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 260. At least 17 people lost limbs from the shrapnel.

September 2012: Terrorists with al Qaeda in the Maghreb attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing the US ambassador, a US Foreign Service officer and two CIA contractors. Obama and then-Secretary of State Clinton misled the American people, blaming the attack on an anti-Muslim video.

November 2009: Army Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13. Obama ruled it “workplace violence,” even though Hasan was in contact with an al Qaeda leader before the strikes and praised Allah as he mowed down troops.

June 2009: Al Qaeda-trained Abdulhakim Muhammad opened fire on an Army recruiting office in Little Rock, Ark., killing Pvt. William Long and wounding Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula.
Not a single Christian in the bunch but Obama consistently downplayed or denied any link to Islam!

As I said after the San Bernadino massacre:Do you get the impression that Obama cares more about protecting the Muslim community here and overseas than he does about protecting the American people? My "greatest fear" is that more Americans will die because of his dangerously deluded leadership!

UPDATE: The One Piece of Gun Control Legislation Obama Would not Support: Charles Hurt suggests we "pass a gun law that would bar any Muslim who has expressed support for jihad from purchasing firearms or ammunition."

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Obama's Attorney General to Scrub Orlando Shooters 911 Call and Remove References to Islam

All part of the plan to deny the link between the shooting and Islam!

Bad enough Obama won't say the words "radical Islam" nor will he let FBI agents investigate links to the same. Now they are taking the 911 call the shooter made to police and removing his declaration of allegiance to ISIS. Better to let people think he was just another "lone wolf" or "homegrown extremist" as Obama likes to say.

Nothing "homegrown" about this evil. It comes direct from the Middle East and the Muslims who believe in radical jihad!

UPDATE: Justice Department replaces "Allah" for "God" in transcript of Orlando shooter call. Trying to cover up the link to Islam!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

No Wonder He Lost in 2008: John McCain Said Obama "Directly Responsible" for Orlando Shooting Then Backs Down

If McCain had the courage of his convictions he wouldn't have backed down and might have won in 2008!

From the Washington Post:
McCain answered the question about the gun debate by citing Obama’s culpability for the attack through his foreign policy: “Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,” McCain said.

When pressed by a reporter on the claim that Obama was “directly” responsible, McCain reiterated his point — that Obama should not have withdrawn combat troops from Iraq: “He pulled everybody out of Iraq, and I predicted at the time that ISIS would go unchecked, and there would be attacks on the United States of America,” he said. “It’s a matter of record, so he is directly responsible.”
In a statement released Thursday afternoon after the comments were publicized, McCain said he “misspoke.”

“I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible,” he said. “I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself.
Big mistake John. It puts YOU on the defensive and your charge, which was completely accurate, gets lost. No wonder Trump is doing so well. He would never make this mistake!

Gun Store Owner Warned Authorities Weeks Earlier About Orlando Shooter

But nothing was done. Easier to demonize lawful gun owners than actually investigate a potential terrorist!

Here's the story.

The shooter, Omar Mateen had already been investigated by the FBI. It's inconceivable why this gun shop report didn't set off alarms.

In the post below I warned that the delusional refusal of the Obama Administration to connect the dots, actually refusing to investigate radical links, has made America less safe. This is yet another example!

It isn't the guns that are killing people. It's the refusal of the Obama Administration to investigate those who may be Islamic radicals!

CIA Director Contradicts Obama and Confirms Trump's View on Success in Fighting ISIS

The seeds of disaster have been planted by Obama these past eight years. Much worse is to come!

In the wake of the Orlando massacre Trump kicked up some dust Tuesday when he told a crowd in North Carolina: "We have to be so tough. We have to be so strong. We have to be so vigilant. We can’t be led by weak, ineffective people." He was referring to Obama and Hillary Clinton who have been so unable to protect Americans over the past eight years.

Trump went further by demanding that Hillary Clinton return the $25 million the Clinton Foundation has taken from countries which Trump points out "Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays." Trump added: "We want to live in a country where gay and lesbian Americans and all Americans are safe from radical Islam.... Hillary Clinton talks about women and she talks about how she's going to do -- she plays the women card more than any human being I've ever seen in my life."

Obama responded in his usual thin skinned manner launching his usual straw men arguments and trying to convince those who heard his remarks that we are winning the fight against ISIS.   NY Post columnist Michael Goodwin observed:
His cause is himself, always and only, and his greatly diminished historic presidency looks especially insignificant next to the bloodshed in Orlando. The iconic redeemer who promised hope and change never seemed so small and hopeless. America saw Barack Obama at low tide yesterday, revealed as brimming with fury and bankrupt of ideas and even sympathy for the dead. The man who had an answer for everything and a solution to nothing is now also out of excuses.
Trump's reaction: "Obama "was more angry at me than he was at the shooter" in the Orlando terrorist attack."

Obama's happy talk about fighting ISIS is wearing thin. He's claimed success often as the death toll rises. Eight years now and we've lived through the Fort Hood shooting, Chattanooga killing, Boston Marathon bombing, San Bernadino massacre and now Orlando.

Obama continues to cite "homegrown extremists" as the source of this evil. There is nothing "homegrown" about the virulent radical Islamic ideology that is driving these monsters to kill. It comes straight out of the Middle East where the cancer continues to grow. Meanwhile you have an administration that continues to believe right wing extremists pose the same threat as ISIS. If the President and some top aides are that deluded it's no wonder these ISIS attacks continue to spread.

CIA Chief Contradicts Obama

Not all the players in the Obama Administration have swallowed the politically correct Kool Aid. CIA Director John Brennan testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday and said:
"Unfortunately, despite all our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group's terrorism capability and global reach,” Brennan testified. “The group's foreign branches and global networks can help preserve its capacity for terrorism regardless of events in Iraq and Syria. In fact, as the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda.”
With the death toll from ISIS and Islamic related terror rising it's impossible to credit Obama with much success in this effort. But then, he and his Administration remain in denial about who and what the enemy actually is. They persist in forcing security agencies to desist from examining any link between radical Islam and terror. This delusion is carried to such an extreme that the government did not even examine the clear signs on social media that indicated a threat from the San Bernadino killers.

We may find in the days ahead that more signs of radicalism from the Orlando shooter were ignored because of the politically correct attitudes so prevalent in the Obama Administration. More bloodshed will surely be the result of this willful blindness!

Meanwhile, Obama is admitting hundreds of refugees from Syria despite the warning of officialis like CIA's Brennan that terrorists would exploit the opportunity. Little chance any of them will be asked about radical ties. That wouldn't be politically correct!

Baby Eagles Have Flown the Nest

From eggs to full grown Bald Eagles in just a few months!

For those who follow the live Bald Eagle cam from the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC you'll be happy and a little sad to note that the two baby "eaglets" are all grown up and spending more time away from the nest. They return periodically when one of the parent's provides a meal but frequently spend their time nearby.

Here's a screen capture taken from earlier in the week when one of the parents stopped by with a fish and hung around while the younger eagles finished the meal:

Once the birds are fully independent and have left the area the nest cam will go offline until next year when we hope to see another hatching!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando Shooter Pledged Allegiance to ISIS, Was Registered Dem Known to FBI. Dems Blame Guns and the Right

Once again Obama feigns ignorance: "precise motivations of the killer" unclear!

UPDATE: "He always talked of killing people': Former co-worker of Orlando terrorist says he warned his security firm bosses he was a deranged homophobe but they refused to fire him because he was MUSLIM!"

Here we go again! A mass shooting motivated by radical Islam, allegiance to ISIS and one for which ISIS took credit and Obama can't say the words "Islamic terrorism."

Well, at least he didn't try to insist that it was "workplace violence" as his Administration did FOR YEARS after Fort Hood shooting where 13 Americans died.

Updates on the shooting continue to pour in but we do know that 50 people were killed and more injured in an Orlando nightclub on Saturday by an Islamist gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call shortly before the attack and referenced the Boston Marathon bombing.

Most of those who were killed were gay. In April an Orlando Muslim Imam suggested that gays should be killed "out of compassion." We're used to seeing gay men with hands tied thrown off the roof of tall buildings in Iraq and Syria by ISIS. Now they are doing the same in the U.S. Where is the gay community that has defended Obama and Hillary against the charges of indifference to the threat of ISIS? Why does Obama allow what amounts to REAL hate speech by Muslims in the U.S. to continue?

Meanwhile, the usual suspects on the left knocked themselves over to get to a microphone to blame the shooting on a lack of gun control and even blame conservatives. Bernie Sanders came out of the box along with other leading Dems to blame the gun, not the shooter. Yet the Islamist gunman in Orlando was known to the FBI and had recently purchased the weapons used in the attack. So much for background checks!

A member of the ACLU blamed the Christian right for Islamophobia and being anti-gay. Pretty sick but I suppose that's easier than facing the truth that EVERYTHING YOU THINK IS A LIE!

According to the FBI this attack "was organized and well-prepared." Not in any way a random act. Here's the Islamist monster who committed this atrocity:

If this monster had been a member of the Tea Party that's all you would be hearing about today. But he's a Dem so expect the focus to remain on the gun and everything possible to diminish the obvious ties to radical Islam!

Mateen was a first generation American born of Afghan parents. His father praised the Taliban. We've seen how the first generation of Muslim refugees have gone on to launch horrific attacks in Paris. There have been other, less deadly attacks by first generation Muslims in the U.S. like the Chattanooga shooter who killed five U.S. military servicemen a year ago.

Meanwhile, Obama continues to let approximately 100 Syrian refugees into the U.S. every day. How many more of these attacks will we suffer because of Obama's blindness to the problem?

UPDATE: 7 Months ago Obama bragged his strategy to defeat ISIS would succeed. Is this what he had in mind?

British Pomp at It's Best: Trooping the Color

Queen Elizabeth's "official" birthday is cause for a military parade in her 90th year!

Huge crowds turned out for this annual event. The Daily Mail has the details along with more spectacular full size photos. Here's a teaser:

Bands, horses and soldiers along the ceremonial route.
13 month old Princess Charlotte in the arms of her mother the Duchess of Cambridge made her first appearance on
the famous Buckingham Palace balcony with other members of the Royal family at the conclusion of the event.
Huge crowds outside Buckingham Palace in central London while a helicopter flyover thunders overhead.

BBC has video of the full event plus history and commentary for history buffs and Anglophiles.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Flood of Illegal Aliens "Skyrockets" Again And YOU Pay for It!

Obama's way of transforming America!

A pregnant woman in Honduras recently learned she had contracted the Zika virus. So, she hopped on a plane and flew to New Jersey on a tourist visa and gave birth to baby girl with serious birth defects. Born in the United States the child is automatically a U.S. citizen and will receive free medical care costing upwards of one million dollars. Naturally, we won't want to separate the child from it's mother so she will be granted residency status and put on welfare. You can't expect her to work with a sick child can you? It's the insanity of birthright citizenship and YOU pay for it!

And it's not just health concerns regarding the Zivka virus. Tuberculosis and other serious diseases are prevalent among the illegals crossing the border and also the Islamic refugees Obama has been admitting in ever larger numbers. Twenty two percent of refugees resettled in Minnesota tested positive for tuberculosis. In other states, the rate is even higher. But not to worry, Obama Care may soon be available despite Obama's promise that it would not. Hillary is all for it!

Meanwhile, the flood of illegal aliens crossing the Southern border is "skyrocketing" once again. Numbers of unaccompanied minors is up 78% over 2015. Once they get here Obama has budgeted over $17k for each child. More than Social Security recipients receive.

The Obama Administration admits that included in this wave are those who kidnap children and bring them across the border so as to appear as a family unit and receive more preferential treatment. Apparently the kidnappers needn't go to all that trouble as the Department of Homeland Security is reported to be taking van loads of newly arrived illegals away from the Mexican border and dumping them at a bus station in Phoenix without even bothering to process them or give them dates for a court appearance.

Along the border between Texas and Mexico Border agents have been ordered to release "dripping wet" illegals unless they actually see them climb out of the river.

And what are so many of these unskilled, illiterate illegals going to do once they get here? Donald Trump once claimed that among these illegals are criminals and rapists. Remember all the hoo-hah that statement caused? Of course it turned out to be true. Even when the criminal aliens are prosecuted they are often released back into the U.S. without deportation and commit new crimes. But the Obama Administration hid the true stats about this crime wave from the public. The Boston Globe discovered that "30 percent committed new offenses, including rape, attempted murder, and child molestation — a rate that is markedly higher than Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have suggested to Congress in the past." Some illegals were even found registered to vote.

So there you have it. Essentially we have an open border with a welcome mat. Sign up for health care, welfare, register to vote (for Democrats only) and if you get caught committing rape or child molestation you'll be forgiven. That's Obama's plan to transform America. Into what?
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