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Liz Cheney: Obama is uniquely dangerous president

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Megyn Kelly: Do you think that President Obama is dangerous?

Liz Cheney: Yes … I think there’s no question. I think he is unique in terms of a president who is sitting in the Oval Office who has made very clear that his desire is to weaken the nation.

And whether you say it’s his intent, whether it’s naivety, you can now look at the result of the policy of the past six years.

… There’s no question that he’s a dangerous president, and that we’ve got to fight back and we’ve got to ensure that people understand the importance of American power in securing our freedom and security.

Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, have started a new organisation, Alliance for a Strong America


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Unable to confirm Chris Berg’s claim that David Brat is “anti-immigration”


Chris Berg

… of the Institute of Public Affairs refers to “Brat’s attack on immigration” and writes:

… what could be more respectful of the tenets of individual liberty than allowing individuals and families to travel across national borders to make a better life for themselves?

I haven’t seen anything from David Brat that opposes this.

What David Brat states on his campaign website is:

When addressing the issue of immigration, we must start by securing our border. An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore. I reject any proposal that grants amnesty and undermines the fundamental rule of law.

… I support proposals that will secure our border, enforce our current laws, and restore an orderly and fair process to allow law abiding individuals to work towards becoming citizens of this great nation.

Repeat: “… to allow law abiding individuals to work towards becoming citizens …”

Thomas Sowell

… in his article on David Brat’s defeat of Eric Cantor explains the importance of “law abiding”:

A key issue in this campaign was amnesty for illegal immigrants.

… Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed almost entirely in terms of what can be done to help those who have broken the law. Some want to help a little and some want to help a lot. But amnesty lite is still amnesty.

… Amnesty is not some esoteric concept. It means that you are not going to be punished for breaking the law — and that simply brings laws into contempt. Denying citizenship is not a punishment because crossing the border illegally does not entitle you to citizenship. Providing a legal status short of citizenship is not punishment either.

… If you are serious about controlling the borders, then you pass laws to control the borders first.

Some years later, after you can see whether the border has been controlled or not — you can start discussing what our national immigration laws should be.

The free movement of people

Chris Berg says it’s time for …

… politicians who proclaim the virtues of liberty to discover its connection with the free movement of people

I support the “free movement of people” and the “virtues of liberty”.

That’s why I think it’s great that:

Over a million people a year are granted permanent residence (green card) status in the USA (link to PDF)

Between 600,000 and 750,000 people are granted citizenship each year in the USA (link to PDF)

Between 5,000,000 and 9,000,000 non-immigrant visas are granted each year in the USA (link to PDF)

That’s a lot of people following the law, isn’t it?

That’s a lot of people who have made the effort, paid the fees, passed the tests — in order to be in the USA.

The USA has a lot of legal immigrants and visitors. To me, this represents a lot of “free movement of people”.

And demonstrates that America is quite “respectful of the tenets of individual liberty … allowing individuals and families to travel across national borders to make a better life for themselves”.

And it’s nice to meet people who get visas or green cards or citizenship by means of respecting the laws of a country which is so much in favour of the “free movement of people”.

So, Dr Brat?

I haven’t heard David Brat complain about any of the above, wonderful people. Have you?

If he was “anti-immigration” you’d think he’d be quite annoyed about all or most or some of those millions of people, wouldn’t you?

But he doesn’t seem to be bothered.


I have been unable to confirm Chris Berg’s claim about David Brat “attacking” immigration.


Get acquainted with David Brat ….


Mark Levin talks about Brat, Conservative principles, and unleashing the American economy …



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David French: Bergdahl Exchange for Taliban Dream Team encourages future hostage-taking

Bring Home Bowe Bergahd Billboard

David French @ NationalReview.com

A successful rescue typically results in the death or capture of enemy soldiers, costs the enemy its valued asset — in this case an American prisoner — and discourages hostage-taking by raising the price for no return.

A ransom, on the other hand, gives the enemy an additional asset (in this case, five valued commanders), leaves his capturing forces intact, and encourages future hostage-taking.

The defeat of ransom is compounded when we give far more than we receive: giving away the Taliban “dream team” for a sergeant who apparently deserted his post.

Good points.

But as for whether or not Bergdahl deserted his post, that needs to be established by an appropriate court. We need to get both sides of the argument. We need to hear Bergdahl’s side.

The media statements of his fellow soldiers may be compelling, but it’s still not proper proof.

And of course even an alleged deserter deserves to be rescued.

The other thing I’d like to know is: Why did the United States government exchange FIVE hardcore Jihadists for this soldier? Why not fewer?

Doesn’t that reduce its future negotiating ability? If it had only traded ONE Jihadist, it would then have four more Jihadists than it does now for use in any future trade — should the need and opportunity arise.

Furthermore, the USA government must now keep tabs on all these Jihadists.

Robert Tracinski @ The Federalist describes the Taliban Dream Team who were swapped for Bergdahl:

These were top officials in the Taliban regime:

a provincial governor,

a deputy defense minister,

a deputy intelligence minister,

a top arms smuggler,

and a top Taliban military commander.

Two of them are wanted by the United Nations for war crimes committed against Afghanistan’s Shiites.




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Jack Wakeland: Obamacare was designed to fail

Obama depicted as the Nihilist Joker from Batman movie

Obama depicted as the Nihilist Joker from Batman movie

Robert Tracinski‘s friend and colleague, Jack Wakeland says:

Obamacare can’t be fixed because it was designed to break.

Obamacare was designed to fail; to fail slowly and incrementally; to fail in a way that would convince people that private, for-profit health insurance companies are the reason why America’s catastrophically overpriced and malfunctioning health care system hasn’t worked, doesn’t work, and will never work.

The architects of the Affordable Care Act wanted to ‘prove’ that third-party private insurance should be scrapped entirely and replaced with a single-payer system: straight socialism.

The ACA was supposed to fail slowly and painfully over the course of two or three or four presidential election cycles (which is why Obamacare’s namesake, Barack Obama, saw to it that it wouldn’t be implemented until the second half of his second term).

When the backlash came, it was supposed to come on some other president’s—preferably a Republican president’s—watch.

But instead of failing on schedule, four or eight or twelve years from now—it has failed instantly, upon contact with reality

…. Obama, Reid, and all of the other architects of the Affordable Care Act have created a problem for themselves that was designed to be insoluble.

In early 2012, Dr Jill Vecchio explained Obamacare, step-by-step, in a series of clear, well-presented, non-partisan video presentations.

Here is the first of her video series:

(Thanks to Barboo for drawing my attention to these.)




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Dr Ben Carson does a Hillary on Lenin phantom quote

Doctor, Heal Thyself. Luke 4:23

Doctor, Heal Thyself. Luke 4:23

I noted in an earlier post that Dr Ben Carson claimed to quote Lenin on socialized medicine and even bragged that:

How could anybody bring up something like that? I would say, if you know anything about history, how could you not bring it up?

But a phantom quote is not history. History is what happened. Phantom quotes never happened.

In a recent Washington Times article, Dr Carson mentions the quote but does not correct his earlier error:


Instead, he states:

A statement ascribed to Vladimir Lenin and widely disseminated in 1948 by the American Medical Association, implies that the establishment of government control over health care is foundational to the creation of the socialist state. The exact quote: “Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state.”

There is controversy as to whether Lenin used these exact words, but the larger point is that he and his followers certainly subscribed to the philosophy symbolized by these words.

Oh come on!

The even larger point is: Take responsibility for errors in scholarship. That way we can trust the next claim you make.

There is no “controversy” about whether or not Lenin used these “exact words”.

There is no record that he used those words or anything close enough to those words to make Ben Carson’s phantom quoting a reasonable paraphrasing.

To side-step the error by invoking a “larger point” — suggesting that it’s kinda true anyway, so who cares — is playing fast and loose with historical accuracy while bragging about one’s historical knowledge.

How is this different from Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make?




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Jeff Lord on piss-weak Establishment Right losers

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator

A brilliant six-page article by Jeffrey Lord at American Spectator contrasting the Ronald Reagan mentality with the Establishment Right mentality.

Excerpts …

If, went the idea, Communists could somehow take control of the most powerful communications tool in all of America the Communist world movement would have scored the coup of coups.

Hollywood films had a weekly audience of half a billion people around the world. A Communist takeover of Hollywood and its filmmaking capacity would be second only to taking over the U.S. government itself.

 = = = =

So let’s return to present day America. The America where John Sununu and the GOP Establishment are out there targeting Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, the Tea Party and more.

… What is the central difference between the GOP Establishment and those (and others) named above?

 … after decades of left-wing devotion to the hijacking of America, to the idea of transforming it, there are still Republicans and even some conservatives who don’t understand the nature of either their opponents or their opponents’ objectives.

= = =

Highly recommended reading.

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Dr Ben Carson wrong about Lenin quote?


Dr Ben Carson stated recently:

… Vladimir Lenin, one of the fathers of socialism and communism, said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialist state.

… some people have said, oh, come on, you’re being paranoid. How could anybody bring up something like that? I would say, if you know anything about history, how could you not bring it up?

But I haven’t been able to find any source for the alleged quote or another variation of it that is often used: “socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state”

In a 1949 or 1950 pamphlet called, The Voluntary Way is the American Way: Health Insurance Compulsory or Voluntary? 40 Questions – 40 Answers, published by Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. I found the following:

19. Q. Would socialized medicine lead to socialization of other phases of American life?

A. Lenin thought so. According to Lawrence Sullivan in his book “The Case Against Socialized Medicine”, the founder of International revolutionary Communism Once proclaimed socialized medicine “the keystone of the arch of the Socialist State”.


"The Case Against Socialized Medicine" by Lawrence Sullivan. Is this where the Lenin misquote began?

“The Case Against Socialized Medicine” by Lawrence Sullivan. Is this where the Lenin phantom quote began?

In the book, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions, by Paul F. Boller John George, there is section dealing with this: That the Library of Congress was unable to find any record of Lenin ever having said what Lawrence Sullivan claims he said.







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If Obama had an Egyptian belly-dancer she’d call him a jerk. In Arabic.

Sama El Masry tells Obama Fuck you


Sama El Masry calls Obama a jerk

William A Jacobson at Legal Insurrection blogs about a recent YouTube video featuring Egyptian belly-dancer, Sama Elmasry, singing and dancing in praise of the Egyptian military and mocking Obama’s weakness and disregard of Egyptians.

She tells Obama (through song) to F his US aid money and F himself and that he’s a jerk for siding with Islamo-fascists instead of with secular Egyptians.

Unfortunately, as well as going viral the video goes tribal and throws in a condemnation of “your (Obama’s) Israel”.

Not sure where Sama Elmasry gets the idea that Obama is pro-Israel or that Israel is against the Egyptian people.

Sama El Masry unfortunately condemns Israel


Click any of the above pics to watch the video.


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Shelby Steele: Poetic truths work by moral intimidation – not reason

Shelby Steele

Shelby Steele

Two of the many things my wife and I have in common is our keen, life-long passion about rational thinking and our great admiration for Shelby Steele.

In a recent article at Wall Street Journal Dr Steele discusses the Trayvon Martin — George Zimmerman issue and coins the term “poetic truths” (highlighting & additional paragraph breaks added by me) …

The purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still, in a thousand subtle ways, victimized by white racism.

This idea of victimization is an example of what I call a “poetic truth.”

Like poetic license, it bends the actual truth in order to put forward a larger and more essential truth— one that, of course, serves one’s cause.

Poetic truths succeed by casting themselves as perfectly obvious: “America is a racist nation”; “the immigration debate is driven by racism”; “Zimmerman racially stereotyped Trayvon.”

And we say, “Yes, of course,” lest we seem to be racist.

Poetic truths work by moral intimidation, not reason.

In the Zimmerman/Martin case the civil-rights establishment is fighting for the poetic truth that white animus toward blacks is still such that a black teenager— Skittles and ice tea in hand — can be shot dead simply for walking home.

But actually this establishment is fighting to maintain its authority to wield poetic truth — the authority to tell the larger society how it must think about blacks, how it must respond to them, what it owes them and, then, to brook no argument.

Perhaps the problem is even wider — applying to more than just race issues.

The “poetic truth” approach is one that can be applied to many areas in order to construct and reinforce a romanticised (if ridiculous) narrative and to repel, not just dissenter, but thinkers per se.

Shelby Steele’s term suggests not just that emotion is substituted for reason — evidence + logic, but that poetic truth constructs a falsehood which when spoken gives the speaker a heroic feeling. It’s a particular kind of emotionalism.

It has the aesthetic of melodrama. It works well on stage, in front of an audience. It creates relationships. And the relationship of the individual is not between his mind and the facts of reality. Reality is boring. Reality is for amateurs. Reality is no help at all. Life is too short to waste it on mere reality!

Poetic Truth is transcendent. The best feedback you can get from presenting the facts of reality is “Hmm … yes, that makes sense. Thanks. Have a nice day.”

Not so with Poetic Truth. There, the sky is the limit. To Infinity and Beyond!

The Zimmerman/Martin tragedy has been explosive because it triggered a fight over authority. Who gets to say what things mean …

… The civil-rights establishment’s mistake was to get ahead of itself, to be seduced by its own poetic truth even when there was no evidence to support it.

… If there is anything good to be drawn from the Zimmerman/Martin tragedy, it is only the further revelation of the corruption and irrelevance of today’s civil-rights leadership.

Greek men in tights

Greek men in tights

While I’ve been in the USA, one thing that’s struck me about the way some African-Americans (and nearly all White “liberals”) approach real and non-existent racism is how special they think they are.

They seem to think that prejudice is something abnormal and unique to them. That they are the greatest victims of racism in the annuls of history. They think their problems are the most precious problems ever. That no-one has ever suffered as they have.

Growing up in Australia in a Greek sub-culture, I found that the Greeks of my parents’ generation had a similarly inflated view of their own victimised uniqueness. As if they had been singled out for special treatment. Meanwhile they behaved (and still behave) in a far more bigoted way than any Anglo-Australian I’ve ever met.

It would be interesting to compare sores and scars.

Who is the truly the Biggest Victim? The Greeks or the African-Americans?

“My Victimhood is bigger than your Victimhood!”

I would begin by pointing out the domination of Greece by the Ottomans from the mid 1400’s until 1821. That’s 400 years of oppression. What African-American can match that?

But there’s more.

How about World War I?

Then, World War II (Nazi Occupation).

And finally, on the heels of WWII, there’s the Greek Civil War.

And as already mentioned, the migration of poor, huddled masses of Greeks to English speaking Australia.

(Aside: We won’t touch the recent self-inflicted financial troubles of Greece. That would not serve our purpose and would open us up to ridicule.)

Off to a flying start!

May your Truth wax Poetic!


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