Sunday, April 10, 2016

What Will Happen When the Middle Class Says "Enough!"

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The war on the middle class is in it's seventh year and the middle class is losing. Obama rode a wave of change and helping the middle class but has done nothing but burden them with higher taxes and a stagnant economy. While the poor are still poor (but with infinitely more benefits) and the rich are still rich, the middle class voter is shouldering the burden.

If you want to know why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have risen, all one needs to do is look at middle class. Trump is an opportunist and knows that there's a huge swath of this country that is mad as hell about what America has become. The shining city on the hill looks like Detroit in the summer.  These people are mostly white, have a combined family income between $100,000-$200,000 and pay their bills. They follow the law, recycle their bottles and cans and take a vacation every summer. They scrimp to save for over-priced college for their kids and just want to provide for their families.

But the world is changing around them. As a nation we elected a black man, twice, yet race relations are the lowest they've been since the 60's. They are called racists for even questioning the decisions of the president when they know they are not racist. They've abided by the laws and yet see illegal aliens breaking the law daily and "sanctuary cities" protecting them. They read about Kate Steinle getting murdered by an illegal and the media cover it up.

They see our freedoms being challenged on all sides. We can't say what we want, buy a weapon if we want, eat what we want or choose the doctors we want. Every single day our freedoms are being eroded and it's at the breaking point.

The middle class raise their children right, teach them that if they work hard, they will get ahead and then send them to colleges and universities that are overwhelmingly left-wing. To espouse any opinion to the right of Hillary is to be shunned. Their sons are accused of sexual assault for merely having sex with a coed and they are given no ability to defend themselves from the false accusations.

They watch as the president puts down America while praising murderous dictators and making deals with state sponsors of terrorism. They see said president alienating our allies on all fronts while ignoring real threats occurring daily.

All this pressure can only lead to one logical conclusion. The silent middle class will be called racist, greedy, xenophobic or islamophobic one too many times and they will explode. The explosion will make Occupy whatever and whatever lives matter look like a Sunday pot luck dinner at the local church. You will see 100-million people rise up and shake their fists and it will shake the nation. It's not the corporations whom they will rise up against but the government and the government will be taken back for the people. The cocoon that is DC will be busted open and the people will have their say. And it will not just be in the South, the Midwest or the Plains states. It will be South Jersey, Western Massachussetts, interior California and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

It will get ugly as the media will portray it as a race uprising when in fact it will not be that at all. It will be people who still believe in the concept of America. All of those things that liberals like to laugh at us for. Honoring the flag, supporting our military and veterans, the rule of law and God-given rights.

There's a huge rift in America and I'm not sure that it is reparable. I guess if the RNC or DNC play silly games and rob the people of their candidate, we just may see an explosion unlike anything since 1775.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Saturday Morning News & Notes

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It was snowing a few minutes ago, in mid April...Can't wait for that global warming to kick in.

Here's what's new in the world:

-Over the years, the US military has assisted Muslim people in their time of need. An earthquake in Pakistan? We helped immediately along with the UK. A famine in Somalia? We sent troops (and lost some) helping the food get through. The break up in the Baltic states? We fought for the Muslim side.  And on and on...So I get particularly incensed when I see headlines on CBS News such as this one:

What role does Islamophobia play in terror attacks?

Essentially they are saying the terrorism equivalent that woman would not have been raped is she didn't dress so provocatively. It's a chicken and egg thing here. Muslim terrorists attack us repeatedly, they kill thousands and we get a little uncomfortable with their actions and lack of assimilation. They keep attacking, according to CBS News it has to be our fault for being bigoted.

-20 years of improvements in New York City have been destroyed in just two years. de Blasio is a corrupt kleptocrat and he will bring only bad things to the City that Giuliani brought back from the brink of destruction.

-I think we need to mass produce these and put them in the hands of every soldier and Marine immediately:

According to its fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, the U.S. Army will produce 105 so-called XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CDTE) weapons, a precision-guided grenade launcher, and distribute them among specially trained soldiers. “Accordingly, the army has requested $9.764 million in FY 2017 for the program and hopes for $14.852 million in FY 2018, $24.930 million in FY 2019, $32.158 million in FY 2020, and $25.798 million in FY 2021
-Actor gives anti-Semitic Pink Floyd lyricist the finger.

-I would love to see this. Marine Corps General (Ret) James Mattis is being pushed for the GOP nomination. This guy is a friggin' legend and would have Bernie crying in the corner within minutes. Plus he's a veteran in an election lacking them. Some excellent quotes from the good general:

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

“In this age, I don’t care how tactically or operationally brilliant you are, if you cannot create harmony—even vicious harmony—on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete. We have got to have officers who can create harmony across all those lines.”

“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

Friday, January 01, 2016

Out With The Old & In With The New...Thank God

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2015 was a strange year in the world.

Looking back, some weird shit happened:

  • A former Olympic gold medal decathlete identified as a woman, got a show for doing so, acknowledged that he was also a republican, said he wants to adopt a baby and then got into a verbal war with another self-identified tranny who gave away some of the most damaging secrets ever disclosed. Essentially; two dudes fighting over who is more woman. Amazingly, one was named Woman of the Year for his "bravery". This, of course, left out true women heroes such as Kurdish women fighting for their homeland, a young Pashtun woman who was shot in the head for advocating education for other women continuing her fight and numerous other woman in countless other hellholes fighting for the right to breathe and not the right to chose their gender. 
  • The whitest woman in America was exposed by her parents as, well, the whitest woman in America. This was problematic for her because she was a leader in the NAACP and a teacher of African Studies at a college. Liberals lined up to take the side of the white woman against black people who were offended of having their racial identity stolen for financial gain. 
  • A former spokesman for a major fast food chain was found to be a pedophile and sentenced to prison. Jared Fogel was intertwined with Subway for a decade and somehow, they didn't suffer when their public face was convicted of sex crimes with children. 
  • Bill Cosby was identified as a serial rapist and was subsequently arrested for sexual assault. Rarely has a public figure gone from being so beloved to being rejected so fast. 
  • Another major terror attack occurred on US soil and was actually called a terror attack despite the best efforts of the media. While Fort Hood and others were definitive terror attacks--called "work place violence" by Obamatons-- it was much harder to mislabel an attack on a mall that the media followed intensely. We also saw the President of the US make a speech (standing up) from the Oval Office in which he pretended to take action but instead said nothing new. 
  • Terrorism also remained a major issue around the world with an attack in Paris that led to millions of people overlaying their Facebook avi with the French flag in solidarity. Alas, not so many did it when America was attacked but I digress. So 2015 became the year that the French looked stronger and more decisive on the world stage than did America.
  • The void left by American leadership led to Russia becoming a super power wannabe again. Hard core Americans actually wished we had a leader who led as well as a former Soviet KGB member. 
  • Obama and John Kerry pushed a disastrous treaty that will allow Iran to have nukes in a little more than a decade, released $150 billion to them to continue their proxy wars and was backed up by threats and snooping on allies...
  • Well, former allies. 2015 was the year that Obama went to war against Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel. He demeaned the leader, sent operatives to agitate against him in an election and essentially shunned them from in front of the world all so he could say he made a deal with Iran and cement his "legacy". 
  • 2015 was the year of "trigger warnings", "safe spaces" and the year America learned exactly what we've produced by handing out participation trophies. We now have a country full of gender studies majors getting offended by "micro aggressions" and historic flags and a nation and media that played along further enabling them. 
  • 2015 will be remembered as the year that political correctness jumped the shark. Being called a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, war mongering, hater became a badge of honor. Men and women who were sick of the breakdown in the US decided to stand up and start taking it back. They did so with humor and sarcasm because straight discourse is dead (or on life support). By belittling every new case we saw and laughing and pointing at the perpetrators, we've seen the pendulum start to swing back. 
  • Which brings me to this: The leader for the Democratic party is the wife of a man accused of rape and sexual assault who had sex with his (much) subordinate intern and she is running on a platform of feminism. She broke myriad laws by mishandling secret information that would have landed the average person in a federal prison for years. Her opponent is a self-declared socialist whom has not the slightest clue about the economy but promises the world to the aforementioned participation trophy winning students. He also has some extreme, non-feminist views on women. So, we currently have two old white people on the Democratic ticket and they're both carrying heavy baggage. 
  • And finally, 2015 was the year of Trump. He resonates with people no matter how inelegantly he says things--which is probably increasing the resonance. The man is vicious and immediate when attacked. Within minutes of being called out, he goes on the offensive and does not sugar coat what he says. The media try to take him down and he ridicules them. His own party leadership try to attack him and he goes right back at them ten-fold. The man wields the hashtag like it's a sword. Others rise and fall while Trump remains at the top. Any baggage on him has likely been printed already and he's flummoxed both parties. People may not agree on everything or even most of what he says but they will vote for him when the time comes. If it's him versus Hillary, he will win. He's not afraid to get down in the gutter Clintonistas live in and , in fact, seems comfortable going there. 
Well, that's a recap of 2015. I'm guessing 2016 will hold just as much and to a person who follows politics, we can only hope that to be the case.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

On Trump, History and Carter

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Personally I think Donald Trump went too far--or better yet, spoke wrongly about what his plans are for Muslims entering the US. I'm a strong advocate of stopping all immigration for a period of 3-6 months except those cases that are pending for people emigrating from friendly nations. I mean cut it off until we have a detailed investigation into how the system works and fix the parts that don't.

Trump went full bellicose in saying he'd ban all Muslims all his staff didn't help the situation when she said that he meant even Americans--which he did not. He's doubled down on this several times.

So, of course the media is going out of their collective minds reporting it and thinking that this is the one thing that will sink Trump...finally. Alleged media icon and good liberal Tom Brokaw went so far as to go full Nazi:

He went on to cite historical evidence of the human costs of allowing fear and prejudice to dictate policy, while images of the events he described appeared on screen. His examples included the “herding” of Japanese-Americans into internment camps, the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II and its consequences for Germany, the "anti-communist witch hunt" instigated by Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) in the early 1950s and the persistence of institutionalized discrimination against African Americans through the 1960s.
Okay, so he cited the "herding of Japanese-Americans" into camps (authorized by a Democrat and liberal icon FDR), Nazi genocide (perpetrated by national socialists) and McCarthyism--the go-to example of oppression but they always leave out the fact that McCarthy was right, the government was riddled with communists as the Venona Cables showed. So, in essence, every example Brokaw cited was either by a socialist or was proven, in fact, to be true; but liberals live in their own little cocoon where FDR was a god, Hitler a right winger and McCarthy destroyed people with no facts.

But back to Trump. He's getting excoriated because he is recommending checking immigration and stopping those we are at war with from entering the US. This is madness they say, he's a racist and a xenophobe, etc. But wait, there's precedent that the good Mr. Brokaw neglected to mention in the piece linked above:
Fourth, the Secretary of Treasury [State] and the Attorney General will invalidate all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States, effective today. We will not reissue visas, nor will we issue new visas, except for compelling and proven humanitarian reasons or where the national interest of our own country requires. This directive will be interpreted very strictly.
That is President Jimmy Carter discussing banning Muslims we should have been at war with--but Carter didn't have the balls to declare it--from Iran. And to top it off,  Trump is well within US law to propose and enact such a ban. Hell, Carter used the law to ban Iranians.

So, do I agree with Trump on this? Partially. As noted above, a halt to all immigration is not a horrible idea. But Europe has been extremely open with their immigration policies and we have to ensure they do some work on this as well. Nearly all of the attackers in Paris were Belgian, French or other European.

Trump is a showman and he's feeling his oats. He's saying outrageous shit and his polls keep going up. Yet, eventually, people are not going to want to see Trump the circus barker but Trump the statesman. He has to start toning it down and present real policies and vision.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Trump Calls For Stopping All Muslim Immigration

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Okay, I get it bro, you want to be the guy who's strong on immigration and in the wake of an attack, you jump all over this issue. But you really have to get your organization together:
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump wants to bar all Muslims from entering the United States. 
 In a statement from his campaign, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States until elected leaders can "figure out what is going on."
 When asked by The Hill whether that would include Muslim-American citizens currently abroad, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks replied over email: "Mr. Trump says, 'everyone'
No dude, you can't do that.  They are American and the only people who ban Americans or lock them up for years are Democrats like FDR.

When The Hill calls you better have you person answering the phone say: "Of course Mr. Trump didn't mean American citizens, he meant non-Americans trying to travel here or immigrate".

But Trump is a CEO and an egomaniacal guy so he didn't even comprehend that he should let his office know what he said and how they should respond to it.

I get it, Trump is a spokespersons worse nightmare but he needs to tighten things up. He's going to be the nominee and he needs to act like it. Hire a political guy and listen to him on issues like these. Trust him to act in your best interest and let him smooth these things out.

Hat tip to Ace.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Sunday Morning News & Notes

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I used to love Sundays...but I'm an Eagles fan so they have kinda lost their luster lately.

Anyway, here's what's new in the world:

-President Obama will address the nation tonight at 8:00 ET. What will he say? I'm guessing some platitudes about how the ISIS attack was an unforeseen tragedy and then he will pound home the anti-gun rhetoric. Americans don't blame guns, they blame militant Islam and he had better tread lightly here or he will hurt his party immeasurably.

-And what of the GoPro video shot by Farook and his bride? If she took the time to pledge allegiance to ISIS before attacking, does it not stand to reason she uploaded it somewhere in the hours between the attack and the subsequent fatal run-in with the police?

-Now this is interesting: allegedly the rifles used by Farook and his wife were purchased by a neighbor. Police have not able to talk with the man because he checked himself into a mental hospital following the attack. This obliterates the contention by Senator Barbara Boxer that California gun laws worked in this case.

-This week the armed forces were forced to fully integrate women into combat roles. Any job a man can do, a women can try to earn. I for one think this is great provided they do not lower the standards one single bit. I also believe this social experiment will be a disaster. For true equality however, we need to make it mandatory that all US women must sign up for the draft just like every 18 year old boy does.

-Staying with the women in combat idea, I find it hilarious that news channels that are demonstrably feminist are looking the angle that the woman terrorist attacked because of post-partum depression or some other distinctly feminine reason. They say they want women in combat roles yet make say that feminine issues could have a effect on performance. You can't have it both ways. Face it, women are just as violent and blood thirsty as men--especially when dealing with jihadi's.

-Scientists say that a meatless diet may cause mental issues. Just like global warming, I believe the science is settled.

-Finally, the college football playoffs will be set today. Safe money says Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Michigan State will be the four. In what order is yet to be determined except Clemson being the #1 seed.

A Global Shift in International Politics

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There are few things in this world that can have a long enough ripple effect to change politics on two continents. Especially if those two continents are North America and Europe. In the past it's generally been the trend that when Americans elected a conservative, the Europeans tended to go more socialist. When Americans ventured far left as they are apt to do every 25 years or so, the Europeans tended to go more to the right.

There have been some examples such as when Reagan and Lady Thatcher ruled. The event in that instance that brought both regions into alignment was the threat of the Soviet Union but even then, the Canadians went with the liberal Trudeau and continental Europe varied.

But now we are seeing this odd convergence once again and its happening because of another global scourge--global Islamic terror in general and ISIS in particular.

In the US we are seeing the rise of Donald Trump who has struck a cord with his nationalism, tough talk and common sense approach in talking to the American people. Trump will be the nominee and he will most-likely destroy Hillary in the general. Barring a last minute freak out by the Democratic party where Hillary becomes "sick" during the general and Joe Biden jumps in to save the day, i don;t see it going any other direction. It's not helping anyone that Obama is taking a backseat in the fight against ISIS except Trump. By Obama deflecting blame on the San Bernadino terror attack away from the actual perpetrators and on to the NRA, Republicans and everyone else but those who actually are responsible, he's given an opening to Trump to exploit. The American people are pissed and another attack will only increase that anger. The average low information voter who doesn't generally pay attention until the year of the election is watching and the dithering by the president is registering.

Note: I'm not saying Trump is a conservative but he is nationalistic and his foreign policy would be farther to the right than anyone since George W. Bush's first term post 9/11.

In Europe, there's been a power shift. Angela Merkel was arguably the most powerful leader and showed true leadership during the economic meltdown in Greece. However, any prestige she banked was quickly spent during the recent and continuing exodus of Syrians into Europe. She took the approach of many modern day Germans who wish to erase the 70 year stain of national socialism and bend over backwards showing how they are accepting of everyone--even those who will do harm. That approach has directly led to one attack and an uproar throughout the west.

In the UK, David Cameron has had a rough go of it lately. He wanted to be a domestic issues leader and also wanted to be buddies with Obama. Unfortunately, we live in a world where domestic issues have taken a back seat to global terror ones. ISIS' strategy of radicalization through social media means that the global has now become the domestic and the letter cannot be solved without addressing the former. Just this week, Cameron began a bombing campaign against ISIS and just yesterday an attack occurred against one of his citizens because of it.

The real change is is France. During the early 2000's after the 9/11 attacks, France played it cool. Often they did not wish to deal with external situations unless they were the situations they believed affected them. Sarkozy was what in France is considered center right and was then replaced by Hollande who is definitely left. But now we are seeing a rise of the right that is expanding. The LePen family has been ostracized for decades because of their supposed nationalistic and xenophobic platform. Yes, several pockets of support were there but the larger provinces did not play along...until now and the rise of a young, beautiful leader Marion Marechal-LePen:

On Sunday, buoyed by the shock of the Nov 13 Islamic shootings in Paris, the list she heads is widely expected to come in first in the Provence-Côte d’Azur region, with polls giving her some 40 per cent of the vote. Even if the third-ranking Socialists drop out of the race to favour her Gaullist opponent in next Sunday’s runoff, Marion, as she’s known, has the most chances to swing into office, giving the Front National a shot at ruling one of France’s most dynamic regions, and the second most populous after Paris.
In the wake of the recent attacks, France has taken a step back and assessed where they are as a nation. France is becoming much less French because of the policies currently in place. It was easy to blame the riots of Muslim "youths" on cultural and economic problems but those problems could be solved if the large immigrant populations would assimilate and become French they believed. This worked well with migrants from former French colonies like Morrocco. But the new waves are not French first or even identify as Syrian, Iraqi or Libyan first, they are Muslims first, second and always. Assimilation is not going to happen tomorrow or next year and that is dawning on the continent as a whole and the French in particular. This has already led to Denmark taking a hard line on immigrants from entering due to public backlash.

While America continues to accept immigrants and not take a short break to review policies and procedures, Europe is going the other direction. Perhaps we are on the cusp of seeing the rare confluence of events whereby America and Europe are led by right wing leaders who believe the safety of their citizens is more important than being liked by political elites. This is crunch time in a global war that will have far-reaching implications and the futures of both America and Europe depend on what happens next.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Can We Call It Terrorism Now?

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Let's see; gunmen attack civilians in an area where they congregate with the intent to kill as many as possible, they arm themselves to the teeth for the task and wear tactical gear for access to said weapons. They murder many and are then taken down by the police force. They do all this in the name of Islam. Is that terrorism?

It sure as hell was two weeks ago in France. The French didn't try to pass it off as anything except for what it was--radical Islamic jihad.

So why are Obama, the media and the entire Democratic party (but I'm redundant) trying to make this what it isn't? This is not workplace violence or a disgruntled worker, this is 100% terrorism as perpetrated by al-Qaeda and ISIS throughout the world.

They are doing this because to acknowledge it as an act of terror would force Obama to act and he doesn't want to act against ISIS, al-Qaeda or any other Muslim group. To be fair, he doesn't want to act against anyone who wishes America harm since many who are of the same mind believe we deserve this. Our past indiscretions around the globe are--in the eloquent words of Obama's pastor-- "coming home to roost".

This is the new face of Islamic terror. It's no longer big events like toppling the World Trade Center; it's small groups with a little funding, some bomb making skills and the will to meet their 72 virgins (or whatever the hell is promised to the women involved). ISIS didn't plan this but ISIS provoked it through constant encouragement on social media. This is the new face of terror and it's just a click away.

From all evidence available, the gunmen was a devout Muslim and a guy who was normal. His coworkers gave him a baby shower and he was evidently well liked. But he visited Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and took a wife who seemed to believe in the cause of jihad. He became radicalized, grew his beard, amassed weapons and ammo, made IED's and killed 14 people without blinking. He was born in the US, raised in the US but he decided to do his part to help the caliphate and did so under the radar. He was in contact with known terrorists and we missed his interactions.

As for the media making this out as a work dispute; please spare me. He went into the party and cased the place. He saw nothing but a soft target and went out, donned his tactical gear, rammed a clip home and he and his bride started killing indiscriminately. Of course he left in a huff, he was planning on coming back in and taking the life of all present if possible. He may have hated some people he worked with--we all have work disputes--but usually that is taken care of one on one. Not in this case, he tried to kill everyone because he was a terrorist, not because some dude had a better parking spot or because of a promotion he didn't get.

But alas, you'll hear the media play up that angle because they are protecting Obama and according to him and his people there's been no terrorist attacks since he's been in office. The Boston Marathon bombing, Fort Hood and now this were just wackos with too easy access to weapons. The fact that they are all Muslims is just a side note and highly coincidental.

So we don't respond, they continue to attack and more die. That is the legacy of eight years of Obama. The War on Terror is back on our shores and we refuse to acknowledge it's in our own front yard.