On Wednesday in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canadian prime minister. He wasted no time in announcing his newly chosen cabinet of exactly 15 men and 15 women, which fulfilled a campaign pledge he’d made about gender equality. One reporter asked Trudeau why the perfect male-female split was so important to him. The prime minster’s response: “Because it’s 2015.”
Translation – the best qualified for the job is a 20th Century concept. In the 21st Century, it’s what you have (or don’t have) between your legs that matters. Heh, yeah, governance won’t suffer. Trust them.
Hillary Clinton signed a non-disclosure form concerning classified material? Say, didn’t David Petraeus sign one too?
As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.
A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information. …
Meh. We know this isn’t going anywhere soon, if ever. And besides, “what difference does it make now.” She’s a Democrat after all.
One very important reason we need the Idiot-in-Chief out of office as soon as possible:
The picture being painted by Obama’s soon-to-be-former advisors is one of a president paralyzed with indecision. He is being increasingly tested by the world’s bad actors and revisionist powers and has little resolve to act early and decisively. That is an impression that was confirmed by Reuters in October. They reported that the president was similarly incapacitated by the People’s Republic of China’s brazen decision to create new islands that would function as naval and air bases in the middle of the contested Spratly Islands late last year.
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As the fruits of Barack Obama’s feckless approach to foreign affairs ripen, and the conflicts that he sought to resolve only deteriorate, the president’s advisors are increasingly training their fire on him. In the final year of this administration, that trend is only likely to intensify. If the Obama era is going to be remembered as the period when the seeds of chaos and conflict were sown, surely more creatures of Washington are going to emerge to make sure that they do not take the blame for sowing them. A president who has so perfected the art of throwing others under the bus is about to get the same treatment.
He’ll get a dump-truck load of criticism in the near future as the rats desert the obviously sinking ship. “Pathetic”, “weak” and “indecisive” will some of the kindest descriptions this man’s legacy will reap.
Camile Puglia calls out the feminists and SJWs on the transgender issue:
“I think that the transgender propagandists make wildly inflated claims about the multiplicity of gender,” she said.
“Sex reassignment surgery, even today with all of its advances, cannot in fact change anyone’s sex, okay. You can define yourself as a trans man, or a trans woman, as one of these new gradations along the scale. But ultimately, every single cell in the human body, the DNA in that cell, remains coded for your biological birth.
“So there are a lot of lies being propagated at the present moment, which I think is not in anyone’s best interest.
“Now what I’m concerned about is the popularity and the availability of sex reassignment surgery, so that someone who doesn’t feel that he or she belongs to the biological birth, gender. People are being encouraged to intervene in the process.
“Parents are now encouraged to subject the child to procedures that I think are a form of child abuse. The hormones to slow puberty, actual surgical manipulations, etcetera. I think that this is wrong, that people should wait until they are of an informed age of consent.
Child abuse as well as abusing any thinking person’s intellect. They radical left has vastly over reached on this one. And that’s a good thing.
And what is wrong with the way public policy is formulated today? Well, it could be as simple as this:
The first lessons I teach my economics students are about means-and-ends and tradeoffs. I tell them that whenever we analyze a policy matter, whether it’s the minimum wage, health care, ivory hunting or abortion, we have to ask ourselves these questions. First, do the chosen policies achieve the desired goals? Second, what tradeoffs do we face with regard to a particular policy; that is, are there alternatives that would yield better results?
These kinds of simple questions often are ignored by policymakers and the public.
Instead, today the party is considered first and foremost and alternatives are hardly ever considered. If it is deemed good for the party, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Thus the mess in which we find ourselves.
Have a good weekend.
Glenn Thrush thinks Donald Trump symbolizes the “crisis for control of the GOP“. Frankly, I think Trump symbolizes the complete disenchantment the right holds for the establishment GOP.
The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured email account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.
The feds are investigating to what extent Clinton relied on her home server and other private devices to send and store classified documents, according to a federal source with knowledge of the inquiry.
“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.
“The DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI can conduct civil investigations in very limited circumstances,” but that’s not what this is, the source stressed. “In this case, a security violation would lead to criminal charges. Maybe DOJ is trying to protect her campaign.”
Whitewash or actual probe? Seeing as how Democrats want to continue to hold the White House (despite hard feelings between Clintons and Obama) and DOJ has simply become a political tool in the last 6 years, I have no confidence that it will, in fact, be an actual probe. Look for a whitewash report at a critical point in the campaign. We know how it should go. I sincerely doubt that it will actually go that way.
No I won’t be watching the GOP “debate”. I have no interest in the race at this point, especially with 17 candidates, most of whom are clowns and all of whom will be trying to shoot themselves or the other guy in the foot. And I’d be careful to committing to a drinking game this time around. You may end up not waking up for 3 days.
Perception is reality for many, and in the case of the Planned Parenthood vids, the Democrats are on the ugly side of perception with their continued support of the organization.
Democrats like to talk about the importance of being on the “right side of history.” This phrase was invoked frequently during the same-sex marriage debate. Yet when faced with a series of videos detailing grotesque human rights abuses against unborn children by Planned Parenthood Federation of America doctors, Democratic Party forces have eschewed all concern for historical or moral rightness.
Pope Francis has correctly described the unborn as “the most defenseless and innocent among us.” But in the sordid tale of strategic crushing of the unborn to better harvest their hearts, lungs and livers, many Democrats have incredibly cast an organization with a roughly $1.3 billion annual budget in the role of the innocent and defenseless. Hillary Clinton emerged as Planned Parenthood’s highest profile protector Monday, decrying the “assault” against her allegedly helpless campaign donors.
This goes way beyond the “right to choose”. And, until Democrats realize that and dump their support and defense of Planned Parenthood, they will remain on the ugly side of this situation. Here’s hoping they remain as tone deaf as they’ve been so far.
Secret language we’re supposedly not “allowed” to see, $150 billion going to Iran which both acknowledge “could” be used to fund terrorism and now this:
American intelligence has detected Iran attempting to sanitize Parchin, the military site where the Islamic Republic is suspected of carrying out tests on detonators that could be used to trigger nuclear explosions, Josh Rogin and Eli Lake of Bloomberg View reported on Wednesday.
Meanwhile the supposed Secretary of State of the United States whines about trust and who will be to blame if the vote goes against the deal:
“The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them,” Kerry said. “This”—a congressional rejection—”will be the ultimate screwing.” He went on to argue that “the United States Congress will prove the ayatollah’s suspicion, and there’s no way he’s ever coming back. He will not come back to negotiate. Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can’t trust America. America is not going to negotiate in good faith. It didn’t negotiate in good faith now, would be his point.”
Because, you know, the Iranians can always be trusted to uphold their end of the bargain.
Aw, what the hell, give him a Nobel Peace prize. After Obama’s it and $1 will likely buy you a cup of coffee in most places – except Starbucks.
We see any number of Social Justice Warriors who try to redefine words to fit their agenda. As we’ve pointed out repeatedly, words mean things, specific things. This article about, of all things, pizza, helps to handily illustrate the point:
Because last week I made the mistake of asking her for a marinara – which is a simple tomato and garlic pizza – with the addition of mozzarella.
As soon as I say the words, Emanuela looks at me with disbelief and, in retrospect I realise, disgust.
“You can’t have a marinara with mozzarella,” she says. “It doesn’t exist.”
“What do you mean, it doesn’t exist?” I reply, oblivious to her hostility, since she’s quite aggressive at the best of times. “I’d just like a marinara but with some mozzarella on top.” Unwittingly I make matters worse by miming her mozzarella-sprinkling action.
“La marinara is a pizza rossa,” she states frostily. “A pizza rossa is made with tomato and without mozzarella. So you can’t have a marinara with mozzarella because there’s no such thing.”
If one is allowed to redefine the meaning of things, words or whatever as it suits them, real communication is impossible. And that’s precisely what SWJs want. The ability to redefine words to mean what they want them to mean and to shut you up. It’d be nice if we would all tell them that the definitions of the words they try to use “don’t exist”.
Excuse me while I ramble.
–Are the unemployment numbers “cooked”? Well, let’s put it this way, the math required to make such a drop possible doesn’t seem to be supportable. IBD did a little of it for us:
The economy created just 114,000 jobs in September, yet the number of people employed somehow rocketed up by 873,000 and the number of unemployed plummeted by 456,000.
Point? There weren’t 873k jobs created in September. But the BLS did manage to find 360k new jobs that somehow weren’t counted, according to them, between March of 2011 and March of 2012. How convenient.
There may very well have been 456k who were dropped from the unemployment rolls. In fact, there may have been more. But the combination of the two numbers is a 1.3 million job swing. That “swing” is what it would take to drop the unemployment rate that much. Now it is entirely possible 456k or more were dropped from the unemployment rolls. It’s that first number you need to question.
–Have you ever seen a more pathetic performance by a side that lost a debate? Instead of admitting their guy sucked that night, it turned into a “he lied” or “he cheated” montage that seemed as though every pundit on the left, both on line and off line got one of two alternating sets of talking points.
Look, Obama was terrible that night. Like I said, I’ve gotten the distinct impression that Obama loves the perks of the office, but isn’t real crazy about the job. He loves to campaign, but as political Barbie would say, “governing is hard.” He has no problem accepting accolades, but simply doesn’t believe he should have to do anything to earn them. And finally, he’s worse than a 3rd grader about trying to blame everyone or everything else for his shortcomings.
That all caught up with him the other night. For the first time in his life, he had to stand there and face the music about his record. He was shown how much of a failure he was in no uncertain terms and, frankly, I think he was stunned into a lethargic performance.
2nd debate? Oh he’s going to be a tiger in that one, but will it matter? Over 50 million tuned in to watch this last one. My guess is they’ll be lucky to get half that for the second (I think the VP debate – the anticipation is just, well, overwhelming – will draw more viewers). The 1st debate was the critical debate. That is where the undecided went to decide. Mitt Romney got to talk with them unfiltered by the media. And of course, the media then had to deny that was the “real” Mitt Romney because they had spent so much time over the intervening weeks building a different one in their narrative.
–Is there more of a scandal right now (Fast and Furious is an ongoing one) than the Benghazi Consulate murders? We’re fed a line about the attack there being about a video when those of us with more than two brain cells to rub against each other knew, upon hearing even the sketchy early details, that it had nothing to do with a video. For heaven sake it was 9/11 on the year that Osama bin Laden had been killed. AQ was going to do something and like all organizations with even semi-competent leadership they knew to pick on a place that was incredibly weak. Thus Benghazi.
We get all sorts of denial from the administration, sticking with the narrative about the video, while it became more apparent as every new detail leaked out that it was anything but a spontaneous demonstration. Finally, when they could deny it no more, they sorta, kinda admitted it was a terrorist attack. Well some of them did. Others weren’t sure.
Benghazi had asked the State Department a reported 13 times for extra security … and been denied. It was about as secure as your house. It was full of sensitive information. And all of that has to be assumed to have been compromised (why such information was kept in such an unsecure location remains a mystery, because the media won’t ask).
Finally, the administration sends in the FBI, weeks after the incident and the FBI team stays there a total of 12 hours. 12 freakin’ hours. You think that bunch is at all interested in getting to the bottom of this?
And don’t forget, this next debate is going to be about how strong Obama is in foreign affairs.
His Middle East initiatives have crashed and burned, China’s feels it can bully our ally Japan and Russia is all but thumbing their nose at us as pertains to Iran, and this is his strong point?
Hate to see his weak point …oh, wait … we’re living it.