Funny but Sad

Saw this on Hillbuzz yesterday and had to share.

Its funny because it mocks The Lightbringer for his “accomplishments” but also sad because the joke is on us.

Stay thirsty my friends.

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June 21st, 2012 by exurbandoug

Contempt(able)

Summers are warm and muggy in Washington, DC.  Now, they are going to get a lot hotter for some in the Obama Administration.

If you don’t get your news exclusively from the MSM, you probably heard that President Obama is exerting Executive Priviledge again.  This time, he won’t release documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, despite requests by the House Oversight Committee.  Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has asked for these documents as a part of their investigation of the failed gunwalking operation.  Now the Executive and Legislative branches are at an impasse.

All of this is taking place with pending contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder for not providing the documents the Committee requested.  This has been an ongoing fight over the past few months as the investigations revealed the extent of the Administration’s involvement in the case.  So far, a lot has come out which has shown that the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, and others have been covering-up details of the operation.

The Obama Administration has something to hide and they are going to do everything possible to keep the truth from coming out until after the election.  Right now the Attorney General is protecting the President and the President is offering the Attorney General cover.  That can only mean there is something in the documents that would reveal the extent of the Administration’s involvement in Fast and Furious as well as its intentions.  Whenever that information is revealed, it won’t cast Obama and company in a positive light.

I don’t know where all this leads but it won’t end well.

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June 20th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Signal to noise ratio

Rodney King’s death today was the impetus I needed to sit down and write about something that’s been whirling around in my mind for a long time now. 

Some of the big topics in the dextrosphere these past few years have been over-reaching government surveillance, botched law enforcement policies and the increasing militarization and corresponding trampling of our civil rights by the police.

And no, this won’t be a post about Sheriff Joe.

Not this time, at least… 

The thing is, we had warning signs a-plenty. All of these problems just didn’t pop up overnight, they’ve been going on for a long, long time. 

They just never affected us; they’ve always affected someone else. 

One of the campaign issues of the 1992 election was Body Count’s “Cop-Killer“, a raucous rock/rap hybrid about violence against the police. 

I got my black shirt on. 
I got my black gloves on. 
I got my ski mask on. 
This s***’s been too long. 

I got my twelve gauge sawed off. 
I got my headlights turned off. 
I’m ’bout to bust some shots off. 
I’m ’bout to dust some cops off. 

When Los Angeles native Ice-T wrote that song, the Rampart Division of the LAPD was, in effect, the enforcement wing of the Bloods street gang. The cops ceased to be cops and were nothing but low-life thugs killing anyone in their way. 

Sound familiar

The warning signs were there. We just weren’t listening. 

Now I’m never, ever, EVER going to say that we should take Al Sharpton seriously, and obviously shooting cops (or anyone else) is not something that should be condoned by anyone at any time, and I’m not going to say that every gang-banger (no matter their skin colour) is a civil rights hero in disguise…

But.

When enough people yell “FIRE!”, maybe we should look and see if something’s burning. 

Ice-T was wrong to write a song about killing cops. And we were wrong for thinking that militarizing our police force and taking liberties with our civil liberties were never going to affect anyone beside criminals. 

 
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June 17th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Ruling by Fiat

Not a FIAT!

By fiat.

Many years ago, my college professors would discuss the many abuses of power President Richard Nixon engaged in when he was in office.  The Enemies List, the assocted Dirty Tricks, the Plumbers, CREEP, and others were described as sinister parts of an abusive Executive Branch.  After Watergate, they became a cautionary tale for what can happen when a paranoid leader bypasses Congress and the Courts.

Fast forward a few decades and you have a President that is bypassing Congress and the Courts to implement policy.  We saw this last week when Obama issued an Executive Order allowing the children of illegal immigrants to stay in the US and be able to apply for work permits.  All this without Congressional approval.

Not that this was the first episode of Obama ruling by decree…

Over the past few weeks I have noticed, and written, about the increasing amount of chatter about massive change coming to the United States.  There is an increasing loud drumbeat that signals that we are entering uncharted territory in many different areas of civic live.  VDH writes about this over at The Corner and opines that Obama’s latest action is a sign of something disturbing.  Towards the end he writes:

When you collate this recent act with the class-warfare rhetoric, the “punish our enemies” threats, the president’s and Eric Holder’s serial racialist statements, the huge borrowing, the national-security leaks, the takeover of health care, the push for redistributive taxes, and even the trivial appointments like a Van Jones, Anita Dunn, or Armendariz, you can fairly conclude that Obama most certainly did not like the way the United States operated for the last 30 or so years, and has tried his best, through hook or crook, to change America in ways that simply were not possible through legislative or even judicial action.

Our nation was created with three co-equal branches of government designed to prevent abuses of power by any one.  When you consider the history of monarchies and their propensity for capricious rule, you can understand why Madison and others designed the Constitution the way they did!  Governing is supposed to be hard and controversial actions difficult to enact because of the three branches of government.  Unfortunately what we have today is an executive who acts as if he were a ruler who issues edicts, not the leader of one branch of government.

I sincerely hope that this situation gets changed soon!

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June 17th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Imploding

The liberal order won’t go quietly, it will go out with a bang.

As I read articles from around the blogsphere, there seems to be a drumbeat.  The sound is an impending change in politics and economics from the Post War model towards something else.  Along the way, the structures that supported and sustained this order will undergo massive change.

Some may even fly apart in a cataclysmic super nova.

VDH writes about this in this article, which I recommend you read.  It addresses a theme I have been repeating over the past week, the liberal order is collapsing because of its internal contradictions and economic unsustainability.  The great center of gravity that has dominated the last eight decades is collapsing in on itself.  He writes:

From Greece to Italy to California to Wisconsin to Obama’s Washington, the verdict is in: the democratic statist model of trying to provide cradle-to-grave benefits, administered by an elite technocratic class, using demonization to bully the opposition and redistribute income, not only does not work, but cannot ever work.

Both elites and the citizens they ostensibly serve are beginning to recognize this.  There will be brave faces in front of cameras and microphone, soothing words will be uttered and printed, but there is a growing realization that the game is up.  We have entered uncharted waters and things are going to get rough.

Just as communism collapsed relatively rapidly and unpredictably in the late 80’s, so too will the liberal/progressive ideal.  It will happen quickly and surpise many people who regarded the present order as permanent.  The coming months and years will be difficult, but in the end and unsustainable and unworkable model will be thrown out.  I for one look forward to this new day.

 
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June 13th, 2012 by exurbandoug

What Scott Walker can teach the House Oversight Committee.

A lesson for the House Democrats and Republicans alike: Investigating the murder of a Border Patrol agent and the killing of hundreds of Mexicans with guns provided to them by our government isn’t a political football to be tossed about, it’s the right thing to do because it is the right thing to do

The overwhelming support for Scott Walker has shown this nation that people who make the tough choices and stand by those choices will be rewarded. Weasels, on the other hand, will get what’s coming to them. 

And no one (with the exception of Obama himself) has been more weasel-y in this administration than Eric Holder. 

May he receive the justice he deserves, and may Brian Terry and hundreds like him rest in peace. 

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June 12th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Revolution Underway

The Post War Era that we have all lived in is coming to an end.

…and it will be televised!

I want to continue a thread from my last post about where our nation is at in its history.  In history, there are turning points that mark the end of one era and the beginning of another.  It is my belief that we are either entering or in the midst of such a turning point.

Why do I say this?

Smarter minds than mine can articulate it better than I can.  James Piereson over at the New Criterion does just that with his article Future Tense, X: The Fourth Revolution.  Its a long post but well worth reading because he looks back at past political revolutions as he studies our current situation.  There are trends that those of us on the center-right can take heart in, even as storm clouds continue to gather.

So take about fifteen minutes to read that post and keep that information in the back of your mind as events unfold.  The past has many lessons in it that will affect our future, we should be aware of them and prepare accordingly.  There is light at the end of this tunnel.

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June 11th, 2012 by exurbandoug

The Bus Stops Here

David Axelrod and Attorney General Reinhard Heydrich Eric Holder are apparently at loggerheads over the politicization of the Justice Department

Axelrod said that he was particularly concerned about protecting the Department of Justice from any undue White House influence or political pressure.

“I was very sensitive to the fact, Candy, that in the last administration the political arm of the White House was very active in the Justice Department, to the extent that they were picking U.S. attorneys and guiding policy there in ways that were inappropriate,” he continued. “I was very scrupulous about my interactions with the attorney general, even though he’s a friend.”

Axelrod went on to give a definitive “no” to Crowley when she asked if he gave Holder “any political advice.”

Ah yes. Team Obama is NOT politicizing the Justice Department because shut up, that’s why. Oh, and George Bush.

Here’s a handy tip for the political junkies out there: The minute a Democrat says “BUSH DID IT FIRST!”, it’s a clear sign they’re guilty as sin. After all, there’s no need to rationalize excuses for good behaviour, only the bad stuff. 

Attorney General Holder, however, is having none of this: He knows the Justice Department has been politicized, and he’s looking to shift the blame from his shoulders on to someone else. 

However, on Thursday Holder told a House committee the exact opposite during testimony concerning the failed gunrunning operation Fast and Furious.

“We talked about not hiring decisions, but ways we might improve the ability of the Justice Department to respond to political attacks coming my way,” Holder said. 

Good luck with that. If Obama is willing to throw his own grandmother under the bus, he’ll throw his secret police chief under the bus as well. 

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June 10th, 2012 by exurbankevin

Midway in the Battle?

The Battle of Midway took place just over seventy years ago.  This is the IJN Mogami which was sunk on the second day of the battle.

It was a turning point in the Pacific Theatre during WW2 and represented a massive victory for the United States.  Four of Japan’s fleet carriers were sunk and thousands of experienced sailors, airmen, and maintenance personnel were lost.  These were never fully replaced and the Imperial Japanese Navy gradually lost its strength during subsequent battles.  After Midway, the Empire of Japan was on the defensive and steadily lost territory in its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.  Eventually, Japan surrendered to the Allies in August 1945.

The fact is though, even if Japan had won Midway it would have eventually lost the war.  Time, resources, and technology were all on the American side, which would prove overwhelming to Japan.  Admiral Yamamoto and many of the other top officers in the Imperial Japanese Navy knew this even as they drew up their plans before the war.  A fight against the might of the United States was a loosing proposition even before it started.

Why the history lesson?

Think about the fiscal path we are on in the United States.  Take the $16 Trillion National Debt, add other unfunded government liabilities (ex. Medicare Part D), then add other public debt (from states, counties, and cities), plus other liabilities that are “off the books” and you have a problem of mind-blowing proportions.  Its only going to get worse as more Baby Boomers retire and the economy remains stuck in neutral.  There are other factors that are weighing our country down (obesity, stress, broken families, lousy education, skills gaps, etc.) but the one that is somewhat quantifiable is public sector debt.  All this is not sustainable.

So now what?

My sense is that we are at a turning point in the Post War era.  For about three decades after WW2, the progressive/liberal side was dominant in the United States.  Greater centralization, more government involvement in the economy, growing regulation, higher taxation, and greater spending were hallmarks of this era.  Even Republican Presidents like Richard Nixon enacted the EPA and OSHA along with wage and price controls during the early 70s.  However, the tide began to turn slowly in the 60s, a bit more in the 70s, then a lot more in the 80s.

What was happening was the rise of Modern Conservatism, or more accurately a return to a more limited, traditional model of governance.

Like the wave analogy though, the energy got dissipated during the Bush and Clinton years.  Sure, there was some progress but for the most part but spending and government continued to grow throughout the 90s and into both the Bush and Obama Administrations.  It seemed like the Reagan years were an abberation and that the progressive order that started with Wilson and FDR was here to stay.

However, as the debts began to climb ever higher and government became more intrusive, more citizens began to realize where this was leading.  No matter how one added all the numbers up, the result was staggering…the current path we were on was (and remains) unsustainable.  Financial ruin began to stare us in the face, after being ignored for decades.  It took an economic collapse and a President with socialist instincts to wake up a critical mass of the electorate.

The elections of 2010 and 2012 could represent a turning point in many ways.  Citizens are standing up, getting involved, and supporting candidates that are addressing serious fiscal issues.  Governors like Chris Christie (NJ) and Scott Walker (WI) are making difficult decisions that are necessary to get their state’s finances in order.  Many of the newly elected Senators and Congressmen from 2010 are taking a hard line on taxing and spending.  Economics and fiscal policy will be a recurring theme during the Presidential election too between Governor Romney and President Obama.

The analogy between the Battle of Midway and our current situation involves a struggle against a reality that can’t be ignored.  In Japan’s case, they were fighting an economic colossus that would overwhelm them in less than four years.  In our country’s case, we are facing fiscal commitments that can’t be met.  Soon, the interest on the National Debt will be the largest line item on the budget, even without ObamaCare!  As it stands now, the current levels of government spending can’t continue at their current and future levels.

The good news is, America has an option that Japan did not have during the Battle of Midway.  If our nation can reduce spending, reduce regulation, reform the tax code, and take other prudent actions, the painful adjustments in the coming years can be managed.  It will hurt but won’t be ruinous.  The experience will force us to live within our means and return to a more limited, constitutional government like the Founders envisioned.  That is the sustainable path that will allow the United States to move forward, albeit painfully.

Or continue on as we have in the past…

How do you think that is going to work out?

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June 9th, 2012 by exurbandoug

Priorities

Even though yesterday was a big day, it was an even bigger one 68 years ago.

Operation Overlord, also known as “D-Day”.

Tens of thousands (eventually hundreds of thousands) of American, British, Canadian, Polish, Free French, and other Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy that day.  Thousands more airborne troops landed further inland in the fields and villages of Northern France.  It was a massive battle and casualties were high, but eventually the gains were consolidated and the Allies began their relentless push East towards Germany.

Now you can forgive Google for comemorating yesterday as the anniversary of the drive-in movie theatre.  They are a bunch of young, creative, Bay Area liberals and you can expect that.  But what about the President, how did he honor those troops?

He was in California holding fundraisers!

The sad thing is, even this is not a surprise given the President’s behavior patterns.  Honoring our military, the veterans, and what our nation stands for is less important that raising funds for his re-election.  Without the bravery and dedication of our Armed Forces, freedom would be just another word in the dictionary.  The opportunities we (and Europe) enjoy today are a direct result of milions of (mostly young) men fighting and dying in places like Northern France.  They are worth remembering and honoring if for no other reason than to say “thanks” from the generations they saved from tyrrany.

Priorities.

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June 7th, 2012 by admindude