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Sunday, March 04, 2012

It's Come To This

Where once George W. Bush sought victory in the War on Terror, Barack Obama now simply wants to maintain control of isolated outposts in a God-forsaken land and prays that no one's paying attention anymore.

If this reminds you of Morocco and the French Foreign Legion, circa 1902, you'd be thinking right.

From " Die, Die, Foreigners! by Mark Steyn:
In the last couple of months, two prominent politicians of different nations visiting their troops on the ground have used the same image to me for Western military bases: crusader forts. Behind the fortifications, a mini-West has been built in a cheerless land: There are Coke machines and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Safely back within the gates, a man can climb out of the full RoboCop and stop pretending he enjoys three cups of tea with the duplicitous warlords, drug barons, and pederasts who pass for Afghanistan’s ruling class. The visiting Western dignitary is cautiously shuttled through outer and inner perimeters, and reminded that even here there are areas he would be ill-advised to venture unaccompanied, and tries to banish memories of his first tour all those years ago when aides still twittered optimistically about the possibility of a photo op at a girls’ schoolroom in Jalalabad or an Internet start-up in Kabul.

The last crusader fort I visited was Kerak Castle in Jordan a few years ago. It was built in the 1140s, and still impresses today. I doubt there will be any remains of our latter-day fortresses a millennium hence. Six weeks after the last NATO soldier leaves Afghanistan, it will be as if we were never there. We came, we saw, we left no trace. America’s longest war will leave nothing behind. [link]
The war ended the day George Bush left office. What came about on that same day was a half-hearted resolve on the part of our new president to honor a half-hearted campaign pledge. A pledge that amounted to nothing more than a promise to do something over yonder some day.  This is the necessary conclusion to the effort Barack Obama has put into "Afghanistan policy" such as it is: a kind of Fort Algiers transplanted to the Hindu Kush.

Add Gary Cooper and Hollywood has the makings of a great movie.

And Barack Obama has his Afghanistan policy.

And those poor Afghan people who - for a brief time anyway - looked to us for liberation from an oppressive government and oppressive religion?

No account bit players in a flick that will only be seen on IFC.

Nameless, faceless, unimportant extras used for effect and told they're no longer needed.

Go on back to your mud hovels. Grab one of those copies of Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech to take with you.  Thanks for the cooperation.  Try not to soil anything on your way out.

"Cut." "That's a wrap."

Should the 99% Subsidize the 1%?

No, I'm not referring to the oil companies.  And I'm not talking about indirect subsidies that go to shareholders of Big Tobacco or Big Pharma or Big anything else.

I'm referring to direct subsidies to America's wealthiest liberal Democrats - those greenies who buy the Chevy Volt. 

It's time for those of you who hate the rich but love "the environment" to come to terms with this:
Obama hikes subsidy to wealthy electric car buyers
By Neil Munro, Daily Caller

The White House intends to boost government subsidies for wealthy buyers of the Chevy Volt and other new-technology vehicles — to $10,000 per buyer.

That mammoth subsidy would cost taxpayers $100 million each year if it is approved by Congress, presuming only 10,000 new-technology autos are sold each year.

The average income of the Chevy Volt’s buyers is $170,000 per year, according to General Motors CEO Dan Akerson. “Some of them — I think roughly half — are either [Toyota] Prius or BMW owners,” Akerson said in a Dec. 16 interview with the Associated Press.

That high income puts the Volt’s buyers in the top 7 percent of households, according to census data, and slightly above the rankings held by households with BMWs, Lexuses or Cadillacs. [link] [emphasis mine]
Question: Should that young family of three, struggling to stay afloat and meet its tax obligations, be required to help pay for toys for the rich?

This, to me, is just another glaring example of the fact that environmentalism is the blithe plaything of the affluent. Think Al Gore. Think Ted Turner.  Think Chevy Volt owners.

Me?  I say, end oil subsidies, end foreign aid subsidies, end farm subsidies, and end subsidies that go to liberals with daffy ideas, a distorted sense of self-importance, an excess of disposable income, and shit for brains.

Speaks Volumes

In recent days our president has apologized to our Islamist enemies for that accidental Koran burning in Afghanistan.  And he called that poor downtrodden Wal-Mart cashier... McDonald's third-shift counter worker... unemployed construction worker ... privileged law school student and told her how proud he was that she was speaking out, demanding that someone else pay for her consequence-free orgasms.

The wife and son of that Roanoke County soldier sent into harm's way by that same president, the soldier who was murdered in Afghanistan other day?

The phone has not rung.

He didn't matter in Obama's scheme of things.

9mm. The Great Equalizer.

On a day when I read this - "Girls and Guns… It’s A Social Thing," I get this photo in the email from my sweet little daughter, who's shown punching holes in targets at the range the other day:

Love those pink ear protectors.

From the article:
While it’s too soon to say that we’re witnessing a social revolution, the dramatic increase in the number of American women who own guns makes one thing clear. Social networking, as it has recently in so many real revolutions around the world, is playing a pivotal role in both spreading the word, and supporting the efforts of millions of law abiding women who have at last come to the gun. Whether their interests lie in hunting, competition, entertainment or defense, those of us who care deeply about America’s shooting heritage are proud of the growing legion of girls with guns.
Yes, we are.

* For what it's worth, I think Jodi's firing her Ruger 9mm. What's not seen is the fierce blaze in her eyes.

The Awesomeness of Nature's Fury

This is about as close as I'd ever want to get to a tornado.  

Here's an up-close look at that storm that ripped through my sister-in-law's neighborhood on Friday:

Frightening. Fascinating.

Rescue workers are still finding bodies. And - miraculously - survivors who were carried ten miles by the twister.

God have mercy.

The Clarion Call Sounds


Those Darlings Of The Democratic Party

May each and every member thereof be forever associated with this bunch of gutter scum:

Three Occupy Oakland protesters charged with hate crimes

When you lie down with dogs ...

I Can Vouch For That

This doesn't shock me:

Americans Spent Nearly $51 Billion on Their Pets in 2011

About a third of that came out of my household budget.


We Live In Different Worlds

Here's the first warning flag - the Washington Post has a "religion" columnist.  Who, if that's the case, isn't required to write about religion.  She instead writes about how awful it is for Americans to have to be confronted with people with large families, and with the baleful implications that derive from them.

Say what?

WashPost's Miller Slams 'Smug' Romney and Santorum for Their Large Families
By Tim Graham, NewsBusters

Washington Post religion columnist Lisa Miller has one child, and she seems quite smug about it. She thanks God “I live in a time and place where I can get up every morning and go to work, and with the money I earn help feed and educate my child.” But in her Saturday column, the slams the Republican candidates for their “smug fecundity,” that they turned their women into retrograde doormats who make babies.

“There’s nothing wrong with big families, of course,” she says fruitlessly before saying there actually is. “But the smug fecundity of the Republican field this primary season has me worried. Their family photos, with members of their respective broods spilling out to the margins, seem to convey a subliminal message that goes far beyond a father’s pride in being able to field his own basketball team. What the Republican front-runners seem to be saying is this: We are like the biblical patriarchs. As conservative religious believers, we take seriously the biblical injunction to be fruitful and multiply.”

This is why there’s “something wrong with big families.” It devalues women. “Especially worrisome is the inevitable corollary to that belief: Women should put their natural fertility first — before their brains, before their ability to earn a living, before their independence — because that’s what God wants.” [link]
Well, she did work God into her two minutes hate. (Which qualifies her to be the Washington Post's "religion columnist.")  Just so as to disparage Him and all who believe in Him.

Question: What's with these people that they have to denigrate others, their religion, and their God, in order to feel good about themselves? Have they no sense of self-worth?