In this afternoon’s post, XBRAD applied the term “certain instigators” to define the thugs and race-baiters who wish for “black rage” and senseless violence in Ferguson rather than any acknowledgement of facts or desire for justice. Those instigators have fanned the flames of racial hatred, demanded that due process be set aside so that revenge could be exacted, and assiduously masked the REAL issue of the Ferguson story: police overreach. (No, I am not talking about the shooting death of Michael Brown. Reaching for a policeman’s firearm in a wrestling match almost guarantees such an outcome.) I am talking about law enforcement who treats every citizen as a suspect and potential perp. Cops that sight in on unarmed civilians and scream that they are going to kill them. Cops with little restraint, regardless of skin color of either the officer or the citizen. Who might be eager to suppress that issue? Our highest law enforcement official in the land. And the President whose vision of government is one of omnipotence and intimidation.
The old saying, “You’re known by the company you keep”, certainly applies to those two. Behold, the “certain instigators” of Ferguson:
Birds of a feather. They have far more than skin color in common. They are hucksters. Bigoted, race-baiting charlatans. Despicable and dishonest. They see an opportunity for racial agitation in Ferguson, and in Wappinger Falls, NY, Durham, NC, Sanford, FL, but apparently none in Duncan, OK, or in South Salt Lake, UT, or Chicago’s projects. And they are indistinguishable from one another, except that two of them are supposed to be supporting and defending the Constitution.
For people like Tim Scott, Alan West, Mia Love, and Dr. Benjamin Carson, skin color is the ONLY thing they have in common with those pictured above. Something about content of their character, I believe.
I am a fan of the New England Patriots, and as such I seem to be required to hate all things Manning. Not a chance. Not only is Peyton Manning one hell of a quarterback (his brother is no slouch, either), but I loved his old man, Archie in the long-ago days when he QB’d the Saints.
One of the things I like best about the Manning clan is their collective senses of humor. They have had some great commercials (the one in the museum when the old man gives them the look for misbehaving being among my favorites) and Peyton certainly was a hit hosting Saturday Night Live. But I think my favorite commercial they ever did is this one:
Makes you wanna go out and get football on your phone. Yo. Fo’ shizzle.
Big news this morning that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been fired by President Obama. Big news, but not surprising. Hagel has openly contradicted the President several times, especially regarding the Administration’s rather childish assertions regarding the necessity of ground forces in the fight against ISIS. You will hear various stories about how this was Hagel’s idea, and of course, the media will dutifully report as fact the White House’s version of events. But that version will be as accurate and honest as WH proclamations on Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, ISIS intelligence failures, etc.
Though Hagel was not known as a deep thinker, the idea that he somehow couldn’t grasp the deeper and more complex defense issues smells like the intellectual elitism of the self-proclaimed far-left “ruling” class. It is far more likely that Hagel attempted to keep Obama and his National Security Council grounded in reality, only to be poo-pooed and brushed aside by the overwhelming cacophony from the Marxist ideologues that have the President’s ample ears. I was never a big Chuck Hagel fan, as he was a Global Zero guy whose viewpoints at various times bordered on the curious, but as SECDEF I thought he was one of the few at the top of the Defense structure with the spine to stand up to the rampant amateurish stupidity that emanated from 1600 Pennsylvania. We could have done far worse. We certainly might going forward.
Whether talks were “initiated” by Hagel or not, the nature of those talks were probably discussions about whether Obama was going to keep tossing aside wise counsel or not in favor of the childlike and naive rantings of his fellow-travelers. And, the answer today seems to be a resounding YES. Obama will continue to march forward in secular progressive lockstep to the Internationale, wreaking the concomitant damage on US security, foreign relations, and national power.
Funny that the Secretary of Defense that HE chose, to replace another that had had enough (Panetta), is now thought not to be up to the job. One has to wonder who is. Michele Flournoy has been mentioned, along with Ash Carter. One has to think Bob Work is in the mix. All are far too talented to want to serve out the last two years of the military train wreck that is the Defense Department under Obama. It is like being hired to coach the Washington Generals, and being told you are expected to win.
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H/T Melissa N
Every autumn, just around Veterans’ Day (which in Vermont means after two or three “killing” frosts), the scrawny little rose bush along the fence produces one last, perfect, butter-yellow bud. Despite being the smallest of the rose bushes, and latest to bloom (often not until July 4th), I can’t bring myself to replace it with a seemingly heartier variety. Perhaps it is because that last little bud strikes me every year as a sign of hope, while all around is falling dead and dormant; that this little rose defiantly reminds us that the winter to come, no matter how harsh, will not prevent the inevitable miracle of the following spring.
Still my favorite.
Happy Birthday, Marines! Semper Fidelis!
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
The classic affirmation of the ancient Chinese strategist and philosopher is to be ignored at one’s own great peril.
The rest of the world, and China in particular, sees Mr Obama in the opposite light – as a weak leader in the autumn of his presidency… Mr Xi has shown Mr Obama little respect since their first summit in California last year. Mr Obama warned his Chinese counterpart to stop the cyber attacks on the Pentagon and other targets. China’s cyber-incursions increased. Earlier this year, the White House indicted five Chinese nationals for cyber-espionage, including a senior military officer. None are likely to be brought to trial. It was the kind of empty gesture Beijing has come to expect of Mr Obama.
Vladimir Putin could not have said it better. Nor Bashir Assad. Or Rouhani. Or our (erstwhile) allies, either. Embolden our adversaries, worry our partners. That is the sum total of the foreign policy accomplishments of the Obama Administration and its tiresome and amateur ideological shills.
There will be a price to pay, in power, influence, and prestige. Or in the lives of Lance Corporals. Or both.