A Hard Self-Therapy in a Word

This is a difficult yet therapeutic post to write that has been a long time coming. I’ll start with a simple word that frames up my sentiments at the moment, goodbye.

I’ve felt and lived through the difficulties of saying goodbye at the bedside of dying friends and loved ones. It’s one of the hardest things to face. But this is not that kind of goodbye. There is another type that has a brighter hope and opportunity attached promising new adventures ahead. It’s more that type I’m referring to.

It’s been a strange few years with many disappointments, pains, and the agony of defeat. Sure, there were a few short-lived successes here and there. Just enough to create temporary optimism about what lays ahead.

Okay, before misleading any readers to what this is about, what I am talking about is the country’s current situation — through my eyes at least — in the 2016 election. We have had a few good times in recent years but they soon turned back to a dark cloud.

What on earth am I rambling about? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s just possible that there are some things we might finally bid farewell to. (at the time of this writing anyway) They are things that have been with us for a while, etched into our minds and factored into any serious political discussion.

Picture an episode of Twilight Zone where Rod Sterling says,
“Imagine, if you will, a country without these…..”

Politics as usual: It’s probably the biggest one. Politics as usual may finally be changing. Too early to say if it will stick or not. But it feels pretty good in the short term that politics as usual could be grinding to an end. It outlived its utility and is now called into question. Could there really be something else? There may, in fact, be some life outside it after all.

Race hustling: This one may still be in effect but it seems to be losing traction fast. It might have worn out its welcome. Since things like traffic and road closures, detours, and mall demonstrations inconveniencing millions of Americans, this one may be in search of a new cause which was inevitable. Likely a migration into other areas like plain political activism.

The Democrat plantation: May be heading off into the wild blue yonder. It seems the old blue identity plantation may have outlived its fertilizer supply. This one goes with politics as usual. The primaries are revealing some serious fractures in the same old, such as taking voter groups for granted.

The establishment: Well, this one is not so much what it is but the incessant influence it has. Now its influence could be challenged. It remains one of the biggest factors in our politics today and may lose its control on our system. This one will not go quietly.

Race card: Just as race hustling is called into question, the time has come when the narrative finally got so old and predictable, and less believable than ever. It suffered from overuse and abuse. Imagine a place where it is frowned on to play the race card at every opportunity?

Woman card: This one was a little surprise, but again it suffers from overuse and abuse, especially where abortion is concerned.If the objective was fairness, we may have come full circle with the latest idea to mandate that women also register for the draft.

Interesting, too, in the first Iowa caucus that women went for Sanders. In New Hampshire the 18 to 34 yr old women overwhelmingly went for Sanders over Clinton. 87% for Sanders and 9% for Clinton… says something about choice.

Political correctness: This one is still hanging on by the skin of its teeth but has suffered some serious blows in this election cycle. We’ll have to see if it goes on life support but it is in intensive care. Some wonder now if it is really worth saving.

“It’s my turn now” — This old standard may finally be going the way of the Edsel. It never was very flattering anyway. It looks like it has been challenged from every side and found wanting. How the “rightful” heirs will feel about its absence has yet to be determined. Will they cry and demand it? Will even they be too ashamed to pursue it all the way? Time will tell. But patriarchal families are considering the dire consequences. It could be a bit too much for them to accept all at once.

Note: this claim may seem a little premature. However, chances are good for some of them, better every day in this political climate. It would require vigilance to enforce their absence. Well, that is what this formality is all about — with optimistic hope — bidding them farewell and goodbye. Can’t say I’ll miss them, dibs on the epitaphs though.

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Hillary Down and Not Out

The incredible inevitable Hillary doesn’t look so inevitable. Her 22 point loss to Sanders gives her heartburn but thats about it. The wind up scandal doll takes a licking and keeps on ticking… off people she runs across.

It’s so beautiful, the idea of having a candidate people don’t trust. It creates so many options.

So now she takes her show cross-country with more lies. She says even though some people don’t support her she will continue to support them. I suppose it all depends on the meaning of the word “support”.

She was fashionably dressed in black to make her premature national victory speech. If a looming indictment doesn’t embarrass her, a landslide loss to Bernie won’t cause her to flinch.

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Obama, mosques R US

Daniel Pipes has written an excellent analysis of Obama’s mosque speech.

Assessing Obama’s Mosque Speech on Islam

by Daniel Pipes
Special to IPT News
February 8, 2016

Wishing to address growing anti-Islamic sentiments among the American public, Barack Obama ventured on Feb. 3 to the Islamic Society of Baltimore (sadly, a mosque with unsavory Islamist associations) to talk about Islam and Muslims. The 5,000-word speech contains much of interest. Here’s an in-depth assessment of its key points:

Obama:… “the very word itself, Islam, comes from salam — peace.”

How can a person in a position of responsibility say something so patently wrong? Islam means submission, and does not derive from peace. As I explained in 2005, “There is no connection in meaning between salām and islām, peace and submission. These are two distinct words with unrelated meetings.” Shame on Obama.

Obama: “the notion that America is at war with Islam ignores the fact that the world’s religions are a part of who we are. We can’t be at war with any other religion because the world’s religions are a part of the very fabric of the United States, our national character.”

By this infantile logic, Hitler could not have been at war with Judaism because Jews were part of the very fabric of Germany.

http://www.investigativeproject.org/5151/assessing-obama-mosque-speech-on-islam#

Obama also said in his [errant and arrogant] mosque speech that:

“Groups like ISIL are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders and holy warriors who speak for Islam. I refuse to give them legitimacy.”

Pretty desperate for legitimacy: I think a caliphate gives them legitimacy more than his words, which he refuses to use, would give them. They are religious leaders and holy warriors — not just playing them on TV. Are they acting when they’re running a caliphate, towns, a state and an oil network? Or when they behead rebels and infidels, when they recruit around the world to join their holy war? They’re just begging for legitimacy.

H/T to Counter Jihad Report

Obama: Good Times Are Here Again

On Friday, Obama touted the jobs report as great news. As if we just don’t know how good the economy is. He took the opportunity to remind us because we dummies don’t understand too good. He has to explain it, over and over, until we get the message.

He told us how the unemployment, now below 5%, is excellent news. He talked up the economy, while at the same time the stock market was going south. It’s all good.

“The United States of America right now has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches as their doom and despair tour plays in New Hampshire. I guess you cannot please everybody,” Obama said.

The unemployment rate supposedly dropped below 5%, but 51% of people still see economic conditions as poor. Must be a tough sell, not just to Republicans.

When you fill in the voids and blanks in Obama’s rhetoric you come to some strange conclusions. We know that when people’s unemployment runs out or they can’t find work and come off the roles, they don’t count.

From the Heritage’s Daily Signal:

The “real” unemployment rate in January remained unchanged from December at 9.9 percent. Almost six million Americans worked part-time in January but would have accepted full-time jobs if they could have found them, according to the bureau.

So is Obama saying that when their unemployment runs out, and they still can’t find work, that it’s a good thing? Yes. He boasts about the decline in numbers when more people are not counted. Way to go, Obama.

It’s no surprise, Obama can ignore the undercurrent in America that is not happy with his job performance or the effects his policies have on America. Now he whistles past the unemployed and underemployed people in a similar fashion. Then he calls it good news.

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Debate summary

In NH Republican debate, they ask what would you do about Syria, ISIS, Libya, Iran?
And interesting that all are products of the Obama administration.

Dems debate, by contrast, is who is more progressive than the other socialist?

Haven’t we seen enough results and consequences of progressive government?

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Strategizing a Hillary comeback

In Vanity Fair, they’ve taken it on themselves to strategize for Hillary’s needed comeback over Bernie-crowd sourced-Sanders. Finding it a difficult mission, they describe the remaining strategy to eek out a victory out of Bernie’s stampede.

Let’s take a closer look at kneecapping, a solid standby. In 2008, the Clinton campaign fanned outrage over Obama’s church pastor, hammered Obama on ties to former terrorist Bill Ayers, and even circulated a picture of Obama being dressed as a Somali elder during a trip to Kenya. But these things soured many Democrats on Clinton. This cycle, her campaign has been more restrained, using proxies to remind people that Sanders is a socialist, allege that Bernie would take away our healthcare (leave it to Chelsea to make Hillary look like a political natural), and suggest his “America” ad is racist because of excessive whiteness. But even these low-key attacks have been busts. They’re bound to be. When you’re caught up in a beautiful dream, you don’t want to be woken up and told it’s nonsense, least of all by Hillary Clinton.

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/01/why-hillary-clinton-win-democratic-nomination

So they seem to realize what a challenge that is for the credibility-challenged candidate. One facing possible charges and indictment. According to Hillary, as she explained to a town hall question, I just keep going forward and they[all the attackers] just fall by the wayside. Let’s see if the DoJ falls by the wayside?

The piece claims she wins by not panicking. Well, when was panicking a problem for Hildebeast?

Meanwhile, she’s good to go and has all the experience for the job, so she and Bill say. Well, if she can defeat a DoJ investigation, I guess she’s ready. But Bernie has the big-Mo and Hillary has the big-glow.

Now Bernie’s campaign wants Hillary’s transcripts for her Wall Street speeches. Hillary’s manager, John Podesta, said he wants to see all Bernie’s emails. Well, team Hill wants his emails? (lol) On with the show. They just keep dropping by the wayside, she says.

National Prayer Breakfast… post mosque visit

Last year at the prayer breakfast, Obama said that the violence and atrocities committed by the bands of Islamic terrorists was not unique to one faith. Then he said not to get on our high horses, lest we forget the Christian Crusades and the Jim Crow policies.

Well the problem is that this is sort of unique to this religion of Islam. Further the denial that this is unique and inherent to Islam is actually an offense of its own. It’s an assault on logic and current events.

So this year he one upped himself and planned a visit to a mosque the day before the National Prayer Breakfast. Not just any but one laden with controversy and Muslim Brotherhood ties. Why not choose another one? Well, that wasn’t the purpose.

The mission was to enunciate any friction he could while sticking it in the face of reasonable people. Like a gotcha effect. In fact, wouldn’t you think that if attempting to avoid friction, he could have made a case for speaking to moderate types he was trying to highlight? Why not give them some much-appreciated kudos for standing up to the face of radicals or Mo-Bros? No, again, that wasn’t his intent. His intent was to paint this mosque as the same as those moderates seeking reform that he was marginalizing by his visit.

So in his remarks, instead of denouncing violence and radicalization, he denounces the anti-muslim bias (which apparently is at epidemic levels in the country) Wouldn’t you think that message would have been better received in a mosque without Mo-Bro ties? And don’t look for a message like the slap in the face toward Christians last year aimed toward radical Muslim adherents because there isn’t one.

How can he manage to be any more divisive and biased himself? Again, he issued a warning to citizens to not be “bystanders to bigotry.”

“And so if we’re serious about freedom of religion — and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country — we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.”

Which says nothing about the specific attacks of radical Islamists, or their apologists, on Christians or others. And what did he mean by an “attack”? Have we seen an attack[s] on Muslims? This, as the rest of the world is inundated by Muslim “refugees” who consistently attack citizens of countries that welcomed them. I’m sorry, I guess I missed his central point and all those examples.

From II Timothy, Obama quotes that the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear. He turns to preaching that our fear is not of God. The day before he had been lecturing about legitimate anti-Muslim bias fears. So now he says fear does some funny things. That fear can lead to our lashing out at others. Where was his fear-warning message yesterday in preaching to Muslims at the Islamic Society? Obama may yet decide to sire a Rev. Wright-style church. Now he’s telling Christians that sometimes we have to stand up even to friends as well as others. Would that not have been appropriate for Muslims yesterday?

Al Jazeera called Obama’s mosque visit a “belated denunciation of anti-Muslim bigotry.” And they point to Islamaphobia. When fear is justifiable it is not really a phobia.

What was the central purpose in his message? Of course it was a political one, disguised as he tried to make it. Even while he was appreciating what Christians have done in disasters to help better humanity, his overall theme is co-opting Christians into his political ideology. But that is nothing new for the community organizing guru. He wants to reinforce how the left can use Christianity to its political gain.

Now he lectures that we need to respect the right of others to practice their faith freely. Well, I must have missed where we have denied someone their right to practice their faith. But I don’t remember Jihad being a right. Again, the ones denying respect are radical Islamists that attack an employee Christmas party, and plotted to carry out mass jihad. Or when Islamists tell us that America shall be under Sharia. Right, lecture us about fear. Then again, with Islamists, religion is a very political and a useful tool for terrorism.

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A Christian example

A different kind of story. A homeless man on a trek to get a food truck to serve the hungry.

The Daily Signal

A crowdfunding campaign is raising money to help a homeless man pay for a food truck for the hungry, after tens of thousands learned of his plight in a viral photo taken at a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The fundraising effort “exists to help him fulfill his dream,” Joey Mustain said on Facebook. “Let’s not just help him get on his feet; let’s help him stay on his feet.”

http://dailysignal.com/2016/02/01/homeless-man-in-viral-chick-fil-a-photo-has-a-dream-strangers-may-help-him-achieve-it/

But this is the type of thing Christians do, help not hurt a person in need.

War on coal, West Va front

What’s left to do but pray, for the damages inflicted on states and people in the coal region?

Daily Signal

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—There’s little separation between church and the fossil fuel industry in West Virginia’s coal country. Still reeling from recent mine shutdowns, the state legislature has set aside Jan. 31 as a “day of prayer for coal miners.”

On Sunday, a congregation of pastors, businessmen, and lawmakers will seek divine intervention in one of the nation’s hardest-hit coal economies. Doubtless, though, many will ask for deliverance from what they consider a man-made crisis.

http://dailysignal.com/2016/01/27/west-virginia-turns-to-prayer-as-obamas-clean-power-looms/

Even if the day is past, keep on praying.  Well, this administration won’t be any relief to anyone. Obama is not going to stop. He’s done more damage than King George could have ever done to us.

ObamaCare enrollment pitch

Here’s a stunning revelation from the Obama administration. Attention G-Mart shoppers!

In a country with 325 million people, the word most is a big number.
I guess you get those subsidies while paying your subsidues.
I’ll try hashtag get smothered by big-gov now.

Islam indoctrination 101

Once again, a public school firmly putting its foot down on the side of Islam indoctrination of students. Case in Maryland ignites suit.

Daily Signal

A Maryland couple are suing their county school system, the school board, and their daughter’s high school principal over what they claim was “Islamic indoctrination and propaganda” in a world history class.

John Kevin Wood and his wife, Melissa, say they are Christians and were upset to learn their 16-year-old daughter brought home homework that characterized Muslims as having “stronger” faith than Christians.

Read: http://dailysignal.com/2016/01/29/christian-family-sues-over-islamic-indoctrination-homework/

Not just “stronger faith”, but students are made to recite the profession of faith. And we know how importantly significant that is to Muslims. Order the prayer rugs.

Obama does the mosque shuffle

So Obama does a reach out to Muslims by going to a well-known mosque with radical ties. What else would anyone expect?

Washington Times

The Islamic Society of Baltimore had an imam who was a leading figure in the extremist Muslim Brotherhood. The organization also is connected to the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim civil rights group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a 2008 criminal prosecution in which several individuals were convicted of funneling money to the terrorist group Hamas.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jan/30/obama-visit-baltimore-mosque-show-support-muslims/

On the other hand, as a radical, he ought to fit right in.

Tales of Two Candidates

There are two candidates that I have questions about this week. They are Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. I won’t get into the details everyone knows.

Maro Rubio is lying about Ted Cruz. He was basically pointing to Jeb and to Ted Cruz saying everyone’s hands are dirty on amnesty, so that is supposed to mitigate himself. He was a chief designer of the gang of eight and amnesty.He lies about Cruz supporting it by his amendment to kill it. Marco now wants to be credible that he doesn’t want amnesty. So Rubio’s plan seems to be to call everyone else a liar. Media is pushing Rubio.

Jeb Bush finally comes around to embrace his family. That was bound to happen sometime. Now he is desperate so his mother made an ad, what I call the “push comes to shove” ad.

Then at the debate he sort of accepted the “establishment” mantra about him. But the heirloom name is not the only thing branding him establishment. Then he employed the help of brother Dubya to help him in Iowa. in the last days he hands out a letter from George Dubya supporting him. So the I’m all by myself, Bush disassociation campaign he was running is over. It is the next heir to the Bush throne campaign after all. I say, “Read my lips. no new dynasty.” Jeb’s attack ads don’t appear to be working either.

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Bill O’Reilly pleads with Trump

Bill O’Reilly does the please don’t back out on Wednesday night.. Comical really, See video.

Published on Jan 28, 2016
This one is just for laughs folks! If Donald Trump’s appearance on O’Reilly talking boycotting the Fox News Debate was an old school short film it would go something like this.

Oh well, Bill O gets his big ratings boost, 3.79 million viewers.
Donald Trump Hands Bill O’Reilly Cable TV Viewership Win

Hillary server questions redux

    Referring to the use of the server and the email problems, Hillary said:

    “And so, at the end of the day, I think it was kind of a wash.” She said in a Quad-City Times interview about servergate.

    Yeah, I get it. She thinks that whole server-email thing was a wash. Quite the wash.
    What a choice of words.

    [starting @ 11:00 min in]

    Hey look, it’s a mistake when I say it’s a mistake, as long as I say it’s a mistake, until I say it’s not. Get it? She regrets that this has caused such a diversion. Gee, “a diversion, a wash?”

    So she was wrong about the Iraq war, she says, and that she has been more transparent and more forthcoming than anyone in office. She said her predecessors used the same approach. (except no they didn’t) “That was the process in place at the time,” she said. “I inherited that process.”

    Maybe Benghazi was a wash too… or just needed one?
    Maybe the process was to lie?

    At what point will this tape self-destruct?

    Source: http://www.mediaite.com/online/hillary-clinton-private-email-was-a-mistake-but-only-because-of-the-reaction/

Russia today

An investigation in the UK peering into the death of former agent has raised eyebrows. Apparently the US Treasury department has weighed in generically calling Putin corrupt, which is leading to denials.

Read at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35385445

White House attempts to undermine Putin’s grip on power by L. Todd Wood, Wa Times

Remembering the old debate statement to Romney: “The 80’s called and they want their foreign policy back.” (and he so rehearsed that line) That should be a conversation starter in the White House about now.

2016: The most dangerous year since ‘62 Cuban Missile Crisis – L. Todd Wood, Wa Times

Trump might skip next debate

Trump might not appear in Thursday’s debate hosted by Fox News with Megyn Kelly.

Newsmax  

Trump May Skip Fox Debate for Own Town Hall

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump might skip Thursday’s debate on Fox News Channel and hold his own televised town hall at the same time if the network doesn’t drop Megyn Kelly from its team of moderators, his campaign manager tells New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman

Trump has been calling on Fox News to drop Kelly, who is scheduled to moderate with two other Fox anchors, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier. The trio moderated the first GOP debate of the season, in which Kelly and Trump sparred over a question about his treatment of women. …./

Article posted at http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/710694

In lieu of Fox debate he may do his own Town Hall. No statement from Megyn Kelly, “yours truly,” about the news. Or shall we now call it “The Yours Truly Debate?”