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So Much For ISIS Being Contained

By on 11.13.15 | 11:25PM

Only 24 hours before the Paris terror attacks, President Obama declared in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that ISIS had been "contained." The interview was conducted on Thursday, but aired Friday morning. Obama stated:

I don't think they're gaining strength. What is true, from the start our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them.

Evidently the people responsible for the attacks didn't get Obama's memo. It would certainly go a long way in explaining why Obama said following the attacks, "I don’t want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this." Of course he didn't. Any such "speculation" would make his lack of credibility in these matters plain for the world to see just as when he claimed that al Qaeda was on the run during the 2012 election campaign. It's time for President Obama to stop treating ISIS like the jayvee squad.

The Bataclan in Happier Times (Featuring Jeff Buckley)

By on 11.13.15 | 10:27PM

The Bataclan will now be forever known as the focal point of the worst terrorist attack in French history. 

Prior to tonight, however, The Bataclan was a world renowned concert venue. Although it is a small venue holding approximately 800 people, it has long attracted the creme de la creme of musicians.

Now I've never been to The Bataclan, but I do have a sense of the atmosphere as demonstrated by the late Jeff Buckley who performed there in February 1995. This concert has been bootlegged ever since and for good reason. 

Have a listen to Buckley's rendition of Edith Piaf's "Je n'en connais pas la fin". After Buckley sings in French, the audience erupts into applause so loud you would think there were 80,000 people in attendance instead of 800. 

While The Bataclan must be remembered for the evil that took place there tonight, it must also be remembered as a place of joy.

One of Paris Attackers Says “I Am From ISIS!!!”; Obama Doesn’t Want to Speculate Who is Responsible - UPDATE

By on 11.13.15 | 7:50PM

What an absolute horror.

As I write this more than 140 people have been killed in Paris in multiple attacks across the city. A majority of the deaths have taken place inside the Bataclan Concert Hall where the band The Eagles of Death Metal were playing. The two others major attacks took place outside Stade de France during a soccer match between France and Germany (which was attended by French President Francois Hollande) and outside a Cambodian restaurant called Le Petit Cambodge. The gunmen from the latter attack are still at large at this hour. 

Witnesses says that two shooters were responsible for the Bataclan attacks. They chanted "Allahu Akbar!!!" and "This is for Syria!!!" before eventually being killed by French authorities. Evidently many of the concertgoers were being held hostage before they mowed down by bullets or had grenades thrown at them. One person arrested by Paris police has said that he is from Syria and that this is an ISIS operation. 

Trump Playing with Fire Again; Asks “How Stupid Are The People of Iowa?” UPDATED

By on 11.13.15 | 11:33AM

This morning, Ron Ross writes about the liberal media's attempt to assassinate the character of Ben Carson:

The current political atmosphere is such that even before it happened there was a 100% chance the media would attempt to assassinate Dr. Ben Carson’s character, honesty, and integrity. The liberal media will do everything it can, including lies, fabrications, distortions, and flagrant exaggerations to anyone they consider threats to their power and control.

Well, At Least Chris Matthews Didn’t Call Cruz & Rubio ‘White Hispanics’

By on 11.12.15 | 3:24PM

Following the GOP debate on the Fox Business Channel, MSNBC's Chris Matthews demonstrated the depth of liberal thought while in conversation with Amanda Terkel of The Huffington Post:

So you’re trying to insinuate that Marco Rubio, a fellow, uh, Spanish surname, I’m not sure the right word is Hispanic for them. Because they are Cuban nationals or whatever, or come from Cuba. But, uh, is he going to insinuate that he is still basically for what he calls amnesty?

While Rubio and Cruz are of Cuban heritage, they are not Cuban nationals. (Indeed, Cruz was born in Canada). With that statement, Matthews has effectively declared that half of Miami isn't Hispanic. Well, it could be worse I suppose. At least he didn't give them the George Zimmerman treatment and call them "white Hispanics."

Saloon Series — A New Gin for a New Century

By on 11.12.15 | 2:16PM

Gin has had a weird and wild ride over the past 500 years. The Dutch were producing the piney drink in the 1500s, but adding herbs to liquor is a tradition that goes back further still to the tinkering of medieval alchemists.

Juniper berries, which give gin its characteristic scent, have been used as a spice since ancient times. When, precisely, someone first plucked them from the bush and plopped them in liquor is anyone’s guess. Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia (77 to 79 CE) included a recipe for a wine-based "proto-gin," reports Aaron Knoll in his entertaining Gin: The Art and Craft of Artisan Revival.

Clinton Celebrates Environmentalist Endorsement By Boarding Carbon-Spewing Private Plane

By on 11.12.15 | 2:09PM

Hillary Clinton has struggled to earn the support of the more extreme elements in her party, environmentalists included. A few months ago, she tried to pander to those who belive the Earth is melting faster than a chocolate bunny in July under the limited influence of mankind by attacking the Keystone Pipeline project, but the Obama Administration has already nixed that economic development project in the name of preserving the penugin population, so she's been out of luck.

Finally, this week, she caught a break from the League of Conservative Voters, who broke ranks with other environmental groups (all of whom have endorsed Bernie Sanders) to provide Clinton with a modicum of ecological credence. Clinton took LCV up on its offer to attend their most recent get-together, and used the opportunity to announce a sweeping "climate change" plan that included a "North American Climate Compact" designed to put Canada and Mexico on the same page as the US in limiting fossil fuel consumption.

Embattled #Mizzou Professor Melissa Click Got Grant to Attend Twilight Convention

By on 11.12.15 | 12:25PM

Yesterday, I penned a "think piece" on the subject of the University of Missouri, on how liberal professors, chancellors, university Presidents and, ultimately, coddling parents, were the ones responsible for Mizzou's complete civil breakdown. Now, to be fair, the students are also to blame - this wouldn't be happening if the students themselves had not decided to put years of education into practice rather than do something productive with their lives, like take their midterms - but it's becoming clearer and clearer that today's college students are being molded by a decidedly unserious environment.

Lou Brock Loses Part of Left Leg to Diabetes

By on 11.11.15 | 11:23PM

It broke my heart to hear that St. Louis Cardinals legend Lou Brock had to have his left leg amputated below his knee due to complications from diabetes

After all, Brock is synonymous with speed and stolen bases. The Cards stole him from the Chicago Cubs in the middle of the 1964 season for pitcher Ernie Broglio in what is considered by many baseball fans to be the most lopsided trade in MLB history. Brock was the last piece of the puzzle for the Cardinals who went to win the World Series that year and again in 1967 with one more NL pennant in 1968. In 21 World Series game, Brock hit .391 with 4 HR and 13 RBI along with 14 stolen bases.

WaPo Reporter Complains GOP ‘All Over The Map’ on Foreign Policy

By on 11.11.15 | 5:13PM

WaPo "reporter" Sean Sullivan thinks Republicans have a problem where it concerns foreign policy. In an article titled, "On foreign policy, GOP candidates are 'all over the map'", Sullivan writes:

Donald Trump is “100 percent” in favor of Vladi­mir Putin demolishing the Islamic State terror group. Jeb Bush thinks he’s “absolutely wrong.” Marco Rubio has written off Rand Paul as a “committed isolationist,” while Ted Cruz positions himself in the ideal “middle ground” between them.