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The See-No-Evil President

By 2.20.15

George W. Bush couldn’t always speak clearly. His successor can rarely see clearly.

The see-no-evil president doesn’t glimpse Islam as the common denominator behind recent ugliness from Libya to Syria to Nigeria and points beyond. The speak-no-evil president dare not name the religion as the inspiration for vile acts but instead maintains that a perversion of the message of the Warrior Prophet motivates them.  

“The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” the White House announced in a statement. “We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens.”

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of German citizens at Buchenwald. The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of Southerners by the Ku Klux Klan. The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of schoolchildren by Boko Haram.

Obama lies by omission.

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Obama on Path to Imperial Presidency

By 2.19.15

When Republicans challenged Obamacare in the courts, they sought to overcome the hurdle of persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a program passed by Congress and enacted by a president. The legal challenge by Texas and 25 other states to the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration is different. Congress never passed a Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, to grant legal status to some 5 million immigrants. President Barack Obama himself never signed what his aides call an “executive action”; Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson takes that honor. Thus, DAPA is a scary power grab that claims that the president — and even his bureaucrats — have the power to override duly enacted federal law. Federal Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, was right to issue a temporary injunction against it.

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Axelrod’s Admission

By 2.18.15

David Axelrod makes it plain in his new book that President Obama’s opposition to gay marriage was a fraud from the start. Axelrod makes it equally clear that he supported the lie, encouraging Obama to see it as a good politics.

“Gay marriage was a particularly nagging issue. For as long as we had been working together, Obama had felt a tug between his personal views and the politics of gay marriage. As a candidate for the state senate in 1996 from liberal Hyde Park, he signed a questionnaire promising his support for legalization. I had no doubt that this was his heartfelt belief,” Axelrod writes.

Obama told Axelrod, “I just don't feel my marriage is somehow threatened by the gay couple next door.” But Obama agreed with his advisers that supporting gay marriage publicly would cost him too many votes. “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’” writes Axelrod.

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If Obama Treated Race As He Treats Islam

By 2.17.15


Well this will be interesting.

The White House has announced that come March 7th President Obama will travel to Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” — the famous civil rights march that ended with a savage attack by 100 Alabama state police under the control of Democratic Governor George Wallace. The marchers — some 600 African-Americans on their way to Montgomery to demand voting rights — had to cross the Alabama River over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The state police major in charge was sought out to discuss the situation by Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader Hosea Williams. The response: “There is no word to be had… you have two minutes to turn around and go back to your church.” The marchers kept marching and within minutes they were attacked by horseback riding cops and slammed with tear gas. As noted at the African-American registry: “The incident was seen on national television while 16 marchers ended up in the hospital and another 50 received emergency treatment.”

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Mr. President, ‘Violent Extremism’ Has a Real Name

By 2.16.15

Less than forty days after the Charlie Hebdo/Hyper Cacher attacks in Paris, freedom of speech has once again come under deadly assault and anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head in Europe at the hands of Islamic radicals.

The attacks began when a gunman entered a cafe in Copenhagen that was hosting a conference on freedom of speech. The gunman silenced the conference by killing one man and injuring three police officers. The target of the attack was Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who in 2007 (you guessed it) drew a cartoon of Muhammad. Over the years, Vilks has been threatened repeatedly, was once assaulted while giving a lecture and nearly had his home burned down. Fortunately, Vilks was unharmed.

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You Lie!

By 2.13.15

To vouch for the president’s ethics, his chief political lieutenant touts a lie the president told to the American people for years about his position on gay marriage. His ends-justify-the-means mendacity on one of the most divisive issues of our times somehow makes him a more moral man. Beam me up, Scotty!

David Axelrod writes in his new book Believer, “Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position. He routinely stumbled over the question when it came up in debates or interviews, ‘I’m just not very good at bulls——-,’ he said with a sigh after one such awkward exchange.”

The president was for gay marriage before he was against it before he was for it. Yet, he insists in the aftermath of Axelrod’s publicity tour that he never fibbed. To quote Congressman Joe Wilson, “You lie!”

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The President’s Breakfast Crusade

By 2.7.15

A couple sentences in President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, typically a benignly feel-good event, ignited great controversy.

Citing ISIS horrors, Obama added:

And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

The reference ignited charges that Obama was comparing Christianity to ISIS, and responses that Obama critics were whitewashing the Crusades and maybe even white racism.

In the latter spirit, an Atlantic columnist berated the “foolish, historically illiterate” reaction to Obama’s prayer speech:

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Selective Alarmism

By 2.4.15

White House adviser John Podesta has called changing weather an “almost existential threat” to the planet. In his State of the Union address, President Obama proclaimed that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”

Islamic terrorism, on the other hand, is manageable, according to Obama. He told CNN recently that he is determined to keep a “proper perspective” on it. He said that he will not “provide a victory to these terrorist networks by overinflating their importance and suggesting in some fashion that they are an existential threat to the United States or the world order.”

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Moving the Goal Posts

By 2.3.15

When is a deal not a deal? When it’s with Barack Obama. On Monday, President Obama announced his fiscal 2016 budget with a whopping 7 percent increase in federal spending. That breaks a deal he signed with Congress back in 2011. In exchange for permission to hike federal borrowing by a whopping $2.1 trillion — the biggest ever debt-ceiling hike in history — Obama agreed to automatic limits on federal spending. Now Obama’s had enough of “mindless austerity,” and wants to undo “the arbitrary across-the-board cuts known as ‘the sequester.’”

Reneging is Obama’s middle name. He’s repeatedly promised never to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000. But his budget would skewer them. Obama says he wants to “eliminate the trust fund loophole” and “ make sure everyone pays their fair share.” What he calls a loophole is the increased value of your Mom-and-Pop business or that three-bedroom colonial you bought thirty years ago for $80,000 that’s now worth many times that.

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Condolence Diplomacy and American Respect

By 1.30.15

It is nice to see Michelle Obama sticking up for women’s rights in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The First Lady, accompanying her husband on a condolence call at the Saud’s for the lately departed King Abdullah, wore a decidedly unorthodox outfit, by the standards of the Wahhabi religious branch of Islam which prevails in the kingdom and, with regard to ordinary residents, is enforced with some rigor. Your average Saudi woman could set herself up for a legal whipping if she went outside dressed like Mrs. Obama.

Observe that in our country women have been known to set themselves up for whupping for comparable offenses, as well as for other reasons. I happen to know a woman of the same ethnocultural background as the First Lady, whose husband disapproved of her wedding attire, perhaps a bit provocative but then she had the assets. He wrecked their marriage right then and there.