What’s in a name?

October 7, 2014

Terrorism by any other name (“workplace violence”) is still terrorism, and Jah’Keem Yisrael by any other name (“Alton Nolen”) is still an Islamist jihadi and murderer.

For further enlightenment:

Winning Heads and Minds, by Mark Steyn

Jah’Keem Yisrael and Protecting Muslim Sensibilities, by Jeannie DeAngelis

Allah Made Me Do It, by Daniel Greenfield

Colleen Hufford Memorial Fund

More good stuff from Bill Whittle:

Tie-Dyed Tyranny

Political Insurance

President Coward

Stung by Suicide

A Brief History of Mental Illness

Ferguson and the Real Race War

The Murderer in the Kremlin

Obamadelphia, DC

Not One of Us

Losing the Peace in Iraq

Why Benghazi Matters

It Takes a Superhero


Calling Dr. Cloward… Dr. Piven… Dr. Cloward…

July 12, 2014

“Could the flood of underage, would-be immigrants over the southern border be ‘Obama’s Katrina’ as Susan Page of USA Today warned?

“No, it’s worse. Even the most virulent George W. Bush denigrator would not suggest that the former president actually created the hurricane. This president, by contrast, bears a heavy responsibility for creating the deluge of unaccompanied minors who have recently crashed ashore. …

“The White House insists that the migrants are fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. No doubt, but poverty and violence have (sadly) been features of those societies for decades.

“What happened? The precipitating event was Obama’s election year decision unilaterally to grant permanent resident status to the children of immigrants who have been living in the country illegally for a significant period of time and were brought here before the age of sixteen.

“Clearly, the president was thinking about how this would play with voters, especially Hispanics. ‘They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,’ he said at the time, and this change (unlawful, but that’s another story) would make immigration policy ‘more fair, more efficient and more just.’

“There was another audience for the president’s words and deeds though. Rumors flew in Central America that children would no longer be deported from the U.S. There is now widespread talk of ‘permisos’ – documents the migrants believe they will be granted if they get across the Rio Grande. As The Economist reports, a leaked border agency memo described interviews with 230 women and children apprehended recently. Most reported that they came because they’d heard that they would be permitted to stay.” ―Mona Charen, When Government Tries to Be Nice

“Liberal elites talk down to the cash-strapped middle class about their illiberal anger over the current immigration crisis. But most sermonizers are hypocritical. Take Nancy Pelosi, former speaker of the House. She lectures about the need for near-instant amnesty for thousands streaming across the border. But Pelosi is a multimillionaire, and thus rich enough not to worry about the increased costs and higher taxes needed to offer instant social services to the new arrivals.

“Progressives and ethnic activists see in open borders extralegal ways to gain future constituents dependent on an ever-growing government, with instilled grudges against any who might not welcome their flouting of U.S. laws. … Likewise, the CEOs of Silicon Valley and Wall Street who want cheap labor from south of the border assume that their own offspring’s private academies will not be affected by thousands of undocumented immigrants, that their own neighborhoods will remain non-integrated, and that their own medical services and specialists’ waiting rooms will not be made available to the poor arrivals.

“Have immigration-reform advocates such as Mark Zuckerberg or Michael Bloomberg offered one of their mansions as a temporary shelter for needy Central American immigrants? Couldn’t Yale or Stanford welcome homeless immigrants into their now under-occupied summertime dorms? Why aren’t elite academies such as Sidwell Friends or the Menlo School offering their gymnasia as places of refuge for tens of thousands of school-age Central Americans?

“What a strange, selfish and callous alliance of rich corporate grandees, cynical left-wing politicians and ethnic chauvinists who have conspired to erode U.S. law for their own narrow interests, all the while smearing those who object as xenophobes, racists and nativists. How did such immoral special interests hijack U.S. immigration law and arbitrarily decide for 300 million Americans who earns entry into America, under what conditions, and from where?” ―Victor Davis Hanson, The Moral Crisis on Our Southern Border

“Why do they come? The administration pretends it’s because of violence and poverty.

“Nonsense. When has there not been violence and poverty in Central America? Yet this wave of children has doubled in size in the past two years and is projected to double again by October. The new variable is Obama’s unilateral (and lawless) June 2012 order essentially legalizing hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came here as children.

“Message received in Central America. True, this executive order doesn’t apply to those who came after June 15, 2007. But the fact remains that children coming across now are overwhelmingly likely to stay.

“Alternatively, Obama blames the crisis on Republicans for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“More nonsense. It’s a total non sequitur. Comprehensive reform would not have prevented the current influx. Indeed, any reform that amnesties 11 million illegal immigrants simply reinforces the message that if you come here illegally, eventually you will be allowed to stay.” ―Charles Krauthammer, The Immigration No-Brainer

“The American Dream is dying for tens of millions of unemployed, underemployed and long-term jobless citizens. But the White House has guaranteed that one sector of the U.S. economy will thrive for decades to come: Open-borders immigration lawyers.

“Don’t believe the fibbing D.C. flacks. While the president’s spokesman Josh Earnest promised that ‘most’ of the illegal immigrant youths from Central America flooding across our borders will ‘likely’ be deported, decades of reality expose the White House lie. Our deportation system is designed to fail. …

“As they clamor for mass illegal alien amnesty, left-wing immigration lawyers and ethnic activists operate a lucrative industry whose sole objective is to help illegal aliens and convicted criminal visa holders evade deportation for as long as possible. Groups such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and the American Friends Service Committee make their livelihoods off administrative bottlenecks.

“The racket’s chief enablers: The federal Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the immigration courts nationwide, and its unaccountable appellate arm, the Board of Immigration Appeals, which routinely puts aliens’ rights over citizens’ safety.” ―Michelle Malkin, Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act

“Some of my friends on the right think the border crisis is some grand political scheme of Obama’s, that he in effect wants a border crisis. I think that’s wrong. Buffeted by scandals and the growing realization by large swaths of the public that he is out of his depth, the last thing he needed was this tragic spectacle on the border.

“But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a crisis of his making, triggered by his tendency to think politics first and policy second. In economic terms, he thought he could lower the price of a very valuable good – legal residence in the U.S. – without seeing any rise in the demand. These immigrants aren’t fools. They’re responding rationally to new information; if you make it past the border, you can stay. If you’re a kid, all you have to do is make it to the border.

“That’s why conservatives are wrong when they suggest more border guards will solve this crisis. The kids are turning themselves into the border guards. Adding more guards is like adding more staff to the reception desk at a hotel.” ―Jonah Goldberg, Obama Puts Politics First, Border Security Second

“The only thing that will end this surge is a series of iron-clad, immediate measures to secure the border and deport the illegals who are already here. Locking down the border is a dubious proposition at best – it would be difficult and expensive, and it’s a duty the Obama Administration in particular, and the Ruling Class in general, has no appetite for. …

“Meanwhile, the new arrivals will hear a loud segment of our Ruling Class sing their praises, calling young illegals by flattering names like ‘Dreamer’ and insisting they are, in many ways, superior to native-born young people. They’ll never be referred to as criminals; most major media organizations already refuse to refer to them as either ‘illegal’ or ‘alien,’ and the Obama Administration never uses either term.

“The Big Business side of the amnesty caucus will keep cranking out white papers purporting to demonstrate that illegal immigrants are a net plus to the U.S. economy (in which case, why wouldn’t we want as many of them as we can get?). There won’t be any massive deportations. There will be rallies and protest marches calling for a pathway to citizenship, so these noble refugees can stop ‘living in the shadows.’ They’ll hear some more warm talk about how crossing the border illegally with your children is an ‘act of love’ (Jeb Bush) or how undocumented aliens are ‘already American citizens’ (Joe Biden).

“So please, spare me the White House talking-point nonsense about how the surge of ‘migrants’ (evidently the new term of media art for them) was mistaken to come here, because they didn’t read Paragraph 37(c) of Obama’s latest executive order. They’re here because they have friends and relatives who were already here, and told them to come. They’re here because they got a fairly accurate picture of what the American Ruling Class has been saying about immigration reform, over the hapless protests of their largely ignored electorate. They’re here because they were invited.”  ―John Hayward, White House Admits Its Role in Child-Immigrant Chaos

“Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed almost entirely in terms of what can be done to help those who have broken the law. Some want to help a little and some want to help a lot. But amnesty lite is still amnesty.

“Some people seem to think that amnesty is not amnesty if you throw in requirements for citizenship. Amnesty is not some esoteric concept. It means that you are not going to be punished for breaking the law – and that simply brings laws into contempt. Denying citizenship is not a punishment because crossing the border illegally does not entitle you to citizenship. Providing a legal status short of citizenship is not punishment either.

“There is no requirement for either amnesty or for citizenship that President Obama cannot ignore or dilute unilaterally, as he has ignored or diluted existing immigration laws, as well as other laws. Barack Obama is the biggest reason to pass no immigration ‘reform’ laws until after he is gone.

“It doesn’t matter what immigration policies you believe in if you don’t control your borders – and the vast numbers of minors flooding across our borders today show that the Obama administration has no intention of controlling the borders. They are more concerned with controlling the border guards and ordering them not to take pictures that show the public what is happening.” ―Thomas Sowell, Amnesty Lite Is Still Amnesty

 “Naturally, President Obama blamed Republicans for the crisis. At a press conference Wednesday night he insisted their opposition to his $3.8 billion spending request – along with their failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform – is facilitating it. ‘Are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving the problem?’ Obama said he asked Texas governor Rick Perry. ‘If they are interested in solving the problem then this can be solved. If the preference is for politics then it won’t be solved.’

“Obama’s idea of solving the problem is to wait until Congress passes the appropriations bill before he will do anything about sealing the border – if at all. Hot Air’s Noah Rothman cuts through such transparent disingenuousness, explaining that in an emergency, ‘the executive branch does not wait for Congress to pass funding before it acts. It is beyond insulting to suggest that emergency supplemental funding is a precondition for a response to an emergency,’ he writes.

“It is even worse than that when one recalls Obama telling Americans in January that he has a pen and a phone, ‘And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions.’” ―Arnold Ahlert, The Obama Administration’s Human Trafficking

For further enlightenment:

Cloward-Piven Everywhere, by Tom Blumer

A Splash of Immigration Reality for the GOP, by Myron Magnet

The Latino Child Eric Holder Booted Back Home, by Humberto Fontova

More on the Unaccompanied Alien Child Health Crisis, by John Hayward

The New Children’s Crusade, by Victor Davis Hanson

Isn’t It Mean and Hateful to Deport Illegal Immigrants? by Matt Walsh

Pope Pelosi Protector of Children? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Pastors Not Welcome at Immigration Camps, by Todd Starnes

IBD Editorial: Contract Shows Obama Planned Border Invasion 

Time to declare President Petulant “nonessential”

October 15, 2013

“On Oct. 8, Obama was asked by Mark Knoller of CBS if he was ‘tempted’ to sign the numerous funding bills passed by the GOP-controlled House that would greatly alleviate the pain of the shutdown. Republicans have voted to reopen parks, fund cancer trials for children at the NIH, and to keep FEMA and the FDA going through this partial shutdown. But Obama has threatened to veto any such efforts, effectively keeping the Senate from considering the legislation.

“‘Of course I’m tempted’ to sign those bills, Obama explained. ‘But here’s the problem. What you’ve seen are bills that come up wherever Republicans are feeling political pressure, they put a bill forward. And if there’s no political heat, if there’s no television story on it, then nothing happens.’

“Obama’s answer dragged on, as all of Obama’s answers do. But the point was made. For the first time in American history, a president confessed to deliberately hurting his country to score points against his enemies.” —Jonah Goldberg, Obama’s Confession of Indifference

“The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies – unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare. Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who – if anybody – ‘wants to shut down the government.’ But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.

“The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a ‘clean’ bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word ‘clean’ like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants? If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

“You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.” —Thomas Sowell, Who Shut Down the Government?

“Responding to the people’s will, House Republicans first voted to fund all of government – except Obamacare. Obama refused to negotiate and Senate Democrats refused to pass it.

“Then the Republicans voted to fully fund the government, but merely delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. Obama refused to negotiate and Senate Democrats refused to pass it.

“Finally, the Republicans voted to fully fund the government, but added a requirement that everyone live under Obamacare. No more special waivers for Congress and their staff, and no waivers for big business without the same waivers for individuals.

“Obama refused to negotiate and Senate Democrats refused to pass it. So as you can see, Republicans are the big holdup here.” —Ann Coulter, Democrats to America: We Own the Government!

“The one place where a full-scale shutdown is being enforced is in America’s alleged ‘National Park Service,’ a term of art that covers everything from canyons and glaciers to war memorials and historic taverns. The NPS has spent the last two weeks behaving as the paramilitary wing of the DNC, expending more resources in trying to close down open-air, unfenced areas than it would normally do in keeping them open. It began with the war memorials on the National Mall — that’s to say, stone monuments on pieces of grass under blue sky. It’s the equivalent of my New Hampshire town government shutting down and deciding therefore to ring the Civil War statue on the village common with yellow police tape and barricades.

“Still, the NPS could at least argue that these monuments were within their jurisdiction — although they shouldn’t be. Not content with that, the NPS shock troops then moved on to insisting that privately run sites such as the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and privately owned sites such as Mount Vernon were also required to shut. When the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway declined to comply with the government’s order to close (an entirely illegal order, by the way), the ‘shut down’ Park Service sent armed agents and vehicles to blockade the hotel’s driveway.

“Even then, the problem with a lot of America’s scenic wonders is that, although they sit on National Park Service land, they’re visible from some distance. So, in South Dakota, having closed Mount Rushmore the NPS storm troopers additionally attempted to close the view of Mount Rushmore — that’s to say a stretch of the highway, where the shoulder widens and you can pull over and admire the stony visages of America’s presidents. Maybe it’s time to blow up Washington, Jefferson & Co. and replace them with a giant, granite sign rising into the heavens bearing the chiseled inscription ‘DON’T EVEN THINK OF PARKING DOWN THERE.’

“But perhaps the most extraordinary story to emerge from the NPS is that of the tour group of foreign seniors whose bus was trapped in Yellowstone Park on the day the shutdown began. They were pulled over photographing a herd of bison when an armed ranger informed them, with the insouciant ad-hoc unilateral lawmaking to which the armed bureaucrat is distressingly prone, that taking photographs counts as illegal ‘recreation.’ ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ the ranger informed the tour guide. And we can’t have that, can we? They were ordered back to the Old Faithful Inn, next to the geyser of the same name, but forbidden to leave said inn to look at said geyser. Armed rangers were posted at the doors, and, just in case one of the wily Japanese or Aussies managed to outwit his captors by escaping through one of the inn’s air ducts and down to the geyser, a fleet of NPS SUVs showed up every hour and a half throughout the day, ten minutes before Old Faithful was due to blow, to surround the geyser and additionally ensure that any of America’s foreign visitors trying to photograph the impressive natural phenomenon from a second-floor hotel window would still wind up with a picture full of government officials. The following morning the bus made the two-and-a-half-hour journey to the park boundary, but was prevented from using any of the bathrooms en route, including at a private dude ranch whose owner was threatened with the loss of his license if he allowed any tourist to use the facilities.” —Mark Steyn, Park Service Paramilitaries

“Shutdown Theater coverage from the MSM has been generally appalling – they usually just mention monument and park closings as a sad but inevitable side effect of the “shutdown,” without going into little details like Park Police storm troopers holding elderly tourists at gunpoint in Yellowstone, and when something really disastrous happens – like Obama halting death benefits to military families – the debris is swept into the Memory Hole as quickly as possible.  Reporters always tell us they’re looking for ‘context’ and the ‘rest of the story,’ or even better the ‘untold story,’ but not when it comes to Obama’s punitive war on the American people.

“Thus we have the amazing spectacle of riot police surging forth to greet the marching veterans and keep them away from the National Mall, which just the other day was opened to Barack Obama’s political allies in the ‘immigration reform’ movement, along with Port-a-Potty service and trash pickup. But when America’s veterans approach the Mall with an indisputably legitimate complaint about the President’s temper-tantrum antics? Beat it, Grandpa.” —John Hayward, Veterans Return Obama’s Barricades to the White House

For further enlightenment:

Six Things We’ve Learned About Democrats from the Government Shutdown, by John Hawkins

Squirrels Go Nuts for First Lady’s Garden in Shutdown, by Geoff Earle

Gestapo Tactics Meet Senior Citizens at Yellowstone, by John Macone

Insane Tourists Blatantly Defying the U.S. Government’s Demands, by Benny Johnson

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you

May 16, 2013

“If you asked me whether I thought card-carrying members of the Socialist Democratic Party would, by way of their bureaucratic surrogates, use the IRS and other government agencies to target groups with the name ‘Patriot,’ I would have said, ‘Of course.’ If you asked me whether I thought they would get caught at it, I would have said ‘No,’ because they’re smart enough to use ‘cutouts’ between their office and the bureaucrats committing the offense.

“Cutouts are bureaucratic managers who act as surrogates to do the political bidding of elected officials. They are blamed and sacrificed for the ‘good of the cause,’ in order to protect (read: ‘provide plausible deniability for’) elected officials who feign outrage and indignation at the violation of law in support of their political agenda. When the president of the United States is the elected official behind a culture of corruption and abuse of power, the layers of cutouts make it nearly impossible to find impeachable evidence of executive collusion.

“Needless to say, Barack Obama and his black-bag dirty tricks team learned well from their Democrat predecessors, FDR, JFK and Clinton, how to use the Internal Revenue Service to harass their opponents. But they also learned a few things from Richard Nixon about the importance of using cutouts. Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment after being caught on tape discussing the Watergate burglary with key staffers, where today those staffers would never directly discuss such abuse of power with a sitting president.’  ―Mark Alexander

“IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status to two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.

“‘In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent ‘Ms. Richards’ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood,” the Thomas More Society announced today. ‘Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.’” ―Joel Gehrke

“Jay Carney, whose unenviable job is not to explain but to explain away what his employers say, calls the IRS’s behavior ‘inappropriate.’ No, using the salad fork for the entree is inappropriate. Using the Internal Revenue Service for political purposes is a criminal offense. …

“Episodes like this separate the meritorious liberals from the meretricious. The day after the IRS story broke, The Post led the paper with it, and, with an institutional memory of Watergate, published a blistering editorial demanding an Obama apology. The New York Times consigned the story to page 10 (its front-page lead was the umpteenth story about the end of the world being nigh because of global warming). Through Monday, the Times had expressed no editorial thoughts about the IRS. The Times’s Monday headline on the matter was: ‘IRS Focus on Conservatives Gives GOP an Issue to Seize On.’ So that is the danger.

“If Republicans had controlled both houses of Congress in 1973, Nixon would have completed his term. If Democrats controlled both today, the Obama administration’s lawlessness would go uninvestigated. Not even divided government is safe government, but it beats the alternative.” ―George Will

“While they pretend to champion privacy rights, top left-wing operatives have routinely ransacked and plundered through the private documents and personal records of conservative groups, business owners and public figures. … During the Clinton years, senior IRS official Paul Breslan revealed that the administration’s auditors specifically targeted conservative critics. On the hit list: Judicial Watch, Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers, the National Rifle Association, The National Review, The American Spectator, Freedom Alliance, National Center for Public Policy Research, Citizens Against Government Waste, Concerned Women for America, and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition. Steven Miller, one of the Clinton IRS agents who helped conduct those witch hunts in the 1990s, is currently the head of the Obama IRS department that has now admitted it discriminated against tea party groups. Jackboot history repeats itself.” ―Michelle Malkin

“Any attack on the credibility of the IRS matters because soon enough, it will be forcing us to buy things, as well as regulating speech. Obamacare’s unprecedented expansion tasks the IRS as dispenser of the ‘penalty’ coercing Americans to partake in a collective health insurance scheme — and discerning the intent of more than 40 new taxes, to boot. This will be handled by the same fine organization that was recently hit with a class action suit alleging it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans — some 60 million medical records, including psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.” ―David Harsanyi

“David Plouffe told National Journal’s Ron Fournier that the IRS misdeeds did not really matter because Obama opponents were able to spend plenty of money. But they would have been able to spend more absent the IRS misconduct. Some tea partiers decided to fold up shop rather than face an extended IRS inquiry. Others ran up big legal bills.

“The fact is that the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS helped Democrats win elections. It’s hard not to believe that at least some IRS employees intended it to have that effect. Those who leaked confidential information certainly did so.” ―Michael Barone

For further enlightenment:

Jon Stewart Destroys Obama Over IRS Scandal (warning: crude language)

National Organization for Marriage Targeted by IRS

Glamour shots

October 17, 2012

“The force can have a strong influence on the weak minded.”

Weak minded? Oh, you mean like the Obama-worshiping media?

Turning blue

August 5, 2012

Anyone with a functioning brain knows that if you reward something, you get more of it, and if you penalize something, you get less of it. But states and cities run by Democrats just keep piling on more taxes and regulations, and then feign surprise when their economies continue to worsen and businesses go bankrupt or depart for greener pastures. Bill Whittle describes how excessive taxation and overregulation has affected one industry that is especially dear to his heart:

Phineas at Public Secrets comments:

“Confiscatory taxes, insane regulation, and a state government controlled by a party dedicated to looting the taxpayer to pay for a spoils system that rewards its clients, instead of governing for the good of all. California’s only success these days is in driving its most productive people elsewhere.

“Will the last business to leave California please turn out the lights?”

Chrissy the Hyphenated comments:

We’re all welfare queens now

July 30, 2012

This was no accident, comrades. Bill Whittle explains how and why it happened, and why we need to stop it.

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