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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Anxiety Disorder?

by Sam Huntington

CNN recently reported that British authorities have made a tenth arrest in last weeks murder and decapitation of an off-duty soldier. The suspect was taken into custody on the basis of a suspicion of a conspiracy to commit murder … which is not exactly the same thing as being arrested for daring to have an opinion in England these days, but very close.

What struck me as interesting, however, was how the news media today do not simply confine themselves to reporting the news, but they must also help us to define it, in our own minds, as if we aren’t capable of connecting the dots without outside assistance. For example, CNN reported, in part, “As concerns about rising Islamophobia in Britain grew amid anti-Muslim protests and attacks targeting mosques …”

Islamophobia? Really?

Islamophobia is an irrational fear of things Moslem. What is irrational about fearing people who, in a single instant, could shove a knife into your chest, and then, as you fall to the ground, slice off your head? Off-hand, given recent news stories involving the Moslem community in Britain, it would seem quite rational to give wide birth to any Moslem observed on the street.

It isn’t as if the British people weren’t warned about rivers of blood, is it? And of course, this makes the denial of a citizens’ right of self-defense all the more extraordinary. Maybe there would not be such “irrational fears” if the people were entitled to protect themselves, and their property.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

To My Friend On The Loss Of Her Mother


Dearest [name redacted],

My dear friend, I just received your letter with the news of the passing of your mother. You have my deepest sympathies.

As you know, I, too, have been down this road of losing my own mother. I know from my own experience that no words exist to make such a loss easy.

Perhaps, however, I can write a little something to make the pain of the loss less acute....

It has been said that whatever we daughters are, for good or for bad, we owe that to our mothers.

From what I know of your mother and of you, whom I know quite well, your mother was a force for good in your life. She will still be that same good force in your life; I know this because my own mother, gone now for decades, is still a force for good in my life.

What is, at this time, loss on Earth is eternal gain in Heaven.

Love,
[name redacted]

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Minor Point — Or Not

Obama and Erdogan, with two Marines in dress uniform, in the Rose Garden during a news conference on May 16, 2013:


Regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, rules out any use or carrying of an umbrella while a Marine is in uniform.

Please watch the short video below, and note Obama's choice of words:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Syria: More Trouble than It's Worth

by Sam Huntington

We now understand someone in Syria used chemical agents and that lots of people are dead, dying, or suffering serious effects. The question is, who used it?

We don’t know for certain, hence Obama’s disappearing red line in the sand. It is a disappearing red line because when the phrase was first used, it sounded quite authoritative. Subsequent caveats, however, made it sound less so —according to the European press, even a bit squishy. Mr. Obama's most recent determination is, “The international community will have to reach the same conclusion before the United States will act.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

In Praise Of Cockroaches

Let's have a bit of comic relief from all the political storms that we in the conservative blogosphere have been writing about.


Recently, the following letter to the editor appeared in the Washington Post (emphases mine):

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ah, The Irony!

(hat tip to Mike's America for the graphic below)



















Mike's America also has a roundup post accompanying the above graphic.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Break From Politics

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

The Sad Cat Diary is guaranteed to make you smile:


Friday, May 17, 2013

The Recent Political Storm

(hat tip to Reliapundit of THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS for the graphic below)


How bad is all this?  Will the Obama administration and the Democratic Party as whole suffer any lasting damage?  According to Slate Magazine, clearly not a bastion of conservatism:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Immoral Policies; Disastrous Results

By Sam Huntington

Sarah Chayes at Foreign Policy Magazine did an excellent job exposing the reasons why United States efforts in Afghanistan must fail. It is, simply, that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the enabling US/Coalition policy is utterly corrupt. Within a nation where the key to defeating Islamic extremism was success in our fight against Afghan corruption, American political and military leaders have managed to lose that key.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Another UN Solution

by Sam Huntington

I wonder why the United Nations believes it has a solution for all of the world’s problems. Honestly, I don’t think they do. I think THEY think they do, but I think they’re wrong.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Child Murderer Convicted

by Sam Huntington

Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of three counts of murder in the first degree, and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, along with a number of other charges, which include infanticide, conspiracy, and corruption. Many of the 250-counts were tied to violations of state abortion law the state of Pennsylvania left unchecked for 30 years.

As a consequence of these convictions, Dr. Gosnell could face the death penalty, except that his case will be appealed forever and a day until Gosnell finally expires from old age. He is presently 72-years old.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Let's have a divorce

by Sam Huntington

I think we’ve about had enough of Hamid Karzai, don’t you? Not only are the American people tired of our little jaunt to Afghanistan, the administration is growing weary, and Karzai himself is getting worn out by a foreign presence.

And not only that … one American soldier is just a little fatigued with this whole temperamental Karzai thing. I’m sure it must have something to do with the fact that Karzai is making ten times more each week in CIA payoffs than the soldier is making during an entire 20-year career. Or maybe not; maybe the soldier is tired of Afghan chow.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Nincompoopery

(Weekend roundup post.   For the definition of nincompoop, see THIS in the Urban Dictionary. Commenters are encouraged to post links that tell of more nincompoopery)

Links to read (more possibly added as the weekend progresses):

Woman accused of using ambulances for free rides (for seven years and 100 trips)

Gov’t Spending $152,500 for Voice Therapy for Transgenders

Women using so much Botox it's stopped working

On ABC News, May 10, 2013

Read Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference (hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance).

Brief excerpt:
...White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.

That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November....
Read it all HERE.

Additional information from the BBC News: After Benghazi revelations, heads will roll.

Are Americans paying attention? Do Americans care?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Artificial Intelligence

Can essay-grading software replace human evaluators and, at the same time, maintain writer's voice?

You be the judge as you read an example of how computer software might edit Lincoln's Gettysburg address:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Jihad and the Progressive Left

by Sam Huntington

Writer Andrew McCarthy argues that Americans remain willfully blind to the realities of jihad, and I think this is true. It was true in 1993, and it is no less so today in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing/massacre. No group better illustrates this willful blindness than the communist left, beginning with "America deserved it."  This was the view of Senator Barack Obama and his minister, Rev. Wright. It is the view of Louis Farrakhan and his thugs. And it is the party line at MSNBC.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sanford Reelected

by Sam Huntington

Mark Sanford seemed to be a voice of reason within the conservative community. I recall that his advice to Barack Obama was, when you find yourself in a deep hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. What a disappointment he turned out to be when we learned of his affair with a woman in South America.

Even if it is true that in fearing Sanford as a potential opponent in a subsequent election Obama’s assassination squad zeroed in on the hapless governor, it was no one’s fault other than Sanford’s. Good men (and women) are prone to errors in judgment; even skillful monkeys fall from trees. This is why we place a high value on religious training; it provides us with a moral compass and helps us to avoid temptation. So while we cannot say that Mark Sanford’s mistake was uncommon, even back to ancient times, it was significant and he paid a very high price.

Now he’s been reelected to the House of Representatives, defeating the sister of Stephen Colbert. I must confess, I’m scratching my head. Calling South Carolina. Calling South Carolina. Come in South Carolina. If Mark Sanford is untrustworthy in his personal life, how is he trustworthy in government?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fox News Report: See No Evil (Updated!)

Aired on Fox News on May 3, 2013, and May 5, 2013, the video below may contain information of which you have previously been unaware:


Hideous in every respect!

Important reading: "Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story."

UPDATE (because the above video is now inaccessible): Go HERE to watch two excerpts from the video above.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Late-Term Abortions


Long gone are those days of promises related to Roe v. Wade, those days of promises that a mother's voluntary decision to abort her unborn child would involve abortion before the end of the first trimester.

Please watch the video below all the way to the end.  Note the pronouns used and the casual tone even as the ending of a human life is discussed:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Musical Interlude

The tranquility of the music of Claude Debussy!

The piano version of Reverie:



Symphonic version:



Have a peaceful day.

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Cost Of Jihad


Although commendable that so many of the direly injured have positive and determined attitudes in the early days after having been maimed for life, these people will be inundated with bills and lifestyle changes.  They will endure phantom pain.  They will suffer excruciating neurological pain, pain that medications barely assuage.  Putting the terrible event behind them and their families will be impossible!

From this April 25, 2013 article in the Huffington Post:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Who Suffers Most?

by Sam Huntington

In a 2007 study, the Pew Research Center concluded that 61% of American respondents indicated that Islamic extremism was a problem in the United States; thirty-five percent believed that Islamic extremism was not a problem. Four years later, responses to the same question differed by one percent.

Let us wonder about that for a moment: if such is the perception of most Americans, why isn’t the United States government proceeding along similar lines? Do we the people govern, or not?

But wait … what if those 61% of respondents were American Moslems?