Various & Sundry, 9/4/13

Wednesday, September 4, AD 2013

The Priest’s Side of the Confessional

When Simcha Fisher wrote last week about reasons to go to Confession, someone protested that Priests would be feel burnt out from hearing too many Confessions.

Well scratch that excuse off the list because Priests actually get quite a lot out of administering the Sacrament.

Permits for Baptism

Elaine mentioned this in the comments of yesterday’s post.

A few weeks ago my office in Rolla received a phone call from church members who expressed concern about the Park Service requiring permits for Baptisms in the rivers of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Yes, you read that correctly, the Park Service was actually requiring churches and pastors to get a permit in order to perform Baptisms.

After learning of this ridiculous rule, I immediately contacted Bill Black, the Superintendent of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. In a letter, I expressed my serious concerns about the permit requirement and need for a 48-hour notice. I told Superintendent Black that the permit requirement would hurt church ceremonies that have happened in our region for generations and the condition also would infringe upon the religious liberties of the families living in the Eighth District.

The Superintendent reversed this silly rule, but this is just the beginning.

Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens to Promote Obamacare in Maryland

And just when the thug Ray Lewis was no longer a member of the team, now there’s another reason to despise the franchise located 35 miles to my north.

It’s the first official partnership formed with a sports franchise to encourage participation in President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The White House had sought national partnerships on ObamaCare with the NBA and the NFL, but both leagues backed away under pressure from congressional Republicans.

Obama’s Last Intervention Has Really Worked Out Well

Hey, remember our last efforts at helping out that Arab Spring? The results aren’t so hot.

Yet now Libya has almost entirely stopped producing oil as the government loses control of much of the country to militia fighters.

Mutinying security men have taken over oil ports on the Mediterranean and are seeking to sell crude oil on the black market. Ali Zeidan, Libya’s Prime Minister, has threatened to “bomb from the air and the sea” any oil tanker trying to pick up the illicit oil from the oil terminal guards, who are mostly former rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi and have been on strike over low pay and alleged government corruption since July.

As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago. Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that Nato’s military action in Libya in 2011 was an outstanding example of a successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.

The Buck Stops Way, Way Over There

Every now and then I reflect on what a cowardly, petulant individual we have in the White House, and I just weep.

Enough of Woody Allen Catholicism

Pat Archbold thinks it’s time we have a bit more John Wayne and little bit less Woody Allen.

Alert Jody Bottum

Even noted non-social conservative Ace of Spades is getting sickened by the bullying of Christian businesses.

But what we see here in Oregon — as we saw earlier in New Mexico, and as we will see everywhere, unless we do not pass a law sharply delimiting people’s right to sue people for unamerican, subversive crime of nonconformity with the current temporary government’s ephemeral cultural allegiances — is the attempt of a group of people who have long contended that they merely wish to be left alone to live their lives in peace suddenly feeling a little power and deciding that now that they have a short-term burst of political muscle, they may now indulge in the bullying and coercion they once thought was kind of a bad thing.

Northern California County Votes for Secession

Not gonna happen, but still amusing.

Jack Won’t Be Back

Nicholson is done with acting. While many will no doubt remember him most for scenes from The Shining and A Few Good Men, this is my favorite Nicholson role.

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17 Responses to Various & Sundry, 9/4/13

  • Paul Z. or Don,

    As an off-topic inquiry…what ever happened to the contributors section of TAC?

  • Re the “baptism permits” story: it’s not uncommon for parks or other facilities open to the public to require advance notice or permission to stage events like weddings, family reunions, etc. simply to prevent conflicts — what if two or more groups show up at exactly the same time wanting to use the same location or facility? Logically, one could apply the same system to church groups gathering for baptismal ceremonies and it would not be inherently wrong — as long as it was fairly and consistently enforced.

    That said, it does appear that the NPS was engaging in some selective enforcement of this policy, especially since these baptisms (as far as I can tell) are probably not much bigger than a typical swimming/float party on any given weekend, and don’t last nearly as long.

  • Pat Archbold thinks it’s time we have a bit more John Wayne and little bit less Woody Allen.
    Generally a good idea.

  • “Not gonna happen, but still amusing.”

    Such movements are beginning to spread in the country as red rural areas sicken of being governed by blue cities. I would keep my eye on this movement, especially as blue states continue down the path of bankruptcy in more ways than one.

  • My excuse is I don’t want to bore the priest with my sins. I have to admit that I am not that good at being that bad anymore.

  • Such movements are beginning to spread in the country as red rural areas sicken of being governed by blue cities. I would keep my eye on this movement, especially as blue states continue down the path of bankruptcy in more ways than one.

    The rigidities of the political order given the evolution of settlement patterns in this country have left a number of states in the following condition:

    1. They are demographic behemoths; and

    2. The are assemblages of incompatible components, and one portion of the state is functionally a tributary of the other.

    Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Hawaii all have one or the other problem; Maryland suffers a variant of the latter problem and Minnesota, Utah, Colorado, Washington state, and Oregon may end up in that zone in the coming decades.

    A repartition of territory is very much in order, but it would require multiple constitutional amendments passed in series and a difficult deliberative process.

  • All that would be necessary would be Congressional approval and approval of the old state and the new state as the creation of West Virginia demonstrated. Difficult but not impossible, especially under crisis conditions and with the Republicans in control of Congress and the White House. I can think of a few states in the South where Democrats might be in favor of such a division.

  • The Priest’s side of the confessional:

    The Church forgives sins. The state prosecutes crime. This is the essence of the principle of separation of church and state. The men ordained to the Holy Priesthood still retain their citizenship as ordinary persons and members of the state. Ordinary persons who are citizens and who are not called to a vocation to serve the Catholic Church as priests remain ordinary citizens, members of the state and are called laity.
    It is a crime to allow a baby raping murderer to live and breathe his crime every moment of his despicable murderous life in prison. It is a crime to expose the warden, his family, the guards, the doctors and nurses and the contractors who serve in the prison to the murderous rages of the capital one murderer. The homicidal maniac must be taught that he is going to be put to death by the very power of attorney and the virtues, especially of JUSTICE that he rejected.
    These are the marks of a civilization and the reverse of: “Do unto others as you would be done unto.” It is not the job of the priest, or bishop or the Catholic Church to execute capital one punishment, which is the temporal punishment due to capital one homicide. It is the job of the state to prosecute and punish capital one homicide and execute the temporal punishment.
    A truly penitent murderer will have expired with grief at the thought of his crime against God and man. Therefore, the state must deny the murderer time to relive his crime. The state must enable the murderer to repent of his crime. The Catholic Church must forgive the crime and pray for the murderer’s soul.
    So, the USCCB has rightfully come out against capital one punishment. The laity and the state must do its job of prosecuting capital one homicide. Thomas More, now Saint Thomas More told his executioner to do his job well and not be afraid.

    P.S. Yesterday, I was excoriated in public for not being pro-life, perhaps because I have not done my job as well as I might, but because I know the catechism of the Catholic Church calls for the execution of capital one punishment, the death penalty, for the takers of innocent human life. For the state to allow homicidal maniacs to survive their victims is nothing less than human sacrifice. The killer has taken the life of his victim. Now, he must live it. The victim is dead.

  • The state can only ban capital punishment by banning homicide.

  • I was thinking of something more comprehensive and flexible. An alternative might be for states to reconstitute themselves as confederations. The state would remain as a data collection unit and as a unit for Congressional representation. There would be a common constitution and some portmanteau bodies to propose constitutional amendments, interpret that document, and administer elections which cross internal frontiers. Otherwise, the components of a confederated state would have separate law codes, separate governments, and lead separate lives. There might be a number of candidates for this institutional form, among them Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Illinois (!), Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, &c.

    You could append to that an innovative use of the practice of interstate compacts. Two adjacent states are reconstituted as confederations and then one component of each is associated through an interstate compact which creates a municipal corporation; New York, Washington, and Philadelphia would be the obvious candidates for that. Alternatively, you might set up spare regional governments of small states in New England or the Plains, or the Mountain West. The regional governments could handle lumpy public works and the governance of the medical profession, the public universities, and some watersheds. Greater capacity at the periphery = less excuse for centralization.

  • Art, funny you should mention Illinois as a possible candidate for “confederated” statehood. The biggest problem I see with the Chicago/Downstate divide is NOT that city and rural people “can’t get along,” or that Chicagoans despise Downstaters or vice versa.

    The biggest problem is simply trying to apply one set of laws and rules to such divergent environments. I see this not only with the “big” laws like gun control, but with all sorts of “smaller” regulations governing significant details of daily life, business, etc. A law or rule drawn up with the needs of urban or suburban residents in mind simply may not work in a rural environment.

    Here’s just one example: A couple of years ago the state proposed new regulations for nursing homes that would require at least 20 percent of each resident’s hands-on care to come from licensed RNs. Hiring RNs is not a problem for Chicago area or suburban nursing homes; most of the “better” ones already meet or exceed that standard. Downstate, however, it’s a big problem because there just aren’t enough RNs to go around and most of them will choose to work in hospitals for better pay and benefits rather than in nursing homes. I talked to several nursing home administrators who said it was well nigh impossible to hire RNs for any position below administrator once you got south of Springfield or Champaign. The rule was proposed with good intentions, but it just would not have “worked” outside of the Chicago metro area, and was eventually dropped. And as I said, that’s just one of many examples. It got me to wondering if it wouldn’t just be easier to have separate statutes and administrative codes for each region… which is basically what you are suggesting here.

  • John Wayne at least in the movies, believed in Victory. We did not pray for peace at Lepanto but Victory. We celebrated Victory at the end of WWII. Appeasement is a measly peace.
    Constantine did not hear or see “In This Sign coexist ” It was in this sign Conquer- a word that is anathema to today’s thinking.
    Yes evil is happening but nor to us, not to us.
    If we think not “getting involved in the middle east will keep the peace we haven’t learned much.
    We can cry peace peace but there is no peace.
    St Francis went into the sultan’s tent for purposes of evangelization. He survived. The Franciscan protomartyrs however died at the hands of the religion of peace. That war continues today.
    I don’t think of bombings or air strikes but an action much more personal and directed (Special forces?) against the strong men, perhaps a deterrent to other strong men. Are we considering that?
    At one time President said out loud that we would get the perpetrators-find out who they are and get them– I think that should be our public aim- not threatening bombings over the heads of the populace, but let it be known that we aim to find the perpetrators and get them in as surgical an operation as we can.
    hand wringing and mumbling doesn’t deter anyone.–and first of all we have to get over the stateside partisanship and realize that we have enemies that want to put an end to our partisan ways permanently

  • I think Elaine has it right. Requiring a permit to make private use of public property is not a violation of religious freedom. If the permit was denied, it would be a different story.

    Even noted non-social conservative Ace of Spades is getting sickened by the bullying of Christian businesses.

    A business refused to serve gays but when gays and their allies boycott the same business it is objectionable. Mayeb the compromise is that businesses that don’t want to serve the general public need put up signs in their window saying who they do not serve.

  • Mayeb the compromise is that businesses that don’t want to serve the general public need put up signs in their window saying who they do not serve.

    Most already do.

    They say “we reserve the right to refuse service.”

    Incidentally, it’s not that they “refused to serve gays.” It’s that they refused to take actions which could be interpreted as endorsement of homosexual activity.

  • Such signs would have no legal significance to help the owners of the business and would be taken as an admission of an intent to discriminate.
    In another victory for the glorious cause of forcing people to knuckle under to gay activists, a cake store is going out of business:

    “A follow-up to the story of the New Mexico photographer who lost her court battle after refusing to take a job at a gay wedding. Different state and a different trade this time but a similar result potentially: The business owners in this case said no when a lesbian couple came into the shop looking for a wedding cake. The latter filed a complaint with the state under the relevant antidiscrimination law and an investigation, which could have taken up to a year, was launched. The bakers, having already been targeted for a boycott by opponents and likely fearing the expense and aggravation of a long court battle themselves, decided to close the shop and move operations into their home, which presumably renders the business “distinctly private” and therefore beyond the reach of the state’s public accommodations law. (Does it?)

    Watch the extended interview with them about what they’ve gone through, paying special attention to the bit in the middle about “mafia tactics” by some gay-rights supporters. Two interesting wrinkles to this case vis-a-vis the New Mexico one. First, remember that Dale Carpenter and Eugene Volokh argued on the photographer’s behalf that, because photography is an art and inherently expressive, forcing her to cover an event to which she’s morally opposed necessarily violates her right of free expression. The same isn’t true, wrote Carpenter, of “more mundane and generic services (like cake-baking).” Presumably he’d agree with the gay couple, then, that the bakers have no right to refuse service. I’m not sure I grasp the distinction, though: In both cases, the business owners are being asked to celebrate an act to which they conscientiously object by producing a beautiful product in its honor. What’s more expressive, framing a shot of a married couple posing or crafting an elaborate cake to glorify the occasion? I’m not sure that there’s more artistry in photography in this case.

    Second, note what the guy says in the clip about how they’ve made cakes for this couple before. They don’t refuse to serve gay customers, they refuse to serve gay weddings specifically. The same is true, I assume, of the New Mexico photographer. That’s a potential line of attack for social-conservative pols as they start to push back against cases like this — this isn’t a categorical refusal to serve a minority group, it’s a religious objection to serving at one particular type of event in which that group participates. That may not help them legally but it’ll help in the court of public opinion, where the majority in support of religious exemptions in situations like this is already overwhelming. I’d be surprised if we don’t start seeing legislative hearings about it, whether in Congress or at the state level, sometime next year.”

    The only right, beyond abortion, that most liberals hold sacred is their right to compel you to agree with them.

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Benghazi: The Truth Is Coming Out

Thursday, May 9, AD 2013

The Benghazi hearings in the House have gotten under way with a bang, especially from Gregory Hicks, the number 2 American diplomat in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attack:

The No. 2 diplomat in Libya during the Benghazi attack testified Wednesday that he and many others knew the Sept. 11 assault was terrorism from the moment it happened, and he was shocked when the Obama administration said otherwise.

“I was stunned,” said Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya. “My jaw dropped and I was embarrassed.”

Hicks was referring to statements by his own State Department and the White House, which insisted for days afterward that the attack emerged from a spontaneous mob angry over an anti-Islam video.

Hicks was the first person who was in Libya during the attack to testify publicly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating the Obama’s administration’s handling of security in Libya and response to the attack.

Hicks said he felt he was subject to retaliation for criticizing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s appearances on talk shows five days later in which she insisted the attack emerged from a protest against an anti-Islam video gone awry. Several days later, the State Department acknowledged there was no protest and it was a terrorist attack.

Under Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones “told me I had to improve my management style and that some people were upset,” Hicks testified

When Hicks returned to Washington for the funeral of ambassador Chris Stevens, who died along with three other Americans in the attack, Jones “gave me a blistering critique of my management style,” he said.

Hicks, who now works as a State foreign affairs officer for government affairs, says has been “effectively demoted from deputy chief of mission to desk officer.”

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  • I pray that people pay attention to it and that justice is served.

  • And, filmmaker Nakoula rots in jail.

    Obama-worshipping imbeciles, mainly academics and journolsists, immediately screamed for internet censorship based on huge Obama/Clinton lies.

    The demonstration/YouTube video lies were concocted in Washington. KIA SEAL’s father says he knew Clinton was lying when she told him it was about the video.

    Greg Hicks exposed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a liar.

    Hicks was in Libya on September 11, 2012. He testified that Clinton called him around 2 a.m. from Washington to ask “what was going on.” Hicks responded that consulate was under attack. He did not mention a protest near the consulate. There wasn’t one.

    “The only report that our mission made through every channel was that this was an attack,” Hicks said. “No protest.”

    Hicks said that U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens called him and said, “We are under attack.” Nothing said about a protest.

    “The video was not instigative of anything that was going on in Libya,” Hicks said. “We saw no demonstrations related to the video anywhere in Libya.”

  • “The truth about Benghazi is coming out, but truth is only of utility if people pay attention to it.”

    Sadly, I do not think that the majority of Americans care about the truth so long as they can have their i-Phones and i-Pads, and rut in heat like wild baboons without facing the consequences of their actions. Maybe, however, I am wrong, but the history of a less prosperous and certainly non-technological though equally idolatrous people – Israel and Judah – indicates otherwise. May it not take a King Sennecharib, a King Nebuchadnezzer to teach us a lesson in truth.

  • @PaulWPrimavera: I think you are on to something. As opposed to living in enlightened, progressive, evolutionary times, as so many seem to believe, I am beginning to get the sense that we really have regressed . . . to Old Testament times.

  • @ PaulWPrimavera:

    Let us pray that you are.

  • “Sadly, I do not think that the majority of Americans care about the truth so long as they can have their i-Phones and i-Pads, and rut in heat like wild baboons without facing the consequences of their actions.”

    Maybe if our side smartly and aggressively pursues this, we may be surprised as to how much people care. The fact that people have iPads and iPhones means they have more access to alternative media sources they didn’t have 30 years ago. While it is true that the MSM is biased to the left, I’m afraid that it provides an all too convenient excuse for many on our side to avoid looking at how we often undermine our own cause,

  • Greg,

    I like what you suggest. However, when I have tried to communicate with liberal progressive Democrats about these kinds of issues – the Benghazi scandal, the Kermit Gosnell trial, etc. – I am met with skepticism at best, but more often with outright ridicule as a right-wind conspiracy theorist.

    I participate on several pro-nuclear energy blog sites. One is run by a very intelligent and knowledgeable man who has nothing but the best interests of the country in his heart. When I explained my overall philosophy to him – of the individual right to life and of individual responsibility and accountability – he emphatically agreed. But he is a devout supporter of Barack Hussein Obama and will not countenance any discussion that opposes his liberal leftist point of view. This man was a former nuclear submarine engineering officer and is a nuclear professional with decades and decades of experience and training. He is far smarter than I am. Yet he is convinced that Obama’s social justice programs are best for the country, that national health care is a good thing, that abortion is a human right, that sodomy and lesbian marriage is likewise a human right, and that the fuss over Benghazi and similar scandals is simply conservative hype. Nothing can be done to convince him and his compatriots otherwise.

    We on the right can use all the i-Pad and i-Phone technology that we want. The situation, however, is no different than when the prophet Jeremiah went into the King’s court wearing a wooden yoke. The people did not want to hear what the prophet said. So they threw him down a cistern, and today’s leftists do the same in effect to any who oppose their socialist utopian dreams.

    Now let’s be clear: I have nothing but respect and admiration for this unnamed man about whom I am talking. He has been magnificent in supporting safe, clean, economical nuclear energy for the prosperity of everyone and his actions in that regard are to be commended and supported. I have nothing but good to say about him. But he – like all liberal leftists – is utterly blind to the evil of abortion, sodomy, lesbianism, and all the godless scandal and corruption of the Obama Administration. As Jesus Himself in Mark 4:10-12 states:

    “And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. And he said to them, ‘To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables; so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.'”

    And St. Paul confirms this in 2nd Timothy 4:3-4:

    “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.”

    Oh dear Lord God, please save the country that I love, our President, our Congress-people and our Justices. Please open the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and the hearts of stone, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  • Paul,

    I am aware of the situation of which you speak. Whenever i have come across the kind of situation like the fellow nuclear engineer of which you speak, I have almost always have discovered there is something more beyond what meets the eye.

    I too see the parallels between what we are seeing now and the times of the prophet Jeremiah as well as the fall of the Roman Empire. However, this is not to used as an excuse for the ineptness on our side. Such was also the case in the two cases mentioned above. While the technology we now have isn’t all we need, we need to continue ask ourselves how we can better use the means at our disposal.

Libyan Revelations: Gross Incompetence or Worse

Friday, November 2, AD 2012

7 Responses to Libyan Revelations: Gross Incompetence or Worse

  • Much of the country won’t ever get the truth about Benghazi because ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and PBS won’t report it. Even though Fox News does report it, it has been so discredited (unfairly) that most people won’t believe what it does report. The only ones who will believe are those already convinced that Obama has got to go.

  • Opps, forgot CNN in my litany. Doubt they’ll report it either. Hope I am wrong.

  • According to most polls Paul, Obama no longer has an advantage on foreign policy. The news is getting out. In the age of the new media and Fox, the Mainstream Media can no longer spike a story although they still certainly attempt to do so.

  • The media that refuses to air the emerging information is downright pitiful.
    The advertisers should boycott the station.
    Allow the giants to strangle themselves with the noose they are fashioning.
    A pathetic lot.

  • I recently got my power back on (I live on Long Island, New York) because of hurricane Sandy, and because I had no computer or TV for a couple of days, I was forced to listen to the “Palace Guard” media, in this case, CBS radio, to know what was happening in the region and the world. Well, all I heard was about the hurricane and how “Presidential” Obama was, and Governor Christie sucking up to him, and of course, Mayor Bloomberg endorsing the guy for re-election. Also, the “news” reported was about how great the economy was doing and how more jobs were being created. In other words, non-stop propaganda for Obama – not one word about Benghazi. It was so discouraging, and now today Rasmussen has the race tied. Are people really this shallow and frivolous? The momentum was clearly with Romney, and now they’re changing their minds because of a hurricane? If that’s the case, then these people have no business being inside a voting booth and deciding the fate of our country. Lord help us!

  • @ Siobhan – I think Revelation 9:20-21 speaks about what you wrote:

    20 And the rest of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues, repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and the idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood; which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 and they repented not of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Who Left American Heroes Tyrone Woods and Greg Doherty to Die?

Saturday, October 27, AD 2012

Tyrone Woods and Greg Doherty were authentic American heroes.  Both former Navy Seals, they fought to the last in defense of the Benghazi consulate, manning a machine gun at the CIA annex.  Despite three separate orders telling them not to do so, Woods and Doherty went to the consulate after the attack began, and saved the lives of 20 embassy personnel, bringing them to the CIA annex.  They  defended the CIA annex, holding it while the 20 people they rescued were evacuated.   They were in constant contact with higher-ups at the CIA, requesting military aid.  They fought heroically for six hours and twenty minutes against an estimated 200 heavily armed attackers from the time of the beginning of the attack on the consulate, killing an estimated sixty of their foes.

They were both killed by a mortar round at the six-hour and twenty-minute mark.  General David Petraeus, head of the CIA, has denied that it was the CIA that vetoed an attempted military rescue of Woods and Doherty.


CIA spokesperson Jennifer Youngblood said, “We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi. Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.”

Investors Business Daily, in a blistering editorial asks the question:  who was responsible?

More than six hours after terrorists attacked our consulate, former Navy  SEALs manned a blood-soaked machine gun to defend U.S. territory. Meanwhile  Apache helicopters sat on the ground in Italy.

At 4 a.m. local time on Sept. 11 — six hours and 20 minutes after the initial  attack began — former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed at  the CIA annex not far from the consulate by a mortar shell. The machine gun they  were firing was encrusted with blood, an indication they continued to fight  after being wounded.

During that eternity, Woods and Doherty might have wondered between gunfire  and explosions where the military, with bases strewn across Europe, was. U.S.  forces were indeed being moved like chess pieces as the attack unfolded, but  none came to their aid because no one gave the order.

President Obama, perhaps preoccupied with his upcoming Las Vegas fundraiser,  met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval  Office at 5 p.m. ET, a little more than an hour after the onset of the  attack.

He could have given the order but did not, even after an email, in which the  al-Qaida-tied group Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility, arrived at 6:07 p.m.  ET to a distribution list that included the White House Situation Room.

A Special Operations force went from central Europe to Naval Air Station  Sigonella in southern Italy, just 480 miles from Benghazi. F-16s and Apache  helicopters remained parked and unused at Aviano Air Base in northern Italy. Two  Navy destroyers already in the Mediterranean Sea were moved off the coast of  Libya on the day of the attack but were never used.

The question is: Why not?

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  • Yesterday, Instapundit posted that, reportedly, an AC-130U gunship was on station and had its computerized aim system locked one each jihadi mortar (a gift of the United States of America?). USAF and Navy fast movers could have “brought the goods” in less than an hour.

    In short, Obama bin Laden could have punished the perpetrators that day.

    No one gave the order to shoot . . .


    Then, Barry flew off to Vegas.

    Who had the authority to giver the order and why was it not given?

    Where does the “buck stop”?


    Lying, Obama-worshiping media: crickets chirping.

  • Addendum: Since Obama bin Laden took over in early 2009, more than 100 US marines and soldiers have been murdered by Afghan jihadis infiltrated in the Army/National Police.


    Four more years of this and we are toast. You can “take that to the bank.”

  • There may be a good reason ‘why not’, but Gen. Petraeus is the only one of them who could credibly articulate it to a general audience and he has been stone silent for six weeks.

  • What will happen to General Petraeus now that he has spoken? Can the traitor in the Oval Office stand being called what he is?

    These are dangerous times. Obama does not have the fortitude of character necessary to accept either criticism or losing. I think that he will do – or try to do – something very bad.

  • Thanks Donald! I saw that statement last night at the Weekly Standard from William Kristol. (Paraphrasing) No one could have made that decision (to stand down) except the President. If the CIA didn’t do it, then the Secretary of Defense wouldn’t be able to make such a decision on his own. It would have been a presidential decision.

    And they had a meeting…

    Some have suggested that maybe the President didn’t do anything nefarious, but that maybe it was just incompetence. Perhaps. But both are criminal.

  • Gross incompetence Stacy or criminal neglect. Either one should be a clear indication that Obama has no business being commander in chief.

  • “I think that he will do – or try to do – something very bad.”

    I do not expect that Paul. However, if he were foolish enough to do so, the consequences would be very bad indeed for him.

  • The truth meter dial has moved to treasonous terrorist from (media-induced guise of) careless incompetent. Team of insidious functionaries stirring events, while intimidating voters with diversions of base and basic concerns in the morality morass, it seems.

  • Isn’t it revealing who was in that room allegedly at 5 PM? All three. Obama, Biden, Panetta are partisan hacks. Not one has any operational experience. (It may turn out others were consulted but time was short so they probably had no more than a basic report to look at.)

    I also think Mr McCleary should include Amb. Stevens and Smith in the article. Stevens had made repeated ignored calls for help in securing the embassy facilities in the weeks prior to the attack. Weren’t they proactively left to die too? What went through Stevens’ and Smith’s minds as they were being attacked?

  • Obama, Biden, Panetta are partisan hacks. Not one has any operational experience.

    Obama and Biden are fairly useless. Panetta is a curious choice for Secretary of Defense, but he is a policy wonk and a reasonable occupant of some sort of senior position.

  • Recall what we learned after the Osama bin Laden raid. It wasn’t going to happen because Obama was indecisive and Rasputin, I mean Valerie Jarrett, had counseled him to not do it. Apparently Panetta is the one who set it in motion.

    I can imagine a similar scenario here. Obama, lacking character and the stuff of an informed and strong executive, was incapable of making a decision or even knowing what sort of decision should be made. The only advice he can make sense of is that from his political campaign handlers, which doesn’t make for appropriate directives.

  • What the Obama administration did to those men is disgraceful. Those men put themselves in harms way for our country, and the administration threw them to the wolves so they could hang on to the political fiction that there was no terrorist attack on Obama’s watch. In effect, they were a human sacrifice to the idol of political deception. I was a soldier, and now I have a son who is a soldier. Would that rat bastard in the White House throw my son’s life away if he thought it might get a few votes?

  • “Would that rat bastard in the White House throw my son’s life away if he thought it might get a few votes?”

    I so want to make a snarky comment about respect for human life, other than your own.

    It’s not that I’m single issue, it’s that it all ties together in principle. I keep thinking, “These people are pro-choice.” We all know what that means.

  • Adding to the outrage: Obama, Rodham, and Pannetta; and their media lackeys used the return of the heroes’ (whom they deserted to doom) earthly remains for a photo op.

    Then, Obama bin Laden went to the media and apologized that the jihadis had to get blood on their hands over a YouTube video that 16 people saw.

    And, the producer of the video is still in jail awaiting a court date.

  • When folks hector me to give Obama “due credit” for the OSB take-out, this is pretty much what I had in mind when I said “He didn’t screw up the biggest no-brainier possible as badly as he could have.”

  • Obama is all about obama.
    Proof positive.
    The appropriate thing for Barry to do is apologize for his inability to carry out his duties as commander and chief and resign his post.

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  • Oh my gosh! They may have relieved a general who issued orders that would have resulted in forces being deployed to protect the people in Benghazi before those orders could be carried out.

    It just keeps getting worse and worse.

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  • >Tyrone Woods and Greg Doherty were authentic American heroes. Both former Navy Seals, they fought to the last in defense of the Benghazi consulate…

    Too bad the mainstream news doesn’t have the time for these heroes:

    Obama’s Benghazi Gate and the Blood Encrusted Gun

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Defeat in Afghanistan and Against Al Qaeda

Thursday, October 11, AD 2012

Lara Logan of CBS News gave an incredible speech earlier this week in the video above detailing the lies of the Obama administration regarding defeat in Afghanistan and the resurgence of Al Qaeda throughout the Middle East.  One of the more mindless mantras of the Obama re-election team was Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.  That is why the Obama administration was in fraudulent denial for so long that the Benghazi attack was a result of terrorism and instead attempted to blame the Mohammed video.  Rather than destroying Al Qaeda the Obama administration has presided over a debacle in the Middle East where the jihadists are rising in strength with Benghazi being a symbol of their renewed power.  Bravo to Lara Logan for putting Journalism first and leaving politics aside.

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  • I listened to 14 minutes. Does Logan ever…ever… give her quantity figure for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in light of her rejecting the CIA’s number of fifty or does she stay switched into anecdotal mode forever?
    One requirement of a just war is that there is the possibility of success. Al Qaeda is mobile. Drone them. Logan has some other agenda that requires whole army prescence. She wants to perhaps save the women of Afghanistan. Understandable…but what has that to do with U.S. tax dollars and lives. Revamping a corrupt culture is not listed as a reason of the just war. Afghanistan is not crucial to Al Qaeda. They are mobile. Logan wants to save Afghanistani
    women underneath it all. Understandable but I don’t see how just war theory encompasses it without tremendous stretching of its concepts.

  • A “just” war is not based on its probable outcome but instead on the concept of umm Justice. Obviously an earthly government has to consider its limitations of people and resources in undertaking any effort, military or otherwise. But now we are talking wisdom or practicality.

    However I wonder why I have the vague feeling that you are off chasing digressions and trivial questions. The issue is whether Al Qaeda is linking itself with or infiltrating the governments that the Obama Administration has welcomed in the “Arab Spring” and whether the Obama Afghan war prosecution is feckless or adroit. The Afghanistan war had the more or less explicit goal of preventing the return of the Taliban. Ms Logan noted that there has been a deterioration in that front as well, not an improvement from the surge. So the stated timeframe of withdrawal seems to be ensuring defeat. That may be the best policy but Obama has certainly not presented any of this accurately to the public. Ergo Ms Logan’s pronouncements.

  • Rozin,
         You contradicted the Catholic catechism with your: ” A “just” war is not based on its probable outcome”.   Look up the Catholic requirements for a just war prior to giving us a private revelation from behind a cirrus cloud.  Ah heck…here’s the catechism:

    2309 The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:
     – the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
     – all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
     – the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.
    These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the “just war” doctrine. The evaluation of these conditions for moral legitimacy belongs to the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.

         Lara Logan is married to a US Federal Gov. Defense contractor….Joseph Burkett with whom she committed adultery in Iraq.  He later divorced his wife and married her.  Her household’s ( 5 people…million and a half$ house) income probably unless she goes transparent… goes up with Romney’s Defense budget and down with Obama’s…up with full army prescence in the mideast…down with smart war Panetta.  She may or may not be motivated by this but should recuse herself from the topic entirely.  Muslim women saved her from a molesting mob which means she could be motivated well ( by them) or ill ( hubby’s income under Romney).  Scripture says “avoid the very appearance of evil”.  She should recuse herself.

  • “She may or may not be motivated by this ”

    Bill, I would greatly appreciate it if you would never bring tripe like this again into my comboxes unless you have evidence to support your allegation.

  • Deleted your last comment Bill since you chose to ignore my admonition. You are banned from this site and may now propound any tripe you wish at other venues.

  • Off topic, but I am continually amazed by people who somehow think the first amendment covers their right to spew tripe in an internet comment box. Congrats, Donald, you are now Congress.

  • Donald shall make no law abridging freedom of speech on blogs! 🙂

  • Oddly, I’ve seen folks outraged that a month later CNN let the mother come on and demand answers, claiming it was manipulating her for ratings.

    Yes, it got ratings. It also gave her a platform to demand answers.

Libyan Lie

Friday, September 28, AD 2012

From day one the Obama administration knew that the Libyan attack on our Benghazi consulate and the murder of our ambassador was an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist attack that had nothing to do with the Mohammed video.

U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected Al Qaeda-tied elements were involved, sources told Fox News — though it took the administration a week to acknowledge it.

The account conflicts with claims on the Sunday after the attack by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice that the administration believed the strike was a “spontaneous” event triggered by protests in Egypt over an anti-Islam film.

Two senior U.S. officials said the Obama administration internally labeled the attack terrorism from the first day in order to unlock and mobilize certain resources to respond, and that officials were looking for one specific suspect.


In spite of that, President Obama and members of his administration for days afterwards pretended that the attack was in reaction to the video.  Go here to read a first-rate time line put together by the Washington Post blog.  Why the lie?  Several reasons.

1.  Osama dead and General Motors alive- One of the few foreign policies successes of the Obama administration was the killing of bin Laden.  A successful  al-Qaeda attack on the anniversary of 9-11 undercut this in a huge way.

2.  Now we have to do something?- In the midst of the Presidential campaign the last thing Obama wanted was to admit that this was a terrorist attack.  Such an admission would require that he take action.  In fact Obama has done precious little in the aftermath attack.  More than two weeks after the attack, the FBI still has not examined the attack site at Benghazi.

3.  AppeasementThe Mohammed video bogeyman allowed Obama to do what his preferred policy is to the jihadists:  pretend that if we bend over backwards not to offend Muslims, everything will be sweetness and love between Islam and the West.

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  • “It ain’t lying if it advances the agenda.” Yogi Bubba

  • Donald,
    This search for the total evil of Obama is going to give you a heart attack…and I mean that literally. It’s already got T. Shaw changing the spelling of his last name. Let’s take Hitler. He was evil but he was not guilty therefore of every sin one could imagine. It was possible for Christians to sinfully slander Hitler by accusing him of sins outside his actual sins. An evil man is not a free target wherein slander no longer applies. Appease jihadists? Obama’s family is permanently in danger from Al Qaeda for the Bin Laden go ahead. I believe Al Qaeda will eventually strike them even decades from now. Obama either gets credit for all the Al Qaeda his people have killed or none of your favorite presidents get credit for anything they did.

  • “One of the few foreign policies successes of the Obama administration was the killing of bin Laden.”

    I’d say that’s credit.

    You are correct in saying that attributing sin/guilt falsely regardless of the evil extent of the individual so attributed is wrong. Bearing false witness is a sin, period, and about whom that witness is given has no impact on the sin itself, although it will certainly play a part in any atonement or penance.

    But the opposite is also true: it is equally wrong to excuse evils/sins by dint of an outstanding good. Hitler and the Nazis gave the world a number of excellent and still very useful technical advancements (VW Bug, anyone?) but that does not excuse him or them from the atrocities of the Holocaust or the guilt of starting the most costly war the world has ever known.

    So, Don did give credit where it was due, but that does not mean he has to give a pass to everything else about this administration that has gone so woefully, dangerously wrong.

  • Rubbish Bill from beginning to end. My heart is in excellent condition as attested to by my Doctor earlier in the week. I have never claimed that Obama is the embodiment of evil, but rather a fairly typical hack politician from Chicago. As to Obama and the topic of this post, there is no charitable explanation of what he did in the wake of the Benghazi attack, none. The attacks on al-Qaeda by Obama have been for purely domestic political considerations and because al-Qaeda can no more be made peace with than a treaty can be established with a pack of rabid dogs. His Cairo speech of June 4, 2009 illustrates his true policy, and contains such gems as these:

    “I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

    I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. No single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” That is what I will try to do – to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.

    Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.

    As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”
    Obama has rose colored glasses for Islam and dark colored glasses for the US. I pity those unable, or unwilling, to grasp this truth.

  • Readers who want more than the Bin Laden kill…go here…

  • Libyan Lie sounds like a good song title.

  • Well, duh. ABC news. Silly us.

  • “MSM’s so-called journalists do not report and will not so much as ask or investigate anything that does not advance the big liberal lie).

    Faked but accurate. For the liars truth, facts, realities, and history do not exist. They are putty in their hands. They use them to make a point, to do good as they see it. And whatever they need to twist or omit is justified by their purity of intentions – and they always have the purest of intentions – Exterminate the unborn! Sanctify sodomy! Sexual exploitation of young women! False but justified.

    Hate-filled liars despise facts and truth. They rely on hysterics, insults, lies and weeping and gnashing of teeth to advance their horrid ideas and destructive policies. The state-run MSM and PBR/S also eschew facts and truth, which are not susceptible to their calumnies, distortions, distractions, exaggerations, omissions, and outright lies.

  • Readers can check the interview here of Ali Soufan. one of few FBI who spoke Arabic back in the day of 2001 and who actually interrogated terrorists and received the FBI directors award for Excellence in Investigative work. He broke with CIA people on the need for waterboarding and was on O’Reilly refuting a CIA person with whom he disagreed on effectiveness of rapport versus torture. He praises Obama for the kills but also for broadening international contacts in the war on terrorism…hopes that a Romney group would not reverse the latter and gives Obama an A minus with criticsms near the end of the interview:

  • Except CIA official Jose Rodriquez denies that Soufan was actually effective. In fact he points out how terrorists mocked him.

  • If Soufan were impartial, he’d rate Obama F-minus for intelligence: both military and IQ. E.G., the well-planned, organized/inside job diplomatic murders in Libya:

    Obama propaganda 24/7 said the Osama slaying was a huge victory: spucatum tauri.

    So what if Ali Soufan is/was against water-boarding (it’s one trick pony time again):

    I think Instapundit: “A thoroughly documented new report on the impact of US drone campaign was released by NYU School of Law and Stanford University Law School. Entitled “Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan”, the report details the terrorizing effects of US drone assaults as well as the numerous, highly misleading public statements from US officials about that campaign. The study’s purpose was to conduct an “independent investigations into whether, and to what extent, drone strikes in Pakistan conformed to international law and caused harm and/or injury to civilians”.

    And there is this:

    “…American progressives cheered loudly when a similar question was posed by Al Gore in a widely celebrated 2006 speech he gave on the Washington mall denouncing the Bush/Cheney assault on civil liberties:

    “‘If the president has the inherent authority to eavesdrop on American citizens without a warrant, imprison American citizens on his own declaration, kidnap and torture, then what can’t he do?’

    “What has always amazed me about that is that, there, Gore was merely decrying Bush’s mere eavesdropping on Americans and his detention of them without judicial review. Yet here Obama is claiming the power to decide who should be killed without a shred of transparency, oversight, or due process – a power that is being continuously used to kill civilians, including children – and many of these same progressives now actually cheer for that.”

    Lesseee: Ali Soufan – Muslim?

    Dulce Islami inexpertis.

  • Ironic Bill that the interview of the very self serving Ali Soufan, who has been doing his best to stay in the public eye since he went public in 2009, was published on September 11, 2012, the date of the Benghazi attack and contains this nugget:

    “For the first time you have Muslim countries, European countries working together hand in hand,” Soufan explains. “It was clearly outlined in Obama’s speech in Cairo, [which] in the Middle East was viewed as ‘the time of unilateral action is not going to be there anymore.’ What he decided to focus on upon creating these partnerships to counter violent extremism, talked about human security, economic development, education, literacy, women’s rights, a lot of these issues.””

    Yeah, as Cairo and Benghazi demonstrated that day Obama has done a bang up job in getting Muslim countries on our side.

  • Bill,

    “Yogi Bubba” was a play on Yogi Berra (“It aint bragging if it’s true.”).

    You’re correct. I could not possibly have more disrespect for the racist autocrat currently slumming in the White House.

  • It is very hard to Trust Obama, his administration.
    The double speak flows….well like bung-lava!
    “We will draft a sensible conscience clause…”, “the Savings from not being in Afganistain…”, I’m upset.
    Trust is important, and my trust in his words and actions are low. His “trust account is empty” and I agree with Don’s 5 points.

  • Donald,
    I don’t think “countries” that are newly forming have perfect riot prevention techniques or terrorist preventions techniques…since even the US has had its riots and terrorist incidents.
    Here’s Judge Napolitano of Fox interviewing Soufan and at the end calling his book “great”. O’Reilly also interviewed him on Fox and that interview was respectful too. This Fox…Fox…not the NY Times..

  • Baloney Bill. The so-called Libyan government can’t even protect our FBI agents to go to the attack scene in Benghazi two weeks after the attack.

    As for Cairo, if you don’t think the Muslim Brotherhood government was involved in the riots at our embassy I have some swamp land down in Florida to sell you. Then we have Pakistan, that grand American ally, holding a public holiday for violent protests over the Mohammed film, while the Transport Minister of Pakistan places a bounty for the murder of the maker of the Mohammed film.

    Napolitano is an isolationist and paleocon who believes that Abraham Lincoln was a tyrant. I view his opinion in the same awe as I would that of a bag lady screeching obscenities on the street. As for O’Reilly, not one of the great intellects of our day, he interviewed both Soufan and Jose Rodriquez and appeared to give greater credence to Rodriquez for what little that is worth.

  • Sounds awfully like the darling of conservatives, Leo Strauss.

  • The truth actually MPS is that almost all conservatives in America have never heard of Leo Stauss, let alone hailed him as their darling.

  • Sounds awfully like the darling of conservatives, Leo Strauss.

    I am not sure what you meant by this, but Leo Strauss in this country is a bogey in a deeply stupid discourse. This man, now nearly 40 years deceased, was a philosophy professor with almost no involvement in political discussion at any level. There were a couple of subcabinet officers in the Bush Administration who had taken a couple of courses from him during their undergraduate years and a widely admired critic of higher education (Allan Bloom) was a student and disciple of Strauss. That is the extent of the conduit of his ideas to contemporary Republican politics. It has not prevented the addle-pated in the palaeo nexus from positing some high level cabal of initiates manipulating public policy (with William Kristol as the exalted cyclops). Unless you are pleased to be mistaken for a latter-day manifestation of the tendencies that gave you the John Birch Society, I would suggest you not bring up the name Leo Strauss.

  • By denying Strauss’s influence Art and Don are demonstrating their complete allegiance to Strauss, because as we all know true Straussians are the ones most adamant in denying his influence. The fact that few outside of higher educational circles even claim to know who the man is therefore a sure-fire sign that the man’s philosophy completely permeates modern society.

    (That was sarcasm for the sarcasm impaired.)

  • “The so-called Libyan government can’t even protect our FBI agents to go to the attack scene in Benghazi two weeks after the attack.”

    Then how is CNN wandering around Bengazi picking up the odd diary left behind by the movers? The Admin has no intention of investigating this or any other inconvenient terror attack. They are in the process of accelerating the release of terrorists from Gitmo. They are going to keep the FBI in Tripoli until 2013 or 2017 depending.

    As I said somewhere else, there is also the issue that the Libyan government is permeated with Al Qaeda types as well as Brotherhood types.

  • Philosophy prof? Clueless clowns making up stuff about stuff.

    Last Phil class I attended was a final x in May 1970. The clueless clown asked me “Are you in the right place?” I was and I wasn.’t. I passed the useless required course and got my three vacuous credits.

    Bottom line Obama and stooges are 24/7 lying.

  • I was being flippant.

Waging War Against the Catholic Church While Appeasing Islam

Friday, September 14, AD 2012


Newt Gingrich in a great article sums up the surreal world we now inhabit thanks to the Obama Administration:

The policies of Obama have made our intellectual incoherence and strategic  incompetence even worse.

It is no accident that the embassy in Cairo issued a groveling statement,  apologizing to the haters for having inconvenienced them with American freedom  of speech.

The embassy was simply following Clinton’s lead, set months earlier in her  meetings with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The OIC has a long- term campaign to manipulate the U.S. government into  defining any criticism or improper reference to Islam as unacceptable.

No one should be confused by this. As Andy McCarthy wrote yesterday, the Islamist definition of heresy would  destroy American free speech.

The Obama administration is waging war on the Catholic Church while appeasing  the most extreme elements of Islam.

This is the bizarre situation we now find ourselves in.

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  • Don, it seems as though the administration thinks that Christians are the jihadists as to the HHS mandate.

    Newt Gingrich has the word – bizarre. Would that he reaches the sober many who aren’t partying with the partiers.

  • Cardinal Dolan “Worried that protecting freedom of religion was becoming caricatured as some narrow, hyper-defensive, far right, self serving cause. That many noble causes in American history including the progressivism of Woodrow Wilson, and FDR’s New Deal and the peace movement that the cardinal said extended from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.” Jesus Mary and Joseph, Help Us!


  • Call to arms….Holy Rosary in one hand, voters registeration card in the other. God help us.

  • Praise the Lord. How blessed are we when the World hates us?

  • Watching this whole “interview” with Gingrich it really struck me with how over the top the CNN staff were in defending Obama and his adminstration while going after Romney. They were not even subtle about it.

  • Meanwhile plenty of Catholic and other Christians in Egypt, Syria, Pakistan etc are killed — without any movies or cartoons to blame it on.
    I hope Gingrich and ALL the former candidates for the Republican nomination link arms and storm the barricades of the media

  • Waging war indeed.
    And I fear that this war will go on for a long while, until the terror and murder is met head on – as we have ben attempting to do, but giving us only brief respite. The jihadist aim is to restore the caliphate. This may mean increasing confrontation, and going further on the offensive militarily than we have done thus far, unless the politicians of the Western democracies stop pandering to these people, stop Islamic infiltration of democratic countries, and most of all, return to Christian principles – stop killing and preventing our babies,stop distorting our true culture and return to a firm belief in God and all that He has revealed to us.
    Its happened several times before, and it will happen again.

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  • It has been war since Mohammed first set across the sands of Arabia from Media to Mecca in AD 630. Consider the Battle of Tours, France in AD 732, the Muslim attacks against Christians in the Holy Lands which led to the Crusades at the turn the first millennium, the Battle of LePanto in 1571, the Battle for Vienna, Austria in 1683, our own Marines in the Battle of Tripoli, Libya in 1802, and everything that the Muslim world has done to try to defeat Israel in the 20th century and today. Islam itself will not stop its violence till the Lord Jesus Christ returns in the Parousia. We win battles here and there due to God-fearing men like Charles Martel at Tours or John Sobieski at Vienna. But Islam – the spawn of Satan – will not stop till “the moon is under Her feet” as Revelation chapter 12 states (remember what religion uses the crescent moon as its image).

    Disclaimer: I oppose mal-treatment of any Muslims in our American communities – work, school, stores, etc. – because they are Muslim. I am speaking about the fanatics who dominate this satanic religion and seek a second Caliphate. As Christians we have absolutely got to treat our Muslim neighbors in all Christain love and American mutual respect. If we don’t, then we are not Christian and we become the same kind of animals that the Islamic fanatics are.

  • Paul W, Primavera, I agree wholeheartedly with your post. My question is how to separate the two types of Muslim for our response? There are those who require killing, in all Christian love, and there are those who require charity in its other forms. So often the fanatics are hiding within the moderate population. Your thoughts?

  • I don’t think that Islam Paul is the “spawn of Satan”. Like all religions that I view as false I regard it simply as the product of human error. Islam has produced a unique culture throughout the world, with good and bad elements. Those who choose to adhere to it and live peacefully with others I have no problem with. However, when adherents of Islam attack others and seek to win by force what they cannot win by argument, then a very great problem arises. Current turmoil in the Islamic world is largely the result of Islamic inability to produce modern states that have muslims living in peace and equality internally and externally with non-muslims. Whether such states are possible, the Turkish example coming apart before our eyes, is perhaps the great geo-political question of this century.

  • It appears gangsters (similar to community organizers and liberal handlers of the occupy “movement”) that run ME hell holes use Islam (insults to the profit, Israeli control of their land, the great satan, . . . ) to divert the serfs’ attentions from their tyranny, and the attendant, ubiquitous misery and squalor.

    The Community-organizer-in-chief, his Fed (Thursday Bernank went “all-in” for Obama re-election), and his corrupt main stream media will bring to the USA similar tyranny, misery and squalor.

    The issues needing distraction for poor Arabs likely will be stark food shortages. In America, it will be even fewer people with jobs, unaffordable food prices, $10 a gallon gasoline/home heating oil, and a symptom: $5,000 an ounce for gold.

  • BTW: “Innocence of Islam” filmmaker was “taken in for questioning” this morning.

  • Maybe you’re right, Donald. I am neither historian nor theologian. But it does seem to me that the systems of thought which lead to the most death and destruction are not Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, or Hinduism, but Islam and Atheism. Yet truth be told, without God’s grace, it seems that all men are capable of devolving into murderous, animalistic thugs. 🙁 Our pre-sentient ancestory is just one small step removed from this thin veneer of civilization. 🙁

  • The American Republic is in decline and free fall.

    Can you blame lo the noble Muslim.

    Yesterday: “As the caskets containing the bodies of four slain Americans were being unloaded from the plane, Barack Obama was tweeting about campaign sweatshirts.

    “We also learned today that the same Hillary Clinton who early on banned military uniforms from the Clinton White House signed the rules of engagement that left the US Ambassador in Benghazi without Marine protection and defended by local guards without ammunition.

    “It was the policy of the Obama administration to have a low profile in Libya. That’s why the rules of engagement were approved by the Secretary of State to have no Marines at Benghazi, and to have an American contractor hire Libyan nationals to provide security there. The rules were they couldn’t have ammunition.”

    The Republic is in the hands of its enemies.

  • Very powerful T Shaw.

    as I understand the timeline of Cairo > death of ambassador:
    Cairo flag burning anti- American mob action
    US Embassy responded to that action as an ENABLER might react– justifying, taking part of the blame of the shoulder, excusing, sympathising..
    The enabled empowered terrorists go on to the next step as planned
    The already planted turmoil about the (released months ago) movie is already going to cause Americans to self-inflict wounds –
    Romney is a side note as far as the terrorists are concerned- the actions of the US and the US military are what they have their eyes on. Romney has no power yet, but the distraction and cover provided by the the US media is just –more enabling–

Libyan Questions

Thursday, September 13, AD 2012

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  • Another questions:

    1) Have the extremists in Libya access to US weapons ou Kadafi weapons? They used against US embassy?
    2) Why Obama is refusing to listen Israel?
    2) Does Obama administration think that Egypt is ally or not? How so?

  • Why did Obama miss the daily intelligence briefing for the week before the attacks?

  • Is a majority of the voting population of the US aware of these issues (in spite of the disinformation from the main steam news media) so that it can finallly see through the smoke and mirrors of this President and his supporters?

  • This fits into the Demoralization category.

    There are answers, but these would cost tickets to partying at the parties of infamy and, probably their press agent jobs.

    No one will give answers to a journalist because our violence conductors are covered by power now and want to expand that power.
    And security forces protect them from the people who are the instruments of violence.
    And there is no ‘court’ on temporal earth to sort it out.
    Accountability and transparency not this time either.

    It is another attempt for wrong to defeat right into oblivion with unanswered questions.
    And, also, to obliterate that line between both good and evil, and truth from lies.
    And, to tire and defeat the questioners.

    They can try, meanwhile the press agents and people who are tools should check out the holder of the qualities of omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence for a better perspective.

    Just who is waging war on peace with hate, lies, and violence? It’s a big story to write for both the uninformed and for vindication.

  • The president missed his daily intel briefing because he’s too busy doing what he does best- campaigning. This guy has done NOTHING but campaign since he entered the U.S Senate. Unfortunately, the American people are too focused on the likes of Jersey Shore and Keeping up with the Kardashians and the politics of envy to care what happens to this country.

    Our Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves.

  • For #4– It’s 9/11 and you’re in the middle east. Seriously, how much of a “credible warning” do you NEED?!

  • “For #4– It’s 9/11 and you’re in the middle east. Seriously, how much of a “credible warning” do you NEED?!”
    Bravo, Foxfier!

  • Turner Classic Movies is airing “55 Day at Peking.” How appropriate!

  • One of my favorite films T. Shaw! Note the prayer and artillery sequence at the beginning of this clip:

  • Phillip asks “Why did the President miss his daily intelligence briefing the day after the attacks?”

    Because the attack had already happened. Nothing to worry about at that point. And Axelrod and the media had the scoop on the culprits who caused it all – the filmmaker and Romney.

  • Thanks, Mac.

    I missed much of the movie, but saw that scene. Mr. Heston taking the orphan on his horse was (to me) a fitting end.

    What struck me was that the make-shift mortar was about a million times more dangerous to Heston and the padre than to the Boxers.

    Of interest, Sgt. Maj. (then Pvt.) Daniel Daly, USMC won his first (he had two, the other 1915 for Haiti) MoH for extraordinary action in that campaign.

    “for service as set forth in the following


    “For extraordinary heroism while serving with the Captain Newt Hall’s Marine Detachment, 1st Regiment (Marines), in action in the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 14 August 1900, Daly distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.”

    re: “meritorious conduct”: From “Unto the Breach” blog:

    “During the 56-day seige of the international compound, Capt. Hall went to bring reinforcements to reestablish their defensive line when the German outpost was pushed back. Pvt. Daly remained behind, singlehandedly defending a bastion on the Tartar Wall against hundreds of Chinese forces – armed only with a bolt-action rifle and bayonet. Daly held his position overnight, and Marine Corps legend states that the bodies of 200 dead Boxers littered the ground when reinforcements arrived.”

    “Born: 11 Nov. 1873, Glen Cove, N.Y…. One of only 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice… Of the 19 double recipients, is one of only two men to receive the Medal for two separate engagements… Offered a commission on several occasions but refused… Also saw action at Hayti and fought during World War I… Also awarded the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Cross… Retired as Sergeant Major in 1929… Namesake of USS Daly (DD-519)… Departed: 27 Apr. 1939.”

    Legend has it that at Chateau Thierry (I think) he motivated his troops, who were held up by machine gun fire, by shouting, “Get up, you s.o.b.’s! Do you want to live forever?” I imagine Achilles and Hector used similar motivational oratory.

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I’m Not the One Feeling Embarrassed Right Now

Monday, August 22, AD 2011

John Yoo has written a post on the Corner titled “Qaddafi’s Fall Should Embarrass GOP Isolationists” that is equivalent in style to a drunken Eagles fan at Giants New Meadowlands Stadium doing a celebratory victory dance after an Eli Manning pick six has given the Eagles a 7-6 lead two minutes into the second quarter.  Sure you have something to celebrate, but you might want to take a look at the clock and also mind your surroundings.

The stunning collapse of the Libyan regime today should be counted as a half-victory for President Obama, a rebuke to the GOP’s new isolationist wing in the House, and a testament to the responsible leadership of such Senate Republicans as Jon Kyl and Mitch McConnell.

One should understand that by isolationist Yoo means anyone who has ever opposed US military intervention at anytime, anywhere.  Presumably included in this list are people who supported military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, a list that includes most House and Senate Republicans, the editorial staffs of most conservative publications, and a majority of conservative voters.  Alas we balked at a poorly thought out intervention in Libya, one which involved no clear ally or American interest, and which also involved a Chief Executive blithely ignoring that pesky little thing called Congress.

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  • ???

    He didn’t get permission for it, he swore he’d get out of there far quicker, he announced we were out of it a long time ago…how does this reflect well on him?

  • I am delighted that the Butcher of Lockerbie may be dead and is certainly out of power. I supported Obama in this, if little else. Having said that, only a fool commits American military force in a non-emergency situation without Congressional authorization. Now let us pray that we do not get involved in protracted nation building in Libya and a probable nasty guerilla war. Our goal is now met as far as I am concerned. If other nations like France and Italy wish to take on that task, have at it. Libya is too far removed from American interests to justify more than what we have done. Most Libyan oil goes to Europe and Libya is in their backyard. Time for Europe to show us how this can be done properly. I will enjoy the show! If the successor regime proves troublesome to us, our bombers and missiles can find their way back, I am sure.

  • Agreed.

    Glad he’s gone, hope something worse doesn’t come in, how about the EU get off their duffs and actually do something– we’ll even sell them the gear, I bet, since they apparently have major issues doing basic operations.

  • Being a neocon means never having to say sorry. Should the Libyan adventure lead to another failed sharia state as it likely will, Yoo can always protest that it was carried out with the best intentions.

  • Can I rethink my opposition to trying Yoo as a war criminal?

  • And I’m sure all of you were saying the same thing when US tanks were rolling into Baghdad, right?

  • Third paragraph of this post, if you skip the block quotes.

  • RR, when U.S. tanks were rolling into Baghdad the sitting president who gave the order had no problem naming the U.S. national security interest at stake. In contrast, can you list the specific “national-security interests” to which Mr. Yoo is referring regarding Libya? Think twice before you answer, RR, because Obama himself, supposedly a constitutional scholar and lawyer, is reluctant to admit that he’s making war on the nation of Libya. You will recall the Obama Administrations’s employment of Orwellian circumlocutions such as “kinectic action” in order to deny that Obama is employing what Mr. Yoo calls “war powers”.

    Mr. Yoo’s attempt to scold his betters is amusing – he wants to blast Obama’s political opponents for criticizing that which Obama strives mightily to avoid admitting.

The Difference Between Libya and Iraq Explained

Monday, March 28, AD 2011

For additional comedy relief, here is a video put out by a group supporting Obama for president detailing Obama’s opposition to the war in Iraq.

You know, I think quite a few of the easy marks who voted for Obama will regret eventually having voted for him, perhaps none more so than those who voted for him because they actually believed that he was a peacenik.

Why, perhaps even Morning’s Minion at Vox Nova, who wrote the paragraph below, will someday realize that Obama played him like an accordion:

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  • Here’s the difference. A hated, GOP president liberated Iraq.
    A messianic, progressive president gave Libya to al Qaeda, et al.

  • As the Instapundit notes, the real rubes are those who somehow believed Obama was something other than a sleazy Chicago pol.

  • How about I think about minding our own business… I think we had it right after WWI mind our own business and only involve ourselves when we cannot ignore it like WWII …. but let continue to go to war and spend more money we don’t have sounds smart Obama/Bush II ..feel like every prez since nixon is a manchurian candidate but lets keep on chugging with that rep/demo talk that gets us so far…

  • “I think we had it right after WWI mind our own business and only involve ourselves when we cannot ignore it like WWII”

    Actually Alex, I think one of the contributing factors that led to World War II was the retreat of the US into an isolationist cocoon following WWI.

  • “the real rubes are those who believed Obama was something other than a sleazy Chicago pol”

    If Obama were just another “sleazy Chicago pol” his highest ambition would have been to get elected alderman or mayor, not POTUS!

  • That is one of the many mysteries of Obama Elaine: he strikes me as neither ambitious nor driven, two characterists of most presidents. Another mystery is that once having grasped the brass ring of the Presidency, he seems to me to be completely disinterested and disengaged from the job. There are many question marks about this man.

  • Donald, you’re on to it now!
    Obama really never wanted “power”. That requires responsibilities and decision making which he knew were “above his pay scale” as well as his limited abilities. Barry, the lovable community organizer with the big smiley face and velvet tongue, desired only the “position” of the highest office. He never cared about being the people’s candidate or the people themselves. He had the job of his life before he ever entered public office. He was fully aware the power and wealth of those backing and guiding his career and writing his books were able to fill the enlarged ego of the little boy with such a humble and mysterious childhood far beyond his wildest dreams.
    We need to stop thinking we, the voting public, “employed” Obama. He accepted the “position” he desired with the “power” he saw as the dominate force in world politics for the future as soon as he finished college. The 2008 election brought that power into a position at the White House and Obama is its voice. Got it?

  • I’d like to add…
    And now you can understand why Obama seems to be preoccupied with parties, palling with celeb’s, festive receptions, golf, basketball, vacations, expensive family trips out of the country, and avoiding meetings now with other national leaders of opposite stripe here and world leaders from abroad who have been our closest allies in the past.
    Speech is the main purpose of his occupation not negotiating on his feet and the words only come together for him after the community organizers preordained ideologues have determined what they want his audience to hear from him

  • Here are two more difference.

    In Iraq, US marines and soldiers were killing jihadis.

    In Libya, per Byron York, US is aiding jihadis that killed Americans. KIA of the USS Coles must be spinning in their graves.

    And, per Donald Sensing: “Obama got rolled by the Europeans. This is an after-affect of French and Italian colonialism. The Libya war is neo-colonialism by the Europeans. And the United States is like fraternity pledges that the brothers make mop up the frat house floor on Sunday morning after an all-night kegger that they didn’t attend.”

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  • Joe’s good for laughs, but clearly hasn’t been right in the head since 1988 when he had a brain aneurysm and a priest gave him last rites. Every since then, he’s been on a slow march toward senility.

  • We obtain that for which we proffer remuneration.

    Vice President Biden spent most of his adult life in Congress.

    Mark Twain on Congressmen:

    Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
    – What Is Man?

    …the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.
    – Letter fragment, 1891

    “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
    – Mark Twain, a Biography

    A majority of Americans pay zero (or minimal) Federal income taxes. Less than 1% of American citizens serve in the armed forces.

    We get what we pay for.

  • Mark Twain also suggested that Congress could be emptied in a day if each member received anonymous telegrams stating: “Flee! All is discovered!”.

  • Of course, all good liberals know that what Obama really meant to say was “No Republican President has the right to….” In fact, you could finish the sentence many different ways – “keep Gitmo open,” for instance, or “go on vacations, oh, every 3 weeks or so.” That doesn’t mean President Obama can’t do it.

    Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. I have no doubt I slept better for 17 years because I did not realize that Ole Joe was head of the Judiciary Committee. Of course, I don’t want to ponder the fact that he’s now a heartbeat away from the Oval Office for too long. As much as I dislike Obama, I pray fervently for his continued good health.

  • “As much as I dislike Obama, I pray fervently for his continued good health.”

    You are not the only one, Donna, I assure you! 🙂

  • More proof that life is becoming indistinguishable from the Onion:

    Today’s the big day for Amtrak’s Wilmington train station. It is being renamed in honor of Vice President and former Delaware Senator Joe Biden following major renovations made possible with stimulus funds.

    One problem: the CEO of Amtrak got stuck on the train.

    ABC News Deputy Political Director & Political Reporter Michael Falcone tweeted at approximately 10 a.m. that the Acela train he was riding had been “delayed” in Baltimore and that he was sitting next to Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman.

    Falcone tweeted, “Acela to NY delayed for ‘unknown period’ Should I feel better that the Amtrak CEO is sitting next to me?”

    It quickly became apparent that the CEO’s presence wouldn’t fix the train. A subsequent tweet from Falcone noted, “BAD sign: Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman just got OFF the train to take a car to Wilmington.”

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  • Try to imagine the media firestom if Cheney flacks had stuck a reporter in a closet!

  • And I note that Biden was at a fundraiser hosted by a rich liberal. Can someone explain to me why Soros, Immelt of GE and wealthy Hollyweird types can give loads of money to leftist causes and the Dem party, but when a Koch gives the Walker campaign $45,000 it’s a crime? Rich conservatives are not supposed to give a dime to support their causes, but rich leftists can?

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