Saturday, April 19, 2014

Who, Really, Won the Cold War?

As a rule I abhor the modern English language practice of using nouns as verbs. However, given that it is Holy Week and given that it is the perfect allusion, allow me to paraphrase Daniel Henninger: Big Guy just “Pontius Pilated” the Ukraine. It is an accurate, if awkward, construction.

"The White House reiterated that no lethal assistance was planned" to help Ukraine defend itself. The U.S., however, did send ready-to-eat meals. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's comments were antiseptic: "The Ukrainian government has a responsibility to provide law and order." It is fitting that churchgoers the world over this week are hearing the story of Pontius Pilate.

Mr. Henninger’s point is that the Ukraine is about to fall to Russia without much more than a whimper from the West.

The West didn't lose Ukraine, an independent nation of 45 million people. It simply let it go.


Having learned the wrong lesson from history, the really big brains are doomed to repeat it.

The West's intellectuals often diminish the significance of the Cold War. They say it didn't matter much, that the Soviet Union unwound on its own. No small number of these thinkers were half-sorry to see this "flawed" experiment in income-equality fail.


Ah yes, with progressives it’s never the idea of collectivism that fails, butt rather the flawed implementation of that noble idea. Rather than change the ideal, they change the facts.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bow-chika-bow-wow! It’s back to college week for the Obamas.

Both Lady M and Big Guy went back to college this week; MO was at Howard University:

On Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama and rapper-slash-actor Bow Wow joined 37 students from Chicago public high schools for a tour of Howard University, our colleague Krissah Thompson reports. According to the first lady’s office, Obama specifically requested Bow Wow for the event, an annual college visit called “Escape to the Mecca” — a nod to the university’s nickname “the mecca.”

The first lady said she was “very fond” of Bow Wow, whom she met during a 2013 appearance on BET’s “106th and Park,” the hip-hop talk show he co-hosts.

111913-shows-106-park-michelle-obama-bow-wow-keshia-chante-15Lady M and Bow Wow on the set at “106th and Park” – Lil Bow Wow’s on the left.

She praised his commitment to education and encouraged the students to pursue higher education.  “No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough in today’s globalizing economy.”

Lady M advised her touring entourage to check out the dorm rooms, saying “You might be living here. I’m just visiting.” Be advised, however, that sometimes she visits and decides to spend 8 years.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Slow news day, so let’s catch up on details of our annual White House Seder dinner, held Tuesday, the second night of Passover.

13884026825_cc8f0ca51b_bWoops! Big Guy forgot his beanie!

For starters, we had to bring in extra help to cook everything:

But this year, a secret culinary detail was called in – not celebrity chefs, but Washington caterer Vered Guttman, who writes the Modern Manna blog for, and filmmaker Susan Barocas, a food aficionado who helped launch the Jewish Food Experience in 2012.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stand up Boston, let 'em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about?



biden_court-jesterSurely You Jest: A heartbeat away?

“My God you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it, I mean it sincerely, just to hear you speak.”  - Joey Biden, Biddening his own remarks  at the Boston Marathon Memorial.

We really need to get someone to follow Joey B around with a mop and bucket to clean up the pieces of his brain that he leaves scattered in his path. On second thought, a tea cup might be sufficient.

alice teacupI don’t remember falling down this rabbit hole!

angry-joeybMe neither!

Oh well, it’s not as if Joey was hired for his brains.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It Ain’t Over Till the Little Banty Rooster Stops Crowing

Remember kids, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings. Or in this case, until the Little Banty Rooster’s Little Banty Hen crows:

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Reid tells News4's Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas. "Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it's not over," Reid said.

Wait, what?  We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it?

bounder in chiefThey may not walk, butt they sure can run.

I presume he was not talking about the ruling class, because if you’re a Congressman you may be publically shamed (censured) butt you’ll still be free to walk away  - and even get re-elected for another term. Because members of the ruling class have superpowers, or at least they believe they do.

icanfly “I believe I can fly.”

Nor, I assume, was Harry speaking of illegal aliens, because if you count illegal aliens as “Americans” – and I know Joey B does:

“You know, 11 million people live in the shadows. I believe they’re already American citizens,” Mr. Biden said during a Thursday address to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Hill reported. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to contribute fully. And by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans, in my view.”

there sure are a lot of them who “violate the law and then just walk away.”


All with the assistance of Ricky’s Justice Department - previously required to enforce laws, not ignore them. And when they are allowed to “just walk away” they often commit more crimes. 

Of course a lot of the illegality involved with illegal aliens “dreamers” is due to the fact that Harry also wasn’t talking about the Supreme Leader of the ruling class: Big Guy is also exempt from the contention that “we can’t have Americans that violate the law and then just walk away.” Otherwise Barry would have to heed the Constitution's stipulation (Article II, section 3) that a president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed...." And that would mean that he’d be “violating the law” if he didn’t protect the borders and deport illegal aliens, especially, I would think, the ones who have already committed a felony.

Butt I guess all bets are off if you elect a President and then give him a magic pen. That gives him special superpowers to “violate the law and then just walk away.” For instance, with his special pen


he can:

  • illegally order the NSA to conduct warrantless wire tapping and spying on U.S. citizens
  • illegally order the IRS to harass and silence conservative groups
  • illegally and unilaterally change “the law of the land” by granting multiple waivers, changes and extensions to Obamacare.

Yes, it is good to be king.

king-obama-300x243“With my pen and my phone, I will smite mine enemies.”

Where is that fat lady when we need her?

fat lady sings

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Between Art and Illusion, We’ve Got It All...

What’s up with all the brew-ha-ha over Mr. and Mrs.Claire Shipman’s commie kitchen icons anyhow?

Washingtonian MOM Flipping: it’s the first step in learning how to spin

There’s nothing odd about the commie posters in the kitchen. In case you didn’t know, Mr. and Mrs. Claire Shipman met and fell in love in Russia. So these are simply sentimental tchotchkes from those happy days.

carney soviet art

And as for the odd Photoshop in their home library:

claire shipman annotated cc

In my *ahem* line-of-work I really shouldn’t say very much about transimaging. Besides, everything in politics is photoshopped today. It’s a “huge” industry. if you get my drift.

For example, there was the infamous birth certificate that was “allegedly” ‘shopped by amateurs.

exhibit4“In over 20 years of examining documentation of various types, I have never seen a document that is so seriously questionable in so many respects. In my opinion, the birth certificate is entirely fabricated.”  -Reed Hayes, certified document analyst

Big Guy himself even kidded about it just last week while chastising Republicans for suppressing the vote.

President Barack Obama reminisced about the conspiracy theories surrounding his birth certificate during a speech at the National Action Network convention in New York City Friday afternoon. Obama referenced the doubts about his citizenship that led him to release a copy of his birth certificate in 2011, while criticizing voter I.D. laws that require people to present documentation like passports and birth certificates to vote.

"Just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is," he added. 

Obama then began to laugh.

Of course the BC was only the first of many frauds situations that have been professionally ‘shopped during BHO’s reign term. Here’s a brief recap:

Fast and Furious: The original purpose of Gunrunner was ‘shopped in order to provide a new mandate for implementing new gun controls. And besides, Bush started it.

Benghazi: ‘Shopped to appear to be the result of a bad YouTube movie and a bunch of thugs: “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”

Obamacare: The rollout was ‘shopped to appear as if the huge amount of traffic demanding Obamacare crashed the system, not the underlying inadequacy of basic programming. And then ‘shopped again on the backend to make it appear like a “huge” success.

NSA: The warrantless spying on individuals ordered by Eric Holder was ‘shopped to appear to be nothing more than a “meta-data” collection that threatened no one’s privacy and therefore did no harm. And Bush started it.

IRS: The illegal targeting of conservative groups for scrutiny was ‘shopped to add in a few liberal groups so it would appear fair and balanced. And Nixon started it.

Note that each of these phony scandals have often been attributed to deep,dark,nefarious political purpose or agency. However, I ask you to consider the Occam’s razor explanation:

Occam's razor or Ockham's razor (ŏk′əmz)

A rule in science and philosophy stating that entities should not be multiplied needlessly. This rule is interpreted to mean that the simplest of two or more competing theories is preferable and that an explanation for unknown phenomena should first be attempted in terms of what is already known. Occam's razor is named after the deviser of the rule, English philosopher and theologian William of Ockham (1285?-1349?).

With all things Obama, it may be best to accept the simplest explanation, which is usually:

  1. “We didn’t botch it, somebody else did that.” Or,
  2. “We didn’t do it for any hidden, underhanded purpose, it’s just that the people responsible were stoopid.”

So help us out here. What have you noticed that on first blush might be considered a nefarious political ploy, butt in reality is just another example of Progressive stoopidity?

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And as far as art and illusion are concerned, just note that in the 21st century nothing is as it appears to be. And it is best never to forget that.


With CGI, we can do anything: make the oceans recede, heal the planet…

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beyond Clive Bundy: The Real Range War and Why We’re Losing


Hopefully your Saturday night and Palm Sunday morning activities have given you enough perspective to join me for a brief recap of the attempted federal land grab at the Bundy Ranch and the showdown at the NV Corral. You’ve undoubtedly heard the story by now of how the Bureau of Land Management attempted to evict Clive Bundy and his cows from the family’s centennial ranch (two second argument: tortoise trumps cows; because we said so). And now they’ve backed down, with an agreement that results in the slaughter of Bundy’s cows, for which he will receive half the proceeds. That’s, at least theoretically, a win for the good guys.

Now, here’s the rest of the story: (h/t Infowars and Dana Loesch)

  1. The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations, or turtles. Or something. (more additional info here) “Back in 2012, the New American reported that Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid, was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5-billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nevada.”
  2. Some people claim that what Harry really wants are the water rights, to divert to all his friends in Vegas, baby!
  3. The stated reason for the land grab by the BLM was to protect the desert tortoise - that is now so populous that the government is euthanizing them.
  4. Although widely reported that Clive Bundy has not paid fees for use of his land, that isn’t quite accurate. He just hasn’t paid what the BLM thinks he should.

Last week hundreds of supporters (deemed the “militia” by the MSM, “armed anarchists” by others) showed up on the disputed land. Fevers were running high and anything might have happened.  That is, before the news of Harry Reid’s possible connections began to leak. Then, suddenly the Sherriff was able to work out a resolution with Clive, allowing the BLM armored division to back off.

web1_tresspasscattle_040514JL_01_14BLM snipers on BLM helicopter

I’m guessing the hostage negotiations were amicably settled for one of several reasons:

  1. Barry didn’t want to be the second black President with blood on his hands.
  2. Ricky didn’t want to be the first black Attorney General with blood on his hands.
  3. Harry told them to back down, as the subsequent investigation would result in a midterm  bloodbath.