Chaos. Needless escalation on the part of Turkey. And to top off this shit sundae, the SFA says they went ahead and shot the pilots on the way down and, just for good measure, shot an anti tank missile at the rescue helicopter. Animals.
I agree completely with the retired Egyptian General.
Yes, our Commander In Chief, in charge of the U.S. military, is convinced that Climate Change will give him More Power than defending you against people that run slave markets and will rape your daughters, soon.
I often hear, "why do young men from all over join Daesh?" ( ISIS )
It's simple. They are bold. They are heroes. They are following the Koran. They reward fighters with slaves to rape, with brothels of captured girls, and with wealth.
They get the wealth, in part, by shipping oil through Turkey.... who just shot down their Second Russian jet.
A Turkey that just spent millions on a new Presidential Palace, with a Islamist President. Just the kind of thief and would be King Obama likes...
Worldwide Travel Alert Last Updated: November 23, 2015
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.
Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.
U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
Dang, Duc, that's a pretty powerful essay by Mr. Hanson. This'll piss off some of the lefters, but on the chance there are folks who won't follow the link, I'm posting the whole damn thing up here.
This is epic; every paragraph is a home run. Thanks for sharing.
Obama Has Just Begun By Victor Davis Hanson, November 24th, 2015
How much damage can he do in his last year in office? Insidiously and inadvertently, Barack Obama is alienating the people and moving the country to the right. If he keeps it up, by 2017 it will be a reactionary nation. But, counterintuitive as it seems, that is fine with Obama: Après nous le déluge.
By sheer force of his personality, Obama has managed to lose the Democratic Senate and House. State legislatures and governorships are now predominantly Republican. Obama’s own favorable ratings rarely top 45 percent. In his mind, great men, whether Socrates or Jesus, were never appreciated in their time. So it is not surprising that he is not, as he presses full speed ahead.
Obama certainly has doubled down going into his last year, most recently insisting on letting in more refugees from the Middle East, at a time when the children of Middle Eastern immigrants and contemporary migrants are terrorizing Europe. What remaining unpopular executive acts might anger his opponents the most? Close down Guantanamo, let thousands more refugees into the United States, free thousands more felons, snub another ally, flatter another enemy, weigh in on another interracial melodrama, extend amnesty to another million illegal aliens, make global warming laws by fiat, expand Obamacare, unilaterally impose gun control? In lieu of achievement, is the Obama theory to become relevant or noteworthy by offending the public and goading political enemies?
An Obama press conference is now a summation of all his old damn-you clichés — the fantasy strawman arguments; the caricatures of the evil Republican bogeymen; the demagogic litany of the sick, the innocent, and the old at the mercy of his callous opponents; the affected accentuation (e.g., Talîban; Pakîstan, Îslám, Latînos, etc.) that so many autodidacts parade in lieu of learning foreign languages; the make-no-mistake-about-it and let-me-be-clear empty emphatics; the flashing temper tantrums; the mangled sports metaphors; the factual gaffes; and the monotonous I, me, my, and mine first-person-pronoun exhaustion. What Obama cannot do in fact, he believes he can still accomplish through invective and derision.
Getting under his critics’ skin is about all that is left of a failed presidency. In the 2016 election campaigns, most Democratic candidates in swing states will have distanced themselves from the last eight years. Otherwise, they would have to run on the patently false premise that American health care is more affordable and more comprehensive today than it was in 2009; that workforce participation is booming; that scandals are a thing of the past; that the debt has been addressed; that Obama has proved a healer who brought the country together; that immigration at last is ordered, legal, and logical; that the law has never been more respected and honored; that racial relations are calmer than ever; that the campuses are quiet; that the so-called war on terror is now over and won with al-Qaeda and ISIS contained or on the run; that U.S. prestige aboard has never been higher; that our allies appreciate our help and our enemies fear our wrath; that Iran will now not go nuclear; that Israel is secure and assured of our support; and that, thanks to American action, Egypt is stable, Libya is ascendant, Iraq is still consensual, and the Middle East in general is at last quiet after the tumultuous years of George W. Bush.
The hordes of young male migrants abandoning the Middle East for the West are merely analogous to past waves of immigrants and should be uniformly welcome. For Obama, there is no connection between them and his slashing of American involvement in the Middle East — much less any sense of responsibility that his own actions helped produce the crisis he now fobs off on others.
If an American president saw fit to attack fellow Americans from abroad, and lecture them on their illiberality, there are better places from which to take such a low road than from Turkey, the embryo of 20th-century genocide, and a country whose soccer crowds were recently shouting, “Allahu akbar!” during what was supposed to be a moment of silence offered to the Paris dead. Surely an American president might suggest that such grassroots religious triumphalism about mass death is much more reprehensible behavior than are his own fellow citizens’ demands to vet the backgrounds of refugees.
If you suggested to Obama that, in his search for a contrarian legacy, he should do something to stop the slaughter in the Middle East and be careful about letting in more unexamined refugees, in answer, he would be more likely to do less than nothing abroad and vastly expand the influx of migrants. Getting under his critics’ skin is about all that is left of a failed presidency.
Many of our observers still do not quite grasp that Obama will end his presidency by seeking to get his opponents’ goat — and that his resentment will lead to some strange things said and done.
Few foresaw this critical element of the Obama character. The tiny number of prescient pundits who warned what the Obama years would entail were not the supposedly sober and judicious establishment voices, who in fact seemed to be caught up in the hope-and-change euphoria and missed entirely Obama’s petulance and pique: the Evan Thomases (“he’s sort of god”), or the David Brookses (“and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant, and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.” “It is easy to sketch out a scenario in which [Obama] could be a great president.”), or the Chris Matthewses (“the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.”), or the Michael Beschlosses (“Uh. I would say it’s probably — he’s probably the smartest guy ever to become President.”), or the Chris Buckleys (“He has exhibited throughout a ‘first-class temperament,’ pace Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s famous comment about FDR. As for his intellect, well, he’s a Harvard man”), or the Kathleen Parkers (“ . . . with solemn prayers that Obama will govern as the centrist, pragmatic leader he is capable of being”), or the Peggy Noonans (“He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief.”).
Obama feels liberated now that he is free from further elections. He thinks he has a legitimate right to be a bit vindictive and vent his own frustrations and pique. In truth, it was the loud, sometimes shrill, and caricatured voices of talk radio, the so-called crazy Republican House members, and the grassroots loudmouths of what would become the Tea Party who had Obama’s number. They warned early on that Barack Obama’s record was that of a petulant extremist, that his writing presaged that he would borrow and spend like no other president, that his past associations gave warning that he would use his community-organizing skills cynically to divide Americans along racial lines, that nothing in his past had ever suggested anything other than radicalism and an ease with divisive speech, that his votes as a state legislator and as a U.S. senator suggested that he had an instinctual dislike of the entrepreneur and the self-made businessman, and that his past rhetoric advised that he would ignore settled law and instead would rule by fiat — that he would render immigration law null and void, that he would diminish the profile of America abroad, and that he would do all this because he was an ideologue, with no history of bipartisanship but a lot of animus toward his critics, and one who saw no ethical or practical reason to appreciate the more than 60 years of America’s postwar global leadership and the world that it had built. Again, the despised right-wingers were right and the more moderate establishment quite wrong.
Abroad, from Obama’s post-Paris speeches, it is clear that he is now bored with and irritated by the War on Terror. He seems to have believed either that Islamist global terror was a minor distraction with no potential for real harm other than to bring right-wingers in backlash fashion out of the woodwork, or that it was an understandably radical manifestation of what was otherwise a legitimate complaint of Islam against the Western-dominated global system — thus requiring contextualization rather than mindless opposition.
More Barack Obama Obama’s Bad Math on Islamic Terrorism The Obama Style Obama and His Team Dismiss All Concerns About Syrian Refugees A lot of ambitious and dangerous powers are watching Obama assume a fetal position, and may well as a consequence act foolishly and recklessly this next year. Not only Russia, China, and North Korea, but also Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, ISIS, and assorted rogue states may take chances in the next 14 months that they would otherwise never have entertained (given that America is innately strong and they are mostly in comparison far weaker) — on the premise that such adventurism offers tangible advantages without likely negative consequences and that the chance for such opportunities will not present itself again for decades to come.
At home, Obama feels liberated now that he is free from further elections. He thinks he has a legitimate right to be a bit vindictive and vent his own frustrations and pique, heretofore repressed over the last seven years because of the exigencies of Democratic electioneering. Obama can now vent and strike back at his opponents, caricaturing them from abroad, questioning their patriotism, slandering them for sport, and trying to figure out which emblematic executive orders and extra-legal bureaucratic directives will most infuriate them and repay them for their supposed culpability for his failed Ivero possumus presidency.
The more contrarian he becomes, and the more he opposes the wishes of the vast majority of the American people, all the more Obama envisions himself speaking truth to power and becoming iconic of something rather than the reality that he is becoming proof of nothing.
This is what we, The Badweb Brain Trust, have been trying to say for the past 9187 postings on this thread. Like Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Victor Davis Hansen has powerfully written words full of eloquence and reason in mere paragraphs.
Obama is a dangerous animal as we enter the final year of his Animus towards America Tour.
Has just one of you changed your mind about your Messiah? We have been warning about him since 2008. Unlike Chris Matthews, the tingles I have felt have been not been crawling up my leg, but my spine. Obama is a very dangerous Manimal (with regards to HG Wells).
Given the gift of foresight, she also got the curse that no one would believe her. So she got to predict, then watch, horrible event after worse event.
The good news for people living in Washington D.C. is that Vladimir knows better than to nuke D.C. It would be doing us a favor. Like V.D. Hanson, V. Putin has a knowledge of history, and fully realizes that killing our aristocracy would make us much more dangerous, much richer, and much more powerful.
New York, OTOH, is squarely in the cross hairs.
I suppose Kim might be foolish enough to nuke D.C., but he would rather keep getting free food from us. He tells his people that the pallets of food with U.S. flags on them, are tribute from the cowards in Washington.
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 03:57 am:
"Commander in Chief" rips away "military" equipment from police officers.
Because ISIS isn't looking to conduct jihad in your town.
I seem to remember the majority of badwebbers griping about the "militarization" of police force.
I hope you all find yourself on the right side of a gun when Aloha Snackbar decides he's going to bring the teachings of muhamed to your local mall, or movie theater, or church.
Lord knows the police will now be even more unable to come save you.
Do I sound bitter?
I am so tired of losing friends to islam's "teachings". And I'm tired of the assholes sitting in armchairs who decide that we should empower the booger-eaters and tie the hands of people who volunteered to protect their countrymen.
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:18 pm:
So it begs the question why is this treasonous POS still in the white house?
Because the people who installed him don't want him to be gone. The fundamental transformation has progressed quite nicely, but there's still work to do.
In all seriousness, who's gonna stop him? The DOJ is corrupt, and Congress mostly is, too.
The military? I think if that was gonna happen it'd already be old news.
America, as a whole, is still operating under the assumption that we're a functioning Republic.
We're a dictatorship, with copious amounts of Febrize and glitter tossed about via the mainstream media Pravda to mask the smell and make the turd look, well, sparkly!
I ask in all seriousness: Who, at this point, will/would/could do anything about the Traitor in Chief? We have a unique form of government, created at great sacrifice, with built-in safeguards to protect us from the very tyranny we're facing today.
A lot of good it does when the bad guys don't play by the rules, and who control every aspect of the narrative, and who control the ability to eavesdrop to the Nth degree, and who control the means to continue the transformation by force, if necessary.
And it may very well come to that.
We have some good folks in the House and Senate, but not nearly enough; the rest have been corrupted, either with money and fame, or - and I think this is quite likely - in some cases have been "bought" with threats to their health and well-being.
Or, even more likely yet, threats to their family's safety and well-being.
This last one is particularly tough to say no to.
And if ya don't like it, who ya gonna call? The Justice Department? The FBI?? I suppose one could always start an online petition...
Yes, to you and me he is the poster child of FAIL, deservedly so.
However, to the folks who installed him, he's been a raging success, just as they planned.
And to think: We've got (at least) a year of FAIL BOY to go.
Every day, as I catch up on national and global events, I can't help but think the fuse is just about to be lit for real.
As Mr. Hanson stated so eloquently yesterday: We ain't seen nothin' yet.
.. FB1 What do you think of the idea that In order to vote you must...
That's a mighty big can of worms you're asking me to stir, amigo.
I like the general idea that to be eligible to vote you must have skin in the game. I think most Americans would agree with this.
The problem, of course, is deciding exactly what constitutes "skin" in this case.
The second problem, arguably bigger than the first, is that the people who definitely do NOT have skin in the game, regardless of how you ultimately define it, will, um, probably be very unhappy about the sudden cancellation of their voting rights.
Consider that states who have, or have tried to, implement something as simple and common sense as requiring proper identification in order to cast a ballot have been crushed by the full weight of the DOJ. Can't ask people to prove who they are, doncha know, 'cause that's racist or something.
I can easily see rioting like this country has never seen if the subject of "No Skin, No Vote" was even mentioned by a prominent politico, much less implemented.
We have something like 50 years of entitlement mentality very carefully and deliberately bred into the fabric of our nation. These are the folks who vote Democrat; they are not going to unplug from the teat without a fight, nor are the Democrats (and corrupt Republicans) going to give up their constituency so easily - the "No Skinners" are the ones keeping them in power, just as LBJ predicted a half-century ago.
So, yeah, in theory I'm all for the idea. Ain't never gonna happen; that particular cat is already well outta the bag.
That's a mighty big can of worms you're asking me to stir, amigo. : ) is there any other kind?
Todd662>WOW< If you have a comment please feel free, I wondered how others whom were like minded would react to the idea.
In grand-dads time men like bernie sanders were shunned and arrested as subversives. now he is main stream with ideas proven to wreak havoc on whats left of the economy and finish destroying it. IMO men like sanders were described by lennin and stallin as "Useful Idiots" sanders, clinton, and obama fit the bill. In the o' case it is deliberate destruction of the institutions on our nation. } and also IMO his actions are treason. ( giving aid and comfort to enemy combatants.
The reason is conflict of interest. It's expected and required that government officials recuse themselves from decisions that could benefit them. Why shouldn't voters be under the same kind of obligation?
I still like Carly's challenge to Obama, Clinton & Sanders to watch the video of born babies being manipulated for better organ harvesting. Even if you accept the 1st & 2nd trimester abortions, how can 3rd trimester abortions be condoned? As usual, the Dems are pandering to the irresponsible by giving them free stuff.