Awesomeness! Michael Tanner put in writing what I’ve been thinking.My friends are po’d at Boehner and McConnell. Cussing this, kicking that, but here’s the deal someone needs to look at the long game. Republicans will always lose these short games of chicken. Always. The press is not on their side and those are the people with the narrative.
Washington is sooooooooo complex it gives the press full leeway to explain things as simply as possible.
“OMG – DHS is going to be unfunded because Republicans don’t want to fund Obama’s latest immigration plan!!!!”
But two things….
1) from Michael Tanner – we should be defunding DHS and getting rid of the whole thing. How best to do that? I don’t have a clue, but theoretically those in charge could if they considered it.
2) How on earth can there be in this budget a big piece to be unfunded to NOT deport illegals immigrants? That doesn’t make even a little sense, yet that’s how it’s presented. I suspect if the presentation was more about creating a new bureaucracy to fund new green cards and pass out refunds and past due relief checks the argument has a chance.
If you can’t do that, you cannot win, so let it go.
Instead, start trying to change the narrative. Not about cutting taxes for the rich but reducing the size of government.
We are out of the picture. We have at the very least 2 more years in this spot. 2 years where Egypt, Israel, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, etc, etc, etc all will need to increase their military sizes and their information gathering abilities. At the end of that time we will live in a world of mutually assured destruction once again.
I believe in the future of mankind, but these moments are telling and right now it’s telling all other countries that the US is no longer a leader of the free world and that if they intend to protect themselves they will need to do so for themselves. We are not to be counted on.
Kudos to Jordan. May they continue toward the path of freedom.
Kudos to Egypt. I would not have thought that protecting/avenging her Christians was a step she would take. Yet they did.
Kudos to the Kurds who won back Kobani (with air support).
And frankly lets give credit where credit is due. Iraqi militias need help from somewhere and if Iran will give it, then kudos to them for taking a step in the direction that may lead to the defeat of ISIS who needs to be ended once and for all.
Obama believes that climate change is the biggest threat to the world. He doesn’t treat ISIS as a threat and in some ways he’s correct. We CAN wipe them off the map. But we won’t. And so the threat remains. Directly to Longmont? Probably not. But to the entire wobble of the planet. Everything is changing now and we need to get used to it.
From Jonah Goldberg of the National Review….I would say “read the whole thing” because his writing is enjoyable, but what Obama said yesterday was so stupid and insulting I see no reason to bother getting worked up by reading further about why it was so stupid and insulting. But, again – read it because he’s a great writer and deserves all the support he can get.
We are all descended from cavemen who broke the skulls of their enemies with rocks for fun or profit. But that hardly mitigates the crimes of a man who does the same thing today. I see no problem judging the behavior of the Islamic State and its apologists from the vantage point of the West’s high horse, because we’ve earned the right to sit in that saddle.
Susan Sarandon, Olivia Wilde and Edward Norton are among the more than 90 entertainers urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to throw her hat in the 2016 presidential race.
The group — which also includes Mark Ruffalo, Natasha Lyonne, Julia Stiles, and “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon – penned an open letter this week to the Massachusetts Democrat, pushing her to make a White House bid.
Update: NCUA spokesman John Fairbanks denied that Operation Choke Point factored into the decision to close Shuetz’s bank account.
“NCUA cannot comment on specifics of any matter involving credit union supervision,” Fairbanks said. “NCUA does not have a policy specific to any business, nor do we instruct a credit union about what individuals or businesses it can serve. The decision to open, close or decline an individual or business account generally lies with the credit union. As the provider of insurance coverage for the accounts of nearly 100 million members in 6,500 credit unions, NCUA requires all those credit unions to evaluate risks posed by accounts and maintain the necessary capacity to effectively manage those risks.”
“So they came in, looked at our books, looked at everything and said “here are some accounts that we feel that we’re going to regulate you on,’” the manager explained, adding “so they kind of put the screws to us as far as what we could and couldn’t do.”
What would you? Are you being forced? Is there a gun to your head? That quote from the NCUA is bullpucky.
Why do people choose to hang out on porches vs starting a business they are interested in? It doesn’t matter what business you start, by starting one you will be doing something illegal, or something that could cause a dozen feds to scrutinize you. Seriously. You’re 19, you have no outside resources, you want to start a basketball camp for the kids in the hood. No can do. Who knows how many forms you will miss filing or due dates you’ll be late on. Far better just to play basketball then to try and make money at it.
Got lost in a tangent there….this is about a Federal Government Operation. Operation Chokepoint to close down gun shops. Gun shops are a business, they are bound to a billion regulations as are their banks and their insurers etc. If the Federal Government wants you to close. You will.
I am sick of hearing about the Paris “Peace” march or “Unity” rally or whatever the lame MSM deems to call it at any particular time. It was not an act of bravery, a show of lack of fear, of standing up to terrorism.
Nope. Not at all. No, sir.
It was a very typical, in fact, an extremely typical leftist/progressive/narcissist manifestation akin to so many others we have seen over the years. It was replete with the usual trademarks of progressivism: prancing and preening; empty slogans and rhetoric; and equally empty gestures and cartoonish props, e.g., giant pencils, rakishly worn bandanas, silly make-up, etc. It was a manifestation on steroids by people who would put lame bumper stickers such as the one below on a PRIUS. [picture the standard coexist sticker]
It was also a show by spoiled brats who forget that they have the freedoms they have thanks to 18- and 19-year-old kids willing to pick up a gun and go to war in far off lands against the monsters threatening our homes and families. Continental Europe, especially, has been living in a bubble of safety and security provided by British and American young men. When that bubble gets pierced, the spirit of Petain returns.
My tiny little itty bitty protest and empty gesture in an attempt to prove I’m not lame. LOL
I am of course as lame as anyone, but I do appreciate those out there picking up guns to deal with this. Including those in Nigeria who desperately need our help. France has the means and can deal themselves. Can we work on Boko Haram at all? Or are we done? At this point Diplomad is right, we have no president so I suspect we’re done for now. May God keep this country upright until we can correct ourselves. See next post.
Bottom line, “freedom” for Tanya means you are free to say and express only what she seems to think it’s ok to say and express. [tangent: Looking at the art work mentioned, I would have assumed it was an antiracist expression of outrage regarding the KKK, not proKKK art]
Liberty includes the liberty to do things that other people don’t like.
Liberty also includes the responsibility of culture to shame those who are using their liberty to do things that other people don’t like. Since shame is no longer allowed, we end up with all the laws.
What’s the latest…..manspreading. Ok – it’s not at the law level yet, but we’ll see. Certainly NYC is working on outlawing the overweight.
Instead of killing people, perhaps Muslim whack jobs should explain peaceably even loudly and obnoxiously why Muhammad was so great. As Rand Paul says….“We could try Freedom for a While”. (ht Maggie’s farm again) In regards to free speech, I think it’s worked out pretty well here in this country.