August 7th, 2013
By Barry Secrest
As with virtually most Conservatives, we always enjoy reading what Charles Krauthammer has to say and in his most recent opinion, we were not disappointed-- but with wild reservations to put it mildly, as is more and more frequently the case these days, with many Conservatives.
Indeed, while the President has boldly if not haphazardly sent America spinning off into areas that it was never designed to function within, the moderate GOP intelligentsia seem to continually be playing by another set of rules altogether than the Obama regime's take-no-prisoners approach to governing.
Krauthammer, especially to this writer in particular, exemplifies the moderate "run with the herd" approach that has worked about as well as trying to "milk teats on a boar hog," at this point in America's bifurcating decline. His column titled "How Fractured is the GOP" seems to answer its own question and in spades, to which we can only reply.... let us count the ways, Mr. Krauthammer, just let us count the ways....
They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a... Fop
With regard to the current day GOP and in retrospect, the current political environment-- its akin to pitting a bunch of prudish fops whose manicured nails have never seen a week without polish ( the GOP) against a band of armed and dangerous street fighting thugs-- in the dark--and with night vision goggles, to boot (The Obama Regime) --while also trying to save a stranded kitten from its loftily precarious perch, in a buttonwood tree....Dare I venture which issue the GOP Foppery tries to resolve first?
You see, while Obama appears to be "breaking up" with regard to his well overdue re-entry into Earth's still present atmosphere (although some climate change news accounts may differ) his autocratic team now finds an America both scorched and scarred from the excessive Left-Wing thuggery of Obama's own leadership. This, even while we have a US Congress and America so divided and split asunder, that not even Atlas himself could heave the widened chasm of ideological schism back together.
While the Republican Party's estranged Base has been and is continually being targeted by the IRS to this day at the direction of directly appointed Obama officials, we have congressional Republicans sitting in elegantly refined board rooms playing an extra-hard game of footsie with Obama's dually appointed Left-wing apparatchiks. That not being quite enough, we also have thousands of pages of blacked-out emails and documents being officially sent to congressional IRS hearing attendees with barely even a squeak of protest from the remaining Republican foppery.
Our GOP Party, these days, unfortunately seems more eager to hit the congressional spa than to deal with those dreadfully boring hearings that require some delirious modicum of eye-straining attention.
However, that's not even the tip of the iceberg as the Benghazi revelations keep pouring in, now, under CNN revelations. We have a congress barely squirming at the notion of reining in continual NSA overreaching, blatant journalistic targeting by the White House, which is unlawful by the way in case anyone forgot, and even Obama's unlawfully disobeying his own law with regard to the implementation of the Obamacare train wreck. It just goes on and on and on, ad nauseum. Nixon must be squirming furiously in his grave, at this point and for good reason.
The Battle for America
So, what exactly does Charles Krauthammer have to say about all of this? Glad you asked. He begins below:
A combination of early presidential maneuvering and internal policy debate is feeding yet another iteration of that media perennial: the great Republican crackup. This time it’s tea party insurgents vs. get-along establishment fogies fighting principally over two things: (a) national security and (b) Obamacare.
(a) National security
As if Mr. Krauthammer is above it all?
Excuse me Sir Charles, just for a moment, but you have been pretty much right in line with what you call "those old fogies" as best we can tell, while admittedly, I've been in line with "the insurgents," as you like to call us, or should I be even more clear and use the term" The people that saved your moderate GOP's flagging ass?"--(Er..is that a bit strong, do you think?)
So, do tell us why, Mr. Krauthammer, I'll keep a check-list tally:
Gov. Chris Christie recently challenged Sen. Rand Paul over his opposition to the National Security Agency (NSA) metadata program. Paul has also tangled with Sen. John McCain and other internationalists over drone warfare, democracy promotion and, more generally, intervention abroad.
-Hmm... so, Krauthammer sort of likes Gov. Chris Christie, while I was probably one of the first of the Tea Party types to raise hell at Christie's brutish treatment of anyone that disagrees with him, and long before Hurricane Sandy came around, placing Krauthammer squarely with the GOP "Old fogies" group and myself clearly with the "Insurgents" on this point (Check)
Rasmussen Reports: Christie is Candidate GOP Voter Want Least
-On the NSA, an earlier quote from Krauthammer: " I'm not at all upset by what was revealed today about the phone program. It is meta information. And you get 'a', you have to go to a judge. 'B,' it's sifted by a computer looking for patterns. It's data mining. If it finds a pattern it has to go see a judge again and look into it individually. And that I think is reasonable. " (Check)
-On the NSA, I and many, many, others don't exactly appreciate either myself or other innocents being constantly eavesdropped upon by Big Brother while the actual terrorists are blowing up things like the Boston Marathon and World Trade Center, each ostensibly ignored despite warnings....so (Check) here as well.
-As to the drone program, wanton if not indeterminate killing of Americans (their children) or anyone else abroad who "might" be a terrorist no matter whom else is blown up, is not exactly my idea of Democracy at work and as it regards McCain, the Senator seems now to be more vigorously against the liberty movement in America, than Obama himself, so, no--unlike "the old fogies" I am definitely a part of Krauthammer's "insurgency" once again, at least as he defines it. Krauthammer, more or less, supports the drone program, by the way, "fogies" once again for him. (Check)
Scorecard: Krauthammer with the Fogies 100% and we "Tea Party Insurgent types" remain fully in opposition (Checkmate)
Krauthammer makes his next point:
So what else is new? The return of the most venerable strain of conservative foreign policy — isolationism — was utterly predictable. Isolationists dominated the party until Pearl Harbor and then acquiesced to an activist internationalism during the Cold War because of a fierce detestation of communism.
-I suppose that's one way to put it, Charles, but that might be the wrong way, as well.
It's not isolation we insurgents seek, but doesn't it defy common sense to knock one dictator down, while forfeiting the precarious balance between nations, only for another dictator or theocracy to pop up in his place? How many soldiers' lives did we painfully waste on Iraq? How much treasure did we piddle away only to see a civil war breakout after the "O" team pulled the plug on our decade-long efforts?
What did we get from Krauthammers avowed "nation-building exercise?"
With communism gone, the conservative coalition should have fractured long ago. This was delayed by Sept. 11 and the rise of radical Islam. But now, 12 years into that era — after Afghanistan and Iraq, after drone wars and the NSA revelations — the natural tension between isolationist and internationalist tendencies has resurfaced.
-Communism gone? It seems to be alive and most well in America, it also seems that Krauthammer hasn't been paying close attention. But I must, regrettably, call Foul! Notice, now, how Krauthammer supplies a supposition, at first, that the Conservatives are isolationists, which is not at all true, by the way, only to transform his initial supposition into a falsely accepted untruth parlayed as fact. Now, instead of calling us the "insurgents," as if that isn't bad enough already, Krauthammer has turned the entire Conservative wing of the party into isolationists, while calling the moderate GOP "the internationalists." Which label do you think looks best on your lapel?
Methinks Mr. Krauthammer has a bit of an agenda that he's not telling us about. Now, who else did that in the recent past...hmmm...his name just barely escapes me...
In fact, thus far, Krauthammer seems clearly above it all while obviously towing the line for the "Fogies" --even while stealthily attacking the Conservatives and the Tea Party. My oh my...are you noticing what I'm noticing? Who else always sets himself upwards and apart from the political roiling while clearly being the one who actually started the roiling in the first place?
But now, Krauthammer goes deeper still while subtly altering his argument, almost as a sort of belated, "oops" --better back this truck up just a little. Watch closely:
In fact, both parties are internally split on domestic surveillance, as reflected in the very close recent House vote on curbing the NSA.
-True enough, but Krauthammer fails to note where each sub-ideological strain ends up, for instance, the Conservatives of the Republican Party in essence, have joined with the Liberals, while the Progressives of both parties have joined together at least as it regards unlawful surveillance by the US. Indeed, this major point tells us in essence, who're the Progressives within each party respectively, while neatly dividing out those who're not necessarily being used as the idiot- tools of the statist- extremists within our government.
Krauthammer: This is not civil war. It’s a healthy debate that helps recalibrate the delicate line between safety and security as conditions (threat level and surveillance technology, for example) change. The more fundamental GOP divide is over foreign aid and other manifestations of our role as the world’s leading power. The Paulites, pining for the splendid isolation of the 19th century, want to leave the world alone on the assumption that it will then leave us alone.
Now, who said anything about a civil war? But once again, Krauthammer assumes there is something healthy about the sacrificing of our liberties for the sake of false security. The Boston bombing proved that particular lie to be nothing if not an artificed illusion of the epic sort .
The Paulites, while exhibiting certain almost natal sensibilities with regard to foreign policy, still deserve seats at the table, especially if we stop to consider that the Progressives and the Liberals seem to rather laughably dominate the available seats, at least at present.
Krauthammer: Which (isolationism) rests on the further assumption that international stability — open sea lanes, free commerce, relative tranquillity — comes naturally, like the air we breathe. If only that were true. Unfortunately, stability is not a matter of grace. It comes about only by Great Power exertion.
Here Krauthammer and I diverge yet again, you see, it's not the "exertion of great power" that brings about the acceptance of US policy, but rather, it's "the existence of great power along with the wherewithal to use it if need be" that does the trick.
Krauthammer: In the 19th century, that meant the British navy, behind whose protection the United States thrived. Today, alas, Britannia rules no waves. World order is maintained by American power and American will. Take that away and you don’t get tranquillity. You get chaos.
Er...in case you hadn't noticed, Mr. Krauthammer, I think I may have a little secret for you. The world, in fact, is already in chaos, and it's a chaos that was brought about largely by the continuance of certain Bush foreign policies. Pretty much everyone agrees, those specific policies have been continued by Obama. Now, need I carefully point out that the chaos which exists in the world was brought about by the machinations of the moderates within both parties and then doubled down by the Progressive Extremists within both factions of the party, post-Bush?
Krauthammer: That (Nation building) is the Christie-McCain position. They figure that the country doesn’t need two parties of retreat. Paul’s views, more measured and moderate than his fringy father’s, are still in the minority among conservatives, but gathering strength. Which is why Christie’s stroke — defending and thus seizing the party’s more traditional internationalist consensus — was a signal moment in the run-up to the 2016 campaign. The battle lines are drawn.
Umm....Not exactly, Krauthammer is getting way too far ahead of himself, at this point, while assuming facts that simply aren't in existence. First, Krauthammer rather blatantly assumes that Christie will be one of the Republican nominees. In this regard and in fact, that position doesn't pass the stink test, quite frankly. Christie has so far both distanced and alienated himself from the GOP base, at this point, that most of us living out here in the real world no longer take the fat man very seriously at all, at least not as a Conservative.
Now, Krauthammer may have a point if we see an alignment of Christie as the Democrat nominee squaring off either against Paul or Cruz, for President. No one in the base can even look at Christie for any length of time without snorting in abject disgust at his pandering to the liberal media and its acolytes...while holding hands with El Magnifico.
Krauthammer now moves on to his next major point: (b) Obamacare
The other battle is about defunding Obamacare. Led by Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, the GOP insurgents are threatening to shut down the government on Oct. 1 if the stopgap funding bill contains money for Obamacare.
Here we go with the disingenuous "insurgent" language again. What if I told you, Krauthammer, that Mike Lee and Ted Cruz represent the new GOP of the old Reagan years? What if I told you that the old "fogies," as you seem to now call yourselves, represent the failings of the GOP in general, which is nothing if not a centrist approach to Progressive statism at its most refined? What if I told you that Krauthammer has slid so far back to the Left, along with the GOP Moderates, because of the stark ways that both the media and the Obama Regime have skewed the truth, especially as it regards the birthright of our Constitutional Republic?
What it I told you that I have no doubt that Krauthammer is partially wrong in probably most of these tepid assertions simply because his vision is so terribly skewed by inner beltway apathy?
Krauthammer: This (the defunding of Obamacare) is nuts. The president will never sign a bill defunding the singular achievement of his presidency. Especially when he has control of the Senate. Especially when, though a narrow 51 percent majority of Americans disapproves of Obamacare, only 36 percent favors repeal. President Obama so knows he’ll win any shutdown showdown that he’s practically goading the Republicans into trying.
Why not let them try? How many times have we true Conservatives been correct, in the past five years, and the Krauthammer Republicans, wrong, time after time after time? Indeed, Krauthammer doesn't like Obamacare anymore than we true Conservatives; however, Krauthammer is not willing to stand on his own principles due to "how it might appear" to the media and, by default, public perception. Which pig is trying to wear the lipstick now, Mr. Krauthammer? Who is refusing to stand on principle because of public perception? Truly, is that your only worry as the Obama Regime continues its burn back into Earth's fiery atmosphere?
"History has always gone to the Bold," Mr. Krauthammer, certainly not the timid.
Krauthammer: Never make a threat on which you are not prepared to deliver. Every fiscal showdown has redounded against the Republicans. The first, in 1995, effectively marked the end of the Gingrich revolution. The latest, last December, led to a last-minute Republican cave that humiliated the GOP and did nothing to stop the tax hike it so strongly opposed.
Indeed, a cave in, which, I might add, you and a large number of other "Conservative Media Professionals" were a part of, Mr. Krauthammer. This, even while I, and many others in our camp, repeatedly asserted that we must hold on principle or die in the vacuum of tepidity--it wasn't we that died, Mr. Krauthammer, it was you and your lukewarm club members, good sir, who seem to misplay virtually every hand you've been dealt, while being governed by fear and the sallow palor of statism's infection.
Krauthammer: Those who fancy themselves tea party patriots fighting a sold-out cocktail-swilling establishment are demanding yet another cliff dive as a show of principle and manliness. But there’s no principle at stake here. This is about tactics. If I thought this would work, I would support it. But I don’t fancy suicide. It has a tendency to be fatal.
To be certain, suicide is bad; however, political gendercide is even far worse as you of the beltway continue to tactfully demonize your own base and then slay them when the time is right, typically just before election time. By the way, how far have you gotten with that particular mind-numbed set of un-values, Mr. Krauthammer?
The GOP, by your own admonition, lies fractured even while it seems to hold to the inestimable fictions that you continue to perpetrate. You, Mr. Krauthammer, seem to think that Constitutional principles within the modern day are no longer worthy of sublime effort, when in fact, you detail the obscene vagaries of the Republican Party's demise quite unwittingly in the process.
Krauthammer: As for manliness, the real question here is sanity. Nothing could better revive the fortunes of a failing, flailing, fading Democratic administration than a government shutdown where the president is portrayed as standing up to the GOP on honoring our debts and paying our soldiers in the field.
Manliness? Is this what you now call principle, Krauthammer? Manliness? How can a party that makes up slightly over one half of one third of the US government be construed by the public as a bully, Mr. Krauthammer? Especially in the face of the ever-present bullying that the Obama Regime has perpetrated, not only on the the American people but also the entire world at this point?
No one truly cares for Obamacare, installed and authored by the President. No one truly cares for the NSA's overreaching into every American's home, homogenized by the President. No one truly likes, at all, what happened in Benghazi, and even more do not care at all how the supreme bully in chief, Mr. Obama, responded to the ensuing cacophony of questions by calling them "phony scandals."
Krauthammer: How many times must we learn the lesson? You can’t govern from one house of Congress. You need to win back the Senate and then the presidency. Shutting down the government is the worst possible way to get there. Indeed, it’s Obama’s fondest hope for a Democratic recovery.
How many times must we learn which lesson, Sir Charles? True, you can't govern from Congress but then, there's the other lesson, that being how is it that a President governing outside of both Congress and the law, not to mention the US Constitution, is somehow acceptable to you people within the moderate base? We keep seeing your collective mouthing of protestation and yet when the time comes to stand in collective defiance of tyranny and deliver, you cravenly pivot and cowardly attack your own.
The truest lesson is that which the GOP consistently fails to learn, and it's the bellwether of all lessons: The 2012 election saw over 3 million less Republican votes than the 2008 election because of mindsets such as yours, which seem to despise your own political origins and to absolute folly, I might add.
So, how many times must we learn this particularly fatal lesson, Mr. Krauthammer?
Which brings us to the penultimate question of who are the actual insurgents within the Conservative movement if not America itself? I would submit that the defining of an insurgent must be predicated by the actual definition:
in·sur·gent (n-sûrjnt)1. Rising in revolt against established authority, especially a government. 2. Rebelling against the leadership of a political party. One who is insurgent.
The actual problem, as I see it, is one of where our respective allegiances lie and across a multitude of principled fronts.
Krauthammer speaks of an insurgency against his own "my precious" Republican Party.
Our arguments are predicated, not on Party, but on the US and our nation taken as a whole. The true established authority in America is "We The People." It is a basic precept set down in our charters of freedom and a thing that the GOP intelligentsia consistently forget, nevermind the entire political left.
The government's authority flows from the will of the people as prefaced by the Constitution, certainly not from the grace of our elected politicians.
The current State of Fear in America seems nascent to our government's insistent overreach and its consistent governance against the will of the people. In effect, our government itself is the true insurgent and it's rebelling against the leadership of the people's sovereign authority in the interest of artificed necessity.
So, there indeed, is your emerged insurgency, Mr. Krauthammer. Krauthammer worries and diverts over petty party politics while Rome yet burns, and herein lies the truest problem within both the GOP and the Democratic party, respectively.
Why not actually look at the much bigger picture, at least from time to time, while there is yet time?
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves
July 30th, 2013
By Barry Secrest
Isn't is simply fascinating how many so-called "Democratic" governments seem to be turning their defensive postures away from external military threats and inwards towards what they consider to be "Domestic" or internal threats?
In America, as our military continually shrinks, we also appear to be seeing our domestic police forces turn into what many increasingly consider to be para-military SWAT forces. Oh, and this is not just another one of those "Right-Wing" conspiracy rumors, but in truth it is an actual documented fact. This phenomenon is not restrained only to the land of the free, either, but rather this seems to be percolating worldwide. Take the Libyan "police effort" for instance. Did not anyone else find it strange that neither France nor Great Britain had the military wherewithal to handle that one rather diminutive country's tyrant, without America having to come in to provide both air and logistical support?
"Need a few cruise missiles lobbed? No problemo, we can handle that for you...wait, would you like fries with that?"
Some few of us thought that particular fact rather strange...and yet European nations have grown so delightfully comfortable under America's defensive umbrella, that they assume the state of all things will remain that way from now on, despite all historical evidence to the contrary.
Well, on the other hand we do have to support that military-industrial complex, so, why not fight right here at home? Forget stay-at-home-vacations now we can have stay-at-home-wars. Is that the actual connection? Or, do they, within our respective governments, know something that we don't, or, Is it that "we" of the jaundiced eye have been right all along?
Case in point is a very popular article written by an Englishman "extraordinaire," who appears to be lamenting the excessive costs of (4) yes, count them FOUR measly Trident Ballistic Missile Submarines. This fine fellow, who was rather ironically born just before Hitler began his rampage across Europe, seems to think everything all quite peachy on the national defensive front, so much so, that the Brits should simply eliminate their undersea ballistic missile force, altogether.
Yeah....leave it the nauseatingly Progressive Liberal arm of British politics to come up with yet another "grand idea on UK military national defensive measures," which may prove to be as brilliant as many much earlier Labour ideas.
For instance, the Brits' instituting of socialized medicine on a scale so spectacular that a trip to the hospital rivals things like "being held up in a 7-11 at gunpoint" or even " trusting Hitler to stay good at his word" when signing peace treaties, leaves many of us scratching our heads at an otherwise savvy people, generally speaking.
This latest from journalist John Prescott of the UK Mirror, a 'labour-Union hero' known for his signing of the well beyond useless "Kyoto Protocols" and who earned his BSc degree, which ostensibly stands for "Bull-Shit-cum laud" honors, from University Hull, a school apparently regarded for its scrupulous attention towards curing nettlesome college hangovers, but also located next to the much vaunted "British School of Mixed Martial Arts" (I kid you not).
To begin, "Lord" Prescott states this:
To replace our Trident defence system is going to cost at least £25billion.
Lib Dem Coalition ministers recently published a review to look at cheaper alternatives.
It showed that a smaller replacement for the present Trident submarine fleet would not be massively cheaper. According to the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, it would only save £60million a year or £1.5billion over 25 years.
Alternative nuclear options on land, ship or aircraft were also found to be less effective – and would actually cost more.
Cheaper alternatives? You mean like the state of the art "Mattel multiple-launch Nerf Styrofoam Missile System," Prescott?
So, as we can see Lord Prescott is ruminating over how to scrap what is still one of the best, if not the absolute best, national deterrent defense platforms available, which is the relatively inexpensive British undersea ballistic missile submarine force.
The Government claims that to keep a Continuous At Sea Deterrence (CASD), with at least one nuclear sub at sea 24 hours a day, we need four submarines.
In the review, Lib Dem Danny Alexander argued we could reduce it to three.
The decision to replace Trident has to be made by 2020, although work on designs for the new subs is already underway and costing us many millions.
The question is whether we still need the round-the-clock deterrent brought in for the Cold War 60 years ago. These days Russia is more likely to cut off our gas supply than launch a nuclear attack.
Right indeed, why should 'round the clock protection' be needed when everybody knows of the international need to stop here and there, at the very least, for a goodly measure of tea and crumpets. Jolly good my good man, a brilliant defensive mind, to be certain. We so could have used you back during our Revolutionary war days, Mr. Prescott; that fearfully icy trip across the Delaware was simply dreadful for everyone involved.
But, already we can see the beyond maddening "static logic" flaw, also exhibited by Supreme Leader Obama here in the US. Indeed Er-Lord Prescott believes that because no current state of national conflict to the UK is being exhibited now, in this relatively diminutive slice of time since the ending of the Soviet cold war, that paradigm will inevitably continue from now on.
He's thinking that the Brit's burgeoning police state, which began ratcheting into place about ten years ago, will do just smashingly if something untoward occurs in or about the channel, and he'd be wrong.
From 2005: Britain 'sliding into police state'
Not a thing you should hang your dull and rusty sword on, for any length of time there, Mr. Prescott, if I might be so bold. Thinking that a strong defensive posture is no longer needed because all is quiet and peaceful is the very thing that more often than not causes wars, but only after that particular posture is tossed aside.
Oh, do read on, please.
Labour’s defence spokesman Jim Murphy says it is current Labour policy to maintain CASD with four submarines. Ed Miliband says the party will debate this decision. Good. Let’s start by defining the enemy.
Those who argue for it say the Trident fleet was a deterrent against the Soviet Union in the Cold War.
They also argue that North Korea and Iran could be a threat because they have the bomb, although they seem to forget that Pakistan, India and Israel have it, too.
Presumably, they are seen as the “goodies”.
I seem to remember Iraq was once seen that way, too.
Perhaps we should understand that North Korea and Iran have learnt that having nuclear weapons is actually about holding power and recognition in an international community and justifying it in the name of deterrence – or to stop the West attacking them.
Hello, Mr. Prescott? Might want to step out of the street... anyway, I'm sorry however, I am still searching for the source evidence, perhaps somewhere on this page?
It's a given, Prescott clearly goes out of his way in writing an unusually vacuous grouping of sentences located just above. Iran does not have a weapon as of yet, "oh ye of the daffy Royal Brit-Snit class," nor does North Korea have much of an ability for delivering their payloads accurately via ballistics, at least not yet.
But...that can and probably will change.
And if Prescott thinks that the Pakistanis' and the Indians have withheld their launchings out of good and needful brotherly love, then Prescott is even more innocuously spastic than he seems in writing.
It's called "nuclear standoff," pinhead, and although there may be many better ways of preventing attack in the future, no one has come up with a more original solution, short of a stratospheric EMP blast, at least not yet.
Prescott bloviates further:
The nuclear non-proliferation treaty was designed when there were four nuclear nations who wanted to stop other countries getting the bomb.
The challenge now is to reduce nuclear weapons. Britain could make a major step towards disarmament if we were to drop our commitment to having a CASD and not replace Trident.
My worry is that costs will continue to soar. Replacing aircraft carriers was meant to cost £3.5billion but it has doubled to £7billion.
Really? "The challenge is to disarm while other enemy states are arming" --Hmm... so, in other words, Er-Lord Prescott wants the US to extend its $ 650 billion nuclear umbrella completely over the UK so that they can save a few billion for what, exactly?
So that you all will have more time for cricket, badminton and civilian tear gas?
Sorry, but we of the 'pitchfork and torch class' here in the good ole' US of A, are getting just a little tired of providing you fine folks a defense so that your Lords and Leapers can stick it to the Proletariat class, whenever you get the itch.
I mean, dang, you've already taken everybody's firearms, for heaven's sake, now you want to do away with your few remaining nuclear missiles, too? You guys, I mean, hey! You better hope nothing happens to America and in case you haven't looked over here lately, things are not going so great right now....Nor, do any of us think that having a "kipper behind every blade of grass" is going to help you people very much, especially if some hostile nation decides to come aggressively knocking.
The history of Europe and war, over the last several thousand years, has not been so terribly...pristine, as they say. Isn't it just a bit shy of haughty to believe that several thousand years of history has changed, completely, over only the last 60 years?
Gee I wonder if they felt that way ...oh, say seventy five years ago when technology and higher learning was "cutting edge" at least for the time, then too? Folks, every age is always technologically superior to the prior age before that....good grief.
Clearly, in this period of austerity, which will last until well after the next election, along with struggling economic growth, health, welfare and public services, we’ve got to set our priorities.
Yeah, see what that Socialist, Hope and changey thing finally gets ya, America?
I believe we should be bold and take the lead.
Er, I don't think the words "Bold and Disarming" go together very well, there, Mr. Prescott. Kind of like saying "Bravely surrendering" if you get my drift.
Of course, the US won’t like it but the Scottish Government would – they don’t want Trident based in their country, as it is now.
Yeah, those Scottish Highlanders are historically known for their complete and total disdain of physical violence and war.... (?)
Oh, nooooo (in Andy Griffin voice), we think that's just fine for you good folks over there to go right ahead and disarm, and then you can eat fried kippers and baked beans from now on, too. I mean truly, we have so many problems of our own right now, But ya'll might be just a bit misguided about that thar Obama Regime and its stance on overzealously defendin' all thangs British, I'm just sayin'....remember, Il Barack El Magnifico Obama didn't send ya'll's Winston Churchill bust back just for a spit and polish, ya know.
So let’s have a proper and informed debate, not one dominated by straw man defence priorities and lobbying from retired defence chiefs and political hawks.
The £25billion cost of Trident is exactly the same amount as the projected black hole in NHS funding by 2020.
I say we scrap Trident for good, stop being the world’s policeman and spend that money protecting the health of the nation.
Great Britain as the world's policeman with four nuke subs, an aircraft carrier with a skateboard ramp, and about 35 other ships... seriously? Maybe 75 years ago......
Look Sir Dude, last time I checked, you guys had trouble retaking Gilligan's Island, and that was when you had twice the warships. You folks might want to take a look at dropping the economy killing Marxist doctrine, get back to Capitalism, and start truly thinking about the future while you yet have time.
Most island nations have, historically, fared quite pitifully without any sort of deterrent naval fleet over time, especially when you stop to consider that the US Coast Guard, for God's sake, has at least ten times the number of UK Navy warships. Those Trident subs are probably worth a great deal more than Lord Prescott is letting on, and that's my kindest Southern-American way of putting it nicely, not to mention the fact that a domestic police force will work out about as well as chicken-poop on a pump handle, if things start heating up in the Euro-war zone....again.
But ain't that just funny? Bless his heart....that national health insurance problem just won't go away, now will it?
July 23rd, 2013
By Barry Secrest
The President and his faithful troupe of media stenographers first leveled their condemnatory mob-glance towards private citizen George Zimmerman only shortly after learning of Trayvon Martin's tragic death on February 26, 2012.
A little over one year later the term "Neighborhood Watch" would never be viewed quite the same....nor race relations in America, for that matter.
Homeland Security's much vaunted "see something, say something, white terrorists wearing hoodies" campaign, had now been replaced with our government's shiny brand new "see something, rant racist" witch hunt.
The diminutive White Supremacist movement predictably set to salivating along with virtually every militant black group in existence, each coming up both in arms if not hazily discernible rhetoric.
All of this despite the eleven thousand "black death murders," including young children, in the form of "black auto-genocide" more often referred to as "black on black" crime, running rampant in America's urban centers-- and those numbers only since the day of Trayvon's death.
But, somehow, that's just not the same....especially to the outraged race-baiters as the motto-spinning machines creaked into overdrive.
Feral-leering Anarchic Separatists of virtually every race had now begun rejoicing, a vein of latent racist black gold had been struck, and up through the ground it came, the bubbling crude would be refined into all sorts of mantras and rejoinders again and yet again, and right up until election day and even beyond that.
The Department of Retributional Justice
The retributional government entity euphemistically titled now as the DOJ had its work cut out for it. You see, the 2014 election is only just now coming into fruition, the seeds to be planted within the field of voter retribution must be readied, its ill-hallowed ground fertilized with the spoor of artificed outrage and fallowed at least for a season, the children of the scorn will work their potent dark alchemy only when the planting season begins, full moon in eclipse.
Indeed, only a scant 3 weeks after Martin's death , Obama had already apparently decided to plant his Presidential jackboot of disapproval firmly on Zimmerman's neck, and before any of the facts in the case had been completely dessiminated to the media, and even before investigators knew a preponderance of the actual facts in the case.
On March 23rd, the President issued an incendiary statement of nourishment, pointing directly towards racial animus in the Zimmerman case, which of course set the political and social networking world on fire and the field was now sorely agitated:
"If I had a son he would look like Trayvon."~Barack Obama
From there, things only went from bad to far, far, worse as the ensuing race-storms drenched ground that was formerly parched and cracked, especially after Obama's majority election in 2008.
In fact, Zimmerman had only one day before the President's remarks and within the New York Time's slanted pages become the first "White Hispanic" to ever walk the earth, thereby chaining both Whites and Hispanics to the crime of murdering what appeared to be an innocent black seventh grader, shot only for wearing a hoodie and crossing through "a gated upper-class community," with iced tea and skittles.
We would much, much later find out that the innocent 7th grader was actually a physically mature teen with a border-line juvenile delinquent past and a rather troubled gang-banger attitude. A dispensation that would go hand in hand with the upcoming court case revealing a far different Trayvon than the one portrayed by the meda. The high-falutin "gated community" was in fact but a collection of middle-class 'at best' townhomes rather than a sprawling range of Elvis-style mansions.
From there the insanity reached epic plague proportion.
NBC News released a heavily edited and doctored version of a 911 call by Zimmerman, which dishonestly, if not radically, tried to paint Zimmerman as a racist profiler, later proven completely untrue and even admitted to by NBC officials. The shrinking violet Republican Governor of Florida replaced the sitting DA, understandably hesitant to file charges, with a shriekingly gross banshee of the first order, who then dutifully began withholding every damning crumb of evidence possible, from the defense. When a whistleblower within the Department began shrilling loudly at the obvious injustice, he was promptly ejected from his job.
The damage was now complete; however, because America was completely engaged with racial bias and prejudice being proudly paraded about like a prize skunk exhibiting an enticingly sulferous bouquet, the stink of racial dissonance would linger and even intensify as the trial drew closer and closer to public scrutiny. But many would proudly wear the noxious tincture while working the hot fields of racial bias like perfume on a sweltering day, thinking it nothing if not a besweeted reminder of reaping seasons long past.
The Science of Racial Whoreticulture
It was the mother of all racially motivational epics involving a seemingly exterminated black as victim, and somehow, a dynamic un-duo of Hispanic and White as protagonist. A target rich environment to be certain....the day finally arrived:
Zimmerman was fully and convincingly acquitted by a jury of his peers, as expected.
The delight that must have been felt by our racial ignitist sharecroppers was now palpable, their Demeter had blessed them bountifully and completely, the reaping would soon begin and in earnest; however, was it too soon? Maybe, maybe not, something must be done before the crop could be fully consumed by our hungry and ill-nourished ideologues, but what?
On July 19th, 2013 the farmer elites got their unexpected answer from our studied demolitionist-in-chief:
"Trayvon martin could have been me"~Barack Obama
And the bizarre "dancing in the rain" began...Obama even threw a chant of warding over his widening separatist chasm by stating this:
I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.~ Barack "It's always about me" Obama
Oh, that should do it....Obama's team of DOJ Attornies would now swing into action, freeze the Zimmerman evidence for "future posterity," and set to deciding something everyone thought had already been decided a year earlier by FBI investigators.
Was their racial animus involved in Zimmerman's fault? Yes, he mentored black kids for free, who cares? Yes he dated black girls in school, so what? Even, yes, he took on the role of activist on behalf of a black homeless man in Sanford who had been ill-used by police. Big Whoop....
but that's not important, you see, what's important is that the President has heard "car door locks sound" in his earshot, ostensibly at his approach. He has seen white women stiffen in elevators and "nervously clutch their purses" in caution, within his presence, which is reason enough for dually elected presidential racial angst.
Surely, Obama's experiences have nothing to do with the number of young black men committing homicide at a rate which is statistically 10 times higher than whites and hispanics combined, those are just numbers.
But...that's just not enough either...bring in the thought crimes unit and let's look at even the slightest visible vestige of racial animus that somewhere must be lodged within Zimmerman's "White Hispanic" brain. It simply must be there, some bit of undigested racist gravy consumed ages before, some crumb of ill will still lingering in his lower loins, most especially if we but look much, much more closely and probe far, far, more deeply.
No one can truly be non-racist, it's a virtual impossibility....the Left-wing Statists and their leader even now still seem to believe, so let the lynching continue, this time with a stronger tree.
The well of racial harmony in America had just been poisoned, by the latter unteleprompted speech and Obama turned and skulked away from his podium, as the political left swooned over the unprompted brilliance, the right grimaced in abject misery. Obama had divided the house against itself again, at some point the house will no longer stand....
Despite a self-described black-white man's having been elected twice in five years by a majority of Americans, their good will was beyond damned as an enmitous sword of Damoclese was set into motion, yet again over America, by none other than its first, dually elected, black president.
No rest for the racially weary will you achieve from me...you're still guilty, Obama seemed to be saying.
As a result, racial harmony in America had been set back at least a score of years if not a generation. The vindictives on either side had been granted their desired reward and America would gain the benefit of reaping its just rewards..
....There's a Many a Slip Twixt the Cup and the Lip.....
However, was that absolutely all that happened in all of this? Or, did the President and his followers set into motion something wholly unexpected?
According to many within both the Hispanic and the White Community, something else altogether may have happened and it was something not at all planned. Obama and his White House team to include the Liberals in Congress and the media, had seemed to achieve the racially separated victory they desired, indeed, a tool that would serve them well for some time to come, so how could there possibly be a downside?
There are those who even now reside within the Hispanic community and are even known to many of us, who are more scared out of their wits than ever before and who have found a very strange ally in the Conservative movement itself.
You see, the Hispanics, who are regularly assaulted and beaten by inner-city and urban blacks all across America, had seen something of themselves in George Zimmerman. Many whites, some of those even of the more politically centered, also saw something of themselves in George Zimmerman. Women, who are often at extreme physical disadvantage, also saw something of themselves in Zimmerman. The simple fact is that it was all the usual suspects within the Obama follower camp who are the same ones who fomented these unexpected but natural perceptions.
They, the Democrats, Obama and the Media set race against race against race and took sides with 'not exactly all blacks' and by default against the right of self-defense. They seemed to be saying that when under physical assault, one has not only the duty but the imperative to cower and run away, while never seeming to address how the assaulter somehow gained the right of wanton attack and at will.
The very simple fact is that Hispanics are more often than not afraid to report the vicious attacks continuously leveled at them by often vengeful urban Blacks. They found the Conservative movement, by default, defending them on behalf of the person that is George Zimmerman, and when it counted, even while the candidate that they had voted for, was attacking Zimmerman, ergo they themselves, incessantly and insistently.
Zimmerman, by the way, was an Obama voter and a card-carrying Democrat; sauce for the gander. But this really isn't about blacks, or whites or hispanics, this is all about an agenda, and one derived right out of Obama's handy Saul Alinksy playbook.
So, while the Democrats, the Liberals and the GOP Moderates within the Party still crow about how the Conservatives have ruined their hopes on the question of illegal amnesty and Hispanics as it relates to the vote, the Obama Regime and all of its defenders just showed the Hispanic community a completely different look at the double-edged sword of reality.
The Conservatives and many obvious whites came to the Hispanic community's defense as their unlikely champions and they didn't even ask for a blasted vote...Hmm....what could this possibly mean? Well, as the Politico's so often tell us when it comes to Obama-- "perception is reality" --and if that is truly the case....
Then in this instance, especially for America's political Left, Reality Bites.
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July 13th, 2013
By Barry Secrest
That smirk from Holder pretty much says it all....Did anyone catch the irony in the title, by the way?
When the Huffington Post, among numerous other media outlets, runs one of those softball "powder-puff" articles, oftentimes these examples can prove stunningly revealing with regard to the current state of the free media in America.
Herein "lies" one of those articles, along with our measured response seeking to both clarify and interpret the overall content of the actual meaning.
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department will be restricted from labeling a journalist as a criminal co-conspirator in seeking a search warrant to gain access to reporting materials under new media guidelines issued on Friday.
“The Department of Justice is firmly committed to ensuring our nation’s security, and protecting the American people, while at the same time safeguarding the freedom of the press," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "These revised guidelines will help ensure the proper balance is struck when pursuing investigations into unauthorized disclosures."
Refocus Notes: Er...so like, wasn't it Holder who broke the rules in the first place? Holder, who signed the initial orders, acts as if he is stepping in to heroically stop his "other self" from ever doing this again....can you say "Schizophrenic?"
These days what we should probably be wondering is whether or not El Magnifico (Obama) will be choosing to immediately enforce these new "directives," or to waive the pending enforcement aspect until, perhaps, 2016 or later....
Holder also indicated the administration's ongoing support for media shield legislation, saying there were "additional protections that only Congress can provide." Holder said he looked forward to "working with leaders from both parties to achieve this goal, and am grateful to all of the journalists, free speech advocates, experts, and Administration leaders who have come together in recent weeks -- in good faith, and with mutual respect -- to guide and inform the changes we announce today.”
Refocus Notes: Well, now that's probably the first time a "firestorm of raising unholy hell" has ever been described as "coming together in good faith and mutual respect."
However, and once again, remember that Obama is referring to "enforcement," which both begins and ends within the executive ranks of the government, not Congress. It would be synonymous with advising everyone to whom you have personally prescribed a directive, in which you plan to limit what your left hand will be doing via your right hand's power and authority, provided your right hand goes along with the overall limitations.
What a fool believes....
The updated guidelines, expected to take effect almost immediately, are the result of a review undertaken by Holder at the direction of President Barack Obama.
Refocus Notes: Keyword here-- "expected" and "almost" as in: " Based upon the expected age of the galaxy which spans tens of billions of years and within the cycle of ages relative to earth years, our sun is almost ready to burn itself out, which should occur in about 2 billion years."
Simply put, their version of the truth differs widely from accepted convention....
The Justice Department came under fire in mid-May for secretly obtaining the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2009. Prosecutors implied they were investigating Rosen, allowing federal authorities to obtain his emails without his knowledge. Holder signed off on treating Rosen as a co-conspirator in the case, but he later expressed regret for that action.
Refocus Notes: True to at least a "tittle-point," one should suppose, only Holder was mortified after being caught for the deed he initially performed via an prevaricatively remarkable set of denials, however Holder's mortification grew exponentially when he was confirmed via verified recording as having lied to Congress, yet again.
This, after having been caught lying to Congress the "first" time in 2012, which resulted in his being held in "Contempt of Congress".....so, regret is a very kind and explicitly genteel way to put it...at best.
The Associated Press revealed in May that the DOJ had obtained phone records for 20 lines used by editors and reporters there, during an investigation that followed a 2012 story describing a CIA-thwarted terrorist plot in Yemen. That action was authorized by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
Refocus Notes: This part of the story is not exactly even a version remotely resembling anything even near to the truth...revisionism, anyone? First of all, Attorney General Holder "had" to approve such a far-reaching and provocative warrant to search one of the largest US based free media organizations in the world.
However, with regard to the leak and what actually happened , senior analyst Stephen Jin-Woo Kim gave an opinion to Rosen that pretty much everyone already knew and even held about North Korea, missiles, and the Obama Regime's response.
U.S. intelligence officials have warned President Obama and other senior American officials that North Korea intends to respond to the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution this week — condemning the communist country for its recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests — with another nuclear test, FOX News has learned.
What’s more, Pyongyang’s next nuclear detonation is but one of four planned actions the Central Intelligence Agency has learned, through sources inside North Korea, that the regime of Kim Jong-Il intends to take — but not announce — once the Security Council resolution is officially passed, likely on Friday.
Refocus Notes: Sheez, anyone in the know on North Korea could have reached that particular conclusion, while bearing in mind that this piece of intel really doesn't give away anything. The more probable reason for going after Kim was due primarily to the fact that Kim had the unmitigated gall to be talking to a reporter at Fox News.
Investigators did not notify the AP to request the phone records before obtaining them, a break with protocol in dealings between the government and the press. Gary Pruitt, chief executive of the AP, called the sweeping seizure “unconstitutional.”
Refocus Notes: That last word pretty much describes Obama's entire tenure as President.
Under the new policy, news organizations will be given advance notice when investigators seek access to news-gathering materials, except in situations where the attorney general determines that "for compelling reasons, advance notice and negotiations would pose a clear and substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation, risk grave harm to national security, or present an imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm."
Refocus Notes: the DOJ giveth and the DOJ taketh away...so, what was the DOJ's original premise in investigating Rosen? (See paragraph directly above)...confused yet?
Indeed, the entire reason for obtaining the original search warrant in the first place was for the very same set of circumstances described above that supposedly existed in the Rosen-Kim case, as determined by the Attorney General.
In other words, this is all nothing if not gobbledygook.
That determination will be made after consulting members of a newly created News Media Review Committee, which will include senior DOJ officials who are not directly involved in the investigations and who have relevant expertise and experience in media matters.
Refocus Notes: Ah yes...an internal commission of select senior personnel established to conduct oversite or "police itself." In the corporate world this is known as a "Board of Directors" that answers to....the "Chairman of the Board," who in this case is...wait for it....Eric Holder, alas.
That should work just peachy-keen! Boy, don't you feel better now about all of this? Gee, we must have been crazy thinking that something could be amiss at the DOJ. So...in other words, nothing has changed, just move along...nothing to see here.
Hitler had one of these inner circle boards, too, by the way, ostensibly called "The Devil's Disciples"
The DOJ’s tactics in dealing with the AP and Fox News journalists drew criticism from members of the media and free-speech advocates, some of whom viewed the measures as essentially criminalizing journalism. The revelations, and ensuing coverage, shed more light on the Obama administration’s aggressive andunprecedented use of the Espionage Act in prosecuting current and former government officials for leaking to journalists.
Refocus Notes: Yeah, we in the Conservative media have been pointing this at for, what, about five whole years, now? A bit late to the party for the Axis Press, and "no," this media epiphany won't last very long, at all.
In a May speech amid the media firestorm, President Obama said he was “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable” and announced plans for Holder to gather news organizations and present a review of the guidelines on July 12.
Refocus Notes: Oh, for Heaven's sake....Obama's picture is located next to the words "Troubled and troubling" in the dictionary. This Huffpost writer simply must be on some kind of mind-altering drug, not to qualify Obama's past rather pathetic record in "holding government accountable."
The Holder-media meetings were not without their own controversy, as several news organizations, including the AP, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, CNN and Fox News declined invitations because of the DOJ’s wish to hold the meetings off the record. Several outlets, including The Washington Post, Politico and ABC News, accepted the ground rules, which were later loosened to allow participants to broadly discuss what had transpired.
Refocus Notes: Wow! "Not without their own controversy" to put it mildy. The DOJ holds a big media party and only the also-rans show up.
But, how generous of the Statist Elites in government to actually allow open discussion....hope the media didn't say anything "troubling."
Obama and Holder met Friday in the Oval Office and the president accepted the guidelines, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in his regular briefing.
Refocus Notes: To be sure, El Presidente' spent several searing milli-seconds in painful consideration of these "new guidelines" which he probably dreamed up himself in order to figure out how to best mitigate the PR damage without actually changing anything.
After the report's release, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said the president "appreciates the Justice Department’s work to revise their guidelines, and he believes this report is an important step towards finding the balance between dealing with dangerous leaks of classified national security information and protecting the rights of journalists to freely gather and report the news."
Refocus Notes: Indeed, now it's just a matter of painstakingly reviewing NSA tapes, rather than fetching those pesky wiretap warrants from a FISA board of Judges; whom, by the way, are selected by....wait for it...the President himself....*sigh*
"He also continues to believe that Congress should quickly pass media shield legislation and looks forward to working with them to do so," Lehrich added.
Refocus Notes: No doubt, this particular bill will be attached to yet another attempt to repeal the 22nd amendment...