What’s a few words between friends?

President Obama, for the 2nd time, has determined that the “words” of a law are less important than the political realities surrounding the upcoming mid-term elections. Apparently, dates that appear in laws are “open to interpretation,” even though they appear to be hard and fast dates. Obviously, the possibilities are endless.

Election Day is just a “Date”

Suppose, for example, that Election Day is seen as inconvenient. Is is, after all, just a date – and the need to protect the population from the inconvenience or pain of elections is obviously a sufficient reason to ignore, or delay, such dates.

The same could be said for Inauguration Day. Put it off a couple of years – what’s the big deal? Statutory dates are now open for interpretation anyway. If Obama wishes to put off the inauguration of the next president until 2027, what’s to stop him? It’s just a date, and we need to protect the Citizenry from the pain and inconvenience of learning the new President’s name anyway.

A Rose by Any Other Name

My only question is – why are “dates” different from other parts of the law? I mean, a penalty is already a tax, and hard fast deadlines are just targets. Why can’t numbers be re-interpreted? Obviously they’re just words on paper. Rights enumerated in the constitution? Well, obviously people can bear arms – just not weapons. The Press only refers to printing presses operated by Responsible Journalists. “Unreasonable Search” is just a phrase designed to protect the guilty, and “Self Incrimination” is just a meaningless phrase.

According to Ancient Scripture, when a King issued a decree, the letter of the law had to be followed (c.f. Esther). If the king said something, the rule was it had to be followed. When the King said that his subjects could kill the Jews, he was unable to rescind that order. His solution was to pass another law allowing the Jews to defend themselves.

Apparently, Obama would have just ignored the rules. He’s more than a King. He is Judge, Jury, and Executioner – taking the role of Legislature and Judiciary all in one!

Some may claim this is to make the law “workable.” They are living in a dream world. The motivations are obvious to all but the most partisan of sycophants. If the Health Care Law, as passed, were being enforced as written, the Democrats wouldn’t stand a chance in the next 2 election cycles. The House, the Senate, and the Presidency would be solidly Republican.

And THAT would be President Obama’s legacy. So apparently, to avoid that disaster, the Constitutional Scholar feels it’s just more convenient to destroy the Rule of Law that forms the basis of the Republic.

“When a [ruler] becomes a tyrant, he thereby breaks the bond binding his subjects to him….” – Thomas Jefferson, 1776 The Musical

Abbot and Costello Meet the Bogeyman

Abbott and Costello had nothing on Obama and Kerry, as our current unfolding debacle in Syria shows.  I’m just not sure who’s the “straight man” in the new act.

A Red Line in the Shifting Sands

First, there was a “Red Line.”  A “Red Line” that Assad of Syria must not cross – or there would be severe, immediate repercussions that involved military action!  Sometime in August, the Obama Administration says that Assad crossed that red line – forces which may or may not have been under his control gassed civilians.  This was it – time for Obama to prove he was a man of his word.  However, a funny thing happened on the way to the airstrikes.

First, there was the whole problem of “proof.”  It was difficult to get actual, certifiable proof that Assad had, in fact, ordered (or even sanctioned) the chemical weapons attack.  In a country where there have been fake reports about atrocities on both sides, along with numerous real atrocities on both sides, and a constant flux about who is actually on who’s side to begin with, this was not a “slam dunk.”  The best the Obama Administration could muster, according to news reports, was that the NSA had intercepted a frantic call from a mid-level military commander in Assad’s regime to the chemical weapons unit that purportedly carried out the attack demanding to know why they had used chemical weapons.  Hardly “proof” that Assad knew about or sanctioned such an attack.

Russia, never one at this point to miss an opportunity to show up it’s good “friend” the USA, immediately rejected the US claims of Assad’s complicity.  Assad serves a political purpose for Putin, so they have a stake in making sure he isn’t overthrown (yet).  China is another one looking to play in MidEast politics, because nothing secures your bona-fides as a Superpower like getting mired in the Middle-East Conflicts.  China has also rejected the idea of military action on the part of the United States.

Britain, the holders of a “special relationship” with America, immediately and most un-impressively failed to pass a resolution supporting the use of force against Assad.  France first supported us, and then walked back the support.  Kerry went forward last week and claimed we have a lot of “Secret Supporters.”  Yes, that’s right – countries who’s support for us is so deep it must remain secret.

Obama, faced with a dwindling supply of allies, decided rather suddenly that if he couldn’t get NATO, or the UN, or the Arab League, or anybody else to support his decision that action must be taken, he would go to Congress and have them authorize the smallest of airstrikes.  Just a few well-placed bombs to “punish” Assad, but not really enough to affect the outcome of the current civil war in Syria.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Such a milktoast resolution might have passed muster, had not Obama run smack dab into Public Opinion – 72 percent of which is currently against doing anything at all.  The proposal started as “fire a few missiles, watch a few camels explode, have cake…” and has since become a discussion of how far is far enough without going too far while not tying the President’s hands and actually doing something significant.  Hawkish Republicans want a strike only if it furthers an agenda pointed at regime change in Syria.  Skittish Democrats want assurances that we are not committing to any sort of war.  Nobody wants to put boots on the ground, and everyone is worried that the people we are attacking are not necessarily the worst actors on the stage!

In this uncertain climate, where a filibuster is shaping up in the Senate and a failure to pass the resolution is almost a certainty in the House, Kerry gives Syria an out – a way of avoiding military attacks that Obama seems less and less eager to make alone.  It’s a “rhetorical” offer, we’re told later.  If Syria gives up control of all of its chemical weapons by the end of the week – something nobody in their right mind believes Syria will agree to – the US will cancel the airstrikes.

The problem with Secretaries of State making “rhetorical” offers like this should become immediately clear.  What if someone accepts the nonsense and irrational offer?  What if Syria actually says “Sure, we’d be willing to do that.”  What if Putin goes to Syria and sits down with Assad and appears to come home with that exact agreement.  What if they say “yes.”

Like an inept prosecuting attorney, John Kerry asked a question he didn’t know the answer to.  He thought he knew.  Conventional wisdom and common sense told him he knew.  I mean, EVERYONE knew the answer, right?

Apparently, someone forgot to tell Assad and Putin, one trying to hang on to his political and literal life, the other seeing an opening to reassert Russian prestige as a Middle East negotiator, that they weren’t supposed to say yes.  Assad is supposed to be a raving maniac who gasses his own people.  Putin is some “thug” ham-handedly pushing Russia back to a Cold War stance.  Neither is supposed to be this politically adept.  Neither is supposed to be clever enough to outwit Obama and Kerry!

So what is this?  Amateur Hour at the White House?  Kerry and Obama have just been outmaneuvered by a couple of hecklers who were getting a rise out of them.  This is the best we have?  Foreign Policy via “Off the Cuff Remark?”

“Playing the part of put-upon, misunderstood leader of a small, unimportant country this evening, Bashir Assad.  The part of the war-mongering, bullying, incompetent, ugly Americans will be Barak Obama and John Kerry.  The part of good-faith negotiator and worldly man about town will be played by Vladimir Putin.”

The net change in Syria over this entire fiasco?  ZERO – that’s the plot twist we should have expected…..

Taking a Stand of Our Own

Oh, the delicious Irony!  In case you missed it, The Journal News in White Plains, NY, has published an interactive map showing the homes of all people who hold firearms permits in 2 New York counties.  They obtained the list from FOI requests to the county clerks, and are currently preparing additional maps based on pending requests.

Reaction has not been all positive as you can imagine.  Complaints run the gamut from outrage at treating legal activity as if it were a sex crime (these are permit holders, not necessarily gun owners), to fears that criminals will target such people in search of firearms, to fears that some law enforcement personnel on the list now have their addresses published for criminals to attempt retributive strikes on their homes, to fears that some battered women who have armed themselves while hiding from their abusers are now exposed to further harassment and abuse, to fear that criminals, now knowing where the guns aren’t, will target the homes of those who DON’T appear on the list.

The one thing the paper claims it wanted – a discussion about guns in our society – is the last thing that is actually happening as a result of this publication.

So where’s the irony?

Calls are currently being made for a boycott – not of the newspaper itself, but of the newspaper’s advertisers.  Ironically, the “featured advertiser” at the Journal’s website this week is….wait for it….

http://www.lohud.com/section/navpromo

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Target!

The store that uses a “bullseye” logo should now be firmly in the cross-hairs of believers in privacy and the 2nd Amendment everywhere.  They should be receiving e-mails, and phone calls, and a flood of negative feedback based on their support of what is clearly an attempt by the Journal to intimidate permit holders and paint them all as “nut jobs waiting to explode!”

The Sandy Hook shooter would NOT have appeared on this map.  He did not own a gun.  He was not a permit holder.  As a matter of fact, the one thing that might have helped the community have a “discussion” about his disposition was his mental health history.  Let’s see the newspaper get such information published without breaking Federal Privacy laws.

This is, of course, another irony.  The mentally deranged psychiatric patient who WOULD shoot up a school has more privacy rights than a law-abiding, mentally sound gun permit holder!

Let’s see how “committed” the Journal is when their revenue stream starts to dry up.  I wonder if the owners are willing to….ironically….”take a bullet” for the Editor In Chief when there’s no profit in it….

Another Four Years of This….

So Barack Obama, judged worthy to lead despite the overwhelming evidence against him, has been given another four years to….to do what?

What did he promise in his long campaign?  What exactly are his plans for America?

The Great Keynesian apparently is going to spend us out of this recession.  I’m thinking we’ve got another $6 to $8 Trillion dollars of debt to look forward too, and no sign that he is “bending” any curves.

My friends assure me that 30 million people who were not insured before will now have insurance, but I don’t see how that is possible.  I can’t believe that 30 million people are suddenly going to be able to afford health insurance when they couldn’t before, and I really don’t see there being 30 million people who were just “opting out” of buying health-care coverage and selfishly making the rest of us pay their bills.  It won’t get cheaper, because of all the new mandates regarding preexisting conditions and mandatory benefits, so what does Obamacare get us?  One step closer to England’s wonderful healthcare system, where they come up with great ideas like the LCP?

My friends assure me that we’ve had 32 months of job growth.  But it’s such anemic growth that it’s not even keeping up with the demographics of new workers coming of age.  The ranks of the unemployed and underemployed grow, and for many they are becoming increasingly unemployable – thanks in no small part to the policies of the Obama Administration, that says a kid you pay to sweep the sidewalk in front of your shop and do odd jobs must now earn the equivalent of $15.00 an hour in pay and benefits.  Sorry Tommy, I can’t afford you.

My friends tell me what a wonderful place the world will be now that we have a president who embraces Gay Marriage!  I’ve written extensively on this in another posting – but even so, is that really an issue that affects more than 3% of the population. Really?

The EPA is set to issue regulations that will stifle energy production in the United States and make our power grid less reliable.  Obama is keeping his promise that “electricity bills will necessarily skyrocket” under his administration, because wind and solar are just so much better for us than safe, reliable, and arguably more environmentally friendly coal, natural gas, and oil.  Cuisinarts of the air cutting down endangered bird species by the hundreds and thousands verses low-emission, reliable power.  No wonder we’re going to be shivering in the dark cursing those evil power companies that keep raising rates and providing less reliable service.  Just ask the people of England how that’s working out for them?

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid remain on course for bankruptcy, insolvency, broke, whatever you want to call it – and the Obama Re-Election bid spent a year scaring current beneficiaries so badly that any meaningful “reform” is now out of reach.  The programs are projected to be less than 75% funded when I start drawing benefits in 20 years – hope you youngsters are ready for higher taxes on whatever jobs you DO find!

And now we’ll have “four more years” – of blaming a past President for the current problems that the new President’s polices can’t fix.  “Four more years” of failed leadership abroad as Al-Queida renews its strength in the strongholds of Afghanistan, and the newly fertile fields of Libya and Egypt.  “For more years” of “containing” Iran as they develop nuclear weapons.  “Four more years” of Trillion Plus deficits, no budgets from the Democrats in the Senate, and economic malaise.  “Four more years” of hearing how proud we are of this empty suit who spends more time on the Golf Course and Vacation than at National Security Briefings.

And “Four more years” of hearing how it’s all about “race,” and “Bush’s fault,” and the obstructionism of the Republicans.

“We aren’t broke!  We need $16 TRILLION Dollars to get BACK to Broke!”

So what are we Paying Obama For?

At the height of the Benghazi debacle, Hilary Clinton announced that the “buck” stopped with her on security requests for the Libyan Consulate.  Apparently making a career out of “taking one for the team,” Hilary said that she was the one responsible for denying the additional security requested by Ambassador Stevens prior to his death at the hands of Islamic Militant Terrorists in a “spontaneous Youtube Video” demonstration.

Which, I guess, answers the question posited in my last post about “who’s in charge here?”

Realizing what a debacle it is during the election season to not appear “presidential,” Obama eventually claimed responsibility for security at the Consulate, after Biden assured millions of Americans that “we” (the White House) never knew about the requests.

And now e-mails have been leaked showing that the President’s vaunted “Situation Room” – you know, where HE personally made the easiest decision in the history of his “kill list” career to go after Osama Bin Laden – was made aware of claims of responsibility by the terrorist organization that mounted the attack on your embassy in Libya mere hours after the attack.

You know, 10 days before Ambassador Rice said the attack was an “anti-youtube demonstration” that got “hijacked” by militants.

Of course, now that the truth is coming out, I have one question.  What the hell are we paying Barak Hussein Obama for?  He’s skipping intelligence briefings, he’s not in charge of statements coming out of our embassies, and he’s not in charge of security at our embassies.  What, exactly, are we paying him for, other than golf outings and “scouting vacation spots” for Michelle?

The Obama Administration’s “Battered Wife Syndrome” – Updated

NOTE:  It turns out the Egyptian Embassy may have issued its apologetic statement prior to the actual assault on the Embassy. [Reuters]  That one occurred within hours of the other is what caused the confusion.  The fact that the White House claims regarding the apologetic statement (that it wasn’t cleared through the WH, etc) still leads to the Valid Discussion over “Who’s in charge here?”  The Lie remains the same.  And yes, we apologized for being ourselves PRIOR TO the incident.  Apparently in an attempt to “head off” the beating we anticipated…

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So protesters upset about a YouTube video they were told was an insult to Mohammed stormed the American Consulate in Cairo, tore down the American Flag, and put up a black “Al Queida” banner proclaiming “Allah Ahkbar (God is Great).”  Like all great powers in the last 500 years, the American Government immediately filed a protest against the action with the Egyptian Government, demanding that international treaties and laws governing the sovereignty of embassies be enforced and that they control their more passionate members of their society…..wait, that didn’t happen?

Apologized for Being Ourselves

What did happen is even more embarrassing than failure to control our own sovereign territory.  We apologized to the Egyptian people for being ourselves.  Like some “Battered Wife” who’s husband has gone off on her again for some minor or imaginary affront, the United States Of America apologized to those who are abusing us!  “We’re sorry people actually use their freedoms!  Really!”  It’s as if we’re apologizing for not cleaning the house or overcooking the bacon!

The embassy released the following statement:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

Not Only a Lie, But a Damned Lie!

Where was the Embassy of the United States in Cairo when “Religulous” was released a few years ago?  What about “The Last Temptation of Christ?”  Or maybe “Saved!”  Or that new series on TV called “GCB?”

No, the Embassy in Cairo has not spent the last few decades constantly opposing and condemning mocking of all religions.  They also didn’t condemn the Danish Cartoons of Mohammed, the Van Gogh movie, or the burning of the Koran by some nutjob in Florida.

They have been silent on most issues that don’t affect them, or the country they are in.  Of course, this is to be expected.  Most embassies would look foolish if they constantly condemned the actions of people in other countries, or the perfectly legal and constitutional acts of those living in their own country.  But they look equally foolish when they make broad, sweeping, and essentially untrue statements about issues when forced to comment on them.

Who’s In Charge Here?

Now, there are those who will attempt to paint the statement released by the Cairo Embassy as “not the official Administration response.”  Well then, who’s in charge of the Embassy if not Obama’s State Department?  Do we now have rogue embassies, issuing statements at odds, or at least not in line with, Official US Policy?  They’re writing statements up for the consumption of the world, and then sending them out without being vetted?

Which is more comforting to believe?  That the Obama Administration is apologizing for “over-boiling the water” or that Obama is not in control of his own Foreign Policy implementers?

We Deserved It

So now, like some battered wife constantly beat for our “misbehavior,” we have apologized again.  Sorry we burned the toast.  Sorry we didn’t make the bed.  Sorry we’re breathing your air!  We’ll try and do better.  It’s not you, it’s us!

Nobody, and I mean nobody, I know would say “Well, a battered wife needs to figure out why her husband is so angry at her.”  And yet, I hear people saying we have to figure out why “the Muslims” are so angry at us!