Thursday, November 26, 2015
Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving - Don't take family time for granted. Ever. You never know when your t... https://t.co/69QxwOG17u— CNSNews.com (@cnsnews) November 25, 2015
Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised Americans "sitting around the Thanksgiving table" to talk about gun control. The left-wing National Memo published "5 Things To Tell Your Republican relatives at Thanksgiving." And The New York Times served up its own version of "How to Talk to Your Relatives About Politics at Thanksgiving," stuffed with poll data and hyperlinks to other liberal sources of information.
Thanksgiving for our political blessings https://t.co/GhrjWeTnYP— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) November 26, 2015
From my family to yours, may you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/TSwjflusPm— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 26, 2015
Don't forget to say a prayer of Thanksgiving for our men and women in uniform spending the holiday away from home. pic.twitter.com/z2X86EFYwH— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 26, 2015
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/XEYsCJgC8l— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 26, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Have a great day and look forward to the future. We will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Last Republican mayors: Baltimore: 1963 Chicago: 1927 Minneapolis: 1973 Detroit: 1962 Philly: 1948 St Louis: 1949 Figure it out yet?— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 26, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
BREAKING: explosives found in packages at Cairo airport bound for United States https://t.co/lcJ4CKflko— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) November 24, 2015
WORLDWIDE TRAVEL ALERT FOR AMERICANS https://t.co/qgeCoM2k4U— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) November 23, 2015
"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," a statement from the department read. "These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests."
"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."
The department says all U.S. citizens should remain vigilant when in public places or using transportation.
To stay informed, people should watch local media and other information sources when making travel plans. Anyone with concerns about their safety should call local police.
People are urged to have a heightened awareness while traveling for the holidays.
The alert expires on February 24, 2016.
MORE: Alert references past threats made against "large sporting events, theatres, open markets, aviation services" https://t.co/cIPxMh6oRG— RT America (@RT_America) November 23, 2015
"I view Trump as the fullback and Cruz as the halfback; it's fourth down and goal to go on the one yard line for America."
HOW ABOUT DESTROYING & DEFEATING HILLARY??? Mair has formed Trump Card LLC "to defeat and destroy" Trump's candidacy https://t.co/1HmRJMJBCE— slone (@slone) November 24, 2015
Why did President Obama ignore the murder of a U.S. teenager in a terror attack? - Opinion https://t.co/L42y9RNTjt— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) November 23, 2015
"The best possible case is that the President was misled. The worst-case scenario is unspeakably corrupt." https://t.co/mrcFR6HkOW— Susan (@shoshido) November 24, 2015
The word “scandal” is bandied about quite a bit when it comes to the conduct of Barack Obama’s White House, and this administration has done more than its share to earn the designation “scandal-plagued.”
From the IRS, to the Department of Justice, to the Department of Energy, to Veterans Affairs, to the State Department managed by Hillary Clinton; this White House has been implicated in a number of controversies and alleged transgressions. All of these scandals prompted a short-lived moment of public angst and exacted a pound or two of flesh from the administration, but none indelibly marked this presidency as corrupt. Perhaps that is because they were, at root, political scandals....
All of these scandals and more are deadly serious for those segments of American society that they affected, but the segmentation of those who suffered narrowed the political impact of these affairs.
That is not the case with matters related to national security and to war and peace. Scandalous revelations that pertain to matters as basic as counterterrorism at home and American soldiers fighting and potentially dying abroad cannot be contained. As with the state of the economy, it is a subject that touches every American....
The revelation first trickled out in fleeting headlines in late August. The Pentagon inspector general’s office revealed to the New York Times that it was investigating the allegation that reports on the state of the anti-ISIS campaign were altered in order to present a rosier picture of the war than was merited. Those reports, it was claimed, were reviewed by a variety of White Hose policy makers including President Barack Obama. “Some senior American officials in recent weeks have provided largely positive public assessments about the progress of the military campaign against the Islamic State,” the Times reported in August. “But recent intelligence assessments, including some by the Defense Intelligence Agency, paint a sober picture about how little the Islamic State has been weakened over the past year, according to officials with access to classified assessments.”
The blockbuster revelation burned hot and bright for a news cycle but soon faded from relevance. Meanwhile, the bodies continued to pile up, and the bombs continued to explode in Baghdad, and then in Beirut; then they started going off in Ankara, in airplanes over the Sinai desert, and finally in Paris. Americans had forgotten the lessons of September 11th and, out of complacency and exasperation, allowed a terrorist safe haven in the Middle East to mature. That hopeful self-delusion was shattered on the evening of November 13 when large-scale terrorism returned to the heart of Europe....
No president, no political persuasion, no ideological conviction is worth sacrificing American national interests or the public safety. This isn’t a political scandal; it’s a criminal abuse of the public trust. If in the coming days these revelations are treated as such, we will know whether or not we have a truly dispassionate and independent Fourth Estate.
Monday, November 23, 2015
DC Police Chief, "If you're in a position to try and take the gunman down…it's the best option for saving lives
DC Police Chief, "If you're in a position to try and take the gunman down…it's the best option for saving live.. https://t.co/benaP7zT3n— Chris (@Chris_1791) November 23, 2015
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says victims in an active shooter situation should be prepared to "run, hide or fight." https://t.co/L8kiKFoOlx— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) November 23, 2015
DC Police Chief Lanier on #60minutes - Citizens should take out active shooters. But she only granted gun carry permit to 45 people.— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) November 23, 2015
Legislators and their union patrons can hardly contain themselves.
Anyone with eyes to see could have predicted this turn of events. In 2012, the Golden State faced a $16 billion budget deficit caused almost entirely by unchecked entitlements, poor revenue estimates, and years of bad legislative choices. Governor Jerry Brown went to voters and said, in effect, he wouldn’t raise their taxes; he wanted them to raise taxes on themselves. But he promised that the pain would only be temporary. And if voters didn’t go along, well, the governor couldn’t guarantee what might happen next to public schools, health care for the poor, and other beloved programs. No pressure or anything—just vote for Proposition 30 and nobody else would get hurt. Brown tramped up and down the state in the weeks before the election, quoting scripture as he often does to make his case. When the ballots were all counted, 55.4 percent of voters went along.
Prop. 30 amended the state’s constitution to raise the sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent for four years and retroactively hiked for seven years the income tax on Californians earning more than $250,000. The top tax bracket went from 10.3 percent to 13.3 percent, giving the Golden State the distinction of boasting the highest marginal income-tax rates in America. The “temporary” measure was supposed to raise anywhere from $6.4 billion to $9 billion a year, with the bulk of the money intended for public schools (or, at least, the public school teachers’ beleaguered retirement fund). Brown admonished legislators in his January 2013 “state of the state” address not to let the additional revenues cloud their judgment. “The people have given us seven years of extra taxes,” he said. “Let us follow the wisdom of Joseph, pay down our debts, and store up reserves against the leaner times that will surely come.”
That notion lasted about a year before state officials—the ones not named Brown—began speaking openly of extending the Prop. 30 hikes forever.
And it's all abstract. Just another game of social justice. A little white wine and a little intersectionality. Throw in a dose of noble savage and watch civilization burn.
Courage is a moral force. It makes us who we are. But it isn't always right. The SS were courageous and so were the Bolsheviks. So are the ACLU lawyers who rush to defend Muslim terrorists and their clients who blow themselves up to kill non-Muslims and their infidel civilization.
Warped morals that invert the innocent and the guilty, that turns murderers into victims, make courage into an evil thing. They make it into a crime.
Murder is not a mystery. Its harbinger is the police car, the plane flying low, the smiling man who opens his coat. Evil is not a mystery either. It is moral courage tuned to the destruction of civilization. The murderer can be courageous, but not creative. The ends of evil are power and ruination.
Liberalism is all too often the cult of the poor murderer. The thug who kills over inequality. The terrorist who bombs over bigotry. And it is outrage at the victims of its own Utopian crimes.
Utopia is another name for power. It is an absolute good that negates the humanity of every person on earth.