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Archive for Massive Stupidity
Mr Bucci says the enemy is harder to pin down now than it was previously. I beg to differ. The enemy is the same. Islam. Islam is the enemy of freedom the world over. Wipe out Islam, this particular war is over. It’s just that simple.
I doubt the victims and their families don’t give a flying flip whether it was the “A” team, or the JVs who murdered and injured. Mr Obama needs to pull his head out of his hinder, and face reality. He might have enjoyed that caterwauling as a kid, but it’s the ones doing the caterwauling that are murdering innocent people!
These Words from Obama Are Frightening — and Revealing
Steven Bucci – The Foundry
It’s less than comforting to hear the President make light of terrorist threats.
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, President Obama referred to today’s al-Qaeda fighters as the “jayvee” team.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” he said.
This shows that the Administration’s wishful thinking about al-Qaeda isn’t over. Obama and his fellow officials seem to think if you say something enough times, it will become true.
Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) fired back at US pressure Wednesday, maintaining that there should have been no need for Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to apologize for his harsh criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry, in which Ya’alon referred to Kerry as “obsessive and messianic” in his quest to force a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
I agree with her! One should NEVER apologize for speaking the truth!!
“I congratulate the Defense Minister on his courage; what he said was right.” Hotovely stated, in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “The American stance is disconnected from the reality of the situation in the Middle East. They are trying to force a solution on us which is unacceptable to most members of the [ruling party] Likud.”
Indeed, he was right! This administration is either willfully ignorant, or as Obama stated in his phony book, he’s taking a stand with the terrorists….er….Muslims. Well, as far as I’m concerned, they are the same thing. Interchangeable words, IMHO.
Hotovely notes what many Israelis feel: that it is inconceivable that one sovereign state should be subject to the whims of another state.
It’s not just the Israelis who feel this way. A lot of Americans are in agreement, and you can include me in that number!
Ya’alon was quoted as saying that “Secretary of State John Kerry – who came here very determined, and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me anything about the Palestinians.”
“I live and breathe the conflict with the Palestinians, I know what they think, what they want and what they really mean,” he continued. “The American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on.””
Nothing that bunch in D.C. does is worth the paper it is written on! It’s not just Kerry who is ‘messianic’. The whole damn administration suffers under the delusion they are the ‘saviors’ of the world, and have all the answers to life’s questions! Pfft!
The US responded with shock Tuesday, calling the remarks “offensive” and “inappropriate.” Ya’alon responded Tuesday to the US with more criticism, stating that the US knows that the source of instability in the Middle East is not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Shock? Seriously? Well, that just tells ya just how little they know about the issues that face Israel on a day to day basis. If the so called Palestinians occupying Israel’s land weren’t getting money and arms from muslim countries, there would be little to no ‘conflict’. They’d curl up and die since they are incapable of doing anything to support themselves. Instead of teaching their children to make the desert bloom, as the Israelis have done, they teach them to hate, and blame everyone else, Jews AND Christians, for their plight. Damn! Sounds like Obama, doesn’t it…blaming everyone but himself. Hmmm….
He called on Israel “not to panic and give in to these [statements] and other intimidation, because this (standing up for oneself) is the only way to protect the security of Israel.”
Israel has a RIGHT to defend herself. The U.S. has NO RIGHT to demand a damn thing!
Ya’alon later apologized for the remarks, stating that he had no intention of “offending” Kerry. The apology itself has garnered a backlash, as many see the statements as yet another bow to US pressure.
I hate to say it, but that apology makes Ya’alon sound weak. Israelis are not weak. They, basically, are the strongest people I’ve ever met, facing insurmountable odds, creating a paradise out of a dung heap. Amazing!
And who cares if Kerry is offended? Not me! What this (and yes, previous) administration is doing is offensive! Just imagine the backlash if a foreign power came over here and told US what we can, and cannot, do….where we could build our homes, etc. Imagine, every day, you have to fight for your very existence. Imagine being surrounded by animals who want to shove you into the ocean, wipe you off the map, murder your family, destroy your home. Just think about it!
Kerry is offended? Kerry is offensive!
Has anyone even read any of this monstrosity? Just the first section, Div A, Title I, which apparently covers a number of offices, is nearly $45 million. And I do mean offices, as in departments. Titled for Agriculture but includes the Department of Homeland Security, along with a number of other non related departments. Now, I really wish what agriculture…you know, corn, cows, and the like, has to do with DHS. Can someone please explain that one? And just why do all these departments need so much in operating costs? Advertisements? Yep….that’s in there too!
This bill covers costs until 12/31/16, which they had to amend since apparently, they just took the last wasteful spending bill, and had to slap a new date on it! Think about that. No one bothers to remove the programs, or at least to reduce the monies allocated for them, that are complete failures!
Anyway, it gets even better. Did you know we have a Department of Economics? Why? These yahoos in D.C. are incapable of adding 2+2? I’m sure we can provide them with calculators, since the ability to do simple math with a pencil and their own brain seems completely beyond their capabilities. I pray none of them ever get near my checkbook! I always have a surplus, and I’d really hate to see them blow it, and then some!
Office of Ethics? Seriously? Think about that! Ethics….politicians.
I haven’t finished the whole bill, since…well, hells bells, the sucker is 1500+ pages, and I’m a slow reader, not to mention, contrary to what I say on a regular basis, I DO actually have a life outside of the computer, y’know!
Honestly, there is really no excuse for the continuous failures of Congress to reign in THEIR spending. First, they need to look at the Constitution, and find out exactly where, and on what, they are authorized to spend OUR money. None of what I have seen in this piece, and elsewhere, including their ‘bill’ is covered in that document.
Bills are those things that come in the mail, and you have to pay them. Well, Congress writes bills, and guess who has to pay for them? WE do. They are very careless with OUR money. I’d call that inconsiderate and irresponsible. Rather like a spoiled kid with daddy’s credit card. The kid thinks he can do what he damn well pleases with that card and daddy will pay the bill, smile, and let the kid continue to abuse the privilege, even though daddy has told the kid, time and time again, to be responsible, that the card is only for necessities, and there will be consequences if said kid refuses to listen. Well, ‘daddy’ is getting royally pissed off, and is about to cut up that card. The spoiled kid has learned nothing, just like Congress!
If the members of Congress want to continue to fund failed programs, they can damn well use their own money. Ours belongs to OUR security and OUR roads. If they stopped their foolish behavior, we would not be seeing our military and veterans getting that shaft!
Time for Congress to get a spanking! Time for them to GROW THE HELL UP! Enough with the spoiled children spending OUR money on foolishness!
Government Failures Congress Wants You to Fund This Year
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Wasteful, ineffective, failed.
Those are all ways Heritage experts have described government programs Congress is funding—with your hard-earned money—in its new trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill.
Here are a few big failures that need to be eliminated or seriously reformed—but instead are getting millions (or billions) of dollars.
If you’re like me, you often don’t click on some of the links that are inserted in a column. I know, I know! It can be a distraction, unless it’s the actual story, or some such. But one of the links in this column is quite important. So important, that I’m going to copy and paste part of what is in the link!
1. Cut Pet-Shampoo and Similar Projects, Save $3.1 billion
2. Stop Bankrolling the Common Core, Save $2 billion
3. Cut a Program That Hurts Youth, Save $1.6 billion
4. Cut Unnecessary Red Tape, Save $1.5 billion
5. Cut Pork-Barrel Projects, Save $800 million
6. Cut Private Landowner Beautification, Save $730 million
7. Cut Government Handouts, Save $200 million
8. Cut Corporate Welfare, Save $120 million
9. Cut Crony Capitalism, Save $100 million
10. Cut Funding for Overseas Abortions, Save $35 million
Now, you’re going to have to click the link to get the details. :) These are just a few of the ways OUR government is spending OUR money! Do you think we should be paying for abortions in foreign countries? How about a pet shampoo company? Does the government beautify YOUR lawn? I know I’ve never gotten a dime from them to plant daisies out front!
The news that the Ryan-Murry bill made cuts for our veterans (Title IV-Sec. 403) put the country in a tail spin. Well, most of us anyway Have they resolved that issue? I honestly don’t know. We don’t seem to get good news that Congress actually does something right for a change. We only hear the small tidbits the infamous “they” want us to know. Have you read this bill? Dear Lord! I’m fairly sure those we send to Congress to represent US hasn’t either!
If we all ran our households like Congress runs this country, we’d all be filing for bankruptcy. Such spending practices have put this nation into debt at levels never seen in our history. When Pelosi stated, “The cupboard is bare. There’s no cuts to make.”, I do believe she intentionally lied. Either that, or she is delusional, the botox has warped her brain, or perhaps she has Alzheimer’s? She’s no spring chicken, y’know. There are ALWAYS ways to make cuts in an over bloated government.
I honestly don’t understand why Congress can’t follow a very simple document called the U.S. Constitution! Seriously, it would make their jobs so much simpler if they did, and their approval rating would sky rocket! They have enumerated powers, a limit on what they are allowed to do, yet we allow them to go merrily on their way, doing whatever they damn well please, acting like kids in a candy store, spending our children’s children into debtors ‘prison’.
12 separate bills, read them first, and no more ‘omnibus‘!
Members of Congress Won’t Read This Bill
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Passing bills to find out what’s in them… that was so 2010, right?
Any day now, Congress is likely to release the trillion-dollar Trojan horse that is the spending bill for 2014. It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be rushed. And few members of Congress (if any) are going to read it all.
Government budgeting isn’t supposed to be done this way.
This is the picture on Drudge right now:
Has everyone lost their freakin’ minds? THIS is what they call a crisis? Yeah…traffic gets backed up, but for the love of all that is holy, this is NOT a crisis! Benghazi, IRS, NSA, the economy, and many more issues….THESE are REAL crisis! Some petty aide to Christie creates a traffic disaster, and the left goes ballistic? How about putting that energy into finding out who is responsible for the murder of four Americans? What about the man, sitting in a Pakistani prison, who help their messiah get bin Laden? Do any of them give a thought to him? What about the American pastor imprisoned in Iran? Are there any tears shed for him, or his family? Oh HELL no! They make a HUGE issue over a freakin’ bridge. Yeah, totally inconvenient, but I haven’t heard of anyone dying, or being tortured. How about we focus our attention on REAL issues, eh?
Gov. Chris Christie apologized for lane closures leading to the George Washington Bridge, apparently ordered by his aides as political retribution, and said he had “no knowledge or involvement” in what happened.
Christie, who had previously assured the public his staff wasn’t involved in the road closings, said Thursday he had fired Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly “because she lied to me.”
He said he was “blindsided” and stunned by the “abject stupidity that was shown.”
Abject stupidity is an understatement! I wonder…was this aide really a Democrat? The reason I ask is because this is the type of stunt THEY would pull. I really pray our side isn’t stooping to their levels now. Attack? With the truth? Yes! Pulling a childish stunt should have more consequences than just being fired! But that’s just me.
I am not a big Chris Christie fan, for several reasons, but this ‘feeding frenzy’ is just as petty as the act itself! Get flippin’ grip!
Shared by Fr Sam.
I don’t think I really need to add anything to this, except to say, if WE can learn to live within a budget, and pay our bills, why can’t those damn fools up in D.C. learn to do so as well?
The National Debt in One Picture
Kelsey Harris – The Foundry
Congress is beginning its new year with a budget deal that busts right through “caps” it was supposed to have on spending. At Heritage, we want to hold Congress accountable for its tax-and-spend ways, even as Members claim there’s no room to cut.
A good place to start is understanding the mountain of debt Americans are already under. Check out and share our infographic below that puts it in perspective.
There’s nothing left to cut in the budget! They are down to bare bones! Heaven forbid they should give up their booze and fancy vacations!
Ya know, we use to take a nice vacation every year. Note I said USE TO! Now? We can barely afford to pay attention. Why? Because of the irresponsible children making policies in D.C. And they want MORE of our money to blow on ridiculous ‘grants’? Outhouses? A freakin’ 100K outhouse? What mental midget thought THAT was a good idea????
And how about all that money the VA blew on useless crap? I have a much better idea! How about they use that money to help build houses for our wounded warriors, eh? Now THAT would be putting OUR money to good use! Instead, they go out and overpay for crap they don’t need, while our heroes do without! Anyone else see a major problem here?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve pretty much had it with those jackwagons in D.C. It’s past time for ALL of them to be replaced with responsible adults! From the White House to the alphabets! They ALL need to GO!
Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013
Romina Boccia & Matthew Sabas – The Foundry
The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.”
The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, and more.
Here is our list of the top 10 examples of wasteful government spending this year, serving as a reminder that there is no shortage of excessive spending in Washington.
10. Outhouse in Alaska: $98,670. The Interior Department spent nearly $100,000 to install an outhouse on an Alaskan trail, which includes a single toilet with no internal plumbing.
9. A bus stop with heated pavement for the Washington area: $1 million. A lavish bus stop with heated pavement was built in Arlington, VA, but it has failed to keep commuters warm or dry.
This what is considered ‘art’? I don’t care what color the participants are, it’s evil. Haven’t we moved past such images? Haven’t we learned anything from the past? Do we really want an example of the horrors of the past to haunt us? Does this ‘artist’ know this is still happening today, in many countries around the world, to people of all colors? Yes, I do understand what she was supposedly trying to say, but that doesn’t make it art!
I’m no expert, but I know art when I see it. That ain’t it!
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Walking, talking chimpanzees may be TV comedy gold but now three courts in New York are being asked to recognize four chimps as “legal persons” with fundamental rights.
The move would allow the animals to be released into sanctuaries where they could live out the reminder of their days in freedom, says the Nonhuman Rights Project behind the initiative.
On Monday it petitioned a court in Fulton County Court, New York State, in the name of Tommy, a chimpanzee held captive in a cage at a used trailer lot in nearby Gloversville.
On Tuesday it did the same for Kiko, a 26-year-old chimpanzee who is deaf and living in a private home in Niagara Falls.
The group will Thursday lodge a similar petition on behalf of Hercules and Leo, who are owned by a research center and used in locomotion experiments on Long Island.
You’ll have to excuse me while I scratch my head in wonder. Are these the same people who refuse to accept the fact that those ‘blobs of tissue’ are actually human beings, and it’s ok to murder them? Do they fight against personhood laws?
When said chimps can get a job, speak English, wear clothes, clean house, do laundry, and all the other things regular people do, then I will accept the idea that they are actual people. Until then, HELL NO!
Yes, chimpanzees are capable of a lot of things. They learn to use tools, as in using a stick to get ants, or termites, or whatever, out of a log. They are capable of learning sign language. They are rather intelligent creatures, as God intended, but no, they are not people. And no, they should not be kept in cages in some damn fool’s trailer. If they are blind and deaf, they should be cared for, as a person would their aging cat or dog, even though I don’t think chimps should be kept as ‘pets’.
I agree that these creatures should live in a natural habitat. Asking the court to declare an animal to be a person speaks volumes about the state of our nation.
The deeper we dig, the more CRAP comes floating up to the surface!
Now, I’ll admit, when I read the original bill, I saw nothing about the increase in the minimum wage. Either it was added later, or I just completely missed it. It’s possible…that’s a long freakin’ bill, and not exactly exciting reading. Angry reading, but not exciting. And those just now snapping out of their Obama stupor can’t say they weren’t warned, but alas, when you have a messiah that tells you what he wants you to know, some folks just suck it up. Kind of like Satan. Gets ya hooked with pretty promises, and reals ya in, and it’s all over!
I have ranted many times about raising the minimum, every time the issue comes up, but some folks just can’t do simple math. Now, once again, it raises it’s ugly head, not only through the tools of the unions, and their ignorant protests, but through that piece of garbage that is supposedly about health care, but is not.
I’m going to TRY to put this in a way that even Bob Beckel can understand.
You have 5 employees at your small fast food joint, not one of those big ones, like McDonald’s. You are just a very small place in a small town, with some regulars who frequent your joint cuz they like the food, like the atmosphere, and the prices are good. A couple of your employees have been with you a long time, and make more than minimum wage, because they worked hard, and earned the raises. Since you trust these long time employees, you’ve made one a manager, and are thinking about opening another little joint, and making the other long time employee the manager of that little place. The others are kids, mostly part time, working to help pay for their education, or to buy a car, or whatever reason kids have these days to want to work. An ethic, perhaps? One can hope.
You’ve been providing your full time employees with HC, out of the goodness of your heart, not because it was required. They pay a little, you pay a little. Now, you find out the policy you had for your little business is being canceled because it doesn’t meet what Obama & crew doesn’t believe it meets the minimum standards (whose standards?), and what they offer is something you just can’t afford. Since you are so small, you aren’t involved in the illegal mandate, thankfully. However, if they decide to raise the minimum wage across the board, you are most definitely affected. Not only will you not be able to provide your trusted, long time employees with the health care they depended on, you will now have to let one of your part time kids go. The idea of opening a second little place is going down the tubes.
Why? Well, every time they decide to raise the minimum wage, which was NEVER meant to be a ‘living wage’, the cost of EVERY THING goes up. The price of the products you buy from your vendors goes up. Now, you can eat the cost, and cut your profit margin, which is what pays your personal bills, like mortgage, utilities, maybe a car payment, but since you aren’t big fancy place, you likely are still driving that 10 year old vehicle, the needs some work, that you really can’t afford right now. Unfortunately, you are also going to have to raise the prices on your menu. Your regulars will grumble a bit, even though they understand the reasoning. Since you are also short handed, the service will suffer, and won’t be what your customers have come to expect. Those workers still with you become stressed, and occasionally short with the folks. Stress will do that. They are working longer hours to make up for the loss of the person you had to let go.
The two part time employees will get their government wage increase, but those who have been with you the longest won’t see an extra dime in their paychecks. Well, except for the money they use to pay towards their healthcare. However, they need HC for their families, maybe a single mom with 2 kids? So, they have to go to the non working Obamadontcare website, and eventually, end up, after much hassle, with a policy she can’t afford, but needs for her kids. Therefore, she is actually making less money than she was before, and the stress of having to work more hours, pay more for HC, pay more for day care, due to the minimum wage increase, and still have to pay for rent, and all the other bills, she finally gives up, and quits. AFDC, or whatever they call welfare these days, has one more participant, and added to the unemployment rolls.
You have one less employee, putting even more strain on your business. Your regulars don’t come in so much any more, due to the higher prices, and the harried servers. Business is going down the tubes. Your once upon a time dream of opening a second business, to serve the small community is gone. Poof!
Now, you are considering shutting down your once thriving business due to the increase in the financial strain, and the lack of business. What’s the point? You have 3 employees left, who aren’t happy, fewer customers than ever to the point that some days, you wonder why you even bother to open the doors at all.
Then comes the decision. The very difficult decision. Your dream is gone. The government has taken it away. (I haven’t even mentioned all the regulations that continually get imposed.) It’s time to shut it down. You are going broke to the point even you are finding it difficult to make your house payments, much less have any small luxuries, like cable TV, or that cell phone. You have a land line, so you think maybe you can’t afford to make that extra payment. You’ve already put a huge dent in your savings, just to keep things going, and the thought of your kids going to college is gone. You’re having to put your little 3 bedroom ranch house up for sale, and pray someone will buy it for a decent price, although likely, no where near what you paid.
One more business closes it’s doors. Five more people on the unemployment rolls. Five more people turning to the government for a little cash assistance, some food stamps, and trying to get on medicaid so they can get some, albeit lousy, health care.
THIS is what raising the minimum wage, and Obamadontcare, does to small businesses. This is your government at work!
We Bet You Haven’t Heard This About Obamacare
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Another push is underway to raise the minimum wage. But what you probably haven’t heard is that Obamacare has already done that.
The plan on the table in Congress would raise the federal minimum wage above $10 an hour (which is higher than all existing state rates). Obamacare’s mandate on employers, however, is already scheduled to raise the hourly cost of hiring a full-time worker past $10 an hour.
The idea behind a minimum wage is to help low-income workers. But Obamacare’s mandates will hurt the job prospects of these very workers—and raising the federal minimum wage would further limit the number of jobs available.
Is the Iran Nuke Deal a “Chamberlain” Moment?
They really do believe we’re that stupid!
1. Max Baucus
“If you like what you have you can keep it.”
2. Harry Reid
“Those fortunate enough to have health insurance will be able to keep theirs.”
3. Mark Begich
“If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of (inaudible), you keep it”
4. Mary Landrieu
“While those individuals who like the coverage they already have will be able to keep their current plan. This is a very accurate description of this bill before us – The Patient Protection and Affordability Act. It’s very accurate.”
5. Hillary Clinton
“You keep the insurance you have if you like it.”
6. Nancy Pelosi
“If you like what you have and you want to keep it, you have the choice to do that.”
7. Barack Obama
“If you like your health care plan you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”
Abject Surrender by the United States
by John Bolton
Negotiations for an “interim” arrangement over Iran’s nuclear weapons program finally succeeded this past weekend, as Security Council foreign ministers (plus Germany) flew to Geneva to meet their Iranian counterpart. After raising expectations of a deal by first convening on November 8-10, it would have been beyond humiliating to gather again without result. So agreement was struck despite solemn incantations earlier that “no deal is better than a bad deal.”
This interim agreement is badly skewed from America’s perspective. Iran retains its full capacity to enrich uranium, thus abandoning a decade of Western insistence and Security Council resolutions that Iran stop all uranium-enrichment activities. Allowing Iran to continue enriching, and despite modest (indeed, utterly inadequate) measures to prevent it from increasing its enriched-uranium stockpiles and its overall nuclear infrastructure, lays the predicate for Iran fully enjoying its “right” to enrichment in any “final” agreement. Indeed, the interim agreement itself acknowledges that a “comprehensive solution” will “involve a mutually defined enrichment program.” This is not, as the Obama administration leaked before the deal became public, a “compromise” on Iran’s claimed “right” to enrichment. This is abject surrender by the United States.
A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease. Isaiah 21:2 (KJV)
FYI: Elam was a part of current day Iran, into a smidge of Iraq.
Many shall be purified, made white, and tried: but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall have understanding: but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:10 (GNV)
From Andreas Fagerbakke (blogger at The Times of Israel):
Israel is yet again left alone to deal with those who threaten to destroy her. The International community is willing to sacrifice Israel, to appease Iran, because they so desperately want peace.. Even when they know it will be a false peace.
The International community has lost its morality. They no longer know the difference between what is good and what is evil. If it was possible they would make a deal with the devil himself, and make it in a heartbeat.
Sadly, I have to agree with Mr Fagerbakke. The evil that has taken over the various governments, including our own in the U.S., is more than just a bit disturbing. We have lost our moral compass through the elections of those who lack the necessary knowledge.
Is Barack Hussein Obama the betrayer mentioned in the book of Isaiah? Some believe he is, but I’m sure there will be one who comes after him who will be the biggest betrayer ever. He’s just the precursor of what is to come. Betraying Israel is a REAL bad idea, and not everyone here will stand with the betrayer. No, we will stand with Israel, as God has instructed us.