Welcome to the Democrat Circus

Welcome to the Democrat CircusIf you’re a Republican, a Conservative or a Tea Partier (or all three) get down on your knees and pray that Vice President Joe Biden heeds his late son Beau’s advice and jumps into the Democrat nomination fray.

Biden who is 72 would join Hillary Clinton who is 67 and Bernie Sanders who is 73. For the mathematically challenged the total ages would 212 years or an average age of 70 and change.

This shows the bankruptcy of the Democrat Party when they can’t find or convince a younger Democrat like Andrew Cuomo or some other governor to run. Instead, the Democrats are putting forward two and possibly three wizened pols whose philosophies have run their course.

Can you imagine the political theater at the Democrat debates? Bernie Sanders waving his arms and intoning his socialist policies, Clinton laughing nervously and gaffe-a-minute Joe Biden the viewers will be on the edge of their seats.

But seriously folks this triumvirate of semi-socialists would prove to the American people that the philosophy of the Democrat Party has taken us where we are now.

And where is that? For starters we’re now $18+ trillion in debt and climbing. And that’s only on paper. Our unfunded entitlement liabilities are in the hundreds of trillions of dollars.

In the words of Margaret Thatcher: ‘The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.’ Well, we can only print so much money before it becomes a problem. The money is running out.

We’re spending almost as much on debt payments as we do on pollution control, higher education, food & nutrition assistance and unemployment benefits. Our interest amounts to $229 billion in 2015.

Then, we have ObamaCare, a program that forces its enrollees to pay exorbitant insurance rates in order to fund other people’s insurance. And if you can’t afford it, well then the government will subsidize you. How long will that last until we run out of money?

ObamaCare is accelerating the growth of the National Debt while our military struggles to keep up in a dangerous world.Between the Russians, the Iranians, the Chinese and ISIS we’re surrounded by ‘thieves and assassins’ in the words of my father’s late partner.

Under the Democrats our entitlement spending has grown exponentially and Clinton and Sanders are proposing even more spending. Free college is one of Sanders’ issues. He also wants to break up big banks. Finally, he wants to spend, spend, spend.

Hillary Clinton is more circumspect but her economic plans are just as damaging as those of Bernie Sanders. Like Obama, she is pushing income redistribution. Her entire plan is spend, spend, spend.

Then, we may have Joe Biden pushing is own plans on more spending, stronger unions and the Obama policy of leading from the back.

Get the three of them on stage and each will play ‘Can you top this’ with the American taxpayers’ hard earned money. Republicans, Conservatives and Tea Partiers pray that this happens for the good of the country.

 

Our Broken Rule of Law

Our Broken Rule of LawWe may be seeing the final days of the American jurisprudence system as practiced by the Department of Justice and their prosecutors. I am referring to the department’s actions with regards to the Planned Parenthood body parts scandal.

Federal prosecutors seem to be diligent in whether the Center for Medical Progress committed obscure and technical violations of law during the course of uncovering Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy.

The Department of Justice seems strangely uninterested in even investigating this apparent massive criminal violation of Federal law. This is a violation that shocks the conscience of even the most ardent pro-choicers.

You see, the Department of Justice is no longer respecting the rule of law. Instead, they and their sidekick the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become allies of the Obama White House. Those in power don’t wish Planned Parenthood to be investigated and so they won’t be.

The organization has retained several lobbying firms to assist them in placing the blame on the revelations not on those who perpetrated these heinous acts but rather on the messenger, the Center for Medical Progress.

We no longer live under the rule of law. Instead, we live under the rule of men. The Department of Justice and other federal law enforcement departments can no longer be trusted.

Instead, it seems that they are more than willing to carry out the wishes of their political masters. But we need to remember that this the ‘Chicago Way’.

Under the Cook County machine there was rampant corruption, use of the law against political enemies and suppression of opposition political groups. It was and to a certain extent the ‘Wild West’ of politics.

Remember that Barack Obama and political allies in the White House are disciple of the ‘Chicago Way’. They will, lie, cheat and steal to get their way. In fact, it’s exactly how they are acting.

Other examples of the corruption at the Department of Justice are the ongoing Clinton scandals. The email server scandal is a clear violation of federal law.

Mrs. Clinton while she was Secretary of State transmitted classified information on her private server. In the words of two inspectors general the information was classified when she transmitted it and is still classified.

Yet, the DOJ has only just now opened an investigation. The U.S. Justice Department received a referral to investigate a “potential compromise of classified information” associated with Clinton’s email use.

The DOJ statement comes after a now-corrected Thursday report from The New York Times that two inspectors general had asked to open a criminal investigation into whether classified government information was handled improperly in connection with Clinton’s private email account.

The DOJ confirmed Friday in a statement that they received a referral to investigate, but clarified it isn’t “a criminal referral.” One must ask why not? General David Petraeus was forced to resign from the CIA. He was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $100,000.

In addition to the email scandal, Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have acted in an unethical and perhaps an illegal manner over the contributions to their foundation.

The most recent revelation is from the Wall Street Journal. While Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State she intervened to settle a dispute with the IRS and Swiss Bank UBS.

The bank increased their donations to the Clinton Foundation grew from less than $60,000 at the end of 2008 to approximately $600,000 by the end of 2014.

The Journal reports that the bank also lent $32 million through entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs it launched in association with the foundation, while paying former President Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of corporate question-and-answer sessions with UBS Chief Executive Bob McCann.

This is an obvious case of “pay-to-play”. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in a federal penitentiary for much the same thing.

The Justice Department complaint alleged that the governor conspired to commit several “pay to play” schemes, including attempting “to obtain personal gain … through the corrupt use” of his authority to fill Barack Obama’s vacated United States Senate seat, claiming that in wiretapped recordings Blagojevich discussed his desire to get something in exchange for an appointment to the seat.

All of the circumstances for federal law violations are there but without an investigation. Perhaps, it’s time to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate these potential violations of the law. Mrs. Clinton seems to think that she is impervious to any type of prosecution. Perhaps she is.

Cowardice thy name is Washington

Kerry declares peace in our timeOver the last two weeks our Executive and Legislative Branches have been unmasked as perfidious political hacks.

We have seen the White House and the State Department deny that the Iran nuclear agreement is not a treaty but simply an executive agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry claims that the agreement wasn’t treated as a treaty “because you can’t pass a treaty anymore.”

Kerry may go down in history on the page as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain who declared that the Munich agreement was “Peace in our time”.  Less than a year later Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland and started World War II. As many as 80 million people died, including 6 million Jews.

So the Executive Branch is working purely on expediency. The Iran deal is deeply flawed and the majority of the American people are opposed to it. But Obama sought to bypass the Senate and instead allowed the United Nations Security Council to approve it.

This attempt to preempt the Senate should ring an alarm for every Senator. It says that the Executive Branch is willing to govern the country and really doesn’t care what they think.

The treaty gives the Iranians everything they wanted and the West gets nothing in return. The inspection protocol is a farce. The Iranians will continue to work on their ‘Persian’ bomb and once they have it will threaten their neighbors.

But never fear those neighbors have the wherewithal to arm themselves. If they’re smart they talk to the Israelis who already have nuclear weapons. After all ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is an old Arab proverb.

The Sunni countries of the Middle East allied with Israel will create a strong counterbalance against Iran and their terrorist allies Hezbollah and Hamas. A defacto alliance of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf States and Israel armed with nuclear weapons would pose a significant threat to the Iranian-led alliance.

Of course, the United States under Barack Obama would want to lead from the back. Our President is only concerned about his legacy and his Congressional allies will march in lock step like lemmings over the cliff.

The inside-the-beltway thinking is that the bill will pass because unlike a treaty that needs two-thirds of the Senate the President only needs one-third to vote for it. Thank you Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

The second major story in the news is the horrifying selling of aborted babies’ body parts by Anti abortion demonstratorsPlanned Parenthood of America. The release of videos by the Center for Medical Progress with PPA doctors discussing prices of body parts was shocking to anyone with an ounce of compassion.

But the discussion by these doctors on how to go about preserving certain parts with selective crushing of parts of the babies’ bodies was even more horrifying. Remember we’re talking about doctors who have taken an oath to ‘do no harm’.

Planned Parenthood has accused the organization of releasing videos that were heavily edited. In fact, they have convinced their supporters in the media to go along with this fable.

The Center for Medical Progress, the previously obscure group behind the attacks, released a third video that includes graphic footage – obtained surreptitiously – of a lab technician separating tissue collected from an aborted fetus.

Planned Parenthood has hit back at the anti-abortion organization and its supporters of violating patient privacy and editing the videos.

Coinciding with the newest video’s release, anti-abortion activists staged “women betrayed” rallies in dozens of cities around the country to protest the organization. At the US Capitol in Washington, protesters were joined by Republican presidential contenders Ben Carson and Senator Rand Paul, along with several other anti-abortion politicians.

However, where the rubber meets the road Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his leadership team seem more concerned about the Senate’s schedule than the reality on the ground.

They had an opportunity to attach amendments repealing Obamacare and Planned Parenthood funding to the must-sign Highway bill but declined to pick a fight with the President. Isn’t that why they were elected?

 

Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) and Verizon (@Verizon) Have Subsidized the Brutal Killing of Animals

Erick Erickson head shotI read this post from Erick Erickson of Red State and I was sickened. We have three lovely cats who are our pets for the rest of their lives. We rescued all three. I thought that we were beyond this but apparently not. 

If you want to do something about this slaughter share this post and let these companies know that what they are doing is wrong and horrific.

Coca-Cola has not only ruined its signature product with that idiotic Freestyle machine that makes all its drinks taste terrible, it also has subsidized the brutal killing of animals. It is horrific news that should unite the left and the right. Coca-Cola has been joined by Verizon in subsidizing this.

Both companies have contributed to an organization that takes pregnant female animals and pulls their unborn from them and crushes them. In numerous cases, the barbarians who do this procedure then take the organs from the small, crushed animals and give them to others for scientific research.

PETA and other organizations have long protested the use of animals for scientific research, yet Coca-Cola and Verizon have subsidized the harvesting of organs from young animals that are otherwise crushed up through direct donations to the organization crushing the animals. In some cases, a procedure is done on the pregnant females where their unborn are vacuumed out. In other cases, the unborn baby animals have their heads slit open and their brains sucked out before the rest of the animal is ripped apart and extracted from its mother via the animal’s birth canal.

Coca-Cola has subsidized this organization. Verizon has subsidized this organization. The have contributed money that is used to make this happen. Even worse, scientific evidence strongly suggests that the baby animals in many cases can feel themselves being ripped apart. In fact, they have to let the animals grow to an advanced stage to be able to harvest the organs — a stage advanced enough for brain function and nerve function and pain sensors to develop.

Coca-Cola and Verizon have subsidized this. They should be ashamed.

There are thirty-seven other companies that have subsidized the brutal extraction of small animals from their mothers to harvest their organs. The Homo sapiens need to be protected and cared for against this brutal torture. The full list of thirty-nine organizations:

  1. Adobe
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. American Express
  4. AT&T
  5. Avon
  6. Bank of America
  7. Bath & Body Works
  8. Ben & Jerry’s
  9. Clorox
  10. Coca-Cola
  11. Converse
  12. Deutsche Bank
  13. Dockers
  14. Energizer
  15. Expedia
  16. Verizon
  17. Fannie Mae
  18. Groupon
  19. Intuit
  20. Johnson & Johnson
  21. La Senza
  22. Levi Strauss
  23. Liberty Mutual
  24. Macy’s
  25. March of Dimes
  26. Microsoft
  27. Morgan Stanley
  28. Nike
  29. Oracle
  30. PepsiCo
  31. Pfizer
  32. Progressive
  33. Starbucks
  34. Susan G. Komen
  35. Tostitos
  36. Unilever
  37. United Way
  38. Verizon
  39. Wells Fargo

The Death of the Senate

United States Senate“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation

The United States Senate is now officially dead as a counterweight to the American President, any American President.

Harry Reid (D-NV) began the process of killing the Senate as a viable institution. He relentlessly blocked every House Republican initiative for all Obama’s 6 1/2 years in office. He similarly blocked any and all legislation from the Senate Republicans.

Anything that would have helped the country recover from the Great Recession went in Harry Reid’s wastebasket of dead bills. They were never investigated in committee or saw the light of day on the floor of the Senate.

Mitch McConnell in his brief six months has continued to process by being way too deferential to the President and his allies. The Senate has now been preempted by the United Nations Security Council on the one-sided Iranian nuclear deal.

First of all, he allowed Bob Corker (R-TN) to write a bill that reverses the Constitutional process on treaties. We don’t know why the Republicans agreed to it but they did. All of the Republicans voted for it except Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark).

The Democrats could be heard laughing from Capital Hill to the White House. A brief explanation is required to understand the idiocy that is the Republican caucus.

The Constitution puts the burden on the president to find 67 Senate votes to approve an international agreement, making it virtually impossible to ratify a badly-negotiated deal. The Corker bill puts the onus on Congress to muster 67 votes to block an agreement.

The Constitution does not allow the president to make binding agreements with foreign countries all on his own. This is based on the theory that the American people should not take on enforceable international obligations or see their sovereignty compromised except when they are approved by the elected representatives most directly accountable to them.

Thus, the Constitution mandates that no international agreement can be binding unless it achieves either of two forms of congressional endorsement: a) super-majority approval by two-thirds of the Senate (i.e., 67 aye votes), or b) enactment through the normal legislative process, meaning passage by both chambers under their burdensome rules, then signature by the president.

Once the deal is submitted, Congress would have 60 days (or perhaps as few as 30 days) to act. If within that period both houses of Congress failed to enact a resolution of disapproval, the agreement would be deemed legally binding — meaning that the sanctions the Iranian regime is chafing under would be lifted.

Under the Corker bill as few as 34 Democrats in the Senate could block disapproval, contrary to the Constitution. The bill will pass and we will have a nuclear Iran on our hands before very long.

A bill that is actually a treaty (but isn’t because Obama said so) will aid and abet terrorism in the world by gifting the Iranian government some $150 billion. Make no mistake they will use it to attempt to overwhelm their Sunni enemies across the Middle East. This has been a Persian goal for a millennium.

Meanwhile, the Senate of the United States once a glorious institution has become a vassal of whoever is the President. This one feels free to bypass both Houses with executive orders and regulations from departments that are no longer accountable to the people.

Throw dirt on the grave of the America Republic. Sadly, Benjamin Franklin may have been right.

 

The Sphinx finally speaks

Hillary Clinton at her UN Press ConferenceThis post got lost in the shuffle but it’s well worth reading because Mrs. Clinton will be appearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and the subject of her secret email server is sure to come up.

Hillary Clinton has finally explained her email policy and it really makes no sense. Her statement before a compliant press was contradictory and told the American electorate very little in the way of facts.

The former first lady acted like the Empress of China with her attitude and stance. She was self-righteous, secretive, arrogant, angry, stubborn, legalistic and unconvincing in her replies. Her entire defense rests one implausible premise: that she can be trusted.

  • She won’t allow an examination of her server.  We have to trust her that none of the emails concerned classified material.•  She wouldn’t consider allowing an outsider to review the emails and decide if the correct ones had been turned over?•  She would not tell who made the decision on which emails to turn over to the State Department.

    •  She revealed that she destroyed half of the emails, the ones she, not an impartial reviewer, considered not related to official business.

And this is the woman that expects the American voters to elect her to the Presidency.

In past Clinton scandals the strategy of concealment and delay would be effective. We would begin to lose interest and so will the the prosecutor. We will move on and forget it ever happened. It will become old news.

But this scandal has a time limit with the presidential looming in 2016. The Democrats will become impatient with the continuous Republican attacks. The implication that Mrs. Clinton cannot be trusted will eat away at the public’s support of the one-time anointed candidate.

The Democrats will demand that there be an understudy to Hillary.  Facing the possibility that the emails, when fully disclosed and the server, when subpoenaed, will prove incriminating is too dangerous a gamble to play during a presidential election.

The Democrats will demand certainty and only have confidence in her candidacy if she has met that standard.  Otherwise, the pressure to put Elizabeth Warren, at least, on the ballot to be an alternative if needed will mount.

Hillary’s contention is that she did comply with the State Department regulations because the recipients of the emails kept their correspondence on government servers.  This contention belies the fact that in so doing, she made it almost impossible to discover what was in the emails.  What was a Congressional committee to do?  Subpoena every government employee to determine if they received any of Hillary’s emails?

Previously, Hillary’s office had indicated that 90% of the emails were sent to State Department employees in whose systems they are presumably stored.  But what about the other 10%.  If they were sent to non-State Department employees or even foreigners, there would be no record.

Hillary had previously told us that she carried two smartphone, an iPhone and a Blackberry. Now, she says that she only carried a blackberry for convenience. Which is it, Madam Secretary?

Bill has been quoted as saying that he hardly ever used email while Hillary claims that she sent him emails all of the time. Which is it, Madam Secretary?

How will this story end. Congressman Trey Gowdy, a tenacious former prosecutor, will subpoena her emails and the server that they were on. Eventually the House Committee will get the documents and more than likely they will contain embarrassing details. Mrs. Clinton will take a huge hit and with her the Democrat Party.

 

 

The New, the Old and the WTF Candidates

Republican candidatesYesterday’s announcement of Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin’ candidacy sharpened the issue of the New World versus the Old World.

Senator Marco Rubio started this debate when he announced his candidacy in April. In a direct attack on Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy, which she announced Sunday, Mr. Rubio said:

Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. Yesterday is over and we’re never going back.

Walker said much the same thing calling Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton candidates from the Old World.

We need new, fresh leadership, leadership with big, bold ideas from outside of Washington. The kind of leadership that knows how to get things done, like we’ve done here in Wisconsin.

Now, we’ll take a look at the rest of the Republican field:

  • Jeb Bush: As the son and brother of former Presidents one wonders if the former Florida governor is one Bush too many. Governor Bush is an establishment candidate who gives us the same, old regurgitated issues and solutions. He may be leading now in a field of conservatives but once the herd thins out he’ll become a target for the remaining conservatives.
  • Dr. Ben Carson: Dr. Carson is a thoughtful, articulate candidate. But he has next to no experience in campaigning. People may support him now but when things heat up he probably won’t stay around.
  • Donald Trump: Burst into the race with his incendiary comments on Mexico and Mexicans. Has very little message discipline and says things that he shouldn’t. When asked if he might run as an independent replied that he might. That’s the kiss of death for the Republican base. Once the rest of his philosophy is revealed he’ll fad and lose interest.
  • Mike Huckabee: a classic ‘yesterday’ candidate who is only being supported by his evangelical base. He’s at 7% now and probably won’t get above 15% once the field thins out then he’ll bow out and return to making gobs of money.
  • Rand Paul: an articulate libertarian who probably won’t get above 20% like his father. Should do OK in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  • Ted Cruz: a one trick pony candidate. He’s a great speaker but hasn’t shown much beyond criticizing everyone in his party plus Hillary Clinton.

Then we have the candidates who time has passed by and who are all at 2% in the RealClearPolitics polling:

  • Rick Perry: a supremely qualified former Governor of Texas who fumbled his chances in 2012. He’s currently polling at 2%.
  • Chris Christie: current Governor of New Jersey who was fatally wounded by the BridgeGate scandal. Also, currently polling at 2%.
  • Bobby Jindal: Governor of Louisiana is an Indian-American with a Cajun accent. A policy wonk from the get go who is an expert on health care and education. Unfortunately, he’s another 2 percenter. Waited too long to get in the race.
  • Rick Santorum: constantly reminds his audiences that he won Iowa and ten other states in 2012 but still was throttled by a lack of funding. Hasn’t held political office since 2007. He’s the last of the 2 percenters. Living in 2012 not 2016.

Then we have the remainder. These are a mixed bag of WTF candidates and just plain unknowns:

  • Carly Fiorina: former CEO of HP. A great speaker she has virtually no organization or exposure. Polling at 1%.
  • John Kasich: The Governor of Ohio who is still undeclared and might remain that way since he’s only polling at 1%.
  • Lindsay Graham: The senior Senator from South Carolina is a little like Don Quixote with 0% polling.
  • George Pataki: former Governor of New York is even registering in the polls and belongs in the WTF category. He hasn’t held political office since 2006. He tried to start a fight with The Donald to get some publicity but it didn’t work. He’s not even on the radar.
  • Jim Gilmore: the ultimate WTF candidate. The former Governor of Virginia hasn’t held political office since 2002. He wasn’t popular then and is even less so now. He mustn’t have anything to do this summer.

That’s everyone but realistically there are maybe five to eight viable candidates: Bush, Walker, Rubio, Cruz, Paul, Carson, Trump and Huckabee. The rest should go to the beach or DisneyWorld while they have a chance.

 

 

 

The Anti-Confederate Insanity Continues

Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue

Editor’s note: Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He was a skilled cavalry commander whose escapades can not be recounted here because they are so numerous. 

Forrest was accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow for allowing forces under his command to massacre hundreds of black Union Army and white Southern Unionist prisoners. Union Major General William T. Sherman investigated the allegations and did not charge Forrest with any improprieties. In their postwar writings, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee both expressed their belief that the Confederate high command had failed to fully use Forrest’s talents.

What is happening across the United States is nothing less than what the Soviets did in Russia. 

Remember this story from the City of Memphis and how there was a push to dig up the grave of a Confederate general that was buried in a city park and relocate it somewhere else?

According to this, the Memphis City Council UNANIMOUSLY voted to remove the graves of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and the accompanying statue and move it somewhere else. It doesn’t say where for sure they’ll be moving him and his wife, but the way this ban on the Confederacy is going, they might have to shoot them off into space (but even THAT might not be far enough for some people). From the article –

Tuesday, the council voted on a companion resolution and ordinance triggering the following:
  • Condemnation of the equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Assignment and Sale of equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Relocation and Removal of equestrian statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Removal And Reinterment of Remains of All Deceased Persons Buried In The Burial Ground At Health Sciences Park
The resolution only required a majority vote, but the ordinance required a two-thirds majority vote.
“What’s happening here is we are seeing political entities such as the County Commission, the State Legislature are all taking a stance on what is politically correct, and that is removing symbols of racism and bigotry away from public property,” [Memphis City Council Chairman Myron] Lowery added.

Sooooo… I have kind of a dumb question. Have any murders or other crimes been committed because this statue is in this park? Any erupting racial violence or tension because these people are buried there? Is there anything at all to suggest that the presence of Nathan Bedford Forrest has created a problem for the City of Memphis?

Why in the name of all that is good and holy is this even an issue??? Other than to make liberals who are suffering from an acute case of white guilt FEEEEEEEEL better about themselves? Scrubbing all signs of the Confederacy from the public eye and pretending like it never happened isn’t going to help anybody. Other than make the Confederate flag the new symbol of freedom of speech, that is (it’salready happening in some cases). Shoot, I want to get my souvenir Confederate flag that I bought when I lived in Florida out of storage and start waving it out my window! Not because I have any great personal connection to the Confederacy, but because I know it would annoy certain liberals that deserve to be annoyed!

I don’t even know who General Forrest was. He could have been an upstanding citizen for the most part, or he could have been an utter sleazeball. I don’t care either way because that’s not the point. The point is how far is this political correctness assault on history going to go?

People make fun of Southerners for holding onto their Southern heritage and say derisively “The Civil War’s over! You guys lost!” – but I think a few people who would side with the North seem to have forgotten that as well. And they’re the ones doing the MOST damage by insisting everything to do with the Confederacy be taken down!

And political-correctness-gone-mad hasn’t neglected places where the Confederacy never even existed! Oh no! Even in my home state of Utah – they’re actually talking about changing the name of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. What’s stupid is that the name has NOTHING to do with the Confederacy or slavery! The people who settled Utah Territory were OPPOSED to slavery and were driven out west because of it. The area around St. George and the rest of Southern Utah was nicknamed “Utah’s Dixie” because they grew cotton and other crops associated with the American South so those early settlers wouldn’t have to depend on importing those goods from places where the people had previously tried to kill them (when you get time, look up the history of violence against Mormons in Missouri in the late 1830s. Mob violence, murders, property damage, raping women, killing and kidnapping children – oh it’s a RIOT!) Those early settlers in Southern Utah planted their own freaking cotton and harvested it and made their own fabrics out of it with precisely ZERO slave labor. That’s what the university’s name is honoring!

Between that and digging up graves and censoring “The Dukes of Hazzard,” this anti-Confederacy craze has gone beyond jumping the shark. It’s locked itself in the fridge and blown itself out of the nuclear fallout shelter into the desert where an aged Harrison Ford stumbles out and wonders why the crap he let George Lucas talk him into a fourth Indiana Jones movie at all.

Posted by Miss CJ at http://chicksontheright.com/.

Summer in Washington isn’t so quiet

Summer in WashingtonSummer in Washington used to be quiet between vacations and the heat in the capital. But all that has changed. The Obama administration is mired in scandal after scandal.

Meanwhile the chosen queen to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign has had numerous problems ranging from giving a non-interview to a hand-picked correspondent from CNN to roping off the media away from her.

Does Mrs. Clinton want to conduct a hands-off campaign without pressing the flesh? That seems to be her modus operandi. Simply walk through Iowa’s towns waving like the queen. Answer questions by laughing or lying about her email escapades.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch Obama is being assailed from all sides. Let’s look at the scandals in no particular order:

  • The Benghazi Special Committee rolls on. Yesterday, they caught Queen Hillary in a lie. Hillary said that she never received a subpoena. Trey Gowdy, the chairman, said otherwise and released the March 4th subpoena to the media. This whole show impacts the administration.

 

  • “The committee has issued several subpoenas, but I have not sought to make them public,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. “I would not make this one public now, but after Secretary Clinton falsely claimed the committee did not subpoena her, I have no choice in order to correct the inaccuracy.”

 

  • Hillary also continues to run afoul of the Congress for her private email server. The most severe repercussions were from Mrs. Clinton’s protestations about how she handled her email. She exclusively used a private email account to conduct official business and then, years later, deleted about half of the messages rather than turn them over to the State Department.
  • Now to move on to bigger game. New documents reveal that several IRS officials, including Lois Lerner, colluded with the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on “several possible theories to bring criminal charges” against conservative groups as early as 2010.

 

  • This level of collusion between the IRS, FBI, and DOJ at the time conservative groups were being targeted for their political beliefs by Lerner’s division of the IRS is suspect to say the least.  However, it is exacerbated by the fact that Lerner and the DOJ continued these conversations for years.

 

  • Nearly three years later, in fact two days before Lerner issued her faux “apology” for targeting conservatives, Lerner wrote an email to the Chief of Staff for the acting Commissioner of the IRS explaining ongoing discussions with senior DOJ officials to “piece together false statement cases about applicants.”

 

  • In Vienna, John Kerry and his negotiating team seem to be ready to make a deal with the Iranians. Any deal seems to be the goal here. The Iranians stand to gain $50 billion in frozen funds which they can then use to threaten our Middle Eastern allies.

 

  • The Republicans and patriotic Democrats better be ready to turn this bad deal down. Bob Corker (R-TN) needs to reverse his recent bill that tries to override the Constitution. After all when your negotiating partners leave town, something is rotten in Vienna.

 

  • Congress is now faced with two potential scenarios. Either the talks produce a deal, and Congress votes to accept or reject it after the review period; or the talks produce no deal, and lawmakers consider the possibility of a military strike should Iran forge ahead.

 

  • Then we have the ISIS situation. The administration had to admit that they had only trained 60 Syrian freedom fighters despite their rhetoric that they would train 7,000. The only ones who seem to know how to fight are the Kurds but after all Saladin was a Kurd.

 

  • A federal judge up in arms about non-compliance with a court order blocking President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration is demanding that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and four other top immigration enforcement officials appear in a Brownsville, Texas, courtroom next month to explain why they should not be held in contempt of court.

 

The War over the Confederate Flag

This post was originally published on one of my other sites: http://northagainstsouth.com/.

Chamberlain at AppomattoxOnce again the forces of the left and other apologists for them have assailed the Confederate flag. With their philosophy of never let a crisis go to waste, they have used the deaths of nine Americans in church by a hate-filled individual to attack a symbol of Southern pride.

As a Yankee living in the Old Dominion I understand that white Southerners need to hold onto their symbol of four hard years of war. I also understand that flying the flag at state capital grounds and other official sites is offensive to black Southerners. This land belongs equally to both groups. And allow me to say that in my experience the Confederate flag is not used to stick it in the face of black Southerners.

There are vanity license plates with the Confederate flag throughout the South. Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia called for the removal of the Confederate flag from all state license plates. He also called for the reclaiming of those in circulation. It only requires the state’s Attorney General to petition the court that originally allowed it. The plate’s emblem is actually the logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans who won a court case allowing it. A recent Supreme Court case ruling in a Texas case allows states to remove the emblem.

The issue is front-and-center in southern states right now. North Carolina’s governor said Tuesday he’ll ask the state legislature to remove the emblem from plates there, as did Tennessee’s. Georgia’s governor initially re-affirmed support for his state’s plates Tuesday, but said later in the day he’d support a redesign, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition, most Southern states have removed the Confederate flag on official grounds. They have placed them in museums and other non-official sites.

But some on the left have gone way too far. This is still the United States and the last time I looked the First Amendment was still in force. Forcing retailers to stop selling Confederate flag items it flat out ridiculous. When sites like Ebay and Amazon remove items that have the Confederate flag, well, that’s bridge too far for me. The height of this new prohibition is the cancellation of the Dukes of Hazzard reruns because their car, the General Lee, has the Confederate flag on the roof!

NASCAR has actually asked their fans to stop flying the Confederate flag. It’s a strange request from an organization that was founded in the South and whose membership is mostly from that region. Yet, with all of the shouting according to a recent CNN/ORC by a margin of 57% to 33% people saw the flag as a symbol of Southern pride rather than racism.

Among African-Americans, 72% see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism, just 25% of whites agree. In the South, the racial divide is even broader. While 75% of Southern whites describe the flag as a symbol of pride and 18% call it a symbol of racism, those figures are almost exactly reversed among Southern African-Americans, with just 11% seeing it as a sign of pride and 75% viewing it as a symbol of racism.

A majority favors removing the Confederate flag from government property that isn’t part of a museum: 55% support that while 43% are opposed. And half support private companies choosing not to sell or manufacture items featuring the Confederate flag: 50% are in favor, 47% opposed.

But most oppose other efforts, including redesigning state flags that feature Confederate emblems or symbols to remove references to the Confederacy (57% oppose that), renaming streets and highways named after Confederate leaders (68% oppose that) and removing tributes to those who fought for the Confederacy from public places (71% oppose that).

Among African-Americans, however, most favor removing flags from government property (73%), private companies stopping the sale or manufacture of products featuring the flag (65%) and redesigning state flags that feature Confederate references to remove them (59%).

Let’s get serious now. The Confederate flag that we see today was actually the battle flag of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Other units used different flags while the Confederacy had at least three different flags each with several variants during its brief four-year life. Some states used their state flags and added the ‘Stars and Bars’. Some of those state flags are still in use today.

In order to understand Southerners love of the Confederate flag allow me to quote Union General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain who was the officer designated by General Grant to accept the surrender of the infantry of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. General Chamberlain was wounded six times in the service of the Union. The officer commanding the Confederate infantry, General John Brown Gordon of Georgia was wounded seven times in the service of the Confederacy. The text is from General Chamberlain’s book The Passing of the Armies. It is well-worth reading.

Our earnest eyes scan the busy groups on the opposite slopes, breaking camp for the last time, taking down their little shelter-tents and folding them carefully as precious things, then slowly forming ranks as for unwelcome duty. And now they move. The dusky swarms forge forward into gray columns of march. On they come, with the old swinging route step and swaying battle- flags. In the van, the proud Confederate ensign — the great field of white with canton of star-strewn cross of blue on a field of red, the regimental battle-flags with the same escutcheon following on, crowded so thick, by thinning out of men, that the whole column seemed crowned with red. At the right of our line our little group mounted beneath our flags, the red Maltese cross on a field of white, erewhile so bravely borne through many a field more crimson than itself, its mystic meaning now ruling all.

 

The momentous meaning of this occasion impressed me deeply. I resolved to mark it by some token of recognition, which could be no other than a salute of arms. Well aware of the responsibility assumed, and of the criticisms that would follow, as the sequel proved, nothing of that kind could move me in the least. The act could be defended, if needful, by the suggestion that such a salute was not to the cause for which the flag of the Confederacy stood, but to its going down before the flag of the Union. My main reason, however, was one for which I sought no authority nor asked forgiveness. Before us in proud humiliation stood the embodiment of manhood: men whom neither toils and sufferings, nor the fact of death, nor disaster, nor hopelessness could bend from their resolve; standing before us now, thin, worn, and famished, but erect, and with eyes looking level into ours, waking memories that bound us together as no other bond; — was not such manhood to be welcomed back into a Union so tested and assured?

 

Instructions had been given ; and when the head of each division column comes opposite our group, our bugle sounds the signal and instantly our whole line from right to left, regiment by regiment in succession, gives the soldier’s salutation, from the “order arms” to the old “carry” — the marching salute. Gordon at the head of the column, riding with heavy spirit and downcast face, catches the sound of shifting arms, looks up, and, taking the meaning, wheels superbly, making with himself and his horse one uplifted figure, with profound salutation as he drops the point of his sword to the boot toe; then facing to his own command, gives word for his successive brigades to pass us with the same position of the manual, — honor answering honor.

 

On our part not a sound of trumpet more, nor roll of drum ; not a cheer, nor word nor whisper of vain-glorying, nor motion of man standing again at the order, but an awed stillness rather, and breath-holding, as if it were the passing of the dead! As each successive division masks our own, it halts, the men face inward towards us across the road, twelve feet away; then carefully “dress” their line, each captain taking pains for the good appearance of his company, worn and half starved as they were. The field and staff take their positions in the intervals of regiments; generals in rear of their commands. They fix bayonets, stack arms; then, hesitatingly, remove cartridge-boxes and lay them down. Lastly, — reluctantly, with agony of expression, — they tenderly fold their flags, battle-worn and torn, blood-stained, heart -holding colors, and lay them down; some frenziedly rushing from the ranks, kneeling over them, clinging to them, pressing them to their lips with burning tears. And only the Flag of the Union greets the sky !

General Chamberlain had the opportunity to speak to several Confederate generals at the surrender:

There was opportunity for converse with several Confederate generals. Their bearing was, of course, serious, their spirits sad. What various misgivings mingled in their mood we could not but conjecture. Levying war against the United States was serious business. But one certain impression was received from them all; they were ready to accept for themselves and for the Confederacy any fate our Government should dictate. Lincoln’s magnanimity, as Grant’s thoughtfulness, had already impressed them much. They spoke like brave men who mean to stand upon their honor and accept the situation.

 

” General,” says one of them at the head of his corps, “this is deeply humiliating; but I console myself with the thought that the whole country will rejoice at this day’s business. ” “You astonish us, ” says another of equally high rank, “by your honorable and generous conduct. I fear we should not have done the same by you had the case been reversed. ” “I will go home, ‘ ‘ says a gallant officer from North Carolina, “and tell Joe Johnston we can’t fight such men as you. I will advise him to surrender.” “I went into that cause” says yet another of well-known name, “and I meant it. We had our choice of weapons and of ground, and we have lost. Now that is my flag (pointing to the flag of the Union), and I will prove myself as worthy as any of you. “

The War is over and has been for 150 years. What is taking place now will only ignite it again.

 

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