Guest Voice: SARTRE Commentary: IRS Scandal – No Indictment for Lerner

Disclaimer: The following is a guest commentary from a Paleoconservative website “Breaking All the rules.” The comments and opinions expressed in this piece are not necessarily those of the owner of this blog. It is presented for your reading pleasure.  

——

(Via BATR.Org)

“This is wrong and a great example of why so many Americans distrust their government.”

Rep. Jim Jordan

IRS Scandal – No Indictment for Lerner

That notorious time of the year is upon us again; the income tax deadline. It is an affected date because the tax system tells it is so. The torment and extortion of organized theft goes on all year long, but April 15 has a special place in the gut of every victim of larceny by government. Oh sure, paying taxes is supposed to be the price of maintaining civilization, but when was the last time that government protected , much less promoted, the mythical “Good Society”. The notion that paying tribute to a federal self ordained authority as a duty is only accepted by delusional proponents of a fantasy existence of welfare recipient beneficiaries.

For the productive wealth creators, the government pensioners aid and abet the tax distribution scheme that extracts revenue from the private sectors and rewards public scavengers. This entire arrangement is based upon fear. The axiom is that your money is not your own and that tax rates run on an arbitrary scale and deductions are granted to privileged sympathizers.

If you buck the tax swindle, folks expect to be harassed and targeted. However, when law abiding citizens become the focus of financial molestation, the checks and balances in the legal adjudication, hypothetically should grant relief. The manner by which Tea Party groups were persecuted by the IRS division under the direction of Lois Lerner reach new heights of bureaucratic tyranny.

With the announcement that DOJ Will Not Prosecute IRS’s Lois Lerner for Contempt of Congress, righteous outrage builds among the remnant of justice seeking organizations.

“The American Center for Law and Justice has represented dozens of the conservative groups targeted by the IRS. It says the decision not to prosecute Lerner “is troubling but not surprising.”

Continue reading Guest Voice: SARTRE Commentary: IRS Scandal – No Indictment for Lerner

New Feature: SARTRE Commentary

My friends, I usually have a policy around here, of not publishing other people’s works on my blog. However, I am about to break that policy. (It is my blog, I can do that you know…) I am going to start a new feature around here, called SARTRE commentary. SARTRE commentary is produced by a Paleoconservative website called Breaking All the Rules.

It is harsh, it is controversial; and it is, in this bloggers opinion, very good.

Enjoy it.

 

9 Years Later

It was December 30, 2007 that I wrote this posting:

This Blog will be for the discussion of Politics and News. With Any luck, it will be successful.

via The start of something new… | Political Byline.

That above was the first entry on my new blog political byline; after my first one, The Populist was hacked, either by hackers in some foreign country or by neocons, who were pissed at me over something I had written.  Either way, I lost of years worth of work; due to some crappy hosting that I was really not even paying for. The hosting company folded, for what that is really worth.

2006 and 2007, feels now like an eternity ago. How things have changed! Bush is gone, Iraq is over; and now, it’s blew up again. Al-Qaeda is now taking a backseat to a group called ISIS; and they ain’t playing either! Obama has come and is about gone. The Tea Party rose, got exploited, and fizzled out. Ron Paul retired and now, his kid Rand is running for President. Hillary Clinton Ran, got defeated, by a black man and now, tomorrow is going to announce, again. New names: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker. It is all rather strange.

When I started in 2006, social media was non-existent. Trackbacks were the lifeblood of blogging. New names: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Pinterest. Cell Phones or smartphones, as they’re called now; basically rule us. Before I got this silly Galaxy S4, the last phone I owned was a Sanyo (I think?!?!?!) flip phone —- Egad, remember those? Now, apps are a big part of my life; I have 8 screens of them on my phone! In the days before smartphones, the first thing I would do, when my eyes opened in the morning, was go take a leak; now, I check my phone.

In the old days, if something big happened, my Mom would IM me or I’d hear about it some other way. Now, if a big story breaks; my phone goes nuts with alerts. I do everything from set my alarm to wake up to timing hamburgers on the grill with this thing. I even usually call in my refills for prescriptions with this thing. I don’t even have to climb the stairs anymore, except to grab my daily three square meals or take a leak.

The funny thing is, the Galaxy S4 is old technology now. They have a Galaxy S5, S6 and S6 edge now. Jebus, can we slow down, just a little? I’m just getting comfortable with this phone and now, its old hat. :roll:

9 Years. That’s a long time. I’m still that kid from southwest Detroit; an analog kid, living in this digital world:

…and everything has been good…..so far:

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. :D

-Patrick

It’s Official: Rand Paul is in for 2016!

AP:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative message against both Washington and his fellow Republicans, declaring that “we have come to take our country back.”

The fiery message, delivered in his home state of Kentucky before he jetted to four early-nominating states, was set to motivate legions of supporters from his father’s two earlier unsuccessful bids for the Republicans’ presidential nomination, as well as broaden his appeal outside of the typical GOP coalition.

“I worry that the opportunity and hope are slipping away for our sons and daughters,” Paul said in a speech that tried to tap into Americans’ deep frustration with Washington. “What kind of America will our grandchildren see?”

He added: “It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame.”

I will be adding a banner and a link to his donation site. I stand with Rand Paul.

Video: Let my people go

Via ACLJ:

Let My People Go: The War Against the Eradication of the Global Church

Beheadings. Crucifixions. Staged mass executions on display for the world to see.

Radical Islamic extremists are targeting and terrorizing Christians and other religious minorities throughout the Middle East and Africa. Attacks are now spilling over into Europe and the West. Religious persecution is expanding dramatically and religious minorities – especially Christians – are now facing horrendous attacks – and all too often – death.

This persecution cannot be ignored. It is critical that we speak out – sound an alarm – be a true voice – a powerful advocate – for the persecuted church.

In Let My People Go: The War Against the Eradication of the Global Church, ACLJ Films shares the powerful stories of the persecuted and those fighting for their freedom. This documentary goes behind the scenes to tell the compelling stories of a number of Christians who have been targeted because of their faith. Imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini remains captive in Iran. His wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children face extraordinary pain and uncertainty. In Pakistan, Asia Bibi is imprisoned – on death row. And there are other Christians including Meriam Ibrahim and Pastor Youcef Nadarkani who have faced persecution for their faith, as well. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow and others provide a detailed look at what’s behind this persecution – the rise of ISIS – the Islamic State. The goal of these radical jihadists: to wipe out Christianity. In a dangerous world where there’s growing chaos and conflict, there is still hope. We take a look at what can be done. And we shine a spotlight on the defenders of the faith – the men and women who are putting their own lives at risk to stand-up for the persecuted church.

“Let My People Go” is a powerful look at this battle – a critical fight against religious persecution around the globe. And what can be done – what must be done – to save the persecuted church.

Donate to this important cause.

Happy Resurrection Day 2015!

I know that in past years, I went whole hog, quoted scripture and such. But, this year, I am simply going to say; that I am grateful that Christ arose on that third day and now lives at the right hand of the Father. I am also glad that he resides in my heart and that one day, I will see Him! :D

Happy Resurrection Day to you all!

World Wickedness Watch: Judge orders California to pay for inmate’s sex change

This is sickening, but, not really a shock.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  A federal judge on Thursday ordered California’s corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex change surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled that denying sex reassignment surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy violates her constitutional rights. Her birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.

The ruling marks just the second time nationwide that a judge has issued an injunction directing a state prison system to provide the surgery, said Ilona Turner, legal director at the Transgender Law Center in Oakland, which helped represent Norsworthy.

The previous order in a Massachusetts case was overturned last year and is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

via Judge orders California to pay for inmate’s sex change | Fox News.

The reason I say that this is not really much of a shock, is because we are truly living in the last days. First, a Christian Pizza maker is persecuted for her beliefs. Then, this here. The Bible speaks of all of it:

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 King James Bible)

You see, this sort of evil has a bit of history with the God the Father:

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:1-8 King James Bible)

The next time God destroys the Earth, there won’t be any Noah. Before he does, this will happen:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 King James Bible)

Once that happens, the fulfillment of Bible prophecy will begin:

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (Revelation 19:11-21 King James Bible)

…and this here, will be the ultimate destiny of people referenced in the quoted story above; and Satan who has deceived him and his kind:

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:1-15 King James Bible)

Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.

I don’t know about you all, but…….

If I were this Lady here — I would close my Business, layoff my employees, put that money in the bank and live off the interest for the rest of my life and laugh in the faces of the intolerant a$$holes who caused this woman so many problems. Furthermore, I would write a book about my experience, with ALL of the hateful emails and facebook messages in it, UNCENSORED. Here is hoping she does all of that and then some.

Just my opinion.

More dark money tied to Jeb Bush’s run for 2016

Now, why am I not shocked nor surprised at this?

Jeb Bush has given his tacit endorsement to a new group that can collect unlimited amounts of money in secret, part of a bold effort by his advisers to create a robust external political operation before he declares his expected White House bid.

The nonprofit group, Right to Rise Policy Solutions, was quietly established in Arkansas in February by a friend and former Bush staffer. The group shares the name of two political committees for which Bush has been aggressively raising money — blurring the line that is supposed to separate a campaign from independent groups.

While ideological nonprofits have become major players in national politics in recent years, this marks the first time one has been so embedded in the network of a prospective candidate.

via How a Bush-allied nonprofit could inject more secret money into ’16 race – The Washington Post.

The Republican establishment is going to stop at nothing at maintaining business as usual in the Republican Party. Jeb Bush is their guy; and they are going to do anything they can to get him into the White House. I have my doubts as to whether Jeb Bush will make it out of the primaries or not.

The reason why I say this is because the Conservative grassroots are much more informed; by means of social media and quite frankly, they are very much fired up, because of the Obama Presidency. They are absolutely demanding a drastic stark change from the disaster of the Democrat’s past 8 years. Jeb Bush simply does not offer that; the fact is that Jeb Bush stands for the Republican Party moderate establishment; and as a relic of the past.

It is widely known that Jeb Bush is soft on immigration and supports common core; two very big hot button topic within the conservative grassroots. Not to mention that fact that the conservative grassroots is demanding a full repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Something that only Ted Cruz has given a full-throated promise to carry out, should he be elected. I am not a supporter of Cruz at all; I am simply making observations.

Another thing that is of great concern to this writer, is the fact that Jeb Bush is a bona fide neoconservative. It would not be an incorrect observation that say that Jeb Bush would be carry out the wishes of AIPAC and the rest of the Jewish lobby and yes, that would include bombing Iran. Furthermore, Jeb Bush would be a stooge for the Council on Foreign Relations and the United Nations. Thus, making him a pigeon of the New World Order.

The Bottom Line: The GOP establishment must be joking. They want to actually try to run a basic clone of George W. Bush? Good luck with that one guys. Because Americans; both Democrat and Republican, Liberal and Conservative — and everything else in between — are a bit more informed, smarter and do communicate better these days, than they did in 2000. America has not forgotten about the foolish actions of President George W. Bush in 2003; and the utter disaster that it has created in the middle east.  The GOP could do better, by running something a bit smarter than another Bush; sadly, I believe that the GOP is hell-bent on repeating the same mistakes of 2008 and 2012; and that, my friends —- is an American tragedy.

Others: Reuters and Prairie Weather

See ya Harry, and thanks for the fish…

Now this is very interesting….

The video:

The Story:

WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.

Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.

“I understand this place,” Mr. Reid said. “I have quite a bit of power as minority leader.”

via Harry Reid to Retire From Senate in 2016 – NYTimes.com.

From what I am reading, his seat should be easy to fill for the Democrats. Seeing that the Republican Party has not really come up with a decent candidate. Either way, the guy has been around a long time; and quite frankly, he did keep the crazy wing of the GOP from wrecking too much havoc on the Country.

One thing that I will never forgive that man for; is his and Nancy Pelosi’s writing George W. Bush’s blank checks for the Iraq War. Those hypocritical idiots barked, griped and moaned about the war being lost. However, when it came right down to it; they caved like the little cowards that they were. They never stopped the war, they never even tried. They simply used it as a political wedge issue against the then President.

So, yeah, thanks Harry; thanks for not stopping a war, that most likely made you lots of money — at the price of many young American lives — and for what? Nothing. :mad:

Others: Washington Post, Washington Monthly, Power Line, The Atlantic Online, CNN,JustOneMinute, Talking Points Memo, Hit & Run, US News, Weekly Standard, American Spectator, Bloomberg View, Business Insider, BREITBART.COM, The Week, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Taylor Marsh, Scared Monkeys, Hot Air, RedState, Outside the Beltway, The Daily Caller, Booman Tribune, Daily Kos, FOX News Radio, NPR, Moe Lane, Towleroad News #gay, BuzzFeed, Conservatives4Palin and Balloon Juice (via Memeorandum)

Washington Times: Congress must repeal and replace the Patriot Act

This is very good.

Via The Washington Times:

The Patriot Act was fashioned with good intentions, but it has been dragooned to serve bad purposes. It was enacted during the national panic that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to protect Americans from the enemy. Now it’s employed by government busybodies to treat Americans themselves as the enemy.

Fed up with the abuse, certain lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation to repeal the act. While we share their outrage, repeal without a workable substitute could leave the nation vulnerable to a new generation of evil. There’s surely a solution that preserves safety without trampling liberty. Congress must find it.

{….]

“The natural progress of things,” observed Thomas Jefferson, “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Even he couldn’t have imagined a government capable of collecting almost every word written and spoken across the land. An individual’s right to the privacy of his expressed thoughts is his best defense against groupthink, the herd mentality that takes root when the people allow themselves to be hoodwinked by the crafty and the clever. Hillary Clinton’s keeping her emails private in ways others cannot is a reminder that the governing class always tries to figure out how to exempt themselves from the requirements they impose on others.

If Congress thinks the Surveillance State Repeal Act goes too far, as we do, it still must enact reform that restores the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against warrantless searches and respects the distinction between the innocent and the suspicious. The war on terror must never become a war on liberty.

I find it very commendable that the Washington Times is taking a principled stance against the Patriot Act.

Video: One funniest interviews I’ve seen in a long time

This is Bill O’Reilly interviewing Glenn Beck. Now, at first, it’s a little slow. Bill talks about Glenn’s leaving the Republican Party; of which, Glenn back straightens him out on that little matter. Now the towards the end of this video is when the funny stuff starts. Give it a watch, you’ll love it.

With all the depressing news in politics as of late, it’s good to see a little lighthearted humor on Fox News. :D

(Via Bill O’Reilly HQ)

Jonathan Capehart admits that “Hands up, don’t shoot” was based upon a lie

I have to give this man props for being an honest man. It takes a real man to admit that He was wrong.

Getting down to the meat and potatoes via WaPo:

The DOJ report notes on page 44 that Johnson “made multiple statements to the media immediately following the incident that spawned the popular narrative that Wilson shot Brown execution-style as he held up his hands in surrender.” In one of those interviews, Johnson told MSNBC that Brown was shot in the back by Wilson. It was then that Johnson said Brown stopped, turned around with his hands up and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” And, like that, “hands up, don’t shoot” became the mantra of a movement. But it was wrong, built on a lie.

Yet this does not diminish the importance of the real issues unearthed in Ferguson by Brown’s death. Nor does it discredit what has become the larger “Black Lives Matter.” In fact, the false Ferguson narrative stuck because of concern over a distressing pattern of other police killings of unarmed African American men and boys around the time of Brown’s death. Eric Garner was killed on a Staten Island street on July 17. John Crawford III was killed in a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio, on Aug. 5, four days before Brown. Levar Jones survived being shot by a South Carolina state trooper on Sept. 4. Tamir Rice, 12 years old, was killed in a Cleveland park on Nov. 23, the day before the Ferguson grand jury opted not to indict Wilson. Sadly, the list has grown longer.

Now that black lives matter to everyone, it is imperative that we continue marching for and giving voice to those killed in racially charged incidents at the hands of police and others. But we must never allow ourselves to march under the banner of a false narrative on behalf of someone who would otherwise offend our sense of right and wrong. And when we discover that we have, we must acknowledge it, admit our error and keep on marching. That’s what I’ve done here.

I have to give the man credit; that is a huge mea culpa and big come down from what was being said before. Honesty is a rarity among the left wing media anymore and I think this guy should be commended; and not scorned.

One thing that Jonathan Capehart does not seem to understand is that these shooting are the direct result of the ever-increasing police state in this Country. As well as the militarization of the local police forces in this Country as well. 40 years ago, swat teams were unheard of and police departments owning tanks and former military vehicles were the things of futuristic novels and paranoid nightmares. Today, it is commonplace.

This is the direct result of the actions of the Democratic Party controlled Congress during the Clinton era. Another was the implementation of a program, which allowed police departments to buy Military surplus equipment. All of this, was done by Democrats, who support a bigger State.

If the black Liberal Democrats want to see less shootings of unarmed blacks; they might actually consider standing up and speaking out against the big state; which has basically killed their people. Now, some of those killings were justified; as noted above. But, some, were not. This is what people like Jonathan Capehart should railing against.

Others: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Instapundit

The old “If you don’t support Zionism, you’re a Jew Hater!” trick

Just wanted to show you how the neocon propagandists work. I’m going to post a few links, and I am going to use the google URL redirector, because I don’t want the neocon trolls coming here and giving me trouble. But, I wanted to show how these people work.

Go Here, Here, and here to see how they work; it is the same thing that Al Sharpton and his ilk pull, every time there is a so-called ‘Racist” incident. All the neocons have to do is holler, “Jew Hatred!” and the discussion is shut right down and the Semite-Baiters win. I mean, after all, where do you think that the blacks, like Al Sharpton and Jess Jackson learned that little trick from? It comes from the good old Frankfort School of critical theory.

Interesting Reading: American Sniper’s Myths and Misrepresentations

This is some seriously interesting reading:

Few these days will admit to supporting the 2003 Iraq invasion, especially given that we now know that it helped give rise to ISIS. But the forerunner and current ally of ISIS was al-Qaeda in Iraq [AQI], bad people defeated by sometimes reluctant heroes in places the Baghdad-centric media avoided. I know; I have both celebrated and suffered with them. And I now suffer disgust at how Clint Eastwood used one of them—deeply troubled and flawed—and denigrated the others for a box-office and Oscar bonanza.

I was embedded twice with SEAL Team Three, American Sniper author Chris Kyle’s unit, as a photo-journalist in Task Force Currahee. At that time it was deployed to what was the headquarters of AQI and perhaps the most violent part of most dangerous city in the world, during what’s now known as The Battle of Ramadi. My first firefight was with ST3; like everything else these days you can watch it on YouTube. Ramadi claimed the lives of the first four SEALs to die in Iraq; my two journalist predecessors were both shot by snipers; an IED claimed my own public affairs “handler,” Marine Maj. Megan McClung. I escaped injury during both embeds, but my previous one in Fallujah led to a horrific noncombat injury and seven surgeries.

All of which is to say that I’ve got a stake in making sure that the story of the warriors I knew is told the right way—the truthful way. Which brings me to “American Sniper.”

via American Sniper’s Myths and Misrepresentations | The American Conservative.

As someone who supported the invasion of Iraq originally in 2003 and until it became very obvious that there was no WMD’s, which is why we went in there in the first place —- and sorry, parts for bombs from the first gulf war do not count at all; we went looking for ACTIVE and NEW bombs —-  this article is very interesting to read. One thing I will say is that the neoconservatives and their contemporaries in the media will do all that they can to portray war as something righteous, romantic or glamorous.

As someone who has had family members in various wars over the years; I can tell you first hand that none of that nonsense is even remotely true about any sort of war. War, my friends, is literally hell on earth. It damages people. For example, my Grandmother’s step-brother served in World War 2. He came back shell-shocked; we was never ever able to work after that either. My Mom has told me stories that my grandmother told her, about her step-brother roaming the house at night, because of his flashbacks. It scared my grandmother to death. The point is this: War should never be used as a political tool, as was the case with the Iraq War. It should only be used as very last resort, when all other means have been exhausted.

Which is just how Ronald Reagan conducted his foreign policy. He never used the United States military, unless he felt that the Republic of the United States was in mortal danger. It was a sensible foreign policy and one that the Republican Party should adapt as their own and stop taking marching orders from the neoconservative right. Our Nation would be better off, as a result.

 

Who called me from Cyprus?

I hate to ask questions like this, but here goes!

Who called me from the country of Cyprus?

I see that you also came to my blog and looked around; today, I got a phone call on my cell phone from someone from the country of Cyprus.

I am just wondering; who are you and what exactly did you want?

If you happen to see this and want to leave a comment in the comment section I will approve it.

I’m just wondering, because, I don’t know anybody from Cyprus and I don’t know anybody in Cyprus who would know me well enough to call me.

Anyhow, just wondering I should be posting more today; but, I’m really not much in the mood for it and there’s really nothing that I wish to talk about today.

The only thing the media is talking about is that Hillary email scandal and the Republicans sending a letter to Iran. Everything else is just stupid stuff and I am not interested in blogging about that.

Video: The Hillary Clinton Presser on EmailGate

(Via Memeorandum)

The video on Emailgate:

Needless to say, not many people on the right; including AllahPundit over at HotAir.com:

This whole presser was her own personal expression of the “who gives a sh*t” non-spin that Democrats have been pushing for the past week. There’s no defense to what she did. She did it to evade accountability, at great risk to national security, and everyone understands it. The plan here isn’t to explain it away; there’s no explanation. The plan is to feign accountability by giving a presser, even if it’s a trainwreck, and then wait for the media to get bored in the knowledge that voters, supposedly, will simply say “who gives a sh*t.” She might as well have walked out there today, said that, and then walked off. If Democrats can’t field a primary challenger to her after this disaster, they deserve her.

I’m now moving the 2016 election from “likely Democratic” to “toss-up.” At least Bill is a good liar.

I am going to watch this video, and I’ll give you my thoughts in an update to this blog posting.

Update: Okay, I watched the video. Here is my opinion on this: This is a nothing-burger. If she is telling the truth, then Republicans, if they are smart, will let this drop. To me, this is beginning to look like a partisan witch hunt.

I mean, just look at Allahpundit’s remarks here:

Her team had a week to cook up some spin and this diarrhea is what they came up with?

It got worse. She admitted that she deleted e-mails — lots of them, although she insists that they were personal ones and therefore she wasn’t required to turn them over to State. For instance, she said, sometimes she e-mails with Bill. How do we know she’s telling the truth about that? We don’t. You’ll have to trust her. (Incidentally, Bill says he doesn’t use e-mail. Oops!) Will she turn over her server for independent analysis and verification that there’s nothing on there? Nope. “The server will remain private.” You’ll have to trust her. How do we know she was telling the truth today when she said most of her e-mails were to fellow State Department employees, which means they’re already in the archives? And why does that matter given that, even if it’s true, it still means we’re potentially missing every exchange she had with other private accounts, whether operated by other State employees, foreign leaders, etc?

You’ll have to trust her. Even though she’s one of the least trustworthy people in American political life and gave you zero reason today to adjust that opinion. In fact, the first question she took was from a Turkish reporter who asked her, surreally, whether a similar fuss would be made over her e-mails if she was a man. That may have been the only honest moment at the presser: It was so nakedly a planted question, designed to reinforce her opening pander about celebrating women’s rights to the UN — code to progressives watching that they should cut the First! Woman! President! some slack on this — that it didn’t even qualify as subterfuge. It was just Hillary and her sympathizers playing cynical games to distract from the fact of her own corruption.

Again, I ask the same question that I asked the last time I wrote about this subject; was AllahPundit this upset, when it discovered that Bush Administration officials were doing the same very thing? I think not. I am not defending Hillary Clinton at all; in fact, I loathe the woman and her idiot husband and believe me, I have many reasons why I do.

I just believe that the right should really play this carefully, because we really do not want to give the left anymore ammo, than they already have to paint conservatives as being sexist, anti-women types and ruin our chances in 2016.