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

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(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.”

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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.

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

I have a bad feeling about Iraq, that we are going back there, again…..

This is sad and I have a bad feeling as to what is coming…:

The Story:

Iraq’s government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad in northern Iraq is the latest to be attacked by the Islamic State militant group.

Adel Shirshab, the country’s tourism and antiquities minister, told The Associated Press there are concerns the militants will remove artifacts and damage the site, located 15 kilometers (9 miles) northeast of Mosul. Saeed Mamuzini, a Kurdish official from Mosul, told the AP that the militants had already begun demolishing the Khorsabad site on Sunday, citing multiple witnesses.

On Friday, the group razed 3,000-year old Nimrod and on Saturday, they bulldozed 2,000-year old Hatra — both UNESCO world heritage sites. The move was described by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as a “war crime.”

via Associated Press.

I hate to say it; but, I have sinking feeling that the United States is going to have to end up going back into Iraq again. This time to destroy ISIS in Iraq and maybe even Libya too; and possibly the entire Arab peninsula. I hope like heck that I am wrong about it; but I have a bad feeling. We, of course, will not be doing it alone. But, we and the coalition allies will be going into the middle east again.

Of course, this will be used as a recruitment tool for the likes of ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Not to mention all of the rest of the things that go with war. It is a sad thing; but, at this point, I do believe that it is inevitable. I just hope that this Presidential administration  manages things this time better than the last one did. The last one was a disaster. I have my doubts about that too. Because the track record is just not that good. Normally, I would just pray for peace; but in this case, with this ISIS group — that is just not possible. If anything at all, I pray that the Nations that ISIS are in and are conducting terrorist actions, would rise up and attack these terrorists, so that the United States would not have to do it. However, if I know things like I do; they will not do it and will rely on the United States to bring its military in to deal with the problem.

There are people who will want to blame Bush for this mess. I think that would be foolish, at this point. Because President Bush had a plan in place, that would have insured Iraq’s safety for many years to come. However, President Obama came in and changed the plan and pulled out the troops before the plan could even be implemented. Because he was under pressure from the anti-war faction of his party.

Now, because of that idiotic move; we now have ISIS and it is a bigger problem than Al-Qaeda ever was and are much crazier. So, it is back to the war game. Hopefully, the Republic will survive.

(Cross-posted to Beforeitsnews.com)

Answering Juan Williams

Juan Williams’s piece on blacks and police brutality is a very good piece, but here are few things that he did leave out.

Quote:

Police violence against blacks was a fact of life in Selma. The sheriff, Jim Clark, shoved down and arrested a middle-class and middle-aged black woman, Amelia Boynton, who was standing in line to register; Clark later elbowed another marcher, and when she fought back, he had his men hold her down while he hit her in the head with a stick.

“If Negroes could vote, there would be no Jim Clarks,” King told activists in Selma. “Our children would not be crippled by segregated schools …”

Later, C.T. Vivian, executive director of Dr. King’s group, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, stood before police blocking the door to the registrar’s office and said, “We know your badge numbers … There are those who followed Hitler like you blindly follow this Sheriff Clark … You can’t keep anyone in the U.S. from voting without hurting the rights of all other citizens. Democracy is built on this. This why every man has the right to vote…”

Clark responded by hitting Vivian in the mouth, even as television cameras captured the bloody scene.

Meanwhile, only 1 percent of blacks in Selma had been allowed to register to vote. As a 65-year-old black man famously said at the time: “If what I done ain’t enough to be a registered voter with all the taxes I got to pay, then Lord have mercy on America.”

That led to the events at the Pettus Bridge on March 7. Dr. King was not there, but John Lewis, then head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and now a congressman from Georgia, led activists to start a march from Selma across the bridge and down the highway to the state capital, Montgomery, to call for voting rights. Alabama state troopers ordered them to disperse, and then they suddenly rushed into the marchers, knocking them down and beating them. Some of the marchers were trampled by horses.

What Juan fails to mention, is that these horrible acts were not committed by White Republicans, but rather by committed southern white Democrats, who were very racist and hated blacks with a passion. George Wallace was, in fact, a Democrat; who left the party, because he felt that the Democrats were caving, in his mind, to the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and he started the “Dixiecrat” movement.

Juan also fails to mention that in Alabama and in Atlanta, Georgia; the Government was basically indirectly controlled by the Klu Klux Klan; which was basically, since its inception and in subsequent incarnations; a terrorist wing of the Democratic Party. This was due to resentment because of the south losing the civil war. Now, has the Democratic Party changed since that time? Oh yes, quite a bit. There is racism in that Party, very much so. However, it is much more subtle now and is really not the entrenched, institutionalised morass that it once was at one time.

Juan goes on to talk about how the police overreact with blacks; which is a direct result of a police state. Which is something that his party, The Democratic Party and also some neoconservatives have consistently voted for, and allowed to exist for many years. Proof of this is with the selling of old military vehicles to local police departments and the creation of these god-awful “swat teams.” Again, this is all a creation of big Government types which the Democrats and some so-called Conservatives fully support.

The Bottom Line: If Juan Williams wants to blame anyone for the treatment of blacks; he might want to look at his own political party.

Answering Don Surber’s sillyness

Touting the so-called “Conservative” line, Don Surber spouts the following:

Free healthcare is killing the states

Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is only the latest governor to discover that Medicaid is eating his state’s budget. Roughly one in three dollars Massachusetts state government spends goes to Medicaid. He has proposed trimming about 6% from the $13.3 billion the state will spend on Medicaid in the budget.

Medicaid spending has relentlessly risen 57% in the last dozen years in Massachusetts, causing the state to cut spending on prisons, roads and other services. That is the pattern throughout the United States, as state governments are intimidated into spending all they can on Medicaid in order to knock down federal subsidies. In West Virginia, medical lobbyists harp for every $1 the state spends it gets $3 — while our roads go to pothole hell.

via Don Surber: Free health care is killing the states. (Via Ace of Spades HQ)

As I wrote over there: That’s funny, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid is running just fine here. I have seen no reports of funding issues at all. For those who do not know, I am on Michigan’s expanded Medicaid; because I happen to have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and as I have had for many years, ADHD. Those meds run me almost $200.00 per month and I simply do not feel that my parents, who are on a fixed income; should have to foot that bill.

At the risk of being labeled a “Liberal”, by people like Don Suber and his ilk; I feel that the underlying cause of people like Don Surber criticizing the expanded Medicaid is one reason and one reason alone: Bigotry. Which, by the way, is why Don Surber was fired from the paper that he blogged for; because of a racist rant where he called Michael Brown “an animal that needed to be put down.”

It simply boils down to bigotry, against those who are poor, like myself, and that need the medical care and cannot pay for it. Some of the people, that are in the position that I am in, are minorities. I am a white man, but, I am not in the best of shape, financially. My physical body is not in the best of shape either. So, physical labor for me, is out.

The position of people like Don Suber and those who think like him; is that I should just die and quit being a burden on the system. It is inhuman and should not be tolerated in Conservative circles.

So, if there is anyone or anything is EVIL, as Don Suber puts it; it is bigoted racist neocon jerks like Don Surber, who want to deny healthcare to anyone who is not white and wealthy. By the way, in Great Britain, Government healthcare is considered a birthright and Thatcher fought to preserve it, even at the cost of making people in her own party angry. Too bad people like Don Surber cannot follow that example.

Just my opinion.

Hmmmmmm: Did Osama Bin Laden have ties to Iran?

Neocon propaganda or fact? I report, you decide.

The Story:

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting.

More than 1 million documents and files were captured by the Navy Seals who raided bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. One year later, in May 2012, the Obama administration released just 17 of them.

While there is some overlap between the files introduced as evidence in Brooklyn and those that were previously made public in 2012, much of what is in the trial exhibits had never been made public before

via New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran | The Weekly Standard.

Interesting….

The Mahablog says:

They don’t quit. The neocons at National Review — including Stephen Hayes, who will insist on his deathbed that before 9/11 Mohamed Atta did too meet with agents of Saddam Hussein in Prague — now are flogging documents that “reveal”Osama bin Laden had secret ties to Iran.

Yes, and I’m Shirley Temple’s zombie.

If you keep reading the articles, it turns out that these documents say nothing about secret ties to the Iraniangovernment, just that a small number of al Qaeda operatives had been in Iran, somewhere, doing something, including “training.” But for all we know their long-term plans were to set off bombs in Tehran, not attend parties with the ayatollahs.

The documents were among those recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound and were introduced in court in the trial of “a terrorism suspect.” I believe they are referring to Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, a Canadian national currently on trial in Brooklyn for murdering five U.S. servicemen in Iraq in 2009. However, for some reason, the National Review propagandists are not calling this suspect by name or imagining he has secret ties to Iran. I guess they have no beef with Canada. Yet.

No Quarter Says this:

Fox News is busy today carrying water for the NeoCons and the Netanyahu crowd with the claim that the Obama Administration is sitting on intel recovered from Osama Bin Laden’s porn palace in Abottabad 5 years ago that shows Iran and Al Qaeda are working together.

Horseshit!! We’ve seen this play before. Remember the hot insistence by many of these same characters in late 2001 and thru 2002 that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda were working in tandem? Laurie Mylroie, who allegedly had been involved romantically with a senior Iraqi military guy, was the go-to gal for people like Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney in “proving” that link.

[…]

Iran and Al Qaeda are not ideologically nor theologically soulmates. They are diametrically opposed. Al Qaeda is a radical Sunni entity. They despise Shias. There was a time about 20 years ago when Bin Laden, in a visionary move, sought to build ties with the Shia and Iran. That is true. But, over time, AQ became more sectarian and more opposed to all things Shia.

The current effort to link AQ and Iran has one purpose–derail and/or thwart any potential agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. Just keep this in mind as the propaganda floods the networks on the eve of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress next week.

Only blogger who is saying basically, “Yeah boy howdy! We gotta nuke Iran!” is this guy here. Not mention posting racist photos like this here:

Neocons, racist?

No wonder the war party got sacked in the last election. :roll:

You know, I am just going to say this; it is pretty freakin’ bad, when a Paleoconservative, like myself, has to point out the fact that those who support the Neoconservatives, are stooping to racism of this low-brow sort. In case this knucklehead above has forgotten; the Republican Party is the Party of Lincoln and they should start acting like it. Instead of the racists of the old Democratic Party. But, then again; are not neocons former Democrats? Why, Yes! Yes they are! …and they brought their Wilsonian foreign policy and their ugly bigotry with them.

I could see running into something like this, on, maybe, Stormfront. But, on a so-called Conservative blog? Come on. :mad:

I have to agree with Rand Paul on this one about Mitt Romney.

As much as I hate to admit it, I have to agree with Rand Paul here.

The Video:


World News Videos | ABC World News

The Story:

As recently as October, Ann Romney was poo-pooing the notion of a third Mitt Romney candidacy. After two failed presidential bids, in 2008 and 2012, she and her husband had “moved on,” she told ABC News.

Though sources close to Mitt Romney recently announced he’s once again “thinking about” another bid for the White House, at least one of Romney’s GOP colleagues thinks Ann Romney had the right idea.

“I’m with Ann Romney on this one: No, no, no, no, never,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl at a forum of three likely 2016 presidential candidates in Palm Springs, California, Sunday night.

Romney “would have made a great president,” added Paul, rumored to be considering his own White House bid. “But to win the presidency you have the reach out and appeal to new constituencies. And I just don’t think it’s possible.”

“And if he thinks, ‘Well, I’m just going to change a few themes and next time I’ll reach out to more people,’ I think it’s a little more visceral than that,” the libertarian lawmaker said of Romney

via Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: ‘No, No, No, No’ – ABC News.

Of course, Rand Paul has his own set of issues; namely one, his Father. Rand Paul has to prove to the hawkish side of the GOP, the Neocons; that he will not be an Anti-Israel, bigoted person like his Father is accused of being by those on the marxist Right and Left.

As for his comments about Romney, I happen to agree. Romney, the last time he ran, came off to the majority of America as some rich guy, who really did not care about the middle class in this Country. Now, does Rand Paul strike me as that type of a person? In some ways yes, he seems like a very nice man. Not only this, Romney was a mormon, and as I have written here many times; most evangelical Christians and most all Fundamentalist Christians have a deep distrust of the mormons and their so-called “Church.” This is truly why Mitt Romney lost the election, because the evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians, a very large voting bloc in the Republican Party and within the Conservative Base simply stayed home.

Furthermore, most Republicans and Christian Conservatives simply felt that Mitt Romney was too moderate, they also felt that he was too squishy on issues important to the Republican and Conservative Christian base. Not only that, Mitt Romney simply would not fight in the last election. There were times when, I felt that, Mitt Romney should have come out swinging on Obama and could have easily deep sixed Obama’s chances of winning; but, because he was simply too nice of a guy, he would not do it. This, my friends, is how elections are NOT won. If you are going to play the political game, you have to fight. The Democrats fight and they fight dirty and you have to beat them at their game. This is how Reagan won, this is how Bush 41 won and this is how Bush 44 won.

Simply put: Mitt Romney cannot win. Neither can the rest of the moderate squishes who are running. The Republican Party is no longer a moderate party and the Conservative base is not a moderate base any longer. The are plugged in, and they are wanting real people, who share their convictions.

Others: Patterico’s Pontifications, OnPolitics, The PJ Tatler,Yahoo! News and abc7.com

Behold: The Republican Party’s first homosexual Presidential Candidate

Yup, I mean this guy: (H/T HotAir)

Yep, ol’ closeted idiot homo Lindsey Grahamnesty is running for President.

Quote:

“I’m not doing it to make a statement. I’m doing it to change the country and offer what I have to offer to the American people, and to my party. And I think I’m uniquely qualified to deal with the threats we’re talking about. So when I hear a United States Senator trying to rationalize that Iraq created the problems in France, and when I hear some libertarians on my side of the aisle associated with the Republican Party say that it is our interventionist policy that has brought people down on us, they don’t know what they’re talking about. When I hear the president of the United States and his chief spokesperson failing to admit that we’re in a religious war, it really bothers me. And I want to be somebody who can talk about the world as it really is.”

Of course, Lindsey’s gay lover buddy, Juan McSame is ecstatic:

My illegitimate son Lindsey Graham is exploring that option,” two-time presidential candidate [Sen. John McCain] said, prompting laughter from reporters during a press conference on the prison at Guantanamo Bay. “So I am strongly encouraging Sen. Lindsey Graham, particularly with the world the way it is today. No one understands the world today in the way that Lindsey Graham does, in my view.

I will tell you this; if this idiot is even remotely serious; the Conservative wing of the GOP and the liberal left will make mincemeat out of this man and his political career. So, Lindsey, if you have any sort of common sense, stay out of this very important Presidential race.

Early Tuesday morning short takes

  1. Ugh. – Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white-supremacist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of both congressional chambers.
  2. Yeesh… – Rep. Michael Grimm has decided to resign from Congress in the wake of his guilty plea on a felony tax evasion charge, sources told the Daily News Monday night.Grimm (R-S.I.) said after he entered his plea last week that he planned to continue serving in the House. But he reversed course after speaking Monday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has taken a hard line on GOPers facing ethics charges.
  3. WTF?!?!?!? – Natalie Heimel and her fiancé, Edward Mallue Jr., a pair of captains in the Army, were walking from their wedding rehearsal on Saturday at the 16th tee box at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course in Hawaii when they were informed they’d have to move their wedding, scheduled for the next day. President Barack Obama wanted to play through.
  4. Heh, good luck with that one. – Few questions in American political debate recur with the regularity of this one: Can Democrats win the white working class?

Also too, see in a blog posting reacting to number 4; this on a progressive blog:

Yep. And the votes of Latinos and white-working-class folk are interchangeable, too, as Waldman also notes. Now it’s not true in presidential elections that all votes are equal, thanks to the Electoral College. But maybe we can fix that some day.

Now, I don’t know about you; but, I read that above quoted as saying that the liberal I quoted, wants black and latino votes to count more or be more important that working class white votes — or white votes, period.  Now that, to me, sounds like a slipping of the mask and a full admission of a fascist mentality among the progressive left. Which brings me to my second point: Much has been ballyhooed over the course of many years among the White Nationalist’s about how the blacks and latino; and yes, even Jews — want us white americans in chains and slaves to the said minority races. Now, for many years, I have rejected that sort of thought as utter nonsense. Now, I am honestly starting to wonder about that — and this is proof as to why.

We live in some interesting times, to say the least.

Jeb Bush says he is running for President

Oh Dear Lord in Heaven. :roll:

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.   

Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.

We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.

We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.

In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.  

Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon.

Onward,

Jeb Bush

via  A Note from Jeb Bush.

I can assure you that if this guy really does run in 2016. I will not vote for him in the primary and if by chance he does get the nomination and I highly doubt that he will; I will vote third party. I will not vote for this man, and here is why:

  1. Common Core: This man supports this idiotic thing and I will never vote for any Republican who does support it.
  2. Amnesty: Jeb Bush supports it and I will not vote for any Republican who does support it.
  3. He is a Bush, he will do the same things as his brother did. He is hawk, when it comes to foreign policy. I will not support that, ever.

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The best words that John Mccain has ever spoken

These are the words of Senator John McCain from the Senate floor. Via his website:

“Mr. President, I rise in support of the release – the long-delayed release – of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists. It is a thorough and thoughtful study of practices that I believe not only failed their purpose – to secure actionable intelligence to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our allies – but actually damaged our security interests, as well as our reputation as a force for good in the world.

“I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name; how these practices did or did not serve our interests; and how they comported with our most important values.

“I commend Chairman Feinstein and her staff for their diligence in seeking a truthful accounting of policies I hope we will never resort to again. I thank them for persevering against persistent opposition from many members of the intelligence community, from officials in two administrations, and from some of our colleagues.

“The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless.

“They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded by our security policies, even those policies that are conducted in secret. They must be able to make informed judgments about whether those policies and the personnel who supported them were justified in compromising our values; whether they served a greater good; or whether, as I believe, they stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good.

“What were the policies? What was their purpose? Did they achieve it? Did they make us safer? Less safe? Or did they make no difference? What did they gain us? What did they cost us? The American people need the answers to these questions. Yes, some things must be kept from public disclosure to protect clandestine operations, sources and methods, but not the answers to these questions.

“By providing them, the Committee has empowered the American people to come to their own decisions about whether we should have employed such practices in the past and whether we should consider permitting them in the future. This report strengthens self-government and, ultimately, I believe, America’s security and stature in the world. I thank the Committee for that valuable public service.

“I have long believed some of these practices amounted to torture, as a reasonable person would define it, especially, but not only the practice of waterboarding, which is a mock execution and an exquisite form of torture. Its use was shameful and unnecessary; and, contrary to assertions made by some of its defenders and as the Committee’s report makes clear, it produced little useful intelligence to help us track down the perpetrators of 9/11 or prevent new attacks and atrocities.

“I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence. I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it. I know they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering. Most of all, I know the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by international conventions the U.S. not only joined, but for the most part authored.

“I know, too, that bad things happen in war. I know in war good people can feel obliged for good reasons to do things they would normally object to and recoil from.

“I understand the reasons that governed the decision to resort to these interrogation methods, and I know that those who approved them and those who used them were dedicated to securing justice for the victims of terrorist attacks and to protecting Americans from further harm. I know their responsibilities were grave and urgent, and the strain of their duty was onerous.

“I respect their dedication and appreciate their dilemma. But I dispute wholeheartedly that it was right for them to use these methods, which this report makes clear were neither in the best interests of justice nor our security nor the ideals we have sacrificed so much blood and treasure to defend.

“The knowledge of torture’s dubious efficacy and my moral objections to the abuse of prisoners motivated my sponsorship of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibits ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ of captured combatants, whether they wear a nation’s uniform or not, and which passed the Senate by a vote of 90-9.

“Subsequently, I successfully offered amendments to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which, among other things, prevented the attempt to weaken Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, and broadened definitions in the War Crimes Act to make the future use of waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ punishable as war crimes.

“There was considerable misinformation disseminated then about what was and wasn’t achieved using these methods in an effort to discourage support for the legislation. There was a good amount of misinformation used in 2011 to credit the use of these methods with the death of Osama bin Laden. And there is, I fear, misinformation being used today to prevent the release of this report, disputing its findings and warning about the security consequences of their public disclosure.

“Will the report’s release cause outrage that leads to violence in some parts of the Muslim world? Yes, I suppose that’s possible, perhaps likely. Sadly, violence needs little incentive in some quarters of the world today. But that doesn’t mean we will be telling the world something it will be shocked to learn. The entire world already knows that we water-boarded prisoners. It knows we subjected prisoners to various other types of degrading treatment. It knows we used black sites, secret prisons. Those practices haven’t been a secret for a decade.

“Terrorists might use the report’s re-identification of the practices as an excuse to attack Americans, but they hardly need an excuse for that. That has been their life’s calling for a while now.

“What might come as a surprise, not just to our enemies, but to many Americans, is how little these practices did to aid our efforts to bring 9/11 culprits to justice and to find and prevent terrorist attacks today and tomorrow. That could be a real surprise, since it contradicts the many assurances provided by intelligence officials on the record and in private that enhanced interrogation techniques were indispensable in the war against terrorism. And I suspect the objection of those same officials to the release of this report is really focused on that disclosure – torture’s ineffectiveness – because we gave up much in the expectation that torture would make us safer. Too much.

“Obviously, we need intelligence to defeat our enemies, but we need reliable intelligence. Torture produces more misleading information than actionable intelligence. And what the advocates of harsh and cruel interrogation methods have never established is that we couldn’t have gathered as good or more reliable intelligence from using humane methods.

“The most important lead we got in the search for bin Laden came from using conventional interrogation methods. I think it is an insult to the many intelligence officers who have acquired good intelligence without hurting or degrading prisoners to assert we can’t win this war without such methods. Yes, we can and we will.

“But in the end, torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn’t about our enemies; it’s about us. It’s about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It’s about how we represent ourselves to the world.

“We have made our way in this often dangerous and cruel world, not by just strictly pursuing our geopolitical interests, but by exemplifying our political values, and influencing other nations to embrace them. When we fight to defend our security we fight also for an idea, not for a tribe or a twisted interpretation of an ancient religion or for a king, but for an idea that all men are endowed by the Creator with inalienable rights. How much safer the world would be if all nations believed the same. How much more dangerous it can become when we forget it ourselves even momentarily.

“Our enemies act without conscience. We must not. This executive summary of the Committee’s report makes clear that acting without conscience isn’t necessary, it isn’t even helpful, in winning this strange and long war we’re fighting. We should be grateful to have that truth affirmed.

“Now, let us reassert the contrary proposition: that is it essential to our success in this war that we ask those who fight it for us to remember at all times that they are defending a sacred ideal of how nations should be governed and conduct their relations with others – even our enemies.

“Those of us who give them this duty are obliged by history, by our nation’s highest ideals and the many terrible sacrifices made to protect them, by our respect for human dignity to make clear we need not risk our national honor to prevail in this or any war. We need only remember in the worst of times, through the chaos and terror of war, when facing cruelty, suffering and loss, that we are always Americans, and different, stronger, and better than those who would destroy us.

“Thank you.”

God Bless Him for standing up for what is right.

(via Memeoradum)

Jazz Shaw writes one of the best postings I have read in a long time

Here is a taste of it; and by golly, he knocked it out of the ballpark.

For all the lean times and lack of luxury both these generations experienced, there was never any talk in my house of how the government was “failing” them, nor hand wringing over when some distant elected official was going to make things better. It was just a given out in the country during those days. Nobody was going to come to your rescue. You were going to make it on your own, and come hell or high water you found a way to do so. If foreign threats grew so great as to require intervention, you packed your bags, went and fought them, and then returned home if you were fortunate enough to survive the ordeal. And when you returned, you went back to work. That was just life. The government was largely an abstract concept which chiefly focused on taxing whatever cash income you happened to find a way to earn.

My, how times have changed. We now rest our hopes for the future on a generation whose expectations are of a life living in Elysian Fields. The government, in response to these desires, has grown into a behemoth which collects vast sums from the general productivity to satisfy the demand, but is increasingly unable to deliver on even a meager portion of its promises. In the process, these same officials run up bills which ensuing generations will never be able to make good on, all the while shepherding in a deterioration of the standard of living our forebears sought for us. And when the bill collectors finally arrive at the government’s door and can’t be put off by another rubber check, you may rest assured that Uncle Sam will come back to the voters to collect whatever wealth is left. But that doesn’t get the nation out of a hole that deep. The consequences will likely be disastrous.

via The end of the era of personal responsibility « Hot Air.

I highly advise you to go read the rest of that, it is very good.

Which is why I do not consider myself a Republican

HotAir.com has a poll out that basically says that the majority of Republicans consider themselves to be “hawks” when it comes to foreign policy. Which is why I do not consider myself a Republican or a hawk. When they say “hawk”, they really mean neoconservative; when it comes to foreign policy — or if you want a more proper term — a supporter of Wilsonian foreign policy. I am neither of these; I am not for fighting armchair general wars, I am not for fighting wars that really have no real stated goal or clear mission.

The truth is that ISIS was direct result of the United States invasion of the sovereign Nation of Iraq, based upon some very flawed intelligence and based upon the fact that George W. Bush did not bother to verify this intelligence. so, in essence, the United States of America created ISIS or ISIL —- just like we created Al-Qaeda.

Anytime the United States of America and its Government get involved in world affairs, social and economic issues, that is statism and every time it has happened, with the exception of World War II; it has been an utter disaster and has failed miserably. You would think that the United States of America would have learnt the lessons from World War I, Korea and Vietnam. However, sadly the United States just keeps repeating the same stupid mistakes over and over. Also too, What precisely did we gain out of getting involved with the Koreans? Containment of a communist country with a succession of psycho leaders, who have an affinity for exploding nuclear bombs underground and firing rockets over the Japan sea; and southern Korean people who import good into our Country, all the while destroying our GDP. This my friends, is what happens when progressives run Government.

None of this is really new, The Republican Party has always been a statist political party, even more so that the Democratic Party. This was proven when the radical Republicans goaded Abraham Lincoln into establishing a central bank; which ultimately failed. These radical Republicans went as far as to goad President Lincoln to fighting a civil war, who quash dissent among the southern states, all the while using slavery as the rallying cry.

Finally, the progressives found their man, in President Woodrow Wilson, Who signed the federal reserve act of 1913; which allowed for a central bank that answers to no one, but itself. This is done at the cost of our nation’s economy;something progressives have wanted to destroy for many years, in favor of a cuban style of a socialist utopia. They might have actually succeeded, if it had not been for the rise of the Tea Party and conservative activists and bloggers who sprung into action and cut these cutthroat thugs off at the pass.

Much hay has been made about the rise of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party; and the reemergence of the “old right” or as we are properly known as, Paleoconservatives; which is what the Republican Party truly was, before the Jacobin neoconservatives decided that they would overrun the Republican Party by nefarious means. Some think that these type of conservatives can regain control of the Republican Party, I doubt this very much, the neoconservative right is too well-funded and well defended with their Frankfurt school tactics.

To be clear the Democratic Party, in its current state, is a horrible mess. The Anti-American, Anti-Capitalist — and dare I say —  Anti-White mentality of that party has run former “blue dog” Democrats like myself out of that party. However, the Republican Party is really no better at all. Nothing has really change since the end of the George W. Bush-era; the Jacobin neoconservatives are still there and they are their money is controlling the shots in that party.

As much as I would like to say that I would like to believe that there is something that we can do to change this I just cannot. The powers that be, are very entrenched. As a Born-Again Christian of 34 year vintage and as an Independent Fundamental Baptist; I can tell you what my hope truly is and what I believe and trust in. It comes from the Bible:

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 KJV)

This is my hope; yes, I know this world’s system is corrupt. Yes, I know things are going to get much, much, worse. But, I also know that when that time comes, which no man knows the hour; but we can know the seasons. Jesus is going to come back for his Church and all of this world is going to burn up and the wicked will be consumed. I, however, will be watching from the portals of the Glory of Heaven; all the while giving thanks that I made that very wise decision on June 7, 1982 in the auditorium of the original Open Door Baptist Church in southwest Detroit Michigan.

Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.

(cross posted at Beforeitsnews.com)

Authors Note: When this piece was originally released, it contained a good deal of grammar errors. They are now fixed. Thanks to those who brought to my attention. My Apologies to Beforeitsnews.com and its readers. I do not have a proofreader, nor can I afford one. :)

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Video: Art Thompson on Dangers of Arming ‘Moderate’ Muslims

(via JBS HQ)

UPDATED: Removed Cannonfire from the Blogroll

Why?

Because of this:

The next sentence contains the most politically incorrect words ever found on this blog. I’ve become a semi-regular Chick-Fil-A customer. To be specific: About once a month, I take the train out to the Chick-Fil-A in Hunt Valley, a restaurant run by outrageously dorky white people. It’s the epicenter of honkiness in the Western hemisphere.

Let’s admit it: Part of the reason we go to certain restaurants is to acquaint ourselves with the stereotypical trappings of a foreign culture. You go to a Mexican restaurant expecting to hear the Spanish language (or at least the accent), and you want to see tiled floors and tiled bathrooms and bullfighting posters and, well, lots of other Mexican stuff. You go to a Greek restaurant because you want to be around lively people who say “Opa!” a lot. You go to Buca di Beppo because you want the Pope room, and you want to feel that somewhere nearby there are a couple of guys in dark suits figuring out how to whack the entire Tattaglia family.

As awful as it sounds, I don’t enjoy going to the Chick-Fil-A near my home. That one is staffed by a lot of black people who are very competent, very friendly, and very dull. They just don’t make me giggle. No, when I wolf down a chicken sandwich and waffle fries, I want to do it while people-watching the hilariously pale. Their antics perpetually challenge me to keep a straight face. The women wear perfume and dresses and sky blue sweaters, and their hair is always the color of safflower oil. The men sport the kind of haircuts men got in the 1950s, and they say God Bless a lot. On my last visit, they were talking Wheel of Fortune. And football. And Intelligent Design. And Ronald Reagan. Yep, good ol’ Ronald Reagan: Now there was a real president. He finally got rid of the deficit before that damned Dimmycrat Bill Clinton ran it up sky-high again.

Besides that fact that his statements about the Ronald Reagan are totally wrong and his stereotyping of White people is simply moronic and juvenile at best; the underlying thing here is that this is nothing more than, I assume, black on white racism. There is nothing that I detest more than true blue white racists and that is black racists. It is something I have personal experience with, as does my own family.

So, he is gone; I may not be the biggest “right-wing” blog in the conservative blogosphere; but I will be darned if I will link to a blog that fosters that sort of anti-white mentality and racism. I only added Mr. Cannon’s blog, because he was critical of Obama. I guess he is not the Democrat that I thought he was; my mistake.

Update: For the record, Mr. Cannon was reacting to this here: (Via TPM)

Oversimplified. But, quite accurate.

Update #2: For those who might have an issue with the above that I wrote. Could you imagine, if someone like me, had written on a Conservative blog, something to the effect of, “I was down at the local chicken shack here — I like going there, because it is the most “niggered up” business on the planet!” I mean, the howls of accusation of racism would be deafening; but yet, this prick can write something like this? It is a double standard and it is a bunch of bullcrap! :mad: For the record, however, Chicken Shack around here, was founded by white people; funny that. :roll:

Update #3: Joe Cannon is not black, he says; although there is no picture to prove that one. So, he must one of those self hating white guys, or anti-white white people who like to denigrate white people; especially those whom he disagrees with politically. It is a typical tactic of the liberal left. The real kicker is this; He comes back with the whole, “Oh, I am just kidding!” disclaimer. Yeah right. :roll: If I drove over to the east side of Detroit here and walked into a party store and started saying, “What a bunch of stupid niggers!” and then said, “Oh, I am kidding!” You know darned well what would happen to me! I’d get my arse kicked or my throat cut! But, the liberal idiot can do that stuff? Something is wrong with that party man, and I mean bad. Not to mention this little article here that Cannon wrote about Israel. Now where did I hear this before?:

Same thing, different day. :roll: