THE PRICE OF DIPLOMACY
An autopsy report found that he had been starved and had suffered multiple lethal injuries that could have caused his death. The skin on his face had been partially removed along with his tongue and he had also been castrated.
Fred Hof, a diplomat who had been a friend of the murdered man, said, “I am one of a small handful of Americans who knows the exact manner of Rich’s death. If I were to describe it to you now – which I will not – I can guarantee that a significant number of people in this room would become physically ill.”
“The State Department, not the Defense Department, had the lead. That meant diplomacy, not military might. It meant no retribution, no retaliation, no rescue,” Robin L. Higgins, his wife, wrote.
American Blood on Iranian Hands
Obama began his first term with an approval rating of 68 percent; a figure unmatched since JFK. No Republican had enjoyed a starting approval rating above 60 percent in 60 years, indicating how much more willing Republicans were to give the other guy a fair shot than their Democratic counterparts. At 12 percent, his disapproval ratings were also much lower than those of Bill Clinton or George W. Bush.
If his current approval rating of 40 percent pro and 51 percent con can be put down to anything, it isn’t race. When Obama began his first term in office, he had the approval of 41 percent of Republicans. By the time the year was out, that number had fallen to 16 percent.
At the beginning of Obama’s first term, 69 percent of blacks said that Martin Luther King Jr’s vision had been fulfilled. Two years later, only 54 percent of blacks agreed and 45 percent disagreed. By 2013, only 32 percent of blacks would even agree that a lot of progress had been made in fulfilling the dream.
From Martin Luther King to Obama
ALL THE WORLD A STAGE
Kerry never truly sees the world that he traverses at taxpayer expense, only the awards and plaudits waiting for him once he resolves all of its problems. All his life, he has been a player on his own stage, posturing in a small variety of roles, from Vietnam veteran, to peace crusader, back to Vietnam veteran and then back to peace crusader, from medal hurler to Nobel winner in the theater of his own mind.
Diplomacy for Kerry, like statesmanship and legislating, is a performance. Not only doesn’t he know how to do it, but he doesn’t even know that he doesn’t know how to do it. The same misplaced confidence that got him from telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States military was as bad as the armies of Genghis Khan to sitting on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is moving him around the world with a furrowed brow full of Botox and nothing inside it but a Tom Collins and visions of an elderly Norwegian handing him the Peace Prize that he believes has been rightfully his since 1971.
John Kerry’s Flying Circus
THE 396TH AMENDMENT
The liberal Constitution is a very strange place. There’s no Freedom of Religion in it, but there is a Constitutional right to sex change operations.
Robert Kosilek was a psycho transvestite who strangled his wife to death so severely that he nearly cut off her head. Then he dumped her naked body in a mall parking lot.
Cheryl McCaul had met Robert Kosilek and felt sorry for him. And she paid for it with her life. The cowardly Kosilek tried to claim that he had murdered his wife in self-defense after she caught him trying on her clothes.
2 Obama Judges Say Constitution Entitles Wife-Killer to Sex Change Operation
EU Dumps Green Energy Mandates, Embraces Fracking
Yameen is the half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
At a victory rally following the presidential run-off vote last November, Yameen said his coalition had received a mandate “to save the Maldivian nation, to protect the sacred religion of Islam.”
Maldives President Rejects Law Banning Husbands from Raping Divorced Wives to Infect them with AIDS as “UnIslamic”
Jimmy Carter Warns Against Sanctions on Iran
A continuation of the story about rising demand for pigs reared in the open on page 19 of the paper got the same treatment, with the faces of two adult pigs blacked out.
“From last time also we do this. If there is picture of nudes or like this we will cover. This is a Muslim country,” the spokesman said when asked why the faces of the pigs had been censored.
New York Times Censors Pig Photos to Avoid Offending Muslims
EU Dumps Green Energy Mandates, Embraces Fracking - Obama is now more left-wing and reactionary on energy productivity than the European Union.
PAKISTANIS ARE THE MURDERERS OF PROPHETS
"The additional sessions judge had also constituted a medical board to evaluate his mental health and the board had said that he was not insane and in perfect health."
Sure. A guy claiming to be a prophet in a country that kills prophets is sane. The psychiatrist who treated Mohammed (again the latter day Mohammed, though the original Mohammed would have benefited from some anti-psychotics) disagrees.
But what does she know? She’s a woman and an infidel.
Insane Scottish Prophet Mohammed Gets Death Sentence in Pakistan
Michelle Obama Considers Hanoi Jane a “Role Model”
THE LAST TAXPAYER TO GIVE A DOLLAR FOR A MISTAKE
The Department of Health and Human Services is spending $2,797,979 on a study that brings television to more than a dozen remote villages in Vietnam to study its impact on their culture and reproductive behavior.
You would think that once we were out of Vietnam, we could stop spending money on Vietnam.
Obama Spending $2.7 Mil to Broadcast Communist Propaganda to Vietnam
Iraqi Muslim Rapes Blind German Senior Citizen, Gets Parole and $4800 Fine
Forgotten in the reality distortion field surrounding Ready for Hillary is the simply fact that Hillary has never actually won a competitive election. Hillary’s senate seat in New York was handed to her after Giuliani came down with cancer. If he hadn’t gotten sick, Hillary Clinton would have tried to be the senator from her native Illinois instead and might have prevented Obama from ever getting started.
Hillary Clinton was so incredibly popular that her otherwise unknown Democratic primary opponent in 2000 managed to take a fifth of the vote.
Can anyone beat Hillary? Why not. In 2000 and 2006, she took down weak and obscure opponents with charges of sexism and racism. When she had to face off against Obama, she lost.
The only ticket she’s running on is “First female president.” If the Republicans were to put up a female candidate, Hillary would literally have no platform, no slogan, no anything.
Can Anyone Stop Hillary? Why Not? Hillary has Never Won a Competitive Election
13 Dems Propose Bill to Study Hate Speech on the Internet “Outside Zone of First Amendment Protection”
“This is a ghost gun,” de Leon begins, holding an unloaded rifle in his hands. “This right here has the ability with a .30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.”
Kevin de Leon, a former English as a Second Language teacher and NEA crony, couldn’t be expected to know any of this. He’s only been pushing gun control for the last six years.
How was he supposed to find the time to learn what a caliber is in only six years?
State Sen. Kevin de Leon defended himself Tuesday against allegations he helped transfer $25,000 to a nonprofit controlled by Sen. Ron Calderon’s brother, Thomas.
California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Tuesday that “it is clear” Sen. Kevin de León will be the next leader of the state Senate.
California’s Dumbest Senate Democrat Warns ‘Ghost Guns’ Will Shoot All Their Calibers At You
Congressman has Wacky Theory That Kim Philby Might be a Russian Spy
ATTENTION SAN FRANCISCO; LARRY BRINKIN WEEK HAS BEEN CANCELED
It wasn’t that long ago, that San Francisco was declaring Larry Brinkin Week recognizing his work as the “co—founder of Bay Area Gay Liberation and the Lesbian/Gay Labor Alliance”.
The resolution also mentioned “his ‘key role in laying the foundation for marriage equality for same-sex couples by filing the first lawsuit to challenge an employers denial of domestic-partner beneﬁts thus helping San Francisco to develop the Domestic Partnership Ordinance.”
And then two years later, Larry Brinkin Week came to an abrupt end when the father of gay marriage was charged with being a monster.
Father of Gay Marriage Guilty of Child Porn Will Keep San Fran City Pension
Israel Breaks Up Al Qaeda Plot to Bomb US Embassy - While Obama and Kerry were pressuring Israel to free terrorists to keep the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority at the negotiations, Israel was breaking up a terrorist plot targeting the US embassy in Tel Aviv.
THE ABORTION TROLLS
The left keeps trolling opponents with the rape and incest argument because it keeps getting away with it, especially when it ambushes not especially bright politicians with this question.
Whether or not abortion should be legal cannot and should not be defined by an extreme scenario. Just as we wouldn’t argue the legality of convenience store robberies in general based around that “child starving to death” exception. Or the legality or marijuana based on medical marijuana. Those are outliers.
It’s always possible to create an extreme scenario in which an otherwise unacceptable act becomes acceptable to many people because of extenuating circumstances, but that’s a sophomoric argument unworthy of being taken seriously.
Why Abortion in Case of Rape is a Non-Argument
Marvel Creates Muslim Superheroine, Muslims Complain She Doesn’t Wear Burka
HER HIGHNESS IS GOING FREE MARKET
“It’s quicker to get a colleague back to work if you have an operation in two weeks’ time rather than having to wait for a year,” privately insured Anna Norlander told Sveriges Radio on Friday. “It’s terrible that I, as a young person, don’t feel I can trust the health care system to take care of me.”
Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O’Neil have decided that their child will be born in the US, the Swedish Royal Court has announced.
“After careful consideration and in consultation with the King and Queen, Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill have decided that their child will be born in New York,” Svante Lindqvist at the Royal Court wrote in a statement.
Swedes Flee Socialized Medicine After Year-Long Waiting Lists
Ron Lewenberg •
Nothing new. When my grandfather had lung cancer in 1981, he had to come to America to be treated. The Swedes offered a hospice. He lived another 22 years before being involuntarily euthanized in Sweden.
....from the comments
Tokyo Court Allows Religious Profiling of Muslim Terrorists
Muslim MK Who Claimed House Doesn’t Have Electricity Because of Israel, Has Satellite Dish
The insider attacks in which Afghani soldiers and police officers suddenly turn and begin killing Americans is one of the more mysterious elements of the War in Afghanistan. Various explanations are given from secret Taliban loyalties to unexpected violations of mores, but none of those explanations really show why these attacks began to dramatically increase in 2009.
Did an Obama Attempt to Remove Karzai Lead to Afghan “Insider Attacks”
President of Indonesia Claims Allah Saved Him from Assassination by Black Cloud
Weinstein’s future slate includes Kill Bill 3, Halloween 3 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. All these are notoriously ultraviolent movies.
Harvey Weinstein did leave himself plenty of wriggle room when he said, “I’m not going to make some crazy action movie just to blow up people and exploit people just for the sake of making it.”
The reason why Harvey Weinstein is lying about not making more violent movies can be expressed in one word: Dimension. After the Weinsteins sold Miramax and Harvey Weinstein made a comeback with the Weinstein Company, Dimension’s lower grade properties pay the bills.
Harvey Weinstein Lies About Not Making Any More Violent Movies
Obama Treasury Secretary Warned Financial Firm of “Govenment Response” to Credit Rating Downgrade
“The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being,” Stone tweeted.
“I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth,” Stone tweeted.
The Martin Luther King estate should probably be grateful that he didn’t depict MLK killing JFK.
Martin Luther King Estate Boots Oliver Stone from Biopic Over Adultery Scene
For the crime of giving humanity parliamentary democracy, night after night, latter-day gods bind London’s Tower Hamlets to a rock for fallen angel Lutfur Rahman to gorge himself silly on a young civilization’s liver while applauded by a chorus of blind and ecstatic cultural diversificationists. Thus do the gods wantonly sport with our venerable heritage?
A recent report in a national newspaper once again brought to light one of Rahman’s artful dodges, this time the sale of Old Poplar Town Hall at a knockdown price to his business associates and electoral advisors. The report concluded with the dismal conjecture that there was no little or no prospect of bringing Rahman to account for fear of being labelled race-mongers.
... J.P. from Gates of Vienna
WHAT IS LOST
But.... but... something persists in me from a book read long, long ago concerning the Death Camps during the Holocaust. I read this history more than forty years ago as a teenager and have not read it since. I read it so long ago that I cannot remember the title but retain trace memories the photographs of Dachau in the center that shocked me out of childhood. I also remembere one particular passage. I find it strange that, given my youth at the time, and the thousands and thousands of books since, that this passage should stay with me.
I cannot quote it but its import went something like this:
The person being interviewed was a female concentration camp survivor. She survived by being 'of use' to the camp. This use was to take the unborn, the aborted, the babies, the infants and the small children (dead or alive, I'm no longer sure), and throw their bodies into the ovens. At the end of this passage she reflected (in paraphrase): "Were we throwing another Mozart or Moses into the flames? We'll never know." And that not knowing was her enduring hell.
from Gerard's meditation on Row vs Wade at American Digest
Patricia Heaton from the 2004 movie “Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood”: “When the Everybody Loves Raymond star said she was voting for Bush, the conversation turned to awkward silence. As she put it, ‘You’d think I’d crapped in the middle of the table,’ and consequently she was no longer a part of the upcoming production.”
Dwight Schultz, from Ben Shapiro’s book Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV: “The late Bruce Paltrow knew that Schultz was a fan of President Ronald Reagan. When Schultz showed up to audition for St. Elsewhere, a show Paltrow produced, to read for the part of Fiscus, Paltrow told him: “There’s not going to be a Reagan a**hole on this show!” The part went to Howie Mandel.”
Orson Bean, From “A Hostile Work Environment” by Andrew Breitbart, LA Times Sept. 2007: “My father-in-law Orson Bean, an author, comedian and actor, was once blacklisted as a Communist back in the ’50s. Ed Sullivan called him to say he could no longer book him on the show. Fifty years later, and after a sharp ideological metamorphosis, Orson says it’s harder now to be an open conservative on a Hollywood set than it was back then to be a Communist.”
...from Ann Marie-Murrell at Politichicks.tv
And I think even leftists who are the most hostile to McCarthy will agree that inflicting Howie Mandel on the country was much worse than anything McCarthy did.
We can blame Gwyneth Paltrow's father for that.
A 99 PERCENT WORLD
For Obama, America abroad is analogous to the 1 percent at home. We need not squabble over the reasons why the wealthiest Americans enjoy unequal access to the things money can buy, or why America, of all nations, finds itself with unmatched global clout and influence. The concern is only that such privilege exists; that it is unfair; that it has led to injustice for the majority; and that it must be changed.That section from Victor Davis Hanson's essay neatly sums matters up. The left's goal is the extinguishing of the old order in every sense of the word. American power is the mainspring of that order. The Pax Americana aborted the inevitable world revolution of the left. It has to be usurped for the revolution to happen and the world to become a "just" and "peaceful" place.
Obama, of course, cannot issue a global tax aimed at the United States. He cannot easily expand U.S. foreign aid as a sort of reparations. And he cannot craft the international equivalent of Obamacare. But he does seek the same sort of redistributive readjustment to America’s presence abroad that he does to some Americans at home — in the interests of fairness, equality, and social justice.
Just as the United States would be a lot better place if a few million were not so rich, so too the world would be better off if the United States — and to a lesser extent Europe — were not so powerful and interventionist.
The Jawa Report celebrated its 10th anniversary. In a way this is a look back at a different blogsphere of a different time when the Iraq War had just begun and we felt like we were part of a rising tide.
By the Obama era, many former colleagues and friends had defected, some rather prominently, like C.J, others whose voices were articulate and clever, slowly switched sides of dropped away. It's a good thing that the Jawa Report is still here and fighting the good fight.
People used to email me constantly demanding -- DEMANDING!!111!! -- that I take this or that down. Don't you know you might offend someone? But they didn't get it, I wanted them to react that way. I wanted them to be offended.
For me, in the midsts of two shooting wars, you don't worry about offending the sensibilities of your enemies. Previous generations understood this. Have you ever watched the old Looney Tunes cartoons from WWII? They didn't pull any punches. In fact, many of these cartoons are now considered so offensive that Warner Bros. didn't renew the copyright on them and doesn't include them in their usual syndication deals. They're "banned" for being too offensive.
As one of my historian colleagues reminded me sometime in 2004: we didn't fight Nazis, we fought the Germans. There was no Nazi Army, there was only a German Army. It was only after WWII was over that we started talking about good "Germans" vs bad "Nazis". It was historical revisionism within a few years of the actual war. I do not mean to say there weren't a lot of Germans who opposed Hitler, only that it didn't matter. A guy with a gun pointed at your head who is a Nazi is no different at that moment than a guy with a gun pointed at your head who is really sorry to be killing you, but you know, orders.
So, we fought Germany and Germans were the bad guys. Call it a casualty of war, but dehumanizing your enemies is a necessary evil. It's hard to pull the trigger when you think of the guy at the end of the barrel as no different than your buddy next to you.