John Kasich is NOT a conservative, don’t be fooled!

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There’s a certain group among Virginia Republicans who are supporting John Kasich for President, even trying to convince us that he is a conservative. For a host of reasons, this claim is ridiculous on its face.

First, Kasich tacitly opposes right-to-work legislation in Ohio, stating repeatedly that he won’t push for it. One shouldn’t be forced to join a union to get or keep a job, or to pay tribute to union goons so they can pursue a left-wing political agenda. No conservative should oppose state right-to-work laws.

Also, Kasich supports the federal “Common Core” educational standards. He opposed legislation last year in Ohio that would’ve replaced them with better ones. It is the duty of every conservative statesman to oppose federal mandates in education at every opportunity. Kasich has failed to do so.

Perhaps most galling, Kasich cloaks his support for amnesty for illegal aliens AND his support for Medicaid expansion, in the guise of faith. Every conservative should understand that government is not an outlet for charity, and certainly not a tool to be used to force some to support others. Leave that to the left.

Medicaid expansion is akin to following the federal Pied Piper to an illusory pot of gold in the form of federal dollars (built on the ever-growing federal debt) that run out after a few years. In reality, that course of action amounts to following the Piper right off a cliff. Kasich infamously told a donor that he expanded Medicaid because “Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor. You better have a good answer.”

As far as amnesty goes, the rule of law should come first, and no reform or amnesty should be contemplated until the border is secured, and the federal government makes a sustained good-faith effort to send home those who have come on visas and overstayed, and those who entered the United States illegally. These positions aren’t remotely conservative.

Kasich has grown the Ohio state budget by roughly 20% in his time in office, higher than most other states during that time-frame.

Kasich is questionable, at best, on gun rights. He got F grades for several years from the National Rifle Association, and helped Bill Clinton pass the 1993 ‘assault weapons’ ban.

Any two of these would make John Kasich a non-starter for me. Taken together, they paint a picture of a progressive Republican trying to wear the mask of a conservative. As such, conservatives should certainly not support Kasich for President, and leave him to the moderates as a backup plan, in case ¡Jeb! Bush implodes completely.

Originally posted at The Bull Elephant.

The Pope – Good Man, Bad Policy


Pope Francis was in DC these past couple of days, and the news cycle could talk about nothing else. Literally. I resigned myself to turning TV news off for good and focusing on foreign media and the Wall Street Journal. Traffic was a bear, so I took an admin day in which I sat around the house all day in my pajamas, blogged, and marveled from my balcony at the beautiful day we were having!

I keep wondering if the area was such a nightmare for a papal visit, how the hell does anyone think DC could handle the 2024 Olympics?

But back to the Pope. The visit has, of course, caused numerous discussions about the nature of the Pope’s political views. Is he a socialist? Is he a communist? Should he be using the Catholic Church as his own, personal bully pulpit from which to pressure national governments to implement his leftist agenda? Blah blah blah.

I’m hardly a Catholic, and I’m not religious. So maybe looking at said Pope from the outside, so to speak, I can offer my somewhat more objective opinion.

In his historic address to the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis urged the politicians to cooperate and exercise basic kindness to others – especially those in dire need of it – immigrants, the poor, and the earth. The political tone was unmistakable: allow immigrants from Latin America to take advantage of the opportunities America offers, take steps to avert “the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity,” share those fruits of capitalist labor…

I wouldn’t mind the message so much if he stuck to delivering it to the people, rather than to those who hold the monopoly on government force. Of course, we need to be kind to others! Hell, the United States is a hugely charitable nation! Inherently there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s a difference in giving to the poor and asking the government to take tax dollars by force (and if you don’t think that taxation is force, try not paying your taxes. See: Al Capone.) To quote Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice,” the quality of mercy is not strained. You don’t force charity at the point of a government gun, because then it ceases to be charity and becomes just another redistributionist scheme. There’s no virtue in forcing others to give what you think they should give at the point of a government gun.

Kind words. Bad policy.

Immigration made this country what it is today. I am an immigrant, as is everyone in my family. We came here in search of opportunities, and we found them. I have no problem with immigration per se. But there needs to be justice, and there needs to be security. There is no justice in telling illegal aliens, “Since your very first act in the country you claim to love was to violate its immigration laws, we’ll reward you with amnesty!” Sorry, but no! We all understand there are people escaping some pretty horrific abuses out there. We also get there are folks out there seeking economic opportunities they would never find in their own countries. These are all valid reasons for wanting to come to the United States. But to allow those who have entered here illegally to remain, while plenty of immigrants wait for permission is not fair. While the stories may tug at the heart strings, justice is blind for a reason, and using said emotionalist rhetoric as well as the influence of the church to push for injustice is just plain wrong.

Emotional kindness. Bad policy.

And then there’s the environmentalist stuff. Look, no one is denying that conserving resources, finding cleaner technologies, and working for a cleaner planet is a good thing, but to claim that humans cause global warming and to impose onerous government regulations on them that will make their lives more difficult is not kind, and it’s not responsible. It’s one thing to promote a clean planet and urge each person to take responsibility for it, but it’s quite another to urge the government to force people to do so, like these scientists, who recently began urging the Obama Administration to prosecute skeptics using the RICO Act. Many cite the Pope’s alleged Master’s Degree in chemistry as some kind of evidence of his authority on global warming.

Well… a) he doesn’t have a Master’s in chemistry. He was a “chemical technician,” who has degrees in theology and philosophy, and b) even if he did have a degree in chemistry, which he does not, that would not denote expertise in environmental sciences.

Dr. Patrick Moore, formerly of Greenpeace, does have degrees in both ecology and forest biology, and he claims many of the claims regarding climate change are hysteria. A number of other scientists say the IPCC projections on climate change cannot be accurate, including botanist David Bellamy, the former chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology Judith Curry, and MIT professor of atmospheric sciences Richard Lindzen. Still more scientists argue that climate change is natural vice man-made – actual scientists such as University of Manchester professor emeritus of chemical thermodynamics Leslie Woodcock, UVA’s Fred Singer, and University of Ottawa environmental geochemist Jan Veizer.

In other words, despite what radical progs like to claim, the science is far from settled, and for the Pope to use the influence of the church to push destructive environmental policies in national legislatures based on scientific evidence that is still being examined and blaming “unbridled” capitalism for the destruction of the environment is blatantly policy prescriptive and dishonest.

Yes, I have policy disagreements with the Pope, and he absolutely has the right to his opinion. That said, going out and pressuring governments to adopt his opinions as policy should be disturbing to all those separation of church and state advocates, who rightfully say that religion and politics must be kept separate.

The Pope seems like a kind man. He’s a tireless advocate for charity, for tolerance, for ending suffering – these are all noble goals and his public advocacy has brought many people I personally know back to the church. My problem is not his views. Kindness, tolerance, generosity, charity are all virtues to be admired. But there’s no virtue in using government force to force those principles on others. There’s no virtue in disingenuously using the emotional power of the church to compel politicians to impose his views on the country.


Government force is not charity, and it’s not a virtue. It’s force.

And despite the Pope’s quite obviously good intentions, in the end the nature of force does not change, and using a very powerful spiritual tool to club politicians over the head in order to coerce them into using government authority over the citizens is not moral or kind. It’s authoritarian.

I don’t think the Pope is a communist. He has good intentions, but he doesn’t consider the nature of government or the consequences of his advocacy. He just wants to do good.

The “I hate myself for blogging about Trump” post


I swore to myself at some point that I wouldn’t give that ferret-headed, boorish narcissist any time on this blog. There are enough media outlets giving him the validation and attention he so desperately craves, and I didn’t want to be part of that crew.

But no… Trump had to go and overstep even the high watermark of his own shitbaggery this week, and so here I am… blogging about that mega-douche. I hate myself, but I’m going to do it anyway. So let’s start with a few facts here.

As you may have guessed, hell will freeze over before I cast a vote in Trump’s direction. If that douche tool gets the GOP nomination, I will not just vote for Hillary or Bernie Sanders, or whichever Democrat decides to make a run for the White House, I will actively campaign for them. I might vote Libertarian, depending on whether or not the LP candidate makes the ballot here in Virginia, but there’s no way in hell I will EVER support Trump.

No, it’s not because of the stupid hair that looks like a small animal crawled onto his head and died there.


No, it’s not because I’m somehow afraid of him telling it like it is. Frankly, I’d love a candidate who really spoke the truth – a direct and honest candidate who is capable of understanding the issues and speaking to them eloquently and intelligently. Trump ain’t it.

It’s because Trump is an immature, narcissistic, boorish lout, who has little to no idea about the economy, foreign policy, national security, or anything else that’s actually important for a President of the United States to know.

Add to that the fact that he’s an ill-mannered, primitive, childish troglodyte, and you have a perfect combination of oafishness and ignorance to get yet another big-government Democrat candidate elected to the White House.


But… but… but… but… he’s run big business, and he’s a billionaire! He has what it takes to turn this economy around!

Not just no, but FUCK NO!

Yeah, the guy is worth about $4 billion, according to Forbes, but having inherited daddy’s multi-million dollar real estate business, and bribed numerous politicians as just part of doing business, this “smart” businessman still declared bankruptcy four times!

Now, Trump claims he was just using bankruptcy laws to his corporate advantage.

Sorry, but any “businessman” who inherits his wealth and then uses bankruptcy laws to essentially avoid doing honest business has no business running a national economy. Filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a corporation to stay in business while it re-structures and attempts to reduce its debt. So a guy who had to file for bankruptcy protection because his companies apparently couldn’t control their spending wants to run America’s economy, AND rape taxpayers more than they already are getting raped to pay down the national debt! Right. Got it?

And frankly, I don’t want someone running an economy as complex as ours whose MO is to essentially bribe politicians to  gain corporate advantage. And I don’t give a crap to which party this puerile imbecile has given the most!

Oh, and by the way, considering that the wealthiest 10 percent of taxpayers already pay more than 70 percent of the total collected federal tax revenues, his idea to slap the “wealthy” with an additional one-time 14.5 percent tax to pay down the profligate spending habits of Washington politicians is putrid.


Boots on the ground to fight ISIS? Really?

Preemptive strike on North Korea? Really?

“All freedoms flow from national security…” Really? Seriously? This is a person who shows little to no comprehension about the nature of fundamental rights and freedoms. Having him in the White House would be a disastrous, neocon mess.

I’m hardly a John McCain fan, as you may well know from my previous writings, but to call into question the guy’s military service and ridicule his five years as a POW is pretty much below the pale – especially from a draft dodging, privileged daddy’s boy, who claims he couldn’t serve because of bone spurs in his widdle feet!

When he grows enough balls to pick up a rifle and defend this country, then he can castigate others’ military service and be all cavalier about sending our troops to fight in the Middle East again after more than a decade of military operations. Until then, he needs to shut the fuck up and let grown ups discuss military policy.

And by the way, the Trumptarded comments about immigration, citing nebulous “border patrol people”? He really has no comprehension about why and how illegal immigrants make their way over the border. His assertion that the Mexican government is actively sending criminals over the US border is pretty bloody ridiculous. Yes, there are organizations that do exactly that, and the Mexican government has been pretty pernicious about publicly trying to bully us into allowing their criminal illegals to remain in the United States, but to claim that essentially the Mexican government is involved in human trafficking across the US border is a bit… um… unsupported, stupid, and ignores the very real issues associated with illegal immigration, including Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) involvement, the very real profits associated with human trafficking, and corruption within the Mexican government.

The majority of illegal aliens who schlep their way into the United States do so across the Mexican border. There is a multi-billion dollar market in human trafficking, and it involves some of the most dangerous TCOs in the world, including Zetas and MS-13. And frankly, the more our governments crack down on drug trade, the more these TCOs are going to be shifting their revenue generation to less regulated endeavours. The Mexican government doesn’t have to actively do anything. Yes, there are corrupt law enforcement and security officials on the ground that are accepting bribes to help the TCOs traffic people across the border, but this does not denote a Mexican government policy of sending their trash over to our country. The issues are much more nuanced and detailed than that, but the boorish Trump-in-a-china-shop just doesn’t get them.


There are many more reasons why I would never support Trump for president. Frankly, I think he’s just embarrassing. He reminds me of that one fat, redneck uncle many of us have, who resides in a trailer park, wears sweat-stained wife beater shirts, sits around on a ratty recliner with his hand down his pants, scratching his barely-used balls, and spills his can of Bud Light all over the trailer floor as he screams about the “DAMN LIBRULS.” You don’t want to admit he’s related to you, and you don’t want to invite him to your family gatherings, but he shows up, gets drunk, engages in public policy discussions he doesn’t understand, and scares the kids at the family reunion by offering them a sip of his whiskey. I may not be the most diplomatic human being on this planet, but I also know how to behave like an adult in situations where this is required.

Trump is apparently incapable of doing so.

“Waaah! Megyn Kelly was mean to me!” If that means she refused to kiss your hairy ass by asking you tough questions about your record and about your commitment to the Republican party, then yeah. But guess what! Better Megyn Kelly than the Democratic candidate in a debate.

And better the pretty, blonde journalist from Fox News than Vladimir Putin, who is cunning and intelligent, as well as understated, besides being downright evil, and would make an even bigger jerk of Trump than Trump has made of himself.

And worse yet, Kelly’s refusal to kiss said anal orifice resulted in an avalanche of ignorance from Trump, including an allusion to Kelly perhaps being on the rag and referring to her as a “bimbo.” Well, goodness! Why else would a woman not genuflect in front of the Donald? She had to have been on the rag, right?

Of course, now Trump is showing his lack of integrity and honor by not only refusing to apologize for being a troglodyte, but is walking back his comments by claiming that’s not what he really said and/or meant!

“I cherish women,” the real estate mogul told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” adding that he did not mean to imply that Kelly asked him sharp questions during the debate because she was menstruating.

“Who would say that?” Trump said Sunday. “Do you think I’d make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about that.”

And of course, it wasn’t his fault. It was the rest of the Republicans who were just MEAAAAAANNNNN to him and are using his comments to paint him as the uncivilized narcissist he is!

He blamed his Republican presidential opponents for fanning the flames of controversy, and claimed he meant to refer to her “nose and/or ears” — not a woman’s period.

Trump attacked several of the Republicans who have criticized his remarks about Kelly.

And let’s not kid ourselves, it’s not the first time, Trump has gone on the offensive to females – publicly and unapologetically – merely because he didn’t like what they said or wrote about him.

As far back as a 1991 interview with Esquire magazine, Trump had boasted: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive]. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.”

In a 2006 book, he wrote of women as objectified collectibles: “Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art is not just superficial or something pretty to see.” He once sent New York Times columnist Gail Collins a copy of something she had written about him with her picture circled and “The face of a dog!” written over it.

And in 2012, he tweeted that Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is “unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man — he made a good decision.” (Huffington’s ex-husband, former congressman Michael Huffington (R-Calif.), came out as gay after their divorce.)

Look, fact of the matter is Trump DOESN’T say it like it is, as a lot of his drooling Neanderthal supporters claim. He simply opens his mouth and says the most outrageous thing he can think of, because it keeps his name out there. He has no concept of actual policy, he doesn’t understand the intricacies of running a country. He’s run his conglomerate like the Godfather, expecting everyone to kiss his ring, and now that he’s decided to run for President, he expects the same thing. And when he doesn’t get it, he throws a hissy fit about women’s periods and other Republicans being unfair to him! “

“Honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry,” he quipped during the debate. “I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.” Oh, you wouldn’t? That wasn’t a veiled, puerile threat?

I just saw “The Book of Mormon” at the Kennedy Center the other night. I haven’t laughed that hard in probably decades. I literally had tears running down my face and was nearly hyperventilating at the wit and satire of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s work! Oh, yes, they were insulting to the LDS. Yes, there was definitely a lot of childish humor and sexual innuendo. Yes, there were not-so-veiled references to some in Africa still sexually abusing infants as a cure for AIDS, female genital mutilation, and the ability of Mormons to turn off negative feelings and emotions “like a light switch” and ignore larger problems. But you know what? The offensiveness served to point out hypocrisy, lies, and selfishness of many religious types, and ultimately led to a message that was overwhelmingly positive and astute – help people, and don’t be a dick. The offensiveness, in fact, said it like it is, but was able to put forth a positive message in the process.

Trump has no such talent. His offensiveness is an end unto itself. There’s nothing positive about his message. He insults people who don’t like him and who challenge him. He is incapable of taking criticism, and simply alienates anyone who doesn’t agree with his tactics. And he’s delusional enough to think that it will get him a seat at the big table, as witnessed by his conversation with Roger Stone, who, until the disastrous GOP debate of a few days ago, was Trump’s top adviser.

Stone: “Donald, stop with the Megyn Kelly shit. It’s fucking crazy. It’s killing us.”

Trump: “What do you mean? I won the debate. People loved it.”

Stone: “You didn’t win the debate.”

Trump: “Yes I did. Look at the polling. Look at Drudge.”

Stone: “The Drudge Report poll isn’t a scientific poll. You won’t give me the money to pay for a scientific poll. And you’re off-message.”

Trump: “There are other polls.”

Stone: “Those are bullshit polls, Donald. They’re not scientific polls. We need to run a professional campaign and talk about what people really care about.”

Trump: “We’re winning.”

Anyone who actually believes this delusional, narcissistic, spoiled brat belongs in the White House, please do us all a favor and drink some arsenic!


Marine Arrested in DC; Connected Scum Still Walking Free


Wanna see some double standards? How about this?

A Marine detailed to the office of California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. was arrested Tuesday for possession of an unregistered firearm after a loaded .45 caliber handgun was discovered in his vehicle.

Gunnery Sgt. Peter Boby, a congressional fellow in the Corps’ Office of Legislative Affairs, was arrested after being stopped at a security checkpoint near a House office building, according to the U.S. Capitol Police.

Boby was also charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possession of unregistered ammunition. He processed at Capitol Police headquarters.

My educated guess is he made a mistake. He probably simply forgot the firearm was in his vehicle.

Stupid mistake? Yes.

But should his career be ruined, and his future destroyed because of what likely was an unintentional, albeit dumb, error? I’d say no.

And yet, Boby was arrested and charged for what was obviously an inadvertent error, while politically connected media maggot David Gregory faced no consequences whatsoever after quite intentionally bringing a “high capacity” magazine into the District, because apparently that wasn’t in the public interest. I’m sure it had nothing to do with Gregory and his wife’s close relationship with the DC Attorney General.

Frankly, I trust the Marine – a combat veteran and an NCO – with a firearm much more than I trust leeches such as David Gregory with a magazine, let alone with a camera and a microphone, given the amount of damage his biased agenda can cause.

I should really post more


I know it’s been weeks since I’ve written anything. I needed a break. I haven’t really been in the mood to write. First, there was the snow, which prompted me to sit around in bed all day in my pajamas drinking hot tea and watching Law & Order reruns.

And now… I’m off on temporary duty to Miami.

I know… HARDSHIP! But you’d be surprised how crappy it feels to go from a foot of snow in DC to 85-degree heat with 10000 percent humidity down in southern Florida! So if you have a snarky comment about how you feel oh-so-sorry for me being down here, keep it to yourself, punkin, because all you’ll get from me is a one-fingered salute.

As for what I’ve been up to?


For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been a regular part of the GunBlog Variety Cast along with some awesome folks, including Sean Sorrentino and Erin Palette. I’ve been doing this for a while now, but I’ve been an abject FAIL at blogging about it, because I’m lazy. So go over there and listen. Surprisingly enough, I don’t bloviate about guns on this one, but rather foreign policy. Erin talks about prepping, Sean and Adam talk about… stuff, and other incredible, talented, and intelligent folks talk about guns and tech. It’s fun. You should check it out, if you want to find out what I sound like on the air (shout out to my broadcaster background!).

And no, I don’t curse.

So what’s been going on?

Well, for one, we kicked Maduro and his band of Venezuelan thugs in the nuts with some sanctions last week. And if you hear them whining that this means the United States is about to launch into some kind of military action against them, you can laugh a little, because they’re either ignorant, or just want to raise the level of whining. Fact is that they were sanctioned under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which authorizes the President to regulate commerce after declaring a “national emergency” in response to any unusual or extraordinary foreign threat. It certainly doesn’t authorize any kind of military action.

Specifically, the E.O. targets those determined by the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to be involved in:

  • actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions;
  • significant acts of violence or conduct that constitutes a serious abuse or violation of human rights, including against persons involved in antigovernment protests in Venezuela in or since February 2014;
  • actions that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or peaceful assembly; or
  • public corruption by senior officials within the Government of Venezuela.

The E.O. also authorizes the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to target any person determined:

  • to be a current or former leader of an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in any activity described in the E.O. or of an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked or frozen pursuant to the E.O.; or
  • to be a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela;

What does this all mean? It means we don’t like corrupt thugs who steal money from their own people while undermining their basic rights using the U.S. financial system. So we cut off their access to it.

What else has been going on?

The Justice Department determined there was no basis for continued legal action against Darren Wilson, who last year shot Michael Brown in an action which was determined to be justified. Of course, Holder and the DOJ can’t leave well enough alone, so even though the shoot was good, they put out a report citing racism in the Ferguson PD writ large in an obvious attempt to mollify the screeching race hustlers. It is interesting to note that the report cites revenue generation being emphasized in the PD’s approach to law enforcement.

Patrol assignments and schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation. Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on “productivity,” meaning the number of citations issued. Partly as a consequence of City and FPD priorities, many officers appear to see some residents, especially those who live in Ferguson’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods, less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.

This is a problem that’s not just limited to Ferguson. Nothing new and different there, and I’ve often been appalled at the outrageous fees and penalties imposed on citizens for engaging in a simple mistake or minor traffic violation. So I get it. It sucks.

But in the same breath, the DOJ’s report claims that “The harms of Ferguson’s police and court practices are borne disproportionately by African Americans, and there is evidence that this is due in part to intentional discrimination on the basis of race.”

Lemme ask ya something. If it is obvious that the city’s focus is on revenue generation, rather than public safety, and therefore, it views the PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN city as a source of revenue generation, wouldn’t it stand to reason that in a predominantly black city, the brunt of those revenue generation policies would be… um… black, and that the reason Ferguson’s law enforcement practices and policies overwhelmingly impact African-Americans is because THAT’S WHO PREDOMINANTLY LIVES IN THE FRIGGIN’ CITY?

But hey, some of us don’t go looking for racism under every bed and around every corner.

In response to said report, Ferguson’s city manager has resigned and a state judge will be in charge of all Ferguson cases. Every town needs scapegoats, I suppose. That, of course, didn’t mollify the stampeding hordes, and just this past weekend, two police officers were shot after working crowd control in Ferguson. Police charged Jeffrey Williams with the shooting. The suspect admits he fired the weapon, but claims he was aiming at someone else in the crowd.

I’m trying to wrap my head at the amount of fucking stupid it takes to make such an admission. Stupid #1) You fire your weapon into a crowd of fucking people. Stupid #2) You admit to doing so, but hey… you weren’t aiming at police, and I guess you were expecting to hit your mark dead on. In a crowd. You dimwitted, miserable FAIL of a fucktard. Stupid #2) The only two people you conveniently hit are two cops. How propitious, considering the demonstrations were all about supposed police “racism.”

And, of course, Holder has been sniveling about how much acts of violence against law enforcement are not to be tolerated. Never mind he and his DOJ are the ones fomenting said unrest!

OK, enough about that.

There was supposedly a ceasefire agreement reached in Ukraine. Well, it was reached, but if you’re thinking that it’s somehow been effective, you’d be wrong. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the ceasefire is “fragile.” I think while violence has been reduced some, he’s the master of the understatement. If you want a boots on the ground (so to speak) glimpse into what’s going on, you should follow U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt on Twitter. The Russians will tell you it’s not their fault – that it’s the separatists failing to abide by the ceasefire – that they have no control over said militants. Um… yeah… right. If you think that Moscow isn’t behind the continuous arming of separatists in the region, I have this bridge…

Yes, I know I should keep up with my blogging, but even I need a break sometimes, so if I’m not around, it’s because I’m busy having a life.

Harf Should Really Just Shut Her Yap


In case you haven’t heard, there’s more stupidity coming out of the State Department in the form of something resembling words (and ostensibly logic, however bad) from the gaping maw of State Department spokeshole Marie Harf.

See, apparently we can just make terrorists not be terrorists anymore if we just offer them some jobs… maybe a $15/hour living wage… something. But we certainly can’t kill them all!

My reply to this would be, “Why not at least try?” But that might be too “nuanced” for some (and by “nuanced,” I mean, “politically incorrect.”)

And when anyone with a shred of common sense became publicly appalled at the vast amount of stupid, Harf decided to dig a little deeper by claiming her words were just way too “nuanced” for us conservative dolts.

“We cannot kill every terrorist around the world, nor should we try,” Harf said later. “How do you get at the root causes of this? It might be too nuanced an argument for some, like I’ve seen over the last 24 hours some of the commentary out there, but it’s really the smart way that Democrats, Republicans, our partners in the Arab world think we need to combat it.”

And by “nuanced,” we mean “stupid.” My mind certainly cannot process this much dumbassery in such a short period of time.

When I did my Master’s work in National Security Studies, I actually took a class called “The Roots of Terrorism” taught by an expert in the field – Paul Medhurst.  The work was interesting, in that it examined all aspects of international terrorism and allowed us to draw our own conclusions about its roots.

My conclusion was similar to this report.

While the report says that Western foreign policy and the perception that ‘Islam is under siege’ plays a role, they are not the main cause.

Instead, the four causes of radicalisation are: 

  • ‘Trauma’, such as the death of a loved one: Ten per cent of terror suspects became radicalised after a life trauma, says the report.

  • ‘Migration’: A third of all extremists ‘migrated to Britain alone’.

  •  ‘Criminal activity’: Two-thirds of the sample had criminal records.

  • ‘Prison’: Muslim prisoners who are not religious are often radicalised in prison. The report identified 60 known Islamist extremists operating in British jails.

The report also found that two-thirds of terrorists actually came from middle- to upper-class families, showing there’s no direct correlation between poverty, joblessness, and terrorism.

They’re also not really lone wolves, for the most part, and the vast majority were described as social and having lots of friends.

It’s not poverty and unemployment that prompt terrorists to attack their enemies. It’s ideology. And I would submit that no matter how many jobs you throw at them, that is not going to be fixed by giving them free shit.

Geeze, no wonder Harf went from a Middle East leadership analyst at the Agency to a spokeshole! Saying something stupid, and then condemning critics for not having a strong enough intellect to “get” her nuance doesn’t display too much analytic prowess!

FFS, Marie! Just shut your cock holster and stop embarrassing yourself and the administration!

Election Eve 2014 in Virginia


Greetings, folks. Yes, I know it’s quite some time since you’ve heard from me in this space, but I figured this was an important enough occasion for me to pop my head up. As those of us in Virginia no doubt already know, thanks to the deluge of election mailers, emails and robocalls, tomorrow is election day. Annoying as all that is and has been, everyone should still get out and cast an educated vote tomorrow, if they haven’t voted absentee already.

At stake this year is about one third of the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and various of sundry gubernatorial, statewide, county, city and local races around the nation. As it stands, the Republicans currently hold the House, and the Democrats control the Senate, along with, of course, the White House. The electoral environment is particularly good for Republicans this cycle, more due to the combination of far-left ideology and rank incompetence on display by the Democrats than anything the Republicans themselves have to offer. Here in Virginia, U.S. Senator (and former Governor) Mark Warner is up for re-election, endorsed by his predecessor (no relation) John Warner, a notoriously weak Republican who was never popular with the grassroots among his own party. Mark Warner was actually a decent governor, aside from pushing the largest tax increase in Virginia history through the General Assembly. He was even fairly pro-gun as governor. Then he ran for U.S. Senate in 2008, promising to be a ‘radical centrist’ if elected. He has not been. As Republicans love to point out, he’s voted with President Obama 97% of the time. And he’s been effectively anti-gun, as his endorsement by MomsDemandingAttention/GunHysteriaNonsenseInEverytown shows:

Mark Warner voted for the Manchin-Toomey Amendment (S.AMDT.715) to S. 649, the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would require background checks for guns sold online, at gun shows, and through classified ads.

As such, the most important thing is for everyone to get out and vote AGAINST Mark Warner in Virginia. The aforementioned anti-gun nutbag hysteria machine has also endorsed some Democrats running for U.S. House in Virginia: incumbent Rep. Bobby Scott in the 3rd District, Don Beyer here in the 8th District, John Foust in the 10th, and incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly in the 11th District. If you live in any of these districts, please get out and vote to DEFEAT these weasels.

Lastly, if you live in Arlington County, please, please, PLEASE vote for John Vihstadt for County Board tomorrow. He represents the only independent, non-Democratic voice on our board, and is carrying the banner of good government and fiscal responsibility. Want our horrendous roads fixed? Want to put a stop to the wasteful Artisphere, Columbia Pike streetcar, aquatic center and other vanity projects being pushed by the current Board majority? Support John tomorrow.

That is all.

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