Friday morning mini round-up and Open Thread

Victorian posy of pansiesToday is the first day of summer vacation for the kids, so I have a full house that’s only going to get more full as the day goes by.  At peak fullness, I expect to have about 15-20 kids trotting through the yard and the house. Blogging will therefore be sporadic. Heck, thinking will be sporadic (for the teens, too, I suspect). Still, while I’ve got a moment….


I haven’t blogged yet in detail about Iraq, but I am fully aware of what’s going on there and do have a few quick comments. On Facebook, the DemProgs are blaming Bush. I polite write back to them that, when Bush left office, Iraq was slowly but surely on its way to becoming a functional democracy. It was Obama who made the decision to abandon this delicate, but stable and growing, democratic infrastructure, leaving it completely vulnerable to al Qaeda and, now, ISIS.

I remind these DemProgs that, almost seventy years after WWII ended, America is still in Germany and Japan. It stayed in the beginning to keep those shattered countries from falling apart and becoming prey again to dangerous nationalism, and stayed in the end as a bulwark against communism. In Iraq, Obama cut and ran, leaving Iraq to fall apart and to fall victim to  staggering uprush of Islamism not seen since the centuries after Mohammed’s death.

And speaking of that jihadist push in the years after Mohammed’s death, which was one of the speediest and most bloody conquests in world history, we shouldn’t forget that Islam pushed hard at the doors of Western Europe. Spain fell. France was pressed. Serbia was lost. Byzantine Constantinople was lost. It even appeared, just as recently as the end of the 17th century, that the Austro-Hungarian empire would fall. And all of this happened when Europe didn’t have a strong fifth column of Islamists that it had already invited into the gates.

All of that’s a subject for a longer, more thoughtful post. For today, just a picture. You see, John Hinderaker says that it’s time to call Barack Obama on his “Mission Accomplished” moment:


What’s really sad is that I believe that Obama probably does consider the re-Islamization of the Muslim Middle East as precisely that — a mission proudly accomplished. Whether or not he’s a Muslim, something that is between him and his God (whoever that is), Obama is most certainly a cheerleader and fellow traveler.


Richard Baehr says what conservatives know and Leftists lie about: Cantor’s defeat wasn’t about Virginia conservatives suddenly waking up and saying “Oh, my God! He’s a Jew! More than a decade and we never knew. Throw the Yid out!”

Instead, it was about the fact that Cantor, who gets a few kudos for facing-off against Obama in 2009, is in all other ways a Republican, not a conservative, something he made manifestly clear with his stand on amnesty.


Showing that Republicans have no learning curve, though, the House Republicans seem to be contemplating electing Kevin McCarthy to replace Cantor as House Majority Leader. If Cantor was a Republican (not a conservative), McCarthy has strong RINO leanings. Elevating him to majority leader will be the Republicans’ way of saying to conservatives “Eff you.” And all the while they’ll be thinking “Your votes? We don’t need your stinking conservatives votes.” That’s the arrogance of the Foggy Bottom mentality, because in fact they do need those stinking conservative votes.


A sweet two-fer from Burt Prelutsky, one looking at the DemProg mindset and the other looking at the inanities they spout, seemingly with all seriousness.


Jack Cashill notes something very sinister about the Left’s changed approach to our justice system. At least since Sacco and Vanzetti, Leftists vociferously cried “Innocent!” on behalf of killers and traitors they knew were guilty. That’s bad, but worse was to come with the Zimmerman trial:

The guilty as innocent paradigm caused trouble enough over time, but the Zimmerman case signaled a disturbing trend in leftist agitprop: the innocent as guilty. For the first time in the history of American jurisprudence, the cultural left and its media allies conspired with the forces of government and the vestiges of the civil rights movement to put a conspicuously innocent man in prison for the rest of his life.


Tom White, who is one of my fellow Watcher’s Council members, is getting a lot of deserved press for the fact that he alone of all political commentators predicted the David Brat victory over Eric Cantor. And I mean really predicted. It wasn’t just the optimistic statement that “My guy’s going to win!” No. Tom engaged in very thoughtful analyses of voter trends and poll data, and worked his way to the right answer. Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of Tom.


Bowe Bergdahl’s letters home reveal a few things about him: (1) he’s almost illiterate; (2) he’s a loon; and (3) he didn’t like being bossed around in the military. The Left will glom onto items (1) and (2) to justify a presidential pardon. “Look at this,” they’ll say.  “(1) This is what happens when the military preys on stupid people, using them as cannon fodder and (2) nobody should have to work under those circumstances.”

Regarding the “military is evil because it stocks itself with mentally incompetent people,” we know this is untrue. On average, the military has a higher grade of people than the general public. Indeed, it tries to weed out people like Bergdahl (the loons), although it failed signally in his case which is the main finger of blame I would point at the military on the facts currently available.

Regarding the second point, which is that it’s reasonable for unhappy troops to desert, a military friend of mine says it best:

That’s a recipe for chaos. If you don’t like making your bed you can desert? It’s another assertion that anything goes and it’s all about “me.” It’s selfishness and the root of evil and the opposite of discipline. We forget that disciple in a good thing.


One does wonder if Bergdahl’s looniness relates in any way to his father’s creepiness. It makes you wonder about his mother who, so far, has stayed out of the spotlight letting her loopy, pro-Taliban, Muslim-prayer-spouting husband to hog the microphone.


Hillary blithely stated that we don’t need to worry about the Gitmo 5 because they’re no threat to the US. Even taking the inanity at face value, maybe Americans will still care that at least one of them may have had a hand in killing 2,996 Americans and other nationals on September 11, 2001.  Nah!  Never mind.  The media will make sure most Americans never know.

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  • qr4j

    Re Hillary’s Blithe Comment on the Gitmo 5:  Given that she’s the smartest, most politically savvy woman in the world (vomit!), you’d think she’d be wise enough to at least feign more concern about their release.  As a Lefty, Hillary may or may not have genuine concern about the defense of the nation and the safety of the average Joe and Joanne American.  But you’d think she’d have more sense politically.
    When Hillary said she and Bill were dead broke, what was she thinking?  Really?  Dead broke?  Couldn’t pay the mortgages on TWO houses?  Oh my!  Struggled to send Chelsea to college?  Folks, it wasn’t a local community college they were struggling to send her to.  It was friggin’ Stanford!  Talk about political tin ear!  Hillary’s all ears and all tin.
    Now on the Gitmo 5 — What is she going to say when she’s proven wrong?  (And there’s a good chance she will be.)  How’s that going to work out for her?  Wouldn’t it be safer for her to keep her yap shut?  Just wondering.
    Hillary cannot be all that smart or she’d not step in it so much.  Seriously!

    • SADIE

      Hillary’s current “reset” button works and translates as well as the one she gave to Russia, nyet?

      • qr4j

        Great point!  Again, how is Hillary the sharpest knife in the drawer?  Why do people consider her the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree?  What has she accomplished?  She married a man who is good at political spin — and knows interesting ways to smoke cigars.

  • VaRight

    Thanks for the shout out. Your kind words mean a lot.

  • Ymarsakar

    Your FB “friends”, are responsible for this bloodshed, Book. They have blood on their hands. Everyone who supported and supports Hussein, is guilty. And they will get what’s coming to them sooner or later.

  • sabawa

    Many ‘pundits’ posit Hillary is a bit rusty with her interview prowess.  You know, she’s been home doing things, not taking questions.   Huh…..I think she’s been campaigning every day of her life since before she and Bill were housed in the WH.   I pray her tongue trips her up good (well).

  • lee

    Re: Jack Cashill
    Not to long ago, I read about a labor scholar, very liberal guy, who was researching the Haymarket Riots. He discovered that the rioters planned large scale violence–explosives, etc. The researcher really didn’t expect to discover the degree to which the rioters conspired to unleash some sort of Armageddon. It didn’t fit with the party line. He published some of his work and became persona non grata in his academic circles–and he seem surprised by that.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Book writes, “I polite write back to them that, when Bush left office, Iraq was slowly but surely on its way to becoming a functional democracy. It was Obama who made the decision to abandon this delicate, but stable and growing, democratic infrastructure, leaving it completely vulnerable to al Qaeda and, now, ISIS.”
    Somehow, America’s MSM conveniently forgot that they were happily lambasting the Republicans for having abandoned Afghanistan after the defeat of the Russians by the Mujahadeen, thereby letting the Taliban seize power and setting off the chain of events that led to 9/11. There was merit to that (you helped break it, you need to help fix it) argument, but it mysteriously does not seem to apply to the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.

  • lee
    Hmmm… We got infected with that virus that holds you hostage. Yet somehow our IT department had all this back up, and we got YEARS worth of files back… Go figure.

    • SADIE

      In my Dana Garvey/Church Lady voice: “How convenient”
      If we were living during any other administration [read Republican] this would be splattered all over the front page. Bookworm said it first and before all the other scandals emerged, that the IRS is the worst of the lot of them, paraphrasing her of course.

    • Ymarsakar

      Botnets make zombies out of computers. The Left’s mind control makes zombies out of subjects. Same concept.

  • Michael Adams

    Sadie, and Book, are absolutely right.  The IRS is the worst of all the scandals, because all the others,either incompetent- or corrupt-government out breaks, are, in essence, political. The IRS is Constitutional, interfering in the very process which would allow political problems to be solved in a political manner.  Drying up an opponent’s funding, suppressing groups that try to raise issues,these are actual attacks upon the Constitution and the Republic which the Constitution establishes.  These people must be stopped.

  • Ymarsakar

    So anyone still confused about why patriots should hate Democrats and Leftists? I’ll answer any questions people have.

  • Charles Martel

    What bothers me is that there is utterly nobody working today in the mainstream media who will call out Obama for the spineless traitor that he is. Nobody. 
    When it comes time for tar and feathers—and lamp posts—people will know who to come for. 

    • Ymarsakar

      He’s checking the list, to see who is naughty and nice. The naughty boys get an axe.

  • Danny Lemieux

    It’s not as if Lois Lerner was using a personal laptop without internet back-up. Emails reside on servers – so, if the servers crashed, a lot of other information went missing as well – it’s easy enough to validate, one way or another.

    • Ymarsakar

      Unless they wiped all the data and backups.

  • jj

    Cantor’s campaign spent more at steakhouses than Brat’s campaign spent in toto.  Whatever brand of republican he calls himself, whatever religion he adheres to: there stands an out-of-touch jackass.

  • Ymarsakar

    70% of Jews are like Soros. Democrats.
    And Democrats cannot be considered patriots of America, at least.

  • Mike Devx

    I think it takes a LOT of careful planning to accidentally lose a year’s worth of emails.