The Bookworm Beat 2-23-15 — Post-Vegas edition and Open Thread

Woman writingI do like Vegas. I love its manic energy, crazed corporate imagination, over-the-top shows, brilliant colors, and flashing lights. And then, after three days, I’m desperate to get away from the noise and smoke and, often, the desperation floating above the casino floors. In other words, I had a great trip there and then was glad to come home again. This time, coming home also meant going through about 800 backed-up emails (a lot of people got heartfelt apologies from me for delaying so long before responding to them), and finding some awesome things to share with you.

A glowing French eye-view of American troops

When we think of the French, we tend to think of hyper-critical people who look down upon Americans. That stereotype might be true on the Île-de-France, but it turns out to be untrue in the theater of war, at least as to one French soldier who served with American troops (Echo Company) in Afghanistan. If this doesn’t make you want to stand up and salute, I truly don’t know what will:

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The Israelis are waking up to Obama’s anti-Israel agenda

Back in 2010, in a prescient interview for the New English Review, Richard Rubenstein, PhD, predicted with quite amazing accuracy the approach that Obama would take to the Middle East in the coming years. You and I suspected this all along but what makes this prescient video quite fascinating is that it’s starting to make the rounds amongst Israelis. I received it from an Israeli cousin who has gone from a lifetime of being a Leftist (his mother was a Communist to the day she died) to fearing Obama and, for that reason, supporting Netanyahu.

I understand Obama’s “love” for America

Obama and the mirrorHey, all!  I’m back . . . finally.  Our trip was great, and I’ll have more to say about it (or at least one part of it) later.  Because I have legal work awaiting my attention, though, I can’t really write at length.  I therefore just wanted to say something briefly about Obama’s “love” for country.  To do so, I have to take a quick side trip to my adolescence.

I think that, objectively speaking, both my sister and I were fairly pretty when we were young.  We certainly weren’t ugly, and we had all the nice middle class attributes of straight teeth, contact lenses, fairly good skin, etc., not to mention the ultimate physical attribute — youth. Both of us, however, have now and have always had incredibly low self-esteem when it comes too looks.  I’ve sometimes wondered about this, because I do remember my mother always saying “I love you.  You’re so beautiful.”

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If you read just one article today about ISIS, read Graeme Wood’s “What ISIS Really Wants”

Why is militant Islam Like EbolaI can’t imagine that you’ve traveled anywhere across the conservative internet today without coming across a link to Graeme Wood’s “What ISIS Really Wants.” It’s a long article, but so informative and important that it would be a good thing if everybody took a few minutes out of their day to read it.  Indeed, I’d make everyone in Obama’s administration read it often enough to have it memorized.

A lot of what Wood has to say is familiar to all of us who haven’t been pretending that ISIS is just a JV Team of malcontents taking the name of Allah in vain. Wood destroys any claim that ISIS isn’t Islamic:

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Hey! Whatever happened to the reality-based community?

The liberal mind is unicorns, free stuff and responsible governmentDo you remember how Progressives once identified themselves as “reality-based community”?  The phrase “reality-based community” actually originated from George W. Bush’s team in 2004, but the Left swiftly co-opted it.  For example, in that same election cycle, Al Gore, while campaigning for John Kerry, praised Kerry for being “a proud member of the ‘reality-based’ community.”  Progressives even made buttons to show that, when it came to reality, nobody does it better than a Progressive.

That “reality-based community” label seems sadly tattered and faded, though, doesn’t it?  It’s not just that their ideas, when finally put into effect, proved to be disastrous, with everything from economic ideas, to Obamacare, to national security failing to live up to the hype.  It’s that the proud members of the reality-based community prove to be living in a series of outright lies.

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A RANT: Jon Stewart exemplifies why Obama is in the White House

Jon StewartBarack Obama is a desperately bad president. The economy is flabby and gaseous, unemployment is at historic highs; he pretends that radical Islamists don’t exist while castigating Christians for crimes 1,000 years old; he sits passively by as aggressors dedicated to subjugating human kind make tremendous strides in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the form Soviet bloc; he actively works to give regional dominance to Iran, a nation at perpetual war with Israel and America, and one, moreover, that subscribes to am apocalyptic brand of Islam that encourages the faithful to bring about Armageddon; he’s brought racial divisions to lows last seen in the Jim Crow era; and that’s just the start of the list.

And yet the Left worships him, votes for him, and almost savagely supports his agenda. Part of this worship is because of ideological blinders. Having elevated him to god status, garden-variety Progressives cannot deny the central tenet of their faith.  Part of it is that a lot of his acolytes agree with his accomplishments to date and encourage his goals.

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The Bookworm Beat 2-6-15 — the “Fearless Friday” edition and Open Thread

Woman writingObama’s adversarial relationship with Christianity

What did we expect already from yesterday’s Prayer Breakfast? Obama long ago put the world on notice that he’s going full Bulworth (i.e., after six years in office, he intends, finally, to stop lying and speak the truth).

While before Obama just let out peevish little trickles of animosity, anyone paying attention could tell that:

(a) he’s profoundly ignorant about history — not just American history, but any history, including Muslim and Christian history;

(b) he hates Christians and Christianity;

(c) he hates America, no matter that this nation twice elected him as president (with a little help from the IRS, of course); and

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The Bookworm Beat 2-4-15 — The “Obama’s not sad” edition and Open Thread

Woman writingIt’s been pouring paying clients lately, which is a good thing but, as always, it cuts into my blogging time.  I’ll skip the preliminaries and throw myself in the round-up.

It’s a bad thing when our president is happy

My Mom, in commenting on the state of the world today, said “Everybody’s unhappy.” I disagreed. “Obama is happy,” I said. “So is Iran.”

Why are these two happy? Because Obama is working on a grand plan that will hand the Middle East over to nuclear Imams from Iran, that’s why. Victor Davis Hanson carefully breaks the Obama strategy down. You should definitely read VDH’s post, but be prepared to be depressed for hours or even days afterwards.

As for those Sunni outposts that Iran cannot reach or does not want to control, there’s always Obama’s good friend The Muslim Brotherhood.

And that’s why Obama’s happy.

The Jordanian pilot’s immolation is even making Progressives scared . . . except for Obama

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