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Eleven questions you won't hear on this morning's news shows about Obama, ISIS and the coming world conflict
Based on her questions this morning about how the US is incapable of acting unilaterally, you would have thought Candy Crowley on CNN had assumed Obama had "degraded and destroyed" not ISIS but the US military itself. Among the phoney hand wringing and what-if whining, she steadfastly refused to ask the really big questions only heard at cocktail parties within her news and big info class that are best kept among themselves:
1) Why hasn't the US consistently upped the bombing against ISIS now 5 days after Obama's big war speech? Or are we not at war?
2) Is Obama capable of rising to the occasion to become a war president vs a petty political president he now is?
3) Does Obama have enough gravitas among world leaders to build an international coalition?
4) Why are we talking about ISIS as if it is a world power, requiring an first an international coalition before the US can even launch a decent retaliation for the murder of its own citizens?
5) What does it say about the condition of the US military when once it could wage war against two bad players in different hemispheres at once and now we can't even take on 36,000 terrorists in one place immediately?
6) What happens if Russia, N. Korea, and China, not to mention Islamo-imperialists around the world, see America as particularly vulnerable under this president and acts on it? Are we prepared?
7) Are American boots still "off the ground" now that other military experts are beginning to say we can't win without them?
8) If Obama fails to decisively act against ISIS, can we expect a permanent retreat of American influence everywhere? Will that retreat permanently damage our presence in the world?
9) With ISIS reportedly taking in a million dollars a day from black market oil revenues, what weapons does Obama think it CANNOT smuggle through our "porous" borders? Does Obama now see the border as a security issue or is it still about the illegal immigrants?
10) Does Obama personally bear the responsibility of the rise of ISIS in that he refused to substantially aid the moderates in Syria two years ago and he pulled troops out of Iraq over the advice of his commanders?
11) And now the biggie: The Pope says we are already in WWlll. Is Obama shifting from his wrecked domestic policies to preparing America for what looks like an impending "war of civilizations" between seventh century throwbacks and modern Western culture?
After her blathering, Crowley shifted to the really big question of the day: What are we going to about those miscreants in the NFL with a brand new panel of experts that included none other than the commander in chief's former main prevaricator, Jay Carney. So goes the big players in the news for the easily manipulated and willing-to-swallow-anything-if-its-on-TV viewing public.
Is the Kroger parking lot attack a hate crime?
Are local media giving it to us straight?
Move over Ferguson. Memphis got a hot one.
Read the full Commercial Appeal/GOPUSA story
In a town that is way too hypersensitive to all things race and still small enough to count any violent crime as major, the mob attack on shoppers Sat. night at a Kroger store in East Memphis struck a nerve. That nerve is forensically entitled “hate crime” and this time it is about black on white.
Some media in Memphis took the question head on while others seemed to sidestep. All, apparently except the Commercial Appeal, avoided overt reference of the racial dynamics of the brutal assaults on three persons, by witness accounts two white, one black, by over 100 “youths” rampaging through a Memphis neighborhood.
The GOPUSA Midday Report, a national conservative blog unaffiliated with the Republican Party, ran a story apparently taken verbatim from a Commercial Appeal Digital story a day later with the head, “Teen mob targets random white customer: 'They fixin' to jack! Hold on, they got a white dude!’”
The newspaper reported in that story carried by the GOPUSA Midday Report, “The mob was made up of black youths.” However, a search on the Commercial Appeal site revealed no results for the story as shown on the GOP blog. Did the Commercial Appeal take the story down? Publicly, no one has challenged its accuracy. Was the paper asked to retract the story because it might lead to hate crime charges that would be too controversial for a city mostly populated by African-Americans? The CA did run a story, but it is unknown if it identical to the GOPUSA account.
We don’t know. We do know what we think: there was a rush to avoid charging the defendants with a hate crime. Yesterday Memphis Police Department Director
Toney Armstrong said, “We don’t have sufficient evidence to investigate this as a hate crime.” Armstrong made it a point to say there was also a black victim among the three. That victim was assaulted after he stepped in selflessly to aid the white victim, according to media reports. District Attorney Amy Weirich said, “In the state of Tennessee, the law is actually called civil rights intimidation and if that applies that’s certainty something we’ll look to.” She stated further, “Committing a crime against someone, targeting someone because of certain things — their race, their gender, their, you know, whatever.”
Everybody apparently looked into it yesterday and today decided there was no hate crime. With only 11 persons charged so far from what witnesses estimated to be over 100, why the rush? Instead of a dog and pony show starring Weirich and Armstrong held today to announce there would be no hate crime charges, why not the appearance at least of a real investigation? We acknowledge hate crimes are hard to prove, but if Attorney General Eric Holder can make an issue of Ferguson even before an indictment, surely our AG can withold a decision until the investigation appears to be exhaustive. The whole thing smells even worse because Armstrong even said just yesterday there is a likelihood of further arrests.
Regarding the Commercial Appeal and the GOPMidday Report there are questions surrounding the apparent CA retracted story. We have asked both to provide a clarification. We have received no response from neither but will publish any responses.
Biden’s Remarks: More form than substance
Nobody seemed to miss him when he reportedly took multiple vacations in one month while ISIS and Putin swirled somewhere far away. Yesterday, it seems, Vice President Biden was dragged out to show presidential resolve because his boss can’t: that is, act like the United States of America still has a pair.
So he reappears to declare:
“The American people are so much stronger, so much more resolved than any enemy can fully understand. As a nation, we’re united. And when people harm Americans, we don’t retreat. We don’t forgive…”
What ISIS understands at this point is that we have not made it a mission to eradicate them as a state. They may be thinking the US will simply wait months and months and sneak in and grab the actual individual killers with stern faced g-men like we did with the main, or one of, the Benghazi perps. That makes them shake in their Nikes, I'm sure.
Biden’s strident declarations leaves plenty of wiggle room for Obama, but at least, listeners seemed to be saying, it sounded good. Suspicion: Biden was tasked by someone in the administration to step up to the plate and make noises on what Americans wanted to hear: something that sounded like revenge.
“And when that’s finishes, they should know, we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice! Because hell is where they will reside! Hell is where they will reside!”
To whom or what was he referring? The individual throat cutter or ISIS as an emerging genocidal state on a territorial war path? Like his boss, he left it wide open and concentrated on “justice” versus making mention of any goal to obliterate those wannabe state replicants of nazism. Perhaps Obama and he were chary of making another “red line” threat and not having the will to cross it? Incuriously, too, Obama avoids ever mentioning the genocidal ethnic cleansing ISIS is committing on an ever widening scale. Time is running out.
Biden left the nation still in doubt, without any decisive commitment to take the fight to the enemy. Yesterday too, the NY Times issued one of the latest video reports of a man who survived an ISIS massacre. This is what words won’t defeat. (Warning graphic content)
The lesson(s) of the naked celebrities
One of the big media hits this weekend was the hacking of Apple's iCloud and theft of celebrity images in various forms of undress. The most well known violation yet of a targeted group, this falls under the category of criminal and should send a chill down the spines of everyone who uses the internet for private communications.
This hack was far from a joke, as was at least first treated by many onliners. Quickly, people realized it was a personal theft, a violation, an assault. These private images have now been released onto the internet and will hang there forever. These women had an absolute right to use the internet for their private communications. My suggestion: ban together, resource a portion of their wealth, catch the criminal(s) and prosecute hard. Call it the Celebrity Stand of the 100.
Even though Apple quickly patched the security leak, any hacker will tell you it is impossible to make the cloud hack proof and anywhere near totally secure.
Now, think how much the NSA surveils, with infinitely more sophistication that that of an individual hacker tapping on his keyboard, communications the world over. You may choose to believe it doesn’t listen into your communications because you are in America, but that will be diminishing comfort in a world of invasive overarching government, especially in the face of hysterical terror threats.
Perhaps the celebrities, who have been known to do things for the common good, will reflect upon that as well.
She is kidding, right?
As Obama's staff rush like chickens in a rain storm to "clarify" his most recent inadvertent truth telling that we have "no strategy" in Iraq and, presumably, no strategy to defeat, much less contain, the genocidal caliphate known as ISIS, his former secretary of state saw fit to pipe up about Ferguson yesterday.
The Inquistr, an online pub, suggested she was trying to catch up with the rhetoric of MSNBC on air staffer Al Sharpton, who said about Ferguson: “This is now a national, central issue, and anyone running for president needs to come up with a formula, or, in my opinion, they forfeit their right to be taken seriously,” he said. “I’m amazed that we’re not hearing from leading candidates… Chris Christie or Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton. I land in New York this morning, and I see Chris Christie dancing with Jamie Foxx.”
Of, course, his man Obama, has already used up the dance cards with celebrities, Jamie Foxx among them, and is now dancing by himself somewhere in oblivion (more below).
Apparently, not to be out-demagogued by Obama's newly appointed diplomat to African Americans, so said by the Huff Post, Hilary Clinton chimed yesterday, “We can do better. We cannot ignore the inequalities that exist in our justice system, inequalities that undermine our most deeply held values of fairness and equality.” Not too worried about lowering herself to the level of Sharpton, she stirred race rhetoric into the as yet unknown shooting facts.
We wondered what exactly she meant by "We can do better." Better at raising kids not to be thugs? Better at keeping kids in school? Better at not accepting sitting around house smoking dope? Better than giving up trying to find a job? Yes, we can do so much better, Hilary, but those things, we humbly suspect, are not on your list of political benefits.
We suggest the American people are so inured by liberal polemics that they are silent on the current genocide in Syria and Iraq and the resulting security threat to the United States. Never mind we had won the war only to give up all our preciously spent blood and treasure in Obama’s callous political bum’s rush out the Iraqui back door.
While ISIS decapitates and starves children in this century’s first genocide, he plays golf and attends a wedding. Our conclusion: Obama has declawed the American Eagle in the face of both genocide and direct threats to our homeland. These are not American values in the face of such mind bending state sponsored cruelty and mass killing not seen since Pol Pot's killing fields.
Meanwhile, it seems, as Obama awaits the time he gets to mercifully leave office, he frolics with fund raisers for his leaky ship of fools.
Obama writer says there was nothing Michael Brown could do to change the outcome
If you had been listening, you heard it more than once. As we entered the “Ferguson era” of race relations these past weeks, paid and interview commentators would often say that racial relations would not “improve” until we had an “honest dialogue” about race in America.
This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joshua Dubois, author of The President’s Devotional, the daily readings that inspired President Obama,” said, “In my view, there is nothing about Michael Brown that (he) could have changed about himself that would have caused him to be alive right now…What would have changed is for Darren Wilson to have not shot Michael Brown.”
At this point, Joe Scarborough injected his praise of MSNBC colleague Al Sharpton (and key player in the shooting aftermath) for now sounding like Bill Cosby in criticizing some of the negative values of black culture. (Aside from wondering if Joe supported Cosby back then, I’m pondering if Sharpton’s shift from his usual ideological drum beat represents a new view among black media activists, especially any employed by MSNBC like Sharpton.)
Dubois’ brain wrinkling remark, inferred and assumed cops just drive up to blacks walking in the street and shoot them down. To be fair, I'm sure that was not his intended meaning, but...
...not one of the MSNBC Morning Joe nodding heads mentioned some of the things Brown possibly could have "changed about himself." These things might have included: not having the proclivity to commit strong-arm robbery of a local merchant just minutes before the shooting and, moreover, not behaving as a neighborhood bully. Other things he could have changed about himself: having the sense to comply with a lawful request from and not openly berate a police officer (nor anyone else), as alleged. Finally, the ultimate thing he could have changed about himself is controlling an apparent hot anger that for whatever reason would propel him to bum rush a police officer and physically attack, again, as alleged.
Nomatter what, the outcome was a fait accompli. The cop simply would have shot him anyway. Mr. Dubois apparently knows this.
Local talker cops to politicos and “experts”
If you left it up to Jake of the nation of, nothing—nada—zilch could be done about the city budget crisis because, well, the experts like Price Waterhouse, financial consultants and city council members are privy to information we can’t possibly neither get nor understand. Besides, its all politics.
A "Double Benghazi" for Hillary
"A Double Benghazi, Sam, and easy on the rocks." That sounds like what Bogart could have said in Casablanca as he hung sullenly over his bar mulling what to do about those pesky Nazis. Segue: Hillary Clinton might be wondering about what to do about the alleged scrub that came to light yesterday of the Benghazi documents that makes her look like what she is--an ambitious and spurious politician who will do anything to be president. But sadly, Bill she's not. Another dog chewing on a bone in her yard is the "Boys of Benghazi," those surviving Americans who wrote the tell all book (below) about fighting it out alone in a bloody battle with extremists at the US Benghzi Consulate as she and Obama turned their backs on them. If the documents connect her to a smoking gun not to aid our besieged fellows, the end could come not so mercifully with lead torturer Trey Gowdy doing the honors.
A fantasy declaration by the president to ISIS
What if President Obama had walked down that long hall Wed. night, paused at the presidential podium, looked into the camera and said slowly, deliberatively: “This is a message from the American people to you, ISIL. You waved knives over the heads of Americans who you then murdered while invoking my name. Nobody does that to Americans nor to me. So you want a piece of me? Good, you’ll get your chance. You said you were coming to America and would raise your black flag over the White House. Let me save you some time. America is coming to you, you sons of bitches, you mother******* from hell, you genocidal cowardly butchers of children and prisoners. Let’s see how you stand up to real fighters when you are not decapitating five year old girls. Your acts of genocide, the first of the 21st century, will be stopped. There is no place for you to hide, except in surrender. We guarantee safe haven to your rank and file whenever and wherever they throw down their arms under a white flag. Those of you who have taken part in mass executions and brutalities, especially against women and children, will face swift and fair justice by an American military court. That I can promise you and to the families of your victims. Either way, I’m getting you dead or alive. Understand: we will strike you whenever and however we choose. Nothing is off the table. Let me repeat that. Nothing is off the table. If you can imagine it, we can do it. By the time you hear my voice, America will have begun to unleash hell upon you. It will go on for as long as it takes, forever if need be. You murdered Americans. That makes it our fight, but, just so you know, we will be asking others to join us to drain you financially and militarily as well. As we say here in America, game on, dogs.” The President of the United States then turns and walks back down the hall and through a door.
Three Benghazi survivors answer Hillary's question WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
Hillary's infamous question exasperatingly shrieked at a Benghazi congressional investigating committee, "What difference does it make?" is now answered by the most qualified to do so: the surviving Americans Kris Paranto, John Tiegen and Mark Geist in Thirteen Hours at Benghazi, the untold story of what happened in Benghazi, a special report by Bret Baier aired last night on Fox News.
In riveting understated detail three contract security operators for the embassy describe how they repelled 3 waves of extremists for 13 hours. That time frame alone dismantles the Hillo-Bam contention that there was not enough time for military action to aid and probably end, according to these surviving defenders, the siege.
In one moment in the interview, Mark Geist reflected quietly, a simple flyover might have done it. All three agreed things might have turned out different. It is possible the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith might have been saved.
Other revelations: the three ultimately broke the orders to "stand down." Instead, they drove from the security annex under fire to the main consulate building where the Ambassador and four others were under active attack. The men declined to reveal the name of the official who gave the stand down order because of active durty status nor did they speculate its origin.
Amazingly, none of the men--witnesses who were physically present at ground attack level--were called to testify, as far as known, at the public part of the Benghazi hearings nor did Baier ask about it. A pre-arranged deal to do the interview? Regardless, their statements should ignite a whole new round of questions as to why the Obama administration did not respond upon direct request to come to the aid of the consulate defenders. All other questions already answered murkily as policy or mistakes, such as security procedures, the question of why the Americans were left hanging in harms way with no military aid forthcoming is now revived to threaten Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.
The program airs again today at 5pmET and 9pmET, and Sunday at 8pmET and 11pmET. Don't miss it.
Fired manager dishes on Joan Rivers
Here's an interesting and twisted celebrity tale of love and betrayal that has the ring of truth if you ever spent any time in Hollywood. Both Cher and Joan Rivers fired personal manager Billy Sammeth. BTW, Sammeth also detested Donald Trump, whom he claimed wanted to put OJ Simpson on Celebrity Apprentice. Read the full Daily Beast 2.13.12 interview. Still, Joan deserves a life credit award for 1) winning the ire of these bottom feeders as well as 2) getting barred from covering the award shows for being, well, less than adulatory to-who else-other Hollywood celebrities.
A morning memo: ISIS blitzkreigs, recruits, massacres, captures planes and pilots
The secret to ISIS military success? Looks like they studied Hitler, though I'd agree the historical parallels may be limited. Anyway, let's try them: first, they know Obama will not respond with overwhelming force. Likewise, the Western allies stood down as Germany retook the Rhineland, annexed Austria and consented to letting Germany have a part of Czechoslovakia. Further, ISIS uses blitzkrieg tactics, taking territory faster than any other enemy in the Middle East.
Finally, people are stunned at the open genocidal brutality toward Christians and Muslims alike. Hitler implemented total war of obliteration on Poland and Russia much in the same fashion. At least in the beginning, terror works: it immobilizes an enemy. That's why we saw Iraqui soldiers throw down their weapons and flee early on. It came out yesterday Obama knew about them a year ago but everybody was overwhelmed, along with his less than able advisors, at the rolling speed of the ISIS torture and death machine.
ISIS no doubt hears the president. Its about "justice" and finding the black garbed Brit who killed the Americans. Yesterday, he used the words "degrade and destroy" but later said ISIS would be "managed." There is no sense of urgency. Mealy mouthed spokespersons refuse to say if America is now "at war" with ISIS. ISIS mocks him. The longer Obama dithers in at least responding with concentrated air power (while he at least tries to develop a coalition), the more territory and fighters will accrue to ISIS, thus making it harder to destroy with every passing day.
Finally, recent ISIS video allegedly shows the butchering (warning graphic) of what was reported to be 700 al-Sha’aitat tribe members. ISIS is also reported to have stolen fighter airplanes and held pilots hostage for training. Without immediate massive military action, ISIS will continue to grow.
New Benghazi/ISIS bombshell for Hillary? Writer says Iran behind Benghazi attack and there was common knowledge ISIS would enter Iraq after Obama removed US forces
Kenneth Timmerman, author of Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi says he interviewed Iranian defectors for years. He argues the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was an Iranian state-sponsored terrorist act carried out by professional fighters, not a video as put forth by the Obama administration. No doubt the Clintons will poopoo it and rely on the media not picking up the story if past is prologue. They gave HillaBam a pass when little attention was paid to the lack of effort to save beseiged and doomed Americans at the consulate. Timmerman alleges Obama went "missing in action" during the attack because he was more interested in a fund raiser in Las Vegas. Timmerman says Clinton ordered a stand down that could have saved the remaining lives at the consulate complex because she did not want to stir the political waters a few weeks before the presidential election. Further, he alleges "everyone" knew about the coming incursion of ISIS into Iraq from Syria a year ago because "...Obama had evacuated our military forces..." More here.
Chelsea Clinton quits $600,000 journo gig
Lest you labor under the rhetorical delusion the Democrats are democratic, stop for a moment and consider: how many rookie journos willing to put in long hours and demanding editors would $600,000 support? That's what Chelsea was paid at none other than NBC for being, well, a Clinton. As any college graduate job seeker, especially in journalism, who will never see a pay check in their chosen field might imagine today: oh but for a family name, political blue blood or otherwise. After 3 years, with reciprical kissy kissies, Chelsea said she gave up her big ticket gig to "prepare for motherhood" and devote more time to the Clinton Foundation. How nauseatingly the right PR thing to say, but the whole thing is probably just to get her out of sight in prep for her mom's big campaign. Nevertheless, the stomach churning sweetness of it all should make every hard working underpaid journalist, rookie or not, want to, what else? Vomit. Surely NBC will make room for Sasha and Malia in the network's mission to bring only the best for American news consumers. CYA disclaimer: Chelsea, Sasha, Malia may very well turn out to be the best. Just like the Bush girls, huh? Perhaps the Clinton pre-campaign will send out a mass apology email to job hunters so they at least don't look like the modern equivalent of the Russian Royalty before the revolution?
Obama's beheading response: inadequate (8.20.14)
Now that ISIS effectively has declared war on the US by beheading an American, the response of the president today was, predictably, inadequate and underwhelming. ISIS gave the president yet another reason to wipe them out. The original reason to eradicate them is they are committing the first genocide campaign of the 21st century. (See Just Kill the Bastards, this page)
Holder's mission to Ferguson: a grandstand (8.20.14)
Attorney General Eric Holder might as well have parachuted into Ferguson with the US Marine Corp Band blaring Hail to the Chief. Not that its not appropriate for an AG to get involved in issues where civil rights really are threatened--Philadelphia, MS '63 comes to mind where FBI agents covered the town. But Ferguson now? Highly unusual. The administration will probably learn once again it should have let things lie and let a grand jury (if the officer is indicted) do its job. His intrusion looks more like political support of mob justice than judicial fairness.
Today, information about the shooting is still coming out, including as yet an unconfirmed report the officer involved had a face injury. Shades of Trayvon?
Obama's latest avoidance: stopping genocide
President Obama has avoidance issues. He avoided, along with then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, coming to the aid of four Americans under active attack in Benghazi. He still avoids: massive NSA surveillance, privacy, govenment overreach, and IRS targeting of private citizens. These while launching into an immigration policy that would reduce salaries and massively add Democratic voters.
The worm turns again on the media
The seduction of what one sees when added to biases is hard to resist, especially for working journalists who are supposed to be just reporting the facts. So we have Don Lemon yesterday giving a spiritual pep talk on CNN to police shooting victim Michael Brown's family to be strong. Perhaps the cable network is banking on their viewers not knowing the difference between facts and opinion. Add in a raised eyebrow, an associative inflammatory phrase, subtle and not so subtle editing and viewers become putty brains. Then add in the president associating the Ferguson shooting with racism and national media can't run fast enough to create a matching narrative.
But now different accounts of the actual shooting event are emerging. Just as with the Trayvon Martin case, the media will have to eat their biased rush to judgement once again.
"Why did the Michael Brown shooting
happen here?" asks the St. Louis Post Dispatch
(8.19.14) With contents you've yet to hear on talk shows and "action news" reports, the St. Louis Post Dispatch Sunday ran a story that uncomfortably probed the Ferguson, MO neighborhood where Michael Brown recently was shot and killed by a police officer. According to the story, high crime and poverty mark this dense area in which arrest data show of 5,384 traffic stops, 686 involved were white and 4,632 were black, "even though whites had a much higher hit rate for contraband."
A man who lives in one of the sprawling subsidised complexes is quoted. "“The women work,” he said of apartment residents. “The guys stay home, smoke dope and walk around harassing people."
The story has implications for all cities where young black men feel rootless, jobless and hopeless. Undoubtedly many city officials everywhere, are wary of Ferguson style eruptions occuring in their urban areas plagued by the same problems. Read the story here.
All giggles in the Vines
(08.16.14) While a Middle East genocide campaign continued and Ferguson blazed, the bubbly splashed for the Dem’s elites at Martha’s Vineyard. The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump, referred to the latter perversely: “Yes, citizens of Ferguson, you may sleep easier tonight knowing that the much-trumpeted party for Vernon Jordan's wife Ann, the party at which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were supposed to hug, ended amicably. The White House pool report added more detail.”