Benghazi Aftermath

October 30, 2012

I defy you to watch this entire interview and not tear up at the very least.

In exactly one week, we all have the opportunity to vote out of office the band of thugs, liars, and crooks who caused this outrage. Make sure you’re doing all you can to ensure that happens!

H/T: Bob Owens

Stoutcat

 

 


South Side Values

March 21, 2012

You may already have heard what the First Lady  had to say when speaking with David Letterman (David Letterman?) the other night about raising kids in the White House:

“For us, it’s the values. The thing that we try to do is make sure — the residence is on the second and the third floor of the White House. And what we want to have happen is when they get off that elevator and walk in to our residence that it feels like the south side of Chicago, the same values, the same rules, the same sense of responsibility…” 

She may want to re-think the import of those “south side values,” given what’s going on back home these days:

Chicago’s police superintendent says the city is re-tooling its anti-gang strategy, following a particularly violent weekend during which several people, including a 6-year-old girl, were killed.”

“The majority of shootings in the city between Friday evening and early Monday morning happened on the city’s South Side, but areas from West Rogers Park to Humboldt Park also saw gun violence. The youngest victim was a 6-year-old girl, who was likely the innocent victim of gang violence in the Little Village neighborhood.”

Based on a quick search of “chicago south side violence”, I really don’t want South Side values being instilled in the White House. Do you?

2012: Anybody But Obama

Stoutcat

H/T: Daily Scoreboard


Fast and Furious: A Primer

October 6, 2011

Not sure what Operation Fast & Furious is all about? You’re not alone, as most of the mainstream media still are not covering this travesty. But the Washington Post has done a stellar job of boiling it down to its essential pieces, complete with quotes from those involved. Kudos to Sari Horwitz and Laura Stanton for their great work:

This could be President Obama’s Watergate. Until the wheels really start coming off the wagon, however, perhaps he should party like it’s 1973…

Stoutcat


A Bold Prediction Regarding Eric Holder

October 4, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder will soon be tossed under the bus.

That’s my prediction based on the fact that Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to President Obama, requesting that Obama appoint a special prosecutor to investigate AG Holder for perjury in the Fast & Furious inquiry. Apparently Mr. Holder swore that he had only heard of the project “a few weeks” prior to his testimony before the House Committee:

“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified.

This is directly at odds with new memos that have been uncovered which state that Mr. Holder was briefed regularly about the program, beginning in July of 2010 at the latest. Hence, the request for a special prosecutor.

Of course, the President can refuse to appoint a prosecutor. And I believe he will do just that. Instead, he will request Holder’s resignation and give a press release, sternly worded about unwarranted witch-hunts, and more in sorrow than in anger that he must send his loyal consigliere packing, simply because he mis-remembered a date (or, as Holder’s minions are claiming, Holder simply misunderstood the question. Right.) Obama will do this, hoping that it’ll suffice to put Congress off the track of more investigations: “Geez, guys, I fired him! What more do you want?!”

Well, actually, we want the truth. All of it. Who knew what, when. Whose idea was it? Who approved it. Hundreds of people are dead because of this bone-headed project, and who knows how many more will die, all because several Cabinet departments colluded to send guns south across the border to arm Mexican drug cartels in an apparent attempt to bolster the number of illegal guns going to Mexico so that the President could pressure Congress to enact even more gun restriction laws.

If the Attorney General of the United States knew about the program, he’s guilty of perjury at the very least. And if he didn’t know, he’s not doing his job. Either way, I think Obama will throw him under the bus, if only to try to distract Reps. Smith and Issa from the trail.

People died — Mexicans and Americans – because of this program (and possibly others like it). We need to know who was behind it, and prosecute the guilty. I believe this includes Eric Holder.

I believe it also includes the President of the United States.

Stoutcat


Civil Political Discourse? Riiiight!

January 12, 2011

Oh yes, please, let’s adopt legislation outlawing the use of bullseyes on maps. And while we’re at it, let’s tone down the inflammatory rhetoric, shall we? Because that will help bring us all back to a golden time when discourse, even political discourse, was civil and dignified. Right?

So say goodbye to terms like riding shotgun, bullet points, killer apps, not by a long shot, whipping into shape, battleground states, targeting your opponent, in the crosshairs, death panels, campaign strategy, and whatever else you can imagine as potentially deadly invective which would contribute to a climate of hate.

Don’t you see? The world will be safer if we all if all you wingnut redneck gun-totin’ Bible-clingin’ inbred hillbilly stump-jumpers would just tone it down a bit.

Of course, the problem with that attitude is that our discourse has never been terribly civil, or for that matter, free from bluster, ferocity, and vehemence. As far back as the founding of our nation, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.” (And notice which group’s blood is mentioned first.)

Even today on shows as innocuous as the morning show “Fox and Friends”, NJ Governor Chris Christie was introduced in a segment with phrases like, “leading the charge” and “slash[ing] state budgets”.

Face it; our language–any language–is rife with turbulence. And because politics is so very personal, our political discourse is littered with fightin’ words, military metaphors, and just plain old violence. A quick look at a history of presidential campaign slogans (see? military term!) gives us the following:

  • 54″ 40″ or Fight
  • We Polked you in ’44, We shall Pierce you in ’52
  • Vote as You Shot
  • Tilden or Blood!
  • Rum, Romanism and Rebellion
  • Sunflowers die in November
  • Give ‘Em Hell, Harry

The world has, and probably always will have its share of crazy people and evil people; people who don’t require a reason to harm or maim or murder; and who aren’t set off by rhetoric of any kind. Like Jared Loughner, who as Ace at AOSHQ says:

“…The only thing I can rule out is that a “climate of hate” caused this– because I know for a fact, based on his writings and testimony of those who knew him, that he was not animated by right-wing politics at all…”

The violence inherent in language is part of life, and each of us learns how to deal with it in our own way. The very vast majority of us do just fine. That almost vanishingly small percentage who are truly evil or are hopelessly mentally ill are not swayed one way or the other by the language used around them. They are what they are, and society deals with them as best it can.

So don’t tell me what I can or can’t say, either in political discourse or in any conversation.

Them’s fightin’ words.

Stoutcat


It’s Time To Buy A Gun

October 25, 2010

I’ve never wanted to own a gun. In fact, in my former days as a liberal, I was one of those singing the mantra of gun control. Even as I morphed into a conservative adult, I still felt that there was no need for me to own a gun, but believed that was the right of all law-abiding citizens to keep and/or bear arms, should they choose to do so.

Saturday night, however, that all changed for me.


My dog and I became the targets for a drive-by shooting.  Cooper and I were walking in a well-lit downtown area of the peaceful, waterfront village known (ironically) as Safety Harbor. We were  next door to the renown “Safety Harbor Spa” which caters to the wealthy folks and wealthier corporations which love to spend lavishly on “conferences”.  Oprah Winfrey is rumored to visit there yearly. In other words, this was not a bad neighborhood where drive-by shootings happen.

Until now.

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Makin’ It In Massachusetts

October 6, 2010

 

From the Living in a Blue State files:

Well, well, well! The race for Massachusetts’ 6th district just got really interesting (as Da Tech Guy reported last night). It seems that Republican contender Bill Hudak might get within striking distance of incumbent John Tierney some time soon. Tierney’s numbers aren’t all that good to at this point anyway (below 50% ), and the thing that could signal a real run-up for Hudak before the election is this, as reported by the Boston Globe:

The wife of US Representative John F. Tierney is poised to plead guilty today to federal tax charges for managing a bank account that her brother allegedly used to deposit millions of dollars in illegal gambling profits raked in from an offshore sports betting operation in Antigua.

Patrice Tierney, 59, is charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian of St. John’s, Antigua…

From 2003 through 2009, prosecutors allege, [Mrs. Tierney's brother] funneled more than $7 million in illegal gambling proceeds into the account managed by his sister, while passing himself off as a consultant for Sports Offshore rather than its owner. He allegedly transferred funds from a shell company, Benevolence Funding Ltd., into the Massachusetts account.

Of course Big Brother’s not really mad at Mrs. Tierney for dabbling in illegal offshore gambling… They’re just pissed it’s being done where they can’t get their cut.

So Mr. Hudak, who is by all accounts an engaging candidate with a bright future, could end up out in front by November, especially if Tierney keeps dodging requests for debates, as he has so far.

In other Massachusetts news, perhaps you thought the Beer Summit of 2009 and all its attendant brouhaha had finally faded out of public consciousness. I’m sorry to have to tell you that it was way too much to hope for, over in the People’s Republic of Cambridge. The town spent upwards of $100,000 to commission an independent report on the incident that lead to a prominent black Harvard professor’s being arrested briefly for attempting to break into his own home and then being disorderly and un-cooperative to the police who responded to a 911 call.

In a famous attempt to diffuse the local situation, President Obama weighed in by saying that while he had no details about the circumstances of the event, the police acted stupidly.

Now that the commissioned report is out (it actually came out in June, but the City Council finally got around to reading it), it’s time for more outrage! While the report mentioned missed opportunities to “de-escalate the tension” and ascribes blame to both the professor and the police, City Council members are not amused.

The public wants to know that if we’re decent, law-abiding people, we’re not going to end up in handcuffs and in jail,’’ said [Councilmember] Reeves, who called Gates “a dear friend.’’

…Reeves also criticized the two black members of the review committee for not pushing for a discussion about race and First Amendment rights in the report.

“I don’t know how they could discuss this incident and not mention race,’’ Reeves said in an interview afterward.

Blech. I’m with Morgan Freeman, who so famously said, “The only way to end racism is to stop talking about it.”

Stoutcat


I Don’t Want To Hear About It – Not Now.

July 1, 2010

In a perfect world, we could all look forward to the long week-end that lies before us, and enjoy the fine flavor of ribs, steaks, burgers and hot dogs on a grill as we kick back to celebrate the 4th of July.

Like most people across America , 31 year-old Tampa Police Officer Dave Curtis looked forward to the holiday with his wife, Kelly, and their 4 sons, Austin, 9, Sean, 6, Tyler, 5, and Hunter, 8 months.

His co-worker, Jeffrey A. Kocab (also 31) was looking forward to an additional celebration this week-end:  His wife Sara, 9 months pregnant, was expecting to give birth to their first child any day now.  

But this is not a perfect world, and now, tragically, the families of both, instead of celebrating the 4th of July, will be burying these two fine young police officers, husbands, fathers and family men. What started off in the early hours of Tuesday morning as a routine stop of a car with no license plate on display quickly turned deadly when, according to the police, the passenger in the car, identified as 24 year-old Dontae Morris, opened fire on both officers. The suspect, who has a lengthy police record, reportedly fled on foot and the car sped off, leaving the two officers mortally wounded. Kocab died shortly afterwards, but Curtis was able to hold on long enough for his family to make the decision to allow the hospital to harvest his organs for transplants.

Dontae Morris

Police later located the car and took 22 year-old  Cortnee Nicole Brantley into custody. She was allegedly the person behind the wheel of the car. They questioned her and later released her without charging her. Morris, however, remains at large and is considered armed and extremely dangerous.  His family has pleaded to allow him to turn himself in, but the manhunt is on and police from all over the country are on the lookout. There is also a $100,000 reward for information leading to his eventual arrest.

Trying to put measurement on a tragedy of this scope is futile. And I know it’s just a matter of time before the newspapers and other forms of media start their usual “coverage from all angles.” To them, I would simply say two words: “Please don’t.” It’s always the same: We will be told of how the alleged shooter was a good kid who got into the wrong crowd. We will be told things like, “He was on his way to success when drugs took him down the wrong path.”

But honestly, I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear or read one damn word designed to remind us that the suspect is a human being and is a victim of whatever I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT - NOT NOW. Because right now, the only thing that matters is that this cold-blooded murderer is caught and held accountable. And because right now, the most important story is this:

  • Two young ladies are now widows and are going to have to raise their families alone.
  • The four young sons of David Curtis have now been forced to face growing up without their loving father available to them. That’s an incredibly tall order  to be forced on anyone, but especially four young boys.
  • Kocab’s wife Kelly went into labor later on the day her husband died and gave birth to a baby daughter he will never see or hold.  Imagine, if you can, the extent to which the lives of both mother and daughter were shredded in the blink of an eye by the actions of Morris.
  • Perhaps worst of all: Away from the headlines, and after the news coverage ends, two families will be unable to avoid the heartbreaking task of all the “firsts” they now must face: the first trip to the store, the first trip to church, the first little-league baseball or soccer game; the first  Christmas without these two young men. This is the emotional debris the public does not get to see, much of it coming months later - and when the family leasts expects it to hit. I can tell you from experience, each one rips open the wound leaving more emotional scar tissue behind – especially in the children. 
  • If captured alive, even if tried, convicted, and sentenced to death,  the cold-hearted murderer of these two young police officers will probably be provided free room and board at taxpayer’s expense for 25 years or more before the appeals run out.
  • This kind of tragedy is becoming all too common in society today.  As recently as December, I reported on similar tragedies in Washington State, California and Pennsylvania… incidents that snuffed out the lives of a total of 11 police officers. You can read about it here.

No it’s not a perfect world. But it ought to be a lot better than this.

Gerry Ashley
(Photo Sources: Tampa Police Department, TBO.com)

UPDATES:

  • July 3rd – Morris is now in police custody. He turned himself in late Friday evening, the night before the funeral services for officers Kocab and Curtis. Thankfully, at least the families have some comfort in knowing the man accused of murdering their loved ones is under arrest and will now be held accountable for his actions.
  • The Tampa Police Department has established a fund to help the officers’ families. Donations can be made at any branch of the Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union or checks can be mailed to the Fallen Officers’ Memorial Fund, c/o Tampa Police Department, 411 N. Franklin St., Tampa FL 33602.
  • John Walsh will be featuring the manhunt for suspect Dontae Morris on this Saturday’s edition of his TV Crime-fighting show “America’s Most Wanted.”

Here is  the “Wanted Poster” put out by the Tampa Police Department. Morris could be anywhere in the country by now. Please help distribute this and maybe we can help bring Dontae Morris to justice where he can be held accountable for his cowardly act that has devastated the lives of two families… and affected the lives of many more.

Thank you.


Borders Held Hostage to “Immigration Reform”

June 21, 2010

 

And we might as well say it in plain English: our national border security is being held hostage to an effort at amnesty for a massive number of illegals.

Not all Congressmen are afraid to meet their constituents. Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) is one such. Last Thursday, he held a Town Hall meeting in North Tempe, and discussed, among other things, border security, and an initiative that I had not heard of, Operation Streamline, which is the concept that rather than sending illegals back to where they came from when they’re caught, they go to jail. What a concept! Kyl makes a good case for why this works, and why it should be expanded to include more border areas.

But of course the kicker (which really is no surprise) is what Sen. Kyl reports that the President told him in a one-on-one meeting recently:

OBAMA: The problem is, if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.

As you watch the video, listen to the audience reaction at the point where Kyl quotes Pres. Obama.

  

Allahpundit at Hot Air is all over this, as is Fausta’s Blog, but it’s so important that I think it really needs to be disseminated as widely as possible as quickly as possible.

Americans are being taken for a ride of massive proportions with this administration of thugs, grifters, and “what’s-in-it-for-me” politicians; and come November 2012, a lot of people are going to be demanding in the voting booths that we change course and get out of this damned handbasket.

Stoutcat


Hey Joran, This is Your Short and Horrific Future: Velociraptors

June 9, 2010

Just watched an interview with international attorney Michael Griffith describing the Peruvian prison system. Not pretty:

Seems to me, Joran, that the following might be a good metaphor for the situation in which you’ll soon find yourself…


Except that there will be no John Willliams score, no dramatic rescues, no heroes, and you’ll be all alone…

Joran, by your own word, you arrogantly, callously, murdered the beautiful daughter of a very important man. It is what it is.

My honest advice Mr. Van der Sloot? Find a way to kill yourself now. Because if you don’t, you’re going to wish that all you’d have to deal with is a pack of velociraptors.

Alan Speakman


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