They will never learn

The Obama Administration has weighed in on the slaughter of 21 Coptic Christians by Da’ish1:

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Murder of Egyptian Citizens
For Immediate Release | February 15, 2015

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity. This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.

This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL. We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat. We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.

That’s it, that’s the entire press release.

Now, let’s be clear about this: when Press Secretary Josh Earnest says, “ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity,” he is lying to you! Da’ish’s killings are guided by faith, sect and ethnicity; these 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were killed specifically because they were Christians, but our President and his minions are completely unwilling to actually say that. Instead, they were “Egyptian citizens” and “innocents,” but calling them Christians, by a President who has claimed that he is a Christian, is apparently prohibited by the President.

This is not the first time that this has happened; Red State reported on the President’s reference to the victims in the Charlie Hebdo attacks as the victims of random violence, and noted that it went beyond the White House to the State Department. The lovely Jen Psaki, department spokesman, said, after the President’s initial statements were challenged:

They were not all victims of one background or one nationality.

Both Miss Psaki and Mr Earnest wound up backtracking, after the backlash:

I noted, with some amusement, that the two tweets were sent a whopping 41 minutes apart. Is that a decent enough interval to claim that they weren’t specifically ordered by the President’s chief political officer?

Yet, our esteemed President was quick to state that the three victims of a killing in North Carolina were target because of their religion:

No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.

Current reports are that the alleged murderer, Craig Hicks, was angry over parking issues at their apartment complex, and that everyone there was concerned about him, not just the three victims. Naturally, the federal government is going to investigate whether this was a “hate crime,” but Mr Hicks is charged with three counts of first degree murder, the penalty for which is either life in prison without parole, or death; there’s nothing more that the federal government can do to punish Mr Hicks if he is convicted on the state counts.

Mr Obama and his Administration appear to be perfectly willing to state that the killing of people who happen to be Muslims as being directed at them because they were Muslims, even when the evidence is unclear, but they are very, very hesitant to acknowledge that Jewish victims were killed because they were Jews, even when the killer says so himself, or note that the victims of Da’ish massacres were Christians, even when the group specifically states that they were killed because they were Christians.

I will be very blunt here: our Commander-in-Chief can never defeat Da’ish or any other forms of Islamist terrorism because he isn’t even willing to acknowledge who the enemy are.

The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. The Kindle edition is just 99¢.

Sun Tzu wrote, in The Art of War:

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

President Obama may know himself, but he certainly doesn’t know our country, and he has absolutely no flaming idea who our enemies are. It does not matter whether our Commander-in-Chief wants to be enemies with Da’ish; they want to be enemies with us.

The President’s policies are absolute madness. He has authorized air strikes against Da’ish, so it’s not like he can somehow have them think he’s a nice guy who likes them, but he can’t even bring himself to identify what they are fighting for or what they want to do.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who would like to be our next President,2 said that the United States now uses “smart power” in diplomacy. As nearly as I can see, the United States under President Obama is using dumb power.
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  1. It is the stated policy of The First Street Journal to refer to ad-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fī al-‘Irāq wash-Shām, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, commonly abbreviated as ISIS or ISIL, as Da’ish, the Arabic acronym, because Da’ish hate it.
  2. Actually, she thought that she should be our current President.

Rule 5 Blogging: Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

Kurdish guerrillas from the Kurdistan Workers Party, Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê, or PKK, are fighting alongside Kurdish “government” troops, against Da’ish. The PKK are no longer Marxist-Leninist, but are still far-left in their political orientaion, but, like the Red Army troops who fought against the Wehrmacht, they are fighting bravely and deserve our respect.

Female members of the PKK prepare for battle in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk (File/AFP)

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Well, if I had to listen to our incompetent President, I wouldn’t do it sober, either!

Ginsburg: ‘I Wasn’t 100 Percent Sober’ For State Of The Union Address
February 13, 2015 7:23 AM

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, with Justices, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan listen as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Click to enlarge.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — We now know why it appears that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to fall asleep during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last month – she was drinking beforehand.In a lighthearted moment before an audience at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Thursday night, the 81-year-old Ginsburg cracked up telling the story that she “wasn’t 100 percent sober” before going to the State of the Union.

“The audience – for the most part – is awake because they’re bobbing up and down all the time and we sit there stone-faced, sober judges,” Ginsburg said. “At least I wasn’t 100 percent sober because before we went to the State of the Union we had dinner.”

Ginsburg said that Justice Anthony Kennedy was the culprit, bringing wine to dinner.

More at the original; at least Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito had the good sense to stay away.

And now, on to the blogroll!

That’s it for this week!

Getting around the Senate Democrats

The left are waxing gleeful that the Democrats are using the filibuster to prevent consideration of the appropriation to keep the Department of Homeland Security open as long as the provisions to overturn President Obama’s executive orders on immigration are in there.

But, the Republicans have a simple solution open to them: drop those provisions in the Senate, and vote out the bill. Then, have the House/Senate conference committee restore those provisions, pass it under reconciliation rules, which do not allow a filibuster. If Vice President Joe Biden decides to take his seat as President of the Senate, and rules that the conference committee report is not covered by reconciliation rules, then it will be the Obama Administration itself which is shutting down Homeland Security. If it passes, and President Obama vetoes it, then it’s still the Democrats doing it.

Make the Obama Administration responsible for any shut down!

And if DHS is shut down, then the Republicans should let it stay shut down.

#ScottWalker and college

The latest meme from the left is that Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) simply can’t be president, because he was never graduated from college.

There were, of course, ten Presidents who never received collegiate degrees:

  1. George Washington
  2. James Monroe
  3. Andrew Jackson
  4. William Henry Harrison
  5. Zachary Taylor
  6. Millard Fillmore
  7. Abraham Lincoln
  8. Andrew Johnson
  9. Grover Cleveland
  10. Harry Truman

Presidents Washington and Lincoln are usually among the top contenders for our greatest President ever. Andrew Jackson was the only President to get the national debt paid off. James Monroe was a highly successful President, and Harry Truman was a great one.

On the other hand, we had:

  • John Kennedy, Harvard educated, who escalated American involvement in Vietnam;
  • Lyndon Johnson, Texas State University graduate, who not only escalated the Vietnam war well beyond what President Kennedy did, but started the cockamamie “war on poverty;”
  • Richard Nixon, Whittier College and Duke University Law School, who resigned only to avoid impeachment;
  • Jimmy Carter, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a very rigorous and prestigious school, who fouled up on virtually everything he tried; and
  • Barack Hussein Obama, Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School, a very prestigious pedigree, who has turned out to be the worst President of my lifetime, fouling up the economy, federalizing health care, adding over $7 trillion to the national debt, opening the floodgates of illegal immigration, and “leading” the retreat of the United States as the global leader.

So, can someone tell me just why a President needs to have that sheepskin to be a good President? It hasn’t really worked out that way in practice!

It shouldn’t matter who the victims were.

Via Sister Toldjah on Facebook:

Chapel Hill police: Parking dispute may have led to triple shooting
Posted 6:13 p.m. yesterday | Updated 10:45 AM

Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

Chapel Hill, N.C. — Chapel Hill police said Wednesday that an ongoing dispute over parking may have led to a triple shooting Tuesday night at a condominium complex on Summerwalk Circle.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Hicks turned himself in to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office in Pittsboro following the shooting, which happened in the Finley Forest complex off Barbee Chapel Road shortly after 5 p.m.

All three victims were shot in the head, sources said.

Now, here comes the stupid part:

The three victims were Muslim, and Hicks is not, according to posts about atheism on his Facebook page. In thousands of posts on social media, many have now questioned whether the victims’ Islamic faith was a factor in the shooting.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest civil advocacy group for Muslims, called on law enforcement officials Wednesday to address speculation about a motive for the killings.

“Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement. “Our heartfelt condolences go to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the local community.”

Read more here.

Mr Hicks has been charged with three counts of first degree murder. Assuming that he is the actual killer and is convicted, he will be sentenced either to death or to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Wasting time and money and effort on some cockamamie “hate crimes” rider won’t make his punishment more severe. One way or another, he’s going to spend the rest of his miserable life behind bars; the only question is whether he dies because he is executed, or if he dies of something else.

Mr Hicks should be treated exactly as if he had murdered any other person, male or female, black or white, Protestant or Catholic; one person’s life should be worth just as much as anyone else’s, and treating crimes differently based on who the victim was says that some people’s lives are worth more than others.

Oh, I’ll bet that this scares Vladimir Putin!

From The Wall Street Journal:

Obama Delivers Warning to Putin on Ukraine Violence
U.S. President Says ‘Costs for Russia Will Rise’ if Unrest Persists
By Byron Tau | Feb. 10, 2015 4:10 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to express concern about continuing violence in Ukraine, reiterating U.S. support for a negotiated agreement and warning that “the costs for Russia will rise” if violence persists.

“President Obama underscored the rising human toll of the fighting and underscored the importance of President Putin seizing the opportunity presented by the ongoing discussions between Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine to reach a peaceful resolution,” the White House said in a statement about the call.

The call came as Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces have engaged in several escalating clashes.

Russia has been under increasing pressure from the U.S. and other European countries to defuse the conflict, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel giving Mr. Putin a Wednesday deadline to come to an agreement to end the fighting.

European countries have threatened additional sanctions against Russian companies, while the U.S. is also weighing whether to send military aid to Ukraine.

More at the original.

Let’s be honest here: President Putin regards our Commander-in-Chief like he would a buzzing gnat, a nuisance, which might even be capable of an annoying bite, but no more than that. Vladimir Vladimirovich has learned that the United States and NATO are not at all interested in actually stopping Russia and its gambit to seize part of Ukraine, at least not if it’s going to cost them anything; they are not at all willing to spill blood over it.

And that is the whole point: Mr Putin knows that he can escalate beyond the point at which the United States and NATO are willing to take effective action to stop him, and every NATO chief of state is very, very glad that Ukraine backed out of joining NATO several years ago.

So, while the “leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany all said they would attend the summit in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, raising hopes that Ukraine and the rebels were close to hammering out some kind of deal,” the fighting is still continuing, and the only real question is whether President Putin wants to drive further, or take a bit of a break to consolidate his positions cheaply. But our President’s threats carry no weight at all.

Some good news for a change!

I hope that the story is true!

Former Gitmo Detainee Who Returned To Battlefield As ISIS Commander Killed By CIA Airstrike In Afghanistan…

One less caveman

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf, who reportedly swore allegiance to the Islamic State recently, was killed by a drone strike in Afghanistan.

Rauf’s brother-in-law and four Pakistanis were also killed when their car filled with ammunition was destroyed. Rauf was designated as the deputy leader in “Khorasan,” an antique name for Afghanistan, by the Islamic State.

The National Directorate of Security in Afghanistan released a statement confirming Rauf’s death. NATO officials have yet to confirm.

Rauf was captured by the U.S. military in 2001 and spent six years in Guantanamo Bay before being released to Afghan authorities.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Rauf reportedly had a falling out recently.

As much as I’d like to blame Mullah Rauf’s presence on President Obama, I cannot; he was released during President Bush’s term.

I don’t care how “rehabilitated” or how “no longer dangerous” an Islamist prisoner captured on the battlefield is, you don’t release him while the war is still going on! Can you imagine General Eisenhower’s reaction if someone suggested releasing a captured German soldier before the Third Reich surrendered, even if that captured soldier had just been a cook?

Just how many people did Mullah Rauf kill in Afghanistan after his release? Do we know whether he wound up killing or wounding an American soldier after his release? We might not know the answers to those questions, but we do know that, if he had remained incarcerated at Guantanamo, the answer to both questions would be zero.

The Democrats are “helping” the poor again!

We have previously noted that the Democrats are losing the white working class voter; here’s another reason why:

EPA Makes Wood-Burning Stoves Unaffordable to Save the Planet
Posted on February 7, 2015 by Philip Hodges

All they have to do is claim that it’s all the save the planet, and they can create as many regulations as they want, thereby making certain appliances a lot less affordable for the people who depend on those appliances the most.

Many people in rural areas rely on wood-burning stoves to keep themselves warm during winter. The new regulations made by the EPA will make them more expensive for these people to own. According to the Daily Caller:

The EPA has finalized a 344-page rule to make wood stoves more environmentally friendly, meaning that millions of Americans will soon be forced to buy more expensive wood-fired stoves.

Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule, saying it would harm millions in rural America that rely on wood stoves to heat their homes every winter. With natural gas and electricity prices on the rise, wood stoves can be an economical choice for many living in the countryside.

“The EPA’s shortsighted regulatory overreach is once again hitting hardworking Montanans in their pocketbooks,” said Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines.

Some 2.4 million American households rely on wood stoves for heat. When the agency proposed the rule last year, critics argued 80 percent of wood stoves in use would not meet tightened standards and consumers would never be able to buy them brand new — raising energy costs for millions of people during the coldest times of the year.

“Thousands of Montanans rely on wood burning stoves for affordable, cost-effective energy — yet once again, the EPA is moving forward with new, costly regulations that could stand in the way of Montanans’ access to new residential wood heaters or burden Montana families with higher costs,” Daines said.

The EPA will apparently graciously not require people to buy the new, more expensive wood stoves, even if they have now don’t meet the new regulations. In other words, if they like their wood stoves, they can keep them. I know we’ve heard something like that before, but I can’t recall what the context was exactly. But I seem to remember that it didn’t turn out to be true. But I’m sure in this case, it’s all true, and those 2.4 million people who rely on wood stoves won’t be forced to replace their wood stoves with something they can’t afford.

It’s good that they’re cracking down on lower income people who own and use wood-burning stoves to keep themselves warm, thereby making the poor poorer. And it’s good that they completely ignore the 1,700 some private jets that descended on Switzerland for the global warming conference. Because that wouldn’t be fair to crack down on them. They’re the ones making the rules that keep us safe. They shouldn’t be forced to live consistently with the rules they force on us serfs.

Read more here.

There is an almost complete intellectual disconnect between the oh-so-nobly-intended liberal Democrats in Washington, DC, and the poor and working class people that they tell us they represent; the highly educated elites in our federal government simply do not understand poor and working class people live.

This is really nothing new; back in January of 2008, before Barack Obama has been elected President, he told us that his plans would make electricity prices “skyrocket,” apparently blithely ignoring the fact that poorer people couldn’t afford skyrocketing electricity prices.  It seems as though everything that this Administration proposes — for our own good, don’t you know? — has the effect of making the costs of daily life more expensive.  One would think that a party which claims to represent the poor, to represent hard-working Americans, would have at least some understanding that the things they propose would make life more difficult, would make life poorer, for the very people they claim that they want to help.

 

But, but, but, the Crusades!

From The New York Times:

Islamic State Selling, Crucifying, Burying Children Alive in Iraq-U.N.
By REUTERS FEB. 4, 2015, 11:45 A.M. E.S.T.

GENEVA — Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

“We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities,” committee expert Renate Winter told a news briefing. “The scope of the problem is huge.”

Children from the Yazidi sect or Christian communities, but also Shi’ites and Sunnis, have been victims, she said.

“We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding,” Winter told Reuters. “There was a video placed (online) that showed children at a very young age, approximately eight years of age and younger, to be trained already to become child soldiers.”

More at the original.

Effigy (c. 1199) of Richard I at Fontevraud Abbey, Anjou

But, for our esteemed President, the man who twice received a majority of the votes cast, why, we can’t be so very concerned, because in 1191, King Richard Cœur de Lion ordered the massacre at Ayyadieh, killing as man as 3,000 Muslim soldiers. That tremendous crime, only 823½ years ago! must give us pause in our concern over Da’ish’s1 atrocities.

In the meantime, His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan has unleashed his military against Da’ish, to the extent that he is capable. Before he succeed to the throne, as Prince Abdullah, he trained at Sandhurst, served in the British Army, and later became the commander of Jordan’s special forces units, expanding their size and improving their training, to the point that they are considered the most capable Arab military force.

By Van Hipp:

King Abdullah has stated that he would fight ISIS until Jordan “ran out of fuel and bullets. In a visit with congressional leaders this week, he said that he had requested aircraft parts, additional night vision equipment, and precision munitions. Earlier this week, all 26 members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, in a true bipartisan fashion, wrote a letter to both the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense urging that the U.S. move with speed to ensure that Jordan receives the military supplies it requires.

King Abdullah is a leader and it’s time for the United States to stand with him and give him all that he needs. Here is what the U.S. must do now to support King Abdullah:

  • Remove the State Department’s roadblocks.
  • Provide the requested aircraft parts, night vision equipment, and precision munitions.
  • Provide humanitarian assistance for Jordan’s refugee crisis.
  • Share the most up-to-date intelligence on ISIS as possible.
  • Upgrade their fighters and give training.
  • Provide better downed pilot response.
  • Treat Jordan like the ally they are.

Make no mistake – the fight against radical Islam is the challenge of our time. Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey stated that there are now open cases looking into individuals who may be related to ISIS in every state of the union except Alaska.

This is not the time to continue “tap dancing” around ISIS and radical Islam. This is the time for real American leadership.

But, of course, bipartisan support in the Congress notwithstanding, your Editor does not expect President Obama to actually do anything more in any battle against Da’ish. He’s a leftist, and the left are so thoroughly eaten up by multiculturalism and empathy for our enemies that actually doing something is anathema to them.
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  1. Your Editor is not particularly fond of the initials ISIS, and te reduction to just IS, for Islamic State, seems even worse. Da’ish is an acronym for the Arabic al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham, and, according to this report from the BBC, the group “objects to the term and has advised against its usage.” Therefore, I shall use it! The Editor shall not edit comments using other commonly-used terms, but the use of Da’ish is now the accepted form in The First Street Journal’s stylebook.