Count on President Obama to claim the credit for this

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Marine veteran freed from Mexican jail
By Sandra Dibble | 4:55 P.M.OCT. 31, 2014 | Updated 10:38 P.M.

Former Marine Andrew Tahmooressi waves as he boards a private jet at Brown Field in San Diego on Friday night after being released from prison in Tijuana, Mexico. — Hayne Palmour IV / U-T San Diego

TIJUANA — A Mexican federal district judge in Tijuana on Friday ordered the immediate release of a U.S. Marine veteran being held in Baja California on federal weapons charges.

Andrew Tahmooressi, who was on trial for crossing the border with ammunition and three loaded weapons on March 31, returned to the United States Friday night and flew to his family’s home in Florida.

The decision by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to cease its prosecution of Tahmooressi brings to a close a high-profile case that has resounded far beyond the border.

In the United States, it prompted calls for Tahmooressi’s release from politicians, veterans groups and conservative talk show hosts. But for months there had been an impasse, as Mexican federal prosecutors insisted that the case be resolved through the courts — not through diplomatic or political pressure.

Tahmooressi, 25, claims he drove into Tijuana by mistake on a Monday night after taking a wrong turn near the Mexican border in San Ysidro. He had recently moved to San Diego from Florida, and says that he was driving out of a parking lot, intending to head north. But instead he drove into the El Chaparral Port of Entry, where Mexican customs inspectors examined his pickup truck and found more 400 rounds of ammunition and three loaded firearms: a .45-caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and a 5.56 mm assault rifle.

His release was ordered by Judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo of the Sixth Federal District Court in Tijuana. Had Tahmooressi been convicted, he would have faced seven to 21 years behind bars.

Luna Escobedo declined to comment. A statement from Mexico’s Federal Judicial Council said the judge ordered dismissal of the case after federal prosecutors withdrew their accusation in closing arguments. The judge ordered Tahmooressi’s “immediate and absolute liberty.”

There’s more at the link. But let me be clear about his: the Obama Administration didn’t care about Sgt Tahmooressi being jailed in Mexico because they think that is exactly what ought to happen to American citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights. Oh, I can’t prove that, they’ll never say that, and I’m almost certain that they will claim the credit for his release, citing “confidential, quiet diplomacy,” but you can count on it: I’m dead-on right about this.1

Just one word from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto would have been enough to get prosecutors to have dropped the charges months ago, and all that President Obama would have had to have done was asked him.

The Administration has already claimed that they have been working hard on the case:

“Quite frankly, Mr. Tahmooressi’s case has gotten a tremendous amount of attention from the State Department,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State John D. Feeley, the No. 2 official in the department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and former Marine Corps officer. “This is a case we have raised repeatedly and at high levels with the Mexicans. Secretary [John F.] Kerry did it in May. I have raised the case with the Mexican ambassador in Washington, our ambassador in Mexico has raised it with the [Mexican] foreign secretary and we have had excellent cooperation in that we have had access to him on a regular basis.”

But this Administration lies through its collective scummy teeth;2 if they had really been concerned, President Obama would have raised the issue directly with President Peña Nieto; he never did, despite a summit meeting which occurred during Sgt Tahmooressi’s incarceration. That would have resulted in Sgt Tahmooressi’s release months ago, because it really didn’t gain Mexico anything to continue to hold him. Instead, our good and noble President gives a free pass to illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico, but remained wholly unconcerned about the imprisonment of an American Marine Corps veteran, who had honorably served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

President Obama and his Administration went all out to ransom captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl, a probable deserter, releasing five top Taliban leaders, even though the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admitted, just a few days ago, that some of the released Guantanamo detainees have returned to the battlefield, but didn’t seem to be willing to do much of anything to get Sgt Tahmooressi out of jail.3 So much for not leaving any soldier behind!

Well, we’re stuck with our utter disgrace of a President for another 810 days. After that, perhaps our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will have someone with actual honor as their Commander-in-Chief.
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  1. I’d guess that it won’t be long before there are efforts to strip Sgt Tahmooressi of his Second Amendment rights, since his release was based on a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  2. President Obama has accomplished the seemingly impossible; he has made Richard Nixon look like an honest man!
  3. SGT Bergdahl was, and remains, on active duty, while Sgt Tahmooressi was a reservist prior to his mistaken border crossing into Mexico.

Rule 5 Blogging: the Kurdish Yekîneyên Parastina Jinê

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. This week, we get really serious, featuring the soldiers of the Kurdish Yekîneyên Parastina Jinê, or YPJ, or People’s Protection Units, women’s brigade. The YPG and YPJ are offshoots of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkish-Kurdish guerrilla group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union because of its three-decade insurgency against NATO ally Turkey, but the Kurds are fighting for their own independence, from Turkey, Syria and Iraq, and are now fighting the Islamist ISIS forces; these women are actually in combat, and some have given their lives.

Kurdish YPG Fighters. Click to enlarge. Story from The New Republic.

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From Around the Blogroll

From the Delaware Liberal:

Filed in National by  on October 31, 2014 •

“Democratic efforts to turn out the young and nonwhite voters who sat out the 2010 midterm elections appear to be paying off in several Senate battleground states. More than 20 percent of the nearly three million votes already tabulated in Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa have come from people who did not vote in the last midterm election,” according to an analysis of early-voting data by The Upshot.

I have felt all along that this election was not going to play out according to the normal media’s Republican Landslide/Obama/Democrats Repudiated narrative. The reason why is 1) the Democrats were going to do a presidential level GOTV operation to make up for the embarrassing loss in 2010, and 2) like in 1998, I felt like there was going to be GOP overreach and a pushback from the public. In 1998, the result of that was the Dems breaking even in the Senate and winning 5 seats in the House. In 2014, it will be the Dems holding onto the Senate. I will be releasing my full predictions of how the Dems will do that on Monday.

I am optimistic, cautiously optimistic, that the Republicans will do well in next Tuesday’s election, well enough to take control of the Senate, but it doesn’t matter what the opinion polls say; the only poll that actually counts for anything happens on Tuesday, and not before. I am worried that a few too many people are counting as-yet-unhatched chickens.

If the Democrats lose only five Senate seats, they’ll call it a great victory, and the professional media will cheer them on.

And now, on to the blogroll!

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When it’s all you’ve got left, play the Race Card!

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) was elected by the voters thrice before:

Mary Landrieu: Obama and I Are Unpopular in Louisiana Because the South Is Racist and Sexist
By: Washington Free Beacon Staff | October 30, 2014 6:21 pm

Senator Mary Landrieu said Thursday she thinks one of the reasons she is losing her campaign for re-election is that the state that voted her into office is sexist. Landrieu also said that President Obama is unpopular in her state because of his race.

Speaking with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Landrieu said, “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans.”

Pointing to herself Landrieu continued, “It’s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place.”

Landrieu oddly didn’t mention that her low approval might stem from the fact she was the deciding vote for Obamacare. The senator also didn’t note in the interview that President Obama’s approval ratings are dismal in northern states as well as southern.

So, despite the fact that Louisianans elected Mrs Landrieu three times, and despite the fact that they twice elected Bobby Jindal, an Indian-American, to be governor, the voters in Louisiana are sexist and racist for not supporting President Obama and Senator Landrieu in the upcoming election. It’s not like it could have anything to do with actual policy differences, or the uncomfortable fact that Senator Landrieu listed her home as Washington, DC, not anyplace in the state she represents, and her “home” address is actually her parents’ basement. No, it has to be evil sexism!

Or raaaaacism, that’s always a good card to play, too, when you’ve got nothing else . . . and Mrs Landrieu figured that, with time running short, she’d better play them both.

The only question is: do the Democrats actually believe the stuff they say?

Can I?

I just got a Kentucky voter guide from the insurance company which covers La Casa del Rio; does that mean I can vote for Senator McConnell even though I live in Pennsylvania?

Reducing Moving Costs

Reducing Moving Costs

If you’re a typical military family, then you’ve probably moved twice in the last three years. Even with your branch of the service chipping in, it’s expensive. Chances are, you’ve gotten moving down to a science, but if you haven’t? There are a lot of ways to save money and time during your upcoming move.

Lightening the Load

Be ruthless in what you donate or throw away or sell in a yard sale. If you haven’t worn it in three years, out it goes, to Goodwill or the Salvation Army or into a pile for friends and neighbors. A library card takes less space than a box of books, so donate the ones you’ve read or don’t intend to. Think about space you’re moving to and its climate. You may want to get rid of garden tools, power tools, hot or cold weather clothing and furniture that may be too big.

Packing Materials

Wrap breakables (carefully) in sweaters, towels, sheets and blankets. Tube socks are great for small breakables. Large picture frames can be bundled into a blanket. Just be sure to put heavier things in the bottom of the box, lighter things on top. You’ll save a bundle on bubble wrap, paper and styrofoam pellets, and you’ll use fewer boxes. Speaking of boxes, they’re expensive, especially when they come from a moving company. Ask around the neighborhood for boxes, check with big box retailers and warehouse clubs. You can find a great many boxes for free.

Packing the Truck Up

Make the most of the truck’s size and volume. Take the legs off tables and tape the hardware to the underside. Take beds apart and use chair cushions to keep hard surfaces from scratching each other. Nestle sofa cushions around large electronics. The more creative you get with stacking, the more room you’ll find inside the truck. You can’t create more space, but you can use what you’ve got, efficiently!

Packing Parties

The most important part of savings when you move is your time. Ask friends and relatives to chip in. You’ll be surprised how many people will want to help, and many will have more tips that will save you money. Be sure to feed them while they’re working to show your appreciation, and turn this transition into a celebration of family and friends. Good luck, and click here for more hints and ideas!

“Anonymous” Obama Administration official calls a special forces soldier and combat veteran a chickenshit

On Truth Before Dishonor, John Hitchcock noted that an Obama Administration official let The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg know that they considered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” Mr Netanyahu pretty much put the Obamabots in their place:

From Mr Goldberg’s article:

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said, expanding the definition of what a chickenshit Israeli prime minister looks like. “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”

I ran this notion by another senior official who deals with the Israel file regularly. This official agreed that Netanyahu is a “chickenshit” on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he’s also a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Hussein Obama, when they were younger.

Well, here is the “chickenshit” Mr Netanyahu, and our brave and noble President, when they were younger. Mr Netanyahu. After being graduated from Cheltenham High School, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, in 1967, Mr Netanyahu returned to Israel to enlist in the Israel Defense Force, something he did not have to do; living in the United States, he was not drafted. He trained as a combat soldier and became a team leader in an elite special forces unit of the IDF, Sayeret Matkal. He took part in numerous cross-border assault raids during the 1969–70 War of Attrition. He was involved in many other missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), and the rescue of the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in May 1972 in which he was shot in the shoulder.

After his army service, he returned to the United States in late 1972 to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He returned to Israel in October 1973 to serve in the Yom Kippur War for a 40-day period. While there, he fought in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, as well as leading a commando team deep into Syrian territory.1

Yet, the minions of our brave and noble President, who never risked more than a paper cut, think that a former Israeli special forces soldier is a chickenshit.

Of course, the White House is in damage control mode now, but let’s be honest here: when people have to apologize for something that they have said, they are tying to dampen the criticism arising from them having told the truth about what they believe.

If we could trade Barack Hussein Obama for Benjamin Netanyahu, straight up as our countries’ leaders, I’d absolutely support that! Of course, the Islamists would like that, too, because they’d know that they could then attack Israel any time they wanted, and Mr Obama would then whine to the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, but he wouldn’t actually fight back.

  1. Previous two paragraphs are not quite direct quotes, but were largely taken from the linked article.

Those oh-so-independent Democratic senators!

Barack Obama not being exactly the most popular President in states like Arkansas and Louisiana and North Carolina and Alaska, the incumbent Democratic senators have been very busy telling their constituents how independent they are, how they aren’t just party drones but think for themselves. But, alas! they have something called a record, and conservatives have been all too happy to point it out. Via The Pirate’s Cove, where William Teach entitled his article The Democrat Rubber Stamp Club 2014:

Of course, Kentucky’s Alison Grimes isn’t an incumbent, and doesn’t have that kind of record, and she tells her hoped-to-be constituents that she opposes President Obama’s positions on the Second Amendment, the Environmental Protection Agency, and on the use of coal, but even her supporters think that she’s just saying that stuff to get elected, and I’m guessing that, if she actually is elected [shudder!] she’ll vote against the President’s policies about as much as Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, a whopping 3.6% of the time . . . if that often.

Let’s be honest here: when the Democratic senatorial candidates say that they aren’t going to be reliable, toady votes for President Obama and his positions, they are lying to you! Their records prove it.

The success of socialism

From The Wall Street Journal:

Venezuela Cancels Plan to Sell US Oil Refiner Citgo
Earlier This Year Officials Indicated They Were Looking To Sell Citgo For Up To $10 billion
By Kejal Vyas | Updated Oct. 26, 2014 1:49 p.m. ET

CARACAS—Venezuela has scrapped plans to sell U.S. refining unit Citgo, the country’s finance minister said in an interview published Sunday by a local newspaper, offering the government’s clearest statement yet on the potential divestiture.

Amid severe dollar shortages and economic woes that have roiled this oil-rich country and sparked fears of a default on external debt, officials indicated earlier this year that they were looking to sell Citgo for as much as $10 billion.

But President Nicolás Maduro last month puzzled analysts when he said that Venezuela plans were to “fortify our investment” into the Houston-based refiner, which is wholly owned by state energy giant Petróleos de Venezuela SA.

“The sale of Citgo is discarded and the president already asserted it,” Finance Minister Rodolfo Marco told local daily El Universal in response to a list of questions on the country’s economic situation.

When asked whether banks hired by the government will continue looking for buyers, Mr. Marco responded, “Venezuela continues with Citgo and will continue making the investments in the refineries.”

And a bit further down:

Plans to sell Citgo, which operates three oil refineries with total processing capacity of more than 750,000 barrels a day, came as Venezuela faces cash-flow problems that have forced it to cut back on imports by nearly a third over the last two years. Chronic shortages of some food and basic goods, along with an inflation rate topping 60%, have eroded Mr. Maduro’s popularity to a new low of 30%, according to a recent poll by the Caracas consultancy Datanalisis.

At the same time, the country is heavily in debt with a host of private companies that service its economy, ranging from airlines to medicine importers to oil-field service providers. As a result, many have scaled back on operations. The World Bank expects Venezuela’s economy to contract by nearly 3% this year, making it the region’s worst performer.

Venezuela gets 96% of its hard currency income through the sale of oil. In economic terms, Venezuela is the beneficiary of the productivity of foreign countries, as the dollars earned by foreign workers are pouring in, making the country far wealthier than it would be based on its own production . . . and the country is still broke! Contrast that with the vast wealth of the oil exporting countries in the Middle East, the ones which want nothing to do with the socialism imposed on Venezuela by the late Hugo Chavez, and it becomes pretty obvious: socialism does not bring wealth, does not make its people prosperous, but spreads poverty to everybody except the nomenklatura.

I have said it many times before: to me, only results matter. It is not important how many glossy publications or learned, scholarly articles that socialists can produce, nor am I impressed by impassioned claims about the supposed justice of socialism and the evils of capitalism; the only point on which socialism can be, should be, judged is whether or not it provides economic security and prosperity for the majority of the people living under it, and in tha, socialism has failed miserably, faile everywhere it has been tried.

What a real #WarOnWomen looks like

From The Victory Girls:

She Was Executed For Killing Her Rapist: What Reyhaneh Represents
by Ericka Andersen on October 27, 2014

Reyhaneh Jabbari

A 26-year-old woman was executed in Iran this weekend. Her crime? Killing the man who raped her. Self-defense means nothing in Iran, especially if you are a woman. Reyhaneh Jabbari has been on death row for 5 years and the United Nations says she did not get a fair trial. Amnesty International says the trial was “flawed” and many drew attention to the execution — hoping to spare her life.

Their efforts were in vain and I was saddened to learn of her death this morning. Every time I hear a story like this, I think about how fortunate I am to live in a country where we have the luxury of complaining about things like women being called “bossy” or a business providing ONLY 16 kinds of birth control coverage under their insurance plan.

This woman just wanted to be able to defend herself from being raped. Instead, she was hanged, without a fair trial.

And this is no isolated incident in parts of the world that don’t respect or even treat women as human beings. In Somalia, a 13-year-old girl was stoned to death because she was raped. If Afghanistan, a 10-year-old girl was slated for an “honor killing” after being raped.

More at the original.

In the United States, in the liberal Western democracies, criticism of Muslims, of Islam, is Simply Not Done, because, why, we might offend the poor dears, and, even worse, we might be sen as somehow making common cause with the evil George Bush.1 Thus, when an Muslim soldier decides to make common cause with the Islamists, shooting at actually loyal American soldiers, why the Obama Administration classified it not as an act of terrorism, but workplace violence, because, well, because we wouldn’t want to offend other Muslims . . . along with the government being liable for less insurance expenditures.

And, of course, it’s only those simple-minded conservatives who listen to Rush Limbaugh and Faux News who make an actual connection between Islam and all of those isolated, completely unconnected incidents in which a perpetrator was identified as Muslim; the left wouldn’t want to be associated with those people!

ISIS Islamists Reportedly Behead Poster Girl for Kurdish Freedom Fighters

A young woman, known by the pseudonym “Rehana,” who had become the poster girl for the Kurdish YPJ, or Women’s Defense Unit, and was fighting for the Kobane resistance, was beheaded by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS.

As reported by the UK Daily Mail:

A female Kurdish fighter who became a poster girl for the Kobane resistance movement after a picture of her making a peace sign was retweeted thousands of times on Twitter has reportedly been beheaded by Isis.

The woman, known by the pseudonym Rehana, was celebrated as a symbol of hope for the embattled Syrian border town after a journalist tweeted a picture of her making a ‘V-sign’, claiming that she’d personally killed 100 Isis militants.

The message was retweeted over 5,000 times, but there are now claims Rehana, who fought for the Kurdish YPJ, or Women’s Defense Unit, may have been killed after gruesome pictures began circulating on Twitter of an Isis fighter purportedly holding aloft her head.

The image of Rehana went viral after it was posted originally on Twitter with a caption stating that she’d killed more that 100 ISIS terrorists.

The death has not yet been confirmed at the time of this writing.

It’s unfortunate that this brave soldier has been killed, but if she truly did have over a hundred kills of Islamist soldiers to her credit, then she has gone to her death well ahead, having done a valuable service, and honorable duty, for both her people and the civilized world.

So, we have the insane spectacle of the left complaining that evil Republicans are waging a #WarOnWomen, because many Republicans don’t think that churches or religious people who don’t think artificial contraception is moral ought to have to provide contraceptive coverage in insurance plans, but keeping their mouths clamped firmly shut as women unfortunate enough to live in the Islamic countries have been relegated to second-class citizenship status, and even that is a too-generous description.

Let’s be clear about this: Miss Jabbari was executed solely because she is a woman who lived in a Muslim country, ruled by an Islamist government. In any civilized country, a description which excludes every country run by a religious Islamic government, Miss Jabbari, who found a weapon and stabbed the man who was trying to rape her, would have been not only released without any charges, but celebrated as a brave woman who defended herself. The American left will admit, albeit grudgingly, that Miss Jabbari herself was wrongly condemned and executed, but they will never, ever make the connection between the way she was treated and Islam itself. The left are, basically, a group of educated idiots.

The left will complain, naturally, that it wasn’t really Islam to blame, but simply a group of heteronormative patriarchists2 seeking to continue male dominance who were at fault, but that overlooks the very obvious: not only are they Muslims, but they were reared in a Muslim culture, and people’s actions are limited by their cultural context. What was done to Miss Jabbari would never happen in the West, because it is so far outside of our cultural norms that almost no Westerner would even consider it. Miss Jabbari was executed because the idea that a woman deserves to be put to death for using deadly force, even in self-defense, against a man male3 is perfectly reasonable in the context and culture of Islam. That the left will never see, will never admit, because it stands as a stark challenge to their notions of multiculturalism, and, more importantly, it says, very loudly and very clearly, that Western liberalism, in its present form, is totally out of touch with reality.
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  1. Christians, on the other hand, are considered fair game by the left.
  2. I’m eagerly awaiting Amanda Marcotte’s article on this.
  3. A rapist may be male, but no rapist is actually a man.