What happens when you have a pacifist as Commander-in-Chief?

From Donald Douglas:

President Obama Would Release the Hostages and Pin Notes on Their Chests

Folks couldn’t believe it, but indeed, Obama imagined he was an “adviser” to ISIS and that “he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests…”

At the New York Times, “Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama.”

And at Twitchy, “You seriously will not believe Obama’s plan were he an ‘adviser to ISIS’ (it’s beyond parody) [photo],” and “It started with Obama advising ISIS to ‘pin notes on [hostages] chests.’ It ended with this brutal mockery.”

And from The New York Times:

Mr. Obama had what guests on Wednesday afternoon described as a bereft look as he discussed the murders of Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff, particularly because two other Americans are still being held. Days later, ISIS would report beheading a British hostage with another video posted online Saturday.

But the president said he had already been headed toward a military response before the men’s deaths. He added that ISIS had made a major strategic error by killing them because the anger it generated resulted in the American public’s quickly backing military action.

If he had been “an adviser to ISIS,” Mr. Obama added, he would not have killed the hostages but released them and pinned notes on their chests saying, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.” Such a move, he speculated, might have undercut support for military intervention.

There could be no clearer statement from the man the American people twice elected to be Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States of America: the man in command of the greatest military force on the planet does not understand the uses of force. He thinks, apparently Harvard coffeehouse bovine defecating style, that his opponents, that our opponents really do think the way that Westerners do, when ISIS has rather dramatically proved that their logic is completely different from ours. ISIS wasn’t terribly worried about whether we’d use military force or not; the measure of President Obama’s weaknesses had been taken long ago. They knew, all along, that the United States wouldn’t once again put troops in harm’s way to stop the Islamists, and they have shown their real target audiences, the Muslim populations still ahead of their advances, that they are willing to kill, without hesitation or mercy or pity, anyone they believe is a problem, or even an annoyance, for them. They have spit in Barack Hussein Obama’s face, and laughed while the did it, because they know, full well, that he won’t really do what is actually necessary to defeat them or stop them.

On This Date 200 years ago.

American soldiers at 9:00am hoisted a 30 x 42 foot flag above Ft. Mc Henry to note they were not beaten to the British and the people of Baltimore. The British it is said lobbed 1600 shells, mortars and rockets at the Fort. It was FS Key’s Opening line “Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light”

http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmah/starflag.htm

After that the British sailed away and left. I have seen this flag on display at the Smithsonian many times.

Online Criminal Justice Degrees

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For example, cyber units in police departments are relatively new additions to law enforcement divisions. Such professionals use the Internet to catch suspected pedophiles who try to set up sexual encounters with minors. Similarly, cyber luring is used to catch terrorists. For example, chat rooms “falsely” recruit individuals who are interested in carrying out terrorism on civilians or military personnel. Undercover operations eventually catch the suspected terrorists who are in process of acquiring weapons and other supplies to actually carry out planned attacks.

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice can complete an appropriate degree from accredited universities and specialty schools. Some branches of criminal justice programs focus on behavior, law enforcement, crime prevention, corrections and offender rehabilitation. Criminal justice students must study human psychology in order to understand the minds of people who break the law. Research skills are also taught in criminal justice classes. Courses often try to emphasize that criminal justice is not all about catching and punishing convicted individuals. It’s important to change the behavior and attitude of people who are imprisoned or on parole. The ultimate goal is rehabilitation for criminals who qualify for correctional opportunities after getting out of jail. A program like UC online is an example of an institution offering criminal justice courses on the Internet.

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The Delaware Liberal goes conspiracy theorist!

Apocalypse: From U.S.Petro Or ISIL?
Filed in National by  on September 12, 2014 • 8 Comments

Ok, then.  From the President’s speech we’re sort of at war with ISIL?  Not exactly war, according to John Kerry, but sorta.  Let’s just call it large scale counter terrorism, he says.  More like humanitarian bombings.

But, my question is, which is the greater threat, short and long term to Americans?  ISIL with Toyotas, Arabian machetes and machine guns or the American Petroleum Institute with tipping point stage carbon overload?

You do know what his answer is going to be, don’t you? :)

My bet is on carbon caused warming and flooding.  But, not so fast, because the American Petroleum Institute also has a hand in the middle east crisis and threatened final days caused by the ultimate war between the Caliphate and the Infidels, which apparently includes us here in the U.S. of A.

You see, ISIL is selling pretty huge amounts of crude on the black market thanks to U.S. extraction technology and expertise sold to the producers in both Iraq and Syria.  That crude then ships to black markets allowed by our sort of allies in Turkey and then on to sort of allies in Jordan and not so allied Iran.  The latter at least not yet, unless we smarten up and do a deal with them.

Now, to further explain the American Petroleum Institute’s involvement in this extremely convoluted caper, they advocate, lobby and represent companies supplying extraction tools and technology  to these brand new coalition of the killing partners:  Bahran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.  In some cases we supply both downstream and upstream oil services.

Oh, now I see: it’s all a great, secret conspiracy, to doom the world through global warming climate change! As I’m typing in my computer room, when it’s still summer, in a sweatshirt to keep warm, I’m not so terribly worried about temperature increases! But, the Progressive Populist does conclude with a statement with which I can totally agree:

I was moved to tears at Obama’s election in 2008 as our first ever black and anti-war president.

I, to, was (almost) moved to tears at the election of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008, though I suspect for different reasons. And after 5½ miserable years of a dead economy, of a nearly doubled national debt, of welfare and disability rolls skyrocketing while the number of people who actually want to work plummets, I’d say that I was right all along.

And now, for the rest!

Rule 5 Blogging: Germans!

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 Angela Merkel 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.

Every girl wants her makeup to look good!

Every girl wants her makeup to look good!

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On This Date 9/13/1814 – 200 years ago – FS Key Wrote a Poem and other stuff

On Sept 13, 1814 the Battle of Baltimore really started. The day before the Brits marched halfway or more to meet the Defenders of Baltimore at a place called Hampstead Hill. (It’s now Patterson Park in SE Baltimore. Played a lot there when I was a kid.) There were about 4,500 Brits and about 11,000 Americans. Anyone with a rifle was there from the City. The Americans dug in defenses from the Harbor to 3 miles North. As my Historian Brother told me the line wavered, but held during the Battle. As you can see in the Pics the Brits were fighting uphill. The Brits after a while gave up. Commander was Adm. Cockburn since General Ross was killed the day before. Some think the outcome would have been different under Ross.

While this battle was going the Brits moved their ships closer to Ft. McHenry to start the shelling. A major miracle at the Fort was the Powder Magazine took a direct hit from a dud and didn’t blow up. Also at that time, a DC Lawyer (you always stuck with them) named Francis Scott Key went to the Brits for release of Prisoners during the shelling. The Brits held him to the next morning at let him and the prisoners go.

Mean while, the attack on the Hill, and the bombardment went on. At Hampstead Hill, the Brits gave up and went back to thir ships. The bombardment last 25 hours.

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A View of the Defense Line

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Supposedly where the Americans placed their Cannons

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A Plaque from the Centennial Celebration

Here’s a good list of websites explaining what happened that day:

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On This Date 200 Years Ago

On Sept. 12, 1814 the British disembarked 5,000 Marines at a location called “North Point” where the Patapso River meets the Chesapeake Bay about 15 miles SE of Baltimore. This group start marching NW towards Baltimore to level it like they did the month before in Washington. The British Marines ran into a small group of Americans on their way to Baltimore. Although it was not much of a Battle, the Americans lost, but scored a “win” in killing General Ross their commander. (If you go to the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Canada there is a plaque with Battles won by the British in North America, and North Point is noted.) Anyway, that slowed them down. Tomorrow, the Battle of Hampstead Hill.

Economics 101: Maybe going on strike for higher wages when your jobs are already being replaced by robots isn’t the wisest idea

From USA Today:

Thousands of fast-food workers strike; arrests made
By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY 6:47 p.m. EDT September 4, 2014

The fast-food industry suffered some image indigestion Thursday when more than 430 workers demonstrating for higher wages in dozens of cities were arrested, organizers estimate.

Those arrested included Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., in West Milwaukee.

She joined fast-food workers from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles who put down their burger flippers and picked up picket signs in a strike for $15-an-hour minimum wages. The rallies included acts of civil disobedience — mostly blocking streets.

“There has to be civil disobedience because workers don’t see any other way to get $15 an hour and a union,” says Kendall Fells, organizing director of Fast Food Forward, a group backed financially by the Service Employees International Union, which organized the Thursday protests. “There’s a long history of this, from the civil rights movement to the farm workers movement.”

More at the link. The First Street Journal absolutely supports the right of employees to organize and strike. But we also support the right of business owners to keep their businesses open, and if that means replacing striking employees with people who are willing to work, then they should have that right. Employees can strike themselves right out of a job!

McDonald’s hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers
Would you like some microchips with that burger? McDonald’s Europe strikes another blow against human interaction by installing 7,000 touch-screen computers to take your order and money.
by Amanda Kooser | @akooser May 17, 2011 4:20 PM PDT

“Welcome to McDonald’s . My name is HAL 9000. May I take your order?”

McDonalds recently went on a hiring binge in the U.S., adding 62,000 employees to its roster. The hiring picture doesn’t look quite so rosy for Europe, where the fast food chain is drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks to handle cashiering duties.

The move is designed to boost efficiency and make ordering more convenient for customers. In an interview with the Financial Times, McDonald’s Europe President Steve Easterbrook notes that the new system will also open up a goldmine of data. McDonald’s could potentially track every Big Mac, McNugget, and large shake you order. A calorie account tally at the end of the year could be a real shocker.

The touch screens will only accept debit or credit cards, adding to the slow death knell of cash and coins. This all goes along with an overall revamp of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide aimed at projecting a modern image as opposed to the old-fashioned golden arches with a slightly creepy (to my taste anyway) clown guy hanging around the french fries.

Somebody has to pay for wage increases; surely you didn’t think that business owners wouldn’t just pass it on?

And people have probably seen this photo as well, from an area where the local government raised the minimum wage. At least one employer decided to let his customers know why prices were increased. If the fast food workers get their demand, to have the minimum wage increased to $15.00 per hour, then that increase will have to be passed along to the customers; that’s simply the way business works.1

But let’s be honest here: businesses which can automate some functions are already doing so, and they are doing so to increase efficiency and cut labor costs, irrespective of the minimum wage. It is simply the logical and practical path for businesses to take, and is part of the increased business reliance on automation which has been going on for decades.

The sign says, “I have a Master of Arts degree in women’s studies. However, the only job I can find is as a bartender at a local restaurant. I owe over $60k in student loans. I am forced to rely on food stamps and W.I.C. to support my son. Is this the American Dream I worked so hard for? I am the 99 percent. Occupywallst.org.”

The real problem is that the economy is going to leave the lower skilled workers further and further behind, and the minimum wage employee is, almost by definition, a lower skilled worker.2 He holds a position for which a replacement can be quickly found, and trained, because it requires few skills which aren’t already common among the population, or which cannot be learned in just a couple of days.

And it also means that training and education for things which have no real economic value are worse than just useless: they add costly burdens to individuals and leave them behind people who were more wisely educated and trained for the real economy. The woman in the picture to the right decided to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a degree for which the only relevant positions are professorships in women’s studies,3 borrowing money which the taxpayers are subsidizing, and then being forced to live on welfare — on the backs of the taxpayers, again! — because she got a degree which trained her for nothing of any use,4 and somehow expects other people to make up for her unwise choices. She should have trained to become an electrician instead!
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  1. The First Street Journal has pointed out previously that the proposal to increase the minimum wage by such alarge amount will probably have the effect of clustering more workers nearer to the minimum wage, because those workers making more than the minimum wage would probably not see raises sufficient to keep them as far above the minimum wage as they are now.
  2. An individual minimum wage employee might be very skilled at something, but that does not mean his position requires it.
  3. For which she’s need a doctorate, not just a masters.
  4. Actually, her degree is worse than useless. While liberal arts degrees in general sometimes help, the lady in the picture basically got a degree which would make her a walking sex discrimination lawsuit, and no sensible human resources department is ever going to consider hiring her.