#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.

  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.

Rule 5 Blogging: Jordan!

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, I had sought photos of soldiers from Jordan, given that it is Jordan whose leadership actually has the nerve to fight against Da’ish. There was only one photograph of a female Jordanian soldier I could find, but there were man of the police forces, which recently opened places for women.

A Jordanian female police demonstrates her skills during a ceremony to celebrate Jordan's King Abdullah's birthday at a police academy near Amman February 17, 2009. In a male dominated country, authorities have opted to recruit more women to work in police forces, with some organizing traffic in busy streets of the capital and others joining counter terrorism forces. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN)

A Jordanian female police demonstrates her skills during a ceremony to celebrate Jordan’s King Abdullah’s birthday at a police academy near Amman February 17, 2009. In a male dominated country, authorities have opted to recruit more women to work in police forces, with some organizing traffic in busy streets of the capital and others joining counter terrorism forces. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN)

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From Around the Blogroll

I hate taxes, I despise taxes, I abominate taxes!

The harder you work, the more the fornicating government steals from you.

The Florida Gators played inspired basketball to start the game, but the top-ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats pulled it out in the end!

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2) shot over Florida Gators guard Kasey Hill (0) as the University of Kentucky played the University of Florida in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fl., Saturday, February 07, 2015. This is first half college basketball action. Photo by Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader Staff

Cats put it on the line at Florida, come away with 68-61 win
By Jerry Tipton | jtipton@herald-leader.com | February 7, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After breezing through the season’s first three-plus months, Kentucky’s so-called Pursuit of Perfection got messy Saturday night.

Florida had won in eight of the last 10 times Kentucky played in the O’Connell Center. The possibility of another setback, which would mean UK’s first defeat of the season, stared Kentucky in the face.

Fittingly, perfection (or close enough to perfect) helped Kentucky prevail 68-61.

The Cats made 16 of 17 free throws in the second half to rally to victory and complete a 21-for-22 night at the line.

Willie Cauley-Stein (a 47.7-percent free thrower in his career) made five of five, including two with 3:18 left.

The free throw gods showed they had a sense of humor. With UK clinging to a 61-59 lead, Jon Horford (an 89.7-percent free thrower this season) missed two for Florida.

UK made its first 16 free throws. The Cats’ only miss — by Andrew Harrison — came with 42.2 seconds left in the game, much too late to do any serious harm.

Kentucky improved to 23-0, which matched Rupp’s Runts for the second-best start to a season in program history. The Cats improved to 10-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

Afterward, UK took pride in going toe-to-toe with yet another inspired opponent, and surviving for the third straight game without freshman Trey Lyles (and 13th without Alex Poythress).

“We’re a beat-up basketball team right now,” UK Coach John Calipari said. “We’re in a championship fight every time we step in a building.”

Freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, noted the deafening roar.

Read more here. And now, on to the blogroll!

Dishonest and stupid.

Even The Washington Post is trashing Brian Williams!

Why war reporters can’t stand the Brian Williams scandal
By Dan Lamothe | February 5 at 12:55 PM

Sitting in a dark suit and tie on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 2013, NBC News anchorman Brian Williams recalled the scary day that the Chinook helicopter he was in purportedly took enemy fire during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

“We were in some helicopters, and what we didn’t know is that we were north of the invasion,” Williams recalled. “We were the northernmost Americans in Iraq. We were going to drop some bridge portions across the Euphrates [River] so the 3rd Infantry [Division] could cross on them. Two of our four helicopters were hit by ground fire, including the one I was in.”

That story — and variations of it that Williams has told over the years — unraveled Wednesday under scrutiny from soldiers who were there that day. Williams recanted the story in an interview with Stars & Stripes, saying he actually was in another Chinook that was not under fire. Then he apologized on air:

The anchorman — one of the nation’s most recognizable journalists — has been widely mocked online since by Internet jokesters, as this Checkpoint piece notes. But he also has taken criticism from fellow journalists, particularly those who have spent time in dangerous countries.

There’s more at the link, but further down there’s one more paragraph which needs to be noted: CBS News then anchorman Dan Rather was forced to resign after using unverified documents, which turned out to have been forged, in an attempt to damage President George Bush before the 2004 election. Several other CBS News people were forced to resign, while producer Mary Mapes was fired outright. Mr Rather can at least say that he didn’t know that the documents were forgeries — the linked news stories noted that he rushed to get them aired even though he was told the researchers hadn’t been able to verify them — so he could have believed them to have been true, while Mr Williams deliberately told lies.

This whole story is mind-boggling. Mr Williams actually covered the story about Hillary Clinton’s lie that she and her daughter had to duck sniper fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina:

I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.

Mr Williams told his helicopter-being-shot-down story last week, long after he noted Mrs Clinton’s false story. A wise man would have learned that a public figure can get away with a blatant lie for a little while, but cannot get away with it forever. Mr Williams told a blatant lie after he had seen what could happen, after he saw what using the forged documents did to Mr Rather’s career. That he told the lie not only proves that he is a liar, it also proves that he’s a stupid liar.

Mr Williams is paid $10 million a year by NBC News, and is now a wealthy man.  He could have continued as NBC News weeknight anchor for another ten years, or more, if he wanted; he’s only 55 years old.

But now, he has to go: NBC cannot be seen as tolerating that kind of dishonesty, something even worse than Mr Rather’s transgression, by allowing Mr Williams to stay.


Twisted liberal logic

President Obama tells us that people are whatever they identify as being, so if a male thinks that he’s actually female, well then, he’s female, and we have to recognize him as female under the law.

But if a group identifies itself as “Islamic State,” and do horrible, horrible things, well they’re not really Islamic, and we should never identify them as such.