The Commander-in-Chief

From the Conservative Tribune, via Gretchen:

DEVELOPING: Top Military Leaders Are in an Unprecedented Rebellion Against Obama

Every American officer, regardless of branch of service, take the same oath upon their appointment to the military. They swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The language used is not dissimilar to that of the presidential oath of office as it appears in Article II of the Constitution: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The American oaths of office are different from those of so many nations around the world, because we do not swear allegiance to a person, a religious sect, or even to the nation’s citizens. America’s leaders swear to uphold the Constitution, the document in which the individual freedoms that make America unique among all nations in history are enshrined and guaranteed.

It should come as no surprise, then, that when long-service American military officers see the principles of the Constitutional repeatedly violated, disregarded, and even held in contempt, they take offense.

More at the original.

General James Amos, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

The article continues to tell the reader about several retired military officers who are very critical of the President, but noted that several high-ranking officers who are still on active duty have criticize the Commander-in-Chief as well, including General James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, who “recently made comments highly critical of the Obama administration’s leadership and policy in Iraq.”1 General Amos four-year term as Commandant expires in October, and the Senate has already confirmed General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., currently Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan, to be the next Commandant.

Retired military men have every right to speak out against the Commander-in-Chief. They are civilians, and have absolute freedom of speech. But if someone on active duty wants to complain, he needs to either retire and then say his piece, or keep his mouth shut. Barack Obama is an absolutely terrible President, the worst in my lifetime, and a rotten Commander-in-Chief, and the public were foolish beyond belief to have elected him, but that doesn’t matter: he was elected, period, and we are stuck with him for another 2½ years. As much as your Editor dislikes President Obama and his polices, he values our Constitution and the primacy of the elected civilian leadership over the military far more.

  1. James Joyner claimed that the Commandant’s words were taken out of context, were taken out of order as well (they were responses to audience questions, and not part of his prepared remarks), and more “nuanced” than has bee reported.

Posted on another conservative blog recently

As far as I can tell, American liberalism died the day Kennedy was shot. What we have in its place is a radical left, America hating, abortion loving, gun grabbing, freedom hating atheistic ideology that is obsessed with destroying traditional values and creating an ever more powerful centralized State with themselves (meaning: left wingers) occupying almost all the positions of power.

Or, to put it another way:

Conservatives read Orwell’s 1984 and see it as a warning.

Left wingers read 1984 and see it as an instruction manual.

The warning label

From Gretchen, on Facebook:

My curling iron has a warning sticker: “For External Use Only.”

I don’t even want to think about the circumstance that made the curling iron manufacturer believe that sticker was necessary.

I can think of the circumstance: the lawyers pointing out just how stupid some of their customers could be.

King Edward II could not be reached for comment.

The left keep telling us all of the things about which we are not supposed to judge them

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain has an article up — again! — in his series on the weirdos and nuts on the left:

Canadian Candidate Drops Out After Masturbation Video Surfaces
Posted on | July 22, 2014 | 43 Comments

Trish Kelly on what appears to be a bad hair day.

Trish Kelly was a candidate for local office on the ticket of the liberal “Vision Vancouver” party. On July 14, local political blogger Raymond Tomlin published a 2006 video Ms. Kelly produced for a website called WayOutWest. In the two-minute video, Ms. Kelly talks about her masturbation habits: “Pretty much I do it every night, after brushing my teeth, but before putting on my jammies.” Ms. Kelly is entirely clothed in the video, during which she describes “the single lifestyle” and an occasion “giving myself the f–k of my life.” Three days after Tomlin called attention to the video, Kelly dropped out of the race for Vancouver’s Park Board:

“After 25 years of serving my community, I put my name forward as a Park Board nominee to move my life as a community activist fighting for social justice issues, to claiming a seat at the decision-making table,” Kelly stated. “Unfortunately, my work in theatre and as a sex-positive activist is being sensationalized — and will clearly continue to be — distracting from my efforts in the community and in the election campaign.”

Kelly, a popular member of Vancouver’s LGBT community, made a humorous video about masturbation, which was posted on YouTube by political activist Raymond Tomlin. . . .

“I have never hidden from this work,” Kelly said in the news release. “I hold no shame nor regret for the work I have produced. I have dedicated, and will continue to dedicate, much of my life to contributing to my community, to having difficult conversations, and to making myself vulnerable in order to make space for others.”

Wait a minute: Ms. Kelly is a “sex-positive activist,” widely recognized as a “member of Vancouver’s LGBT community,” and yet her solitary habits were the problem? Do people not understand the meaning of “LGBT”? It’s not about marching in parades, y’know.

More at the link; the emphases are in Mr McCain’s original.

Mr McCain and his commenters, your Editor amongst them, have some fun at Miss Kelly’s expense, but there’s actually a serious point to me made her. Miss Kelly again:

I feel that I’m a bridge between two groups.  I’m Métis and the word Métis means a ‘blend’ or a ‘mix’ in French, and I’m also queer or bisexual. I have to claim those identities, because being femme in everyday society I can be read as just a straight woman, and being Métis I can be read as just white. So I politicize myself by owning these identities, which is part of how I politicize my identity but also part of how I act as another ally to people who are more targeted because of their visible appearance or how they’re read.

Uhhh, why does that matter? If your sex life is your own business, and no one else’s, other than your bed partner’s, why should it matter if other people “read” you as a normal woman?

Miss Kelly has managed to tell us — though perhaps somewhat unintentionally — that other people have to be confronted about her sexual preferences, or somehow, she doesn’t really matter.  She is significant not for being a human being, but only because she likes to have sex with other women, and only because she is, in some undefined degree, “Métis.” However, since we are all related somewhere down the line — the common figure given is that we are all at least 20th cousins, but I’ve also seen the figure 16th cousins; it’s a statistical calculation based upon the number of couples vis a vis total population many generations ago — then we must all be “Métis” to some degree.

And that’s the liberal conundrum: we aren’t supposed to judge them on their sexuality, but the only way we can judge them on their sexuality is if we know what it is, and they seem to insist on telling us all about it. No one would judge Miss Kelly on her sexuality, if she hadn’t been making such an effort to tell us about it. Well, if she makes it our business, then she can’t combitch if we make it our business. We aren’t supposed to judge people based upon their race, either, but Miss Kelly, who apparently looks completely Caucasian, wants us to know that no, she isn’t; why does she feel the need to tell us this, unless she believes that it is somehow important information for us as far as our impressions of her go.1

The problem for the left is obvious: they claim to aspire to Dr Martin Luther King’s famous dictum that he dreamed of the time when his children would be judged not by the color of their skins but the content of their characters, but their claim is a lie. They are wholly invested in judging people by the color of their skins, or by their genitals, or by the genitals of their sexual partners. Those things are, apparently, all that matters.2 Things like character or hard work or achievement are almost meaningless to the left, because taking judgements based on things like that does not always lead to politically correct results.

Your Editor is rather amused that the lovely Miss Kelly had to withdraw from her campaign over this; I’d call it karmic justice. She claims that it’s all a message of being sex positive, but at what point did “sex positive” mean “making a sex tape?” I’m sex positive, in that I’m positive that I like sex, but somehow, some way, my darling bride and I have never thought of setting up a video camera in the bedroom so we could splash it all over the internet. Am I the only one old enough to remember when it used to be thought that people who kept talking about their sex lives were the ones least likely to actually have sex lives.

Of course, considering that Miss Kelly’s sex tape was of her masturbating, at least that part of her sex life was by herself. If only she’d taken up with Elliot Rodger . . . .

  1. And it worked for Fauxcahontas, now Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)!
  2. The University of Wisconsin at Madison passed something called the Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, which calls for, among other things, “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.” Perhaps the learned professors of the Faculty Senate didn’t read or understand just on what it was they were voting, but that provision cannot be interpreted as anything other than stating that grades should be evenly distributed by race. There are denials coming from UW-M that that is what was meant, but it’s certainly what it says.

Are 9 Dead Bankers A Sign Of Pending Economic Collapse? Feb Post – Update July to 15 – An Epidemic?

First Question – I’m noticing more of the same type news that does not bode well. Military Officers, Border invasion, again with bankers. A trend …………………

Update – Add 6 to the List Is there a Banker’s Plague that is unreported, or is there a Sinister plot
Banker Deaths Climb to 15: Goldman Sachs Managing Director Found Dead

Another high level banker has been found dead.

Nicholas Valtz, a 39-year old managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York, was found dead Sunday afternoon in Napeague Harbor where he had reportedly gone earlier that day to kiteboard. Valtz’ body was found still tied to his kite. Interesting, who tied them?

Kiteboarding, also called kitesurfing, combines elements of windsurfing and paragliding which can garner speeds of up to 40 mph. His brother told Bloomberg that Valtz was still new to the sport.


Better than the last one:

Are 9 Dead Bankers A Sign Of Pending Economic Collapse?
February 27, 2014 by Wayne Allyn Root

Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Something very big and very bad is happening. Prominent bankers are dying in droves. Have you ever heard of eight bankers committing suicide in a matter of just a few weeks?

A ninth banker was found dead only days ago. What is driving successful bankers with families to kill themselves in droves?

Here’s the tip-off that this is a very big story: The mainstream media are not covering it. There are nine dead bankers (and counting), and the story isn’t even mentioned in the national news. That itself is a major news story.

Bankers are dying so fast, you’d think they were all dentists. You get the joke, right? Dentists have the highest suicide rate of any profession. Sometimes, you need a little humor to brighten up a very dark story. But keep in mind, at no time in history have nine dentists all died under mysterious circumstances in a matter of a few weeks.


This story is real. The dead are:
William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG.
Karl Slym, 51-year-old Tata Motors managing director.
Gabriel Magee, 39-year-old JPMorgan banker.
Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a U.S. investment bank.
Richard Talley, the 57-year-old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colo.
Tim Dickenson, U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG.
Ryan Henry Crane, 37-year-old executive at JPMorgan.
Li Junjie, 33-year-old Hong Kong banker.
James Stewart Jr., former CEO of the National Bank of Commerce.

more here

JP Morgan employee who fell to death from bank’s London office in Canary Wharf named as Gabriel Magee Jim Armitage Author Biography
Wednesday 29 January 2014

(NOTE: Go to the website to see the “roof” he fell from. Suicide or murder?)
The bank worker who died after falling from the roof of JP Morgan’s European headquarters in Canary Wharf on Tuesday morning has been named as Gabriel Magee, a senior IT programmer.

The 39-year-old American had been at the investment banking giant for 10 years in New York and London, working his way up to become a vice president in CIB Technology. Colleagues and friends expressed shock at his death.
Mr Magee plunged from the top of the 500ft European headquarters of the investment bank at 8am, at the peak of the financial district’s rush hour. He landed on the roof of a ninth-floor podium of the building at 25 Bank Street and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A New York-based colleague, who worked with Mr Magee at JP Morgan there, said: “It is a terrible, tragic loss. He has a lot of friends in New York that are very confused and very sad right now. He was a co-worker and a very good friend. A very smart guy, with a great sense of humour.”

Paul Grunwald, who worked with Mr Magee in New Mexico in the late 1990s, said: “I’m very saddened to learn the news. Gabe was an intern for me at Intel. He was bright, funny, and a good friend.

“I tried my best to keep him at Intel but New York and London were calling him away from the desert. I will miss him and my thoughts and prayers go out to all that loved him.”

This Looks Like Get Mad And Even With Scotus

Don’t get Mad, get Even with SCOTUS, but the marble taker did both:

Obama’s LGBT Hiring Executive Order Will Not Include Religious Exemption

ByDYLAN SCOTTPublishedJULY 18, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

President Barack Obama plans to sign on Monday a long-awaited executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people by federal contractors, and it will not include the broad religious exemption sought by religious leaders.

The Huffington Post reported on Friday that Obama’s order will add sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing non-discrimination order that covers race, sex and religion. A White House official confirmed the report to TPM. It will not include any general religious exemption for religious employers.

The order does, however, maintain an executive order by President George W. Bush that allows religious employers to prioritize hiring members of their religion, according to the official.

Moronthis here:

From Around the Blogroll

Donald Douglas of American Power decided to cover ANSWER’s rally and protest march against police brutality in Anaheim yesterday, and when the peaceful protesters saw someone they didn’t like, why, naturally they responded with violence of their own.

(Michael) Prysner’s a coward. He served in Iraq as a grounds surveillance technician, and word is he saw no combat, and since then has allegedly misrepresented his war record and trumped up the military heroism of other soldiers as his own.

He obviously doesn’t like being called out on it, which is why he tried to shut down my participation at a public rally by seizing my iPhone and throwing it in the street. Pretty typical for an intolerant leftist scumbag. These idiots simply cannot stand to have their activism and ideology exposed to the real light of public opinion and opprobrium. This Ain’t Hell just destroys lying loser Prysner here, “Michael Prysner: true communist hero.”


I ran out into the street to retrieve my phone, which was still in good working condition, amazingly. At the Vine below is mental midget and dead-end ANSWER stooge Douglas Kauffman. Next to him is the mother of Manuel Diaz. I gather her son was killed by Anaheim PD and she was one of the event’s sponsors. Actually, I was not “antagonizing” anyone. I would have loved to hear her memorial to her son, but the commie stooges were blocking and tripping me as I tried to move over to listen to the speakers. She came up to me twice during the day, asking me to leave. I told her it was a public park and I just wanted to take some pictures and I’d be gone. She didn’t like that idea and called me a “disruptive force.”


There’s a lot more at Dr Douglas’ original. But the message is clear: whenever you see anti-war or anti-violence protesters, in any numbers at all, you’ll find that they are just as violent as anything they are protesting, when crossed or challenged.

Donna Miller of the Victory Girls notes that our lovely First Lady would like to impose controls so that Food Stamp SNAP users would buy healthier things.

What ICF proposes is for grocery stores to have segregated shopping carts of a designated color for use solely by consumers using EBT cards. Those carts would, in effect, be “smart carts” which would monitor what card users put into their carts. It would then talk to the shopper and give them clues on what to buy or not to buy. It would also give them verbal praise when they chose a set amount of healthy products. The idea is that after receiving enough praise, benefits recipients will choose tofu over hamburger without having o be praised. Pavlov himself would drool over this idea.

Now, I actually approve of that idea, though not for the reasons Mrs Obama does. Segregated shopping carts would let other shoppers know who is there, buying groceries on the taxpayers’ dollars rather than their own, and perhaps enforce some set of shame into the welfare recipients, and nudge them toward getting a job!

Ahhh, who am I kidding; there is no shame at all amongst welfare leches!

Sister Toldjah tells us that the Obaminablecare employer mandate just might be delayed yet again!

Karen, the Lonely Conservative, pointed out a report in The Economist about a study which found that the more people were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat:

The study reveals nothing about the nature of the link between socialism and dishonesty. It might be a function of the relative poverty of East Germans, for example. All the same, when it comes to ethics, a capitalist upbringing appears to trump a socialist one.

Of course: when you are reared under a system which holds that people have rights to property, and that your neighbor’s things are not yours, you are going to be more honest than someone who is bought up under a system which holds that private property is evil, and that you have a right to what others have. This should be a lesson to all employers: never hire anyone who was s supporter of the Occupy movement, because he will be untrustworthy.

Darleen Click of Protein Wisdom also noted the story.

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain has a brief note about the oh-so-tolerant Shari’a schools in the Unite Kingdom. No wonder Scotland is holding an independence plebiscite!

William Teach has an article about Senatrix Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments, and the hypocrisy therein. I particularly liked this one:

  • “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.” (says the woman who charged $350,000 to teach one class)

Hube has little sympathy for First World Problems.

And last, but certainly not least, on Truth Before Dishonor, John Hitchcock pointed out what we already knew: Progressives and the professional media are anti-Semites. It is intellectually possible to be opposed to Israeli government policies and still not be an anti-Semite, it is intellectually conceivable to be opposed to Zionism and not be an anti-Semite, but in my many years of reading the arguments of the liberals, I have yet to encounter a single soul who has managed to meet such a challenge.

Rule 5 Blogging: On Active Duty

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 Mila Kunis 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.

Senior Airman Vanessa Velez, a convoy driver with the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team, poses for a photo in front of the humvee she will be driving just before her next mission outside the wire here Feb. 10. Velez, who is a vehicle maintenance controller with the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., has driven at least 120 convoys during her 365-day deployment in Afghanistan.

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Senator Bob Casey: Lying through his scummy teeth!

Remember back in 1992, how Governor Robert Casey (D-PA), a pro-life Democrat, wanted to speak at the Democratic National Convention? From Wikipedia:

Because he considered abortion a key social issue for the 1992 presidential election, Casey tried to get a speaking slot to give a minority plank on the topic at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. He was not given a speaking slot and said in a series of news conferences the party was censoring his pro-life views even though he agreed with the party on nearly all other issues.

Actions during the convention highlighted the hostility of the Casey-abortion issue. During the convention, Karen Ritter, a pro-choice Pennsylvania legislator, reportedly sold large buttons featuring a picture of Casey dressed as the Pope. And after a speech by another pro-choice supporter from Pennsylvania, DNC supporters actually sent a camera crew in search of Casey in order to humiliate him.

Al Gore called Gov. Casey the next day to apologize.

After the convention, convention organizers tried to say that Casey was not allowed to speak because he did not support the Democratic ticket. By contrast, convention speaker Kathleen Brown had been falsely claimed not to have endorsed the ticket due to bitterness over her brother Jerry Brown‘s losing the nomination, but in actuality Kathleen (along with the other Browns, except for Jerry) had come to support the Clinton ticket prior to the convention.

Several pro-life Democrats such as John Breaux addressed the convention. After the convention, Casey went on vacation rather than campaign for Clinton in Pennsylvania, which was a key swing state. He also refused to say whether he would campaign for the Democratic nominee, though he told the New York Times, “I support the ticket. Period.” Several pro-life Democrats spoke at the convention, but they did not focus their remarks on their opposition to abortion, and the issue was not debated the way that Casey had wanted.

United States Senator Bob Casey, Jr (D-PA), a blatant liar.

Along comes Governor Casey’s son, Bob Casey, Jr, another devout Roman Catholic, and an alumnus of Catholic schools, Scranton Preparatory School, College of the Holy Cross (B.A.) and The Catholic University of America (J.D.), another pro-life Democrat running for office in the Keystone State.  Mr Casey lost the 2002 primary for the gubernatorial nomination to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, but, after two terms as Pennsylvania’s State Auditor General and two years as State Treasurer, he ran in, and won, the 2006 campaign for the United States Senate seat then held by Rick Santorum (R-PA).  In the primary, he faced two challengers, both of whom argued that Mr Casey’s views on abortion and other social issues were too conservative for most of the commonwealth’s Democrats, but he won the nomination easily, and handily defeated Senator Santorum in the general election.  From Wikipedia:

Casey, like his father, is pro-life. He has publicly stated his support for overturning Roe v. Wade. From Casey’s election until Specter’s party switch in April 2009, Pennsylvania had the distinction of being represented in the Senate by a pro-life Democrat and a pro-choice Republican (Arlen Specter).

He supports the Pregnant Women Support Act, legislation that grew out of Democrats for Life of America‘s 95-10 Initiative. The Initiative and the Pregnant Women Support Act seek to reduce the abortion rate by providing support to women in unplanned pregnancies. He expressed support for the confirmation of both John Roberts and Samuel Alito for seats on the Supreme Court of the United States; these judges are believed to be in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. Casey also opposes the funding of embryonic stem-cell research.

Casey voted against barring HHS grants to organizations that provide abortion services, where such services may often not be central to the organization’s chief purpose. Casey also supports over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception, and has voted to overturn the Mexico City policy, which bars the issuance of federal funds to overseas organizations that perform or refer for abortions. The authenticity of Casey’s pro-life commitment has been questioned by some partisan Republican pro-life sources.

In January 2010, a writer for CBN wrote, “I wouldn’t want to be Senator Bob Casey right about now. He is coming under enormous pressure from pro-life groups because they say the ‘Pro-life’ Democratic Senator has not stood strong on the abortion issue during the current healthcare debate.” Casey, according to the CBN writer, had recently gotten “an earful and then some from pro-lifers during a press conference held at the Pennsylvania Capitol.”

Casey received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2011. He voted against defunding Planned Parenthood. Despite giving him a 100% rating, NARAL still considers him “anti-choice” and has not endorsed him.

Well, we have just found out how pro-life Senator Casey really is. The pro-abortion forces introduced S. 1696, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which is designed to eliminate state restrictions on abortion, through the entire nine months of pregnancy. It was in response to restrictions imposed in states like Texas, where abortion clinics are required to meet rigorous safety and health standards. The Texas law1 is designed, unquestionably, to reduce the number of abortion clinics in the Lone Star State, but it was also in response to “Dr” Kermit Gosnell’s little shop of horrors. When it came time to actually vote on S. 1696, the devout Roman Catholic, pro-life Senator Casey, who represents the state in which “Dr” Gosnell was “practicing,” voted for the bill, as did every other Democrat in the Senate.2

With that vote, Senator Casey just told us, through deeds, that his words are nothing but lies. Senator Casey could have attempted to provide some “moderation,” some bit of pro-life sentiment, which he claims to have, by voting against the bill, because, in the end, the bill is both symbolic and meaningless: its chance of passage by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is infinitesimally small.

A confession: in 2004, your Editor voted for Mr Casey, in his campaign for State Treasurer. The office is mostly apolitical, but I thought that the promotion of a pro-life politician in the Democratic Party would be a good thing. Now, ten years later, I have learned a bitter, bitter lesson: there really is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat! It doesn’t matter what they say, it only matters how they actually vote, and Senator Casey has shown that, regardless of his sometimes noble words, he is going to support the most radical pro-abortion legislation that he sees.

It doesn’t matter that Senator Casey claims to be pro-life; he isn’t. It doesn’t matter that Senator Casey will tell you that he is a devout Catholic; he is lying about that, too.

Mary McCarthy famously said of her literary rival, Lillian Hellman, “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.” The same statement would seem to apply to Senator Bob Casey.
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  1. This was the bill that state Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX) famously filibustered, initially winning, but losing when Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) called a special session to reconsider it. Senator Davis, whose term expires after this year, won the Democratic nomination for Governor, but will almost certainly lose the general election, and be out of office.
  2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) actually voted against the bill, but he votes against his party on many bills, not because he disagrees with the legislation, but as a parliamentary maneuver which allows him to change his vote and bring the bill back to the floor for reconsideration.