It is trite but true, that those how fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. This is why we study history: to find clues as to what will or likely will not work in the future.It is therefore disconcerting that President Obama, as he prepares to wage war against the Islamic State seems bent on repeating the two worst mistakes made by President Lyndon Johnson in his conduct of the Vietnam War.Wars need to be waged to win, or not be engaged in at all. When a President wills the outcome, he must will the means. Which is to say, if he want to defeat an enemy he must give his generals the tools and the latitude to get the job done. However, too often civilian leaders fail in this simple recipe, and[...]
(I wrote this on last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It seems just as timely today, on the 13th anniversary.)It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels[...]
K T Cat 9/19/2014 6:28:17 PM While hanging out with my homies downtown at Catholic Charities a while back, I met a homeless man who, while waiting for his turn with us, asked me for a razor. I dug around and found one and brought it out to him. I proceeded to watch him shave dry. No water, no lotion, nothing but zip zap zurp and his two day beard was gone. Since then, my wife bought me a Gillette 5-blade razor and some shaving cream. The razor does a great job, but within 3 shaves, it's gummed up with shaving cream goo no matter how much you clean it. Recalling my homeless friend, I've taken to shaving dry or slightly wet. The shave is just as close and the razor blades last a lot longer.
K T Cat 9/17/2014 7:37:03 PM I've read a bunch of Internet comments and pundits blathering suggesting that if we bomb ISIS, it will become a great recruiting tool for them. Picture that. ISIS using videos of F-18s blasting ISIS vehicles, artillery pieces, infantry and leaders into oblivion with the message, "Join us and die like this"Err, maybe not.On the other hand, Hot Air posted a real, live ISIS recruiting video. It's since been removed from YouTube, but while it was up, I didn't see too many American bombs falling. I did see ISIS guys blowing things up and Americans retreating and vowing not to send in the Army.Not too many people want to join a losing team.
Week Three of a Nine Week Mission, to Seek Out new life for the Senate, to Boldly Go where our nation needs to beFocusing on the Senate races (Republicans need just six seats to oust the Dimbulb from Searchlight, Harry Reid as majority leader, ten to show Obama what the country really thinks of him), is it worth ten bucks a week (1 1/2 lbs. of bacon?) to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?With that in mind, this week we look to the open Senate seat in AR. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Tom Cotton? Real Clear Politics has Cotton up 1.7 points on the average, and rates the state as a toss up.You can contribute to Tom Cotton here. Good luck and Godspeed, Tom (If you mark[...]
By ProofAberdeen, the nation's third largest city, voted to stay 59-41% Glasgow voted to go 55- 43% with a 75% turn out.The "no"s appear to have it overall. Great Britain remains as great as it was yesterday. - Cross posted at Proof Positive
Dear Readers: Some of you may recall I had the pleasure of meeting Illustwriter Bosch Fawstin at the first annual TAMCON in June.Bosch is an outstanding graphic artist. Unlike Legal Insurrections super-talented A.F. Branco, Bosch doesnt do political cartoons so much as super-hero, comic-book inspired work. The basis for his art is the passion derived from being a former Muslim greatly angered by the events of September 11, 2001.Needless to say, DC and Marvel comics wont be picking up his work soon, so check it out HERE.It is my privilege to have him on as a guest with the always amazing Silvio Canto, Jr. on CANTO TALK. I am hitting the podcast waves this Wednesday, Sept. 17th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST with Silvio for a[...]
Dear Readers: Legal Insurrection will be publishing my formal post on TAMCON 2014 tomorrow.In the meantime, I wanted to share some of the great photos and moments I was able to capture at the first meet-up for The Tammy Bruce Show.I was privileged to win the lottery for a select group of TAM Army members to be able to join one of the best and most passionate conservative pundits, along with some of her support staff, for a perfect southern California afternoon of camaraderie for many independent-minded citizen activists and talk show fans.The event wouldn't have been complete without a shameless fan moment at the post-event happy hour.My groupie behavior also including getting pics with Shifra, Ashley and Maynard - mainstays[...]
Doo Doo Econ Thursday, September 11, 2014 11:30 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
September 10th, 2014 in San Diego was an eye opener.The U.S. Department of Defense has given the San Diego Unified School District's police a 14 ton military armored vehicle. As the news became widely available, an elementary school went into lockdown. The timely set of events seemed to justify the acquisition, but it turned out to be an off-campus argument between a mother and her 19 year old son. Fletcher Hills Elementary school parents were terrified when notified that the school had been placed in lockdown. Parents were not subsequently told that their children were available for pickup or that the situation had not been a threat to the school.NBC San Diego:El Cajon Police officers say the[...]
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a misinformed statement about the dangers of bitcoin other cryptocurrencies. The advisory was intended to instill fear and uncertainty about the new form of currency. Some of the inane statements include (italics ours):Exchange rates are volatile and costs unclear (stock market and broker fees? Exchanges typically charge a flat rate 0.2% fee or less, which is as clear as it gets.)Hackers and scammers pose serious security threats: Virtual currencies are targets for highly sophisticated hackers and scammers. Individuals, digital wallet providers, and exchanges are all at risk. (Bitcoin has already been tested and found secure. That is why individual companies like[...]
Stay classy, DemocratsFull text:Hello --I just wanted to send you a note to follow up on some of the messages you've received from us about our new contest. Within the next couple of days, I'm going to actually book the flights for whomever wins this contest and their guest. I'll be able to tell them when they'll leave, where they'll be sitting, and who is going to pick them up from the airport -- and when they'll meet President Obama.I'll take care of everything. All you have to do is enter for your chance to be that person.If you've saved your payment information, your donation will go through immediately.QUICK DONATE: $3QUICK DONATE: $10QUICK DONATE: $25QUICK DONATE: $50QUICK DONATE: $100Or donate another amount.I love[...]
W.C. Varones 9/3/2014 5:52:02 AM News from the last community that Obama reorganized:U.S. officials fear Islamic militants have stolen nearly a dozen commercial planes in Libya which could be used to carry out 9/11-style terrorist attacks in the region.Eleven commercial jets operated by two state-owned airlines went missing last month, after militant group Libyan Dawn overtook the international airport in the capital city of Tripoli. In the past two weeks, the U.S. government has been issuing warnings about the deteriorating state in Libya, drawing attention to the fact that the planes could be used in attacks to mark the anniversary of 9/11 later this month, sources who read the briefs told the Washington Free-Beacon.Thanks, Obama, for bombing Libya into[...]
I live in the Bay Park area of San Diego as many of you know. During the Council District 2 race, I became aware of a controversy regarding a change to height limits to buildings along Morena Blvd, which runs north-south in parallel with I-5 on the west side of Mission Bay. Since both main candidates opposed the changes, I figured this was a dead on arrival proposal and didn't think much more about it. However, I continue to see homemade signs and professional yard signs in my neighborhood, which piqued my interest. Here is the issue in a nutshell: In order to meet SB 375 targets to reduce per capita emissions from vehicles, the city planners are proposing to build high density, six story condominiums[...]
San Diego's 10News is reporting that a campaign to repeal an expected rise in the minimum wage is being organized by the San Diego Small Business Coalition. (I urge you to "like" their Facebook page.)San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed the measure, but the San Diego City Council is expected to override it. If that happens, Jason Roe, spokesman for the San Diego Small Business Coalition, says he has already begun to fundraise and has "substantial commitments from small businesses." Roe says the group is ready to launch a ballot drive to repeal the hike. Some 34,000 signatures must be gathered in a month to get it on the ballot in June 2016.Meanwhile Council President Todd Gloria is already asking people not to sign the[...]
The most shocking part of the stories out of Ferguson is the photos and realization that the Ferguson and state police are armed to the teeth. If this doesnt seem like an overreaction to the situation at hand I dont know what does. Most telling is the fact that the law enforcement in the state feel like they need to bring out all of their war toys.Since 1997 the DoD has been shuffling through the Department of Homeland Security all of their excess hardware such as armored vehicles, assault weapons and even helicopters. So is it any wonder that the cops are now acting like the military? And how far do we need to go before losing our liberty is more important than our perceived security? I know if I live in Ferguson, MO I dont[...]
We are in the midst of the largest invasion on our borders than we have ever seen in this country. We have masses of children, adults, and gang members arriving at our borders every day. This is seemingly a problem that the California ruling elite and Washington DC ruling elite are unprepared to solve. As far back as January of 2014 we know that the Administration (DHS) was asking people to apply for jobs as escorts for the illegal minors coming to our shores. We have all seen the protests happening across the country on the news but what they arent telling you is why the communities are protesting beyond the fact that the Administration and the people coming here are illegal aliens. And yes Mr. President we are a[...]
Want to know how to goon up a perfectly good win-win situation for all participating parties? You get the federal government involved, thats how.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now be regulating the spent grains from the brewing process because of pet food or something.For centuries, brewers have given or sold the leftover grain from the brewing process to local ranchers and dairy farmers for cattle feed. But new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to end that relationship. "The whole brewing community was shocked about it," said Josh Deth, co-owner of Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Ill. Deth, whose title is "Chairman of the Party," says it's always been a great deal[...]
.At a Rose Garden presser yesterday, heres the winner of the Washington Posts Lie of the Year do a victory lap in claiming that the administration met its goal of signing up 7 million enrollees for the federal healthcare law (aka "ObamaCare) by the March 31st deadline.Of course, the administration that lied about being able to keep your plan and lied about being able to keep your doctor offers up no substantive data regarding this 7 million figure. So, go ahead and spike the football, Preezy, we know youre full of it.The administration that from October 1st right up until yesterday was purposely vague as to the number of enrollees suddenly got purposely specific on the day after the sign-up deadline. Weird. Forgive our[...]
This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site. One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]
First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs. Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]
If I have to pull one more person off the ledge today Im going to start pushing. Honestly, people I thought we were all about strength and American Values...why is everyone acting like they got kicked in the balls?We, as Americans, collectively let Progressivism fester for over a century...and the chickens have come home to roost. Did anyone really think we would make up all that lost ground in four years? Wake-up call: its going to take generationsSo do what Progressives have done forever, get back on the damn horse and start infiltrating our schools, government, media and pop culture trends. Sidebar: you selfish isolationists who are home schooling because you dont want to have to deal with socialist[...]
Its not every day a spaceship rolls down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Southwest Los Angels.In fact, it only happens once in a lifetime.About 12:30pm yesterday I decided that my kids could not miss the one and only chance to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor travel through the streets of LA to its final home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Without my husband (who was working), I grabbed my 4 and 6 year-olds, printed a map of the route, turned on KFIAM 640 in Los Angeles and headed into the great unknown...as Ive never explored that region East of USC (I lived in Long Beach for 15 years before becoming a country girl). As we exited off the 110 onto Vernon to feel our way parallel to[...]