Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Frances Rice
Political satirists can use one cartoon to send a message more powerfully than a thousand words.
Yeah, right. With the latest U.N. confab scheduled to begin in Paris on Monday, global warming hysteria is being hyped by governments around the world. Reality, though, tends to intrude, as it did in Paris just a week or two ago. Between bullets and bombs on one hand, and the theoretical prospect of a one degree increase in average world temperatures on the other, which would bring us closer to the mean over the last 10,000 years, most people don’t hesitate. Michael Ramirez illustrates the point. Click to enlarge:
Most people understand that government exists to protect us from the actions of criminals and mass murderers like today’s Islamic extremists, not to try (futilely) to fine-tune the weather. Thus, no one expects anything from next week’s Paris conclave other than the enrichment of activists with seemingly unlimited access to government money.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
November 27, 2014
Pardoned White House Turkey Defects To ISIS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior U.S. officials are literally calling “fowl” after the Thanksgiving turkey pardoned by President Obama publicly defected to the Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS.
Popcorn the Turkey, now calling himself Babakurn al-Turki, was pardoned from the dinner table only yesterday by President Obama in a public ceremony at the White House. Normally the pardoned bird is sent along with its competitor to live out its remaining days at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill in Leesburg, Virginia.
However, U.S. officials have now admitted that al-Turki instead hijacked an Osprey out of Andrews Air Force Base in nearby Maryland and flew like a bat out of hell to Syria.
A group of senior intelligence officials and ornithologists with birds-eye surveillance of the war-torn country have suggested he is nesting in Raqqah or across the northern border in another neighboring country.
Al-Turki, who was originally raised as an animist before converting to Islam, has already appeared in several propaganda clips and tweets for ISIS, gobbling anti-American rhetoric and leaving furious American officials grousing.
Trey Nahas, a counter-terrorism expert at the Rand Corporation, explained that al-Turki’s defection violated the cardinal rule for anyone receiving a presidential pardon, namely not to commit any further crimes.
Nahas said it was unclear if al-Turki, raised in a bubble of protected affluence in Oakwood, Ohio, became radicalized on internet forums like countless other disaffected foreigners who have flocked to ISIS, or later during his detention in the controversial poultry farm at Guantanamo Bay.
In either case, according to Nahas, the end result was the same: “the U.S. not only released a dangerous terrorist back into the wild, but it has also given ISIS something to crow about on social media.”
Calling it the classic case of the chickens come home to roast, FBI Director James Comey has admitted that al-Turki was already a known flight risk when he received his pardon. He had several suspected handlers known to support radical Islam and ISIS, although al-Turki managed to duck any formal charges.
Comey added that the FBI has launched its own investigation into the government’s handling of al-Turki prior to his release, saying it may be the canary in the coal mine for future detainee defections. However, several investigators privately told Duffel Blog that the findings would be delayed until after Black Friday to avoid ruffling the feathers of any major retailers.
While Comey said U.S. intelligence was still unsure where exactly al-Turki now stood in the ISIS pecking order, he insisted that the turkey would ultimately be more of a burden than an asset to the group.
“He’s too high profile now to operate anywhere clandestinely, he’s always going to be an albatross around their neck,” Comey explained. “I’m not exaggerating when I say his goose is cooked.”
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) of the House Armed Services Committee has already demanded to know “which birdbrain in the Secret Service” allowed such a dangerous avian to be that close to the president, and said that image “should give all of us goosebumps.”
The Wall Street Journal published its own editorial complaining that Al-Turki’s defection is “just one more feather in the cap of ISIS. Not only did this bird strut around the White House like he was cock of the walk, but as soon as he’s pardoned he flies the coop to join ISIS of all groups. What was our lame duck president thinking?”
Ironically, some news reports are circulating that, after being accused by ISIS of being a double-agent for the Mossad or CIA, al-Turki may end up getting beheaded anyway.
Duffel Blog writer Dark Laughter contributed to this article.
The Opinion Pages | Op-Ed Columnist
King Kevin Versus Queen Cersei
by Maureen Dowd
NOV. 26, 2015
For Thanksgiving, Is the GOP Down to Three with the Rest Turkeys?
That doesn't mean that several of these people aren't worthy. Carly Fiorina especially has shown herself to be ready for an important position in anybody's cabinet. And I wouldn't mind seeing Chris Christie as attorney general.
TRIGGER WARNING: I am going to write something that may get partisans of the latter two really upset. Despite the fact Cruz and Rubio are engaged in their own food fight (more of that in a moment), there's not a huge difference between the two men about the most important thing -- how they would be as president. In my estimation, they'd both be pretty damn good. They are two really smart guys, excellent communicators (far better than anything the GOP has had since Reagan) and relatively similar in their politics. I've had the pleasure, honor, whatever you want to call it, of meeting both men and we'd be unbelievably lucky to have either -- or both, if they decided to run together.
As for Donald, that's more mysterious. It's hard to get a handle of exactly how he'd be as president but in truth -- call me Pollyanna -- I don't fear a Trump presidency, no matter what outlandish things The Donald says (well, almost). Most of the more extreme stuff is pose and he'd certainly be the most entertaining person we've had in the White House in our lifetimes. And considering what's been going on lately, we certainly could use it.
But most of all, and here I'm repeating myself from numerous posts, it's the general election I focus on. This Thanksgiving, and doubtless until Election Day, I am first and foremost a Vince Lombardi voter: "Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing."
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Perryman also wrote a book “Whites, Blacks and Racist Democrats: The Untold Story of Race & Politics Within the Democratic Party from 1792-2009.”
The Opinion Pages | Editorial
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
The overwhelming weight of the evidence argues for rescinding the honor that the university bestowed decades ago on an unrepentant racist.