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MARIZELA PEREZ IS STILL MISSING: For the latest news on the search for this young lady, please visit the special website that has been set-up: FindMarizela.com. Her cousin, Michelle Malkin has more pictures of her here.
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Over at the Conservative Hideout, Matt Ross is keeping track of Racial Violence in America.
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Liam Fisher offers some very sage advice:
Exercise your grace or Satan will exercise your corruption.
— Liam Fisher (@liamkfisher) March 8, 2014
Evil is always willing to run the distance if no roadblocks are put in it’s foul way.
I think it’s very important to remember the words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn regarding The Battle Against Evil:
If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.
Socrates taught us: “Know thyself.”
From good to evil is one quaver, says the proverb.
And correspondingly, from evil to good.
—The Gulag Archipelago, Part I, Chapter 4
The War we are engaged in is a series of battles against an Axis that is composed of External and Internal Enemies.
The Left, the personification of Evil in the World, is relentless and never rests. And the Fallen Nature of Man makes it easy for us lazily lapse into dark thinking.
This is why we must always be on guard. The term ‘Treason From Within’ has a duel meaning.
We are the Guardians of Good.
And it is why we must always be of good cheer, because Evil can be defeated.
We on the Right tsk a lot about the left’s apparent ignorance of the Law of Unintended Consequences.
Except we’re the fools who persist in believing that our political opponents are well-meaning if misguided individuals, and that the catastrophic “consequences” of their actions are all “unintended.”
If you don’t believe gay activists intended all along to destroy marriage and the family; to proudly, publicly violate laws with impunity while persecuting “homophobic” bumpkins who refuse to submit to their increasingly absurd demands; to adopt fascist techniques to acquire imaginary “rights;” to have their cake, eat it too, and force you to bake it, or else — you haven’t been paying attention to the clues.
‘By any means necessary’ is the guiding principle of the Left. And it is imperative that all of us [TCOTS regulars and a few others on the Right excluded] understand that the Left means it when they say they will do whatever it takes to achieve their ends and, more importantly, that they will, and do, act accordingly.
The Left is the Enemy.
The Left is Evil.
And, if you do not recognize these Truths, you are nothing but a Useful Idiot [yeah, I said it].
UPDATE at 1513…
Starless is dead solid perfect in the Comments section:
One thing which drives me absolutely crazy is that, on this subject in particular, there are many on the Right — genuinely smart people, even — who are willing to concede that we have always been at war with Eastasia. They are willing to completely ignore the fact that prior to George W. Bush taking office, the same gay activists and Progressives who now insist that the fight for gay marriage is morally equivalent to the fight for black civil rights spent decades purposely degrading marriage — not just heterosexual marriage, but the entire institution itself. They’ve apparently forgotten all of the morally superior and browbeating lectures they heard (which I, and probably you, also heard) about how marriage is the height of hypocrisy and, most especially, about how non-traditional “life partner” living-in-sin relationships are, in fact, more legitimate than traditional marriages because they stick together without having to have society’s approval and some foolish piece of paper.
And let’s not forget about popular culture, which constantly shook its figure at us (and continues to do so), pointing to divorce rates to prove how hypocritical traditional marriage is and then, instead of trying to resolve that supposed hypocrisy by encouraging faithfulness, did everything it could to portray infidelity as, at worst, morally ambiguous or, at best, cool.
Worse than this apparent collective amnesia, though, are assclowns like Roger L. Simon who insist that we should unilaterally disarm and surrender because, obviously gay marriage has become so popular and American public opinion has turned in its favor. So, a handful of states (with some assists from politically sympathetic judges) make gay marriage legal while, in recent memory, 30 states have enshrined heterosexual marriage in their constitutions, so then we should declare the gay marriage tyrants the winners of the marriage popularity contest and quietly go home? Huh?
I would really like to hear some of these people on the Right explain these obvious discontinuities to me, but I’m not naive enough (any more) to expect that they ever will, though I do expect that they’d gladly explain to me, ever so politely, how much of a bigot I am for pointing them out.
The tactics of the Homosexual Cell of the Left In America have changed, but the goal remains the same: to destroy, utterly, the institutions of The West that made it the envy of all of Mankind and that lifted the world out of it’s Barbarism.
I’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt
So sexy it hurts.
And I’m too sexy for Ukraine, too sexy for Ukraine
Moscow and Peking
And I’m too sexy for your party
Too sexy for your party
No way I’m disco dancing
I’m a model, you know what I mean….
Oh yeah…we know too well, Clyde.
There is a temptation among Human Beings, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, to believe that those who oppose us, even everything we stand for, have a redeeming quality or two.
That is why it is important that people like JustTurnRight remind us periodically that some enemies actually are lacking in the possession of any positive qualities.
In a post entitled: FLASHBACK: Obama is “just too talented to do what ordinary people do”, JTR posts this telling comment made by the fictional character known as ‘Barack Hussein Obama’* back in 2006 [tip of the fedora to Mike G]:
I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.
Of course, as JustTurnRight also reminds us, ‘Obama’ has his enablers, such as power-behind-the-throne Valerie ‘Beria’ Jarrett, who said of her meal ticket:
I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is…. He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is.
And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually….
So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy…. He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.
This fraud is not worth knowing, not worth dealing with, and, in a sane world, would have been ignored and now forgotten.
‘Barack Hussein Obama’ is a fictional character
created by David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett,
Bill Ayers, Barry Soetero, etc…
…It is possible to summarize our problem in two words: Cultural Decadence.
Simply put, a majority of the American people have become degenerates, and have been swept up in the general decline in virtue, a dangerous trend that our cultural elite have actively encouraged. A wise people never would have elected Barack Obama president, and a moral people never would have re-elected him.
We cannot ignore this. Living under a democratic form of government means that the morality of the people is implicated in their political choices. If we have a corrupt government, this is only possible because the people themselves have become corrupted.
And we have.
With Leftist Thinking.
Guest post by The Reverend David R. Graham, A.M.D.G…
Is it not deliciously ironic that, while fascist politicians and bureaucrats — and their jihadi counterparts in a parallel absolutism — dream of global hegemony, the world is decentralizing and diversifying?
[Please check out The Rev's fine blog Theological Geography.]
[Note from Bob: This essay by Adobe Walls is rather long and he has suggested we split it into four parts (Part 1 may be found here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here.). Each morning at this time, another part will be posted.]
Re-Redesigning The System
by ADOBE WALLS
Rule of Law
Obviously any president elected on the promise to defend the constitution and faithfully execute the laws would, upon taking office, immediately rescind all of the executive modifications made to Obamacare. No exemption for congress and it’s staff, no waivers for unions and other favored groups and no subsidies or employer mandate in states that haven’t created a state exchange. Taking such action however unpopular in some circles would demonstrate fidelity to the rule of law. It would also insure a speedy repeal of Obamacare. Many of the twenty something changes to the healthcare law were made via emails or press release without even an executives order.
Speaking of executive orders, what the hell! It appears that the legitimacy of executive orders or at least the extensive use of them is based on the fact that presidents have been issuing them like, for a really long time. Once again what the hell! Given their questionable parentage one could argue that executive orders could not be used by a principled constitutional president. I’d argue it is perfectly acceptable to use executive orders to rescind previous executive orders. Therefore any previous order rescinded by president Hardass would halt any and all regulations or other actions based on the rescinded order. The exceptions would be those orders that subsequently were modified or augmented by legislation. An example would JFK’s executive order allowing federal workers to unionize. Since that order congress has passed legislation dealing with federal employee unions thus making it unclear what rescinding JFK’s original executive order would do. Rescind it anyway see what happens. Rescind all of Obama’s executive orders moments after taking the oath of office. Then somewhat more judiciously start rescinding all the preceding presidents’ orders.
Shermanizing and the dismantling the fourth branch regulatory state would largely free our economy. Drastically reducing the hours and money squandered complying would allowing businesses to concentrate on productive endeavors. Utilizing our ample energy reserves would also give a big boost to our economy as well as our national security. Lower energy prices along with changing the law to allow us to export unrefined oil and gas would diminish the power of our adversaries such as Russia and Iran. George W Bush expanded federal lands and waters available for energy exploitation. Unfortunately he waited until gas prices were skyrocketing and even worse he waited until near the end of his second term. This made it much easier for Obama to stop this expansion. Obviously approving the Keystone Pipeline would be an inauguration day executive order.
The second most important economic action would be tax reform. This would require congressional action and one primary reason it is an absolute imperative is that the tax code is arguably the most important tool of crony capitalism.
The only legitimate use of taxing power is to fund the necessary and proper functions of government. The temptation to use the tax code for social and economic engineering is apparently irresistible; small wonder given lobbyists economic power.
Without the massive and massively corrupt fourth branch and the equally corrupt tax regime the jackbooted thugs have little to enforce and the left would have little use for them. This admittedly incomplete list of relief measures would be merely the beginning and that is what this little story is about. I say story because alas that’s all it is. A fantasy or perhaps fairy tale. There is no “Ruthless Hardass” on our horizon about to run for president and if there were he or she wouldn’t get the nomination of any party let alone win the election. Nor are there any running for any other elected offices. In short there is no reasonable belief that the ballot box is the route to our national salvation.
So what is to be done, some sort of uprising, “let it burn” or “burn it (the system) to the ground”?
Something to ponder for the future perhaps.
Angelo Codevilla is one of the few prominent conservatives who ‘gets it’, who understands that the fundamental transformation of America not only began long ago, but is, in fact, nearing completion.
In a post recently over at Liberty Law, he demonstrates this fact using the best example possible: the fate of The Constitution.
This is worth quoting in full [images inserted by me]:
Replacing the US Constitution of 1787 began in the 1930s, slowly and imperceptibly, always with bipartisan support. Now it rushes to completion, unmistakably. Democrat President Barack Obama’s proclamation: “I can do anything I want,” only exaggerated the reality of the 2014 constitution, which the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives re-confirmed quickly by effectively tossing yet one more part of the 1787 Constitution onto the dead-letter pile — the provision that the US government may borrow money only as authorized by law. In short, simply by ignoring the Constitution, our ruling class is imposing a new one on us. Insofar as we suffer it, we deserve it.
The new constitution is best understood by asking, in the light of the many new powers that a Democrat president has asserted and to which the Republican leadership has assented, what may the president of the United States NOT do, so long as at least one third of the Senate protects him from being removed from office. The answer is: “not much.” This amounts to a not-so-constitutional monarchy in which the king rules unless and until he is replaced by another, just like him.
Quite simply, our ruling class behaves as if the Constitution of 1787 no longer exists, and as if the words of laws merely authorize the powerful to “do anything I want.” Thus in 2013 no one took seriously the fact that, no annual appropriations bill having been enacted, the US government had run out of lawful authority to do anything at all — not to collect taxes, to run courts or prisons, to fly airplanes, or to guard the White House. Instead, the ensuing “government shut down” ended up as a demonstration that the government could do whatever it wanted regardless of law with thin pretense about what it was doing.
Although the lack of lawful funds was due to the President’s refusal to accept any “continuing resolution” that did not include Obamacare, the ruling class — the Republican wing thereof very much included — blamed Republicans for that lack. Then, the government drew on money and authority that it did not have, and used it to inconvenience the public while blaming Republicans for those inconveniences. Meanwhile, taxes were collected, the White House was guarded, and the government did what it wanted as if no appropriations were needed to do it. All in the name of the rule of law.
This mockery had become possible because of an earlier one. As I have shown in this space, the bipartisan practice of consolidating all yearly appropriations into a single “omnibus” or “continuing” or “budget” bill makes a cruel joke out of mankind’s bottom-line safeguard of liberty, namely that government gets to spend only such money as may be voted by the people’s representatives. (In America, that means Art. I Sect. 9 of the Constitution of 1787). But these single spending bills force the people to choose between no government at all or one that is precisely as defined behind closed doors by whatever members of the ruling class are behind those doors. The Republicans just vie for a piece of the corrupt action.
President Obama has extended the mockery of our nominal Constitution to all other laws as well. Article II, which is the sole lawful source of his powers, requires to him to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But Obama, routinely and on principle, has chosen which laws or parts of laws he supports or opposes. This is the heart of the constitution of 2014.
It happens that the laws he has chosen for this treatment are important in themselves. The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, for example, had resulted from a major national dialogue on a matter fundamental to all. Obama took it upon himself to undo it, contrary to his Constitutional duty to uphold it. The 2010 Obamacare law had gained enough support to pass — though ever so barely — by awarding and imposing certain privileges and penalties. Since its passage though, Obama has simply enforced and non-enforced privileges and penalties substantially different from those that are in the law that is on the books.
But these laws’ substantive importance pales in comparison with the principle: the President of the United States now quite simply rules as pleases him and his supporters.
Now, nothing stops any president from decreeing that Congress must pass higher taxes or borrow more to fund, for example, the bailout of the health insurance industry. And if any elected representatives refuse, he can threaten to blame them for shutting down the government, confident that Republican leaders will, once again, blame whomever refuses to bend to the new constitution.
This Progressive constitution has long been gestating within our ruling class’s habits. Increasingly since the 1930s, our lives have been run by administrative agencies that make, administer, and apply regulations as they see fit rather than by laws that Congress passes, that the President administers, and that only courts and juries may force onto individuals. The Supreme Court has shaved away to nothing the distinction between law and administrative decree. Today’s so-called laws are in fact grants of power to bureaucracies. Thus when Nancy Pelosi famously said of the Obamacare bill that it had to become law (and hence turned over to the administrative process) before anyone could know what was in it, she was telling the truth about a bipartisan reality by then of long standing.
Note above all the thunderous silence of the Republican leadership, as it facilitates this process and looks forward to filling the shoes that they have helped Obama to expand. If the American people are to be spared the constitution of 2014, it will not be with the help of Republican leaders.
Thomas Jefferson wrote thus in a July 1816 letter to Samuel Kercheval:
Where then is our republicanism to be found? Not in our constitution certainly, but merely in the spirit of our people. That would oblige even a despot to govern us republicanly. Owing to this spirit, and to nothing in the form of our constitution, all things have gone well. But this fact… is not the fruit of our constitution… Our functionaries have done well, because generally honest men. If any were not so, they feared to show it.
Unless “the spirit of our people” manages to put some honest fear into the hearts of both parties’ functionaries, we will deserve the constitution of 2014.
It is with his last sentence that I must disagree: we do, indeed, deserve the Constitution Of 2014. We deserve to be subject to it — good and hard — because we have failed to be the kind of Americans The Founders hoped we would be.
A constitutional republic can only be maintained if enough of the people within it pull guard duty to protect the freedom and liberties and culture it’s constitution was created to shield from the foul intentions of those who would see all freemen enslaved, all liberties crushed, and the culture riddled with corruptions and perverted.
We failed and now we find ourselves living under Tyrants that have gained Power And Control in our governments at all levels.
As Penance — that is, if we can overcome the urge to wallow in our deserved misery and seek to do nothing but selfishly ‘survive’ — we have no choice but to pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor to the task of restoring The American Republic.
What shape that restored Republic will take and what measures we will be required to employ to carry out the task or achieving our ends, we cannot possibly divine at this time. But we have to be prepared mentally to act and do whatever is necessary to see that freedom and liberty survive. And this requires that we individually study History and the thinking of our enemies and the thinking that animated The Founding Fathers. We must seek to become Virtuous. And, perhaps most importantly, we must yield to the wisdom of the Supreme Legislator Of The Universe.
[Note from Bob: This essay by Adobe Walls is rather long and he has suggested we split it into four parts (Part 1 may be found here, Part 2 here.). Each morning at this time, another part will be posted.]
Re-Redesigning The System
by ADOBE WALLS
Concurrently with ferreting out nefarious leftists within government we must undermine the fourth branch’s support from it’s NGO allies.
The first step would be to stop disbursing grant money entirely. After a cursory review of grant recipients it could quickly be determined which organizations should be permanently excluded. For instance after congress banned funding for Acorn. Many Acorn “cells” simply renamed themselves and continued receiving grants using the same tax ID number as before. No doubt some collusion with fourth branch operatives was involved. This clearly violates the intent of congress and it would have been fairly easy to identify the groups using Acorn tax ID numbers as ineligible for federal funding. Refuse grants to any NGO that has sued the government by simply determining that for whatever reason they don’t meet the criteria. The proper purpose of grants is not to launder tax dollars through NGOs in order to finance the parts of the left’s agenda it can’t get passed by congress. If the Sierra Club and other groups don’t like it they can sue. Let them sue for survival rather than the agenda. This brings us to the second step.
…A little known US law called the Equal Access to Justice Act, signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, allows the groups to use lawsuits against government as revenue sources. When they sue, the government has to incur the costs of defending itself against the lawsuits, and also picks up the expenses for the groups suing the government. No one even keeps track of how much money the government has ended up spending on such lawsuits.
The intent of this law was to allow individuals or small groups the ability to use the courts to defend themselves against big government. It was not intended to bankroll already well-funded NGOs in their efforts to circumvent the congress in tandem with the fourth branch. Simply determine that paying the left outside of government to sue the left inside of government violates the law and cease paying NGO legal bills. Once again if the NGOs don’t like it they can sue. Once the relationship between these leftist groups and the government becomes actually adversarial as opposed to only theoretically adversarial perhaps some of the ardor of their romance will dim. At a minimum it would tie up resources otherwise spent crushing our liberties and prosperity.
Obviously all of the above would have the leftist media (which is almost all of the media) howling. This brings us to managing the narrative.
As reported by John Roberts at FoxNews.com on January 22, 2014:
Newly disclosed emails suggest senior policy officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups are working closely to kill the Keystone XL pipeline, critics say. …EELI senior legal fellow Chris Horner told Fox News that as a government agency, EPA couldn’t be seen as overtly trying to kill Keystone, but was reaching out to environmental groups for other ideas on how to do it.
The emails were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. In one communication, Lena Moffit of the Sierra Club wrote to three senior policy staffers at the EPA, including Michael Goo, who was then the associate administrator for policy.
This story was covered by conservative media and on numerous blogs such as The Federalist: ”How the EPA Helps Environmental Groups Sue the EPA” by Josiah Neeley February 6, 2014 and Ace at AoSHQ: “Despite Agency Denials, Emails Show EPA Coordinated With Left-Wing Political Groups to Pressure Energy Companies; EPA Head Dodges Questions”. This news was only pried loose by a FOIA request and like all of the scandalous outrages since 2008 received little mainstream media coverage.
But what if this news had broken via a White House press release accompanying protestations that lawless corruption such as this (and illegal corruption is what it is) will no longer be tolerated? Merely protecting the environment long ago ceased being the EPA’s true agenda but most of the American public doesn’t even suspect this. If one suggests abolishing the EPA most people are aghast, envisioning rivers choked with sludge and the air nearly a solid made of toxic particles. Abolishing the Department of Education strikes many as some insane plan to end public education entirely. This is because most Americans are low or no information voters if they vote at all. The so called “press” is largely responsible for this. As they obfuscate and rail about the Hardass administration’s reforms a daily release of leaks and where possible formal charges against the depredations of the fourth branch’s bureaucrats must be the response. Throwing open the windows into the thoroughly corrupt soul of the fourth branch would outrage many who are currently clueless.
The EPA issues nearly 3,000 administrative compliance orders a year that call on alleged violators of environmental laws. …The EPA asserts that the finding of violation triggering a compliance order are not appealable to the courts until and unless the EPA first sues the property owner.
This is outrageous as is the EPAs assertion that it has the authority to declare every mud puddle in the country a wetland.
According to the EPA, compliance orders serve as the beginning of the conversation between the Agency and a violator, and are intended to incite voluntary corrective action….
In other words if the subjects of these orders are allowed to seek justice they might not voluntarily submit to outrageous violations of their property rights. No doubt many of these orders deal with actual violations of the Clean Water Act and the regulations pursuant to its enforcement as authorized by congress. Many however are blatant fourth branch overreach and abuse of authority. For all intents and purposes a regulation that empowers an enforcement agency to deprive us of our property (fines and of denial of our right to use private property) is a law. The notion that only the enforcement agency has the right to due process is preposterous on its face. How many Americans are aware how pervasive this abuse is? Even those who have no property bristle at the idea that what they could have isn’t really theirs to use. Most Americans have no idea this is possible until it happens to them.
As Mark Steyn wrote:
For more and more Americans, law has been supplanted by “regulation” – a governing set of rules not legislated by representatives accountable to the people, but invented by an activist bureaucracy, much of which is well to the left of either political party. As the newspapers blandly reported in 2010, the bureaucrats weren’t terribly bothered about whether Congress would pass a cap-and-trade mega-bill into law because, if faint-hearted Dems lose their nerve, the EPA will just “raise” “standards” all by itself.
Where do you go to vote out the EPA?
The answer to that question is you go to the polls and elect hardasses with a ruthless, brutal if necessary dedication to the task at hand. Jazz Shaw tweeted:
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) February 21, 2014
How many of those hours are spent avoiding capricious administrative compliance orders and the fines that accompany them without recourse to due process? How many Americans know that?
The reason most Americans don’t know how abused their fellows are, is because that’s how the left and it’s allied media want it. Most Republicans simply don’t care or at least don’t care enough to buck the system. Even those who do care are barely heard and even less successful. How many of Senator Coburn’s reports on government waste actually resulted in effective action to put a stop to that waste? The Republican establishment aspires to run the redesigned system more efficiently not reform it and end the abuse. The Energy and Environment Legal Institute and other conservative, liberty oriented NGOs are attempting to curb abuse of authority by the fourth branch. They receive far too little attention or funding to be significantly effective.
Conservatives also could do better choosing what and how they cover. A ten year old girl forced to close a lemonade stand receives more conservative media, social media and blog coverage than a home owner savaged by the EPA. A person who remedies their poorly draining property in order to build their dream home can be forced to “restore” a three inch deep puddle and then spend their savings to install plants that may not have been growing there in the first place. As a result most who are suffering these outrageous abuses are not aware how common their plight is. This lack of knowledge prevents them seeking redress and support from those similarly being abused. Most who suffer these regulatory calamities don’t fight the system; they are far too intimidated by the officious bureaucrats and the jackboots just around the corner ready to back them up.
Most don’t find out how or who could help defend them from the fourth branch until after it’s too late. In part this is because they’d never heard anything at all about those who’ve experienced this abuse before them. Why this is so now is already known but what if the White House itself were diligently and loudly bringing this lawless abuse to the public’s attention? The left media would have to cover this even if only to try and spin it as an assault on the only progress made since the dawn of time. Their only other option would be sit quietly while the Hardass administration eviscerated the fourth branch. They simply couldn’t do that; not responding to the daily outrage press releases is simply beyond their powers of self-discipline. The media’s credibility has been falling for decades and this trend has accelerated the past few years. Of necessity the media’s credibility will have plummeted further by opposing the election of President Hardass.
In addition there are other ways to communicate. The Obama White House has developed an extensive and at least somewhat effective social media network. This network spans across the entirety of both the executive and fourth branches of government. A new president would inherit this asset. The left can’t take it with them when they leave. Even their contact lists will remain, if they delete them they can be prosecuted for destroying government records.
Her cousin, Michelle Malkin:
Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the beginning of the Lenten season, when Catholics decide to give something up during this annual period of self-examination and self-denial.
Today, however, is a day for me to talk about the things I will not give up on. It’s the three-year anniversary of the disappearance of my cousin Marizela Perez — “Emem” or “Mei” to her loved ones. She walked out of a Safeway grocery store on the University of Washington campus in Seattle on March 5, 2011 and hasn’t been seen since.
I haven’t given up hope that she may still be alive.
I haven’t given up hope that she will be reunited safe and sound with her parents, Edgar and Jasmin.
I haven’t given up hope that somebody, somewhere, knows something that will help locate her and will finally come forward.
More information on what the young lady looks like and where and when she was last seen may be found here.
If you’re the praying kind…well, you know…
Really…what is there left to say about the embarrassingly disgusting and horridly feckless performance of the Obama Regime in the matter of Russia’s aggressions against the sovereign nation of Ukraine?
What we are seeing is the inevitable result of entrusting Leftists with control over our national security.
If the GOP Leadership in the Congress do not — finally — see that it is imperative for the security of The United States that ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ be removed from office then they must be made to realize that they, along with the Democrats, will soon have the blood of innocents on their hands. Of course, the chances are extremely slim that the GOP Leadership will do the Right thing.
I can offer no succor or words of encouragement. Not only is the World a very dangerous place, but so is America.
I can only urge that you Never Despair because there is a God…and He is just.
Oh, Western freedom-loving “left-wing” thinkers! Oh, left-wing labourists! Oh, American, German and French progressive students! All of this is still not enough for you. The whole book has been useless for you. You will understand everything immediately, when you yourself — “hands behind the back” — toddle into our Archipelago.
[Note from Bob: This essay by Adobe Walls is rather long and he has suggested we split it into four parts (Part 1 may be found here.). Each morning at this time, another part will be posted.]
Re-Redesigning The System
by ADOBE WALLS
So how do we shermanize the regulatory departments and agencies i.e. the extra-constitutional Fourth Branch of the federal government? While far from easy it would be fairly straight forward. Could this be accomplished without violating the constitution or the oath to see to it that the laws are faithfully executed? While “faithfully executing laws” has become a fairly elastic concept of late, following the law and constitution as written is the heart of the solution. Exceeding statutory authority (see Bruce J. Abramski v. United States (ATF) case pending) is a major part of the problems emanating from the fourth branch. Shermanizing the rogue departments and agencies may require some creative interpretations of the rules about how the “rules” are made regarding regulatory infractions by government or their allied NGO workers. Far less abuse than is currently used designing and enforcing the regulatory regime would be required. What is required however, is a president and some congressional leaders who have a ruthless, even brutal if necessary, dedication to the task at hand.
The plan for shermanizing the regulators relies in large part on the various Inspectors General within the fourth branch of government and is based on the following premise. The political left in general and leftists in particular are, with few exceptions amoral; when not immoral corruptible; when not already corrupt unscrupulous; and the only principle they believe in is the end justifies the means. While anyone may be corrupted by power, leftists seek power because they are corrupt. If the above isn’t true then certainly I and probably many others on the right politically, owe someone an apology, but I doubt it.
The first step is to elect the aforementioned “hardasses” to the key positions in Congress and obviously the White House. Minimally comfortable majorities rather than overwhelming majorities would be necessary in congress. As Harry Reid (US Senate majority leader) and to a lesser extent John Boehner (Speaker of the House) have shown since 2010 controlling what gets voted on is the next best thing to “having the votes” for determining the legislative agenda. As the House and Senate “leaders” are selected by their respective institutions rather than the voters, getting the right people in these positions is potentially more problematic than getting the right person in the WH. If not whole hearted support, refraining from active opposition from leadership would suffice as this scenario assumes congressional majorities from the same party as President Ruthless Hardass. It’s unlikely congress would thwart the new president from their own party particularly at the start of his or her administration.
Upon taking office the new president needs to start the “reform” process, institute measures to insure “accountability, transparency, fairness” (always a crowd pleaser), and end “bureaucratic overreach” etc. and get the IGs investigating….what?
Our second premise is based on our first premise. If leftists have thoroughly infested the fourth branch then by their very nature they are incapable of not violating rules and regulations, if not criminal and civil law respecting the formulation and enforcement of agency regulations. For a particularly egregious example take the case of former EPA head Lisa Jackson who used private email accounts with assumed names to avoid communications record requirements mandated by federal law. Some of these communications were with NGOs involved in litigations with the EPA that often result in the notorious “sue and settle” method of writing environmental regulations that exceed the intentions of, and the authority granted by congressional legislation. If this example of fidelity to the “rule of law” occurs at the highest level of a federal department what lengths might the lower level and lower profile “public servants” be willing to go to in furtherance of the cause? It is the “lower profile” civil service level employees who have institutionalized the left’s agenda within government that has transformed the agencies and departments into the (almost) all powerful fourth branch of government. As long as this remains the case the left will always be in power in Washington.
There’s a case pending before SCOTUS, Bruce J. Abramski v. United States, wherein the ATF might get smacked for “making law” by illegally expanding the Gun Control Act of 1968. The ATF “amended” the law when it added the “actual buyer” question to it’s 4473 form in 1995. In short congress didn’t make “straw buying” of firearms illegal the ATF did. It has taken almost 20 years to reign in an illegal power grab by ATF and that’s assuming the plaintiff prevails, no telling how many people have been illegally prosecuted. Having a handful of exceeding authority cases come before the courts every decade or so simply won’t do, particularly as many of the rulings incorrectly defer to regulatory power rather than liberty. We will never reform/rein in or even substantially weaken the fourth branch using the courts much less abolish it. No we’ve got to shermanize it. Hollow it out from within. That’s where the Inspectors General step up to the plate.
The Inspectors General are empowered to investigate criminal, civil, and regulatory violations within their respective departments and agencies. Investigate and turn their findings over to the appropriate prosecutorial or disciplinary entity. But this shouldn’t be done quietly; subtlety isn’t what’s wanted here. Leak to the press or bloggers that some employees are cooperating, use the department swat teams to confiscate computers with much fanfare, maybe do a few no-knock raids. As morale starts to fall, the president can go to an EPA conference to give a pep talk. Explain to them that the EPA has become a cancer in our society and our economy as well as a threat to private property. Pledge that the fourth branch will no longer be allowed to terrorize the public, no longer be allowed to brutalize our liberties.
Busy, Real Life, busy, busy, busy.
None of it bad [in fact, two good dinners, one celebrating my niece's birthday and t'other tonight with one of my other niece's two kids].
Work is busy as all Hell.
Thank God, Adobe’s four part essay is available to keep things moving around here.
I’ll do my best on my end the rest of this week.
A Quin Martin Production – IN COLOR
Tonight’s Episode: LIVING THE HYPE LIFE
Written by Jeff ‘Hermeneutics’ Goldstein:
…It’s okay to fly your dog in a helicopter or keep fleets of SUVs and take innumerable vacations all over the world just so long as while you’re doing so, you’re scolding the little people for their wasteful ways. Just as it’s okay to eat that Kobe beef burger and caviar just so long as, before you take your first bite, you tell a school kid he can’t have potato chips and needs to suck it up and eat a sliced bell pepper, instead.
Moral Of The Story: It’s good to be the King and Queen when you don’t give a damn about your subjects nor that you’re soiling the carpets.
[Note from Bob: This essay by Adobe Walls is rather long and he has suggested we split it into four parts. Each morning at this time, another part will be posted.]
Re-Redesigning The System
by ADOBE WALLS
Why we must shermanize the system to save it.
Most would call for reform these days but we are way past that as a viable solution. Reform might however, be a good slogan for the hard-asses we’d need to put in office to make this happen.
The system needs to be re-redesigned not because it’s broken but because it was redesigned a century ago. This wasn’t accomplished in a single stroke but was, pretty much complete at least three decades ago. The problem for the left is the redesigned system doesn’t in and of itself guarantee them the power they crave. In theory (but not in actuality) and in the right hands the new system could still protect our rights and liberties.
To maintain and enhance their power the left needs to maintain control over our lives. It simply wouldn’t do to lose that control every time the left lost a significant election, such as losing the White house. For instance the public would soon learn that we don’t have to put up with their abuse if they were periodically prevented from abusing our liberties due to losing an election. If the option of choosing between relatively benign or malevolent government was offered every couple of years neither of the current parties would continue to exist. What the left needed was a way to keep their gains, a vessel to preserve its innate malignancy during the times when they don’t hold the White House and or congress. Hence the need for the fourth and most powerful branch of government the extra-constitutional regulatory agencies.
Virtually every federal department, agency and commission in this country with the possible exceptions of the defense and state departments control our lives through regulation. Even those departments not created as such have taken on regulatory powers not within their original scope. For example the Justice Department is getting into the school regulating business under the guise of civil rights by using “disparate impact” to “judge” and regulate school disciplinary policies. Wasn’t it bad enough that the Department of Education mandates local school policies? Another example is the Treasury Department is tasked with regulating not just banks but every type of large financial business such as insurance.
In February 2014 the Department of HHS instructed (!) the Treasury Department to have the IRS require businesses to “certify” that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the employer mandate. Officials said employers will be told to sign a “self-attestation” on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury. Such rampant lawlessness is routine now. From how much water can come out of our showerheads to healthcare every aspect of daily life answers to the fourth branch of government. This system has become so pervasive and so routine we are often unaware of it.
The fourth branch of government i.e. the regulatory departments and agencies are thoroughly infested with leftists at all levels below political appointees. So when a Republican, even a conservative Republican, is in the White House new regulations are implemented and existing ones are enforced. Even when Republicans control the WH and both houses of congress little if any attention is paid to the fourth branch’s activities unless a lobbyist complains about it. Indeed far more regulations, new agencies and departments were created under Republican G. W. Bush than under his predecessor Bill Clinton. When the bush administration attempted to undo Clinton/Podesta’s federal wilderness land grab completed in the last days of Clinton’s administration, he was prevented by the courts because rules forbidding resource development had been implemented under the fourth branch’s self-made rules. In other words the regulatory agency makes the rules under which it makes the rules and once those rules are made they can’t be unmade because the rule makers say so and the court chimes in saying that’s the rule (because the court rules?)!
The left’s various agendas achieve permanence, indeed immortality in the Fourth Branch of government. The branch not even mentioned let alone given enumerated powers in our constitution. This is where the Re-redesign must start; this run amok leviathan is crushing our economy and is the single most effective instrument used to eliminate our liberties. Many use terms such reform or restrain to describe the solutions for curbing this regulatory nightmare. Not enough, not near enough by a tenth. I along with many others often advocate simply abolishing the (most) offending federal departments and agencies. Not enough, not near enough by half. The agencies and departments along with many who work in/for them must first be destroyed before they are eliminated. In short they must be shermanized, what Sherman did to Georgia and SC must be done to the fourth branch.
It’s taken the fictional character known as ‘Barack Hussein Obama’* a while to get around to doing it, but he, finally, was able to last Friday [tip of the fedora to GeoffB].
EXECUTIVE ORDER #127,173
I, General de Presidente Baracko Husseinez j Lopez Cara de Tiron Antonio de Gatito Marfa Alinsky Debil Tonto de Santa Obamanna (Señora) do hereby declare, ordain, and command the following order:
Whereas, ‘As Democrats, we’ve let the other side define the word “freedom” for too long’…
Henceforth, the word ‘freedom’ shall be defined as follows:
-’Freedom is the peace of mind of knowing that if you got sick, you won’t lose everything.’
-’Freedom is the ability to change jobs and start a new business, chase a new idea without fear of losing your health insurance.’
-’Freedom is signing for that new home and knowing it can’t be taken from you because you actually understand what you’re signing.’
-’Freedom is getting that new credit card and knowing the stakes and understanding how you’re going to manage it; enrolling in college and knowing what you’ll owe once you graduate.’
-’Freedom is the knowledge that your future in this country is secure; you’re not going to be treated like a second-class person once we fix our broken immigration system.’
-’Freedom is the ability to go into a store or a restaurant without the fear that you’d be refused service because of who you are or who you love.’
And, when in doubt, Freedom is whatever I [or one of my minions] decide it is, at any given moment.
Promulgated this third day of Reggieloveuary [old calendar: February] in the Year Six, Anno Salvator.
The Fifth Columnists all reported afterwards:
Freedom means having the government of The United States coddle, protect, and control you; freedom has always meant this.
…And the jackboot stamps harder…
…and we have nothing left to lose, Outlaws.
*Barack Hussein Obama’ is a fictional character
created by David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett,
Bill Ayers, Barry Soetero, etc…
Jeff, you are not alone, believe me:
I can barely bring myself to look any self-identified Obama supporter in the eye these day for fear that I may catch the self-serving, blind idiocy and cult worship that seeps from their pores like some sort of Marxist toxin.
Many of us feel exactly the same way.
While I can’t, and I won’t, speak for anyone else, there’s another part to this for me: I’m afraid that if I look into their idiocy-filled eyes, I won’t be able to resist the urge to put them down – for Mercy’s sake – because no deranged dog should suffer like that.
SIDENOTE: Protein Wisdom, one of the best damn sites on the Rightosphere, is having another fundraiser. Money is a bit tight this month for Jeff and, if you could see your way to throwing him a few denarii, it would help keep one of our finest mind’s lights on. In these perilous times, we need men like Jeff Goldstein to provide us with injections of Right Reason and Common Sense on a regular basis.
Guest post by The Reverend David R. Graham, A.M.D.G…
Early in life, one should want to give one’s friends as references, to make one look good. Late in life, one should want to give one’s enemies as references, for the same reason.
This is MacArthur’s meaning in this part of his speech accepting the Sylvanus Thayer Award:
[The American Soldier's] name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me; or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast.
[Please check out The Rev's fine blog Theological Geography.]
After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.
As Jammie remarks: ‘Stupid Woman Offers Up “Strange” Scenario of Russia Invading Ukraine’.
She has earned the right, however, to do this:
Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate… http://t.co/H3H8t6d8hi
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) February 28, 2014
[Damn, you'd better run in 2016, Sarah.] So…Russia has invaded the
Sudetenland, er, Crimea and Slime Minister ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ is wagging his finger and his jug ears at Herr Putin. For Putin, this truly is piece in our time: a piece of this sovereign country, a piece of that one — you know the deal. Actually, I’m sure our Chamberlain has his priorities straight…
And I’m sure the Slime Minister’s toadies among the Fifth Columnist Media do too…
Waiting for some enterprising hack to remember how Bush looked into Putin’s soul so we can blame it all on him. — Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) February 28, 2014
Get outta the Bushes…and on the road to Sevastopol.
White House playing 3-dimensional chess; Putin playing Pants-the-guy-playing-3-dimensional-chess — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 28, 2014
Valerie Jarrett to hold Barry to her chest as he sobs.
I’m sure Vald is shaking in his jackboots. But, talking Pragmatically!, what can The President really do about this ‘uncontested arrival’ — I mean, be fair guys!
Kudos for the South Park reference.
Stop the violence Putin or I’ll unleash a battalion of community organizers and twitter activists on your Russian ass. — Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) February 28, 2014
Man, Ladd is on a roll today.
Perhaps we’re being too hard on Rootin-Tootin’-Putin?
I kid because it’s on the way to hold back my anger.
Ukraine woke up to a “Red Dawn” this morning? — Robert Meyer (@bobmeyer667) February 28, 2014
// Looks that way [tip of the fedora to Smitty].
It’s nice to know that the
Royal Court, er, Administration is taking this situation seriously [tip of the fedora, again, to Dan Collins]…
oh god MT @stephenfhayes: Admin tell CNN’s this is an “uncontested arrival” not necessarily “an invasion” & that this distinction is “key.”
— Michael Cecire (@mhikaric) February 28, 2014
What the fuck is an ‘uncontested arrival’, you Treasonous Nancy Boy?
Pardon my French, but ‘Obama’ is acting like a Vichy dickhead.
Throughout this post, I’ve been making WWII comparisons, but, as we know, History never repeats exactly, so methinks we should add this to the mix:
But, I still have to admit that the WWII-related events are compelling [so compelling, I'm about to quote Allahpundit]:
My mistake. I thought the White House might try to make all of this go away by accepting Putin’s phony pretense that it’s a domestic uprising among ethnic Russians in Crimea, not an invasion by Russia. In fact, says the White House, there is a foreign element to the new troop presence — but it’s all good so far because Crimea isn’t resisting.
In other words, to save face over the fact that there’s nothing much we can do to stop this, the official U.S. line is that this can’t be an invasion if the Russians are being … greeted as liberators.
Tip of the fedora to Ed Driscoll, who remarks:
But when it comes to the Russians rolling into the Crimea, the Obama administration is fully prepared to declare…its latest “uncontested Arrival” to the Newspeak Dictionary.
It’s time to play: WHO SAID IT?
I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier…there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators.
The Answer Is: Hitler said it and Putin will.
I venture to think that in future the Czechoslovak State cannot be maintained as an independent entity. I think you will find that in a period of time which may be measured by years, but may be measured only by months, Czechoslovakia will be engulfed in the Nazi regime. Perhaps they may join it in despair or in revenge. At any rate, that story is over and told. But we cannot consider the abandonment and ruin of Czechoslovakia in the light only of what happened only last month. It is the most grievous consequence of what we have done and of what we have left undone in the last five years – five years of futile good intentions, five years of eager search for the line of least resistance, five years of uninterrupted retreat of British power, five years of neglect of our air defences.
—Winston Churchill, 05 October 1938
UPDATE on 01MAR2014 at 0031…
-Donald Douglas links [Thanks] and offers some perspective here.
-The Right Scoop has Mark Levin talking about U.S. Foreign Policy and Sarah Palin.
-More spot-on commentary from Iowahawk:
Crimea “mostly Russian-speaking.” Sudetenland “mostly German-speaking.” #Iveseenthismoviebefore
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 1, 2014
“I know! Let’s bring in Aaron Sorkin for a rewrite!” – somebody in the White House War Room, right now, probably — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 1, 2014
-J. Christian Adams:
— Christian Adams (@ElectionLawCtr) March 1, 2014
Yeah, and don’t trust The West.