Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hindsight on Iraq

***The media loves to ask the "If we knew then what we know now" question about Iraq. So many Republican candidates have fallen for it, and tried to sound all thoughtful and wise in hindsight. Victor Davis Hansen reminds us of a few things.

1. Who authorized the war? The war was pushed by the Bush administration, but it was authorized by both Houses of Congress, with a majority of Democrats (29 to 21) joining Republicans in the Senate (49 to 1). The authorizations of October 2002 sailed through, with especially enthusiastic rhetoric from Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Jay Rockefeller, who all had the same access to U.S. and foreign intelligence that the Bush administration did. 
 
 2. Just WMD? The war was not just about WMD. Congress was on record as supporting 23 writs for the removal of Saddam Hussein by force, and at least 20 of them had little if anything to do with WMD. They included Iraq’s noncompliance with the 1991 ceasefire agreement; its “brutal repression of its civilian population,” which included genocide of the Kurds and Marsh Arabs; its 1993 assassination attempt on former President George H. W. Bush; its firing on coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zones; its “continu[ing] to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations,” including one of the architects of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; its bounties to families of suicide bombers; its aggression against its neighbors — and on and on.  Again, the vast majority of these “whereas” clauses had nothing to do with WMD, but sought, in a post-9/11 landscape, to reify Bill Clinton’s Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. Clinton’s neoconservative resolution had made it the official policy of the United States to remove Saddam Hussein’s regime and promote a democratic replacement.
Read the whole thing. Very informative, and you can bet that very few of your liberal friends will remember any of it. The most damaging lie ever told by our supposed "news" media was that Bush lied about WMDs in order to start a war in Iraq. There is so much stupidity wrapped up in that statement that it's hard to believe anyone is still repeating it, but boy, they do, and with gusto. The psychotic Bush Derangement Syndrome is still around.


A federal judge on Monday put on hold the District’s requirement that gun owners demonstrate a “good reason” in order to receive a concealed carry permit — saying the licensing scheme deprives citizens of their Second Amendment rights.
U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by three gun owners that seeks to overturn the new D.C. firearms law on the grounds that the regulations are so strict that they make it impossible to exercise their right to bear arms.

The Constitution doesn't call for it, so nobody else has the right to. 
 
***The real Stephanopoulos scandal: He was never a journalist in the first place. Well, real journalists are hard to find these days.

No, it’s not his blatant partisanship, his ties to the increasingly thuggish Clinton Machine, or even his complete lack of journalistic ethics. It’s that ABC should never have hired him in the first place.
Back in the Stone Age, before reporters became “journalists” and before “journalists” became politically motivated Fifth Columnists masquerading as members of the Fourth Estate, there was a cardinal rule: a reporter could leave a newspaper and accept a job as a public-relations flack, but under no circumstances could he or she then return to reporting. Ever. In other words, once having forfeited any pretense of objectivity, and having accepted payment for advocating a particular point of view, that guy’s career in real journalism was finished.

That only applies now if you're conservative.

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hows the food


***Opponents of Arctic oil drilling block Seattle port entrance.  Arctic oil drilling harms *nothing*. These are just anti-American, anti-capitalist hippies with nothing better to do.

Earlier Monday, protesters spent several hours blocking entrances to the terminal where the rig will be loaded before heading to waters off Alaska this summer.
Holding banners and flags, demonstrators marched across a bridge to Terminal 5, temporarily closing the road during Monday morning's commute. Once at the terminal, they spread out across the entrances and rallied, danced and spoke for several hours before leaving the site in the early afternoon.
Organizers had prepared to engage in civil disobedience to stop work on the drill rig, but Seattle police said Monday afternoon that no one had been arrested and the demonstration remained peaceful. A few dozen officers followed the march on foot and bicycle and kept watch at the terminal.

***These pictures were done on a typewriter.








Follow the link for more. Amazing.

***"Off the grid" parents lose custody of their 10 children. This is not right. The kids were in no imminent danger.

The residence in question is a tarp-covered shed with no heat, running water, or septic system. While the authorities claim the crude dwelling justified the move, some of the family's supporters wonder if something else was the issue: Joe and Nichole Naugler's educational philosophy of "unschooling," a looser form of homeschooling. Their children, who range in age from 3 months to 15 years old, learn primarily through play and household responsibilities.

I daresay in many ways those kids are better off than a lot of our kids today who are bombarded with sexual deviancy and violence via their Smart Phones and TVs every day. Having said that, neither situation is any of my business if the kids are not being physically harmed, and neither is it any of the government's business.

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***If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me ~~ Jimmy Buffett, Song Title

***Have a great day!



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