House Democrats behaving like Latin American lefties

 

 

(My new American Thinker post)

Some of us have seen this movie before.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen news reports from Latin America of left-wing legislators, or the interest groups that they support, chanting and going out of control when they don’t get their way.

Recently, the teachers’ union in Mexico blocked the entrances to the Mexico City airport or last week a confrontation with authorities followed their attempts to close the heavily used highway to Puebla.

Let’s add some members of the U.S. House to that list of legislators or activists who want their way even it means stepping on other people’s rights.

The House Democrats, many literally sitting on the floor, want a vote on gun control. Unfortunately for them, the majority in the House, or the people elected by voters across the country, would rather take up other issues.

We call it democracy. In other words, the majority party sets the calendar. Just ask the GOP senators who wanted then-Majority Leader Reid to bring ObamaCare to a vote on the floor.

Incredibly, Rep. John Lewis is connecting this sit-in with his illustrious past civil rights experience:

“Today we made progress. We have come a distance,” declared Lewis.

Lewis said he had to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge “three times” before he had completed the march to Selma, Ala. The Georgia Democrat suggested this was the first step on firearms.

“We have other bridges to cross. And when we come back in July, we start it all over again,” intoned Lewis.

At the same time, the hypocrisy of these Democrats is incredible given their silence about the shootings in Chicago.

Why don’t they get on a plane and block the street corners in Chicago where this violence is happening every weekend?

Why don’t they visit the churches and instituions of Chciago and call for an end to the mindless shooting?

Why not back the Chicago police that have to go into these areas every night?

Why not call on black leaders to have a frank discussion of the root causes of black on black crime in our cities? After all, Chicago already has a lot of gun laws.

The House Democrats are engaged in the worst type of grandstanding. We need dissent, but this is not dissent. This is chaos that threatens our rule of law.

Shame on Democrats. I never thought that we would ever see this in the U.S.

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Hey, Bernie voters: Check out Venezuela

 

(My new American Thinker post)

Cheers for Vin Scully, the legendary voice of the Dodgers.  He’s called a lot of games and big moments over the years. His comments about socialism earned an A+ in the Truth Hall of Fame:

“Socialism, failing to work as it always does. This time in Venezuela. You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden, there’s no food to eat. And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello.”

Down in Venezuela, the situation has reached “failed state” status.  What do you call a state where soldiers have to protect bakeries so that people don’t steal flour or bread?  It is horrific, as we see in this report from The New York Times:

With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.

Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.

I visited Venezuela a couple of times before Chavez.  A nation “convulsing from hunger” is not what I found.

On the contrary, it was a happy country, full of well-stocked stores and some of the finest restaurants in the world.  To be fair, it was not a perfect country, from too much dependence on oil and too many imported goods.  Again, there was no hunger or shortage of anything.

Cuba went through a period like this in the 1960s.  Unlike Venezuela today, Castro had a USSR willing to pay the bills as long as he served as a spokesman for socialism in the Third World and sent troops to fight wars in Africa.

Here is the bottom line:  Millions of US citizens voted for Senator Sanders, a man who would love to turn the US into that place where the government gives you this and that, paid for by the rich.

I am not going to say that every Sanders voter was voting for socialism, but a lot of them did by accepting the idea that government would provide you health care and tuition.  How is that working out in Venezuela?   Frankly, how is “free stuff” working out anywhere else?

Here is an idea:  Every young person in college should listen to that quick audio from Vince Scully.  Better than, they should go down to Caracas for a few months and see what Sanders had in mind.

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Obama a terrorist from GITMO is missing in Uruguay

Guess what?   One of the 5 guys that President Obama released to Uruguay is missing.  He is one of the 5 sent to Uruguay last year.   This is from Representative Royce’s office:

“The Obama administration is pushing dangerous detainees to countries that it knows can’t handle them. We’ve seen it across the globe, from Afghanistan, an active war zone, to Ghana, a country with limited security resources. And now, in Uruguay, a dangerous jihadist has gone missing in neighboring to Brazil.”

Uruguay has a big border with Brazil.   Let’s hope that we can find this criminal and send him back to GITMO.

In the meantime, why is President Obama releasing these men anyway?    They are not victims.  They are deadly terrorists!

Many in the left don’t want to see what is happening out the window

 

(My new American Thinker post)

We’ve all been there before. We’ve all refused to deal with a reality at some point in our lives and conveniently taken the distraction exit.

We are watching something like that after the Orlando shooting. Let’s check out some of the things that we’ve been hearing about the terrorist attack in Orlando.

First, we hear that he was not directed specifically by ISIS. However, he carried out a mission that made ISIS very happy. So do we need to find a letter from ISIS welcoming the terrorist to the club? Do we have to find a membership number along with car rental or cell phone benefits? Are we this silly?

Second, we have the usual shift to gun control.

Third, we see the failure to connect the dots or the PC attitude that is leashing our law enforcement agencies, as Bill Gertz wrote:

Security analysts said the attack exposed failures of the administration’s counterterrorism policies that were designed to separate Islam from the jihadist terrorism that continues to spread from the Middle East to Europe and now the United States.

What FBI agent wants to be disciplined for believing that the Muslim young man in front of him may commit a terrorist attack?

So what’s going on? I think that many in the left don’t want to look at the window and see the mess that eight years of Obama have left.

Obama promised to end wars. He has not. In fact, his premature withdrawal from Iraq created the vacuum that gave ISIS a second chance. Would ISIS be running the region if 10,000 U.S. troops had been stationed in Iraq after 2011? The answer is no. They would have quickly run into a very powerful U.S. force with F-16s dropping bombs. I hope that Mr. Trump brings this up in his attack of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy!

Second, would any of Obama’s gun laws have changed a thing? The answer is no. We are dealing here with a man on a mission. In other words, he would have found an alternative weapon, such as creating a fertilizer or pipe bomb that would have exploded outside the disco. Gun laws do not stop terrorists!

Third, Obama was supposed to be the “great communicator” or the man who would bring us together. In fact, he has not. He misunderstood that his 53-46% victory was some sort of a landslide or a call to change the country. It was not.

Fourth, electing our first black president was supposed to end racial tensions. In fact, it has not. We are now more racially divided, in large part because people like Obama call you a racist if you want to talk about black on black crime, the failure of public schools in black districts, or an honest discussion of the devastation of the black family.

The left can not deal with reality. More distractions are coming!

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Exhibit Bush vs. Exhibit Obama

 

 

We are counting the dead again. Fourteen innocent people were murdered in San Bernardino and the count is up to 50 in Orlando. Those are the victims of the last two terrorist attacks against the American people in the last year.

Sad to say, they won’t be the last. The U.S., and much of the West, is infected with people willing to commit horrific acts and kill innocents.

Nevertheless, President Obama was clueless again, as John Podhoretz told us:

He called it “terror,” which it is. But using the word “terror” without a limiting and defining adjective is like a doctor calling a disease “cancer” without making note of the affected area of the body — because if he doesn’t know where the cancer is and what form it takes, he cannot attack it effectively and seek to extirpate it.
So determined is the president to avoid the subject of Islamist, ISIS-inspired or ISIS-directed terrorism that he concluded his remarks with an astonishing insistence that “we need the strength and courage to change” our attitudes toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
That’s just disgusting. There’s no other word for it.

As I watched Sunday’s events, and specially the aforementioned statement from President Obama, it made me think of President George W. Bush.

We can now compare their very different approaches to terror.

President Bush took the war to them, decimated Al Qaeda, left his successor with a stable Iraq and we had no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil after 9/11.

President Obama decided to lower the volume on terror, close Gitmo, withdraw prematurely from Iraq and let Russian planes fly over U.S. aircraft carriers without consequence.

President Bush took this war on terror very seriously and communicated that down the line. President Obama did not take it seriously and political correctness is now the rule of engagement.

I hope that # 45 is a lot more like Bush than Obama!

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The Orlando shooter didn’t complain about Gitmo before shooting people

 

(My new American Thinker post)

We are learning a lot about the Orlando shooting.  We will probably know a lot more by the time that this post is published.  We hear that he pledged allegiance to ISIS and may have been shouted a few words in support of his fellow terrorists.

To my knowledge, he didn’t say a word about Gitmo.

Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about how Gitmo recruits.   We heard it from President Obama over and over again.

However, Gitmo did not inspire the shootings in Paris, or San Bernardino or now in Orlando.

What evidence do we have that Gitmo is a recruiting tool?

We don’t have any except a President who does not have the courage that he was wrong about Guantanamo in 2008.

In fact, Polifact looked at the controversy and concluded this:

Analyses of jihadist propaganda materials show that Guantanamo is rarely mentioned, especially compared to other grievances against the United States, like military airstrikes. Al-Qaida uses Guantanamo less frequently now than it used to, though it was never a primary focus of their propaganda.

Orlando demonstrates that we are losing this war and it is a war.  Our soldiers are not losing it.  Our political class invested in political correctness is losing it and putting Americans at risk.

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It’s time for Democrats to tell anti-Trumpistas to put down their Mexican flags

 

The Mexican flag is back on US soil and we don’t mean the one at the Mexican embassy, regional consulates or maybe a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

We mean protesters waving the Mexican flag to show their opposition to a US presidential election.

It reminds many of us of the immigration marches of a few years ago!  It turned off Americans back then and this will turn off voters again.

As a naturalized US citizen, who actually supports a “work visa” program for some people in the country illegally, I find these scenes of Mexican flags rather sick.

As a practical matter, every Mexican flag or riot is worth a million votes to Mr Trump.    It simply makes his point that there are too many people here who don’t understand immigration laws.

Back in 2002, some American students legally in Mexico decided to participate in a political demonstration about a new international airport outside of Mexico City. The students decided to join the environmentalists opposed to the construction of the airport.

What happened to these students? Let’s hear from Heather McDonald and her 2006 article:

What would Mexico do? The answer is easy: deport them on the spot. In 2002, a dozen American college students, in Mexico legally, participated peacefully in an environmental protest against a planned airport outside of Mexico City. They swiftly found themselves deported as law-breakers for interfering in Mexico’s internal affairs.
If Mexico was willing to strip these students of their duly-obtained travel visas, imagine what it would have done had the students broken into the country surreptitiously—not just summary deportation but undoubtedly howls of complaint to the U.S. government for winking at this double violation of Mexican sovereignty.

Yes, Mexican law is correct that immigration policy is about sovereignty.

Why isn’t the media asking Mrs Clinton or Senator Sanders about these Mexican flags or the violence?

It is pathetic what we are watching in the US!

I can guarantee you that Mexico would not tolerate anything like this on its soil.   They would scream sovereignty!

It’s a shame that no one in the Democrat Party will defend sovereignty north of the border.

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The Danger of Bernie Sanders

 

 

(My new American Thinker post)

To be fair, Bernie Sanders went to the USSR as part of an official trip as mayor of Burlington, Vermont.  He really did not go there for a honeymoon, as some of us have joked on social media.

Nevertheless, he did set up close city to city ties with the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and was very fond of their brand of socialism.  In other words, Bernie Sanders has always been fond of socialists, specially the ones who hate the US.

Bernie Sanders has gotten a free ride from the media and the GOP so far.  I guess that most of us just think that Bernie will fizzle out after Hillary Clinton clinches the nomination.  We shouldn’t be so optimistic.  Yes, Sanders won’t get the nomination, but he has lit up a left wing movement that we will see the next time that the Democrats choose a president.

Add to this what we are seeing in colleges, and these anti-American lefties will be around for a while.

We can say that Trump is tapping into frustration, from free trade deals to illegal immigration to a sense that that we don’t recognize the country anymore.

On the other hand, Sanders also is tapping into ignorance.  He is misleading masses with promises that we can’t afford and promoting a sense of entitlement that will frustrate his supporters the morning after they finally grow up.

We need to start calling out Sanders, and more specifically his crazy ideas.

I saw this editorial and I wish that more of us would take its message seriously:

Let’s face it.

Sanders isn’t a Democrat in the traditional sense.

He is a socialist who has based his entire run on a four letter word, “free.”

And that’s what irritates me more than anything else…free stuff, free stuff and more free stuff!

It’s one thing to promote socialism and the taxes or loss of personal freedom that come with it.  It is utterly disingenuous to sell socialism by saying that we will raise taxes on the rich.

Memo to the GOP:  Sanders won’t be around by Labor Day.  His movement will and may even push Hillary Clinton to the left.    We need to win this ideological debate or we won’t recognize the country for sure.

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Bill Lee is the latest “tonto” to buy into socialism!

 

 

(My new American Thinker post)

Bill Lee did not get the nickname of “The spaceman” because he made his major league debut on June 25, 1969, or a few days after Neil Armstrong walked on moon.
He earned the nickname because he was a very unusual man, or the kind of professional athlete that would have loved Twitter and other social media outlets.

In the 1970s, college and my first real job took me to Baltimore where I got quickly engaged in AL East rivalries, such as the Yankees, Orioles and Red Sox.

It was great baseball and Bill Lee was always in the middle of it.   He also gave up that 3-run homer to Tony Perez that turned game 7 of the 1975 World Series and the title to Cincinnati.

Lee pitched 10 years for Boston: 94-68 and a 3.74 ERA.  He may have been one of the best lefthanders ever to pitch in Fenway Park. Then he moved to Montreal and retired after 4 seasons.  In one 3-year stretch, he won 51 games for Boston.

Mr. Lee is back in the news and we don’t mean a veterans game.  Bill Lee is running for governor and his opponents better get ready for lots of crazy quotes about this and that.

This is from The Boston Herald:

…the free-spirited Lee is hitching his wagon to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
“You get what you pay for, if you want change, you vote for Sanders or me. I’m Bernie-heavy, I’m not Bernie-lite. My ideas were before Bernie,” Lee told WCAX. “If you want to see money come down from the 2 percent, we’re going to need umbrellas when I’m elected, because it’s going to be raining dollars….” (snip)
As governor of Vermont, Lee would be in favor of legalizing marijuana and bringing the Expos to Montreal.
“The problem with Americans is their fist is like this (closed), and you got to open your hands,” Lee said. “Republicans are pterodactyls, they have little short arms that never get to their front pockets.”
And if presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump wins the election in November, all bets may be off.
“If things don’t go our way, if we get Trump as president, I’m out of here and I’ll take Vermont with us,” Lee said.

It’s too early to tell whether Vermont will elect Mr. Lee.  At the same time, they did elect Mr. Sanders and he is in a dead heat with Mrs. Clinton in California.

Politics aside, it is very interesting to me how people like Bill Lee are so fond of socialism.  It shows me that they don’t really have a clue of what socialism does to countries.  Maybe they should talk to Cuban baseball players who would die for the opportunity that a man like Bill Lee had in the majors or the good money that he made along the way.

Governor Bill Lee?  Probably not, but it makes you wonder about what we are teaching kids about the real world in our schools today.

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“La vieja mentirosa”: The story of Hillary and her emails!

 

 

How can this woman run for president?

A new State Department audit came out this week confirming that Mrs Clinton did not play by the rules.

We remind you that Mrs Clinton was Secretary of State during this period.

In other words, this is a case of the boss playing by her own rules, i.e. the Clinton way!

This is part of the report:

The report noted that by the time Clinton took the helm of the department, internal guidance was “considerably more detailed and more sophisticated.”
Yet, the report said, “Secretary Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business using the personal email account on her private server extensively, as illustrated by the 55,000 pages of material making up the approximately 30,000 emails she provided to the Department in December 2014.” The report said investigators found “no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server.”

By any objective standard, she should withdraw her candidacy.  How can a person this reckless about national security be president?

Clinton defenders need to stop defending her and demand her immediate withdrawal.

Politics aside, Mrs Clinton did not play by the rules that the federal government requires of everyone else.

How can someone with such contempt for the rules be the chief executive officer of the US?

What would happen to any head of a company or department if they did not respect the company rules?

What would happen to any government department manager under such circumstances?

We do know that the State Department under Mrs Clinton did dismiss an ambassador for using a private e-mail to conduct the embassy business.

In simple terms, she is disqualified to be president!  It’s time for her supporters to face the facts and move on.  Call VP Biden as soon as you can!

Last, but not least, who kept all of this information from President Obama? Didn’t the IT people at The White House pick up on any of these irregularities?

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“Nada nuevo” or Univision being Univision

 

 

We learned this week that the head of Univision has already voted for president:

The chairman of Univision, the largest Spanish language TV network in the United States, is reportedly the single biggest donor to presidential Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton.

According to an investigation on Clinton donations by the Washington Post, Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, a women’s advocate and author, donated $2.4 million to Clinton political campaigns since 1992 — 39 contributions over the past two decades. Separately, the couple also donated at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the investigation shows.

It’s a free country and the head of Univision can do whatever he wants with his money. It’d be nice if Univision would tell its viewers but that’s life.

It’s a free country for me too and I can agree with Ruben Navarrete about Univision:

Republicans seem to have finally figured out the Spanish translation for “Democrats’ Communications Department.” It’s pronounced: “Univision.”

Univision doing its part to elect Democrats.   So what’s new?
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“Oye Clinton”: Every Mexican flag means 1 million new votes for Trump!

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Once again, we see people carrying Mexican flags at anti-Trump rallies.   It happened in New Mexico.

As my Babalu friends know, I did not support Mr Trump.    I’m still wrestling with the awful choice of Trump and the Clinton he recently said would make a great president.

Nevertheless, the Mexican flags are back and someone in the Clinton camp should take note urgently.

Who do these people think they are? They are entitled to opposing Trump but do they understand how divisive these images are?

Furthermore, what does the Mexican flag mean anyway?  Do these young people know about Mexico’s immigration laws?    

Memo to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Univision and Vicente Fox: Tell your supporters to keep the flags home.     

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“Sillas y golpes” when the Democrats gather in Nevada

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We all got caught up in the Texas-Toronto baseball fight, a.k.a. “the Odor in Bautista’s face punch”!

However, that was not the only fight in the news.

How divided is the Democrat Party?   It got very nasty in Nevada between the Sanders and Clinton troops, according to news reports:

Supporters of Bernie Sanders lost their cool at the Nevada Democratic convention Saturday night after the Hillary Clinton campaign successfully challenged the credentials of 60 Sanders delegates–mostly for not being official Democrats.

Videos quickly emerged online showing Sanders supporters clashing with Clinton supporters and shouting down Clinton surrogate Senator Barbara Boxer of California. According to Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, security ended the convention when Bernie’s supporters ramped up the action.

Frankly, the Sanders people are just starting to get angry.   Wait until they get to the convention and find out that the party nomination process is one gigantic fix to nominate Hillary Clinton.

Some will throw punches but most won’t vote for Clinton. That will be the biggest punch in the face of all!

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Trump goes beyond bizarre with the Cruz-Oswald story

What do you do when you are hours from effectively clinching the GOP nomination? When all the polls point to a big night for your campaign?

I think that most of us would take Monday night off and have dinner with our wife. Maybe order some pizza and have a fun night with friends. Or tell your staff to shut off the phones because the candidate wants a little rest and work on the victory speech.

Instead, Mr.Trump decided to mention one of the most bizarre stories in electoral history, about a young Rafael Cruz standing with Lee Harvey Oswald.

Polifact raised serious questions about the story:

Trump’s charge appears to be based on a National Enquirerreport alleging that Rafael Cruz is the man standing next to Oswald in a photo from 1963. But technical experts told PolitiFact that no such firm conclusion is possible given the quality of the photograph, and several historians of the period told us they’ve never seen Cruz’s name come up in connection with Oswald.

The whole story is based on a picture of someone who looks like a young Rafael Cruz but no one can confirm that it was him. What kind of journalism is that? What kind of candidate even mentions such an outrageous story?

For the record, many anti-Castro Cubans were seen with Lee Harvey Oswald when he was marching for Castro in the summer of 1963.

Some even got into verbal matches with Oswald over Cuba.

I’ve met a couple of Cubans who argued with Oswald about his support of the Castro regime. You can see bits of these scenes in a Frontline documentary that came out years ago.

So could there be a picture of Cubans around Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans? The answer is very likely yes. Does that picture have anything to do with Rafael Cruz supporting Lee Harvey Oswald or the Kennedy assassination? The answer is no!

Let me repeat my serious concerns about the Trump candidacy.

What kind of a man repeats a story like that? The answer is a man who can’t control himself or who doesn’t know that silence is golden.

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So John Wayne is a racist now?

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Are we insane or what? Just saw this story out of California about John Wayne:
What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments.
The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and John Birch Society.
To be honest, I am a lot more familiar with John Wayne’s movies than his political
affiliations. It may be true that he made statements years ago that were not suitable for framing, as they say. However, so have others, including Democrats like the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia or President Woodrow Wilson.
John Wayne is a symbol of the legendary West or the cowboy culture. He is arguably the best known cowboy in the world. His movies are watched today in a number of languages. Wayne is one of the most popular Americans of all time. Do you hear any people of color objecting to his movies? (Not to mention that two of his three wives — Esperanza Baur and Pilar Pallete — were Latinas.)
So what’s going on here? What would drive a state legislator to pick on John Wayne?
My good guess is that this legislator does not like American history or he or she sees our past as a racist one. Everything is about “racism” with many in the left.
Furthermore, all of this obsession with racism is not solving real world problems in California. Maybe state legislators in California should show this kind of hostility against the teachers’ union holding back black and Hispanic kids in lousy schools or the Obama stimulus that did nothing to stimulate the state economy.
We are going insane in the U.S. and the left is leading the way. Thank God I don’t live in California and can celebrate John Wayne every day.
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