This Political Cartoon From 20 Years Ago Was Disturbingly Prescient – Slate

I highly encourage you to take the 30 seconds to read this cartoon.  The Right ignored what Bush was doing and the Left continues to ignore what the Obama Regime is doing.

Say a prayer to whomever it is you worship that we’ll have a Republican President elected in 2016.  Even if he’s an utter fuck up, the country will be better off for three reasons:

1. The Tea Party will hold the President accountable no matter what party they belong to.

2. The Left will suddenly have principles again if a Republican is in office.

3. The Media will actually do its job again if a Republican is in office.

2013 is the year that proved your ‘paranoid’ friend right – The Washington Post

It’s now a matter of public record that the NSA collects and stores the calling records of domestic phone calls, tracks the location of millions of mobile devices worldwide, infiltrates the data links between the data centers of tech companies used by millions of Americans, piggybacks onto commercial tracking mechanisms, collected potentially sensitive online metadata for years and actively worked to undermine the privacy and security measures that underpin the Internet. And considering the purported size of the Snowden cache, that could be the tip of the metaphorical iceberg.

And while the NSA story alone undoubtedly gives the “paranoid” plenty of reasons to say “I told you so,” a slew of other reports from this year gave them even more reasons to retreat into the wilderness and start subsistence farming.

None of this means that we should all give up on modern technology or that we now live in a surveillance-state dystopia. But it just might mean that we live in a world where things that were once considered far-fetched science fiction fantasy are increasingly being revealed as reality.

And that you owe your paranoid friend a beer.

A beer or three would be nice, but I’m happy to receive a proper, snail-mail apology letter if you’re on a budget.

On a serious note, I’m deeply concerned that despite the unprecedented actions we’ve seen from the Federal Government this year, most people are still skeptical of where this is all heading.  We’ll see the first real cracks in the façade this year.

Saudis lament, ‘we have been stabbed in the back by Obama’ – Fox News

“We are glad the Americans are here,” said Ahmed al-Ibrahim, an adviser to some of Saudi Arabia’s royals and officials, when I met with him recently, “but we fear that the president has lost credibility after Syria.”

The Saudi official is referring to Obama’s “red line” vow of military action if the Syrian dictator Bashir Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Assad did and Obama didn’t. Saudi officials were stunned.

If I had to pick one item from the Obama presidency that I never would have predicted, it’s the schism that has developed between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.  As a dear friend can attest to from a conversation over dinner and a few beers some years back, there are very few predictions about this Presidency that I was wrong about.

That is not to say that I’m not pleased about this development.  The Saudi’s have held enormous sway over this country for some time and the general public would be outraged if they knew both how much control they’ve had and the sometimes horrific manner in which they’ve exercised it.

But let’s be clear:  The only reason this schism has arrived is because there was enough public outrage to prevent Obama from doing what he was told to do:  Remove a man from power (Assad) in a neighboring country (to Saudi Arabia) who is backed by Russia and not the NWO.  That moment was significant in and of itself, but it could prove to be far more significant in the future.  But it will most likely be years before we know just how significant.

DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility – Daily Caller

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday  evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t  impeach President Obama.

The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America  supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do  these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes  from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of  Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of  Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his  numerous instances of presidential misconduct.

The DNC email discussed the “I-Word” and said that “Republicans are actually  excited about the idea.”

I was curious about this so I called a friend yesterday in D.C. (plus it was an excuse to wish him/her a belated merry Christmas) and this email is simply a response to extremely gloomy internals at the DNC on the outlook for the 2014 elections.  Right now their internal expectations are that they will lose the Senate.

At which point impeachment would be a very real possibility.   What’s interesting is the DNC’s tendency to project their own mental foibles onto their opponents.  “Republicans are actually excited about the idea.”

Granted, on a very basic level, many Republicans and Independents/Libertarians would initially be “excited” at the prospect of impeachment.  The man and his fool constituents have inflicted catastrophic damage to our Republic.  The embarrassment of impeachment would be a modicum of karmic justice.

But ask any of them what they’d think of impeaching our dear Statist President after a moment’s contemplation, they would be anything but excited at the prospect.

Individuals who run anywhere from center to far Right and everything in between have a love of country that Liberals will never understand.  The impeachment of a President no matter how criminal that President may be is a dark day.

On a more pragmatic note, why should we think that Biden would be any improvement over Obama?  Biden’s verbal gaffes are far more humorous than Obama’s whose verbal gaffes often resemble a malfunctioning computer.  Guilty pleasures aside, Biden is owned by the same people who own Obama.  The agenda would remain the same albeit conveyed by someone who doesn’t seem to be able to spellbind the faux-intellectuals of the Left the way Obama can.

I suppose an impotent President Biden vs. a silver-tongued Manchurian candidate is an improvement.  Impeach away in 2014!

Greenwald Snarks at MSNBC: I Defend Snowden Like You Defend Obama ’24 Hours a Day’ – Mediaite

“I think that’s ludicrous is what I say to that,” Greenwald shot back. “Every journalist has an agenda. We’re on MSNBC now, where close to 24 hours a day the agenda of President Obama and the Democratic Party are promoted, defended, glorified, the agenda of the Republican Party is undermined. That doesn’t mean the people who appear on MSNBC aren’t journalists, they are.”

He said that every journalist has a “viewpoint” and he doesn’t hide the fact that he finds Snowden’s decision to expose the NSA’s surveillance programs “heroic.”

Greenwald is being kind in stating that MSNBC has “journalists” of course.  I am a bit surprised at the amount of hatred directed at Snowden from the Right.  I’m not surprised at the hatred from the Left since the vast majority of Lefties will dispense with their most dear morals or ideology in order to defend Herr Obama.  But the Right still seems to have some latent strain of Neoconism left over from the Cheny/Bush years I guess.

Regardless, the man is a hero.

While you were enjoying the holidays..

Your representatives were signing your rights away as the media conveniently averted its eyes.

1 Democrat voted against it.  13 Republicans voted against it.  In other words, it passed with a very comfortable margin.
For those of you in Minnesota, both of your Senators quietly betrayed you and the constitution.
There are no words suitable for these people.
UPDATE:  I neglected to add that there was some actual resistance (at least on the voting record) on the part of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.
See how your rep voted:

Utter Chaos: White House Exempts Millions From Obamacare’s Insurance Mandate, ‘Unaffordable’ Exchanges – Forbes

Obama Repeals ObamaCare: Under pressure from Senate Democrats, the President partly suspends the individual mandate. – WSJ

Please read both articles, they’re well done.  Essentially, Chairman Obama is unilaterally (and unconstitutionally) dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

When the Republicans attempted this a couple of months ago, they were called “anarchists” and “terrorists” and we were all reminded ad nauseam that Obamacare was the “Law of the Land”.

I wonder if the Democrats will apologize?

Since we’re fantasizing here, I wonder if they’ll just all fuck off?

Enthusiasts of Fascism

There’s an odd enthusiasm these days about embracing the idea of being told how to think and what to say… and then carrying out those marching orders to bring the dissidents back into line.

Take the whole Duck Dynasty kerfuffle.  I don’t agree with a thing that the Phil Robertson had to say, but I also didn’t really bat an eye over it either.  People say things every day that can be hurtful or that others simply disagree with.  But it’s no longer that simple anymore.  Now we have entities that for the past couple of decades have been decreeing that certain things/ideas simply cannot be uttered aloud or else.  Millions on the Left have bought into this and have now become enthusiastic enforcers for these new verbal and mental rules.

Interestingly, these rules typically don’t apply to the originators or the enforcers.  Alec Baldwin comes to mind as the most recent, high-profile example.  When the target group says something deemed inappropriate, they must be stripped of everything.  But when an enforcer says something wildly profane, they’re given a pass because after all, we know their heart is in the right place.

But now there appears to be a new phenomenon.  The thought police are eating their own.

Recently in my home state:

White students fed up with black professor’s racial screeds, lawsuits fly

and just this past week:

The worst Twitter day of all time

This woman had about 100 followers at the time of the tweet.  By the time she landed in Africa, she was out of a job.

When she landed she apologized for her own stupidity. She lost her job over it.

Why this woman in this way?

She was an executive, but not a public figure. She wasn’t a politician, or comedian, or actress. Her tweet wasn’t any worse than what one sees every minute on Twitter, not by a long shot.

We all highlight tweets from unknown non-public figures in the midst of some event, like a bombing or uprising. But something about this one was unsettling, targeted, obsessive, seeking to do damage to someone helpless to defend herself or cut short the outrage with a quick apology because she was in flight.

Why did so much of the Twittersphere quickly proclaim her a racist and go after her with such a blood lust?

Because it could.

She should have written it at  No one would have noticed.

The endgame in all of this will be laws that curtail the 1st Amendment.  We will reach a time where people will actually go to prison for saying something not on the “approved list”.   A whole new collection of laws and rules will slowly be put into place, adding to the already enormous bevvy of restrictions with the end result being a country where it is almost impossible to not break the law on any given day.  The laws can then be enforced selectively based upon need.

Those of you who find this difficult to believe might want to consider what your reaction would have been five years ago if someone said to you “In 4 to 5 years, we will start being careful with what we say on the phone because the NSA is not only listening to everything you say, but actively leveraging that information.”

Geek Oil: Scientists Manufacture Biofuel from Algae in Minutes – Breitbart

PNNL also feels that its process has eliminated the high cost of other algae-based biofuels processes.

“Cost is the big roadblock for algae-based fuel,” said Douglas Elliott, leader of the PNNL research team. “We believe that the process we’ve created will help make algae biofuels much more economical.”

The biggest cost-saving aspect of the new process is that the PNNL team figured out how to use wet algae, whereas most other formulas require the algae to be in a dry form.

“Not having to dry the algae is a big win in this process; that cuts the cost a great deal. Then there are bonuses, like being able to extract usable gas from the water and then recycle the remaining water and nutrients to help grow more algae, which further reduces costs,” Elliot said.

Another exciting development in this new process is that the system works continuously. Other attempts created biofuels in single batches, but this new process works more like an assembly line in a continuously moving and producing system.

It can’t come soon enough.