Notice that this quote is tagged as an “Idiotic quote.” From President Barack Obama:
“I do think that because of our extraordinary efforts, a homeland is significantly safer than it otherwise would be.”
You can’t accuse Obama of lying, because he said: “a homeland,” not “the homeland” or “our homeland.” There’s probably a homeland that is safer now than when Obama took office. It’s just not the United States. Cuba perhaps. And Obama uses the old trick of making a statement that cannot be disproved because the counterfactual cannot be tested. (“SLL believes that the world is a far better place because of SLL than it would have been without it”). And what “extraordinary efforts” is Obama talking about? Deposing Muammar Ghaddafi and replacing his regime with utter chaos? Deposing a government in Ukraine in favor of neo-Nazi US puppets? The Syrian fiasco? The failure to end US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq? If these are extraordinary efforts, one shudders to think what disasters ordinary efforts have caused.
The Russians have been accused by the Democratic National Committee of hacking their computers and releasing the emails that caused the Committee so much consternation. The reason the Russians purportedly did so was to help their good buddy Donald Trump. So Trump, making sports, said: “Russia—if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” referring to Hillary Clinton’s infamous 30,000 deleted emails. The powers that be went batshit crazy. From Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA:
If he is talking about the State Department emails on her server, he is inviting a foreign intelligence service to steal sensitive American government information.
Of course Hillary Clinton’s unsecured server surely wasn’t an invitation for anybody and everybody to “steal sensitive American government information.”
And Timothy Naftali, co-director of New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War, said he was “flabbergasted” by Mr. Trump’s comments.
Even in jest, a presidential candidate should not give any foreign power anything but zero tolerance about espionage. He sent a signal to foreign powers that it’s open season on U.S. secrets.
The Wall Street Journal, “Trump Urges Russia To Wade Into Race,” 7/28/16
Last time we checked, Hillary Clinton is a candidate for president, and if her email system shows zero tolerance for espionage, then her husband has been celibate the last three decades. Again, what could be more “open season” than her unsecured server?
The quotes say volumes about both the powers’ panic and its noxious hypocrisy.
It’s been a long time since SLL has read anything as stupid as the following, even in The Wall Street Journal. From Gerald F. Seib, the concluding two paragraphs of an article “The Damage Sanders’s Clinton Bashing May Do,” 4/19/16:
Mrs. Clinton appears to have the upper hand in a general-election matchup against either Mr. Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But in either case, she’ll need Sanders voters to show up. And it appears that in a matchup against Mr. Trump, a fair share of her vote would come from people embracing her as the less of two evils.
The problem with the Sanders attacks is he is close to portraying her as representing a kind of evil in the system, which threatens to erode that particular advantage.
Hillary Clinton does not represent “a kind of evil in the system,” she’s the living embodiment of every one of the system’s evils. She is a thoroughly corrupt influence peddler and crony capitalist who has accomplished nothing except extraordinary damage in every position she has ever held and only has a shot at the Democrat’s nomination due to the perversities of identity politics. To call her two-faced would be to undercount by at least ten or twelve. She is hanging by a thread on her emails; anyone else except President Obama would have been indicted long ago. Those who have been paying attention the past twenty-four years can name at least a dozen odious scandals with which she was involved that have been swept under the rug. Clinton should be thanking her lucky stars that the Bern has been as gentle on her as he has been. Donald Trump will not be so nice.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Seniors Head to Gun Ranges,” (3/30/16) an increasing number of seniors are buying guns, getting trained on how to use them, and applying for concealed carry permits. They’re worried about crime, terrorism, and general societal breakdown. However, a Harvard professor thinks they’re misguided.
…David Hemenway, a professor of health policy at Harvard University, said “the evidence is pretty strong that [owning a gun] isn’t going to help you.” Having a gun at home increases the risks for suicide and accidental shootings, he said, and it is hard to shoot an intruder or assailant: “Your heart starts beating like crazy,” he said. “If they’re running at you, have half a second or something.”
So what can worried seniors do? “Get a dog, get a good lock, get good neighbors, get a cellphone,” Prof. Hemenway said.
This genius undoubtedly has tenure. Bad guys will be stopped cold by a good lock, and if they’re not, sic Fido on them, and if Fido goes down, you’ve got that half a second to make a cellphone call to your good neighbors or the police, and they’ll be there, magically and instantaneously. Trust the public health policy expert. The last thing you want when a crazed killer comes after you in your own home, or anywhere else, is a gun.
From a source in the Saudi Arabia justice ministry, threatening a Twitter user who compared Saudi Arabian justice to ISIS justice:
“Questioning the fairness of the courts is to question the justice of the Kingdom and its judicial system based on Islamic law, which guarantees rights and ensures human dignity,” a source in the justice ministry told the newspaper, according to a translation by Reuters. The ministry would not hesitate to sue “any media that slandered the religious judiciary of the Kingdom,” the source added.
From The Washington Post, as quoted on libertyblitzkrieg.com, “Another New Low – Saudi Arabia Threatens to Sue Twitter Users Who Compare it to ISIS“
Give me liberty, or give me death!
– Partrick Henry, American Founding Father, 1775
They value their civil liberties more than they value life. I disagree with that. You want to be free and dead? I’d rather be not free and alive.
– Billionaire Hillary Clinton donor Haim Saban, 2015
Just in case you’re wondering what the people bankrolling Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign think about civil liberties, you now have your answer.
Here’s what billionaire Haim Saban had to say about civil liberties during an interview with The Wrap:
What are people in Hollywood saying about the Paris terror attacks?
Many members of the Hollywood community are very liberal and they value their civil liberties more than they value life. I disagree with that. You want to be free and dead? I’d rather be not free and alive. The reality is that certain things that are unacceptable in times of peace — such as profiling, listening in on anyone and everybody who looks suspicious, or interviewing Muslims in a more intense way than interviewing Christian refugees — is all acceptable [during war]. Why? Because we value life more than our civil liberties and it’s temporary until the problem goes away. But to say this is shameful — I disagree. [ISIS] said, ‘We’re going to Paris,’ and they went to Paris. They’re saying they’re now going to Washington. Watch out, they might. I’m not suggesting we put Muslims through some kind of a torture room to get them to admit that they are or they’re not terrorists. But I am saying we should have more scrutiny.
From Ali Michael, Ph.D., Director of P-12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, in an article on huffingtonpost.com, “I Sometimes Don’t Want to Be White Either”:
Rachel Dolezal is a fascinating case study in White racial identity development.* [Rachel Dolezal was the head of Spokane’s NAACP branch who was revealed to be a white woman who “identified” as black and had assimilated into black culture.] She is stuck in the immersion/emersion stage, in which White people, having learned extensively about the realities of racism, and the ugly history of White supremacy in the U.S., “immerse” themselves in trying to figure out how to be White in our society, and “emerge” with a new relationship to Whiteness. Only in the case of Dolezal, her way of dealing with the pain of the reality of racism, was to deny her own Whiteness and to become Black.
She is an extreme example of a common phenomenon. The “immersion” stage is typified by White people taking more responsibility for racism and privilege and often experiencing high levels of anger and embarrassment for racism and privilege, which they sometimes direct towards other Whites. They sometimes try to immerse themselves in communities of color, as Dolezal did. She’s not alone.
I definitely experienced this. There was a time in my 20s when everything I learned about the history of racism made me hate myself, my Whiteness, my ancestors… and my descendants. I remember deciding that I couldn’t have biological children because I didn’t want to propagate my privilege biologically.
**White racial identity development was first theorized and written about by Dr. Janet Helms.
Thank you, Ali Michael, for not propagating your privilege biologically. We only wish that all people who feel the way you do would make the same decision. As Yale University and the University of Missouri have recently demonstrated, this country already has way too many screwed up kids.