Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why They Fight

Following up on this morning's post regarding the inexplicable support for the Hamas barbarians, here is an article from the New York Times, of all paces, further documenting Hamas' cowardly and criminal actions.
Militant rockets can be seen launching from crowded neighborhoods, near apartment buildings, schools and hotels. Hamas fighters have set traps for Israeli soldiers in civilian homes and stored weapons in mosques and schools. Tunnels have been dug beneath private property.
Of course, this being the NYT, it must offer some justification for the terrorists.
... There is no evidence that Hamas and other militants force civilians to stay in areas that are under attack — the legal definition of a human shield under international law.
Oh, great - hide behind the fine print. But to the Times' credit, it goes on to state:
... it is indisputable that Gaza militants operate in civilian areas, draw return fire to civilian structures, and on some level benefit in the diplomatic arena from the rising casualties. They also have at times encouraged residents not to flee their homes when alerted by Israel to a pending strike and, having prepared extensively for war, did not build civilian bomb shelters.
That last sentence about encouraging civilians to remain despite being warned that an attack is imminent, and failing to construct shelters, goes a long way towards explaining the “lack of proportionality” in civilian-to-military casualties on the Hamas side.

On a related note, here is a link to an excellent story documenting the ongoing conflict from the viewpoint of Israeli civilians. It reminds me, on a smaller scale, of the stories one hears from South Texas ranchers who are (unwillingly) on the front lines in the struggle against drug smuggling and human trafficking across the Texas-Mexico border. Do yourself a favor and spend five minutes reading it. It will provide insight into the plight of Israel's civilian populace, and some much-needed balance on the reporting coming out of that region.
Why we fight

I Just Don't Get It

Would some one please explain to me why there are so many people in this country -- and around the world -- who support savages that exploit women, children, and even innocent animals for their own gain?

I'm speaking, of course, of Hamas. At least this time it's Hamas. Pick any other conflict involving islamicists (there are so many) and you'll find the same theme being repeated. But back to Hamas. Here's their general modus operandi: hide behind kids.

First they use them as props for their propaganda.
Pictures show that the same family that was killed in Syria by Assad, was also killed by IDF bombing Gaza few days ago, according to Arab media.
Then they literally hide behind children to launch their attacks.


If you care so much about these kids, you friggin’ animals, set up no children zones to launch your “I Hate The Jews” rocket.

(H/T I Own the World for the image and the caption.)

The barbarians use schools to store munitions.
For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”
No wonder their kids grow up to be ignorant savages. Their role models, the ignorant savages currently running things, evidently value ammunition dumps over schools.

The UN isn't without blame here either. What do you think they did with the rockets they found in those schools?
A spokesperson for UNRWA said the organization gave the rockets to “local authorities...”
That's right. The UN returned the rockets to the same thugs who put them in the schools in the first place.

Assholes...


(H/T BMEWS)

It's not just schools. Hamas also uses hospitals as firing positions.
Hamas has used positions in the Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza to fire automatic weapons and anti-tank missiles on soldiers...

The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has issued repeated and direct warnings to the hospital's manager, and to other Palestinians involved in running the hospital, the army said.
Finally, in the finest tradition of cowards and savages, they enlist innocent animals in their terrorist campaigns.
Hamas militants sent a donkey laden with explosives on a suicide mission in one of the most unconventional tactics yet seen in the fighting in Gaza, the Israeli army has said.

Troops said they were forced to open fire on the animal - blowing it up - as it approached their position in the southern city of Rafah, near the Egyptian border.

"They used this donkey as a human shield, or an animal shield, if you like," said Major Arye Shalicar, an army spokesman. "Anything, an animal or an international building, that can help make use of innocent people or international [citizens], they will use it. We see it time and again."
Where's PETA when you need them?

To recap, on one side we have the only Western-style democracy in the region; one which doesn't hide behind women, children, animals, churches, mosques, hospitals, schools, or any other civilian installation.

One the other hand we have a bunch of savage barbarians who will use anyone or anything in their mindless bloodlust, who stone women to death (or gang rape them, or mutilate them) for trivial acts that in civilized countries go unnoticed, and who are rigidly intolerant of anyone who believes differently than they do.

Children abused. Women treated as property. Animals blown to bits. And yet the left supports these creatures.

Why?

Maybe it has something to do with that line about being ' rigidly intolerant of anyone who believes differently than they do.'

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Harry Reid Is An Idiot

Not that we need much reminding of that fact, but here's a refresher.

Reid: Southern border is secure
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday asserted the southern border is secure despite the massive surge of illegal minors from Central America that has overwhelmed federal agencies.

“The border is secure,” he told reporters after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch. “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus today. He’s a border state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation the border is secure.”
Talk to Ted Cruz, you asshole. He's also a border state senator. He will have a totally different opinion than Martin Heinrich (D-Idiot).

Want more input? Here you are.

High-caliber gunfire sends Border Patrol scrambling
U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river...
The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of the Rincon Peninsula across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico, at about 8:30 p.m., sources said. Bullets ricocheted into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told FoxNews.com.
Border Patrol sources confirmed (Rep. Louie) Gohmert's account, and said the shots may have been fired by .50-caliber weapons.

"We don't have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them," said Gohmert, who has been in the area for the last week to get a first-hand look at the border situation.
Unlike either reid or obama, who are too busy jet-setting around the country to various fund-raising events.
"When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across," Gohmert added. "We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants."
And that's the key point being missed by a lot of people. It's bad enough that we're being flooded with a bunch of illegal kids that we aren't prepared to care for. But what is worse is that while the Border Patrol is busy babysitting, the cartels are taking advantage of the lapse in security to run drugs, criminals, and God knows who or what else across the border unimpeded.
Sources said they believe the gunfire came from members of Mexican drug cartels, which include former military members trained in shooting that type of weaponry.

Border Patrol sources said the rounds were clearly identifiable because .50-caliber weapons make a distinctive noise when fired.
They certainly do. Once you hear it, you never forget it.
"I don't know why we're out here like sitting ducks," one Border Patrol source said. "We need help."
I don't know why either. And yes, you most certainly do.

Not convinced yet that the border isn't secure? Here's more.

Smugglers Operate in Plain Sight Across the River
Smugglers are operating in plain view and during the day along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande across the border from Roma (Texas - in the Rio Grande Valley).

A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew watched as the smugglers blew up rafts, took payments and sent men floating across the river.

The smugglers threatened the news crews.

Dozen of vehicles circled the river bank on the Mexican side all day. Many of the vehicles had Texas license plates.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS cameras witnessed only men trying to cross the border.

Many of the scouts were young boys and teens. The CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew tried to speak with some of them, but they would only say they are affiliated to the Gulf cartel.
Cartels firing heavy weapons at Border Patrol agents. Cartels openly smuggling drugs and people across the border. And that idiot harry reid thinks the border is secure.

As for the SCOAMF squatting in the White House, he's running around turning a blind eye to what can arguably be construed as hostile action by a foreign government. What he should do is respond with overwhelming return fire (can you say "free-fire zone"?). Anyone who makes it to this side gets dumped right back on the other side of the river as soon as they're apprehended. Stop all foreign aid to that miserable failed third world nation currently run by gun-toting thugs. While that's in process, start construction on a barrier that would make the Berlin Wall look like a garden fence. Require proof of legal residency for all government benefits (including public schools) and documents (like drivers licenses). Institute stiff penalties for anyone who hires people without a valid social security card.

At the same time, there is no doubt that our immigration rules and regulations need reform. Keep the criminals and freeloaders out, let in people who want to work, and move on. It's not that tough.

I do it at home with our kids and their friends all the time...


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sharing Gossip

Normally I frown on gossip, but rules guidelines are made to be broken. Besides, this one is too much fun not to pass on.

Bill’s secret ‘mistress,’ the ‘Energizer’
Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer.

(The source) says none of the normal protocols is followed when Energizer arrives in her SUV, sometimes just minutes after Hillary has left the Westchester house ... “You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.”

Energizer, who is described as charming and friendly, sometimes brought cookies to the agents...

One told Kessler: “It was a warm day, and she was wearing a low-cut tank top, and as she leaned over, her breasts were very exposed. They appeared to be very perky and very new and full … There was no doubt in my mind they were enhanced.”

...Hillary’s Secret Service detail informs Bill’s Secret Service detail when the former first lady is coming home, so Bill has time to get Energizer off the property and clean up any evidence.

But once, the warning came late. “The agents had to scramble to get Energizer out of there so there wasn’t some kind of big confrontation.”

... Hillary is routinely rude to the agents who are sworn to take a bullet for her.

“Because she is so nasty to agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment...”
I'd consider it punishment to have to be anywhere around that hag.

Not that I'd wish this on our poor battered country, but just think how entertaining it would be if Hillary got elected in 2016. We'd have at least four years of watching the First Husband tomcat around. It would be so amusing it might almost be worth it having her as prez.


Why (Retired) Professors Drink

Thank God I'm retired. I'd totally lose it if crap like this popped up while I was still in the classroom.

Earlier this year the University of Wisconsin faculty senate adopted something called the Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. Said framework, among other things, “places the mission of diversity at the center of institutional life so that it becomes a core organizing principle.”

Funny, I always thought that providing students with a high quality education was the 'center of institutional life.' Silly me. But I digress
Although much of the language is a thicket of clich├ęs, no one dared challenge it. Moreover, there was no probing of the ramifications of the plan. Apparently, “diversity” has become such a sacred cow that even tenured professors are afraid to question it in any way. 
Part of the framework includes something laughingly termed "representational equity." Back in the day, that used to be called 'affirmative action' - or, more accurately, the quota system.

Anyway, the University of Wisconsin has twisted this concept in such a way that, under the mantle of "representational equity," grades will be apportioned according to whatever diversity-sanctioned subgroup a student belongs to.
(Representational equity) calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.”

Especially shocking is the language about “equity” in the distribution of grades. Professors, instead of just awarding the grade that each student earns, would apparently have to adjust them so that academically weaker, “historically underrepresented racial/ethnic” students perform at the same level and receive the same grades as academically stronger students.  (emphasis added)
There's little doubt the progressives in charge of higher education today are doing their dead level best to destroy what used to be some of the best universities in the world. Sadly, they are well on their way to succeeding...


Monday, July 21, 2014

Country Living

Ah, the joys of life in the country. My day started off with rescuing a mouse from drowning, and wrapped up with shooting a buzzard (no, not a liberal - a bird).

First, the mouse.

Central Texas is still suffering through a multi-year drought. Water, always precious in these parts, has become even more so. One of the things we do to conserve it is to keep a bucket in the shower. We use it to capture the cold water that comes out of the showerhead before it warms up. That water is used on the plants in our garden.

Similarly, when we have a little get-together like we did last weekend, we don't dump the melted water out of the ice chest the next day. Instead, it also serves to water our garden.

So this morning I walked out into the garage to gather up all the weekend's conserved water. When I picked up the ice chest I discovered a very tired-looking mouse feebly struggling to stay afloat. He must have fallen in while trying to get a drink, and ended up treading water for most of the night. After all he'd been through I didn't have the heart to cold-bloodedly kill him, so I scooped him out with an old coffee can and carried him about 50 yards away from the house, where I set him free in the tall grass. I'm sure he'll live a long and happy life out there in Mother Nature's bosom (unless, of course, he gets eaten by a hawk, or an owl, or a feral cat, or a snake, or a raccoon, or a fox, or a coyote, or some other critter higher up in the food chain - on second thought, maybe I didn't do him much of a favor).

As for the buzzard, there's a bunch that roost overnight in a cell tower several hundred yards away from us. When daylight comes several of them fly over and perch on our roof. It's metal, so it raises a ruckus inside the house, plus they drive our dogs crazy. We drive them off by throwing tennis balls at them. I've tried airsoft and BB guns, but the pellets don't seem to bother the birds. And I don't want to shot them with a real gun, because I'd probably end up with a bunch of decomposing buzzard carcasses laying all over our bullet-riddled roof. So we fling tennis balls at them, the buzzards hiss and fly off, and the dogs bark madly and chase them until they sail over the fence. Then the mutts come trotting back with their chests puffed out, pleased that they've chased those dirty birds away.

This evening, however, was a little different. I let the dogs out, they made their usual rush off into the brush, but then all of a sudden a wild commotion broke out. I grabbed their leashes and went down to see what was going on. They had somehow caught one of the buzzards on the ground. It had a broken leg and a broken wing, so it couldn't escape, but it still had a nasty beak. I got the leashes on the dogs and dragged them back inside, then grabbed a .22 pistol and went back to put the buzzard out of its misery. One quick shot and it was all over. The next question was what to do with the dead buzzard.

It was about the size and weight of a turkey, but somehow the thought of roast buzzard wasn't too appealing. If I buried it the dogs would just dig it up again. Plus the ground around here is mostly rock, so digging a hole of any size usually requires a power auger or rocksaw. So I ended up tossing it in the back of my truck and heading for the nearest county road. It didn't take long to find some roadkill - a poor squashed possum. I figured that whatever came to clean up the possum would also enjoy some tasty fresh buzzard, so I dropped it off there. Recycling - the environmentalists should be happy.

Then it was back home to a cold Shiner... life is good here in the country.

FOD 2014.07.21

I'm starting to feel sorry for poor barack. Things are happening fast and furious around the world (Ukraine, Gaza, Central America -> Mexico -> U.S. border...), while here at home things are falling apart around him (IRS, NSA, that pesky U.S. - Mexico border again...). So rather than bash him today, I think we should all get together and pray for him. In fact, I found a Psalm that is strikingly appropriate.

Psalm 109:8 
"Let his days be few and brief;
And let others step forward to replace him."

And now, on to the main event. I've been kinda busy these past few days, so I asked Newt Gingrich to guest-write today's post. He willingly obliged.

The tranquillity of Obama's mind
When White House press secretary Josh Earnest said this week that President Barack Obama had "substantially improved the tranquillity of the global community," many observers reacted with disbelief.

When the President refused to go to the U.S.-Mexico border last week to see the crisis of young people flooding into the United States because "he's not interested in photo ops," lesser mortals noted he had played pool with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, dropped by a brewery to have a beer and shook hands with a man wearing a horse-head mask.

When he went to Delaware on Thursday and opened with a few sentences about the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine before joking about Joe Biden and going back to his prepared text on infrastructure, many thought he had failed to take seriously an international disaster. They were even less impressed when he had lunch at the Charcoal Pit and ordered burgers and fries (not a photo op, of course). It was not until 24 hours later that he took to the podium to promise an aggressive investigation.

With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria causing the collapse of Iraq and continued violence in Syria, the Syrian dictatorship consolidating its power, the Iranians failing to take steps to end their nuclear weapons program and Hamas firing more than 1,000 rockets at Israel, the President and his team have moved decisively to brief The New York Times on his passion for late-night intellectual dinners exploring physics, architecture and questions far more profound than the fate of the Middle East.

It is as though the more dangerous the world becomes the more Obama hides in a fantasy world of avoiding the responsibilities of the presidency. He uses the office to surround himself with court jesters who distract him in an enlightened and noble way from the growing failures of his policies and the rapidly expanding threats to the civilized world.

From his perch in the amazingly Obama-centric world in which our President lives, look again at what the rest of us think of as serious problems.

Have any of the 1,000-plus Hamas rockets been aimed at Obama? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Have any of the thousands who are crossing the border tried to move into the White House? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States that is likely to blow up the next golf course the President is playing at? No. That is why Obama is tranquil.

This "tranquillity" line was a Freudian slip by the President's spokesman that reveals the deep gap between reality and the Obama White House.

Self-delusion and a rich fantasy life are dangerous in a president. They often lead to disasters that are unimaginable until they happen.
That last paragraph is what has me really, really worried...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

These Are The People Liberals Adore

Like many of you, I was aware that Ted Kennedy basically got away with murder for killing Mary Jo Kopechne. But I wasn't aware of many of the details. Thankfully Brian Cates went to the trouble to document the series of events that dark night long ago. Please go to the link and read the whole thing.

Warning: your blood will boil.


Full story here.

Sunday Funnies 2014.07.20

I had to go to the dentist last week. Not fun...


 A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. "I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want Novacain because I'm in a big hurry," the woman said. "Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way."

The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?"

The woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."


A man walks into the dentist's office and after the dentist examines him, he says, "that tooth has to come out. I'm going to give you a shot of Novocain and I'll be back in a few minutes."

The man grabs the dentist's arm, "no way. I hate needles I'm not having any shot!"

So the dentist says, "okay, we'll have to go with the gas."

The man replies, "absolutely not. It makes me very sick for a couple of days. I'm not having gas."

So the dentist steps out and comes back with a glass of water, "here," he says. "Take this pill."

The man asks "What is it?"

The doc replies, "Viagra."

The man looks surprised, "will that kill the pain?" he asks.

"No," replies the dentist, "but it will give you something to hang on to while I pull your tooth!"


Q:  Did you hear about the dentist who planted a garden?
A.  A month later he was picking his teeth.

Q:  What does the dentist of the year get?
A:  A little plaque.

Q:  What does a dentist do on a roller coaster?
A:  He braces himself.

Q:  Where does a dentist get his gas?
A:  At the filling station.

Q:  What did the dentist say to the computer?
A:  This won't hurt a bit.









Saturday, July 19, 2014

Feel-Good Story Of The Day

Well, the feel-good part is the outcome. I just hope the victim here isn't too traumatized.
A Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said.

The father called 911 around 1 a.m. after he walked in on the alleged abuse, police said. When officers arrived, they found Raymond Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth.
Child abuser gets what he deserves.
"He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you," the father told the 911 dispatcher. "I drug him out to the living room."

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1tZV6o9) reports that the father — who was not identified by police — told investigators he walked in as Frolander was abusing the boy.

When asked by the 911 dispatcher if any weapons were involved, the father said "my foot and my fist."

The father has not been charged with any crime.
At last. Some common sense in our criminal justice system.
"Dad was acting like a dad. I don't see anything we should charge the dad with," Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said. "You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times."

Frolander is charged with sexual battery on a child under 12. He is being held without bail. It was not immediately known whether he'd hired a lawyer.

According to the arrest affidavit, Frolander admitted the abuse.
That guy got off easy. If it had been my kid, well, I've got guns... and knives... and baseball bats...

obamacare Pink Slips

Lost in all the noise about invasions by illegal immigrants, the Israel-Hamas conflict, and the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was this little tidbit concerning some pending legislation.
As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices.

The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women’s and labor groups — to curb practices that affect millions of families, like assigning just one or two days of work a week or requiring employees to work unpredictable hours that wreak havoc with everyday routines like college and child care.

The recent, rapid spread of on-call employment to retail and other sectors has prompted proposals that would require companies to pay employees extra for on-call work and to give two weeks’ notice of a work schedule.
"...fueled by women’s and labor groups ..."

They may very well be the driving force behind the movement for wider-ranging legislation and regulations governing part-time workers, but left unstated by the MSM is the real reason for the rising demand for part-timers and "ever-changing, on-call schedules."
When ObamaCare was passed by the Democrats, non-partisan experts predicted there would be a host of problems. Among those problems would be pressure on businesses to drop the number of full-time employees and substitute them with either machines or part-time employees. The cause of this was of course the mandate that employers offer expensive health care plans for “full-time employees.” Incidentally, for purposes of imposing this job-killing legislation, full-time is considered 30 hours of work a week (it is the government, after all).


Predictably for those with any common sense, part-time employment is increasing while full-time employment is decreasing ... Rather than admit another flaw in ObamaCare, the federal government is now pressuring businesses to change their business practices to make the consequences of their legislation less visible to those suffering from it: the workers.
The (again) predictable outcome of the proposed legislation?
Now even more businesses will seek to lay off part-timers (expect fewer people to help one check out at stores or find items; expect more ordering from computers while in restaurants -- Panera is planning to roll self-ordering machines out and the Chili’s chain already has done so).

Can't anyone connect these pretty damn self-evident dots?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Celebrating Ramadan

In keeping with that SCOAMF in the White House, I am celebrating Ramadan this weekend.
(Last week) President Obama hosted his sixth Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, an annual tradition started by First Lady Hillary Clinton when she hosted a Ramadan Eid celebration dinner in 1996...
Here's how we celebrate Ramadan in Central Texas.

Friday Follies Happy Hour 2014.07.18

Dedicated to my second ex-wife... pop open a cold one and sing along!

May You Live In Interesting Times

Jesucristo! So much is happening so fast that it's hard to keep up. We have, of course, the ongoing crisis involving undocumented illegal residents immigrants aliens flooding across our southern border.
With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation's southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties "dissatisfaction with government," at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country's top problem.
Then there's the unfolding crisis involving the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, spurring swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot down the aircraft.

The United States has concluded a missile shot down the plane...
And while all that is happening, Israel has sent ground forces into Gaza.
Israel launched an open-ended ground invasion of Gaza aimed at crushing Hamas militants after 10 days of aerial bombardment, sending thousands of troops with tanks and armored vehicles into the Palestinian territory.

The operation began at about 10 p.m. local time Thursday after Palestinian militants fired more than 100 rockets into Israel at the end of a five-hour cease-fire meant to allow Gazans to restock on food and other supplies.

The ground incursion was accompanied by heavy airstrikes and the most widespread warnings yet to Palestinian residents, urging them to clear out of the way of impending attacks. The operation spanned the entire border between Israel and Gaza, about 36 miles, the military said.
The liberals would have us believe that this is an unwarranted incursion by the evil Israelis against the peace-loving Palestinians terrorists. They are, of course, wrong.
Many people may think that the death toll in Israel is low compared to the 180 or so Palestinians who have been killed in Gaza in the last few weeks. Leftists will no doubt quote the UN's ratio of civilian-to-military casualties, which is said to be 70% civilian.
There is reason to question the accuracy of that statistic, as explained at the link. We'll skip that for the sake of brevity and move on.
There's a simple reason for that “lack of proportionality” (Manuel Hassassian, a Palestinian Authority envoy in the UK) said:
“There are no shelters, no bunkers, no place to go, except their homes.”

Israel has built many air-raid shelters and other means of protection for its citizens. It also employs air-raid warnings in response to Hamas rocket attacks. Hamas, on the other hand, doesn't provide its people with either of these things.

The other thing is that Hamas deliberately places its fighters amongst the Gaza civilian population -- as is now both well-known and well-documented...
We'll come back to this point a little later.
What is the reason for Hamas's suicidal policies?

It's primarily because this Muslim Brotherhood political party wants some -- or even many -- of its people to be killed.

So why does Hamas want that?

There are various reasons; though the main one is the Western response to such deaths ... In other words, Palestinian deaths do the Hamas cause a lot of good in the West.

The other important point to bear in mind is that, according to Hamas theology/ideology, every Palestinian who is killed by Israelis is deemed to be an automatic martyr for Islam. In addition, one well-known Hamas motto just happens to be: "We love death more than life."

Palestinians also say that they have “nowhere to go” when the Israeli air attacks come. Yet that's not entirely true either, because Israel gives advance warnings before such attacks. For example, Israeli forces -- just the other day -- dropped leaflets on the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya which warned of future air strikes.
Can you imagine a muslim suicide bomber giving his potential victims a heads-up before blowing himself and his innocent victims to kingdom-come?

Me neither.

As for the cowardly assholes hiding behind women and children:
Some 20 rockets were found Wednesday in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the organization confirmed Thursday.

The discovery would seem to confirm Israel’s oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons.
All of which makes videos like this one warm the cockles of my heart.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Finally, the obama administration has a rare flash of common sense in the border brouhaha.

Good news: Obama administration supports a border fence
At last, an Obama administration official has come out in favor of a fence. He promises it will bring security to people on both sides of the border.
Sounds too good to be true, right?

It is.
Unfortunately, Philip Gordon, National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf, was not speaking of a border fence between the United States and Mexico, but a fence between the West Bank and the 1967 Israeli border. That fence, he said, would be built after Israel relinquishes the territory in exchange for an empty promise of “peace” with the Palestinians.

Apparently Gordon hasn't noticed that missiles fly over fences...
Perhaps the most laughable part of Gordon's speech to the Ha'aretz Israel Conference for Peace was this line: “Israel should not take for granted the opportunity to negotiate that peace with (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas, who has shown time and again that he is committed to nonviolence and coexistence with Israel.”
Yeah, right. And I have a bridge in Brooklyn that's for sale.

The ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas has been overshadowed here in the U.S. by the illegal immigrant crisis. But the simmering Mideast struggle is threatening to explode into a much larger conflict.
An effort to permanently stop the killing stalled Tuesday when Israel resumed airstrikes following a brief, one-sided cease-fire brokered by Egypt. While Israel paused for six hours, Hamas leaders rejected the deal and continued firing rockets.
Volumes have been written about the Israel-Palestine divide. I don't have much to add, other than I support the only Western-style democracy in the region. But I was struck by one paragraph in a recent news report.
Hamas officials said they ... want to see a broad agreement that would, among other things, end restrictions on border crossings...
Sound familiar?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Laying Out The Welcome Mat

UPDATED: Well, that certainly didn't take long.

Fed-backed group drops plan to buy fancy hotel to house illegals
A plan to house hundreds of illegal immigrant children at a multimillion-dollar hotel complex in Texas was scuttled after the prospect of taxpayers footing the bill for luxury lodging proved too much of a public relations obstacle.

The deal died Wednesday afternoon, hours after FoxNews.com reported that as many as 600 children between the ages of 12-17 could be placed at the Palm Aire, where BCFS would also provide medical and mental health care and educational and recreational programs under a contract that sources said could total as much as $50 million.

But images of the hotel's amenities generated a backlash that officials said could not be overcome.

"We are not going to continue with trying to purchase that hotel," a source close to the plan told Fox News. "It was just too controversial. We should have known better, no matter what the cost."
 It's nice to know that We the People still have the power to influence events.

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Original Post:

The obama administration is planning on spending $50 million of our tax dollars on a resort for the illegal immigrant children currently flooding across our southern border.
The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens.
The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms.



According to the Palm Aire Hotel's web site, amenities there include, among other things:
Free fitness center with 20 machines and free weights
Two racquetball courts
Sauna and steam room
Two updated outdoor pools and Jacuzzis
Poolside bar
Free pool cabanas
As if that's not enough, there are plans to add a soccer field, along with "medical and mental health care, on-site educational programs, recreational programs and case management."

Jesus H. Christ on a bicycle - where do I sign up?

In keeping with the long-standing government tradition of overstaffing, the new facility will employ 650 people. Since it will hold around 600 illegal immigrants, that works out to a little over one employee per illegal alien. No word on how many of the employees will be security guards, although I have no idea why anyone would want to escape from a resort.
... the BCFS contract for the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is an annual one worth $50 million per year. It is not part of the $3.7 billion emergency funding for the illegal alien invasion requested by the Obama administration as the bill hasn’t yet passed but it is a good indication of where the money will go.
Notwithstanding the question of where the money is coming from (after all, it's only $50M - that's less than a rounding error in our federal budget), has anyone in the obama administration stopped to think about what sort of message this sends to people in Central and South America who are considering immigrating to invading the U.S.?

Talk about laying out the welcome mat...


Optimism

Yesterday in the mail I received my elk and antelope tags from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. In a fit of optimism I dug out some of last year's venison from the freezer, figuring I needed to start making room for all that fresh meat that would be coming my way this fall.

My wife and kids are less than enthusiastic consumers of wild game. They'll eat it, but they usually prefer that it be prepared in a manner that minimizes the 'wild game' taste (although I suspect that if I did a blind taste test they couldn't tell the difference between venison and beef, or quail and chicken).

So last night I made the venison equivalent of veal piccata (recipe below). Normally I don't soak venison in milk, but for this dish it seemed like the thing to do to approximate the taste of milk-fed veal. For the record, we don't eat veal. On this one topic we've bought into the animal rights propaganda. Yes, I know there's another side to the story, but for whatever reason we just bypass veal.

And while we're on the subject of hunting, there's a new development in bullets. DARPA has come up with a .50 caliber round that self-adjusts its flight in midair to hit targets at extreme long ranges.
The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system seeks to improve sniper effectiveness and enhance troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines. The objective of the EXACTO program is to revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet. The EXACTO 50- caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems. The system combines a maneuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course.


Since I won't have that technology available to me this fall I guess I'd better put in some serious range time between now and then...

Anyway, as promised, here's the Venison Piccata recipe. FWIW, it received rave reviews.


Venison Piccata

Servings: 2-4            Prep Time: 2-4 hours            Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

- 1 lb. of venison round or roast, sliced into small steaks
- 2+/- cups of milk
- 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- 1/2 tsp. of freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 3/4 cup of dry white wine (i.e., Chardonnay)
- juice of 2 fresh lemons
- 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
- 2 TBLS capers, drained

Directions:

1.    Trim venison of fat or silverskin. Slice into 1/2 inch thick steaks. Rinse with water and pat dry.

2.    Lay meat in a shallow non-metal dish. Pour 1 cup or so of milk over the meat (I like to sprinkle my venison with a little unseasoned meat tenderizer at this point). Cover and refrigerate for 1-3 hours, depending on the age/sex of the deer (longer for an older buck and shorter for a young deer or doe). Turn the meat about halfway through the refrigeration period.

3.    When the time is up, remove the venison and rinse with water. Discard the milk. Pat dry, return the venison to the dish, and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. At this point I also like to sprinkle it with a little lemon pepper and garlic salt, but that’s up to you. In any event, the key here is to lightly sprinkle with whatever you decide to use. Cover with milk again.

4.    Leave the meat out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. At that point drain and discard the milk, and pat the venison dry with paper towels.

5.    Between steps 3 and 4, mix flour, salt, and pepper. Also, you can pour yourself some of the wine (just make sure to reserve the ¾ of a cup you’ll need in step 7). Spread the flour mixture onto a large plate. After step 4 dredge the venison steaks in the flour mixture.

6.    Pour yourself a fresh glass of wine. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add venison and brown for 4-5 minutes on each side.

7.    Add the wine and let it cook for an additional 2 minutes.

8.    Remove venison and keep warm (I like to wrap it loosely in foil).

9.    Add lemon, parsley, and capers to the wine in the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.

10.    Place venison steaks on plates and pour sauce over venison. Open another bottle of wine, serve with your favorite veggies and some nice garlic bread, and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Double Standard, Anyone?

From various news reports:
The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.

A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.”

(Source)
Here's the float in question. Not quite up to Rose Bowl parade standards, but hey - it's Nebraska.

(Cheap shot. I apologize to all the 'Huskers out there.)


Now here's a cartoon by Mike Luckovich, left-leaning editorial cartoonist, published in November 2006. It depicts an outhouse labeled “Bush Presidential Library.”


The DOJ under Bush didn't send a special representative to investigate Luckovich or the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which published the cartoon.

The message here seems to be that any criticism or mockery of obama is racist...