Category Archives: Politics
Diane Feinstein issued a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA terrorist interrogation tactics it called torture. Members of the committee approved those same tactics after the 9/11 attacks.
Bottom line – it’s almost 2015 and it’s still Bush’s fault.
Chuck Schumer, the third ranking Senate Democrat, gave a speech trashing ObamaCare. He said it was a mistake to ram through health care reform when the main concern of voters was the economy. The uninsured were a small percentage of the electorate and most of them didn’t vote. ObamaCare meant middle class working people had to pay more for their insurance to subsidize the non-voting beneficiaries of ObamaCare. Schemer said that was politically stupid. As a result Democrats are now getting shellacked at the polls.
The speech came as a shock to Progressives and the press but it’s something Schumer must have given a lot of thought to. As Dan Henninger said in the WSJ, “Let us count the times Sen. Chuck Schumer has blown himself up politically.
That was a short count, wasn’t it?”
Eric Garner was selling cigarettes without paying taxes on them. If he were Al Sharpton he would have been invited to the White House. Instead he was killed by the cops. The untaxed cigarettes are called loosies and former Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD chief wanted loosies stamped out. What next…open season on ticket scalpers?
This wasn’t about race it was about loosies. John Kass in the Chicago Tribune says Eric Garner was cutting in on the government’s action skimming taxes off of cancer sticks.
Ben Shapiro in Breitbart has a good breakdown of what actually happened. He says Garner died due to a “submission hold” which cut off the flow of blood through arteries in his neck. He was in poor health, suffered from asthma, and weighted 400 lbs.
So, Eric Garner was a huge black man selling cigarettes who was killed by police. Michael Brown was a huge black teenager stealing cigarillos who was also killed by police. But the similarities end there. Brown assaulted an officer and tried to take his gun. Eric Garner was the real “gentle giant”. He didn’t offer resistance yet police put him in a “choke hold”, crammed his face into the pavement, and he died. It’s all on video. You can even hear him say “I can’t breathe”.
Not so much when it comes to cops. The WSJ found 1,800 police killings between 2007 and 2012.
Nearly all police killings are deemed by the departments or other authorities to be justifiable.
Maybe they are. Without the police “the ghetto would be the wild wild West”, according to Charles Barkley.
Just another day at the White House. Al Sharpton – in, Chuck Hagel – out.
Hagel was hired as Secretary of Defense because he’s a Republican who shared Obama’s views on ending war. Things went south for Hagel when he proved unable to end war and begin war with ISIS at the same time.
Chuck Hagel is gone as Secretary of Defense. He was Obama’s third bird. All three complained about interference from the White House staff. They were ok with the cooks and butlers but not so much Susan Rice, McDonough, and Ben Rhodes. Here’s an example from Bloomberg.
Like his immediate predecessors at the Pentagon, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, Hagel chafed at the way a small cadre of Obama loyalists centralized power in the White House. When Obama backed off a threat to bomb Syria last year, he made the decision on a walk with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough. Hagel was informed of the decision later.
Hagel is is flying the coop, but not just yet. He’ll stay on until Secretary of Defense IV is found.