What A Fool Believes

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Some people on the right will tell you that Obama is a socialist. Others say he’s a closeted Muslim. There are people on the left that claim he’s a conservative. Obama’s supporters think he’s a genius. His detractors believe he’s an idiot.

So what does Obama really believe?

Well first of all, he is NOT a Muslim. Yes, he went to a madrassa for a few years as a child and learned a few verses from the Qur’an, but that doesn’t make him a Muslim anymore than going to a Catholic school makes you a Christian.

Speaking of which, he’s not a Christian either. Obama only went to church in order to ingratiate himself into the black community in Chicago. He learned to talk the talk, but he never walked the walk.

There is no evidence that religion of any kind has ever had a significant influence on Barack Obama. He is his own higher power. There is no God but Barack and Obama is His Prophet.

As far as political ideology he is a mess, which is why it is so hard to pin him down.

Obama spent most of his life marinating in far-left ideology. His mother, grandfather and family friend Frank Marshall Davis began his indoctrination, and his friends in Chicago continued it. But he isn’t really a socialist.

Barack Obama isn’t an authentic African American. If you don’t believe me ask Bobby Rush. Obama is biracial, but his father was African, not African American, and Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia by his white mother and white grandparents. He grew up about as far away from African American culture as it is possible for any American to get.

As a young man Obama liked to portray himself as an exotic semi-foreigner. He falsely claimed that his father was an African prince. He emphasized his years in Indonesia. He quit going by Barry and began calling himself Barack (which he pronounced “Ba-ruch”). He wore a sarong and listened to jazz instead of pop music. He dated white women almost exclusively. His friends were white or Pakistani.

Obama’s first real experience with the African American community came during his time as a “community organizer” in Chicago. He had always had political ambitions but no real political connections. Then Harold Washington surprised everyone by winning the election for Mayor of Chicago.

Barack Obama was hired to help organize the black community in Chicago’s South Side to reelect Washington. Obama had no real connection to Chicago other than Frank Marshall Davis who had lived there in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Obama was working in NYC at some job writing a monthly news letter analyzing foreign investments. He says he saw an ad for a job as a community organizer and applied.

None of Obama’s memoirs or campaign materials mention getting Harold Washington reelected as Obama’s primary purpose. This is the official story:

Two years after graduating, Obama was hired in Chicago as director of the Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale on Chicago’s South Side. He worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988.[31][33] He helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens.[34] Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.[35]


Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988.

Washington was elected mayor in 1983 and spent most of his time in office battling power with the infamous Daley Machine. The guys who hired Obama were Washington supporters. GOTV efforts in the predominantly black South Side were essential to winning that struggle. Then in November 1987 Washington died unexpectedly. Obama quit his job as a community organizer in May 1988 and in the fall of that year he entered Harvard Law School. Do the math.

By the time he left for law school Obama had learned two important things: The Alinsky Method and the cultivation, use and value of connections. He had already made important and influential connections in Chicago, including the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

While at Harvard Obama discovered Critical Race Theory and became the first President of the Harvard Law Review to never publish anything. He graduated, returned to Chicago, and began his political career in earnest. Every move he has made since his return to Chicago was connected to his political ambitions, including his marriage to Michelle Robinson.

Perhaps the single biggest influence in Barack Obama’s life were the years he spent at Punahou School in Hawaii. His attendance at the school and his grandmother’s upper-middle class income allowed young Barry to become a charter member of the elite One Percent Club.

Despite his claims to the contrary, Barack Obama has never been poor. Things may have been a little tight around the budget when he was very young, but that was because his mother was a student at the University of Hawaii. They were never homeless and Barack never missed a meal. Besides, how much could he really remember about those years anyway?

After his mother married Lolo Soetoro and they moved to Indonesia, Obama lived a solid middle-class lifestyle even by American standards. By Indonesian standards they were practically wealthy. This was the late Sixties when there wasn’t nearly as much stuff to buy as there is today.

By the time Obama moved back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents his grandmother (Madeline Dunham) had become a vice-president at the Bank of Hawaii and his grandfather was a supervisor at a major furniture store. That gave them the money and connections to pay for Barack to attend the fanciest prep school in the 50th State.

Barack Obama may have been the poorest kid at Punahou School, but that’s like being the poorest member of the Beverly Hills Country Club. You’re still a member.

Punahou School is where the children of Hawaii’s rich and shameless go to get an education. This gave Barry a peek at la dolce vita of the wealthy and privileged. This is where the real Obama emerges.

Barack Obama is a Bourgeoisie Socialist.

Conservative or Bourgeois Socialism was a term used by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in various pieces (including in the Communist Manifesto).

The Marxian view is such that the bourgeois socialist is the sustainer of the current state of bourgeois class relations. Opinions vary as to whether this or that bourgeois socialist intentionally is excusing the current order but the common thread is that they are, in objective fact, preserving it.

In this class Marx explicitly referenced Proudhon’s The Philosophy of Misery, stating:

“ The Socialistic bourgeois want all the advantages of modern social conditions without the struggles and dangers necessarily resulting therefrom.

He talks the (watered-down) talk of socialism, but he walks the walk of the elite capitalist class. He bashes wealth while hobnobbing with the richest people in the country. He attacks privilege with his words, while enjoying all its benefits for himself.

This explains his popularity with the so-called “creative class” and Occupy Wall Street types. They are spoiled children of wealth and privilege using their shiny new iPhone 6’s to bemoan the evils of capitalism while sipping pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks.

Barack and Michelle Obama are not unique. The modern left is infested with what Victor Davis Hanson calls “Egalitarian Grandees“:

From academia to the Sierra Club, elite progressives expect to live lives that are quite different from what they envision for the less sophisticated.

The rest of Obama’s ideology is a patchwork of conflicting ideas shrouded by political opportunism. He smoked pot and used cocaine but he opposes the legalization of marijuana. He was against gay marriage before he was for it. He takes money from oil companies but he opposes new oil drilling. He supports civil liberties while spying on Americans.

So what does Obama really believe about all the various social issues? He believes whatever is convenient for him to believe at any given moment. But it really doesn’t matter what he believes because he also does whatever is most convenient for him at that moment without a second thought.

There are some basic liberal ideas that he generally supports (like gay marriage) but not enough to take any political risks over. That’s because he believes that what is good for Obama is good for America.

Ambition, greed and narcissism are the controlling elements of Obama’s personality. Everything he thinks, says and does is run thru that filter. They even overrule his political judgment. That’s why he insists on going golfing despite the criticism it causes.

Obama’s narcissism outshines everything else. He drinks his own Koolaid. When he says he is smarter than his advisors he really believes it. He actually thinks he is a messianic figure who was destined to change the course of history.

“A confidence man knows he’s lying; that limits his scope. But a successful shaman ropes himself first; he believes what he says — and such belief is contagious; there is no limit to his scope.”
– Jubal Harshaw (Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land)

Coming Soon: The Roots Of Obama’s Goofy Foreign Policy


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Totally Awesome Open Thread


Because the last one is full, dude!

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Falling Down


Where does civilization come from? More importantly right now, where does it go when it ends?

Roger Cohen at the NYT:

The Great Unraveling

It was the time of unraveling. Long afterward, in the ruins, people asked: How could it happen?


It was a time of weakness. The most powerful nation on earth was tired of far-flung wars, its will and treasury depleted by absence of victory. An ungrateful world could damn well police itself. The nation had bridges to build and education systems to fix. Civil wars between Arabs could fester. Enemies might even kill other enemies, a low-cost gain. Middle Eastern borders could fade; they were artificial colonial lines on a map. Shiite could battle Sunni, and Sunni Shiite, there was no stopping them. Like Europe’s decades-long religious wars, these wars had to run their course. The nation’s leader mockingly derided his own “wan, diffident, professorial” approach to the world, implying he was none of these things, even if he gave that appearance. He set objectives for which he had no plan. He made commitments he did not keep. In the way of the world these things were noticed. Enemies probed. Allies were neglected, until they were needed to face the decapitators who talked of a Caliphate and called themselves a state. Words like “strength” and “resolve” returned to the leader’s vocabulary. But the world was already adrift, unmoored by the retreat of its ordering power. The rule book had been ripped up.


It was a time of disorientation. Nobody connected the dots or read Kipling on life’s few certainties: “The Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire / And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.”

Until it was too late and people could see the Great Unraveling for what it was and what it had wrought.

Is America weak? We have a weak “leader” in the White House, but is our president the source of our strength? Are we really any weaker than we were ten years ago, or fifty years ago, or seventy-five years ago?

Basically every habitable spot on the surface of this planet has been occupied by somebody since the last Ice Age ended. Why is this planet only partially civilized, and what is the difference between the civilized people and the savages?

Is the decline and fall of American civilization inevitable and irreversible or are our greatest days still ahead? Does it make a difference which one we believe to be true?

What I actually think we are seeing are the death throes of progressivism and socialism. What is sometimes referred to as the “blue-model fail.” As an economic system it is unsustainable. As a religion/ideology it is a cancer on the body politic.

Ed Driscoll:

Fair enough, but consider the source — over the past 12 years, the New York Times, when not going on benders on the evils of golf courses and air conditioning, and publishing outright fabulism, has, more recently, published pieces calling for the end of the US Constitution, and mocking the “fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity” of its presidential candidates — only, upon further review, to discover that these extreme worldviews are Catholicism, Lutheranism and Mormonism, bedrock religions of America’s history. Its leading journalists have publicly called the citizens of the American midwest “The dance of the low-sloping foreheads” and filed William S. Burroughs-style stories of openly experimenting with drugs. And of course, in 2008, it went all-in to champion a man who was clearly not ready to be president, to the point of actively burying potentially damaging stories about him and refusing to run op-eds from his opponent.

In the 1920s, there was only one H.L. Mencken, mocking democracy and religion as outdated and the American people as the “booboosie.” In the 1960s and ’70s, there was only one Hunter Thompson, similarly calling America ”just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

But as James Lileks wrote, shortly before Thompson committed suicide after a lifetime of drug and alcohol abuse, Thompson was “the guy who made nihilism hip. He’s the guy who taught a generation that the only thing you should believe is this: don’t trust anyone who believes anything. He’s the patron saint of journalism, whether journalists know it or not.” A major city newspaper can’t staff itself full of wannabe Menckens and Thompsons, and then blindly wonder why a great unraveling is occurring.

Nihilism and multiculturalism are in agreement on one thing – they both disdain our morals and culture. Nihilism teaches that morals and culture have no intrinsic value. Multiculturalism teaches that all morals and cultures are of equal value. Either way, they agree that there is nothing special about our morals and culture.

Our forefathers thought that America was a special place – better than all the other countries. That was the source of ideas like “Manifest Destiny” and “American Exceptionalism.” There was a time when Americans had idealism, optimism and a belief in something greater than ourselves.

Maybe it’s time to return to our roots.


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There Never Was Any “There” There

SS Obama

SS Obama

Michael Goodwin at the NY Post:

Obama’s ship is sinking

The rising clamor over the beheading of two Americans, and rapidly sinking polls, forced President Obama to reassure the nation last week he had a plan to deal with the Islamic State. He did some of what he had to do, but only some, and so most military analysts believe the expanded airstrikes will not be a sufficient match for the size and weaponry of the terrorist army.

They miss the point. The disjointed speech wasn’t really about terrorism and launching a new war. It was about saving Obama’s presidency.

He is sinking fast and could soon pass the point of no return. In fact, it may already be too late to save the SS Obama.

The whole second term has been a string of disasters, with the toxic brew of his Obamacare lies, middling economic growth and violent global breakdown casting doubt on the president’s stewardship. Six years into his tenure, nothing is going as promised.

Earlier on, he could have trotted out his teleprompters and turned public opinion his way, or at least stopped the damage. But the magic of his rhetoric is long gone, and not just because the public has tuned him out.

They’ve tuned him out because they’ve made up their minds about him. They no longer trust him and don’t think he’s a good leader.


That’s shocking — but not surprising. Barack Obama was not ready to be president, and still isn’t. It is a fantasy to believe he’ll master the art in his final two years.

Money quote:

Barack Obama was not ready to be president, and still isn’t.

Tell us something we don’t know.

This used to be one of my favorite topics to write about. Not favorite in the sense that I liked talking about it, but rathor favorite in the sense that I wrote about it a lot. Eventually I got tired of repeating myself.

I honestly don’t know how many posts I have written in the past six and one-half years. Thousands at least. During the first couple years I must have written several posts a week talking about how Obama was not ready to be president. Actually, it was more like “Obama will never be ready to be president.”

Not now, not then, not ever.

As the 2008 Democratic primary began I really didn’t know anything about Obama, but he began creating quite a bit of buzz so I figured that I should check him out. What I found was not negative, just underwhelming.

Obviously I noticed right away that he was black. I considered that to be a plus, but not a reason to vote for him. He was a year younger than me, which made me feel old, but that was not a strike against him.

What bothered me was his lack of accomplishment. Sure, he had Ivy League degrees from college and law school, but those things are common at that level. He said he was against the war in Iraq, but so were all the other Democrats who were running. All I saw was a first-term senator from Illinois who supposedly gave really good speeches.

There were several other Democrats running who were senators too, except none of them was a freshman like Obama. Every single one of the other candidates had more experience and more accomplishments, including Mike Gravel.

My initial impression of Obama was that he was a rising star in the Democratic Party, but he wasn’t ready for prime time just yet. I thought he might make an interesting vice presidential candidate. If he won he could gain experience and then run for president sometime in the future.

I never watched Obama’s 2004 keynote speech, nor did I hear his 2002 anti-war speech that his campaign recreated. I skipped his Iowa caucuses victory speech too. I read about them though, and I was aware that some people were really impressed.

The first time I ever sat through an Obama speech from beginning to end was his Throw Grandma Under the Bus race speech. That was also the last time I ever sat through a whole Obama speech. By the time that speech was made my opinion of Obama had solidified and hasn’t gotten any better since.

For me the first red flag was Obama’s creepy cult following. If that was the kind of people he attracted I wanted no part of him. Then there was the race card he played on Bill Clinton. They say politics ain’t beanbag, but that was about as nasty as it gets, or at least I thought so at the time.

That was about the time I began to learn more about Barack Obama. First there was the underhanded way he got Alice Palmer kicked off the ballot to win his first election. Then there was the way he voted “present” over a hundred times as a state senator. He got elected to the U.S. Senate by even sleazier methods when both of his major opponents had messy divorce records made public.

Next came the revelations about Obama’s acquaintances, including Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. As the weeks and months passed in the Spring of 2008, the more I learned about Obama, the less I liked.

In the six years since Obama was elected POTUS my opinion of him has only gotten worse. He has not learned anything or grown in the job. Meanwhile his character defects have been magnified.

It is no surprise that people now think Obama is a lousy president. What is surprising is that it took them so fucking long to figure it out.


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By the Dawn’s Early Light


200 years ago this morning:

The Battle of Baltimore was a combined sea/land battle fought between British and American forces in the War of 1812. American forces repulsed sea and land invasions off the busy port city of Baltimore, Maryland, and killed the commander of the invading British forces. The British and Americans first met at North Point.[8] Though the Americans retreated, the battle was a successful delaying action that inflicted heavy casualties on the British, halted their advance and allowed the defenders at Baltimore to properly prepare for an attack. The resistance of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during bombardment by the Royal Navy inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” which later became the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States of America.

But wait! There’s more!

During the War of 1812, Key, accompanied by the British Prisoner Exchange Agent Colonel John Stuart Skinner, dined aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant, as the guests of three British officers: Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane, Rear Admiral George Cockburn, and Major General Robert Ross. Skinner and Key were there to negotiate the release of prisoners, one of whom was Dr. William Beanes, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland who had been arrested after putting rowdy stragglers under citizen’s arrest. Skinner, Key, and Beanes were not allowed to return to their own sloop because they had become familiar with the strength and position of the British units and with the British intent to attack Baltimore. As a result of this, Key was unable to do anything but watch the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13–14, 1814.[12]

At dawn, Key was able to see an American flag still waving and reported this to the prisoners below deck. On the way back to Baltimore, he was inspired to write a poem describing his experience, “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, which he published in the Patriot on September 20, 1814. He intended to fit it to the rhythms of composer John Stafford Smith’s “To Anacreon in Heaven”,[12] a popular tune Key had already used as a setting for his 1805 song “When the Warrior Returns,” celebrating U.S. heroes of the First Barbary War. (Key used the “star spangled” flag imagery in the earlier song.)[13] It has become better known as “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Under this name, the song was adopted as the American national anthem, first by an Executive Order from President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 (which had little effect beyond requiring military bands to play it) and then by a Congressional resolution in 1931, signed by President Herbert Hoover.

That is why today at sporting arenas around the nation millions of football and baseball fans will stand up, remove their caps and sing our national anthem.

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This is what child abuse looks like


This is turning out to be an ugly year for the National Football League:

Adrian Peterson Indicted For Child Abuse, Will Not Play Sunday

A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after a grand jury in Texas indicted him for reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Peterson will not play in Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium against the New England Patriots. On Friday afternoon, the Vikings said Peterson had been deactivated. That’s different from a suspension, as Peterson will be still be paid as officials investigate.

Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said the star running back would travel to Texas Friday night to post bond as soon as it can be arranged.

Sports Radio 610 in Houston obtained a draft of the police report which says Peterson admitted that he did, in his words, “whoop” one of his children last May while the child was visiting him at his home near Houston.

The punishment happened after Peterson’s son pushed another of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game, the report says.

During a Skype session with his mom back in Minnesota, the 4-year-old boy asked if he could tell her something. According to the report, Peterson said, “Go ahead and tell her and show her what happened.”

The boy said he got a whooping with a switch — a wooden rod or tree branch used for punishment.

When the boy returned to his mother in Eden Prairie, Minn., she took him to a doctor.

The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.


The police report also includes text messages between Peterson and the boy’s mother. First he texted to her: “You will be mad at me about his leg.” Later, he texted: “He got about five more pops than normal. He didn’t drop one tear! … He’s tough as nails.”

In further text messages, Peterson allegedly said, “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”

When investigators questioned Peterson, they say he told them he regarded it as a normal spanking and not excessive. He told investigators, “To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent,” and when asked if he would reconsider using switches in the future, said he would never “eliminate whooping my kids … because I know how being spanked has helped me in my life.”

A grand jury seated earlier this summer decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury indicted him on Thursday.

On Friday, Peterson told WCCO-TV’s Mike Max that he didn’t think he’d face another indictment. The day’s developments caught him by surprise.

If Peterson is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison.

Incredibly, some people on social media have been defending Peterson!

Raising kids isn’t easy. We have an obligation as parents to teach kids right from wrong, and to protect them from harm. Sometimes you have to hurt kids a little to keep them from getting hurt a lot. A stinging swat on the hand or buttocks of a child stimulates those primitive parts of the child’s brain connected to survival.

You don’t want your kid to run in the street or touch a hot stove. If your child is about to do something dangerous you want them to freeze if you yell a single command. You don’t have time to explain why and can’t physically stop them in time.

You want them to act reflexively when you shout “No!” or “Stop!” or even just their name.

So you start when they are toddlers by swatting their hands and saying “No!” in a loud voice when they start to reach for things you don’t want them to touch. Your child is startled by the sound of your voice and the sting of the slap. They will probably cry. You let them.

For thousands of years spanking was seen as a legitimate and necessary tool for disciplining children. Untold millions of kids got spanked and turned out okay. Then somewhere around the 1950’s the “experts” decided that they knew better and that spanking was bad.

My family wasn’t what you would call “early adopters” of this newfangled type of parenting. I got spanked with bare hands, belts, paddles, metal flyswatters, switches, slippers, rolled up newspapers, wooden stirring spoons and metal spatulas. Most of the spankings I got were well deserved. Never once did I get a beating like Adrian Peterson’s kid.

Corporal punishment is very limited and controlled. It causes just enough pain to get the child’s attention and is used as a last resort. When kids get older it loses it’s effectiveness and you stop using it.

If you are leaving cuts, bruises, and/or scratches you are doing it wrong. If there are still marks on a four-year-old several days later then it wasn’t discipline, it was abuse. If you are whipping a kid over and over that isn’t parenting, it’s rage. If you can’t tell the difference between discipline and abuse then you have no business being a parent.

Any crime done to a child is worse than that same crime committed on an adult. We have a duty to protect children. That is why Adrian Peterson deserves more severe punishment than that given to Ray Rice.

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Fantasy Friday Open Thread


Is there any way that Obama could salvage some shreds of dignity and credibility in his final 29 months in office?

We can safely assume that he will not suddenly become more competent, nor will he change ideologically. He is who he is, and leopards don’t change their spots. He is unlikely to see any big legislative victories, even if the Democrats manage to hold on to the Senate somehow. He could always hope for a change in luck like a return to prosperity, but hope is not a strategy.

There are, however, a few things Obama could do on his own without creating a constitutional crisis.

First of all he could purge his administration of ever boot-licking sycophant, partisan hack and useless toady, starting with ValJar and Eric Holder. Fire their asses. There is a lot of deadwood and rot that needs to go, including the White House photographer and dog walkers. Tell Michelle she will have to survive without an entourage of servants.

Then he could nominate replacements that were chosen for their competence rather than personal loyalty or ideological purity. If the GOP retakes the Senate he’ll have to nominate people they will approve, which doesn’t have to be an insurmountable problem. Other presidents have managed to do it.

Secondly, he can actually start working hard. He could quit golfing and fundraising for his final two+ years, and let Michelle take vacations alone. No more White House parties filled with celebrities. State dinners and official functions only. Lots of people go for years without taking any time off. Besides, after this term is over he’ll be on a permanent vacation anyway.

With all this extra time on his hands he could start attending intelligence briefings and meeting with his cabinet to discuss policy and members of Congress to discuss legislation. All of that unfun stuff that other presidents have always done.

Last but not least, he could keep his promise about openness and transparency. No more stonewalling investigations. Hold regular press conferences.

This is, or course, just a fantasy.

dream big

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