2014 Election; Senate race; Political pundits

5 days or so(depending when you read this) until the polls open for the 2014 ‘Midterm’ election, with the premier battle being for the US Senate.  Pundits speaking, without necessarily declaring so, for ‘both sides of the aisle,’ say control of the Senate is too close to call on enough of the truly contested races to count.  I say, “baloney!’

Looking at the RealclearPolitics averages of this morning, most of the so-called ‘too close to call’ races total less than 90%, total, of the pollees.  This differential is not only undeclared but ostensibly, undecided.  Statistically, however, most have decided and they’re just not declaring and will be voting for the challenger, typically, the non-incumbent.  The few exceptions, IMHO, this year, are Mitch McConnell, in KY, currently Senate Minority Leader, who should win handily, against a weak opponent; and Pat Roberts in Kansas, who trailed until recently against an “independent,” who is acturally a Liberal, pretending to be an Indie.

So, what I find fascinating is that the tally of percentages of the ballots candidates are so short of 100% and I’ve found no story in print or on the web as to why.  My theory is that, as stated above, the “undecideds will vote significantly for the Republican, regardless of the whisker-thin polling edge, if any, resulting next Tuesdayin a wave election for the GOP.

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Ebola; New Czar; Susan Rice; Obama

Thursday, Obama appoints a medically unqualified Ebola Czar.  Then, yesterday, he has the Czar report to his favorite serial liar, the former UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, who asserted on 5 Sunday talk shows that the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, which killed 4 Americans, including the Ambassador, was caused by some unknown video offensive to Muslims. an assertion which was proven fictitious while the attack was ongoing.

Even Mad Magazine would not have conjured up such a bizarre incompetence.  What, me worry?

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Ebola; Czar

President Obama, Commander in Chief of Transparency, has just appointed Ron Klain, a Democrat Operative and former Chief of Staff of both VPs Al Gore and Joe Biden.  Most Significantly, “His supervision of the allocation of funds in the stimulus act — at the time and [sic] incredible and complicated government undertaking — is respected in Washington. He does not have any extensive background in health care but the job is regarded as a managerial challenge.”

The approximately $900 BILLION in stimulus spending padded union coffers and did not facilitate a single private sector job.  Ebola is surely in competent hands.  Did anyone outside of the White House ask for a political “solution?”

UPDATE  Klain was a key player in Solyndra scandal.  Obama’s appointment of a Democrat Operative has nothing to do with Ebola; it’s all about protecting his back, politically.  The hell with the rest of us.

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Clapper; Obama; National Security

It’s past due time to fire James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.  Obama drove both front and rear wheels over him after throwing him under the bus on 60 Minutes on Sunday.  On Sep 15th, first wrote about “words” having meaning.  This column puts a large exclamation point on that theme, notwithstanding the ultimate blame that Obama has always shifted to others.  Most realize that his narcissism has no bounds.

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Elon Musk; Gov Cuomo; Solar City

Elon Musk, CEO of Solar City and, of course, Tesla Motors, knows how to play suckers for suckers and scores big again, after his billion plus hit on Reno for his battery plant, on Gov. Andrew Cuomo of NY, to the tune of $750 Million, in one of the biggest cronyism hits since Solyndra.  It works out to over $100,000 per employee per year, if Solar City’s new subsidiary, Silevo, lasts that long; otherwise, the subsidy per employee is even a bigger hit on NY taxpayers.

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Terror; Workplace beheading

How can a beheading by a muslim, shouting arabic slogans, having proselytized former fellow workers to convert to Islam, not be an act of “terror?”  Prior to today’s FBI announcement of the slayer’s (presumed guilty) connections to Anwar al-Awlaki, authorities from local to Federal, were calling it “workforce violence,” as was Major Hassan’s mass murder of 13 and injuring 20 at Fort Hood, to the accompaniment of “Allah akbar,” repeatedly.  Calling the enemy by appropriate name is the first rule of warfare and this Administration continues to deceive itself and attempts to deceive us, who know better.  Were the current workers of the slain women terrorized?  For life!  Calling Islam a “Religion of Peace” is, at best, horrible choice of words, regardless whether most practitioners are not jihadists or not, when 1/100th of one percent of the world’s 1.6 billion of them is over 150,000; and that’s not counting supporters, even if passive, whatever that means.

UPDATE:  Oops! Khorosan, the secret group in Syria with “imminent” plans to attack Western interests in Europe and the US, has been bombed in Syria.  Trouble is, Khorosan isn’t real; it’s another fiction of Obama, which he’s ordered used by the Pentagon, just like the Benghazi “talking points.”

UPDATE 9/29.  Sanitizing, gone amok.

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Obama; ISIS/L;

Obama’s biggest Lie.  NO, not, “You can keep your Plan.”  “ISIS is not Islamist!”  Sayeth, Roger Simon, and I think it’s indisputable.

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Obama; Words; ISIS/L;

‘Words have meaning.’  Except when Obama speaks them.  He has squandered his credibility.  The Washington Post this morning confirms that both his recent big decisions, deferring his unilateral (Executive Acts) immigration (amnesty for millions) until after the midterm elections; and the ‘war’ on ISIS/L, were “coerced” by White House and Cabinet staff.  As Obama’s Plan on ISIS is drawing no enthusiasm among allies, Democrats or Republicans, WaPo’s use of “mutiny” may not be farfetched.  Developing.

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Obama; ISIS war; Syria; Coalition

After months of Obama either poo-pooing ISIS as a Junior Varsity or ignoring the threat completely (I don’t have a Plan,) he delivers a speech (text here) to the nation in prime time on Wednesday.  It’s notable in a number of ways: it’s short, less than 15 minutes.  He actually seemed to elicit emotion: “We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.”  ISIL is his favored moniker, but only initials; he refuses to use the word Islamic, although he did say that ISIL calls itself the ‘Islamic State,’ but asserts that ISIL is not Islamic and denies they are a state..  ISIS/L demands adherence to Sharia Law under penalty of death of its troops and subjects.  If that’s not Islamic, nothing is.

In other ways, the speech was typical Obama: incoherent at times, illogical, and too often, factually wrong.  I’ve picked out some illustrative points:

“America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.”  As of this evening, the Coalition consists of the Iraqi army, for better or worse; the Kurdish Peshmerga, good fighters; and the Syrian Free Army, the so-called non-al Qaeda forces battling Assad, to be trained in Saudi Arabia and equipped by the US.  Remember that for 3 years, Obama has refused to arm the SFA to assist in overthrowing Assad.  There are currently no other boots of other countries signed on and the signals from the Arab League are discouraging.  Saudi Arabia has tried unsuccessfully to get Obama involved in Syria for 3 years.  They don’t trust him.  More on this below.

“In Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition.”  Ramped up” means we’ve been providing “military assistance?” What, since when and under what aegis? Not Congressional; not Obama unitlaterally.

“This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” Yemen and Somalia are both failed states and taking out a few bad guys in that context is not even close to a success.

Toward the end, he had to throw in the faux accomplishments, such as, ”

“And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, and tolerance, and a more hopeful future.”  Oh?  He must mean Libya and Egypt.

What can go wrong?  Nobody shows up to help and the Iraqis fail again.  There’s lots more here and here and beyond.

Obama’s biggest problems, however, are 1. that nobody but his domestic cult followers believe him and they’re anti war: he’s lost all credibility, and, 2. he doesn’t have the will, doesn’t believe in in the mission, so the first setback may have him turning tail.  These characteristics are incompatible with leadership.

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Obama; ISIS/ISIL; Words

‘Words have meaning,’ it’s been said by many.  Explain this sequence of Obama in a single session following a speech during a NATO meeting in Estonia;

  • “The bottom line is this:  Our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it is no longer a threat.” 
  • “Our objective is to make sure they aren’t an ongoing threat to the region”
  • “We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its military capability to the point where it is a manageable problem.”

It’s common knowledge that Obama’s lies, statements that don’t rise to the level of blarny have destroyed his credibility, but which of the statements, above represent his thinking, his position, or should all of the divergent positions be tossed to the winds because nothing he says is credible?


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