Clear as Mud, and Other Thoughts on the New Reality

I suppose, like a great part of this nation, I’ve been grieving and haven’t realized it. There the usual signs and stages: lack of sleep, lack of appetite, malaise, disinterest, dull and lingering pain, anger, shock, despair.

The scriptures about ‘rejoicing in trials’ keep running through my mind…

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. “
(James 1:2)

“There is cause for rejoicing here. You may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials; but this is so that your faith, which is more precious than the passing splendor of fire-tried gold, may by its genuineness lead to praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ appears.” (1 Peter. 1:6-7)

Along with the ones about ‘gird yourself’…

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (Ephesians 6:10-20)

Get that… “fearlessly?” Fearlessly, Fear–less–ly. Behavior that is the exact opposite of what the newly re-elected regime expects of the populace.

Don’t be fooled – this current Bread and Circus hides hideous facts that the White House DOES NOT want the American people to hear.

What we’re seeing with the Petraeus sexcapades is a classic magician’s misdirection. Two months past the attack on Benghazi, which resulted in the death of an American Ambassador and three others — an attack we are told the White House watched while ordering no response; an attack the mainstream media helpfully blacked-out, at first, then allowed to be spun — we are now being served The Prestige, where all of reality is being turned on its head, and the audience isn’t even sure what it’s seeing, so it simply becomes giddy, and content to be led.

If the nation is content to forget the image of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ naked body being hauled away by a crowd “taking him to the hospital where he later died”; if the nation is completely fine with a truly heinous story of government malfeasance, depraved indifference to human life, political calculation and incompetence being turned into bread and circuses for the mobs, well, then shame on the nation, for choosing to be entertained, once again, by the people who know that all the mob really wants is a show, and is quite pleased to give it to them.

In the meantime, Dear Leader is no longer constrained with the pretense of caring what his constituents want. He’s following the playbook – almost to the letter.

[…]Paula Broadwell’s father asserted “this is about something else entirely, and the truth will come out. There is a lot more that is going to come out. You wait and see. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye.”

That something else has to be bigger than Petraeus; common to all the mysteries of this most impenetrable of presidencies. News under the Obama administration has become coded to a degree unknown outside the annals of Soviet Russia and Mao’s China. In those regimes people talked about numbers, flowers and calendars to indirectly reference what could only be spoken of openly in whispers.

Nothing was what it seemed.

The “The Three-Anti (1951) and Five-Anti campaigns (1952)” were “ostensibly aimed to root out corruption, embezzlement, waste, though they also served to purge opposition to the new Communist government.”

The “Hundred Flowers” (1957) campaign encouraged critics to speak up — so that they could be identified by the State Security apparatus.

The “Destruction of the Four Olds” (1966) is not, as one might think, a scrappage program involving cars made by a division of General Motors but “call to burn and destroy cultural artifacts, Chinese literature, paintings, and religious symbols and temples. People in possession of these goods were punished. Intellectuals were targeted as personifications of the Four Olds, resulting in their persecution.”

The 6521 project is the most recent, occurring only in 2009. It was a “nationwide operation … to ensure ‘social stability’ by suppressing potential dissidents during anniversaries of political significance. The campaign’s name refers to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, and the 10th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong. ” And there you have it: 6521.

There were wheels within wheels; layers beneath layers; matryoshka dolls within matryoshka dolls.

These innocuous sounding Chinese names were in fact shadow plays aimed at sending a fascist message couched the most innocuous sounding terms. The sheer vagueness of the campaigns lent an edge of terror to them. Nobody knew what they were about and that imbued them with a sinister and crepuscular menace.

Democracies are creatures of the open day. The procedural mechanism of constitutional republic exists to ensure that all the cards are dealt above the table. That the lights always shine. The sign democracy is working is that everybody basically understands what is going now; when things are really about what they say they are about.

By contrast autocracies are thronged with secrets, secret passages, star-chambers and cabals. The characteristic of a conspiratorial political system is that nobody knows who’s next.

Secrets within secrets, all conveniently swept under the rug until after the election.

Wow. So if Broadwell was right — and obviously, she was in a position to know — then either (a) the Obama administration was secretly violating its own announced policy [remember, the President Obama EO in 2009 banning secret CIA prisons?? – admin], or (b) some in the CIA had gone “rogue,” and the deliberate obfuscation of what happened in Benghazi was a cover-up of this secret violation of the president’s executive order.

If so, then it bears a resemblance to the Iran-Contra scandal, and if it turns out that things went wrong in Benghazi because the folks in charge were too busy chasing poontang to do their actual jobs, then this story is a long way from being over.

Trouble is on the way. America, at least the America that wants to live as free citizens, needs to prepare. Educate yourself, especially on things you’d never thought you’d need to know. Create a safe haven/safety net, if you don’t already have one. Have a plan. Have multiple plans. Connect with other like-minded patriots. Get ready, for the future will be here before you know it.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

See In This a Higher Plan

For those that have asked, GradSchoolGirl is fine. Her section of Long Island was not as damaged as other parts. Her power was back on Friday and classes resumed today. Many thanks for your encouraging, kind words and prayers for her safety.

We need to remember those less fortunate.

Amid the devastation, political gain seems to be the verse the campaign is stuck on. After this storm, Benghazi, the endless fund-raisers, even the most tone-deaf of Americans are seeing that a second term for Obama would be disastrous.

Benghazi, which the President’s Press Corps refuses to mention, wasn’t just a one-time failure of action and communication. It was the culmination of the many, many mistakes Obama made in Libya and Africa. It will take years to undo the damage, if that is even possible. Obama believes America will trust him, despite the multitude of lies that have crossed his lips the last four years.

This depressing election season will be over tomorrow. Or least we all hope and pray it will be.

“For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” –Rom. 8:28

Regardless of the outcome, we must remember Whose we are and see in all this a higher plan.

The Three Faces of Obama

The first debate gave us adolescent Obama, skulking about the back of Miss Crowley’s class.

The second debate gave us the shouting Obama, shouting tired slogans at the weekly #OccupyWhatever rally.

The third debate gave us the rude, condescending Obama. Watching with the Hubster, we were struck by the arrogant tones that floated through his answers. Again, he constantly interrupted Romney, tell him he was wrong, when really Obama was the wrong one. Some of the zingers were obviously rehearsed, but the delivery was absolutely, unequivocally and UNPRESIDENTIALLY disrespectful of his opponent. Such a man does not deserve to sit in the Oval Office, much less for four more years.

Of course, for any decent commentary you have to go across the pond. Tim Stanley of The Telegraph:

But here’s why it [the horses and bayonets comment] was also a vote loser. For a start, Twitter immediately lit up with examples of how the US Army does still use horses and bayonets (horses were used during the invasion of Afghanistan). More importantly, this was one example of many in which the President insulted, patronised and mocked his opponent rather than put across a constructive argument. His performance was rude and unpresidential. Obama seemed to have a touch of the Bidens, wriggling about in his chair, waving his hands dismissively and always – always – smirking in Romney’s direction. By contrast, Romney sucked up the abuse and retained a rigid poker face all night. He looked like a Commander in Chief; Obama looked like a lawyer. Who would you rather vote for?

Stacy has the round-up, complete with handy Obama-translations for diplomatic terms. (insert term here) ________ = More Golf.

Just hours after the debate, Obama realized he’d not presented his second term agenda, so he dusted off an old homework binder from under the bed and turned it in, late, hoping for extra credit. Not.

Remember who tried to warn America that Obama would be the new Jimmy Carter? John McCain.

Two weeks to go.

Post-Debate Soup

Yeah, yeah, I know… I’ve been absent from most of the pre-election gabfest. First of all, work is taking up lots of time these days. Then add the worry of our own personal looming fiscal cliff, one kid far away in liberal land and SICK, and generously over-season with frighteningly forgetful parents. That is my mood. Got a problem with it?

Honestly, I think it’s over. It was over before the first debate, the one where Obama didn’t show up. People began to quietly exhale and float the idea that the widely broadcast and thusly assumed second term wasn’t going to happen. On a short trip to North Georgia Saturday, we noted the absence of Obama signs. Anywhere.

Then last night, Obama came out on the offensive (literally) and turned off everybody else. The strident tone, the whining, the interruptions, the freaky body language, the continual lying. Even with a sympathetic moderator (in soccer, we’d call that “home-cookin'”), he came across as petulant and fractious, clearly annoyed that participation in such an event was beneath him. His own wife couldn’t follow the debate rules. Remember, rules don’t apply to them.

Romney acted more Presidential, if there even is such a thing anymore.

A former Obama aide this week noted that Obama really doesn’t like people. You could see it on his face last night.

Whether a tie, or a win for Romney, no matter what, Obama lost last night. The next debate is on foreign policy. Watching Obama get shredded with his own words will be pure entertainment.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at HotAir also noted the President’s tone and demeanor and had some interesting points on the rather animated Luntz focus group that followed the debate.

UPDATE II: Public speaking is hard, especially under pressure and even more so on an international stage. But deep down inside, he knows. (H/T Tammy Bruce)

Wait For It…

The Obama syndrome is burning a whole to the center of the earth.

The moderator for tomorrow night’s VP debate is personally connected to Obama. ABC is shocked, just shocked, that people might object. I mean, really, after all the other biased moderators we’ve endured this election cycle and the last, what’s another boot-licker?

Hillary has gone AWOL over Libya.

Vote early, vote often, but always remember to vote for the Democrat!

The nation is on the brink of disaster, and all Obama can do is talk about Big Bird?

And me, I’m swamped at work and personally weighed down by a scary and uncertain future.

Remember, only Christians shoot their wounded.

The Final Stretch

Five weeks and a day until the election. The WH run media wants you think that the election’s already over, but for an incumbent believing he’s cruising in for the win, The Anointed One sure is screwing up. ALOT.

Chinese hackers penetrate White House military office

Obama’s dismal record with believers, as long as they aren’t Muslim

Fast and Furious continues to hemorrhage inconvenient facts.

Obama’s war on the middle class

Gitmo jihadist Omar Khadr secretly released

How’s that for a man panning himself as the next Messiah?

Now That the DNC is Over…

I’m sure Charlotte is breathing a sigh of relief.

Honestly, I didn’t watch any of it. This campaign, in fact the last three years, has had a detrimental effect on me and my family.

(H/T Political Clown Parade)

If you’re part of the problem, get a clue, while you still can.

Roll the Laugh Track

The DNC started last night. Ask me if I care. My life is too complicated right now to listen to grievance merchants chant their slogans or watch the clown parade. Dresses made from metallic tablecloths (insert heavy sigh here) don’t belong in political discourse.

A few highlights, from those with more time and the intestinal fortitude to withstand the muck, but first a visual aid via the DrudgeReport front page:

Click the picture to embiggen. Notice that little red arrow? I put that there, since I’m a genius graphic artist as well as Jedi Master, just to highlight that one little headline. The US slips in global competitiveness. King Obama is getting his wish, isn’t he? Another “inconvenient” nugget is that the National Debt topped $16 Billion on the first day of the DNC. Just another rung in the Obama Wants to Cripple America Ten Step Plan.

There are some not-so-subtle changes in the DNC platform. No more God but Hamas gets a high five.

Bigotry is finally defined, for those of us who notice that the goal posts shift constantly.

Nazi references flung far and wide. So according to Godwin’s Law, do the Dems automatically lose? Or do they attack those rules as raaaaacist as well?

The MSM is acknowledging their whining is real and so very painful… they feel so helpless. Waaaahhhhh.

But by far, the DNC has wowed in one respect: Best.Tweet.Ever.

Uh, He Said What?

Over the weekend Todd Akin, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri with a sizable lead over his Democrat opponent, said stupid something so profoundly stupid, it pierced the self-induced cocoon of Last Weekend With GradSchoolGirl and made it us all scratch our heads.

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Don’t believe me? Watch it yourself…

His opponent, the sitting Senator Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Maleficent) quickly handed him a shovel and watched his lead in the race evaporate. In fact, she watched her opposition evaporate as Akin has said he’s leaving the race. How convenient.

My stars! Todd Akin might have been a nice fella and all, but the GOP really needs to help its candidates with basic Q&A prep.

As for Mr. Akin’s basic lack of biology skills, this ranks up there with the Old Baptist thinkers who wouldn’t let the boys and girls swim in the same pool at the same time. The girls might get pregnant, ya know.

Dear Lord, give me strength to make it through this election.

UPDATE: Akins stays in the race. This will be interesting to watch…

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Coming up for air…HornGirlGradStudent’s move to NY went off without a hitch. Now she’s home again for final goodbyes and end-of-work related stuff. All I got was a lousy T-shirt.

Truly amazing things happen when you go out of town and unhook the news feed.

VP Joe Biden plays the race card. The WH is in disaster recovery mode. And his Secret Service posse seems to be really sick of him.

The Farce known as the Clayton County Sheriff campaign continues unabated. Surely a better candidate can be found in that sad little county.

The tree-huggers are unhappy. Because they are wrong. Again.

What’s up with the ASO? Were local high choruses disinvited to the annual Holiday Concert due to their lack of pigmentation? Or do you believe the PC spin from the ASO? Considering that the leadership of ASO, including that on the podium, is some of the most liberally indoctrinated in the country, I side with the schools. Diversity trumps performance excellence.

The Cheesehead Prognosticator is at it again.

Olympic Women’s Fencing. Yawn. Hey, this makes it better.

Romney-Ryan It Is

The little hash tag tha could – #GIVEUSRYAN – coined by Stacy McCain and Ali Akbar flooded the twitternetz the last few days. The Romney campaign evidently got the message.

I got your “New Hope and Change” right here.


Herbert Meyer at American Thinker has a great idea. Just think how the Obama House of Cards would tremble at a Romney-Petraeus ticket.

Outstanding, sir. Outstanding.

Here’s why:

Petraeus is, quite simply, the most highly-regarded American in public life. Even those who opposed our military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq admire and respect this general. He’s so obviously a brilliant, competent man. And he’s always come across as low-key and personally modest. By choosing Petraeus as his running-mate, Romney would send out a message to voters that he isn’t playing politics as usual; that he wants the most qualified people he can find for his administration — and that he’ll put the varsity team in place to confront a dangerous world.

Choosing the general also would stop the Obama attack team dead in its tracks. Right now these vicious little creeps are hard at work preparing to trash whomever Romney chooses as his running-mate. If Paul Ryan or Rob Portman ever got a traffic ticket, or if Marco Rubio’s wife ever cut the label off a pillow, Obama’s attack dogs know it and are prepared to use it — or, rather, to mis-use it — with the help of their allies in the mainstream media. Trashing General Petraeus won’t be quite so easy. Unless the general is having an affair with an underage aardvark, the Obama team wouldn’t dare attack this national hero. They know it would backfire on them.

Read the rest.

This is REALLY [Not] Funny [Anymore] – UPDATED

Buzzfeed is all agog over Obama’s secondhand campaign slogan.

But that’s not the funny part. If you can manage to read the entire post, you’ll find this gem:

According to the Obama campaign, the video will be played at President Obama’s first campaign rallies on Saturday.

First? I thought his first campaign rallies where the first week of his administration. After all, he’s held more fundraisers in his first (and hopefully only) term than the last five Presidents combined.

Yep, FIVE.

Can you hear me now?

UPDATE: Oh my, it gets even better. From the Washington Times

The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.

Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name “Forward!” or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called “Forward (generic name of socialist publications).”

“The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications,” the online encyclopedia explains.

The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.

UPDATE II: Honestly, folks, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. Sing along with the Brown Shirts now…

Now it’s not so funny.

The New Normal

Well, The Hubster is safe and sound back from his trip. More about that in another post. And just in time.

Life will be getting back to The New Normal around here, whatever that may be.

In the meantime, here are the things that made me think today. Hopefully they will do the same for you.

The People’s Cube has a handy graphic for something we’ve all noticed, but have just been reluctant to point out, lest we get beat up by a crowd of friendly neighbors.

Time arithmetic is not a strong suit of liberals, especially those looking for a reason to blame past presidents for anything/everything.

More folks are spitting out the Kool-Aid. Here’s one that is most definitely, emphatically NSFW. In the meantime, the MSM continues to spread the unicorn butt sparkles.

I guess all that lukewarm press for Atlanta during the Eat Street Food Network challenge was good for something. Atlanta’s first permanent Food Truck Park opens tomorrow night.

Erick nails it. Obama is Woodrow Wilson reincarnated, but more socialist, if that is even possible.

This is just a given.

In the Atlantic archives, we hear a voice from 1932, warning about Hitler. Maybe this time people will listen.

Obama’s spending and the resulting new taxes proposed
will increase your tax burden by 11% if you make less than $200,000. NoHopeNoChange for you!

They grow up so fast. Why didn’t we do this?

I can see November from my house. Can you?

If I Wanted America to Fail…

…I wouldn’t change a thing.

This is the future we face. The choices we make in November will decide the fate of our nation.

(Video by Americans for Limited Government)

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