Israel 'Flotilla' 'Terrorist' Attack: (VIDEOS)

by the Left Coast Rebel

A day off (nearly) from blogging and a huge story hits regarding Israel. The question tonight is this - did Israel provide an unprovoked attack on a peaceful flotilla bringing aid to Gaza as the left blogosphere is claiming?

As I sense a media/government complex useful idiot pile-on effort and can see with my own eyes, Israel's 'attack' on a 'peaceful' flotilla may be far more complicated than that. Either way, I desire not to be had by either side in a situation like this.

Here are a few videos that may shed light on whether or not Israel's attack on the so called 'peaceful' flotilla bound for Gaza. The first shows 'activists' throwing Israeli commandos overboard, among other things:

Another video from Sky News:

Hmm, weapons cache?:

I like what Donald Douglas says here:

Putting on my political scientist's cap, did Israeli officials really think through the international public relations backlash of a commando raid on a "humanitarian" mission to Gaza? Of course we know the flotilla was essentially an enemy landing party and Jerusalem is right in wanting to protect Israelis from hostile elements entering the country. But c'mon. As many as 19 killed? And who's going to get the black eye in public opinion? Noah Pollack argues that Israel anticipated a hostile international reaction, and therefore deployed the commandos without sufficient firepower to establish control:
American Power has a lot of great coverage in addition to the above as well.

I hope that this situation pans out without further bloodshed but highly doubt that will be the case. This post regarding the Turkish reaction should send chills down your spine. I see here that Netanyahu as well is defending Israel's actions and has cancelled a meeting with Obama.

I shudder to think just how the Obama White House will confront this issue as well. Will this be an 'Israel acted stupidly' moment from Obama?

Without the Beer Summit?

I shudder to think, knowing his proclivities.

UPDATED: Two regular readers check in on this in the comments below. Both with distinctly different opinions on the Israeli 'flotilla' news. Nick writes:
On the one hand, it's a complicated situation, but on the other hand, it seems like a pretty simple event to me. Israel has a blockade on Gaza, primarily due to it being run by a terrorist organization who is actively trying to wipe out the Jewish state. A pro-Palestinian group organized some ships to openly defy the blockade, and Israel blocked them as they unequivocally stated that they would (and there was some ancillary violence between them during the interdiction).

This was a good move on Israel's part, even with the predictable negative press and blow-back from terrorist-sympathetic countries (like the US currently). They can and should stand by the "we did exactly what we said we would do" stance, and not make apologies for carrying through with their stated response when tested, regardless of the condemnation: that's the only way to possibly prevent future hostilities and casualties through diplomacy (ie: the credible threat of action).
And John writes:
I don't really care what happens there... Although I feel all people should be able to exist in peace. The problem is how do we know what the truth is? Do we have any credible news or sources of information in our current times? I just want the US Govt to stop giving money to Israel.

A Sight to Behold: Guatemala City, Guatemala Sinkhole, 2010 (PHOTOS)

by the Left Coast Rebel

First Guatemala witnesses the violent eruption of the Pacaya volcano, now this. Via Google Trends the net this evening is a'twitter over the Guatemala sinkhole that just occured in Guatemala City due to the Agatha hurricane. Long Island Press reports:

A gigantic sinkhole, larger than a city intersection, has opened in the northern part of Guatemala City, Guatemala, after the region was battered by Tropical Storm Agatha. More than 100 people lost their lives in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador due to the intense weather.

A local newspaper reports that a security guard was killed when the giant sinkhole opened up, and local residents claim a three-story building and a house fell into the hole. Neither of these reports have been confirmed.

The sinkhole was blamed on poor sewage system, but was the least of Guatemala’s worries, as mudslides wracked the country, burying victims, closing roads and collapsing bridges, forcing more than 100,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.

You may wonder why the Left Coast Rebel would bother to carry or mention this incident. Here's your answer - check out these pictures of the Guatemala City sinkhole from Guatemala's government owned Flickr page:

guatemala sinkholeAlign Center

guatemala sinkhole 2

Now that is amazing. Can you imagine this thing opening up in front of you? Wikipedia has information on sinkholes such as the Guatemala sinkhole:

A sinkhole, also known as a sink, shake hole, swallow hole, swallet, doline or cenote, is a natural depression or hole in the surface topography caused by the removal of soil or bedrock, often both, by water. Sinkholes may vary in size from less than a metre to several hundred metres both in diameter and depth, and vary in form from soil-lined bowls to bedrock-edged chasms. They may be formed gradually or suddenly, and are found worldwide. These terms are often used interchangeably though many will distinguish between those features into which a surface stream flows and those which have no such input.

For more on how 'sinkholes' occur go to Wikipedia.

Lt. John W. Finn, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dead at 100

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In October of '08, we honored Lt. John W. Finn for his valor which resulted in being awarded the Medal of Honor. Citation here. Sadly, Lt. Finn has passed away at the age of 100.

Navy Lt. John W. Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for mounting a daring counterattack on Japanese airplanes from an improvised machine gun post during the raid on Pearl Harbor, died May 27 at a veterans home in Chula Vista, Calif. No cause of death was reported.

At 100, he was the oldest surviving recipient of the nation's highest honor for valor and was among the first to receive the award during World War II.


There is a petition to honor Lt. Finn by naming the next Naval ship after him.

To sign the petition, go here.

Rest in peace, Lt. Finn.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Obama's March To Regulate Free Press And Dissenting Views


By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

Critical to the success of statist governments throughout history has been the control of information available to the general public.

Indeed the founding fathers of our nation understood the critical nature a free and unlettered press played in the   existence of a free republic. Hence the drafting of the first amendment to the Constitution... Which reads as follows.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press...

Clearly the framers of our Constitution understood that for a people to remain free they must secure  the right to free and dissenting speech as well as a free and unbiased press. Today, at this very moment, there are forces at work that wish to abridge these very principals in the name of political correctness, multiculturalism , and political ideology.

President Barrack Hussein Obama,and his statist administration, is determined to federalize the news in the same way he has the banking, auto, and health industries.  In short this means the federal government taking control of the news that is available to the people. Ask yourselves how long it will be before we have a Ministry Of Information that is controlled and guided by the dictates of the government in power at any given time.          

The Federal Trade Commission's document on "reinventing journalism" can be found here. It is a document that should give liberty minded individuals a reason to be highly concerned. Should this "reinventing journalism"  become a reality it will have dramatic effects on journalism, particularly the internet and the freedom political bloggers currently enjoy.

Mark Tapscott points out three facts in his article  "Will Journalists wake upin time to save journalism from Obama's FTC." Rational Nation USA encourages all to read the full article by Mr. Tapscott as well as the Federal Trade Commissions paper on the subject. It is clear the Obamanation wishes too regulate strangulate anything they believes stands in the way of his "change we can believe in" ideology.

The three critical points:

* Journalists must understand that there is no way the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press will survive if the federal government regulates the news industry as envisioned by the FTC. Those who accept at face value protests to the contrary or the professions of pure intentions by advocates of government takeover of the news business are, at best, incredibly naive.

* Journalists who remain silent or apathetic about what is being prepared by the FTC for their profession become unintentional accessories in the strangulation of independent journalism.

* Journalists who support or assist, for any reason, the FTC process are accomplices in the strangulation of independent journalism.

It is not only time journalists wake up and recognize the threat Obama's FTC presents to a free press and prople. It is also time the general American public wakes up to the very real possibility of a state run and controlled press. Call it socialism if you will, however given the realities of the present time this would be more appropriately labeled fascism.


Happy Memorial Day!

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Be sure to take some time today to meditate on the sacrifices made to keep our country free and strong. And fly the flag today!

The Phoenix Rally Against Arizona Senate Bill 1070

By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

I am a strong supporter of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 and the states new immigration law. In fact I believe more American sovereign states ought to enact effective immigration policy based on Federal Law already on the books, however not enforced for years. When the Fed fails the people the states have both the right and obligation to fill the gap. And this is exactly what Arizona did with Senate Bill 1070.

The recent protest in Phoenix against the new immigration law was met with soft and unrepresentative reporting by the main stream leftist media. A more accurate account of the socialist anti illegal immigration rally is to be found at American Power.

The following are but a few visual images that went un-shown by the mainstream illegitimate press. Again h/t to American Power.










I believe the pictures speak the obvious. Any rational thought was lost here. The real issue for those attending this rally was for open borders and the intention of vilifying a reasonable attempt by Arizona to control ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Hmm, The larger question is this... With a vast majority of Americans favoring Arizona's law when will the illegitimate press and the soft Obama administration get the real picture and feel the heartbeat of America.

My guess... never.

America And Her Diverse Political Views

By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

As a "real conservative/libertarian American", one who was born on the western seashores of this great nation, one who lived  for a brief period of time in the mid west, and one who ultimately settled on the east cost I have a unique American perspective. One I am sure the flaming liberals, as well as the reactionary right will agree to disagree with.

I am not a politician, although I know I could represent the American "perspective" better than most politicians today. I say this because America is being divided along racial, ethnic, religious, geographical,  and philosophical  lines that are tearing this nation apart. Rather than finding common ground that is American at the core, politicians both democratic and republican  are exploiting differences for the sole purpose of political advantage.

The vision our founders held for their fledgling republic was that it would continue to grow in the reality that  individual effort and ingenuity, combined with a government who would play a distant but watchful roll to insure individual liberty would insure our continued existence as a free nation. A nation born of the enlightened ideal the rights of  individual, as well as the individual rights to liberty,  transcended the state.

The founders were right in 1776 and their vision remains right today, regardless of what the extreme  left or extreme right may have us believe. And so I read with interest  the article by Jacob Weinberg. It is a far representation of the geographical differences (philosophical for purpose of  this commentary)  that often divide our people. The point being made is of course specifically aimed at the Republican Party and it's divisions. However, the point can very well be made with respect to the Democratic party as well.

Our nation is a diverse blend of political ideology and purpose. The nation state we inherited, and  have since inhabited, was founded on the belief  individual rights which includes the rights of ownership both individual and business, to engage in free and mutually beneficial trade without the interference of the federal government.

Jacob Weinberg stated it well with the following;

"Goldwater didn't care about religion—he was a Jewish Episcopalian who once said that Jerry Falwell deserved a kick in the nuts. He wasn't focused on racial politics—there aren't many black people in Arizona. What mattered to him was limiting government and preserving liberty. To Goldwater, political freedom was inseparable from economic freedom, a view distilled in his most famous phrase, "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." To call this politics Western is a matter of its Bonanza style as well as its anti-statist substance. Goldwater boasted a Navajo tattoo and liked flying planes, shooting guns, and playing the tables in Las Vegas."

Goldwater was a western individualist who by no means held beliefs that were atypical of America. He merely was more adept at enunciating the virtue and values of freedom and the individualized liberty that naturally follows. His unfortunate loss to LBJ was the result of progressive/socialist lies that had no basis in fact.

But I digress from the original intent of this post. Which is just this... America is indeed a diverse nation with diverse views. Having traveled and lived in many regions of our country I know that the majority of Americans  love and respect the values this nation stands for. I also know the emotionalism we all experience from time to time stands in the way of finding the mutually shared common ground we as Americans can agree to stand proud on. It is time Americans from all sides of the political spectrum realize America, her heritage and  vision can be a beacon of hope for not only future generations of Americans, but the world at large as well.

However, only if we allow the other nations to decide for themselves. Not unlike this nation chose to do in 1776.


Taps for Veterans

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Chris Wallace interviewed Tom Day, the founder of Bugles Across America on Fox News Sunday today. Believing that having a live human being play Taps to show respect at the grave of the fallen, as opposed to a recording, Tom Day has made it his mission to make this happen.

From their website:
Bugles Across America, NFP was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating Veterans had a right to at least 2 uniformed military people to fold the flag and play taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America was begun to take this a step further, and in recognition of the service these Veterans provided their country, we felt that every Veteran deserved a live rendition of taps played by a live Bugler. To this end, we are actively seeking volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families.


According to his interview with Mike Wallace, Bugles Across America, even with all the contributions they receive, still falls short about $10,000 annually, which Tom Day makes up out of his own pocket.

Tom Day saw a need and sought to fill it.

http://buglesacrossamerica.org/

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Obama Refuses to Meet With Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer but will Host White House Concert for Paul McCartney


by the Left Coast Rebel

Why would anyone be surprised that Obama has refused to meet with Arizona governor Jan Brewer? Why would Brewer even request a meeting with the demagogue:

President Obama has turned down Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request to meet while she's in Washington next week as tensions mount between his administration and Arizona over the state's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Brewer will be in Washington to meet with other governors. She said Friday that she had asked to meet with Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss border security and immigration. But Obama's schedule "doesn't allow for a meeting" with her, White House spokesman Adam Abrams said, adding that the president "does intend to sit down with the governor in the future."


If anything this is a teachable moment and another example of just how radical the Obamanation is. Recall that radical leftist/communist union thug Andy Stern at one point was the most frequent visitor to 'Obama's House?'

How absurd is this?:

When Obama returns from his Chicago vacation on Tuesday, he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Peru President Alan Garcia at the White House. On Wednesday, Obama is meeting with Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, before heading to an event in Pittsburgh and hosting a concert at the White House to honor Paul McCartney.


Pure elitism. We are ruled by fools. I wonder what Americans would think if they knew that Obama gave the cold shoulder to Gov. Jan Brewer but has the time (not to mention taxpayer dollars) to host a concert for Paul McCartney?

Good grief.

Via Memeorandum.

How Does Frank Rich Get Paid for This?


by the Left Coast Rebel

Even more amazing than the slow bleeding death of many traditional press outlets is the fact that many of the characters of said press are paid a lot of money to do what they do, even when no one is listening.

Just what does Frank Rich in the New York Times smoke and how in God's name is he paid to deliver his postulating, meandering, rambling drivel? Perhaps the answer is that many liberals that read the NYT relate to postulating, meandering, rambling drivel. It is their tortured ethos insider their echo chamber skulls.

Today's tortured Rich column is no exception:

Obama was elected as a progressive antidote to this discredited brand of governance. Of all the president’s stated goals, none may be more sweeping than his desire to prove that government is not always a hapless and intrusive bureaucratic assault on taxpayers’ patience and pocketbooks, but a potential force for good.


Oh brother. Of course 'this' brand of governance is that of George W. Bush, of whom Rich describes as:

When Katrina hit, Bush was in his second term and his bumbling was not a shock to a country that had witnessed two-plus years of his grievous mismanagement of the Iraq war. His laissez-faire response to the hurricane was also consistent with his political DNA as a small-government conservative in thrall to big business.


Bush, a small government conservative? Huh? Does Rich really believe this? Bush and the GOP congress were the biggest spenders since Lyndon Johnson and abandoned any semblance of consistent small-government conservatism and gave us Obama, the logical conclusion to Bush's 'compassionate' conservatism.

Rich then meanders about to attack Rand Paul in the same piece:

Paul rightly described his victory as “a message from the Tea Party” that it was on the march “to take our government back.” And if he doesn’t represent the G.O.P., who does if not his most powerful supporters and ideological fellow travelers, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin? Aside from saying no to Obama, the Republican Party has no ideas except Tea Party ideas, Rand Paul ideas. And as The Economist, hardly a liberal observer, put it, Paul’s views are those of “a genuine radical who believes in paring government down to the bone.”


The Economist is incredibly liberal, good grief. I hope that Rich is right here though. I hope that the GOP becomes home to 'genuine radicals who believe in paring government down to the bone.' Then and only then will the Republican party fulfill it's limited government roots and perhaps save this nation from the fiscal brink.

Plus they will provide the alternative to a nation scared to death of a ''genuine radical who believes in enslaving debt, spreading the wealth and paring the productive taxpayer and future generations of productive Americans down to the bone."

Frank Rich - if he can get paid millions to write crap, why can't I?

He's not even a good writer.

Via Memeorandum.

(VIDEO) UFC 114: Rashad Evans vs Rampage Jackson

by the Left Coast Rebel

I'm not a big UFC fan but last night's fight, Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson, was pretty awesome. Here's the full video for anyone that missed it:



Via. Google Trends.

Alabama Political Ads: Pick a Favorite

Left Coast Rebel readers:

Eric Dondero over at Libertarian Republican has a contest going over at Libertarian Republican. It's simple, choose your favorite of the following three Alabama videos and head on over to Libertarian Republican to cast your vote.


From the Libertarian Republican Editor:

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We thought it would be fun to see which one of the three comes out on top among Republicans nationwide.
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Alabama, show America you mean business. All three of these guys deserve to be elected, just on the basis of their videography skills alone. -- Eric - The Management

Child Pornographers are the Scum of the Earth

by Proof

Robert Stacy McCain did a piece "In Canada, It’s Called ‘Research’", about a scumbag who was caught with child porn on his computer and tried to pass it off as "research" into child porn. Yeah. Right! How much smut do you need to know it's evil and should be eradicated?

The former director of B'nai Brith Quebec, Bill Surkis, has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges after agreeing to a plea bargain.

Surkis and his wife made a brief appearance at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday morning

In return for a guilty plea to charges of possessing and accessing child pornography, the Crown dropped a charge of distributing child pornography, said prosecutor Cynthia Gyenizse.

Explicit files were discovered on Surkis' computer when he brought it in for repairs in 2008.

The technician contacted police after 86 videos and 153 photos were found, including images of girls aged six to 12 years.

Surkis's lawyer had previously said he would argue the videos were downloaded as part of research Surkis was undertaking.


I was reminded of a similar story I covered in Dec. 2008 about Wade Sanders, former Swift Boat crew mate of John Kerry's. Sanders plead guilty to possessing child porn, but also tried to pass off what he was doing as "research".

"Research"? Come to my house, gentlemen and let's "research" methods of "cruel and unusual punishment". I sure the results will be every bit as satisfying for me as yours was for you!*

*Closed Captioning for the Hyperbole Impaired: I really really dislike these people!

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Dennis Hopper Dead at 74 of Prostate Cancer


by the Left Coast Rebel

Rest in peace, Dennis Hopper. If not known more for his portrayal of the unsultry or crusty iconoclast then possibly he will be remembered for acting out the perfect badass character. It's funny, when I think of anyone in Hollywood that may have actually lived the hard living life portrayed on the silver screen, Dennis Hopper comes to mind.

Entertainment Weekly has Dennis Hopper's top 12 movies, as follows:

Easy Rider
(1969)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
The Last Movie (1971)
The American Friend (1977)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Out of the Blue (1980)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Hoosiers (1986)
River's Edge (1987)
Colors (1988)
True Romance (1993)
Speed (1994)

Via Google Trends, Memeorandum. Visit Dennis Hopper's IMDB page here. Cross posted to Proof Positive.

Beck While Not Smearing Malia Obama Was Infantile

By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA





Glenn Beck, conservative television and radio show host,  showed his lack of sensitivity when he used President Obama's daughter Malia as a prop (if you will) to jab the president over the BP oil spill.

It is all good and well to be critical of this president for his performance or lack thereof with respect to this issue. It is fine to hit the president hard if one wishes. Even James Carville, one of the lefts biggest loudmouths trashed the president on public TV for his handling of the disaster.

Perhaps, as some are saying the disaster in the gulf may very well be Obama's Katrina. If it becomes a political liability it can be argued that it is deserved. However, this is not the point of this post and I have digressed.

Beck was wrong, flat wrong in using Malia to make fun of the President. The President's children, should be off limits period. The use of children in any way shape or form to make a political statements, or as in this case a prop, is lacking any class and frankly borders on being crass.

Beck who often is spot on with his political commentary and historical perspective, won no points on this one. If anything he simply gave the left a valid point on which to hammer him with. It is proper that Mr. Beck offered his apology for a foolish and childish radio spot. Let's hope he learns something with this one.

Here is the audio of the segment that shouldn't have been.




The Transcript:

BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy? Daddy? Daddy, did you plug the hole yet? Daddy?
PAT GRAY (co-host): (imitating Obama) No I didn't, honey. 
BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy, I know you're better than [unintelligible]
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Mm-hmm, big country. 
BECK: (imitating Malia) And I was wondering if you've plugged that hole yet. 
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Honey, not yet.
BECK: (imitating Malia) Why not, daddy? But daddy--
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Not time yet, honey. Hasn't done enough damage. 
BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy? 
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Not enough damage yet, honey. 
BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy? 
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah? 
BECK: (imitating Malia) Why do you hate black people so much?
GRAY: (imitating Obama) I'm part white, honey.
BECK: (imitating Malia) What? 
GRAY: (imitating Obama) What?
BECK: (imitating Malia) What'd you say?
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Excuse me? 
BECK: (laughing) This is such a ridiculous -- this is such a ridiculous thing that his daughter-- (imitating Malia) Daddy?
GRAY: It's so stupid. 
BECK: How old is his daughter? Like, thirteen? 
GRAY: Well, one of them's, I think, thirteen, one's eleven, or something. 
BECK: "Did you plug the hole yet, daddy?" Is that's their -- that's the level of their education, that they're coming to -- they're coming to daddy and saying 'Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?' " Plug the hole!
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yes, I was doing some deep-sea diving yesterday, and-- 
BECK: (imitating Malia) Daddy? 
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah, mm-hmm, mm-hmm, I was doing-- 

BECK: (imitating Malia) Why-- 
GRAY: (imitating Obama) Yeah, honey, I'm-- 
BECK (imitating Malia) Why, why, why, why, do you still let the polar bears die? Daddy, why do you still let Sarah Palin destroy the environment? Why are -- Daddy, why don't you just put her in some sort of a camp?
And now the apology:

 In discussing how President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism, I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates. The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize--and as a dad I should have known better.

Hopefully Beck is sincere in his apology. It is stunts such as this one that give rise, and justifiably so, to the generally groundless allegations that conservatives are wackos.

Via: Memeorandum

(VIDEO) Pepsi Truck Crash on Dallas, Texas Tollway

by the Left Coast Rebel

Amazing:



Perhaps even more amazing than the crash itself is that there were no serious injuries. Dallas area's WFAA News:

DALLAS — We now have dramatic video of an 18-wheeler as it careened out of control on the Dallas North Tollway.

The images, provided by a North Texas Tollway Authority traffic camera, show the Pepsi truck driving in the southbound lanes at Beltline Road Wednesday afternoon when a car apparently cut it off.

The truck driver over-corrected and crossed the concrete median barrier, ending up on its side sliding in the northbound lanes.

Before it was over, six other vehicles were involved in the wreck, but somehow there were no serious injuries.

Social Security: Jonathan Hoenig on Cashin' In


by the Left Coast Rebel

This morning I caught Jonathan Hoenig (left) on Fox News' Cashin' In. I transcribed while enjoying a cup of Saturday morning java:

"Social Security by definition is a Ponzi scheme. It is Bernie Madoff on the largest scale, they lock you up for things like this. There is no savings, there is no investment, there's no ownership, no account with your name on it - there's just looting you today with the promise that they will loot future generations on your behalf."

Jonathan is just my kind of guy. Liberal talk show host Mark Liven (spelling?) followed Hoenig's statement by saying,

"Don't worry, the law says that you are required to get Social Security, the only way that you won't get Social Security is if Republicans are elected and they do what Jonathan wants."


I wish that were true. Any student of history will note that Republicans have done quite the opposite. Liberal Mark is also woefully ignorant of history. Cato's Michael Tanner explains:

Many people believe that Social Security is an "earned right." That is, they think that because they have paid Social Security taxes, they are entitled to receive Social Security benefits. The government encourages that belief by referring to Social Security taxes as "contributions," as in the Federal Insurance Contribution Act. However, in the 1960 case of Fleming v. Nestor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workers have no legally binding contractual rights to their Social Security benefits, and that those benefits can be cut or even eliminated at any time.
Time to privatize!

Obama's Gulf Oil Spill Action Easily Summed up

by the Left Coast Rebel

The Anchoress hits the ball out of the park with her assessment of Obama's (and D.C.'s) performance in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill:

Our government is top-heavy with people who have never “done” anything.

The Obama administration is loaded down with academics and lawyers who have spent their lives theorizing about things like economics, markets, social order and crisis management–and criticizing methods with which they disagree–but who have little practical experience in doing.

In fairness to the White House, many members of congress (and their leadership) have never done anything but talk, pose and run for office, too, but perhaps it behooves a president to have a few people in place who know how to (as any successful capitalist would) find the people who have an acquaintance with practical applications and who know how to yell, and how to dig in with both unmanicured hands.

Admittedly, it is difficult to put such people in place. Can-do capitalists are jawboners; they tend to want to lead, rather than fall-in-line. But any administration should have a couple of them discreetly in the background, so that when things hit the fan, there are more than mere theorists on board.

Brilliant, simple and brilliant - and absolutely correct. Liberals, socialists, 'progressives,' professors, statists of all stripes know only how to theorize and have been taught and paid to do so - it's their job. But when the rubber hits the real world road (read capitalist), experience is what works. And capitalist in this sense simply means men and women that have survived and thrived in this tough world.

However, Obama's performance should come as no surprise:

We need flexible thinkers in the United States government and a much smaller U.S. government. We have the antithesis and are dealing with a man and government that is hostile to thinking outside of the professor-box.

Via Memeorandum

(PHOTOS), (VIDEO) Guatemala's Pacaya Volcano and Ecuador's Tungurahua Volcano Eruptions

by the Left Coast Rebel

What is it with all of the seismic activity in the world these days? Reaganite writes:

Rocks exploding from a volatile Guatemala volcano eruption killed a television reporter in the capital, and sadly, three children are missing.
The Pacaya volcano started erupting lava and rocks on Thursday afternoon, blanketing Guatemala City with ash and forcing the closure of the international airport. Guatemala President Alvaro Colom declared a "state of calamity."
Guatemala news television reporter Anibal Archila was hit by a shower of rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Guatemala City, said David de Leon, a spokesman for the national disaster committee.
Sounds like a scene out of an Indiana Jones movie. Read all of the details of the Guatemala volcano at Reaganite.

The Telegraph reports on volcanic activity in both Ecuador and Guatemala:

President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala declared a 15-day state of emergency around the Pacaya volcano, 30 miles south of the capital, Guatemala City.

The volcano erupted again Friday after first bursting back to life Wednesday, killing two people, including a television reporter covering the event.

In Ecuador, the Tungurahua volcano exploded into action on Friday, forcing the evacuation of at least seven villages and closing down the airport and public schools in Guayaquil, the country's largest and most populated city.

As 8,372 feet, the Pacaya volcano exploded anew on Friday, with billowing clouds of ash and dust. Mr Colom said La Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala City, would remain closed until Saturday "because we've got to clean the runways and surrounding areas" of ash.

The airport closures were reminiscent of the massive blanket of ash Iceland's Eyjafjoell volcano spewed out last month causing the biggest aerial shutdown in Europe since the Second World War, affecting more than 100,000 flights and eight million passengers.

President Colom said the eruptions of Pacaya since Wednesday had killed two people, injured 59, left three children missing and destroyed 100 homes.

The Emergency Management Co-ordinator said between 1,700-1,900 people have been evacuated from their homes to nearby shelters in three departments affected by the emergency decree.



Photos of the volcanos:

Via the Telegraph, volcano Tungurahua throws ash and stones during an explosion near Cotalo, Ecuador (Photo: AP):

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A photo from Guatemala that show the ash and damage (c/o AP). A woman stands near a church in Calderas, Guatemala. Note the ash from the Pacaya eruption:

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Video of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano eruption:

James Carville Attacks Obama

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James Carville came out swinging against the Obama Administration this AM (originally posted Wed. May 26) on Good Morning America. And it's not the first time either. Anyone who stayed to the end of Iron Man 2, after the credits, saw a brief preview of things to come: (Spoiler alert!) Thor's Hammer. In a similar fashion, Carville is hinting at the sequel nearest and dearest to his heart: Clinton III: This Time for All the Marbles! I think that these are the opening salvos of the Hillary for President 2012 campaign. Under the guise of "Mr. President, here's what you need to do" is an underlying "Mr. President, here's what you failed to do"

This will build until finally, neither Carville or Hillary will be able to sit still and watch their country and their party so mismanaged, that she will have to resign. Over principle, you see, not personal political gain. Carville will have long been on record that this guy Obama isn't up to the job, but he'd been willing to work on the campaign of someone who was. Three guesses who that might be! Huff Po had this to say of Carville on CNN:

Democratic strategist James Carville and MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, two reliable supporters of President Barack Obama, have issued withering critiques of the administration's handling of the Gulf oil spill.

Carville, the famously outspoken Louisianian who was a chief political aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that the administration's response to the spill has been "lackadaisical" and that Obama was "naive" to trust BP to manage the massive clean-up effort.


Obama is naive and lackadaisical. Two qualities the Democrats will be looking for in 2012!

Then, on GMA:

...the political stupidity (of Obama) is unbelievable. Here, you have a situation, where you have some working- 11 working- hard-working people, blown up as the result of corporate malfeasance and maybe criminal negligence, as a result of inept bureaucrats who were part of the- you can actually blame the previous administration for this. And the President doesn't get down here in the middle of this. This thing should be- his approval should be up seven points right now if he had come down. I have no idea of why they didn't seize this thing. I have no idea of why their attitude was so hands-off-y here. It's just unbelievable. Now, I hope he sees it now, because very seldom do you get good politics and the really the right thing to do. And that is to get involved here.


Translation: The Obama administration is politically stupid and incompetent. Unbelievably stupid and incompetent.

The President of the United States could have come down here. He could have been involved with the families of these 11 people. He could have commandeered the things. We could have sent the Woods Hole people. He could have sent the Scripps on research vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. He could have implemented a plan in anticipation of this. You know, right, he can't exactly fill the hole up. Last night I was on Larry King, the CEO, the former CEO of the Shell. They said they got 85 percent of the stuff cleaned up in the Gulf of Saudi Arabia. He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could the deploying people to the coast right now. He could be deploying people to the coast. He could be with the corps of engineers and the Coast Guard with these people in Plaquemines Parish, doing something about these regulations. These people are crying. They're begging for something down here. And it just looks like he's not involved in this! Man, you have got to get down here and take control of this! Put somebody in charge of this and get this thing moving!


Translation: The people are begging for political leadership and for the president to show a little empathy and compassion. Obama isn't exhibiting any of that.

It's a heck of a problem. I'm not exactly sure if you hear conflicting things. Some think that the crime rate in Arizona is down, with the number of illegals into Arizona is down over a period of time. I have no idea what the facts are. But, obviously, they have some problem on their border. They really feel that way. This is an area of great frustration. And he's doing something. Hopefully this works. But, man, he's got to- the other thing he needs to do. They need to launch a criminal investigation. The Attorney General needs to investigate criminal negligence on the part of BP and what went on at MMS. There are a thousand of things that he can do. He just needs to get down here and start doing something. People are dying!


Translation: Obama's not showing leadership on the problems with illegal immigration and he's pulling a Katrina with the BP oil spill. And he's soft on corporate polluters.

Let's recap: Obama is incompetent, naive, lackadaisical, cold, politically stupid, soft on corporate polluters and doesn't show empathy or leadership. And Mr. President, I'm telling you this as your friend... Yeah. Right!

And when your friends run against you in 2012, Mr. President, don't say I didn't warn you!

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Greetings From the Left Coast Annex!

A brief introduction is in order. The illustrious Left Coast Rebel has invited me to contribute here from time to time. And the Rebel is free to post over at Proof Positive, where I hang my hat, until we either get tired of it, get movie deals or hit the lottery.
Whichever comes first...
-Proof

Picture of the Day: Chillin'

by the Left Coast Rebel

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h/t Villainous Company. Open thread caption contest, anyone?

Just When You Thought You Had Seen Every Conceivable Thing....

by the Left Coast Rebel

.......you witness one that takes the cake and outdoes them all. Knowing that Obama's handling of the gulf oil spill has been nearly the disaster that the oil spill itself has been has pushed Obama (five weeks after the Deepwater Horizon explosion) to flounderingly move to plan b. Plan b. as explained by Carol at No Sheeples Here is as follows:

BP, the oil company taking flak for its inconsistent response to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, bused in 400 extra cleanup workers to Grand Isle during President Obama's visit today, Jefferson Parish Council Chairman John Young said.

"It appears to have been a PR stunt by BP, not to say we don't appreciate the extra participation," Young said. "We certainly need them, but we don't need them for just one day that happens to coincide with a visit from the president.”Young said he saw the workers dressed in red shirts, blue jeans and black shrimp boots mulling across the beaches and in the mess hall during the president's appearance. They were uniformed in a way "which you don't normally see workers dressed like that," Young said.

After Obama's departure, Young said, the work crews all but vanished.
I've seen a lot in this man's disastrous short tenure so far but this may top them all.

Simply. Unreal.

From a vantage point of righteous indignation, not to mention anger, No Sheeples Here brandished forth this amazing video:


Please make this video go viral. Wake up, America.

Via Memeorandum. Tri-posted to Rational Nation USA and Proof Positive.

UPDATED: JammieWearingFool starts a Memeorandum thread, "Pathetic: BP Buses in Temps for Obama Photo Op" :

Maybe the alternate photo caption should read something like "I can see the end of my presidency from here." Well, we all figured this would be a carefully choreographed photo op for the current occupant of the White House, but little did we know having their boot firmly on the neck of BP meant the folks at BP were obliged to send in some stooges for the visuals. I guess the goons from SEIU were off harassing some bank workers or getting an early start on the holiday weekend and weren't available. Or maybe Organizing for America didn't factor stuff like this into their budget. I saw a report earlier from Grand Isle and the place was a virtual ghost town. Seems they have to pay the folks to show up.

Damning:

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Left Coast Rebel Tops Google Blog Search with Gary Coleman Article

by the Left Coast Rebel

Another day, another lesson learned in blogging, folks. After just a year and change at doing this I am still learning that blogging is an art, and (not necessarily) a science. I say not necessarily because some days it seems to go either way.

Either way as a political blogger it pays to (sometimes) carry the (non) political story of the day. Just as I did with the story of Gary Coleman passing:

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Which henceforth became a top Google Blog search item and a plethora of hits. The funny thing is that most, if not all, of Google runs on infinitely complex algorithms designed by some of the best and brightest of the brain drain world, so these folks know not just how conservative I actually am.

And if I can reel readers in on a (non) political story from time to time, I might just have a chance to spread the message of liberty and self-governance to the youth (and otherwise) that have never heard it (thanks to decades of liberal indoctrination in the public school system and press).

Food for thought, carry on!

Latest NRSC Ad on Obama's Incompetence

by the Left Coast Rebel

Bill P. at The War Planner hat-tipped me on the latest NRSC ad. Make it go viral!



This NRSC ad parallels a piece by Peggy Noonan in today's WSJ, "He Was Supposed to be Competent." I'm not a fan of Noonan but I excerpted several good passages:

I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president's political judgment and instincts.

There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration. And now the past almost 40 days of dodging and dithering in the face of an environmental calamity. I don't see how you politically survive this.

The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008. But he has not, almost from the day he was inaugurated, been in sync with the center. The heart of the country is thinking each day about A, B and C, and he is thinking about X, Y and Z. They're in one reality, he's in another....

The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. It's not good to have a president in this position—weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support—less than halfway through his term. That it is his fault is no comfort. It is not good for the stability of the world, or its safety, that the leader of "the indispensable nation" be so weakened. I never until the past 10 years understood the almost moral imperative that an American president maintain a high standing in the eyes of his countrymen.

Mr. Obama himself, when running for president, made much of Bush administration distraction and detachment during Katrina. Now the Republican Party will, understandably, go to town on Mr. Obama's having gone only once to the gulf, and the fund-raiser in San Francisco that seemed to take precedence, and the EPA chief who decided to cancel a New York fund-raiser only after the press reported that she planned to attend.

But Republicans should beware, and even mute their mischief. We're in the middle of an actual disaster. When they win back the presidency, they'll probably get the big California earthquake. And they'll probably blow it. Because, ironically enough, of a hard core of truth within their own philosophy: when you ask a government far away in Washington to handle everything, it will handle nothing well.

He was supposed to be competent. He was supposed to part the Red Sea. He was sold as the Messiah, after all. Alas he has proven to be the worst President this nation has ever witnessed and we are not even half way there yet.

How did this:



And this:

OBAMA/

Turn to did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?:


Obama - the biggest lie ever told to America.

Latest 'Gotcha' Moment of Rand Paul: Children of Illegal Immigrants Should not be U.S. Citizens

by the Left Coast Rebel

Rand Paul makes a lot of sense in the 12 minute interview with Russian Times. How many issues does he cover? 20? In fact, it's a good primer into Rand's train of thought and what he stands for, for the uninitiated.

Leave it to the nutroots to narrow in on his comment regarding the United State's disastrous illegal immigrant policy (and interpretation of the 14th amendment) that allows instant citizenship for babies born of illegal immigrants:



Wacky, nutroots discussion at Memeorandum