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NEWS TO MUSE: Obama channels Mayor Daley to Popes Make Me See Double … and a bit of sex to grab attention.

As I meander through the morning news, here are a few items I mused over.

Mayor Barack Obama

In a recent interview, President Obama said his job in handling terrorists is like a city mayor dealing with criminals.  Since he is a product of the Chicago Democrat Machine, arguably the most corrupt political institution in America, we have every reason to worry.  Denial is standard operating procedure.  Way back when, as mobsters and innocent victims were being gunned down in the Windy City, the first Mayor Daley was asked what he would do about the Mafia and organized crime.  His response?  “What organized crime?  We don’t have organized crime in Chicago.”  The operating premise is that if you don’t give it a name, it does not exist.  Sound familiar?  Obama has learned well.

Poor Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

It is reported that some prospective jurors feel a pity for the Boston Marathon’s Islamic terrorist bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  They think the poor boy suffered under the influence of his older brother.  I guess there is sympathy value in a cute boyish face.  This is the weakness of dealing with terrorists as normal criminals.  It is a problem because he is an American citizen, but outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder wants to bestow American citizenship rights on even foreign terrorists.  My proposal is that any American citizen terrorist who is determined in a court hearing to be acting on behalf or under the influence of an enemy foreign force would be stripped of their citizenship, declared an enemy combatant and put before a military tribunal.  This would apply to even those misnamed “lone wolves” who are inspired by enemy propaganda.

New Oregon Governor is more than bipartisan

Another sanctimonious liberal governor has bit the dirt in scandal.  John Kitzhaber has been forced to resign after his live-in lady friend was trading on “pillow talk” to rack in big bucks from lobbyists.  Of course, nothing new in the fall of yet another corrupt governor.  What is newsworthy is that the Secretary of State, Kate Brown, who succeeds to the governorship, is openly bisexual.  As more of a libertarian, her sexual adventures do not bother me. I do wonder, however, why it has to be such a big social issue.  I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as “normal sex.”  Those who place very strict moral limits on sexual activity think the more adventuresome folks are perverts.  Those “perverts,” who like to do a lot wild experimenting, think of the others as oppressed.  So, there you have it.  Society divides between perverts and the oppressed – no one is normal.  But, both Kitzhaber and Brown do tell us something about the new sexual norms in America.  Unmarried relationships and alternative life styles are much more acceptable these days.  I think nothing shows citizen approval more than who we elect to public office.  This is not the courts shoving it down our throats.  (Oooops.  Bad choice of words.)  Not too long ago, neither of these two would have been able to get elected to public office – much less such high offices.  You can tell the perverts from the oppressed if you ask them if this change is social progress or degradation.

Popes Blue Ribbon

Pope Francis has anointed a blue ribbon panel of new cardinals.  This is the theological version of the “spoils system.”  He invited his predecessor ex-Pope Benedict to join in the festivities.  This got me to wondering.  Has the stepping down of Pope  Benedict undermined the Church.  Having been raised Catholic (although “fallen away” would be a more apt adjectival phrase today), the optics of two popes has always bothered me.  The selection of a Pope is supposed to be God’s decision.  It is a lifetime commitment, as I was led to believe.  To me, this makes the Church look more corporate than spiritual.  Has Benedict lost the power to speak ex cathedra?  I suppose those closer to the altar would be better judges, but that’s my sense of it.

Here is my take on who is culpable for the violent atmosphere that led to the deaths of two New York police officers as published in the Washington Times on December 23, 2014

Washington Times, The (DC)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Bill deBlasio share blame in N.Y. police killings

 There is a huge pushback against statements of the many who have assigned New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and even President Obama with culpability in the deaths of two New York police officers (“Al Sharpton says he’s the victim, plays audio of death threat during press conference,” Web, Dec. 21).

There can be a huge gap between responsibility and culpability. Those who hold Mr. de Blasio, Mr. Sharpton, Mr. Holder and Mr. Obama blameless in the shooting deaths of New York Police Department Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are merely acting out of partisan and philosophic zealotry. The facts of their statements are on the national record for all to see.

They have pitted one group against another by perpetrating the mythology of pandemic racism, when racism in America is anecdotal and receding. They have rhetorically accused — no, smeared — the police departments across America with false implications of and allusions to systemic and institutional racism. They have elevated the reputations of petty criminals above those of hardworking cops. They have remained silent as mobs, not peaceful demonstrators, rampaged illegally through the streets, vandalizing and looting. They have called such people “protesters.” They remained silent as the mob called for the murder of police.

The president has empowered Mr. Sharpton, arguably the most provocative inciter of violent action, as the racial spokesperson for America.

They now attempt to say the murder last weekend of the two NYPD officers was merely the work of an insane lone wolf. They question his motivation. But there is no question; the killer told us exactly what motivated him: the demonstrators on the streets and those calls for vigilante justice. In fact, he specifically referred to Mr. de Blasio’s words.

I believe these leaders have violated the very rules they claim to so cherish. They are guilty of hate language. They are guilty of inciting public unrest. They are guilty of creating a hostile work environment. They are guilty of promoting racism.

Leaders are important. What they say has meaning, and words influence actions. In another time of racial tension, President Abraham Lincoln called upon leaders to guide their people to “the better angels of our nature.” In this case, Mr. Obama, Mr. Holder, Mr. Sharpton, Mr. de Blasio and others take us to the darker demons of our nature. If not responsible, they are most certainly culpable.

LARRY P. HORIST

Boca Raton, Florida

New feature –> OLD BUSINESS: Old business is news, too.

In formal meetings, the agenda usually includes something called “old business.”  It is how past unresolved issues can be brought up for further review.

It occurred to me that this would be a good idea for all those talking heads on cable news channels.

Allow me to preface.

In watching the news on all the major channels, I find two things troublesome. First is the custom of using their own talking heads and “contributors” over and over on one show after another.  It seems most of the guest experts are merely folks from their other programs or their regular stable of panelists.  The principal anchors host their own show and guest on all the others.  I sort of think “news” should present something new.

The second problem is the focus on very few stories.  When there is a very dramatic event, it is understandable to give it more air time, but often there is nothing new to report.  I found this particularly annoying on CNN, which gave hours upon hours of air time to the missing Malaysian jetliner – with nothing more to say than it was still missing.  FOX’s Bill O’Reilly bragged that his show does not delve into speculation and for the next hour there was nothing but speculation about what happened to the plane.

So, my recommendation to the news providers is to engage more outside experts rather than regurgitate the opinions of in-house staff.  And secondly, the stations should create a segment for “old business.”

For example, I will deal with this in this blog from time to time – starting now.

OLD BUSINESS

WHAT HAS BECOME OF SGT. BOWIE BERGDAHL?

Every time Obama sends off more Gitmo detainees back to the bosom of terrorism, I keep getting reminded of Sgt. Bowie Bergdahl.  For those who may have forgotten him, as has most of the Main Stream Media, Bergdahl is the guy the President traded for five high level terrorist leaders.  ISIS and al Qaeda got replenished, and we got back a guy who deserted his post, fled to the enemy and caused the deaths of American soldiers trying to rescue him.

So far, no update on the promised investigation.  We actually know more about what happened to the released terrorists.  Some, if not all, are not back in action.

Rather than being brought before a military tribunal to adjudicate his case and apply appropriate military punishment, if deemed necessary based on facts.  The good sergeant was whisked away to the obscurity of a cushy military job, was given back pay and received a promotion.

All this got me to thinking.  We have made several attempts to us Special Forces to liberate captured American hostages because we never negotiate with the enemy.  Good policy, because it prevents future kidnappings.  So, why did we negotiate for Bergdahl, arguably a less worthy a subject.  The others were taken forcefully, while Bergdahl literally walked into the enemies arms.

IS THE WAR STILL GOING ON IN SYRIA?

Do you recall when President Obama said that Libyan tyrant Bashar al Assad, would have to go – and even predicted his departure in the near future?

First of all, a President should never make such brash and foolish statements unless he has a pretty good plan to accomplish the mission.  Obama did not have such a plan.

But how is it going?  The news media seems to have lost interest.

Well from what I can tell, it is going very badly.  Assad is still in power, the battle rages and the United States looks weak and fleckless.  In failing to arm and support the insurgents early on, the United States has adversaries no matter who wins – Asaad. ISIS or the insurgents no influenced by al Qaeda .

What policy Obama might have had – and it is not easy to identify one – has collapsed. It currently appears that Assad will eventually win out.  In Iraq, we are fighting alongside Iran to knock out ISIS and in Libya we are on the side of ISIS to knock out Assad.

IS IRAN GOING NUCLEAR?

While the Obama administration plays paddy cake month-after-month with Iran constantly extending the talks, the number one terrorist nation in the world, not conceding statehood to the so-called Islamic State, the Iranians are freed of the burden of sanctions that were crippling their economy.

As Secretary of State John Kerry deludes himself into believing that the Iranians are negotiating in good faith, the folks in Tehran are building up their economy, strengthening their military and moving forward on developing munitions-grade plutonium.

Apparently, Obama & Co. is willing to give them all the time they need.

RETURN TO FORT HOOD.

What in hell is taking so long to determine that terrorist Major Nidal Malik Hasan should be tried, found guilty, as is so obvious, and executed?  Why is it still “workplace violence” in Attorney General Eric Holder’s mind?

The only new development I have seen is a move by Republicans in Congress to award those killed and wounded the Purple Heart, as they so well deserve.  Why does Obama have such a problem with this?

REMEMBER ALTON ALEXANDER NOLEN?

Alton Alexander Nolen is the Islamic terrorist who beheaded a woman in Oklahoma. Like Hasan, he also has not been declared a terrorist even though all the evidence shows he was doing the bidding of ISIS.  I am assuming that by not declaring all these Muslim jihadist attacks on Americans a terrorist attack, but just a local crime, the Obama administration does not have to count them as terrorist attacks on their watch.

REDSKINS WATCH.

I know the football team is still called the Redskins, but what has happened to all those inappropriate and abusive threats of government intervention?  This is a perfect example of idiotic political correctness actually creating a racial issue where none existed.  So, will the government sneak away silently in the night after their high profile bluster, or will they push forward and remind themselves why freedom loving Americans turned against them last November?