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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.

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I suppose you can call it, one man’s rage.

I have always believed in civil discourse.  There is that old saying that we can disagree without being disagreeable.  Sometimes, however, I just get … well … pissed off.  In this case, it is not sudden.  It has be growing in my heart and mind for some months.

It has to do with the situation in the Middle East.  Yes, I am not happy with President Obama for sure, but that is already known to anyone who reads my stuff.

Let me get to the specific point.

What hit my hot button was the President of the United States making a stupid and degrading “selfie” commercial – and romping around like the village idiot on the very day he learned of the death of yet another American by the hand of ISIS.  This was a double down of his laughing his way around the golf course hours after another American citizen was beheaded.

To me, it reflects a heartlessness that has permeated his entire foreign policy.

Throughout the world today, we are witnessing the worst genocide, holocaust and savagery since the defeat of the Nazi regime.  And yet, we do nothing.

My frustration is not based on national interest, although that is an issue.  It is not based on geo-political issues.  It is not based on oil.  I cannot accept an America that has so abandoned its moral and humanitarian obligations.  These are not obligations given to us by treaty or political reality, but by, as Lincoln called it, “the angels of our better nature.”

How, as decent human beings, can we stand by as innocent people — men, women and children — are subjected to the most horrifying terror, unimaginable brutality and torturous deaths?  In “leading from behind” and engaging in “patient diplomacy,” the President of the United States is turning a blind eye on the suffering of millions of people around the globe.  He has squandered American leadership on the altar of his own political agenda, and in so doing damned millions to the bloody sword of Islamic terrorists.

The men, women and children being slaughtered with less dignity than farm animals, and those sold into slavery or pimped for sexual gratification, represent humanity.  Their ethnic background, their religion and their political viewpoints should be of no matter to us.

We are the most powerful nation on earth, and whether we like it or now, our conduct in world affairs is the most significant.  When America fails the lead, there are no nations to follow.  When America abandons our moral high ground, there is no one to take it up.

It literally brings tear to my eyes to see the faces and hear the voices of so many good people, young men and women, who are exposed to the human madness of ISIS and other terrorist groups – and we act as if it is just another policy issue to be debated between two legitimate viewpoints.

We know that evil spreads when good people do nothing.  Evil is spreading because we Americans are doing nothing.  We go through our daily lives inoculating our conscious with entertaining diversions rather than face the horror of our own indifference.  Even the wrenching images on television, sanitized as they are, do not motivate us to a demand for moral action.  We use the terribly flawed policies of a terribly flawed President to rationalize our lack of concern.

If the American feminist movement ever had any credibility, it has lost it by its silence, as women … no, young girls … in the Middle East and Central Africa are being kidnapped, enslaved, repeatedly raped and murdered.   I have seen one feminist leader after another, on various talk shows, complaining about equal pay, maternity leave and glass ceiling of one sort or another without one mention of the deadly abuse of women by Islamic terrorists.  How can they complain about prejudicial policies in the United States, or even in such nations as Saudi Arabia, and now hide behind the President’s policy of disregard for the most heinous assaults on womanhood in the world today?

I am disgusted with a Pope whose condemnation of terrorism is only tangential to his moral opinions about capitalism — and his failure to endorse action looks like a theological version of the Obama do nothing policy.  Pope Francis abandons his moral obligation to represent and defend Christianity, the followers of which are a primary target of Islamic terrorists.

I am equally disgusted with the United Nations.  They seem to have no policy to address world terrorism, and certainly no zeal to fight it.  Rather, it engages in diplomatic masturbation from its highly secured tower in New York City.

I am disgusted with a President who focuses more on Neville Chamberlain-style negotiations with the rogue state of Iran, as that very nation funds, trains and spreads Islamic terrorism throughout the globe – including direct assaults on Americans, our overseas facilities and on our very domestic soil.

If America is to be the exceptional nation it has historically been, we need to reclaim our soul.  We need to exert positive leadership in recruiting the civilized nations to take whatever action is necessary to defeat Islamic terrorism.  This means boots on the ground, including American boots.  We must stop assuring the enemies of humanity of what we will not do, and rather leave them in fear of what we might and will do.

Having lost a Marine grandson in Afghanistan, I do not say that lightly.  But, I cannot help but feel that he will have died in vain if America abandons so much of the world to egomaniacal blood-thirsty serial killers.  Our service men and women fight and die to defend the great humanitarian principles and freedoms of America.  We spent our human and financial treasure to defeat the pernicious virus of evil in World War II.  That challenge has been foisted upon us again.  If we fail to defend humanitarian principles and our personal freedoms, they cease to exist.

President Obama ran on a “can do” slogan, but governs as a “can’t do” president.  I am tired of pessimistic apologists who say that we must engage in decades of limited fighting, or that we must fight piecemeal, or that we cannot win a war against terrorist.  To them I say: “The Hell we can’t!”

Sitting around arguing who started the war, and for what reason, is dangerous political diversion.  The situation is what it is.  Our roll must be to resolve, not merely blame, as this President is so obsessed to do.  It is time for America to get to the front of the leadership line and to express diplomatic impatience with those nations who are part of the problem by virtue of not being part of the solution.

It is time to set aside the politics, and give the world the American moral leadership it needs and deserves.

Here is my take on Obama’s Middle East policy as published in the Miami Herald on January 25, 2015

In Chicago de-Nile is a river in Egypt.  In Washington, denial is a Middle Eastern policy.

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Miami Herald

Letter to the Editor

January 25, 2015

I found it interesting and most telling, that President Obama didn’t mention Israel in his State of the Union address — even as he spoke optimistically about our newfound relationship with Iran and made false claims about our “victories” over a terrorism that has no name.

His most dangerous foreign policy may well be his actions that favor the enemies of Israel and, therefore, the United States.

There is a new holocaust occurring in the world today, and even many Jews are turning their backs on that reality. Pope Francis criticizes capitalism while ignoring those Christians, Jews and Muslims being slaughtered. The United Nations does nothing to stop the genocide.

It all makes the “never again” mantra seem a bit empty.

Larry Horist, Boca Raton

Why does President Obama give brutal dictators a break? Cuba is the latest.

Since November, I had been telling people that they have yet to see the worst of Obama.  With no more elections in the future, no control over Congress and no Harry Reid to block legislation from reaching his desk, we will see a succession of autocratic directives coming from the White House.  In many ways, he is bitter and lashing out at a country that took him down from the pedestal upon which he placed himself.  In the worst of the Chicago tradition, it is payback time on the America the radical left loathes.

His private deal with Raul Castro is another in what will be a long string of hard core left-wing dictates to be coming from the Oval Office.  Whether you agree that normalizations with Cuba is a worthy goal or not, this is not the time or way to do it.

For decades, Cuban leaders have longed for a deal with the United States that would bring untold advantages to their struggling economy and more power to their brutal regime.  While sanctions failed to topple the two-headed Castro regime, they did prevent the dictatorial duo from becoming popular – an important leverage for both the United States and eventually the welfare people of Cuba.

Once again, Obama uses past precedents that are not true examples.  The administration cites China and Russia as two adversaries where we benefited by normalizing relationships.  Where Obama is typically deceptive is that normalization with those nations came on OUR terms, with great benefits to world trade and free enterprise.  In the case of China and especially Russia, we were open to negotiations AFTER we put their economies on the road to collapse.

In Cuba, Obama is giving benefits to the dictators without any discernible benefits to the United States.  Sure, we got the release of one American hostage, but the Obama trade was typically disproportionate.  And, despite his grand announcement, there are elements of the trade that are beyond his power.  He is again tip toeing to the edge of abuse of power.

Obama only offers some vague hope that things will get better with Cuba in the far future.  There is no quid pro quo addressing Cuban civil rights abuses, crushing opposition, supporting international terrorism, confiscation of American property and undemocratic policies.  In other words, for a public relations victory among his radical left-wing base, Obama has strengthened the grip of the totalitarian Castro brothers and their Communist successors.

It is said that the Obama-Castro deal was brokered by the Pope.  It seems to be so.  To me this makes the Pope just another hard core left-wing leader, who holds America in contempt.  Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan formed an alliance to bring down the Soviet Union.  Obama and Francis have formed an alliance to bring down American power and influence.  I predict his narrow political views will exacerbate the loss of membership in the Catholic Church.  I already know a few who heading out the door.  I also expect that Francis will be the first Pope to be welcomed to the United States by demonstrators opposing his reign.

Cuba is another example of the Obama doctrine that suggests that a weak America is better for the world.  For six years, he has sided with America’s traditional adversaries over long time friends.  He has bowed figuratively and literally to despotic leaders who would be thrilled to see American influence in the world diminished to the point of irrelevancy.  This is why he chokes up when ever asked about American Exceptionalism.

Hang on to your seats.  The last two years of the Obama administration is going to be bumpy.  At this point, we can only try to limit the damage he does.

DAILY OBSERVATON: Why the Obama deal with Cuba is bad all around.

Since November, I had been telling people that they have yet to see the worst of Obama.  With no more elections in the future, no control over Congress and no Harry Reid to block legislation from reaching his desk, we will see a succession of autocratic directives coming from the White House.  In many ways, he is bitter and lashing out at a country that took him down from the pedestal upon which he placed himself.  In the worst of the Chicago tradition, it is payback time on the America the radical left loathes.

His private deal with Raul Castro is another in what will be a long string of hard core left-wing dictates to be coming from the Oval Office.  Whether you agree that normalizations with Cuba is a worthy goal or not, this is not the time or way to do it.

For decades, Cuban leaders have longed for a deal with the United States that would bring untold advantages to their struggling economy and more power to their brutal regime.  While sanctions failed to topple the two-headed Castro regime, they did prevent the dictatorial duo from becoming popular – an important leverage for both the United States and eventually the welfare people of Cuba.

Once again, Obama uses past precedents that are not true examples.  The administration cites China and Russia as two adversaries where we benefited by normalizing relationships.  Where Obama is typically deceptive is that normalization with those nations came on OUR terms, with great benefits to world trade and free enterprise.  In the case of China and especially Russia, we were open to negotiations AFTER we put their economies on the road to collapse.

In Cuba, Obama is giving benefits to the dictators without any discernible benefits to the United States.  Sure, we got the release of one American hostage, but the Obama trade was typically disproportionate.  And, despite his grand announcement, there are elements of the trade that are beyond his power.  He is again tip toeing to the edge of abuse of power.

Obama only offers some vague hope that things will get better with Cuba in the far future.  There is no quid pro quo addressing Cuban civil rights abuses, crushing opposition, supporting international terrorism, confiscation of American property and undemocratic policies.  In other words, for a public relations victory among his radical left-wing base, Obama has strengthened the grip of the totalitarian Castro brothers and their Communist successors.

It is said that the Obama-Castro deal was brokered by the Pope.  It seems to be so.  To me this makes the Pope just another hard core left-wing leader, who holds America in contempt.  Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan formed an alliance to bring down the Soviet Union.  Obama and Francis have formed an alliance to bring down American power and influence.  I predict his narrow political views will exacerbate the loss of membership in the Catholic Church.  I already know a few who heading out the door.  I also expect that Francis will be the first Pope to be welcomed to the United States by demonstrators opposing his reign.

Cuba is another example of the Obama doctrine that suggests that a weak America is better for the world.  For six years, he has sided with America’s traditional adversaries over long time friends.  He has bowed figuratively and literally to despotic leaders who would be thrilled to see American influence in the world diminished to the point of irrelevancy.  This is why he chokes up when ever asked about American Exceptionalism.