MO Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Wonders If Obama Had Something To Do With Natl Guard Not Being Mobilized In Ferguson (Updated)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called a state of emergency, last week, and announced that he was mobilizing the National Guard in preparation for the expected chaos in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury verdict, so where were they last night while Ferguson was burning?

Guard members were reportedly in place last night at key locations in St. Louis when the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darrell Wilson was announced. But for some reason, none were at the flash point, where you would think, most of the attention would  have been focused.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told FOX 2 late  Monday night that he had repeatedly pleaded with the Governor’s office to deploy the  the National Guard in his town, but his requests were “completely ignored.”

On Fox News’, America’s NewsroomKinder asked, “did the Obama administration lean on Governor Nixon to ignore pleas from Ferguson Mayor to send in National Guard?”

Via Gateway Pundit: 

“He (Governor Nixon) declared a State of Emergency almost a week ago and mobilized the National Guard. Then they were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned…

We know they were kept away because they did not come in and stop that from the get-go. They were deployed in other parts of the St. Louis region… Why were they not in there at the first sign of an overturned police car or a smashed police car window with a show of force that would have stopped this?

Here’s my question that the governor must answer – Is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama Administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard would not have them in there to stop this.”

It’s absolutely chilling that such a question is being asked.

UPDATE:

Via White House Dossier: Did Holder Cause the National Guard to be Kept From Ferguson?

Indeed, there were reports Holder was not happy with Nixon’s efforts to display force and use the National Guard. From an article Friday in the Washington Post:

Holder also expressed concerns privately about Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision this week to declare a state of emergency at a news conference and activate the National Guard . . .

A top aide to Holder called the governor’s office earlier this week to express Holder’s displeasure and “frustration,” according to a Justice Department official.

“Instead of de-escalating the situation, the governor escalated it,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject. “He sent the wrong message. The tone of the press conference was counterproductive.”

UPDATE II:

Kinder was also on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly Tuesday night:

SEE ALSO:

From The Conversation: 

Note To Media: Stop Calling What Happened In Ferguson Last Night, ‘Protests’

Another note to media: be more skeptical of incendiary claims

Wanted: a government that sides with the law-abiding

Ezra Klein Can’t Believe Officer Wilson’s Story Even Though Mike Brown’s Friend Agrees it Happened

 

Obama And Holder Release Messages For Ferguson Mob And Law Enforcement

Ahead of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, both outgoing (finally!)Attorney General Eric Holder and Emperor Obama released messages warning law enforcement to behave themselves.

“The Justice Department encourages law enforcement officials, in every jurisdiction, to work with the communities they serve to minimize needless confrontation,” Holder said.

“Over the past few months, we’ve seen demonstrations and protests that have sought to bring attention to real and significant underlying issues involving police practices, implicit bias, and pervasive community distrust.  And in most cases, these demonstrations have been both meaningful and responsible, and have brought vital issues to the attention of the public at large,” the Holder said in a video.

(That’s a fascinating take since the shooting sparked months of  violent protests, property destruction and looting in Ferguson, and law enforcement officials there have been bracing for more violence  after the decision is announced.)

“I know, from first-hand experience, that demonstrations like these have the potential to spark a sustained and positive national dialogue, to provide momentum to a necessary conversation, and to bring about critical reform.”

Full transcript, here.

What does he mean by “implicit bias?” Stopping a suspect who fits the description of a person who just robbed a convenience store? Should the police just stop doing their jobs so as not to show “implicit bias”?

And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this “national dialogue” Holder wants to inflict on the nation isn’t the pro-law and order dialogue you and I would prefer. The cringe-inducing term “critical reform” applies to law enforcement - not law breakers. 

NYC is slowly becoming the crime-infested sewer it was in the 70s and 80s because Communist Mayor Bill De Blasio is undoing  all the good policing practices instilled by former Mayor Giuliani. Holder and Obama would like to see those  policies duplicated in all of our cities, God help us.

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In Emperor Obama’s message  to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, he at least pretended that he wanted his minions out there on the street to “keep protests peaceful.”

“I think first and foremost, keep protests peaceful,” Obama said in the interview, which was taped in Las Vegas after he delivered a speech about immigration.

“This is a country that allows everybody to express their views, allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust,” Obama said. “But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law, contrary to who we are.”

Why isn’t the president telling these people to go home and stop rabble-rousing, since he knows that the evidence exonerates Officer Wilson?  The fact that the Grand Jury has been examining all of the evidence and is making an informed decision –  means justice is being done in Ferguson? What on earth is there to protest? Why isn’t he trying to correct mistaken impressions instead of  trying to excuse them? Because oh – in the end – all this turmoil that he and Holder seem to be welcoming – will lead to “critical reforms.”

Lest we forget, the Emperor was once a Community Organizer, himself – and it shows.

Update:

Some Obama allies in the New Black Panthers have been indicted on weapons charges in Ferguson.

Via Gateway Pundit: 

On Friday Olajuwon Ali and Brandon Muhammad were indicted in federal court for illegal firearms purchase — in a bomb plot.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Two men have been indicted on weapons charges in federal court here for allegedly making straw purchases of two handguns at the Cabela’s sporting goods store in Hazelwood.

The indictment was handed up Wednesday and unsealed Friday accusing Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis of making false statements to obtain firearms. The defendants’ ages and addresses were not made public.

According to local News 4 the two men were arrested in connection with a plot to explode pipe bombs during protests.

As you may remember, the New Black Panthers are the Militant group that Holder refused to prosecute back in 2009 after some members engaged in what one prominent civil rights activist described as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, including the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.

Again, in 2012, the Holder Justice Department looked the other way when the New Black Panthers in Sanford Florida,  put a bounty on George Zimmerman’s head and distributed  wanted dead or alive fliers. The Zimmermans had to live in fear in Sanford, just as Officer Wilson has gone into hiding in Ferguson – with a bounty also put on his head.

This is not how Justice works in a free country.

UPDATE II:

Excuse my French, but you have got to be shitting me. I did not just see this via the Independent Sentinel: 

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It’s a joke, right?

UPDATE III:

Via Got News, another disgraceful example of the pressure the Grand Jury is under to indict Officer Wilson – which is the only reason this is taking so long.

In an audio interview with WUNC, the new leader of the Congressional Black Caucus called for Darren Wilson to be indicted and prejudiced the Ferguson grand jury.

Former judge and new leader of the Congressional Black Caucus G. K. Butterfield called for the grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown and warned that there would be consequences if the jury “turn their back on justice.”

UPDATE IV:

Tell me again how “meaningful and responsible” these protests are?….

Gateway Pundit: Breaking: #Ferguson Protesters Cause Car to Smash Into Pole (Video)

Ferguson protesters were out en masse Friday night chanting and walking in the middle of the street.

A group of protesters were chanting when they forced a car off the road into a pole.
The car did not seem to slow down when it smashed into the pole.

The weather is turning nicer in Missouri – which doesn’t work in civilization’s favor.

Fox News Reveals Documents Detailing Obama’s “Constitutionally Odious” Amnesty (Video)

I’m gonna start calling it “cram-nesty” because that’s what it is – the usurper cramming another grossly unpopular policy down the nation’s throat.

Via Fox News Insider:

As part of the 10-point plan, up to 4.5 million illegal immigrants living with their American born kids would be allowed to stay in the U.S., an expansion of deferred action. The plan would also expand deferred action for DACA children. There is also a proposal to raise pay for ICE officers to boost morale.

The plan would also allow family members of illegal immigrants another avenue for citizenship through the military’s delayed entry program. Sources say this avenue will likely be exploited, with people joining the military, then not showing up for boot camp.

Other proposals include a 50-percent discount to the first 10,000 naturalization applicants, 500,000 technology jobs through the State Department visa program, and increased border security.

Later during the panel discussion, Charles Krauthammer called the plan “constitutionally odious.”

He said the proposal is an advertisement to the world that you can come into America illegally, and if you wait long enough, we will legalize you.

Can we talk about impeachment now? Empty talk and huffing and puffing is not going to do a thing to stop a tyrannical president.

SEE ALSO: 

Twitchy: Executive action on amnesty? Laura Ingraham braces for ‘war on America’s middle class & working poor’ 

Apparently the ass-kicking they received a week ago wasn’t strong enough.

Big Government: Father Asks Obama to Use Executive Order to Bring Son Slain by Illegal Alien Back to Life

“While your Executive Order pad is out, can you write one to bring my son and the tens of thousands (actually over 100,000) killed by illegal aliens back to life and to bring our destroyed families back together?” asks Don Rosenberg in a letter to Obama. His son Drew was killed by an illegal alien who ran over him in 2010.

In the letter, Rosenberg notes that President Obama’s administration refused to deport the illegal alien who killed his son.

Hump Day Link-Around: The Regime’s Transparency Lie

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I’ve gotta clear some tabs, ya’ll.

Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: Sharyl Attkisson and the Transparency Lie:

As she documents in her stunning new book, Stonewalled, there has never been a more deceptive administration, nor one more dedicated to destroying those who tell the truth. In the words of David Sanger, the veteran chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times, “This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.”

Those of us reporting from what Obama biographer David Remnick called “the Web’s farthest lunatic orbit” anticipated this turn of events before the 2008 election. In attempting to get the word out, we were routinely discredited by the Obama camp and its media allies. Attkisson uses the word “controversialize” to describe the mechanics of this process.

I had some first-hand experience with this in the fall of 2008 when I advanced the theory that terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers helped Barack Obama with his acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father. In early October 2008 Rush Limbaugh discussed the theory on air. Had any major media outlet simply examined my evidence, an honest report on the same could have turned the election.

That was not about to happen. Remnick, editor of the liberal New Yorker, took the same tack in his biography that the few in the media who bothered to cover the “controversy” took in 2008. “This may not have been Limbaugh’s most racist insinuation of the campaign,” said Remnick, but he concluded that our collective “libel about Obama’s memoir — the denial of literacy, the denial of authorship — had a particularly ugly pedigree.”

The easily intimidated pharisees on the right quickly fell into line. The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto, for instance, singled me out by name as among those right-wingers who “engaged in irresponsible rumor-mongering and conspiracy-theorizing.”

If people like me were easily “controversialized,” people like Attkisson were not. She was a veteran, Emmy Award-winning reporter for a major news network with a non-partisan paper trail. The problem was that there were too few people like Attkisson to commandeer a major media newsroom.

Michael Snyder at Doug Ross @Journal: How pervasive is government harassment of the press?

Sadly, Attkisson is far from alone. A whole host of other media personalities that have also been very critical of Barack Obama have been targeted. As we have seen, sometimes the IRS is the vehicle used to go after them. Other times, more direct action is taken.

For example, there have been very few media personalities that have been more critical of Barack Obama than Rick Wiles of TruNews. And what he has been going through in recent months is more than just a little bit alarming.

How would you feel if strange vehicles sat outside your home and the men sitting inside the vehicles stared at you for hours? Well, that is exactly what is happening at TruNews headquarters. The following is an excerpt from what Rick shared with his listeners just the other day…

Friday was an unusually busy day. A total of four vehicles parked in the same spot throughout the day. The moment one vehicle departed it was immediately replaced by another vehicle. If I were a paranoid conspiracy theorist, I’d think we were under surveillance! What a crazy idea. This is America. That kind of stuff doesn’t happen here, right?

Friday morning started out with the first car. Soon after, another vehicle joined. Both vehicles sat next to each other for several hours. I can turn around in my office and look out the window and see them. I walked outside and took photos of the vehicles. I wanted them to see me watching them.

Shortly after taking the photographs, both vehicles drove away. Immediately, they were replaced by a third vehicle.

I walked outside and took a photo of the third vehicle too. He started his engine and very slowly drove toward me. He had his window down and stared at me as he slowly drove by the office. I waved at him to let him know I was aware of his presence and wasn’t intimidated.

But even more troubling have been the repeated break-ins at night. Nothing has ever been stolen during these break-ins, and whoever was conducting them had the ability to turn off the security cameras

The good news is that the mysterious breaking and entering intrusions into our offices appear to have stopped. For months there were clear signs that somebody was entering the building. We found ceiling tiles moved, ceiling attic doors hanging open, and some doors unlocked. Nothing was ever stolen or moved.

I changed the locks and security access codes multiple times throughout the summer. They continued to enter as though they walked through the walls. Furthermore, our security cameras stopped recording at certain hours during the night. Obviously, the intruders were people with advanced skills and technologies to enable them to evade detection.

Have other conservative bloggers and journalists faced similar intimidation? Has anyone had weird issues with their computers that they blew off rather than seem paranoid? How many of us have had the FBI visit us at our homes? It’s time to come out of the shadows and tell our stories.

David Horowitz, FrontPageMagazine: The Democrats’ Great Betrayal:

Why did the Democrats turn against a war they had authorized and why did they accuse Bush of deceiving the American people (“Bush lied, people died”)? Not because of anything that had taken place on the battlefield in Iraq. The Democrats turned against the war because an anti-war activist named Howard Dean was set to win the Democratic presidential primary – which happened to coincide with the invasion – by a wide margin. It was Dean’s surge in the polls that caused John Kerry and John Edwards who eventually became the Democratic standard bearers to do an about face, repudiate their previous support of the war, and turn on the president as the chief culprit in the conflict rather than the sadistic tyrant Saddam Hussein. The Democrats even lied about the rationale for the war which was not the existence of weapons of mass destruction but Saddam’s violation of the Gulf War truce and 17 UN Resolutions designed to prevent him from building weapons of mass destruction.

Why did the Democrats claim – falsely – that Bush lied about the reasons for the war? Because the Democrats could not admit that they were turning against a war they themselves had authorized for partisan political gain, undoubtedly the most shameful act by a major political party in the nation’s history.

The Democrats went on to conduct a five-year scorched earth campaign against America’s war in Iraq, which was in effect the central front of the war on terror, as the creation of an Islamic terrorist state has since shown. Democrats did not merely oppose the war but slandered the president as a liar and war criminal, defended the leaks of national security programs (which led to their destruction), converted a minor incident in the Abu Ghraib prison into an international scandal which was then used to defame their country and demoralize its troops, and actively sought to defund the war effort in Congress and force an American defeat. They eventually succeeded in this effort by nominating a leftwing anti-war activist who upon reaching the White House proceeded to make America’s defeat in Iraq a fait accompli, thus creating the vacuum that ISIS has filled.

Keith Hennessey: Dr. Gruber’s honesty about lying:

This provokes four questions:

  1. Is Dr. Gruber right that lack of transparency was a huge political advantage in enacting ObamaCare?
  2. Do Dr. Gruber’s allies in Congress and the Obama White House agree that ObamaCare cross-subsidies were intentionally obscured to avoid politically unpopular votes?
  3. Do they agree with the more general principle, that some large, explicit, and transparent subsidies will be unpopular, and that the only way to enact them is to hide and obscure them?
  4. If so, is it ethical to hide and obscure large cross-subsidies (or large costs), in ObamaCare and elsewhere, so they can be enacted into law? Does the end of greater redistribution justify the means of obfuscation, of lying to voters?

Here are my answers.

  1. Yes. Dr. Gruber is right that lack of transparency provided a huge political advantage in enacting ObamaCare. He is correct that the cross-subsidies within that bill would have doomed it had they been explicit, transparent, and well understood. If your goal is to enact unpopular subsidies then hiding them is an effective means to doing so.
  2. Yes. I would bet heavily that both Team Obama and key Congressional Democrats involved in enacting the Affordable Care Act intentionally obscured these policies as Dr. Gruber described and for the reasons he gave. I think this logic permeates the construction, drafting, and enactment of this law.
  3. Yes. I think this tactic is core to progressives’ long-term success in expanding government’s function as a massive income redistribution machine. This logic underlies hidden cross-subsidies in many of our largest government programs and the taxes imposed to finance them. It is on occasion embraced across the political spectrum, but it’s a tool used far more often  by the Left to redistribute society’s resources behind our backs.
  4. No. I think this tactic is repulsive and unethical in a representative democracy.

Conservative Treehouse: Sheeesh – The Braintrust Behind “Anonymous Operation Ferguson” Is A Guy In Pakistan…

If you put a modern day Bill Ayers ideology together with the social media acumen of Mark Zuckerburg, and then mixed in some Mid-East Lil Wayne rap music you might end up with a kid in Pakistan, with a facebook page and access to the internet, able to convince young thugs in Ferguson Missouri to rise up in defense of Islam under the auspices of Justice for Mike Brown….

…..or something equally bizarre.

However, ridiculous this seems, it is indeed what’s taking place.

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Give me a freaking break.

Washington Free Beacon: Gallup Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Want GOP Congress to Set Country’s Agenda, Not Obama

A new Gallup poll released Tuesday showed that the majority of Americans trust the incoming Republican Congress over President Obama to set the nation on the right track.

53 percent of respondents indicated they preferred Republicans in Congress to lead the direction of the United States, while only 36 percent preferred Obama.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said 2014 voters are showing “no sign of buyer’s remorse” following the Republican sweep on November 4.

Liberty Blitzkrieg: Wall Street Journal Reports Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Has Been Involved in $904 Million in Asset Forfeitures

Earlier today, I posted the most recent piece in a series highlighting the insidious and lawless practice of civil asset forfeiture being abused by police departments and prosecutors across America in the post: Quote of the Day – An Incredible Statement from the City Attorney of Las Cruces, New Mexico. I suggest reading that before checking out the rest of this post.

Considering the fact that civil asset forfeiture has rightly entered the national spotlight as of late, the stance of Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, on the matter is extremely important. Particularly if the Wall Street Journal is correct and her office had been aggressive in utilizing this practice to seize funds under her oversight.

 

Stella Moribito, The Federalist: Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret:

You thought the gaystapo – aka the “purple mafia” were bad. Now, mimicking their successful intimidation, speech/though suppression techniques, comes the transsexual mafia.

Everyone has regrets. Some of us have big regrets. Most everyone has some place to go to get help dealing with them.

Except for, say, a guy who had sex-change surgery and now would like to have his penis back. (The one God gave him.)

Our culture seems pretty much “to each his own” when it comes to elective bodily mutilation and the regret thereof. And there’s a lot of regret out there. According to a British poll, a whopping 65 percent of those who’ve had various cosmetic surgeries regret it. People who regret their tattoos, plastic surgery, or more extreme body modifications (here’s a sad Buzzfeed pictorial on the effects of ear gauges) can read up on the Internet and find an open array of remedies. Plastic surgeons make money both puttin’ it in and takin’ it out.

Hollywood stars can speak openly about misgivings over their boob jobs and whatnot. Regarding her lip enhancement surgery, Courtney Love said: “I just want the mouth God gave me back.”

But the difference between Love and the guy with phantom penis syndrome is that the guy isn’t allowed to talk about his regret. Not openly. The transgender lobby actively polices and suppresses discussion of sex-change regret, and claims it’s rare (no more than “5 percent.”) However, if you do decide to “de-transition” to once again identify with the sex in your DNA, talking about it will get you targeted by trans activists. So it’s a challenge to understand the scope of regret for sex change surgery. It’s out there, but…

 My latest at the Conversation:

Police Fatally Shoot Sword Wielding Man in Kansas City

A man brandishing a sword was shot and killed after he charged an officer in Kansas City, Kansas, Saturday night. According to the police, the incident happened at about 10:00 pm while officers were responding to a armed disturbance. The name of the man has not yet been released by the police, but 41 Action News has confirmed that it was Carlos Davenport who was shot on his front porch.

Caught on Tape: Gruber Called American People Stupid In Another “Off the Cuff” Speak-o

Wow, this man is really  insufferable.

Marc Thiessen: “Gruber as so condescending that “he actually wrote a comic book to explain ObamaCare because of course we’re not smart enough to read chapter books.”

The book describes the individual mandate as “the spinach we have to eat in order to get the dessert that is fairly priced health insurance. “

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Photo of Grubby Gruber showing off his ObamaCare for Dummies book via Weasel Zippers

Tuesday night, Megyn Kelly opened her show by airing a second video of Jonathan “Grubby” Gruber making another “off the cuff” speak-o that sounds a lot like disrespect for the American people’s intelligence. In explaining how Democrats played with the language of the Obama care law to achieved their goals, he could be heard saying “the American voters are too stupid to understand the difference.”

UPDATE:

Yet another insulting speak-o via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: 

 Either Gruber makes a lot of “speak-os” or he thinks Americans are really dumb ….and therefore exploitable:

“It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said during a speech at the University of Rhode Island in November 2012.

He was discussing what is known as the Cadillac tax and how it came into being.

SEE ALSO: 

John Sexton, the Conversation: Why Obamacare Architect’s Admission of Dishonesty Should Matter to Every American

Related: (sort of)

I’m ready to start talking about this.

National Review: Amnesty and ImpeachmentAbsent the credible threat of impeachment, Obama will pardon millions of illegal aliens

Time to start the drumbeat. This clown needs to go.

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Gowdy Zings Gruber: “If You Want to See How Stupid Our Fellow Citizens Are, Take a Look at Last Tuesday Night”

Must Read: Desert Storm Vet Hammers Obama Administration For Abandoning Iraq

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The approach of Veteran’s Day got Desert Storm vet Michael Banzet to ruminating about his decision to retire from the Air Force after the elections of 2008. He wrote a powerful oped, Why I quit… Desert Storm vet explains decision to leave Air Force after 22 years that was published in his hometown newspaper in Montana, The Daily Inter-Lake in November of 2010.

Four years later, he says, “the thing that prompted me to attempt to put thought to electrons was, oddly enough, the recent massacre of 770 young men around Camp Speicher, Iraq.”

Via The Daily Inter-Lake:

I served 22 years in the Air Force, and without a doubt, the most rewarding year in my career was the year that I spent on the ground in Iraq. I was able to witness the results of the sacrifice made by so many young Americans, young and old, men and women, of all colors. I was humbled by what I found. The desperately courageous Iraqis, who had to operate in the most dangerous of circumstances, depended on the steady presence of the American armed forces. And of course, the numerous allies.

I noticed that the news coverage didn’t match what I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears. Everything was negative. Every setback was trumpeted, every advance muffled or ignored. There were “grim milestones” for casualties updated daily. Even an esteemed senator from Nevada claimed, while young Americans were engaged in active combat, that they were losers. I was in Baghdad for some of that. Awesome. That used to be unheard of. But it gets you re-elected today.

And eventually, with the “heads it’s negative, tails it’s not positive” coverage, people began to believe that we should leave. And why not? It was the “wrong war,” it was going badly, at least until we needed a justification to leave, and then it was “strong and stable.” So the United States elected a man who promised that he would declare victory and leave. And for those of you who are sputtering, “But BUSH!” consider this:

So completely wrong was the “declare victory and leave” position that the current administration is not only using Bush’s 2001/2 Authorizations for Use of Force for legal justification, they are also embracing the Bush Doctrine of pre-emption. For gosh’ sake, the carrier that launched some of the first airstrikes is the USS George H.W. Bush. Talk about complete reversal.

Of course, anyone with the ability to think deeply about the subject would realize that changing a culture is a long proposition. Far longer than merely the end of combat. And that really should be the end game of any war that the U.S. gets involved in. The end game of war, for us, is supposed to be a free, potentially prosperous people emerging from the carnage of war. Someone who will make a good ally in the future. And that’s what was happening in Iraq. 

Iraqis, for the first time in their lives, were able to trust. That may be a small thing for you. You, who have never feared for your life from your government. You, who have never wondered if something you say is going to get you killed at the hands of your government. You, who have been able to trust your friends, neighbors and associates; if you haven’t, it wasn’t because you thought they were a government informant, ready to turn you in at the slightest misstep, perhaps to be fed into a paper shredder.

But as the year of my duty in dusty Baghdad wore on, they were starting to trust. They were starting to timidly reach out to report IED emplacements, rocket set-ups, and bad guys in the neighborhood. The thing that moved me to write my book, “A Flowershop in Baghdad,” was this simple fact. The Iraqis who had been bombed, shot at, and we had tried to kill (in one case, actually being shot down by us), all referred to us the same way: 

“The Friendly Side.”

I wrote 341 pages about the exceptionalism of this country, and how much we were changing the young men and women who were clever enough to avoid being killed for the audacity to sign up for service in the Iraqi Air Force. The 20-somethings were great at absorbing the moral compass that guides our military operations. But I also wrote about the challenge of the older officers. It’s pretty hard to change from a life of selfishness, self-preservation and fear to one of selflessness and courage. But it’s do-able; just takes some time to reinforce the goodness in the ones who can change, and supervise the transition out of power of the ones who cannot. All the while nurturing the new generation, keeping them from harm until they can take over. It’s not an easy process.

I know that it would be pretty hard for me to completely change my world view at my age. I can certainly take in new facts, but to change a significant part of my belief system would take constant reinforcement, both in issues big and small. That requires “presence.” The simple act of being around influences behavior. That’s why the police don’t all just sit at the station, waiting for a call to come in. They actively patrol; for presence. It doesn’t cost them any more to patrol; you’ve already hired them. It’s common sense. Constant reinforcement and influence until good behavior is the norm.

Due to the type of reporting from Iraq, you never knew the progress that was being made; the connections that were being completed, the goodness that exposure to the U.S. military brings. Trust. Selflessness. Leadership. Followership. Courage. And yet you voted all that away; leaves blowing in a dishonest wind. Which brings us back to the 770 young men massacred around Camp Spiecher.

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I knew those faces. Those confused, terrified young faces. About 175 of them were Iraqi Air Force recruits; the others, Army. This was precisely the process that I helped set up. Did I know personally this group? No. But they were the same young men, full of promise and hope. Capable of immense good, ready to be molded by whatever of our influence remained. But I wondered, as I looked at some of the pictures, why were they captured without uniforms? Without weapons? Why no resistance? It wasn’t until there were a couple of witness testimonies that it all snapped into place.

They were abandoned. First by us, then by the leaders, no longer influenced by “the friendly side,” that had fallen into their old habits.

One survivor talked of the young military recruits being told to change into civilian clothes, take no weapons: they would be loaded into trucks and sent to Baghdad. Another talked of their senior officers just disappearing. In both cases, the next organization that they met was ISIS. And then, they were taken out into the desert, and as an inevitable consequence of U.S. policy, slaughtered. Did ISIS pull the triggers, draw the knives across young throats? Absolutely. Did the rush to leave, for no reason other than it was Bush’s war enable them to do it? Absolutely.

If the police patrolling your neighborhood let it be known that they would no longer be patrolling your neighborhood, but that the neighborhood watch would be taking over, do you think bad behavior would go up or down? Is that because new people moved in? And in the absence of a strong presence for good, what will happen to evil?

 Read the rest, here.

Buckle Up: The Ferguson Saga To Climax As Soon As This Weekend

The Ferguson/Michael Brown saga is panning out just about how you expected it would after the first pieces of solid evidence came out back in August. I reserved judgement, like I always do when racially charged  stories like this one hit – because if we’ve learned one thing over the years – it’s that the initial narrative that comes out is almost always completely bogus.   The story the racial agitators told about an unarmed “gentle giant” with his arms up in the air, getting plugged with lead by an insane racist cop is the horse hocky you always suspected it was.

The same evidence we eventually saw, our president and attorney general saw – and they opted to rub raw the wounds of racial animus with the hope that it would lead to electoral success in the midterms. It didn’t. But it did lead to millions of dollars in property damage and massive social unrest.

Too many Americans of all races see what is going on – Communists, Islamists, Occupiers and other radicals streaming into the area and with the acquiescence of the Obama administration, using extortion to advance their agenda.

Case in Point: St. Louis University. The Jesuit institution found David Horowitz in 2010  too radical to be allowed a platform to speak on their premises, but four years later welcomed with open arms the Ferguson-linked “Occupy SLU movement.” Talk about a perfect mark for these brazenly opportunistic radicals.

On October 8th the black grievance industry (BGI) helped the Ferguson protesters coordinate the Occupy SLU movement at Saint Louis University. SLU is a private catholic university. Yesterday the occupiers packed up and left. Today the motives and agenda becomes clear.

The BGI extorted the school to give race-based concessions including payoffs for black students, scholarships, black studies programs and additional aid for black students only. Apparently, the school president, Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., acquiesced:

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In exchange for meeting the extortion demands the Occupy movement would leave the school campus – but the school, not the occupiers, would have to clean up their mess.

Saul Alinsky would be proud. Clearly the Attorney General is – he sent a a letter of high praise to St. Louis University President Fred Pestello, commending him for his handling of  the Occupy SLU protest.

After mid term shellacking Part Deux, who do you suppose  the first people Obama met with at the White House were? If you guessed “a group of the nation’s most egregious racial agitators” - you are correct.

“President Obama huddled with top civil rights leaders at the White House on Wednesday, hours after his party lost control of the Senate”….

Attendees at the meeting included NAACP president Cornell Brooks, National Urban League president Marc Morial, and Rev. Al Sharpton.

Nobody can predict with 100% certainty what the grand jury is going to decide, but it’s looking increasingly like officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted (nor should he be.) That decision could come as early as this weekend.

RUMORS SWIRLING – MIKE BROWN DECISION THIS WEEKEND

Obama and Holder are getting their ducks in a row in preparation for that result.  You can expect the DOJ’s “Community Relations Service” to be heavily involved in Ferguson when the bomb hits. Their job won’t be to quell the flames but to make excuses for them.

The CRS activity as written would have you believe they are a civil rights entity whose primary purpose is to keep the peace and racial harmony amid potentially explosive social events like the Trayvon Martin or Mike Brown shootings.

Historically that’s a fair interpretation of their original intents.  However, since Attorney General Eric Holder took charge of the DOJ they have taken on a divergent goal.

The former head of the CRS, Ondray Harris, (quoted in the above statement) actually quit working for the federal government because President Obama and Eric Holder forced a very specific racial agenda into the agency.   The CRS was changed from aiding and assisting civil rights challenges, to a position of advocating for the professionally black.

The CRS is now primarily focused on controlling the “optics” of the various civil rights groups; they are, in essence, in the public relations business.   In the Eric Holder era we have to change the descriptions to give more accuracy to the new reality.

Has the Regime’s extortion racket  kicked into high gear? The Magic 8-ball says “You may rely on it.”

Via Gateway Pundit, meet  Bassem Masri, one of CRS’s projects: a Hamas fan and vocal Ferguson protester, who was arrested for assaulting a police officer:
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Bassem Masri posted video where he verbally assaulted police in Ferguson, Missouri.
Now he’s charged with assaulting a police officer.

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On Wednesday Bassem Masri tweeted out that he was contacted by Holder’s DOJ and will meet with them to discuss police reform.

What sort of concessions do you suppose the Obama/Holder/racial grievance cabal are going to try to wrench out of the Ferguson police Dept. “or else?”

As the Conservative Treehouse (a font of valuable information on Ferguson and Trayvon Martin) noted, CRS has it’s work cut out for them as the PR firm for the thugs running rampant in Ferguson.

So far, for the CRS, the Saint Louis/Ferguson mobs have been difficult to protect from their own broadcasted image.  But they are expending massive resources in/around the area to diffuse the imagery of rioting and looting black mob violence ahead of the Grand Jury no-bill decision.

The imagery is the most important aspect, this will be the primary focus.  Remember the CRS is no longer in the business of racial healing – their mission objectives now are to protect the public image of the black grievance industry; they are the PR firm.

CRS members are difficult to spot, but if you know what too look for -and you remember the goals- you will be able to identify the CRS members as they appear.

They are usually AME church members, civic leaders, or professional leftists and community organizers, many from the immediate area who are focused -primarily- on racial issues.   About half of the CRS activists will be from the outside Saint Louis as they operate based on regional areas of responsibility; the other half will be contracted and paid from within the local community.

The “community” had a meeting, last night, and sent one of their own to the hospital – a misguided white college student, who has been marching in unity with the agitators and videotaping them for his live-stream channel.

From the Justice for Mike Brown Facebook page, in the agitators own words:

The meeting we had earlier at the church at 9950 Glen Owen Dr, St Louis, MO, alot of us attended the meeting but what happened with the attack on a peaceful protester was wrong and should have been handled a different way. Some of us already know that no live-streaming is allowed at the meeting and but when they told him to stop live streaming he probably didn’t hear or understand and when everbody just rushed him and told to stop live streaming and get the F××k out and then all of sudden he gets jumped and attacked. He is a student at UMSL college and he has been out there with us protesting on regular nights. Some of us know who he is, his name is Chris Schaefer, and NO, he’s not working with the police, he is on our side. But like I said again, for some of yall to just attack him having him, running down Chambers St towards West Florissant to the Walgreens scared for his life and he steady screaming crying and flagging down cars asking for help, but he only gets help when he runs inside the Walgreens, that was wrong and F××ked up it really was he was they took him to the hospital by ambulance to be treated for injuries. That’s making us look bad, the ones that come out to protest peacefully, smh, and he is white but that don’t mean to attack him like that! We have supporters of all races!

Holder’s partner for police reform, Bassem Masri defended the attack on Twitter.

Yo this had nothing to do with the kid being white,in STL if u don’t respect some1 saying don’t record us & u record,u asking4 it

Here is Schaefer’s pathetic hospital room statement:

The Youtube comments reveal God-awful racial divisions the likes of which we  haven’t seen since the 60s.

I hope the Community Organizer in Chief is proud.

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The Daily Caller for more on Bassem Masri and the meeting he attended on Thursday.

 He does not make clear which DOJ meeting he attended, but the timing coincides with a two-day event being held by the agency’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) division.

The stated goal of that meeting, which was closed to the press, is to “build trust and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve is the first of several regional collaborative reform trainings on law enforcement strategies and best practices.”

Masri wrote after the meeting on Thursday that “DOJ said the Administration is FULLY aware of the national anger against law enforcement” and that it planned to implement any reforms it enacted in Ferguson “on a national level.”

If the DOJ’s goal with the session is to bolster the relationship between the community and local police, Masri seems to be an odd choice to provide guidance.

St. Louis’ local Fox affiliate profiled Masri last month, calling attention to his aggressive stance towards police.

“What you doing here, bro?” Masri is heard saying during one of his live streams to a St. Louis police officer on Oct. 8, the night another black teenager, VonDerrit Myers was shot by an off-duty police officer.

“Get the fuck out of here with your coward ass boys!” Masri shouted. ”Your life is in danger, homie, you gotta go.”

“I’m praying for your death, and your death and your death,” Masri said, calling out individual police officers.

In another confrontation with police, Masri compared officers to the brutal terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“I see ISIS in front of me,” Masri said to officers before expressing his support for another terrorist group, Hamas.

“Hamas? They’re real men. You go stand with Hamas and see if you’re going to stand a day,” said Masri.

Masri first gained national attention when, on Oct. 20, he shut down a CNN live broadcast in Ferguson because he and other protesters thought the network was biased.

“You’re all run by Zionists,” Masri shouted at CNN anchor Sarah Sidener.

“They’re all run by Israel, so they’ve all got to go,” he is heard saying while filming the encounter for his live stream.

The guy’s rabidly anti-police, anti-Israel, and pro Hamas. No wonder the Regime is reaching out to him. I’m surprised they haven’t given him a job in the Civil Rights division of the DOJ.