RIP Robin Williams

I heard the tragic news of Robin Williams’ death last night in the car as the family headed out to dinner to celebrate my daughter’s 19th birthday. Shock and sadness permeated the car. Possible suicide? What caused this funnyman to be so depressed that he would take his own life?

This interview in The Guardian from 2010 gives one a good sense of the pain he was in: Robin Williams: ‘I was shameful, did stuff that caused disgust – that’s hard to recover from.’

His bearing is intensely Zen and almost mournful, and when he’s not putting on voices he speaks in a low, tremulous baritone – as if on the verge of tears – that would work very well if he were delivering a funeral eulogy. He seems gentle and kind – even tender – but the overwhelming impression is one of sadness.

Williams left behind a wife and daughter – the latter of whom is said to be devastated and inconsolable.

He also leaves behind a legacy of charitable giving exemplified by these videos.

Rest in peace Robin Williams.

Flashback: Obama Threatened Governors He’d Hollow Out National Guard If They Crossed Him

Interesting and relevant flashback about the president’s priorities:

At a press conference with Republican governors, last February, Governor Perry expressed his dismay at the president’s “troubling tone” during the annual meeting with the nation’s governors, charging that  Obama had threatened to hollow out the National Guard, if they – Democrats and Republicans alike – stepped out of line and criticized him.

“I hope we’re not about to make a tragic mistake in this country by hollowing out our Guard in our states in some political statement of ‘you’re all going to feel the pain.’ Because that’s certainly what I heard from POTUS, today. As a matter of fact, he said in that meeting. If I hear any of you pushing back – making statements about Washington spends too much money - you’ll hear from me.”

Perry said the governors – whether Republican or Democrat – should be  “highly offended by that,”  and concluded that Obama “making a political statement about the Guard is not in the best long-term interest of this country and it’s certainly not in best long-term interest of those men and women who have committed and often times sacrificed greatly for this country.”

Hat tip Dan Calebrese of CFP

Meanwhile, via Ken Klukowski of Breitbart News:

Governor Rick Perry is asking  Barack Obama to foot the bill for Texas National Guard operations on the U.S.-Mexico border. But Perry will go it alone if Obama says no, funding the entire operation out of Texas coffers.

Perry has deployed 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the southern border in Operation Strong Safety. They will primarily support police officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and other state personnel as those officers try to maintain public safety and protect public health. The guardsmen will also have authority to apprehend people under certain circumstances.

The National Guard can be used by a chief executive under federal statutes in three ways. Title 10 of the United States Code governs the U.S. military. Title 32 governs the National Guard. If a president federalizes a National Guard unit, that unit transfers to Title 10 and comes under presidential control as part of the regular military. The National Guard usually acts under Title 32 as a pure state body, under the control of its state’s governor as its commander in chief.

Then there is a hybrid model. A president and a governor can agree to have National Guard units work in tandem with federal agents. In this sort of operation, the National Guard units stay in a Title 32 capacity as state troops and thus continue to answer to the governor as their commander in chief, but the federal government funds their operations.

 Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

 

Historic: POTUS Laughs and Fist-Bumps In Reaction To Gay Sex Joke

We can chalk this one up for another “historic first” for the Preezy of the United Steezy who never misses an opportunity to pander to a favored pressure group and show everyone how hip he is.  This is almost certainly the first time a United States president has laughed and fist-bumped in reaction to  a lewd, gay sex joke in public and apparently (although you can’t tell from the picture) in front of children.

Via The Daily Mail, because you won’t read this story in American papers.

If cutting line at a famous Austin BBQ joint lost Barack Obama a few approval rating points, the conversation he had with the cashier probably cost him even more. When Franklin Barbecue cashier Daniel Rugg Webb saw his chance to speak to the president Thursday, he exclaimed: ‘Equal rights for gay people!’ Obama then asked, ‘Are you gay.’ ‘Only when I’m having sex,’ answered the part-time comedian, which made the president laugh before he realized children were around. …

Harr-harr- oops – wait. We’re supposed to pretend we care about “the children.”

‘Not in front of the kids!’ admonished the president, before fist-bumping Webb and parting ways.

I’ve already posted one photo from this encounter, last week, but I hadn’t yet heard the “back-story.”

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Anyone else find it a little bizarre that the president of the United States would ask a cashier at a photo-op such a private question?

Netanyahu on Murder of Israeli Teenagers: “Hamas Will Pay” (Video)

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Heartbreaking news

The bodies of three boys, abducted three weeks ago – were found dead in the West Bank, in the city of Hebron, where two suspects in the case — Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha lived.

Via The New York Post:

The families of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, have been given the grim news, according to Israeli broadcast reports.

Their remains were reportedly found in Halhul, in an open field just a 15-minute drive from where they went missing in Hebron. Jerusalem immediately blamed Hamas for the kidnapping, though the terror group has yet to claim credit.

Israeli officials have convened an emergency security cabinet meeting at 9.30 pm local time, amid new details in the ongoing search for the three teens with a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expected afterwards.

Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) sent in troops in the Hebron area and set up roadblocks around the city, following the new developments in the investigation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay.”

“[The teenagers] were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts,” Netanyahu said.

 

 

Obama’s Response?

Obligatory condemnation and this:

“I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

Compare and contrast that weak twaddle with “Hamas will pay.”

But don’t even think of asking his royal highness to stop funding the  Palestinian government which has united with Hamas. 

Senator Ted Cruz issued the following press release: Hamas is a Terrorist Organization with Blood on its Hands:

The world should condemn Hamas for murder of three Jewish teenagers

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding news that the three Jewish teenagers who had been kidnapped by Hamas have been found dead.

“The brutal murder Hamas carried out of three innocent Jewish teenagers is a terrorist-led atrocity that demands justice,” said Sen. Cruz. “While we lift Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrach and their loving families up in prayer, we must also act. Hamas is, unequivocally, a terrorist organization with blood on its hands that must be condemned on the world stage. There should be no path forward for Hamas to have any role in any future government formed by the Palestinian Authority, and no nation should accommodate, legitimize, or negotiate with this group that engages in the killing of innocent civilians. The Palestinian Authority should immediately renounce Hamas and actively work to expel Hamas from civil society. The United States should stand unequivocally with the Nation of Israel as it responds to this brutal terrorism and acts forcefully to protect its people.”

 

 

 

State Dept Spox Dismisses Accounts of Bergdahl’s Desertion: Bergdahl Knows Best What Happened That Night

This is embarrassing.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf picked the short straw, Tuesday, taking Jen Psaki’s place in the briefing room.

Harf sounded defensive as she tangled with the same Fox News reporter who has been giving Psaki grief lately, telling him “we don’t know the facts of what happened to him (Sgt. Bergdahl) on that day.”

Obama Regime flacks are always the last ones to know the facts. But  don’t worry… There is going to be an investigation to find out what happened (five years after the fact.) The Army conducted an investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance in 2009, but shocker — it’s classified. I guess that’s why we need a new investigation. Because no one can see the old investigation.

The Defense Dept spox told reporters they would have to try to get the 2009 investigation under the Freedom of Information Act. Which means it’s up to Judicial Watch, again, I guess.

In the meantime, don’t listen to all those guys who served with Bergdahl give their first hand accounts about what happened. According to Harf, they don’t know what they’re talking about. The State Dept is going to find out if Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post by asking —  Bowe Bergdahl if he deserted his post.

I kid you not.

Via Free Beacon:

When Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson asked, “Does the State Department consider Sergeant Bergdahl to be a deserter?” Harf replied, “The State Department — no, Lucas. Look, what we’ve said is we are going to learn the facts about what happened here.”

“He’s been in captivity, Lucas. I think he’s probably the person who knows best what happened on that night,” Harf said.

Tomlinson shot back, “Well, I think his squad mates have the best indication what happened that night.”

“I don’t think that that’s the case,” Harf responded.

Harf thus breezily dismissed the multiple accounts of Bergdahl’s desertion that have emerged over the past several days, suggesting to  Tomlinson that if he  “Googled it ”  he’d find “a ton of conflicting reports.”

But the accounts I’ve seen from Bergdahl’s platoon mates have all been strikingly similar. The only one that differs is the account by Bergdahl himself in the Haqqani propaganda video, in which he said he was captured when he lagged behind his patrol.

After the past few days of the truth gushing out of Bergdahl’s old platoon like a geyser, pretty much everyone but the most brain dead drones understand that that account was a lie.

The  Obama Regime’s target audience at this point are either very dumb ideologues who are st’ill willing to believe their lies, or folks who are disengaged from what’s going on and only hear a few soundbites.  The dummies out there are legion, and so are the lofos – and they know it. The rest of us, they’ve written off. They really don’t care if we know they’re lying as long as they can continue to fool a significant number of people – say 40% of the population.

That’s where we’re at, folks. We’ve got 2 and a half more years of this.

Linked by Ironic Surrealism,  thanks!

Claim: Humble Obama Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit For All His Foreign Policy Successes (Video)

In the old days, when the Regime tried to do a Jedi Mind trick like this on the American people – the media would let them.

This is not the Single Payer healthcare plan your looking for…

Obama would look straight into the camera, and repeat the lines at least 50,000 times,    “If you like your plan you can keep your plan…” or its variation – “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor…”

It took Politifact until the point Obama’s promise could be proven without a doubt to be a lie, (because millions of people were losing their health care plans) to rate it a “pants on fire” lie.

But the communication sages within the administration are always scheming to find new ways to fool the American people. And they really have their work cut out for them, lately, because on top of all the scandals currently swirling around him – Obama’s being hammered for being a weak and indecisive president who leads from behind. And Obama’s palace guard are finding it much more difficult to play along.

Poor Jen Psaki –  I truly feel sorry for her, here….

She picked the short straw on Thursday and had to face the room full of hard-boiled reporters with this howler.

JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world. And that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled, and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 +1 partners certainly. In Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process, supporting the government, and supporting efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done, the point is we need to continue to stay at it.

REPORTER: Is this a potential mission accomplished statement?

PSAKI: Absolutely not.

MATT LEE: You would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit, how much credit would you give him?

PSAKI: I would give him more than he has given himself. So would the secretary.

LEE: Like 200 percent credit? For what? Iran negotiations?

PSAKI: I mean…

REPORTER: What specifically are you saying he doesn’t get enough credit for?

PSAKI: For engagement in issues like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine. Efforts to dive in and engage in the world.

REPORTER: Russia has still annexed Crimea. Iran, there are ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that your talking?

PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves, and the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.

Now, whatever would possess a State Dept spox to say something so patently absurd? Obama doesn’t give himself credit? He only spiked the football for killing Osama bin Laden about 40,000 times. He doesn’t know how to give a speech without propping himself up as the only adult in the room with all the experts on his side, while denigrating anyone who disagrees with him. The obvious   narcissism of the guy has been duly noted by most of us on the right since early 2008.

Did those words just tumble thoughtlessly out of her mouth? Or did the White House’s crack communications team  come up with yet another awesome Jedi Mind Trick?

Because as  Twitchy notes, Lurch dropped the same talking point on Gwen Ifill , Thursday night on PBS  Newshour.

Via PJ Tatler: 

Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.”

“I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t thrilled with that. But they came along. That was leadership. And the president succeeded in having an impact ultimately, together with the Europeans, on the choices that face President Putin.”

I have my suspicions as to who is pushing this talking point. She is known to be a “court flatterer” and  “a peerless enabler of Barack Obama’s inflated opinion of himself”

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Seriously. And he’s so extraordinarily modest –  he just doesn’t give himself enough credit for all the good he’s done around the world. By talking,  negotiating, and giving speeches he’s proved that he is a strong leader who is “engaged” and deserves a participation trophy.

Hat tip: AoSHQ

Video: A Boko Haram Victim Speaks at Hudson Inst. Panel on Nigeria

The Hudson Institute hosted a panel discussion, Tuesday,  about the attacks by Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram and steps that can be taken by the international community to stop the violence.

One of the featured panelists was Deborah Peters, a teenage girl originally from the village of Chibok, where hundreds of her peers and friends were recently taken captive by the terrorist thugs.  Now, a student in the US, she is the second known survivor, and the first female survivor, of Boko Haram to visit Washington. She told the heart-breaking story about how the terrorists blew up her father’s church, and later came to her house and killed her father – a Christian Pastor, and her brother for not denying their Christian faith. She was then tied up and left overnight between the corpses of her father and brother. The young girl still suffers with nightmares about that ordeal.

Another panelist was Emmanuel Ogebe, an international human rights lawyer and expert in bilateral U.S.-Nigerian relations. Ogebe “recently returned from a three week fact-finding mission to Nigeria and refugee camps where he interviewed many Boko Haram victims. He talked about his findings and the failure of the Nigerian government to respond adequately to the violence.

Inexplicable to me – given the fact that the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Johnson, is himself a Christian, and a member of the People’s Democratic Party is a conservative political party in Nigeria

Via the The Hudson Institute:

Boko Haram—a Hausa phrase meaning “Western education is a sin”—is an Islamic terrorist group whose stated aim is the establishment, by force, of a strict, sharia-law theocracy in Nigeria. Christians and students, both Muslim and Christian alike, have been among Boko Haram’s principal civilian targets. In April, Boko Haram abducted and enslaved 276 schoolgirls taking exams in a facility in the northeastern Nigerian Christian enclave of Chibok. It threatens to sell the girls for $12.00 each.

Since 2011, Boko Haram attacks have killed over 1,000 Nigerian Christians, and bombed, torched, or otherwise destroyed scores of Christian churches, villages, and homes. Nigerian Adamu Habila, a first-hand witness to the terror and the sole male survivor of a massacre of his Christian neighborhood, spoke at a Hudson panel last November. The group has become famous for murderous assaults on an unusually wide range of perceived “enemies,” including other Muslims who dare to defy its edicts. In the middle of the night on September 29, 2013, Boko Haram gunmen slaughtered 44 sleeping students and teachers at the dormitories of an agricultural college in Nigeria’s northern Yobe State.

Nina Shea, the Hudson Institute’s Director of the Center for Religious Freedom, moderated the discussion. She noted how until November of 2013,  the US State Department had been arguing that “Boko Haram had nothing to do with religion.”

Ogebe said “we face a major wall of denial – not from the Soviets or the traditional establishment – but from the State Department.”

Deborah is someone Ogebe discovered on one of his fact fining missions to Nigeria and he pointed out that “she was denied a visa twice by the US government. The reason she was denied a visa, he said, was – “you can’t make this up – they said to her, you don’t have family ties. They essentially retraumatized a girl whose entire family was exterminated by terrorists.”

She was finally able to emigrate to the United States through the efforts of a foundation of 9/11 victims.

SEE ALSO:

CFP: Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram:

Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only Obama administration official who went to bat for Boko Haram over the past few years.

Boko Haram militants attacked a Nigerian military outpost in April 2013 outside Baga, killing one soldier. Following the three-day battle human rights activists, including the George Soros-funded and liberal aligned Human Rights Watch, which is not exactly known for its impartiality when it comes to reporting on Islamic issues, claimed the Nigerian military wantonly slaughtered 183 civilians and burned down over 2,000 homes and businesses.Soon after John Kerry took over as Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley, accused the Nigerian government of butchery during a confrontation with Boko Haram terrorists in Baga, a Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad, and in May 2013 threatened to withdraw U.S. military aid from the West African nation.

The Nigerian government denied the claims saying the death toll and destruction had been vastly overstated by its enemies, and in fact 30 Boko Haram terrorists, 6 civilians and one soldier, had died in the fighting. Reports from the Baga clinic, which treated193 people following the battle, but only 10 with serious injuries, seemed to back up the Nigerian government claim that no large-scale massacre had occurred.

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