January 12 –


Obama gives up on Afghanistan: “We quit.”

    The worst fears of many Americans are now being realized. More than 2,000 American military people have – let's face it – died for … nothing. And more can and doubtless will be killed with impunity over the next few months because the Commander-in-Chief (excuse me will I retch at the very words applied to Obama) has now clearly and publicly stated, “We're leaving.”

Leaving as losers after another half-assed attempt at nation-building among barbarians. Another fools' errand that accomplished for America – what?

    Obama had said even before taking office that Iraq was a wasted war, but Afghanistan was a “necessary” war. The whole misadventure was typical of America's military history for more than a half-century. It can be summarized in one sentence: Commit troops to war with no clear intent to win.

    If a similar attitude had prevailed in World War 2, everyone east of the Rocky Mountains would long since have been speaking German … west of the Rockies, Japanese.

    The message is clear, but our “leaders” never seem to get it: If you're not in it to win it – totally and conclusively – don't get into it at all. War is not a social program.

    Perhaps the nation would be better served if the constitution had a provision stipulating than any President who commits troops to war must win it or face impeachment, or worse. It might clarify their thinking about both goals and methods of achieving them.

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It appeals to the simple-minded, but one of the favorite tools of demagogues is the pronouncement that the only necessity for even the most radical, unconstitutional and downright silly government action is justified, “If it saves just one life.”
    That is pure, unadulterated bull … feathers. Want to end the tens of thousands of annual deaths in automobile accidents? Sure – just ban cars. A moment's consideration should make clear the silliness of such an idea. “...but if it will save just one life ….”

    Oh, really?

    Background checks on gun buyers? Fine. But it's childishly foolish to believe that folk with evil intentions won't get guns in a nation with millions of firearms already in circulation. Black-market guns will always be available – maybe some of Eric Holder's “Fast & Furious” weapons will be smuggled back in from Mexico. And how are you going to do a serious background check on someone who grew up in a mountain village in Mexico or a jungle in Honduras or rural Azerbaijan?

    How hard is it to get many already-forbidden products? I don't use illegal drugs, but I guarantee that I could be dropped off in any city in America, knowing not a single soul there, and could locate a drug connection within a couple of hours.

    Preemptive action by incarcerating mentally unstable people who MIGHT represent a threat? Okay … but who decides which individuals should be designated as a threat? Such a policy has long been favored by tyrants as a means of removing opponents. Hitler, for just one example.

    Then there's this to consider, submitted by reader Bill …

    “Can our form of government, our system of justice, survive if one can be denied a freedom because he might abuse it?" --Harlon Carter

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CNN's lowest-rated talk-show host, Piers Morgan, refers to the U.S. Constitution as “Your little book.”
    We drove a lot of arrogant Brits out of the country in 1776. How about one more? Don't we have enough home-grown rectal orifii? (A useful word I claim credit for inventing.)

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Burt Prelutsky on the anti-gun madness …
    “Democrats continue their anti-gun crusade although even they aren’t dumb enough to believe that more gun control laws will do any more to diminish violence in America in the future than they have in the past. As Thomas Jefferson once summed up the issue:     'Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.'
    “Even liberals must understand that cops do not prevent crimes, except for violations of driving laws and jaywalking; their job is to solve crimes once they’ve been committed. Perhaps I’m guilty of giving liberals too much credit, but surely even they can grasp the fact that when there’s a cop standing nearby, criminals mind their manners. That isn’t because down deep they respect the concept of law and order, but because cops are people with guns.”

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What to watch as/if/when the gun debate gets to Congress …
    All those Democrats from states that voted for Obama, but have millions of hunters; Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota … just for starters.

Footnote: Gabrielle Giffords, the House member from Arizona who was shot by a madman, was pro-2
nd Amendment throughout her tenure in Congress. Note this quote from Giffords on June 26, 2008. In a message on her congressional Web site, Giffords wrote: “As a gun owner, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. In February, I was proud to sign the Amicus Brief in District of Columbia v. Heller asking the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court ruling that overturned the long standing DC gun ban.”

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A New York Times writer calls Defense Secretary nominee “an all-around good guy.” Perhaps the writer should have asked the many employees who worked for Hagel during his Senate days (his office had lots of turnover) and call him a mean, nasty SOB.

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Aside to Al Gore worshipers: What do you think of your pompous, money-grubbing hypocrite now?

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For the fervent feminists who have only lately recognized that Obama's the real insiders in Obama's administration are all – gasp! – men, The Daily Caller helpfully points out that …
    “... in Obama's defense, the White House chef is still a woman. So if he and the boys get hungry during one of their Cabinet meetings, he has a woman in the kitchen to cook them all some food.”
    Now – tell us again about that evil Republican war on women, Barack ...

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Jay Leno's reaction to the nomination of “Lincoln” for an Academy Award … “It's the first time Hollywood has ever voted for a Republican president.”

Jimmy Kimmel --

    "Did any of you get nominated for an Oscar? Me neither. Apparently you have to be in a movie to get nominated, which I think is unfair."  (And so would Obama!)

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A favorite geography quiz …
    Without looking at a map, which is farther west: Reno, Nevada, or Los Angeles? Okay, now you can look.

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Argus Hamilton ...
    “Nike terminated Lance Armstrong's contract, saying it doesn't condone performance enhancing drugs unless it helps Asian children increase (shoe) production.”

Lee Rodgers"...and now, if you'll excuse me..."