Obama’s Week of Awesomeness

I’ve seen references to the way fate broke for Obama this week, from John Roberts’s plate-twirling decision in defense of ObamaCare to his eulogy for the victims in Charlestown.

Okay. I guess.

I prefer to consider news stories as news stories, not as proof of Obama’s demigod status (demagogue, yes). But it is fair to say that had the Supreme Court rendered an opinion on what Congress actually wrote, not on what they said they meant when they wrote the opposite; and had the families of the slain in Charleston declined the offer of a eulogy from someone who never met them or their lost, who barely knew Charleston from Charlestown, in favor of a local preacher, then Obama would likely be portrayed as having had a bad week.

So, well done, sir. It took the bullet-riddled bodies of nine black people and the tortured language and humiliating argument of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (hereafter referred to as your bitch), but you played the hand you were dealt. We’ll get back to these in a moment.

People who claim the Supreme Court fiat legalizing gay marriage as another Obama win, however, are smoking crack, no matter how cynical the White House’s manipulation.

Oh, did I write White House?

Obama’s down with the gay now. It’s almost like that was some other guy:

In 2008, he said: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

Obama was in favor of same-sex marriage before he was against it — and before he was for it again.

In 1996, as he ran for Illinois state Senate, Chicago’s Outlines gay newspaper asked candidates to fill out a questionnaire. Tracy Baim, the co-founder and publisher of Outlines, dug up a copy of the questionnaire in 2009, cataloging the president-elect’s shift.

He had written on the 1996 questionnaire, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

Just two years later, on another Outlines questionnaire, Obama wasn’t so sure. Did he favor legalizing same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he support a bill to repeal Illinois legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he co-sponsor it? “Undecided.”

“Undecided” is the written form of “present”. But he was working toward a decision—sort of:

As Obama sought a U.S. Senate seat in 2004, he told the Windy City Times, “I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. …”

“I believe that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman as the unit of child rearing most common to every culture. …” he said. “(But) it is my obligation not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society, but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided…

[I]n a 2007 Democratic primary debate sponsored by a gay rights group and a gay-oriented cable TV channel, he spoke instead about his support for civil unions with “all the benefits that are available for a legally sanctioned marriage” — but not for legal recognition of “marriage” between same-sex couples.

In August 2008, he told Southern California megachurch Pastor Rick Warren his definition of marriage: “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”

He later added: “I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.”

In November 2008, he said much the same thing to a rather different audience: MTV.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

Sounds like he’s finally decided. Uh-oh:

“I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine.”

Good word, evolve. Better than prevaricate or flip-flop.

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts asked him on Wednesday, “Mr. President, are you still opposed to same-sex marriage?”

He answered:

Well, you know, I have to tell you, as I’ve said, I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue.

And who doesn’t believe in evolution—except for hidebound religious extremists? Like Bruce into Caitlyn, Obama had transitioned—from bigot to butt boy, from hater to homo-lover. For all the good it did him.

Obama, a consistent supporter of civil rights for gay couples, nevertheless said as early as 2004 and through 2008 that he didn’t support same-sex marriage. He had written that he believed “that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman.” In 2010, he said he wasn’t prepared to reverse himself. This week, the president said he thinks same-sex couples should be able to get married. On the Flip-O-Meter, he earns a Full Flop.

And don’t get me started on Hillary’s shameful posturing.

(Am I the only one who sees violence, even sexual violence, in that logo? If so, forget I mentioned it.)

I’ve already opined enough on the ObamaCare ruling, so I will only say by way of summary that while the decision went his way, neither the decision nor the dissent (certainly not!) had anything good to say about the law, how it was drafted or passed, even the intent behind it. It’s Constitutional (bitches), but only because Obama’s bitch, his personal butt boy on the bench, contorted and abused himself to make it so. Some victory.

Lastly, on Obama’s eulogy. I haven’t watched it (it seems almost voyeuristic to do so), haven’t listened to his rendition of Amazing Grace, so I won’t comment on its quality. Again, as the purpose was to remember nine people gunned down in cold blood, a Rotten Tomatoes-like review—good or bad—strikes me as obscene.

I just wonder how comfortable he is on the pulpit in a African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church.

Did they have many of them in Hawaii and Indonesia?

[From a 2004 interview:] I am a Christian.

So, I have a deep faith. So I draw from the Christian faith.

On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences.

I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of six and 10.

My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim.

And I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.

So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.

And so, part of my project in life was probably to spend the first 40 years of my life figuring out what I did believe – I’m 42 now – and it’s not that I had it all completely worked out, but I’m spending a lot of time now trying to apply what I believe and trying to live up to those values.

GG:
Have you always been a Christian?

OBAMA:
I was raised more by my mother and my mother was Christian.

GG:
Any particular flavor?

OBAMA:
No.

My grandparents who were from small towns in Kansas. My grandmother was Methodist. My grandfather was Baptist. This was at a time when I think the Methodists felt slightly superior to the Baptists. And by the time I was born, they were, I think, my grandparents had joined a Universalist church.

So, my mother, who I think had as much influence on my values as anybody, was not someone who wore her religion on her sleeve. We’d go to church for Easter. She wasn’t a church lady.

As I said, we moved to Indonesia. She remarried an Indonesian who wasn’t particularly, he wasn’t a practicing Muslim. I went to a Catholic school in a Muslim country. So I was studying the Bible and catechisms by day, and at night you’d hear the prayer call.

So I don’t think as a child we were, or I had a structured religious education.

Though he was raised in a Muslim land, and of a Muslim father, he was raised a Christian—but of no “particular flavor”. So far, so good.

I still don’t see the connection to the “black church”. He was brought up among whites.

Until Chicago:

I probably didn’t get started getting active in church activities until I moved to Chicago.

I became much more familiar with the ongoing tradition of the historic black church and it’s importance in the community.

And the power of that culture to give people strength in very difficult circumstances, and the power of that church to give people courage against great odds. And it moved me deeply.

So that, one of the churches I met, or one of the churches that I became involved in was Trinity United Church of Christ. And the pastor there, Jeremiah Wright, became a good friend. So I joined that church and committed myself to Christ in that church.

GG:
Do you still attend Trinity?

OBAMA:
Yep. Every week. 11 oclock service.

Ever been there? Good service.

We’d have to take his word for it. The Reverend Wright has since…retired.

At any rate, we have our role model. Subject matter aside (Jews, US-of-KKKA, etc.), Reverend Wright was a very persuasive speaker. Oh yes, one more teacher:

Father Michael Pfleger is a dear friend, and somebody I interact with closely.

Oh, come on. You remember:

Obama was smart enough not to have anything to do with Farrakhan, but only just. Just one degree away.

Anyway, Obama’s demeanor from the altar rings a lot more true than Hillary’s:

Where was I? Just this. Take your victory lap, Mr. President, if you feel one is justified. Successes built on lies are supposed to be short-lived. You haven’t met your comeuppance yet—and I’m starting to doubt you ever will—but should it ever come, it’ll be a doozy.

PS: Not everyone sees the world through rainbow-colored glasses.

The head of an organization of African-American pastors told Newsmax Saturday that Christians must oppose the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling through civil disobedience because “you do something to get arrested to call attention to the injustice.”

“I was in the civil rights movement, so I know how to do it” the Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), said in an interview.

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Israel Ready to Be Judged

In an episode of House, the eponymous doctor, played by Hugh Laurie, has a marvelous exchange with a judgmental patient:

Dr. Gregory House: [to a patient overly concerned with personal grooming] I’m wearing a rumpled shirt and I forgot to brush my hair this week. You have Athlete’s Foot in your nose. I’m ready to be judged.

The patient used the same clippers to cut his toenails and trim his nose hair. The look of disgust on his face is matched only by House’s gloating smirk.

The entire nation of Israel must be wearing the same expression. Tomorrow, Monday, they will be judged by that body laughingly (and dissemblingly) known as the United Nations Human Rights Council. It’s hard to count the lies in that name alone.

A body that includes that festering sore of human rights, Saudi Arabia:

Leaked Saudi cables, however, document what we knew all along: that despite the UNHRC’s official membership criteria — “the candidates’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto” — dictatorships strike backroom deals to elect each other onto the 47-nation body, in Kofi Annan’s words, “not to strengthen human rights but to protect themselves against criticism or to criticize others.”

Amid the trove of Saudi diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks are at least a dozen that explain how the Saudis bought their seat with money, and by bartering their UN votes.

They even approached Russia with a you-scratch-my-back-I-lash-a-blogger’s deal, and budgeted $100,000 for their “campaign” for membership.

Israel stands ready to be judged:

And over the next two weeks, both Russia, which is waging a brutal war in Ukraine that has killed some 7,000 civilians, prompting no UN inquiry, and Saudi Arabia, whose indiscriminate bombing of Yemen is largely responsible for the 2200 killed, 10,000 wounded, 20 million in desperate need of aid, with no UN inquiry, will show solemn outrage over the report against Israel, and enthusiastically join the chorus of condemnation.

If that isn’t cynical enough for you, consider this nonsense in the context of Israeli and Saudi cooperation agains the mutual threat of Iran. Both sense the threat posed by Iran’s Long March toward nuclear weapons; both know the shock of American naivete and treachery. But that’s private. For the world’s eager consumption, the Saudis will go all Iron Chef on Israel.

PS: With only one disappointment, brilliantly captured by this typo:

Saudis Lose Bid to Behead of the UN Human Rights Council

Be Head, not Behead, in case the irony escaped you.

PPS: Among other states seemingly qualified to stand in judgment: Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, and—wait for it—Venezuela. Admit it: you’re laughing right now.

PPPS: If you have appetite for more pustules of hypocrisy, remember that the UNHRC was born out of the steaming dung heap of the…UNCHR

The 47-nation UN Human Rights Council will replace the current 53-country UN Human Rights Commission.

The existing body has been heavily criticised for having countries with poor human rights records as members.

Come on, if you’re not laughing, you must be crying. The two are not mutually exclusive.

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Oh [Bleep]

It’s not like we haven’t covered every bit of this.

But all in one place is a little overwhelming:

Reality Is Now Discretionary

by PETER KIRSANOW June 26, 2015 5:18 PM

Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. Rachel Dolezal is black. Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons. ISIS is a JV team. There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded “don’t shoot.” Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Obamacare is working. 2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4. The polar ice caps are disappearing. The IRS is doing a decent job. The border is secure.We’ve ended two wars responsibly. Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails. An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention. People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren’t thugs. The OPM hack is manageable. We’ve reset relations with Russia. Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road. We’re more respected around the world.

When a nation engages in mass delusion in an era of worldwide terrorism, intense competition, and nuclear proliferation, things are unlikely to end well.

“Mass delusion” covers it. As does “unlikely to end well”.

PS: Now that gay people have complete equality in America, and given how hostile the more radical elements of Islam are toward homosexuals, are gay Americans up for the fight to bring equal rights to their brothers and sisters (if those terms aren’t absurdly outdated) oppressed overseas? Maybe even battalions and regiments manned (again, pardon the anachronism) solely by gay people? I’m serious. Like the Free Poles or Free French in WWII. Who would fight ISIS or Iranian proxies with more ferocity than someone whose forebears at Stonewall and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) laid their lives on the line to start the long march to equality? Call it the Larry Kramer Brigade—or the Matthew Shepard Squadron. I’m seriously serious. They throw your lot off rooftops, swap your genitalia out, hang you by the neck until dead from cranes in the public square—and you’ve got America behind you. You’re queer, you’re here—now go over there. And kick some ass.

I’m serious when I say I’m serious.

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Ramadan Body Count

It’s a time of fasting and prayer and…well, you know. Since the evening of June 17, when the holiday began, let’s count the corpses.

Remember the killing spree in Graz, Austria? Me neither:

The Graz van attack occured on June 20, 2015, as Alen Rizvanovi? drove a SUV at high speed through the center of Graz, killing three people in a matter of minutes and injuring 36 others, some of them seriously.

The perpetrator, Alen Rizvan Rizvanovi?, now 26, had fled his Bosnian home Bihac at the age of four together with his parents and moved to Austria, where he became an Austrian citizen and where he worked as a driver. He was under a restraining order keeping him away from the home of his wife and two young children ever since a domestic violence report was filed against him last month. One of the reasons for his violence was that he wanted his wife to wear an Islamic headscarf.

There are claims from witnesses that Rizvanovi? had shifted to a stricter interpretation of Islam.

I was inclined to exclude this one, but as the body count is small, why not count them?

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The Taliban are always good for random killings. Why, just five days ago:

On June 22, 2015, the Taliban detonated a car bomb outside the National Assembly in Kabul, and Taliban fighters attacked the building with assault rifles and RPGs.

The UN mission in Afghanistan says a woman and a child were killed in the attack, and 40 civilians were injured.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said said all seven attackers were killed by police and no MPs were wounded.

Keep your wounded out of this. We just want the dead. That’s nine more (including the seven terrorists).

12

Bobko Haram has been quiet lately. Wassup wid you guyz?

At least 42 people were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in attacks on two villages in northeast Nigeria’s restive Borno state, a police officer and a resident who fled said on Wednesday.

Restive. I’ll say!

54

But you can’t touch ISIS when it comes to stiffs:

On 25 June 2015, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant detonated three car bombs in Kobanî, close to the Turkish border crossing. [2] It has been reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the attack killed at least 146 civilians.[3] Kurdish forces and the Syrian government claimed the vehicles had entered the city from across the border, an action denied by Turkey.[4] IS also committed a massacre in the village of Barkh Butan, about 20 kilometres south of Kobanî, executing at least 23 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children.

That’s a subtotal of 169.

223

Then, yesterday dawned.

In France:

On the morning of 26 June 2015, at around 9:30 local time, a Muslim delivery truck driver gained entrance to the grounds of an Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near the city of Lyon in a van, with his 54-year-old boss also inside the van. He had decapitated his boss, and stepped out of the vehicle to pin the head to one of the factory fences alongside two jihadi banners. The severed head had a cloth thrown over it with the Shahada written on it: “There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet,” while the body and a knife were found on the ground nearby. The driver then got back in the van and attempted to blow up the building by ramming several gas cylinders, causing explosions.

In Kuwait:

A suicide mosque bombing took place on 26 June 2015 in Kuwait at a Shia mosque. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A suicide bomber attacked the Shia Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq mosque in the Sawabir district of Sharg area in Capital Governorate.[10] The attack occurred during Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, factors that made the mosque more crowded than usual.[8] At least eight people were immediately killed in the blast [now 24], which heavily damaged parts of the building.

In Tunisia:

On 26 June 2015, the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel, a five-star property at Port El Kantaoui, a tourist complex situated on the coast about ten kilometres north of Sousse, Tunisia, was hosting 565 guests mainly from Western Europe and was occupied at a rate of 77%.[21] Tourists from the hotel as well as from the Soviva Hotel located nearby went to the beach to swim and sunbathe.[22]

At around noon, 22-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui (also known as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani[23]) from Kairouan,[24] disguised as a tourist,[25] socialized with others, then he took out a Kalashnikov rifle from under a beach umbrella and opened fire on the tourists on the beach.[21] He entered the hotel, shooting at every individual.[21] He was later killed by security forces after an exchange of fire.[21] It is suspected that another gunman took part in the attack.[2][26]

Forty people, mostly Western tourists, were killed.

And in Somalia:

Al Shabaab militants attacked an African Union Mission to Somalia base in the Leego district of Somalia and killed more than 70 African Union soldiers [actually, only 30] and seized control of their military base on 26 June 2015.[1][2][3] A military outpost with around 100 Burundian soldiers was attacked by militants with a car bomb, machine guns and RPGs.

Three other Islamist attacks took place on the same day in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait. The attacks followed an audio message released three days earlier by ISIL senior leader Abu Mohammad al-Adnani encouraging militants everywhere to attack during the month of Ramadan.

So, that’s 96 dead yesterday, added to our running total of 223…

319 dead people And let’s not be so heartless not even to mention the wounded: 394

In ten days’ time.

But why stop there?

A series of attacks targeting public places killed 12 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi authorities, as the prime minister announced the arrest of an aide to Saddam Hussein.

Ramadan continues through July 17th. You’ve been warned.

PS: I set the over/under at 1,000. Who wants action?

PPS: Dylann Roof shoots nine people dead in cold blood, not out of any love for the Confederacy, yet the Confederate flag goes into hiding. We’re at 319 people dead at the hands of Muslim terrorists (many of the dead Muslims themselves), but do symbols of Islam seem on the wane to you? Me neither.

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Reporting for Doo-Doo

At last, someone in the administration ready to stand up to Islamist aggression:


Here’s some hot lead to break your Ramadan fast, you turbaned twats.

In an article published by The New York Times this week, Prof. Alan Kuperman explained that Obama’s central justification for the agreement – that it will lengthen Iran’s breakout time to the bomb from the current two months to 12 months – is a lie.

Based on nothing more than the number of centrifuges Iran will be allowed to possess and the amount of enriched uranium necessary to make a nuclear bomb, Kuperman demonstrated that far from prolonging Iran’s nuclear breakout time by 10 months, the deal will only prolong its breakout time by one month. In other words, the deal is worthless.

Then there are the US’s stated redlines in negotiations.

These have collapsed in significant ways over the past few weeks.

Because the US agreed that Iran can continue to enrich uranium, perhaps the most critical means of preventing Iran from acquiring military nuclear capabilities involve requiring Iran to expose all of its previous nuclear work that is still unknown, and requiring Iran to agree to unfettered inspections of is nuclear work and access to its personnel involved in its nuclear work on the part of UN nuclear inspectors.

Clearly, without meeting both requirements, Iran will be able to breach its commitments easily and the agreement will be worthless.

Due to the general understanding of these requirements, the administration’s public position has been that it will require Iran to both expose its previous nuclear work with possible military dimensions and permit the US unfettered access to all its nuclear installations.

For its part, Iran refuses to accept either demand.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reiterated this refusal on Tuesday.

Rather than present Iran with an ultimatum that it either abide by these basic requirements or receive no nuclear deal, the administration abandoned its position.

To which John Kerry says, “What, me worry?”

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that there is no reason for Iran to expose its previous nuclear work because, “We know what they did. We have no doubt. We have absolute knowledge with respect to the certain military activities they were engaged in. What we’re concerned about is going forward.”

This statement is a lie. As Yukiya Amano, the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog IAEA, reiterated just weeks ago, “We don’t know whether they have undeclared activities or something else. We don’t know what they did in the past. So, we know a part of their activities, but we cannot [say] we know all their activities. And that is why we cannot say that all the activities in Iran [are for] peaceful purposes.”

Of all the arrogance: to say “we know what they did.” The only thing we know for certain is that we don’t know jack. Every lie exposed, every secret revealed, yields yet more lies and secrets. Iran barely hides it anymore; they barely have to.

As for Israel, it is now clear that there is no “crisis” in Israel-US relations. The Obama administration is betraying Israel. The centerpiece of Obama’s foreign policy is his desire to transform Iran’s illicit nuclear program, which endangers Israel’s existence, into a legal Iranian-American nuclear program that endangers Israel’s existence.

Consequently, the last thing Israel should worry about is upsetting Obama. To convince fence-sitting Democratic senators to vote against Obama’s Iran deal, Israel should expose all the ruinous details of the nuclear agreement. Israel should let the American people know how the deal endangers not just Israel, but their soldiers, and indeed, the US homeland itself.

At the end of the day, what we now know about US collaboration with Iran brings home – yet again – the sad fact that the only chance Israel has ever had of preventing Iran from getting the bomb is to destroy the mullahs’ nuclear installations itself. If Israel can still conduct such an operation, it makes sense for it to be carried out before Iran’s nuclear program officially becomes the Iranian-American nuclear project.

ISIS picked the wrong day to shock the world with its blood lust. While the news maxim “if it bleeds, it leads” is true, carnage takes second page to carnality in today’s America. The Supreme Court finds a right to gay marriage that no one even thought to look for ten years ago, and depraved slaughter on a Tunisian beach barely rates a mention in the news. Kuwait will have to wait; smell ya, Somalia.

Caroline Glick’s jeremiad against American treachery reads almost like a history paper. Iran…I read about that place once. Hanging gays (or forcing them to undergo sex-change surgeries); stoning adulterers; exporting terrorism to the four corners of the earth; swearing extermination on “the Zionist entity”. They’re still at it?

Yep, and we’re cool with it. ObamaCare and gay marriage are here to stay, and so is Hezbollah. What a great time to be alive.

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Polygamists Rejoice!

I gotta get me a cult. One where I am el jefe. Because that’s where the action will be:

Although the majority randomly inserts the adjective “two” in various places, it offers no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not. Indeed, from the standpoint of history and tradition, a leap from opposite-sex marriage to same-sex marriage is much greater than one from a two-person union to plural unions, which have deep roots in some cultures around the world. If the majority is willing to take the big leap, it is hard to see how it can say no to the shorter one.

It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage. If “[t]here is dignity in the bond between two men or two women who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices,” why would there be any less dignity in the bond between three people who, in exercising their autonomy, seek to make the profound choice to marry? If a same-sex couple has the constitutional right to marry because their children would otherwise “suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser,” why wouldn’t the same reasoning apply to a family of three or more persons raising children? If not having the opportunity to marry “serves to disrespect and subordinate” gay and lesbian couples, why wouldn’t the same “imposition of this disability,” serve to disrespect and subordinate people who find fulfillment in polyamorous relationships?

If this argument sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve made it repeatedly. We support gay marriage. We know several same-sex couples whose relationship can only be described as a marriage, kids and all. We are not threatened by their relationship; nor, in our belief, is marriage threatened by it. Their adherence to a monogamous relationship, out of love and commitment, including the raising of happy and well-adjusted children, only strengthens the institution.

But let us not tell lies: we are redefining the meaning of the word. And once we have erased the definition, once we have obscured the line, who are we to redefine the word, redraw the line? There are some easy outs: a man may not reasonably propose marriage to his toaster. Even his goldfish may be said to be lacking sentience for consent. But mature, consenting adults, who want to get it on in innumerable ways? We now pronounce you husband and wives. Anything less is base bigotry.

Curriculum nights and PTA meetings are about to get a lot more complicated and a lot more crowded. Mail order brides (or grooms) may get a bulk discount. And once marriage is changed in one or two ways, four, eight, or 16 ways will assuredly follow. Massachusetts was first to recognize the right, only ten years ago. You seriously expect the marriage landscape to look the same ten years from now? I didn’t think so.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Better yet, have them join you. Eight-by-ten glossies and measurements required with each application.

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This is Fascism

Earlier today, I used those words in the title as a question.

We have our answer:

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents who detained conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe at the airport specifically asked him about the work he’s done investigating the “federal government.”

O’Keefe was not allowed to videotape the encounter as he wished. The below transcript, provided to TheDC, was written by O’Keefe as closely as possible to the actual conversation that he had with the customs agents during the standoff at the airport. Here is the dialogue that went down:

James: Well, each and every time I go back into the country you guys do this, and its because I’m a journalist and you don’t like my journalism, so let’s just get this over with, here’s my ticket with the X, just tell what room you want me in.

Customs: (Looking at computer for 15 seconds). It’s not because you’re a journalist. (Turns towards me). What type of journalism do you do?

James: I do like 60 minutes, hidden camera work, investigative, sort of like the guy who catches the predators on NBC Dateline you know?

Customs: But what specific type of journalism have you done investigating the federal government?

James: Well, first ACORN was shut down because I posed as a pimp.

Customs: Not the prostitution, the other one involving the federal government.

James: You mean the Obamacare navigators, where many were fired counseling to commit fraud?

Customs: No not that one, what did you do involving the federal govenrnment at the borders?

James: Well clearly you know which video that was. Why don’t you tell me?

Customs: No, I need you to tell me.

James: That was the one where I legally waded into the Rio Grande dressed like Osama bin Laden and embarrassed the federal government. DHS secretary was grilled under oath. Are you telling me this is retaliation for that?

Customs: I’m telling you that each time you go through here you will need to give an extra hour because we will do this each time. You have a prior criminal record and broke the law crossing into the United States unlawfully.

James: It wasn’t unlawful, I did nothing but wade back and forth. Millions of Mexicans cross and you don’t detain them for unlawful entry

Customs: You broke the law!

James: I broke the law? I’m a journalist who is trying to expose something important. Deep down in your heart when you set the burocreacy aside you have admit it needed to be exposed.

Customs: Come with me.

Franz Kafka called. He said to stop stealing his material.

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Ramadama-Ding-Dong

How much longer does this observance of peace an prayer go on? I don’t know if we’ll survive it.

These folks didn’t:

Islamic State terrorists have killed at least 145 civilians in an attack on the Syrian town of Kobane and a nearby village, Reuters reports. It says a monitoring group described the killings on Thursday and Friday as the second worst massacre carried out by IS in Syria to date.

The local businessman found beheaded in France earlier today is said to have been the employer of a second suspect detained by police, Sky News reports.

That suspect’s wife was also taken into custody.

Islamic militants from the Al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabab group have attacked a remote African Union base in Somalia, AP reports, causing many casualties.

In a tweet, the African Union mission confirmed there had been an early morning attack on their outpost in Lego, but did not provide any further details.

“They managed to infiltrate the entrance after the blast — it was a complex attack,” said. He estimated that up to 25 combatants may have been killed, but there was no way to verify his claim. Other reports spoke of nine dead.

Al-Shabab group, which vowed it would step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Maybe it’s the fasting. We all get cranky when our blood sugar is low.

But I could sure use another Obama speech right now to explain Islam to me. He’s so good at it, and I could stand a little cheering up. Whaddya say, Mr. President? Maybe you and Bowe Bergdahl’s dad can do a duet of “You’re the Kareem in My Kafir”.

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Is This Fascism?

I’m not saying, I’m only asking.

The Supreme Court has to rewrite law to meet the barest threshold of sense—trashing centuries of tradition and enumerated powers granted by the Constitution. You might argue that they had no choice, that Congress had an intention, one that they proved too incompetent and dishonest to articulate, and that the Court had to tease out meaning from nonsense. I would reluctantly agree—even as I agree with Scalia that that’s not their job. ObamaCare was conceived in a sewer of “reconciliation” and kickbacks and side-deals and outright lies. How could the Supreme Court not get the stink on them?

But watching the separation of powers melt into nothingness was only one upsetting scene( if upset you choose to be). We also learned yesterday that Hillary is still hiding emails related to Benghazi, and that the IRS trashed backups of Lois Lerner’s email account as soon as they got the Congressional subpoena asking for them. There was even an odd description of her “crashed” laptop hard drive as having been damaged. (I can’t be bothered to link to anything right now.) As if someone had gone at it with a ball-pein hammer.

And that’s just one day. Obama is one federal judge (and, since, a court of appeals) away from blowing up the dam holding back hordes of illegal-ish aliens (since law has so little meaning these days). We don’t cover EPA abuses here as much as we should, but we did share with you yesterday the news that his EPA director thinks global warming deniers are second-class citizens.

Who has the energy or interest to list the myriad other scandals, abuses, and outrages of this “scandal-free” administration? You already know them anyway. Have they slowed down Obama? Does he appear weak to you?

I wish I loved show tunes as much as Mark Steyn, but as much as I admire his writing on the subject, I can’t wedge myself inside his music room, so crowded is it with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, and Dorothy Fields.

Speaking of Ms Fields, my only positive thoughts today are inspired by her dashed-off ditty of 70 years ago:

Nothing is impossible I have found
For when my chin is on the ground
I pick myself up, dust myself off
Start all over again

Don’t lose your confidence if you slip
Be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up, dust yourself off
Start all over again

Will you remember the famous men
Who had to fall to rise again?
So take a deep breath
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off
Start all over again

Tomorrow. Promise.

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Liberté, Egalité, Decapité

It’s a little early to celebrate Bastille Day, but you can’t beat the manner of tribute:

A man has been beheaded and at least one other person injured in a suspected Islamist attack on a factory near the French city of Lyon.

Several small explosive devices were also set off at the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, sources said.

The alleged attacker is said to have been carrying an Islamist flag, which was found nearby.

Just make sure you don’t eat any Judean olives, France!

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A Milestone

One both inspiring and disturbing:

A full 70 years since the end of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust, the total number of Jews in the world, including the offspring of mixed marriages, has reached 16 million – nearly the 16.6 million of 1939 before the Nazi genocide began.

The report indicates that since 1945, when there were 11 million Jews in the world, the Jewish population has steadily grown. Between 2005 and 2015, the Jewish population grew by more than 8%, the highest growth percentage of any decade since the end of World War II.

In compiling the statistics the report based itself on halakhic (Jewish legal) definitions of who is a Jew for those living in Israel, and self-definition for those living abroad.

Those seeking to be more lenient with the Jewish definition of Jewish status could include the non-Jewish offspring of Jews, a group comprising of 350,000 people in Israel, as well as “partial Jews” who largely come from mixed marriages – in America alone one million such people exist.

Adding these groups to the global Jewish population, which is a subjective decision, raises the number to nearly 16 million – without the addition of these groups the total number stands at 14.2 million in 2015.

Congratulations. And condolences.

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