Disaster Du Jour


Bret Stephens discusses the fruits of Obama’s foreign policy over at WSJ.

Yet when it comes to leadership, we have our very own Clement Attlee at the top, eager to subtract the burdens of international responsibility so he can get on with the only thing that really animates him, which is building social democracy at home. Actually, that’s unfair to Attlee, who could count on a powerful ally to pick up England’s dropped reins, rescue Europe, stop the Soviets. Mr. Obama’s method is to ignore a crisis for as long as possible, give a speech, impose a sanction, and switch the subject to climate change or income inequality.

Read the whole thing.

“For Sale To Civilians”


The Jersey Journal and the WSJ report that Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop wants to “shape the dialog” about “gun safety” by requiring companies who want to sell guns and ammunition to the Jersey City PD to state whether they offer “assault weapons” “for sale to civilians.” Of course, they do. They wouldn’t be offering them for sale to the Jersey City Police Department unless they did.

Perhaps the mayor should reacquaint himself with the Constitution. Article I, Section 10 states:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, … keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace …

Jersey City, as a subdivision of New Jersey, has not been granted the authority by Congress to raise and keep its own army. The cops in Jersey City are civilians.

The mayor’s question would be more properly framed as asking if the companies offer semi-automatic rifles for sale to citizens. Citizens. Those pesky people who think that public officials, elected and appointed, work for them rather that rule over them.

Quote of the Day


Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment—that which they cannot anticipate.

—Sun Tzu

Quote of the Day


If the campaign is in summer the general must show himself greedy for his share of the sun and the heat, and in winter for the cold and the frost, and in all labours for toil and fatigue. This will help to make him beloved of his followers.

—Xenophon

Campaign Promises


… I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick … (X)ObamacareScreenHartWeb

… and good jobs to the jobless; (X)labor-force-participation

… this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; ( )global-temperature-vs-co2

… this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation … (X)100918-A-0846W-219

… and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. (X)G20 Leaders Meet In St. Petersburg For The Summit

Hmmmmmm.

So far, we’ve manage one goal in spite of him.

A Bit of Perspective


463 days Construction of the Empire State Building 22 January, 1930, to 1 May, 1931

585 days US involvement in WWI 6 April, 1917, to 11 November, 1918

1093 days Manhattan Project time to first bomb test 13 August, 1942, to 16 July, 1945

1244 days US war with Germany (WWII) 11 December, 1941, to 8 May, 1945

1289 days Obamacare Website 21 March, 2010, to 1 October, 2013

Seven Score and Ten Years Ago …


… President Lincoln made some brief remarks at the dedication of a military cemetery in southern Pennsylvania.

On 19 November, there will be a ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg. President Obama has blown off his invitation to participate.

I’m not sure what he has on his schedule for the 19th, but I’ll bet that the world will little note nor long remember what he does that day.

Manning Channels Klinger


Bradley Manning says he wants to be female.

For now, he should be headed to the U. S. Disciplinary Barracks, Ft. Leavenworth. That where maximum security military prisoners are held. Of course, if he is allowed to be transgendered, I suppose that he will be transferred to the Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar. That’s where female military prisoners are held.