Monday, March 11, 2013
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Does Mr. Obama understand that an actual default on our federal government debt would almost unarguably be an impeachable offense?
Payments on the government's debt are protected obligations, prescribed by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.This has been and is currently understood to mean that the public debt has a priority over all other obligations of the government. If Mr. Obama, or his representatives in the executive branch, the branch of the government responsible with mundane tasks like issuing checks, actually paid anyone or anything prior to currently required debt payments, he would and should be impeached for a serious breach of his explicit constitutional duties.
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 6:17 PM
Monday, December 24, 2012
This is likely the most heavily-armed office building in the U. S., with more than three armed guards for every office holder.
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 11:42 AM
Sidwell Friends school in Washington, DC is a private school affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It boasts a full-time security department of eleven.
In addition, on days when the Obama children are in attendance a presidential protection detail from the Secret Service is there as well.
All are heavily armed.
So, the next time that David Gregory of Meet the Press tells you that guns in school make no sense, remind yourself that he has chosen to send his children to this school rather than one the practices what he preaches.
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 11:17 AM
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Is there any more heavily armed (and safer) civilian building in the country than this one? Here, aren't guns a big part of the solution?
But it's somehow "crazy" to think our children deserve protection?
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 12:44 PM
Sunday, November 25, 2012
We had no rain for 82 consecutive days, some sort of modern record. The fire danger went right through the roof, which is a real concern living in a mountain forest.
Then, October brought ten inches of rain.
We're at 11 inches so far in November.
Now its time to start digging through our files looking for the plans for the ark...
UPDATE: December will add another ten inches. The ark is half done...
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 5:01 PM
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Mary Matalin at NRO:
What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform. Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.Read it at Mendacity and Malice Won
Mitt Romney distinguished himself and conservatism with a grounded, courageous, forward-thinking problem-solving reform agenda for a nation ready to renew and starved for leadership and maturity. He is a man of integrity and character, as is his whole family. And unlike in the 1996 and 2008 Republican campaigns, which — though led by men of great personal integrity — were marked by dead-end policy prescriptions, Romney/Ryan laid a durable philosophical and policy foundation for the next generation of conservative leadership.
Unfortunately and unfortuitously, forces of nature bookended the general election: Our convention was compromised by one weather disaster and our momentum stalled by another. Two human hurricanes also radically altered the political atmosphere: Bill Clinton’s unique windbaggery constituted a campaign updraft, while Chris Christie’s deplorable and gratuitous gas-baggery infused the campaign with a toxic political pollution.
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 1:04 PM
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
Friday, November 02, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
We met George McGovern in San Diego for lunch one day after his speech to an industry group. It was a very comfortable conversation with a man with whom we had no political agreement but much respect.
Bill Buckley regarded McGovern an honest sparring partner. Barry Goldwater described Senator McGovern as a gracious friend worthy of real admiration.
This peaceful fellow, who dedicated his life to the avoidance of war, was a veteran. Initially trained as a fighter pilot, his combat missions in southern Europe were in B-17 bombers. Over the course of 35 combat missions, he earned both a DFC and Air Medal, and was very much a real war hero.
His politics, of course, were abysmally liberal, but argued with grace and conviction and honesty. He was not in the battle for power or self-aggrandizement, but to do right as he saw it.
After leaving political life, he and his wife opened a 150-bed inn in Connecticut, which failed. While he blamed the economy as the primary problem and mentioned his lack of experience, he also later wrote,
"I ... wish that during the years I was in public office I had had this firsthand experience about the difficulties business people face every day. That knowledge would have made me a better U.S. senator and a more understanding presidential contender."In hindsight I've come to believe that the nation would have been better off electing this honest liberal President in 1972 rather than the crooked fellow for whom I voted.
George McGovern, RIP and to his family, regret for your loss… and ours.
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 4:27 PM
When did Obama know, really know for the first time, that he would lose the election?
I think it was the day after the second debate, when he knew he hadn't recovered what he lost in the first one. He knows he's out of gas, out of ideas, out of time.
His only realistic hope of winning is for a devastating attack on the U. S. by an unidentified aggressor.
That might allow him to keep the house and the airplane, the only part of the job he enjoys.
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 3:58 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
With the whole world watching the American elective process in action, Joe Biden decided to channel his inner Boris Yeltsin.
We once expected a certain decorum from our elected employees and those who aspire to the roll. Joe Biden is excused as the "crazy uncle" in Obama administration. While that may be true, he is an embarrassment to his employers and our process for selecting leaders.
He's also only the second most arrogant of those in leadership.
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 6:58 AM
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
If, as Bill Maher suspects, Barack Obama blew a million bucks of weed before his debate with Mitt Romney, Joe Biden's performance last night suggested an overnighter in a meth lab.
What is it with these two in the White House that they each raise concerns whether they're all there.
Perhaps it's a good thing that the U. S. has abdicated leadership of the free world if this is the best we can do...
Posted by Bob Leibowitz at 8:04 AM