Archive for January, 2011

A Watched Pot…

January 31, 2011

Though in this case it’s boiling, and Israel is watching the rapidly devolving situation right next door in Egypt. They are looking at having to re-evaluate the situation in terms of the worst-case scenario.

Binyamin Netanyahu and Hosni Mubarak, May 2010.

Although nominally enemy states, Israel, Egypt and the United States have cooperated at the highest levels of military command and with the intelligence services of all three countries, and you can bet your boots there’s one heck of a lot of communicating going on right now between all of them.

Hosni Mubarak probably has a better chance of riding this thing out than the Shah of Iran did when faced with Khomeini’s revolution. But if he doesn’t, the generals who now so staunchly support him will give him a gentle nudge into a nice dignified retirement some place, and the country will choose a new president in accordance with its constitution.

Egypt, though a muslim country, is largely a secular nation. How far the radical Islamists will get in influencing events in Egypt is difficult to judge at this point. One thing is for sure… the generals are not about to relinquish power to some revolutionary cabal. Right now, the army holds all the cards. They have, at least to this point, shown remarkable restraint in dealing with the protesters.

Our friends in Israel remember the old days, when they faced an openly hostile Egypt just over the border. No one wants a return to those days, but it’s far better for Israel to remain in an advanced state of readiness than to be unpleasantly surprised.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Stuxnet worm continues to chew its way through Iran’s military industrial complex, happily burrowing down and leaving havoc in its wake.
Bon appetit, little worm!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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Middle East Crisis Looms – Obama More Ineffectual Than Ever.

January 30, 2011

I’m one of those who sees another Iranian revolution in the events now taking place in Egypt. It’s just too eerily reminiscent of the events leading up to the overthrow of the Shah, after Jimmy Carter refused to support him as an ally of the United States.

The Islamist radicals throughout the the region are licking their slavering chops, hoping that the unrest in Egypt becomes a general conflagration through which they can impose their rigid sixth century ideology on the middle east and establish their worldwide caliphate… if only the pesky United States would get out of the way.

The enemies of this country have had their best chance with Barack Hussein Obama. The hardcore communists in this country, not a few of whom reside in the Democrat side of the aisle, are doing everything in their power to prop up their failed golden boy… along with the ideological toadies in the Lame Stream Press with their slavish devotion to all things Obama, which is to say, all things Marxist.

What is glaringly apparent is that Barack Obama, far from being the mover and shaker his hacks make him out to be, is in fact probably the single biggest laughing stock in the world. We’re living in a world which is on the precipice. The world needs a strong, stable, militarily powerful United States and a stable dollar to bolster economies around the globe.

Barack Obama is as close to a lame duck president as you can get. Let’s just hope, with the new Conservative Republicans in power, that we can politically isolate Obama until he can be voted out of office.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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Flash Point – Regulatory Fascism.

January 28, 2011

Even as Barack Obama was trying to convince everyone that he had become a committed centrist and business-friendly policy was his game, the second half of his speech was still laden with promises of more government intervention and control of business.

He speaks of pumping federal dollars into more ‘green’ technology, magically creating tens of thousands of jobs for happy American workers who will walk, bicycle or publicly transport to work singing ‘hi-ho, hi-ho’… or was that ‘The International’? By the way, did you know that the Green Party platform is the International Communist Manifesto in all but name?

While Obama is playing the centrist straw man, his Marxist minions over at the Department of the Interior and at the Environmental Protection Agency have taken up pillaging the nation right from where ‘centrist’ Obama left off. Another campaign promise to his nutcake base, Obama, unable to get cap and tax passed through the Congress even when he had overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, has unleashed the regulatory dogs from hell on the United States coal industry. He did say that’s what he was going to do in the campaign.

This country really does need to pay attention when these people speak. If you do enough talking, and the DeMarxists do a lot of it, you’ll tip your true hand sooner or later. All I know is he’s purposefully destroying the livelihoods of tens of thousands more Americans… and it’s all behind such a fraud.

Coal mining today is the most environmentally conscious and regulatory controlled industry in world history. Coal mining (at least on the product end) is clean and all pollutants are rigidly controlled. The boilers and power plants that burn coal today burn clean and without pollutants to air, soil or groundwater.

This may turn out to bite Obama on his skinny posterior. The people in those mountains have taken on the government before. They’ll fight… but they shouldn’t have to.
The Conservative Republicans have got to jump on this… and fast!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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“Flat”… “Unconvincing”.

January 27, 2011

Those are some of the more common reactions I’ve heard. Some of our readers have been a little more pointed in their comments about the Obama Show on Tuesday night… like a lot of Conservatives who have come to the conclusion that Obama never says anything new. He just rehashes stuff he’s already said, putting fresh lipstick on the pig time after time.

Actually, I had decided not to listen to Obama’s little extravaganza for just that reason. I felt I knew what he was going to say. The radio that I listen to when I’m writing betrayed me, and once President Obama started speaking I left it on.

I wasn’t disappointed. He spouted about 1950s Russian Sputniks and roofing companies reinventing themselves. He talked about all the neat things he was going to do for business instead of to business. Gee, that would be a nice change.

Barack has a problem. He can get people to listen to him. Getting people to believe him is another story altogether. He is learning the lesson that all liars learn sooner or later. You can only go to the well just so many times and then even the thickest airheads start seeing the light.

He still has the considerable power of the bully pulpit… he still has the slavish devotion of the main stream media and their influence, greatly diminished though it may be.
What he doesn’t have is the American people. Obama has been tried in the court of the mind of the American citizen and was found wanting.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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Prom Night.

January 26, 2011

The only thing missing was Barney Frank as Prom Queen… well, queen anyway. I can’t tell you how uncomfortable I felt when our chosen warriors were duped into the ridiculous pose of sitting with the opposition, to illustrate some sort of new ‘tone’ at the State of the Union show.

Many times I’ve talked about and warned the Republicans about letting the opposition control the message. Time after time we’ve allowed them to do it to us. And time after time they have succeeded, simply because they were allowed to.

I thought with the advent of the new Congress we would see a Republican party of much sterner stuff than the wishy-washy, panty-waisted establishment types which we’ve all come to recognize and despise. The only reason the left engineered this touching nouveaux amis was so that the visual of the huge Republican numbers wouldn’t be broadcast to millions of American homes during prime time. It’s a significant difference in numbers, and it shows.

What bothers me most is that a ten year old could have seen this coming a block away. The left playing off of the emotional backwash of the Tucson tragedy, the whole thing reminiscent of the anti-gun, anti-conservative frenzy whipped up by the Democrats, after James S. Brady was paralyzed during the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr.

The only reason the clearly unconstitutional Brady bill was enabled to be passed was that principled Republicans did not make a stand on behalf of the second amendment.
It’s time, it’s long past time, for our Conservative Republicans to assert themselves.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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Another Barack Hussein Obama Achilles Heel In Waiting.

January 25, 2011

As if a 14 trillion dollar deficit, with his name and that of his party all over it, isn’t enough already. As if the House hasn’t zeroed in on: (a) The outright repeal of health care; (b) Dismantling its various components and provisions and starving more onerous items of funding to cripple them and keep them from harming the people or the economy.

Barack Obama has done everything just exactly as though he was driving our country into economic destruction. And it sure as heck looks to an awful lot of us out here that he’s done everything according to a scripted plan.

My guess is that the Democrat Marxists, in the first flush of victory after Obama was elected, vastly overestimated the political capital that the victory had afforded them. The Marxists in the administration and in Congress misinterpreted the 2008 election results. More importantly, they completely misread the mood of the nation.

One more Achilles heel out there awaiting Mr Obama is the energy sector of the economy. With rising gas prices and the threat of even higher gas prices by next summer, the specter of four dollar a gallon gasoline is not going to endear Obama to anyone.

There are tens of thousands of men who are not working because of Obama’s drilling ban. These men, their families and friends, the very communities that helped elect Obama, now detest him.
Obama may just find out that he has sold off so much of his political soul that there’s none left.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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It’s A Patriot Thing, Anyone Can Make A Difference.

January 24, 2011

And that’s it in a nutshell, as they used to say. There have been many weighty opinions offered as to the success of the viral phenomenon known as the Tea Party or collectively the Patriot Movement, which name sort of encompasses all such groups.

It’s confusing to the liberals because they can’t find anyone to attack except Sarah Palin, who seems to be the target of the day every day. They must fear her terribly to hate her that much. Go, Sarah!

The Marxists can’t figure us out because we are diametrically opposed to them and their every precept. They are simply incapable of being honest with themselves. This in turn co-opts their sense of right and wrong and engenders attitudes of fear, spite and envy. A false sense of entitlement and anger towards those more successful in life. Perennially unhappy and unsatisfied, they inevitably seek to influence those around them to their own level of self-induced misery.

The difference between the liberal and the patriot could not be in greater contrast. On one hand, we are presented with doom and gloom and ever more strident calls for more of our treasure, both personal and national. On the other, we have the conservative patriot movement where the tempo is upbeat and the atmosphere is full of promise for America.

Our Conservative Congress is starting to make itself felt and will soon start flexing its muscles. What has made the difference so far amongst the ranks of the patriots, is that individual Americans have taken up the challenge in their own neighborhoods. They’ve thrown down the Conservative gauntlet at school board meetings and town council meetings across America.

We didn’t have some big government union or other Marxist front groups with their orchestrated miniature Nuremberg rallies. We didn’t have all that government/union funding either. Only the change in our pockets.

What I’m telling you is that you make the difference. Whether on the phone, talking to a neighbor or a friend… you are the conservative movement.
You are the heart and soul of America.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

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Mea Culpa Again (Sort Of).

January 23, 2011

We have a lot of great readers out there and we cherish every one. Recently, we have had a few unplanned and unavoidable gaps in our publication. Just a day here and there, but I thought some clarity was called for.

I have a full time career outside of writing. It demands a lot of my time normally, but during the winter months especially. Dee, the very capable editor of this column, also has a full time career and has proven to be a gifted writer filling in for me. It takes several hours to write, edit and distribute our articles to our affiliates, who then distribute to their readers.

With the intense work schedules there are times when we just don’t have the time. Our first choice is to go to the archives and see if something there will work. Then there are the times, such as happened this last week, when we couldn’t even do that.

We were under no illusions when we started this column that it was going to be easy. Our sole purpose is to get the Conservative Constitutional message to as many people as we can. As anyone who has read my columns for any amount of time will tell you, I’m an equal opportunity opinion editorialist. I’m just as quick to jump on and excoriate the Republicans as I am the Marxists… quicker in fact.

The situation and the economy demand nothing less than our dedicated vigilance. Conservative principles have gotten us this far… a political comeback and reversal of epic proportions, for a party who had been written out, walked over and buried by virtually every liberal political pundit (and not a few of our own) in the country.

Here’s where it gets tough for the Republicrats. Had it not been for the Patriots, had it not been for the Conservative blogosphere and the new media, the Republicans would not have had the prayer of the proverbial snowball in hell. I think they’re finally starting to get the picture, given some of the things we’re seeing in the Congress.
We’re proud of the small part we’ve been able to play in advancing this great cause.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

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What The Heck Is Going On?

January 21, 2011

I’m hearing some disturbing things about some of the people who we of the patriot movement were instrumental in getting elected to office. The whole RINO issue chaps the hell out of my hide to start with.

I’m not sure whether it’s because we’re stupid or because we don’t know how to vet our candidates. Or perhaps it’s because these undercover creatures are just so darn good at hiding who they really are that we get hoodwinked every time. I’m not buying any part of that argument.

The RINO (for the uninitiated, RINO stands for Republican in name only) has caused incalculable damage to the country because of their collective perfidy. It would have not been possible for the DeMarxist regime to pass as much of their onerous nation-destroying legislation as they have without the collusion of the so-called moderates.

Some of the names are the same ones we’ve seen time and again… selling out their party and their nation for personal gain. We’re familiar with the machinations of Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. I won’t belabor you with the names of the RINOs out there right now, we’ll be focusing on them in detail as the electoral cycle rolls on.

Chris Christie was elected on a wave of patriot enthusiasm and endorsement. He said and did all the right things to get our support. We sort of expected it from Scott Brown… after all, a conservative Republican from Massachusetts would be a liberal just about anywhere else.

I hope the things I’m hearing about Christie aren’t true… or if they are, I’m glad we found out now. The new Conservative Republican party cannot abide people who consciously erode the principles of conservative governance.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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The ‘New Tone’ Is The Same Tired Tune.

January 20, 2011

In the first place, I don’t want my representatives cozying up to the Marxists who have done, and are doing, everything in their power to destroy this country. So I urge you, as Patriots, to contact your representatives and tell them we won’t appreciate their little tete a tete with the Democrats at the State of the Union speech.

Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin announced that they will sit together for the State of the Union address. “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”- Shakespeare.

As for the ‘new tone’… it’s newspeak for idiots. The DeMarxists have reverted to their passive-aggressive role with guilt, vituperation and outrageous falsehoods towards all. This is their new tone. What it means is surrender for Conservatives, in order to gain some semblance of cooperation from the left side of the aisle.

It’s the same sort of political scam they’ve pulled for almost forever. What’s even more remarkable is that Republicans have fallen for it time after time. All the leftists have had to do, up to the present time, is yank out the guilt card and we’d all cower down and go into our sickening accommodation mode.

Being sold out and sold down the creek by generations of our own party has left most conservatives a skeptical bunch… much more prone to asking pointed questions in their pursuit of the truth. Our response to the assault of the leftists has got to be as pragmatic as it is simple.

Say ‘no!’… Just say ‘no’ and keep saying ‘no’. The DeMarxists back down virtually each and every time they are confronted with principled truths. If they can’t change the story line they’re out of luck.
That’s our job, folks… to sink the liberals and keep them sunk.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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