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My thoughts on the news of the day, both local, Colorado, national and international.

Animal’s Daily News

Splashing-Bears5 Key Implications of Baghdad Falls To ISIS.  Excerpt:

Reports that ISIS has surrounded Baghdad and is quickly closing in on the Baghdad International Airport (armed with MANPADS, no less) are troubling. Baghdad itself has been rocked by a series of VBIED attacks in the past 24 hours by ISIS, indicating that the battle for Baghdad has begun.

The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” were not long ago mocking such a scenario.

So what happens if such a situation comes to pass? Here are five key implications (by no means limited to these) if Baghdad falls to ISIS:

By all means examine the five points, but it is the first of them that has the most repercussions, should it come to pass:  1) ISIS will not be claiming to the be the Islamic State, they will BE the Islamic State.

Angry-BearAt present ISIS are, religious pretensions aside, a gang of bandits at best, a large body of non-uniformed franc-tireurs at worst.  Like their fellows in al-Qaeda and other organized Islamic terror groups, they are not uniformed military, they are not afforded the protections covering soldiers in the Geneva Protocols and other recognized international laws of war, and in fact may be shot or hanged immediately on capture.

So, we should make no bones about killing these people – preferably before they capture enough of Baghdad to claim nation-state status.

Here’s the rub; ISIS will not and can not be defeated without intensive ground fighting.  The United States can’t at present provide ground forces for this; our forces have been cut back too far, have been stretched too thin, and the American people are too war-weary.  None of the nations in the region seem too anxious to take this on.

Sad-BearSo what happens in this scenario:  ISIS gains control of Baghdad and therefore Iraq, sets themselves up as a regional caliphate, obtains nuclear weapons from either Pakistan or Iran – and uses them on either Israel or America?  What will the Israeli or American people demand be done in response?  One would suspect the response would be catastrophic – for ISIS.

What global holocaust will ensue then?

Animal’s Hump Day Meat-Eating News

Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!

Here’s an interesting tidbit from PJMedia’s peripatetic undercover man-on-the-street Zombie:  I Am Ashamed To Be A Vegetarian.  Excerpt:

I’m a vegetarian. I haven’t eaten meat in 20 years.

Up until this morning I was OK with my dietary choice.

But then I saw this video just uploaded by “Direct Action Everywhere,” a radical vegetarian activist gang, and now I am ashamed. Ashamed to be associated with them. Ashamed that everyone I meet must think I’m some sort of anti-meat revolutionary. Ashamed that mean-spirited lunatics have hijacked my personal food preference and turned it into rallyng cry for passive-aggressive bullying.

Watch and weep, as a contingent of vegetarian fascists burst into a random restaurant in San Francisco and try to pull some kind of creepy mind-game on the bewildered diners:

Watch the video.  It’s a hoot.

Speaking as the guy who actually wrote the book about these people, this protest is typical – factless, clueless, and achieving nothing but an unearned sense of moral superiority on the part of the protestors, with no real effort on their part.  (See my own PJMedia article on the topic of “ethical veganism for some idea of what a real effort might entail.“)

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Protein on the hoof.

Personally I prefer to hunt my own protein.  Only last Sunday all of us here at the Casa de Animal enjoyed venison burritos for supper, using up some of the last of last year’s fat meat muley.  This coming Friday loyal sidekick Rat and yr. obdt. will pack up high-powered rifles and sidearms and take to the field again to pursue wild ungulates, with the intent of killing and eating them.  Don’t like it, “vegans?”

Tough shit.

But, I digress.  Let’s get back to Zombie’s protestors.

The proper reaction on the part of the restaurant owner in this case would have been one sentence:  “Get the hell out.”  The incident described took place in looney San Francisco, however, where rational reactions are the exception rather than the rule.

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Breakfast.

Make no mistake about the ultimate goal of these people; given the opportunity, they would use the force of law to prevent you from eating meat.  The “vegan” movement is, at its heart, fundamentally anti-choice; they are fundamentally against that very basic bit of individual liberty.

Fortunately they are a small part of the nation’s lunatic fringe.  Let’s hope they stay that way.

Animal’s Daily News

triple-facepalmGwyneth Paltrow Is A Fucking Moron.  Relevant quotes from the admittedly-hot actress at a recent Democrat fundraiser, in which she said of President Obama:  “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly,” and continued on to say, “It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”

Holy shit.  That’s probably the single most idiotic remark I’ve seen all year – possibly so far this decade.  Even including remarks made by daffy old Joe Biden.

No President in the history of this nation should have the kind of power Ms. Paltrow would cheerfully give President Obama – who, gushing of Hollywood lackwits aside, is probably the least competent President since Andrew Johnson.

The linked article also contains a telling comment from Hillary Clinton:

Facepalm-bearSpeaking at the Economic Club of Chicago, Clinton detailed her decision-making process after Obama offered her the position of Secretary of State. “I said no, and then I said no again, and I said no again, and finally I just gave in,” Clinton said. “As I said to somebody the other day, I told my husband no, and I wouldn’t get married, and no, and just gave in. So I have a history with charismatic, attractive men who just wear me out.”

Can you imagine the outcry from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow had a male politician made a comment along the lines of “…I have a history with charismatic, attractive women who just wear me out?

At least there’s this:  Gwyneth Paltrow (who, if she is relying on her wits, is half-way there) is just another show-business bubblehead.  But Mrs. Clinton was a carpetbag Senator for New York, then SecState, and now harbors Presidential ambitions herself.

Is this the best the Democrats have to offer?

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Goodbye, Blue Monday!
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

First, a programming note:  Due to the approaching deer/elk season that begins Saturday, there will be no news or other regular posts on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.  This week’s Rule Five Friday and Saturday Gingermageddon will proceed as usual, and next week’s posts will be replaced with some pre-loaded totty posts for your amusement until we return, hopefully with venison.

Next, once again our thanks to Blackmailers Don’t Shoot and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

The latest round of Colorado polls sure are interesting.  RealClearPolitics shows our Senate and Governor’s races as essentially tossups.

On the Senate side, the RCP average has GOP challenger Cory Gardner holding a narrow lead, 44.8 to 43.5, with the latest poll (Fox News) showing Gardner leading 43 to 37.  That poll was before the left-leaning Denver Post somewhat surprisingly endorsed Gardner; it will be interesting to see what happens this week.

On the Governor’s race, the situation is somewhat different; as yr. obdt. predicted some time ago, Governor Hickenlooper is showing a narrow lead, and may well keep his seat.  The RCP average has him leading Bob Beauprez 46 to 43.5, but the lead may be narrowing.  The latest poll, again by Fox News, has the race at a tie, 42 to 42.

Thoughtful-BearIt’s interesting to note that neither incumbent is polling anywhere near 50%, and it’s an oft-repeated truism in elections that undecideds tend to break towards the challenger.  Being well under 50% in the polls three weeks before the election is a very, very uncomfortable place for an incumbent to be.

But, as is (also) often said, the only poll that counts is the one on election day.  And both of Colorado’s key races will be fought down to the wire.

Rule Five Friday

2014_10_10_Rule Five Friday (1)Poll:  Most See Obama As A Failure.  No shit.  Excerpt:

A clear majority of Americans describe President Obama’s tenure as a “failure” according to a new poll released Monday.

The survey from IBD/TIPP indicates that 53 percent of adults in the United States now characterize Obama’s presidency as a “failure,” while 41 percent chalk it up as a success. Half of the people who live in states won by Obama see his tenure negatively, as do 59 percent of those aged 2014_10_10_Rule Five Friday (2)25-44 years old.

Some of the key groups remain solid in their support of the president, though. More than three-quarters of voters aged 18-24 see Obama’s presidency as a success, as do 54 percent of single women.

By contrast, only 32 percent of married women describe Obama as a success while 58 percent of independents see him as a failure.

What’s significant about this?

Note that the poll did not state a plurality; it’s not that 22% find Obama as a “complete failure” and 33% find him a “partial failure.”  There seems to be no such hedging here; taken as a whole, a clear 2014_10_10_Rule Five Friday (3)majority, 53% of Americans, view the Obama Presidency as a failure.

A failure, True Believers.

Why would most Americans view this administration as a failure?

Bear in mind that not all of the Obama administration’s critics come from the right, although a clear majority probably does; but the President also has critics on the left.  His actions in the Middle East have led to a certain amount of criticism from the left, although much of that criticism seems strangely muted.  Those actions, by the way, were taken without the approval of Congress, and have 2014_10_10_Rule Five Friday (4)been strangely unnoticed by the major media outlets who almost certainly would have let out howls of outrage had a President Romney taken those same actions.

But a large part of the President’s unpopularity probably comes from his disengagement.  Of late the President seems to be phoning it in.  He’s not listening to his advisors.  He’s vacillating.  He’s disengaged.

Part of the reason may be the increasing likelihood of a GOP takeover of the Senate next month.  If that happens, the President will no longer have the luxury of being disengaged, as there will be a blizzard of GOP-passed bills arriving on his desk, which he will 2014_10_10_Rule Five Friday (5)have to veto or sign.  The GOP will not have the votes to overturn a veto, of course, but they will be forcing the President, and by proxy the Democrats in Congress, to take some stands they may be uncomfortable taking.

Were the parties reversed, a Democrat Congress would be doing the same thing to a Republican President.  That’s the way this game is played.  But that won’t help a lame-duck Obama over the next two years.  And it sure as hell won’t help whatever may be left of his “legacy.”

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!

Here’s another tidbit on a topic that’s near to our Mile High hearts:  Colorado’s Second Amendment Wildfire.  Excerpt:

Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, the Obama administration and then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg worked to put together a “coalition of the willing” to join them in a war on the Second Amendment and hit upon Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as a likely recruit.

Mr. Hickenlooper, a low-key liberal who went from successful saloon developer to the Denver mayor’s office, was elected governor as part of a concerted effort by liberal billionaires to take over a Western state. In 2010, they not only made Mr. Hickenlooper governor, but they elected “progressive” majorities to both houses of the state legislature. Democrats around the country celebrated the victories and vowed to use the same strategy to change the politics of neighboring states.

And much good it did them.

Only recently in these pages yr. obdt. pointed out one major miscalculation the gun-grabbers made in Colorado; underestimating the political punch of law-abiding gun owners is another.  And it’s all very popular to present the NRA as an Girls with Gunsextremist group, some kind of political monolith, but the truth is something different.  (Full disclosure:  Mrs. Animal and I are Life Members of that organization.)  What the NRA is, is a grass-roots organization in the truest sense of the word; an organization in which the members get to vote for by-laws, officers and policies.  In other words, the NRA supports what its members want supported, and in Colorado, NRA members adamantly wanted no part of the Bloomberg/Hickenlooper gun-control stupidity.

That’s political speech, folks; the First Amendment in action.  And that’s why John Hickenlooper may well find himself out of a job come January.

Animal’s Daily News

Standing-BearFirst, our thanks as always to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

From the always-worth-reading Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  Welcome to Fantasy Island.  Excerpt:

Listen to the president and one would think that he was in office during the financial crisis that began on September 15, 2008. For the nth time, Obama reminded the nation on 60 Minutes of the financial meltdown he inherited. That is his usual way of suggesting to the American people that they could hardly hope for normal times after six years of his own governance. In truth, Obama entered office on January 20, 2009 — over four months after the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that precipitated a general financial meltdown.

One would not expect Obama to fault past liberal congressional intervention in the financial sector that in large part forced the issuance of subprime risky mortgages, much less the earlier deregulation of the financial industry under Bill Clinton that helped fueled the rampant speculation. The videos of the sad congressional banter about supposedly insensitive questioning of the duplicitous and corrupt Fannie head Franklin Raines, or the self-important bluster of former Rep. Barney Frank, make a good 10-minute tutorial on the meltdown — namely how Wall Street sharks, hand-in-glove with liberal congressional operatives and Clinton appointees, offered federally “guaranteed” mortgages to those who had no ability to pay them back, fueling a phony real estate boom and overvalued stock market.

Sad-BearBut here’s the real money quote:

Obama has a bad habit of claiming credit for good things that he opposed, and for blaming others for the bad things for which he was responsible.

Once again the esteemed Dr. Hanson nails it.

President Harry Truman was said to have kept a sign on the Presidential desk stating “The Buck Stops Here.”  Were President Obama to have such a sign, it would likely read “What buck?”

By way of an example: Does anyone with any sense really believe the President’s claims not to have known about the rise of ISIL in Mesopotamia?  Does anyone not see through his attempt to blame the nation’s intelligence agencies for the fact that he attended less than half of the briefings those agencies held to apprise of these very facts?

Blaming the previous President and a recalcitrant House, the majority of whose members were sent to the Imperial City precisely Facepalm-bearto oppose the President’s policies, may have gotten the President through his first term.  But today is a different story.  The various bucks the President have passed have landed in the laps of other members of his party, and it’s looking more and more like they will be severely taken to task for that, in just a tad over four more weeks.