There were two very good reasons to get up this morning: the lovely 55 degrees outside and the coming of Shabbat.
Unfortunately, however, we have the typical ObamaNation onslaught of bad news that could put a saint back to bed.
Esther Sarah sent me some comments from a Harvard alum, accusing Israel of genocide. The only genocide in the world in which the victim population consistently increases. Simple arithmetic must not be as sophisticated and desirable as leftist fascism in the Ivory/Ebony Tower.
My friend Shirl sends word from Jerusalem that the Obama regime is floating the possibility of Martin Indyk as American negotiator in the Arab-Israeli-Obama/Kerry Peace Process, which portends - if not guarantees - "failed peace talks" blamed on the Jews.
Meanwhile, the Obama regime's Waffen-NSA wants your internet passwords. Of course they do.
"I've certainly seen them ask for passwords," said one Internet industry source who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We push back."
A second person who has worked at a large Silicon Valley company confirmed that it received legal requests from the federal government for stored passwords. Companies "really heavily scrutinize" these requests, the person said. "There's a lot of 'over my dead body.'"
Some of the government orders demand not only a user's password but also the encryption algorithm and the so-called salt, according to a person familiar with the requests. A salt is a random string of letters or numbers used to make it more difficult to reverse the encryption process and determine the original password. Other orders demand the secret question codes often associated with user accounts.
Along these same dictatorial lines, the College Republicans were denied entry to The Won's speech in Missouri on Wednesday. Why he has to travel to make speeches is beyond me; they all look the same on tv. But I digress.
...an unidentified police officer told the group they were barred from the event for “security reasons and for the president’s protection.”
“You will not be allowed any further,” the officer allegedly told the group of six College Republicans, dressed in republican and tea party clothing, as they attempted to enter the event.
Scott said each member of the group had a ticket to enter the event and that they arrived early complying with all rules.
“Obama was scheduled to speak at around 4 p.m., so around 3:30 pm we gathered our stuff up,” said Scott. “They had announced that there were to be no posters or anything so we dropped our stuff off. We were not carrying anything. We followed all the rules.”
In "regular" politics, Drudge points us to Chris Christie's attack on libertarians -- especially Rand Paul, who is probably the biggest threat to Christie in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
“As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said.
“You can name any one of them that’s engaged in this,” he said. “I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. … I’m very nervous about the direction this is moving in.”
Widows and orphans, eh? Pardon me if I repeat myself:
“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants..." - Camus
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." - C.S. Lewis
The Winter Aid (Winterhilfswerk ) was the Nazi Party charity. Each year there was a drive to solicit donations to help the needy. Contributions were not entirely “voluntary.” The text translates as: “No one shall go hungry! No one shall be cold!” [Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert D. Brooks and the German Propaganda Archive at Calvin College]
In case you missed this bit yesterday:
Obama took a break from his jobs-pivot speeches to meet Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White House. The pair held joint remarks in the Oval Office afterward....
"... we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”
And if that's not enough to make you wretch, SoS John Kerry felt obliged to drag the memory of Benjamin Franklin into his speech for the "particularly holy" month-long Islamic holiday of Ramadan:
I want you to know that the tradition of sharing respect for this particularly holy month actually reaches back to the earliest days of our Republic. This is the Benjamin Franklin Room, and it’s a fitting venue for this occasion because Ben Franklin was really our first formal diplomat. And he was also among the earliest proponents of religious freedom in our country. He wrote in his autobiography, “Even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”
If you are a real sucker for punishment, you can help yourself to the First Lady's speech to the National Council of La Raza:
“... while food might be love, the truth is that we are loving ourselves and our kids to death.”
And lastly, the most heart-wrenching and infuriating news of all.
Because Obama said so, that’s why.
The president saw Trayvon Martin as a son he never had, and/or as himself thirty-five years ago, because "as a Black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station."
But the non-Leader of the increasingly non-Free World recognizes no such relationship to Sean Smith, ignobly treating the Smith family with utter disregard bordering on contempt.
And we are all ashamed.