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Failure… the New Measure for Success!

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Author John L. Mason wrote a book back in 2006 called “An Enemy Called Average”, and more recently a follow up called “Conquering An Enemy Called Average.” In both books he deals with this “just get through it” “C average” mentality and launches an all-out attack against mediocrity. I think the mantra of many on the left is, “just get by” and if that doesn’t work, lie!

In years gone by, I have had a California’s contractor’s license, my pilot’s license, and been a real estate agent. In preparing for each, the instructors repeatedly told us the bare minimum number of questions we had to get correct to get the license. There was no push to be top in my class. No push to be better than the next person. I passed all three with no real excitement about any of them and no real feeling of accomplishment.

Until recently, California schools taught “to the test” that all California students are required to pass in order to graduate. They weren’t taught “past the test”, nor “to be the best”, but simply “to get by” and just pass it.

This is frightening!

President Obama seems to subscribe to this same kind of thinking. He has surrounded himself with people who think, like him, that average, mis-speaking (lying), and just getting by (or “getting away with it”) is excellence.

Timothy Geithner, former Secretary of the Treasury, didn’t know he had cheated on his taxes. He called it a “software” issue and never worked to fix it until he was slated to become part of the administration. Sounds like an Obama Success Story to me!

Kathleen Sebelius, did such a great job as Governor of Kansas that she had to suspend tax refunds by the state because of a lack of revenue. She proposed raising sales, property, and income taxes but was eventually pressured to make deep and uncomfortable spending cuts to get the state back on track.

She is now your Health and Human Services Secretary. Sebelius is very pro-abortion, receiving considerable sums from abortion doctors, even to the point of erroneously reporting monies received from Dr. George Tiller who was said to have performed over 60,000 abortions. She paid fines for “under-reporting” those receipts.

Sebelius also ignored warnings by the FDA and ordered the morning after pill to be made available over the counter to children under the age of 17 who felt they needed it. Thankfully, a judge with a brain struck this down.

Now, with debilitating glitches in the Obamacare rollout, Secretary Sebelius refuses to come answer questions directly to Congress, the body that she is charged with answering to. Yet another Obama Success Story!

And let’s not forget Lois Lerner, former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, who purposely targeted freedom groups like the Tea Party and any group with suspicious words like freedom, Constitution, liberty, and patriot in their names. She also mis-spoke (lied) and blamed it on two rogue agents in Ohio. When everything started to unravel, she finally came before Congress, assures us of her innocence, and then promptly pleads the 5th Amendment.

Then, former IRS Commissioner, Doug Shulman, mis-spoke (lied) when he testified that his 118 visits to the White House were for non-business things like the Easter Egg Roll. Just let that sink in for a moment.

Sarah Hall Ingram, another IRS Commissioner who headed up the division that targeted the above groups, showed emails proving that information was shared (against the law) to White House officials about these groups for direction.
And with all that going, on Congressman Gerry Connolly, Democrat from Virginia said it was all just a joke and a misunderstanding!
To steal a phrase from Uncle Joe Biden, “What a bunch of malarkey!”

Every one of these, and many, more were, and continue to be, failures. No corrections will be made to behavior or changes in personnel because, to this administration, failure is success.

The president says that his $600 million failure of a healthcare website (outsourced to a Canadian firm – another US failure!) was just minor glitches and likened it to Apple Corp. recent iPhone software issue.

Apple makes money. You don’t. Apple lives within their budget. You don’t. Apple immediately stops products from failing by canning them or revamping them. You don’t.

Mr. President, with all due respect, your ignorance and lack of experience is showing. You believe that YOU are creating jobs. Congratulations, you are! PART-TIME jobs. All the while losing full-time jobs! 88% of the jobs created last year were part-time, while many full-time jobs simply went away.

You are definitely keeping your promise to fundamentally change this country. It’s rapidly changing from a country of success and promise to a country of failure and hopelessness, and to a country where words no longer have meaning and failure will be the new success.

The utter failure of Obama’s “reset” policy

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Russia’s decisions to grant asylum to Edward Snowden and to send warships to the coast of Syria to protect that country’s regime from the United States are just the latest hostile steps taken by Russia against the US, in a long line of hostile actions take against the US under Vladimir Putin’s rule.

But these two events are notable in and of themselves, because they are the final nails in the coffin of the Obama Administration’s utterly failed “reset” (read: appeasement) policy towards Russia.

Despite, or perhaps because of, this utterly failed and shameful policy, Russia is even more hostile and virulently anti-American than it was in January 2009.

This is not surprising to anyone who actually knows foreign policy well – unlike the self-appointed “experts” populating the Council on Foreign Relations, the Obama administration, RINO Republicans like Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, and most Washington (and European) think-tanks, who to this very day delude themselves that the “reset” has been a success and that Russia is a partner rather than a foe. (Obama himself falsely claimed in September, AFTER the Snowden affair and Assad’s chemical weapons attack on Syria, that “we succeeded” and that the “reset” allegedly produced “a whole host” of outcomes beneficial to the US.)

Nor is it any surprise to Mitt Romney, who, last year, correctly called Russia “America’s #1 geopolitical foe”, although China seems to compete hard for that coveted title. Mitt Romney was absolutely right, and Obama absolutely wrong, all along.

Already during the Bush years, I was warning that the Bush administration, where Condoleezza Rice (a RINO of the same mold as Colin Powell who, just like Powell, voted for Obama) called the shots on foreign policy, was engaged in craven appeasement of Putin’s Russia – a policy that even Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s nat-sec advisor, condemned as shameful and Chamberlain-like.

President Bush unilaterally cut America’s nuclear deterrent, scrapped the USAF’s most modern and capable ICBMs (MX Peacekeeper missiles), and retired the USAF’s most capable cruise missiles, the AGM-129s. Moreover, he cravenly sought Vladimir Putin’s permission to deploy a meager 10 interceptors in Central Europe to protect the US from Iran.

Barack Obama and his administration elevated appeasement to an art, calling it “reset” and starting a long, one-way street of concessions to Russia in the vain hope the Kremlin would reciprocate.

Since 2009, the US has agreed (under New START) to cut its own nuclear deterrent by 33% while allowing Russia to grow its own; to intrusive inspections of its missile defense facilities; to allow Russia to join the WTO; to make no more than symbolic complaints about Russia’s massive human rights violations; and to cancel plans to deploy missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. Obama has also made massive cuts in missile defense spending and programs, killing those programs that would’ve provided the most effective defense (MKV, KEI, ABL, SM-3 4th stage). In 2012, he even promised the Russians “more flexibility” on missile defense and nuclear weapons after his reelection.

And yet, Russia has not become even one iota more cooperative or less hostile since 2009.

While Russia has provided some meager assistance to the US in Afghanistan – renting aircraft and opening its supply lines to that country – it had already been cooperating on that front since 2001. Obama and his utterly failed “reset” policy had nothing to do with this. Russia is cooperating on Afghanistan out of its own national interest – NOT because of any desire to collaborate with the US on anything. Terrorists based in Afghanistan pose a much greater danger to Russia than the US.

Russia, in any case, is not much help there – renting its aircraft is far more expensive than operating the USAF’s own, and delivering supplies through Russia is several times more expensive than through Pakistan.

So Russia’s “help” on Afghanistan is utterly useless. The US could’ve procured a number of additional American-made C-17 aircraft (and thus also create some US jobs) instead of renting those grotesquely-expensive Russian planes.

On nothing else has Russia been cooperative.

It has not cancelled the sale of S-300 air defense systems as is often erroneously claimed – it has decided to sell a different (but equally capable) S-300VM instead of the S-300PMU. Moreover, it now plans to sell it to Syria as well.

It supplies America’s enemies – Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and even Hezbollah – with diplomatic protection and (excepting NK and Cuba) with weapons. Russia’s deputy foreign minister has even said this about Hezbollah:

“We cooperate with Hezb’allah and respect the Lebanese people’s will… this party, which has proven its credibility [over the course of time], must [have its opinions] respected.”

Russia has built nuclear reactors in Iran, has supplied tons of nuclear fuel to that country, and continues to supply it with that, as well as weapons and diplomatic protection. If Iran ever acquires a nuclear weapon, let alone uses it against anyone, Russia will be directly responsible.

Russia had the Boston bombers (the Tsarnayev brothers) wiretapped for months before the Boston bomb attack, and withheld critical information from US intel and law enforcement – information that could’ve prevented the terrorist attack. In other words, it willfully allowed the terrorist attacks to succeed. (But that doesn’t stop Putin from deceitfully posing as a friend of the US, and many Americans, including many Republicans like Dana Rohrabacher and Pat Buchanan, from being utterly duped by Putin.)

Moscow also continues to widely disseminate anti-American propaganda – at home and in the US itself – through state-owned radio and TV channels such as “Russia Today”/RT, which broadcasts in the US and on the Internet, is wholly owned and operated by the Kremlin, employs Russian propagandists and some useful American idiots, and spreads vociferous anti-American propaganda. (And because of births of a feather tend to flock together, Ron Paul fans like Julie Borowski love to appear on that channel.)

RussiaToday is, BTW, operating ILLEGALLY in the US, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires all those who perform PR work for a foreign actor, and all media outlets which perform such work or present a foreign actor’s viewpoint or propaganda, to register at the DOJ as foreign agents, constantly notify the DOJ of their financial operations, and, in case of TV channels, permanently display a “Acts on behalf of a foreign actor” strip on the TV screen.

RT has not satisfied any of these legal requirements, meaning that it is operating illegally in the US and is thus a criminal organization.

And, as a part of their craven appeasement policies, the Bush and Obama administrations have tolerated this.

You can see what persons and entities have registered in the US on behalf of any country here. Pick “Russia” from the list and see for yourself – the RussiaToday channel has NOT registered as with the DOJ as an agent of the Russian government.

Russia has been busy for the last several years building an increasingly capable missile defense system – while demanding that the US stop developing and upgrading its own and foreswear deploying it abroad.

Moscow has, simoultaneously, been pursuing an offensive arms race against the US – extending the service lifetimes of its current weapons while ordering large numbers of new ones. On order are, inter alia, 400 new ICBMs, hundreds of SLBMs, 8 ballistic missile subs, hundreds of 5th generation stealthy PAKFA fighters, and new tanks. Russia is also building new Tu-160 from stockpiled components and developing a new, stealthy bomber – the PAK DA. Russia’s navy is building new, more capable classes of ships as well, and one Akula class submarine spied on the USN’s submarine base at Kings Bay (GA) last year.

In the last year, Russia’s provocative and hostile actions have only worsened, as it has begun flying  nuclear-armed bombers (and their escort fighters) very near US airspace and twice INTO Japanese airspace, as well as into Swedish airspace once. This included simulated strikes on US missile defense sites in Alaska, California, and Japan, on Japanese bases, on US bases in Guam (a strategically important island in the Western Pacific), and Sweden’s military bases.

What’s worse, Russia’s aggressive, simulated attacks have found Sweden completely unprepared to defend itself, due to its shortage of fighters and pilots.

When asked by reporters what they were doing flying close to Alaska, the Russians said they were “practicing attacking the enemy.”

This is what they consider the US to be: “the enemy.” Those are their words, not mine.

In September, the civilized world observed the 30th anniversary of the Soviet massacre of KAL007, a civilian airliner that erroneously ventured into Soviet airspace and was shot down. The commander of the base from which the Su-15 interceptors executing the shootdown originated was one Anatoliy Kornukov – later Commander of the Russian AF under Yeltsin and Putin, photographed happily sharing drinks with the later.

This criminal is one of Putin’s drinking friends.

But I’m not surprised. Once a KGB thug, always a KGB thug. Putin has spent his entire adult life learning to hate and to destroy, then trying to destroy, the Western civilization, including the US. He’ll never change, just like an Islamic terrorist will never forego jihad. What I am surprised by is that so many Americans were so foolish that they reelected Barack Obama, the author of the “reset” appeasement policy, last year – over the realist, tough, no-nonsense Gov. Mitt Romney. November 6th, 2012, will likely be the most shameful date in American history for perpetuity.

Below: Photos of Vladimir Putin meeting and shaking hands with other virulently anti-American dictators around the world.

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Obama’s Speech-Putin’s Ruse

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I’m starting this blog with some comments that appeared on the GOPUSA site I agree with about Obama’s speech followed by my commentary as usual. In the first comment Lurch is the nickname for Kerry :D

Comment by jenersea
September 11, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

Leave it to Lurch to suck up to the Communists led by Putin again. I think all of this was and is that he could get close to his heros again and take orders from them. Only Lurch and his stupes in the State Department would believe that the weapons will be confiscated and destroyed. All the time they will be sitting there on the Russian Naval Base awaiting the next use of them by Assad. Lurch, dig out the old files and see that you always have to verify everything that the Russkies sign onto. Complete incompetents. Mean while the illegal invasion continues on our Southern Borders non-stop.

Comment by eagle525
September 11, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

Obama is way out of his league on international politics … Putin ( Russia’s Prime minister) will eat Obama alive every time. That is what happens when a totally inept community organizer, with zero governance experience is elected to the nations highest office. Obama’s election to office is indicator of the American voters ignorance of current events and politics.

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September 11, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

If we accept this deal, we have surrendered our status as the super power of the world.

You can NEVER take use of force off the table.

But paint me as one of those tin foil hat wearers, who believes this is exactly what Obama wants. He despises this country for the prosperity we have achieved over the past two hundred years and now he has the power, along with willing traitors in our congress and the statist media, to put us in the kind of harm’s way, we will never recover from.

Comment by eagle525
September 11, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

Well I will go along with your commentary and do believe O is intentionally sinking this country,
However, my opinion is that he is destroying us from within … socially, economically and morally. He is succeeding where Obama Bin Laden failed

 The above comments were on the  GOPUSA site and I agree with them totally. I thought Obama’s speech was weak and self centered as usual as he is saying he’s the one who ends wars and is taking credit for his threat for using force for ending this stalemate. Meanwhile new surveys show that 2/3 of the American people trust Putin more than they do Obama. If Obama is really concerned about “the children” over there we should have sent in a strike three years ago when the rebels were more pro-American  instead of now  when they are mostly Al-Suriyah, Al-Nusra and Al Qaeda  which are the most aggressive groups

Meanwhile Putin is playing Obama like a fiddle and the Assad agreement was just a clever  ruse on Putin’s part. While Obama is taking credit for Putin’s suggestion of having Assad hand over his weapons to U.N. inspectors he (Putin) is supplying Iran with S-3000 surface to air missiles and shield over their nuke plants in case we want  to  strike  them. Striking Iran’s nuke plants is what we should have done long ago  to show we are powerful and mean business, but wimpy Obama didn’t do that so now they are a year away from developing a nuke and carrying out their plan to destroy Isreal  and destroy us too in the process with Russia  shielding them with a missile shield.

Russia in 2007 signed a contract to deliver five of the advanced ground-to-air weapons — which can take out aircraft or guided missiles — to Iran at a cost of $800 million.

In 2010, then-president Dmitry Medvedev cancelled the contract after coming under strong US and Israeli pressure not to go ahead with the sale of the weapons system, drawing vehement protests from Tehran.

The source told Kommersant that Russia’s offer would depend on Iran’s withdrawing a $4 billion lawsuit that it has lodged at an international court in Geneva against Russia’s arms export agency.

While all this is going on the white house released a statement saying they would continue to pursue those responsible for the deaths of four U.S. citizens in Benghazi. What a total misconception. What a total bunch of B.S. The American people will not fall for that. It’s been a year and they know who the culprits are and the media even interviewed them at one point. Obviously he (Obama) studied at the OJ Simpson school of finding the perpetrators.

Last night on Sean Hannity’s show   the father of Ty Woods appeared with Col. Olver North and read a letter he sent to Obama demanding answers to the deaths and who gave the order to stand down.

In the United States, the families of those killed a year ago at the consulate say the Obama administration has yet to tell them what really happened, and why it is that none of the killers has been captured or killed.

“It’s hard. I never expected this from my government,” Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, told Fox News. “All they have to do is tell me the truth.”  Sean Smith was a consulate information officer  who  was  among the four people killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

The White House on Wednesday pledged it would continue to pursue those responsible for the deaths of four U.S. citizens a year ago in Benghazi, Libya.

“The events of last year, losing four brave Americans – Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world,” press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement marking the first anniversary of the Benghazi attack and the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

As one commenter astutely said:

“First thing he (Obama)  should do is admit to lying to the American people. Secondly, explain why security was denied when requested. Thirdly, who gave the order to stand down and refuse to go to the aid of the Americans. This is just another shell game this administration plays in order to cover for their incompetence. The same people who now want to bomb innocent civilians are doing so to cover for all the scandals confronting them, Benghazi, IRS , AP and NSA. The say they will do something about Benghazi which seems unlikely, but when are they going to do something about the others?”

We have had some blatant scandal level cover ups within the Obama administration and every one of them have fizzled out as Obama, Eric Holder, liberal Congressional leaders, and the liberal media continue to ignore efforts to find out what happened and who was responsible for the decisions involved. And for who is Holder, who is supposed to be our chief law enforcer, but is really our chief law breaker, doing this? Well our current President of course…as Holder is the “enforcer” for the Obama led Chicago style takeover of our federal government.

NOW PUTIN ARMS IRAN!

Iran to U.S.: ‘We will destroy your world’…

PAPER: US can’t prove Assad ordered chemical attack…

» Russia to send Iran missile systems » News — GOPUSA

» Another year, another Benghazi pledge from Obama » News — GOPUSA

» A year after Benghazi families still wait for answers » News — GOPUSA

 

“I Am Not A Dictator!”

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“O Duck Luck, ” says Hen Pen, “the sky is falling!”
“Why, how do you know it?” says Duck Luck.
Obama Chicken Little told me.”

And so goes the story of another famous alarmist, Chicken Little. President Obama has attempted for the past few weeks to raise alarm about the awful “cuts” that would affect everything. The economy will be hurt and crippled for years, other results include millions of furloughed federal employees, and a non-functioning military. All because those darned Republicans would not agree with him to further increase spending.

Stoking more fear and animus, the president now seeks to paint the entire fallout from the ever-so-slightly decreased future spending on Republicans. The president specifically named John Boehner and Mitch McConnell as the responsible parties. And although Obama has to yet figure out how to paint the reluctance to support spending as either racist, or to invoke class warfare narratives, we need only to give it time, and his friends will spin furiously until a good excuse develops. It is their nature.

The president, when asked by the adoring press, what more he could have done to ensure sequestration did not take effect, blurted out, “I am not a dictator…”, and says he could not send the Secret Service after Republicans to prevent their planes from taking off. From your mouth to Uncle Joe’s ears, eh Mr. President? If only leadership were that easy – but, then again no one has ever made a good case for your leadership abilities.

In blurting out his most recent excuse for his failure (or was sequestration itself the failure? Obama previously supported it), the president again reveals his juvenile mindset when it comes to politics. It is frequently his way or else. If things do not go his way, then the most dire circumstances will occur. How can you nudge people into thinking or behaving the “right way”? Send your sycophants out to do the dirty work for you. Bob Woodward’s being threatened by a White House insider is the most recent example.  Have your supporters engage in some name-calling and belittle your opponent. It is all in a day’s work for any grade-school bully.

For a president who has also: bemoaned the fact he has to work with Congress and wished he could work around them, threatened to use executive orders to accomplish things that Congress balks at doing, and who actually has a “kill-list” that gives him the final ability to determine who has the ultimate right, that is, to exist – when he claims, “I am not a dictator…”, if he is not, he is the closest thing the country has ever had to one. The rights so valued and inherent in each of us have slowly continued to erode away, and with a president such as Obama, this will be a long four years.

I Thought Green Was Good!

Less oil, less pollution, just less! We are told that green energy is the direction we need to go. We need solar panels, wind power, battery power, but why?

So far, it’s mostly been a failure, yet we keep throwing money at it. Your money and my money.

If we have a viable way to use alternative energy I’m all for it. But I don’t want to keep throwing money at technology that’s not working.

Many major inventions were discovered with private money by great people. When you are using your own money and time you work harder, waste less, and work with more attention to detail. WHY? Because you don’t have an open checkbook and can’t afford to work on it (whatever IT is) forever. When the government backs you, there are few restrictions especially when it comes to green technology.

President Obama is so sure of green that he promised to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015.  He has invested over $5 billion in taxpayer money and offered $7,500 per vehicle in rebates. All of this WITH YOUR MONEY! With less than 2 years to go we are a whopping 5% of the way there!

In the REAL business world with limited capital we would “Stop the Insanity” and re-check our plan. This plan is in such bad health we should consider applying Obamacare to it, that would kill it for certain.

A few auto companies have jumped on the green gravy train including Nissan and Tesla.

We loaned a Taiwanese company $160 million to build Volt batteries in Ohio. The money was supposed to help build the plant, hire American workers, and lend support to the electric car industry. AS in all American Government takeovers, it didn’t work out that way. The owner of the manufacturing plant was a foreign company, most workers and management were foreign nationals, and NOT ONE BATTERY was manufactured and used in an electric car. The plant shut down last month and now Volt batteries are made oversees.  Thank you Obama administration!

Nissan received $1.4 billion in TAXPAYER money (your and my money). It is at least putting together electric cards in Tennessee, but it needs to build a bigger storage lot for all the cars it is producing and not moving.

There are over 250 million passenger cars in America. 2012 saw only 34,000 electric cars sold. This is from 5 car manufacturers. SERIOUSLY?! Chevy had expected to sell 45,000 Volts in 2012. Yes, Chevy alone! This was with bailout money intended to help the Green cause. The Green growing is the moss in those cars being stored by the river because they are not selling! They are in storage and the Volt plant shut down for a few months to slow production.

What a blessing that was to the America taxpayer because it’s estimated that it costs the American taxpayer almost $50,000 a Volt in subsidies to produce the vehicle. Yep, you’re paying for a car you get no use or benefit from.Tesla, failed technology

In 2012 Nissan sold 9800 EV’s, Volt sold 23,000, Toyota 12,700 (average 20 mile range), Tesla 3,200, Ford Focus sold 650 EV’s, and Mitsubishi sold 92 in 2012 (600 since inception!) If these vehicles are such a wonderful thing and in such demand, why have so few been sold? Especially with a $7,500 rebate!?

How long do we hold on for a failed technology? How long do we keep wasting your money? My money? This is wrong! The government needs to get out of the bailout business, the green business, and the healthcare business and get back to the business of the people. PERIOD!

Joe Messina

SHOCKER: Obama Administration's National Emergency Test Fails

In light of disasters like Solyndra, Project Fast and Furious, and the unemployment rate, the Department of Homeland security figured it would have to step its game up, if it wanted to be recognized in this administration full of failures.  So, they botched the National Emergency Alert yesterday, and they botched it good.  ABC went so far as to ask if the alert was a “total failure”.  Check out these two videos below and tell us what you think.  One shows the EAS alert playing Lady Gaga music. (I can’t make this up)  And the other is a special video from the “president”, himself.

Lady Gaga on the EAS:

The President doing his own EAS test. (although this video has not been “confirmed” just yet)

What do you guys think?  It’s just our emergency broadcast system, right?  I mean who cares if it works?  What are your thoughts?  Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.