GOP: A Shrinking Room

The GOP field for the 2016 election just got a bit smaller….not that anyone will notice that Bobby Jindal has dropped out of the contest for the GOP nomination…..WHO?

You remember him….he was the GOP answer to the Obama State of the Union address back in 2009 (?)…..he looked like a kid lost during Mardi Gras parade……anyway the Kid’s Table debates can say good-bye to another wannabe….

The GOP presidential field just got a little less crowded as Bobby Jindal announced he was giving up his bid for the nomination Tuesday. “I’ve got nobody to blame but myself,” the Washington Post quotes the Louisiana governor as saying. “I’m not going to make any excuses or blame anyone else.” Politico reports the announcement comes after Jindal tried and largely failed to win over evangelical voters in Iowa. He spent more time in the first primary state than any other candidate and thought he would be able to get more attention if he could outlast a few other candidates there, according to the Post. Instead, Politico reports he was frequently polling at less than 1%, had less than $300,000 in the bank, and never got out of the undercard Republican debates.

“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity,” Jindal said. “We have to be the party that says everyone in this country—no matter the circumstances of their birth or who their parents are—can succeed in America.” The Post reports Jindal blames a “crazy, unpredictable” year for his inability to get traction with his detailed policies. “This is not my time,” he said. Jindal added that he hasn’t thought about which of the remaining candidates to endorse, but the country “better elect the right president so that we can restore the American dream before it’s too late.” He is the third Republican candidate—following Rick Perry and Scott Walker—to drop out of the race.

I liked this guy for where else but the GOP could you find an immigrants son that is a hater on immigrants…..you gotta love these d/bags……

Who will be the next to take a dive?

Stop Ya Belly Achin’!

Thinking back a couple of years I recall that the web was batcrap crazy over a person’s on-line privacy….that was a couple of crises ago and now it does not seem to be that damn important….we just move on to the next crisis that the media has for us……

I know how most of the people that I follow feel about the threat we are facing from ISIS…..some are all for sending in the troops and make short work of them…..and others are less aggressive, shall we say……

For those that are of the aggressive mind let me ask you…..how do you feel about your privacy?

Should we jump and allow the government all access to our stuff or shall we be more cautious?

The Director of the CIA has opened up about your privacy issue…….

Civil liberty advocates are worried that a spate of ISIS attacks will bring a renewed push for more-intense government surveillance, and comments by CIA chief John Brennan won’t make them feel any better. Following the downing of Flight 9268, last week’s suicide bombings in Beirut, and Friday’s Paris massacre, Brennan slammed the “hand-wringing” over government spying, the New York Times reports. “I would anticipate that [Paris was] not the only operation ISIL has in the pipeline,” he said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, per Foreign Policy. And it’s not only just those in the US who want to reinvigorate the NSA-style prying blasted by Edward Snowden: Per the Times, British PM David Cameron is pushing for more aggressive surveillance, while French President Francois Hollande is trying to expand surveillance powers there.

“I do hope that this is going to be a wake-up call, particularly in areas of Europe, where there has been a misrepresentation of what the intelligence and security services are doing, by some quarters that are designed to undercut those capabilities,” said Brennan. The debate has renewed tensions in the Muslim community, where allegations of discrimination are once more bubbling up. “I think all Americans want to be kept safe from violence of any kind,” the director of Muslim Advocates tells the Times. “But we know that blanket surveillance of people based on religion and race doesn’t work.” GOP Rep. Peter King doesn’t think we have a choice when it comes to profiling. “We have to put political correctness aside” and snoop on Muslim communities because “that’s where the threat is coming from.”

“Hand wringing”?  Is that what it is called to be concerned over my right to privacy?

Does this incident warrant the giving up of your right to privacy?

The problem with giving up rights to privacy for the sake of national security is noble but the problem is that government seldom returns a persons right to privacy back to their control once they have had access to it…..even if the threat is abated…..

There has to be a balancing act between the needs of the government and the individual’s right to privacy…..so far I have seen nothing that shows me the government can be trusted…..on any level.

Please sound off…..

A Few Things About The Paris Attacks

By now it has sunk in just how horrific the latest terror attacks in Paris are….and it is far from over just today the National Police of France had a raid trying to locate the “mastermind” of the attacks (this will be covered later in this post)……

The media is doing a fine job of report (I say that with a sarcastic tone)….to me they are giving no new information kinda feels like they are doing more speculation than reporting…..

But that aside there are a few issues about this attack that I would like to cover…..first is the report from Iraq…..

Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned members of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group of imminent assaults by the militant organization just one day before last week’s deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, the AP has learned. Iraqi intelligence sent a dispatch saying the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia, through bombings or other attacks in the days ahead. The dispatch said the Iraqis had no specific details on when or where the attack would take place, and a senior French security official told the AP that French intelligence gets this kind of communication “all the time” and “every day.”

Six senior Iraqi officials confirmed the information in the dispatch, a copy of which was obtained by the AP, and four of these intelligence officials said they also warned France specifically of a potential attack. Two officials say that France was warned beforehand of details that French authorities have yet to make public. Among the other warnings cited by Iraqi officials: that the Paris attacks appear to have been planned in Raqqa, Syria—the Islamic State’s de-facto capital—where the attackers were trained specifically for this operation and with the intention of sending them to France. The officials also said a sleeper cell in France then met with the attackers after their training and helped them execute the plan. There were 24 people involved in the operation, they said: 19 attackers and five others in charge of logistics and planning.

Not something that is being reported for it does not fit into the dialog that the media wants to have…..

I guess my question is….did the French take the warning seriously?

Next, is this psychopathic douche bag, Abdelhamid Abaaoud………

French official ID's suspected mastermind of Paris attacks - Story

Belgian and French authorities are also investigating whether a Belgian man suspected of being the mastermind behind a foiled Belgian terrorist plot in January orchestrated Friday’s onslaught, officials familiar with the probe said.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was raised in Brussels, may have escaped to Syria after police shot and killed two men in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers who were plotting to kill police officers.

A French official said Abaaoud, who grew up in Brussels, had contacts with Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old man born in Belgium, now the subject of a massive manhunt, whose brother was among the seven suicide bombers who wreaked havoc at a sports arena, a concert hall and through the streets of Paris, killing at least 129 people.

Suspected mastermind ... 27-year-old Belgian man Abdelhamid Abaaoud is ...

Please STOP using the term “mastermind” to describe this pathetic douche!  At best he is a team leader or mission leader….to call him a mastermind is giving this person more status than he should have.  Once again it looks like the media is sensationalizing this person for their own benefit….does nothing to inform the public.

Then early morning today the French police struck…….

Dramatic developments in the hunt for surviving suspects from the Paris attacks: At least two are dead and seven more arrested after a huge police raid on an apartment in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Wednesday morning. The big question—whether alleged mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud is among them—remains unclear, reports the AP. He was thought to have been hiding in a safe house in the neighborhood. A woman detonated a suicide belt when police moved in, and a man was killed when a grenade went off, reports the New York Times. The police action lasted about seven hours. More:

  • In a speech after the raid, French President Francois Hollande declared that ISIS is “threatening the whole world” and told lawmakers that France must “reestablish control of (its) frontiers,” reports the BBC. Fighting terrorism must be the nation’s top priority, he said, adding that France “will remain a country of liberty and culture” and “never give in to fear.”
  • A source tells Reuters that the raid on the Saint-Denis apartment was launched after investigators found a cellphone in a garbage can outside the Bataclan concert hall, with a map of the area and a text message saying: “Let’s go.”
  • Abaaoud was believed to have orchestrated the attacks from inside Syria, and it would be what the Washington Post calls a “startling turn of events” if he did indeed manage to slip back into Europe while being hunted by multiple intelligence agencies.
  • The man whose apartment was at the center of the operation claims a friend asked him to put the guests up and he had no idea who they were. “Someone asked me to put two people up for three days and I did them a favor, it’s normal,” he told French TV channel BFMTV, per ITV. “I don’t know where they came from, I don’t know anything. If I’d known, do you think I’d have done it?”

I am sure that we will eventually get the answers we are looking for……but whether they are accurate will depend on who does the reporting.

Congress Goes To Work?

Hahaha……sorry could not write that without making myself laugh.

Are you shocked?  Well sort of….did you know that in 2016 the House of representatives will work 111 days total?  And get paid for full time work?  Great job if you could get it….and you cannot….you are not wealthy enough.

We have a new Speaker (Yawn)……and nothing will change…….maybe Ryan will get less time in the gym to work on his bod….but beyond that it will be business as usual….boring and worthless.

The House Foreign Affairs and House Homeland Security panels will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday on the “Rise of Radicalism: Growing Terrorist Sanctuaries and the Threat to the U.S. Homeland.” Witnesses include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, along with New America Director Peter Bergen.

On Tuesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee’s terrorism panel examines terror financing, with a particular focus on kidnapping and antiquities smuggling. The House passed legislation in June to crack down on looting in Syria, but it is stuck in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The House Armed Services Committee meanwhile holds a hearing Tuesday seeking “Outside Views on the Strategy for Iraq and Syria.” Witnesses include John McLaughlin, former acting director of central intelligence, and former Ambassador to Syria and Iraq Ryan Crocker.

The hearing will shed light on this weekend’s meeting of world powers in Vienna concerning the future of Syria. The United States and other countries with a stake in the war’s outcome agreed on a timetable for a transition government in six months and elections in 18 months…….

Hearings….is that not a performing arts course at university?  If you ever watched one of these dramas it is nothing but yahoos performing for the cameras….very little ever comes out of these with the exception of news sound bytes…..

But there is some that have a problem with Obama’s newest announcement of troop deployment…..

In a rare bi-partisan action a group of 35 Congresspeople have decided that there needs to be something done about our newest use of force…..

A bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives have issued an open letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R – WI), calling for a vote on an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS, citing “deepening entanglement” in the conflict by President Obama.

Under the War Powers Act, the president must seek Congressional approval for any overseas military operation within 60 days. The launching of the war against ISIS in summer of 2014 put that vote in the middle of a mid-term election, and most Congressional leaders on both sides simply chose to ignore the law.

The new letter particularly draws attention to the recent White House announcement of ground troops being deployed to Syria, something previous AUMF attempts explicitly ruled out, saying this is a “significant escalation” of the war and proof that Congress needs to at some point vote on the matter.

Though the authors of this letter are in opposition to the ISIS war, some proponents of the war are also seeking an AUMF, believing Congress should at the very least sign off on the matter on offer some guidelines on the scope of the war. At present, however, most of the leadership appears to remain opposed to a vote, and the White House seems comfortable with continuing the war indefinitely without any legal basis at all.

Again a valiant effort or maybe just a part of the play that is now being produced in Washington…..personally this is something that needs attention because I can smell…..”MISSION CREEP”!

Confronting the Islamic State

Since the Paris attacks of last week there has been an uptick in the calls for the US to do more……especially from the knuckle draggers in the GOP……

But these calls are not said along with ideas to confront ISIS….I mean “bomb the sh*t out of them” is not an idea…it is a re-statement of what is happening as I type….

I read a pretty good piece and decide that I would press it for my readers to check out and comment….if they feel so desired…..

Source: Confronting the Islamic State