Rep. Keith Ellison: Root cause of terrorism is income inequality, or something

Anybody else noticing a concerted effort on the part of the Dems to tie terrorism to “income inequality”?

First John Kerry, and now Rep. Keith Ellison:

JON MEACHAM: How do you talk to people — you must have constituents. You must have people who say what is it with the Islamic world? Why does such a fundamental threat to our national security seem to come disproportionately from that world of faith?

KEITH ELLISON: You know what? What I tell them, it’s not about the faith. What it’s really about is in some parts, particularly in the Arab world, there has been, quite frankly, a lack of democracy. We all just saw the Arab Spring ripen into the Arab Winter and now in Egypt we don’t know what’s going to happen in Syria, wow, what’s going to happen there. But it’s really not the faith. What it is is, you know, people who don’t want to yield power to the vast majority and people are struggling over that. And people struggle over that all over this world. We struggled over it here, which is why I named the book, “My country ’tis of thee.” And right here in the United States today, we’re trying to struggle for a greater amount of inclusion and democracy and when you look at income inequality, I mean, this is a real challenge.

As it becomes increasingly clear that prog/lib policies are disastrous, using fears of terrorism as excuses for redistribution will become more common.

John Kerry: Poverty ‘in many cases’ the root cause of terrorism

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While reading the words of John Kerry ask yourself how Osama Bin Laden could have pulled off 9/11 if he’d have been poor:

We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global basis. The United States of America is deeply involved in efforts in Africa and in other parts of the world – in Asia, South Central Asia – to address this poverty, as is the Catholic Church. And so we have a huge common interest in dealing with this issue of poverty, which in many cases is the root cause of terrorism or even the root cause of the disenfranchisement of millions of people on this planet.

So, the problem isn’t fanaticism, but rather that people get into the business of mass slaughter because there aren’t enough Teresa Heinz’s for these assholes to marry?

At least Kerry’s protected by his own logic. If you were to ask him why he doesn’t give away his wife’s money to help end “economic disenfranchisement” he could argue that by doing so he’d put himself at risk of turning to terrorism to make ends meet.

How nice: Obama pledges to use executive orders to save nation ruined by Obama’s policies

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Five years into this failed progressive experiment, can anybody read this “time to take action to repair the damage we’ve done” stuff without laughing?

Calling for “all hands on deck” to assist the economy, President Barack Obama is urging his Cabinet to identify ways to keep his administration relevant to people struggling in the up-and-down recovery.

With two weeks left before delivering an economy-focused State of the Union address to Congress, Obama is picking up the pace of his jobs message and demonstrating how he can advance his economic agenda administratively and through his ability to coax action from important interest groups.

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” Obama said Tuesday as he convened his first Cabinet meeting of the year.

War strategists take note: President Obama has proven that all it takes to bring an entire nation to its knees is a pen and a phone.

Anti-capitalist bonehead quote of the week

Socialists, communists, anarchists, nihilists, and all manner of freeloaders have been whining lately about “economic violence.”

Here’s one example:

https://twitter.com/suey_park/statuses/421689939432984576

Not to be Captain Obvious, but apparently his presence is required: If housing is a human right and nobody should have to work to get one, WHO’S GOING TO BUILD THE F*#KING HOUSES!?!

Here’s a semi-dramatization of this post:

Nutty Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee suggests re-naming ‘welfare’


“I left my Thorazine at home again!”

There’s no reason prog insanity shouldn’t be entertaining:

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who has decried the failure of Congress to extend unemployment benefits before its December recess, is talking about changing the vocabulary of assistance.

In a speech Jan. 8 on the House of Representatives floor, Jackson Lee suggested renaming government welfare.

“Maybe the word ‘welfare’ should be changed to something of, ‘a transitional living fund,'” Jackson Lee said, according to a post on The Minority Report blog. “For that is what it is – for people to be able to live,” she said.

Why not just call them “paychecks” and consider walking to the mailbox to be a full time government job? I shouldn’t think out lout because SJL might run with that.

Obamas finally show stewardship of taxpayer dollars: FLOTUS’ birthday party guests asked to eat before they arrive

Michelle Obama turns 50 soon, and when she gets back from enjoying her taxpayer-funded “gift” from Barack of an extended vacation in Hawaii, there will be a party in D.C.

In spite of the vacation expense, they’re cutting costs elsewhere by asking b-day party guests to fill up on food before arriving to the party:

The White House has been sending out save-the-date emails for a Jan. 18 gala dubbed “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert,” sources told the Tribune.

Guests are being told: Wear comfortable shoes, eat before you come and practice your dance moves. Who’s invited and who’ll entertain remain under wraps.

The Washington Post committed MSM Obama sycophant sacrilege by daring publish the opinion of some in the “manners” business questioning the move:

“I don’t think it’s rude, but I do think it’s a little … different than what people are used to. How’s that for putting it delicately?” joked Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of “Great Get-Togethers: Casual Gatherings and Elegant Parties at Home.”

Colin Cowie, Oprah Winfrey’s go-to entertainment guru, worded his reaction gracefully.

“To ask people to ‘eat before you come’ is not the way I would have done it,” Cowie said. “I always think of the food. When it comes to making people feel welcome we give them great music, a well-stocked bar, and excellent food — and you do it abundantly.”

Area party planner Andre Wells agreed that telling guests to grab a meal before they attend a get-together is a bit unusual.

MSNBC headline tomorrow morning: Party etiquette experts are racist.

‘Bridgegate’ offers some opening for more Chris Christie fat jokes

Not to get into reverse-sexism, but if Chris Christie were a female Dem named Christie Chris, how fast would the lefty feminists be up in arms over ad hominem wise cracks about weight?

Time Magazine got in on it a few months ago:

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When might we expect Time’s “cankle” cover about Hillary? Don’t hold your breath.

The Chris Christie comedic theory explained:

Gee, do you think Dick Lugar’s a little ticked that conservatives gave him the boot?

Kicking this particular “Republican” out of Congress was the correct thing to do:

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, has given the maximum amount of money allowed under federal campaign finance laws to a candidate who hopes to help Democrats retain the Senate in the 2014 election.

Michelle Nunn used the $5,000 donation to appeal to conservative Georgia voters. “I am immensely honored and grateful for Senator Lugar’s generous support in this race,” she said. “Both in the Senate and in the international community, Senator Lugar’s collaborative approach made us safer and moved our country forward. We need more leaders like Senator Lugar — not less, and I will strive to follow this legacy in the U.S. Senate.”
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After 36 years, Lugar lost his Senate seat from Indiana in 2010 when State Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated him in the Republican primary by arguing that he was too moderate.

What better way to prove the Tea Party wrong about their accusations of “too moderate” than to donate money to a liberal? This is more of an “in your face” move than anything. Don’t go away mad, Dick, just go away.

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President Obama is pictured above bestowing then GOP Senator Dick Lugar the “Republican Democrats Love Most” medal last year

Noted climate scientist Al Sharpton debunks Fox News debunking of global warming

Just when I feel confident about the position I’ve taken on an issue, along comes Al Sharpton to let me know I’ve chosen wisely:

That’s not a lab coat Sharpton’s wearing — it’s a lace-less straight jacket.

“Just because it snows in winter doesn’t mean the planet isn’t getting warmer.” Remember that in a few months when just because it’s hot in summer is evidence the planet is getting warmer.

President Obama letting taxpayers pick up part of the tab for his ‘birthday present’ to Michelle?

Our selfless president has given the First Lady a birthday present — the gift of leaving her behind in Hawaii:

President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports. The president reportedly let his wife stay on in Hawaii with friends as a “birthday present.” Michelle Obama will turn 50 years old on Jan. 17.

What a nice gift, though I’m not sure which one the present is really for.

And of course, Barack’s “gift” to Michelle is at least partly paid for by taxpayers:

It is a birthday present whose costs, in separate travel and security expenses, are likely to be borne, in part, by taxpayers. On a previous occasion, when Mrs. Obama left for a Hawaii vacation in advance of her husband, the additional cost to the Treasury was estimated to be at least $63,000, and potentially upwards of $100,000.

Remember these classics?

Michelle Obama: “…someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Barack Obama: “Shared sacrifice.”

President Obama’s present might have been intended for his wife, but both of them have given the country the gift of laughter through tears.