NYTs blogger goes into protective mode: Maybe Obama didn’t go to the Paris rally because of Iran

Some in the media go to ANY length to avoid having to admit that Obama can’t walk on water:

Right now White House staffers are kicking themselves for not thinking of that excuse — because the one they offered was ridiculous.

CNN’s Cuomo and Amanpour suffer self-inflicted beclownings covering terrorist attack in France

“The most trusted name in news” continues wiping their butts with that slogan.

First up, Chris Cuomo, faced with having to describe a black person from another country, wasn’t quite sure what to do:

Speaking of CNN dolts, not to be outdone, Christiane Amanpour referred to the murder-spree terrorists in France as “activists.” Would she use the same term to describe them if they’d attacked CNN headquarters?

Ebola blamed on climate change, but only industrialized countries can halt the spread — go figure

This stuff’s getting really old, not to mention dangerous:

Because Africa was so disease-free before industrialization ruined it for them?

What’s maddening is that climate change alarmists blame industrialization and capitalism for Ebola, but when there’s an Ebola outbreak they say only First World industrialized countries can stem the spread by supplying medical aid, manpower (thousands of troops in this case) and of course billions of dollars.

Read between the lines and these “man-made climate change” dipshits are unwittingly admitting that if they get their way the human race could be wiped out. And since so many progressives seem fairly self-loathing, maybe that’s no accident.

Afghan Nat’l Army soldiers have gone missing in … Massachusetts; Updated

Ummm:

National Guard officials confirm to FOX 25 that 3 Afghan National Army Soldiers have gone missing from Joint Base Cape Cod.

Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were reported missing by base security Saturday night and have not been seen since.

Don’t worry yet. There’s always a chance they went weekend kitesurfing with John Kerry but just forgot to sign out.

Update:

They were found trying to leave the country at Niagra Falls. What did they want to get to Canada for?

Having solved all other global problems, Amnesty International shows up in Ferguson

The era of Obama wouldn’t be complete unless Amnesty International showed up in the U.S. for the first time in history:

In an unusual move, the global rights organization Amnesty International has dispatched a delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson, Mo., to provide direct support to community members and to observe the police response to protests. The 13-person delegation, which arrived late last week, was the first of its kind deployed by Amnesty within the United States, the organization said.
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Amnesty decided to send a delegation to the city last week — a day after Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director Steven Hawkins sent a letter to law enforcement officials there expressing “deep concern” about Brown’s death and the way in which the police responded to protesters in the following days.

No mention from Amnesty International of any concern for area store owners who are getting threatened, looted and vandalized on an almost daily basis.

But at least it’s a little easier than dealing with stuff like this:

Update:

Attention Amnesty International: ISIS has beheaded a U.S. photo journalist as well as children in Iraq. As soon as you’re done watching police in Missouri you might want to look into that if you have time.

You might recall that ISIS is “the JV team,” according to Obama.

Meanwhile…

Hamas dangerously close to going full Wile E. Coyote

And as you know, you should never go full Wile E. Coyote:

Example #1:

Example #2:

That last one is a warehouse the UN uses to store aid to give to Palestinians. DOH!

I think Hamas strikes Hamas more than Israel does — and they blame Israel for those too.

Shorter version of this post:

As Iraq appears close to collapse…

To my knowledge the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hasn’t yet been evacuated, but I do know that preparations are under way in case that’s necessary.

As for the years of blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice of America’s finest, that appears to be slipping away:

ISIS militants are taking control of more and more of Iraq. Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, has already fallen.

During it all I’ve been thinking about a Gold Star Mother who lives nearby. She lost her Marine son in Iraq nine years ago. Our little community here rallied to support her family and hopefully were of some comfort. There is still a picture of him in the window of the local gas station. The sun has left it a little faded, but his name is still readable, as are the words “KIA Fallujah, 2005.”

She remains very proud of her son of course, but I can’t help but try to imagine what she’s thinking today. And the same goes for the thousands of parents of service members killed in Iraq over a nine-year period.

The greatest disservice that could be done to these families — and the country for that matter — is if they end up telling themselves “it was for nothing.”

I’m afraid that’s precisely what’s happening.

Update:

Iran is of course smelling opportunity due to the instability.

Whoops: France’s revenue projections failed to take into account that the wealthy would leave the country

Liberals are liberals no matter where in the world they are. If they’re in charge of a state in the U.S., they’ll increase luxury taxes on yachts, spend the extra revenue they projected as a result of the increase and then after the tax haul drops significantly, wonder why everybody went to a different state to buy their boats. Liberal theories are created in static environments (university classrooms, for example, where they can make anything work out just fine on the chalkboard) and never take into account human nature, because doing so throws a wrench into the works.

Another example of this happened in France after their prog president cranked up tax rates big time and yet was shocked to discover the tax haul was nowhere near what was projected:

The French government faces a 14bn-euro black hole in its public finances after overestimating tax income for the last financial year.

French President Francois Hollande has raised income tax, VAT and corporation tax since he was elected two years ago.

The Court of Auditors said receipts from all three taxes amounted to an extra 16bn euros in 2013.

That was a little more than half the government’s forecast of 30bn euros of extra tax income.

The Court of Auditors, which oversees the government’s accounts, said the Elysee Palace’s forecasts of tax revenue in 2013 were so wildly inaccurate that they cast doubt on its forecasts for this year.

It added the forecasts were overly optimistic and based on inaccurate projections.

What’s French for “DOH”? More lefty bureaucrats sacré bleu it big time.

The worst part of it is they never learn their lesson. Hollande’s “solution” will probably be to try to convince every other country in the world to have similar confiscatory tax rates so people have nowhere to flee, when in fact he just needs to admit he’s an idiot.

Obama the Compassionate: Goal is not to go after Putin personally

Is there a saying that goes “don’t bring a Nerf gun to an artillery battle”? If not, there should be:

President Obama said his administration will today impose a new round of sanctions on Russia, targeting an “expanded list of individuals and companies,” with particular focus on some high-tech defense exports.

The president, speaking during a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino, said the sanctions will “remain targeted,” applied in coordination with European allies, though will not hit Russian President Vladimir Putin directly.

The “goal is not to go after Putin personally, the goal is to change his calculus,” Obama said, “and encourage him to walk the walk and not just talk the talk when it comes to diplomatically resolving the crisis in Ukraine.”

This morning I heard Charles Krauthammer on the Laura Ingraham show calling Team Obama’s response “comical,” and that’s putting it politely. If Putin takes back Ukraine he’ll be the biggest hero in Russia since Catherine the Great for his efforts to regain land the Soviet Union lost when communism collapsed, and Obama’s concerned about hurting his feelings?

We’ll know the Obama administration really means business when they attempt to repo the re-set button.