D.C. Deceit: If their lips are moving they’re lying

If GruberGate taught us anything, it’s that the political class now knows for certain that they can shamelessly peddle bold-faced lies to the American people and get away with it. Other than generating outrage from conservatives, the revelation that the administration thinks we’re generally “stupid,” and thereby somehow deserving of deception, was only a temporary blip on the national news radar.
 
pinnochioObama and his fellow progressives have been operating on this premise all along. They’ve “audaciously” lied to us over and over and over (Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS thuggery, border security and invasion by illegals, ObamaCare VA scandal) with little-to-no political cost.
 
The GOP are slow learners, but even they have finally caught to how well the strategy of deliberately lying to their constituents actually results in only minor political blowback. Hence the outright betrayal by so many Republicans last week over Cromnibus.

 

Heritage provides a handy guide to who said what about amnesty just to get elected in November.; and then took the exact opposite position in December ~ Obama’s Amnesty: How They Voted vs. What They Said. For those Senators who claimed to be against Obama’s amnesty order, standing with Ted Cruz to vote on the legitimacy of President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions, should have been a no-brainer ~

“If Senators are opposed to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, they should vote in favor of Sen. Cruz’s constitutional point of order. A vote against the point of order is a vote in favor of unchecked presidential power and granting work permits and Social Security numbers to people who are in the country illegally.”

 

And yet, as Heritage reports ~

While 22 Republican Senators voted to uphold the constitutional point of order, 20 Republican Senators joined with 54 Democrats in voting against the point of order. (Three Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.)

 

Notable turncoats include former (or should we just say “phony”) conservatives: Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA).

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George Mano posted a good article at Townhall last Sunday: Lies, Damn Lies, and American Politics, in which he made this excellent observation ~

Lying is routine for evil governments. Once a regime starts down the path of dishonesty, it never turns back. Once it gets away with lying about one thing, it will lie about others. Its virtue has been lost forever. And when the citizens discover that their government has been lying to them, it becomes like an unfaithful spouse caught in the bed of paramour—you will never trust it again. Sadly, that is where we are now.

 
But unless the rest of the country gets as fed up with the Washington’s Deceitful Corruption as we conservatives are, the lies will only get bigger and bolder.

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founders-quote-TJefferson“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.”
 
~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 19 August 1785

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Ignoring the growing Islamist threat is only encouraging more terrorism

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Patrick Poole at PJ media had the best headline describing Monday’s Islamist terror incident in Syndey: Known Wolf’ Syndrome: Sydney Hostage-Taker Is Yet Another Case. Yes, let’s stop trying to fool ourselves shall we? Not only was Iranian-born Islamic cleric Man Monis aka Shiekh Haron alread recognized by law enforcement as a potential threat ~

… but he was out on bail on murder charges related to the stabbing and setting on fire of his ex-wife, with whom he was in a heated custody dispute.

 
The mainstream media likes to pretend these attacks by single jihadis are one-offs, hence their preferred term for the individual terrorist: “lone wolf” ~

… this will be yet another case where so-called terrorism “experts” will be trotted out by the media and political officials to claim that Monis was a case of “lone wolf syndrome.” Or that his actions were entirely unpredictable, and the government will need more money for terrorism programs that won’t work, and for outreach to the very extremists who continue to murder, rape, and maim innocents.

 

Saner voices know better. Here was Machiel de Graaf, a member of the Netherlands parliament, speaking earlier this month in no uncertain terms about what is essentially an Islamic take-over of his country. Things are so bad, he’s actually calling for the closing of all mosques ~

 

Video via Shoebat.com

 

Are we going to wait until things get this bad in America? Who will be able to stand up to the barbarians then?

 

Horrific attacks like Taliban-led attack on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead, and Yemen: Jihadists Blow Up Busload of Schoolgirls, will continue to plague the civilized world if we in the West don’t stop coddling this religion of terrorism.
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Related:
Sydney Shooter’s Social Media Trail Shows Long History with Radical Islam

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Getting in the Christmas Spirit

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Putting “Christ” back in Christmas

Just a brief reminder of what this blessed season should really be all about ~
 

 

“Forgotten Christmas” is a program started by Gospel for Asia, a Christian group dedicated to carrying out the Great Commission* on that continent.
 
Sounds like a great organization to give a gift to this Christmas if you’re so inclined. Like my other favorite charities, Forgotten Christmas lets you choose a particular item and/or country that you’d like your donation to go towards, which makes it a bit more personal don’t you think? ~
 
Open Doors
Samaritan’s Purse
World Vision
 

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*Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

~ Matthew 28:19 ~

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3rd Sunday in Advent

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O Lord Jesus Christ, who at Thy first coming didst send Thy messenger to prepare Thy way before Thee;
Grant that the ministers and stewards of Thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready Thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at Thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in Thy sight, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. ~ Amen

 

(The Book of Common Prayer)

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Saturday Shorts – 12-13-14

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 

5 Criminal Christmas Carols ~ Hard to believe these classic holiday tunes haven’t already been outlawed by the politically correct police :D
 
Obama Administration Now Has 1,000 Government Investigators Targeting Businesses for Minimum Wage Violations ~ Yet another mostly imaginary problem that suddenly requires taxpayer-funded government thuggery. If only the O’Ministration was even remotely as diligent about enforcing our immigration laws!
 
Widow Says ‘Torture Is Watching What Happened In 9/11,’ ‘Telling Your Children’ Father Was Killed (With video) ~

“Torture is watching what happened in 9/11,” Strada said. “Watching people jump out of buildings to save themselves – you know, to die as opposed to being burned to death… I mean the carpet was burning beneath their feet.”

By pretending there’s a moral equivalence between terrorism and “enhanced interrogation” the Left is being deliberately – and callously – obtuse.
 
You Can Keep Your Doctor…If He Doesn’t Kill Himself ~ Some sad statistics ~

Official estimates put the annual toll of American physicians who die at their own hand as high as 400. But, given the stigma of suicide—especially among doctors—this figure is probably low [...]
 
Given the unconscionable mess that is American health care, one wonders why the percentage isn’t even higher. How is it not depressing to assume massive student debt, to then face long hours; assembly line medical office practices; the realization that at best, you are working for the insurance industry; and the constant threat of litigation?

 
Obama: ‘I Spend Most of My Time Watching ESPN in the Morning’ ~ Well, that certainly explains a lot ~

A report in October from the Government Accountability Institute noted Obama has missed 62.5 percent 8O of his daily intelligence briefings during his presidency.

 
Nigerian Government Slaughters 27 Muslim Jihadists ~ Excellent news. (But – whew! Good thing they didn’t water-board ‘em.)

 
Sharpton: Blacks Can’t Act Decently Without More Government Payouts ~ OK, that’s not a direct quote, but it’s sure the tenor of his rhetoric.

 
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College president forced to apologize after saying ‘all lives matter’ ~ With the Left, it’s critical to stay on-message – no thinking outside the progressive box. Right now the focus is only on black lives. And then only on blacks who have been around for a while… not the unborn.

 
‘Dwarfs castrated and children sent for chemical weapons tests’: How North Korea is ‘purging the disabled because they humiliate the regime’ ~ The Hermit Kingdom is possibly more criminally insane than the Nazis were and yet the West seems oblivious to the ongoing inhumanity – choosing instead to fight “enemies” like imaginary climate change…
 
… by defacing millennia-old archaeological sites 8O ~
Greenpeace Defaces Ancient Peruvian Landmark – Officials Outraged ~

GreenPeace extremists have gone to great lengths to harass whaling vessels with rubber rafts and chain themselves to trees in the rain forest in order to protest what they consider to be the destruction of the planet, they don’t seem to mind personally destroying cultural treasures (ancient Nazca lines, enormous drawings etched in the earth some 2,000 years ago by a pre-Inca civilization).

 

Whatever Happened to St. Nicholas? ~ How did a fourth century heretic-slapping bishop from Southern Turkey wind up being a fat, Coca-Cola-swigging American elf? ~ Fr. Dwight Longenecker deconstructs the myths behind the man.

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Main Street gets shafted again… Enough!

“Congress in untrustworthy.” But Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) says we should take heart… “A new congress is on the way… with a new sense of purpose” ~
 

 

Thank-you Senator Lee for being a voice for so many regular Americans – and for your words of optimism!

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Washington’s reckless spending endangers US

Troubling as yesterday’s GOP betrayal was, it came as no surprise that Washington excels at spending our money: BOOM! We Just Spent $1 Trillion of Your Money. Still, the arrogant indifference is stunning ~

“It’s always messy to see it made, to see legislation come to life. It’s not a pretty sight, and the closer you are to it the uglier it’s seems,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said after the vote.
 
“Our voters don’t like anything about this process, but it’s how hard work gets done,” she added. “And at the end of the day — boom! — we got enough votes to pass the bill.”

 

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So yes, our reprobate representatives are spending like drunken sailors. And like those same clueless inebriates, their ability to sense a pending storm is seriously impaired.
 
A solar storm for instance… the effects of which would definitely not be “a pretty sight.” “Boom!”
 
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A December 4th mid-level solar flare has fueled speculation about the potential threat of magnetic space storms. The Washington Free Beacon discusses a 2012 Department of Homeland Security report on the impact such a storm might have on the U.S. ~

The FEMA fact sheet noted the findings of a 2010 study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that monitors sun storms, warning that an extreme solar storm could leave “130 million people without power for years,” and destroy or damage more than 300 hard-to-replace electrical grid transformers.

 
This isn’t just alarmist, prepper-type thinking, there have been two documented major solar storms in the not-so-distant past; in 1859 and 1921. According to a NASA study a few years back ~

The strongest geomagnetic storm on record is the Carrington Event of August-September 1859, named after British astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare with his unaided eye while he was projecting an image of the sun on a white screen. Geomagnetic activity triggered by the explosion electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting their telegraph papers on fire; Northern Lights spread as far south as Cuba and Hawaii; auroras over the Rocky Mountains were so bright, the glow woke campers who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. Best estimates rank the Carrington Event as 50% or more stronger than the superstorm of May 1921.

 
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“A contemporary repetition of the Carrington Event would cause … extensive social and economic disruptions,” the report warns. Power outages would be accompanied by radio blackouts and satellite malfunctions; telecommunications, GPS navigation, banking and finance, and transportation would all be affected. Some problems would correct themselves with the fading of the storm: radio and GPS transmissions could come back online fairly quickly. Other problems would be lasting: a burnt-out multi-ton transformer, for instance, can take weeks or months to repair.

 
Oops.

The study said a future solar storm like the great magnetic storm of May 1921 would black out most states east of the Mississippi River along with most states in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Step back and think about that for a minute. Then, factor in the financial cost ~

The total economic impact in the first year alone could reach $2 trillion, some 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina or, to use a timelier example, a few TARPs.

 

Throw the barbarian hordes (the #icantbreathe and #Occupy malcontents) into the mix and we’re talking civilizational meltdown.
 
But don’t worry, just as with a potential EMP threat, our bloated federal bureaucracy has everything under control ~

Mark Sauter, an adviser to security companies and coauthor of the textbook Homeland Security: A Complete Guide, said severe space weather poses a major homeland security challenge. [...]
 
Sauter questioned whether the government is taking the threat of a major solar storm seriously, or is “just going through an obligatory bureaucratic exercise that in reality reflects DHS/FEMA crossing its fingers and hoping that such a plan will never need to be used.”

 
See there? No worries.

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In light of their spendthrift habits, our congressional representatives are clearly incapable of any serious long-term planning; in fact they seem oblivious to anything but their own selfish political needs.

 

After all, should we get zapped by a massive solar flare, an $18 trillion national debt will be pretty moot.
 
Could be that’s just part of their plan.

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Wisdom – an UNcommon commodity these days

Here’s an awesome video of a 100 year-old New York City math teacher. Like anyone with common sense, this feisty centenarian is definitely opposed to Common Core ~
 

Video via the Daily Signal

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Big Apple suspends reality

Seriously New York? ~
 
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NYC Passes Bill To Allow Transgender People To Change Sex On Birth Certificate Without Surgery 8O
 
Although I can’t find any definitive confirmation, after the city council approved the measure on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (Commissar of Clownville might be more appropriate) was expected to sign it into law yesterday. So now you can get your gender switched on your birth certificate without actually having your er, “equipment” altered ~

The policy will require a licensed health care provider to state under oath that “based on contemporary expert standards,” according to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) press release, “an individual’s true sex is not accurately recorded on their current birth certificate.”

 
According to the bill’s sponsor, City Council Member Corey Johnson, the new legislation is…

… “the most progressive in the country. Gender won’t be about your physicality,” he said. “It won’t be about your body. It’s about how you identify.” […]

 
Yes. Let’s just go with feelings. If I feel like I’m the Easter Bunny – I am!
 
Before this sanity-challenged measure was passed, it apparently just wasn’t fair, as Carrie Davis, chief programs and policy officer at the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, told the New York Daily News, that ~

“People can be turned down from jobs, accused of fraud, harassed and attacked if the gender on a birth certificate does not match the gender with which the person identifies.”

(In other words – if you’re lying about your gender. Gasp!)

 
Well, we can’t have that. So we’ll just suspend reality and pretend someone was born female instead of male. Or vice-versa. Because feelings now trump medical fact.

 
And let’s not question the whole gender-bender phenomenon either. Even though there appears to be Trouble In Transtopia.
 
Actually, I’m sorry to be flip, because this really is a damn shame. This article, from Stella Morabito at the Federalist, explains the growing rumblings of regret within the transsexual community, quoting several who have had second thoughts (now that it’s too late :( ) ~

. . . transsexualism was invented by psychiatrists. . . .You fundamentally can’t change sex … the surgery doesn’t alter you genetically. It’s genital mutilation.” [...]
 
I am grieving at how I have mutilated my body. . . . In the case of my surgeon, he seemed all too happy to cut off my testicles, as soon as he had a couple of glowing letters from my doctor and former therapist, saying what a nice lady I had become, how well I had ‘assimilated’ etc. F**in crazy. [...]
 
If there was a drug that I could have taken that would have reduced the pressure, I would have been better off staying the way I was—a totally intact person. I know deep down that I’m a second-class woman ~ (This last is from Rene Richards, the first person to go through sex-change surgery)

 
More troubling, rather than get the truth out, many trannies are trying to silence any dissention in the ranks. Which is really sad. Especially when you consider that ~

A Swedish study from 2003 found that post-operative mortality and suicide rates for transsexuals are many times higher than the general population.

 

As Moonbattery opines ~

If they were not so willfully pernicious, you would have to feel sorry for moonbats. Many of them are seriously troubled. The more militant they are in their moonbattery, the more likely they are to suffer from severe psychiatric issues.

 
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And even though Dave Muscato of American Atheists Proclaims He Is a Girl :arrow:
- and NYC would now agree – as Morabito concludes, biological truth has a way of outing itself. The hard reality of it is written right into our DNA as “male” or “female.”

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Bringing goodness out of destruction

Good to know that the fallout from Ferguson isn’t ALL bad. In fact, this story about Terrence Williams is downright inspiring :)

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are called according His purpose.

~ Romans 8:28 ~

 

Via the Daily Signal

 
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But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
~ Joseph, Genesis 50:20 ~

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A little Christmas tune…

Love a cappella! ~

Pentatonix, an a cappella music group consisting of five members, published a cover of “That’s Christmas to Me” on Nov. 18 to rave reviews on the Internet

Awwww…. :)
 

Video via the Blaze

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