Vice President Joe Biden called Asia "the Orient" at an unofficial campaign event in Des Moines.

Biden Calls Asia “The Orient” – So What?

Vice President Joe Biden called Asia "the Orient" at an unofficial campaign event in Des Moines.
Vice President Joe Biden called Asia “the Orient” at an unofficial campaign event in Des Moines.

Conservatives are enormous critics of the “Political Correctness” demanded by the left.  Sure, it’s one thing to be sensitive towards the history of various ethnicities, but liberals often take it to such an extreme that it stifles free speech and the communication of ideas out of fear that what one might say could be politically incorrect and viewed as hateful or insensitive when in fact no ill will was intended at all.   I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea whether Jesse Jackson considers himself black or African-American or both.  If I say the wrong one in a conversation with him, you can bet he’s going to call me a racist.  It’s absolutely insane when you look at all the problems facing the black community and realize conservatives are too afraid to say “black” or “African-American” for fear of being called racists and completely marginalized.

Enter Vice President Joe Biden, who I have a ton of respect for.  I would support impeaching Obama, if for nothing else, to give this man a shot at being President.  I’m no Democrat, but Biden has a pretty distinguished career in public service and he’s always good for a laugh as the man is political gaffe machine.  While unofficially campaigning for his 2016 Presidential Bid in Des Moines, Iowa; the Vice President said this…

“You know, on the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient.”

It’s obvious that Vice President Biden meant no disrespect.  He calls Lee Kuan Yew the “wisest man” in the Orient.   The problem is that he said “The Orient.”  I had no idea the term “Orient” was politically incorrect until today and I’m guessing Vice President Biden had no idea either.

Some leftists view the term “Orient” or “Oriental” as antiquated, pejorative, and disparaging.  Somehow, they associate it with a racist line of thought that suggests Asian people are inherently different and therefore inferior socially, politically, and individually from the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Europeans and Americans.  How they reached that conclusion is completely beyond me, but some neo-Leninist college professor in the 1970s pulled it out of his butt.

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It’s not the word that should be offensive, but a person’s intent with the word.  What difference does it make if I call someone an “idiot Oriental” or an “idiot Asian?”  Likewise, what difference does it make if Vice President Biden called Lee Kuan Yew the “wisest man in the Orient” or “the wisest man in Asia?”  Either way, it means the exact same thing and Biden is clearly intending to honor the man.

If a 90-year-old man still uses the term “negro” or “colored” to describe a black person, should we call him a racist?  What if he’s talking about “the negro soldier who saved my life” or “the fine colored man who gave me a job when I moved to the city?”  And why is it racist anyway?  Isn’t color good?  If you had to choose between a black and white television and a color television, wouldn’t you take the colored one?  Doesn’t every designer say that color is good?  To me, calling someone “colored” is recognizing the diversity and variety they bring.  Yet, despite my positive intentions behind the word, I know that people have been trained by the political correctness police to call anyone who uses it “racist.”

I would hope that Republicans would be honest enough to defend Vice President Biden on his “Orient” remark, or at least give him a free pass; but I know better.  They’ll use this to take cheap shots at him for months or years to come, but then whine how the left treats them the same way.

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Rick Santorum Attacks Rand Paul Indicating 2016 Plans

Rick Santorum lashed out at Rand Paul on Friday, September 5th, 2014.  Take a look for yourself!

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I agree 100% with Rick Santorum.

I disagree with posting it, however.  Especially if Rick Santorum is trying to expand the influence of his Leadership PAC (Patriot Voices) and planning on running for President in 2016.  I understand the importance of the issues Rand Paul is flip flopping onRand Paul has been flip flopping for a while on a large variety of issues.  I also appreciate the value of bringing down front runners that are this freaking stupid for no other reason that the good of the Republic.

Yet, you really don’t want to send the message that Republicans are infighting two months before the mid-term elections and when we have a real chance at winning back the Senate.  And say what you will, Rand Paul is helping rally grassroots voters in some key states that might determine the majority in the next United States Senate.  If I know to ease my criticism going into a mid-term, Rick Santorum should know to bite his lip and wait until mid-November to begin his attacks on Rand Paul.

If Rick Santorum really doesn’t think this could have waited, he needs to have social media and blogger surrogates go after Rand Paul.  To be totally honest, while I don’t think it’s prudent to attack Rand Paul at this particular time, if Rick Santorum asked me to do it but keep his name out of it, I would have done it knowing that I was earning points for good information in 2016.

Yes, I’m THAT kind of blogger.

Now, it’s entirely possible that Rick Santorum isn’t running for President, but he’s being tapped by a bigger name (such as Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, or Mike Huckabee) to help marginalize Rand Paul in exchange for a spot on their ticket or in their cabinet.  In which case, there’s not much of a negative for Rick Santorum except the fact that he’s damaging his credibility by attacking a high-profile (if retarded) Republican.

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Ebola Reaches London

ebolaA traveler arriving at London’s Gatwick International Airport collapsed after exiting the plane and died.  She was reportedly “sweating buckets and vomiting.”  What makes this a probable case of Ebola is that she flew in from Sierra Leone; which has been hit the hardest by the current Ebola outbreak.

Bringing Ebola patients to the United States in very controlled environments is understandable.  Whether or not it’s a good idea is debatable, but at least it’s a controlled effort.  However, allowing travelers to continue flying to and from these countries and the region in general is anything but controlled.  It can take 20+ days for symptoms to present themselves and there is no telling where the victims of this Ebola virus will be when their symptoms hit or how many people will be exposed to their projectile vomit, excessive sweating, bleeding, or other bodily fluids, especially when their symptoms start on an airplane or in a crowded airport.

Whether Ebola is 90% fatal or 5% fatal, we’re talking about millions of lives being lost and entire economies being devastated as people refuse to go to crowded areas whether for work or recreation.  This isn’t something our leaders should be screwing around with.

I am curious to see what, if anything, the United Kingdom does in response to a passenger bringing Ebola to their country.  I am curious to see what Europe does now that Ebola has been brought to their continent.

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Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Not Condemning Israel!?

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is by far the best looking 90-year-old I've ever seen.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is by far the best looking 90-year-old I’ve ever seen. He just celebrated his 90th birthday on August 1st. He was born in 1924.

The 90-year-old monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, told the world that what’s happening in Gaza is a “collective massacre” but stopped short of condemning Israel.  In past conflicts, King Abdullah has been very quick to not only condemn Israel, but demand international sanctions and other actions be taken to make it more difficult for Israel to wage war in the Palestinian territories.

What’s changed, you ask.  The region.  The entire Middle East has changed.  With the prominent rise of Islamic extremists in Syria, Iraq, and (the recently oppressed) Morsi government in Egypt that was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, regional politics are changing very quickly.  HAMAS is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and has gained a tremendous amount of influence and power over the past decade since the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004.

Before Islamists were allowed to hijack the “Arab Spring,” Saudi Arabia and King Abdullah would have been quick to encourage their brothers in Palestine as nothing more than a propaganda tool.  But now that the movement is gaining traction after all these decades, King Abdullah is probably terrified of what could happen in Saudi Arabia if extremists outside his country get closer to his borders.  Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and has within its borders the Holy City of Mecca.  ISIS has already said it wants to destroy several holy sites in the city (similar to how they destroyed Jonah’s tomb).  Among the things ISIS would most definitely want to destroy first though is the monarchy itself.

King Abdullah, like any wise dictator, is first concerned about the security of his regime and giving his position to his successor when the time comes.  If HAMAS were to eventually succeed in destroying Israel, it will probably happen with the support of ISIS in 10+ years (assuming their Caliphate could organize itself into a functioning government rather than a bunch of glorified warlords).  If that happens, it will solidify ISIS’s credibility in the eyes of Sunni Muslims around the world.  Therefore, it’s imperative for non-extremists rulers in the Muslim world, like King Abdullah, to not only begin to criticize extremist groups like HAMAS now, but also de-emphasize the necessity to destroy Israel and tone down their rhetoric in that regard.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was recently installed as President of Egypt.  This photo was taken in July 2013, when he was still the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces (which is why he's the only one allowed to wear sunglasses).  The military has controlled Egypt for decades and still does.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was recently installed as President of Egypt. This photo was taken in July 2013, when he was still the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces (which is why he’s the only one allowed to wear sunglasses). The military has controlled Egypt for decades and still does.

It’s a play right out of Egypt’s handbook.  Egypt was actually the country who launched a blockade against Israel and (perhaps inadvertently) started the Six-Day War in 1967 by doing so.  After that happened, Muslim extremists (The Muslim Brotherhood) started gaining their first bit of real traction in the country.  In what was partially an effort to destroy the legitimacy of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt began making overtures of peace to Israel and it eventually resulted in a peace treaty between the countries and the return of the Sinai Peninsula from Israel to Egypt.  The Muslim Brotherhood remained relevant not because of their anti-Semetic rhetoric but because they were the only real alternative to President Hosni Mubarack, who was himself a dictator.  Some will say that it didn’t end well for Hosni Mubarack (toppled in 2011) and Muhammed Anwar El-Sedat (assassinated in 1981). However, Mubarack and Anwar Sedat were not the leaders of Egypt, they were the front men the military installed to protect their control of Egypt.  When the Muslim Brotherhood tried to undo the military’s influence in Egypt after the country’s democratic experiment, the Egyptian Military toppled Morsi and installed a new government.  The military regime in Egypt is still alive and well.  That’s what King Abdullah is trying to accomplish in Saudi Arabia.

I wouldn’t dare suggest that King Abdullah will make the same kind of grandiose offers of peace to Israel as Egypt did (lest he face a civil war aimed at toppling their “Zionist King”), but he is using Israel in propaganda and rhetoric a lot less since this whole Arab Spring Fling went south.

 

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HAMAS Wasted My Thursday Night

I had this great post written on Thursday evening about the Israel and HAMAS ceasefire.

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By the time I was done writing the post, reports out of Jerusalem were ablaze of HAMAS rocket attacks and kidnappings.  The ceasefire was over and my post was completely pointless.  HAMAS has killed thousands of innocent people, destroyed the credibility of our Secretary of State, and now they’ve intentionally wasted my time.  Nobody wastes my time and gets away with it!

Go get these assholes, Bibi!

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Ebola Crossing Southern Border Unlikely Anytime Soon

ebolaWith the wildfire spread of Ebola through western Africa, many here are starting to fear that the often fatal disease might cross into the United States via our under-protected southern border.  I believe that’s unlikely.  That would require someone with the disease (but not showing symptoms) to fly from West Africa to South or Central America, spread the disease to others before or as they made their way to the United States.  However, the disease is still isolated in Western Africa and Latin Americans with the means to travel to Western Africa are unlikely to associate with those who are fleeing South and Central America for the United States.

What is far more likely is that a US citizen will unknowingly become infected with Ebola, jump on an airplane (or five), return to the United States before displaying symptoms, and then spread it to their family and loved ones.  If that doesn’t happen, then it will spread to Europe in a similar fashion first and then from Europe to the United States.

Unfortunately, the CDC is not taking the threat of this seriously.  Not wanting to dampen people’s travel plans to western Africa, they merely put out a travel advisory to “avoid contact with blood and other bodily fluids of foreigners who may be infected.”

No shit. (Literally, touch it and die)

Ebola is spreading faster and faster in the affected African countries and the Obama Administration is worried about hurting the nearly non-existent economy of Western Africa.  Fantastic.  I’m glad the health and safety of the American people are so important.  If you were to poll this question, I’m willing to bet well over two-thirds of Americans think we should stop all non-essential (non-medical) air travel to and from Western Africa.

wpid-20140710_075207.jpgTheir excuse is that Americans have little to fear because Ebola is a disease that is difficult to spread where there are a combination of indoor plumbing and good hygiene practices taking place.  Unfortunately for me, I take the South Shore commuter train from Indiana to Chicago and back every day and there are more than a few individuals on that train who don’t practice any kind of hygiene at all.  Not too long ago, I blogged about how there was poop on the seat on one of the South Shore trains.  If you use public transit like me, you have something to be worried about. We also have a large number of Americans who are seeing their water turned off due to non-payment.  In other words, you lave large portions of some cities who are practicing hygiene as poorly as the Paulers.  Banking on American hygiene to stop the spread of this disease is a risky gamble.

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Read Pence’s Letter to Obama on Covertly Moving Illegal Immigrants into Indiana

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R)

Read Governor Mike Pence’s letter to President Obama below.  Pence states very clearly what every Republican should be saying about the crisis on our nation’s border.  Emphasis was added by me.

July 29, 2014

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama,

I am writing to express my profound concern about the federal government’s mishandling of the present crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s Southern border by the tens of thousands. The federal government has not dealt with this crisis in an effective or transparent manner with regard to the states, and I urge you to take immediate action to resolve this crisis and provide states with timely and necessary information.

In Indiana last week, we learned from media reports that more than two hundred unaccompanied children had been placed by the federal government with sponsors in our state.  Only after these media reports were published did the state receive notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that in fact 245 unaccompanied children had been placed in Indiana during the period from January 1, 2014 through July 7, 2014.  I have been informed that HHS will only provide monthly updated numbers of unaccompanied children placed in states during the first week of each month. This is unacceptable.

While we feel deep compassion for these children, our country must secure its borders and provide for a legal and orderly immigration process. Those who have crossed our border illegally should be treated humanely and with decency and respect, but they should be returned expeditiously to their home countries to be reunited with their families rather than being dispersed around the United States in sponsored placement or long-term detention facilities.  Failure to expedite the return of unaccompanied children thwarts the rule of law and will only continue to send a distorted message that illegally crossing into America is without consequence.

Indiana will be responsible for the costs of education for these unaccompanied children and perhaps other costs related to their health and welfare, and therefore, we require transparency and timely information about their placement in the state.  For example, in many districts across Indiana, the 2014-2015 school year starts in just a few days, and school officials need accurate information about unaccompanied children who will potentially be in their classrooms while placed with their sponsors.

I am also writing to formally request real-time updates of unaccompanied children placed in Indiana, both for arrivals and departures, so that our state can react appropriately without a lag of weeks in receiving this information.  I also request information related to the legal status of sponsors with whom children are being placed and the localities in which they reside.

Indiana has welcomed immigrants throughout its history and will continue to open its communities to those who legally come to America and choose to make their home in the Hoosier state.  And as you may know, I have long sought to be a constructive voice on the issue of border security and immigration reform.  During my service in Congress I proposed sensible immigration reform measures to strengthen our borders and provide new and improved ways for immigrants to legally come into our country.  What we are currently experiencing in Indiana and states across the nation as this crisis deepens, however, is neither sensible nor humane.States should not be asked by the federal government to deal with the consequences of a failed national immigration policy.

Mr. President, the federal government must move quickly to solve this crisis, and in the meantime it must be transparent with timely information to states.  I appreciate your consideration and look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

[signed]

Michael R. Pence

Governor of Indiana

I think Governor Pence hit it out of the ballpark.  Very passive-aggressive to get his point across while respecting the office of the President.

After the federal government’s bungling of Obamacare, we should all be DEEPLY concerned for the safety of the children who immigrated to the United States illegally and were dropped off by the HHS at sponsor homes across the country.  While some are worried about the children not showing up for court dates, I’m worried about the health and well-being of these children.  For all we know, they were given to fugitive child molesters, human traffickers, pimps, and MS-13 gang members.  There was no congressional oversight and no state oversight.

Yet, it’s the states who will have to clean up this mess.

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Rand Paul’s Slim Lead in 2016 Polls Is Misleading

I wrote yesterday that the polling data for the 2016 GOP nomination is almost useless due to pollsters polling so many contenders who aren’t running.  However, if there’s one bit of information we can pull from these numbers, it’s that Rand Paul is in trouble.

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Rand Paul is difficult for most Republicans to take seriously, let alone the general electorate.
Rand Paul is difficult for most Republicans to take seriously, let alone the general electorate.

Now, you might be confused.  At first glance, it looks like Rand Paul is sitting pretty good.  He’s polling strong relative to the other candidates and has a slim lead in the RCP poll of polls.  However, as I discussed in the previous article, 1/3rd of respondents in these polls (possibly more) are either undecided (12.5%) or supporting a candidate who isn’t running (20% or more).

Now, there’s no way of knowing who the remaining 1/3rd of the Republican primary voters are going to support.  However, it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of them aren’t going to support Rand Paul.  Rand Paul is not a conservative, but a radical who lacks the discipline necessary to convince Republicans (let alone the general public) that he’s the man we want in the Oval Office.  Republican primary voters are going to recognize that easily and they are going to vote against him if for no other reason than they don’t think Rand Paul can win.

The sniping between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz has been heavy since both began vying for the 2016 GOP Presidential Nomination
The sniping between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz has been heavy since both began vying for the 2016 GOP Presidential Nomination

Unfortunately for Rand Paul, he is perceived as a wacky nut job and few people outside his father’s legion of obnoxious libertarians are going to take him seriously.  And the vast majority of those voters are already supporting Rand Paul in the polls.  Rand Paul’s only hope is that Ted Cruz doesn’t run because Cruz is one of the few candidates with any large number of voters who might break for Paul.  Of course, Cruz and Paul aren’t exactly chums on the Senate floor, so Cruz might try to direct some of those votes elsewhere if he doesn’t run or drops out.

When these remaining 1/3rd of voters make up their minds or pick their second choices, it doesn’t matter who gets how many votes, Rand Paul is going to start trailing by increasing margins in these polls.  Despite all the good press Rand Paul is receiving, he is not going to be the 2016 nominee.

I think when it all plays out, Rand Paul is going to be behind Marco Rubio (or Jeb Bush), Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, and Chris Christie; putting Paul in 4th place or lower.

Sorry, Democrats.  You’re not going to be handed the next Presidential election like the last two.

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Polls for 2016 GOP Nomination Almost Unusable

Everyone wants to start polling on who the front-runners are for the 2016 Republican Nomination.  There’s just one problem: the pollsters are polling with too many candidates.  Take a look at the Real Clear Politics Poll of Polls.

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We’ve discussed this before.  Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are not BOTH going to run.  It will be one or the other.  That’s 7% to 10% for a candidate who won’t be in the race.

Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee addresses the third session of Republican National Convention in TampaFox News isn’t polling Mike Huckabee as a 2016 contender; which I assume is because it might be a conflict of interests for Fox News to be “polling for” one of its employees.  This wouldn’t be horrible, except that CNN/Opinion Research isn’t actually polling registered voters, so RCP data on Huckabee (one of the early front-runners) is shady at best.  It’s still pretty clear that Huckabee is among the front-runners, but we don’t know where among them he is with any degree of accuracy.

Paul RyanI really don’t think Paul Ryan is seriously considering a 2016 campaign, either.  It’s more likely that Representative Ryan (R-WI) is waiting for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to run for President and win the nomination; making him the next obvious choice for Governor of Wisconsin.  He’s young enough that a Presidential campaign in 10 years (12 years after running for Vice President and losing)  might be the best thing he can do.  I’m sure there are Senate contests Ryan may want to consider before jumping into the 2016 competition, too.  This just keeps his name out there and builds credibility with Wisconsin voters.  So that’s 9.3% of support that’s again going to a candidate who isn’t going to run.

Rick SantorumI also have a hard time believing Rick Santorum is seriously considering a second run for President.  Especially if Mike Huckabee runs for President in 2016, Rick Santorum won’t have a leg to stand on.  He would be reduced to attacking Huckabee and, in effect, supporting Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Jeb Bush/Marco Rubio.  All the while, he’s going to anger a lot of the Iowa evangelicals who delivered an upset victory for Santorum in 2012.  I have to believe Rick Santorum is going to end his political career on a high note if Huckabee gets in the race.

All together, we’re left with RCP polling data in which 20% or more of the respondents might as well be saying they’re voting for Darth Vader because their first choices aren’t going to be running.  Some of this 20% may very well have a more realistic second choices that are being dealt a great injustice in the polling results (Cristie, Bush, Ryan, and Huckabee the most likely victims).

That’s in addition to the 12.5% of respondents who were undecided or supporting other candidates.  All together, that’s 1/3rd of respondents saying they support a candidate who isn’t running or aren’t sure.  These problems aren’t unique to the RCP poll of polls.  They’re in every poll that’s testing all of these candidates.

Keep that in mind before using one of these polls to boast your candidate or act surprised someone else’s isn’t more popular.  You can still do some analysis on these shady numbers, but I’ll save that for tomorrow’s post.

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