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The Watchers’ Council: What do you think about the Speaker of The House Controversy?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

I am honored to be invited to join the Watcher of Weasels, and have gladly accepted. Here’s today’s forum: What do you think about the Speaker of The House Controversy?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What do you think about the Speaker of The House Controversy?

 Maggie’s Notebook : Grateful and thankful that we have a chance of moving Boehner out of Congress.

I am against anyone currently in leadership staying in leadership.

I say ‘no’ Paul Ryan. For all his fiscal creds, his voting record hasn’t led us to fiscal change. His position on illegal immigrants and his push for amnesty should take him off the list for any conservative’s choice for Speaker. Some reports are saying that the Freedom Caucus will support Ryan. Discouraging, if true. I haven’t seen a move in the Freedom Caucus position away from Daniel Webster, but perhaps that’s coming.

Webster’s voting record is not as conservative as Jason Chaffetz,’ but Chaffetz removed a House chairman for voting against Boehner. He corrected his mistake, so there’s that. Perhaps what the Freedom Caucus sees in Webster is integrity. We could certainly use some integrity. Someone who will actually allow bills to get to the floor. Someone who will not make secret deals.

Marsha Blackburn has been endorsed by the American Conservative Union (ACU), but she jumped out and supported Kevin McCarthy without giving any time for other candidates to make a decision to step forward. Why would Marsha Blackburn support Kevin McCarthy, and do it so quickly? I say ‘no’ to Marsha Blackburn.

Would love to see Jim Jordan in the position, but that isn’t going to happen, apparently. No one in the House has more courage than Jim Bridenstine. He’s smart, convicted and principled. He is probably the ‘Ted Cruz’ of the House, hated for being smart, convicted and principled.

I hear pundits referring to the Freedom Caucus as “crazies,” “radicals,” “out of touch.” I suggest we all try to get in touch with the Freedom Caucus and do what we can do to keep them focused on “freedom.” Let them know we support them. If Ryan runs, and the FC doesn’t support him, we have to hope the FC is strong enough to stare it down, and find the votes it needs.

There’s talk of electing someone from outside of Congress. I’ve heard former Senator Tom Coburn’s name mentioned. While I’m sure he is a good man, and I know he is fiscally very conservative, I can remind some of statements he has made that make a conservative see red. I don’t want Coburn for Speaker and am doubtful he would accept anyway. Newt Gingrich? Moderates would never turn-over power to Newt.

The media talks about “uniting.” Republicans and Democrats talk about “uniting.” We are at a crossroads. We cannot unite behind a debt ceiling increase without making the necessary cuts to pay for the increase. Cuts in the past have been few, and done nothing to solve the problem. Is there a uniter to get serious about stupid spending? There are several, if given the chance.

May God bless the man or woman who steps into this important position, because he/she will need the blessings to stay strong and principled.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Oh, it’s hardly a controversy – or chaos. As Skippy Waynewright points out, it’s democracy baby.

“GOP, which has within it a steep disagreement about tactics, priorities, pace, and style, has decided to settle some of those questions through an authentic democratic process. There is, apparently, going to be a real race for the speaker’s gavel, rather than a negotiated settlement among party leaders organized around the question of whose turn it is. A real democratic fight instead of a backroom party-machine process.”

Personally hoping for a ‘radical conservative’ to get the gig. Many of of them in the Freedom Caucus haven’t been in DC for long and that is a good thing. That insurgency — “a force that moves conservative policy making away from donor service and toward genuine reform — rather than the purely nihilistic force they often threaten to become” is what is needed . And now.

Congressman Barry Loudermilk from Georgia looks really cool in that regards.

Since the Speaker doesn’t have to be in Congress, GOP insurgents could try for and insurgent from else where. SEN Mike Lee (UT) or SEN Ted Cruz (TX) or even ancient cats like former Congressman Newt Gingrich may be just what GOP needs.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason :Conservatives in the Republican Party are making their voices heard.  In spite of the establishment’s unwillingness to accept the fact that those who make up the Freedom Caucus truly represent the majority of their Republican constituents, they must acknowledge the momentum that has been building as conservative voters, through their elected Representatives, are taking control of the party.  In 2014, Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his primary bid for re-election by Tea Party challenger David Brat.  Speaker Boehner is stepping down and retiring and this week Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his bid for Speaker. We should recognize these events as victories for the conservative movement.

The American people delivered the Senate and the House to the Republican Party on their promises of restoring the balance of power, repealing Obamacare, curtailing out of control spending and regulations, and shrinking the size of government.  We intend for those promises to be kept and are extremely dissatisfied with the leadership in the party.  While I do not know who will be chosen as the new Speaker of the House this is an opportunity for the Freedom Caucus conservatives to challenge the establishment Republicans to represent all of us.  Whoever is chosen, it is good the Republicans are taking note that they serve at the pleasure of we the people and have come to understand the people are not pleased.

JoshuaPundit: A couple of things that show the state of affairs….

First of all, it should be noted that Rep. McCarthy was entirely correct in what he said, unfortunately phrased as it was.  It was the Benghazi committee that broke the scandal of Mrs. Clinton’s illegal server and her violation of the Official Records Act wide open, and yes, that did affect her poll numbers.

Even most conservative congressmen whom were interviewed gave McCarthy high marks for his willingness to meet with them and work with them (unlike Boehner), and there’s a possibility that he just might have  been a decent Speaker. But when Hillary and her media sycophants started whining about the Great Rightwing Conspiracy, instead of rallying around McCarthy and hitting back at this falsehood they cheerfully threw him to the wolves. Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment seems to be just a distant memory.

Further proof of this is the fact that all kinds of conservative members of the House are now lobbying for the job instead of meeting behind closed doors and rallying behind one candidate. This display of childish ego is exactly why Boehner wasn’t tossed out months before. The opposition was split among many different candidates and they all lost.

I’m honestly not certain where things go from here, and of course the president and his creatures are running rampant and chortling with glee as they continue to destroy the Republic.

I’m not certain the  GOP caucus is actually interested in stopping this rot, but if they are, they need to find a small cubbyhole or a hotel hall to meet and thrash some strategy out amongst themselves, including whom the next Speaker will be.

One person they ought to consider IMO is Newt Gingrich. If nothing else, he’s articulate, smart, has balls of brass and a track record of success in dealing with a dysfunctional Democrat president. They could do far worse.

The Razor : I can’t believe I vote for this party. It’s like the our representatives are arguing about what color to paint the walls of a house that’s on fire. Putin is reimagining a victorious Soviet Union. Eurabia is in full swing. China is picking off our Asian allies, and the Democrats are worried about what the weather’s going to be like in 2100. People miss Reagan but at this point I’d take a Jack Kemp, a Bob Dole or any Republican from the Reagan era. Grown ups, not these children that we are stuck with. If I didn’t think the Democrats were keen on making America commit suicide because of global warming, slavery, or some such shame du jour I’d vote third party. But since the Democrats are as psychotic as the Republicans are petty, I’ll just utter an ancient curse when I cast my vote.

   Well, there you have it.

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Argentina: Los Abandonados, the movie I want to see but can’t find. UPDATE: FOUND!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015


Website: Los Abandonados Movie

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Prior post:

Frances Martel writes about a new documentary, Los Abandonados (The Abandoned),

As Americans reflect on months at the negotiating table with Ali Khamenei, the new filmLos Abandonados (“The Abandoned”) demands a deeper look at another Iran deal: the one Argentina made to absolve the perpetrators of the largest terrorist attack in their history.

Part historical account and part spy novel, Los Abandonados tells the story of the death of Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor who was found dead of a gunshot to the head the day before he was to testify to Congress. He was to accuse President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of making a secret deal with the Iranian government to protect Hezbollah-linked terrorists. The terrorists in question are the orchestrators of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA), the worst terror attack in Argentina’s history and the worst attack on the Western Hemisphere prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Readers of this blog know that I’ve been following the Nisman story, so I’m keenly interested in seeing the film.

However, it has no IMDB listing, movie times, or official website that I could find. It does have a YouTube channel.

Any information on where it’s playing will be greatly appreciated.

Coming soon to a hemisphere near you

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

I’m not sure in exactly what form, or exactly when, but in our connected world, there are storm clouds gathering:

1. International Geopolitics Abhors a Vacuum

You don’t have to be a supporter of Putin’s domestic to recognize that he is successfully expanding Russia’s influence and strengthening his country’s global position, while Obama has thoroughly squandered American prestige, abandoned allies, embraced our enemies, and reduced American influence to third-rate status.

2. Putin doesn’t have a strong hand, but it’s strong enough to exploit the weakness that Obama projects

3. Putin wants to humiliate Obama with airstrikes in Syria

But Putin sees a necessity in humiliating the United States. That’s business. And yet, despite Putin’s obviousness, the White House team and its acolytes publicly scratch their heads and other body parts, saying, “We’re not certain what the Russians intend.”

4. In Obama’s world posturing is enough to produce an conclusive result. That may be, but Obama is actively working towards a conclusive result in other areas. I have stated several times that I fully expect Obama to cede Guantanamo to Cuba. You can be sure Putin and the Castros already are planning to gain from that eventuality. Or do you really believe Putin wasn’t listening when John Kerry declared “The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over”?

Lest you find me unduly alarmist, my gut tells me that, once a Russian three star general warns US officials ‘we request your people leave’, all bets are off.


And remember the signing amount of $100 billion Obama administration released to Iran for agreeing to the Nuclear Deal? Russia is getting a big chuck of that money. Tehran is ordering missile equipment as well as satellite and space technology worth $21 billion from Moscow.

During the spring of 2011, two Iranian Hezbollah operatives were conducting terror training on Venezuela’s Margarita Island for persons brought there from other countries in the Latin America.


Another storm cloud, which may or may not be catching Putin’s attention, is the Colombia/FARC agreement. Alvaro Uribe sums it up in one tweet:
I helped elect Santos in 2010 and he brings terrorists to power, buried our policies that elected him, and offers me a guaranteed jail sentence.”

Uribe may prove to be an optimist.

Colombia is Latin America’s third-largest economy. If the FARC is legitimized, all sorts of hell is going to break lose.


In a lighter mode, The Art of Manliness has How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide

“The State Department has—but is not releasing”

Friday, September 25th, 2015

“The State Department has—but is not releasing”: Imagine what things would be like with a Clinton back in the White House.

Read my article here.

Carly 1, Trump 0

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Trump had asked, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president!?” The Fiorina campaign’s answer was a most resounding “YES.”

Read my article, Carly 1, Trump 0.

Liz Mair writes, Don’t Listen To Trump: Here’s the Truth About Carly Fiorina’s Business Record

What about the Trump/Ramos thing?

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The bottom line:
In the battle of the egos, they each got out of it exactly what they wanted.

And, by the way, Univision’s influence in the Latino news market is vastly overrated, and it’s not even owned or controlled by Lateenos.

According to this study by the Pew Research Center, 82% of Hispanics consume news media in English, while the number who do so in Spanish decreases. Likewise,

The rise in use of English news sources has been driven by an increase in the share of Hispanics who say they get their news
exclusively in English. According to the survey,
one-third (32%) of Hispanic adults in 2012 did this, up from 22% in 2006. By contrast, the share of Hispanic adults who get their news exclusively in Spanish has decreased to 18% in 2012 from 22% in 2006.

We’ll have Trump for a long, long while

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

We’ll have Trump for a long, long while, because -among other reasons – he’s useful to the media.

Read my post here.

Don’t call that a debate

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Fox had the Republican presidential candidates last night; my impressions on it here.

And please Don’t call that a debate, it was a forum.

Puerto Rico: A few thoughts on the economic crisis

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

As you already know, Puerto Rico has run up enough debt to become the Greecespot of the Caribbean, which could have been averted, as former governor Luis Fortuño explained yesterday,

Fortuño was governor from 2008 to 2012, and lost since he insisted on doing what needed to be done. Listen to this 2011 interview with John Stossel,

The debt is only part of the problem,

and includes the staggering failure to adequately account for revenues and expenditures

which points to serious structural problems the current governor, Alejandro García Padilla, is not addressing, asking instead bondholders to “share the sacrifices.”

Here’s the situation as I see it:

It is not in García Padilla’s interest to improve the economy

García Padilla’s administration relies heavily on a large bureaucracy, and he knows his predecessor was voted out of office for trying to reduce it. Estimates show that the government of Puerto Rico has 160,000 employees too many. That’s enough of a voter base to keep him in office.

If the U.S. refills the ATM, García Padilla will claim credit for it; if the U.S. doesn’t, he has someone to blame.

And don’t forget that García Padilla and other commonwealth supporters lost miserably during the last plebiscite, when statehood won by approx. 60%. For as long as Puerto Rico remains in a financial swamp, García Padilla knows the question of statehood will be dismissed with “And They Want to Be a State?”
(Or as Ed Koch put it, “The People have spoken … and they must be punished.”)

Again, it is not in García Padilla’s interest to improve the economy.

SCOTUS upholds Obamacare subsidies

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Hardly surprising,

Add one to the Capt. Louis Renault file:

My out of pocket under Obamacare is close to $10,000. Anyone supporting this can all go to h*** as far as I’m concerned.

In another decision, lawyers stand to make a bundle, Supreme Court Upholds Tool for Fighting Housing BiasOutcome means fair-housing lawsuits can proceed without proof of intentional discrimination

Allahpundit expected the Obamacare decision, too: “It was already here to stay no matter how the Court ruled today.