Pat Buchanan on 'An Establishment in Panic' (Yes, the liberals)

An Establishment in Panic
By Pat Buchanan

JULY 8, 2011 - via Pulse: 

... Is fanaticism behind this stance? Does this manifest insanity? How does this imperil the nation's honor and future? 

Behind the GOP opposition to tax hikes is the party's word given to the country that elected it in 2010, its political principles, its traditional view of what not to do when the nation is in a slump, and party history. 

Fully 235 Republican House members signed a 2010 pledge not to raise taxes. And by giving their word they were rewarded with victory. 

Pat Buchanan can be a bit frustrating for those of us living outside the bubble of DC and the liberal media. He is always on the Morning Joe program on MSNBC, after all, and not exactly sticking out all the time next to the sometimes seemingly overmedicated Mika, the liberal, and Joe, the... whatever. Call him the usually reserved camp counselor of morning TV. But Mr. Buchanan nails it like Mark Levin at times.  

The above quote comes as part of a good read by Buchanan, a clear and rational response to the NYTimes' (fake fiscal conservative) David Brooks' crazed attack on the GOP this week in the Old, Gray Madam. Buchanan notes several other columnists' exaggerated adjective-filled attacks on the Republicans for their daring to force Obama to back away from tax increases.

Read it. Dammit! Read it, you suicide-pact terrorist, far-right, big business fascist Nazi mercenary!!! 

- jR

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SO, WHEN DO THE TRIALS START? ATF, DOJ sting allowed Mexican cartels to buy US guns

You've no doubt heard something about this: guns were allowed to enter Mexico, as part of a sting operation run by the US government, and were acquired by drug cartels. The guns were being traced, or tracked, but it seems a majority of them were lost track of. So much for that idea.

This will likely be a story that is serious enough to influence the 2012 election. I believe that it will affect the Dept. of Justice beforehand. I expect it to be a topic raised during the campaign to question Obama's leadership and judgement as president, unless he convincingly had nothing to do with this crazy -- and very mismanaged -- sting.

The sting is already a serious story, but it is still taking shape. At the least, my hope is that this miserable gunrunning program will force some healthy changes in both ATF and DOJ.

The ATF, more formally known as BATFE -- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- is under the Dept. of Justice. (The FBI is its bigger, more famous, brother law enforcement agency.) The sting shows a need for change in the leadership of DOJ and ATF.

So far, the story goes like this: Your national government has been requiring border agents to permit guns to get into the hands of vicious killers in Mexico. A large number of these apparently "traced" guns were quickly lost track of. Hundreds, it seems.

The ATF sanctioned this effort -- as a sting against the cartels, allegedly -- to allow guns to be purchased by the drug cartels and cross the border.

Some ATF agents didn't like this, on a variety of levels -- including ethics, vow to country and good old pride in one's work -- and some spoke out amongst one another. One agent, a senior one assigned to the southwestern border, became the central voice to go public with objections.

That agent, Vince Cefalu, decided to blow the whistle, to make his strong disagreements public, after one of these ATF-"tracked" guns was pointed at an American, and its target was taken down. That was simply the last straw for the agent. He first spoke about the sting in December of 2010.

It was not a drunken American tourist who stumbled into a firefight that this ATF-sanctioned cartel gun aimed at: it was an American law enforcement agent. Yes, a gun that slipped by our ATF, with the support of an ATF program, was involved in some way in the shooting death of a border agent. A cruel twist if there ever were one. (Would it be considered friendly fire? No way, that's going too far, but it comes close enough that it disgusts me.)

Who knew what in the DOJ's top offices and among the Obama's administration other heavies, and why such a poorly managed, high-risk program was permitted, is going to be a story for a while. It could prove to be the biggest federal law enforcement scandal in years. It isn't Ruby Ridge or Branch Davidian big, but it is big. I hope it doesn't get to be that big, or worse, which it has the potential for.

The media isn't doing much with it yet. Some are ignoring it, while broadcast media's conservative pundits are bringing it up. I don't know how the left-leaning media majority will handle it when the facts come more to the forefront.

But the media, those with any journalistic integrity and objectivity, will not be able to remain so strongly on Obama's side for 2012 as in 2008. He has a very apparent record now. And his pre-2009 record glows with statements contrary to his presidential record.

This gunrunning story may help demonstrate, to anyone not still getting drunk off the hope and change KoolAid, of his lack of skill as a real world -- rather than a campaign or academic -- leader. Oh, and there is this, too: the whistleblower agent has been fired from the BATFE. So the story is going nowhere. And it certainly shouldn't be ignored by any media outlets.
-jR (aka @AirFarceOne on Twitter)

(Thanks to Drudge Report, where I saw something on this in June, and to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly for interviewing the whistleblower agent in late June.)

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Is Climate Change Going to Save the Planet from the Left?

Whether man does more than we should to cause global temps to change or not, we cannot change the inevitable natural shifts. It seems that those are not under our control. If we were all dead tomorrow, that would help. I am not proposing that as a solution, though. 

I like the idea of solar and wind power. I am just not that into killing birds by the thousands with giant propellers, or having to stop eating meat and vegetables in order to afford solar cells on my place. We have it good, too many folks in the world don't. But making our lives more expensive isn't going to benefit the struggling people in Africa, or here. 

Why do far-left, mood-politicking blowhards think it will? Do they even care about the poor while they are ranting about evil fossil energies? Would that be too much in one thought stream? Seem to me that raising the cost of everything here will just make things less possible in other areas, economically strangling someone is not the way to improve the lot of the poor.  

Al Gore, the former senator (allegedly from Tennessee, but c'mon, he was more Washington insider than anything), and former US VP turned POTUS candidate, was an exaggerative cad in his often mocked, hilariously Nobel-winning, Gaia-worshipping dork-u-mentary. I mean, people! he is living on a rising-tides-endangered coast today - in swanky Malibu, no less. (And he is single, ladies!)  

Usefully informed people no longer trust Gore, nor the agendas of left-leaning sci pubs such as "Scientific American", for their politics-driven climate and other, less than scientific, tactics. At least I hope they don't. (I don't short Sci Am for other coverage, but its climate approach has come off as not much science and much science-politics.)

It seems another consensus regarding the weather is upon us, recently reaching a broad recognition among the liberal media machine. Newsbusters has noticed: "Media, Politicians Drop 'Global Warming' in Favor of 'Climate Change'." (via Newsbusters blog post: here )

Newsbusters, I presume, is noticing a trend in the majority, recently. For some, man-made change believers and not, it has been 'climate change' for a while, perhaps even for "Gore-bots". 

The liberal-media-watchdog site offered some examples, in the linked story, of when the MSM attacked when folks were not on the warming wagon. And other fun bits of "snarkiness". 

Media and Politicians Drop 'Global Warming' in Favor of 'Climate Change'

Over the past three years, the number of believers in anthropogenic ... Read more

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