What are they discussing?

Deb FischerThe information about the San Bernardino murderers continues to trickle in — now hearing about their elaborate bomb making at their home. And since all Leftists follow the Clinton mantra of “never let a crisis go to waste”, they are all of course talking about…gun control.

Because when a new married couple decides to drop their newborn off at grandmas, after setting up the remote control bomb at the house, before donning their military clothes and GoPro cameras to go slaughter innocent people, why would you want to talk about terrorism?

That’s all based on global warming…er…climate change, anyway.

Feel free to debate, as you are wont to.

In the mean time, the Commander in Chief is still trying to sort out whether this is just “workplace violence”.


Nebraska Senior Senator Deb Fischer is getting ready to don the ski-goggles and pop the champagne on the major transportation bill that she helped to draft.

Among other things, the bill looks to…

  • assist to complete the Heartland expressway
  • provide more cash or transportation in Nebraska’s urban and rural areas and improve areas for moving freight
  • expand a program for Veterans into the transportation industry
  • and it even addresses crop insurance and saves community banks
This is a major accomplishment for Fischer and should be significant help to transportation across Nebraska and across the country. Her skills as a U.S. Senator are on display in this bill.
Speaking of global warm…er…climate change, Chuck Hagel hit the pages of Politico to note that when he was in the Senate, he teamed up with Robert Byrd to halt the U.S. coal industry from getting slammed by the environmentalists Kyoto treaty.
But now on the Paris agreement? Do as Chuck say, not as Chuck do.
Hagel says bring it all baby! And no need for Congressional involvement in this one! That would only tie President Obama’s hands from making a sweet deal.
It’s somewhat amazing that he moved to Virginia and became a Democrat, eh?


Hey, Carly Fiorina will be in Omaha this Sunday to kickoff the NEGOP Booster Club.

She will be at The Old Mattress Factory in NoDo with a VIP reception at 5pm and a general reception at 6pm. Tickets are available by going to negopevent.org or to their Facebook page.

Fiorina’s poll numbers have faded a bit lately, but one has to imagine that she will be a major player in the GOP for some time to come — if not in the next Administration no matter which GOPer is in.


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  1. Sparkles says:

    It’s remarkable that after a weaponized, highly religious, American, nutball, anti-Obama, government conspiracy loon and domestic terrorist shot up a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.. nary a word about it. In fact, not a peep.
    Instead, we’re treated to a cartoon image of Ben Sasse with a beard and a story on medical marijuana.

    Now that a weaponized, highly religious, American, nutball, domestic terrorist – with a middle eastern name – shot up his workplace, the angst is palpable and we’re twice in the same day treated to this as the lead story.

  2. ‘Highly religious’ is questionable. He had some bizarre belief that as long as he had faith in God, he could do any bad things he wanted it. I am unaware of any orthodox sect of Christianity that preaches that. He was a netball with highly individual and peculiar religious set of beliefs.

    Contrast that with a terrorist atrocity that killed 5 times as many people, where the perp. was an affiliate an organized international terrorist movement, carrying guns and bombs, and essentially emulating what was done in Paris (twice), Mumbai, etc. etc..

    Comparing the two is asinine. But asininity, thy name is Sparkles.

    • Sparkles says:

      “an affiliate an organized international terrorist movement”

      According to who… Sean Hannity, Alex Jones??

      L.A. Times, 16 minutes ago –
      “Authorities believe husband and wife acted alone in massacre”

      Re Robert Dear’s religion, his former wife is on record –
      “He claims to be a Christian and is extremely evangelistic, but does not follow the Bible in his actions,” Ms. Micheau said in the court document.

      And if you want to venture into speculation, we’ll go there, from the NYT –
      “One person who spoke with him extensively about his religious views said Mr. Dear, who is 57, had praised people who attacked abortion providers, saying they were doing “God’s work.” In 2009, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of concerns for the privacy of the family, Mr. Dear described as “heroes” members of the Army of God, a loosely organized group of anti-abortion extremists that has claimed responsibility for a number of killings and bombings.”

      • CNN:
        “David Bowditch, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told reporters Thursday that Farook had traveled to Pakistan.

        And two government officials said no red flags were raised when he’d gone to Saudi Arabia for several weeks in 2013 on the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are required to take at least once in their lifetime. It was during this trip that he met Malik, a native of Pakistan who came to the United States in July 2014 on a “fiancée visa” and later became a lawful permanent resident.

        Officials had previously said neither Farook and Malik were known to the FBI or on a list of potentially radicalized people. Nor had they had any known interactions with police until Wednesday.

        Yet Farook himself had talked by phone and on social media with more than one person being investigated for terrorism, law enforcement officials said.”

      • Sparkles says:


        Your statement of Farook’s terrorist ties was definitive.

        Your ‘proof’ remains speculative and tangential.
        Which of course is more than is required for a Fox ‘News’ audience. But not in the real world.
        A Fox ‘News’ audience of whom a majority -still- believe President Obama is a muslim.

      • It’s not in the least tangential. According to the FBI, which does not stand for ‘Fox Broadcasting International’, Farook had been in contact with more than one international terrorist. He was a radicalized Islamist who watched ISIS videos. That’s more than enough to deem him affiliated.

        Contrary to what you probably believe, terrorist organizations don’t generally have membership cards or lists, or sooper-sekrit handshakes.

      • Breaking news: Tashfeen Malik, Mother in San Bernardino Massacre, Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Leader: Sources

        “Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS just before she and her husband carried out the San Bernardino massacre, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

        Malik posted a statement of support for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook “just before the attack,” one official familiar with the issue said.”

        An affiliate, Sparkles dear.

      • bynd says:

        Mr. Dear’s beliefs would have him classified as a Gnostic which is heresy to Christians and therefore, he was not a christian. Hope this helps with your thirst for accuracy and truth in your further posts about him.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      ProfGH, Agree chap was no standard denominational Christian, but he was hardly the first person to adopt weird views about faith and sin, double predestination can produce weird beliefs as can justification by faith alone and history is full of Christians with strange views about sin which usually allow an elect group freedom from risk of sin. Most belief systems are easy for a nutcase to cheery pick. Odd American Christian Nationalists bear an analogy to Islamic groups though they are home grown and not an international problem.
      IRA and various prior movements has seen their actions as expressing Catholicism whatever Vatican and Irish RC Bishops said.

      • RL; my Dad was in the IRA. It had little to do with Catholicism. Granted, my Dad was a pretty strict catholic, but his membership in the IRA was nationalistic, not religious. People who see it as a religious war don’t understand that. Yes, the IRA drew support exclusively from catholic areas, and the establishment was overwhelmingly protestant, but the issue wasn’t religion.

        He got involved with the Provos as a result of anti-catholic discrimination. So religious discrimination certainly is what set him off. But he in no way viewed his membership in the IRA as expressing his catholicism; rather, he viewed it as a way of getting the Brits out of Ireland.

        A lot of members of the Provos were committed Marxists. And the Irish Catholic bishops at one point excommunicated IRA members. The British hierarchy held that IRA membership led to automatic excommunication. (Not that anyone in Ireland cared what British bishops thought.)

        That being said, a cousin of mine, a Dominican priest, used to smuggle guns for the IRA.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        ProfGH The intertwining of religion and Irish nationalism is hardly a secret. You can find it in all the standard books on Irish and North Irish history. I suspect the religious aspect may have lost its centrality in recent years, but we could ask the Orange Lodges for their view. I also think the interrelationship between religion and nationalism is an important factor, in many modern conflicts.

      • RL. I haven’t read the standard books on Irish Nationalism. I grew up in a nationalist family, my great-uncle founded the Gaelic League and the Irish Volunteers, another cousin was a Nationalist MP, and my second great grandfather was one of Daniel O Connell’s early lieutenants. So what the fook do I know?

        Fookin eejit.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        ProfGH, What you know are family stories, like most of us. However,while your family history maybe remarkable it hardly makes you an expert beyond your father’s story which I did not challenge. I had a great great uncle who was a cardinal, hardly makes me pope. However your temper tantrums are amusing. Thanks for phonetic help with Irish accent, but hardly necessary.

      • Let me hazard a guess that RL is Irish-American. The average American knows essentially nothing about Ireland. But the average Irish-American is worse; he ‘knows’ a whole lot of nonsense.

        Note there is no acknowledgment that the Irish Catholic hierarchy has consistently condemned the IRA, and on occasion excommunicated its membership. So much for Catholicism and nationalism being intertwined.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        ProfGH, Irish American yes, ignorant perhaps, but I mentioned Church opposition to IRA and groups that wet before. I even know who Cardinal Cullen was, and like Irish American Catholics of my age I like you was a victim of his model of piety. I do think your desire to separate the Church tradition from Nationalism, while probably a current reality, is historically inaccurate and says more about your attitude toward the Church and sympathy for Nationalism. I do know of Protestant Nationalism, but that largely disappeared in the 19th century, did it not.

  3. Macdaddy says:

    Wow, a Paris-style Islamic terrorist attack happened in the US. Now who would have thought that could happen? Obviously not Obama. BTW, when informed about the attacks, did Hillary ask if her designer drapes had come in?

    Oh. One more thing. I told you so.

  4. And by the way, RL, you should take a close look at the complete rejection of the Catholic Church that has happened in Ireland in the last 30 years. The Catholic hierarchy consistently sided expediently with the establishment, be it British or Irish. When the pedophilia and other child abuse scandals were finally dredged up, the entire nation decided it had had enough.

    We remain the only nation that has legalized gay marriage by popular vote. And a significant part of that vote was motivated by a desire to stick it in the eye of the holy Roman catholic and apostolic.

  5. repentinglawyer says:

    ProfGH, I am familiar with the history of modern Catholicism in Ireland and agree with your description. I do think there may be an urban versus small town-rural split, which would put Ireland in line with pattern in other European Countries. Not there is talk of another change in the abortion article of the Constitution.

  6. Lil Mac says:

    Americans are dangerously naïve. — Farook had no criminal record, was not under scrutiny. No gun control laws can stop such a Muslim being Muslim. And I ought to know. Most of my family lives in a place that has suffered Islam’s bloodletting since before 1400. I spent much of my life in the Third World, years in the Middle East.

    While some come here to esoterically expound on the Treaty of Westphalia, I remember Moslems in Saville suits puking-drunk during Ramadan. While some speak of Islam as they would a local church, I remember sharia law being enforced on the street. And it sure as hell wasn’t Leavenworth Street.

    An academic education is only the skeletal structure for an adult mind. Frankly, I find more pertinent fleshly grasp in RWP who grew up in a nation where killing for religion and for policy is intermixed in a bloody mélange that leaves one contemplating it at funeral parlors over dead friends. That is all too similar to my experience. Yet that gives one an insight into Islam that almost all Americans lack.

    Worse, Americans are ignorant of the very nature of their own freedom. Freedom of opinion, voting, separation of church and state, are not universal or normal. Like native language speakers ignorant of the rules of grammar, Americans are ignorant of how freedom works. We as infidel cannot appreciate Islam by feel or guesswork. It is too foreign, its underpinnings so very unlike ours. However, the seminal difference isn’t complicated. It is just politically incorrect. To wit:

    That which Americans value most, individual will, is antithetical to Islam.

    The U. S. Constitution is the fruition of two thousand years of Western social evolution. Separation of church from state and the entrenchment of the individual as a willful voter forcibly pulled “god’s will” out of government and replaced it with individual reason in every voting booth.

    Western freedom’s evolution grew slowly, with much bloodletting, from Greek philosophy and Roman law, through millennia of the feudal, the national, to the rational, all laid gingerly upon a template of a secular Gethsemane “choosing” non-violent cheek turning—all utterly not the Middle East experience.

    Democratic and Republican Presidents have tried to create democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is like trying to feed a camel through its back end. Most well educated Americans are today still trying to call Muslims who try to live up to Mohammad’s bloody example, “radical”.

    • Sparkles says:

      “Democratic and Republican Presidents have tried to create democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

      Simply not true.
      President Obama operated under no such.. delusion.
      The moronically naive purple finger propaganda was an exclusive product of the neocon (wherein ‘con’ takes on new meaning) GW Bush administration.
      Even GHW recognized the folly of democratizing a 3rd world muslim nation and wisely brought our troops home, post-haste.

      You people really need to stop rewriting history to conform to your ideology.

      And no matter the vitriol from the right that is certain increase in volume and fervor in the coming weeks, Islam will remain as it has been for millennia, a religion of peace.

      • bynd says:


        Speaking of delusional.
        “Both former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have praised Baghdad’s embrace of the democracy the U.S. peddled, but Obama’s more hands-off policy toward the Middle East now allows him to accept more easily the local flavor of Abadi’s proposals. ”

        Please excuse the cut and paste. But it keeps Sparkles on topic and not trying to shoot the messenger.

        I could post more, but it would just be over kill and kicking a Sparkles dead horse over and over again. And most telling, Obama’s support of the Arab spring that he saw as bringing Democracy to all the Middle East. Even while failing, he kept his inept policy.

  7. Spectator says:

    Sparkles, I hope that you and your fellow-thinkers please keep reiterating that:

    — Islam is religion of peace
    — belief in or action that adheres to Matthew 19 is a hate crime
    — federal law mandates that persons with intact male parts share locker-room showers with middle-school and high-school females

    The smug notion on your side that “there aren’t enough white people” to save the GOP will be proven wrong before you know it.

    Not even your beloved millenials and minorities will swallow all of that whole (have you looked at the percentage of white voters in Houston?). And your side is dancing pretty far out on the “Romney maxed out the white vote in 2012” limb if you think you can coddle Islam and (more or less) criminalize Christianity and survive politically.

    Good luck though. Please keep it going.

    • Sparkles says:

      As of this morning –
      Donald P Barnum – 36%
      Ted Cruz 16%
      Ben Carson 14%

      Please continue to hold out hope that angry old white people will carry the GOP to victory.
      Please continue to imagine that the fundamentalist religious beliefs of the 1950’s and social issues embraced by an ever shrinking minority will lead you to the White House.
      On many issues of great significance, you’ve lost your own Pope!

      Please continue to ignore demographics.
      Please continue to ignore the insight of your own party’s leaders. The handful of sane GOP insiders who are officially in a “panic” as Donald P. Barnum continues his dominance. Fearful his primary nod would lead to devastation down-ballot.
      And it is these sage, respected, seasoned GOP party leaders who fear only one thing more than The Donald. That one thing is the man I predict will secure the GOP nod, Ted Cruz.

      • Spectator says:

        Houston. A Democratic city, a minority city.
        It wasn’t just your angry old white people rejecting hyper-aggressive secularism, it was Democrats, Hispanics and African-Americans.
        Keep mandating co-ed showers for teenage girls.
        Keep fining Christians and running them out of business for believing that humans were created male and female.
        Keep defending Islam.
        Keep taking away any wiggle room from your candidates on stuff that no rational adult will embrace.
        39% is about right.

  8. “And no matter the vitriol from the right that is certain increase in volume and fervor in the coming weeks, Islam will remain as it has been for millennia, a religion of peace.”

    It’s only existed for one millennium and a bit, ignoramus. And you might want to look up the history of the numerous invasions of Europe, India and North Africa by your ‘religion of peace’.

    Your complete denial of reality is staggering.

    • Sparkles says:

      De Lacy Evans O’Leary.
      Born in 1872. His family was Irish Catholics of Limerick, and included one of the generals in Wellington’s Peninsular Campaign.
      Brought up as a Roman Catholic, he converted to the Anglican Church of Ireland in his youth.

      De Lacy O’Leary in the book “Islam at the cross road” (Page 8):
      “History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myth that historians have ever repeated.”

    • Sparkles says:

      September 17, 2001 –
      “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it’s important for my fellow Americans to understand that..

      ..The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”
      – George W. Bush

      Even George W was mature enough and wise enough not hand victory to a gang of violent fanatics by conflating the religion of Islam with terrorism.
      This is exactly the reason President Obama doesn’t use the term “radical Islamic terrorists”. Doing so would be aiding the terrorists in attaining their goal!
      Aiding terrorists, just as every GOP nominee for President does on a daily basis by uttering buffoonish things like we’ll “bomb the shit” out them – or – “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.”

      These terrorist acts are a perversion of religion just as the acts of “highly evangelistic” Robert Lewis Dear, fan of the radical Army of God, are a perversion of the Christian faith.
      Just as the Westboro Baptist Church is perversion of anything resembling a Church.

      • bynd says:


        Wow this hurts. I agree with your perversion assessments. But if your biggest concern is with those running for GOP president and what they say, rather than the commander in chief calling his enemy the JV, telling the world they are contained and then saying these mass murders only happen in the US, you need to get your head screwed on straighter. On the last one, is the President that ignorant or that much of a liar in chief? Either way, it is beyond embarrassing. He is truly the real buffoon.

      • So we’re supposed to believe Islam is a religion of peace because GWB said it?


        I suggest you look at a map of current world conflicts (wikipedia has a map) and overlay it with a map of the regions Islam is a majority religion or a substantial religious minority.

  9. repentinglawyer says:

    Prof GH, I would note that most Islamic areas were ruled by the West long after the Islamic threat receded from Europe, and much of that conquest was in the golden age of missions. What the politics of the Middle East would be without that history is an interesting counter factual. We live where we are. Little Mac is right that democracy without a lot of preconditions is a monster. However the Tiger Mom wrote a fine book on that and that was a part of Scocroft’s opposition to invasion of Iraq, which left you not one of his fans. We went ahead with the neocon fantasy of Iraq as a kind of island of our value from where it would leak into the rest of the Arab World. Now have to deal with the results. I suspect for most Muslims their religion is a religion of peace and comfort, that is true of the ones I know, but most of them are MDs and PhDs in an academic setting. There are part of the tradition that appeal to the angry, the disaffected, and the ambitious. Debates about religion of peace do not change that reality. Care is required but I do not see that antiMuslim rhetoric does much good.

  10. Ed Stevens says:

    And now for something completely different … my Ad-Blocker blocked eleven (count ’em – eleven) ads on L Street just now … and that doesn’t count the two or three it missed. You must be doing something right, Sweeper … the digital Madison Avenue crowd is beginning to throng on Leavenworth. Kudos.

  11. Faux Farm Bureau says:

    I sure am glad we endorsed Ben Sasse early. He really has come through for us on important issues like roads in Nebraska. What? He voted against the road bill???? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sparkles says:

      There are some truly dazzling quotes associated with the bill, for example:

      “the bill uses about $70 billion in mostly budget gimmicks”

      “It also directs the sale of 66 millions of barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to raise $6.5 billion”

      and an unrelated, but related article: “U.S. Oil Prices Hit Fresh Six-Year Low, Dipping Below $40 a barrel”
      It one were seeking to buy high and sell low, they couldn’t have timed it more perfectly.

      Then again, there are those pesky “budget gimmicks” we were warned of –
      “The catch is the sales (oil reserve) don’t start until 2023 — three years after the transportation bill it helps pay for has expired.”

      Makes one wonder which are the gimmicks for which Ms. Fischer is to be so proud?

      • bynd says:


        First transportation bill since 2008 that wasn’t a stop gap patch job. Which means, Harry Reid never passed one. Just as Harry Reid never did a budget a bill. Longest transportation bill in 17 years. And there’s Sparkles, nit picking what her folks couldn’t do. You are a hoot. Go lick your wounds else where. Your getting blood on this site. RFLMAO

  12. Seriously. If I wanted to read Sparkles’ cut and paste of thinkprogress.org talking points, I’d read them there.

    Besides, the man’s a demonstrable imbecile. And by ‘man’, I mean ‘thing’. Is he perhaps Ricky Fulton’s dumber brother?

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