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It’s being reported this morning that President Obama didn’t know the NSA was spying on our allies.

He didn’t know about the Fast & Furious gun-running.

He didn’t know that the IRS was illegally targeting conservatives.

He didn’t know that they needed help in Benghazi.

He didn’t know the NSA was spying on all of us.

He didn’t know that his Obamacare web site wouldn’t work.

He learns of all these things in the paper, just like you and me.

I just want to know who’s in charge.

-Kathy

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I don’t often put stock in conspiracy theories.  But I do have a very healthy skepticism about any politician whose lips are moving.  And whenever unusual things happen in Washington, I can’t help but wonder what we don’t see going on behind the scenes.  Politicians are naturally deceptive creatures.  They will hold up a shiny object in one hand and demand we all look at it.  All the while, with their other hand, they are picking our pockets or signing away our liberty.

Today we are still watching as President Obama battles Congress and public opinion to use military force in Syria.  Come on, how weird is that?  Obama castigated President Bush for military actions in the Middle East.  He was the guy who was going to end it all and bring peace.  He could use his words to end the discord.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize before he ever did a thing but get elected.

But now he finds himself seemingly on the wrong side of this argument.  How the heck does this happen?

Nothing of this magnitude just happens in Washington.  Those in charge use constant polling of public opinion and know who they can and can’t count on in Congress.  I reject the idea that any of this is a surprise to our president and members of his administration.  It’s just impossible for that to happen.

And if that’s the case, why is all this going on?  Why are we having such a public discussion?  Why is the president on the side we didn’t expect him to be on?

Could it be the shiny object?  Congress returns today.  Prior to problems with Syria, the two big items waiting for members of Congress were the immigration bill and funding the government.  These are both hot button issues, but we have not been talking about them, have we?  While our representatives were home and holding their town hall meetings, we were not demanding they oppose amnesty or withhold funding for Obamacare.  We were too busy demanding they not get us into a no-win situation in the Middle East.

Could it be that the Obama administration did not want the news filled with videos from town hall meetings showing constituents demanding their representatives vote against amnesty and against Obamacare?  Did they want to steer the conversation in another direction, thereby providing cover for members of Congress?  Both these issues are vitally important to this administration.  How far would they be willing to go?

President Obama didn’t have to do this.  There is enough gray area about who exactly used those chemical weapons.  We are not the only country on the planet opposed to these weapons.  And as for the military “strategy” proposed?  It’s quite laughable.  Should it even be believed?  Do Barack Obama and John Kerry have an ounce of credibility promoting war?

I could be all wrong about this.  Who knows?  But it nags at me.  After all, how much of a price will Obama pay for this down the road?  The accepted talking point is that if he loses this battle with Congress that he will be ineffective for the remainder of his presidency.  Really?  Do you honestly believe our fawning, compliant media would turn on him?  I don’t.

And if he wins the amnesty vote, installing tens of thousands of new lifetime democrat voters, and he wins the last chance against stopping Obamacare, setting the nation irreversibly on the road to socialism, what else is there?  What else does he need to accomplish?

His level of effectiveness won’t matter then, with or without the media’s blessing.  He will have already achieved his objectives.

-Kathy

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Well, it looks like we’re going to war in Syria now.  According to official leaks, tomorrow is the big day.

Has anyone heard yet what side we’re going to be on – Hezbollah or Al Qaeda?

-Kathy

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For nearly 3 decades Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt.  He wasn’t always our favorite guy, but he kept his country relatively peaceful and probably more importantly, he kept the peace with Israel.  America rewarded him with friendly relations and cash.

Then came the Arab Spring.  While many of us had grave concerns about the uprising, America’s leaders embraced the movement and the revolutions.  President Obama supported Mubarak’s ousting and called for a “free and fair” election.

Well, that free and fair election put Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi, in power.  In spite of his known ties to terrorism, our leaders said they would work with him.

That is, until the people of Egypt decided he had to go too.  Egypt’s military moved in and took over the government in a military coup.

Except our leaders don’t call it a coup.  They can’t.  We have a law that says we don’t give aid to countries that have been taken over in a military coup and they don’t want to stop the aid.  So President Obama says the situation is “complex” and it was “the military’s intervention.”  Our Secretary of State, John Kerry, said Egypt’s military was “restoring democracy.”

So I guess our official position is that we support that thing that was kind of like a coup, but not really.

Now the streets are on fire in Cairo.  The military has moved in on protesting Morsi supporters.  It’s being reported that over 600 are dead and thousands are wounded.  Today, the Muslim Brotherhood is holding a “Day of Rage” so don’t look for conditions to improve there.

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Man wounded in Cairo clash

Burnt out St. Moussa Church in Cairo

Burnt out St. Moussa Church in Cairo

I don’t know that it matters, but as an American citizen I’m confused about who my country supports in all this.  We like the leaders who keep the outside appearance of peace even if they trample what we consider to be civil rights in order to do so.

Then we say we support democratic rule and elections by the people.  But when they make what we believe to be the wrong choice, we play along only until we don’t have to.

Then we’re free to support a military take-over as long as we don’t call it what it is.  That is, until there is bloodshed and people are dying in the streets.

Now what?

I think we ought to get out of the way and let these people work out their own problems.  We would like to transfer American values and an American point of view on others who simply don’t share either of these with us.  Our meddling too often leads to more problems.  Especially when we can’t make up our minds.

Until we figure out just whose side we’re on, and are willing to make it official, perhaps we would be best to keep our opinions to ourselves.  As long as we continue to play the part of fair-weather friend, America’s relevance and influence in the region will continue to diminish.

-Kathy

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Last night, the Treasury Department (the soon-to-be enforcers of our healthcare) posted an announcement on their website about Obamacare.

“The Administration is announcing that it will provide an additional year before the ACA mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements begin.”

Everyone has been scrambling, trying to figure out how to comply with the law and come up with the money to pay for that compliance, with little direction from the government that imposed it on us.  Implementation is just months away and no one seems to know what to do.  The exchanges promised by the government are still not set up and the law is still being written, as so much was left by Congress to be up to the “discretion” of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.

It’s contributing to unemployment, as companies large and small look for ways to avoid being penalized.  The nation is engaged in a giant game of hot potato.  No one wants to get stuck paying the bill.

The Obama administration, who have loudly been touting Obamacare as “the law of the land,” now seems like it doesn’t want to comply with it either.  Everyone, including some on the left, are calling the entire thing a “trainwreck.”    So, as has become a habit now, the administration is picking another portion of another law that it doesn’t like and announcing that they simply won’t enforce it.

Businesses are to get a free ride for another year.  We won’t have to watch that trainwreck happen, at least not now, not until 2015, at which time the administration says it will enforce the law.  Now, what happens in November of 2014, right before all this?

Think, think, think….

Oh yeah!  Midterm elections!

The left is hoping to take back the House and retain the Senate next year.  But if voters actually see Obamacare in practice, that is simply not going to happen.  Obamacare is such a disaster that the democrats know they will lose even the low information voters who still believe they are going to get super-deluxe healthcare that someone else is going to pay for.  Remember, not a single republican voted for Obamacare.

My own personal opinion is that President Obama and his close, inner circle don’t really care about any of this.  They are content to ride out the minutia and the day-to-day issues in favor of their larger plan.  These are book people.  They are academics and idealists.  Like their foreign policy, all this works out great on a blackboard and in the faculty lounge discussions.  They peer down their noses at those of us who point out the faults of their plans.

It doesn’t much matter to them that Americans are suffering because the country has no direction and the rest of the world is spinning out of control.  It works in their books and so they know in their minds, that it will eventually work in practice if they just get rid of the opposition and give it enough time.  This is naïve at best and insane at worst.

We are living their dream.  We are their guinea pigs.  We are their experiment in progressive ideology.  They are rich and insulated and will pay no price when all this crumbles.  That will be left to us also.

So if they have to put off their grand plan for another year to placate some members of Congress and deceive voters just a little longer, it’s no big deal.  It’s a small price to pay to see their lifes’ work implemented, and their progressive dreams imposed on us all.

-Kathy

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Francois Murad is a Catholic priest who was murdered in Syria last week.  With his hands tied behind his back, he was beheaded with what’s beingFrancoisMurad described as a kitchen knife.  A mob of men and boys chanted “Allahua Akbar” as Father Murad and two other men were brutally decapitated.

Many in the crowd had smartphones and used this modern technology to record the archaic,barbaric acts.  The pictures and videos are easily found online.  I won’t post any of it here.  That’ll be your own choice to view or not.

The murderers, the barbarians, are part of the group that Western news agencies and the Obama administration are referring to as “Syrian rebels.”  These are the people we are planning to support with cash, weapons and military training.

The Obama administration is also considering bringing Syrian refugees here to America.  Taking into account the current state of our immigration policy, and our government’s inability to determine friend from foe, that sends a chill down my spine.  Jihad – coming soon to a town near you!

Here’s what it looks like in Egypt right now.

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The Obama administration, with plenty of support from the old, establishment republicans, was firmly behind the Arab Spring.  Their cheerleading and support helped oust a dictator in Egypt and install a Jihadist in his place.  And the people of Egypt are out in the streets again, in bigger numbers than ever.  And Egypt is just the latest and loudest of the unrest spreading across the entire region.

Does any of this deter our leaders from continuing their meddling into the affairs of other nations that they clearly do not fully understand?

Many of the “Syrian rebels” are Al Qaida members who fought against American soldiers in Iraq.  And while we’re arming them, supporting them as they decapitate Catholic priests in the name of Allah, the Russians are arming the Syrian government.

My God, what are we doing?

-Kathy

Full story on Father Murad at The Blaze

Update 7/4/13:  It is now being reported that Father Murad is NOT one of the men decapitated last week.  We are now being told that Murad was shot (eight times) and that news reports from the chaotic region became confused.

Updated story at CNS

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In 2006 Congress voted to build 700 miles of fence along our southern border.  It’s still not built.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) offered an amendment to the current amnesty bill that would require that at least 350 miles of the fence be completed before any illegals can be given legal status and the other 350 miles done before anyone gets citizenship.

The amendment just failed 54-39.

Do you still believe your elected leaders are interested in securing our borders?  Do you think they plan to keep their promises?

-Kathy

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