Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Obama’s Legacy: Beheading on the Shores of Tripoli

The Swiss Cheese Obama “strategy” (and I use the term loosely) in the Middle East and now North Africa has produced atrocities of a kind last seen in the Dark Ages.  A more recent reference might be to the activities of the Nazis under Hitler leading up to WWII.  ISIS has not yet reached that latter point in terms of numbers but one may argue that it is a least matched in terms of barbarism, perversity, and in the creation of a death cult culture.

It’s not Obama’s fault that America voted a buffoon into office. The president (or Preezy as he is called on late night TV) is a self-absorbed narcissist who struggles to find relevance by a variety of pop-culture antics, the most recent of which is public clowning on TV with a selfie stick. This image, this projection of a weak American president, is supposed to distract the country from the spectacle of a choreographed and carefully stage-managed torture and mass beheading of some twenty plus Coptic Christians in Libya.

In order to head off the public relations disaster of Obama’s whimsical and flippant stance in the Middle East, Africa, and now North Africa, Obama has ordered pinprick strikes on a variety of targets. This certainly helped the Yazidis who survived the month’s previous slaughters, but it came too late.

Lateness is rather the mark of the Obama administration, as is “kinetic action” or “leading from behind” or “resets” of U.S. policy which have invariably backfired.  This will not change. The issue is how much more damage, how many more innocent deaths, this administration will cause by its willful blindness, ineptitude, and actions which, during the time of George Washington, would be clearly identified as treason.

Nero fiddle while Rome burned, it is said. That may be a myth.  What is not a myth is that President Obama trifles –playing golf, pretending to be cool while trolling youth groups, cavorting with bizarre YouTube ‘celebrities” like the bathtub colored cheerios woman,  while Islamo-nazis took over large parts of Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  The march of ISIS and its affiliated butchers will not stop until a better president steps up to restore a measure of sanity and leadership ability in the country.

America and the rest of the civilized world is under attack from the death cultist Islamo-nazis.  This will not change with editorials and passionate public opinions and alarms expressed on social media sites.  President Obama can be expected to deliver another of his peripatetic (and pathetic) speeches on TV immediately after the next expected attack on U.S. soil.  Even while the Muslim president of Egypt and the King of Jordan speak in plain terms about the rise of Islamo-Nazism, President Obama will prefer the dodges of euphemism and pacifism rather than the hard course of action it will take to stop ISIS.

Many Americans, including Republicans, were fooled into helping Obama win the presidency. If he is incompetent, it is rather their fault for being fools, not his fault for being incompetent. I’m very sad for this presidency, but I am sadder for America, and the degeneration of spirit that eight years of Obama has brought us.

I’m sorry too that the first black man to become president in our nation’s history has been such a disaster. When Democrats might perhaps have rallied around a proven African-American military hero like Colin Powell, they went instead for a fugazi.

God bless America. Thanks, Obama. We’re in for it now.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Buy a Dinosaur Pickup Truck - Your Other Car Can Be Hacked

I've dreamed about this. I'm driving along in my late model sedan when suddenly the steering wheel is wrenched from my hands and evil minds point the car at a telephone poll, a tree, or the guardrails. Or I've put my laptop in the backseat, locked the doors, all that just long enough to pop into the local Panera for a sandwich and a cup of coffee. When I come out, the doors are unlocked, my laptop is gone, and my own car is trying to run me over.

"You've been hacked!" screams my feverish brain. Science fiction? Hallucinogens?  Bath salts, perhaps.  But it's not far-fetched according to lots of people including Jalopnik, which HERE details how DARPA hacks cars equipped with computer technologies that many have grown to expect as basic minimum in driver accommodation.

I'm fighting back, and you should too. Buy an old car or truck as I did. My 2004 Ford F-150 4WD has old crank windows, rubber floor mats (no carpeting), and stick shift.  To adjust the outside mirrors (even in ten below weather), I have to open the window, lean out and set it to my eyeball height or to grant the widest visibility possible.  But I can't be hacked. 

So, be like me and buy an old manually operated everything pickup truck. People will be frightened when they see you coming at them with such a primitive instrument. When the cyber-war comes, dude, we'll be leaving my wife's sedan home. Rock on!