Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Politicians Say The Darndest Things...Unfortunately - Inane Quotes and Thoughts From Today's Political Class

On a semi-regular basis we run a post or two under the theme, “Politicians Say The Darndest Things.” It is a theme stolen from an old television show, House Party, that was hosted by Art Linkletter and which contained a segment called “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” That show was cute and funny, our version of politicians saying the stupidest and most inane things would also be funny if they were not in charge of the government in this country. Instead, we should be very scared that these are the people in charge.

Previous memorable quotes from politicians we have covered include the following topics:
  • A Georgia Congressman wondered out loud in the middle of a Congressional committee hearing if the island of Guam might actually tip over.
  • A Texas Congresswoman wanted to know if a MARS Rover mission would be driving by the place where Neil Armstrong landed on the MOON.
  • The Speaker of the House Of Representatives said that we had to pass the Obama Care legislation in order to see what is in it. Yes, why bother reading a proposed law BEFORE you vote on it.
  • A state politician in North Carolina wanted to know how many women die every year from prostate cancer during a state government hearing on Obama Care. 
Scary stuff, yes these people are in charge. Let’s take a look at what the latest blather from the American political class has been recently spoken:

1) Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown was recently indicted on 24 Federal criminal charges. These charges revolve around an alleged fake charity her and her office manager ran that resulted in the two of them collecting money for the educational charity and then using the money for their own pleasure rather than awarding scholarships. If convicted on all charges, she could face up to 300 years in jail.

She really had two unbelievable quotes that need to be called out. Her first quote was: “Last week was very rough. Two black men were needlessly gunned down by police; five Dallas police officers were slain by a demented man; and on Friday I had to appear in federal court.” Yes, going to court is totally equivalent to two black men being killed and five Dallas police officers being ambushed and killed. Totally on the same level of importance….Not!

Her second quote pertained to her 24 count indictment that came about after an extensive FBI investigation: “These are the same agents that was not able to do a thorough investigation of [Omar Mateen, the terrorist shooter], and we ended up with 50 people dead.” Her attorney, Elizabeth White doubled down on this stupid quote: “Perhaps had it [the FBI] chosen to devote its resources more thoughtfully, 50 innocent people would be alive today.” So, in her mind, the FBI could have saved lives if they had just ignored her paltry 24 alleged felonies. Shame on the FBI, shame! 

Hey, Congresswoman Brown, maybe if you were not possibly breaking the law at just about every opportunity, maybe the FBI could have been looking at potential terrorists. Instead, they were upholding the law against people like you that were totally disrespecting it for your own personal enjoyment and enrichment. You are the reason the FBi was not deployed elsewhere. Following your perverted logic, you are the reason those people died in the club in Orlando.

2) It is no secret that Hillary Clinton set up her own email computer server in a closet in her home while Secretary of State, totally and secretly bypassing the Federal government’s rules, protocols, and procedures for keeping secret and sensitive government information safe and secure. As a result, the FBI launched an extensive investigation that showed among other things that she was “careless” in using her own non-secure computer server to handle highly sensitive and secret government communications. The FBI Director also concluded, after his FBI experts and investigators looked deeply into the whole sordid affair, that simple Gmail email accounts had better security than Hillary’s private home server.

Despite the experts at the FBI and their long, deep investigation, a Democratic Congresswoman seems to think that she knows best. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren sloughed off conclusions from FBI Director James Comey that Clinton’s email procedures were “extremely careless” and were possibly compromised by cyber attacks from hostile forces. 

But the Congresswoman apparently has a better handle on computer security: “Certainly we know from press reports that the official State Department email account was the subject of the worst ever cyber intrusion of any federal agency. What we don’t know is whether her communications on her private email was actually more secure than had she used the State Department email system.”

Yes, a computer server in Hillary’s closet is more secure than a computer server being protected by the best the Federal government can give. If that actually is the case, contradicting the expertise of the entire FBI, than this country is in a lot worse shape than anyone can imagine.

3) Let’s review a little radical Islamic terrorism history before we go to the next quote:
  • Radical Islamic terrorists carried out the first World Trade Center bombing.
  • Radical Islamic terrorists were responsible for the 9-11 attacks.
  • Radical Islamic terrorists blew a hole in the U.S.S. Cole Navy ship.
  • Radical Islamic terrorists were responsible for the last three terror attacks, the only three terror attacks, in France over the past year or so.
  • Radical Islamic terrorists carried out the Brussels terrorist attack.
  • The San Bernardino, Orlando, Tennessee, and the multitude of other domestic terror attacks that happened on Obama’s watch were done by radical Islamic terrorists.
  • The recent attack on Turkey’s airport was done by radical Islamic terrorists.
  • The many attacks in Iraq which killed hundreds of people were done by radical Islamic terrorists.
  • The enslaving, butchering, and sexual abuse of non-Muslims in the Middle East was done by radical Islamic terrorists.
  • The brutal executions of homosexuals in the Middle East were done by radical Islamic terrorists.
  • An Israeli study found that at least 450 of the 452 terrorist attacks in 2015 were executed by Islamic terrorists.
In light of these realities, consider an amazing quote from president Obama: “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”

Pardon me if you call me “skeptical” at that statement. I am sure the vast majority of Muslims are just ordinary, non-violent folks. But really, Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance? I would like to see his proof of that tolerance position. Hillary Clinton apparently shares his view: “Let’s be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.

But let’s use some real world numbers to show and see if these two views are in touch with reality, courtesy of the Eagle Rising website:
  • 83 percent of Palestinian Muslims, 62 percent of Jordanians and 61 percent of Egyptians approve of jihadist attacks on Americans. World Public Opinion Poll(2009).
  • 1.5 Million British Muslims support the Islamic State, about half their total population. ICM (Mirror) Poll 2015.
  • Two-thirds of Palestinians support the stabbing of Israeli civilians. Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (2015).
  • 45 percent of British Muslims agree that clerics preaching violence against the West represent “mainstream Islam.” BBC Radio (2015).
  • 38 percent of Muslim-Americans say Islamic State (ISIS) beliefs are Islamic or correct. The Polling Company CSP Poll (2015).
  • One-third of British Muslim students support killing for Islam. Center for Social Cohesion (Wikileaks cable).
  • 78 percent of British Muslims support punishing the publishers of Muhammad cartoons. NOP Research.
  • 80 percent of young Dutch Muslims see nothing wrong with holy war against non-believers. Most verbalized support for pro-Islamic State fighters. Motivaction Survey (2014).
  • 68 percent of British Muslims support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who insults Islam. NOP Research.
  • 81 percent of Muslim respondents support the Islamic State (ISIS). Al-Jazeera poll (2015).
The original article which sourced each of these numbers and studies can be found at:

You decide, who is right, Obama and Clinton or real world polls and attitudes. I say, politicians say the darndest, and most out of touch, things.

So we now know that the Orlando club terrorist attack could have been prevented if the FBI had not been wasting time on a corrupt Congresswoman, that another Congresswoman thinks that an unsecured computer server in Hillary’s closet was more secure than anything the Federal government could provide, and Obama's and Clinton's words seem to put them at odds with reality. Yes, politicians say the darndest things...unfortunately.

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