Friday, August 29, 2014
Downfall XXIV: Obama’s Strong Approval/Disapproval Worse Than 2010
Yes, I haven’t been
posting much in the Downfall series lately. With Obama’s approval numbers stubbornly staying at or above
40% in spite of all his enormities, I’ve wondered what it could take for Obama
and allied Democrats to be stripped of their power. And at times I’ve also gotten rather discouraged about the
persistence of his support. Frankly, it still disturbs me.
But a poll I’ve read this
morning reveals that if one goes deeper into the numbers, revulsion against
Obama is at politically dangerous (for him) levels. Gallup has looked at the percentages of those who “strongly
approve” and “strongly disapprove” of Obama. Go look at the numbers for yourself.
What I find most
interesting is that while strong disapproval of Obama is only modestly higher
than in 2010, strong approval is much lower, from 27% in May 2010 to only 17%
now. Therefore, strong disapproval
of Obama roughly doubles strong approval.
Of course, the 2010
midterm elections were not good for
Obama. But these poll numbers are
significantly worse now before this November’s midterms, particularly since
those with a strong opinion about the sitting president are more likely to
Now this does not
guarantee a wave election turning Obama into a very lame duck (which I would
consider a Downfall, by the way).
Congressional disapproval is remarkably high for one thing. But on that, one must remember that
said disapproval includes disapproval of the Democrat Senate and of Establishment
Republican Speaker Boehner’s weak approach to confronting Obama. Further, Republican Senate candidates
appear to be politically stronger than in 2010. And this time it is some of the Democrat Senate candidates
who appear off the deep end, e. g. Amanda Curtis in Montana, or have
foot-in-mouth disease, e. g. Bruce Braley in Iowa.
Still, leave it to
establishment Republicans to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. They have already so alienated the
conservative Republican base that the base is not nearly as enthusiastic about
voting as they could and should be.
But with 39% strongly
disapproving of Obama and only 17% strongly approving, a wave election may come
in November anyway.
Downfall is an ongoing
series anticipating and tracking
what I expect will be the
the possible self-destruction of Obama.
The first post may be
found here. The series may be found here.
Labels: Downfall, Obama, politics, polls
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Yale’s Episcopalian Chaplain Blames the JOOOOS for Anti-Semitism
those - those - JEWS have the gall to defend themselves! They do not just tolerate incoming
missiles and give away their land to enemies. No wonder there is a rise in anti-Semitism!
E. Lipstadt makes far too little of the relationship between Israel’s
policies in the West Bank and Gaza and growing anti-Semitism in Europe and
The trend to which she
alludes parallels the carnage in Gaza over the last five years, not to mention
the perpetually stalled peace talks and the continuing occupation of the West
As hope for a two-state
solution fades and Palestinian casualties continue to mount, the best antidote
to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government
of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the
(Rev.) BRUCE M. SHIPMAN
Groton, Conn., Aug. 21, 2014
anti-Semitism is Israel’s fault.
always has its excuses.
Rev. Shipman is the Episcopalian Chaplain at Yale in case you could not tell
Labels: Anti-Semitism, Israel, The Episcopal Church
Proof That Something Really Is Wrong With Democrats
am not known for having an especially high view of Democrats. But a YouGov poll shocked even me. So much so that I looked into the
innards of it and checked YouGov’s record of accuracy. And if there is something wrong with
said poll, I have not found it.
yes, I know, on with it. The poll
that shocked me had 66% of Democrats approving of the indictment of Rick Perry. As I’ve mentioned, the
indictment is an outrage, raw political retaliation for Perry exercising his
legitimate veto power in a manner displeasing to the Democrat Travis County DA. Heck, it is Democrat retaliation for
Rick Perry being Rick Perry, a strong Texas Republican Governor. It is prosecutorial misconduct worthy
of the Soviet Union or Putin’s Russia.
about two-thirds of Democrats are fine with it. I can be charitable and assume that most of those two-thirds
are not informed enough to realize just what they are supporting. But this still indicates a tendency to
support abusing prosecutorial power to go after political opponents pretty much
because they are political opponents. These sort of people would fit in very well in the old
have never been a moral equivalency type.
But the Obama years have really brought home to me that it is not o. k.
to be a Democrat, particularly since there is hardly any room left anymore in
that party for a traditional conservative Democrat. And the vast majority of Democrats still support Obama
in spite of his regime using the power of the Federal government, particularly
the IRS, to go after political opponents.
The Rick Perry indictment is not the only case of Democrats supporting
the illegitimate use of raw government power to suppress political opposition. There really is something wrong with
Democrats, dangerously wrong.
I can and should try to be decent to them and love them even, as Jesus commands.
Yes (in case you are wondering), I
still support their constitutional political rights, even as they greatly abuse
them and attack my rights.
we all have something wrong with us – man is fallen and deeply flawed and
sinful. And it is wrong for me to
have a superior attitude, as I do at times to my shame, because my sinful
tendencies are different than someone else’s. And, yes, someone can be a good person while still have
areas that need working on like anger (mine), laziness, or being a Democrat. Wisdom is often to appreciate the good
qualities in people and overlook the shortcomings.
of us engaged in politics, particularly Christians during such a divisive time
as this, need to remember the above lest we become downright noxious and harm
I refuse to pretend being a Democrat is o. k. any more than pretending that
anger, laziness, or any other sin is o. k. This poll confirms something really is wrong with Democrats.
Labels: Democrats, life, politics, prosecutorial misconduct, Rick Perry
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
So Those “Lost” Lois Lerner E-mails Aren’t So Lost After All
You may remember that the
Obama Administration, particularly his current IRS Commissioner, has done a
long song-and-dance that Lois Lerner’s e-mails were lost in a hard drive
crash. And – gosh, we’re sooooo
sorry – we cannot recover them.
(Not to mention all the other perp’s hard drives that have crashed.)
Well that song-and-dance is
being exposed as “a big lie.”
'The Department of Justice attorney told the
Judicial Watch attorney on Friday.' Fitton said during a Monday afternoon Fox
News broadcast, 'that it turns out the federal government backs up
all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there
is a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating.'
The catch, he added, is that the DOJ attorney also
claimed 'it would be too hard to go and get Lois Lerner's emails from that
The Justice Department is representing the federal
government in the lawsuit.
'So everything we've been hearing about scratched
hard drives, about missing emails of Lois Lerner, [and] other IRS officials,
other officials in the Obama administration,' Fitton told Fox, 'it's all been a
pack of malarkey.'
'They could get these records, but they don't want
to. And they haven't told anyone about it, frankly, until we were able to get
it out of them on Friday.'
'And there's no such thing as Lois Lerner's missing
e-mails,' he insisted. 'It's all been a big lie. They've been lying to the
courts, to the American people and to Congress.'
And this practically cries
out for indictments for Obstruction of Justice, if not Perjury, particularly of
said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
also begs the question of why is the Obama administration engaging in such
efforts to keep Lois Lerner’s e-mails from the courts and Congress, inviting
the wrath of both. I strongly
suspect her e-mails would damn the White House for being behind the IRS
targeting of conservatives. Why
else would the Obama regime take the risk of such a brazen cover-up?
of cover-up, the IRS wiped out Lois Lerner’s Blackberry, which also contained
her e-mails. And that months after Congressional investigations of
IRS targeting began.
Instapundit has it right – “gangster government.” But the “mainstream” snooze media? Nothing on this.
Nothing to see here. It
seems ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN are in on the cover-up, too.
next thing I expect is for the Obama regime to plead that the back-ups of Lois
Lerner’s e-mails are somehow “lost,” too.
And the snooze media will ignore that as well. You can bet money on it.
that administration was not Democrat.
Labels: IRS, Lois Lerner, Obama, Obamagate
Thursday, August 21, 2014
How to Shrink Your Church in One Easy Step
… A number of Christian denominations have already
taken significant steps towards liberalizing their stances on homosexuality and
marriage, and the evidence so far seems to indicate that affirming
homosexuality is hardly a cure for membership woes. On the contrary, every
major American church that has taken steps towards liberalization of sexual
issues has seen a steep decline in membership.
I don’t want to steal
Alexander Griswold’s thunder, so do go read. He
summarizes what has happened to several denominations that are going full
rainbow. But his summary of
changes in North American Anglicanism particularly warms my heart. And to avoid unseemly gloating, I
better conclude with said summary:
In 2002, the number of baptized U.S. members of the
Episcopal Church stood at 2.32 million.
By 2012, that number had fallen to 1.89 million, a decline of 18.4
percent. Meanwhile, attendance has fallen even more steeply. Average Sunday
attendance in its U.S. churches was 846,000 in 2002, but had fallen 24.4
percent by 2012 to only 640,000. Other signs of congregational liveliness have
fallen even further. Baptisms have fallen by 39.6 percent, and marriages have
fallen by 44.9 percent.
As for the ACNA? It’s seen its membership rise by 13
percent and its Sunday attendance rise by 16 percent in the past five years.
Since 2009, the ACNA has planted 488 new congregations. In 2012, the entire
Episcopal Church managed to plant four
Labels: ACNA, mainline denominations, The Episcopal Church
Ed Driscoll passes on a
perceptive summary of what is transpiring surrounding Ferguson, Missouri:
There seems to be a pattern: 1) unarmed young black
guy is shot, 2) there is a vast media outcry over the young “honor student’s”
death, 3) family provides photos of the dead guy taken when he was 11 years
old, well before he had opted for the ghetto thug look, 4) it comes out that
the “honor student” has been committing felonies, 5) witnesses say the honor
student was beating the hell out of the person who shot him, 6) Democrat
politicians call for the shooter’s conviction, and 7) prosecutors, fearing
rioting, black voters, or what have you, prosecute the shooter anyway.
Having closely watched the
Trayvon Martin case, there seems to be a pattern indeed. On no. 5, the reports I mentioned
yesterday that Michael Brown was severely beating the policeman have been
But that hasn’t kept Democrat
Governor Nixon from prejudging the case and (no. 6) calling for the policeman
to be prosecuted. As Thomas Sowell
On the eve of a grand jury’s being convened to go
through the facts and decide whether there should be a prosecution of the
policeman in this case, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri has gone on television
to say that there should be a “vigorous prosecution.”
There was a time when elected officials avoided
commenting on pending legal processes, so as not to bias those processes. But
Governor Nixon apparently has no fear of poisoning the jury pool.
Eric Holder is on this,
too. And if you think he is doing
so for the sake of peace . . . well, you just go ahead and think that. But do consider that his people that he
has on this case have a well documented record of anti-police activism and
Can you say, “Here we go
But this time, with Obama
and Holder getting so involved and with the rioting and looting continuing (and
being tolerated) for so long, the backlash could be hell to pay.
Labels: Ferguson, Michael Brown
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ferguson: So Who’s the Victim Now?
In the aftermath of the
shooting of Michael Brown, there has been a lot of jumping to conclusions that
this is the case of a bad cop killing an innocent unarmed young Black man. Not to mention the portrayals of Brown
as a “gentle giant”, etc.
But then we saw footage of
him robbing a store and manhandling the owner just before the shooting. And then there were reports that he was
coming after the cop when he was shot.
And now there are reports
(which I am not in a position to confirm) that the cop sustained severe facial
injuries. It appears Brown smashed
the policeman’s eye socket.
The more that comes out,
the more the Bad Cop vs. Young Black Victim narrative seems not to be
Now I am not going to jump
to conclusions either. There are
conflicting versions out there of what happened. But the race-baiters should be
called out for jumping to conclusions and feeding the unrest in Ferguson.
Labels: Ferguson, Michael Brown