Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Fortune can take away riches, but not courage.
- Seneca, Roman Philosopher, Dramatist, and Statesman (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

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Before we get to the 2014 predictions, let’s do a quick recap of the . . .

2013 Prediction Results

Prediction: Despite blatantly breaking D.C. gun law by waving around a high-capacity magazine in front of live cameras, anti-gun nut David Gregory will face no charges in doing something that would land any other American in jail.

Result: Nailed it, D.C.’s attorney general refused to file charges against Gregory, yet another example of how it’s one set of rules for the media elite, another for the rest of us.


Prediction: On February 3, 2013, Peyton Manning leads the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Result: Missed it, but I think only by a year.


Prediction: Slight decline in global temperatures in 2013.

Result: Nailed it.


Prediction: Windows 8 makes modest but steady inroads on phones, tablets and hybrids.

Result: Missed it.


Prediction: Apple will release an iPad / laptop hybrid with slide-out keyboard.

Result: Nope. Still a great idea, though.


Prediction: Mama June of Honey Boo Boo will get lap band surgery and lose 100 by season’s end.

Result: Missed it, but the prediction still made for one of the better gifs of the year.

Mama June Gets Lap Band Surgery


source: http://www.mikecornelison.com/predictions-for-2013

Okay, nailed a few, missed a few, but I am feeling especially clairvoyant this year, so without further ado, let’s dust off that crystal ball and get to it!

2014 Predictions

  • Jodi Arias releases a sex tape from prison. It will be some pretty hot stuff (at least, that’s what my friends will tell me.)
  • In February, Peyton Manning makes good on my 2013 pridiction and brings home the Lombardi trophy to the fans in Denver.
  • Manti Te’o gets a girlfriend – a real, live girlfriend! They even meet face to face and go out on a date!
  • The economy will continue to improve despite Obamacare, but Obamacare will continue to disintegrate before our eyes with public approval even lower than it was at the beginning of the year.
  • A Chinese investor buys the New York Times. Irony reigns supreme as it takes a new owner from Communist China to help pull the Times from the far-left fringes of American politics.
  • Having tapped the well dry with the twerking and the skimpy outfits, Miley Cyrus finds a new way to grab headlines by checking into a rehab.
  • Republicans not only gain seats in the November election, they gain even more seats than they did in the 2010 landslide. Obama struggles to find a word even more emphatic than “shellacking” to describe it.
  • From taking office with a sky-high approval rating of 76%, Obama ends the year in the 30s. Still holding fast to their belief that all who disagree with the president do so because of race, Obama lovers struggle to explain how the same country that elected Obama has miraculously transformed from 20% racist to 60% racist.
  • Less than 10% of Americans will make good on their new year’s resolutions.

and while I pray that I’m wrong on this, here’s my final prediction for 2014:

  • Iran tests its first nuclear bomb. Obama blames it on Republicans.

Iranian Mullahs Get the Bomb

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Obama's State of the Union: Lowest viewership in 13 YearsIt seems the days of HOPE and CHANGE have now given way to APATHY and COMPLACENCY. Obama’s viewership for his state of the union address had the lowest viewership of any state of the union address since Bill Clinton gave his final SOTU in 2000.

As a matter of fact, it was the second lowest ratings of any SOTU address in the 21 years Nielsen began tracking these addresses to the nation in 1993.

On the bright side for Obama and the Democrats is the fact that those 33.5 million viewers found a way to cast 60 million votes in Obama’s re-election.

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Obama Surrounded by Armed Guards of the Secret Service

Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, on January 10, 2013, President Obama signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life.

“The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected,” reports Yahoo News.

The new bill, which will cost American taxpayers millions of dollars, is a reinstatement of a 1965 law which will see presidents protected for life as well as their children up to age 16.

The irony of Obama seeking to surround himself with armed men for the rest of his life while simultaneously working to disarm the American people via a gun control agenda that is likely to be enforced via executive decree represents the height of hypocrisy.

It’s not the first time that Obama has lauded the notion of responsible Americans using firearms to protect himself and his family while concurrently eviscerating that very same right for the American people. During an ABC Nightline interview broadcast on December 26 yet recorded before the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama said one of the benefits of his re-election was the ability “to have men with guns around at all times,” in order to protect his daughters.

In addition, the school attended by Obama’s daughters in Washington D.C. has no less than 11 armed security guards on duty at all times, yet the idea of arming teachers and school officials to prevent school massacres has been dismissed by gun control advocates who want school campuses to remain “gun free zones” where victims are disarmed and shooters are free to carry out their rampage unimpeded.

The hypocrisy of gun control advocates who feverishly work to create victim disarmament yet surround themselves with armed men is rampant among the political class.

source: infowars.com

There’s one set of rules for Obama and the ruling elite, now let’s contrast that with Obama’s set of rules for the rest of us.


Hale DeMar, a 52-year-old Wilmette resident, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor violations for shooting, in the shoulder and leg, a burglar who broke into his home not once, but twice. Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against DeMar.

In March 2004, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2165, a law introduced in response to DeMar’s case, with provisions designed to assert a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions, such that self-defense requirements would be viewed to take precedence over local ordinances against handgun possession. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 38-20. Barack Obama was one of the 20 state senators voting against the measure.

Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill. On Nov. 9, 2004, the Illinois Senate voted 40-18 to override Blagojevich’s veto. Again, Obama acted against the bill.

On Nov. 17, the Illinois House voted overwhelmingly, 85-30, to override the governor’s veto and Senate Bill 2165 became law.

source: book review of The Obama Nation at ontheissues.org

Talk about being out there on the radical fringe of gun control, in a state where Democrats have a lock on both houses of the legislature, Obama was one of only 48 members who voted against the 125 who overrode Blagojevich’s veto and passed the bill.

Obama actually voted twice against the right of homeowner to shoot in self-defense during a home invasion. Unbelievable.


At a fundraiser with millionaire donors in San Francsico, we got a glimpse of the real Obama, away from the teleprompter and speaking off the cuff, totally unaware that a hidden tape recorder was rolling as Obama said, “You go into some of these small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them, Each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or antitrade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

source: ontheissues.org

Gotta love the attitude of the Condescender-in-Chief here. Remember, Obama isn’t speaking about the “enemy” Republicans here, he’s belittling his own fellow Democrats who dared to support Hillary in the primaries. Obama’s describing his own fellow Democrats as a bunch of dimwitted, knee-jerk reactionaries for daring to disagree with him on policies that are well worthy of an honest debate. Far be it for Obama to imagine there could be legitimate philosophical convictions held by thoughtful people who consider the Second Amendment as an unassailable pillar of freedom in America.


“I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it.” – Barack Obama, 2008 Philadelphia primary debate.

source: ontheissues.org

Wow, for a man who has gone on to spend his whole presidential career handing down executive orders from his ivory tower and pushing for grand, sweeping federal laws and regulations, quite the surprise that in this case, Obama suddenly has a moment of respect for adhering to the Tenth Amendment. The only other time I can remember Obama playing the states’ rights card was when he came out in support of gay marriage, which was laughable because gay marriage has always been played out by the states and The District ever since D.C. recognized domestic partnerships twenty years ago in in 1992.


Obama lied when he said that it wasn’t his handwriting on a 1996 document where he endorsed a state ban on the sale and possession of handguns in Illinois. Years later when he was asked about it, Obama responded, “No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns.”

Actually, Obama’s writing was on the document, which was filed when Obama was running for the Illinois state Senate. A Chicago nonprofit, Independent Voters of Illinois, had this question, and Obama took hard line:

35. Do you support state legislation to:
a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Yes.
b. ban assault weapons? Yes.
c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Yes.

Obama denied it was his handwriting on the questionnaire saying he supported a ban on possessing a handgun, and he said he has never taken that position. Actually, his writing does appear on one of two versions of the questionnaire.

source: factcheck.org


From a 2008 Politico interview:

Q: You said recently, “I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns.” But you support the D.C. handgun ban, and you’ve said that it’s constitutional. How do you reconcile those two positions?

A: Because I think we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think it’s important for us to recognize that we’ve got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets.

factcheck.org

A revealing slip of the tongue there as Obama states quite clearly the most important fact here: the violence on the streets is “the result of illegal handgun usage.” If the vast majority of these shootings are already the result of criminals using illegal handguns, what the hell are more gun control laws going to do to solve the problem? The only thing more gun control laws will do is prevent law abiding citizens from defending themselves against criminals and their illegal handguns.

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Not just your garden variety Hollywood star who conforms to the norm by being a typical, angry, Republican-hating Democrat, Eva Longoria is a person who was given a primetime speaking role at the Democrat National Convention and is also co-chair of the Obama campaign.

So how does one of Hollywood’s “beautiful people” expose themselves as the ugly hater they are (and not very bright when it comes to damage control?)

You do it in five easy steps:

Step One. Show your true colors by retweeting a vulgar, bigoted and hateful tweet such as this:

Eva Longoria Retweets Hate

Step Two. When the uproar begins and you start to feel the heat, delete the retweet.

Whoops! Enough people have already seen it to where the “delete it and hope it goes away” strategy fails and the story grows even bigger.

Step Three. Claim your account got hacked or blame it on something like “twitter bugging out.”

Don’t worry, as ridiculus as this claim is, you’ll have plenty of supporters so enchanted with your pop culture awesomeness, they’ll actually buy into your lame defense:

Of course, most of the rest of the people following Eva’s Twitter meltdown called it for what it is:

Come on Eva, don’t you know enough of your American history (Nixon, Clinton, Anthony Weiner, etc.) that it’s never the crime, it’s always the cover-up?

Step Four. When the Anthony Weiner defense fails and no one believes your account got hacked, claim the words didn’t reflect your own views and you just retweeted it “for the purpose of discussion and dialogue.” LOL.

Step Five. After steps two, three and four only make matters worse, issue apology, but to in order to fully make an ass of yourself, make sure it’s a half-assed apology and claim that the words weren’t your own personal view, even though they’re right in line with your political mindset and just about everything you tweet.

“I use Twitter as a platform for all Americans and their opinions. Sorry if people were offended by retweet,” she wrote. “Obviously not my words or my personal view. I respect all Americans #FreedomOfSpeech.”

Source: Fox News

If you’re trying to make an ass of yourself on Twitter in five steps, it’s that fifth step that really seals the deal – after deleting the tweet, then claiming your account got hacked, show yourself as a stereotypical liberal who doesn’t believe in self-accountability by saying the retweet didn’t reflect your own personal view and wave the freedom of speech flag.

As bad as the original retweet was, it was the scatterbrained and bumbling attempt at damage control that really got Eva Longoria.

And in case you think this is much ado about nothing, witness Alan Colmes, one of Obama’s most devoted supporters, going on television to call for Eva Longoria to step down as co-chair of Obama for America.

I think she should resign from the campaign or be asked to resign as co-chair because I don’t think it reflects well on the campaign. – Alan Colmes

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With the Obama State Media working in overdrive to attack Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president, yesterday we were treated to examples from the propaganda machine outlets such as NBC’s Brian Williams taking great delight in mentioning the hecklers Ryan encountered at the Iowa State Fair yesterday, apparently oblivious to the fact that taking the “soapbox” at the Iowa State Fair is a famously bare-knuckled political tradition, with heckling all a part of it.

So how did the veeps from both parties fair in their campaigning today?

Four days after being tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan rallied around 2,000 supporters inside a packed gymnasium at Lakewood High School Tuesday morning.

source: KDVR Denver

Moving on to Joe Biden, we can trust ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS-NPR-CNN-MSNBC not to report that Biden didn’t even know what state he was in today, so let’s just move right along and see what kind of crowd he drew in whatever state he was in (you were in Virginia, Joe, not North Carolina.)

Biden only managed to draw 800, but thankfully, no comparisons of crowd size will be mentioned. One thing the OSM will not be able to avoid reporting, however, is Joe Biden making maybe the most psychotic bit of hyperbole yet in the campaign.

Joe Biden Channeling Big Brother

“Romney wants to, he said in the first 100 days, he’s gonna let the big banks again write their own rules,” Biden said of the GOP nominee’s proposals to roll back the Obama administration’s financial reforms. “‘Unchain Wall Street!'”

Lowering his voice, Biden added, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.”

It seems Biden is trying to reach the levels of mindless rage achieved during the mandatory Two Minutes Hate hurled against Goldstein in Orwell’s 1984.

A little history lesson for you Joe, wasn’t it your Democrat party who fought to keep slavery, created the Ku Klux Klan to wage a campaign of terror to bring it back, and despite the media’s attempts to convince many in America that the Civil Rights Act was a single-handed effort of the Democrats, wasn’t it your Democrat party which only gave the Civil Rights Act 60% support to the Republican’s 80%?

Lowering his voice, Biden added, “They’re going to put you all back in chains.”

You’re either becoming progressively more unhinged than the simple gaffe machine we’ve always known you to be, or you’re slipping into deeper stages of dementia, maybe a combination of both. Either way, keep up the good work, Joe. Just eighty-three more days of this and you can look forward to some much needed rest when R & R take over in January.

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