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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Major New Chemical Weapons Attack in ‪Syria‬?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hillary Clinton was fired from Watergate investigation for "lies" and "unethical behavior"

Despite Salon's recent whiny protestation that people should "stop comparing the Obama administration's recent scandals to Watergate," there's a couple parallels in such comparisons that are just too eery to ignore. 

For starters, the IRS scandal has echos of Watergate that should make anyone's skin crawl.

And then there's this, from Dan Calabrese:
I've decided to reprint a piece of work I did nearly five years ago, because it seems very relevant today given Hillary Clinton's performance in the Benghazi hearings. Back in 2008 when she was running for president, I interviewed two erstwhile staff members of the House Judiciary Committee who were involved with the Watergate investigation when Hillary was a low-level staffer there. I interviewed one Democrat staffer and one Republican staffer, and wrote two pieces based on what they told me about Hillary's conduct at the time. 
The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.
Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.
Read on... 

But, really, what difference - at this point - does it make?

It matters

Friday, May 3, 2013

Federalism is the way forward for the GOP

It seems the GOP faces an insurmountable paradox in Washington D.C. On the one hand, Republicans argue to reduce the federal government's role in our daily lives. On the other hand, we're supposed to elect these same Republicans to federal positions of authority. Which means, at best, these folks are getting into office and hitting the pause button on the expansion of federal bureaucracy.

And while simply stopping government growth rather than rolling it back doesn't sound ideal, it seems like all the Party's been able to do recently is moderately slow the endless creep of federal intrusion into every nook and cranny of our existence. That approach simply isn't going to be enough to win the Presidency back.

But, then again, maybe Americans just need to another proof of concept from Conservatives before they're willing to give them back the keys to the White House.

Across the country, Republican governors and GOP state leadership are delivering real solutions and results to their constituencies while Blue states continue to linger in the residual effects of a recession brought about by their own Community Reinvestment Act-type social engineering.

And while Conservatives are running up the score at the state level, Conservative media, talking heads and celebrities continue to focus on national issues - where we simply do not have the media firepower to compete. And let's face it, there are too many national issues to defend at once - that's the whole point of the Left's Cloward-Piven Strategy: to overwhelm the government with an unending number of false "priorities" (gay marriage, amnesty for illegal immigrants, late-term abortions, marijuana legalization, limitations on the size of our soda drinks, global warming, etc.) so that we distract ourselves into a total collapse.

For Liberals, any one area of expansion awarded the Federal government is a victory. For conservatives, any one such expansion is a failure. It's hard to truly ever win on those terms, and I'm not entirely sure what we have to show for the past several decades of trying.

All politics is local, or so the saying goes. As evidenced in the recent gun control push, Federalism is a viable solution both to stemming the tide of Federal Government overreach and in shaping/informing local perception and understanding. So, why don't Republicans start putting a more concerted effort behind using Federalism to combat the burgeoning expansion of big government? Is the specter of the Civil War really still so prevalent that we're going to simply continue ignoring the 10th Amendment -- or is it simply that politicians in Federal office (Republican and Democrat) have convinced themselves that they, not the states they represent, know best?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Conservative Brawler changes URL

If you hadn't noticed, I've downsized - from to Accordingly, I've changed my Twitter handle to @TCBrawler

Bush's Approval Rating Higher than Obama's?

Not yet. But close.

Here's a little tidbit you're not likely to hear on network news: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows President George W. Bush's approval rating at 47%.

The kicker? That means Bush's approval rating is almost as high as Obama's - per Gallup.

No doubt, the MSM will chisel away at Bush's renewed approval rating in the coming days as they use the opening of his presidential library as a excuse to regurgitate the same hackneyed, disproven, revisionist accounts of his presidency.

Still, I think this says something about Bush's strategy to stay out of the limelight since leaving office - and about how history will view his presidency in the long-term.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bill Ayers and the Boston Bombings: Why the Next Stop for Dzokhar Tsarnaev Might be a Position with NYU

Liberal apologists are already out in full-force - blaming anything and everything (except Islamic extremism, of course) for the terrorist acts of Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

Apologist narratives range from suggesting "he was brain-washed by his brother," to the outlandish conspiracy theory that the suspects were "wrongly accused," to the #freejahar hashtag trending on Twitter, to idiotic poems expressing empathy, to the President of the United States (after learning the bombers weren't TEA Party members as he'd originally thought/hoped) urging Americans not to extrapolate any broad conclusions or reasonable connections between these attackers and their religion - you know, because it's a "religion of peace," or something.

Of course, none of this should be surprising.

We're talking about the same subset of the political sphere which has not only forgiven the likes of Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and Kathy Boudin for the terroristic bombings (and potential murder) they committed as part of the Weather Underground during the early 1970s, but these terrorists are now given prominent positions within Liberal universities.

So, I have to ask: Is there a professor position at the likes of NYU waiting for Dzokhar Tsarnaev in the not too distant future? If NYU is willing to hire Kathy Boudin as a scholar-in-residence, why not Tsarnaev?

Consider the lessons learned from our nation's handling of the Weather Underground, via The Daily Beast:
"They might have been violent charlatans, but they were violent charlatans in search of a better society. They might resist providing a full and proper accounting of their crimes, but most will concede that their tactics might have been misguided and offer qualified repentance, but insist that their instincts were correct.
"So go ahead and commit a crime, 'expropriate' a bank. Just make sure you leave an incoherent manifesto at the scene, claiming that you’re shooting your guns and filling your pockets with loot for the people. When caught, you won’t be a convicted murderer, but a 'political prisoner.' And when released, you can be a college professor."

** NOTE: The title of this article could have equally highlighted Minnesota State University Moorhead, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, or any number of other Liberal universities which have shamelessly decided to give gainful positions of employment to convicted terrorists. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Active Shooter Incident at MIT in Boston, Officer Down












I give up, just follow me on Twitter @Con_Brawler for live updates on this!

VIDEO: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas

Explosion happens after 0:28...

Developing: Hundreds of people were likely injured in a fiery explosion on Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, that damaged or destroyed numerous buildings including a nursing home, authorities said.

UPDATE: Scanner audio from the first five minutes after the explosion... 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Obama's Gun Control Solipsism

In a spectacular display of solipsism, Obama's tantrum after the Senate refused to expand background checks on gun sales proves true my favorite William F. Buckley-ism: "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."

Which begs the question:

Brawler Redesign

Just refreshed the ol' blog design. So if the formatting of some of the older posts now looks a little janky - my apologies. Now, you can share individual blog post links without the otherwise useful Facebook embed getting in the way. And the Brawler's hallmark pinstripes - like the Brawler himself - have gotten thicker.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Obama's low approval ratings conveniently ignored by media during Middle East photo op

Aside from some tertiary coverage of this one heckler (who is soon-after drowned out by a sea of applause from gushing, wide-eyed, star-struck college students), there's been little-to-no mention by the mainstream media of the fact that Obama's approval rating in Israel sits at roughly 10%. Equally little is said of the fact that U.S. leadership is earning progressively lower approval marks worldwide with each passing year of the Obama presidency - to the point that the U.S. is less popular in the Middle East now than it ever was during any point of the Bush presidency.

Contrast this media malfeasance with the day after day after day obsession with George Bush's approval numbers - at home and abroad. And who can forget the shoe toss heard 'round the world?

No one can forget it. The mainstream media made sure of that by looping the video of the incident repeatedly... for days. To get an idea of the media's fascination with the original shoe throwing incident, a Google search of "Man throws shoe at Bush" produces more than 1.2 million results. Newsbusters reports that LexisNexis, similar search terms produced almost 1,000 reports in the days immediately following the event. CNN logged 34 reports, MSNBC and Fox News aired eight, followed by ABC and NPR with seven, and CBS and NBC with six.

It's hard to determine whether being outraged or numb to this despicable but nonetheless routine media bias is the more apropos response.

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