Fuzzy Shorts: “Obama’s a Muslim,” Islamophobia, the 2016 Presidential Race

What a couple of weeks!  With so much going on, the time seems ripe for another “Fuzzy Shorts” post, so here goes . . .

What Upsets Leftists About “Obama’s a Muslim”?

Everyone’s trying to pile onto Trump for not defending Obama’s religion . . . including Hillary Clinton who started the whole thing in the first place.  What I can’t understand is why the progressives–left and right–are so outraged.

You’d think they believe that being a Muslim is a bad thing or that Islam is an undesirable religion to which one should denounce any connection. Why is the left, who despises Christianity to the point of removing God from the Democrat platform, so insistent that Obama is a Christian?  So insistent, in fact, that they are demanding that every GOP candidate agree that he is, in fact, not just a Christian but definitely not a Muslim?

What happened to tolerance?  Wouldn’t his being a Muslim (if he is, which I doubt, though there is food for thought on that) be a wonderful banner under which they can march in robotic lockstep?  The first black president is also the first Muslim president!  It’s a twofer you’d think they’d embrace.  But no, the very idea is anathema to them.  Who’s the real Islamophobe in this?

Ben Carson, the Islamophobe  . . . and Christianophobe

Meanwhile, Ben Carson is under fire for his comment that an American president should not be a Muslim.  This seems eminently reasonable to me given the nature of the American republic in which the power (supposedly) rests with the people and the nature of Islam in which the power purportedly rests with Allah but actually rests with Imams.  The two just don’t mesh.  That’s not bigotry, it’s just simple fact.

A fact that prominent Islamists have acknowledged repeatedly.

Carson has now come out and stated that he wouldn’t support a Christian theocracy in America, either.  And he’s right on that, too.  For the same reasons.

Rick Perry and Scott Walker Out of 2016 Race

I can’t stand Rick Perry, so I was happy to seem him exit the race as early as he did.  He’s an awful candidate, and worse, while he has some conservative ideas, he’s basically a “compassionate conservative” (i.e. a progressive).  The thing that made him anathema to me was his Islamic curriculum in Texas public schools, but there were other things that he did that I, as a Constitutional conservative, didn’t like one bit.  It’s all moot now, anyway, because he’s no longer governor of Texas, and he’s never going to be president. Yay!

Scott Walker was a bit of a surprise, however.  I expected his candidacy to be stronger than it was, but he made so many mistakes, was so uninspiring (lacked that fire in the belly we like to see in a presidential candidate), and just didn’t have enough (any?) knowledge about foreign (or, for that matter, domestic) issues.

He’s going back to Wisconsin to be a great governor, but he may be back on the national stage if he can take some time from combating unions and running his state to bone up on the myriad issues that a president must have done pat . . . or at least have heard about.

Who Thinks of Christians as “Crusaders”?:  Obama . . . and ISIS



Jeb Bush and the Second Amendment

Did he say that the right to bear arms is a “states rights” issue?


Seems so. Or maybe not.  He just seems clueless about foundational principles, and that, to me, is the real problem.  That and the fact that he’s running on his somewhat conservative record as Florida governor . . . a record he effectively denounced in 2012 when he stated that he “used to be a conservative.”

Trump? Really?

I didn’t get it in 2011, and I don’t get it now.  Why are normally rational, normally conservative people supporting Donald Trump?  Really.  I want to know.

He’s hit a nerve, I get that.  He played the same game last time around, only then it was Obama’s birth certificate, so he didn’t get as much play as he is getting with immigration.

He’s brash and outspoken.  So is Chris Christie.  So is that lady at Walmart who wants her dollar refund NOW!

He’s . . . well, I’ve run out of reasons that I can see that people are supporting him.  Oh, China.  Right, same playbook from when he wanted to run in ’88 or whenever . . . only then, it was Japan he was targeting as stealing from America.

It seems to me that people are simply plastering their own anger, dissatisfaction, frustration, hopes, dreams, and ideals onto Trump and imagining him to be other than he is.  To me, this is very familiar.  A bit too familiar in a rather alarming way.

Remember the last time we had an egomaniacal, thin-skinned control freak seeking the highest office in the land?  Remember how we warned that there were serious problems that were being either ignored or brushed aside?

Those comments about spreading the wealth . . . well, that’s not a red flag.

Those disturbing associations . . . well, that’s just guilt by association. Pfft!

Those worrying statements about bankrupting coal . . . well, he’s evolved.

Those bizarre statements about healing the planet and stopping the seas from rising . . . just rhetoric.

Nothing to see here.  Just vote, make history!  The blank slate cometh, paint him as you will!

And now, we see it all playing out again.

Trump did once support not just Democrats, but particularly vile, evil ones like Harry Reid over Sharon Angle, Nancy Pelosi–whom he claimed did a fabulous job on ObamaCare, Hillary Clinton–whom he claims is just “marvelous” and does a “great job.”

Well, sure, he has to support them to do business.  Um, or something.  Oh!  He thinks illegals commit violent crime!

Trump supports universal health care.  Yeah, but he also wants to repeal ObamaCare. Okay, but he wants the government in charge of every American’s health care; for all we know, he doesn’t think ObamaCare gives enough control to government (my guess). So? He thinks that we should all speak English in America!

He supports all abortion, including late-term abortion and thinks that Planned Parenthood should still be funded even after the appalling infanticide, baby mutilation, and baby parts-for-profit schemes.  Yeah, well.  He wants a border fence, so he can perform abortions in the White House for all I care!

He abuses government power in cruel and greedy ways that enriches (only) him and kicks little old ladies out of their family home.  So? Did you hear that he thinks we should send all the illegals back?? Did you?!  (Yeah, but I also heard the part where they can all come back again after touching “home plate.”)

Paul Krugman supports Trump’s economic policies.  Krugman, need I remind you, is a big government Keynesian.  So! Um . . . border fence!

He’s supported gun control, higher taxes (he loves the progressive tax system, thinks it’s not progressive enough), all entitlements (with more that he wants to see added, by the way), and he supports restrictions on the First Amendment to “respect” Islam.  Yeah, but . . . illegal immigration!

He’s mean-spirited, petty, and nasty in the face of any and all opposition (even when there is no actual opposition, just plain old questions that Carly answered with ease).  He’s a fighter!

One thing we know for sure:  Trump does not now and will never see himself as a public servant; Trump would be Trump.  The boss.  The king.  The final word on any and every thing.  He’d know best, and we’d better just believe it because . . . he said so!

Why, please please tell me why, Trump is resonating with conservatives.  I really really really don’t get it.

Is calling Carly “Carly” sexist or something else?

Back in April, there was a bit of debate about how sexist it is to call Hillary “Hillary” rather than, as is the usual case in politics, by her last name. I thought the whole thing was ridiculous . . . more perpetually outraged loons looking for something to be outraged about. Luckily, it quickly died away.

But now I’m seeing the same thing come up in discussion of Carly Fiorina.  Why does the right insist on adopting the language and culture of the far left?  Are we so steeped in this faux feminist madness that we don’t even realize how we are beginning to sound just like leftists?  Trump, for example, has lately been hammering how the rich need to “pay their fair share” in his latest impression of failed president and well-known socialist Obama, and Jeb! . . . well, almost everything he says is straight of the regressive playbook.

Then we start it up about the one female Republican candidate for president, trying to out left the left in shrieks of faux feminist faux outrage.  This is not to say that Carly doesn’t face actual sexism from both the left and the right.  On the left, we expect it because we know their only interest is in division; they aren’t “for” women, blacks, or anything else, and we know this because leftist feminists are among the first to attack conservative women, leftist blacks are the first to attack conservative black people, and on and on.  They could care less about women, minorities, or anything, really, but increasing government power and ensuring that the middle class in America disappears into the third world hell hole they envision for our nation’s future.

And on the right, she is faced with questions like that from what’s-his-face on the Fox Sunday show when he asked if she was really running for VP.  That, my friends, is sexist.  However, Carly’s campaign is centered, as is Hillary’s, on her first name.  They both have invited us to think of them by their first name and for the same reason.  They “get” that this is a sign of positive feeling . . . well, for the most part.  Clearly, it is not working for Hillary.

This strategy, I think, is because of Sarah.  They want to draw on the feelings that we have for Sarah, and that’s actually pretty smart.  Sarah is almost always “Sarah” to me because there’s really only the one, and we all saw what happened to her, that “Palinization” that makes her a figure not only of respect but of a type of kinship that I feel toward her as a conservative first and as a conservative woman second.  When I use her last name, it’s usually as a show of a different kind of respect as “Governor Palin,” but mostly, she’s “Sarah” to me: one of us, mama grizzly extraordinaire, conservative warrior.

This doesn’t work for Hillary, at least not for conservatives because when you say “Clinton,” you mean and evoke Bill Clinton, not his shrill, nasty, corrupt, paranoid, and evil wife.  No amount of selling herself as “one of us” or as anything other than the lunatic leftist Alinskyite that she is will change that.  She’s “Hillary” not because she’s one of us but because she’s isn’t her husband.

Likewise, calling Jeb! anything other than Jeb! doesn’t work: “Bush” means President George W. Bush to me, or maybe, in some specific cases, their father, so that leaves Jeb as Jeb!.  The exclamation point is just for fun; his stupid logo makes it amusing to me.  The same rule, sans exclamation point, applies to Rand because “Paul” means Ron, not Rand.

Marco Rubio, whom I cannot abide after his Gang of Ocho shenanigans as Chuck Schumer’s butt monkey and pet Republican, is always a sneer in my brain, whether I call him “Marco” or “Rubio,” it’s always with a mentally curved lip and a kind of mental spit.

Then there are the titled pols or would be pols: Dr. Carson, Governor Walker, President Bush (meaning W.), Colonel West, et al.  This, I think, is more about respect for me than much else.  Using only their last name would work, but for some reason, their title works better.

Then there are those whom I think of as both first and last name.  Ted Cruz, for example, is always “Ted Cruz” in my brain, though when I write about him, I often will use only his last name.  I can’t really explain it, but considering that he is currently–barring some horrible revelation of secret progressive leanings–my favorite for the GOP nomination, it may be that I am already mentally preparing for him to have a title other than “Senator” before his name.

I hope that the people on the right who are attempting to defend Carly by whining that she is being called “Carly” will . . . just stop it.  There’s no there there.

Curt Schilling, ESPN, and Sarah

ESPN has done it again!  Remember when they pulled Hank Williams Jr.’s theme song from its Monday Night Football broadcast for making the following off-the-cuff comment on “Fox and Friends”?

Obama and Boehner played side by side that day against Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich at the height of the congressional budget debate.

Asked what he did not like about the friendly bipartisan golf match, Williams replied, “Come on! It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

“They’re the enemy! Obama! And Biden!” he added.

Williams was quick to respond to the move with his song “Keep the Change.”

I so love that song!

Now they’ve suspended former major league baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling, for posting the following tweet (since deleted):

curt-schilling-tweet[h/t SooperMexican]

The Washington Post reports:

Curt Schilling, the former major league pitcher who is now an ESPN analyst, posted a tweet Tuesday in which he shared a meme that compares Muslim extremists to Nazis.

. . . . ESPN, in a statement emailed to The Post, said: “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Sarah Palin is incensed by ESPN’s treatment of Schilling and has posted a response on Facebook:


ESPN – what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!

. . . . By denying the accuracy of Schilling’s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.

From those of us who used to LOVE the network (to the point of addiction, some would confess!), I say to ESPN – you are awful in this. Stick to sports.

She also responded on her show, On Point with Sarah Palin. Watch:

Palin and her guest make the point that this type of action has a chilling effect on anyone who might make statements that are deemed unacceptable not only by ESPN but by other media and even private or political interests.  Of course, that’s the goal of these moves: go along with our agenda or we’ll ruin you.

Schilling has tweeted the following in response to his suspension:

Pure class.  But a shame he has to say that stating his true thoughts is a bad decision.  I guess in Obama’s America it is . . . if you have the “wrong” thoughts.

Vietor’s Attempt to Mock Trump for Praising Mercedes-Benz in Alabama Backfires

Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor is back in the news. You may remember his bizarre “dude, that was two years ago!” exchange about Benghazi with Bret Baier.


Having moved up from a press van driver for Obama to National Security Spokesman, one might imagine that Vietor would be sympathetic to the plight of the American worker or at least understand how much auto manufacturing matters to a great many American workers, including those in Alabama.

Maybe he does, but it wouldn’t seem so given his response to Trump’s speech in Alabama yesterday in which Trump praised Mercedes-Benz. Vietor, apparently eager to undermine Trump, tweeted:

The responses on Twitter show that while Vietor may not know how important Mercedes manufacturing is to Alabama and its workers, the Twitterverse does.

DUDE! Mercedes has plant in Alabama.NEXT! @TVietor08: “Who has a Mercedes Benz? Anybody? A lot of people” – Donald Trump man of the people” — SeldenGADawgs (@SeldenGADawgs) August 22, 2015

@TVietor08 Looking down your nose at people who make cars, have success in life and can afford nice things are we?

Twitchy has more.

To that last point by David Adams, Mercedes-Benz is the largest private sector employer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. According to the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce website:

Tuscaloosa remains the company’s only factory in the United States. From a 1.1 million square foot facility built in 1995, it will soon expand to 6.4 million square feet with a capacity of producing 350,000 cars per year. Over 8,000 people go to work on the MBUSI site every day and the local automotive supplier base continues to expand.

Presumably, Vietor is supporting Hillary for president, and if anyone’s a woman of the people, it is she. Granted, she hasn’t driven a car since 1996, and I’m not sure how often Trump drives, but he at least knows where Mercedes-Benz is located and whom it employs: the people.