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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sanders and Trump are leading the anti establishment rebellion

They're all victims now. For years the media has been force feeding the public stories of rape and human trafficking on the southern border as an unsettling fact of life. Human trafficking in Mexico even has its own Wikipedia entry. The problem is addressed countless times by the Dept of Homeland Security as for example here.
For more than 7 years, from 2003 through 2010, three brothers operated a sex trafficking ring in which they lured young Mexican women – some only 14 years old – and forced them to work in the sex trade in Mexico, New York and other areas within the United States. The victims were required to turn over all of their earnings and threatened with violence against their families.
The Fordam Law Review produced a scholarly paper on the subject. David Kyle and Rey Kosloski devote an entire Chapter to it in there Global Human Smuggling which one can read for free on Google books and yet when Donald Trump mentions Mexico is allowing drug dealer and pimps to enter our country he is pilloried not only by the press but also by members of his own party. Jeb Bush was personally offended. OMG!
Trump is smarter than we thought. He has articulated a very real problem in the worst possible way. He could clean up the controversy by saying that he did not mean all Mexican illegals were pimps and drug dealers and he probably will after the controversy has run its course but for now it's Get Off My Lawn defiance as his numbers grow in the polls. George Wallace exhorted the voters to "send them a message". Trump's words are more bombastic but the message is the same. And to whom is the message addressed? The Republican establishment. The Republican base is in the beginning of a full revolt and for the time being Trump is its leader just as the Democratic base is flipping off the Democratic establishment and Hillary Clinton by flocking to Bernie Sanders. The country hasn't seen this much bipartisan revulsion of the Washington establishment since the Whiskey Rebellion.

The easiest way for the Republicans to lose in 2016 is to run Jeb Bush. The easiest way for the Democrats to lose is to run Hillary Clinton.

The present state of politics reminds me of 1992 when Pat Buchanan revolted against H. W. Bush and the Washington establishment. At the time I was a disaffected Democrat, between construction jobs, and in a moment of outrage dialed a phone number mentioned on some talk radio show only to be honored with the responsibility of collecting the 500 signatures in my congressional district to get Pat Buchanan on the Indiana ballot. It wasn't stated that forthrightly. I would get assistance from so and so in Bloomington and so and so in Washington, IN and just be part of the team but my wife and I probably collected 350 of the 500 necessary signatures. I mention this only because while I was collecting those signatures I would ask people for their second choice not for the Republican nomination but for the presidency. Far and away former Governor Jerry Moonbeam Brown was the second choice and I was polling mostly angry Republicans! Granted Jerry Brown may be the best retail politician of our lifetimes but in 1992 he was seen as an iconoclastic New Age prophet of sorts and he could be brutal in his criticism of fellow Democrats and the Washington establishment in general.
I would guess that Marco Rubio maybe the secret second choice of plenty of anti Hillary Democrats but there is real danger for the Republicans with him. Yes, he would run well among Democrats but he is anathema to many Republicans. It goes beyond his "gang of 8" misadventure which he would like to forget. He was happy to co-sponsor with Kirsten Gillibrand the The Campus Accountability & Safety Act and was on the wrong side of the Protect IP act until he caved after the Internet blackout. Although elected with Tea Party support he has quickly become the consummate Washington insider. The fact that both he and Chris Christie were guests at Mitt Romney's Fourth of July sleep over indicates where his money will be coming from and it ain't the base.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are more of a symptom than a solution for what ails their respective parties. The Republicans need Donald Trump at the top of their ticket like Syria needs ISIS but he has an important role to play. If he can save the party from Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio he at the very least deserves to have John Kasich as a permanent guest on The Apprentice.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I don't like Trump but I love his work.

I don't think Donald Trump would win any popularity contests on this blog but that said I do not consider him to be a liability to the GOP. The GOP has addressed the illegal immigration issue with a great deal of trepidation to put it nicely. Frankly I'm getting a little tired of being flipped off by people who are breaking American laws by their presence in this country. I am disappointed with Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham for their votes on the Senate immigration bill and positively sickened by Jeb Bush's perpetual pandering to the open borders crowd. Why the hell we continue to vote for GOP candidates is beyond me. The Republicans have broken almost every promise they have made since WE put them in control of the House in 2010. It been, thanks folks, see you later.
Is the budget balanced? No. Is Obamacare still here? Yes, and now we are expected to accept gay marriage and danger it portends to our religious liberty and elect these sorry bastards again? I don't think so. It is well within Congress's power to defund the EPA along with its war on coal, it is within its power to defund the Dept of Education and its war on college men, and within its power to demand the appointment for a special prosecutor as a condition for funding the IRS. When we wake some morning to find a sizeable chunk of our national sovereignty has been ceded to some international trade organization we can thank Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Paul Ryan and over 250 congressmen and senators who WE put in office, representatives who are more concerned about helping Obama achieve some accomplishment for his precious legacy than preserving what few jobs Americans still hold in their native land. The fact that Trump scores relatively well in the polls is due to the disgust we harbor for conventional Republicans not to some sudden infatuation with the new guy with the great hair.
Donald Trump is not a politician. He is a man child on an ego trip with no political accomplishments but he and he alone is listening to the voters' concerns. Let me restate that. He probably doesn't listen to the voters or anyone else and presently that redounds to his advantage but he has taken up an issue that no one wants to talk about. Does he exaggerate the crime problem posed by illegals? Probably yes. Is he the only candidate in the field who exaggerates? Probably no. The trouble Trump poses to the rest of the field is that he can cite a gory example of illegal lawlessness everyday for as long as he is in the race. He has found a wedge issue and he will ride it for all it's worth and good for him.
Every candidate in the Republican field obviously thinks he or she has at least a long shot chance to win with the exceptions of Trump and Lindsey Graham. They are not running to win but rather to move the party in their favored direction. Lindsey Graham is a defense hawk and most of Trump's concerns are around American leadership and foreign policy posture. Graham sees the United States being run ragged by terrorists who Obama refuses to engage. Trump sees Obama as a bungling fool, which he is, who allows the decline of the American economy vis a vis foreign trade and immigration policy. Where they differ is Graham is a wuss and Trump is not.
But will Trump damage the Republican brand?   If he does that's the Republican Party's problem not mine and I have precious little time for politician who feel sorry for themselves. Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell have done their level best to do in the brand in the eyes of the base and if Trumps displeases the Democrats, the media and the illegals that's too damn bad. Deal with it.
 Of course Trump would like to run the country but he would settle for forcing his ideas on the Republican Party and the country so he can get back to running beauty contests and coaxing an occasional coherent thought from great minds of Geraldo Rivera and Gary Busey. In the meantime he will settle for poking his finger in the eyes of every establishment Republican and good for him.
Update: Evidently I'm not alone this issue. From the Hill,
Conservative radio host Steve Deace argued Trump’s words are ringing true with conservatives who are tired of how they’ve been treated by the establishment Republican Party.

“Trump is simply saying what a lot of average Americans who could care less what people inside the 202 and 212 area code thinks to some extent,” Deace told the Hill.

“The idea of this hurting the GOP brand is laughable,” he said. “What brand?”

“They already lie to their conservative base repeatedly,” Deace said of mainstream Republicans.

“Most of the GOP’s base is looking for reasons to revolt,” he added. “The brand here isn’t just damaged – it needs an exorcism.”

Friday, July 3, 2015

German media mocks Greece

Imagine if you will, Ann Coulter as the editorial page editor of the New York Times. It has not come to that yet but the German media has had its fill of  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his moral outrage now that he has maxed out his credit card. Greece has been trending downward since 300 B.C. and now seems poised to bottom out despite the protestations from Tsipra that Germany and the EU have not done enough for the cradle of democracy.

The image reads  “Hand over the money or I’ll shoot.” and it plays well to popular sentiment. Sixty-eight percent of 1,001 people surveyed in an ARD-DeutschlandTrend poll held the Greek government responsible, while 4 percent blamed the European Union. Both sides are to blame, according to 24 percent of those surveyed.

Organic food for thought

As of late I inadvertently cultivated an interest in what has become a religion among leftist activists, the nanny state food police. They are the crowd who know better than you what you should be eating, less sugar, no transfats, no GMO's and no grain fed beef and above all, you should eat only organically grown victuals. They see themselves as helpless victims of the all powerful agribusiness and food processing industries. They disdain consumer sovereignty, arguing that consumers, except for them and their enlightened brethren, are too dumb to know what's good for them. They also believe that they have the right to grow whatever they may please and society should lap it up regardless of the cost. The speaker in the video tells a tragic story of an organic zucchini grower who could not cover his operating expenses, let alone make a profit, proving to the speaker, that there is a fundamental flaw in the way we think about food. Failing to detect that fundamental flaw beforehand, the poor mope had to sell off part of his farm.

I was perusing a rather pedantic post at the NYT's web site when a particularly strident comment caught my eye. It was signed by somebody from Lewis Family Farms. I've known a few farmers and most had families but none of them had a web site. I reached the Essex, New York web site but later found there was also a Lewis Family Farms in Rochester, Pennsylvania that hosts weddings besides selling meat.
The New York Lewises are looking to hire a farmhand and have put forth a generous offer.
Salary and bonus to match experience, proven ability, willingness, client satisfaction and results, respectively.
Large, new, comfortable, family-friendly, WiFi-equipped on-farm residences for manager and family, for select staff with family.
Fine nearby schools.
And then the kicker. They don't want just any farmhand.
We require a resume, references, and an essay.
An essay? They want John Boy Walton? Let's face, if one is going to raise grass fed beef one would certainly need a man of letters, someone who could, maybe, write an updated version of Dissertation on Roast Pig?
So how much does this wonderful USDA certified grass fed beef cost? Never mind that it would be like eating a bony old milk cow. Well, the New York family was too busy recruiting to get their catalogue online and the Pennsylvania cousins didn't do much better but allow me to quote this advisory,
Ground meat is sold simply by the pounds of beef that you are interested in purchasing.  It costs $6.50 per pound.
All of our cuts of meat are currently sold by the 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 of an animal, or a whole animal, usually a steer.  These "sides" of beef cost $10.00 per pound, based on the packaged weight of the share.  This includes all the butchering costs.  Sometimes our butchers are able to package some or all of your ground beef into hamburger patties for a small amount more per pound.

We often have soup bones and organ meat, (heart, liver, ect) available to purchase as well.  Soup bones are $3.00 per pound, and the organ meat is $6.00 per pound.   
Ground beef is only $6.50 per pound? Yes, they have managed to eliminate those nefarious middle men who drive up the cost of everything from chicken livers to heating oil. That way they can sell a side of beef for only $10 per pound or $2000 to $2600 for half a beef and it still chews like a Holstein milk cow. How much would a half of a corn fed beef cost. Where I would buy it it's $3.19 per pound but then again there is something fundamentally wrong with the way I think about food.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hillary emails with Axelrod show White House well aware of secret email account

The story from the White House when the news of Hillary's secret server became public was they knew nothing about it. Not true. This is an email exchange between Cheryl Mills and Hillary. Notice the date is June 8, 2009.

And Axelrod did get the address of the secret email account that the White House did not know existed.

Puerto Rico is the next Greece and Bush wants to make it a state.

The Greek debt crisis has drawn the rapt attention of the financial community and it's a good story with high drama and a good to middling cast. In the first act Angela Merkel played the role of a benevolent baroness presiding over her pet charity. The good taxpayers of Germany simply could not allow their dear friends to fall into insolvency simply because they were too lazy to work, implored the portly prime minister. Eventually the German population adjudged the prime minister to have drifted off script and closed the curtain on the would be heroine and her misdirected munificence. Youthful Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, now at center stage, refuses to acknowledge the financial debt and also his personal indebtedness to a young Dennis the Menace Kucinich for sanctimonious rhetoric. It's the bankers' fault. Too bad but we've seen this play before.
Moving closer to home the "It All the Bankers' Fault" morality play is about to open in Puerto Rico. The island territory of the U.S. whose chief livelihood is food stamps, is on the hook for $72 billion which is about equal to its entire annual economic output. "The debt is un payable", intones Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla.
Son of bitch! Who would have thought that? Unlike most of the states, Illinois and California excluded, Puerto Rico did not trim its budget in reaction to Obama's great recession. Instead it followed the Detroit model with about the same result.

So what's a politician to do with a territory that can't manage its assets? Make them a state. That' Jeb Bush's solution.
"Puerto Rican citizens, U.S. citizens, ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state. I think statehood is the best path, personally," he said at Universidad Metropolitana de Cupey in San Juan. "I have believed that for a long, long while. I'm not new to this."
Right Jeb, that's all the country needs is one more blue state that can't pay its bills. Insist on Puerto Rican independence instead of Puerto Rican dependency.

The wealthy Hillary voters don't appear to know

  Personally I don't care how much money Hillary Clinton has. I have no sense of jealousy and envy, qualities that the Democrat Party has carefully cultivated in many Americans, because I worked hard in my life and have just what I need. I need nothing more.
  What is so insulting and infuriating about the Clintons is how money-grubbing they are---with other people's money and with grabbing as much as they can get from the taxpayers and how they portray themselves as "of the people" in circumstance. 
  She's just another divider in the pattern of Obama, grooming unhappiness and subjugation in voters to get herself elected, regardless the consequences.
  When Hillary complained about being "broke" when they left the White House because they needed  money to pay for "housES," did you know they had stolen furniture and china from the White House? to the point they had to return those items?
  Given it was the end of the Clinton administration and wouldn't hurt a reelection campaign, the LA Times even reported that the pilfering began one year before they left the White House:
  President Clinton and his wife started shipping White House furniture to the Clintons' newly purchased home in New York more than a year ago, despite questions at the time by the White House chief usher about whether they were entitled to remove the items.
The day before the items were shipped out, chief usher Gary Walters said he questioned whether the Clintons should be taking the furnishings because he believed they were government property donated as part of a White House redecoration project in 1993, during Clinton's first year in office.
  Poor mouthing aside, Hillary's main schtick is to promise free stuff to her constituency--regardless the economic impact-- and pander to the grievance industry cadres who trumpet the complaints.
  So Hillary complains to college students that it's not fair those students have taken on such enormous debt, yet she demands over $200,000 for that very complaint speech.
  And somehow those foolish students stand and applaud her speech, apparently disconnected from the fact that, in most circumstances, THEY are paying for her speech by mortgaging their futures.
  This is typical of the fantasy world in which Leftists reside. Promise $15 an hour minimum wage but ignore the consequences of small business failure, rising prices, inflated salaries for other employees and the mechanization of all tasks that were formerly performed by actual people.
  So it couldn't come as much of a surprise that college students---those icons of blissful ignorance and intolerance--are completely unaware of the extent to which Hillary has milked the public.
  And let's not even discuss the ethical and legal issues with the Clinton Foundation. 
  Say one thing, do another.
  That's HILLARY!
  So watch what students say when they are shown the real financial circumstances of one Hillary Rodham Clinton.

A Bush-Clinton match up? Don't hold your breath.

One would think the Republicans would have to be crazy to nominate Jeb Bush. Observe the chart below. It is derived by plotting several dozen polls. The longer the public looks at Bush the worse it gets. No one wins general elections when a majority of the public doesn't like him. Worse yet he is trending down.

So if the Republicans would lose with Bush how would the Democrats fare with Hillary? She too is underwater. Notice she started to slide steeply in the polls about the time of the 2012 elections and the Benghazi attack. With a federal judge having issued an order requiring the State Department to make public batches of the former Secretary of State's emails every 30 days it's doubtful her numbers will recover as that scandal deepens.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Now comes the real attack on religion.

Brace yourself for an all out assault on religion from the tyrannical left. Ten years ago Canada legalized same sex marriage and the results are not pleasant.

Hillary falters in New Hampshire while winning ownership of Obamacare

One should be chary to accept any polling this early in the campaign as predictive of outcome but it's not too early to spot trends and polling coming from New Hampshire suggests that Hillary's sisterhood of the pant suit traveling minstrel show is beginning to leak oil. The CNN / WMUR poll shows Dame Hillary a mere 8 points ahead of loony leftist Bernie Sanders. Again, let me restate the caveat; it's too early to predict any outcome but it is beginning to confirm a widely held suspicion that support for Hillary is and was in 2008 a mile wide and an inch deep. The lady runs well against an empty field but when faced with even minimal opposition comes apart like a cheap pant suit. What would one expect? She is hobbled by two personal impediments; a robotic public persona and an empty resume'.
Add to Mrs. Clinton's personal shortcomings the ineptitude of her highly touted campaign machine that contains essentially the same personnel that failed her in 2008 and the lingering scandals of Benghazi and the missing emails one can see a rough road ahead. Her so called listening tour where she meets with small groups of faithful and trusted friend is more conducive to selling Tupperware than winning the presidency. It's all show and no go and the public sees that. I would take issue with the argument that only the left wing of the party is defecting and remind readers when Eugene McCarthy won 42% of New Hampshire's primary vote in 1968 Lyndon Johnson folded and when Pat Buchanan took 38% of the Granite State's Republican vote in 1992 it was lights out for George Herbert Walker Bush. He never recovered. When the base revolts it causes the rest of the party to question its own commitment to the candidate. The party faithful may not switch sides but many will sit home on election day.
Yesterday's Supreme Court decision gave Hillary Clinton full ownership of Obamacare, a law so unpopular it has seldom polled in positive numbers. In essence Hillary captured the poisoned pawn, achieving a small material gain at the cost of a profound positional disadvantage. " Belike the price of a jackal’s meal were more than a thief could pay."
No one seriously thinks Hillary will lose her party's nomination but even a good showing by Sanders in New Hampshire would be a harbinger of bad things to come.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One more Laudato Si rant

If by now you haven't guessed I'm not a great fan of Pope Francis nor his magna opus Laudato Si. The kindest thing I can say for it is that it is trite. The real world has enough moral issues without the fictional, apocalyptic, global warming, predictions so dear to his heart. Below is part of an online argument I have been having with someone who thinks Laudato Si is visionary.
Did we read the same text?
If the late Jerry Falwell had come out against air conditioning he would have been the laughing stock of the country. What Jerry Falwell did do was rid American mainline Protestantism of anti Semitism and for that he deserves some credit.
"People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning."
Or savor this hardcore banality, "To cite one example, most of the paper we produce is thrown away and not recycled." This from the same Church that produced such thinkers as Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus! When Pope Pius XI left for his summer retreat early in 1938 with the words "The air makes us sick"  his words were directed at Adolf Hitler who was meeting the first week in May with Italian leader Benito Mussolini. Pope Francis would probably have instructed Hitler to make sure his soldiers picked up their litter on their way to invade Poland and fretted about the C02 level. Did he miss the story about the Russia's seizure of the Crimea or the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe or the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa? Global warming is his first concern? Hellava job, Francis!
And what is his problem with the free dissemination of the news?
"Furthermore, when media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously. In this context, the great sages of the past run the risk of going unheard amid the noise and distractions of an information overload. Efforts need to be made to help these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity and not a threat to our deepest riches."
What sort of efforts? and what trusted governmental agency should be tasked with helping these media to become sources of new cultural progress? Obama's FCC? One suspects His Holiness himself has spends too much time in the digital world.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The mouse that roared - Indiana will ignore EPA's Clean Power Plan says Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is prepared to ignore the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants unless the proposed regulations are drastically changed. “If your administration proceeds to finalize the Clean Power Plan, and the final rule has not demonstrably and significantly improved from the proposed rule, Indiana will not comply,” wrote the supple spined former henchman of John Boehner. “Our nation needs an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that relies on a variety of different energy sources,” wrote the Governor proving he has not exhausted his supply of cliches.
Actually Indiana needs an "all of the above" energy strategy like it needs another Hepatitis C outbreak. It gets 85% of its electricity from coal fired plants and 26,000 Hoosiers are employed in the coal industry and as Jimmy Carter was fond of telling us has enough coal to last 600 years.
The last time Governor Pence took a stand on a substantive issue his flip flop resulted in civil protections based on sexual orientation. Evidently the opinions of Tim Cooke and Charles Barkley carry more weight than mere voters. Maybe he should have run this by Miley Cyrus before calling a press conference. With friends like Pence...

Nikki Haley for Vice President?

We all know that extreme circumstances have produced some extremely great leaders and Governor Nikki Haley maybe a splendid example. While Republicans candidates for their party's nomination waffled on the merits of preserving the last remnants of the Confederacy, Haley addressed the flag issue head on. Agree with her or disagree but at least she had the courage to take a stand. Suddenly her name is being mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate.
Before the flag issue emerged Haley had already become Charleston's chief healer and uniter. He message was one of hope and forgiveness in contrast to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's racially charged vindictiveness over what now appears to be the accidental death of a small time drug dealer. She spoke in her own genuine voice not in Hillary Clinton's "I ain't no ways tired", traveling minstrel show schtick.
“It’s been her finest hour as governor,” said David Woodard, a Clemson University professor.
Haley second term of governor expires in 2019 and if she has aspirations to higher office she has not made them known but having a plain spoken woman of Indian heritage who has twice been elected to a state's highest office would improve any Republican nominee's chances of capturing the White House.

Leftist sicko mocks Nikki Haley

The city of Charleston conducted itself with tremendous grace following the shooting of 9 very good people. Relatives of the victims did not ask for vengeance but forgave Dylann Roof and hoped that he would seek his own salvation. A family member of Anthony Thompson said,
“I forgive you and my family forgives you, but we would like you to take this opportunity to repent . . . confess, give your life to the one who matters the most, Christ, so that He can change it—can change your ways no matter what happens to you, and you will be OK. Do that and you will be better.”
From  the daughter of Ethel Lance, killed in the shooting,
“You took something very precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. May God forgive you. And I forgive you.”
A clearly shaken and grieving Governor Nikki Haley had to fight back her tears when she made her first statement.

And the tolerant left responded with this:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Does Obama's DNA make him racist?

  Disregarding national security, one of the most disturbing things Obama has done in governing the United States is to demean the office of the presidency.
  He''s appeared with comedians, with pimps, with women who slather themselves with cheerios. He's hucked it up repeatedly on the golf course, mocked his opponents repeatedly, mocked and scolded the American people and the Supreme Court. Now he's gone on yet another second ratel comedian's stupid show called "WTF," used a word that is socially unacceptable, claiming that racism is in "our DNA" and later crowed that he's "glad" he stirred people up with anxiety, like any good community agitator.
  Again harkening back to conditions hundreds of years ago, Obama complained:
“Racism: We’re not cured of it,” Obama told Maron. “It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public, that’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t overnight erase everything that happened two to 300 years earlier.”
  He made sure to blame the Congress, the NRA, claiming our "DNA"  means we're doomed to be racist. Presumably only white people have this problem:
The president said while attitudes about race have improved significantly since he was born to a white mother and black father, the legacy of slavery "casts a long shadow and that's still part of our DNA that's passed on."

Obama also expressed frustration that "the grip of the NRA (National Rifle Association) on Congress is extremely strong" and prevented gun control from advancing in Congress after 20 children and six educators were massacred in a Connecticut elementary school in 2012.
   Interestingly, very few American sources bothered to quote Obama's DNA remarks.
   From his statements, obviously Obama would also be guilty of racism in his DNA since he is half white.
  The truth is that Democrats including Obama are agitating for the banishment of certain opinions, of the abolition of any voices who do not agree with them. Obama has no compunction about accusing others of heinous crimes and so-called "hate" crimes, including "bigotry" as defined by Leftists.
  These are dangerous days in America; Obama has called himself "fearless" this week, at the same time creating dissension, flouting our laws, removing deportation options for even criminals and announcing to the world that the US will no longer forbid the payment of ransom thus encouraging kidnapping.
  Fearless, no doubt, does not mean to us what it means to the likes of Obama, who just today complain that Muslims are misunderstood in this country while at the same time pushing government harassment of Christians and conservatives.
  An "honest" conversation means you shut up.
  I'm so sick of these snobs.

MSNBC lefties laugh at health care lies

  You know, it was bad enough that those who were paying attention knew Obama and his people were lying and laughing at those of us who recognized the fakery that was going on when Democrats were destroying the health care system.
  But imagine this.
  A group of elite rich lefties gather around their morning joe to laugh about the lies, to laugh at the people (yes, Democrat people) who actually believed the lies and blindly trusted their leaders.
  It's so funny because the impending increases in deductibles, premiums, co-pays and impending decreases in accessibility of care will never affect them or their families because they are the elite, the privileged, no matter their skin color (although 4 of the 5 commentators in this video are white).
  It's so funny that they can barely contain their amusement that the "stupid American [Democrat] voters actually bought the White House lies, which they translate as "not fully forthcoming." 
  Yes, Mark Halperin "apologizes" of sorts to his Republican sources who told him Jonathan Gruber was intimately involved in negotiations for radically transforming health care but yesterday we learned that Gruber was indeed tremendously involved.
  But hahaha.
  Because, see, not all lives matter, at least when it comes to the elites in this country.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Jessie Jackson Jr. graduates to house arrest.

Oh happy day! Prisoner 32451016 a.k.a. Jessie Jackson Jr. is back in his Washington, Dupont Circle home with a GPS locked to his ankle. He was released from Volunteers of America halfway house in Baltimore where he has resided since his release from the federal pen in March and presumably did not take part in the recent looting.
“I plan to use the next several months of home confinement…to share with the American people not only my journey, but the journey of Americans who have erred and made mistakes of judgment that led to their incarceration,” Jackson said.
That means he is going to write a book because he needs the money but when his time of home confinement is up in October the good wife, Sandi Jackson, goes to jail. More.

Sony: Spider-Man must be a white,heterosexual male.

Where would we be without Wikileaks? Wikileaks has begun releasing documents from the Sony hack. If you live on another planet or as in my case just don't give a damn what happens in Hollywood, you may not know that Marvel Comics and Sony agreed on a joint venture to put Spider-Man in the movies. In the contract some very specific terms as to the Spider-Man image and character are spelled out. He is a middle class, Caucasian and heterosexual male, who does not do drugs or have sex with minors.

Marvel can enjoin a Picture if it does not conform to the foregoing Mandatory
Character Traits. For any other failure to conform to Character Integrity or other
requirements, Marvel’s sole remedy is damages.
b. Peter Parker Character Traits. Depiction of Peter Parker or his Spider-Man alter ego
must conform to the following character traits:
 His full name is Peter Benjamin Parker.
 He is Caucasian and heterosexual.
 His parents become absent from his life during his childhood.
 From the time his parents become absent he is raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben
in New York City
 He gains his powers while attending either middle school or college.
 He gains his powers from being bitten by a spider
 He designs his first red and blue costume.
 The black costume is a symbiote and is not designed by him
 He is raised in a middle class household in Queens, New York
 He attends or attended high school in Queens, New York, and he attends or
attended college in New York City, New York.

a. Mandatory Spider-Man Character Traits. Spider-Man (whether Peter Parker or an
alternative Spider-Man character) must always strictly conform to the following
“Mandatory Character Traits”:
 Does not torture*
 Does not kill unless in defense of self or others*
 Does not use foul language beyond PG-13
 Does not smoke tobacco*
 Does not sell/distribute illegal drugs*
 Does not abuse alcohol*
 Does not have sex before the age of 16, does not have sex with anyone below the
age of 16
 Not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual

Dolezal puts her best (black) face forward at protest rally

  Via Liberty News, a video has been unearthed of Rachel Dolezal stirring up trouble at a Ferguson march. What I find more interesting about this than the usual rabble scrabble is the amount of tanner she felt she needed to wear this day.
  I ask: Given the definition of black face ("Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used by performers to represent a black person. ")and considering that Dolezal is playing to an audience of black protesters, many paid to protest, that has circulated around the country is search of racial incidents, isn't what she's doing pandering in black face to a deceived audience?

Starting no later than Robert Toll's Blacking Up (1974), a "third wave" has systematically studied the origins of blackface, and has put forward a nuanced picture: that blackface did, indeed, draw on African-American culture, but that it transformed, stereotyped, and caricatured that culture, resulting in often racist representations of black characters.[80]
  And this form of performance has validity to black activists? Really?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Blessed are the recyclers and organic gardeners

One can imagine some future confessor instructing a penitent " For your penance say 3 Our Fathers and 3 Hail Marys and read the complete encyclical “Laudato Si’" . "I would rather go to hell" might be the reply. The Church really does not need at this time a patron saint of tedium but His Holiness seems to want to get his card punched for such an honor if it should ever be created. There are no inspiring prose, no exhortations to excellence, and certainly no bold visions. Philosophically it's chocked full of the of pointless minutiae that the Pharisees were so fond of and as far as letters go it is on a plane with Roger Goodell’s letter to NFL owners on domestic violence. No one was expecting Lord Chesterfield's concision but no one thought the art of letter writing had reached this nadir.
Dear boy, Turn off the air conditioner and eschew the temptation to mine coal.
Laudato Si is a dark document. It is anti capitalist in tone and almost sophomoric in its judgments.
Some countries are gradually making significant progress, developing more effective controls and working to combat corruption. People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning. The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand. An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behaviour, which at times appears self-destructive.
"The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand." That is deep!
Buying an air conditioner is self-destructive? One suspects the pontiff would have his bishops developer a talmudic set of regulations governing air conditioner use to further advance the cause of a totalitarian church. Show me a leftist and I'll show you a totalitarian.. Every facet of every citizen's life must be regulated in excruciating detail either by civil law or moral suasion.

 People take sick, for example, from breathing high levels of smoke from fuels used in cooking or heating. There is also pollution that affects everyone, caused by transport, industrial fumes, substances which contribute to the acidification of soil and water, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and agrotoxins in general. Technology, which, linked to business interests, is presented as the only way of solving these problems, in fact proves incapable of seeing the mysterious network of relations between things and so sometimes solves one problem only to create others.
Good Catholics should starve in the cold? Again the anti-business rhetoric! Here Francis comes close to placing the onus on himself to build that better mouse trap and one would hope it goes beyond organic gardening. He does not address the issue of nuclear power just everything else. If there is an underlying theme in this tract it is "someone should build this or do that". He could write speeches for Obama.
To cite one example, most of the paper we produce is thrown away and not recycled. It is hard for us to accept that the way natural ecosystems work is exemplary: plants synthesize nutrients which feed herbivores; these in turn become food for carnivores, which produce significant quantities of organic waste which give rise to new generations of plants. But our industrial system, at the end of its cycle of production and consumption, has not developed the capacity to absorb and reuse waste and by-products. 
One assumes we are the carnivores in question since I can think of no large population of carnivorous beasts and sorry about the organic waste but what should one do when nature calls?

Will someone please buy this man a thesaurus! And maybe explain to him that to be understood he must use understandable prose. Witness this;
The basic problem goes even deeper: it is the way that humanity has taken up technology and its development according to an undifferentiated and one-dimensional paradigm. This paradigm exalts the concept of a subject who, using logical and rational procedures, progressively approaches and gains control over an external object. This subject makes every effort to establish the scientific and experimental method, which in itself is already a technique of possession, mastery and transformation. It is as if the subject were to find itself in the presence of something formless, completely open to manipulation.
What sort of a merciful God would expect the faithful to read this English? An undifferentiated and one-dimensional paradigm? There are insurance underwriters who write better. I'm mindful that the pope probably wrote in his native Spanish but linguistic atrocities such as this don't show up in translations of Guantanamera or Don Quixote. Not even with Google Translate. In the end one wonders if this document was mean to be read. It will certainly be forgotten. What would Cardinal Newman have said after reading this tortured English and pedantic silliness? Ora pro nobis. ( Pray for us)