Which Candidates will Downsize Government?

Very worthwhile piece by one of my favorite people…

Pitching Liberty

I spent a few hours this morning reviewing the specific policy proposals on the candidate websites of Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ted Cruz. It was a valuable experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you have been following closely, as I have, you might be surprised at what some candidates have in their plans. You might be more surprised at what is missing.

As a liberty-minded conservative, my primary issue is the promotion of individual liberty, which can only be brought about by drastic reductions in not only the size (headcount and dollars spent), but in the scope (breadth of issues upon which control is asserted), of the federal government.

Every single remaining candidate has specific plans to secure the border, reduce taxes, and streamline regulations and entitlements. Additionally, every remaining candidate with the exception of Donald Trump, vows in writing to repeal Obamacare. These issues…

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Someone has to be there. Let it be your privilege and your honor.

ImageIn my 17th year, I remember striding through 18 inches of fresh powder in the 304th Signal Bn HQ & HQ company motor pool in Seoul, Korea. It had been snowing all day. It was about 0200 hrs. on Christmas Morning, 1963. I was midway through a lonely 3-hour tour of guard duty. Mickey-mouse boots, arctic parka, mittens, M14. Big, fresh flakes drifting lazily down to settle on everything; pink sky; dark, silhouettes of brutish, angular army vehicles looming in endless rows. It was quiet enough to hear the snowflakes whispering as they landed. Thinking of my Mom, Dad and sisters back home, many thousands of miles away, my reverie was broken when I heard soft whistling and saw a dark shape lumbering toward me through the snow. Silent Night; someone was walking toward me whistling Silent Night. Heart pounding. Brought my slung M14 to port arms. Commanded “Halt!” The shape stopped moving. Then “Who goes there?” (I know it sounds ridiculous , but it wasn’t, in that time and place.) Came the answering voice “It’s just the Chaplain, son. Come to wish you a Merry Christmas.” Me, then, more ridiculous-sounding army talk “Advance and be recognized.” He closed the remaining distance between us, and said “You’re probably homesick and melancholy tonight, son; but you’re doing good works. Someone has to be here. Look at it as your privilege and honor to be the one. You’ll never forget this night. Merry Christmas to you and God bless you.” With that, he clapped me on the shoulder, and immediately headed off toward the next guard post.

He was right. I’ve never forgotten that night. And I never will.

Tonight and tomorrow, I’ll be thinking, as I often do, of our finest young American men and women slogging through snow, or sand, up and down bare mountains, vigilant in walled fortresses, breaking through big rollers on mighty men-of-war or slipping invisible beneath them, streaking through the clouds and the clear night skies above them in sleek warplanes or lumbering watchers. I’ll be thinking of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coasties and Marines doing their duty as it has been laid before them. If I could, I’d say to them all:

“Someone has to be there.
Let it be your privilege and your honor.
May you come home safe and whole.
Bless you, and Merry Christmas; you’ll never forget this time.” 

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Time to say goodbye?

Millennials William F. Buckley observed that progs claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. One of the most aggravating attributes displayed by them is their desperation to avoid responsibility for anything bad that happens to them as a result of their own actions. Millennial progs are particularly adept at offloading all types of responsibility to others. It’s instinctive for them, and they can never be made to see that they’re doing it. It’s autonomic, like breathing or blinking.  It’s how they’ve been raised. It’s just who they are. 

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Over the past two days I squandered an hour or two (that I would love to have back) defending some simple advice I offered on someone else’s Facebook timeline regarding the ubiquitous narcissistic practice of making and accumulating selfies, and more particularly, nude or partially nude selfies.

The outraged mother of a victimized 24-year-old daughter had written a blog piece about “revenge porn”, which describes someone getting hold of “innocent” but private photos and giving them widespread distribution. Start turning over rocks and you won’t be surprised at the capacity for depravity you find. It was pretty straightforward advice, but some pop-eyed Don Quixote almost immediately took issue with my advice (which was simply “Don’t”), characterizing it as an attack on the victims. Nonplussed, I tried my level best to disabuse him of this notion, reiterating that my advice was offered to all people as the most effective means of limiting exposure to predators. The issue of blame was never assigned in my original post. But these people can’t really focus, even for a few minutes.

Libtard herd instinct is irresistible; I call it the Prog Centipede, and I give credit for that to actor Nick Searcy who made a Tweet where I first saw it as “Democrat Centipede.” Soon a howling, outraged chorus developed that can be synopsized thus: “Women should be able to do what they want, go where they want, commit any act of stupidity, and be completely excused from blame for the resulting misery, and advising them on how to avoid the problem is just more of the ‘war on women’ focusing blame on them while excusing the perverts.” Sound familiar?

You can probably guess where it went from there. Soon gay people were dragged in along with prostitutes, johns and gays, and probably Ford trucks. (I know; WTF?) Inevitably, gadflies hauled out the typical (and expected) labels. Racist. Bigot. Bully. Homophobe. Misogynist. Sexist. Contextually, most of these labels made absolutely no sense, but progs don’t see that as relevant. It’s not like they actually think about or understand the terms. They are reactive. Predictable. Dismembered frog’s legs that still twitch when touched. This is how you know they’ve bottomed out, reached the limits of their intellectual capacity and their ability to reason, and it usually happens in short order. They simply repeat their mantra several times with increasing shrillness, then the labels come out. Pavlov would have loved these people. More proof of concept.

Ultimately, the timeline owner asked us to go elsewhere, a blessing. Her thread had been hijacked. What had been offered as simple common-sense advice on the original subject had been transformed into a mean and contentious (and dreary) War of the Words. And I had most of the weapons, which really pissed them off. By then, I was ready to stick an ice pick into my brain for relief anyway, and so happily took my leave. You’ve all been there. Being who I am, I’ll never respond to that person’s stuff again. A lesson I learned early in life is that you can’t have it both ways. It’s either/or. You’re in or you’re out. If you’re “on the fence” and you’re not a bird. a squirrel or some other little creature with a brain smaller than a pecan, you need to get the information you require for a decision, then jump. If you stay on the fence, people will soon see you as a retarded grope. If you have a mind, you can make it up.

This was a useful exercise in one way; it served to remind me of my own contemporary themes: Progs and Americans. I’m not using these two words to describe citizenship, or legal status. It must be obvious how I mean the terms. We are parting like the Red Sea in Biblical lore. We are two (or more) dis-united nations squabbling over territory and political power, and these are irreconcilable differences, don’t doubt that. We can’t go home again. Humpty Dumpty can’t be made whole. We really aren’t “all in this together”, and we haven’t been since the end of WWII. Far from it. We’re as removed from that once-happy place as we can be before the fists and the bullets start flying. We’re right on the cusp. We share neighborhoods, and we work together, because we currently must. We dread what’s coming, but we sense that it is coming. At bottom, we despise one another, and it’s fervent. As a nation, we are in a posture much like we were in immediately preceding the Civil War. America is up for grabs. It could perish from the earth, and maybe it should.

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Just as the USSR was a forced agglomeration of disparate cultures with no basis for national unity, the ties that bound us when we were a young nation with common goals and visions have been broken. This isn’t a new idea, or one that I lay claim to. I’ve seen it written and heard it said a lot lately. As for me, progs as persons are unlikable, and as groups intolerable. I don’t care what happens to them any more than I care what happens to Wahhabi Muslims. This is one time when I can generalize without hazard. I see them as smarmy, self-righteous assholes. Loud, intolerant and bigoted, they immediately label others with personality defects that are oozing from their own pores. There’s probably a neat psychological term for it, but I don’t know it. I subscribe to P.J. O’Rourke’s wonderfully pithy observation because it can’t be better said; “At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child—miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.”

Consequently, I’ve sworn off any attempt to reach out, to educate, to convince, to convert. In fact, I’m writing progs off. One and all. Each and every one. I won’t spend another second in discourse with them, though I reserve the option to ridicule and disparage them when I’m in that mood. Immediate family members who are libtards have a conditional and limited exemption from my policy; amnesty of a sort. If I ever loved you, I’ll obviously continue to do so. Can’t help it. I’ll always care about you and help you as and when I can. Let’s just talk about the weather, and enjoy holiday visits (How about those Seahawks?). But please don’t ever (ever) engage me in an examination of ideas, and I promise that I won’t do that to you. If you disregard this boundary, all bets are off, amnesty is revoked, and it’s ON. Let the chips fall where they may.

Finally, if you think you may be a libtard by my reckoning, just ask. I’ll give you an honest answer. Then it might be time to say

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Watchdog Dads: A Proposal for the Meaningful Protection of Children and Staff from Extraordinary Violence at Public Schools

GoodGuysIntroduction: In addition to being intellectually vacant, I find the current arguments for additional gun controls to be cynical and worse, destructive to the goal of providing meaningful protection for our children at school. The common sense solution is immediately evident. It is reasonable. It is doable. It will not require significant additional public resources, which are becoming increasingly scarce. Most important: It will work.

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre has been roundly criticized (vilified, actually) for suggesting armed guards in schools. Some politicians have called his solution “paranoid” and “delusional.” Governor Chris Christie has stated flatly that “arming schools will not make them safer”, but he has declined to explain how this is so. He did not attempt to make that case because the case cannot be convincingly made. Christie is an example of the worst sort of politician; a panderer, finger ever in the air, waiting to board the first populist train to higher office. A.B. Stoddard derisively pronounced LaPierre’s solution to be lunatic, with a price tag of six billion dollars. Even Charles Krauthammer, usually the smartest man in any room, (and a personal favorite) pooh-poohed the idea. But I digress. In my view, LaPierre did not go far enough, did not extend his idea to its most workable and effective iteration.

I am moved—no compelled—by the tragedy in Newtown and its horrible, shrill, futile aftermath to offer an outline for an effective program that would truly protect our children while preserving our constitution and our liberty. No other solution being offered can do this, and the specious arguments for gun control are actually destructive to the desired objective. This proposal is a simple outline, intended to be improved and perfected, so far as that is possible. It is not the sum of everything that can be done; certainly, new schools built with security in mind will be a vital contributor to staff and student safety. Retrofitting older schools with security in mind must also be considered. Comment on it if you can offer ideas, criticize it if you must. Any comments will be moderated because this is not intended to indulge rabid Progressives who have been tweeting that NRA members and officials should be assassinated. There are plenty of other places for these lunatics to massage one another and to put their ignorance on stage. Not here.

LittleThingsWatchdog Dads: A Proposal for the Meaningful Protection from Extraordinary Violence of Children and Staff at Public Schools

Aim: To increase safety and security of vulnerable populations in Public Schools through an effective and cost-efficient program that will have minimal impact on school environment and public budgets. Proposed is a volunteer program centered on local civic responsibility and local community values.

Overview: Study of active shooters in mass shooting incidents points to selection of targets based, in part, upon where large numbers of people are most defenseless, and where likelihood of opposition is low. Malls, theaters, schools and restaurants fit this profile. Proposed is a protective program based upon armed unpaid volunteer over-watchers assigned to each public school.

Scope of service: Watchers would be volunteers willing to commit to at least one full school-day of service per month at a school location in their own communities.
At least two (2) watchers would be required for each school location for each day of school. Watchers would never work alone. Scope of service would be limited to prevention and/or containment of active shooters or terrorist intrusion into a school with an exclusive goal of limiting danger and/or injury to students and staff. In other words, watchers would observe and report in any and all other circumstances with no further involvement.

Liability: Hopefully, school districts would include volunteer participants under their general liability coverage, or would be willing to purchase riders that would cover volunteer participants. Additionally, volunteers would be encouraged to enhance personal insurance coverage through homeowner’s or other personal policies.

Recruiting: Citizens serving in the military on active duty, citizens with prior military experience and citizens with current or prior law enforcement experience would be encouraged to volunteer. Stable retirees with comprehensive firearms experience and training would be encouraged to participate.

Qualifications: Volunteers accepted into the program would be required to commit to a minimum of one full school day of service per month. Volunteers would be drawn from citizens who have trained with firearms and can demonstrate proficiency with them. Utah Concealed Firearms Permit would be required for all volunteers accepted into the program.

Training: County sheriffs and/or local police chiefs would be encouraged to establish a continuing training program for volunteers around an approved syllabus including range qualification, best practices and law relevant to the scope of duty. An ops manual for each facility would be produced and maintained. Assigned watchers would thoroughly tour their schools for familiarity on days or at times when no students are present. School liaison would conduct these tours, assuring that watchers would know how and where to access different areas of each school should an event occur and intervention be requested by school administrators or liaison.

Liaison with School: One primary and one or more alternate school administrators or teachers would be designated for liaison with watchers. School policies, concerns, directives, etc. would be presented at regular meetings with watchers to enhance comfort and familiarity. These meetings would ideally be held off-site to minimize impact on school facility environment. School administrative authorities would drive the program within its simple parameters. Watchers would check in with school liaison at the beginning of each tour and as needed throughout the day. Further: see COMMUNICATIONS.

Liaison with Law Enforcement: Police chiefs or their delegates and county sheriffs or their delegates could pass on the suitability of program participants through oral interviews. Participants would be required to qualify for and maintain valid Utah Concealed Firearms Permits which include basic background checks prior to issue. Police chiefs or county sheriffs could, at discretion, perform or require additional checks, including letters of reference, interviews with neighbors and friends, etc. Watchers would be available for contact with peace officers within each jurisdiction by one of several possible means and procedures. Further: see COMMUNICATIONS

Liaison with Parents: As requested by school administrators, available for group familiarity and comfort meetings in each quarter.

Contact with children: No contact should occur between watchers and children except in extremis, as a result of an incident or ongoing event requiring intervention. These watchers are not “school resource officers” or crossing guards, or field-trip monitors. Their purpose is narrow, highly defined, and extremely limited. Watchers are present to intervene immediately to halt aggressive violence, and for nothing else. (What is hoped for is the most boring duty imaginable.)

Communications – several possibilities – one, more or all:

  • Cell phones
  • Inexpensive GRMS/FRS radios, frequency selected for each day for each school.
  • Law enforcement agencies might provide for each school portable radios providing access to dispatchers.
  • A simple report would be submitted to school administrators and/or law enforcement liaison for each tour by each watcher. Reports would detail identification of watcher, start and end times, and any notable observations made during each tour.

***Postscript: Obviously, this proposal is intended to start a discussion for the formation of a protective program for UTAH communities. Some references to Utah laws and permits are thus explained. Some things to consider when thinking about the viability of this program: 

  • There are approximately 320,000 valid Utah Concealed Firearms Permits issued
  • There are approximately 899 public schools in the State of Utah
  • There are approximately 491,206 students enrolled in Utah public schools (primary education.)
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ObaMao is (among other things) a Plastic Banana

I’ve always said it. Always. Explain this, then:

OBAMA’S RING: ‘THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH’

One more thing hanging out there with no earthly explanation that makes sense (other than the simplest one of all.)

As WND reported in July, previously published photos have shown Obama wearing a gold band on his wedding-ring finger continuously from 1981 at Occidental, through graduation at Columbia in 1983, in a visit to Africa in 1988 and during his time at Harvard from 1988 to 1991. But none, until now, have displayed the ring with enough detail to identify it as the one he currently is wearing.

I’m just saying…offer your explanation. If you have one. Anything. ANYTHING?

Because I’m just not getting this, and I’ve never heard him asked about it by anyone in the media. Think what you like about the source of this story; shoot the messenger, maybe. That’s what ObamaZombies often do. Bust ask the simplest questions: Does he, in fact, wear this ring? What part of the WND story is false? Will no one require an explanation?

See more photos and read the entire WND article.

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The OTHER debate

Did you miss THIS one?

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ObaMao Supporters: Vandals and Thieves

This is who they are.

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Pethokoukis explains how we measure jobs…

…and why it is absurd, fraudulent and corrupt. Read this if you want to very quickly understand the relationship between U3 (government fraud) and CIVPART (Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate.)

Want a lower U3 rate for the upcoming election? Simple: just erase a few hundred thousand available jobs. Jobs being “created” currently don’t even keep up with population growth. How is that an “improvement?”

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Rasmussen Daily Swing State Tracking: Romney 49% – ObaMao 47%

In the 11 swing states, Mitt Romney earns 49% support to Obama’s 47%. One percent (1%) likes another candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.

“This is the first time Romney has led the daily Swing State Survey since September 19. Until today, the president had led for 17 of the previous 19 days, and the candidates had been tied twice. This survey is based on findings from the previous seven days, with most of the responses now coming since Romney’s debate win last Wednesday night.

Forty-six percent (46%) of these Swing State voters are now “certain” they will vote for Romney and will not change their minds. Forty percent (40%) are certain they will vote for the president.”

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Four years later, the structural weaknesses are exposed.

Why he’s falling apart – Daily News – Jim Geraghty

“His defense of his record is exceptionally weak, his effort to define Mitt Romney is nearly exhausted, and his vision for the next four years — perhaps the most important — has been largely missing from his effort this year.”

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Gallup: Employment Figures (Household Survey) Garbage

Gallup: “The lack of face-validity of the government’s unemployment numbers creates major problems, particularly during a presidential election year. The situation is worsened by the huge number of complex adjustments made to the data. Rather than debate whether something is wrong with the government’s estimation process, it seems reasonable to look at other measures as an alternative.”

Why not just use U6? It’s a much more honest measure (and does NOT allow the suspect but very predictable optimistic pre-election massaging downward.) Using the Household Survey as a meaningful measure is absurdly Orwellian.

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Polls: GIGO

Garbage in, garbage out. – John Podhoretz damns current polling.

We are buried in stinky polls of questionable value.

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Detroit now a “War Zone.” Police: “Enter at your own risk.”

Thanks for the warning. Some of this is union huffery-puffery, but Detroit has the highest homicide rate and is considered the most violent city in the country.

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it.Image

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A Simple Proposition

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Hollywood to the Rescue! Mighty Mouth will Save the Day!

THEIR Samuel L. Jackson Video
The little girl in this video must be Amy Carter’s daughter or granddaughter; remember when, as an elementary schoolgirl,  she had those oh-so-probing discussions with her father (you remember Jimmah, don’t you?) about the dangers of nuclear proliferation?

OUR Samuel L. Jackson Video
This one is much shorter, and you don’t have to listen to the obnoxious ObamaZombie S.L. Jackson droning through his tiresome narrative. Put your eyes back in your head, Jackson, for God’s sake.

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One very stark, very important difference.

ImageAll of the differences boil down to this one foundational fact: Mitt Romney is what he is; a real man with a real and verifiable past. The sign over the door through which he entered the debate forum last night said “Clear Eyes; Full Hearts; Can’t Lose” When you are being your authentic self you have no need to remember who you are supposed to be on a given day, what part you’ve planned to play at that moment. You can have clear eyes. That’s Mitt Romney’s true strength, and Obama can never gain that strength because he has lived a construct instead of a life, playing one or the other of several personas that he has carefully pieced together or that have been carefully scripted for him by others. Even his so-called autobiographies are self-admitted works of fiction filled with “composite characters” and mythic events. In the spy trade, Obama has to remember which “legend” he is currently utilizing. Romney, freed of that intellectual and psychological overhead, can focus his entire formidable energy on the task at hand; being himself. He can enjoy a full heart.

Ask yourself; what sort normal people want as friends and associates? What manner of neighbors do we all hope we have? Shocked that Americans were willing to entrust their fortunes and futures to “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”, I am presently appalled that the possibility even exists, given four years of hindsight, they might do it again.

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Preezy Molested In Denver!

StudyInContrastsThis just in: Preezy reports being molested in Denver. Romney suspected. Cop to Obama: “Show us on the doll where the bad man touched you.” Chris Mathews carried from MSNBC stage holding leg, screaming “My Tingle! MY TINGLE!” In seclusion, under heavy medication. Developing.

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UnSkewed Polls, September 30: Romney +7.4

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Cost of illegal immigrants to L.A. County in June/July $100 Million — 22% of Total Welfare Expenditures.

Coming to America for a better life. Indeed.

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“Young People are So Frickin’ Stupid.” — Jonah Goldberg

"We're all born idiots." — Jonah Goldberg

“We’re all born idiots.”

Why do we let 18-year-olds vote?

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It’s 10PM; Do You Know What Your Teachers Are Doing?

Cop Killer - Still eating your food and breathing your air—30 years later.

California Teachers: “Free Mumia!” Thirty years after murdering Philadelphia policeman Daniel J. Faulkner, ex-Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is still breathing your air and eating your food. The California Federation of Teachers wants him free. Why would you expose your kids to members of this union? WHY?

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ObaMao’s War

ObaMao's War

Ben Shapiro has an excellent piece on ObaMao’s War HERE.

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“We Can’t Wait!” (Except when it might benefit ObaMao’s chances for re-election.)

Keystone MapWith every economic and national security indicator pointing to the need for immediate approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, ObaMao has decided instead to placate environmentalist fanatics by moving decision on the project beyond the next election. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, frustrated by ObaMao’s cynical inaction, and saying that the decision to delay approval has produced  “extremely negative reactions”, has announced that Canada will explore opportunities to export more oil to…China.

North American Oil to ChinaGreat. Just what we need. Here’s a perfect example of a “shovel ready” project that would create thousands of high-paying jobs for Americans (and Canadians), but ObaMao would rather slither around the country pimping his so-called “jobs bill”, which is really a thinly disguised package of tax increases.

“Diesel fuel is, and will likely continue to be, the lifeblood of the American trucking industry,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “The State Department can help ensure that the 18-wheelers that deliver America’s essential goods like food, fuel and medicine have reliable access to that fuel by approving the Keystone XL project. Approving this project would give a green light to thousands of new jobs and a much needed economic stimulus.”

If we’re lucky, November 2012 will see this man relegated to the dustbin of history, where he can assume his place alongside Jimmah Carter in the Hall of Worst Presidents.

Gimme One More Chance

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Do You Have a Ticket on The Cain Train?

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It’s clear from the polls and other analysis that conservative Americans don’t want a pale, purpley candidate to run against ObaMao. (See the BLUE area of the simplified political chart? It’s where Romney lives.)

We All Liked Ike, but Mitt Doesn’t Fit. Different time; different world.

MittThere is much to admire in Romney, but he’s not an answer to four years of quick-march to socialism under ObaMao, whose minions have been frantically stuffing the massive bloated bureaucracy of the federal government with like-minded progressives, socialists, communists, and Marxists. We all know that Bureaucrats are Forever. As ObaMao increasingly governs by executive order and bureaucratic rule-making, he removes any slight barrier that the alphabet agencies may have felt constrained by in the past to absolute statism by regulatory fiat.

Mormons react rabidly to any criticism of their favored son, but that’s nothing new. They’re Kool-Aid drinkers. Always have been, always will be. (Full disclosure: I am a Mormon, but that’s another story, and probably only until someone in the management of the church discovers that I am also often a heretic.) The simple fact is that the LDS (Mormon) church, not unlike the REST of the organized religions in America wants what’s best for its own ruling elite and for its own organizational prosperity; witness the four-square support of the churches for unrestrained immigration, and especially for illegal immigrants. They are organizationally far-sighted by nature. That’s what using THIS life to prepare for another does for you. They fully understand that, a few generations hence, America will be Mexamerica, that our own culture is dying of cancer and the loss of will to live. Admirably pragmatic, they are busy as bees in a hive preparing to live and prosper in the NEW culture. That means getting the maximum number of tithe-paying Mexican asses into church pews. That means brainwashing their children for the future benefit of the church. That means perfecting the business of supplying cheap illegal slave labor to the movers and shakers in the church. Who cares where they were born? We’re all God’s children, right? That means continuing to push church-formulated strategy into the political process, and no one does that better than Mormons. I don’t mean to single out Mormons here; they all do this, all of the organized religions. Mormons are especially good at some parts of it.

Instinctively, I wanted Newt. He’s the smartest guy in any room, except when he’s thinking with the little head instead of the big one. That’s an almost universal and uniquely male failing, and it drove a nail through Newt’s substantial value to America. ObaMao, on the other hand, has convinced himself that he’s the Smartest Man in the World, and he’s pretty good at convincing glazed-eyed idolaters of it as well; that’s what narcissists do best. But America won’t have Newt. So I switched my attention to Bachmann, and I still believe she would be a great president, but America apparently won’t have a woman as president if she possesses any shred of femininity. Hillary Clinton could be elected. But not Bachmann, and certainly not Palin. I love Ron Paul, and I have a broad streak of Libertarianism in my heart, but Libertarianism is too radical for people who openly embrace statism, Marxism, communism, socialism or all of the aforementioned. And half of all modern-day Americans are perfectly comfortable living in Dependistan, their half of what used to be the UNITED States of America. So Ron Paul will have to remain our Don Quixote. But I still love the old guy. Santorum? I only know that he’s a proven loser. He might be a fine person, but who needs someone who loses an election with everything in his favor? Perry? GWB Junior, you mean? GWB and Perry only look good when they’re compared with the current Commander Of Chief of the 57 states. No, I’m with Jesse Jackson on this one; “Stay out da’ Bushes!” and that includes Rick Perry.

Herman Cain

This will come as a surprise only to people who may have known me for many years, but never really knew me at all; I’m going for a ride on the CAIN TRAIN. Not because he’s a viable also-ran to Newt and Bachmann…I’ve previously known little about him, but the more I learn, the more I like him. One of my relatives recently called me a racist for daring to take issue with the ObaMaos. The guy should know better. I always thought this relative was a smart guy, but it turns out he was merely clever. Big difference. Got it. Anyway, read Pruden on WHY the Herman Cain phenomenon sends the ObaMaos off the edge of sanity. It’s great fun watching these boobs foam at the mouth. (By the way, I’ve come to use this term “ObaMaos” collectively as well as individually, to mean not only ObaMao himself, you know, The One, but to encompass the whole body of swooning zombies who still want to lick his feet.)

Cain 2012We’ll talk more later. Gotta run…got a train to catch!

All ABOOOARRRD!

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The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers…

Why do I keep coming back to this Shakespeare line?

Driehaus

It was only a matter of time; now we have the first politician (Democrat – what else) suing his critics for “loss of livelihood” owing to his defeat at the polls.

They really DO think they’re entitled to rule for life, don’t they?

When voters in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District threw Democrat Steve Driehaus out of office after only one term, he did not bow out gracefully. No, he decided to get even. So he did what anyone does in today’s culture: he sued somebody.

Quit whining, Driehaus; get a REAL job. Hard to believe a judge would allow this suit to proceed, but hey, judges are lawyers too. Unfortunately, many of them are also Democrats.

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Rabbit Redux…

ObaMao-Jimmah

Remember Jimmah Carter’s “malaise” speech, wherein he blamed the electorate for his miserable, destructive, incompetence? What does THIS remind you of?

“We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge,” President Obama said at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Huh. If you live long enough, you get to see the longer cycles.

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Why The European Union Will Fail:

Substitute the United States of America for what Greenspan refers to as “Southern Europe” and China for what he refers to as “Northern Europe” and think about what happens here when the “North” stops subsidizing the “excess consumption” of the “South.”

GreenspanGreenspan predicts that as the south’s fiscal crisis deepens, the flow of goods from the north will stop altogether and southern Europe’s standard of living will go down.

Huh. Who’d a’ thunk it?

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Told you so.

Nothing good for the west will come of deposing Hosni Mubarak.” …but no good for the civilized world can come from the deposition of Hosni Mubarak.” Me, in this blog, 2011.01.30

Told you so…and no; I don’t hate to say it. I believe that all history is cyclic, not linear or chaotic.

“Egypt is not going toward democracy but toward Islamicization,” said Eli Shaked, a former Israeli ambassador to Cairo who reflected the government’s view. “It is the same in Turkey and in Gaza. It is just like what happened in Iran in 1979.”

“The growing hostility from Egypt could require a radical rethinking of Israel’s defense doctrine which, for the past three decades, counted on peace on its southern border. As chaos in the Sinai has increased and anti-Israel sentiment in Egypt has grown, military strategists here are examining how to beef up protection of the south, including by the building of an anti-infiltration wall in the Sinai.”

Que Sera, Sera  (But I TOLD you so.)

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Hopeless…and Change

After America - SteynMark Steyn summed it up in the opening pages of his new book After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, writing “The existential questions for America loom not decades hence, but right now. It is not that we are on a luge ride to oblivion but that the prevailing political realities of the United States do not allow for any meaningful course correction. And, without meaningful course correction, America is doomed.” He goes on to observe that “…over the last three-quarters of a century, the United States has adopted a form of government all but impervious to reality.”

I have often been an incredulous observer of our decline as a nation, as a society, and as a culture. In my thirties, when first I took note of things going seriously sideways, I was willing and able to write off my foreboding to the same sort of maladjustment older people experienced when Elvis Presley was first all the rage, or the Beatles, or Beatniks, for that matter. A non-specific uneasiness, a case of intellectual hives, so to speak, as the comfortable, stable, “proper” ways of our past diminished around me.

Now older, wiser, more cynical, more intelligent, and more informed than in my salad days, I can no longer avoid the conclusion that the inspiring words of A. Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address were hopelessly naive, though beautiful in their brevity and optimism in the wake of the great bloodletting of America’s first civil war. “…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Anyway, I’ve done little in this ether but color the thoughts and observations of my betters, and it is getting tiresome. It’s all there for any who wish to see, and for those that don’t, nothing I write will have the slightest effect. If history teaches us nothing else, it proves the lie of Lincoln’s resolve. Government of the people, by the people, for the people (if that’s what we truly began with) will, of course, perish from the earth. It is axiomatic; ALL governments will eventually perish from the earth, as have all the ancient nations. Indeed, America may be viewed as a dead state walking, and it may be sensibly argued only when the cancerous cells first took a death grip in the organism. Maybe you think it started with Theodore Roosevelt. Many would probably say that the nail was driven through the heart of America by Woodrow Wilson. Franklin Roosevelt must surely rank high among the contenders. But in any case, the flame gutters, the wick burns short.

It’s time to think seriously whether and how we will live…After America.

Consequently, herein, I lift my staring attention from the evil daily machinations of our current Enemies of the People (their name is legion, for they are many) and will widen my view to include how we can live through what’s coming.  If I have hope, it is a cowardly yearning, a plea that it will not come to awful fruition until I am down finally for the long dirt nap. Ah, but my progeny; my poor daughter, my unfortunate sons, and my lovely, innocent grandchildren. There will be no refuge for them, no respite, no mortal salvation. Unless, somehow, the ship is righted in this current generation.

I will allow the adolescent belief that miracles do happen to lie in the back of my brain, and turn my energy and thoughts to preparing for The Fall. Hereafter, what I write will deal more with getting by, with remaining alive and whole, with…surviving.

Something wicked this way comes. (I didn’t make that up; some guy named “Bradbury.” Look it up. I first read it when I was seventeen, and a new American soldier.) Mr. Dark is on the march. Save yourselves.

There is the moral of all human tales;
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory—when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption—barbarism at last.
–Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-1818)

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Questions for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient – James S. Robbins

What about Syria?“If U.S. involvement in the civil war in Libya does not constitute a war as defined by the War Powers Act, why are the troops conducting operations there receiving imminent danger pay? And now that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has gunned down more of his own people than Moammar Gadhafi had when intervening in Libya was declared a moral imperative, has the United States abandoned the fashionable ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) principle? And are you just making all this up as you go along?”

(James S. Robbins is senior editorial writer for foreign affairs at the Washington Times. His latest book is “This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive,” published by Encounter Books. He can be contacted at jrobbins@washingtontimes.com. The Robbins Report is provided weekly at no charge to major media, members of Congress, and Washington Times subscribers nationwide. For additional free copies, contact Marana Moore at maranamoore@washingtontimes.com.)

Good questions, Mr. Robbins. For weeks I’ve been asking “But what about Syria?” Our current circumstances provide an additional proof that we Americans are poorly led. We have been saddled with incompetent, corrupt, sometimes evil government since Eisenhower left office, with a bright and hopeful revival while Reagan steered the ship of state. Our Gangster Government is actively fighting four unnecessary wars (that we know of), none of which offer the prospect of attaining anything worthwhile for the United States of America.The Pentagon estimated the cost of the Libyan war at $750 million in the 2011 fiscal year. By mid-May, the costs had soared to $664 million. The Pentagon reports that we are spending $2 million per day ($60 million per month) to prosecute this wasteful, unnecessary, foolish war. (Source: Financial Times. If you want the full article, you will have to register, which is free.)

We are flat broke, and our Emperor has no clothes. Can America endure until November January, 2013?

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“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

Greedy LawyersThe NEXT thing we do, let’s kill all the patent trolls.

The blood being sucked by these takers from the makers would fill the Great Basin.

(Title quote from Act IV, Scene II, King Henry VI, William Shakespeare.)

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A Testament to the Gullibility of True Believers

GullibleBlind Faith. A testament to the ignorance and gullibility of “True Believers.” Pick an ideology; any will do. For True Believers, faith must substitute for critical thinking. It’s stupid. It’s lazy. It’s obscene. It’s how a communist apologist for Islam was elected to the highest office in the land. It’s why those who question the Islamic prophet get their heads lopped off. It’s why Catholics tortured heretics. It’s how Mormons justified discriminating against black people for many decades. It’s why certain Jews wear funny beards and hats. I could go on and on. It’s the root of most evil in the world, and it always has been.

Did I mention that it’s stupid?

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Grim Assessment…

Well, I guess he would know, huh?

Eli Shaked, a former Israeli ambassador to Cairo, offered a grim assessment Sunday in the daily Yediot Ahronot.

“The assumption at present is that Mubarak’s regime is living on borrowed time, and that a transition government will be formed for the next number of months until new general elections are held,” he wrote.

Ambassador Eli Shaked“If those elections are held in a way that the Americans want, the most likely result will be that the Muslim Brotherhood will win a majority and will be the dominant force in the next government. That is why it is only a question of a brief period of time before Israel’s peace with Egypt pays the price,” wrote Shaked.

Some in Israel have critically compared President Barack Obama’s response to the crisis to that of President Jimmy Carter to the Iranian revolution in 1979. Obama has called on Mubarak to show restraint and pass unspecified reforms in Egypt.

Things are going to get interesting in 2011.

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American Alliances in Middle East Crumble…

You have to get outside the spongy corona of our self-adoring domestic media organizations to get an honest picture of what is happening to us in the eyes of the world.

Peek-a-boo!“Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as ‘the president who lost Iran,’ which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who ‘lost’ Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America’s alliances in the Middle East crumbled”.

We are not considered to be a reliable ally. Not in the Middle East; not anywhere in the world. Not in military terms. Not in economic terms. Not in any way. More than Churchill’s bust was sent to Great Britain. It was a message: The “cousins” are special no more. Not to THIS regime.

“The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara”.

“Obama began his presidency with trips to Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and in speeches in Ankara and Cairo tried to forge new ties between the United States and the Muslim world. His message to Muslims was ‘I am one of you,’ and he backed it by quoting from the Koran”.

Read the full article on Haaretz.

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Well, THAT didn’t take long…

As predicted, the anger in Egypt is beginning to focus on Israel and The United States.

“Go Away Mubarak, you are from the Americans!”

It was inevitable, wasn’t it?

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Jimmy Carter II – Will We Ever Learn?

Doing the same things and expecting different results: yes, it’s insane, but governments revel in their eagerness to repeat mistakes again and again. I’ve concluded that it’s often intentional. Our political and bureaucratic apparatchiks are supposedly drawn from our “best and brightest”. I don’t accept that for one minute. But is it possible that generations of American leaders and bureaucrats are so ignorant of history or so steeped in hubris that they repeatedly swerve into the same brick walls by accident? I believe that most people who are motivated from early on to enter government service or who aspire to political leadership suffer from psychological disorder, such as profound sociopathic narcissism, or some other mental defect that should disqualify them completely from laying hand to the reins of government. We subject cops and soldiers to batteries of psychological examinations trying to root out and bypass the worst, but we freely hand the power of government to the least qualified and most dangerous among us without study of past behavior, association, or psychological suitability.

The current “crisis” in Egypt has been endlessly repeated in the Middle East. As surely as sunrise follows night, this Egyptian uprising was preordained. Of course it was. Adherents to the death-loving cult of Islam were sawing off the heads of unbelievers 1,000 years before the birth of George Washington. In the 200+ years of our American history, we’ve gone from branding the foreheads of adulterers to complete sexual freedom; from rigid moral codes to a complete lack of them. Meanwhile, Muslims still place naughty women in waist-deep holes and throw rocks and bricks at them until they die, just as they’ve done since their blood-thirsty, child-molesting prophet first instructed them in the practice long before the invention of gunpowder. These are brutish, uncivilized people. The mailed fist may keep their base savagery in check for brief periods of time, but any notions that American (or Western) concepts of self-government can work in the Muslim world are Utopian fantasies. Watching ObaMao and Hillary try to dance down the fine line between supporting a largely acceptable and somewhat secular dictator and “supporting the desire of the Egyptian people for reform” is entertaining, but no good for the civilized world can come from the deposition of Hosni Mubarak. The best possible outcome would see Mubarak remaining in power, or supplanted by an equally secular strongman willing to rule by force and fear, just as Mubarak has done. Nothing else works. An ominous alternative (and perhaps more likely) outcome is that the vacuum resulting from Mubarak’s deposition will be filled by a theocratic Islamic government similar to Iran’s. I don’t know if this is the sort of “reform” that the Egyptian people are seeking, but that’s what is waiting for them in the wings.

While the Ayatollahs toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Jimmy Carter hemmed and hawed and turned a deaf ear to our long-time ally and, some say, actually considered turning the dying monarch over to the Mullahs. Soon the Shah and his stabilizing influence in the Middle East were gone forever. (How’d THAT work out for us?)

My prediction: ObaMao and Hillary will get their wish. Mubarak will go. We will hope publicly for a friendly government in Egypt, but what we will get is another Iran. Our official policy will continue to be that “we are not at war with Islam.” The Muslim world will continue to insist that they ARE at war with the Western world, and especially with the United States of America, and we will continue to disbelieve them while they will continue to prosecute that war against us by any and all means. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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President Trump? The Donald on China

President Trump?We could do worse. LOTS worse.

No bowing and scraping before Hu Jintao or other world leaders for THIS American. On China:

“These are not our friends.  These are our enemies.  These are not people that understand niceness.  And the only thing you can do, Wolf, to get their attention is to say either we’re not going to trade with you any further or, in the alternative, we’re going to tax your products as they come into the United States.”

My MAN! And he wasn’t finished:

BLITZER: “You know that a lot of the economists, the free trade experts, say if there were a trade war between the United States and China, it could cause not only a worldwide recession, but a worldwide depression, if these two giant – the number one and number two economic powers in the world – went to war against each other.”
TRUMP: “No, it will cause a depression in China, not here.  China is making all the money.  We’re not making the money.  I mean, look at the numbers.  Look at the – look at the difference as to what we import compared to what they’re importing.”

Seriously, let’s just get past the hair thing, OK? If we can have as President someone who never did anything of substance in his life before taking office and whose whole perception of the world comes from William Ayers and other leftist academics just like him, why can’t we have a President who understands the art of the deal, one who is tough and all-American?

Read the full transcript of his CNN interview HERE.

And another thing; the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Can a guy who despises THIS thing be half-bad?

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Chung Kuo – The Wheel Turns…

Chung Kuo

Why would Jim Beeland Rogers, Jr., – one of America’s most prescient and successful investors – sell his New York City mansion for $16m and move himself, his family, and his life to Singapore at age 65? Why is his first daughter, now 7 years old, being tutored in Mandarin to prepare her for the future? Why would he say “If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City, and if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia”? In an interview on CNBC in May of 2008, Rogers said that the people of China are extremely motivated and driven, and he wants to be in that type of environment so his daughters are motivated and driven. He also observed that this is how America and Europe used to be. In a recent (last week) interview with Cavuto, he advised all Americans with children to get them into Mandarin Chinese studies so that they would have a leg up in communicating with the movers and shakers of the future.

Civilizations rise and fall, political systems come and go. America’s birth helped to precipitate the remarably rapid descent of Great Britain from a colossus astride the world (remember: “The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire”?) to an island backwater perpetually in America’s shadow.

And now it’s OUR turn. The Wheel Turns.

It’s not surprising that I would, at 64, have difficulty comprehending that America began to unwind during my lifetime. Intellectually, I knew from adolescence that nothing could last forever, but just as I couldn’t imagine a world without me in it in those tender years, I couldn’t imagine a world with America in decline. And when in my thirties I DID begin to understand the inevitability, I saw it in some distant future, myself absent from the earth; through a glass, and darkly.

About fifteen years ago, my son Colby and I read a series of David Wingrove speculative fiction books called Chung Kuo. Chung Kuo is also the Wade-Giles romanization of the Chinese word for China. The books are primarily set 200 years in the future in mile-high, continent-spanning cities made of a super-plastic called ‘ice’. Housing a global population of 40 billion, the cities are divided into 300 levels and success and prestige is measured by how far above the ground one lives. Some – in the Above – live in great comfort. Others – in the Lowers – live in squalor, while at the bottom of the pile is ‘Below the Net’, a place where the criminal element is exiled and left to rot. Beneath the cities lie the ruins of old Earth – the Clay – a lightless, Stygian hell in which, astonishingly, humans still exist. These divisions are known as ‘the world of levels’.

In addition to the world of levels, there are the great meat-animal pens and sprawling, vast plantations to feed the population. There is also activity in beyond Earth. The ruling classes – who base their rule on the customs and fashions of imperial China – maintain traditional palaces and courts both on Earth and in geostationary orbit. There are also Martian research bases and the outer colonies, with their mining planets.

Originally published between 1988 and 1999, Wingrove planned the series as nine books (three trilogies), but after publication of the seventh volume Wingrove’s publisher insisted that the series be concluded in the next (eighth) volume, Marriage of the Living Dark.

In February 2011 Corvus/Atlantic Books will begin an ambitious re-release of the entire Chung Kuo saga, recasting it as twenty books with approximately 500,000 words of new material. This includes two brand new prequel novels, Son of Heaven and Daylight on Iron Mountain and a significant restructuring of the end of the series to reflect Wingrove’s original intentions. The two prequels will cover events between 2045 and 2100 AD, telling the story of China’s rise to power. Once again, interesting science fiction of twenty years ago comes to reflect present-day trends and realities and to foretell what lies ahead.

The prequels should be particularly interesting and germane to our present circumstances.

These books aren’t for the faint-hearted; they’re thick, lots of detail. But the writing is fine, and they are very worthwhile. I think I’ll start at the beginning and re-read them all.

Here’s the story that made me write this. I started out to post just the link with a sentence of explanation, but…you know how that goes.

Here’s a link to a sharp little animated cartoon illustrating how the Chinese view Hu’s State visit to America.

準備好吧

Zhǔnbèi hǎo ba – Prepare yourselves.

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US concerned over China’s rapid development of new weapons

Duh.

Some us have been warning of this for YEARS.

“US defence secretary Robert Gates says China’s rapidly developing defence capabilities are worrisome to the US.”

“They [China] Gates Sucks Up To The Chineseclearly have potential to put some of our capabilities at risk,” Gates told reporters traveling with him to Asia. “We have to pay attention to them, we have to respond appropriately with our own programs.”

“Gates is trying to coax Chinese military leaders into more regular discussions with the US.”

Our political leaders and our generals have either (1) been asleep at the switch, or (2) have been criminally negligent, or (3) have been hopelessly naive for years. Pathetic.

Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter - U.S. "Surprised"But even some of my friends (who should know better) believe we are safe from Chinese aggression because of their economic dependence upon the United States.

Such is the danger of deluding ourselves that the Chinese think like we do.

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Merry Christmas

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Doing Jobs Americans Won’t Do (again)

In another story of hard-working illegal alien Mexicans coming to America to realize their dreams, the Ogden Standard Examiner reports on 2010.12.23 that Felipe Casas-Zavala, 32, Roberto Mora, 41, Jesus Dominguez, 43, and Omar Palomares, 34, have been arrested on charges of intending to sell a pound of methamphetamine.

Headline: DRUG BUST NETS FOUR
Subhead: Undocumented immigrants found with meth worth $26,000

If you’re interested in reading the entire article, contact me and I’ll send it to you. The Standard Examiner makes it impossible to link directly to the story. This is the same home-town newspaper that charges newsstand and subscription fees for their ENGLISH language paper while distributing El Estandar (their Mexican version) at no charge. The same local paper that is most recently owned by a bunch of leftist media carpetbaggers from somewhere in Ohio. This rag represents Ogden and Utah community values like Janet Napolitano represents border security.

Anyway, Ogden natives and long-time residents over 50 will recognize this story as just one more tick on the yardstick measuring how unrestrained immigration completely changes the character of a smallish town from a sleepy little railroad-centered backwater into a Mexican gang-infested barrio no longer fit for civilized society.

“Police believe the men were involved in a drug distribution ring based in Salt Lake City that was supplied by Mexican drug cartels out of Southern California, said Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force Sgt. Troy Burnett.”

Got to love those “hard-working immigrants who share our family values”, huh?

Burnett goes on to lament the rapidly changing scale of the problem over just the last decade:

“A pound of methamphetamine used to be a surprise when Burnett was working the drug beat a decade ago, he said. This bust marks the 42nd pound of methamphetamine the strike force has booked into evidence this year.”

To aggravate an already critical and often deadly circumstance, simpering do-gooders of the left BurbankBeckerestablish “sanctuary cities” and their police turn a blind eye from the invading narco-terrorists from Mexico and Central America. Salt Lake City is just 30-odd miles south of Ogden. Its Mayor Ralph Becker and its Police Chief Chris Burbank “celebrate the wonderful diversity” of our communities by openly inviting illegal alien invaders to establish bases of operation there, and by making it clear that immigration enforcement will be steadfastly avoided.

“Burnett points to a lack of enforcement from Salt Lake City. ‘That’s now a juncture point all throughout the Northwest. They smuggle it into California and up to Salt Lake,’ he said.”

Delicious irony: One of Chief Burbank’s MOST WANTED is Jose Martinez Fernandez, listed on the SLCPD web site as a 29 year-old wanted for attempted sodomy of a child, a first degree felony with a $100,000 warrant.

I daily lament America’s general decline, but I am especially melancholy over the loss of my hometown to the culture and values of our enemies from south of the Rio Grande.

Additional story HERE.

Another HERE.

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Assange Jailed for Condom Mischief and for Two-Timing Swedish Groupies

In his own words...One-night stands – how NOT to do them in Sweden

Assange speaks for himself…

In The Australian

In The Sidney Morning Herald

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McConnell Bravely Jumps on “Let’s Get Assange” Bandwagon

McConnellTHESE guys are our “fearless leaders”?

Mitch McConnell says…pretty much nothing.

Does it take courage to jump on a passing bandwagon? Maybe we can come up with a new National Civilian Freedom Award for guys like Mitch McConnell who bravely go where everyone has gone before.

Hopefully, smarter more useful people are working on REAL solutions to this problem that involve keeping information secure and weeding out losers like Bradley Manning before they can single-handedly gut our foreign policy. If that’s what’s actually happened. I doubt it. You just can’t underestimate the rage of the ruling class when they’re caught with their pants down. How embarrassing. That’s the REAL offense here; embarrassing grandees and pooh-bahs.  Surely a capital offense. Maybe our so-called diplomats will consider being less snarky and more…well, more DIPLOMATIC in what they say about their contemporaries considering how incompetent government information managers appear to be. I hate to beat a dead horse, but this witch-hunt for Assange is purely and simply meant to divert attention away from corruption and incompetence in government.

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Newt agreees with me…sort of. Whose fault is this, REALLY?

Gingrich: Leaks show Obama administration ‘shallow,’ ‘amateurish’

Newt GingrichNewt gets it PARTLY right:

“You have a private first class who downloads a quarter million documents, and the system doesn’t say, ‘Oh, you may be over extended?’ I mean, this is a system so stupid that it ought to be a scandal of the first order,” Gingrich said. “This administration is so shallow and so amateurish about national security that it is painful and dangerous.”

But years and years in government have trained him to finger-point with the best, and to select only weak targets offering little jeopardy of retaliation or refutation. He’s on safe ground here vilifying everybody’s favorite whipping boy, Julian Assange; but WHERE in this interview does he say what to do about the New York Times and The Guardian UK?

“Information warfare is warfare, and Julian Assange is engaged in warfare. Information terrorism, which leads to people getting killed, is terrorism, and Julian Assange is engaged in terrorism,” said Gingrich. “He should be treated as an enemy combatant.”

Really? REALLY? What about “Pinch” Shulzberger, and “America’s Newspaper of Record?” Should he and his staff also be arrested and treated as an enemy combatants? Newt Gingrich is one of the smartest guys in the political establishment, but his corruption was complete before he was forced to resign his office, and his character is demonstrably suspect.

Too bad. So sad. Newt, you coulda’ been a contender.

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Dr. Thomas Sowell does the TSA

Thomas SowellI try never to miss a column or a media appearance by this great man.

“More than two centuries ago, Edmund Burke warned about the dangers of new people with new power. This administration, only halfway through its term, has demonstrated that in many ways.”

I always refer to Thomas Sowell as the man who SHOULD have been America’s First Black President. In a more perfect world, Sowell would be in the White House and ObaMao would be running around doing a slick and sophisticated version of Al Sharpton (which is what he was doing before the same people who never miss American Idol elevated him.) That’s been the problem since our original founding fathers departed public service; those who SHOULD be serving in high office are too nice, too good, too honest, and too smart to get elected. If we could identify all who aspire from youth to power, prestige, and national office, we could smother them in their beds and America would be a happier place.

“Those who made excuses for all of candidate Barack Obama’s long years of alliances with people who expressed their contempt for this country, and when as president he appointed people with a record of antipathy to American interests and values, may finally get it when they feel some stranger’s hand in their crotch.”

The passage by Edmund Burke that Dr. Sowell refers to is found in “Reflections on the Revolution in France”, written in 1790: “Considerate people, before they declare themselves, will observe the use which is made of power; and particularly of so trying a thing as new power in new persons, of whose principals, tempers, and dispositions, they have little or no experience, and in situations where those who appear the most stirring in the scene may possibly not be the real movers. . . .”

Wow. Apparently, ObaMao is nothing new. Read Dr. Sowell’s piece HERE.

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Reagan, Manning, and Assange; WikiLeaks, WikiTreason, and WikiStupidity.

Michael ReaganMichael Reagan. If you’ve heard the thick, slurred intonations of Michael Reagan on his radio show or during one of his increasingly infrequent “Political Consultant” guest spots on TV, it will help you understand why I am so gratified that he shares no genetic material with one of my heroes, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who was Michael’s adoptive father. Such is the hunger for celebrity in  America that this benevolent familial connection was enough to propel the adult Michael into the public view where he never shrinks from an opportunity to display his shallow grasp of reality and his lazy thought processes. Could it be that this man is actually stupid? Yes.

In a syndicated column appearing today in my local newspaper and entitled “Call it Treason”, Michael Reagan likens Julian Assange and Bradley Manning to peas in a pod, judging that both should be “tried for treason and when found guilty stood up before a firing squad.” No doubt in Michael’s mind. Not “if” found guilty, but “when.” I guess we should be grateful that he’s willing to hold still for a trial. He goes on to excoriate them for “giving aid and comfort to the enemy” and for being party to “unspeakable crimes.” Michael repeats in several paragraphs that he would like to see both men executed. In some he mentions the firing squad, but hanging would also apparently suffice.

I don’t mean to pick on Michael Reagan. He’s just today’s convenient example of other commentators, politicians, and pundits who have expressed similar desires regarding Assange and Manning without checking their emotional rants for intellectual content or testing their polemic for logical validation. Fifty years ago, I would have said “That’s OK. It’s a free country.” Today, I say “That’s OK. They’re free to be idiots.”

Bradley ManningBradley Manning. For the record, I don’t like ANY of these three men. I don’t like what they do, or how they do it. Of Michael Reagan and Assange, I can say I don’t like their voices or their style. I don’t know about Manning’s, and probably none of us ever will, because I doubt he’ll ever be seen again where he has the freedom to present himself. And that’s as it should be.

Manning swore an oath upon enlistment in the U.S. Army that went like this: “I, Bradley E. Manning, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” I know that oath. I took that oath, and so did most of my male friends. I was proud to do it, and I am still.

Though vitriolic and thoughtless, Michael Reagan’s scorn for Manning is justifiable. Yes, he had a troubled childhood. His parents divorced when he was 13, and he went to live with his Welsh mother in the UK. He had trouble in the U.S. Army as well, attributed to the problems of being homosexual under the apparently brutal “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy. He was busted from Spec4 to PFC for assaulting another soldier, and was scheduled to be discharged early, probably under “less than honorable conditions.” WAAH. Boo-friggin’-hoo. I had a tough life too, and lots of adolescent problems. Many people do. The Army was for me an opportunity to take responsibility for myself, to be a man, to stop blaming my poor background for my problems. I knew lots of guys like me in the Army. If what is alleged is true (unlike Michael Reagan, I am willing to suspend judgement until Manning’s court-martial and/or civilian trial is concluded) then none of Manning’s difficulties justify the breaking of his solemn oath and subsequent betrayal of his country. Would I have him executed in that case? Yes. The betrayal is massive, and the damages will outlive me. What is alleged is, in fact, treason. And though you may take a dim view of our current military conflicts (I do), we are in fact at war. However, Manning has not been charged with treason, and almost certainly won’t be. As currently charged, he has jeopardy for a maximum penalty of 52 years in confinement.

Julian Assange

Julian Assange. On the OTHER hand, though Julian Assange may very well be a disgusting, America-hating, leftist twerp of the most despicable kind, there are also many things that he is NOT.

He is NOT a citizen of the United States of America, owes no fealty to our nation, has made no oaths or promises to be loyal to it. He can NOT therefore be guilty of treason against the United States of America. Period. In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the most serious acts of betrayal of one’s sovereign or nation. If one were Julian Assange, one would be a citizen of Australia, and might be found guilty of treason only if Australia recognizes such a thing, and only for acts against Australia. In any case, it’s up to the Australians to decide, isn’t it?

He is NOT a person who purloined secret documents from a secure repository as a thief in the night, or as an agent entrusted with them by his sovereign or nation.

He is NOT a spy, who worked secretly on American soil against American interests on behalf of a foreign government.

In fact, I can’t logically draw a meaningful distinction between Assange and publishers of the New York Times or the U.K. Guardian, since both media outlets have eagerly published the very same documents made public by Assange, who might very well be an asshole, but not a traitor unless Australia says he is. Since reporters and publishers of the New York Times ARE (presumably) American citizens, why aren’t THEY collectively guilty of treason as the word is defined, and as Michael Reagan imagines it? Would Reagan agitate for the reporters, editors, and publishers of the New York Times to be “tried for treason and when found guilty stood up before a firing squad”? (Frightening, but he just might.) Does he dream of a Hellfire missile strike on the offices of the Guardian at Number 1 Scott Place in Manchester, UK to punish them for their “treason”?

I have never visited WikiLeaks in my life until today, having spent several days reading about and listening to the draconian (and often fatal) things being proposed for Assange by Michael Reagan, Bill O’Reilly, Rep. Peter King R-NY et al.

Let’s face it, Assange is despised and hated by our own American ruling class because he was instrumental in exposing “lying, corrupt and murderous leadership from Bahrain to Brazil” and because these elite pooh-bahs have been damned by their own words. How embarrassing for them. By all means, then, let’s kill Assange. (Yes, assassination has also been wished for him by these high-toned, phony-moralists.)

This blood-lust for Assange is diversionary, deflecting attention from the real culprits in this case. It’s what Big Brother does best. Don’t our government and military officials have an obligation to secure things, documents, media, and activities that are or would be harmful to the security of the United States? Having failed to take reasonable or even elementary measures to secure the same or to provide diligent, unwavering oversight at every level, aren’t these elected officials and military leaders at least as culpable as some pencil-necked Aussie media Utopian for the resulting damage? Maybe we’d do better arresting the American government idiots who allowed a disgraced U.S. Army PFC with well-known social and emotional problems to waltz into secure facilities, where he brazenly and openly copied “secret” documents onto CDs, DVDs, and flash drives, then bragged about how easy it was. At the very least these people are lazy, slovenly, boobs. More likely they have been criminally negligent.

But that’s always been the way of government, hasn’t it? To kill the messenger who brings bad news.

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WikiLeaks raw IP address: http://213.251.145.96/

WikiLeaksWikiLeaks raw IP address: http://213.251.145.96/

Update: 2010.12.11 18:08GMT – Wikileaks is currently mirrored on 1697 sites.

Governments, groups, agents, and/or individuals are doing their best to make WikiLeaks inaccessible by disrupting domain name service for the site and by conducting repeated and massive DDOS attacks on its hosts.

Wikileaks can, as of this writing, still be reached at its raw IP address.

I am a loyal and patriotic American, but outrage against WikiLeaks is misplaced and logically unsupportable. I’ll explain this in a following post.

Governments are unrestrained in their ability to declare what constitutes illegal behavior, and they do so frequently, often without moral or logical justification.

“I miss the serenity of believing I lived under a good government, wisely designed and benevolent in its operation. But, as St. Paul says, there comes a time to put away childish things.”  –Joseph Sobran – The Reluctant Anarchist – December 2002

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TSA Gestapo Empire

(Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan’s first term.)

Warning:Fascism“It doesn’t take a bureaucrat long to create an empire.”

“If Americans were more thoughtful and less gullible, they might wonder why all the emphasis on transportation when there are so many soft targets. Shopping centers, for example. If there were enough terrorists in America to justify the existence of Homeland Security, bombs would be going off round the clock in shopping malls in every state. The effect would be far more terrifying than blowing up an airliner.”

“Who is cowing Americans into submission, terrorists or the TSA Gestapo?”

Read the entire piece on VDARE.

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Don’t Go to a Gunfight Armed with…Yogurt

Yogurt at a gunfight.Road Rage: Yogurt vs. Handgun

Funny part: Gun brandisher charged with misdemeanor; yogurt thrower charged with FELONY “throwing missile at vehicle.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

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GERMANY: “The U.S. Has Lived on Borrowed Money for Too Long.”

What now?SPIEGEL: Last week, the US Federal Reserve Bank decided to flood the economy with $600 billion in new money. Will this stimulate the economy as hoped?
Schäuble:
I seriously doubt that it makes sense to pump unlimited amounts of money into the markets. There is no lack of liquidity in the US economy, which is why I don’t recognize the economic argument behind this measure.

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No Soup For You!

GoonyGoony fascist Michael Bloomberg spends $370,000 of your dollars attacking salty soup.

Mayor Bloomberg’s latest health campaign — cutting salt intake — has targeted soup as one of the big sodium offenders to be taken down with new city ads.

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