February 17, 2015

Another way Obama bypasses Congress

Quoting from an article by Larry Bell from Forbes.com

“Sue and settle “ practices, sometimes referred to as “friendly lawsuits”, are cozy deals through which far-left radical environmental groups file lawsuits against federal agencies wherein  court-ordered “consent decrees” are issued based upon a prearranged settlement agreement they collaboratively craft together in advance behind closed doors. Then, rather than allowing the entire process to play out, the agency being sued settles the lawsuit by agreeing
to move forward with the requested action both they and the litigants want.

And who pays for this litigation? All-too-often we taxpayers are put on the hook
for legal fees of both colluding parties. According to a 2011 GAO report,
this amounted to millions of dollars awarded to environmental organizations for
EPA litigations between 1995 and 2010. Three “Big Green” groups received 41%
of this payback, with Earthjustice accounting for 30 percent ($4,655,425). 
Two other organizations with histories of lobbying for regulations EPA wants
while also receiving agency funding are the American Lung Association (ALA) and
the Sierra Club.

In addition, the Department of Justice forked over at least $43 million
of our money defending EPA in court between 1998 and 2010. This didn’t include
money spent by EPA for their legal costs in connection with those rip-offs
because EPA doesn’t keep track of their attorney’s time on a case-by-case basis.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has concluded that Sue and Settle rule making is
responsible for many of EPA’s “most controversial, economically significant
regulations that have plagued the business community for the past few years”.
Included are regulations on power plants, refineries, mining operations, cement plants,
chemical manufacturers, and a host of other industries. Such consent decree-based rule
making enables EPA to argue to Congress: “The court made us do it.”

December 20, 2014

America hacked.

America is the target of hackers worldwide.  Sensitive information, stored on computers,
is not secure due to organized, as well as, private hackers. Corporations, the military, and
govts. refuse to adapt to those conditions....why?

There are tens of thousands of hacking attempts on government each year, and rising.
Nobody knows how many attacks occur in the private sector.  And yet, industry and govt.
still do business by email.  They keep records on computers that can be hacked.

If the internet is not secure, then don't connect computers that store sensitive data to the
internet. The needed leadership on this issue is lacking from the White House.  

July 23, 2014

America must enforce it's borders

Countries enforce their borders against illegal entry for several good reasons, any of which
are being ignored by the Democrat Party.  The Democrats are on a mission to save the world
from global warming or climate change and it follows that any means to that end, to them,
is morally correct.

So, for the "world saving" Democrat Party, accumulating votes has a higher priority than national defense, disease control or preventing cartel gang members from entering the country.   (You can see these Mexican thugs in action on the net.   Do not watch these videos for your  own sanity.   You can't shake the memory of seeing young women executed with axes.)   With U.S. immigration policy on the border as it stands today, the Mexican cartels are recruiting young people from the flow of illegal Central Americans trekking north into America, because they aren't tatted up and can infiltrate the United States without being identified as cartel soldiers.   The cartels are moving into the U.S..

52,000 children, mostly from Central America have been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol
since October of 2013.  Hispanics are dying in the desert. This is not a humane way to run immigration.
It's no way to run immigration.  It benefits the cartels, one of our greatest threats, and that is a dereliction of duty by Obama.

And then you read about the Federal Govt. dumping bus loads of illegal aliens in
various cities across the U.S. without notifying the local authorities.  Can the press muster enough integrity to ask hard questions of the Obama Administration?

Who, in the Obama Administration, is deciding where the Fed dumps these bus loads of illegal immigrants?

Why aren't illegal aliens deported?

How much disease will be carried over the border by these illegal aliens?
There are serious infectious diseases to worry about like: 

Tuberculosis - A Mexican Immigrant With Drug-Resistant TB Goes Missing in CA.

Malaria - eradicated in the U.S. in the 1940's, it has erupted in southern California, New Jersey,
NYC, and Houston.   Malaria tainted blood has been discovered in the blood supply.

Dengue -   The leading cause of death in children in infected areas in Asia.   It used to be unknown
in the U.S., but Dengue has occurred in the U.S..   There are Asians crossing the Mexican border.

Leprosy - Known as Hanson's Disease.  In the last 3 years, there have been 9,000 cases and most of
them were illegal aliens.  40 years prior to 2002, there were 900 total cases of Leprosy in the U.S..

And the list goes on:   Scabies, H1N1 Flu,  Viral Hepatitis,  Chagas Disease,  HIV...
The press is not interested in this, because they support Obama and the Democratic Party.   The press
is useful, however, if you're interested in NFL scandals.


excerpted from:
March 6, 2015  American Thinker.com
Those Other Diseased Illegal Immigrants
By Sierra Rayne

"In addition to the large Mexican and Central American illegal immigrant population in the U.S., there are also hundreds of thousands of illegals from countries such as the Philippines (310,000 as of the latest Homeland Security estimate for 2012), India (260,000), South Korea (230,000), China (210,000), Ecuador (170,000), Vietnam (160,000), and about another 1.8 million from other countries.

Since 2008, an additional 80,000 Vietnamese have entered the U.S. illegally. Add to that tens of thousands more from each of these other nations. Like Mexico and Central America, these regions have generally lower quality health care systems and a higher proportion of the population carrying infectious diseases than exists in the U.S. Consequently, these illegal migrants represent a substantial -- and poorly defined -- source of infectious diseases to the United States."


March 21, 2014


“Plenty of pundits have really high IQs, but they don’t have any discipline in how they look at the world, and so it leads to a lot of bullshit, basically...They don’t permit a lot of complexity in their thinking. They pull threads together from very weak evidence and draw grand conclusions from them. They’re ironically very predictable from week to week.”   This predictability, he says, is owed to their “very strong ideological priors,”  which prevent them from “evaluating the data as it comes in [and] doing a lot of
[original] thinking. They’re just spitting out the same column every week.”

Excerpted from the New Republic, and checked with NYMag

December 20, 2013

Paglia weighs in on Duck Dynasty Dispute

Copied & pasted from the following "The Daily Caller" article:
The suspension of Phil Robertson from A&E’s Duck Dynasty ....is outrageous in a nation that values freedom,
according to social critic and openly gay, dissident feminist Camille Paglia.

“I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something
to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia,
a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday.
“In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support
homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible,
again they have a right of religious freedom there,” she added.

Robertson has been suspended from Duck Dynasty due to comments he made to GQ that have been deemed “anti-gay.” According to Paglia, the culture has become too politically correct.“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, okay, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.”

Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.  I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life.  This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism.  Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”

“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement,”  she added.  “And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”

Paglia, on the polarizing Obama
Paglia, "I hate dogma in any form."

May 14, 2013

AP gets it's phone records snatched by DOJ

News agencies are propaganda machines masquerading as news agencies. The priveledges that the press enjoys are exploited to manipulate public opinion. I don´t mind if the Justice Department cornholes the AP in some darkened alley. Besides, I´m interested in getting the leakers. Throw those traitors in jail.

April 30, 2013

Obama draws line in the sand.

By backing down on his ultimatum with Syria, Obama showed the world, esp. thugocrat Putin, that Obama is the skinny kid in the sandbox.

Obama should never have uttered the ultimatum. In 1900, Teddy Roosevelt was really coaching future Presidents when he wrote, "Speak softly and carry a big stick".

April 22, 2013

Miranda and Terrorists

The basis for not "Mirandizing" the terrorist is not based on the ideology of the individual. 
It is due to a strong probability that the terrorist was part of a cell that continues to be a threat to kill civilians.   Are the Boston bombers terrorists or are they citizens?  The grey area arises when the liberals fail to acknowledge the war of terror being waged by civilian fundamentalist Islamists on civilians.  The Boston bomber has now been read his Miranda rights, and assigned a lawyer.   The lawyer, of course, advises the client to say nothing.  So, we lost that information resource because the liberals just don't want to recognize the world war that radical Islam is waging.  If you wage war on America, you are an enemy combatant.  If you bomb civilians, you are a terrorist.  If you are motivated by Al Qaeda or similar creeds to bomb civilians and you carry it through, you have been recruited, and are a genuine enemy combatant.  The Boston bombing was a war crime.

No doubt that the overwhelming majority of  Muslims aren't terrorists.  However, some extreme Muslims, such as Al Qaeda, Wahhabis (who plant mullahs in American Mosques), Taliban, and the Iranian crime
family of  the Ayatollah and his proxy group in Lebanon, Hezbollah, (who is suspected to have sleeper cells in the U.S.),...just to name a few, are openly hostile to Americans and non-Muslims, to the extreme degree as to dedicate their lives to murdering civilians indiscriminately with any means possible.   They recruit suicide bombers in Mosques and over the internet.  They raise their children to hate Jews and Americans.  And they hate and murder and plot to expand their power in the name of Islam, so.... it is accurate to say that the small minority of radicalized Islamic people are quite rationally suspected of being terrorists.   And it would be better if the Democrats and the MSM recognized that radical Islamic terrorism existed.  

The basic conversation on the topic goes like this:  
When pundits and media talk about the radical Islamist using terror, the liberal pundits and media ask,
why paint all Muslims as terrorists?    The liberals are using this straw man argument to avoid the issue
of radical Islamists targeting civilians around the world.   A major underpinning of leftist politics is moral
and cultural relativism, holding that all cultures are equally valid.  If leftists accept that there is a culture
of suicide, hatred, aggression and mass murder within a specific major religion, then they have to question
relativism, which leftists refuse to do.  It's a dogged refusal to question relativism, so stubborn that their
minds slam shut like a vault door, spitting out the charge of, "racism", to those people who talk about
radical Islamists.  Thus the rush to Mirandize  the Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsamaev, and pretend that
he is not an enemy combatant.

February 26, 2013


I doubt if the union bakers at Twinkies were asking for the world. When was the last time you bought a Twinkie? The company´s corporate leadership may not have been making the right decisions, who knows? Are we to judge by what little the media tells us?
It could be that the Twinkie era is just over. We do know this, despite what Bernanke says, there is rampant inflation. Just go to the grocery store, restaurant or gas station, or rent an apartment to figure that out.   So keeping wages frozen is an ongoing paycut.  Americans with fixed income, and the American work force are getting paid with an ever-shrinking dollar in this high regulation, high tax, crony-capitalism economy that Obama, Reid and Bernanke are running. This mess starts at the top.

January 27, 2013

Women in Combat

I hate to throw water on the progressive sense of fairness and equal opportunity, but sometimes practical matters have weight.  As a retired union pipefitter, we encourage women to become pipefitters.  The problem is that they do not have the upper body strength to lift and carry heavy  loads.  But, the politics precludes that the topic is ever brought up for discussion.   The question is, is the woman strong enough to carry a wounded soldier out of harm's way?   A serious set of problems with women in the barracks is due to sexuality.   You have to have separate bathrooms, which is added time and expense in the barracks, making outposts more expensive, all this during this period of a shrinking military budget.   There is no denying that young men and women are attracted to each other, and that is a predictable reality.  Pheromones are powerful and too frequently override rational behavior.  Tell us what a young man should think of when he watches a woman walk down the corridor.  Sex can get ugly with courtship behavior, flirting, relationships broken off, jealosy, favoritism, partial nudity, and the act of sex in the barracks.  Do we punish soldiers if they have sex together?  Or just touch each other?  And then there's the real and perceived favoritism when women use their sexual power to gain favoritism from non-coms and officers, which would not happen in all male outfit.  How is that good for morale?  How does that make the combat situation better?    How many women get pregnant on aircraft carriers?  It costs a lot of money to train a soldier, and then throw it away because we introduced the sex dynamic in the barracks.   I'd also like to know what pregnant soldiers and sailors cost the military.  Isn't it the duty of society to make the condition of the combat soldier better rather than worse?   After all, they are going into harm's way and leaving their families behind, losing body parts, losing their minds, and losing their lives to protect us as we enjoy civilian life back home.

January 24, 2013

Hillary admits to the Jihadist Movement

"Movement"? That´s one way to sugar coat it. What it is, is war, and civilians are the targets (children included). We should recognize that al Qaeda is a bloodthirsty enemy and take appropriate action. And instead of taking guns away from civilians, since they are indeed the target of al Qaeda, we should encourage civilians to arm up and get training from the NRA. If those oil workers in Algeria were carrying concealed Glocks or S&Ws, there's a chance that the tragedy would have had a  better outcome. But even if it did result in catastrophe, at least they would have had the chance to defend themselves. Die with their boots on, instead of dying with a bomb vest on.

November 29, 2012


Interest groups flock around the Democratic Party.  They accept, unquestioned, the propaganda which makes up the backbone of the Democrat Party discourse. The Republicans have to address these points of the iscussion if they want to win the White House. This Democrat demagoguery is of 3 themes. And they are:

[1] The Republicans are racist.
[2} The Republicans don´t care about the poor or middle class.
[3] The Republicans would have Congress take away women´s right to have an abortion.

With these 3 phony themes, the Democrats capture the lion's share of the minorities, the growing unemployed and working poor, and the women´s vote.
And the unemployment roles are growing, and the working poor are growing,
and women outnumber men.

Are the Republicans resigned to carry the tag of racist, being only for the rich, and determined to take away women´s right to have an abortion?   I think the litmus test Republicans essentially say yes.    Instead of being dominated by the social conservatives, the Republican Party should strive to be a big tent party and promote a coherent plan for health care, tax reform, entitlements, education, and national defense.  Abortion should be a matter for individual states, not a national issue.

September 9, 2012

Vote For Romney

The Democrat Party is no longer the party of the working class.   Raising taxes to hire more bureaucrats does not put America back to work.

Long term unemployment:
Apart from the physical problems of no income,
long term unemployment is psychologically traumatic. Social relationships change and not usually for the better. And on the job market, it's one rejection after another. Confidence erodes. Work skills wither. The rest of the work force suffers along with the 16% long term unemployed. (I'd reckon my estimate is more accurate than the Federal Govt's) People under-employed, working yet collecting food stamps, cannot afford health care insurance. And those fortunate enough to have full time jobs see their wages stagnant as the price of food and goods steadily increases, as health care, too, increases. They wonder when they'll get the axe. Can this country endure another 4 years of Democrat central planning and crony capitalism?

Update - March 9, 2013 -  4 months after Romney lost the election.   Obama won his tax hike, and demands yet more tax hikes, calling it "balanced".  With no compromise between the parties, the Sequester begins.  Tthe budget  deficit is over a trillion dollars once again.  Somebody will have to pay that debt and unfortunately, they will either inflate the dollar (which hurts the poor and fixed income folks the most) and/or pass the responsibility for this rampant spending to the next generation.  Generational theft.

August 29, 2012

Government telling the truth about pot?

My Democrat Representative in Congress, Zoe Lofgren, emailed me
that she supports the prohibition on Marijuana.  Barack Obama wages
the war on drugs to the extent of contravening state's rights.

William F. Buckley, George Shultz, Glen Beck, judge  Andrew
Napolitano, Pat Robertson and even Sarah Palin have come out
on the side of legalizing pot.  Palin has smoked pot.  Maybe we
should consider that the federal government has not been telling
the truth about Marijuana.

August 24, 2012

Chicago Shootings

The same crime sprees happened during Prohibition. You can pass a law against beer, but people want beer and will find a way to get it.  If they can't get good beer, they'll settle for bathtub gin.   (Nowadays, with pot illegal, they'll settle for crack or meth or heroin.)   Supply and demand is a reality. Demand, combined with the prohibition, creates an underground economy. The black market does not resort to the courts when there is a dispute. They shoot it out in the streets. The press responds by making anyone responsible except those who are actually at blame.  Prohibition caused the murder rate to jump and fueled corruption of our elected officials and court system, as well as the press. Are the Puritans going to make anything else the people want illegal? The gangs could use the business.  They made pot, which is a non-addicting drug, illegal, and who do you suppose rakes in the profits?

August 18, 2012

Will the NY Times ever report the truth?

Excerpt (in green font) from an article from Media Myth Alert,

"In an obituary published in May about Horst Faas — an award-winning AP photographer and editor who helped make sure Ut’s photograph moved across the agency’s wires — the Times described the image as “the aftermath of one of the thousands of bombings in the countryside by American planes:  a group of terror-stricken children fleeing the scene, a girl in the middle of the group screaming and naked, her clothes incinerated by burning napalm.”
But as I pointed out in an email sent to the Times soon after the obituary was published, the aircraft that dropped the napalm wasn’t American; it was South Vietnamese.
The newspaper’s assistant obituary editor, Peter Keepnews, replied to me on May 22, stating in an email:
“You are correct that the bombing in question was conducted by the South Vietnamese Air Force. However, the obituary referred only to ‘American planes,’ and there does not seem to be any doubt that this plane was American –- a Douglas A-1 Skyraider, to be precise.”
As if the aircraft’s manufacturer were a crucial element in the napalm strike by the South Vietnamese.
I wrote about the Times’ error — and Keepnews’ illogical response —in a post in early June at Media Myth Alert. Quite independently of my efforts, Pyle and Buell also called the Times’ attention to the error about the napalm attack.
Their requests for a correction have been ignored, Pyle said."

August 15, 2012

Iran Wants War

As seen from the eyes of the West, Iran is acting
irrational in not worrying about Israel.

Everything is relative.

From the prospective of the death cultists running
Iran, war is what they want. It makes perfect sense
to them. The bigger the war the better. Their
leadership believe they are bullet proof because
they have the best bunkers. Their countrymen
(women and children included) are disposable.
The important thing is to bring on "the Big One"
and eliminate Israel. One nuke can destroy Tel Aviv, and Hezbollah and Hamas can mop up the rest...or
so the plan goes, especially with  Egypt to join in, needing a good war.  But why "the Big One?",
you might ask.  Because the 2nd coming of the 12thImam requires a conflagration.
So the concept that pundits think will prevent Iran from developing and using nukes, MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction), is  false when applied to the Iranians.    MAD worked with the Soviets, why not the Iranians?  The Soviets did not believe in an afterlife, nor a miraculous 2nd coming.  No matter how much damage the Western countries can inflict upon Iran, a major war will bring on a New Age with the 2nd coming of the 12th Imam, bringing ultimate victory for Islam.   They believe this strongly, and belief is impervious  to reason. 
It's all perfectly rational for the religious fanatics in Iran, at the same time positively insane to people with 21st Century values. Shall we hold more talks with the Iranians? Sure, it amuses them.

Victor Davis Hanson questioned on Ahmadinejad and Thucydides
"Ahmadinejad, I don't know what he'd (Thucydides) say about him.  I know what you guys think about him.   You don't know what to make of him, because you're 99% sure that the guy really doesn't believe that there's a missing Imam somewhere and he wants to take 30 million Persians and say. "You know what, we're all going to paradise and now the Persian Shia (will) inherit the mantle from the Sunni Arab and we're the real Muslims."  You're 99% sure that he doesn't believe that and that it's all an act...but you're not a 100% sure.   And that means that being loco and nuclear (indecipherable word} is pretty smart.    So I don't know...we think we can deter him, The Israelis think they can deter him, but he's acting crazy for a reason, and he may just possibly be crazy.   And 60 years after the Holocaust, I don't think the Jewish people can take that risk." 

April 24, 2012

Stop with the dog stories.

Note to pundits and pols, in this insufferable campaign season leading up to the election of the next POTUS, U.S. citizens have vital economic, health, national defense, education issues (the list is longer), and would deeply appreciate it if there were focus on these matters instead of the phony scandals that the press pushes. We are hoping that the dog story has an end, soon. Dare to ask the candidates questions on real issues.

March 11, 2012

The Politics of Decline

The Obama Doctrine is tax and spend, going
between $1 trillion  and $2 trillion deeper in dept
every year.    And, Chicago politics of  crony capitalism,
rewarding those CEOs who donate heavily to Democrats.
And, higher taxes with an unstopping onslaught of job killing new regulations.  Democrats (and the MSM) never talk about the workers who are long term unemployed, and the millions who are underemployed.  Why is that?   The cruel joke is, those unemployed will still vote Democrat, if they can maintain a residence, which is a problem when you can't find a job.  The Democrats have the majority of Americans on welfare, and that's their strategy.  Welfare recipients vote democratic.

December 23, 2011

Congress richly deserves our thanks

Within this most recent little spat in Congress over the 2 month tax cut, the largest "fail" was by the press. They failed to recognize that the citizens did not see much of anything in this bill, whether it passed or not. It was an event that was significant only to the ruling elite and their circle of news mongers and pundits. It was an exercise in not dealing with our real and pressing issues. Congress and the press merit a bitter and reproachful "Bundy" thanks. tha-anks


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