Friday, October 24, 2014

OMG!! Joni Ernst Is Half a Founder!

Ernst, as quoted by HuffPo:

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said during a speech at the NRA’s Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa, as flagged by The Huffington Post on Thursday. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”  --at Grim's Hall

Well, that's only half of it.  As Grim points out:

...if I were going to articulate it, I'd not focus as she does on a right to defend. The right -- the one the Founders asserted -- is not limited to defense from the government's depredations. It is a right "to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

The Party (actually Parties) of Gummint really, really, really despise that Declaration stuff.

Big Gummint Circles the Wagons

As one might expect, a Fed judge is protecting the Agency of Corruption (IRS).

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sided today with the Internal Revenue Service and dismissed lawsuits by tea party organizations seeking redress for improper delays and scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.

District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled that two lawsuits by True the Vote and Linchpins of Liberty, along with 41 other conservative organizations, were moot because the IRS took steps to address the scandal and “publicly suspended its targeting scheme.”

How very nice.  Now that the plaintiff is dead, the judge acknowledges that there was a murder.  But since the murderer said he'd never kill that person again, well, then, problem!!

What a joke.

Elect the Democrat, Find Corruption

It's not hard to make the case that Holder is corrupt.  Hell--he makes it himself!

This is usually the case:  elect a Democrat, find corruption.  It's like horse-and-carriage; can't have one without the other.

For the first time, the Department of Justice has provided a detailed description of 15,662 Fast and Furious-related documents it is withholding from Congress, the public and the press under executive privilege exerted by President Obama.

The description comes in the form of a so-called Vaughn index ordered by a federal court in a lawsuit filed against the Justice Department by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The Justice Department waited to provide the index, due yesterday, until 8:34 p.m.

The number of withheld documents is so extensive, that the list describing them is 1,323 pages long.

1,323 pages of index alone.

And Holder sent emails to his Mommy and Wifey--and THOSE are withheld.

This is what you get when you elect Democrats, folks.

The Law-and-Order Abele (!!)

Can you believe that the Milwaukee County executive is a Law-And-Order kinda guy? 

Well, he is.  And Mr. Law-and-Order wants him some arrests!!

For the second time in about a month, a gun was brought inside the Milwaukee County Courthouse....
The woman was not arrested or cited....Sheriff's deputies returned her gun, and she walked back out through the 10th Street entrance....

So happens that walking into the courthouse with a concealed weapon is a violation of the law.  (That includes the little-bitty 2" folding knife/nail-file/scissors keychain attachment, by the way.)

"...the security guards who were at the entrances -- thank goodness -- did their job, and they caught these guns coming in and were able to prevent people from entering with guns," Abele said.

In both cases, the screening areas were shut down and sheriff's deputies were called.

In the end, deputies gave both the women their guns back to put in their cars with no penalties....

The deputies used what's called "prudence" and the women left with no incident.

A notorious Hanging Judge has an opinion, too:

Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers told WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino that the statute should be enforced.

"When something like this happens, it needs to be handled appropriately, which means the matter needs to be referred to the District Attorney's Office for an evaluation," Kremers said.
Mr. Law-and-Order is a hypocritical jackass, of course.  It's going to be fun watching him get nailed for driving one mile/hour over the limit on County freeways in the next few months, eh?  As to Kremers:  when's the last time he imposed a full sentence on a 'youthful offender'?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Obozo the Drug Lord/Islamist

The Obozo administration has released a couple of thousand rapists, murderers, and kidnapers into the US.

When Islamists and drug cartels wish to control the population, they do it with rape, murder, and kidnaping.

So the only difference between Obozo and a drug-lord (and ISIS) is that Obozo also uses the IRS as a weapon.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ObozoNomics: Cry Now, or Sooner

Yes, ObozoNomics is like tear gas.  You get two choices:  CN or CS.


HT:  MoonBattery

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ah! Music Lessons With Gun!

Combining two disciplines into one

Playing the Minute Waltz?  That would be the sign of a real virtuoso!!  Miculek, maybe?

Fundamental Transformation!

Here we have a picture of Obozo's Fundamental Transformation of Healthcare:

HT:  PowerLine

Obozo's Department of Justice Extortion

Holy Smoke!  (Yes, this is about a forest fire.)

Seems like the Obozo/Holder appointees are kinda like their Supreme Leaders:  crooks and liars.

This is a landmark.  Not only did the Obozo/Holder DOJ lie like Hell to the Federal Courts, (that's called "fraud on the court," they did their damndest to suppress exculpatory evidence (Brady violations.)

Brady violations seem to be more and more common, according to the NYSlimes (!!!?!!).  Not too surprisingly, these are showing up in an era of rampant moral dissolution.

We live in interesting times, friends.

HT:  Texas99/Grim

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Progenitor of Pope Francis' Views? The Milwaukee Connection

Chiesa (Sandro Magister) published an essay on the Synod which claims that the likely progenitor of HH Francis' views on matters of sexuality is none other than Cdl. Martini, SJ.

...There followed in October of 2013 the convening of a synod on the family, the first in a series of two synods on the same issue in the span of a year, with decisions postponed until after the second. As secretary general of this sort of permanent and prolonged synod the pope appointed a new cardinal with no experience in this regard, but very close to him, Lorenzo Baldisseri. Beside whom he placed, as special secretary, the bishop and theologian Bruno Forte, already a leading proponent of the theological and pastoral approach that had its guiding light in the Jesuit cardinal Carlo Maria Martini and its major adversaries first in John Paul II and then in Benedict XVI: an approach explicitly open to a change of Church teaching in the area of sexuality.....

Forte was the one who released the highly controversial "report" which caused a revolution at the Synod.

Wiki's brief take on Martini's theology includes this:

In his book Credere e conoscere, published shortly before his death, Martini set out his disagreement with the Catholic teaching against homosexual civil unions. “I disagree with the positions of those in the Church, that take issue with civil unions”, he wrote. “It is not bad, instead of casual sex between men, that two people have a certain stability” and that the “state could recognize them.” Although he stated his belief that "the homosexual couple, as such, can never be totally equated to a marriage", he also said that he could understand (although not necessarily approve of) gay pride parades when they support the need for self-affirmation

Familiar language, no?

To Milwaukee Catholics, the name of Martini is already quite familiar.  He was a special friend of Rembert Weakland, O.S.B.

This begins to add up.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The GirlyMan Elections Twit. Yup, Milwaukee

Some are men.  Some are women.  Then there's this creature.

...the [Milwaukee Election] commission’s executive director has turned in Marguerite Ingold to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, the same agency that has spent the past four years drag-netting conservatives in secret, politically charged John Doe investigations. The reason, according to Ingold: The election director believed this Muskego great-grandmother could have become “violent and stormed the city hall.”...

She's seventy-eight years old.

But afraid.  Very afraid.

Flim-Flam: Flynn, Chisholm, the Fired Cop, and "Disability"

One is entitled to massive cynicism syndrome when observing politicians at work.

The case of the Milwaukee cop who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton gets more......ahhh........interesting every day.  (It must be noted that I don't have a dog in this fight; I do not know if the cop was right or wrong in his action.  I do not know what Hamilton did, other than what I read on the interwebs.)

So how does the cynic view this?  Easy!!

Ed Flynn is a politician first and a cop second, no matter what Ed Flynn says.  Flynn decided to fire the cop Manney, obviously taking the arrow on behalf of John Chisholm, who is in enough hot water for his openly partisan, un-ethical, and probably illegal persecution of conservatives.  Chisholm also has to get along with the cops, so Chisholm has evaded any decisions on prosecuting the cop.  Clearly, Flynn was tapped to bail out Chisholm.

It's also clear that Flynn telegraphed the firing at least a week ago.  How do we know that?  The cop applied for "duty disability" two days before he was canned.  ("Duty disability" is, perhaps, the single most abused benefit afforded to cops and firemen in all of the recorded history of Wisconsin.)  In this instance, the cop claimed that shooting Hamilton left him with "debilitating health issues" and he "has not been able to sleep for months."

Hmmmm.  A lot of cops have shot and killed a lot of civilians.  How come all the OTHER cops don't have "debilitating health issues" resulting in "duty disability" claims?

Should the claim be approved, the cop gets 75% of his average earnings, TAX-FREE, until he collects his regular pension.  That will be a minimum of $37,500/year net-spendable cash, not to mention continuing health insurance benefits.

Not bad at all, for a few sleepless nights and a little 'stress.'

So here's the sequence of events:  1) The cop encounters Hamilton who reacts with violence.  2)  The cop kills Hamilton.  3)  Chisholm "investigates" endlessly to avoid making any decision AT ALL in the case.  4) Chisholm (or Barrett--same difference) has a few quiet lunches with Flynn and persuades Flynn to fire the cop.  5)  Flynn tells the Cop Union that the axe is about to fall--signaling that it's time for the cop to apply for "disability."  6)  The cop applies, and voila!!! two days later he's canned.

There follows the usual dog-and-pony show from the Cop Union--which is only for show--and from Flynn, who swears on the Bible that this is 'not political.'  Barrett goes all milk-carton, and Chisholm talks in circles about 'more investigation.'

One dead civilian, a lot of fleeced taxpayers, a cop who lost his job--and most important, re-election for Barrett, Chisholm, and contract extension for Flynn!

Well-played, boys.  We get the picture, right up our a&^%es, no Vaseline.

Meanwhile, in Rome...

The Press has been filled with stories about the synod on families being held in Rome.  No surprise, as the first document released was rather dodgy on two matters:  1) admittance to Communion for civilly-divorced and re-married Catholics and 2) homosexual matters.

A little unpacking is required. 

First, and most important:  the document was written by an Italian Bishop who is known for his un-orthodox thinking on both those issues AND "other views" were (literally) suppressed by that author.  As it turns out, those "other views" (the orthodox ones) are held by the vast majority of the Bishops who are there, and those "other views" have been released to The Press after a raucous shouting-match (!!) in the meeting room.

(If you're looking for citations, see here, here, and here.)

Secondly, a real side-show has erupted as a leading left-leaning German Cardinal gave an interview which was borderline-racist (to be kind.)  (It's been noted in other venues that Lefties tend to castigate Conservatives for the Left's own flaws, and this Cardinal-Projector proves the case.)

Believe it:  Ebola is not the only world news story!

Cato: Scott Walker's a Big Spender

Cato released a study which grades State governors.

The good news for Scott Walker:  according to Cato, he's #11 overall, which is darn good.

The bad news:  he's a Really Big Spender, given a score of 40 on a 100-point scale. Not surprising, then, that he earns only a 50 grade on taxation.

This should not be a surprise to anyone who has paid attention over the last few years.  Walker is saddled with a legacy of Big Spending (R) and (D) governors (Thompson and Doyle were egregious wastrels) and a Legislature which--though (R)--loves it some spendin'. 

We haven't heard or seen a Walker ad which promises a reduction in State employment.  No surprise:  Walker has increased State employment in both his budgets.  We haven't heard or seen a Walker ad which promises a reduction in spending, either--other than whatever effects remain from Act 10.

Oh, well.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Why Ms. Althouse Is Wrong on Gay "Marriage"

A scholar quotes The Scholastic to demonstrate the fallacy of Althouse's argument on the topic and goes on to add another, very significant, point:  the rise of the Monolithic State.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Like Obozo, Like Frieden

I think Ace nailed it here.

...Frieden has done some good work, it seems, in reducing infectious disease (tuberculosis) in India.
But I am baffled at this man's reactivity and passivity in the face of a serious public health threat.

He seems to just want to reassure the public, and hope the problem just sort of sorts itself out without much of his involvement.

Which reminds me an awful lot of our President.

So maybe I shouldn't be baffled that Frieden is now passive, reactive, and determined to do only the bare minimum once the public starts howling....

Frieden, to our knowledge, is not a golfer.  So that's going for him.

Houston, YOU Have a Problem

Although Houston is in Texas, it is apparently not a part of Texas.  Nor of the USA--which has a First Amendment.

However, you can look right into the face of Fascism in Houston.  Who knows?  It may play out in a city near you soon--as it did in Wisconsin with the Big-City Union Jackass/DA, Chisholm!!

...Reports coming out of Houston today indicate that city attorneys have issued subpoenas to pastors who have been vocal in opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure which deals with gender identity and sexuality in public accommodations. The subpoenas, issued to several pastors, seek “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”...

This will not intimidate the Southern Baptists.

"Six-Gun" Chisholm!

Apparently the Milwaukee County District Attorney likes guys with guns.

A lot of them:  14 at last count, doubling every 6 years. 

Avarice, Conservative-Radio Style

Several months ago, a news-guy/blogger with lefty tendencies mentioned that 'conservative talk radio' was headed, (slowly) down the porcelain tubes.

Took a while, but Paul Kengor confirmed that avarice is playing a big role here.  No wonder we Catholics call it a "deadly sin."

Ebola-by-Breathing: Obozo Owns It

Seems like the CDC is wrong.

The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath. 

CIDRAP is warning that surgical facemasks do not prevent transmission of Ebola, and healthcare professionals (HCP) must immediately be outfitted with full-hooded protective gear and powered air-purifying respirators.

President Obola owns this one lock, stock, and barrel. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lefties v. Nature, Again

A certain Supercilious One, tenured, whose husband has not yet brought home a few extra wives, continues to affirm the remarkable theory that the Constitution trumps Nature.

It's dark comedy, except it's not comedy.

"...A Breach of Protocol...."

Yah, well, it's a breach of protocol because we SAY so!

Is So!  Is So!!  Is Sooooo!!!!!!!

(However, we have no idea what that breach of protocol actually was.)

McCarthy Is Dead-On re: Benghazi

The slow-walk of the Benghazi hearings was noticed out here.  We all knew, but in that inchoate, 'small red flag waving' way, that there was a reason for that slow-walk.  McCarthy puts it on the table.

....When a knowledgeable witness refuses to answer a critical question, the interrogator does not just let him off the hook. The witness gets grilled: Isn’t it a fact that the policy was X?

Gowdy did not grill Starr. And Gowdy — the chairman who has access to the intelligence the committee has been gathering for five months, the accomplished prosecutor who is not fool enough to ask a key question to which he did not know the answer — did not fill in the information gap. He abruptly ended the hearing, content to leave the policy shrouded in mystery....


...In the midst of Libya’s civil war, the United States government decided to switch sides — we went from support for the Qaddafi regime that had been regarded as a key counterterrorism ally to support for “rebels” who very much included the anti-American jihadists Qaddafi had been helping us track. That was not just an Obama-administration policy preference; it had strong support from prominent senior Republicans in Congress....

Place your bets on the names of the "prominent Republicans".  Think about a doughy, chubby, Senator from a Southeastern state and an attention-whore Senator from a Southwestern state...

....Meanwhile, the Obama administration, again with significant Republican support, decided to aid and abet Syrian “rebels” who, as in Libya, very much included anti-American jihadists. There is colorable suspicion that this assistance included the gathering up of arms in Libya for shipment to Syrian “rebels.”...

So Gowdy turns into another Party apparatchik and Rough Men moulder in their graves.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stupid Platitude From Burke

SCOTUS' extremely bad habit of sticking its nose into States' business continued apace when it halted implementation of the Voter ID law in Wisconsin.

Thus the Burke campaign's Stupid Platitude moment:

Walker's opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, has opposed the legislation.

"Regardless of your politics, we can all agree that the greater the level of participation in elections, the better it is for our state," said Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki.

That is one of those statements which sounds really good, until one thinks for 5 seconds. There is no correlation between 'voter participation' and 'the health of the State.'  None.  There is also no correlation between the number of ZIP Codes in Wisconsin and the depth of Lake Michigan.

It's a category error--not that any Leftist would understand that distinction.