Friday, December 19, 2014

Judging the "Francis Play" on Cuba

After all is said and done, there is only one criterion on which to judge the "Francis play" vis-a-vis Cuba.

Will Cubans have freedom of religion?

As we know from history, freedom of religion (not "worship" as the Left calls it for their own malevolent purposes) leads to good government. 

Do not misunderstand:  "good government" is not synonymous with "democracy", nor a "constitutional republic."  Those forms are fine, although in the US since Wilson the cracks in those forms have begun to show--and widen.

Anyhow, it remains to be seen if Pope Francis has a grasp of realpolitik or is just another gadfly in the game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chubby IRS Worm Threatens Taxpayers

Maybe you overpaid your taxes, or will file a paper return.

You'll be sorry!!  The fat little IRS worm-in-chief (and liar) has news for you.

...Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

About half the people who call the IRS for assistance this filing season won't be able to get through to a person, Koskinen said. Once tax returns are filed, there will be fewer agents to audit them.

'Everybody's return will get processed,' Koskinen told reporters. 'But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly getting a refund.'

'This year we may not have the resources, the people to provide refunds as quickly as we have in the past.'

Oh.  Really?  

Deputy Speaks Truth. That's a Warning

Out in the State of Washington, a sheriff's deputy committed a gaffe.

...Jerry Moffett, a deputy in Spokane County, Washington, was caught on tape at the Holiday and Heroes event during which some officers took underprivileged children shopping while others stood outside meeting and greeting those attending. But one woman who spoke to Moffett decided to record the interaction. In the video, the woman asks Moffett about the department’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) military-style vehicles.

“I’m thinking that is totally appropriate in Iraq but what kind of a situation in the U.S. would you see that happening?” the woman asked Moffett.

The deputy responded by saying, “We’ve got a lot of Constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition. They have weapons here locally.”--quoted at Captain's place

Umnnhhh, yah.  Those loonies who......I dunno......actually believe that the Constitution means something or something like that.

MU v. Speech & Morality, Chapter Two

Everyone in the country now knows that Marquette University has banned one of its tenured professors from the campus (sorta) over a case of FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELings.

That was silly enough.

But it appears that Marquette University didn't bother to read its own rules about suspensions.

In all cases of nonrenewal, suspension, or termination for absolute or discretionary cause, except Section 307.02(1) and (3), death, and permanent, total disability, the appropriate appointing authority of the University shall notify the faculty member in writing of the University's action. The notice shall include:
(1) The statute allegedly violated; the date of the alleged violation; the location of the alleged violation; a sufficiently detailed description of the facts constituting the violation including the names of the witnesses against the faculty member.
The bold section?  That's kinda significant because NONE of those provisions were followed in the MU notice to the prof.

So.  Either MU administration is composed of a bunch of really stupid people......


MU administration is not serious, but acted to make some twinky TA happy for Christmas. Or something.

Will NASA Give Back This $349 Million, Mr. Sensenbrenner?

Over the years, Jim Sensenbrenner has insisted that the US spend lotsa money on NASA.  No doubt he was joined by others, such as the senile, doddering Thad Cochran.  (As you recall, Cochran "won" a close primary race due to (R) Ruling Class ....ahhh.....trickery and deceit.)

Anyhow--amid the $3 billion or so that's been wasted by NASA over the years, we find a large chunk of it here:

...The A-3 test stand tower was built to test the effects of the vacuum of space on new rocket engines and had been in the works since the year 2007....

....Initially the program was to have cost a mere $119 million and was scheduled to be completed by 2010. But in that same year, budget cuts and new priorities ended the rocket program for which the test facility was being constructed.

Yet, construction on the Mississippi facility continued regardless of the fact that even if completed, the tests meant to be carried out there would never be conducted.

Apparently in June, as soon as the construction was successfully completed on the A-3 test stand, the whole facility was shut down and locked up, never to be used again.

Merry Christmas, US taxpayer!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jay Weber Is Simply Wrong

Jay Weber apparently has swallowed copious amounts of Christmas cheer a bit early this year.

This morning, he dutifully read from the script (provided by RoJo?  McConnell?) which would have us believe that Cruz's crusade for the Constitution enabled Harry Reid to confirm all of SCOAMF's nominees.

Oh, yah.  It's all Cruz' fault.

There are people who have been in Washington for a long, long, time.  One of them is Jeffrey Lord, who came to DC in the Reagan Administration while Mr. Weber was still in high school.

...There are four problems with the anti-Cruz scenario. The first is that on Dec. 9, days before Cruz threw a wrench in the works, Reid signaled his intention to confirm all of Obama's remaining nominees, no matter how long it took....

...Does that sound like a majority leader who is ready to pack up and go home without passing his party's nominees? No, it doesn't. And that leads to the second problem with the scenario, which is the nature of Harry Reid himself. It is simply impossible to believe that the man who made the Senate pass Obamacare on Christmas Eve would abandon the president's nominees out of the goodness of his heart...

...The third problem with the scenario is Reid's authority as majority leader. He can keep the Senate in session whenever he wants...

...the fourth problem with the scenario is Reid's filibuster "reform." The whole point of Reid's exercise of the so-called "nuclear option" was to make it possible for Democrats to roll over Republicans when it came to confirming the president's nominees. Yes, GOP lawmakers could force brief delays in such confirmations, but when push came to shove -- as it did at the end of a session with the Democratic majority set to disappear — Reid could muscle through any nominee for whom he had 51 votes. And so he did; if there was any single factor that accounted for the rush of year-end confirmations, that was it....

Whether you like Ted Cruz or not, believing the (R) establishment's line is the political equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny.

Except the Easter Bunny drops goodies.  The (R) establishment's droppings are--in this case, as in many others, bovine excrement.

Sorry, Jay, but you are simply wrong.

Marquette U. Steps Off the Deep End

Well, well.

John McAdams, a Marquette University associate professor, says he is being "treated like a potential terrorist" after being suspended with pay and banned from campus while the university investigates his conduct, presumably because he publicly criticized a teaching assistant for not allowing discussion of gay marriage in an ethics class.  TMJ-S

We've followed that controversy at McAdams' blog.  While the TA was correct to hold that Marquette--as a private institution--can 'ban' certain discussions, the TA--and Marquette officials--have carefully avoided mentioning that Marquette holds itself out as "...a Catholic institution."

The Catholic Church holds, de fide, that marriage is between a man and a woman.  Period.  No exceptions.  This is not only a moral position, it is also a position derived from nature itself.  So in effect, Marquette, while claiming a "Catholic" imprimatur, suppresses discussion of a matter which demands a Catholic clarification.

MU's presser basically says that there are "hurt feelings" abounding; those of the TA and (potentially) those of students who could be "hurt" by a frank declaration of Catholic teaching on the subject.

Egads.  Such precious little flowers!  Our Little Snowflakes might melt!  Run away!  Run!! Run!!

Anyhow, MU also advised McAdams that he could not step foot onto the "Catholic" campus without prior permission and, implicitly, without an escort (armed??).  Very curious, indeed.

Did JPMorgan Thank You?

Most people know that the "Cromnibus" budget contained a provision which will--potentially--bail out the Too Big To Fail banks.

Not everyone knows that JPMorgan Chase was the principal beneficiary of that bailout.

See, JPMChase had already FAILED its Basel stress-test before Cronmibus.  Had a real-life crisis emerged--not impossible at all--JPMChase could have lost $35 billion.

That would have negatively impacted their bonus payments, among other things.

So now that the taxpayer (you) is going to bail out Jamie & Co., did they send you a "thank-you" note?

They surely sent one to Jim Sensenbrenner and Ron Johnson, and Paul Ryan, and Reid Ribble, and whats-his-name Duffy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RoJo Goes All-RINO

Sen. Ron Johnson has now made it clear:  he's gone to the Ruling Class (RINO flavor) and left all that "Constitution stuff" behind him, just like those campaign promises about ObozoCare.

This is the story. A gutless House agreed to fund Obama’s amnesty program. They didn’t have to, they chose to....

... When the bill arrived in the Senate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)94% wanted to make the point that the president does not have the authority to rewrite US statutes based on imperial whim. He forced the Senate to vote on a point of order on the Constitutionality of the president’s actions.

That vote came just before the Senate voted to fund the (un-Constitutional) amnesty-action of SCOAMF.

And Senator Ron Johnson took the position that SCOAMF's action is just fine and dandy.

Yah, we know you'll be on Jay Weber's show trying to make this turd into a golden egg.  But a lot of us know the truth about you.

More on the topic from Hayward:’d better believe the trans-party Establishment is going to get even with anyone who threatens to spoil their winter spending festival, especially if they have the unmitigated gall to make the princes of Washington work on a Saturday.  Spending that trillion bucks is a drop-dead emergency, you see, but not so much of an emergency that we should expect our lavishly compensated “representatives” to surrender one of their 250 days off....

 By the way, the lie that '[Cruz and Lee's action] allowed Reid to jam through all of SCOAMF's rotten nominations' came directly from Reid, and was knowingly repeated by the usual RINO suspects.  That's made clear by Hayward, backing up what Erickson posted yesterday.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thinking Romney? Don't!

Romney is already smearing Jeb Bush, so we know he's going to try again.

Just in case you were harboring a happy thought about that, we could remind you of RomneyCare.

But that's not all!

He also engineered the 100% (or so) increase in utility bills for Massachusetts.  How could he be so stupid?

Start with his hire of Gina McCarthy--who is the energy/female version of Gruber, another Romney hire.

More BS From McConnell

You probably read a story this morning about how just..........AWFUL.........Cruz and Lee were and because of them there will be a bunch of terrible appointees approved and kittens will be killed, too.

That's McConnell bullshit.

The real story?  Read it here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ace of Spades Is Dead-On

This was mentioned earlier and deserves repeating:

I do think conservatives should seriously consider my suggestion that we pick 10 or 12 (I'm upping the number) Republican Congressmen and absolutely tank them in 2016. First, they get a primary, and if the primary fails to dislodge them, we give the seat to the Democrats. We actively vote for the Democrat. Whatever happens, we retire their asses.   --AOS

There are four (R)s in Wisconsin who voted with Obozo on the budget.

Ribble and Duffy are most vulnerable.  Sensenbrenner deserves this (and everyone in the party is pissed because he refuses to retire), but unless he's primaried, he won't lose.

By the way, RoJo--who has caved on ObozoCare--is also a candidate for early retirement.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Boehner Year Over, and Deeper in Debt

The Paul Ryan/John Boehner Debt Express:  full speed ahead!!

...The $3.8 trillion in new debt that the federal government has accumulated under the spending deals approved by a Republican-controlled House of Representatives over the past 3.8 years equals $2,772,736,422.84 in new debt per day.

It also equals $32,938.38 in new debt for each of the 115,831,000 households the Census Bureau says were in the United States as of September....

Next:  Ryan will appear on some radio show and blabber about 'bending a roadmap down,' or some such bullshit.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I Told You So: Senselessbrenner Voted FOR the Rule

Jim Sensenbrenner, who bills himself as "conservative" and carries a copy of the Constitution in his pocket (apparently to serve as ass-wipe today) voted to bring the $1.1TRILLION Harry Reid spending bill before the House.

Matter of fact, if Sensenbrenner, who bills himself as "conservative" and carries a copy of the Constitution in his pocket (apparently to serve as ass-wipe) had voted AGAINST the rule, the $1.1TRILLION dollar Harry Reid spending bill would not have been approved.

How brown is Jim's Constitution?

UPDATE:  Pretty damn brown!

As I predicted this morning, ol' Jimbo, who is long past his stale-date, voted against the spending bill itself.

That way he can Gruber some folks into believing his malarkey about being a "conservative."

Sum:  Jimbo put the bill onto the floor, knowing it would pass.  Then he voted against it.



Nah. Jimbo didn't even serve in VietNam.  But he uses really nice toilet paper.

What Our Congressmen Are Doing to Us: BOHICA

Today the House will take up a $1.1 trillion spending bill which fully funds ObozoCare, allows banks to retain derivatives on their books (thus forcing taxpayers to bail out their $Zillion errors through FDIC), funds SCOAMF's amnesty, funds Holder's race-war, and continues the exponential increase of the national debt.  It does not "bend the cost-curve" on ANY Federal spending in any meaningful way, period; as a matter of fact, it will bust through Ryan's "spending limits" of only 1 year ago no matter the lying weasel Rogers' claims.

Sensenbrenner and Ryan will vote for it.*  Ron Johnson, if he objects, will not force this to stop through filibuster, even though Ron Johnson will attempt to spray foo-foo dust to blind you to his supine acquiescence.  (Remember the RoJo who was going to repeal ObozoCare?  Yah.  I met THAT RoJo.)

Hayward, again:

...You only had once chance to vote against this, although of course the vote was not portrayed that way at the time.  Repeal is impossible, liberty taken can never be returned, the State never gets smaller… that’s not just ObamaCare, it’s the story we hear about every Big Government catastrophe.  The frustration we feel about this unbroken continuum of disappointment, this relentless process of growth through failure, is useful to statists, because it is a form of despair.  Some of us accept the notion of ambitious but under-performing government, because it’s just the way things are, the New Normal, and even when we “purchase” Big Government with cold, hard ballots while blinded with fraud and deception, no returns are ever allowed.  Some of us nurse our resentment of the system that takes advantage of us, but conclude we can never defeat it.  We admit that those who profit from the system will always defend it more vigorously than dissenters try to reform it....

Here's the Ron Johnson line, clarified by Hayward:

...You rubes would have made everything so much worse without our brilliant guidance.  Don’t you dare start daydreaming about what might have happened, if we didn’t tax, spend, and regulate like mad!  Don’t you dare hold us to the standards we set when we tricked you into giving us power!  No matter how inadequate our work might be, it’s still far better than what you could have done on your own.  You can’t be trusted to defend yourself, educate your children, sell your labor, provide for your family, or show charity towards those in dire need.  Without us, you would all be in dire need....

We sent spineless ciphers who have become despicable liars, purchased by The Ruling Class which has invaded and which now occupies Washington, D.C.

Our children's children wil righteously piss on our graves for this.

*Ryan and Sensenbrenner will vote for 'the Rule' which allows this vote.  The Rule-vote is the vote that counts.  Sensenbrenner will then vote against the legislation itself and play hero.  This is the game that he will run on us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Sad Truth About D.C.

Few can put it as well as Hayward:

...The only reliable bipartisanship in Washington is the agreement between both parties to serve and protect the permanent system of regulators, appropriators, lobbyists, and Big Media, which have fused together into a single organism with a shared bloodstream, through which well-connected individuals and flow from lobby organizations, to bureaucratic appointments, to media sinecures with ease.  Look at the resume of a Beltway power player, and you’ll have a hard time telling the difference between elected officials, the agencies they nominally control, the special interests they serve, and the media that’s supposed to keep them all honest.  The same person can work for all of those entities in the span of a decade.  The only thing they really cooperate on is the care and feeding of the Cromnibus, the misshapen thing that feeds them all through its multitude of teats....

Chesterton's quip about hanging politicians comes to mind.  But I have a better idea:  let the CIA practice up on these slimebuckets before they work on terrorists.  Efficiency, proof-of-concept, and all that.

The Religion of Peace & Murder

This will enhance your understanding of the term "peace."

ISIS have beheaded four Christian children in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, a British vicar based in the country has claimed.

Canon Andrew White, who is known as the ‘vicar of Baghdad’, told Orthodox Christian Network that the killings happened in a Christian enclave close to Baghdad...

...“ISIS turned up and said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Mohammed’.”
“The children, all under 15, four of them, said no, we love Yeshua, we have always loved we have always followed Yeshua, Yeshua has always been with us.

“They said: ‘Say the words.’ They said ‘No, we can’t.’ They chopped all their heads off--quoted at Gateway

There was a good reason for the activities begun in 1096 AD.  And that reason remains valid today.

Dubya Gruberized Us, Too!

Nice to know that Bush, Ashcroft, and Gonzales are Gruberizers, too. 

So what was he artfully lying about then??

What To Watch From "Conservatives" on Reid's Budget

As Erickson points out, hypocrisy flourishes in Congress.  It's Gruberize-time!!

Boehner is jamming Harry Reid's budget through the House.  In order to do so, the House must vote for a "rule" which allows the BOHICA to pass.

"Conservatives" will vote for the Reid/Boehner "rule," which assures that this monster will survive.

Then they will vote against the legislation itself and run around their districts talking about how "conservative" they are.

IOW, they'll play the full Gruber on you.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Too Many Letters in the Word

Atkisson--like most people--is having trouble with the Feds on a simple FOIA request. 

....It’s one of countless examples in the past decade of federal agencies thumbing their noses at Freedom of Information requests, whether filed by member of the public or news media.....

I think Atkisson is mis-spelling the red-highlighted word.  Too many letters in it.

Should be feral.

That's an accurate description of the agencies we all know and hate.

What We've Done for Louisiana

Next time you are in Louisiana, you should ask the locals to pick up your hotel, food, and bar-tabs.

They owe it to you...

...Many municipalities in Louisiana still had outstanding Federal Emergency Management Agency loans dating back to Hurricane Katrina. As Landrieu saw a tough re-election race approaching, she worked loan forgiveness into a Homeland Security bill. And then she crowed about debts being forgiven all around the state, courtesy of Louisiana's senior senator....

...Take, for example, St. Tammany Parish, an electorally crucial Republican suburb of New Orleans. The parish school system received forgiveness for nearly $68 million in Katrina loans last December. Then came $10 million in forgiveness for the Parish Sheriff's Office, and $14.5 million in forgiveness for the parish government....

Hundreds of millions more at the link.