Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paul Ryan, Not an Extortionist

We're not knocked over by Paul Ryan's policy prescriptions on immigration.  On the other hand, he does seem to get the idea of subsidiarity, which means he still may think the 9th and 10th Amendments mean something.

For the Establishment Pubbies, however, he has a major flaw: he's not a good extortionist.  That's why one of them will oppose Ryan's bid for Chair/Ways & Means.

Kevin Brady has decided to run against Rep. Paul Ryan in the latter’s bid for chairmanship of the Ways & Means Committee....the role of the Republican chair of Ways & Means is to milk money from lobbyists terrified that the committee is rewriting the whole tax code (which touches on the profitability of every business in America) — and then to distribute that money to other Republicans.  It’s almost as if they’d pretend to rewrite the tax code every few years just to scare more  protection money contributions out of K St., whether the committee actually reformed anything or not....

That's not news to anyone who lives in Flyover Country (about 85% of the USA.)  Whether it's tax-code, environmental, labor, or ObozoCare regs, whether it's Pubbie or Democrat, the principles are the same:  threaten-for-money.

"Nice little business you have there.  It'd be too bad......" is a Mafia line. 

And the Mafia learned from Congress.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Boehner Goes All War-Daddy

Boehner, demonstrating that Teh Stupid is a transmittable disease:

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday the U.S. may ultimately “have no choice” but to send combat troops to take on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), contending that relying on airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the terrorists.

Well, John, why not take out ISIS' financiers, the Saudis, instead of doing the Whack-A-Mole dance?

“We have no choice,” Boehner replied. “These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don’t destroy them first, we’re going to pay the price.

"They intend to kill us" exactly where, John?  In Syria?  Yemen?  Iraq?

Or in St Cloud or Minneapolis?  Because if it's in the US, there's an easy solution, too:  deport 'em all, right now, no debates or arguments.

The D.C. Crowd has screwed up Every. Single. Issue. beginning with immigration (in the '60's), then VietNam, border-control, and now Permanent War.  You no longer have any credibility, either here or abroad, John.

Pick up an M-4 and go over there yourself.  Take McCain and Graham with you.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

GDP Up 4% Second Quarter?

What!  You don't believe that GDP was up over 4% last quarter?






Neither do those 28.9 million.

So you, and they, must be wrong.

Goldie Owns the Fed and You Don't

The Federal Reserve Board is a property of Goldman, Sachs.

Oh.  You didn't know that?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Do We REALLY Know the Terrorists?

An interesting essay here.  Out-take:

....The appearance of the Islamic State as a major force in Iraq and Syria, with threats of terrorist attacks on the West, has concentrated minds again to a degree. But unwillingness to ask difficult questions persists in many quarters. Despite the fact that we have more than circumstantial evidence that the Islamic State is being manipulated by Syrian intelligence, and Iran’s too, these notions are dismissed out of hand by too many Westerners who study terrorism. Yet if we want to defeat the Islamic State, it would be wise to actually understand it. That Washington, DC, continues its bipartisan blocking of release of the full 9/11 Commission Report, which includes troubling details of Saudi misconduct regarding Al-Qa’ida, is not an encouraging sign.

This week we have yet another appalling beheading by terrorists linked to the Islamic State, this time the victim was a French tourist in Algeria. Given that the Islamic State has been cast out of the Al-Qa’ida family for its takfiri ways, including mass murdering of civilians — just as GIA was in 1997 — any serious analyst should be asking questions about what is really going on here, particularly given Algeria’s murky counterterrorism track record. Don’t let the Credulous Number-Crunching Brigade win, the stakes are too high.

The author's claims that both Syrian and Iranian intel outfits are manipulating ISIS, as had been done with the Algerian terrorists (GIA) are part of a larger parcel:  that the "terrorists" are often played by other countries for their own interests.

IOW, it ain't as simple as the idiot-box chatterers would have you think it is.

ADDED:  For a parallel to this item, see Malkin's exposition of the student strife in Colorado.  The concept of utilizing third parties as sacrifice is not restricted to spy-v-spy war games.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Catholicism v. Muslim Heresy

Pay attention.

St. John Damascene, a doctor of the Church, characterizes Islam as a Christian heresy.

 “There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites [read:  Muslim Arabs] which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist. They are descended from Ishmael, [who] was born to Abraham of Agar, and for this reason they are called both Agarenes and Ishmaelites… 

"From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.”

End of "they're just like Catholics, kinda, sorta."  They are heretics at best.

Quoted at Athanasius

Yup, Reince: Diss Your Base!

You have to hand it to the (D) folk.  They get "how it works.

The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections.
 
This tool, the Catalist database, was employed in the 2012 election. That election defied conventional wisdom: Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost. If you wondered why the conventional wisdom about independents and moderates didn’t seem so wise in 2012, the answer is Catalist....
 
Anderson goes on to 'splain it further.  Meanwhile, Romney, Ryan, Boehner (et.al. under the helpful Reince) continue to slap their own base--Conservatives--across the face.
 
Whoever called the Pubbies the "Stupid Party" didn't know the half of it.

No Kidding? Ginsburg's a Eugenecist?

The quest for a Master Race remains in place--at SCOTUS.

In a 2009 interview with the New York Times, Ginsburg had this to say about abortion and population control: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

The Reich's Justice elaborated on that statement last week.

...Ginsburg argues that access to abortions should be readily available to both poor and rich women, but more so the former because they can’t afford the cost of a new child. “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people,” the Supreme Court justice says....

And we all know who "poor people" are.  No wonder Obozo wants her to retire.

The Pink Unicorn Reform

The alternate-universe crowd writes plans for Great Lakes "renewal."

The Obama administration unveiled an updated five-year plan for restoring the Great Lakes on Wednesday that outlines accelerated efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff and restore plant and wildlife habitat....

OK.  As you expect, there are not many details provided in the story, because EPA's intent is to shut down farming, mining, and industry.  Providing the details would show that.  Not a good idea.

But the story does provide one illuminating detail:

....Beginning in 2017, projects must consider the impact of climate change. For example, wetland plants and trees would be selected for suitability to warmer temperatures and watershed restorations would be designed to handle more frequent and intense storms....

Why, sure!!  Coconut palms outside of Lambeau would be really nice, no?  They'll go VERY nicely with the decor of the swamps created at the edges of the parking lots for hurricane-waters remediation.

All we'll need is rainbows.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Feathers, Flocking, and Bp. Cupich

When an Obama political-action front-man praises someone....hmmmm.

(The pastor of a large Waukesha County Catholic parish also endorsed Bp. Cupich in no uncertain terms, ending any speculation about that pastor's inclinations.  That happened just after he severely criticized home-schoolers in his bulletin.)

Birds, feathers, yadayada.  The Bishop caught attention for ordering his seminarians and priests NOT to picket an abortuary, and for shutting down Holy Week services in the Extraordinary Form (Old Rite.)

Time will tell, of course; but Chicago already had one Bernardin.  Obviously, temporal punishment is in play.


IRS' Filthy, Repulsive, Lerner-Laundry

It's bad enough that Lerner continues to collect taxpayer-funded salary and benefits in her million-dollar manse while throwing a self- pity-party at Politico.

Now it emerges that she and her pals were actively targeting groups who liked the Constitution.

...the IRS also targeted those who would educate their fellow citizens about the United States Constitution....

If you are offended at that, as anyone should be, you'll be moved to anger when you learn this:

...this particular IRS targeting commenced on Jan. 25, 2012 — the beginning of the election year for President Obama’s second campaign....

There is no such thing as "co-incidence."

...What is most corrosive about this IRS tripwire is that it is triggered by a particular point of view; it is not, as First Amendment scholars say, viewpoint-neutral. It does not include obfuscating or denigrating the Constitution; only those “involved in … educating on the Constitution” are captured by this criterion. This viewpoint targeting potentially skews every national debate about politics or government. And the skew is not strictly liberal; indeed, it should trouble liberals as much as conservatives. The ultimate checks on executive power are to be found in the United States Constitution. Insidiously, then, suppressing those “involved in … educating on the Constitution” actually skews national debate in favor of unchecked executive power....

There are some things that Conservatives should not do.  Finishing this post the way it should be finished is one of those 'not-to-do' things.

HT:  Political Capital

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

For AlGore!

Sure, I'm in AlGore's camp!!



The more green, the better, I say!

HT:  Sipsey

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Putin-Haters and The Family

An international pro-family congress was held in Moscow last week.

Nothing of this size and import can happen without the knowledge and consent of Putin, of course.

Here's a brief of the "General Concept" paper from that forum:

The Russian forum in its “General Concept” preface succinctly identified the harms caused by the “sensate culture” (a term from Pitirim Sorokin, a famous Russian sociologist who knew well the deleterious effects of a man-centered, atheistic worldview), a modern-day post-Christian dimension in world history: “the destruction of moral standards such as Goodness, Truth, and Beauty and destruction of faith in a Created natural order that distinguishes good from evil.” Such attitudes -- “this modern-day ambiguity, relativity, and indeterminacy regarding family” -- “creates the threat to the civilized existence of societies.” The Russians declare that “it is high time to talk not only about the role of the family institution in the retention of humanity as a biological species but also about the vital role of [the] natural family in the preservation of civilized society and “ordered liberty.”  This transformation is “crucially important especially given the millennial battle between civil society and barbarism, where the latter appears in a highly technological and disguised progressive form contributing to the increasing moral chaos.

Hmmmmmm.

Is it just co-incidence that Putin's government has been the object of revulsion by Western "intellects" recently?

"Craft Brewers" Love Them Lotsa EPA

What's in the brews of these turkeys?

A battle is brewing in the beer industry over a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that spells out the agency’s authority to regulate bodies of water. 

Dozens of small craft brewers such as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are rallying behind the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, arguing it will help ensure that they have clean water for their products.

Blah, blah, blah.

EPA's proposal will, in effect, grant EPA total authority over all ponds, streams, and creeks in the USA, including those "ponds" which show up only after hard rain and disappear in a couple of days.  EPA will be "regulating" those puddles which will be 'waterways'.

(No surprise:  the National Resources Development Council (NRDC) is behind all this.  Like Sierra Club, this bunch is a watermelon:  green on the outside, red on the inside.)

...under the EPA’s proposed waters rule, Lentz is concerned the agency could stop him from farming as much has 80 percent of his lands, because at some times of the year they are covered in water.

"Some times" is the key phrase.  EPA will 'benevolently' rule over farmlands FULL-time for a sometimes thing because "craft brewers" don't want to pay for sanitizing the water they use.

Does quaffing craft ale make you into a totalitarian-lover?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Have a Family? Eat Dirt Under ObozoCare!

Only another 2 million victims of ObozoCare, the "keep your doctor/keep your health-plan" scam of the century.

(By the way, is 9.5% of your income really "affordable"?)

'Fixing' Ballots: The Counter to Voter ID

Since Wisconsin voters will have to produce ID, the lefties have come up with a new trick:  a confusing ballot.

And GAB wouldn't talk about any aspect of the change process, which only confirms the El Slimo Jefe reputation of Kennedy and his far-left staff.

Graphic design:  the new War on Conservatives!!

Clemson Voyeur-versity

So. 

Clemson mandates that its students and faculty confess their sexual adventures or risk 'code of conduct' violation which could prevent graduation.

All in the name of "Title IX Training," you understand.  And, of course, it's a perfectly secure internet thing; you only have to sign in with your name, email address, and student number. 

Students are pleased that they don't have to submit pictures of the activity/ies.

Yet.

Once Again, Ryan Votes for ObozoCare

ObozoCare is, arguably, the single most pernicious pus-oozing wound on the US economy.

250,000 Virginia health policies--cancelled.  250,000 policies held by immigrants may be cancelled b/c the immigrants are illegals (but Obozo stalled that for a couple of years.)  Minnesota's largest ObozoCare insurer just dropped out of the plan.  Deductibles are up, full-time employment is down, and so is "employment" in general--small biz is simply not hiring due to ObozoCare requirements.  Nuns are still being persecuted by Obozo, although for the time being he's not executing them like ISIS would.

And yes, Paul Ryan voted to continue it as is.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Bi-Partisan Stench of Washington D.C.

A curious vignette mentioned by Andy McCarthy vis-a-vis the Benghazi hearings.

...Intriguing questions have also been raised by Judicial Watch’s Micah Morrison about the activities of Aegis Defense Services, a military contractor active in Libya that has close ties to the U.S. intelligence community. One of Aegis’s top U.S. executives was Kristi Rogers, the wife of Congressman Mike Rogers (R., Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Rogers’ committee was responsible for investigating the Benghazi Massacre, including the CIA’s still unexplained mission there. As Eli Lake has reported, Rogers gave a pass to CIA officials accused by others of stonewalling his committee, and he vigorously opposed the appointment of a select committee. Recently, Rep. Rogers abruptly announced he would not seek reelection to his safe congressional seat and coveted chairmanship; Mrs. Rogers resigned first from Aegis and then, quite suddenly, from a law firm she’d joined only 13 months earlier – a law firm that had touted the “top secret facility security clearance” Mrs. Rogers had obtained for Aegis, and her creation of a board of directors that included two former senior CIA officials....

There's very good reason that actual Conservatives have zero respect for Republicans.

I won't miss "Lightbulb" Rogers, the ultra-jackass who banned incandescent bulbs.  It would be nice to see him in Club Fed, just for that offense alone.  But if he's also complicit in the Benghazi slaughter, I think he should be sent--alone--to fight ISIS.

Reality Check

Noted by Cold Fury, this brief column reminds us that politicians are .......apocalyptic gasbags.

“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” claimed Senator Inhofe, the top ranking Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee not long ago. John McCain warns that the “Islamic State is the “biggest threat we’ve ever faced.” More dangerous than the strife experienced during the Civil War. More serious than facing fascism. Scarier than the atomic age. A greater existential threat than communism during the Cold War. That’s chilling, for sure.

So what happens if America fails to engage ISIS in the manner prescribed by these senators? Well, as Lindsey Graham recently noted, the “president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed here at home.”

All of us?

ISIS could do Flyover Country a big favor and begin its work in D.C., of course.  I'd love to see a one-on-one winner-take-all between Sen. Graham and the current caliph.  Winner gets to occupy Congress for the next 2 years.

Can't be much worse than EPA and IRS, can it?