Saturday, July 30, 2016

Laura Ingraham Wants 'Princess of Wales' Title

Ms. Ingraham, who bills herself as a 'conservative Catholic', apparently would like to succeed Richard Rich in Wales.

"Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?"

OK, Laura.  Hope you like the climate.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Charlie Gets His Gravitas On

Charlie Sykes got all serious this morning while discussing Trump's remark about Clinton's 30,000 missing emails.

(Trump was wrong about one thing:  the MSM will NOT 'reward' the Russkis if they release those emails.  The MSM will hate on the Russkis for destroying their alter-ego, Hillary.)

About all the rest?

Any sentient citizen knows damn well that the Russkis, ChiComs, Iranians, and others have been trying to hack US Government systems since....well.....forever.  It's reasonable to assume that they have been successful in many--but not all--instances.

We know it.  They know it.  It's part of the game.  (That's why anyone who believes in total security passes information ONLY verbally, person-to-person.  Nothing electronic, nothing by phone, nothing on paper).

Now, then.  

The Russkis have the information--which was HANDED to them by Hillary. 

So, Charlie:  when would you like the Russkis to play the card?  After HRC gets elected, when Putin will use it to blackmail her?  Or before the election, when it will (probably) knock her out?

I know what I would do if I were Putin.

Meantime, Charlie, get off the "Gravitas" act.  The horse is out of the barn and in the next state already.  Live with it.

#NeverTrump

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hey, Vlad!!! Release the Emails!!

Should anyone actually think about it (something the Democrat party and their wholly-owned subsidiary MSM are incapable of doing), the very best outcome for the USA will be that Putin releases all of The Hildebeeste's emails.

Now.

The alternative, if that miserable pustule Clinton gets elected, is that Putin & Co. have blackmail material by the bagful sitting on their desks.

And they will use it.

Which do YOU want, American citizens??

You Don't Want Cops? Fine!!

There's some band called "Florida Georgia Line" which told the local LEO's that 'no police were allowed backstage' during their show.

OK, then.

When the band then asked for a police escort to leave town, the cops told them to put their request where the sun never shines.

Heh.

Self-Defense/Family Defense: Obligatory

Just to get this straight:

...The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is not only a right but an obligation. Its Catechism (cf. #2265) cites St. Thomas Aquinas: “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State.”

A father is culpable if he does not protect his family. A bishop has the same duty as a spiritual father of his sons and daughters in the church, just as the civil state has as its first responsibility the maintenance of the “tranquility of order” through self-defense....

If that defense requires force of arms, so be it.  Foppish 'love and peace' bleatings--whether from political "leaders" who slobber  'that's not who we are' or from Bishops who frankly don't have a clue--are at best ill-advised, and at worst, suicidal.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

No Standard Except the Double Standard

Good ol' Reince Priebus demonstrates his law-school training by exhorting Democrats to "Vote Your Conscience."


Monday, July 25, 2016

Free Trade: "Conservative"?

Here's the money quote from Pournelle.  It follows the sequence of plant relocation/unemployment/welfare payments:

...Is paying people not to work more Conservative than trying to keep their jobs – and manufacturing capabilities and potential here, bot dismantling it and leaving its former site to rust away – Conservative?

And is encouraging people not to work – at least making it easier and more possible – building a Conservative nation?

What, precisely, is being conserved here?
...--quoted at Vox

That's a question that Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, and other "conservative" RadioMouths have yet to answer.

Paul Ryan won't, of course.  He hasn't even ASKED that question, has he?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Chuck Toady Todd

Time to put on your Shocked Face.

...Further evidence of the DNC's extensive "content control" over mass media was revealed when Wasserman Schultz sent an email to NBC anchor Chuck Todd with the subject line "Chuck, this must stop," and set up a time for the two to talk about MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski calling on Wasserman Schultz to step down.....

Wouldn't be surprised to find similar stuff surfacing between Trump and Ailes, either.

'Put Not Your Faith in Princes....': (Nor Demagogues)

Nice catch at PowerLine!  A UMissouri prof discusses C.S.Lewis' observations on the polis.

Just one (there are six more at the link):

1. Our political institutions are vulnerable to tyranny partly because we no longer believe in a natural moral law. The “juristic key-conceptions” at the foundation of the Western tradition, Lewis noted, are “natural law, the value of the individual, [and] the rights of man.” But these ideas depend on belief in the reality of a universal moral law. “The very idea of freedom,” he reminded us, “presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy.”...

We know that, of course.  But few of us want to recognize the natural consequence of ignoring objective moral law:  tyranny.

On the other hand, this year we are faced with two demagogues, neither of which gives evidence of believing in universal objective moral law.

This is a massive pile of Not Good.

And--by the way--it casts a very dark shadow on the Party Men like Walker (see below post.)


Scott Walker: Just Another Party Man?

It's possible that Scott Walker still doesn't get it.

Or it's possible that in his mind the Conservative movement is dead and the Party Man stance is correct.

Either way, it says a lot about Scott Walker, ain'a?


The Mindset of Hillary

This graf pretty well sums it up:

Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who used a secret unsecured private email server to conduct government business during her entire tenure as secretary of State–and deleted of those 30,000 emails before government investigators could review them, demanded the passwords to every social media account of every family member of her potential vice presidential candidates, according to a report in Politico published Saturday evening....

As to YOUR email/social media accounts---well, I'll leave that to your imagination.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spending More, Enjoying It Less? Yup!!

Here's an interesting web page.

...The Chapwood Index reflects the true cost-of-living increase in America. Updated and released twice a year, it reports the unadjusted actual cost and price fluctuation of the top 500 items on which Americans spend their after-tax dollars in the 50 largest cities in the nation....

500 items?  Such as what?

...Starbucks coffee, Advil, insurance, gasoline, sales and income taxes, tolls, fast food restaurants, toothpaste, oil changes, car washes, pizza, cable TV and Internet service, cellphone service, dry cleaning, movie tickets, cosmetics, gym memberships, home repairs, piano lessons, laundry detergent, light bulbs, school supplies, parking meters, pet food, underwear and People magazine....

Looks like a fairly normal shopping list.   So why did this emerge?

...The inaccuracy of the CPI began in 1983, during a time of rampant inflation, when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began to cook the books on its calculation in order to curb the increase in Social Security and federal pension payments.

But the change affected more than entitlements. Because increases in corporate salaries and retirement benefits have traditionally been tied to the CPI, the change affected everything....

We note that was during the Reagan Administration, and was probably linked to Alan Greenspan's fabulism about "hedonic" prices, which, in short, postulated that Americans would simply adjust their spending by purchasing hamburger instead of steak, and would get more powerful chips in their computers for the same price as last year's less-powerful chips (etc.)

All well and good, but what if that American started with hamburger instead of steak?  Would they substitute fresh-cut lawn clippings for green beans?  Only someone like Greenspan could come up with such mumbo-jumbo.

The politicians loved CPI adjustments:  Clinton pulled the same trick during his regime.

Let's take Milwaukee.  The chart indicates that REAL cost-of-living increases in that town average 11.4% since 2011.  Compare to the FedGov's utterly ridiculous 2014 "0.8%" increase......well,  that's quite a swing, indeed.

The bad news:  no matter who gets elected, Gummint/Establishment figure-fixing will not change.

You lose.

HT:  RenMan

ObozoCare Slapped Down Again

A Fed court uses Hobby Lobby decision to slap down ObozoCare terms as applied to individuals.

Yesterday, a federal district judge in the Eastern District of Missouri granted a summary judgment in favor of Missouri State Senator Paul Wieland and his wife Theresa against the Obamacare abortifacient/contraceptive mandate, ruling that the federal government could not constitutionally compel them to pay for group health insurance for their family, including young daughters, that includes required coverage for medical services that they deem religiously objectionable....

No doubt that Obozo & Co. will appeal. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Moonbat Kerry v. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

So, John, when will you turn off the air conditioning at the State Department?

Will Gina McCarthy turn it off at EPA offices?

Will they unplug their brie-and-wine filled refrigerators?

No.

But YOU, you miserable scumbag killers, YOU will.

Why Pence as VP?

Most pundits opine that The Donald picked Pence as a sop to conservatives--which Pence might well be.

But that's not what I think.  I think Trump picked Pence because Pence is a vanilla guy (albeit fairly conservative.)

Think of the other rumored possibles such as Gingrich and Christie.  Why didn't they make the cut?

Because THEY draw attention, which would distract attention from The Donald.  Pence will not draw attention after last night's speech.  None at all; and that's the way The Donald wants it.  UPDATE:  Wiggy calls this exactly the way I do!!)

Need more?  Watch the CBS interview of The Donald and Pence just after the announcement.  (IIRC, it was Ms. Stahl doing the questioning.)  Pence wasn't allowed to answer questions without The Donald opening his trap and stepping all over Pence.

Or look at this item from Leon Wolf.  The Donald's unquenchable desire for attention shows up here, although it's between the lines:

...in response to the news that Cruz was going to make a speech that did not explicitly endorse him, Trump intentionally chose to escalate the situation by leaking the news to friendly delegations and instructing them to boo Cruz to make this a bigger deal that it otherwise would have been. If Trump's delegates had not booed and caused a ruckus, but instead had remained silent or applauded at Cruz's exhortation to vote for down ticket races, everyone today would be talking about Pence and his speech, and the discussion would be about positive things associated with Trump and Pence and how they are going to move forward after the convention to  at least possible victory....

Wolf almost got it.  Wolf's smart; eventually, he'll come to the same conclusion:  there is no ego on Earth--even Obozo's--which surpasses that of The Donald.

Pray for the country.

Wage History Contradicts "Free Trade" Yappers

The Free Trade yappers insist that US policy in the early 1900's was badbadbadbad and screwed US workers.

That's not the reality of the situation.

...As detailed in the U.S. government’s authoritative Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, from 1900 to 1929 – when the Great Depression struck – the annual earnings of U.S. employees adjusted for inflation increased by a total of 68 percent....

 It's also interesting to note that during the same period, there were lots of immigrants--more, as a percentage of the workforce than today--but wages still increased.

It's possible that "free trade" is a good thing.  For some people.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Should Hillary Be "Shot for Treason"?

Baldasaro is right.  She should be shot for treason.

But there should be a trial first, of course.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Obozo Screwed the Health Co-ops, Too

Obozo the Community Organizer did what most Community Organizers do:  made sure that he got his, and then screwed the community.

From an item describing the perilous situation of the Milwaukee (ObozoCare) health co-op, Common Ground Healthcare:

...The situation for Common Ground and the other cooperatives only got worse as the rules changed several times and as fewer people, particularly healthy people, signed up for their health insurance plans than projected.

"These guys had little margin for error," said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University....

...The biggest rule change was when Congress limited the payouts from one of the programs designed to help stabilize the market in its first years.

Common Ground expected to receive $44 million through the program. In October, it was told it would receive $5.7 million....

(That "cutback" was not really a cutback.  It was following the law that Obozo signed. This is called sloppy-ass/propaganda journalism.)

...almost from the beginning, the program was cut back: The $6 billion initially allocated for the co-ops eventually was reduced to $2.4 billion. And Corlette, the Georgetown professor, said the Obama administration was never particularly invested in the cooperatives' success.

"These guys were left to twist in the wind," Corlette said. "They were orphans from the beginning."...

Yes, indeed.

Note the pattern:  Obozo "organized" in Chicago, which will set an annual record for the number of dead black people in its streets.  There are also a large number of dead black babies following Obozo's "organizing" on behalf of Planned Butcherhood.

Meantime, Obozo has spent about $10 million/year (taxpayer money) on his family vacations, golf, and 'campaign' trips. If he had sent that money to Common Ground Healthcare, they would be solidly in the black.