Sunday, February 14, 2016

Everybody Lies (Except The Donald). Really??

The Donald has now declared that G W Bush lied to get us into the Iraq war.


I was never a fanboy of that war.  I think that John Paul II's warnings about taking out Saddam were based on much better on-the-ground humint and a far, far, better understanding of the geo-politics (and of Mohammedanism) than G W Bush had; and I think that Bush made a judgment call which was not well-founded.

But G W Bush is not a "liar," particularly about Great Matters such as war.

The Donald is apparently a resident of wacko-ville.  This happens to people who are oversaturated with adulation (see damn near anyone on the Hollywood "A" list, e.g.) 

In the case of The Donald, it's self-adulation. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crime Story: Serve Spotted Cow

In Minnesota, it is a felony to serve Spotted Cow beer.

So.  Should it be a felony to wear Vikings gear in Wisconsin?

Why not?


Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Church and the USA: Parallel Tracks?

Interesting medium-length paper here from Douthat.  He remarks on the recent (last ~50 years) history of the Church.

This cut won't do justice to the essay:

...In that sense, even after three decades and two ­conservative popes, conservative Catholicism is often still a counterculture within important institutions of the Church. In the pews, too, 

Western Catholicism remains a faith deeply divided....

Douthat goes on to 'splain what that means in more detail.

At that point, it occurred to me that this has been roughly paralleled in the US, which is also "deeply divided."  Look to Congress v. Obama, or even at just the Republican Party.

Is the parallel perfect?  Nope.  Pp. Francis, for all his (frankly) silly talk about Globull Warming and Eeeeevil Capitalism, is a moral 'conservative,' albeit he's being pushed very hard by a small cabal of ultra-liberal Bishops and Cardinals.

Obama has no conservatism of ANY sort to cloud his thinking.

But still, an interesting parallel.

Obozo's Departing Fart in Your Face

You won't be surprised at the "budget" that Obozo tossed over to Congress.

You MAY be surprised if McConnell/Ryan actually reject it.

Think College Deans Are ....Stupid?

For those of you who suspect that universities are run by rummies and twits, Norm Matloff (a Ph.D. U of California professor) will not give you much comfort.

Here he demonstrates that actual math is foreign to deans of Engineering(!!?) and that to those people, age discrimination AGAINST American citizens is not only OK--it is absolutely necessary.

...I was speaking to about 150 deans of engineering, certainly a remarkable audience....

...Unfortunately, some of the deans in the audience were somewhat less welcoming, and the Q&A session was rather tense. (I don’t know whether those who asked the questions were representative of the group as whole. In my account below, I am referring only to those who spoke up.)...I am sure, for example, that the people who essentially said (both during the session and privately to me afterward) that age discrimination in tech is justified would have been appalled by such statements had they heard them in their pre-dean days....

Yup.  So?

They openly defended the fact that employers are bypassing older Americans in hiring young new foreign grads. (Interestingly, no one challenged my statement.)...

Go to the link to read the question offered by a female dean for what is possibly the most ironic question of 2016, even though there are 10.5 months remaining.

So far, only Ted Cruz has campaigned on this matter.  No wonder he is a pariah in 'polite company.'

When you go to the link, pay particular attention to Norm's 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A Chant Master Has Died

We note in sadness:

Cistercian Father Ralph March, a founding member of the CMAA, died on February 6 at the age of 93

The obit is filled with landmarks, by the way.

...he was ordained a priest in the Abbey of Zirc by Jozsef Mindszenty,...He joined fellow Cistercians exiled from Hungary in the Cistercian monastery of Spring Bank in Wisconsin. He taught at Marquette University until the foundation of the University of Dallas, where he served on the first faculty in 1956...At the invitation of the cardinal-archbishop of Cologne, Fr. Ralph became the music director ("Domkapellmeister") of the city's monumental cathedral, a post he held for ten years...

We had the occasion to hear Fr. March's choirs twice; once at St Anthony's/Milwaukee, and once at the U of Dallas.  His rendition of Chant is definitive.  (Much lesser 'lights' in the Church don't agree, some of them actively flogging their E.F. creds in a town west of Milwaukee by about 90 miles.)

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.  And may the Angels lead him into Paradise (etc.)

ObozoRegime: Is It Treason Yet?

Explosive charges laid at the feet of Obozo.

...Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.”  Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.

A few weeks later, in my office at the Port of Atlanta, the television hummed with the inevitable Congressional hearings that follow any terrorist attack. While members of Congress grilled Obama administration officials, demanding why their subordinates were still failing to understand the intelligence they had gathered, I was being forced to delete and scrub the records. And I was well aware that, as a result, it was going to be vastly more difficult to “connect the dots” in the future—especially before an attack occurs....

Is it treason yet?

HT:  Moonbattery

They're 'Qualified' Nuts, Ted

Ted Cruz on drafting women into combat positions:

...we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain’t doing it....Politico quoted at HotAir

That's absolutely right, Ted.

But as we demonstrated yesterday, none of the three actually endorsed drafting women into combat.  They very carefully lied by evasion.  (That is, they are typical politicians.)

So while we agree that drafting women into combat positions is wrong and immoral, The Three are 'Qualified' Nuts.


Monday, February 08, 2016

R U Jacksonian?

Grim brings Jacksonianism with pictures and discussion.

Yup. Doritos Had the Best Commercial

Leon Wolf noticed the Femi-Hag reaction to three Super Bowl commercials.  I'm pleased to note that Leon and I agree:  the Doritos ad was the best of the entire crop.

We also agree that the Hyundai Dad-Ad was #2.

Good work, Leon!!!

Three Evasive Schmucks: Bush, Rubio, Christie

Quite a stinking pile of BS left on the floor by these three.

Here's the question (from an extreme Left partisan): 

"....should young women be required to sign up for selective service in case of a national emergency."

The key word is "REQUIRED" and BushRubioChristie--all favorites of The Establishment--evaded the answer.

Rubio:   "...I do believe that selective service should be opened up for both men and for women in case a draft is ever instituted.”

Bush:  "...they ought to have the right to do it, for sure."

Christie:   "... if a young woman in this country wants to go and fight to defend her country she should be permitted to do so..."

"Having a right," and 'opening it up' are flat-out evasions of the question; the draft is legally binding.  One does not "have a right" in this matter, at all.

Cruz later said that he thinks drafting females is 'crazy.'  He's right, again.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Jamming the Banks With Fake "Stats"

We'll remind you that the "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau" is NOT subject to Congressional de-funding, and as a result, "oversight" by Congress is largely decorative, not substantial.  This arrangement was put in place by the Statist Obozo and his ally, Fauxcahontas Warren.

Newly uncovered internal memos reveal the Obama administration knowingly exaggerated charges of racial discrimination in probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business as part of a “racial justice” campaign that’s looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation....

Their lawyers knew it:

...“Some of the claims being made in this case present issues, such as use of [race] proxying and reliance on the disparate-impact doctrine, that would pose litigation risks meriting serious consideration prior to taking administrative action or filing suit in district court,” the Oct. 7, 2013, memo addressed to CFPB chief Richard Cordray acknowledges....

But the settlements were paid.


Because Ally wanted to gain Federal Reserve and FDIC approval for some other ventures they had in the works.  IOW, the Feds had them by the short hairs and Ally copped a plea.

Moral of the story:  there's WAAAAAYYYYYY too much Gummint, and that Gummint is run by Statist wacko-birds whose end goal is to demolish private industry.  It's not a co-incidence that this Statist bunch jammed ObozoCare down your throats, folks.

Rubio the Robot

Indirectly mentioned this in a long-ago (October?) post when I characterized Rubio as an 'earnest young fellow'.  That came up because I saw Rubio on a Fox News morning-show segment, where it was clear to me (a former forensics coach) that Rubio was jamming his talking points into every available second of time, (which is why he talks so damn fast).

Now comes Ace, who watched Christie nuke Rubio's canned chatter.

...Chris Christie has exposed him to be simply a robot repeating shallow, poll-tested mini-answers. That cuts at the idea that he's well-prepared -- instead, it now looks like he just has a good memory -- and that he's likable -- instead, he just looks like, well, a robot programmed to say "Good day!"....

Yup.  He's an earnest young man who cannot and will not think through his answer(s).

Contrast Cruz, who actually is 1) directly responsive; and 2) answers the question with a logic trail.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

South Milwaukee's Next Problem... the church that the Archdiocese is selling to the Muslims.

...the Islamic Law of Sacred Space makes clear that when Muslims build mosques they are claiming ground for Islam.  Specifically, a radius of up to three (3) miles from the mosque belongs to Islam.  This explains why the Muslim Brotherhood, with funding from Saudi Arabia and others, are building huge mosques in the middle of nowhere in America.  They are claiming ground for Islam.  Now all they have to do is occupy that ground....

Shari'a law will have an impact on the taverns.  How distant is the Patrick Cudahy plant, anyway??

For another look at "how Musselmans played a part in American history," you will do well to remember the history of the Barbary pirates, with commentary from Ben Franklin.

Muslim "Peace"?

This clown Obozo...

President Barack Obama said today in a speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore that one fact that has not been “communicated on a regular basis through our media” is that “for more than a thousand years people have been drawn to Islam’s message of peace.”...

Of course, that "peace" often became reality only if one assumed room temperature.

Paul Ryan, the Fiscal Inebriate

UPDATE:  For even more on Paul Ryan's growing lunacy, see this site.

Apparently Paul Ryan can't (or won't) remember his own plan for spending.

...In October, in his effort to “clear the barn” for Ryan, then-Speaker John Boehner helped negotiate a two-year budget deal with President Barack Obama and Democrats. It raised the 2017 spending level roughly $30 billion above the total lawmakers set in 2011 to control spending.

In other words, Boehner--who is not only a 'fiscal' inebriate--went the Obozo route.

Though the majority of Republicans did not vote for the Boehner-Obama budget deal, the new House leadership has indicated spending bills for fiscal year 2017 must abide by the higher spending level prescribed by the October agreement.
But a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projecting trillion-dollar deficit levels by 2022 appears to be persuading more than just the usual suspects to ignore the budget deal and insist on a lower spending level..

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon it's real money.

Paul, what happened to you?  Or do you like your "F" rating from Conservative Review?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Rubio, the New Permanent War Candidate

Marco may well be Limbaugh's "conservative" but he's also a big-time Neocon.

...Heading into 2016, neoconservative foreign policy needed a new, untainted brand and a less experienced, more malleable candidate—someone who wouldn’t be as wary as an old Bush might be. In Marco Rubio, everything was ready-made. The fact that Rubio’s brand isn’t foreign-policy failure—the legacy the Bushes must live with—but rather that of a fresh-faced Hispanic, a new and different kind of Republican, meant that the media and public would not guess that what they were in store for was more of what was worst in the George W. Bush administration. As if to taunt the forgetful, the Rubio campaign adopted as its slogan “A New American Century”—counting on no columnist or newscaster to remember the name of the defunct Kristol-Kagan invasion factory. Rubio has been similarly blunt in his hawkish statements throughout the Republican debates....

The war against Eastasia will never cease!

Conservatives Stand Up to Ryan

Just before his lunch with Obozo, Paul Ryan tried to persuade House Conservatives to incur another $Trillion or so in national debt.

The response what not what Ryan wanted.  That's why his face is all over the WaPo talking about how he's actually a 'conservative.' 

Reality?  He's not John Boehner.  And he spends too much.

Bush's Death Penalty, Again

The Bush-men are pro-death.  For babies.

On today's "Morning Joe" program on MSNBC, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, told Mike Barnicle that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are unelectable in the fall, because they do not make enough exceptions for abortion.
“If a woman is raped in Ted Cruz’s world, she’s going to have to carry the baby of the rapist. I'm pro-life, but I won't go there. I think that's hard to sell with young women,” said Graham...

So.  In the Bush/Graham world, it's fine and dandy to kill the child for the sin of the child's father.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Ruling Class vs. The Car Lovers

The guy who writes this column has been around cars for a long, long, time.

Here he talks a little bit about the Ruling Class' plans for your car.

[A very influential automotive exec] expressed much trepidation about the agenda being put forth by the Connected, Autonomous, Ride-Sharing Imperative Zealots, as I refer to them, because it will impact all of us, whether we want to go along for the ride or not.
The country is racing headlong into an abyss of bleak unfamiliarity when it comes to our transportation fleet, and the fundamental rift between the “Zealots” and the “Realists” will only grow more intense over time. As I said last week, this means that there will be a clear demarcation going forward that will be cause for much consternation, on both sides.

We will have auto companies being forced to service the commoditization side of the business by churning out, for all intents and purposes, true appliances for the sharing masses, and all the ugliness that will entail. This is the arena that Silicon Valley has jumped in with both feet, and the Realists at the global automakers are scrambling to meet this threat head on, or make deals with the tech protagonists in order to make sure that they’re not left behind.

The chief executive I spoke to last week said that his company is being forced to participate in both arenas, even though his concern and primary focus, as he told me, “must remain on designing, engineering and building automobiles with passion, vehicles that will have genuine, useful appeal to people for years and years to come.”

I was encouraged by his words but it also puts forth a crucial distinction, because the harsh reality for the Connected Zealots is that it will be a very long time before even a slice of their vision for a utopian driving future makes a dent in our society, and even then it will still be largely confined to the most major of urban centers. Think about that for a moment, because the hype is far exceeding the reality surrounding this subject....

Your car is the next target.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Is There More to Malheur? Like the Clintons?

The Captain has an interesting post which includes uranium, Clinton contributors (heavy money), Malheur County uranium, and the still-utterly-ridiculous BLM prosecution of the Hammond family.

You can draw your own conclusions about what's presented--but given the complete corruption of anything Clinton, it's not hard to be persuaded that the Hammond family has been railroaded for the benefit of a Russian mining company.

New York Values!

In our latest example of "New York Values," we find the New York endorsing Hillary Clinton.

Oh, yah, and John Kasich, who didlotsastuffingummint, don'cha know.