Sunday, April 23, 2017

Stayed at a Holiday Inn Last Year? You May Be a Victim!

Got a lawyer-worded letter the other day advising that a bunch of Holiday Inns all around the country had compromised software--so my credit card may have been compromised, too.

Uh-huh.  God a message from my bank about 60 days ago asking if I'd purchased a load of power tools at Home Depot in Illinois.

Uh.  No.

So.  If you were a guest of Holiday Inn between October and December of last year, pay attention.  You might be smarter, but your bank account may also be lighter!

Words Are Important

From a blog called The Last Refuge we get this:

...Marine Le Pen represents nationalistic socialism and carries a platform to close the borders, halt the refugee influx and she supports exiting the EU.  Emmanuel Macron represents the option for globalist socialism: open borders, more refugees, and more EU influence....

Those who are familiar with the history of Germany from, say, 1930 through 1945, might wince at the term "nationalistic socialism."

(D) Party NOT Small Enough, In Perez' View

In the mind of the DNC Chairman, there are too damn many Democrat Party members.

So he's inviting a bunch of them to leave.

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”...HuffPo quoted at HotAir

Granted, there may have been 10 or 12 of them in the Party nationally, many in old-age homes where they could only vote 5 or 6 times....but still.

For "Science"? Who Are You Kidding?

As PowerLine observes, the March-Around-and-Chant crowd is simply wearing a new hat:  "For Science."  Shortly it will be March for Cinco de Mayo, just after Comrade's March for May Day.

It's downright embarrassing to be "For Hillary" these days.  And as some folks learned the hard way in Berkeley, being "Antifa" can hurt one's precious little noggin.

So "Science"!!!!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

So, Paul Ryan: What's This All About?

That fresh-faced kid from Wisconsin thing?  Maybe it's not very fresh at all.

Corruption on Capitol Hill is “worse than you think,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., insists.

“When you first get here, you think that you are in some sort of fairy-tale novel,” Buck said. “They wine and dine you and they show you just exactly what it’s like if you play the game. It’s a wonderful life.” 

Things quickly change, however, if “you don’t play the game.” 

“If you don’t play the game  …  it becomes a much less conformable existence here,” Buck said.  

Among other things, if you want a committee seat, you have to fork up Big Money--like $200K-$500K/year payable to the Pubbie Party.  (Uh, yah, it's prolly the same for the Democrats.)

I'm sure that the Speaker prefers that committee seats be assigned based on capability, right?

Right??

The Tears of Abele Over "Sanctuary"

The Milwaukee County Executive, parking-scofflaw Chris Abele, was whining all over the teevee last night that the mean ol' Attorney General sent a nasty letter demanding that Abele's County abide by the law.

(The slimeball D.A. was next to him pretending that the 1st Amendment is still operative in Wisconsin.  That would be the Amendment which he attempted to strangle in its bed.  What a laugh that turkey really is.)

Anyhow.

This is the language which Crying Abele doesn't like:

...Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual....

 All Abele has to do is certify that Milwaukee County abides by that Federal law.  Is it that hard, Chris?  Was it that hard to pay all your parking tickets, Chris???

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Equal Stupid, Opposite Ends

OregonMuse contemplates stupid while awaiting extraction-of-bank-account.

....it's tuned to the Disney channel which is running some show that appears to be about teenagers, geared to a teenaged audience. I wasn't much paying attention until I noticed a basketball game going on. It appeared to be some kind of a one-on-one grudge match between two protagonists, one of which was some guy that looked like he was supposed to be an arrogant douchebag, and his opponent was a girl.

Naturally, the girl won.

The game consisted of a rapid-fire series of cuts that showed the girl making jump shots over the top of the douchebag, getting around him for an easy layup, smacking the ball out of his hands while he was dribbling, and making nothing-but-net 3-pointers. And then after the game, she trash talks him and stalks off the court in triumph, leaving him abject and humiliated.....

And then recalls a similarly-idiotic '50's thing....

 We laugh at those old 50s TV shows that showed married couples sleeping in separate beds. Ho ho ho, we laugh. They're trying to pretend sex doesn't exist. How puritanical. How silly.

Yah.  Just as stupid, with only the ends differing.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Trump Did on H-1B: Not Much At All

There will be lots of chatter from the under-informed today about how Trump 'ordered a repair of H-1B' so that US citizens would get more STEM jobs.

Sorry.  That's not really the case, although it is possible--later--maybe.

The best-informed and most useful blogger on the H-1B issue is Norm Matloff, a professor of Computer Science and Stats at the U of California.  Norm has been an active critic of H-1B for several years, has published peer-reviewed analyses of the effects, ....yada.

Here's a bit of his post on the Trump announcement:

...OPT is an extension of the F-1 student visa. Though it was intended to give foreign students a chance to work in one-year internships after earning their American degrees, it became an unofficial supplement to H-1B. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both extended it much beyond one year, and it now serves in essence as a backdoor way to expand the yearly cap on new H-1B visas. There is no cap on OPT.

So OPT is a major issue. However, it is not mentioned in the executive order. Why not? Once again, this is an “Intels Good, Infosyses Bad” issue. As always, by “Infosyses” I mean the outsourcing firms that “rent” H-1B programmers to U.S. firms, with the “Intels” meaning the companies that hire H-1Bs directly. I strongly disagree with this view, which has been vigorously promoted by the Intels, basically a scapegoating tactic to deflect attention away from themselves....

Think of "the Intels" as the NML/Disney/FP&L bunch who directly hire foreign programmers while shunning (or firing) American programmers.  OK?  Got it??

Trump's order gives "the Intels" a lot of running room and--as usual--it's in the fine print:

 ...(b) In order to promote the proper functioning of the H-1B visa program, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, as soon as practicable, suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries....

The little-bitty two-letter word:  OR....that's the key to continuing abuse of H-1B, continuing give-away of US jobs to non-US citizens and the erosion of US S.T.E.M. superiority in the next two decades.

Other than that, it was a nice day, eh?

The Actual Results of GA-6

The Fake News outfits will be telling you that 'Trump nearly lost' a primary in Georgia's 6th Congressional district.

Umnnhhhh.....no.

Vote totals97,937 Republican, 93,911 Democrat.

The runoff will be held soon.  Maybe Paul Ryan can bestir himself to campaign on behalf of Ms. Handel. 

(On the other hand, maybe Paul Ryan's presence will not be very helpful.)

JSOnline's Fake News

Why, yes, the Milwaukee J-S runs fake news! 

Yesterday's online edition carried the headline about a "DACA" student who was deported.  The JS snatched that story from its parent company's USA Today.

(No, I did not screen-grab it.  Take my word for it.)

Anyhow....

...a Department of Homeland Security spokesman told The Daily Caller that this story is false because Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez did not receive amnesty and was caught climbing over a border fence when he was detained....

Further, the guy has a criminal conviction AND his DACA "pass" expired in 2015.

We're certain that this is not the only Fake News the J-S carried, and there will be more.  That's why the only stuff I read there is the obits.  And I fact-check some of those, too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Little Ed Morrissey and the Big-Boy Syndrome

This guy Morrissey is letting his HotAir get to his ...ahhh...brain.

Not only does he misquote the LATimes for click-bait, now he's baiting Ted Cruz.  For doing what Ted Cruz should have done!

Welcome back to the Someone Left the Irony On Department in national politics. Congress faces a hard budget deadline at the end of next week,   ....One Senator warns that radical activists on the Left have pushed Democrats into complete “across the board obstruction” that will precipitate a government shutdown...And Ted Cruz, of all people, should know it:...

OK, so Cruz thought--correctly--that someone had to do the job and it wouldn't be the  somewhat slippery McConnell. 

But Eddie, waving his National Columnist Stick even harder, goes for the throat!!

...Even with a sympathetic media behind them, budget obstructionism is not sustainable for long, and will eventually infuriate voters who expect Congress to do their jobs rather than stamp their feet and threaten to take their ball home.

You can ask Ted Cruz about that, too, especially after his loss in the 2016 primaries.

Eddie!  Psst!! Cruz out-lasted about 13 roll-over-and-die compromiser Republicans, in case you don't remember.  And while we're on the topic, weren't you also a NeverTrumper?  Hmmmm??? 

The Donald, Law-Breaker

Perhaps a one-off smack-on-the-kisser in Syria was not technically "lawbreaking," although it comes very damn close, indeed.

But there's no question that The Donald is furthering Obozo's law-breaking with this ObozoCare scheme.

President Trump has an opportunity to unilaterally halt an unconstitutional corporate welfare scheme, deal Obamacare a mortal blow, and save the taxpayers more than $100 billion. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled last year that the Obama administration had unconstitutionally dispensed subsidies to insurers, holding that it had flouted the Appropriations Clause by doling out “cost sharing reduction” (CSR) payments that hadn’t been authorized by Congress....

... Instead of doing so, however, Trump is attempting to use these bribes as a bargaining chip in a futile attempt to get the Democrats to deal in good faith on a viable replacement for Obamacare. This, to coin a phrase, is worse than a crime — it’s a mistake. He has no more right than did his predecessor to spend these funds without congressional approval...

Since the health insurance firms actively campaigned for ObozoCare, the health insurance firms should be hung on that petard.  Tough cookies.

The Donald seems to think that being elected President means that he can be a benevolent dictator.  He's wrong, and it's not "a mistake."

It's a perversion.

Wherein 'Hot Air' Asks the Wrong Question

Morrissey at Hot Air paraphrases an LATimes article:

Conservative Catholics going schismatic over Pope Francis?

Not quite, Ed.  When you read the actual article (follow the link here) you find that--in fact--two German Cardinals are walking the road to schism, not "Conservative Catholics."

A priest-friend of mine spent a lot of years in Germany and, back in the 1990's, told me that Kasper and Lehmann were Very Suspicious Characters.  (That's the sanitized version of what he actually said.)

So, Ed:  fix your headline.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Good Questions for "Law-Abiding, Honest" Comey

We've all heard the slobbering ass-kissing from various politicians about how wonderful, integrity-filled, and 'honest' the FBI's Comey is.

Yah, well, maybe.

Meantime, Sheryl Attkisson has a few questions for His Honest-ness.

December 2012:
Two intelligence-connected sources separately suggest to Attkisson that she’s likely under government surveillance due to her reporting. One source tells her the government has pushed the envelope like never before and that public would be shocked to “learn the extent that the government is conducting surveillance of private citizens.”

As Attkisson arranges a forensic exam of her computer, evidence later shows the intruders then attempted to cover their tracks and to erase evidence of their intrusion. However, the erasures leave additional forensic evidence....

This link goes to Attkisson's thorough time-line coverage of the Obozo Spying Machine, run by Comey, Brennan, and the Lying Liar "The Clap" Clapper.

Now her questions:

Why withhold my entire @FBI file with no explanation (as required by law)? What on earth is in there? — Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) April 17, 2017
 
Where’s my @FBI file and why withhold it?— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) April 17, 2017

Why, yes, Director!  Show us your Integrity!!  Or is the law only for some animals who are more equal than other ones?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

He Ir Risen, Indeed!!

Bach's realization of Easter, for your listening.

St John Chrysostom's realization:

Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Television Presidency: Shallow, Deceitful

While Kennedy was the first to benefit from the reality of television (he looked a helluvalot better on the tube than Nixon did), Trump may be the first President to use television to its fullest propaganda-maximizing capacity.

Then he went completely illegal and un-Constitutional. 

But the show he put on for Joe Sixpack here was just a commercial compared to the full-bore Barnum/Bailey he put on on Syria.  Here he showed pictures of children who (we are told) were bombed by Assad.  For Tehran, Istanbul, and Pyongyang (not to mention Moscow, Peking, and Riyadh) he had other pictures:  a semi-destroyed airbase and a REALLY destroyed tunnel-and-cave system in Afghanistan.

Makes for great TV.  Even better than boardroom-ringmaster stuff.  And it gives "You're Fired" a whole new meaning!

Too bad that the "gas attack" was not Sarin, eh?  Too bad that 60% of the Tomahawks never made it to Syria, eh?  All that counts was that Joe Sixpack believed the big lie(s) and that the others saw what Trump will do, Constitutional or not.




Christ Lag in Tobesbanden

Once again, JSBach; the cantata on the chorale Christ Lag in Tobesbanden.  And once again, Karl Richter conducts.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Trump Thinks He's a Dictator?

We just got rid of a narcissist.  Now we get this?

...“You want to make a great deal? Solve the problem in North Korea,” Trump recalled saying to Xi during their meeting last week. “That’s worth having deficits. And that’s worth having not as good a trade deal as I would normally be able to make.”...

Well, sorta, mostly, kinda...

...Trump stressed that he told Xi he would not allow the United States to continue running “hundreds of billions of dollars a year” in trade deficits with China, even if he sweetened the deal to secure Beijing’s cooperation on the North Korean crisis....

Xi may want to think hard about taking The Donald's word for anything; the US electorate did, and now is seeing the real Donald:  a real-estate developer with New York values.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Donald: No Balls

Yes, that's what I said, and I meant it.

It's clear--now--that his Administration will not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her clear-cut violations of the Espionage Act.

This is called slobbery-kissery, but The Donald is not ashamed of himself.  He has decided that HE will be the judge and jury.

Or more likely:  HRC has a barrel full of dirt on The Donald and she will let fly.  So like I said:  no balls.