Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wisconsin Employers Obtain Freedom of Religion

Despite the Senate Republicans, Wisconsin will abide by Hobby Lobby.

The state of Wisconsin will no longer be enforcing a state law requiring employers to provide contraception coverage in insurance plans offered to employees. A spokesman with the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance told Media Trackers on Monday that because of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. in June, state regulators are no longer requiring employers or insurance providers to abide by the state requirement.

...In 2013, AB 216 and SB 202 attempted to add a religious exemption to the statute. Assembly Republicans passed their version of the reform but the bill subsequently died in the GOP-controlled Senate....

Seems like many Senate Republicans need a remedial primary or two.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Got iPhone? Like Security? Fuggeddaboutit!

Charming.

Apple has endowed iPhones with undocumented functions that allow unauthorized people in privileged positions to wirelessly connect and harvest pictures, text messages, and other sensitive data without entering a password or PIN, a forensic scientist warned over the weekend.

...Zdziarski said the service that raises the most concern is known as com.apple.mobile.file_relay. It dishes out a staggering amount of data—including account data for e-mail, Twitter, iCloud, and other services, a full copy of the address book including deleted entries, the user cache folder, logs of geographic positions, and a complete dump of the user photo album—all without requiring a backup password to be entered. ...

By the way, when you "paired" your iPhone with your car, the data-thief who wants to can use the car as its mode-of-stealing.

HT:  Ticker

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Baghdad Bob's New Job

Maybe Bob became Barry?

With a straight face, Barack Obama has been repeatedly telling us that the world is "more stable" and "less violent" than ever.  In fact, he believes that this is the best time in history to be alive because of how peaceful and stable everything is.  And of course Obama is more than happy to take credit for his role in bringing all of this "stability" about.  Just this week, his press secretary told the media that this administration has "substantially improved" the "tranquility of the global community". 

I dunno. Is "delusional" a defense for serial lying?

The Frauds of Obozo

SCOAMF is not incompetent.  He's a revolutionary Marxist.

...new numbers released by the House Judiciary Committee show the “vast majority” of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum are granted it before even appearing before a judge. “Information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that shows 65 percent of unaccompanied alien minors’ asylum applications have been immediately approved by asylum officers in Fiscal Year 2014,”...

...Complicating matters, according to the committee, is the rate of fraud in asylum cases. The committee says “an internal Department of Homeland Security report” has shown that “at least 70 percent of asylum cases contain proven or possible fraud.”...--Byron York quoted at PJ

But regardless, Boehner's House will continue funding the fraud.

$12Bn Cut in Fed Budget: Why Bother?

The "conservative" House budget proposal reduces Fed spending by $12Bn in FY 2015.

Wow.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Adfministrative "Law"? Not So Muich

Great podcast here from a lawprof about administrative "law" which is actually unconstitutional from the git-go.

Near the end, he mentions that Congress is perfectly happy with abdication of their Constitutional mandate to make ALL the laws (see the first sentence of the actual Constitution) because Congress-slime don't want to be responsible--they want to be re-elected.

Magna Carta, Metternich and Bismarck, Wilson (the perfect ass) are all involved.

Fun stuff.

For an egregiously evil example, read this post.  For only a few hundred thou, the Greens wrote the EPA's new carbon dioxide regs.  Yup--not only NOT Congress, but not even EPA.

Really?

Oh, by the way:  Buy More Ammo.

HIghly Trained, Eh?

The old "shoot the dog" trick.  Different ending

Armed robber shoots police officer. Police officers track suspect down to a trailer park. Dog enters the scene and a deputy opens fire—except that, in a twist on the usual story, he misses the pooch and plugs a young child, instead.

Yah, that "training" with deadly weapons really works.  Lucky for the kid that it wasn't "spray and pray" training, eh?

More of The Usual Crap from D.C .

Let's not forget that a revolutionary occupies the White House and he has appointed revolutionaries to every Cabinet position involved here.

We'll have to deal with them later.

Meantime, the Feckless/Gonad-less Party's Glamor Boyzzz have a "solution"!!

Too bad it's another shit sandwich.

...Senator Cornyn and Democrats, instead of keeping their solution simple, are just further empowering the President who has created this problem.

They’re going to call their bipartisan solution the HUMANE Act, or the “Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency Act”. Wow. So if we oppose their bad idea we are inhumane.

The proposal does not close the major inducement to the present crisis. In 2012, President Obama created the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”) program without congressional approval. The K.I.S.S. approach would be for Congress to shut this down, seal the border, and quickly send back everyone who has crossed over. In fact, this bipartisan proposal does not even shut down DACA. But it does allow illegal immigrant children to hire lawyers paid for by you to petition judges appointed by Barack Obama for permission to stay in the United States.

And!!!  In only TWO YEARS, the Revolutionary Guard should submit a "strategy" for control of the border.

Pathetic, useless, and temporizing.  Pretty much sums up the "opposition" these days.

Fr. Berger, What Is "Direct Material Cooperation"?

Let's see, here.  We're told that Catholic Charities of SE Wisconsin (that's the Milwaukee Archdiocese) may well "assist" the Feds in sheltering several hundred illegal aliens.  We also know that 5 of every 6 such illegals are NOT "children;" they are adults.  We also know that in the cases of the 16% who are actually 'children,' they are not "refugees"--and in most cases are being separated from their parents.  Thus, the Archdiocese is facilitating illegal violation of immigration laws AND facilitating the breakup of families.

Here's the description of "cooperation in evil":

The Church has always condemned formal cooperation in evil where a person gives consent to evil being done by another. When someone does not agree, however, they can still be guilty of material cooperation in evil when they provide the means by which the evil is performed. Direct or proximate material cooperation in evil occurs when a person provides necessary tools to perform the evil act, e.g., when someone sells illegal drugs they are a material cooperator in evil since they are providing the necessary means to commit evil, either illegal drug use or illegal drug distribution. ...

...Remote material cooperators are those who provide indirect means to carry out the evil. The merchant of a sporting goods store sells ammunition to a hunter. Legal and moral. If that hunter commits an immoral act by using the bullets he just bought to kill an innocent person, the merchant is not guilty of direct material cooperation in evil. He MAY be guilty of remote material cooperation in evil if he neglected to report to the police suspicions or apprehensions he may have had when he sold the ammunition....

One more thing:  how does this compare to parents objecting to Common Core?  Since THOSE people are castigated and dissed by the Archbishop, his right-hand man, and the Educrat-in-Charge, how should Catholics react to Fr. Berger's (and the Archbishop's) apparent ..........ahhh.......problem in moral actions here?

Hmmmmmm?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Archdiocese of Milwaukee to Re-settle Illegals?

The border crisis moves north.

As undocumented children continue arriving at the US-Mexico border, FEMA has asked a Milwaukee agency to stand by – in case it’s needed.

... The local agency preparing to help is Catholic Charities of Milwaukee. Executive Director Fr. David Bergner says FEMA asked the organization to identify three potential sites, which could be used as a temporary shelter. Each would need to house 100 children. FEMA also requested staff, who could work at the shelter.

Bergner says Catholic Charities picked two former schools and a former office complex, which could be transformed into shelter space. He says the organization would coordinate food, clothing and education for the children, with a lot of assistance...

How very nice!

This raises a question.  Of course the imperative is 'charity to all.'  On the other hand, cooperating with the evil of breaking up families is not a "good," especially because in this case it also happens to be direct material cooperation with breaking the laws of the US.

It's also likely that this action is taken against the will of donors to Catholic Charities, or at least a large minority of them.

Hmmm.

Your Future With Comcast

Time Warner (Gary Grunau's very own semi-monopoly in Milwaukee) will be selling out to Comcast.

Flee now, TWC customers.

...Comcast didn’t earn its reputation as America’s Worst Company overnight — it took years and years of hard work. From offering customers ridiculously overpriced bundle packages, to having the highest fees among any of its competitors, to offering some of the absolute worst customer service of any company in the United States, Comcast has toiled away tirelessly to perfect its craft of angering its own customers...

Oh, yes--it can get even worse!!

...When Block informs the representative that he wants to cancel his service, the representative refuses to do so and instead asks him why in the world would he even think of canceling Comcast, which in the rep’s mind has a sterling reputation for customer care....

That's right!  Comcast is now imitating Hell!  It's a one-way gate, no exit.  Too bad, so sad.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Indiana's Pence on EPA

Y'all remember that Scott Walker is going to do something about EPA's upcoming murder of the Wisconsin economy.

Indiana's Pence did.  Not much--it's just a letter--but it has some interesting factoids.

...Our state has a 300 year supply of coal, and coal has historically provided Hoosiers with reliable, affordable electricity. More than 80 percent of our electricity comes from coal, and the coal industry employs 28,000 Hoosiers. Hoosiers know that coal means jobs and coal means low-cost energy....

So that would be 28,000 more food-stamp folks in about 10 years. To Obozo, that's a feature, not a bug.

...The Obama Administration has already put in place regulations on power plants that will increase the cost of electricity in Indiana by 30 percent over the next seven years, according to the State Utility Forecasting Group. The newly proposed EPA rules for carbon dioxide emissions from existing and new power plants will only cause electricity rates to rise further while at the same time threatening the reliability of our electricity supply....

A thirty percent hike in rates BEFORE the latest destroy-America hit, and more to come.

If I were Pence, I would have declared EPA personnel to be persona non grata, rounded 'em up, and tossed them out of the State.  I hear there are plenty of vacant spots in Guatemala and El Salvador.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bed-Partner Racists, UPDATED

The U S Chamber of Commerce has a lot of 'splainin' to do.  Seems like they're in bed with Michael Bloomberg, zillionaire anti-Second Amendment lefty--and a racist from Milwaukee.

The racist, frankly, seems to hate everyone except Hispanics.  Pubbies are "nazis", TeaParty are "KKK."  Par for the course.

Nice move, Orville!!  May as well get it out on the table.

UPDATE:  Sykes just reviewed the incident, and didn't highlight the involvement of the US Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber has courageously fought for dirt-cheap labor for years.  Now we know what they REALLY think.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

How to Pay the Jizya Tax

This is the coin in which I will pay the Jizya tax:

Catch it if you can!!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

More Republican "Ethics"

Oh, sure, it was bipartisam--with a Republican majority.

A member of Congress used to have to specifically report the details if they traveled on someone else’s dime. As of last week, that rule was lifted with no public announcement.

The R Senatorial "ethics"?  Buying several thousand votes to defeat a Conservative.

The R House "ethics"?  Playing 'find the hat'.

Screw 'em all.

HT:  Zippers

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Loss of Beauty, the Gain of Atheism

Benedict XVI mentioned beauty quite a bit, saying that it was an essential element of the liturgy.  The iconoclasts like Rembert Weakland didn't think so highly of beauty.

Maybe they had a deeper problem than mere iconoclasm.

...The most precious, profound and important of the great ideas which the Left has raped from us is beauty. I need spend no time on the proposition that life without beauty is a nightmare: those who have seen true beauty – sublime beauty, if even for a moment – have nothing to which they can liken it except the ecstasies of mystics and the transports of saints. Beauty consoles the sorrowing; beauty brings joy and deepens understanding; beauty is like food and wine, and men who live surrounded by ugliness become shriveled and starved in their souls....

....At any point before World War One, if you asked any philosopher or intellectual what was the point of art, poetry, music, painting, sculpture, architecture, all of them of each generation all the way back to Socrates would have said the purpose of art is to seek beauty. Socrates himself would have said that by beauty, by the strong love and longing created in the human breast at the sight of something sublime, we are drawn out of ourselves, and are carried step by step away from the mundane to the divine.

The strongest argument against the atheism so beloved of the Left is not an argument that can be put in words, for it is the argument of beauty....If you see a sunset clothed in scarlet like a king descending to his empurpled pyre, or wonder at the gleaming thunder of a waterfall, if you find yourself fascinated by the soft intricacy of a crimson rose or behold the cold virgin majesty of the morning star, much less see and enter a cathedral or a walled garden, or you hear Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven or see the David of Michelangelo, or become immersed into the song and splendor and Northern sorrow of Wagner’s “Ring” or Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, if indeed you see real beauty and for a moment you forget yourself, then you are drawn out of yourself into something larger.

In that timeless moment of sublime rapture, the heart knows even if the head cannot put it into words that the dull and quotidian world of betrayal, pain, disappointment and sorrow is not the only world there is. Beauty points to a world beyond this world, a higher realm, a country of joy where there is no death. Beauty points to the divine.

Ari's trio:  truth, beauty, goodness, have all been derogated or, worse, abrogated in most of today's liturgy.  Chant is sublime, but unknown to 95% of Catholic children under the age of 12, and unknown to well over 80% of the Mass-goers between the ages of 25-60. 

In the essay, the author posits that the atheist hates beauty because it's not egalitarian.  Hmmmm.  So, in their rush to 'egalitarize' the Mass--and we know that was the object--did the commissions and cooperating Bishops betray their real problem?

You decide.

The TEA Party Is Not Dead

..not by a long shot.

HT:  MoonBattery

Is "The Mandate" a Goner?

Well, perhaps, at least in this opinion.

After the Hobby Lobby decision, a number of people pointed to a reference to the so-called “accommodation” for religious-oriented organizations in the HHS contraception mandate to conclude that the Supreme Court’s decision would be limited to the for-profit sector, and only to certain methods of contraception. A series of orders the next day showed the latter was not true, and a decision late yesterday suggests the former isn’t, either. 

The author also states that SCOTUS did not accept that baby-killing or other artificial contraception was a "compelling national interest", either, in the Hobby Lobby case.

Hmmmm.

Waukesha County Clerk's Political Ambitions

Seems like the Waukesha County Clerk--who recklessly "authorized" same-sex marriage--has political ambitions, like a nice fat State job someplace.

And we now know why Gov. Walker temporized about same-sex marriage.

...WKOW-TV in Madison has learned, and the governor's office has confirmed that Gov. Scott Walker's son, Alex Walker, served as an official witness to the same-sex marriage of a family member on June 9 in Waukesha County....

Uh-huh.

The kid's excuse is.......well......being a kid.  "Young and dumb" is a fact, not an opinion.  As to the Clerk?  You decide.

The Real Democrat Party

PJB reiterates the facts about the Democrat Party's history, and sums it up:

...the party of slavery, secession and segregation...

That's reality, and it continues today.  The Democrat Party's slaves are now kept on its 'Rights' Plantation where "rights" are trumpeted, such as the "right" to counter-natural "marriage", the "right" to responsibility-free sex and the "right" to other people's money.

In other words, the "right" to slavery of the soul, and segregation into the resulting ghettos, and secession from the American Idea--the Constitutional America.

Nothing changes.

ObozoEconomy: Partly Jobby

What the MSM didn't mention:

...full-time jobs CRATERED in June.  There’s no “robust growth” here.  It’s a massive jump in the ongoing transformation of American into a part-time economy.  It’s awful news, the sort of thing that would be making Americans howl for new leadership and new ideas, if it was reported accurately.
The U.S. economy lost 523,000 full-time jobs in June.  This was offset by an enormous surge of 799,000 part-time jobs....

That has nothing to do with ObozoCare mandates, of course.  Nothing at all.