Friday, August 28, 2015

Where Was Wisconsin, Gov. Walker?

Well, well.  Our favorite law-busting pResident will ignore a TRO leveled by a Fed judge in the matter of EPA v. Everyone Who Owns a Puddle.

However, EPA WILL honor the TRO in the thirteen States which sued to overturn EPA's power-grab.

You guessed it:  Wisconsin is not among those 13.

So what the Hell were you thinking, Gov. Walker?

Why Trump?

I think Jim Antle has the answer.

When pundits call Donald Trump a "know-nothing," they are not just using a historical if pejorative term to describe his immigration stance. They really mean that he appears to know nothing about public policy or governance.

On the charitable assumption that his blustery, content-free stump speech isn't an act, you'll get no argument here. But Trump does seem to know a lot more about politics than many of his detractors, including those critics who are well versed in the finer details of entitlement reform or international trade policy....

(Such as Karl Rove and the rest of the NeoCon crowd of yappers and whiners.)

...Pat Buchanan gave us a hint in his 1992 Republican National Convention speech, when he spoke of "conservatives of the heart" whose political convictions were more visceral than intellectual. "They don't read Adam Smith or Edmund Burke, but they came from the same schoolyards and playgrounds and towns as we did," he told the delegates.

Many Americans, even those engaged enough to identify as liberal or conservative much less Republican or Democrat, aren't systematic political thinkers.

There was a reason that Buchanan thumped GHW Bush in New Hampshire, people!

...in terms of policy, it isn't just that some conservatives haven't read Hayek. They fundamentally disagree with him. At the grassroots level, the American right has always had strong strains of nationalism and moralism. That's not an inherently bad thing, but the modern conservative movement has generally tried to wed these tendencies to a more limited or even libertarian view of government....

We're looking at you, Free Traders, Mass-Immigration Bonzos, and "Law of the Land" queer-marriage shufflers.

...Many Americans think the people running their government are jokes, self-promoting blowhards with bad, expensive haircuts engaged in pointless political theater....

Easily the best short sentence to describe Boehner & McConnell and their obsequious, obedient, "majorities."  That means YOU, RoJo and Ryan.

Read the rest!!

At Least Wisconsin is Not Orange County--Yet

While the John Doe corrupto-crat "investigation" will be, perhaps, the most significant blot on Wisconsin's justice record--and it WILL be that--at least we're not Orange County.

Yet.

...It turns out that prosecutors and police officers committed an egregious violation of Dekraai's rights—so much so that Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals shocked everyone and removed the Orange County District Attorney's Office, and all 250 prosecutors, from having anything more to do with the case....

...Orange County has a secret system of evidence manufacturing and storage that they have used in countless cases, and the collusion is unraveling dozens of cases and may soon unravel the careers of countless prosecutors and law enforcement officers who've maintained it for decades....

Not to worry.  Those public "servants" will still have their salaries, benefits, and pensions, just like Lois Lerner and Kevin Kennedy will.  And we'll pay for them.

HT:  Grim

Will Reince Be the Last RNC Chair?

Perhaps Reince should be putting the Party's affairs in order, eh?

...The repeated betrayals of Republican leaders have led to the rise of Donald Trump. The petulance of the party’s congressional leaders who have spent more energy fighting conservative attempts to hold them to their word than fighting Barack Obama now have to fight to wrest control from Trump. Trump, at least presently, is immune from establishment attacks because the party leaders have lost all their credibility. A party that will not stand up to stop tax payer funds going to an organization that pulls whole children out of freezers to sell as scrap is not a party with the moral clarity to tell Donald Trump he is fired....

... The only way to save the GOP is for it to elect an outsider as its Presidential nominee who can lead the party in a fight against the President and the moral evils of the age. The party, as a hollow instrument to be controlled for ballot access will live on. But 2016 will be the moment many define as when the party left them instead of them leaving the party.

Noted below, only ONE of the top-tier (R) candidates--Cruz-- will defend real marriage; and only Trump is clear, direct, and forthright on immigration matters.

And only 18 Congressmen will shut down DC over funding for Murder, Inc.'s Chop Shop Ops.

Who needs that (R) brand, anyway?

Walker, Trump, Bush Give Up on Real Marriage

Imagine that!  After Walker's "...law of the land..." evasion on the gay-"marriage" matter, he reaffirms his position.  Not surprising that Trump doesn't care, of course, and Bush?  Who knows what's in his mind?

However:  Cruz, Jindal, Santorum, and Carson still get it.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has made public the presidential candidates who signed their "Marriage Pledge," which promises to support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Four of the 17 Republican presidential hopefuls signed the pro-marriage, pro-child, and pro-family document:  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson put their signatures to the pledge....

Uh-huh.

The Stench of G.A.B.

Ask anyone at Wisconsin's Gummint Accountability Board--composed of a bunch of retired judges and a large bunch of bureaucrats who work for them.  They'll all tell you how "non-partisan" and "fair" the Board and its employees are.

They're lying.

Not only was the executive director playing footsie with Lois Lerner, who is arguably the most corrupt and partisan IRS employee in recent history.  Now we have a former GAB staff attorney, Shane Falk, admitting, on the record, that the GAB was a willing and active participant in the John Doe harassment-and-intimidation scheme cooked up by John Chisholm--the purpose of which was to un-seat Scott Walker from the Governor's chair. 

One could say, I suppose, that the Board members were either too lazy or too incompetent to supervise the staff.  Fine.  They should admit that, and resign en masse.  But they won't, will they?  They're too lazy and incompetent to do that, too.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

John Boehner: War. F**k You!

John Boehner, fueled with his normal load of alcohol and tanning lotion...

Speaker of the House John Boehner stunned audience members Wednesday evening at a Colorado fundraiser by referring to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as a “jackass,” two people in attendance tell The Daily Caller....

Reince, you have a problem.

The BS-Meter Pegs on Psychology (!)

Few rational people ever put much stock in psychology.  Turns out there's a reason for that.

A major investigation into scores of claims made in psychology research journals has delivered a bleak verdict on the state of the science.

An international team of experts repeated 100 experiments published in top psychology journals and found that they could reproduce only 36% of original findings....

Uh huh. And in the most silly category...

...Social psychology looks at more social issues, such as self esteem, identity, prejudice and how people interact.

In the investigation, a whopping 75% of the social psychology experiments were not replicated, meaning that the originally reported findings vanished when other scientists repeated the experiments
....

Poor little darlings are going to have to get a whole new set of excuses.

Esenberg's Opinion

Rick Esenberg is a smart guy, well-respected, and likeable.  But now and then even Homer nodded.

...A nation ought to have a secure border and need not accept persons in the country unlawfully as a complete fait accompli, entitled to all the accoutrements of citizenship. But mass deportations are both unrealistic and undesirable and our economic woes are not caused by hard-working Mexicans....

First off, what's a "mass deportation"?  Would that be like Operation Wetback (see below post)?

Rick, you're a lawyer.  Are there any other laws we should just ignore?  (I have a list of my own, by the way; we could match notes, I suppose.)

Trump and Sanders' railing against free trade simply highlights their shared economic ignorance.

Umnnnhhh...really?  As I have noted earlier, Keynes' FIRST economic tome posited that Keynesian pump-priming (which was in his SECOND opus) only works in a closed economy.  So which shall we ditch?  The Keynes, or the borders?

More germane:  there is a difference between "free" trade and "fair" trade.  In order to make "free" trade work for the benefit of US citizens--which one assumes Rick wants--shall the US simply reduce its corporate taxes, repeal all of the labor laws beginning with FLSA, and eliminate EPA (and its sister State entities) and all their regulations?  How, exactly, will that 'benefit US citizens'?

Or shall we assemble a "Fair" trade regime, which will come about largely through variable-rate duties which reflect US standards?

And to combine both the illegals and the Keynes, Friedman, who was NOT a Lefty, was emphatic:  one cannot have both "open borders" AND a welfare-state. Now, then, if we shut down the welfare state to accomodate mass immigration, will that be "unrealistic and undesirable"?  Will there be civil disorder?  Riots? Chaos?  (Another question:  if we shut down the welfare state, will there be mass illegal immigration?)

It is one thing to declare that Trump and Sanders are 'economic illiterates;' that may well be the case.  But it is another thing entirely to consign US citizens to bargain-basement living, racing to the bottom with the inhabitants of PRC/Vietnam/Thailand.

Disclaimer:  there is NO way I will vote for Trump, nor Sanders.  At the same time, the approved (R) candidates are less and less attractive every week.  Maybe it's because their vision of America doesn't include all Americans, eh?

Operation Wetback Worked; Why Not Again?

Just a touch of actual US history here.

...at the personal direction of President Dwight D. Eisenhower – the fabled American hero of the D-Day invasion – illegal immigrants in America were rounded up and deported back to Mexico. Exactly as Donald Trump is proposing to do today. ...

With the full support of Prescott Bush, father to GHWBush and grandfather to Jeb!

Huh.

...Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.

By mid-July, the crackdown extended northward into Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, and eastward to Texas.
By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily...--Christian Science Monitor quoted at CR

That 800,000 was Texas alone, folks. Who knows how many fled from the rest of the US?

Immediately thereafter, the economy of Texas and the USA collapsed, just as the current crop of illegal-alien backers, alien-lawyer profiteers, and wage-slavery employers have predicted.  And of course, there were riots, and the collapse of civil order.  You remember that, don't you? /sarcasm

Or not.

Silly or Stupid? Colin Roth

Roth attempts to make the case for "birthright citizenship" by declaring that Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal are examples of how wunnerful that could be.

Frankly, I didn't know that Rubio's and Jindal's parents were here illegally.

But let's take this one step further.  The 14th Amendment's clause "...and subject to the jurisdiction [of the US]..." would, in a sane world, ipso facto disqualify babies born here of illegal aliens.  Simply put, if one's parent(s) are illegally present, they--and their child--cannot be "subject to the jurisdiction...."; in fact, they remain "subject to the jurisdiction" of their native country.

In the converse, Brennan's revolutionary interpretation, strictly speaking, would mean that chilluns born of ANY foreign national, such as ambassadors, MUST be US citizens.

So happens that I am not a doctrinaire opponent of immigration.  But I AM a doctrinaire opponent of Ted Kennedy immigration, if only because it was Ted Kennedy.

The Chop-Shop Hero: Obozo

Obozo will stamp his widdle feets and take away the toys.

...some states have decided to funnel their federal and state monies to medical clinics that do not do abortions.

Kansas is one such state.  Kansas has defunded Planned Parenthood in favor of healthcare businesses that do not do abortions.

Kansas legislators said the state could better provide health care for low-income patients by funding medical facilities that provide a wider range of medical services.  In 2011, they directed the state health department to give federal funds first to public health departments and hospitals. 

Planned Parenthood sued for the tax funding, but an appeals court ruled that states are free to decide how best to use healthcare dollars for their citizens.

However, the Obama administration strongly champions both abortion and Planned Parenthood, and so is now penalizing states that defund the abortion giant.

In fact, the Obama administration reduced its Medicaid funding to Kansas precisely by the amount which Planned Parenthood was getting....

Wisconsin will soon join the group of States which will delete the Chop Shop from "funded" through Medicaid and will undoubtedly earn Obozo's ire.

Good.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Stuck Pigs Are Squealing

So ironic it's funny.

Organized labor, which fought hard to pass Obamacare, has been worried about the tax's impact for years. At its 2013 convention, the AFL-CIO labor federation passed a resolution criticizing the law and demanding major changes.

Several top unions such as Unite Here, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and the Laborers International Union of North America have joined a coalition group called "Alliance to Fight the 40" that also includes major health insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Cigna and New York Life Insurance Co.
...--WaExaminer quoted at Thinker


Yes, the unions and the health insurers lobbied, hard, and at great expense, for ObozoCare.

Now they don't like it?

As Breitbart often said:  "Fuck you.  WAR!!"


Rubio's False Dichotomy

We're not expecting much from Rubio, and we are not disappointed.

Here's a brief on one of his recent speeches:

...Rubio gently poked at the real estate tycoon who is towering over the Republican field in the polls, portraying Trump’s message as one of anger as opposed to the senator’s message of hope and opportunity....

IOW, the US is not "angry."

Don't bet too much on that, Marco.  Maybe there's no "anger" in the fat and sloppy Political Class--but you might try traveling a few feet outside of the press-boundaries at your lightly-attended events.  By that I mean NOT into the 100+ admirers you find.  Try, instead, a grocery.

As to this part of your shtick:

..."Ask yourself this question: who would you trade places with? Would you rather be China? Would you rather be Brazil or India or anyone else for that matter? There’s no nation on earth I’d trade places with...."

Bzzzzzzzt.  Wrong.  Falso dichotomies work well with sophomores and most of the Press.  But what many of US are concerned with is this:  our Political Class (see, e.g., your nearest mirror) would like us to BECOME China, Brazil, India.  Or France.

That's what the "anger" is all about, Marco.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Walker's Giving The RNC Line on 14th

On again, off again, and finally, covering it with crap.

GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker appears to have yet again shifted his stance on allowing the children of illegal immigrants to automatically gain U.S. citizenship.

In an interview on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday morning, Walker said he does not want to alter the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution...

This "altering the 14th" line has become the (R) default line and Walker's happy to spread it around, hoping that no one in the USA knows about another part of the Constitution which gives Congress the right to remove Federal courts from jurisdiction over some issues.

It only takes a Congressional majority and a Presidential signature to make "anchor babies" a thing of the past.

And let's not even get into the actual operative clause of the 14th:  "....and subject to the jurisdiction thereof...".  That's clear as crystal.  But we already know that "Tax" Roberts & Co. read clear prose through very dark glasses.

So take them off the case.

As to Walker:  it appears that he's becoming desperate--just like the rest of the GOP Establishment.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Moroccan/French Terrorist Was "Hungry"

This is actually funny.

A gunman who attacked passengers on a high-speed train in France two days ago is “dumbfounded” at having been taken for an Islamist militant and says he only intended to rob people on board because he was hungry, his lawyer said on Sunday.  --PJMedia quoting Reuters

Uh huh.  180 rounds of 7.62x39 and an AK, plus a 9mm with at least 10 rounds to gather enough for a couple of sandwiches and some coffee?

Sure.

Or he could have sold his weapons/ammo for $400-$500 USD and lived at George Webb's for a month or so.


The Problem With Church Musicians

There are dozens of Church documents which mention music in the liturgy.  Almost all of them give a nod--or more--to Gregorian Chant as the 'preferred,' 'first,' or 'primary' music of the Roman liturgy.  And that preference is, to one degree or the other, ignored.  Oh, yes, there is a movement afoot to restore (instaurare) Chant to its place as the principal song of the Church.  And yes, EF communities utilize Chant quite a bit.

We all know that Chant is sung, of course.  And we all know that Chant really should be un-accompanied.  And most of us know that Chant comes in two varieties:  the relatively simple, easy-to-sing, 'congregational' Chant of the Ordinary of the Mass, and the more elaborate, sometimes quite challenging, Proper chants.

But this is not really about Chant is.  It is what Chant is NOT that is important here.

Chant is not accompanied.  Chant is not continuous--that is, each Chant has its place and has no more than just that place.  It is not entertainment; it is not bombast, it is not 'filler.'  Most important, it is not imposed upon the Mass--rather, it is PART of the Mass.

What can we learn from this list of 'nots'?  We can learn that the music most strongly recommended for use at Mass is part of the Mass itself.  Negatively, then, we learn that that's all the music that the Mass really  'needs.'

Uh-huh.  So what?

There is a tendency among church musicians to 'fill every hole with music.'  That's not surprising, I suppose.  It's probably related to the old saying about problems:  if you have a hammer, every problem is a nail.  And if you're a musician, music is the solution to every need, whether that need is real or merely perceived.

Therein lies the rub.  Chant teaches us simplicity, and about the value of silence.  It teaches us that the priest, congregation, and schola (or choir) have their own roles.  It teaches us where music MUST be, and where it does not HAVE to be, and it teaches us that music for the Mass is really quite subtle.

Little of that is understood in our time, where continuous music has been imposed on us by the psycho-motivators of Muzak, the commercialism of Itunes (and the multitude of competitors), and our own inability to exist comfortably with ..............silence.  It is somewhat ironic that "The Sounds of Silence" was not silent at all, and was played all. the. time. on commercial radio, no?

Were it only church musicians who have the music problem, it might be simple to resolve.  It is not restricted to them.  There are these priests!!

Locally, a misguided parish priest ordered his music-critter to "play something" for 10 full minutes before the beginning of each Mass.  That order was given in order to get deh pipples to shut up when they entered the church.  It was the right reason, but the wrong solution, for the music-critter's repertoire is largely drawn from hotel-lobby/bar entertainment stuff--French impressionist--and it cannot possibly convey the sense of "church."  Worse, it feeds the fire of Muzak-psych.   This is compounded when the music-critter stuffs the communion "space" with keyboard riffs on hymns, then with the official 'communion hymn,' and sometimes an additional choral or congregational piece.

(The priest himself should have told deh pipples to shut up, of course--but he has an overpowering need to be adored and liked, so he chose the wrong solution.)

In the EF (Old Rite), the music-critter will impose music even more freely because in that Rite, the priest does not 'speak' the Canon.  Since silence is The Vacuum Which Must Be Filled, organ music will be heard, and the Vacuum At Communion will ALSO be filled, often right to the brim, with mo' music.  There is an Order of priests, based in France, which teaches that organ music should be imposed on nearly the entire Mass, save during the parts where the priest is speaking (!) and where the choir or schola is singing.  This may result from confusion on their part:  perhaps they think that the church is really a funeral home, where dirges sound at all times.  No matter their excuse, or their peculiar tradition, it is counter to both common sense and good taste.  But that's the French.

Please!  Shut Up!!  Take the unstated but obvious advice of Chant!

Less is more, folks.  Silence is golden.  God's voice is still and small.  Maybe HE should be heard, eh?  Even in preference to the priests!

Understanding "Air-Gap" & Classified Info

Grim has been there, done that, and has several t-shirts.  So pay attention!

...I think maybe the most likely case is that the Hillary State Department -- or at least her clique of advisers and aides, as well as non-DOS personnel from her faction like Sidney Blumenthal -- were just completely careless about classification. It's less likely that they downloaded or wrote down information from the TS system to transfer onto the private email server than that they summarized what they'd read on the TS systems in unclassified emails. Quite possibly she and they believed this was perfectly safe to do, as they controlled the server and were only talking to other members of the trusted in-group....

...From the perspective of the law, this makes no difference. The rule is that a document that contains classified information is classified, and if it was built out of another document or set of documents, the new document inherits the highest level of classification of any of the summarized documents. Thus, if I write an email to you about yoga and your daughter's wedding, and at the very end say: "PS: Did you see the column of tanks moving up on Benghazi this morning?" based on a satellite photo from the high side, the email I have just written now needs to be marked "TS // SI / TK // NOFORN" and cannot be sent on the unclassified system. Indeed, just because the computer will automatically save a draft of that information on the unclassified system while I am typing it up, just by typing it up and not sending it I have already committed the crime that Petraeus went down for (i.e., storing classified information in an unapproved location)....

Got that?

No, she won't do time in Club Graybar.  She's a member of the Ruling Class.  Same with her accomplices/pals/dirtball friends.

Which is precisely why The Ruling Class is becoming an endangered species.

Nature's God and Common Good v. The Donald et. al.

Alan Keyes occupies a lonely place in punditry; he sees the Declaration's phrase "...laws of Nature and Nature's God..." as having great weight--far greater than most of us want to acknowledge.  He also reminds us that those laws are absolutely necessary for "the common good," whether they are convenient or not.

So what does that have to do with Trump and mutatis mutandis, all the rest of the candidates?

...If, in material terms, we built a nation that fulfilled for a time so many of mankind’s material dreams, it was because, all along, we have invited people to come to our New World, bringing with them their best hopes. But like the master of the biblical wedding feast, we also demanded that they live by the God-endowed commitment to justice and the self-disciplined exercise of right. For that fulfilled commitment is the saving grace of rightful human liberty. So we are not supposed to welcome the enslavers and beheaders of innocent humanity, or any others who despoil that grace, whatever their motive or excuse.

On that account, secure borders and the lawful regulation of movement and immigration across them are not selfish aims we pursue only to serve ourselves. They are part of the ethic of liberty we must demand of ourselves and of any who sincerely wish to add their light to the beacon lamp of righteous liberty. To represent their last, best hope, we must preserve it, as a people, in the land we hold, in sovereign trust, by the authority of its Creator. For we are bound, by our vocation as a nation, to lift up that “lamp beside the golden door,” on behalf of decent human beings, both within the bounds of our constitutional sovereignty and wherever people strive, as we do, to reach the God-intended destiny of decent human life.

What we've seen of (R) candidates so far is that to one degree or another they have no 'center' in their campaign statements, platforms, or rhetoric.  That 'center' has to do with those laws referenced above, AND the "common good," a phrase almost NEVER uttered in political discourse and, sadly, even less implemented in law and regulation over the last 50 years or so.

Keyes has a lot more on the topic.

...The problem with Trump and the quisling GOP has to do with political character. It has to do with the tenor of Trump’s entire life as an unprincipled materialist, doing whatever it takes, giving money to whomever he has to, to serve his selfish interests, with no thought for the common good of our nation, and no commitment to it. The problem is his utter failure to speak to the moral purpose, not just of our immigration policy, but of our very existence as a nation. He is a man who says nothing that doesn’t serve some selfish interest, whether it is true (e.g., the facts about the damaging impact of elitist sponsored illegal immigration) or a corrupting lie (e.g., single payer health care is ideal). Now he is inviting the American people to debase itself to the same level....

So in the end, The Donald will 'make a deal', just as have all the Ruling Class creatures.

But will the deals they make be consonant with the Declaration's 'laws' or the Common Good?

Recent history tells us that the answer is no.  

That, my friends, is the underlying and almost un-stated cause of the current turmoil in the nation.  Keyes nails it.  Which is why he's such a lonesome voice.

"Ruling Class" Families: Dyer/Ivancic

Well, this is kinda interesting.

Seems that John Boehner (R-Spineless) employed a woman whose sister is CEO of The Chop-Shop's customer, StemExpress.

And Boehner's employee was not just an administrative assistant.  She was Boehner's chief legal counsel.

By a remarkable co-incidence, said legal counsel resigned on August 5th, when it became known that StemExpress was paying The Chop-Shop for baby parts.

The inquisitive observer might ask whether the law's 'expenses may be reimbursed' clause had anything to do with the founding and monetary success of StemExpress.  If one were to establish such a business, one would ask a well-informed lawyer about the legal technicalities, of course. I mean, who would EVER think of ......

On the other hand, we all know that every family has a black sheep. This family's black sheep just happens to traffic in baby-parts.

So it's handy to have a Ruling Class family member/lawyer/mover-and-shaker.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

EPA Was WARNED About Mine Spill Potential

The contractor told EPA that there was a lot of water backed up in the Gold King mine.

EPA didn't bother itself to worry about that.

And EPA really, really, doesn't like to answer questions, either.

This--like Hillary--is The Ruling Class in action, folks.  Like it?

The (D) Ticket

Monica Crowley has something here.

...Mr. Obama has a more important reason for doing [Clinton] in. As I have written previously, he needs a successor he can control. Over the years, including recently, he has waxed rhapsodic over a possible third term to continue his “fundamental transformation of the nation.” Mrs. Clinton will not provide it; therefore, she must be sidelined. If Mr. Obama does not want an investigation to go forward, it does not go forward. Witness the scandals involving the Internal Revenue Service, Benghazi, Veterans Administration and Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning. . .
 

The Democratic ticket will be Joe Biden-Elizabeth Warren. That’s what Mr. Obama wants. And what Mr. Obama wants, Mr. Obama gets. This is “Game of Thrones.” And Mr. Obama is winning.   --quoted at SipseyStreet

To my mind, Warren has been the candidate from the get-go.  You'll note that the White House has been pushing Biden, with the very odd 'speculative promise' that Creepy Joe will only serve half-a-term, and then resign.  That makes sense ONLY if Fauxcahontas--another True Believer in the transvaluation of all values--is next in line.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scott, the Big Leagues Are TOUGH

Seems like Scott Walker is becoming the back-and-forthright candidate.  This will--no doubt--change his position in the (below) scoring system.  To near-last.

...Didn’t he say just four days ago that he opposed birthright citizenship for the children of illegals? Now this. If he hadn’t been so slippery on immigration (among other things) in the earliest phase of the campaign, it’d be easy to dismiss this as a case of him having misunderstood what he was being asked on Monday instead of him perpetually trying to feel his way towards whatever position he thinks will be the most electorally advantageous.

But wait. Is this sudden agnosticism about birthright citizenship really the most electorally advantageous position? What’s strange here is that Walker promised supporters this week on a conference call that he was going to be more aggressively anti-establishment on the stump and try to win back some of the supporters he’s lost to Trump. Birthright citizenship for illegals is as establishment as immigration policy gets; Trump naturally opposes it, and until a few days ago, Walker did too. Pretty logical for an anti-establishmentarian. Now he’s formally uncommitted. What gives?...

Actually, it's "WHO gives?"  Money talks, and bullshit....evades.

The linked item has some quotations from a Stanley Hubbard of Minnesota, who definitely does not want Walker yapping about 'social issues.'

But AllahPundit misses the more obvious:  Diane Hendricks, Chair of ABC Supply, a very large national roofing-materials supplier.  Her customers are exclusively roofing contractors and she kick-started Walker's campaign with major dollars. $5 million of them.

 Add 2+2 here, folks.

Maybe Walker can get away with it--but the Big Leagues are tough, eh?

Rating the (R) Candidates

Interesting criteria, even more interesting results here.

Since Cruz was my guy from the git-go (and yes, I have some quibbles with his positions), I like the way this one came out.  And yes, Walker deserves #2.

As to the rest?  No Carly?

She'd make a good VP pick for Cruz, assuming that he doesn't go with Walker.  (Or that Walker doesn't go with him.)

Best breakdown I've seen.

What ELSE Did Beale Lie About?

Aside from stealing about $1.3 million from taxpayers, what else did this jackwad lie about?

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison Wednesday for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job. 

John C. Beale’s crimes were “inexplicable” and “unbelievably egregious," said Judge Ellen Huvelle in imposing the sentence in a Washington. D.C. federal court....

"Climate change expert," eh?

UW-Mad's Mitchel: Mad, Indeed!

"Mad" as in 'insane.'

A man whose job description reads thus:

"Represent[s] the UW-Madison Chancellor’s Office and institutional positions on community development, education, broadening UW-Madison’s presence in the local community, nurturing partnerships, and cultural issues through membership on and leadership on various public and private boards, commissions and committees.”

...said that 'those big box stores, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Target, have insurance, so let's not prosecute shoplifting as a crime any more.'

He's a lawyer and ex-prosecutor, by the way, and obviously studied in the (SCOTUS-twerp) Kennedy School of Fantasy-Law.

...Mitchel argued that communities should be able to decide for themselves what laws should be enforced. He argued that the ultimate goal of law enforcement is not the actual enforcement of law, but community safety as defined by the community itself. Mitchell cited theft from big box stores as an example of a crime that police and the community may view differently....

UW's Med School claims to be dependent on chop-shop baby parts for its "research," and UW's Community relations honcho thinks laws are entirely relative.

Consistency, if nothing else.



"Birthright" Can End, Suddenly

Ah, the Wiser Heads argue, softly, about "birthright citizenship."

...amending the Fourteenth Amendment requires two-thirds votes of both houses of Congress and ratification by 38 state legislatures. Ain’t gonna happen....

Correct.

But by legislation, Congress can remove Federal courts from deciding that matter, just as Federal courts can be removed from deciding issues surrounding ObozoCare and marriage.

And of course, there's also the Obozo Precedent:  simply ignore the law and do whatever the Hell you want.  That's the solution that SCOTUS itself seems to desire, given its own revolt against nature.

IOW, screw 'em.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wisconsin PropTax Only #5 in USA

Another bit of wonderful news for the Spending Class!!

But it's certainly not wonderful enough.

...Jared Walczak, a policy analyst with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation, writes that the map “cuts through this clutter, presenting effective tax rates on owner-occupied housing.”

“This is the average amount of residential property tax actually paid, expressed as a percentage of home value,” Walczak wrote....

But we could try harder; New Jersey (2.38%) and Illinois (2.32%) lead this parade and we all know that New Jersey and Illinois are real loser States.  Wisconsin is only at 1.96%, but hell's bells, that's only a few more teachers, cop-shop Tahoes/Suburbans, Cadillac bennie plans and jiggered overtime rules away from COMPLETE VICTORY!!

Cal your laggard Mayor, School Superintendent, and Water/Sewer district. Tell them you will NOT stand for being fifth in this competition.  Don't settle:  go for about 3.0%!!

The Donald v. Kudlow

Kudlow, a scrivener, doesn't like Trump's plans.

...Trump’s agenda of trade protectionism, dollar devaluation, and immigrant deportation is completely anti-growth. It’s like Fortress America in an economy that is completely globalized and where the U.S. must compete in the worldwide race for capital and labor. Trump’s policies don’t fit....

Kudlow, like a lot of other "economists", never read Keynes' complete works.  If he does, he might learn something, specifically that Keynes assumed a closed economy for his 'pump-priming' to work.  So Kudlow can have his invasion-of-immigrants OR he can have pump-priming, but not both.  (Friedman underlined it with his remark that one cannot have both open borders and a welfare state.)

But hey!  Kudlow's part of the Establishment.  Being blind, deaf, and dumb is the trademark.  It's a bug, not a feature, but it works.

For them, anyway.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Are the Jesuits Proud of Tom Barrett?

Tommy Barrett, who shows up at St Sebastian's church now and then, is a graduate of Marquette High School.

Tommy Barrett, graduate of Marquette High School, is an enthusiastic backer of the Human Chop-Shop business, Planned Parenthood.

Think any of the Jebbies have given Tommy Barrett a call and told him they'll erase his name from the MUHS directory?

Business Model: "Screw Americans!"

The above-referenced business model prevails at lots of Silicon Valley outfits including Facebook, Google, Intel, and--at a distance--Microsoft. 


Malkin has gotten into the fray, although Norm Matloff has been there for years.

...8 U.S.C. § 1182(n)(1) requires the Department of Labor to approve all LCAs within seven days as long as the form is filled out correctly. The employer can put anything down on the LCA and know that it will be approved. 8 U.S.C. §1182(n)(2)(G)(v) prohibits the Department of Labor from going back and reviewing LCAs later....

Some bozo at the Wall Street Journal wrote a Clinton-esque (parsed!  no truth emerges!!) idiot-orial which gets nuked here:

...Pettifoggers will tell you that H-1B workers are required to be paid the higher of the prevailing wage or the wage paid to similar workers. And golly gee willikers, it says just that right at the top of 8 U.S.C. § 1101(n)(1). That’s enough information for the willful ignorami writing the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
But scroll down to 8 U.S.C. § 1101(p)(4). There you will find that the Department of Labor is required to take an existing wage survey and divide it into four skill level prevailing wages. Notice there is no requirement that the employer pay the H-1B worker at his skill level. Even if there were such a requirement, it would be unenforceable because skill is a subjective measure....

C'mon.  Do you think that Bill Gates, or Zuckerfacebook, would LIE?  Be still, my heart....

...employers classify:

* 52 percent of H-1B workers at the lowest skill level, where they command a wage at the 17th percentile for the occupation and location. 

* 30 percent at the next lowest skill level, where they command a wage at the 34th percentile. ...

The remaining EIGHTEEN PERCENT are the "best and brightest."  Obviously, the first EIGHTY TWO PERCENT are not very best, and not very brightest--or they'd be paid that way.

Right??

Now you know why certain (R) candidates get a helluvalotta money from Silicon Valley.

You may judge those (R) candidates by their actions, or lack thereof. 

As for me, I'll take those who prefer Americans.

Birthright Citizenship?

PowerLine ruminates a bit on the fraud called "birthright citizenship."

...polls indicate that a huge majority of Americans want to get rid of the “anchor baby” rule, and we can infer from their dissent in the Hamdi case that at least two Supreme Court justices agree. Congress could pass a law defining citizenship in a manner that gives effect to the “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” clause of the 14th Amendment. The law would be challenged on constitutional grounds and the case would make its way to the Supreme Court. That would give the court an opportunity to reconsider its poorly thought out decision that anyone born here, regardless of the circumstances, is required to be a citizen by the 14th Amendment. How likely is that strategy to succeed? I don’t know, but I think it is worth a try....

So pass the law and get taken to court.  When (and IF) SCOTUS affirms its moronic Hamdi, ignore the ruling, or let "Tax" Roberts enforce it along with "Create Your Own Reality" Kennedy.

IOW, screw them.

Translating Clinton-Speak Lies

The Hildebeeste is well on her way to indictment, trial, and imprisonment over her use of a personal email account to conduct State business.  That's good.

But as usual with the Clinton Criminals, it's important to parse her statements.

"Whether it was a personal account or a government account,’ she said, ‘I did not send classified material. And I did not receive any material that was marked or designated classified – which is the way you know whether something is.’...

She's telling part of the truth.  The 'received' documents had been stripped of the "Classified" denotation when sent from State to her account.  That's the fig-leaf.

Hildebeeste ordered that stripping, of course. 

HT:  Owen

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The GOP Elite....

Gobsmacking accuracy:

The GOP elite, for example, expected us to keep our mouths shut about the rape and murder rampages of illegal aliens and quietly bury our children while they divvied up Chamber of Commerce donations. --quoted at ColdFury

Or expected us to keep our mouths shut about the dis-employment and financial wreckage of US citizen computer folks and the grinding impoverishment of taxi-cab driving at the behest of Facebook, Intel, Microsoft, and QualComm.

IOW, the murder, rape, and pillage of careers.

From the same source, a clarifying moment on George Will, doddering and aged baseball fan.

...But then I recall Will sniffing his nose at another déclassé Republican candidate and his supporters as “kamikaze conservatives.“ That was Ronald Reagan, and Will invited him to form a third party and lead his mob of followers “into outer darkness.” Will acknowledged that while this “would cost the party some support…it would make the party seem cleansed.”...

History repeats itself, ain'a?

The Self-Destroying Health Insurance "Business Model"

If you believe that the Left eats its own--and they do (see, e;g;. abortion)--then you'll understand why health-insurers are driving their greed-fueled clown-car off the cliff.

...healthcare costs are up. We feel it in our premiums, which were supposed to go down. This is happening because ObamaCare has utterly failed to control the insurance companies, which Obama told America would be held “accountable” under his health care law — another ObamaLie. One of the goals of ObamaCare was to create the so-called exchanges — in which insurance companies would compete for customers, who would be mandated to purchase their products. That competition was supposed to improve access to healthcare and contain healthcare costs.

It hasn’t worked out that way. One way insurance companies limit access by restricting the numbers of doctors and hospitals in a coverage network. Still, one could say, because competition, if you don’t like one insurance company’s plan, you could move on to another company’s plan. Not really. There is significantly less competition in the ObamaCare exchanges than was promised. This reached its comical climax in 2013 when only one insurance carrier offered up a plan under ObamaCare in New Hampshire. An option of one does not create competition.

This problem is guaranteed to become exponentially worse now that ObamaCare has reached its inevitable conclusion: Health insurance companies merging to corner the market and maximize profits. I’m all for profits and a free market. But ObamaCare is far from free market economics in action.

The insurance companies, of course, like where this is headed. Perhaps that’s why they appear to be all-in behind a Hillary Clinton presidency.

There's only one problem with that:  HHS will eat the last remaining insurance company for breakfast when the inevitable "single-payer" becomes operative.

But hey!  Bonuses are paid year-by-year, not decade-by-decade.  So eat, drink, and be merry.....

Annie Coulter Shows Her Stupids

Little Annie Coulter goes all Nelson Rockefeller.

I don’t care if @realDonaldTrump wants to perform abortions in White House after this immigration policy paper

Leopards and spots.  The woman has been singing the East Coast Pubbie hymns for so long that she forgets the reason for actual hymnody. 

Walker Going Rogue?

Interesting.  Maybe Walker--or his consultants--have figured out that actually, a lot of real people despise the Establishment, almost as much as the Establishment despises them.

...Walker, appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio show Monday stated, “We were told that if Republicans got the majority in the United States Senate, there would be a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare. It is August, where is that bill, where was that vote?”...

Well, Scott, that's something you should have asked "Mighty Mouse" Paul Ryan and Senator "Cave-In" Ron Johnson a long, long, time ago.

Where have you been for the last 18 months, Scott?  Nestled in Reince Priebus' comfy lap?

 

Obozo: Stupid? Or Worse Than Anyone Thought?

There are a number of people who think that the Bush War in Iraq was ill-advised.  Reason:  taking out Saddam, while a good thing, triggered a much larger bad thing:  the demolition of order in Iraq.  Yes, Saddam's "order" was dystopian--but he kept a lid on Muslim fanatics.

Such as ISIS, for example.

Now we have Obozo.  After a successful campaign partly founded on Bush-bashing over the war, what is this character doing?

Trying to take out another Middle Eastern dystopia.

And guess what the results have been?

An even more virulent and strong ISIS (which the US armed through its CIA), and a resurgence of Iranian Muslim fanaticism.

But there's more:  remember that Obozo also toppled the government of Egypt, which resulted in another period of riots and destruction until the Egyptian army had had enough of that, dumping the Muslim-fanatic government and restoring order.

So.  Is Obozo just stupid?  Or is he a committed revolutionary, dedicated to overturning order anywhere he can make it happen?

If you're having trouble answering that question, you are exactly what Obozo needed to get elected.