Thursday, October 30, 2014

Taxation By Other Means: the Democrat's Go-To Tactic

The latest in the (D) screw-the-earning-class strategy.

New York politicians say Comcast shouldn’t be allowed to buy Time Warner Cable unless it provides free Internet service to all residents of public housing.  --ArsTechnica quoted at MoonBattery

Can't think of any others?  How about hospitalization-costs?  Utility bills?  "ObozoPhones"?  Birth control?

The objective is to provide Free Stuff to a majority.  That means either raise taxes OR hide the costs elsewhere.  Hiding the cost is (obviously) preferable.

So your taxes won't go up.  But your cost of living will--and the Socialists will get elected.

Mary Burke: Roadkill

In a way, Mary Burke is a sympathetic character.  The (D) establishment needed someone--ANYONE--to serve as the totem opposing The Most Evil Governor Evah!!!!

Just a totem, a little wooden figure on a pole.

She wasn't bright enough to know her actual role, of course.  She was taken in by the flattery of the (D) establishment.

Now she's roadkill.

One wonders how she will exact her revenge on The Party.  It should be fun to watch.

Burnham, Codevilla, Machiavelli, Oh My!!

When Angelo Codevilla wrote his sensational work on "the Ruling Class", it added firewood to the Tea Party's smoldering charcoal, producing a mini-revolution and sending a number of new people into Congress.

Now comes Daniel McCarthy, who essays on James Burnham's work, connecting Machiavelli's observations with Burnham's, (and those of George Orwell!!). 

Yes, Virginia, there is a "Ruling Class."  And it ain't going away.  The sad failure of Sen. Ron Johnson (and others like him, who were elected as 'reformers') proves the case Burnham and Machiavelli made.  Johnson and his ilk--with few exceptions--have been co-opted by their own "managerial" backgrounds and have given up on liberty as a result.

...Democracy or equality—the idea that everyone participates on the same level—is antithetical to the very concept of organization, which necessarily involves different persons, different “organs,” serving different roles. And some roles are more powerful than others.

Not only do leaders corrupt organizations, Burnham observes, but the oligarchic nature of organization affects even the most selfless leader as well. “Individual saints, exempt in individual intention from the law of power, will nonetheless be always bound to it through the disciples, associates, and followers to whom they cannot, in organized social life, avoid being tied.” Many a grassroots true believer faults bad advisers for the mistakes of a Ronald Reagan or Ron Paul—but the problem is not bad advisers, it’s advisers, period. They are necessary, and they necessarily have their own motives and perspectives. Without them, however, there would be no organization. This is as true of grassroots groups, even purely volunteer ones, as of Beltway cliques....

(Of course, there are many (D) voters who see that problem with the Obama Administration's various failures-to-deliver on "promises.")

Will it take a full-blown revolution to rid the country of the destructive barnacles--the cancer--of the Ruling Class?

HT:  Grim

Address ISIS or Play Golf? That Was the Question

Seems that Dear Chickenshit Leader knew about ISIS in January--and maybe before that.

...James Jeffrey, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010 to 2012, pushed back against President Obama’s claim that the intelligence community was caught off guard by the rise of the Islamic State, claiming the White House knew all about the jihadist group’s destructive potential.

In a PBS Frontline documentary to air this week, the ambassador explained that the administration “not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced it was going to intensify its support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces. And it did almost nothing....Frontline quoted at Gateway

Well, yah.  President Chickenshit had a number of golf commitments to fulfill.  There was no time for this 'foreign policy' stuff.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Obama's Office IT Compromised

The Most Competent President EVAHHH!!

...The computers in the Executive Office of the President have been down for two weeks because they were hacked by a foreign power–the Obama administration now says Russia–and administration technical personnel are having trouble bringing them back on line. This is a huge story, obviously, and it is inconceivable that Power Line knew about it, but no one in the vast Washington press corps got wind of the fact that computer systems belonging to the White House and dozens of important federal agencies (National Security Staff, to name just one) had been hacked and were out of commission....

Yes, friends, it gets worse.

...“U.S. officials were alerted to the breach by an ally.” This means that when the intrusion occurred, we were unaware of it. It also implies that it may have gone on for a long time before someone who spies on Russia–the British? the Israelis?–tipped us off....

The Most Intelligent and Competent Administration and President, EVAHHHH!

Not to worry.  NSA undoubtedly has a handle on this.  But first they have to un-plug their sniffers from all the US citizens' computers.

Mary Burke's Cabinet

Let us look at the possibility of a Mary Burke victory. 

We already know some of her track record--no strategic plan, no success whatever as Doyle's Sec/Commerce, and labeled as "a disaster" by another Doyle-ite.

Not good.

And it gets worse!!

...Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter....

Well, yah.  Anyone experienced at reading between the lines knew that she had been shitcanned. although it is VERY uncommon in family-held companies.

...The former employee, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal from the Burke family, said Mary Burke was made to return to Wisconsin and apologize to a group of about 35 Trek executives for her treatment of employees and for the plummeting European bottom line.

Managers in Europe used to call Burke “pit bull on crack” or “Attila the Hun,” one source said.

In fact, the European sales-force was in all-out revolt over this dame's "management."  It became a question of canning the Golden Girl or losing the sales-force--and Goldilocks lost.

“She is very divisive, very opinionated, but she’s not smart enough to have the right opinion,” Ellerman said. “But she’s a Burke, and she got to do whatever the hell she wanted.”


Who's fool enough to work in Burke's Cabinet?


Why Every Cop-Shop Needs Armored Vehicles

Many citizens wonder why local cop-shops and sheriff's departments "need" full-armored vehicles.

Here's the explanation!

....traffic accidents have been the leading cause of police fatalities in 14 of the last 16 years. A separate study from the group found that around half of the officers who died in a crash weren't wearing a seatbelt...

It ain't bad-guys with guns, folks. In reality, regular squad cars simply don't provide the protection one needs from speeding through traffic without a seat-belt.


Atkisson Was First. Are YOU Next?

The clear and present danger is currently the Obama Regime.  In 2016 it'll be another regime.

“[B]y November 2012,” she writes, “there are so many disruptions on my home phone line, I often can’t use it. I call home from my mobile phone and it rings on my end, but not at the house.” More devices on the fritz at Attkisson Central: “My television is misbehaving. It spontaneously jitters, mutes, and freeze-frames,” she writes, noting that the computers, TVs and phone all use Verizon’s FiOS service. At one point, “Jeff” inspects the back of Attkisson’s house and finds a “stray cable” attached to her FiOS box. That cable, he explains, could be used to download data....

...The breaches on Attkisson’s computer, says this source, are coming from a “sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency, or the National Security Agency (NSA).” Attkisson learns from “Number One” that one intrusion was launched from the WiFi at a Ritz Carlton Hotel and the “intruders discovered my Skype account handle, stole the password, activated the audio, and made heavy use of it, presumably as a listening tool.”

To round out the revelations of “Number One,” he informs Attkisson that he’d found three classified documents deep inside her operating system, such that she’d never know they were even there. “Why? To frame me?” Attkisson asks in the book


You'd like to think that "the Republicans" will investigate this and name names, prosecute offenders, and pack them off to Club Fed with no pension and no lifetime healthcare..

Wanna bet?

See, "the Republicans" don't really want to dismantle Big Government; their interests are parallel to those of the Democrats in that regard.

So don't watch for "developments."  There won't be any.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It Ain't Just 'a Few Decisions', Perfesser

The Professor, Rick Esenberg, tells us that there are 'a small fraction' of judicial decisions which cause a great deal of trouble:'s not hard to see how, say, Judges Rudy Randa and Lynn Adelman, would come to different conclusions. One judge is suspicious of progressive designs that seek to perfect the world. The other is drawn to them. Both will understand when they have no room to maneuver, but, when they think that they do, each will reach different results.

But that recognition can lead us to a different problem - what Professor Kennedy called "lay cynicism" - and to which Mr. Miller's post also alludes. Seeing that judges sometimes decide cases based on their political preferences, the public concludes that they always do. This is not true. The public thinks it to be so because it's attention is normally directed to cases in which these philosophical differences are more or less free to express themselves. This is a small fraction of all cases

We respectfully disagree with The Prof.

Those 'few cases' include landmarks such as Dred Scott, Roe, ObamaCare (tax?  Not tax?), and gay "marriage"--(which was a non-decision decision.)  Lefties might add Citizens United, among others.  We maintain that these 'few' decisions are very serious, and it is not the number but what seems to be the defiance of common sense--dare I say "common law"?--which gives rise to cynicism.

But it ain't just "decisions."   Let's look at other events, metaphorically "obiter dicta" for you lawyer-types.

Right here in Wisconsin, we have Chisholm's Smash-and-Grab of civil rights.  And we don't have to leave this State to find even more egregious--and chilling--Government over-reach.

Shall we discuss IRS?  (Nixon's or Obama's--makes no difference.)  How about EPA?  Or Cheryl Atkisson?  How about what Snowden told us?

This is what we call "context," Professor.  And it's why the Second Amendment was written, no matter the silly prattling of (lawyer) Paul Begala.

If it were only the lunatic ravings of Crabb, or Posner.  But it ain't.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Iron Fist in Marathon County (!!?!!)

Ya' never know what those 75-year-olds can do to Lonesome Lawman.

So send TWENTY - FOUR lawmen AND an APC.

And make sure he can't see his lawyer, too.

Old? Stay Away from Flu Shots!

Atkisson comes up with another bombshell.

An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side. It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially....

Yup.  Big Pharma doesn't like that stuff, so it was buried by "your" National Institutes for Health.

...After the Simonsen study, many international studies also arrived at the same conclusion. You probably haven’t heard much about these “incendiary” findings....

No, you won't.  Except from the actually independent press.

Friday, October 24, 2014

OMG!! Joni Ernst Is Half a Founder!

Ernst, as quoted by HuffPo:

“I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said during a speech at the NRA’s Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa, as flagged by The Huffington Post on Thursday. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”  --at Grim's Hall

Well, that's only half of it.  As Grim points out:

...if I were going to articulate it, I'd not focus as she does on a right to defend. The right -- the one the Founders asserted -- is not limited to defense from the government's depredations. It is a right "to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

The Party (actually Parties) of Gummint really, really, really despise that Declaration stuff.

Big Gummint Circles the Wagons

As one might expect, a Fed judge is protecting the Agency of Corruption (IRS).

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sided today with the Internal Revenue Service and dismissed lawsuits by tea party organizations seeking redress for improper delays and scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.

District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled that two lawsuits by True the Vote and Linchpins of Liberty, along with 41 other conservative organizations, were moot because the IRS took steps to address the scandal and “publicly suspended its targeting scheme.”

How very nice.  Now that the plaintiff is dead, the judge acknowledges that there was a murder.  But since the murderer said he'd never kill that person again, well, then, problem!!

What a joke.

Elect the Democrat, Find Corruption

It's not hard to make the case that Holder is corrupt.  Hell--he makes it himself!

This is usually the case:  elect a Democrat, find corruption.  It's like horse-and-carriage; can't have one without the other.

For the first time, the Department of Justice has provided a detailed description of 15,662 Fast and Furious-related documents it is withholding from Congress, the public and the press under executive privilege exerted by President Obama.

The description comes in the form of a so-called Vaughn index ordered by a federal court in a lawsuit filed against the Justice Department by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The Justice Department waited to provide the index, due yesterday, until 8:34 p.m.

The number of withheld documents is so extensive, that the list describing them is 1,323 pages long.

1,323 pages of index alone.

And Holder sent emails to his Mommy and Wifey--and THOSE are withheld.

This is what you get when you elect Democrats, folks.

The Law-and-Order Abele (!!)

Can you believe that the Milwaukee County executive is a Law-And-Order kinda guy? 

Well, he is.  And Mr. Law-and-Order wants him some arrests!!

For the second time in about a month, a gun was brought inside the Milwaukee County Courthouse....
The woman was not arrested or cited....Sheriff's deputies returned her gun, and she walked back out through the 10th Street entrance....

So happens that walking into the courthouse with a concealed weapon is a violation of the law.  (That includes the little-bitty 2" folding knife/nail-file/scissors keychain attachment, by the way.)

"...the security guards who were at the entrances -- thank goodness -- did their job, and they caught these guns coming in and were able to prevent people from entering with guns," Abele said.

In both cases, the screening areas were shut down and sheriff's deputies were called.

In the end, deputies gave both the women their guns back to put in their cars with no penalties....

The deputies used what's called "prudence" and the women left with no incident.

A notorious Hanging Judge has an opinion, too:

Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers told WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino that the statute should be enforced.

"When something like this happens, it needs to be handled appropriately, which means the matter needs to be referred to the District Attorney's Office for an evaluation," Kremers said.
Mr. Law-and-Order is a hypocritical jackass, of course.  It's going to be fun watching him get nailed for driving one mile/hour over the limit on County freeways in the next few months, eh?  As to Kremers:  when's the last time he imposed a full sentence on a 'youthful offender'?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Obozo the Drug Lord/Islamist

The Obozo administration has released a couple of thousand rapists, murderers, and kidnapers into the US.

When Islamists and drug cartels wish to control the population, they do it with rape, murder, and kidnaping.

So the only difference between Obozo and a drug-lord (and ISIS) is that Obozo also uses the IRS as a weapon.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ObozoNomics: Cry Now, or Sooner

Yes, ObozoNomics is like tear gas.  You get two choices:  CN or CS.


HT:  MoonBattery

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ah! Music Lessons With Gun!

Combining two disciplines into one

Playing the Minute Waltz?  That would be the sign of a real virtuoso!!  Miculek, maybe?

Fundamental Transformation!

Here we have a picture of Obozo's Fundamental Transformation of Healthcare:

HT:  PowerLine

Obozo's Department of Justice Extortion

Holy Smoke!  (Yes, this is about a forest fire.)

Seems like the Obozo/Holder appointees are kinda like their Supreme Leaders:  crooks and liars.

This is a landmark.  Not only did the Obozo/Holder DOJ lie like Hell to the Federal Courts, (that's called "fraud on the court," they did their damndest to suppress exculpatory evidence (Brady violations.)

Brady violations seem to be more and more common, according to the NYSlimes (!!!?!!).  Not too surprisingly, these are showing up in an era of rampant moral dissolution.

We live in interesting times, friends.

HT:  Texas99/Grim

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Progenitor of Pope Francis' Views? The Milwaukee Connection

Chiesa (Sandro Magister) published an essay on the Synod which claims that the likely progenitor of HH Francis' views on matters of sexuality is none other than Cdl. Martini, SJ.

...There followed in October of 2013 the convening of a synod on the family, the first in a series of two synods on the same issue in the span of a year, with decisions postponed until after the second. As secretary general of this sort of permanent and prolonged synod the pope appointed a new cardinal with no experience in this regard, but very close to him, Lorenzo Baldisseri. Beside whom he placed, as special secretary, the bishop and theologian Bruno Forte, already a leading proponent of the theological and pastoral approach that had its guiding light in the Jesuit cardinal Carlo Maria Martini and its major adversaries first in John Paul II and then in Benedict XVI: an approach explicitly open to a change of Church teaching in the area of sexuality.....

Forte was the one who released the highly controversial "report" which caused a revolution at the Synod.

Wiki's brief take on Martini's theology includes this:

In his book Credere e conoscere, published shortly before his death, Martini set out his disagreement with the Catholic teaching against homosexual civil unions. “I disagree with the positions of those in the Church, that take issue with civil unions”, he wrote. “It is not bad, instead of casual sex between men, that two people have a certain stability” and that the “state could recognize them.” Although he stated his belief that "the homosexual couple, as such, can never be totally equated to a marriage", he also said that he could understand (although not necessarily approve of) gay pride parades when they support the need for self-affirmation

Familiar language, no?

To Milwaukee Catholics, the name of Martini is already quite familiar.  He was a special friend of Rembert Weakland, O.S.B.

This begins to add up.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The GirlyMan Elections Twit. Yup, Milwaukee

Some are men.  Some are women.  Then there's this creature.

...the [Milwaukee Election] commission’s executive director has turned in Marguerite Ingold to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, the same agency that has spent the past four years drag-netting conservatives in secret, politically charged John Doe investigations. The reason, according to Ingold: The election director believed this Muskego great-grandmother could have become “violent and stormed the city hall.”...

She's seventy-eight years old.

But afraid.  Very afraid.

Flim-Flam: Flynn, Chisholm, the Fired Cop, and "Disability"

One is entitled to massive cynicism syndrome when observing politicians at work.

The case of the Milwaukee cop who shot and killed Dontre Hamilton gets more......ahhh........interesting every day.  (It must be noted that I don't have a dog in this fight; I do not know if the cop was right or wrong in his action.  I do not know what Hamilton did, other than what I read on the interwebs.)

So how does the cynic view this?  Easy!!

Ed Flynn is a politician first and a cop second, no matter what Ed Flynn says.  Flynn decided to fire the cop Manney, obviously taking the arrow on behalf of John Chisholm, who is in enough hot water for his openly partisan, un-ethical, and probably illegal persecution of conservatives.  Chisholm also has to get along with the cops, so Chisholm has evaded any decisions on prosecuting the cop.  Clearly, Flynn was tapped to bail out Chisholm.

It's also clear that Flynn telegraphed the firing at least a week ago.  How do we know that?  The cop applied for "duty disability" two days before he was canned.  ("Duty disability" is, perhaps, the single most abused benefit afforded to cops and firemen in all of the recorded history of Wisconsin.)  In this instance, the cop claimed that shooting Hamilton left him with "debilitating health issues" and he "has not been able to sleep for months."

Hmmmm.  A lot of cops have shot and killed a lot of civilians.  How come all the OTHER cops don't have "debilitating health issues" resulting in "duty disability" claims?

Should the claim be approved, the cop gets 75% of his average earnings, TAX-FREE, until he collects his regular pension.  That will be a minimum of $37,500/year net-spendable cash, not to mention continuing health insurance benefits.

Not bad at all, for a few sleepless nights and a little 'stress.'

So here's the sequence of events:  1) The cop encounters Hamilton who reacts with violence.  2)  The cop kills Hamilton.  3)  Chisholm "investigates" endlessly to avoid making any decision AT ALL in the case.  4) Chisholm (or Barrett--same difference) has a few quiet lunches with Flynn and persuades Flynn to fire the cop.  5)  Flynn tells the Cop Union that the axe is about to fall--signaling that it's time for the cop to apply for "disability."  6)  The cop applies, and voila!!! two days later he's canned.

There follows the usual dog-and-pony show from the Cop Union--which is only for show--and from Flynn, who swears on the Bible that this is 'not political.'  Barrett goes all milk-carton, and Chisholm talks in circles about 'more investigation.'

One dead civilian, a lot of fleeced taxpayers, a cop who lost his job--and most important, re-election for Barrett, Chisholm, and contract extension for Flynn!

Well-played, boys.  We get the picture, right up our a&^%es, no Vaseline.

Meanwhile, in Rome...

The Press has been filled with stories about the synod on families being held in Rome.  No surprise, as the first document released was rather dodgy on two matters:  1) admittance to Communion for civilly-divorced and re-married Catholics and 2) homosexual matters.

A little unpacking is required. 

First, and most important:  the document was written by an Italian Bishop who is known for his un-orthodox thinking on both those issues AND "other views" were (literally) suppressed by that author.  As it turns out, those "other views" (the orthodox ones) are held by the vast majority of the Bishops who are there, and those "other views" have been released to The Press after a raucous shouting-match (!!) in the meeting room.

(If you're looking for citations, see here, here, and here.)

Secondly, a real side-show has erupted as a leading left-leaning German Cardinal gave an interview which was borderline-racist (to be kind.)  (It's been noted in other venues that Lefties tend to castigate Conservatives for the Left's own flaws, and this Cardinal-Projector proves the case.)

Believe it:  Ebola is not the only world news story!

Cato: Scott Walker's a Big Spender

Cato released a study which grades State governors.

The good news for Scott Walker:  according to Cato, he's #11 overall, which is darn good.

The bad news:  he's a Really Big Spender, given a score of 40 on a 100-point scale. Not surprising, then, that he earns only a 50 grade on taxation.

This should not be a surprise to anyone who has paid attention over the last few years.  Walker is saddled with a legacy of Big Spending (R) and (D) governors (Thompson and Doyle were egregious wastrels) and a Legislature which--though (R)--loves it some spendin'. 

We haven't heard or seen a Walker ad which promises a reduction in State employment.  No surprise:  Walker has increased State employment in both his budgets.  We haven't heard or seen a Walker ad which promises a reduction in spending, either--other than whatever effects remain from Act 10.

Oh, well.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Why Ms. Althouse Is Wrong on Gay "Marriage"

A scholar quotes The Scholastic to demonstrate the fallacy of Althouse's argument on the topic and goes on to add another, very significant, point:  the rise of the Monolithic State.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Like Obozo, Like Frieden

I think Ace nailed it here.

...Frieden has done some good work, it seems, in reducing infectious disease (tuberculosis) in India.
But I am baffled at this man's reactivity and passivity in the face of a serious public health threat.

He seems to just want to reassure the public, and hope the problem just sort of sorts itself out without much of his involvement.

Which reminds me an awful lot of our President.

So maybe I shouldn't be baffled that Frieden is now passive, reactive, and determined to do only the bare minimum once the public starts howling....

Frieden, to our knowledge, is not a golfer.  So that's going for him.

Houston, YOU Have a Problem

Although Houston is in Texas, it is apparently not a part of Texas.  Nor of the USA--which has a First Amendment.

However, you can look right into the face of Fascism in Houston.  Who knows?  It may play out in a city near you soon--as it did in Wisconsin with the Big-City Union Jackass/DA, Chisholm!!

...Reports coming out of Houston today indicate that city attorneys have issued subpoenas to pastors who have been vocal in opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure which deals with gender identity and sexuality in public accommodations. The subpoenas, issued to several pastors, seek “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”...

This will not intimidate the Southern Baptists.

"Six-Gun" Chisholm!

Apparently the Milwaukee County District Attorney likes guys with guns.

A lot of them:  14 at last count, doubling every 6 years. 

Avarice, Conservative-Radio Style

Several months ago, a news-guy/blogger with lefty tendencies mentioned that 'conservative talk radio' was headed, (slowly) down the porcelain tubes.

Took a while, but Paul Kengor confirmed that avarice is playing a big role here.  No wonder we Catholics call it a "deadly sin."

Ebola-by-Breathing: Obozo Owns It

Seems like the CDC is wrong.

The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath. 

CIDRAP is warning that surgical facemasks do not prevent transmission of Ebola, and healthcare professionals (HCP) must immediately be outfitted with full-hooded protective gear and powered air-purifying respirators.

President Obola owns this one lock, stock, and barrel. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lefties v. Nature, Again

A certain Supercilious One, tenured, whose husband has not yet brought home a few extra wives, continues to affirm the remarkable theory that the Constitution trumps Nature.

It's dark comedy, except it's not comedy.

"...A Breach of Protocol...."

Yah, well, it's a breach of protocol because we SAY so!

Is So!  Is So!!  Is Sooooo!!!!!!!

(However, we have no idea what that breach of protocol actually was.)

McCarthy Is Dead-On re: Benghazi

The slow-walk of the Benghazi hearings was noticed out here.  We all knew, but in that inchoate, 'small red flag waving' way, that there was a reason for that slow-walk.  McCarthy puts it on the table.

....When a knowledgeable witness refuses to answer a critical question, the interrogator does not just let him off the hook. The witness gets grilled: Isn’t it a fact that the policy was X?

Gowdy did not grill Starr. And Gowdy — the chairman who has access to the intelligence the committee has been gathering for five months, the accomplished prosecutor who is not fool enough to ask a key question to which he did not know the answer — did not fill in the information gap. He abruptly ended the hearing, content to leave the policy shrouded in mystery....


...In the midst of Libya’s civil war, the United States government decided to switch sides — we went from support for the Qaddafi regime that had been regarded as a key counterterrorism ally to support for “rebels” who very much included the anti-American jihadists Qaddafi had been helping us track. That was not just an Obama-administration policy preference; it had strong support from prominent senior Republicans in Congress....

Place your bets on the names of the "prominent Republicans".  Think about a doughy, chubby, Senator from a Southeastern state and an attention-whore Senator from a Southwestern state...

....Meanwhile, the Obama administration, again with significant Republican support, decided to aid and abet Syrian “rebels” who, as in Libya, very much included anti-American jihadists. There is colorable suspicion that this assistance included the gathering up of arms in Libya for shipment to Syrian “rebels.”...

So Gowdy turns into another Party apparatchik and Rough Men moulder in their graves.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Stupid Platitude From Burke

SCOTUS' extremely bad habit of sticking its nose into States' business continued apace when it halted implementation of the Voter ID law in Wisconsin.

Thus the Burke campaign's Stupid Platitude moment:

Walker's opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, has opposed the legislation.

"Regardless of your politics, we can all agree that the greater the level of participation in elections, the better it is for our state," said Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki.

That is one of those statements which sounds really good, until one thinks for 5 seconds. There is no correlation between 'voter participation' and 'the health of the State.'  None.  There is also no correlation between the number of ZIP Codes in Wisconsin and the depth of Lake Michigan.

It's a category error--not that any Leftist would understand that distinction.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Obama's Illegal "Children" and EV-D68

The enterovirus which produces polio-like symptoms--and death--in some of its victims has a very interesting pair of loci in the US.

... a study published in Virology Journal, found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013.  (See Fig. 3)

Though the U.S. government is keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children, there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, according to local advocates and press reports.
CDC list of states with confirmed EV-D68 cases

The EV-D68 outbreak was first recognized after Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri notified CDC on August 19 of an increase in severe respiratory illnesses. Four days later, on August 23, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital notified CDC of a similar increase.....

Just co-incidence, of course.

"If the World Had an A*****le, It Would Be In....."

Umpty years ago, a number of us took BCT at Fort Bliss, which is next to El Paso, TX.

(Now you know the rest of the rhyme....)

Anyhoo, it seems that the line is true.  Not only that, it also describes a number of the inhabitants of that city.

...“With both Karakrah and Huerta in custody, federal law enforcement officials have an extraordinary opportunity to break the powerful narco-terrorism grip on El Paso – assuming they can overcome internecine turf wars between the various agencies of the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Judicial Watch “connected the dots” in this narco-terrorism network for federal law enforcement.

“For too long, “experts” have discounted the level of cooperation between Mexican drug cartels and Islamist militants. Meanwhile terrorists, weapons, drugs and money cross back-and-forth over the border virtually undetected, in a city long known as the “safest in America.”
“Two recent, seemingly unrelated, arrests expose the nexus of Islamic terror and drug cartel trafficking operating from El Paso...Judicial Watch quoted at Gateway

Obozo might go there, if there's a golf-course handy.

Bishops Deficient in Marriage Teaching

Anchoress (obliquely) points the finger.

...Simply put, the surveys floated last year, and the working document drawn from them, suggest that the synod absolutely must address the fallout from five decades of poor catechesis, that have been an aching void in the face of social revolution.

Most Catholics do not know their faith, and they do not know what they don’t know. The press may be having a great time trying to define the “most important issues” of the synod, but well-transmitted teachings are of fundamental concern. The church can’t really afford another 50 years of people careening about, absolutely clueless as to the well-reasoned theology that backs her teachings. ...

No kidding!

Quick test:  do you recall EVER hearing about artificial birth control at Sunday Mass?  Ever?

Obozo: STFU About ObozoCare Testing

Since it's "taxpayer money", you'd think that "taxpayers" are entitled to know about the performance of the ObozoCare sign-up website (2014 edition.)

Wrong, sucka!!

[The Wall Street Journal reports that] the administration has emailed insurers that it will require "all testers to acknowledge the confidentiality of this process to access the testing environment." The administration reminded insurers that their confidentiality agreement with the Obama administration means that insurance executives "will not use, disclose, prescribe, post to a public forum, or in any way share Test Data with any person or entity, included but not limited to media..." This includes any "results of this testing exercise and any information describing or otherwise relating to the performance or functionality" of the Obamacare enrollment and eligibility system.

Don't even ask about HHS email or text archives.

HT:  Atkisson

The Obozo Promise: Pay More for Kilowatts

It's working exactly as Obozo said it would:  we will pay more--a LOT more--for electricity.

And if you think that WE really cares about this, you're nuts.  The utilities will never, ever, mount a full-throated public relations campaign against Obozo's EPA mandates. 

They're just another tax-collection agency, like IRS.

Makes you feel good, eh?

(The irony here is that most of that South Side crowd that's objecting voted Democrat all their lives.....)

The Walker Cave Will Resonate

We've mentioned--unfavorably--the Walker Cave-in on gay "marriage."  It's not the only matter on which we differ from Walker; the other is his stifling of an abortion-related bill during the Legislature's last session.

This all has to do with his interest in running for President.

Well, we're not the only ones who noticed.

Here's a question for the Governor:  would he be so flaccid, so disengaged, if SCOTUS had voted to keep slavery legal?

"Disappeared": EPA Records, Too!!

When the Obozo-ites are not lying, they're burying the bodies.

This--like the Lerner problem--is the result of Too Much Federal Government.  (Not that "Republicans" are campaigning on that issue, or anything.)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Rove, the Architect of Losing

About time someone came out with both fists and smacked Rove in the chops.  Here, Jeff Lord affirms the judgment of Brent Bozell:  Rove--and all his cohort--should be banished.

...The moderate wing of the GOP has been responsible for one presidential loss after another stretching over decades dating all the way back to the re-election bid of the progressive Republican Herbert Hoover in 1932. From Hoover on through names like Landon, Willkie, Dewey (twice) on up to Ford, the failed re-election of Bush 41, Dole, McCain and Romney, every single time the advice is always the same: only a moderate can win. In the case of Karl Rove, in fact the “Architect” of the Bush 43 wins, the 2000 election lost the popular vote to Gore and needed the Supreme Court to get in the White House door. While the 2004 re-election against the abysmal John Kerry was a skin-of-the-teeth win with a bare margin from Ohio. And when it came time to pass on the baton to a GOP successor — as Reagan did successfully with Bush 41 in 1988 — the result was an abject defeat for John McCain, with President Bush 43 — a good and decent man — leaving with his ratings hovering in the mid-thirties....

This should be a fair warning to Scott Walker, by the way.  Walker's campaign is certainly not swinging for the fences in conservative message--far from it.  And Reince Priebus should not be bragging up the (R) wave led by Walker; that was really the work of Sykes, Belling, and other broadcast conservatives AFTER the TEA Party materialized in open revolt against Obozo.

The Mormons v. Althouse

Althouse loves to use the condescension-phrase "marriage equality".

The Federalist asks the right questions:

...The would-be polygamist needs only to use the arguments of a gay-marriage advocate: What kind of moral claim, for instance, does anyone have to stand in the way of peaceful, consenting adults who call their union a marriage? Shouldn’t every minority, no matter how beleaguered, be able to enjoy happiness with the one—or ones—they love? In a perfect nation, wouldn’t all Americans be immune from the cultural and religious prejudices of others? Isn’t it a tad judgmental for us to force every household to comport to our own stifling definition of family?...

Certainly Althouse understands "equality", so she won't mind if Mead brings home a few extra women.


By the way, Walker's acquiescence to the continuing erasure of the 10th Amendment doesn't boost one's confidence in his "conservative" credentials, does it?

Whitewater: Dirtballs Revealed

No, Whitewater is NOT just a town in Wisconsin.  It's the name of a serious scandal which occurred during the Clinton years in Arkansas.

And somehow, the first prosecutor was.......ahhhh......"removed" from the case.  He has a few pertinent remarks.

...By the summer of 1994, Fiske says, he was preparing to bring eight indictments against 11 defendants, including criminal charges for fraud against Jim and Susan McDougal (the Clintons' Whitewater business partners), Webster Hubbell (then an associate attorney general and formerly Hillary Clinton's law partner) and Jim Guy Tucker (Clinton's successor as governor of Arkansas)....

...Despite Fiske's efforts to find more evidence, he soon ran afoul of conservatives in Congress and on the Wall Street Journal editorial page, who accused him of pulling his punches....

Hmmm.  The 'conservatives' submarined the investigation because Fiske couldn't find a direct link to Bill and Shrill--at least, not at that time. 

Too bad.  If he'd been able to indict the scumbags named above, someone would have rolled on Bill and Shrill.  Then we wouldn't have had all those PRC spies floating around the US military.

2014 Lie Of The Year Nominee

It's not likely that any Lie Of The Year will out-shine Obozo's '....keep your healthcare' megawhopper.

But this one is pretty damn competitive:

“What I also love about this conservative but extraordinary decision from SCOTUS is that it affirms the power of federalism against the alternatives,” said Andrew Sullivan of the Supreme Court’s decision not to review seven decisions on same-sex marriage this week.  “Marriage equality will not have been prematurely foisted on the country by one single decision; it will have emerged and taken root because it slowly gained democratic legitimacy, from state to state, because the legal and constitutional arguments slowly won in the court of public opinion, and because an experiment in one state, Massachusetts, and then others, helped persuade the sincere skeptics that the consequences were, in fact, the strengthening of families, not their weakening.”

1)  Federalism is NOT 'Federal blackrobes gone wild', Andy-boy.

2)  The arguments have NOT 'won' in public opinion.  Every State which voted on it (save one) voted against it.

3)  'Strengthening families'?  Based on what longitudinal studies, Andy-boy?  3 years?  5 years?  Be serious.

Obozo is still the champion.  But the homosexualists are working on it.  

Judy's Epic Fail?

Well, well.  Wisconsin's single largest beneficiary of ObozoCare makes the news again.

And it ain't pretty.

...Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital revealed in a statement that a procedural flaw in its online health records system led to potentially deadly miscommunication between nurses and doctors. The facility sent Ebola victim Thomas Duncan home despite showing signs of the disease — only to admit him with worse symptoms three days later.

Hospital officials, who came forward "in the interest of transparency," initially cited workflow and information-sharing problems for the botch. "Protocols were followed by both the physician and the nurses," the statement noted. "However, we have identified a flaw in the way the physician and nursing portions of our electronic health records interacted in this specific case.".

Yah.  Guess whose brand-name appears on the "electronic health records"?

...Texas Health contracts with Epic Systems for its electronic medical records system — and the Dallas hospital isn't the only client that has complained about its costly information-sharing flaws and interoperability failures....

There's a reason for that, and it's been common knowledge in IT circles for 10 years or more:

...Epic has been the subject of rising industry and provider complaints about its antiquated closed-end system....

Rough translation of the problem:  Epic's systems are speaking Old Slavonic; the rest of the systems world is speaking English. 

But ya'know, a few million here, a few million there, (all to Democrat corruptocrats) and voila!!  It's the 'system of choice!'

And in an ObozoCare world, dead patients are a feature, not a bug.

Two Lessons From WallyWorld/ObozoCare

Another 30,000 individuals tossed into the fiery pit due to Obozo and the Democrat Party.

Something else in the story which is important:

...Wal-Mart now expects the impact of higher health care costs to be about $500 million for the current fiscal year, or about $170 million higher than the original estimate of about $330 million that it gave in February....

Know why those costs jumped by ~50% or so?

ObozoCare requirements.

Popcorn Time for Conservatives

The Clinton machine is now beginning payback-time.

Barack Obama is now about to meet the underside of Hillary Clinton’s bus. 

The only chance Hillary Clinton has of winning in 2016 is to blame shift to Barack Obama and sacrifice him for the good of the party.

Leon Panetta has begun the process.

Kinda like when the Russkis deleted some Party bigwigs from the old photos. 

In fact, it's a LOT like that, in more ways than one.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Priest Slams Home-Schoolers

A southeastern Wisconsin pastor takes a couple of licks at homeschoolers, revealing his ignorance of home-schooled kids, their parents, and the nature of Satan (!!)

I’m not at all enthused about home schooling: too limited a degree of socialization, not enough involvement with a variety of peers, teachers and situations to learn to negotiate securely outside the family circle.

Keeping even small children hermetically sealed from the evils of the real world is terribly imprudent. Often hell breaks loose once teenagers are off to college with no parental controls, no helicopter moms or dads hovering over them. 

Oh.  Really?

Those home-school kids often reside in "neighborhoods," Father, where there are OTHER children with whom they bike, play pickup basketball, go sledding, or wander into the store to purchase candy.  Those home-school kids often participate in Boy/Girl Scouts, non-school-related athletics, (it's called Land O' Lakes) and as a consequence meet and deal with adults who are not their own parents.    Often they have jobs in retail; that's not exactly "hermetic."  And in actually Catholic families, where there are several children, "negotiating" within the family circle is quite an exercise. 

But maybe you didn't know any of that, Father.

As to 'all Hell breaking loose' after leaving the nest, Father, surely you hear Confessions of college kids who graduated from a parochial school who........ahhh........have succumbed to temptation?  No?  Never??

I know several home-schooled kids.  They are friends of my children.  They are great kids who can carry a conversation in first-class English, do mathematics, and even interact well with non-parental adults.  Some, quel horreur, have entered the priesthood.

And trust me, those home-schooled kids who become priests will not issue such un-schooled letters to the Faithful.

Oh, by the way, those homeschooling parents know a thing or two about "apps" and "the Interwebs."  They know how and when to helicopter the chilluns.  See, there are home-school support groups which help parents, kinda like those Catholic-school home & school organizations.

As to the other part of your letter, Father, maybe you'd like to tell us about parochial-school children and their encounters with "".  How could that sort of thing happen with kids who are properly socialized, and not hermetically sealed?  Did all Hell break loose right there in your classrooms?  Hmmmmm?

It's been my experience, and that of the Church, that Satan is an equal-opportunity tempter.  Parochial school, home-school, public school, no school at all--makes no difference to him.  I think that's in Moral Theology 101, Father.  You can look it up.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

It's Complicated. So the NeoCon Warmongers Jump Right In!!

Following some damn war or other, the Striped-Pants set drew a lot of nice straight lines throughout the Middle East.

Everyone got a piece of the pie(s) except the Kurds.  Thiry million of them live in parts of Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran.

Along came our modern-day geopolitical "geniuses" of the Bush II and Obozo Administrations--and managed to set off a Kurdish-tribalist revolution which (in no small part) was aided by the Russkis.

Now we have this:

Turkey [supposedly a NATO ally of the US] is focused on its near enemy in the Kurdish regions and its far enemy in Damascus, not the ISIS butchers who have laid claim to the Sunni lands of Euphrates valley in parts of what used to be Iraq and Syria. The Qataris want Assad gone and a new government—even one controlled by ISIS—which will grant them a pipeline concession through Syria in order to tap the giant European market for their immense natural gas reserves.

Likewise, the Saudi’s [whose bitches are US oil companies] want to destroy the Assad regime because it is allied with their Shiite enemy across the Persian Gulf in Iran and because they fear their own abused Shiite populations which are concentrated in their oilfield regions. Consequently, they see the fight against ISIS as essentially a pretext for escalating their war against Damascus, and are not even interested in bombing the non-ISIS jihadi like the Nusra Front that they see as allies in the campaign against Assad.

Got that?

OK.  So tell me again:  exactly what AMERICAN interests lie in this region, aside from Israel?


You're Already a Felon. Who Needs the Laws?

We were reminded of this essay which was written in 2009--five years ago

...Boston civil-liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate calls his new book "Three Felonies a Day," referring to the number of crimes he estimates the average American now unwittingly commits because of vague laws....

That was five years ago.  Silverglate could probably make that 4.5 felonies/day now.

Here's the core of the problem:

...Mr. Silverglate describes several cases in which prosecutors didn't understand or didn't want to understand technology. This problem is compounded by a trend that has accelerated since the 1980s for prosecutors to abandon the principle that there can't be a crime without criminal intent....

Toss out the yapping about 'technology.'  This "crime without intent" thing is really the problem, and that stems from the rise of the Regulatory State, a convenient way to establish the Totalitarian State.  It's also an excellent dodge for legislators who can (and often DO) say that 'this was not my/our intent.' 

I suppose that's true; the intent of the typical legislator is to evade responsibility for anything so that he can be re-elected. 

It should be the intent of US citizens to remove legislators from office.  As one sharp observer put it, 'tis best to do so often, just as 'tis best to change baby-diapers often, and for nearly the same reason.

Rule of Law Collapse, Part 3,587

We have written a few times about the slow but steady collapse of the "rule of law" in the US.  A large part of that has come from "courts" who have ruled, e.g., that 'fees are taxes' (or was it that 'taxes are fees'?) or that unborn babies are not entitled to the right to life.  Make no mistake:  this is a war against the rule of law, and as in any war, the truth is the first casualty.

Another part of that collapse comes from a Federal Leviathan which--for the last 20++ years--has less and less observed the National Interest in favor of its Political Interest.  This has been consistent through regimes of (R) and (D), albeit the Obozoites have accelerated this cancer exponentially.

Another pundit, Longstreet, refers to this as the collapse of the fulcrum.

The “fulcrum” of our nation, the point on which our nation balances and turns, is the reliance upon a competent and honest government, limited by constitutional constraints and bound by laws duly and legislatively codified.  It requires an embodiment by those who would vow to uphold those laws, promise competence, and swear to duty.

He then lists (and it's a long list) the deviations from law and duty promulgated by these cretins.

Noonan indirectly makes the point, too. the past year of listening to testimony from government officials, there is something different about the boredom and indifference with which government testifiers skirt, dodge and withhold the truth. They don’t seem furtive or defensive; they are not in the least afraid. They speak always with a certain carefulness—they are lawyered up—but they have no evident fear of looking evasive. They really don’t care what you think of them. They’re running the show and if you don’t like it, too bad

We are locked in some loop where the public figure knows what he must pronounce to achieve his agenda, and the public knows what he must pronounce to achieve his agenda, and we all accept what is being said while at the same time everyone sees right through it....

The only people who seem to tell the truth now are the people inside the agencies who become whistleblowers. They call a news organization, get on the phone with a congressman’s staff. That’s basically how the Veterans Affairs and Secret Service scandals broke: Desperate people who couldn’t take the corruption dropped a dime. What does it say about a great nation when its most reliable truth tellers are desperate people?

(HT:  Cold Fury)

Whichever you care to call it, one of the potential results is anarchy; another is dictatorship.  Neither is pleasant to contemplate.  Restoration of the rule of law is the third possibility, of course, but that will be arduous and a lengthy process indeed.

Factoids About Ebola: It's Dangerous

The scene:  a round-table discussion of Ebola with one VERY significant fact included.

....All four speakers had front-line experience, having spent a great deal of time recently in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.  All of them are affiliated with non-profit organizations that have as their sole purpose bringing long-term and emergency healthcare solutions to third world countries.  They are all admirable men and masters of their material....

Hmmm.  Experience, direct, front-line.  Far more qualifications than those of, say, President Girly-Pants and his CDC/HHS/State bureaucrats and spinners

A few choice items:

.....When the latest Ebola outbreak began in a remote village with an infected two-year old child, there were no systems in place to stop the disease’s spread....

...  To the extent there are any systems on the ground in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, they are the NGOs represented at the talk, plus WHO, the CDC, a British government agency, and a few disparate other groups.  They are trying to coordinate, but are behind the curve.  The local governments are helpless ...

...  Ebola can transmit through people’s skin.  It’s not enough to keep your hands away from your nose and mouth.  If someone’s infected blood, vomit, fecal matter, semen, spit, or sweat just touches you, you can become infected.  Even picking up a stained sheet can pass the infection.  Additionally, scientists do not know how long the virus will survive on a surface once it’s become dehydrated.  The current guess is that Ebola, unlike other viruses, can survive for quite a while away from its original host....


...If patients get Western medicine that treats the symptoms — drugs to reduce fever and to control vomiting and diarrhea, proper treatment if the body goes into shock, and blood transfusions — the mortality rate is “only” 25% — which is still high, but is significantly lower than the 70%-90% morality in Africa, where patients get little to no treatment....

Well, that's a relief.

HT:  Belvedere

The ObozoCare Web Portal Cost

When Obozo's current HHS liar told Congress that "" cost $834 million........

($834 million.  $834 MILLION.  Eight hundred thirty-four million DOLLARS.  Eight HUNDRED thirty four MILLION dollars....)


Seems that the HHS liar was, ahhhhhhhhh, lying.

She missed a few numbers.

...I’ve summarized them here as bullet points:
  • $300 million contract to process paper applications to serve as backups to electronic files
  • $387 million for real-time interfacing between the IRS and to verify income and family size for insurance subsidy calculations
  • $400 million in accounting tricks HHS used to pay for creating when 26 states refused to take federal start-up grants to build their own. Congress made no appropriations to build, so HHS shifted money from other units to fund the project.
  • $255 million in spending between February 2014 – the end of Burwell’s timeline – and August 20, 2014, the most recent information available. Bloomberg also included projected spending at current levels through September 30, 2014, the end of the fiscal year.
These are the kinds of expenses that Members of Congress would expect the HHS Secretary to include when testifying about full cost of a program.

Now I realize that numbers like "300 million" are very small numbers in D.C. and when a bureaucrat misses one, two, or a few of those small numbers, we should not BLAME them.  Those are just crumbs on the floor in D.C.

Well, the crumbs--the little tiny numbers--that the Obozo liar missed brought the cost of up to $2.1+ BILLION.

So far.

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Unemployment Report, Examined

As is the usual case, "unemployment" went down.  By no co-incidence, workforce participation went UP.

And there are other problems.

the September data confimed that the whopping surge in jobs... was thanks to your "grandparents" those in the 55-69 age group, which comprised the vast majority of the job additions in the month, at a whopping 230K.

...What about the prime worker demographic, those aged 25-54 and whose work output is supposed to propel the US economy forward? They lost 10,000 jobs....

Zerohedge also mentions that 'average earnings' slid.

Lesson?  Unless you're on the Gummint tit in DC, things are not good at all.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

"You Can Keep Your Health......."

OK, so Obozo was not able to demolish the US economy despite his best efforts, and he could only secure one bond-rating change for the worse.

OK, so Obozo was not able to stem the rise of ISIS despite CIA's clear and frequent warnings going back three years or so.

OK, so Obozo was not able to rescind the 2nd Amendment through his "Fast and Furious" (3-year-old mentality) gun-running program.

OK, so Obozo was not able to declare total amnesty to all 14 million illegals--yet.

So.  What to do?  What to do?  Fundamental Transformation has eluded him.  What to do??

“We live in a global world, and what we’re confident that we can do is to both protect the safety of the traveling public and … protect the broader American public by rigorously applying the kind of medical protocols that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control,” Earnest replied.  --quoted at PowerLine

That's the trick!!!  Import a deadly disease!!

Readings for Bishops

Terry found an interesting passage issued by the US Bishops (NCWC) back a few years ago.

"1. The growth of bureaucracy in the United States is one of the most significant aftereffects of the war. This growth must be resolutely checked. Federal assistance and federal direction are in some cases beneficial and even necessary; but extreme bureaucracy is foreign to everything American. It is unconstitutional and undemocratic. It means officialism, red tape, and prodigal waste of public money. It spells hordes of so-called experts and self-perpetuating cliques of politicians to regulate every detail of daily life. It would eventually sovietize our form of government. 

"2. The forward-looking forces in our national life must resolutely stand against further encroachments on individual and state liberty. The press, the home, the school, and the Church have no greater enemy at the present time than the paternalistic and bureaucratic government which certain self-seeking elements are attempting to foist upon us."


How many employees does the USCC have?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Romney's Disease

So Ace ruminates on Romney Redux:

...Or does it just mean that Romney does in fact have "President Disease," as one wag put it, and won't be able to shake it until he either becomes president or is so thoroughly crushed that the idea becomes hateful to him?

I don't know. But I guess we have to start talking seriously about all this now.


Was that loud enough?

Hot Damn! Good Ad!!

Had Sykes' "The Schoolhouse Door" been in video, (and about a different topic) it might have looked like this.

ObozoGifts to Insurers: Illegal

Who'da thunk it?

Seems that ObozoCare's "risk corridors" program--whereby taxpayers fund insurance-company losses--is illegal.

Not to worry!  John Boehner's entirely-spineless Pubbies will come to the rescue.  Insurance companies have very effective lobbyists, ya'know.