Sunday, January 31, 2016

"The Economy Is Better"--Really??

What we hear from NPR and Douthat is that 'the economy is better now' than before.

Nope.  It's not.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a handy little measuring-stick called "Average Weekly Hours Worked."  That is where the truth becomes clear.  In the linked table, you can see that--in fact--the average hours worked in December of 2014 and October of 2015 are identical.  (The later two months of '15 are estimates, and are not "better" either.)  "Identical" is not "better."

It IS true that, in constant dollars, the median weekly wage has risen by $10.00 from 4Q14 to 4Q15, or about 3%.  But the number of workers has risen only slightly compared to 4Q07--less than 1%.  Are there less working-age people in the US since 2007?   Really??

One expects NPR to puke out the ObozoPropaganda.  Douthat should know better, but ya'know:  New York Values are in the mix.

Friday, January 29, 2016

ObozoGummint v. Nature Itself

This is not the first move that the ObozoGummint has taken against Nature.  But it's arguably the most transparent one.

The Department of Labor is seeking to remove the terms “he” and “she” from a regulation prohibiting discrimination in the workforce in an effort to “avoid the gender binary.  --Wa Free Beacon quoted at CMR

Following the lead of Anthony Kennedy into a land hitherto undiscovered.

Wisconsin Still Tax Hell

Hmmmm.  We have a Republican governor, Republican state senate, and Republican state assembly.

And we STILL have the fourth-highest state & local tax burden in the USA.

(And since Robin Vos runs the Assembly, we still pay a lot--A LOT--for groceries and gasoline.)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ObozoGummint v. Families

Below this post, we show that the ObozoGummint is a threat to the Judaeo-Christian culture.

Here, they set themselves up against families.  Surprised??

...“It is the position of the Departments,” the draft reads, “that all early childhood programs and schools recognize families as equal partners in improving children’s development, learning and wellness across all settings, and over the course of their children’s developmental and educational experiences.” Equal partners? How generous of them! Later in the document, we learn that government schools—you know, those lofty paragons of excellence and common sense—should “offer families leadership training” and “parenting interventions,” “encourage family networks,” and, perhaps more ominously, track “family engagement data.”

What kind of “family engagement data”? I’m glad you asked. The draft suggests, among other things, “a valid and reliable assessment of the teacher/provider-family relationships,” the “number of home visits made by teachers,” and that time you forgot to bring in gluten-free cupcakes for the Winter Solstice Holiday. (They don’t really mention that last one, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.) This draft, as a reminder, was brought to you by the good folks in Washington, D.C., where the local public school system spends an average of $17,953 per pupil to get a mere 12 percent of their students proficient in geometry....Cold Fury quoting RCP

President Cruz's first job will be to reverse every single Exec Order of Obozo.  His second?   Zero out the Department of Education Cultural Annihilation.

ObozoGummint v. The Catholics

The Warrior brings this to our attention.  And it's not just "v. The Catholics;" it's Obozo Gummint v. all of Judaeo-Christian morality and culture.  Surprised?

...At least five Catholic educational institutions are among a wave of Christian colleges and universities that have applied for Title IX exemptions, in the wake of the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights’ expansion of Title IX’s interpretation to include “discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.” These Catholic colleges and universities have argued that the new rule interferes with their ability to govern themselves in full accord with Catholic teaching.

There are also academic freedom concerns related to Catholic identity: At Marquette University, professors have complained that the aggressive implementation of Title IX’s expansive interpretations, combined with vague definitions of what constitutes a “hostile environment,” are suppressing their academic freedom to teach Catholic theology in the classroom and promote Marquette’s Catholic identity on campus..
..NCR quoted at The Warrior

The first mistake that these colleges made was accepting Title IX money.  Now they have the problem with "State Money" that will--at some point in time--create problems for the Choice schools in Wisconsin.  Because in the future, Wisconsin will be governed--again--by a bunch of Progressives like Diamond Jim Doyle.

Fair warning.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cruz: "Let's Go Mano a Mano, Donald!"

Ted Cruz offered to go mano a mano against The Donald on Mark Levin's airtime.

Hey, Donald!!  That's Cuban spoken with a Canadian accent. 

Got cojones, Donald??

An Excellent Question!

Stolen directly from MoonBattery:

As I said: an excellent question!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mike Vanderboegh's Testament Contra The Donald

Mike Vanderboegh is going the way of all flesh:  " ist du Gras..."

He has a thought on the political scene.  It's serious, and it should be taken seriously.  Mike's an ex-Communist and thus has a perspective which is worthwhile.

...The Founders, whether Federalist or Anti-federalist, perceived the dangers of demagoguery to their new Republic as being the greatest threat it faces. Here are two representative quotes from either side of the argument at the time:

"A dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants." -- Federalist No. One, Alexander Hamilton. 

And this one from the uncompromising Elbridge Gerry:

The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots. -- Elbridge Gerry, Constitutional Convention Monday May 31, 1787....

Why quote those guys?

...Trump and his followers maintain that they are doing what they are doing for the good of the country. They point that Trump, whatever his flaws, couldn't be worse than the last four occupants of the White House.

...Donald Trump, as near as I can make out, is absolutely unprincipled and like all demagogues is saying what he believes he needs to say in order to achieve his ends. My concern is that he is obviously as much of an insecure personality as Obama and, like Obama, gets his "principles" in the mirror every morning when he wakes up. Taken together, their proclaimed fidelity to the limits of the Constitution are so much fart in the wind. Only when the mask slips as at Dordt College, do you get a sense of Trump's inner demagogic voyage of discovery....

Thanks, Mike.  May your Maker welcome you to His abode with a smile.

More "New York Values!!"

Bloomberg, the other New York Values guy, wants to run for President.

Fuggedabout "splitting the vote" wonkery.  The throwdown between Bloomberg and The Donald will be a blast.

But aside from pure entertainment, does the country really deserve this?

Looks like Somebody Up There is not happy with us, folks.

The Republican Establishment's Two-Front War

The way Limbaugh analyzes it, The Establishment is fighting two wars at once. And they are probably going to lose one or the other, maybe both.  (Reince should have an updated resume.)

The Party regulars (elected RINOs) and camp-followers such as consultants, congressional staffers, money-takers like the Chamber of Commerce membership, accountants and lawyers who love the IRS Code and the Regulatory State--you know the bunch--are fighting against Ted Cruz.

On the other front, the same bunch is fighting The Donald.

They are two very different fights.

Ted Cruz is the real enemy to these people.  Ted Cruz will fight them tooth and nail, as he has proven on many occasions.  He will call them out for what they are:  whores and liars, just like former congressman Mark Neumann did (and still does; just ask him.)  Ted Cruz is an existential threat to everything they are.  (To me, that makes him the very best choice.  YMMV.)

...they hate Cruz.  They despise Cruz because they're afraid of Ted Cruz.  At the Republican Party conservatism is an outlier.  Conservatism is something to make fun of or be afraid of.  Conservatism is something that you only make a pretension of accepting, but in the inner sanctum where the people that run the show really are, you're not gonna find any real conservatives in there.  They're gonna be laughed at and mocked and manipulated or what have you.  And Cruz, they can't manipulate him, they can't, as the vernacular is, do deals with him.  He's doctrinaire.  He believes it.  He's persuasive with it.  He can articulate it.  And it's just scares the heck out of 'em, because in both things are at stake here, in a sense.  

Ted Cruz would demonstrate the irrelevance of the Republican Party by winning. ...

On the other hand, Trump is vilified NOT because he is an existential threat, but because he is not One of Them.  Trump does not want, and does not need, The Machine.  (That makes him an interim guy; he will break things, but not go to war with The Left.   That will have to wait for another day and perhaps another Opposition Party.        

...there is a natural enmity to outsiders, to intruders.  And when an outsider or intruder gets in, gets a nose under the tent and starts making noise, then the establishment lifelong members start caucusing together to figure out how they can get rid of this intruder who might just shake everything up.  When it comes time to get rid of the intruder all they know to do is what they've always done.  They go to their playbook.  Whatever party politics playbooks there are, they go to them. 

And so when you hear a lifelong political professional, consultant, fundraiser, donor, whoever, when you say, you hear them say, "Well, you know, Trump, he doesn't have a ground game.  I mean, come on, you can't win without a ground game. You can't just fly in and do speeches. Even if 30,000 people show up, you gotta have a ground game."  They're trying to make themselves feel less frightened.  Because what's really going on is the potential here that everything so many people have relied on that's made them rich, that's made them famous, that's given them power, is on the verge of being destroyed and turned upside down. ...

Nobody can make the case that The Donald is a conservative.  He's not.

On the other hand, nobody can make the case that Cruz is an Establishment Guy.  He's not.

So.  Why does Cruz get all that money from small donors?  Why does The Donald draw yuuuuge crowds?

Because both of them spit on The Republican Establishment.

And that, my friends, is what Limbaugh headlined it with:

...people, Republican voters and donors, look at all this, and they think there's a genuine crisis happening in this country, a genuine crisis that threatens the very existence of this country as founded. 

They don't see any opposition to it in the Republican Party.  They see opposition to it pooh-poohed, laughed at, made fun of.  To them, the people who make this country work, there's a genuine crisis for their kids and their grandkids.  So when it comes to being loyal to conservatism or libertarianism or whatever, that's of secondary importance to stopping what's happening. Which, translated, is opposition to the Democrat Party, opposition to the American left, opposition to liberalism, communism, Alinskyism, whatever you want to call it.

It's opposition to Hillary Clinton, opposition to Bernie Sanders. That is what is motivating, energizing, and inspiring this.  And that is not recognized, it's not acknowledged, it's not even given any respect at many areas in the Republican Party.  So what are people gonna do?  They're not gonna say, "You know what? I must make sure that conservatism does not get watered down in whatever..." It's way beyond that now.  Ninety-four million Americans are not working.  The border is wide open.  Floods of unskilled, uneducated, non-English speaking people are arriving here monthly, and they will work for diddly-squat or go on the welfare state rolls.

In either case, they're squeezing the people in this country who are working, limiting their opportunity for wage increases, career expansion, and forcing them to pay tax increases necessary to fund an ever-expanding welfare state.  They don't want to be part of it.  To them, it's not about compassion.  The Constitution's not a suicide pact to them.  They love the country. They want it to survive. They don't want it being destroyed. They don't want it tampered with.

They don't want it transformed. They have thought for eight years that there was an opposition party joining them in this effort and they haven't seen it.  Now, we've got this internecine fight going on over who's a real conservative and who isn't, and to me all this is so much bigger than that.  It's momentous. It is profound...

This is not hard, folks.  Add up the Cruz and Trump RCP poll-numbers and they total about 54%.  ALL THE REST have a combined total of about 36%.

Keep the popcorn handy, and buy more ammo!!

HT:  Althouse (!!)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

*Shock!!* The UW-Madison LIES!!

Well, well. 

Not only is Robin Vos a liar regarding the UW-Madison's Mengele-like experimentation on fresh baby parts from Planned Parenthood; the UW-Madison is also lying about it.

...According to one of the published studies, UW researchers obtained hearts and brains from babies aborted “between 10 and 18 weeks of gestational age” within five minutes of the procedure. “After the procedure, the heart was grasped with sterilized surgical instruments and carefully isolated from the rest of the thoracic content to be placed in RNAse-free plastic tubes. Fetal brain was also collected in the same fashion.” The documents ADF obtained prove the university obtained the hearts and brains from Planned Parenthood....

I guess some actual journalist might ask Robin Vos exactly why he is lying about it--and while they're at it, they might ask Robin Vos what he thinks of the lying scum at UW-Madison.

Calling Jay Weber!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

"With a (Multi-Culti) Whimper..." The REAL Church Failure

Steyn was right in 2006 and that hasn't changed.  Too bad the US Bishops (and those in Germany, France, and Italy) were asleep at the birth-control switch, eh?

Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries. There'll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands--probably--just as in Istanbul there's still a building called St. Sophia's Cathedral. But it's not a cathedral; it's merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be designations for real estate. The challenge for those who reckon Western civilization is on balance better than the alternatives is to figure out a way to save at least some parts of the West.

It's the demographics, stupid.

And if you need a memento mori, from today's smartest Cassandra, here's one:

Permanence is the illusion of every age. In 1913, no one thought the Russian, Austrian, German and Turkish empires would be gone within half a decade. Seventy years on, all those fellows who dismissed Reagan as an "amiable dunce" (in Clark Clifford's phrase) assured us the Soviet Union was likewise here to stay. The CIA analysts' position was that East Germany was the ninth biggest economic power in the world. In 1987 there was no rash of experts predicting the imminent fall of the Berlin Wall, the Warsaw Pact and the USSR itself.

But hey--we have toys!! 

While the US Catholic Conference has busied itself with inane position papers on 'welcoming refugees', liturgical shenanigans, single-payer healthcare, opposition to the Second Amendment, and climate change, it has also presided over the effective depopulation of the US.

And I don't see the Lutherans, Episcopalians, or Baptists as guilt-less, either.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Liar and The Donald: Love!!

Seems that The Donald contributed $50 large to The Liar.

Birds of a feather.

WaPo's Blatant Headline-Lie

An ex-NPR reporter manages to construct a fairy-tale about national security legislation.

This is the bullshit that they believe in "New York values."

Cruz v. Trump on Borrowing Money

Ted Cruz borrows money.

So does The Donald.

Ted Cruz pays off the loans.

So does.......oh, wait.....

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Lies, Murder, and Rep. Vos

Mr. Popcorn, a/k/a Robin Vos, proves the verity of the old saw that 'lies and murder are bedfellows.'

See, Robin Vos really, really, really, likes murdered babies being subjects of "research" at UW-Madistan.

So he lies about it.  On television.

...Vos lied when he claimed on television (2:15 mark onward) that aborted fetal tissue is not used in research in Wisconsin.

“Now, luckily, it [aborted fetal tissue research] is not occurring,” Vos told WISN television’s Mike Gousha before complaining that, “There are some [lawmakers] who want to go further, and they want to work on um, trying to eliminate some potential types of research, and I just have a serious concern about what type of affect that will have on the UW.”

But the University of Wisconsin has used aborted fetal tissue in research, and contrary to Vos’ claims, pro-life lawmakers have narrowly targeted their proposed aborted fetal tissue research ban at research that uses fetal tissue from abortions....

For some strange reason, Mr. Vos defends UW's practice of buying chop-shop baby parts.

"Strange" is a very kind way to phrase it. 

Somebody ought to primary this popcorn-peddling liar.

HT:  BadgerCatholic

The War on Car Drivers--and Car Dealers

These two items are related.

The first is from Peter DeLorenzo, a genuine "car guy" with long experience in the industry (advertising-side) and a regular blogger on the topic of cars, Detroit, and the people in the Big Three.’s clear that this business is rushing headlong into the Abyss of The Unknown. Why? Because two decidedly different perspectives are about to square off and neither one of the factions involved knows where it’s all going. Well, that’s not exactly true. One faction is quite clear about ending the automobile business as we know it; the other is out to control the crash while getting a cut of the action.
It’s the Connected, Autonomous, Ride-Sharing Imperative Zealots vs. The Future of Transportation Realists.
On the one side are the Zealots of the anti-car intelligentsia, which consists of The Masters of All They Survey, aka the feverishly brilliant (just ask ‘em) hordes in Silicon Valley; the California government auto regulators, whose primary mission in life is to tell the rest of the country what’s good for us (even though with each new strident edict we could all care less), and of course the carpetbagging hordes in Washington, those usual stumble-bum suspects in the political ranks who continue their self-aggrandizng dance of egregious ineptitude.

The Zealots believe that we will all soon exist in a Shiny Happy World where cars will appear at our beckoning and then disappear to Some Other Place, which presumably will be out of sight and out of mind. Like Iowa. I can just imagine the rationale now: “Oh, I don’t know. Who cares? Ick. We’ll figure that out later!”

The Zealots are all about freedom from the “tyranny” of the automobile, the one (albeit popular) conveyance responsible for all of our problems, both real and imagined. The Zealots aren’t content with just snuffing the life out of the dirty, intransigent automobile business. Oh no, they want to gain control of it first of all because everyone associated with the auto business as we know it is just so relentlessly incompetent. (Didn’t you get that memo? It’s well documented.) Then they not only want to eradicate it from the face of the earth, they want to purge it from our history while they’re at it, dismissing the entire exercise as “The Regrettable Unpleasantness.”...

Self-driving cars?  "Cars-on-demand"?  Uhhmmmmnnnn....maybe.  But maybe not. 

Anyhow, closely related to that movement is Tesla which--as you should know--is living on its tax benefits, NOT on profits from building cars.  And Elon Musk/Tesla is fixated on demolishing car dealers.  (Hint:  That will give Tesla more profitability AND it will facilitate the ultimate triumph of the "dream car" which does not use hydrocarbons and is permanently wired to the internet (translate:  Somebody's-Watching-You-Net.))  Oh, yes, that "car-on-demand"?  The key is this:  you don't own it and you can't take it whenever/wherever you want to go.

Tesla, in its quest to eliminate dealers, testified before the FTC yesterday.  (We'll get back to "FTC" in a minute). an FTC workshop on those dealer laws, Tesla general counsel Todd Maron struck back.

Part of the reason that the dealer laws aren't changing in the US is because of GM's efforts (among other entities, like dealer networks), Maron said. He repeated Barra's quote to the assembled crowd and said, "This shows that [GM's] interest here is purely competitive," he said, instead of being concerned about their dealerships or GM customers. "They are actually touting their ability to block us from selling directly and the fact that our customers can't buy our cars as easy as theirs."

The FTC?  Why there?  Two reasons.  First, Musk/Tesla want to have the Feds declare that dealerships amount to a 'restraint of trade' construct. 

Second, because Obama and his cabal are part of the Zealots (above); the Intellectualoids who want to demolish the auto industry.  One of the routes to doing that is to drain the dealerships of profits--and a big piece of that puzzle will be to eliminate car-dealer indirect financing.  They want to eliminate thousands of risk-taking job-creating entities who, by and large, are conservative.

How to do that?  Simple.  Have the FTC declare that dealer/indirect financing is "discriminatory," just like Carter and Clinton did to the mortgage industry.  Whether that is true or not is irrelevant.  Whether it works or not is also irrelevant.  The point is to Federalize the whole thing.

Big ambitions, eh?  It might take 20-50 years.  But they'll keep working at it.

When Obozo Refuses to Indict Hillary.....

I suppose that that title may be presumptuous, but not by much.

Roger Simon speculates:

...The most obvious part is that the rule of law will have, for all intents and purposes, ended in the United States. Equal justice flew out the window.  How does the public react to that?  A good portion of it will roll over, but a certain percentage will not.  Their reactions will be contingent on a number of things -- whether Clinton is elected anyway (unlikely at this point, but possible), the steadfastness of opposition politicians and media, etc.

But in the final analysis, a democracy cannot exist without the consent of the governed.  For that percentage in opposition, consent will have broken down pretty much completely. Then what?  Civil war? That's perhaps a bit excessive, but civil wars can be of various types and evolve in different ways. All kinds of things could break down, which could result in anything from general disobedience to the law to mass tax refusal. Millions would no longer respect the system.

Loretta Lynch, Obama, et al, are actually facing a giant tinderbox...


The Donald: Just Another Big Gummint Guy

Geraghty observes that The Donald didn't support the TEA Party, but he loves him some Big Bank Bailouts.

(Not to mention stealing property from old ladies for parking lots and such, or as noted below, stealing food from everyone and stuffing it into gas tanks.)

Yah, So far his program is "Build a Fence!!"

No wonder the Democrats love him.  Statists of a feather stick together.

HT:  PowerLine

The Bloodsucker-Buffoon Alliance

Iowa Gov. Branstad endorses Trump.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Who ELSE Confiscates Weapons?

You know the list of weapons-confiscators:  Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, yadayada.

There's another entry!!

ISIS was telling everyone, ‘We’re all brothers,’ ” Abu Malik said. “They let people smoke and drink. At the checkpoints, they distributed presents to the kids. They ate with people, drank tea with people. They were very nice—they didn’t bother anyone. Then, a week or so after they arrived, they started confiscating weapons. They told us it didn’t matter if we’d been with the Awakening or the Army or the police—if we gave up our weapons, we’d be forgiven. Ten days later, they started taking people. Everything changed. They took my cousin. My brothers dug holes in the fields and hid. I was at my house when they came for me. It was afternoon....   --New Yorker quoted at the Captain's place

So far, the Democrat Party hasn't succeeded on that gambit here.  And now you know why.

Say WHAT, Marco???

Rubio, an earnest young man, pushed the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill.  It's very, very friendly to illegals who become convicted of serious offenses in the US.

Thank God it failed! 

But Marco still likes it, as you can see here.

What's wrong with the bill??  Here's an explanation by Byron York:

The legislation forbade the legalization of immigrants who had been convicted of a felony or of three or more misdemeanors. But there were some big exceptions.

First, if breaking the immigration laws was an “essential element” of any criminal conviction, it wouldn’t count. Second, the bill said the three misdemeanors that could disqualify an immigrant would count as three misdemeanors only “if the alien was convicted on different dates for each of the three offenses.” That meant that in the case of a person accused of multiple misdemeanors, and convicted of them during a single court session — a fairly common occurrence — the multiple convictions would count as just one conviction for the purposes of the Gang of Eight bill. Given that in some U.S. jurisdictions, some cases of vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving, domestic violence, sex offenses and theft are all categorized as misdemeanors, an illegal immigrant could be convicted of multiple serious crimes and still stay in the country. Finally, Rubio gave the Secretary of Homeland Security broad authority to issue waivers to criminal immigrants. ‘The secretary may waive [the misdemeanor and other requirements] on behalf of an alien for humanitarian purposes, to ensure family unity, or if such a waiver is otherwise in the public interest,’ the bill said. That could mean almost anything

Why does Marco still think this is a good idea?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Obama's Rules of Engagement

In Afghanistan:

...David Sedney, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia between 2009 and 2013, said the rules in Afghanistan were worrisome because they limited how U.S. forces can support their Afghan allies. “The rules of engagement appear to be confused, contradictory and contrary to our national interest,” he told me. “Our inability to use air power to directly to support Afghan forces is leading to a deterioration of the security situation that is dangerous to the future of Afghanistan and dangerous to our national security.”...

See, if you're a US soldier, Obama's ROE is simple:  "Hands Up!!  Don't Shoot!!"

Shall We Move Past "Sinful Structures"?

For at least two decades, Bishops and priests have been yammering about "sinful structures" in society which produce economic injustice.  It was always illogical (and dangerous for its seeming denial of personal sin), but the claim was that 'this is what the Church teaches.'

(We also have to put up with "social justice" which, frankly, cannot be defined.  That's the point, of course, but it is equally grating and nonsensical.)


We learn that John Paul II had written off "sinful structures" back in the day.

...Precisely because exploitation is rooted in choice and is not a necessity based on the structure of economic relations, John Paul is never anti-capitalist, per se. Indeed, an underlying subtext throughout the entire book is that a Marxist reading of almost anything in John Paul is grievously mistaken. (Writer Gregory Baum, who gives the documents such a reading, is repeatedly criticized.) For example, as Gregg sees it, John Paul distances himself from Marxism and some liberation theologies when, consistent with the Wojtyan view that persons are the proper subject of free moral choice, he stresses that the root of sin is personal sin and not “evil economic structures.” As Gregg states in brief, “from a moral-anthropological viewpoint, personal sin is at the root of problematic structures and perpetuates their existence.”...

There's more at the link concerning JPII's take on capitalism--which is NOT negative.  But he endorses it with the correct qualifiers:

...In Centesimus Annus, Wojtylan moral-anthropological thought is seen as providing the supporting foundation for capitalism understood as a system that “recognizes the fundamental and positive role of business, the market, private property, and the resulting responsibility for the means of production, as well as free human creativity in the economic sector” (no. 42). Indeed, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis vivifies the role of the capitalist entrepreneur with the spirit of the Wojtylan anthropology. John Paul states that there is a right to economic initiative for human subjects who must be permitted to exercise their freedom and creativity for self-realization and the common good. At the same time, the very same thought opposes capitalism as a “system in which human freedom in the economic sector is not circumscribed within the service of human freedom in its totality” (no. 42). As Gregg notes, “laissez-faire models remain unacceptable....

Note the distinction for JPII:  " unacceptable."

"Laissez-faire" capitalism does not really exist in the USA, but personal sin does.  Distinctions count, friends.

Common Core, the Cash Cow

Gee.  It's beginning to look like Jeb Bush's Common Core is just another cash cow for Pearson and Houghton-Mifflin.

Think Tony Evers understands that?  Or was he in on it??

It IS the Religion, Stupid!!

Found this at AOSHQ, quoting Bernard Lewis from a 1976(!!!) essay:

...This recurring unwillingness to recognize the nature of Islam or even the fact of Islam as an independent, different, and autonomous religious phenomenon persists and recurs from medieval to modern times..Modern Western man, being unable for the most part to assign a dominant and central place to religion in his own affairs, found himself unable to conceive that any other peoples in any other place could have done so, and was therefore impelled to devise other explanations of what seemed to him only superficially religious phenomena.. 

To the modern Western mind, it is not conceivable that men would fight and die in such numbers over mere differences of religion; there have to be some other "genuine" reasons underneath the religious veil..This is reflected in the present inability, political, journalistic, and scholarly alike, to recognize the importance of the factor of religion in the current affairs of the Muslim world and in the consequent recourse to the language of left-wing and right-wing, progressive and conservative, and the rest of the Western terminology....

That tells us two things:  1)  The West has become far too secularized--particularly its "leaders", including GWBush, Merkel, and whoever's running England these days; and 2)  Mohammedanism has not changed since its founding.

It is true that some Mohammedans are also secularized.  But betting on "how many" and "how much" is a fool's game, as the Austrians, Swedes, Germans, and Brits have found.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

CAIR Threatens Ariens

A few days ago, Ariens Corp. (lawn mowers and snow-blowers) changed its policy regarding during-work breaks.  This affected about 50 Muslims, who were terminated.

CAIR, the velvet-glove half of jihad, issued the usual threats.

..."These types of accommodation disputes can be resolved in a spirit of respect for constitutionally-protected religious rights and for the legitimate needs of both employees and employers," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "We ask Ariens to revert to its previous policy allowing religious accommodation until a resolution can be reached that allows the workers to practice their faith and permits an efficient manufacturing process."... 

...Hooper noted that federal law requires employer to offer reasonable religious accommodation to workers of all faiths....

Let me 'splain something here, folks.  This is not All-About-Evil-Ariens.  This is about the NON-Muslim workers who have to make up for the difference when the Muslims do not do their jobs.  And you can bet a few bucks (or more) that a lot of NON-Muslim workers have made it clear to Ariens management that they are fed up with this 'observance.'

On the Animal Farm, some animals were more equal than others.  Doesn't work the same way on a production line.

New York Values!!

More New York Values for y'all.

(They don't have one in Des Moines, do they?)

On Whose Planet?

Noted by David Codrea:

Given that a hypothetical American, who is underage, has been convicted of a gun crime, has restraining orders out against him, and is on a terror watchlist could go online and have an assault rifle shipped to his door without incident...

This is the sort of stuff that the Left actually believes

Like your Mama told you:  drugs are bad for the brain.

"To Be, or Not To Be...."

Shakespeare's gift to Western civilization was Hamlet's soliloquy by which Shakespeare raises the eternal question of "truth."

Cdl. Sarah raises the same question for the Church.

....The root problem in Western society – and the Church – comes down to this: degrees of unbelief in God and in his revelation. This unbelief ranges from atheism (theoretical and practical) to agnosticism (often the fruit of ignorance, laziness, or spiritual blindness) to pick-and-choose Catholicism. When we fail to adhere unreservedly to Christ and his teaching, we are left to our own devices – not a happy thought.

Sarah states: “If the tie between God and Christians is weakened, the Church becomes simply a human structure, one society among others. With that, the Church becomes trivial; she makes herself worldly and is corrupted to the point of losing her original nature. Indeed, without God we create a Church in our own image, for our little needs, likes, and dislikes. Fashion takes hold of the Church, and the illusion of sacredness become perishable, a sort of outdated medication.

This is Sarah's warning:  do not "to thine own self be true," for that is the wrong way--the way of 'human structure' and triviality.  The splendor of Truth is not in thine own self; it is in Christ.

(A good look at Hamlet can be found here, by the way.  It's not likely to correspond with what most of you heard in college, but it's likely to be the best analysis.)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Energy Debt Getting Very Ugly


The Dallas Fed met with the banks a week ago and effectively suspended mark-to-market on energy debts and as a result no impairments are being written down. Furthermore, as we reported earlier this week when first nothing the rumor, the Fed indicated "under the table" that banks were to work with the energy companies on delivering without a markdown on worry that a backstop, or bail-in, was needed after reviewing loan losses would exceed the current tier 1 capital tranches

That's from ZeroHedge.

If you weren't paying attention during 2008, this is a re-run.  Loans to energy (petroleum) companies are going sour because those loans were predicated on a price of oil which is longer operative.

Thus, banks holding those notes had to start writing them down ("mark to market") and throwing money into loan-loss reserves, reducing profits.  That is not good for the banks.

So the Fed simply told them 'fuggedaboutit.'  Don't "mark to market, just carry on."

Take that as a canary/coal mine thing, along with the surprise drop in the ISM (manufacturing) index of last month, the sickly GDP of last quarter, the not-very-good retail spending numbers announced last week....

Obama Lied, Our Men Died

If you're surprised to learn that Obama personally shut down the Benghazi rescue teams, you're an idiot (or worse.)

Hillary did what Hillary does best:  enabled.

Trump's "New York Values": Vegas East

Frankly, Donald, you have a lot to be sorry for.

...I apologize to all the pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-second amendment New Yorkers who were told by Governor Cuomo that they have no place in New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

I apologize to all the small businesses who have been driven out of New York city by crushing taxes and regulations.

I apologize to the millions of unborn children, many African-American and Hispanic, whose lives have been taken by politicians who relentlessly promote abortion on demand with no limitations.

I apologize to all of the African-American children who Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing a lifeline to the American Dream...Ted Cruz

Remember your endorsement of partial-birth abortion, Donald?  We do.

IOW, Donald, you and your New York Values may go to Hell.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Pissant President

THIS President is the one the Republicans fear?  The one RoJo, Boehner/Ryan, and McConnell bow and scrape to?

The one who is about to send Iran umpty-billion dollars following Iran's pissing on his shoes with our US Navy?

Need perspective on the event?  How about someone who has the t-shirt?

...I rarely pull out my dusty old trident, but in this case, here goes. I was a Navy SEAL officer in the 1980s, and this kind of operation (transiting small boats in foreign waters) was our bread and butter. Today, these boats both not only had radar, but multiple GPS devices, including chart plotters that place your boat’s icon right on the chart. The claim by Iran that the USN boats “strayed into Iranian waters” is complete bull$#it.

For an open-water transit between nations, the course is studied and planned in advance by the leaders of the Riverine Squadron, with specific attention given to staying wide and clear of any hostile nation’s claimed territorial waters. The boats are given a complete mechanical check before departure, and they have sufficient fuel to accomplish their mission plus extra. If, for some unexplainable and rare circumstance one boat broke down, the other would tow it, that’s why two boats go on these trips and not one! It’s called “self-rescue” and it’s SOP.

This entire situation is in my area of expertise. I can state with complete confidence that both Iran and our own State Department are lying. The boats did not enter Iranian waters. They were overtaken in international waters by Iranian patrol boats that were so superior in both speed and firepower that it became a “hands up!” situation, with automatic cannons in the 40mm to 76mm range pointed at them point-blank. Surrender, hands up, or be blown out of the water. I assume that the Iranians had an English speaker on a loudspeaker to make the demand. This takedown was no accident or coincidence, it was a planned slap across America’s face.
--quoted at ColdFury

Yah.  And Sykes wonders how in Hell we can think that politicians.........LIE!!

Charlie Sykes, Haley, Clinton, and Parsing

Charlie tells us that Gov. Haley's counter-SOTU speech is "similar" to two speeches of Ronald Reagan regarding the immigration issue.


Let's clear some underbrush here.  I hold no brief on Gov. Haley.  Good story, good conservative.  OK?

But Charlie, "similar" is not "same."  And ever since Clinton, we've learned that Parsing Is Good.  You remember Clinton, don't you, Charlie?  You ought to:  you castigated that bumpkin lying sack plenty of times, because Bill Clinton taught us that "similar" is not "same."

Charlie cites a Wall Street Journal editorial and slides down the cliff.  See, the WSJ has always been a corporatist-apology outfit.  Actual US citizens (unlike GE/Disney/Google/Intel) care about jobs for US citizens, not cheap labor.

And Gov. Haley's 'work hard' has become Corporatist Code for "slave wages."  That's parsing, Charlie.

Of course, she didn't mean that.  Right?

Or did she?

Charlie, have you read the Spanish version of Haley's speech?  Care to read THAT on the air, Charlie?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The (SPANISH-Language) Response to SOTU

Bet you didn't know there is a Spanish-language version of the (R) response to Obozo's SOTU.

And that it was approved by Paul Ryan.

And that it's not the same as the English version.

You can thank Vox Day.

The Boyzzz Wake Up to Cruz

The Establishment Boyzzzz are suddenly aware that Ted Cruz is a very serious threat, and they don't like it.  The Usual Suspects (Hume, Brooks, soon Will) and the yappy poodles (McCain, Linnnnnnseeey) are pulling out all the stops.

Shameful how Rinse is acting, too, but he's a Ryan/Walker puppy.

Teh Stoopids on GUNNZZZZ!

The Captain finds that sub-zero IQ writes for Mother Jones.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to read more revelations about gunnnzzzz and ammo.

Pete Barca Earned It, Dammit!!

Pete Barca earned all the respect he gets. 

Gannon was right, and Vos is a ninny.

Iran Pees on Obama's Shoes; Haley Pees on Trump

What a spectacle.

The SCOAMF ignores 10 Navy hostages and Haley--the voice of the Establishment-- ignores the sentiment of the country.

"Pick your poison night" in America.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Where's Ron Johnson??

Two hundred seven Members of Congress signed an amicus brief defending freedom of religion. 

Ron Johnson (R-WI) was not among them.

Happily, Sensenbrenner, Grothman, Ryan, Ribble, and Duffy joined the amicus.

Hello!!  RoJo???

Monday, January 11, 2016

Aristotle in Deutschland

"Tolerance is the last virtue of a declining society"  --Aristotle

UPDATE:  See discussion in combox; apparently this is a fabricated quotation.

UPDATE II:  To begin with, "tolerance" is not a virtue.

HT:  Breitbart

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Surprise! Obozo Targeted the Catholics

Not really a surprise.  The objective of the Left has always been to destroy church & family.  This item also makes the argument FOR a Convention of the States, by the way.

Next Monday I will file an amicus brief in Zubik v. Burwell,... [to] criticize the Administration for adopting an irrelevant tax provision that exempts some entities from filing tax returns (26 U.S.C. § 6033) as the mechanism for determining which religious groups are exempt from the contraceptive mandate...
....Administration health policy officials were downright obsessed with figuring out which Catholic institutions would fit within the section 6033-based exemption. As early as October 2011, the White House was trying to figure out how to structure the exemption so that Catholic universities would be forced to provide student contraceptives in student health plans. In July 2012, emails show officials trying to make sure that the contraceptive mandate would treat the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – the spiritual leaders of Roman Catholic entities in the United States – differently from the colleges, charities, and other groups that they lead....
Think the IRS Code is 'impartial' and 'even-handed'?
(Think ANY President--Republican or Democrat--will trash the IRS Code?  You're deluded.)
...As I argue in the forthcoming amicus brief, section 6033 has exactly zero relevance to religious freedom interests. These documents are fatal to the Administration’s claim that structuring the contraceptive mandate this way was an effort to respect the religious groups’ religious objections. In fact, it was an arbitrary choice that failed to take into account the virtually identical religious freedom interests shared by groups granted and denied an exemption from the mandate....

So.  We know that D.C. is utterly corrupt and their IRS Code is equally corrupt.  Even if this amicus proves fatal to ObozoCare, there's a helluvalot more swamp to be drained.

Or there's the Convention of the States.

Germany and Merkel

We all know (despite the German Gummint and the lackey MSM) that the mass grab-and-rape attacks in Germany and other parts of Europe on New Year's Eve were committed by hundreds of Muslim immigrants.

What's missing?

The fact that Merkel is an ex-Communist propagandist.

Or at least we think she's an ex-Commie.

That affiliation has implications for us, as we all know who Obama's childhood mentor was, right?? 

Ummmnnnhhhh...there are similarities, ya'know.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Very Very Bad Cops

Oh, yes, there's a database of very, very, very bad cops:  the child-rapists, child-abusers, and child-porn watchers.

And it's surprisingly long.  (Scroll down a bit to get the annuals beginning 1960 or so, when reporting was almost non-existent) to today.

Ugly.  You'll also note that many got very, very, very light sentences.

Curious, eh?

Friday, January 08, 2016

Biden's Been Tipped Off

A few days ago, Joe Biden began whining about the Presidential run that he did not take.

Joe always telegraphs his moves, and Joe knows what's about to happen to Shrillary.

WHAM!! Let's Have That Convention of the States!!

The first round of Lexington/Concord II has just been fired.

"If we are going to fight for, protect and hand on to the next generation, the freedom that [President] Reagan spoke of...then we have to take the lead to restore the rule of law in America," Abbott said during a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation that drew raucous applause from the conservative audience. He said he will ask lawmakers to pass a bill authorizing Texas to join other states calling for a Convention of States.--quoted at AOSHQ

Out-Friggin'-Standing News, Gov'nor!!

Read the link to see what Amendments will be proposed.  Every one is a good one.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

If You're Not From Wisconsin....

...then don't base your opinion on the junkyard-dog case recently distorted beyond recognition by a couple of morons on Netflix.  Avery is as guilty as was O.J., if not more so.

McCain: Still the Champion Idiot!!

So John McCain, a foreign-born, now questions Cruz' natural citizenship?

As The Donald would say, McCain's just a loser.  And he's damn near a world-class champion loser, too.

The Larger Picture in Oregon

Not only in Oregon, but the entire West.

...In feudal Europe, the Sovereign—the Lord—owned all the land, and everyone else was a serf or peasant. The system of land, water, mineral, and grazing rights that’s been in use in the American west for literally hundreds of years has maintained the federal government as the Sovereign and the minor land owners as serfs, bowing to the Lord for every indulgence. When the feds mostly stayed out of the way, the conflicts were few, but now, with California in a self-inflicted water crisis, the EPA assuming Kingly powers, and the BLM...

That's the point of the essay.  *.gov, EPA, and BLM are pretty lousy neighbors, at best--and if some of the reports about their behavior vis-a-vis the Hammond family are true, the *.gov people are not only bad neighbors; they are predatory.

This is not what Constitutional government is all about.  And whether it is the Oregon incident, or the next one, or the one after that, at some point in time the serfs shall rise up and there will be blood.

Dallas Bishop Pops Off, Embarrasses Self

This poor fellow doesn't seem to get it.

In a blistering critique of what he describes as congressional kowtowing to the “gun lobby,” the Roman Catholic bishop of Dallas is praising President Obama’s new actions on gun control and ripping the "cowboy mentality" that allows open carry laws like one that just went into effect in Texas.

"Thank God that someone finally has the courage to close the loopholes in our pitiful gun control laws to reduce the number of mass shootings, suicides and killings that have become a plague in our country," Bishop Kevin Farrell wrote in a column, posted on his website on Jan. 5.

"President Barack Obama’s executive actions, though modest, are first steps in correcting gun laws so weak that they are ludicrous," he wrote. "Congress has unabashedly sold itself to the gun lobby. If there was ever any doubt, its recent action to kill legislation to ban people on the terrorist no-fly list made it obvious."

At least--so far--he hasn't said that Church doctrine opposes self-defense and the defense of others.

So far.

Altogether a silly, uninformed, rant.  Embarrassing.

What Channels 6 & 12 Don't Want You to See

Planned Parenthood (the Chop-Shop for spare baby-parts) is funded by taxpayers.

AND they make a little side-money by selling baby-parts after they're finished with the butchering.

Wisconsin could make that parts-selling (or buying) illegal.

But Channel 6 (Fox) and Channel 12 (WISN) don't want you to know about this.

Isn't that curious??

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Roy Moore, Doing the Right Thing Again

Roy Moore, who is CJ of the Alabama Supremes, has done the right thing.

"Until further decision by the Alabama Supreme Court, the existing orders of the Alabama Supreme Court that Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment or the Alabama Marriage Protection Act remain in full force and effect."  --quoted at AOSHQ

Yah, there is that pesky 10th Amendment.

But in Wisconsin, there IS no 10th Amendment--yet.  Remember that gay "marriage" is not allowed under the Wisconsin Constitution.  And Governor Walker doesn't give a damn.

Monday, January 04, 2016

The Real M.O. of the Left Emerges Over Oregon

Thanks to Weasel Zippers, this 'cuddly, smarmy-but-harmless' myth of the Left is crumbling.

See here.

Or here.

Mike Vanderboegh is well-acquainted with the Real Left; he was part of it (as were these essayists at Breitbart) for years and years.

Want more about the 'cuddly, smarmy....' myth?  Check out any baby-killing chop shop.

Murder and lies are always, always, always, bedfellows.  No matter who's doing the murdering or lying.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Terror Coming From the South

We have some friends who are from Chiraq.  (The operative term there is "from.") 

It's clear (read the link) that Chiraq is Detroit, Camden, Philly, and Baltimore. 

So here's your quiz of the day:  Should we treat refugees from Chiraq 1)  better than? 2)  worse than? 3)  same as?  refugees from Syria?

Discuss amongst yourselves.

EPA, Light, and Ryan's Budget

After sending a nastygram to my Congress-critter about Ryan's Treachery (the budget), he was kind enough to write back and state that The Treachery had 'reduced EPA funding and had cut back EPA personnel to pre-2000 levels' (or some such dramatic language.)

Yah, that must have been some real serious cutbacks, there, ain'a hey??

"...That's one of the reasons why we have to be worried about light pollution. It's in our portfolio, and we're thinking about it and there are steps we can take,..."  AmThink quoting WaExaminer

So said the near-staffless/near-budgetless Gina McCarthy of EPA, just after the Ryan Treachery was passed.

Maybe Sensenbrenner can explain this if Ryan helps him.  A lot.

Scalia: Right, Again

While the MSM attempts to make this into a Scary Scalia Story (one of thousands), they forget that Scalia actually knows the Constitution.  (That's knowledge with which the MSM is not burdened.)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions...

...He told the audience at Archbishop Rummel High School that there is "no place" in the country's constitutional traditions for the idea that the state must be neutral between religion and its absence.

Here is the money quote:

"To be sure, you can't favor one denomination over another but can't favor religion over non-religion?"

In fact, "non-religion" (secular humanism) is a religion in itself, and its adherents, beginning with Warren, have occupied SCOTUS and all the other usual-suspect places, for many years.  One could make the case that it began with Wilson, I suppose, simply by re-naming "non-religion" as "Progressivism."   After all, it walks like a duck, talks like a duck....

HT:  Vox

Next Week's News Story

Next week, you'll hear about an incident in Oregon.

If you understand Obozo, you will also know a false flag when you see one.

Stay tuned, and do not be deceived.

Friday, January 01, 2016

The "Let It Burn" Movement: Donald Trump

Following the Boehner/McConnell/Ryan treacheries of 2014 and 2015, a number of non-beltway pundits have mentioned the "let it burn" course of action.  In brief, the case for "let it burn" goes like this:  1)  Obama is acting to destroy the US ethos; 2)  the "opposition" does not oppose, and in most cases, facilitates; so 3) screw all of them and let the Republic go down in flames.

It should be clear to anyone with an IQ north of room temperature that this is not a solution.  More important, however, anyone who proposes it is certainly not a Conservative.  In fact, as we learned recently, this is precisely the Left's prescription.  (40% of The Donald's supporters are (D) voters, ya'know.)

The Donald is the personification of "let it burn."  What he proposes, generally, is simply a continuation of Obamistic rule by fiat.  There is little or no Constitutional support for many of The Donald's proposals, and Congressional action to legitimize his programs is highly unlikely (at least in the form he proposes them.)

Trading a tin-pot for a sterling-silver pot is not a solution, no matter what Little Annie Coulter says.

Trumpism is Obamism with bad hair and disguised by appeals to a "patriotism" which stuffs the rule of law into the toilet.  We can not and must not allow that to happen again.