Texas Drought on the Decline

July 16, 2014  By Sierra Rayne

Back in late April and early May, media articles appeared that proposed major changes in water policy for Texas. These policy recommendations were, of course, timed for release at the height of Texas’ drought. Back then, I advocated for patience:

“The lessons of history for water in Texas are straightforward. Don’t panic and make rash decisions, and heed Reagan’s wise counsel that also applies to water policy efforts: ‘A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.’  There is often a lag time between when precipitation begins to rebound back up to historical norms and the refill rates of various reservoirs that were drawn down during the worst of the drought. Take the time to wait for this process, which is undeniably underway, before acting. Making water policy during a drought is equivalent to building public infrastructure during an overheated economy, when construction costs are maximized — common sense is absent, and good value for money is not obtained.

Patience is needed in the Lone Star State on water policy. Avoid the shock doctrine.”

Sure enough, the drought has substantially improved. Here are the latest statewide drought conditions.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/texas_drought_on_the_decline.html

The Tempest-Tost

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”(1)

 

These words resonate thru our history, the history of the United States of America.  Our history also contains many examples where our citizens were not open and welcoming to immigrants, especially mass immigration.  Do we have the “right” as a nation to say yes or no to anyone who might want to visit our shores?  I think the answer to that lies with asking, do we have the right to exist as a nation, period?

 

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.          Abe Lincoln.(2)

 

Do we have any “right” to have a nation of, by and for the people?  To abstract?  Lets ask instead, do you have a right to live in and keep your home?  What gives you that right?

And the sign said, Anybody caught trespassin’ would be shot on sight
So, I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house
“Hey, what gives you the right?
To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in
If God was here, He’d tell you to your face, man, you’re some kinda sinner”(3)

 

I like the song, but do not agree with the reasoning.  You can lock the doors on your house.  Who you let in is & should be your choice.  The Bruce Willis movie “Unbreakable” has a psycho killer that walks up to a front door, rings the bell, tells the  man who answers, ” I like you house, can I come in?”  He then forces his way in, kills the father, rape, torture, etc…  You can lock your doors.  You can put up a fence.  You can do this because we as a society agreed on some laws.  Follow certain rules & you “own” property.  You can expect to be safe on that property, defended by police and an army.  You pay taxes on that property to insure you are kept safe.  You have the right to protect what is yours.  By extension, does our government not have the right & responsibility to protect our nation?  PreWW2, would Japan have not come and taken our oil without defended borders?

Consider how often during a dry spell, we wish for rain.  Even during normal seasons, do we protest when rain comes?  OK, let’s have the picnic next weekend instead.  But do we ever wish for massive thunderstorms?  For flash floods?  For an overwhelming burst of water too great for the normal ditches,  streams and rivers to contain?  No, we don’t wish for so much rain as to wreak havoc, to destroy live and property.  Sadly, this analogy falls short.   We have seen normal floods and can respond, survive, rebuild.  Most of the damage done by hurricanes Sandy & Katrina was by flooding.  Getting closer, but still this falls short of our situation.  Sandy, the hurricane flooded much of our East coast, but it ended.  Measured in hours or days, there was an end.

The “flood” of immigrants, where & when does that end?  Mexico has announced an agreement with two Central American countries on allowing & assisting immigrants, including young children, to enter the US, illegally.(4)  Parts of our government seem to be assisting these immigrants while others parts are attempting to stop them.  Our country is praised for being a nation of laws, where the law protects everyone’s rights.  Here we have the federal government ignoring written laws, attempting to force the states to abide by illegal suppression of those laws, and some states are pushing back.  We are taught a history where dishonest governments suppress & control the news.  During wars & foreign conflicts, it is expected even the press will respect the need for some  secrets.  Why would that be applied to the housing of hundreds or thousands of immigrants?  If they are our “guests”, why can we not see the conditions they are living under?  What bedding, clothing, food & medical care are we extending?  How many are families with an adult & how many are children traveling alone?  How many are young males aged 15 to 25 with gang tat’s?  I think the world watches & see’s here an example of how far America has fallen.  Clearly our government is hiding from us, its citizens, information we have a legal right to expect & demand.  At the same time, our world-renowned media seems content to allow this, sitting quietly like a well-trained, well fed dog.

Look at the numbers.  The US has a population of 300 million, of which around 70 million work.  China has 300 million people living in poverty.  The US is the richest nation in the world, often referred to as the world breadbasket.  We could support those 300 million and instantly improve their quality of life.  It would likely have a negative effect on your and my quality of life.  India has 400 million living in poverty.  Can they come also?  Also consider this helps both China & India as nations.  The bulk of their non-productive population becomes someone else’s burden.  Human rights advocates have been outspoken over China’s brutally enforced “one child” policy.  They are an overcrowded nation with over a million citizens.  In perspective, some good news.  Central America only has around 40 million  people in total.  I think it’s unlikely more than 10 to 15 million will seek refuge in the US.  And they qualify as “refugee’s”, fleeing poverty & violence. (5)  And how many thousands have died in Sudan?  What about Libya, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria & Iraq?  Surely people fleeing war face a more urgent crisis than those living in poverty?  In a civilized world, what is a civilized answer to all these crisis’?

My answer?  A civilized nation & people help where they can in and at those nations in crisis.  Not here.  Bringing their problems here do not resolve the problem.  It may provide temporary relief.  But if the culture of a nation causes them to overpopulate, eventually they will breed past what the ecosystem can support.  It’s funny if you study efforts to control the deer population in the US.  They have tried nearly everything from sterilization to urban hunts.  In every case, the deer breed to fill the habitat.  Then over breed unless controlled by hunting.  Perhaps wars are an equivalent?  If there was plenty of food & space, would there be so much fighting in the Middle East & Africa?  Outrageous thought?  Offensive even?

The Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region has 500 million Arabs, Persians, North Africans and others living in an area with an agricultural system that can support half that number. (6)

Sorry but allowing them to come here in mass is bringing their problems to us, making their problems ours.  It still will not solve their problems, be it poverty or war, it will just bring poverty and war here.  While I think the US should always be open and welcoming to immigrants, we cannot allow a flood that is all but an invasion.  Too many too soon means no assimilation.  That will kill our culture.  It will then be replaced with that of the invaders.  If their culture was so successful, why did they flee their homeland?  I can understand Mexico’s actions.  They have struggled with too many immigrants.  Much better for them to pass them on & up to us, make it our problem.  Our only solution is to completely seal the border, including Canada should it prove necessary.  Immigrants must come as guests, not invaders.  You wish to live in your house, keep a home for your family?  Have doors that lock.  Put up a fence if needed or desired.  You wish to live in a nation where all men are created equal?  We must guard what is ours, or we are giving it away.

 

 

(1)  excerpt from  “The New Colossus

(2) The Gettysburg Address

(3)  Signs by Five Man Electrical Band

(4) http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/mexico-guatemala-fast-track-delivery-of-illegals-to-u-s/

(5) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/30/us-usa-immigration-centralamerica-idUSKBN0F51LS20140630

(6) http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/starvation_and_the_middle_east.html

But It’s for the Children…

President Obama is asking for four billion dollars to deal with the border crisis.  I think it’s smart he asked for four billion, not the two originally floated.  I can picture Harry Reid saying, they will never give you a two billion dollar slush fund.  Obama say’s, you’re right , I better ask for four!  And after years of ridiculing conservatives about border security, if we build a fence, they will say it isn’t high enough, eventually they’ll ask for a moat & some alligators...  And now it’s a crisis that only big government can resolve.  The problem is it’s a crisis he nurtured into existence if not outright caused.  And a big question is just who is crossing our border.  Thousands of innocent children?  A few terrorists?  Any others?

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/07/08/internal-executive-summary-confirms-at-least-16-unaccompanied-minors-in-nogales-are-ms13-members-n1860014

Pretty Please!

We’ve heard about illegal immigrants getting special treatment.  Fines & tickets dismissed due to the difficulty of collecting.  The alternative of jailing them for months or years is an expense cities & counties cannot afford.  But imagine if you or I were to abandon our children.  What the consequences for us would be…But when it’s done by illegal immigrants, our governments response?

 

The federal government launched a major public relations campaign Wednesday to try to urge Central Americans not to send their children to the U.S. as illegal immigrants, vowing to press that message through radio ads and billboards in those countries and interviews with Spanish-language press in the U.S.

Is Stupid Written on My Forehead?

Lets see, Obama is asking for two billion dollars to deal with the emergency immigration crisis.  The crisis was  created  by his selectively enforcing only the laws he agreed with.  When given the money, how do we know he will use it for the purpose he claims?  How will it “speed” their deportation?  Hiring a lawyer for each & every illegal immigrant will make their deportation faster?

Oh, and the Republicans want to help…

 

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/28/mccain-graham-open-to-emergency-refugee-program-for-immigrant-children/

Tempted…

On Iraq, I have to say I am tempted to advocate committing our military to suppressing the rebellion.  For the most part, I support keeping out of other countries problems.  Iraq is a perfect example that this rebellion is the result of what happens to  a corrupt government in that part of the world.  So why the temptation?  PINOBK!  People In Need Of being Killed.  Terminated with extreme prejudice.

If we had the ability to take out the Nigerian School Girl kidnappers without endangering innocents, who wouldn’t want that?  Should it be our problem? NO!  Should we be the worlds policeman?  NO!  But after 9/11, I can see the justification of a war on terrorism.  On Iraq or Nigeria, I would not agree with any nation building.  And with Iraq, I see an especially tempting target.  Terrorist is large groups, concentrated in US military vehicles left for the “friendly” Iraq government.  Hard to imagine a better situation where we might kill thousands of terrorists in one short exchange.

But, that is not what I would do, if it were my choice.  We are allying ourselves with Iran & Syria in fighting these terrorists?  Israel has said it is better to take no action.  In what world can it make sense to do what our enemies want and the opposite of what a close ally suggests?  And finally, with our track record in the Middle East, why would we expect any action we take to turn out good for our interests?

But yes, I am tempted.  A couple of articles with several links…

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/06/iraq_follies__what_possibly_could_go_wrong.html

 

http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/23/weinstein-the-iraq-silencers/

Tusnami

We’ve heard the phrase, “perfect storm”.  I’ve heard Glenn Beck use it several times.  I don’t watch him anymore.  It got to where I felt he was fear-mongering.  While I usually thought he made many good points & was right in a lot of what he said, it was too much, over the top.  And here today the United States is for all intents and purposes being invaded.  Hmmm, that doesn’t look right.

 

                                                            WE ARE BEING INVADED!!!!

 

A little better.  Shouldn’t it be on every front page in large type?  OK, the invaders are unarmed, many are children.  But still, not tens, but hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border.  Is there any conceivable way the Mexican government did not know this huge influx of Central Americans were crossing their country?  With our CIA & Homeland Security and the billions we spend on them, is there any scenario where this could happen without us knowing?  Bush was blamed for not realizing 19 terrorists were planning to hijack airplanes and attack us on 9/11.  How can anybody excuse missing hundreds of thousands?

Were they distracted by:

IRS ongoing scandals

Climate Change

Russia invasion of Ukraine

Russia invasion of Crimea

China’s aggression against S. Korea

China’s aggression against    the Philippines

Climate Change

China’s aggression against   Japan

Benghazi mastermind caught

Nigerian School girls kidnapped (ignore their ongoing civil war)

Syrian Civil War

Iraq Civil War

Climate Change

Egypt’s Civil War

Mass & School Shootings  (but ignore gang/inner city deaths & violence)

BLM’s army stand-off with a Nevada Rancher

 

Please fell free to add the many others I have missed.

 

 

VA scandal: Obama administration seeking identities of whistleblowers

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By Jim Kouri  June 16, 2014 

A well-respected, non-partisan watchdog group, currently probing the allegations of misconduct and malfeasance at healthcare facilities run by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department, is refusing to comply with a federal subpoena on Friday ordering the group to reveal the identities of—and information provided by— whistleblowers.

 

 http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/63815

 

 

The subpoena demands that the Inside-the-Beltway Project on Government Oversight (POGO) turn over any and all documents and identities POGO received from federal official, rank-and-file employees, and others who had complained to POGO about distressing activities occurring at VA medical facilities. The whistleblowers were assured that their complaints would be kept secret and they would remain anonymous.

According to POGO, the material they received regarding the VA had been digitally encrypted in order to protect confidentiality.

Officials from POGO, a nonprofit group that earned awards this month from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative and business reporting, refused to comply with the order by the VA’s inspector general to turn over the files, POGO spokesman Joe Newman said.

Our Day

From Readers Digest

Dad holds a special place in our hearts, and on Father’s Day, he deserves the best! Pass our funniest fatherhood submissions on to a dad in your life and share the priceless gift of laughter!

 

The Right Choice My 16-year-old brother, Ryan, was out late with friends one night. Suddenly he realized it was Father’s Day and he had neglected to buy a card for our dad. After much searching, Ryan located an open store, but was disappointed to find only two cards left on a picked-over rack. Selecting one, he brought it home and, somewhat sheepishly, presented it to our father.

Upon opening it, Dad read this message: “You’ve been like a father to me.” He looked at Ryan, puzzled.

“Well, Dad,” Ryan tried to explain, “it was either that or the card that said, ‘Now that I’m a father too!’” – Submitted by Anne Carlson

 

Thanks for the Soda, Pop! Before I took the old family car to college, my father loaded the trunk with soft-drink bottles filled with oil, coolant and transmission fluid. Sure enough, my car overheated. Scolding myself for not listening to my father’s instructions, I looked at the engine and saw how well he knew me. The oil cap was labeled Dr Pepper, the transmission stick, Coke, and the empty coolant container, Diet Pepsi. I finished the trip safely. – Submitted by Charlotte G. Alexander

 

Say What, Dad? Our Gen-X daughter, Cristie, made my husband a Father’s Day card entitled “Things My Dad Would Never Say.” Such as:

“Can you turn up that music?”

“Go ahead and take my truck. Here’s 50 bucks for gas.”

“I LOVE your tattoo. We should both get new ones.”

“Here, you take the remote.” – Submitted by Deanna Schneider

 

Watch the Wash, Dad… I decided to make myself useful and do a load of the family laundry. When I took the clothes out of the machine, I discovered — to my dismay — that I had also washed the watch my wife had given me while we were dating. “Don’t expect me to replace it,” she said later with an obvious lack of sympathy. By the time Father’s Day rolled around, however, she had relented and gave me a beautiful new watch. Attached was a note with this stipulation: “DRY-CLEAN ONLY!” – Submitted by Paul Diblasi

 

What a Card! Father’s Day was near when I brought my three-year-old son, Tyler, to the card store. Inside, I showed him the cards for dads and told him to pick one.

When I looked back, Tyler was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots, every which way. “Tyler, what are you doing?” I asked. “Haven’t you found a nice card for Daddy yet?”

“No,” he replied. “I’m looking for one with money in it.” – Submitted by Terri Cook

 

Papa Bear My husband’s cousin married a former Marine who now works for United Parcel Service. They bought their four-year-old son two stuffed bears — one in a UPS uniform and the other in Marine garb. When the boy seemed confused, his father brought out a picture of himself in full Marine dress. “See, Connor?” he explained, pointing to the photo and then to the bear. “That’s Daddy.”

Connor’s eyes went from one to the other, and then he asked in a puzzled voice, “You used to be a bear?” – Submitted by Robin Yedlock

 

Pop Vs. Pup While flying from Denver to Kansas City, Kansas, my mother was sitting across the aisle from a woman and her eight-year-old son. Mom couldn’t help laughing as they neared their destination and she heard the mother say to the boy, “Now remember — run to Dad first, then the dog.” – Submitted by Karla J. Kasper

 

Paternal Payback On the day I received my learner’s permit, my father agreed to take me out for a driving lesson. With a big grin, he hopped in behind the driver’s seat. “Why aren’t you sitting up front on the passenger’s side?” I asked.

“Kirsten, I’ve been waiting for this ever since you were a little girl,” Dad replied. “Now it’s my turn to sit back here and kick the seat.” – Submitted by Kirsten Wiley

 

No. 1 on Our List — Literally! My father was completely lost in the kitchen and never ate unless someone prepared a meal for him. When Mother was ill, however, he volunteered to go to the supermarket for her. She sent him off with a carefully numbered list of seven items.

Dad returned shortly, very proud of himself, and proceeded to unpack the grocery bags. He had one bag of sugar, two dozen eggs, three hams, four boxes of detergent, five boxes of crackers, six eggplants, and seven green peppers. – Submitted by Joan Flood

Read more: http://www.rd.com/advice/9-funny-fathers-day-jokes-for-dad/#ixzz34i8CmhFZ

Can We Talk?

Todd says:

No comments about the Las Vegas shooting?

 

  • As the State increases its arbitrary violence wholesale across society, fringe elements will duplicate such violence locally.

     

I prefer to wait on such events & let the fog clear, let information catch up to speculation.  But OK,  we can talk about it.  I have to agree with Flag we should expect more.  As more and more people feel wronged by a government that holds itself immune from the law, people get frustrated.  They go over the edge.  I do not agree with them or any who advocate violence except in self defense.  I remember a movie with Denzel Washington where he took hostage a hospital to force them to treat his sick child.  Sadly, that lets me imagine a vet in chronic pain going postal at a VA that ignored him.  Remember the Oklahoma bomber felt motivated by Ruby Ridge.  When the Bundy Ranch stand-off started, I wondered if our government was courting an incident….  But what about the Vegas shooting?

 

Paul Waldman writing at WaPo’s Plum Line. The headline gives you the flavor of the post:

“How much does right wing rhetoric contribute to right wing terrorism.”

I vote this column “Most Despicable of 2014.” It just can’t get any worse than this:

What I’m about to say will raise some hackles, but we need to talk about it. It’s long past time for prominent conservatives and Republicans to do some introspection and ask whether they’re contributing to outbreaks of right-wing violence.(1)

Or maybe not. I can accept being labeled “right wing”, “conservative”, “libertarian”, “idiot” and a few other things.  But don’t try & put me in with these psycho murders.  A white, married couple.  Do we now suspect all white couples of planning murder?(2)  I do see they identified themselves as right wing.  I don’t think I agree with their definition of right wing.  And how do liberals identify themselves in these times?  Who gets  Elliot Rodger, The  Santa Barbara killer?

They were psycho’s looking for a cause.  They tried to join the Bundy Ranch defenders And were asked to leave.

Ammon Bundy, one of Cliven Bundy’s sons, told The Associated Press by telephone that the Millers were at his father’s ranch for a few days this spring but were asked to leave for unspecified “conduct” problems.

He called the couple “very radical” and said they “did not align themselves” with the beliefs of other protesters, adding that while thousands of people have been to the site over the last few months, “not very many people were asked to leave. I think they may have been the only ones.”

Cliven Bundy and his supporters, some of them armed militia members, thwarted a Bureau of Land Management roundup of his cattle near Bunkerville, Nevada, in April. The BLM says Mr. Bundy owes more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties for trespassing without a permit over 20 years, but he refuses to acknowledge federal authority on public lands.

Ammon Bundy said his family “has had no quarrel” with Las Vegas police and disavowed the Millers’ actions.

“The only thing worse than tyranny is anarchy, and we certainly recognize that,” Mr. Bundy said.

The Millers moved to the Las Vegas area in January, police said. Amanda Miller, 22, had worked at a Hobby Lobby craft store in Las Vegas, the chain store said in a written statement, but was no longer employed there.

Jerad Miller, 31, was convicted of felony vehicle theft in Washington state, police said. He also had a criminal record in Indiana. (3)

 

Mr. Waldman seems to want to use this to attack conservatives & gun rights groups.  A convicted felon.  I assume not legally allowed to own a gun & not a NRA member.  The NRA does not support white supremacists or sorveign citizens.  Now some of them may support the NRA, but that does not make it mutual.  And most especially, the NRA only supports legal gun owners.  They are very against violent felons with guns.  They also state, only a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.  Sadly, it didn’t play out that way.

 

A DEADLY MISSION

At a news conference Monday, Metro officials filled in many of the details and clarified some initial reports. Contrary to what was said immediately after the attacks, for example, neither of the two officers nor Joseph Robert Wilcox, the Las Vegas man killed inside Wal-Mart, ever got off a shot. The only woman killed was Amanda Miller.

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said it all began when Jerad Miller walked into the pizza parlor and quickly left, returning moments later with Amanda in tow.

“They walked past our officers, who were eating lunch in one of the booths, and immediately upon passing them, Jerad Miller pulled a handgun out and shot officer Soldo one time in the back of his head,” McMahill said.

Officer Beck tried to engage the couple, but was shot in the throat before he could pull a trigger, McMahill said. The Millers then shot him several times more.

The suspects pulled the officers from the booth and covered Beck with a Gadsen Flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t Tread on Me,” and threw a swastika on him. One of them then pinned a note to Soldo’s body that “basically stated that this is the beginning of a revolution,” McMahill said.

The exact contents of the note have not been made public by Metro.

Once the two entered the Wal-Mart, Jerad fired a single shot and repeated his call for revolution.

Wilcox, 31, was near the cash registers when he saw events unfolding. He was armed with gun of his own, and told a friend he was going to do something.

As he moved to confront Jerad Miller, Wilcox passed Amanda, not realizing the two were together. She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range.

Within minutes more Metro officers arrived on the scene in response to 911 calls. McMahill said they initially blocked the back door with a patrol car. After Jerad Miller shot the door from the inside to open it, a five-officer team entered and exchanged gunfire with the couple.

The shooting raged in the store’s automotive section, spilling oil and antifreeze onto the floor. The two were hiding behind items Jerad Miller had stacked around them for protection, but Amanda was hit by a bullet during the firefight, McMahill said.

Pinned down by police and blocked from all exits, Jerad layed down in front of Amanda, and she shot him several times. Then she shot herself in the head.

 

I think the Waldman’s distract us from the issue & even fan the flames, but for the greater good, of course.  Many on the right seem equally partisan or agenda driven.  The NRA denounced an open carry demonstration in Texas.  They then walked back their comments and seem still to be reeling.  If you are pro-gun & it’s LEGAL, you have to support it, right???(5)    Errr, no!  No I don’t.  I was pleased with their original denouncement.  As a CCW holder, NRA member and member of other shooting organizations, I do not like to see IDIOTS WITH GUNS!  In this day of media hyped mass shootings, is it a good ideal for a small group of men to parade in a crowded restaurant with shotguns & rifles slung from their shoulders?  Were I in that restaurant, I would be deciding who I would shoot first, if they showed any sign of hostility.  I understand what they are doing is legal, but it is out of place & rude.  I have people pull out in front of me while driving.  If I can stop or slow down without hitting them, it’s legal.  That doesn’t make it smart or right.  Imagine a large law firm playing commercials on what is legal on how to pull out in front of traffic.  If you are hit & injured, call this toll free number…  That’s how I see these open carry idiots in the restaurants.  This is not to say I am against open carry.  A lot depends on how it’s done.  I don’t like riots, but understand there are laws against “inciting riots”.

And to add balance to the open carry, on the other side, the FBI was worried more about ecoterrorism not too long ago..  (6)  And for any who want to look at common causes in mass shooters (7) good luck to you.  Myself, I know a few “crazy” people.  Might fit the description myself.  I don’t know any crazy, hate the world & want some sort of revenge people.  My kind of crazy hope you get bald & fat sooner that we do….

 

 

WWHD?

What Would Hitler Do? 

 

Not a question most civilized people would ask.  But who else would EVER think about conducting oxygen restriction studies on newborn babies without the parents knowledge or consent?

http://dailysignal.com/2014/06/05/sharyl-attkisson-preemie-study-federal-government-least-made-mistake/

Tensions exist between doctors who are obligated to do what’s best for the patient, and researchers who are not. In the case of the 1,316 infants, Attkisson reported, medical personnel “intentionally rigged” the oxygen monitors without the knowledge of doctors or parents. “These are pretty stunning things for researchers to be, after the fact, defending,” she said.

A branch of the National Institutes of Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, funded the baby oxygen trials. And once HHS’s own ethics body discovered the study violated the government’s consent rules, “this incredible pressure came to bear on the ethics body, basically to back off of its enforcement action,” Attkisson said.

Hip, hip! err, now what?

Fixing the Department of Veteran Affairs mangled health care system and ravaged image is attainable but will require a profound and painful housecleaning — perhaps including mass firings and partially privatizing the agency’s medical arm, several top veterans said Friday.

Political leaders and combat veterans alike hailed the resignation Friday of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki as merely the beginning of a wholesale rebuild of the department.

But following the release Friday of a White House-ordered audit showing that hospital staff imposed unnecessary waits at 64 percent of 216 surveyed VA facilities, that new public face must also swing a heavy hand, Tarantino said.

Image: Connie Olberg Ted S. Warren / AP

Connie Olberg sits in her home in Sammamish, Washington, on May 21, holding a photo of her brother, Donald Douglass (at left), taken in the mid 1970s when he was serving in Germany in the U.S. Army. Douglass had a small spot on his forehead diagnosed as cancerous at the Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital in 2011, but according to his lawyer, the hospital’s delay in removing it contributed to his death in 2012.

“Senior leaders at the VA must know that if you lie, if you are lying to your country, if you’re lying to your patients, you’re going to go,” Tarantino said.

Fellow Iraq veteran David Curry, a retired Marine wounded by an improvised explosive device, said indifferent employees infesting the VA’s medical system pose greater problems for frustrated veterans than the department’s top brass.

“It’s time for the Jack Welch approach of firing the bottom 10 percent,” said Curry, 32, referring to the ex-chief of General Electric who endorsed the sweeping terminations of GE’s lowest performers.

“In my interaction with the VA over the years, there were many employees who outright didn’t care, who are there for the paycheck,” Curry said. “Getting rid of them would send a bigger message than just Shinseki.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/veterans/after-shinseki-how-cure-vas-dysfunctional-health-care-system-n118726

Hide & Seek?

With about 4-1/2 months remaining before early voting begins in the the 2014 elections, three sets of Obamacare-related campaigns are in full gear. The first is seen in electoral contests around the country. The second is a campaign of disinformation and no information being conducted by the Obama administration and its Department of Health and Human Services. The third is a concerted establishment press effort to give cover to Democratic Party candidates no matter what position they take on Obamacare, and to minimize the exposure the administration’s deliberate acts of non-transparency receive.

All three campaigns came together in a Monday morning Associated Press report by Bill Barrow and Josh “Lapdog” Lederman. The two reporters avoided any mention of the fact that the administration has decided to “halt” monthly Obamacare enrollment reporting, while giving cover to Democratic Senate candidates around the country who haven’t yet figured out how much distance to put between themselves, Obamacare, and President Barack Obama himself

ABC Hypes Obama ‘Talking Tough’ on V.A. Scandal, But Devotes More Air Time to Pickpockets

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Tuesday’s World News on ABC minimized any sense of the Obama administration’s responsibility in the ongoing V.A. scandal, and spent the least amount of air time on the issue among the Big Three networks’ evening newscasts. The program actually aired segments on pickpocketing and custom mobile homes than lasted about a half a minute longer each than their report on the scandal.

Diane Sawyer spotlighted how the President “weighed in – talking tough and talking action” on the “growing outrage over veterans hospitals.” Jim Avila noted how multiple V.A. medical facilities in several states are now being investigated, and let the relative of deceased veteran decry the President’s handling of the scandal. However, he didn’t mention that the wait lists have been around for years – something that CBS Evening News mentioned in its coverage of the controversy: [MP3 audio from the ABC report available here;

With the big three networks now starting to cover this & even some Democrats calling out the President for not doing enough, this one scandal might actually stick….

http://standupforamerica.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/10029/

HillaryGate?

We know the State Department under Clinton refused to classify Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.  Their “reasoning” is it would enhance their image & help them recruit more to their cause.  OK, lets say that is a reasonable thought & position.  For them to also threaten the Nigerian government for fighting those murders?

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/05/report_us_threatened_nigeria_with_sanctions_in_2013_for_fighting_boko_haram.html

 And what was the Nigerian government up against?

the recent abduction of nearly 300, mostly Christian, teenage schoolgirls in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram, yet another Islamic terrorist organization plaguing mankind.  As expected, the group justified its actions in Islamic terms, with its leader declaring on video, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them on the market, by Allah. … There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell.”

Of course, for those in the know, none of this is surprising.  In March 2012, Boko Haram warned that it would do just this, declaring that it was preparing to “strike fear into the Christians of the power of Islam by kidnapping their women.”

Moreover, of all the human rights abuses I catalog in Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians – and there are depressingly many – Boko Haram’s savagery has resulted in more Christians killed than in the rest of the world combined.

The group has bombed or burned hundreds of Christian churches, most when packed for service, including on Christmas Day and Easter Day, leaving hundreds of worshippers dead or dismembered through the years.  In its bid to cleanse northern Nigeria of all Christian presence – a repeatedly stated goal – it has threatened to poison the food eaten by Christians and stormed areas where Christians and Muslims were intermingled, singling the Christians out before slitting their throats.

Go to my monthly “Muslim Persecution of Christians” series, currently 30 in all, and see the countless atrocities that Boko Haram has been responsible for – most of which make the recent Nigerian girls’ abduction pale in comparison.

The real news here is that the so-called mainstream media actually reported on this latest atrocity, prompting both Western and Muslim authorities – who are much more accustomed to, and comfortable with, pretending these sorts of things don’t exist – to respond in awkward, hypocritical and, in a word, foolish ways.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/islamic_sex_slaves_throw_wrench_in_official_narrative.html

Ignor the Bigot Here….

http://newsbusters.org/when-did-tolerance-become-one-way-street.html

 

Mathius says:

Bigotry must be called out. Always and forever, it is an imperative of a healthy society that it cannot be tolerated.

Don’t want to be called a bigot? Don’t do or say bigoted things.

LOI, Anita, Gman and (probably) others are, sorry to say, but flatly: bigots. You could call them Islamophobes if you prefer, but the truth is the truth. This is not idle name-calling, but a hard statement of fact.

My people were once the subject of such bigotry. I will not stand idly by and watch others be subjected to the same.  

 

To be fair, Matt did back away from his remarks somewhat.  I must say I was amazed at the number of responses in a few, short hours.  Kicking a hornets nest can be fun, if you don’t get stung.  One thing got my attention, it seemed many did not read the article closely.  Number one, I did not write it.  Number two, the author calls for nothing more than consideration on the part of Muslim immigrants and the hosts of the nations to which they immigrate.  He explains the Muslim culture/religion from the viewpoint of a peace seeking Muslim.  Is that offensive?

No?  How about,

When walking alone one night on a dark street, I heard footsteps behind me.  I felt a sense of relief when I saw it was a white man…

Better?

Are Muslim Immigrants Humble Guests Or Aggressive Invaders

Are Muslim Immigrants Humble Guests Or Aggressive Invaders

With all the uproar about how the world is changing to conform with the demands of immigrant Muslim demands, I felt it was the right time to make a statement. Feel free to distribute this article as you wish.

There are many examples such as creating special time slots for swimming pools and sports games, and the rescheduling of university exams because they were on a Sunday, which was a time for Muslim prayers.

What about the rights of the Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, and other various religions who had no objection to taking the exam on a Sunday yet had to rearrange their lives to suit the Muslims. This is Canada, not a Muslim country but a Christian one. They do not make exceptions for the Jews when some events are held on a Saturday, their holy day.

Europe is even worse, although Australia is standing up to a degree. With all the animosity that is brewing, we must consider some very important facts about the religion of Islam.

The koran, like other religions, teaches the basic morals and good ethics required to be a decent human being. One very important principle is Adab. This very profound quality of character that must be cultivated covers too many english words to describe, but the basic principle is good conduct. Adab teaches how to be a good guest conforming to the rules of the host and culture.

Adab is a main tenet of the Islamic tradition and the demands that the guests are making on the host countries are in total opposition to its principles: Respect your host, respect all beings, do not disturb others in their way of life.

The importance of adab is beautifully summed up in the words of Ibn A’rabi, the greatest of Sufi saints and teachers, when he said; “100% of your spiritual growth is dependent on your adab.”

Anyone who does not follow or agree with this principle, or would follow the muslim tenet that everyone must be converted to Islam or die, is not coming as a guest but rather is coming as an invader to conquer people in another land.

The point I would like to make is that immigrants either conform to the customs, laws and culture of the host country or be treated as invaders and deported. Anyone who goes to another person’s home or another country and says; you must do it my way, should be treated as an invader, if not simply as too rude to be welcome in your home.

Since the changes being demanded concern religious regulations, such actions could be compared to a form of Jihad, a religious war. You generally do not grant citizenship and bestow all the benefits of citizenship to an invader who has declared war on you, but that is exactly what is happening in so many generous democratic countries.

I am not saying that anyone should not have the right to live as they choose, but rather that if you elect to emigrate to another country, you should know and accept and adapt to the new environment you have chosen to live in. For example, you do not take a trip to the Antarctic to see the penguins and pack only bermuda shorts and a t-shirt.

You know what you are getting into, and if you want it to be like home, then do not go where life is different, unless the entire purpose of your trip is to change the place you are going to. Again this is the behaviour of an invader, not a guest.

I call upon all non-muslim countries in the world to join together and adopt the attitude that every citizen or visitor should be allowed religious freedom, but anyone who demands a change of the way a country and its citizens function in favor of a newly arrived guest should be deemed an enemy infiltrator, establishing a position inside the country to which an attack is being planned. We were here first!

We must learn from history. How many countries have been invaded by the British and other European countries. Look what has happened to the indigenous people, they were massacred. History is repeating itself, but I hope that this time we can wise up and prevent the inevitable.

Of course no country will take affirmative action for the simple reason that they are very scared of violent repercussions, and rightfully so. This valid fear itself justifies my point.

Why is it that the Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews and many other religions who have immigrated do not make demands on the host country to change the way the hosts live? Another more important question is why no changes have been made to accommodate those religions?

The reason is very simple, they do not pose the threat of violence if the host country does not conform. Here again we have further evidence that these are not grateful guests but rather violent aggressors, which need to be put in their place for the sake of the natives of the land.

I am asking all Muslims to be respectful guests and respect the rules of the host country who has welcomed you, provided you with a better quality of life, the benefits, services and privileges that come with having a western passport, and stop asking your generous hosts to change the way they live. This is very poor adab and will return bitterness and hatred, as you can see.

This article may sound like I am trying to incite non-Muslims against Muslims, and that may happen of course, but rather, my goal is to bring peace and harmony to our world.

We should all have the right to live as we choose, and if your way means that other people cannot live the way they want, and have been living for hundreds of years, then something is very wrong with your way.

The greatest supporters of this article should be Muslims who simply want to live a better quality of life in a new country, peacefully. It is they who are suffering the most by the radicals making unreasonable demands. A person should not be hated because they are born into a religion or wear a head scarf. But they are, simply by association to the radicals. This is unjust to everyone and is caused by the people who are demanding so called justice and freedom to live as they choose.

I am asking Muslim immigrants globally who are integrating peacefully in their new home to reject the demands of the fanatics and entreat the those who are demanding changes to back down and fit in, or go back to where they came from.

We should welcome with open arms any guest who immigrates and wants to share their culture as they settle in their new home. I am not saying to reject all Muslims, but only those who demand that the host country and people change the way they live.

If this article insights some fanatic to kill me, I am very happy to die as a martyr, just in case they are right and I get a plethora of perpetual virgins, I just hope they are all young and gorgeous. However, I would even be satisfied with the koranic promise of the Beautiful Eyes. Yes, that is the truth, the koran does not promise any virgins.

The gift to the martyr is Hur al Ein, the Beautiful Eyes. But no one knew what that meant, so men, as men do, translated that into something more enticing. Please refer to this article for my understanding of The Beautiful Eyes

May all people on earth be happy and stop telling other people how to live and what to change so they can have it their way. The world is not Burger King!

http://entrepreneurmonk.com/are-muslim-immigrants-humble-guests-or-aggressive-invaders/

Rand Paul, Hit or Miss?

Rand Paul’s Foreign Non-Policy

Senator Rand Paul was, until recently, a serious contender for the GOP Presidential nomination but his recent piece in the National Review Online shows why a President Paul would leave a lot to be desired. The Kentucky senator, heir to the libertarian dynasty founded by his father, has been making waves doing voter outreach among African-Americans, college students, Hispanics and more. These efforts should be praised and emulated, not merely by those on the right but by all who value the electoral system and want no vote taken for granted. Senator Paul has been a straight talker when discussing the failed war on drugs and the horrible consequences of prohibition which result in millions of Americans sent to jail for mere recreational possession.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/05/rand_pauls_foreign_nonpolicy.html

Just a Number

“To teachers I’m just another child”.  Can anyone not relate to that thought?  Seger has a gift for taking thoughts we’ve all had, putting them to paper & music and somehow they become profound.  An article on school bullying got my attention.  The CDC has done another study & there are dots we can connect.  Is that reporter speak for, I’ll tell you what I think this all means, don’t bother to read or research it for yourself (or to have an independent thought)  Unkind & maybe undeserved, but my read on this is a shift & emphasis on guns & school shootings.  “Bullying victims are sneaking hundreds of thousands of firearms, knives and clubs into U.S. high schools”.

 Direct from the CDC study:

School associated violent deaths are rare.1

• 17 homicides of school-age youth ages 5 to 18 years occurred at school during the 2009-2010 school year.

• Of all youth homicides, less than 2% occur at school, and this percentage has been stable for the past decade.

In 2010, there were about 828,000 nonfatal victimizations at school among students 12 to 18 years of age.1

Approximately 7% of teachers report that they have been threatened with injury or physically attacked by a student from their school.1

In 2009, about 20% of students ages 12–18 reported that gangs were present at their school during the school year.1

In a 2011 nationally representative sample of youth in grades 9-12:2

• 12% reported being in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months before the survey.

• 5.9% reported that they did not go to school on one or more days in the 30 days before the survey because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.

• 5.4% reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife or club) on school property on one or more days in the 30 days before the survey.

• 7.4% reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property one or more times in the 12 months before the survey.

• 20% reported being bullied on school property and 16% reported being bullied electronically during the 12 months before the survey.

OK, it’s not the reporters fault.  I am an @ss, quick to judge & frequently wrong.  I seem to remember President Obama assigning the CDC to study school shootings/violence.  It’s hard for me to look at this “study” where a

gun=knife=club.  In what world are they equal?  The CDC wants to talk about mass/school shootings.  Problem, the numbers do not help their cause.  My guess only, since they didn’t publish numbers of guns, knives or clubs separately.  I think they lump them together to inflate their hype on guns in schools.  According to the CDC, there are around 50 million students in K thru college.  There were 828,ooo instances of reported victimizations, ages 12-18.  Statistically, any school student is very safe.  Reality, as always, is not the same.

 “20% reported being bullied on school property ”  One/fifth of students are bullied in the survey year?  And this is after years of increasing anti-bullying laws, rules and soap box promises that politicians would END bullying & school violence once & for all!  But they haven’t fixed it, after all these years and studies and money spent.  Why can that be?  How can this keep happening?

Maybe because they don’t actually want to “fix” the problem.  The Obama administration/CDC is interested in promoting gun control.  This does not mean they want or support school shootings, but consider their efforts on bullying and compare it to energy spent on gun control.  Seems oblivious they only want to treat the symptom, not “cure” the cold.  There could and likely are other factors.

They have done studies on gun violence that discredit nearly every liberal talking point.  When the numbers are displayed broken down by neighborhood, not state, an overwhelming fact emerges.  There are no violent states, just small, violent area’s.  A correlation  between low income/gangs can be indicated, but again, who would want to cure a cold if they made their living off repeatedly treating that illness.

By the same token, are all schools violent?  Are all failing to stop bullying?  Or are some inner city schools overwhelmed?  What are the chances of a school in any of those violent neighborhoods being an oasis from gangs and violence?  Are those same schools heavily unionized?  Those are topics this administration does not want discussed.  Hence a “study” that leads to their desired conclusion, or at least, talking points.

Some personal experiences.

I attended a concert years ago.  The show was ruined for me & hundreds by three obnoxious drunks shouting over the music.  Several of us complained to several city police officers.  They nodded and did nothing.  I was sorely tempter to attack and fight them.  Frustrated beyond belief that the police would not do their job, but had I acted, I would be arrested, possibly sued by the drunks.

A friend was called by the school years ago.  His son was hurt & needed to be taken to a doctor.  His son had a broken jaw.  Broken by a bully he had been complaining about for a while.  The bully sucker punched him outside the gym.  The bully was suspended for ten days.  The school did not call the police or an ambulance.  My friend did call the police, who were reluctant.  He ended up having to sue in civil court for damages.  Bullies are not expelled because of the thousands of dollars in funding they bring to the school.  Expel them & another school gets that funding.

Three or four years ago, the high school my kids are now attending had a bullying incident.  Three, black, Sr high girls severely beat a black, Jr high girl.  We were very interested in how the school would handle this incident.  We were considering switching to a private school.  We never could find out what was done.  Must protect a child’s privacy, we are told.  But then, college’s are very secretive when it comes to campus violence.  I understand no school wants a reputation for violence, but what about the public’s right to know?

Would you knowingly send your daughter to a school with a high number of rapes over the years?  How can colleges keep such secrets for so many years?  It seems to me there is a lot of money spent on education.  We hear tuition costs are jumping at headline making rates.  And all school loans now go thru the federal government and are exempt from bankruptcy protections…..

My how I’ve jumped around….but there is a concise thought & conclusion.  Schools are an artificial environment created for educating our young in a group of similar age.  Since this environment has been taken over by central government control it has been on a path to failure only staved off by diminishing results, standards and accountability.  Government does not cause this, but creates the environment where failure thrives.

Pity the students trapped in public schools being bullied and ignored.  Can any of the bureaucrats presiding make them or us believe they aren’t just numbers….

 

Feel Like A Number
Words and music by bob seger

I take my card and i stand in line
To make a buck i work overtime
Dear sir letters keep coming in the mail
I work my back till it’s racked with pain
The boss can’t even recall my name
I show up late and i’m docked
It never fails
I feel like just another
Spoke in a great big wheel
Like a tiny blade of grass
In a great big field
To workers i’m just another drone
To ma bell i’m just another phone
I’m just another statistic on a sheet
To teachers i’m just another child
To irs i’m just another file
I’m just another consensus on the street
Gonna cruise out of this city
Head down to the sea
Gonna shout out at the ocean
Hey it’s me
And i feel like a number
Feel like a number
Feel like a stranger
A stranger in this land
I feel like a number
I’m not a number
I’m not a number
Dammit i’m a man
I said i’m a man

 

And this is a decent article with links.  My main gripe is him going along with the CDC narrative without question.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/bullied-students-sneak-thousands-guns-schools-n95781

 

The Heavy Hand

The heavy hand of the IRS seizes innocent Americans’ assets

Flint, Mich.Earnest moralists lament Americans’ distrust of government. What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand.

George Will

Terry, who came to Michigan from Iraq in 1970, soon did what immigrants often do: He went into business, buying Schott’s Supermarket in Fraser, Mich., where he still works six days a week. The Internal Revenue Service, a tentacle of a government that spent $3.5 trillion in 2013, tried to steal more than $35,000 from Terry and Sandy that year.Sandy, a mother of four, has a master’s degree in urban planning but has worked in the store off and on since she was 12. She remembers, “They just walked into the store” and announced that they had emptied the store’s bank account. The IRS agents believed, or pretended to believe, that Terry and Sandy were or conceivably could be — which is sufficient for the IRS — conducting a criminal enterprise when not selling groceries.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-the-heavy-hand-of-the-irs/2014/04/30/7a56ca9e-cfc5-11e3-a6b1-45c4dffb85a6_story.html

JAC’s new post

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a major Environmental Protection Agency regulation that forces states to limit air pollution that drifts across state lines, which could result in even more regulations on the coal industry.

Justices sided with the EPA in a 6 to 2 decision, saying that the agency’s rule that states should regulate smog and soot emissions from power plants did not violate the Clean Air Act, reversing a lower court decision striking down the rule.

“In crafting a solution to the problem of interstate air pollution, regulators must account for the vagaries of the wind,” wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the majority opinion. “EPA’s cost-effective allocation of emission reductions among upwind States, we hold, is a permissible, workable, and equitable interpretation of the Good Neighbor Provision.”

The court’s decision was cheered by the EPA and environmentalists, who argued it was a victory for public health.

“This is great news for millions of people who suffer from serious health problems caused by the soot and smog-causing pollution from power plants in other states,” said John Walke, director of the Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Implementation of these long overdue protections will prevent thousands of premature deaths and save tens of billions of dollars a year in health costs.”

Republicans and the coal industry have blasted the decision, saying it imposes huge burdens on power producers and lessens states’ ability to set its own environmental standards. Fourteen states and several power companies sued the EPA over the rule, saying it put undue burdens on some states without regard to their actual contribution to cross-state air pollution.

“Upholding this rule will place a great deal of stress on Texas’ electricity grid,” said Texas Republican Rep. Pete Olson. “When EPA issued the original rule, at least two Texas plants were scheduled for closure, now that the final rule has been upheld, we must prepare for plant closures and further strains on reliability.”

The EPA implemented its so-called Cross-State Air Pollution (CSAPR) in 2011. The rule required 28 Midwestern and Southern states to reduce air pollution emissions that were drifting into the air space of states along the East Coast.

Bandamonium

We all need to stop & thank our grandfathers for the wonderful life we live today.  Mine have gone on to their reward, but more to the point, thank the things invented years ago that we still use today.  Be very thankful they are not new products just not being offered to the public.  Imagine  trying to sell an energy source that provides easily controllable heat for cooking or living, but it’s an odorless, colorless, explosive gas…

We’ve all seen video or movies with cars exploding.  Yep, most of us drive around sitting on top of a bomb & never give it a thought.  And can anyone believe our government would allow that today?  Good thing it was invented before government grew into today’s behemoth.

Aspirin has been around even longer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_aspirin

Many think it could not pass FDA standards. Bayer got into trouble for offering aspirin combined with a supplement into one pill.  It’s legal to buy & take separately, but  combining them is illegal?

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116971.htm

We are allowed to use these products now because they are Grandfathered in, being established products, they don’t have to meet modern government standards.  So my thought for the days is how grateful I am to not need permission to take aspirin.  To not need a permit to heat my home or cook my food.  Trying to be positive and not think about all the things our government ban’s, such as experimental drugs to people with fatal illness.

Government ban’s,

we moan & groan

and it goes on and on.

Imprimis

 

March 2014

Early Warning: The Continuing Need for National Defense

Brian T. Kennedy

President, The Claremont Institute

BRIAN T. KENNEDY is president of the Claremont Institute and publisher of the Claremont Review of Books. He has directed the Institute’s Golden State Center in Sacramento and its National Security Project. A member of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and co-author of Shariah: The Threat to America, his articles on national security affairs and public policy issues have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Investor’s Business Daily.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on March 4, 2014, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C.

Harold Rood, a professor of international relations at Claremont McKenna College who died in 2011, was not as well known as he was influential. A soldier in Patton’s army in World War II, he taught his students that war is permanent to the human condition, and that in war it is better to win, for no one ever had to accommodate a loser. America will always have enemies, he told them, and those enemies will forever be planning and expending resources to place themselves in a position to defeat us. It would be nice if it was otherwise, he was fond of saying, but it is not otherwise. It is the way the world was.
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Open Mic Part 25

BlWEaYeCEAARHhVSpeeding things up! Feel free to bring any subject forward.

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Like voting matters…

We seem to be past the Bundy Ranch standoff.  So glad it didn’t go to far.  Think the son was roughed up in violation of his rights, but that’s for another day.  Letterman is retiring & his replacement has been named.  Personally I think Jon Stewart would have been the perfect choice.  So I voted (at MSN) saying no, he’s not the right fit.  Thought it funny the winner is who is Colbert!  And with that, open mic..
 
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Is Stephen Colbert the right choice to replace David Letterman?

  1. Yes; he will do a good job.

    30 %

    Yes; he will do a good job.
    78,211 votes
  2. No; he is not the right fit.

    25 %

    No; he is not the right fit.
    63,769 votes
  3. I’m not sure yet.

    14 %

    I’m not sure yet.
    36,430 votes
  4. Who is Stephen Colbert?

    31 %

    Who is Stephen Colbert?
    78,890 votes

Is it cow farts again?

Environmentalists just seem to hate cows.  The W.H. recently mentioned methane produced by cows while discussing climate change initiatives.  We have an armed stand off in Nevada with over 200 federal agents.  I’ m wondering here when the talk about protecting the environment for the desert tortoise.

Rob Mrowka of the Center for Biological Diversity..

“Mrowka complains that after more than 20 years of disputes between the embattled Bunkerville rancher and the federal government , Bundy’s cattle still roam the range that has been closed to them to protect the habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.

“This situation is simply outrageous,” Mrowka, a senior scientist with the center, said. “It’s high time for the BLM to do its job and give the tortoises and the Gold Butte area the protection they need and are legally entitled to. As the tortoises emerge from their winter sleep, they are finding their much needed food consumed by cattle.””

http://mesquitelocalnews.com/sections/opinion/editorials/cliven-bundy-hero.html?i

Sorry, but I don’t think the BLM give’s a rat’s gnash about any turtles.  Them may pay lip service to the need & their duty to protect.  But if so, how will Mr. Bundy  paying a tax per head of cattle to the federal government any any way help the turtles?  Will Uncle Sam mail them a check?  Rancher Bundy claims he’s helping them more by providing irrigation & the cow’s dropping provide fertilizer.

What I see in the governments actions describe motive.  Show me the money or we will take it and punish you.  George Washington quashed the “Whiskey Rebellion”, sending a message that the new United States government was serious about collecting it’s revenue.  Is this not just the same message?  Is this not them sending a loud, clear message to any taxpayer having thoughts on refusing to pay Uncle Sugar?  The government won in court.  Mr. Bundy has/is defying a court order to pay or to not graze on BLM land.  Mr. Bundy’s view, that what his family has legally done since the 1800′s is & should be the law.

I’m not a lawyer or an accountant, but to have 900 head of cattle, doesn’t Mr. Bundy buy & sell things?  Doesn’t he have a bank account?  Isn’t the normal practice of the government to take it’s money first?  The government’s tactics are clearly to intimidate and even to terrorize.  We are watching our government wag a war against a citizen over taxes.  The message is ancient, almost biblical…  I wonder if the will salt his lands when they leave?

Never Again, Again?

I would like to talk about the recent Ft. Hood shooting.  I hope I do this right and don’t come out looking for someone to blame.  Sadly, murder/suicide’s  are something that happens everywhere.  I don’t want to call them “normal” but people do go nuts and decide to blame others.  I think both the left & right are prone to use something like this to direct the narrative to fit their agenda.  Ex.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/04/women_with_guns_save_lives__again_.html

Woman with gun saves live again?  It’s true, but it’s also true they were MP’s or military police officers.  A point made, everyone except the MP’s are unarmed by policy set by our government.  A military base with thousands, even hundreds of thousands of firearms, but all safely locked away.  Thousands of soldiers trained in their use denied access when the need presents itself.  And this is after the first Ft. Hood shooting, when lessons were to be learned.  This is after the Naval Yard shooting.  And now everyone who hears this story wonders why this wasn’t prevented.  If we can’t make our military bases safe, what place in America can be safe?
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Up in Smoke?

I haven’t formed a strong opinion before on Colorado’s legalizing pot.  Do I think it should be legal?  Yes but…am I in any substantial way supporting you & you lifestyle?  Do what you want with your life as long as it’s not on my dime!  But now I have formed an opinion & support it’s legalization, but I’m totally opposed to how it’s being done.  Only state licensed shops can legally sell there.  OK, so it’s all about revenue?  And how is that working out?

Colorado expected around $100 million in revenue, it’s looking closer to $40 million.  Maybe spring/summer will bring more tourist willing to fork out premium pricing to get a legal high.  Costs looks to be around $40 for an eight an ounce.  By comparison, street price ranges from $25 for an eight to $25 for an ounce.  (If my numbers are way off, understand I’m not a user & have no intention of doing much real world research, this is just what I’ve found on the internet)  I think my point is valid that the blackmarket is cheaper & will continue to prosper.

Marijuana has been illegal in every state until just recently.  Is there a state where it was not commonly available?
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Open Mic Part 24

thHGKO53TSTime for a new thread!

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A Time For Change

change2Folks, it has come time to change some things here at SUFA.  After much thought, I believe it’s time for my term as administrator  of this site needs to change, a self imposed term limit basically.  It’s only fair that I announce this with all due respect to everyone who reads and posts here.  For the most part, it’s a great site for people to chat about the many issues in our world.  My views, which may be extreme at times,  don’t seem to be welcome much for too many folks, so it’s best that I move on in life and become just a simple reader and occasional poster, as I was in the past.    It’s been fun, but at times it’s also quite frustrating, but, that’s life.  Life isn’t always easy, especially when you have no control over the vast majority if things that surround us.   This however, is something I can control and I have decided to leave the responsibility on keeping SUFA running efficiently to someone willing to take the reigns over.  I will help anyone who volunteers for these duties as much as my knowledge will allow.   With that said, this will be my last article posted as the current Administrator, I would hope that someone will step up and fill the void and keep this site running.  I will continue to chime in on occasions, but life dictates that it cannot be at the same levels I have been able to do in the past.  God Bless All Of You!
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