Sara Palin

I like Sara Palin.  By most accounts, she did a good job as Alaska’s Govern.  She has said things I agree with and has been out front on many issues such as the “Death Panels”.  But I find it hard to think of her as my pick for POTUS.  She is more qualified and has the qualities I look for, but something is lacking.  Her humor appeals to me, reminding me of Reagan’s which was both charming and effective.  Am I applying a double standard?  Maybe…  In the end I think there is a lack of substance to her positions.  Anyone can oppose and find fault with what another has done.  But a leader will put forth a plan, stake out a position.  Be firm with Russia?  What does that mean?  “Double, supersecret probation”?  And I think this goes for all who court this office.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/01/sarah_palin_too_toxic_for_2016.html

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  1. Sarah would still be a huge improvement over Obama, by leaps and bounds. Plus, she’s easy on the eyes 😀

    • Maybe if Sarah were President, we wouldn’t have people abuse their authority: http://kingworldnews.com/closing-new-york-dress-rehearsal-total-control-peoples-lives/

      Since when does a mayor or Governor have the power to restrict the free movement of the people? Is this not “martial law”?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        gman

        NO, it is not martial law. The Govt CONTROLS the Govt owned infrastructure. Who would have thunk it.

        • The GOVERNMENT is OWNED by the people. Or are we now in F-ing Nazi Germany?

          • Just A Citizen says:

            The people do not OWN the govt. Time to get real.

            And what would the screaming had been if the mayor and governor sat on their hands and NY got buried in 3 feet of snow, and emergency vehicles could not move because of idiots on the roads???

            Quite frankly it seems to me some people bitch about everything, no matter what is done. Now people are trying to claim this was a deliberate effort to “conditions” us to accept martial law.

            Grow up people. I don’t care for these jerks either, but maybe they were just doing what they thought best for the people in their area.

            And for the record, we have had these kinds of closures locally in the Rocky Mtn states when potentially killer storms are barreling in on us.

            • Well just maybe the Kings and Queens can suggest staying off the roads and explain that if they get stuck and interfere with snow removal, then they can be fined. This particular method would look much better. No, instead, the power hungry Liberal’s decided to shut down all movement, completely destroying everyone’s rights.

              Let’s see, what would be the more appropriate government response.

              1. All roads are closed at 11 pm. If you are caught on the roads you will be fined 300 bucks. This is due to a really bad storm that could be the worst ever.

              2. Folks, we have a really bad storm coming. We ask that you complete your business and request that you stay off the roads, beginning at 11 pm, so our plows can clear the roads of snow. If you must go out and you find yourself stuck and/or interfering with snow removal trucks after 11 pm, you are subject to a fine of 300 bucks.

              See the difference JAC? You know, the being ruled versus being governed as a free people.

              Let this also be a reminder that the weather guessers were wrong about NYC, and they should be reminded of such when some claim they can predict what the climate will do in a hundred years. 😀

              Now smile 🙂

              • Just A Citizen says:

                NO effective difference. The “fine” makes it mandatory because anyone on the roads would be “interfering with snow plows”.

                Don’t play me for a fool Gman, I know the difference. But howling over minutia of “presentation” is nothing but howling to howl.

                That fact remains, people expect Govt to do something when there are emergencies, and because many people are stupid, Govt sometimes dictates what it wants done in order to facilitate emergency response.

                The key point is that this is not some covert conspiracy to get us to accept Marshal Law or some other bull shit theory of “absolute tyranny”. These kinds of responses by Govt have been going on ever since we decided to rely on Govt. services in emergencies.

              • Appearance is everything. I couldn’t help but noticing Cuomo seemed to enjoy his dictatorship moment in front of the camera’s this morning. It seems it’s the nature of some in politics to feel comfortable making dictatorial demands, versus some who make things more like a caring warning with an example of what one shouldn’t do. Yes, both ways that I presented said the same thing in a different way. One sounds like a dictator, the other sounds like someone who cares and has a job to do, but won’t take away the peoples perception of freedom. The CHOICE was still there in the latter.

                What I think your missing is the perception of dictatorship. There could have also been no threat of force in both cases. Just say we have to close the roads, temporarily to remove the snow and ASK people to refrain from driving. Why the need for a threat? Most people who have a lick of common sense won’t be driving in a blizzard they have been warned about. Are you implying that NYC people are really that stupid they need to be threatened? If you are, then OK, maybe they only respond to threats because far to many lack any common sense. Maybe we should ask SK what he thinks, since he lives there. 😀

              • YO! SK, what say you my NYC friend? 🙂

              • Just A Citizen says:

                Gman

                ” Just say we have to close the roads, temporarily to remove the snow and ASK people to refrain from driving. Why the need for a threat? ”

                MY perspective? That is how you Easterners do things, especially those from New York or New Jersey.

                That is my experience when they move out here. They start TELLING everyone what to do and how to behave. Thank goodness they don’t immigrate in large enough numbers to overwhelm us. Can get most straightened out before they become to damaging.

              • LMAO! Nice rebound. Your thinking about the East Coasters, not Easterners. Those of us outside the big cities have a clue, HAHAHA! 😀

              • They closed the subways! They closed the Subways. For the first time in 110 years they closed the subways…and for snow!

                Beware of Cuomo Jr. just as sure as Caesar should have been wary of the Ides of March. That little turd is dangerous! look at his eyes. Run any photo and look at his eyes. After he dissolved the Moreland commission, I thought his presidential aspirations were cooked. Not thinking that so much anymore. Firstly, I think Hillary ain’t going nowhere. Secondly, never thought I’d see the day but NYS Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver is indicted. This is one of the most corrupt bastards ever to walk down the aisle. Handing him up like that takes the eyes off Cuomo. VH should at least light a candle. Silver was a defender of abortion up to the last second by any means necessary and would never allow any conflicting legislation to come before the assembly. Think Harry Reid on Steroids with a speed chaser for that one!

                So wanna know Cuomo? Look at the Gun bill he rammed through Albany. Then, think back to his stint as HUD Director. Despite professing a love of hunting (anybody remember his photo op with Kerry in Cammies with Shotguns?) he tried to ban ownership or possession in ANY federally built or assisted housing. That is not just places like Cabrini Green in Chicago but middle class developments with HUD mortgages or loan guarantees. This guy taught Obama how to go extra legal.

                Every now and then when I go off the deep end I tell folks that Obama is not the Anti-Christ, he is John the Baptist to the real Anti-Christ, Andrew Cuomo. Always reminds me of Damien in “The Omen” especially around the eyes.

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                That was a mouthful…SK, you really don’t have an opinion on this do you? Put a stake through the heart and let the sun shine in.

              • JAC, I do believe we have the answer! 😎

              • You really have a flair for writing 🙂 You know Reid claims to be pro-life, no really he does, and he has at various times voted that way-but he is not supporting the 20 week abortion bill. Is calling it really bad things-so much for being pro-life.

        • It is now quite clear that this country is turning into a Communist shithole. Nothing personal JAC, but I got more snow here that NYC did and usually do, nobody demands I stay home or else. It’s a disgrace to freedom.

    • Larry the Cable Guy would be an improvement over Obama… Not so easy on the eyes though…

  2. Just A Citizen says:

    Evidence of the rot that has infected us. Make sure you explore the comments. Perspective and Context have been lost to so many it isn’t funny anymore.

    Let alone that the tail is wagging the dog……..pun intended, but appropriate.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/godaddycom%e2%80%99s-super-bowl-ad-yanked-after-being-blasted-by-puppy-lovers/ar-AA8EOEv?ocid=HPCDHP

  3. Just A Citizen says:

    LOI

    I like her as well, in the role she has assumed. That of rabble rouser. However, there is the hint of her doing it all for the money. I say “hint” because I think she does believe some of what she says.

    Dare I say she is the Joe Biden of the Republican party???? Simply not Presidential “timber”.

    • She’ll still be an upgrade on Obama, and far better looking 🙂

    • Agree on rabble rouser. Can see money has influenced her, but she is preforming a service when she gets attention paid to a worthy issue, so I have no problem with her on money at this time. Repug Biden? Can’t go there…. when has he ever said anything that made sense or been right?

      “Simply not Presidential “timber”.” Wood joke time? Careful in agitating the fairer members of SUFA.

  4. Just A Citizen says:

    Apple sets revenue and profit record. I think we should “confiscate” their cash position and use it to ………………. ?????

    From NY Times:

    “First-quarter revenues at the company, now valued at $650bn by investors, grew 30 per cent year-on-year to $74.6bn. Earnings increased by 48 per cent to $3.06, well ahead of analysts’ estimates. “For a company of our size that is not a small feat,” said Luca Maestri, chief financial officer.

    Apple’s cash position at the end of the quarter stood at $142bn, net of debt. That is almost $23bn up on three months earlier, with 89 per cent of its cash now held outside the US. “

  5. Just A Citizen says:

    Here is my summary of all the bitching about the Govt response to the snow storm. Or any other big event. This is from “intimate” experience.

    People build out in the woods, far from town. The State, Local and Federal Govt try to get people doing this to do things to protect their homes from wildfire. They explain that this is a dangerous thing so they need to do certain things or their homes will burn.

    Get out of our lives you “fascist pigs” howl the new wave of “independent Americans” now living “in the wilderness”.

    Wild fire comes, “Why aren’t you trying to save my house” scream these “pioneers”. When the houses burn they then sue the Govt agencies for not “responding properly” for the value of the “property lost”, blah, blah, blah, blah.

    Hypocrisy on display and it cuts both sides of the political spectrum.

  6. JAC, just so you know, I’m pulling your chain a little 😀 Here’s what I just got via email:

    …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THURSDAY TO 10 AM
    EST FRIDAY…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A WINTER
    WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND ICE…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM
    THURSDAY TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY.

    * ICE ACCUMULATIONS…A TRACE TO POSSIBLE 0.1 INCH.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 4 INCHES

    * SNOW AND ICE BEGINNING…WINTRY MIX LIKELY BY NOON.

    * PERIOD OF MOST INTENSE ICE AND SNOW…RAIN OR WINTRY MIX
    CHANGING TO SNOW ON THURSDAY EVENING. BETTER CHANCE OF INTENSE
    SNOW 8 PM TO MIDNIGHT.

    * SNOW ENDING…8 TO 10 AM FRIDAY.

    * IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO
    SNOW…SLEET AND ICE.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT SNOW…SLEET…OR FREEZING
    RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING AND
    REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATION TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    BY CALLING 412-262-1988…POSTING TO THE NWS PITTSBURGH FACEBOOK
    PAGE…OR USING TWITTER @NWSPITTSBURGH.

    I rescheduled a doctors apt due to threat of ice. The snow is no problem, ice, big problem.

  7. Like I said-Obama makes it real clear who he stands with and who he doesn’t.

    Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department
    Brotherhood seeks to rally anti-Sisi support
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    Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a demonstration in Dalga Village, in upper Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

    Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a demonstration in Dalga Village, in upper Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 / AP

    BY: Adam Kredo
    January 28, 2015 5:00 am

    The State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders this week for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, an ally of the Brotherhood, in 2013.

    One member of the delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamic group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page.

    That delegation member, Waleed Sharaby, is a secretary-general of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council and a spokesman for Judges for Egypt, a group reported to have close ties to the Brotherhood.

    The delegation also includes Gamal Heshmat, a leading member of the Brotherhood, and Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery, a Brotherhood member who served as a parliamentarian from Luxor.

    Sharaby, the Brotherhood-aligned judge, flashed the Islamist group’s popular symbol in his picture at the State Department and wrote in a caption: “Now in the U.S. State Department. Your steadfastness impresses everyone,” according to an independent translation of the Arabic.

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    Another member of the delegation, Maha Azzam, confirmed during an event hosted Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID)—another group accused of having close ties to the Brotherhood—that the delegation had “fruitful” talks with the State Department.

    “Maha Azzam confirms that ‘anti-coup’ delegation, which includes 2 top [Muslim Brothers], had ‘fruitful’ conversations at State Dept,” Egypt expert Eric Trager tweeted.

    Assam also said that the department expressed openness to engagement, according to one person who attended the event.

    Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), told the Washington Free Beacon that the State Department is interested in maintaining a dialogue with the Brotherhood due to its continued role in the Egyptian political scene.

    “The State Department continues to speak with Muslim Brothers on the assumption that Egyptian politics are unpredictable, and the Brotherhood still has some support in Egypt,” he said. “But when pro-Brotherhood delegations then post photos of themselves making pro-Brotherhood gestures in front of the State Department logo, it creates an embarrassment for the State Department.”

    When asked to comment on the meeting Tuesday evening, a State Department official said, “We meet with representatives from across the political spectrum in Egypt.”

    The official declined to elaborate on who may have been hosted or on any details about the timing and substance of any talks.

    Samuel Tadros, an Egypt expert and research fellow at the Hudson Institute who is familiar with the delegation, said that the visit is meant to rally support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s ongoing efforts against to oppose Sisi.

    “I think the Muslim Brotherhood visit serves two goals,” Tadros said. “First, organizing the pro Muslim Brotherhood movement in the U.S. among the Egyptian and other Arab and Muslim communities.”

    “Secondly, reaching out to administration and the policy community in D.C.,” Tadros said. “The delegation’s composition includes several non-official Muslim Brotherhood members to portray an image of a united Islamist and non-Islamist revolutionary camp against the regime.”

    The delegation held several public events this week in Maryland and Virginia, according to invitations that were sent out.

    Patrick Poole, a terrorism expert and national security reporter, said the powwow at the State Department could be a sign that the Obama administration still considers the Brotherhood politically viable, despite its ouster from power and a subsequent crackdown on its members by Egyptian authorities.

    “What this shows is that the widespread rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East, particularly the largest protests in recorded human history in Egypt on June 30, 2013, that led to Morsi’s ouster, is not recognized by the State Department and the Obama administration,” Poole said.

    “This is a direct insult to our Egyptian allies, who are in an existential struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, all in the pursuit of the mythical ‘moderate Islamists’ who the D.C. foreign policy elite still believe will bring democracy to the Middle East,” Poole said.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/muslim-brotherhood-leaders-hosted-at-state-department/

  8. VH……Where have you been???? Obama and his administration have been talking to the “brotherhood” since they backed them in the Arab Spring…….this is old news.

    • I know it is-but the fact that he is still talking to them after they showed how they would rule and Egypt worked to have them removed-tells you something about Obama.

  9. Now, for those of you that have been following how Texas handles its business referencing the Mosques and Sharia Law. First of all, how hypocritical would Texas be if we tout freedom and then refuse the Muslim community? This is a free State……so, to test us, the Muslim Community has a couple of Mosques in the area that practice Sharia Law. Expecting a huge fight from Texas, the Mosques had their spokespersons ready and the news media was all over this……and then our new Attorney General. Ken Paxton, held a news conference yesterday giving welcome to the Mosques and their introduction of Sharia Law within their own Mosques and community…..

    Paxton said to the Muslim Community…you are free to practice Sharia Law as long as it is voluntary and it does not violate Federal, State, or Local laws. If you violate any of our laws, you will be prosecuted and that includes local noise ordinances. So, take your Sharia Law and do what you want. Paxton was asked about “stoning” and “caning” which is discipline under Sharia Law and his answer was very simple……it is assault and violates State and local ordinances and law. You will go to jail. Our police will drive through the community as your community is not independent of any other community. In addition, our police will be happy to attend any meetings and engage in any associations so that we can ask questions and you can ask questions so no one is ignorant of each others position.

    that said…….Have a happy day.

    • I had read about these Mosques, didn’t think anything of it. I’m not concerned with Muslim “no go zones” in the US, we already have “black no go zones” that no stranger in their right mind would go into an night without being heavily armed. Just to be clear to other readers, these “black no go zones” haven’t been formally announced by any governments. But, I can guarantee they exist in every crime ridden city in the US.

  10. Interesting…..so we change the wording to make it appear that we still do not exchange hostages…the Taliban are now “armed insurgents” but ISIS and Hezbollah are terrorists…..what a joke.

  11. I’m reading that Obama’s poll numbers are going up-just can’t understand why. I can hear these dictators laughing from here.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2015/01/29/castro-to-obama-reparations-gitmo-and-cutoff-from-dissidents-the-price-for-normalized-relations/

  12. http://politicaloutcast.com/2015/01/teens-work-hard-serve-customers-police-stop/

    Gotta love them government’s. It seems that we are more like Communist Russia more each day. “Get off the roads or we will shoot you”, is just around the corner.

    • People complain about kids not being able to get jobs and then stop them when they are industrious enough to make their own-our laws seem to be at cross purposes-but I guess that’s what happens when one follows the letter of the law instead of applying some basic common sense.

  13. I was drawn to this man’s sense of humor. Love his definition of Marx.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397448/marx-was-othering-white-male-james-lileks

  14. this is already starting here-people harrassing people for not aborting their disabled children. Funny how evil grows when it gets a foothold.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/397370/dutch-better-killed-disabled-bigotry-wesley-j-smith

  15. Is everybody sure those artificial wombs will be used to actually protect the life of the unborn.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/396941/big-step-toward-human-fetal-farming-wesley-j-smith

  16. A lot of articles about Chaits article on the net right now-In my opinion this one is the best-Curious what everyone’s opinion is of his mob mentality argument vs. free speech.

    Liberal Jonathan Chait Pens Microgressive Triggering Attack on “Political Correctness”
    —Ace

    Worth a read. I put “political correctness” in quotes in deference to Noah Rothman’s observation that the militancy of what we’re seeing now may transcend the notion of “political correctness” and simply become full-on Stalinist thought control or Orwellian newspeak.

    Whatever term you use, it is bad and getting worse.

    So much so that even liberals are getting angry about it — and exhausted by it.

    I’ll pass over the long recapitulation of the various anti-speech sins the left is guilty of later, though they’re worth reading about. I just assume you’ve read them or need little convincing on this point.

    On to conclusions:

    At a growing number of campuses, professors now attach “trigger warnings” to texts that may upset students, and there is a campaign to eradicate “microaggressions,” or small social slights that might cause searing trauma. These newly fashionable terms merely repackage a central tenet of the first p.c. movement: that people should be expected to treat even faintly unpleasant ideas or behaviors as full-scale offenses. Stanford recently canceled a performance of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson after protests by Native American students. UCLA students staged a sit-in to protest microaggressions such as when a professor corrected a student’s decision to spell the word indigenous with an uppercase I — one example of many “perceived grammatical choices that in actuality reflect ideologies.” A theater group at Mount Holyoke College recently announced it would no longer put on The Vagina Monologues in part because the material excludes women without vaginas. These sorts of episodes now hardly even qualify as exceptional.

    But it would be a mistake to categorize today’s p.c. culture as only an academic phenomenon. Political correctness is a style of politics in which the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate. Two decades ago, the only communities where the left could exert such hegemonic control lay within academia, which gave it an influence on intellectual life far out of proportion to its numeric size. Today’s political correctness flourishes most consequentially on social media, where it enjoys a frisson of cool and vast new cultural reach. And since social media is also now the milieu that hosts most political debate, the new p.c. has attained an influence over mainstream journalism and commentary beyond that of the old.

    In a short period of time, the p.c. movement has assumed a towering presence in the psychic space of politically active people in general and the left in particular. “All over social media, there dwell armies of unpaid but widely read commentators, ready to launch hashtag campaigns and circulate Change.org petitions in response to the slightest of identity-politics missteps,” Rebecca Traister wrote recently in The New Republic.

    Two and a half years ago, Hanna Rosin, a liberal journalist and longtime friend, wrote a book called The End of Men, which argued that a confluence of social and economic changes left women in a better position going forward than men, who were struggling to adapt to a new postindustrial order. Rosin, a self-identified feminist, has found herself unexpectedly assailed by feminist critics, who found her message of long-term female empowerment complacent and insufficiently concerned with the continuing reality of sexism. One Twitter hashtag, “#RIPpatriarchy,” became a label for critics to lampoon her thesis. Every new continuing demonstration of gender discrimination –a survey showing Americans still prefer male bosses; a person noticing a man on the subway occupying a seat and a half — would be tweeted out along with a mocking #RIPpatriarchy.

    Let me stop right here and offer Chait, and Rosin, some constructive criticism. It is as this point that the typical Political Correctness Mob Enforcer will object and say, “But we’re just using Our Speech to mock Rosin; how can it be ‘anti-free-speech’ to employ our own speech? In fact, you’re ‘anti-free-speech’ person here by attempting to de-legitimize my free speech vis a vis Rosin.”

    Chait doesn’t address this; he just leaves this argument hanging for the PC Enforcement Goons to deploy. (And they will; they always do.)

    They’re wrong, but it needs to be said why they’re wrong.

    The reason is this: There is a difference between Rosin’s rational argument and the coordinated attacks of a mob.

    Mobs do not “argue.” They intimidate or humiliate (or both). Mobs do not engage in an enlightened, reasonable dialogue. They shout ritualized chants. Mobs are not interested in persuading someone of their wrongness of their claims; they only care about shutting the speaker up, whether he’s changed his mind or not.

    An argument from a single author (or group acting together to write a single paper) is an instrument of reason; a mob which selects a target and then attacks that target with wolf-pack like tactics is an instrument of emotion.

    Human beings are in fact hard-wired, as an evolutionary matter, to cringe before the baying mob; and they are further hard-wired to feel empowered by being part of an angry, screaming mob.

    So it’s not quite true that joining up with a mob is “speech” just like any other speech. The “speech” of a mob is emotionally abusive and personally intimidating — and it is hardwired into our brains to find it such, when directed at we ourselves.

    On the other hand, we’re also hard-wired to really enjoy leading a mob against someone. It feels good. There is no denying that; I’ve felt damned good everytime I’ve joined up with a mob.

    And it is precisely because it Feels So Good to engage in coordinated mob cruelty that thoughtful people must resist the lure and call out mobs where they see them.

    Hannah Rosin was not dissuaded from making further public arguments along these lines because she was convinced she had been wrong in offering them originally. She was dissuaded from speaking further because of the threat of continuing group coordinated emotional attacks against her.

    Thus, the frequent objection to PC Tactics: that they are “exhausting.” Well yes, but why? Many arguments and claims are wrong, but we don’t say they’re exhausting too often. (Tedious, perhaps; exhausting, more rarely.)

    We say things are “exhausting” when the speaker (or mob of shouters) decides to bypass the cool route of reason to advance the case and instead resorts to the emotional levers of group hazing, ritual chanting, coordinate ostracism and humiliation, and the inherent intimidation of a coordinated and angry mob acting, as mobs are want to do, without any reason or restraint.

    And that is the difference.

    Now, the PC Mob types will reject this distinction because — and listen closely here– most of them are Stupid and Inarticulate; most of them are in fact incapable, on a mental or emotional level, of making an academic or at least essay-like case.

    They are in fact low-thinkers. It is no accident that they favor the brutish, the primate-like, the animal-level sorts of “persuasions” of group hooting and feces-throwing. They favor this because this is what they are capable of, and no other.

    Thus, in a very real sense, to insist on the standards of rational discourse with such people does in fact predjudice them; it is the same as insisting a horse walk on two legs to enter a race. It is the same as disqualifying them outright.

    They sense this, and so they reject these calls to employ the classic techniques of reason and analysis in making their case. They know such grounds do not favor their brains. They know yelling and coordinating Social Shaming is the most they’re capable of.

    Nonetheless, though such rules may in fact disqualify a number of base-thinkers from public argumentation, they must be insisted on all the same. They always were insisted on — at least before the last round of democratization struck upon the idea that equality must now mean that a man’s stupidity and ignorance should never be held against him — and to continue ignoring them simply permits the hostile, seething emotional Coordinated Yelling of mob “argument” into a realm of enlightened exchange which, definitionally, must exclude such persons (or such tactics, at least).

    If you don’t understand the actual problem — that the “speech” of the mobbers and shouter-downers is qualitatively different from the actual speech of those who deal in cooler, more lucid streams of communication — then you cannot actually define what it is these PC Goons are doing wrong. On a surface level, of course, they are right– they are just “using speech themselves.”

    But it’s a toxic sort of speech, loaded with dark emotion and actual hatred which is entirely antithetical to dispassionate analysis.

    In fact, the PC Goons seem to understand this more than the liberal critics of PC thuggery. Chait turns to discussing a women writer’s forum called “Binders Full of Women Writers,” in which minority women can’t seem to help but play their PC Victim Cards on the non-minority women.

    And they’re very upfront at the Age of Enlightened Discourse had its chance already, and that the new Age of Screaming Hate At Everyone should be given its chance:

    On July 10, for instance, one member in Los Angeles started a conversation urging all participants to practice higher levels of racial awareness. “Without calling anyone out specifically, I’m going to note that if you’re discussing a contentious thread, and shooting the breeze … take a look at the faces in the user icons in that discussion,” she wrote. “Binders is pretty diverse, but if you’re not seeing many WOC/non-binary POC in your discussion, it’s quite possible that there are problematic assumptions being stated without being challenged.” (‘POC’ stands for ‘people of color.’ ‘WOC’ means ‘women of color.’ ‘Non-binary’ describes people who are either transgender or identify as a gender other than traditionally male or female.)

    Jesus Christ, that was already exhausting and he hasn’t gotten to the exhausting part yet.

    Two members responded lightly, one suggesting that such ‘call-outs’ be addressed in private conversation and another joking that she was a ‘gluten free Jewish WWC’ — or Woman Without Color. This set off more jokes and a vicious backlash. ‘It seems appropriate to hijack my suggestion with jokes. I see,’ the Los Angeles member replied. ‘Apparently whatever WOC have to say is good for snark and jokes,’ wrote another. Others continued: ‘The level of belittling, derailing, crappy jokes, and all around insensitivity here is astounding and also makes me feel very unsafe in this Big Binder.’ ‘It is literally fucking insane. I am appalled and embarrassed.’

    The suggestion that a call-out be communicated privately met with even deeper rage. A poet in Texas: ‘I’m not about to private message folks who have problematic racist, transphobic, anti-immigrant, and/or sexist language.’ The L.A. member: ‘Because when POC speak on these conversations with snark and upset, we get Tone Argumented at [these people fly off with rage when you suggest that They need to “police their tone,” by which I mean frothing hatred, a little better themselves — ace], and I don’t really want to deal with the potential harm to me and mine.” …A white Toronto member, sensing the group had dramatically underreacted, moved to rectify the situation: “’ESUS FUCK, LIKE SERIOUSLY FUCK, I SEE MORE WHITE BINDERS POLICING WOC AND DEMANDING TO BE EDUCATED/UNEDUCATED AS IF IT’S A FUCKING NOBLE MISSION RATHER THAN I DUNNO SPEND TIME SHUTTING DOWN AND SHITTING ON RACIST DOUCHE CANOE BEHAVIOUR; WHAT ARE YOU GAINING BY THIS? WHAT ARE YOU DETRACTING? YOU NEED SCREENCAPS OF BURNING CROSSES TO BELIEVE RACIST SHIT IS HAPPENING? THIS THREAD IS PAINFUL. HUGS TO ALL THE WOC DURING THIS THREAD”

    Chait notes, rather obliquely, that the PC system has created what is essentially a Speaker Caste System with some speakers’ being in higher castes, and thus more privileged (and thus willing to churn out ALL CAPS RAGE without expecting to be called on it (and in fact getting even more ALL CAPS RAGEY if they are called on it)), and others being in lower castes, and thus quite disadvantaged, and only really permitted to apologize and beg forgiveness whenever someone in a Higher Speaker Caste demands they do.

    It should be pointed out that the “exhausting” behavior that he documents is caused by this caste system. Good behavior is not in everyone’s personal interest; rather, it is in the group’s best interest, but, as in many cases, it is personally best for an individual if he is free to break the group’s rules of decorum while everyone else in the group is required to follow them.

    Privileging certain speakers — the more female, the more black or minority, the more gay or trans or other sexual ethnicity — thereby empowers them to break the normal rules of social interaction as they may please, resorting to personal attacks and ALL CAPS RAGE at the drop of the hat.

    And then of course there are plenty of opportunistic and crude white people who will claim to be Honorary Minorities and thus entitled to use such tactics as well.

    This is exhausting. All similar behaviors are exhausting. When people exhibit such exhausting behaviors, we generally exclude them from further participation, because we just won’t put up with that crap.

    But we have many people who now believe that they are Privileged to belong to a Higher Speaker Caste and may employ any number of emotionally-angry and abusive tactics in what should be rather light conversation (all academic conversation is “light;” compare it to talking to you doctor about a surgery) that are forbidden to everyone else, and in fact have been forbidden for 3000 years of intellectual history.

    It’s time to reinstate those rules — for all comers. Even for those who claim some minority status which puts them above your White Man’s “rules” of civilized debate.
    Posted by Ace

    http://ace.mu.nu/

    • Here you go-couldn’t figure out to highlight a particular article on Ace -until now-you have to tap the comment line at the bottom. So if you’d rather read it at the link-here you go.

      http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=354601

    • Interesting read VH! Couldn’t help but agree for the most part, as I have seen it all first hand just recently. I’ve read garbage and refuted everything said, only to get attacked by the “pack”. That’s not very bright as I can whoop a packs ass in short time and have recently done so. I’ve destroyed the entire ideology of a “progressive populist” as she called herself. That was last week, not a peep since. Her little pack seems to have decided it’s not wise to rattle the redhead since 🙂

  17. You really cannot make this stuff up………….

    Just announced….THE WHITE HOUSE IS STUNNED THAT ONE OF THE RELEASED PRISONERS IN THE SWAP FOR BERGHDAL IS BACK WITH THE TALIBAN……

    Stunned that one of the most notorious Taliban commanders is back in action…..REALLY?

  18. Just A Citizen says:

    D13 and BFi

    Been thinking about your comments on the global economy. BF’s recommendation doesn’t make sense to me, so ya’ll need to explain your view.

    As I see it, National Debt is going to have a major impact on financing in Europe. Combined with China and Russia this amounts to a global recession or at least slow down. The EU can respond by printing more money, this only increases the value of the dollar. Presuming we don’t also go on a printing spree.

    So……recession = lower asset value.
    Higher dollar = lower asset value in US. Fewer dollars to buy same hard assets.

    Why would you recommend moving cash into hard assets??

    That suggestion only makes sense when faced with very high inflation. But even then there has to be an escape point because nobody can eat hard assets. They have to be converted to money eventually.

    As I see it, people should be accumulating CASH right now.

    Go ahead……explain away.

    • I’m not them, but what the hell, I can at least cause some laughter 🙂 The dollar is dead. It is nothing more than the erection that a dead man gets. The funny part, nobody wants to open their eyes wide enough to see it. The BRICS are making plans on it’s own currency and trade plans, that don’t include the dollar. It will begin with the RNB from China and move from there. Germany will leave the EU before Greece, or shortly thereafter. The Euro is deader than the dollar. Oh, and the BRICS deal, signed on by 140 other countries, and that number is growing. We will soon be seeing something being stored in warehouses now, called the Treasury Reserve Note. The purchase of new ATM’s has already started. The NEW dollar will start at a 30% decrease or so in value vs. the current dollar. The devaluation will continue until it reaches about 80% over about 2 years. The question is….will this cause the destruction of the US government? I’m guessing NO, the sheople don’t have the courage.

      • Gman…there can be a rock bottom devaluation tomorrow and the USD will survive. I am not in the least worried about other currencies.

        • That’s good, because it’s all conspiracy theory today. Of Course, the North American Union was conspiracy theory a few years back, now CNN is talking about it. Makes one go HMMM!

          Good day to you and yours this fine day. I have talked to many of my friends up here and we all agreed to share some of our weather with ya’ll next month. It just wouldn’t be polite to keep it all to ourselves. 😀

    • JAC…..If you understood me to say hard assets….my response is no. If you will read back,to something I posted some time back….our family has preferred a liquid cash position. We have some hard assets but they are parlayed into the taxing structure to reduce income tax. AND, they are trade worthy assets…meaning useful. They create cash.There is not another currency in the world at this time that can compete with the dollar. We have hedged a little bit in gold and silver and platinum but only in collectible coin. No bullion nor ingots. It is our opinion that cash is King and will be….China can do nothing. They have an inflation rate that is about to strangle them. They are over extended. Now, you need to throw the book away because no one has even an inkling of what is about to happen….I do not claim to be any type of economic guru but as a family, we have made out well just by using common sense and being realistic. There is no magic wand out there. Europe will go the way of Germany…without Germany, the Euro dollar is dead. Germany learned from us about printing money like a drunken idiot.

      One thing to keep in mind that I have mentioned before. Reserves, commodities, etc are all tied to computer models and these computers are programmed to react to certain things. Computers are going to be the ruination of mankind if we are not careful. So, our position is to pull back on investment. We have cash and we are not investing the cash…it is not economically feasible right now. First of all, we do not want to create a tax position that allows Obama;s tax rules to hit us very hard. We have kept our effective tax rate around 12 to 15 %…we have avoided Obama care and the increase in capital gains. We have taken the steps to avoid the new inheritance taxes and we are not investing, as I said…..it is not worth it. The one real problem that you have in being cash flush is where to put your money…off shore or on shore….I am pretty sure that BF was referencing hard assets that are trade worthy and assets that can be used to make money and not assets that sit and collect dust on a hope and promise it might be worth something.

      We have invested in the past in land and we dropped out of the DOW as quickly as we could with Obama and the liberals in office. The DOW as you see it today is false. It is being driven by the Feds rules and that is a very dangerous precedent. So we are staying away. We pay very close attention to several indicators…..the first one that I have mentioned before and i think that BF mentioned it….and that is transportation costs and warehousing, not in the US but on the global market.

      Now, there are many countries out there that have invested heavily in US treasuries and such…..think of it this way……if we decide to default…..what happens….do you think the Chinese are going to come over and confiscate assets? That will never happen and vice versa….there is nothing that the world can do….that means to me that the USD will be the victor…..It does not matter how many countries want to try to band together and form another currency……look at what happened in Europe…hell, they could not even get along.

      All this to say….we are staying in cash…..and look at this way…..all the hoopla about how well Apple has done…….they are all cash as well and off shore…..the US is very stupid in the application of its tax policies…we are driving cash out of the country….Obama thinks that he can get the world to play along……and they are playing along, ok…..play him like a violin and he is too stupid to see it.

      We are poised, at this moment, that if we have another Jimmy Carter episode…..cash is King. It will control and that is when you move in and acquire even greater wealth by picking up the pieces. There is no incentive to building anything right now until out economic policies and taxing structure changes. So, cash is where we are…..with strategically placed hard ( working ) assets that keep our tax rate low and even.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        d13

        Can you provide some examples of “hard assets” that produce income for the rest of the folks.

        You may recall, I am heavy with income producing real estate. Which I view as a “income producing hard asset”. Just wondering if both you guys agree.

        Now what I see is global slow down mixing with a 7-10 year USA recession cycle. Bottom line, I expect commodities and real estate to drop further. CASH is King when prices are going to fall.

        So my recommendations to others are “sell” now and hold CASH.

        Wondering what your opinion is on refinancing the real estate to increase the CASH position, rather than selling those assets. I don’t see interest rates dropping any more when the banks can make money shuffling the free Fed Money through the equity markets.

        On the interest rate note, I do not see interest rates rising this year as the Fed has indicated. Not if the world keeps slowing. Noticed Summers interview this evening. When asked what GDP growth to expect he said 4 to 5% is out of the question “for some time to come”. Very interesting don’t you think?

        He said 2 to 3% may be achievable this year, but better chance a year from now.

        If Larry Summers claims we will have 2 to 3% growth in GDP this coming year……….. I see RECESSION on the horizon. Yes, that was sarcasm, well justified I think, but sarcasm none the less.

        Right now, I don’t see a major down side to increasing debt to create cash reserves. The only risk is if income streams used to pay that debt are slashed below the break even point. Which I suppose could happen if the recession became bad enough globally.

        • Actually, we are already seeing the inflationary side……but it has been so subtle, no one is noticing….or everyone is used to it. I hear people daily saying that the low gas prices are really cool and it is putting more money in their pocket but food prices and hard goods and transportation are going the opposite direction….prices for staples are increasing. Little things like weed eater line or batteries or wash rags or barbed wire……you get the picture. When I see these things happening at the current rate that it is…..we re-evaluate and only buy what is actually necessary.

          I am not a real estate person, per se, and we do not dabble in it….real estate is a different game for us. I do know several people in it. However, rental producing properties seem to be doing well. We have a substantial investment in the trucking industry…..rolling stock, we call it. You can utilize depreciation schedules that offset the cash earned. As long as you replace it…it goes on forever. When you want to get out of it, you will have a capital gain but in the meantime, you have earned substantial dollars….all shielded. However, be warned that the initial investment can run into the millions. Additionally, you need to evaluate which portion of the trucking industry you want to invest in…..we stay in chemicals and liquid foods. Find a niche and exploit it. One tractor trailer combination is expensive but it works well with us….A Peterbilt tractor runs about $80,000 and one trailer ( tanker ) runs about $35,000. So you can have $115,000 in one unit….put that on an accelerated depreciation schedule and for three years, you can shelter no less than $350,000 per unit….and by shelter, I mean it is all cash flow and NO tax. If you set your entity up correctly, you can shelter a variety of things…..we keep things in LLC’s and until recently sub chapter S…but Obama is about to kill the Sub S. We also have a holding company that we can keep several things in …both active and passive. It used to be that you could only shelter active with active and passive with passive…but the holding company lets you combine. The main problem in all of this is how to keep a tax basis at a level that you can work with it. So it takes lots of planning. I just gave you a layman’s view…..it is complicated but it does pay well if done properly.

          Another example that works for us is a cattle ranch. Five thousand head of cattle on 25,000 acres with roads and barbed wire fences….all fitting in the depreciation schedules as well. Depreciation, as you know is a real asset…as long as the IRS code stays intact. If done correctly, you can earn millions and pay no tax.

          We dropped all of our employees and helped them become independent contractors or contract labor…..in this vein, we do not have Obamacare nor pension plans nor 401’s. We have nothing that is dependent upon DOW averages for retirement investment. Now, if you go to independents, you lose control of your employees….there are definite instructions in the IRS code that defines “control” to maintain independent status.

          We have substantial cash in various places that earn anywhere from 1.5% to 6%. Small returns but safe and guaranteed and it is all cash.

          We also do not dabble in things we are not familiar with. We do not use hedge funds, nor brokers, nor others. We do our own investigations and investing. It is not perfect but it works for us and we pay no commissions. We sometimes miss opportunities and we sometimes screw up…but I will put our return on investment up against anyone (except the big boys)……our annual return over the last 25 years has been 12.5% AFTER tax. If you are reading and understanding correctly, you will also see that it is compounded.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            d13thecolonel

            I understand completely what you are saying. We have run ours the same way for years. I just used rental real estate instead of other things, like trucking. Primarily because we were moving around and needed something that did not take major supervision on a daily basis.

            From your post I can easily guess your views on debt. Same as mine I’ll bet. The only good debt is when your after tax return is greater than your after tax debt costs. 🙂

          • Just A Citizen says:

            d13

            Another thought on your comment about “inflation”. I agree that prices have been rising slightly the past couple of years. I think this is related to the “improving” economy.

            However, many commodities are way down from a few years ago. There is a lag time between raw materials and final product prices. Some prices are up and others are down. But others, like your batteries, rise due to regulatory controls most people do not recognize.

            I see recession coming. Unless the Fed floods the market I see prices falling or stabilizing. This will especially be true if the dollar continues strength against all other currencies. Cheaper Mexican and South American food and Chinese clothing. Some assets, like houses should fall again as they are tied to “employment”. People without jobs do not buy homes at inflated prices.

            I heard some people claiming massive inflation the other day because their groceries were 30% higher than 5 years ago. Apparently they didn’t notice WHEN this happened because it was almost 7 years ago that food costs rose about 40% over three years. It was in fact during the time when the Obama economists were claiming we were suffering from “deflation”, aka, Mr. Krugman and Mr. Summers.

        • @JAC & D13

          “Now what I see is global slow down mixing with a 7-10 year USA recession cycle. Bottom line, I expect commodities and real estate to drop further. CASH is King when prices are going to fall.

          So my recommendations to others are “sell” now and hold CASH. ”

          Seems to me all world currencies are showing weakness, Russia being #1. But instability in the Euro, Japan & China, I think the dollar looks the most stable. All foreign currencies are devaluing faster than us…. Obama is faced with a Republican Senate & Congress, so no major budget events. Isn’t this when someone gets a war started, just to shake things up?

          • Just A Citizen says:

            LOI

            The economic theory of war applies when everything is going to absolute shit. The theory being that the govt will go to war to divert attention from the economic devastation. In other words, to prevent its overthrow.

            However, the major wars have had nothing to do with the perpetrator being under significant economic stress. Nothing in the order of causing rioting and overthrow. So I don’t think this theory applies to the major players. You can see some evidence of it with the Third Worlders, however. But even then you will always find other grievances underlying the conflict.

      • Lot’s of fun and interesting opinions when it comes to economics. If only one person could see the future, it sure would be easier. With my limited resources and years of prep work for any coming storm, I’ve decided to reinvest into gunsmithing, which was part of my military expertise. I’m working on restoring an old Winchester Model 94, 30-30 lever action. It’s not complicated, as far as taking apart and putting together. The main slow drag has been on blueing. This, I would consider an asset that I could trade for most anything. People often forget that their individual skills can be an important asset, not just stuff or paper money.

        Secondly, I’m very well set up for hunting whitetail deer. I’ve heard many say that if it got bad, the herd would become decimated because of the city folk hunting them. To that, I say hogwash. Not only is deer hunting NOT easy, access to land can be shut down in the rural communities quite easily. This would likely happen anyway, to protect cattle. Providing the local needy with meat could also be considered an asset.

        My rambling for the day is complete. 🙂 Back to your regularly scheduled political chatter.

  19. http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/01/29/napolitano-border-control-unobtainable-a-dc-myth/

    Col., any response to this? If you do not try you certainly cannot do.

    • Yep…my response to it is she is full of bull crap. We have done something right down here in Texas…..we have gone from 10,000 crossings per month down to around 300 per month, now, at latest count.

      But you have to want to do it. It is actually very easy. But you do have to adopt the attitude of Obama when it comes to obeying the law. He does not obey it and has set a precedent…we are absolutely not listening to the stacked Federal Courts…..what is the government going to do? Send in the Army? take our money away? Do you think for a minute that we give a rats ass? We do not……but it takes guts and the balls to take this stance.

      And it takes. what Texas has done…..local jurisdictions and we concentrated on the down ticket races in out elections over the past 8 years…..our state government is on board.

      So, it can be done……but Texas is also unique in that we have no Federal lands that control our borders like Arizona and California has.

  20. Let us see, the big O’s legacy will be the destruction of everything we have worked for in Western (and Eastern) Europe for the past 70 years. First we and the Fourth Reich (Angie Merkel) manage a coup in Kiev which in turn forces the Russians to protect their Naval assets by seizing Crimea. Then we lead and encourage a boycott and sanctions against Russia which in turn is leading to the break-up of the old alliances. What a magnificent job!

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/28/us-greece-politics-germany-idUSKBN0L121R20150128

    • Interesting…is it not.

    • Could someone put this in layman’s terms for me..especially in regard to German’s place in the world order. Friend of mine is convinced Germany is going to be top dog over there which will then set up Armageddon. I never know how to debate him on that.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Anita

        Germany is positioned to be top dog, that is for sure. That is as long as they don’t fall for the Keynesian economic theories the rest run on.

        Armageddon, not at all. Not unless Russia tries something really stupid to protect Putin from being hung. Russia doesn’t need a shooting war to cover Putins backside, however. The Russian people only need a “paper” enemy. Mr. Obama has given them that for now with the sanctions over Ukraine.

        I do not see the Germans becoming the militarized Fourth Reich, if that is your friends concern. I do see historic jealousies and animosities coming to the surface by other people as Germany remains strong and the others suffer.

        The short term unknown is whether Germany will take a hair cut on the debt owed to it by the others, or demand full payment. If the latter the other nations may tell them to pound sand, like Greece is threatening to do. That will create more tension but not a major WAR.

        I do see Ukraine splitting in two, sooner or later. As long as Russia is making trouble and exerting its power in the area, eastern Ukraine will want to split in order to remain tied to Russia. Western Ukraine is more naturally linked to Germany and Poland.

        Russia is the antagonists but I think will back off if the whole NATO issue is dropped by those old USSR states now wanting to join. This is one place where I would try BF’s theory of the hegemonic power backing off a little to allow the other side room to back off as well. Let Russia save face and restore some sanity to the region.

        Then again, maybe we should finally implement the G.S. Patton solution and end this stupidity once and for all. Now that would probably involve Armageddon.

        • Thanks JAC. Gives me some kind of angle. I’ll probably see him tonight. The conversation always always ends up at Armageddon. He is very interested in biblical history..insists Russia and China are Gog and Megog and Germany ends up king of the world. I roll my eyes at him, he laughs, and we keep arguing. I couldn’t care less how it all goes down since the end result is we’re all dead anyway. Still interested to hear any other takes on Germany.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Anita

            There is little you can say once someone goes “Biblical” regarding Armageddon.

            I can refer you to the Vatican’s own Historian who has repeatedly explained that the Book of Revelations and other comments in the Bible regarding the end of the oppressors were written to bolster the people’s resolve that ROME would eventually die. This had to be done in a way that the Roman authority could not figure out that there were rabble rousers that needed crucifying.

            This does not negate the story of Jesus returning. It simply deals with all the hell fire and end of times WAR rhetoric contained in those books, especially Revelations.

            Per this “Catholic” historian the book of Revelations is mostly a giant “metaphor” for the coming end of the Roman Empire.

            • Oh! I can hear him already… ‘your guy doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about’ since he takes every word in the bible as ‘gospel truth’…until I trap him on things like parables. Still fun to spar with him.

        • Merkel is said to have proposed an economic partnership with Russia (and China) at Davos. This would occur after Germany leaves the EU. The economies of many countries would go to crap if the EU dissolves. I wouldn’t count your chickens before your eggs hatch, Europeans have a different way of doing things than us. To suggest that NO war will occur is a wee bit short sighted.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Until recently we also had an economic partnership with Russia and China, along with hundreds of other countries.

            As I said, NONE of the major players are going to start a war just to deal with, hide, or fix their Economy. Ask yourself, did Russia start a major war when its economy completely imploded after the USSR dissolution?? It did strike out to deal with certain inherent issues on its borders (Georgia, Chechnya, etc.) and to block attempts by others to put them in a box (Afghanistan).

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            My opinion about the “other” countries economies going to crap…..they’re there now as a result of the EU policies. Not that most of the countries, Italy, Greece, Spain etc didn’t float back and forth socialist leanings, they only went so far and had to finance their programs. I believe they really failed once far richer countries funded the uber social agenda. It will take a few years but Italy etal will revert to within their means and in the long run the people will enjoy a fuller and more fruitful life. Right now they are systematically destroyed. You’ll se the OPEN border stuff disappear also. Not between the member states but they will control the “external” migration.

            Example in Croatia…to gain entry to the EU they were being told to shut down businesses that competed with those in Germany and France. The EU didn’t want to affect them, or even make them face competion? When confronted with the un-employed the EU said, ” they can go to Geramany or elsewhere and find a job”…..hah. Not in France they won’t.

        • The Krauts actually won the 3rd world war without firing a shot. When the wall fell in ’90 I remember being told by the usually wrong genius class that Germany would be in chaos for the next 25 years plus just trying to upgrade and digest the East. One of my great friends, a German expat, told me at the time reuniting Germany was probably a huge mistake.

          As Georgie Patton might have said, “Can’t keep a good kraut down.” These are an industrious people. What is even more amazing to me is that Angela comes from the East, the Commie part and she still figured out how to use economic power to achieve what military power could not.

          If I were the Russkies, I wouldn’t fall for any great “deals” the Germans might offer. They have a bad track record on keeping their word. If I were the Poles, I’d start building the tank traps now.

      • Germany can do just about what it wants to do. There is no EU without Germany….and they do not need a 4th Reich Military…..they have the economic clout. Greece is not going to take the austerity program and neither is Spain, Italy, nor France. The Euro dollar will be dead….Germany is playing this correctly.

  21. At least this guy recognizes the problem. But his fix is just as bad-he just wants to be nicer as they tell people what is proper to think and say-even if what they think is true.

    Learned a new word intersectionality -the best I can define it-it’s away to allow people to argue about who is oppressed the most-but lets look at that idea-We have a black woman who happens to be rich and a white woman who happens to be poor-who wins in the pity party debate.

    http://fredrikdeboer.com/2015/01/29/i-dont-know-what-to-do-you-guys/

    • Just A Citizen says:

      V.H.

      Your insights are astounding. This guy is a doctoral student in what amounts to “propaganda studies”. In my most humble opinion, of course.

      How to make arguments and then how to write in persuasive ways. Always look cautiously at anyone throwing around “linguistic” paradigms or studies. This is a legitimate field of study, but notice who those are at the forefront of this field. People like Chomsky. Masters of using language as a tool to fool.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      I see the word Pedagogy used more and more these days. I wonder if the “snobbish elite” who use it really know what it means at times.

      Now just think, if you don’t know what it means what did you think it meant when you read it in a sentence. It is one of those words that can lead you to conclude something that is different than what is being said. I wonder how many people read it, assume something and never know what was really said.

      I do think its use reflects that air of arrogance and snobbery of so many “highly educated” folks.

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedagogy

      • Well JAC, they have to do something to set themselves apart-when one thinks they are smarter than the peons under them-using big words must help their self esteem.

        Now for your enjoyment:

        http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=354658

        • Whodathunk Just a Citizen’s handle would be offensive to the undocumented immigrants!

          Better change it to Purple Penguin JAC! Baaahahahaha!

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Anita

            No chance. Would rather insult “non” citizens than purple dragons or penguins. 😉

            • Right on brother! We all need to just say no…or in my preferred language..Tough Shit!

              • You’re gonna give them ideas-the next thing we know saying citizens will be taboo too-course if you look at the big picture and the end game-Speech would be limited to very basic things and debate would be dead. So learning and pedagogy 🙂 would be pretty limited too. Thinking for yourself -not allowed.

        • Told you guys it is all about the language. Saw it coming years ago with the word “Militia” in the 2nd Amendment. To have opponents fight me tooth and nail and then insult and ridicule me because I insist that the word must be interpreted based on the time it was written and the meaning it had then. I, that’s me, am an idiot because I don’t let them have the meaning they want?

  22. Just A Citizen says:

    Deja vu’, all over again. Anyone else remember when our diplomats were meeting with other diplomats when they were preparing for and in the process of executing an attack on someone???

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/open-jihad-declared-in-egypt-following-state-dept-meeting-with-muslim-brotherhood-aligned-leaders/

  23. I wish more would be as brave as she is:

  24. http://rt.com/news/228031-greece-troika-varoufakis-bailout/

    The new govt in Greece SOUNDS like it will tell the EU to pound sand, this could teach us many things.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Sure they will. If they think they’ll get back to the good old days of retiring so early with all the perks they will be brought up short by reality. Their still in quasi denial. That “good life” was funded by somebody else. They will not get money or very much from outside of the EU. Biggest part of their economy was tourism and then possibly shipping. and internal services. When France gets off the 35 hour work week and Germans start replacing themselves instead of migrant temp workers from Turkey and other countries, Taking an average of 60 Vacation and Holidays, not counting weeknds is inrealistic, nice but in the long run a joke….SE Asia or China or Japan of for that matter India those days would be a fantasy. The US is in between those two work ethics.

    • It’s e propaganda to continue the illusion that you have a choice. You don’t, they make the decision, THEY being the elite ruling class. The person selected will be a “Status Quo” person that most likely resonates with the people. More of the same.

      • You are stubborn on this G. It’s all about the delegates not the elite ruling class. And the delegates vote according to how the primaries shake out.

        Not exactly sure about brokered conventions, but Michigan did change the rules after the 2012 primaries, where delegates votes were split according to percentage of votes won during the primary. Used to be a winner take all thing. Santorum gave Romney all kinds of grief over that.

        • Yes, because I watched it the last primaries with Ron Paul. Even Romney has said he “STOLE” the nomination from Paul. Romney was right, because he was the Elites choice. Ron Paul is anti-establishment and never had a chance. Once Romney won the nomination, the election was locked up because the elite already had control of Obutthead and didn’t need a new puppet. Wake UP girl, your vote don’t matter. Once you accepted computer voting, your voice was silenced.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      V.H.

      It means that old maxim “beware what you ask for” has been confirmed once again.

      Because………absent a clear winning in the Republican primaries, that is someone winning a clear “majority” of EIGHT states and having more votes than anyone else, the selection of the Party’s candidate will happen AT THE CONVENTION.

      This means good old horse trading and backroom deals to get delegates to vote for X, Y or Z.

      This is how it used to be done…that is the “brokered convention”. Reagan almost pulled it off against Ford in 76.

      If this happens it will make for great TV watching. A real political fight for all to see. The anger within the party will boil over right there in front of everyone. Potentially awesome.

      That is if you like real politics and not this coronation garbage we have been exposed to the past three decades.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Glad Romney stepped out. He was shaping up to be the “Sir Thomas Lipton” of presidential politics.

        • It won’t matter, the winner will be the one who will do what the Elites want, which will likely include more war. The whole Federal Government is run by the ultra wealthy. We lost the Feds over 100 years ago, lets not fool ourselves. When the Federal Reserve Act became reality, the government no longer has control. The Central banks run the world, not those who claim so.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Which ELITES?? They don’t all want the same thing so which ones do you think will DECIDE?

            That’s the thing with lazy rhetoric my Pennsylvania Cousin, eventually you have to go outside and find out what the weather truly is.

            The Fed Govt. has been a tool of the well to do since the beginning of our Nation. That is it run by them is not the issue. It is what they do with that power.

            • Let’s begin here, surprised you need a lesson: http://www.globalresearch.ca/martial-law-the-financial-bailout-and-war/11681

              Remember when the bank bailout was hate by the whole country? Remember when the Stock market BLIPPED a thousand points down , right before a vote to audit the Federal Reserve in the HoR? I do, I watched it all happen on TV. The Central banks run the world, period. Look what the Swiss Central Bank just did and the recoil. Look what happened to Cyprus with the “Bail ins”. JAC, , wake the hell up, your vote don’t matter at the Federal level, period.

              • Just A Citizen says:

                Gman

                Now describe the specific mechanism by which these people supposedly determine the outcome of the elections.

                You claim they are the same, yet they do not support the same value or policies. Yes, the Central Banks run many things. but you are talking about voting.

                The reality is that your vote doesn’t make a difference because there are not enough people who think the same as you or who want the same things as you.

                Those in the majority used to say the same thing, but now they are the majority.

                My vote does matter. Just as everyone’s votes matter. If they did not matter nobody would give two pinches about getting my vote.

                Your the one who needs to wake the hell up. You were granted the one single means of making change without having to kill people. But you and your kind simply want to wallow in your cynicism, denying your legacy and jeopardizing the future of the very thing you say you want protected.

                Here is the real irony for this line of thinking. Imagine a world with direct democracy. No more elites to blame for controlling the outcome of elections because nobody is running for office. There is an election on whether to implement Govt Health Care. You and I vote NO, but it passes by a 30% margin. Who is to blame now?? The votes don’t matter crowd would be screaming the same rhetoric……………. “see your vote doesn’t matter”.

              • JAC, all your vote does is pick one of two who the Elite have chosen for you to choose from. That vote just subjugates you to their will.

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              The old “Golden Rule” adage “He who has the gold, rules” preceded our government long before it creation.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Dale

          I am glad as well. He is to good a person and no family deserves THREE trips to the shooting barrel.

  25. Good news for New Yorkers. It seems we have another bad snowstorm coming this way and once it gets past my neck of the woods, with current snow totals projected between 8 and 12, it’s coming to NYC! YEA! Cuomo and deBlasio get to play dictators again, so get ready for…….nothing that the city hasn’t seen before. The question of the day is……………..

    Will the dictator wannabe’s play their bullshit game again?

    • I do not know if Il Duce can ever back down. I think of him more and more in the classic Mussolini poses, head thrust forward, shoulders back, hands on hips and mouth wide open spouting gibberish. .

  26. Just A Citizen says:

    Time for some “Fair and Balanced”. Combined with wonders never cease.

    Well stated Mrs. Obama. Now to sit back and watch all the lefty loon heads explode.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/first-lady-defends-american-sniper/ar-AA8MY7S?ocid=HPCDHP

    • I haven’t seen the movie yet. I will when I can watch it at home, until then, I will base my opinion on the commercials about it. I’m betting Michele got this one right. Cheers.

  27. Just A Citizen says:

    Thought of the day. A very, very LONG thought, but also timely.

    http://mises.org/library/secession-begins-home-0

    • Good sensible article.

    • Interesting, but I really don’t see how you could accomplish much unless the fight was at the State level instead of the local level. I can see the states being able to ignore the federal-but wouldn’t the local level have to win at the state level first.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        V.H.

        I think it will depend on the States. Not all have the same structure regarding the chain of authority. For example, some give great power to the cities, towns or counties. In those cases the local govt. can exert more control.

        The biggest thing is for the lowest levels to NOT take money from the upper levels.

        Next would be for the Counties, towns or States to CANCELL the numerous Law Enforcement “agreements” (memorandum of understanding) with the Feds.

        The author was a little overly optimistic in my view. While we can do much to secede from Fed and even State control, it is nearly impossible when it comes to the really big things that affect us. For example, the EPA’s control over air and water via Federal Laws.

        Or the Feds control of “interstate” commerce that has gone beyond the original meaning. What State is going to arrest Federal Agents who are enforcing a Drug Bust on Federal Lands, or even private lands for that matter?

        The Feds will take the States to court and WIN if the States ignore Fed law. That leaves the States the course of IGNORING the Courts. At that point it stops being a Peaceful secession movement and jumps to all out Civil War, including possible violence.

        To your point and question, YES in most cases the State Legislature and Governors will have to share the same values and goals. Not always but for much of this to succeed it will.

        Meanwhile, we INDIVIDUALS could do everything possible to divorce ourselves from the Fed and State. It is small but added together would make a difference. Such things as not taking govt payments beyond what you put in.

        • I would have to agree with you on this one JAC. Any attempt at secession would most definitely lead to violence. I would like to think this lesson has already been learned, but, to some, it doesn’t appear so.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      V.H.

      Allow me. I see these same tire arguments all the time. They ignore reality and rely on platitude and rhetorical argument.

      Lets take one item, the GI bill. This was not “paid for” with anything. It was paid with borrowed money.

      Furthermore, not everyone who later became “middle class” used their full GI bill. Education for example. Not all GI’s went to college. Many went to work in factories, which were rebuilding the world we just help destroy, and in building new homes for the survivors of the war.

      Those who attended college found their way into academia and the New Corporate World. They in fact become the very “fat cats” Mahr is criticizing. So in affect, this Socialism created the upper class, not the middle class.

      But lets deal with reality and facts. The MIDDLE CLASS is not being destroyed nor is it disappearing. Although it certainly could, in theory. The question is whether the “middle class” will continue to be a “majority” of the population. Visualize that large bump in the middle of a normal bell curve. That is not certain, nor is it even necessary.

      Now visualize a curve which has the bump skewed far to the right with a lower line leading to the bump. This would be a two class system with the MAJORITY represented by the “upper class”. That is using the Socialist definitions.

      Another key fact………….there is NO ACCEPTED DEFINITION OF MIDDLE CLASS.

      Thus no rational argument is possible with people like Mahr on this topic. Believe me, I have tried. They just ignore this key fact and start repeating the political rhetoric handed to them by the talking heads and left wing think tanks.

      One more thing. Mahr is correct in one thing. The USA did employ a “quaisi-socialism” after the War. But it wasn’t new. It was the continuation of the same system devised at the turn of the century and kicked up a notch by FDR. But Mahr will never take credit for the Sociaism that created the Great Depression.

      • To even discuss this you have to say ” “quaisi-socialism” there’s a reason for that. There’s also a difference in giving people a temporary hand up than the ongoing, equality based on nothing, lifelong crap that true socialism represents. So until someone can explain to me why now that we are 65 years past the 50’s people can’t seem to get off welfare and wayyyy to many stay on it all their lives. And why all these liberally run states seem to have a 2 class society, rich and poor. And how the economy can grow without people working and producing-I say BS.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          V.H.

          Ironically there is NOTHING in the definition of Socialism that requires “welfare”.

          Socialism is simply the public ownership of the means of production. By “quasi-socialism” I am referring to the Fascist economic model developed by the Progressives, which evolved from the Mercantilist model of the 1700’s and 1800’s.

          The “welfare” you are talking about didn’t even come into serious play until LBJ in the mid 60’s.

          Marhr’s arguments are B.S. but the result he brags about is true. He, like most leftists, simply doesn’t understand the cause of the effects. They also ignore the status/demographics/economic state of the 50’s with that of today. One reason they are still stuck on believing “massive infrastructure” projects will build wealth.

          It is true that the “right” infrastructure builds wealth. But the Govt. deciding on which infrastructure does not assure wealth because politics drives the investment, not economics. The massive build out in the 50’s and early 60’s created a lot of waste but also did some good. Because there was little built before there was bound to be some “lucky” projects constructed.

          Whenever you get into a discussion with one of these Mahr types on “govt spending for infrastructure” just ask them if they also are environmentalists. If they are concerned about global warming, dwindling wildlife habitat, shrinking water supplies, etc, etc, they have only their Govt. funded infrastructure projects to blame.

          Hydro…….dams……….kill of salmon and steel head populations, destroy riparian habitat.

          Desert water projects for farms………destroyed wildlife habitat, reduced water supplies, increased loss of soil due to wind and destruction of fertility due to increased salt in the soils.

          Interstate and US Highways………loss of wild life habitat, wl deaths, loss of fisheries habitat, pollution of streams and the spreading of the internal combustion automobile across the country………..ie Global warming.

          The connections are almost infinite. Remember my criticizing Rachel Maddow for standing in front of a damn exclaiming, “who would have built that?”. Exactly………if it was not for Govt the Salmon runs in the Columbia river would still be large enough to feed the Nation with healthy fish.

      • JAC, you are correct. Many GI’s did not take advantage of the GI bill. My Dad was one. The ’50s and ’60s were the productive years of the Greatest Generation. They had a strong work ethic, were frugal having learned their lessons growing up in the depression and strongly believed in educating their kids. The heavy had of government regulation and welfare had not yet descended on the country. It was a rising tide.

      • Back in Washington Heights in the ’50’s nobody would have admitted being in the lower class. It would have been an embarrassment. So, even if you, your three brothers and sisters were living in a five story walk-up sharing three rooms with your parents and even grandparents, you still considered yourself middle class. Lower class were the drunks, vagabonds and those on “Home Relief”. Someday pull up a map of Washington Heights, Manhattan, on my street 171st. We were six blocks wide but there were about 425 families per block. Amsterdam Avenue on the extreme East was full of those drunks and home relief people, Next block, Audubon, some really poor folks but mostly blue collar types. Next Street, St. Nicholas Ave. you started seeing better Blue collar types and some civil service types (bus drivers, mechanics for the city, cops, firemen). Cross over Broadway and you are now in the land of small shopkeepers, white collar workers. Further down was Fort Washington Avenue, many Doctors from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Teachers, accountants, nurses. last was Haven Avenue, which because of the housing stock was less well off than Ft. Wash but had spectacular views of the Hudson and NJ’s Palisades .

        To a certain extent, when I grew up, things were skewed by Rent control. Economically we were most certainly blue collar, very lower middle class at best yet we wound up on the right side of Broadway because rents were not market.

        As the neighborhood continues to gentrify, the old pattern re-emerges. With the slow but certain demise of Rent Controls (unless crazy DeBlasio changes things) eventually there will be absolute horizontal stratification in the neighborhood.

        http://www.nybits.com/manhattan/washington_heights/washington_heights_map.html

  28. My understanding is that these types of abortions start at 12 weeks and continue to about 23 or 24 weeks. Basically through the second trimester. But I’ve found that the information about the types of abortion used according to trimesters sometimes overlap.

    http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/14/groundbreaking-pro-life-bill-would-ban-dismemberment-abortions-tearing-babies-limb-from-limb/

    • One point-I am not sure that brain waves have been detected before the end of the first trimester-this has been reported repeatedly but the only study I’ve read about that detected brain waves was at 20 weeks. They per my understanding just don’t know if they are present sooner or if they simply can’t detect them-that will require further study.

  29. This just in:

    …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM SUNDAY TO NOON EST
    MONDAY…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A WINTER
    STORM WARNING FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM SUNDAY TO
    NOON EST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…8 TO 10 INCHES.

    * SNOW BEGINNING…LATE TONIGHT.

    * PERIOD OF MOST INTENSE SNOW…SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.

    * SNOW ENDING…MONDAY AFTERNOON.

    Anita, what are expecting to get?

  30. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Oh the nation of the offended. (1) Chink (chingk) n A crack or fissure; a narrow opening. -tr v. chinked, chinking, chinks. 1. To make chinks in. 2) To fill chinks in. [perhaps a variant of earlier chine, from Middle English chine, crack, Old english cinu, cine. (2) Chink n. A short metallic sound.

    Army tweet uses “A chink in the armor” and people are upset thinking its a racist term when it actually was used in it PROPER grammerical context.

    Yes I know all the aboritions of the word..but the only one using the non formal meaning that ever crossed my mind is Chicom “chinese communist” shortened to sound like chink.

    Are we to purge all words that could have three meanings whose meaning is clear by their context. (1) Spook…startle, scare, ghost, apparition, haunt (2) Spook, sl spy out of Langley etc (3) Spook urban slang derogatory when applied to people of color.

    • Somehow when I’ve heard the expression , “a chink in the armor” I have never visualized a tiny Asian person climbing around in armor. By the way when exactly, if anyone knows, did it become obligatory for one to refer to people from the Far East as “Asians” (an obviously Western created word) rather than as “orientals” (another western constructed word). Is there something offensive about the word Orient that I am unaware of?

      I do not know whether anyone remembers the controversy over the word “niggardly”. In reading the following, it is quite obvious that the ultra liberal, gay guy who used the word regarding budget cuts was quite willing to commit ritual “Hari Kari” because he offended people who don’t know what a dictionary is.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/williams/williams020499.htm

      • Not sure on Oriental, have never had a problem and I have even asked what term they prefer. I have found the F-ing Gook and Slant Eyed rice dicks are not very nice terms. I use the General term “Asian” at first then ask where they came from if possible. I have found that Asians are very nice people and can really cook some good stuff!

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          True….my comment was the word as intended, being used in totally grammarically correct context is NOT racial or demeaning in any sense of the word. As SK noted about people do not know what a dictionary is. When you pull up the definition most words on line a site called “Urban dictionary” pops up 1st. It has every twisted “urban” use of words. Well most people live in “THE CITY” so they have no idea how most words were used in the past. Innocently.

  31. This is interesting, that Steve Craft guy or whatever his name is, the one who is accused of cheating on his wife and is now being called a racist for some remarks he made to his mistress who happened to be black. Has come out and talked about how close he and Obama are, they they smoked together, blah blah blah and that Obama just can’t stand Eric Holder, that he really hates him.

    I really have to wonder why it is convenient at this time for Obama to be seen as suddenly hating Eric Holder.

  32. Happy Super Bowl Sunday! The Hawks versus the Cheatriots might be an interesting game. After this game, I have a feeling that the Patriots will face some stiff punishments. Not sure what they are, but the possibility of year long suspensions for the coach and possibly Brady are not out of the question. Loss of draft picks, fines and possibly an unprecedented suspension from the next playoffs have all been mentioned. Then again, maybe the ball boy will be thrown under the bus and nothing at all will happen as he will be blamed for “sabotage”. Maybe he just liked Tom Brady a little TOOOO much and couldn’t have his way with him. Some crazy story like that to save the face of the franchise and the NFL.

    With this new snow storm hitting as I type this, I wonder if Cuomo and deBlasio will play dicktators again? I doubt it, since the egg on their face isn’t washed off yet from their last idiotic move. Everybody be safe if your traveling in the affected areas.

    Now, for today’s prediction. Seattle in a low scoring game. In a game where defenses and Special Teams may score more than the offenses, I see Seattle’s defense as more capable and Brady as more likely to make the mistakes while under pressure. Hawks 18 Patriots 16

    I also think that Bilichik will have some skeletons come out of the closet in the weeks to come. Stuff no one has heard of yet. Just a hunch 🙂

    • Bought tickets to American Sniper that coincides with kickoff time. As long as we can get there through this monster storm of epic proportions with snow coming in from all directions and the wind whipping at gale force strength that is.

      Yeah! We finally have snow. Leaving for some fun in the sun on Wednesday but may need to get in some skiing and snow-shoeing before that………

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Don’t think anything serious will come out of it. The NFL referees handled all the balls every time from play #1, they are more culpable by their failure to police the game as anyone. In baseball, the umpire checks the balls all the time if they suspect scuffs, nail marks, spit, vaseline etc. by the way a pitch performs. If the Colts who touched the balls said they noticed it right off, who do they give the ball to…the refs. Sorry UMPIRES, LINE JUDGES and REFEREES problem.

  33. Just A Citizen says:

    From S.K.

    “Look, wonders never do cease. Obama has discovered the Middle Class. Next he will start talking about his white side. ”

    Now check out the Democrat’s rhetoric the past two weeks about how Romney, and other R’s, have suddenly discovered the plight of the Middle Class. Both Biden and Obama poked fun at Romney over his comments about the need for help. Outright claiming he never showed such concern in the last race.

    Now recall Romney’s statement during the last election which was also ridiculed by Obama and his media lackeys. It went something like this: “I am not that concerned about the poor or the rich. We have massive safety nets for the poor and the rich are doing just fine. My concern is the middle class. We need to focus our efforts on the middle class”.

    Yet Obama, Biden, and the ethernet media are playing this PROPAGANDA that Romney and the republicans showed no interest in the last election cycle. And the MSM is letting them get away with it…………AGAIN.

  34. Just A Citizen says:

    History as told through the eyes and mind of another “objective thinker” in the American Intellectual elite. The sad part is that there is useful and actual history mixed with the usual unthinking rhetoric. I wonder if this person refers to the “economic system” that existed prior to Capitalism as an era of Peace and Prosperity due to recognition of Human Rights??

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/civil-war-cotton-capitalism-114776.html#.VM6JKRE5DIU

    • I think you should submit to 50 lashes with a wet noodle for linking Politico 😀 Why would you want to submit your friends to such idiocy?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Says the guy who links to Info Wars, Global Research, etc., etc..

        • LMAO 🙂 Their better than any “Wing” site out there. Once you can take the politics out, you can get some info.

          Good luck to your Hawks today, hope it’s a good ballgame.

          • For those of a certain age or at least fans of early ’60’s music.

            Apropos the comments above about how you can create “meaning” . The explanation of the author for the success and origination of this song are mind boggling and lend a whole new dimension to the term “revisionism”. If I remember correctly in the summer of my 15th year, the Commies were having a field day in Japan trying to toss us out. We were not going anywhere. We were also being accused by the Japanese, no less, of all sorts of evils. This from a country that just 18 years before had managed to X out 20 to 30 million people. Seems you can not only politicize anything you can get fools to believe it.

            http://www.npr.org/2013/06/28/196618792/bittersweet-at-no-1-how-a-japanese-song-topped-the-charts-in-1963

  35. Just A Citizen says:

    I wonder if the same Republicans would support a similar tax restriction on money earned in a particular “State”?? If not then why should “international” income be exempt from US taxes?

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-budget-includes-overseas-profit-tax-to-fund-infrastructure/

  36. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Huckabee just removed himself from the chessboard.

  37. A little weather update. the 1-3 snow accumulation by dark was somewhat off. 5 inches and counting. Looks like we may see a foot, give or take an inch or so. Schools will still be open and so will the roads. We don’t have Cuomo here to play dicktator 🙂

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      I believe on these indoor stadiums they should modify the weather between, during quarters. I actually miss the messy games. But color demanded perfect conditions at all times for players, spectators and those of us enjoying the games with our feet up and a cold one < $7.00 per plastic cup. Maybe it's $10.00 now. Heading to the local to enjoy the game with a crowd.

    • Careful out there G. Still decompressing from my roadtrip. Whoa! Never have I been in some stuff like that. 5-7 expected. 11.5 already down with snow not letting up til 3am. 2 hr roadtrip took 3hrs this morning and over 4 hrs this evening. Be very careful.

  38. Onto something less serious.

    http://billboard.fm/birthday-song

  39. Congrats to Pats fans, enjoy the moment!

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      I was going to raze you G but you took the fun out of it by being so gracious. That was a great game regardless who anyone was for.

      At the local the guy next to me is a scallop dragger. He had on his iphone video of them up in the Gulf of Maine last week in the blizzard, doing the drag and shucking scallops. The sea state, I’ve been in bigger, but not nastier due to the ice, wind and horizontal snow and ice. The pictures of the ice build up on the bulkheads and decks would scare the crap out of D13 if he was flying in those conditions…but then again he’s smart. Just wait and see the price per pound when the scallops hit the market. They got $18.00/lb shucked and cleaned.

  40. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Like the comments on racism yesterday and the lack of knowledge by people about use of the dictionary etc.

    headline…two planes collide over Alaska, photo is of a modern BIG commercial passenger jet….story, two single engine planes collide, both pilots rescued. I believe the Super Bowl game I watched it. Otherwise, unless you see it one can not believe anything coming across the net, or news, MSM etal including Fox. What editor vets this stuff?

    Obama wants 1/2 trillion for infrastructure…OK…what happened to the 1 trillion for the shovel ready “infrastructure” work just a few years ago. (rhetorical) All I’ve seen here is a build out of a highway system that NC quit building years ago when the port business they envisioned never came about. The size of the cargo ships even with massive harbor reconstruction pushed the ships to Norfolk, Charleston etc. Even Charleston can not handle the newest ships. They’re building a parallel highway that paralleled the orginal highway which when built destroyed the cities it passed around. Now the business are established on the “old new highway” and they’re now building another bypass just when the inner cities were also recovering with a different business model. I’ll try and avoid swearing but the government is fuckin stupid…if they wouldn’t stop destroying jobs by their deliberate action maybe the people would not be such sheaple and go along just for work. Hey I understand someting being technologically passed by, horse and buggies/auto, clipper ships/steam, hand cut/CNC tools..that was to head off BF.

    In Havelock where Cherry Point MC base is located. They just had a center lane for turning directly into a business. IN EC boats are king and people are pulling some huge rigs. In the wisdom of the stimulus package and the Previous Perdue admin who genuflected to Obama, put a damn center baracade (sp) if you used to get you Coffee and donut at Dunkin donuts, mind you we’re all for reducing gas and emisions, to get in there you now have to drive an extra 1/2 mile and make a U-turn. Come out of the donut shop, only turn right drive 1/2 mile and u-turn, You’ve now driven an extra 2 miles. The business have seen a 40% drop….then upon completion of this disaster, even with the city objecting strenuously..the state announces that they will be accepting Federal stimulus money to build a by-pass around the city they just destroyed. Oh, and then it would have been through a really pristeen national forest. cut a 500 foot swath yet theh dems keep screaming environment environment….Our new republican admin seems to have stopped anything new. Bridge to nowhere on steroids.

  41. Just A Citizen says:

    Kathy

    And you were ticked off after the Packers lost. I can tell you I have been chewing nails and spitting tacks all evening. One of the greatest bonehead moves I ever did see.

    • Actually were cheering for the Pats, and I don’t really like them either, but so, so sick of the Hawks behavior. Even growing tired of Russell Wilson. Great guy but is surrounded by teammates that exhibit low class behavior every chance they get. And Pete Carroll? Blah…. Well probably double Blah for Belichick….

      Guess I’m just glad it’s all over.

  42. Heart attack snow!

    Got about 6 to 8 inches in Bergen county. For the last two hours has turned to ice pellets making a nice heavy crusty mess to shovel through. Temps to climb to about 4o today with possible change to rain before temps drop to 20 and everything freezes.

    Accidents all over the place. I would just suggest mind you that “The Sky is Falling Forecast” last week led to an overabundance of caution in calling this one. Whenever I hear snow changing over to freezing rain, I shudder. That stuff is a lot more wicked than 24 inches of powder. So, the Weather Channel, the NWS , Governors Cuomo and Christie and Mayor DeBlasio have whoever dies today on their consciences.

    Because of the peculiar construction of my house and the fact that the front points due North, the back, where I exit and where the driveway is points South. It is somewhat shielded from the wind but the valley connecting the garage, front entranceway and main house causes an “hourglass” effect when we have ice pellets. Now, that is something. You can watch this stuff come down all day and the pile can reach 5 feet at the center. can’t just push it, gotta lift and carry it away.

    • Yikes! Careful out there SK. Luckily we didn’t get the ice. I’m stalling now to get out and start clearing. Wind is still whipping hard. 14 inches not counting drifts. It’s going to be an all day thing, I can see that already.

    • Ended up with a foot of heavy wet snow. The neighbor came and plowed without being asked, which saved me a few hours behind the snow blower. Getting colder by the minute.

  43. @JAC like the Cowboys….you have one of the best running backs in football….you have one yard to go……and you throw the ball.

  44. In fairness….when the receiver made his cut to the inside….had the ball been there on the cut…touchdown….the ball was one second late and the defense read it……oh well…………

    • Apparently my son called it right. Gets enough to buy a new exhaust system out of the pool. But, whatever the Lord givith, the Lord taketh away, his twin lost a windshield to ice from the roof of a truck on the Turnpike the other day. In the best Trynosky tradition (insane), he chased down the miscreant, pulled right through the EZ Pass lane and cut off the truck at the toll booth and held him till the cops arrived. He’s still going to have to pay for the windshield, the insurance deductible guarantees that but there was the satisfaction of getting the guy the ticket he deserved. In NJ we have a :”clean off the top” law for about a dozen years since some young lady got her head taken off by ice from a semi.

      • I won money in 4 fantasy leagues, all were a combination of the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl players. I doubled what I put down, so, I’m happy. Overall I didn’t get rich during the season, but made a nice profit.

        Bummer of a play by Seattle, but the defense warranted it. If the pass was a little lower, the pick may not have happened. Hindsight is 20-20, so I don’t fret calls like that. Good game with some decent commercials. Entertaining, except halftime, I couldn’t understand a word Perry was singing.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13

      Actually that pass was right where it should be. The defensive players saw it coming and played it perfectly. You don’t want that pass to hit the guy on the cut but right after. That gives him momentum to the goal line. A “lower” pass would be better but still a BONEHEAD call.

  45. Just A Citizen says:

    I thought the ballgate stuff was a typical distraction and the low pressure balls against Indy probably not significant.

    But then if you watched the replays closely last night I did not see a single pass by Brady that was a tight spiral with velocity like he had against the Colts. Accurate for the most part but every ball was “wobbling”.

    So maybe there was an advantage. Brady threw two picks and thanks to an Offensive interference in the end zone, escapade a third INT. that would have prevented one of the last two TD’s.

    I saw last night the league is now trying to say the bad balls were not that low. Really? They report 2 lbs/sq in underinflated then try to change the story to “barely”?? Looks like Sherman was right. Nothing will happen to the Patriots……….

  46. Just A Citizen says:

    As we move into the political season known as the Budget Battle, and given Mr. Obama’s grand release of Progressive economic theory, lets look at some actual federal spending data from 2013. Some “austerity” don’t ya think?

    http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/12/federal-spending-by-the-numbers-2014

  47. Just A Citizen says:

    gman

    When you retaliate against insults with insults you are just lowering yourself to the “pig’s” level. And it destroys any credibility you may have gained up to that point. It is hard, but “giving back better than you get” is not “winning an argument”.

    I suggest you stick to facts and figures, or rational philosophical concepts, that support your point. When you are on a “left wing” site you have to provide arguments, even when they don’t.

    For example a statement along the lines of: The President’s budget is meaningful in that it once again exposes the true nature of fallacious Progressive economic theory. One where taking from one person and giving to another is considered economic growth.

    This is conceptual but truthful. It will be taken as insulting and “empty” by the lefty. But after you get the “air head” accusation in response, you can then follow up with more of the same. Like, “please explain how a $600 tax credit is going to build a “middle class”. And “Since spending on transportation has increased by about 9% over the last decade, please explain how infrastructure has not been addressed by Republicans in the past??

    And “Since infrastructure spending has already increased why has it not caused the “middle class” to increase??

    Or, “There is no agreement on the definition of middle class. So what is your theory?”

    Just a few ideas, I think you can take it from there. Good hunting.

    • I actually have some decent conversations with a few folks. Usually, my mood tends to lead to blasting someone, but I’m trying to cool that down in an effort to show that the ideologies of the progressives are based on lies. Of course it’s like trying to teach a hammer to hit a nail all by itself, but it passes the time.

      Hope you and yours are healthy, happy and warm. 🙂

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