Radical Liberal Media in a Panic

meltdownIt isn’t hard to see what’s coming down the pike when it comes to President Trump.  The radical liberal media will do anything they can to disparage him and the Republicans and will likely go to any means necessary.  I have already posted about the Communist organizations and their plans for the upcoming week leading up to Inauguration Day.  Yesterday’s CNN reporter meltdown on National television is just the beginning.  Left Wing rags like the Huffington Post, Media Matters and others are in full meltdown mode.  Let’s do our part to help them get their message into the Funeral Home and toward burial.

 

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  1. gmanfortruth says:

    This is going to be a fun 8 years 😀

  2. gmanfortruth says:

    Let me correct myself (before one of ya’ll do), The Liberal rags mentioned, including CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS and many others should no longer be considered media, as they are nothing but Radical Liberal Propaganda sites.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      These rags are NOT LIBERAL. They are Socialist sympathizers and enablers.

      Remember when Chris Matthews asked the DNC chair if the Democrats had really become the American Socialist Party, and she did not directly answer the question. She never said no, she just danced around it and then described the party’s socialist positions.

  3. Dale A Albrecht says:

    To follow up on the Colonel’s observation on Rubio. I just glanced at the headline this morning on his questions…..I totally agree with you.

    I’m sure it was a democrat that questioned Tillerson on Climate Change and how obviously he was a denier and Exxon funded papers that had opposing views of the “settled science” of AGW. That was why I posted George Will’s op’ed on a satire that was written 20 years ago about academia. The paper was satire years ago and sucked in gullible academics at that time. But the hard truth was that bit of satire is every bit TRUE today. When some States, like NY and CA are trying to criminalize opposing views and results of research that contradicts Al Gore and his politicized so called science.

    As Patton once said “If everybody is thinking alike, somebody is not thinking”

  4. One thing about driving long boring hours is the ability ( with Sirius ) to listen to a variety of news stations, both left and right and listen intently to the hearings. Listening to the way questions are posed and the traps that are set.

    One thing that I have noticed, is that the generals and the businessmen give very concise answers. They do not eleborate and that is confusing to politicians.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar” Abraham Lincoln

      Sir…..That is why politicians say nothing no matter how much they speak, and then the words are also so ambiguous the professional politician can deny ever saying it.

  5. Just A Citizen says:

    THINKING TIME

    The Triffin dilemma or Triffin paradox is the conflict of economic interests that arises between short-term domestic and long-term international objectives for countries whose currencies serve as global reserve currencies. This dilemma was first identified in the 1960s by Belgian-American economist Robert Triffin, who pointed out that the country whose currency, being the global reserve currency, foreign nations wish to hold, must be willing to supply the world with an extra supply of its currency to fulfill world demand for these foreign exchange reserves, thus leading to a trade deficit.

    The use of a national currency, such as the U.S. dollar, as global reserve currency leads to tension between its national and global monetary policy. This is reflected in fundamental imbalances in the balance of payments, specifically the current account, as some goals require an outflow of dollars from the United States, while others require an overall inflow.

    Specifically, the Triffin dilemma is usually cited to articulate the problems with the role of the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency under the Bretton Woods system. John Maynard Keynes had anticipated this difficulty and had advocated the use of a global reserve currency called ‘Bancor’. Currently the IMF’s SDRs are the closest thing to the proposed Bancor but they have not been adopted widely enough to replace the dollar as the global reserve currency.

    • This dilemma was first identified in the 1960s by Belgian-American economist Robert Triffin, who pointed out that the country whose currency, being the global reserve currency, foreign nations wish to hold, must be willing to supply the world with an extra supply of its currency to fulfill world demand for these foreign exchange reserves, thus leading to a trade deficit.

      This does not have to be. This is where I take exception to adopting any economist’s point of view as fact or even a philosophy. I am especially critical of Keynes but more so of the theorms of Triffin. Keynes theories derive around the depression in trying to understand the reasons for it….I do not subscribe to most facets of his theory because if does not follow the patterns of open trade. It follows the pattern of price controls and government supply and control of M1. It refutes the true open market theory. The Obama Administration relied heavily on Keynsian economics. Money was being pumped into the economy and the Fed was coerced into keeping interest rates low or zero which is a huge problem that will come to roost in about two years. Inflation and money cost is going to escalate in the future. World banking is a pariah that needs to be stomped out now. No central banks, no IMF’s and no bitcoin.

      So, out of curiosity, sir……..what is there to think about? I see some huge long term considerations but I do not see a replacement of the USD anywhere….nothing even close. HOw do you feel about renegotiating deficits, and debt, and restructuring. This enables the UDS to gain value by reducing the amount of dollars being spent on debt reduction. It will kill the economies of weaker economies but is that a bad deal?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        d13thecolonel

        Well there are a couple of things. First, I expect most people here have never heard of this “paradox”. Second, it does raise an very interesting question.

        You say you disagree but you have not explained why. The theory is that in order to maintain one’s position as THE reserve you have to make sure everyone has enough dollars to keep their exchange liquid, in dollars.

        At first I thought this a little like the answer looking for a question. In other words, why do we need to “import” more goods to spread money. Further, why do we need to spread money at all? Would not the value of the money simply increase if the supply was low? Of course when it is high we wind up IMPORTING more goods due to our purchasing power.

        But you see both work against the idea of need to balance trade. Because either spreading money or not, we wind up with greater imports than exports. Assuming a truly free trade exchange. No manipulation of currencies.

        I also remembered reading several different papers that explained how we “exported our inflation” to other nations via the petro dollar and our reserve currency status. I always struggled with that idea until I read this theory or paradox. This has been the reality. We printed money like crazy, sent it overseas, propping up our status as a Reserve, and in the process allowing us to buy cheaper stuff, thus sending our actual inflation around the world. But eventually the chickens have to come home.

        I do not think Triffin and Keynes are the same. Keynes had his ideas of how to escape the paradox, supposedly. I think he was wrong, but not because of price fixing. His idea of stimulus is contradictory to Say’s Law. He also ignored the Public Choice Theory. Thus his stimulus was never really paid back. It just increased debt and opened the door to ever greater chicanery over time.

        As for options I suggest we simply increase the interest rate on savings and let debt rates find the normal market value. Then cut budgets as needed to balance the new reality of much higher debt service.

        I might approach some who are hurting to see if we could negotiate over existing debt. But that could be a dangerous game given the economic ignorance of most people. I.E., PANIC might set in and turn over the entire wagon train.

        Besides, couldn’t the Fed raise rates, then simply buy the debt and the new lower value, and burn the notes?? If the Fed needs to be paid to balance its books then stick some digital dollars in their account and then transfer them to Treasury to cover the budget shortfall. This would spread the inflationary pressure of printing over a longer time frame.

  6. Just A Citizen says:

    Wow. This is a 180 by the author on the Trump team. Finally, an editorialist willing to admit he was wrong. Well kind of.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-01-12/trump-s-team-looks-smarter-on-russia

  7. gmanfortruth says:

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/report-ukraine-interfered-us-election-help-hillary

    Not a shock, considering the role Clinton played in getting the Ukrainian government overthrown and her own puppet put in place.

  8. Just A Citizen says:

    This is just so rich I have to share.

    Since yesterday I have been engaged in two long arguments on Am. Thinker with two different people.

    In one I tried to point out to a Trump supporter that the guy does lie, like other politicians. Each example I provided, upon demand by the other guy, has been met with you didn’t understand what he really meant or you are falling for the left wing spin. I am apparently a left wing/liberal/progressive sycophant.

    In the other I have tried to show how a “lefty” has been fooled by propaganda regarding Trump’s actual position on issues like abortion, deportation, etc. You know, the usual exaggerations of what he really said. I even took the time to show how his comments were distorted. In response I have been told I am an ignorant redneck and an obvious Trump sycophant.

    I think this pretty much sums up what is wrong with our “national discussion” on politics today. Neither of these people can accept examples of truth when laid at their feet.

    The Trump Supporter was the most silly, however. Because I admitted I voted for Trump but they guy keeps accusing me of being a left winger. Apparently he cannot understand how I could vote for someone while recognizing he lies all the time to enhance his “brand” and to cover his lack of knowledge about certain things.

  9. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Will anyone wager that once Trump actually becomes President he will become much more “professional” and settled and stop the twitter reactions…use twitter to get a message out but stop the nonsensical na na na it’s playing into the lefts hands

    • Dale, why do you feel it is playing into the left’s hands? Or, what is it specifically that you feel the left is gaining from this….

      Now, I am not on Twitter or any social media of that type but I see him applying a tactical move….he keeps the media watching for his tweets, knows how to yank their chains…..takes their eye off the ball..

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I didn’t say stop using twitter to get a message out that by-passes the MSM, I’m talking about reacting on twitter that starts looking like the next release of the Kardashian’s. Let the left play in the sandbox, and let Trump hand them the shovel to bury themselves with.

        Let’s see what extra-curricular activities the left have planned for inauguration day

        • gmanfortruth says:

          I think the Tweets are refreshing and shows the human side of him, something never really before seen in our lifetime. Screw the Radical Liberal Media, they are dead and will just keep putting more nails in their own coffins. Watch them squirm and enjoy. 🙂

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Dale

      Not me. Wouldn’t take that bet for any odds. Well maybe a Million to One.

  10. Just A Citizen says:

    Nice story. Of course the editor screwed up but I wonder if they ever figured out how.

    Anyone?

    http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/dearborn-michigan-muslim-football-fans/

  11. Just A Citizen says:

    Awesome. Note, water vapor is the biggest factor affecting global temps. Wondering what the potential impact is on a global scale.

    The only concern I see is the lack of mineral content in the water. Supplements may be needed in the food chain.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-12/pulling-clean-water-from-thin-air

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      The Colonel just may have plenty of ice for his Dr Pepper over the next couple days.

      TWC naming every weather event is really getting tiresome…..bet it won’t be worse than 1888.

      T-ray….how’s the water level?

      • The rain has been great. The reservoirs in the northern half state are at or above normal for this time of year. New Melones (Stanislaus River) is still down. We still need a lot more to fill the aquifers. The rain was heavy but not a gully washer. Most rivers have now crested and are receding. There have been a few levee breaks but nothing major. They will be releasing water from the 4 major northern reservoirs to make room for flood control. We got 8′ to 12′ of snow in the mountains above us. As long as we do not get a warm rain at high elevations, we will be fine and have a good water year.

        Now we have had a drought for 5 years. During that time not one reservoir or other storage device was built. No reservoirs were dredged. Now we have an abundance of water. You should be able to hear the swirly from across the country as it is all going out to sea.

        They are talking about making the water restrictions permanent. This means 55 gal per day per person for indoor use and not much more for landscaping unless you have an ag rating. I wonder how they plan on conserving their way through the next drought. Conservation does not create more.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          55/day per person that is a lot of water use. As an example I rarely go over 33/day for all uses. When we went into a water restriction one summer several years ago in Raleigh I was under 25/day. What happened was all the forecast hurricanes fizzled or completely missed. They lower the resevoirs in anticipation of huge rainfall and can not risk overflowing the dams. It took 1 month before restrictions went on not years like CA did.

          But glad you got some precipitation….to bad the State didn’t dredge the capacity back into your resevoirs….but no they spent on a train.

      • We always have plenty of ice……why do you think we harvested Alaska?

    • Seem to remember being told in High School Chemistry by Brother William that you cannot live on distilled water. No electrolytes.

  12. Just A Citizen says:

    Thought of the evening:

    I see the handing out of participation trophies is continuing at the White House.

  13. The Progressives are in a turmoil……they are jumping on the fact that Trump nominee’s are not in concert with Trump….they are ecstatic and laughing…..or were laughing. They are not any longer….

    Trump, as a leader, is doing the correct thing. He is surrounding himself with the proper and most qualified people he can find….he does not care whether their opinion differs with his or not. A proper leader does not surround himself with “yes men/women”……he surrounds himself with a diversity of thought. That is what it takes to make an informed decision.

    The left does not understand this….they are running around in circles unable to see the wilderbeast.

    • They have no clue about “leadership”. Never had, never will. They celebrate the individual to excess yet act like lemmings when push comes to shove. .

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13thecolonel

      I have yet to see where his nominees are actually in conflict with his thinking, as reflected by his statements.

      His comments tend to be generalities that the media love to misrepresent. “Putin is a good leader for his people” becomes “I idolize Putin”.

      As I see it, Trump has said he wants to work with Russia and that is in our interest. His appointees have laid out the detailed needs of a strategy to make that happen.

      Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

      • Mattis, for example, has said that he doubts that there is a chance for any trustworthy relationship with Russia. He further stated that he understands Trump’s position and that his job would be to do what he can to facilitate what Trump wants but he will be truthful to Trump. He further state that the only thing that Putin understands is force and response to force. He believes that there is no way to negotiate to Russia until you have the upper hand.

        He also does not side with Trump on females and transgender and homosexuals in the military. When questioned specifically about it in his condirmation hearings, his answer was….My job is to field the most qualified lethal force possible. When the enemy engages us, I want it to be the longest most lethal day they have ever had. ( Translation: I will field the most physically qualified personnel possible and part of those qualifications are non disruptive personnel ).

        His Secretary of State is greenie. He believes in global warming to most extents. But he said the same thing as Mattis. I am hired to try to facilitate what the POTUS wants. I will give him my position and I will tell him what I think and he knows that….but in the end, it is his decision to make and I will follow his lead.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          I have not gotten the feeling that Tillerson is a “greenie” Believe that you should use the resources you have and produce them in the best way that technology allows with continual improvement, if that’s a greenie yes he is. Is he what currently in office, Kerry and Obama and making us subserviant to the UN, not a chance…..that policy will only be counter productive to Mattis and other stated goals of Trump.

          • Well, perhaps Greenie is not a correct term….but he is a follower of climate change. Not particularly in a hard core way…but he does believe it…if I heard him correctly.

            • gmanfortruth says:

              These folks prepared for these hearings, some 2400 questions. Technically, our climate does go through changes, but they are natural changes, which he may have been actually referring too. Preparation has some great results when then answer is correct, no matter what the question is really referring.

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                As the co-founder of Greenpeace said in a very long video……what is the ideal ratio of CO2. or temperature….he has resigned from the organization because the current leadership are not scientists but disciples of a religion.

                We’ve has billions of years and 100’s of millions of life an earth and no ice caps and the earth kept moving on……the hubrius of man saying it can not change from where it is today is sheer BS, only because of coastal development. Central Valley in CA was an inland sea until it was blocked off by coastal uplifts just a short 2.5 million years ago. The resultant fresh lake is not existant today and was gone long before man. The 7 thousand year cycle in north africa has nothing to do with man’s involvement.

                The environut talk about about “Greenhouse” gases….isn’t a green house far more lush due to the CO2 injected and the solar heat…..don’t plants require CO2 to live which we then depend upon their waste product called 02?….they never explain the approximate 5 degree warmer times of the Roman warming period, they never explain the 750 year drought in the SW that had nothing to do with man that wiped out civilizations. They never explain the oceanic innundation of what once was a fertile plain of the Med, or the Black Sea caused by melting ice, or the North Sea creation, or the English Channel or the land bridge between asia and america….technically they do by saying the ice melted or formed….but not tying everything toigether…some true scientists are, but the political ones are not

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                Toss in one good super volcano erupting and all these climate problems are moot anyway. Life is reset…period. .

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              Like me…I follow Climate Change also, do I believe in the hard core AlGorian theory,,,,not a chance,

              Especially from a guy who invented the internet,

              Climate change has become a dogmatic religion worse than the church ever was. When in such a short period of time they can claim it is a settled science and are trying to codify criminal statutes if you are a denier. Heck, my Father barely recognized my 1st year HS chemistry as opposed to his senior college courses just a short 20 years earlier. I can not recognize the advances in physics and molecular sciences.

  14. Betting Pool

    Pardon or no?

    • Yes. To save his own ass and to put an assumption of guilt on her.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Pardon for Chelsea Manning or a blanket pardon for Hillary and Bill for what the FBI will duly uncover by being free to legitimately investigate? Not that they had to dig to deep on HRC it all was laying there in plain sight with deliberate actions taken by HRC and her staff to obstruct justice.

      Or a pardon for the IRS folks, or for Holder, or himself for that matter by knowingly using an illegal server to communicate with HRC, Or Sydney Blumenthal or or or

      • BUT……they cannot pardon for what has not been discovered.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          There was sufficient info back last year to prosecute the lot of them, there is no need for discovery of new violations……much less this heavily redacted (secret) stuff that made it to Blumenthal who had absolutely NO role in the government. The comment by Comey just before the election over the 650000 emails of Huma and HRC on a shared laptop with her “weiner” husband, that upon review, there is NOTHING new here, that said that they have all the emails to begin with and because they decided to not prosecute for “political” reasons before they weren’t going to do so now….the left forgets she was not cleared of any wrongdoing, the DOJ just made a political choice to not prosecute….could you imagine the howling of the left of political interference if Comey had done what he should have done in July.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I wish, but don’t think so. I don’t think Obama even likes Clinton. If he did, then guilt is exposed and a lack of rule of law in DC.

  15. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I wonder if there will be selective prosecution of 1st dog #2 for biting a WH quest in the face that required stitches. Like the dog will get a pass where another dog would be put down as a danger to society, by animal control.

  16. When you cut through the Pentagonese, the damned thing doesn’t work. Been our “workhorse” airplane since ’53 and they screwed this one up!

    Better Right, Than Early Ghostrider
    —ARIE CHURCH
    The initial AC-130J Ghostrider gunships are not technologically mature enough to press into combat early, the annual Director of Operational Testing and Evaluation report revealed on Tuesday. Air Force Special Operations Command conducted an Operational Utility Evaluation to judge the Block 10 configuration’s suitability for early deployment. Following the 18-sortie evaluation, however, “almost none of the surveyed aircrew” rated the system as “usable.” High operational demands have forced AFSOC to delay retiring its legacy gunships, and although early Block aircraft lack a 105-millimeter gun, the interim capability could have relieved strain on the heavily tasked fleet. Testers instead found that a handful of issues, mostly related to the aircraft’s Precision Strike Package, “required aircrews to use burdensome workarounds,” rendering initial AC-130Js unsuitable for combat. AFSOC dropped early fielding plans as a result, and Block 20 modifications should rectify many of the discrepancies, including cyber vulnerabilities identified in the PSP. Upgraded AC-130Js are slated to begin initial operational testing in March, which will validate the Block 20 configuration ahead of an initial operational capability planned for later this year.

    An Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130J Ghostrider flies a training sortie from Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2016. AFSOC decided not to field the gunships early, citing system immaturity, and will instead press forward with operational testing. Air Force photo by SSgt. Christopher Callaway.

    Wow! System immaturity! That is a brand new one on me.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      SK….did you see the latest on the Ford. The new cats put an undue strain on airframes during launch. The report stated that the force of the launch is potentially damaging to the airframes on the F-18’s etc. huh???? the whole idea of the new launch system was to soften the launch so the much weaker F-35 could be launched in a more traditional manner and no have to use the VSTOL version B which has much shorter ranges and weapons capabilities…..the ship is already 2 years behind schedule and will be delayed even more.

      Hard to keep up with the seemingly contradictory information coming out of the pentagon.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Granted the navy has only launched weighted carts and have actually conducted zero real launches because the ship requires towing anywhere it goes due to propulsion problems with the new nuclear systems….to me it’s obvious, the system has a consistancy problem when they dial in the weight of the plane (cart) a certain force is required to launch it. Calibrated by wind over the deck and other factors…..probably when more load. elsewhere is put on the electrical system causing a dip or a spike of current at the worse possible times.

        • The Ford will never leave Newport News!

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            Unfortunately that is my belief…….shipyard to museum all in one step. Just think of all the operations money saved for the intervening 40-60 years of active patrol.

            The Navy is reverting back to older systems on the next two ships being built now. the Ford was to far along to make retrofitting cost affective…..that’s what you get when you design as you build

            • What I would love to see, is President Trump taking a tour and giving a speech saying this ain’t ever gonna happen again and in the spirit of generosity, we are rechristening the Ford the Mao Ze Dong and gifting the white elephant to the Chinese Navy. Let THEM worry about it!

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                That’s a thought….bet they with their labor costs could swarm all over it and resolve the technical issues. The engineers are probably top of their class out of US universities.

  17. System immaturity! ………….Yeah…they cannot just say it does not work…they lose their subsidy….it is a “work in progress”……… The procurement branch is getting nervous because the bull dogs that Trump is putting in will cut waste and pet projects…..

    • I get the Air Force Mag daily update and I am telling you, the jokers who write these press releases must be the grandchildren of the guys that ran the “5 o’clock follies” in Saigon.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Pardon my ignorance….what were the “5 o’clock follies” or should I take three guesses and the first two don’t count

        • Press briefings wherein we killed another 20,000 VC that day.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            My 1st two quesses didn’t count,,,3rd one was correct by logical deduction.

          • But you forgot the math….2 VC, 3 chickens and 4 pigs equals a body count of 20…..extrapolate from there.

            • Ya know, it reminded me of a mission one time where my team witnessed an arc lite…We were 5 clicks away sitting high and watching this………then we get the order to go into the area for a body count. We are going into an area 3 clicks by 3 clicks…..after a B52 arc lite mission…..really? Picture this math…….you walk into an arc lite landscape which looks like a lunar surface afterwards….do you think that there is any way to find a whole body…..

              So you stack arms and legs together and divide by 2…….then you have to decide whether or not arms and legs got vaporized…so you look for torsos…if a torso had an arm or leg it went into a different pile….then heads. We did not find many heads……concussion explodes them…..anyway……if a stack of arms and legs divided by two equaled 100 and a stack of additional torsos equaled 50….by the time the math got to Saigon it was a battalion. BY the time it made the press corps…it was a Brigade……and by the time it made the television it was a Division.

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                Definitely statisticians and sampling errors that created a false model of the path to victory.

  18. gmanfortruth says:

    https://thehornnews.com/busted-anti-sessions-hypocrisy-exposed/

    Let Booker’s LIES be on the record here for all to see.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      So if a “reformed” grand wizard KKK member named Sen Byrd WVA, can be excused for his earlier life why can’t a conservative reform if a liberal bigot can…..just a comment about the hypocrisy….so far all has been heresay and inuendo on sessions, but Byrd was never denied

  19. Dale A Albrecht says:

    The DOJ releases a scathing report on abuses by the Chicago Police dept. The one thing I learned about Chicago after living there 2X over the past 42 years, is that you NEVER made any sort of threatening move, gesture, or surprising action to a police officer if you had any value of your personal well being.

    Not surprising the results, but the list of the cities the DOJ investigated were overwhelmingly Democratic run cities and liberal.

    • Yes I just watched Loretta on Fox. She is instilling a “kinder”, “gentler”, police force. These people live in a totally different universe. Hopefully Trump will pull the DOJ off their backs. Doubt the ACLU will take that lying down but he can try.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I have not find a comprehensive list of the 25 cities Obamas DOJ has investigated for police civil rights abuses, but those I could dig out which was 1/2 of the 25 were all long standing democratic party run cities.

        In the Huffpo article they talked about how obamas DOJ found a disillusioned division in the DOJ when they took over……wasn’t the crime rate fairly low then and it was also the Bush policy to leave things up to the State itself….I feel the division was a group in the DOJ that was in need of a mission, so the Obama WH created a mission by being so racially devisive,……not that Chicago is new news or LA for that matter, or SF

  20. Just A Citizen says:

    OK, lets tackle the issue of Federal oversight of local police.

    If we have National standards regarding Constitutional Rights or Federal laws passed by Congress, where the authority to do so is clear, then why shouldn’t the Federal Govt. investigate and prosecute cases against local LE when they violate such laws?

    I have seen the corruption that can exist with local police. Corruption that was only addressed when the Feds started stepping in.

    So what is the proper role of the Fed in this issue?

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Even when I was in LA the “protect and serve” motto was a joke especially in the inner city…Just a couple years ago LA was unburdened of their consent decree to clean up their act…..Not much changed from what I’ve seen and read in the news.

      That said…..what about the civil rights of what clearly is a systemic issue of murder and crime in certain neighborhoods of cities like Chicago? Is it possible that many of the problems were actually enhanced by Federal actions and programs to begin with?

      Just a departure point for the discussion if you want……I know in ’64 what was the flashpoint of the LA riots..

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Dale

        I am more interested in what SUFA folks believe the proper Federal role should be.

        I see a lot of complaining here about police using excessive force then complaining about Federal intervention. Or is is just because it is Obama’s administration and not Bush II or Trump?

        Sometimes it looks like our family has lost its objectivity. So I am trying to return us to the basic questions. What is proper?

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          I’ll start….The Federals in most of these cases that finally hit the news or when the neighborhoods blew up got involved way to late or after the fact, usually because they DID sit back and wait to see how the locals would handle the situation…how’s that!

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Fed’s should pass on info in investigation to State AG and local authorities. That’s the end of the Fed’s involvement. We have courts to deal with this stuff, what I’m surprised about is the lack of video evidence on the internet of these accusations. The way The AG made it sound, it was widespread and happened often. Everybody has cell phones with cameras these days, even in the ghetto hoods, But I also remember the secret building the Chicago PD had exposed not to long ago and the allegations behind that.

      One must also ask if these cops, who have been working in a war zone, should be reassigned periodically to different areas. PTSD is not just a military issue and nobody is paying a lick of attention to cops in high crime areas.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        They should be rotated to Michgan Ave by the Water Tower, south to Lincoln Park one block east to the water and then inside of what they call the loop to the west. The “L” ouside of that until the burbs is a war zone in most cases. Maybe some neighborhoods are OK like a heavy Sicilian area, (mafia controled). However, the number of gun battles that occured along the Chicago River were even worse than Sicily where terrorism was rampant.

        We delayed one time in Chinatown in Chicago. The sun started setting. the cabs were heading in all directions out of the sector with their lights (available) out. A black driver really gave us the eye as he was heading out and did a u turn. Picked us up and delivered us to our condo’s He was not hanging around in Chinatown due to safety, but as long as he was leaving, he took pity on us and made a great fare. .

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Here’s a thought…..the national, ie federal law should be a TOOL in a States prosecution of a case….The Feds may help in the investigation, because they may have tools a local community may not have. It should not be a separate path to take if one does not get satisfaction at the initial trial…that is what appeals are for. Not two sets of law coinciding and also potentially in conflict with each other….look at the cherry picking plaintiffs do in Federal court to get a favorable ruling. That says federal law is not based on the law but political…why the stress on the SCOTUS as to who gets on it. The law is quite clear especially the constitution and the cases that reach the SCOTUS are supposed to be constitutionally related. One Federal judge says this and another rules completely opposite.

        But then lawyers thrive on keeping the conflict going, it is not in their self interest to resolve the problem.

  21. I believe that Federal oversight is and should be out of the question. If you are going to do that, why not just have a national police force?

    If there are violations of Federal Laws, is that not what courts are supposed to handle?

    • I believe that a State A/G should handle problem police issues.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:
      • Just A Citizen says:

        d13thecolonel

        And who oversees the State? The Govt. or the AG?

        Lets say a State decides to ban guns. Who hauls the State to Federal court? Is Joe the Plumber going to pay for legal fees to fight the State?

        • I am not quite sure where you are headed…..but any state can decide to ban guns can they not? It is an elected State Legislature that can do that…..correct? At least it is that way down here.

          Joe the Plumber would have no recourse. It becomes a state law…the Feds have no jurisdiction unless the State Law is in conflict with a Federal Law, correct?

          • gmanfortruth says:

            It is an elected State Legislature that can do that…..correct?

            Not quite Sir. If a law is in opposition to the State Constitution, then a change in the Constitution would have to occur, an unlikely event, even in one of the Dumbfuckistan States.

            This on the other hand may give a clue as to where this might go http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/01/18093/

            I use this as an example because if the DoJ actually found any Civil Rights violations, as they claim, they would file charges, would they not? Or is this all just more political bullshit to hide the real problems, Democrats.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            d13thecolonel

            No. A State cannot ban guns any longer. And the right to bear arms is vested in the individual since Heller.

            • JAC what would you say about NYC? They ban all semi-autos and all detachable magazine fed rifles including the 1889 vintage Mk 1, bolt action British Enfield. They ban ALL lever action rifles that have tubular mags. They ban all pump action shotguns. Cuomo Jr. in Albany banned anything over seven rounds in a magazine.

              So, exactly how do you fight back?

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          So far it has been private entities that have brought suit. Most of these cases should never have gotten beyond square one and struck down by any court when passed by any legislature…the court should not wait for some case to wade it’s way through years of court suits……when a lawyer swears to uphold the law….is he not just swearing to the city, State or Federal. As far as I know there is NO separate bar exam for federal law. Even though the bar is at a State level the law is the law is the law.

          When Obama was running for President he said he wanted to create a police force within the US equal to the US armed forces. That is pretty powerful stuff. Just like the NKVD in the old USSR. He never got any pushback from any political party and the creation went forward. Evidence of Boston and how fast an entire city was shut down. Even as much as he criticized the surveillence unwarranted that was set up under Bush, it has continued unabated and actually increased and got even bigger the other day…That says the continual erosion of our enumerated constitutional rights keeps happening regardless of party.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Point of order.

            The sale of surplus military gear to local police began with Clinton, was accelerated by Bush II, and then continued part way into Obama’s term. He said he was going to stop it but he did not stop it entirely.

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              Didn’t comment on when it started, I was just commenting on Obamas speeches and how many if not most policies have continued unabated regardless of who started them. LA has been pretty weaponed up for a long time. To me actions speak louder than words and honestly I’ve not seen much change in overall policies, internal or international since the late 70’s. They vary a bit but the overall trend is a steady erosion of our individual freedoms.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13thecolonel

      I am not going anywhere in particular except to flesh out in more detail what people think the proper relationship should be between Fed and State and Local.

      So far I am seeing comments that are not consistent with the Federalism and Republican form of Govt. They are more consistent with a Confederation of Nation States.

      What is the proper role of the Federal Govt.? What is the moral/ethical basis for this role?

  22. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Excellent headlines in the leading State newspaper. The State Legislature will be asking the new adminstration coming to DC to block the construction of the 20K acre windfarm in the Elizabeth City area. These toers were to be built at far greater heights than normal to catch a more steady wind at higher altitudes. Citing national security as the main reason, but injury to the migrating flocks of birds is right up there. The windfarm is to be sited near the largest coast guard station in the US, plus the Atlantic early warning systems are there, plus the largest Naval Facility in the world is just north of the site……The States protests fell on deaf ears and went nowhere because of the Federal Statute that said if the FAA has no beef, it’s a done deal and can not be stopped…….that area is not a major highway in the sky for commercial aviation, so of course they will have no issue..

    Besides that a Spanish company is building it and a net increase of jobs at the site will be minimal, and will probably cost jobs in that upper Pamlico Sound area…..The Spanish are say NO MAS and Iberdola is on the hairy edge of bankruptcy….cut the subsidies and they’ll be history……besides the power is NOT FOR NC, but for Virginia .

  23. gmanfortruth says:

    Nothing else is really working, so what the hell, let’s blame grocery store tabloids, ROFLMAO! 😀

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/politico-ambient-tabloids-cost-hillary-white-house

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Gman….want to bet that many of those headlines become reality?

      If the Democratic party had fielded a good candidate against Trump the issues would be moot. Instead of one that said it’s my time as though she was owed the position of POTUS instead of earning it by good policy accomplishments. Same goes for the R’s. against HRC. However seeing that both candidates were truly undesirable in most people eyes, left or right, liberal or conservative…the people chose a wildcard instead of the status quo which both sides were sick of.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        WJC was a far smarter politician than HRC and her election campaign staff ever dreamed of being…..he never would have been impeached, if he hadn’t let his pitbull loose in the yard and just owned up to the pecadillos and said so what…having an affair is not against the law per say…..grounds for divorce by violating a personal “contract” that another. Let her divorce him he would have left office without impeachment and she might have actually gained some points as on honest women with integrity.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        The snowflakes can’t comprehend the reality of the matter. They are a bunch of whiny ass little brats. They will be pouting for a long time I hope.

  24. gmanfortruth says:
    • The only problem with this story, if you listened to it, was the very last sentence in audio/video. ” Police say that no charges will be filed as it is a clear cut case of self defense.” Then the reporter added unless the one that ran away is found.

      THIS is the problem with so called journalists today.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        You do not see any gun store here (not Walmarts) that does not have a sign on the door warning about the workers being ARMED.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          We must be smarter out west. No such signs are needed, because we know the place has employees who are armed.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            Possible…..but we do have a lot of northerners migrating……usually the holstered pistol is enough for most people as a warning, but those that may faint at the sight get a little warning before entering.

            question….are gun racks in the rear window of a pick-up still allowed out west, or do they have to be in a locked compartment?.

            • Just A Citizen says:

              Dale

              I assume they are allowed here because open carry of long guns is legal. But you don’t see them anymore because of thieves. Now the gun rack is behind the pickup seat or the pistol is in the pouch of the seat cover.

              • Gun rack in pickups here are normal but in the mall parking lots and such you do not see the weapons in the racks…..on the highways, yes, all the time but if you see them in the city, which is ok, you do not see them left in the racks…..I do see a rifles and shotguns sometimes carried into stores and things but then you have to tend to them….the only rifle that has to have a sling are the assault type weapons which are carried barrel down…regular “long guns” and shotguns do not have to be shoulder carried.

                But, the rodeo is in town for awhile and weapons are carried everywhere….rifles, shotguns, pistols…..

  25. I cant wait for the anti gun phobes In Arizona getting on the passerby’s that stopped and shot the man that ambushed the policeman that stopped to render aid on an accident. Apparently, the driver of the accident shot the policeman in the shoulder, jumped on top of him and was beating his head on the pavement…..passerby shoots the man and kills him….officer life saved. Pretty simple.

  26. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Earlier in this segment I made a comment about Trump’s twitter usage. I have NO problem with his usage of this social media tool as long as it does not results in another “Foot, or hoof in mouth” unforced error enabling more ridicule to head his way…..he needs to focus on “important” things than creating another media storm.

    The newest being his endorsement of LL Bean. Bean used to pride itself as USA made. yes it came at a significantly higher price, but we also must expect at the higher prices a significantly better product…..the article below was done in ’11 and granted it would be considered unscientific, the author just waalked through the store in Freeport and looked at labels…more than 75% of LL Beans were made overseas. That was not the case years ago…..but would bean be in business today if they did not switch their business model.

    http://www.americanmanufacturing.org/blog/does-ll-bean-keep-it-made-america

    Years ago when I was a fairly faithful Bean customer, I also lived down the road, the prices started getting my attention and I did some comparison shopping. For camping gear like tents, stoves lighting etc Coleman has been actually my go to company. Unfailing over years But I compared quality and prices. The Coleman products were made just as well in Thailand and sold at 1/3 the price of LL Bean for the same type products. Keep the quality and let the games begin. We either here in this country have to relieve some of the onerous regulations that compel companies to offshore, or insist that products imported are made offshore in facilities that meet the same environmental conditions that are required to meet here. It’s Americas choice.

    The other bit of news this AM was Trump asking RFK jr to head a committee that deals with vaccines. RFK jr is a outspoken advocate AGAINST vaccines like the MMR. This also is an unforced error…….Studies on Autism have much more of a correlation with age of the parents than anything else with millions of data points in global studies. The study also has been going on for generations. The findings at first pointed to the age of the Father and the difference of age to the mother, because that was what was more common. A May Dec type relationship. But as society changed more data points filled in. As women started having babies older than normal,,,,,career 1st then kids, that also started having a strong correlation…..The older the mother the significaly higher risk of having an autistic child….both parents now older higher still. Heck….when I was taking Physiology and genetics classes in the 60’s these studies were out there with the data samples. The studies continue to reinforce the original works, but have in fact gotten worse with the birthing behavior changes in western societies

  27. Question for any one on here…………Has anyone noticed that sent Trump has been elected, there has been a resurgence in people standing up for themselves again and not being intimidated by the progressive movement? Even in Texasm I am seeing a great response to Trump in a renewed vigor to not be intimidated any longer…..I am talking simple things like not letting people cut into lines in stores and not letting people get away with elbowing their way past….standing up to minorities that have used their minority status to intimidate…..simple little things like that. It is refreshing to see again. School boards having the courage to say no to the one person that threatens law suits….putting up Christmas displays again and not worrying about political correctness. Stopping the younger gangs from intimidation in malls….like black kids walking arm in arm blocking access inside malls and laughing about it and people now breaking them up and telling them to go home.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      No changes around here. But I have been noticing some on the TV and internet. More folks on lefty sites challenging the narratives. There also seems to be an increase in lefty folks challenging on righty sites. In other words, the nastiness is increasing, of that was possible.

    • It is the old story. Twenty people stand around and do nothing after a traffic accident. One person steps forward to render aid and the other 19 then jump it to help. Trump is doing leadership # 1. SET THE EXAMPLE!

  28. Just A Citizen says:

    Re: The story I posted on the Michigan Muslim football fans and HS team.

    Since nobody figured it out, here is the error of the editor.

    The story is a feel good piece about the “American Muslims”. Putting aside that most people are not reacting adversely to Americans who are Muslim but to the new immigrants being brought here just because, the story is designed to make us feel that the Muslims are just like the rest of us. No special treatment.

    But what are those high school football players doing in the locker room? They are praying. What would happen if a similar picture was published of an Anglo HS team praying in the locker room?

    It is a small thing but it shows how people with agendas, as this story obviously had, just can’t see the double standard right in front of them. In other words, their own hypocrisy.

    I personally thought it a great story and worthy of being told. There seems to be a growing number among us who are condemning all Muslims or people who appear Muslim out of their own ignorance and bigotry. So the article was a good counter to that. I just couldn’t help noticing the contradiction with prayer in school and realizing this would feed into the growing belief that Muslims want “special” treatment, not the same. Thus the editor made a mistake because the picture damages the narrative they were trying to achieve.

    • I didn’t catch the issue originally that you’ve now spelled out. What’s the narrative he’s trying to achieve? You say its designed to ‘make us feel’ that Muslims are just like us. I agree. Then at the end you say the picture damages that narrative. Why? because they’re praying? In school? That is just like us. Many Christians have also bucked PC and continued with their on field prayers. Weather the law likes it or not. Maybe the editor decided to buck PC as well. Have no shame in showing that prayer is part of their lives.

      That’s coming from someone, me, who…1) has a history on SUFA of huge suspicion of radical Muslims…2) Lives right on top of a large Muslim population and the largest mosque in America…3) Interacts daily with Muslim shop owners….4) Proud bleacher mom who sat at many games against Fordson and their counterpart Dearborn middle schools and can vouch for the fact that Muslims are very into their sports and in fact are very good sports about it.

      Conclusion. Who cares if they pray and aren’t ashamed of it? The PC crowd? We’re in the times of Buck That!

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Anita

        My point was still valid. Whether you want to buck the system is irrelevant. The country is filled with examples of the people suing schools over team praying in the locker room, on the field, hell on school property. So NO, that is “not like us”.

        It damages the narrative because the schools in the rest of the country CANNOT pray in the locker room. I expect the author of this article would be on the list of those complaining if they saw it happen. Yes, that is speculation but given the nature of the article I think deserved.

  29. Dale A Albrecht says:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/data-show-american-dream-fallacy-120051749.html

    This is a commentary on a research paper published by Harvard University….notice at the end that there was a sentance saying that over the past 50 year the gap of inequality has gotten bigger in America….anyone wonder why?

    • First of all, it is published by Harvard…

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Yes that was one thing….I’m more thinking along the lines of that they put a disclaimer about not being able to get data from earlier days…..just from family, immigrant results, the american dream was alive and well at the turn of the century, 1900’s. even during the depression the family thrived. WWII, post WWII ever onward and upward. 70’s for the new comers. started getting a little tougher, but life was good and you did not have to go deeply into debt to start and keep a good life. To me, the dream is shakey now since 2000…….but as they noted in the report the gap of equality got bigger since the mid 60s’…with all the welfare programs when large slices of the population they didn’thave to dream the dream and achieve it….just sit back and it will come like manna from heaven from DC..

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Conclusion from the study:

      1. Americans continue to be the most optimistic. Consistent with freedom.

      2. Now you know why the left works so hard to denigrate the chances for advancement. They want us all to feel like France.

  30. Just saw some new facts on gun control and crime on the UK vs USA…..

    1)..UK….total gun ban…..USA 91 per 100 people
    2) UK…..number one in the world for violent crime 2,117 per 100k….USA…466 per 100k…
    3) NUmber 2 in the highest overall crime rate in the EU…..USA 2.81 gun deaths per 100k……
    4) Total Crimes in the UK 11,112 per 100k and the USA 3,959 per 100k……

    Interesting…..

  31. Up for the TExas Legislature this session:

    AUSTIN — Texas businesses that ask customers to disarm themselves will have to pay for injuries incurred in these gun-free zones if state Sen. Bob Hall has his way.

    Hall, R-Edgewood, wants to propose a law that will make gun-free businesses liable for “any harm that befalls patrons as a result of being deprived of his or her weapon.” The law, Hall says, would “encourage Texas businesses to do the right thing and allow their patrons to carry the firearms they have lawfully trained with for self-protection.”

    “Currently, while these gun-free zone businesses possess the right to prevent legally licensed to carry permit holders from carrying a firearm while on their premise, there is no designation of responsibility to provide for the safety of their patrons during an active shooter situation,” Hall said in a Monday email. “That is about to change this coming legislative session.”

    Hall’s district includes part of eastern Dallas County and Rockwall County.

    Hall’s proposed legislation is modeled on a bill considered earlier this year by the state legislature in Tennessee. That bill originally proposed the same civil liability on businesses that ban guns. But later, before it was signed into law, the bill was completely gutted.

    Now, the law protects businesses that allow guns from being sued for doing so, unless the business owner acts with “gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.” It is unclear why the bill was so drastically changed.

    Under Texas law, those with a state-approved license can carry handguns openly or in a concealed fashion. Open carry of long arms like shotguns or AR-15s also is legal and does not require a license.

    The law also currently allows private business owners to ban guns in their establishments by posting signage that designates the area as gun free. Hall’s proposal would threaten this right, by allowing gun license holders who are injured in gun-free business to sue their owners.

    The issue of private property has been paramount in past discussions of Texas’ gun laws.

    Last session, Sen. Brian Birdwell sponsored the legislation that led to concealed carry being expanded on college campuses. But Birdwell, R-Granbury, and other campus carry supporters insisted that the law apply only to public colleges and universities and not private ones, such as Southern Methodist University or Baylor.

    “We should not simply concur with legislation that subordinates one constitutional right to another,” Birdwell said during the debate, when anti-campus carry Democrats in the Senate proposed forcing private universities to allow concealed carry on their campuses.

    In announcing his proposal, Hall referenced the attack earlier this summer on a gay club in Orlando that left 49 dead. Guns are banned in nightclubs and bars in Texas, and it’s illegal for license holders to be drunk while carrying. A security guard at the Orlando nightclub engaged the attacker, but was unable to subdue him.

    “Businesses that establish themselves as ‘gun-free’ provide a guaranteed path of least resistance for terrorists and psychopathic murderers by ensuring that all of the law-abiding patrons in their establishment,” Hall said, “including those licensed to carry a firearm, have surrendered their right of self-defense at the door.”

  32. Playoff time……are we gonna disparage the officiating now or wait until the end?

  33. Just A Citizen says:

    Nice to see the refs are still consistent. Wilson targeted in the head by Atlanta…no call.

  34. Hollywood types are having another meltdown….Susan Sarandon going “postal” a little while ago, chastising TV for putting MMA fights and football ahead of the Golden Globes…chastising facebook for allowing the rants to her face book account from people who disagree with her, and saying that if America continues its love of guns, fossil fuels, football, and MMA…it will fall into ruin. She was clearly upset that Big Bang Theory reruns garnered a 40% viewership over the Golden Globe awards. She says, I do not understand why America is turning against us.

    I have no comment other than………wow.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      They confuse our lack of interest in watching them lick the salt off each others neck with turning against them. I guess we are supposed to watch those Mega Rich jack snipes parade for the cameras instead of watching something entertaining.

      Note to Hollywood: Just hand out the awards via mail. Most of us really don’t care about your awards. We just like to watch the shows and movies.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Entertaining is it not?

  35. Just A Citizen says:

    Wonder if the Dems have any idea they are just feeding into the view that they are nothing but a bunch of race baiting hucksters. Waaaaa…… you cannot attack our icons…..whaaaa!

  36. Did an inspection of the property this afternoon. In the back 40 (acre) I lost a large pine tree that took out 3 good sized oak. I now have a meadow. The ground saturated and the wind tipped the pin out. I now have 4 more years of fire wood and lots of chainsaw work.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Glad that that is all the losses you had. Were the oaks those sprawling oaks that are so spectacular in CA?…….Doesn’t CA frown on burning wood?

      • Like many things in CA, they are schizophrenic about wood burning. If it is your only source of heat, they cannot stop you but you cannot sell the house w/o some form of permanently installed heat other than wood. When I bought the house, I had to install 2 4′ electric baseboards to meet the code. They got ripped right back out. Instead I installed a propane stove on the basement which is our primary heat. The wood stove is upstairs and serves as a backup for when the outside temperature drops below 35°F. Here in the foothills we have no restrictions on wood burning stoves or fireplaces. In the valley and cities, they have a website that one must check to see if burning is allowed for the day.

        We are supposed to burn all brush before the fire season starts. So I need to clean up the brush and burn it before April 1. There are restrictions on which days you can burn but I ignore them since there are restrictions on which days I am free to do the work. I already have plenty of firewood, enough for 2-3 years so this latest is just over abundance. I also need to cut down about half my apple trees. That’s more brush to burn. I have another dead oak to drop plus 2 big burn piles ready to torch. Plus lots of small limbs down from the storms and winds. In all I have 2 weeks of just cleanup and chainsaw work. Hard to get to when you are shorthanded at work and need to put full time in there.

        I am think of buying a smoker to use the apple wood.

        My philosophy is I can leave the wood where it falls and the bugs will turn it into CO2, burn it all and turn it into CO2, or burn the brush and use the firewood for heat thus displacing some other CO2 generating fuel. In all cases it ends up as CO2 but the latter actually produces less.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Last statement is totally logical…….that goes with the former green peace co-founders thoughts. By burning fossil fuels that have been “sequestered” we are just returning the CO2 to the atmpshere from which it came from in which all life on this planet needs to survive.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Did any of your orchard survive or does it look like the Owens Valley after SoCal diverted all the Sierras eastern slope runoff

          • I’ve lost about 1/2 the apple trees from the drought. Cherries, pears and plums are fine.

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              Interesting…you’d have thought they’d suffer equally. Are the root systems different? But as you said, getting a smoker, applewood gives a nice flavor.

  37. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Sad headlines this morning. Ringling Bros and Barnum Bailey Circus will pass into the history books this May.

    Changing tastes in entertainment plus lawsuits and boycotts by animal rights groups. People didn’t come with the elephants, then after removing them from the show people that came to see them didn’t come. Plus kids would rather stick their face in a 3 X 3 screen for hours on end than sit for two hours and watch the circus.

    Actually being totally cynical now…..if they’d arrange more falls and violence maybe the people/kids would come.

    • Been waiting the Animal Rights folks have scored big! Zoos (trust me) are next. What the hooples do not realize is that most of the animals will wind up dog food.

      Back when the elephant thing started I remember telling people who wanted the ban that one of the things that got me to appreciate animals was the circus. Back in the olden days, before the show at Madison Square Garden you could tour the animal enclosure are and get very close (no bars or cages) to camels, elephants and other non-carnivorous beasties. This impressed me as a kid and certainly spurred my interest in them.

      Take this out of the equation and the animals will be very ho-hum to kids, just something you see on a screen somewhere and no different or more real than a video game.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I just looked up information on the NC State Fair……No more petting or getting up close to animals. To much risk involved…….question, how do our farmers and animal husbandry workers survive these dangers.

        Do you remember the video that Madonna did years ago that involved a bull fight. They had a disclaimer that no animals were hurt during the filming of the video…..they failed to mention that the bull was killed afterwards and turned into steaks and chops. No bull that survives a fight with the matadors or picadors ever enters the ring again. It will most assuredly kill its opponent, they are not bred to be stupid bovines but aggressive and smart.

        • Having lived on farms with cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens and ducks, we were taught to give cattle a wide berth on the rear end and to be aware of the hogs as they could be mean.

          • The family ranch….with 5,000 head of cattle….we learned early on….cattle are not stupid. You see on tv westerns how cowboys would walk into a herd of cattle and slap them on the rump…..I do not suggest you do as seen on TV…..We do not have pigs or chickens, cant attest to that……we have wild pigs all over the place and you stay the hell out of their way…….been treed a couple of times. But pigs kill rattlesnakes. They, pigs, will tear up a new alfalfa field pretty quick…

            I am waiting for the animal folks to try to close down rodeos…..the Fort Worth Rodeo is going on right now and so far have not seen one single animal rights person. Later this month, I get to represent the Tarrant County Vietnam Veterans and ride in the grand entry on military night,….looking forward to that.

            • Dale A Albrecht says:

              You mean that singing those old cowboy songs does not still the wild beast?

              Switching to the northwest waters. The Federal government is possibly going to set up a quiet place, safe zone for the Orcas up there. The one thing that I learned from sailing on the west coast…..you did not go anywhere near any whale especially Orcas when you were in your usually much smaller boats. With the advent of the tourist attraction of whale watching, even in small craft and kayaks which 40 years ago was absolutely unheard of, I’m sure the whales are pestered beyond reason. But even relatively territorial pods still migrate. Let a few kayakers get eaten by an Orca and people will keep their distance. But then people do not learn, like with bears and Bison up in Yellowstone.

              • Yeah….like the visitor to the ranch one time…..thought that the aggressive nature of rattlesnakes was over blown….he does not think that anymore. His comments were that rattlesnakes will run from people if they get a chance. He was wrong.

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                When did rattlesnakes evolve legs enabling them to run? Is it a TX thing?

                Over and in the house column of my house I counted 53 different species of birds. raptors regularly hunted in the yard for “Tree Rats” That’s a squirrel here about. I had pecan, black walnut and oak trees so it was a continual dinner bell chiming for the squirrels. one day there was one heck of a big bird of prey flying off with a huge snake that was seriously pissed off. The bird had snagged the snake towards the tail and the snake kept trying to twist up and get the bird…..no luck. I just kept praying that the bird did not drop the snake in the yard. By the size the snake looked like a water mocasin. Lots of swampland around

              • No legs,,,,just a stupid feller from Iowa….who thought that rattlesnakes were not very dangerous….to prove his point he was mimicking a Mexican Hat Dance routine around a 5 1/2 foot Diamond back…..the Diamond back was not amused……hits the dancer just below the knee….

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                Honestly I would have liked to have seen that….you can’t make up stories like that.

  38. gmanfortruth says:

    Trump vs. Lewis……

    One of the things I have always questioned is why we continue to have all the race pimping by Democrats when most blacks are in Democrat controlled areas. yet, they still cry over voting issues that are really not issues at all. Still cry racism at every turn (which most people are simply sick of hearing) even where racism doesn’t play a part. This Clown doesn’t think Trump is the legitimate President elect, which is racist speak that White votes don’t matter. Despite Lewis’s past deeds, his current seat is hot with racism and Communism/Marxist nonsense. Lewis and those like him should be relieved of their duties, immediately.

  39. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Blacks in general can not comprehend that they also can be racist. They are in complete denial that their ancestors sold their vanquished enemies into slavery. Buyers came to ready markets like Zanzibar. They did not venture into the continent until slavery was considered illegal by all western nations and was actively being rooted out of the nations that still practiced it, like Sudan..

  40. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Obama unilaterally drops sanctions against Sudan

    Obama changes the feet wet feet dry Cuban refugee/escapee policy……has Raul Castro changed anything to make Cuba a kinder gentler nation?

    Heaven only knows the damage the abstention in the UN has wrought

  41. Dale A Albrecht says:

    It’s still Bush’s fault, says Pelosi, when the National debt is shown to have doubled under Obama’s stewardship from all previous Presidents combined.

    It is amazing how a person such as Pelosi and Reid, and many other congressional leaders, who can not put a coherent sentence together, have attained such lofty positions in our government.

  42. gmanfortruth says:

    Subject: NFL playoffs tonight.

    I can see the referee’s playing a role in at least one team winning, likely KC/Pitt game. With that said:

    Packers will play well in a high scoring game and pull out a last minute TD pass to win by 3 point 34-31. Regardless of who wins this game, I will go on record and say that the Falcons will be the NFC team in the Super Bowl.

    The Kansas City Chiefs have had two weeks to get ready for this revenge game against Pittsburgh. The weather will suck in KC and Big Ben has struggled on the road in bad weather. KC special teams will be the difference as KC wins 37-24.

  43. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Wouldn’t you think Al Sharpton would be laying low instead of leading protests in DC allegedly only before the inauguration, with a delinquent tax bill for years to the State of NY and the IRS of estimated $4.7M. If us deplorable were even a fraction of that delinquent, we’d have had our assets seized and liquidated and sitting in jail.

    • I have two words for you, Wesley Snipes!

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Forgot about his tax protest. Sharpton has caused more grief in cities that were many times totally unfounded and probably might have been resolved without his interferance…..like Duke University. Why only Duke was sued is beyond me. The defense attorneys should have returned their millions in fees for malpractice. It took a summer intern to discover the mistakes of the prosecution.

  44. Rats

  45. A good quote to remember.Probably something I lack.

    “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
    -Winston Churchill

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      When was the last truly memorable quote by a modern politician? You had FDR and “fear” and JFK and “as not”….I draw a blank beyond that, obviously except for the statesmen from bygone eras.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        let me rephrase my comment….”Inspiring” quotes. Carter had a doozie with his “malaise” speech

  46. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Inauguration week is starting out with good news. “CGI Clinton Global Initiatve” is closing down.

  47. Dale A Albrecht says:
  48. It just does not stop…..Dallas, Texas…..The first black female D.A., who is going to be the chairman and master of ceremonies for MLK today…..is under fire from black groups………because of her hair. They do not like the idea that she has fixed her hair in a manner of “white folks”….doing that, they say, denies her “blackness”.

    Her response….” Today is about MLK and his leadership…not my hair. “

    • gmanfortruth says:

      It’s easy to see who the real racist’s truly are. Maybe the Liberal’s are right about racism being alive and well in the US. Except it’s THEM 🙂

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I’ve said that all along. When you look at everything according to race, gender, point of origin and judge people along those same lines, INSTEAD OF THE CHARACTER AND QUALITIES OF THE INDIVIDUAL, that to me defines a racist, homophobe, misogonist and xenophobe. There was an extremely liberal lawyer I knew once. Everybody she talked about had a defining label. As examples like my black friend, my gay friend, my hispanic friend, etc……instead of MY FRIEND, period.

      • That’s black privilege popping up right there. They have a right to talk about racism, but whites don’t.

  49. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Read a very interesting editorial this morning written by a former Prime Miniter of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO….I’ve just copied a section of his oped.

    “The elites would do well to remember that populism is often based on a core of truth. Rather than ostracize populists, establishment parties are often better off welcoming them and working with them. The government I led in Denmark between 2001 and 2009 was based on a successful coalition of so-called populists and established center-right parties. We didn’t agree on every issue, but together we were able to reform the welfare state, improve our immigration laws, and back the U.S.-led coalitions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most importantly, we dealt a cultural blow to political correctness and bureaucratic elitism.
    The emerging Trump coalition of conservative activists has broad appeal in America, which remains a fundamentally center-right nation politically. Barring significant errors of execution, Donald Trump has the potential to stabilize American politics and restore reliable American leadership to the world stage in the coming years.
    So far, Trump has made several personnel appointments that present a more nuanced picture of future U.S. foreign policy than superficial media coverage suggests. He has brought in many globally respected figures from business and the military. These strong leaders won’t tolerate a weak and meek America. And personnel is policy, as the saying goes.
    I believe President Trump will be unorthodox, challenge the status quo and look at the global stage with fresh eyes. If applied wisely, this could be an effective approach. Let’s take military spending as one example. It would be disastrous to abandon U.S. allies in Europe, but Trump is right to point out that the U.S. is paying a disproportionate share of total defense costs in the NATO alliance. Trump’s un-ambiguity on this issue combined with Russia’s saber rattling has sent shock waves through many European countries. Most recently, Latvia and Lithuania have taken concrete steps to reach the 2% defense target in 2018. Others are likely to follow suit.
    The attack on Pearl Harbor taught us that American isolationism won’t make the U.S. safer. It will only strengthen the hand of authoritarian leaders and threaten the future of the rules-based international world order that has brought freedom, security and prosperity to the American people since the end of World War II. Trump might be an unorthodox president, but I don’t believe he will take America in an isolationist direction. On the contrary, the Trump administration could actually bring a much-needed boost of energy and creativity to the world stage.”

  50. Dale A Albrecht says:

    With the political dust-up (huge under-statement) between CIA Director Brennan and President-elect Trump I decided to look up Brennan’s history…..What an incredible hack.

    I had cut out so many exerpts to post as to what I would deem him unqualified to run an intelligence agency, except obviously under Obama, I decided to paste the whole link.

    Note he voted for the Communist Party while in college.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_O._Brennan

    • Good move! I did not know he was station chief in Saudi when Khobar Towers was blown up. He got a promotion out of it and the AF general who had no real responsibility lost his career.

      Sounds like a perfect CIA director to me!

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I wouldn’t have trusted anything he said ever….I really liked how he said they did everything possible before the attempted terrorist act on the plane landing in Detroit…I seem to remember the US government was alerted by the bombers family and they still let him on an airliner. They didn’t mention it, but the Russians also warned the US about the brothers who commited the Boston Marathon bombing…..whatever was politically expedient……I’d almost draw a conclusion that the agencies wanted to have attacks so more power would be vested in them as demanded by the people.

        • Dale, you give them too much credit. You were in service and worked for conglomerates. You know that these days there are just so many levels between the guy on the street and the decision makers. Nothing can be done quickly and everyone is so busy watching their back, they tend to fall down the hole in front of them.

          As a kid I read a book about Rommel. He once famously said that the worst possible combination to face would be British Soldiers led by young American Junior officers. The Brit. troops because of their unmatched courage, The young Lieutenants and Captains because unlike their European counterparts they constantly sought initiative and adapted.

          In our headlong rush to adopt everything “sophisticated” and “European” we have lost a lot of that.

          • I remember very well, before the demise of the Soviet Union, listening to a defector Soviet General, who said that the one thing that the Soviet Union feared themost were American captains….he went on to say that, unlike the Soviet Union, American Captains have the power of a general and none of the repsonsibility….that is why Captains are company and Battalion commanders. An American captain is given orders and operational command but they have one thing that Soviet commanders do not have…..the power to improvise. Captains had the right to adjust to field problems where the Soviet captains did not.

            He went on to say that the other thing that they feared was that if all the officers were killed, the American enlisted man would immediately take charge and keep going. In the Soviet Union, if the officers are killed, the unit must “wagon wheel” until a new officer arrives. The lowest American private knew the operation and knew what needed to be done. In the Soviet army, that was not the case.

            I have to agree in that the two best ranks that I had were Captain and Colonel. My first company command ( after infantry ) was a tank company commander…..14 M1A1 Abrams. When I went to Desert Storm, before I took over a battalion, I had a tank company, with a slice (one platoon each of mech infantry, medics, engineers, and 2 Apaches) assigned to me as a company commander……talk about power.

      • Real good article here from the Treehouse. Many links regarding intelligence agencies and those who run them. Also lays out players in a shadow government, those referred to as the Deep State.
        https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/01/15/cia-director-john-brennan-attempts-to-justify-his-agency-leaks-to-media-duping-delight/#more-127106

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Did anyone else watch/listen to the youtube attached in the comments about McCarthyism?

          I knew a lot of it but there was even more. Detailing how far back the Communist infiltration started and how vast it was in our Govt.

          Someone should send Chris Matthews a copy.

          • Yes, I did…..it is all over Mexico right now as well….as a matter of fact, it is on their Presidential elections and has been for the last 15 yeasrs….and gaining strength.

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