The Norks and the Dorks

These days it rarely fails that something isn’t said about how dangerous and scary the North Korean’s are with all their ICBM tests (two so far).  The media, in my opinion, is fear mongering and likely doing so at the behest of special interests and the Deep State.  Both love profits and war is very profitable.  Maybe this will ring a bell, because it will be repeated again, only Iran will be the Nation:


Then we have this gem from yesterday.  This is what happens when a Liberal activist posing as a member of the White House press corp  looks like when he gets schooled in front of the entire world.  at the end, the Dork whines about being called ignorant, which he was.

 

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  1. gmanfortruth says:

    What will the Trump administration do about the Nork’s? They seem to have the Dork’s on the run, which is providing some great entertainment.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      Surprise surprise when Iran do announce that they have attained nuclear weapons. Again one of those international “agreements” nee treaties made by Obama that were designed to avoid Senate ratification

      Per MSM releases the UN and IPCC both publically advised Obama that they work together to word it so that he does not have to submit it to Congress, after the lessons learned from Kyoto which was rejected,

  2. Is Costa there to report the news or make political statements? Dork fits.

  3. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    I wish to carry forward and comment on some of D13’s business commentary.

    During the 30’s and the “Great Depression” the NRA was enacted. This law was put together mostly by “big” business. They even then were the ones most apt to survive the economic problems. Small business like tailors, cleaners, watch repair small business were limited on the hours they could work. Why would the government care if an individual worked extra hours at their own busness, Small entrepenuers who had come up with a better idea, and that is why they most like succeeded against a big company were required by the NRA to share that innovation with their competitors. Therefore hurting them…that is a few items

    Today with the rush to the $15 minimum wage actually one of the chief drivers is MacDonalds. The fast food industry is the one place where marginal employees in fact find employment. They will not be at Google or at&t as an example. A large business like MacDonalds can afford and is automating and cutting workforce of the very same people protesting wanting $15…..who get hurt the little guy. Small business can not even begin to invest in the automation and are marginal at best. The service workers here in New Bern work an average of 3-5 jobs. No small restaurant which they all are can afford the labor regulations that just keep piling up. So they rarely provide full employment hours and that might be one manager who handles the dining room and bar.. The only one who usually is there constantly working all hours are the owners.

    Congress’s are pushing this thinking it will reduce the monetary aid to the marginal workers and unemployed, plus they might get more tax revenue. It will backfire on all counts. Those folks will find more unemployment and then benefits will be reduced pushing them into marginality or less again, plus the governments previous open borders policy worsened that yet again by bringing in even lower skilled people. Miami and Florida and the gulf states can attest to that with the Cuban refugee floods under Carter, Castro dumped his prisons. D13 attests to that on the Mexican border and want to bet other countries are doing the same. We’ll release you and give you a ticket to leave. raise hell elsewhere…here you will die.

    • One bright spot on the border…..since Trump has taken office……..NOT ONE SINGLE BUS OF PRISONERS HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE TEXAS/NEW MEXICO border. Not one.

      Two schools of thought, however……either all the prisons and jails are now empty or no one is challenging Trump. I have only 6 more months left on my contract as an advisor to the Texas Guard on the border and it is likely to not be renewed…..the border crossings have dropped to near zero. And those that are crossing are engaged in human smuggling, drugs, and weapons…..yes, weapons are being smuggled back into the US…..our own weapons that we sent out under Obama’s fast and furious.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        Which I believe started under Bush Jr. Were not both administrations complicit in this fiasco and crime?

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          I believe you are correct that the original “fast and Furious” program started under Bush II. The Obama admin carried it further in their attempt the get UN gun rules implemented here in the US. Just listen to both Obama’s and HRC’s statements on gun control long before the scandal broke and what they were openly saying they wanted to accomplish..

        • Yes, I read the one under Bush II and it was a true bait and switch set up. I actually saw part of it….was not involved in it but saw part of it….Obama took it out of the hands of the border patrol and put it under th AG.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        What’s going on with the Sheriffs dept in Austin (Travis County I believe)

        • Dunno……what are you referring to? They are pissed right now because the Sheriif is about to get indicted…..

          • Dale A. Albrecht says:

            Just a general question…..saw a blurb that had no real information behind it….Austin is Austin, I doubt the District Attorney would be going after a common sympathizer or is the Sheriff and imposing conservative force refusing to buckle under the Austin politicals. Or is it a federal charge?

          • Dale A. Albrecht says:

            Could be because of the sheriff’s policy that is in direct opposition to not only the TX legislature, Gov Abbott and Federal immigration law…..could just be blowback on the previous administrations targeting of the Sheriff in AZ. exactly the opposite.

            • One thing about the Sheriff….she is not stupid. She challenged Governor Abbott on the sanctuary city and told him to pull the funding……he did. He then told her, if you do not reverse your position on sanctuary city, I will throw you in jail on the very first wilful violation of the State Law after September 1, 2017. She has changed the policy claiming that she is forced to do so……and Governor Abbott said that he will restore state funding if nothing changes and she keeps the course she is on now. Austin is no longer a sanctuary city.

              I might add, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are pretty mad at Fort Worth now……the Fort Worth mayor and city council voted NOT to join the other cities in a law suit against the State of Texas on sanctuary city status. Dallas and some of the midcities are upset with Fort Worth because of the crack down on panhandling and non sanctuary status…….they all went to Dallas…….heh heh.

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                Has anyone explained yet why it is OK for cities to willfully violate Federal law and most States for that matter, by declaring themselves “sanctuary” cities and then demand from those every same entities the money to support the very same people they are giving sanctuary to.

  4. Just A Citizen says:

    This AM, the Anne Frank institute issued an official statement ridiculing Mr. Miller, the White House policy guy who got into it with Costa, as being ignorant of history and thus not deserving of citizenship per the new immigration policy.

    Quoted in the story was Costa’s comment about Miller reinventing the “National Parks” history. This was over Miller pointing out that the Statue was a tribute to LIBERTY, not to immigration and the poem was added later. So apparently Mr. Costa and the Anne Frank group believe Mr. Miller was lying.

    The first paragraph from Wikipedia reads: “The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.”

    Two parts of importance. One, the statue was in fact a statement about “Liberty Enligtenning the World”. Not immigration to the USA. But the man who helped pick out the site said he thought the island a great spot as people coming here would pass by it.

    Second is that is was finished and dedicated in 1886.

    Now for the other part, also from Wikipedia:

    “In 1903, a bronze tablet that bears the text of Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “The New Colossus” (1883), was presented by friends of the poet. Until the 1986 renovation, it was mounted inside the pedestal; today it resides in the Statue of Liberty Museum, in the base.[168]”

    So the poem was written 3 years BEFORE the dedication but presented to the Statue managers in 1903. 17 years AFTER the dedication.

    Oh one more point for Mr. Acosta. The Statue is a National Monument……….NOT a National Park. The US Park Service administers and manages both. Thus the apparent confusion on his part.

    Here is the full Wiki history of the Statue, in case your really bored or would like to brush up on some American history. The article includes a derogatory comment by a Cleveland paper printed by “Black Americans”. You will find it very interesting.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty

  5. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    Carrying forward a few additions to my shipboard life comments.

    Civilian research vessels in the M/E

    1) The Saudi’s and others from the emirates which the ships had to utilize as part of the crew were BANNED from the crews heads. They with their NTP culture couldn’t quite grasp a flush facility, nor showers, and not squat therefore shitting all over. A special facility just for them was erected off the fantail of the ship for their use.

    US Navy (we were training their Navy)

    1) Anytime one stood any watch with them, Saudi’s or Iranians, the stench was so nauseating and permeating, you NEVER went back to your compartment without stripping and washing your clothes and soaking and scrubbing every follical in the shower. When the clothes were washed and dried, you’d dress then either go back to work of try and sleep back in your space…….true statements, had to live it.

  6. At what point does a new’s agency, stop being a news agency protected by freedom of the press and turn into a criminal collaborating with felonious spys? I’m thinking Washington Post has reached that point!

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Saw a great point about WAPO last night. For months they have been screaming and even leading the “The Russians are coming” narrative. That the Russians own the White House, yada, yada, yada.

      Yesterday their lead story was OMG we are in a new cold war with Russia. “How did this happen”?

      Bizarre doesn’t come close to describing this.

  7. Just A Citizen says:

    Err hum, uh, well Mr. President. Then why the hell did you sign the damn thing?? Just askin!

    After signing the legislation, Trump labeled parts of the bill an unconstitutional infringement upon his executive authority and his ability to negotiate with Moscow.

    “By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” Trump said in a statement.

    “The Framers of our Constitution put foreign affairs in the hands of the President. This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice.”

    • That’s the biggest danger in all this Russia business, the President feeling his hands are tied. Plus do you really think the President should veto a bill passed with almost 100% congressional approval?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        V.H.

        YES! If he truly feels it Unconstitutional and if he has ideas on how to improve it then YES.

        Never, never, ever, participate in letting Congress put you in a box. Bush II did this thinking his “signing statement” would give him wiggle room. Well as both he and Mr. Obama found out, a signing statement doesn’t supersede the actual words of the actual law.

        Now Mr. Trump can be ridiculed for signing the thing and then complaining about it. Make Congress override the veto. Besides, they are not in town. Maybe by the time they return they will have cooled their jets a bit. Depending on what they hear from The People during the recess.

        • Agreed…….Veto it.

        • You may be right he could have made a point by vetoing it and it is a matter of separation of powers. But he couldn’t win that argument and he would have taken a big political hit for doing it. And I know in almost any situation , I’d be arguing that one man,President or not, should’t overrule the whole Congress.

  8. Just A Citizen says:

    As I have said many, many times. No amount of Govt. health insurance can solve the lack of medical care supply. It is all about supply and demand. Always has been and always will be. Wonder how long before the Progressives come up with compulsory Service in Health Care?

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/08/02/primary-care-shortage/

  9. Interesting stat……………..323 killed by automatic weapons, 496 killed by hammers, 650 killed by knives, 12,000 killed by drunk drivers, 195,000 killed by Medical Malpractice.

    Extrapolation: You are 600 times more likely to die by using Obamacare than by semi automatic rifle…..soooooo, feel like going to the doctor?**********

    *****This is using MSM logic.

  10. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    Last night while out on the town I ran into one of the major business owners of New Bern. His family has been in New Bern for generations. His Grndfather actually invented the metal bending machine that makes standing seam metal roofing panels on site. Just feed the flat sheet metal roll in one end and out comes a panel ready to be installed that locks to the ajacent one, No soldering and crimping as in the days of old. Anyway they have over the years bought a ton of property in the city. They always renovate the buildings, bring in small business for the 1st floor and make beautiful condo and apt on the upper stories. They are movers and shakers of the city. deeply involved in politics but at all times the family lives right downtown. He said last night that he actually has been receiving complaints by “Social justice” people saying that it is “UNFAIR” that he and his family own so much downtown. He said his answer was to them…..anytime you want to buy one of the buildings, please feel free to write me a check. He has all he can do to manage the properties he owns plus the roofing company……The complainer had no answer….I guess it was that they expected him to just turn it over after all the hard work, labor and money they invested into the properties. bringing them back into a vital downtown and onto the tax roles instead of being abandoned. Just to buy as an example an empty floor of a couple thousand sq feet, with NO certficate of occupancy will come to 3-6 hundred K. To bring the single floor property back usually runs another 6 hundred K plus. That is major investment.
    All his children are active participants like trumps in the family businesses. They never stop moving, trying to make the city a very nice travel experience and city living.

  11. David Frum, no less:

    Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous. It is vitally important that a president be able to speak confidentially—and perhaps even more important that foreign leaders understand that they can reply in confidence.
    Thursday’s leak to The Washington Post of President Trump’s calls with the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Australia will reverberate around the world. No leader will again speak candidly on the phone to Washington, D.C.—at least for the duration of this presidency, and perhaps for longer. If these calls can be leaked, any call can be leaked—and no leader dare say anything to the president of the United States that he or she would not wish to read in the news at home.

    Source.

    • Forget who the POTUS is……is there any problem with what was said?

      • Nope.

        What’s interesting is the Frum is intensely critical of Trump, but has come out strongly against the leaks / leaking.

        His argument (I don’t know if you read the whole article, but he’s gone into more depth elsewhere), is that Trump’s deviations from established norms forces others to respond by deviating from established norms.

        His concern isn’t really for the leaks per say, but rather that they represent a significant breakdown in the established order. That they harm US interests by making it harder for the President to have a candid (even if idiotic) conversation with a foreign leader. And that their existence reinforces / justifies Trump’s belief that he has to use alternative channels.

        I could foresee Trump using direct messages on Twitter to talk to foreign leaders (in 140 characters!) – simply because he doesn’t trust (and rightfully so!) the government he is running.

        Frum blames Trump for much (though not all) of this – and I think that is fair – because (A) the buck has to stop at the top, (B) why are these happening under Trump when they never happened under anyone else – including the much hated Obama and Bush Jr.? and (C) well, Frum just doesn’t like Trump and is happy to blame him for stuff.

        He put it well with his comparison to “we have to destroy the village to save it” analogy. If “the state” has to destroy the normalcy in order to save normalcy, well.. what then?

      • For my part, I understand the urge to wage all-out total resistance to Trump.

        I think, in some sense, he’s deliberately courted open warfare from the left.

        I’ve long advocated “being the adult in the room,” but I find this position to be less-and-less popular amongst my lefty friends, colleagues, and bloggers. The prevailing (or at least, significant minority) view seems to be that “the Republicans – and Trump in particular – act like children, so we need to stop being nice guys and fight back with every tool we have.” I think we should resist where we need to resist and work with him where we can find common ground. The sentiment – and it’s growing stronger every day – seems to be “screw that – deny him any “victory” at any time at any cost.” That, of course, was the Red Shirt motto under Obama which the left so derided. But now, they are coming around to the view that “well they did it first, so we should too.” And here I sit pointing out that I don’t accept that “logic” from my 5 year old and that they should be ashamed of themselves.

        Now, of course, I’m sure, you and others here had a nice belly laugh at the idea that the left are the mature by-the-book adults who are merely victims of, and reacting to, the intransigence and irrationality of the right (just as they scoff at conservatives’ view of themselves as such). It’s worth noting that, the more I observe it, the left and the right view themselves and each other identically – each thinking themselves the adults and the other irrational children – it’s amazing to me how confident they all are in their own virtue and the deficiency of the other. It’s like members of two warring religions – both 100% certain that God is on their side – and neither showing any trace of understanding that the other religion thinks the same thing.

        Regardless, the temptation to lapse into political open-warfare is dangerous. More so by the fact that we do not currently have the bigger stick.

        If we stop being the “loyal opposition” and allow ourselves to be goaded into being “enemies of the regime,” it makes it that much easier for Trump to play the victim card, take more extreme measures, write us off, marginalize us, et cetera. Generally, it’s just not in our interest to fall into that trap. If we are “the enemy,” he doesn’t have to negotiate with us or consider what we want – he can focus instead on “winning” for his team.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          Chicken or the egg, which came 1st?. My feeling is that Trump’s election and subsequent actions are a by- product and end result of the radical liberal left and the MSM…..And I’ll toss in the NEVER TRUMPERS of the right, like McCain and his gang..

          People were not happy with the direction the nation has been taking for several decades regardless of party and to elect someone other than Trump only promised a doubling down of the actions of the State and continual involvement in the overthrow of other governments that posed NO threat to us.

          Mathius…I know you said long ago during the election that you did not like HRC and far prefered Sanders. Once Sanders was derailed by collusion of the DNC and Clinton to insure her nomination which I truly believe she would have NOT gotten without that. HRC would have brought a new but old meaning of the word “MADAME” to the WH if she had been elected. I have never seen anyone other than a psycopath show so much glee in the killing of another human being as she did after we deliberately overthrew the government of Libya, I’m sure she just wet her pants upon the announcement of Bin Laden’s death in another event.

          One could seethe collusion early in the Dems primaries and the confidence that HRC would get it inspite of the peoples votes for Sanders. That was her confidence that she controled the super delegates and they would NEVER vote for Sanders

          • Mathius…I know you said long ago during the election that you did not like HRC and far prefered Sanders. Once Sanders was derailed by collusion of the DNC and Clinton to insure her nomination which I truly believe she would have NOT gotten without that.

            Who can say?

            I think she probably still would have beaten him without the collusion, but it would have been much closer.

            I’m sure she just wet her pants upon the announcement of Bin Laden’s death in another event.

            You know, I just did not need this visual image.

            That was her confidence that she controled the super delegates and they would NEVER vote for Sanders

            Super delegates are bullshit, but they aren’t collusion.

            Collusion was things like when they gave her the questions in advance or denied him access to voter lists.

            People were not happy with the direction the nation has been taking for several decades regardless of party

            True. But remember Mathius’ First Law: People. Are. Dumb.

            Trump was a bad bet. They wagered (actually, slightly less than half of voters wagered) that it was better to risk a total wildcard than the status quo.

            That’s not a good bet.

            And, because, for some reason, a voter in Ohio is more important than a voter in California, we’re all going to get to suffer the consequences of that for the next three years (or possibly three days – who knows?).

            • MAthius says: Trump was a bad bet. They wagered (actually, slightly less than half of voters wagered) that it was better to risk a total wildcard than the status quo.

              That’s not a good bet.

              D13 inquires: Why do you consider it not a good bet. The way that I read your statement is that you prefer status quo to a wild card. I, of course, preferred a wild card to the status quo because I am tired of the way this country was going..both domestically and abroad. I simply did not want the “same old thing”….and Clinton and/or Sanders does not have the country at heart….neither did 15 other Republicans…..

              Just as people voted for Obama for no other reason that he was black….I voted for trump for no other reason I did not want a sniveling coward in the White House and I considered all the Republicans and Democrats as sniveling cowards…….that said…….I realize that I am drawing to an inside straight with the mortgage on the table and no food in the cupboard…..but that is still preferable to me than the old adage “a chicken in every pot.”

              I like the way he is treating the rest of the world. They have absolutely no idea what he is going to do and I like that very much. Hell, I don’t even know what he is going to do and I am finding that refreshing.

              One thing Trump has done…..if something works, you might as well try it. H has copied a play right out of the Democratic play book……..misdirection. While everyone is focusing on a bogus Russia connection………………………his administration and his exec orders have very quietly dismantled over 800 of Obama’s rules and regulations ( this according to CNN ). He has taken on the media and I like that. I like his straight forward out of the mainstream approach. Sure, he has made gaffes and mistakes….and that is to be expected from a Rookie. But I still prefer non politicians running things.

              So, we shall see…..I am sitting at the poker table with an Ace, King, Jack, and Ten of Spades…..waiting for my one card draw.

              • D13 inquires: Why do you consider it not a good bet. The way that I read your statement is that you prefer status quo to a wild card.

                Correct.

                Status quo is/wasn’t great.

                I went through three funds closing on me, and two sets of layoffs (one I ran from, one I got caught in).

                I am well aware of how things are far, far from great.

                But you don’t give the nuclear codes to a toddler.

                I, of course, preferred a wild card to the status quo because I am tired of the way this country was going..both domestically and abroad. I simply did not want the “same old thing”….

                I hold a similar position, though I felt that it was (slowly) trending in the right direction. Whereas you, no doubt, saw things corroding, I saw them sllllllooooowwwwwwlllllly creeping back to a tolerable state.

                I saw Obama, against the militant intransigence of the Republicans, claw his way back from the greatest financial collapse of the last several decades, and try to set the country on a firmer path going forward.

                He was far from the international peacenik I would have liked to see, but neither did he get us into any decade-long land wars in Asia, so there’s that. (to be fair, he wasn’t particularly good at extracting us from them either).

                Meanwhile, I have no confidence that Trump will be better. He’s too reactionary. I suspect that the minute he feels the need to prove his machismo, we’re going to wind up repeating all the old evils.

                and Clinton and/or Sanders does not have the country at heart….neither did 15 other Republicans…..

                I’ll give you the rest, but I’m not so sure you’re right about Sanders.

                I wonder if he’s related to Colonel Sanders…?

                Just as [SOME] people voted for Obama for no other reason that he was black….

                People vote for all kinds of stupid reasons. Mainly, it seems, people are tribal idiots and want to vote for their “team.”

                Tons of women turned out to vote for Palin because she’s a woman.

                Tons of women (though not enough) turned out for H. Clinton for the same reason.

                Let’s be fair though – most people who voted for Obama voted for him because he wore a Blue Jersey and was running against the Red Team right after the most (at that point) historically unpopular President in history, months after the economy had just burst into flames, while, at the same time, we were still stuck in two Asian land wars over which he had declared Mission Accomplished and promised would be quickies. And who did they run against him? McCain, sure, that’s fine, but they coupled him with Sarah Freakin’ Palin.
                In that environment, a literal turd sandwich (literally, a turd between two slices of whole wheat bread) could have probably eeked out an electoral victory as long as it came in a blue wrapper.

                I voted for trump for no other reason I did not want a sniveling coward in the White House and I considered all the Republicans and Democrats as sniveling cowards…….

                Trump dodged the draft, did you forget?

                And I don’t think anyone seriously running for President is much of a coward. In fact, I think they’re nuts. The amount of chutzpah it takes to put yourself out there like that.. no thank you.

                But I get your point. I don’t necessarily agree that Clinton, Sanders, Kashich, Jeb!, or one or two others are actually “cowards” – though most of them were fatally flawed.

                I’d also say that Carson isn’t a coward – if anything he’s insanely overconfident to the point of insanity. He’d probably nuke Detroit and expect them to vote for him in his reelection.

                that said…….I realize that I am drawing to an inside straight with the mortgage on the table and no food in the cupboard…..but that is still preferable to me than the old adage “a chicken in every pot.”

                I get where you’re coming from.. I do… but no thank you.

                I’ll play a wildcard when my odds are better. Until then, the devil you know…

                By the way, Sanders isn’t totally “establishment,” you know? He’s not “flip the tables and burn the place down” nuts like Trump, but he’d have shaken thinks up pretty significantly.. just, I suspect, in an overall direction you wouldn’t have liked.

                his administration and his exec orders have very quietly dismantled over 800 of Obama’s rules and regulations ( this according to CNN ).

                Quit? You call that quit?

                The left has been screaming to the moon over it!

                You make it sound like he slipped something past them. They’re crying into their lattes (why is it always a latte?) over the “dismantling of the Obama legacy.”

                They’re whining (I think fairly, actually) that Trump’s biggest goal doesn’t seem to be to do anything of any positive nature – rather, he’s just aggressively trying to piss off Democrats and undo everything Obama did.

                He has taken on the media and I like that.

                Meh.

                I like his straight forward out of the mainstream approach.

                I don’t know what this means in context of Trump.

                Do you mean that he says whatever he feels like saying at any given moment regardless of any relationship it might have with objective reality?

                Sure, he has made gaffes and mistakes….and that is to be expected from a Rookie.

                A drunken colonel with Tourettes would make fewer gaffes. You cannot write off his “gaffes” to his Rookie state. He is undisciplined and does not care.

                Now, maybe that’s a good thing. I don’t think so, but I can see the argument.

                But they’re not itsy bitsy dainty little mistakes made because oh gosh, he’s new at this whole thing. He’s 70 and has been around the block long enough.

                Come up with a different reason.

                But I still prefer non politicians running things.

                I don’t.

                I want someone competent, with experience.

                Yes, it is true, that “politicians” are self-selected from a pool nearly entirely comprised of self-serving sociopaths. But sometimes they can find a way to piggybag our legitimate needs upon their agenda.

                Trump though.. man, you never know what you’re going to get, and it’s waaaaaayyyyy too much to risk.

                So, we shall see…..I am sitting at the poker table with an Ace, King, Jack, and Ten of Spades…..waiting for my one card draw.

                I think, at the election I would have given you that analogy.

                At this point, we’re going to have to revise you down.

                You have a rainbow 4, 5, and 8, the flop was no help, and now you’re all in looking for the turn and the river.

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                Mathius….

                “But you don’t give the nuclear codes to a toddler”

                And you sure as hell DO NOT give them to someone like Clinton. The only president during my lifetime since Eisenhower that was NOT a toddler was Bush I.

                The only reason she is was not indicted and convicted was an invention of law by Comey who had NO business making that call on the “matter”. Make your recommendation as required by the 15 minutes of undisputed evidence of her and her team willfully violating serious felony federal security laws. Put the burden on Lynch and Obama to make what was so obviously a POLITICAL decision.

                That lady had a long record of either voting to or actually overthrowing and then abandoning them after mayhem ensued guarenteeing any resemblance to their previous society to be consigned to the dust bins of history. Me I’ll also take the wild card here. Most of the rino’s who ran against him and those that stood by the wayside like McCain and Graham, were hell bent on getting even more involved in starting or continuing more wars.

                My belief is that we only still have a viable military is because the economy was so stagnant for the general population, the service members stayed saying what the heck, actually having a greater risk of dying in a car accident than by enemy action

              • gmanfortruth says:

                But you don’t give the nuclear codes to a toddler.

                ROFLMAO!

                Who can’t accept the election results 10 months later? That would be the newborns pretending to be adult Liberals I guess 😀

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                Mathius…..what proveable success has she had? Her record is one long string of failures on which she continually plays the your picking on me card or its a right wing conspiracy.

                let’s see, she managed the legal affairs of whitewater. Everyone except the two top people went to prison. That was Bill and her who the scam was to support.
                Getting confidential FBI and IRS records against political opponents. Totally illegal and just tossed it off and returned them. That just asking and denied by the IRS by Nixon was one of the impeachment charges of obuse of power.
                She made a total hash of the national medical program she was in charge of developing and the dems who controled everything said NO and she was put in a box.
                Covering up and defending all the illegal affairs of WH and gubenatorial employees. of her predatory husband,
                Benieited by hundreds of thousand of dollars on her 1st wall street stock trade with Tyson standing over her shoulder. Deemed illegal and clearly a “bribe” in which only the head of tyson foods was helds accountable…..not her
                Direct money from China aiding in Bills election campaign funds. Caught and nothing happened to the recipients. again Bill and Hillary.
                Bill and his staff stonewalled Louis Freah of the FBI of their investigation of Chinese stealing nuclear secret from Los Alamos.
                Bill impeached by the house and felony conviction in civil courts not the senate
                yet HRC said if elected, you get two for the price of one.
                She really did nothing as a senator.
                AS SOS she was a complete disaster. Embracing even Myamar (Burma) who as a country has one of the worst civil rights violators in the world and continue to be such.
                She endorsed Assad as a progressive leader and that she could work with him
                Continued to endorse more war.
                Egypt, Libya (benghazi), Syria, Iraq not only voting for the war but then failing to get an agreement for troops to remain giving free rein to ISIS runnin amuck. Even Iraq says she did not negotiate seriously because of the obama promise to get out.
                Email scandal etal
                DNC alleged hack blaming the Russians instead of their own practices

                What record…only a continual record of failure and lying and making excuses.

  12. I only posted this because it’s funny and makes me feel smart which doesn’t happen much in this age of ever changing Technology.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/271851/

  13. I’ve been reading a lot about McMasters lately. My question here is why does anyone who has left government work keep these kind of clearances? Is it standard procedure of what?

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/03/h-r-mcmaster-promised-susan-rice-keep-security-clearance-secret-letter/

    • Today, the lead article in “The Bergen record”, had to do with parents suing the school district because their early teen daughter was bullied into suicide on those wonderful hand held devices. . The school did not do enough. I found a piece in the article where the Mom called one parent out of about five who were terrorizing her daughter and complained. That women gave her the “kids will be kids” routine. Somehow if it was my kid I think I’d take a horsewhip to these people (and drop a lawsuit) on them before my kid died. Why is the school responsible? Who are the parents,?

      Same day the little bitch up in MA got sentenced as a juvie for encouraging her boyfriend to off himself. Could not make hide or hare of the judges ruling on TV. First he sounds tough then throws in “time served”, probation, counseling and all the other pablum instead of the public lashing she deserved.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        What is wrong with just blocking those harassing teenagers. Or crush the iphone and it just plain ceases to exist.

        Why again is it the schools problem? It’s the parents. Granted the schools have capitulated to anything goes on school grounds except being a conservative. I assume the daughter told or showed her problem to Mom and Dad. Straight to the others parents with a suit.

        Sort of the way an old governor of VT handled a student problem. The State University of VT students went outon strike and protested that there was NOT enough diversity in the school. It was a State school focused on State residents. Left over seats went out of State VT was as white as you can get. Anyway they took over the administration building and started destroying the facility and totally disrupting the institution. There was a photo of the Chancellor climbing a ladder up to the 2nd floor windows. The governor said enough of this BS. He sent in the State police, arrested all the students participating in this destructive demand and then proceeded to send the bill to the parents.. The State won across the board no matter how the arrested students and parents cried..

        Unfortunately the Governor died shortly later and ushered in the career of Howard Dean.

  14. It is amazing how many rivers I have seen win the big pots.

    One of the regulations that has been dismantled is having to receive permission to drill a water well on your own property. It is not up to the EPA to approve wells….The other EPA regulation that has been dismantled was the requirement to “register” your water wells with the EPA and provide data on a quarterly basis. The other dismantled regulation as it pertained to ranches was the monitoring of fresh water streams that flowed faster than 1 cubic foot per minute….

    These type of regulations that were enacted by un-elected officials on an agenda. It is not the government’s business how many water wells I drill on ranch property and it is not the government’s business for me to monitor stormwater runoff into streams and lakes.

    You and I differ on government things, I know….but it is not the government’s business to stick their nose into private enterprise.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      But sir…you are stealing water from the people. Like people collecting rain water in a barrel that just might have run off into a stream that just might have gotten into a reservoir and into a municiple water system. I believe that was in some areas of Oregon

      Like those people in Spain who spent their own money to put in solar panels on their own roofs were assessed a sur-charge by the state as a penalty because it upset the power companies bottom line by reducing the demand. Bastiat had a very good essay written in the 1840’s about taxing the sun.

      • Water is not consumed. It is just borrowed for a short period of time.

      • Actually, we have two springs that originate on the property. 24/7…cool clear water that flows inot a stream that flows to a river into a reservoir….The EPA wanted us to monitor the wildlife and report how much poop goes into the water. Riiiiiiight..

  15. gmanfortruth says:
  16. gmanfortruth says:

    A few thoughts and a question or two.

    A sitting President can’t be indicted on criminal charges in a Court of Law, correct? Obviously, he can be Impeached for said crimes and then formally charged.

    The media seems to have many of the same assumptions about Meuller getting a Grand Jury up and running in New York. I am not. It is quite possible that numerous HRC campaign people and maybe even HRC may be the focus here. Her cullusion has already been proven.

    How the hell did transcripts of Trump telephone calls get leaked? Were they recorded? Is that legal? Did someone take notes while listening? Did he recently get fired? (Yes)

    To add to the Meuller Grand Jury, is it possible that leakers are identified, unmaskers as well? The way the Liberal media is licking their chops, I’m feeling that they are in for a big disappointment.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Then again, I’ve never seen a Presidency get attacked from it’s infancy like this one.

      • No, this is new to me and clearly political. The sad part….when Trump returns to private life, the same thing will continue. You will see a Repu blican backlash on the next Democratic POTUS….Washington is hoplessly broken.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          d13thecolonel

          I don’t think you will see this kind of back lash by the R’s. Because many of them are involved in this one. It will all depend on whether the D elected is part of the club or not.

          There will always be some back and forth and it does seem to get worse each cycle. I just don’t think we will see this kind of thing again. Not unless the true rebels in the Rep. party somehow gain control.

          • I don’t think you will see this kind of back lash by the R’s. Because many of them are involved in this one.

            Naw.. people are tribal. They’ll always dislike the guy leading the “other team.”

            The leaders (and their respective outlets, etc) have gotten good at ramping up manufactured outrage as a tool, and The People, whether Red- or Blue- or Indigo-shirted, are susceptible.

            It will all depend on whether the D elected is part of the club or not.

            I don’t think so. I know you see this as an “establishment attacking outsider” kind of narrative, but I see it as a tribalism thing. Blues hate the Red Leader. Reds hate the Blue Leader. And, sometimes, factions appear within the factions that hate their own leader.

            (draw your own analogies to religion)

            There will always be some back and forth and it does seem to get worse each cycle.

            Agreed.

            Because it’s a tactic, and with each iteration, the practitioners hone their skills.

            Of course this goes back much further, but for discussions’ sake, just take what they did to Obama. By year two, it was basically “oh hell no” opposition to anything and everything he did. He could have said the sky was blue and Republicans would have blasted him for it. “Thanks, Obama!” became a meme in its own right, poking fun at the propensity of the Red Team to blame literally everything on Obama.

            Then Red Team comes to power (in no small part based on the disaffection brought on by this tactic). So the Blues steal a copy of the Reds’ playbook, make a few modifications of their own, and deploy it against Red Leader. It really wouldn’t have mattered who Red Leader was. I mean, it does help that he’s a hypocritical toddler with ridiculous hair. But it could have been literally any human being alive, and the Blues would have whipped up just as much (or nearly as much) antagonism.

            I just don’t think we will see this kind of thing again. Not unless the true rebels in the Rep. party somehow gain control.

            So, no, when [insert Democrat] gets elected in 2020, the Red Shirts are going to hit the moon. And it’s going to be ugly.

            • The Dems better find someone to run…….right now there is no one.

              • It won’t matter.

                Unless something major changes between now and then, a syphilitic gibbon could win in 2020 as long as its wearing a blue jersey.

              • Hmmmm…. you using the same crystal ball as last time?

              • Hmmmm…. you using the same crystal ball as last time?

                I’m using the one I originally used when I forecasted a “squeaker” while everyone else was laughing at the idea of Trump winning the primary.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                Mathius, We said it before the last election, the economy generally determines if there is a change in the Party leading the country, I’ll stick with that because it held true. NOW, the economy is actually much better and people are happier and confidence is raging. Liberal policies suck for the economy and suck for the people, especially those at the lower end of the economic scale.

                But, I can see your point, because you believe the bullshit spread by the Liberal MSM and it’s alternative internet sites. Having been watching and reading on many different sites, I have noticed that the very Left leaning National Memo is now asking for donations. This never occurred in the past few years I have read there. Even the comment sections are dead as compared to pre-election. The Liberal media has NO CREDIBILITY and no longer control the content that they used too. People are seeing them for who they are, lying , unethical, intolerable pigs.

                Conclusion: Trump will beat any Democrat in a landslide.

              • NOW, the economy is actually much better and people are happier

                And Trump, in 6 months, has done this? Or is it more probable that it takes more than 6 months to turn the economy around and the first year (or so) a President’s term is attributable to his predecessor?

                and confidence is raging.

                Not sure what planet you’re living on, but over here in the real world, people are shitting themselves.

                Liberal policies suck for the economy and suck for the people, especially those at the lower end of the economic scale.

                Interesting, because the economy fell off the cliff after 8 years of Bush, but then crept back up to the present situation (“much better and people are happier” – Gman) shortly after the end of Obama’s term.

                But, I can see your point,

                FINALLY!

                because you believe the bullshit spread by the Liberal MSM and it’s alternative internet sites.

                Oh.. so close.

                But, I can see your point, because you believe the bullshit spread by the Liberal MSM and it’s alternative internet sites.

                Or…

                Or…

                Or, I believe in objective reality?

                Having been watching and reading on many different sites, I have noticed that the very Left leaning National Memo is now asking for donations.

                …. ok….?

                This never occurred in the past few years I have read there. Even the comment sections are dead as compared to pre-election.

                …. ok… ?

                The Liberal media has NO CREDIBILITY and no longer control the content that they used too. People are seeing them for who they are, lying , unethical, intolerable pigs.

                Objection: non sequitur. Conclusion calls for facts not in evidence.

                Conclusion: Trump will beat any Democrat in a landslide.

                Trump. Is. Nuts.

                Not the good kind of nuts.

                Nuts nuts.

                Somehow, he convinced enough people to vote for him under the banner of “let it burn,” but that’s not going to hold up once they see the effects of that insanity.

                Please your bets.

        • The sad part….when Trump returns to private life, the same thing will continue. You will see a Republican backlash on the next Democratic POTUS

          I suspect you’re right.

          The problem is that it’s a political tactic. The powers-that-be orchestrate it, and they have found that it is an effective tool. They gauge the population’s appetite for vitriol, and provide as much as will return optimal fund-raising and optimal voter-support. (by the way, the NRA are the absolute masters of this).

          Fox did this magnificently under Obama (with InfoWars and others chipping in). It would have been truly shocking for the Blue Team not to use (and improve) the same tactics against a new Republican President.

          Likewise, unless there are very special circumstances, when the next Democrat is sworn in (in three years!), the Republicans will use (and improve) the same tactics against him (or her). Then again, We The People may simply become inured to it and stop reacting.

          But it is an arms race. This scorched-earth hostility is a tactic for which no adequate defense has been devised. It is probable that a countermeasure may appear, rendering it less effective. In fact, for all of Trump’s failings, he may be well disposed to be the one to find that countermeasure. If/when this tactic becomes a less effective, politicians (and their respective outlets, and cronies) will stop deploying it. And they will move on to the next thing.

          (and that next thing will be worse, still).

      • Then again, I’ve never seen a Presidency get attacked from it’s infancy like this one.

        Really? Never, huh?

        Never?

        Not even, say, eight years ago?

    • Nothing wrong with trying to stay positive. But this is gonna be a battle.

      I have to say I’m real uncomfortable that this looks like they are going after Trump’s businesses, which means they are going after his children. Seems to close to possible blackmail to me.

      http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/08/the-slow-motion-coup-detat-picks-up-steam/

  17. gmanfortruth says:

    In this case, the cops deserve to “pay” for their lack of professionalism and failure to investigate properly. I’m all for the cops upholding the laws, but the war on drugs is a failure of epic proportions, much like Prohibition. It’s time to end it and regulate the products that people kill themselves with.

    https://personalliberty.com/growing-tomatoes-might-get-home-raided-police/

    An additional question. With murder rates heading to all time highs in some of our biggest cities, does anyone believe the murder rate would drop should current illegal drugs be legalized and regulated?

  18. This is illuminating. Especially the part about the unelected bureaucrats trying to run the government. These people are concerned about Russia messing with our elections, about Trump colluding, give me a break. They are the ones colluding to nullify our elections.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/08/the-slow-motion-coup-detat-picks-up-steam/

    • Just A Citizen says:

      V.H.

      I think it was last week or maybe the week before I saw a panel discussion on the whole Russia and Trump issue on either CNN or MSNBC. Yes, I force myself to watch them.

      The panel was overwhelmingly anti Trump. But the thing that stuck out was they had a couple EX DOJ prosecuting attorneys. During the start they were joking with each other about one of them being “retired”. Here is what really bothered me.

      The one who was retired admitted he was “recovering”. He openly said it was hard to get used to not having “the UNLIMITED power of a US Attorney”. He admitted how much he enjoyed that power and pined for it again.

      So these are the kind of people now working for Mueller in this investigation. UNLIMITED POWER and they love using it.

      And the irony today is Ken Starr warning against letting this inquiry turn into a “fishing trip”. Starr of all people complaining about taking a side trip in the investigation. But that appears what is about to happen. You are correct in that it looks like they are going to start focusing on Trump’s financial operations. Nothing good is going to come from this.

      I also heard a comment from an historian the other day warning that this is the kind of behavior that starts Civil Wars and Revolutions. That being the way the “establishment” is trying to undo a fair election. They seem to forget that if they simply roll over that 30 to 40% who support the POTUS it is still 30 to 40%. The American Revolution didn’t have that kind of support and look what happened to the King of England.

  19. Mathius proposes a new labor-law that may help the economy:

    Employees may not be fired for looking for a different job.

    Personally, I’m happy where I am, but someone I know is looking. She is afraid, however, that if her employer catches wind, that she will be fired for “disloyalty.” How did it happen that employers get to demand this “loyalty” from employees? Especially when an employer (hers in particular) shows no such reciprocal loyalty.

    Why should an employer get to demand loyalty while paying less than market, and then punish you if you go out and try to find someone who will pay you fairly?

    It seems to me that this has a chilling affect upon labor mobility. She is unable to pursue a better career because of the threat of loss of income – for no reason other than the fact that she wants to be compensated fairly. And her employer can pay her less knowing that she decreased access to other options.

    It seems to me that the easier the flow of labor, the more efficient the allocation of that labor, and therefore the better the economy.

    ———

    As a manager, my view of my employees is simple: we are friends on a personal level, but as far as work goes, I am trading my dollars for your time. If I do not offer sufficient dollars (or other perks), then why would they want to make that trade? (Why should they “sell” their time/labor to me for less than it’s worth elsewhere?). Conversely, if their labor is not worth what I am paying, I have to stop “buying” it. Now, there’s a bit of wiggle room here because these are human beings I care about and not interchangeable cogs, but that’s the general idea. If an employee cannot pull his weight, friends or not, I have to let them go and find someone who can pull their weight. Likewise, if an employer does not offer enough to keep an employee, the employee should let them go and find someone who will offer enough.

    With that in mind, I would NEVER begrudge an employee from looking elsewhere. The idea of firing someone for “disloyalty” for something like this is bizarre to me.

    (for the sake of this discussion, let’s ignore instances where an employer has done something specific above-and-beyond to merit loyalty. For example, a former employer paid for my MBA – just because. And he didn’t ask anything of me except that I stick around for a while afterward rather than hopping as soon as I graduated. And he asked, not demanded that. I didn’t even ask him to pay – he found out through a coworker that I had been applying and then he called me into his office to tell me he wanted to pay. That kind of behavior warrants loyalty. That is not what I am talking about here.)

    ———

    Discuss.

    • On the converse, if an employer wishes to fire someone “at will”…say he does not like the color of his tie…..it is still a private employer. I know that when someone gave me notice, say two weeks, I did not keep them on. I paid them their two weeks and bid them farewell…..my reasoning, most people that are leaving do not give you 100% any longer. Might as well pay them and let them go on about their way. I never had anyone give back the money and say “I would rather work the two weeks.”

      I can see the same reasoning about someone actively looking for another job. especially if you get reference calls. As a manager, I simply do not want an unhappy person hanging around. I would give them two weeks pay and a pat on the back.

      BUT…..it is still a choice. An employer earns loyalty and does not demand it. If you have to demand loyalty, then you are obviously doing something wrong. Texas is an “at will” State…you do not have to provide a reason for discharge….you just do it. However, on the subject of loyalty, the Western mentality still exists somewhat around here…..if you work and ride for then brand, it is absolute. If you do not like the brand…adios.

      You are mentioning labor mobility…..I do not see this as stifling labor mobility….turnover costs lots of dollars….I see this mobility in the younger crowd especially.,,,,,,as a manager, if I get a resume’ that shows…say 5 jobs over 5 or ten years, that does not indicate stability. I always require the reason for leaving your past job….if I get a lot of ” I didn’t get along with my supervisor” they do not get a second look. If I get a lot of, “I have a wife and child and each time I left it was for a better opportunity”, I looked at it very closely. I do not want to hire someone for one year or two, train them, and then have them leave later. Job hopping is a detriment, as far as I a concerned.

      But, to your issue of demanding loyalty…..no, an employer does not demand loyalty. It will be given by the employee is treated fairly and consistently. As an employer, I expect loyalty but then, I also give it.

      • NOw, allow me another approach…I had an employee once, come to me and tell me they needed some better pay and/or benefits, and he let me know up front that he understood I could not give him what he felt he required and he also assured me he would not search on company time using company assets. He also assured me that I would continue to get 100% ( and he did ) while he was looking in his off time. He asked if it was ok to use me as a reference and asked if it was ok for prospective employers to call.

        This shows loyalty and it showed his integrity. I allowed him to do so because he was up front and honest and gave me 100% until he left about 6 months later. Deal fair with me, and I will deal fair with you.

      • On the converse, if an employer wishes to fire someone “at will”…say he does not like the color of his tie…..it is still a private employer.

        Sure, but you can’t fire someone for, say, voting for Trump.

        I’m just proposing a new protected category. You can still fire them for other stuff, but if they can demonstrate that the cause is that protected reason, then they’ve be subject to damages.

        I know that when someone gave me notice, say two weeks, I did not keep them on. I paid them their two weeks and bid them farewell…..my reasoning, most people that are leaving do not give you 100% any longer. Might as well pay them and let them go on about their way.

        Not just that, either. I wouldn’t want someone on the way out the door to have access to my systems, my data, my.. well, anything. Do you really want someone who has quit to be communicating with your investors, say, from an official email address?

        No, sir.

        If they’re not on the payroll, they cannot be trusted with access.

        I can see the same reasoning about someone actively looking for another job. especially if you get reference calls. As a manager, I simply do not want an unhappy person hanging around. I would give them two weeks pay and a pat on the back.

        Why do you assume they’re unhappy? Maybe they just want a step up that they can’t make at Colonel, Inc. Or maybe they need more money than you can provide.

        By firing them for seeking better opportunities, you make it dangerous for them to seek better opportunities. That makes people less likely to seek better opportunities. That means people are more likely to be utilized sub-optimally.

        It also means that qualified candidates you might be seeking aren’t in the market because their employer might fire them.

        But if no one can get fired for looking, then everything moves smoother. And that guy who is “unhappy”? Well he can find a job that suits him better.

        An employer earns loyalty and does not demand it. If you have to demand loyalty, then you are obviously doing something wrong.

        You obviously haven’t working in certain industries – high finance included. Especially since the economic collapse.

        Many companies give you only what they have to and not a drop more. And they expect you to bleed for them.

        Because it’s a buyer’s market for labor, companies feel entitled to absolute devotion from their employees. They should be grateful they even have a job.

        Texas is an “at will” State…you do not have to provide a reason for discharge….you just do it.

        True, but there are still reasons you cannot fire someone. For example, you probably can’t fire a woman on maternity. (or, at least, here you can’t). You can’t fire someone because your new client hates black people and Jews.

        However, on the subject of loyalty, the Western mentality still exists somewhat around here…..if you work and ride for then brand, it is absolute. If you do not like the brand…adios.

        Huh?

        And, if I do understand you, screw that.

        I work because my company gives me money when I do.

        If my company stopped, I would stop.

        If I stopped, my company would stop.

        I may be friends / friendly with my employer and my employees, but I am not friends with my company. I work for my company. For pay. And for benefits / perks.

        I owe it zero loyalty beyond the scope of that arrangement. It is possible I may owe the people within the company loyalty, but that is a separate matter. And that would necessitate something beyond the scope of exchanging employee time for company dollars.

        You are mentioning labor mobility…..I do not see this as stifling labor mobility….

        I do.

        What do you say to my friend who wants to look for a job that will pay her fairly, but who is afraid to search (and limited in her ability to search) because she may be fired if her company finds out?

        And, because her company has not paid her adequately for some time, I suspect she does not have significant savings to cushion her if they do fire her.. at will.

        turnover costs lots of dollars….

        Oh god, yes.

        So pay and treat your people right.

        The answer isn’t to make them afraid to try to leave. The answer is to give them a reason to stay.

        I see this mobility in the younger crowd especially.,,,,,,

        We “younger crowd” don’t often have much choice. At least from my own perspective, I continually run into brick walls when I have tried to increase my income. It is only through job changes that I have ever made any significant progress.

        as a manager, if I get a resume’ that shows…say 5 jobs over 5 or ten years, that does not indicate stability.

        Yup.

        It’s a problem for me, too. I’ve been through 6 jobs in 11 years. Now, to be fair, 3 of them closed on me, one was a temp job, and one was during the financial collapse. But it looks bad. And I know that people frown on it when they look at my resume.

        And I know, when I look at a resume that looks like a job hopper, I try to be more sympathetic, but I definitely want to know why, because I don’t want to invest in someone and train them up only to have them jump ship in two years.

        I always require the reason for leaving your past job….if I get a lot of ” I didn’t get along with my supervisor” they do not get a second look.

        Hard pass.

        At least have the brains to lie to me. “Why didn’t I get along with my old boss? Oh, he hated Jews – he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. I reported him, but at the end of the day, I had no choice but to leave.”

        But seriously, just come up with a more benign reason. It’s not that hard.

        If I get a lot of, “I have a wife and child and each time I left it was for a better opportunity”, I looked at it very closely.

        Yea.. that’s my boat. (well, that and funds keep imploding).

        I do not want to hire someone for one year or two, train them, and then have them leave later. Job hopping is a detriment, as far as I a concerned.

        Agreed (per the above).

        But again, is the right answer to make them afraid to leave, or is the right answer to make them want to stay?

        Same with dating. Imagine the scenario in which you’re dating a member of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. She seems unhappy in the relationship. You can either make her afraid that if she leaves, you’ll burn all her stuff, or you can try to work on the relationship and make her happy. Which one makes sense? Which one makes for a healthier relationship? Maybe both options work – and she stays – but one of them is going to have a much better outcome for everyone involved.

        But, to your issue of demanding loyalty…..no, an employer does not demand loyalty. It will be given by the employee is treated fairly and consistently. As an employer, I expect loyalty but then, I also give it.

        Yes, well, that’s all well and good.

        But you are in the minority.

        And it’s also possible that you are far enough removed from the day-to-day to be mistaken.

        I bet the CEO’s of lots of big companies think their workers love them. I bet Jeff Bezos thinks the warehouse workers love him.

        NOw, allow me another approach…I had an employee once, come to me and tell me they needed some better pay and/or benefits, and he let me know up front that he understood I could not give him what he felt he required and he also assured me he would not search on company time using company assets. He also assured me that I would continue to get 100% ( and he did ) while he was looking in his off time. He asked if it was ok to use me as a reference and asked if it was ok for prospective employers to call.

        This shows loyalty and it showed his integrity. I allowed him to do so because he was up front and honest and gave me 100% until he left about 6 months later. Deal fair with me, and I will deal fair with you.

        I think you’d get more of this if employees didn’t have to hide it.

        I’d also suggest that it gives you more time to find a replacement.

        We had a nanny do something similar. She started looking, we started looking. We agreed that if we found someone first, they’d overlap two weeks, and then she’s on her own. She agreed that if she found something, she’d give us as much time as she could. It worked out great.

        We had a different nanny take a bunch of “sick days.” Then she came to us, told us on a Thursday that she’d found a new job and was done at the end of the week. We were totally screwed. If she had felt she could have been open with us, maybe we could have been prepared.

        For what it’s worth, also, for a lot of jobs, there’s a large interchangeable labor pool. If you’re picking berries in Los Angeles, the training period is 15 minutes, and there are 1,000 people in line. If Jose quits, Juan starts 15 minutes later. But for some jobs, like mine, it takes months to fill. If I quit, that 2 week notice isn’t going to do squat. If my firm has months to prepare, then maybe everyone wins.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          Mathius…

          1) One way to find yourself instantly “unemployed” was to search for another job on the company’s time or assets. Or meet with a potential employer with an interview while on a business trip paid for by the company. You just might find yourself paying for your return ticket.

          2) As we all know companies downsize and hire on finely tuned financial models to the needs of what level of service the clients require and what they are willing to pay coupled with the revenue and profit the company wishes produced.
          As and example in my last work, AT NO time could any client or service that touches the US Government be off-shored…There were clients who insisted that their whole service be provided from US operations sites. They paid more. If they didn’t care, off to Bangladore or South Africa they went.
          Now to train even an effective systems and network engineer was a lengthy process from 6-12 months. even with 4 year plus engineering degrees and other certifications The networks constantly changed and rarely stayed stagnant.
          We’d develop a more efficient labor saving management system that always had to estimate saving…usually headcount. Finance always insisted that that headcount be reduced immediately, even though the business was expanding by leaps and bounds and within a short time the remaining engineers despite the new tools were overworked. and the service to the customer suffered. The company then would try and rehire those they just let go. many times they’d come back once and sometimes two times, because the job market sucked. Never would see them after three,……The VP I worked for called me in one day and was very distressed. He said people are just resigning and leaving these jobs. I said, would you have any compunction to arbitrarily lay off 1/3 as he had done many times only to rehire in a few months. He said that of course he would. I said the company is working in its self interest and now the engineers are also. They if with family and probably morgages etc…can not afford to be whipsawed like I witnessed for 15 years at the company. Eventually they’d change careers and never come back. Then the costs of training to the level we needed were never ending…not enhancing the skills of those people who remained, but starting at ground zero with new workers. IBM used to have a nickname of “I’ve Been Moved” Employees stayed pretty loyal and vibrant, because you just were not stuck in on place or job.

          There was a fundemental shift on how businesses operated after ’85. Everybody understood if the employer fell on hard times of course you’s be history, that’s life. The shift was that companies pretty much stopped moving people as the work shifted. They used to swap people that fit the new demand and move the square peg (a good employee) to where they were needed. I’m not talking buggy whips here. Contractors were coming into vogue. The policy bred zero loyalty. Instead of moving a person to where they were needed, the just got rid of them and hired a new person in the other location.. It also saw a degradation of service provided and people/customers just started accepting less performance. Just look at the last several releases of Microsoft products. Absolute trash, yet by literal virue of having a monopoly and sweet contract deals with system manufactures they just keep rolling on.Back in the 50’s and 60’s if you missed big “shifts” once you might survive, Miss twice and you were GONE GONE GONE.

          • 1) One way to find yourself instantly “unemployed” was to search for another job on the company’s time or assets. Or meet with a potential employer with an interview while on a business trip paid for by the company. You just might find yourself paying for your return ticket.

            Certainly, you shouldn’t use company time or resources in this manner.

            Though I fail to see why meeting on a business trip is a problem – provided you do so on your own time. Lots of guys on b-trips, generally, schedule a vacation day or two if location is nice. We have a guy who goes to Greece on research trips – he always takes a few extra days to have get a free island vacation. If he were to use this time instead to interview, why is that different?

            ——–

            I love your IBM stories!

            But, yea, I’ve seen people laid off only to be rehired at a premium (because now I know you’re desperate, and I also want a premium for the risk). One guy was gone for 8 months and refused to come back unless they back-paid him for that time. I don’t know what came of that negotiation, but he was a happy camper when he started working again.

            ————

            The policy bred zero loyalty. Instead of moving a person to where they were needed, the just got rid of them and hired a new person in the other location.

            Well that’s the point, isn’t it?

            Businesses (seem to) expect all this loyalty from their employees, but give nothing back to inspire that loyalty.

            Maybe this is just my view though, because I worked my way up – while I was most expendable, most interchangeable – in the rocky world of high finance post-collapse. I freely admit this could be skewing my view.

            ————-

            Just look at the last several releases of Microsoft products. Absolute trash, yet by literal virue of having a monopoly and sweet contract deals with system manufactures they just keep rolling on.

            Maybe to you. I’ve actually come around to Windows 10.

            And I live in Excel. For my money, it’s the best thing possible for me in my job. (I am heavily reliant on the ability to program in VBA, and so Excel’s back-end is hugely valuable to me. It gives me all the spare time I spend SUFA-ing).

            I’ve also recently started with OneNote and I don’t really understand how I ever functioned without it.

            So I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      If someone gets fired for looking for BETTER employment, the idiot that fires her/him will not last long in the business world until he/she figures out how to get and keep the best employees for his/her business.

      If “SHE” is concerned about this, she should look harder and get out…….or go talk and negotiate better employment terms (I always have tried the latter). Some employers will see the latter as a show of respect, some won’t. No need to work for the latter.

      • I don’t know why you put “she” in quotes there.. If you think it’s me, you’ve got the wrong idea. I’m a very happy camper. My company is doing great (we just took in $100mm more capital!), we’re hiring, and I have actual upward mobility, plus the path to partnership in a few more years. I plan to die in this chair.

        Well, not this chair… I’m getting a new one delivered Monday or Tuesday. I’m pretty excited.

        If someone gets fired for looking for BETTER employment, the idiot that fires her/him will not last long in the business world until he/she figures out how to get and keep the best employees for his/her business.

        That does not seem to be the case from anecdotal, nor personal, evidence. If you have statistical / survey evidence to the contrary, I’d love to see it.

        I also see lots of candidates that explicitly ask not to call references since they are searching confidentially. Now, why would so many people need that confidentiality if they weren’t afraid of reprisals?

        or go talk and negotiate better employment terms (I always have tried the latter). Some employers will see the latter as a show of respect, some won’t. No need to work for the latter.

        I’ve never had success with this. However, personally, when I have felt I wasn’t adequately paid, it was generally because the business was stagnating / close to closing / laying people off / etc.

        In one instance, the boss just didn’t believe in paying people because he honestly and sincerely felt that his employees were inferior and did not deserve to be paid well (he came from a culture with a strong class system) – he actually told employees that they’re all replaceable cogs. He was apt to scream at whoever was closest, regardless of actual job function, because he didn’t care enough to learn what people did, and assumed that we were all interchangeable. One time, early on, I balked at him yelling at me over something I had no connection to – he told me, I shit you not, “well you’re an incompetent, so I’m sure you did something wrong.” When my manager fought to get me a higher salary, he told my manager that if you pay your people well, that they’ll become entitled – you should keep them on the border of bankruptcy so that they need the job (my manager relayed this to me after he quit). That guy is now worth ~$300mm.

        As for my friend, her company has just been doing poorly, I don’t know their internals, but it seems that they just can’t afford to pay more, and would probably welcome the excuse to cut more staff.

  20. gmanfortruth says:
    • What has Trump done to make such a radical difference in the economy?

      Has he passed a new budget? Has he changed some relevant labor law? Has he invested in infrastructure? Has he changed tax policy? Has he built his wall? Has he rounded up and evicted millions of illegal aliens? Has he ended the wars? Has he brought back outsourced jobs? Has he brought back coal? Has he solved the opioid epidemic? Cured cancer, maybe? Has he done absolutely anything of consequence at all that would account for a good jobs report?

      Maybe it’s because he tweeted that transsexuals aren’t allowed in the military anymore? (not that he ever got around to actually putting the policy in effect). Surely that was stimulative to the economy. (Though I am sure it was.. stimulative.. to Mike Pence)

      Or, is it attributable to some magical asterisk of “confidence” – people are just so star spangled awestruck by his magnificent leadership that they decided to start hiring again?

      Let me offer up a novel though for you. The ship of state turns slowly. The economy changes slowly. It has a lot of inertia. The economy in the first year (maybe even two) of a President’s term belongs to his processor. And positive changes take longer to happen (and make happen) than negative changes.

      For comparison, when Obama took office, the economy was shedding something like 800,000 jobs a month. Do you think Obama owned those? Or were those Bush Jr.’s?

      I remember reading somewhere on here at the time people blaming the financial collapse on Obama because he had scared the economy, and the lack of confidence triggered the meltdown. Thus, even though it happened before he was President, before he had any power, or passed any bill, it was all his fault. And now, even though almost all the economic policies guiding the US economy were put in place under Obama, he gets no credit for anything positive that happens as a consequence.

      No credit. Only blame.

      If it’s good, we credit it to the appropriate conservative. If it’s bad, we pin it on the closest liberal.

      I assure you, the very first bad employment report we have, Trump is going to point the finger at Obama. Wanna bet?

      • gmanfortruth says:

        All Obama did for six years was blame Bush.

        As far as what has Trump done….wiped out hundreds of bad regulations, more to come. The coal, oil and natural gas industries are booming and Trump is now allowing exports in those and beef. Judge Neil Gorsuch, no need to say more. The VA is undergoing many much needed changes that will help veterans. Illegal border crossings are way down, just because the law is now being enforced and the illegal know it. There is more, but you just focus on the Russian collusion delusion, that’s where the fun stuff seems to be. 😀

        OH….the stock market seems to be doing well too, but I will admit, probably too well. What goes up must come down the saying goes.

        • I’ll give you the market – it’s been wild… Mathius has some large longer-term put options on and expects to clean up.

  21. Gman,

    Liberal policies suck for the economy and suck for the people, especially those at the lower end of the economic scale.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      FROM CNN BWAHAHAHA!

      • Did they put the words in his mouth?

        If anything, Wolf (on behalf of CNN) was arguing the opposite.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          They are much different these days, to be sure. What Trump said in 2004 is meaningless…He wised up and went to the Right side 🙂

          But truthfully, I see him as a Centrist politically, but smart as hell economically. I like what he says and since he isn’t a politician per se, he seems more genuine, for what thats worth.

          But it began with Trump vs. Clinton. That’s a no brainer.,

          I also like his policy ideas and I would support giving some stuff that Democrats want to get it (I’m also willing to negotiate some things). But be realistic, Rights are not negotiable, and I don’t mean the one’s the Left make up 🙂

    • gmanfortruth says:

      From 2004….Nice to see that people learn over time. Would you like me to find a video of Trump talking about the current Liberal economic mess…like from the campaign….you know it’s there my friend….I think he used the term….DISASTER….when talking about Democrat policies.

      But, credit for a good find, not so sure the effort was worth it. I was once a Democrat, then Carter happened……Then Clinton happened…now I’m an Independent. People change over time, even arrogant New York millionaires.

      • From 2004….Nice to see that people learn over time.

        Or his words have no meaning and he just says whatever he feels like spouting at that particular moment.

        Would you like me to find a video of Trump talking about the current Liberal economic mess…like from the campaign….you know it’s there my friend….I think he used the term….DISASTER….when talking about Democrat policies.

        Funny – I use the same term when talking about his Presidency.

        But, credit for a good find,

        Thanks!

        not so sure the effort was worth it.

        A) I have a really good head for this kind of thing. Once I’ve seen it, and I know it’s there.. it’s usually pretty easy to find.

        B) Of course it’s not worth the effort. It’s not like you’re going to change your opinion because Trump said so.

        I was once a Democrat,

        Back when you had sense 🙂

        then Carter happened……

        ::shrug::

        Then Clinton happened…

        I would give anything for another Clinton Presidency… :Even H. Clinton.

        Hell, even Chelsea Clinton.

        Even Buddy Clinton.

        Just not the angry orange toddler.

        now I’m an Independent.

        For an independent, you certainly seem to have bought into the Cult of Trump.

        People change over time,

        True.

        even arrogant New York millionaires.

        Well he certainly has been consistent about his arrogance, I’ll give you that.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          For an independent, you certainly seem to have bought into the Cult of Trump.

          As I said, I see him as a Centrist in many ways. Plus he isn’t HRC and Liberal’s hate him, so he must be a good thing 🙂

          What is really changing, that no one is really giving it the credit due, is the control of the message has been lost by the Liberal media. Not just lost, but being destroyed by their own stupidity. It’s quite funny watching this implosion in the Liberal media, including websites now begging for donations.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          Mathius:

          Just to make a comment that I have a deep mistrust in just about “official” Washington puts out. It is NOT just about Obama, Clinton and the most recent 8 years

          1) CIA Bay of Pigs to overthrown Castro.
          2) CIA assasinates Diem in Vietnam, our supposed friend and puppet
          3) Cuban Missile Crisis during which we were a hairs breath away from direct nuclear confrontation with Russia…..We had nucs parked in Turkey, Europe etc. Who is calling the kettle black.
          ……Kennedy assasinated?????
          4) JOHNSON lied all throughout his campaign about “I WILL NOT SEND OUR GOOD AMERICAN BOYS TO VIETNAM” coupled with a full MSM and ad campaign branding Goldwater as a firebrand and will get us into a war.
          5) “Gulf of Tonkin” incident which then newly elected “peace” president Johnson used to justify sending 500,000 US troops to Vietnam. Killing 53000 US and untold numbers of Vietnamese on both sides of the “demilitarized” zone.
          6) Protests in Chicago were against the Democrats. Nixon elected on the promise of getting out of Vietnam. Took a lot more years with the ultimately more indignity than if upon election, he just said were out and withdrawing.
          7) Pentagon Papers released by Daniel Ellsberg proving the set up excuse to send troops to Vietnam besides just the advisors
          8) Granted the papers were stolen, but Nixon should not have so visciously gone after Ellsberg who revealed the true.
          9) Spiro Agnew…corrupt as the day and night is long. Pleaded no contest and resigned as VP and left to walk free.
          10) Watergate….need I say more. Nixon was a shoe-in for re-election against McGovern and “CREEP”‘s actions was just plain stupid. This breakin was well publised the perps arrested and involved parties fired before the election. People chalked it up to political normal games. It was the ultimate attempt to cover-up a known event that brought Nixon down. Total paranoia brought on by years of pounding by the MSM
          11) Carter was just plain incompetent. One year before he pulled the rug out from the Shah and greased the way for the Islamic Revolution theShah was his buddy ole pal. The whole hostage thing was a set up…..I know for a fact through intercepts. The marines were ordered to NOT defend the embassy if attacked. It goes far deeper and has everything to do with Carters National Security advisor Brezinski who hated Russia with a passion and continued advising such a policy well up into Obama’s presidency. He hated Nixon and Kissinger for their “Detente” with Russia.
          12) The payoff started by Carter to Iran and culminated with Reagan for the release of the hostages.
          13) Iran Iraq War…all the while Iran was being painted as a deep enemy of the uS, Reagan was selling arms to them, replacing arms lost in the conflict with the Russian proxy of Iraq. With millions of deaths.
          14) The war fizzled out with Iran the apparent loser, and then the Saudis and Kuwait shieks demanded payment of the loans made to Iraq to keep their robes clean and were satisfied to have Saddam protect them…Iran actually instigated the war, but Iraq is blamed because they got fed up with the continued provocations of Iran.
          15) Saddam attacks Kuwait in retaliation. Saddam basically neutered by the Gulf War 1 which also saw the collapse of the USSR.
          16) As the Balkans were adjusting themselves into new countries, the Russians were IGNORED in all ways by Europe, the UN and the US.
          17) During Bush’s reign NATO and the EU kept expanding to the borders of Russia, when those countries were promised to sort of stay non alligned as Yugoslavia was during the cold war. Russia did start getting a bit bent and stated reclaiming some lost territory by Plebecite and “protection” excuses. That ushered in Sanctions under Bush and Condelezza Rice.
          18) HRC’s famous “Reset” was a direct gesture to snub Bush, As was her meeting with Assad proclaiming him a good progressive leader and we could work with him. That also was a shot at Bush who was proclaiming Assad a serious threat. Hum…the WMD excuse for the attack into Iraq was an empty hole because as our dear military advisor says they all were transfered to Syria in the months prior to the war.
          19) Obama pledges that the US is changed and country’s self determination was the rule. Egypt, Libya, Syria, Ukraine were visible actions of the hands off policy.
          20) The people saw the BS. But Russia still had to be the enemy, so the “collusion” story was developed.
          21) The documents being received by Judicial Watch are being very heavily redacted by the Trump DOJ and State Dept concerning events that we the people are wanting resolved.
          22) Like how fast was a special prosecutor assigned to get Trump, who is so burdened by a conflict of interest, the judicial system in the US scares the hell out of me. Yet Congress requests a special prosecutor to get at the KNOWN serious violations by Huma Abedin, and HRC and the Clinton Foundations, DNC, Wasserman-Schultz, yet the DOJ does NOTHING.

          Lying and cheating is so commonplace it is second nature by the politicians and has spread throughout our society. People,just shrug and say as long as it doesn’t touch me what’s the problem, but then when it does touch them they shrug again and say what can I do about it….nothing……

          There was this last big lie by the Republican Party about just elect us to control all houses of Congress and the Presidency and watch us rock and roll. Trump was NOT a Republican and really was an independent but had to run under the rNC banner. He received NO help and in fact can not trust the R’s one bit. The Dems are a known entity, but the R’s are a 5th column.

          • I’m on board!

            • Dale A. Albrecht says:

              Back to #11. Sound similar to Benghazi anyone? An added note about the Marine Barracks bombing killing 235 marines in Beirut during Reagan’s time. Marines on barracade duty after being interviewed by the MSM, no blurring of faces, were being killed by snipers a few day later. The MSM would then talk about how terrible it was that the marine was killed. Taking NO responsibility that it was in fact caused by them by plastering their faces all over the worldwide media.

              In light of what was real undisguised action by Islamists in Lebanon to drive us out of the “peace”keeping mission, the ammunition the sentries at the airport and barracks protection was placed where it was hard to get at so NOBODY might get shot…NOT on the sentry guards person or in his rifle or pistol.. Then the ramp leading to the lobby was open to anybody who wished to drive up it. No concrete baracades at all.

              At least while I was in Italy the Italians had the perimeter and aircap defense. They did SHOOT to kill any threat. Not only base intruders but also a civilian airliner masking two Libyan MIG’s. Fact….I was there .

  22. gmanfortruth says:

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Times have changed Mathius. These Progressives are not the Democrats of the past. Remember when they were the “workers party”? That has since died.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Mathius

      Your smart enough to realize this is all bull shit, right?

      In my lifetime there were really only two Administrations that happened to come along when Govt., including their administrations, could have a measurable impact for the good. And that was because things had gotten so bad.

      One was Reagan and the other Obama. The latter did not cause the recession nor did Bush II cause the crash or recession. And I do not recall anyone here blaming Obama for the recession. He got blamed for the stupid decisions which prolonged it and/or stifled the recovery. And it was not because the Republicans stood in his way. He got his bills passed and he got easy money from the Fed. But he overlayed these things with more onerous regulations and threats of future action which did in fact affect business decisions.

      Compare that to Reagan, who thanks to Volker and his push for lessening regulations and reducing taxes provided the fuel for a growth spurt that lasted into Clinton’s term. And of course he increased military spending, which caused a higher GDP than might have otherwise showed up.

      Clinton did have a chance to do something positive along with Gingrich. That was to actually reduce the deficits and thus the debt. But contrary to popular opinion they punted into the out years beyond the “budget horizon”. The two years of surpluses were not planned. They were the result of dot com liquidations before the market crashed and the recession hit.

      • Dale A. Albrecht says:

        WJC also benefited from a shortage of workers making his or Robert Reich’s policies look brilliant. No they just lucked out. People were able to find work easily and also expect and get salaries way above the norm….there was nobody available. Why the gap? The people of my generation especiallythose of my graduation class and college it was generally expected that women also go to college. 4-6-8 years of school.. The women’s lib activists like Gloria Steinem demeaned women who wanted to actually be a parent…not going work then and have a career was deemed a waste…..kids later like real later The bubble of those kids graduating from college and enerting the workforce caused a huge glut in the early 2000-and on. Now the shoe was on the other foot for hiring. Companies tried to shed high priced workers and also they could choose amongst many and not pay large salaries. Somebody would take the job. Somewhat like what hit Bush I. Business people at least in the industry I worked in there was parity in salary for men and women. Companies could not afford the benefits and salaries for two and couples got especially hit. The companies tried very hard to get one or the other out of the workforce, and also stripped benefits of couples.

        I actually have had communications with women from my HS class that had kids well into the 90’s That’s 20 plus years after graduating college. They’re now in their mid 60’s and still have kids in school.

        My parents neighbors when they lived in NY had 3 kids, Bedford Village in Westchester.. The youngest was mid 20’s and the oldest mid 30’s. ALL still lived at home. Talk about failure to launch.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          I forgot this about the Clinton’s

          1) During the campaign a lot of reports were coming out of Arkansas about what the State Police protectors called him….”The Silver Zipper” in reference to his affairs. His affairs are one thing lot of leaders have them…..it’s the preying on the office workers in direct violation of labor laws. HRC claims she’s such a defender of women’s rights, yet went to the wall in his defense.
          2) Whitewater was NOT about a failed investment made by the Clintons. It was all about the money trail that lead through “Whitewater” and the Rose Law firm in relation to illegal campaign money laundering to Clinton’s election funding. Why did all the principles go to prison including the Lt Gov under Clinton over this. But Not the people who benefited by this scam whom HRC was a part of as the lawyer.
          3) Starr was looking for documents that he knew existed. They had been in Vince Fosters office in the WH but they could not get at them. Upon his “suicide” the documents mysteriously disappeared. After the statute of limitation expired on the crimes commited in Whitewater, the Clinton’s turned over the papers from their private quarters in the WH to Janet Reno. When Reno was confronted about turning the papers over to Starr, she said NO. They would be inadmissable in court due to the statute of limitations…and the press went ho hum….This was NOT a conspiracy theory but Renos press conference explaining these actions by the DOJ.
          4) The WH under Clinton again with HRC as one of the recipients they obtained IRS and FBI files on sitting politicians and possible political contenders. When revealed the Clinton’s just said SORRY and returned them. HIGHLY ILLEGAL and again nothing happened.
          5) actually receiving huge money “donations” to Bills campaigns by the Chinese. They did get uncovered and again NOTHING was done,

          This deep rooted corruption by both parties has got to stop or else our nation will cease to exists as it claims to be a “Nation governed by the Rule of Law”

          Heck McCain was one of the authors of the campaign finance reform bill during Bush II’s reign that even made the system more corrupt. Who wouldn’t want the ability to make the rules that you were supposed to live by, especially ones that would send any plebe to prison.

          Trying to remember the former republican speaker of the house from Illinois. Made millions by getting a project pushed through on a transportation bill for a road in that State. The land as farm land was pretty hardscrabble, and he bought it up for a song. Then sold the properties to the government for right of way for this highway….I only acted on public information. Yeah right….who reads the huge transportation bill or omnibus spending bills at year end. Like Kerry stepping away during Senate hearing on pharmacy dispensations in Obamacare. Invested heavily, when called on it he said well it was public information. No it wasn’t it was a closed hearing.
          Back to the former speaker, arrested for banking violations under the Dodd Frank bill on withdrawals, he was being blackmailed by his victims of pedophelia going back to when he was a High School Wrestling coach. Did he go to prison for the horrific crime against children as a pedophile…..NO, just the banking issue. Have to look and see if he was involved in the “page” boy pedophilia scandal that hit Congress

          • Do not forget McCain’s involvement with this.

            http://content.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1848150,00.html

            • Dale A. Albrecht says:

              He got off because he was a HERO as did John Glenn also a HERO and respected member of the Senate. How many hundreds of billions went into the bailout of the savings an loan banks after they were enabled to get into very risky business practices by laws ENACTED by Congress and signed by Reagan..

              Let’s see, S&L’s allowed to invest in Junk bonds. Insider trading scandal, yet the ringleader. Milliken, yes went to prison for a short time and complained that he had to give up his hairpiece and STILL walked away with $1 BILLION dollars. The government only fined him 1/2 of his loot.

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                Who says crime doesn’t pay. It sure as hell does for the big boys. Like Corzine etal.

              • If, John McCain had NOT been shot down, nobody ever would have heard of him. Unlike his father and grandfather he did not have a sterling Annapolis or naval career. I believe he was considered something of a playboy. doubt he would have ever made Admiral. Probably would have retired an O-6 because of his family connections.

                I have started, when people praise McCain, throwing around names like Thorness, Cherry and Sajain. They say who? Then I remind them there were other POW’s too at the Hanoi Hilton. Some were even tortured to death. So McCain’s claim to fame is shared by several hundred others who never parlayed their status into a Senate seat. he was not the only one who refused repatriation either.

              • You make an excellent point. I, from personal experience, watched the Feds go after the small guys, some even innocent, after the Freddie mac scandals of the 89-90 meltdown. The big boys, the ones who stole hundreds of millions never made the cut.

                Look at Madoff. My understanding is that 70% of his clients losses have been made up. His company was NOT all smoke and mirrors. By focusing as “tough guys” on his prosecution, the much bigger fry, like the aforementioned Jon Corzine, slipped away.

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                My bet is that Madoff operated outside of the “endorsed” political circles. Just a guess.
                LIke WHY would banks like BOA etal just so willingly GIVE so much money to designated political partners of the democrats to have the DOJ under Holder and Lynch not press charges of wrongdoing…If they did no wrong in the economic meltdown and violate NO laws I’d say go ahead and take your best shot to the DOJ…..why has there been no prosecution of the massive account fraud that Wells Fargo did just the other year. Where are any of the criminal prosecutions of tax evasion the Bush admin discovered but was unable to pursue due to the admin ending. Yet the banks involved in Switzerland paid heavy fines and the facilitators and advisors of the crime were not just fired but proscuted…..what about the US tax evaders, To be involved like that they had to be very big boys and girls. Yet NO prosecution to date. My bet, they just quietly paid the taxes and penalties to a designated DNC charity instead of to the treasury to avoid prosecution by Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch.. At least Sessions has publically stopped that practice by the previous administration.

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                Igor Olenicoff….the only listed US citizen who was prosecuted. Only paid fines and suffered NO jail. He had been also sued and fined by the DOJ and IRS etc earlier 2002 for similar violations of hiding assets and tax evading. Again only paid a fine. he did have ties to Russia via Yeltsin to Igors banks in the Caymans. He’s a serial criminal and continues to make news with nefarious financial schemes etc.
                UBS turned over over 4000 names to the US and after negotiation, yet the only prosecution was the above gentleman and officers of the banks themselves.
                ..

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                Here’s how the people avoided jail time. 1st as part of the settlement with UBS, The bank paid the “taxes” that should have been withheld, ie interest from these accounts of the tax evaders. Then they did turn over 5000 names to the DOJ. These people were allowed to use the Tax Amnesty program to avoid criminal prosecution and have to date forked over $5 Billion.

                One of the UBS officers who was prosecuted only received 5 months probation and a $100 fine for criminally conspiring to defraud the US government.

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          And we still continue to trust in the investigative competance of our intelligence and premier law enforcement agencies.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Anthony_Walker

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldrich_Ames

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hanssen

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen_Ho_Lee

          I forgot the approved sale of our most classified and secret grinding tools making the blades on our nuclear subs enhancing their “quiet running” and stealth, to the Japanese. The ship never stopped in Japan but continued to Russia giving them this technology, improving their designs. Reagan era. During Clinton apporoved sales of really high tech satelite technology by Hughes..

  23. gmanfortruth says:

    This story, about the recent Newsweek stuff, is exactly why Democrats will keep losing elections and the Liberal media will self destruct.

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/newsweek-cover-shows-trump-lazy-good-nothing-slob

    And proof that it’s happening:

    Perhaps Salon is in financial trouble because, as President Trump drives the radical left to expose just how unhinged and hateful they really are, the site is losing readers. A quick check of Alexa reveals that the site has been losing traffic steadily and significantly since at least last October.

  24. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    Message to Mathius…..my posts this AM are to show that I will be unbiased and will call a spade a spade regardless. We can not do much about the long gone past, but sure can debate current wrongs that are still active and need to be resolved.

    It also was to show that there is a long history during my life of serious corruption and lying and cover-ups and incompetance regardless of party, but the top politicians and bureaucrats who enabled these actions while claiming they are on top of it or innocent always went unpunished. Only those who were not an insider and played their own game got punished..

    • VH…….I really wouldnot worry about it too much……Mueller is a lap dog…everyone knows it….he has a stacked investigative team and everyone knows that. In addition, I would imagine that the pool of randomly selected ( anyone who believes this, might as well move to LA, snowflake country ) grand jury did not come from Texas or Idaho or anywhere like that..

      This is a partisan witch hunt by both Democrats and Republicans to stifle an outsider dedicated to draining the swamp. Nothing more. I really do believe that people see through this…( I know of no one that has changed their mind ) for what it is.

      I also predict that in the 2018 elections, the Republicans lose no seats in the Senate and pick up three…I also see the increase in Republican governorships from 36 to 38…….I never predcit the House given the sheer numbers but the Repubs will not lose the House.

      This prediction from hacking into Mathius’ crystal ball.

  25. Unbelievable…….supposedly, investigative reporters have now fully uncovered the team that Mueller has assembled to investigate Russian collusion……every single one of them…..EVERYONE…..of them was a Clinton donor? And this is not collusion and this is fair? I just saw this on the news and they had Leon Panetta being interviewed.

  26. Just A Citizen says:

    V.H.

    I suggest you read this article. It seems to do a pretty good job of identifying the slimy goings on in the administration. Thus a word of caution is appropriate when it comes to McMasters and others, and anything we read on the internet these days.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/white-house-enemies-list-drove-mcmasters-bannon-feud

  27. Last night I was reminded that right after the 1952 election, the end of November to be exact, Dwight Eisenhower, president elect and all around nice guy, fulfilled a campaign promise by “going to Korea”. In doing so he stepped all over Harry S. Truman, the State Department, protocol and God knows what else. Good to remember this (there are few left who were around at the time) when you see the things they have accused Donald Trump of. Did Eisenhower “collude” with anyone? The world wants to know.

    This is Ike’s opinion of HST.

    Eisenhower and Truman got along fine until Eisenhower began his campaign for the presidency in 1952 as a Republican. By then, Eisenhower had begun to regard Truman as an inept, undignified leader who had surrounded himself with crooks and cronies. Truman, in turn, was furious with Eisenhower’s claim that there was a “mess” in Washington. He was incensed that Eisenhower would undermine his efforts to end the Korean War by promising to go there himself. And he certainly was not pleased with the candidate’s criticism of his foreign policy, particularly since Eisenhower appeared to be in total accord with it before the campaign. When it came time for their traditional ride together as president and president-elect to Eisenhower’s inauguration ceremonies, the chill in their relationship was clearly evident. Eisenhower even refused Truman’s invitation to join him for coffee in the White House.

    (I wonder) if I can stand sitting next to him.

    Preparing for the Inauguration, 1953
    The Ordeal of Power, Emmit Hughes, pg. 54

  28. gmanfortruth says:
  29. Rise and Shine SUFA, WTH!!

  30. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    ‘Germany in three days and France in one hour’ Shock threat to EU from Erdogan backers

    Possible with all the potential millions of 5th columnists already in place…..Erdogan is NO moderate, but a wolf in sheeps clothing and dreams of becoming the new Saladin

    This follows on the heels of polls showing how low the % of the population in countries like Germany and France would defend their homes

    Well Germany, Austria etal may dither as they did before, and Poland will rescue them AGAIN.

    I find this interesting that with Turkey having been rebuffed by the EU for a long time for membership, over I’m sure several issues, but one biggy is Turkey’s continued use of the Death Penalty, Both US and EU policies over the past years have been driving Turkey even further into the more hardlined Islamic camp. Turkey which still has millions of “refugees” to deal with is playing a big card by saying they’ll dump more into Europe if they do not allow them in…….funny. If allowed into the EU, the refugees will be home free and just walk across the open EU borders.

  31. Canine Weapon says:

    It’s the end of the 2016 Presidential election. Everyone hated the candidates that nobody voted.

    In a panic, President Obama proposes a Presidential Race – a literal race – around the White House grounds. The fasted time will be the next President.

    Bernie Sanders goes first, but being so old and out of shape, collapses halfway through. Unable to complete, he is disqualified.

    Trump goes next, bearing down, he gives it his all and staggers across the finish line in 14:12. Huffing and puffing, he collapses in a chair.

    Hillary, next, dons her “exercising pantsuit.” She wants this more than anything. Trampling flowers and making noises nobody should ever have to hear, she steams across the finish line in 9:47.

    “That has to be some kind of record,” she pants to President Obama.

    “No,” replies the President, “Bush did 9.11.”

  32. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/5-stages-of-suffrage-expansion-united-states

    We also seem to be well on our way to a 6th stage and that is having “ANYONE” vote in US elections in the US even if they’re not a citizen, or living here legally or not, or living or deceased. Example of the trend is CA automatically registering a person to vote while getting a drivers license. no further audit of legal status. San Diego in years past has openly encouraged non citizens to vote saying NO ONE WILL CHECK or stop you.

    My belief is that when this really comes to a head in future years, Obama, will come clean as to his true history and to do what he had done in becoming President which has the most stringent requirements of citizenship…..people will just shrug and say ho hum, he wasn’t that bad. In light of that the majority of the RNC is just has a different timeline of implimenting the same policies. Just to keep the illusion of any real choice. As time passes, like as more and more of the baby-boomers drop off into eternal sleep, we’ll see the increasing pressure to change the voting laws and I will also wager, it will NOT be by a Constitutional amendment.

    It’s easy enough to cross check current voter registrations today and death certificates via public computer records. With NO photo Id requirements in but a few States, how easy is it to commit voter fraud.

    • We need to check all the boxes. First is the soap box, second the ballot box. The last and final box is the ammo box.

  33. gmanfortruth says:

    The Nork’s get heavy sanctions, even from Russia and China. I’ll guess and say that China was concerned about a US military action. At this point I agree with the sanctions, as long as they are enforced……too bad the regular Nork’s will do most of the suffering.

    Survey of SUFA: Will the santions do the job, or will the Nork’s just go full military attack on Sork and maybe launch a nuke?

    • I suspect a lot of people are gonna die. This ploy has worked for N. Korea for a long time, don’t think he will realize that time has run out until it is to late. Please convince me I’m wrong!

    • Neither,,,,this has been going on for years…..the international community will buy him off with food for 10 years and he will continue.

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      About sanctions…..has any one read HRC’s list of accomplishments? She claims a big one concerning the severe sanctions she put upon Iran bringing them to the table, albeit, then the talks that then gave sanction to the nuclear developement in Iran also groundwork laid by her……If my memory serves me pretty harsh sanctions were employed by the Bush administration, yet were openly flaunted by US international companies like GE and European countries who did a huge volume of business with Iran. The US companies traded via their overseas companies…wink wink nod nod.

      The only people that were ever hurt by sanctions and blockades were the people….the top tier still got their goodies..

  34. I know Poland refusing to take immigrants is the main point here. But I think the issue over Trees is the most eye opening. Talk about a Country losing it’s sovereignty.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/04/another-country-could-be-on-its-way-out-of-the-eu/

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      The EU is also upset also with Poland over them trying to take back control of their judiciary. Probably what has happened is like here and our Federal Court system of judge appointments by who is in control of the Federal gov (EU) and how many judges age, die and retire, during the administrations tenure,

      • If Poland does go….others will certainly follow. And, so what if Poland has been sued……who enforces the suit?

        • Dale A. Albrecht says:

          The EU army Pope Francis wants sent to curtail the “resistance” to the open border cultural replacement policy. (sarc)

          • Dale A. Albrecht says:

            I was just watching some congressional hearings, old about the Benghazi and Libyan war, I had to turn it off. The snide responses that hRC was making to the congressional questions were unreal. The congressmen were in possession of emails of stacks of emails that they were reading directly from, so this had to be after the discovery of the server by the public (State Dept) knew about it.

            The questioning was about Sydney Blumenthal and HRC’s communications with him. 1) The Obama WH had specifically forbidden her to employ Blumenthal. Yet she as the reords had subsequently shown that he was the most communicated with person concerning libya. he had zero clearances. She admitted he worked for Bill and the foundation, in a like so what manner. The emails showed that if any of the communications to the WH were ones that originated from HRC, the originator Blumenthal was redacted by HRC. Her excuse was that in the intelligence world you did not want to see WHO provided the information you are making policy decisions on…..you just want the information only. Her snip was that this is not a court of law, where you do want to know or else it is not admissable as evidence. HUH…..since when? isnt the orginator of intelligence not wanted to be known. Part of the testimony/record was that in fact much of the stuff Blumenthal was allegedly the originator of was written by others who did not like Obama’s trepidation on any involvement in Libya and wanted to get us involved in a major way….So by the record Obama was in ways also victimized/manuvered into an action he was NOT wanting to pursue….The Deep State gets anyone who deviates from the plan. Get manipulated by false intelligence to do the desired action. or begone, better learn quick.. . .

            • Really…..at this point, what does it matter?

              • Dale A. Albrecht says:

                That’s an HRC quip which was basically how she was answering. I just could not watch the whole thing.

                I think it’s heating up and with the newly released emails even with redactions are absolutely showing the cut out that HRC and the foundation, via Abedin were using, who was still on the payroll by exemption of the Clinton foundation. Rosenstein publically warning Mueller about his scattergun approach digging into Trumps business and family and set a parameter of the “alleged Russian influence”

                The lawyer who is handling the Sanders case against the DNC was asked in an interview about the Awan’s and Wasserman Schultz IT issue. He flat out said the Awan’s are the little guys. They will be sacrificed and the big boys who set up the whole scheme will walk.

                Reading a bit about the briefings that the intelligence agencies gave the Bush administration leading up to the invasion of Iraq. This was directly from a recent interview with Colin Powell. He used the same talking point of 17 intelligence agencies agreed. Sound familiar. He said he didn’t really challange the information because it was identical to the previous year NIA about Iraq…….And a decade earlier these very same agencies that MISSED the meltdown of the USSR. Even Mueller was involved at the time with information concurring with the other agencies. How can anyone of these agencies can be trusted?

  35. Canine Weapon says:

  36. gmanfortruth says:
  37. Canine Weapon says:
  38. A few thoughts for today:

    I think you should pay for your own mortgage, birth control, food, cell phone, and college loans. I do not think that because I am a conservative. I think that because I am an adult.

    They don’t teach you your rights in school because ist’s eeasier to take them away if you don’t even know what they are.

    Some one put me to a challenge and asked me what my best non swearing insult would be…I thought for a minute….then said, I hope you step on a Lego barefooted.

    I am not saying that I hate you…not at all. BUT, I would unplug your life support to finish charging my phone.

    I would love to insult you, But I am afraid I couldn’t do as well as nature has.

    Then I was sitting around thinking…..What is April Fool’s Day is really April 2, and we have been fooled all this time?

    Then, the realist says: If you took all the blood vessels out of an average child and laid them all out in one line……………………you’d be charged for murder.

    If we are so smart, why do we press harder on the remote when the batteries are dead?

    And ther is this thought: If the human population held hands around the equator, a significant portion of them would drown !

    And then the conversation with God and the top Angel while HE was creating the Spider….

    God says: MAKE IT HAVE EIGHT LEGS..
    Angel replies: OK but it seems excessive…
    GOD says: and 8 eyes…
    Angel says: you need to calm down a li…..
    God: Give it a butt rope!

    And then from the Its so bad its funny department…….”A toothless termite walks into a bar and asks, is the bar tender here? ( think about it )

    AND last but not least, your own Colonel D13 had an awakening today….he was taking to a person from Southern California on the issue of global warming/climate change…..this went on for a couple of hours and the Colonel walks away just shaking his head when he figured out why he could not understand this guy…….The Colonel doesn’t speak idiot….

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      I’ll track down the new chart that NASA just published with all the “revised” data and model results. The line of (revised) temp data is shown. Then there is a line that shows the top temp (est) by 2100, then a middle temp (est) and then a lower temp projection. The NEW revised data is equally below the LOWEST projection for the past 18 years as any of the differences between the top to middle to bottom temperature estimates models. The only reason the “real” data shows a linear increase since 1900-2017 is that they pretty much took out the late 20’s and 30’s and early 40’s. so the middle of the 1st data point to the middle of the last one shows a slight increase over 117 years but then it overlooks the flat decade and a half which rides well below even that straight line…..This is in a Q&A with Al Gore…..He was getting lobbed softballs and he still evaded answers and refused to answer ANY explanations as to why NONE of his predictions even came close to being true. So obviously he wouldn’t answer any tough real scientific questions

  39. Over the weekend there was an article on the “technology bubble” implying that it would burst soon. I have not seen such a bubble. Yes the market is high based on good earnings reports and anticipation of good things from the Trump administration on taxes and infrastructure. If one looks at the rate of growth, I do not see any bubbles.

    https://www.google.com/finance?q=INDEXNASDAQ%3A.IXIC&ei=gDaJWZDiI8Oo2Ab9-4h4

    In Google finance, look at the Nasdaq for all the years chartable (since ’78). Do this in logarithmic mode. Compound interest is an exponential function, hence the slope of the logarithmic chart should be a straight line for a constant rate of return. Notice the increase in slope in the late ’90s which is the dot.com bubble and subsequent bust. Also note the increase in noise during this period as people get nervous but do not want to miss the peak. After the dot.com bust is another linear period leading up to the ’08 housing bust. There is no bubble showing because the Nasdaq is mostly tech stocks and not construction and the big banks. The bust did impact all markets hence the low. Since then we have been on a nearly straight linear climb with no noticeable acceleration (slope increase). Also note how quiet (noise free) the market has been. So where is the bubble? Or is this just a scare tactic?

    I know the market rise since November has been mostly anticipation of good times to come. If Congress screws up (and I have full confidence they will), then the good vibes will disappear driving the market stagnant or down.

    Any thoughts?

    • Yes sir…..as you wouls suspect, I have a lot to say and since we dabbe pretty significantly in the stocks/bonds/futures…..I can show realistic changes from all these “finance guru’s”….You can make plenty of money without risk, or very little risk, if you are patient….but today’s youngsters….want it yesterday and no one has learned from the Dot Com bubble.

      The housing issues were strrictly political.

  40. I’m going to call Mueller’s grand jury the Star Court of Inquisition.

    • That’s about right, isn’t it?

      Thou shall not trespass against the machine, in any way shape or form.

      • The body was invaded by a foreign object and now has the DT’s. It has triggered the immune response and the antibodies are now attacking.

  41. Bouncing off T-Ray’s Star Court…Google now has the DTs. Fired a guy for improper thoughts…. on diversity. Here’s his manifesto. Gab and WikiLeaks have offered to hire him. Maybe we’re gaining traction.
    http://diversitymemo.com/

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      I saw that last night and Google’s diversity officers response, Which had no basis of fact just an emotional response. His paper was basically a question on an engineering problem. Remember what happened to the President of Harvard when he posed the exact same hypothesis, which in fact has scientific facts to support. This guy had been the Secretary of the Treasury. The diversity gestapo got him fired from Harvard. He even is a big liberal Clinton guy.

      As was commented on about Google,,,,,,40% of Googles employees are asian like from China, Japan and SE asia, Only 1% black. When you can not abide any diversity of thought how is that being diverse? From Stefan Molyneax’s comments, he compared this crackdown on shutting down opposing thought etc to be like when the Catholic Church only preached in Latin and the bible was only in latin and how many people knew latin. Like none but the priests and educated elites. The printing press and Martin Luther blew the doors off this dogmatic control of information and ushered in the Renaisance. One has to read the raw report and analysis instead of having it filtered, via an entity that has a vested interest in YOU not knowing the true and staying ignorant.

      I have no idea if the “Stars and Stripes” is still being published in the military. The way it used to be is that it recognized the “diversity” of the military personnel and that we all came from different locations around the world with different customs and morales. There might be a big story and over time they would print the same story but picked up from publications all over the country. By reading them all you might get a pretty good idea what the issue was because it specifically brought in diverse opinions and observations. Today, however MSM news outlets is like group think… that does not tolerate diverse thought..

    • Dale A. Albrecht says:

      The thing that made America great was it’s diversity with a population made up from all over the world. They brought with them different ideas which make “consensus” difficult but that guarentees probably the best idea filters to the top. Couple that with a real free market and success is inevidable.

      Keep glorifying group think and an social justice and pounding that any differance in everybody and anybody is only because of racism and not individual differences is denial to the maximum. Failure is inevidable.

      This google thing is interesting because just last year Google had made a finding that the NEW hires were pretty much unable to perform to the levels of competancy they were expected to work at and they were going back to the pool of older “former” employees they had retired for one reason or another. Even though people had good credentials from a university that turned out to not be a good indicator of their competance.

      Just read all the stuff coming out of the darling of diversity colleges “Evergreen” in Washington. Social engineering and social justice is the focus and NOT teaching actual subjects to the level that will make any of these students successful. Get into the workplace and they will fail.

      • A classic.

        It’s a shame, though, because there are real feminists out there trying to do their best to make the world a more unbiased place and idiots like this just ruin their cause.

        I’ve seem feminists go after man-haters. I’ve seen them argue that you can’t raise women up by tearing men down. I’ve seen them argue about the real pay gap being due in large part to women’s career choices. I’ve seen feminists lobby to open shelters for male victims of abuse and fight against the notion that you can’t be a “real man” if you aren’t tough enough. I’ve seen them rail against the abuse effeminate men get, and against the casual treatment of male rape victims in American prisons.

        But there was one time in college when I held the door for a “feminist” who was walking in behind me (I had no idea who she was at the time). She squared up to me, inches from my face, and put her thumbnail near my eye. I was too shocked by the turn of events to even process what was happened – I’d just held the door behind me like I’d do for anyone – common courtesy , right? She told me that if I ever do that again, she’d gouge my eye out. In hind sight, I should have gut punched her as hard I could, then let the door slam on her, but I was too shocked, and she just walked away. I’m sure, when she got back with her “feminist” buddies, she told them the tail of how she’d taken the patriarchy down a peg (though, honestly, I have no idea what my “offense” was – I’ve been told she might have thought it was chivalry, which treats women as daintier than men, and therefore less than men. Who knows?).

        Anyway, all that’s to say, the former group doesn’t get the headlines. They get to do the grinding honest work that goes totally unappreciated except as a gradual cultural shift toward a better world. The later gets all the attention and gives the moment a bad name. Pity.

        • Yes, it is a pity……Dateline Chicago, 1998 in a speech I was giving in the Corporate Headquaters of International Harvester……………..walking from my hotel to the headquarters, went through revolving doors that emptied into a larger entrance that included regular gla”ss doors….a younger lady behind me carrying a briefcase and another rather large carrying case draped across the other shoulder to includer her purse….I stood to one side, held the door, open, touched the brim of my stetson…simply said, “maam”. TO WHICH, I got the following speech. ” I am perfectly capable of holding my own door, cowboy, and tipping your hat to a woman is not only rude but unacceptable.” To which I responded, “yes maam” We treat ladies differently and I am sorry that I did not recognize your gender.”

          That got a rather stiff look as if she did not understand what I was saying…but you know what? She walked through that door.

          It is very sad that the feminist movement has been corrupted…and the 20% bad really drag down the ones trying their hardest. But on the other hand, on a date, you do not have to pay for two any longer.

          • But on the other hand, on a date, you do not have to pay for two any longer.

            On our first date, the missus fought me to a standstill to pay half the tab. She said she was on the date, too, she had a good time, she’d eaten about half the food, and she’d be damned if we were going to start things off with the idea that she doesn’t have an equal obligation to share in the costs of our relationship.

            We split that bill – but I got the extra penny!

            13-ish years later, we’re now married with two kids, so who has time to go on a date, anyway?

      • Got her! But she still couldn’t just shut up.

  42. OMG, you’re not looking for them, you are creating them. Bring you’re child, as young as 4 to our camp and we promise to sexually confuse and brainwash them. And the word “LET” , sure you’re just letting them do this, it was their idea, you’re not encouraging it at all.

    http://freebeacon.com/issues/ap-gives-tips-for-deciding-if-your-kid-is-transgender/

  43. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    I was looking up on the internet to see if the area where a leg of my family came from, like great grand parents has an EU Muslim relocation problem. All the articles read said no. This set of ancestors came from the Baltic States. The countries did take their allotment originally but the “migrants” all left to go to Germany or Sweden etc. The countries paid just so much for a limited period of time and then after 6 months it was halved. One of the articles authors did track down some migrants in Germany and their quotes were “”We’d rather live in a refugee camp in Germany and get the “ENTITLEMENTS”: we deserve”” than live in those countries. So the Baltic States are pretty much following the lead of Poland, by not paying unlimited benefits and the migrants voluntarily leave. Hungary and others have been more resolute and physically closed their borders.

    The Baltic States actually have a legacy muslim population that have fully integrated over the past several hundred years, and these are reminants of the CrimeanTartar invasions of the 1700’s.

  44. Something to add to the transgender in the military discussion. Perhaps we need a better definition of transgender and now they are different.

    http://dailysignal.com/2017/08/07/transgender-soldier-gender-dysphoria-poses-real-problems-military/

    • First, leave the military alone. We handle things within just fine.

      • First, leave the military alone.

        Question for the esteemed gentleman from the Republic of Texas:

        If we had had this philosophy since “the beginning,” what would the military look like?

        That is, had the government never forced it’s progressive will upon the military in any way, shape, or form. Not for desegregation, not including women, not including trans-folks, not equal pay, not stopping torture, it can draft or not at will, not even opining on war crimes.. nothing. If we had just said, here’s your budget, here’s your goal, go do your thing. Assume, further, that there is no pressure from society at large, either.

        How do you think it would have turned out?

        Is that a good thing?

        • WOW…..nice question. Will answer.

        • First, I noticed that you slipped in the phrase “progressive will” ….tch tch.

          To your hypothetical question: It would be a Military of enormous power and totally unbeatable in any and all situations. A mercenary military that would have excluded everything except an elite fighting force of all races good enough to fit a description…..and it would be the most dangerous organization to the world, including the United States. I would have been against it and it would not have been a good thing.

          That said, for the benefit of those not familiar. President Truman officially desegregated the military in the late 40’s but it was on its way to that anyway. Nothing much has changed since the 40’s. Those outfits that fought in WWII proved that beyond any doubts, Japanese and Blacks were very capable of fighting and winning. Officers understood this and the military was on its way to desegregation anyway…and the official act did not hasten it in any manner. As a matter of record, forcing it made things worse. Even as far as women were concerned, they also proved their worth in supporting the military in WWII that opened the eyes of many. They ferried many combat aircraft across the Atlantic and the Pacific. There were nurses on the front lines that got captured by the Japanese. Women were in a variety of support functions and have been since before I was even in knickers. The issue that exists now, has made it worse. There are things that women simply cannot do in combat operations and it should be left at that. Forcing the issue has not helped the women of late but has hurt the women drastically. We now look askance at them because we know that the policy was weakened so more could qualify. I believe the military has been weakened by progressive type of thinking.
          Since 1864, there has been equal pay. It was tied to rank and time in service. A black captain makes and did make the same as a white captain….same for the Japanese. Progressivism was already there. As a matter of fact, during women’s movement in the 20’s and 30’s, it was often said and the military recruiters also said….join the military, the only place in the United States there is equal pay.
          As to torture, the military did not and does not subscribe to torture as a policy. I am aware that it went on in some cases but not as a policy. In Vietnam, I saw the torturing techniques carried out by the civilian CIA and Psyops of the civilian world. In fact, it was not used until a special time in WWII…and only by a specifically trained unit that was actually run by civilian authority. In my time in the military, I have never seen a military unit, procedure, or written order or pamphlet or training document that describes or indicates that any form of torture is present. My unit in Vietnam did not torture nor did we take prisoners. BUT…in your scenario, an unchecked military, would probably stop at nothing to gain information….or have sport.

          Of course the draft is civilian only but an unchecked military would have been like the press gangs of the old English Navy or the shanghaied minions of the Barbary Coast. AND…..that would not make good soldiers.
          The military adapts to things in the world on a realistic basis. Progression was already in place in the military prior to the political grandstanding. Trump did not have to issue anything and neither did Truman or Carter or Johnson. Anytime you force something, you do not make it better, you make it worse. Much like the Affirmative Action programs of the 60’s and 70’s, it actually set progressivism back years… not enhance it.

          The military is a family. On the battlefield, no one cared where the blood came from or the ammunition distributed from….only that it was there. Whites did not leave blacks on the battlefield and vice versa. It just was not done. I never saw it. When it came to the wounded, I did not look at a soldier and say he has bad teeth or he is black or Hispanic or anything else…if it took resuscitation, you did it. You saved a life….no matter his affiliation or his race or culture. But, when you force things like Trump’s transgender issue, you paint a target on someone’s back. When you force a policy of women in combat you weakened the women’s, position. These things were already being placed into fruition by normal progression but when you politicize it, you set progression back decades.
          I know I went the long way around but felt it necessary to expound upon the military in that we take care of our own. Leave us alone and things will be fine. As a matter of record, the military was ahead of the legislature in discipline, progressivism, racism, sexism……way ahead. But we did it according to ability and not according to gender, color, or religion.

          • One of the more interesting things I have learned is that after winning their spurs (literally) in both the Civil and Indian wars, The progressive government of Woodrow Wilson threw blacks off the bus in the Army and navy. The navy between the CW and Wilson was fully integrated including shared berthing accommodations. Josephus Daniels, Wilson’s SECNAV refused blacks re-enlistment. No blacks served in WW 1 and by the time WW 2 rolled around the navy culture had lost any memory of 1862-1914. So people like Dorey Miller were cooks at the time of pearl Harbor.

            My WW 1 studies bring me to the all black 92nd and 93rd Divisions. Despite being trained for combat one division when arriving in France was relegated to stevedore duty only. The other was partially broken up. The 369th Regiment (Harlem Hell fighters and my old BN Hq in the guard) was given to the French and fought brilliantly. The other regiments were rated bad to good based on the performance and expectations of their white commanders. Units where the leadership dismissed the quality of Blacks failed miserably. Where the officers treated them as well as white soldiers did well. Again, despite their WW 1 record, knowledge was lost between the wars and they had to start all over again in WW 2 to earn their bones.

            The Colonel and I certainly know about the old all black 9th and 10th Cavalry during the Indian wars (in his neck of the woods too) and we know of the all back 24th and 25th Infantry regiments with distinguished histories both out West and in the Philippine insurrection yet, the Army as a whole dismissed and downgraded them well into the Korean war era.

            One thing the Colonel may be able to help me with regarding race relations is the fact that my Engineer AIT unit in 1969 at Ft. Leonard Wood was half black. This made no logical sense to me at the time and may well have demonstrated a penchant for Personnel Command to STILL demonstrate bias, (blacks=laborers). If you know sir, let me know. F-1-1 was in the old WW 2 barracks with predominantly white NCO’s who I know were scared to death of creating an “incident” consequently, of three barracks, one was almost all black, one all white and the third, mine, black on the first floor, white on the second. Upon arrival, we “self selected” our barracks and nobody did anything. The same happened in basic at Ft. Dix but our Sr. NCO’s were mostly black and they put all 150 of us back in the street and THEY made the billeting assignments. No all black or all white anything. I’d love to know how this happened.

            • The issue that I am familiar with has to do with political bias from the White House and the Congress, both the Senate and House of Rep. The military had the issue of race well under control, as you mentioned, until Wilson. There were also many in the Congress that just simply thought that the Blacks had no education…and they were correct. Education was sparse and blacks were kept out of school to work the fields and factories. That was the only way they could eat. The military did just the opposite. The blacks were taught how to read, write, and cipher ( the word back then for math ). The military also was integrating women into the forces beginning in 1898 and that continued until politics became involved.

              Abraham Lincoln ( Republican ) saw the importance of integration, from a stand point of political expediency as well as combat efficiency but he was fought from the beginning by a Democratic congress. The blacks were paid less and relegated to menial tasks and commanded by white officers. Noncommissioned officers could be black. However, once Grover Cleveland ( Democrat ) became elected he wanted all the blacks out of the military because he feared insurrection but his efforst failed due to the intervention of some white officers who convinced him that the blacks were essential and were very good soldiers.

              Things rocked along for a long time in harmony with the introduction of women into the military in support roles, Wilson ( Democrat ) hated the idea of blacks in command of anything and he certainly did not like women in even support roles and moved to rid the Army and Navy of both. He appointed Generals to enforce his policies. Then the Generals appointed lower ranks to enforce their policies. It must be remembered that the POTUS, as Commander in Chief, does not have the power to appoint lower ranks….he can appoint Generals but then the Generals appoint lower ranks. This is the control. Blacks, HIspanics, Indians, women were ushered out of the military or relegated to cooks, bakers, and santitation.

              President Hoover ( Republican ) and Franklin Roosevelt ( Democrat ) started the movement again to re-introduce the blacks into the military and finally, in WWII, you had black officers that were actually in command but only of black units. However, Roosevelt did NOT like the Japanese units that were fighting in WWII in the European theater and only allowed white officers to command the NIssan or “Budda Heads”. The Japanese proved themselves to be loyal and fierce fighters and are very well integrated into the military today.

              Dwight Eisenhower ( Republican ) is credited for really pushing the integration of the military to a higher scale and literally threatened officers for discrimination. This policy was furthered by John Kennedy ( Democrat ).

              My point being, that the military was very much in favor of integration and doing it prior to any Congressional intervention of Affirmative Action or Civil rights legislation. The military actively fired any officer, of any gender, of any race for discrimination or assignments that relegated specific race or gender to menial tasks.

              The reason that I am so informed……………..I taught military classes on this very subject at Fort Eustis on the Island.

              As a commander of a tank batallion, we routinely taught classes on reading and writing and tactics to any gender or race that could not properly perform. Especially in the reserves. In the reserves, we had many “weekenders” that joined for extra money but they had only high school educations. It was incumbent upon military commanders to improve the effectiveness of their commands because we were also rated on performance.

              Now to answer your question more directly…..remember that the military went to a testing system. Assignments were made on the basis of test scores. Education played a major role in this. For example, in a tank unit, that was driven by computers and lasers…I was seeing the less educated not being able to get to a gunner position simply because they could not add 2 + 2 or read Jack and Jill…..so tank drivers ended up being the less educated and relegated to e-3 or e-4 rank….not necessarily related to race but, it is fact, some races have a hard time. So, commanders would have classes in reading and simple math to help the less educated get up to speed on simple math and reading so they could actually operate a computer or laser system. So, the testing is a symptom of part of the problem. In the past, you simply dumbed down the test…much like affirmative action of the 60’s and 70’s…you lowered the standards…..but today, when the standards of computers and lasers cannot be lowered, you have a problem. the other part of the problem is the mindset of some. It follows the analogy of, ” you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.” We can set up the classes to teach…but if you do not show up, you do not learn,

              I know that no one wants to hear this……but it is true, that some simply lack cognitive reasoning…..and not just through lack of education. Everyone is afraid to tackle this because they do not want to hurt feelings or be politically incorrect. AND…..that statement that I just made is not racists or phobic of any kind….because it is a spectrum and it is true.

  45. Having no military knowledge, I don’t know what to think about this. Opinions?

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/08/war-afghanistan-trump-white-house-weighs-bold-plan-privatize/548004001/

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Bad Idea.

      The US Govt. cannot fight a war using people outside the Govt. and expect things to work out. Just the increased cost makes it unacceptable.

      Use them in support roles is fine. Although they should have been replaced with regular military by now. When you know your staying beyond 5 years we should recruit people to do these jobs.

      Contracting, in all govt. work, makes sense when you have huge increases in programs on short notice. And you expect the work to go back to normal. You pay more for the work but don’t incur long term employment obligations and costs.

      Now, if the Contractors are hired by the Afghan gov.t then that is between them. And if the US gives money to the Afghan govt. for training, then that is their business. But that means the US will get stuck with the results, public relations wise that is.

    • WOW…..great topic, will answer.

    • It would be a good idea and a bad idea…..

      Good idea: A mercenary army not subject to the Geneva Convention nor rules of engagement. Specifically trained killers that have no restrictions and the wars would be over before God got the news. You would simply say……I want Syria, then get out of their way.

      Bad idea: The US would have to live with the results. Politically, that would be a disaster.

      (Nobody would mess with us though…unless it was another mercenary army). Mercenaries did not work out too well in Rwanda. The pay was great but life expectancy not very good.

      • the only positive take on it would be that it would not be us. I think the historic British experience, Afghan war, 1, 2 and 3 demonstrates you cannot change the dynamics of the place. No great visions of the “Giant PX” in the sky will make these jokers give up their troublesome tribal roots.

        Like my solution for the Balkans, create a “cordon sanitaire” around the place and send in all the arms and ammo you can. let teh problem solve itself.

        Looking at Gunbroker from time to time, I am amazed that these folk are still getting good use out of 577-.450 Martini Henry single shot rifles marked VR (Victoria Regina) which our guys keep finding and sending home.

        Does ANYONE out there notice our current opiate crisis seems to parallel our time line in the “Stan?

  46. Colonel,

    “We will balance the U.S.’s felonious crime against our country and our people with something thousands of times worse, and if the U.S. does not retract its attempts to crush us to death and behave prudently, we will be ready and not hesitate to take ultimate measures,”

    -Kim

    Query: Does N. Korea believe its own narrative?

    I get that their people believe / might believe that the North Korean military is the best in the world, but surely their leadership knows otherwise. Or do they? Is it possible that Kim actually believes he wields the bigger stick? Is it possible that his military advisers are so afraid of speaking to the contrary that they just spout the Party Line at him to the point that Kim now believes his own lie?

    And, if he does not believe this, why knowingly issue laughably false statements to the world press? (I get internal propaganda). What’s the point of making himself a laughing stock?

    Not that his nuclear program isn’t a big deal – it is – but he has to know that he gets one shot in (if that) and then his entire military spontaneously combusts, right?

    … right?

    • WOW….great questions, will answer.

    • Query: Does N. Korea believe its own narrative?
      Answer: Yes and No. The Generals know that they cannot defeat the US….they also know that they cannot defeat the South Korean Army with US backing. Kim does not believe it. But you must understand Kim and his education as to why.

      Question: “but surely their leadership knows otherwise.”
      Answer: Yes, their leadership does know otherwise.

      Question: “Is it possible that Kim actually believes he wields the bigger stick? Is it possible that his military advisers are so afraid of speaking to the contrary that they just spout the Party Line at him to the point that Kim now believes his own lie?”
      Answer: Yes, Kim DOES think himself invincible. Yes, his military advisors will speak the party line as devised by Kim and since Kim hears the “yes men”, he manufactures that into truth.

      Question: “What’s the point of making himself a laughing stock?”
      Answer: The court of public opinion does not bother him in the least. He sees it as a strength which he turns into propaganda. He also knows that the International Community, in the past, has always bailed out North Korea with food and medicines.

      Question: “but he has to know that he gets one shot in (if that) and then his entire military spontaneously combusts, right?”
      Answer: Correct. Within 15 minutes NK will cease to exist without nukes but he thinks that he has the bluff in right now and NK has had the bluff on the Bushs’ , Clinton, Obama…….Trump still up in the air.

      Further: There are two weapons that the US has in dealing with Kim….superior fire power and China. China cannot afford to have a US puppet on its doorstep….in NK. NK probably has enough material to make a nuclear something….but not a deliverable weapon. This is not to say he is not trying to build one…but China is the key. China has supplied the NK with missiles but without one thing…..guidance systems. NK is great at shooting them off but they land in the ocean.
      One other thing, I do not know if you have noticed, but the failure rate of a nuclear program such as this is typically 10-15%. NK’s failure rate is in the 80% range. The missiles either blow up on the pad, at launch, or in the air. This is highly unusual. The answer lies in the fact of cyber/sabotage and we are VERY good at this. The first ICBM test was a dismal failure. The second thing is that the NK’s do not have the capacity to reduce their nuclear capability to a weaponized version capable of being launched…..not yet. Third, while the NK conventional Army is formidable….it would not get across the DMZ, much less get to Seoul. What the NK army does have, is an artillery arsenal capable of reducing Seoul to ashes. Remember that Seoul is only 35 miles from the DMZ with a population of around 30 million.

  47. Canine Weapon says:

    Apropos of nothing, here’s a thing:

  48. Canine Weapon says:

    The more things change, the more they stay the same…

    PS: the survey was sent 12,000 psychiatrists, of whom 80% did not respond. Of the balance, approximately half said he was unfit and half said he was fit. Goldwater sued for libel, won $75,000, and essentially killed Fact Magazine.

    PPS: Goldwater did not win the Presidency,

  49. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    The comments on the YouTube have been great about Gore’s stumping his new movie.

    From The 5…”isn’t ironic that Gore felt it neccessary to create a sequel of his film “An Inconvienient truth” which basically predicted by this time we’ll all be dead” ,

  50. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    T-Ray….this is for you. You will see that CA is only the latest of 11 States that have totally messed up and out of date voter roles.

    The 11 counties audited in CA, the largest ones, had far more registered voters than adults eligible to vote in those counties.

    ICE agents are reporing confiscating voter registration cards from “illegal” aliens arrested and being held for deportation.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-warns-california-clean-voter-registration-lists-face-federal-lawsuit/

    • Dale….in Houston, they uncovered a counterfeiting ring that was selling voter registrations out of an Obamacare location. They found records of 9,000+ voter registration sales. They are tracing the money now…..can’t wait to see.

      Make a bet it was the DNC? ( Speculation on my part )

      They also found something similar in Dallas but are keeping it off the news pending more investigation and, they said, publicly letting this information out is helping the recipients of these voter registration cards avoid being picked up.

    • My son moved to Houston 2 years ago and is still on the rolls. It will be interesting next election to see if he is still there. On Nov. 8, I turned in his sample ballot unopened with the note moved out of state.

      • T’aint nothin. Stephen Jr. moved out and registered elsewhere in 1998. He is still on our voting rolls here. Finally! We received a form letter asking him to tell the Board of Elections if he still resides here. I passed it onto him and he answered it. Was still on the June Primary rolls, let’s see if he is there in November. Daughter’s been gone 10 years still on the rolls.

  51. Dale A. Albrecht says:

    Well worth the time on this presentation about McCarthy by Stefen Molyneax.

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