Out and About on a Wednesday

Bobby Jindal has announced his candidacy for President. Along with Walker, Jindal is top of the list for me. Some say Jindal waited too long to announce – and that might be correct. But, we’ll see how it plays out.

Toy models of the “General Lee”; the car from Dukes of Hazard, will now lose their Confederate flag.  Because Reasons, I guess.  Just remember that if you find one with the rebel flag – especially if its still in the box – keep that. 20 years from now it’ll be worth a bucket of money. And while our kids are now safe from the horrific danger of seeing a rebel flag atop a Dodge Charger, you can easily purchase for them a replica Nazi dagger or a bust of Stalin…

I was looking at annual GDP growth rates and the most interesting thing I came away with is that post-recession, Reagan’s worst year is better than Obama’s best year.

In a completely surprising development, it appears that the Obama Administration – the most transparent Administration, ever – fudged around with the numbers on the Office of Personnel Management hack – almost as if they were trying to lessen the negative political impact of the hack.

It looks as though Obama’s deal with Iran now includes us providing advanced nuclear technology to Iran. My guess is that the final deal will assert that we don’t immediately have to turn over an Ohio-class SSBN to Iran. Look, I get it that Obama’s policy is that once we make friends with Iran all will be well…but does he have to look so desperate for it? You know, even good friends shouldn’t be allowed to walk all over us…

Valerie Jarret’s family is chock full of commies. Its not that big a deal as the difference between Joseph Stalin and any run of the mill American Progressive is one of degree, not kind. Progressives are Progressives – all of them are opposed to us and want us out of the public square. Some with more extreme prejudice than others, but all of them want the same political result as regards those who hold to any semblance of conservatism.

Liberal says voters must demand new gun control laws – which, I guess, is a way of saying, “you idiot voters are the problem”. There is zero chance that the voters will demand new gun control laws – that battle is over and done with and the people won it. Call it strange or wrong or what have you, but the broad majority of American voters has concluded that restricting the ability of sane, law-abiding citizens to obtain weapons won’t stop insane and/or law-breaking citizens from doing evil deeds. No proposed gun control law other than a UK-style, door-to-door confiscation of weapons could possibly have prevented the event in South Carolina from happening…and as we’ve seen in Norway and Paris and elsewhere, even having very strict gun control laws is no assurance against evil deeds.

The GOP leadership is rather screwing us over on Obama’s trade deal. They are doing it because the money-bags in corporate America want it done because the deal will allow said money-bags to vastly increase their profits…with part of that increase coming from either out-souring our jobs or in-sourcing cheap, foreign labor. To be sure, this is Obama’s trade deal – so it is a Democrat thing, as well. Bottom line, it is a Ruling Class thing – and kudos to those Democrats and Republicans who voted against it. Some in the GOP are very mad about this and I understand that – and perhaps it is time to start thinking in terms of a Third Party. Rolling around in my mind is the notion of a Christian Democrat party which would command immediately 40-50 House and 5 or so Senate seats…meaning it would be a party with the power to decide who is House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader; and, of course, in return for such support, it would demand certain, specific actions. Worth a thought – 2016 is mostly about making sure that Hillary doesn’t become President…but if in the long run we don’t get a Party which will actually do as we, the people, command, then we’re doomed as a movement.

 

Monday Morning Open Thread

Seems that the anti-Israel forces are gearing up for Gaza Flotilla III. What could go wrong? You know, you can pretty much bring all the food and medicine you want into Gaza…you just have to go thru Israeli security to do it as the Israelis have this bizarre, freakish desire to not allow arms into a place stuffed full of people who want to kill all the Jews. I know; weird.

The Russians are making a play for Greece – which reminds me that Russia has never liked the fact that they don’t control Constantinople and the Straights. The deal would be along the lines of Putin opening up a line of credit for Greece’s welfare state and Greece going into alliance with Russia. This is considered fearful, and it is – but it would actually be most immediately fearful for Turkey. In case you ever wondered why the British and the French allied themselves with the Turks to fight the Crimean War – this is why. Its a long time from 1854, but some things stay the same…and these days there is no French or British Empire with armies and navies worthy of the name.

Latest investment advice: stuff your mattress with cash.

Hillary is calling for gun control – which means if you’re a Democrat activist in a red State, don’t be expecting any visits from Hillary or campaign cash…she’s not even remotely interested in the States Romney won in 2012. Though it might work out rather funny if Sanders or someone ends up being credible in the primaries as Hillary would then have to win a vote in some red States…

In spite of electing Obama in 2008, it looks like the world is doomed.

Saw a claim on Twitter that Nixon was drunk during the Yom Kippur War – which did lead @RogerStoneJr to note this means a drunk Nixon is better than a sober Obama.

How about some quotes?

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. – C. S. Lewis

It has been discovered that with a dull urban population, all formed under a mechanical system of State education, a suggestion or command, however senseless and unreasoned, will be obeyed if it be sufficiently repeated. – Hillaire Belloc

No weakness of the human mind has more frequently incurred animadversion, than the negligence with which men overlook their own faults, however flagrant, and the easiness with which they pardon them, however frequently repeated. – Samuel Johnson

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain

The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man. – G. K. Chesterton

 

Saturday Open Thread

Today is June 6th – which means that 71 years ago, we invaded Normandy. Take a moment to remember those brave troops. As an aside, though, upon looking at it in the hindest of hind sight, I think we should have invaded at the Pas de Calais. Sure, the Germans had more there, but not that much more and if we had got ashore there – and we would have, given our absolute command of the air and sea – then Germany might have been defeated by October of 1944. Oh well – just keep it in mind if Putin decides to conquer Western Europe and we have to go back, again.

The New York Times is breathlessly reporting that Marco Rubio has four traffic tickets since 1997 – and Mrs. Rubio 13. They are swearing up and down that they dug this up by themselves – but there is strong evidence that it was spoon fed to them by one of Hillary’s political smear groups. This is an entirely irrelevant fact which is not worthy of being reported. It would only be an issue if, say, the Rubios’ tried to use their influence to squash the tickets. That didn’t happen, and so there’s nothing here for people to care about…but the MSM reported it, and we can only assume they did so because they were ordered to by Team Hillary. Think about it – you’re wasting a lot of time and effort reporting something like this – why do it? It’ll be like this all through the 2016 cycle. Hopefully we’ll win – if for no other reason than it’ll finally get the nauseating Team Clinton political machine out of our lives.

Murderous sniper on the loose in Colorado? We don’t know, yet – but it is possible.

Crime is rising in New York City – its almost as if having a soft-on-crime Progressive as Mayor isn’t such a good idea.

Black Chicago pastor not entirely happy with the Democrat Party. Hopefully this entirely correct sentiment will continue to grow in the African-American community.

Democrats don’t like the idea of over the counter sales of birth control. The bottom line is that if women are empowered to make their own choices without a government program, then there is zero need for government. Being in favor of choice is all well and good, but if it doesn’t mean a large, expensive government bureaucracy, then maybe its better we do without it, huh?

The Greeks are still financially screwed – and I have little sympathy for them. From what I can tell, the Greeks don’t want to pay their bills, which is something I agree with. If stupid bankers want to loan people more money than they can possibly repay, then the bankers are just going to have to take it in the shorts. But the Greeks don’t want to repay while still getting buckets of new money to keep their Welfare State going – in other words, they don’t want to go the route of poverty plus hard work to get themselves out of the jam they got themselves into. Pick one thing or the other, Greeks: either pay back what you borrowed or default and be poor for a while as you work yourself back to wealth.

State says they are preparing to investigate the Hillary e mail scam – and I believe them. And I believe their preparations will be complete no later than December, 2016.

ISIS fighter goes on social media to brag about how great their command center is. 22 hours later, the US Air Force blows the place to smithereens. Which is a good thing – but I doubt the wisdom in the Air Force telling us they used social media to find the target…now not only will ISIS have learned a lesson in security, but they might sucker us into blowing up a school or hospital via social media.

Out and About on a Sunday

Terribly sorry to hear of the death of Vice President Biden’s son, Beau. I can only imagine the pain. One Catholic to another, I ask Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to pray for the repose of the soul of Beau Biden, and for the comfort of his family and friends.

Yes, I realize they are all also-rans – but we’ve now got O’Malley and Sanders in the race against Hillary, and we can shortly expect Lincoln Chaffee to join the lists. Keep in mind that Biden still might get in, as may former Senator Webb and Senator Warren. Obama was also supposed to be an also-ran in 2008, you know? Hillary may be the giant who only needs a slight shove to fall down. What is rather funny is that all three Democrats in the race are talking up how bad things are as if a certain Democrat hadn’t been in charge since 2009. Winning a third term in the White House is a tricky thing. It has only happened once since World War Two when the elder Bush rode Reagan’s coat tails into office…anyone want to tell me that a Democrat can ride Obama’s record into office?

The decline in GDP of 0.7% in Q1 2015 is interesting – and I’d likely have more to say on it if I had any real interest in government statistics. Given how relentlessly dishonest our government is, I just don’t trust that is the true number. I’m highly doubtful that it was better than the announced figure because if it was, they’d have gone with that – one is left to assume that the reality is much worse.

Latest mindblowingly dumb Democrat idea – make gun owners get liability insurance in order to curb gun violence. Like a person contemplating a crime will make sure his insurance is in order before he acts…

Some people are talking up a rise in crime rates of late – there does seem to be some evidence of it but before I join the bandwagon on this, I want to see how things go for a while. It could just be a statistical blip…or it could well be, as some claim, that the police are deciding that if enforcing the law means you might be hauled into court like those cops in Baltimore, then maybe its better to turn a blind eye…

A lot of liberals went nuts over the armed demonstration in front of an Islamic center in Arizona. I didn’t. Now, those who pay attention know that I’m not in favor of drawing insulting pictures of anyone’s religion, even of Islam. So, have I changed? Nope. People have a perfect right to demonstrate peacefully and to keep and bear arms in the United States – even if they are demonstrating peacefully while keeping and bearing the arms. Demonstrating, as such, does not insult anyone. And as I recall some of the rather anti-Catholic demonstrations by liberals out in front of Catholic churches, I take liberal outrage here with about ten pounds of salt.

The guy who drew the Stalinist “Hope” poster for Obama is disappointed in Obama – and in the American people. From what I’ve read, we’re just not commie enough, and neither is Obama. I guess he’s right – even about Obama. After all, we’re nearly six and a half years in and Obama hasn’t called out the Kulaks by name.

Walker has the early lead in Iowa. Right now, its Anybody But Bush. Or Christie. Or Graham. Or Trump, if he gets in (the Donald does seem to be getting ready to jump in).

Bob Schieffer doesn’t know where we get our news from these days. Here’s a clue for ya, Bob: we don’t get it from the MSM because the MSM doesn’t report it . If you did, we wouldn’t have President Obama and Hillary would be facing indictment.

And, now, St Joan of Arc:

JOAN of Arc was not stuck at the cross-roads, either by rejecting all the paths like Tolstoy, or by accepting them all like Nietzsche. She chose a path, and went down it like a thunderbolt. Yet Joan, when I came to think of her, had in her all that was true either in Tolstoy or Nietzsche, all that was even tolerable in either of them. I thought of all that is noble in Tolstoy, the pleasure in plain things, especially in plain pity, the actualities of the earth, the reverence for the poor, the dignity of the bowed back. Joan of Arc had all that and with this great addition, that she endured poverty as well as admiring it; whereas Tolstoy is only a typical aristocrat trying to find out its secret. And then I thought of all that was brave and proud and pathetic in poor Nietzsche, and his mutiny against the emptiness and timidity of our time. I thought of his cry for the ecstatic equilibrium of danger, his hunger for the rush of great horses, his cry to arms. Well, Joan of Arc had all that, and again with this difference, that she did not praise fighting, but fought. We KNOW that she was not afraid of an army, while Nietzsche, for all we know, was afraid of a cow. Tolstoy only praised the peasant; she was the peasant. Nietzsche only praised the warrior; she was the warrior. She beat them both at their own antagonistic ideals; she was more gentle than the one, more violent than the other. Yet she was a perfectly practical person who did something, while they are wild speculators who do nothing.

~G.K. Chesterton: “Orthodoxy,” III.—The Suicide of Thought.</i>

 

Just a Few Things

Bernie Sanders is out there plugging for a top marginal rate of 90% – typical socialist nonsense, to be sure, but it just occurred to me: the rate doesn’t matter as much as everyone being treated the same for tax purposes. The problem isn’t in what rate we have, but who is getting special treatment. If it were really true that above a certain income amount everyone pays 90% of that to Uncle Sam, it would probably be bad…but what is worse is when some people at, say, $250,000 a year get hit with it and others making the same amount don’t. Same thing with corporations. The thing is our tax code is riddled with exceptions for various groups – over the years all manner of special favors have been written into it and so while the official rate is X, only some people pay that…others who managed to get the ear of a Congresscritter pay less. Set a rate and stick to it – no one gets a break from it, for anything. That, I think, would create the political will to ensure that all tax rates are set rationally…and, by the way, taxing 90% of someone’s income is irrational….the super rich you are theoretically going after with such a rate don’t pay that tax because they don’t make much taxable income. The extreme example is the Clinton slush fund – a “charity” which is mostly concerned with keeping Bill and Hillary and their hangers-on living a plush life. Make the top marginal rate 100% and you still won’t touch their slush fund…nor the various other slush funds built up by the super-rich to hold on to their money. 25% is probably a reasonable highest marginal rate, if we don’t got for a flat tax.

The “Iraqis” don’t want to fight for Ramadi. There’s a simple reason for that – there are no Iraqis. You see, Iraq was an administrative convenience for the British Empire…some territory they grabbed in the carve-up of the Ottoman Empire after World War One. Keep in mind that the Brits in 1918 never envisioned the end of the British Empire: those people back then fully expected British rule in Iraq to be continuing to this day. Joe Biden took a lot of flack prior to the Iraq War for suggesting a partition of the nation…in my view, it was one of the few sensible things the man ever said. I went along with Bush’s desire for a unified, democratic Iraq because that became the plan and I hoped it would work out. It actually might have, had we not abandoned Iraq under Obama. Be that as it may, the true state of Iraq is now in sharp relief: the people living in the nation of are different nationalities with not too much concern one nationality to another. At this point, trying to keep Iraq together is probably a lost cause…the Shia and the Sunni don’t like each other, the Kurds appear to want no real part of it and there are plenty of other minority peoples who would probably agree to pretty much any other arrangement than current. Whether or not some sort of Iraqi Confederation can be put together is an unknown – but the concept that a unitary Iraqi State governed from Baghdad is in the cards absent massive U.S. military intervention is almost certainly a non-starter.

Why we can’t argue with liberals – this article says that persons of color must have a “safe space” where they can discuss there issues. Such a place must have no white people in it, because that would change the dynamic once those white people are present – which is an assumption that all white people are racists and that all non-white people are fearful of white people. This, of course, would be a racist view to hold – but liberals have their “out” on that in their claim that only people with power can be racist…which is, of course, to make another racist statement that all white people have power and no non-white people have any. There’s no way for us to win this argument – so, let’s just de-fund the left, get rid of them, and go on with a rational society.

Out and About on a Friday

So, we had an earthquake in Nevada. We then had rain. The end of the world was expected momentarily, but all we got was a traffic jam on the US 95.

Senate GOP revives Pelosi’s “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” policy re: legislation. We’ve given Obama the go-ahead on trade authority…as if anything Obama negotiates could possibly be to the advantage of the United States. That is bad enough – but no one will even tell us what’s in the trade deal. And the GOP leadership wonders why it has a popularity problem…

The economic data just hasn’t been all that great lately. Our government’s solution? Change the data.

Your new car has a computer and a complex program to run the car – manufacturers are arguing that while you own the car, you only own a license to the computer program which runs your car. My view? Not so fast. Suck it up, manufacturers. You want to put all these clever gizmos in the car to get us to by it, fine – but what I pay for I own, completely.

Yeah, Hillary is just as corrupt as we all thought.

Apparently, fighting climate change is the first step to defeating ISIS.

Roger Simon is rather upset about the state of the world. I agree with him on that. But I disagree on the PATRIOT Act thing – I don’t care if we can’t show anyone in particular harmed by it: I don’t trust any government but particularly this government to have that much information on that.

Memorial Day is Monday. It ain’t about the barbecue:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.- John McCrae, 1915

Out and About on a Tuesday

I’m only a couple chapters into it, but Jay Cost’s A Republic No More is a definite must-read.

Seems that feminists are on the prowl to find out just whom you follow on Twitter. I suggest Manspreading to keep the women at bay.

Syria is cheating on the WMD deal – but, we already knew that would happen so it doesn’t amount to a new Obama failure.

I was going to link to an article on The Daily Caller where Obama compares America’s wealthy to lottery winners. This is in some respects true, especially as it relates to Obama. But I’m not going to link to it because The Daily Caller’s website is so horribly filled with ads that it always causes my computer to freeze up. And Hot Air ain’t much better. Advice to conservative websites: make your sites user-friendly.

Blogger who was critical of Islam gets hacked to death in Bangladesh. No word yet on whether his family will apologize for his provocation of the killers.

Its no big deal that our MSM routinely refers to Mohammed as “the prophet Mohammed”, right? Well, it would be if they also routinely referred to Jesus as “Our Lord Jesus Christ”. But, they don’t. And they don’t because they aren’t afraid of Christians.

Turns out that McDonald’s has a lower acceptance rate than the Ivy League. Kinda shows how messed up our economy really is:

While the average college student accumulated over $25,000 in debt, the average McDonald’s part-time employee made $40,000 over 4 years. At an Ivy League school, there are generally three possible ways to confront the bill: get a scholarship, have wealthy parents cover the entire bill, or go into massive debt. Some of these Ivy League students might be paying off their debt for decades. Meanwhile, instead of being in the hole, the part-time McDonald’s workers made money overall. Of course, they are all on food stamps, but never mind that.

We’re becoming less Christian. This comes as a shock to no one – what will come as more of a shock to some is just how lousy America will become if this trend continues.