Out and About on a Saturday

The longer I live the more convinced I become that any concentration of power or wealth is a threat to human liberty. I can’t say I’ve got the answers to how to fix the problem, but our Constitution provides a framework for making sure that no one gets on top of another in any long-term manner…but we on the right need to seriously and deeply consider just how we will change the Constitution when we obtain power (and we will: eventually, these Progressive nitwits will wreck everything and we’ll be called in to repair the world). Term limits (everyone who goes into politics long enough gets captured by the system…so don’t let anyone be there that long); strict controls on who is allowed to spend government money; beefed up protections for the dissenters…such things need to be built into our laws; and now that we’ve learned a few lessons, built in such a way that the con-artists will have a difficult time dismantling what we put in place.

What Media Bias? Part 200 – CNN blames the GOP for Archuleta being in charge of OPM:

…When she won Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Personnel Management, the chief objections from lawmakers who voted against her focused on Obamacare.

That was October, 2013, and the 62-35 vote reflected the political concerns at the time about how the agency, which serves as the federal government’s HR department, would implement parts of the health care law opposed by Republicans…

…Less attention focused on the agency’s role in handling government security clearances and how it safeguards some of the most sensitive U.S. government databases.

Even less was paid to why Archuleta — whose most recent job was as a national political director for Obama for America, the President’s reelection campaign — was the person to help fix what was an agency already struggling to deal with technology problems and serious data breaches.

Aides to Republican lawmakers who voted for her confirmation now acknowledge they didn’t pay enough attention to the importance of technology in the agency Archuleta was taking over…

One, small fact: the Senate was in Democrat hands when Archuleta was confirmed. 35 GOPers voted against her. All 55 Democrats voted for her. Even if all 45 GOPers in the Senate at that time voted “no” she still would have been confirmed. She’s a Democrat political hack put into office by Obama and a supine, then-Democrat-controlled Senate…and CNN wants LIV to believe that somehow the GOP failed here.

Does the United States need an exorcism? I’m no theologian – but, what the heck: give it a try.

South Carolina Republicans removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the State House today. It must be noted that Democrats put it there and Democrats never made a move to remove it.

The South Carolina shooter obtained his firearm via a loophole in the law – this loophole is called The Miserably Incompetent Big Government loophole. According to Progs, it can only be fixed by making the government bigger and more incompetent.

Everyone is agog over Fox’s Megyn Kelly calling out Obama on not commenting on the murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant in a sanctuary city. I guess it is nice that someone mentioned it, but it is also quite pointless. Obama isn’t commenting on it because no comment he can make will work to his political advantage. So, it becomes a non-event – and next week we’ll move on to the next story and in a month or two Obama will be back on the hustings pressing for “comprehensive immigration reform”. Fighting Obama in the political arena is not about calling him out on his dishonesty – it is about actually fighting him. Until someone steps up and says “no” to him, we’re just spinning our wheels.

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24 thoughts on “Out and About on a Saturday

  1. Retired Spook July 11, 2015 / 8:11 am

    The longer I live the more convinced I become that any concentration of power or wealth is a threat to human liberty.

    The longer I live, the more convinced I am that I’m glad I’m not going to live a whole lot longer. I hate to leave the current mess to my kids, grandchildren and now, great grandchild, but very little of the mess is the result of anything I or people who share my views did. It’s actually my children’s generation (in their mid-40’s) who decided to have such an open mind that all their brains fell out, so, in spite of the fact that I love them, they pretty much deserve the kind of world they’ve chosen. There are many who believe that the Millennial generation (born between the early 80’s and the early 2000’s) will be the ones who will either send the world over the edge or save it. My personal observation is that many, if not most of the young people today are not concerned with either freedom or prosperity, because they haven’t been taught to be concerned about it, and that just doesn’t bode well for the future. My granddaughter is convinced that the future holds some kind of dystopian, “Hunger Games” scenario, and I fear that may well become a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    • M. Noonan July 12, 2015 / 1:28 am

      I have had visions of me dying in a roadside ditch as I’m acting the part of refugee during some disastrous war in my 80’s…on the other hand, I do take a more upbeat view. The world is about to turn.

  2. Cluster July 11, 2015 / 8:39 am

    Just another example of a progressively run city:

    http://nypost.com/2015/07/10/apparently-its-now-ok-to-pee-on-the-streets-of-new-york-city/

    It took Giulani and Bloomberg nearly 20 years to clean up NY and dramatically reduce crime. It took a progressive just a few years to destroy it.

    It took 235 years to create the greatest, most prosperous, most human rights conscience country in the world. It took a progressive just 6 years to nearly destroy it all.

    • Retired Spook July 11, 2015 / 9:04 am

      Cluster, it’s an illustration of the progression of Progressivism — constantly pushing the envelope on cultural and criminal norms. It’s human nature to break rules. By continually eliminating the rules at the bottom; the ones that don’t have serious consequences if broken, they leave only rules whose violation does have serious consequences.

      • Cluster July 11, 2015 / 9:37 am

        It’s a complete breakdown of the American social compact. Each one of us have a duty and obligation to obey the laws and contribute to this country. There are just too many people now not holding up their end of the bargain and they are aided and abetted by the Progressive Democratic Party

      • Retired Spook July 12, 2015 / 7:36 am

        Cluster, great article. I loved this comment:

        Socialism works. It works extraordinarily well. Want proof? It’s all around you. Go outside and find and ant hill, a bee hive or a termite mound. All of these are perfectly honed and well oiled Socialist societies and all are extremely successful. Why are they so successful? Because for Socialism to work you must have “citizenry” of mindless robots who will work ceaselessly for the good of the collective until the day they keel over dead. All in the hill, hive or mound have a specific purpose and either fulfill that purpose or die. Drones in the bee hive are a perfect example. They’re necessary for a specific purpose, the fertilization of the queen to ensure the continuation of the collective. When that purpose is complete, they’re driven out or killed because they no no longer contribute, only consume. Their are no vacations, no retirements. Nothing but work for the preservation of the collective and the queen who is in effect the “government” of the hill, hive or mound. Oh yes, Socialism works. All you have to do is to either become one of the mindless expendable rabble or be lucky enough to be born the queen.

        Common Core is a recognition by the elites of the “hive” mentality. If you dig deep into Common Core, one of the things you’ll discover is that it’s main goal is to create good, obedient little workers.

      • Cluster July 12, 2015 / 8:31 am

        They are certainly teaching our kids how to think like a socialist – all with one, intolerant collective thought. Where they are missing the boat though is the “work” component of that equation. I think they still hope the “rich” will pay their way while they organize protests against them. I thought the article was real good at speaking to the fact that you can only “paper over” a socialist economy for so long before it all unwinds. We’re seeing that in real time in Greece at the moment.

        Meanwhile, all the intolerant environmental elites will soon have a new issue to become hysterical about:

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3156594/Is-mini-ICE-AGE-way-Scientists-warn-sun-sleep-2020-cause-temperatures-plummet.html

        Looks like we will need another round of new punitive taxes, right? And if progressives deny this phenomena, can we then call them “science deniers”?

    • Amazona July 11, 2015 / 10:26 am

      Cluster, it has taken the Left a lot longer than 6 years to “nearly destroy it all”. The Left is brilliant at the Long Game. They play chess, while the rest of the world doesn’t know there is even a game going, and if anyone does start to catch on the pushback is against a specific act and not against the philosophy. They have been eroding the foundations of our culture since the beginning of the 20th Century, knowing that when the structure is weakened a little here and a little there it can then be weakened a lot here and a lot there, and then it will only take a nudge to topple it.

      Obama is the nudge. A pretty damned big nudge, to be sure, but still just the push over the edge. He could not have done this, would not have even been in a position to do this, if we had not already come close to the tipping point.

      I think the biggest contributor to the success the Left has been enjoying has been the dumbification of the United States. We went from a nation that revered war heroes and statesmen to a nation that revered great actors and aviators to a nation that reveres women who make sex tapes and men who beat women but can run fast with a football. We went from a nation that debated politics based on how best to run the nation to a nation that defines “politics” by identity and personality and scandal, without the slightest understanding that when they vote they are actually voting for a political philosophy disguised as an issue.

      • Cluster July 11, 2015 / 11:39 am

        I think the biggest contributor to the success the Left has been enjoying has been the dumbification of the United States.

        100% agree. The left has created legions of self loathing, mal educated, hyper sensitive Americans who have lost all sense of personal responsibility and the effort required to hold up their end of the American compact. They have simply become malleable tools for government officials to use as needed. Si se puede !!!

      • Cluster July 12, 2015 / 8:40 am

        The Confederate flag issue is a good example of how ignorant the legions of progressives are. Here is a flag that was designed by a Democrat, defended by Democrats, and raised over the SC State Capital by a Democrat, and when a Republican woman Governor of Indian heritage fights to bring the flag down supported by the countries only black Senator, Republican Tim Scott from SC, the media scorns the Republicans for being racist. And the collective progressives fall right in line.

      • M. Noonan July 12, 2015 / 8:41 pm

        The flag was just a deflector – as are most things which make it into the MSM. Anything to keep us from talking about issues like the murder in San Francisco or Obama’s horrid deal with Iran…

      • Amazona July 12, 2015 / 10:05 am

        I thought the whole Confederate flag thing was stupid, just more hysteria fomented by a Left desperate for a new demon to attack. But the one thing that really pushed it over the edge for me was the insanity of Haley using nine pens to sign the legislation banning the flag and then giving the pens to the families of the nine victims of that shooting, in a grandiose public spectacle.

        It is one thing to have a personal perspective that the flag has a meaning it has never, in reality, had. But what this REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR did was firmly link, was unequivocally state, that the flag bore some responsibility for the shooting. It was a statement that (1) the flag represents racial hatred, and (2) that it inspired the shooter to shoot black people. It was a disgusting moment of pandering and it sealed my opinion of Haley as a lightweight who has already risen at least one level beyond her level of competence. I could handle the removal of the flag—that was merely bending a knee to the mob, but it is also the job of the governor to enact what her constituency wants. It was the pathetic, gratuitous grandstanding in tying the flag to that shooting that was so disgusting.

        And it was slobbered over as if it were the highest form of statesmanship.

      • Cluster July 12, 2015 / 10:33 am

        I was unaware of the nine pen ceremony and agree that that was really inappropriate.

      • Amazona July 12, 2015 / 10:17 am

        Worse, I think Haley did this in a calculated effort to increase her political profile. I think she, or her misguided “advisers”, set this up to garner publicity and move her up the political ladder. She has already been mentioned as one of the stars on the GOP bench, looking forward to presidential elections after 2016, and as a successful minority female governor she should have been on that list. But this has had the same effect on me as Jeb Bush’s support of Common Core, only more so because it was such a calculated pandering to race-baiters.

  3. Amazona July 11, 2015 / 10:30 am

    I have always felt that demonizing wealth itself is only the other side of the coin from thinking there is something inherently wrong with people who are poor. When wealth is used to concentrate power I can go along with your statement.

    • M. Noonan July 12, 2015 / 1:21 am

      There is less danger in one person having $5 billion and, say, a liberal “charity” having it…but any concentration of wealth can turn baleful…and will, eventually, turn baleful in spite of the best of initial intentions. No one should be able to buy influence.

      • Amazona July 12, 2015 / 10:10 am

        If you believe that having wealth is a guarantee that it will be used to buy influence, I see your point. But I see your statement as way too broad, as I can easily imagine many people having immense wealth and using it for good, and I reject your pessimistic statement that wealth WILL corrupt, “in spite of the best intentions”. Sorry, but has a ring to it similar to that of saying a gun will eventually kill someone, in spite of the best intentions. Tools are tools, and their use depends on the user.

      • M. Noonan July 12, 2015 / 8:19 pm

        Someone who builds up a vast amount of wealth and then holds on to it – or uses it to further his own designs – is someone who will eventually go bad, even if at the start the intentions are pure. The only person who can be trusted with vast sums of money is someone who gives his vast sums of money away at no benefit to himself or to his cause. People talk of Bill Gates giving to charity – but you’ll note that the “charities” he gives to advance what Bill Gates believes is best. It is a huge difference between that sort of “giving” and someone who just tosses a hundred million into, say, a program to provide irrigation for poor farmers in the Third World. Gates wants to give in order to coerce the world into going a certain direction – the other sort of giving allows people to better take care of themselves (and, please note, you don’t find much of that sort of giving among the very rich). Its sort of akin to the fact that the best person to be President at any given time would be whomever among the population is best qualified to be President but most definitively does not want to be President. If you want power, you should probably not have it – and if you want vast sums of money, you probably shouldn’t have it, either.

        Money, of course, is not a problem – but the love of money is the root of all evil. In order to get billions of dollars, you’ve either got to be fabulously lucky, or be greedy and base – eventually, even if not at the start.

        To be sure, what mechanism we will build to make sure that money has no special power or place remains to be determined – but if we are to restore a free Republic, we need to find a way to prevent vast concentrations of wealth being used against us.

  4. Retired Spook July 12, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    More liberal hypocrisy.

    • M. Noonan July 12, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      Gated communities; armed guards; tenure; defined-benefit pensions…that is what liberals want. For themselves. Not us.

  5. Retired Spook July 13, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Well, the Greeks just said, “we aren’t going to take no steenking deal — we’re going to hold out for a MUCH WORSE deal”. Any bets as to whether or not the Greeks will live up to their end of the deal? And, of course, our investor class is so giddy about the deal, all our market futures are up significantly this morning. YJCMTSU!

    • Cluster July 13, 2015 / 11:30 am

      I had to laugh yesterday when I heard report from Greece that the Greek people were tired of all the calamity over the crisis and were just going to take the day off and go to the beach. That summarizes the problem pretty well I thought. Too many days at the beach for the greek people. Maybe they should start working a little bit more.

    • M. Noonan July 14, 2015 / 12:34 am

      A collection of idiots arguing over the deck chair placement on the Titanic.

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