To expand on the single line I placed in siblinginbox’s link list, I heard on the radio some commentator talking about how incompetent Zero was. He intervened in Lybia and the muslims are taking over, he intervened in Egypt, and the muslims are taking over, he removed all our troops in Iraq and the – well, you get the theme. The commentator presented this as incompetence. What if that was Zero’s intent? I know it’s a rough thought to maintain, but give it a moment and consider if it’s malice, rather than incompetence. Now you understand my mindset on saying Zero is doing exactly what he intended. The United States is being destroyed in its standing in the world and the caliphate is in the process of being reborn in the Middle East. This is the president who announced we are not a Christian nation and hosted muslim prayers at the White House. This is the want-to-be dictator who won’t allow drilling on our soil forcing our money to the very groups who want to kill us. Throw all these in the salad bowl and the result is easy to see for any who are willing.
28 September, 2014
The Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) released a report today revealing and piecing together dozens of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which lay out in detail EPA’s collusion with senior activists within environmentalist pressure groups, and proving the real thinking about the intent behind and impact of EPA’s “climate” regulations.
Far from the required recusing to avoid the appearance of a conflict, EPA filled its senior political ranks with green pressure group activists, continuing their life’s work and coordinating with former colleagues from their new positions in government. These emails show the groups sharing jokes about EPA assurances that it isn’t waging a war on coal, and gloating about the courts serially siding with EPA as it rewrites federal environmental law. More important, they show the special role and undue influence these relationships provided, the very sort of influence the Obama Administration once disavowed.
SHARYL ATKISSON: Hillary Cronies Sanitized Benghazi Files Before Accountability Review Board Got Documents. “As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to ‘separate’ damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story. At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which was charged with collecting emails and
documents relevant to the Benghazi probe.”
We used to call it “vacuuming” the files back in the day.
Related: Hillary’s “Plumbers” Hid Benghazi Docs.
10 Ways Obama Has Failed as President
[Personally, I think he is doing exactly what he intended. This is no fail on his part.]
Barack Obama Transformed into Lyndon Johnson So Slowly, I Hardly Even Noticed
The U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Obama to exert a high degree of personal control over the campaign, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential sign-off for any strike in Syrian territory,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The requirement for the Syrian strikes will be far more stringent than those in Iraq, at least at first, to assure the Syrian air campaign remains strictly limited, in an attempt to mitigate the threat that the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the conflict, according to the U.S. officials.”
The only reason that Obama acted at all is politics. Polls showed that midterm voters demanded a military response to ISIS’ beheading of American journalists and repeated threats to our homeland. Drones, air strikes and military advisors are merely a PR campaign to assuage moderates that their Democratic president is “doing something.”
Obama does not want to win his new Iraq war. He can’t afford to. If the projection of American military power successfully solved the problem of Islamic terrorism, it would shatter Obama’s entire worldview.
A pragmatist would welcome victory regardless of its origins. Sadly, America is stuck with the most rigid ideologue ever to occupy the White House.
Obama adheres to a transnational progressive morality that has replaced “Good versus Evil” with “Weak versus Strong.” As the strongest nation on the planet, America is viewed not as its “last best hope,” but the chief among oppressors. He has been steeped in this intellectual environment from birth.
U.S. military power is an inherently bad thing, causing untold suffering to the peoples of Mexico, Japan, the Koreas, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. It is an extension of European colonialism, which is to blame for the broader power imbalances ravaging the Third World.
Even the Canadians are onto them
On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.
That last bit is excellent advice, but for an entirely different reason than the one Ottawa cites.
There’s a shakedown going on in the U.S., and the perps are in uniform.
Across America, law enforcement officers — from federal agents to state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters — are operating a vast, co-ordinated scheme to grab as much of the public’s cash as they can; “hand over fist,” to use the words of one police trainer.
It usually starts on the road somewhere. An officer pulls you over for some minor infraction — changing lanes without proper signalling, following the car ahead too closely, straddling lanes. The offence is irrelevant.
Then the police officer wants to chat, asking questions about where you’re going, or where you came from, and why. He’ll peer into your car, then perhaps ask permission to search it, citing the need for vigilance against terrorist weaponry or drugs.
What he’s really looking for, though, is money.
RON RADOSH TO EZEKIEL EMANUEL ON THE UNDESIRABILITY OF LIVING PAST 75: No Thanks, Dr. ObamaCare, and I’m Not Taking Your Advice. But how long will it stay “advice?”
Law enforcement officers who conducted a warrantless SWAT-style raid on an Orlando barber shop, ostensibly to help inspectors conduct a routine occupational licensing exam, violated the proprietors’ 4th Amendment rights and are not protected from personal liability under the qualified immunity doctrine.
So ruled the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta on Tuesday, harshly condemning Orange County, Florida, officers for their 2010 raid of the Strictly Skillz barber shop — a staged event the court compared to “a scene right out of a Hollywood movie.” That’s how the court began its 44-page ruling:
Backstory here: http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/13/the-swat-team-would-like-to-se
Blissfully unaware of how hot the irony burned, Robert Kennedy Jr. yesterday took to a public protest to rail avidly in favor of censorship. The United States government, Kennedy lamented in an interview with Climate Depot, is not permitted by law to “punish” or to imprison those who disagree with him — and this, he proposed, is a problem of existential proportions. Were he to have his way, Kennedy admitted, he would cheer the prosecution of a host of “treasonous” figures — among them a number of unspecified “politicians”; those bêtes noires of the global Left, Kansas’s own Koch Brothers; “the oil industry and the Republican echo chamber”; and, for good measure, anybody else whose estimation of the threat posed by fossil fuels has provoked them into “selling out the public trust.” Those who contend that global warming “does not exist,” Kennedy claimed, are guilty of “a criminal offense — and they ought to be serving
time for it.”
Climate Movement Drops Mask, Admits Communist Agenda
Communists along with a few environmental groups staged a “People’s Climate Rally” in Oakland, California on Sunday, September 21, in conjunction with the larger “People’s Climate March” in New York City on the same day.
Wait — did I say communists? Isn’t that a bit of an exaggeration?
At the New York event, many people noticed that gee, there sure are a lot of communists at this march. But in Oakland — always on the cutting edge — the entire “climate change” movement at last fully, irrevocably and overtly embraced communism as its stated goal. Any concerns about “optics” or operating in “stealth mode” were abandoned.
The “climate change” “crisis” is now nothing but the latest justification for “total revolution” and getting rid of capitalism forever.
[Be sure and look at all the photos - me]
The way chimneys were taken down, prior to the use of explosives
28 September, 2014
I have been your faithful companion for almost two years. I have pointed out the presence of a mouse and maintained vigilance at the back window where thieving birds eat your wares from the porch. Just for the record, note that some invisible force field has kept me from protecting those wares from the winged thieves. I have tried several times to fulfill my task and was inhibited. I hope you recognize what a valuable member of this team I am. That said, I am unable to understand the behaviors of you and your companion this weekend. While I was performing my daily tasks, quite well I might add, you bring in a four pawed intruder. This species has no rightful place under any roof where I sleep. I even provided you with a wall plaque, “I have done the math…we can’t afford the dog,” and yet you didn’t take the clear instruction. The cage in which you brought him was a cute touch, but wholly inadequate in this situation. I voice my concerns and due to some negative feedback, was forced to keep some of my opinions to myself, but when the cage containment failed, I just couldn’t be silent any more. You must realize the position in which I find myself. Please eradicate this problem immediately so we may return to the bliss of the last two years. And as for your wonder of what we were saying to each other, just know it wouldn’t look good in print.
Here is a picture of the invader:
27 September, 2014
One thing that isn’t taught in nursing school, well there are many things they don’t teach there, just one of them is how your day will change with a single phone call. Things can be running rather well, so to speak, and the ring, ring happens innocently enough leading to a “oh, crap” moment. The rest of the day has forever changed. With this lead-up, you know I had one of those calls. Just for a bit of background, I have had an odd chest pain for the past 20 years. I have had stress tests, echoes, exams – more than I can remember, and no one has been able to put their finger on the source of the discomfort. I say discomfort as it is not really bad – about 2 on the scale of 10 and I have lived with it for decades without any real idea what was happening. A new doc (to me, that is) had me do an ultrasound of the gallbladder as a screening and I am due all those fun scopes next year about which Dave Barry so eloquently writes. I won’t attempt any of that level, but just say that whoever called that stuff “go lightly” (spelling changed, of course) should have to use it. There’s nothing light about it. Enough said. At lunch time I had a message on my phone from the doctor saying he had the results of my ultrasound please call back, nothing urgent, just please return the call. So I did. He wants me to have my gallbladder removed. The term used was polyps. I was advised my options are do nothing, and check later to see if they have changed size, risk obstruction, or future production of cancer. I told him that I had to think on it a bit. I know he was thinking, “what’s to think about,” but he didn’t say that of course. I hung up and started about the task of finding out what insurance would cover, what time I had available, and trying to gauge how much time off this would require. Basically, since this is not an emergency where I am bending over with a 9 out of 10 pain level, it would be best to schedule it when it’s most convenient for me. I figure that’s fair. If they are going to end up with a couple month’s salary from me, it might as well be on my time frame. Mind you, that’s after insurance – Zero care and all. <> Let’s all take a moment to thank the democrat voters, dead and alive, who have forced on us such a system. </saracasm>
23 September, 2014
As you might have noticed, when the blog postings are down, my other activities are up. Recently, this is no exception. Just a small piece of what’s happening: post the wedding, I still have a video to make/splice, soffit on the shed is in need of application – there are 5 pieces now applied, we are teaching a bell choir at the end of October – the tables, music stands, pads, covers, bells, and music are now set. I have some work pages remaining, but for the most part, it’s ready. We now have an adjustable mirror to use behind the screen for the Samson project. It has a height adjustment of about a foot and can be tilted to hopefully match whatever platform we encounter. There is a carrying case which needs to be made still. I was pulling weeds the other day – my thumb looks like a diabetic. There were so many blood tests that afternoon. Anyone having weeds that don’t have stickers – count yourself blessed.
23 September, 2014
We went to see kidinbox this past weekend. That necessitated a trip to a city part way across Texas. Upon arrival, we were met with a kid sounding stuffy and coughing occasionally. I checked the medication list and noted guaifenesin and pseudophed (I spelled them the best I could at this time of day) were both listed. The one I was desiring was mucinex. That’s not a problem. We went straight to the big box store and hopped in line at the pharmacy to get something for a stuffy nose and cough. I know it’s been around a while, but it’s a good reminder to try this and see what the state has done. This stuffy nose is now a state issue – complete with driver’s license and verification of address. As memory serves, this was adopted to help fight the drug trade. Has any of that trade been diminished by this? I know, bad question. Similar to getting groped in the airport. Has a single terrorist been caught by all this violation of the 4th amendment? (compare to what passengers have done) What is does do, is provide the state with personal information of where we had a cold, with what currency the medication was obtained and if it was a card of some sort, be able to match this to other purchases and create a profile. Anyone want to bet me they are not doing this? grrrr
19 September, 2014
Siblinginbox sent the following:
The Constitution has experienced somewhat of a resurgence in the last several years, perhaps because of the polarization of political opinions in the United States as well as attempts by presidents from both parties attempts consume more power for the executive branch. The revelations about National Security Agency, efforts to censor speech, expand gun control laws are just the tip of the iceberg of attempts to trample the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.
In his presidential proclamation marking Constitution Day, President Barack Obama offered some insight into how he views the Bill of Rights. “Our Constitution reflects the values we cherish as a people and the ideals we strive for as a society,” Obama said in the release. “It secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.”
Notice that zero removed the proper name of this that was even ensconced in the title. Take a moment to consider the attack he just perpetrated. By using that word, zero is trying to remove the position of God in our country.
What is a right? It is that given by God enjoyed by the individual and not under subjection by the state. That’s why our founders used the big ideas of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Note that these are each characteristics for the individual and not subject to the labors of another. (On that note, realize that health care cannot be a right as it is totally dependent upon the labor of another.) That which is truly a right is what gets defended, even when we disagree totally with the response the other individual has in a situation. From this comes the statement: “I don’t agree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” That is application of a right. A privilege is the key presented to me as an employee of the business. I now have the privilege to enter the building at will as I have access. The authorities may remove that privilege and I lose my key and the abilities given thereby. This is the level at which zero presents our Constitution. Not as a recognition of God given rights which are to be defended against all enemies foreign or domestic, but rather a privilege which can be doled out by those in authority to underlings. Hear the socialism in this voice: “demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.” Only Marxism demands that – from each according to his ability to each according to his need. The needy are in the best position in this scenario, therefore, every country under this mindset suffers.