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Playing Hardball on a Government Shutdown Is the only Short-Run Way to Make Fiscal Progress

I haven’t written much about the budget fights over a government shutdown, Obamacare, the continuing resolution, and the debt limit for the simple reason that the battles are mostly about politics and strategy rather than policy. At the risk of oversimplifying, here’s what’s happening. On one side are those who want to use the debt […] . . . → Read More: Playing Hardball on a Government Shutdown Is the only Short-Run Way to Make Fiscal Progress . . . → Read More: Playing Hardball on a Government Shutdown Is the only Short-Run Way to Make Fiscal Progress

GOP delays Obamacare, funds government: Let Obama shut it down

The GOP needs a government shutdown to re-establish GUT-bone fides with the American people. Republicans should allow President Obama to shut down the government on behalf of his Big Business and government employee friends to whom he has granted exemptions, subsidies and delays. Soon after his first inaugural in 2009, President Barack Obama demanded that health care reform be passed quickly to ensure a robust recovery | Read More » . . . → Read More: GOP delays Obamacare, funds government: Let Obama shut it down . . . → Read More: GOP delays Obamacare, funds government: Let Obama shut it down

A survey worth taking

Conservation Minnesota says their priorities are your priorities. They’ve put this survey together, theoretically to record Minnesotans’ opinions. I highly recommend you do that. Here’s a sampling of their questions: Protecting lakes and rivers from sulfide mining pollution. Replacing dirty coal with clean, renewable energy. Investing in energy saving transit and transportation systems. I don’t […] . . . → Read More: A survey worth taking . . . → Read More: A survey worth taking

STOP THE PRESSES: SNL makes fun of Obama and Obamacare! (Video)

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On the Stupidity of Humans: the Basics

I’ve extracted here heavily and thus what I’ve given you looks like bald assertions, if you follow the link you will find the background for the assertions that will make you understand them better. Is this real research? I have no idea but, it makes more sense than a lot of research I’ve read. Enjoy […] . . . → Read More: On the Stupidity of Humans: the Basics . . . → Read More: On the Stupidity of Humans: the Basics

Don’t take Sierra Club’s accusations seriously

Rep. Jim Newberger’s op-ed in this morning’s St. Cloud Times highlights how out-of-state special interests, with allies within Minnesota, want to make electricity more expensive and less abundant. Rep. Newberger’s op-ed highlights the lies the Sierra Club is willing to tell to get their way: First, the Sherco power plant is not “dirty,” nor does […] . . . → Read More: Don’t take Sierra Club’s accusations seriously . . . → Read More: Don’t take Sierra Club’s accusations seriously

Gov’t shutdown will be Democrats’ fault

Despite the Democrats’ spin otherwise, the looming government shutdown will be their fault. Tonight, Republicans voted to keep the government open while attaching a provision that would delay the start of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Here’s the White House’s response: The White House on Saturday said President Obama would veto the House GOP’s […] . . . → Read More: Gov’t shutdown will be Democrats’ fault . . . → Read More: Gov’t shutdown will be Democrats’ fault

Malpractice Analogies: If Barack Obama was a…

Presidential malpractice? Obama opens a line of communication to rogue nation Iran in the hope that diplomacy will stop that country’s nuclear weapons program! As is the case with basically everything that this President does do or chooses not to do… . . . → Read More: Malpractice Analogies: If Barack Obama was a… . . . → Read More: Malpractice Analogies: If Barack Obama was a…

ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours

Below, is an insightful post, from The Investors.com website, which includes a list of 313 employers, both Private and Public, who claim to have scaled back on personnel, and work hours, due to the employer mandate portion of the so-called, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours . . . → Read More: ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours

Are Government Schools a Form of Child Abuse?

I’m a big fan of school choice. If we bust up the government education monopoly and create a competitive education market, we’ll get a much better education system at much lower cost. This isn’t just idle theorizing. The evidence shows that competition produces better results. That will be especially good news for children from poor […] . . . → Read More: Are Government Schools a Form of Child Abuse? . . . → Read More: Are Government Schools a Form of Child Abuse?

19 US Senators Declare “Game on!” Shot Heard ‘Round the World

A Liberty caucus was just formed, and will grow by going directly to the American people. . . . → Read More: 19 US Senators Declare “Game on!” Shot Heard ‘Round the World . . . → Read More: 19 US Senators Declare “Game on!” Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Dvorak’s Use of Dynamics Enhances His New World Symphony

In classical music, dynamics means the volume [soft/loud] used in a piece of music.  This was not used as much [to the degree] in the Baroque period of music as in the classical and romantic eras. The two basic dynamic markings are soft, marked … . . . → Read More: Dvorak’s Use of Dynamics Enhances His New World Symphony . . . → Read More: Dvorak’s Use of Dynamics Enhances His New World Symphony

Heritage Saturday

I like both of these and want to share them with you. First is Technology and Tyranny And I’ll bet you heard that Kerry signed the UN Arms Control treaty this week, find out more about it. Have a good day. Related articles UN arms regulation treaty irrelevant to U.S. domestic gun control – expert […] . . . → Read More: Heritage Saturday . . . → Read More: Heritage Saturday

Politically Incorrect Look at Aspirin under Obamacare!

ASPIRIN ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . Effective Jan 1, 2014, aspirin will be heavily taxed under Obamacare. The only explanation given was that they are white and they work. No other reason was provided. … . . . → Read More: Politically Incorrect Look at Aspirin under Obamacare! . . . → Read More: Politically Incorrect Look at Aspirin under Obamacare!

TPC Week in Review! (September 21-September 27, 2013)

The Political Commentator Articles for the Week of September 21 – September 27, 2013 This weeks articles at TPC ran the gamut from the predictable look at Obamacare, a PSA on testicular cancer, strippers going to court to receive minimum wage from … . . . → Read More: TPC Week in Review! (September 21-September 27, 2013) . . . → Read More: TPC Week in Review! (September 21-September 27, 2013)

A Tribute to Old Glory – by one of the people we’re fighting for at home while they fight for us abroad

If you’ve served in the military, you’ve heard it read at some point: “My Name Is Old Glory”, read at retirement ceremonies, change of command, and funerals. Never gave much thought to the origins of the poem, until I saw the video below. Read by Chief Logistics Specialist (SW/AW) Renold Thomas of the USS Theodore Roosevelt […] . . . → Read More: A Tribute to Old Glory – by one of the people we’re fighting for at home while they fight for us abroad . . . → Read More: A Tribute to Old Glory – by one of the people we’re fighting for at home while they fight for us abroad

Are Science and Human Nature at Odds in Climate Change?

“Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time,” says Thomas F. Stocker, co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations-sponsored group of scientists who presented their rather definitive report on September 27, 2013. “In short,” Stocker observed, the anticipated change “threatens our planet, our only home.”[1] Not only are the stakes painfully high; human nature itself must come through, perhaps beyond its very nature, for homo sapiens species to make it through the twenty-second century.

The natural human proclivity to seek a (schizogenic) maximum rather than be content with sustaining an equilibrium steady-state had been all too evident in production management alone during the industrial revolution. So too was the human approbation of instant gratification, including attempts to obviate the costs incurred. Accordingly, the 2013 report provides the rather unwelcome news that “(h)uman influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes.”[2]

                                                     The red and purple areas saw increases in avg. temps. Image Source: IPCC

In fact, the report claims, “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”[3] Reflecting advances in the science (e.g., the models), the report “finds a 95 to 100 percent chance that most of the warming of recent decades is human-caused, up from the 90 to 100 percent chance cited in the last report, in 2007.”[4]  Even as the confidence in these findings is improved by 5 percent, such clarified empirical knowledge does not necessarily translate into a brighter future.

 

To continue on to the forecast and an anthropological explanation for why we have let the problem get worse, please go to “Are Science and Human Nature at Odds in Climate Change?


[1] Justin Gillis, “U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions,” The New York Times, September 27, 2013.
[2]Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis,” The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Gillis, “U.N. Climate.”

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The Latest Leftist Ididocy – Allen West , ‘Anti-Semite’ !?!

When you write on a site like this, and you look at news coverage regularly and with even a pretense of objectivity, one thing becomes clear pretty quickly. Unless it’ simply too outright in-your-face blatant to be ignored (and many times, even if it is), political or media figures on the Left can get caught mouthing outright stupidity, lying openly, stealing, committing fraud, serially abusing women, engaging in racism or numerous other types of disreputable behavior and get a pass provided they’re down for the Leftist agenda. At worst, when it can’t be ignored or spun, it gets buried pretty quickly.

On the other hand, when it comes to folks on the right of the spectrum, anyone the Left perceives as a political enemy, even the slightest hint of a misdeed makes headlines for weeks. And if there’s isn’t really anything there, the Left will cheerfully make it up and trumpet it anyway. That’s especially true when the target is articulate and seems to be gaining some traction. The examples of this are too numerous even to mention.

I happened to run across this item from the Soros-funded galley slaves over at BuzzFeed..just look at this headline:

“Allen West Out At PJ Media! Sources say he had an anti-Semitic exchange with a staffer, calling her a “Jewish American princess.”

Gasp!!! Horrors!!

Ordinarily I would just laugh, shake my head and move on. The idea of Colonel West being a Jew hater is so hysterically funny that it could almost pass for an Onion headline.

But then, checking my spam file, I find a number of comments from Leftist trolls. like this one:

So it looks as though Allen West got caught calling a woman a ‘Jewish American princess’. What a dilemma for Rob! Does his love for the moron West trump his pretend outrage over anti-Semitic slurs? I have my money on West – he himself would probably tell you that Jews have no principles… Ha!

Yes, believe it or not, we have an anonymous Jew haters accusing someone else of being a Jew hater! Talk about projection.I found about five of them in my spam pile, all as comments for different articles and all sounding suspiciously alike.

In the first place, knowing that in fact Colonel West is about as anti-semitic as I am, the idea that this is a ‘dilemma’ is pretty comical:

He was speaking an event commemorating the first full year of weekly rallies in support of Israel held at Broward Boulevard and Northeast Third Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida…where Colonel West put his body on the line for what he believes in – again.

BTW, the pro-Hamas rally he mentioned featured Arabs and Hamas groupies screaming ‘Jews to the gas!’ and made news all over the blogosphere.

This hero is who a bunch of Leftist trolls and media sycophants are calling ‘anti-semite’.

So according to the Soros slaves at BuzzFeed, what actually went down? When you actually read the turgid nonsense beneath the lurid headlines, what’s there’s an internal memo BuzzFeed got hold off that states that he wasn’t actually fired from PJ Media, but merely changed jobs to something less time consuming in order to focus on getting back into Congress. Which makes a lot of sense, when you consider it.

The stuff about West being ‘fired’ because of an altercation between West and a staff member whom he may or may not have called a “Jewish American princess” came from an anonymous sources or maybe from a particularly good marijuana spliff the writer was smoking. All the media savvy West said when BuzzFeed called him for a comment is that there was an altercation and that he was in the process of transferring jobs at PJ Media anyway to focus on politics.

I know Aubrey and Joyce Chernik, who are involved in funding PJ Media slightly (both wonderful people, proud Jews and committed pro-Israel Zionists), and I was thinking about e-mailing Joyce to see if there was anything at all to this. Lo and behold, before I got the chance there was an e-mail from Joyce in my inbox letting me know something I already was sure of, that this was absolute BS.

And what if there was an altercation? Things like that happen at companies all the time when people lock horns. So what? And the “Jewish American princess” nonsense? Again, if it even happened, so what? The species exists among Jews, I assure you, just as it does in most ethnic groups.

Al Sharpton can call Jews ‘diamond merchants’ , consort with known anti-semites and incite a pogrom where Jews are murdered, and no one in the media would refer to him as the anti-semite he is. Obama UN Ambassador Samantha Power could smirk when she called for a cutoff of all ties to Israel, and an invasion by U.S. forces to ethnically cleanse Jews from their homes in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria even though it would ‘upset a politically influential domestic constituency.’
No one in the media referred to that as Jew hatred, even, amazingly, some Jews of the J-Street persuasion.

But I guarantee you that Col. Allen West will be slagged with the ‘anti-semite’ label whenever he runs for office in the future.

This is an excellent example of how the Left and their allies in the media use bogus narratives as propaganda.

As for Colonel West, he’s faced far worse than anything these creeps can dish out and come up on top, smiling. It took blatant redistricting, $5 million of George Soros money and serial voter fraud to get him out of Congress last time, and even then he only lost by 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.

But he learned something. And the next time, he’ll be a lot more formidable.

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May the Force of Political Satire Be With You

It’s always the right time to make fun of our overlords in Washington. Sometimes we can laugh at cartoons, like this portrayal of a politician and lobbyist interacting. In other instances, we can enjoy good jokes, such as the blind rabbit who finds a politician. Or we can be amused by satire, such as these […] . . . → Read More: May the Force of Political Satire Be With You . . . → Read More: May the Force of Political Satire Be With You

A Vote Helps Reveal Hypocrites in the US Senate Today

Some conservatives might tend to be discouraged that 25 Republicans voted YES with Harry Reid for cloture, and gave Harry Reid a way to gut the Continuing Resolution the US House passed over to them. Don’t be discouraged. This vote helps reveal all of the Republican hypocrites in the US […] . . . → Read More: A Vote Helps Reveal Hypocrites in the US Senate Today . . . → Read More: A Vote Helps Reveal Hypocrites in the US Senate Today