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So, Yeah, the NRSC has made a game

by Mars ( 61 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Blogmocracy, Democratic Party, Election 2014, Entertainment, Guest Post, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Media, Politics, Progressives, Republican Party at September 1st, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Guest post from Mars:

 

While stumbling the internet today I came across an article about how the National Republican Senatorial Campaign had made a game. So, I of course had to check it out. You can look at it here.

I went to missionmajority.com and gave it a try. While enjoyable the game will invite ridicule on several fronts. One, they attempted to jump on the current 8-bit game fad. In recent years 8-bit style games have made a huge comeback and are the favorites of indy developers. However, it’s pretty obvious from the comments I’ve seen on several sites that this is “conveniently” overlooked by our liberal friends who use the old school look of the game to show how “out of touch” the party is. Two, it’s overly simplistic. I know they want it to be quick and easy so they can get the message across in the shortest time possible, but come on, I wasn’t even really taking it seriously and only lost two lives in the whole game. Finding a balance between simple and frustrating should have been a concern. Three, the soundbites have no context whatsoever. It’s all well and good to have dozens of damning comments from libs, but many of them I was even unfamiliar with and I consider myself fairly informed from the radio shows. How is someone who is just coming in from a link on another site (probably a liberal or at least negatively slanted site) supposed to even know what the heck half of the comments are even talking about.

This was an interesting attempt by the GOP to be hip and engage people, but I think it is far more of a misfire. Something a little more polished and with actual interesting characters and information would have been a far more effective means of reaching out. People don’t mind learning things when playing games, but they want an entertaining experience, not something that would be embarrassing for me to have my youngest child play. I’d like to give them some credit, but I think it’s for the best if this experiment in gamification is quickly and totally forgotten.

I just hope this didn’t cost the donors as much as I fear it did. Right now on Indiegala.com they have the Axis Game Factory Bundle on sale for a minimum of 9.99. With that software a day to gather sound bites, and a couple hours to draw sprites and throw it together, even I could make something better than this. (Though to be fair it will cost more to get the package that lets you format it for a website.) Not sure it would be any more informative, but it would look a hell of a lot better. Maybe a popup with who made the statement, when, and what it was about would help. It also shouldn’t just repeat the same dozen comments over and over, it would be nice to have more variety.

Yeah, Turns Out Those Emails Aren’t Missing After All.

by Flyovercountry ( 239 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Fascism, Progressives at August 28th, 2014 - 6:02 pm

I would call this a prediction come true, except it wasn’t exactly born of psychic ability. Not believing at all in psychic ability, I must also state that it did not even involve a trick of any sort. All it took to see through this bit of attempted chicanery was the smallest bit of high school statistical analysis taught as a part of my pre calculus junior year math curricula. In other words, about 2 seconds of thought, and I could tell that all players involved were lying.

For the record, here’s exactly what I said about the July 20th announcement that in fact, 19 IRS computers had been the inanimate victims of some bizarre hard drive super bug that seemed intent upon targeting IRS computers, (strange, given the fact that the IRS has forced all of America to live as borderline hoarders,) thus erasing all incriminating emails.

For those of you keeping score at home, this now raises the odds against to an astounding 1 in 10^57. We’re talking about a number so large, it actually eclipses the number of stars in the known Universe, all of it. Yet, equally as astounding, this has received no credible coverage on the alphabet media circuit. Thank goodness for outlets like the Daily Caller to actually report on this stuff.

Let me add something here. With a failure rate of 3.5% per year, per computer, the odds of any specific drive failing during a specific week, are 1 in 1000. The analysis of the odds used are the result of a simple calculation based on the manufacturer’s published parameters. For each computer added, the exponent increases by one. So, when the second specific computer needed went down at the precise moment it was needed, the odds of those two melting down in the manner described by Congressional testimony became 1 in 1000 squared. That’s how we get to where we are, with 19 computers, that’s 1000 raised to the Nineteenth power, enjoy!

I’m positive that on tonight’s or tomorrow’s episode of, “The Five,” either Bob Beckel or Juan Williams will repeat that tired old mantra, “there’s no evidence of any wrongdoing here, computers crash and that doesn’t mean they’re hiding anything.” Talk about a statement that makes me want to literally jump through my television and choke somebody. What more do any of us need.

To put the number 1 followed by 57 zeros in perspective, I’m going to propose the following thought experiment. Let’s pretend, just for the moment, that you have a super dexterous tongue. Your tongue, and jawbone for that matter are capable of counting digits at the same rate that subatomic particles vibrate, which would be 10^20 digits per second. putting aside for the moment the happiness extended to your spouse or significant other, let us further pretend that you’ve been counting since the proverbial big bang, some 20 Billion years ago. No breaks or vacations, no meals, and no sleeping, only counting has filled your time. You still, as of today would not have reached a number as large as 10^57. In fact, you would need to replicate your effort to date another 317 Quintillion times in order to reach your target. (If you wish to see this expressed in exponential form, it is 3.17 x 10^20.) Those are the odds that the IRS has claimed happened in a completely random manner.

That analysis, for any still awake at this point was merely my way of calling Bullshit. It is not possible that those emails disappeared, nor even that they do not exist somewhere, and could in fact be easily found, once actually looked for. So, take a wild guess at what the next revelation happened to be.

A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating. And they say it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s emails from that backup system.

So everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives…it’s all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records, but they don’t want to.

And there’s no such thing as Lois Lerner’s missing emails. It’s all been a big lie. They’ve been lying to the courts, to the American people, to Congress. It’s outrageous.

You guessed it, an IRS attorney has admitted that yes, they’ve had all of the emails in question all along, but just didn’t want to let anybody see them. It’s hard to put my thoughts into words at this point. But what the hell, I’ll have a shot or two of whiskey and give it a try.

Crooked comes to mind, as in, “jeesh, these guys make Richard Nixon at his dirtiest peak look like a darned baby piker.” Richard Nixon did shop the idea of using the IRS to target political adversaries, but to their credit, even his closest allies refused to go along with that particular bad idea. He in fact never actually followed through on that threat. The furthest it ever got was a stressed out Alexander Haig putting a drunken soon to be ex-President to bed as he rambled on about using the various levers of power to protect himself. Just the mention of it however was listed as Count Number Two of the Four Counts included in his Articles of Impeachment. Lois Lerner has already admitted to Felonious behavior while serving in her current job at the IRS, specifically, opening the private postage stamped envelope of a sitting U.S. Senator, who also happened to be a private recipient of correspondence sent via US Mail. So, whether or not Lois Lerner engaged herself in criminal activity while heading up her own private fiefdom within the Federal Behemoth is no longer a question. The only question is whether this frequent White House guest participated in other dastardly deeds. The whole, “dog ate my homework,” schtick tells me that the answer to that question is most certainly yes. In any case, the now verifiable fact that Lois Lerner did indeed commit a felony while at her desk provides at the very least probable cause to do some further digging. Even the dullest federal cop would have to be scratching his head by now saying, “gee, maybe we should take a peek about the place.”

Lost in all of this however is the real frustration that we all feel. I know that I personally could find a way to retrieve those emails, along with about 275 Million out of the 316 Million people who make up the citizenry of this nation. It’s simply a matter of going in and printing the darned things off, after a minimal amount of time spent in electronic retrieval. This is not some remotely difficult endeavor requiring a Hal-9000 computer and requisite genius to write a brand new never even conceived of computer program. It is a simple task, that for some reason, even when demanded by Congress and two Federal Judges, finds itself not even attempted. Were this you or I, men wearing blue blazers, Foster Grant Sunglasses, and driving beige Ford Sedans would have long ago burst through our front doors and removed every electronic device, piece of paper, and kids toy with a microchip in search of documents both real and imagined.

And yet, despite the plainly obvious fact that those emails are there, where they’ve always been, combined with the fact that just about anyone who’s ever turned on a device of their own and spent hours on the phone with somebody’s help desk due to an errant click deleting something vital, knows exactly what kinds of steps are possible to retrieve those emails. Yet, the completely politicized Department of Justice refuses to life a finger. Our President has declared that not a smidgen of evidence exists to suggest that anything untoward has taken place, (after by the way he declared that no one was angrier than he at the transgression and that he would get to the bottom of things at the IRS,) and the various Federal Judges refuse to issue an order allowing Americans to just go in and retrieve the emails that we all know exist.

The NSA knows what variety of hibiscus happen to be imprinted upon my daily selection of boxer shorts, yet, retrieval of these emails emanating from the single most abusive lever of government power seems to remain a mystery. And they call themselves a spy agency. I say we employ a contingency of 12 surfing bums from San Diego to go in there and switch the electronic equipment in question on. I’m certain that they could retrieve the documents in question, and it’ll cost a hell of a lot less than the Bazillions that will eventually be charged to the American People in some future government invoice.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Painful Video To Watch

by Macker ( 159 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Military at August 28th, 2014 - 8:00 am

I actually made myself watch Обама’s address to The American Legion, which occurred two days ago. If you think the military’s response was bad due to Обама’s open contempt, wait till you see…no wait! RUN this speech in the background while you go do other stuff.
Here’s the speech:

Shootout at the Cold Stone Corral: The Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Primary

by The Osprey ( 79 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Business, Corruption, Democratic Party, DOJ, Economy, Election 2014, EPA, Eric Holder, Health Care, immigration, Immigration, IRS, Janet Napolitano, Misery Index, Politics, Regulation, Republican Party, taxation, The Political Right, unemployment at August 24th, 2014 - 6:02 pm

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Damn. The Arizona Republican Primary is Tuesday, and I have still not been able to make up my mind who I am going to vote for to be our contender for Governor in November. There are 6 – count ‘em – 6 candidates!

Nicknames in quotes are mine :lol:

I break them down like this:

The Corporates – pushing their experience in the private sector:

Doug Ducey. “The Ice Cream Man” : Current AZ Treasurer. Founder of Cold Stone Creamery, the upscale ice cream chain. Has gotten endorsement of Republican heavy hitters from outside the state – Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, radio talker Hugh Hewitt. On the hand, he has been endorsed by John McCain and there have been questions of impropriety raised around some of his dealings with Cold Stone franchisees. UPDATE: It appears that Doug Ducey has been endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Christine Jones. “Go Daddy’s Girl”: Kind of a dark horse, or should I say, ginger horse. (She’s a red head). Was corporate attorney for Scottsdale based internet hosting company Go Daddy – they of the racy Superbowl ads and Danica Patrick ad campaign. Claims to be for strong border enforcement, but recent revelations of her social media posts from a few years back supporting Obama and other liberal positions, resume embellishments (she claimed to have worked as a prosecuting attorney prior to her Go Daddy days) have made me skeptical of her.

The Politicos – claiming the voice of moderation:

Ken Bennett: “Cool, Calm Ken” Current Arizona Secretary of State. Long term AZ politico seen by many as a balancing force in AZ Republican politics. Presents a “cool calm and collected” image but may be a RINO. Many Arizonans who support Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation of Obama’s document fraud feel Bennett allowed himself to be bamboozled by Democrat officials in the Hawaii State Dept. of Records, and his lack of experience outside government has caused some criticism as well.

Scott Smith: “Mayor McRINO” Current Mayor of Mesa. Presents himself as a moderate Republican. Has a pretty good record as Mayor, but his support of Brewer’s Obamacare associated Medicare expansion which was passed in the dead of night by RINOS and Democrats and his participation in national Mayors conferences heavily influenced by Democrats has left a sour taste in the mouth of small government and balanced budget advocates in AZ. Endorsed by Jan Brewer.

The Lawmen- For border security and state’s rights :

Frank Riggs: “Marshall Dillon” Frank is a California transplant who moved to AZ in 2001. An army veteran and former police officer, he represented a conservative district in California in the Reagan years. This is his first foray back into politics since moving to Arizona. Has the endorsement for former State Senator Russell Pierce, author of SB 1070. A Border hawk. Those who object to him site a congressional voting record that is not quite as conservative as Riggs claims it to be.

Andrew Thomas: “The Boy Scout” Former Maricopa County Attorney. Defended Sheriff Joe’s immigration law enforcement in court, exposed and lead prosecution of various corrupt State representatives and Maricopa county supervisors. This gained him many enemies in the liberal Democrat run AZ Bar Association, who filed a lawsuit against him that while ultimately defeated, nonetheless lead to him being disbarred. He is very well liked in among AZ conservatives, but even many who like him feel that he is “damaged goods” and vulnerable to a Dem lead smear campaign in the General.

My initial thoughts back in February or March favored either Doug Ducey or Christine Jones. Having someone in the Governor’s office with private sector experience could help Arizona divert a lot of those California companies fleeing that state’s regulatory environment to Texas, into Arizona instead.

However, with the Bundy Ranch vs. Fed Gov showdown in April, the ongoing controversy over Sheriff Joe’s investigation into Obama’s document fraud, the “Camp of the Saints”/”Children’s Crusade” on the border, and the threat of ISIS infiltration via the border, has me leaning now towards one of “The Lawmen”. I don’t think the “Corporates” would have enough spine to stand up to Obama and Holder.

Polls are all over the map, there are some in the media who say the race is Ducey’s to lose, but I think there is a strong undercurrent for Andrew Thomas, as an F-YOU! to the Dems locally and nationally.

Curious to hear what other Blogmocers either in AZ or out of state think. We, along with Texas are on the front lines of the border crisis, Obama and Holder have been meddling in our local politics and the economy here has been struggling since 2008.

UPDATE: It appears that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has endorsed Doug Ducey.

Ferguson Proves One Thing, It’s Not Open Season On Black Youths, No Matter How Hard That Narrative Is Pushed.

by Flyovercountry ( 245 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Liberal Fascism, Libertarianism, Progressives, Republican Party, The Political Right at August 21st, 2014 - 8:59 am

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

As Ferguson consumes the new normal in terms of news cycles, one crisis dominating a two week period of time, wiping the continuing crises from our collective consciousness, (remember, the border crisis, Gaza, Ukraine, and Isis are all still out there,) some things have struck me over the last few evenings of riotous stupidity. One, I’d like to formally welcome the strange and logic defying anarchist/communist alliance to the mix. You’ll remember this group of fun loving trouble makers, they’re the two groups that got together and fouled down town areas with their great demonstrations of personal hygiene in the Occupy movement that’s been going on since 2011. They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but commies and anarchists getting together? That takes some real imagination stretching. You lucky people in Ferguson, besides being the inhabitants of a place that used to be a town, now get to live side by side with these people and their antics. There are already several reports of these lunatics attempting to egg protesters into more violent acts, including increased looting, (they want their share of the treasure I guess.)


Occupy Wall Street Protester defecating on police car.

Not to belabor the point, but what ever Ferguson used to be, it will never be again. It may be rebuilt, it may heal, it may even be stronger some how, but it will always be different. Ferguson has been identified as a front in a battle much larger than Mike Brown, and the Police hired to protect the town’s 21,000 inhabitants from the Mike Browns of the world. The rioters are not from Ferguson for the most part. They hail from just about everywhere else in America, and they’re coming for the fun and sport of looting and pillaging, all while sticking it to the Man, who ever he is.

Not lost in the irony of Ferguson and the riots there is the sight of a Democrat Party initiative to register voters who have been outraged by the violence now destroying their community. Like a swiss watch, they have their tent out there on the edge of it all, telling everybody who passes by, “we’re here to help you achieve hopety change.” Lost in the irony of what is happening in Ferguson is the small fact that the Democrats run everything in that community from the Sheriff’s office to dog catcher, and have for quite some time. The Mayor is a Democrat. The Police Chief is a Democrat. The Sheriff is a Democrat. The Governor is a Democrat. The City Council Members are all Democrats. At some point in time, somebody somewhere will be forced to ask, “how’s that hopety change working out for you?”

In our post racial Presidency, that time when the rise of our oceans was supposed to have been reversed, our nation fundamentally transformed into Utopia, and our racial divisions healed, we find ourselves suspiciously embroiled in one racially motivated crisis after another. I don’t know if any of you have noticed this or not, but we here in America aren’t suddenly sitting around hugging each other, smoking peace pipes, and singing, “kumbayah my lord,” in those wonderful drum circles. Harken back to the heady days of 2008, when 51% of a nation was convinced that electing Barack Obama was necessary to heal the racial divisions still being caused by the institution of Slavery, even though 150 years ago, our nation went through the bloodiest war in world history expressly to abolish that reprehensible institution. The term post racial was bandied about like candy being passed out by, “Palestinians,” after the 9/11 attacks. And here we are today, not exactly reaping the benefits of a post racial period in our history, but instead suffering a period in time when our racial divisions have descended to the tumultuous level we survived in the 1960′s. Coincidentally, our President’s rhetoric and agenda also match exactly what was heard from the community organizing crowd largely existing on the fringes of society during that same era of American civil unrest.

One thing should be painfully obvious to everyone though. If one thing has been proven during the last 6 years, it is that this meme of police and white holders of political power running about viciously hunting down otherwise peaceful innocent Black Youth is patently false, fabricated, baloney, and just otherwise off of the reservation silly. For six years, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Malik Shabaaz, and in fact our Attorney General, Eric Holder, have been circling the nation like some species of perverted bizarre racist vultures just waiting for an innocent Black Child to be slain by the Great White Defendant. We’ve had some promising candidates in that time, some wonderful riots, civil unrest, but in the end, the facts have undercut the opportunity to hang a white racially motivated killer out to dry.

In fact, despite true effort to show how truly evil and racist Americans really are, in that six year time frame, not one single incidence of whitey killing a black child out of pure spite has been proven true, not one. It’s not from a lack of effort or creativity either. We’ve invented a new demographic, “white hispanic,” along the way. We’ve attempted to change facts, suppress evidence, and move the goal posts, but in each and every case, the original narrative has been shown to not only be wrong, but a fabricated lie as well. So this leaves two possibilities. Either we are not attempting to round up Black Children and kill them, or we really such at it.

So America, I guess, pat yourself on the back. You’ve remained largely post racial, despite the best efforts of our first Black President, who’s worked tirelessly to drag you back into the civil unrest of the 60′s.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Generation Narcissus: How The Left So Expertly Uses Emotional Blackmail

by Flyovercountry ( 155 Comments › )
Filed under Hipsters, Progressives at August 19th, 2014 - 7:54 am

emotional blackmail cartoon humor: 'If you don't talk to me, Murdock, we'll turn you over to the social workers!'

Some things in life work like a swiss watch. At least twice per week, I’ll read on my Facebook’s bad news feed, a post which begins with something similar to the following, “we’ll see who my real friends are by whoever reposts this desperate appeal for attention.” The implication is clear. “Are you out there world, do you care about me?” Every time I read one of these posts, my original thought is, “where did we as a society go so horribly wrong, how did we create an entire generation of people so incapable of surviving without this constant need for artificial validation?”

As bizarre as the constant need for outside validation, something most of us used to leave behind with those awkward years associated with adolescence, is the incessant need by some, to assure everyone around that, that they care more than others, about anything which has been identified as worthy of care. In this pathetic world of holier than thou instant gratification, not only can can caring about the cause of the moment be quantified, but such dalliances in platitudinous bona fides for having a bleeding heart actually manage to become a contest of measurable tears produced. I once read that Facebook turned everyone I know into teen age girls, and I thought that extremely witty. I realize now that this was only half of the truth. I now realize that along with that awkward and constant need for self absorbed attention, many on Facebook exhibit the emotional stability that would have seen my children chastised at the age of 8, namely the need to show off how much larger their hearts are than all others who dare tread upon the hallowed ground of pollyannaville.

Don’t blame Facebook, they didn’t create this condition, they merely found a way to make a profit off of it. Facebook identified the need for speed validation in our constantly disconnected and wired in society, and invented the better mouse trap to provide the service which satisfies that need. This coin has two sides, one is the constant need for validation at hyperactive rates. The other side is the need to be the quickest and most passionate in providing that validation for others, even those you might not know all that well. It’s narcissism with a twist. It promotes caring for others, but only in such a way that the real reward is being able to tell others how much more deserving of praise one is than others who pretend to care. Unfortunately, in this world of hyperconnected narcissistic caring, facts and objective thought are tossed out the window. What remains is not pretty, once examined in the slightest.

Many of us have been burned by the emotionally needy lover or friend dealing out conditional affection as if it were a natural healthy state of affairs. The phrase, “if you love me you’ll……,” has never, in the history of human existence on our planet, been followed by anything resembling a good idea. The political version of emotional blackmail is every bit as destructive as the original version, people with Borderline Personality Disorder taking to social media networking sites.

“If you really care about the poor, you’ll support minimum wage, government mandated wealth redistribution schemes, support increased government regulation designed to prevent smaller businesses from gaining traction in the market place. Never mind the fact that Minimum Wage in this country got its auspicious start in the Jim Crow South, was a principle tenet of Apartheid, and is not only not a good idea economically speaking, but in fact one of the most cruel and evil things that can be inflicted upon the very group that those rushing to prove that they care more than others do for the poor. Narcissus points will be granted for those with the best protest signs and snarkiest Facebook posts claiming that they’re on board. Never mind the fact that government mandated wealth redistribution schemes have proven themselves to be no where nearly as impactful as private charity in terms of helping the poor, nor that in most instances have been rife with graft, corruption, inefficient administrative problems, or that they create even larger economic problems and thus greater amounts of poor people in even greater poverty due to the destruction of private capital that would other wise be used to create those jobs which help people escape and avoid poverty in the first place. Narcissus point will be rewarded for any who can eloquently describe the evils perpetrated by any who manage to succeed in building a business which benefits their fellow citizens in any meaningful way. Never mind that increased government regulation not only stifle new entrants into the market place which would help to lower prices and increase quality for consumers, but would also increase competition for labor thus having a positive effect in terms of increasing opportunity and wages for the average worker. Narcissus points will be awarded for any who can outdo their fellow liberal in decrying the evils of the man, who run the world through some sort of kung fu like grip granted by the military industrial complex.

In all of these instances, right and wrong matter not, only how vociferously one’s petty jealousy can be articulated. It’s about attaining the self satisfying feeling of being able to claim the moral high ground, WWND, what would Narcissus Do. We’re seeing it in Ferguson this week as well. Never mind that every aspect thus far of the original reporting has turned out to be untrue, you can show you care more than others by calling for the lynching of every cop in the nation even before any real investigation has been started. He was charging the officer at the time, not fleeing. He was shot in the front, not from behind. He was a thug who’d just committed an armed robbery and not a gentle giant. No worries, you can prove your bleeding heart bona fides by calling for the officer’s execution despite any evidence which reverses the white man’s guilt narrative.

Unfortunately as well, those who pimp out these ideas to the masses of lemmings getting in line to follow the leader off of the economic cliff are never held to account for their consequences. Rachel Carson led the movement of self righteous preening fools to ban DDT, all based on her dubious at best emotionally charged book sans actual evidence, and the result was the premature deaths of 50 Million so far in Africa due to Malaria. Somehow, the bleeding heart bona fides are still being granted to those who continue to scream for the DDT ban, even as real science has debunked the Carson book decades ago. The global warming zealots continue to use their faked, (my favorite to date, as the NOAA has admitted to falsifying half of their raw data to match backdated computer models in order to make temperatures appear higher than they actually were over the last 20 years,) science in order to deny Millions in the Third World the life saving gift of a stable electrical power grid. Those nations with reliable refrigeration after all have life expectancies which are double than those nations without it.

All of these forays into obvious evil have been committed entirely so that an unearned moral high ground could be claimed. “I am holier than thou, because my world is ruled by emotion and not reason.” It’s not that Conservatives or Tea Partiers don’t care about the same things, want old people and puppy dogs to suffer, or wish to see hordes of unarmed poor children shot in the streets. It’s just that we disagree with the implementation of policies that will make these abhorant situations worse, won’t solve anything, fail to even mitigate the circumstances decried as worthy of indignation, and in most cases act as the exact opposite direction to something that actually would work.

Those teens working at McDonald’s for minimum wage will in very short order be earning more, will have learned the skills necessary to take on more responsibility, become more productive, and find ways to be of greater import to our society. When we incentivize McDonald’s to replace them with automated cashiers, we’ve risked losing an entire generation of future wealth creators, and quite possibly our next great mouse trap. The real stakes aren’t just those minimum wage jobs, but what they would have led to. Reread Frederic Bastiat, it’s the broken window fallacy rearing its evil ugly head, fat bloated, and beyond recognition.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Obama sucks as a dancer

by Rodan ( 187 Comments › )
Filed under Hipsters, Progressives at August 17th, 2014 - 8:00 am

Obama dances

With everything going on the world, Obama is partying up with the jet set in Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Obama loves to dance and in fact, that was one of the reasons the Hipster set fell in love with him. There are some people who voted for him because he did a dance on Ellen.

For the record, he sucks at dancing just like he sucks at being President. I know some Irish white boys who have more soul than this Hipster clown.

Forfeiture Jackpot: Is Your State Playing This Exiting Budget Fixing Game?

by Flyovercountry ( 178 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Conservatism, Fascism, Libertarianism, Progressives at August 14th, 2014 - 5:21 pm

I saw this one yesterday at Hot Air. It immediately reminded me of a statement made by IronFist over at The Blogmocracy. “Our police have ceased being peace officers and have become simple highwaymen, incorporated into municipal revenue schemes.” I may not have gotten the quote exactly correct, but in paraphrasing, I believe that I’ve captured the sentiment.

We’ll start this one here.

Amendment Number V to the U.S. Constitution:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise
infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of
a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval
forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of
War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for
the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb;
nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness
against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property,
without due process of law; nor shall private property be
taken for public use, without just compensation
.

Please watch the video, and I’ll explain the problem as I see it, the very real danger of the encroachment by our government taking away our Constitutional Freedoms, one by one.

I understand that these forfeiture laws are based on ideas that themselves are good, or at least on ideas that hold an appeal for the majority of citizens. All laws are passed that way. The problem of course enters the picture shortly after these laws are instituted. Laws are written purposefully vague, with the entirety of the rules found within, left to the personal whims of the bureaucratic class put in charge of executing the law.

In the case of the forfeiture laws, and Philadelphia is no where near an isolated case by the way, the public was sold on a law that would confiscate the wealth of convicted gangsters who’d amassed fortunes through ongoing criminal enterprise. The premise was that drug dealers, once convicted would not be allowed to keep their pimped out cars, and rock star homes. In other words, modern day Kennedys would be forced to pay society back for the trouble and loss inflicted via their nefarious activity.

The problem entered the equation when the wealth confiscated from actually convicted drug kingpins failed to approach an amount necessary to pay for the administration of an apparatus meant to deal with the confiscated funds. Roll that over in your mind for a moment. Drug kingpins you see are not necessarily idiots, and as a general rule have some pretty sharp attorneys on retainer. Those attorneys are competent enough to set up foundations, trusts, corporations and such. They know how to place private property in a diversity of names, so that when the time came to divvy up the pie, nothing was left but crumbs.

Now, just like in the private sector, when the guys in suits come around and announce that your particular endeavor is losing money, that you’re job is not paying for itself, or that some more efficient means of accomplishing what you used to do for them has been found, it’s time to either increase dramatically your productivity or start dusting off the old resume.

The question is, with the power of the state behind them, how do you believe bureaucrats might go about the business of dramatically increasing their productivity? The method most commonly observed is to alter the rules to include more targets, increasing scope and authority, and be sure to further alter those rules to include targets who might not have the resources to push back or adequately defend themselves. The rules in Pennsylvania for example were expanded to cover people merely accused of crime, not necessarily convicted. (See the Fifth Amendment above, just for reference.) Also note, that the rules were written in such a way that property confiscated need not receive the same due process, thereby eliminating the ability of those without sharp legal counsel to prevent the government from simply walking in and taking what they wanted, for no other reason than that the government wanted to do so. In the case covered in the above video, we met a single woman, raising her children and grand children. She was simply too busy working to support her family, to fight the full time government which had her convinced that they weren’t evil pricks simply looking for a way to legally screw her out of her home.

Now instead of targeting the gangsters who’ve amassed vast fortunes by flouting our laws, these forfeiture programs are targeting bit players and downright innocent people caught up in having something the cash strapped government bureaucracies want, namely money. What’s worse, nobody voted for the current iteration of this program, the citizens who said yes and were originally convinced, thought the whole thing would be limited to those who were actually proven guilty of some transgression that had damaged society in some meaningful way. More important than that however, what is protecting any of us from being the target of this same loophole which allows any state, county, or municipality to simply take what it wants the next time a budget crises dictates that revenues be raised, or whimsy satisfied?

Literally, there is no limiting principle outside of a Judiciary, one which so far has seen fit to remove itself from its Constitutional duty and authority. The old jokes about some small towns being nothing more than speed traps, while they may have been dismissive of small town life, had some truth to them. The police agencies in many of our communities have been co opted for many years into lucrative money making operations, feasting on the citizens in some sort of bizarre gotcha lottery. Because the penalties involved thus far have not risen past the point of annoyances, even if they’re major annoyances, the push back has never really gone beyond idle grumbling.

That’s the trouble with highwaymen you see, when they get away with stealing a $10 bill, next time they’ll take a $20 bill. Eventually, they’ll work their way up to stealing larger things like a car or a whole house. The tab in Philadelphia so far has been $60 Million, none of which has been paid by a drug king pin.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Russell Brand Uses Robin Williams tribute to smear Fox News

by Rodan ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Communism, Entertainment, Fascism, Hipsters, Humor, Movies, Progressives at August 13th, 2014 - 7:39 pm

Lidane is outrage over some stupid comment about Robin Williams’s depression being cause by an abortion that an ex girl friend had back in the 70′s.

Lidane outrage

As usual, the LGFers are in outrage mode. While they are angry over a stupid comment, they are hypocritically silent at Russell Brand using the death of Robin Williams to attack Fox News.

What platitudes then can we fling along with the listless, insufficient wreaths at the stillness that was once so animated and wired, the silence where the laughter was? That fame and accolades are no defence against mental illness and addiction? That we live in a world that has become so negligent of human values that our brightest lights are extinguishing themselves? That we must be more vigilant, more aware, more grateful, more mindful? That we can’t tarnish this tiny slice of awareness that we share on this sphere amidst the infinite blackness with conflict and hate?

That we must reach inward and outward to the light that is inside all of us? That all around us people are suffering behind masks less interesting than the one Robin Williams wore? Do you have time to tune in to Fox News, to cement your angry views to calcify the certain misery?

Russell Brand using the tragic suicide of Robin Williams to take cheap shots at Fox gets a pass by the always outraged losers at LGF. Then again, Brand is trash just like Lidane and the other losers at LGF.

(Cross Posted @ The Diary of Daedalus)

More On Common Core, And Quite Frankly, All You Would Ever Need To Know

by Flyovercountry ( 176 Comments › )
Filed under Liberal Fascism, Progressives at August 11th, 2014 - 11:24 am

The reason why I suggest that this is all you’d ever really need to know about Common Core has less to do here with what it’s all about, or what it’s really about, or what each side says about the other’s arguments or facts or what have you, than who it is that is speaking out in this particular video. During the entire Common Core creation and implementation, there had only ever been the involvement at any level, two actual experts in education within their respective fields of subject matter. One was Dr. Sandra Stotsky, the other was Dr. James Milgram. Their input was not sought until the validation phase, meaning that not one single expert in the field of Language Arts Education nor Math Education was a participant during the creation phase of this monster.

The involvement of Stotsky and Milgram during the validation phase was little more than a ruse, designed specifically to trick Americans into believing that the goal of Common Core was improved educational standards in our school system. Remember that Stotsky and Milgram were the only two experts ever tapped, and they served on a committee along with 28 others, all of whom were politicos. In the end, both Stotsky and Milgram refused to sign off on the program, and have since been traveling the fruited plains warning American parents about the whole thing. This video is their testimony to the Alaskan Legislature, taken during a hearing on common Core and that state’s adoption of it.

Some of the more striking details you’ll notice will include the fact that the members of the Validation Committee, basically a built in watch dog group, were forced to sign confidentiality agreements promising not to disclose any of the committees workings. The language arts standards deemphasized literature, and substituted informational texts. So, instead of reading Charles Dickens, our kids will be reading Barack Obama’s Executive Orders. Tracts on Global Warming, Sustainability, and Keynesian Economic Theory will replace Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain. Our public, and by the way private schools are being turned into Marxist indoctrination centers, and not one single citizen in our great nation voted on anything that said, “yes we should do this.”

Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the whole Common Core infliction, is the small fact that it represents the entire educational system of the United States being federalized, and then offered as a gift to a few large corporations. This is crony capitalism at its worst. People of the left like to bandy about the charge of Fascism to describe any from the political right with whom they disagree, and this literally is the very definition of a Fascistic endeavor.

By the end of the eighth grade, students in common core aligned class rooms will be a full two years behind those who were not subjected to this foolishness. The scary part of that statement is that according to Dr. Milgram, the real damage occurs in high school. According to Dr. Pesta’s conversation from yesterday on Common Core, our high school students will all be graduating with the exact same skills and completed course work in mathematics. According to Dr. Milgram’s testimony, that level will be Algebra II, and no further. Only 33% of students who’s highest level of math achievement is Algebra II will achieve a four year degree in any subject, virtually none of those students will be capable of achieving degrees necessitating higher mathematics study. Now, here’s the real question, how is lowering the bar from successful completion of a primary Calculus course to Algebra II as the high water mark an improvement in math standards? This literally comes straight out of a novel written by George Orwell.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.