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Can We Add Agency Law To Our Growing List Of Grievances?

by Flyovercountry ( 94 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Fascism, Progressives, Regulation, Tranzis at March 5th, 2015 - 8:58 am

Tip of the hat to The Daily Caller whose video I did not embed here due to their insistence upon the usage of autoplay, something I view as evil. Please click here, for their story, complete with a recorded phone conversation in which an apologetic banker gets to tell a business owner who had held an account at said bank for over a decade, that the government had forced his account to be frozen for no other reason than the fact that the government no longer appreciates his industry’s contribution to our economy.

Yes, Operation Choke Point is an evil perpetrated by Barack Obama and Eric Holder. The fault dear Brutus however does not lie in our stars that we are underlings, but in ourselves. There are many who would point to the 60’s as the beginning of the Progressive’s gaining their stranglehold on our nation. Some point to FDR and the, “New Deal,” as that beginning point. I’ve heard that our troubles with the progressive movement date back to Woodrow Wilson and his Presidency. However, I would like to point out that the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments did far greater damage, even before Wilson took his position as our Chief Executive. (I realize that the Seventeenth Amendment became part of our Constitution about a month after Wilson’s Inauguration, but it was ratified before Wilson actually took office.) Many experts in our nation’s history will state that Teddy Roosevelt was the first Progressive to affect our national agenda, and granted he gave us a big push in that disastrous direction, and redefined the Executive Branch, but he was not where it all began. This all started with the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887. This was the first victory of the Progressive Movement, and it has grown into the behemoth that allows Barack Obama to act as a man elected to be our emperor, rather than our President.

For those who are not familiar with it, the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 established our very first Federal Agency. This agency was vested with the ability to create its own rules, its own authority to enforce those rules, and its own system to adjudicate the process for any who wished to push back against the decisions of the agency. Quite literally, we had managed to create an entity that had contained within its scope of operation, a body that was vested with all of the powers of governance, thus doing away with the separation of powers. Since that date in our history, any and all legislation has been written purposefully vague, only ever including a desired outcome, with the specific rules to be determined later by either an existing federal agency, or through the creation of a new federal agency. It is With this wonderful exercise of genius that the destruction of our Constitutional Protections began. Agency Law was created with the establishment of the ICC in 1887. It should also be noted here, that it took almost exactly five years for the agency purportedly designed to keep the railroad men from becoming too powerful for the liking of those who lobbied for this legislation, to be peopled entirely with those, “robber barons,” so feared and vilified that the agency was thought necessary. Funny how that works out.

Once that happened, what we see today, even though it has taken 128 years to get here, became inevitable. Give Barack Obama credit for this at least. He saw the potential to simply ignore the U.S. Constitution afforded to him by this set of circumstances, and has taken full advantage of it. All he needs to do is suggest or ask that one of the agencies situated under the federal umbrella, write some additional rules to add to the scope under which they operate, and he pretty much can enact unilaterally anything he wishes to codify as law. Yes, technically such efforts can be overturned by our Judicial Branch, and indeed many of these actions have been thus far. However, our Judicial Branch moves too slowly to monitor or even address every such indiscretion. Even if it were capable of keeping up, Agency Law itself has become so ingrained in our society, such Judicial oversight and pushback has itself become all too rare.

In our history, there have been two Presidents who’ve tried earnestly to do something to put an end to, or at least reign in this system run amok. The first was Richard Nixon, and I’m sure you all remember what happened to him for his efforts. The second was Ronald Reagan, who also failed, and in fact discussed that failure as being his lasting regret.

So far, 26 states throughout the fruited plains have formally adopted ballot initiatives in favor of an Article V Convention for the purpose of proposing and debating Constitutional Amendments. I am most definitely in favor of this. By the way, many of the Liberals in our nation are as well, since they’re convinced that they would be able to alter the First Amendment to, “correct,” the Citizens United Decision.

One amendment that I’d like to see come to fruition would be something to put an end to Agency Law. Consider for one moment what this system has allowed for a President with dictatorial ambitions to do in only the short amount of time from early November until now. Barack Obama has rewritten our Immigration law, repealed the Second Amendment, pledged to unilaterally raise our taxes, promised to confiscate our 401k’s, threatened to fire the entirety of the retail financial services industry, instituted cap and trade, inflicted net neutrality, signed some very questionable treaties without the requisite Senatorial Consent, changed existing law, and all of this done with the statement that he gave Congress the chance to do what he wanted before he did it alone.

Don’t blame the Bamster however. While his actions are bad enough, it was we the people who didn’t realize that gridlock was itself a perk, gifted to us by the founding fathers, rather than a problem as proclaimed by the low information voting crowd. Barack Obama is merely the messenger, who has alerted us to a huge problem, and one that hopefully we can figure out how to correct.

Ronald Reagan campaigned on a platform that included ending the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. If the single most popular President in the modern era could not rid us of the two most unpopular facets of the federal behemoth, as he’d promised to do while campaigning, then what chance would anyone have to actually do something about reducing the size and scope of government? We keep talking about the symptoms, meanwhile, the cancer grows free. Something must be done to reign this monster in, and unless Agency Law itself is addressed, nothing will be successful.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Goldwater Honored

by coldwarrior ( 106 Comments › )
Filed under Barry Goldwater, History, Open thread, Progressives at March 2nd, 2015 - 7:00 am

Barry Goldwater was honored in Statuary Hall in Congress. No one covered it. Not the Leftymedia, not the Rightymedia. This is not surprising as no one on the Left would dare take Goldwater to heart, nor would half of the Right. The progressive infiltration of the GOP over the past 30 years has been sad to watch and hopefully it can be battled back. The Democrats, i fear, are lost forever.

State’s Rights over Fedgov, Smaller government all  round, more Liberty for everyone…

Those ideas cause fear in the Progressives both on the Left and the Right. It means that they lose power over you, they lose power to control you, they lose the power that hobbles America. We are drowning in regulations, bureaucracy, and debt placed by both parties. We lose liberties to Progressives in both parties  who think they know better than you how to live YOUR life.

Barry Goldwater, a Conservative Icon Cast in Bronze

 

WASHINGTON — One of the most important symbolic moments of the new Congress occurred earlier this winter and you almost certainly don’t know a thing about it.

Before several hundred people on the second floor of the Capitol — but virtually ignored by major media outlets — congressional leaders unveiled a statue commemorating the life of an ideologically rigid lawmaker who bent with the breezes of the time; a viscerally partisan political figure who drew pride from his work with opponents; a military aviator dedicated to peaceful pursuits, especially nature photography; and a presidential nominee whose campaign ranks among the most futile of all time but which nonetheless spawned a vigorous political creed.

The remarkable thing about this mere hour during the bitterly divided 114th Congress is that there on the stage were House Speaker John Boehner and minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and both were speaking affectionately, kindly, even sentimentally, about a man who lost both their states in the 1964 presidential election but who won their respect in the half-century that followed.

The unveiling of this 1,700-pound bronze statue in honor of Barry Goldwater was a special symbolic moment, not because the onetime senator from Arizona is regarded as the founding father of modern conservatism, not because he was an early and sometimes lonely supporter of contemporary causes such as gay rights and not because the hard edges of political personalities almost always get worn away by the passage of time. This was an important moment because the unveiling won praise from men and women who seldom agree on anything, and whose view of our national passage — from Mr. Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson to the Tea Party and Barack Obama — run along parallel lines that do not meet.

But in Mr. Goldwater’s time — we tend to think of that era as John Kennedy’s time or Lyndon Johnson’s time, but now we know it was Mr. Goldwater’s time as well — politics wasn’t gentler, but it was kinder. This is no misty reminiscence of times past, a reverie on good old days burnished over the decades. At the moment of JFK’s assassination, Mr. Goldwater said he had had more debates with Mr. Kennedy than with any other man. Then he added:

“He was a gentleman. He was the kind of antagonist that I’ve always enjoyed. He would fight like a wildcat for his points and his principles, but there was never anything personal about it.”

It was Ms. Pelosi, the former House speaker and an accomplished Democratic pugilist, who looked across the statues from all 50 states — two for each — and noted that they “celebrate the full breadth of ideas and principles that have blossomed within America’s democracy.” At the moment she was saying that during a ceremony honoring a conservative icon, I noticed that I was scribbling down her remarks while leaning against the statue of Robert LaFollette, the Wisconsin crusader who was a leader of the Progressive movement, a pioneer in establishing direct primary elections, an opponent of American involvement in World War I and an unsuccessful third-party candidate for the presidency exactly 40 years before the Goldwater campaign.

The Goldwater acceptance speech at the Cow Palace in San Francisco is remembered principally for his much-misinterpreted proclamation that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” (Read that carefully and you might wonder whether in the age of the national security state and the Ferguson riots Mr. Goldwater might have a point.)

Yet from the distance of time and the perspective of 21st-century politics, this might be the more appropriate excerpt:

“The beauty of this federal system of ours is in its reconciliation of diversity with unity. We must not see malice in honest differences of opinion, no matter how great, so long as they are not inconsistent with the pledges we have given to each other in and through our Constitution.”

Mr. Boehner, no stranger to political pressures from right and left, saluted Mr. Goldwater by saying that “the beaten path and the same old b.s. — it was not for him.”

Well, maybe the beaten path wasn’t, but Mr. Goldwater actually had a flair for the old b.s. He was, after all, the fellow who suggested the United States lob a nuclear weapon into the men’s room of the Kremlin and who said that listening to one of his political rivals, Hubert Humphrey, speak was like “trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.”

He railed against Social Security and was no friend of the civil rights legislation of 1964, though he may have been the only one in the Capitol who actually was telling the truth when he said he opposed the measure not because he opposed integration and the rights of African-Americans but because he didn’t like federal intrusion in the lives of the people.

Almost alone in his party — indeed, almost alone in Congress — he supported the right of gays to serve in the armed forces. “You don’t have to be straight to be in the military,” he said on more than one occasion. “You just have to be able to shoot straight.”

A champion of conservatism at a time when it was at its low ebb in the 1960s, he was a choice not an echo — a phrase forever identified with him but actually the title of a book by another conservative icon, Phyllis Schlafley. It was his campaign that brought Ronald Reagan to prominence, and together they changed American politics forever.

So now Barry Goldwater is back in the Capitol, standing among his peers.

Gathered with him are John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster, with opposing views of the sanctity of the Union; William Jennings Bryan, a pacifist, and George Washington, a veteran of two wars; Robert E. Lee and Samuel Adams, who both fought for national independence but of a substantially different kind; Roger Williams and Father Junipero Serra, whose views on religion differed but whose commitments to religious freedom were enduring; and Henry Clay, known as the Great Compromiser.

If they were to walk among our leaders of today — fond as they are of pointless contention, averse to mutual respect — whom might they choose as their neighbors there in Statuary Hall?

He would not be welcome in today’s so called ‘Conservative’ GOP. He would be seen as a threat to the power of the ever larger state that both parties have built.

Mars Attacks: Net Neutrality and a Very Dark Puzzle

by Mars ( 157 Comments › )
Filed under American Exceptionalism, Barack Obama, Blogmocracy, Business, Censorship, Communism, Cult of Obama, Economy, Education, Fascism, Free Speech, government, Guest Post, History, Liberal Fascism, Marxism, Political Correctness, Politics, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism, taxation, Technology at February 27th, 2015 - 1:40 pm

I have been noticing for a very long time now that there seems to be a cohesive puzzle being assembled by the left in regards to the internet. Through time I’ve been able to pick up the pieces of this puzzle, but today with the imposition of new regulations under the guise of Net Neutrality the puzzle becomes much clearer. I believe that the Net Neutrality regulations are the “frame” of this puzzle. Here are some of the pieces of collected through the years, see if you can see the same picture I do.

2011

http://www.wired.com/2011/06/internet-a-human-right/

http://www.dailytech.com/Obama+Reveals+National+WiFi+Plans+Claims+it+Will+Cut+Deficit+by+10B+USD/article20887.htm

2015
http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Obama-Pitching-More-Access-to-Fast-Internet-288518261.html

http://gizmodo.com/fcc-redefines-broadband-to-bring-you-faster-internet-1682516928

And now the new Net Neutrality regulations.

Through speeches since his election Obama has referred to a Free and Open Internet constantly, with stress on the word free. Many time there have been references to poor people who can’t afford internet. This coupled with everything else I posted above paints a dark picture for the future. One of the stumbling blocks for the people who want everyone to have access to the internet has been the fact that the average paying customer has been offended at the idea of people getting “broadband” speeds for free while everyone else has to pay for them. By changing the definition of broadband, the FCC has just managed to open up a huge amount of speed variations that they can now force companies to give away while not calling them broadband.

Second, by reclassifying broadband the FCC can force companies to meet a minimum standard for broadband service, which will require a complete reworking of the internet infrastructure. Where will this money come from ? Well, I figure the government will suddenly appear to save the day the way they did with the banks. There will be massive strings attached. The worst part is this money they will be handing out will already have come from the companies themselves in the form of the new utility taxes and regulatory fees that come with Title II reclassification of a utility. (The speech writes itself, I can already see Obama pontificating on this very subject. “90% of this country are getting below broadband speeds,………. this is a problem,………… a problem that can only be fixed…. by investing in the American Infrastructure”. /insert applause from mindless drones./ “The people of this country…….. deserve better……….and I intend to see that that happens.” As we all know “investing in the American infrastructure is left speak for massive tax hikes.)

There is even more to this than my little conspiracy theory.

Net Neutrality is a horror story in it’s own right. Who here is old enough to remember the Ma Bell monopoly that the government created out of the depression and allowed to run wild until the late 70’s? Well here is someone who does. He’s a member of the FCC’s own commision, Commissioner Ajit Pai.

http://www.fcc.gov/article/doc-332260a5

h/t Calo

In his oral dissent Commissioner Pai lays out exactly why this is such a dangerous set of regulations, and exactly what this means for the future of internet service. It’s not pretty, higher prices, slower speeds, less competition. It’s all there. And the best part? The regulations weren’t even written by the commission. The White House itself created a shadow FCC to write the rules they were going to impose. Here’s some of the people invited in to the White House to regulate the rest of us.

What the press has called the “parallel FCC” at the White House opened its doors to a plethora of

special-interest activists: Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Public

Knowledge, just to name a few. Indeed, even before activists were blocking Chairman Wheeler’s

driveway late last year, some of them had met with executive branch officials. But what about the rest of

the American people? They certainly couldn’t get White House meetings. They were shut out of the

process. They were being played for fools.

And the situation didn’t improve once the White House announced President Obama’s plan and

“ask[ed]” the FCC to “implement” it. The document in front of us today differs dramatically from the

proposal that the FCC put out for comment last May. It differs so dramatically that even zealous net

neutrality advocates frantically rushed in recent days to make last-minute filings registering their concerns

that the FCC might be going too far. Yet the American people to this day have not been allowed to see

President Obama’s plan. It has remained hidden.

This brave commissioner and the other republican on the commission attempted to get this regulation put out in the public eye where everyone could see it and review what it actually entailed. They were rejected by the 3 socialists on the commission. Make no mistake this set of regulations came DIRECTLY from the White House. Once again the President is making rules where he does not have the authority to do so. As an interesting aside to this, within Commissioner Pai’s dissent he shows a whole bunch of evidence and statements detailing how this is going to destroy small ISP companies. Some of the ISP’s that are about to be destroyed…the very Municipal (ie government) ISP’s he was lavishing praise on not long ago.

http://ctmirror.org/2015/01/14/white-house-pushes-fast-affordable-internet-praises-manchester-bristol-in-p/

To really see what is happening take a look at this thank you letter from the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, one of the groups at the forefront of trying to impose Net Neutrality.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/02/fcc-votes-net-neutrality-big-win

What makes this letter interesting is not it’s general obsequiousness but the fact that they acknowledge that there is a vague statement in the regulations that would allow the FCC to pretty much do anything it damn well pleased, up to and including censoring content. (This is the same statement the the EFF has been trying to get them to drop since the regulations were first discussed.) It should also be noted that a year ago when the Chair of the FCC was trying to put into place much more limited rules over Net Neutrality, the EFF itself stated that the FCC had NO AUTHORITY TO DO SO.

The fact remains that the Net Neutrality regulations were a great bait and switch perpetrated on those that pay little attention to what is actually going on. I hope the gamers and video streamers that have been worshiping this disaster enjoy their new slower, much more expensive internet plan. Our only hope at this point is that the courts act on this takeover. (I nearly said unprecedented but I would have been wrong. This is exactly the same as FDR’s takeover of the telecom industry in 1934.)

Strangely enough, probably the best statement on Net Neutrality comes from the Secretary General of the European People’s Party.

EUROPE GETS IN ON THE ACTION: The secretary general of the largest party in the European Parliament is adding to the chorus around net neutrality. Antonio López Istúriz-White of the center-right European People’s Party over the weekend chided President Obama for lambasting European regulations while at the same time calling for tough net neutrality rules from the FCC.

“The president’s position is riven with contradictions,” Istúriz-White wrote in a Financial Times op-ed. “He promotes burdensome regulations at home that could put the development of the Internet on ice in an attempt to protect one set of actors in the ecosystem. In another breath he calls on Europe to follow the very same successful U.S. model he wants to jettison to make life in Europe easier for that very same group of Over The Top players!”

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/overnights/233548-overnight-tech-pressure-building-ahead-of-net-neutrality-vote

Why indeed, does the President want to stifle progress and development at home, while promoting the opposite abroad?

Obama to ban 5.56mm bullets via Executive Action; Update: FCC imposes Net Neutrality

by Husky Lover ( 127 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Fascism, Progressives at February 26th, 2015 - 2:00 pm

5.56MMauto

The Juche style god-king of America is now threatening a very unconstitutional executive action. Under orders from his magesty, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is planning on banning bullets for A-15s as early as this month.

It’s started.

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is putting the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

Wednesday night, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stepped in with a critical letter to BATFE demanding it explain the surprise and abrupt bullet ban. The letter is shown below.

The National Rifle Association, which is working with Goodlatte to gather co-signers, told Secrets that 30 House members have already co-signed the letter and Goodlatte and the NRA are hoping to get a total of 100 fast.

“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s policy and lobby shop. “The NRA and our tens of millions of supporters across the country will fight to stop President Obama’s latest attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.”

[….]

Groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation suggest that under BATFE’s new rule, other calibers like popular deer hunting .308 bullets could be banned because they also are used in AR-15s, some of which can be turned into pistol-style guns. “This will have a detrimental effect on hunting nationwide,” said the group.

Please contact the NRA and your local Congressman to get the ball rolling to undue this illegal act. Guns are the only thing standing between our liberty and a Feudal style tyranny. This is a direct attack on our Constitutional rights to have the means to protect our lives and property. Hopefully, the NRA and other gun groups take the BATF and the Obama regime to court over this. Of all the illegal executive actions, this is the one that threatens our very freedom.

Tell your neighbors and friends to write to their congressmen as well. This is a very dangerous move and if it not stopped, Obama will issue more executive actions against our civil right to bear arms!

(Picture Update hat tip: Daffy Duck)

Besides eroding gun rights, today the FCC imposed net neutrality which is government regulation of the internet.

We did it! The FCC just voted to stop the slow lane!

After over a year of campaigning, decision-makers at the U.S. FCC just made an historic ruling to ban Internet slow lanes.

The stakes couldn’t have been higher: with so many websites based in the U.S., the future of the entire Internet hung in the balance.

Another victory for the Statists.

(Hat Tip: Mars)

 

ESPN suspends Olbermann over Penn State meltdown

by Husky Lover ( 124 Comments › )
Filed under Progressives, Sports at February 25th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Jeffrey Ufberg

We interrupt the normally scheduled Obama sucks thread on a breaking matter. Far left Progressive sports caster and failed pundit, Keith Olbermann once again has meltdown. Although he makes valid points in criticism the acts of Penn State students turning a charity event into festival. Olbermann goes overboard and gets personal.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann for his controversial remarks about Penn State on Twitter.

On Twitter, Olbermann got into it with students and fans over the school’s annual pediatric cancer fundraiser called “Thon.”

[…]

A student sent Olbermann a tweet saying “We Are!” with a link to the news on the Thon.

That’s when Olbermann responded “pitiful.”

That led to multiple tweet to several people including these:

Olbermann-Pitt Olbermann-Pitt2 Olbermann-Pitt3

ESPN suspended Olbermann over his actions on Twitter and put out a statement.

We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.

Even when Olbermann has a point, he acts like a jerk.

ISIS Cages First Seen Rolling Down Madison Avenue at the 2014 Muslim Day Parade in New York City

by Urban Infidel ( 45 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Islamists, Leftist-Islamic Alliance at February 19th, 2015 - 4:00 pm

ISIS Cages First Seen Rolling Down Madison Avenue at the 2014 Muslim Day Parade in New York City

 
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It wasn’t at Raqqa, Islamic State of Syria, in the horrific and monstrous video of the Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh,where cages for humans on pickup trucks made their debut.  It was right here in New York City at the annual Muslim Day Parade on Madison Avenue .

Because the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS are one and the same.

Please click here to see this and much, much more at my full report on the September 2014 New York City Muslim Day Parade!

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Must-see VIDEO of girls in cages

courtesy of the Muslim Brotherhood in New York City.

Bruce Jenner symbolizes the decline of the American male

by Husky Lover ( 52 Comments › )
Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Marxism, Progressives at February 18th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner in many ways symbolizes what has occurred to the image of the American male the last few decades. Once an iconic symbol of the all American jock, Jenner has become a a joke by transforming into a woman.

Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts — ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays and lesbians, remain vulnerable to violence, discrimination and lack of understanding.

“We see transgender rights as the next wave of the work we need to do, after marriage equality,” said Katherine Franke, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.

“Getting protections on paper is important,” she said. “But the day-to-day lives of many transgender people won’t be affected — they’re unemployed, they’re experiencing violence in the streets, in shelters, in schools.”

[….]

His mother, Esther Jenner, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she had spoken with her son about his private and public journey.

“He said, ‘I want to be honest about my identity, and I know this is coming out in the press,'” Esther Jenner said. “He started by saying, ‘We need to have a long, serious talk.’ I am at peace with what he is and what he’s doing.”

[….]

Depending on how Jenner’s story is presented and received, the revelation that a lauded athlete and member of one of the nation’s most visible families is transgender could be comparable to the cultural shifts that accompanied the news that movie star Rock Hudson was gay and died of AIDS-related complications and that basketball great Magic Johnson, a heterosexual, was HIV-positive.

Bruce Jenner’s transformation corresponds to what has occurred to the image of the American male. Once portrayed as as masculine and strong, the image is now that of a hipster wuss. like pajama boy.

pajamaBoy

Bruce Jenner mirrors the decline and fall of the American male. Once a strong jock, now transformed into a woman.

BruceJenner

This is just sad.

Belief In Global Warming Is A Threat To Our National Security

by Flyovercountry ( 105 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Progressives, Regulation at February 13th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post which highlighted the dangers of forcing law enforcement authorities to misappropriate resources by investigating fallacious reports alleging criminal activity. Unfortunately, the Liberal practice of deflecting attention from real problems and towards make believe problems does not end at the borders of law enforcement. It continues into just about every other aspect of our societal existence. The most dangerous of those places of course, at least from an existential point of view, is our National Security.

While we all thought this scene from the movie, “Up,” was cute,

I think we can all agree that it’s no way to run a railroad.

The day before Barack Obama’s most recent bit of Kabuki Theater, AKA this year’s State of The Union Address, NASA and the NOAA trumpeted their, “finding,” that 2014 was the warmest year, ever! You remember 2014 don’t you. Some of us recognize it as the year that ended a month and a half ago. It’s also the year when we first heard the phrase, “Polar Vortex.” That was the Environmentalist’s way of explaining to those of us who make up the sloped forehead, knuckle dragging, anti-science crowd, why it was so freaking cold from mid December through mid April. I also, possessing an adult memory and all, remember bitching about how there was a palpable lack of good swimming days over the summer, seeing as how that season was also freakishly cool as well. So, and I’m only asking the question here, when exactly was it the warmest year ever?

As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who found the claim to be suspicious. About ten minutes after the politicos at NASA and the NOAA made the claim, real scientists began refuting it. The purpose of the lie however achieved its objective, which was to bolster Barack Obama’s poll numbers for his theatrical performance, and convince Americans, if only for a day or two, that our big problem is with Global Warming, and not with those Islamic Thugs hell bent on waging a war against us.

Of course, lost in all of those refutations linked to above is the small fact that both NASA and the NOAA have been caught recently actually fudging the very data that they’d used to confirm those computer models that predict the demise of all life on our Planet to begin with. The official purpose for fudging the data? Glad you’ve asked. It of course, and you really can’t make this stuff up, was so that the confirmation bias used in the predictive models created to make the case that we’re doomed would actually reflect that doom, rather than the reality that the whole thing is a con game with us, meaning you and me, cast in the role of the mark.

Get that? They created a theory based solely on a computer model, then fudged data to confirm the computer model, and told us to be scared because the real data was somehow flawed when it didn’t confirm the computer’s predictions, which just has to be right, because science.

As important as the whole scam is however, is the reason behind the scam, as well as what other nefarious purposes it has become useful for. Yesterday, I was literally inundated with snippets of President Zero’s Vox interview. Apparently, The Bamster sat down with the folks at hard core lefty talking points dissemination central, and managed somehow, to cause them to scratch their heads with his refusal to accept reality. According to the Obama Administration, Global Warming is having a greater effect upon the daily lives of Americans than any other threat faced by our nation today. So, let ISIS alone you riders of the proverbial, “High Horse,” because not only was Islamic Aggression defeated by those evil Crusades 1000 years ago, (which by the way was the actual reason why those wars were waged,) but whether we know it or not, Capitalism threatens our very existence today, or something.

Never mind the fact that every other period of warming throughout world history had heralded wild expansions in economic activity, improvements in living standards for all of man kind, and unprecedented wealth creation. It is a make believe danger which necessitates our very real misappropriation of considerable resources, so that we may pretend to thwart for the good of the Unicorn infested Universe inhabited by our man child President, said make believe danger. What should worry you is that our Chief Executive has made it an absolute point, and he’s not even bothering with any pretense any longer, to deflect our national attention away from real danger in order to scare us with something completely fabricated. Each drone used by the EPA to fly over a farmer’s private property in search of some new puddle to protect after a rain storm is one less drone available to fly over territory controlled by ISIS to protect Americans against maniacs who’ve made human sacrifice a part of their Friday religious ritual.

But hey, why worry so much about what reality holds? All we really need to do to confront our problems in the Unicorn infested Universe is tweet out some cleverly worded hashtag. This is of course preferable to those violent solutions which as any fool will tell you, only begets violence in return. Just ask anyone who’s met a member of the Religion of Peace lately how true that particular bit of sophistry happens to be. Will the last free American please turn out the lights?

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Another Reason To Hate Awards Shows.

by Flyovercountry ( 89 Comments › )
Filed under Hipsters, Marxism, Progressives at February 11th, 2015 - 7:00 am

As far as those self aggrandizing Hollyweird award parties go, I usually hold them in the same esteem as the Super Bowl Half Time silliness. Which pretty much means it is usually time I reserve for licking stamps, cleaning hair out of my comb, or perhaps the all important task of organizing my dog’s Linkedin contact list. I really couldn’t care less about what our show people think of themselves. What they think of me, someone whom they’ve never, met matters even less.

Yet for some reason, every time we see a sporting event on television anymore, we get the teary eyed players of the NFL or NBA pontificating on how you and I need to work on our morals and stop all of the Raping, Pillaging, and other aggressive behaviors that they’ve exhibited pretty much forever. The endless PSA’s from the entertainment crowd are just as annoying, if not more so. There’s nothing quite like a devil worshiping junky telling me that I need to drive a car that uses less of those evil fossil fuels lest I cause the planet to burn, while they travel about the globe aboard a private Gulfstream V.

I wasn’t watching the latest example of entertainment’s self congratulatory reason to get me to hate them even more, so I missed this on Sunday. Luckily, someone at the White House recorded it, and actually thought it would be a good idea to put it up on their own website, rather than hiding it as most people try to do with embarrassing tidbits which so richly exemplify the lack of serious thought. For Barack Obama you see, can not allow for any group to participate in self aggrandizement without showing off his only skill, reading off of a teleprompter.

Ordinarily, I’m all for a President interjecting himself into a piece of highly publicized bit of entertainment in order to steal some much neglected attention which he deserves. Jimmy Carter’s piece of brilliance, pushing his way past Joe Greene during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy after the 1979 season championship, only to have then commissioner Pete Rozelle lift the same trophy over the comically small soon to be Ex-President’s head, is still etched upon my mind.

At least however, Carter didn’t use his fish out of water moment in order to play politics. He left the promulgation of his disastrous policies up to those moments when politicking was at least marginally expected. Not so for the Bamster, who views Orwell’s Big Brother not as something really creepy that we should all be guarding against our Government becoming, but rather as something that he’s aspiring to.

And what was so important in President Zero’s mind that he felt the need to interrupt someone else’s party? Why it was the further pimping out of the, “All American men are rapists and violent,” meme. At least he’s sought help from the make believe experts this time, in order to solicit help for his make believe problem. Now, I realize that I may have upset some of you for pointing out that the problem is make believe, so here are some real statistics to back that up.

Click here to dispel the myth.

Click here to further dispel the myth.

It gets even worse than that however. There has only ever been one peer reviewed study on the subject of false rape allegations. Please click here to read it. As it turns out, a full 41% of all rape allegations have been completely fabricated. So, far from a rape culture in America, we actually have a falsely accuse men of grotesque evil culture.

I guess that in a society where substance has been shoved into the back seat in deference to its completely useless cousin, style, the President’s latest appeal to those whose lives are only made possible by that displacement should not be a surprise to anyone. If you’re going to waste resources tackling a phony problem, who better than phony people to take the lead?

Let us put aside for the moment the hilarity of this PSA being played in front of a backdrop that highlights all of the child rapists and wife beating thugs that make up any Hollywood crowd gathered for one of their black tie parties. This highlights a problem far greater in its destructive power than the Mad Max scenario our President and his supporters are portraying our nation to be. We have a President who is playing make believe with the power of his office. Rather than face and deal with reality, our Chief Executive has just declared reality to be subjective, and signaled that he intends to further misappropriate the vast resources entrusted to his management according to the myth he’d rather be dealing with.

The above points present a triple whammy for police tasked with keeping our peace. First of all, many women who are raped don’t report it for a variety of reasons. Preventing those crimes, and bringing the criminals to justice is difficult for obvious reasons. Secondly and Thirdly, each minute that the police spend investigating the 2 out of every 5 reports of rape that didn’t actually take place, is a minute that they will not have available to them to investigate the 3 out of 5 rapes that did occur. Innocent lives will be negatively affected by this misappropriation of resources, as was the entire Duke Lacrosse Team. Many would be criminals will escape justice due to the same misappropriation. Women who are convinced that justice will not be attained for their attackers will then be even less likely to come forward.

The same will hold true for our nation as a whole. Should we dispatch our national resources to tackle the problem of our nonexistent rape culture, we will have fewer resources to tackle the problems that actually are happening. Illegal immigrants committing real crimes, terror cells actively recruiting on our soil for some of their lovely activities, an IRS that has been weaponized for purposes of criminal harassment of any political opposition, or an EPA that has completely run amok and taken the task of destroying any economic activity to be its mandate, are all allowed to flourish in our society where style trumps substance.

Barack Obama cares, and any who would rather tackle the problems that really do exist rather than those that show how compassionate and caring we can be as a society, are of course in favor of raping and beating women. Maybe President Obama should get Roman Polanski and Bobby Brown to be the co-readers of the next PSA to cover this topic. It would have far more credibility that way, to have an actual rapist and wife beating thug involved I mean.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

They Aren’t ‘Asians’…

by coldwarrior ( 122 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Islamic Invasion, Open thread, Political Correctness at February 5th, 2015 - 12:00 pm

They Aren’t ‘Asians’…these cowards aren’t Hindi, or Sikh, or Buddhist..They are:

 

COWARD MUSLIM MEN

 

Do note how even the article skirts around the obvious. The words ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim’ ares never used. Here is another example of failing to properly identify the enemy. Muzz and Western Civ are not compatible.

 

Rotherham council ignored child abuse by Asian gangs because of ‘misplaced political correctness’, report concludes

Damning report into the Rotherham child sex exploitation scandal finds council riven by ‘bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced political correctness’.

Misplaced political correctness by Rotherham’s Labour led council combined with a staggering culture of denial allowed more than 1,400 vulnerable girls to be routinely abused by gangs of Asian men, a withering report has concluded.

Children as young as nine were groomed, trafficked and raped by members of the town’s Pakistani community, but a desperation to avoid being labelled as racist, meant councillors turned a blind eye to the appalling abuse for 16-years.

Yesterday a damning report, written by former Victims’ Commissioner, Louise Casey, laid bare the true extent of the council’s failings and accused those in charge of deliberately trying to cover up scandal and silence whistle-blowers.

Just minutes after the report’s findings were published the entire Labour Cabinet of Rotherham Council resigned and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced he was sending in Government Commissioners to run things until new elections could be held next year.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) also announced it was extending its investigation into child sexual exploitation in the town to cover a number of “potentially criminal matters” that had been uncovered by the report.

The NCA would not be drawn on what areas it will be investigating, but it is understood allegations of attempted cover ups at the council, will be explored further by investigators.

Ms Casey’s team of inspectors was ordered into Rotherham Council last year after Professor Alexis Jay’s shocking report revealed the extent of child sexual exploitation that had existed in Rotherham since the late 1990s.

Her report, published in August revealed how the victims were routinely let down by those who were charged with safeguarding their welfare.

Despite the appalling revelations and victim testimonies contained in the Jay report, Ms Casey said she had been greeted by a council that was still in complete denial about the extent of the problem.

Describing the reaction she received when interviewing council members, she said: “They denied that there had been a problem, or if there had been, that it was as big as was said.

“If there was a problem they certainly were not told – it was someone else’s job. They were no worse than anyone else. They had won awards. The media were out to get them.”

Inspectors also found there had been a widespread reluctance among officials to address the problem for fear of being labelled racist, something which the report said had helped fuel the rise of the far-right in the area.

Ms Casey wrote: “The issue of race is contentious, with staff and members lacking the confidence to tackle difficult issues for fear of being seen as racist or upsetting community cohesion.

“By failing to take action against the Pakistani heritage male perpetrators of CSE in the borough, the Council has inadvertently fuelled the far right and allowed racial tensions to grow it has done a great disservice to the Pakistani heritage community and the good people of Rotherham as a result.

“This has allowed perpetrators to remain at large, has let victims down, and perversely, has allowed the far right to try and exploit the situation. These may have been unintended consequences but the impact remains the same and reaches into the present day.”

The report also criticised the role of the police in the scandal, stating that there were “numerous occasions when girls were not believed”.

The report went on: “They were threatened with wasting police time, they were told they had consented to sex and, on occasion, they were arrested at the scene of a crime, rather than the perpetrators.”

Ms Casey praised the bravery of whistle-blowers in exposing the truth about the scandal but accused council officials of failing to listen to them.

The report said that the council went to “considerable lengths” to cover up information adding: “It has created an unhealthy climate where people fear to speak out”.

In a statement to the Commons, Mr Pickles said: “Some councillors have not lived up to the high standards expected of those in public life or their positions of responsibility.”

Shadow communities secretary, Hilary Benn, welcomed the proposals and said it was clear the council had been more concerned with protecting its reputation than safeguarding its children.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion also welcomed the package announced by Mr Pickles.

She said what she had read in the report had been “disgusting”, with a new horror on every page.