Sunday, July 27, 2014

Restroom Editorial Comment

Someone put this sticker on the hand dryer unit at a Jacksonville , Florida, Cracker Barrel restaurant:


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Our Governing Geniuses Are Bankrolling Terrorism

America for all intents and purposes has abandoned its claimed policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

Or perhaps we just finance the thugs without talking to them.

In any event, Hamas, which the U.S. officially identifies as a terrorist organization, governs Gaza, which is getting $47 million taxpayer dollars from the Obama Administration.  

The money, of course, supposedly is to be used for "humanitarian purposes."  However, money is fungible, which means that our money will be used to provide food, shelter, and medical care for the residents of Gaza, thus freeing up other funds that the terrorist government otherwise would -- to some extent -- have to use for those purposes.  And the freed up funds can, are, and always will be used to finance and provide arms and ammunition and other lethal tools for the terrorist trade -- activities that are the raison d'etre of Hamas, which is committed to extinguishing the State of Israel and killing its people.

On top of that, our 'leaders' now appear to begging the bloodthirsty gang to take more of our money in exchange for stopping -- for a smidgen of time -- their rocket attacks on Israel.  Here is the capsule summary  report from today's edition of The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and its allies are working on a Gaza truce plan to assure Hamas its economic demands will be met if it stops rocket strikes on Israel. 

Terrorism is a great business.  You take money from people who supposedly won't negotiate with you and attack your neighbor . . . and then the same people who lavish their citizens' money on you beg you to take more to stop the attacks. . . even if only for a little while.

Who says there is no such thing as perpetual motion?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Conveniently Forgtten History


Recognize and Abandon Every Faulty Premise


It was on an early April cab ride way back when New York City taxi drivers still spoke English that I learned to truly understand and appreciate the meaning of the term “faulty premise.”

My cabbie had responded with an expletive to a radio broadcast of the annually repeated news report about the indictment of some alleged tax cheat and the ensuing comments of the IRS Commissioner.

“Did you ever hear such  b_ _ _ s _ _ _,” exclaimed my driver, referring to the tax agency boss's claim that cheating increased the burdens of honest taxpayers.

My demurrer that the claim seemed credible, instantly transformed the cab driver, who until then had seemed to be a  “dese” and “dem” tenement kind of guy, into a sophisticated and articulate debater.  “It’s based on a faulty premise,” he snorted.  “It assumes there is some finite number of dollars, some limited amount of money that the government assholes will spend.”

“The fact,” he continued, “is that there is no limit to what they'll spend.  They will spend every dollar that they can lay their greedy hands on . . . everything that they can collect in taxes and fees as well as everything more that they can beg, borrow, or steal.  So even if nobody cheats, they’ll still get everything they can from every one of us.  God bless those who find a way, any way to escape their grubby grasping paws.”

(In those days the burdening of future generations was somewhat curtailed by actual efforts to set priorities and limit government spending to what was expected (with unrealistic optimism) to come into its coffers.  And just printing greenbacks had not yet come into vogue.)

In any event a similar faulty premise underlies and dooms the so-called “peace process” in the Middle East.

We somehow have been led to pretend that if we can get a party openly intent on murder and his intended victim to talk with one another, they will reach some kind of accord . . . that the intended victim can be induced to give up enough of what he holds to satisfy his would be killer's blood lust, notwithstanding that the latter, after accepting everything offered to him, continually professes openly that he never will be satisfied with anything other than his “negotiating partner’s” death.

That is why we keep going back to history’s longest running farce – the Middle East “Peace Process” in which Israel constantly gives or offers to give to the Palestinians bits and pieces of its country, hoping that at some point the latter will recognize and accept its right to exist.  On the other hand, their Palestinian “negotiating partners” are happy repeatedly to (i) accept everything offered to them, and yet (ii) constantly demand more as well as the extinguishment of the State of Israel.

It is long past time to abandon the faulty premise and for – to resort to a current phrase – a fundamental reset in the process.

To restart it on a sound basis, open and public recognition and acceptance of the State of Israel by the Palestinians has to be established as a firm and nonnegotiable starting place, a precondition for any resumption of negotiations.  Anything and everything else then can be the subject of subsequent negotiations.

Dear Mr. Obama . . .

So, Mr. President,  how's that reset with Russia working out?

Enjoying the snuggle with the bloodthirsty barbarian from the KGB?

Our Last Admirable and Respectable President

While I had little in common with Harry Truman politically, I miss him . . . particularly because we have not had a national leader like him since he left the White House.

He was a normal very human American -- a decent and modest man, a gutsy and unusually honest politician.

He embodied what America used to be, and I fear we will not see his like again.

Readers of this blog -- older ones as a reminder of what the nation was and now has lost, and younger ones to learn a bit about their disappearing heritage -- would do well to read Matthew Algee's charming book Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure; the True Story of a Great American Road Trip, as well as Peggy Noonan's excellent Wall Street Journal column Politics in the Modest Age, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our Basic Problem

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. 
. . . John Adams

Aircraft Shootdown Murder(s)

Am naturally outraged and over-the-top angry over the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner from the skies over the Ukraine and the murder of the almost 300 people on it, and it is clear  that Russia and Vladimir Putin bear responsibility for the travesty.
 

However, rationally reflecting on the horrific event has led me to recognize that governments, including our own, murder people.

Although the number of lives lost was two-thirds of one percent of those in the Ukraine disaster, the horrific event brought to mind the 2001 murders of an American missionary woman, Veronica Bowers, and her seven-month old daughter,  Charity, by our government, which had the small plane in which they were heading home shot down in South America.  Mrs. Bowers’ husband, their six-year-son, and their wounded pilot survived both the crash and their subsequent strafing by the Peruvian Air Force jet that our CIA (through outsourced private contractors) directed to attack them.  A pretty good account of that travesty can be found by clicking here.
     
Despite the difference in the number of resulting deaths, the moral quality of the act was no different.  Furthermore our Congress previously had formally recognized and approved such grotesque actions by enacting a law absolving the government and its contractors from any liability for shooting down planes like the one that carried the missionary family (as well as some stuffed animal toys like those so poignantly scattered about on Ukrainian soil).


The sad fact is that governments kill people . . . historically their own people more often than not.  They do so both accidentally and intentionally.   How many innocent American victims like Donald Scott, whose name you can Google for just one example, have been killed in mindless no-knock SWAT team drug raids?  What about Wounded Knee, Waco, and Ruby Ridge?  There probably will be many more such incidents as Officer Friendly is being replaced by our increasingly militarized law enforcement agencies . . . real jack-booted thugs.  So we hardly can feel superior, smug, or self-righteous even about such things as the shocking propensity of Putin’s journalistic critics for tumbling from high roof tops in Russia. 


Large, powerful, and unaccountable organizations like governments will always do evil things as long as those in charge of them have no reason to fear any meaningful personal retribution.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Why NBC Booted Leno



WHY NBC GOT RID OF THE FUNNIEST MAN
ON LATE NIGHT - JAY LENO

News is leaking out from Hollywood executives in-the-know that the Obama White House had been leaning on, pressuring executives at NBC for the last two years to replace Jay Leno because the comedian was criticizing President Obama every night. Obama didn't like it and considered it a racist attack on him.

Since his inauguration in Jan. 2009 Obama had enjoyed three years of very, very friendly routines from all the late night comics on ABC, CBS, and  Leno at NBC - there was no criticism at all.

But after data came to light that $100's of millions had been spent on First Family vacations during a recession, Mrs. Obama's unpopular new laws that changed food in America's schools and other negative news including the disastrous Obamacare rollout & website mess, Jay Leno took his comedy to a different level and his ratings skyrocketed - none of the other comics were so bold.

THESE ONE-LINERS MIGHT BE THE REASON NBC GOT RID OF THE FUNNIEST MAN ON LATE NIGHT - JAY LENO

Of course NBC was on board when Jay Leno went after Republican George W. Bush every night for 8 years but they couldn't stomach the fact that Leno's jokes about Obama were always right on target about the first black president...and left-leaning Democrat executives at NBC were being harassed by Obama himself who thought the comedy was a racist attack on him.

GOLDEN OLDIES FROM JAY:

"I was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don't want to get audited by the IRS."

On NSA surveillance:

"We wanted a president who listens to all Americans - now we have one."

On a new IRS commissioner: "He's called 'acting commissioner' because he has to act like the scandal doesn't involve the White House."

On closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorists: "If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month."

Concerning the Benghazi, Associated Press, and IRS scandals:"Remember in the old days when President Obama's biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?"  

On Obama saying he didn't know about the IRS scandal: "He was too busy not knowing anything about Benghazi to not know anything about the IRS."  

"The White House has a new slogan about Benghazi : Hope and change the subject."

"It's casual Friday, which means that at the White House, they're casually going through everybody's phone calls and records."

"It is not looking good for President Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth."

"Fox News has changed its slogan from 'Fair and Balanced' to 'See, I told you so!'"

On Obama's commencement address: "He told the young graduates their future is bright unless, of course, they want jobs."

On a Chicago man who set a record for riding a Ferris wheel:"The only other way to go around and around in a circle that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi."

On White House claims of ignorance on the scandals: "They took 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' out of the Pentagon and moved it into the White House."

Now the last and I think best!--

"These White House scandals are not going away anytime soon. It's gotten so bad that People in Kenya are now saying he's 100 percent American."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Snippets of Wisdom


Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power.  The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.  There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.  They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
. . . Daniel Webster

While legislation obviously is political, we now have allowed regulation to become politicized, which we believe will likely lead to some bad outcomes. 
. . . Jamie Dimon

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
. . . Charles Peguy
 

Remember the Good Old (Pre-Obama) Days?


Wouldn't It Be Interesting?

What if large numbers of Americans next April claimed to be unable to file income tax returns or pay any income taxes?  

What if they instead sent apologetic letters to the IRS explaining that they could not complete a return or calculate what, if any, taxes they owed because the information necessary to do that had been stored on, but disappeared from their computers . . . and furthermore the information could not be recovered because their hard drives had been destroyed and recycled?  In addition,  the information could not be retrieved from its half-dozen original sources because, lo and behold, each of the sources' computers coincidentally had be wiped out by similar catastrophic malfunctions.

The smashed hard drives could be submitted with the letter, which also might include an invitation for the IRS to attempt to recover the data.

This would have the potential for bringing down the entire rotting and corrupt structure that the American government has become.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Human Progress ? ? ? ?

Not too many generations ago war was a limited affair involving relatively few people.  

When a ruler went to war, he marched into battle at the head of a column of his retainers. Subservient noblemen perhaps supported him by leading their own retainers into the fray.  Relatively few people were involved and the carnage, though horrendous, was limited.

Today, decisions to go to war are made by aging politicians who then, ensconced in sumptuous situation rooms partaking of fine food and drink, watch the offspring of lower economic classes shed their blood and endure the privations inherent in their assigned missions.

Personally, I prefer the old way -- requiring those with war making authority to risk their own skins and the skins of their own children in the game.

In addition, the limited wars of old seem to me to have been preferable to the wars we have today that with modern weapons wreak widespread and unlimited havoc and destruction on people who just want to be left alone to live their lives. 

What all of this boils down to is the possibility that our species in some respects has not progressed but instead actually has regressed.

But then, our current popular culture suggests that evolution also is a two way street and that homo sapiens have been devolving in recent decades.

On the Hotseat, Arrogant Sanctimonious IRS A _ _ hole


Friday, June 20, 2014

Truism Applicable to Our Government


What If?

What if next April, instead of filing income tax returns and paying income taxes, multitudes of Americans sent to the IRS apologetic letters explaining that they could not prepare any returns or calculate what, if any, taxes they owed because of crashes and subsequent destruction of the hard drives of their computers?  Furthermore, the apologetic missives might explain, efforts to retrieve the necessary data from the information's half-dozen or so original sources had been thwarted because each of the sources' computers had coincidentally sustained similar catastrophes.

Were just a few individuals to do this, he or she would end up in deep yogurt, proving that there is one set of rules for our rulers (those perched high in governmental and IRS officialdom) and an altogether different set for those who are ruled (the rest of us).  Nor am I suggesting that anyone do any such thing as that might be construed as encouraging a conspiracy to break the law . . .  the rulers' rules.

But it would be interesting to see what would happen if great numbers of people followed the example of the IRS . . . even though I have yet to find a single person doltish enough to believe the clownish explanation put forth by the Service for its immaculately disappeared e-mails.  Following the example might overwhelm the system and perhaps even bring down the cowardly and corrupt swinish frauds who assume we are stupid and apathetic enough to accept with docility their rule and any outrageous claims they deign to proffer.

Wouldn't it be fun to show them that Americans have not yet become that supine?

No Sense Watching


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How the Government Created a Sympathetic Welcoming Audience for Edward Snowden's Revelations

An essay in yesterday's Wall Street Journal totally ignored one basic and overriding consideration while offering a defense of America’s intelligence establishment and harshly criticizing Edward Snowden’s leaks of the agencies’ practices. 

An open society can and will tolerate secretive security institutions only if and to the extent that citizens generally trust their government and, in particular, are confident that its official clandestine instrumentalities will not be turned against them.

The U.S. today has a government that:
 

*  Has been staffed at the highest levels by individuals who have cheated on their personal income taxes in ways that would lead to severe sanctions against less favored citizens;

*  Allows members of favored minorities to thuggishly assault and intimidate citizens who are racially less favored, as it did not long ago in the case of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia;

*  Itself engages in criminal conduct as in the Fast and Furious gun-running case;

*  Fails to protect those serving it in hostile foreign environments and then lies about the resulting murders of its employees and falsely attributes their deaths to a nonexistent demonstration over an obscure video, as in the Benghazi case;

*  Allows leaders of its intelligence agencies to commit perjury in testifying before Congress about the extent to which and how their agencies are monitoring the activities and communications of the nation’s citizens, and to not only escape punishment for doing so but also to continue in their high offices; and

*  Uses its tax collecting agency to target its domestic political opponents, to make public for political purposes private information that the agency is legally obligated to maintain in confidence, and continues to refuse to hold  accountable those responsible for such transgressions.

A government that conducts itself in such a way forfeits the trust of its citizens, and no citizen can be confident of not being targeted by any of the government’s multitude of clandestine agencies.   This is particularly true when the government has enacted so many laws and laws of such complexity that any of its citizens can be destroyed by being subjected to prosecution at any time that he of she is targeted by anyone in high office. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Great Fear Behind New Alacrity Decree

California and San Francisco Bay Area authorities have ordered a speed up in the take down of the eastern half of the old San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.  

They want it gone now if not yesterday.

The impetus for the rush is their greatest fear -- that an earthquake may render their pretty new and sparkling replacement structure, replete with multiple defects, unusable while the old one stands unscathed.  So they are insisting on quick action to remove that possibility . . . and guess who is bearing the cost of their alacrity decree.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Not a Government of We the (Walled-Out) People


This is the local (in-district) office of the politician posing as my congressional representative.

Actually the office is behind the thick (bullet and blast proof) plexiglass shield and the reinforced high-security-locked  door, which together ensure that neither my district's member of the U.S. House of Reprehensibles (formerly known as the "peoples' house") nor any member of the local reprehensible's staff ever risks interacting face-to-face with any ordinary constituent.

This is what the "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" has become at the hands of the corrupt sluggish swine now running it.

They fear the people . . . and they should.  So they wall the people out.

Incidentally, at the left end of the counter is a high security box that can be spun around to move papers and other items to and from the inner sanctum and the public waiting room.

Betcha lobbyists, corporate and union bosses, and bearers of big campaign contributions are allowed into the inner sanctum through the security barriers that keep ordinary citizens out . . . and out of, and without any influence or say about our governance.  Such influence and say is reserved for the elite special interest people allowed through the wall, and that explains our government today.

P.S.  The above is a view of the waiting room.  To even get that far one first has to pass through a courtyard replete with armed security guards, some in uniforms and others in plain clothes, and then through an interior security checkpoint that involves an airport-like metal detector with one's photo ID being withheld and even key rings being closely scrutinized.

Parked In My Neighborhood