Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Perjury Uncovered

Source: Western Journalism

It looks like we have a choice between a felon and a clown to be the next president, but the FBI is closing in on the felon. Of course, we all know that if she is convicted, Obama can pardon her. And if she's elected, she can't be prosecuted. That's probably why she's so panicked about Sanders winning so much and gets so upset when someone says so. Too bad she can't delete the FBI files as easily as she did her own emails.

At least there's no mystery about Trump and what he's done in the past. We all know he's a blowhard, a petulant whiner, and a misogynist. Everything he is, is disgusting --- but not illegal, more's the pity. Not that that makes him a better choice. It just points out how terrible the state of American politics has become.

What happened to this country to bring us to this point? Where did we go wrong? How can we fix it? Can it be fixed? Are we too far gone?

All good questions, questions we're afraid to ask because we're so afraid of the answers.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Too Little, Too Late

So Cruz and Kasich have finally decided to team up. So what? If they had decided to do this six months ago, or four months ago, even two months ago maybe it would have made a difference. There were more people in the race then, people who could have bonded together and used their delegates. Rubio. Carson.

But now Carson is on Trump's team. And Christie.

Too late, guys. You screwed around and let the Hairdo take it all.

And after Kasich's appallingly embarrassing lecture about Joseph to a bunch of Jewish students of the Talmud -- something exceedingly painful to watch -- I'm not sure it's in Cruz's best interests.

Yep. Trump has it wrapped up nice and tight. The Republican party is about to blow wide open. Cincinnati will be a bloodbath.

Glad I ain't going.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Brexit -- None of Our Business

The Ugly American strikes again. This time it's our prez, deciding he has to comment on whether Britain stays in or gets out of the European Union. I gotta agree with Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party, who told Obama bluntly to "butt out!"

Europe survived for thousands of years before America was established. They'll still be going long after the USA stops being the USA. Obama giving the Brits advice is like a ten-year-old kid trying to tell his grandmother how to suck eggs.

Stick to messing with the internal US social structure issuing illegal executive orders, O. That's what your best at. Leave the adults to handle their own problems.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Obamaphone" Fraud Exposed

Recently, one of the five FCC Commissioners, Ajit Pai, spoke out about a fraud investigation into Total Call Mobile, one of the Obamaphone carrer providers. "There's a lot of fraud that's basically under wraps and that needs to come out into the open. This is only the tip of the iceberg, I expect," he said.

Total Call Mobile defrauded the government of $9.7 million in subsidies from the Universal Service Fund since 2014. That's money from your and my pockets. This so-called "free" program is showing its true cost. Just like any other government welfare program, it is rife with fraud and corruption.

A program that was intended to provide needed emergency channels to the less fortunate has been violated by greedy idiots. The "Obamaphone" is actually the epithet for the official Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers. The program is actually managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a private contractor that should know what's going on with the Obamaphone. 
Guess not.

Worse thing about the whole situation is the FCC was under a gag order about discussing the Obamaphone fraud until just now. There may have been a federal investigation going on, but the reason given wasn't about that. Lifeline wanted it all hushed up until they could announce they were expanding the program.

Which is kind of like saying, don't talk about the bank robbery until we've built another vault.

We wouldn't want the government to lose out on new money, now would we?

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Cuban Reaction

The reaction to Obama's visit to Cuba shouldn't be a surprise. The Castros have cast the US in the role of enemy for so long, it must be difficult to convince the population that the horrible imperialists that have oppressed them, starved them, and basically caused all their problems had changed so much.

The transition from pariah to paisano is going to be tough for Cuba. But it'll be tougher for the Cuban government. Their main bogeyman has lost its teeth. Who will they blame their problems on now?

This happened to Panama when the US pulled out of the Canal Zone back in 1999. For several decades before the Carter administration signed the papers to turn over the Canal to Panama, the Panamanian government had maintained that the US was siphoning off money that belonged to Panama because the Canal should have been Panamanian by all rights. Riots had actually broken out and people died in protest of US presence. To this day, there is still an Avenida de los Martires (Avenue of the Martyrs) named in their honor. When the Panamanian government lost its bogeyman, they found it more difficult to hide the reasons for their national problems. They discovered that, like every other nation in the world, their politicians were greedy and corrupt. Their eyes, shielded by the deception of a false enemy, were forced open by harsh reality.

Now Cuba is about to go through the same thing. With the trade embargo disappearing and more capitalism flooding into the island, its communist government is doomed. It will be interesting to see how long the military will maintain its throttlehold on the government.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bernie the 1%'er

Bernie Sanders is always talking about the 1% not paying their fair share. Putting aside the fact that when "fair share" is talked about, nobody seems to know what that really means, Sanders recently released his 2014 taxes which show that, in spite of the fact he and his wife made more than $200,000, they paid only 13% in federal tax. He complains he's one of the poorest people in Congress.

I don't know about you, but I didn't make half of that and I had to pay 28%.

It seems strange to me that the guy hollering so loudly that the rich are getting away with murder seems to be getting away with murder.

And what's all this about he couldn't release his 2014 taxes because "his wife usually does their taxes but had been busy with him on the campaign trail." I don't know about you, but I just did my 2015 taxes. You would think somebody like Sanders would have had his done by a CPA months ago, especially if he was going to be on the campaign trail.

Just goes to show you once again, you can't trust what a politician says, no matter who he is or what he pretends to be.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I Don't Agree So I'm Not Going

The passage of the so-called discriminatory bills by North Carolina and Mississippi has the left in a tizzy. The bill requires people to use the bathroom designated for the sex in which they were born. This, the left contends, discriminates against the LGBTQ community. They have decided that they are going to abandon their platform of forcing everyone to include anyone they don't agree with from doing business with them so that they may stop doing business with the people they don't agree with.

The left has decided they will join the right in discriminating against those they believe are wrong. Never mind being fair to everyone. Never mind not discriminating against someone for their beliefs. Never mind protesting against forcing people to place themselves in situations that make them uncomfortable or embarrassed. Forget the safe place.

This is just the latest in a long line of actions that demonstrate how the left and the right are one and the same. Human nature is human nature. People object to things they don't like and will do whatever they can to make others miserable until they get what they want.

Nobody ever truly matures past infancy in this country, it seems. To cater to the loudest crying child, we must change everyone's way of doing things. It's the rallying cry of the left, you know...

"It's for the children!"

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Puerto Rico: To Bail or Not to Bail

Puerto Rico is $70 billion dollars in debt and desperately needs relief. They have appealed to the US Congress for help but have run into problems from the Republicans who claim that to give the help would set a dangerous precedent.


So why were the banks bailed out? Why was relief given to New York City in 1975? Bank of America was given $45 billion dollars in 2009. So far, Citigroup has received another $45 billion and may receive as much as $200 billion more. What's a measly $70 billion? And for US citizens in dire need. They may not live on the liberal left or righteous right coasts, but they are US citizens. They pay US taxes. They serve in the US military.

Is it because they're latinos? Is this a case of an entire governmental body being racist? Bail out the old white guys in the big banks but let the little brown kids starve?

Stop being hypocritical. If you're worried about setting a precedent, that ship has sailed. Cough it up, Congress.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Yep, It's a Crime

Much has been discussed about Hillary's email debacle. Arguments about whether or not she committed a crime by using a private email server not on government property in an unsecured location rages today. However, the law is very clear.

It is a crime.

18 U.S. Code para. 793(f) says:

Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

"Gross negligence is a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both." Tell me how having a private server on her personal property isn't grossly negligent, knowing that her email would be going through it. And, although the story about the server being stored in a bathroom has since been denounced as inaccurate, as the Secretary of State of the United States, how could she believe that every bit of communication would be secure if it wasn't on government property? 

The argument that other officials have used private servers does not legitimize her actions. It only points out a massive flaw in the system. Somewhere, sometime, this practice has to stop. Whether or not Hillary is prosecuted, this kind of lapse in security needs to be addressed.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Texting While Driving

I have done quite a bit of traveling in the past year or so and one thing I've come to realize is how stupid some people are behind the wheel.

I have seen people texting, reading books, looking at their phones doing something unspecified, talking on the phone, drinking beer, turned around arguing with someone in the back seat... you get the idea. Doing anything but paying attention to the road.

The problem isn't that everyone has a cellphone today. It isn't that cars are less safe than they have ever been. The problem is that no one believes they could have an accident. They believe it always happens to someone else. They are, after all, invincible and invulnerable, the Chosen of God to whom nothing will ever happen.

A recent article about a teenager who thought that way is a painful example of just that kind of thinking. She survived one texting accident only to die in another a year later. But it isn't just teenagers. In fact, teenagers are only a tiny minority of the problem in spite of how often their cases are highlighted.
source: NHTSA
Defensive driving was taught when I was in school (a thousand years ago). I doubt it is taught any more. They showed us grisly movies of the outcomes of wrecks - burned bodies, maimed victims - images that stay with me today and remind me to be respectful of the multi-ton heavy machinery I use whenever I crank up my car. Have no illusions, folks, that car you're driving is heavy machinery. Unless you're in a SmartCar (and why would you?) you are driving a blunt weapon used to kill millions every year on US streets.

For God's sake, pay attention when you're behind the wheel. If not for your own sake, for everyone else's.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Circling the Wagons

With Trump still leading in the GOP race and losing to Hillary in the polls for general election, the GOP conservative establishment is chewing its nails to the quick and circling the wagons against what will undoubtedly be a nasty, and possibly violent, brokered convention in Cincinnati. And with Sanders walloping Hillary in 6 of the last 7, the Democrats are scratching their heads and wondering if they need to head to the shelter.

With the rising power of the House Freedom Caucus and its far-right wing ideals, McConnell can feel the dragon's breath on the back of his neck. By not even making a token effort at damage control over Trump's outrageous comments, the GOP establishment is hoping he will implode before it is too late. But, it may be too late already.

POPULISM is the new black. Tell the people what they want to hear. Avoid straight answers to hard questions. Don't listen to common sense argument. Make promises and at least look like you believe in them when you promise them. Remember, it doesn't matter what you say or how you say it as long as it gets you votes. Once you're elected, you can always spin those statements any way you like with the properly lubricated media at your back.

Be a regular Joe. Just another bum the government is trying to destroy. Just another hard working American getting the short end of the stick. Roll up those sleeves. Take off the tie. If you're of the distaff persuasion, dress comfortably and be approachable -- to a certain point. After all, it's the men in government who are the real problem. 

But whatever you do, whatever you say, don't let them see you sweat. Don't let them see the fear in your eyes. The public animal can smell fear. They'll pounce and leave you bleeding at the polls. Bluster. Bamboozle. Lie. Deflect.

That's what got you where you are anyway, isn't it?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hillary! Really? Not a Democrat?

Hillary just said she's not sure Bernie's a real Democrat.

If that's the best she can come up with to try to push Sanders out of the race, she really needs help. I get she doesn't want to lower herself to the level of her Republican rivals, but really!

Sanders is more than a possible now. He's winning more delegates every election. The Clinton camp is cranking up its full panic mode for near future use. It's entirely possible Clinton will be out of the picture before Trump. Wouldn't that be something?

But then again, if she were to get elected then there would be the FBI to contend with. I wonder how she could deflect that? Maybe she could dig up something on his past...

...and spin it properly to where her own peccadilloes look downright childlike in comparison.

I think we'd all pay money to see that.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The New Brown Shirts

It's deja vu all over again.

In a recent report from Politico, the focus was on the private security force hired by the Trump campaign to enforce order during his events. This force is in addition to the secret service protection which has always been sufficient for every other candidate. Perhaps Trump's invective and vitriol is beginning to backfire because legal action and investigation is being considered. Although all the candidates allocate a small percentage of their funds for private security, the Trump campaign's allocation is double or triple the usual amount.

I am reluctant to agree with the comparisons that have been made between Trump and Hitler. Trump may be a bombastic blowhard with delusions of godhood but he hasn't been party to genocide. He may have some shady financial connections but he's not politically connected to murderous despots. Still, in the beginning, neither was a certain German party leader...

In 1933, Germany was in an economic slump. It was a beaten country whose leaders were weak. It felt alienated and attacked from all sides. It felt it had no friends. It had no real allies in its attempts to recover from ruinous war expenses. It was being torn apart from the inside out by contentious political factions.

Sound familiar? 

It's deja vu all over again.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Diversity Equals Strength Myth

Progressive speakers like to say that diversity equals strength. They assert that without diversity there can be no success. This kind of thinking doesn't take into account the possibility that diversity can and often does result in balkanization, or the division of a single body into multiple, mutually hostile, parts.

If a diverse population does not have a common goal, it cannot be strong. This is known from the other POV as "divide and conquer." That is exactly how government maintains its control over the American populace. By pitting black against white, rich against poor, documented against undocumented, the government prevents its population from becoming aware of the real problems the nation is confronting: debt, slow to non-existent economic growth, and increasing unemployment.

By manufacturing crises, the government engenders discontent and factions among the people. This type of misdirection is a tried and true method to prevent civil outrage at governmental action or embarrassment to the current administration. Whenever you see a sudden upsurge in crisis coverage in the media, you can be sure there is something going on in the background the government doesn't want you to know.

So, with that in mind, think about this: what is Russia really doing in Eastern Europe while "pulling out of Syria"? What is North Korea up to really while threatening to attack the US? And why does China not want to talk about it? On the home front, the government likes to say the unemployment rate is about 5% but even the Bureau of Labor Statistics admits this is a fraud. The actual rate as of March 2016 is 9.8%, nearly double. 

So yes, diversity is strength - for the government. Think about that for a moment.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Mouth on The Guy

After everything Trump's been saying I find it ironic it was his comment about abortion that caused him the most trouble. He talked about shooting somebody, encouraged violence at his speeches, even inferred one of his opponents would give him oral sex if he demanded it. And it takes him making an odd comment about abortion to put him in damage control mode?

Hard to believe. It just goes to show you what really gets the attention of the American public nowadays. Never mind violence, never mind perversion -- it's abortion that trumps (if you'll excuse the pun) everything else. Trump has shown himself to be totally out of his depth with foreign policy, military and diplomatic relations, even government appropriations regulations. And it takes abortion for people to see how amateurish he is politically?


Chris Matthews may be a far-left wing hack but he may in one interview have done more to sabotage Trump's campaign than all his opponents have been able to do so far. I suppose we should thank him at least for that. Now we just need to get him to interview Cruz and maybe the Republicans might have a chance to win the presidential election.

That is, if Sanders doesn't beat Clinton.