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October 4, 2008

The Polar Ice-Cap is having its most volatile year on record.

Filed under: Climatology, Energy Talk, Media Check — Tags: — justplainbill @ 7:14 pm

The Polar Ice-Cap is having its most volatile year on record.

So? 

 

Yupper, a record that we’ve been keeping for almost one hundred and fifty years. Let’s see, now, the ice cap’s been around for a few million years, but the last 150 are the important ones.

 

Oddly enough, The New York Times and various environmentalists, most of whom live in high rise apartments far from either pole, have deemed this important enough to point to as further evidence of man’s malevolent impact upon the global habitat. Hmm, I do believe that, since 1900, The New York Times has cried Wolf more times that we’re headed for the next massive ice age than hot house, and that they’ve had more than one Jason Blair scandal, Blair being the “Time’s reporter” who with the approval of the Editor-in-Chief, for over two years filed fantasy as fact, The New York Times is no longer a credible source for print news. This leaves, for serious daily print news, only The Wall Street Journal and her sister, Barron’s, (and, sorry for my faulty memory, and thanks for reminding me, The Christian Science Monitor); and the web, thanks to Google and Ask.com, and some of the other, manageable search engines, for daily print news, but I digress.

 

There are numerous reasons why the measuring of snow and ice for climatological purposes isn’t done at the North Pole; it is done in Antarctica, near the South Pole.

 

One of the many interesting aspects of this rotating ball of molten iron upon which we so precariously abide, is that the land masses form plates, called tectons, which make up the crust of the planet. These tectonic plates float along and bounce off of each other. At the interstices they either subsume each other or separate allowing the molten core to surface to form new crust. One aspect of this is that sea level is not the same around the world when measured by atmospheric pressure. In fact, the Pacific Ocean is about six inches higher than the Atlantic Ocean. This is because the plates consisting of Asia-Minor and South America are moving towards each other, and Africa is both closing the Mediterranean and opening the South Atlantic. The violent turbulence in the Straits of Magellan and the flow of the warm ocean current, starting in the Indian Ocean that ends up in the North Atlantic melting the polar ice cap as it passes Iceland, are proofs of this. Anther attribute of this tectonic movement is that, the water is always moving!

 

Another proof is that the last ice age was, with other factors, caused by the closing of the gap between the North American Plate and the South American Plate at Panama, thereby allowing the polar cap to dramatically expand and upset the then current balance, because the warm current instead of being able to move through what is now the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, had to take the much longer route around South America allowing for additional cooling as it flowed past Antarctica and up through the South Atlantic.

 

As the temperature of water varies, so does its ability to solute chemicals. As an example of this, as the temperature drops, it will retain more CO2, as it rises, it will hold more salt and less Carbon Dioxide, your quick proofs are in the soda cans in your hands. Soda warm, when opened, fizzes as the CO2, no longer in solution, escapes; when the soda is cold when opened, you barely hear a pop; notice how salty you can make your pasta water when boiling, as compared to when it’s cool and the salt crystals simply drop to the bottom to await the heating of the water so that they can then dissolve, and if you do your water in this fashion, please note how the corrosive properties of the salt pits and destroys your pot.

 

As any U.S. Navy Submariner will tell you, if you’re fortunate enough to have such a vet in your social circle, at about the depth of 1,000 feet in the open ocean, is a thermal layer, above which is comparatively warm water, and below which is actually very cold water. Part of the cause of this layer is the ability of the sun to heat water. This layer is about where the sun’s impact stops. The chemical solution content above and below this layer is significantly different, partially due to the temperature difference.

You may also wish to note that temperature change in water, whether higher or lower, always causes kinetic activity, meaning, that it moves. And, moving water is always abrasive.

 

Another problem with ice formation is kinetic energy. Ice forms readily at 32o F in still water, but in moving water, the temperature must drop significantly below that, as determined by the velocity of the water and its mineral content. Pure water freezes at that 32o F whereas soluted water requires lower temperatures to freeze. The quick proof is evident for anyone who lives near a river or creek in the higher latitudes. At the edge of the flow, where the water is immobile, ice forms, whereas in the center of the river, where the current is strongest, the ice does not form, yet the temperature of both the water and the ambient air is the same in both locations.

 

So, the polar ice cap, subject to all of the above variables, is not the place to measure snow and ice. In the alternative, the South Pole has none of these problems. Beneath the South Pole ice layer, lies frozen tundra, not subject to current flow, saline content, nor tectonic activity.

 

Dr. David Bromwich, head of the Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar Research Center and professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the Department of Geography of Ohio State University, president of the International Commission on Polar Meteorology, chair of the Polar DAAC Advisory Group, member of the Arctic Climate System Study Working Group on Reanalysis and past member of the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Geophysical and Environmental Data, Ph.D., says, “The best we can say right now is that the climate models are somewhat inconsistent with the evidence that we have for the last 50 years from the continental Antarctic.”  and, “it’s hard to see a global warming signal from the mainland of Antarctica right now.”

 

BTW, as of today, 16 October 2008, the reports from the Acrtic Circle show that the glacial masses are increasing. Increasing means that there’s more snow than melt on them. More snow than melt means that we are headed for a cooling period. Hmm, now does Gore’s $100,000,000 profit make sense to you?

 

The Polar Ice-Cap is having its most volatile year on record.

So what?

 

[OK, today is March 1, 2009 and there’s an important update to this post: it seems that the original report that the polar ice cap is having a volatile years was wildly, and purportedly innocently, innaccurate. It seems that the people who did the original reporting failed to report a significant number of sensors, thus, seriously understating the actual amount of ice in the cap. After some responsbile people went and rechecked, they found that, in fact, the Polar Ice Cap is EXPANDING. So much for global warming Your Thighness Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Ignorant State.]

Better yet, for those of you who want to know what’s happening first hand, Discovery Channel runs “The Deadliest Catch” which is about crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. Sig Hansen, Phil Harris, The Colburns & Hilstrands, have all said during this last season that the Ice is coming farther and farther south and they have the radar & sounding records to prove it. So, who’ya gonna listen to? Al “never been there” Gore, or the crab fishermen who’re in it months at a time every year?

Well, someone must be doing some research. Today, 12 Dec 13, the lowest temperature ever recorded, was recorded! Guess where. That’s right, in Antarctica, where all legitimate climate study is being done. Sigh, where’s the IPCC now?

And, now, January 2014, a group of Russian climatologists has been frozen in the Antarctic Ice. They were going to Antarctica to prove “Global Warming”. Ok, so I guess that I was correct with all of that stuff about the Polar Ice Cap not being the place to go for scientific data, eh? Do I really need to say more? BTW, today, the high in Kansas City has been 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Hey, Al, send some of that global warming here to Kansas & Missouri so the winter wheat will grow and we won’t starve in 2014!!!

And, during a recent broadcast of the FOX NEWS Business Block, broadcast on Saturday mornings, Eric Bolling, host of Cashin’ In, posted two NASA photos of the polar ice cap. The first from 2013, the second from exactly one year later, ie 2014. Contrast of the two NASA photos show that the polar ice cap is in fact, EXPANDING, by hundreds of thousands of acres. So much for the idiots pushing climate change. BTW, considering that, in addition to the above essay, the continents are on floating plates that move around, in a jerky style of movement as denoted by earth quakes, no matter what man does, as the continents move, weather will change!!!

Update 31 May 2014
The Weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal has an article “Climate Clues”, p C-3, which explains a lot. It seems that this German climatologist actually goes to places and looks for facts to explain things. ‘Tipping’, according to his facts, takes place over millions of years. The IPCC (Dear Prez Obama, the IPCC is the Inter-GOVERNMENTAL Panel, not International, and the ‘p’ IS pronounced here), and those others who use computer models (gosh, doesn’t anyone understand GIGO? Garbage In = Garbage Out???), might want to get out of their air conditioned academic sanctuaries, and search for actual FACTS upon which to base their theories!

Update 3 July 2014

1. For the 2nd time in the last 2 weeks, scientists have measured and recorded the largest amount of Antarctic ice in history. And “yes”, you read correctly, the record has been achieved/broken 2 times in the last 2 weeks!

2. Last year NOAA, one of the “scientific” groups that expounds the “man made climate change” and “CO2” myths, went on record as saying July 2012 was the hottest July on record (if you recall MO was in a drought). This replaced July 1936 as the hottest July on record (July 1936 being smack dab in the middle if the dust bowl). Well over the last 2 weeks NOAA has very “quietly adjusted” the findings and surprise, July 1936 is once again the hottest July on record. Apparently NOAA’s pronouncement in 2013 that July 2012 was the hottest July was based completely on computer modeling and not real data. I gathered from the story that I heard that really the only reason they went back and “re-modeled” the data and “adjusted” the findings is due to a couple of very serious and vigilant watch dog groups. These groups are dedicated to ensuring there is accuracy and transparency w/ respect to the data, findings and stated causation impacts when it comes to the “man made climate change” debate. So they called NOAA out in several articles w/ respect to how they reached their conclusion and NOAA “quietly” “adjusted” the findings.

Update 29 July 14, Famous Meteorologist on Climate Change:

Weather Channel Founder Debunks Global Warming Hoax

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An award-winning meteorologist with 60 years of experience and founder of the Weather Channel has produced a video explaining the history of the man-made global warming hoax.

John Coleman was also a former broadcast meteorologist of the year of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). However, after being a member for several years, he quit the AMS after it became very clear to him that “the politics had gotten in the way of the science.” Coleman explains in the video that there is no man-made global warming, and why he’s sure about this.

The well-respected weatherman says that if there were evidence of man-made global warming, he would have dedicated his life to stopping it. “I love our wonderful planet Earth. If I thought it was threatened by global warming, I would devote my life to stopping the warming!”

Environmental activists now call it “climate change” instead of global warming because the warming has stopped, Coleman added, and $4.7 billion in taxpayer money is funding “bogus reports” and “bogus research.”

Coleman explains that any so-called “climate change” is extremely negligible from a long-term perspective and nothing unusual or alarming. He points out that Antarctic sea ice is close to an all-time high, and the polar bear population is as high as it’s been in recorded history.

In regard to rising sea levels, Coleman says:

“It’s rising at about the rate of about six inches per hundred years, as part of this inter-glacial period. When North America was covered in a 400 foot thick ice core at the end of the last ice age, the oceans were low, and then as that ice melted, of course the oceans have risen. That rise has been gentle and is not important.”

Coleman says in the video there are 9,000 PhDs and 31,000 scientists who have signed a petition saying that the CO2 global warming theory is a hoax. These climate change “non-believers” aren’t heard by most Americans because they don’t receive government funding. And they aren’t covered by the mainstream media because it almost always promotes the climate change theory.

This damning indictment by an experienced and well-respected meteorologist proves that the “climate change” movement is primarily (if not all) politically based. Its ultimate goal is to make Americans the enemy of the planet (so they’ll agree to greater government control over their behavior) — and to reduce America’s use of oil, gas and coal-based energy sources.

If you hear someone talk about “climate change” and that America should do something, show them this video as proof that it’s nothing more than left-wing, “Chicken Little” politics.

7 October 14

Article below, with references, shows global cooling even though many are still talking “climate change is caused by man”, well, hell, OF COURSE THERE’S CLIMATE CHANGE, JUST LOOK AT THE SEASONS AND CONSIDER THAT DURING ROMAN TIMES THE MEDIAN TEMPERATURE IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN 82 F !!! 30 years of cooling means at least 10 years of potential crop failures in the middle, and famine and disease, so, let’s REALLY keep those borders open and let all of those “dreamers” in without medical checks and quarantines.
BTW, how can they be wondering why the ocean levels are rising? Don’t these people even know basic chemistry? As pointed out above, the polar ice cap is expanding/growing, meaning the sea water is being displaced, just like when water is being frozen, the ice rises up and displaces the water below? Let’s get out of the U.N. and stop financing stupidity like the IPCC.

NASA Scientists Puzzled by Global Cooling on Land and Sea
Image: NASA Scientists Puzzled by Global Cooling on Land and Sea (iStock)

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The deep ocean may not be hiding heat after all, raising new questions about why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years, said the US space agency Monday.

Scientists have noticed that while greenhouse gases have continued to mount in the first part of the 21st century, global average surface air temperatures have stopped rising along with them, said NASA.

Some studies have suggested that heat is being absorbed temporarily by the deep seas, and that this so-called global warming hiatus is a temporary trend.
Editor’s Note: Dark Winter: Book Exposes Fraud of Man Made Global Warming

But latest data from satellite and direct ocean temperature measurements from 2005 to 2013 “found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably,” NASA said in a statement.

The findings present a new puzzle to scientists, but co-author Josh Willis of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said the reality of climate change is not being thrown into doubt.

“The sea level is still rising,” said Willis.

“We’re just trying to understand the nitty-gritty details.”

A separate study in August in the journal Science said the apparent slowdown in the Earth’s surface warming in the last 15 years could be due to that heat being trapped in the deep Atlantic and Southern Ocean.

But the NASA researchers said their approach, described in the journal Nature Climate Change, is the first to test the idea using satellite observations, as well as direct temperature measurements of the upper ocean.
Editor’s Note: NASA Expert: Sun Cycles To Cause 30 Year Cold Spell

“The deep parts of the ocean are harder to measure,” said researcher William Llovel of NASA JPL.

“The combination of satellite and direct temperature data gives us a glimpse of how much sea level rise is due to deep warming. The answer is — not much.”

12 Dec 2014, another update, completely ripping Al ‘jabba the hut’ Gore’s hoax of a movie, http://nws.mx/1IGXEwd .

29 Dec 2014, another update:
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Polar Ice Not Melting, But Global Warming Story Is
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Feeling low about the incessant screeching that the ice is catastrophically melting at the poles? A lot of us are, so it’s good to see a researcher buck the narrative.

Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, has drawn a conclusion that will surely bring him grief from the global-warming believers and cold shoulder from most of the mainstream media, which is heavily invested in the idea that man is heating his planet by burning fossil fuels.

“The North and South Poles are ‘not melting,'” the British Express reported on Christmas.

“In fact,” the Express said in its coverage of Maksym’s finding, “the poles are ‘much more stable’ than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought.”

Remember those words “previously thought.” In the future we will be seeing them a lot more in reference to the continued unraveling of the global warming fable. In the meantime, kudos to the Express for publishing what the mainstream American media refuse to report.

Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/blogs-capital-hill/122914-732367-polar-ice-not-melting-oceanographer-says.htm#ixzz3NKQChTdo
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15 Jan 15 See Chris Horner’s book, “Red Hot Lies”.

12 February 2015, Interesting update: Yesterday, in Oslo Norway, the Norwegian Central Bank and a group of Norwegian scientists, announced that the climate change hoax had nearly destroyed the Norwegian Economy.
It seems that over the last 5 years, IPCC, U.N., NOAO, and the “global climate science community”, have been fiddling with the numbers to get their computer models to agree with their predictions. However, Norway, a Socialist Country, has been planning its economy for the last five years on the climate change assumptions. This means that they have been spending their entire national economic resources on the false assumptions that the Polar Ice Cap is melting, that their shorelines will shrink, that they will have tons more fresh water, acres and acres of more farm and pastureland, milder winters, and longer summers.
Only, since the global scientific community has been fiddling with the figures, the reverse has happened, thus bringing the Norwegian National Economy to the brink of collapse.
So, it seems that the fishermen of “The Deadliest Catch”, NASA satellite photography, scientists like Lawrence Solomon, and simple pundits such as Eric Bolling, have been proven correct, once again.

25 Feb 15, ;TWSJ and The Economist 4th quarter reports on Real Estate were recently released. I decided to look at a couple of other RE stats, simply because HGTV has posted its 2015 Showplace House/ Giveaway. The 3+MILLION $$$ house is located on Cape Cod, MA. Hmmmmm. So I looked a little farther into this.

RE prices are up in Big Sur CA, Cape Cod MA, Miami FL, throughout the Caribbean, all along both coasts of North AND South America, HI, and along the Indian Ocean. Hmmm.

Don’t get it yet??? It means that all of the greenies screaming about climate change, have NOT sold any of their big estates along the coasts! It means that the people who sell mortgages, do NOT believe in Climate Change! It means that the Kennedys, who have estates in MA and FL as well as CA and NY, do NOT believe in Climate Change! None of the limousine liberals have sold any of their coastal properties!!!

Gee, how much more needs to be said about this fraud????

Update 7 Dec 15 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance, BTW) TWSJ p A 14, letter to the editor by Terry W. Donze, Geophysicist, ‘Warming’ Science Is Anything but Settled’. A must read for anyone interested in the climate change controversy. Mr. Donze cites several real scientists who refute every aspect of climate change catastrophe from sea levels rising, false according to sea level expert, Nils-Axel Moerner “the greatest lie ever told”, through Arctic ice is melting despite it 5% increase. Every aspect of the climate change claim is refuted by actual climatologists, and not politicians like Al Gore.

Update 8 Sep 16   Was looking at the newest Voyager photos and slipped over to the Polar Ice cap current photos. Al Gore stated categorically that the Polar Ice cap would be gone by 2014. According to today’s satellite passing shots, it is bigger than ever since we started taking photos, and this for the end of summer condition.

December 2, 2016

Happening in the Missouri Senate

Filed under: Political Commentary — Tags: , , — justplainbill @ 8:18 pm

Introducing the representation credit

By Rob Schaaf Nov 27, 2016 (4)

This Election Day, we Missourians voted overwhelmingly against pay-to-play politics and in favor of anti-corruption reform. We reinstated contribution limits at the state level, elected a governor committed to fighting corruption in Jefferson City, and chose a president who ran against the status quo, promising he would return government to the people.

Those of us in the Legislature now have a duty to answer Missourians’ call for reform. Though the voters reinstated contribution limits, serious problems remain. The problem of dark money is worse than ever, with many millions spent this year by funders who hid their identities from the people of Missouri. The new contribution limits are coming under attack, challenged in the courts. Meanwhile, lobbyists are still free to lavish lawmakers with gifts, purchasing undeserved access and influence. And small donors still play little role in our election campaigns, far outspent by big-money special interests.

To address these problems, I will be filing several reform bills this December. First among these will be Senate Bill 1: The Taxation With Representation Act. This bill carries forward the spirit of the original Tea Party — that of our Founders — its title reflecting their motto: “No Taxation Without Representation.” It would let each Missourian subtract up to $100 per year from their state income taxes, letting them claim a dollar-per-dollar credit for donations to county-level party committees and to candidates for state representative, state senator and statewide office.

In effect, it would let each Missourian take control of the first $100 of their own taxes and allocate those dollars to political campaigns of their choice. By doing so, it would give each more say in how the rest of their taxes would be used. More generally, it would decentralize the funding of political campaigns, diluting the influence of big-money special interests and making government more accountable to the people. Such a system has worked in other states, and it would work here.

If this bill were passed, imagine how it would change the way that candidates run for office. No longer would they need to spend so much time attending special-interest fundraisers or calling the rich and powerful to ask for money. Instead, to win their races, they would need to mount broad-based grassroots campaigns, appealing to small donors for support. They would have more reason to mobilize volunteers, go door-to-door, and even hold fundraisers in middle- and working-class homes. They would depend more on their constituents and spend more time hearing from them, so they would better represent those constituents’ interests once elected.

This bill also would help political parties work better for the people of Missouri. In recent years, parties have become less and less accountable to everyday citizens, increasingly competing for financial support from big-money special interests. This bill would put everyday citizens back in charge, empowering them to hold their own against big donors by donating to locally run party committees. Parties would become more accountable to their grassroots supporters, and local party organizations would be able to reclaim some of the relevance they have lost as special-interest money has flooded the political system.

Finally, this bill would bring new life to grassroots democracy, giving citizens more reason to engage in the political process. Just as expanding the right to vote has allowed more citizens to participate in voting elections, this bill would allow more citizens to participate in what now amounts to a highly exclusive money election. Today, one usually must be wealthy or know wealthy people to meaningfully influence the money election. But if this bill were passed, everyday citizens would find not only themselves but also those around them ready to donate to political campaigns. They would be able to make a real difference just by raising funds from friends, family and neighbors. Because of this, many would be more inclined to participate in political campaigns, become active in their parties, or even run for office themselves.

I hope you will join me in fighting to pass this crucial reform, one that would empower small donors and put grassroots organizing back at the center of political life.

Rob Schaaf, a Republican, is the state senator for Platte and Buchanan counties.

The Time has Come, the Walrus Said …

The Time has Come, the Walrus Said,
To Speak of Other Things:
Of Sealing Wax, of Cabbages and Kings

United States Constitution Article V
AMENDMENTS: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendment to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress … (omitted, the, Prohibition on the Slave Trade, and, Equal Suffrage in the Senate).

Read Article V again.

Now is the time to push for amending the Constitution. The GOP controls both houses and over two thirds of the States’ Legislatures.

Now is the time for a Term Limits Amendment.

Now is the time for a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Now is the time for Congress Shall Pass No Law that does NOT apply to itself first Amendment.

Now is the time for a Constitutional Convention to re-write the entire thing. Mark Levin, Kevin Gutzman, and myself, have published works that may be used as starting templates.

If we start pushing now, the mid-term elections may bring the various Legislatures up to the numbers necessary to defeat the socialist oppressions of the two coasts.

The Time has Come, the Walrus Said, … .

Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences, by Victor Hanson [nc]

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Beware the Law of Unintended Consequences
December 1, 2016 2:04 pm / Leave a Comment / Megan Ring

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review

Moderation and humility help politicians avoid results contrary to what they earnestly want.

The mix of politics and culture is far too complex to be predictable. Even the best-laid political plans can lead to unintended consequences, both good and bad — what we sometimes call irony, nemesis, or karma.

Take the election of 2008, which ushered Barack Obama and the Democrats into absolute control of the presidency, House, and Senate, also generating popular goodwill over Obama’s landmark candidacy.

Instead of ensuring a heralded generation of Democratic rule, Obama alienated both friends and foes almost immediately. He rammed through the unworkable Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote. He prevaricated about Obamacare’s costs and savings. Huge budget deficits followed. Racial polarization ensued. Apologies abroad on behalf of America proved a national turnoff.

By the final pushback of 2016, the Obama administration had proven to be a rare gift to the Republican party. The GOP now controls the presidency, Congress, governorships, and state legislatures to a degree not seen since the 1920s. “Hope and change” ebullition in 2008 brought the Republicans salvation — and the Democrats countless disasters.

The Republican establishment hated Donald Trump. So did the conservative media. His unorthodox positions on trade, immigration, and entitlements alienated many. His vulgarity turned off even more. Pundits warned that he had brought civil war and ruin to the Republican party.

But instead of ruin, Trump delivered to the Republicans their most astounding political edge in nearly a century. The candidate who was most despised by the party unified it in a way no other nominee could have.

Obama proved Israel’s best friend — even though that was never his intention. By simultaneously alienating Israel and the Sunni moderates in Jordan and Egypt, and by warming up to the Muslim Brotherhood, appeasing Iran, and issuing empty red lines to the Assad regime in Syria, Obama infuriated but also united the entire so-called moderate Middle East.

The result was that Arab nations suddenly no longer saw Israel as an existential threat. Instead, it was seen as similarly shunned by the U.S. — and as the only military power capable of standing up to the soon-to-be-nuclear theocracy in Iran that hates Sunni Arabs and Israelis alike.

Today, Israel is in the historic position of being courted by its former enemies, as foreign fuel importers line up to buy its huge, newly discovered deposits of natural gas. As the Arab Spring and the Islamic State destroyed neighboring nations, Israel’s democracy and free market appeared as an even stronger beacon in the storm.

Almost every major initiative that Obama pushed has largely failed. Obamacare is a mess. He nearly doubled the national debt in eight years. Economic growth is at its slowest in decades. The reset with Russia, the Asian pivot, abruptly leaving Iraq, discounting the Islamic State, red lines in Syria, the Iran deal — all proved foreign-policy disasters.

Yet Obama has been quiet about one of the greatest economic revolutions in American history, one that has kept the U.S. economy afloat: a radical transformation from crippling energy dependency to veritable fossil-fuel independence. The United States has become the world’s greatest combined producer of coal, natural gas, and oil. It is poised to be an energy exporter to much of the world.

The revolution in fracking and horizontal drilling has brought in much-needed federal revenue, increased jobs, weakened Russia and our OPEC rivals, and given trillions of dollars in fuel savings to American consumers.

Yet Obama opposed the energy revolution at every step. He radically curtailed the leasing of federal lands for new drilling, stopped the Keystone XL pipeline, and subsidized inefficient and often crony-capitalist wind and solar projects. Nonetheless, Obama’s eventual failure to stop new drilling ended up his one success.

Hillary Clinton, in her presidential bid, did everything by the playbook — and therefore her campaign went catastrophically wrong. Her campaign raised more than $1 billion. She ran far more ads than did Trump. She won over the sycophantic press. She got all the celebrity endorsements. She united the Democratic party.

Logically, Clinton should have won. The media worked hand in glove with her campaign. Her ground game and voter registration drives made Trump’s look pathetic.

Yet all that money, press, and orthodoxy only confirmed suspicions that Clinton was a slick but wooden candidate. She became so scripted that even her Twitter feed was composed by a committee.

The more she followed her boring narrative, the more she made the amateur Trump seem authentic and energized in comparison. Doing everything right ended up for Hillary as doing everything wrong — and ensured the greatest upset in American political history.

The ancient Greeks taught us that arrogance brings payback, that nothing is sure in a fickle universe, that none of us can be judged successful and happy until we die, and that moderation and humility alone protect us from own darker sides.

In 2016, what could never have happened usually did.

December 1, 2016

All Hands FYI Armed Islamic Groups training in the U.S.A.

FYI:

I’ve looked, it is true and verified by Stuart Varney of Varn&y Co., the most watched business news show on cable.

http://www.fuqrafiles.com

Be advised of the Islamaburg NYS compound and remember what happened with Bill Clinton’s AG, Janet Reno, and Ruby Ridge in Waco TX.

November 30, 2016

Two new points on cultural change (30-11-16)

Two things to review. See what you can learn about Islamaburg New York State, and review this video on Dearbon MI

From John, with thanks.

> This is the FUTURE,
> accept it, or disbelieve, (and hide
> in the closet). YOUR CHOICE!
> Near Chicago, here
> is Bridgeview,
> Illinois. You’ll be concerned!
> https://safeshare.tv/x/w5oLoW9jZJc#v
>
>

November 24, 2016

The Progressive Disintegration, Victor Hanson [nc]

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 3:49 pm

The Progressive Disintegration
November 23, 2016 12:22 pm / Leave a Comment / Megan Ring
The self-destruction of so many failed progressive gods.
By Bruce Thornton // Front Page

A month ago, progressives were having a conniption fit over Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the election. So of course, now that Trump has won, they are rioting, vandalizing, staging “cry-ins,” ditching class, group-hugging, tweeting threats, calling names, seeking counseling, and doing everything in their power to make sure that their party declines even further. If this behavior continues, and if––a big “if” –– Trump governs the way he promised, we may be witnessing the start of the progressive disintegration.

Start with the melting snowflake millennials, all those “cocksure women and hensure men,” as D.H. Lawrence once described feminists of both sexes. These layabouts have become used to throwing tantrums whenever they don’t like something or they feel “unsafe.” Most of them are spoiled brats, the pampered detritus of the middle class. But don’t forget the Alinskyite activists who manipulate these juveniles and bus them in on George Soros’ dime. These two-bit Leninists are adept at using “useful idiots” in order to further their aim of destroying America’s political and social order. They’re skilled at manipulating empty slogans like “income inequality,” “fair share,” “social justice,” “diversity,” “inclusion,” and all the other bumper-sticker bromides in order to consolidate and increase their power and influence.

If the delicate millennial Eloi were really interested in reforming their team instead of indulging phony moral exhibitionism, they would start with the Democrat party. No true leftist would have sat still for the nomination of a candidate so obviously part of the fat-cat ruling class as Hillary Clinton. (And no, he wouldn’t be happy with Bernie Sanders either, a bumbling blowhard who thinks imitating Sweden’s “social democracy” ––which means an overregulated capitalism leavened with over-generous social welfare benefits––is somehow an epochal revolutionary change.) It was electoral malfeasance to choose a geriatric insider and establishment plutocrat with no charisma and a long record of abusing her privilege and power. So, kiddies, go protest against the DNC and Barack Obama. They’re the reason the Republican party is the strongest it’s been since 1928.

Next, look at yourselves. As Piers Morgan––no conservative he––said recently, “The tragic truth is that America’s millennials are a bunch of phone-addicted, selfie-obsessed, hashtagging, snapchatting, kale-munching, twerking, lazy, whining, ill-informed, politically correct, cossetted narcissists who find absolutely everything mortally offensive and believe there are 165 ways to sexually identify.” It follows that your politics are merely symbolic, expressions of your inflated self-regard, privileged life-style, and arrogant pretensions to sophistication and intelligence. Unsurprisingly, as Morgan points out, according to the National Institutes of Health, 40% of you think you should be promoted every two years despite performance, 77% of you can’t name a senator from your home state, and 80% of you think you’ll be richer than your parents, even as you pile up student debt earning junk “studies” degrees utterly useless for employment in the real world.

In contrast to symbolic politics, real politics is grubby hard work: knocking on doors, registering voters, and not just preaching to the choir, but converting new voters. Follow Obama’s advice to Republicans three years ago: “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election” (HT Cal Thomas). By the way, you won’t win many elections by demonizing nearly half of voters as ignorant, racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and cisgendered “irredeemable deplorables.”

More important, you need to vote. Only half of your 24-million-strong cohort voted in this election. You also need to understand that not everybody between the ages of 18-29 thinks exactly like you. Thirty-seven percent of millennials voted for Donald Trump. Instead of crying and vandalizing and screaming question-begging epithets, you should figure out how to talk to your fellow millennials and make persuasive, fact-based arguments based on coherent principles. But of course, if you could do that, you wouldn’t be progressives.

Then there are the Dems. They long ago embraced a balkanizing identity politics based mainly on demonizing those white voters who pulled the lever for Trump. They pander incessantly to race hucksters and rich women and sleek “Hispanics,” most of whom never cut grapes or even speak Spanish. They embrace counter-factual nonsense like “white privilege,” when they of all people should know that the color of privilege in America is the currency shade of green. They and their wholly owned subsidiaries, the mainstream media and the educational industry, enforce a preposterous political correctness that is intellectually lazy and morally bankrupt. They trade in group-identities often based on stereotypes and generalizations that old-school Jim Crow segregationists relied on. The blatant hypocrisy of a political correctness that never protects Christians, poor whites, or conservatives finally angered enough voters to set aside their distaste for Trump and put him in office.

Yet despite that rebuke, after the election the Democrat elite indulged the same old nonsense. The tried to play the “sexist” card to explain Hillary’s defeat, posited a preposterous “whitelash” of racists, tarred the careerist James Comey as a Republican mole, whined about the Electoral College while trying to suborn Electors, conjured up sinister Klansmen and alt-right storm-troopers, insulted 49 million Americans as haters, and prophesized an imminent fascist coup engineered by Trump’s goose-stepping Goebbels, Steve Bannon. Rather than come up with new ideas, they’re doubling-down on the stale paradigm that demography guarantees them a permanent coalition comprising various identity-groups united by the promise of more set-asides and wealth redistribution, and bicoastal plutocrats who compensate for their privilege by catering to the minority masses they make sure never enter their gated compounds except to make the beds and mow the lawn. They don’t consider that Trump’s victory could make that plan obsolete if he follows through on his promise to tighten up on immigration.

Finally, instead of rethinking their exploded economic myths and abandoning a divisive identity politics, many Dems want to keep steaming full speed ahead toward the next electoral iceberg. Look at the two candidates touted as replacements for the tarnished DNC interim chair Donna Brazile. Howard “Screaming” Dean, erstwhile presidential candidate and governor of a state with fewer people than Fresno County, is a tax-and-spend, “fair share,” regulation-happy, identity politics tribune and radical egalitarian redistributionist of the kind whose policies have given us sluggish growth, job-killing regulations, and astronomical debt. The other choice is Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a zealous Muslim convert by way of the ultra-racist Nation of Islam. He is tainted with anti-Semitism, apologetics for Iran and terrorists like Hamas, virulent hatred of Israel, wacky 9-11 conspiracy theories, and the usual progressive blame-America-first foreign policy and magical-thinking economics. No surprise that he has been endorsed by the Jacobin Cherokee Elizabeth Warren, and ex-Senator Harry Reid, Obama’s legislative Luca Brasi.

The few sane Democrats counseling a change of course are unlikely to halt the self-destruction of so many failed progressive gods. Only Trump can prevent that “consummation devoutly to be wished” by failing to keep his campaign promises.

November 23, 2016

Victor Hanson responds to an Angry Reader, [nc]

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 4:42 pm

November 23, 2016 8:33 am / Leave a Comment / Megan Ring
From an Angry Reader:

The new kind of Republican party is part 1930’s Nazi and 1950’s Dixiecrat.

Raye Harper

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Victor Davis Hanson’s Reply:

Dear Angry Reader Raye Harper,

Since you assert rather than argue or explain, it is hard to fathom what you are getting at. But in the spirit of the Angry Reader, I’ll give it a shot.

There is a reason why etymology is a valuable pursuit. Seek the root meaning of words and thereby learn. Our English word Nazism derives as an English transliterated abbreviation for the German Nationalsozialismus (“National Socialism”)—Hitler’s effort to combine fanatical nationalism with socialist and anti-capitalist principles.

Take also your “Dixiecrat” (which incidentally was a one-time phenomenon of the election of 1948, and did not reappear as you suggest in the “1950s.”) Note the suffix “-crat” (Greek, kratos, “power/rule”). It was so named in 1948 because it was a derivative of the Democratic Party. It was not called the Dixiepublicans because it had no similarities to the Republican Party.

Ironically, Dixiecrats’ official name (“The States’ Rights Democratic Party”) reflected and championed the idea of federal nullification (in this case school integration), which had been the source of the 1828 (in this case tariffs) and 1860 (in this case slavery) secessionist fervors. How odd, then, that 300 liberal jurisdictions currently are now “Sanctuary Cities” (perhaps better described as “Nullification Cities”) that defy federal immigration in the neo-Confederate spirit. Ask yourself which party, in the spirit of the Dixiecrats, is more likely to excuse race-base segregation, where on-campus “theme houses” or “safe spaces” with impunity discriminate on the basis of superficial appearance. Who is more tolerant of the idea of La Raza (“the Race”), a noun whose pedigree is found in Franco’s fascist Spain and Mussolini’s (as Razza) fascist Italy—Democrats or Republicans?

Is there any need to ask further where the impetus of contemporary anti-Semitism originates? Just walk on any contemporary campus, and visit the free-speech area. Being Jewish and pro-Israel is far more likely to incur left-wing anti-Semites than old-fashioned right-wing ones.

In sum, I don’t see how the present pro-capitalist, pro-federalist, pro-Israel Republican Party can derive from either a foreign imported socialism or an indigenous states’ rights Democratic Party.

Finally, most readers are aware of your insidious liberal trope. In 1980 Reagan was called a Nazi. When he left office, newly-elected George H.W. Bush was the next extremist and suddenly the Left nostalgically called Reagan moderate, given that he was out of power. In 2000 George W. Bush was the new Nazi, and his father reinvented as a moderate in comparison. By 2016 a “new” Republican Party under Trump is now supposedly Nazi-like and W. is now seen as sober and judicious. So the playbook is transparent: assassinate the character of your present adversary by claiming he is an extremist by the standard of his predecessors, whom you of course smeared when they were in power as well.

Bottom line: a lot of incoherence in your short sentence.

Sincerely,

VDH

November 21, 2016

Too Cool for School!

Filed under: Humor — justplainbill @ 4:18 pm

https://www.youtube.com/embed/SJoE_lNQdHU”

November 20, 2016

Violent Rioters, Capt John [c]

Filed under: Anti-American Politicians — justplainbill @ 10:21 pm

“Violent Rioters” Who Support Hillary, Voted For The Redistribution of Wealth

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 16, 2016

Obama, Bernie, and Hillary’s support for the redistribution of wealth was support for the primary philosophy “Communism” promotes.

Over 60 million American Patriots, supported “The Free Enterprise System” form of government, and rejected Obama, Bernie, and Hillary’s support for the redistribution of wealth.

Anarchists, Black Lives Matter demonstrators, Progressives, Leftists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Communists trained by Obama’s Common Core Socialist Curriculum supported the redistribution of wealth and accepted Obama, Bernie, and Hillary’s Socialist philosophy.

Many Americans voted for Hillary, even though over and over again, nonstop, for 4 years, Hillary violated the National Security Laws of the United States by transmitting “thousands” of very highly classified messages on an unclassified server, endangering the lives of Americans and foreign allies. They weren’t bothered by her repeated violation of the National Security of the United States, which endangered the safety of American citizens and the Republic.

For seven days, the American electorate have been witnessing large scale “violent riots” against “Law and Order” in several dozen cities, instigated and organized by George Soros’s Pro-Communist organization “Open Society Foundation”, and by the Marxist Leninist Communist Workers Party’s front, “ANSWER”. “ANSWER” was funded by “Open Society Foundation”, the Communist Party “Progress Unity Fund.”, and Al Sharpton’s “National Action Network.”

The goal of the “violent riots” was to try to make the public believe the majority of Americans were against the election of President Elect Donald Trump, and that he lost the popular vote—nothing was further from the truth. Greg Phillips of VoteFraud.org claims that Trump would have won the election by a huge landslide, if the widespread vote fraud perpetrated during the election had been stamped out ahead of the vote.

After the VoterFraud.org organization extensively analyzed the database of 180 million registered voters, Greg Phillips stated, “We have verified that more than three million votes were cast illegally by non-citizens.” According to current press releases by the left of center liber4al media establishment, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 630,000 votes. Yet approximately 7 million ballots still remain to be counted, 3 million votes were cast illegally by non-citizens, more than 1.8 million dead people were “still” listed as voters, and approximately 2.75 million people were registered to vote in more than one state.
George Soros funded the “violent riots” against “Law and Order” in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD with $33 million. Following the November 8th election, George Soros has been funding “violent riots” in cities like NYC, Portland, LA, Madison, San Francisco, Baltimore, Denver, etc. with $25 million. Those “violent riots” against “Law and Order” are Soros’ attempt to destabilize the new administration of President Elect Donald Trump. George Soros has been continuing to deconstruct the Constitutional Government of the United States.

By supporting the election of Hillary Clinton, who supports the redistribution of wealth philosophy; Soros was hoping to help elect a candidate for president who would agree with his support for the United Nations One World Order, a World Order philosophy supported by the Communists Party, USA. George Soros should be charged with “Seditious Conspiracy” for the damage he has been creating in the United States with his funding of “violent riots”.

The Webster Dictionary defines “Seditious Conspiracy” as: “The crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to destroy the government.” The Law Dictionary defines “Sedition” as: “The crime of creating a revolt, disaster or violence against lawful civic authority with the intent to cause overthrow or destroy.”

The “violent riots” against “Law and Order” organized by George Soros and the Progressives in dozens of cities following the November 8th election, was also supported by the abusive and biased main stream media. Those “violent riots” were promoted with the hopes that they would spread to thousands of cities across the nation, and would develop into massive national riots.

The hope of the Progressives, Anarchists, Communists, Leftists, Black Lives Matter demonstrators, the Muslim Brotherhood, Soros’s Open Society Foundation, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and left of center liberal media establishment was that Obama would react to massive national riots by declaring martial law, and that Obama would lock down the whole country. However, the “violent riots” promoted by intolerant & hypocritical supporters of Hillary campaign, slowly fizzled, and never developed into the massive national riots Soros had hoped for.

The radical organizations listed above are against the peaceful transition of power, outlined in the US Constitution. They have been promoting the burning of American Flags in the street, screaming vulgar obscenities that make Mr Trump comments 11 years ago sound like a Sunday sermon, encouraging the destruction of private property, promoting hate crimes including the unmercifully beating of Trump voters, and recently those violent rioters, in a despicable hate crime, “murdered” a Veteran who tried to prevent “violent rioters” from burning the American Flag (the beating and murder can be viewed in the video in the attachment)

On national television, President Elect Donald J. Trump called for “calm” and for his supporters not to respond to violent rioters, because he said “I will bring this country together.” Yet despite his call for “calm”, 7 days of “violent riots” by anarchists continue, and Twitter has been flooded with threats to assassinate President Elect Donald Trump, and the murder of his family members. Obama, Hillary, and the liberal media establishment have not called for “calm” and the immediate cessation of the “violent rioting”.

There is a difference between peaceful protests like those led by Rev Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, and the “violent riots” Americans have been witnessing—yet the left of center liberal media establishment are calling the “violent riots promoting sedition”—-“peaceful protests protected by the US Constitution.” There is an obvious double standard in reporting by the liberal press.

If President Elect Trump hadn’t been elected, and his supporters were rioting in the streets, killing a Veteran, the press would not be as compliant as it is now. The press has failed to inform the American people, that half of the “violent rioters” who have been arrested by police, haven’t even voted. The press’ continues in its attempt to mislead the American people—-it has lost all credibility.

Please click on the below listed link to view a “very impressive” commentary by Thaddeus Dionne Alexander, about the “violent rioters” and on the burning of American Flags—the article following this Op Ed will provide you with more information on Thaddeus.

George Soros’ Open Society Foundation will continue to promote rebellion against “Law and Order” as he has done for the last 8 years, and will fund criminal Radical Anarchists, the Communists Party USA, Progressives, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Marxist Leninist Communist Workers Party, Black Lives Matter, and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

The left of center liberal media establishment will support Soros’s program to encourage violent unlawful civic riots like the “violent riots” he funded in Ferguson, Baltimore, NYC, LA, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, etc. and to destabilize the US Government.

The battle to combat violent unlawful civic, and to riots protect and defend the US Constitution is far from over.

Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John. All Rights Reserved. The material can only posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author. It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
-Isaiah 6:8
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WND
YOU AIN’T NO SLAVES!’ BLACK VET’S EPIC TAKEDOWN OF ANTI-TRUMP RIOTERS
Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Chelsea Schilling –News & Commentary Editor for WND

A black Air Force veteran, Thaddeus Dionne Alexander, is fed up with anti-Trump rioters who disrespect America’s flag, refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance, reject their duly-elected president and wreak havoc in U.S. cities, smashing windows, blocking freeways and igniting fires.

In fact, Thaddeus Dionne Alexander is so outraged by the rioters that he posted a video on YouTube and Facebook – and his message is going viral with 20 million views and nearly a million shares on Facebook alone.
“Wow, y’all are protesting? Really? Man, I don’t understand. It’s not Republicans causing all this destruction, you know, burning up the streets, blocking roads and things like that. It’s the liberals,” Alexander begins.
“You know, these are the same people that are against the Second Amendment. Because they want to ‘decrease violence,’ nobody should have guns. The same people that are [pro]-abortion because they want to ‘save lives.’ And you’re causing all this destruction just because your candidate lost.”
But Alexander explains, in America, “You can’t always get your way.”
He continued:
Everybody wants to be politically correct. Quit being crybabies!
Ain’t nothing free! You ain’t no slave!
You don’t get your way, so you act like a 2-year-old, burning up people’s stuff? Destroying the streets, making people late for work?
Man, I’m glad I don’t live in New York City or Washington or Oregon because I would run one of your asses over. You are outrageous, man. You are the exact reason why Donald Trump won the election. Because we’re tired of you crybabies.
You didn’t earn anything. None of you put on a uniform. But you’re quick to disrespect the flag. Not want to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Not want to recognize the Bible. But you want everything.
You didn’t fight for anything. But you want it.
It doesn’t work like that. …
All these people out there that want to protest and burn stuff up, I don’t think the cops should protect them. When people look at the flag and say, ‘That’s not my flag. Donald Trump is not my president,’ then you know what? Obviously this ain’t your damn country! Leave!
Find another flag. Find another president. Go to Mexico. I really don’t care.
But quit tearing up stuff.
Quit causing destruction and preaching peace. Because you’re contradicting yourself.
During a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Alexander explained that he was astonished at how the left depicted Republicans as angry individuals who hoarded guns and wanted to “kill babies.”
In fact, Clinton-supporting media outlets predicted Republicans would refuse to accept undesirable election results. On Oct. 27, the New York Times warned of violence by Trump supporters and “another Revolutionary War” should Hillary Clinton win the White House.

And after Trump’s Election Day victory, CNN reported Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans refused to stand for the national anthem. “I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in,” Evans said, adding that “America’s not right” for electing Trump.
But for all the media warnings, it turns out, anti-Trump rioters are the ones inflicting violence, destruction and mayhem in American cities.
“I just thought it was so hypocritical. It just amazed me how people reacted,” Alexander said.
“We need to preserve this country. We need to stop burning flags. We need to stand for the pledge of allegiance. And we need to be proud of what we have here.”
Alexander concluded, “Being a black man, there is no other country where we’re accepted like we are in the U.S.
“People may think so. I’ve had friend say, ‘We’ll go back to Africa.’ Well, everybody knows if you’re black man, you’re not accepted in Africa. You’re not African. It’s just not going to work like that. This is the only place where you can be openly gay or homosexual. There’s nowhere else to go.”

[Note: as posted elsewhere on this blog, voter fraud is very real. It is predominantly on the left, and its purpose is to destroy the United States of America. At this point, I would normally restate my position that the Red States should secede. However, if you look at the map and paint the Trump Counties in Red and the Clinton Counties in Blue, the cultural secession has already occurred. As to the riots not being national enough to allow Obama to declare a national emergency and a domestic dictatorship, look back at the counties map, and you will see that only in those few blue areas could he succeed and such rioting is obviously not national in nature.

God Bless America!]

November 18, 2016

News You’re Not Getting Elsewhere 18 Nov 16

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 4:18 pm

Storm-tossed: Haiti
Elections in the poorest country in the Americas are invariably fraught. And in the aftermath of last month’s Hurricane Matthew, the presidential vote on Sunday promises to be as tricky as any. It is a repeat of an election held in October 2015 that was aborted after widespread protests. But with homes destroyed and food scarce, many people have priorities other than voting. This could compromise the legitimacy of the first-round poll (a run-off is scheduled for January) and provide an excuse for losing candidates to protest once again. Whoever prevails, the new president’s priority will be to lead the response to the hurricane, which has affected nearly a fifth of the population. Storm-related losses have been put at $2bn; most of the farms and fisheries in the south-west, the main sources of regional economic activity, have been destroyed; and suspected cholera cases have surged. These are not problems for a caretaker president: Haiti desperately needs stable leadership.

Yellow v red: Malaysia
Thousands of people in yellow shirts will gather in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow to protest against corruption and impunity. The government of Najib Razak, the prime minister, has yet to prosecute anyone in connection with allegations of wrongdoing at 1MDB, a state investment firm from which billions of dollars are thought to have gone missing. A court this week instead handed an 18-month jail term to an opposition lawmaker accused of leaking classified information about the affair. The rally in the capital is the fifth to be organised by Bersih, a coalition calling for electoral reform. A similar event last year passed off peacefully—despite dire warnings from authorities—but without much immediate impact on the country’s stultified politics. This year gangs of red-shirted government supporters have sought to impede a roadshow put on to promote the march, and may try to make trouble at the weekend. Either way, the protesters are already seeing red.

Final countdown: Congolese politics
Residents of Kinshasa, the capital, will be preparing for a weekend hiding indoors. Tomorrow marks one month before the end of Joseph Kabila’s second—and supposedly final—term as president, under the constitution he helped to write. Yet he seems determined to stay in power. Protesters led by Etienne Tshisekedi, an ageing populist, have promised to try to stop him. Yesterday, Mr Kabila’s prime minister was replaced by a minor opposition figure as part of a power-sharing deal that would allow the president to stay in office until 2018. The main opposition called it “a useless provocation”, refusing to accept the deal. Mr Tshisekedi’s alliance, “Le Rassemblement”, remains strong. The question is whether its supporters will be put off by a government ban on protests, and memories of September, when 50-plus protesters at an authorised rally were gunned down by police. If people don’t take to the streets, Mr Kabila will be emboldened.

A perfect excuse to cry: APEC
The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting this weekend in Peru, with corporate and national leaders from 21 Pacific Rim countries, will be gloomy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would have drawn 12 Pacific countries into the biggest regional free-trade pact ever. It would have prompted Japan to open some coddled industries to foreign competition and Vietnam to reform its inefficient state-owned firms, allowed America to set the economic rules for much of developing Asia and given sluggish global trade a fillip. But faced with an incoming president who dislikes free trade, the White House has given it up for dead. Bilateral agreements may partly fill the void, and the other 11 countries may crack on without America; RCEP, a smaller agreement among China, India, Japan and some South-East Asian countries, is near completion. Attendees will be wondering what the world will look like as America, having soured on globalisation, turns inward. They aren’t the only ones.

Will we always have Paris? Climate talks
The Paris Agreement, adopted at the last UN climate meeting a year ago, entered into force before delegations even arrived for this year’s get-together in early November. That ensured a cheery start to proceedings in Marrakech, which conclude this weekend. But that joy gave way to despair when Donald Trump was elected. He wants to stall American efforts to keep global warming to “well below” 2°C, as the Paris deal requires. Mitigation and adaptation efforts, an important topic at the talks, will prove even trickier to fund as a result. Greens insist Mr Trump will galvanise greater action. The latest estimates from the International Energy Agency suggest that’s needed anyway: coal use by 2040 will be more than double the level that would give humanity an odds-on shot at limiting warming to just 2°C. Demand for the stuff, not just growth in demand for the stuff, must fall. Mr Trump disagrees; markets may not.

The world in brief

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, called Donald Trump a “leader we can trust” after their meeting in New York, Mr Trump’s first with a foreign counterpart. If that was reassuring, Mr Trump’s reported choice of national security adviser was less so: General Michael Flynn was a decorated intelligence officer but has recently stirred controversy with strident rhetoric about waging war against radical Islam.

The International Atomic Energy Agency publicly warned Iran that it had endangered international support for its nuclear deal by twice producing more than the permissible amount of heavy water, a nuclear-reactor material. The UN nuclear watchdog’s head, Yukiya Amano, denied the warning was related to the election of Donald Trump, a vocal opponent of the deal.

As part of an ever-widening corruption probe in Brazil, police arrested a former governor of Rio de Janeiro state. Sergio Cabral is alleged to have led an operation that netted more than 224m reais ($66m) in construction-related bribes. Unrest over corruption and budget cuts has spread; on Wednesday right-wing protesters stormed the lower legislative house, demanding a military coup.

After the opprobrium, the overhaul. As Volkswagen grapples with a diesel-emissions scandal, the German carmaker announced a major restructuring, including shedding up to 30,000 jobs over five years. The aim is to buff up the core VW brand, doubling its return on sales to 4%—helping to offset the €18bn ($19bn) in scandal-related costs it has incurred so far.

American federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against and arrested a former executive of Valeant, a beleaguered Canadian drug company, and the ex-boss of Philidor, a mail-order pharmacy, over suspected fraud and payment of kickbacks. Investigators have been looking into whether the two companies bilked investors by concealing an arrangement in which Philidor was used to boost Valeant’s sales.

JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $264m to American authorities to settle criminal and civil probes into whether its hiring practices in China broke foreign-bribery laws. Investigators spent more than three years looking into suspicions that the bank had offered jobs to “princelings”—young relatives of senior Chinese officials—in return for business from state-run companies. Several other banks are also under investigation.

Amid signs of growing economic strength, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said an interest-rate rise could come “relatively soon”; most pundits expect it in December. Earlier, the Bank of Japan, concerned about rising bond yields, surprised markets by offering to buy an unlimited amount of Japanese government bonds. The BoJ wants to keep ten-year yields at around 0%.

C4iSR: Air
USAF to study future command-and-control requirements
Gareth Jennings, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
17 November 2016
The US Air Force (USAF) is to shortly begin work on a study to asses its command-and-control (C2) capability requirements out to 2030 and beyond, an official said on 16 November.
Speaking under the Chatham House rule, the official said that the study would be similar in scope to the service’s air superiority study that was concluded earlier this year.
“We looked out to 2030 and beyond for our future air superiority needs, and came up with a lot of good ideas and thoughts. Command-and-control will be the next study in which we will look at what are the next capabilities that we need to expand upon. We will be looking to glean as much information [as the USAF’s future C2 requirements] as is humanly possible,” he said.
According to the official, C2 is becoming increasingly important given the need to reduce and even eliminate collateral damage in the age of social media. “Near-precision is a thing of the past,” he said, adding, “[Eliminating] collateral damage is extremely important, and it is something that we need to do even in a denied [defended] environment.”
The USAF fields a number of aircraft types that are traditionally associated with C2, including the Boeing E-3 Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) and E-4B, but as the official noted, the service’s latest-generation combat platforms will greatly add to the C2 mix in the coming years.
“The F-22, F-35, and B-21 are going to be hoovers of information, and will bring information dominance,” he said.

EU defence ministers call for pragmatic capability initiatives in 2017
Brooks Tigner, Brussels – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
16 November 2016
Aligning national defence planning among European Union countries and extending multinational command arrangements beyond air transport to medical, land, and naval logistics will be explored in early 2017, EU foreign and defence ministers announced after a joint meeting on 14 November.
Calling on the European Defence Agency (EDA) to develop proposals in these areas, they said business cases should be created to ‘replicate the success’ of the multinational European Air Transport Command (EATC) ‘in other domains’. Based in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, the command plans and tasks some 200 transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft – 75% of Europe’s air transport capacity – on behalf of seven air forces (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Spain).

Country Risk
Argentine, Chilean navies patrol Antarctic waters
Alejandro Sanchez, Washington, DC – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
17 November 2016
Argentine and Chilean sea platforms are to monitor the Antarctic from 15 November 2016 to 31 March 2017 under the Joint Antarctic Naval Patrol (Patrulla Antártica Naval Combinada: PANC) framework.
The operation includes search-and-rescue missions, monitoring maritime traffic, potential cleanup activities, and support for Antarctic bases.
Argentina will deploy Islas Malvinas (A 24), one of four Neftegaz-class ships acquired from Russia in 2014. Neftegaz-class ships are classified as Anchor Handling Vessels Tug Supply, weigh 2.7 tonnes, and can travel at 12 kt. Chile is sending Lautaro (ATF 67), a tug/supply vessel constructed in Norway in 1973 and incorporated into the Chilean Navy in 1990, which weighs 1.6 tonnes with a speed of 12 kt.

Air-Launched Weapons
USN plans extended range JSOW test
Richard Scott, London – IHS Jane’s Navy International
17 November 2016
Key Points
• NAVAIR plans a contract award to Raytheon in early 2017 for JSOW ER all-up-round test support
• Scope of work includes adding a production-representative engine/fuel/inlet system, and software modifications to optimise mid-course/endgame performance
The US Navy (USN) is finalising plans to move forward with testing of a powered, extended-range variant of Raytheon’s air-launched AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).
In a pre-solicitation notice posted on 8 November, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said that the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA 201) intended to enter into sole-source negotiations with Raytheon Missile Systems for a JSOW Extended Range (JSOW ER) all-up-round (AUR) flight test programme.

Weapons
Syria now operating ‘restored’ S-200 SAMs
Jeremy Binnie, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
17 November 2016
Syria’s longest range surface-to-air (SAM) systems have been refurbished and are now contributing to the anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) network in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said on 15 November.
“We have repaired the Syrian S-200 [air defence] systems over the past four months. They are now effectively protecting Syrian territory, as well as providing air protection for the eastern flank of our Tartus and Humaymim bases,” he said in a joint press conference with President Vladimir Putin.
The Syrian military operates the S-200VE version of the system that has a range of 240 km. Open source satellite imagery shows it had four S-200 operational bases with a total of 10 batteries in 2014.

Air Platforms
India’s indigenous Rustom-II UAV completes maiden flight
Rahul Bedi, New Delhi – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
17 November 2016

India’s locally developed Rustom-II MALE UAV completed its maiden test flight near Bangalore on 16 November. Source: DRDO
India’s locally developed Rustom-II medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) completed its maiden test flight at the aeronautical test range in Chitradurga, near Bangalore, on 16 November.
Official sources told IHS Jane’s that the test flight was limited to a 100 km range even though the UAV’s operational range to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for all three of India’s services is expected to reach to 250 km.
India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement that the test flight achieved the main objectives of testing the platform’s capabilities such as take-off, banking, level flying, and landing.
Developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Limited, the first prototype of the 1.8-tonne multimission UAV – known as TAPAS 201 – has a 21 m wingspan, a capacity payload of 350 kg, an endurance of over 24 hours, and an operational ceiling of 10,660 m (34,776 feet), according to the MoD.
The public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is also a production partner in the programme.
The MoD said that the Rustom-II/TAPAS 201 is capable of carrying medium- and long-range optic sensors, synthetic aperture radar, electronic intelligence, communication intelligence, and situational awareness payloads for round-the-clock operations.
The UAV is powered by two Russian NPO Saturn 36T turboprop engines rated at 100 hp each. The UAV’s airframe, landing gear, digital flight control, avionic, and navigational systems have all been sourced locally from public and private sector companies.
DRDO officials said the Rustom-II/TAPAS 201 would undertake further trials to validate its design parameters before conducting user trials with the respective services.
The UAV is a derivative of the Rustom-I, which conducted its first test flight in October 2010 and was designed primarily as a test bed for more advanced variants. However, DRDO sources said that the Rustom-I is also expected to enter limited service, possibly with the Indian Navy.

Charlemagne
Iron waffler
Germany and its chancellor are still too hesitant to be able to lead the free world
Nov 19th 2016 | From the print edition


TO VISIT Berlin is to be confronted at every turn by reminders of the evils that Germans do. Memorials to the Holocaust and other wartime atrocities dot the city. In Kreuzberg, a scruffy-but-hip neighbourhood, posters and leaflets denounce milder German iniquities, from urban gentrification to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a hated trade deal between the European Union and America that the election of Donald Trump may have killed for good.
Outside Germany, though, Mr Trump’s victory has left disaffected liberals gasping for German benevolence. Brexit, the refugee crisis and the rise of drawbridge-up populists across Europe had already punctured the West’s self-confidence. Now, after an election campaign in which Mr Trump trashed immigrants, vowed to rewrite trade deals and threatened to withdraw America’s security guarantee, the West’s indispensable nation appears to have dispensed with itself. Desperate for a candidate to accept the mantle of leader of the free world, some alighted on Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor.
It is easy to see why. Unflappable and patient, dedicated to the freedom she had thrust upon her as a young East German physicist in 1989, Mrs Merkel is a beacon to those who fear the flickering of the liberal flame. She likes markets, trade and good governance. Her commitment to helping refugees fleeing strife in Syria contrasts with the anti-migrant turn elsewhere in Europe. Mr Trump’s victory should extinguish any speculation that Mrs Merkel will not seek a fourth term as chancellor next year in Germany’s federal election; expect an announcement soon.
Yet anyone expecting Germany to fill America’s shoes will be disappointed. Consider Mrs Merkel’s approach to crisis management, from the euro to Ukraine to refugees. Each played out differently, but Mrs Merkel’s prevarication was consistent: humming and hawing over bail-outs for indebted governments; taking Vladimir Putin at his word before realising he was a liar; reacting to the refugee surge rather than trying to prevent it. For those seeking stability, Mrs Merkel’s taste for hesitation may be a feature, not a bug, but it hardly makes for bold leadership.
Nor does German assertiveness inside Europe run smoothly. Seventy years after the second world war, protestors in Greece and Spain who resent Germany’s strict approach to fiscal stewardship still resort to Nazi tropes. The occasional attempt to form “anti-austerity” (read: anti-German) axes inside the EU elicits terror in Berlin. The world’s progressives may have loved it, but some in Berlin were uneasy at the chiding tone of Mrs Merkel’s letter of congratulation to Mr Trump, which pledged co-operation on the basis of a commitment to liberal values. “We are protected by our terrible history,” says Joschka Fischer, a former foreign minister. “You cannot say, ‘Make Germany Great Again’.”
More importantly, Pax Americana has always required American bite. Germany, with a defence budget one-fifteenth that of the United States, no nuclear deterrent and an instinct for pacifism, has neither the ability nor the aspiration to act as the world’s liberal hegemon. This is a country that went through agonies over whether to arm Iraqi Kurds battling Islamic State. Inside Europe, let alone elsewhere, only France and Britain have the ability to project power, and that suits Germans fine. Put bluntly, if Mr Putin’s tanks roll into the Baltics it will not be the Bundeswehr that takes the lead in rolling them back.
Mrs Merkel’s ambitions are altogether smaller. First among them is to hold together the fracturing EU, via a blend of prayer and policy. Germany is pinning its hopes on France, its eternal partner inside the EU, electing a sane president next year—ideally Alain Juppé, the centre-right front-runner. Franco-German comity should help EU governments find common ground on defence co-operation, the focus of their efforts over the next few months. (Mr Trump’s questionable commitment to NATO should provide another spur.) Should the politics prove propitious, Germany may one day be open to more ambitious schemes, such as greater integration of the euro zone. But grand visions of EU institutional change, let alone a German-led reshaping of the world order, are off the menu in Berlin. The priority is stopping the rot.
Meanwhile Mrs Merkel, her political capital depleted by the refugee crisis, must hold the line at home. Owing in part to the rise of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, the coalition that emerges from next year’s election will probably command a Bundestag majority far smaller than the one Mrs Merkel’s centrist grand coalition enjoys today. That will limit the chancellor’s room for manoeuvre, at home and in Europe. The political fragmentation is also disinterring old questions about Germany’s geopolitical allegiance. The Westbindung (Western integration), a staple of German foreign policy since Adenauer, is fraying as extremist parties on the left and right cosy up to Russia.
Leading from the mittel
And what about Mr Trump? For now, Germany retains a touching faith in America’s institutions to rein in the president-elect’s worst impulses. But from his vicious campaign to the chaotic management of his transition, there is every sign that Mr Trump will prove to be another of the erratic politicians, like Silvio Berlusconi and Nicolas Sarkozy, who have tested Mrs Merkel’s patience. Russia is a particular worry. If Mr Trump abandons Ukraine and allows America’s sanctions to wither, Mrs Merkel’s task of maintaining European unity will become almost impossible.
Germany’s stake in the global liberal order is immense. Its export-led economic model relies on robust international trade; its political identity is inexorably linked to a strong EU; its westward orientation assumes a friendly and engaged America. All of these things may now be in jeopardy, and Germany would suffer more than most from their demise. But do not look to Mrs Merkel to save them, for she cannot do so alone.

Consumer goods
Pot of gold
America’s cannabis industry prepares for new highs
Nov 19th 2016 | From the print edition



Flat white joint to go
IN THE 1990s Snoop Dogg, a rapper, called cannabis “chronic”. The drug was illicit and cool. In 2016 Mr Dogg is a cannabis investor, and the drug is poised to earn another title: consumer staple. On November 8th four states, including California, voted to approve recreational cannabis use. Four other states eased rules for medical marijuana. About three-fifths of America’s population lives in states that now allow cannabis use in some form.
So pot entrepreneurs face the thrilling prospect of normality. This week industry leaders were meeting in Las Vegas to discuss how the sector might expand. They have in prospect a vast, partially established market. More than 32m Americans already use cannabis. As the business becomes more normalised, it is sure to attract new customers. “It’s not often that you see an industry and you know the inevitability of it,” says Brendan Kennedy of Privateer Holdings, a private-equity firm that specialises in cannabis. Last year legal sales reached $6bn, according to the Arcview Group, an investment and market-research firm. By 2020 Arcview expects legal sales to be more than three times higher.
There remains the dispiriting fact that, on a national level, marijuana is still illegal. Federal agencies have generally respected states’ cannabis rules, but Donald Trump’s enforcers may be more aggressive. Even if they demur, the federal ban makes business difficult. Few banks are willing to lend to cannabis companies that handle the plant directly. Firms cannot operate across state lines, nor may they deduct common expenses from tax filings, which squeezes their profits.
Nevertheless, startups are spreading like weeds. Many of them serve the cannabis industry without touching the plant itself—these firms benefit from the sector’s growth while avoiding its strictest rules. For example Kush Bottles, based in California, sells product packaging that complies with idiosyncratic state requirements. Older firms are eyeing the industry as well. Scotts Miracle-Gro, a publicly traded gardening company, reckons it can serve not just ageing green thumbs but young cannabis growers, too.
Other companies deal with the plant directly, whether growing, processing or distributing it. Many early entrepreneurs have exited, unable to survive tight rules and falling cannabis prices brought about by legalisation. Bigger firms with strong management have, unsurprisingly, fared better. A company called LivWell now has 14 dispensaries across Colorado, which legalised recreational cannabis use in 2014. Its founder used to lead a firm that sold baby products to Walmart.
Cannabis firms have much in common with traditional consumer businesses. To cope with bans on interstate commerce, for example, those backed by Privateer license their brands and production methods to third parties in particular states, in much the same way that Coca-Cola depends on licensees in markets around the world. And just as big food companies grew in the 20th century by processing basic ingredients into tasty, more profitable snacks, for example, lots are processing plants into biscuits, gummy candies, tinctures and oils. “There’s not a lot of money to be made in tomatoes,” points out Arcview’s Troy Dayton, “but there’s a lot of money to be made in sauce.” In Colorado, the market share of cannabis flower, such as that typically rolled into a joint, fell from 68% in 2014 to 57% in the first nine months of this year, according to BDS Analytics, a data firm, but the processed versions of cannabis are on the rise.
Looming over the industry is the question of when tobacco companies might join the fray. Cigarette-makers certainly have the expertise to navigate complex rules for cannabis, points out Vivien Azer of Cowen, a financial-services firm. Their research on e-cigarettes could enhance vapour products for pot. If the federal government ever legalises the drug, tobacco firms would probably swoop in and snap up small, fast-growing firms. In the meantime, Colorado offers a tantalising glimpse of the future: there are now more cannabis dispensaries in the state than there are Starbucks coffee outlets.

November 11, 2016

Veterans’ Day, Capt John USN ret [nc]

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 4:11 pm

Veterans Day November 11th—Thank a Veteran

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 11, 2016

We “Honor” Veterans who have served in the US Armed Forces during the 240 year history of the Republic, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion in defense of the nation.

An average of 22 Veterans commit suicide every day, many of them are suffering from PTSD, and have not been able to obtain timely or proper medical treatment.

By clicking on the below listed link, you will be able to listen to a powerful message delivered by President Ronald Reagan about “a soldier and his pledge.”

A Veteran, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”

If you have the opportunity to remember a Veteran’s service in defense of the Republic—Thank a Veteran.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt USN(Ret)/Former FBI

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184

San Diego, CA 92108

http://www.CombatVeteransForCongress.org

https://www.facebook.com/combatveteransforcongress?ref=hl

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
-Isaiah 6:8

November 10, 2016

Honor

Honor, get some tissues. I did a bunch of these when I was stationed at Camp LeJeune. I won’t compare to the gits rioting against the election.

http://tinyurl.com/zom68at

The American Creed, William Tyler Page, April 13, 1918

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 2:23 pm

THE AMERICAN CREED

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.”

William Tyler Page – April 13, 1918

241 Years of Protecting Our Rights ooo Rah!

Filed under: Historical context, US Marine Corps — justplainbill @ 2:06 pm

Happy 241

Birthday cake ceremony:

November 9, 2016

The Election Fables of 2016, Victor Hanson [nc]

Filed under: Elections — justplainbill @ 2:46 am

The Election Fables of 2016
November 8, 2016 12:17 pm / Leave a Comment / victorhanson

by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review
Clear choices on the issues in 2016 have been far more distinct than in 1960, 1968, or 1992.
Most of what we read about the election of 2016 was untrue. Here are the most glaring of the election fables.
Hillary would have been better off politically to come clean long ago We hear a few on the left lament Hillary’s two-year stubbornness in stonewalling, lying, and distorting the facts surrounding her unlawful use of a private e-mail server — as if her problems were largely a result of not being candid soon enough.
Nothing could be further from the truth if we define “better” as “more politically viable.” Had Clinton in spring 2015, from the outset, confessed that she had violated federal law in her transmissions of classified material, or admitted that she had deleted some e-mails under subpoena that contained government business, or had she apologized for allotting, as secretary of state, time to Clinton Foundation patrons of her husband, on the basis of their donations and honoraria, she would have lost the primaries to Bernie Sanders and landed in jail.
Had the president and the Democratic National Committee not intervened to massage the political climate and help to warp the primaries, or had Donna Brazile not continued to sabotage the sanctity of the debates, Hillary might well not have found herself on the eve of the election tied or ahead in the polls for the presidency. Had Bill Clinton not met Loretta Lynch on the tarmac, James Comey might well have acted earlier and with greater effect — and avoided his flip-flopping.

In other words, in all these cases of malfeasance, Clinton calculated quite correctly that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the entire Obama administration, as well as the media and the liberal establishment, would rally to her side, even when it was evident that her denials were empty and her conduct ethically bankrupt and clearly illegal.
Lying paid off. It got Hillary this far; it could win her the presidency, and there is little likelihood in this world that she will pay a price — and some likelihood she will continue to benefit from smooth prevarication. Cosmic justice will come, as it always does, but probably in her dotage — or somewhere else.
The truth is that for all her campaign weaknesses (voice, demeanor, stamina, etc.), she remains an effective liar and cynically and correctly believes that she is largely immune from accountability — a fact borne out by the 2016 election.
‘They go high, we go low’ Clinton enjoys quoting the supposed hip ethical platitudes of Michelle Obama and, by association, her husband (of campaigning ever more nobly while Trump campaigns still more ignobly).
In fact, the Clinton campaign has matched all mud thrown by Trump, toss for toss — perhaps even more so, given its far greater cash reserves. This final week, she and the president of the United States were falsely alleging that Trump welcomed the official endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan — as if Trump had sat on a bench at a rally of the KKK the same way that Obama once had described himself as being mentored by the racist, anti-American, and anti-Semite Reverend “Audacity of Hope” Jeremiah Wright.
There was nothing “going high” about labeling millions as “deplorables” and not real Americans, any more than Obama took the high road when he gave his clinger speech, his “typical white person” speech, or his “get in their faces” and “bring a gun to a knife fight” riffs. Most recently, Obama was all but assuring that illegal aliens could vote without fear of legal consequences, once again fleshing out Trump’s rigged-election paranoia as not so paranoid.
Michelle Obama in 2008 suggested that Hillary was unfit for the White House (“If you can’t run your own house, you can’t run the White House.”). She serially declared that she had never been proud of her country until her husband ran for president, that her country was “downright mean,” and that “they” were perpetually raising the bar on the one-percenter victimized Obamas. That may have been campaigning at some level, but it was certainly not going “high.”
In sum, the Obamas have often gone low, Hillary goes low, Trump goes low — they all, by their very natures of being politicians, go low. The only difference between them is that Trump has less often in hypocritical fashion bragged that he ever at all “goes high” — in the way that Hillary and the president now claim.
Clinton likely got debate questions in advance, without a peep of moral compunction over refusing such an unethical edge. Her team insulted Latinos and Catholics, and she predicated making lots of money by virtue of selling influence accruing from her public office. There was also nothing “high” in all that — any more than Obama’s own outright lying to the American people about the Affordable Care Act, or his insisting that he first learned of Hillary’s unlawful private e-mail domain in the news, or his administration’s use of the IRS to hound pre-reelection opponents.
Cruelty and coarseness are unattractive traits even in politicians, but they reek even worse when perfumed with sanctimony.
Trump’s crude past and present made him uniquely vulnerable to liberal attacks To believe that, we would have to accept two premises. First, that a crude and vulgar Trump is cruder and more vulgar in matters of sex than, for example, were Presidents Kennedy and Clinton, both still worshiped by liberals as landmark presidents. Trump’s business deals are as questionable as the sources of the LBJ fortune, which bothered few in the media. Trump is Trump, with a personal life as checkered as Hillary’s but amplified by his money and the opportunities of gratification and crudity afforded in one’s Manhattan private life free of the worries of a discreet politician.
Second, ever since the ascendency of their “war room,” the Clinton-inspired Left has attacked the integrity and morality of all Republican presidential candidates: McCain was rendered a near-senile coot, confused about the extent of his wife’s wealth and the number of their estates. No finer man ran for president than Mitt Romney. And by November 2012 when he lost, he had been reduced to a bullying hazer in his teen-age years, a vulture capitalist, a heartless plutocrat who was rude to his garbage man, tortured dogs, had an elevator in his house, and provided horses and stables to his aristocratic wife. All were either lies or exaggerations or irrelevant and all insidiously cemented the picture of the gentlemanly Romney as a preppie, out-of-touch, old white-guy snob, and gratuitously cruel to the less fortunate.
Trump was certainly more vulgar than either McCain or Romney, but what voters he lost owing to his crass candor he may well have gained back through his slash-and-burn, take-no-prisoners willingness to fight back against the liberal smear machine. We can envision what Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, or Ted Cruz would look like after six months of “going high” from the Clinton-campaign treatment.
It is a mistake to believe that any other candidate would have better dealt with the Clinton-Podesta hit teams; all we can assume is that most would have suffered far more nobly than Trump. It would be wonderful if a Republican candidate ran with Romney’s personal integrity, Rubio’s charisma, Walker’s hands-on experience, Cruz’s commitment to constitutional conservatism, and Trump’s energy, animal cunning, and ferocity, but unfortunately such multifaceted candidates are rare.
The campaign marked a new low
One does not have to go back to 18th- and 19th-century smear-mongering to see that the crude electioneering this year was not so unusual.In 1944, an ailing FDR accused his Republican opponent of wanting to replicate the very Fascism at home that Americans were defeating abroad. The existential cover-up of FDR’s terminal health in November 1944 made Hillary’s dodges about her conditions minor stuff. McGovern often likened Nixon to Hitler. The 1964 LBJ “daisy” ad (resurrected by Hillary Clinton) trafficked in the charge that Barry Goldwater — the World War II pilot — was an utter nut who would blow up the world with nuclear weapons. The year 1968 saw riot, assassination, and blood in the streets.
When the noble patrician George H. W. Bush and his good-ol’-boy henchman Lee Atwater got done with the gentlemanly Michael Dukakis in 1988, he was a water polluter, murderer-releasing, wannabe-tank-driving wimp — dirt matched by a Dukakis campaign manager, Donna Brazile, who stoked rumor-mongering that the family man Bush was a philandering hypocrite.
When Bill Clinton’s hit team (fending off charges that he was a pro-Communist, marijuana-smoking draft dodger) finished with George H. W. Bush in 1992 (now without the services of the brilliantly demonic Atwater), the old combat fighter pilot was a wimp and near-planner of Iran-Contra — and likely to be indicted like his cronies such as the good but unfairly hounded Caspar Weinberger.
Again, spare us the sanctimony. Character assassination and cruelty have been trademarks of U.S. elections. In 1864, what Frémont, McClellan, and the Copperheads over the year said about Lincoln makes today’s disparagement seem tame. During that election year, newspaper grandee Horace Greeley flipped and flopped over the down-and-up Lincoln more than a Republican Never/Sometimes/Always Trumper up for reelection.

What was new in 2016 was not Hillary’s hit-team campaign (eerily reminiscent of Nixon’s 1972 CREEP operatives) or Trump’s “crooked Hillary” refrains but the social-media age of the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and 24/7 cable news. For the first time, the electronic, lidless eye of millions hunted down race/class/gender politically incorrect “gaffes” to offer them up as a supposed window into a candidate’s dark soul.

There were no issues

The biggest myth of the election was that it was merely about who was worse between two unsavory candidates whose character flaws made issues irrelevant. The initial premise may be true that both were unattractive figures, but they certainly had quite different political agendas — a fact known to the voters.

On matters of Obamacare, fossil fuels, trade, the Supreme Court, abortion, illegal immigration, defense spending, the debt, taxes, regulation, and a host of other issues, Hillary, in her convenient hard-left remake, took an unapologetic hard-progressive stance. Donald Trump, in his latest incarnation, adopted positions mostly identical to those of most conservatives. Both were candid in their views about a future Supreme Court. Hillary would likely expand sanctuary cities; Trump would deny them federal funds. Hillary could not have been more antithetical to Trump on Obamacare. And on and on.

Clear choices on the issues in 2016 were far more distinct than in 1960, 1968, or 1992. Ironically, two unattractive candidates canceled each other out, and had the odd effect of turning attention to the Supreme Court or health care in a way not true of prior “nice” campaigns.

Also in mythical fashion, perhaps a few Never Trumpers clung to a fantasy that the real Hillary was only playacting hard-left. Once safely elected, supposedly she would revert to centrist Bill Clinton themes of the 1990s, as she welcomed former “bipartisan” neo-cons back into her advisory circle and service as newly minted neo-liberals to follow Dean Acheson’s visions. And it was an even greater myth that Trump was going to revert to his 1980s libertine self and govern to the left of Obama.

Both ran on partisan, contrary agendas, and supporters of both were correct to see each as the opposite of the other.

The year 2016, for all its carnival barking, ended up as a clash of visions, and a fork in the American road.

November 7, 2016

Obama encourages illegals to vote, Joseph John , [c]

Obama Encourages Illegal Aliens to Vote in Video – Promises No Repercussions

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 7, 2016

The nation has had a very serious Voter Fraud problem, going back to the Nixon Kennedy Presidential election of 1960, when Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago was accused of having his Democratic Machine perpetrate “Voter Fraud” in the city of Chicago. The Chicago voting total tipped the state of Illinois into John Kennedy’s win column, and threw the Presidential election to John Kennedy. The Democratic “machine” came up with 8,858 votes from Chicago graveyards and elsewhere to steal the election from Richard Nixon. Even though Richard Nixon was provided with evidence of massive “Voter Fraud” perpetrated by the Chicago Democratic Machine, he refused to contest the election because he didn’t want to create a Constitutional crisis in the United States.

In 1982, Voter Fraud rose its ugly head again un Chicago and resulted in one of the largest “Voter Fraud” prosecutions ever conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. The telltale smoke arose out of one of the closest governor’s races in Illi­nois history; and as for the fire, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago at the time, Daniel Webb, estimated that at least 100,000 fraudulent votes (10 percent of all votes in the city) had been cast. Sixty-five individuals were indicted for federal election crimes, and all but two (one found incompetent to stand trial and another who died) were convicted. CBS’ Local Chicago affiliate reported that 119 dead people have voted 229 times in the last decade, with one dead man voting 11 times.

Obama met Madeleine Talbot, part of the Chicago branch of ACORN, he was asked to train the ACORN staff in Chicago after he graduated from Harvard and moved to Chicago. ACORN engage in bullying banks, forcing them to issue risky loans, and ACORN intimidation and disruption businesses. During the 2004 United States Presidential elections, Voter Fraud raised its ugly head again, and the American voters nationally first became acquainted with ACORN, which was funded by the Democratic party. ACORN perpetrated voter fraud in massive amounts that in the 2008 Presidential election of Obama. There were 11 major investigations across the nation involving thousands of potentially fraudulent actions by ACORN employees following the election.

In 2009, ACORN was charged and convicted in Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and California of massive “Voter Registration Fraud.” ACORN simply kept the same people on its employment rolls, and changed the name of the organization in every state in the union, and continued to train its personnel to perpetrate “Voter Fraud.”

From 2008 to 2012, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services funded those same former ACORN organizations, and enabled them to continue registration fraud of Illegal Aliens in many states. They have become very effective in states that issue drivers licenses to Illegal Aliens, so those Illegal Aliens can use their driver’s licenses to obtain Social Security numbers, and then use both the driver’s license and Social Security Cards to register to vote.

In the 2012 presidential election, many Illegal aliens voted, Those former ACORN organizations were funded by Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services from 2012 to 2016 which enabled them to continue the “Voter Registration Fraud.”

Hans Von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow and manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation, has maintained that there’s enough “Voter Fraud” to make a difference in a close election. His think tank has compiled 430 cases of “Voter Fraud” that resulted in a conviction or a judge ordering a new election.(WND.com 11/7/16)

Several cases have arisen in just the past week, along with the revelations by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, which captured on hidden camera a top Democratic operative engineering wide-scale “Vote Fraud.” (WND.com 11/7/16)

Last Thursday in Pennsylvania, a state the Trump campaign believes it can win, state police raided two offices of a voter registration group in Philadelphia after raiding another office in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, just days earlier. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported police used a warrant seeking forms that could be used to “construct fraudulent voter registration forms” and “completed voter registration forms containing same or similar identifying information of individuals on multiple forms.”

(WND.com 11/7/16)

State officials in Texas are investigating reports of a “vote harvesting” scheme in which as many as 20,000 ballots has been filled in and delivered for people in Tarrant County. (WND.com 11/7/16)

In San Pedro, California, on Saturday, FoxNews.com reported, Jerry Mosna found 83 unused election ballots – all addressed to different people – stacked on the mailbox of an elderly neighbor who lives in a two-bedroom apartment.. (WND.com 11/7/16)

This year Illegal Aliens have been flooding across the wide open southern border, they have been released upon entry in accordance with Obama’s instructions (they should have been quarantined for at least 30 days in accordance with US Federal Immigration Laws, before release). It has been reported that hundreds of thousands of those Illegal Aliens have been registered to vote illegally.

If you click on the below listed link you will be able to watch a video of Obama encouraging Illegal Aliens to vote, and he promises them, in the interview, that there will be no repercussions if they vote illegally—a violation of US Federal Voting Laws. Obama is the first occupant of the Oval Office in 240 years to encourage Illegal Aliens to vote, while assuring them that there will not be any repercussions for voting illegally.

Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John. All Rights Reserved. The material can only posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author. It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt USN(Ret)/Former FBI

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184

San Diego, CA 92108

http://www.CombatVeteransForCongress.org

https://www.facebook.com/combatveteransforcongress?ref=hl

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
-Isaiah 6:8

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Obama Encourages Illegal Aliens to Vote – Promises No Repercussions

When multiple supporters sent the below listed link to us we said, no way, even Obama would never say to vote illegally.

But we were wrong.

Barack Obama illegally and openly called on Illegal Aliens to vote in Tuesday’s election——just watch the below listed video when you click on the below listed link.

The Obama administration has proved to be lawless when it comes to US Federal Voting Laws by viewing the below listed link!

They Hillary and Obama have been lying at every turn.

The occupant in the Oval Office lied to get Obamacare passed when he said you can keep your doctor and your insurance.
The occupant of the Oval Office and Hillary lied about Benghazi when they said it was a spontaneous riot about a movie, not terrorism.
The occupant of the Oval Office lied when he said he didn’t know about Hillary’s private illegal server and emails.

The occupant in the Oval Office said I will bridge the gap between black and white Americas.

Click
here: Obama encourages illegal aliens to vote without fear of being deported. –
YouTube

[Gosh, all of this going on in THE BLUE STATES. Secession, secession, secession.]

November 6, 2016

The Alienated American, Victor Hanson [c]

Filed under: Political Commentary — Tags: , , , , , — justplainbill @ 4:31 pm

The Alienated American
October 31, 2016 9:36 am / Leave a Comment / Megan Ring
by Victor Davis Hanson// Defining Ideas

Many Americans increasingly seem psychologically, if not materially, disengaged from their own country. A few vote with their feet and move to quieter enclaves in the American rural West or to no-income-tax states in the South and hinterlands. More withdraw with their minds, by shutting out most of the noise emanating from American popular culture, politics, and the media.

I spent my vacation in September in small towns in southern Michigan, and a few days of October traveling to a number of communities in rural California, as well as talking to a variety of people on my farm. In all these venues, I kept meeting the same sort of detached American. Though these men and women came from varying class and ethnic backgrounds, they were united by a sense of malaise. Let me sum up what I think is the new Americanus alienatus.

The American stranger embraces a pessimistic view of this country, rather than the therapeutic view shared by most Americans. Given the nation’s cultural and financial profligacy, he assumes things are going to get worse. Or at least he accepts that they cannot go on as they are. The medicine (that will fall on him to administer) will be as catastrophic as the lethal disease (which he thinks was caused mostly by others).

Stereotyped as a “deplorable” “clinger” and “everyday American,” the stranger certainly has no wish to dispute the new politically correct orthodoxies of open borders, Black Lives Matter, the euphemisms that mask radical Islamic terrorism, record deficits, unsustainable entitlements, and chaos abroad. All of that, he believes, is now the concern of the members of the coastal establishment, whose incestuous lives are glimpsed in the latest WikiLeaks trove.

The disengaged American’s own existential business is survival. It takes all his energy and resources to navigate around the concrete ramifications of what elites have wrought, like failing public school systems, crime-ridden cityscapes, and Kafkaesque bureaucracies. The elites, meanwhile, have far better ways of insulating themselves from the injurious effects of their own ideology.

The stranger believes we are running out of answers to increasing racial and ethnic tensions. As a drop-out himself, when he reads daily of shootings, stabbings, riots, and assaults, he makes a mental note of where they take place, knows enough to keep quiet about them, and plans to stay a safe distance away.

Politics is a turn-off, epitomized this year by the crude Donald Trump and the refined and inveterate prevaricator Hillary Clinton. Both seem to reflect our long-standing hubris, in which we glorified empty celebrities and overlooked the high crimes and misdemeanors of professional politicians, who made their own rules of behavior that ultimately (and logically) permitted destroying government documents, recklessly trafficking in classified information, and selling government influence to the highest bidders. To the extent Trump wins sympathy among estranged Americans, it is largely because he represents the nihilistic choice: the idea of a humiliated and doomed Samson pulling down the pillars of the Philistine temple upon us all apparently has a sort of psychological and vicarious attraction for the American stranger, especially when he reads of the contempt that the elite hold for people like himself.

Neither candidate talks about the financial Armageddon ahead, when raising interest rates will make it nearly impossible to meet existing outlays and service a $20 trillion national debt. In contrast, the quiet American assumes that the remedies of inflation or catastrophic budget cuts in defense and entitlements—or more likely both—are inevitable. He assumes his own financial future is bleak, and his children’s even bleaker. In paranoia, he readies himself for anything, whether that means European-level tax rates or the loss of his private 401K to the insolvent Social Security trust fund. Sometimes, the nuts who advocate buying gold do not seem so nutty to him.

Hypocrisy is the national creed, and the turned-off American survives by navigating around or ignoring it. Illegal aliens, seen as an important new political demographic, are increasingly immune from federal immigration law. Many new immigrants assume that America is the choice destination of the world, but when they get here, they find that the lure of lodging grievances against their generous host is the better path to political influence and government largess. Assimilation, in contrast, is written off as proof of inauthenticity.

The turned-off know well enough to keep quiet about political correctness. They accept that just one wrong word can at any time end careers as a clerk, cop, or teacher. The disaffected also still trust that college is a future investment for their kids, but have no clue how to pay for it. They are also unsure how to weigh the pluses of receiving a bachelor’s degree against the minuses of being indoctrinated by a small, bitter subset of the population.

The quiet American is also cynical. He expects elites to be pretenders. The hacked emails of insiders Colin Powell and John Podesta, and Hillary Clinton’s $250,000 Wall Street chats confirmed what most believed about low-bar Washington values. Trump’s eleven-year old hot-mic vulgarities rebirthed Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual assaults, reminding the cynical that in the age of Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, and Kim Kardashian, America is both crude and sanctimonious at the same time.

So the drop-out American turns off the media, and not merely because of its 24/7 hyperkinetic frenzy, but because he is fed up by its superficiality and hypocrisy—and its abject partisanship dressed up as edginess. Most journalists assume their role is either to further their own careers or to convince the supposedly ignorant masses to endorse the progressive views embraced by only 20 percent of the population. Either way, millions of Americans have checked out, retiring instead to the blogosphere and comments sections of articles. The alienated American also does not go to the movies much. The reason is not just because excellent entertainment is easily available at home on his various devices. The problem, rather, is the message. A politically warped Hollywood is, like the media, trumpeting political ideas that do not resonate with most viewers.

The alienated American is touched by, but avoids, popular culture. He cannot figure out the attraction of the harsh voices, grating beat, and glorification of misogyny, racism, and violence in rap music. He knows of a Kanye West or Miley Cyrus only to the degree that such entertainers sometimes intrude into the mainstream media, causing confusion over exactly how such untalented exhibitionists ever won an audience, and why, in such a Victorian society such as our own, their obscenities still remain politically correct.

The quiet American was once devoted to televised sports, but increasingly is losing interest there as well. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refuses to stand for the national anthem on the ground that America is racist, hardly represents speaking truth to power. He is another pampered multimillionaire athlete who has manipulated his sport for personal attention and gain. The alienated American also avoids ESPN and similar sport channels. He believes that life is too short to listen to half-educated jocks posing as Socratic philosophers as they politicize their analyses and try to turn gladiators on the field into heroic progressive humanists.

The media, contemporary politics, sports, Hollywood, popular music, government policy, political correctness, the pretenses of the elite—all of these have driven a sizeable minority of the population into a psychological underground. Every once in a while, I see the alienated American, who gives me a nod or wink at the supermarket or gas station—a confirmation that he has become a stranger in his own strange land.

[And, now, with the Veritas Project Action having videos of the DNC operatives fixing elections, liberal states like NH having laws that state that anyone with an in-state domicile, meaning coming in the day before an election and staying at a hotel, can vote simply by showing up and stating that they are domiciled in NH and are a citizen, the simple statement being enough to prove citizenship, the alienation is also caused by the political elite emasculating the “regular citizen”. We are not back to the necessity of the Red States seceding. Read the post on secession. Buy, read, and promote, “The Albany Plan Re-Visited”.]

November 3, 2016

Indictment of Hillary Possible, by Joseph John, Capt USN ret [nc]

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 2:30 pm

Today at 8:39 AM
Indictment of Hillary Clinton Very Possible; Felonies Include Bribery, Fraud, and Obstruction of Justice

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 3, 2016

Fifty years ago Ayn Rand so aptly described Hillary Clinton’s Corrupt Money Laundering RICO Enterprise

“Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull, than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed.”
—philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

The WikiLeaks E-mails revealed the magnitude of Hillary’s corruption, Hillary’s deceit, and her criminal transmission of over 2000 Secret, Top Secret, Top Secret Compartmented Special Access E-mails on a unclassified server located in the basement of her home. The American people learned from the FBI and from WikiLeaks messages, that Hillary’s unclassified server was hacked 10 times, on one day alone, and according to FBI sources, there is a 99% chance that 5 foreign Intelligence Agencies hacked into Hillary’s unclassified server over a 4 year period. The FBI is investigating those violations under the Espionage Act of the United States.

Access to Secret and Top Secret Compartmented Special Access E-mails by Foreign Hackers:

1) Ended up in compromising US Intelligence methods
2) Resulted in the loss of life of US intelligence assets in foreign countries
3) Put highly sensitive classified material in play by many unfriendly foreign governments
4) Revealed the lack of security at the Benghazi US Mission, and aided 125 Islamic Terrorists to kill the US Ambassador and 3 other Americans in Libya
5) Put 5 Foreign Intelligence Agencies in a position to blackmail Hillary Clinton, if she is ever elected as the US President.

The magnitude of Hillary’s criminal violations of the National Security Laws of the United States in her handling, transmission, and receipt of over 2000 highly classified E-mails, on an unclassified server, over a 4 year period, requires impaneling of a Grand Jury to investigate her actions. Hillary’s Top Secret clearance should be revoked. If the US Government ever hopes to enforce the National Security Laws of the United States with regard to the handling of classified documents by civil service personnel, members of the US Armed Forces, and civilian contractors, it must take legal action in Hillary’s case.

The American people also learned from the WikiLeaks E-mails that the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Peter Kazdzik, a close personal friend and former lawyer of John Podesta, Hillary’s Presidential Campaign Chairman, leaked sensitive details on the FBI investigation of Hillary criminal violations of US National Security Laws in sending and receiving highly classified messages. The actions of the Assistant Attorney General reveals a conflict of interest and corrupt practices by the Attorney General’s Office.

For over a year, the White Collar Crime Division of the FBI, has been investigating the “pay to play” criminal corrupt activities of the Clinton Foundation. Attorney General Lynch and some of the supervisors at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC refused to permit the issuance of subpoenas, or the impaneling of a Grand Jury to investigate the criminal corruption and money laundering of the Clinton Foundation in violation of the RICO Law (the Corrupt Organization act of 1971). Disregarding the attempt by Attorney General Lynch to frustrate the investigation of the Clinton Foundation, FBI Agents in 5 offices pressed forward with their investigation of public corruption and money laundering of the Clinton Foundation.

The RICO scheme involved (a) the exchange of political favors, access, and influence for millions of dollars in donations; (b) the circumvention of campaign-finance laws that prohibit political donations by foreign sources; (c) a vehicle for Mrs. Clinton to shield her State Department E-mail communications from public and congressional scrutiny while she and her husband exploited the fundraising potential of her position; and (d) a means for Clinton insiders to receive private-sector compensation and explore lucrative employment opportunities while drawing taxpayer-funded government salaries. The White Collar Crime Division has announced that an indictment of Hillary Clinton is likely; the listed felonies include bribery, fraud, and obstruction of justice.

Hillary leveraged her public office as Secretary of State to enrich herself, she transmitted 33,000 E-mails on a private server in the basement of her home, in order to keep those E-mails out of public scrutiny if they had been transmitted on a State Department server. Hilary then deleted those 33,000 E-mails, that would have betrayed her corrupt “Pay For Play” activities and the money laundering. One of the “Pay For Play” charges was that Hillary betrayed the people of the United States by approving the sale 20% of the strategic uranium production of the United States to Vladimir Putin for payment of $139 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Attorney General Lynch structured an “Immunity Deal” to protect Hillary Clinton, by authorizing the destruction of the hard drives of Cherly Mills and Heather Samuelson laptops. It was an attempt to prevent the FBI Agents investigating the Clinton Foundation Case from seeing what was on those hard drives with regard to “Pay For Play” and money laundering criminal activities. It didn’t work, because the FBI Agents refused to destroy the hard drives, because those hard drives are evidence in a criminal case.

Despite Attorney General Lynch attempts to tie the hands of the FBI Agents investigating the corruption and money laundering of the Clinton Foundation. the FBI Agents in the White Collar Crime Division of the FBI disregarded Attorney General Lynch’s attempt to close down the investigation into the corruption of what happened to hundreds of millions of dollars. Only 6% of the hundreds of millions of the “pay to play” funds collected, were donated to charity.

The balance of the hundreds of millions of dollars funds collected by the Clinton Foundation were used to cover massive overhead expenses, heavy luxury travel expenses, the lavish salaries of staff who were parked in the Clinton Foundation on salary, until they could be transferred to the Clinton for President Campaign 4 years later. Some of the people working for the State Department, like Huma Abedin, John Podesta, Cheryl Mills, and others were illegally paid an obscene second salary from the Clinton Foundation.

The review of Huma Abedin computer and hand held devices revealed 650,000 E-mails, including many State Department E-mails that that were never submitted to the Congress in compliance with the Congressional subpoena issued to Hillary to turn in all State Department E-mails. The FBI Agents in the National Security Division investigating the case, continued the investigation, nonstop (despite Director Comey statement that he wasn’t recommending an indictment); they are going thru every one of the 650,000 E-mails, recalling & interrogating witnesses who were previously interviewed a second and third time.

The National Security Division and the White Collar Crime Division of the FBI, should not be pursuing separate tracks in their cases against Hillary Clinton, they should be pursuing one case on Criminal Corruption, Money Laundering, Violating the National Security Laws of the US, Fraud, Bribery, Violation of the Rico Laws, Violating the Espionage Act, and Obstruction of Justice. Rudi Giuliani who was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and prosecuted the pivotal case against the American Mafia, stated on national television, that Hillary has violated between 20 and 30 Federal Laws, and he feels he can easily get convictions on most of those cases

Hillary couldn’t handle the security of a 13 acre US Mission in Benghazi, Libya; her failure to provide the sufficient security after 12 desperate requests by US Ambassador Stevens over a 9 month period, resulted in the death of the US Ambassador, two US Navy SEALs, and a State Department Communication Specialist. The American people should not turn the National Security of the United States over to Hillary Clinton, it would be disastrous. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton have both been disbarred, and will never be permitted to practice law again, because of their corruption and dishonesty—Hillary is unfit and unqualified to be President.

Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John. All Rights Reserved. The material can only posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author. It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
Capt USN(Ret)/Former FBI
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184
San Diego, CA 92108

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
-Isaiah 6:8
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Clinton’s State Department: A RICO Enterprise

by Andrew C. McCarthy III, National Review, October 29, 2016

Felony mishandling of classified information, including our nation’s most closely guarded intelligence secrets; the misappropriation and destruction of tens of thousands of government records — these are serious criminal offenses. To this point, the Justice Department and FBI have found creative ways not to charge Hillary Clinton for them. Whether this will remain the case has yet to be seen. As we go to press, the stunning news has broken that the FBI’s investigation is being reopened. It appears, based on early reports, that in the course of examining communications devices in a separate “sexting” investigation of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, the bureau stumbled on relevant e-mails — no doubt connected to Huma Abedin, Mr. Weiner’s wife and, more significantly, Mrs. Clinton’s closest confidant. According to the New York Times, the FBI has seized at least one electronic device belonging to Ms. Abedin as well. New e-mails, never before reviewed by the FBI, have been recovered.

The news is still emerging, and there will be many questions — particularly if it turns out that the bureau failed to obtain Ms. Abedin’s communications devices earlier in the investigation, a seemingly obvious step. As we await answers, we can only observe that, whatever the FBI has found, it was significant enough for director James Comey to sense the need to notify Congress, despite knowing what a bombshell this would be just days before the presidential election.

One thing, however, is already clear. Whatever the relevance of the new e-mails to the probe of Clinton’s classified-information transgressions and attempt to destroy thousands of emails, these offenses may pale in comparison with Hillary Clinton’s most audacious violations of law: Crimes that should still be under investigation; crimes that will, in fitting Watergate parlance, be a cancer on the presidency if she manages to win on November 8.

Mrs. Clinton appears to have converted the office of secretary of state into a racketeering enterprise. This would be a violation of the RICO law — the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1971 (codified in the U.S. penal code at sections 1961 et seq.).

Hillary and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, operated the Clinton Foundation. Ostensibly a charity, the foundation was a de facto fraud scheme to monetize Hillary’s power as secretary of state (among other aspects of the Clintons’ political influence). The scheme involved (a) the exchange of political favors, access, and influence for millions of dollars in donations; (b) the circumvention of campaign-finance laws that prohibit political donations by foreign sources; (c) a vehicle for Mrs. Clinton to shield her State Department e-mail communications from public and congressional scrutiny while she and her husband exploited the fundraising potential of her position; and (d) a means for Clinton insiders to receive private-sector compensation and explore lucrative employment opportunities while drawing taxpayer-funded government salaries.

While the foundation did perform some charitable work, this camouflaged the fact that contributions were substantially diverted to pay lavish salaries and underwrite luxury travel for Clinton insiders. Contributions skyrocketed to $126 million in 2009, the year Mrs. Clinton arrived at Foggy Bottom. Breathtaking sums were “donated” by high-rollers and foreign governments that had crucial business before the State Department. Along with those staggering donations came a spike in speaking opportunities and fees for Bill Clinton. Of course, disproportionate payments and gifts to a spouse are common ways of bribing public officials — which is why, for example, high-ranking government officeholders must reveal their spouses’ income and other asset information on their financial-disclosure forms.

While there are other egregious transactions, the most notorious corruption episode of Secretary Clinton’s tenure involves the State Department’s approval of a deal that surrendered fully one-fifth of the United States’ uranium-mining capacity to Vladimir Putin’s anti-American thugocracy in Russia.

The story, significant background of which predates Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, has been recounted in ground-breaking reporting by the Hoover Institution’s Peter Schweizer (in his remarkable book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich) and the New York Times. In a nutshell, in 2005, under the guise of addressing the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Kazakhstan (where the disease is nearly nonexistent), Bill Clinton helped his Canadian billionaire pal Frank Giustra to convince the ruling despot, Nursultan Nazarbayev (an infamous torturer and human-rights violator), to grant coveted uranium-mining rights to Giustra’s company, Ur-Asia Energy (notwithstanding that it had no background in the highly competitive uranium business). Uranium is a key component of nuclear power, from which the United States derives 20 percent of its total electrical power.

In the months that followed, Giustra gave an astonishing $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation and pledged $100 million more. With the Kazakh rights secured, Ur-Asia was able to expand its holdings and attract new investors, like Ian Telfer, who also donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Ur-Asia merged with Uranium One, a South African company, in a $3.5 billion deal — with Telfer becoming Uranium One’s chairman. The new company proceeded to buy up major uranium assets in the United States.

Meanwhile, as tends to happen in dictatorships, Nazarbayev (the Kazakh dictator) turned on the head of his state-controlled uranium agency (Kazatomprom), who was arrested for selling valuable mining rights to foreign entities like Ur-Asia/Uranium One. This was likely done at the urging of Putin, the neighborhood bully whose state-controlled atomic-energy company (Rosatom) was hoping to grab the Kazakh mines — whether by taking them outright or by taking over Uranium One.
The arrest, which happened a few months after Obama took office, sent Uranium One stock into free fall, as investors fretted that the Kazakh mining rights would be lost. Uranium One turned to Secretary Clinton’s State Department for help. As State Department cables disclosed by WikiLeaks show, Uranium One officials wanted more than a U.S. statement to the media; they pressed for written confirmation that their mining licenses were valid. Secretary Clinton’s State Department leapt into action: An energy officer from the U.S. embassy immediately held meetings with the Kazakh regime. A few days later, it was announced that Russia’s Rosatom had purchased 17 percent of Uranium One. Problem solved.

Except it became a bigger problem when the Russian company sought to acquire a controlling interest in Uranium One. That would mean a takeover not only of the Kazakh mines but of the U.S. uranium assets as well. Such a foreign grab requires approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a powerful government tribunal that the secretary of state sits on and heavily influences. Though she had historically postured as a hawk against foreign acquisitions of American assets with critical national-security implications, Secretary Clinton approved the Russian takeover of Uranium One. During and right after the big-bucks Russian acquisition, Telfer contributed $1.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Other people with ties to Uranium One appear to have ponied up as much as $5.6 million in donations.

In 2009, the incoming Obama administration had been deeply concerned about the potential for corruption were Hillary to run the State Department while Bill and their family foundation were hauling in huge payments from foreign governments, businesses, and entrepreneurs. For precisely this reason, the White House required Mrs. Clinton to agree in writing that the Clinton Foundation would annually disclose its major donors and seek pre-approval from the White House before the foundation accepted foreign contributions. This agreement was repeated flouted — for example, by concealing the contributions from Telfer. Indeed, the foundation was recently forced to refile its tax returns for the years that Secretary Clinton ran the State Department after media reports that it failed to disclose foreign donations — approximately $20 million worth.

Under RICO, an “enterprise” can be any association of people, informal or formal, illegitimate or legitimate — it could be a Mafia family, an ostensibly charitable foundation, or a department of government. It is a racketeering enterprise if its affairs are conducted through “a pattern of racketeering activity.” A “pattern” means merely two or more violations of federal or state law; these violations constitute “racketeering activity” if they are included among the extensive list of felonies laid out in the statute.

Significantly for present purposes, the listed felonies include bribery, fraud, and obstruction of justice. Fraud encompasses both schemes to raise money on misleading pretexts (e.g., a charitable foundation that camouflages illegal political payoffs) and schemes to deprive Americans of their right to the honest services of a public official (e.g., quid pro quo arrangements in which official acts are performed in exchange for money). Both fraud and obstruction can be proved by false statements — whether they are public proclamations (e.g., “I turned over all work-related e-mails to the State Department”) or lies to government officials (e.g., concealing “charitable” donations from foreign sources after promising to disclose them, or claiming not to know that the “(C)” symbol in a government document means it is classified at the confidential level).

The WikiLeaks disclosures of e-mails hacked from Clinton presidential-campaign chairman John Podesta provide mounting confirmation that the Clinton Foundation was orchestrated for the purpose of enriching the Clintons personally and leveraging then-Secretary Clinton’s power to do it. Hillary and her underlings pulled this off by making access to her contingent on Clinton Foundation ties; by having top staff service Clinton Foundation donors and work on Clinton Foundation business; by systematically conducting her e-mail communications outside the government server system; by making false statements to the public, the White House, Congress, the courts, and the FBI; and by destroying thousands of e-mails — despite congressional inquiries and Freedom of Information Act demands — in order to cover up (among other things) the shocking interplay between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.

Under federal law, that can amount to running an enterprise by a pattern of fraud, bribery, and obstruction. If so, it is a major crime. Like the major crimes involving the mishandling of classified information and destruction of government files, it cries out for a thorough and credible criminal investigation. More important, wholly apart from whether there is sufficient evidence for criminal convictions, there is overwhelming evidence of a major breach of trust that renders Mrs. Clinton unfit for any public office, let along the nation’s highest public office.

Andrew C. McCarthy III is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others. The defendants were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and of planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He resigned from the Justice Department in 2003. He is a contributing editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

November 2, 2016

What We Leave Behind – Matters, Capt Joseph John [nc]

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 1:51 pm


Nov 1 at 10:49 AM

Combat Veterans For Congress PAC Mission Statement
The Combat Veterans For Congress Political Action Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans to Congress. We seek Combat Veterans For Congress who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in The Bill of Rights. We support Combat Veterans For Congress who are dedicated to promoting The Free Enterprise System that created the greatest economic engine in the history of mankind, who will provide for a strong national defense, and who will endorse the teaching of US History and the Founding Father’s core values in educational institutions.

What We Leave Behind—Matters!

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 1, 2016

The below listed article was written by one of the members of the Board of Directors of the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC, Capt R. Buddy Welborn, USNA Class of 1959, USN (Ret), PhD, who is a Trustee of the US Naval Academy Foundation. The article should be read by every American before they vote, in the up and coming national election. Capt Welborn was motivated to write the article after reading Eric Bolling’s bestselling book, “Wake Up America!”, it supports “The Free Enterprise System” that created the most effective economic engine in the history of mankind, and encourages instilling the “Pride in America” in our nation’s youth.

Over the past 8 years, Common Core has force fed its corrupted version of US History in grammar, Junior high, and high schools. The teaching of Patriotic Pride, that once was uniform, has been downgraded and in some cases eliminated. Some teachers have actually raised the Mexican flag over their schools, and in some schools the “Pledge Allegiance” to the flag has also been eliminated. The “Pride In America” once instilled in all grammar, junior high, & high schools has been downgraded by the Common Core Curriculum being taught using US History books with a corrupted version of US History.

The religious values upon which the Republic was founded are no longer taught to students. That is partially responsible for the acceptance of Socialism by young students, who have not been taught the strengths of the Republican form of government, in comparison with the flawed Socialist form of government being subtly promoted by the Common Core curriculum. The students are not taught that Socialism has never worked in any country where it has ever been tried over the last 100+ years.

The Department of Human Resources is requiring State School Boards to purchase US History books, with a corrupted version of US History, that are required by the Common Core curriculum. The revised US History books, along with the Common Core curriculum, have eliminated many of the early Patriots, find fault with many of the Founding Fathers, no longer instills “Patriotic Pride”, inserts new individuals to make the history politically correct, and criticizes the motives of the nation throughout history. Many teachers who do not have “Pride in America”, teach the Common Core curriculum, and use US History books with corrupted versions of US History, have created a generation of students who no longer have “Pride in America.”

America witnessed the lack of “Pride in America” by young professional football players refusing to stand when the National Anthem is played prior to the commencement of the game—the disrespect for the National Anthem is being copied at some high school football games by some high school football players copying the professional football players. Many of the weak kneed owners of Professional Football Teams, and the Executives of the National Football league (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL) are allowing the National Anthem and the American Flag to be dishonored at professional football games.

Young football players who refuse to stand when the National Anthem is played, continue their disrespect because the owners lack the backbone to put an end to it. The American fans are making the NFL and the AFL lose at the box office, by substantially reducing their attendance. There is an obvious difference of how the National Anthem and the American Flag are honored during professional baseball games, and how the National Anthem and the American Flag are treated at professional football games.

The Combat Veterans For Congress subscribe to Capt Welborn’s philosophy “What We Leave Behind—Matters”. The above listed Mission Statement for the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC supports the Republican form of government that the Founding Fathers created for Americans. Obama and Hillary are disciples of Alinsky, and we do not endorse their plans to change the Republic to an intrusive and oppressive big central form of government, a Socialist form of government.

In 1787 during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What have we got?”, he said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” By reading our Mission Statement you will understand that we endeavor to support and “leave behind” the Free Enterprise System for the Republic, Freedom of Religion guaranteed to all Americans by the US Constitution, an educational system that teaches students to have “Pride in America,” and a strong US military that will guarantee “Peace Thru Strength.” Donald Trump Supports our Mission Statement. If you click on the below listed link, you will be able to watch a video that will tell you why we believe Donald Trump will be elected as the next US President, then please read Capt Welborn’s below listed article.

Copyright by Capt Joseph R. John. All Rights Reserved. The material can only posted on another Web site or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author. It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without the permission from the author.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
Capt USN(Ret)/Former FBI
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184
San Diego, CA 92108

http://www.CombatVeteransForCongress.org

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
-Isaiah 6:8
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What We Leave Behind—Matters!

By Raymond Burke Wellborn, Sr. PhD
Captain, USNA 1959, USN (Ret), N***
Dickinson, Texas 29 September 2016

It is a salient trait of our race of Homo sapiens to strive for a better life for our children. So, What We Leave Behind Matters. Pointedly, We is the operative word here for our race—in that there is only one. [Suggestion: The next time you fill in the box for “Race” do so with an ”H.”]

With that prefatory, let me introduce Eric Bolling, who is the author of “Wake Up America!” After reading his book, I just had to write a follow-on referring to it. Eric wrote that “Grit, Merit, Providence, Individualism, Thrift”—and, above all, “Pride in Our Country”—for which people around the world look to America to bolster Hope, Inspiration, and Opportunity.”

Those of us who are direct descendants of what has been called “The Greatest Generation” have a respectful obligation to leave behind A Better America for our children and their children than the “America, the Beautiful” that was passed down for us to live and prosper.

At the end of World War II, the World-Outer-Island1 essentially was the Last Man Standing, in that, the World-Island1 had been devastated by War from the nation-islands off its Western shore [the UK] to the nation-islands off its Far Eastern shore [Japan].

The inherent abilities of the people of the Outer Island, particularly in the United States of America, were tested to their limits to resupply—and help rebuild their war-wrecked countries. The USA—We, the People—stood to the fore. Yes, We profited from doing so—but, in so doing, We demonstratively proved that a Free Market—Capitalism—could prosper in a Free Country governed by the people in it WHO ARE FREE TO ELECT THE OFFICIALS THAT GOVERN THEM, a la, The Great American Experiment!

Notably, the Marshall Plan was “Foreign Aid.” Helping others around the world became the mantra for the USA. And, yes, it has cost US—We, the People—in Fortune and in Blood. Pointedly, in helping to save them, We have buried our dead heroes Over There—and are $19-trillion in Debt. But it was not all due to Foreign Aid. Needless to say, Our elected Officials did not manage Our Budget frugally. And now We need an Executive manager that can step up to the politically wreaked bar and Get Her Done. And it’s not going to be pretty.

In 1974, Dr. J. Ronald Fox of Harvard Business School published “Arming America”.in which he developed a Measure of Effectiveness [MOE] that he called “Tax-Dollar Turnover.” He defined it so as to capture how many times a tax-dollar spent today by the government was turned over to pay for the outreach of labor and material in days to come as the appropriated funds were spent for the continuation of the Planned Program.

Yes, the initial expenditure of those appropriated funds may well be non-taxable expenses—until the money gets to an entity that must claim it as income and pay taxes on it. But, along the way, those dollars may well have paid others for their contracted work.

Be that as it is, government spending is slower than the private sector. It remains, though, that Tax-Dollar-Turnover can be a Measure Of Effectiveness to depict how much that tax dollar turned over along the way to pay others for their goods and services that, in turn, stimulated the economy. So, yes, the progress for our government’s Planning Programming and Budgeting System [PPBS] is slow compared to the private sector—BUT can affect Our national economy.

Notably, some of those tax-dollar turnovers were associated with government expenditures on infrastructure enhancement that had a tax-dollar turnover of almost 2.0. Comparably, expenditures for Foreign Aid had a tax-dollar turnover of 0.85—which was less than 1.0 because of corruption. Spending appropriated funds for Arming America, a la, Defense being one of the largest “Corporations” in the world, ranged from 1.5 to 3.0. That 3.0 was for shipbuilding of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier—comparable to building a self-sustaining city of 5,000 people…

So, Our take on government spending should be that We, the People, put OUR collective mouth where OUR collective dollars are. Then, in so doing, We should demand that those collective tax dollars be levied wisely—and spent responsibly. If not, it is within OUR purview, in having sovereign status, “to elect” someone who can, to wit:

“Government is the people’s business, and every man, woman, and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid.”
Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, 40th POTUS (1981- 89).

Therefore, We, the People, should demand that Our government set standards for appropriated
funds that, essentially, will invest in something that yields better than 1.5+ Tax-Dollar
Turnover. Among other things, this could be Shipbuilding. In logical substantiation of that,
consider that We live on an island nation; thus, it follows that We need ships to transport goods
for import/export. Pointedly, at the end of WWII, the USA was, in fact, the leading maritime
power in the world– and rightfully so. We also were the Arsenal of Democracy—the greatest
manufacturing base still left standing

In closing, I submit that the main problem with “Government-as-usual” is it doing more than it
should. Government’s role in most things should be overseeing, encouraging, stimulating—but
not with money. Government should have a guiding hand, not a hand-out! Moreover,
prioritizing should be in a government directive, such that—in most cases—where the country
would benefit most. But the way it has been—rather than those initiatives—that government
likes to take over and then increase taxes to meet their desired goals. Or, worse yet, go into debt
so that the “theys” can continue to spend.

What’s missing, not only for spending but for Law and Order, is Executive control—and
discipline–from a knowledgeable Leader. In Wake Up America, Eric Bolling asseverates that a
Hillary Clinton presidency would be a nightmare. I proffer that many Americans sense that
politics as usual is not working and that We, the People, need someone to champion

Capt Welborn is a Trustee for the Naval Academy Foundation. Upon graduation from the US Naval Academy, Capt Welborn was awarded the prestigious Thompson Trophy for “Outstanding Achievement in Athletics”. For all three of his varsity years, Buddy Welborn played on Navy’s Football Teams with winning seasons—-1956 (6-1-2), 1957 (9-1-1), 1958 (6-3). He was on Navy’s 1956 team that beat Notre Dame’s team (and Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung) 33-7 in Baltimore, and the next year he was AP’s Back of the Week for scoring all three touchdowns for Navy’s 20-7 win over Notre Dame in South Bend. He shared rushing honors on the Navy team that shut out Army (Anderson and Dawkins) 14-0 in 1957. The next season he shared rushing honors; he scored a touchdown in Navy’s 20-14 win over Michigan in the “Big House” and he shared rushing honors on the Navy team that beat Rice for the Cotton Bowl Championship in 1958.

November 1, 2016

The Little Red Hen – a little Orwellian Humour

Filed under: Political Commentary — justplainbill @ 1:29 pm

LITTLE RED HEN

Little Red Hen, a modern fable

“Who will help me plant my wheat?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” said the cow.

“Not I,” said the duck.

“Not I,” said the pig.

“Not I,” said the goose.

“Then I will do it by myself.” She planted her crop and the wheat grew and ripened.

“Who will help me reap my wheat?” asked the little red hen.

“Not I,” said the duck.

“Below my pay grade,” said the pig.

“I’d lose my seniority,” said the cow.

“I’d lose my unemployment compensation,” said the goose.

“Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen, and so she did.

“Who will help me bake the bread?” asked the little red hen.

“That would be overtime for me,” said the cow.

“I’d lose my welfare benefits,” said the duck.

“I’m a dropout and never learned how,” said the pig.

“If I’m to be the only helper, that’s discrimination,” said the goose.

“Then I will do it by myself,” said the little red hen. She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share but the little red hen said, “No, I shall eat all five loaves.”

“Excess profits!” cried the cow.. (Nancy Pelosi)

“Capitalist leech!” screamed the duck. (Barbara Boxer)

“I demand equal rights!” yelled the goose. (Jesse Jackson)

The pig just grunted in disdain.. (Harry Reid)

And they all painted ‘Unfair!’ picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

When the farmer (Obama) came he said to the little red hen, “You must not be so greedy.”

“But I earned the bread,” said the little red hen.

“Exactly,” said Barack the farmer. “That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.”

And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, “I am grateful, for now I truly understand.”

But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the ‘party’ and got her bread free.

And all the Democrats smiled. ‘Fairness’ had been established. Individual initiative had died but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared so long as there was free bread that ‘the rich’ were paying for.

And perhaps….this is the end….

And the next week, there was no bread, or anything else to eat. So, they all starved equally.

EPILOGUE: Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs. Hillary got $8 million for hers. That’s $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn’t remember anything.

DO WE LIVE IN A GREAT BARNYARD OR WHAT?

Don’t forget to vote in November.

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