Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I‘d planned to make this entry brief. Nothing more than good wishes for all for the coming new year. However, I couldn’t let the day go by without mentioning one of the best stories in quite a while, this one from the dailymail.co.uk/news via Drudge this morning, as follows:
“They went in search evidence of the world’s melting ice caps, but instead a team of climate scientists have been forced to abandon their mission … because the Antarctic ice is thicker than usual at this time of year.
The scientists have been stuck aboard the stricken MV Akademik Schokalskiy since Christmas Day, with repeated sea rescue attempts being abandoned as icebreaking ships failed to reach them.
Now that effort has been ditched, with experts admitting the ice is just too thick. Instead the crew have built an icy helipad, with plans afoot to rescue the 74-strong team by helicopter.”
Since the operation itself is called the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, setting off from New Zealand on November 28, I looked up the nation’s health care policy, out of concern regarding the possible need for treating frostbite when the crew returns and here’s what I found:
According to Wikipedia: “The funding model for health care in Australia has seen political polarization, with governments being crucial in shaping national health care policy. Administrative duplication and a lack of coordination at the national level have led to Australia's health policy being described as slow, reactive and inefficient.”
So, I guess that since governmentally controlled health care doesn’t seem to work well down under at all, the boatload of people are going to have thaw out by themselves. 
That’s it for today folks.

Monday, December 30, 2013


As the health care tax continues to fall far short of its goals and heads closer to extinction, Dems are trying valiantly to move on to other issues, stemming their losses as best they can.
Unfortunately though, a real world event has once again proven them entirely wrong.
In today’s case, global warming advocates lost significant ground as reported by Tomas Jivanda of The Independent via Drudge, who writes that: ”The sun has "flipped upside down", with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, NASA has said.”
As a result, “Now, the magnetic fields will once again start moving in opposite directions to begin the completion of the 22 year long process which will culminate in the poles switching once again.”
The story goes on to note that, “A reversal of the sun's magnetic field is, literally, a big event," said NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips. "The domain of the sun's magnetic influence (also known as the 'heliosphere') extends billions of kilometers beyond Pluto. Changes to the field's polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space."
Now, not being a scientist and having no real expertise in the subject at all, I searched for a simple explanation and found the following in the comment section of the article itself.
A reader, Don Perry, wrote, “The polarity reversal is indicative of having the phase of decline in magnetic activity heading to solar minimum. There is a strong hypothesis that correlates sunspot activity with climate change on earth. Since the sun is entering minimal solar activity that hasn't been seen since the Little Ice Age, if this hypothesis is correct, you will be directly affected with significantly colder temperatures for a very long time that may affect mankind's ability to grow crops in areas such as Canada. Mankind has always done better when the climate is warm and very poorly when the climate is cold. Do a search for Little Ice Age and see what may be coming in your very near future. A new such event will make your current political concerns seem as child's play.”
Since the “flipping” of the sun was reported by NASA, and this season’s daily weather reports indicate significantly colder temperatures across the nation, common sense suggests that the cooling trend noted above is most likely true..
But then again, I may be proven entirely wrong if the environmentalists ever get their frozen ship thawed out and unstuck in Antarctica and come back with reports that the Dem’s global warming warnings are all  valid.
That's it for today folks.

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Another politically dull day newswise, which is quite good for us all. However, there was a comment in Peggy Noonan’s column in The Wall Street Journal that I still can't quite fathom.
The article’s titled “Finding the Good in an Uninspiring Year” and includes the following: “The past year was not the most satisfying politically, not the most exalted or inspiring. Republicans suffered an unforced error with the shutdown.”
Though I’ve mentioned this several times before, it still makes no sense to me that in an effort to prevent passage of one of the worst legislative mistakes ever made in the nation’s history, and with their backs to the wall, Republicans shut down the government as a last ditch attempt to derail what’s turning out to be precisely the disaster they predicted.
Consequently, although the health care tax is proving to be exactly what these Republicans forecast, why do very bright people like Ms Noonan not see and support the logic behind their beliefs?
At the same time, the Democrats seem to be grasping the depth of the hole being dug for them by their leader, if the following story isn’t a hoax or a joke.
According to the dailycaller.com/2013 on-line, via Drudge: “The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.
The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.
The DNC email discussed the “I-Word” and said that “Republicans are actually excited about the idea.”
So, the timing indicates that Dem leaders have spent some time now back at home, getting direct feedback from their constituents. And if they’re using the “I” word, my guess is the results haven’t been very good. In fact, it looks like extreme fear’s set in.
Therefore, whereas the health care tax probably heads the list of voter dissatisfaction, it still seems that the shutdown was one of the strongest statements on behalf of tax-paying citizens that Republicans have made in a very long time, for which they deserve credit not criticism from respected journalists like Ms Noonan.
That’s it for today folks.

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Slow news days continue as the holiday season goes on, reinforcing the premise that just about every aspect of citizen’s lives would improve if politicians stayed home all year long.
Despite the lull in reportage on politics, though, there are a couple of items today that indicate clearly a growing problem faced by environmentalists. Unfortunately for them, their claims, assertions and predictions keep getting disrupted by facts.
According to Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner via Fox News on-line: “Despite claims from anti-fracking activists that hydraulic fracturing contaminates ground water, a new study by the University of Texas found the process actually saves water and prevents droughts.” 
Bridget Scanlon, senior research scientist at UT’s Bureau of Economic Geology, said: “The bottom line is that hydraulic fracturing, by boosting natural gas production and moving the state from water-intensive coal technologies, makes our electric power system more drought-resilient.” And, “For every gallon of water used by fracking, Texas saved 33 gallons by using that water to produce electricity from natural gas instead of coal.”
So, in this case, not only does every aspect of fracking provide positive results, it helps reduce coal usage as well, making it a win-win-win situation for all except those dependent on derailing the process to benefit themselves.
Then there was the following from the Financial Express back on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in an article headed: “Ships may sail over North Pole by 2050 due to Arctic melt.”
The text says: “Arctic sea ice cover, melting rapidly due to global warming, will be so thin by 2050 that ships will be able to sail directly across the North Pole for the first time, experts have predicted. 
Researchers said it could also lead to unprecedented geo-political tensions between countries that have territorial claims in the region. 
Global warming will make these frigid routes much more accessible than ever imagined by melting an unprecedented amount of sea ice during the late summer, a University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) research shows. 
"Nobody's ever talked about shipping over the top of the North Pole. This is an entirely unexpected possibility," said lead researcher Laurence C Smith, a professor of geography.”
However, despite the preceding, the following story appeared on Fox News on-line today.
“A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice was forced to turn back on Saturday after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice.
The Snow Dragon icebreaker came within 7 miles of the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck since Christmas Eve, but had to retreat after the ice became too thick, said expedition spokesman Alvin Stone.”
So, just like the best way to determine whether it’s raining or not is to stick your hand out the window, perhaps these forecasters of looming global warmth ought to put their crystal balls away and head for Antarctica to discover the truth. Because just like the anti-frackers are now finding out, their beliefs and reality are as polar as you can get. 
That's it for today folks.

Friday, December 27, 2013


I’ve often posted the thought that, except for audiences required, coerced or steadfastly dedicated to leftist values, very few if anyone actually listens to the incumbent’s utterings or incessant speeches.
And now it seems the entire talk radio market may have had their fill of the liberal agenda altogether as well. 
An article from Truth Revolt linked on Drudge titled “Liberal Commercial Talk Radio Disappears in NY, LA, SF in 2014,” reports the following: 
“Thanks to radio consolidation and the secondary status of leftist talk in major markets across the country, the final death knell for liberal talkers could be tolling. Leftist talkers simply don’t have the same radio draw as conservatives; KTLK was ranked #41 in the market in November 2013, with WWRL registering almost no pulse at all. KNEW registered just an 0.4 in the San Francisco market in December 2013, placing it #31 in the market.
The failure of commercial leftist talk means that only government-sponsored NPR remains in many major markets.”
So, once again we’re reminded of Richard Nixon’s belief in a “silent majority” comprised of an unspecified large majority of people in the country who do not express their opinions publicly. Because despite the significant volume of noise made by those on the left, their audience keeps dramatically shrinking. So much so that commercial radio broadcasters are eliminating them altogether.
Consequently, it seems that the silent majority not only desires not to say very much, it doesn’t want to listen to leftists either.   
That’s it for today folks

Thursday, December 26, 2013


Lot’s of ongoing stories in the media today, but not much really new. In keeping with the holiday spirit, however, two items stood out on Drudge.
Considering that this is the season especially focused on generosity, amicability and good will to all, the first item illustrates that not everyone takes those pursuits to heart.
Lauren Beale of latimes.com/business/realestate reports that “If you thought Southern California mansions could hardly get more outlandish, consider the latest must-have feature: A moat encircling the property.”
And, I suppose, if that isn’t enough to keep others away from the house, machine gun towers and land mines will be next to come.
Then, while the administration keeps trying to promote what it’s selling as great strides toward peace with Iran, Reuters Parisa Hafeziran writes that, “'Iran’s hardline lawmakers are seeking to increase uranium enrichment under the country's nuclear program to a level that can produce bomb-grade material, a state-run website said on Wednesday.
The bill could bring Tehran into direct conflict with the major powers that reached an interim agreement with Iran in Geneva last month, requiring Tehran to suspend its enrichment of higher grade uranium.”
Ms Hafeziran goes on to note that, “However, Iran's most powerful authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has so far backed the accord.”
So, whether its in the friendliest climes in the nation or a hostile region in the Middle-East, I suppose what today’s stories point out is that Santa doesn't seem to spread peace, joy and happiness in places too warm for his heavy red suit and sled.
That’s it for today folks.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Throughout the media today, there are stories about isolated problematic occurrences around the nation, many locally related and affecting relatively few individuals. For the most part, however, things are remarkably calm.
So, what that suggests is that the quietude results from people focusing on their families, friends, and others in the most amicable manner possible, seeking to do no others discomfort, problems or harm.
So, I guess today’s question is: Why can’t everyone do that all year long?
That’s it for today folks.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


It frequently seems that those in the current administration are completely out of touch with the rest of the population, or intellectually incapable of grasping how obtuse they sound.
Today’s example regards the latest totally ridiculous attempt at having the incumbent appear to face the same circumstances he foists on ordinary citizens. And whether he came up with the idea himself, or more likely, went along what was drummed up by some dweeb on his staff, the results the same, the premise is preposterous.
Yesterday, the White House made a big splash over the fact that the incumbent “personally selected the so-called Bronze Plan, White House officials said. It is the least expensive of the four ObamaCare plans, costing less than $400 a month, but comes with the highest deductible and co-payments. He did not sign up his family.”
Now, being fully aware that presidents receive medical perks, but not being familiar with the details, I looked them up and found some very interesting stuff about some pretty incredible freebies.
According to Jane McGrath and Jacob Clifton of howstuffworks on-line: Air Force One is a Boeing 747-200B Series aircraft.  It has three levels, with some 4,000 square feet including a private office, conference room, living quarters for the president, accommodations for staff members and a medical suite/operating room “
In the White House itself, the “physician to the president is the director of the White House medical unit, which is a part of the White House military office, and treats the vice president, family members and White House staff and visitors. He or she oversees a staff of five military physicians, five nurses, five physician assistants, three medics, three administrators and an IT Manager.”
Additionally, here are some other add-on’s that come with the incumbent’s job that the article noted: “Despite the cushy facilities, most people are even more impressed with the scope of services the White House provides. In addition to cleaning, laundry and errands of all kinds, various staff members are always at the beck and call of the president and first family for whatever they need. Aside from administrative assistants who tend to business needs, the White House staff includes groundskeepers, florists, valets and butlers, a pastry chef and 24-hour cooking staff.
Added up, all these domestic perks amount to a pretty penny. The flowers alone, which adorn every room as well as dot the grounds, cost an estimated $252,000 per year [source: Kessler]. Annually, upkeep for the White House costs approximately $4 million.”
Furthermore, the benefits don’t cease after leaving office whereas, according to Wikipedia: “The Former Presidents Act (known also as FPA) (3 U.S.C. § 102) is a 1958 federal law that provides several lifetime benefits to former presidents of the United States.
Former presidents are entitled to medical treatment in military hospitals; they pay for this at interagency rates set by the Office of Management and Budget. Two-term presidents may buy health insurance under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.”
And then, coming back to the inanity of yesterday’s White House health care tax pitch, and the incumbent’s sign-up, a spokesperson said, “But he was pleased to participate in a plan as a show of support for these marketplaces, which are providing quality, affordable health care options to more than a million people.”
What catches the eye in that one is the part about: “providing quality, affordable health care options to more than a million people.”
Because if that statistic's true, it means that the disruption and ruination of the nation’s health care system and incredible expense to be borne by three hundred million citizens, was done to benefit only a million others. Most of whom don’t like the program either.
So, if you ever need assistance in determining how not to do anything correctly, regardless of topic, simply look up what’s been done by those now in the White House. Because they represent absolute and total incapability, no matter the subject.
That’s it for today folks.

Monday, December 23, 2013


It always amazing that while so many important issues abound throughput the nation, when the holiday’s approach everything seems to stop. As a result, there’s very little of interest in the news at all.

Since everyone of importance has evidently gone on vacation, on Sunday CBS’s “60 Minutes” dredged up National Security Adviser, Susan Rice who talked to Lesley Stahl. 

The interview was described this morning in Politico via Drudge,  in an article by Andrea Drusch. And the most surprising thing was that when given the chance to admit the administration’s mistakes in distorting the facts regarding the Benghazi attack, Rice stuck to her original fabrication.

Rice apparently claimed that “I don’t have time to think about the false controversy. In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration has been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That’s what we ought to be focused on.”
Her answer’s interesting because she seems to be treating the issue as something done in the past and forgotten which is unequivocally not the case. Several Congressional committees are still diligently working to overcome roadblocks and attempts by the administration to suppress the facts, however, sooner or later they’ll be disclosed and examined in depth.
Consequently, once again the supposedly most technically sophisticated administration from bottom to top has ignored how the capture of information and data has changed in the nation. Because today, not only is most factual information permanently recorded in one way or another, examples are frequently seen everywhere of that same information harmfully resurfacing again and doing considerable damage to fabricators.
So, in time an interview such as yesterday’s, where previous falsehoods were resurrected will wind up right alongside others such as Ms Rice’s boss wholeheartedly pledging to all that if they like their present health care plan, provider and cost, they can unequivocally keep them.
That’s the kind of total misrepresentation that can haunt prevaricators forever, and there’s little doubt about where Ms Rice learned how to present hers. The example was set right from the top by her boss.
That’s it for today folks.

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Congressional representatives are perhaps the least productive individuals on earth, doing nothing but continually emitting hot air. So much so, that it’s doubtful many pay any attention to their babbling at all. Nonetheless, every once in a while, one of them says something interesting to consider.
In that regard, Fox News reported today that, “President Obama and his top Democrats on Capitol Hill appear to have reset their sights on the Republican-controlled House passing comprehensive immigration reform, instead of a step-by-step process.”
The interesting commentary came from Harry Reid, who told the Hill newspaper that, “I think that John Boehner will conference with the Senate. I was very impressed with his saying, as far as I’m concerned, what was long overdue. The government shutdown, it was being driven by these people he criticized.”
From his statement, it seems Reid’s trying to accomplish two goals with one soundbite. The first is to help cajole Speaker Boehner into a meeting most Republicans, and likely the Speaker himself, don’t want to take place. And more importantly, to highlight the government shutdown again as something quite negative.
However, it’s far more likely that as the health care tax continues to unravel while dislike for it accelerates, the government shutdown will be perceived by voters as a significant indication of Republican competence in leadership.
Consequently, what Reid’s done once again is to prove that while Democrats may be the most talkative politicians that ever existed, when it comes to actual job capability, they’re as worthless as all the hot air they continually spew.
That’s it for today folks.

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson’s, getting significant media coverage. Wherever you look, folks have opinions about his suspension by A&E for his characterizing homosexuality as sinful behavior.
I mention the issue because, frankly, I simply don’t understand it. I tuned the show in once or twice a while ago, and after a few minutes found I had no interest, so I moved on to something else. And that’s the whole point. Because there are so many other choices, folks can change channels for hours to find what they want to watch.
So, instead of complaining about what they perceive as bias, those disliking program content, whatever the subject, ought to simply grab the remote and change channels instead of foisting their opinions on everyone else.
And then we come to one of my favorite ongoing subjects and an article from Real Science via Drudge, headlined:  "2013 Will Finish One Of the Ten Coldest Years in U.S. History. With The Largest Drop In Temperature.”
Steven Goddard writes that: “Before NASA and NOAA start tampering with the data, 2013 is one of the ten coldest years  in the US since 1895, and has had the largest year over year decline on record. NOAA of course won’t talk about this, and will massively tamper with the data before releasing it.”
So, I guess this explains why liberals and environmentalists are referred to as being on the left . Because it really doesn’t matter what the subject is, from the economy, to foreign policy, to immigration, health care and certainly the weather, none of them have ever been right. 
That’s it for today folks.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Today is one where two stories and reports are so incredibly ridiculous, you couldn’t possibly dream this stuff up. Both of them concern the EPA, which obviously has a purposeful agenda and far too much time and money available.   

Fox News reports that: “Republican leaders on the House Science Committee are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of disregarding science in its push to impose carbon dioxide limits on power plants. 
Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and 20 other Republican lawmakers sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday, claiming the agency has "muzzled" members of its independent science advisory board.”
The lawmakers are upset because of an EPA proposal requiring emissions caps for new coal-fired power plants and would likely require the industry to use carbon-capture technology, which involves burying the carbon underground.
But here’s the rub because, “Critics of the proposed rule say the technology, which is still under development, is too expensive, not commercially available and poses safety risks, while also claiming “the agency is ignoring dissenting voices on its science advisory board, which recommended a review of the science underpinning the newest power plant rule.”

So, what it boils down to is the EPA requiring utilization of extremely expensive technology that doesn’t even exist yet.

However, as inane as the first story is, the second is even farther off the grid. In fact, I laughed so hard after reading the item, I wasn’t sure I could type any comments.

This one’s from Drudge, as follows: “Thanks to EPA regulations, state regulations, and military goals, traditional lead ammo is on its way out and "green bullets" are on their way in. As Breitbart News reported on December 1, EPA regulations led to the closing of the Herculaneum lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, which is expected to push up prices for traditional lead ammo.

On top of this are regulations like the recent statewide lead ammo ban in California. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown (D) on October 11, this ban forces hunters to seek out nontraditional alternatives for their ammunition. In this way, the ban mandates "green bullets" by default. 
Moreover, as Fox News reports, the military has set 2018 as its target date to have troops operating lead-free-ammo. "Green bullets" have been under testing at Picatinny Arsenal since 2010, and the Army plans to issue "a lead-free version of the 7.62 mm rounds fired from M-14 rifles... in 2014." The Army already switched to a greener 5.56 mm "enhanced performance round" in 2010.

With the military committing to the switch, the EPA making smelting a tougher business, and governors passing state-level lead ammo bans, experts say "lead bullets will be all but phased out within a few years in favor of so-called green bullets." 

So, in this case, we have the EPA concerned that our enemies and the animals killed for sport are shot with ammo that’s better for their health. And, I guess, if you stop to think about it, it’s quite sympatico. Because any shooting victim would likely appreciate their last few moments on earth to be environmentally safer. 

In that regard, there will likely be a government demand that lead ammo still in use be labeled similarly to other potentially dangerous intake. Something like: "The Surgeon General Has Determined That Being Shot With These Bullets is Dangerous to Your Health." 

Which means that nuclear weapons should also meet clean air standards, to ensure a healthier aftermath and safer barren wasteland. Submarines too, should have “green” torpedoes while hangman’s nooses be made of biodegradable fiber. The list just goes on and on.

But to be absolutely there’s no error in the manufacture of ecologically perfect ammunition, the tests should be done by aiming them at the EPA hierarchy and pulling the trigger, to see if the bullets still work as effectively as they should.

That’s it for today folks.


Thursday, December 19, 2013


I’ve quite often noted how costly infighting is for Republicans.  Whether its Tea Party activists, the religious right, libertarians or a host of other splinter groups, the dissension, disagreement and internal sniping often do more damage than outside opposition.
In that regard, a few days ago I tried to make the point when Speaker Boehner ran into party conflict on the budget deal. Because, if you want to win elections, compromise frequently permits a place to start, while obstinate objection causes total losses.
Then, lo and behold, who provided a perfect example of how to get a foot in the door? None other than the Dem’s, who may be the worst in the world at governing, but certainly are the best at winning elections. 
Chris Stirewalt on Fox News on-line reports that: “Democrats this week stymied Republican efforts to block reductions to scheduled increases in military pensions, but Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., said lawmakers would at least reverse the impact on disabled retirees, calling their inclusion a mistake. “This technical error certainly can, should, and will be addressed,” Murray said. Vulnerable Democrats like Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. are calling for an immediate fix.”
So, here’s a perfect example of doing what’s needed to win and then fixing errors later. And that’s the whole point. Because it doesn’t matter how “perfect” your intentions or abilities are, until you get elected you might as well talk to yourself.
Then we have another illustration of how to fix problems after the fact, also noted by Mr. Stirewalt, as follows: “One of the chief architects of ObamaCare who is also the most-quoted critic of the implementation of the troubled law, dubbing it a “train wreck,” has won a plum posting from President Obama. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., will be Obama’s nominee to replace U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, who will step down early next year.”
Thus, in this case, a former administration ally who turned negative is being deported to China for now. And if he continues to make waves from there, my guess is the next step will be Ambassador to Mongolia or Antarctica, or anywhere else where the media can't find him.
That’s it for today folks.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


With Christmas right around the corner, Republicans received another huge gift from the incumbent yesterday. 
In a struggling attempt toward salvaging his disastrous health care tax, the incumbent arranged a meeting that could have helped his program considerably. A group of executives running the nation’s most successful high-tech businesses were invited to the White House, supposedly to provide input, expertise and advice on how to fix the dally glitches plaguing the system. 
Instead, what those invitees got was a sales-pitch and self-serving arm-twist seeking their support, but not technical help.  
Lauren Ashburn’s Twitter Talk on Fox on-line posted this item; “But, according to the Daily Mail, one exec whose CEO attended the meeting says, “We really didn't care for a PR pitch about how the administration is trying to salvage its internal health care tech nightmare.”
So, once again, the incumbent’s proven that in his perspective the presidency’s all about speeches, promises and any sort of fabrication that’s momentarily fitting. But real expertise, capabilities or management talents aren’t really necessary at all, because he believes doubletalk can solve anything, no matter.
At the same time, another vivid example appeared yesterday showing how much he cares about the nation’s $17 trillion debt and woeful economy.
According to the Hawaii Reporter on-line, reporter Malia Zimmerman of Kailua, Hawaii writes about the incumbent’s upcoming 17 day vacation this way: “The President and his friends pay for the private home accommodations that rent for $25,000 per week, however taxpayers – both federal and county - pick up the majority of the bill for the rest of the trip.
Michael Tasselmyer of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, estimates the 18-hour roundtrip aboard Air Force One, which he said costs $179,750 per hour for flight and operation, will total $3,235,500 for the roundtrip. 
There are reports the President might also stop on the island of Maui, a 30-minute flight from Oahu, which would add additional expense.”
All told, the trip will cost about $4 million to taxpayers, which a reader responded to this way in all caps: "WE HAVE 91 MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK
And another: "Typical Liberal politician...Party like rock stars. They're not spending their money, now are they!"
So, as noted at the start today,  while according to Wikipedia,  “The gift that keeps on giving” was a catchphrase, first known as a marketing slogan for the phonograph since 1924, the Republican’s have received one now. And all they have to do to keep it for years to come, is sit back, keep quiet and watch as their opposition’s leader continues to destroy  his party along with himself.
That’s it for today folks.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


While Mother Nature herself continues to refute overtly spurious claims of global-warming activists by burying much of the nation in snow and sub-freezing temps, the veracity of the EPA as an agency may now be coming into question.
According to Chris Stirewalt’s column in Fox News on-line: “The massive fraud of former Environmental Protection Agency climate expert John Beale is raising questions from Congressional investigators over the agency’s handling of the case. Beale will face sentencing this week for bilking the agency out of a million dollars and other benefits for the better part of a decade while claiming he was working with the CIA. Sentencing memos obtained by NBC News are providing new insights into the extent of the fraud and the failings of the EPA. The memos reveal the agency “enabled” Beale by failing to corroborate any of his false claims.”
So, here we have a case vividly representative of the entire administration and its appointees tendencies to fabricate data specifically to serve themselves. Which means that folks better watch out. Because, who knows, the next thing we know we might be told that if we like our doc’s or current healthcare plan, we can keep both. 
However, despite all the speeches, rhetoric and time the administration devotes to trying to talk its way out of the false information, untruths and outright deceptions continually spewed, the general public public seems to be finally waking up. At least as far as TV news-seekers are concerned. 
Variety on-line via Drudge reports that: “Fox News Channel maintained its grip on the cable-news network ratings prize in 2013, drawing more viewers than the combined averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN.
It was a down year in terms of overall audience, as every newsie but HLN showed primetime declines from their Presidential Election-driven tallies of 2012.’'
The actual numbers are as follows: “According to Nielsen data through Dec. 8, Fox News Channel averaged 1.774 million viewers in primetime (down 13% from 2012) and 297,000 adults 25-54 (down 30%). It was followed by MSNBC with 645,000 viewers and 203,000 adults 25-54 (down 29% in both); CNN with 578,000 (down 15%) and 187,000 adults 25-54 (down 16%); and HLN with 403,000 total viewer (up 21%) and 142,000 in the demo (up 27%.)
Thus, what the statistics indicate is that slowly but surely more viewers are realizing that although Fox might have a slant to the right, the networks still preferable to all others. And, at the same time, agencies such as the EPA, IRS and Justice Department are being frequently exposed as frauds and prevaricators.
However, the biggest hurdles the administration now faces aren’t just the lies and distortions it expounds, but the ugly truths that indicate its total incompetence and inability from the bottom all the way to the very top.
That’s it for today folks.

Monday, December 16, 2013


Another day, another health care tax downturn or two. Today’s, which come from Chris Stirewalt on Fox News on-line, speak for themselves.
OBAMACARE NAVIGATORS NOT TRAINED, COMMITTING FRAUD Most Americans feel that ObamaCare will make their own care worse. The latest AP/GfK poll finds nearly four in five respondents see their policies changing for the worse under ObamaCare. Another 69 percent expect their premiums to go up, with another 59 percent bracing for a rise in deductibles. About sixty percent of respondents not approving of the way President Obama is handling healthcare.
Generation gap - The latest from the USAToday/Pew poll shows Millennials still souring on President Obama and his signature law. Fifty-four percent of young people disapproved of his signature entitlement program. Obama’s job approval with adults under 30 clocked in at 46 percent, down from 67 percent a year ago.
Generally, this kind of news deems it likely that the health tax disaster should provide a significant advantage for Republicans at the polls next November. Nonetheless they, as usual, are proving to be their own worst enemies.
Paul Ryan, a very sophisticated budget analyst, has proposed a compromise  financial approach that has excellent chances of approval in both the Senate and House. Passage would avoid further chances of shutdowns while permitting other legislative issues to move forward.
Activists in the party, however, feel dissension is necessary to the extent that, House leader, John Boehner, lost his cool in public disgust .
And it’s quite apparent that, although all of these members have every right to represent their constituents with vigor, what their party needs most now is cohesion. Because if they continue battling one another, thereby splitting their forces, they’ll not only lose any advantage they currently have, they’ll forfeit their cause to the weakest Democrat status seen in 40 years.
The health care tax alone almost guarantees majority wins in both houses, while the economy’s still unstable, foreign policy has never been as poorly handled as currently, and the nation’s going backward in almost all measurable areas. Therefore, its conceivable that the only real threat to Republicans is themselves.
And, as recent history has shown, since they’ve consistently been their won worst enemies, its time for them to grow up, back off and take advantage of the huge opportunity. Because they can’t accomplish a thing unless they get their foot in the door together.
That’s it for today folks.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


While critical pundits strain to outdo each other in finding fault with the healthcare tax website, the technologically faulty front end of the ill-conceived program is only the tip of an electronic iceberg.
Where the real horrors will arise is in the administrative end of the system, which are likely to be disastrous for users throughout.
An example of significant problems to come can already be seen in the following story from KGW.com, via Drudge. The item is short and very informative, so instead of posting it, here’s a link: Invasive-  Obamacare exchange 'mistakenly debting bank accounts'
So, if the administration can’t even handle a small group of subscribers from a single state, what does that portend for others if the program actually attracts significant numbers of users? The words quagmire, morass and fiasco come to mind.
What’s more, if track-record means anything regarding expected performance, what are the odds of the administrations getting this clunker of a program to work as it should, with examples like the following to date: Benghazi, Fast and Furious,  the GM bailout, Solyndra, IRS targeting, the Keystone Pipeline, and the GSA $823,000 Las Vegas training conference to name  a few.
As a matter of fact, the Guinness world record for shortest list in the world is likely titled: Things the Obama administration did right.   
However, destroying everything one touches must be extremely tiring because, according to washingtontimes.com/news, “President Obama and his family will leave Washington Dec. 20 for a 17-day holiday vacation in Hawaii.”
And while that should mean very good news for the nation, and especially Democrats running for office, because while the incumbent’s out of town it’s much harder for him to do further damage, it brings up another question.
Since everything that happens in the White House, Congress or anywhere else in the nation is always news to him, and he continually claims to  know nothing about anything that goes on at all, what’s he taking a vacation from?
That’s it for today folks.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


The incumbent’s health care tax seems to be one of those things that detractors don’t even have to work themselves up about. Because as each day arrives, so does a raft of new problems for the ill-designed (no pun intended) program, which surely and steadily is destroying itself.
Today’s significant setback was noted in the Health Care column on FoxNews.com, as follows:
“Insurance companies and health officials analyzing insurance applications submitted through HealthCare.gov are reportedly still grappling with significant online enrollment errors despite the Obama administration's push in November to improve the glitch-ridden website. 
Thousands of applicants from the federally-run ObamaCare website have received inaccurate assignments to Medicaid or to the private marketplace, or have received incorrect denials, The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday, citing unidentified officials.”
But it isn’t just the misguided attempt to take control of as important a function as the nation’s health care that’s exposing the current administration as a conglomeration of bumbling incompetents. Mother Nature’s quietly shredding another of the incumbent’s pet projects, exposing “global warming” as the fraud that it is.
An article by Anthony Watts, posted on Drudge, is headed: “Over 2000 cold and snow records set in the USA this past week.”
And here’s the best part, “Quite an imbalance in weather records this week. Even the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco where the best and brightest global warming scientists were meeting was surrounded by record (such as 25F in San Jose Dec 9th) and near record setting low temperatures, though the irony was lost on many of them.
So, here we have this group of global-warming fanatics meeting amidst near record-setting low temperatures, warning of the perils of warm air through chattering teeth. Which brings an imaginary picture to mind of members of Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a popular bar to extoll the virtues of abstinence.
That’s it for today folks.

Friday, December 13, 2013


Amid the delays, malfunctions and disappointments plaguing the incumbent's health care tax, Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, offered his constituents an alternative.

According to Fox News on-line, his proposal “would still channel federal subsidies to Wisconsin’s poor and uninsured, but his plan would allow them to purchase coverage directly from the insurer and sidestep the on-line “exchange” created by the Affordable Care Act.”

Fox says, “His idea is getting support, even in the bitterly divided Wisconsin state house. Six Democrats crossed party lines and backed his proposal in the assembly, sending it over to the Senate with a healthy majority” However, “Still, before it goes into effect, Walker’s idea would need the blessing of the Obama administration.”

In that regard, Walker says, “If they don't approve this, this is ultimately exposing that this isn't really about access and this isn't about affordability. It's about government playing a heavier hand in these kinds of decisions.”

At the same time, the incumbent stated, “They sure haven't presented an alternative.  If you ask many of the opponents of this law what exactly they'd do differently, their answer seems to be, well, let's go back to the way things used to be.” 

Despite Governor Walker’s plan, as well as several others from Republicans that the incumbent is either unaware of or simply ignoring to make his case, suppose the new tax was cancelled and heath care did go back to what it was before? The fact of the matter was that the nation had the best health care system in the world before he destroyed it.

Consequently, what the incumbent’s done is to paint a mustache on the Mona Lisa and now is daring Republicans to better the painting he’s ruined without wiping the mustache off.

Another indication of horrors to come due to government control of practically anything was evidenced yesterday in the House.

The Wall Street Journal’s Dion Nissenbaum writes in the Washington Wire via Drudge, that “Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.) had a simple question Wednesday for three of the Obama administration’s top Afghanistan specialists: How many American troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year?”

Ms Nissenbaum notes that, “None of the witnesses at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Afghanistan had an answer.”

And then, “How much is the U.S. spending in Afghanistan? Mr. Rohrabacher asked.

No one could say.”

The hearing went downhill from there, as follows: “We’re supposed to believe that you fellas have a plan that’s going to end up in a positive way in Afghanistan?” Mr. Rohrabacher asked. “Holy cow!”

Mr. Rohrabacher’s incredulous questioning came during a two-hour hearing on U.S. policy in Afghanistan that revealed increasing congressional frustration with U.S. policy as the administration tries to rescue its plan to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan through the end of this decade, if not beyond.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D., Va.) called the witnesses’ inability to rattle off the facts “a stunning development.”

“How can you come to a congressional oversight hearing on this subject and not know” the answers? He asked. “Like that wouldn’t be a question on the tip of one’s tongue.”

So, here we have a vivid example of how government does things.

According to Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R., Calif.) the U.S. spends about $6.7 billion a month on the war in Afghanistan, yet none of the incumbent’s top Afghanistan specialists seemed to know that. Which not only provides a perfect illustration of what to expect in the administration of the health care tax, but makes one wonder if Kathleen Sebelius is in charge of Afghanistan too.

That’s it for today folks.


Thursday, December 12, 2013


A subject bubbling just under the surface is the liberal mindset to force a significant increase in the minimum wage. The issue's extremely important because it not only clearly illustrates how out of touch with reality these people are, but also underlines how much economic damage they cause to the nation.
An article in National Journal on-line reports that: “A prominent liberal think tank dubbed it a "political goldmine." The New Republic called it "the issue that could take down Mitch McConnell." The issue is raising the federal minimum wage, and President Obama's sweeping speech on income inequality has thrust it to the center of his party's platform in 2014.
Democrats increasingly view championing the pay of hourly workers as a can't-lose issue that revs up their base of liberal, black, and Hispanic voters. Perhaps more important, it also resonates with the white, blue-collar workers who overwhelmingly side with Republicans.
Since minority participation tapers off in midterm elections, assailing Republican opposition to hiking the minimum wage could be a more potent Democratic wedge than immigration reform, particularly in red states with competitive Senate campaigns, such as West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Louisiana.”
However, just like the health care tax is proving extremely unpopular and technically malfunctional, while significantly more expensive for many, a sizable minimum wage hike will ultimately do far more damage than good.
Presently, many businesses rely on minimum wage workers to perform basic, repetitive, routine tasks which permits those employers to maintain low prices to customers. On the employee side, affordable wages offer entry-level job opportunity with the chance for advancement based on performance, experience and time of service. 
If the wage level is mandated to increase, though, both the employer and employees will ultimately suffer, as will customers from increased prices.
Businesses will not simply sit still and routinely raise prices, that’s not how they operate. Instead they’ll automate further, replacing personnel with equipment, automation, and technology, the investment to be offset by long-term gains in efficiency and system efficiency.
So, once again, we have theoreticians with no firsthand experience whatsoever clamoring for unrealistic change. And the long-term result will be highly sophisticated, streamlined enterprises eventually requiring almost no workers at all. 
That’s it for today folks.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Something I neglected to mention was an interview with former Vice President, Dick Cheney, on Fox & Friends a couple of days ago.
In researching the subject, I found the following from www.upi.com, which says pretty much the same thing, as follows:
In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington Tuesday, Mr. Cheney said “the tax on medical devices also demonstrates how "ill-conceived" parts of the Affordable Care Act really are. I think that's one of the dumbest ideas I've heard. I feel very strongly about it. I'm literally walking around proof of how great and how innovative our healthcare system has been. ... 
But I just think it's an example of how ill-conceived parts of this program are." 
The article notes that, “Cheney has had five heart attacks and has had several procedures to treat heart disease, including a heart transplant in 2012.”
So, here again is additional proof that in this attempt at socializing health care, issue by issue and item by item, the health care tax is rapidly disintegrating the entire system from all ends. Which means continually good news for Republicans who’ll benefit significantly next November at the polls.
Additionally, those same Republicans can further gain by doing nothing at all, and standing by while colossal mistakes are made daily amongst their competition. 
Today, Fox News on-line  reported that, “Among the enduring images from Nelson Mandela's massive memorial service in Johannesburg Tuesday will be one of a jovial President Obama taking a cell phone pic with his seat-mates, Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Britain's David Cameron. 
As the three of them smile for the camera, a stern-looking Michelle Obama can be seen staring straight ahead, hands clasped. As if to remind anyone who sees this photo years from now that it was, after all, a memorial service for one of the great human rights leaders.”
So, while his administration implodes, the incumbent acts as if he hasn’t a care in the world. Which is probably pretty accurate. Because if he really did care, he might pay some attention to the incredible damage he’s done to the nation and try to fix it.
But instead he, somehow or other, finds new ways to keep making it worse. 
Chris Stirewalt of Fox News online reports that, “Part of the portfolio for new White House adviser John Podesta is trying to achieve one of President Obama’s longest-sought goals: getting the U.S. enrolled in a U.N. treaty on global warming.”
Now, here’s where it gets somewhat complex, because “Facing bipartisan pressure to allow the construction of a pipeline to bring oil from western Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, the Keystone XL, the administration promises that Podesta will not offer any advice about the project, much despised by global warming believers, including the folks at Podesta’s Center for American Progress.”
And the reason this guy Podesta is staying away from the issue is that the Center for American Progress, the“lobbying firm Podesta founded with his brother, Tony, also represents clients who stand to benefit from global-warming regulations and a decision to block the pipeline. White House aides tell Politico that Podesta will recuse himself from any consideration of the Keystone project.”
Now, this situation has got to be one of the most humungous cases of cronyism, nepotism, favoritism and insider abuse ever seen in government. Because there's simply no way on earth that Podesta will stay uninvolved.
However, I might change my mind if Podesta solemnly swears not to become involved. Because if nothing else this administration, from the top on down, absolutely always tells the truth.
That’s it for today folks.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Much of today’s news is remindful of Humpty-Dumpty.

According to Fox News on-line, “The White House is bringing in a former top official from the Clinton administration to help manage the messy ObamaCare roll-out and other matters as President Obama tries to regain his footing in his second term.” 

John Podesta, White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, “will join the Obama team as counselor to the president.”

The article reports that “Podesta will take his place at the White House at a critical time for Obama as the president seeks to re-establish his agenda going into a midterm election year. And according to the The New York Times: “Podesta would help on matters related to the health care law, as well as administration organization, executive actions, and issues related to climate change.

So, it seems to me this guy’s walking into a buzz saw. Because the major issues he’s facing are just about irreparable. And unless he’s some kind of magician, which I sincerely doubt, his biggest problem is finding a way to rewrite facts reported daily in the news. And for those who might have forgotten:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
Threescore men and threescore more,
Cannot place Humpty Dumpty as he was before

For example, damaging issues keep arising, such as this one reported today in Chris Stirewalt’s column on Fox, noting that: “Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former senior policy adviser to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told Megyn Kelly that many prescriptions may not be covered under ObamaCare. “The list of drugs that the plans cover, in many cases, aren’t very long.  And if the drugs aren’t covered you’re on your own, you basically have to pay for it entirely out of pocket, and the money that you spend on those drugs doesn’t count against your out of pocket limit or against your deductible,” Gottlieb said. “This could cost patients who need special drugs a lot of money, literally tens of thousands of dollars a year.” 
That was followed by a report stating that, “Since the Obamacare law doesn't specifically carve out an exemption for them, fire departments where 50 or more people work – either as volunteers or officially as employees – are expected to provide health insurance for every one of them.

In towns with more than one volunteer fire department, all the staffers will likely be lumped together for tax purposes, pushing many municipalities above the 50-worker threshold.

That could cost departments of life-savers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Those that dump their volunteers into the federal insurance exchanges would still have to pay an annual $2,000 fine for each 'employee' after the first 30.”

And the problem here is, many of those departments, if not the majority. simply can't afford it. Which means perhaps, decreasing department sizes and coverage or closing them altogether.

Then it gets even worse for some who face significant personal and financial exposure because, as Sterling Beard, of The Corner on National Review on-line via the dailymail.co.uk writes: “Multiple state-run health-care exchanges are vulnerable to a type of Wi-Fi attack that can allow hackers to intercept usernames and passwords, KSTP, a Minnesota ABC affiliate, reports.

According to Mark Lanterman, the CEO and chief technology officer of Computer Forensic Services who ran the simulated attack for KSTP, state-run exchanges in Minnesota, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are vulnerable to it.”

Consequently, while Mr. Podesta seeks ways to smooth, cover-up or perhaps blame Republicans, and/or “W” Bush for the growing fiasco of the incumbent’s heath care tax, and global warming, which is now being touted as “climate change,” he’s got another few major problems.

According to CBS in Chicago, via Drudge: “Temperatures dipped below zero overnight, the earliest it has been that cold in Chicago in 18 years.

The last time Chicago had subzero temperatures this early in the season was Dec. 9, 1995. Unfortunately for Chicagoans, it won’t be long before the mercury is back below zero.

Though temperatures will get into the low 20s on Tuesday, Chicago could see subzero temperatures again Wednesday night.”

And then the Associated Press, also via Drudge  asks: “Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for "soul-crushing" cold.”

Temperatures reached 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius.

The story continues with: “A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees.

Furthermore, “Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is "50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota."

In conclusion then, I guess when it comes to picking goals and causes, the incumbent’s track record isn’t so good. Because the results show he’s yet to be correct on any of them. In fact, every issue issue he touches takes a disastrous for the worse. 
But, I really have to wonder what it was that hapless John Podesta did for the incumbent to hate him enough to bring the poor guy back to the White House and stick him with trying to weasel them out of the worst situation's an administration’s ever done to itself.

That’s it for today folks.


Monday, December 9, 2013


As has been the case for quite some time now, most headline stories concern the incumbent’s new health care tax. Today, Chris Stirewalt, digital politics editor for Fox News on-line reports that “Michael D. Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes in The Medicaid Time Bomb that 1.46 million of about 1.6 million Americans enrolled in ObamaCare have actually signed up for Medicaid.”
Mr. Tanner opines that, “If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments… Already Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for 48% of federal spending. Within the next few years, those three programs will eat up more than half of federal expenditures.”
At the same time, Stephanie Kirchgaessner of London’s Financial Times, Washington DC staff notes that the health care tax is also causing many of the nation’s top hospitals, especially those on the cutting edge of research and innovation, to drop out of the program.
In that regard, Thomas Priselac, president and chief executive officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles says, “the creation of ever more narrow provider networks by insurers is being driven by price alone, and not by quality. The hospitals that are being excluded are leaders in innovation, which saves billions of dollars for the healthcare system in the long run. There is confusion between price and efficiency. The major teaching and research hospitals are more expensive not because they are inefficient but because of what they do.”
So, here we have two examples of how a politician claiming to be on a mission aimed at leveling the playing field via redistribution is doing the exact opposite. Because, not only isn’t redistribution working, those on top are still reaping the rewards of their financial status while the number of those without keeps growing rapidly. And if that keeps up, those in the middle will be left with just about nothing, while the quality and availability of health care in general will decrease continually.
And maybe the primary reason for this continuing ruination of the best health care system world-wide can be explained by the results of a Bing Pulse poll yesterday that found “Both genders showed strong disagreement with the president’s statement, “I have an open door policy where I want people to be bringing me bad news on time so that we can fix things.”
Perhaps the public disagreed with the incumbent’s statement because of a report from Politico “Claiming that President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met just once since the signing of the Affordable Care Act more than three years ago.” A direct conflict with the incumbent's claim of close involvement.
Therefore, in conclusion, this is another very good day for Republicans. And, as I’ve been suggesting for a very long time now, the best thing they can do right now is simply stand by quietly and watch their opponents continue to self-destruct. Because their opposition hasn’t the talent, skills, capability, knowledge or veracity  to get themselves out of the holes they’ve  dug for themselves.
That’s it for today folks.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

BloggeRhythms 12/8/2013

I sometimes have to read news items several times, very slowly to be certain I’ve understood what’s been written. This happened again today regarding an article from The Marietta Daily Journal found on Drudge, as follows:
“A judge said Thursday that he needs more information and time to decide the case of a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and want the Georgia university system to grant them in-state tuition.
The roughly three dozen young immigrants have been granted temporary permission to stay in the U.S. under an Obama administration policy introduced last year. They filed a lawsuit in August asking a judge to instruct the university system’s Board of Regents to allow them to qualify for in-state tuition.”
So, here we have people residing in the nation illegally that not only have no right to be here,  but thanks to the administration have beaten the system to the extent that they feel they can sue for even more accommodation. At the same time, though, if tax-paying citizens don’t pay the new healthcare tax, they face fines, wage garnishment and perhaps, other penalties likely hidden in the overbearing new legislation. And there's something very wrong with that.
As far as the illegal’s lawsuit’s concerned, however, it’s remindful of the young man who shot both his parents, then begged for the mercy of the court because he was now an orphan.
Then another item caught my eye, also on Drudge, by Matthew Young, of Britain’s Daily Star Sunday, headed: “Climate change warning: Killer winter storms for next THIRTY years.”
The basic theme of the short item begins with: “KILLER freezes, floods and heatwaves will devastate Britain during the next 30 years, climate ­experts have warned.”
I mention this one because one of the reader’s comments following the text says: “The world warms up, it cools down and this is a result of our orbit, which is not constant. The wobble which makes the earth move closer and further from the sun affects our climate. This is evident from the fact that the earth has gone through warm periods and ice ages. Or are they going to say we affected the weather millions of years before humans even walked on the earth? Only people without an education actually believe this man made climate change garbage.”
Since that’s one of the best short explanations of the subject I’ve seen for some time, there’s really nothing to add.
That’s it for today folks.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


I’ve seen enough of Chris Matthews, here and there, to realize his views and opinions have absolutely nothing in common with mine. Which is why I didn’t see his recent interview with the incumbent. However, this morning I saw a short item by Chris Stirewalt on Fox News on-line, that reconfirmed my decision entirely.
According to Mr. Stirewalt, “The way forward, the president said, was to end divided government. ‘In our history, usually when we’ve made big progress on issues, it actually has been when one party controlled the government for a period of time,’ he said. ‘The big strides we made in the New Deal, the big strides we made with the Great Society – those were times when you had a big majority.”
Now, I can certainly understand the incumbent's position, whereas his approach to governance is to impose his thinking and beliefs on everyone, without opposition. Nonetheless, for entrepreneurial types, free-marketeers and independent thinkers, the New Deal and the the Great Society were horrendous intrusions on liberty and individuality.
But, at the moment, and throughout his time in office to date, although Republican’s control the House, every item on the incumbent's agenda has been enacted to his design and liking. Therefore, even though he hasn’t the absolute control he desires, the results are the same as if he did.
Consequently, since he brought up the premise that ending divided government is best, and he’s actually been in that circumstance throughout his term of service to date, what have the results been?
The economy’s yet to really recover after five years, foreign policy’s been relegated to other nations, job quality’s declined for many, while working hours keep shrinking. Education ratings are now “26th in math — trailing nations such as the Slovakia, Portugal and Russia. Performance dropped to 21st in science (from 17th in 2009) and slipped to 17th in reading (from 14th in 2009),” according to the results of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Then there were a few other noteworthy items, such as the totally botched terrorist attack covered up in Benghazi, the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme gone bad, the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, the EPA’s investment in non-existent climate-change and Solyndra’s bankruptcy among many others, the Census Bureau manipulation of jobs numbers, and of course the horrendous health care tax train wreck.
So, I guess the question to be considered is, if all the preceding damage can be accomplished without complete control by one party, how bad could things really get if unilateral governance ever happened? And even worse, what if that party were headed by those in office now?
Thai's it for today folks.