January 20, 2018
The more conservative interior of California wants to secede and create New California. Can't say I blame them.
Here's has the dope:
"With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.
To be clear, they don't want to leave the United States, just California.
"Well, it's been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we're rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California," said founder Robert Paul Preston.
The state of New California would incorporate most of the state's rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.:
Part of Colorado tried this and failed. The problem is, not only does the area in question have to approve it at the ballot box but the state legislature has to approve it likewise. Vermont was part of New York until the state legislature gave permission to secede. Ditto Kentucky, which was part of Virginia. Maine seceded from Massachussetts. But in all of these instances the state legislature gave permission. In Colorado the state legislature would no doubt have denied permission had the people voted to create a new state. And California is NOT going to allow the Imperial Valley to opt out, as it is the primary agreicultural part of the state and is needed to carry the millions of illegals and ne'er do wells that California has taken upon itself to support.
So don't look for New California any time soon.
Anyone remember The Bridge Over the River Kwai? This 1957 film featured Alec Guinness (Obi Wan Kenobi from Star Wars for you young-ens) as a British Senior POW officer held by the Japanese. This particular POW camp was deep in the jungles of Burma and the captive Allied soldiers were impressed into service to build a railroad bridge over the River Kwai for the Japanese military. Until Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson (Guiness) arrived the POW's loafed about and attempted as best they could to sabotage the project. But Nicholson was a born politician, and he made demands.
Colonel Saito, the Japanese commander, was under a tight deadline and he needed to get this project completed, so he ordered the POW officers to work alongside the men in violation of the Geneva Convention. Nicholson was having nAnone of that, and he openly refused Saito's demands, goinng so far as to face torture in "the hot box" and other things to force Saito to give in. Eventually, with a deadline fast approaching, Saito relented, and in fact handed the whol project over to the British, who chose a new site for the bridge and worked quite willingly. Saito was shamed to the point of considering suicide, but he first had a Samurai duty to finish the project - by giving in to every request of the British prisoners. There is a rather pathetic scene where the POW's and Saito are holding a meeting and Nicholson rattles off a list of requests to which Saito simply repeats over and over "yes" with a grave, defeated face. more...
Here is more on Newseek Probe.
Apparently Newsweek is being investigated over money laundering.
January 19, 2018
I did a Google search to find polls on who would be blamed for a government shutdown. The first four pages were "Republicans" and by mainstream media outlets, and I suspected that was not true. Google always slants the search results.
Eventually I came across this:
NEW QUINNIPIAC POLL: If there’s a government shutdown, who would you blame? 34% say Democrats 32% say Republicans 21% say Trump
So the Democrats actually take the most blame here. Interesting, no?
Back on December 8 the public was opposed to shutting down the government for DACA by 55%, according to Five Thirty Eight the Democratic pollster. Nothing has changed between now and then, so there is no reason to believe that the Republicans will be blamed.
There's a certain type of person who seeks to work in government -- and should at all costs be prevented from doing so.
About two dozen investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office raided the offices of Newsweek and its parent company, IBT Media, on Thursday.
IBT Media was co-founded by Jonathan Davis and Etienne Uzac. The IRS placed a $1.2 million federal tax lien against Uzac in December 2017.
The agents were said to be photographing servers in the offices, but not downloading any files at the offices at 7 Hanover Square, according to sources.
They appeared to be photographing the serial numbers on the machines, said a source.
In the past, IBT has been linked to a Christian church founded by Korean-American evangelist David Jang and Olivet University, a university in California that Jang’s followers founded.
The IRS had not responded to a call by press time. The Manhattan DA declined to comment.
Dana Mathewson states:
Perhaps the IRS is still operating in "weaponized" mode? Or it could just be a case of back taxes. However, Christians appear to be in the crosshairs.
This from Tim:
The company I worked for got sued for twenty thousand dollars because they had purchased a used copier and it had "proprietary" software already installed when they purchased it, making it a copyright violation. They hired a lawyer and won, but it cost them. I wonder if taking the photos of these machines wasn't something comparable. more...
January 18, 2018
I've been particularly unimpressed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but Printus LeBlanc at Americans for Limited Government disagrees, and makes a good case. Read it below:
One of the most overlooked actions Attorney General Jeff Sessions took was to end third-party settlements. Under the previous administration, the Justice Department allowed companies it fined to pay third-parties organizations not associated with the original crime. Not only did the department allow the offenders to pay third-parties, they received double the credit for doing so. The payments would go to Obama administration approved organizations such as National Council of La Raza, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and the National Urban League. All left leaning organizations that help the help the Democrat Party carry out its mission. Congressional investigators estimate at least $3 billion went to third-party groups during the Obama administration. more...
Dana Mathewson and I were discussing the direct election of Senators and had a decent exchange.
Can't help wondering if the Founders ever foresaw people getting into Congress solely for themselves? They must have, since there were people around, even then, who were opportunists. Aaron Burr springs to mind. . .
This from Tim: more...
You can't tell me this would, or could, have happened because of Obama
Trump and Graham, the end of an ugly friendship
You'll LOVE the first sentence: "Lindsey Graham, the Arlen Specter of the South, has been trying to ingratiate himself with President Trump, his former adversary. By doing so, Graham hopes to achieve his longtime dream of granting amnesty to illegal aliens."
The author does a wonderful job of throwing Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin under the bus.
January 17, 2018
Question: If someone sells you on something with false advertising and it does the exact opposite of what was promised, are you not entitled to return the product and get a refund? In fact, if the product caused you harm, should you not in addition be compensated for damages?
Consider that when Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) was pushing the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 (S.500) on the Senate floor, he said, "First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually."
Actually, he was right. We now absorb more than a million immigrants annually.more...
In thisanti-establishment age, people are increasingly moving toward anti-establishment news sources. Many good examples exist, but as far as news aggregators go, one stands out: Whatfinger News (Whatfinger.com).
That’s right, not the Drudge Report. That titan of news-aggregator traffic loses out because of an area in which it may be without peer: providing eyeballs for left-wing websites. More on that momentarily.
It’s not hard to put your finger on what makes Whatfinger stand out: much more news, more conservative news and better views. Whatfinger is well organized and above-board, presenting headline news from various sources, categories for right-wing and left-wing outlets (with the latter far smaller!), and a prominent video section.
The United States has more coal than any other nation. With modern coal-fired power plants, it can be used to generate very inexpensive electricity, with virtually no significant pollution: about the only thing that comes out of the stacks today are water vapor and carbon dioxide, the miracle molecule that helps plants grow and makes life on Earth possible. Even though coal-based electricity has plummeted from 52% of all US electricity in 2008 to 30% by the time President Obama left office, it still helps to keep the lights on and keep people warm in all but a few states.
But as Tom Harris points out in this thought-provoking article, even under President Trump, the USA is a long way from taking full advantage of its mighty coal reserves – and the restrictions on coal use bring virtually no environmental or climate benefits. That’s because the scientific case for fossil fuels fueling "dangerous manmade climate change” grows weaker by the week – and because no developing countries are going to reduce their use of coal anytime soon. So any and all reductions in coal use and CO2 emissions by the United States bring zero benefits in the global arena.more...
A splendid article indeed. Three separate parts, all of which are great.
Peggy Noonan’s Journal column observes that after Trump there will never again be a "normal” president. Never again, that is, will we elect some apparatchik from the haughty, out-of-touch, overpaid political class that has given us generations of arbitrary rule by the Administrative State’s unelected "experts” too inept to see a financial hurricane brewing; that has allowed the Supreme Court to cram the ethical beliefs of the coastal elites down the throats of a gagging nation—so that nuns have to sue not to hand out birth control, as if freedom of conscience were not the first of our freedoms; that admits immigrants by the carload without a thought of whether they will help or harm America and Americans; that goes to war foolishly believing that toppling dictators will magically turn their tribal subjects into democratic republicans; and that lets the IRS tax as tyrannically as George III. No more!
January 16, 2018
Is it just me, or does this whole tempest about Trump calling Haiti and Africa a euphamism for a toilet remind anyone else of the George Carlin 7 Dirty Words You Can't Say on Television?
For those who are too young or just don't know (or remember) George CArlin made his fame with the infamous "7 dirty words" shtick in which he loudly and proudly used them while saying "you can't say that". Here is a part of the monologue (sans the dirty part): more...
Mike Rowe explains science to a liberal.
This, from The Daily Caller:
NAACP Says MLK’s Vision Can’t Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the NAACP wants man-made global warming to be seen as a civil rights issue, arguing King’s vision of a society free of racial injustice can’t be achieved without addressing warming.
January 15, 2018
In 1991 a disc jockey at the hard rock station KSHE in St. Louis caused a panic by fraudulently deploying the Emergency Broadcast System nuclear attack alert. John Ulett, who was also the public address announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals, was angry at callers who kept suggesting we use nuclear weapons on Iraq (this was just prior to the first Gulf War) and so set off a tone similar to that used by the EBS and followed that with a false claim of an attack. Ulett lost his job with the Cardinals but was never fired from the hippie station KSHE, despite the fact that he not only violated broadcast rules. But he apparently never paid a legal price. more...
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