Eric Florack on March 27th, 2015

I’m at College Point, Queens New York this morning. I’m delivering a load of Gatorade to the local Pepsi distribution center. Extremely narrow streets around this place, and as a result I’ve never come in here where I haven’t done some very serious side walk driving. That’s an accomplishment with a big rig.

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I have to tell you, in all honesty that I have never had a more intense driving experience then coming into New York. Understand, I’ve lived in Rochester all my life. I’ve driven in just about every state in the Union, most of it in a big rig. The funny part is, I in all that time had never been to New York City.

Yes, I know, for most of you the conception is that if you live in New York State, you are quite familiar with New York City. What you need to understand is that Rochester is some 400 miles from New York City. And until such time as I picked up this job, I never had a reason to go to New York.

So it was that my first experience with new york city was pilot ing a 53 foot trailer down the BQE. And let me tell you, there is nothing on the face of this planet that will cure a case of constipation faster than driving a 13 6 truck under a bridge that’s marked 12:2 that happens to be a national monument. Those familiar with New York will understand that I’m talking about the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York you see has a habit of marking bridges in a manner that is unlike any place else in the country. Its a guessing game by which standard they are marking such bridges anymore. So if you haven’t been down a particular road before you really have to watch what you’re doing.

I finally did figure out the formula though. And it’s a rather simple one. If you’re not sure of the route, park yourself behind another 13 6 truck. Do what he does. If he makes it under the bridge, the chances are you will too. If he doesn’t like it, chances are you’ll be entertained for about an hour and a half. Either way you’ll remain on unhurt.

From here, I will likely run down to South Jersey to pick up another inbound load, though I don’t know. It sounds like things are changing on the itineraries. after awhile you pick things up and I understand the feel of things. I don’t know how to describe it better than that, but anyone who’s worked at a job for any length of time will know what I mean. Welcome to my world.

I see where Obama’s budget proposal got knocked 98-2. Okay, maybe presidential budgets being turned down is not an unusual occurrence. Most of them don’t make it past square one. But, 98 and one? That’s not going to buff out.

I see also where the evidence points to the German plane crash the other day being deliberately caused by the co-pilot.

The moment I heard that news, I knew what had happened. Islam again. Mere hours later this story came out, and I was unfortunately proven correct. The co-pilot it seems was a recent conversion to Islam.

I suggested here on BitsBlog, when the policy makers first came up with the idea of making the cockpit inaccessible during flight, made the assumption that those in the cockpit are trustworthy. We’ve seen several times where that’s a questionable assumption, and in this case it proved the fatal one.

Back in 06, I wrote a piece that attempted to address the issue of governmental corruption. The lead into the article, though, is I think equally applicable here. You’ll see what I’m driving at in a minute.

One of the biggest problems I have in my garden is keeping the squirrels out of my bird feeder. The tehnological war between us and the squirells has gone to insane levels. But, nothing we do keeps them out; eventually, they figure a way around the security systems in place to get at the food. Eventually, I just took down the bird feeder. Darned rodents, anyway.
Even in the human world, security experts will tell you that there is no security system on the face of this planet, that cannot be broken down and bypassed by a determined criminal, no matter how high a wall you put up, no matter how many safeguards you put in place. If somebody’s determined to get by them, they will. Systemic answers to security simply do not work, in the end.

The kind of situation we see in this German wings thing, is precisely what I’m worried about when I say there is only one enemy. Islam.

Any open society, depends on a certain level of trust existing, or there is no openness. The copilot was trusted based on his activities and his attitudes prior to his recent conversion to Islam. It’s the recent conversions that are the most dangerous, because they are the most easily manipulated.

So the question becomes now, how do we defend against this? Is there a way without hanging Muslims on sight, to deal with the problem?

Unless we can change our cockamamie gun laws, and permit concealed carry without license, I honestly don’t see how we can fight this.

Further, this event provides further proof that Iran, being driven by the same philosophies that the copilot was, cannot be trusted with any weapon above the size of a lady finger. Even assuming that some mastermind within the world of Islam didn’t program this copilot to do what he did, it raises the question of assorted crazies acting independently should Iran ever get a hold of atomic weaponry.

Understand, the nation of Iraq are not our enemy, not at least of any consequence. It’s the philosophy that is our enemy. It operates above and beyond the level of national borders. That’s precisely why I found the argument that Bush attacked the wrong country back in the day to be so incredible. This isn’t about countries, this isn’t about national borders. I honestly don’t think we can win if we don’t change the game. We can’t win this war fighting by our rules. It’s not going to happen. There has to be a game changer.

In any event, but it would seem that Germany has now had its 9/11. It will be interesting to see how they react. I wonder if it will prompt the rules being changed. Frankly, I hope so.

davidl on March 27th, 2015

Breaking, Dirty Harry Reid can not see way to re-election, announces retirement, from Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” Harry Reid told the New York Times’ Carl Hulse in announcing his retirement. The former Senate Majority Leader, forced to the minority for the first time in eight years, has had enough. Facing a tough re-election bid next year while still recuperating from a bad accident at home, Reid will instead stand down:

Sorry Dirty Harry, it is too late to leave at the top of your game. It does appear that Harry did get the message from the thugs who wanted him gone. Do Daffy Dicky Durbin, or Chuckles Schumer have an alibi?

davidl on March 26th, 2015

A Bowe Bergdahl, and Barack Obama, take from north of the border, video:

All very sad.

Addendum: south of the border commentary, video:

Still sad.

davidl on March 26th, 2015

Change the victim and the left stream media has an all new perspective. If liberals but were consistent they would condemn California Attorney General Kamala Harris for being pro-rape.   Alas.

From Sacramento Bee:

California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a court Wednesday to intervene and allow her to block an incendiary planned ballot measure authorizing the killing of gays and lesbians.

Calling the proposed “Sodomite Suppression Act” patently unconstitutional and utterly reprehensible, Harris filed a request with the Superior Court in Sacramento seeking to be relieved of her ministerial duty to prepare a title and summary for the measure before it advances to the signature-gathering stage. Harris argues that readying it for circulation would waste state resources, generate unnecessary divisions and mislead the public.

The SSA, as I will call it, seeks to protect the public from unwanted sexual assault from an identified population.   The SSA seeks to punish anybody who “who touches another person of the same gender for sexual gratification” and to impose such punishment without due process.

Yet  punishing a particular population from unwanted touching is precisely the goal of the regime’s war on sexual assault.   Of course the regime gathered data on sexual assault, then called it rape.

From Ashe Schow, Washington Examiner:

Salon (because of course) has published an article titled “Fraternities plan to lobby Congress to prevent campus rape investigations.” The website’s Twitter account called the fraternities a “rape lobby.”

The article claims that the lobbying group, FratPAC, is trying to “make it more difficult for colleges and universities to investigate sexual assault allegations.”

The inference, of course, is that fraternities are trying to make it easier to rape.

Except in the case of the regime, they are waging the war on men.

Harris condemned the SSA for promoting vigilante justice.  Yet the regime’s Department of Justice promoted vigilante justice by encouraging mandating colleges impose punishment on guilty accused males rather using the existing criminal justice system.

Eric Florack on March 26th, 2015

I’ve been asked if I write all these things out by hand on my laptop. The truth is, no I don’t.

First of all, because I don’t have the time, generally. But, and more importantly, I tend to have ideas at strange times for things that I ought to be writing. So what I do is I dictate into my phone, and then go back later and touch it up some. It usually needs some substantial correction, and sometimes I even think better of things that I say, or a better way of saying them . So, it gives me a chance to refine what I write here.

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Yes, that means that I’m editing the whole blessed thing on a smartphone. I guess that’s not so unusual anymore, but when I started writing this blog years ago, I could never have envisioned making entries this way, and certainly not from the road.

For you to understand the time constraints involved, understand that I am driving 11 hours per day and usually on duty for 14 hours a day. You know that eight hour period that you call your job?  I call that my sleep period. And that might come at any hour of the day or night. So in a toss up between getting some sack time and writing these Nightly Rambles, guess which one is going to win out?

Usually, the rewriting process only takes about 20 minutes a pop. so it’s not as bad as it seems. Still, I tend to make my money in the time margins. Now you understand that part of it.

My intention in these Rambles is to each day give you a little taste of life on the road, as well as some observations on what I see going on around us.

These posts are not intended to be for the devotees of “short attention span theater”.  Some days they’ll be longer than others. That’s driven largely by what I happen to notice around us.

I also want you to understand this… This is not only why I write these rambles, it’s why I started this website in the first place. You’d better hold on to something.

I make no apologies for what I say, here, I make no apologies for the positions I take. As such, and I’ll make this perfectly clear to you. I say it’s time for the GOP establishment to be replaced by somebody that will actually fight for the Constitution. I totally reject the GOP establishment. The Rockefeller Republicans. The RINOs.The people who are too busy going along to get along to actually uphold their oath of office. I’m done with them. No more Bushes, no more Romney’s, no more John Boehners, no more John McCain’s, no more Chris Christies, it’s time for conservatives. Constitutional conservatives. No more compromise. None. If they say something right, if they act correctly, they will have my support to that extent. And that goes for anybody. If they are not correct they will not have my support. Nor should they yours. They either act as conservatives or they don’t belong in office.

If you think that sounds harsh, consider the idea of the compromise is exactly how we got to where we are. If you want to reverse that situation and get us back on the track that the founders put us on, then we have to stop compromising our principles with those who would move us away from them.

I will not back off, I will not sit down, I will not shut up. I will not moderate my views. Too much depends on my speaking my mind as I see it. I’m going to ask you to hold to that as well.

The fact is, we the Conservatives are the majority. The majority of the people in this country are far more conservative than anything that either party has coughed up since Reagan. That’s why the voting numbers year over year as a percentage of the overall eligible voting public, have been dropping off. Its to the point now, or nobody votes because there’s nobody to vote for. Literally our future is being decided by a vocal leftist minority I’m about 35 percent of the public. This has to change. The first step, of course, is getting actual conservatives through the nomination process that’s always been rigged against us. We have a chance this time around to turn this country around and put it back on the path that our founders intended. & I intend to fight to the last to see it done. I ask you to join me.

If you have problems with that you can find someplace else to read, it matters not a whit to me. All I can promise you is that I’ll try to keep it from being boring. Let me know what you think of these by the way in private messaging or via email.

Other matters…

I wrote yesterday, how strident the opposition to genuine conservatism has become from both the GOP establishment and the Democrats, who frankly have become totally indistinguishable , one from the other. For my money there is no dimes worth the difference between Peter King and whoever the Democrat run against him in the next cycle.

When both groups get this shrill, this far out from the main race, it’s a sure sign that even they know they are in serious and probably terminal trouble.

I urge my fellow conservatives to hold the course. Keep their feet in the fire. Do not back off, do not apologize, do not moderate your views to accommodate the left. That’s how we ended up with the Rockefeller establishment Republicans being in charge of our party. It’s time for that to end.

I see that moron Bergdahl is being court martialed. As he should. You might want to give yourself a little background here.

I’ve been saying since they traded for the sleaze bag, now that this whole thing stinks, and there’s a lot more going on that we’re not being told.  One thing that’s never been adequately explained is why our community organizer in chief, along with the rest of the Democrats, gave the traitor a hero’s welcome. As Billy Beck says yesterday, if Obama were an enemy agent, how would he act any differently at all?

Life in prison is too good for either one.
And for the same reasons.

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on March 25th, 2015

Good news, bad news.   The good, the Army has apparently decided to charge Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.   The bad news, Bergdahl will not face the firing squad.

Hat tip:  Moe Lane, Red State.

 

Eric Florack on March 25th, 2015

I woke up the other morning to the sound of cows. No, I’m quite serious. It was somewhat muffled here in the truck, but I could hear it none the less, and couldn’t quite figure out what it was in my half asleep state. I opened the curtains and here’s what I saw parked just off the nose of the truck.

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Well okay, my alarm clock sounded slightly bovine that morning, I suppose. I think I finally figured out why cattle trucks are usually the best looking and best decorated trucks on the road. It’s to make up for the smell.

It reminds me of a story I’ve never related here. I was coming up out of the Philadelphia area one night, and happened to be on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I was coming up on the end of my hours for the day and pulled into a rest area at King of Prussia. Some of you will be familiar with the place. When I pulled in, there were three spaces and being a lazy lout that I am, I took the middle one.

I immediately got in the bunk and went to sleep. 20 minutes later, there was a roar of engine outside my driver side windows. I looked out and a truck had pulled up next to me with one of those old style Carrier refrigeration units. Old timers will recognize that those things are probably the loudest refrigeration units on the planet, those early models. Those things could wake the dead, and this was nearly that. I shrugged my shoulders, closed the window and went back to bed. I figured what the heck, I still had to other windows on the other side of the truck.

About a half hour later I think, I awoke to a stench in my truck. It was enough to curl and straighten your nose hair. It was unbelievable. It was bad enough in fact that I actually lifted my blanket and looked under it to make sure that I hadn’t had an accident in my sleep. At that point, I heard hooves on metal and realized what had happened. A cattle truck had pulled up next to me.

It was probably extra legal, but I jump back in the driver’s seat and drove down the road perhaps a half a mile to a little pull off and spent the rest of the night there, figuring I was never going to get any sleep between those two noise makers and the smell maker of course. Part of life on the road I guess.

Other matters…

I’ve been watching with a high degree of interest, the high degree of press coverage lately of Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds. The transition has been amazing.

For years we couldn’t get depressed even look at Hillary Clinton, (and now that Benghazi is out of the way she thinks) the press can’t seem to leave each little misdeed alone. It’s almost as if she’s trying to set up a target rich field.

Well, she certainly succeeded in doing that, but it seems to me she’s also digging herself a deeper hole. As of this point I doubt she’ll be able to extricate herself from the hole she’s managed to dig.

Thing is, she keeps day going, she keeps digging. The woman is a political train wreck these days . The press conference yesterday, in which she promised an open relationship with the press? Of course after the speech, she refused to take any questions.

Obviously, it depends on how we parse the phrase “open relationship”.

If this is the best the Democrats have to offer… And frankly, at the moment I have no reason to doubt that, this election cycle is going to be a cakewalk for the GOP assuming they actually have the testicular fortitude to nominate an actual conservative.

Speaking of that,  the bed wetting over Ted Cruz is reaching unbelievable proportions.

Whatever else can be said about him, this must be said however, that the speech he gave Monday   was from the heart. If you didn’t see it, you wouldn’t understand the comments, or maybe you would. he didn’t need a teleprompter.

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This was not oratory written by people who specialize in it. Ted Cruz can be accused in this case of doing nothing but speaking directly from the heart. This guy believes every word he said. Now, if you want to disagree with what he says, have at it. But compared his ability to relate his thoughts to the current occupant of the White House.

I know the shooting in San Jose, and as usual the gun control at the concer what in their pants over it. But this has nothing to do with gun control. California in general and San Jose in particular is among the most heavily gun control States in the country. Additional laws wouldn’t solve the problem. This is an aberration, not the norm.

Down the road I go. See you tomorrow.

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davidl on March 24th, 2015

Allies spy on each other.   The United States spies of Israel, and in turn Israel returns the favor.   I am not shocked but the regime is irate.    Apparently in Barack Obama’s ivory tower, only the United States is allowed to spy, from Independent (UK):

American officials have accused Israel of spying on diplomatic talks between the United States and Iran – and then feeding sensitive information back to Barack Obama’s political opponents in America.

Israel, which says the allegation are “utterly false”, is opposed to an emerging deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, as are most members of the Republican Party – the sworn political opponents of Mr Obama’s Democratic Party.

According to US newspaper the Wall Street Journal, US spies monitoring Israeli communications claim to have intercepted information which they allege could only have come from spying on American talks about Iran’s nuclear programme.

Does the regime actually believe that a negotiation involving four European nations and Iranian thugs could somehow be kept secret? Does the regime believe that it is our nation’s security interests to keep Congress in the dark not only the specifics of negotiations with Iran but as to their very existence. What say you Chuck Schumer?

Eric Florack on March 24th, 2015

First stop this morning was in New Paltz New York, essentially within shooting distance of McPhillips. I regret my schedule doesn’t leave me enough time to offer him some coffee. It would be an interesting meeting, I think.
I managed to get a late start to the week, so I will probably be out until Saturday morning anyway.

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Got my grocery shopping done, and I’m all set for food for the week. Still seems kind of strange to me, talking about grocery shopping for a truck, but that’s what happens when you maintain a kitchen in your truck.

Speaking of groceries, I’ve gotten into the bad habit of not putting my ice bottles for the cooler into the freezer over the weekend. It’s not warm enough outside yet where the powered cooler really needs the ice, but I’ve got to get back into the habit, because those warm days are coming very soon now.

I’m noticing huge flocks of geese flying north through Central New York and its a nice thing to see. Everytime I see a flock of them, I smile and say “welcome back guys”. It’s the surest sign of spring. The surest sign of renewing of things.

I became involved the other night in an online discussion about the Democrats and their constant pandering about raising the minimum wage.

  Let’s cut right to the chase. The minimum wage in these United States of America should be zero. Nothing. Nada,zero, zilch. Not a thing.

Now, of course, some of you are going to respond, “Hey, that’s crazy, you can’t pay somebody nothing”. And that’s exactly right. You can’t. And that’s my point.

Look, let’s imagine a world where a minimum wage doesn’t exist. Where government hasn’t stuck its nose into that situation. Would anybody actually work for no wages? (Now mind you, I’m ruling out volunteer work here for the moment. That’s an entirely different matter. )

Well, no, of course they wouldn’t. And equally obvious is the idea that people will work more willingly, as wages increase to what would be considered acceptable levels.

But, and here’s the thing, why is government making that choice? I submit that the exchange of ideas and labor and employment between the employer and the employee create a natural minimum wage. No government involvement required. Or, for that matter, desired.

We either believe in the free enterprise system, or we don’t. I do. So too, the most of the people reading this, or they wouldn’t be here.

We tried wage and price controls back in the seventies at the hands of a socialist in the guise of a Republican. You remember, Nixon? The fact it was, is, and always shall be that government control of wages and prices do not work. They don’t create jobs, they kill jobs.

Have you looked at the restaurant business in San Fran lately? How many of them have dropped off the planet since they upped the minimum wage to $15 an hour so that they would be considered to be “doing something to help working families?” The damage there hasn’t even begun yet.

I tell you. I don’t want government setting my wages, any more than I want unions setting my wages, and both for the same reason. They’re going to demand a piece of that action. In short, they need that minimum wage more than I do. Because they’re going to get the majority of the difference between what I would be making negotiating such matters on my own and what I’d be making with the union supposedly representing me. Or for that matter, the government.
When the minimum wage goes up at the behest of unions and the government, unions and the government get more spending cash. I don’t. Neither do you.

And of course, it gives the Democrats an issue to demagogue. Remember, the worst thing you can do to a Democrat is giving a solution to a problem because once you do that you remove power from his hands and demagoguery is power.

And oh by the way, less of us get paid it all because minimum wages kills jobs. That’s been demonstrated over and over again.

I hear some of you saying, but what about the poor? Well look, the poor have been voting for the Democrat Party for generations. The Democrat Party has been demagogy the minimum wage, and pandering to the poor with that issue for generations. How’s that one working out for them? Last I saw it, they’re still poor.

A wise man once said that the definition of insanity is running the same play over and over and hoping it’ll come out differently each time. Or, as I’ve been saying for years now, stupidity is painful, and it should be. Keep voting for Democrats, you get what you deserve.

Other matters.

I notice that the largest block of eligible voters that aren’t voting are evangelical Christians. This goes directly to the heart of my decade long argument that the reason the GOP has been losing elections year after year after year is because there is nobody out there to vote for, and so nobody does.

I notice also that Ted Cruz is looking to court those non voters. The last person to actively do that, who was actually conservative, was Ronald Reagan. The results of those Elections should stick out in your mind.

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Mind you, I have some questions about Cruz, but based on what I know about him so far I could live with him in the White House.

Finally, I see Peter King promising to jump off a bridge if Cruz gets the nomination. Can we hold you to that promise Peter?

The country needs a lot less of Peter can get a lot more of Ted Cruz.

The honest truth is, I would rather see a democrat taking over Kings seat Then I would to see Peter King continuing in it. the reason is simple enough. When the occupant of that seat votes for big government, as King has done repeatedly, at least the Republicans don’t get the blame for it.

Down the road I go. See you tomorrow.

Eric Florack on March 23rd, 2015

I’m coming off the first extended weekend I’ve had in several weeks. Kinda nice being able to spend some time around the house. My truck needed some work anyway, and I had some paperwork that I had to complete. the paperwork in this job is seemingly endless.

One of the things that I had taken care of this morning was a new starter motor. The truck starts far more easily now, and I’m not nearly as worried about killing my batteries trying to get the thing to turn over.

I’ve been asked if I keep a CB radio in the truck. The answer is yes, I do. And more than one. If one blows up I want another one because I won’t drive five feet without one.

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There’s quite a bit to be said for having a good CB radio in the truck. Yes, there are a lot of idiots out there and sometimes the things can be a hassle. But I have to tell you in all honesty, that it has saved my backside on several occasions, and on a couple of occasions quite literally. Not only does it give me a serious informational edge, but it gives me a method of communicating with other truck drivers.

As far as I’m concerned it’s a safety issue. It’s never made any sense to me at all to be driving something as large as a class 8 truck with a 53 foot trailer or larger, and have no means of communication with the other people around you that are driving similar equipment.

Sooner or later the federal government will try to outlaw the things. In fact, they’ve tried it before on the ground that allowed too much information about the location and activity of the police. I have no doubt that some Yahoo at some point will decide that that’s distracted driving, and outlaw it. . It’s simply the way things work I suppose. But on that day I will withdraw from the profession. And I know I’m not alone in this.

I notice an accident occurring over the weekend on the Staten Island Expressway where 3 cops spent the evening at the bar, and subsequently tried to drive up the Staten Island Expressway going the wrong way and ended up becoming a hood ornament on a full-size Peterbilt. Two dead, so far. I can’t help but think, given previous experience, that the truck driver is going to get part of the blame for the occurrence. Particularly, since all three occupants of the car were police officers, one from New York City and two from New Jersey. Maybe I’m being unfair, here, but I’ve seen it too often to discount the possibility. That alone, annoys me.

I see where the United Nations has decided that Israel is the sole source of women’s rights abuses. Logic, however, rears its head.

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Since we’re not seeing this on the streets of Israel, but in the Islamic areas of the world, we must assume that the United Nations is dominated by Islam, given their statements… And therefore the should have been disbanded years ago. Forcibly if necessary, but disbanded. This story does nothing to dispel that thought.

Personally, I’ve been firmly convinced for years that the fastest way to world peace is to nuke Turtle Bay, and Tehran… Both at the same time, and both for the same reason.

I daresay some will call this warmongering, or too militaristic. 
But, truth is, I’m not even warming up yet.

Clearly, the left in this country thinks that peace is the absence of war.  That’s not true.  They also think that peace can be negotiated.  That is also untrue in large part.  Negotiated peace very seldom lasts for very long, and usually works out to a serious disadvantage for one side or the other.  A close look at North Korea, certainly the product of a negotiated peace and of an antiwar sentiment here in the United States, back in the days of the Korean war, will demonstrate that clearly. I suggest you ask the South Koreans if they think their existence has been a peaceful one since those days. I suspect that they will not.

Consider also, the negotiated peace of World War One. What was negotiated, most scholars will advise us, led directly to World War Two, which was an even bigger and bloodier conflict.

I dare to propose to you, that peace is the product of having overwhelmingly won the war, and of showing the resolve to take on all those who would disturb that peace, thus removing war as an option for them.

As examples of this, let’s look at Germany and Japan in the years following World War Two.  I suspect and suppose that there are very few indeed who will complain that the actions and intentions of the German and Japanese peoples following World War Two, were anything but peaceful.  Demonstrably, these two countries have been among the most peaceful countries on the planet, and have been stalwart friends of freedom.  I suggest this is a direct result of having won the wars against Germany and Japan in overwhelming fashion, and showing a continued resolve to take it on any world power who decides for whatever reason to act unpeaceably.

The leftist “peace” movement in this country with its call to unconditionally separate us from our ability to respond to war making is in fact exposing us to aggressors, thereby causing more bloodshed, and certainly causing a loss of freedom throughout the world.  They would have us negotiating with every tin pot dictator that comes along, in the hope of avoiding bloodshed.

Ponder, though, a voice from history…

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.

Sounds rather like the rhetoric and it’s coming from the White House these days, doesn’t it? But, no, those words come from Neville Chamberlain. That ought to be the loudest alarm bell you’ll hear today.

There is no middle ground between Islam and the rest of the world. None. There is no moderate Islam. The current administration in its efforts to convince us otherwise is going to have us waiting until such time as the problem becomes unmanageable, and indeed with this Iranian deal they’re trying to shove down our throats just now, are helping that process along, aiding and abetting are sworn enemy. An enemy, which is already showing its capacity.

Do you understand yet?

And oh by the way, given our withdrawal from Yemen, an area of the world that Obama was just telling us six months ago was a huge victory, does it strike anyone that maybe they’d rather we were blind to the failures of their negotiation process?

Down the road I go. See you tomorrow.

davidl on March 23rd, 2015

A cynic, such as myself, might be tempted to conclude that Barack Hussien Obama simply spent too much time with the likes of Frank Marshall Davis.   I would explain Obama love of murderous dictators, from Eli Lake, Bloomberg:

Like almost all dictators, Iran’s supreme leader has a legitimacy problem. Most Iranians today are too fearful to take to the streets and demand a government that represents them. (They tried in 2009 and 1999, and paid in blood.) But deep down, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei must suspect that millions of his own people quietly loathe him.

So Khamenei demands the legitimacy he lacks at home from the outside. It’s a classic ploy.

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With that in mind, imagine how delighted Khamenei must have been with U.S. President Barack Obama’s message last week on Persian New Year, or Nowruz. Obama urged the Iranian people to press their leaders to accept a nuclear deal he said would help end Iran’s international isolation. “Now it’s up to all of us, Iranians and Americans, to seize this moment and the possibilities that can bloom in this new season,” Obama said. He concluded by saying: “My message to you, the people of Iran, is that together we have to speak up for the future that we seek.”

And Obama loathing of freely elected democratic leaders, from Carl in Jerusalem, Israel Matzov:

President Hussein Obama tried even harder than was previously reported (in the US) to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu

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If only Obama expended as much effort on regime change in Iran and Syria as he did in Israel, the world would be a better place.

Meanwhile back in the land of the sane, it appears that Messrs Obama and Kerry’s quest to pave the way for Iran to go nuclear may be about to hit brick wall:

Washington (CNN)—A veto-proof, bipartisan majority of House lawmakers have signed an open letter to President Barack Obama warning him that any nuclear deal with Iran will effectively require congressional approval for implementation.

A group of bipartisan senators have penned a bill mandating that any deal be reviewed and approved by Congress, but the House letter notes that lawmakers have another way to halt an agreement — by refusing to roll back sanctions.

Obama and Kerry have deluded themselves into thinking that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has made some sort of pledge not to develop nuclear weapons, and there is one no evidence of such a promise, and  two no reason to expect such a promise to be kept, even if it were for real.

davidl on March 22nd, 2015

snark2.jpg The Snark of the Day, Senator John McCain, from Blaze:

“Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President.”

Maybe McPain got Dim Won confused with a republican?

davidl on March 22nd, 2015

Prince Charles, maybe the world’s most overpaid welfare queen, bites that hand that feeds him, via Gateway Pundit:

“Prince Charles spoke of an “economic system that seems to have enormous shortcomings” at one of the final events of his four day royal tour of the United States.

“The future King gave a speech yesterday tackling the environmental and economic issues faces the world at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, Kentucky.

“…The Prince of Wales told the invited audience: “We are standing at a moment of substantial transition where we face the dual challenges of a world view and an economic system that seem to have enormous shortcomings, together with an environmental crisis – including that of climate change – which threatens to engulf us all.”

Charles is a welfare bum. He has no job skills and no day job. He simply jaunts around the world spending the hard earned tax dollars of his betters, the hard working British taxpayers, forced to support his lifestyle. Get a job Charlies and shut-up.

Eric Florack on March 21st, 2015

I suppose that it doesn’t quite match the stereotypical criteria for a truck driver, but I’m sitting here relaxing and watching the miles go by, listening to some smooth jazz on the mp3 player, and sipping on some chai tea.

Yes, I make coffee in the Kcup machine that my older boy bought me for Christmas, (thank you Matthew), but it gets old after a while. You can make all kinds of things in this machine these days. Coffee and tea of course, but soups, hot apple cider, and even oatmeal. Amazing machine. It’s probably the best thing I ever installed in the truck. I’m a firm believer in maintaining my creature comforts while on the road. Life on the road is hard enough, to go without them. I made it clear from the beginning that when I take over a truck, several things are going to happen. Its going to look good, it’s going to be clean, and I’m going to be comfortable. And I’m going to have some fun doing it, else there’s no point. Fortunately, the company I work for is down with that.

My uncle, who used to drive for Refrigerated Food Express out of Boston, would be amused at the stuff I’ve got installed in this thing. I sincerely wish he was alive to see it. (Shake of the head)

And yes, I like country music too, I listen to it frequently and have quite a bit of it in my mp3 player, but unlike the stereotype, I have probably the most esoteric collection of music you’re ever going to find. I suppose that’s because of my former career as a DJ. There’s an awful lot of drivers that you will find that don’t meet the stereotype. And I’m learning more about that every day as I ply my, no, our trade.

Tonight I’m a little angry for a friend of mine. He’s going through a time just now, in my opinion through no fault of his own.

Honestly, I’m drawing a blank at the moment on who it was who suggested that you could generally tell how corrupt the government was by the number of laws that it creates. I would agree with that, but I would also conditionalize it with how many secret laws it passes.

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Case in point…. This friend of mine was driving his tractor trailer up in the Syracuse area, and was pulled into a DOT checkpoint. The ticket he was issued was for driving a 53 foot trailer on a prohibited road. Now, there are no signs on this road denoting that prohibition.

Now this is where the fun begins. First of all, keep in mind that we’re talking about the possibility of $2000 fine for driving on this prohibited road.

Of course, my friend asked the officer politely if there wasn’t any postings on the road how was he supposed to know that it was prohibited? Well, it turns out that there is a website which lists the roads that you can drive on. If the road is not listed on that website you can’t drive on it. Of course, it should be noted that the majority of the roads in New York State are not on that list.

Somehow, the state has decided in its infinite wisdom that it would be better for drivers to check the website to see whether or not they can actually drive on a particular road. As opposed of course to actually posting signs with weight limits or length limits or what have you.

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This situation is more than faintly ridiculous. Allow me to demonstrate.

Imagine a series of streets let’s say, in New York City.. Some streets are one way in one direction, some streets are one way in another direction,  and a goodly number of them are designed and allowed for traffic in both directions.

Because of the cost of signage, the city fathers decide to not put one way signs up, but rather create a website for the purposes of informing drivers which way they should drive on any particular street.

If that scenario doesn’t sound even remotely plausible to you, congratulations. You understand the problem that I’m describing here. Except that in the case of the truck restrictions, it’s directed at a particular class of driver. Thus, making truck drivers criminals in the eyes of the law.

This strikes me as totally outrageous and an abuse of power the level of which I would not have believed existed previously. If I were more cynical, I would suggest that the lawmakers decided to do it this way so as to be able to raise more money in fines from drivers who are simply trying to do their job.

Oh, hell, Who am I kidding? I’m as cynical as they come. And I’ll suggest that’s precisely what the lawmakers had in mind.

As it stands right now, I don’t even know if roads that I’ve been driving a full size tractor trailer on for years now, are even legal for me to do that. I’m not even sure what the website is that they’re talking about.

I think it’s time the drivers demand that roads that are prohibited be clearly marked as such. This will do two things, it would limit the number of roads with such prohibitions on cost factors alone, and it would also inform drivers of where they should and should not drive. I certainly obey all restrictions which are posted, but I cannot be expected to obey provisions I don’t know exist.

New York legislature are you listening?

By the way, a note of sadness to close on tonight. Sympathies to the family and friends and coworkers of Lisa Colagrossi, who worked at wabc-tv in New York, and who at the age of 49 died of a brain hemorrhage rather suddenly the other day.

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Eric Florack on March 21st, 2015

I’ve decided just now to start posting nightly rambles again. Watch for nightly rambles starting on Monday.