davidl on May 29th, 2015

Yes, this is the second consecutive post about Bernie Sanders, and it is two too many.

However, everything you need to know about Bernie Sanders, video:

Hat tip video: Allah Pundit, Hot Air.

Now how to use Sanders, from Media Research Center:

In a 1972 essay, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) opined that men fantasized about women being abused. He also claimed that women fantasized about being gang raped.

In an article entitled “Men-And-Women,” published in an alternative newspaper called the “Vermont Freeman” Sanders shared his thoughts on male and female sexuality in ways that would cause a media firestorm if it had been penned by any current GOP candidate. Even one with as little chance at grabbing his party’s nomination as Sanders currently has.

Anybody stupid enough to think that restricting consumer choices will somehow benefit child hunger is too stupid to be president, and but not too stupid to be a senator from Vermont.

I suspect that even in 1971 Sanders was playing like a future politician, to wit babbling above his pay grade.   In 2012 a republican candidate one Todd Akin likewise babbled above his pay grade.   The lame streams then proceeded to use his remarks against every republican.    I suggest we return the favor.    Make every democrat answer if they agree with Sanders.

To a point, does Mrs. Clinton believe that fantasizing about rape disqualify a person from being president, given that Mrs. Clinton does not believe that actually raping a woman is a disqualification for office?

Eric Florack on May 28th, 2015

Its about 4 o’clock in the morning as I write this. Actually, about quarter to four. And immediately the sound of Chicago comes to mind. Anyway, I am eastbound on interstate 78 headed into southern New Jersey.

The town I’m passing through at the moment is a place called Shartlesville. Not much of a town from what I know of it. I’ve been driving along this particular stretch for years now, I never saw any particular redeeming value. At least, above the rest of small-town Pennsylvania.

Admittedly, there is something in a small town that I find attractive though I can think of a number of other locations in the country I’d rather be than in Pennsylvania tonight.

There is a certain amount of fog floating around, just enough to make its presence known but not enough to be dangerous at the moment.

The majority of the traffic tonight, what there is of it, is trucks. Usually 53 foot trailers with full sleeper rigs. And they make an interesting parade as the night goes by.

I should say that there are a number of them sitting on the side of the road, on entrance ramps and things like that. These are guys that have reached the end of their allowable driving hours, and are trying to sleep as the traffic goes by a full clip mere feet away.

I’ve never found myself able to sleep in those situations, and so don’t do much of it anymore. And in any event in most of the Northeast it’s illegal to park in that manner. But I find that such parking,… long string of trucks parked along side of the road, are an example of government planning. Clearly, there is not enough capacity for parking just about anywhere in the Northeast, and most of the big cities in the rest of the country as well. A lot of that has to do with local zoning boards who like the stuff the trucks bring, but can’t bring themselves to treat the drivers of those trucks that bring them everything they have with any degree of dignity. There isn’t a truck stop in the Northeast, or for that matter in any major city, that isn’t over capacity tonight as I write this. Local elected officials figure that Americans don’t like trucks, but they certainly don’t seem to mind us bringing them everything they have. As a result we have drivers living under conditions that Joe and Jane average would never tolerate.

“Fine bring your stuff in unload it and get the hell out. And, certainly, don’t expect to be parking here for an overnight snooze. ” That’s the usual attitude. And God help you, should you be caught after the federally allotted time for a required rest period, driving around looking for a place to take that rest period. You will definitely get an expensive ticket. And the sad part is, it usually it’s not the driver’s fault. Governments at various levels require you to do things, but make no provisions to allow that to happen on a reasonable basis.

A recent Wall Street Journal article put it this way…

Trucks transported 9.7 billion tons, or 81% of the $682 billion of 2013 freight revenue, according to the American Trucking Associations. Yet there aren’t nearly enough legal, safe and well-lit parking places where truckers need them most. Meanwhile, safety regulators have increased the number of times that drivers must stop, park and rest.

And drivers get caught in the middle.

The kind of driving that I do for the company I work for is such that I frequently am at locations I know very well, and can manage to find a parking spot fairly easily as a result of that long experience. Drivers on the other hand who don’t have that intimate knowledge, often struggle to find a place to rest. Safely, or otherwise. It seems to me that that’s an issue that needs to be addressed.

The government for years while loading us up with added regulations, responds to this issue by every few years issuing a report on the problem …and doing nothing.

Welcome to my world.

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Contemplate with me the politics of a political party in which the likes of socialist Bernie Sanders is the only thing that can make Hillary Clinton look like a moderate. Such as the situation we find today with the Democrat Party. Given the history of the Clintons, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that the candidacy of Bernie Sanders was in fact an orchestrated move.

We already know that Sanders stands a snowball’s chance in the fires of hell to get the nomination, despite a lot of fellow idiots, willing to cast their nomination vote for him. So, there’s only two things that happen as a result of his candidacy. Hillary Clinton’s image is improved among Democrats, and she get to tilt further left… Promoting and ever larger government, with impunity as a result of the supposed mandate of the Democrat voters, who really wanted Sanders.

I ask you…Who, but Sanders, could claim that Barack Obama was not liberal enough? We’ve already seen Hillary Clinton saying that she would go further than Obama did, so how to do that, while still maintaining a supposedly moderate image? Get Sanders involved, as the stalking horse. As I said yesterday, the Clintons know how to play this game, and have played it very well over the years. I can’t imagine this situation, as perfect as it is for Hillary Clinton, not being designed by the Clintons and their minions.

davidl on May 28th, 2015

Blondie, a/k/a Ann Coulter has a new book out. As is her norm, she took to the media guest circuit to hawk her book. Blondie’s first stop was the Fusion network with Jorge Ramos. This was a slug fest, with no middle ground taken and no attempt at moderation.  For her part, Blondie proposed and stayed with a ten year moratorium on all immigration.   Whereas, Ramos could not find any acceptable limit on immigration from Mexico, legal or otherwise, from Breitbart (spam infested videos at the link):

“We have taken in one quarter of the entire Mexican population,” Coulter asked him. “At what point will we have taken in enough, in your view?”

That’s where Ramos made his stunning admission.

“I think that with the legal system—“ he started to answer.

“Half the Mexican population? The entire Mexican population?” Coulter kept pressing.

“No, I think with the legal system we wouldn’t need and we wouldn’t be having hundreds of people dying crossing the border,” Ramos replied.

“That isn’t an answer to the question,” Coulter corrected him. “One quarter of the Mexican population. How much more do we have to take?”

Ramos dodged again, essentially admitting he supports no limit whatsoever.

Score one for Blondie.

What Ramos appears to want, uncontrolled Mexican immigration, amounts to national suicide pact.  A nation-state which can not control her border can not long exist.

Eric Florack on May 27th, 2015

I’m running down Route 14, which is along movie western shore of Seneca Lake. No major towns along 14 that you’ve ever heard of except for perhaps Watkins Glen, site of many races. NASCAR comes here a couple times a year.

The really big attraction for the neighborhood is the wineries. There are perhaps a hundred ten different small wineries around the lake. Better than half of them are along the Western shore that I’m running along now, along with one hot dog stand that amusingly calls itself a “Finger Lakes Weinery.”

It’s about 230 quarter to 3 in the morning. And this road tends to get a little more lonely at this hour. Certainly it’s a beautiful vista as you drive along the western shore, and look across to the Eastern Shore and the land behind. It’s a big wide valley this. this is a trip that I make perhaps twice a week.

At this hour you’re not going to see you very much in terms of traffic unless you count the deer. The skunks. The possums. The occasional Fox.

There’s usually a fair about of truck traffic on this little two lane. Not only are the small towns along here being served, but route 14 also serves as among other things , a nice little short cut to the east side of Rochester from New York’s southern tier expressway, route 17, or as it is coming to be known interstate 86.

There’s also a fair number of Amish along this stretch. They have their farms and their lives. There is a manufacturing facility that many of them are employed at about half way down 14 here. They manufacture things like sheds and such, which is pretty well ideal for the Amish craftsmen .

It’s always amazed me, the Amish coexisting with the wineries in the neighborhood. Of course then to there are a large number of Amish along Route 15 in Perry County, PA, along the shores of the Susquehanna. And that particular stretch of road has more in the way of chicle joints, x-rated book stores, swap clubs, and so on that I have seen anywhere outside of Times Square in the seventies.

That just seems all the more intriguing as we watch the reaction of Muslims to far smaller cultural impositions on what they consider their territory.

I had a nice extended weekend I with my wife and two boys. And now I’m back out doing my job which is essentially to drive around in circles. Welcome to my world.

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McPhillips makes the point the other day that the Clinton’s historically have always been rather smart about security. They know what they need to keep under wraps, and what to allow to leak for their own benefit.

As an example, when Whitewater and Foster at all arrived on the scene, we see published the shots of Hillary in a pink dress baking cookies. Remember that?

Information management and more specifically image management has always been do their thing.

With that in mind, Martin points out that it seems rather strange, the Clintons putting up their own mail server, and not understanding is that it will be a free-for-all in terms of obtaining classified information from said server.

I tend to agree. Given what we know of their history, how could they not know what was going on? At the very least, she knew it was against the rules.

Now, granted that we have the image of a woman who is for all intents and purposes claiming that she can’t handle more than one account mail account on her Blackberry, so incredibly electronically inept is she. But I have to tell you that when I heard her making that claim, all I could see was that damned pink dress.

Now we find out that the Clintons have this shell corporation based in Delaware apparently created for the sole purpose of issuing payments to Bill. This is exactly the kind of thing that Hillary excoriated Mitt Romney for, back about the same time that she was raising serious questions about the whole Barack Obama birth certificate thing.

It must be said that any person or group that valued honesty and integrity at least, would have rejected a Hillary Clinton out of hand. Is that she is the Democrat frontrunner for the nomination for President of the United States is a suggestion that the Democrat Party is not such a group.

I am still optimistic enough about our country and our society to consider that there are enough people who can still vote for honesty and integrity where they find it, and against the lack of it.

On that basis we could easily aver that Hillary Clinton doesn’t stand a chance of being elected president.
Then, too, consider the idea that it takes Bernie Sanders to make Hillary Clinton look like a moderate. And frankly, I don’t know which of the two scares me more. But I will tell you what scares me more than either one of them. That there are a large number of Americans who actually support either one of them.

Large enough to get one of them elected? That comes down to who it is the GOP manages to nominate.

As I have said previously many times, it comes down to the GOP actually nominating a conservative ticket. Genuine constitutional conservatism with a very healthy streak of honesty and integrity. Such an ticket would draw out the individuals who haven’t been voting, for lack of somebody to vote for. After 8 years of obama, as a threat of the Clinton’s returning the power, such a ticket would make Reagan’s to landslides look miniscule by comparison I should think.

Thing is, I wonder if the GOP is up to that game.

davidl on May 26th, 2015

Just what the WaPo wanted, a republican clown.   Can Le Donald Trump be that for behind.   The former New York State governor, from a state with nary a single republican in state wide office, wants to do to the nation what he did to New York. George Pataki to announce, New York Post:

WASHINGTON – Ignoring the polls and pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to announce Thursday that he’s joining the crowded Republican field for president.

The three-term governor will unveil his candidacy in Exeter, N.H., – which claims the birthplace of the Republican Party – and join a group of contenders who are inching toward the 20 mark.

Skeptics abound about Pataki’s chances.

He doesn’t register on national polls and has been out of elected office for nearly a decade.

New York has a corrupt democrat governor in Andrew “Mario, Jr.’ Cuomo, and a man hating bitch, Kristen Gillebrand, as a junior senator. Pataki has done nothing to remove these stains from office, and will do nothing to remove the Obama/Clinton stain. Go home George,and stay home.

davidl on May 26th, 2015

the WaPo spins out of control, “The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show.”

Clown Show is spelled, Mrs. Clinton.

Enough

 

davidl on May 23rd, 2015

Trigger Warning:  this post deals with the real world.   If you are too delicate to handle the world as it is, stay in your crib.

Ace, blogs about three news article talking about the rape, or worse, of real human being.   He talks about the nit wits who get their knicker in a twist because some fictional  bride character has sex with her new husband.

Then there the nut job Claire McCaskill.   She seems to have little problem with the fictional deaths of hundreds of man, and gets feeling hurt with one woman as sex on her honeymoon   Give me a break.

davidl on May 22nd, 2015

If  blacks were to kill each over, would anybody in the mainstream media even notice?   Oh stupid question, from Charles Blow, New York Slimes:

On Sunday, there was a deadly biker gang fight and massacre in Waco, Tex. Nine people were killed, and 18 others were injured.

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While those words may be accurate, they lack the pathological markings of those used to describe protesters in places like Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore. President Obama and the mayor of Baltimore were quick to use the loaded label “thugs” for the violent rioters there. That the authorities have not used that word to describe the far worse violence in Waco makes the contrast all the more glaring.

Wrong analogy Chuck. Waco does not so much compare to Ferguson and Baltimore.   It compares to a typical weekend in Chicago.   More over seven dead gang members is not even close to the most gratuitous  and senseless act of violence in Waco, the wanton slaughter of seventy-nine innocent men, women and children by highly armed government jack-booted thugs.

The gang members, who happened to ride motorcycles,were polite enough to only kill each other and had enough common sense to realize that is unlikely that the People of Texas will be able to prove that a particular gang member killed anybody.

 

davidl on May 21st, 2015

You gotta give the lame stream media some credit.   When they sink their teeth into a talking point,  they are utter immune to any facts which will spoil their precious narrative.   Remember how the media invented the term “white Hispanic”  just to disparage George Zimmerman?    There in Rochester, the media/political lynch mob is out for one town supervisor for using the heretofore unknown racial epithet “city cousins.”   I found no evidence that the term was considered a racial epithet prior to the controversy.

Yet at the supposed institute, Columbia University, one Emma Sulkowicz has been lugging a mattress around campus under the concocted story that she was raped by one Paul Nungesser.  For forwarding and maintaining this lie,  Sulkowicz has become a media darling.   Say something not totally respectful to a pet minority and the media goes savage.  Falsely impugn an innocent man of being a serial rapist, and the media loves you.

I’m in the Bronx again tonight. The truck is working well, and I’m having a very productive week. Almost 1500 miles so far, which is actually quite good for this point in the week. Good thing too, given the Memorial Day weekend, which means I end up with a short paycheck next week. It all balances out eventually.

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Welcome to my world.

Recently, incidental to a debate about the myth of global warming, I presented a long list of scientists, meteorologists, and lay people, who stoutly disagreed with the spreading of the myth of global warming, and certainly with the policies that spring from those myths. These people laid out solid scientific fact, and the other side immediately sprung up with “well they’re in the pocket of big oil.”

This seems to me are totally disingenuous argument. They’re being corrupted by oil money?

Decades now, Liberals among us pushing the global Warming mythology, while suggesting that big oil and its money corrupts science, seem to ignore the possibility, nay, the probability that money in the form of government grants to scientists who tow the AGW line, is equally equally if not more suspect as a source of corruption. I say more, because there is certainly more money flowing from government on these matters then there is from the oil companies who simply don’t have the resources to battle government. As an example, oil companies make perhaps a nickel a gallon on their products. Meantime, governments is a bit more successful than that, taking perhaps 50 to 60 cents per gallon at minimum and profits on the products that the oil companies produced. So, who has more money to throw around? Therefore, who is it that creates more corruption in science persuade people to their side of the argument? And have you noticed, that the government’s side of the argument, leads to greater governmental power, increased taxation, or limitations on the individual, and so on?

This isn’t rocket science, kids. Governmental power, governmental money is by far a larger corruptive influence then anything the private sector has ever dreamed up.

Eric Florack on May 19th, 2015

Tonight, I am at Columbia New Jersey. If you’ve been following along, I started my day after a 587 mile run, in the Bronx. From there I ran to mountaintop Pennsylvania, and then through the Bronx to Long Island, and now I’m back in New Jersey. In the morning I’ll head down to Carlisle Pennsylvania, and then back to the Bronx again.

If you’re thinking that I seem to be spending a good deal of time in New York City, you’re quite right I do. More than I ever envisioned, and frankly more than I like. But, it’s where the money is at the moment. I get a nice little bonus for going into the city every time I do, so I’m not going to complain about it. Well, very much anyway.

Temperature is down here have been running a little high so I’m very glad to report that the cooler mounted in the sleeper of this truck is working just fine. For that matter, so is the rest of the truck.

Got a call from Donna earlier this evening, and had to walk both she and Matthew through the process of getting the sump pump working. Apparently, got airlocked and needed a little help. It seems to be working now though.

That’s one of the things about life on the road, and still having a house at home and a family there. You feel kind of helpless beyond giving advice on how to repair things that need it. Welcome to my world.

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There’s lots of news in the political world today, most of which bores me to tears. Hillary Clinton continues to self implode, yet her supporters seen unswayed by this implosion. 1 your support for something or someone is not based on fact, facts are not going to sway you away from them.

I see the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, making the claim that Obama is too conservative. Had a good little laugh over that one this morning.

I’m sure later this week I’ll pick up on something that’s a little more currently topical than the main thrust of today’s Ramble is, but it occurs to me and watching the lay of the land, that maybe it’s time we started going over a few basics. Here is one of them.

I keep hearing about corporate welfare. It’s a phrase that gets batted about when somebody finds out that some corporations somewhere, some for profit organization is getting a tax break on the idea that it’s a means of creating jobs and increasing business opportunities. Business opportunities, and making a profit, of course are evil in the eyes of most progressives. Absolutely evil. Oh, they may deny that, but their actions in their words in general make them out as liars when they say that.

Let’s call this what it is. There is in fact no such thing as corporate welfare.

First of all, you need to understand that corporations always and invariably pay far more per dollar of profit then Joe and Jane average do. Well, at least on paper.

There are a large number of Americans unfortunately Who see that as right and proper. But in fact, what it is, is a hidden tax. Every dollar of tax that is levied on any business, any business at all, is passed on to you and I as a cost of doing business. It is a hidden tax. When you consider that, you begin to see very quickly that we are paying far more in taxes than the government is telling us. Between taxes directly and unfunded mandates which also lead to cost of doing business which is also passed on to the consumer government is taking between 65 and 75 percent of our annual income. Directly out of our pockets. And most of us don’t even notice. Can you imagine that the founders wanted us to be paying that kind of a percentage in tax, that they wanted government to grow quite that large? I certainly cannot, and I suspect you don’t either.

Yet, as large as our tax burden is, its still not enough for those in government, and those who support a big centralized government. In other words, the progressives, the Liberals, the Democrats. The Socialists.

Tax policy in this country has become huge shell game. You and I, Joe and Jane average, are paying all of it. And yet, most don’t even know it.

I would suggest that a more fair model would be to remove all corporate taxes. Those in business pay 0 tax. None. Nada. That way, such taxes are not hidden. The government have to be right up front about the amount of money that they’re taking out of our pockets. You want to see a smaller government? That’s the way to proceed, because the result even from the left of having to pay those taxes up front, well, let’s put it this way cats being roasted alive, would howl more quietly them they newly awoken taxpayers.

Thing is, I doubt it’ll ever happen at least in my lifetime, because the political courage to be that honest and upfront with the American taxpayer is simply not in the persona of either party currently.

Ponder as an example Obamacare.  How was that sold to the American people? Other people were going to pay for your health care.

The program became wildly unpopular however, when the American taxpayer found out that they were the other party. They were the ones who ended up having to pay for it out of pocket, and because government got involved with it, had to pay a good deal more then they were already paying. So it is, with government in general.

This is what happens every time government gets its hands on something. Cost go up, choice goes down, everything becomes a political football, and the song never changes. Yet, liberals keep trying the same tired formula.

I suggest it’s time to stop playing this shell game, this game of hide the tax. It’s time to get honest with ourselves about how much we are paying in taxes.

davidl on May 19th, 2015

Question Mrs. Clinton:  If you could not or would not separate your personal business from your official duties as Secretary of State, what confidence, if any, would the American public have that you could do so while serving as President?  

A short but loaded mouthful from Viking Pundit:

You’re not going to believe this but Hillary lied about her emails

Hot Air highlights a story from the New York Times about how Clinton flunky Sydney Blumenthal used his position in the Clinton Foundation to influence policy in Libya.  Remember Libya?  “NYT: Banned from State Dep’t, Clinton Foundation crony advised Hillary on Libya anyway — while pursuing business there; Update: Another e-mail lie.”

If you read the story, it seems that the Blumenthal emails were obtained by a hacker.  But wait!  Weren’t we told by Hillary that relevant policy emails were printed out while irrelevant emails about yoga workouts were wiped clean?  Are the Blumenthal emails part of the Hillary email dump?  Don’t bet on it, because Hillary set up a separate email address for Blumenthal:

While you are not answering question Mrs. Clinton, a follow-up;  if you did deign to answer the above question, what reason, if any, would the American public have to believe you?    I mean it not like you have any practice actually telling the truth.

Now that Mad Men is wrapped and finished, the Clinton Criminal Clan becomes the nation’s number one source for sordid and nefarious characters

Addendum, from Aleister, Legal Insurrection:

You may have noticed that our unbiased media is asking Republicans lots of questions about the Iraq War.

Hillary Clinton is the only 2016 candidate who voted for the Iraq War as a senator; she was also directly involved with the war in her role at the State Department. Perhaps she deserves a few similar questions—when she finally decides to take one.

Are you holding your breath?

Tonight, I’m in the Bronx. I drove down from outside Canandaigua New York, to Carlisle Pennsylvania, and from there to the Bronx. Total five hundred and seventy some odd miles. A productive day.

The truck is working fine, the weather is nice for driving, and all is well. I gather the fleet has some newer vehicles coming in pretty quick, and I’ll be interested in seeing one of them. But I doubt much that I’m going to be willing to give up the truck that I have. Yes, it’s that good.

The Blue Angels are coming to my hometown of Rochester this coming weekend, and I’m looking forward to that. With any degree of luck, I should be able to get several shots and post a few of them here. I’ve gotten some real good ones the past few air shows.

Welcome to my world.

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Traffic around New York is marginally later today, and one as soon as that at least part of the reason is because that Amtrak is once again moving passengers through the Northeast Corridor, north of Philadelphia where the accident of the other day occurred.

We argument over the causes of the accident started occurring before the dust settled. The usual suspects telling us the reason that the accident occurred is because we didn’t let government grow enough, we are not taxed enough, we’re not spending enough. Mouse course, the context of that statement can be found in lesser quantities on any stable floor, mostly due to the make-up and history of Amtrak itself.

For any serious conversation about Amtrak, one first has to consider the history of the passenger railroad industry in this country. I believe that that is emblematic of what happens when any government, and particularly the progressives get ahold of anything and start legislating around it.

In the case of the passenger railroad industry, we started with private companies running things and competing with each other. There were some initial safety concerns, but as the technology improved over the years, those problems disappeared. This was not due to governmental action, but rather action by the individual companies wanting to hang on to their ridership. It’s a little difficult to sell the passenger rail industry when people are getting killed on it, for example.

The Liberals and government, particularly after the Wilson administration, started latching onto passenger railroads and basically regulating it to death. Unionizing it, and insisting that for profit companies run routes which were not profitable. All in the interest of “public service” you understand.

When the predictable happend, the government in the form of a California liberal by the name of Richard Nixon, stepped in and formed Amtrak…. Though by then, the die been cast for more than 30 years.

When the government stepped in and took over the roles of the for profit companies it had destroyed, they found out that things were not always so rosy, even when they have full control over the thing.

Amtrak has not made I’m one since day one, with the exception of the Northeast Corridor and that is costly enough to be prohibitive for most Americans. It is by far cheaper and faster to drive down traffic clogged I 95 for the most part then it is to take the train.

In the last 20 years we’ve poured 233 billion dollars into that system. This for a rail system that most Americans cannot even consider using. Not only is that totally inefficient, it’s also totally unfair. But it does give liberals something to politicize.

Now as to the specifics of this Baltimore case, the dust hadn’t even settled from the accident yet, and the Democrats were already screaming that the accident was caused by a lack of funding. They pointed to a device which would automatically control the speed of the train.

The problem is that device was already installed. It just have been turned on yet, having been hung up and governmental red tape something that liberals are famous for.

When that argument fell apart, the reaction from the Democrats sounded exactly like a reprise of the old hit, “fake but accurate”.

The fact of the matter is funding didn’t even enter into this equation. The highly overpaid highly unionized highly liberalized.. driver of that train is directly responsible for the accident.

Before you start tuning up about infrastructure would have solved the problem, In the words of friend Martin McKellips, tell you, the next time I’m doing a hundred miles an hour in a 50 mile in our zone I’ll tell the state trooper that it’s because the funding for the highway was insufficient.

Look….At what point do liberals actually pin the blame where it belongs? At the end of the day I don’t care what the conditions are, I don’t care what funding was available, I don’t care about any of that the only thing that matters is the hand on the throttle. And of course the person whose hand is on the throttle.

As for the political positions of the engineer, before you get started I’d like you to consider something. Can you imagine the reaction of the usual suspects of word leaked out that the engineer was in fact a tea party supporter? There wouldn’t be enough diapers in Washington to handle the amount of leakage.

Union advocates such as the engineer, have been very vocal and social media these last few years, telling us about how union employees are the only real professionals. Well, then let him stand up like a real professional and take the blame for what he has cause he alone. And let’s not hear any more nonsense about how funding is the issue.

In case you haven’t noticed the pattern every time something like this comes up, the usual suspects first complaint is that the problem happens because government is being restricted from doing what it could. We need to tax and spend more, girl government more, is the forever cry. That government isn’t getting enough money. The government isn’t being given enough power.

It doesn’t even have to be the real cause of the problem, but you know that you’re going to hear the argument. As in this case. It says John Hinderaker said the other day, most Americans see a tragedy in this. Democrats see political opportunity. Rahm Emanuel’s edict about never letting a crisis go to waste comes to mind.

An opportunity for what you ask? An opportunity for expanded governmental power. The centralization of power, and the diminishment of the individual. That is always the cause, always the goal, always on the tip of every socialist tongue. That’s why the reaction was so swift after this accident. Even though it didn’t make any sense whatsoever to the facts as they were eventually revealed.

So the question becomes then, why is it that we are giving such arguments any credence whatsoever? Mostly, it’s because too many Americans have lost the ability for critical thinking. And certainly they’ve lost their focus on freedom. We’ll get into this further as time progresses. But for now, understand the argument that we weren’t spending enough on Amtrak is not even close to the cause of what we saw in Baltimore the other day. By their fruits you shall know them.

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

davidl on May 18th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Charles C. W. Cooke:

Today in Politics: Hillary Clinton’s busy week presents more opportunities for no questions

Hat tip: Moe Lane

For those who don’t know much history (hello, libtards), we fought a war to get rid of one monarch.   Now the white trailer trash from Arkansas, want back into the People’s House, because that imagine themselves to be royalty.  Go figure..

davidl on May 15th, 2015

George Stephanopoulos, from Power Line

I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply. I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record.

However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation.

The Clinton Foundation is not a charity,  it is a Clinton Criminal Clan slush fund,  and even Stephanopoulos knows it, from Washington Free Beacon:

“I [Stephanopoulos] read the book that this is based on, Clinton Cash, and I actually interviewed the author on Sunday,” he said. “This is a tough one. Because when you actually look at, look closely at it, he even says there is no evidence of any direct action taken on behalf of the donors … But everybody also knows when those donors give that money, President Clinton or someone, they get a picture with him, there is a hope that is going to lead to something.”

If you have seventy-five thousand dollars to burn, and you want to fight AIDS and deforestation, you give your money to a real charity and not a scam. So what was Stephanopoulos attempting to buy from the Clintons?    Was Stephanopoulos hanging too close to one B.J. Clinton’s sex pervert friends like Jeffrey Epstein