davidl on March 8th, 2017

Cynical author warning.

I note, wryly, the rhinoceroses tears, from Chicago Tribune:

For the past decade, poachers have killed rhinoceroses in the wild and in protected reserves around the world at alarming rates, threatening the survival of four of the world’s five rhino species.

[…]

Perhaps no rhino death illustrates that threat more forcefully than the killing of Vince, a 4-year-old male white rhino who was slaughtered this week inside his enclosure at a zoo outside Paris. The rhino – discovered by his keeper at the Thoiry Zoological Park on Tuesday – now holds the ominous distinction of likely being the first rhino to be killed by poachers inside a zoo, experts said.

What next, twenty four seven, around the clock secret service style protection for all captive rhinoceroses? If some perverted scientists manage to un extinct the Woolly Mammoth, what price will mammoth tusk get and who will guard the game preserve in Siberia?   Film at Eleven.

Eric Florack on March 8th, 2017

Postulate the following…

 You are driving in a section of town known for it’s lawless nature and violence. It is night time.

Now,  your car breaks down in the middle of this place. Suddenly, three burly looking males are moving toward you.
First question…

 Would it be comforting for you know that these guys had just come from a mosque?

Second question…

Would it be comforting for you know that these guys had just come from a Bible study?

davidl on March 7th, 2017

Doctor Ben Carson characterized slaves brought into our nation as “immigrants”, albeit, involuntary immigrants:

“I think people need to actually look up the word immigrant,” Carson said. “Whether you’re voluntary or involuntary, if you come from the outside to the inside, you’re an immigrant. Whether you’re legal or illegal, you come from the outside to inside, you’re an immigrant. Slaves came here as involuntary immigrants but they still had the strength to hold on.”

In response some media outlets have gone utterly bonkers, here is Red State:

As I said elsewhere, they didn’t “come” to America. They were brought to America, against their will.

To paraphrase a reader from the original post: If you use chloroform to knock out an individual at a bar, drag them back to your home and chain them up in your basement, does that make them an “involuntary houseguest”?

I note the high irony of Red State attempting to explain proper English grammar.

Further, the lame stream media seems more than happy to slap the label of immigrant on any person either sets foot in the United States or attempts to do so, no matter what their purpose, legal or otherwise. If in say 1941 the Wehrmacht had marched down Fifth Avenue, the New York Times would have called them immigrants..

Eric Florack on March 6th, 2017

Overdrive Magazine reports…

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“The more restrictive hours of service rules took effect in July 2013, prompting widespread criticism by both fleets and drivers for preventing truckers from returning to duty until 5 a.m. after a restart, even if the restart had spanned a full 34 hours.
One of the chief arguments against the regulations were that it pushed drivers into early morning rush hour traffic — which caused safety and operational issues — and that FMCSA issued the rule with little scientific evidence to back up the restrictions.”

Well, now… 

If THAT is to be the criteria for overturning these regs, I’m all for it.
One question, though… On what basis are we to assume that the now existing regulations meet the standard set here?
In other words, why should we believe that the EXISTING regulations make us safer? What standard did these unelected paper-pushers use to make this determination?
I mean, let’s leave aside for the moment it was the same type of unelected paper pusher whom by means of the so-called Environmental Protection Agency forced us into more expensive less reliable trucks that consume more fuel per mile in the name of saving the environment without any indication whatsoever that it is actually doing that.
Perhaps we should remember also at the point these supposedly Safer regulations were put into place the federal government’s own figures showed that 90% of car truck accidents were the fault of the CAR driver. Not the truck driver. Course, how does the federal government respond? They regulated the truck driver.
If nothing else the reversal of these regulations proves once and for all the inept and quite probably corrupt means by which these matters are dealt with.
I’d like to think that the current Administration and the current Congress have both the intelligence and the stamina to put a stop to all this nonsense.
But frankly, I doubt it.

Did Barack Obama, a/k/a  Dim Won, attempt to steal  the last general election to salvage his legacy? Obama has a JD(Juris Doctor) to no license to practice law. On the hand Mark Levin has both.

From Real Clear Politics:

“The question is: Was Obama surveilling top Trump campaign officials during the election?” he asked.

“We absolutely know this is true, the FBI did a preliminary criminal investigation based on a potential connection between a server in Trump Tower and a couple of Russian banks. That turned out to be a dry hole, but one of the most outrageous things I’ve ever seen… totally uncovered by the media. Instead of closing the investigation, the Obama administration tried to turn it into a FISA court investigation in June [2016]. Apparently the first application they submitted named Trump.”

“Even the FISA court said no. There wasn’t enough evidence to make out probable cause involving Donald Trump,” he said. “In the middle of the campaign the administration was actively having Trump investigated.”

We know that Obama is not adverse to stealing elections.  He tried to interfere with the general election in Israel.  He has his FBI spy on the campaign of his anointed successor’s opponent.

Eric Florack on March 2nd, 2017

Not unexpectedly, the Democrats are complaining that Trump wheeled that woman… the wife of a soldier KIA… out at the SOTU speech simply to score political points.

What they fail to publicly recognize and perhaps don’t even understand in reality, is that respect for the fallen and those who are left behind should be standard procedure and in a sane world would be.

Understand I am not a Trump supporter. But let’s call this what it is.

It’s quite true there was a shift of points there comma  but as usual it’s not how the Democrats portray it. That shift happened not because Trump gained political points, but the Democrats lost points when they sat on their hands when the time came to show respect for the Fallen. 

And by the way, let’s not ignore the fact that the Democrats brought their own people for prop purposes… immigrants… assumedly legal ones,  as a protest of Trump’s proposed treatment of illegals.

The fact is the Democrats have years… decades….generations of lack of respect for the military, and lack of respect traditional America to overcome. What we were witness to the other night does not help matters for them at all.

Nor does this.

davidl on February 28th, 2017

Bill Nye( BS, Cornell –  1977 ) bills himself a “The Science Guy.”   The problem is that Nye is not a scientist.   He is a mechanical engineer. Nye says the science of anthropogenic global warming is “settled>” Yet when pressed Nye could not or would not cite any settled scientific

Nye would have you believe if but for man, the Earth’s climate would be the same today as in 1750.   Takes?

Hat tip: Watts up with That

davidl on February 25th, 2017

Over at Politico, one Natasha Korecki declares that President
Trump wages war on Chicago:

The president barely gets through a few days without sounding off on Chicago violence, often casting the nation’s third largest city as a war-torn wasteland. He whacked it yet again on Twitter Thursday evening, then followed with another haymaker Friday morning in his CPAC speech.

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While it’s long been a favorite target of conservatives who view it as a den of Democratic voter fraud and a Midwestern metropolis with tough gun laws that do nothing to quell violence, Trump’s frequent potshots have struck a nerve, leaving local officials to wonder what’s behind the obsession with Chicago.

Conservative legend has it that it was the dead voters of Chicago who gave us President John F. Kennedy, and it was Kennedy who gave us the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall and the War in Vietnam. What is not to hate?

Jumping ahead a few decades, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s People’s Republic of Chicago has waged a success war on both the Second Amendment and the lives of her own people.

What ever Emanuel is doing in Chicago it is clear that is not working and has not been working for a long time.  To quote myself from 2012:

Meanwhile Back in the People’s Republic of Chicago

While I have been negligent in tracking the shootings and the murders in the People’s Republic of Chicago, Professor William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection has taken up the slack,

Chicago is a war zone, and there is no need to declare war on city intent on killing herself.

davidl on February 24th, 2017

The ‘rats pretend to be pro-minority, pro-women, born ones anyhow, and pro-refugees.  Further, the ‘rats feigned outrage when the Senate cut Senator’s Lying Lizzie Warren’s microphone.  Lying Lizzie’s crime, impugning a fellow senator.  So one would think that a state senator, of state controlled by democrats, who is a minority, woman and refugee would be allowed speak her piece.  Not so in the People’s Republic of California.

Recently, the California State Senate in their infinite wisdom eulogized the late Tom “Mr. Jane Fonda” Hayden, a controversial figure, to say the least.  It ought to obvious, even to a California democrat, that opinions of the humanity of the late Mr. Hayden are subject to individual interpretation and all the more so if state senator was both a member of class persecuted by the late Mr. Hayden and represented a district largely populated by his victims.  What follows in California State Senator Janet Nguyen attempting to speak truth, as she sees it, to power.  The sight is not pretty, video:

I am not aware of any response by United States Senator Elizabeth “Fauxasquawa” Warren.

Hat tip, but no link, Red State(Spam)

Eric Florack on February 23rd, 2017

Bruce, where you get into trouble with this is you’ve  forgotten a whole group of people. Actual conservatives who are not followers of the GOP establishment because the establishment are not conservative.. but who firmly believe that Trump was the wrong choice.

It’s very easy, and I think proper, to conflate establishment Republicans with the left. John McCain leaps to mind. If those morons had their way the party of Reagan would permanently be indistinguishable from the party of Barack Obama.

But, you said it yourself. Trump is not a conservative. And conservatism is precisely what has been needed for a long time.

As I have said here before, where he acts correctly he will have my support. Where he doesn’t he will have my flamethrower

Eric Florack on February 23rd, 2017

Perhaps more correctly is Islam compatible with America?

I suggest you can probably answer that one best yourself. Ask yourself if you can see Islam ever giving birth to an America?

For my part, I cannot.

I suggest further that Europe is our Canary in the coal mine. Look at what’s going on over there right now as a direct result of allowing too many people with incompatible ideologies into their culture. This is precisely what immigration laws are supposed to be defending against.

The potty wars saga continues.  The right of privacy amuses me.  It is held to prevent government intrusion into bedrooms but seems powerless of prevent state intrusion into restrooms.  Go figure.

In a long overdue act of sanity, the Trump Administration has call a halt to federal government war on privacy in school restrooms, from Washington Blade:

Despite pleas from parents of transgender children and LGBT employees, the Trump administration is set Tuesday to rescind Obama-era guidance to schools barring discrimination against transgender students and ensuring they have access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told the Washington Blade on Monday she’s heard from “reliable sources” President Trump has green-lighted the plan for the Justice Department and Education Department to send a “Dear Colleague” letter to schools rescinding the guidance.

“This is the first day of the president’s second month in office and he is now fully coming after LGBT people,” Keisling said.

Now a word about Ms Keisling language, or abuse of, her term LGBT denote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual.  The former three terms refer to person’s choice of preferred choice of sexual partner.  Only the last term refers to a population clamoring to use the restroom reserved for the other sex.  So keeping the trannies out their preferred choice of restroom in no way infringes on the LGB right to choose the sexual partner of their choice.

“I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves, and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people, it’s just outrageous that he go after trans kids this way.”

Removal of the guidance would fulfill a campaign promise from Trump.

Let boys use the boys’ room, and girls the girls’ room.  Having one rule may or may not be perfect, but it is hardly discrimination.

Eric Florack on February 17th, 2017

Seems to me if ICE wanted to do some serious good, all they would have to do is find out who didn’t show up yesterday for work….

davidl on February 17th, 2017

Blacks who were never enslaved should be given by taxpayers, who never enslaved anybody, complimentary college tuition, [board] and housing, all without being required to demonstrate their ability to do actual college work:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Black students should be offered free tuition and housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today, the student government said Wednesday.

The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that students from suburban high schools are overrepresented. The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications restricts opportunities for the poor and thus upholds “white supremacy.”

College board scores do predict college performance. Doing better on the test correlates to doing better in college. Admitting more under qualified students into college will not result in more of these students actually graduating from college. So I suppose the next demand after preferential admission will be preferential graduation and then preferential hiring.

Hat tip:  Legal Insurrection

davidl on February 16th, 2017

If you can’t stand the heat Chuck, get out of the kitchen. Chuck Todd thinks the President has some sort of duty to be nice to the [liberal] press, from Mediaite:

Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it’s done by people in power, it’s corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second

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Press bashing may feel good to folks but when it’s done by people in power, it’s corrosive. Take off your partisan hats for a second

Now Chuck if you offered more collaborated facts and less hysterical opinion, it make make for a better atmosphere in the press room.