davidl on August 20th, 2015

I interrupt our normal political blogging to make a fashion statement. Mrs. Clinton looks good in orange, video:

Hat tip and reax, Karen Lonely Conservative:

Earlier in the day, it was revealed that her server was run from a bathroom closet in a loft apartment. As if that’s secure. No wonder she got so defensive.

And to think this is the women that was once called the Smartest Woman in the World.  Those were the days.

davidl on August 19th, 2015

John Forbes Kerry has achieved his wet dream.  In the midst of the Viet:nam War, Kerry tried to negotiate, on behalf of the North Vietnamese, a United States surrendered.   Now at long last Lurch has achieved his dream.    The Obama regime agreement with Iran amounts to surrender.   Rather than having United States, or United Nations experts inspect Iran suspected nuclear facilities, Iran will conduct their own self-inspections, and Obama, Kerry, us and the world will simply take Iran’s word for it:

VIENNA (AP) — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.

The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.

Hat tip:  Amy Miller, Legal Insurrection.

Ronald Reagan, an old B grade movie actor , was fond of saying: “Trust but verify.” The Obama and Kerry regime just says: “Don’t verify, just trust.”

davidl on August 17th, 2015

The Obama regime has prosecuted and imprisoned people for mishandling a single classified document.   Mrs. Clinton has been confirmed to have mishandled sixty classified documents, and the count continues to grow,  from Fox News:

The number of Hillary Clinton emails flagged for potentially classified content has grown to more than 300, Fox News has learned — with the potential to grow even more as officials scramble to screen the documents.

The State Department revealed the updated count in a federal court filing, which pertained to Clinton emails sent to other agencies for review. An official familiar with the investigation confirmed to Fox News that, as referenced in that filing, the department has recommended 305 of Clinton’s emails be sent to various agencies for review to see whether they contain classified information.

The number could continue to rise as officials comb through more documents; the past three State Department releases have contained a total of 63 classified emails to date.

People have gone to jail for much less mishandling to classified information  The question for democrat voters is can you trust Mrs Clinton with the presidency?

It is rumored that the Intelligence Community has a secret contingency plan to label all classified communication as “yoga routines” to insure Mrs. Clinton will protect them.

davidl on August 15th, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Doctor Ben Carson:

“The number one cause of death for black people is abortion, and I wonder if maybe some people might at some point become concerned about that and ask, why is that happening?”

Hat tip: Aleister, Legal Insurrection.

davidl on August 12th, 2015

Given the Ferguson woeful unwillingness to protect private property last year, I don’t blame citizens for doing the job the local police have been unwilling to do, from NBC News:

Heavily-armed members of a controversial right-wing “patriot” group added an extra dose of unease to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday.

The Oath Keepers organization says its members — all former military, police and first responders — pledge to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

However, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described their presence as “both unnecessary and inflammatory.”

Protesters and police confirmed that a handful of Oath Keepers with what appeared to be assault rifles, bulletproof vest and camouflage gear were seen early Tuesday on the streets of Ferguson, which was under a state of emergency following demonstrations pegged to the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.

Point of order, what NBC News calls “assault rifles” were likely just ugly varmint rifles. Assault rifles are machine guns, illegal for citizen to own.

If you owned a business in Ferguson, who would rather see outside your door, an imported rent a thug protesting the death a local thug, to wit the late Micheal Brown; the Ferguson Police, willing to turn a blind eye to mob violence, or an Oath Keeper?

davidl on August 11th, 2015

Well it all depends on what Top Secret means.   The Clinton’s, B.J. and Mrs. believe that national security laws are for the little people, the law, from Viking Pundit:

Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.”

His reax:

Hillary should be in prison.

Are we to believe that the woman, formerly known as the Smartest Woman in the World, confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of State, and the democrat’s leading contender for the presidency, not named Bernie Sanders was either too stupid to recognize Top Secret information or simply believed that she was exempt from national security laws?

File under:  Mrs. Clinton needs a good criminal defense lawyer.

davidl on August 11th, 2015

Would you consider it shocking for a parent sacrifice his life to save the life of his child?   Well, it very much depends on the parent’s particular culture, from Donald Douglas, American Power:

Islamic Father Lets Daughter Drown Rather Than Be Rescued by Lifeguards, Lest They ‘Dishonor’ Her
He didn’t want her being touched by “strange men.”

Islam is a disease of untold death.

At the Mirror UK, “Father let daughter drown rather than be rescued by male lifeguards because it would ‘dishonour’ her.”

London’s Daily Mail won’t call the man “Muslim.” He’s an “Asian” instead, labeled so as to avoid a Charli Hebdo attack on the Mail’s headquarters, obviously.

But see Bare Naked Islam, “‘ISLAMOMANIA’ IN ACTION: Muslim father lets daughter drown rather than have her touched by ‘male’ rescuers”:

He is likely the Muslim Father of the Year.

(CNN)A French couple who died while hiking in a New Mexico desert on a 100-degree day may have kept their 9-year-old son alive by giving him extra water rations, Otero County Sheriff Benny House said.

Ornella Steiner, 51, and David Steiner, 42, of Bourgogne, France, were found dead last week off a hiking trail in White Sands National Monument, a vast and treeless desert park about 226 miles from Albuquerque.

Their son was found dehydrated but alive beside his father’s body, House said, apparently unaware his mother was already dead.

So tell me yet again one more time, why we are supposed to believe that are cultures are somehow to be deemed as equal.

File under:  Culture Wars

davidl on August 10th, 2015

In the sixth year of the Obama regime the United States continue to bask in the warm glow of Barack Obama’s post racial healing from St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

FERGUSON • A peaceful day of protest and remembrance dissolved into chaos late Sunday when a man fired multiple shots at four St. Louis County plainclothes detectives in an SUV. The detectives fired back and the shooter was struck, said county Police Chief Jon Belmar. He was in critical condition.

Tyrone Harris identified the victim as his son, Tyrone Harris Jr., 18, of St. Louis. Harris said shortly after 3 a.m. that his son had just gotten out of surgery.

He said his son graduated from Normandy High School and that he and Michael Brown Jr. “were real close.”

Oh for a president like Richard “Law and Order” Nixon again.

davidl on August 9th, 2015

If Bernie Sanders (Socialist – Vermont) will not defend a microphone and stage for which is paid to use, you can not expect him to defend the taxpayers’ money. Bernie shows em how to fold, video:

Hat tip, Kate

Meanwhile back in 1980, the Gipper showed the voter how to defend your microphone, video:

Grow a spine, Bernie.

davidl on August 7th, 2015

And the winner of the first round of republican debates, Carly Fiorina, video

Hat tip: Dana Patterico’s Pontifications :

Poor Chris Matthews didn’t stand a chance. It’s absolutely delicious to watch him fail in his efforts to defend Hillary Clinton and take Fiorina to task for calling Clinton a liar. Fiorina, not missing a beat, steadily chews Clinton up and spits her out, leaving Matthews dumbstruck. Fiorina’s refusal to play the standard GOP apology game is too much for Matthews. Instead of offering an apology for calling Clinton a liar, she ticked off each and every issue that points to Clinton being just that: a liar.

I like Carly. She fights, smart.

davidl on August 7th, 2015

trumpI would call Rosie O’Donnell a pig, but our host, Art, is from Iowa, and the pigs might get offended being compared to Rosie. Donald Trump is fond of wrestling with pigs. The problem with pig wrestling is that is often hard to distinguish the competitor from the pig. Being indistinguishable from a pig is hardly a qualification to be president. That Donald’s problem. He wrestled with so many pigs that he often gets confused for a pig. Such is life.

On the second string, but albeit prime time, debate Megyn Kelly went after Donald for his dances with pigs, from Inquistor:

This year’s first Republican presidential debate staretd off with a bang as Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly and real estate mogul Donald Trump got into a heated exchange.

The fiery confrontation happened during the stages of the debate where Kelly grilled Trump— currently the Republican presidential frontrunner— on his blunt and sometimes disrespectful comments, especially against women.

For his part, Mr. Trump’s handling of the issue did nothing to distinguish himself, nor to make him look presidential.

It is possible that Mr. Trump has a thinner political skin than even Mrs. Clinton. Kind of hard to believe.

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2315291/megyn-kelly-goes-after-donald-trumps-ignorant-comments-on-women/#dHqcA0gGexVcfv10.99

Eric Florack on August 7th, 2015

Tonight, I’m just outside of Wharton New Jersey. Been a long day, the truck is giving me a little trouble right now. Mostly, the PA mandated garbage is fouling up again. I suspect a wiring issue, but we’ll see once I get it back up to the shop. When I do, but it’ll probably means that I’ll have to give the truck up for a week. That’s the most annoying part of all of this. Welcome to my world.

I note with interest the handful of stories the last couple of days regarding deaths involving fireworks, and stupid people. One launching a rocket off of his chest, another off the top of his head,etc

Almost invariably, attached to these stories is the empassioned plea to outlaw such things.

To that point, I can only suggest that the problem with using law to protect idiots from themselves is, you end up with Democrats.

I’ve been sitting and watching this business with Donald Trump going by for the past several days, that all I can do is laugh and shake my head.

That Trump is so far out in front of the GOP chosen, suggests that the GOP leadership still hasn’t learned what the rank-and-file voters want. The rest of the GOP field, they’re all including Carly Fiorina, claim that Trump doesn’t represent the party. Seems obvious to me, that given the popularity of the man has, particularly in comparison to the rest of the field, that  *they* don’t represent the party. Or perhaps more correctly if they do, the party may as well call in sick because it’s not going to win anything in this next cycle.

Understand, please, that I’m no fan of Donald Trump. He presents his own issues, and those issues currently under discussion don’t scratch the surface of them. That said, I’ve been saying it for quite a while now, we either get somebody nominated who is an actual conservative, and is willing to stand up for his beliefs without compromise, or we lose the next election. It’s really that simple. Like him or hate him, Trump qualifies, there.

And in the meantime, another of our Mexican brothers makes headlines.

I see an expert has popped up saying that voting machines in Illinois and Maryland were rigged for Democrats. Well, this should be no surprise to anyone.

Actually though, it is. At least to some degree. We’re talking about two of the most heavily left leaning states in the Union. Even there, the Democrats don’t think they can win without tipping the scale?

And finally, I’ll close this evening with this horror story about the doctor who made millions off of the government, by prescribing and performing all kinds of treatments that weren’t necessary including chemotherapy to patients who didn’t have cancer. Nothing wrong with them. Until he got his hands on them.

I want you to ponder something today in all seriousness.Can you imagine this happening, without a governmentally driven guaranteed payment for the doctor?

Tell me again about how government belongs anywhere near health care.

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

Eric Florack on August 7th, 2015

As this is written, I’m sitting on the dock at a food distributor ship outside Newburgh New York. It’s just down the street from where Orange County Choppers headquarters is located.

Started the day outside Rochester went to Mountain Top Pennsylvania and then came over here. The truck gave me a little grief along the way, but nothing unusual really.

Spent the weekend with Donna on a special trip we’ve been planning for some time. It was without question among the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever taken. Too bad it was just one night. We’ll have to see about doing a two nighter at some point, soo

Welcome to my world.

. I’m watching all of the changes that are going on in our culture, being largely driven by governmental empowered Democrats and I find culture is being damaged by these changes.  I think most Americans are at the very least concerned about all these changes, and what they indicate about future, both individually and collectively as a nation. I can in no way see tearing down bits of the culture to be anything but damage.

First of all, because cultural changes that are aredriven by government in the long run always a failure, and the government usually ends up a failure as well. This has been shown throughout history in its original intention is supposed to be the servant not the other way around.I think most americans are at the very least concerned about all these changes, and what they indicated about our future mobile individually mission. I can unknown way see tearing down bitch the culture give me anything good. First of all, because cultural changes that are government driven are in the long run always a failure, and the government the prices, usually ends up a failure is well. This has been shown clearly throughout history. Government in its original intention is supposed to be the servant of the culture not the other way around.

There is a deeper concern here as well. It is this culture is this American culture, this unique American culture that our founders recognized in their writings and even in their official documents that has managed to produce the freest society in the history of the world. Changing that culture, by goverment fiat, by definition moves us away from the freedom that this culture inspired and demanded.

Freedom is not well served by moving us away from that culture. Particularly when it moves us toward more government.

I fear that the damage inflicted on us will be a long time in repairing. Is that makes the assumption that it even can be repaired, and frankly I have my doubts anymore.

Down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

Eric Florack on August 7th, 2015

Today, I’ve run from outside Rochester to Batavia New York – Carlisle Pennsylvania. A fairly short run, but my truck was down for routine service for a while. So I guess all is good. Not sure where I’m going now just yet, but that’s also par for the course. I do want to try and get the truck washed today. I’ve got my high speed polisher with me and should be able to attack these wheels pretty quickly too. All is well except I miss my wife and kids already. Welcome to my world.


Readers who are music fans will appreciate this comparison.

You know how bands will occasionally change their lineups of personnel. Personal falling out, health problems, what have you. When foundational players change in a rock group, their popularity tends to wane, because the entire feel… the entire sound of the band changes, and usually not for the better. Now, admittedly, there are occasional examples of bands surviving such changes, but never for very long. The magic, once the change happens is gone.

Cultures are like that too. Change an element in the culture, and the magic is gone. That unquantifiable that made the culture great, disappears and eventually so too does the culture itself.

That’s particularly true of cultures forcibly changed by the power of government. We’ve discussed this several times before. I suggest a lot of what we’re seeing right now, comes directly back to that discussion.

And the sad part is the Republicans don’t seem to have the stomach to stand up to it.

Notice it looks like that’s going to change anytime soon.
I observe that while the GOP establishment is busy denouncing Trump, Hillary Clinton is not busy denouncing Bernie Sanders. Nor, for that matter is anybody else in the Democrat Party.

Ponder why that might be, and you’ll have some idea of what’s going wrong with the Republican Party lately.

It’s certainly no secret that Romney was dismissing and disavowing conservative Republicans while having no objections whatsoever to his Democrat opponents, this previous cycle.

In fact, they’ve been doing it since before Reagan. Remember, the GOP wasn’t too happy about drinking either, which is why we ended up with Bush as VP. The establishment thought Reagan was too conservative.

Ponder also, Sarah Palin had a larger following on the top of the ticket, John McCain. Observe the treatment she received and explain to me how it’s any different than what Trump is receiving, or before trump came along what Ted Cruz was receiving, Rand Paul, or any of the other more conservative leaning candidates.

The damage these people are doing to the party is in measurable. I note with dry amusement Lindsey Graham the other day, complaining how Trump is ruining the party, while ignoring the damage that he himself has caused with his left leaning.

. I’ve been saying since Obama got elected, but the Republican Party will not win another presidential election until such time as they start putting genuine actual dyed in the wool constitutional conservatives in power.

What I am seeing so far it does not make me very hopeful but that’s going to happen in this cycle. By the time these idiots figure out which way things are going, it’s going to be too late for the party, and more importantly for the country.

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

davidl on August 6th, 2015

The lame stream media is right.   There is a very real war on women.   Sadly for the lame streamers, their estimate of the epicenter of the action is off by thousands of miles, from Daily Mail(UK):

ISIS fanatics have executed 19 women for refusing to have sex with its fighters, a Kurdish official has said.

He claimed the women were being held hostage in Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, which the terror group seized in June last year.

Meanwhile a UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s vile sex trade has said ‘girls get peddled like barrels of petrol’ and one can be bought by six different men.

She also verified a disturbing ISIS document which suggested the extremists sell the Yazidi and Christian women and children they have abducted, with girls aged just one to nine-years-old fetching the most money.

ISIS stormed the Sinjar district in northern Iraq last year and captured hundreds of women belonging to the Yazidi community, who the Islamists view as heretics.

Hat tip and reax, Clayton Cramer:

Why Does This Stuff Appear in British Papers But Not in U.S.?

Because they can’t pin it on Bill Cosby, and the American press only cares about African lions, not African women.

Women are being murdered.  No comment from Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or the Reverends Jackson and Sharptpon.

File under:  War on Wymen.