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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a gambler. πŸ™‚ Encouraged to retire in the latter half of the Obama administration, Ginsburg wanted an extra year or three on the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) bench; and why should she deny herself that when Hillary Rodham Clinton was practically the next anointed President. So of course, she placed that bet; hang on and let Hillary name her replacement. It was a perfect cake eating and having scenario. πŸ™‚

But a funny thing happened on the way to retirement. Hillary aint President. Now what? Hope for impeachment (a leftist pipe dream)? Last time I looked the POTUS succession line was about five or six GOP deep. Maybe try to hang on for another four years? That might work; but what if that next election doesn’t pan out either… eight is entirely different; eight is a long, long time.

Me? I find the predicament quite humorous. πŸ™‚ When your enemies are gnashing teeth and rending garments it makes for good theater. And I’ve always been a big fan of karma (when she’s not biting me on the ass).

I bring this up only because I recently read a proposal from conservative news CEO Chris Ruddy (Newsmax.com). Ruddy has suggested Trump extend an olive branch to the left; a deal if you may. He thinks that President Donald Trump should offer that deal to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Retire now… and he will nominate… Judge Merrick Garland (President Barack Obama’s last nominee) to replace her.

I can’t say I’m in favor of the plan, but I can’t say I’m against it either. I’ve keep inching from one side to the over, more often than not against it.

Pro:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (the least qualified member of the SCOTUS) will no longer be on the SCOTUS.

Con:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be replaced by a slightly less not qualified judge.

Side Note: Anyone who believes in a living Constitution is not qualified to be a judge (or to hold any appointed or elected office).

Pro:
You’re replacing an ultra-leftist jurist with a moderate.

Con:
A moderate is just someone who pauses in the center… before turning left.

Pro:
It’s always the moral thing to do to seek common ground, to seek compromise, to extend the olive branch to your opposition.

Con:
The left has and never will reciprocate. The olive branch will get you NOTHING in return (besides Ginsburg gone). And if you think you’re going to get something; you sure as ^%$# better get your end first, have it in writing, or have a means to ensure the terms are met.

When it comes down to it, it’s a gamble. Issues at hand mean literally life or death for tens of thousands… religious liberty or further persecution… free speech… gun rights… issues core to the fabric of a healthy (or sick) republic. You’re giving up the possibility of a major shift (in the right direction) in the SCOTUS for a little insurance that we will only trot to hell vs sprint. I just can’t make that deal… If we’re taking the country to hell, let’s do it at a dead (leftist) run… OR… turn around. I’m really not interested in anything in the middle (the trotting option).

Sure, there’s that nagging feeling of “should we make a deal”. Are we repeating the mistake of a proud old woman? And consider that our odds aren’t nearly as good as hers were…

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people-trump-donald-clown-noseOn the election… I take exception with people to complain that Donald Trump is unqualified to be President.

Compared to what? The bozo we’ve had in office the last eight years? Barack Hussein Obama was THE most unqualified person to ever seek the office, and we ELECTED HIM TWICE!

people-obama-barack-clownNow the narrative is that we must choose Hillary Clinton, because she may be a cold, lying, b!tch… but she’s competent? Huh?

Take away the three previous (very accurate) adjectives and look at Hillary’s record of accomplishment. Name one. One? Where is the competence? Libya? Benghazi? Syria? Abandonment of Iraq? Russian Reset? Selling State Department access? Her insecure hidden e-mail server? White House travel Office? Whitewater? Cattle futures trading? Hillary care? (list lifted from WSJ comment)

people-clinton-hillary-nixon-poseHer only displayed competencies are in lying, covering up, and organized crime… and granted, she is good at it. But these “competencies” also disqualify her from ever holding public office… ANY public office… more so than pretty well anybody, including Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is unqualified to be President of the United States? That may be true, but there is no way to utter those words without being a hypocrite without IMMEDIATELY adding the following…

But Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are more so…

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Monkey - Fling DungIf you start with a cage containing four monkeys, and inside the cage hang a banana on a string from the top, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana. It is then that ALL the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with same result. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original four monkeys, replacing it with a new monkey. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm– because he is now part of the “team.”

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by the fourth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs.

Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana. Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been!

This is how today’s House and Senate in the U.S. Congress operates; and this is why, from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!

This is meant as no disrespect to monkeys. You can never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.


Humor aside, I’d actually be in favor of doing this. Not just term limits (which are also a good idea); but set a time frame (like years ending in 00, 25, 50 & 75… or whatever time period) AND on those years ALL House and Senate members are replaced. When those years roll around, no one who has ever held a position in the House or Senate is ever eligible to hold either of those offices again. That would include all current office holders and would mean that House members could not just run for Senate (and vice-versa). We basically clean house (pardon the pun) ever quarter of a century. This would work even better in conjunction with term limits.

Isn’t it great what stupid monkey’s can teach us.

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7a1d7a36c49cd83ef069460b8bf7a0c9Today (10/23/2015), the Department of Justice announced (after two years) that their investigation of the targeting of conservatives by the IRS has been closed. The results of the investigation? Nothing. Lois Lerner, the main instigator and manager of the targeting gets off scott-free to enjoy her pension and retirement. Nobody under Lerner faces any consequences. Nothing will be done concerning this organized criminal activity within the IRS that took place over at least a two year period (2010 through 2012).

The left (politicians, bureaucrats, activists, media, and rank and file) did a fantastic job of managing and taking advantage of this… crises.

  1. First they hid (and probably destroyed) as much of the evidence as they could (mostly email of course)
  2. Then they did a shell game as to who was to blame… rogue agents in an distant office…
  3. Then nobody was to blame… the instructions were just too obscure…
  4. Then there wasn’t really a scandal… liberal groups were targeted just as much… (a lie by the way)
  5. And finally (the coup de grace) the Republicans were to blame… it was just another witch hunt from the beginning…

To be honest this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Enough time has passed; enough smoke blown up the collective posteriors of the people, so that the Feds are now comfortable to sweep this thing under the rug and be done with it.

We unfortunately live in a law-less age; more so under the Obama administration than ever before. The Constitution? The rule of law? Equal application of the law? Thrown out the window by the fascist left and those who support them. The bureaucrats at the IRS suit up in their (figurative) brown shirts and do the lefts bidding (obviously with impunity). The media turns a blind eye to the abuse or worse pushes misinformation and propaganda. And once exposed (not by the media but the persecuted themselves), the Department of Justice picks up the ball and makes sure nothing ever comes of it. Two years later… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

This does not bode well for any accountability of Hillary Clinton concerning her email server fiasco (as if we ever expected any). As for the lefts response? It’s deja vu all over again. We see the same same responses in the same order by all involved. Destroyed evidence, shell games of blame, no real crime was committed, everybody did it, and (we’re at the next to last phase now) it’s a Republican witch hunt. The last phase will be the FBI finally announcing “nothing to see here”.

Boot - Face - 19841984 is alive and well where titles and monikers mean their exact opposite. In 1984 we had War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, Ministry of Information. Today it’s the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation? Neither provide either.

“If you want a vision of the future imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever” — George Orwell (1984) … and thanks to the Department of Justice getting away with it.

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Nuclear IranI give a lot of grief to the left all the time, so let me comment on something my side got wrong.

Forty-seven Senators, led by Senator Tom Cotton, recently sent an open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran informing them that any deal they struck with Obama (and not confirmed by the Senate) was only as good as the word of the President and subject to be reascended by the next President with a simple executive order.

Now before I sound too much like a Democrat… I have no problem with the content of the letter. It states as fact how our Constitution works (despite what Obama and the left would like to be true). It also states a message that needed to be sent to our enemies (foreign and domestic).

I have no problem with the Senate trying to influence (or even undermine) what the President is trying to do with Iran. President Obama is trying to make a deal with the devil for political and personal (legacy) reasons at the expense of U.S. interest and our allies (Israel, and “moderate” Muslim nations).

Hillary Clinton (hoping to get the press to concentrate on this issue other than her email) said “There appear to be two logical answers. Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander in chief in the midst of high-stakes international diplomacy.”

It’s the latter. In this case (more than most) Obama’s plans NEED to be undermined by good and patriotic men.

OK… So the message needed to be sent. The Iranians needed to get that message. Obama needed to get that message. Where these Senators went wrong was simply the means of delivery they chose for the message. This sets a bad precedent. Public officials should not be sending open letters to our enemies who are negotiating with our commander in chief. Obama is doing his job under the authority of the Constitution no matter how bad he is actually doing that job.

Yes, Obama is incompetent. Yes, Obama should take any agreement of this magnitude to the Senate. Yes, Obama and the Iranians should be thwarted… But there will be other Presidents after this boob; hopefully intelligent, thoughtful, competent Presidents. It’s the office that was damaged when it shouldn’t have been and when it didn’t have to be.

Other means could have been used to accomplish the same thing. The one that immediately comes to mind is that the Senators could have submitted the exact same letter as an Op/Ed to the New York Times. Everyone who needed to get that message would have received it; Iran, the President… All enemies of the Republic after all read the New York Times. πŸ™‚

Political Cartoon - 2015 03 00 - Obama and Iran

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Dog - Yappy - MadSo the North Koreans (allegedly) hacked Sony Pictures because of a movie the studio was about to release. The movie parodied the assassination of Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Let’s take a look at what these recent events tells us.

Sony’s Response (Panic):
Sony has obviously been in a panic concerning the hack. This panic has nothing to do with the cancellation of a movie and the costs involved in that. That’s chump change to the likes of Sony. No. Sony is concerned with the information, the data, their tormentors now possess.

They’ve gotten a taste of what can happen with the limited emails released over the last month. Luckily for Sony the MSM (Main Stream Media) has protected the leftist executives\producers for ideological reasons. (See more on this below) Unfortunately, Sony realizes that what has been released so far is probably just the tip of the ice-berg. And the MSM blind eye may have it’s limits.

Sony’s Response (Canceling the Film):
Sony withdrew the film and has caught a lot of grief (including from President Obama) over doing so. It has been kind of humorous to watch this since Sony has been one of those leftist corporate supporters of Obama. They were actually surprised when thrown under the bus. πŸ™‚ Why do people, organizations, and companies do that? I would remind them that Obama threw his own dead grandmother under the bus for political expediency. Why exactly would anyone dealing with Obama be surprised to find themselves there?

Me? I’m not so tough on Sony (for now) concerning the pulling of the movie. Sony had little choice. Few (if any) theaters/distributers were willing to show it. You can’t blame the makers of a product for “pulling” it when the stores refuse to put it on the shelf. Now with that said, it seems that Sony has found a venue for a limited release. That’s a good PR move. They should keep going and as a bonus they may even recoup expenses or even make a profit.

People - Amy Pascal & Scott Rudin - Hollywood LeftistThe Information Released by the Hackers: (The Good)
One of the good results of this incident is the information (mostly email) dumped by the hackers concerning leftist Hollywood. This information has exposed Hollywood as bunch of hypocritical assholes, nuts, and even racists. It’s nothing we didn’t already know… but confirmation of suspicions every now and then is a warm fuzzy thing.

In particular, Sony Pictures co-chairwoman Amy Pascal (a major leftist Democratic and Obama donor) was caught exchanging racist emails concerning Obama with producer Scott Rudin. She’s now finds herself under a lot of pressure and leftist groups are turning on her. She pees on herself a little bit every time she hears a bus roll down the street now. In damage control mode Amy said “The content of my emails were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.”

Really? This is kind of like the “I was drunk” excuse. But it has been my experience that the words of a drunk is the mind of a one who is sober. What Amy really said was “Can’t you see I’m a leftist. A leftist dammit! I get a pass on crap like this! Lokk! Mel Gibson!” Amy’s problem is that there are thousands of leftist hacks that can do her job; thousands without the stink of exposed bigotry. Sony will let things die down and the quietly, stealthily… throw her under a bus.

On to producer Scott Rudin, who took a different tact; one of misdirection. “This is not about salacious emails being batted around by Gawker and Defamer, It’s about a criminal act, and the people behind it should be treated as nothing more nor less than criminals.” Sony has even tried to shame and threaten news organizations not to report what was found in the “private” emails. This could be seen as really impressive chutzpah (Jewish cojones) if it weren’t so laughable. πŸ™‚

I remember a certain former conservative Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate who had her email hacked years ago. I also remember a certain commentator on Fox news suffering the same theft of proprietary email and information. Did these leftist have any qualms about that illegally obtained material being used by the media. Show me one leftist editorial with that sentiment and I’ll consider the argument remotely valid; but I won’t be holding my breath.

If the “criminals” are caught, by all means see to it that they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Put your buddy Obama on the case. Good luck with that. πŸ™‚ But the content of your emails and your character is… news. If you are exposed as racist hypocritical assholes, it’s your own dam fault. And if Sony doesn’t want to be seen as a horde of racist hypocritical assholes, maybe they should lean less left in the future. Call it the free market deciding you fate. πŸ™‚

Now to the not so good…

Dog - YappyThe Big Picture (China):
Normally we would think of North Korea as an annoying yappy little dog. Unfortunately (due to U.S. pussy-diplomacy over the last decade) NK is a yappy little dog with with a budding nuclear program and an emboldened megalomaniac. The owners of the yappy little dog (China) feign surprise but are “secretly” delighted that “Little Chubby” (their code name for Kim Jong-un) constantly nips at heels of an emasculated world power.

This is China… “Oh look, our yappy little dog is biting you on the ass again. What can we do? He is an out of control bad yappy little dog… Ooooh, did he bite you there? That has gotta hurt…”

People - Kim Jong Un with DogThe Big Picture (Cyber-Terror):
When it comes to cyber-terror capability, the CIA actually ranks North Korea in the top five in the world. It’s amazing what capabilities one little megalomaniac can accrue when he shifts resources that should feed hundreds of thousands of citizens to instead wage war.

I think the attack on Sony by NK was two things. One, the lashing out of a mentally troubled loser (Kim Jong-un) and two, a test of NKs cyber-terror capabilities.

The test side of things is what we should be worried about; because it seems to have been a complete success. For now… but don’t forget, Barry’s on the job.

Speaking of which, we are assured by President Barry (Obama) that we will respond “proportionally” and “at a time of our own choosing”. Perhaps the outage of internet in NK for a several hours the other day was that proportional & timely response. That’ll teach ’em…

Great Leader Obama unfortunately shared with us (and NK) that he believes this to be an more act of “cyber-vandalism” and an “act of war”. And ISIS/ISIL was just a “junior varsity” team of terrorists wannabes. It’s bad enough we can’t properly fight the war on terror; but it seems we can’t even defend ourselves against or properly teach a lesson to a yappy little dog like Kim Jong-un.

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People - Obama, Barack - Burn ConstitutionIn November 2014, President Barack Obama has issued executive orders to basically not enforce immigration law for some 5 million people. This is an attempt to begin the process of de facto amnesty. So… here’s my take…

Constitutional?
What Obama did was indeed beyond his Constitutional authority. He knows that. He’s stated it point blank many times. The problem is that Obama doesn’t give a rat’s posterior about the Constitution (the principles of which he has sworn to protect). It’s a character thing.

Concept - Straw Man BorderThe Straw-men:
Obama claims that he is doing nothing that Republicans like Reagan and Bush did. This argument is simply slight or hand meant to cloud the issue. Other Presidents have indeed used executive orders to affect the enforcement of immigration law, but always in an attempt to enforce the letter and spirit of legislation duly passed by the Congress; NOT to create law Congress should have (in the President’s opinion) passed.

It’s generally pretty easy to find an equivalent situation that demonstrates the hypocrisy of the left when it comes to these scenarios. The Keystone XL pipeline offers such an opportunity. This would be like the House of Representatives deciding that the Senate and President should have acted on the pipeline instead of keeping the project in limbo for years. What if the House had approved the project, appropriated the funds, found someone to make it happen and bypassed the Senate and the President. Harry Reid refused to allow a vote (which would probably have passed before the election), just as the House did on “Comprehensive Immigration”. Neither legislative branch is required to vote on every bill passed by the other. Reid, in fact has been much more guilty of this sin than Boehner. And then there is Obama, who claimed he kind-of might think about support the pipeline if it ever reached his desk… But the logic goes… with no action taken, surely the House would be justified in moving forward on such an important issue.

But in reality, NO, they wouldn’t. In fact, if the House and Senate can’t get the Keystone XL pipeline though in 2015 (possibly having to override a Presidential veto), then it should not go forward. It should become a possible issue in the 2016. But the process should be followed.

In another example, tax reform is every bit as important is immigration reform. Do you think the next President (possibly a Republican) should have the same prerogative on enforcement of tax law if Congress fails to act? Can the President simply instruct the Treasury and IRS to not collect taxed for a certain group or enforce certain tax laws. Of course not. The idea is absurd, and THIS is no different.

Republican Action:
Political - Republican - White Flag - SurrenderSo what should the Republicans do? What the President has done here is impeachable. And in a perfect world, one in which the rule of law means something, that is exactly what should and would happen. But alas, we do not live in such a world. (In such a world, Lois Lerner would already be in jail.)

Republicans should stay calm and collected and look at the ramifications of their options. They should define their real goals, and evaluate what options/actions can realistically move us towards those goals during this time of Constitutional crisis. They should choose options that achieve goals while minimizing the damage to the nation.

The Republicans in the Legislature should use what power (Constitutionally) they have to directly thwart the President. That begins with the “power of the purse” in the House of Representative. While I understand that it is next to impossible to use that power to get the President to do something he is refusing to do (like secure the border); it can be used to prevent any money from being spent on what little requires bureaucratic action (like the issuing of green cards). This is precisely how the Republicans (and a few Democrats) prevented Obama from closing down Guantanamo. They basically told the President, “You and Holder want to bring all the terrorists over here and put them in American courts? Knock yourself out. You just can’t spend one red cent of federal money doing it.”

Now when it comes to the “power of the purse”, I’m not saying we have another government shut-down. Don’t get me wrong, I like and support government shutdowns; but they have proven to be ineffective due to the main stream media amplifying the feigned leftist hysterics to great effect. Thus the Republicans need to be smart in how they use this power.

The Senate (once controlled by the GOP) too should extract some costs from Obama for his actions. I like Ted Cruz’s idea of using the Senate’s Constitutional power of “advise and consent”. Thus, no more hearings on Obama nominations, with a few exceptions for positions that may have some affect on public safety.

The main point here is that we can use lawful and Constitutional means to thwart lawless behavior by the Commander in Chief. Will there be much wailing and gnashing of teach by the left (and amplified by the main stream media)? Yes. That is where cojones (balls) come in; and granted those are not a Republican strong point.

Concept - Devil in the DetailsComprehensive?
At the same time. The Republicans should move forward putting legislation on the desk of the President; starting with the Keystone XL Pipeline. In some cases, this is simply a means of exposing the lefts feigned support of issues (like Keystone XL) and in others an opportunity to get things done in a bipartisan manner. Legislation sent to the President should also include simple straight forward bills concerning fixing immigration.

But know this. “Comprehensive” when describing desired legislation is Washington speak for “Obfuscation”. Comprehensive means to design something so enormous that the devil can easily been hidden in the details. Comprehensive means that the “Stupidity of the American Voter” (see Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare Architect) can be used to deceive and hide costs, results, and ramifications. After the Obamacare fiasco, nothing coming out of Washington should ever again be “comprehensive”. Not immigration reform, not health care, not twiddly winks… NOTHING.

“Comprehensive” is the bill that came out of the Senate. THAT is what the Obama and the left want; and it should remain dead on arrival in the House.

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