Friday, January 23, 2015

Obama 2015 State of the Union Continues Class Warfare Politics

The law review editor and community organizer is certainly true to his liberal ideology. His 2015 State of the Union speech was nothing new:  more government programs, more spending and more tax-the-rich diatribe.

The tried and true populist "Robin Hood" notion that the rich are too rich and they must be made to pay more has been core to his and most Democrat agendas. Add to this the false belief that higher capital gains taxes is one way to penalize the rich.

Obama is laying the ground work for 2016. He knows that 100 percent of the "ideas" in his one plus hour speech will not be implemented. It is because they are bad ideas for government and for the American people.

Tax breaks for child care and free community college all sound great but they cannot be funded. Free is never free in so many ways. Government paying for this and for that does nothing but tie people to ... government. This is core to why I can never support Democrat ideas. When people oppose this in its government, the rebuttal is non-compassion. It is the opposite that is true.

There are plenty of things the government can and should do. But Obama's list does none of these. None of his ideas actually do anything to create jobs, motivate industry, spur risk, and create real wealth. He only cares about wealth redistribution, not the role of government.

For the next two years, everything he and the media will discuss will have at its core wealth redistribution and class warfare.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It Is A Rare Day When Your Team Wins a Major Championship

Immediately after Ohio State won the first CFP National Championship, Buckeye Nation was able to bask in the moment. Winning a major championship for YOUR TEAM is a rare thing.

Passionate sports fans know this awe too painfully.

MY TEAMS are:
  • College:  Ohio State, Utah (I'd pick OSU over a head-to-head)
  • MLB:  Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians (I'd pick the Reds over a head-to-head)
  • NFL:  Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings (I'd pick the Browns over a head-to-head)
  • NBA:  Utah Jazz
  • NHL:  Detroit Red Wings
  • Soccer:  Liverpool, RSL (I'd pick Liverpool over a head-to-head)

Each has had its moments, some more so than other. This win for OSU was its sixth national title; Utah has never won one. In NCAA Men's Basketball, OSU and Utah have each won one, but neither in my lifetime. The Browns have never been to a Super Bowl; the Vikings have lost four. The Reds have won five World Series' the last being in 1990; the Indians have won two, the last one being in 1948. The Jazz have lost two NBA finals. Liverpool has won the European Cup / UEFA Champions League five time, the FA Cup seven times, and the English top tier league 18 times but never the Premier League; RSL won the MLS Cup once. Detroit has won 11 Stanley Cups (only four in my lifetime).

In sports, in one way or another, after the dust settles and the season comes to an end, every team is a loser except one. For sports fan, there's always next year. But for this Buckeye fan, I am savoring the moment. This is one of the sweeter championships.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Go To the Movies," Obama Wrong Again

Sony did not make a mistake pulling "The Interview" film. President Obama is wrong.

The Christmas Day terrorist threat on movie theaters, real or not, was a huge risk for Sony and Hollywood. What if 10% of potential theater goers did not show up? 20%? 50%? What if one bomb went off in one theater? The risk is too great.

Sony's mistake was its poor information security systems. That's where the law suits will focus. I'd also refrain from claiming North Korean guilt for this hack.

Sony, local theaters and other Hollywood firms are for-profit businesses. If they want to make movies that insult a group of people that have very different views of freedom that most Americans, they can. But they must realize the potential for strong opposition.

As has been explained, if one leaves his keys in the ignition of his unlocked car and wallet on the seat, and someone steal them, although this is a crime, it is unlikely the insurance company will compensate.

Make your so-called free-speech films but don't be surprised if  others with a different opinion react harshly.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Obama and Free Speech -- All Messed Up

Obama on Sony hack: ‘Go to the movies’
Today President Obama does what he does best:  flip-flop on positions when it is politically beneficial. He and his writers assume the American people cannot remember what he has stated previously.

Today he is all about free speech, wishing Sony would have shown "The Interview" as originally planned and not have cancelled it.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated “The president and the administration stand squarely on the side of artists and other private citizens who seek to freely express their views.” Except when he isn't.

Recall the Administration's uproar over the homespun, hardly-viewed YouTube video dealing with Mohammad and some anti-Muslim material. Obama and his UN Ambassador Susan Rice claimed that the Benghazi attack were triggered by this video. Obama condemned the video and the message.

Globally, freedom of speech is more like Obama's view:  you are free to say what you want as long as the appointed or elected leader agrees.

Obama again shows his hypocrisy.
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Political Policies Toward the Younger, Poorer, More Diverse, Less Educated

The famous line in Lazarus' New Colossus sonnet "...give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." is something all Americans believe in. Most strive to overcome, to excel, to hope that our children prosper beyond us. America has always been a land of immigrants and opportunities. But many government policies, political parties and politicians were created to discourage this.

A divided America -- red and blue -- is less of a true classification of the America people, rather more of an indictment of the political policies of the ruling class.

The Democrats have always tried to appeal to the younger, poorer, more diverse, and less educated. Undeniably, these groups need their voices to be heard. But Democrats have no incentive to listen and incite this change. Real change would be to provide economic opportunities, to integrate individuals into America's culture, and to provide real education.

For over sixty years, the Democrats' policies have been to talk-the-talk but to do everything in their power to stifle this change. Democrats win and gain power by keeping people poor, thwarting opportunities, perpetuating a failed education system, and expanding government dependency.

Democrats attempt to deride older, richer, whiter, and better educated people -- groups they have effectively tied to the Republicans. We all age. We all desire to earn more this year than last year. We all realize that education is the pathway to prosperity. Race is something we have no control over, yet Democrats use race as its ace-in-the-hole. Talk of racism appeals to the tired, poor and huddled masses. The flames of racism are kept alive by liberal policies, poor education, and economic disparity.

This year's mid-term election is finally a vote against six years of Obama and liberal Democrat policies. (We did not learn this after four years, it took us six.) We are poorer, more diverse, more divided, and less educated than we were six years ago.

Time will tell if a Republican House and Senate will provide greater opportunities for wealth creation and personal freedoms. I personally doubt it. I see it just slowing the pace toward statism and the fall of America. The land of America has morphed into a Godless society. The people that will prosper here must be God fearing. When they are not, they will suffer His wrath.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

MLB World Series...Another Season-Ending Tournament

Baseball is my favorite sport. The World Series is my favorite season-ending sporting event. This year's MLB post season play was engaging. Nothing like a game seven (except maybe in the NHL). Neither of my favorite teams were playing (Reds in the NL, Indians in the AL), so I could just watch and enjoy the game for what it is, removing favoritism emotion.

Watching Madison Baumgartner return as a relief pitcher in the fifth inning (after pitching a complete game shut-up on Sunday and a seven-inning, three-hit, one-run performance in game one), and give up zero runs on only two hits, was for the ages. The Giant's 3-2 victory over the Royals last night have shown the Giants to be a great team, winning three championships in five years. But it got me thinking...

Both Kansas City and San Francisco were decent during the regular season, both qualifying for the post season through the wild card option. Kansas City was 89-73, a game behind Detroit, who won the AL Central. San Francisco was 88-74, six games behind the NL West winning Dodgers.

The wild card option, popular in most American college and professional sports -- NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL -- makes for an exciting season-ending tournament. But the unattended consequence is that the regular season becomes nothing more than a qualification window. The goal is to qualify and get hot at the right time...anyone can win.

So why are we all paying gobs of money for season tickets when the regular season is diminished in importance? So we get first dibs on post season tickets?

The World Series use to be the American League Champion versus the National League Champion in a best of seven event. It matched the best team in each league over 154 (162) games.

MLB will probably go the way of other major American sports by adding additional wild card teams, giving more teams a chance; i.e., more money. The World Series has become just another season-ending tournament. The best team is not the World Series Champion, rather the team that got hot at the right time.

So with expanded post-season play, do us all a favor, go back to 154 regular season games.

Friday, September 12, 2014

U.S. Direct Involvement in Fighting ISIS Is Flawed

This week, President Obama spoke to the American people, laying out his plan for defeating ISIS in the Middle East.
  1. U.S. airstrikes: Obama said such attacks have already been successful against al-Qaeda in Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.
  2. Support to foreign ground forces: He vowed to send 475 more U.S. troops to Iraq to support local security forces as well as provide military equipment and training to Syrian rebels.
  3. Counterterrorism: The U.S. will work with allies on intelligence and programs to prevent foreign fighters from joining ISIS.
  4. Humanitarian assistance: Aid will go to Muslim, Christian and religious minorities in danger of being driven out of their homes by ISIS.

Same old warmongering rhetoric -- leveraging the underlying belief that it is America's responsibility to save one group of Arabs from another.
The Iraqi government and Syrian no-government do not have the will, organization, funds or ability to defeat their fellow Arabs. ISIS is growing like a plague. The CIA has said that ISIS has 20,000-31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. How many in Iraq and Syria will rise up an fight against them, with the same motivation?
Few people had heard of ISIS six months ago, albeit an off-shoot of Al Qaeda.
The US-based opposition will not have staying power. We will bomb -- kill terrorists and non-terrorists. America (and it anti-ISIS alliance) will lose the propaganda war in the Middle East. We always do, helped in part by western (including American) media. We will spend billions of tax-payers dollars on military actions and ordinance. We will loose American lives. But we will be told this is not a war -- not a third Iraq war. 
Killing them -- terrorist and their leaders -- will do little to moderate their efforts. The number of fighters have increased, not decreased, in Yemen and Somalia since the US attacks started there. Whether it is young ideologues or unemployed with nothing better to do, recruiting hate-America-and-the-West people is not too difficult. 
This newest foe is a continuation of decades of discontent in the Middle East. It will go on for years if not decades -- long after Obama has played his 10,000th round of golf. We have wasted billions of dollar, thousands of lives and disrupted millions of lives in our so-called war against terror. America's nation-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been for naught. Part three will go about like parts one and two.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Let's Play Ball

Again we find ourselves at the start of another baseball season. MLB Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Hope spring eternal for many teams and their fans, certainly not for Houston, Minnesota or Miami.

My two teams, Cincinnati and Cleveland, both wild card teams from last year, could do better but most likely will do worse due to pitching shortcomings, boneheaded base-running, and a weaker lot of younger players.

In preparation, I attended five games (ten teams) this month in the Cactus League. Spring training has become big business. It might be my last time attending due to high prices and mainly minor league players.

But I am excited about the season. So excited that I paid the $130 for the MLB.TV package. We'll see if Verizon and Comcast are up to the task of smooth streaming.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Self Determination In Russia

The Obama Administration and main stream media continue to babble on about Russian aggression and international law in Crimea. It is followed up by a discussion about Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian border. Few actually take the time to explain the political history of Crimea, how self-determination in Crimea by the majority Russians may apply, the implications of the language and culture in eastern Ukraine, and the value of the natural  resources and roll of economics in eastern Ukraine.

Putin has clearly demonstrated he has little to worry about from the Obama Administration, the US Congress and NATO. Sanctions on a few Russians amount to little more than a scolding by an absentee parent.

However, self-determination is a two-edge sword, except in Russia. Putin clearly is showing his ideology of a greater Russia, if not a reconstituted USSR. But when it comes to self-determination in autonomous regions within current Russia, he has a different stance.

There are 22 autonomous regions in Russia. They have their borders, language and culture. Putin has no interest in allowing for greater autonomy in these Republics or any krais (territories) and oblasts (provinces). He trumps this with the supremacy of the Russian constitution.

So America and NATO ought to be turning Putin's Russian independence story for those Russians in ex-Soviet states back on him. They ought to be promoting independence and self-determination for those regions in Russia that may opt for more independence, away from Russia; e.g., Dagestan, Ingushetia, Ossetia, Tatarstan and Chechnya.

History has shown that greater autonomy for internal Russian geopolitical entities will not be tolerated and will be met with sever force.

When it comes to foreign policy and clear principles, Russia's are clear. Sadly so are America's and NATO's apologetic and do-little ones.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

The following Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789:
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington 
Most of the Founding Fathers had a belief in God. They believed in prayer. They believed in the notion that God blesses man. That America and it freedoms are a blessing from God. That a day of thanksgivings was warranted.

How far we have fallen as a nation. We live in a time where "wrong is right" and "right is wrong." Our politicians look out for their selfish interests not the interests of a nation built upon good deeds, virtue, and the rule of Constitutional law.

Thanksgiving is divinely inspired. May all of us thanks our Heavenly Father on this blessed day.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dealey Plaza and 50th Anniversery of JFK Assassination

Today (11/22/13) marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Interesting, C. S. Lewis died the same day.) Recently, my son and I were in Dallas and spent some time in Dealey Plaza.

Younger people consider it ancient history. I was a very young boy, remembering the day, the funeral and other events surrounding this because we had just got our first TV. With only three stations, that was all that seemed to be on.

Most of us have seen the en Abraham Zapruder video, made from his home-movie camera. It provides the graphic images of the assassination. The photos and movies do little to put it all into perspective. Being there gives one the ability to stand on the grassy knoll, see the layout of Elm Street and understand the actual travel route, and see the Texas School Book Depository from where Oswald fired the fatal shot. We did not pay the $16 to enter the Sixth Floor Museum  due to time (and cost -- a ridiculous fee).

The experience was educational for both my son and I. If you find yourself in Dallas, it is worth the visit. The historical significance on America and our Presidential institution is invaluable.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nuclear Option Means Increased Partisian Fever

Today, the 52 Democrat Senators voted to change Senate rules on confirming most presidential nominees. This "nuclear option" action has been threatened for a few years, but desperate Democrats were willing to go to extremes for their short-termed, selfish motives.
The nuclear option refers to a move by the majority party in Senate to change the Senate rules to allow most executive branch and judicial nominations to be approved with a simple majority – 51 votes — rather than the 60 votes now required. Under longstanding rules, the minority party has been able to block a nomination with just 41 votes, commonly called a filibuster.
The Democrat intent is to place more liberals on the courts, namely the DC Court of Appeals which is balanced today. Harry Reid's effort will accomplish one major thing:  increase partisan fever.

Historically the Senate, due in part to rules like this and a six year term, has been less driven by populism, compared to the House and the constant campaigning they must do. The Senate Democrats have now officially became a populous entity -- driven by biased media, Hollywood and seedier sides of our culture. Instead of looking at facts, the Constitution, the long-term impacts of decisions and laws, its decisions will be based more on emotion and short-term vision.

It is hard to believe Harry Reid is a Mormon, because he seems to do everything opposite most LDS people would do. He is one of the most despicable politicians of our era, and there are/have been some terrible human beings in public office including Obama, Pelosi, Kerry, Biden, Clinton(s). Terrible because they could care less about America and care only about power, personal prestige and wealth.

This ruling now means the minority have no voice, no power. Tyranny now rules. What role does a minority Senator now have? None. The majority can do whatever they want; the minority party can do nothing. Today, it is 54+1 Democrats and 45 Republicans. Republican votes mean zilch. All this was done just because Obama and his cronies could not get their way on a few key nominees.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Obama's Keep Your Plan Ruling Is Unconstitutional

Obama caves to Democrat pressure and now says that "the administration will allow insurance companies to keep individual customers on their existing plans for an additional year, even if the plans don't meet the law's standards." How does a Presidency get to say what law will get enforced and shich will not. This is an outrage. Congress creates the laws, the courts interrupts the laws, and the executive branch enforces them -- Constitution 101.

The "law's standards" are laughable -- made up things by a bunch of "we know better than you" bureaucrats.

The fact is the Affordable Care Law is arguably he worst law ever created by Congress, signed by the Presidency, and held constitutional by the Supreme Court. It not only impacts one-sixth of our economy, but stripes all Americans of personal freedom, spits on the Constitution that I cherish.

The president does not have a line-item veto and he certainly can't legally re-write the Obamacare statute just because public opinion dictates and Bill Clinton says so. This is a constitutional crisis of major magnitude. Obama has been acting as if he were a king since his presidential inception. Congress and the media have permitted this to fester from the beginning. All of the apologies in the world are not going to fix a terrible law, Presidency Obama's and supporting Democrat's incompetency, and the ineptitude of the American people allowing these dolts to ruin our way of life.

Congress must act. It must repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Who Are the Few Signing Up for Obamacare?

Federal officials have claimed just over 106,000 people nationally signed up for Obamacare health insurance plans in the first month of sales. Only 26,000 of those actually went through HealthCare.gov site -- the site for those residents of the 36 states not running their own health exchange. So of those who signed up, there are some questions:
  1. Have they paid? Will they all pay?
  2. What plans did they come from? Where they canceled from a previous carrier?
  3. Are these people those that had no insurance for some time prior?
  4. Why did they not have insurance at this time?
  5. What pre-existing conditions do these applicants have?
  6. Why would they spend the time to get government-backed insurance? What was their sign-up motive?
Because the absolute insanity to think the federal government can oversee a national healthcare plan with any efficiency, only truly motivated people are going to sign up. Someone with a pre-existing condition that is either medically documented or something that has been personally diagnosed and they have been waiting to get coverage before seeking treatment.

The program's solvency depends on the healthy signing up. Namely the young and healthy. Since the Obama economy has put a damper on what America could do if government were out of its way, the youth don't have the money for health insurance (something few think they need) and doubt there will be any fine that will be enforced.

The federal systems will be full of the sick, the elderly and those that pay little into the system. It will force doctors and hospitals to provide services at financial loses. It will bankrupt some, force others to quite the business, and many others to no enter into the medical profession, especially those jobs that require years of school and residency. If they federal government thinks it can get its way by saying "see, a national healthcare system is the only one that will work," it may be in for a rude awakening.

Federal governmental officials' heads, starting at the top, should roll. We are being "lead" by dishonest thieves. Many of them are people we elected and re-elected. Shame on America.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Government Role: Wealth Distribution or Economic Growth Climate?

It should be tiresome for America to continue to listen to President Obama talk year after year about the inequality he perceives in
America and how he wants to help the middle class.
For four and a half years, Mr. Obama has focused his policies on reducing inequality rather than increasing growth. The predictable result has been more inequality and less growth.
The President called his speech "A Better Bargain for the Middle Class," but no President has done worse by the middle class in modern times.
Government efforts to spread the wealth make those it intends to help worse off. Increasing government dependency is no way to run a nation. It stifles personal motivation. It thwarts one of the key things that makes America great -- self-determination. Liberals like it because it bolsters its ranks of dependents, individuals that will vote for Democrats who promise to continue if not increase the "addictive drugs" of governmental dole -- food stamps, healthcare, education and pensions.

Until Americans realize that government produce zero wealth, the perceived compassionate politicians will continue getting elected. Unfortunately, it appears this trend will continued unabated. The America of 50 years ago, even 30 years ago, is gone, never to return. Socialist policies and entitlement programs coupled with corrupting media and Hollywood culture have forever changed America for the worst. What was wrong is now right; what is right is now wrong. Obama and most of our politicians are leading us down a dark path, a path without God. This is socialism and communism at it core. Government and its leaders are the new dieties.

Obama will continue to lie to the American people, telling them of his "concerns and injustices," and how he wants to make it all better. But he has no intention of doing this. He wants massive slavery to the state and unabated control in the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Tito, Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung, and Kim Jong Il. If he wanted to do something to strengthen the Middle Class he could with some very simple things; e.g., massive corporate and personal tax cuts, energy openness, repeal of the Affordable Care Act to name three. Couple this will massive elimination of half of the government departments, programs and employees over a few years will shake America in the right way and spur growth unheard of -- growth that will benefit all Americans.

America is the most unique nation ever. It was founded on the need for righteousness. Prosperity is its right, provided men do not forget their God. But in a few short years, America and its leaders have become Godless. America, more-so than any other country, will suffer severely for this. We are witnessing it before our very eyes. Obama continues to lead us down this path of destruction, an anti-Christ in his own right.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Civil-Rights Leadership Gone Astray

One has to question why today's civil-rights leaders elected the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict as its latest racist springboard. The case, from a rule of law perspective, was clear-cut. Any other decision would have been a disaster for justice.

Today's civil-rights leaders are irrelevant. It appears as if they think they live in the 1950s and that racism is rampant. Heroism is not to be found in the modern-day wannabes like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Inflaming comments from President Obama that he somehow shared a similar environmental prejudice as a young man was more misplaced bravado.

Traditional racism has all but been eliminated in America. The racism that does exist is more often found with blacks against whites, or black against Hispanics, Asians, or Polynesians. In these cases, it is usually associated with poor education, inner-city poverty and gang-related crime.

Trayvon Martin was not Rosa Parks. He was punk, gang-banger apprentice, societal menace; not a good-intentioned, college-bound societal contributor. He was the one in the control position over Zimmerman, leaving Zimmerman little choice but to use his his firearm, affecting both lives forever. Yet, the media-driven uproar felt is best to spend their little capital on this case.

Civil-rights leaders ought change jobs and focus on the real problems of black America. The main one being that 72% of children born to black mothers who are not marriage to the fathers. Young black men have poor role models. Black women sell themselves short, limiting their ambitions to whatever might be in vogue in their neighborhood or town. The African-American family comprised of a husband and wife is non-existent. The result of this is black-on-black killings in every major city in America.

As long as America's black leaders focus on their relevancy, they will never solve what is core to equality in America.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Obama's "Middle Class" is Code for Sucker

Obama's message the past few years is structured around using phrases that include "middle class." He panders knowing they make up the bulk of the voting public and that most are politically dead, members of the less-informed masses. He says one thing but robs them blind -- stealing freedom, money and dignity.

He stands for one thing and one thing only: bigger government. As government grows we have less freedom, higher taxes and become content with mediocrity. Whether it is gun control, immigration, food stamps, healthcare, minimum wage, pre-school, or any big-government program, he wants Americans to be kept equal by hatchet, ax and saw. He will use  propagandistic phrases like "it's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government..."

He has no interest in building up the middle class rather cutting it down. His programs and actions are clear. So whenever you hear him try to appeal to the middle class, don't be a sucker and fall for this spin-doctor.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sociolinguistics Is Code for Politically Correct

Sociolinguistics is defined as the study of language and linguistic behavior as influenced by social and cultural factors. But in practice, it is the scholastic canonization of "politically correct."

On Saturday while listening to Car Talk on my local PBS radio station, some gal called in stating she was a grad student in Washington DC studying sociolinguistics. Even Tom and Ray had to double-take on that field. It came about when they were questioning her about her car story that remotely involved her "partner." We find out later that her partner was her husband. She did not like the word spouse, claiming it was to restriction and non-inclusive. Wow.

It seems amazing that one would spend any money on a graduate degree in sociolinguistics. The scary thing about this is that these graduates will be "qualified" to find employment writing speeches or creating postures for political candidates or parties.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"By No Fault of Their Own"

Anytime in social or political speech one hears "by no fault of their own," a liberal flag should arise.

Listening to various groups complaining about cuts in government services, this phrase has become the calling card of the sympathy gatherers. It is usually followed by "Republicans are taking away things we are entitled to," or "Republicans are cutting services to the poor and giving tax breaks to the rich."

A large portion of the American population have no understanding of civics. Most think civics are multiple Honda-brand cars. The whole concept of how taxation works is lacking. Too many think of the government as a very large business and cannot grasp the concept that government services are only possible by taxing companies and people that actually producing something.

"By no fault of their own"should be the exception, not the new world rule. Many people are poor because of their decisions. People elect not to finish school, learn a trade or graduate from college. People elect to to be immoral and deal with disease and unwanted pregnancy. People elect to drink-and-drive. People elect to drink to much, smoke, and abuse drugs. People elect to eat unhealthy and not exercise. Being "down on your luck" or "going through a tough time" is a temporary status.

The Democrat Party knows its base. It knows that using the "by no fault of their own" calling card, it appeals emotionally to those that have no intent to make significant improvements to their lives.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Enforce Existing Gun Laws, New Laws Are Not Required

Those that favor more restrictive gun laws strongly believe that fewer guns will mean fewer crimes committed with firearms. They must believe that criminals will still commit their crimes but will use fewer guns.

The real motivation behind new gun laws is more government control. It is clear that they like new laws for political gains because they have no interest in directing the efforts at enforcing the existing laws. Consider the recent words of Wayne LaPierre:
A simple look at the law answers that question. Everything real violent criminals do to acquire a firearm is already a serious federal felony. Under federal law, lying to a licensed dealer, lying on the form 4473, and straw sales are all federal felonies that are almost never prosecuted. Holder’s Justice Department calls them “paper violations.”  Yet those are the very crimes that they say demand a “universal background check”—a national registration scheme—for all of us.
He goes on to reference some existing laws that if enforced would have a greater impact on crimes committed with firearms than any new politically motivates new legislation favored by Democrats.
• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 922(j)—for possession of a stolen firearm.

• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 922(i)—for shipment or transport of a stolen firearm across state lines.

• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 924(b)—for shipping, transporting or receipt of a firearm across state lines with intent to commit a felony.

• 5 to 30 years consecutive mandatory minimum sentences—18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(1)(A)—for carrying, using, or possessing a firearm in connection with a federal crime of violence or drug trafficking.

• The death penalty or up to life imprisonment—18 U.S.C. § 924(j)—for committing murder while possessing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence or drug trafficking.

• 15 years mandatory minimum—18 U.S.C. § 924(e)—for a “prohibited person” who has three prior convictions for drug offenses or violent felonies.

• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 924(g)—for interstate travel to acquire or transfer a firearm to commit crimes.
When it comes to the latest discussion on "assault rifles" and "limiting on the size of a magazine," the assault weapons are not military weapons and no one knows what the right sized magazine is.

Rifles of any type are used in 2.5% of the murders, murders are twice as likely to be committed with bare hands.

The latest gun debate and the failure of recent Democrat-sponsored legislation is a win for Americans, which cherish their Constitutional rights.