Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hillary supporter pleads guilty to massive campaign fraud

A major contributor to Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign against Barack Obama has pleaded guilty to illegally funneling money to political campaigns, then lying about it.
An informant caught Sant Singh Chatwal on tape in 2010 explaining that he believed his illegal fundraising bought him access to people in power.

Without the contributions "nobody will even talk to you," Chatwal said. "That's the only way to buy them, get into the system."
Read more here.
Thanks to Instapundit for linking to the story.

New drug may protect unvaccinated people from measles

Instapundit links to this article about a new drug that may protect unvaccinated people from measles.
A novel oral drug may protect unvaccinated people who are exposed to measles from getting sick and prevent them from spreading the virus to others, an international team of researchers said Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

Like the flu, measles spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. There is typically a two-week window between becoming infected with the virus and the onset of symptoms like skin rash, runny nose and fever.

The novel drug, termed ERDRP-0519, is specifically designed to work during this two-week window, when vaccination can no longer protect from disease.

A nasal spray that could be effective in fighting flu viruses

Instapundit links to this article in the New York Times..
Scottish and American scientists have found a new way to prevent flu infections that could, in theory, be used to fight an epidemic long before a vaccine is ready.

The method, successfully tested only in mice thus far, is a nasal spray of engineered proteins that coat the receptors in the nose and throat to which flu viruses attach.

Mice that got the spray as long as a week before being given a lethal dose of viruses from the 2009 pandemic flu were fully protected, according to the team at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland that invented the proteins.

Found: an Earth size planet that could be habitable



Did you know that astronomers have now confirmed about 800 planets beyond our own solar system, and now they think they have discovered an Earth-sized one that could be habitable? Read about it here.

Edible marijuana causing havoc in Colorado

One highly regarded lawyer/radio personality, Dan Caplis. is trying to get a movement going in Colorado to make recreational marijuana use illegal once again. Every day there is a story of someone being hurt by marijuana usage. Edible marijuana is causing havoc. People are used to marijuana going directly to the brain, but with edibles, it takes longer, so people more and more, then when it reaches the brain, the effects can be terrifying.

Here is one story about a college student having a psychotic reaction and jumping to his death from a fourth story motel room.

Here is another story about a man eating some pot candy, then killing his wife in front of their three children.

John Bolton not a fan of Rand Paul

Whew! John Bolton is not a fan of Rand Paul. He concludes, "If Rand Paul thinks that Ronald Reagan is his model, that is not incoherence, it's fraud."

I have always admired John Bolton for clearly saying what he thinks, unlike most diplomats.

Putin the t.v. star



Putin had his annual call-in show this week. And, yes, Edward Snowden called in to ask if Russia had been spying on its citizens.
Read more here.

Open Skies?



Do you know about the Open Skies Treaty? It was signed in 1992. Bill Gertz reports,
Until this week, the United States and other European allies who are a party to the 34-nation treaty were conducting weekly overflights above Russia during the past month. The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.

Russia has deployed between 40,000 and 80,000 troops near Ukraine’s eastern border. Other Russian troops are said to be deployed in areas close to the Baltic.

Under the Open Skies Treaty, the sole permitted reason for canceling such overflights is flight safety and U.S. officials said that was not the reason for the Russians’ action. “They’re getting ready to do something [to Ukraine] and they don’t want us looking,” said one official familiar with the canceled flight.
Read more here.

Leaflet being handed to Jews in eastern Ukraine asking them to "register" with the pro-Russian mikitants who have taken over a government office

By now you have probably heard about the leaflet being handed to Jews in eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, asking all Jews to "register" with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia. Oren Dorell reports for USA Today that
Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship being revoked "and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property," it said. A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt called the leaflets "the real deal." But the man whose name appears on the leaflets, Denis Pushilin, identified as chairman of "Donetsk's temporary government," said he was not responsible.

Pushilin, who is a leader of the pro-Russian movement in Donetsk, acknowledged that leaflets were distributed under his organization's name but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported.

Donetsk is the site of an "anti-terrorist" operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held to join Russia.
Read more here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Worse than Watergate?

Bryan Preston writes that the terrifying implications of the IRS/Department of Justice connections in the IRS scandal
may turn out to be the most widespread and damaging scandal in American history.

Lois Lerner intended to use her position atop the IRS’ tax exempt approval office to coordinate the prosecution of political speech. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder had at least tentatively bought into that. The Federal Elections Commission was being roped in as well. Lerner’s emails prove that beyond doubt.

Democrats in Congress were involved. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) appears to have led the anti-constitutional attack on free speech in the House. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led it from the Senate.

Two days before Lerner was forced to publicly disclose the scandal, she was moving forward with an insidious plan to stamp out conservatives and Tea Party activists’ ability to organize and raise money, by working with the IRS commissioner’s office and the Department of Justice. At the same time, there was no plan for any government crackdown on groups who agreed with President Obama. The traffic was entirely one-way. It was nakedly political, and everyone involved knew it. They also had reason to believe that they would succeed, or they would not have engaged in it. DOJ would serve two roles: Prosecute conservatives, and protect the bureaucrats who were pushing those prosecutions.

Was there a full-fledged plan to use the full power of the federal government to take the abuse, delay and invasive questioning of conservatives to a new level after President Obama’s re-election? Was there a plan to criminalize the mere act of being a conservative activist? Was there a plan to drum up false charges of “lying” on applications in order to put conservatives in jail?

Lois Lerner’s communications with the Justice Department strongly suggest that there was. The disclosure provides strong, compelling evidence that Obama’s re-election had emboldened many, including government bureaucrats like Lois Lerner, to believe that they could move forward unchallenged to criminalize Americans for exercising their constitutional rights.

I also believe that the players in this scam had identified a target to single out, harass, investigate, silence, destroy, and send to prison. Her name is Catherine Engelbrecht.

Lerner’s email on March 27, 2013, suggests that there was an idea moving within the bureaucracy to hit one or just a few Americans, and prosecute and imprison them, to scare others out of political engagement.

“One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff,” Lerner wrote to IRS staff. “So, don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity.”

It was all about conservative 501(c)(4) orgs. Liberal groups were left entirely alone. This was to be a leftwing reign of prosecutorial terror.

Engelbrecht founded True the Vote in 2010 and filed for tax exempt status with the IRS that year. She was subjected to invasive questioning while Lerner’s IRS group held up her investigation. Soon thereafter, several executive branch agencies descended on her, her family and her business. The ATF, OSHA, the FBI all harassed her. OSHA fined her $25,000 for minor violations.

Fast forward to 2012. True the Vote is going strong, despite the IRS holding up its tax exempt application. It is making a difference. States are adopting voter ID and other election integrity improvements. Local groups are organizing to receive True the Vote’s poll training. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and his staff communicate with Lerner at the IRS, in what now appears to be a fishing expedition to find something — anything — to use against Engelbrecht.

Why Engelbrecht? True the Vote is not the largest activist group out there, and it is not partisan. It advocates election integrity legislation and it trains people to help ensure that our elections are fair and free from corruption. As such, it backs measures like voter photo ID. Voter ID is supported by about 70% of the American people. It’s not controversial, despite the left’s efforts to make it so.

Many Democrats including President Obama oppose such measures. Holder’s DOJ has even sued Texas to stop its voter ID law.
Read more here.

Feel like doing a handstand?

My son Jon called my attention to this video. He and my other son, Greg, love parkour.

When liars use statistics

Today in school my son Jon's teacher told him that Republicans are causing women to make less money than men. Jon was the only student who challenged her. I am going to tell Jon about this article written yesterday by Thomas Sowell. He writes,
The "war on women" political slogan is in fact a war against common sense.

It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn -- and that this is because of discrimination.

How surprising is it that women with children do not earn as much as women who do not have children? If you don't think children take up a mother's time, you just haven't raised any children.

How surprising is it that men with children earn more than men without children, just the opposite of the situation with women? Is it surprising that a man who has more mouths to feed is more likely to work longer hours? Or take on harder or more dangerous jobs, in order to earn more money?

If the 77 percent statistic was for real, employers would be paying 30 percent more than they had to, every time they hired a man to do a job that a woman could do just as well. Would employers be such fools with their own money? If you think employers don't care about paying 30 percent more than they have to, just go ask your boss for a 30 percent raise!
Read more here.

IRS Scandal now includes Justice Department

Katie Pavlich writes that Eric Holder's Department of Justice is now implicated, along with Lois Lerner, in the IRS scandal.
“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal. No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents.”
Read more here.

Risk analysis of fracking

Here is an analysis of some of the risks involved with fracking. A follow-up piece will look more at the benefits.

Studies from Duke University, University of Texas at Austin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency find no evidence of fracturing fluid contamination in water sources.

A global picture of nuclear power

Here is a graph showing which countries are and are not expanding their abilities to provide nuclear power, and by how much.

Found here.
thanks to Instapundit for linking to this graph.

The vulnerability of our power grid

Evan Halper writes,
In Congress, the vulnerability of the power grid has emerged as among the most pressing domestic security concerns.

It is also among the most vexing.

Now, a cyberterrorist with a little knowledge and the right laptop can gain that access and cause chaos in a regional power system merely by linking up with the control panel at a secluded electric vehicle charging station.

Other attacks, as the Silicon Valley incident showed, can take shape without computers. Last month, New Jersey's Regional Operations Intelligence Center, a state agency that monitors security threats, published a report revealing constant breaches at power stations. The incidents involved people armed with such mundane equipment as false identification, wire cutters and crowbars.

The report, first disclosed in the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative newspaper, declared the power grid "inherently vulnerable" to attack.

"Many of the grid's important components sit out in the open," the report said, "often in remote locations, protected by little more than cameras and chain-link fences."
Read more here.

Fact check before you spread information!

Repentance and bearing fruit

Giant corporations have latched on to all the Christian holidays with products to entice children. This Easter I am seeing more enticing products than ever before. How can Christians get the story out to children and others about what Easter is all about? How can we compete with the pagan rituals that seem to have moved to the forefront with the help of billion dollar advertising budgets and marketing campaigns?

I think Ann Voskamp has the answer. Her family gives thanks every day for God's grace. Today she shares three ideas whole families can engage and participate in.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chill

David Warren has his own theory of climate change.
The Weather Fairies were monitoring the hockey stick diagram and other spuriosities and shams from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, various third-rate redbrick universities, the London Met Office, &c. Human hubris has long irritated them, and that was the last straw. They decided to punish us so unambiguously that no intelligent person could pretend it was “chance.” We may not be in the cusp of a new Ice Age — no such thing is humanly predictable — but take note when the Weather Fairies tell you to chill out.
Read more here.

Who is running this show?

Are we now "human resources" instead of human beings? Do we now work for the computers, instead of the computers working for us? Are we exiles, aloof from current events? David Warren thinks so. Furthermore, he asserts that
the modern state can expropriate anybody: we no longer enjoy the reliable protection of e.g. the Common Law; and our human rights have been, such as they were, collectivized. (This, too, is among the inevitable, barbarizing products of “democracy,” as all other kinds of totalitarianism.)

What is reality? Warren writes,
From the towering height of sixty years, I see that “realities” have come and gone. The fair certainties of merely half a century ago have evaporated during my lifetime — reasonable certainties, for instance, about what was right and what was wrong — and there is no foreseeable prospect of restoration. Which is not to say the world was not in a fine mess a half-century ago; but the sands of atomization have become much finer and more readily shifted by every passing breeze. Who is not an exile in a “culture” which does not recognize, for instance, the sanctity of human life? Or the indissoluble nature of families? I have lived to see the terms “father,” “mother,” “brother,” “sister,” “uncle,” “aunt,” and so forth, methodically and retroactively stripped from all provincial legislation; and in parallel, the creation by the same “reforming” legislators of new human sexes. Who will bother warning of the cliff? We are already in the free fall of a demonstrable insanity.
Read more here.

Do we need dress codes for parents?

One school board member thinks it might have to come to that.
Broward County School Board member Dr. Rosalind Osgood brought up the idea during a meeting after noticing parents dropping their kids off at Boyd Anderson High School while wearing saggy pants that exposes their underwear and curlers in their hair.

“We have dads showing up in sagging pants,” Osgood said, according to the Sun Sentinel. “It’s hard for me to tell a child not to show up for school with hair curlers, pajamas or short shorts if they see parents wearing them. Parents need to lead by example.”
Read more here.
Thanks to Dave Barry for posting a link to this report.

Some industries are favored, some are not

Some activities are favored by Obama's BLM (solar and wind farms), and some are not favored (ranching, logging, mining). The developers of wind and solar projects are invariably big Democrat donors; their projects depend on federal subsidies. John Hinderaker writes that for these Democrat donors, influencing people like Barack Obama and Harry Reid
is fundamental to the developers’ business plans. Ranchers, on the other hand, ask nothing from the federal government other than the continuation of their historic rights. It is a safe bet that Cliven Bundy is not an Obama or Reid contributor.

Why is it that the BLM is deeply concerned about desert tortoises when it comes to ranchers, but couldn’t care less when the solar power developers from China come calling? Environmentalists have asked this question. Does the difference lie in the fact that Cliven Bundy has never contributed to an Obama or Reid campaign, or paid a bribe to Reid or a member of his family?

So let’s have some sympathy for Cliven Bundy and his family. They don’t have a chance on the law, because under the Endangered Species Act and many other federal statutes, the agencies are always in the right. And their way of life is one that, frankly, is on the outs. They don’t develop apps. They don’t ask for food stamps. It probably has never occurred to them to bribe a politician. They don’t subsist by virtue of government subsidies or regulations that hamstring competitors. They aren’t illegal immigrants. They have never even gone to law school. So what possible place is there for the Bundys in the Age of Obama?
Read more here.

Mom admits to killing six babies

The Associated Press is reporting that the Utah woman who was charged with murdering six babies has confessed to police.
Megan Huntsman, 39, told police she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born. She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them in plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City.

Yahoo News adds that
states, including Utah, have safe haven laws that allow women to drop off unwanted newborns to authorities with no questions asked. The mother can remain anonymous as long as the child has not been subject to abuse or neglect.

Tax day: time for some changes

Paying in envy, resentment, and entitlement. On this tax day, Mr. Virtual President Bill Whittle argues that it is time for a flat tax of 18% and for a balanced budget.



thanks to Adrienne for posting this video.

What it's about

Ann Voskamp and her beautiful children are collecting maple syrup from the trees up in Canada. Trees are on Ann's mind as she writes,
Sure — everyone loves a Christmas Tree. But’s it’s that bent Easter Tree that guarantees His love for us.

And, just like us here in Colorado, Ann's family also got to walk in fresh snow.
Read here Ann's beautiful words about the true meaning of Easter.

We'll look for the truth wherever we can find it

If the traditional media outlets will not speak the truth, then they leave an opening for others to pursue the truth.

Amen to these words

Judge Napolitano makes very good points here.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Dancing in the Dark

I suggest you click the thingy to make it full screen. Cyd Charisse was one of my first crushes.

Thanks to open blogger at Ace of Spades, titles this "Before There was Twerking."
Good night.

What is the truth about Bundy's fight with the feds?

Becket Adams makes a detailed effort here to find the truth about the Nevada rancher's dispute with the federal government.

Loyally going through a dead man's trash

The Washington Beacon has more on Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Under questioning, Sylvia Mathews and her colleagues denied impeding a police investigation into Vince Foster’s death after his body was found in a northern Virginia park. According to the New York Times, Mathews testified “in laborious detail about what she had found in Mr. Foster’s garbage on the night he died.”Burwell:

You don't suppose she might make available to superiors someone's medical records, do you?

Palin says Burwell is the one who initiated the emails shutting down the war memorials

Tony Lee writes at Breitbart that Sarah Palin
blasted President Barack Obama for nominating as his new Health and Human Services Secretary the same woman who ordered the shutdown of the war memorials during the so-called government shutdown last year.

After accepting Kathleen Sebelius' resignation Friday, Obama nominated Sylvia Burwell, the former Office of Management and Budget director. This is the same person who sent the email initiating the barricading of the memorials, even as veterans were arriving in D.C. on their "honor flights" to see the memorials that they built. Palin, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), joined veterans as they protested the barricades.

Palin bluntly asked Americans to remember that Burwell was in charge then, and that now she has been tapped to take over the "disastrous beast under which our entire health care system and 1/6 of our nation's economy is forever fundamentally transformed":

Remember last year when America's war memorials, national parks, patriotic amenities, student White House tours, etc. were shut down because the Obama administration's spending priorities are so out of whack? Americans were told the Federal government didn't have enough of our tax dollars to allow WWII vets to walk across a public sidewalk to visit a statue honoring these heroes. This, during the "shutdown" when crony capitalism, earmarks, and waste and fraud continued to fill the swamp. This, while the first family continued to live elaborately large and some in Congress had the gall to whine that they aren't paid enough. This, while the people's will continued to be arrogantly ignored.

What a cold and callous bureaucrat it was who'd direct that quite revealing fiasco, an episode over which the Obama Administration never recovered in the court of public opinion.

Who would do such a thing? Who would punish patriotic Americans? Who sent the email initiating all this?

The political operative Sylvia Burwell.

Palin added, "It's Sylvia's stain on the ash heap of history. And along with Sylvia's stain comes her disturbing, punitive priorities as she takes over our health care coverage. Yeah, nothing can go wrong with that."

"You can't make this stuff up," Palin concluded.

Epic hearings to come

Ace of Spades expects the Congressional hearings to be epic on Obama's nomination of Sylvia Burwell to head Health and Human Services. The headline at Ace of Spades reads
(She)Had Responsibility of Vetting Presidential Speeches for Accuracy; Apparently Gave the Blessing to Obama's "If you Like Your Doctor" Lie Dozens of Times
Read more here.

Do you remember your first time ever in a drive-through car wash?


Found here.

You're on!



Found here.

Two ways to bring unemployment down

Gerard Vanderleun posted this very informative information at American Digest.
COSTELLO: I want to talk to you about the unemployment rate in America ..

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%

COSTELLO: You just said 7.8%.

ABBOTT: 7.8% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 7.8% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 14.7% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE! Is it 7.8% or 14.7%?

ABBOTT: 7.8% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.

COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Congress said you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.

COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment rolls that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how they get it to 7.8%. Otherwise it would be 14.7%. Our govt. doesn't want you to read about 14.7% unemployment.

COSTELLO: That would be tough on those running for REELECTION

ABBOTT: Absolutely!

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an ECONOMIST!

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like our CONGRESS!

Lying to fellow Congressmen?

Scott Johnson writes,
the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee released emails that show Democratic staffers communicating with the IRS about True the Vote. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these staffers reported, may have lied during a committee hearing when he denied that his staffers had put the IRS on the trail of True the Vote. The emails show the Democrats calling True the Vote to the IRS’s attention and requesting records about that organization, which Lois Lerner was anxious to provide them.
Read more here.

Who benefits?

Why has the Clinton foundation become a "popular charity for major corporations?" Isn't it obvious? Some big corporations need help from people like Hillary or Bill to get big contracts with countries like Russia and China. The Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman writes that Boeing's ties to Clinton
came into play again this month when its in-house lobbyist, former Bill Clinton aide Tim Keating, co-hosted a fundraiser for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC backing her potential presidential run.
Paul Mirengoff has more here.

Where is the point at which the First Amendment stops?

Here is another good question: At what point does protected speech become an unprotectable threat? The Supreme Court may take up the question, writes Tim Cushing. When you are threatening me, at what point does it become speech not covered by the First Amendment. I would like to know. Read more here.

Thanks to Instapundit for linking to Cushing's piece.

Remembering to thank God

Are you a man who cries? I am. It's often how I choose a story to write about here on this blog. Ann Voskamp writes today,
God cries because His people cry for things that won’t bring them peace.

The people that praise Him quiet on Palm Sunday on the way into the city — are the same crowd that cry “Crucify” loud on Good Friday when it doesn’t go their way.

Jesus weeps because we don’t know the peace that will save us. What brings us peace is always praise.

There are donkey days and I’m the fool who doesn’t recognize how God comes. God enters every moment the way He chooses and this is always the choice: wave a palm or a hammer.

If my thanksgiving is fickle, then my faith is fickle.

Ann comforts her son, who has just had an accident, causing bleeding in his lip.
And we walk out the door for church on Palm Sunday, waving this brazen, unwavering thanks.

Waving it before the Christ walking right there with the palms open wide.
Read more here.

Good questions

Pope Francis opened Holy Week yesterday, asking questions about himself.
"Has my life fallen asleep?" Francis asked after listening to a Gospel account of how Jesus' disciples fell asleep shortly before he was betrayed by Judas before his crucifixion.

"Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?"

'Where is my heart?" the pope asked, pinpointing that as the "question which accompanies us" throughout Holy Week.
Read more here.

Marijuana packaged as candy

If someone offers you a package of candy labeled "Mr. Nice Guy" or "Mr. Happy," don't purchase it. It probably contains synthetic cannabinoids. Three persons have been arrested in Loveland, Colorado for selling these items, and others labeled "OMG" and "Scooby Snax," reports Tom McGhee in today's Denver Post.

Read more here.

She didn't have abortions; she waited until they were born to kill them?


that is what police in Pleasant Grove, Utah are alleging about Margaret Huntsman, who was booked into the jail there yesterday. NPR reports that
Her estranged husband made the discovery while cleaning out the garage after recently getting out of prison. Authorities do not believe he was aware of the killings, and he isn't a person of interest at this time.

No one ever saw that she was pregnant?

Read more here.

Drugging children

All it takes is one honest person and some journalists to tell his story. The man in the photo by Brian Blanco below is Greg Thorpe, a former sales rep for Smith Glaxo Kline, who
alleged the company encouraged doctors to prescribe antidepressants to children when the FDA had not approved the drugs for pediatric use. Glaxo agreed to pay $3 billion to the federal government to settle the case,
according to a story in today's Denver Post by Christopher Osher and Jennifer Brown.


They write,
Pharmaceutical companies wooed academic leaders, ghostwrote articles, suppressed damaging health data and lavished doctors with gifts to make prescribing powerful psychotropic drugs to children a blockbuster profit center, a trail of lawsuits over the past two decades shows.

As a Colorado Springs sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline, Greg Thorpe tried to put a stop to the practice. His manager wrote him up for not being a "team player" after he objected to the free spa treatments and pedicures, hunting trips, tickets to sports games and skiing junkets that his supervisors expected him to give out to doctors and others.

Thorpe said he became disgusted with Glaxo's all-expense-paid trips to Jamaica and Hawaii for physicians and their guests to train them how to give speeches touting the drugs.

Some speakers were paid more than $500,000 annually to talk up the benefits of treating children with antidepressants when the FDA had never approved the drugs for such uses, documents show. The company budgeted as much as $6.8 million annually to entertain doctors in luxury sky-box suites at sporting venues, according to the documents.

Thorpe left the company where he had worked 24 years and later filed his lawsuit. It took nine years for government prosecutors to join the suit.

In 2012, Glaxo agreed to settle. Thorpe's cut for helping the government recuperate money drained from the Medicare, Medicaid and veteran programs was $20 million.

Glaxo was not the only company to use such tactics. Other firms pushed for off-label uses of newer antipsychotics, known as atypicals, contending they worked better than older versions.

During the 1990s, Johnson & Johnson received FDA approval for its new antipsychotic drug, Risperdal, to treat schizophrenia in adults. But the agency repeatedly rejected J&J's efforts to obtain approval for children.

The company had not proposed any child or adolescent psychiatric disorders that Risperdal would treat, the FDA noted in one denial letter. In one meeting, FDA officials worried that using the drug to treat conduct disorder in children would amount to creating a "chemical straitjacket." It was not until 2006 that FDA officials approved the drug for the limited use of treating autism in children.
Read more here.

Killed by their own government

Walter Williams writes,
Recently deceased Rudolph J. Rummel, professor of political science at the University of Hawaii and author of "Death by Government," estimated that since the beginning of the 20th century, governments have killed 170 million of their own citizens. Top government killers were the Soviet Union, which, between 1917 and 1987, killed 62 million of its own citizens, and the People's Republic of China, which, between 1949 and 1987, was responsible for the deaths of 35 million to 40 million of its citizens. In a distant third place were the Nazis, who murdered about 16 million Jews, Slavs, Serbs, Czechs, Poles, Ukrainians and others deemed misfits, such as homosexuals and the mentally ill.

We might ask why the 20th century was so barbaric. Surely, there were barbarians during earlier ages. Part of the answer is that during earlier times, there wasn't the kind of concentration of power that emerged during the 20th century. Had Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Hitler been around in earlier times, they could not have engineered the slaughter of tens of millions of people. They wouldn't have had the authority. There was considerable dispersion of jealously guarded political power in the forms of heads of provincial governments and principalities and nobility and church leaders whose political power within their spheres was often just as strong as the monarch's.

Professor Rummel explained in the very first sentence of "Death by Government" that "Power kills; absolute Power kills absolutely. ... The more power a government has, the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects." That's the long, tragic, ugly story of government: the elite's use of government to dupe and forcibly impose its will on the masses. The masses are always duped by well-intentioned phrases. After all, what German could have been against "A Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich"? It's not just Germans who have fallen prey to well-intentioned phrases. After all, who can be against the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"?

We Americans ought to keep the fact in mind that Hitler, Stalin and Mao would have had more success in their reign of terror if they had the kind of control and information about their citizens that agencies such as the NSA, the IRS and the ATF have about us. You might ask, "What are you saying, Williams?" Just put it this way: No German who died before 1930 would have believed the Holocaust possible.

Moving on to the next website; clicking on something new

James Freeman writes that young Obama supporters have "moved on to the next website." Unlike Obama, they are not all that ideological. He writes,
This shift in attitudes among the so-called millennial generation—those born after 1980—may reflect the fact that the Obama era has been a disaster for them. As noted in a recent report from the Pew Research Center, millennials are "the first in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations (Gen Xers and Boomers) had at the same stage of their life cycles."

Young people are not expected to turn out in big numbers for Democrats this fall. The Beltway spin is that apathetic youngsters don't care enough to show up for midterm elections. But the kids also appear increasingly dissatisfied with the results of Democratic governance.
Read more here.

Will Obama punt?


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L. Gordon Crovitz reports that
Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from 35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change won't happen for years, if ever.

"We can extend the contract for up to four years," Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling told Congress last week, referring to the agreement under which the U.S. retains ultimate control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as Icann. If the administration makes good on that reassurance, it would punt the decision to 2019 and the next president.

Nongovernmental "multi-stakeholders," such as engineers, networking companies and technology associations, now run the Internet smoothly. They are free to do so because the U.S. retains ultimate control over Internet domains, blocking authoritarian regimes from censoring or otherwise limiting the Internet outside their own countries.

The Obama administration proposal would have treated other governments as equal stakeholders, turning the concept of private-sector self-governance on its head. Robert McDowell, a former commissioner at the Federal Communication Commission, pointed out at the Hudson Institute event that "'multi-stakeholder' historically has meant no government," not many governments.

Steve DelBianco of the NetChoice trade association gave this example in congressional testimony: Under Icann rules, a majority of governments can simply vote to end the current consensus approach and switch to majority voting. China and Iran are already lobbying for this change. Russia, China and other governments switched to majority voting to outfox the U.S. at a conference of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency, in 2012. Mr. Sepulveda called that an "anomaly," but the result was an 89-55 vote for a treaty giving U.N. legitimacy to governments cutting off the open Internet in their countries. This division of the Internet into open and closed networks goes into effect next year.

Granting these countries access to Icann and the root zone filenames and addresses on the Internet would give them the potential to close off the global Internet, including for Americans, by deciding rules for how all websites anywhere must operate.

On their own

Matthew Kaminski writes,
Vladimir Putin sees a West made soft by money, led by weak men and women, unwilling to make sacrifices to defend their so-called ideals. In the Ukrainian crisis, the image fits. Russia's president is many things, but most of all he is resolute. He took the EU and America's measure and annexed Crimea last month at minimal cost. Ignoring Western pleas for "de-escalation," Russia this weekend invaded eastern Ukraine. Just don't look for video of T-72 tanks rolling across the borders, not yet at least.


Russian intelligence and special forces on Saturday directed local crime bosses and thugs in coordinated attacks on police stations and other government buildings in towns across eastern Ukraine. These men were dressed and equipped like the elite Russian special forces ("little green men," as Ukrainians called them) who took Crimea. Ukrainian participants got the equivalent of $500 to storm and $40 to occupy buildings, according to journalists who spoke to them. Fighting broke out on Sunday in Slovyansk, a sleepy town in the working-class Donbas region that hadn't seen any "pro-Russia" protests. A Ukrainian security officer was killed.

By now, the Ukrainians ought to have seen enough to know that they're on their own. Moscow has reached the same conclusion. These perceptions of the West are shaping events.

Billions were spent—Kiev was the third-largest recipient of U.S. aid in the 1990s—and American promises were made to protect Ukraine's sovereignty. In return, Ukraine took active part in NATO discussions and missions, sending thousands of troops to the Balkans and Iraq.

When Russia invaded Crimea and massed 40,000 or more troops in the east, Ukraine turned to an old friend, the United States, and asked for light arms, antitank weapons, intelligence help and nonlethal aid. The Obama administration agreed to deliver 300,000 meals-ready-to-eat. As this newspaper reported Friday, military transport planes were deemed too provocative for Russia, so the food was shipped by commercial trucks. The administration refused Kiev's requests for intelligence-sharing and other supplies, lethal or not.

Boris Tarasiuk, Ukraine's former foreign minister, barely disguises his anger. He says: "We've not seen the same reaction from the U.S." as during Russia's 2008 attack on Georgia. U.S. Navy warships were deployed off the Georgian Black Sea coast. Large Air Force transport planes flew into Tbilisi with emergency humanitarian supplies. But who really knew for sure what was on board the planes? That was the point. Russian troops on the road to the Georgian capital saw them above and soon after turned back. The Bush administration dropped the ball on follow-up sanctions but may have saved Georgia.

By contrast, the Obama administration seems to think that pre-emptive concessions will pacify Mr. Putin. So the president in March ruled out U.S. military intervention in Ukraine. Maybe, but why say so? Late last month at a news conference in Brussels, Mr. Obama also openly discouraged the idea of Georgia or Ukraine joining NATO.

The next diplomatic "off ramp" touted by the Obama administration will be the negotiations involving Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the U.S. scheduled for later this week. Petro Poroshenko, the leading Ukrainian presidential candidate, tells me that these "talks for the sake of talks" send "a very wrong signal" about the West's commitment to sanctions. It's a case of the blind faith in "diplomacy" undermining diplomacy. See the Obama record on Syria for the past three years.

Betrayal is an ugly word and an uglier deed. Europe and the U.S. will pay dearly for it in Ukraine.
Read more here.

Penguin dancing in Saudi Arabia

You can't tell me we're not influencing people in the Middle East. They like You Tube as much as we do!

How many universes are there?

Do we live in a single universe, or in what some scientists call a multiverse? A new film is coming out about the scientists who are studying the "God particle" in Switzerland. The film is called "Particle Fever," and the Wall Street Journal describes it as an engaging tale that
chronicles the 2008 launch of the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator, and the experiments done there to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, sometimes called the "God particle."
Read more here.

Sarah's way



Sarah Palin gives a free-wheeling interview to the Wall Street Journal, while being photgraphed for her new t.v. show on the Sportsman channel entitled Amazing America. She says she enjoys "finding underdogs who have a servant's heart and have the ability and they have the willingness to serve America for the right reasons." Her new show
features human-interest tales about outdoor adventures, ranging from a blacksmith championship to a car race among pastors. "But the show isn't political at all; it is about hardworking, patriotic, everyday American life that needs to be highlighted. We need more family-oriented, positive, uplifting shows to watch, and this is going to be one of them."

She posts daily on her Facebook and Twitter accounts
(often in all-caps) about foreign and domestic policy. Much of Ms. Palin's campaigning has been on social media. She likes putting her views online, she says, because she thinks that she can get her message out more directly. "I'm not a big fan of the conventional—[what] I call 'lamestream'—media because they too often filter my message," she says. "I get to go right to the people and the millions of followers I have on my Facebook, and I get to talk to them and interact with them."

Ms. Palin doesn't hesitate to criticize members of her own political party. Earlier that week, she had called Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal a "joke." She wrote on her Facebook page, "It STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY." Today, she says, "We should make government as irrelevant in our lives as possible."

Ms. Palin also resents government surveillance, as she makes clear in referring to Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents about the agency's collection of data, including the phone call records of millions of Americans. "Snowden isn't the problem!" she says. "The American government spying on its own people is the problem!" She finishes her thought by saying, "The smaller the government, the bigger the people, and this show talks about big, bold, beautiful America."

One area where Ms. Palin doesn't want to reduce government spending is the military. She says that with a strengthened military, she would have handled Russia's annexation of Crimea differently from how President Obama did. "I'd put the fear of God in our enemies!" she almost shouts. "Like Ronald Reagan did! I wouldn't be cutting the military. You strengthen the military!"
Read more here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What is it that their facial expressions are conveying?

Anybody notice the difference in expressions on the faces of these two men?

Yes, it has come to this

Wardrobe choices

Go here to see a store video of a woman stealing two boxes of wine. She is wearing no clothing below her waist, except a pair of slippers.

Will anyone take this seriously?

Have you heard? Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wants to add five words to the Second Amendment! His addition:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”
Read more here.

Then go here and read Clayton Cramer's demolition of Stevens' absurd suggestion.

Where He was born and died?

At least one world leader speaks up for Christianity. David Cameron recalls his recent experience visiting Jerusalem and Bethlehem "where Jesus was born and died." Whoops, you forgot something Mr. Prime Minister. You forgot what Easter is celebrating: the resurrection of Jesus. It's okay, we forgive you!

More regulations coming our way

Glenn Reynolds writes about
the increasing politicization of Silicon Valley, and the transformation of its leaders from rebels into what Joel Kotkin calls "the new oligarchs," people who once talked about technology as liberation, but who now seem more interested in using technology as an instrument of control. It's not just NSA spying; it's that the companies gather data on everyone, with comparatively little legal oversight.

These giant tech companies are
political players now.
Glenn reminds readers of the 1984 commercial introducing Apple's MacIntosh computer as the enemy of control.


Reynolds concludes,
And in the past, when people proposed laws to regulate data-gathering and collection by tech companies, tech lords benefited from the presumption that they were the good guys. As perceptions of them change, that presumption is fading. Expect more regulation to follow.

But no system of regulation will inspire the kind of trust that the tech leaders once enjoyed for free. They may come to miss it, in time.
Read more here.

Day care more costly than college tuition!

Much is being written about the high cost of college tuition. But do you know what is even more costly? Day care for young children!
A report by Child Care Aware of America found last fall that the annual cost of day care for an infant exceeds the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at public colleges in 31 states.

The biggest gap is in New York, where day care will set you back nearly $15,000 a year but in-state college tuition averages just $6,500 — a difference of more than $8,000.

Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon also have large gaps.

Day care for Colorado infants and kids 4 and younger is the fourth most costly in the U.S., averaging $12,735 annually for babies and $9,619 for preschoolers, while the average cost of tuition and fees at a public college average $8,416.
Read more here.

Feds approve study to treat vets with marijuana

I have written before about being a social work graduate student placed at the Veterans Hospital in Topeka Kansas in 1964-65. I was assigned to work with veterans who were alcoholics and their families. Because Topeka was home to the world famous Menninger Clinic, psychiatrists from all over the world came to study under Dr. Karl Menninger, a mental health pioneer.

Mid-60s, psychiatrists, what could go wrong? Guess what they did? They sat by the vets' bedsides and followed the vets as they went on supervised LSD trips!

Now guess what the federal government has approved? You guessed it: a study in which vets with PTSD are treated with marijuana! Here's a guy who thinks it's a great idea.

A stand off that did not end well

Deborah Mendez Wilson writes about an important upcoming date in Colorado.
April 20. In recent years, the date has come to symbolize marijuana legalization. For some Coloradans, it's a day to mourn the 13 people who were killed at Columbine High School in 1999.

But I'll always remember April 20 for another reason: In 1914, more than 20 people — including 11 children and two women — died in Ludlow in one of the most infamous chapters of Colorado history.

Even now, Ludlow continues to stir imaginations because of the players involved. They included the powerful Rockefeller family, which owned the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. (CFI), which was the largest coal operator in the West; the United Mine Workers of America; the Baldwin-Felts and Pinkerton detective agencies; President Woodrow Wilson; legendary labor leader Mary Harris "Mother" Jones; Colorado Gov. Elias M. Ammons; and Texas Rangers, who were imported to guard coal mines.

Far less mentioned in this historical drama, however, are the miners and their families whose names reflect the rich ethnic diversity of people who helped build this country brick by brick. Among them were Bartolotti, Costa, Fyler, Pedregón, Petrucci, Rubino, Snyder, Tikas, Ullman and Valdez.

They were Italian, Greek and Slovenian immigrants who fled wars and hardship in Europe.

They were Hispanos who had lived in Colorado and New Mexico since at least the mid-1800s.

They were Mexican immigrants fleeing the Mexican Revolution.

They were Chinese-Americans looking for a better life.

They were skilled British colliers who brought their expertise to the Americas.

All staked their futures in the United States. Many encountered squalor and bigotry. Together, they extracted the "buried sunshine" — coal — that fueled the trains that hauled the coal that fed the mills that produced the steel that built the bridges, buildings, factories and homes that industrialized the West.

In the bowels of the earth, coal dust covered them and erased their accents, languages and ethnic backgrounds. Their stories are quintessential American stories.

The miners' plight — set in a milieu of turn-of-the-century innovation, discovery and global unrest — spurred them to fight for fair wages, eight-hour work days, health and safety regulations, the right to live where they wanted, eat where they wanted, and to see the doctor of their choice. They also wanted coal companies to recognize collective bargaining, believing unions best represented the working man's interests.

When miners in 1914 went on strike, coal operators evicted them from company-owned homes. Determined to stand their ground, 1,200 miners and their families pitched tents at Ludlow on the plains east of the Spanish Peaks — the Wahatoyas, as the Ute called them — and those ancient mountains bore witness to what remains the deadliest labor dispute in U.S. history, according to University of Colorado history Professor Thomas G. Andrews.

On the morning of April 20, 1914, a gun battle erupted between miners and Colorado soldiers. At least seven miners died defending their families (the number varies). But it was the bodies of 11 children and two women, one of them reportedly pregnant, in a pit beneath a tent that drew public outrage.
Read more here.

Marijuana is legal, so what could go wrong?

Are the marijuana sellers in Colorado going after children? Marshall Allen writes,
Children are especially at risk. It's illegal to make candy or fruit-flavored cigarettes in the United States, but pot candies and cookies in Colorado have been some of the best-selling products.

Dr. Andrew Monte, a medical toxicologist at the University of Colorado Medical School and Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, didn't have hard numbers but estimated that there is a poison control call every few days about a child accidentally eating marijuana products.

There also are reports from emergency room doctors, though no official numbers yet, of children showing up to hospitals in extreme states of drowsiness after accidentally consuming THC products, Monte said. Some end up getting expensive diagnostic work-ups like CT scans and spinal taps, he said.
THC infused gummy bears contain the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. (Photo courtesy of hightimes.com)

"What kid doesn't want a brownie or a gummy bear?" Monte said.

So far there are no mandatory tests of the potency or purity of recreational pot or THC food products.
Read more here.

Drugging kids who have had severe trauma

The Denver Post begins a four-part series today on foster children being prescribed psychotropic drugs. Many are prescribed anti-psychotic drugs to deal with trauma from abuse or neglect, even though they have no evidence of psychosis.

Read more here.

Just sentencing

I like this judge who ordered this Ohio man to carry a sign for five hours today that reads,
"I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in."

Note that he is not holding the sign, just sitting a few feet away.

The unusual sentence handed down by South Euclid Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers garnered national and international attention.

Williams-Byers also sentenced Edmond Aviv to 15 days in jail, seven months on probation, 100 hours of community service, anger management classes and personal counseling at the Diversity Center of Cleveland.

Go here to read all the despicable things he did to his neighbor over a fifteen year period, then read his pitiful apology.

Monster asteroid?

Here is a story about a massive asteroid striking the Earth 3 billion years ago and perhaps causing the continents to slide.
The effects on the planet were reportedly spectacular. The impact would have set off a planet-wide firestorm, evaporating the surface of the Earth's oceans and causing earthquakes over 10.8 on the Richter scale that lasted over half an hour, and triggered more seismic activity across the globe.

The impact would have wiped out many of the species in existence at the time, allowing others to take over – much as the loss of the dinosaurs helped mammals grow to become one of the dominant species on the planet. It could also be responsible for shifting the planet's tectonic plate system into a higher gear.

thanks to Instapundit for linking to the story.

Science teacher fired for teaching science

Here is a story about a popular high school teacher getting fired for teaching science.

Thanks to Instapundit for linking to the story.

T. Boone, the world changer

I found this story interesting. It is in Forbes, and it is about 85-year-old T. Boone Pickens, fitness advocate, who still wants to change the world. Pickens says, "I'd rather surround myself with sharp young minds than play golf and gin rummy all day." Me, too; although they don't have to be "young" minds. That's why I love the blogosphere.

What the latest project for the world-changer? He's pushing natural gas as an alternative to oil for fueling our cars.

With Obama all criticism is "racist. With Hillary all criticism will be "sexist."

Glenn Reynolds:
JUST AS ALL CRITICISM OF BARACK OBAMA HAS TO BE RACIST, ALL CRITICISM OF HILLARY WILL BE DEEMED SEXIST: Media Matters writer cries sexism over column critical of Hillary Clinton. That’s how you have to play it, when your candidate can’t withstand normal criticism.

Freebies

Instapundit links to an abstract by two economists. It is about prostitution in Chicago. Among the findings:
A prostitute is more likely to have sex with a police officer than to get officially arrested by one. We estimate that there are 4,400 street prostitutes active in Chicago in an average week.

The transaction-level data we collected suggests that street prostitution yields an
average wage of $27 per hour. Given the relatively limited hours that active prostitutes
work, this generates less than $20,000 annually for a women working year round in
prostitution. While the wage of a prostitute is four times greater than the non-prostitution earnings these women report (approximately $7 per hour), there are tremendous risks associated with life as a prostitute. According to our estimates, a woman working as a prostitute would expect an annual average of a dozen incidents of violence and 300 instances of unprotected sex.

Giving cover to criminal behavior in American elections.



J. Christian Adams is the man to read to find the truth about the policies and actions of the US Justice Department and its Attorney General, Eric Holder. Adams writes,
A tragic phenomenon has affected President Obama since he became President. The more radical his audience, the more outrageous his lies.

At his appearance before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Obama called voter fraud claims “bogus” and said his Justice Department has “taken on more than 100 voting rights cases since 2009. ”

This is a bald faced lie. One need merely click this link at the Justice Department’s own website to see it is a lie. The truth is that 39 cases have been brought, not 100, and only 13 relate to protecting minority voting rights – usually foreign language ballot issues. The rest of the cases involve states sending out military ballots (an effort only begun after blistering coverage at PJ Media and elsewhere in 2010).

The audience Obama spoke to was already primed to believe outlandish fantasy and racially soaked paranoia. That the President of the United States set foot in the room tells you everything you need to know about the man.
Read more here.

The hookup culture




Why are these young men and women in Britain not getting married as often as in previous years? Dalrock opines that is because
A young man in the UK who wants to have sex with the most attractive women has a very obvious rational choice, and that is to become the douchebag Britain’s young women crave. This is without even considering the hostility towards husbands and fathers in the family courts, churches, and the culture at large.

What do you think?

Pictures from the fight for freedom

Here is the BLM officer tasering Bundy's son Ammon, and ordering the german shepherd to attack him. Thank goodness for the ubiquitous cell phones!

Here is rancher Cliven Bundy walking along the fenced in "First Amendment area" set up by the Bureau of Land Management.

Here is the real area covered by the First Amendment. Don't ever forget it!


Thanks to Power Line for posting these images.
Breitbart has more here.

BLM leaves, gives Bundy back his cows

Here is the Reuters photo of the final stand off in Nevada between the BLM (on the other side of the blocked interstate highway) and the supporters of freedom.

The government gave Bundy back 300 of his cattle that had been stolen from Bundy by the BLM. The BLM's director had formerly been the Chief of Staff to Senator Harry Reid. Bundy's family has been ranching there for many years. Senator Harry Reid and his son Rory want the land for a Chinese company Rory represents to build a utility scale solar energy project. The Chinese guy found out we do things a little differently here in America, including having an armed citizenry. Thank goodness we have the British press to cover the story. Here is today's story by Reuters.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heading to the Cross

David Warren writes about the Cross.
That is where we are heading. To the Golden Gate. To the Cross of that Friday which is called Good. To the Good Death, should we be so graced. That is where we go in this world, wherever we may think we are going. We and our fellow pilgrims: none of whom quite know the way, even those blessed with the map provided by Holy Church. The one we don’t consult very often. The one that is covered with reminders of the penitence that is constantly required. And that, verily, evil should be consistently avoided.

But this does not mean charity can be omitted. We must look on our fellows and do some Good. This might begin with looking into their faces, and acknowledging when they look into ours. It does not matter in the least if they are Christian, they are on the same road. We have been solemnly instructed to avoid harming our neighbour, whatever the temptation might be. We should take that instruction at face value. But we have also been solemnly instructed to love, and we must learn to love. Or we will arrive — knee, waist, shoulder, head — covered with the sins of omission.
Read more here.

"There's only one God, Maam, and I'm pretty sure He doesn't dress like that!"

Petraeus warns us about Iran

Remember David Petraeus? He and another fellow have written a piece in the Washington Post warning us about Iran. Claudia Rosett excerpts at PJ Media:
“lifting sanctions would also lead to the economic empowerment of a government that is the leading state sponsor of terrorism.” And once the U.S. and its partners go down that road, they say, the likeliest result would be to “strengthen Tehran’s ability to project malign influence in its near-abroad, including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, the Arabian peninsula and the Palestinian territories.”

As they further argue: “Rather than marking the end of our long struggle with Iran, therefore, a successful nuclear deal could result in the United States and our partners in the Middle East facing a better-resourced, and, in some respects, more dangerous adversary.”
Read more here.

Of cowardice, genital mutilation, and crickets

The Wall Street Journal publishes the speech Asaan Hirsi Ali would have given at Braneis University, had not the university's president cowardly rescinded the invitation for her to speak.
We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking, where all ideas are welcome and where civil debate is encouraged. I'm used to being shouted down on campuses, so I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today. I do not expect all of you to agree with me, but I very much appreciate your willingness to listen.

The motto of Brandeis University is "Truth even unto its innermost parts." That is my motto too. For it is only through truth, unsparing truth, that your generation can hope to do better than mine in the struggle for peace, freedom and equality of the sexes.
Read more here.

Roger Simon writes at PJ Media
Brandeis University was established as a Jewish secular institution in 1948, three years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Only decades later, it has banned someone who has done more than anyone I can think of to liberate women in the Third World, a woman who was herself victimized by clitoradectomy as an infant in Somalia and has done more for women in a real way — opposing honor killings and genital mutilation under Islam — than Gloria Steinem squared. (Come to think of it, where are Gloria Steinem and her “sisters” in all this? Crickets.)
Read more here.

Simon also writes here that
President Lawrence should resign immediately from his post as president of that university. The rescinding of the invitation to Hirsi Ali to appear at their commencement is among the most immoral and reactionary behaviors in my lifetime by an American university. Not only is it a desecration of the American founding principle of freedom of speech, it is unconscionable for a Jewish institution to have done this on the eve of Passover, the festival of freedom..

BLM issues press release announcing an end to their cattle rustling

Rick Moran has the press release by BLM to announcing that it will stop rounding up Bundy's cows. Moran concludes,
The BLM may wait for things to die down and then return to enforce the court order. If they try the same tactics, it’s likely they’ll meet the same resistance. “It’s about the freedom of America,” said another of Bundy’s sisters, Margaret Houston. “We have to stand up and fight.” If the only thing they accomplish in the end is put the government on notice that citizens won’t sit still for this kind of bullying, something positive will have come out of this mess.
Read more here.

Biting his fingernails

Kim Zigfeld writes,
On April 10th, the Putin regime shut down the Voice of America radio broadcasts in Russia, calling them “mere spam in our frequencies,” and it evicted the American Councils, which is responsible for organizing student exchanges between the USA and Russia. The same day, it was revealed that the Kremlin had willfully withheld critical information about the Boston Marathon bombers from U.S. security forces, in other words playing an important role in helping the bombings to go forward. We learned that Russia had been ritualistically violating its nuclear arms treaty obligations, and Russia announced as well that it intended to flout U.S. sanctions against the terrorist rogue regime in Iran.

Putin is also imposing Soviet-style approach to domestic policy. Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch has written: “I do not recall a more dramatic silencing of the media in post-SovietRussia.” All of the last remaining web portals inside Russia that could be counted on to fairly report the news and publish criticism of the Putin regime have come under virulent attack, and many have simply been blocked from the Internet entirely. All significant TV news reports already come from the Kremlin, leaving Russians almost completely blind, just as they were in Soviet times.

Obama did nothing and said nothing in response to the slaughter of not one but two major U.S. organizations in Russia, and he continued to do nothing more than mumble about the “possibility” of imposing economic sanctions if Russian tanks roll into Eastern Ukraine. He has made no significant military preparations to guard against the advent of a major military conflagration on NATO’s borders, much less to stand up against wanton neo-Soviet imperialism.

Yet Obama continues to bite his fingernails and watch as Putin gorges himself on Eastern Europe. A big part of the reason, of course, is that he’s afraid Americans will start remembering his “reset” policy, where he lectured Republicans about having misunderstood Russia and assured us that if treated with proper respect Russia would be a valuable partner in international affairs.

Putin saw the “reset” as an open invitation to roll his tanks into former Soviet space and start rebuilding his beloved USSR, and so that’s exactly what he’s done.
Read more here.

Jelly-spined nothings roll over for the Islamists



Mark Stein is interviewed by Jamie Weinstein about the Brandeis University decision not to award an honorary degree to Asaan Hersi Ali. Who is she?
Well, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali woman, a black, feminist Somali who was raised in a brutal, extreme Islamic upbringing where she underwent female genital mutilation, and she was put in an arranged marriage and all the rest of it. And she managed to escape to the Netherlands and get elected to the Dutch Parliament, and she made a film about the state of Muslim women, about the life of women in the Muslim world called Submission. She wrote the film. The guy who directed it is Theo Van Gogh. The film so outraged Muslims in Amsterdam that one of them murdered him, all but decapitated him in the street. His last words were, "Can't we just talk about it?", and the guy didn't want to talk about it. He all but decapitated him, and his final act was to pin a letter and use a knife to stab it through what was left of Theo Van Gogh's chest, pledging among other things to do the same to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Now she could have done what a lot of people would do. She could have moved to New Zealand, gone into hiding... changed her name, had a quiet life. And instead, she has lived with that death threat and many others, and had the courage to speak out against it. Most of us are never called upon to be that brave. Most of us will never have to actually weigh those odds the way Ayaan did. And no one's asking these ghastly squishes at Brandeis to show that kind of courage. All this pathetic president - I want to get his name right, I've got it written down here... Frederick Lawrence. All this wretched nothing eunuch man, Frederick Lawrence, had to do - he didn't have to show courage on that scale - all he had to do was not cave in to pressure group bullies and allow this woman to speak and receive the worthless honorary degree from his worthless institution. These guys won't defend western civilization, and so western civilization will die, because it depends on the defense of losers like this guy.

JAMIE WEINSTEIN: And people when they get honorary degrees, it's not like they only go to non-political people. Universities have awarded them in the recent past to people that want Israel to be wiped off the map and destroyed. Is that not right?

MS: Yeah, that's true. And that was Brandeis, a guy called Tony Kushner... I stand back and occasionally roll my eyes at the dreary left-wing hacks invited to give commencement speeches, garlanded with state honors, things that if you trend to the right side of the spectrum, you know you're going to be labeled 'controversial conservative', and you'll never get anywhere near. But this woman is a black, feminist atheist from Somalia. And so what we're learning here, which is fascinating, in the hierarchy of progressive-politics identity-group victimhood, Islam trumps everything. Islam trumps gender. The fact that she's a woman doesn't matter. It trumps race. The fact that she's black doesn't matter. It trumps secularism. The fact that she's an atheist doesn't matter. They wouldn't do this if it was a Christian group complaining about her, if it was a Jewish group complaining about her. But when the Islamic lobby group says oh, no, we're not putting up with this, as I said, these jelly-spined nothings at Brandeis just roll over for them.
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Hungry?


Here are ten foods that you may not have thought were good for you.


Thanks to Ann Voskamp for linking to this article.

Joy invades this church ceremony

Sometimes it's okay to show some joy, even for a priest in a Catholic Church! A magnificent surprise for some newlyweds.

Thanks to Ann Voskamp for finding and sharing this video.

He's inside of it!

"I wouldn't change him for anything. That's who he is, and we love him!"

Thanks to Ann Voskamp for posting this video.

No stopping her



Thanks to Ann Voskamp for finding this beautiful little girl.

Never give up!



You can read more here and watch a video about how these girls are fighting cancer.

Thanks to Ann Voskamp for finding and sharing this story about these beautiful Oklahoma girls.

Something extra




Here is a doctor who knits hats for babies while waiting for their moms to go into labor.

Thanks to Ann Voskamp for telling us about him.

What will be our moral epitaph?

Surrender their Constitutional rights to defend themselves in order to go to work defending the nation! Because of presidential (Clinton) fiat! Will our moral epitaph be "They disarmed the warriors first?" No money to treat disturbed soldiers! Cut retirement benefits for veterans, but not benefits for illegal aliens? If we keep this up, it's going to be among the last things that we ever live to see.

Is the Nevada stand off over?

This post says that the BLM is leaving the area.

It's not about turtles, and it's not about cows. Maybe Harry Reid can explain.

Adrienne's Corner shares with us some comments she read at American thinker.
Below is one of the reasons that I like to read comments.

The following comment is from the above mentioned American Thinker article.

You may or may not be correct that this is about water rights but that doesn't explain why the BLM chose to take action at this time. I believe there is a much more plausible explanation for the Bundy Ranch episode and why it is happening right now.

Senator Harry Reid is attempting to force the Bundy family off their
ranch in order to sell it, along with surrounding public lands, for the
Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. His son, Rory Reid, represents a Chinese
corporation which intends to make a $5 Billion dollar investment in it.

On March 14th, 2014 BLM released Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) Mitigation Strategy http://1.usa.gov/1lWhwSv

Then, on March 19th BLM announced intentions to impound ‪Bundy Ranch‬ cattle http://bit.ly/1iEpdYj

This is the key though:

Combine those two BLM actions along with a DELETED BLM web page specifically stating that the Bundy Ranch was a "CONCERN OF IMPACT FOR SOLAR DEVELOPMENT". http://webcache.googleusercont... …

It's clear that BLM (and Harry Reid because of his relationship with
the BLM Director Kornze, his former aide) intention in Bundy Ranch is
solely DRY LAKE SOLAR ENERGY ZONE.

Lots of info on Dry Lake SEZ here. Click on .pdf's for maps including Bundy Ranch http://1.usa.gov/1n1tv1t
Read more here.

But, men rarely get pregnant


Scott Ott is at it again, writing satire at Scrappleface.com. His caption under the above photograph reads,
President Obama signs an executive order, firing every male employee in the executive branch, to be replaced with “cheap, renewable women,” saving taxpayers millions of dollars this year alone.
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Has Hollywood found religion?

Music should be fun!



If you liked this one, you will LOVE this one over at Facebook.

Talking back to ourselves

Do you ever find yourself doing negative self-talk? Getting down in the dumps? Christina Fox recommends we talk back to ourselves and remind ourselves of four things.
1. Remember God is sovereign
2. Remember who we are in Christ
3. Remember God's character
4. Remember God's promises

Go here to see how she fills in the four reminders with Scripture.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Senator Sessions talks about reality

"It's a deliberate plan by the President of the United States, and it's wrong."

What is Harry Reid's involvement with the dispute in Nevada?

Dana Loesch speaks out on the Kelly File Fox News show about the BLM and rancher Cliven Bundy.

Marcus Stern of Reuters believes Harry Reid is involved:
“[Reid] and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert,” he wrote. “Reid has been one of the project’s most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada.”

Dana Loesch writes,
A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land. The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Senator Reid. Reid’s former senior adviser is now the head of BLM. Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests. BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor.

Those who say Bundy is a “deadbeat” are making inaccurate claims. Bundy has in fact paid fees to Clark County, Nevada in an arrangement pre-dating the BLM. The BLM arrived much later, changed the details of the setup without consulting with Bundy — or any other rancher — and then began systematically driving out cattle and ranchers. Bundy refused to pay BLM, especially after they demanded he reduce his heard’s head count down to a level that would not sustain his ranch. Bundy OWNS the water and forage rights to this land. He paid for these rights. He built fences, established water ways, and constructed roads with his own money, with the approval of Nevada and BLM. When BLM started using his fees to run him off the land and harassing him, he ceased paying. So should BLM reimburse him for managing the land and for the confiscation of his water and forage rights?

Cliven Bundy’s problem isn’t that he didn’t pay — he did — or that his cattle bother tortoises — they don’t — it’s that he’s not a Reid donor.

One last thought: For those conservatives saying that since BLM arrived in the late 90s, it’s the law now, well, so is Obamacare.
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