Army has a special uniform for their game against Navy this coming weekend

They’ve also got a 14 game losing streak going. Somebody must have told the coaching staff that clothes make the man. These boys had better understand that they will be wearing colors that are undefeated in their upcoming game. There are many Americans such as myself who could take it personally if they wear our colors into battle and get defeated.

My Navy girlfriend is laughing at me.

I’m calling Uncle Franz. He’s got General Mattis’s phone number. I’ll have Uncle Franz put an end to this bullshit right now.

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Ever Feel Like You Need More?

Do you ever find yourself wondering how the warrior inside you has seemingly become trapped in a job that slowly, inexorably drains your soul, and a marriage that is frustrating and tiresome, raising children who don’t appreciate everything you do for them? Do you feel like your contributions to the family are not properly understood or recognized?

Somewhere in the past, as you reminisce your days of boldly striking out to prove yourself a man in this world, you find yourself swept away to a distant time and place where you lived as a man among men. You fought and celebrated together, shared triumphs & tragedies, gained & lost love. You saw an objective and you set your mind to striking out to conquer that objective.

For some, these years occurred in military service. For others, it was in college. Others still, took a summer and traveled the country or the world. For some still, they continue to travel and search for new & exciting objectives to conquer, but you? You were invincible and unstoppable and somewhere along the way you just lost your fire.

You chose the immense burden of taking a wife and creating a family. You placed upon yourself, the most challenging, soul-dampening challenge a man can take upon himself: the responsibility for others. This challenge is fraught with emotional danger and the risk of screwing up, but the rewards that this choice offers are beyond anything you could possible imagine. The rewards of this challenge can reach out into the future and reshape the world.

If you ever feel like your wife doesn’t appreciate you and your children don’t respect you, your boss wears you down and you come home to a family that is doing the same, it’s time someone shared the truth with you. The problem is not your boss, or your wife, or your children. It’s not the politicians or the corporation that shipped your job to Mexico. The problem is inside of you.

Yep. You read that right. I aligned my experience with yours so that I can share with you the truth as I’ve come to know it. This is the most valuable truth you will ever experience: The problem is you.

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Trump and Gore have a “very interesting meeting”

As Trump told the New York Times, he would keep an “open mind” on the issue and acknowledging that human activity might be connected to changes in the climate.

Gore was originally scheduled to meet just with Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is not registered with a political party and has already pushed her father to adopt positions usually promoted by Democrats. Gore told reporters that after that meeting, he then had “an extremely interesting conversation” with the president-elect.

“I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground,” Gore told reporters after spending about 90 minutes at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the lunch hour Monday. “I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Expect Sean Hannity to run a segment tonight proving with geometric logic that climate change has always been a core conservative issue of the Republican Party.

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So, How Does Joe Get Away With It?

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Are Current USMC Officers Concerned With Mattis’ Appointment?

Watch the video here.

When an Obama-appointed General (Chmn JCS – Dunford) was asked if he had any concerns regarding Gen Mattis’ selection as nominee for SecDef, he responded in a single word: “No.” This speaks volumes for a man who was drummed out of the Obama military (by a note sent via WH aid) for being impolitic (refusing to bite his tongue or sugar-coat his opinions).

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Monday Morning History Lesson: Japan

There is some language, so caveat emptor. This video is a solid history of Japan and it’s very funny.

“Cities that exist: Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Some others…”

Heh. You do know the trouble in breaking up with a Japanese girlfriend, right? You have to drop the bomb on her, twice, before she gets it…

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Trump Chose Taiwan On Purpose

He has said all along that the trade deficit needed to be balanced. He intends to place tariffs on merchandise that is not manufactured in the United States. To Americans that puts China’s exports in the center of the crosshairs. Whether we agree with what Mr. Trump intends to do or not, it looks like he’s going to do what he promised. Even before being sworn in as President he has indicated that the relationship between the US and China is going to change and he, rather than Beijing, will be setting the rules.

The Washington Pos has an article titled, “Trump’s Taiwan phone call was long planned, say people who were involved”.

Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past, according to interviews with people involved in the planning.

The historic communication — the first between leaders of the United States and Taiwan since 1979 — was the product of months of quiet preparations and deliberations among Trump’s advisers about a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan that began even before he became the Republican presidential nominee, according to people involved in or briefed on the talks.”

Trump is shaking things up. You can bet that China’s leaders are huddling and trying to figure out a way that they can handle him so they can have the kind of control over US policy that they have enjoyed since the 1970’s when Jimmy Carter gave it to them.

If President-Elect Trump is planning to shake things up both here and abroad, like he has indicated, he will have to do things like this. He will have to take chances and spit in the bully’s eye. The hand-wringing in the media has already begun and will become cacophonous.

As an aside, this tariff will have a powerful effect on companies like Wal-Mart that sell primarily Chinese made products.

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Manic Monday Mystery

 

Enjoy the Week!

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A Selection from “That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen”

Originally published in July 1850 by Frédéric Bastiat


Have you ever witnessed the anger of the good shopkeeper, James B., when his careless son happened to break a square of glass? If you have been present at such a scene, you will most assuredly bear witness to the fact, that every one of the spectators, were there even thirty of them, by common consent apparently, offered the unfortunate owner this invariable consolation — “It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. Everybody must live, and what would become of the glaziers if panes of glass were never broken?”

Now, this form of condolence contains an entire theory, which it will be well to show up in this simple case, seeing that it is precisely the same as that which, unhappily, regulates the greater part of our economical institutions.

Suppose it cost six francs to repair the damage, and you say that the accident brings six francs to the glazier’s trade — that it encourages that trade to the amount of six francs — I grant it; I have not a word to say against it; you reason justly. The glazier comes, performs his task, receives his six francs, rubs his hands, and, in his heart, blesses the careless child. All this is that which is seen.

But if, on the other hand, you come to the conclusion, as is too often the case, that it is a good thing to break windows, that it causes money to circulate, and that the encouragement of industry in general will be the result of it, you will oblige me to call out, “Stop there! your theory is confined to that which is seen; it takes no account of that which is not seen.”

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The Nature of War

An interview with General Mattis.

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Trump to intervene in business decisions on a ‘day-by-day’ basis

The President of the United States is going to make daily interventions with companies that make business decisions of which he does not approve.

Pence said the deal Trump reached last week to keep Carrier, a unit of United Technologies Corp, from shipping jobs to Mexico from an Indiana air conditioner plant showed the incoming administration would confront U.S.-based firms when needed and use a carrot-and-stick approach to keep them from offshoring jobs.

The Carrier deal included $7 million in tax breaks to encourage United Technologies to keep the jobs in Indiana. On Twitter early Sunday morning, Trump also revived his campaign threat to slap a 35 percent tariff on imports of products made by companies that have moved production out of the United States.

“Please be forewarned prior to making a very expensive mistake,” Trump said, telling companies that moved jobs overseas would face “retribution or consequence.”

I can’t even imagine the storm of indignation that would have arisen from the conservative blogosphere if this was coming from Barack Obama.

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A Sunday Sermon

Good morning Real Revo. It’s a beautiful day in the land of plenty. I hope you have been enjoying your weekend it the fullest. I look forward to being in God’s house this morning and I invite you to join us should you be inclined to do so.

We are in a season of celebration. Enjoy these days to their fullest.

At the link below you will find the streaming webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church, if we are able to be up and running today. The webcast will stream content all day, along with the live webcast of our Sunday Morning Worship Service that starts at 10:45am East Coast time. Please feel welcome to join us.

The streaming television webcast from North Jacksonville Baptist Church is found HERE

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The Saturday Night Special

Tonight we have a special encore presentation of one of the more disturbing Saturday Night Specials we have ever featured here. The information that is presented seems too incredible to be true. It proves the Wisdom in the saying that the Truth is often stranger than Fiction.

Tonight we take a trip back in time to the shocking story of Osama bin Laden’s top Spy in the United States.

Saturday Night Special – Triple Cross

 

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No Brains, No Headaches

I hope he was wearing a helmet….

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A basic rule of Captalism

This rule goes well beyond Capitalism as well.

The rule is that Pigs get fat while Hogs get slaughtered.

Here is the latest example of what happens when you violate that rule.

Awesomeness.

 

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I would be nervous if I was a Filipino named Bong Go

Seriously, that’s a dangerous name to have during a violent War on Drug Dealers.

“In a video released by Duterte’s close aide, Bong Go, the Philippine leader is seen smiling while talking to Trump and saying: “We will maintain … and enhance the bilateral ties between our two countries.”

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Trump and Duterte talk on the phone and Duterte did not call him the Son of a Whore.

 

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Friday Night at the Movies

Welcome to the weekend, the first of which occurs in the Month of December. The Christmas Season is fully upon us. My Tree Dazzlers were deployed last weekend. Gene Simmons is perched before the Star at the top of the Tree. This is only because I could not find a proper tree topper that carries the image of Prince which is a real shame but should I find one I can make my Tree Dazzler do purple patterns at the press of a button. At least there actually is a Prince tree topper available but it isn’t illuminated and I don’t think Prince would be pleased with that, so I’m not buying it… yet. The fact is that I could convert it into an illuminated tree topper with my mastery of lighting skills and knowledge of LEDs.

There is no Donald Trump tree topper of any kind that I can find anywhere on the net. He’s got a Ninety Nine Dollar Christmas Tree Ornament available but no tree topper and that is utterly sad. If I could find one though I can make the Tree Dazzler do orange patterns at the push of a button. I would just go ahead and put a Make America Great Again Hat at the top of my tree but once again, it isn’t illuminated. I demand that my tree topper be illuminated. I am not willing to create a shielded light source on the visor of that hat that will illuminate the signage on the face of the hat. My tree topper must be illuminated internally or it just won’t look right. I’m not willing to drop my standards in this regard while at the same time destroying a beautiful hat. Not doing it.

For now Gene Simmons rules the top of my tree.

Tonight I have something utterly disturbing to share with you in the event that I have not already done so.

It’s something that happened early in my childhood…

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Trumponomics: Taking The REINS Of The Deep State?

I’m not a fan of The Donald, as everyone here knows, but I’m giving the man a shot. Truth be told, I’m just so eminently thankful that we don’t have to suffer 8 years of that shrill wench that I can’t bring myself to write anything overtly negative about the Orange Imperfect’s plans…yet. I will challenge him and hold him to account at every turn, but for the moment as regards my writing, I’m sticking to one of the few glimmers of hope I’ve seen in nigh on 15 years.

The House passed HR-427 (The REINS Act) in 2015, by a vote of 243 to 165. The Senate companion bill S.226 was introduced by Sen Rand Paul(R-KY). The bill “would require any executive branch rule or regulation with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more — designated by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a ‘major rule’ — to come before Congress for an up-or-down vote before being enacted.”

If Donald Trump pushes Congress to pass this legislation, he would decimate 105 years of ever-increasing regulatory overreach cementing his place in the pantheon of reductionist heroes (without even being a conservative), just down & to the left of Ronald Reagan.

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Could Donald Trump be the small government Republican we’ve been praying for?

Who creates federal laws? Civics books say it is Congress, but the real answer today may be the executive branch. Earlier this year, James Gattuso and Diane Katz reported that just the 229 major regulations issued since 2009 added over $100 billion in annual costs (according to the regulatory agencies), $22 billion coming in 2015. With estimates of the total regulatory costs now exceeding income tax burdens at over $2 trillion annually, regulations were far more burdensome for many Americans than legislation.

Unfortunately, missing from this process is accountability to citizens. In response, some members of Congress have turned to supporting the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” (REINS) Act, which would require Congress to approve major regulations before they could take effect.

Why is this necessary when the US Constitution specifically assigns all legislative powers to Congress? Because Congress has increasingly abdicated its lawmaking responsibility, delegating its power through vague laws and mandates to executive agencies, which then impose and enforce the actual regulations that legally bind Americans.

The REINS Act, by allowing major regulations to take effect only if passed by Congress, would end the effective delegation of legislative power to regulatory bureaucrats and restore some of the Constitution’s eroded separation of powers. It would offer some real political accountability, by moving us back toward Americans’ earlier understanding of legislative powers, gutted in U.S. v. Grimand (1911) and subsequent court rulings.

Before Grimand, Congress had already begun giving administrative agencies power to formulate specific rules to implement Congress’ general policy objectives. But in Grimand, the Supreme Court gave such administrative rulings the full force of law, with delegation mushrooming since.

If they make this happen, the next step is to begin undoing the destructive regulations implemented over the past decades. If that occurs, we may yet see the small government revolution I…we have longed for. It probably won’t happen like that, but a boy can dream.

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Trump & Clinton Hacks Attack Each Other On MSDNC

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Why Don’t Tyrants Ever Understand Elementary Economics?

Turkish President Recep Erdogan said the path for investors will be opened with lower interest rates, and urged the central bank to imitate Japan and U.S. where rates are low: “why should we go around with 14-15 percent?”…”For those who have foreign currencies under the pillow, come change this to gold, come change this to Turkish lira. Let the lira win greater value. Let gold win greater value,”[…]

Borsa Istanbul said today, that it would convert all its cash into lira and keep it in lira accounts.

Pro Tip: If your money is volatile and flirting with worthlessness, don’t convert all of your assets into that currency. This is what professionals call “f-king stupid”.

Just yesterday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the government is about to propose a bill that will give the President even more power than he seized during his #FakeCoup.

So, to recap, the Turkish President is consolidating power in himself, about to take over the central bank (Venezuela, anyone?), and ‘suggesting’ that the banks & citizens convert their assets to lira or gold. How long after that do you think, before gold becomes an asset of the state?

Any private citizen who takes his ‘advice’ and converts to gold, deserves to lose their wealth, for being a dumbass.

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Paul Ryan Reverses Course On Donald Trump

Ryan on 60 Minutes, this week.

Scott Pelley: Did you believe he could be nominated? Really?

Paul Ryan: Yeah, no, I didn’t see this one coming. He knows that. Donald Trump’s a very– he was a very unconventional candidate. He’s going to be an unconventional president. What I like about it, in my, like I said, almost daily conversations, is he’s just a get-things-done kinda guy.

Scott Pelley: Have you told him being president is not being CEO of the United States, that the Congress is going to have a say?

Paul Ryan: Oh, we’ve talked about that extensively. We’ve talked about– the Constitution, Article I on the Constitution, the separation of powers. He feels very strongly, actually, that– that, under President Obama’s watch, he stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the Legislative Branch of government. And we want to reset the balance of power, so that people and the Constitution are rightfully restored.

Note the bold section, above.

You know, if Paul Ryan & John Boehner weren’t simpering bitches and had actually done their job as a check & balance (on unilateral power grabs), Obama wouldn’t have “stripped away” a damned thing. What makes this dude bold enough to talk tough with Trump (who hasn’t yet done anything wrong) but act like a feckless coward in the face of Obama’s multiple unconstitutional acts of usurping Congressional authority?

I’d say he thinks himself better than Trump and isn’t afraid to show it. The RINO’s are rat-bastards. This marriage of RINO congress & RINO President (former-outsider) is going to be a viper’s den. I can’t wait to point it out at every opportunity, because I distrust them all.

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Freaky Friday Photo Caption Contest

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It’s Official! Mattis For SecDef! Oohrah!

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I’m such a fanboy…this is an amazing development. I hope he does great & runs for President in the future.

I’ll do a proper write up tomorrow. For now, let us just bask in the shadow of his manliness. /sarc

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California Secessionists Still Mumbling

I wish they would. As a matter-of-fact, I hope they continue to generate noise about it. The more they put the idea in front of the public, the more acceptable it becomes. (Ain’t that right gay agenda crowd? Try finding channel that doesn’t have a grossly-disproportionate number of gay personalities and characters, relative to their percentage of the populace.)

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Facing Donald Trump’s imminent entrance to the Oval Office, the once outlandish idea of secession doesn’t seem so crazy anymore to some Californians.

But the Golden State’s path to independence is blocked with financial and political hurdles, from an expensive state initiative process to persuading two-thirds of Congress to relinquish an economic and tourism powerhouse[…]

A grass-roots group of secessionists, calling themselves Yes California, last week proposed a November 2018 ballot measure that would ask registered voters if the state should become its own nation.

The group believes California pays more than its share of federal taxes, money the state could use to modernize and fix its infrastructure. The federal government collects about $370 billion in taxes from Californians each year and spends roughly $334 billion in the state.

Yes California points to the state’s overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton and voters’ liberal ideals to show that California is often at odds with the rest of the nation.

The 2018 measure also would strike language from the California Constitution that says the state is “an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”

If approved by voters, it would establish a March 2019 statewide special election to ask voters again if they want California to become an independent country[…]

Experts say the strongest legal avenue for California to become its own nation is through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would require approval by two-thirds of Congress and three-quarters of the states in the country.

While the Constitution doesn’t specifically address secession, an amendment granting California’s independence would act as the supreme law of the land, said Gerston.

Daniel Farber, a law professor at UC Berkeley, pointed to a Supreme Court decision, Texas v. White, in 1869 that said Texas “entered into an indissoluble relation” when it became part of the United States. The case related to bonds sold by Texas during the Civil War.

The Supreme Court ruling determined “the Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States.” Texas could only revoke its inclusion in the union “through revolution or through consent of the States,” the court rule.

They’d be invaded by Mexico the day after they seceded.

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Fancy Cat Facts

Enjoy! Have a mice day!

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